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INSIDE Features Truth is hidden in plain sight 18 Lion's Gate: A portal opens 32 Mike Dooley: Messages from spirit 37 Oneness University 48 Chantral Rinpoche 52 Atlantis & Lemuria 54
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However with this edition I would also like to have us
ponder the full meaning of the notion of peace, seeing that The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21st September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a 'Culture of Peace'. The theme for 2017 is Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. Sadly South Africa features 123 out of 163 on the international Peace Index and Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark feature as the most peaceful countries while Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen are deemed to be the least peaceful. Yet when we look around it seems that peace is such a hard thing to accomplish and what is it anyway? Maybe the best answer here is to read the beautiful words given to us by Khalil Gibran in his poem entitled Peace:
We are incredibly proud that we can celebrate Odyssey Magazine's 40th anniversary with this edition. What an accomplishment indeed. It has never been an easy ride, yet perseverance is something we are most familiar with. This journey at Odyssey's helm has moulded and shaped our character and made us all the stronger. Within that vein we shall continue.
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The tempest calmed after bending the branches of the trees and leaning heavily upon the grain in the field. The stars appeared as broken remnants of lightning, but now silence prevailed over all, as if Nature's war had never been fought. At that hour a young woman entered her chamber and knelt by her bed sobbing bitterly. Her heart flamed with agony but she could finally open her lips and say, 'Oh Lord, bring him home safely to me. I have exhausted my tears and can offer no more, oh Lord, full of love and mercy. My patience is drained and calamity is seeking possession of my heart. Save him, oh Lord, from the iron paws of War; deliver him from such unmerciful Death, for he is weak, governed by the strong. Oh Lord, save my beloved, who is Thine own son, from the foe, who is Thy foe. Keep him from the forced pathway to Death's door; let him see me, or come and take me to him.' Quietly a young man entered. His head was wrapped in bandage soaked with escaping life. He approached her with a greeting of tears and laughter, then took her hand and placed it against his flaming lips. And with a voice which bespoke past sorrow, and joy of union, and uncertainty of her reaction, he said, 'Fear me not, for I am the object of your plea. Be glad, for Peace has carried me back safely to you, and humanity has restored what greed essayed to take from us. Be not sad, but smile, my beloved. Do not express bewilderment, for Love has power that dispels Death; charm that conquers the enemy. I am your one. Think me not a spectre emerging from the House of Death to
visit your Home of Beauty. 'Do not be frightened, for I am now Truth, spared from swords and fire to reveal to the people the triumph of Love over War. I am Word uttering introduction to the play of happiness and peace.' Then the young man became speechless and his tears spoke the language of the heart; and the angels of Joy hovered about that dwelling, and the two hearts restored the singleness which had been taken from them. At dawn the two stood in the middle of the field contemplating the beauty of Nature injured by the tempest. After a deep and comforting silence, the soldier said to his sweetheart, 'Look at the Darkness, giving birth to the Sun.'
International Day of Peace
May this indeed be so for all of us, should each one of us welcome a change in perception within and without. Wishing you a blessed time ahead and thank you for supporting us.
Silke and the Team
LIFE’S LIGHT ‘Tis the dance ‘tween the light and the dark That provides the essential and creative spark That flares into flame, A most wondrous fire Bright, beautiful and wise, By which the inherent desire For the essence of being to so devise Means for life’s becoming to be ours to claim Where we work on our unique way of seeing Becoming each day more fully ourselves As we resolve our own manifested, aspects of being In which both bright light and fathomless dark Reside as our still slumbered Awakening For the expansion and enfoldment That then so dissolves Into knowing that’s full, complete and the seeing, Which is the condition in each longing heart, And is the very point of each living part Of every embodied soul, Whether young or yet so very old.
TOGETHER: A global campaign
- St Germain, through Chris Erasmus early January 2017
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HAPPENINGS ODYSSEY 8 •
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SPIRITUALITY AND QUANTUM PHYSICS Quantum physics is verifying what Buddhists and other spiritual practitioners have been saying for years, helping people to accept their inherent spiritual nature all around the world. We are fundamentally connected to everything around us, and science is finally proving that. Nevertheless, there’s still a lingering dualistic air surrounding science and spirituality: You have religious people denying scientific facts and scientists identifying themselves as self-proclaimed atheists. However, we’re simultaneously seeing a merging of the two, and it’s truly beautiful. In November 2015, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, attended a two-day conference on quantum physics and Madhyamaka philosophy in New Delhi. Madhyamaka translates to 'one who holds to the middle' or 'the middle way' and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought in Buddhism, which was developed by the Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna during the second century. For more click here.
GRAVITY-FREE ZONES Gravity, we're told, is just a theory. Or at least, in science we use theories of gravity to explain why objects tend to fall towards the Earth. Gravity is the theory; that objects tend to fall towards the Earth is the fact. But how does science explain weird places where gravity doesn't seem to apply? For instance, scattered around the world are a number of strange, physics-defying 'mystery spots', places where objects appear to roll uphill rather than down, where cyclists struggle to peddle down rather than up. The real explanation, it turns out, is pretty simple, but you might still have a difficult time believing it. Take, for instance, this anti-intuitive gravity hill found in Aryshire, Scotland in the video above. Cars on this road appear to roll uphill, a spooky mirage that has long confused anyone driving along it. But when a road surveyor was asked to take precise measurements, there was nothing spooky about it at all. The end of the road that seemed like it was uphill was actually downhill. So despite appearances, gravity was working exactly as it should. In other words, gravity hills are really just optical illusions. Your brain is being tricked into believing that up is down and down is up, and it comes down to a simple matter of relative perspective.
'Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are.' - The Dalai Lama ODYSSEY 10 •
THIRD EYE SPIES
REVOLUTION OF TENDERNESS
Cancelled or banned TED talks are nothing new. When coming across information, no matter how much evidence it has behind it, any topic that challenges the current accepted framework of knowledge will always encounter a harsh resistance. Scientists and new discoveries were and are still scorned by those in power, a classic example would be Galileo and the Catholic Church, or when we realised the Earth is round, but have things really changed that much? Well, judging by the fact that TED continues to censor information, perhaps not. Russell Targ is a physicist, author, pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications and a cofounder of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) investigation of psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. His TED Talk was cancelled, which is odd considering that his topics aren't exactly 'debatable' as his results were officially de-classified after more than two decades of secrecy. Third Eye Spies is a new documentary feature film by award winning director Lance Mungia consisting of compellingly cinematic re-enactments of actual remote viewings done at Stanford Research Institute for intelligence agencies. This includes amazing new data retrieved from recently declassified documents via the Freedom of Information Act, and over 30 interviews with every top player involved and how those discoveries are being used today.
Pope Francis has been featured in a lot of headlines lately, as he’s become a popular beacon of light for many non-Christians because he preaches equality and kindness, offering a very different (and frankly more compassionate) perspective than previous Popes. This has caused some confusion, given that the Vatican is perceived negatively by many due to its ties to sexual abuse, inequality, knowledge suppression, and more. Nevertheless, Pope Francis has an important message for us all, which is that we need a 'revolution of tenderness'. This time around, his message came by way of a surprise video that aired at the international TED conference recently. Pope Francis delivered this message in front of a room full of scientists, academics, tech innovators, investors, and cultural elites. Many people who follow Christianity choose to only abide by the staunch commandments and old belief systems taught by the religion, further perpetuating separatism, racism, and inequality. This often includes the people who are considered to be at the top of the chain like popes and priests. It’s fascinating that the Pope chose to mention this parable, as it paints a more negative light upon the 'higher members' of the Christian faith.
For more click here. View Targ's cancelled talk here.
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'Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow.' - The Dalai Lama ODYSSEY 11 •
LOVE WHAT YOU DO: A Motivational Video with Steve Jobs
THE TIME IS NIGH Are humans an endangered species? Some scientists think so. Author Phil Torres wrote a piece for Salon detailing evidence from various sources – from climate change data to a recent article by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking – showing the possibility of an apocalypse that could occur in some of our lifetimes. Torres said, 'We are in a unique moment of human history, one marked by an exceptionally high probability of disaster.' Climate change isn’t the only issue humanity must contend with today. Overpopulation, ocean acidification, antibiotic resistance, and the potential of a global pandemic threaten us. In a December 2016 article for The Guardian, Hawking said, 'Now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together…we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.' But we don’t have to go the way of the dinosaurs just yet. Hawking said humanity must break down barriers inside and outside nations, and help equip people for a changing economy with training and financial support. He said he is an optimist for our species, but elites must learn lessons from 2016 – and 'above all a measure of humility''
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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH NEW CROP CIRCLES IN THE UK The UK is no stranger to crop circle formations. Four more incredible designs popped up recently with the first design being discovered on May 21 in the county of Wiltshire. The circles were documented via drone footage, thanks to Matthew Williams, via Crop Circle Connector, a website dedicated to documenting crop circle formations all over the world. Keep in mind that there are also many hoaxes out there, clearly the work of a bunch of pranksters. But we shouldn’t let that fact take away from the fact that there have been hundreds of documented formations that are so complex and so unbelievable in their nature that they’ve been subject to scrutiny at the highest levels of science. The video footage above is extraordinary, especially with regards to the close up footage where you can plainly see the pattern in which the crop has been pushed down
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WATERY ATMOSPHERE ON NEPTUNE-LIKE EXOPLANET
OUR TWIN SOLAR SYSTEM MAY HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Hannah Wakeford and her colleagues looked at exoplanet HAT-P-26b and were happy to discover water in its atmosphere. Sitting about 440 light years away from our solar system, the exoplanet shares a mass similar to Neptune’s.
Astronomers at NASA have uncovered a solar system they believe to be 'remarkably similar' to Earth’s. The system, around the star Epsilon Eridani, is considered a possible breakthrough in better understanding how our planet and its neighbours were formed.
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WEIGHING THE MASS OF A STAR IS NOW A RELAITY
Quantum entanglement transmitted through space
Society has come to respect Albert Einstein for his astonishing intellect, particularly after he mapped out his famous theory of general relativity. However, one of his predictions, which he never thought would be directly observed, has recently been proven correct.
Of all the anti-intuitive phenomena of quantum mechanics, entanglement might just be the most unbelievable. It defies every intuition we have about space and distance and challenges us to consider that distance might actually be a figment of our imaginations, that space might be unreal on the quantum level. For more click here.
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INSIGHTSOUT ODYSSEY 14 •
The Magic of Not Giving a F*** A TedTalk by Sarah Knight
Happiness is all in your mind A TedTalk by Gen Kelsang Nyema
The REALITY OF TRUTH: An Enlightening Journey Into Different Levels Of Consciousness
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LINKS TO ATLANTIS? A Portuguese news outlet has reported the discovery of a very large underwater pyramid, first discovered by Diocleciano Silva, between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores of Portugal. Silva says the structure is perfectly squared and oriented by the cardinal points. Current estimates obtained using GPS digital technology put the height at 60m with a base of 8 000m2. The Portuguese Hydrographic Institute of the Navy currently has the job of analysing the data to determine whether or not the structure is manmade. Further investigations, based on more recent scans, are pointing to the possibility of this actually being an underwater volcanic hill. While more information should come come out soon, some believe this new explanation may be a coverup, but that position remains speculation at this point.
HAS ATLANTIS REALLY BEEN FOUND? In this video, right, television crew for History Channel followed a group of explorers who believe they may have found evidence of the lost ancient civilisation of Atlantis. The ancient Greeks were divided as to whether Plato’s story was to be taken as history or mere metaphor. Since the 19th century there has been renewed interest in linking Plato’s Atlantis to historical locations, most commonly the Greek island of Santorini, which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption around 1 600 BC. From time to time, archaeologists and historians locate evidence – a swampy, prehistoric city in coastal Spain; a suspicious undersea rock formation in the Bahamas (as in the video, right) – that might be a source of the Atlantis story.
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According to the legend, there was an eighth continent known as Atlantis. This mysterious continent was said to have sunk a long time ago and when it did it took all of its orichalum with it. Orichalcum is a metal that is mentioned in several ancient writings including the story of Atlantis in the Critias dialogue, which was recorded by Plato around 360 BC. According to the dialogue, orichalcum was very valuable and was second only to gold in value. In 2015, a team of divers said they had recovered no less than 39 blocks of this precious metal from a shipwreck that is believed to have happened 2 600 years ago. A more recent analysis showed the 'orichalcum' found was an alloy of 75-80% copper, 15-20% zinc, along with some traces of nickel, lead and iron.
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KING TUT'S TOMB STILL CONTAINS MYSTERIES A team of Italian researchers plans to open a new investigation into the possibility that his tomb has a secret, hidden chamber, reports Seeker. Researchers from the Polytechnic University in Turin plan to enter the tomb and use radar technology that is capable of scanning depths as much as 32 feet. This will be the third probe into the tomb in the past two years. But the project director physics professor Franco Porcelli said that this probe will reveal once and for all if King Tut's tomb hides a secret chamber.
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5 000-year-old city surfaces The remains of a 5 000-year-old city, including a cemetery and several houses, have been unearthed at the site of Abydos in Egypt. The city, whose size is not clear, dates to the early dynastic period when the first pharaohs ruled a united Egypt, said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Photos released on in November of 2016 by the ministry show the remains of buildings made of mud bricks and organic materials that are now mostly decayed, along with pottery and stone tools found inside the structures. In addition, a necropolis (cemetery) holding at least 15 burials was found near the city, according to the ministry statement.
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NEW PHAROAH STATUE UNEARTHED A massive, broken statue possibly dating back more than 3 000 years was recently discovered in the Cairo suburb of Mattarya. Archeologists from Egypt and Germany made the discovery while working in a muddy pit near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis. They believe the statue, carved from a tough stone called quartzite, depicts Ramses II himself; one of the most famed and powerful rulers in ancient Egypt.
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hidden in plain sight
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There are some people who speculate to this day what exactly the Knights Templar discovered when they excavated the Temple Mount (now called the Dome of the Rock) in the early years of the 12th century. But, possible finds of great archeological treasures aside, most of what the Templars found is there for all to see – you only need the eyes to look and to know what you are seeing. The Templar tradition of hiding things 'in plain sight' has also been followed by their spiritual successors, the Freemasons. The latter are not, despite hysterical and poorly argued conspiracy theories, a bunch of dark-minded maniacs plotting in back rooms to 'take over the world'. They represent but one of several threads of a truly ancient 'wisdom tradition' which has its origins deep in the many millennia of our dimly perceived prehistory. It is a tradition of ideas and ideals, embedded in symbols, rituals and practises, that stretches back far past the earliest Greek times and beyond, before even the era of Egypt at its pyramid-building height. And almost all of this can be worked out simply through observation and a minimum of study, though it helps to know something about recorded history too. We take a closer look.
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n the intelligence community, the way people (spies) work is called 'trade-craft'. The combination of both a 'trade' which is also a 'craft' did not start with this
community – it is older yet than James Bond by far. But in some fashion the term applies because spies are good at doing what they do 'in plain sight' – people just don't realise it. The same may be said of the Templars and Freemasons, among others. The whole notion of a specialised 'trade' which is also a 'craft' – and which, in its practical and symbolic application, carries embedded knowledge that represents much of humankind's collective memory of itself as a species – lies squarely, if one might so say, with what today is known as Freemasonry. The reliance on systems of codification, along with use of what was then advanced design technology, and the practical applications of both 'crafts', in peace and war, were key aspects of the methods of the Templars and their co-creators, the Medieval masons. Working together, masons and Templars literally and figuratively built the foundations of what today is called the 'modern world' – neither could do it without the other group's collective skills, knowledge and distilled wisdom, and both required a lifelong dedication to a cause much
underscore this gory spectacle of intimidation, repression
greater than the individuals involved.
and oppression of humanity.
There was more to being a Templar than just
So, historically speaking, there have been some very
fighting; and there was more to being a mason than
real and necessary reasons for the development of a
mere building in stone. However, in both cases, the
certain amount of protection of core information dealing
fraught contemporary context required the withholding of
with what initiates into this wisdom tradition have always
information from the general populace, both for the safety
of the carriers of that knowledge or wisdom tradition, and
The overwhelmingly convincing argument for this lies
for the protection of the tradition's embedded teachings
in the history of how Templar leaders like Jacques de
Molay met their end – slow roasted unto death after long
Some aspect of that need for self-protection still persists in these organisations, but not as a cover for
In parallel to what was done to the Templars
of the requirement to keep this body of refined human
there is the horror and outrage which went under the
experience – conveyed in allegory, symbolism, ritual and
righteous-sounding name of the Albigensian Crusade. this was a 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope
is here being considered, but our journey as a species
Innocent III (who was anything but) to eliminate
through what we call history is nothing if not winding and
Catharism centred in Languedoc, in southern France. The
sometimes even perverse.
Crusade was prosecuted primarily by the French crown,
so much the rage of Europe just four centuries ago
More accurately called the Cathar Crusade (1209-1229)
As with everything, there are pros and cons in what
Perverse, as in the era of witch-burnings which was
years between 1307 and 1312.
'dubious deeds in the dark' so much as a continuation
practice – safe from revisionist tampering.
periods of imprisonment and torture in the repressive
although this is when the so-called 'Spanish Inquisition' was formed for the purpose of eliminating 'heresy'.
and which claimed the lives of something like 500 000
This 'crusade' of the Catholic Church against gnostic
people, mostly women, or that of the infamous Spanish
fellow Christians resulted in the effective elimination of
Inquisition, complete with systemised and sanctified
practising Cathars, with tens of thousands killed, maimed,
torture, and plenty of additional public burnings to
mutilated, burned or forcibly displaced. And the Cathar's
great heresy? They believed in the equality of men and women, did not require a formal priesthood and claimed a personal connection to the Divine. It is no accident that Catharcism arose in the Languedoc region of France at roughly the same time as the Templars emerged – both groups share their roots in the same ancient wisdom tradition
The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (in Latin, Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), also known as the Order of Solomon's Temple, the Knights Templar, or simply as Templars, was a Catholic military order recognised in 1139 by papal bull Omne Datum Optimum. The order was founded in 1119 and active from about 1129 to 1312. The order, which virtually instantly became wealthy and very powerful, was a favoured 'charity' throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and influence. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, developing innovative financial techniques that were an early form of banking, and built hundreds of fortifications, cathedrals, churches and abbeys across Europe and the Holy Land.
Working together, masons and Templars literally and figuratively built the foundations of what today is called the 'modern world' – neither could do it without the other group's collective skills, knowledge and distilled wisdom, and both required a lifelong dedication to a cause much greater than the individuals involved. However, in both cases, the fraught contemporary context required the withholding of information from the general populace, both for the safety of the carriers of that knowledge or wisdom tradition, and for the protection of the tradition's embedded teachings themselves.
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That is the known 'exoteric' story of the Templars – the 'inner truth' is even more interesting and significant. That the Templars were ever formed is due to a line of tradition, handed down, father-to-son, by people who once lived in the Holy Land but had relocated to France shortly after the time of the man most people know as Jesus (whose actual name was Jeshua ben Joseph). The period from Jesus's birth to about three decades after his death was rife with rebellion in Palestine/Israel/ the Holy Land, culminating with an uprising that saw most Romans occupiers killed by the zealots, along with most collaborators. Some well-to-do Jewish families fled during the uprising, but many more did so too when the Romans determined to wipe out the Jewish rebels once and for all, sending at least three legions to get the job done, which they did. The Romans made a point of destroying Solomon's Temple (for the second time, the Babylonians have already done so several centuries prior) and eradicating the last surviving zealots at Masada. But that was not before many 'treasures' were buried beneath the Temple Mount and a number of leading families managed to flee with much of their wealth. Where did they go? To southern France, directly
arose among these now noble houses' sons to fulfil the
across the Mediterranean. There, already, a tradition had
dream of their forefathers to return to the Temple Mount
developed after Mary Magdalene, apparently pregnant
and recover the priceless treasures hidden there.
and quite possibly so with Jeshua's child (for they were,
Much speculation has gone into what exactly those
despite church objections but very clear so from the
treasures were. Likely there was indeed a goodly quantum
Nag Hammadi texts, a married couple) had landed at a
of gold and silver and such. And probably there were
place now called, when translated from the French, 'the
other religious and historical items of significance too. But
Maries of the Sea', since there was more than one Mary
the real 'treasure' was knowledge.
abroad the small vessel which Joseph of Aramathea had
This is the knowledge which allowed its discoverers,
organised for her some time not long after the crucifixion.
the Templars, to become the single most powerful order in
Some 30 years later a much bigger wave of soon-to-
all Christiandom within 100 years, and to build more than
be-Frenchmen arrived on those same shores fleeing
250 cathedrals across Europe – using 'new' technology in
the wrath of Rome as its legions crushed the zealots'
the form of the Gothic arch and flying buttresses to hold
up these 'houses of God's light' in a manner never before
And with those arrivals the tradition began of fathers telling their sons of the treasures beneath the Temple
They also started the now common system of
Mount – a tradition which became embedded in some of
international trade backed by letters of credit, back then
that part of France's 'landed aristocracy' families.
in the form of cyphers understandable to other Templars
These wealthy families used what gold and treasure
but to no-one else, and which allowed traders to move
they had managed to bring with them to buy properties
around without the burden of carrying highly vulnerable
(a swathe of territory running through Languedoc to
'cash' in the form of gold and silver.
Normandy) and to continue, often, with their trading and
A tiny slip of paper carrying an encrypted message
other activities, making most of them among the richest
and hidden in the hem of a piece of cloth was all that a
and most ennobled in the land within a few generations.
trader in Venice needed to encash himself in Paris, with
Almost exactly 1 000 years later, with the opening up
Templars at each end of the transaction – international
of the Holy Land to Western Christians, the opportunity
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seen in Western culture.
banking had been born.
These were some of the achievements of the Templars. But they were too successful. So it was that Philip IV of France – deeply in debt to the order – took advantage of circumstances to eliminate his debt. On Friday October 13, 1307, and, in collusion with the weak Pope Clement V, over whom Phillip had almost complete control, the French king had many of the order's members in France arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and burned at the stake. Others were imprisoned and tortured, only to be released after 'confessing', and then were re-accused of heresy and put to death. The Templars ostensibly then 'disappeared' through most of Europe, the order finally being disbanded, again under Papal decree, in 1312.
In plain sight
But the Templars had always known that what they held as sacred was not strictly doctrinally 'correct' and that they had, therefore, to be highly secretive with both their initiation rites and practises, as well as with their system of cyphers and codes. Part of what they had brought back as 'ancient wisdom' was not merely the technology to build soaring new edifices to the Divine in the form of Cathedrals like Chartres in Paris, but something about Christianity and the Divine itself
But the Templars had always known that what they held as sacred was not strictly doctrinally 'correct' and that they had, therefore, to be highly secretive with both their initiation rites and practises, as well as with their system of cyphers and codes. Part of what they had brought back as 'ancient wisdom' was not merely the technology to build soaring new edifices to the Divine in the form of Cathedrals like Chartres in Paris, but something about Christianity and the Divine itself – something, from their perspective, incredibly dangerous and, from the church's, highly destabilising to accepted Catholic doctrine.
– something, from their perspective, incredibly dangerous
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and, from the church's, highly destabilising to accepted Catholic doctrine. It was, in essence, that God was not merely 'Father', but also 'Mother'. That Divinity in incarnation was not merely Jeshua but also twinned with the Magdalene, and that the overly masculinised Christianity of the early part of the second millennium AD was a gross distortion of what had been taught at the feet of Jeshua. At the root of this notion is the fundamental principle that masculine and feminine, as dualistic expressions of the 'inexpressible God', had to be in balance, both within individuals and within society as a whole (see accompanying box Masculine & Feminine Divine). That state of affairs could not have been further from the reality of 12th and 13th century Europe. So the Templars put their message out there for all to see for centuries to come, on the understanding, also born of ancient wisdom teachings, that when collective consciousness had shifted and evolved sufficiently, such 'secret knowledge' would be – and would have been in the intervening centuries, for the few that might pick this up – right out in plain sight for anyone to see. Look at the entrances of the great Gothic cathedrals built in such short order by the Templars and their highly skilled masons (and herein lies one connection between
Templars signs and symbols (two knights riding a single
these groups) and you can see for yourself: the shape and
horse, for example)?
multiple 'lips' of the Gothic arched entrances figuratively
The Templars of that time were passing a message
represent the Feminine Divine, just as the soaring towers
along to later generations – to ours in specific, for now
represent the male aspect.
we are, more or less, free to talk about such things, as
At the very apex of the entry arches there is almost
Rennes-le-Château is another parallel manifestation
Because, in cypher terms, it is an anagram of eros –
of some of the same 'hidden' wisdom traditions, complete
the physical love that was part of the mutuality of the
with its symbol-rich chapel and Bérenger Saunière's
Jeshua-Mary Magdalene expression of 'divinity in the
mysterious 'Magdel Tower'. What 'secret' did he uncover?
And is this knowledge how he became so rich so quickly?
The Templars were saying outright in stone something that they could not say with their tongues – not without losing both their tongues and the heads that they were in. The Templars hid many other things in plain sight on just the same principles. Herein lie not one but
Already we have touched on the link between the Templars, a fighting order, and the masons, a building one. But neither could do what was done without the
familiarity: Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, home of the St
other. And history has shown how these two orders have
Claires (a French name, please note) and self-admitted
carried their 'hidden wisdoms' into the modern era.
or barley) richly carved through this fascinating 13
When Phillip and Clement hatched their devious plot to undo the Templars they heavily under-estimated their
Why are ears of New World corn (not wheat, rye
into stone symbolism and effigies.
thanks to Dan Brown and others like him, at least some
unlock Templar mysteries.
Riches that enabled him to put some powerful 'secrets'
several other stories with which some readers may have,
Templars to this day, carries all sorts of clues and keys to
evidenced in this article, for the first time in our history.
always a rose carved in the keystone. But why a rose?
Two days before the 'axe fell' in 1307, many French
century building, put up well before Columbus crossed
Templars simply 'disappeared', along with the entirety
the Atlantic? Why too tobacco leaves? Why the many
of the Templar fleet, then the largest by far in Europe
and usually found anchored in Marseilles. Some Templars subsequently turned up in Scotland, where they were never seriously put upon, despite pressure from Rome. Many – including most of the 'missing' fleet – simply sailed to Portugal where they were welcomed and where they set themselves up as the 'Soldiers of Christ', not even bothering to change their red cross on white tunic uniforms. Almost all the Templar funds that Phillip hoped to seize were also gone when his soldiers moved on Templar properties. Through much of Europe where the Pope's influence was undiminished, the Templars lost their properties, but they did not lose their movable wealth and they retained their knowledge, including that of sailing which they had developed and advanced through extensive sea trading over 200 years, mostly in the Mediterranean but also beyond. And with that one realises in a single sweep why Portugal, within 100 years, was the world's leading sea power and explorer nation. The Templars, in their new guise, kept most of their old symbols, also shown in plain sight – like their fleet's flag or ensign, made up of a skull and crossbones on a black background. If this sounds familiar, as in 'Hi, ho me harty, and pass the rum' pirate-like, then you have it. Why the skull and crossbones? It was a reminder to all that at the end of every human journey lies the grave and the
Where are the origins for this secret tradition which is so apparent to see once you know what to look for? They lie in the deepest depths of lost history. Some might say that the origins of the storified and encoded traditions of both Templars and Masons are, in essence, to be found the teachings of the Emerald Tablets. These teachings are reputed to have been codified by the Greek 'god' Hermes, otherwise known as Hermes Trismagistus – the thrice great – and by the Egyptians as Thoth. According to some sources, like Edgar Cayce, the real source of the wisdom of the Emerald Tablets goes back much farther in time yet than even ancient Egypt.
whitened bones that lie therein. It was both a warning and a
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promise – and for some hundreds of years, the sight of it filled sea-going nation's captains and crews with terror. It was not that Templars at sea were suddenly vicious killers, all one-eyed and peg-legged and filled with murderous intent. It was, at first, that those showing this sign were not aligned to any nation and could, therefore, take on any state fleet on the seas, specifically the Spanish. In later years, the use of the Jolly Roger as it became known was less and less associated with its origins and increasingly with plain old piracy, Blackbeard-style – but it was still used with the knowledge that those flying it owed nothing to any earthly authority.
Stone & ritual
Determined never to allow their hard-won knowledge and skills to be suppressed into submission, the Templars declared their beliefs (there are several that Rome didn't like, such as the idea that without John the Baptist there is no 'Jesus' as we have come to know him and so John too must be revered along with Jesus) in stone and in ritual. You may wonder where today you could find this knowledge. In stone, it is in the Templar-built edifices across Europe. The ritual part of a portion of their knowledge can be found by anyone, male or female, and largely unchanged, in the rituals of almost any genuine
from Kentucky, USA, whose 'unconscious communications'
Masonic Temple, including Co-Freemasonry, wherein
while in trance led to over 14 000 healings and treatment
women play an equal role with their male practitioners.
protocols – many inexplicable to modern medicine but
In allegory, statutory, signs, seals, emblems, symbols
almost every single one, no matter how apparently
and practice, the wisdom of the Templars is held in trust,
'strange', still successful when applied as given – along
as it has been semi-openly for 300 years by the Masons.
with a few 'prophecy' and 'history' communications.
civilisations existed before that of the Egyptians who were,
Where are the origins for this 'hidden tradition' which is
in Cayce's information, the descendants of a survivor
so apparent to see once you know what to look for? They
group from the last of those great civilisations, based as
lie in the deepest depths of lost history. Some might say
described by Plato, 'beyond the pillars of Hercules' and
that the origins of the storified and encoded traditions of
centred in what is now the Caribbean islands and the
both Templars and Masons are, in essence, to be found in
Bahamas. In other words, they were an Atlantean colony
the teachings of the Emerald Tablets. These teachings are
which developed into its own great culture off the back
reputed to have been codified by the Greek 'god' Hermes,
of the same body of knowledge and wisdom which is the
otherwise known as Hermes Trismagistus – the thrice
focus of this article.
great – and by the Egyptians as Thoth.
nationalists and traditionalists such as Zahi Hawass,
even the same person as Hermes – is revered in Egyptian
but Hawass's view, along with many others of his ilk, is
teachings as the bringer of wisdom and light, the teacher
severely hampered by the fact that the construction of
of writing, art, mathematics, architecture, astronomy and
the pyramids of Giza cannot possibly have been achieved
astrology, medicine and other arenas of learning.
using the methods he and others like him think were used,
source of the wisdom of the Emerald Tablets goes back much further in time yet than even ancient Egypt. Cayce is the famous mid-20th century 'sleeping prophet'
Such ideas are scorned and hated by Egyptological
The Thoth figure – in all respects the predecessor or
According to some sources, like Edgar Cayce, the real
According to the Cayce material, at least three great
or in remotely the same sort of timescale (20 years for the Great Pyramid). This simple fact, along with other difficulties for the conventionalists such as the obvious water erosion, over
what must have been hundreds of years, of the containment walls of the Sphinx, mean that the conventional explanation for the rise of the Egyptian civilisation does not work even remotely adequately. Either way, according to Cayce, the destruction of the last great prehistorical civilisation, Atlantis, culminated with the end of the last Ice Age about 13 000 years ago. Far-flung remnants were left in Egypt and a few other places, such in Turkey at a place recently discovered called Gobekli Tepe, and with scatterlings left through parts of Meso-America, later to be called Mayans or Olmecs by 'for-themost-part-guessing' modern anthropologists and archeologists trying to understand megalithic stone constructions in that part of the world.
However far back this body of knowledge goes, it has elements unchanged over the eons of time which have, for most people, separated the root from today's fruit. These elements are to be found in the ancient megalithic structures previously mentioned which provide incontrovertible proof in stone of a technology long lost to even the most modern of us. To be clear, this technology included the ability to move, with apparent ease, massive stone blocks, and cut them with a precision and methodology yet to be rediscovered.
Not only do we owe the Templars, the Mason, the Rosicrucians, and many others, much of what we now call the modern world – we owe them even more. In their buildings and in their traditions, secret or in plain sight, they have held and still hold the greatest 'secret' of all – and one of the most revolutionary – which is that all people are inherently equal, that none is by birth made 'better' than any other and that it is in how we treat one another as fellow humans, and even how we treat the world in which we live, that we might find the true measure of high-quality people who have allowed us to inherent and develop the freedoms so many now take for granted.
But the evidence is also to be found in more modern
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structures, such as the many Templar cathedrals and in modern-day Masonic lodges. They are to be found in the practises of both Masons and their Templar brothers (yes, there are indeed modern day Templars) as well as sibling bodies such as the Rosicrucians and some other less well-known mystical or esoteric orders, of which there are a number. You may have followed the argument to this point but wonder at the need in modern society for organisations like the Freemasons, Templars or Rosicrucians to not simply divulge the details of their initiations and practises – after all, anything now goes, more or less, so what's there to hide as it only gives ammunition to know-nothing conspiracy theorists? The answer is that these organisations, and others like them such as some Mystery Schools still teaching aspects of this supposedly arcane ancient wisdom tradition, are not 'secret' in themselves – their practises are kept
Masculine & Feminine
with, and to enable initiates to have powerful, life-affirming
and wisdom-imparting experiences not tainted by any
One of the central tenets of the Gnostic
private to prevent these practises from being meddled
fore-knowledge of what is to come. Yet to the knowing eye, almost all that is carried by Freemasonry, today's version of the Templars, the Rosicrucians or any similar bodies, is so apparent as to seem almost 'obvious'. As has been the case for as long as we have had history, some parts of what has come before remain. When expressed by those charged with the care of guarding painfully-garnered and distilled human experience – in other words, wisdom – it is still usually done 'in plain sight' since the purpose was always to protect the wisdom itself, not to hold secrets for their own sake. If you had or have the eyes to see what is on the buildings of the streets you walk along, the statues you may pass, and symbols embedded in all manner of things, then you are alive to this ancient tradition, and it is as clear as if writ large in plain text.
But it is not merely in monumental structures and allegory that the wisdom is held – it is alive in our common, daily language too, 'hiding in plain sight' in the words we use. A few examples: doing things 'on the level' and 'by the square', hence a 'square deal'. Or how about 'giving someone the third degree'? Or even how about 'hooking someone up'? The idea of being 'black balled' comes out of the same tradition of usage. Core cultural concepts around the value of wisdom, strength and beauty, as well as faith, hope and love, are all
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tradition, which is as present and evident in the parallel Hermetic tradition, is the equivalence of men and women, not just as people but as expressions of Divine creation. More than that, the Masculine and Feminine Divine, in terms of these traditions, reflect the underlying duality of everything. In this understanding, there is an equal and opposite aspect to all things in manifestation, though the 'collapsing' of these dualities does not result in annihilation but rather a transcending synthesis which is the destiny in consciousness of all self-aware beings, such as you and I. This complementarity of 'oppositional' forces is considered in these systems as necessary for the maintenance of the Cosmos as we know and experience it. This idea stretches from the sub-atomic level of oppositional charges and spins, as we now know them, to astronomic features such as black holes and energy-spewing pulsars. We humans, with our domain located somewhere roughly in the middle of those two extremes of physical manifestation, are just as much part of the dualistic picture as any other level of what we might term 'Creation'. While there is some element of 'contention' between
creation, their real purpose is not merely to
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drawn from Masonic tradition, which in turn rests upon the
counterbalance one another; it is to provide
shoulders of this ancient wisdom tradition.
the dynamic tension which gives rise to new
One can find a near endless supply of these sorts
expressions of being. In human terms, it is
of indirect references which have found their way into
this dynamic tension which drives personal and
common usage, but only if you know how to 'look', or to
social development as we oscillate from one
expression of living to another, learning (mostly
The political notions at the root of the modern
This is one of the core notions at the heart
the key concepts that have driven Masons, Templars and
of what we are describing as the common
those before them: not merely a system of law before
'ancient wisdom' tradition that still lives within
which all are equal (a once thoroughly revolutionary idea
our cultures and in our own beings as a thriving
to those born to position, power and privilege) but one in
and dynamic force.
which personal freedom is paramount, as per the American
In terms of this understanding, there arises
Declaration of Independence, and the ideals of the almost
what may be termed a 'reflective duality'. Its
simultaneous French Revolution of 1789 – liberty, fraternity
nature is summed up in the Hermetic term,
(brotherhood) and equality.
'As Above, So Below'. One could also say,
using different words to the same end, that vice versa. In modern day terminology one
and others of their kin, lies a code of ethics in which
could talk, as many cosmologists do, of the
all people are in essence equal, in which liberty and
'holographic' nature of the universe wherein
common humanity are more important than rank and
each part contains the essence and 'blue print'
noble birth-right; a system wherein a man or woman may
of the whole.
labours and efforts, not by bloodline and descent. The Templars, and the Masons after them, while never espousing revolution for its own sake, have always been on
always contains an irreducible 'oceanness' in and of itself. A central idea of both Hermetic and Gnostic
is why so many Masons were involved in the founding of
wisdom is that we are just the same as those
drops of oceanic water – we each carry some
passed down to other modern states, not least South Africa
aspect of that which has made us, without exception.
wherein common human rights as vested in our progressive
That is why, arising from the ethics inherent
Constitution are among the most advanced and inclusive of
in these systems, each and every life must be
any country in the world.
considered significant, no more nor less than
Not only do we owe the Templars, the Masons, the Rosicrucians, and many others whose names may never be
any other. There is an inevitably 'equality of beingness' embedded in this worldview.
known but who shared the same source of wisdom, much
It is the root, stock and fruit of the
of what we now call the modern world – we owe them
Humanist movement that grew out of the
Renaissance and the Age of Reason. It is the
In their buildings and in their traditions, whether hidden
affirmation that everyone matters, in a fashion
or in plain sight, they have held and still hold the greatest
beyond human bounds of measurement. It
'secret' of all – and one of the most revolutionary – which
means that we are all ultimately fashioned
is that all people are inherently equal, that none is by birth
by and from Divinity, in our essence. It was
made 'better' than any other and that it is in how we treat
precisely what Jeshua/Jesus was speaking to as
one another as fellow humans, and even how we treat
not only his but our collective birth-right and, in
the world in which we live, that we might find the true
the full realisation of this transcendent aspect
measure of the high-quality people who have allowed us
of our being, for and within ourselves, it is also our destiny too.
to inherent and develop the freedoms so many of us now take for granted. O
Yet another way of saying same thing is to assert that every drop of water in the ocean
the side of the downtrodden and unrepresented – which
And that marvellous and honourable tradition has been
the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and
So behind the Freemasons, the Templars, the Rosicrucians
be measured in their worth by their actions and their own
about ourselves) as we go.
non-monarchical (federal) state actually embody some of
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Lion's Gate | a por ODYSSEY 32 •
uring the time of the Lions Gate, the sun and Sirius are in alignment and a portal opens that allows a greater amount of light* into planet earth. Sirius is
known as the Spiritual Sun and exudes more light than our sun. When the two (Sun and Sirius) are in alignment, a much greater amount of light is exuded to earth. The sun falls in the
The Lions Gate (8.8.8) recently occurred – but most people remain unaware of its significance. Michelle Leske reports.
constellation of Leo, and this is why this period is called Lions Gate. The effects are felt most on the 8th of the 8th every year. It is no con-incidence that at this time, Sirius lines up perfectly with the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The Goddess Sekhmet who is the Lion Headed Goddess and destroyer of the Ego, is associated with Lions Gate. She is the protector of our Spiritual Nature and fiercely fights to assist us in remembering who we really are, mighty powerful spiritual beings, not the insignificant tiny 'things' that our ego would have us believe. As humans, we need to balance our Feminine side now. Ego, which is masculine in nature, has become far too dominant. Feminine energy is soft, flowing, abundant, loving and joyful. It is no co-incidence that the mystical Sphinx embraces and enhances our Feminine nature. To sit between her paws is to be nurtured by the Goddess, bringing feelings of surrender, trust, flow and pure love. Now is the perfect time to start remembering your magnificence and acting on it. The portal was open, the energy being felt most significantly on 8.08.17, but persisting for some time thereafter. Ask the Goddess Sekhmet to assist you to remember your Divinity and let go of the ego that keeps you acting small.
Gods & Goddesses Many of us go through our lives struggling. We get hurt by the opinions and selfish acts of humanity. We retaliate with that same energy. If someone is nasty to us, we feel hurt and fight back. We have forgotten that we are Magnificent Beings. We have also forgotten that those very people who hurt us are also Magnificent Beings. How can we change this behaviour? How can we put an end to this tit-for-tat nastiness and ungodliness? Simply by remembering that we are Gods and Goddesses and allowing ourselves to be just that. That is why we are here on this earth – to end the cycle of birth and rebirth, reincarnation. That is the sole purpose of our life on earth – to remember that we are Unconditional Love. It may be difficult to do this or it may be easy, it is a choice. We either allow our egos to dominate our lives, or we allow Unconditional Love to dominate. The one path is difficult, fraught with fear, lack, greed, selfishness and anger. The other path is filled with joy, abundance, greatness, kindness, fulfilment and love. It is a choice we make. What kind of life do you wish to live? Are you prepared to do the work to live a joy filled
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abundant life? Or do you prefer to stay in the mode of
Michelle will be hosting another Goddess
fear and lack?
Tour to Egypt in March 2018. Participants will
Because we have spent lifetimes operating from ego, it is necessary to undo our thinking and behaviour patterns, we need to recognise where we are not being Unconditional Love and change that behaviour very consciously. Now is the time. If you choose to change your life, it is necessary to become aware of what you do
be working on shifting to a space of loving themselves unconditionally. They will be using many tools such as meditation, the Violet, White and Opal Flames, Hoóponopono, Yoga, Colour and sound to enhance and enable this
not like about your behaviour and change that.
shift. If you have been to Egypt before, you
Egyptian energy enhances shifting, so, says
will know that simply being in the Ancient
It is also good to remember the mirror. What we see in
Michelle, imagine what can be achieved when
others, is actually what we feel about ourselves. When we
you are doing the work with intention.
judge another, we are in fact judging ourselves. What we
The Goddesses of Egypt, the Ascended
love in others we love about ourselves. Unconditional love
Masters and the River Nile will be the
for others comes from loving ourselves. No judgement.
participants' teachers, she adds. Michelle has
Just accepting ourselves as we are, and loving the flaws and quirkiness as much as we love what we consider the perfection. Everything is perfection, everything is as it is meant to be, including both out light and dark sides. Once we start embracing the dark side of ourselves, bringing it to the light, it will dissipate and transmute because it has been recognised. You can only start dissipating, dissolving
chosen to spend eight days on the Nile River, on a very luxurious, private sail boat. The water of the Nile will assist in 'the release of stuck negative emotions'. There will be private time in Sekhmet Sanctuary. Participants will be privileged to
and working with something that you own, claim and
sit between the mothering and nurturing Paws
recognise. When you see something that you do not like
of the Sphinx and will have private access to
in another, go within, see what the mirror is showing you,
the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid to do
and start working from that point.
meditations and toning. They will also have
Work with the extra light available during the period
private access to do meditations at sunrise
of Lions Gate. Trample the fear (ego) and move forward
in most of the temples. On the last tour led
into a space of Self Love. You are worth it. O
by Michelle, participants had the privilege of
All things in this world are impermanent. They have the nature to rise and pass away. To be in harmony with this truth brings true happiness. - Buddhist Chant
visiting an area of Karnak Temple that is not open to the public. It was, she says, 'a most amazing experience', and adds that the tour in 2018 promises the same experience. If you really want to experience a tour to Egypt, like no other, contact Michelle for more info via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit awakenthegoddess.info. See ad, right.
Publisher's Note: In the context being used by the author, the increased 'light' quantum referred to is not something one might measure on, for instance, a lux meter which could tell you how much light your living room lights are producing. Rather, this is a reference to 'light' in the esoteric sense of a greater radiance across the full electromagnetic spectrum, especially those parts not visible to the eye necessarily but which are powerful in their effects on human consciousness. Small increases in this part of the spectrum of electromagnet energy (which can be referred to as 'light', albeit much is unseen and unseeable by us with our eyes) have dramatic and disproportional effects on our consciousnesses, whether we are aware of these effects or not. Being aware of such effects, however, allows us to work with them consciously, thereby enhancing their positive impacts.
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MIKE DOOLEY South Africa, August 2017
Mike will be visiting Johannesburg and Cape Town in August 2017 and will be presenting his Playing the Matrix program in each of these centres: Johannesburg 26 August; Cape Town 27 August Mike Dooley's inspirational books emphasizing spiritual accountability have been published in 25 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Today Mike is perhaps best known for his free Notes from the Universe emails. His books with Hay House include Life on Earth, The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You and From Deep Space With Love. He has also published a card deck called Notes from the Universe on Abundance, as well as a colouring book called Notes from the Universe Colouring Book.
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Getting messages from spirit W
hen my mother told me 35 years ago that
even more shocking than what Mom once shared with
she'd just read a mind-blowing book explaining
me. I'd like to introduce you to 'Frank,' a collective of
reality, supposedly channelled by a lady
eight beings from a planet 3.6 billion light-years away
in trance, whose husband took longhand dictation,
from Earth, in what is considered deep space. To put
I suggested she might be 'losing it'. I'd always been
that in context, many scientists estimate the width of the
intrigued by the 'far out', but as an accounting major at
universe to be 156 billion light-years*. Frank is channelled
the time, I was definitely not into the 'woo-woo'. Mom,
by an acquaintance turned friend, Tracy Farquhar, and
however, implored me to read Jane Roberts's Seth Speaks
'they' (since Frank is plural, not singular) hail not from the
and judge the contents not based on where it came from,
spiritual realm, as Seth did or Abraham does, but from the
but for what it said.
physical realm upon another planet, right now. Frank's
I read it. Mom was right. And my life has never been the same. Channelling, in case you don't know, is the ability to slightly alter one's conscious focus to allow the
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world is nothing like our world, and they're vastly more advanced than we are in probably every regard, having nearly destroyed themselves millennia ago and lived to tell about it.
spiritual energy of another, or that of your higher self,
Tracy is a professional medium and psychic development
to physically communicate through you. There are many
teacher who began a journey into discovering her abilities
other best-selling works whose authors claim to have
in 2005 when she took classes in psychic development
channelled them, among them the Abraham books,
at a local community college. As she worked with her
channelled by Esther Hicks; Jonathan Livingston Seagull,
abilities, she became ever more sensitive.
channelled by Richard Bach; and countless others.
In December 2009, she and her sister were contacted
Curiously, many holy books, including the Bible, are
by a collective who identified themselves only as Frank:
accepted by their followers as not written by those whose
'We are a group of travellers from the Macelonix galaxy,
names appear on the Gospels, but supposedly the word
3.6 billion light-years away. We have evolved a method of
of God or angels, channelled through them. Channelling
soul transference that allows us to visit other worlds. Our
has been around forever.
energy is comparable to that of a wave or particle traveling
And now, dear reader, I've got something that just
from one point to another. We can transfer it to other
might blow your mind. Its source is absolutely sensational,
dimensions through controlled thought and meditation.'
Well-known writer and speaker Mike Dooley, who is coming to South Africa soon, discusses how he came to experience what is generally called 'channelling' in this extract from his recent book From Deep Space With Love. In 2014 Tracy released Frank Talk: A Book of Channelled
Wisdom, which while fabulously mind-expanding, raised many more questions. I have since had the great privilege of posing those questions to Frank; their answers created the entirety of this book. At first I simply wanted as much information as possible from these distant and obviously enlightened guides. Yet with hindsight, I saw that both the questions and their answers were forming a foundation of knowledge and contrast from which any reader could begin imagining how to build a better world here on Earth. Now, before you shrug this off, I'd like to make a bet that based on your answers to just three little questions, I'll be able to bring you on board. If I lose, you need read no further. If I win, you'll give this book a try. Deal?
Do you believe there's probably life on other planets? Of course you do. To imagine that Earth, among two to three trillion planets – in the Milky Way galaxy alone (as guesstimated by a few scientific geniuses; the number is not yet knowable) – is the only one with life, while it alone has many millions of species, is naïve (to be kind). Then consider there are 100 to 300 billion more galaxies. Meaning the universe may have 2 500 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 (2.5 trillion x 100 billion) planets. Statistically, if you could play your local six-number lottery one time for every planet in the universe, you'd win 178 571 430 000 000 000 times. (The chance of your winning such is 1 in 14 million.) Which is to say, hypothetically, if the chance of there being life on another planet is 1 in every 14 000 000 sampled
Do you believe that our minds are more powerful than presently understood? That we likely have latent conscious abilities that now escape use, such as extrasensory perception (telepathy, clairvoyance)?
(arbitrarily comparing it to winning the lottery, which
Sure you do. You've even had your own supernatural
that strongly point to our not being alone, and, yeah . . .
experiences, right? Like knowing who was calling before
of course you do.
you know to be thoroughly daunting), you'd find life on 178 571 430 000 000 000 other planets. And then there are all the human eyewitnesses, photography, videography, and mysterious ancient ruins
you answered the phone. Your spot-on gut feel. Your treasure trove of insights offered by the occasional night-time dream.
Finally, do you believe that some of the life 'out there' might have developed their conscious
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abilities to a far greater degree than we have? You have to. I mean, if some can presumably fly spaceships here through technological feats that we can't even comprehend, naturally they'd be more advanced in other areas of creature development. To think that we are the most consciously sophisticated of all life-forms that exist upon 178 571 430 000 000 000 planets calls into serious question the intelligence of the life-form drawing such a conclusion – proving the likelihood of the point. On board? If so, you're actually ready to go where you've not likely gone before: considering the premise that there are extra-terrestrials who've already developed their conscious abilities to such a degree that they've discovered ways to astral project (Google it) to far-flung reaches in space, not only to find us (among others), but to initiate contact. Also that there are ETs eager to share word of their existence and lessons learned as a species and civilisation, solely wanting to be of service. You'd do the same if we were to find an attentive, eager-to-learn, primitive tribe in some unexplored jungle on Earth,
intellectually, sufficiently to travel space – with grace and
heretofore oblivious to the modern world. Right? Sure,
good manners no less (whether in their bodies or outside
some members of the tribe would deny our existence.
of them) – must have required a discipline and maturity
And some, even if they believed, would probably be riled
largely unknown on this planet. And to address those who
and not want any such 'interference', preferring life as
think this book is a ruse to line my and Tracy's pockets
they know it to remain unchanged. Similarly, I'm certain
with money, don't you think we'd sell a lot more copies
some readers, even some who gave three 'Yes' answers
if we were warning that Frank was after minerals, DNA,
above, will nevertheless be riled by its message and not
and flesh? We'd rather aspire to Frank's sophistication by
want any such 'interference', preferring life as they now
relaying their insights than try to get rich quick. Not that
know it to remain unchanged. Fine.
we'd mind the latter, but our priority is the former.
Yet for your three yes answers, and the fact that
I deem every word they've offered to be true, for
you're still reading, Frank's mere existence is not only
the quality, profundity, and depth of what they share
probable, but extremely likely, to the sextillionth degree.
concerning the nature of consciousness. Some of it I
Furthermore, I believe the premises just given, which
already knew to be true; much of it, however, is unknown
have been confirmed by Frank, add to this information's
to the kind of people who would want to perpetuate such
authenticity. In other words, while the source of this
as a hoax. Neither crooked extra-terrestrials nor crooked
material is truly sensational, staggering even, Frank's
humans would or could make up some of the things Frank
message is not.
has shared with me on the fly.
They haven't singled us out to find rare minerals, harvest
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Frank claims they are 'here' on what we would call a
'humanitarian mission': to bring truth and understanding
science-fiction films (and perhaps Stephen Hawking)
to those seeking deeper insights on reality, given the
would have us believe. Instead, Frank's intent is to speak
exciting energy shifts now apparently and evidently
from experience on collective co-operation, community,
happening on our planet. Frank is not here physically, yet
creativity, imagination, love, and self-betterment. Aliens
they can be summoned at will by Tracy Farquhar.
turned big brothers and sisters. Actually, sophisticated
She, like all channels, has developed her conscious
ETs have probably always been benevolent, just not in our
abilities to a degree sufficient for 'family members' in her
movies. Kindness, I would expect, is a hallmark of true
energetic alignment to find her. Frank is part of her family,
sophistication. After all, for any creatures to have patiently
and they are here to help and assist, individually and
developed themselves and their world, emotionally and
collectively, as we see in these words: 'In the unlimited
Channelling, in case you don't know, is the ability to slightly alter one's conscious focus to allow the spiritual energy of another, or that of your higher self, to physically communicate through you. taking dictation. The length of time I can sustain this will depend on how tired I am and my state of mind. Usually, after a few paragraphs, I will stop and do a quick edit for typos, misspellings, and word usage, but I will very rarely tweak the verbiage. In a live channelling session I once did, an audience member asked Frank if they could channel in languages other than English, and the answer was quite intriguing. They said that they communicated through frequency, and spirit aspect of our beings, we have been able to witness many historical events on your planet, and it is through the understanding of your planet's evolution that we have been motivated to step in and express our perspective on the direction that you are heading and what could be done to improve that trajectory.' When asked how Tracy could reach Frank at any time – I mean, what if they're sleeping, or in the shower, or mowing the yard when Tracy wants to chat? – Frank explained that like us, they are multidimensional beings, but for their fully developed conscious abilities, they're able to simultaneously lend fragments of their combined consciousness to Tracy, even as they tend to their lives back home. Here are some notes from Tracy on how she channels Frank: The method of channelling Frank can best be described as an intentional relaxation. It is best done during a quiet part of the day, when there can be minimal interruption and noise; many times this will be late at night, just before I go to sleep. I enter a state of relaxation with some deep breathing and, through my intentions, allow a space for Frank to come in. There is a sense that I 'step aside' to the left while Frank's energy enters through the right. It is a very gentle and subtle sensation when I am writing, but will be a stronger shift of energy when I channel verbally. In this relaxed state, I will read the question being posed and then close my eyes with my hands on the keyboard of my laptop. The words will come into my head as though they are being dictated to me, and I simply transcribe them as though I were
not through language, which means that the energetic frequency they are transmitting to me as the channel is being automatically interpreted by my brain into my native language, which happens to be English. If they were to work with a channel whose native language was other than English, that is how it would be transcribed. This also means that the interpretation will be limited to my own stored vocabulary and word usage; as such, when Frank uses the male pronoun he, for example, when speaking of Source or God, this is more of my translation from their frequency than a literal sense of this energy being referred to as male. Other words such as people or person, when referring to their own population, can also be seen as an interpretation of their word for a collection of beings, and not necessarily as referring to a collection of human beings. I urge you to take these new ideas one at a time – never accepting anything that doesn't resonate with your own logic and intuition – and, when ready, to be awed as your mind expands to never before known dimensions. Prepare to be subtly astounded. O * PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The universe is generally considered by astronomers and cosmologists to be 13.7 billion years old. It is unclear what the source for the figure 156 billion light years come from – the figure usually given is 90 billion.
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spirituality ODYSSEY 42 •
'Hello humans, this is Frank speaking' Frank is not a person in the normal sense of the word but rather a name for a collective of advanced consciousness beings communicating with humankind from a far-off galaxy, says international author, teacher and speaker Mike Dooley. Frank is said to be benign in intention and rather more advanced than we humans. The latter point is not too hard to believe, if one concedes to the numerical inevitability of other conscious life-forms roughly equivalent to humans existing on other life-supporting planets in our galaxy and the many billions of other similar worlds that make up a component of the cosmos. This article is Frank's introduction of 'themselves', extracted from Dooley's latest book, written in collaboration with Tracy Farquhar, who has developed a link in consciousness with Frank and is the source of the material that makes up that book, entitled From Deep Space With Love.*
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e are a group of eight intergalactic beings
it is only when we are willing to shift our long-standing
from a galaxy 3.6 billion light-years from Earth,
perspectives that great change can occur.
in a system we call the Macelonix galaxy,
On our planet, we found that with our own evolutionary
photographed by your Hubble telescope and identified as
shift came a need for a greater understanding of
our power and responsibilities, both individually and
We have devised a method of thought transference by
It was not in the hands of those whom we had seen
physical beings and projecting it through the energy of
as authority figures, it was not within the power of the
what you refer to as wormholes 1 in space to communicate
governing bodies, it was not up to the unlimited power
through this channel, Tracy.
of Source, it was within each and every one of us to
It is our intention to assist you with the huge shift
This information will help you to realise this power
atmosphere 2 and to help you use this energetic shift to
and harness it, creating an inevitable sense of peace
create the changes that will propel your world into a new
within, power without, and as a collective energy, a shift
toward a more balanced and peaceful planet.
The existence we experience in our world is unlike
There are many guides in your world today who are
anything you experience here, and the physical aspect
coming forth to motivate this inspired shift, and it is
of our beings is quite different from yours, but our souls
sacred and divine work they're doing.
There is much love among us, as there is among you, This love is what drives us to want to help others the
concepts of love, peace, universal acceptance, and pure consciousness. This was not always the case, and it took many millennia to reach this state of grace and acceptance of
birth-right. There are those who will not understand; allow them. There are those who will ridicule and attempt to shame. Do not give them the energy of your thoughts or any backlash. There are those who will not be able to hear the voice of truth. Allow them, too.
all. We feel that the wisdom we have gained through
We wish that those who read these words will
the near-destruction of our world and the subsequent
ultimately see the limitations of narrow thinking more
changes we were inspired to make – which not only saved
clearly and stretch their beliefs to include that which
our world, but created a massive acceleration of spiritual
challenges the status quo and reveals the true limitless
growth, scientific advancement, and compassionate living
nature of the universe.
– can be valuable to those who are willing to listen with an open mind and heart.
While some may find it challenging to accept the source of these messages, it is our desire that they go
We feel a great kinship and love for your people, and
within and experience what we have to say as a form
therefore we feel that our history and wisdom can be
of resonance with their inner truth and their highest
imparted in such a way that those who are open to hear
it will find the inspiration to shift their own consciousness.
If a truth is felt, does the source really matter? We are
We understand that the truth of who we are may be
connected, we are present, and we come with the highest
challenging for some, but it is our intention and hope that
frequency of love and compassion, which we believe will
even those who are resistant to the reality of our beings
be felt by those who are open to receive it.
be nevertheless inspired by our words. It is our supreme desire that our combined work will help change the perspective of those who are open to change, and challenge the thinking of those who may not fully realise their own power. We know from the experience of our own people that
their own ability to create, taking it out of the hands of the unseen and recognising it as part of their own
and it is at the core of our existence. throughout
Regardless of the source, this kind of work is often met with resistance as the masses come to terms with
recognise our own divinity and act upon it.
in consciousness that is presently occurring in your
are the same, as are the emotional and spiritual lessons
collectively, to create the world we were longing for.
separating an aspect of our spirits from our functioning
Listen, feel the resonance within you, and if it does not feel harmonious with your own soul's frequency, we send you love as you move on. But if it does, we invite you to explore this frequency even more deeply. Our messages contain the wisdom of experience and
NOTES FROM THE UNIVERSE
a deep faith in the nature of humanity, which we know has the power and potential to achieve all that we have and more. The messages we bring and the questions we will answer all serve that same purpose. If you want to fall in love with yourself, with your life, with your fellow beings, without having to leave the human aspects of your personality behind; if you wish to maintain your selfhood and all its diverse emotions and frailties; if you wish to allow yourself to sometimes fail, sometimes struggle, and sometimes fall without feeling trapped in despair, choose to explore the treasures in your own heart and mind, then you will find the inspiration to embrace all of those imperfections while mining the gold from them and working your way toward a richness of spirit that you've never before experienced.
'We feel that the wisdom we have gained through the near-destruction of our world and the subsequent changes we were inspired to make – which not only saved our world, but created a massive acceleration of spiritual growth, scientific advancement, and compassionate living – can be valuable to those who are willing to listen with an open mind and heart.'
We are here as ambassadors of light, and we have come for your benefit, but also to fulfil our own destiny,
to as 'synchronicity', but also explains many scientifically
which is to spread the wisdom of the soul that we have
problematic phenomena including psychism, mediumship
discovered through many trials and challenges.
and simultaneous awareness of the significant experiences
We come as humble servants and we come with great
of those who are 'connected' to one, even if they are far
love and compassion for all of you, your planet, and all
removed in physical distance at the time of such events.
the vast array of living creatures inhabiting it.
On current knowledge, therefore, the assertion of the need
It is quite a remarkable place, and we hope to inspire
for 'wormholes' to facilitate Frank's communications cannot be said to be obvious – but then our current knowledge is
you to preserve, enhance, and improve it. Great change is not only possible, it is highly probable,
very limited, which is one of the points being made by the
and we wish you to understand your great power to direct
collective called Frank.
that change. O
The publisher of Odyssey Magazine agrees entirely with
the assertion that there is a profound consciousness shift underway across the planet but saying that it is,
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*Publisher's note: This extract has been slightly
strictly speaking, 'presently occurring in your (the Earth's)
edited for length and on the prerogative of the Publisher
atmosphere' seems not quite a complete explanation. While
and Editor of Odyssey Magazine regarding all content.
the destructive consciousness which has led to current and
Given the content of this material the Publisher makes
impending climate and earth changes is indeed playing
out in the atmosphere (as well as in many other of earth's
annotated in the text:
life-critical systems such as the oceans, riverine systems,
glacial systems and so on), the 'huge shift' being referred to
It is not clear why advanced consciousness beings
would require for effective communication (at whatever
in the text appears to focus rather
distance) a 'wormhole' in space, otherwise usually known
on the higher vibratory rate of the
scientifically as an Einstein Rosen bridge, given that
incoming consciousness, which will
consciousness phenomena are, due to 'entanglement',
surely be operative on all levels
known to simultaneously co-exist in different places and
and not merely 'in the atmosphere'.
across (it would seem) any distance in space. Entanglement
This appears to be a transliterational
was a phenomenon predicted by quantum mechanics
issue and the word 'atmosphere'
which Einstein disliked and decried as 'spooky action at a
distance', but which has since been shown through verified
best read in the widest possible
experimentation to exist at sub-atomic level, and thereby
interpretation to mean 'within our
may be extrapolated to exist at all levels of physical matter. It
sphere of existence', including both
is experienced at the human level as what Karl Jung referred
inner and outer realities.
NOTES FROM THE UNIVERSE
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Transforming Consciousness for Social Change
All elements of consciousness – from awareness of Self and emotional/ psychological reflections to spiritual meditations – are rooted in energy relationships. To shift energy, we need to grasp its critical elements – from the physical energy which we obtain from food and exercise, to emotional energy from supportive relationships to spiritual energy from meditations and prayer. These elements are the foundational building blocks to shift consciousness. Transforming consciousness requires a (not surprisingly) conscious effort guided by specific teachings and involves setting an intention, effort and invoking grace to reduce the negative consequences of greed, anger, lust, ego/pride and selfishness to invoke love, kindness, acceptance, compassion and care. We take a closer look.
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ow do we undertake this transformational journey? Every human being has the potential and capacity to change – however modern living
has created many obstacles and challenges on the path, limiting our human capacity to rise to its highest level. The fourth industrial revolution – combining rapidly-moving developments and convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds – impacts on all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenges our ideas about what it means to be human. Both human and artificial intelligence are converging to expand the potential for human consciousness far beyond our current understanding. All human consciousness exists at multiple levels: from the grossest basic level functioning in the primitive brain located around the parietal areas, where the 'flight or fight'
Human consciousness exists at the individual level where self-interest prevails, and at the level of 'collective universal consciousness' fulfilling the interests of the whole of humanity.
instinct is the dominant driver in common with animals, to the 'Higher Sacred Self', in part seated in the frontal cortex areas where the emotions of love, compassion,
'In judging our progress as individuals we tend to
levels of awareness allow us connect with what some call
concentrate on external factors such as one's social position,
the 'universal collective consciousness', also acknowledged
influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education.
by many as the 'divine consciousness'. Thus human
These are, of course, important in measuring one's success
consciousness exists both at the individual level where
in material matters and it is perfectly understandable if
self-interest prevails and at the level of 'collective universal
many people exert themselves mainly to achieve all these.
consciousness' fulfilling the interests of the whole of
But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing
one's development as a human being. Honesty, sincerity,
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understanding and acceptance are the drivers. The higher
simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy
Great souls like Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma
reach of every soul – are the foundation of one's spiritual
Gandhi and many others exemplify this higher level through
their lives' work, dedication and sacrifices. From the
'Development in matters of this nature is inconceivable
perspective of the Oneness University, these levels constitute
without serious introspection, without knowing yourself,
a single spectrum, with the 'Journey to Oneness' facilitating
your weaknesses and mistakes. Regular meditation, say
a radical shift to higher levels. This journey of ascension
about 15 minutes a day before you turn in, can be very
is a fundamental trajectory that every single human is on
fruitful in this regard.'
during his or her lifetime – fulfilling this goal is part of the
The phenomenon of the 'Golden Orb of Divine
four goals of human life which may be listed as: acquiring
Consciousness' facilitates this shift of individual human
abundance and wealth; fulfilling wishes and desires; serving
consciousness thorough teachings, reflections, meditations
our families and communities; and, ultimately, reaching
and processes of introspection to manifest and fulfil our
'awakening' and consequent liberation from this cycle of
life's desires and other gifts.
births and death. The outcomes of this journey of ascension
The Phenomenon & Gift (P&G) Course offered by the
are recognised in many spiritual traditions and are named
Oneness University works at the various dimensions and
in various ways, including as Christ Consciousness, Buddha
energy fields of humans – from the basic biological/physical
Consciousness or Krishna Consciousness. From this inner
cellular body, the pranic fields, all the way to the mental,
world of higher consciousness, each human being has the
psychological and emotional bodies and the innermost
ability to fully express his or her enormous potential to
atmic spirit. Each layer and dimension of our body vibrates
manifest their own destiny in the external material world to
at different frequencies – tamasic, rajasic and sattvic – and
fulfil their life's purpose.
requires different forms of activation to shift energy for
Mandela in his last book Conversations with Myself has
the ascension process. While the physical/biological body
this to say about the relationship between the external and
requires food, water and shelter for its sustenance, the
pranic body needs exercise and yoga, and the emotional/
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Chamtrul Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, has been visiting South Africa for the past eight years teaching anyone interested about essentially how to find inner peace. Rinpoche teaches many methods on the Buddhist path to realise the state beyond suffering and to be of ultimate benefit to others.
hamtrul Rinpoche Lobsang Gyatso is the
Institute that at its peak could hold around 10 000
recognised reincarnation of the second Chamtrul
students. After many years of rigorous studies of the
Rinpoche, Pema Nangsel Dorje, who was one
Five Sciences curriculum under the supervision of his
of the abbots of the Mardo Tashi Choeling Monastery in
main Root Guru, H H Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche,
Tibet and the holy incarnation of the Kathok Chamtrul
he gained a vast and profound knowledge of the Sutra
and Tantra and was conferred the title 'Khenpo' – an
At 14, Chamtrul Rinpoche entered his monastery
equivalent of 'Doctor in Buddhist Philosophy'. Rinpoche
to study with his first Root Guru, the Dzogchen Master
again received this title from Kathok Monastery, where
Naljor Yeshe Wangchuk. Under this great master he
he was also honoured with the traditional Pandita hat of
studied the Preliminary Practices (Ngondro), Heat Yoga,
the Khenpos. Apart from that, Rinpoche received all the
Great Perfection Teachings and more and completed the
cycles of teachings, empowerments and transmissions
Ngondro accumulation three consecutive times.
from more than twenty five different qualified masters
Rinpoche then joined the Shedra program of
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and scholars from India and Tibet.
philosophical studies, first at the Great Kathok Monastery,
Having completed his studies, Rinpoche returned
and then at Sertha Larung, a highly renowned Buddhist
to his own monastery, opened a Shedra, and stayed
there for many years to teach the monks. Since 1996,
Through his invaluable knowledge and practical
Chamtrul Rinpoche has been teaching in numerous
advice, Rinpoche compassionately guides his students
Buddhist institutes in India and across the world. Today
toward ultimate peace and happiness. In his own words:
Rinpoche teaches at the Bodhicitta Dharma Centre which
'Without discriminating against anybody based on their
has more than 4 000 registered members from over 100
gender, race, creed and so forth, I wish them to enjoy
different countries. Following invitations from students
excellent peace and harmony. I try to the best of my
worldwide, Rinpoche yearly travels to bestow teachings,
ability to promote the view, meditation and conduct of
empowerments, transmissions and lectures in the United
non-violence, which is the indispensable source for the
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spread and enhancement of the inner peace of mind.' O
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ATLANTIS &LEMURIA There has been speculation about the very existence of the continents of Atlantis and Lemuria for literally hundreds of years. Yes, they did exist, but all records of their societies' existence for over 50 000 years were destroyed, with the exception of the writings of Plato and legends. Tom T Moore, author of Atlantis & Lemuria: The Lost Continents Revealed, explores.
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he continent of Atlantis was located in the Atlantic
present-day Australia. Since the shape of the Atlantean
Ocean, but most of it perished in an enormous
Continent was a parallelogram, let's take the 47° North
natural disaster when a line of volcanoes,
Latitude first. If you were to draw a line across the
bisecting the continent on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge,
Atlantic Ocean, starting a little under the southern coast of
all erupted approximately 31 000 years ago. A few
Newfoundland to where it intersects 17° West Longitude,
remnants remained – the Bahamas to the south, a few
that's as far to the east the continent extended. Then, if
islands off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire,
you were to draw a line across the Atlantic at 30° North
Bermuda and the Canary Islands. These islands were also
Latitude when it intersects 18° West Longitude, you have
wiped clean by the tsunamis that followed. There were
three sides of the parallelogram.
seven other islands slightly to the west of the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that I'll cover below.
Where Latitude 47° North intersects 75° West Longitude this gives you the western point for the
Before the natural disaster, the continent of Atlantis
northern edge of the continent. Draw a line down parallel
was in the shape of a parallelogram. To the east, Atlantis
to the North American Continent curving along the Florida
came within 48km of the African Coast, then named the
coast until it meets 26° latitude. That is the tail of the
Land of OZ. To the west it ran parallel approximately
Atlantean Continent, encompassing what we know as the
160km off the North American coastline.
Bahama Islands today. The tail began at the 30° North
Please keep in mind these latitudes and longitudes act as boundaries for the continent. The Atlantean Continent was contained within these boundaries.
Latitude at approximately 77° West Longitude. When the Atlantean Continent sank, it displaced an enormous amount of water, resulting in all of the oceans of the world rising 49m destroying virtually every single
Northern edge: Latitude 47° N
city, town, and village worldwide. Most of the records of
Southern edge: Latitude 30° N
the world were lost at that moment in history.
Southern tip: Latitude 26° N, 18° W. Longitude
The seven other islands previously mentioned included
Western edge: 75° – 80° W. Longitude
Poseidia, round in shape and about the size of Cuba, and
Eastern edge: 17°-18° W. Longitude
located on a line to the east, slightly above present day Boston. Aryan, a little larger than the island of Hispaniola
You can go to www.earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/
was 603km to the south. Below Aryan, there were five
map/ and place your cursor in the Atlantic and in the right
other islands – one so small that some accounts do not
hand lower corner the longitudes and latitudes will be
list it, but it was inhabited. Over a long period of time
displayed. Just move your cursor to the above coordinates
Poseidia was inhabited by the Law of One people and
to see Atlantis' location. There are buttons at the top to
Aryan and its island group by the Sons of Belial. Their
zoom out or in as needed.
dislike for each other reached a boiling point 12 500 years
The Atlantean Continent was about 10% larger than
ago and they destroyed themselves in a horrific war,
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where one-and-one-half million people died the first day.
The continent of Mu was an idyllic place to live for
The islands sank into the Atlantic, and the oceans of the
thousands of years. That ended approximately 7 500
world rose 12.5m. This was when the story of Noah and
years ago when the seven countries not only destroyed
the Ark actually took place.
themselves with hydrogen type bombs, but also broke
The continent of Mu, or Lemuria as it was also called,
apart the continent. And again, millions of people
was in the shape of a potato and about 12% larger than
perished all over the world when the oceans rose 52m.
present day Australia. Before the sinking of the Atlantean
Additionally, it destroyed all the records kept in those
Continent it was connected to what is now Japan, but the
cities and towns.
rising seas broke the connection. It came within about
Is it any wonder that people have doubted these
160km of present day Hawaii, and for thousands of years
continents' existence, when virtually all the records of
the Lemurians vacationed there, imprinting the islands
their existence no longer exist? Lastly, I've been told to tell you that we will never
with their energy. Here are the longitudes and latitudes for the continent
destroy ourselves again; therefore we can learn the history of these two continents without fear of repeating
of Mu or Lemuria.
ourselves. O Northern edge: Latitude 37° – 38° N Southern edge: Latitude 14.5° N Southern Tip: Latitude 12.5° N, 130° E. Longitude
Western edge: 135° – 145° E. Longitude
Tom T. Moore is an author and
Eastern edge: 180°-165° W. Longitude
speaker. His books include The Gentle Way series, plus
The northern edge of the continent varied between
First Contact: Conversations
37° and 38° Latitude North until it intersected with 135°
with an ET and Atlantis &
East Longitude and turned down, coming close to Hawaii.
Lemuria: The Lost Continents
Then you have the southern edge of the Mu continent at
Revealed. He was voted 'Best
14.5° intersecting with 180° West Longitude.
Self-Help Author' for the past
The northern edge of Mu at around 38° Latitude North
three years by the readers
intersected the western edge at around 145° Longitude to
of a health magazine. He
form the western edge and drawing a line down to 14.5°
is a telepath and answers
Latitude forming the western edge of the continent.
questions sent to him from all
Mu also had a short tail in the middle of the continent,
over the world in his weekly
extending down to 12.5° Latitude North, 130° East
newsletter, which can be subscribed to at
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CRYSTALS PRACTICAL & CREATIVE USES There are so many things one can do with crystals and the more fun you have with them the better. The following is a look at practical applications and creative projects to inspire you to create healing at home or in the office.
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Photo frame for relationships Need to bring harmony to your relationships? Collect love gems such as Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Rutile Quartz, Emerald, Topaz and Garnet. Place a photograph of you and your partner in a frame and include with it a piece of paper filled with positive affirmations and thoughts for you both. Attach the gems onto the frame with Prestik or glue and place it in the bedroom.
Manifesting goals with crystal grids Have you heard the saying, 'Where thought goes, energy flows'? Our minds are powerful and what we send out, we attract back. Crystal grids are an excellent tool for manifesting your desires, goals and intentions. The key is to focus on a specific aspect of your life and to select stones that are aligned with your intention in that area. Use the list below to guide your choice of crystals. Then create a personal or business grid by placing four stones (of mixed or single type) in the four main compass point directions – North, South, West and East. Add Black Tourmaline to the corners to anchor and protect and place Clear Quartz in the middle of your layout to promote clarity and unity. Abundance – good luck – wealth: Aventurine, Jade, Malachite, Green Tourmaline, Smokey Quartz, Apatite, Moonstone, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Garnet, Ruby, Carnelian, Moss Agate, Aventurine Angelic connection: Kunzite, Moldavite, Calcite (pink, blue), Clear Topaz, Chrysoprase, Apophyllite, Selenite, Celestite, Angelite, Aquamarine, Danburite Balance: ink or Green Tourmaline, Lepidolite, Calcite, Prehnite, Amethyst, Quartz, Fluorite, Tiger’s Eye Calming/relaxing: Aventurine, Amazonite, Lepidolite, Lapis, Petrified Wood, Smokey Quartz, Rose Quartz, Jasper, Moonstone, Blue Lace Agate, Onyx, Variscite Communication/expression:
Aquamarine, Chrysocolla, Celestite, Amazonite, Sodalite Courage/self-confidence:
Aquamarine, Tiger’s Eye, Rhodonite, Pink or Green Tourmaline, Sodalite, Sunstone, Unakite, Zoisite with Ruby, Smokey Quartz, Hematite, Chrysocolla, Rutilated Quartz, Azurite Creativity: Citrine, Kyanite, Amazonite, Sunstone, Opal, Magnesite, Iolite, Malachite, Carnelian, Azurite, Chrysoprase, Aventurine, Zincite Energizing/Vitality: Red Jasper, Garnet, Calcite, Carnelian, Ruby, Opal, Quartz, Bloodstone, Rutilated Quartz, Chalcedony, Citrine Grounding: Hematite, Smokey Quartz, Jasper, Garnet, Ruby, Pyrite, Leopard Skin Agate, Galena, Obsidian, Onyx, Carnelian, Amber, Petrified Wood Harmony/peace: Iolite, Lepidolite, Celestite, Amber, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Blue Lace Agate, Green Tourmaline, Magnesite, Azurite-Malachite, Rhodonite, Chrysoprase, Kunzite Health/healing: Garnet, Fluorite, Agate, Bloodstone, Amethyst, Malachite, Jasper, Elestial Quartz, Emerald
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Serpentine, Snow Quartz, Calcite, Emerald, Fluorite,
Joy/happiness: Calcite, Amethyst, Onyx, Aragonite,
Aventurine Life changes/transitions: Prehnite, Moldavite, Onyx, Azurite-Malachite, Rhodonite, Tourmaline, Selenite, Sodalite, Topaz, Quartz
Having crystals in your personal space at work or home can assist with energy flow and help to keep your
Tourmaline, Agate, Moonstone, Sapphire, Iolite, Twin
environment in balance. They’re also an easy way to add
Quartz, Lepidolite, Rhodochrosite
colour and interest.
Manifesting: Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst,
Desk home, office, student
Variscite, Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Citrine, Labradorite,
We recommend crystals that relieve stress and enhance
concentration and mental clarity. Clear Quartz, Chrysocolla, Kyanite,
Agate, Sodalite, Labradorite and Kyanite are all excellent
Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Quartz, Hematite, Moonstone,
options. Keep them in a decorative bowl on your desk
Labradorite, Sapphire, Celestite, Phantom crystals,
and make sure you connect with them while working by
Calcite, Azurite, Chrysocolla, Fluorite
holding them or simply admiring them.
Space clearing: To avoid stagnant energy, it is vital
Bloodstone, Emerald, Labradorite, Pyrite, Calcite, Smokey
that you regularly clear out the clutter in your home and
Quartz, Sodalite, Azurite-Malachite, Fluorite, Kyanite,
office. Clusters cleanse large areas such as conference
and family rooms, and help to maintain harmony. Fluorite
Negative energy dissipating: Amber, Apache
is a wonderful mineral, bringing order to chaos.
Tear, Smokey Quartz, Hematite, Citrine, Chrysocolla,
Bedside table: Choose gems such as Amethyst,
Lingham, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Fluorite
Obsidian, Rhodocrosite and Chalcedony to assist with
good dreams, protection and insomnia. Simply place
Chrysoprase, Serpentine, Jade, Garnet, Topaz, Tiger’s
one or two crystals under your pillow and enjoy peaceful
Eye, Obsidian, Onyx, Apache Tears, Ametrine, Labradorite,
Jasper, Black Tourmaline
Children’s rooms: Crystals can help to soothe and
Psychic development: Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli,
calm emotions, as well as alleviate nightmares. They
Zoisite with Ruby, Moldavite, Opal, Rutilated Quartz,
can also support children through their various growth
Amethyst, Kyanite, Coral, Opal, Selenite, Apophyllite,
cycles. Place the crystals on a shelf above the bed or
hang as decorations. Protective layouts can also be placed
Relationships: Twin crystals, Rhodochrosite, Rose
between the bed and base. Choose larger sizes for safety
Quartz, Moonstone, Prehnite, Aventurine, Rutilated Quartz
purposes (smaller stones are easy to swallow).
Self-esteem: Chalcedony, Rose Quartz, Kunzite,
Sacred spaces: Create a sacred space that supports
Tourmaline, Pyrite, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Zoisite
your day-to-day living with crystals of your choice. It can
with Ruby, Sunstone
even be the corner of a room – anywhere that you can
gather your thoughts, feelings and emotions, reconnect
Quartz, Kyanite, Smokey Quartz, Hematite, Labradorite,
with yourself and just be (so good for easing stress and
PLACEMENT IN HOME & OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS
Love: Rose Quartz, Unakite, Aventurine, Kunzite, Pink
Selenite, Topaz, Sodalite, Zoisite with Ruby, Moldavite,
Tourmalinated Quartz, Amber, Malachite, Chalcedony
Bath – Rejuvenation: Nurture yourself. Crystals
Lazuli, Amethyst, Labradorite, Kyanite, Iolite, Apophyllite,
such as Citrine, Moonstone, Larimar and Lepidolite
energise the body and mind. Place the crystals in your bath water or around the bath itself. Note: if you’re going to be sharing tub space with the stones, polished crystals are advised. Lotions: Rejuvenate the skin by placing a Rose Quartz into your face or body cream. Drinking water elixirs: Water has a memory. It records and stores information, thus blessing your water with crystal energy prior to drinking it can be an effective way to optimise body functioning. Popular choices include Rose Quartz for love and Clear Quartz for clarity. Place your cleansed, chosen stone in a drinking glass or water jug and fill with filtered water. Leave to stand for at least four hours in the early morning sun – this allows the water to become charged with colourful, vibrational energies and frequencies. Drink regularly throughout the day (use one stone type per jug). O
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Judy Hall’s complete Crystal Workshop Judy Hall Octopus Publishing Group • 978 1 84181 470 4
From crystal expert Judy Hall comes another fascinating book that gives you a personalised, practical and direct experience of the thought-provoking wisdom that crystal exploration has conveyed to thousands throughout the world. Going far beyond a reference guide, The Crystal Experience is more like a personal tutor, leading you through the key ideas and concepts of using crystals via inspirational and holistic hands-on exercises and rituals. A CD is included with features that include interactive exercises that help you to tailor the book to your needs, journaling sections for you to write down your own experiences and a step-by-step learning programme that guides you to revision work and more advanced exercises. Perfect for novice and practised crystal users alike, this holistic, integrated and practical guide is your own personal crystal workshop in a book.
Crystal Prescriptions volume 6 Judy Hall O-Books • 978 1 7853 5455 7 This practical sixth book in the Crystal Prescriptions series covers crystals for karmic clearing, soul integration and healing the family tree. In addition to our own karma, we are hampered by ancestral memories, attitudes and beliefs that are not necessarily ours. Fortunately, some extraordinary new crystals have appeared which help us to quickly and easily break lineages and clear our 'junk DNA', without having to relive the trauma of karmic history. With the assistance of these crystals, and some old favourites, it is possible to heal far back into the genealogical line and our own karmic past. The healing is then projected forward into the future so that generations to come can have the benefit of garnered soul and ancestral wisdom, but without the baggage.
ANCIENT LIFE TRAPPED IN GIANT CAVE CRYSTAL REVIVED Scientists working within Mexico's Naica Mine cave system have revived ancient microbes that have likely been trapped inside the massive crystals found there for 50 000 years, reports Phys.org. Naica Mine is an otherworldly place that is both so strikingly beautiful and hot that it's called Fairyland by some, and called Hell by others. It's perhaps best characterised by the enormous selenite crystals that grow within it, so large that they dwarf the human explorers who walk among them. And, it turns out, those crystals have been harbouring an ancient secret, vestibules for bizarre organisms that are so different from all known living things that scientists don't know what to make of them yet.
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Almost half of SA women are obese
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South African women have the highest obesity rate (42%) in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a recent study. About 14% of men and almost 9% of SA children are also considered obese, the study shows. We take a further look.
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opping the list of obese nations is Egypt at 35%,
and diets and follow
while the lowest rates are in Bangladesh and
plan aimed at good health. 'Follow a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and lean protein, choose quality health supplements, eliminate toxins, sugar and processed foods,' she says. To stay in shape, Ascencao says in addition to a healthy lifestyle, green tea has shown to help suppress hunger, support weight loss and increase satiety. In particular, the green tea extract Origine 8 delivers the benefits of up to 25 cups of green tea and has 12-times greater absorption than other green tea extracts with 24-hour bio-availability. O
Vietnam at 1% of adults. South Africa has an
average 30% obesity rate among adults (10 million). The study, by the University of Washington, USA, the
most comprehensive research on global obesity to date, found that just over 30% of the world's adult population are either obese or overweight leading to widespread health problems and millions of premature deaths. 'Globally, more than two billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions,' said the study. 'In sub-Saharan Africa, the highest obesity rates (42%) are seen among South African women,' it added. Overweight is defined as having body mass index (BMI) or weight to height ratio greater than or equal to 25
and lower than 30 while obese is defined as having a BMI
equal to or greater than 30.
Research shows that obesity contributes to health risks such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and chronic kidney disease. If left unchecked, obesity may lead to a decline in life expectancy. SA health and wellness expert, Vanessa Ascencao,
says all South Africans should review their lifestyles
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Ascencao suggests these tips for great health and to get into shape: • Eat a well-balanced diet and pursue a healthy lifestyle • Start the day with a nourishing breakfast to help keep blood sugar levels balanced • Do not overeat. Aim for three well-balanced meals a day • Increase intake of low GL fruit, vegetables, healthy fats like seeds, nuts, avos and natural whole foods • Avoid fried, salty or sugar-loaded foods, coffee, tea and carbonated soft drinks • Drink lots of water and exercise regularly • Choose quality health supplements like Origine 8 green tea extract and BetterYou DLux Vitamin D Oral Spray, both of which may help boost health and aid weight loss.
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An Epic Journey From Past To Future
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It was in July 1977, in a meeting in Tokai, Cape Town, that the idea for and impetus behind Odyssey Magazine began, inspired by the example of Findhorn in the UK and seeking to offer South Africans – then living in a very closed and narrow world – alternative ways to view themselves, community, society and human beings as a whole and at all levels. Maria Ascencao, one of SA's leading complementary and holistic health entrepreneurs, takes a look at Odyssey's odyssey over the 40 years of its existence and how this magazine's journey through changing times, rapidly moving technologies and the challenges they bring are paralleled in developments in 21st century health care.
t is amazing that Odyssey Magazine has existed for 40 years – very few titles are so long-lived, and there are especially few that have set out to cater to an
audience other than the core of the mainstream. That there has been and still is such a magazine in existence in South Africa is therefore extraordinary – and all the more so as it has gone through several 'incarnations', including dealing with the challenges of the information and digital ages which have swept us all up. When Odyssey started out, it was reaching a relatively
tiny audience of mostly like-minded people at a time when the mainstream perceptions in South Africa around anything 'alternative' were, in the least, highly suspicious and sceptical. And given that Odyssey, in its own quiet way, was decades out in front of most of the rest of the local media – indeed, of the international media, with one or two exceptions – it is almost surprising that it was not banned at some point in its journey through the darkest years of apartheid and political repression.
Odyssey has experienced several phases of being. First there was what can be called the 'launch era', from mid-1977 to about 1983 when Jill Iggeldon who launched the title from her home in Cape Town edited the magazine and did almost everything. With the help of a few loyal friends, the magazine was distributed to the then few health shops and esoteric bookshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg, in the main, and often hand-delivered. Slowly, the magazine drew a growing audience and established itself as a reliable source of information of then 'off the wall' alternative lifestyle options like vegetarianism and 'sensible nutritional', yoga, massage therapy and meditation. It was a useful resource for information-starved South Africans on a wide range of matters, from Buddhism (practice and theory) through Hinduism and other religions and spiritual philosophies to health matters, especially natural health, herbs and good eating habits, as well as earth-friendly ways of living. Through the 1980s and well into 1990s, Odyssey remained much as it always had been but grew in both content and audience under its second editor Rose de la Hunt. In early 2001 Rose suffered a cerebral accident and the reigns of editorial and management of the magazine passed into the hands of Chris and Silke Erasmus, who continue to publish and edit the magazine, respectively. But Chris and Silke have also been at the helm during
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the greatest changes in how information is published and shared in human history – and they have been required, as with all of us, to keep pace with these rapid changes. Having established the magazine in a more mainstream look and feel, Chris and Silke saw it rise in circulation as the title became commonly found at most leading retail outlets during the first dozen years of the 21st century. At the same time, the way we were all doing business was rapidly shifting with increasing reliance on the internet and digital technologies to not only communicate but to create publications and, as of the beginning of 2013 in Odyssey's case, to go full time-into the digital zone. All this while, medical technology and only our understanding of how the human body works, not in general but increasingly in the specific with each person, was also rapidly evolving. As Odyssey has been required by the powerful tides of this time in history to shift in its method of operations – the digital jump taken in 2013 being the beginning of the title's latest iteration – so too have we all been, and
being 'good'. Along with the challenges will come – and
already have come – many opportunities to move the
And that process is set to continue with the emergence, Internet of Things (IoT).
for a growing number of people. One
The wonderful thing about the IoT is that we can easily,
application in real time to the unique biologies which we
and from one device like a smartphone, run almost all
of various fields of medical study and their adapted
aspects of our lives, including the management of one's
A key problem with most medicine, whether traditional
home or business devices connected to the IoT, which
or high-tech, has been that there are generally given
could be literally any electronic and electrical device in
treatments for particular conditions but they are not
one's home or business – if you are set up for all that.
uniquely tailored to the specifics of the individual under treatment.
we are experiencing is going to bring with it an increasing
With luck, then, such a treatment will work – but only
rate of applications in practical life of the technologies
in the general case, and there will always be exceptions
that have so changed the world in the last 30-odd years.
where the general application of usually successful
So the IoT is no fad but the beginning of increasing
treatments just does not do the job, either failing to
integration of our various technologies with an ever-more
adequately address the medical problems they are
'smart' digital backbone driving that process.
meant to resolve, or even creating yet greater issues for
human experience towards something more optimal, and
personalised medicine arising from the integration
It is almost certain that the increasing rate of change
But not all change is 'bad', any more than all change
in ever-more arenas of life, required to make similar leaps
now, of the (potentially useful but also concerning)
development and there are plenty of sci-fi writers like
It is to be remembered in this context that fully a
Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke who have looked into
third of all hospitalisations and health degenerations
that future for us and foreseen both the wonders and
and deaths in hospital in the USA are at least in part
challenges that it will likely bring.
attributable to 'properly' administered health protocols
The famous George Orwell book 1984 clearly portrays
and treatments, including medicines fully scrutinised
some of the more concerning aspects of the advent of 'Big
in the accepted scientific way, and used under trained
Brother' as a real force in our lives.
In the medicine of tomorrow it will be the uniqueness of the individual seeking a remedy or resolution of a health issue which will be the main driver of what is done to restore or improve health. person that includes both the necessary interventions and nutritional changes which together are far more likely to lead to positive outcomes than simply applying a generic approach. One of the main reasons for this wave of what is
Yes, the world of tomorrow is dauntingly complex, and
known as iatrogenic maladies is that people differ in their
potentially open to major problems of personal privacy,
metabolic conditions, underlying preconditions, genetics
data safety and related aspects which would have been
and because of the specifics of the lives they have led.
unimaginable to our grandparents.
While health professionals try to take those variables
But it also brings a virtual universe of new options,
into account in any treatment program or protocol, there
methods of approach to healthcare and new approaches
has always been a little 'guess-work' involved and some
to nutrition and well-being which, while unlikely to be
'crossing of fingers', especially when it comes to difficult
invulnerable to error or unwanted outcome, will almost
treatment programs such as those generally used in
certainly be much more targeted and therefore more
conventional treatment of the many conditions known
effective in the great majority of people receiving them.
collectively as cancer.
Until now, there has always only been what medicine
But we are now in an age when it is no longer
was available along with the knowledge, skill, experience
technically impossible or unaffordable to have a personal
and even intuition of the person providing that treatment.
genetic assessment done, along with a baseline metabolic
But in the medicine of tomorrow (and that's almost
equivalent, together with all the sundry other testing
literally 'tomorrow', as things are now moving so fast in
procedures now possible, and having all that integrated
this regard) it will be the uniqueness of the individual
into a single unified 'picture' of an individual's health
seeking a remedy or resolution of a health issue which will
be the main driver of what is done to restore or improve
So we can, with relative ease, obtain a far more
complete idea of how to improve someone's health
Tomorrow's medicine will, in effect, be the era of
issues – we are, in fact, literally on the brink of the
personal medicine in which one person's treatment,
greatest health revolution of human history. Patients will
perhaps even deadly or not likely to work in someone
be empowered by having full ownership of their health
else, will be the very thing needed.
data which can be fed to healthcare providers to develop
We can see the coming world as one filled with dread
bespoke healthcare plans. These can then be synced to
dangers and therefore feel overwhelmed, or we can
technology, including personal smart devices, to guide
understand that with all change and increased power
patients through their tailored healthcare regimes.
come challenges which must be met and overcome.
So, when we can understand in detail, from genetics
I choose to see tomorrow's challenges as necessary
through to current system and organic functionality, what
to a world that works better for all of us, including and
is going on with a particular person, we can much more
especially when it comes to optimising our health – for
easily and effectively plan a program of action for that
without health, what have we left in life? O
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the importance of
skin care Do you consider the health of your skin, body and mind when choosing your skincare products? Caro Copeland of Pradience looks at the vital points that motivate their business model.
he skin absorbs approximately 60% of what one
fruit extract promotes skin elasticity and can firm loose
applies to it. There are many topically applied
connective tissue, reducing fine lines and wrinkle depth.
medicines and supplements that work in this
Kigelia extract improves nutrient supply to the skin
way including hormonal treatments and vitamin sprays.
resulting in healthier, hydrated and younger looking skin.
Aromatherapy also works in this way. The therapeutic
One also needs to consider other ethical choices of
effects of the oils are experienced for days after an
a skincare brand – like no animal testing, being free of
Aromatherapy massage. One can detect traces of oils in
parabens, free of synthetic fragrance as this is a known
the bloodstream through a blood test, for example. The
disruptor for neuro-transmission – in my language this
bottom line is our skin absorbs. This is a fact.
can make one's brain a bit foggy or dull if used day after
To choose natural and organic skincare products is a given for us at Pradiance Natural and Organic skincare. I feel the goal is to create an awareness of the necessity to use biodegradable ingredients that are 100% earth and people friendly. When choosing ingredients we looked at Kigelia for example – it is used for its skin caring and healing
day. Last but not least I would strongly avoid the use of petrochemicals/mineral oils/petroleum as this is known to clog pores and stimulate blackhead formation. Natural Skincare products are usually rich in anti-oxidants which are highly beneficial in fighting the negative effects of pollution and unhealthy oil production that may be present in the skin. O
properties. Kigelia assists with uneven skin tone, reduces dark marks and has a nurturing effect on the skin. Kigelia
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d a f r e h t o n a t s not ju While it's true that the likes of koji and kefir, kimchi and kombucha are frequently current favourites in the concoctions of hipster chefs, there's actually nothing new about these fermented foods at all. Fermenting foods is an ancient food processing method, and just about every culture around the globe has examples of fermented foods as part of their typical diets. We take a closer look.
illennia ago, fermentation most often arose
from scratch in your own kitchen. Here's an easy recipe
out of the need to preserve foods. In some
for Kimchi, the traditional Korean condiment typically
cases, such as the West African ferment garri,
made from cabbage which will give your family's health
fermentation was essential to transform cyanide-laced
a notable boost.
cassava into a safe food. It is thanks to fermentation that
Interestingly, the idea that naturally fermented foods
we have bread and cheese, amasi and yoghurt, as well as
are especially health-giving is not new either. From the
vinegar, beer and wine. Asian cultures have a particularly
long history of fermented foods being used as medicine
long history of fermenting food and drinks, and they
in the East through to ancient Rome, and then the
are notable also for their wide variety, from tea to fish,
development of Bulgarian yoghurt in the West, an innate
cabbage and beans to seafood.
knowledge of fermented foods as 'good for you' has been
As founder of Faithful to Nature, Robyn Smith points out, 'What is new about fermented foods is just that
transforming, and conforming to meet science's demand for peer-reviewed, journaled evidence.
globalisation has enabled us to learn more easily about
The process of fermentation involves a transformation
the fermented foods made in other cultures. Fermented
brought about by naturally-occurring bacteria. Broadly
foods that were once out of our reach, out of our universe
referred to as probiotics, these micro-organisms are
really, are now available locally and can also now be
the same as what we know as the 'good' bacteria that
made at home to become part of our family healthy
populate our digestive systems. Fermented foods, such as
eating plan. There's enough choice and diversity to meet
yoghurt or kimchi are laden with probiotics. When we eat
the sensitivities of different palates. If you don't like
these foods we boost the microbial population we need
sauerkraut, you can try miso instead. If you really have
for a healthy gut. We are also increasingly understanding
to take a course of antibiotics, yoghurt is no longer your
that a healthy gut doesn't stand alone. It impacts on the
only food-based way of helping to restore your gut flora.'
immunity of our whole body, and latest research shows it
The beauty of fermentation is that it is really easy,
also has a major impact on our brain and emotional
as all the hard work of transforming the food is done by
the microbial cultures. A few minutes of preparation and some patience is all it takes. Faithful to Nature makes a range of fermentation kits available so that you can produce foods such as kefir, kombucha and kimchi
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ADAPTING DIETS Ideal for anyone who wants to eliminate sugar from their diet, Monique Le Roux Forslund's new book Sugar-free and Carb-conscious is based on ‘low carb high fat’ principles, with the emphasis on home-cooked, nutritional meals. The recipes will increase satiety, reduce sugar cravings and eliminate the need to snack between meals and are suitable for family meals. The following pages are extracted from the book.
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Cauliﬂower pizza base This makes one 30-cm round base, so increase the quantities according to the number of pizzas you are making.
Cauliﬂower pizza base
Salt and ground black pepper to taste ½ cup (± 100 grams) finely grated cauliflower 1 tablespoon tomato purée,for topping ½ cup finely grated cheese This thegrated quantities cheese foraccording topping to the number 2 eggsmakes one 30-cm round base, so increaseExtra of you(optional) are making. Driedpizzas origanum Salt and ground black pepper to taste ½ cup (± 100 grams) finely grated cauliflower 1. Combine the cauliflower, cheese and eggs in a bowl. Season to taste. 1 tablespoon tomato purée,for topping ½ cup finely grated cheese 2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Spread the mixture into a 30-cm circle. Extra grated cheese for topping 2 eggs 3. in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15–20 minutes, until crisp and golden. Remove from the DriedBake origanum (optional) oven and set aside to cool.
4. When cool, tomato puréeand over theinbase. Sprinkle with 1. Combine thespread cauliflower, cheese eggs a bowl. Season tograted taste. cheese and add your choice of toppings (see below some suggestions). 2. Line a baking tray withforgreaseproof paper. Spread the mixture into a 30-cm circle. 5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15–20 10 minutes, untiluntil the crisp cheese melts andRemove the toppings 3. minutes, and golden. fromare the cooked desired. oven andasset aside to cool.
4. When cool, spread tomato purée over the base. Sprinkle with grated cheese and add your choice of toppings (see below for some suggestions).
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes, until the cheese melts and the toppings are
Toppings cooked as desired.
Grated mozzarella or Cheddar cheese, ham, salami, grilled chicken, onion, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese, sliced Brie cheese. Add sliced avocado, fresh herbs or home-made béarnaise Toppings sauce (see page 154) to the finished pizza before serving. Grated mozzarella or Cheddar cheese, ham, salami, grilled chicken, onion, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese, sliced Brie cheese. Add sliced avocado, fresh herbs or home-made béarnaise sauce (see page 154) to the finished pizza before serving.
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5-minute tomato cream soup After an operation on my mouth, I had to eat liquid food for two weeks. When I needed something to eat in a hurry, I made this soup. I still make it whenever I am short of time. 50 grams butter 1–2 tablespoons tomato purée 1–1¼ cups coconut cream or coconut milk ½–1 cup water ½ cup crème fraîche
1 teaspoon ground paprika ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute while whisking.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. 3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Serves 1 Sugar-free and Carb-conscious by Monique Le Roux Forslund, published by Struik Lifestyle, RRP = R240.00 Images credit: Monica Dart © Penguin Random House South Africa (Pty) Ltd 2017.
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Crochet Tile Motifs with a Difference Karen Adendorff NB Publishers • 978 0 7981 7591 3
Crochet is a new worldwide trend, popular with old and young, with the well – known granny square making a reappearance everywhere. In this new crochet book by a top-selling author you will find motifs with a difference: Moroccan, Delft, Persian and Mediterranean block patterns made with interesting techniques that can be used in different ways, ranging from carpets to clothes. Each pattern has a diagram, the size, colours being used, degree of difficulty and the complete pattern.
Hello Crochet: 64 Fun & Funky Projects Cornel Strydom, Elsbeth Eksteen, Anisa Fielding NB Publishers • 978 0 7981 7402 2
In this unusual crochet book, each pattern is used as a base for four different interpretations, depending on your style – bohemian, artistic, contemporary or romantic. The patterns range in difficulty, and include pretty things for yourself, your home, babies and children, and for use as gifts. There are also suggestions for using the same pattern for more than one project. The perfect book for anyone who loves to crochet.
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HOMEGROWN AMAZON We take water for granted far too often. Whole civilisations have fallen as a result of over-exploiting water sources, according to Royal College of Art graduate student Pratik Ghosh, so it’s imperative that we treat what we have with care. So Ghosh designed Drop by Drop, a plant-based water filtration system that explores more sustainable methods of obtaining water. The system is capable of cleansing home wastewater, and growing herbs at the same time. Drop by Drop filters water much like transpiration processes in the Amazon rainforest. According to Ghosh, his prototype is a mini biosphere that operates by keeping four factors crucial for transpiration – humidity, light, heat and wind – at optimal levels.
Edible City tells the stories of the pioneers who are digging their hands into the dirt, working to transform their communities and do something truly revolutionary: grow local food systems that are socially just, environmentally sound, economically viable and resilient to climate change and market collapse.
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MORE THAN 35 COUNTRIES HAVE BANNED GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS FROM THEIR COUNTRY – here's why The global resistance against Genetically Modified crops (GMOs) is growing at an exponential rate. A few years ago, you were almost ridiculed for suggesting that GM foods could be a problem, and now scientists and researchers are presenting information that has 19 new countries joining an already long list of nations to completely ban, or have severe restrictions on, GMOs – as well as the pesticides that go with them. These countries will not allow genetically modified crops to be grown in their country. The opt-out countries are requesting that biotechnology companies exclude their territories from GMO seed sales, and some countries, according to RT news, are simply putting things to a halt until more research is conducted. So why are these countries doing this? Two of the main reasons have to do with environmental and health-related concerns. Alongside all of these troubles (according to Reuters), some countries simply want to take time to do proper research — flying in the face of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decree that GMOs are completely safe. There are many who disagree with this assertion.
Desert Farm Grows Tons Of Food Without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels Or Even Groundwater Innovations that will one day make the human race thrive on Earth, saving its finite resources from extinction, are something we should embrace without a second thought. We get our food from plants and animals. As we grow in numbers, so too does the global demand for food. Currently, activists are fighting the spread of Genetically Modified Food (GMO). The argument for GMO proponents has been that the world is running out of its resources, and hence, we need to find ways and means to sustain us. According to them, GMOs will ensure that we maintain our food production level. This argument might sound convincing on first hearing, however, deeper probing of GMOs has revealed that the harm caused far outweighs the good it does. We, therefore, cannot accept GMOs. It will bring a plethora of health problems to the populations who consume them, in the long-term. We must find other alternatives to boost our food production. Thankfully, some innovators are coming up with sound and efficient ways by which we can grow our food – without relying on our finite resources. A start-up, called Sundrop Farms, has developed high technology greenhouse facilities that use a number of solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources, than conventional greenhouse production. Sundrop Farms has offices in London in the United Kingdom, and Adelaide, in southern Australia. But with Sundrop Farms, these resources can be reinvented the other way around. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened its first pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia. Located in the middle of a desert, it would have been impossible to grow food in the area using a tradition farming method. But Sundrop is changing the game. It is growing crops in the desert through the latest innovative means, combining seawater and sunlight. Sundrop treats the seawater from the Spencer Gulf, reusing it in a massive greenhouse lined with cardboard. By doing this, it avoided having to rely on groundwater for its operations. Sundrop also grows hydroponically, which reduces the overall need for water, while making the need for soil a moot point. Utilising a bevy of mirrors to redirect the desert sun, all the farm needs is sunlight and some seawater to grow 17 000 metric tons of food every year.
Unwasted: The Future of Business on Earth (Full Length Documentary)
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A Bite of Latin America Susie Chatz-Anderson Human & Rousseau • 978 0 7981 7374 2
Join Susie Chatz-Anderson on a culinary journey through Central and South America, discovering real Latin American food and recipes. Her passion for the region and its food infuses each of these delicious recipes. Packed with anecdotes and magnificent pictures, this book offers practical guidance to help you recreate the magic of these meals at home. The subtle layering of flavour and use of authentic techniques make for scrumptious food, adapted for South Africa. Susie ChatzAnderson's passions are good food and living a good life. She constantly goes on trips around the world, discovering new taste experiences. She and her husband took one year off from the corporate world, travelling through Mexico and SouthAmerica, searching for the best dishes and eating experiences. 'The origin of this book really lies in two things: my complete love of good food, and a decision taken by my husband and I – after many years of 'normal' life – to resign from our serious offices jobs, put all our earthly possessions into storage and buy two tickets to travel the world for one year, starting in Mexico.'
Foodstuff Tony Jackman Human & Rousseau • 978 0 7981 7289 9
The cookbook as memoir, or memoir as cookbook? With FoodStuff, maverick food writer Tony Jackman presents us with a refreshingly original take on life and food. He relates every heartache, every joy, and does not shy away from imparting the pain of loss of a family member or his troubled relationship with
his father. The stories of his journey towards adulthood are counterbalanced by rich tales from his life. FoodStuff has many meaty recipes, spicy poultry dishes, some of Jackman's eccentric signature dishes, and desserts he likes to spoil his friends with. Jackman, known in particular for his article Sliced & Diced in the Weekend Argus, invites you into his world, from humble beginnings in an English working-class family to an illustrious career as an unapologetically eccentric South African foodie, playwright and author. This book tosses together tales from a rich, nomadic life with masses of meaty recipes (Obies oxtail potjie, beef fillet with melted French Brie, parsley-crusted rack of lamb); spicy poultry dishes (tamarind duck curry, chicken coconut curry); a handful of signature dishes (spanspek soup, bacon-and-beer braai bread); and the desserts with which Jackman likes to spoil his friends (the chocolatiest chocolate tart ever, lemon syrup cake, pears in Chardonnay Pinot Noir with a Parmesan wafer).
The South African Gluten Free Cookbook Edited & Published by Penguin Random House ISBN 978 1 4323 0651 9
People with gluten intolerance or coeliac (celiac) disease often struggle to find suitable recipes. Gluten-free ingredients can be expensive, making it a challenge to prepare family meals that don't break the budget. One of the keys to successful glutenfree cooking is knowing which flour will give the best result. In this book, the various types of flours are discussed and a homemade gluten-free flour mix that forms the basis of many
recipes in the book is included. This book presents 100 tried-andtested recipes that are perfect for everyday meals, as well as for entertaining. Baking and desserts receive special attention, but there are also recipes for greattasting breads, quiches, noodles and pasta dishes that make use of a variety of gluten-free flours and flour substitutes. In keeping with current trends, cauliflower, quinoa and kale feature alongside salmon, pesto and Asian-style chicken, while traditional cooking holds its own with pumpkin fritters, waffles, mince pies and Yorkshire pudding.
Food for Sensitive Tummies Gabi Steenkamp & Cath Day Tafelberg • 978 0 6240 8120 3
Do you suffer from winds, burping, cramps, heartburn, constipation and/or diarrhoea as well as bloating? Then this book is for you! Having a sensitive tummy or super sensitive tummy (IBS – irritable bowel syndrome) can be one of the most debilitating health issues to deal with. In Food for Sensitive Tummies, Gabi and Cath show you how you can cut down on the ingredients and food that cause you problems and still prepare a whole range of recipes that are simple, affordable and delicious to eat. From fresh and healthy breakfast ideas, to wholesome mains such as Butternut, Aubergine and Rocket Lasagne, cooking for sensitive tummies has never been so easy. Straightforward and authoritative advice from two of South Africa's leading dieticians means it's never been so easy to learn how to treat your tummy well.
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ZONES LEARNING & PERFORMANCE
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What would it be like if we made reducing stress our focus? It may seem like a nice idea to have less stress, but is it a luxury rather than a necessity? But what if it was the number one priority? Sue Fuller Good wonders whether our productivity and success would increase.
was listening to a brilliant TED talk this week on
ages. When I watched this talk, I realised that my slow
'how to get better at the things you care about'
progress towards this goal may be because every time
by Eduardo Briceno. One of his suggestions is that
I do a handstand, I am aiming at doing a perfect one.
there are two zones we can operate in: the Learning
Now I am taking one piece at a time and practicing that
Zone and the Performance Zone. He suggests that we
and that only. I am allowing it to be wrong and to fail. I
would get better at the things we want to improve in far
think I may be headed in the right direction now. I'll let
more quickly if we spent more time in the learning zone
you know when I get it buttoned up.
where it's safe to make mistakes and not be perfect.
Trying to be perfect all the time and being afraid
He suggests creating islands of learning time in the
to make mistakes, is a huge source of stress. This
performance sea. It struck me as I listened to his wise
idea seems to offer some real, genuine relief from
ideas that this is a magnificent way to reduce stress and
that stress. We won't march through life making huge
still achieve greatness.
mistakes all the time, thinking that's okay. Rather, we
Whether it's in sport, parenting, work or a favourite
will give ourselves pockets of chance to practice and
hobby, allowing certain times to be learning periods
get it wrong until we get it right. We will go back, when
which are aimed at practicing certain elements of a
it is no longer a pocket of learning time, to striving to
skill, will be incredibly valuable. Imagine saying to your
children: 'I am trying to practice being less controlling,
I suspect, there will be more fun, more ease and
so can you cut me some slack and give me some gentle
therefore less stress, better sleep, more positive self
feedback as I go? I'll tell you when my learning period
talk, less cortisol, more serotonin and need I go on?
is over and I am back to trying my best. For now, I am
Islands of learning time in the sea of performance is the
trying to get better at this particular part of parenting.'
idea, let's see if it works.
You may just make some shifts. I have been practicing doing a perfect handstand for
Allowing for learning will enhance balance, presence, focus and fun. O
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how can NOTHING mean so much?
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Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is full of wisdom. Cherie Roe Dirksen looks at one of the teachings about seeming 'emptiness' to cast new perspective on the space between and the beautiful yet somewhat hidden aspects of the unseen realm.
he following extract is from teaching No 11 of the Tao Te Ching:
centre of the hub. A clay pot is useful, because it
The Universe knows what it is baking
contains empty space. Doors and windows are useful,
If you, as the impatient sous chef, keep on opening
because they are gaps in the walls. The value of what
the oven to check on the progress, the cake is going
is there, lies in what is not there.'
to flop or not rise to its full and fluffy potential.
'A wheel is useful, because of the hole at the
This teaching shows us a way to use our instinctive
Trusting that the Universe has your back will get you
wisdom to view life from a brave new slant. Perspective
to your greatest potential in the quickest way possible.
holds the key to infinite intelligence in a variety of
Constant interference from a place of wanting to see
different ways if we only open the door to receiving
substantial effects may cause frustrating delay in
such super vision.
an outcome or the 'too many cooks in the kitchen'
In a society that predominantly values only what
can be experienced through our five senses, and
When we learn to see that what cannot be seen
therefore can be scientifically proven, cannot place
has just as much dynamism and use as what is
credence nor credibility on the unseen realm – the
noticeable, we can start to get out of our own way
space in-between. However, our innate wisdom guides
and allow for magic to happen.
us to have faith that the unseen is just as valuable and palpable as the seen, if you know what to look
Maybe you should let go
for and can trust your gut instinct to 'feel' for truth in
You've probably heard the annoying saying, 'you've got
any given situation.
to let go to receive'. It's exasperatingly dichotomous
Understanding the Tao
to let go of something in order to have it but then the Tao/Universe wouldn't be a mystery without this
The Tao is a beautiful example of this premise
annoying little sub-plot, now would it? It implies that
as its very definition is the 'great mystery' – the
we need to let go of our stubborn need for control to
underlying and absolute principle of the universe. It
open up to the many mysteries of the cosmos. This
is the unification of polarity, it is 'the way' or 'code of
process literally forces us to face our limitations and
behaviour' that is in complete resonance and harmony
thereby grow beyond them.
with natural law and its incomprehensible order. It is
When you can trust without question, you can
what science now terms 'intelligent design' – a deeply
move into a space of pure accepting, allowing and
scorned, but also deeply misunderstood, concept.
manifesting. When you can give thanks for the unseen
In order to play in the field of such unseen
forces at work in your life as well as the seen, you
but infinite possibility, we are asked to let go of
step into the field of all possibility. You become the
preconceived ideas and to allow the Universe to work
'observer of reality' and not merely a pawn to the
its magic. We are encouraged to Trust with a capital
relentless pursuits of the egoic mind. You understand
T. This simply means that we give up our ceaseless
that there is infinite value in everything – seen or
control and surrender to the divine flow of Universal
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Become the 'Observer of Reality' – it's more fun Observing reality requires that you understand that life is impartial. Life merely is. When you give it meaning (which inevitably translates to limitation), such as life is fair or unfair (polarised and still in judgement of what is) – you are placing a cap on the immeasurable. Manifesting reality in this way may still work to a certain degree but not nearly as efficiently as when you place no limitations on creation or how you're going to get from point A to point B. Instead, when you allow life to transpire in a state of love and joy (where you are operating in a higher vibration and in alignment with spirit), life will have no other choice but to unfold miraculously to your benefit in a way your ego self couldn't possibly have dreamt of. 'There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.' – Albert Einstein The Law of Attraction isn't something outside of ourselves, it is who we are – its primary principle works on energy and vibration. Whatever frequency you are transmitting is getting picked up by the Universe and you are magnetizing more of that to you. Trying to control the Law of Attraction is as futile as trying to control the beating of your heart – these are things that just happen naturally, with effortless ease (with a little help from 'intelligent design' or the mysterious Tao). Look about you, everything you have in your life right now is a product of the Law of Attraction whether you were trying to control it or not. We consciously, subconsciously and unconsciously create all the time through our energy emissions, which is regulated by our thoughts that affect our emotional output. We don't have to concentrate on our blood circulating or make sure our eyes blink every five seconds – they are ingrained functions of our body. The Law of Attraction is an integral part of our physical existence, as well as our soul's path, and following our bliss and synchronous markers are our unforced breadcrumbs to finding our way home – home, in this sense, being a metaphor for our place in the cosmic creation. Understanding that nothing and everything are one and the same brings balance and harmony in a seemingly discordant world. Allowing the great mystery to unravel on our journey is one of the most exciting aspects of existential life. O
This article was written by Cherie Roe Dirksen. You can read more at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com – don't forget to subscribe and get your free eBook Creative Expression: How to find your inspiration.
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PRESENT PARENT Let's face it, life with kids is challenging. Yet you see those moms who seem to breeze through it all, unflappable. They have an annoyingly effortless way of seeming cool, collected, kind, peaceful and in control – even when surrounded by chaos. Julie Kailus writes for the website GAIAM and offers these five tips making a calm mom look like child's play.
5 WAYS TO BE A
FOCUS ON RIGHT NOW Turn off the cell phone and the radio when you're in the car and use that time to connect with your child.
GIVE KIDS SOME SPACE Look at how you might be 're-parenting' yourself, perhaps because of some shortcoming you perceive in the way your own mother parented you. Try creating physical space in your home, too. For example, clear off the kitchen table every night and make it a sacred place for mealtime.
SIMPLIFY Over-scheduling is a recipe for a short fuse. You don't need to do it all every day. Look at what you can 'undo' in your day. Look at the week's chores and decide: No vacuuming this week! 'I don't know anyone who's died from a messy house or spending the day in their pajamas.
NURTURE YOUR NON-MOM IDENTITY Ignore the voice in your head about what constitutes a perfect mother, and just be you. Make time to reconnect with what you loved to do BC (before children) and don't feel guilty about it.
BREATHE If 'take a deep breath' is something you try to remember to do when stress starts mounting, you're on the right track. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of proper breathing and employing specific breathing techniques. They range from lower blood pressure, increased lung capacity and a strengthened immune system to reduced stress and improved focus and concentration, to name a few. Babies should be our guide. At birth, children naturally breathe deeply from the belly rather than shallowly from the chest like most adults.
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THE PUZZLE BOOK We all know that books are good for your child's brain but they're also a health booster. In fact, new research says reading daily can even lead to a longer life. We also know that puzzles are an excellent way to help build specific early childhood skill sets in kids, including physical skills, cognitive skills, and emotional skills. This five-page book called the Codex Silenda is an intriguing wonder that features thick wooden pages, each of which has an intricate puzzle attached to it. In order to read the book, readers must solve each page's puzzle before the next page will unlock.
For more info click here.
DEVELOPING ABILITIES The bond between a mother and her child is one of the strongest bonds. Telepathy between a mother and her child is a strange phenomena that proved to be true in a couple of cases. But is it a proof of telepathy or a subtle body language that can be understood between the mother and her child? Five year old Ramses Sanguino has astonished his mother by displaying signs of telepathic abilities. But a mother can exaggerate her child’s abilities, so one scientist decided to test if what the mother claims is actually true. The child is a genius, no question about that. At just five he is already learning seven languages and solving complex mathematical equations, even tuckling algebra. See video, right, for more.
A WHOLE NEW WORLD The map that we have come to know was actually based on a cartographer’s projections from 1569. The AuthaGraph World Map (pictured, left) by Hajime Narukawa, recent Grand Award recipient of Japan’s Good Design Award, attempts to remedy some of the many inaccuracies in previous models. The result is a map that more correctly represents the distances between continents and displays the true size of countries and continents.
For more click here.
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DANCE SOUTH AFRICA! Rudi Smit, an incredible dancer and choreographer from Cape Town created a video hoping Meghan Trainor would see it, and it has literally 'viralled' out of control – in a good way. The routine was crafted to Megan Trainor’s recent song 'Me Too' and features over 27 of South Africa’s most talented dancers that you might have not heard of before, but have to see. Smit was surprised that in less than four hours, the video had been viewed over 13 000 times. It now has over 950 000 views. Not bad for a crew from this corner of the world. See the video, right.
TEEN BUILDS Nuclear Fusion Reactor Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage to tell (the short version of) his story. See the video, left.
TEEN PHYSICIST'S NEW THEORY ON GOD Max Loughan is an inspiring young man with a big vision. 'As cheesy as this sounds, from day one on this planet, I knew I was put here for a reason. And that reason is to invent and to bring the future. My true goal is to help. It is to invent a future where people can be happy, where they can be safe and sound.' His eloquent theories on God, the universe, the Bible, and physics, are sure to touch your heart and mind. See the video, right.
MINI MONET While most 14-year-old artists are content to have their work exhibited in the hallway at school or adorn the family's walls, a British teen, who has been dubbed 'mini Monet' sells out professional shows within minutes and is reportedly worth R35m. Kieron Williamson has been inspired by nature since a very early age, and at the age of six, he began sketching boats during a family holiday to Cornwall, England.
For the full story, click here.
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Lies we Believe About God Wm Paul Young Simon & Schuster • 978 1 4711 5239 9
As a 'conventional' Christian, this author writes from within the mainstream, but manages at the same time to challenge many widely held but poorly thought through assumptions dealing with religion and, in the case of this book, God in particular. Using, primarily, Scripture as his basis of argument, the author encourages one to think through belief not previous fully penetrated – and to see that some of what many Christians take to be 'self-evident' about their belief is not necessarily so, or even, not true at all. He discusses ideas such as: 'God is disappointed in me', 'God created (my) religion', 'God loves us, but doesn't like us', 'God is not involved in my suffering,' and 'God is One alone'. This is one probably for the 'beginning seeker' who has finally found the courage to think outside of conventionality's box – and who may be rather surprised by what they find there.
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Radical HOPE: Letters Of Love & Dissent In Dangerous Times Edited: Carolina de Robertis Virago • 978 0 3490 1010 6
This book was written in the immediate wake of the election of Donald Trump as US President. This book of letters from a wide range of people, some known many not, come together as a sort of 'vox populi' of collective angst at the prospect, then potential but now realised, of an increase in hate crimes across America, driven by the vitriol and un-evolved consciousness of its new 'leader'. Let South Africans and those living in other democratic nations take note – look at what you get as a so-called 'leader' if you play to your lowest instincts instead of your highest aspirations.
Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman Bloomsbury • 978 1 4088 8680 0
For the Norse, before 'the beginning' there was nothing – no Earth, no heavens, no stars, no
sky; only the mist world, formless and shapeless, and the fire world, always burning. From these roots spring the rich and seething world of Norse mythology. Norse myths have invaded and woven themselves into our culture and the fabric of our storytelling to the point that we may not even be aware of their influence. From Tolkien to comic superheroes, we can trace the Norse influence. In this retelling of that ancient body of mythology, the author recaptures the sense and essence of their time, tales of dwarves and frost giants (think Game of Thrones), of treasures and magic and of Asgard, home of the Gods. If you've ever had an interest in mythology and in particular the especially colourful mythology of the Norse men, or Vikings, then this is a great read.
No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics Naomi Klein Allen Lane • 978 0 2413 2088 4
Well known social and political commentator, Klein takes on the new world order of shock-
jock tactics in high office – as applicable in South African terms as it is in British, American or in a number of other countries. But rather than us all pulling back into our shells, Klein deconstructs what's going on – scary as it is, it offers opportunity to turn around the apparent lurch towards the lunatic right – and shows us how to fight back, and effectively so. In many respects, this is a 'call to arms' (the kind that link together, not the kind that shoot bullets) which a growing number of people across the world realise is their one great strength against the powerful elites who would otherwise run roughshod over our collective rights and lives. A mustread.
We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel Thorsons • 978 0 0081 6640 3
These authors – Anderson perhaps known to some from The X Files – have proposed an imagined sisterhood across all creeds and cultures; an unspoken agreement that, as women, they
will support and encourage one another. They offer a road map on how to live more meaningful lives and how women can come together for their mutual support and assistance. They offer nine principles as a way of achieving their ideal. If you are interested in women's rights and the issues raised in this book, this may prove a major coalescent point on your journey.
Where The Universe Came From New Scientist / John Murray Learning 978 1 4736 2959 2
It is hard to believe that it's just over a century ago that a young, previously unknown scientist, Albert Einstein, came up with his general theory of relativity, utterly thereby transforming our way of seeing reality. We don't even think about space and time in the same way – or, at least those familiar with his theory don't. This book is designed to be accessible to those with a 'reasonable' education, without requiring advanced studies in physics. In other words, it's both
a primer and a general overview of the Cosmos's 13.8 billion year journey to where we find it today, using Einstein's insights (among others). Really good for getting your head around concepts which may, previously, have seemed exceptionally obscure, weird or difficult to grasp.
The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea Bandi English Pen/Arts Council England 978 1 7812 5871 2
Though this book is fiction – something we rarely review – we have determined to place it on our pages simply because of the relevance of what it reveals about one of the world's most reclusive, authoritarian, irrational and unstable regimes. Though 'fiction' the book is based on real circumstances and events and is arguably all the more important and timely now that America has an almost equally unstable and irrational leader who is proving to be as bellicose and belligerent as North Korea's.
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South Africa has been considering shale gas development in the Karoo – an arid part of the country that spans more than 400 000 square kilometres – to add to its energy mix. The possibility of 'fracking' in the region has provoked heated debate. The Conversation Africa's Ozayr Patel asked Robert Scholes and Greg Schreiner to unpack the issues.
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hat's happening in terms of shale gas
power sources like coal and nuclear cannot.
development in South Africa? The Scientific
This technical policy decision has already been taken,
Assessment for Shale Gas Development in the
as reflected in the country's integrated resources plan;
Central Karoo was published in October 2016. So far no
the only question is where to source the gas.
decisions on the current exploration right applications have been made, despite reports to the contrary. If rights are granted, exploration activities could start within the next 3-5 years, conditional on the results of site-specific environmental impact assessments. If it's found that gas from deep shale layers can be liberated at commercially viable flow rates, the Karoo could be the location of a domestic gas industry within the next 20 years, lasting for several decades. The public and the regulators have had lots of questions about the potential development of shale gas in the Karoo. The scientific assessment assembled a team of over 140 experts to evaluate these questions, clustered under 17 broad issues raised by the stakeholders. It is perhaps the most comprehensive study of its kind undertaken in South Africa.
Is there gas under the Karoo?
energy security. The number of jobs provided is quite small, especially for the low-skilled unemployed (a few
Whitehill Formation at the bottom of the Karoo geological
hundred). The size of a shale gas industry in financial
sequence, several kilometres below the surface. At the
turnover terms is of the same order of magnitude as the
time it was deemed non-recoverable because it is 'tight'
existing Karoo farming and tourism industries. So it would
gas, reluctantly yielded by the rock. Technical advances,
make little sense to promote shale gas if it were to the
especially horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing
significant detriment of existing, longer-term sectors.
so in the Karoo. Large volumes of gas have been claimed
What are the main concerns? Fracking has been shown to increase the frequency
to be present based on sparse data, but the economically
of small earth tremors. But the Karoo is exceptionally
recoverable resource is much, much smaller. Best current
seismically stable, and the increased risk of dangerously
estimates put it in the range 5 to 20 trillion cubic feet
large earthquakes was judged by the scientific assessment
(tcf). By global standards, even the top end would be
to be small.
relatively small. For example, the proven reserves of
The risk to water resources is the biggest concern to
conventional gas in the Mozambique Channel are 75
all those involved. Each production well needs about 15
tcf. But by local standards, even the low end would be
million litres of fluid to frack. The fluid is mostly water
helpful; the offshore Mossgas field, now almost depleted,
(it doesn't have to be fresh), sand and a small quantity
was less than 1 tcf.
of potentially harmful chemicals. After fracking, the fluid
What are the benefits of shale gas development?
tax and employment benefits and improve national
revealed traces of gas, especially in the shales of the
This does not mean that it's economically viable to do
Relative to the use of imported gas, a viable Karoo shale gas find would save foreign exchange, accrue
Definitely. The deep boreholes drilled in the 1970s
(fracking), now make it possible to extract tight shale gas.
Cartoon demonstrating the difference between 'conventional' and 'unconventional' gas reserves
is pumped back to the surface and stored for fracking the next well. Eventually the contaminated water must be purified, the hazardous material sent to a licensed
Why use gas at all when there is abundant cheap solar
disposal facility (currently there are none in the Karoo),
and wind energy? Because adding quick-to-respond gas
and the clean water returned to the environment.
turbines into the South African energy mix increases the
The greatest risk is that the fracking fluid leaks into
ability of the power generation system to use intermittent
the surface water and shallow aquifers used by people,
renewable energy sources in a way which slow-to-respond
livestock and the ecosystem, due to inadequate sealing of
Fracking has been shown to increase the frequency of small earth tremors. But the Karoo is exceptionally seismically stable, and the increased risk of dangerously large earthquakes was judged by the scientific assessment to be small. the upper parts of the borehole, or following a spill on the
decision that will be taken by government. In reality,
surface. These risks can be reduced, but not eliminated,
the choices are more nuanced, far in the future, and not
by good engineering.
solely governmental. The scientific assessment asked
Current potable water resources in the Karoo are
'under what circumstances and under what regulations
already fully allocated. The additional water requirements
would it be sensible?' It found no reason to completely
for shale gas development would either need to use
eliminate shale gas as an option – if best practice is
water from local non-potable sources, such as deep saline
followed. The question that will determine if development
groundwater, or water imported from outside the region.
proceeds is whether the resource is sufficiently attractive
The impact of shale gas development on the unique
for the private sector to invest the billions of rand needed.
Karoo fauna and flora would mainly come from the
Only exploration can answer that. O
accompanying habitat fragmentation and disturbance, rather than physical destruction. Each well-pad occupies just over a hectare, and the number per well-field is about 50. A small gas find may be one well-field, a big find may be five. So the area directly affected is a tiny fraction
Republished from The Conversation under Creative Commons licence
of the Karoo land area, even once the connecting roads and pipelines are considered. The exact location of the
well-pads is quite flexible, which reduces the potential
Professor Bob Scholes is a Systems Ecologist at the Global
impact on both the rich Karoo cultural heritage resources
Change Institute (GCI), University of the Witwatersrand. Robert
and particular plant or animal populations. The biggest and least tractable impact is likely to be
Scholes received funding from the CSIR to lead the Scientific Assessment of Shale Gas. He is a Trustee of WWF-SA.
social: the introduction of noise, traffic, lights, workers, work-seekers and their dependants into a formerly quiet
environment, already struggling to service the resident
Sustainability scientist, Council for Scientific and Industrial
Research. Greg Schreiner does not work for, consult, own shares
What questions remain? Fracking in the Karoo has been presented as a 'yes-no'
in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.
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ARBOUR Trees play a vital role in rural and urban populations. They are needed to enrich and anchor soil, to maximise water supplies, to beautify and humanise townships and urban areas and to provide shade and shelter. They are also crucial for biodiversity conservation. Every year in September, schools, organisations and businesses participate in community 'greening' events to improve the health and beauty of the local environment and develop a green future for South Africa. Events are held around the country highlighting the benefits of planting and conserving trees to offset carbon emissions and for greening to improve the quality of life and uplift the environment, and communities. We take a look at a few innovations in honour of Arbour Day 2017.
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Uncle’s House by 3 Atelier The living area of this light-filled home in Vietnam centres around a flourishing tree that is large enough for children to climb. The architects at 3 Atelier built this home for their uncle and his family, using materials reminiscent of the parents’ childhood homes. Not only does Uncle’s House inspire kids to engage with nature, they can even grow vegetables in the dirt around its base.
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Inside Out House by Takeshi Hosaka One tree wouldn’t suffice for the Inside Out House by Takeshi Hosaka in Tokyo, Japan. From the outside, the cubic home is simple and modern. Inside, multiple trees and plants bring the outdoors inside. Sliding glass doors offer flexibility, and natural light permeates the home through skylights, creating a serene sanctuary in which humans and cats coexist.
Tree House by A Masow Design Studio A. Masow Design Studio unveiled astounding plans for the ultimate treehouse: an entire tree wrapped in a glass facade in Kazakhstan. A spiral staircase would allow the owner to move between four levels, circumnavigating the tree as they moved from floor to floor. The glass allows natural light to stream in and provides an unobstructed view of the surrounding woods.
Symbiosis office by Cong Sinh Architects New developments are increasingly crowding out green spaces in the southern part of Hue, Vietnam. So Cong Sinh Architects designed Symbiosis, a peaceful office rooted in the environment in the midst of the bustling city. Expansive windows on both floors of the office overlook a green oasis full of vines and a tree. The shade from the greenery even helps regulate the office temperature.
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House in the Trees by Anonymous Architects This cantilevered Echo Park home takes the treehouse concept to new heights and rests on a hillside overlooking Los Angeles. Carefully constructed so as not to harm neighbouring mature cypress trees, the fire-treated Western red cedar siding, reclaimed chestnut floors, and walnut cabinetry add to the woodsy, natural feel of the cozy California dwelling.
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Bird’s Nest Atami by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP A 300-year-old camphor tree in Japan now includes a tiny teahouse nestled among its branches. Bird’s Nest Atami is part of the country’s largest treehouse. Inspired by how crows utilise coat hangers in nests, the earthy interior also includes wood furnishings, inviting tea drinkers to relax in nature.
PARK OF MUSIC Plenty of cities feature live music in their parks during the summer months – indeed it's one of the many joys of the long, warm days of the season. But in a park in Denmark, one can hear music year-round and on-demand. No, not on a stage or in a bandstand, but among the trees. It's all part of the city of Aalborg's public art project, where trees in the Park of Music host tunes from musicians who have performed at the nearby cultural center. It all started in the 1980s when the city asked visiting musicians to plant a tree as a memorial of their performance.
WOOD PULP TO POWER HOMES If engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have anything to say about sustainable energy, we may soon be generating electricity by the simple task of walking. The ultimate in green design, the team has developed a unique flooring which harnesses footstep energy, while also using a completely renewable and economical material. But flooring isn’t the only option for producing electricity with human movement. Another group of mechanical engineers at the university have also developed innovative, foot-powered technology – only this time, using shoes.
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TREES FORM FRIENDSHIPS There are reasons why we anthropomorphise trees; they stand tall like people, they sway, for torsos they have trunks and for arms, branches. But are there more similarities between trees and people than those that meet the eye? Peter Wohlleben is one of a number of experts who believes this to be the case. Wohlleben is a German forester and best-selling author who has spent decades working with our arboureal cohabitants and getting to know their secrets. Why does the definition of friendship have to be exclusive to humans? Click here for more.
TREES by JOYCE KILMER I think that I shall never see – A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest – Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.
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The Great America In America, everything seems to be 'great' – everything is bigger, better and faster. It’s no wonder that they are calling this the 'great' eclipse. Margarita Celeste writes this with tongue firmly in cheek.
clipses, by nature, are dark and ominous events. Many thousands of years ago, early humans watched the light of the Sun or the Moon get
swallowed up, and were overcome that light had fled from the world entirely – until they got smart and realised that the light always came back, and that over time, these eclipses seemed to repeat themselves. However, in Astrology, we really are studying light – the light of awareness, the light of consciousness descending upon us from the Creator, the light to banish the shadows of ignorance. In astrological terms, the Creator does this via the planets, filtering divine light to us through each one, bestowing us with awareness. And so, of course, when the light of these planets vanishes, so too does the symbolism of light, and in the dark, we imagine terrors, the monster under the bed. Throughout history, eclipses have been proven to
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disappearing of light. Temperatures drop a good number of degrees during an eclipse, and many agree there is a general feeling of anxiety and queasiness during this time. There are two types of eclipses – a Lunar, and a Solar eclipse. The Solar Eclipse is a supercharged New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are together in a holy marriage, and a Lunar Eclipse is a super-charged Full Moon. Eclipses occur in 'seasons', with a Solar and Lunar Eclipse following a few weeks after each other. In astronomical terms, a Solar Eclipse happens when the sun is briefly onscured by the Moon which is passing between the Earth and the Sun. A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth blocks light from the sun, causing a dark shadow across part of all of the moon. In terms of being coined 'cycles of consciousness', these eclipses tend to wake up old, usually difficult patterns in our lives, which bring us to a crisis point, a turning point some may say, and usually decisions made over this time carry a large price tag. They have consequences, in other words – big ones. People feel very angsty over an eclipse season, particularly if the eclipse aspects a personal planet or point in their birth charts. If this is so, the eclipse heralds enormous changes, something to be snatched away from their lives, and it is almost never easy. Solar Eclipses tend to herald new, external beginnings,
even achievements, and Lunar Eclipses tend to herald internal crisis and turning points. There is certainly a shift in consciousness, and a potential awakening for humanity, for the individual. Or at least, an opportunity to do so. Eclipses are like opening the gates of consciousness, and we can certainly shift our collective visions. We can plant seeds for future changes,
provoke disasters; the earth’s very electromagnetic field
and many even choose to see an astrologer or turn to a
gets altered, and so too does our own field of energy.
spiritual practice for guidance over these times.
Natural disasters abound, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis,
So what is all the fuss about the 'Great American
as well as political upheavals and shocking changes. Each
Eclipse' anyway, if eclipses tend to be repetitive, and they
Eclipse has its own flavour, and repeats every 18 years,
happen so often?
which is known as the Saros Cycle. Some are lighter, and
Well, firstly, this eclipse, happening August 21st at 28º
some are much, much heavier – but we have worked out
of Leo, will be visible in totality across 14 states in the
a method of prediction, and Bernadette Brady, a renowned
USA, and partially over 48 states. It is likely to be the most
astrologer, produced a book called the Eagle and the Lark
viewed eclipse in recent history (source: Forbes Magazine)
which outlines in fine detail the flavour of each series of
– causing at the very least, traffic jams and a sellout of
Still, in many parts of the world, eclipses are avoided,
Wherever an eclipse is most visible, tends to herald big
and in India especially, people are discouraged from
events for that country – be it natural disasters, or political
looking at an eclipse at all, and pregnant women may not
changes or upheaval. Sometimes, there is not so much of
go outdoors for the entire duration – in the East, mantras
a whimper, though, and so we must approach with caution
are chanted and special ceremonies held to 'make the
and shy away from the drama we as a collective so love
light return'. It is not so much primitive as symbolic, the
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This particular cycle’s flavour is said to be about 'personal relationships, hasty decisions based on false information, health problems'. This series occurred in 1909, 1927, 1945, 1963, 1981, and 1999. What happened in those years? Well, in 1909, American President William Taft was assassinated. In 1927, the famous 'Pineapple Primary' elections happened in America, a campaign marked by numerous acts of violence when Al Capone’s mobsters ruled the roost. There were also many huge natural and manmade disasters over that time – tornadoes, floods, gas explosions, and hurricanes. In 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs were dropped. In 1963, JFK was assassinated. In 1981, Reagan was almost assassinated. And in 1998/99, Bill Clinton was impeached. In addition, this will be the first time since 1918 – the start of WWI – that an eclipse is so visible in the USA. One has to wonder, then, if eclipses are so ominous, what kind of effect it will have on millions of Americans? Will the eclipse herald a time or a shift in consciousness, perhaps so sorely needed? Or will it bring about violence, as
Solar Eclipses tend to herald new, external beginnings, even achievements, and Lunar Eclipses tend to herald internal crisis and turning points. There is certainly a shift in consciousness, and a potential awakening for humanity, for the individual. Or at least, an opportunity to do so. Eclipses are like opening the gates of consciousness, and we can certainly shift our collective visions. We can plant seeds for future changes, and many even choose to see an astrologer or turn to a spiritual practice for guidance over these times.
so clearly seen in the past years of this cycle? What is even more portentous, is the relevance to
incite Trump to take rash, impulsive action, make a 'hasty
President Donald Trump’s personal birth chart. The president
decision based on false assumptions' as per this Saros series.
was born during an eclipse, which is so often the case with
What kind of decision are we talking about, and what will the
leaders in high places, denoting a public, intense life often
riddled with crises.
about, and perhaps this will really be a case of 'the Great
Ascendant and his Mars in Leo. When an individual has an
American Eclipse'. Perhaps it really is all that, or perhaps it
Eclipse happen to such important personal parts of their
is simply our desire for drama and need to make someone –
chart and is in the Geographical location of the eclipse, it is
anyone – the object of our repressed hatred and fascination
said that the power and strength of the effects increase a
with the darker side of human nature.
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These are all important questions to ask, to ponder
This eclipse, at 28º of Leo, will fall exactly on his
In these two minutes of total darkness, who is to say
The Ascendant in Astrology is the part of us that is our
what could be born in the minds of the Americans? Of
mask, our face we show to the world, what people see about
Trump? What will this choice be, and what are the far
us, but not who we really are. Trump is a proud Lion, to
reaching consequences? There can be a whole lot of nothing,
be sure, but what happens when that mask slips off? Will
hot air, but something tells me that there will be a shift – a
it reveal the 'devil' we all project onto this man? Or will it
much needed one – and hopefully one that will wake up,
reveal an angel? His mask may well slip and he will be naked
shake up humanity and alert us to the kinds of leaders we
for the world to see, and the effect on his Mars may well
need in this world. O
Inner Resources & Change We all have a wealth of hidden talent within us. We all have a wellspring of talents, abilities and strength waiting to be uncovered, but we often suppress our potential because we lack confidence. To a large extent we create the world we live in. Our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, focus, perceptions, self-talk, mindsets, memories of the past, thoughts and visions of the future, all work together to create our inner world. We should all look for our inner strengths.
ur inner resources are the positive qualities and states within us that help us to accomplish our dreams and cope well with life's difficulties. When
we are faced with a challenge, we should turn inwards and tap into the enormous resources that we were born with. We should never give up on ourselves. As David O McKay so rightly said, 'The greatest battles of life are fought within the confines of the human soul.' All we need to do is dig deep and reach for our hidden treasure. By identifying with our highest aspirations, we can accomplish more than we ever thought possible.
In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeoning of chance, my head is bloody but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears, looms but the horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how straight the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate; I am the master of my soul.
Growth and the pursuit of excellence are never-ending
Henley's inspiring message is for us to be calm, strong
quests. We are all built for success and endowed with the
and patient. We should meet failure and disappointment
resources to succeed. When we have faith and use our
with courage and rise superior to the trials of life. We should
resources optimally, nothing will hold us back from reaching
never give in to hopelessness or despair and in danger
our full potential.
or adversity, we should cling to our principles and ideals.
The golden opportunity that we seek lies within. It is not in our environment, it is not in luck or chance or in the help
Courage is the decision that transcends our fears; it enables us to speak up and take action, even when it is difficult.
of others. We each have intrinsic value and uniqueness. We
Dr Zelig Pliskin defines courage as: 'The mental or moral
have the inner strength and potential to achieve exactly
strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear
what is right for us.
or adversity. It is staunchness of mind and of will. It is the strength to face opposition and not allow it to stop you. It
The Dynamics of Courage
is the strength to cope with hardship. It is maintaining your
For as far back as he could remember, William Henley's life
dignity when it is difficult to do so. Courage gives you the
was filled with illness, poverty, pain and suffering, testing
empowerment of steely determination. It enables you to
human courage to its limits. Out of this pain and suffering,
strive toward noble aspirations, transforming worries into
and out of the courage, faith and fortitude with which he
tools for courageous actions.'
accepted the cruel blows of fate, came 'Invictus' one of the
Courage expands our abilities and gives us feelings of
most emotionally powerful and uplifting poems ever written:
hope and empowerment. Whenever we begin to worry,
Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul.
we should visualise ourselves handling the situation, occurrence, or circumstance with courage. We should learn to train our minds to react to challenging circumstances with courage. O
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This is as a result of one simple thing: the telephone. We think that we are used to this, but we don't realise the immense impact that the telephone caused in our reflexes. Our bodies and our sensations simply still aren't used to it. The practical explanation is that when we speak to someone on the telephone, we are able to enter a state much like that of certain magic tricks. Our minds enter another frequency, become more receptive to the invisible world. I know many people that are stuck on certain traditions and always have paper and a pencil next to the phone. They're always mindlessly scribbling things down while they talk to someone. When they hang up, the scribbles are generally symbols of the Tradition of the Moon, the most classic of them all, which uses the traditional paths to achieve knowledge. When we begin the path, we always have an idea of where we are supposed to meet. The women usually bring the Other Part, the love that they should find on earth, while the men look for the Power. Neither one of them want to learn, they want to get to that which accomplishes their goal. But the path of magic, as is generally the path of life, is the path of Mystery. To learn something means to enter into contact with the world, about which we have no idea about. It is necessary to be humble in order to learn. Pay attention to the eyes of the people that talk on the
telephone. They are always very interesting.
he Warrior of the Light is not afraid of having others think he is crazy.
And since we are already talking about learning things that come from a place within us that we aren't familiar with,
He talks to himself loudly when he is alone.
it's always good to remember the story that follows, or we
Someone once taught him that this is the best way to
risk terminating the expansion of understanding that which
communicate with the angels and he isn't willing to risk
comes to us.
losing contact. In the beginning, think how hard it must be; he feels as though he has nothing to say, that he will keep repeating the same nonsense over and over.
A great Wiseman spent years meditating about life. He drew something on a sheet of paper and gave it to his disciples for them to share in some of his musings. The followers of the Wiseman became so impressed at
Even so, the Warrior insists. Everyday he speaks to
the beauty of his work that they had the drawing embossed
his heart, speaking of what he doesn't agree with, speaks
on a bronze plaque. The news spread quickly, and people
nonsense. One day he notices a change in his voice, and he
from all around the world began coming to the town to study
realises he has become a medium to a higher power.
each line of the drawing. In a few years, the people began
The Warrior looks crazy, but this is merely a façade; he
to love the bronze plaque, almost as though it were sacred.
has asked to hear information from the angels, and in this
'The drawing is merely an explanation, it is not a cult
way he is able to receive it. More important than the conversations themselves, is to remember that humans have always spoken only to that which they can see for millenna. All of a sudden, in just a short time, the 'see' and 'speak' have become separate
object.' said the Wiseman, clearly disappointed. He immediately had the plaque melted down into a cauldron. 'At least this way, the bronze continues to be beautiful and doesn't lose its significance.' O
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