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ODYSSEY Issue 4 • 2016

Conscious Lifestyle Digimag






INSIDE Features Ancient Sites Pt II Joy is a Choice Conscious Love Reawakening the Goddess The Disease Delusion The End of Antibiotics


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Having just watched the latest documentary by Leonardo Dicaprio called Before the Flood, I am, like him, truly terrified if we do not change our ways collectively. And rapidly so, too.

Yet, in this documentary one can see that it is big business and those with vested interests that adversely affect this beautiful earth of ours, to the greatest degree. It also seems obvious that we as citizens of this planet are often co-conspirators to this whole set-up, in that we are the ones – often through ignorance – who support these companies and brands. Otherwise, these global corporates, like 'big pharma' and 'big farming' in particular, would not survive. Are you willing to surrender eating certain of your favourite chips, so that you do not support the palm oil business, which environmentally speaking is an absolute disaster because it has led to vast swathes of rain forest destruction? Are we the ones helping those responsible to survive? Take away your support and they, who are behind such climate-changing destruction, will quickly crumble before your eyes. That is the tremendous power we have as individuals, and even more so as a collective. Hence, the more corruption and the misuse of power become obvious (which is evident all over the world), so we know that now is the time for different choices to be made. Mother nature is showing us that we are all at a 'choice point', the outcome of which truly matters for all of us. When you look at the news, it is astounding the numbers of people all over the world who are saying 'No. No more. Not in my name or God's for that matter'. The willingness to fight for this emergent sense of what is 'right', beyond the

I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White



politics of the day, is also clearly evident. So, the wool over most people's eyes is being lifted. Thank goodness. At the same time, it is palpable to most that there is a huge consciousness shift taking place. The energies have been ramped up, leaving many adapting to great change within themselves, let alone in the life choices being made by each individual going forward. The terms we have been living by – often habitually, without real thought about our lifestyles and their consequences – are changing and this, in and of itself, will change the world for us. This is an unstoppable wave and most exciting indeed. We are all undergoing a transformation, which is diametrically opposed to the constant attempts by elitists to shut down this fiery spirit through subjugation of one kind or another. We're consciously and vibrationally being liberated by the very nature of this universe, in spite of all our efforts. In the words of Lao Tzu: Existence is beyond the power of words to define Terms may be used But none of them are absolute. In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words, And whether a man dispassionately sees to the core of life Or passionately sees the surface, The core and the surface are essentially the same, Words make them seem different Only to express appearance. If name be needed, wonder names them both: From wonder to wonder Existence opens. So let's love our planet free!

Silke and The Team

My Call For Humanity



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See how bees sense a flower's electric field Flowers give off weak electric fields, and scientists have known for decades that this helps with pollination, prompting pollen to leap from negatively charged flowers onto the body hair of positively charged bees. In 2013, researchers from the UK made another big discovery, revealing that bees can actually sense these electric fields.

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Shape-shifting Jesus described in ancient Egyptian text A newly deciphered Egyptian text, dating back almost 1,200 years, tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus with apocryphal plot twists, some of which have never been seen before. Written in the Coptic language, the ancient text tells of Pontius Pilate, the judge who authorized Jesus' crucifixion, having dinner with Jesus before his crucifixion and offering to sacrifice his own son in the place of Jesus. It also explains why Judas used a kiss, specifically, to betray Jesus – because Jesus had the ability to change shape, according to the text – and it puts the day of the arrest of Jesus on Tuesday evening rather than Thursday evening, something that contravenes the Easter timeline.

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Tiny golden scrolls found on 2 000-year-old skeleton contain ancient magic spells Archaeologists excavating a site associated with the ancient Roman city of Viminacium in modern day Serbia have stumbled upon something very unusual: tiny sheets of gold and silver, rolled up like scrolls and placed inside diminutive lead amulets, with mysterious writing etched on them. Scholars now believe the etchings are ancient magic spells, reports The Guardian. The amulets were discovered inside the graves of skeletons that were buried 2 000 years ago. The scrolls, made of incredibly thin precious metals, likely would have taken expert craftsmanship to be so elegantly etched upon

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15 year old Yogi. No eat, no drink, no sleep – only meditation

Seeing Wetiko

The Earth’s magnetic field is weakening ten times faster than expected

Mother trees recognize kin and send them 'messages of wisdom'

New satellite data from the European Space Agency has revealed some puzzling findings: the Earth’s magnetic field appears to be weakening much faster than previous research would suggest. These measurements show that on the whole, the planet’s geomagnetic field is weakening about ten times faster than expected, at a rate of about 5% every decade. However, it’s also important to note that in some regions it’s actually strengthened, particularly over Asia.

More information continues to surface that trees may be far more connected than we thought. Forest ecologist Suzanne Simard of The University of British Colombia gave a TED talk in June during which she detailed research that shows mother trees recognise their kin. At a time when an increasing number of people are disconnected from the natural world, Simard hoped to persuade the audience to think differently about forests.

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A living cathedral of trees is slowly growing in Italy In a remote valley at the foot of Mount Arera, just outside the ancient town of Bergamo, Italy, stands a towering ode to Mother Nature. Called 'Cattedrale Vegetale' or Tree Cathedral, this dramatic art installation is notable not only for its structural beauty but also for its unfolding timeline. Like other great cathedrals throughout human history, this particular building will take decades to complete. The only difference is that nature will effectively do all the work. Man's role is to simply step aside and let time take its course.

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This forest language from the age of Vikings may soon disappear In a remote part of Sweden surrounded by mountains, valleys and thick forests, the community of Älvdalen is desperately attempting to preserve its unique heritage. Up until the mid-20th century, the town of some 1 800 inhabitants spoke a language called Elfdalian, believed to be the closest descendant of Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. The beautiful and complex tongue, likened to the fictional languages of The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, remained preserved throughout the centuries because of the area's natural isolation.

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Elderly man spends 53 years building an incredible cathedral by hand For 53 years, Justo Gallego has been building a cathedral by hand on the outskirts of Madrid almost entirely by himself. Gallego has no formal architecture or construction training, but that hasn't stopped him from toiling on this herculean task. At 90 years old, Gallego knows that he will not be able to finish the project in his lifetime. But he keeps at it anyway, day after day, driven by his faith.

Scientists have just teleported quantum information over a record 7km Last year scientists managed to teleport photons over 100 kilometers, smashing previous records. While impressive, their method used lasers to control the entanglement of the particles involved. This allowed them to achieve successful teleportation over a vast distance, but it's not a practical methodology for putting this technology to use.

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Mysterious 13th-century book declared oldest manuscript in Americas In 1966, a Mexican City-based antiquities collector named Dr Josué Sáenz received a phone call that would both change his life and stir up a whirlwind of controversy for decades to come. The man on the other end of the line promised Sáenz something fantastical if he would board a plane to the city of Villahermosa and agree to travel with locals there to a remote location. One of the items, a manuscript of 11 pages, was particularly intriguing. Made of fig bark sheets, it contained weather-stained, torn illustrations of what appeared to be Maya origin.

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BRUCE LIPTON: All You Need Is Love….. and a conversation about Science

Physicists announce the 'possible discovery' of a fifth force of nature Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have announced the ‘possible discovery’ of a previously unknown subatomic particle that, if confirmed, could unlock the secrets of dark matter. The discovery would represent a fifth force of nature in the form of a mysterious new particle. Theoretical physicists at UCI now believe the particle, initially theorised by a team of Hungarian researchers last year, could be a newly discovered light particle that adds a fifth component to the four known forces of nature, or even a 'grander, more fundamental force' when combined with one of the existing forces.

Newly discovered form of spiralized light breaks everything quantum physics says about photons Scientists have discovered a new form of light that is quite different from all other known forms. Prior to this discovery, it was generally accepted that light in all forms has an angular momentum that is a multiple of Planck’s constant, which is the measurement used to set the scale of quantum effects. The photons (or particles of visible light) in the newly discovered form of light have an angular momentum which measures just half the value of the constant, which translates into a staggering discovery in the world of quantum physics.

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NASA confirms a second mini moon is circling Earth For most relationships, 100 years is well past the point in time when you can ‘make it official,’ but for planets, it’s just right. After nearly a century in Earth’s orbit, a tiny asteroid has earned NASA’s recognition as Earth’s new “mini moon.” Measuring between 120 feet to 300 feet in diameter, the minuscule rock slowly circles the sun on a similar orbit as Earth and NASA scientists now reveal that it circles Earth as well – not entirely unlike the moon we already know and love.

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Astronomers discover 'fossil' galaxy that looks like the ancient Milky Way Terzan 5, a globular cluster that wasn't much thought of since it was first discovered some 40 years ago, has recently received a second look by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, and what they found was nothing short of extraordinary. The cluster appears to contain stars of two different groups, each composed of different concentrations of elements. But here's the real shocker: The two groups have an age gap of 7 billion years between them.

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Scientists discover a galaxy made almost entirely of dark matter Although scientists don't yet know exactly what dark matter is, they have nonetheless spotted a galaxy that might be composed almost entirely of it. The strange galaxy, named Dragonfly 44, looks tiny upon first glance. It appears to be composed of an extremely small cluster of stars; a cluster so insignificant that there shouldn't even be enough gravity to hold them all together as a galaxy at all.

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There are 10 times more galaxies in the universe than previously thought Back in the 1990's, Hubble Deep Field images gave astronomers an unprecedented look into the depths of the universe. What they saw there was nothing short of awe-inspiring: galaxies, billions of them. By the time everything could be accounted for, estimates put the number of galaxies in the known universe to somewhere between 100 and 200 billion, and that's been the working model ever since. But a thorough new analysis, the numbers of galaxies in the observable universe may need to be counted in trillions, not billions.

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Astounding archeological discoveries are being made with great frequency. With the help of modern technology and the odd happenstance, we are un-earthing some amazing finds that give us insight into how life was hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years ago. We take a look at a few more recent sites.




AUSTRALIAN OBSERVATORY A man-made rock formation of 100 blocks of basalt, located roughly 48km West of Melbourne, has been found to align with the equinox, the winter solstice and the summer solstice. Called the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement, the ancient site is believed to pre-date Egypt's Great Pyramids of Giza and England's Stonehenge, with some geologists and experts believing it was created more than 11 000 years ago.

HIDDEN HAWAII In the push to uncover mysteries about our ancient world, sometimes all an archaeologist needs to do is wait for the right weather conditions. That’s exactly what happened when tourists Lonnie Watson and Mark Louviere spotted some unusual markings along the Waianae coast of Oahu, Hawaii. A closer look revealed that it was a large petrolyph of a stick figure human etched into a hunk of sandstone. It had been uncovered by the shoreline's shifting sands.



Kazakhstan PYRAMIDS Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have made a discovery that could change history as we know it. They’ve found a pyramid they think could be even older than certain Egyptian pyramids. Archaeologist Viktor Novozhenov described the find as a 'sensational discovery' and says the pyramid, or mausoleum, located in the Sary-Arka steppes is similar to pyramids built nearby by the ancient Begazy-Dandybai culture around the 12th to 8th centuries BC.

CAMBOADIA'S SECRET In a thrilling new discovery, archaeologists used laser imaging technology to reveal ancient cities hidden by jungle in Cambodia showing waterways, iron smelting locations and even another temple, Preah Khan. The discovery reveals that the cities near Angkor Wat were much larger than previously thought. Archaeologists suspected there had to be more to the area, and the new data appears to confirm these suspicions.



UK'S CELESTIAL MOVEMENT The strange and ancient stone circles that stand on the British Isles have always been a bit of a mystery. Exactly why were these circles erected, and what was the thinking or belief system that dictated their layout? The Callanish Stones in Scotland as well as the Standing Stones of Stenness are both older than Stonehenge, and their layout takes into account the position of the sun and moon at different phases as well as their relation to the horizon.

THE GATE TO HELL In 2013, archaeologists working in Turkey unearthed what they say is the entrance to the underworld. Well, not literally. Instead, the archaeologists say the 'Gate to Hell' they discovered near the modern-day city of Pamukkale is the fabled Pluto's Gate, a site where oracles and priests would perform sacrifices to Pluto, also known as Hades, the god of the underworld.



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Joy is a Choice

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness Dalai Lama, two of the world's most revered and renowned spiritual leaders, are the spokesmen and figureheads of the recently-launched global #SharetheJoy campaign. The campaign coincides with the release of The Book of Joy in which these two luminaries explain how despite – in their own words, because of – the exile, violence and oppression they have experienced and witnessed, they are among two of the most joyful people one could hope to meet.


he Share the Joy campaign is, in effect, a direct

own limitations and those of their home countries

outgrowth of Archbishop Tutu's initiative which

where a distinct lack of joy persists, along with historical

began with his visit to the Dalai Lama's home

oppression – in the case of Tibet, political and religious

in Dharamsala, India, in April 2005 where he went to



oppression is still ongoing under strict Chinese rule.

celebrate His Holiness's 80th birthday and to create The

Despite the worlds-apart backgrounds these two

Book of Joy as a gift from both of them to others. These two men, who have both transcended their

spiritual leaders have found in one another soul-mates and lifelong friendship, which was evident at His Holiness's

80th birthday celebrations where they behaved more like a pair of kids having fun with each other – and everyone else – than serious 'holy men'. But beneath the laughter and evident joy was a deeper question – just how do we all find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering.

The Book of Joy covers the week that these two men spent having fun and also exploring the question of where one may find joy in life, despite difficult and painful circumstances. The Archbishop's Share the Joy campaign is the logical extension of what the book has to offer, and is designed to involve as many others as possible, with the Archbishop offering a personal message asking for your support.

‘No dark fate determines the future. We do. Each day and each moment, we are able to create and recreate our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet. This is the power we wield.’ His Holiness and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share and experience joy. They are asking people the world over to help shine a light in the darkness and not let fear, hate or division have the last word. The hope is that many millions will be reached


with this movement – in the UK it has already drawn

Right now, the world faces numerous serious challenges

support from Richard Branson, Alanis Morissette, Ariana

– many people are experiencing unprecedented levels

Huffington, Brene Brown, Susan Cain and more with

of anger, divisiveness, pain, fear, suffering and isolation.

around a 11.5 million reach.

The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop – two men who have endured true suffering – wish to show, in these dark

How can you participate?

times, that joy and compassion will always win, in the

The Archbishop and His Holiness, along with the organisers

end, and to show how we can discover joy in the face

who are working on the campaign and movement are

of adversity and suffering. It is truly a message much

inviting each one of you who reads this to record a short

needed at this time.

smartphone video about what gives you joy. Simply

The idea behind their co-authoring of The Book of

visit and see how you too can

Joy, together with the Share the Joy campaign, is to start

contribute to a world which is more joyful, less fearful and

a movement that brings the world together to create,

generally much happier than most experience it to be. O

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams Penguin Random House SA • 9781 7863 3044 4

This is a deeply profound and powerful book, notwithstanding the light-heartedness of its two primary authors. It is essentially a logbook of their interactions over a week during which Tutu celebrated the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday with His Holiness and throughout which time they conversed and discussed the thorny issue of achieving lasting happiness in a world filled, it seems, with an ever-growing list of sorrows, sadness and grievances. Together, these two great men look at and discuss in depth the true nature of joy, the obstacles we face in achieving joy as an ongoing experience in our lives and the 'eight pillars of joy. The latter are categorised as: perspective (there are many different ways of seeing things); humility; humour (laughter is better); acceptance (the only place where change can begin); forgiveness (free ourselves from the past); gratitude (being happy to be alive); compassion; and generosity (being filled with joy). This book is to be read and experienced, rather than to be written about. Together with the Archbishop's Share the joy campaign, they may be among the most important tools to help a collectively frightened and unhappy humanity cope with these difficult, changing and challenging times. Available from all leading bookstores and online.



The Book of


w w w. b o o k o f j o y. o r g #Sharethejoy

“Our world is not beyond hope...join us in creating a world where love & joy win” Archbishop Desmond Tutu WHAT IS THE BOOK OF JOY ? In April 2015 His Holiness Dalai Lama invited his dear friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu into his home in Dharamsala where they spent the week in deep dialogue discussing how we find lasting happiness in an uncertain world and reflecting on their own personal experiences and history. The Book of Joy, publishing on 22nd September, tells the story of this momentous meeting in the Dalai Lama’s home where these two friends and inspirational leaders shared their wisdom with the world. ‘As we stepped off the plane at the small airport, the howl of the jet engines deafening and the snowcapped foothills of the Himalayas looming behind us, two old friends embraced. The Archbishop touched the Dalai Lama’s cheeks tenderly, and the Dalai Lama pursed his lips as if blowing the Archbishop a kiss. It was a moment of enormous affection and friendship’



JOIN THE MOVEMENT #Sharethejoy Around the globe, many are experiencing unprecedented levels of anger, divisiveness, fear and suffering, every day fear and tragedy dominate the news. The Book of Joy could not come at a better time; this Autumn, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu want to create a worldwide movement as a response to these problems. They want to ask what would a world filled with JOY look like and how can we create and share JOY with others? We are approaching a number of high profile influencers to really take the message out to the world, to shine a light in these times of darkness and to celebrate joy. ‘No dark fate determines the future. We do. Each day and each moment, we are able to create and recreate our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet. This is the power we wield.’ His Holiness and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

GET INVOLVED Be a JOY champion We are writing because YOU have an essential voice, with unique power – this is why the Archbishop asked us to pass along this video message We know you’re busy, so we want to be realistic about your time. Whether you’ve got a few minutes or a few hours, there are many ways you can make a huge difference:

• Appear in a brief video Join our #Sharethejoy movement and help start the conversation that brings people together. It’s simple and quick: 1. Record a simple iPhone video 2. Finish this sentence: “For me, Joy is….” 2. Tell us why you think the publication of this book and this movement is important 4. Ask your fans to share their own answers online with #Sharethejoy 5. Finally, name and challenge a specific friend to take part too



• Post to social media: Simply share one of the attached assets with an explanation of why you think this book and movement are important to the world with hashtag #ShareTheJoy. Messaging to get you started: ‘This Autumn, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be releasing a very special book which reminds us all that in the face of adversity we all have the freedom to choose joy…’

For the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop, this is a lifetime dream, and both men believe that – with your help – we can inspire millions of people to create a more joyful world. We are more than happy to connect briefly to answer any questions you might have or help guide you. Thank you for making the time to consider this. Warmest Wishes,

The Book of JOY UK team ODYSSEY 26 • 



Conscious Love T 

To find love, we need to go beyond the concept of love. It is avoiding the smoke and mirrors kind of attraction that is hollow and a peripheral bartering system. As Tivania Moodley says, it is walking into the face of the unknown, a willingness to open our hearts even at the risk of being hurt.

o allow someone to move into your sacred

someone who only makes you feel good. The path to

space means being truly here on an individual

real love is the higher way, and can only be found

level. Real intimacy requires real presence.

by surrendering the impulses of the mind. Conscious

Blessed and courageous are those who can hold

love is developed when two people have heard their

the gate open when profound love enters. There

souls calling and do the work necessary to grow

needs to be a willingness to face and deal with

together. It involves holding a space of peace even

relational wounds that would undoubtedly arise –

through disharmony, creating a gap for pure love to

past baggage, personal pathologies, difficulties in

enter. We can only love as deeply and profoundly

actually hearing or listening to each other, different

as we allow our own vulnerabilities to show. And

ideologies and sensitivities – all of which forces

sometimes that means standing at the precipice of

you to enter into a reality all in the name of love.

an ego-based decision or relegating to the spirit that

Relationships that emanate from a soul connection

rises up in its absence. This union is sacrosanct and

make you feel like you are teetering on the edge of

honours the Divine and sacred being of your partner.

a cliff. But it is a cliff of grace. And grace is on fire.

Deeper levels of bonding opens up to an eternal

This is the catalyst for personal growth and real

connection, where love happens from an ascended


place. This is the total sublime Being-ness, the 'all'.

It is easier to take the convenient path and choose

This is conscious love. O



Reawakening the Goddess The Goddess is the Holy Grail. As a Feminine Being she manifests the Divine Masculine's Creation. The Masculine and Feminine are dependent on one another to bring the creation into manifestation. There cannot be one without the other. Michelle Leske takes a look.




he divine created love, which is what we are, however the events in our lives and the way we choose to live our lives at present, creates a block

for this flow of love and manifests as fear. In order for this love to become manifest here on our beloved planet earth, we, as the holy grail, need to empty our cups, of everything that is holding us back and blocking our feminine essence. The nature of the goddess is soft, open-hearted, surrendered, an empty cup, and ready to receive and then overflow. How do we become the goddess? How do we balance our masculine energy? How do we create heaven on earth? Firstly we need to identify in ourselves, everything that is not love and transmute it. Anything that is not love is fear and that is going against the natural flow of the goddess. Love is:

Love is not:


Your social status


Your popularity with others

Open hearted

Your position at work


The size of your house

'If you want to strengthen your faith, you will need to soften inside. For your faith to be rock solid, your heart needs to be as light as a feather. Through an illness, accident, loss or fright, one way or another, we are all faced with incidents that teach us how to become less selfish and judgmental and more compassionate and generous. Yet some of us learn the lesson and manage to become softer, while some others end up becoming even harder than before' Ancient Egyptians believed that at the time of death,

Faith Greed

the heart of the deceased was weighed against a feather.

A great manifestor


If the heart was found to be lighter than the feather, then

A belief in the will of god


that soul could ascend, and be free of incarnation. In

Oneness Lack

order for the heart to be lighter than the feather, it had

Purity Illness

to be pure. There were to be no obstructions to love. The


ancient Egyptians spent their lives revering life, living in

Judging others

Kindness Anger

joy, celebrating with family and friends, and also working


on keeping their hearts pure and light as feathers.

Lack of confidence

Tolerance Sadness Acceptance

Pain & suffering

Truth Depression In order to transmute anything that is not love, it is

On the goddess tour to Egypt, we will be doing this work. We will be emptying our holy grail of anything that is blocking love. The goddesses, Isis, Hatchepsut, Hathor, Sekhmet, Magdalene and Mother Mary will assist us.

necessary to enter into a place of stillness, quiet your

The temples are holy energy centres where we will set

mind, and examine within your body the places that are

our intention to remove obstacles, and the energy in them

holding onto fear, anxiety, anger, illness, negativity, and a

will be of great assistance.

sense of lack. You may be holding a lot of this negative energy, or only a little. But the point is that you have the

Sitting between the paws of the sphinx and setting our intention again, will heighten our healing.

desire and the ability to start emptying your cup, so that

If you have the desire to start your journey of

it can hold more and more love. The more you empty,

emptying your holy grail, in order for it to be filled with

the easier it will become, since you will be holding and

divine love, do join me. I would be honoured to have your

attracting more light from the very beginning.

presence. May we have hearts as light as feathers, may

It is never too late to ask yourself, 'am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?'

we be the ones consciously creating a new earth, free of fear and filled with love. O

Even if a single day in your life is the same as the day before, it surely is a pity. At every moment and with each new breath, one should be renewed and renewed again.



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simplicit Michael Lewin takes a look at the journey to wholeness through Buddhist teachings.


story tells that the great Buddhist saint

magazines, telephone sales, promotion leaflets and

Nagarjuna moved around naked except for

the like. Who can resist then, the temptation to buy,

a loincloth and, incongruously, a golden

especially when so many people see their 'purchasing

begging bowl gifted to him by the King, who was his

power' as a normal function of everyday living and

disciple. One night he was about to lie down to sleep

an expression of their individual liberties / freedom?

among the ruins of an ancient monastery when he

The proliferation of shopping malls and retail parks

noticed a thief lurking behind one of the columns.

attest to the effectiveness of this language which

'Here, take this,' said Nagarjuna, holding out the golden begging bowl. 'That way you won’t disturb me once I have fallen asleep.'



insists that we increase our consumption of goods and services despite any reference to real need. Yet






The thief eagerly grabbed the bowl and made

unprecedented level of consumerism, and its implicit

off – only to return next morning with the bowl and a

promise of a better life, health problems (both

request. He said, 'When you gave this bowl so freely

physical and mental) are still increasing sharply in

last night, you made me feel very poor. Please teach

some areas. It seems that although our material

me how to acquire the riches that make this kind of

needs are being met, deeper, more personal needs

lighthearted detachment possible.'

are not.

The call of simplicity, is the call of renunciation

Another consequence of this attachment to

that can lead us to a better life, a more skilfully

consumerism is the amount of time that we give

enriched life. It’s a call that Nagarjuna recognised

up – not only in the activity of buying, installing,

as giving him an inner peace – freeing him from an

maintaining and replacing goods and services, but

agitated mind preoccupied with the worry of looking

also in the very time that we spend at the work place

after possessions. But in our modern, shopping

in order to pay for it all. Time, along with our health,

male culture how many of us are really listening to

is the most precious commodity that we have so we

that call? How many of us are prepared to simplify

must spend it wisely, but unfortunately, in our busy

our lives? How many of us are prepared to tread

lives (which are now rebranded 'busy schedules'),

Nagarjuna’s path?

we just don’t seem to have the time.

Western society is increasingly being influenced

Simplicity, if we really engage with it like

by a fierce, consumer led, market economy where

Nagarjuna, gives us more time to focus on what’s

financial value seems to be attached deeply to

important in our lives, it provides opportunities

everything. 'Sales forecasts', 'marketing strategies',

for reflection, it provides space so that a more

'production targets' and 'distribution networks' are

contemplative frame of mind can open up leading

just a few of the terms used in an economic

to deeper insights, clearer understanding – Panna

language that seems to penetrate every dimension

vimutta (Liberation through wisdom).

of our lives, seeking us out, even in our very homes

Simplicity helps to make our lives more

through television, the internet, radio, newspapers,

manageable, less stressful with implications for





our health. It gives us time in order to enjoy ourselves

traditionally supports many quite unskilful industries (such

more and brings greater moments of contentment and

as the manufacturing and selling of armaments) because,

well-being. It also helps in our relationships, making them

it is argued, they contribute to the economy and provide

less strained, while increasing the quality of life and, thus,

employment; but this gives no account whatsoever to the

our enjoyment. Simplicity brings a presence of mind that

harm and damage that they may cause in a wider context.

aids clarity and cultivates mindfulness, which makes us more alert and sensitised.

Stress-related illnesses have shown a marked increase in recent years and it is our attachments to over-burdened

Gandhi once said that: 'Civilisation, in the real sense

work activity that is causing some of the damage. In our

of the term, consists not in the multiplication, but in the

present climate of over-achieving we rush through our

deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants. This alone

days telling ourselves that we can manage, that we may

promotes real happiness and contentment.' Wise words

even be able to push our boundaries on performance even

for us to reflect upon. Simplicity, in all its manifestations,

further, but can we really? Is this what we want, or are we

enriches our lives in proportion to how much we let go.

just being swept up in a competitive neurosis in the name

Not reductionism, but liberation is taking us away from

of personal growth and development?

acquisition and greed that can flourish in our attitudes of

The quest to achieve in a harsh, competitive market

control and attachment. However, this is not to suggest

place may be indicative of deeper, underlying motives.

that simplicity is easy, that we can quickly and effectively

The psychologist, Cary Cooper, has carried out research

Simplicity helps to make our lives more manageable, less stressful with implications for our health. It gives us time in order to enjoy ourselves more and brings greater moments of contentment and well-being. It also helps in our relationships, making them less strained, while increasing the quality of life and, thus, our enjoyment. Simplicity brings a presence of mind that aids clarity and cultivates mindfulness, which makes us more alert and sensitised. bring it into our lives. Simplicity is a constantly evolving

in this field and has shown that many high achievers

issue / dynamic that needs negotiation, compromise and

'recalled vividly, memories of loss, whether of parents

flexibility. We need to be regularly looking at the finer

or place, and associated feelings of insecurity'. It seems

details of our lives to see if we can make appropriate

that where we have been lacking in some areas of our

adjustments and reductions. The quest for a simpler style

lives, we may try to seek out some form of compensation

of life may involve us in some struggle with others, and


with ourselves, but a rich harvest will eventually follow if we pursue our aims skilfully and mindfully.

Slowing down and letting go are the prerequisites of a simple life that can reward us in so many enriching ways,

The work ethic that has taken root in our society,

if we are prepared to listen attentively to its message.

shows no signs of abating. Indeed many reports highlight

The choice is ours. Do we decide to keep on the treadmill

widespread increases in the number of hours we officially

of activity and acquisition, that can cause us so much

work. The 'overtime culture' that we have allowed to

damage, or do we follow the call of simplicity that can

develop in the work place has now become the norm.

release us into a more manageable, saner world?

Workaholics are now, unfortunately, no longer a rare

Nagarjuna knew the answer to this question and

breed. The prevalent attitude of 'it’s good to work, lazy

followed the call of simplicity, but it is unlikely that we

not to, so carry on and do as much as you can' is a

could ever commit ourselves to his degree of personal

flawed attitude. Studies show that after 50 hours of work

engagement – after all, we are not Buddhist Saints.

our performance drops by as much 25%. Then after

However, the path of simplicity does invite everyone, with

70 hours it drops at an alarming rate where we are not

no exceptions, to journey along its way, and this is what

really contributing anything and may be even 'undoing'

we must do, accept the path, in the knowledge that it is

our previous efforts. Another problem with the 'work is

progress that we are seeking and not perfection. O

good' brigade is their non-discriminatory approach. Work is considered good irrespective of its intrinsic merit. This



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is disease a delusion? Functional medicine is a term we shall soon come to recognise as one of the best approaches to health, according to world leader in the field Dr Jeffrey S Bland, recently a visitor to South African shores. This extract from his book The Disease Delusion spells out the basis for his approach.




ravel back in time with me to the late nineteenth

States alone, life expectancy rose from 47 years in 1910

century – to the years, in the United States, just

to 74 years as I write this, thanks to germ theory and the

after the Civil War, when peace, albeit imperfect,

paradigm shift it brought about. It means that unlike your

had settled in. What did people in that era worry about?

nineteenth-century fore­bears and all the generations of

If you were a parent, you worried that your children

your family before them, you do not need to worry unduly

would succumb to one of the numerous infectious

about the deadly infectious diseases that constituted such

diseases that routinely swept away infants and toddlers

a scourge down the ages. If the diseases haven't been

in those days-diphtheria, whooping cough, pneumonia. If

totally wiped out – like smallpox – there are remedies

you were a woman about to become a mother for the first

available for those that still infect us.

or third or fifth or last time, you worried that you yourself

But unfortunately, that doesn't mean you don't

might die of postpartum sepsis, the blood infection that

have to worry at all. While immunisation and antibiotic

killed so many women just after childbirth, and thus not

treatment have made infectious diseases less prevalent

be there to nurse your children in their illnesses. Like

and less frightening, another family of illnesses has been

your parents and grandparents before you and their

growing in importance and impact: chronic diseases.

parents and grandparents before them, you worried that

By chronic diseases, I mean all those conditions,

an epidemic would break out – an influenza, a plague –

ailments, and illnesses that make you sick and then never

and decimate or destroy your family, your community, the

really go away. That's not their nature. Their nature is to

world as you know it.

stay or to come back again and again. We can manage

Such worries were very real four generations ago, and

their effects and find occasional relief from them, but

they were wholly justified. Down the centuries, hundreds

we tend not to be able to zap them the way we can zap

of millions of people had been wiped off the face of the

infectious disease, so one way or another, they enfeeble

earth by infectious diseases, caused, it was believed, by

and disable us, and they drain the life out of us. What are these diseases? They are familiar, and they

miasmas – noxious vapours from decayed matter – that were carried on the air or spread via physical contact.

run the gamut of misery and danger. They include:

The medical response to the diseases caused by miasmas

the miasma would not be present. It was a typically

Autoimmune inflammatory diseases like arthritis Neurological disorders such as depression, attention

ineffectual remedy.

deficit disorders, and autism

Yet before the nineteenth century was over, scientists like Joseph Lister, Robert Koch, Louis Pasteur, and others

Heart and blood-vessel diseases like type 2 diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, and dementia

was to suggest the patient go somewhere else where

Digestive diseases: gastric reflux, duodenal ulcer, and inflammatory bowel

would revolutionise the way illness was perceived and, in turn, transform the way medicine was practiced. The

Bone loss diseases like osteoporosis

germ theory that these scientists elucidated advanced

Obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma

the idea that submicroscopic organisms, not vapours,

Muscle pain and weakness from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

caused these infectious diseases. Once the particular submicroscopic organism causing a specific disease was

Kidney and liver ailments

identified, the body could be immunised against the

Vision problems like macular degeneration and retinopathy

organisms. The theory gave rise to what we would today call


a paradigm shift in the health-care universe – the

What do such illnesses have in common that

bacteriological revolution. Everything changed – medical

qualify them all under the 'chronic disease' rubric? Four

training, surgical techniques, standards of sanitation and

characteristic features distinguish them:

public health – and a whole new industry was spawned,

First, chronic illnesses do not heal by themselves; the

the pharmaceutical industry, with its steady stream of

term of art is that they are not 'self-limiting'. The common

vaccines for immunisation and, throughout the twentieth

cold is self-limiting; it runs its course and then it's gone.

century, of antibiotics, drugs that could treat infections for

Not so with chronic illnesses.

which there were no immunisations. It has been a spectacular success story. In the United

Second, chronic illnesses grow worse over time. Since we can only palliate but not obliterate these illnesses – at



A profound a change in understanding surely requires a new model of medical care, one focused on that interaction and on how and how well those core processes are functioning. That is what functional medicine does. Where the standard medical model addresses the symptoms of illness and focuses on coining up with a diagnosis, and where integrative or alternative models offer a cafeteria list of historical healing approaches to health problems, functional medicine accesses the newest scientific biomedical discoveries to focus on the underlying causes of an individual's health problems.

least, so far – there is no return to health, just an ongoing management of recurring episodes. Third, a chronic disease doesn't have a single cause one can point to; rather, several factors or agents give rise to it. Fourth, chronic illnesses tend to have complex symptom profiles; that is, the sick person has numerous different complaints and there are varying indications of illness. Complex and common, with numerous hard-to-specify causes but no single origin, chronic illnesses are increasingly conditions we have to live with. More and more of us are doing so, and it is an ex­pensive proposition. In fact, unless we can implement drastic change, the numbers tell us we are all on a headlong course toward a frail, sick old age in which we will spend much of our time going to doctors and popping pills. It doesn't have to happen. The dramatic scientific discoveries have put in our hands the power to avoid the collision with debilitation and illness, setting the stage for a veritable revolution in health care. We can now identify the causes of chronic illness in an individual, and using the approach described in my book, we can then put an end to the illness; even better, we can identify the causes of a chronic illness before it becomes a disease and avert it through early intervention. This is transformational. It is equivalent to the paradigm shift in medicine brought about by the discovery of immunisation and antibiotics for the management of infectious disease. I call it the 'functional medicine revolution'. And for the past 40 years, as a researcher in biological and clinical sciences and a medical educator, I have been in the forefront of the effort to bring it about. What do I mean by 'functional medicine'? As you know, your body is a network of systems. We speak of the circulatory system, the digestive system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the immune system, the reproductive system, the respiratory system – the list goes on. Each system is composed of organs that work together to perform a biological function: the heart and blood vessels of your circulatory system pump blood to your body; the brain, spinal cord and nerves of your nervous system receive and process information that tells your body to do various things; the lungs, bronchi, and larynx of your respiratory system send oxygen throughout your system to keep your body operating. It takes a lot for each of these systems to continue to work smoothly and at peak performance. In addition, the systems interact with one another via complex networks; this adds yet more intricacy to the dynamics of all the biological functioning going on. So when we think about how our bodies work – something we usually do when



they're not working very well – we ought to be thinking about how the component parts of these systems relate to one another and to all the other systems. Yet our current medical model – the way health-care professionals are trained and the strategy of therapy they apply – is not based in such systems thinking. Precisely because it derives from the germ theory, it is based in reductionist thinking: find the bug and nuke it with a drug developed for just that purpose. Period. As brilliantly as the model works in providing acute care, it clearly does nothing to restore or maintain balance among functional systems or the networks that connect them. But functional medicine does exactly that. It looks at the patterns of dysfunction underlying the chronic diseases that are shadowing all our lives, and it offers a model of care that can prevent or reverse these illnesses. How does that model of care work? You'll learn more about it in the chapters of my book, but suffice it to say that it is based on the way our genes are stimulated by and respond to what is going on around us and the kinds of behaviours we practice. Basically, if we can change the latter – our environment and our behaviour – we can change the former. That is, we can change the way our genes get stimulated and the way they respond, and since genes regulate or direct our biological functions, that can also change our pattern of health. This is new science. It comes out of the genomic revolution that is rewriting our understanding of how our genes form our individuality, of how we get from genotype to phenotype, from the latent genetic possibilities we're born with to the unique individuals we become, sporting the particular observable characteristics that make us who we are. The new science tells us that this does not happen according to a fixed blueprint incised at conception into our genes; rather, it happens because of the way our genotype interacts with our environment, stimulating responses in our core physiological processes throughout our lifetime. So profound a change in understanding surely requires a new model of medical care, one focused on that interaction and on how and how well those core processes are functioning. That is what functional medicine does. Where the standard medical model addresses the symptoms of illness and focuses on coining up with a diagnosis, and where integrative or alternative models offer a cafeteria list of historical healing approaches to health problems, functional medicine






discoveries to focus on the underlying causes of an individual's health problems. Compellingly,





The dramatic scientific discoveries have put in our hands the power to avoid the collision with debilitation and illness, setting the stage for a veritable revolution in health care. We can now identify the causes of chronic illness in an individual, and using the approach described in my book, we can then put an end to the illness; even better, we can identify the causes of a chronic illness before it becomes a disease and avert it through early intervention. This is transformational. It is equivalent to the paradigm shift in medicine brought about by the discovery of immunisation and antibiotics for the management of infectious disease.



discoveries and technologies against the health issue of our time – chronic illness – as it searches for underlying causes in the interaction between the individual's genetic uniqueness and his or her lifestyle, environment, and diet. Functional medicine then engages patient and practitioner in designing a personally tailored health-management program that couples pharmaceutical science, where necessary, with changes in the patient's environment, diet and lifestyle – not just to bring relief to the individual but to realise his or her full genetic potential for vitality· and longevity. It works. I've seen it work time after time over the past forty years. To the people for whom it has worked, it has been a miracle. I know what they mean. My son Justin is such a miracle. Born prematurely in 1982, Justin was half the birth weight of his two older brothers and needed special care in the neonatal intensive care unit before being allowed to come home. But even when he did, something just didn't seem right with him, and at three months it became obvious that he had developed hydrocephalus – water on the brain – with its associated swelling of the brain. Even after a surgical procedure to implant a shunt in his brain in order to reduce the pres­sure, it was not clear how Justin would develop, and although over the ensuing years, he received the best of traditional medical care from very skilled and compassionate professionals, there were continued signs of perceptual and learning challenges. There just seemed to be something Justin needed that excellent medical care was not able to deliver. Then by chance I met Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in

'The godfather of functional medicine elegantly explains the core tools to overcome the chronic ailments of modern society.'

Philadelphia, which helps brain-injured children achieve high function through a personalised program that the IAHP developed, a program the children's parents have the basic responsibility to apply. What followed was a life-changing experience for our family and for Justin. He graduated from a prominent high school and then from a well-regarded university where he majored in political science. One of the most remarkable experiences of my life was hearing Justin deliver a lecture to the staff at the IAHP describing how he felt during the stages of his own development, starting as a child who wondered if he would be able to succeed, given his mental challenges, addressing those challenges, and becoming a high-performing adult who recognizes his uniqueness but now has numerous skills he can call upon as he moves independently through life. Call it what you will; as a father, I call it a miracle. O



– Mehmet Oz, MD, Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr Oz Show




Is the age of medical antibiotics over?

There is so much negative news going around these days that we hesitate to raise alarm bells on yet another front. But we have to inform you, if you did not already know it, that we have entered the era of the superbug. This is the post-antibiotic age when we are facing some ancient microbial enemies of humankind, but which have been rendered much more harmful due to induced drug resistance – superbugs have, in effect, been 'trained' by 70 years of a combo of intensive, sporadic and casual antibiotic usage to evolve into hyper-drug resistant nasties, some commonly found in your local hospital. We take a look.






ccording to some concerned medical authorities, the age of antibiotics, at least as we have come to know them as pharmaceutical drugs, is essentially

over. That view is seen by others as 'alarmist', or at least somewhat premature. But is it? We know, for example, that there are few if any new antibiotics under development by global pharmaceutical firms. This is because developing these new antibiotic types – an on-going necessity as the old ones become redundant to fast-evolving bacteriological adaptations – is hard, slow and expensive. It is deeply ironic that the age of the antibiotic – starting just about at the end of World War II – has spawned the era of the nearly unkillable 'superbugs'. Unkillable, that is, by conventional means – but we shall, in due course, get to the good news that there

Mother Nature, as one may say, has long since provided humankind with a fairly wide variety of treatments for infectious ailments that now seem not only a sensible alternative to the diminishing effectiveness of classic pharmaceutical antibiotics.

are in fact still a number of (natural) ways to deal with the pathogenic bacteria that have been collectively the single most common killers of human beings across all

under adaptational pressure from antibiotics into the new

our history.

breed of drug-resitant superbugs.

Back on the conventional drug front, the industry is

Another factor is the over-use of antibiotics by

down to one last-ditch chemical: colistin, a toxic bug-killing

medical practitioners on the weak grounds of 'just in

chemical discovered in 1949. It kills superbugs, but it

case'. Typically, this was done when a patient went to

also causes kidney damage. So if you're infected with a

their doctor with a flu or bad cold. Both of these common

superbug in a hospital, you can choose to either die from

conditions are caused by viruses which antibiotics can't

an infection, or quite possibly die from the cure.

fight, but both of which can lead to secondary bacterial

That's the case with many chemotherapy-based

infections, hence the 'just in case' notion in terms of

cancer treatments as well – but that's another story for

which many people have had antibiotics prescribed for

another time.

them when such drugs were just not necessary.


involved, frequent and repeated unnecessary use of

What, you may well ask, has made it so easy for once

antibiotics weakens the immune systems of patients and

only occasional killers, like Staphylococcus aureus, to

creates many opportunities for drug-resistant superbugs

transform into monsters like methicillin-resistant S aureus

to develop. This 'preventative' practice is now rapidly

(MRSA), with even some of the world's best medical

becoming an out-dated idea, but it helped lay the

centres becoming breeding grounds for its superbug

groundwork for the current global realities of fighting


infectious hyper-resistant bacteria.

A lot of different things, is the answer.



Aside from lacking any effect on the infectious viruses

And then there is the still widespread use in

Surprisingly, a lack of stringent and consistent medical

intensive factory-style animal husbandry of the routine

hygiene practices among hospital staff, including doctors,

administering of 'preventative' low-dosages of antibiotics

has been one contributor.

to head off infections, ensure optimum weight-for-age

Another is incomplete, inconsistent or non-compliant

ratios in animals going for slaughter thereby improving

antibiotic usage by patients. This applies to those being

profitability, and to increase milk yields from dairy herds.

treated for common bronchitis and upper respiratory tract

Put together, these factors have created a perfect

infections, through to TB outpatients who do not complete

storm in which antibiotic options are fast running out

their dosage regimens because they 'feel better'.

while major pharmaceutical makers – the presumptive

Their bacteriological infections' surviving offspring,

source of new drugs to fight bugs – are looking in other

though they may be few initially, tend to become

places for their profits, such as sexual performance

ever-more drug resistant over time, eventually mutating

enhancing drugs.

What's true? In the last 34 years, it has been said, 'Big Pharma' has only come up with two new classes of antibiotics, both now obsolete. Not long ago Pfizer, the world's biggest drug company, closed its Connecticut antibiotics research centre in the USA, laying off 1  200 workers and saying it was moving its operation to Shanghai in China. Meanwhile, it has emerged that the company has subsequently all but abandoned its expensive antibiotic research program. The problem is significant. A decade-old report by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, says that some 99 000 Americans were dying every year because of superbugs – and the problem has only escalated since. Superbug infections among newborns have risen over 300% in a similar time-frame (read more). Nature, being highly resilient in all its forms, has expressed its ability to bounce back from difficult conditions through the rapid emergence of nearly complete resistance in a wide range of infectious bugs to nearly every known antibiotic on the market, including: tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, cephalosporins,

sulfonamides and others. Dr Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, had said: 'Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill,' (read more). 'Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe, and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials. For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50%,' she added. Many pathogens are developing resistance to multiple drugs, some to nearly all. Hospitals have become hotbeds for highly-resistant pathogens, like MRSA, ESBL, and CPE, increasing the risk that hospitalisation kills instead

of cures. These are end-of-the-line pathogens that are resistant to last-line antimicrobials. ESBL, for example, refers to extended-spectrum







resistance to most beta-lactam antibiotics, including penicillins, cephalosporins, and monobactam aztreonam. Infections with ESBL-producing organisms have been associated with what medics describe as 'poor outcomes', meaning, in blunt terms, that most people with them die. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) or






represent another emergent superbug example. These are, technically speaking, gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics, considered the drugs of last resort for such infections. They are resistant because they produce an enzyme called a carbapenemase that disables the drug molecule. The resistance can vary from moderate to severe. CRE/CPE are seen as potentially among the most dangerous of 'superbugs'. These bacteria can kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referred to CRE/CPE as 'nightmare bacteria'. If current trends continue unabated, the future is easy to predict, though bleak, from the perspective of conventional anti-bacteriological infection treatment.

There is a lengthy list of powerful anti-microbial medicinal herbs, plants, fungi and even moulds in the medicinal arsenals of African, Chinese, Unani-Tibb, Eurasian, North and South American, as well as Aboriginal, Maori and related South Asian cultures.

Some experts say we are moving back to the pre-antibiotic era but it is worse than that – we are moving into the post-antibiotic age.


overdose on silver in any form, but one apparently can do so, as with anything else. Just ask the blue-coloured

painted above pertains only to the narrow bounds of the

guy who was interviewed on Oprah after indulging in way,

commercial pharmaceutical industry's willingness and/or

way too much colloidal silver – all the excess silver he'd

ability to produce anti-bacterials which are reliable, not

been taking into his body having come to rest in his skin,

harmful to their users and not soon obsolete.

making him look like an extra playing a blue-hued alien in a Star Wars movie.

to fine-tuning life in all its myriad forms, has already

Beyond these two, the world's various traditional

provided some reliable solutions, long used, and some still

pharmacopoeia (a word meaning the source of healing

scoffed at, but mostly very effective.

and/or the literal making of drugs) all boast powerful

Despite being demonised and mocked on the grounds

anti-microbials used and proven safe and effective by tens

that a former South African Minister of Health thought it

to thousands of generations, depending how far back one

helpful in fighting HIV/Aids, garlic is among the leading

wishes to look into human history.

and most obvious examples of what nature can do when

There is a lengthy list of powerful anti-microbial

it comes to taming superbugs. Given the right exposure,

medicinal herbs, plants, fungi and even moulds in

none of even the toughest drug resistant superbugs can

the medicinal arsenals of African, Chinese, Unani-Tibb,

manage even minor direct exposure to the extremely

Eurasian, North and South American, as well as Aboriginal,

active (and to infectious bugs, hostile) volatile oils in

Maori and related South Asian cultures. But you don't even have to go further than your local

Colloidal silver, when properly made and administered,

organic outlet for a solution: Manuka honey kills infectious

also creates a death zone on contact for virtually every

bacteria. Until well into the 1980s, the world-renowned

known pathogen out there. Beyond issues of rarity,

Red Cross Children's Hospital in Rondebsoch, Cape

silver's desirability over millennia has been attributed in

Town, used honey and freshly crushed garlic in a

part at least to the knowledge that 'eating off a silver

poultice put onto deep third-degree burns suffered by its

spoon' implied and meant not only wealth but the luxury

young patients. Partly, this combo was used to prevent

of better health, since many commonly spread infectious

already-present drug resistant strains of S aureus and

bacteria simply can't live on silver.

other emergent superbugs from getting at open wounds,

As with all things, one cannot simply point to a generic


necessarily safe and effective. It's hard, for instance, to

quite understandable. Fortunately, the unhappy picture



bought online, and assume that what is produced is

If you are alarmed as you read this, that would be

Nature, having spent some billions of years devoted


substance such as colloidal silver, easily made from kits

and partly because in their own rights the garlic and

honey worked together to not only block infections but also promote tissue regeneration, mostly without any or with minimal scar tissue.

Resources So we are not without resources. Elsewhere on these pages you will find reference to anti-microbials drawn from nature, with proven histories of safe use and modern science-based studies to underwrite all the prior direct human experience of their effective usage. One of the best resources of all, it turns out, is our own bodies – the trick being keeping them in good enough shape, metabolically speaking, to be able to fight off common infections on their own. This begins with the basics, like enough good nutrition, sufficient sleep, adequate hydration from unpolluted sources, conscious stress relief regimes or practices such as yoga and meditation, and feeling part of life instead of somehow engaged in, dare one say it, a relentless 'life and death struggle' day after day. A very high percentage of people, regardless of where they come from and their current circumstances, report some degree of the feeling of 'dis-ease' that seemingly pervades the planet at present, be that in their personal psychology or as part of a wider social malaise or both. Part of our self-preservation from the many old enemies that have taken so many lives and made much suffering along the way has to be to take a more holistic approach to fighting off these nasties and making wise, more informed decisions about how we choose to manage our own health. This, in turn, means turning back to many effective remedies, once routinely used by knowledgeable practitioners with almost the same level of effective intervention as modern antibiotics initially boasted, but which have been pushed aside in favour of pharmaceutical products that have dominated the infectious diseases landscape for the last 70 years. Mother Nature, as one may say, has long since provided humankind with a fairly wide variety of treatments for infectious ailments that now seem not only a sensible alternative to the diminishing effectiveness of classic pharmaceutical antibiotics, but perhaps for a growing number of people, their only real hope against a new array of mutated little beasties that threaten to push the treatment of infectious disease back into the 19th century. O

New antibiotic holds out some hope Teixobactin is a small molecule antibiotic that is active against gram-positive bacteria. It appears to belong to a new class of antibiotics, and harms bacteria by binding to lipid II and lipid III, important precursor molecules for forming the cell wall. It was first discovered during a collaboration of four institutes in the United States and Germany with two pharmaceutical companies. The discovery was announced in early 2015 in the journal Nature. Teixobactin was discovered using a new method of culturing bacteria in soil, which allowed researchers to grow a previously unculturable bacteria now named Eleftheria terrae, which produces the antibiotic. In the Nature study, teixobactin was shown to kill Staphylococcus aureus or Mycobacterium tuberculosis without the bacteria developing a resistance to the antibiotic. In January 2015, a collaboration of four institutes in the US and Germany together with two pharmaceutical companies, reported that they had isolated and characterised this new antibiotic, killing 'without detectable resistance'. Teixobactin was discovered by screening previously unculturable bacteria present in a sample of soil from 'a grassy field in Maine'. Tests for antibacterial activity against S aureus highlighted a previously undescribed bacterium which was named Eleftheria terrae. It was found to be producing a new antibiotic compound that the researchers named teixobactin. This is the first novel antibiotic with drug potential isolated from bacteria in decades, and appears to represent a new class of antibiotics, raising hopes that the new isolation techniques employed could lead to further antibiotic discoveries.




World Leaders Agree at UN on Steps to Curb Rising Drug Resistance From The New York Times, September 21 2016 World leaders agreed recently on steps to curb the rapid rise of drug resistance, the first global effort to stop the spread of dangerous superbugs that are fast becoming immune to many of the most critical medicines. Infectious disease doctors have long warned that overuse of antibiotics in people and in animals puts human health at risk by reducing the power of the drugs, some of modem medicine's most prized jewels. The problem is global, because the bugs are mobile. Overuse in pig production in China, for example, has spawned superbugs that have surfaced in the United States and Europe. The numbers are sobering. Jim O'Neil, chairman of the British review on antimicrobial resistance, estimates that 700  000 people a year die from drug resistant infections. In the United States, about two million people fall ill from drug resistant bacteria every year and at least 23 000 die from those infections. The Obama administration has elevated the issue, laying out a strategy for how to bring the problem under control. That groundswell of concern made its way to the United Nations General Assembly late September. Heads of state agreed to develop national action plans to help shore up the effectiveness of the lifesaving drugs in animals and people. They pledged to strengthen regulation and to improve reporting systems that track how the drugs are used. Farms use antibiotics to make animals grow faster, but some countries, particularly in Europe, have cracked down on such use. The agreement is non-binding, and did not require countries to commit to specific targets, as the climate treaty signed by world leaders last year did. But was a first step in a broad effort to tackle the growing problem of drug resistance, which doctors say could eventually render our most prized medicines powerless. 'Having the UN discuss this issue is exciting, but it's up to the member states to make it real,' said Dr Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington

University. He said it was critical to get the world's attention now. 'If the developing world follows the example that we've set, then there's little hope of preserving antibiotics. It was the fourth time the General Assembly had taken up a health issue. Others were HIV, non-communicable disease and Ebola. In a speech to the General Assembly Dr Margaret Chan, director general of Ask your Medical the World Health Organization, called practitioner to review the problem a 'slow-moving tsunami'. the research behind 'The misuse of antimicrobials, Antibiobotanical a including their underuse and overuse, 'Practitioner-Only' is causing these fragile medicines integrative medicine alternative. to fail,' she said. 'The emergence Formulated by of bacterial resistance is outpacing Dr Daniel Weber the world's capacity for antibiotic Ask for a factsheet here discovery.' She said the WHO had had to revise its guidelines for how to treat chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea, because they were fast becoming resistant to many common drugs. 'On current trends, a common disease like gonorrhea may become untreatable,' she said. 'Doctors facing patients will have to say, "Sorry, there is nothing I can do for you".' The countries also called for new incentives to invest in research for new antibiotics. Dr Chan said that only two new classes of antibiotics had reached the market over the past 50 years. The task is urgent. In May, American military researchers identified the first patient in the United States to be infected with bacteria that are resistant to an antibiotic that was the last resort against drug-resistant germs.

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overcoming menopause

- naturally Menopause marks a time of significant change in a woman's life. Taken literally, menopause means the last, or final, menstrual period. Because periods can be irregular for some time before menopause, it is said to have definitely occurred when a woman has not menstruated naturally for 12 months. Most women reach menopause between the late 40s and early 50s, the average being around 51 to 52 years. We take a look.




Our mothers were largely silent about what happened to them as they passed through this midlife change. But a new generation of women has already started to break the wall of silence.

woman's ovaries produce three different hormones – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – which all play an important role in menstruation,

ovulation and pregnancy. During the menopausal transition, the ovaries' production of oestrogen and progesterone begins to fluctuate and ultimately declines, ceasing at menopause. This period of change can Last several years and is referred to as peri-menopause. The





presents noticeable changes that bring with them unique challenges. For most women, these changes occur gradually over several years leading up to the last menstrual period. It is during this time that menopausal symptoms will be noticed, these can include:

- Trisha Posner which means women need to have a balanced diet and participate in more physical activity to avoid putting on weight. •

Include plenty of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit, cereals and whole grains in your daily diet, along with good sources of protein such as lean meats and fish. Calcium-rich foods are also important, as are those rich in phytoestrogens such as legumes, soy beans and whole grains.

Be sure to stay hydrated, regularly drinking water throughout the day.

Cut down on caffeine intake (found in coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks) as this can trigger flushes in some women.

It's estimated that around 25% of women experience

intake to a maximum of two standard glasses per

while 50% of women experience mild to moderate

day, as alcohol can also trigger hot flushes.

more severe menopausal symptoms. There are a number of strategies that can help to alleviate menopausal symptoms, including a number of simple lifestyle measures.

Eat a healthy diet



Aim for regular alcohol-free-days and limit your

no noticeable changes during the menopausal transition, symptoms, and up to 25% of women will seek help for


Exercise regularly

Regular exercise plays an important role in bone health, muscle tone, cardiovascular health, energy, mood and overall well-being. Ideally, aim for 30 minutes of moderate level exercise every day. Vigorous weight-bearing exercise (such as weights,

A healthy diet rich in nutrients will be important for the

walking or jogging) is associated with reduced bone loss.

menopausal transition and can also assist with decreasing

Aerobic exercise, which raises the heart rate, is beneficial

hot flushes, balancing mood, preventing osteoporosis

for heart health; and flexibility exercises are useful in

and reducing blood pressure. Metabolism slows with age,

maintaining muscle tone and keeping the joints mobile.

Stress management

Managing stress levels can benefit general health and also help with symptoms of menopause, particularly psychological and cognitive symptoms. Activities such as yoga, relaxation, pilates and regular exercise are good examples of stress management strategies.

Quit smoking

Cigarette smoking and other unhealthy lifestyle practices such as excess alcohol consumption are associated with a number of health risks and can also exacerbate menopausal symptoms, particularly flushes and night sweats.

Make sex more comfortable

If dryness and thinning of the vaginal lining has made sex uncomfortable, a water based lubricant can be helpful. Local hormone replacement therapy (in the form of a cream or pessary placed in the vagina) can also assist and may be recommended by your doctor.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

HRT can help relieve the symptoms of menopause but

the decision to use HRT should be guided by a health professional and be based on your individual needs with consideration of your medical history, risks and benefits. It is important that all women using HRT be reviewed once a year by their doctor.

Complementary medicines

Complementary medicines commonly used by women during menopause include phytoestrogen supplements, black cohosh, natural progesterone, wild yam creams and other herbal medicines. Because of the variations in products and limited evidence for the use of some of these remedies, it is important to discuss your options with a qualified health practitioner. O For more info visit or see ad on pg2

Managing stress levels can benefit general health and also help with symptoms of menopause, particularly psychological and cognitive symptoms. Activities such as yoga, relaxation, pilates and regular exercise are good examples of stress management strategies. ODYSSEY 55 • 


reviews ODYSSEY 56 • 


That Sugar Book Damon Gameau Macmillan • 978 1 4472 9971 4

This book sis about what happened when its author decided he would test out a high-sugar diet by consuming 40 teaspoons of sugar a day hidden in perceived 'healthy' foods. The 40 teaspoons number is not random - it's the average amount of sugar consumed per day by the average Australian. This book proclaims that it will change the way you think about so-called 'healthy' food, and it may well. The supposedly healthy foods consumed by the author sound innocuous enough: muesli bars, breakfast cereals, low-fat yoghurts, juices and smoothies. Hardly sounds dangerous, does it? But it is in the quantities that many are consuming such foods. In short, this book amounts to a devastating exposé of the dnagers of sugar - and of the powerful multinational companies who promote its ever-increasing use, with some 80% of all food products on US supermarket shelves containing sugar.

The Sleep Revolution Arianna Huffington W H Allen • 978 0 7535 5720 4

If the author's name seems familiar, that is because it is (just Google her and you will see). Huffington argues that we, in the Westernised world, are in the midst of a massive and nearly worldwide sleep deprivation crisis. Anyone who knows anything about how humans operate 9and how they don't) will tell you that sleep is beyond merely being critical - it is the making and braking point of many lives, health and not. From health through job performance and happiness, our lives are deeply affected by how well we sleep, or not, as the case may be. Nothing less than a sleep revolution is required, she argues, really quite convincingly. We have lost our relationship to sleep, she says, and we need to find our way back to one of most comforting, healing and important aspects of life. And we are not even getting into dream analysis here. 'Transforming your Life, One Night at the Time', is this one's subtitle, which pretty tells you everything you need to know about what Huffington says we need to do. Read this one, sleep better and improve your life.

Your Body and the Stars: The Zodiac as your Wellness Guide Stephanie Marango & Rebecca Gordon Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster • 978 1 5827 0490 6

This is not an astrology book nor is it a physiology book. It is something of an amalgam, merging the study of the former with the science of the latter in a bid to provide an in-depth guide to your own body. It is fairly comprehensive with clear graphics and illustrations where necessary, such as showing various exercise routines and options. If you are at all into astrology, this one will likely work for you.

The Diabetes Breakthrough: Better Health in Just 12 Weeks Osama Hamdy & Sheri R Colberg William Morrow • 978 0 0624 0719 1

So the is a worldwide diabetes epidemic going on, in case you did not know. This book sets out at address the problem, from the root up, as it were. It explains about blood sugar, insulin, calories and exercise, and that's just for starters. It goes into great detail in order to help diabetes sufferers achieve more balance in their disrupted endocrine and immune systems, as well as overall metabolism, in order to turn their lives around. If you have diabetes, or heading that way or know someone who does, this book may help change the pattern and experience of life.




THE TREE OF LIFE In almost every culture, the cosmic tree symbol is used to represent our connectedness: between earth and the universe, between our heritage in the past and our potential in the future, and between humans and the earth. Perhaps most significantly, the Tree Of Life symbolises growth, proliferation and regeneration, and its associated with the infinite abundance of life, reflecting our connection to the cyclic ebb and flow of life.




he Tree Of Life, reminds us of our own great significance in this lifetime: our ability to embrace the wisdom that has gone before us, harness the interconnectedness between us as well as nature, and to realise our infinite potential for joy, love and wellness. Captivated by this journey, and knowledgeable about the powerful balancing effects of natural crystals and gemstones, jewellery designers Tori and Taz, launched a product that embodies this synchronicity perfectly: the new Tree Of Life pendants with natural gemstone enhancer charms. Vancouver-based Tori, and South African Taz, met while studying jewellery design at the GIA in New York, and are now launching the brand, as well as moving their manufacturing division to South Africa. 'Our focus is strictly on natural gemstones and silver or gold metals,' says Taz. 'Each tree can be worn and treasured, and then handed down to the next generation, and so the legacy may continue.' The Tree Of Life provides you with an opportunity to discover your uniqueness, to create your own balance and to truly be significant.

How to create your bespoke Tree Of Life 1. Choose the tree that connects with you. Gold symbolises revitalisation, courage and success. The gold trees and charms are 18kt gold plated sterling silver. Silver is symbolic of serenity, intuition and wealth. The silver trees and charms are rhodium plated sterling silver, and won't tarnish.

2. Select your charm. Enhance your Tree Of Life with a natural gemstone charm that will provide renewed energy and meaning to your life. All the gemstones are completely natural and each is celebrated for its unique and specific properties, so whether you're selecting one for yourself or gifting this to a friend, all you need to do is select the one that most resonates with you at the time: Rose quartz

Unconditional Love


Passion & Energy


Wealth & Prosperity

Crystal Quartz Peace & Harmony Peridot

Strength & Wellbeing


Truth & Wisdom


Calm & Tranquillity

As the perfect gift for friends and partners, The Tree Of Life is not only an exquisite piece of jewellery, but with the bespoke charm selection, you harness nature's natural minerals to assist with balance, alignment and abundance: a gift that carries true significance.

Each Tree pendant retails for R749 and each natural gemstone charm is R499. The Tree of Life is available at Galaxy stores nationwide. For details please visit For more information on Tori & Taz, visit Instagram: @toriandtaz




Hemporium's new home

Hemporium has been leading the charge for years in favour of the widespread commercial cultivation of hemp – an industry which with just initial calculations could easily be worth several billion rand almost immediately, with many employment opportunities attached.




ow, this 'budding' business (sorry, we couldn't

products from the nutritious hemp seed, construction

help ourselves) is 'branching out' with a new

materials and a wide selection of imported hemp fabrics,

hemp shop, showroom, warehouse and offices

ropes and twines.

in Westlake, Cape Town.

Hemporium will also be using the space to offer

Hemporium, established in 1996, is South Africa's

educational talks on hemp and other environmental

premier hemp company. Now it has consolidated its

issues, as well as displaying products by other local

operations and offerings in a new space, with the largest

designers and manufacturers that are all made from the

selection of hemp products in Africa.

versatile hemp plant.

Tony Budden, Hemporium's Marketing Director, says:

Hemp is fast reclaiming its position as the premier

'Having our showroom, shop, offices and warehouse all

eco-resource, providing jobs, houses, medicine and food

at one address enables us to better serve our customers

without harming the planet, for those countries that allow

and meet our aim of showcasing all that hemp has to

its growth.

offer, while presenting it in a natural and sustainable environment.' Hemporium's new shop and offices are an embodiment of Hemporium's eco-credentials with hempcrete plaster on the walls, cork flooring, LED lighting and sustainable

South Africa has yet to amend legislation to allow hemp to be grown commercially, and Hemporium continues to lobby for a local industry. Hemporium's new headquarters can be found at 15 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town. O

moon-phase harvested wood panelling and shop fittings. Hemporium manufactures locally, from imported raw materials, a range of eco-friendly hemp clothing, accessories, body-care products, hemp oil and protein

For more info contact Tony Budden 021 702 4988, email: See ad below.



FASHION We take a look at some recent eco-fashion breakthroughs and trends.



JE SUIS ALICE With her project 'Rethinking High Fashion Shoes', Kristel Peters explores innovative methods and possibilities for shoemaking. Je suis Alice is a project Peters recently exhibited at Dutch Design Week. It proposes a modular shoe design as an example of high fashion that answers a sustainable design model. If the fashion industry starts to reimagine the way it designs shoes, this could positively impact on the million tonnes of footwear waste currently polluting the environment each year with toxins used in the manufacture of shoes.

3D PRINTING BREAKTHROUGH The term 'fast fashion' is poised to take on a whole new meaning, thanks to a breakthrough in 3D printing that could revolutionise the way clothing and shoes are made. Researchers at Loughborough University in London, in collaboration with Thailand’s Yeh Group and an unnamed 'major fashion house', are embarking on an 18-month project to create customised garments in under 24 hours. This technology has the potential to reduce waste, water, labour and carbon emissions, as well as make bespoke apparel affordable.

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FASHION INDUSTRY TRANSPARENCY According to Fashion Revolution, a grassroots movement that rose from the aftermath of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, most fashion companies don't own the factories where their clothes are produced, making it difficult to direct or monitor labour conditions. Transparency, Fashion Revolution says, is essential if businesses and governments are to be held culpable for what goes on behind the scenes. H&M, Levi Strauss, and Inditex emerged at the top of the list for doing their bit to communicate about their supply-chain practices.

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ECO FASHION MYTHS DEBUNKED One of the biggest misconceptions about living a greener life is that you need a lot of time and money – two luxuries not a lot of people have. As deeply unsatisfying as disposable clothing is in the long run, a large swath of the population still believes it cannot afford the time, effort, and budget to shop more ethically. The good news is this is simply untrue.

Here are five myths about sustainable fashion



THE TRIPTY PROJECT Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train locals to create accessories and garments from pineapples. The Tripty Project sources the waste agricultural byproducts from the harvesting of these sweet fruits, to turn it into a woven fabric. Using indigo and natural bark dyes, and unique weave patterns, the Tripty line of clothing and backpacks can send you on your next day hike in style.

THE GREAT (CONTAMINATED) OUTDOORS Greenpeace is calling into question the sustainability credentials of leading outdoor-apparel brands like The North Face, Patagonia, and Mammut after an investigation confirmed the continued and widespread use of hazardous per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals in their products. In its recently released report, the environmental nonprofit affirmed the presence of PFCs not only in clothing and footwear but also camping and hiking equipment such as backpacks, sleeping bags, and tents.

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PLANT BACKPACK FIGHTS POLLUTION Fresh air on demand? That’s the idea behind the 'plant backpack', an out-of-the-box concept that could replace flimsy paper masks in the fight against air pollution. The brainchild of five Dutch students, the bag uses a fan to draw in outside air through the roots of a shrub housed within. A high-efficiency particulate air filter gives the sifted air a second pass before the wearer breathes it in though an attached collar. The design has already won a Battle of Concepts challenge and the next step is to develop a working prototype.

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IKEA'S Sustainable Milestone IKEA made history recently when it became the first major retailer to

obtain 100% of its cotton from 'more sustainable sources', specifically farmers who 'use less water, less chemical fertilisers and pesticides'. The milestone fulfills a pledge that IKEA made in 2011, shortly after it became a founding member of a 'round-table' initiative, led by the World Wildlife Fund, to improve cotton production’s environmental and social profile.

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Flip flops may threaten foot health

choose sandals

Wearing flip flops for long periods may damage your feet, according to a top international podiatrist who recommends supportive sandals instead.








spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical

for breathability and memory foam for customised comfort.

Association, says wearing flip flops may damage

'The new Barker Sandal range is perfect for both

heels and toes and cause blisters and bunions. She says

leisure and formal occasions for cool and comfortable

flip flops may also negatively affect posture, cause heel

feet this summer,' said Barker Footwear sales manager,

pain and lead to pinched nerves in the back.

Gary Gilder.

Sutera suggests wearing flip flops in moderation and more supportive footwear for longer periods. Barker Footwear designer Devan Odayan has

Barker has been producing handmade quality welted and stuck-on leather shoes for over 80 years and is part of one of SA's largest shoe companies, Bolton Footwear.

produced a new, light-weight, flexible sandal range for maximum comfort and support. The Barker Sandal range comprises high quality leather combined in an anatomical shape to ensure foot positioning is supported and relaxed at all times. The sandals also feature a perforated footbed cover

The Barker Sandals range is available nationally at selected independent retailers at a recommended retail price starting at R499 (prices may vary per store). For more info visit

About Barker Footwear Barker Footwear was established in 1933, when Ernest Barker from Earls Barton in England brought a small group of skilled craftsmen to Cape Town to set up a shoe factory in the shadow of Table Mountain. This successful venture was further reinforced in 1952 when the company acquired the rights to manufacture shoes under the Crockett & Jones brand. Its products have since become sought-after by the discerning South African man. In 2013 Barker was acquired by Bolton Footwear, one of Southern Africa's foremost footwear companies with a proud tradition of quality shoe making.



LEVI'S Levi's and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fibre, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi's 522 men's tapered pant composed of Econyl, a regenerated yarn derived from recovered fishing nets and used carpeting. The collaboration happily dovetails with Levi's long-standing interest in promoting a 'circular economy', a tack that grows ever more vital on our resource-strapped planet.

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SELF-CLEANING TEXTILES Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia have discovered a cheap and efficient new way to grow nanostructures – teeny tiny metal structures that can degrade organic matter when exposed to light – directly on fabric. The result? A new breed of self-cleaning textiles that expel dirt and stains when placed under a light bulb or worn out in the sun. Fabrics used in tests have so far required less than six minutes to 'spontaneously clean' themselves.

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PROYOG – ECO YOGA APPAREL Proyog is no sportswear in disguise. In fact, it’s a clarion call to millions of present-day yoga lovers who still wear polyester, unaware of the innate contradiction, or the harm they invite. Naturally breathable, Proyog is meant to liberate, to free the body so the mind can focus. It is the polar opposite of synthetic. Soft and stretchable, neither too tight nor too loose, Proyog moves along with the body as you breathe in and out of asanas.

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7 ECO-FRIENDLY LUXURY FABRICS As buzzy as sustainability may seem today, the term still conjures up (for the most part) images of grass-fed beef, off-the-grid yurts, and thick-buckled Birkenstocks. Small wonder, then, that fashion brands – those peddlers of dreams and artificers of cool – might be loathe to embrace something that might make them appear gauche by association. If sustainability is poised to save the world, innovation has to first save sustainability, and it's only recently that technology has begun to catch up with our values.

Here is a list compiled by Ecouterre




Balthazaar by Jessi-Jean is a new young designer

once-off pieces. All current bags are up-cycled and

from Cape Town, South Africa. All bags are upcycled

recycled from vintage Pakistan camel saddle bags. The

and re-cycled from vintage Middle Eastern carpets into

shells and tassels are vintage, the trinkets where all put

premium bespoke handbags. Not only is Balthazaar

on by wives of the camel riders to protect their husbands

an eco brand but it also zones in on social aspects

in the desert and to ward off illnesses on their long

by uplifting Cape Town's surrounding communities by

journeys through the desert.

teaching their employee's skills such as leather work, patterns, cutting and how to make wool pom poms to assemble Balthazaar's handmade bags. Balthazaar's current carpet materials are each unique and often Instagram : @balthazaardesigns



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Brown mushrooms make a satisfying meal. You can just bake them with butter, and then use as a base for a hamburger or poached egg. Or you could fill them with leftovers and bake.



6 brown mushrooms 3 spring onions 1 cup Chedder, finely grated 40g blue cheese, crumbled 100g cream cheese 15ml of cream or sour cream Salt Ground pepper

1. 2.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Remove the stalks from the mushrooms and place them in a baking dish. 3. Combine the Cheddar, blue cheese, cream cheese and cream; stir well to mix. 4. Chop the stalks and spring onions finely and add to cheese mixture. 5. Divide the mixture between the 6 mushrooms and spread out to cover the top of each. 6. Bake at 180°C for 15min or until tops are bubbling and golden.











This simple take on a Thai curry is flavoursome and simple to make. Serve with a side of vegetables, or enjoy as is as a soup.



2 medium onions diced 1.5 tbsp fresh ginger grated 8 chicken breasts (1.5kgs) 1 lime, freshly squeezed 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 800ml coconut milk ½ -1 ½ tbsp green curry paste [to your taste] Fresh coriander, handful 200g fresh green beans Salt and pepper Optional: 6 rashers bacon


Finely chop the onions and grate the ginger. You could use a food processor. 2. Dice the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces or strips. Sprinkle with black pepper and salt and a squeeze of the lime. 3. Add coconut oil to a wok on medium heat, add the chicken and cook until the meat is white. 4. Set aside. 5. In a separate pan, add the green chilli paste, chopped onion, garlic and ginger and cook for approximately 5 minutes until the onions translucent. 6. Add chicken, coconut milk and lime to the onion mixture. 7. Add a handful of fresh coriander. 8. Finally, add the green beans; chopped or whole. 9. Cover the wok and allow the food to simmer for 20-30 minutes on medium heat until the chicken is cooked through and tender. 10. Serve with cauliflower rice or steamed broccoli.







The hibiscus flower brings to mind a lush, tropical paradise and serene Hawaiian beaches, but the healing hibiscus tea, currently all the rage, is in actual fact not your garden-variety hibiscus. 'Age-old wisdom about this fragrant, tart beverage is finally receiving scientific acknowledgement, proving the rich healing history of this flower to be true,' says Robyn Smith, founder of online organic and natural store, Faithful to Nature.




ibiscus tea is known for its delicious taste, and while it has been enjoyed in numerous different ways in customs across the globe

primarily used to treat high blood pressure, it also has many other powerful healing benefits. Why not try it for yourself and experience one of the many ways in which

3 Hibiscus Tea & Diabetes

Not only does fragrant hibiscus brew help to lower high blood pressure which can be a risk for diabetics, it has also been used and researched to improve cholesterol levels. Studies found that regular consumption of

hibiscus tea can bring health to your life:

herbal hibiscus tea balances your body's good and bad

1 Hibiscus Tea & Blood Pressure

cholesterol and decrease triglycerides. It is also a great tasting, aromatic and vibrantly coloured

high blood pressure, and the addition of hibiscus tea

and caffeine filled drinks.

to your diet is the age-old way to manage those levels.

4 Hibiscus Tea & Cancer

Dietary changes are an effective way to help manage

Although it has already been used for this purpose in traditional medicine, studies have also shown that

beverage to replace sodas, fruit juice and other sugar

In a Taiwanese laboratory study, extract from Hibiscus


Sabdariffa was found to be toxic to cancer cells, and especially effective in killing human gastric carcinoma cells, and has also been shown to kill leukaemia cells. Researchers attribute these effects of hibiscus extract to the potent levels of polyphenol compounds, found in hibiscus flowers, also recognised for their disease prevention, antioxidant and anti-ageing properties.

2 Hibiscus Tea &

5 Hibiscus Tea & Metabolism

The dried calyces of the hibiscus flower

metabolic function which is great news for those with

drinking as little as 2 to 3 cups of tea from the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower each day helps to lower BP levels and works as effectively as




medications, without the potential side

Hibiscus extract has even shown promise in adding


used to brew the tea are known to contain high levels of antioxidants essential to our body's natural daily detox efforts. They also work to prevent disease and fight low-grade chronic inflammation, which research has linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, IBS, Crohn's and so many more chronic diseases and health issues. Keeping your intake of antioxidants up is a great way to prevent health issues, and hibiscus tea has the bonus of also containing loads of the well-known antioxidant vitamin C. This makes this delicious beverage supportive for




metabolic syndrome or anyone looking to lose weight, particularly if you suffer from obesity. Studies have found after just one month with daily doses an impressive improvement in glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as insulin resistance. Even more impressive is the decrease it causes in serum free fatty acids, high levels of which are associated with obesity and uncontrolled diabetes. There is no denying the powerful healing benefits of this incredibly delicious tropical drink, with new studies continually proving the benefits of what the Egyptian pharaohs enjoyed as a refreshing, healing beverage. As with most potent natural healers, it is not to be enjoyed in large amounts without caution, and should be avoided by pregnant women all together.


absorption, lowered risk of chronic disease, protection against that pesky common cold, and much more.

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SUPERFOODS RAW CHOCOLATE ORIGINAL - 60g The Original bar uses Balinese organic coconut nectar sugar at a low percentage of 15%. This is what The Superfoods team believe is the best sugar-option. Coming from the sap of the coconut blossom palm, this sugar is minimally processed, low GI and is a more mineral dense sugar. ZERO SUGAR ADDED - 60g The Zero Sugar Added bar is dark chocolate, combined with all the same superfoods and tonic super-herbs, but completely naturally sweetened with wild harvested, local mesquite powder. Mesquite is known as white carob, and gives a gentle caramel sweet flavour, along with other health benefits as well.

SKINNY GREEN COFFEE Skinny Green Coffee (or Coffea Canephora) is made from raw unroasted coffee beans that are rich in both caffeine and chlorogenic acid. These compounds help boost the metabolism and inhibit gluconeogenesis or fat absorption. Their formulation includes evodiamine that has a thermogenic property that induces heat production and energy generation. This causes the metabolism to speed up and work harder resulting in more calories being burned.

LANCEWOOD One of the top cheese brands in SA has launched an exciting new product set to take lunchboxes by storm: the cheddar and sweetmilk full cream cheese spreads, available in convenient tubs, are a taste-bud sensation. Made with real A-grade cheese and butter, the great tasting, creamy spreads are also preservative free. Available nationwide at all major retailers. Click here for their Facebook page



If you’re looking for a fruit that’s a triple threat, the 'queen bee' of fruits, look no further that the cranberry, perhaps the super-est of all of Mother Nature’s fruits. In addition to offering a unique, invigorating taste and serving as a versatile ingredient in dishes from burgers to salads, the cranberry is supported by more than 50 years of research suggesting that it plays an essential role in promoting health and wellness. Now, new research shows that the cranberry’s benefits may have an important role in urinary tract health. According to a landmark trail published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a daily regimen of cranberry juice reduces symptomatic UTIs by about 40% in women. That’s a big win for your body – especially for those women who are currently on regular regimens of low-dose antibiotics for the prevention of recurrent UTI symptoms. And people agree – according to an omnibus survey of 1 000 Americans conducted by KRC, three in four Americans confirmed they’d rather drink a glass of cranberry juice a day than take antibiotics multiple times a year. Find more information on the study and the health benefits of cranberries at

OCEAN SPRAY These deliciously-flavoured cranberry drink alternatives contain only five calories per serving with the added benefit of 100% vitamin C, making it simple to stay hydrated and enjoy a sweet and healthy beverage without the calories or sugar in a traditional soft drink. Ocean Spray is committed to managing their business in a way that minimises environmental impact. They believe that a focus on strong overall environmental management throughout their value chain will strengthen long-term performance and help ensure a sustainable future for their grower-owners and co-operative. Click here for their Facebook page




4 Innovative ways to locally grow food Urban Farming Pod Designed by New York-based non-profit design group Terreform ONE, the Urban Farming Pod is described as a 'living' cabin for individuals and urban nuclear families to grow and provide for their daily vegetable needs. These inhabitable pods hope to plug ecology into city spaces. The sphere prototype is made of reclaimed flat packed materials. It comes fitted with a sub-irrigation system and its shaped foam panels serve as sleeves for planting and potting. Farm Tower Paris-based French design firm ABF-lab have designed an urban farm tower that they believe could be breaking new ground in the built environment. The Food-Farm Tower is a vertical farming facility that appears to be cascading down to its community garden facilities on the ground. The tower will span over 21 000 square feet, and will take an estimated cost $3.78 million to build. The Impact Farm Danish innovators Mikkel Kjaer and Ronnie Markussen, of Human Habitat, have designed The Impact Farm. The farm can be transported and installed anywhere in less than 10 days. The Impact Farm is delivered in a shipping container that consists of an assembly kit of pre-made components. When the components are put together they expand to become a two-storey, vertical hydroponic (soil-free) farm, with the shipping container forming a central role in the design. Farm in a box Suitable for individuals and communities, the self-watering, self-feeding, weed-resistant EarthBox is a portable, reusable, maintenance-free, organic gardening system that produces 60% more yield than a conventional garden, using half the fertiliser and 40% less water. Source

the 'Silicon Valley of agriculture' Denmark is making huge investments in urban agriculture, with some of the world's leading architects and designers steering the way to a whole-systems, ecological approach to growing food. The project is designed to enhance co-operation between researchers and businesses and their ability to boost agricultural performance in a dense urban environment, ensuring long-term food security without environmental degradation. The master plan comprises three main sections – the Lawn, a central communal green space that will become a 'showroom' for experimental food production, the Strip, the main street with 'active' ground floor facades to ensure a lively atmosphere throughout the day, and five Plazas that 'bind' clusters of buildings together, creating individual neighbourhoods with distinct identities. Source



Sally-Ann Creed Launches Activated Nuts and Seeds on SA Market

Nutritional therapist, author, researcher and speaker, Sally-Ann Creed, has developed a range of activated nuts and seeds for the South African market – almonds, Brazil and pecan nuts as well as pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Initially they are available at selected Dis-Chem stores in the Western Cape, then rolling out to stores countrywide. Activated nuts and seeds, the term used in the food and health industry, particularly in whole food and paleo circles, describes the soaking and dehydrating technique to remove the phytates, anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors from nuts and seeds. The products also taste lighter, crispier, are easier to digest and are significantly more nutritious. Often these inhibitory factors cause extreme digestive distress and intolerance in some individuals, in others it is merely a feeling of considerable discomfort – such as bloating and lethargy. The anti-nutrients, bind nutrients preventing absorption of extremely important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, manganese and many others. By activating nuts and seeds, the enzyme inhibitors are neutralised, thereby preventing uncomfortable side effects. Beneficial enzymes are retained if the drying process is undertaken at less than 50 degrees C, which then make these nutrients and healthy fats bioavailable to the body instead of binding them. Minerals are all-important to good health. Zinc and magnesium are responsible for over 300 important enzymatic processes in the body including immunity – constant binding of these minerals may lead to a host of deficiency symptoms, which could significantly impact good health. Iron is bound by phytic acid, needed to make red blood cells. Soaking and

dehydrating raw nuts and seeds also creates an end result similar to roasted nuts, but without the added vegetable oils or high temperature roasting that can damage the nutrients and enzymes in these foods. Comments Sally-Ann, 'Large amounts of nuts and seeds put huge pressure on the digestive system as they are difficult to digest but activation makes this process easier as your own enzymes are not overworked. 'Once people taste activated nuts and seeds, the lightness and crunch they offer and the superior taste, they generally find it difficult to return to ordinary raw or roasted nuts. Roasted nuts unfortunately are either dry roasted at high temperatures destroying the beneficial and vital nutrition they provide, or they are deep fried in very toxic oil. For this reason raw nuts have always been the safer option. However the enzyme inhibitors often make them something many people cannot eat – activating removes that obstacle. Activation also removes the possibility of rancidity as nuts and seeds don’t last long on the shelf before they become rancid; activation naturally extends shelf life and superior taste, protecting both taste and nutritional benefit.' Why Activate? To neutralise phytic acid, to remove or reduce tannins, To neutralise the enzyme inhibitors, to encourage the production of beneficial enzymes, to increase the amounts of bioavailable vitamins, especially B vitamins, to improve digestion, to make the proteins more readily available for absorption and to prevent mineral deficiencies which may lead to bone loss.

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The Classic South African Cookbook Melinda Roodt Struik Lifestyle • 978 1 4323 0673 1

The Classic South African Cookbook is exactly that – classic home cooking for South Africans the way they eat now. In line with the country's diverse cultures, which often blend more harmoniously in the kitchen than in any other sphere of life, this book is a kaleidoscope of our modern lifestyle with influences from grandma's kitchen, popular Mediterranean cuisine, as well as both Indian and African culture. But no matter what your roots may be, this book sets a foundation for good, honest, carefree home cooking, incorporating all the wellloved and familiar favourites. The more than 170 recipes have been refined to guarantee mouth-watering results, no matter your skill level. Only fresh and locally available ingredients are used, while the various techniques are carefully explained – a real boon to those just setting out on their culinary journeys. Best of all, every recipe is accompanied by a full-colour photograph. Melinda Roodt and her husband Gerhard are senior pastors at the Delta Community Church in Vereeniging. Melinda is also a public speaker and serves on the boards of a number of charitable organisations working to assist



abused women and children, crime victims, orphanages, old age homes and the underprivileged generally. She is also a musician and oversees and directs three bands. As a seasoned host and organiser of various conferences, catering for a few hundred people at a time, Melinda has run several cooking courses at her home, teaching more than 360 women to cook delicious homemade food. And if all that isn't enough, she manages her own rusk and biscuit label, Mel's Kitchen, and undertakes oil painting commissions. In between, this mother still finds time to garden and ride horses for relaxation.

The Yoga Kitchen: 100 Easy Superfood Recipes Marlien Wright Jacana Media • 978 1 4914 2404 7

This book celebrates nourishing whole-foods. These recipes enable you to reclaim your inherent power to heal your digestive system and boost immunity. This book will inspire you to return to the kitchen to create delicious simple, satisfying and nutritious meals that will appeal to the whole family. All the recipes are gluten, grain and dairy free, and based on the 'Food Combining' principles that promote good digestion and nutrient absorption, weight loss and an alkaline body. Wright is a teacher of Yoga and

Pilates, a certified nutritional therapy coach, yoga retreat facilitator, farm dweller, former city girl, mom and part time hippy. She has been studying movement, holistic wellness and nutrition as long as anyone can remember. Marlien's Yoga Kitchen journey began when she started hosting and blogging about her 'yoga retreat food' and 'yoga farm lifestyle'. She is passionate about good nutrition and helping others to rediscover their best health. Her love of good food was ignited while she was travelling and living abroad, where she discovered all the weird and wonderful foods out there and felt inspired to recreate healthier versions in her own kitchen.

For Friends & Family Nicky Stubbs Human & Rousseau • 978 0 7981 7125 0

This book is a love song – to the family and friends who have fed us, taught us to cook, and have eaten with us. Who have eaten simple meals at our dining room table. Because these meals were a reason for gathering and celebration. In For Friends & Family you will find all the necessary recipes you are looking for, ranging from breakfast, starters and mains to baking and pudding. So cook something and invite your friends and family over. It's time for creating new memories.

Stubbs has a talent for cooking that is appreciated by all her friends and family. After lunch they lose their good manners and fight over the chocolate mousse bowl; at tea time they drop in unexpectedly in the hope of a freshly baked lemon sponge, and at supper time they can count on being invited to linger as there is always enough food for everyone. Stubbs's passions are family, friends, food and books. In her long and interesting career, she has completed a Cordon Bleu cooking course, cooked in London and France, run restaurants, catered, given cooking classes and written for magazines. She is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager of NB Publishers. Click here for an interesting video.

The Low-Carb Creed: The Indispensable Guide to the Low-Carb Healthy Fat Lifestyle Sally-Ann Creed Creed Nutrition • 978 0 620 71251 4

Following on from her many successful nutritional books, regarded as the leading nutritional therapist in South Africa, SallyAnn Creed has unveiled her latest book The Low Carb Creed with contributing authors Merle Wescott and Janita Bold. Readers can obtain valuable advice from Sally-Ann,

which she has gathered from her extensive career as an international Nutritional Therapist. The Low Carb Creed takes readers on a practical, easy-to-follow nutritional journey that is simple enough to weave into anyone's lifestyle. It also introduces the Paleo lifestyle for those who find banting is not working for them. There are basic cooking techniques, colour plates, new affordable/budget meal plans and the valuable 'The Creed' – the manifesto for Low-Carb Healthy Fat living. It's the first embossed and foiled book to be done in South Africa in line with leading European trends and sticks to the Low-Carb Healthy Fat lifestyle principle demonstrating that it's not a diet but a lifestyle. Healthy and unhealthy fats explained, protein portions and types of protein guidelines, the hormone connection to weight loss and insulin resistance, myths and misconceptions, blood tests – what to ask for and how to interpret your own, the role of sleep and heart health, stress and the role of the thyroid. The book also explains how to get started with LCHF, shopping lists, portion control, new updated lists – which help you to understand how many carbs you are eating – the core of the book, things which sabotage weight loss, intermittent fasting, resistant starch, organ meats, super foods and supplements; the importance of the microbiome as well as two week's meal plans – one week LCHF menu, with recipes and alternatives to your favourite foods. This book is aimed at everyone, so you don't need a medical degree to understand it! I've made it easy and fun to help readers to lead a healthier, more nutritious and cost-affordable life! Sally-Ann Creed. In the wise words of Thomas Edison, 'The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in

the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.'

Tasty WasteNOTS Sally-Ann Creed & Jason Whitehead Human & Rousseau • 978 0 7981 7126 7

This book guides readers and offers advice on how to save money and waste nothing while creating incredible easy to follow low carbohydrate dishes that are all sugar-free. The cookbook focuses on using whole, organic foods that are preferably homegrown. Each recipe includes nutritional facts about the main ingredient and in addition lunches and suppers will be paired with a superb organic wine. There is also a small, dedicated space on diet suggestions to 'our beloved furry friends' which was written by Sally-Ann and a section by Jason Whitehead on all the know-hows to start a vegetable garden. It is right on trend – a lovely, modern cookbook that shows you how to use everything edible and waste nothing. In this way readers improve their cooking skills, limit expenses and help save the planet. With healthy and wholesome recipes that cover all your needs and wants such as breakfast, starters, soups and salads, main dishes, snacks and smoothies, pastes, pestos and dips, desserts and even the braai, this latest book covers it all. Jason has more than 20 years of experience in the culinary world and is renowned for his highly creative and distinctive style of cooking. Sally-Ann has an impeccable reputation in the health and wellness industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Proof of that is her massive fan following by the general public and health leaders worldwide.



connec Think of a beautiful, still, awake and alert impala quietly eating grass. Think of a cheetah about to strike and pounce on its prey. Both of these animals depict beautiful balance. They are not eating grass and wondering if there will be enough grass for tomorrow. They are not eating grass and regretting that they didn't get more sleep last night. This is because their brains don't have that capacity, which yours



ct&heal and mine do. We have the capacity to be in the present, still and balanced and we have the capacity to look backwards and forwards, worrying and regretting – this is both our gift and our curse. If you watch an animal you can sense the beauty of balance. Sue Fuller Good looks at developing this concept in order to understand the idea better and therefore enable ourselves to cultivate it in our lives.




have seen in my own life that I find balance and I lose it. My practice nowadays is

not to try to stay in balance, but rather to come back into balance fast once I have lost it. If I play it safe and never move beyond my comfort zone, then staying in constant balance is easier, but I have realised for myself that this isn't the point. When I play it safe all the time, I fail to grow and in fact I shrink and while this may bring short-term balance, it doesn't bring long-term balance. So, having examined this in the laboratory of my own body and life, I am now truly convinced that balance is a transient state and that seeking it is a worthwhile pursuit. Let's look at it on the physical plane first. On this plane it's easy to see and feel. Lift your leg into a 'tree pose' type of posture, where one foot is resting on your other leg. Do this first holding onto the wall and then progress to holding your hands together in front of your chest and then to lifting your arms above your head. If you want to play one notch up, lift your eyes to the sky and eliminate them as contributors to creating balance for you. Notice how you find your



Let's strive to find balance, even if only for short times, but let's strive to have these short times very frequently. Tune in to the strain and notice when your system is straining because you have lost balance. Appreciate the effortless times in which you have found true balance and cultivate them.

middle place of balance for itself. Whenever there is an imbalance in the pendulum it takes great amounts of energy to keep it from its middle place. This is a beautiful depiction of imbalance. It takes great amounts of effort to keep it in a state of imbalance. If we take every aspect of life, we can find this effortless middle place with it and see how it could settle into a middle ground place of serenity. Test this idea with anything and you will find it works. Put it on the balance beam and seek the point of balance. Let's test it with work and recreation. If we over-work and only work, we create effort, because we have to strain to complete our other life tasks. If we only rest and sleep, watching TV and chilling, we will have strain in the form of piles of work and potentially no money. Neither of these is balance. If we do anything out of balance the balance beam will tip and great strain and effort will ensue. Even in our thoughts, it's enough we need to search for the amount that allows the pendulum to be in the middle. There are many aspects to life and we need to be sure that we give some space to all of them.

balance in each of these stages

Many people talk about the wheel

and notice how it feels when you

of life and the eight facets of life

do. You will sense how there is

which all need to be represented

no way you can balance when

for the wheel to turn properly.

you are not concentrating on


what you are doing. If your mind

financial, recreational, physical,

wanders your balance will wander

spiritual, intellectual, family and

off too. You will also notice that





there is a place in which you are

Of course we can't have a

not trying too hard, but you are

completely equal representation

putting in quite a big effort.

of all of these things in our lives

If we take a pendulum and

at all times, but we can make

allow it to swing, it will find a

sure that on a weekly basis all

get some airtime and on a yearly basis all are relatively

true balance and cultivate them. Running around like a

equally considered. Imagine how the wheel would look

headless chicken getting all eight of the aspects of life

should an aspect be ignored. Imagine it trying to turn.

represented in your life won't give you balance. Be alert,

Let's strive to find balance, even if only for short

however – they all need some of your attention or balance

times, but let's strive to have these short times very

will elude you. Pay attention to creating balance, it is a

frequently. Tune in to the strain and notice when your

beautiful experience when it exists and it only exists when

system is straining because you have lost balance.

you are totally present and aware. Play on the seesaw of

Appreciate the effortless times in which you have found

life and have fun balancing it. O

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There are simple yet effective habits that free-thinking, progressive people adopt to raise their vibration and stay in a place of joy, creativity, serenity and love. If you're feeling lost or disconnected from your life purpose, passion and spirit, then Cherie Roe Dirksen may have some helpful tips to keep you pointed in the right direction as well as being an inspiration to others.


any of us mere mortals find it difficult to keep our motivation in a constant, healthy flow – sometimes our muse takes a vacation to Ibiza

and leaves us holding the fort back home without ink in our wells or paint in our palettes (or Chardonnay in our fridges). It also doesn't help when life throws constant distractions our way – the good, the bad and the downright despicable. We tend to fall into the trap of circumnavigating what's really important in lieu of catching that new mini series that everyone's been talking about – and being sucked in for a season or six – or endlessly perusing sites and social media in an attempt to get nowhere in a slow and time-consuming manner. Time is precious, use it shrewdly.

What does it take to be inspired? If you feel like you've lost the plot and your inspiration levels have ground down to zero then there is a solar powered light at the end of your tunnel. There is great wisdom to be gleaned in the enlightened words of Lao Tzu who penned: 'In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.' Let's take a look at the ways you can bring this concept into your life. You too can stay grounded and connected to source and that infinite supply of inspiration by: 1. Feeling Your Spirit – when you tap into your innate, you'll find the peace that dwells within. Engaging in that peace (through meditation, breath-work, yoga, prayer, being in nature, etc) will bring about more and more harmony. Being in this space not only brings you closer to Source but it's the breeding ground where all bodacious types of magic and inspiration are born. 2. Paying Close Attention to the Natural World – when we 'live close to the ground' we engage and interact with Gaia – the spirit of this physical world we were born into. When we literally get dirty and immerse our feet in the soil, breathe in the sweet and fruity fragrance of the spring blossoms, dip our hands into a cool brook, study the busy activities of the birds up above and contemplate the majesty of a delicate flower – we step into awe and wonder at a system we cannot fully comprehend but are full of respect for. Paying very close attention



'When you're inspired, your heart sings in appreciation for every breath; and you're tolerant, joyful, and loving.' – Wayne Dyer

to the natural kingdom can show us meaning

to work out. You can, however, tell them what you do

and understanding in our own personal struggles.

to connect with spirit and tap into inspiration. All you

Become more aware when you are outdoors – look, listen, learn and drink in the beauty that surrounds and wants to interact with you.

need do is be yourself and lead by example. 7. Staying True to What's Important – there are a lot of distractions in life – you've got to filter

3. Seeing Divinity Everywhere and in

out what's important and what's not. It's easy to get

Everything – it's easy to forget that Source

blindsided into doing something your heart is not

is omnipotent. When you remind yourself and

really a party to or get swept away by situations or

experience the verity that the God-force is in every

dramas that are not yours. If there's any sweeping

living thing, you can begin to shift your perspective

to be done, make sure it's when you're cleaning out

to align with gratitude. Source is ready to commune

your inner house of any disruptions that are keeping

with you – are you willing to receive the blessing?

you from your meaningful life and being there for

4. Aligning Your Thoughts with Spirit

your loved ones. There also may be instances when

– our thoughts can steer us in the right or wrong

we take on something that seemed important at

direction. Don't forget to check in with your innate,

the time but can easily be let go of now – either

on occasion, to monitor if your feelings or gut

it's obsolete or it's no longer needed. Life is best

instincts are in vibrational alignment with your spirit.

kept simple. Don't allow yourself to be guilted into

If you're veering onto a path that feels wrong, you

anything that compromises your happiness or that

can always change your destination by choosing new thoughts.

of your family. 8. Keeping Good Company – if you associate

5. Taking Inspired Action – it's easy to get

with the inspired and the inspiring, you can't go

motivated but then fall into complacency or inaction.

wrong. Positive people will lift your spirits and

The best advice would be to strike while the iron is

motivate you to push your own perceived limitations

hot. If it's divine inspiration and it's for your own

and boundaries. You can't lead an inspired life by

good as well as for the good of others, don't let

hanging around people who are a constant source of

anyone or anything get in your way. Draw up a goal

negativity – that makes about as much sense as a

plan and map your way to your destination. Put this

bird tying weights to its wings to gain more height.

plan somewhere where you will see it every day to

Choose your company wisely.

keep the spark alive and kicking.

Earth is an astounding place to be – it's filled to

6. Being a Well of Inspiration to Others –

bursting with diversity, new creation and immense beauty.

when people see you living in joy, feel your passion

Inspiration is all around if you care to look and, added

and witness your connectedness to spirit or Source,

extra, it's yours for the taking. O

you will automatically be a spring of inspiration to them. You don't need to convince or control others to do what you do. Forcing any routine or regime of yours onto them is uncalled for as everyone will have their special way of relating to spirit and that is theirs



If you would like further inspiration, I am offering my book, 'Creative Expression – how to find your inspiration', as a free download at my site:


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1 & 2) J K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne J K Rowling's Wizarding World • 978 0 7515 6535 5

This is not a book – it is a 'special rehearsal Edition Script for a play written by Jack Thorne, using the characters from Rowling's super-famous Harry Potter series. One would have to see the play to know if was any good as a staged piece, but the very fact that Rowling has signed off on this expansion of the body of work that has already become world renowned – and apparently is still growing – tells you, the potential reader, that she at least approves of it. Might be interesting to see next year's school play being this piece and who might best bring these characters, so beloved of many millions, young and old, to life.




PAPER FOR WATER Paper For Water was started by sisters Katherine and Isabelle Adams when they were just 5 and 8. Their goal was to raise $500 to partially fund a well in Ethiopia by giving hand crafted origami Christmas ornaments at Starbucks in exchange for donations. They took their first donation on November 3, 2011 and sold out on the first night. By December 31, 2011 they had raised over $10 000 to more than fund a whole well in Ethiopia. As of March 1, 2016 these two girls who are now 10 and 12, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, have raised almost $800  000 to fund over 100 wells in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Uganda,Zimbabwe and on the Navajo Reservation in Smith Lake, New Mexico. Their ultimate goal? Clean water for the 633 million people around the world who still don’t have access to clean water. You can help by donating here or even volunteering to create origami ornaments.

Youths have the power to bring change When you think of Bali, you think tropical paradise. But, unfortunately, those iconic beaches tourists from all over the world flock to are now littered in mass heaps of rubbish. Plastic bags make up the largest majority of the waste. And it’s getting worse. We’re sorry to deliver the bad news, but it appears sunbathing on Bali’s beaches isn’t going to be worth that long flight because as you’ll literally be sunbathing among debris. Two teenage sisters have taken a stand against pollution in Bali – and they’ve convinced the government to ban plastic bags by the year 2018. The island suffers from a crushing plastic pollution problem, so Isabel and Melati Wijsen decided to take action and start Bye Bye Plastic Bags to mobilise other kids and adults to work toward a cleaner Bali. To achieve the goal, the girls have organised beach clean-ups, put on a fashion show, given a TED talk (see video), gone on a hunger strike, and met with the UN Secretary General. These sisters are just getting started. If you’d like to help, you can sign their Avaaz petition to persuade the governor to be faithful to his promise and pass legislation to turn their dreams into law.



CURRENT POWER A few startups have spent millions developing massive underwater power plants that gather energy from ocean waves. But a Florida teenager has invented a small-scale alternative, designed for the developing world, that costs just $12. Hannah Herbst, age 15, started thinking about renewable energy after talking with her nine-year-old pen pal in Ethiopia. 'I found out that she's living in energy poverty, and she doesn't have access to things that I take for granted every day,' Herbst says. 'Then I was boating with my family through the Boca Raton Inlet, and our boat was really jerked around by the current. I thought, why not use this power?' Her prototype, which won her top prize in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, uses a 3D-printed propeller connected by a pulley to a hydroelectric generator. As waves move the propeller, the generator turns that motion into usable electricity. As part of the contest, Herbst worked with a scientist from 3M to refine the design into a final prototype. Unlike large-scale ocean energy projects, the tiny system doesn't generate a lot of electricity. But Herbst says it's enough power to run a small desalination machine, turning ocean water into safe drinking water. 'When I'm done developing it, I'm going to open source it,' she says. 'Everybody in the world can have access to the materials list and the data I got – everything you need to make this device. I really want to help my pen pal. I can't imagine a day without energy in my life.'

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KIDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD Taylor Wilson believes that kids can change the world and that he has some great solutions. This inspiring 17-year-old is someone we definitely need to listen to. He built a working fusion reactor in his parents’ garage when he was just 14 and he believes nuclear fusion could help the energy crisis on earth. Taylor is the youngest person ever to produce nuclear fusion, which is a nuclear reaction where atomic nuclei fuse to form a heavier nucleus and release a lot of energy. The American nuclear physicist was initially interested in rocketry and space science, before entering the field of nuclear science at the tender age of 10. In the video above, he takes the TED stage to tell us a little bit about his story.





Richard Greene: A conversation with 13-year-old physicist 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.' This unusual teenager has invented a free Tesla-inspired energy device, using a coffee tin, spoon and some wire, which he says cost him $15. His eloquent theories on God, the universe, the Bible and physics, are sure to touch your heart and mind.



Summer is on its way, and most teens will be thinking of swimming pools, malls and hanging with friends. 14-year-old Ellie Yeater of Williamstown, WV, had larger aspirations for her summer holiday by using her time to do a complete make-over of a 1974 Wilderness camper. Though still rustic in style, Ellie managed to create a dreamy, relaxing camping space that has retro flair to spare, with some help from her family and an eco-savvy approach. Though she’s young, Ellie, shown above, had the maturity to impressively save up $500 worth of birthday and chore money in order to purchase the camper, which she found through a local buy-sell-trade publication for a cool $200. Ellie used the rest of her saved funds to buy paint, fabric, flooring and other goods for her renovation. Her father Larry kicked in a bit of extra cash to help buy wood and some roofing materials.

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ORANGE PEELS FIGHTING DROUGHT Amid South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history, one Johannesburg schoolgirl has created a super-absorbent polymer that could change the way crops are grown. The polymer is created from simple, readily available recycled materials – orange peels and avocado skins – and it’s capable of storing hundreds of times its own weight in water. Kiara Nirghin’s project 'No More Thirsty Crops' won the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa. Nirghin knew that other super-absorbent polymers rely on chain molecule polysaccharides to give them their power, and her project sprang to life when she learned that orange peel is composed from 64% polysaccharide. It also contains pectin, which is used as a gelling agent in numerous applications. When combined with oily avocado peel and left in the sun, the mixture undergoes a reaction and forms a polymer compound. As a Google Science Fair winner, Nirghin has been assigned a mentor from the company to help her develop her idea further, including potential tests on the field. Soon, she’ll learn if she’s one of the sixteen finalists in the global competition – but even if she doesn’t make it to the final round, it sounds like she has a promising career ahead of her. Considering that South Africa’s agricultural union has been pleading with the government for subsidies to help weather the recent water crisis, Nirghin’s project could offer much-needed relief. Her super absorbent material could be used to create reservoirs that farmers could use to maintain their crops at minimal cost.

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EARTH GUARDIAN His name is Xiuhtezcatl. At 16 years old, he is one of the US’s most prominent enviro-activists and he has been fighting against climate change for more than half his life. Colorado-born Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has become an impassioned voice for youth around the world, urging government leaders to take swift action to halt the effects of climate change. He was one of a group of kids who sued President Obama earlier this year, alleging his administration has failed to protect the environment for future generations, and he organised a petition to issue the same expectation to this year’s presidential candidates and it has already garnered more than 100 000 signatures. He is not even close to stopping. For more info and videos on this incredible teen click here





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First, a word on the author, whom Odyssey is muchprivileged to have enjoyed as a columnist for more than a dozen years: Paulo's life, he says, remains his primary source of inspiration for his numerous books – at least 17 by last count. He has 'flirted with death, escaped madness, dallied with drugs, withstood torture, experimented with magic and alchemy, studied philosophy and religion, read voraciously, lost and recovered his faith, and experienced the pain and pleasure of love'. In searching for his deeper self and his place and role in the world, he has revealed answers to the deep questions and myriad challenges that everyone one of us faces. He believes that, thing ourselves, we have the necessary strength to find our destiny. His most recent novel, prior to The Spy, which we shall come to shortly, was Adultery. That novel was a worldwide bestseller and his 1988 novel The Alchemist has not only sold over 65 million copies, but has reportedly been cited as an inspiration by a diverse group of luminaries such as Malala Yousafzai And Pharrell Williams, Paulo has sold more than 200 million books worldwide and his work is published in 81 languages, making him the most translated living author in the world. We make these points in recognition that this great author has chosen Odyssey Magazine for his pithy, funny and insightful regular columns published in this part of the


world. As to The Spy, the plot is literally out of a spy novel, along with the fact that this one is actually true. Paulo's capacity to engage with his feminine side, demonstrated more than once but notably in 11 Minutes, means that he is able to explore the inner workings of famous World War I spy Mata Hari. When she arrived in Paris this femme fatal was penniless, but using her looks, blatant sexuality and wits, she was soon feted as the most elegant and interesting woman in the City of Lights. As a dancer, who frequently went beyond what was then considered 'decent', she shocked. And as a confidante and courtesan to some of the highest in the French government, she shared both intimacies and secrets, the latter leading to her eventual arrest in her hotel room on the ChampsElysées, accused of espionage. It would lead to her demise. Told in Mata Hari's own voice, derived through her final letter, Paulo unfolds the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her day and who paid the ultimate price for that. Click here for Paulo's column in this issue.


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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Yuval Noah Harari Harvill Secker • 978 1 9107 0188

This is an interesting book, more as a problem to the reviewer than as a good read on the likely 'futures' of the human race. For one thing, though reasonably up to date, it still manages in key respects to be out of date. For example, one of the three key developments cited by the author (who, contradictorily, lives in a conflict-riven region of the world) is that the end of war looms. Facts are cited and relative mortalities from disease versus conflict are given. But North Korea is never mentioned in the discussion on the supposed obsolescence of nuclear weapons. The thinking here is not merely inadequate but plain wrong in that it overlooks the single most likely and biggest threat of a global or semi-global at least in-part nuclear exchange. And the author makes other, similar mistakes in, for example, of the supposed elimination



from the human equation of the once supposedly inescapable issue of famine and starvation. Here the author simply overlooks the overwhelming impacts of global climate change on world food production – and does not adequately address current issues of mal-distribution of food production; on a planet which has for the last 20 years at least been able to feed between nine and 10 billion people annually, at least 1 to 1.5 billion have been starving or going hungry every year. And so it goes for the whole of this book. And yet it is interesting in that the author is apparently a determined optimist and sees a bright collective future for us all, pretty much on the same trajectory that we are now on, only with better science (nano – and bio-tech mainly) and better solutions for most of the other problems we all face. Whether or most of even any of the developments foreseen in this book come to be as the author suggests remains to be seen, obviously. One hopes they

may, but some of the supposed resolution to our issues seem piein-the-sky like and the projections of outcomes does not always take into account obvious variables, as cited above. But one may feel a bit better about things after reading this one, and if that's all it ever does, it is hard to criticise solely on the grounds that many of what is supposed to likely lie in our relatively near future may be construed more a wishful thinking than rigorous futurism.

The Search for Earth's Twin Stuart Clark Quercus • 978 18486 6582 8

In 1995 for the first so-called exoplanet – that is, a planet circling a star other than our own – was discovered, changing what until then had been science fiction (the existence of other planets in the universe as a known fact rather than a supposed situation) into science fact. And that changed everything in cosmology. Ever since humans have paid

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attention to the night sky with its myriads of points of lights and strange and interestingly shaped configurations thereof, which must have been about day one for humanity, we have collectively looked to the night skies in wonder. Much has been speculated on and written about in that respect, whether purely astronomical or a mix of astronomy, astrology and religion. Two decades on from that first planet's actual sighting hundreds of exo-planets have been discovered, some of them truly bizarre and definitely not human-friendly. Some are bathed in molten lava, other scoured by hurricanes which makes storms by that name on earth look like a mild breeze. Quite a few have not one sun but two (binary star systems seem to be more common than single star systems when the observable universe is taken as a whole). Astronomers have spotted planets looking a lot like Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Mercury. Notably

missing from that list is the earth, all orbiting singular star systems and suns similar to our own. So the prospect of discovering an earth-like planet is tantalisingly close – and astronomers recently declared that they may have found albeit that this planet is somewhat larger than ours and little is known about it at present beyond that. This book is for those with a deep interest in the great glory of the manifest universe as it appears to us on earth at this time. It is something like a travelogue through sometimes weird and very odd planetary systems wherein everything ever dreamed of by scifi writers if matched or exceeded. Great for those with an interest in astronomy and cosmology.

LIFE'S A BEACH Ann Gadd Map Studio • 9781770268616

Discover the beauty of South Africa’s beaches with MapStudio’s newly released Life’s a Beach. This guide explores 9 500kms of the best beaches in the world, from Alexander Bay along the coast to Sodwana, visiting hundreds of beaches and exploring a magnificent coastline. The author, Ann Gadd, has trekked up dunes, scrambled over rocky cliffs, swam as often as time would allow, hung off numerous piers and took over 6 000 photos. This guide is a fantastic keepsake for locals as well as anyone who enjoys water sports, and is lightweight for tourists to take back home as their travel memento. We have THREE copies of Life's a Beach books to give away. Please email us here with your full contact details to stand a chance of winning.

Visitor’s Guide Flower Route Marion Whitehead Map Studio • 9 781 7702 6857 9

This guide explores the coast north of Cape Town when 3 500 species burst into bloom in the veld during the sexiest part of their reproduction cycle. Of course it all depends on when the rain comes. Whether you are a happysnapper type of tourist or a more serious flower lover with botanical leanings, a visit to the flowers will lighten the heart, lift the spirit and pique the curiosity. The guide combines visual inspiration with practical advice on where to see the best wild spring flowers, starting with early bloomers in late July to September’s spectacular landscapes and October’s lesserknown gems. There is also a great overview map as well as flower-spotting tips, identification of commonly seen flowers, wildlife alerts, tourist spots, accommodation, flower etiquette and the protection of flowers. This guide is a fantastic keepsake for anyone who enjoys leaving the city life behind, and is light-weight for tourists to take back home as their travel memento. We have THREE copies of the Visitor's Guide Flower Route books to give away. Please email us here with your full contact details to stand a chance of winning.




Lost Ocean: 50 postcards Johanna Basford Penguin Books • 9 780 7535 5737 2

These clever postcards feature beautiful drawings from Lost Ocean, illustrator and ink evangelist Johanna Basford’s magical journey beneath the waves. Color in the cards to bring to life shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses, and then share the magic with your friends – that is, if you can bear to part with them! Each postcard is an invitation to an inky new world hidden in the depths of the sea. For pirates, mermaids, and undersea explorers of all ages.

Chalk–Style BOTANICALS: Deluxe Colouring Book Valerie McKeehan Struik Nature • 978 1 4323 0758 5

Chalk–Style GOOD TIMES: Deluxe Colouring Book Deb Strain Struik Nature • 978 1 4323 0757 8

All the beauty of colouring with chalk, but without the mess!



These 32 gorgeous hand-drawn floral designs feature all of the charming imperfections of original chalkboard art. Relax and fill them with colour to create your own rustic-chic masterpiece. Each whimsical white line illustration is presented on a textured black background, just like a real chalkboard. You ll be delighted by the way warm colours, bright colours, neons, and lighter pastel shades really pop from these designs. Use light-coloured pencils and gel pens to personalize your work with lettering, flourishes, and patterning. Talented chalkboard artist Valerie McKeehan provides useful colouring tips and tricks, along with beautifully coloured examples to help get you inspired. Each design is printed on one side only of high-quality, extrathick paper, perforated for easy removal and display.'

AFRICA SOLO Mark Beaumont Struik Nature • 978 0 593 076 330

This book lays out the day-today experiences of the authors cycle ride from Egypt to Cape Town. In 333 pages, with many photographs, the author travels

through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. As the start of the trip was April 2015, plans did not include travel through Zimbabwe, a country usually included in trans-African travel. Although accompanied by a photographer, a Mr Fixit, and a back-up team, the trip was certainly an enormous challenge. Tussles with customs officials, health issues, roads from dirt to non-existent, and difficult communications with the outside world, made life a struggle. But Beaumont was used to difficult challenges, having rowed across the Atlantic, and having broken the record for cycling around the world. What makes a man leave his family and face significant risks to undertake these travels ? I find it hard to understand the motivation for such adventures, and found it hard to get enthusiastic about the book. However, I have absolutely no doubt there are many who would enjoy the day-to-day detail, photographs and undoubted message of the book.

DEEP TALK: Death Does Not Exist Death seems to be a topic rarely discussed and never at dinner parties, yet Judy Barnes (pictured below) was intrigued by the subject and as a teenager realised there had to be more to religion than the churches offered. Raised a Christian, she was supposed to believe that we only had one life. Yes, she thought, that's right, but Jesus meant we never die and science agrees that energy never dies. In her new book Deep Talk, Barnes discusses where we go when we (our spirit – or real self) shed our earthly overcoat.


fter Judy's son attempted suicide, his Near

in various lives.

Death Experience, or NDE, when related, was

Knowing there was more to our departure than

very unusual and his drawings of what he'd

we admitted, Judy started reading even more widely

experienced, like none other Judy had ever read about.

and found the answer 34 years later to a dream and

She knew she had to document it.

an accompanying vision she had when she was 19.

Her mother, a staunch atheist, sighed when Judy saw

She became excited and this led to spiritual studies,

her a few years prior to her death but had promised to

regression sessions and not only did she see periods of

'give her a sign' from the other side. Having terminal

some of her former lives, proving that reincarnation is a

cancer meant she knew her time was nigh but her

fact, she visited the spirit world, where we spend time

morphine medication in the hospital meant she couldn't

in-between lives.

speak. However, Judy didn't expect to have a response

A cancer survivor herself, Judy laughs at the idea of

so quickly, for moments after her mother drew her last

death for it is merely a journey to the other side and a

breath in the hospital, she spoke to her in the same way

place of such peacefulness that it is hardly surprising that

we speak to each other – a shock but also a revelation.

Hospice patients eagerly refer to it as 'going home'. She

Trusting that a higher power protects us, Judy

invites you to share her life's spiritual experiences with a

escapes death more than once and recognises soulmates

little Deep Talk as she makes you a promise – death does

are partners or best friends who meet up with you again,

not exist.

Deep Talk: Death Does Not Exist Judy Barnes, Inc • 978 1634 9064 8

To order please contact Judy on 083 666 3820, / or visit Judy's website here.



total relaxation


A Malagassy Tale



Madagascar is a big island (the world's fourth largest) and is situated 400km off the east coast of Africa, south of the equator. It is roughly two and a half times the size of Great Britain, slightly smaller than Texas. Dr Sibis Mouton recently visited this great land and shared her story with us.


was very blessed to be able to book a trip there

can be an answer but it is not so easy when one is in the

with African Geographic in March/April 2016. They

grip of fear. Then the Buddhist learning of Right View that

provided me with a superb guide to inspect the

encompasses also right action and right thought, could

rainforest in the East, as well as a friendly and laid-back

help a lot. We really need to look for those moments

driver to chauffeur me there. Madagascar is home

where we can appreciate the cherry blossoms and the

to 71 species and subspecies of the Lemur, which

grandeur of Mother Nature around us; that is, we should

make Madagascar the world's top priority for primate

dwell in the present moment and not in our minds.

conservation. According to the evolutionary scale, Lemurs developed before the monkeys.

Another thing that added to the total relaxation on the island of Madagascar was that there are no poisonous

The Malagassy people speak Malagassy (a very

snakes or spiders on this piece of land. I saw about

difficult language for a Western ear) and French. They

four snakes on hiking trips; the Malagassy people never

are friendly and non-invasive plus they do not have a

behave like a true South African would – they just calmly

culture of stealing. The population is approximately 16

take the snake by its tail and throw it out of the way.

million and half of this population earn less that US$1 a year – a frightful statistic. The normal Malagassy person is extremely poor, according to Western standards.


In today's hi-tech world, most of us find it hard to

Lemurs belong to a group of primates that are called the

really chill and just enjoy the beauty of the present

'prosi mians'; a word that means, 'before monkeys'. They

moment. In Madagascar I could do just that; I had no

are said to have evolved 40-50 million years ago. I was

laptop with me and my cell phone was on silent (and not

taken to an adequate hotel near Perinet Park on the East

on roaming) plus I did not have to drive. Here I should pay

Coast. The largest Lemur is the indri, a black and white

the Malagassy people a compliment; they are extremely

kind of teddy bear, the only Lemur without a tail. They are

polite drivers – they will wait for oncoming traffic and will

known for their voluminous cries before they go hunting,

always yield. Never did I see any aggressive driving which

something I heard every morning in my hotel room on the

is so common in South Africa. Another factor which added

edge of the rain forest.

to total relaxation was the fact that I did not have to

One of my best moments in the rain forest area was

prepare food or make grocery lists of what I have to buy.

seeing these indris jump from tree to tree, normally in

My food was prepared for me in wonderful style. Since we

groups of six, with the agility of great athletes. They

are physical as well as spiritual beings, this good food and

have hands and feet that can grasp branches very well.

friendly non-invasive atmosphere everywhere one goes,

An indri would sit for a few minutes and contemplate

does add up to a high vibration of total relaxation. Nobody

his/her route. Then one would see them fly through the

hurries on Madagascar.

air and jump about 10m towards the branch which they

Fear of not coping with life as it is often drives away total relaxation. Of course surrendering to a Higher Power

aimed for. The apt English proverb, 'Look before you leap' comes to mind.



My personal favourite among the lemur species were the so called 'dancing lemurs' or the sifakas. They were very fluffy and cuddly (brown and reddish white in colour) and were so friendly. They were not afraid to come close to myself and my guide.

THE GREEN TURTLES On the small island of Sakatia (15km in circumference) and a few kilometres from the well known Nose Be tourist destination, I was privileged to see the huge green turtles. These sea turtles are really enormous and look ancient; if one snorkels, they are visible when they graze on the sea grass in the mornings. Since they are so laid-back and feed unhurriedly, they have an enormously, peaceful influence.

A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK It was refreshing to be among people who focussed on the essentials in life and who did not strive to amass more wealth. Madagascar is known for its great fishing and on the island of Komba the villagers live mostly from the sea. The Malagassy people I spotted on Sakatia Island and the island of Komba were happy and care-free. They lived off the land and/or sea and were greatly family orientated.

STAYING HAPPY & CONTENT Surely contentment with what is can help us human beings to be more relaxed and easy going in this day and age. Disney Pictures has made a new version of the famous Jungle Book story, written in the 19thC by Rudyard Kipling, after he grew up in the jungle of India. The story is a basic one – the conquering of evil as presented by the tiger Shere Khan. The bands of friendship that sustain our human beings are illustrated so well by the pack of wolves. Their creed that the pack is stronger than the individual is a universal truth. The animals lived in peace and had respect for one another; something our human race can take as an example of how life can be.


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If we dwell in the present moment we can really touch the seeds of joy and peace and liberation and we can help heal the world by being truly present for others. BUDDHIST MOMENT AT THE LAKE IN MANTADIA Andasibe has two big national parks called Analamazotra

Madagascar is verdant and butterflies abound. Walking

and Mantadia. Since the 1990s these two together

in nature there restored my soul. I could feel the ancient

are known as Perinet Park. Analamazotra is the easier

connection of man with nature and also its beneficial

destination – it is reachable by ordinary car or bus and is

effects. I hiked up to the top of Nosy Komba with a group

popular with groups of school children. Mantadia is about

of six people and the view from the top looking over the

twenty kilometres to the north and only reachable by a

whole of Nosy Be was exquisite. Even the huge and calm

good 4x4. The road there is atrocious – unfortunately the

seas surrounding Nosy Be instilled a feeling of peace and

current government does not see the need to fix any of the


roads. Since it is so difficult to reach, the rainforest there

We, as human beings, also have an emotional and a mental part to our essential makeup. Both these were met in my visit to Madagascar. I could socialise with the many South Africans visitors and mentally I was challenged by this feeling of utter relaxation. We are always so keen to be actively busy with something. Both my guide and driver were paying enormous monetary fees to have their children in private schools. This supported my theory that education for all is the future: not liberation before education but rather education before liberation. And may I say something about the 'liberation' part: In Buddhist terms our minds, actions and words should contribute to the liberation of others. The Buddhist term is 'Bodhichitta,' which means to have a 'mind of love'. If we dwell in the present moment we can really touch the seeds of joy and peace and liberation and we can help heal the world by being truly present for others. One of the 'Indian Commandments' carries a definite spark of solitude and is rather devoid of visitors. Here I had a real Buddhist moment, shared with my able guide Maurice. We went to the natural lake there through verdant fields with an abundance of different butterflies. Then we enjoyed a silent lunch on the shore of this big pond. Huge dragonflies were flying around us and on the far side of the lake we could see a Madagascar crebe and a Meilleurs duck as well as some moorhens. What an unforgettable moment of peace. There were only the sounds of Mother Nature around us and no artificial noises of any kind.

comes to mind: 'Work together for the benefit of all mankind.'

TAKE A HOLIDAY & RELAX I want to conclude that Madagascar is a fantastic destination for a nature lover. I would urge you to go there to enjoy the peacefulness of nature in its original state. We cannot take our money with us when we lose the gift of life. O

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Saturn and the 7 Year Itch

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Saturn in Astrology is much misaligned – hated, feared and avoided. Saturn is the last visible planet, and hence represents the dire boundaries between us and the cosmos beyond, the infinite, the boundless. Margarita Celeste looks at how this planet represents death, age, decay, limitations, these things we fear most in the joy of being alive.

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oing back in time, Saturn the planet was made sacred to the Greeks and Romans and was named after the god, who represented

agriculture, wealth, crops and the harvest. However, Saturn, called Chronos by the Greeks and Romans, was also identified with the ancient Greek Titan, Cronus, as well as the deity Aion, meaning Time. Cronus had a terrifying reputation as the Titan who claimed the throne by castrating his father, the Sky God Uranus, and eating all of his own children to ensure continuity of his rule. And so, we can see a perfect example of the ambitious nature of Saturn, coupled with fear of loss of power and the results thereof. Everyone in the world has Saturn in their astrological birth chart, representing where your personal challenges lie, where your greatest fears lie, but also your greatest accomplishments, if these challenges can be overcome. Saturn represents our karmic duty and lessons, and thus our greatest strengths, potentially. In his most positive aspects, he can represent a kindly, wise old man who understands his limitations and mortal nature, and has overcome that which he is most fearful of. In Indian mythology, Saturn is known as Shani, the Great Teacher.  Saturn has a highly predictable orbit around the Sun – taking 29 and ¾ years or so, to be nearly exact, to return to the same place each year. We often speak of the '7 year itch' – a time in which our relationships, jobs and lifestyles come under scrutiny and feel rather 'stale' and 'old' – worn out – and we feel impelled to make a shift. In

With Saturn, we are confronted with both our potential, as well as our challenges, and he demands that we rise to the challenge, or fail, and wait for the next seven year cycle to master the lessons inherent in our Charts. We are asked to face reality realistically, to grow, to learn and to get to truly know our inner wisdom, our guru within, our Archetypal Wise Old Man who lives inside all of us.

the case of relationship, sometimes ending up in divorce, and sometimes ending up in a stronger, although much changed, partnership. This seven year itch is related directly to the cycle

shift, and we are faced with external crisis’s or extra

of Saturn. When we are born, we each have Saturn in a

responsibilities that force us out of the comfortable, yet

certain placement in our astrological birth charts, like a

stale, mold we have been wearing, and we enter a new

snapshot frozen in time. This Saturn stays put this way all

cycle of maturity.

our lives, showing us where our karmic patterns lie, our

We see these changes at age seven, 14, 22, 29,

fears, our insecurities, our ability to structure, to adhere

36, 43, 51, 58, 65 and 73 (assuming you don’t live past

to rules, our ability to take on responsibility, or not, and

80). When we are born, we absorb information from our

our attitude to maturity.

environment seamlessly, without any thought of sifting continues

that information – we learn a huge amount in that time,

to transit (travel) around the Birth Chart, and every seven

including how to walk, talk, count, read. When we turn

and ¾ years, makes what is called an aspect to the static

seven, we tend to slow down that massive momentum

Saturn in our charts. These aspects he makes are what

and it is at this time, we usually go to school in order to

are called hard aspects – meaning triggers for change.

structure our learning – the very first of the Saturnian

These aspects in astrology have been called hard because

boundaries we are set to learn – rules, regulations,

people are afraid of change, resist change usually, until







we are forced to change.  And so, we can see with every 7.75 years, we

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Later, at 14, we begin our rebellious years at which time we demand to be seen as adults, independent of our

parents, set our own rules, define our own boundaries. We enter high school, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and get knocked down in the process, having to accept the reality that we are small fish in a big pond once again. Twenty two years old often marks our first real foray into the adult world, in which we leave or enter college, home, family, and move into our own apartment, pay bills, get our first real job. It can be a deathly serious, trying and heavy time in which we feel the weight of the mantle of adulthood swoop down upon us. We often experience a serious relationship at this time, lose one, lose and make new friends.  And, finally, at 28, we experience the Saturn return in which this planet returns to the same place he was at our birth, forcing us to evaluate all of the life changes, choices and experiences we have had, and decide which of these we will take into our adult lives. Young marriages often come to an end, or we get married and have kids. We leave our jobs and start our own businesses, we disappear to foreign lands, we face family or health crises that force us to grow up and truly take responsibility. The experience is almost never easy for anyone and the effects are felt right up until age 32.  From there, Saturn continues to make these hard aspects, but we tend to have assimilated and learnt the core lessons and the theme of each seven year period tends to repeat itself – and it is during these times that the lightbulb goes off in our minds, and we truly begin to live a more and more authentic and aligned existence,

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the art

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art of trying Pablo Picasso once said: 'God is, above all else, an artist. He created the giraffe, the elephant, the ant. In truth, He never sought out an inspiration, He simply went on creating everything he wanted to create.' In this edition's column from Paulo Coelho, he looks at how we learn from life's lessons.


t is our desire to walk that inspires our journey,

rest of our lives, and will help us throughout it. If at any

in turn, when we begin our journey toward our

moment, for any reason, you want to return to the past,

dreams we feel fear, almost as though we are

all you must do is look at the scars.

required to do everything perfectly. After all, if we lived

The scars will not show us everything, they will

different lives, who came up with the rule 'everything

remind us of the horrors of prison, and we will continue

perfectly'? If God created the giraffe, the elephant and

our journey forward.

the ant, and we live our lives in his likeness, why do we

Because of all this, relax. Let the universe move you

have to follow other inspiration? The model He gives

to your path, and discover the joy of being a surprise

us is supposed to prevent us from making the same

to yourself. 'God chose the crazy thins in this world to

mistakes that others have, but most often is a prison

embarrass the wise,' says Saint Paul.

that makes us repeat the same mistakes that others have made. To be consistent is to always match your tie to your socks. It is to always be sure to maintain the same opinions tomorrow that you had today. If this is so, then what happens to the movement of the world? 'If I could live my life over, I would make the same mistakes, only I would make them a lot sooner,' says Tallulah Bankhead. As long as you don't judge anyone else, change your opinion once in awhile, and fall into the contradiction

A Warrior of the light notices that certain moments in life repeat themselves, frequently he sees himself facing the same problems time after time, and he knows how to handle them. So be depressed. Begin to feel like you are incapable of progress in your life, since the same things keep happening to you over and over. 'I've already been through this,' he complains to the hurt in his heart. 'Yes, you really have been through this before,' responds his heart, 'but you have never gotten past it.'

without being embarrassed about it. You have that right,

The Warrior then realises that the repetitive

it doesn't matter what the other will think, because they

experiences have an end point if he learns the meaning

will think those things anyway.

behind them; he teaches himself what he hadn't yet

When we decide to act, there are some things that

learned. He always gives a different solution each

happen. Says an old culinary master, 'To make an

time the same problem encounters him, and doesn't

omelet one must first beat the egg.' It is also natural

consider his wrong answers as failures, but rather as

that there may be some unexpected conflicts. The hurt

steps toward the right solution.

passes, what is left is just a scar. This is a blessing. These scars stay with us the

As Thomas Watson says, 'the path to success is to double the tax on failures'. O

©Translated by Michelle Artimez • Travel with Paulo through his blogs, visit

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'Choice is something that we all face on a daily basis, and it can sometimes be difficult to know if you are making the right choice and if you are on the right path. With this in mind, I thought I’d share these profound words with you, an extract from a letter written by a 22-year-old Hunter S Thompson to a friend: - Ronnie Muhl


hether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this. Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect – between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming. But why not float if you have no goal? That is another question. It is unquestionably better to enjoy the floating than to swim in uncertainty. So how does a man find a goal? Not a castle in the stars, but a real and tangible thing. How can a man be sure he’s not after the 'big rock candy mountain', the enticing sugar-candy goal that has little taste and no substance? The answer – and, in a sense, the tragedy of life – is that we seek to understand the goal and not the man. We set up a goal which demands of us certain things: and we do these things. We adjust to the demands of a concept which cannot be valid. When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you. Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective. So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day? How could we ever hope to accomplish anything other than galloping neurosis? The answer, then, must not deal with goals at all, or not with tangible goals, anyway. It would take reams of paper to develop this subject to fulfilment. God only knows how many books have been written on 'the meaning of man' and that sort of thing, and god only knows how many people have pondered the subject. (I use the term 'god only knows' purely as an expression.) There’s very little sense in my trying to give it up to you in the proverbial nutshell, because I’m the first to admit my absolute lack of qualifications for reducing the meaning of life to one or two paragraphs. As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his abilities function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his desires.

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In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal), he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires). In short, he has not dedicated his life to reaching a pre-defined goal, but he has rather chosen a way of life he knows he will enjoy. The goal is absolutely secondary: it is the functioning toward the goal which is important. And it seems almost ridiculous to say that a man must function in a pattern of his own choosing; for to let another man define your own goals is to give up one of the most meaningful aspects of life – the definitive act of will which makes a man an individual. Let’s assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let’s assume that you can’t see any real purpose in any of the eight. Then – and here is the essence of all I’ve said – you must find a ninth path. Naturally, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You’ve lived a relatively narrow life, a vertical rather than a horizontal existence. So it isn’t any too difficult to understand why you seem to feel the way you do. But a man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life. But you say, 'I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.' And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know – is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by deciding to look, you go a long way toward making the choice. If I don’t call this to a halt, I’m going to find myself writing a book. I hope it’s not as confusing as it looks at first glance. Keep in mind, of course, that this is my way of looking at things. I happen to think that it’s pretty generally applicable, but you may not. Each of us has to create our own credo – this merely happens to be mine. O


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