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The Sphinx by Rico Paganini
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The Sphinx and Its Meaning time of Cheops and his predecessors” On the eastern side of the Giza Plateau (Schwaller de Lubicz 1982, 97). there was originally a rock cliff 10 meters high. From it was carved a lion figure with a human head: the Sphinx [Fig. 2.1]. It measures a total of 62 meters long; the front paws alone are 15 meters long and the head is 20 meters tall. To form the body, a trench was cut out of the surrounding rock measuring 6.7 meters deep and 5.5 meters wide. After the discovery of the Sphinx and the Valley Temple, it became clear that the limestone blocks of these structures all came from the Sphinx The weathered face of the Sphinx trench, as did those used to build the mortuary temple in front of the Pyramid of Chephren. Offered as further proof of Chephren as the Sphinx builder, Dr. Zahi Hawass and The building of the Sphinx is traditionally Professor Mark Lehner asserted in April attributed to Chephren. The proof offered 1991 that the face of the Sphinx depicts for this is based on the diorite statue of Chephren himself in the article “Computer a seated Chephren found in the Valley Rebuilds the Ancient Sphinx” published Temple. Cited as further evidence is an in- in National Geographic. However, it rescription on the Dream Stele found in front quires a great deal of imagination to deof the Sphinx. This stele was erected by tect similarities between the face of the Thutmosis IV, who lived over a thousand diorite statue of Chephren, which almost years after Chephren. The name Che- appears European, and the face of the phren is inscribed on the stele, although Sphinx, which has a more African or Asian the context in which it is used is no longer look, particularly in profile. decipherable. As French mathematician and symbol researcher R.A. Schwaller de Frank Domingo, a New York police lieuLubicz notes in Sacred Science, the re- tenant and face expert, also came to the spected Egyptologist Professor C. Gas- same conclusion when he traveled to ton Maspero commented about this in Egypt on behalf of the Edgar Cayce Founhis book The Dawn of Civilization: “The dation in 1991 and made a thorough comstela of the Sphinx bears, on line 13, the parison of the face of the Sphinx and that cartouche of Khephren in the middle of a of the Chephren statue Domingo, who gap. . . . There, I believe, is the indication created phantom images of criminals for of an excavation of the Sphinx carried out the New York City police department for under this prince, and consequently the over twenty years and who reconstructed more or less certain proof that the Sphinx the faces of mangled or decayed victims was already covered with sand during the for the coroner’s office, stated in his final 11 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
report: “After reviewing my various drawings, schematics and measurements, my final conclusion concurs with my initial reaction, i.e. that the two works represent two separate individuals. The proportions in the frontal view, and especially the angles and facial protrusion in the lateral views convinced me that the Sphinx is not Khafre . . .” (Bauval and Hancock1996, 9). In all probability, the present Sphinx head is not the original, because it is proportionally far too small in relation to the body. The other Giza structures demonstrate a sophisticated sense of proportion, and even the later sphinxes from the Pharaonic period had lion, ram or human heads that matched the size of the body. Therefore, one can assume that the original head of the Sphinx in front of the Giza pyramids was well-worn after a long period of rain and a new face was chiseled out of the remaining rock with a narrow beard, a nemyss headdress and the uraeus cobra on its forehead. The broken-off beard was found near the Sphinx and is today found in the British Museum in London, joined by the nose, which was shot off by Turkish cannonballs. The typical Egyptian kingly attributes (long, narrow beard; uraeus cobra; nemyss headdress) do indicate that a Pharaoh redesigned the head of the Sphinx. However, it is also possible that the meaning of this ancient Egyptian insignia is that the First Dynasty Pharaohs matched their appearance to the royal Sphinx head. The Controversy about the Sphinx and Its Age The Pharaoh Chephren is considered to 12 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
have been the creator of this fascinating sculpture. The body of the Sphinx is extensively weathered and has been restored multiple times throughout the millennia.
Egyptologists attribute this erosion to the wind, although the Sphinx stands in a trench and was buried in sand for most of the 4,500 years that have passed since the days of Chephren The Greek historian Herodotus, who traveled through Egypt in the 5th century B.C., reported about all three Giza pyramids but failed to make any mention of the Sphinx, which leads us to conclude that it was fully covered by sand in that period.
If the desert wind truly did cause the erosion, then the sandstone structures from the Fourth Dynasty should at least show signs of the same degree of weathering, which simply is not the case [Figs. 2.6 and 2.7]. The vertical, 0.9- to 1.8-meterdeep grooves in the trench walls seem to indicate massive water flows, which must have arisen from powerful and plentiful rainstorms—last experienced in Egypt over 10,000 years ago. The traces of water erosion on the Sphinx were first noticed by Schwaller deLubicz, who carried out extensive research in Egypt in the 1940s. In Sacred Science, he stated: “A great civilization must have preceded the vast movements of water that passed over Egypt, which leads us to assume that the Sphinx already existed, sculptured in the rock of the west cliff at Gizeh, that Sphinx whose leonine body, except for the head, shows indisputable signs of aquatic erosion” (Schwaller de Lubicz 1982, 96). (The body of the Sphinx wascovered with sand throughout the majority ofthe past 15,000 years. The earth, which canbe seen here, covered the temples that were situated 2.8 meters lower and were excavatedin the mid-1800s.Fig.)
Rico Paganini was born in 1962 in Switzerland. From 1982 to 1987, he worked for MVG Group, a youth and entertainment media company. He then moved to BKV Group, which is an educational media company. He started an independent media consulting agency in 1990. He is an independent bookseller, and in 2010 he began building his own publishing company. Since his youth he has been preoccupied with human history, religions, spiritual science, health, geometry, the transmission of vibrations and the megalithic power places on earth. Rico and his ever-changing team have undertaken eleven trips to Egypt since 1998. Although the primary focus was upon Giza there have been further excursions to France, England, Malta, Azores, USA, Hawaii, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Easter Island, Fiji, Tahiti, China and Tibet. Many of the 350 color photographs, included in Giza Legacy, were taken by Rico Paganini. Giza Legacy ISBN 978-3-9522849-0-2 Hardcover, 3D graphics, 60 Maps and over 350 color photos EVOL Verlag Publishing available through Amazon.com.
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ual Growth Checkpoint:
areness and ndfulness
By Sherri Cortland
SOMETHING THAT MY GUIDES ARE CONTINUALLY DRIVING HOME AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CLEAR ABOUT IS THAT BECAUSE WE’RE ALL INTRICATELY CONNECTED, AS EACH OF US INCREASES OUR PERSONAL VIBRATORY LEVEL, IT AFFECTS THE REST OF US IN A POSITIVE WAY, TOO. THIS IS EVOLUTION; THIS IS SPIRITUAL GROWTH; SO, WHAT CAN WE, AS INDIVIDUALS, DO TO FACILITATE OUR CONTINUED EVOLUTION? Three things come to mind:
#1 is to be present, #2 is to live in the moment, and #3 is to watch what we think and say. It sound so easy when we read the words on the page, but we are seasoned veterans on planet Earth--we know these things are not so simple to put into action—they take focus and awareness. Truly, to incorporate these three things into our lives, we can’t help but practice awareness;
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because it’s impossible to be present, be in the moment and watch what we’re thinking and saying, without being fully aware of exactly what we’re doing. And from that place of awareness, we make progress.
Western Buddhism and especially the development of western meditation. One of the things he brought to us is the practice of mindfulness. In Buddhist meditation practices, mindfulness, which interestingly, is also translated as awareness, is considered to be of great Being present, living in the moment, importance on the path to enlightenand watching what we think and say ment. has big benefits; including: Mindfulness is basically establishing • Spot our windows of opportunity for and maintaining a calm awareness of learning and growth faster one’s body, feelings, thoughts and per• Crossing items off of our spiritual “to ceptions. In other words, being present do” list faster in the moment, and doing so by pay• Boosting the amount of positive ing attention to our senses. I remember energy that we create in the textbook we used in class, The • Diminishing the amount of negative Miracle of Mindfulness, it said to “practice mindfulness in all things,” includWhether we remember this or not, we ing when you’re washing the dishes or all began our present incarnation with scrubbing the floor. And if you couldn’t goals for spiritual growth, and some do that, then you shouldn’t wash the of those goals are to move ourselves dishes or scrub the floor! I remember forward, and some are to help oth- just cracking up laughing when I read ers move forward. And this is why my that; I mean, really, who WANTS to do Guides write so much about being con- the dishes? So I didn’t buy into mindfulnected…we are intricately connected, ness right away, I just wasn’t ready. But which means that we also participate several years later, as my Guides were in, and facilitate learning for our family, channeling information about awarefriends, co-workers, and even “strang- ness for one of our books, a light bulb ers” that we bump into on the street or finally went off in my head, and I went meet in the grocery store. back and re-read The Miracle of Mindfulness from a more enlightened perAn excellent spiritual teacher to look to spective. for advice about staying in the moment and being present is the great Vietnam- And right now, I’m very happy to share ese Buddhist monk, Thích Nhất Hạnh, with you what took me years to figure whom I first learned about when I was out--- the three-part secret to bringing taking a class called Meditation East mindfulness to everyday chores like and West in college. Thich Nhat Hanh washing dishes; which in turn helps us was a pioneer in the development of learn to focus and live in the moment. 16 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
#1: View the chore as a positive event, make it an exercise in stress relief. #2: As you do the chore, focus on what you’re doing as you are doing it — and nothing else. #3: Use your senses to be in the moment. Get your senses in volved by really feeling the warm, soapy water on your hands as you wash the dishes; reveling in the warmth of the laundry as you fold it; and enjoying the freedom of letting go of unneeded objects as you put them in a box for the Salvation Army.
of the person you just smiled at.
• Smile with your eyes as well as your mouth, and you’ll really feel the joy! • Smile when you wake up in the morning, and you’ll set a tone for ap preciation and awareness that will last all day long. • Smile, and be mindful of how it makes you feel. • Smile, and be mindful of the reaction
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As you think about and meditate upon the information in this article, remember that you are a powerful entity currently incarnated in a human body; which means that you have the power to make positive changes in your life, and in the lives of those around you. Becoming aware of the affect our words and actions have with regard to ourselves and others is an important step in taking responsibility, utilizing our innate power, and moving ourselves and those we’re connected to up the evolutionary ladder. Another way to be in the moment is, of Namaste. course, to smile. And as Thicht Naht Hahn so eloquently put it, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the Originally from source of your joy.” We all know that New York State, smiling creates endorphins in our bod- Sherri ies and makes us feel happy. And the Cortland really good news is that when we smile lives in Orlando, Florat someone, we’re not only focusing ida with her our attention and our awareness on husband, Ted them, we’re also doing something to Dylewski and elevate our own mood, too. And to their many cats. help us take smiling to the next level, I’ve got some smiling tips for you: In addition to writing books for Ozark Mountain Publishing, Sherri is also the Orlando Metaphysical Columnist for Examiner.com, where publishes new columns twice weekly, and she also shares messages from her Guides on her Facebook Author Page.
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IMPECCABLE WARRIORS OF LIGHT
MASTER THE LANGUAGE OF GRACE By Peace Mother Geeta Sacred Song
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The language of Grace is mysterious at times. In order to Succeed Spiritually, it is vital to pay Great Attention to how the Universe is communicating with us and the Impeccable Warrior of Light has many tools for increasing Awareness to the “invisible world” around us. As Spiritual beings, we need to recognize the many signs, symbols and ways in which our Angels and other Spiritual Protectors are sending us messages to Guide and Inspire our daily perspectives. The Divine Messages from our Spirit Guides could appear through the way a candle flickers, cloud is formed, wind picks up... or a specific bird flies by. The answer to our questions may appear through a magazine article or the title of a book that synchronistically crosses our Path. Spirit might talk to us through someone who ‘just happens’ to say something that totally clarifies one of our inner questions. If we are Attentive, we will notice when the Spirit World is speaking to us. For example, one man once shared with me the story of how God delivered his Spiritual Name to him. He had asked his Spirit Guides what his new name should be. As the man was watching television, his mind was totally consumed with this question. Suddenly a character in the movie shouted, “His name shall be Arjuna!” Upon hearing this, he felt chills over his body and he knew this was the name he was to use for the new phase of his Life.
She mentioned that she felt displaced because the Spiritual group she had been working with for many years had pushed her out of the organization and she could not understand why. She felt she had contributed largely towards the growth of the organization, and felt deep anguish over the perceived betrayal. I revealed to her that it wasn’t the Spiritual organization that was pushing her out of her old routine; it was her own Soul. Her Self-Created Universe had to push her forward so she could move on to other work. If not for the push, she would have stagnated in a position she had outgrown...and her soul would have languished. When we ignore our Soul’s urges to Courageously move on, we miss the Cosmic Timing that will place us in the Perfect Place for the next chapter of our growth. This realization lit a fire of desire within her to Master the Language of Grace. When she found out we were conducting an Impeccable Warrior of Light Training Intensive, she quickly registered to attend, in order to receive heightened Training that would solidify her connection with her Spirit Guides.
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She also shared that a few evenings before her Shaktipat Limpia, she had seen a fund-raising commercial on television in which an African woman was appealing for assistance in feeding the homeless orphans of Africa. As she was viewing the program she felt as if the woman on the screen was gazing directly at her. At one point, she heard the African woman say, “We need your help; you must help us right away”. As she heard this, she felt the woman fly from the screen directly into her heart, igniting within her an all-consuming desire to respond immediately. The program was offering free videos of the infomercial, for those interested in becoming fundraisers for the mission and the woman called to request one. When she received it, she was shocked to see that the African woman was not in the program! Shaktipat Limpias can remove veils that block the Pure Connection to our Spirit Guides and the Perfection of the Universe. Each Shaktipat Limpia lifts pockets of inner darkness that imprison you one way or another, derailing you from embarking on the path to your Highest Destiny. In this case, after this woman received the Shaktipat Limpia shower of Grace, the energies of regrets, selfpity, bitterness and depression disappeared. Now she was able to see, hear and comprehend the language of Grace. Cleared of obstructive forces, saturated in a new space of fearlessness and Confidence in her Soul Path, she was able to hear the voice of her 20 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
Intuition, which guided her to contact a friend who quickly agreed to support her Mission. Due to the Mystical infusion of Light, her new Life was rapidly launched! To increase the Connection with your Spirit Guides, it is necessary to refine the senses in order to perceive the Greater Realities. Otherwise, if the mind is whirling with the daily flood of thoughts, it is too easy to drown out the subtle voice of Spirit. Have you ever received a Divine Message and then convinced yourself that the message was actually your imagination playing tricks on you...or that you cannot carry out what Spirit has revealed? These “thoughts” are the voice of sabotaging forces that have corded and bound you. To liberate yourself from imprisoning voices requires intense focus on your Freedom and Willingness to take action...to do everything you can to break the shackles and barriers between you and your Highest Destiny. Impeccable Warriors of Light understand that the Eagle flies with two wings: Grace...and Self-Effort. It takes both to Succeed on the Spiritual Path. The Self Effort factor is provided when you increase your daily Spiritual Practices. Prayers, Mantras, Affirmations, Dancing, Singing, Ceremonial Offerings... connecting with the Land, Waters, Sky, Sacred Knowledge and acts
of Kindness... when conducted with Pure and Sincere Longing, these Sacred Activities can create a deeper connection to your Spirit Team.
to soar above all your troubles...and the Love of your Divine Protectors will shine forth a beacon of Light to guide you safely to your Highest Destiny.
However, when you feel stuck, you can experience that it is difficult to get excited about your Spiritual Discipline. During those periods of feeling blocked, it can be challenging to motivate your Self to expand your Spiritual Practices. That is a Perfect Time to receive an Infusion of Brilliant Light through Power Prayers like the Shaktipat Limpia Prayers and Mantras. Anytime cords of negative energy are too strong for you to break, do not hesitate to take refuge in the Grace bequeathed by Shaktipat Limpias.
JAI JAI MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
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The Universe can communicate with you in millions of different ways. It is up to you to master the Language of Grace. Upon doing so, you will discover that the Universe is always listening and likewise always responding to you. Whenever you desire to quickly soar above limitations and fling open the doors to Greater Love, Health, Harmony, Balance, Success and EnLightenment, immediately register for Shaktipat Limpias. Once re-connected to the Compassionate Universe, you will feel the Profound Conviction that Divine Inspiration is abundantly available, to help you glide like an Eagle of Light. Hearing and speaking the language of Grace will gift you the Wings of Light 21 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM â™Ľ October 2014
Changing Our Realit by Ellen Angelica Pendergast
We are everywhere at once....it can be no other way, as we are all ONE energy called Love....we focus and we take on that “specific life” or reality by our feelings and thoughts. That is how we go into dimensions; in other words, by matching the frequency of that dimensional reality (as everything vibrates at a certain frequency). We basically focus with our feelings and thoughts, expectations, and of course, our belief system,(every flows where our attention goes but really the root cause of our reality is from FEELING a certain way..that then turns into a perception, which becomes our perspective, which becomes our belief, producing a knowing; becoming a thought, which causes our Reality to appear. (For more information on this process, please read the books, “Frequency,” by Penney Pierce, and “When Everything Changes, Change Everything,” by Neale Donald Walsch.) 22 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
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Time is truly spiral rather than linear. Picture a spindle, circular. Now look down upon it and imagine it separated into segments, as if one sliced a pie. If we look at the spindle, standing upright, from it’s side, imagine that it is sliced into very thin lines, horizontally. Each of those ‘lines’ represents a time frame, ie., 500 BC, 1000 AD, 2014 AD, etc. Now we decide which one to ‘enter;’ meaning we enter our world (lifetime), choosing the time and place. That part is pre-destined, so to speak by US, before we incarnate. We choose the perfect opportunities for Spiritual Growth, and although you may not ‘like’ (your social class, ethnicity, parents, country, etc.), that you were born into, you did on a Spiritual level, choose it to Remember Who You Really Are, which is Love/God.
to ‘think positive;’ don’t let anything get you down, what you think about, you bring about, etc. Every Master has said this in some way or another. The truth is always stated... just differently, so that everyone, in every state of mind and on every level of Spiritual Evolution, gets it; we all do, eventually....it just depends how long you wish it to take!
So everyday, in your life, feel good... think good thoughts, and watch your life change; same situation, but a different outcome will be experienced, just by monitoring your FEELINGS (which as stated in ’The Secret,’ by Rhonda Bryne), our feelings are much easier to monitor than our thoughts!...(The interesting thing about all these ‘frequencies,’ is that from looking into the realIncarnations experiences in this particu- ity, they all look the same...just different lar ‘life’ on this ‘Cosmic Spindle/Wheel,’ outcomes appear!) are then split into those ‘pie shapes’ I spoke of earlier, which we will call here Truly we are Spirits, called Love/God, ‘frequencies/dimensions.’ As Einstein experiencing our lives,…. and please stated, “Match the frequency of the REMEMBER, (that is to become a Reality you wish to experience....and member once again, as Neale Donald you cannot help but get get that experi- Walsch mentioned in his Conversation ence; there can be no other way...this is With God series....)we were ALL ONE, not philosophy; this is Physics...’ AND ALL meant to be JOYFUL! By our thoughts, and most importantly Blessings! our FEELINGS, we go into a frequency that matches what we are feeling and thinking...those ‘pie shapes’ are different outcomes for the same situation, and we enter into and experience whatever we are feeling/expecting/thinking; that is the reason we are always told 23 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
The Challenge of Healing Body: How Can We Really Heal Ourselves and Our Beloved Planet Using the Pachakuti Mesa? by don Oscar Miro-Quesada
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The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition and the Creation of Sacred Community In Lima, life was increasingly difficult. Revolutionary extrem- ists were creating chaos as counter-insurgency forces struggled to maintain control of the city. In December of 1985, to com- memorate their leader’s birthday, Shining Path bombed ten banks, a shopping center, a judicial office, and eight electrical towers. As a result, residents suffered through electrical black- outs almost every day. The soaring inflation and hoarding of durable goods by merchants made it difficult to find even the basics in stores. We were standing in bread lines while gun- fights were erupting in the streets! I was anxious to provide my daughter and myself with a life of greater opportunity and less danger to life and limb. I yearned to go back to the United States.
psychology department at the University of West Georgia. My full-time work consisted of heading up the Spanish department, teaching World and Social Sciences, and coaching the women’s varsity soccer team at a private school to offset the cost of Andrea’s tuition. As if that wasn’t enough, on the evenings when I didn’t have class, I began to hold RAMA study group sessions in my home. After our trip to meet the RAMA guides in the desert, don Sixto had asked me to become the southeastern coordi- nator of RAMA study groups in the United States. I also had a handful of psychotherapy clients I would see on Saturdays. My days and evenings were full! At the university, I shared my small office with some very interesting personalities.
It was the spring of 1986, and don Benito had just made his earthly transition. My daughter’s maternal grandparents were moving to Florida to live in a retirement community. They had been kind enough to allow my daughter and her emotionally unstable mother to live with them until the com- pletion of my two-year fellowship work obligation in Peru. I missed my little girl terribly. I knew she missed me too: I had seen how much she needed me during my near-death experi- ence at the end of 1984. So, with great relief in my heart, I traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to pick up Andrea and to settle with her in Carrollton, Georgia. It was the fall of 1986. I took a part- time faculty position in the 25 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
My office mate was Raymond Moody, whose book Life after Life had made him the premier authority in the world on the topic of near-death experiences. Our conversations gave me a language for talking about my own experience in new ways. Bill Roll, a parapsychology expert, occupied the office next door. He was famous for his poltergeist studies and for investigating paranormal activities of all kinds. Since I was so familiar with the “unseen” world of shamanic allies, working on psi projects with Bill was a logical next step for my own re-entry into the world of Western sensi- bilities. I was learning, through these experiences, to translate my shamanic experiences in new ways. I was being prepared to fulfill my promise to don Celso to take his teachings “to the North.” I was being completely supported by the unseen world every step of the way. Later that fall, I opened my mesa for the first time to a U.S. audience. Because of its prominence in transpersonal and human- istic psychology, the department at West Georgia would host monthly grand-rounds where specialists in gestalt, bio- energetic healing, psi research, and other emerging modali- ties would be invited from all over the country to speak. I had been working with some graduate students who were interested in how to integrate shamanism practices into their psychotherapy practices. As a result of the incredible feed- back they were providing, Mike Arons, who was the chair of the department and who had been Maslow’s colleague at Brandeis, asked me to present at one of those grand-round events. So I began prepar-
ing to present all the shamanic wis- doms I had learned over the previous seventeen years. Since I was very young, I have always had the ability to see associations and relationships among disparate things. I see how everything is interconnected and whole. Even as a young child, I felt this innate need to reveal the unmanifest integrity of the big picture. Through my apprenticeship with don Celso and then with don Benito, I recognized the similarities between the practice of a north coastal mesada and the ceremonial earth offerings, or haywas, of the Southern Andes where don Benito was from. I was entranced by the correspondences between these two traditions and the teachings of the RAMA Mission too. And then there were the traditions of Western Mystery Schools that I had immersed myself in along the way. I knew I was destined to carry the traditions of my home- land to the North. I wanted to bring something to the world that would transform the way psychotherapy was practiced too. And, I knew whatever I presented needed to resonate with a more community-based life style that people were yearning to reconnect to in their lives. I realized that what was missing was a unifying vision. I started to deeply study the Inka cosmo-vision and its depic- tion on a golden plaque that had once graced the walls of their most sacred temple in Cusco, the Qorikancha. It was a pure-
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gold plate that was melted into gold bullion by the Spaniards when they conquered Peru. But an early historian named Juan Santa Cruz Pachakuti Yamqui had drawn it from memory in all its beauty. The organizing principles of this cosmology stuck with me as I thought how to integrate all that I had learned.
don OSCAR MIROQUESADA originated the Pachakuti Mesa tradition of crosscultural shamanism, and is the visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH) Alliance. He is a respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru and has been guiding crosscultural ethno-spiritual apprenticeship expeditions to sacred sites of the world since 1986, with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia. He has been a popular faculty member at numerous U.S. educational centers. His work and programs have been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E, and the Discovery Channel.
So as I prepared to present these materials to my teachers and colleagues at West Georgia, I just configured all of what was coming into my consciousness into a pattern, and there it was! I knew in that instant that the Pachakuti Mesa was about to be born. And I knew it would be an open-ended field of creative possibility that brings grace and beauty and heal- ing into the world because of the way it integrates all these BONNIE GLASS-COFFIN, Ph.D., is an sources and practices. As I thought about how to present it, though, I realized that these psychology professors and scholars were not going to want to experience ritual. They were going to want to understand concepts. So I grappled with just how to articulate the healing wisdom of the Peruvian curandero’s mesa in terms of Jungian psychology and Maslow’s model of self-actualiza- tion and Gestalt therapy to the professors who had trained me who were also the founders of this Third Force in psychology.
internationally recognized professor of anthropology at Utah State University. She has studied with Peruvian curanderos since 1982 and is author of The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru. She began apprenticing with don Oscar in 2005, experiencing the transformative power of these wisdom teachings and integrating these deeply into her life. Lessons in Courage published by (Rainbow Ridge Books, ISBN 978-1-937907-18-1 and distributed by Square One Publishers, October 2013) http://heartofthehealer.org/ is available at Amazon.com, BN.com and book stores everywhere.
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(Grus vipio) This large crane is identifiable by the large circle of bare, red skin around each eye. It stands out from the slategrey feathers that cover most of the body, and the white throat and white stripe running from the crown to the nape of the neck. The legs are long and pinkish in colour. Juveniles are smaller with a brown head and pale brown throat. The white-naped crane has a high-pitched call The white-naped crane breeds at the border between Russia, Mongolia and China and in the Amur and Ussuri river basins. It migrates along the Songnen Plain and the Gulf of Bohai to its wintering grounds in the Yangtze basin in China, the demilitarised zone between North Korea and South Korea, and in Izumi, Japan 28 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM â™Ľ October 2014
White-naped crane habitat
White-naped crane conservation
During the breeding season, the whitenaped crane is found in wetlands along river valleys, grassy marshes, wet sedge meadows, and on islands of steppe lakes with reed beds. In autumn, they feed in dry areas in river valleys and wheat fields in Russia and Mongolia. In winter, its habitat consists of freshwater lakes, farmland, and sometimes coastal flats
The white-naped crane is legally protected in all its range states, (for example, hunting of this species is prohibited in Mongolia, and is found in many protected areas. An artificial feeding station in Japan has resulted in an increase in the population that winters in Japan, although whether it is due to higher breeding success or simply the relocation of other birds is not clear. A protected area at the intersection between Russia, China, Mongolia and North Korea has been proposed for the benefit of breeding white-naped cranes. It is also necessary to ensure key areas in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea are protected, and to preserve the wetlands around the Three Gorges Dam in China. There is also concern for the Japanese wintering population, as they congregate around the feeding sites, increasing the risk of an epidemic affecting a large proportion of the population. The intended solution to this problem is to encourage the birds to spread over a larger area in Japan during the winter.
White-naped crane threats Wetland habitats are commonly threatened by drainage for agriculture, and the breeding grounds of the white-naped crane are no exception. Fires also cause habitat destruction at nesting sites and can rapidly decimate a nesting colony. In Mongolia, drought, over-grazing and human disturbance are also major threats to breeding white-naped cranes.
The wintering grounds in the wetlands of the Yangtze basin are threatened by development and human disturbance. A major threat to the natural functioning of the Yangtze river basin is the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, which prevents normal water flow and thereby alters habitats and fish migratory movements. The demilitarised zone between North Korea and South Korea is expected to be developed shortly, which may deprive the white-naped crane of one of its most important wintering sites. Hunting is a minor threat and pesticide poisoning a potential http://www.arkive.org/white-naped-crane/ threat grus-vipio/
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excerpts from shiva speaks .conversations with maha avatar babaji
Simplicity by Rashmi Khilnani
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Babaji: I am Bhole Baba. This means I am the simple Father. The nature of the mind is to be complex and to evaluate, analyze, and to judge. The essential nature of the heart is simplicity. Here we are talking of the spiritual heart within you and not human emotions and feelings. Simplicity is most at home within its hub, which is supreme silence. Simplicity is in the here and now. The mind is always in the past or future and never in the here and now, and therefore is neversimple. Once the mind becomes simple, it actually moves to a state of no-mind. Simplicity is seeing the unity in all things beyond diversity. Simplicity is “beingness” as opposed to “doingness.” It simply IS. Simplicity runs on the limitless energy of acceptance. It tends to be very heartfelt. When you let go of obsolete ideas, people, places, habits, and material possessions, and also feelings, memories, and thoughts that no longer serve you; you create an emptiness, a space within your being for something new to be born, to be created. There is a new energy that arises within you and this energy is intrinsically simple. Art by Maryam Morrison
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You become light, you become silent, all complexity begins to dissolve; restlessness comes to peace, questions no longer arise, and judgment becomes a frequency of the past.
you in balance as things oscillate madly on the circumference of your beingness. Make sure that the roots of the tree of your being are grounded and go deep into the earth of your inner consciousness. This will allow the branches of your personality self to happily cocreate in many different directions, up toward the sky or down toward the earth, without you losing your balance.
Nature brings you to simplicity immediately and joyfully. Even when you are weathering a dramatic storm, you become essentially simple to be extremely present in the moment in order to survive the fiery elements. The inner core is essentially simple. Unmanifest reality, from which the manifest Choosing conscious attention to your con- world springs forth, is essentially pure scious intentions brings you to the magic simplicity in its essence. of this wondrous virtue. As I have said before, simplicity always leads you to a Emptiness is simple. A fullness that is born place of stillness, silence and peaceâ€” from the bedrock of emptiness may also even at those times when your personal- be simple. A fullness born of complexity ity self may be busy, noisy and in motion. and the mental cacophony can never be Following the voice of your higher self will simple. lead to simplicity. Judgment is not simple. Dishonesty is not simple. I hear you asking the question dear ones: How do we come to simplicity, while di- Calculation is not simple (that is oververse questions, situations, commit- calculation or when it is out of balance). ments, conflicting agendas bombard us, Over-analysis is not simple, nor is prejumoment to moment, oftentimes send- dice. ing us into a tailspin of panic and overwhelm? How do we choose in that Apathy may seem to be simple, but it is moment and what do we choose, and how not so. Hatred and war are not simple and can we keep it simple when we are cre- nor is competition. If you choose some ating many different dramas at the same of the inharmonious energies mentioned time on the stage of our lives? above, then you will never know true, lasting, serenity, peace, and When the center is at peace, as I have silenceâ€”enduring simplicity. Children are just said, the periphery can keep spin- essentially simple by nature, but unforning at the speed of light. When your tunately become complicated when subcenter is lost, chaos ensues and you jected to the conditioning of the overly go into a tailspin. Therefore, connect- intellectual and linear thinking of their ening the root of your being to its home in vironment. the center of your inner silence will keep
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Silence will always take you to simplicity. Practice it. Practice the inner silence that is strong within you even as you sing, speak, and dance on the stage of your life. A total involvement in any form of Karma Yoga, which takes you beyond your mind to a place of stillness, gives you deep simplicity: such as painting with full absorption, dancing with total passion, and so on. This is meditation in action. Being wholehearted, no matter how passionate, is perfect simplicity.
Rashmi Khilnani was born in Chandigarh, India and spent the first six years of her life in Cairo, Egypt. She went on to study and teach with world-renowned avatars, gurus and teachers and became a specialist in energy medicine. She is on the forefront in bringing the ancient Mystery School teachings of Egypt, India, Tibet and China, as well as the teachings of the Essenes, into current time and making these wisdoms simple and accessible to people at all levels of soul journeying.
When you chant OM, you connect strongly to the primordial sound and energy of the universe and to the magical virtues of innocence and “ISNESS,” and dis-identify with chaos and confusion, noise and conflict. Keep it simple dear Rashmi teaches and practices several ones! healing modalities and has taught Reiki Masters, doctors, scientists and others OM NAMAH SHIVAYA from many walks of life the secrets of the Mystery School teachings. She is a global metaphysical teacher, urban shaman, international lecturer, artist, seminar leader and TV personality. Rashmi is the Simplicity is seeing the unity host of 2013 and Beyond with Jeremy in all things beyond diversity. McDonald heard monthly on BlogtalkraSimplicity is “beingness” dio.com. as opposed to “doingness.” It simply is. Rashmi is the executive producer and one of the speakers in a new documentary film, IGod, which will feature spiritual authors, heads of various religious denominations and people at all levels of soul journeying. IGod is being produced by Robert Friedman and Neale Donald Walsh, and directed by Jonathan Friedman. 32 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
IGOD A DOCUMENTARY FILM ON GOD PRODUCERS ROBERT FRIEDMAN AND NEALE DONALD WALSH DIRECTOR JONATHAN FRIEDMAN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RASHMI KHILNANI RASHMI KHILNANI IS ONE OF THE SPEAKERS. IN THIS FILM WHICH WILL FEATURE SPIRITUAL AUTHORS, HEADS OF VARIOUS RELIGOUS DENOMINATIONS AND PEOPLE AT ALL LEVELS OF SOUL JOURNEYING. People have been asking questions about the nature of God since the dawn of humankind. And even though our world has seen many advances in both science and technology over the last few centuries, disagreements about God still, to this day, lead to ethnic and religious warfare, hatred, exploitation, the suppression of women, and the debasing of human dignity. Many religions have created rituals and dogmas that separate one from the other, and they often cling to the belief that only they have the answers, the correct explanations, the one truth. But are any of them actually right? Can the true nature of God ever truly be understood or explained? IGod will be out this fall 2014.
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Understanding Humanity from the Indian Culture Part Two by Shilpa Savant
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The Indian culture to reinforce human tists and educationists were visualized as productivity with optimum development Head of the body. Defense personnel and and utilization of human potential politicians were visualized as lungs and heart. Entrepreneurs and economists To optimize productivity, Indian culture were seen as abdomen (digestive, regendeveloped social innovations such as eration and excretory organs). Service Ashram Dharma (Role changes as per professionals were recognized as limbs Stages of human life) dividing 100 years (hands and legs) without whom the entire of individual life across four different body will be handicapped. roles. First 25 years of age is culturally allocated for Brahmacharya ashram (Time The caste system has always been to study).Between 26 to 50 years of age, based on profession and Not by birth. Grihastha ashram (time to start, devel- The Indian culture offered complete indiop and manage a household).Between vidual freedom to choose any profession 51 to 75 years of age Vanaprastha ash- of choice irrespective of their family proram (time with Nature and provide need fession. Family profession was offered as based mentoring to younger members). natural first option considering its inherBetween 76 to 100 years of age Sanya- ent advantages in talent management for astha Ashram (time to introspect, detach self, family and the profession itself as and develop balanced perspective to- described ahead. wards ups and downs of life). This Ashram Dharma provides relevant guidelines Varna tradition offer following key on how to live life even in today’s times. contributions to Indian culture namely Another social innovation called Varna tra- • Effective talent management (acquisidition (function based caste system and tion, development and retention) function based approach to professional- • Professional excellence with optimum ism) was developed in Indian culture for risk management and high ethical stanoptimizing human productivity and poten- dards tial. The Varnas were broadly divided into • Advance adaptations and alignment four functions namely Brahmans (Educa- with the Varna whose time has come to tion and R&D), Kshatriyas (Defense and rule the humanity politics), Vaishyas (Business and economics) and Kshudras (those providing • Effective talent management (acquisisupport services). tion, development and retention) All four Varnas (functions) were given equal importance with same dignity of labour. This system was designed and promoted as an organizational structure in line with human anatomy. The scien-
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aptitude development and induction in the function at quite an early stage of life. This also serves as practical reason for parents to provide due attention in grooming career of the child with detailed attention to their education and strengths as the child will be very likely to act as their professional successor at the age of 26. This system also enables professional excellence to reach new heights of achievements with every generation. This also serves as practical way of ensuring that professionals are not wasting their highly productive years of performance in trial and error or reinventing the wheel. Instead, they are given decisive role to lead during their most productive age group of 26 to 50. Need based guidance and timely mentoring of seasoned senior professionals is also available in the same family. This also serves as practical reason for respecting elders serving as business consultants and professional mentors. This arrangement of working with family and relatives in same / similar business also helps in sustaining work life balance. This is because it integrates professional and personal life as one. Wherein you are able to be with your family and relatives for more hours in a day in spite of putting long hours at work (with them). Better work life balance achieved through this route has also helped in putting Indians among the top most citizens in terms of longer and much odder hours of professional work without similar rise in burn out ratio of Indian professionals. This in turn contributes to the fact that such Indi36 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM â™Ľ October 2014
ans are less likely to change their family profession and more likely to retain their functional specialization as part of social identity and cultural heritage. Indian culture grooms people to Work Hard and Smart and simultaneously also Play Hard and Smart. â€˘ Professional excellence with optimum risk management and high ethical standards The big risk of massive unemployment in India is addressed by Varna system providing cultural career options in appropriate vocations to most members of the Indian society. Over and above the advantages of function based families, function based communities also have unique advantages of functional sharing, learning, timely pre warning, social psychological and practical support by the community to the family and the professional individuals.
This professional networking and support system in the form of social community is most effective in preventing and managing risks and converting the risks into professional opportunity to learn and grow together. Indian economy is robust enough to manage any economic crisis
thanks to the vast yet closely knit social network of individual entrepreneurs supported by their large (joint) families and community who can empathies with the individuals more accurately due to their relevant professional understanding and similar pain areas. To substantiate above fact, there are many examples of global scientists, famous kings, artists, economists, businessmen and role ambassadors in support services indicating professional excellence and innovation milestones created by them based on centuries of research, development and social support system across generations. The system has also made Indian professionals more ethical in business conduct with inherent pressure from family and social community belonging to the same profession. Considering the collective risk of reputation loss not only for self but also for family and community in same profession, the long term risk of violating ethical requirements becomes much more costly than the short term advantages offered by unethical short cuts. â€˘ Advance adaptations and alignment with the Varna whose time has come to rule the humanity
Shilpa S Inamdar is a Grand Master in Reiki & Karuna Reiki, an Advance Pranic Healer & Pranic Psychotherapist, Numerologist and Advanced Crystal Healer. Shilpa makes spiritual and energy techniques her base. A few Indian and International Masters have trained her. She has travelled the globe to master her expertise. She staunchly believes that the body is like a temple that should maintain a relaxed state. The interaction of oneâ€™s inner energies with the outside environment decides how healthy a person is. Many of our ailments arise from absorbing the negative energies in our environment, or due to certain obstacles in our aura. Shilpa helps us identify and eliminate just that. A wonderful human being with utmost humility,compassion and command in the field of Energy Healing and connections with Consciousness. Grand Master and Founder of institute of Energy Research and Study. www.shilpasinamdar.com
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Message from the Goddess Mother by Jan Diana My Beloved Children, â€œIt is with great joy that I greet you this day as we will embark upon a memory held in the deepest part of your heart. It is a time of celebration and joy, for it is the time you have been waiting for. This is a great moment for you my beloveds, as it is a time to remember truth, the truth of you, the truth of your purpose, the truth of your life which you have chosen to experience and fulfill. In the journey of lives, each of you wrote in your Book of Life to prepare for the time that you would enter into your embodiment. As you pondered your desires, you chose many things, making many plans with Creator, so that you would experience all that your heart desired.
ing up in recognition of the lightness these words bring to your heart. A Captain of a ship plans his voyage, providing for all the necessities that will be required, a compass for direction and maps to the chosen destination. You are no different being a Great Master and planning for your life journey. You choose special gifts and blessings to assist you along the path as well as jewels along the way to assist you in remembering yourself and where you were going on this great adventure. And so within your Book of Life, in the beginning pages, before you were born, you did that very thing. You made choices and plans, and waited with great excitement for the sacred day when you would be born into your life.
That day came and here you are now, The possibilities were endless and yet in this great time, which you chose for in that state of knowing you knew what your incarnation. you desired. So much was planned and much was left open to choose along the This is a time for you to remember your way, adding to your journey as you pro- truth, your sweetness and ever expandgressed through it. ing beautiful loving essence. It is a time that you will look upon as a pinnacle in Let us take a moment to ponder on your life journey with many golden sparthese ideas, for your heart knows the kles on the pages of your Book of Life. truth of this. In fact I can feel the joy ris39 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM â™Ľ October 2014
As you read these words in this article, I am sending you a message from my heart to yours to assist you in remembering these truths. Be in peace and know that you are so loved and adored. You will remember for you are already in the process of this. Humanity is remembering and in that glorious truth elevates to reach the next stages of potentials and possibilities of new experiences filled with such lightness that your heart will be so delighted.
will elevate and connect you even more to your heart which is guiding you always. You are moving into a new way of being, into a lighter expression of self. The whole of Earth is elevating to create a new arena, a new playing field for you to live and express within. As you elevate you bless yourself, you bless humanity and all of Earth. This is the journey of remembering the oneness and unity of loving spirit, the divine nature of you and all of creation. You might ask how can I remember? Spend some time each day pondering on these words of truth I have shared with you. Ask your heart to help you find the pathways that will lead you to answers you are seeking. It can be simple as that. As you allow your minds to open, you will be guided as to what is the next step. Be clear and direct in your requests.
As you elevate and remember more truth, you assist all of humanity, for we are one family in heart always connected. Does it bring joy to your heart to know that you are not alone in this adventure, that you share the same Heavenly Parents, who love and support you, that you have many masters, guides and angels assisting you and that all of your brothers and sisters of humanity are on this same quest for the sacred There are many blessed ones standing truth? beside you to assist you. Ask for their assistance for they desire to help you. Yes, you are not alone and yes you Allow yourself to receive the love that will succeed, for it is within the plan. It is flowing to you, for in choosing this is only a matter of choice and of timing. golden flow of love, you begin to rememEach one is progressing at their own ber your greatness. pace and choosing and yes some have had some challenges and yet will rise to In your great Book of life there are meet their truth. more pages to fill. What will you fill them with? I recommend with what brings With your intention grows your aware- your heart joy, for when you choose ness of truth. Take steps into lightness what your heart desires, there is such by making choices that love and bring peace and fulfillment. joy to you and those around you. This
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You are the author of your Book of Life, creating a masterpiece. You are the great Master. What you create and experience adds to your own special flavor, which you bring to the wholeness of all that is. I am always holding you in my heart, cheering you on, loving you and holding the vision of your truth. I am in gratitude for the sweetness of your flavor, which delights my heart throughout the forever more.” With great love, Your Beloved Mother As a Gift I am offering you a Free Tele- Class, “A Time To Remember” Take a journey to the Hall of Records to witness your Book of Life. Begin to expand your sense of self recognizing your sacred truth. Experience a heart connection that will help you to remember your divine nature. Note: Register by subscribing by email at www.sunshineinyourheart.com
Jan Diana is an intuitive healer, spiritual teacher, and master practitioner. Her mission is to assist clients and students in creating harmony, balance, heightened levels of clarity, develop innate gifts and abilities, empowering them on their personal evolution to create the dreams of their heart. She utilizes several modalities including SVH L3M, Animal healing, GHM, Language of love, Reiki Master, and more. Sessions and Classes by phone. If you have questions or would like to set up a session, you can reach her at website www.sunshineinyourheart.com or by email firstname.lastname@example.org SPECIAL offer 20% discount for new clients. Free meditation journeys, articles, & classes. http://www.sunshineinyourheart.com/ free_telecasts.html
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Health Benefits of Olives http://juicing-for-health.com/
The health benefits of olives are usually credited to its healthy oil, but in its fresh state it is also highly beneficial in preventing many chronic diseases. Description Olives are the fruits of the olive tree (Olea Europea), which originated from the Mediterranean area, although nowadays it is also cultivated in other parts of the world. They are an excellent source of healthy oil, and the Latin word for oil is oleas. Although olives are not commonly juiced, I’m including it under the “Healing Food” section due to its many healing virtues by mainly its oil.
by Sara Ding
parts: a thin, smooth peel or epidermis, a pulpy flesh of varied texture (from soft to firm), and a woody stone. The fruit pulp is rich in lipids, which concentration tends to increase as the fruit ripens. Many varieties of olives are used to produce olive oil, but here we will focus on the varieties that can be eaten raw (or less frequently cooked), either green or ripe.
In general terms, edible olives can be classified in two main types: 1) green olives, which are harvested before they are fully ripe, have a firm flesh and are green in color; 2) black olives, which are The olive fruit is botanically a drupe, green harvested when they are fully ripe, have in color when young, and blackish-purple a softer flesh than green olives, and are when fully ripe. It is composed of three black or purple in color. 42 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
atherosclerosis and related cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attack. Anti-cholesterol action: Both monounsaturated fats and polyphenols found in olives help prevent oxidation of cholesterol, and hence have a remarkable protective and preventive effect against atherosclerosis and related cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attack. Antioxidant and anticancer activities: Polyphenols, vitamin E and beta-carotene are the most important anti-oxidant substances found in olives. The anti-oxidant activity of polyphenols is particularly significant: through their action against free radicals, they help prevent cancer, premature aging, heart disease as well Nutritional Benefits as many other types of degenerative and Olives are rich in fat, especially oleic chronic conditions. acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid. They are also excellent sources of Bone health: Olives are rich in vitamin minerals (potassium, calcium, phospho- D, calcium and phosphorous, which all rous, zinc, iron), vitamins (beta-carotene, play a critical role in bone growth, remodvitamin E, D and K), anti-oxidant phyto- eling and maintenance and help prevent nutrient (polyphenols) flavonoids, and fi- bone conditions such as rickets in chilber. Olives in brine have a high content in dren and osteoporosis in adults. sodium, as well. Health Benefits Thanks to their high content in monounsaturated fats and anti-oxidants, olives have plenty of beneficial properties for health, especially for heart health. Anti-cholesterol action: Both monounsaturated fats and polyphenols found in olives help prevent oxidation of cholesterol, and hence have a remarkable protective and preventive effect against 43 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM â™Ľ October 2014
Heart health: In addition to their anticholesterol action, polyphenols exert a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system by also preventing blood clots formation and promoting vasodilation. This results in decreased heart work and improved heart function. Purifying effect: Olives improve both the liverâ€™s and the intestinal functions and, thanks to their high content in fiber, help cleanse the colon, as well as prevent or fight constipation. All these effects result in improved detoxification and excretion of toxins from the body, with consequent improved function and health of the whole body. Restorative properties: Due to their high content in minerals, olives are excellent natural alternatives to multi-mineral supplements used to give the body more energy, strength and nutrients. Skin health: It is well known that antioxidants have a beneficial effect on skin health, since they help prevent the damage caused by free radicals on skin tissue. However, olives also contain relatively high amounts of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A, and vitamin E which play an important role in stimulating skin regeneration and providing skin protection. Therefore the combined effect can help maintain a healthy, smooth and young skin.
Consumption Tips Edible olives can be used in a variety of dishes. They can be eaten raw, alone or in salads, or they can be used to prepare sauces for pasta or to garnish meat or fish dishes. Olives can be even eaten roasted or stuffed and fried. Olive patĂŠ (a paste made from green or black olives) is delicious on crusty bread, crackers, raw veggies and fish.
Caution Raw olives are very bitter so are someVision: Not only vitamin A is beneficial times soaked in a concentrated brine sofor skin health, but is also essential for lution, making it a very salty food. People normal vision, especially in low light, as with high blood pressure may want to well as for eye health and integrity. avoid taking olives preserved this way.
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Homemade Facial Masks With Olive Oil When should we make facial masks with olive oil? In winter! Actually in this season we suffer from wind and frost and even greasy skin becomes almost dry, and dry skin becomes too sensitive. Olive oil does for dry and sensitive skin very well, softening and moistening it. Also oil has anti-aging effect, smoothing wrinkles and preventing their appearance. Try any of recipes below to enjoy great effect of olive oil. Masks for normal skin. Knead a teaspoon of non-fat curd with ½ teaspoon olive oil and add ½ teaspoon parsley juice. Mix all ingredients carefully. Put on the face and keep away in 15-20 minutes, and then wash with warm water. This mask nourishes and softens skin very well. Grate the half a fresh cucumber and squeeze juice. Add ½ teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon sour milk. Mix everything carefully and put on the face and neck. Wash with cool water in 20 minutes. This mask cleanses and softens skin. Masks for dry skin. Bake a small onion with peel in the oven, clean the onion and pound. Add a teaspoon olive oil and a teaspoon honey. Mix everything carefully and put on the facial skin for 15-20 minutes. Knead 5-6 boiled white beans; add a teaspoon olive oil and a teaspoon lemon juice. Mix everything carefully and put on the face. Keep for 20 minutes and then wash with warm water. This mask nourishes and whitens skin.
by Carole Parker
mato juice, 1 teaspoon starch and ½ teaspoon olive oil. Put the mask on the face. Wash with warm water in 20 minutes. This mask removes fat from skin, softens and smoothes skin. Mix 1 teaspoon oat flour with 1 teaspoon sour milk and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add 0,25 teaspoon kitchen salt and keep for some time stirring slowly. Put on the face and keep for 20 minutes. Then wash with warm water. The mask for sensitive skin. Mix sauce from ¼ banana with 1 teaspoon of grated fresh cucumber and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Put the mixture on the face and keep for 30 minutes. Then wash with cool water. This mask soothes skin well. The mask for all types of skin. Mince dill and mix 2 tablespoons of it with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add pounded oat flakes to mixture and mix everything again. Put the mask on the face and keep for 15 minutes. Then wash with warm water. This mask cleanses, moistens and enriches skin. Anti-aging mask. Knead ¼ lemon and add 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 yolk. Mix all ingredients carefully and add some pounded oat flakes. Mix again. Put the mask on the face and neck and keep for 20 minutes. Then wash with warm water. Make this mask regularly to smooth wrinkles and prevent appearance of new ones. Find more original recipes of facial masks at Facial Masks.
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Inner and Outer Peace
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The reality of peace must actually be lived, by being expressed to others with unselfish caring, and responsive harmonious empathic attunement, along with indivisibly related qualities of goodness such as love, happiness, and beauty, because it is not truly real if it is only a static, abstract, presumptive, thought in the mind, without being lived, or expressed, as a dynamic, responsive, energy, through everything that we say and do, in every here and now present moment. I find that inner peace naturally leads to outer peace, meaning that when the heart is deeply relaxed, with an attitude of non-judgmental unconditional acceptance of oneself and others, so that we are fully at peace with ourselves, then that inner peace will naturally be reflected outwardly by bringing peace and harmony to our experience in the world. The key to inner peace, which brings peace, harmony, and love into the outer world, is to experience the deep sense of fearlessness, security, and well-being, that comes from unselfishly expressing caring, or love, to others, and, thereby, being forgetful of the fearful, selfish, prideful, deficient-feeling, ego, a false or unreal sense of self that is the basic source of lack of peace, harmony, and goodness in our inner experience and in the outer world. We cannot find inner and outer peace by turning inward, in any kind of selfish self-awareness, because introspective self-awareness blocks our conscious life energy from naturally flowing outward to others, and that blocked energy contracts or clenches the emotional heart
center level of one’s being, producing fear, tension, hostility, and other related forms of negativity. The role of narcissistic self- awareness in producing inner and outer conflict, or lack of peace and harmony, can be understood in metaphorical terms represented by a Black Hole in space, recoiled upon itself, in a powerful inward suction, producing a destructive momentum of self-confinement and disintegration, that traps light, warmth, and energy, unnaturally blocking energy from flowing outward, contrary to the naturally radiant energy of love, epitomized by sunshine, light, and water naturally flowing outward, rather than pulling inward toward their source of origin. Some people seek a false sense of peace and security by introspectively turning inward, often through introversive practices such as solitary meditation, abstract contemplation, or living the isolated life of a hermit, as a means of avoiding the risk of possibly experiencing rejection, loss, disappointment, anger, conflict, and other forms of emotional pain, hurt, or negativity that may come from being deeply invested in heartfelt caring or loving relationships with other people. The sense of calm that comes from isolating oneself in that way is not true inner peace, because it involves escaping from fearful feelings, and a fragile sense of insecurity, which one anticipates might arise if one comes out of one’s egocentric self-protective, isolated, detached, psychological “walls”, “shell”, or “bubble.” The false inner peace, or solitary calm, of emotional detachment reflects a numbed, death-like, static, timid, stony,
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cold-hearted, dispassionate, rather uncaring, contracted, sense of indifference, whereas real inner peace and outer harmony reflects the living energy of unselfish, expansive, warmhearted, love, that arises from an openness to letting be, flowing with, learning from, being strengthened by, and, thereby, finding true goodness in, uncomfortable, or unpleasant, feelings and situations that might arise from being deeply invested in caring relationships with other individuals. Although peace and harmony cannot be found by turning inward, in any kind of introspective self- awareness, inner and outer peace finds us when we are self-forgetful as ego, by being deeply invested in unselfishly caring about others around us, and then, in being forgetful of the ego, as a false sense of separate self-awareness, we find our real self as love and goodness, which is a relational self, an unselfishly, generously, giving nature, not a separate, selfish, self-awareness. Only when people connect to one another in loving harmony can spiritual love blessing power flow through them into the world, and transform this world for the better, eliminating conflicts, and manifesting the unconditional peace, harmony, and goodness that is inherent to the permanent being of love. One cannot reach enduring peace from a position of holding inner and outer conflict, disturbance, and deficiency, or lack of well-being, to be reality, and then trying to find some way to overcome, resolve, or eliminate that negativity. Strug48 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM â™Ľ October 2014
gling against negativity, and viewing it as the true reality nature of oneself, others, and life as a whole, perpetuates and magnifies that negativity, pulling oneâ€™s conscious energy ever deeper and deeper into that negativity, which energizes, feeds, and amplifies that negativity, like trying to fight fire with fire only makes the fire hotter and more destructive. Trying to overcome conflict, brutality, and oppression by struggling against perceived injustices and oppressors, expressing a blaming, judgmental, antagonistic, attitude toward such perceived wrongdoers, can fan the flames of negativity by arousing even greater hostility in those being blamed, and reinforcing their view of themselves as actually having the malevolent qualities attributed to them by those activists who denounce them. Much more powerful and enduring change for the better can come from expressing the intrinsic permanent being of relaxed peace, harmony, love, and goodness as already being the true reality nature of oneself, and viewing that as also being the inherent true nature of other individuals, and of life as a whole, now already. Conditions of conflict, suffering, oppression, and injustice, are most likely to enduringly subside if one views that negativity as being only a temporary, dreamlike, illusory, experience, like a nightmare, not the intrinsic true reality nature of anyoneâ€™s permanent being. Recognizing and expressing that permanent being of peace, harmony, and well-being, is what most profoundly, and enduringly, dispels temporary illusory
experiences of individual and societal disorders, like waking up automatically dispels dreams, and like bright sunshine effortlessly dissolves dark clouds, whereas antagonistically struggling against negativity often makes it worse, by immersing oneâ€™s conscious energy ever deeper into the negativity that one struggles against, like being obsessed with darkness keeps it always in mind, instead of turning on the light, which automatically dispels darkness, or like making muddy waters muddier by stirring them up, instead of permitting the mud to naturally fall back down to the bottom of the pond by not agitating the water, which restores the natural purity of the water. Sometimes one can work to change the status quo if some other alternative would be more compassionate and beneficial, but still remain grounded in relaxed inner peace, so that that inner peace can produce, and be reflected by, greater harmony, justice, and abundance in the outer world.
Anyone who wishes to read more of our inspirational/ transformational insights should see our two published books, 1) Psychological Healing Through Creative Self-Understanding and SelfTransformation. (ISBN: 978-1-62857-075-5) and 2) Deepening Your Personal Relationships: Developing Emotional Intimacy and Good Communication. (ISBN: 978-1-61897-590-4). The primary author is Dr. Max Hammer, with contributions from secondary authors Dr. Barry J. Hammer and Dr. Alan C. Butler. These books can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or our author/publisher website, http://sbprabooks.com/MaxHammer. The latter website also posts our other blogs, and describes our books and us as authors.
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DIVINITY WITHIN by Rasha
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There comes a moment, in the midst of a spiritual journey, when something simply shifts. In that indescribable instant, there is the stunning realization that all the books, all the workshops, all the mind-stretching spiritual understandings, gathered up in your travels like a wildflower bouquet, can take you just so far. And no further. You “get it!” All that remains—is to actually experience it. Then, a magical moment arrives, unannounced. In the space of a heartbeat, it catapults you from the realm of believing—to a place of knowing.
awaited sequel to the underground spiritual classic, Oneness—Rasha takes us along on a seven-year odyssey through the maze of consciousness, as she shares the incredible story of her own spiritual journey. With the profound, transcribed guidance of Oneness (the Divine Presence often referred to as “God”) to light the way, A Journey to Oneness takes us for an authentic ride on the roller-coaster of spiritual transformation. This vivid, literary tapestry chronicles a mind’s probing questions about what is actually happening as it slowly unravels and shifts into a higher octave of perception—documents the astounding answers as they emerge from within—and weaves it all seamlessly with the poetry and rapture of Divine Union. As Oneness helps Rasha circumnavigate the potholes along the road to “freedom,” the reader is given a vibrant new vision of the nature of humanness, and in-depth guide to discovering the Divinity within.
In that moment, your awareness shifts— ever so smoothly—to an entirely different octave of Self-perception. Often, a deep inner-glow begins to build in your heart center. A smile you can’t hold back creeps across your face. Tears well up. You surrender all sense of separateness and allow yourself to melt into the embrace of something absolutely indescribable. You aren’t dreaming. You haven’t imagined it. You’re looking out through the eyes of Oneness. Here is an excerpt from A Journey to Oneness: Yet, the incredible thing is—it’s still you! Just not the you you’ve spent a lifetime Oneness speaks: believing was the whole picture. You The Journey to God-Realization “get it!” Without a single word spoken. “There are no definitive calibrations This is a glimpse of the experience of within which God-Realization may be Oneness—the Divinity we all share— measured and categorized. Such catexplored in the new book, A Journey to egorization stems purely from the quest Oneness, by Rasha. It’s a spiritual desti- of the ego self of those who have strived, nation, as unique to each of us as a fin- throughout history, for the attainment of gerprint, waiting to be discovered—each what has come to be termed “enlightenin our own way. ment.” These structures and delineations are man-made, based on an analIn A Journey to Oneness—the long- ysis of the actual experiences of those 51 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
who have tasted Divine connectedness— connectedness, there is no need to verify primarily by those who have spent their it—for it is unquestionable. There is no lives in search of it. need to weigh it on a scale of attainment, relative to the experiences of others, for Most of what has come to be considered each sacred journey is unique. None is gospel on the subject of enlightenment higher or lower than another. Each expehas been structured by those who have rience simply Is. attempted to attain a mentalized grasp of what they did not know how to approach The Realization experiences of some are in any other way. God-Realization is not punctuated with dramatic visual phenoma mental process. It is a surrendering of ena. Others simply experience an indisheart and soul. It is a relinquishing of all putable knowingness of the attainment the trappings of identity. It is an embrac- of Divine Presence, unaccompanied by ing of the Essence of Love itself that ra- changes in visual perception. What unites diates from within the core essence of the experiences of all who have made the every expression of Life— throughout All Journey to God-Realization is the undeCreation. niable sense of inner peace, and the sublime sensations of bliss that accompany When one has made the shift into God the attainment. 52 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
Expanding the perception of Self-Realization One is then able to escalate one’s perceptions of that state of Beingness through the focus of attention in deep states of meditation. It is in those heightened states of Divine connectedness that one is able to actually merge one’s awareness of Self with that of the Absolute, of which one is a part, and to know oneSelf to Be That. In that state of consummate surrender, the Realized Self is absorbed into the Totality and ceases to perceive itself at all. These states of ultimate surrender are not permanent states of being. They are experiential plateaus of Awareness that can be visited, and in retrospect, remembered. In the moment, as the experience itself unfolds, there is no perception of Self at all. One simply Is. These are momentary glimpses into the realm of Ultimate Reality. These are not states of Being that one is expected to, or would aspire to sustain. For, the purpose of one’s presence within the realm of physicality is not one’s denial of physical experience. The purpose of one’s journey into the labyrinths of linear perception is for the possibility that the culmination of that journey—the Realization of one’s own Divine Essence—might be experienced.
Rasha is a modern-day spiritual Messenger, she has worked as a courier of Divine guidance for over twenty years. In February 1998, she began a profound dialogue with the universal Presence, “Oneness”─ the Divinity we all share. Word for word, Rasha transcribed the principles that give us a new level of understanding of the mystery we call “life.” Theses teachings empower us to take a quantum leap into our own inner depths and totally transform our lives ─ and our world. Rasha is author of the spiritual classic, Oneness, Rasha has worked as Divine Messenger for over 25 years. www.onenesswebsite.com
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Trusting the Incorruptible Pow of Stillness by Sara Chetkin
“In stillness the world is restored.” ~Lao Tzu
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And here’s why. Our bodies, like our world, reflect our internal dynamics. If we have chaos within our consciousness, we have chaos within our bodies. We must clear out the fear and the junk we’ve carried around for years and learn again what it is to simply be. Get unfettered. Get guileless. Isn’t that what our bodies are always telling us? We have forgotten how to listen to them. We don’t realize that all of our emotional junk gets stored within them. We create our bodies every day with our thoughts and our beliefs. We treat a body like a machine: give it this, then do that, and everything will be fine. Unfortunately, some of the most devoted health nuts I know have some of the most persistent health problems.
come? I recently found a journal entry I wrote a few months ago. I was lamenting my condition and feeling frustrated that I was not fully healed yet:
My happiness depends on the state of my back right now, but my back isn’t going to change overnight; whereas, my happiness can change in an instant. Then again, I feel afraid of happiness because it feels like irresponsibility: I’ll be so happy that I’ll forget all about my back and then it will get really bad. I have held onto the belief that my worry is what keeps me on the healing path. If I worry about it, I focus on it, and that means I work to improve it. Can I be happy and work on improving it? Somehow this question makes me feel empty. Like working on it in happiness is a waste of So, there is something else going on. time. A body is like a child. We mold it with our perceptions, our misconceptions, Even more than that, it seems to me our anger, fear, and grief. We also heal that I believe it only makes sense to try it with our joy, love, and gratitude. You and heal my back if I’m miserable about know the expression, “Do as I say, not it. If I’m not miserable what needs to as I do?” Your body does what you do. change? Isn’t all action about avoiding Just like everything else in the physical misery? So, does this mean I should world, your body reflects back to you just stay miserable until I’m healed? what you are thinking and feeling. For a Is avoiding worry and misery really my long time, my thoughts about my body only motivator? Can I live safely without were characterized by fear and anger. all of this suffering? Through the years, I’ve tried to develop enough trust to transmute this fear into As I read these words, I wondered, are inspired action. Then again, I don’t want these negative motivators only affecting to act to avoid suffering. I want to act to my search for healing? How much of my create joy and health. I want to relax into daily activity is about “avoiding misery” the knowing that I am safe and all is well. rather than creating joy? If I used misery to motivate my healing work, I must be But how can you let go and be joyful using it to create other areas of my life when you have no trust in a positive out- too. I suspected that even in moments 56 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
when I felt I was acting from joy, these actions were also intended to distract me from anxiety, fear, and worry. A habit is a habit, and this seemed like an overarching pattern in my life. If that was true, I was determined to recognize it. After all, if I believed that everything in life is connected, then I had to admit that compulsively avoiding suffering on one level was limiting my progress on other levels. Wasn’t it my goal to transcend these limitations and attain true and total healing? For days after reading this, I observed my motivations. I pondered the notion of stillness. I sat on the couch and refused to move until I felt that the impulse was not coming from a need to distract myself. I sat through anxiety. I sat through stress that things weren’t getting done. I sat through Brecht’s wary glancesas he went about his daily chores. Laundry was piling up. The house was getting very dirty, and I was getting very bored. I felt totally apathetic and completely at a loss. What was I waiting for? What part of me was I trying to contact? Then I remembered a seminar I attended years ago. The teacher gave us a technique to reach our divine center. You had to sit quietly and allow these negative emotions to well up within you. As each emotion reached its peak you imagined yourself falling through it to the next layer. Then you allowed this emotion to grow in intensity until it was almost unbearable, and again, you were told to fall into the next layer. I did this obediently through several layers and then I reached a place of total chaos. I
couldn’t focus on anything long enough to describe it. I couldn’t relax enough to “fall through” like they wanted me to. It was just like being on a rollercoaster: up, down, up, down. I didn’t think I could make it, but sometimes grace takes over and against all odds, we find the courage to trust. Eventually, somehow, I fell through that chaos and unfolded into a powerful and potent darkness. It was a vibrant universe, an ever-expanding source of energy and potential, an unfathomable and joyful dance, and it was me! Thinking back on that moment of revelation, I decided that I wanted my choices to be motivated by this part of me, not the fearful and timid part that was always looking for the safest, most secure solution. I wanted to experience this endless joy on a daily basis. We human beings are bursting with powerful potential. We are filled with an unremitting joy. Unfortunately, we’ve mostly lost touch with this part of ourselves, and achieving joy is now synonymous with the bland and deadening notion of avoiding suffering. If we sit still for too long, we experience the judgments, fears, and worries that I experienced both at the seminar years ago and in my house during those three days of inactivity. The most common solution to deal with these feelings is to go, go, go. Distraction has become a way of life, and over the years we have created grander and grander methods of distraction. Yet, there doesn’t seem to be a correlation between our level of distraction and our ability to maintain a peaceful and joyful existence.
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In the name of being happy, we have become a society of doers. We have even turned the state of “being” into a process by endlessly creating and recreating our self-image. Who are you? You can communicate that to everyone through fashion, music, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and probably some others I haven’t heard of yet. Even the quest for relaxation is a form of doing. People play golf or get a massage or watch TV or read a book. All of this doing leads to very little being. Our minds never receive the training required to bring peace to our lives so that we can simply be. So, when we are not distracted with our daily occupations, our minds are left fumbling, not knowing what to do. Anyway, I know mine is. The point is that if we don’t train ourselves to enjoy stillness, we begin creating situations just to avoid the quiet, to distract ourselves from the quiet. Maybe we’re workaholics or shopaholics or alcoholics or runners or cyclists or drama queens. Have you ever seen these people who always have something dramatic occurring? They are totally focused outward, never finding the time to be still and go within. Maybe we constantly have music playing or the TV on “just for some background noise.” It really doesn’t matter what the distraction is. The point is that precious few of us have frequent moments of total stillness. And this is a shame, because stillness is essential not only to a pleasant existence; it is essential to healing. Healing is always a return to your divine nature, to your true self. Eckhart Tolle tells us: “Your inner58 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
most sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.” How can we reach this powerful stillness within? We must pass through the fear, the worries, and the judgments to arrive there. We must face ourselves in the quiet moments, recognize the signs of imbalance, and start digging. I used to believe that there was always something to worry about because every time I sat quietly with nothing to do, I worried. I grew anxious or judgmental, and all of my fears started showing themselves. Then it occurred to me: maybe this fear is what I’m avoiding when I’m running around “getting things done” or “enjoying my free time.” Maybe these little nagging thoughts are unfinished business. Maybe I can learn something valuable about myself if I just begin to observe this pattern, instead of getting bogged down in the actual emotion. Worrying doesn’t help anyway, and it certainly doesn’t feel good. And no one ever said it was necessary, and even if they did, who’s to say they were right? I am convinced that if you trained yourself to be joyfully unoccupied, you might find that what you chose to occupy yourself with later would be very different because it wouldn’t be driven by a compulsion to avoid stress and worry. Right now, every day is a race to stay just ahead of the scary emotions. We tell ourselves that we stay so active because otherwise life would be boring or unproductive. But most of our activities only bring us further from ourselves.
Instead of distracting myself all of the time, I want to fuel my actions from the wisdom within me. I want to live my life with a deep sense of trust, knowing that everything is as it should be. I want to know that at every moment, with every action I am creating a joyful, healthy, and prosperous existence. I want the “do, do, do” part of me to be fueled by the stillness, the “I AM” that lives at the center of me. The only way I have found to do this is to lessen the amount of distraction in my life and to become inquisitive about my thoughts and choices. That way, when my “self ” bubbles up from the depths, I will be present enough to listen. Like I said: healing is revealing.
Sara Chetkin was born in Key West, Fl in 1979. When she was 15 she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis, and spent much of the next 15 years traveling around the world seeking healing and spiritual insight. These travels and explorations are the basis for her first book, The Healing Curve. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. After graduation she moved to Somerville, MA and worked in various cafes and restaurants, while pursuing an education in herbal medicine as well as in spiritual studies at Delphi University in McCaysville, GA. In 2004 she began a master’s program at the New England School of Acupuncture, and in 2007 earned a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She is a Ro-hun therapist and an Ordained Minister with the Church of Wisdom, Delphi University. She lives in New York State with her husband, Brecht, and their son, Adrian. The Healing Curve: A Catalyst to Consciousness, published by Rainbow Ridge Books, ISBN 978-1-937907-8, is available on Amazon.com, BN.com, and bookstores everywhere.
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Ego: A Hidden Cowa
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Dr Sudhansu Kumar Dash
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Ego is a non-existential phenomenon. It always lives in constant fear of being exposed as it is empty within. It is only an appearance, not a reality. It is the presence of an absence. Something which is only an appearance, a mirage, fear is bound to be there at the very centre of it. Cowardice is the byproduct of fear. It is not an essential part of the ego; it is the whole of the ego. It is bound to be so, because the ego lives in constant fear of being exposed; it is empty within. The cowardice at the abyss is the ego at the surface. One, who is farther away from it, can only see this non-existential phenomenon but the moment one is close to it, it is not there. The mirage in the desert starts disappearing as one comes closer to it because it is nothing other than a byproduct of the sunrays being reflected by the hot sands of the desert. The first astronauts were shocked to see the moon because as they came closer to the moon, there is no light. It is just a flat, barren piece of earth-no green, no life –a dead rock. The concern of everybody is that one does not allow the other to come too close and therefore in a fear maintains a distance because to allow people to come too close means opening the doors of one’s emptiness. Fear influences all our activities consciously or unconsciously. So the point of discussion is ;What fear is? Certainly fear comes into being when our comprehension of relationship is not complete intimately. This relationship not only between 62 THEDENMAGAZINE.COM ♥ October 2014
people but also between ourselves and nature, between ourselves and our possessions ,between ourselves and our ideas .As long as this relationship is not fully understood ,fear must be there in us. We have the idea that to overcome something is to conquer something, but the fact is that no problem can be finally conquered; it can be understood, not conquered. Understanding and conquering are two different processes .The conquering process leads to further confusion and further fear. To resist, to dominate, or to build a defense against it is only to create further conflicts, but if one can understand fear ,go into it completely ,explore the whole content of it ,then fear will not return in any form .. Of many fears, the one that one is most aware is that of intimacy. Intimacy means exposing oneself before a stranger. It is certain that we all are strangers-nobody knows anybody. We are even strangers to ourselves because we do not know who we are. Intimacy brings one close to a stranger. When one drops one’s defenses intimacy is possible and the fear is that if one drops one’s defenses, all one’s mask, he knows not what the stranger is going to do with him. A thousand and one thing we are hiding, not only from others but also from ourselves because we have been brought up in a sick humanity with all kind of repressions ,inhibitions , taboos.
The fear with the somebody is who is a stranger-does not matter living with the person for as many years ;the strangeness never disappears-it feels safer to keep a little defense ,a little distance ,because somebody can take advantage of one’s weakness ,of one’s frailties, of one’s vulnerability. The problem becomes more complicated because no wound can be healed up unless it is opened as the more it is hidden the more it becomes dangerous and finally becomes cancerous. An egoist is a coward as he cannot allow the closeness of anybody and closeness of any kind –friendship, love and even companionship. We are so identified with the ego that the death of the ego, the disappearance of the ego feels as if it is our death. It is not so; on the contrary, when the ego is dead, we can know our reality, our essential being. The more egoist a person is ,the more he has to remain lonely and to be lonely is miserable, but one has to pay for the non-existential ego to appear real with one’s misery, pain and anguish. We are not what we appear to be .One may appear to be a saint but deep down one is a weak human being with all the desires and all the longings. So the first and the last step is to accept oneself in one’s totality in spite of all traditions, which have driven the whole humanity insane and coward. Once we accept ourselves as we are, the fear will disappear where we cannot lose our respect, our greatness, our piousness and our
saintliness as we do not have it .If we do not have it, then there is no question of losing it. One is to accept oneself with one’s totality. If one cannot accept one so, how can expect somebody else for the same? From others what one has learned is self –condemnation nothing else .This ‘other ‘might be the society, the so-called religion, the teachers etc. It is therefore one goes on hiding it because it is not beautiful to show to others quite knowing that ugly things are hidden inside. One well knows that one’s animality is hidden inside oneself. Unless one transforms one’s attitude and accepts oneself as one of the animals in existence one will go on missing the harmony with Nature. The word’ animal’ is bad as we take it It simply means alive, that comes from’ anima’. Whoever is alive is an animal but man has been taught man is not an animal as animals are far below man. We are human beings. Here lies the fault that we have been given a false superiority. The truth is that existence does not believe in the superior or the inferior because in existence everything is equal-the tree, the bird, the animals and the so-called human beings. The solution to the problem is that when everything is accepted absolutely as it is, there is no condemnation, once this is sincerely accepted one can easily drop the false ego instantly. When one sees that everything is beautiful in its ordinariness all divisions are dropped.
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