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EDITORIAL We hope you enjoy the ride as we bring you a bigger, better, much more interactive & enriched version of the print magazine.
Greetings fellow digital types. Obviously, if you are reading this it's likely you
are doing so online – the alternative is that a friend or relative has downloaded and printed it out for you, which is fine for those who insist on a printed something in the hand. So, after 36 years in print format, Odyssey Magazine has finally gone fulltime digital. It's a huge step. It's something of a leap of faith. And it's time. There's a whole backstory to the why and how of our going digital which can wait for another time to be told. The very short version is that we were presented with a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' to have our content featured on SA's No1 website by usage, just at the time when we were deep in consideration of how to handle a clutch of issues to do with printing and distributing magazines. To be clear, moving away from paper was not a negative comment on using paper in any way. Paper was, and will no doubt remain, a valuable product and we have always advocated its proper use, from sustainable production through to earth-friendly manufacturing and then, once used, proper recycling. That there remain problems around this lifecycle of paper in South Africa – mainly in the post-consumer recycling aspect – is true, but it is not the reason for our switch. Indeed, in our offices we exclusively use Sappi Typek 50% recycled paper, including for external communications, and it's perfectly suitable for all that. Once we have used both sides of every piece, we ensure that the paper is recycled for further use. Paper is an undervalued resource, albeit renewable as certified in the case of Sappi by the FSC. The simple fact is that paper ought to cost more. But that's not affordable for publishers or consumers. So uncoated paper will continue to be used in offices like ours, and coated paper will become ever-increasingly a luxury product at a luxury price. Meanwhile, the digital revolution has been continuing apace. Through last year, we planned to run some digital editions of Odyssey (and its sibling publication Simply Green) which were to be quite separate by content, though similar in feel, to their print counterparts. We were all set to go in 2013 with this scheme when the universe stepped in. Roadblocks of various kinds, delays and an assortment of other factors conspired to force us to look at what we were doing – and after a surprisingly short discussion between partners and staff, it was decided: we would go digital fulltime, doubling our frequency, which means your favourite magazine will be coming to you, free, every month from now on, increasing space for pictorial layouts, and offering much greater potential reach for our advertisers. Odyssey, now hosted by one of the world's leading digital magazine portals that has some 52 million users, has gone global and viral in the process. Each one of you reading this free magazine is asked and invited to send the link (the same one sent to you, or alternatively use our website www.odysseymagazine.co.za where the link to the magazine is located) to all your friends, family and associates. Advertisers are being encouraged to use their supply chain and customer bases to put out the word and draw an ever-increasing readership. With the mechanical issues of distribution out of the way, the world has literally opened up to us, and the message we carry. As it is a universal message, relevant we feel not merely for some people in a particular time and place, but to everyone any time, this means that Odyssey's voice will now join many like it resonating in the collective cyberspace consciousness field and, thereby, if Rupert Sheldrake is correct which seems to be the case, contributing to the change in the human family's way of being, seeing, doing and living. What exciting times, and what challenges. We invite you into the brave new world of digital magazines – even those of you not used to reading magazines online or on a tablet or whatever other device you may be using. It is a new way of doing things, but it is also much cleaner, quicker, with lower costs all round. It is, we are sure, the future. So, welcome to the future – and we hope you enjoy the ride as we bring you a bigger, better, much more interactive and enriched version of the magazine so many of you tell us you love (and remember to watch the videos we've embedded). For those of you with slow landline connections or who live in the country without fast-speed internet, we've also devised a low-resolution version at half the size of the high-resolution magazine, so, really, no-one should be left out. As to what we're doing in this issue, well, turn the (virtual) pages and find out – you can even jump from the contents page to particular articles you want to read first if you wish. This really is the future today, and so we invite to you read, enjoy – and feel free to tell us about your possibly new experience of reading your mag online. You will see that we have been joined by a team of amazing personalities, each leaders in their own fields, and inspirational examples of how to live better, healthier and more lightly upon this wonderful planet of ours, our collective home. And there's much more to come, so watch this space because, just a month or so from now, there'll be another Odyssey coming to you at light speed and from a cyberspace portal near you. Chris & The Team
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'I discovered that searching can be as interesting as finding.' Paulo Coelho
Kathie Buley via email: Thank you for the communication detailing the exciting developments regarding Odyssey magazine. I support the initiative and will now plan to access an i-pad/ tablet. As I am still actively involved work-wise, time flies by and when a magazine arrives I am always excited and I relish finding a quiet corner where I can indulgently read. There is a Xhosa saying that 'Time is lapped up by the dog.' Another positive is that no hard copies means transport costs to towns/ villages will be obviated; another way of minimising the carbon footprint. As the Sherpas say, Tashi delek (may luck be with you) as you launch this new project.
Ed: Thanks, so do we.
Donald Lyle from Kokstad wrote: Thank you for your letter informing me that Odyssey Magazine will cease to be published http://janellemccullochlibraryofdesign.blogspot.com in print form. I have been a subscriber to Odyssey Magazine since it’s inception and looked forward to the arrival of each issue thanks to the inspiring content. Since you have been at the helm the quality of the magazine has improved greatly for which I thank you and your team. At the moment I have a slow dial-up connection so cannot access and download large files. You mention downloading and printing files from the digital magazine. This is not really practical because the ink of an inkjet printer is so expensive. Sadly I and many of my friends who are not part of the digital age will have to do without Odyssey. However I respect your decision to go digital is one of necessity and hope that this new venture will be very successful and continue spreading the vital message of taking humanity into the new age.
know how wonderfully enlightening it was to read your e l e c t r o n i c mailer article, Why Am I Crying During Yoga?. I haven't practiced yoga in a while – one of the main reasons being that I got frightened of the fact that it opened me up emotionally. Not that I'm averse to being emotional or to being open about it. I had an experience during a yoga class where the tears were running freely and uncontrollably, it was a completely new experience for me, thanks for writing the article – and for letting me know that it is not unusual. Johannie Groenewald on our Facebook page: I just love, love, love your magazine.
JB of Sandton, via email: I thought I'd write to you to let you
Ed: We have responded to Mr Lyle - and a few other long-time subscribers in a similar position to his encouraging them to use a smartphone, or tablet for viewing the magazine if they're having trouble reading it on their PC, or don't wish to spend even more time in front of a computer screen. Also, we have devised a low-resolution version of the digimag, about half the size of the original version, for those with slow internet connections. So far, the great majority of our long-term readers have said they'll make the digital switch with us, including Mr Lyle.
'When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets & love will steer the stars.' Aquarius from the film Hair
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Jessica Erasmus, a trained Beauty Therapist, is a passionate animal-lover, works extensively for Pug Rescue overseeing charity initiatives, fund-raising and puppy training. In animals, she sees the best the world has to offer.
The Shift Life Coach
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John Homewood is an executive consciousness life coach, inspirational speaker and facilitator, and founder of Wisdom to Nourish. He currently conducts The Shift Experience Self-Realisation Retreats around SA.
Medical Doctor and Stress Expert
Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB FRSPH MISMA) is a well-known medical doctor, author, specialist health and wellbeing consultant, also including anti-ageing (positive ageing), integrative and natural medicine.
Odyssey's Earth Pilgrim
Earth Pilgrim Africa, expedition guide and journalist Geoff Dalglish is walking 40 075km – the equivalent of the circumference of the planet – with a message about treading more lightly and lovingly upon the Earth.
Colleen-Joy Page is a full time professional speaker, author and trainer. the creator of the internationally accredited InnerLifeSkills life and business coaching courses.
Maria Ascencao is one of SA's highly-regarded figures in the complementary health industry. She has been a CEO and marketing whizz who built-up her own company from scratch.
Paulo Coelho is one of the most widely-read and influential authors in the world. He chose Odyssey himself to republish his extraordinary work in SA.
Dr Bronwyn Roebuck is General Manager of Solgar South Africa and a registered homeopath. Having been in the CAM industry for over 10 years, Bronwyn is passionate about heath, wellness and the natural products industry.
Our Eco-Diva, Nicole Sherwin is the editor of Simply Green Digimag, and a trailblazer in the areas of sustainability, wellness and social responsibility, inspiring people to make greener choices.
Meditation and Wisdom Elder
Natalia Baker is an inspirational teacher, who conducts meditation and abundance classes, feminine empowerment and various enlightenment courses.
Earth and Herb Goddess
Jane Griffiths, has been growing organic vegetables and herbs in her Johannesburg garden for more than 15 years. She has published several books and now shares her knowledge and tips with Odyssey Digimag readers.
Wellness and Nutrition Expert
Vanessa Ascencao is a dynamic, inspirational and highly qualified nutritional consultant. She’s helped celebrities, business executives and many others transform their lives through a unique mind-body approach to health and nutrition.
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'Being deeply loved gives you strength; loving deeply gives you courage.' Lao Tzu
An African advantage
Paleontologists have recently found small blades in a cave in Mossel Bay proving that man was an advanced thinker making stone tools 71 000 years ago — millennia earlier than thought. The find suggests early humans from Africa had a capacity for complex thought and weapons production that gave them a distinct evolutionary advantage over Neanderthals, say the authors of a study published in Nature. Scientists agree that our lineage appeared in Africa more than 100 000 years ago, but there is much debate about when Homo sapiens' cultural and cognitive character began resembling that of modern humans.
Rhino dehorning gets the green light
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Criminal acts call for tough measures and that’s the reason Nambiti Private Game Reserve’s rhino population has been dehorned; the process having been completed recently. This option, to beat the abhorrent and criminal act of poaching, was the result of much thought and debate. 'We see dehorning as one of the strategies to address poaching and applaud any efforts to retain population integrity,' said Francois du Toit, CEO of African Conservation Trust. 'Our core focus is on addressing issues of pressure, particularly from external communities surrounding the reserves. To that end we hope to be able to work with Nambiti to develop community conservation agriculture as a means of building a natural resource-based economy, which will reduce pressure on pure tourism as a means of income for these communities.' According to veterinary surgeon Dr Silke Pfitzer, dehorning a rhino does not hurt the animal provided the procedure is done correctly. Rhino horn, she said, was similar to finger nails and dehorning was like cutting a finger nail. Rhino horn grows back at the rate of about two inches every year which means this procedure has to be repeated. 'While it is sad to see these animals without their long horns, with tight security and guards, dehorning definitely helps deter poachers,' she said, and explained that the monetary return on a little horn stump did not justify the risk. 'Hopefully the poaching threat will be eradicated and then we can allow Nambiti’s rhinos to grow their horns again,' she concluded, adding that a young female, a young adult bull, and a mature female underwent the process.
Christian girl jailed after being accused of burning the Quran The Islamabad High Court (IHC) recently threw out charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that drew international condemnation, lawyers said. During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice, Iqbal Hameedur Rehman ordered the police to dismiss the First Information Report (FIR) filed against the girl. The chief justice said that the girl was accused of burning papers from the Quran, however, since there were no witnesses, the FIR was dismissed. Rimsha Masih, believed to be aged no older than 14, and said to suffer from Down syndrome, spent three weeks on remand in an adult jail after she was suspected of the act. She was arrested after Malik Ummad – a resident of Mehra Jaffer, the area where the girl comes from – lodged a complaint with the Ramna police against her, accusing her of burning the pages of the holy book. Rishma, however, was released on bond and police have since told the courts that she was not guilty and that a cleric who allegedly framed her should face trial instead. Cleric Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, who first gave police the burned papers as evidence against her, was detained for desecrating the Quran and tampering with evidence. It is thought his motive was to stir up resentment towards Christians by incriminating Rishma.
'Fear created the gods, and fear preserves them.' Kwame Nkrumah (pictured)
Church in turmoil after synod says no to women bishops The ordination of women bishops in the Church of England was recently narrowly rejected by its ruling general synod. Critics have said the change would not bring unity to the Church while some synod members were adamant that the teachings of the Bible are clear and against female bishops. The proposed legislation paving the way for women bishops needed to gain two-thirds majority support in each of the synod’s three houses – bishops, clergy and laity – but fell short by six votes in the House of Laity. The Archbishop of Canterbury has said: 'The Church of England has “lost a measure of credibility” after rejecting the introduction of women bishops.' The Most Reverend Rowan Williams told the ruling general synod that the Church could be seen as 'wilfully blind' to modern trends and priorities. It will be years before there is another vote and meantime the house of bishops is discussing the consequences of the decision.
Humanists call for African age of 'Enlightenment' African Humanists – atheists, secularists and freethinkers – gathered recently in Ghana, one of the world's most religious countries, to look at ways to promote an 'Enlightenment' they argue is vital to bring their continent into the modern age. But despite stirrings of dissent over the power of preachers and imams, they recognise they have an uphill battle to convince ordinary people to question faiths brought to Africa by missionaries and conquerors. Just as difficult, they say, is the fight against traditional African beliefs often supported by new 'churches' which lead to the killings of children and albinos accused of being witches. 'At a time when the dark and destructive forces of religious fundamentalism and superstition are ravaging the continent, the Ghana conference is a sign of light, hope and renewal,' said prominent Nigerian humanist campaigner Leo Igwe.
UCT team begin mapping ancient Mideast
A team of UCT researchers have partnered with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to digitally survey and map the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Creating 3D models and interactive panorama tours of the World Heritage Site cut entirely from rock, they are expected to complete their work in 2014. The team has partnerships with Unesco, the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, and the Jordanian Department of Antiquities. According to a Unesco media release: 'Petra is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, and Jordan’s most significant heritage site. However, Petra faces a wide diversity of risks, particularly from natural and geological hazards such as earthquakes, floods and landslides.' Entrance to Petra is through the Siq, meaning 'crack' – a narrow slot up to 120m high and 1.2km long, which according to Unesco is especially fragile and needs to be addressed and monitored to reduce the risk of landslides and rockfalls. The project’s aim is to produce a stability plan using sophisticated surveying and laser-scanning mapping techniques for the World Heritage Site. The UCT team will also produce a virtual tour of Petra and spatially document many of the city’s tombs and temples. Rüther’s team has documented 40 sites in 13 countries and digitally mapped many of Africa’s heritage landmarks.
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A NDE (near-death experience) happens when quantum substances which form the soul leave the nervous system and enter the universe at large, according to a remarkable theory proposed by two eminent scientists. According to this idea, consciousness is a program for a quantum computer in the brain which can persist in the universe even after death, explaining the perceptions of those who have NDEs. Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Centre of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, has advanced the quasi-religious theory. It is based on a quantum theory of consciousness he and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose have developed which holds that the essence of our soul is contained inside structures called microtubules within brain cells. They have argued that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules, a theory which they dubbed Orchestrated Objective Reduction (Orch-OR). It is held that our souls are therefore more than the interaction of neurons in the brain. They are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time. The concept is similar to the Buddhist and Hindu belief that consciousness is an integral part of the universe – and indeed, that it is really all there may be – a position similar to Western philosophical idealism. With these beliefs, Dr Hameroff holds that in an NDE, the microtubules lose their quantum state, but the information within them is not destroyed. Instead it merely leaves the body and returns to the cosmos. The Orch-OR theory has come in for heavy criticism by more empirically-minded thinkers and remains controversial among the scientific community. However, Dr Hameroff believes that research into quantum physics is beginning to validate Orch-OR, with quantum effects recently being shown to support many important biological processes, such as smell, bird navigation and photosynthesis. For more on NDEs, see our articles here and here.
Dr Stuart Hameroff, Professor Emeritus at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and Director of the Centre of Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona
'The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.' John F Kennedy
Spiritual science & NDE
Oblivion A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveller causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself. Starring: Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Released by UIP on 19 April.
16 March-16 April. White River Art Gallery, Mpumalanga. A collaboration of SA artists to bring awareness to the brutality of witch-hunts. www.paganrightsalliance.org
Art for Human Rights
Wholefood Market After years of petitions and delays, animals will no longer be used to test makeup, skin care products and other products in the EU. After 23 years, the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAU) has succeeded in banning the use of animals in cosmetics testing in all member countries of the EU. All personal care products, from high-end to drugstore brands, will be subject to the rules, which means that final products cannot be tested on animals and neither can any of a given products' ingredients. For some time, the long pushed for ban has been debated and put off, and according to the ECEAU, it's final success was due to the work of Tonio Borg, the new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. 'The former European Commissioner in charge of the EU's cosmetics regulations had been considering recommendations to delay or weaken the ban, allowing the cosmetics industry to continue testing cosmetic products and ingredients on animals until they could find alternative methods,' details the ECEAU, but it went through, thanks to Borg's urging. Cosmetics will still be tested for safety by the companies that make them, using agreed-upon methods of non-animal testing. The group's next goal is to end the use of animals in scientific experiments (12 million animals a year are used in Europe for this purpose). Do you think animal testing is different today than what you may have heard about in the '90s when this issue received a lot of attention? According to the Humane Society's excellent FAQ on animal testing in the US: Although they are not required by law, several tests are commonly performed by exposing mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals to cosmetics ingredients. This can include: skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of restrained rabbits without any pain relief; repeated force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards such as cancer or birth defects, and widely condemned 'lethal dose' tests, in which animals are forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that causes death. At the end of a test the animals are killed, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation. Pain relief is not provided. In the US, a large percentage of the animals used in such testing (such as laboratory-bred rats and mice) are not counted in official statistics and receive no protection under the Animal Welfare Act. Do you think a ban on animal testing for cosmetics is possible in the US, SA and the rest of the world?
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EU bans cosmetic testing on animals
“I think that TM basically turns down the craziness and noise that’s going on in most of our heads, that we might not even be aware of. It gives us a sense of calm, and from that calm a better perspective, so that we realise whence our choices are proceeding.” Moby (musician)
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3 Ways 'Namaste' ODYSSEY 14 •
If you've been to a yoga class, your teacher will typically end the class by bowing her head with hands in prayer position in front of her heart and say 'Namaste'. The students will then mirror the teacher and say 'Namaste' in return. If you are a yoga student, ask yourself if you are doing this by rote or are you truly connecting to the higher, divine essence of this greeting? But, what does it really mean to say 'Namaste' and how can we use it purposefully to shift our interactions with friends, family, work colleagues and people you encounter as you go about your daily life? Jayme Barrett offers a few interpretations of 'Namaste' that can positively transform your life.
Your Spirit and My Spirit are One If this is true, isn't the Golden Rule so easy to take on? The Golden Rule encourages us to treat others the way we wish to be treated. If we acknowledge our oneness with Namaste, it's easy to treat people with the respect that we desire.
All that is best and highest in me salutes all that is best and highest in you Wouldn't it be amazing to focus on the best and highest in each other? That would mean less gossip, less judgment and more compassion. Instead of simply reacting to what someone is saying that may hurt us or trigger a negative response, we could choose to focus on the bigger picture; their higher self. We can stand back and see that perhaps this person is fearful or crying out for love, connection or validation. Our reaction can change the course of any interaction.
I honour the place in you in which the entire universe dwells, I honour the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One This is my favorite interpretation. There is a divine place in all of us where love, truth, light and peace dwell. If we could focus on those parts in ourselves and in others simultaneously, we would be authentically saying 'Namaste.' So, the next time the yoga teacher bows with a 'Namaste' at the end of your class, respond with intention and take it with you out into the world. You can even say it silently before or after meeting with people. Most importantly, see if it can 'up-shift' your daily interactions. With great respect and loving-kindness, I say to you: Namaste. O
can positively change your daily life ODYSSEY 15 •
'I am not alone. It is not as if I’m the only ‘catalyst’ on the earth. It feels as if there are many, in many different areas, undertaking many different activities.' Barbara Marx Hubbbard
The Planetary Birth Revelation ODYSSEY 16 •
t was a freezing day. The trees stood black and brittle against the winter sky. There was no sign of life anywhere. I wrapped my scarf around my face to
I felt the earth as a living organism, heaving for breath,
protect myself from the bitter cold and walked with my
struggling to co-ordinate itself
head down to avoid the wind.
as one body. It was alive. I
I had been reading Reinhold Neibuhr on the subject of community. He had quoted St Paul's famous statement:
became a cell in the body. The
'All men are members of one body.' I was thinking about
pain of the whole body was
that idea and feeling a deep nameless frustration in my
flashing through the mass
own body, as if an awareness were poised, flickering just beyond the periphery of my consciousness, attempting to
media, the nervous system of
enter my mind. I felt envious of the Gospel writers. They
had a simple story to tell: A child was born and all the rest followed from that. Peasants and kings could understand it. Western civilisation was built on it. One story.
Searching for a metaphor; seeking out the story Unexpectedly, a question burst forth from the depth of
my being. I spoke it out loud, almost in anger as though I could not live without knowing the answer. Lifting my voice to the ice-white sky, I demanded to know: 'What is our story? What in our age is comparable to the birth of Christ?' I lapsed into a daydreamlike state, walking without
The Future of You Barbara Marx Hubbard is a prolific futurist, author and public speaker. This article is an excerpt from Neale Donald Walsh's book, Mother of Invention: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of You.
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We are moving from unconscious evolution through natural selection to conscious evolution by choice. Barbara Marx Hubbard
Becoming a Universal Species Barbara Marx Hubbard
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thinking around the top of the hill. Suddenly, my mind's eye penetrated the blue cocoon of Earth and lifted me up into the utter blackness of outer space. A Technicolor movie turned on. I felt the earth as a living organism, heaving for breath, struggling to co-ordinate itself as one body. It was alive. I became a cell in the body. The pain of the whole body was flashing through the mass media, the nervous system of the world. I felt the children starving, soldiers dying, mothers crying, people burning. The agony of our earth was mine. Her polluted waters, her clogged air, her depleted soil, her decimated forests – it was all happening to me. She and I were one. There was no other, no outside. We were one body. Then the movie sped up, and I saw something new. A flash of extraordinary light, more radiant than the sun, gleamed in outer space. Instantly, all of us, collectively, were attracted to the light. We forgot our pain for the moment. We stopped crying, and together we saw the light. It caught our attention for one brief instant. With that moment of shared attention, empathy began to course through our bodies. Wave upon wave of love flowed through all people. A magnetic field of love aligned us. We were caressed, uplifted in this field of light. Joy began to pulse around and through us. We felt light rising from within. Miracles and healings occurred. The blind could see, the lame could walk, the deaf could hear. People flooded out of their homes, offices, and buildings, meeting each other in ever-growing gatherings – embracing, singing, and loving one another. We sang together in spontaneous harmonies, a planetary choir of voices singing out loud for the first time. A chanting rhythm beat through the earth, synchronising our heartbeats. No division of race, colour, nation, or class held against the pressure of attraction. The ancient human feelings of separation and fear dissolved as waves of love pulled us to each other. Our hearts opened, our thoughts connected, and we experienced the awesome intelligence of ourselves as one living body. I saw the weapons melt. The air cleared, the waters purified, the land renewed. I could breathe again. Food coursed through the body, reaching all our members. The pain of the earth dissolved. The mass media pulsed with light. As it carried the stories of our transformation, it was transformed. I saw our rockets rising majestically, penetrating the blue sky, silver slivers of life, reaching beyond our
With that moment of shared attention, empathy began to course through our bodies. Wave upon wave of love flowed through all people. A magnetic field of love aligned us. We were caressed, uplifted in this field of light. Joy began to pulse around and through us. terrestrial home to the place where my mind's eye resided. In the universal dark, they were carrying the seed of humanity in peace to our cosmic destiny as children of the stars. As the rockets penetrated outer space, the earth co-ordinated itself as one body. Reaching outward and aligning our bodies with one gesture. Just as a baby's reach for an object outside its own body helps it co-ordinate, so our reach into space was speeding up the integration of all of our systems on the planet. I felt it in my own body. With each wave of harmony, the glowing light surrounding us intensified. As we grew together as One, the light became brighter and seemed to fuse with the light within each of us. We were growing brighter as we joined. As we connected on earth, millions of distant points of lifelike light became visible in the universe, surrounding us. As we harmonised, they became more visible. As we became One, they became real. We heard a tone – a vibration that oriented us in one direction. The entire human race was magnetised by that sound. We were listening together to hear our First Word. The glowing light around our planet seemed to be intelligent, loving, familiar. It was about to speak to us directly. We were straining to understand, yet too immature to fully know the meaning of the sound. Then I heard these words clearly: 'Our story is a birth. It is the birth of humankind as One Body. What Christ and all other avatars came to Earth to reveal is true. We are One Body, born into the Universe.' Then I heard – 'Barbara, go tell the story of our birth.'
The Story Unfolds With those words, billions of us opened our collective
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eyes and smiled a planetary smile. It was like the first
smile of a newborn baby when her little nervous system finally links up. She opens her eyes; sees her mother; and produces that amazing, radiant smile. Somehow she knows her mother, even though she has never before seen her face-to-face. As that infant knows her mother, so humankind knows the light. Even though we have never seen it together, each of us in a secret place in our hearts has experienced the light. Now, for the first time, we are seeing it as One, through our collective vision. Ecstatic joy rippled throughout the planetary body. I was enthralled. I shouted to myself upon the hill:
Conscious Evolution Barbara Marx Hubbard
'We are being born. It's true. Our story – is a birth. I know it because it's happening to me right now.' A sense of overwhelming gratitude filled me. Then the whole story of our birth unfolded within me, and I felt myself tumbling through an evolutionary spiral. With
As that infant knows her mother, so humankind knows
each advance, I experienced a new turn on the spiral.
the light. Even though we have
The creation of the universe, the earth, single-cell life,
never seen it together, each
multicellular life, human life – and now us, going around
of us in a secret place in our
the spiral once again. It all raced before my inner eye. First I heard music, then silence more profound than quietness. Then came the awesome thunder of creation. The same tone that had coursed through the planet
hearts has experienced the light.
aligning us at our birth sounded the note at the beginning of time/space. I felt the coming together of clouds of hydrogen, bursting into supernova, giant stars fusing within their heart of heat – the materials of our planet, the minerals and metals that now make up our bodies. I was a large molecule floating passively in the sea of the early earth, suddenly swept up into a new, more complex pattern of life – a cell. I could see. I could move. I could act. I could even replicate myself. We continued dividing to reproduce, semi-immortal creatures who did not die. We consumed the nutrients of the terrestrial seas. We began to pollute, overpopulate, and stagnate. We were reaching a limit to growth, coming to the end of the dominance of single-cell life. Then I felt us coming together as multicellular organisms, joining with one another to face the crisis. We were fusing into new bodies, transforming from single cells to plants, insects, fish, animals, and birds. We invented photosynthesis and built the biosphere; we colonised the once barren earth; we filled every nook and cranny with life. And we learned to die so that our offspring could live on. Then the first humans appeared. We felt strange in
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the animal world. We recognised our own death and sought to overcome it. We heard the voices of gods, we buried food with our dead, we reached for the stars. Then we humans began to replicate even more rapidly. We spanned the earth, learned to mimic nature, and built technological extensions of ourselves until we started to deplete the resources of our Mother Earth. Our current crisis appeared. Limits to growth. Don't be fruitful and multiply. Co-operate or die. We began to repattern ourselves, fusing into networks, clusters, and diverse units of social life. We reached beyond ourselves into the seemingly barren environment of outer space to find new life, new resources, new energy, and new knowledge born as a living body – opening our eyes into a universe full of life and light. Then, as suddenly as it all had begun, the technicolor movie of creation stopped. I found myself upon the frosty hill in Lakeville, Connecticut – alone. There was no sign of what had happened, yet I knew it had been real. The experience was forever imprinted upon my very cells. O Visit www.hayhouse.com for more
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hey say that 'necessity is the mother of invention', but they're wrong. Barbara Marx Hubbard is. And you are.
And we all are. We are each inventing ourselves, and the life we are living, in every single moment of Now. And we are doing exactly the same for all of humanity. For as we invent ourselves individually, we do so collectively. The act of 'inventing' goes on continually. Put another way, we are new in every moment. We are not the same as we were before, not even for a nanosecond, nor is our species as a whole.
So we've gone through the 2012 'eye of the needle', and now what? The world is still pretty much the same, maybe a bit more crazed and chaotic. Conversations with God author Neale Donald Walsch, tells us what's next in this extract from his book, The Mother of Invention,which takes the example of Barbara Marx Hubbard to show us all how to re-invent ourselves – and thereby change the world.
The question is not whether we are changing, but how; not whether humanity is in the act of 'becoming', but what? In creating humanity's answer to these questions, your life does make a difference – and the difference it makes can be huge, if you'll let it be. All of this may be a little bit difficult to believe, or at least to embrace as your Functioning Reality, but that's why this book is so perfect for you right now. It appears to be a biography, but you're soon going to find out that it is not only about someone else's life, it is about your own; that it is not only a wonderful story in which to lose oneself, but a wonderful way in which to find oneself. The Mother of Invention is a book in which you are invited to participate, because the end of this story depends, in part, on you. That's why I chose to write it. Please allow me a brief word of introduction. I am the author of 27 books on contemporary spirituality, among them the 9-book Conversations with God series. I believe deeply that life is creational – that is, what we are collectively experiencing is a product of what we are collectively creating. And I wanted to place before you a story that throws open the door of possibility to all of us, answering at last the question: 'What can I do?' and ending at last the frustrated lament: 'I'm only one person.' I wrote this book because I want you to know that ordinary, average people such as you and me can have an impact on our entire planet – and that, should we all choose to move in some of the same directions together, we can really have an impact. This book opens that possibility for all of us, through the real-life example of a housewife and mother of five who chose to create a better world – and who is choosing to do so right now, up to this very minute.
The question is not whether we are changing, but how; not whether humanity is in the act of 'becoming', but what?
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I wrote this book because I want you to know that ordinary, average people such as you and me can have an impact on our entire planet – and that, should we all choose to move in some of the same directions together, we can really have an impact.
The point of this book: If this person can do it, we all can. Many people have heard of Barbara Marx Hubbard – and many people have not. I like the fact that she is not a household name, immediately recognisable the world over. That makes her more like us, and a wonderful model. A template. An outpicturing of what we all are – and what we are all potentialed to be. 'Potentialed' is a new word. I just made it up. I like it. It says exactly what I want it to say. I think that we all are – no, I know that we all are – imbued with the potential to be more than we've so far allowed ourselves to be. Further, I think that we all know it. And I think that we are all endowed with an impulse to move toward our highest expression of that More that we know we are. I'm convinced that all we need is courage, and all we need to gather the courage is a model, a template, a contemporary example, a here-and-now
sample of how life could be lived in a new way. In short, someone to inspire us. That's where Barbara comes in. Eighty years of age at this writing, she feels that she and we are just beginning, that humanity is going to break through, not break down, and that we are ready to set aside our old patterns and old beliefs and old ways of being as we invent a New Human.
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Barbara sees this as part of the natural evolutionary process of all sentient beings.
Eighty years of age at this writing, Barbara Marx Hubbard feels that she and we are just beginning, that humanity is going to break through, not break down, and that we are ready to set aside our old patterns and old beliefs and old ways of being as we invent a New Human.
And she believes that there is a natural Place in Time
Speaking metaphorically, Barbara Marx Hubbard says that
when conditions are perfect for all such beings to launch
we are still in the gestation period in our development
a new way of living. It is the fulcrum. It is the apogee. It
and are only now about to be birthed into the cosmic
is what Malcolm Gladwell calls the Tipping Point.
community of universal beings.
Amid all the anxious wondering, worried predictions, and negative speculation of many around the globe who
How does she know this? What makes her think this is true?
saw 2012 as an Ending, you and I are being urged by
It is because of those spiritual encounters in Barbara's
all the forces and energies of the Universe to see it as a
life – three of them, to be exact. In her case, she paid
Beginning – as Barbara sees it. Indeed, Barbara calls it
'a birthing'. How has she come to this point of view? Is it realistic? Could it be true?
As we mature, we, too, will pay attention. We will not only be able to acknowledge the existence of the part of our being from which such wisdom flows – what we
The answer is that the life of Barbara Marx Hubbard
might call our Higher Self – but we will also be able to
includes a series of spiritual encounters. Yet this is not
communicate with it, receive guidance from it, and relate
unusual, and does not make Barbara different from most
to it in a way that changes our lives forever.
of us. I believe that each of us experience, during our
Do we – you and I – really have a role to play in the
time on this earth, what are called Divine Interventions. I
process of that spiritual maturation? For ourselves and for
define these as moments when our mind, heart, and soul
our planet? And will we truly be able to co-create a new
are opened simultaneously. In such moments we receive
world, and a new way of living in our world, following the
at all levels – mental, emotional, and spiritual – enormous
'end of history' in 2012, and beyond? Or is this all just glib
truths about life.
talk and wishful thinking?
My observation is that most human beings (myself
Well, those are the questions to be addressed here.
included) at first ignore these moments, not recognising
The answers that were given to Barbara may be the
them for what they are. Then, when and if they do
answers that can be given to you. Not all such spiritual
understand what is happening, they often don't know
answers come in visions or dreams or meditations. Some
what to do about them, how to react to them, how to use
spiritual encounters come to us in very ordinary ways –
them to their own benefit (to say nothing of using them
like reading books. O
for the benefit of humankind). This is not our fault. We simply have not had spiritual training. Our cultures have trained us in how to use our bodies, and they have trained us in how to use our minds, but they have done very little to train us in how to interact with our souls. Indeed, and amazingly, many elements within our society don't even acknowledge the existence of the soul. This is an indication of just how young our species is.
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There are amazing, world-changing transformations and shifts occurring to humanity at this time. Thousands of people across the globe are experiencing the Divine in profound ways and moving through a process of spiritual awakening. In 2006, Oneness South Africa reported that the goal of its parent organisation, the Oneness University in India, is the spirtual awakening of 70,000 individuals prior to December 2012 (this number was considered the critical mass for a smooth transition through 2012). Now, just seven years later, the global awakening process is unfolding at an unprecedented rate with (as reported on the Oneness University website) over 352,000 people awakened and thousands more awakening each day. This global estimation of awakened individuals may seem meaningless; in practice however, observing familiar individuals who are now free from suffering and egoic entanglement is a truly humbling experience. The Oneness University’s primary tool for accelerating transformation, the Oneness Blessing or Deeksha, originated as a phenomenon of grace in 1989 at a rural school in India. A group of meditating children saw and interacted with what has become to be known as the Golden Ball of Divine Grace. This energy was shared through touch and intent with parents and others under the guidance of the school directors Sri Bhagavan and his wife Sri Amma. Remarkable changes were observed in those who received the blessing from the children, who were now acting as guides and instructors, and from these modest beginnings grew the Oneness University. The Oneness Blessing is said to embody the intent of the founders, Sri Amma Bhagavan, namely ‘to set man totally and unconditionally free’. The Blessing is transmitted to the head through the hands of an initiated blessing giver, which activates a natural neurobiological process in the receiver’s brain. Divine Grace saw it fit to act in this way as the heart centres of the majority of humanity had been closed from past trauma, and re-awakening of the inner Divine firstly required some dissolution of the separating mind. A process is initiated where the Divine guides the recipient on a personal journey into awakening, at their own pace. The University is non-denominational and does not prescribe rules or practices; the individual’s own path considered best suited for unfoldment. Inaugurated in April 2008, the Oneness Temple is an additional instrument towards accelerated awakening. The largest pillar-less meditation hall in Asia, it can accommodate 8000 individuals simultaneously focused on global spiritual awakening. In new age terminology, the Oneness Temple ‘influences the morphogenetic fields across the globe, Awakening into Oneness all of humanity’, lyrical prose states that on entering the temple ‘the cowardly become courageous, the unwise become intelligent, barren hearts start flowering in love, and everyone will experience the Divine’. Empowerment as a Blessing Giver is available in South Africa, while the campus and the temple in India are the setting for advanced courses. Transformation sounds implausible; however subtle changes are being noted. In January, Cambridge University scientists reported four-stranded (quadruple helix) DNA at work in human cells, with the potential for cancer halting medicines. At another level, one of SA’s wealthiest individuals committed in perpetuity half of his annual earnings (from an estimated R23bn) to strategic upliftment projects, with the words “South Africans are caring, compassionate and loving people’.
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Globally thousands of individuals have awakened, some of whom shared their experience on the Oneness University (.org) website. There are now over 7000 Blessing Givers in South Africa, including church ministers, medical doctors, psychologists, community workers and alternative and traditional healers. The country critical mass of 500 awakened individuals is in the process of being reached. Training to become a Blessing Giver is inexpensive and not time consuming. Those inspired to work in their communities are invited to contact the regional representatives listed below, or on www.onenesssouthafrica.co.za, for inclusion in upcoming events and training courses. “The dawn of this new civilization, which we might call an Age of Oneness, is the single most explosive fact of our life times.” - Sri Amma Bhagavan
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Human energy tech Energy systems are a bit like iPads or smartphones. It is claimed that this revolutionary insight is at the heart of Divine Empowerment. Various 'deeply nurturing energy frequencies' can be up-loaded into our human software just like we install apps, according to this system. Antonia Harman (pictured above) takes us through what it's all about.
ost of us are perfectly happy installing apps – apps that make funny voices or games – and we often get excited like kids clicking on them when
claim its adherents. Human energy tech, that's all it is, they
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The Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, riots across Europe, upheaval in various parts of South Africa – and many other places besides. What does it all mean? We take a look and see how a worldwide trend has come home to our own streets and towns, and where it's taking us all. –
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A Wave of Change
f it wasn't clear at the beginning, it is now – there is a worldwide revolution underway and it looks set to sweep aside many of the institutions and systems put
in place which now define the so-called 'modern state'. It would be wrong to say the first signs of this global, though locally-driven, citizens' revolt came with the Arab Spring as it has been brewing for years, decades even. The deep history of the phenomenon requires much more
So, in the shortest possible explanation, what's it all about? Some describe what's going on as the richest 1% of the Western elite getting much richer while the 99% of the rest of us get poorer.
space and time than is relevant here, but that it is a global phenomenon, with truly vast ramifications, is becoming clearer by the day. Beginning with the Arab Spring (which can arguably
be said to have burst into the open with the 2009-10 Iranian election 'unrest') it got into full swing a couple of years ago, leading in rapid succession to the fall of three governments and trouble along the same lines in at least a few more. In the West, the Occupy movement got into gear around the same time, though in this instance it was less a revolt against the political structures of the day than the economic system which had allowed bankers (some call them 'banksters', as in gangsters) of Wall Street and the City of London, primarily, to take the rest of us for a ride. Briefly put, they indulged in super-risky and possibly fraudulent trading in supposed 'assets' which
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were actually liabilities. Some think the Occupy movement has wasted
(US and EU) and in a growing number of developing states
away under the extreme repression imposed at local
(including those affected by the Arab spring uprisings)
government level across the US. But it has not. It has
many people, especially younger citizens, have simply had
morphed, becoming less visible but no less active.
enough and are saying so.
One of the key elements of the shift we are seeing
Here are a few figures to play with: the inequalities in
in the Western, developed nations' version of this
the Arab world, where some 50% or more of the youth
phenomenon is that people are galvanising opposition
were unemployed before the revolts we have seen there
less in physical space (tents in Wall Street, for example)
began – and still are, even after a few dictatorial regimes
than in cyberspace; and the thrust of opposition is
have fallen – are matched by a very similar number across
increasingly on sophisticated legal grounds rather than
all the European Union countries. In Greece, Italy and
through the heated emotions of angry protesters – though
Spain the number of young employable, but unemployed
there is still plenty of that going on in places like Greece,
people is in each case around the 55-58% mark, and
Spain and, lately, Cyprus.
So, in the shortest possible explanation, what's it all
So there is a generational dimension to what is
about? The global citizens' revolt (in time, it may even
taking place, aside from any other elements. The
come to be called something like that by future historians)
significance of this is profound. As in South Africa, there
is about politically corrupt and unrepresentative systems,
is now a discussion around Europe's 'lost generation'
and it's about inherently iniquitous and deviant banking
who may never find gainful employment, despite a good
and economic systems. Some describe what's going on
education in the Europeans' case. It is the youth that has
as the richest 1% of the Western elite getting much
wrought change across the globe – playing a key role in
richer while the 99% of the rest of us get poorer. A
bringing Obama into power and then helping him get
similar equation applies in the Arab countries affected by
re-elected, and using the universal 'tool of the youth', the
the uprisings seen there, with those countries generally
connectivity of the internet, as its primary weapon. It is
having been more retrograde in their political systems than
the youth that was first on the streets and which have
Western countries. In both developed Western countries
taken part in uprisings across North Africa and into the
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In Greece, Italy and Spain the number of young employable, but unemployed people is in each case around the 55-58% mark, and rising.
It is the youth that has wrought change across the globe, using the universal 'tool of the youth', the connectivity of the internet, as its primary weapon.
Middle East. It is the youth who are primarily behind the
planet, in declining to recognise local authorities in what
Occupy movement and Europe's several waves of unrest
is really a minor spat over some building regulations. The
and rioting. In South Africa, the picture is little different
point of this particular one-person protest, the details
in essence, though substantively different in terms of the
of which follow on from this article, is that it is not the
particular issues giving rise to recent 'township service
building regulations that count but the fact of her refusal
delivery' protests, troubles on the mines or among farm
to acknowledge the authorities' supposed 'right' to tell us
workers in the Cape winelands.
what to do, how to do it and what they can do about if we
Beneath each ostensible local issue are the same set
To say that watching all this unfold, and seeing the
set to get less with the passing of time; the tiny few have
global citizens' revolt developing and maturing at both
almost everything and seem set on grabbing whatever
big-picture and local-issue level, is 'interesting' is a
else they can, in terms of wealth, power and access to
vast understatement. This wave of change is, notably,
resources of every kind.
grassroots and local in its source, though the pattern is
Historically, every single time this sort of imbalance
playing out globally. It is not confined to regions – there
has occurred, in any culture, and in any period, there has
have, for example, even been riots, much under-reported,
been a popular uprising of some sorts. Some of these
in parts of China, aside from ongoing protests over China's
revolts have been anti-colonial in nature; some have been
occupation of Tibet. It is mostly driven by the youth,
pro-democracy; some have been against the old systems
though increasingly older generations are getting involved,
of kingship and the landed aristocracy. All have been
especially in troubled EU states like Greece, Spain, Italy
attempts to set up more equitable economic and power
and Cyprus, as well as in America.
relationships. There is every reason to believe that what
And at its base the whole thing is about a disequilibrium
we are seeing is continuing, gaining pace and spreading.
– something nature works ceaselessly to resolve into
We are, in effect, seeing a global revolution taking place.
equilibrium, whether that be in outer space, in our own
Back here in SA, we have our own particular variants
bodies or, as in this instance, in general human affairs
on the general theme. Interestingly, there are a few
across the globe.
people, both local and from more advanced nations like
If for no other reason, it is the fact of the inevitable
the US, who have begun to adopt strategies and tactics
resolution of the inequalities that are being objected to
that are likely to send a shiver down the spine of all those
in ever louder voices, that makes it more than likely that
whose deep vested interests are being challenged – and
the global systems of governance, power and wealth
may yet be overthrown – by this rising tide of popular
distribution are set to be utterly revised, overturned and
So, as the song goes, 'welcome my friends to the show
magazine editor and publisher, Anthea Torr, who has
that never ends' for the 'revolution' is here and will not go
cited internationally-binding commercial obligations and
away until we live in a much more harmonised, equalised,
operating conditions, as overseen by the World Bank and
more respectful and sustainable (in all sense of that word)
endorsed by virtually every national government on the
simply refuse to participate.
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'On the 25th of December 2012 an announcement was made to the world that I knew was what we had all been waiting for and would change the world forever - the system of CorporateGovernmental rule has been foreclosed.'
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'A few years ago I erected a small wooden Wendy-house type cottage, as friends needed a place to stay. They could not afford their high rental in Muizenberg. We were working together at the time on a self-published magazine called Biophile. As this wooden cottage did not comply with the design manual on the estate where I stay, the fun and games with the law started,' says Anthea Torr. This is her report on what happened since, and how it fits into a global picture that affects us all.
I learned that I was actually nothing more than an asset on the balance sheet of the company masquerading as a country, in which I was registered, and that my ID number was the 'asset' on their balance sheet.
being listed companies on the US Securities & Exchange Commission, with the company address of 'The Republic of South Africa' being in New York. Being companies, they were subject to the same worldwide company rules of contract with all who wish to interact within this company, – submission of balance sheets, and the need to be viable and profitable. I started to investigate further, and got a lot of information from Brendan, Mary Croft, and many other leading lights that were already well down the path into the 'Freedom' movement. It was then that I learned that
I was not who I had thought I was in the world of money fter I built the wooden cottage I also felt the need
and commerce to which I was being bound without my
to build a barn. This was initially to be for horses
consent or knowledge. I learned that I was actually
and farming activities, but has subsequently
nothing more than an asset on the balance sheet of the
turned out to be a Sanctuary. My architect friend John
company masquerading as a country, in which I was
helped me design the Sanctuary/barn and all was going
registered, and that my ID number was the 'asset' on their
down the 'normal' path, or so we thought.
I submitted my plans to the City of Cape Town,
When we are born, a 'birth certificate' application
who then came back with a request for the 'site plan'.
is signed by our parents, which was used by corporate
According to the Rules of the Design Manual of the
governments to form a Trust in our name. A name we
housing estate where I stay, who worked in conjunction
could change at any time if we paid money into their
with the City of Cape Town, plans have to be stamped
system, thus proving that we are not the name. This
by the architectural committee. So I duly submitted my
Trust was used as collateral and a collateral account was
site plan for this stamp. I then got the message that
formed in our name. We were the beneficiary of this
they would not stamp my plans unless I took my friend's
account, but we were not told about it. If by the age of
wooden cottage down. This was not an option as they
seven we had not completed and filed a Will, we were
needed that home, and we were working together on the
declared dead, and Corporate Government assumed
magazine which I was publishing at that time.
corporate control of our estate – which is everything we
Within a week of this, I was invited to a lunch in
registered with the state: businesses, property, and so on.
Marina Da Gama and met Brendan who had already done
If we applied for a loan from a bank, our collateral
much research into our 'slavery system', and had created
was looked at – our property, businesses and bank
'The Republic of Good Hope', www.republicofgoodhope.
accounts, for instance. We were then forced to pay
org – a Common Law Society. I learned that the Republic
interest on our loan, even though there was nothing
of South Africa, City of Cape Town, Courts, Police and
backing it except our own assets, and if we didn't pay that
all municipal offices were all under the same umbrella –
loan back with the heavy interest, our property or other
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The 'Powers That Be' are now the 'Powers That Were'. All loan debt has been erased and corporations – including but not limited to Corporate Governments and Banks – have been foreclosed. And this is not a debatable point. Anthea at her residence in Noordhoek, Cape Town
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assets were forcibly taken away from us. And we had
sheet of that corporation masquerading as a country, as
no remedy, as we have been kept in the dark as to the
I was fully aware that by doing this I would be adding
truth. Recessions and times of inflation, it seems, were
to the collateral that would be used to further enslave
consciously created by the 'powers that were' and during
us all, as all loans made by these corporations had
these times of 'lack', property was seized and it became
to be paid back to the Reserve Bank, IMF and other
the banks' property and it is the banks that are ultimately
'central banking institutions'. The way this is done is by
in control and they in turn are controlled by very few at
raking in the revenue from the 'slaves' in the system,
the top of the pyramid.
whether it be by fine, taxation, or further borrowing
This commercial system is all registered via an
based on the collateral available. It was an ingenious
international Uniform Commercial Code, (UCC) as the
carefully thought-out plan, but the effects of this have
whole system pivoted on 'money' – money that did not
been devastating for the majority of the people of earth.
actually exist as it was created by loans that were really
Virtually every aspect of life has been infiltrated and
never made, and as there was nothing backing them, they
affected, resulting in a powerless tribe of marginalised
were just zeros on a computer. If the computers crashed
slaves. We can see it playing out in religion, media, food,
tomorrow, we would have a few notes and coins floating
music and entertainment. As our shifting and shallow
about, but that's all.
happiness became dependent on things outside of us, our
Maritime Law was created which was not based on
god became money as that was our main focus on life,
Common Law, which is the natural law of life and based
and we lost touch with the God of Love, the true God in
on individual responsibility, love and goodness. Maritime
each one of us.
Law was based on statutes which were brought about
We were slaves on the 'ship' with the Maritime Law
by the corporate governments' laws. For instance: if we
making sure we played the game with the force of batons,
park here we will get a fine, if we don't submit our plans
guns and whips.
we will get a fine, if we don't pay rates on our property,
I rocked and rolled on this boat for two years, with the
which we didn't own anyway as it is/was held in trust by
'freeman' movement, which understood it all perfectly but
the state, we would be fined, if we didn't pay back our
never really had a remedy, as we were in the hands of the
home loans our houses would be taken away, and so on.
human whim that was influenced very much by a system
The system lacked love, compassion and truth, which is
that held us in bondage and slavery within the monetary
our natural state of being.
system. I did know that I could never be forced to be a
When I realised all this, and verified it with my own
name, so on one occasion about a year ago, two men
research, watched documentaries such as Thrive, where
came uninvited to my home and tried to arrest me, but
a huge amount of independent research has been done,
they did not succeed as I told them I was not the name,
and many other independent reports on the internet,
and this I knew to be the truth, I knew that was merely
I decided that I was not going to add to the balance
the ID name – nothing else.
I really could not see a clear way forward, and did
at one time submit some plans to keep 'the powers that were' happy, and at bay, but they were not complete and hence all was delayed. I now know that it is all part of a Divine Plan, and all happens for a reason. On the 25th of December 2012 an announcement was made to the world that I knew was what we had all been waiting for and would change the world forever. It was not made via mainstream media as that is still controlled by the 'powers that were', and they are certainly not keen to report on their own demise. It was an announcement
Interview: Anthea Torr
that came through small independent internet-based
by Greg Copeland.
media, giving us the news that the system of Corporate-
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Governmental rule has been foreclosed; legally foreclosed, and via one of its own mechanisms. The 'Powers That Be' are now the 'Powers That Were'. All loan debt has been
for my arrest for contempt of court. On the day that I
erased and corporations – including but not limited to
was to go to court, I gave the law enforcement officer
corporate governments and banks – have been foreclosed.
and prosecutor Courtesy Notices that explained the
And this is not a debatable point. It is a verifiable fact via
foreclosure, only one agreed to accept it, but with the new
the UCC filings to be seen on www.peoplestrust1776.org.
system, all is courteous and according to freewill there is
Lawyer and expert in UCC and International Law,
no force. I tried to act out my truth of saying that I was
mother, and One People's Public Trust (OPPT) Trustee,
not the name on the paper, but they were having none
Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf, along with two other willing
of it: I was being arrested on grounds of 'suspicion' of
experts and Trustees, spearheaded the operation. She
being that name. But the result has been good, as news
used the foreclosure of her own home as a test case.
spreads like wildfire, and so the recent foreclosures of
She challenged the foreclosure through UCC process, and
banks and corporate governments for operating systems
in doing so discovered – put very simply – that the US
of slavery without the consent of the people is coming out
court system invariably supports the corporate system.
in the open.
Not surprising really, given that 99% of our laws from the
The old system is fast folding before our eyes, as we
maritime-based system relate to ownership or commerce.
see the cracks starting to appear in the now foreclosed
After exercising extreme prudence, the OPPT concluded
banking system. We believe this is connected to the recent
that the corporations, operating under the guise of
resignations of the Pope and, we are led to believe, soon to
the people's governments and financial systems, were
be followed by the Queen of England among many others
committing treason against the people of this planet
who 'were' in positions of power. This is an indication that
without the people's knowing, willing and intentional
the people of earth are busy reinstating our Common Law
rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Sure, they may continue to play along in the hope
There are international Common Law courts in action
we will play along with them, but the choice is now
and the (ITCCS) International Tribunal into Crimes of
ours to make. A new framework for social governance
Church and State, are hard at work bringing in justice and
is now in effect; a fact that has been ratified by the
truth to our planet. I am not the only one doing this –
'legal' framework of its corporate-controlled predecessor.
there are thousands around the planet that are waking up
Systemically speaking, we are free.
and standing up in the name of freedom in many different
I am not saying that it is going to be an easy road, but it is plain for all to see that the system that was, has to go.
ways. The truth needs to be known, and it needs to be known as soon as possible.
It goes against every God-given right we have to freedom
So as informed global citizens, I believe our role is
and the essential need to take responsibility for ourselves
to understand what happened and how, so that we can
and learn right ways of living and being.
inform others – and finally start the process of worldwide
So I did have to face the 'old' still acting out, as
change we've all been waiting for. O
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In this extract from his book Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for our Times, Matthew Fox introduces us to this herald of the divine feminine, green prophet and church reformer.
ne of the greatest honours a person can receive in the Roman Catholic Church is to be declared not only
a saint, but also a Doctor of the Church. The Canonisation of Hildegard of Bingen in October, 2012, by Pope Benedict XVI, is a landmark in more ways than one. Not only is she only the fourth woman in history to be declared a Doctor of the Church – joining the names of Catherine of Siena, St Teresa of Avila, and St Therese of Lisieux – but her recognition in this way seems ironic for many reasons. The rules of canonisation were radically altered under the papacy of John Paul II, when the role of the 'devil's advocate' was removed from the canonisation process. This opened the door to the possibility that practically anyone could qualify for canonisation if they had the financial backing and inside connections to see it through. Nevertheless, canonisation and the title of 'Doctor of the Church' do still carry some archetypal power. Hildegard's canonisation and elevation as a Doctor of the Church comes at a significant moment in the history of both our planet and the church. While canonisation may not be worth as much in itself these days, Hildegard's is fundamentally different. She is what we expect a saint to be: a mover and a shaker, a force to be dealt with not only in her day but also in ours, a bold and courageous human being to be listened to and emulated. Hildegard's message is remarkably on target for our era – over eight centuries after her passing. In this 21st century, when time is running out for our species unless we make drastic changes to how we function on this planet, Hildegard's voice is sorely needed, for she Image: http://catholicexchange.com
speaks to the core issues that are ushering us
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I heard a voice speaking to me: 'The young woman whom you see is Love. She has her tent in eternity. It was love which was the source of this creation in the beginning when God said: 'Let it be.' And it was. As though in the blinking of an eye, the whole creation was formed through love. The young woman is radiant in such a clear, lightning-like brilliance of countenance that you can't fully look at her. She holds the sun and moon in her right hand and embraces them tenderly. The whole of creation calls this maiden 'Lady.' For it was from her that all of creation proceeded, since Love was the first. She made everything. Love was in eternity and brought forth, in the beginning of all holiness, all creatures without any admixture of evil. Adam and Eve, as well were produced by love from the pure nature of the Earth. - Hildegard
down the path to oblivion. In the first place, Hildegard calls for a marriage of science and spirituality. For religion and the secular sciences to be sundered as they currently are is a blunder of immense proportions on the part of our species – and with potentially dire consequences. Hildegard calls upon us to employ our intellect, which she names 'our greatest treasure', as well as our mystical intuition. She calls for a move from a mere quest for knowledge, with the power it bestows, to a revival of wisdom. She calls for an awakening of the kind of creativity she refers to as 'greening power', leading to an honouring of Mother Earth and the return of the Green Man to replace the destruction of the environment that's occurring apace in our technologically- and industrially-oriented era. The term 'Green Man' refers to an archetype that underscores the deep relationship between the human and the plant world, the human and the natural world. At a time when traditionally the most loyal followers of Catholicism – the sisters of the church – are being chastised by the Vatican for their involvement in issues of social justice, the environment, the assertion of the feminine voice and viewpoint, and the freedom to make one's own choices of conscience before God rather than mindlessly bowing to the will of an all-male ecclesia, Hildegard calls for the emergence of the Divine Feminine to balance a healthy Sacred Masculine. When those who seek nothing more than to be the church, recognising that the church isn't only the Vatican, the princes of the church, and the bishops, but every member of the church – a truth articulated by the Second Vatican Council – Hildegard calls upon us to find the 'strength' that spiritual warriors all require. The Second Vatican Council was a worldwide gathering of bishops and theologians called by Pope John XXIII in 1962 to 'open the windows' of the Catholic Church and bring about a religious reform and awakening by rehabilitating some of its most progressive thinkers who had been sidelined for decades by too much legalism in the church. One of its declarations was that the church is 'the people of God,' not just the hierarchy. It is in the spirit of Vatican II that Hildegard stresses that it isn't only the leadership, but the rank and file who are called to be the church. Being the warrior that she is, Hildegard stands up to corruption and patriarchy wherever she sees it – in religion, in government, in all places of power – and she invites us to do the same. She is a woman for our time, a teacher for our time, a Doctor and a saint for our time. Is it not remarkable that, at this moment when the Vatican seeks to silence the nuns and the theologians who want only to fulfill the work given to them by Vatican II, a woman whom the church has been largely silent about all these centuries is now brought to the fore as an example of sainthood – a woman whose teaching and preaching (yes, she was allowed to preach) is a virtual earthquake to the establishment today, as it was in her own time? Even today, despite all our progress, denial of the feminine is so pervasive that anthropologist Glenn Hughes says a male terror of women is woven into every institution. It's this denial of the feminine that's destroying the ecosphere. Mother Earth, like her human daughters, has become an object to be used. Such patriarchal excess is found in all fundamentalism, whether the Vatican, the Taliban, or Pat Robertson.
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In our time the Divine Feminine is returning in the awakening of women the world over to their rights, as well as to their common suffering and abuse, no less than in the many experiences believers and non-believers alike are undergoing with visitations from the Black Madonna, for example. Or the return of Sophia, Wisdom, and the role of the Brown Madonna – the Lady of Guadalupe – and other archetypes of the Divine Feminine that are also coming alive in appeals to defend Gaia, our Earth Mother, after centuries of rape and plunder. Hildegard understood the importance of the restoration of women's deeply buried, culturally obscured feminine wisdom. She recognised that when women come into their own, there will be an end to the power – over dynamics that have blighted the planet. Only the integration of a healthy Sacred Masculine and a resurrected Divine Feminine can save us from our destructive ways. In line with this insight, Hildegard asks us to love our bodies – indeed, to love life itself, which she equates with God. Her theology is built on experience of the divine, which is to say on mysticism. The experience she most espouses is that of God in creation – in other words the Cosmic Christ, which is the God – presence in every being in the universe – and/or 'Lady Wisdom'. She calls for an expansion of consciousness that a renewed cosmology can bring and asks that we look not just at human agendas but also at the universe itself for delight, warmth, and rules to live by. In short, Hildegard is a timely herald of good news to the tired souls of the earth, resurrected from obscurity against all odds in light of the patriarchal crackdown of the present Vatican – surely testimony to the work of the Spirit
One of Hildegard's special teachings is that we are all born in 'original wisdom', to quote her words. But we are tiny babes in our mother's womb, and wisdom comes as a folded tent inside us. Life's journey consists of setting up this tent. Hildegard draws pictures of this, and the journey isn't easy. Our souls traverse valleys and mountains, ford rivers, and meet opposition all along the route. But Hildegard pictures the tent of wisdom eventually set up and angels warding off the dark forces that attack us still.
deep in the unconscious of humankind. Is it not a miracle that, when her voice is so needed, Hildegard speaks to us afresh despite almost nine centuries of virtual obscurity? I want to emphasise Hildegard's role as a 'herald'. Webster's dictionary defines the work of 'heralding' as 'to give notice of', 'to announce' or 'to greet with enthusiasm.' I believe Hildegard does all this as a herald of the Divine Feminine. She gives notice, announces, and greets with enthusiasm. In so doing, she points the way to an alternative to the fundamentalism that's raging the world over – from the Christian Bible belt to the fundamentalism in the Vatican, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and wherever patriarchy feels threatened. The late and great Christian monk Father Bede Griffiths, who directed an ashram in southern India that honoured both Hindu and Christian ways for over 50 years, wrote that 'the disastrous effects of Western industrialism, physical, social and psychological, polluting the world and threatening to destroy it are only too evident.' But the cause is 'due to a fundamental defect in Western man,' which is the excessive rationalism and masculine 'dominating power of the mind' that needs to be balanced by the feminine, intuitive, receptive power of the mind. Father Griffiths believed that the East has much to teach the West about regaining a balance of masculine/feminine, yang/yin energies. 'The suppression of women in the Church is but one of the many signs of this masculine domination. Reason has to be 'married' to intuition; it has to learn to surrender itself for the deeper intuitions of the spirit. These intuitions come,
Image: Hildegard's vision of man and the cosmos
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as we have seen, from the presence of the Spirit in the
It's my conviction that behind the canonisation of
depths of the soul.' Hildegard takes us to these depths.
Hildegard and the declaration that she is now a 'Doctor of
She takes us beyond the domination of the rational
the Church' lies a deep and demanding truth – that if we
masculine, even while she praises the use of rationality
dare honor her, we ought also to listen to her with open
and intellect. In short, she takes us to a place where the
hearts and minds. For she calls us today to deep reform
Divine Feminine is welcomed once again.
of church corruption and spiritual 'lukewarmness,' to use
The purpose of this book is to make Hildegard's
her word. She also awakens us to the perils generated
message available, and to do so employing her words
by a culture still dominated by patriarchal structures and
as much as possible – for nothing touches so deeply
values – values that put profit and power for a few ahead
as Hildegard in her own words. In the course of writing
of the needs of all for healthy bodies, minds, spirits,
this book, something quite unexpected happened to
communities, and the planet itself. Structures that put
me (surprises often happen when I'm writing a book,
dominance ahead of partnership.
which means that one reason for my writing is to learn
Hildegard's main theme is that we should 'wake up.'
something new and be surprised). I realised how eager
This is every true spiritual teacher's main theme. For
Hildegard was to 'mix', a post-modern thing to do, and
instance, Jesus said, 'The kingdom of God is among
dialogue with contemporary thinkers such as Mary Oliver,
you,' which implies we better wake up and experience
Albert Einstein, Howard Thurman, Clarissa Pinkola Estes,
it. Buddha means 'the awakened one', and he invited
Dorothee Soelle, and other voices of wisdom – including,
everyone to be a 'light unto yourself'. Waking up is the
of course, Jesus and the Buddha. I'm happy to introduce
opposite of denial. Hildegard dares us to move beyond
Hildegard to these people. Her powerful work deserves to
be integrated with other movers and shakers whose work
One of Hildegard's special teachings is that we are all born in 'original wisdom', to quote her words. But we are
affects us all. Something happens when you read Hildegard. I know
tiny babes in our mother's womb, and wisdom comes as a
this because I've been living with her for over 30 years
folded tent inside us. Life's journey consists of setting up
and teaching her for more than 28 years. Something
this tent. Hildegard draws pictures of this, and the journey
also happens when you listen to Hildegard's music – and
isn't easy. Our souls traverse valleys and mountains,
even more so if you sing her music. Further, something
ford rivers, and meet opposition all along the route. But
happens when you meditate on her visions, her mandalas,
Hildegard pictures the tent of wisdom eventually set up
her paintings. I know because I've been touched deeply
and angels warding off the dark forces that attack us still.
by her words, her music, her paintings, and her story.
Hildegard derives her inspiration for this teaching
Recently, I conducted a retreat based on Hildegard's
from the Hebrew Bible, where we are told that Wisdom
work, and the energy released by those who came in
wandered the earth seeking where to set up her tent.
contact with her was both beautiful and powerful. Over the
John's Gospel tells us Wisdom set up her tent in Christ.
years of sharing her wisdom, I've listened to many stories
'Set it up here,' says Hildegard, 'in each and every soul,
of individuals who have been touched and awakened by
each and everyone's life journey.' We are born in wisdom,
Hildegard entering their life. There's an uncanny power
but it's our life's task to develop this wisdom and practice
in the beauty and strength – even the urgency of her
and put it to work. O
language and her teachings.
Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times Matthew Fox Namaste Publishing 9 781 8972 3873 8 Matthew Fox wields his pen passionately, putting us in touch with the animating and reforming power of Hildegard as she urges us to 'wake up'. In the pages of this book, Hildegard’s teachings – and warnings – live again. By pointing out the injustices of her time, we recognise them as the same injustices of our time – only magnified. She warns us of the consequences of the mistreatment and marginalising of women, oppression of the poor and powerless, destruction of our environment, and the dangers of a patriarchal system run wild. Demanding reform of society’s institutions and social structures, Hildegard implores all of us to live in integrity with our espoused principles. She urges us to 'be useful', to nurture nature, to speak up against injustice wherever we find it, but also reminds us to sing, to dance, to be creative, and to celebrate life.
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How to Find Your Purpose
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The most beautiful discovery about archetypes is that they awaken you to synchronicity, to the signs, symbols, and meaningful coincidences that come into our lives and get our immediate attention. Heeding the blessings and warnings called out by these signs is deeply empowering. And with that, miracles are born in your life one by one by one. Cristina Carlino (left) inspired Caroline to write her book, Archetypes: Who Are You?
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Medical intuitive and mystic, Caroline Myss (pictured opposite), is the author of many best-selling books, including five NY Times Best Sellers, has appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has hosted her own TV show exploring the 'spiritual and psychological roadblocks of life in an intimate setting'. Her latest book is called Archetypes: Who Are You? The following article is an extract from the book.
have long believed that it is impossible for us to know
to a wider audience would be transformational. Together,
who we truly are unless we understand archetypes
Archetypes: Who Are You? and the website www. ArchetypeMe.com offer an interactive vessel for stepping into the power of your archetypes and using their magnetism to assist you in opening to the full expression of your life. The time has come for our society to make a quantum leap in awareness and acknowledge the central role of intuition. Archetypes are the vocabulary of intuition, and the more familiar we are with archetypes, the more clearly we will resonate with our own intuition. Archetypes speak to us in a language of myths and symbols, perfectly suited to a society that has become fluent in high-tech code, instant messages, and Twitter-speak. The only difference is that archetypes originate in our cosmic intelligence and not in our technical awareness. But it was inevitable that one day our rational intellect would find a way to engage with our intuitive intelligence, and through the medium of archetypes, it has. Archetypes are the keys to our personal power. I have witnessed dramatic changes when people awaken to this power. More than once, I have seen them come
and, more specifically, our own personal archetypes,
because archetypes are the psychic lenses through which we view ourselves and the world around us. As a society we have been on a quest to understand how we function psychologically, what makes us the way we are, and what makes us heal. These questions have awakened a need in us to not only be aware that archetypes influence us but how they express themselves in our individual lives. Archetypes are the new language of power. I was well into the writing of a different book when Cristina Carlino asked me to drop what I was doing and write this book, as well as contribute to the website she was developing. Cristina described her vision of networks of people – Arch-e-mates, she called them – linking up with one another through their archetypal patterns. She saw endless possibilities in how people could improve their health, their relationships, their overall well-being – their whole world – if they could grasp the true essence of who they were. I didn’t hesitate to agree to Cristina’s proposal, as I knew that making this material available
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Archetypes speak to us in a language of myths and symbols, perfectly suited to a society that has become fluent in high-tech code, instant messages, and Twitter-speak.
to the realisation that their need for time alone was not
their hands. I was amazed, as I had thought that the
because they are antisocial but because they have the
victorious Warrior story was more a woman’s fantasy
Hermit archetype, which compels them to seek silence
than a man’s. But that day I realised that many men find
and solitude in order to sustain their spirit. I have
it sexy to imagine themselves as modern-day warriors
watched other people discover that they have a passion
like the Navy SEALs.
to be in nature not because they want to get out of the
By the time I discussed the Healer and Hermit
city but because they identify with the Nature Child, an
archetypes, audience members were no longer asking
archetypal expression of the soul of the natural world.
questions about archetypes in general but rather 'What
Upon discovering which archetypes are guiding your life,
are my archetypes?' and 'How do I identify my archetypal
you step into the core of your being, perhaps for the first
patterns?' The atmosphere in the room was electric,
time. It’s as if you have finally put on the clothing you
sparking with a level of curiosity I had never before
were destined to wear.
experienced in an audience. They would have stayed all
Though I firmly believe that the language of
Later, over dinner with friends, I could not stop
was a time not so long ago when I wasn't so sure. The
talking about the explosion of enthusiasm in that room.
day I gave my first lecture on the subject, I worried
No other subject I had ever taught had elicited such a
that I might not be able to communicate clearly that
response. What was it about archetypes that triggered
archetypes are universal patterns of power emerging
that reaction? As I thought about it more, the answer
from our myths and beliefs, and that these myths and
seemed obvious: archetypal patterns hold the key to
beliefs, in turn, invisibly weave their influential threads
the real you.
I was doubly hesitant about speaking because I knew that the field of archetypes came with its own vocabulary, one associated with the inner realm of
By identifying and exploring your own archetypal patterns, you come to understand your true self. Archetypes have always been the engine of the
information that is introduced as 'powerful but invisible'
human unconscious, but you could live your whole life
generally doesn’t stand a chance of gaining much
and not know that.
But much to my surprise, I discovered that a
Archetypal patterns are like a door into a hidden realm, a parallel reality. Discovering this parallel reality in
few simple examples of easily recognised archetypes
which archetypes reside and learning
immediately created the bridge I needed between the
about your particular archetypes is a
literal world in which we live and the mythic or symbolic
way of meeting yourself, perhaps for
world that is the power zone of the archetypes. I asked
the first time.
the women in the audience, 'How many of you always
My hope is that you will find this
knew you were going to be mothers?' A majority of
inner journey as life changing as I
them raised their hands. I then asked, 'How did you
know that?' Most just shrugged their shoulders as if
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to say, 'I just knew it because that’s who I am, and that’s what I was meant to do – be a Mother.' Then I asked the audience, 'How many of you are natural-born Adventurers?' Several men raised their hands, along with a few women. 'And how many of you would consider yourselves Warriors?' I asked. Even more men raised
They somehow know more about you than you know about yourself.
the psyche. For our rational, logical, scientific society,
night in that lecture hall if I had let them.
archetypes is becoming our next new language, there
into the way we view every aspect of our lives.
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The Mother Archetype The Queen/Executive/Mother archetype has existed in one form or another since human beings first organised themselves into hierarchical roles.
his is an archetype with an inherited destiny: a Queen’s title is bestowed upon her – hence, the word entitled – and her power is not personal power but power 'on loan', granted by the state. Kings and Queens are symbolic carriers of the collective power of the people they
rule, and your life journey, if this is one of your key archetypes, is about learning to be responsible for the well-being of others.
Characteristics You take charge of situations for the sake of
You work hard to uphold your character and
achieving maximum results.
You make things happen for other people.
You naturally end up in positions of power and
Empowering others is your finest achievement.
authority, even when you don’t actively seek them.
You are direct in dealing with others and let
You can be intimidating to people who are
people know what you expect of them.
trying to get close to you.
You absolutely must look your best at all times.
You command centre stage without trying,
You pour your energy into worthwhile causes.
wherever you are.
You’re never just a figurehead.
You have a demanding job that puts you in the
You use your influence to make a difference in
You may not give orders but, no question, you’re the person in charge.
Remember that what makes you an archetypal Queen is not riches or palaces or commanding a nation but the capacity to make life better for others through your generosity. A true Queen is a positive change agent in her world. You can be as much a Queen at home with your partner as you are in running a business. It isn’t the setting that makes you a Queen. You bring your Queen into whatever room or situation you enter. So if you have the Queen archetype, make the most of the Queen in you.
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Sean Davison & son Flynn Sean & Raine thank Archbishop Tutu for his support
Sean & his mom, Pat
Sean addressing Press Conference at UWC Pat and Fergus with a group of children in Gugulettu during the time of the referendum to decide whether to end apartheid Sean with supporters outside High Court in Dunedin
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'Though I followed Sean Davison's story with interest as it was featured in the news after he was first charged in September 2010, it seemed too extreme a story to be directly relevant to my little life. Just how relevant it is was brought home to me last year by the death of a family friend who, suffering terribly from painful spinal cancer, ended his life by shooting himself.' Meredith Keegan reports.
An Act of
he chances of dying of some sort of cancer are
death. So often you see children or grown-up children with
high; one in four die of cancer in the United
their parent's urn of ashes on their mantelpieces, and they
States (if those statistics are anything to go by).
don't know what to do with it because their parents didn't
Though this is hardly the point. As Prof Sean Davison
give them instructions, and quite possibly they didn't even
says: 'It's not just cancer. If we live a full life, we're all
tell them whether they want to be buried or cremated. We
going to get to this very elderly stage. Your life may
don't talk about these kinds of things, and these are very
become unpleasant for many reasons as you get older.
simple issues. Of course, there are much more complex
You may lose the ability to walk, and taste, and read, and
issues we don't get anywhere near to talking about, such
the pleasures in life are going to get fewer and fewer, and
as what to do in the case of those with Alzheimers, or
there could be some kind of disease. Eventually we are
those on life support, or who are terminally ill and want
all going to die of something.' For many that 'something'
to die.' Interestingly, it has recently been reported that
may lead to horrendous suffering and the possibility of a
88% of South Africans (over a sample of 20 000 people)
prolonged, painful and undignified death – the kind we all
are in favour of the law changing legalising euthanasia in
want to avoid. And yet, how often did you find yourself
terminally ill patients, whilst opinion polls in New Zealand
earnestly engaged in conversation about euthanasia
reported a 80% support for law change.
not being a legal option in South Africa before Professor
It is worth repeating here Prof Davison's experience,
Davison's story appeared in the papers? It may be that
even for those familiar with the facts. Sean Davison went
those who've chosen sides in the legalising euthanasia
on trial in November 2011 after being arrested in New
debate are frequently those who have lost a loved one
Zealand in September 2010 on an attempted murder
under circumstances as described above. For the rest
charge. In a leaked copy of an early manuscript of the
of us, who haven't witnessed and experienced the often
book, he admitted to giving his mother Patricia Ferguson,
painful, powerless and undignified suffering of a loved one
85, a lethal dose of morphine to help end her life. Davison
dying of a terminal illness, it might be a case of heads in
was cleared of attempted murder after agreeing to plead
the sand. Prof Davison says this is hardly surprising given
guilty to a lesser charge of assisted suicide and served
our Western culture; we are for the most part in denial
five months of home arrest in New Zealand. When he
about death. 'In the Western culture we don't talk about
addressed the press on landing in South Africa on the
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Sean, Fergus and Pat – Kathmandu
Pat in her 20s The Davison family in Auckland 1965
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May 3, 2012, the Cape Times reports him saying that 'I
after death, it's a progression forward, and you shouldn't
have no regrets about what I did to assist my mother to her
be going back. I think, maybe, attempting to go back could
death, because I did nothing wrong. I've done my sentence,
have a negative impact on your movement forward. So, I
but I committed no crime. In the same set of circumstances,
said, 'Please, don't stay back to contact me.' Maybe, these
I'd do exactly the same thing again, although I'd rather
little contacts are possible, and it's happening all the time
change the law, so nobody else has to go through what I
to many people. Often we don't see it, or we don't want
have. I'm not bitter. But I think it's very sad that the law finds
to see it. I was looking for it, I wanted to see it. I have no
me a criminal for an act of compassion.'
fears. Why be afraid of something that's going to happen,
I asked him if he had closure now having put this
because we're all going to die. I agree that at times I was
harrowing chapter of his life behind him and having written
desperate for guidance, and it was coming from nowhere.
and released his second book, After we say Goodbye and
Maybe, maybe, I was at the right place. Maybe, what
he says, 'I think in terms of losing a loved one, we don't
was happening was exactly right, I didn't need guidance.
ever find closure. Maybe, you've had similar experiences?
In many ways, a parent has achieved the ultimate goal
But, when you lose someone very close to you, they'll
when your children are totally independent and can make
always be with you. You don't get complete closure,
their own decisions, and part of life was to make the right
but you do eventually have acceptance and resignation
decisions. I believe I did make the right decision, and I
because you have to move on with life. You have children,
did it on my own without help. Maybe, mom felt she didn't
friends, you've got a purpose to life. Of the experience, the
need to guide me. I constantly have to say to you that I
drama, the trauma, yes, I do have closure, because I had
don't know the answers, and nobody really does. We're
no regrets about helping my mother to die, and certainly if
looking for answers. Yes, and, maybe, we find out on
I didn't, I would have had regrets.' I ask him if he believes
the other side. I believe we do, but again, I can't say we
in life after death and he says that he does, though he
do. Everything has to be qualified with "maybe" because
doesn't see himself as a religious person. 'In terms of
nobody really knows, unless they've been to the other side
after-life, I think if I hadn't helped her to die, there might
and come back.'
have been consequences on the other side. Life is all
Davison is an executive member of Dignity South
about improving yourself, and making right decisions, and
Africa, a pro-euthanasia organisation which campaigns to
especially compassionate decisions. If I had left my mother
change the law. The 2nd of May 2012 marked the launch of
to suffer it would have been a terrible decision, and would
a petition by DignitySA, which calls for a bill to be brought
certainly not have improved my karma.'
before Parliament to legalise assisted suicide in defined
I mentioned that the average Odyssey reader would
conditions. Upon arriving in South Africa after serving his
not have wasted any time in being in touch with a medium
home detention in his native New Zealand, he spoke to the
under similar circumstances, looking for reassurance and
press saying, 'I will continue to campaign for a law change.
guidance during the traumatic and confusing time of his
I believe there is a lot of support in South Africa – let's
arrest. I asked him if he had ever thought to contact his
find it. My case has linked South Africa to New Zealand
Mother in this way, to which he replied, 'My feeling was
and I hope if one country changes its laws, the other will
if she wanted to contact me, she would. I also kept in the
follow.' They have their work cut out for them as sites like
back of my mind (which my Mom and I had discussed)
Wikipedia point out: 'Efforts to change government policies
my saying to Mom: 'Don't try to contact me if it's going to
on euthanasia in the 20th century have met limited success
hold you back in some way in moving on.' I do believe that
in Western countries. As of 2012, euthanasia is only legal in
Self portrait of Pat Davison
Sean addressing the Press Club in CT
Sean arriving at Cape Town & met by his family
the three Benelux countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and
successful, leading to further prolonged and more traumatic
Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland and in
suffering. Let's change the law. We believe it is a basic
the American states of Washington, Oregon and Montana.'
human right to die with dignity, and that those afflicted with
The DignitySA website (http://dignitysa.com) contains a
a terminal illness should be allowed the option to end his or
blog which features some of the daily correspondence
her life with assistance in order to preserve personal privacy
received from those seeking advice or wishing to share their
and dignity as well as alleviate suffering. DignitySA believes
stories, such as Debbie's here below:
that assisted dying should be legalised. Let's all have the
It is with devastated sadness that we share the news
right to die with dignity. It's a simple request.'
that my mother Debbie who was only just 53 years of age,
I will never know if my father's friend might have chosen
took her life yesterday due to her being in final stages of
a different way of dying had he had the option. He was a
Motor Neurons disease. She was in pain and discomfort
gentle person for whom violence was not the way in any
that no amount of love was able to take away or minimise
situation, so it's tragic that in his life (which towards the end
and over the past few days she had gotten to the point of
had become a life sentence) he had only a violent option
not even being able to enjoy a simple cup of coffee or soup
to choose from in escaping prolonged painful suffering. O
because she was battling to swallow. She was not getting enough oxygen and was starting to fall a lot. She chose to spare us all the pain of watching her die and bravely took
ABOUT Dignity SA
her life by jumping off a building yesterday afternoon. It is
DignitySA has a three stage plan to seek a law change to allow for assisted dying. The first stage was the drafting of the policy document by Prof Landman which serves as a blueprint for the law change. The second stage, which is currently underway, is encouraging public discussion on the issue. The third stage is to take a bill to parliament. Your support and involvement would be most appreciated and can take various forms. Visit http://dignitysa.com and see how you can assist.
totally inhumane that someone should have to choose to end their life in that manner. DignitySA has a firm supporter in me. DignitySA comment: This is a tragic story that should never have happened. Statistics show that in countries where assisted dying is legal, there is a dramatic drop in the number of elderly suicides and attempted suicides. This suggests that a person suffering an undignified decline is more likely to hold on and die a natural death if they know they have the option of assisted dying. In our interview Sean adds that elderly suicides are very common, but like death, seldom spoken about. 'We know from statistics that the elderly are two to three times more likely to die from suicides compared to younger people, but at the same time, they estimate that 40% are unreported, because we have the silent suicides where elderly people purposefully stop eating or stop taking their medication, or "have accidents". Another huge sadness is that it is often
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very difficult to commit suicide when you are suffering to the extent that some are when they decide they'd rather die than carry on suffering. Often these attempts are not
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what happens when we 'die'
The Afterlife Investigations, Pt 1 Rupert Sheldrake
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NDEs near death experiences A growing body of studies has shown that what was once thought of as the infrequent result of a person on the brink of death having huge amounts of calming and 'feel-good' neuro-chemicals released into their brain is a completely inadequate explanation for an extraordinary and highly significant experience. Firstly, the number of recorded near death experiences (NDEs) is anything but infrequent – indeed there are many hundreds of thousands now on record from around the world. Nor can this vast number of NDEs be conveniently written off as the result of neuro-chemicals released by a dying brain. We look at what science has revealed about what happens as we die.
and the original of his Lancet article.
peer-reviewed journal The Lancet published
Almost universally, his patients who had had NDEs
a study of near-death experiences by Dutch
had very similar experiences. Whatever had transpired
cardiologist Pim van Lommel, he had no idea of the storm
prior to their heart stopping was of little import. These
of controversy it would unleash.
people generally reported that they were floating outside
For one thing, The Lancet isn't known for publishing
their bodies, looking down at broken flesh in a car
this sort of research which might otherwise be expected
accident or at emergency personnel desperately working
in the pages of some 'fringe' scientific journal reporting
to revive them, either in hospital or wherever they had
studies, perhaps, on 'paranormal' phenomena.
had their heart-attack, accident or whatever had caused
But the 2001 report made it past The Lancet's usually
them to be on the very brink of leaving this world. Many
notoriously conservative editorial review panel – perhaps
reporting seeing and understanding what was being
because never before had such a systematic study been
done to help them – and some came back to report,
conducted into the experiences of people who were
to the befuddlement of their conventionally-minded
declared dead (at least for a time) and then 'came back to life'. The study was also a
clear illustration of how these people's stories
– written off by most mainstream scientists as
hallucinations and all, in any case, 'anecdotal',
which is the scientific way of putting aside
personal experiences in order not to have to deal with them – could and did affect a huge number of people's way of thinking about life and death. Van Lommel, 63, began his ground-breaking work some 35 years ago, working as a
anything, let alone record fine details of medical procedures and, in some cases, conversations that took place well away from the scene of the resuscitation efforts being made on their behalf. Many saw an opening into a realm of
down a tunnel of light. Frequently, there
one day encountered a patient who was bold
waiting to greet
told of her near-death experience and he was
immediately fascinated. It wasn't until years
later, however, as he read the book Return from
supposedly in no state at all to remember
light, or saw and felt themselves travelling
not for fear of scorn or embarrassment. She
what was done to them while they were
physician's assistant in a hospital. There he enough to speak up when many others would
doctors, what had been happening and
were members of family or loved ones that had passed on before them, waiting to greet them. They would enter various types of realms, some mainly light in beautiful arrays and hues unseen to the living eye. Other realms were very similar to a beautiful scene on the earth plane, but more brilliant and gorgeous than any they
had ever laid eyes on before. Everything various was infused with an inner light, including Tomorrow in which American Dr George Ritchie types of the beings they were interacting with. They describes his own near-death experience in felt warm (though not necessarily being detail, that Van Lommel wondered how many realms. aware of a body as such), comfortable, people had had similar experiences. utterly accepted without any judgement at all. Some He decided to ask all his patients (who had had a met what were obviously highly advanced beings, often temporary period of no heart or brain function) whether identified with their particular belief system. So some they remembered anything that had happened during Christians met Jesus; some of the Jewish faith met with their period of being technically 'dead', or very close to it. figures from the Old Testament like Abraham, Moses The answer was usually 'no' but sometimes 'why?' When he heard the latter, he knew he was onto or some or other prophet, some of Islamic faith met something. Initially he gathered stories from 12 patients Mohammed. Others, either agnostics or atheists, still met – enough to indicate that he was investigating a real amazing beings but had no particular idea who they were. phenomenon. And like those who had journeyed down What all had in common was a radiant light that came this lonely scientific road before him, he found the stories from them with a powerful sense of all-knowing wisdom, compelling, extraordinarily similar in overall pattern and that including a complete acceptance of the person yet highly detailed and personalised. Those stories were undergoing the NDE. the beginning of what became a decades-long study – Many were then either shown scenes from their lives
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or understood, without the use
They feel free of the pressing
of words, that what they were
concerns of earthly existence that
experiencing was a reminder of
obsess most of us most of the
what is real after this physical
life ends and that they had to
So who wouldn't want such an
return to finish duties undertaken
experience? 'It sounds fantastic,'
and agreed to before they had
Van Lommel has admitted. Some
entered the life they had been
of his critics say that's exactly why
living. Almost every single NDE
NDE experiencers have had the
report is accompanied by a sense of a much greater spirituality on the part of the person that went through the experience – though
Consciousness Beyond Life
Mel Van Dusen interviews renowned cardiologist Pim van Lommel about his research into NDEs
not necessarily a more strictly
that this is obviously a circular argument, it completely fails to address the issues raised, namely that somehow consciousness and
religious point of view – and a loss of the fear of death.
brain function are not so tightly bound to one another as
The vast majority report being calmer, more centred in
may have been believed.
their being and far more relaxed about dealing with both
But despite the beauty of their experiences, not
life and death in a balanced manner, knowing that in the
everything is easily dealt with by NDE returnees. When
end, all will indeed be well, even in death.
some people 'come back', they often find themselves in
And the reports remain highly consistent, regardless
a lot of pain, in a profoundly damaged body and feel like
of where on the planet they took place, in which
they've gone from being imprisoned, to being free, back
culture, whatever the level of education and/or religious
to being imprisoned again. And it can take years before
expectation of the person having the experience.
they are able or have the courage to integrate the insights
The only explanation offered by mainstream science
they've gained into their everyday life. Some never want
to this huge body of recorded NDEs that fits with the
to speak about their experiences because they fear
known facts is that these people all experienced a
criticism from loved ones and friends, or perhaps because
massive release of 'feel-good' neuro-chemicals as their
there's some sort of conflict between their experience and
oxygen-deprived brains began to die. Putting aside
what their religion or culture teaches.
the relative uselessness, in purely Darwinian terms, of
Still, a majority of people who have had an NDE
evolving such a 'protection' mechanism (the individual is,
describe it with words like 'magnificent', 'extraordinary'
after all, in most cases dying, so what's the point – and
'wonderful' 'amazing' and, most frequently 'the most
how would such an adaptation be passed on anyway since
important, life-changing thing that has ever happened
the person with it is dying and will have had no chance
to me'. Almost all say that whatever the problems their
to pass on the relevant genes?), the neuro-chemical
experience has brought them – in some cases quite a lot
argument simply doesn't work because in many cases
of fear of rejection – it has enriched their lives.
the parts of the brain that would be able to record the
According to Van Lommel and other researchers, the
intensely detailed NDE descriptions were not working at
most important and enduring thing people are left with is
the time of the incident.
that they are no longer afraid of death since they know
And, finally, those who have NDEs simply scoff at or
experience. Again, putting aside
that their consciousness lived on.
ignore what hardcore materialist scientists have to say on
One of the best things that has come out of the
the subject since, in their view, they simply know better.
research is that these experiences are pretty well
They feel connected and supported – not just some of
standard – regardless of what one believes while alive.
the time but always, even in very difficult circumstances.
Atheists are just as likely to have them as intensely
They grasp how the universe works, even if it makes no
religious believers are.
sense to anyone else; often on return from their NDE they
On average, researchers have found between 10
lose the fine details of this understanding but retain the
and 20% of people who have had one or more of
general sense that things always make sense, even if we
the signs of clinical death – including no heartbeat or
don't understand why at the time. They have experienced
pulse, no higher or even mid-brain brainwave activity,
unconditional love, and this has changed them forever.
dilated pupils, no response to any external stimuli –
to change due to the shortage of oxygen. After 15 seconds
figure may be conservative and
there is a straight, flat line and
rather lower than the real number
because so many people still have
cerebral cortex has disappeared
personal, religious, social or other
completely. We cannot measure
reasons for not admitting to their experiences. Van Lommel and the other NDE researchers have found that
frequently their patients have such
experiences while their brains
report an NDE. The growing belief among researchers is that this
the brain stem, but testing on animals has demonstrated that activity has ceased there as well. Moreover, you can prove
Some met what were obviously highly advanced beings, often identified with their particular belief system.
register no activity. But that's
that the brain stem is no longer functioning because it regulates our basic reflexes, such as the pupil response and swallowing
impossible, according to the current level of medical
reflex, which no longer respond. So you can easily stick a
knowledge. So, medical science, as classically interpreted,
tube down someone's throat. The respiratory centre also
has a real problem when it comes to NDEs, out of body
shuts down. If the individual is not reanimated within five
experiences of other types and the whole complex issue
to 10 minutes, their brain cells are irreversibly damaged.'
of consciousness itself as a phenomenon.
He is fully aware that his findings on consciousness fly
Because most scientists believe that consciousness
in the face of orthodox scientific thinking. And that is why
occurs in the brain, and purely as a function of brain
it is so remarkable that an authoritative science journal
activities (that is, neurons firing and triggering one another
like The Lancet was willing to publish his article at all,
in batches to also fire, thereby creating discernable
though not without a struggle – it took months before it
patterns of reactions to stimuli) this creates a mystery:
was given the green light for publication.
how can people experience consciousness while they are
In the end Van Lommel – as others before him – came
unconscious during a cardiac arrest (in other words, while
to the conclusion that consciousness and brain function,
they are experiencing a temporary but very real clinical
while inter-related during life, are not fundamentally
death, often with little to no brain activity going on)?
tied to one another. It is a conclusion of such profound
Van Lommel, and those who have researched all this
importance that it stands to turn almost the entirety
before him, have come to a profound spiritual realisation
of much of the world's views of life and death on their
in themselves, even without having necessarily had their
heads. He contends that the brain does not produce
own NDE: 'At that moment people are not only conscious;
consciousness or store memories, as is commonly
their consciousness is even more expansive than ever.
supposed. He points out that American computer science
They can think extremely clearly, have memories going
expert Simon Berkovich and Dutch brain researcher
back to their earliest childhood and experience an intense
Herms Romijn, working independently of one another,
connection with everything and everyone around them.
came to the same conclusion: that it is impossible for
And yet the brain shows no activity at all,' he told one
the brain to store everything you think and experience
in your life. This would require a processing speed far
Inevitably, the whole field of NDE research has raised
beyond our current abilities. Simply watching an hour
some very difficult question like: 'What is consciousness
of television would already be almost too much for our
and where is it located? What is my identity? Who is doing
brains to absorb, process and store. If the conventional
the observing when I see my body down on the operating
picture were true, even with billion of neurons to process
table? What is life? What is death?'
and store data, our brains would very early on in life be
Despite the obvious weaknesses and inadequacies
'full', like an overloaded computer hard-drive. Memory
of the conventionalists' arguments, some hardliners
and consciousness, Van Lommel and fellow-travelling
continue to assert that these experiences must happen at
consciousness investigators say, just don't work that
a time when there is still 'some' brain function going on.
way. Anatomically and functionally, it is simply impossible
Van Lommel is unphased: 'When the heart stops beating,
for the brain to have the requisite level of speed,
blood flow stops within a second,' he is quoted as saying.
interconnectedness and other attributes for them to work
'Then, six or seven seconds later, EEG activity starts
in the way usually thought to be the case.
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Rather than a data capture and
is, they say, much more like a receiver
information – very similar to a TV set or radio that tunes into
specific electromagnetic waves and converts them into images and/or sounds. Our waking consciousness, the consciousness we have during our daily activities reduces all the information there is to a
Some felt warm (though not necessarily being aware of a body as such), comfortable, utterly accepted without any judgement at all.
single truth that we experience
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By means of this collective information field, we are not only connected to our own information, but also that of others and even the information from the past and future. Van Lommel points out that he and others found a particularly troubling significant
reported not only seeing and knowing about events from the past (to which they had no direct access) but also events in the
as 'reality'. But it is only an analogue to 'actual reality', a
future. This, for scientists, is perhaps one of the hardest
sort of compressed, summarised and bundled set of data
aspects of NDEs to explain. But if one accepts the notion of
that is stored in a highly simplified form, much in the way
a field of knowledge that is somehow timeless, and which
computer programs can compress, store, recall and send
can be accessed in out of body states, including NDEs,
images using compression and encryption systems. During
it makes much more sense – including many historical
NDEs, however, people are not limited to their bodies or
instances from Nostradamus through Edgar Cayce and
their waking consciousness, which means they experience
many other 'seers' who had some apparent insight into
many more realities – or much more of reality, depending
the future. Van Lommel says that he suspects this is also
on how you look at it.
the way déjà vu works.
According to Van Lommel, NDEs can only be explained
But how does this all work? Simple, says Van Lommel:
if you assume that consciousness, along with all our
DNA. He believes what science refers to as our 'junk' DNA
experiences and memories, is somehow located outside
(the 90% or more of our DNA which genetic researches
the brain. But to the exact where and how of this, he is
believe are 'leftovers' of past genetic variations that no
admittedly only offering educated guesses. He suspects,
longer serve a purpose) works like a highly tuned and
he says, that there is a dimension where this information
specific receptor mechanism, a kind of simultaneous
is stored – a kind of collective consciousness we tune into
translator between the information fields and the organism.
to gain access to our identity and our memories. If he is
This idea that DNA works as a receptor mechanism to
right, it explains a great many things, from references to
attune people to their specific consciousness fields sheds
the so-called Akashic record (a sort of universal record of
new light on a key issue which has troubled another
everything that's ever happened to anyone anywhere),
medical discipline, that of organ transplantation in which
through ghosting, mediumship and a range of other
there are cases where people who've received others'
supposedly 'paranormal' abilities and capacities which
hearts and other key organs report that they have started
human beings have known about and experienced since
to have memories which are not their own but which turn
the beginning of time.
out to correlate with events in the lives of those whose
Jung had some sense of this 'field or realm of
organs they have received. This is why some organ donor
knowing' in referring to the collective unconscious, but
recipients develop radically different desires, lifestyles and
Rupert Sheldrake has more recently given it a stronger
outlooks after an organ transplant as compared to their
science-based underpinning with the development of his
pre-transplant personality profiles.
idea of morphic resonance. In short, the idea is that when
Despite the complete lack of judgement coming at
there is a sufficient experience in base (in individuals) that
people who find themselves experiencing an NDE, whether
essence of that experience becomes available knowledge
in the presence of a highly evolved spiritual being or not,
to all members of a given species. While controversial in
there is one thing that cannot be avoided: facing what one
its own way, this take on how consciousness works – and
has done in life. People see their lives 'flash' before them
is used by not only humans but other species – is entirely
at the time of death, but almost in 'real time', and they
consistent with what NDE researchers have discovered
feel and experience the effects of their actions on others.
This gives deep insight into the consequences of their
What all NDE experiencers had in common was a radiant light that came from them with a powerful sense of all-knowing wisdom.
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a Of Pe
Rather than a data capture and recall devise, the brain is, they say, much more like a receiver and transmitter.
thoughts, words and deeds on themselves and others, making it seem, in this understanding, that every thought we have or action we take is a form of energy that continues to exist forever. People who have experienced such a 'life review' say it's not so much about what you do as the intention behind it. It is reported as an extremely intense experience – but can be summarised by the modern interpretation of karma, which is that that everything that 'goes around comes around'. No one avoids the consequences of their thoughts or actions. That's very confrontational, says Van Lommel, with some people discovering there are some things they can never put right. Others come back and immediately start calling people to apologise for something they did many years before. So is there a classical 'Last Judgement' after all? Van Lommel believes not, because no-one is judged, except possibly by themselves. More usually, it's an insight experience to see fully and understand completely the consequences of your way of being in the world. Most people go through this flashback in the presence of a 'being of light'. That being is entirely loving, absolutely accepting, without judgement, but has complete insight. This 'life review' as it has often been called changes people's understanding of their lives as they have lived them – and of life as a whole, usually. They tend, afterwards, to adopt other values which could loosely be described as being more 'spiritual' and involving more insight and compassion for others. They also tend to feel they are one with nature and the planet. There is no longer any significant difference between themselves and others. Important things tend not to be about power, appearance, nice cars, clothes, a beautiful body and such external and material considerations. Life, instead, is about completely different things for NDE survivors: love for yourself, for nature, for the creatures of the world and for your fellow human beings. The implications of all this are very significant: if even thoughts have a real consequence, positive or negative, then we need to be much more careful about what we think, let alone what we do about those thoughts. The good news for those who haven't had an NDE is that you don't have to have one to learn what they have to teach us. The Merkawah Foundation in the Hague, the Dutch department for the International Association for Near-Death Studies, offers information and guidance to Dutch people who have had near-death experiences. No doubt, they help others as well. O Resources: www.iands.org
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Once virtually everyone alive believed in some form of afterlife, be it Valhalla, Elysium, Heaven or Hell. These days, fewer and fewer people – at least by proportion of population in developed nations – do. This is because of the rise over the last few centuries of scientific rationalism. Ironically, though, the scientific evidence for life after (or even before) death is mounting. And some of the leading proponents are coming from the heart of the scientific community. We take a closer look.
after life Pictured: Neurosurgeon and author, Eben Alexander, tells the world of his remarkable experience after being in a coma for a week.
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t's hard to argue with a leading Harvard neurosurgeon when he talks about the relationship between the brain and consciousness. Not only has someone with
such an esteemed training and credentials have authority on his side, in the case of Dr Eben Alexander, he also has over 20 years experience of cutting, slicing and ferreting around in people's brains to back him up. The problem for reductionist mechanists – especially those in the medical fraternity – is that Dr Alexander, of the University of Virginia, has switched ranks. No longer does he believe, as once he fervently did, that there can be no consciousness without a functioning brain within
A bumpy road to Heaven Dr Eben Alexander
which or from which consciousness emerges. Indeed, he now believes, even more fervently than he held his previous hard rationalist position, that consciousness does exist separate to the brain from which it has apparently sprung. The reason for that profound change in belief is that he had an intense and vividly recalled near death experience (NDE) as he lay on the very doorstep of
'For seven days, I lay in a deep coma,' he recalled.
'For seven days, I lay in a deep coma,' Dr Eben Alexander
death for a week in a meningitis-induced
recalled. Yet at
coma, during which time, according to the
the same time,
real-time EEG readouts from the machines hooked up to his head, he had no higher
even as the
Yet at the same time, even as the brain monitors showed no high brain-function whatsoever, he 'journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe, a dimension I'd never dreamed existed'. So the question was how to explain to himself – let alone his fellow scientists and neuroscience colleagues – what had happened. He tried for some time to do just that. Working from existing brain function models, he tried theory after theory on how he could have formed
neural activity whatsoever, with his entire
brain encased in, and choked with, the
intensely felt highly complex out-of-body
pus caused by his infection. That was in late 2008. When he recovered, which was itself somewhat more than unusual by the standards of what outcome one might expect from so extensive and potentially
virtue of the unarguable evidence of the brain-monitoring equipment to which he
was hooked up the whole time, his higher
brain functions simply were non-existent. In the end, no matter which model
damaging an infection, Dr Alexander had
a major life-changing problem. It was that
of brain function he tried, including some
novel ideas of his own, he could not make
amorphous and hard-to-describe sense of
the universe, a
the conventional picture of the dying brain
well-being as his shut-down brain oozed
morphine-like endorphins. That is what
he had not had some vaguely recalled,
you'd expect if you believe the explanation offered by most neuroscientists trying to
argue away the many millions of reported NDEs now on record. Instead, like so many others who
have had an NDE, Dr Alexander felt his experience was not merely real, but hyper-real – in the way that ordinary consciousness feels more real than any dream one may awaken from. His long sojourn on the borders of death felt more intensely 'real' to him after his illness than any waking experience he had ever had.
producing feel-good and hallucinatoryinducing chemicals work. That is because conventional brain theories simply cannot explain what had happened to him and so many others. Modern medicine is very powerful,
especially in dramatic life-and-death situations arising from trauma or accident. Many people are pulled back from the brink of death through a range of interventions, including antibiotics, emergency surgery, cardio electro-stimulation and an assortment of powerful drugs. Consistently, in cultures where talking about such things is increasingly tolerated, between 10 and 20% of all such resuscitations
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From left: Neurosurgeon, Dr Eben Alexander on consciousness after death • Dr Alexander appears on Oprah
leave the survivors with an NDE. It has been known for at least two to three decades
jolt got their heart going again.
by a growing body of NDE researchers, from Raymond
But it didn't cover the much greater portion of
Moody to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and many others, that
the 'beyond the body' experiences so frequently and
something extraordinary happens to people who have
consistently reported. The fall-back argument that the
technically crossed the boundary between life and death
rest of the NDE generic experience, as explained by most
because their heart has stopped or their brain function
neuroscientists, relied on endorphins and other feel-good
ceased, sometimes for extended periods well beyond the
chemicals supposedly released in massive amounts as
supposed four minutes before brain death begins through
the brain goes into its final throes of dying. The problem
for this argument, convenient and sweeping as it is, is
The problem was explaining the subjective reported
that it doesn't explain how some people – objectively
experiences of those who 'returned' due to resuscitation
and unarguably entirely unconscious and at the time
in terms that made sense to the scientific rational
incapable of having any higher brain function – were able
mind. It helped those who needed such explanations
to describe what had happened to them when their brains
that fighter pilots and astronauts could be induced into
were supposedly shut down. More surprising and even
some of the early parts of NDE-like experiences – such
harder to explain were those NDE survivors who accurately
as the narrowing down of their vision into a tunnel
reported conversations and actions taken outside of the
which appeared to have a light at its centre – by using
room where their unconscious and temporarily lifeless
rapidly rotating chambers that recreated the effects of
bodies were being frantically worked on by emergency
high-gravity turns and manoeuvres to which they must
medical staff. Even if they had some residual brain
become accustomed without passing out.
function we can't quite record with our current medical
But it is self-evident that this explanation covers
equipment, how would that explain knowing what doctors
only a tiny fraction of what is standard in most NDEs –
said to other doctors or nurses, and the resulting beyond
and which are remarkably similar across all the usual
sight and sound activity taking place down the passage
boundaries of belief, religious outlook or culture. The
from the room in which they were lying, at the time, to
fact that NDE survivors from around the world, regardless
all intents and purposes, 'dead'?
of any other external factor, had such hugely similar
In short, there is no satisfactory explanation as
experiences argued, said the neuroscience community, for
offered by conventionally-minded neuroscience and other
an underlying organic process.
medical experts. There are certainly none which satisfy
That's true, as far as it goes. But that argument
Dr Alexander, who now calmly reacts with his own
doesn't come any closer to explaining the intensity
inner certainty to the furious rejection of his idea that
of the recall of the NDE survivors. It was a sort of
consciousness clearly does exist beyond the bounds of a
soft-in-the-middle explanation for someone who may
functioning brain, and therefore most likely after death
have flat-lined while undergoing major surgery and then
been brought back, or who temporarily was technically
'dead', only to be brought back when a powerful electrical
Of course, there are skeptics. Dr Alexander was one
From left: Dr Alexander's experience is published in Newsweek • Dr Alexander's book, a NY Times best seller • NDE
researchers, Raymond Moody and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
himself. But there are none among those who have had
than the twitches and random sparking of a dying brain,
an NDE. Indeed, one of the signs of a genuine NDE (rather
cannot move him from what he knows he went through,
than a vague feel-good state induced by either body's
nor do they even have a halfway sensible explanation to
own powerful neurochemicals or morphine-like drugs or a
combo of both) is that people who come back from them are changed to their core.
And so the game is on, because while he made the cover of leading magazines because of his story,
Almost to the last one, they have lost their fear of
Dr Alexander is far from alone as the old taboo against
death and while not welcoming it as such, feel instead a
discussing death, and in particular the reports of some of
sense of impending delight at what lies in store for them
those who for a time have been technically dead, unravels.
when they have breathed their last. They also report
Alexander recounts his story in his book Proof of
many other things in common, like meeting dead loved
Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. An
ones, important spiritual personages (Jesus, Buddha, God,
excerpt from 'Proof of Heaven' in Newsweek magazine
Mohammed, various angels and others) and a feeling of
stirred the debate about life after death.
overwhelming relief and acceptance of being who they
Inevitably, skeptics wonder if Alexander, who teaches
are. The report that they feel like they have 'come home'
at Harvard Medical School, is going out on a paranormal
from a long and sometimes difficult journey in the flesh.
They feel safe and loved unconditionally. And then they
'It sounds like he had nothing more than an intense
are sent back, almost always with a clear message or
lucid dream,' wrote one reader on Newsweek 's website.
sense of duty with respect to the rest of their lives.
'A personal anecdote is not evidence or proof, as moving
Such NDE survivors, interestingly, are not necessarily
as it may be,' added another.
more religious for their experience, including those that
But others stood firmly by Alexander, who has
were religious before their NDE. Some, like Dr Alexander,
previously spoken of his near-death experience on science
were self-described atheists; many were agnostic, not
TV programs and in a lengthy interview last year with
knowing for certain what came next or even if there was
Skeptico.com, a science and spirituality blog.
a God or heaven or anything at all beyond life as we know
'If there is evidence and proof of an afterlife, this is
it. Almost every one, however, returns to their lives with
probably as good as it gets,' Catholic Online, a Web-based
a calm sense that all is well with the universe, that most
Roman Catholic news service, wrote approvingly.
of their (and our) fears were baseless and that they have
By one estimate, three percent of Americans – more
a purpose in life of which they have either been reminded
than 9 million people – have had a near-death experience.
by their extraordinary experience or to which they finally
Some have written their stories for the website of the
have been awoken by their NDE.
Near Death Experience Research Foundation. The debate
Being a leader in his field, Dr Alexander has drawn
is far from over, but the evidence mounts daily – and
both praise and exceptional vitriol for telling his story.
the chances are that in this matter the skeptics have it
But he is unflinching. He knows what he knows and the
rationalists who reject his experience as nothing more
Visit www.nderf.org for more.
ODYSSEY 63 •
MYSTERIES OF LIFE AND DEATH REVEALED Samuel J Steyn Dorrance
978 1 4349 1161 2
This book claims to be solid proof that life continues after the physical is discarded. The author, a Gauteng resident, spent many hours of communication took place in broad daylight over an eleven year period with elder brothers and sisters that love us and who walked the pathway a little longer. This book is good for those folks who have lost a dear one, or are confused about life or searching for simple truths such as who are we, where are we from, what are we doing here and where to from here.
NO ONE HAS TO DIE ALONE: Preparing for a Meaningful Death Lani Leary Atria Books
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Caring for a terminally ill loved one can be the single biggest challenge of your life. Drawing from her experience sitting with over 500 people as they died and caring for her own
ODYSSEY 64 •
terminally ill father, Dr Lani Leary gently guides caregivers, family, and friends through the difficult transitions of illness, death, and bereavement. This book offers the practical skills, vocabulary, and insights needed to truly address the needs of a dying loved one while caring for yourself through the process. Dr. Leary shows both patient and caregiver how to rise above feelings of fear and isolation to find peace and meaning in each person’s unique end-of-life experience. Whether used as a reference book to address a particular challenge or read from start to finish, this is a must-read for anyone facing death or the loss of a loved one.
movement'. The founder of Rebirthing, he began his journey during the '50s as a born again Christian and Bible student in the Delaware River region of New York. Orr has since published 20 books in more than a dozen languages, including Rebirthing in the New Age; Breath Awareness; Babaji, the Angel of the Lord; and Government Without Taxes. His international Rebirthing Movement has served over ten million people on six continents. With a foreward by Bob Frissell, this book is a statement of the incredible, the miraculous – the crack in the cosmic riddle; yet it is presented here as a set of simple and obvious life instructions.
BREAKING THE DEATH HABIT: The Science of Everlasting Life Leonard Orr
OH GREAT, NOW I CAN HEAR DEAD PEOPLE: What would you do if you could suddenly hear real dead people? Deborah Durbin
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Along with such folk heroes as Ram Dass, Fritz Perls, and Timothy Leary, Leonard Orr is one of the originators and elders of what we term today 'the New Age
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Samantha Ball is not only broke, she is heavily in debt and soon to be homeless if she cannot
get the money together for her rent, so when she is offered the opportunity to earn some money for a hotline to the heavens by giving tarot readings, she jumps at the chance, despite the fact that she does not have a psychic bone in her body – or does she? When Sam starts to hear voices of real dead people her psychic career really takes off and she soon becomes a psychic to the stars with her own slot on a prime time TV show. Someone however does not share Sam's joy and it's only when they set out to destroy her reputation does Sam really need help from the other side.
THE LABYRINTH OF TIME: The Illusion of Past, Present and Future Anthony Peake Arcturus
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In The Labyrinth of Time, Peake explores the relationship between consciousness and reality and in the process puts forward an amazing hypothesis that can explain many enigmatic phenomena, including déjà vu, precognition, near-death
experience and altered states. Central to Peake's hypothesis is a new understanding of the nature of time and a radical updating of the theories of two of the 20th century's most original thinkers, Peter Ouspensky and JW Dunne. Peake then looks at the concepts of time and how they have shaped our thinking as individuals through the prism of science, philosophy and literature. Featuring a cutting-edge account of modern time theory, covering 'time-slips', precognitive dreams and the elasticity of time during moments of extreme stress, near-death experience and certain stages of hypnotic trance. This book is as compelling and persuasive as Peake's groundbreaking Is There Life After Death? and The Daemon.
WISHES FOR THE GRIEVING & HEALING HEART Tricia LaVoice Hay House
comfort and inspiration to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The dragon y stands as a symbol of transformation and the different stages of life, a reminder that there is more to the world than our current perception allows. In this book, LaVoice expands upon this metaphor and uses her own personal experiences to deliver earnest insights into the emotion of loss. Her original prose, poetry, re ections, and pragmatic suggestions address the pain and suffering we experience after losing a loved one. She opens an honest conversation on the courage and support it takes to properly grieve before nding the love we need from ourselves and others to begin to heal. This book is comforting and loving, candid and raw – and it’s a mustread for anyone who has lost someone dear to their heart.
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The beautiful parable of the water bugs and the dragon y, written by an anonymous author, has often been a source of
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Natalia Baker looks at crafting a successful life from our choices and decisions.
IT'S A MATTER ODYSSEY 66 •
id you know that even if you are not consciously making a choice, you are
choosing anyway? The problem is we can no longer afford to choose unconsciously because it renders us helpless victims, immersed in chaos, suffering and struggle. The energetic field we presently live in is intense and quick – and choices, conscious or unconscious, manifest faster than the speed of light. It makes for joy and excitement in the realisation you are in charge of your life if you learn to harness this energy through making choices. You experience your power as a manifestor, a creator. So what technique or skill could
we use to start making conscious choices? A couple of years ago I was watching Oprah Winfrey interviewing
throughout the day.'
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love. She described
You may have a list of events planned for the day which
the process below which she did every morning. It came
you can manifest in this way. Even a day of relaxation or a
from the work of Wayne Dyer, so thanks to him. Dyer places
holiday can be created to be recuperative, fun and healing.
meaning on each of the 'really's' so they are important.
Imagine that the energy in the field around you serves
Write: 'What I really, really, really, really choose to
you by doing exactly what you choose – so be clear and
manifest today.' (If I don't have time to write it, I speak it
specific. This part is a skill and will develop with practice.
out loud in the car, or state it inwardly as I walk around.)
For instance, you are going to cook a meal for family and
Choose what you are going to do, for instance, be at
friends. Don't omit that the preparation will go with ease
work, attend a meeting, lunch with a friend, sort papers,
and grace, you will be relaxed and creative, completely free
buy a present, study, exercise. Notice that these are what
of stress, full of energy and thoroughly enjoying yourself.
you had scheduled anyway. Choose how you would like
Notice there are levels of awareness at which we
to experience them and how you will be in the day and
can make choices. For instance, one level would be
in these particular events. An example: you are having
outcome-based, such as the result in the meeting above,
an important meeting so you might write: 'I really, really,
or a shopping expedition or undertaking a project. There
really, really choose to manifest deep, meaningful sharing,
is a deeper level which is around how we intend to be. In
creativity, resolution, excellent clear communication and
a sense, this level is where we make the most powerful
progress in an atmosphere of trust and fun so we all feel
choices because ultimately abundance, prosperity, joy,
pleased with the progress made. I choose to be relaxed,
peace and so on, come from who we really are, the place
creative, present, loving and connected to my higher self
within, where our spirit resides. These choices would be,
ODYSSEY 67 •
Our history has not supported
as I have given in the example above: to be fully present,
us to make choices, for we have
living fully from an open heart. It is also really constructive to
been under the influence of parental, religious or society's
deciding to be aware, joyful, one with your higher self and choose fun in everything you do. Haven't we been told that we are here to have fun? It's not helpful to choose to win the Lotto, to have a sexy partner, a big fancy car or a swish house. These are
programming which has directed
ephemeral and we may become unstuck. You only have to
our lives, most often to our
some who won as much as £6m, to know this is true. Within
detriment because we have
were miserable and most had lost their winnings. So choose
not been able to express the fullness of who we are. We
look at the research done on winners of the Pools in the UK, two to three years they have sabotaged themselves, they what has feeling and depth to it. After doing this process for a day or two I found my life starting to change. I lost niggling fears, learnt to listen to the guidance of my heart so I could not make wrong choices,
have not been free. Humanity
started to relax into a journey of ease and grace and live
is ready now to make choices,
have been underpinned by a greater sense of purpose,
fully in the present with absolute trust. All these benefits connection with my Higher Self and the weaving of a
especially those individuals who
beautiful, joyful and fulfilled life.
have been steadily increasing in
is here to serve us and this is one of the aspects we are
film What the Bleep do We Know. One of the characters
It is a mind-boggling concept to think that all energy integrating in the new energy. It was well illustrated in the
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This talk will give insight into patterns of submission and control, common in relationships at this time, but which prevent us living from our authentic, empowered and unique selves. It will also explore the deep unconscious attitudes and beliefs held in the collective effecting relationships and our sexuality. It is now time for these to be transformed as humanity enters a new cycle of increasing consciousness and understanding.
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THE NEW BEGINNING
2013 a truly auspicious year, a new beginning. In some way a more important year than 2012 as our work is only now starting and it is not a time to rest. This is the perfect time to change your life course and, in accord with a year of rediscovering new purpose, bring forth prolific talents previously dormant. You get a second wind. A time to flow and flower! Are you ready?
enters a room and the animated figure representing the energy of Source, of the unified field, announces: 'The creator has entered the building. The creator is in the landscape. All hail the creator.' Choice, our choices, are the energetic fuel to propel us forward
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Underberg • KZN May 1 - 5 Coming into Form /Our beginnings Core Process Psychotherapy & Meditation Annika Nicol & Thanissara
May 14 - July 14 Nine Week "Self Retreat" for experienced meditation practitioners hosted by Thanissara
July 23 - 26 Journey into Paradox: The Gifts of Contradiction. A writing retreat - Joanne Fedler & Thanissara
September 20 - 29 An Integrated Awakening - Insight Meditation Retreat Kittisaro
Dakini Shima Tantric workshops for women and men
On a journey of Awakening the Feminine in PE & the Garden Route
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In the embrace of pure sexual energy, the feminine awakens & life becomes a celebration - for women & men. At the Lotus Garden Forest Retreat Centre near Knysna
20-21 April • R1200 facilitation
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The workshop will speak to awakening the feminine in the lovemaking meditation known as Skydancing.
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ourselves and our lives as
individuals without connection to the whole, seperated in time and space. However I, together with people such as the esteemed Albert Einstein, would suggest that together we all make up an intimately connected fabric of creation, with no one person or event being without meaning or significance to the whole of creation. Cosmic rivers of intelligent energy direct the events of our lives as well as those of the planet as a living and evolving system. While made up of individual threads, we are all woven into one beautifully complex fabric called existence, under the watchful eye of an intelligence way outside anything any mortal brain can comprehend.
Shifting Wisdom Astrologically
With Easter having recently been celebrated, we are reminded of the impermanence of all things. This is a time of letting go – even of death – and releasing that which no longer serves us at the highest level, and then being open to receive the newness which is being born.
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this time is influenced by some pretty challenging and upsetting solar energies. For example: 'at this time, Pluto erodes from within, bringing inherent weaknesses to critical mass, encouraging the death of old forms and the regeneration of new ones, intent working or holds us back'. Don’t take this time personally, remember, we don’t always get to choose what happens to us but we can choose our own perspective and attitude through it all and I would suggest choosing an attitude that is aligned with peace rather than fear. In any event, active centred, peaceful engagement is counselled. For those who feel that the last few weeks have been challenging, you may find the astrological explanation of a unique and very rare alignment of celestial 'heavy-hitters' informative and helpful. I have extracted a few salient points from American astrologer Alex Miller’s in-depth article on these cosmic energies we are currently moving through. Reading this will help with understanding that the challenges we are currently facing are not to be taken personally, but are part of a cosmic realignment and adjustment to bring about a new level of consciousness. Click here to read the summation. Right now we are traversing a particularly challenging flow of energies, and while the journey is rough and uncertain, the outcome is good. Provided we stay centred and present, this could be a great and worthwhile and life-changing experience. This is a two and a half month period facilitating the removal of the old and the emergence of something new and different – an upgrade, if you will. However, it could be a very difficult journey unless you are aware of the bigger picture, so be prepared and armed with presence. There is a better way. For more on the new consciousness being birthed, as well as practical tools for dealing with these challenges, please see my schedule of talks in the ad alongside coming up in April in Cape Town and KZN, and then at other centres around the country from May. And while the 'Shift Experience – Self Realisation' retreat is over-subscribed for the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, there is still space open on the ones coming up later in Hillcrest as well as Noordhoek and Bedfordview. Remember, the past and the future disempower you. Withdraw your mind from all such distractions and come back into this moment. Presence is the key. O
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John facilitates powerful & insightful tools to help heal & shift in all areas of life. Lucid Living: The Golden Key to Stress Free Living 2013 Durban: Howick: Pretoria:
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Join John for the powerful 2-day SHIFT EXPERIENCE Self-Realisation Retreat The Shift Experience is based on John’s own deep wisdom and insights, and is also inspired by the enlightened teaching of Eckhart Tolle and A Course in Miracles Hillcrest: 26 - 27 April 2013 Bedfordview: 24 - 25 May 2013 Noordhoek: 10 - 11 May 2013 Port Elizabeth: 26 - 27 July 2013 East London: 2 - 3 August 2013
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mergingnature Eco-estate development is the latest buzz-phrase in the real estate industry. However, the drive towards sustainable development and the responsible preservation of our natural heritage is not a new concept. A number of successful developments in South Africa have been implementing the core values of creating and maintaining real estate projects to the benefit of both the environment and the investor. We take a look at one such estate that is an example of a successful enviro-restoration project through responsible development.
riginally launched in 2003, Cathkin Estates is the result
the project planning. Environmental considerations were on the
of a long-term vision and determination to transform a
top of the agenda during the planning stages and still form the
cattle ranch into an eco-estate. The Stockil family have
core of the entire project. The development was designed to be
farmed in the Winterton area for over 130 years where they
energy-efficient and water-sensitive, without impacting on the
initially leased the farm, but bought it in 1962 and successfully
functionality of the units. All water is supplied from dams on
farmed in this frost-free enclave in the Drakensberg for many
the property through a gravity-fed system, and each unit has
years. With time, the dream of establishing an eco-friendly
its own septic tank, and the use of anaerobic sewage systems
estate on the farm grew into the success story of today.
Brothers Pete and Mark initiated the process in 1986. Despite
The estate, with its high biodiversity, is controlled by a
encountering their fair share of resistance, they persisted with
detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to protect
its rich natural heritage. This grassland biome is one of SA's
and recessed, shaded or tinted windows minimise reflection,
most endangered habitats with less than 1% of the grasslands
and unsightly satellite dishes are hidden from view. Home
officially protected. Apart from a 100-year old oak forest, a
owners can garden around their properties, but may only use
timber plantation and some other relics of the past owners,
indigenous plants. They are also encouraged to install solar
such as an old farmhouse and a fruit orchard, the estate
panels for water heating.
consists of natural bush and veld only. All farming-related land
The establishment of Cathkin Estates is not only an environmental success, but also a great employment opportunity
has been rehabilitated. Cathkin Estates is divided into five villages – each with a
story. The estate provides jobs to many of the local villagers.
unique character and location. All stands are on the western
Building, maintenance, cleaning, gardening and security are all
slopes of the ridges and spread out so that the villages are
newly created and sorely needed jobs in a rural area.
separated from each other's view. Each stand has unobstructed
A variety of services as well as an array of activities is on
views of the Berg. Villages 1-3 formed part of the initial launch
offer, not just on the estate but also in the Valley. Apart from
and were sold out within months, while Villages 4 and 5 are
the numerous activities such as biking, trout fishing, hiking and
now ready for release.
horse riding, the developers are also planning two Bush Camps
The design of homes is governed by guidelines allowing individual expression within a generic Berg theme, while
to allow property owners the option of a night's camping in the bush in a safe environment.
minimising disruption to the environment. The architectural
Offering exceptional lifestyle and investment opportunities,
guidelines form the basis of the environmental considerations
the Cathkin Estates story makes this a truly unique South
and include specifications for exterior home finishes to ensure
African investment opportunity.
all homes blend in with the natural environment. Rustic For more information on investment options contact
roughened plaster used to blend into the surroundings. Colours
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THE MIDDLE WAY
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A key teaching in Buddhism is that we forego great beauty and meaning in our lives by allowing ourselves to be driven by a compulsive self-centredness, obsessive, mindless attachments and all manner of habitual delusions and wishful thinking.
for the endangered Blue Swallow. It is a birder’s paradise
with more than 160 species recorded. Walks lead to many
Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born
interesting sites and viewpoints on the property.
in Nepal and taught his doctrine in India during the sixth
The centre offers a tranquil environment for the study
century BC. His teachings are at once revolutionary and
and practise of philosophy, psychology, meditation and
self-evident, and extraordinarily relevant to the modern
the arts associated with Buddhist culture. The Centre
world. He maintained that the nature of reality and the
therefore encourages adherence to traditional moral
meaning of our existence cannot be captured in theories,
principles during retreats, such as respect for all forms of
concepts and beliefs, but are realised experientially – in
life, abstinence from alcoholic drinks and hallucinogenic
wholesome, mindful living.
drugs and, during some traditional, intensive meditation
Buddhism also teaches that we can radically reshape
retreats, the practice of Noble Silence. Radios and pets
the way we perceive and experience things. This can be
are not allowed at the Centre. Only some retreats are
done through transformative mental practices [meditation]
suitable for children: please check with the Administrator.
and behavioural disciplines. These are outlined in the
As a general rule we do not accept visitors under the age
Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path and a number
of 16 years. O
of other philosophical and psychological teachings and Buddhism, therefore, is an attitude more than a belief; a way of experiencing the world rather than an attempt to explain it. Known as the Middle Way, Buddhism has no need for extreme opinions and exclusive dogmas. This self-reliant outlook imbues it with a rare sense of dignity, joy, gentleness and freedom – qualities that appeal to increasing numbers of people who have grown tired of the pronouncements of priests and scientists, millennial prophets and self-improvement gurus. Buddhism is non-theistic; it is neither theistic nor atheistic. It therefore does not challenge or compete with religions. Hence, followers of all religious denominations and philosophical persuasions are welcome to attend any retreat program. No membership, allegiance or conversion is expected or required.
BUDDHISM IN SA The Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo has been established on an exquisite 125 hectare country estate near the village of Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, 90 kilometers south of Pietermaritzburg, one and a half hours’ drive from Durban. Set in hilly grasslands among dams, indigenous bush and forests, it overlooks one of the great valleys in the Umkomaas river system. The Centre was awarded National Heritage status by President Nelson Mandela in recognition of its success in establishing indigenous vegetation on the property and providing suitable habitats
The Buddhist Retreat Centre
The Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, KZN offers retreats on a variety of subjects, the underlying theme of which is the practice of Mindfulness Meditation as defined in the Buddha’s philosophy. A selection of forth-coming retreats: Apr 12-14: Finding your voice in the present moment with Annika Nicol Apr 26-28, May 1: T'ai Chi – Meditation in movement with Richard Jordi May 3-5: Why things happen the way they do with Louis van Loon May 9-12: Integrating change and loss in our lives with Sue Cooper May 17-19: A neurosurgeon probes wellness and performance with Dr Ian Weinberg
For more info & future retreats www.brcixopo.co.za email@example.com +27  834 1863 082 579 3037
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Blowing Zen is an uplifting and passionate memoir that has inspired and entranced readers since is original release. This new edition includes and additional chapter, an updated epilogue, an afterword and photographs. As a young dissolute man, Ray Brooks set off from his native England and embarked on a path of self discovery. Through a series of serendipitous and often humours events, while living in Tokyo, Ray stumbled upon and began to study the ancient art of shakuhachi, an extremely difficult Japanese bamboo flute. With intuition as his guide, he found the heart of Zen through focus shakuhachi practice. The path he followed led to a joyful spontaneity blending art, mind, body and spirit. Ray Brooks is a composer, performer, recoding
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BEYOND RELIGION His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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Given the alternatives, ageing gracefully seems the only sane and sensible way to deal with the inevitability of getting older. Maria Ascencao helps us understand how to deal with this key life issue.
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t is human nature to resist the ravages of time on our bodies and minds and so it is
Only about 30% of
no surprise that virtually every culture has
had myths, legends and stories about how
to live longer and even some sort of 'elixir
of life', claimed to offer eternal youth. The Romans, Greeks, Chinese and many others
sought the equivalent of the Philosopher's
Stone, of Harry Potter fame, which could
genes. It is
extend youth and life far beyond the norm.
Many cultures have also had less ambitious ways to achieve extended youthfulness into
what some might consider old age, through
exercise like yoga and tai chi, better eating
habits, meditation, ritual cleansing and
avoiding toxins, all designed to keep their bodies in top shape for longer.
lifestyle choices that determine how quickly we age, or not.
Supplement to stay young Fortunately, we have been provided with a wealth of natural remedies and treatments that can help our bodies heal and prevent us from getting sick as we age, plus some that actively work against ageing factors. Some herbs and supplements are well known for their life-giving and life-enhancing effects. Coenzyme Q10, for example, is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. Occurring naturally in the body, CoQ10 diminishes with
age, and low levels have been associated with
to retain the beauty and vigour of youth, has
chronic ailments, such as heart conditions,
by no means left us – and one could say that
the upsurge in cosmetic surgery is but a late
The desire to live healthier for longer, and
20th and early 21st century manifestation of that same age-old ambition. Consequently,
Dr John Rowe, co-author of Successful Aging: The MacArthur Foundation Study
been serious scientific studies of various communities in which living to, say, 100 years of age or older is the norm. These include the Hunza, of northern Pakistan, the Vilcabamba, of Ecuador, the Abkhasia, in Georgia, and the Okinawans. What has been found in
investigated for its likely role in heading off Alzheimer's disease, some forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts and reducing susceptibility to developing diabetes. Alpha-lipoic acid has been used in Germany for some decades to treat diabetic
normalise other major systems and bodily
regular exercise; a clean environment; and
functions. Research studies have shown that
vibrant, socially-supportive communities.
ginseng increases energy, boosts the immune
But other researchers believe that while
system, protects the liver and heart, helps
that is all very interesting, it is essentially
normalise blood-sugar levels and improves
useless to most of us in our fast-paced, of
Alpha-lipoic acid is another important compound. A potent anti-oxidant, it is being
body's ability to combat stress and help
a low-calorie diet based on plant sources;
premature ageing of the skin.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng ) enhances the
rather simple, and largely common sense:
Supplementing with CoQ10 also can prevent
common among these peoples is really
as well as fatigue and muscle weakness.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus )
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and echinacea (Echinacea spp.) have been
The debate is by no means settled, though.
shown to fight colds and flu. Royal jelly,
Dr John Rowe, co-author of Successful
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enviro-factors, plus the lack of the dominant
propolis and bee pollen are known for their rich supply of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids, as well as antibiotic properties. Probiotics, such as acidophilus and lactobacillus,
promote the 'good' and necessary bacteria in the gut needed to digest food and to
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sufficient exercise, tight-knit social communities and low stress characterise the environments in all the places where more than the usual number of centenarians live. While that's essentially irrelevant to most of us, the underlying truths of what our bodies thrive on are obvious from that list alone. And we can all do at least a little bit towards helping our bodies cope with a world that seems to conspire at every turn against good, long, healthy living. Here are a few, perhaps obvious, steps in the right direction for longevity. Clean your home, using home-made or bought cleaning supplies that are as free as possible of harmful chemicals. Vinegar and baking soda make excellent substitutes for almost all home cleaning needs. Fertilising your home garden only with organic compost or manure, and try to buy only organic foods. Eliminate household or garden pests using only chemical-free pest controllers, such as sticky traps, tobacco shavings and, if necessary only natural pyrethroids as found in plants such as khakibos (which is still somewhat toxic, especially to children and pets and so should be used carefully).
An air-purifying system will filter mold, pollen,
Drink plenty of pure, clean water – at least eight to 10 glasses a day – to stay healthy and flush out toxins.
enhance immune functioning. Probiotics often are used to offset the side-effects of antibiotics, which kill both unfriendly and friendly bacteria in the gut. Essential fatty acids (EFAs), found in flaxseed, walnut, borage, hemp seed oils, and oily fish, among other sources, reduce inflammation in the body and help reduce the impact and incidence of conditions such as heart disease, allergies, some cancers and osteoporosis.
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dust, pet dander and mites out of the air you and your family are breathing. These allergens place a heavy burden on the body and over time simply wear it down, so reducing their incidence in the home or office will lead to far fewer illnesses such as sinusitis, congestion, chest and throat infections, rashes and other allergic reactions, some of which can be very severe. A healthy regimen of a good natural, seasonal diet, plus regular and sufficient exercise will help mitigate other enviro-hazards. So, if you live in the city and enjoy running or walking, go early in the morning before the fumes of rush-hour toxify the air – it's utterly pointless and counter-productive to run daily alongside cars and trucks emitting hyper-toxic, oxidant-heavy fumes. Try to reduce stress at every opportunity. Stress is probably the single biggest factor in ageing, research has found. To reduce and/or manage your stress levels is therefore critical. This might require everything from radical steps, like changing a job that's never going to be
Factors outside the body contribute greatly to how long
any less stressful, to more practical actions, like making
and well we live. Clean water, good air, regular and
time in your busy day for some quiet time, meditation,
What has been found in common among centenarians is: a low-calorie diet based on plant sources; regular exercise; a clean environment; and vibrant, socially-supportive communities. yoga or other stretching exercise, deep breathing or walks in a green zone, if you have one close to home of the office. Other stress-busters include biofeedback, hypnosis, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, massage, acupressure, acupuncture, tai chi and chi gong. Most important of all stress-busters is exercise – and with this, there is no one size fits all, so find an exercise routine that works for you and which you can therefore maintain over the long term. When it comes to exercise aerobic forms are the best. These include walking (as long as it's far enough and often enough, in which case it's also likely to be the most sustainable over time for the majority of people), jogging, running or swimming. Dancing is a great way to enjoy exercise, while even gardening strengthens the muscles. Sleep is another key to longevity and good health – and it's a commodity in increasingly short supply. Regular exercise encourages good sleep, but there are also supplements that contain melatonin or its precursors to help with sleep. Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone that
As an adult you need a good 7.5-9 hours sleep a night
Food is Life Apple cider vinegar helps balance the body's pH. It has antiseptic and antibiotic properties and is an overall maintainer of good health. Apples are a good source of pectin, which can lower cholesterol and help prevent colon cancer. Artichokes have a protective effect on the liver. Beans, lentils, peas & chickpeas are valuable sources of vegetable proteins. They are good sources of minerals, can improve intestinal health, have detoxifying properties and help lower cholesterol. The soybean is perhaps the most nutritious of all beans because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids and has the highest content of phytoestrogens. Genetically modified soybean and soya products should be avoided. Blueberries have the highest amount of anti-oxidants of the entire berry family. They also have neuro-protective properties that can delay age-related memory loss. Broccoli & cauliflower contain phytonutrients that help cleanse the body of certain cancer-causing substances. Brown rice contains more than 70 anti-oxidants and is a good source of fibre. Celery can be eaten raw or juiced to combat high blood pressure. The Chinese have been eating and drinking celery for centuries to help prevent strokes, kidney failure and heart disease. Cherries balance blood-sugar levels and help fight heart disease, some forms of cancer and arthritis. Garlic contains compounds that have been shown to inhibit cancer, protect against atherosclerosis, lower cholesterol, reduce blood clot formation and stimulate the pituitary gland. Eaten raw is best since when cooked the active volatile oils in this tuber are mostly lost. Use parsley to eradicate the strong garlic breath and skin odours that consumption of raw or cooked garlic can cause. Ginger is known to help relieve pain, inhibit migraines, prevent blood
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regulates sleepiness. It is made in the brain, where tryptophan
clots, fight cancer and prevent digestive stress.
is converted into serotonin and
Honey helps heal wounds internally and externally and is popular for its antibiotic properties.
released at night by the pineal gland to induce and maintain sleep. Some foods, like turkey, contain high levels of tryptophan and can help bring on sleepiness. Try to avoid pharmaceutical sleeping tablets or alcohol as sleep-inducers
side-effects and addictive risk. As an adult you need a good 7.5-9 hours of sleep a night, depending on your stress levels with more sleep required for increasing stress, something that is frequently difficult to achieve on its own and so should be part of a wider lifestyle change. Food
focusing organic foods, keep to a diet with a variety of legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Drink plenty of pure, clean water – at least eight to 10 glasses a day. If you are smoker of tobacco, the best thing you can do to have a long and healthy life is quit as soon as you possibly can.
Other steps Beyond the practical measures outlined above, there are other factors that feed into people enjoying long, healthy and happy lives. These include maintaining a group of close personal friends, keeping
family ties and doing something good for the community or the planet or both. O
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Nuts & seeds contribute to muscle tone and circulation. They also contain arginine, an amino acid that helps fight heart disease, impotence and infertility. Oats contain soluble fibre, which can reduce colon cancer risk, balance blood-sugar levels and help move cholesterol quickly through the intestines. Olive oil contains essential fatty acids that are essential to brain development, skin health, immune function, fertility and vascular health. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C, and is good for bones when fortified with vitamin D and calcium. Pine nuts give the body a powerful anti-oxidant known as pycnogenol, which protects endothelial cells, which make up the lining of the blood vessels and heart, from free radical damage. Pycnogenol also helps preserve healthy skin structure and is anti-inflammatory. Pineapples contain the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain. Sea vegetables, such as kelp, dulse, nori and Irish moss, are rich sources of micronutrients. Sesame oil is a kidney and liver tonic, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. It also helps build the blood and regulates bowel movements. Shiitake, maitake and reishi mushrooms have many anti-ageing properties. They help protect the body from viruses and some forms of cancer, boost immunity and lower 'bad' cholesterol levels. Spices, such as turmeric, basil, rosemary, cayenne, oregano and onions (not strictly a spice but a tuber in the same family as garlic) help improve circulation and prevent blood clots. Spinach, when sautéed in olive oil, is a tasty dish for promoting good eyesight. It is also high in ainti-oxidants. Teas (black, green and herbal) contain polyphenols, which are anti-oxidants that help fight cancer and diabetes. They also inhibit free radicals from wreaking havoc in the body. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a potent anti-oxidant that may protect against certain cancers, heart disease and cataracts. They are especially helpful in dealing with prostate problems and avoiding prostate cancer. Wine keeps the blood from thickening, contains the powerful anti-oxidant resveratrol and has anti-inflammatory properties that can fight cancer and reduce cholesterol. However, a little goes a long way and a single glass (or maybe two) a day is enough. Yams or sweet potato contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than carrots, more fibre than oat bran and more protein than wheat and rice. This is an excellent all-round food and delicious too.
then into melatonin, which is
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Naturally treating bladder & urinary tract infections
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Our nutrition & wellness coach, Vanessa Ascencao (pictured, opposite), takes a holistic look at bladder and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Cold causing cystitis The Nature Doctor, Dr A Vogel, is quoted as saying: 'Whatever results from a cold can only be taken away through heat.' He suggests using hot herbal packs, compresses and prolonged sitz baths. The 'sitz bath' or hip bath has long since gone out of fashion, but hot water bottles or wheat and lavender packs which are heated in the microwave can provide some relief. Menopausal women and birth control users often
experience an increase in UTIs because of hormonal o many of us today suffer from repeated urinary
changes that alter the pH of the vagina.
tract infections (UTIs), which takes a toll both physically and emotionally. Looking at the body as
a whole, UTIs indicate that there is an overall imbalance
that needs to be corrected. The most common medical treatment for a urinary tract infection is antibiotics which really just deal with the symptoms. These antibiotics put strain on the body, kill good bacteria, allow yeast to grow, and can even cause a UTI (and is the number one cause
What are UTI's? Urinary tract infection is a general term for infections anywhere within the urinary tract, usually in the bladder or kidney. A bladder infection is commonly known as cystitis, and a kidney infection is pyelonephritis. Usually, when someone talks about UTIs, they are referring to cystitis.
of recurrent UTIs).
UTIs typically cause burning with urination, a need
to urinate very frequently and urgently but in small amounts, and pelvic pain. Some people also have low
When one has a bladder infection or UTI, hygiene is of the essence when engaging intimately with your partner
back pain and smelly urine with a UTI. Symptoms of fever and pain in one side of the back, just under the rib cage, can suggest that the infection has spread to one of the kidneys. Some causes:
Sex & hygiene Given the closeness of the anus, vagina and urethra, bacteria will get transmitted back and forward. It is
advisable to wash this area before and after intercourse.
impaired immune function
Also try drinking water before and after intercourse.
the overuse of antibiotics
Empty the bladder within 15 minutes of intercourse.
the use of spermicides
After birth: many women experience UTIs shortly after
giving birth vaginally, this is due to the weakened muscles
the most common cause, accounting for approximately
of the pelvic floor that interfere with the draining of urine
90% of all cases, is the spread of E. coli * bacteria from
from the bladder.
the intestinal tract to the urinary tract. *The E. coli referred to here is not to be confused with e. coli 0157; H7, which is associated with contaminated food and, if left untreated,
can be fatal.
Hygiene Given that nearly all cystitis is caused by the E. coli bacteria that is present in the colon, and the proximity of
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Management & prevention Keep the immune system strong and your body well hydrated. Boost your immunity with natural wholefoods, probiotics, and vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and zinc. I personally like Marcus Rohrer (pictured) Spirulina as a wholefood supplement as it comprises key nutrients that boost the immune system. A healthy immune system helps the body resist infections.
the anus to the urethra, great care needs to be taken with toilet hygiene. Showers are preferable to baths when cystitis is present. Tea Tree soap rids the area of bacteria.
Irritants On the subject of bathing, think twice before using bubble baths, bath balls, and highly perfumed soap, as these can cause further irritation to the sensitive area. Most of these products include chemicals, and while they might smell nice, they are not helpful.
Cystitis & cancer The two standard treatments for cancer can cause cystitis. Chemotherapy when passed out in the urine can be very irritating to the bladder, where it can cause inflammation. This is called 'chemical cystitis'. Radiotherapy, if used in the pelvic area, can cause inflammation to the bladder wall, giving rise to a very severe form of cystitis. Catheters can also cause bacterial infection.
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The following are simple remedies that have been shown
Emotions & health Emotions and stress affect the body by causing the release of chemicals that affect physical processes. Many people believe that chronic illnesses such as recurrent UTIs are the body's way of trying to get your attention. Unreleased anger is one emotion thought to be commonly associated with UTIs. A great book that goes into this further is Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, MD. Louise Hay also explains these ideas in her book, You Can Heal Your Life. Acclaimed author, Louise Hay, founder of Hay House Publishing, a worldwide leader in self-help publications – www.hayhouse.co.za
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to be effective at preventing, treating, & curing UTIs.
Cranberry The history of the cranberry is a long one. The early settlers to America were given the berries to treat infections, wounds, indigestion and liver disease. The native people knew the value of this plant. It was found useful to sailors; it cured scurvy, the active ingredient being Vitamin C. Much research has been conducted concluding that cranberry is successful in curing and reducing UTIs. Two glasses of sugar-free cranberry juice a day are regarded as sufficient to fight urinary problems. The active ingredient is arbutin. It works by preventing e. coli from sticking to the lining of the bladder. Combined with drinking water, the harmful bacteria can be flushed out of the system. Most of the cranberry juice on sale in the supermarkets is only about one third cranberry, the rest is water and sugar. Make sure to drink unsweetened cranberry juice or alternatively take a supplement, especially if you are diabetic.
Bearberry The herb Bearberry (arctostaphylus uva-ursi ) is a
relative of the cranberry and the blueberry. It too has the
food is recommended to restore healthy bacteria and
active ingredient arbutin.
prevent yeast infections.
The Romans, Chinese and Native Americans all used Bearberry for its strong antiseptic effect on the bladder
Fresh raw veg juices
and urinary systems, regarded as the best for this
Fresh raw vegetable juices are good for detoxing the
purpose. It also contains antibiotic and diuretic qualities.
kidneys. Celery, parsley and young dandelion leaves are
Tip: Take as a tincture, add a few drops in some
particularly beneficial to include in vegetable juices. Also
water three times a day.
Warning: If taken in large doses Uva Ursi might
in very rare cases cause ringing of the ears, nausea,
vomiting, sense of suffocation, shortness of breath,
include apple, asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, celery, cranberry and cucumber. O Visit www.vdnutrition.com for more.
convulsions, delirium and collapse. Always stick to the recommended dose.
Although not as well-known as cranberries for treating a
Kidney cleanse recipe
UTI, blueberries have also been shown to be an effective
Wash & juice:
remedy for a urinary tract infection. You can eat fresh
4 stalks celery 3 sprigs parsley 1 cucumber Half a lemon Filtered water
organic blueberries, make a smoothie from frozen berries or even blend pure blueberry juice with pure cranberry juice to harness the healing power of both of these berries.
Bladder infections recipe 2 stalks asparagus 2 carrots 4 stalks celery ½ cup cranberry juice
High-fibre diets Chronic constipation is associated with an increased risk of UTIs. Since high-fibre diets have many other positive benefits, people are encouraged to increase fibre intake. The best way to increase fibre in the diet is to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, nuts and whole grains.
Water It's the standard remedy for almost any illness, but drinking plenty of fluids is extremely important in the case of UTIs. It allows the body to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract. You may be tempted to drink less since urination can be painful with a UTI, but if you keep up your fluid intake you will most likely notice a reduction in
pain much faster than if you didn't.
Vitamin C & zinc Added to cranberry juice, it has been shown to be very
Lemon juice Mixed with water, consumed several times a day, lemon juice is a simple home remedy that's effective for many people. If you do take antibiotics, a good probiotic or cultured
Conversation with Louise Hay Raw Lifestyle Festival
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future medicine The term Integrative Medicine defines a diseasespecific protocol that comprises the use of different medicine strategies. We take a closer look.
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ntegrative Medicine is a newish concept which is all about trying to use the best of 'conventional (allopathic) medicine, complimentary medicine (CAMS) including functional whole foods, and 'alternative' medicine (homeopathy and other forms), supported by a metabolic detoxification and oxidative status profile. This approach addresses not only the symptom but offers an holistic approach. For one thing, conventional allopathic medicine dosages can often be reduced, thereby reducing side-effects and toxins which the body has to clear. This is made possible by providing increased nutritional building blocks, detoxification and drainage needs that the body will demand under a stressed condition. The lifestyle protocols and detoxification and oxidative status profile can be described as follows: allopathic (conventional) medicine is defined as a single active ingredient that has been extracted or synthesised by a pharmaceutical facility. These are normally clinically validated formulas that treat a specific symptom (condition), usually not the source of the problem. The administration of such a conventional medicine, although clinically proven to address the specific symptom, usually has significant metabolic side-effects, often toxic, if the excretion organs cannot cope with the rate of treatment. Functional foods (using complimentary medicine) refers to clinically proven natural whole food therapy, not a single supplement, which will assist the organs to eliminate toxins, reduce cell mutation, reduce cell apoptosis (the process of programmed cell death) and DNA oxidative stress (one of the main causes of disease) and facilitate homeostasis, which is the body's natural state of health. Alternative Medicine (including homeopathic medicines, acupuncture and iridology therapies) forms part of a restorative disease/condition specific protocol aiming at addressing: drainage, subliminal stress, immune function, organ function and glandular functioning, along with optimising lymph and energy paths with a view to reactivating toxin excretion and reducing the indirect stress burden placed on the body during while it goes through a specific medical condition. Metabolic detoxification is the body's method of eliminating harmful compounds that could influence normal metabolic functions. These compounds could originate from the environment or as a result of
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heart matters Which organ is more important to us than our hearts? Answer: none. And yet, until something goes (usually disastrously wrong) with this organ, it is the one most likely to be ignored and/or taken advantage of. Dr Arien van der Merwe takes a look at our hearts and what we can do to keep them in optimum condition.
f you have unresolved heart-related emotional issues,
HeartMath founder Doc Childre once said: 'The capacity
this may lead to challenges in maintaining loving
to care in human beings and other living creatures is
relationships, with imbalances in the giving and receiving
an expression of love that is wonderful to behold.' It is,
of love; letting go and holding on; or problems of neediness
however, important to balance the care and concern we feel
and allowing the support of others. This means an inner
and express in action to others. If caring is taken to excess,
life of loneliness and feelings of isolation, an inability to
it can be as detrimental to the health of your heart, as is
open up and share feelings and emotions, even with loved
no, or very little, caring. Symptoms of over-care include:
ones. People with these challenges might seem cold and
feeling overwhelmed, guilty, anxious, obsessively working
emotionally distant, but often simply cannot express what
and trying to fix everything, and being over-attached to
they feel. This projects hostility and aggression into their
the problems of others. This can often lead to lack of care
outer world, so that this is also what they attract. Classical
for self, ultimately to burn-out and even death from heart
Type A personality behaviour (obsession with perfection,
being a workaholic, inability to relax, driven to succeed
A measure of balance in your life is therefore wise
at the cost of almost anything) is the most significant risk
and healthy. After all, the heart pumps blood to itself
factor for heart disease, especially heart attack.
first, before it pumps it to the rest of the body. This is an
Then there is the flip side of the coin, as Institute of
example of self-care and self-love, and is not selfish at all.
Some 70% of deaths from heart attacks and strokes, occur in people younger than 55 years of age. Heart disease is not the male-only problem it was thought to be years ago. One out of four (25%) women younger than 60 are affected. Heart disease is the cause of death in 20% of women. A family history of heart disease and symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, unproductive chronic cough, blue or painful extremities, extreme sensitivity to cold, leg ulcers, swelling of the ankles, pain over the chest, left arm or up the neck at rest or during exertion, have to be thoroughly evaluated with a complete physical examination, basic blood tests and an exertion or stress electrocardiogram. A thorough heart evaluation should form part of everybody's yearly preventative medical examination, whether or not you have symptoms or an indicative family or personal history of heart disease. The
Risk factors Cardiovascular (heart & blood vessels) disease risk factors include: Smoking Elevated total cholesterol, triglyceride & LDL-cholesterol, with decreased HDL-cholesterol levels Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) High blood pressure Existing diabetes mellitus or medium to high risk elevated fasting blood glucose levels Physical inactivity High stress/distress Hereditary heart problems
natural, integrative wellness treatment options are aimed at improving energy metabolism inside the heart's cells, as well as blood supply to the heart, while simultaneously facilitating the welcoming, releasing and surrendering of blocked emotional and mental energy. Research shows that the heart does have an effect on our health and happiness: If, for instance, you focus on, or visualise feelings of love, peace and gratitude, your breathing and heart rate slow down, and become synchronised and harmonious. Meditation has a similar effect. Feelings of love also have a positive influence on the immune system, hormones and cognitive brain function. Heart rate variability (HRV) is the natural rise and fall of your heart rate in response to the current state of your
Other very important, lesser-known risk factors: Low antioxidant status Low levels of essential fatty acids Low levels of magnesium & potassium Increased platelet aggregation (stickiness) Increased fibrinogen formation Elevated levels of homocystein Stress associated with the type A personality Hostility, aggression, pent up & explosive anger
system (body-mind-emotions). HRV is directly influenced by your breathing, blood pressure, hormones, emotions and thoughts. In a healthy heart, the rate increases as you inhale and decreases as you exhale. HRV is a reliable monitor or risk assessment for the general state of well-being. A low HRV and a high and chaotic or incoherent HRV, indicates an unbalanced or unstable autonomic nervous system. If it is a chronic state, it may be considered as an early health warning or risk, to call attention to the need to address the underlying cause as soon as possible, or it may already reflect an existing serious health condition. A healthy state is associated with a high and regular, or coherent HRV. The heart rate fluctuates all the time, and the way it changes reflects the state of stress or relaxation of the body in real time: the state of the internal world of our emotions, as well as the external world of the earth's resonance (Schuman resonance), as well as the electromagnetic and crystalline fields. Are we at peace, or are we hostile, angry and bitter? Slowing down and synchronising your breathing with your heart rate are very effective ways to learn to go into a deep relaxation state and return to a state of inner peace and equilibrium at will.
Research studies show the link between the heart, the emotions, stress and the fact that the heart also functions as a 'brain'. The heart has receptor sites for, and also manufactures, peptides that are identical to the neurotransmitter message carrier molecules inside the brain. It is now clear that the heart is a very important endocrine gland in its own right, making and releasing the major hormone ANF (atrial natriuretic factor). ANF has a profound effect on the brain's limbic structure and function. The limbic system is the seat of the emotions and stress survival reaction, and is also called the emotional brain. The limbic system includes the hippocampus where the memory, learning and control centres for the entire hormonal system reside. Some 60 - 65% of heart cells are neurons (nervous system cells), and not cardiac muscle cells as previously believed. These neurons are identical
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to brain neurons. Half of the heart neuron cells translate
can bind to receptors, with an immediate healing effect.
information from the whole body to keep it functioning
On the surface, this is the benefit of repeating positive
as a harmonious whole. The other 50% have a direct,
affirmations and on a deeper, spiritual level, the epiphany
unmediated neural connection with the emotional brain
or transcendent moment the mystics talk about. It is the
inside the head, with a 24/7 heart-brain-heart dialogue of
moment of finally being able to let go and release old,
which we are completely unconscious.
buried emotions of past core emotional trauma from the cells of your body, especially the heart, and creating new
pathways of health and well-being.
creates an electromagnetic field that encompasses the body
The heart is a powerful electromagnetic generator that and extends 3 - 5m away from it. One can actually take an
'My heart's not in it anymore'; 'my heart is sore'; 'my heart
ECG (electro-cardiogram) reading a full metre away from
is breaking'. We have all uttered these phrases. They are
the body, with no wires attached. This electromagnetic field
not simply figures of speech, but very often unconsciously
has a profound effect on the brain, furnishing radio wave
uttered, based on our intuitive understanding of the heart
pattern from which the brain draws material to create an
as the seat of the emotions and the soul. In virtually all
internal experience of the world. Ultimately, everything in
cultures and religions, the experiences of peace, love,
our lives depends on our emotional (feeling) response to
healing and harmony are understood to be seated in the
events, less than the events themselves.
heart and thymus (responsible for immunity) region in
Stress accelerates your heart rate through secretion of
the chest. This is not accidental or incidental: feelings of
the adrenal stress hormones adrenalin, noradrenalin and
love also have a positive influence on the immune system,
the long-term stress hormone cortisol. Stress is initially
hormones and cognitive brain function.
experienced as emotions or feelings within the limbic
In his book, Love & Survival, Dr Dean Ornish says that
system of the brain. ANF influences not only the heart
the most important contributing factor to heart health is the
muscle contraction, pressure in blood vessels and kidneys,
love and intimacy found in close relationships. Research has
but also the mood-influencing adrenal glands, as well as
shown that people in Japan and France (both countries with
the brain. In the brain, parasympathetic or sympathetic
low heart disease risk) have very close family and friendship
impulses coming from the heart help trigger the onset of
links, signifying the perception they have of having a support
either calming or excitatory thoughts and emotions.
system in times of trouble. Lack of love and intimacy have
Research also shows that by focusing on, or visualising,
been shown to be the most consistent predictors of heart
feelings of love, peace and gratitude, both breathing and
disease. This is more consistent than either genetics and
heart rate slow down, and they become synchronised and
other risk factors such as obesity, too little exercise, high
harmonious. Regular meditation practice has a similar
LDL-cholesterol, poor nutrition and smoking.
effect. In emotionally healthy people, there appears to be a
Even some of the other risk factors for heart disease
strong tendency for the heart and brain to have a smoothly
can be attributable to lack of social interaction and feeling
functioning dialogue, and to remain synchronised, or
isolated and alone. People smoke, drink, or overeat as
entrained. Entrainment reflects a positive frame of mind, but
an ineffective, harmful way of stilling the mind from
also helps create it, in part by enhancing the balance of the
the stressful 'monkey-chatter brain', mistakenly trying to
autonomic nervous system (parasympathetic/relaxing, and
prevent suppressed emotions from surfacing, or even to
sympathetic/excitatory system). The body, clearly, can help
form an unconscious layer of protection.
heal the mind. But what gets this healing process started?
All these are stressors or triggers for the stress reaction
The mind itself. Your mind, when focused on appreciation,
where the heart and cardiovascular system are constantly
positive self-talk, love and peace, has a virtually limitless
put on red alert to react in the classical stress response:
power to trigger physical and emotional healing.
fight or flight (when faced with danger, real or imagined) or protect and conserve (against, for example, cold and
The living matrix
hunger, real or imagined).
The Scientific Basis, the living matrix can be compared to a liquid crystal and it is a physical entity explaining how energy healing works, and why it works as an instantaneous, apparently 'miraculous' healing mechanism. Through instant transmission along the matrix, new molecules of emotion
you cause your disease on purpose. The process occurs
According to James Oschman, in his book Energy Medicine:
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Understanding blocked emotions does not imply that on a deeply unconscious level in cell memories. You can, however, become consciously aware of these issues and, through process work and deep healing, help your inner self to heal, leading to personal power and inner peace. cont. overleaf
YOUR HEART in our HANDS
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The heart of forgiveness
Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things for human beings to do. To us, revenge can seem right and even taste sweet, but it comes at a great cost to our health, especially the health of our hearts. Letting go of anger, resentment and bitterness against those who wronged you, your family, or challenged your belief systems, can be the best thing you'll ever do for your health. We find it hard to forgive even the little things, like the idiot who takes the parking spot we wanted, or a business partner, lover or parent who wronged us (not necessarily even in a major way). How much more difficult then, to forgive someone who killed a loved one, who threatened our very lives, or who stole our precious belongings? An inability to forgive even ourselves lies at the root of many of our health problems. When we're on a spiritual journey, we often grapple even more with the concept of forgiveness, trying to find congruency within our inner journey toward unconditional love and enlightenment, and our human deep-felt sense of how wrong it seems to forgive someone or something for misdeeds against ourselves, our nearest and dearest and even humanity in general and our beloved Mother Earth. Research shows that the inability to forgive works in many ways, one of which is its connection to the stress reaction, and another to our social well-being. The state of unforgiveness leads to tremendous distress inside our body-minds. The strong brew of bitterness, anger, hatred, hostility, fear and resentment, ferment and stir constant stress reactions inside us, sending distress 'molecules of
Natural heart remedies
A short summary of natural remedies for heart health includes mind-body-soul repair – healing emotions, opening to love, compassion and empathy with self and others. The following nutriceuticals and herbal remedies support your heart as both your 'emotional brain' and as the pump of your life-giving blood: An antioxidant combination with enough vitamins A, E, C & minerals, zinc, selenium, chromium High dosages of the B-complex vitamins (50 - 100mg each) B1, 3, 5, 6, choline, inositol; 50 microgram of B12 & biotin; 400 microgram of folic acid Magnesium & calcium in therapeutic quantities – 600 - 800mg calcium & 400 - 600mg magnesium, both in a food state or amino acid chelated form Co-enzyme Q10 in therapeutic quantities – about 40mg per day Hawthorn (Crateagus oxyacantha) berry in therapeutic quantities – 500 - 750mg per day Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 found in cold water fish – 1000 - 2000mg per day Ginkgo biloba in therapeutic quantities – about 40 - 80mg per day Garlic – eat crushed garlic in your food – at least three cloves a day, with parsley to alleviate the smell on your breath, or take garlic capsules Phyto (plant) estrogens, like soybeans, chick peas, lentils and linseed
emotions' through the receptors on the cell membrane (epigenetic structure) into our DNA. This comes with specific
to insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus and heart disease, as well as immune suppression, impaired memory and mental processes, even leading to depression.
cholesterol levels, increased cortisol and blood sugar, linked
or wrongdoing. This is simply not so. Choosing to forgive
their misdeeds and wrongdoings. It means that you choose to let go of your vengeance, bitterness and anger, to surrender,
We mistakenly think to forgive is to condone the misdeed doesn't mean others do not have to take responsibility for
physiological consequences: increased blood pressure and
TIME (IN seconds)
An illustration of heart rate variability linked to emotions
and to sense the tremendous relief of simply throwing off the
ODYSSEY 98 •
heavy burden of unforgiveness you carry in the metaphorical
the heavy rocks of unforgiveness ultimately destroy the fine
but still very real 'rucksack on your back'. You let go of your
tuning of cellular function. You don't even have to confront
own suffering. Human beings have a natural tendency to want
the person or situation directly – if that seems too painful or
to redress a wrong, or seek revenge and justice. Forgiveness
difficult right now, you can write a letter and send it or even
needs to be cultivated and learned. That's why getting help
keep it to yourself or burn it in a symbolic ritual of release.
can assist you in this process.
The most important thing is for you to let it go, to make
There are many ways to heal the hurt and suffering deep
peace. Address the wrongs you did to others in the same way.
inside your cell memories. That's where disease takes a deep
Let go, and forgive yourself first. Then your heart can truly
hold, often inside the spirals of your DNA. That's also where
heal – and the rest of you along with it. O
ODYSSEY 99 •
with Love and Olive Oil
Healing the Heart 'Valentine's Day saw me sitting down to an intimate dinner that yelled 'effort, effort, effort'. The ambiance had romance written all over it â€“ gentle blues music quietly washing over me, mouth-watering aromas filling my senses and a table so lovingly arranged that it made me want to cry.' Xandre Probyn reports.
here I was surrounded by what should have been
'v') and was an extra virgin olive oil from Spain. Even I,
warmth, caring and simmering excitement, and yet
with my sorely lacking culinary skills, know that olive oil
I found it almost impossible to rise to the occasion.
is good for you. Even so, I decided to use this funky little
In fact, I was feeling drained, dried up and completely
label as an excuse to inject some excitement and as a
over-indulged. No doubt, a left-over from the season's
sign that I was intrinsically appreciative of the effort. I
celebrations. Trying to appear totally enthralled, I started
proceeded to innocently ask why the use of OliveHeart
fiddling with the items on the table and was attracted by
extra virgin olive oil, basing it on the fact that I had never
a bottle sporting a black label with bold pink writing that
set eyes on it before.
contained an equally bright pink heart.
My partner, who was more than likely beginning to feel
To digress for a minute â€“ there is a school of thought
the palling atmosphere, jumped right in with evident relief
to which I am rather partial that states that everything
and started extolling its virtues. Then he encouraged me
happens for a reason; some feel that the intervention
try some with a chunk of freshly baked bread. All I can
comes from a higher being, others the universe, fate or
say was that it uplifted my palate straight to Nirvana and
karma. Regardless of the explanation, what matters right
sent my misery scurrying in the opposite direction. The
then is that what needs to happen happens. Such was the
search for OliveHeart enlightenment was on and this is
case that night. Little did I know that my act of subterfuge
what I discovered from him and from my explorations.
would create a situation that provided the answer to my dilemma.
With a difference
The first item that received a tick in my books was that it was produced in Spain â€“ as we all know, people from Mediterranean countries have fewer heart problems and a lower incidence of cancer. Studies indicate that
On closer examination, I saw that the bottle I had been
this is largely due to their diet, in which olive oil plays a
studying was called OliveHeart (the heart replacing the
rather large role. This alone was almost enough to divest
All I can say was that the olive oil uplifted my palate straight to Nirvana and sent my misery scurrying in the opposite direction.
Nature’s way to heart health
myself of the sludge that I felt backfiring through my body. Secondly, this olive oil was created on a farm in Córdoba by a group of professionals who lovingly offered more than 30 years worth of experience and expertise to find the right combination of olives to give it a deliciously green fruity flavour. The process was not without its challenges. This oil contains an exceptionally high level of polyphenols, which play a big role in cardio-health, but which can also give the olive oil a bitter taste. To prevent this, the correct varieties of olives need to be picked at the right time in the right way, the weather needs to be perfect and the method of preservation needs to ensure that the olives have retained their high polyphenol content when they arrive on your table. Those close to me will tell you that food does not play a particularly important role in my life, so when I indulge I like to do it with food that tantalises my taste buds and leaves the rest of my senses feeling thoroughly spoilt and sated. A definite tick for this brand of olive oil in this category.
Other benefits I was delighted to see that OliveHeart would help my diabetic friends as well since it promotes lower LDL ('bad' cholesterol) levels, improves insulin sensitivity and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. I was particularly surprised to see that it is good for obesity – who would have thought so, considering it has a high calorie content? In my experience, painful joints tends to diminish any feelings of romance and I heaved a sigh of relief when I read
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Oliveheart contributes to the protection of blood lipids and LDL cholesterol from oxidative stress.
onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Also, having just heard from
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my doctor that I had the perfect build for osteoporosis, I almost poured the entire bottle of olive oil down my throat when I discovered that it helps to prevent osteoporosis by building bone strength and health while increasing calcium
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Ever heard of mangosteen? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, it's worth knowing what mangosteen can do for you. We take a look.
efore launching into what mangosteen is, and how it can work for you, it's important to understand that the human body operates in an interconnected way,
with each body system feeding information and responses to all other body systems in a complex biofeedback process that has been described by some as every part of the human body having an inter connection to all other parts of the body in the form of a matrix. It is, by effectively utilising this inbuilt, rebalancing and healing mechanism, that a powerful natural medicine can help with many different conditions and have an effect on so many different parts of the body.
Mangosteen Juice A 12 minute video on this amazing discovery
Mangosteen combats oxidation, which is one of the primary disease-causing factors we all face daily. controls the inter connection of all parts of the body with all other parts of the body. This matrix is the sum of the whole, so to speak. It works, not independently, but jointly. The gut affects the liver, the liver can affect brain chemistry, and brain chemistry can cause depression or aggravate a case of autism. By understanding the matrix you will better understand how the body begins to allow sickness to spread and more importantly, how the xanthones of the mangosteen fruit can
The purple mangosteen (Garcinia mangostanaâ€‰), is a tropical
help rebalance the body and support its natural inclination to
evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda
return to optimal health.
Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in
Mangosteen xanthones can influence the matrix of the
Southeast Asia, and it also grows in tropical South American
body as a whole for better health. They will affect such
countries such as Colombia, where the tree has been
things as fatty acid imbalance and the inflammation that
introduced. The tree grows from 6 to 25m tall. The fruit of
is associated with it. Xanthones reduce gut permeability
the mangosteen is sweet and tangy, juicy, and somewhat
and thereby change and affect the entire body matrix. By
fibrous, with an inedible, deep reddish-purple coloured rind
preventing oxidation, xanthones slow the ageing process of
(exocarp) when ripe. In each fruit, the fragrant edible flesh
cells, giving the body more energy.
that surrounds each seed is what counts.
The list of conditions which it helps is long and it is best
The purple mangosteen belongs to the same genus as the
if you do the research yourself via the links supplied below.
other, less widely known mangosteens, such as the button
Various parts of the plant have a history of use in traditional
mangosteen (G. prainiana) or the charichuelo (G. madrunoâ€‰).
medicine, mostly in Southeast Asia. Mangosteen was also
While knowledge of the fruit in Western scientific circles
used for skin infections, wounds, dysentery, or urinary tract
dates back to the late 18th century, it is only more recently
infections. In fact there's hardly a condition that it doesn't at
that it has come into focus as a major health-supporting
least help because of the major significance of its ability to
phyto-chemical rich 'neutraceutical'.
combat oxidation, which is one of the primary disease-causing
Mangosteen contains xanthones which have a powerful natural healing anti-oxidant effect.
factors we all face daily. So mangosteen, with its high anti-oxidant xanthones, may not be a 'cure-all', but it could easily be described as very nearly a 'help-all'.
The Matrix Integrative healing tells us that there is an inner matrix that
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and cleansers. On asking why, she was told that it was
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increasing her toxic load and that in the fight for her life she
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skin health. For example, Jojoba oil is closest to the skins own
most of the top overseas brands, are potentially toxic and
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that only about 10% of the thousands of new synthetic
Hip oil is a proven cellular regenerator, while Vitamin E is a
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science vs homeopathy In recent years, there has been what appears to be a concerted effort on the part of a certain section of society – both locally and internationally – to discredit homeopathy as just so much 'hocus pocus', without any valid scientific backing, and working only in so far as the placebo effect causes some people to get better. Dr Herman Jeggels, a medical doctor, takes a look at the pros and cons – and comes to what some might call a surprising conclusion.
omeopathy, or homeopathic therapeutics (HTS),
Weirdly, in the relativistic age, 100 years or more on
termed 'witchcraft', or just 'implausible'. Some even
from Einstein's amazing insights into how nature (light,
call it a 'religious belief', because of its supposed lack of
space and time) really works, followed by the yet more
'rational' scientific basis. Such views require more than
amazing and weird world of the very small, as explained by
acceptance at face value, however.
quantum mechanics, still have to be fully integrated into what
Medicine is a techno-science, like engineering. However, history confirms that in the true sciences, as in engineering,
ODYSSEY 104 •
'right' in an absolute sense.
evokes a variety of responses. It's mostly disparaged,
remains as the essentially 19th Century mechanico-technical worldview of many medical practitioners.
no idea is inherently or automatically deemed implausible, or
Often, the use of technologies runs ahead of its sciences.
crazy. For example, Niels Bohr (among others) agreed that
The medicines sulfonamide, neomercozole, and furosemide,
Wolfgang Pauli's (at the time) new theory on elementary
among others, were discovered by chance over three
particles was 'crazy', but couldn't agree whether its 'crazy
decades (1930s-60s), and widely employed by doctors.
enough to have a chance of being correct'. And that 'crazy,
Long before then, Lady Mary Montagu reported in 1718 that
absurd' Pythagorean idea of the moving earth was rejected
the Turks employed variolation, while Jenner introduced
after Aristotle and Ptolemy put our planet at the centre of
vaccinations in 1796. All the above-mentioned technologies
creation, but was revived successfully by Copernicus, who
were employed without knowing exactly (or even vaguely)
revealed a very different view of our place in the grand
how they worked. But what was important was that they did
scheme of things. Einstein's idea of bending of light would
indeed work, and therefore were employed. Consider that the
have been 'implausible' if it had been offered soon after
world's first passenger jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet,
Newton's time, but has been shown in recent decades to be
crashed a few times with fatal consequences due to the then
correct – so Newton's take on reality was not final, or even
poorly-understood concept of compression-decompression
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Dr Heidi M Retter induced metal fatigue. But we did not stop using jets, or building new ones, just because it turned out we had not fully understood something vital at the outset. The historical truth is that humankind has always used technologies despite an imperfect knowledge of their scientific bases.
HTS has confirmed its clinical excellence – and that's the
reason for its spread worldwide. Indeed its initial spread, it can be argued, is due to what has been described as its 'distinct superiority' in treating life-threatening epidemics in Europe and the USA during the 1800s. So, rejecting the employment of HTS due to its 'implausibility' or unknown science is historically misleading, and hypocritical. As our knowledge matures over time, it can be envisaged that the understanding of how HTS works will be fully described
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believe its empirical record of success should suffice as is,
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while others' views is that the emerging knowledge about
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in minute scientific detail at some stage. Some people
how water retains what amounts to a 'memory', combined with the rather recent idea out of physics of 'quantum
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ODYSSEY 105 •
non-locality' (once connected bits of stuff or matter can affect one another instantly over any distance, without any other mechanism being involved, if their energetic states change after separation – that's what an unhappy Einstein called disapprovingly 'spooky action at a distance'), is sufficient scientific grounds for an explanation of homeopathy's effectiveness. Nevertheless, one should still be able to analyse HTS by subjecting it to the sciences; it should be remembered here that science itself came into acceptance by society as a whole not due to its 'objective knowledge' as such, but rather because the powerful engineering products that were created using science were very useful. HTS arose out of therapeutic uncertainty – how to match
a therapy with a disease of a particular patient – and the necessity of treating what were at the time intractable and usually fatal conditions. Dr Samuel Hahnemann discovered in 1790 the experimental methodology termed 'provings'.
It may be said without fear of contradiction that in at least one aspect – the requirement for a scientific theory to produce positive results when applied – homeopathic therapeutics 'passes' the 'positive heuristics' requirements of mature applied sciences.
Hahnemann's intuitive ingestion of Peruvian bark elicited symptoms and signs of malaria. This was what's now called the homeopathic pathogenic trial (HPT). Hahnemann
confirming instances' and not 'crucial experiments', the latter
discovered via the HPT that the bark in question cures malaria.
being the currently preferred 'scientific method'. Edmund
The idea is that as it induces a mild similar 'artificial disease'
Halley, for example, applied Newton's laws, plus all relevant
which stimulates the cure of the similar (though much
data to the movements of a particular comet (subsequently
more severe) actual disease of the patient. Another way of
named for him), and calculated its return to the same spot in
putting this is that the similarity of symptoms, much like a
space after 72 years – stunningly, he was out by just a few
vaccination, 'fools' the body into developing the necessary
minutes. This verification, and not experimentation, ended
responses to overcome the real disease. This phenomenon
the French Academy's long-standing prizes to anyone who
was known as the age-old 'theory of similarities', as described
could disprove Newton's theory. Ironically, centuries later,
by the 'Father of Medicine', Greek physician Hippocrates.
there are now any number of physicists who could 'disprove'
During HPT, knowledge and experience of a medicine's
Newton's theory of how everything works by pointing to the
specific actions are elicited when the substance is administered
more refined workings of relativity and space-time dynamics.
to a healthy person. The symptoms and signs elicited
So Newton's work was not 'wrong', it was incomplete – and
represent a disease diagnosis or picture, which is intimately
the same may well be said for all the rest of our current
linked with the substance or therapy as administered
to healthy people before the therapy's use as a clinical
It may be said without fear of contradiction that in at
application. This is termed specific therapeutics (SRx). Using
least one aspect – the requirement for a scientific theory
the principle of similarities as a guide means matching a SRx
to produce positive results when applied – HTS 'passes' the
with the disease of the patient to achieve a successful clinical
'positive heuristics' requirements of mature applied sciences.
outcome. This links the diagnosis, therapy, and outcome,
HTS approximates 'therapeutic certainty', as designed into
which in turn approximates to 'therapeutic certainty', which
pharmaceutical medicines from the outset, so achieving the
is the ideal in all medicine. But for critics of homeopathy
aim of 'right and good healing action taken in the interest
it is perhaps more than pertinent that what amounted to
of a particular patient'. Its scientific evidence is its clinical
double-blinded HPTs were performed as early as 1835, and
(empirical) successes, as well as its 'confirming instances' or
equivalents were repeated through to the turn of the 20th
'anecdotes'. In techno-science, the scientific evidence of a
century. These are now performed to modern standards.
technology and product is depicted by, for example, the first
A scientific theory, says scientific philosopher Imre
flight of Airbus A380 aircraft, or NASA's Curiosity's stunning
Lakatos, must have 'positive heuristics' – it must solve
landing on Mars – in other words, the product does what it
problems, in the same way that Einstein's general theory
must do outside the laboratory. So, regardless of whether
of relativity solved the planet Mercury's problematic orbit.
some people believe homeopathy has only placebo-like
Furthermore, certain theories have been verified by 'dramatic
qualities with no inherent healing values at all, or if they cont. overleaf
ODYSSEY 106 •
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strongly believe in homeopathy as an alternative to allopathic
and biochemical processes. It certainly is not 'disproved', as
treatments, either way, far more people recover from serious
many of those vociferously opposed to this treatment system
conditions using homeopathy than might be considered
would have you believe. And with the gradual unfoldment
'normal' with a non-therapeutic treatment. People get better,
in our understanding of what, for want of a better way of
so homeopathy is still used – even if many mechanistic
describing things, might be called 'energetic medicine', it
scientists (mostly in the allopathic medical arena) think it is
is not only possible but it appears increasingly likely that
bunk. The actual mechanism of activation, or the processes
the reasons homeopathy usually works will, in due course,
involved at cellular level, which homeopathy is thought to
become much clearer to everyone. To believe anything else
initiate, along with the precise details of the mechanisms and
is to assume that we are at the apex of human understanding
processes involved remain, as has been said earlier in this
of our bodies, their systems and processes, as well as all the
article, to be fully described.
aspects of the underlying physics and chemistry that give rise
But practitioners of homeopathy and a large and growing
to life and its processes. To make such an assumption would
number of their patients worldwide know full well from a
be hubris indeed – and may well be found in time to come to
vast volume of experience that it usually works for them.
be as out of touch with reality as the famed comment by a
The same may be said for almost all conventional allopathic
leading figure in Victorian England's scientific community who
medicines – except that the latter have a more or less fully
declared, towards the end of the 19th century, that all that
understood mechanism of action. The current status of
man would ever know or need to know had been discovered
homeopathy is, at worst, in the category of 'as yet unproven'
already. Now we know differently. So too it may turn out to
in respect to known mechanisms, pathways and other cellular
be with homeopathy. O
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NASA Biocapsule The NASA Biocapsule – made of carbon nanotubes – will be able to 'diagnose' and instantly treat an astronaut without him or her even knowing there's something amiss. It would be like having your own personal Dr McCoy (of Star Trek fame) implanted under your skin. It represents one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of medicine, and yes, it'll work on Earth, too. On our home planet, the NASA Biocapsule's primary target is diabetes – specifically, patients who need insulin.
Tobacco giants admit to lies Tobacco companies have been ordered by a judge in the US to admit that they lied to the public about the damage caused by cigarettes. The ruling – should it survive a likely appeal by the tobacco giants – will force companies in America to issue corrective statements, possibly on cigarette packets or in advertising, each prefaced by a confession that manufacturers 'deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking'.
Green solution for medical waste The Newster medical waste steriliser, to be launched in SA soon, grinds potentially infectious waste into dry solid waste, and also sterilises it. The device, which resembles a small washing machine, can dispose of any kind of medical waste, from needles, syringes and small glass bottles to nappies, bandages and body parts. Different sized models can incinerate waste from 15-5 000kg within 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the device's size. The equipment, which is used in Europe, is being imported by Cape Town company Alloro Promo. Carlo Bovetti, the importer, said that as the machine ground waste, the friction generated caused heat of up to 151°C, which not only sterilised waste, but also caused the waste humidity to evaporate. Unlike autoclaves, the steriliser was 100% green with no toxic emissions, he said. The machine could also be used in a hospital environment, cutting costs of transporting medical waste to incinerators. Mark van der Heever, spokesman for the provincial Department of Health, said the total expenditure for medical waste removal in the Western Cape exceeded R18m.
New blood test can determine speed of ageing A blood test to determine how fast someone is ageing has been shown to work on a population of wild birds, the first time the ageing test has been used successfully on animals living outside a laboratory setting. The test measures the average length of tiny structures on the tips of chromosomes called telomeres which are known to get shorter each time a cell divides during an organism’s lifetime. Telomeres are believed to act like internal clocks by providing a more accurate estimate of a person’s true biological age rather than their actual chronological age. This has led some experts to suggest that telomere tests could be used to estimate not only how fast someone is ageing, but possibly how long they have left to live (if they die of natural causes). Telomere tests have been widely used on experimental animals and at least one company is offering a R5 600 blood test in the UK for people interested in seeing how fast they are ageing based on their average telomere length. 'However while telomeres do shorten with chronological age, the rate at which this happens differs between individuals of the same age. This is because individuals experience different amounts of biological stress due to the challenges and exertions they face in life. Telomere length can be used as a measure of the amount of damage an individual has accumulated over its life,' David Richardson of the University of East Anglia.
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standards MSM has a molecular weight of only 94 and is described as a feather-weight molecule. The characteristic structure and its low molecular weight allows it to easily pass through skin and into the tissue below. MSM relieves pain in several ways:
It inhibits pain impulses along the C-fibres of the nervous system. These fibres carry messages of pain from damaged tissue sites to the brain. When rigid fibrous tissue cells swell and become inflamed, pain results. Medical students learn early in their training to recognise inflammation by: rubor (redness), Ccalor (heat), dolor (pain), tumour (swelling) and loss of function. Inflammation puts pressure on nerves and other tissue
Natural Pain Relief We look into MSM (Methylsulphonylmethane) â€“ an organic form of sulphur which has been shown to achieve remarkable results in pain relief.
causing pain. MSM is a bonafide anti-inflammatory agent and impacts on each of these inflammatory signs in the body. Since MSM can restore flexibility and permeability of cell walls, fluid can pass through the tissue more easily. This helps equalise pressure and reduces or eliminates the cause of spasms and pain. Harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins are allowed to flow out while nutrients are permitted to flow in which minimises or prevents the pressure build-up that causes inflammation in cells. This accompanied by the muscle-relaxing effect of MSM, reduces muscle spasms â€“ a contraction of tissue which often happens in painful conditions. The spasm then triggers the next spasm resulting in the so called 'pain spasm cycle'. MSM has the ability to break this cycle. When MSM is combined with arnica, a fragrant herb, which also relieves pain and inflammation, plus essential oils known to soothe and relax muscles and increase blood circulation, a synergistic effect is achieved. In selecting a cream or rub it is important to note the
amount of active MSM per gram in the formulation. The SM is an organic form of sulphur which is readily
higher the active MSM, obviously the better results will be
assimilated by the body. Sulphur is a vital
achieved. The optimal concentration is 30%.
element, often in short supply, which is needed to
In acute painful conditions MSM rub on its own normally
manufacture synovial fluid, cartilage and connective tissue.
achieves remarkable results. In muscle spasms and sports
MSM has been found to help in reducing and preventing
injuries for instance, one can see swelling and inflammation
formation of scar tissue, it decreases inflammation in cells
reduced, often within the hour.
and increases elasticity in cell walls. MSM has similar therapeutic benefits as mineral hot
MSM is available as tablets or capsules containing
1gm of MSM. It is also available in powder form where 1
springs, as both are rich in sulphur that relieves arthritis,
teaspoon equals about 5gm of MSM. The powder form is
chronic back pain, tendonitis, bursitis, neck pain, muscle
mixed in water or preferably fruit juice as it has a slight
sprains and pains, carpal tunnel syndrome, athletic
bitter taste. The normal starting dose in the oral form is
strains and pains, osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis,
3gm a day. Depending on the results you have on low
rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
dosages of MSM you may increase the intake per day. Most
MSM is a natural, safe, side-effect free remedy for
conditions will respond to 5-15gm per day, but it depends
many types of pain and inflammatory conditions. In its
on the severity of the condition, and your body weight.
natural state it is an inconspicuous sulphur molecule found
You can increase the dose up to a maximum of 1gm per
in plants, animals and in the human body. By chemistry
kilogram body weight per day.
thinning agent, and an increase in blood thinning effect,
Since MSM can restore flexibility and permeability of cell walls, fluid can pass through the tissue more easily. This helps equalise pressure and reduces or eliminates the cause of spasms and pain.
when MSM is added, cannot be ruled out. Indications of such an effect would be the development of bruises or increased bleeding from small cuts. Again discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist. The best pain relief in chronic pain conditions is achieved when MSM topical rub is used with MSM tablets or powder. Adding MSM to your regime will help reduce pain
The optimal effect in pain relief is obtained when the
and inflammation,increase tissue oxygenation and restore flexibility. You need to be patient and give MSM time to get
topical rub is used in conjunction with the oral form. Although MSM is one of the least toxic substances in
into the system before you feel the full benefit.
biology or medicine, at higher dosages it would be advisable
The topical rub is normally applied three times a day to
to discuss the dosage with your pharmacist or doctor. If
the affected area, and can be reduced to twice a day once
you are currently on prescribed medication like steroids,
pain relief is achieved. In treating shin-splints the standard
Methotraxateor Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory medication,
therapy of massage, ice, pain relievers and rest is not very
which all have well documented side-effects, it may be
successful. By adding MSM topical and oral forms to the
possible to reduce the dosage once MSM starts taking effect.
regime, it will get the dedicated athlete back into training
Should you wish to add MSM to your medication please
discuss this with your physician or doctor. MSM is remarkably free of side-effects and interaction
with other medications. The oral form may have a blood
References: A Breakthrough For Victims Of Arthritis, LA Times, 1998 • Science News Updates: Pain reaches epidemic proportions, 1997 •
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EASING THE PAIN OF ARTHRITIS NATURALLY Earl mindell Basic Health
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In this book, Dr Mindell presents safe, easy-to-use strategies to help readers achieve optimum health and relief from their discomfort. This book features arthritis-busting dietary recommendations to cleanse the body of toxins that contribute to joint diseases and it introduces superfoods for alleviating arthritis symptoms. Dr. Mindell also describes simple exercise for pain-free joints; highlights such herbal and supplemental remedies as glucosamine, MSM, curcumin, and ginger extract that show promise in reducing pain and inflammation; and covers hypnosis, acupuncture, and other alternative methods for coping with arthritis pain. Anyone who suffers from arthritis and is looking for practical advice and alternatives to medication will find this book invaluable in their fight against this disease.
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DR EARL MINDELL'S NATURAL REMEDIES FOR 150 AILMENTS Earl Mindell Basic Health
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Now updated and expanded, this valuable book teaches readers to stop turning to potentially harmful prescription and over-the-counter medicines to ease whatever ails them-and to turn instead to Mother Nature for safe, natural, and effective remedies to relieve troublesome health conditions. World-renowned health expert Dr. Earl Mindell shows readers how to use nutritional and herbal supplements to treat common ailments, both large and small. As readers listen to his commonsense advice and preventive strategies, they will soon discover that the symptoms that have been plaguing them are fading. Not only will they feel better physically, but they'll also rest well knowing that they arrived there naturally with nonprescription alternatives. Readers may find themselves turning to this book time after time to learn what they can do to live a healthy and pain-free life like Mother Nature intended.
HEALING WHAT HURTS: Fast Ways to Get Safe Relief from Aches and Pains and other Everyday Ailments David Y Wong & Deborah Mitchell Basic Health
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In this book, Dr Wong and medical writer Deborah Mitchell show how self-healing techniques such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, and meditation can be used to treat ailments from bad breath to tinnitus, bronchitis to varicose veins. For instance, you will learn about alternatives to antibiotics that nourish, rather than compromise, the immune system and how to use exercise and acupressure treatments to rein in back pain. Each ailment section contains: Vital information such as causes and risk factors; Prevention tips; Best-bet natural remedies and step-by-step advice on how to use them; Alternative treatments for relief of symptoms; What symptoms are urgent and when to seek professional help This reader-friendly guidebook delivers the tools you need to become an active participant in your own health and well-being.
Do you feel trapped by chronic pain? Do you avoid going places and doing things you once loved because getting there simply hurts too much? Are your choices determined not by desire, but by the intensity of your physical discomfort? In the following extract from the book Stop Pain by physician and sports-medicine specialist Vijay Vad, MD, he introduces us to the ins and outs of pain.
WHAT IS PAIN
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arly one Sunday morning, I was just finishing breakfast when my emergency pager went off. It was a recent patient of mine, whom I'll call
'John'. I had been working with John for several months on alleviating a chronic pain condition that he'd had for more than seven years. We had been able to minimise his pain levels with a regimen of proper diet, exercise, supplements, topical creams, and minimally invasive procedures. This morning, however, he was experiencing an especially disturbing 'breakthrough pain', a condition that affects many chronic pain sufferers. Breakthrough pain comes on suddenly for short periods of time and can't be alleviated by the patient's normal pain management arsenal. I have seen breakthrough pain due to bumps in the road of everyday life – factors that alter the mind-body relationship. Common culprits are extreme stress, or excessive lying – as the pressurised cabin in the plane can take a toll, or something as simple as catching a cold, which can trigger breakthrough pain by increasing overall inflammation in the body. It is common in cancer patients, but it also happens occasionally for the kinds of people I treat – those suffering mainly from musculoskeletal pain, or MSK for short. Many researchers and physicians
now prefer to use the term neuro-musculoskeletal pain, because it accurately suggests that the nervous system is not only involved but also fundamentally altered by such pain, sometimes irreversibly. I'll follow their usage (although for simplicity I'll retain the traditional acronym MSK), because to understand how pain works, we have
to assess the role played by the exceedingly complex human nervous system. Indeed, most of the pain people suffer from, both in this country and in other parts of the world, involves the complex system of nerves (neuro), muscles and tendons (musculo), and bones, joints, and cartilage (skeletal). MSK pain, which covers a wide range of symptoms
and causes, affects one in four adults worldwide and is the most common source of serious, long-term pain and physical disability. Chronic pain, often a result of unresolved MSK pain, is the cause of as many as 60% of people requiring early retirement or long-term sick leave. The costs associated with treating this form of pain in the United States alone reached a quarter of a trillion dollars during the years from 2003 to 2008. Excluding trauma, MSK conditions are responsible for roughly 25% of the total expense of illness in all developed nations. The monumental impact of MSK conditions is now recognised by the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, and numerous governments throughout the world that support the Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010. According to
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an influential paper released in 2008, this form of pain is 'one of the most common reasons for self-medication and entry into the health-care system'. My patient John may be just one small part of those statistics, but to me he represents the personal side of pain, because I saw just how big a toll it took on his daily life. When I met John, he was at his wit's end, having all but given up hope of getting relief from what he experienced as 'round the clock' pain. John runs several successful computer programming and internet technology companies that require him to drive fairly long distances to work. When he first came to see me several years ago, the long drives were causing him considerable back pain. John is now in his mid-40s, but the initial source of his pain was an injury that occurred when he was just 14. While competing in a karate tournament, he threw a roundhouse kick, also called a '720' because it requires two full revolutions of the leg and body to deliver the blow. His opponent had fallen against the ropes to get out of the way, however, so there was nothing to stop John's leg and lower body from continuing to spin out of control. The whiplash left him a little sore, but he was able to finish the match. He didn't feel bad that day, but the pain soon intensified. 'I woke up the second day after the tournament,' John said, 'and I was absolutely screaming for my mother.' At the hospital, he was given traction and sent home the following day. John felt essentially normal for the next 10 years, with only an occasional backache. He spent a decade laying tile and granite floors for a living, and even though he was on his knees most of the day, John felt little back pain, because his work forced him to maintain a strong body core and tight stomach. The problems developed after he stopped doing manual work and started his first computer job. He had been going to night school while laying tile, but once he began working at a computer station full time, he lost his core body tone, and after a few years his back pain started in earnest. After examining John, I determined that he had a tear in the soft tissue in one of his spinal discs. When healthy, the discs separating the vertebrae in your spine are like jelly donuts: they have soft, gel-like centres surrounded by layers of fibrous tissues. Because of injury or aging, small tears can form in the outer layer of the disc (this is called an 'annular tear'). When the gel-like centre of the disc pushes through – like squeezing the jelly out of the donut – the result is a herniated disc. John had sustained a tear on the outside lining of a lumbar disc, located in the lower back. This caused inflammation of the nerve going down his left
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Part of the misunderstanding about pain may come from the confusion between
of that missed karate kick, and had
surgeons, osteopaths, and chiropractors,
gradually worsened over the years. John
yet any relief he felt was always short
had seen a doctor in Florida who gave
him an annual selective nerve root block
'Nobody really seemed to spend any
(SNRB) injection, which is a special form
time to talk with me,' he said. 'It was like a mill. You were in there for 15 minutes and
chronic pain. Acute
diagnosis and back pain management.
then you were out. You got a prescription
The SNRB injections worked for a year
and you were gone – and that drove me
or so, and John occasionally saw a
cut - may cause intense suffering, yet the pain is temporary. Just knowing that it will
chiropractor. But as his life became more
The prescriptions he got were for
sedentary and he put on more weight,
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
the frequency of the injections went from
drugs); nerve membrane stabilisers
once a year to every nine months, then
originally designed for seizure control;
six months, then three, and finally every
painkillers including opioids; and muscle
two weeks. John was on what you might
relaxers. He was even given a complicated
call a pain roller coaster.
procedure called a nucleoplasty, which in
Chronic MSK pain, as with other
his case wasn't called for. The problem
pass makes such
chronic pain conditions, may be the result
was that the main source of his pain was
pain more bearable.
of a past injury, but it can also be due
the tear in the disc and not the bulge
to the build-up of everyday stresses.
itself, which nucleoplasty is designed to
A slipped or bulging disc as described
treat. One specialist he saw even talked
above, for instance, may be the result
about replacing the damaged discs
of being overweight. But there may be
The pain incurred by a broken limb may be excruciating, but we can take solace in the day-by-day mending process and the gradual lessening of hurt and discomfort. Once the cast comes off, we usually feel relieved and whole again. In this case, complaining about the pain may indeed be counterproductive; we should do what we can to relieve the pain but focus primarily on healing its cause.
pain management specialists, orthopedic
of epidural injection commonly used for
severe burn or deep
different doctors, including back and
pain. The tear was most likely the result
acute pain and pain - say, from a
leg and resulted in severe back and leg
other stresses on the disc, such as
When John finally came to see
extended sitting, as with writers, artists,
me, he was not only in pain but also
and office or factory workers, or driving.
feeling a great deal of frustration verging
Truck drivers further compound the risk
on despair. He told me that he was
factor of driving long distances with lifting
experiencing pain from the time he woke
during loading and unloading.
up in the morning until he went to sleep
Genetics and age also play prominent
at night, and that the pain often disturbed
roles in chronic MSK pain. As we age, the
his sleep as well. Even with all the
gel within our spinal discs tends to dry
treatments and medications he had had,
out, making the spine less flexible and
he just wasn't getting significant relief.
more prone to traumatic injury. And the
He could not sit for even five minutes – a
relative strength of the protective outer
hallmark clinical sign of a tear in the disc.
layer of our discs is also conditioned to
I decided to approach his situation
some extent by our genetic history in
from all directions. The weight he had put
much the same way as some people are
on and the prolonged sitting he endured
predisposed to cancer or diabetes. Being
during his years of sedentary work had
overweight can also increase the risk of
added enormously to the initial problem
our discs drying out. And yet, chronic
of his injury. So I started John on a
pain can sometimes be mysterious, its
weight loss regimen of aerobic exercises,
root cause hard to determine. There may
including swimming, treadmill walking,
be no evidence of disease or damage
and yoga-based stretching exercises and
to tissues that doctors can directly link
an anti-inflammatory diet. I also advised
to pain. Or pain may remain after the
him to make other lifestyle changes,
original injury shows every indication
such as cutting down on his commute
of being healed – as was the case
and heating his back for 15 minutes at
with John's karate injury and resulting
bedtime and in the morning and icing it
acute back pain. John saw seven
after work. I told John that if he did all
these things, he would see a significant improvement within six months. In a very short time, John went from missing two or three days of work per week because of his pain to being able to work five days a week. To help him with the pain he felt while driving or lying while flying long distances, I recommended a back brace designed to take pressure off the lower back. The combination of using the brace for prolonged sitting, 45 minutes of daily walking, and the weight-loss regimen was helping John start to break the pain cycle. I also gave him samples of an OTC patch and topical cream that managed to further reduce his pain during his daily commute and while at work. It's not that John has no pain at all now. We are managing his pain in an ongoing way and keeping it at a minimum. I may still occasionally prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain meds, or suggest going to an osteopath, but only when absolutely necessary and only for short periods. I am usually able to get many patients to a pain-free stage pretty quickly, but others who have been seriously injured or have gone untreated for lengthy periods of time have to be willing to stay in it for the long haul. John knows that if he maintains the regimen he'll do all right most of the time. And that's a big change from the way he felt when all he experienced was pain. As he once put it, 'When I'm in so much pain, I feel like I'm in the middle of a crowded room screaming and no one hears me. When you're in round-the-clock chronic pain, you feel lonely and isolated.' Knowing that there is a way out of pain and that people care about you is a major source of comfort at times like that. My job as a physician was not to treat him and his various scans as numbers in a generic protocol, but to customise his treatment plan, because pain is personal. O
Vijay Vad, MD, is a sports-medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is the author of Back Rx and Arthritis Rx. In 2007, he created the Vad Foundation, dedicated to two causes: supporting medical research into back pain and arthritis, and funding education for disadvantaged girls worldwide. He co-founded The Inflasoothe Group in 2008. Dr Vad lives in New York City with his family. Visit www.VijayVad.com or click the book cover.
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You'd be surprised as to how many ailments can be treated with foods and spices from your kitchen. We take a look.
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Toothache Hate going to the dentist? We recommend chewing softly on a clove which is known to ease toothache and inflammation
of the gums for around two hours. Due to the presence of the chemical found in this spice called eugenol, it acts as a strong anaesthetic.
Tip: Adding a ¼ teaspoon of cloves – either ground-up or
whole – to your diet daily is said to protect your heart as it is known to stabilise blood sugar and weaken the production of cholesterol,
from three weeks after using it.
Muscle pain Danish researchers asked their pain-afflicted patients to spruce up their meals with ginger, which eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness with around 63% of them
experiencing relief within two months. The effects are
mealtime and say goodbye to heartburn within a day. Cider vinegar is know to
contain lots of malic and tartaric acids, which show a strong action in digestion. They also break up fats and proteins, which aids digestion so that food is
prevented from washing back up into the oesophagus
Tip: Add from 1 teaspoon of dried ginger (depending on your preference) or 2 teaspoons
– the process that gives
rise to heartburn.
Earaches Ear infections can be painful and extremely uncomfortable. We advise placing two drops of warmed garlic oil into your ear twice daily for up to five days. This easy cure is known to clear up ear infections faster than many pharmaceuticals. Garlic's active compounds are germanium, selenium, and sulphur which show action against many strains of bacteria, which are known to cause earaches.
Tip: Simmer around three cloves of garlic (crush them first) in half a cup of virgin (or extra virgin) olive oil for up to two minutes, strain, then place your home remedy in a suitable glass container, once cooled. It will last
in your fridge for up to two weeks.
vinegar in a glass of water before
experts say prevent the production of pain-triggering
Dilute one tablespoon of apple cider
due to ginger's potent chemicals called gingerols, which
of fresh ginger to your diet daily.
Headache & joints Did you know that around one in four women struggle with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches, says a recent study? Eating a medium-sized bowl portion of cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) a day is known to bring relief, without the side-effect of upset tummy often associated
with over-the-counter painkillers. The chemical which gives cherries their attractive red colour is called anthocyanin, which shows anti-inflammatory action 10 times stronger or more effective than ibuprofen and aspirin. Anthocyanins are known to stop the enzymes that start tissue inflammation, in so doing, preventing and treating pain.
PMS A Yale study indicates that up to 80% of women have uncomfortable symptoms related to PMS, due to the fluctuations in the hormones oestrogen and progesterone that occur at the time. Around two small-medium servings of yoghurt daily has been said to reduce PMS
symptoms by as much as 48%. Yoghurt is rich in the nervous system calming mineral, calcium, which prevents painful symptoms even when hormones are fluctuating.
Chronic pain Studies show that East Indian spice, turmeric, is up to three times more effective at pain-relief than aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Cornell researchers say it also can assist with easing chronic pain for 50% of people dealing with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Turmeric's
active chemical, called curcumin, stops cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that causes the release of pain-producing hormones. Suggestion: sprinkle a 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric daily onto your meals.
Endometrial pain Endometriosis happens when pieces of the uterine lining detach and begin to grow on the outer area of the uterus. This condition is known to exasperate menstruation, causing inflammation that triggers extreme cramping during oestrus, including pain that may continue for
up to a month. Experts recommend a bowl of oatmeal daily which can help reduce endometrial pain for around 60% of women in under six months, studies show.
Oats don't contain gluten, the protein responsible for triggering inflammation.
Tummy trouble By adding the oil-variety of fish, such as salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring (providing they are not listed as endangered by SASSI, see www.wwfsassi.co.za for more) to your weekly diet, indigestion, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
and inflammatory bowel disease will recede and be eased. Studies have shown that the fatty acids – EPA and DHA – found in fish, can largely reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and tummy pain, even providing as much effect as corticosteroids and other pharmaceuticals. Fish fatty-acids are strong anti-inflammatories without side-effects and are known to improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract.
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Foot pain Studies claim around 6 million Americans develop sore, ingrown toenails annually. By regularly soaking ingrown nails in a warm
to hot salt water bath, one can alleviate these
least one cup of grapes a day, it will have a relaxing effect on constricted
blood vessels, which will in turn significantly improve blood flow to damaged back tissues, and in as little as three hours. The back's vertebrae and discs are
agent, which quickly alleviates the swelling and pain
entirely dependent on the blood vessels in their
caused by germs.
immediate area to transport nutrients and oxygen.
Tip: Mix 1 teaspoon salt into each cup of
When blood flow is improved, healing of tissues
water, heat to the hottest temperature suitable,
minutes daily until you feel better.
Digestive upsets Ingesting one cup of fresh pineapple daily (juice or pieces) can reduce unpleasant bloating in around 72 hours. Pineapple contains proteolytic
enzymes which are digestive aids that assist with breaking down the proteins in the stomach and small intestine that are the cause of the bloating.
Painful muscles Muscular knots can persist for months if not adequately treated. Tip: thrice a week, place 10 drops of peppermint oil
in a warm bathtub. The warm water is sure to relax your muscles and the peppermint oil will soothe your nerves. This combination is known to alleviate muscle cramping by around 25% more than pharmaceutical painkillers, and diminish the frequency of future flare-ups by 50%.
this common affliction. By eating at
natural anti-inflammatory, as well as an anti-bacterial
then place your foot/feet in the bath for about 20
Grapes are a known remedy for
unpleasant infections in about four days. Salt is a
Migraines Coffee is a known painkiller when it comes to migraines. Researchers at the National Headache Foundation say drinking an OTC painkiller with
a strong cup of coffee will enhance the effectiveness of the medication at least 40%. Caffeine activates the stomach lining, increasing the absorption of the medication.
Leg cramps Around 1-in-5 people often have issues with leg cramps. A deficiency in potassium is to blame, which happens when the mineral is flushed
out of one's system by diuretics, caffeinated drinks or sweating during extended exercise. By drinking a big glass of tomato juice (a good source of potassium) a day, you will speed up your recovery and reduce your risk of painful current and even future cramps in under 10 days, say researchers.
Pain injuries Drink at least half-a-litre of water daily to facilitate your recovery in just one week, say experts. Water dilutes and flushes out histamine, the pain-causing chemical produced by
injured tissue. Water is also a vital factor in the rebuilding of cartilage between your joints and spine. When your tissues are well-hydrated, they are able to glide over one another without being sore.
Breast pain Adding around three tablespoons of ground-up flax seed to your daily meals is known to ease breast pain for one in three women within 12 weeks, say researchers.
The chemicals in flax – phytoestrogens – prevent oestrogen fluctuations that often trigger pain. Tip: Sprinkle ground flax (easier for your body to absorb
that way) on your breakfast cereal, or add it to smoothies or
Sinusitus Sinusitis is one of today's chronic health issues. This condition makes sufferers several times more likely to feel all-round body pain as well as the usual congestion and facial pain associated with blocked
sinuses. German researchers swear by horseradish to increase blood flow to the nasal region, helping to open and drain stuffy sinuses and heal infections in that area, often quicker than conventional decongestant sprays.
Tip: a little horseradish, twice a day (either just as is, or as a sandwich ingredient) until you start feeling better.
Bladder infections Eating blueberries – around 1 cup – a day (fresh, frozen or juiced) has been said to cut one's risk of
urinary tract infection (UTIs) by as much as 60%. Blueberries contain tannins – chemicals that halt the
action of infection-causing bacteria in the bladder.
Mouth sores Unpasteurised honey four times a day is suggested to heal skin-related medical conditions. Honey is known to be 43% more effective than prescription cream, researchers say. The enzymes
in raw honey soothe inflammation, kill viruses and enhance the body's healing abilities.
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earth godess ODYSSEY 126 •
Versatile vinegar can be used in a multitude of ways: as a delicious condiment, a preservative, a medicine or as a household cleaner and disinfectant. When combined with herbs it becomes even more potent. Jane Griffiths, our Herb & Earth Goddess, shares some garden secrets with us.
inegar has been around for as long as humans have been quaffing wine. About 10 000 years ago, somebody discovered that wine left to
oxidise will turn into vinegar – and ever since we have been using its mild but effective action for everything from pickling and preserving to cleaning and healing. Herbal infused vinegars are easy to make and the possibilities of flavours and herbal combinations are endless.
Culinary herb vinegars
In the kitchen, vinegar can easily be infused with herbs to create a wide range of flavours. The tastiest herb vinegars will result from the best ingredients. White or red wine vinegar, malt vinegar or apple cider vinegar are all good choices. Use herbal vinegar to zing a salad dressing, to perk up a marinade or to add a twist to Rosemary
pickled vegetables. To make: Spread fresh herbs out in a warm place to dry for a day to reduce their moisture content. Place ½ cup of partially dried herbs in a sterilised 500ml bottle; add vinegar until full. Seal and leave to infuse in a dark spot for at least three weeks, shaking every now and then. Strain and decant into a storage bottle. Recipe ideas: Raspberry and winter savory vinegar: Add fresh fruity flavour to salad dressings with this beautiful – and healthy – vinegar. Raspberry is a natural antioxidant and aids digestion. Use white wine vinegar. Elderflower vinegar: This delicious vinegar embodies the fresh taste of summer and is a good way of preserving seasonal elderflowers. Use in salad dressings or mix with honey and lemon for a hot toddy to treat colds and flu. Use white wine or apple cider vinegar. Chilli and oregano vinegar: Adds a spicy
Chilli & Oregano
Mediterranean bite to salads or grilled fish. Use red or white wine vinegar.
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Medicinal herb vinegars
Herb-infused vinegar made for medicinal purposes is more concentrated than culinary vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the most useful medicinally. Taken on its own it has powerful medicinal qualities: inhaling apple cider vinegar steam will soothe bronchial spasms and clear sinuses; it soothes tired and aching bodies, relieves sore insect stings and headaches, treats urinary tract infections and clears dandruff; and it prevents infections, relieves sore throats, eases digestive upsets and soothes sunburn. When you add to this the medicinal value of the infused herbs, herbal vinegar can soothe many ailments. To make: Spread fresh herbs out in a warm place to dry for a day to reduce their moisture content. Fill a sterilised bottle with partially dried herbs. Add apple cider vinegar to cover. Seal and leave to infuse in a dark spot for at least six weeks, shaking every now and then. Strain and decant into a storage bottle.
Pimple fixer: Tea tree oil on its own will sort out most pimples: simply dab some undiluted tea tree oil onto the spot overnight. This goes against the usual rule of not using undiluted essential oils on your skin – but in the case of a painful pimple this really works. The following recipe is for long-term prevention of pimples. Mix 2½ cups apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of calendula petals and ¼ cup each rosemary, tea tree and parsley leaves. Seal and leave to infuse in a warm sunny spot for six weeks, shaking regularly. Strain and pour into a sterilised bottle. Add a few dollops to the rinsing water when washing your face. T&T tonsil spray: The first sign of a throat infection
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coming on is usually swelling and we feel this by becoming aware of our swallowing – we normally don't even notice when or how often we swallow. Start using this thyme and tea tree throat spray the minute you start feeling any 'throat awareness' and it will help kill off the infection. Infuse one cup thyme and tea tree leaves and flowers in one cup apple cider vinegar for six weeks. strain into a spray bottle and add ½ teaspoon sea salt, one cup distilled water and 10 drops each of tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils and mix. Store in a cool, dark place. To use, shake well and spray the mixture on the back of your throat and tongue. Other uses for vinegar: Vinegar has plenty of other uses around the home. It is a solvent, and therefore an excellent all-purpose cleanser and disinfectant. It will whiten whites if you add vinegar to your rinse water. It removes stains, cleans brass, copper and pewter, and removes odours from fridges or rooms. To prevent your home smelling like fish and chips after using it, mix in essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, lemon grass and tea tree oil. All purpose cleaner: This fresh-smelling cleaner can be used to clean bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Infuse one cup fresh thyme, tea tree and rosemary in one cup of spirit vinegar for six weeks. Strain the vinegar into a spray bottle and add two cups water, one tablespoon bicarbonate of soda and a few drops each of citronella, bergamot, rosemary and tea tree essential oils. Spray on surfaces and leave for 10 minutes before wiping clean.
Growing the ingredients
savory, oregano all originate in the Mediterranean. They
Don't use bottles with metal lids for long term storage – vinegar will corrode them Although its name comes from the French vin aigre, meaning sour wine, vinegar can be fermented from beer, fruit, barley, rice, sugarcane and even coconut water Vinegar's fundamental ingredient is acetic acid Herbal vinegar should be stored in a cool, dark place as a warm environment can cause fermentation They will keep for up to two years
About 10 000 years ago, somebody discovered that wine left to oxidise will turn into vinegar – and ever since we have been using its mild but effective action for everything from pickling and preserving to cleaning and healing. Herbal infused vinegars are easy to make and the possibilities of flavours and herbal combinations are endless.
prefer well-drained, fertile soil and plenty of sun. Once
beans and peas.
established they benefit from being pruned in spring,
Tea tree: Tea tree grows up to 7m tall but it can be
which keeps them healthy and maintains their shape.
kept trimmed smaller (cut it back after it has finished
Parsley: Parsley comes in two main varieties: flat leaf (or
flowering). It is a graceful tree with peeling white paper
Italian) and curly leaf. Parsley takes ages to germinate
bark, light spiky foliage and creamy, feathery flowers in
and is easier to grow from seedlings. Although it is a
summer. Although it prefers moist soil, it will grow in most
biennial and hardy enough to survive mild frosts, rather
soils, as long as it is well drained. It is hardy and likes
plant new seedlings each year as the leaves from the
a sunny spot. Keep it well watered throughout summer.
second-year plants tend to become tough and bitter.
Though hardy, when young it will need protection in areas
Parsley likes fertile soil, full sun and plenty of regular
with severe frosts.
Raspberry: Raspberries prefer full sun and fertile,
Calendula: Calendula is a versatile, spicy herb that's
well-drained soil. They can spread vigorously as the
easy to grow. It flowers from late autumn, throughout
canes root themselves whenever they touch the ground.
winter into early summer. Grow it from seed in full sun
To control their rampant growth, place upright poles
in well-drained soil – it does not like wet feet. Calendula
around a narrow bed and string wire around them to
plants like being planted in big groups together and
create a cage. Keep the new growth thinned out to about
this provides a one-stop shop for bees, which love their
15 canes/m². In late winter or early spring, cut the canes
flowers. Deadhead flowers to encourage further flowering.
back to encourage more new growth in spring.
It will self-seed if you let it go to seed, but never becomes
Elderflower: Elder is quite an unruly, rambling bushy
a problem plant. Its flowers attract beneficial insects and
tree. In small gardens it can be kept trimmed. Either
its leaves deter leaf-eating insects. It is a good companion
propagate from cuttings or buy a young tree. It likes full
for winter crops of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, broad
sun and well-drained soil. O
Visit Jane's Delicious Garden at www.janesdeliciousgarden.com or email Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs: Jane Griffiths & Keith Knowlton. SOURCES: Jane's Delicious Herbs – Sunbird Publishers, a division of Jonathan Ball Publishers.
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With proper care and respect, the earth can provide a high quality of life for all people in perpetuity. Yet, we devastate productive lands and waters for a quick profit, a few temporary jobs or a one-time resource fix. How did we end up with Wall Street's version of 'profit at any price', when models for a healthy economy are all around us and what would a 'down-to-earth economy look like? David Korten reports. ODYSSEY 131 •
ur current expansion of tar sands oil extraction,
are the principles by which we must rethink and reorganise
deep-sea oil drilling, hydraulic fracturing, natural
gas extraction and mountaintop-removal coal
So how would nature design an economy? An economy
mining are but examples of the insanity that short-term,
is nothing more than a system for allocating resources
quick-fix economics produce. These highly profitable choices
to productive activity – presumably, in support of life. In
deepen our economic dependence on rapidly diminishing,
fact, nature is an economy, with material and information
non-renewable fossil-energy reserves, disrupt the generative
exchange, saving, investment, production and consumption
capacity of the earth’s living systems and accelerate climate
– all functions we associate with economic activity. Absent
human intervention, as Lyons says, 'It just continues on and
A global economy dependent on this nonsense is already
Nature surrounds us with expressions of the organising
For a surprisingly long time, we humans have successfully
principles that make possible life’s exceptional resilience,
maintained the illusion that we are outside of, superior to,
capacity for adaptation, creative innovation and vibrant
and not subject to, the rules of nature. We do so, however,
abundance. Earth’s biosphere and the human body are two
at a huge cost and payment is coming due.
To secure the health and happiness of future generations, we must embrace life as our defining value, recognise that
The Economy of the Biosphere
competition is but a subtext of life’s deeper narrative of
Earth’s exquisitely complex, resilient and continuously
co-operation and restructure our institutions to conform to
evolving band of life – the biosphere – demonstrates on
life’s favoured organising principle of radically decentralised,
a grand scale the creative potential of the distributed
localised decision-making and self-organisation. This work
intelligence of many trillions of individual self-organising,
begins with recognising what nature has learned about the
choice-making, living organisms. Acting in concert, they
organisation of complex living systems over billions of years.
continuously regenerate soils, rivers, aquifers, fisheries,
Our Original Instructions
and the composition of the atmosphere to serve the needs of the earth’s widely varied life forms. So long as humans
Chief Oren Lyons, of the Onondaga Nation, summarises the
honour the original instructions, the biosphere has an
rules in 'Listening to Natural Law' in the anthology original
extraordinary capacity to optimise the capture, organisation
Instructions: 'Our instructions and I’m talking about for all
and sharing of Earth’s energy, water and nutrients in support
human beings, are to get along with (nature’s) laws and
of life – including human life.
support them and work with them. We were told a long time
In nature, species and individuals earn a right to a share
ago that if you do that, life is endless. It just continues on
in the bounty of the whole as necessary to their sustenance
and on in great cycles of regeneration. If you want to tinker
through their contribution to the well-being of the whole.
with that regeneration, if you want to interrupt it, that’s your
Over the long-term, those that contribute, prosper and those
choice, but the results that come back can be very severe
that do not contribute, expire. The interests of the whole are
because the laws are absolute.'
protected against rogue behaviour by natural limits on the ability of any individual or species to monopolise resources beyond its own need to the exclusion of the needs of others. Individuals and species may compete for territory and sexual dominance, but the amount of territory or number of
Modern neuroscience affirms that the human brain evolved
mates nature allows an individual or species to claim is local,
to reward co-operation and service. In other words, nature
limited and subject to continuous challenge. Until humans
has hard-wired the original instructions into our brain.
began to create the imperial civilisations characteristic of our
Extreme individualism, greed and violence are pathological
most recent 5 000 years, the idea that any species, let alone
and a sign of physical, developmental, cultural, and/or
a few individual members of a species, might claim control of
institutional system failure. Caring relationships are the
all of Earth’s living wealth to the exclusion of all others was
foundation of healthy families, communities and life itself.
We are living out the consequences of our collective
forests and grasslands, while maintaining climatic balance
Some indigenous people speak of the 'original instructions'.
Decision-making would be local & the system would organise from the bottom up
on in great cycles of regeneration.'
failing and its ultimate collapse is only a matter of time.
human failure to adhere to the original instructions – the
The Economy of the Body
organising principles of healthy living systems readily
The human body is a more intimate demonstration of the
discernible through observation of nature at work. These
creative power of life’s organising principles. The individual
human body comprises tens of trillions of individual living
institutions and rules to align with nature’s rules and
cells, each a decision-making entity with the ability to
organising principles. We would replace GDP as the primary
manage and maintain its own health and integrity under
measure of economic performance with a new system of
changing and often stressful circumstances. At the same
living system indicators that assess economic performance
time, each cell faithfully discharges its responsibility to serve
against the outcomes we actually want – healthy, happy
the needs of the entire body on which its own health and
people and healthy, resilient natural systems. These indicators
could be based on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index.
Working together, these cells create and maintain a
We would redirect the time, talent and money we currently
self-organising human organism with the potential to achieve
devote to growing GDP, material consumption, securities
extraordinary feats of physical grace and intellectual acuity
bubbles and 'Wall Street bonuses' to producing the outcomes
far beyond the capability of any individual cell on its own.
we really want.
Each decision-making, resource-sharing cell is integral
We would favour local, co-operative ownership and
to a larger whole of which no part or system can exist
control. Organising from the bottom up in support of
on its own. Together they create regulatory mechanisms
bioregional self-reliance, our economic institutions would
internal to the whole that work to assure that no part
support local decision-making in response to local needs
asserts dominance over the others or monopolises the body’s
and opportunities. Cultural and biological diversity and
stores of energy, nutrients and water for its exclusive use.
sharing within and between local communities would support
Resources are shared based on need.
local and global resilience and facilitate life-serving system
All the while, the body’s cells self-organise to fight off
a vast variety of viruses, cancer cells and harmful bacteria,
The result would be an economy based on a love of
adapt to changing temperatures and energy needs and
life that honours the original instructions and conforms to
variations in the body’s food and water intake, heal damaged
the organising principles of nature, real markets and true
tissues and collect and provide sensory data to our conscious
democracy. The challenge is epic in its proportion and long
mind essential to our choice-making.
Another of the many impressive expressions of the
We are Earth’s children; she is our mother. We must
body’s capacity to self-organise is the process by which our
honour and care for her as she nurtures and cares for us.
cells continuously regenerate while maintaining the body’s
Together we can forge an integral partnership grounded
integrity as a unified organism. The cells lining the human
in the learning and deep wisdom of her 3.8 billion-year
stomach have a turnover of only five days. Red blood cells
experience in nurturing life’s expanding capacities for
are replaced every 120 days or so. The surface of the
skin recycles every two weeks. The cells of the body are
self-reflective consciousness. O
constantly reproducing, growing and dying.
A Human Economy Based on Nature
First published 17 Jan, 2013 by YES! Magazine www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/17-11
If nature were in charge of creating an enduring human economy, she would surely apply the same principles she applies in natural systems. Her goal would be a global system of bioregional living economies that secure a healthy, happy, productive life for every person on the planet in symbiotic balance with the non-human systems on which we humans depend for breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soils, timber, fish, grasslands and climate stability. Each bioregional economy would meet its own needs for energy, water, nutrients and mineral resources through sustained local capture, circular flow, utilisation and repurposing. Decision-making would be local and the system would organise from the bottom up. Diversity and redundancy would support local adaptation and resilience. This should be our goal and vision. With the biosphere as our systems model, we would design our economic
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7 Eco Diva’s
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Tips to being Eco-Focused Creating a more sustainable life for yourself and your family in today's world isn't as hard as one might think. It's amazing what you can learn if you remember tips your grandparents gave back in the old days when there were no supermarkets, pre-packed ready-made meals, chemically-created cleaning products, over-the-counter drugs or TV and the internet. Our Eco Diva Nicole Sherwin reports and offers easy and fun tips to keep you more grounded and eco-focused in today's busy, information-overloaded world.
Grow you own veggie garden or window boxes
It's a lot of fun to create your own food. Plant it, nurture it and watch it grow. Imagine the great energy when you put your own care and love into your food. Start by choosing a wind-sheltered area in your garden or recycle old plastic containers for window boxes. Make sure your soil is of good quality and pesticide-free. Choose heirloom varieties of veggies whenever possible and select your favourite herbs. Whether you're living on a large plot of land or in a tiny apartment, you can grow your very own food.
Get creative in the kitchen There is nothing more nurturing and satisfying
than a home-cooked meal, made with plenty of love. The intention and care you put into cooking for yourself and your loved ones is incredibly nourishing. If you prepare your own food, you can control what goes onto your plate and into your body. You can make more empowered choices and ensure that you are eating a whole food, organic, non-genetically modified diet.
DIY non-toxic cleaning products Clean and scrub your home with easy-to-make
homemade, non-toxic products. Try using simple yet truly effective products like baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, castille soap, and essential oils for most of your cleaning needs.
blocked sinuses. Rub lavender essential oil onto aching muscles and stiff joints for soothing relief. There are many natural remedies right in your own home.
Create 'chicken soup for the soul' Not only a best-selling book, but literally,
homemade chicken soup or broth is one of the most soothing and nourishing remedies if you are feeling under the weather with a cold or flu. It also helps boost your immune system and assists in lifting a low energy mood. Ensure you use organic chicken and use lots of fresh, organic veggies. Make a pot full of broth once a week and use it as the base for your weekly cooking.
Community spirit It's been proven that people who have close relationships and community groups
live longer, happier lives. It's because sharing is caring. Share your issues with close friends or loved ones and allow them to help you work through your concerns together. Do the same for them and feel the stress lift off your shoulders. Online communities also work if you are more of an internet focused person, just find people you know you can trust. Less stress means better health.
Nature is nurture Get outdoors as much as possible and absorb that much-needed Vitamin D. If winter is
upon us, take Vitamin D supplements to help with blood circulation and to boost your immune system. Being outdoors and in nature also helps to de-stress, lifts your
Make natural cures & remedies
spirits and brings about a real shift in energy. O
Throw away your need to buy over-the-counter
drugs for every health issue that may spring up, instead learn the health benefits of essential oils and great healing foods like garlic, ginger, lemon and onions (great to combat colds and flu). Rinse your sinuses out with warm water and sea salt and gargle with tea tree and eucalyptus oils to soothe sore throats and clear
It's what our grandparents knew best and today, it still works as well, we just have to remember that natural is almost always best. Follow Eco Diva on twitter @ecodivanicole
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Earth: 50 Ideas you Really Need to Know Martin Redfern Quercus • 978 1 7808 7161 5 This is a fantastic book from which to gather, in short order, a thorough overview of our lovely planet and the various systems and aspects that every user - that would be all of us - needs to know about it, in order that we don't destroy crucial elements with greed and stupidity. Did you know that the planet weights 6 000 million million million tons, moves through space at roughly 106 000km/h, spins on its axis at 1 6ookm/h? And that's just the beginning. Packed with facts, figures and information, all presented in a simple but engaging format, this is one for every earth-lover.
Planet as Self: An Earthen Spirituality Sky McCain Earth Books • 978 1 8469 4725 4 Almost everyone knows that we, the human species, are in the process of destroying key aspects of the Earth's crucial eco-systems. Many people feel there's not a lot they, as individuals, can do about it. A lot of those concerned with our current trajectory towards 'ecocide' - defined as mass killing of numerous species, including ourselves, along with the eco-systems in which these species reside and upon which we and they depend want to act. But in order to do so, one must be properly equipped with all the relevant facts. This books sets out to create a conceptual framework from which to work and which provides the skeletal reference points for any particular action might be undertaken. With appropriate insight, the author has realised that to be truly powerful in our actions, we need to be radical in our thoughts, in the true sense of the word radical, which means to cut to the core of our understanding. To do this McCain has redefined both the concept of Gaia (the earth as a living organism with a consciousness of its own) and looked at consciousness as an outworking of the evolution of self-aware species such as ourselves. Realising that a lot of our embedded belief systems are derived from our various culture and religious belief systems, the author has deconstructed some of the major belief systems we have inherited, including those of paganism, Christianity (and by extension other related religions like Judaism and Islam) and gone on to look at how mechanistic science, as devised in the 18th and 19th century and brought to fruition in the 20th century, has brought us to brink of our collective ruin. Even the problem of belief systems themselves are examined - something usually left to obscure philosophical texts. Working through how science and spirituality might be cohesively combined as we go forward into this new century, we taken through what the practice of 'Earthen spirituality' might look like and how we can partner with Gaia. No doubt, this will raise the hackles of some, but then maybe these are the very people who need to go take a long look in their mirrors and give some time to serious contemplation around whether their current belief system really does serve them - and the rest of the living things on this planet.
Roots, Shoots & Leaves Bernadette le Roux Sunbird • 978 1 9202 8959 1 Subtitled ‘Cooking with Vegetables’, this is a coffee table book with beautiful images, great recipes and an emphasis on the natural way of doing things, using heirloom veggies, most of which you can grow yourself. Perfect for the greenie who wants to broaden their range of cooking options.
Pot it Grow it Eat it Kathryn Hawkins
New Holland • ISBN 978 1 8477 3665 9
The subtitle on this one tells it all: ‘Home-grown produce – from pot to pan’. If you’re interested in growing your own (and we should all be these days), this is the perfect book. That’s especially true if you think that when it comes to veggie gardening you were born green finger deficient. Just think about: an entire salad of organically-grown, super-fresh produce, all the result of a little effort on your and nature’s abundance. What a pleasure and treat for you and your family. Get this one today.
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New Urban Farmer Celia Brooks Brown
but if you apply yourself and the
novel creations. The organic food
information in this book, no doubt you
culture is not here to cater to the craze
Quadrille Publishing • 978 1 84400 817 9
will soon enough be the proud owner
of a marginalised impractical few, but
A comprehensive guide to your
of a wonderful food garden sufficient
a viable and obligatory transformation
own (organic if you wish) garden
for yourself and family – with maybe
to ensure future food security. We need
'allotment', as they would call it in
a bit to spare for friends and the local
to recover the connection between
the UK, this book is excellent for
organic veggie market. It all looks so
eating and the earth. This book is full
understanding what to grow with what
deliciously great that even those of us
of information and awareness about
and when to do it, year-round. The
with little to no growing space around
the rediscovery of the gratification
only downside is that this one is for a
us may be tempted to try for a mini-
from real food, reverence for our
British audience and obviously deals
veggie garden. A must have.
bodies and the planet, while, with a
with UK conditions. So any local user
bit of luck, inspiring a desire to plant something edible.
hemisphere – and to remember that
Why Organic? Wanda Otto
most of South Africa's weather and
Melrose Books • 978 1 9077 3269 0
rainfall conditions vary quite a lot
This book paints an encompassing
from those of the UK. Still, there are
picture of food. Most people don't
The Healing Plants Bible Helen Farmer-Knowles
bound to be useful things to learn for
question the food they eat, so long
Octopus • 978 1 8418 1390 5
the keen gardener and veggie grower.
as they have enough. Even while
Plants can provide healing in many
would have to adjust seasons by
the food products of the modern diet
different ways: directly through their
The Self Sufficiency Manual Alison Candlin
have had their constituent natural
pharmacological actions as medicinal
parts processed beyond recognition,
Bloomsbury Publishing • 978 1 4081 5655 1
the origin of what people eat is not
vibrations of flower essences and tree
This is a wonderful book for those
some theoretical subject. It is the
energies, and spiritually through the
who’ve decided (whether urbanites
force that shapes ideas and choices
inspiration they offer. Exploring over
with a bit of land to utilise, or those
on eating. Greater understanding of
100 of these incredible plants – from
already out of the city) that they’re
the relationship to this daily essential
key medicinal herbs such as St John's
going to get themselves as self-
can only be obtained against the
wort, sage and chamomile, to edible
sufficient as possible when it comes to
healing plants such as grapes and
living off the land. Lovely illustrations,
situation and how consumers are
blueberries – The Healing Plants Bible
pictures and explanations make it
directly impacted by developments
provides a comprehensive guide to
all seem really quite straightforward
in agriculture. Humankind is not
their history of usage, therapeutic
and do-able. The only downside is
impervious to pesticides, fertilisers
properties and healing applications.
that this book is produced for the UK
and livestock drugs that act far from
Featuring guidance on seasonal
audience, so some of the seasonal
their use in supposed rural isolation.
availability, advice on the use of herbal
stuff has be flipped for a Southern
Genetically modified foods have
teas, tinctures and flower essences
Hemisphere application – and a bit
comprehensively infiltrated the food
for common ailments, and including
doesn’t apply much at all. But those
system without disclosure of the
the latest research findings, this book
are niggles, really. Local conditions
established medical, environmental
is an essential reference guide to
and knowledge will always rule,
and evolutionary impacts of these
plants from all over the world.
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, from Boulder, Colorado, came into the world through the Aztec culture on his father's side and the environmental activist on his mother's side. His name, which was chosen by the Aztec elders of Mexico based on the cosmology of the Aztec calendar, at six weeks old in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Xiuhtezcatl has been Aztec dancing since he could walk and is very connected with his culture. He has grown up participating in ceremonies and learning to respect the Earth and all life upon it. We take a look at this inspiring young man. ODYSSEY 138 •
is deep connection with the Earth inspired him to be a voice for her at a young age, giving his first speech at a climate change rally when he was
six. He has remained vigilant in his work as he has watched the trees and forests he loves die from beetle infestation, ecosystems collapse, and species disappear, which are a direct cause of climate change and our unsustainable lifestyles. Xiuhtezcatl is the youth voice for the Earth Guardians, a non-profit environmental group for youth, following in the footsteps of his older sisters. He has mobilised a following of youth and adults and has been involved in helping to organise a myriad of rallies, actions, events, and city council presentations. With the help of his mother, Tamara, he organised and led the iMatter March in Denver last Spring, the largest youth-led march in the United States. Xiuhtezcatl has worked with Boulder City Council officials, County Commissioners, Senators, Congressmen and woman and collaborated with over 50 environmental organisations. He takes his word into action, and has risen up over and over again to inspire his generation to stand up against issues in their community that are directly affecting them or the kind of world they will inherit. His work led him to become a youth plaintiff against the state of Colorado, and a federal plaintiff against the United States, filing suits against them for not protecting the atmosphere and the environment, thus endangering their future. He and a team of youths are demanding that the government develop a climate recovery plan to ensure a sustainable future for his generation and those to come. In May, 2012, he and a delegation of five youths went to Washington DC to meet with representatives from all three branches of government, expressing their concerns and working to garner the support for climate change efforts. Over 80 members of Congress and the Congressional Progressive Caucus publicly supported the youth delegation and their work to ensure a healthy future, despite the fossil fuels industry's efforts to place their own profits first.
'In order to change the world, we have to change the way we think about Earth and others' -
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Xiuhtezcatl was the youngest, and called by the media
globally one of the most inspired speakers at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio, Brazil, 2012. He spoke on UN panels and at many of the UN side-events. He is called
upon on a regular basis to provide the youth perspective and be its voice on issues at conferences locally, nationally, and globally bringing his message of hope, inspiration and the importance of acting now. He is mobilising his generation towards standing united and creating a sustainable world for generations to come. Xiuhtezcatl continues to inspire youth and adults alike, encouraging people everywhere to become more aware and educated, and to work together to face the threats to our environment, our atmosphere and our future. He is a living example of one of his favourite heros, Mahatma Gandhi, and reflects the change that he wants to see in the world. O
ABOUT EARTH GUARDIANS They are a dedicated group of children, youth, parents, schools and organisations working together on behalf of leaving a better world for future generations, and are committed to being active care-takers of our precious Earth. Beginning in their own lives and within our own families, they focus on taking responsibility for lowering humanity's carbon footprint, so that they can be a living example of the values we should pass on to our families, schools and our community. Click here for more.
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Blue Star of Lionheart Bea Potgieter Self Published 978 1 9206 0903 0
A journey where love and hope connect. Bea believes that in order to restore our souls to wholeness we need to reconnect with animals and nature and cultivate our own wilderness within.
The Magic Fish Margie Orford Jacana Media 978 1 7700 9822 0
One day, a poor fisherman catches a magic talking fish, which he immediately sets free. He tells his brother what has happened and his brother demands that he go and ask the magic fish for a bigger house. The magic fish grants the fisherman's wish. Will his brother be satisfied or will he be greedy and ask for more? This book is based on a well-known fairy tale specifically adapted for children from Africa. Read aloud, read togther, read alone, read forever.
Creepy Crawly Caterpillar Tamar Dakes Beaming Kids • 978 0 6205 0517 8 A disgruntled caterpillar sets off on a journey to find her true self. Her hopes are dashed when none of her friends will help her. Just as she is about to give up, the natural process of metamorphosis takes place and she is transformed into Beautiful Brenda Butterfly.
Who's Who in the Wonderful Woods Tamar Dakes Beaming Kids • 978 0 6205 1548 1 The Wonderful Woods is a magical place, full of adventure, stories, friendship and grace. Queen Bee runs the hive, Freddy Fox has his lair. Dragonfly Dez can hover mid air. They all go to Owl's house and sit by his tree, Betty Bird tells them stories and Tortoise serves tea. This book, as well as Creepy Crawly Caterpillar (above) are filled with positive affirmations as well as having interactive, fun and educational poems that inspire children to have powerful positive thoughts.
The Fire Chronicle John Stephens
Why Dog is Afraid of Storms Maryanne Bester Jacana Media • 978 1 4314 0219 9
Have you ever wondered why dogs are so afraid of thunder storms? Do you ask yourself why their eyes grow wild, why they shiver and shake and hide away? Find out how mischievous cattle trick Dog into letting them out of their kraal. A wonderfully-illustrated and well-written book that will keep any pre-schooler entertained for hours.
Random House • 978 0 8575 3087 5
Three Children, two worlds and one prophecy. Kate: the eldest keeper of the 'Book of Time' was last seen fighting off a 'Screecher' to save her siblings. Michael: left in charge now that Kate's gone, needs to go to the ends of the earth to unlock the secrets of The Fire Chronicle. Emma: the youngest, and never one to back down from a fight, thinks she should be in charge. She just wants her family back together. With an evil sorcerer on their trail, it's not going to be easy.
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Moving House Jenny Hatton Jacana Media • 978 1 4314 0217 5
Lucy is moving to a new house and is sad. There are so many sounds and smells tying her to this comforting old home. Can Lucy be convinced to see this change as an opportunity to make new memories?
Swimming in the Sun
Jacana Media • 978 1 4314 0218 2
Rhythmic text and humorous illustrations combine to portray Lucy at the beach with her family. Chasing after her brother Simon and cousin Sandi, jumping off rocks onto the sand, and splashing endlessly in the sea, Lucy's about to find out how much fun a day in the sun can be.
Big Questions from Little People Gemma Elwin Harris Faber and Faber Ltd
Finding Aunt Joan Jenny Hatton
978 0 5712 8851 9
Jacana Media • 978 1 7700 9803 9
It’s time for Lucy and her family to visit Aunt Joan all the way in East London. After a long and tiresome drive through the countryside, however, they find themselves hopelessly lost in the bustling city. It’s up to Lucy’s brother’s dog, Jonty, to rescue the family by finding Aunt Joan.
Roots, Shoots & Muddy Boots Samantha van Riet Tafelberg • 978 0 6240 5319 4 A great coffee table book, with lovely rich images, easy reading and all designed to get you into the garden and growing your own edibles for the table. It seems to be aimed at inspiring the little ones to become active home gardeners, which is surely a good thing. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your hand to home-grown veggies but needed a bit of inspiration, this is it.
Southern African Sea Life: A Guide for Young Explorers Sophie von der Heyden Struik Nature • 9 781 7700 7893
This guide for young explorers combines scientific fact, fascinating tidbits, brilliant full-colour photography and sensitive illustrations to bring a wonderful variety of ocean creatures vibrantly to life. This introduction to the habitats, plants and creatures of the southern African shores is a celebration of ocean life that is sure to become a favourite with beachcombers of all ages.
This book offers expert answers to those big questions children ask. Children have a knack of asking great but challenging questions. This book gathers over 100 real questions from children and puts them to some of our best-loved and most knowledgeable experts such at Noam Chomsky, Bear Grylls, Sir David Attenborough, Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay, Dr Rupert Sheldrake and many more.
Let's Talk About Pagan Festivals Siusaidh Ceanadach Moon Books 978 1 7809 9463 5
This book is written for children between the ages of four and eight, it has nine chapters, one for each of the festivals and one for the Moon. There is a story, things to do and teacher/parens and guardian notes for each chapter. There are also simple prayers for children.
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they are what they eat As an animal complementary therapist, a big part of any consultation with a client's pet is finding out about its food routine. As an essential part of the jigsaw, it is the key to finding the source of whatever problem they may be experiencing. In this extract from her book The Animal Healer, Elizabeth Whiter shares a few tips she has learnt along the way.
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I've been involved in many discussions with vets and swapped stories about the problems we all see as a result of all-dried-food diets. We've noticed a rise in kidney failure among cats and dogs fed on these foods. The food company reps these days are so slick and vets haven't got time to really look into what they're getting. The science sounds right, but all you need to remember is where these animals come from – that puts it all into perspective.
controlling metabolism. The pancreas can't maintain a steady level of glucose, or sugar, in the blood or keep the body supplied with fuel to produce and maintain stores of energy. The amount of diabetes in animals is steadily rising, and this stems from an imbalance in the pancreas. Digestive problems, food allergies, constipation, diabetes, liver complaints, ulcers and stomach tumours are also the kind of ailments that I see all too often. Luckily, most can be treated with a change in diet.
Very often, the way that the body first signals disease is through the skin. I'd go as far as to say that around 80% of my animal patients suffer from flaky or itchy skin or eczema of some kind. Their owners tell me that they think it's something to do with anxiety, and it may well be, but the first question I always ask is 'What do you feed him?' Very often, the answer is the same: dried food. Owners often think that they're doing the best for their animal by following the vet's advice and buying him 'complete' dried food. It's easier, too; they're rushing out to work in the morning and don't want to leave wet food in a bowl on the floor for flies to lay their eggs on or to encourage mice or rats into the house. I am not against dried food, so long as it is part
of a balanced diet including good sources of protein, lot of the training I did before I first opened
carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, fruits and vegetables
my clinic centred on nutrition, and what I have
from natural sources.
learnt since has changed the way I feed my own
Imagine if you were only allowed to eat dried food
animals. Watching animals select the plant oils they need
for the rest of your life. Our bodies are built to enjoy the
(part of my zoopharmacognosy course) increased my
stimulation of a varied diet; just look at the incisors of an
respect for them and I began to look at nutrition in the
animal. A dog's or cat's are relatively small compared to
widest possible sense.
those of herbivores, whose teeth are designed to grasp
I believe that a well-fed animal is a free animal,
and nip off plants and grasses. A dog's canine teeth are
in touch with its natural state of being and its sense
well developed to fix and hold their prey and to inflict
of purpose. It may be generations since it lived in the
damage by puncturing deep into the victim's tissues. Its
wild, but an emotionally well-nourished animal is a
molar and premolar teeth are designed for grinding, and
powerhouse. Its pride and ego are intact, its will power,
even have raised portions called 'cusps' which help them
energy and enthusiasm have not been compromised.
break up bone and other tough tissues. To limit their diet
What I see so often in my clinic is the opposite, however:
to a bowl of dried food is enough to make their skin crawl.
anxiety, fear, worry and domination issues.
with vets and swapped stories about the problems we all
imbalances are in the endocrine system, which controls
see as a result of all-dried-food diets. We've noticed a rise
the production of hormones. The digestive centre in
in kidney failure among cats and dogs fed on these foods.
particular – the stomach, small intestine, large intestine,
The food company reps these days are so slick and vets
spleen and liver (which filters toxins from the body and
haven't got time to really look into what they're getting.
stores nutrients) – is often where I find the answers.
The science sounds right, but all you need to remember
The pancreatic glands are also in this area, and control insulin and glucagons, which play vital roles in
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At lectures, I've been involved in many discussions
When I'm healing an animal I find that most of the
is where these animals come from – that puts it all into perspective.
Many people ask me whether or not the meat they
Hidden salt & sugar
give their dogs should be raw. It takes responsibility to
I believe that the cheaper pet food manufacturers are
get the balance right, and it is vital that the meat is of the
contributing to the increase in diabetes in domestic pets
highest quality. Raw or cooked, so much of the cheaper
by disguising the exact amount of salt and sugar in foods.
meats are packed with antibiotics due to intensive
Sugar has many 'aliases', including: maltose; dextrose;
farming and cramped conditions, where even healthy
muscovado (dark brown sugar); high-fructose corn syrup;
animals destined for consumption are given antibiotics
and hydrolysed starch.
and growth hormones that are then absorbed by your pet.
Salt, meanwhile, also goes by the name sodium.
My own dogs have cooked chicken and meat and
Given the names these substances hide behind, you
large bones flashed in a hot oven to kill off the high levels
would have to be a nutritionist to be able to work out
of bacteria found on foods that humans have handled. If
how to feed your pet properly. I see more and more cases
there are small children around, raw meat on bones is
of diabetes, obesity and its effects, such as strain on the
not the most hygienic of things to find left in the back
joints, and much of this comes from excess salt and sugar.
garden. A bone once a month is more than enough for
Dogs are carnivores leaning towards omnivores, and
most domestic pets' digestive systems.
they need a balanced diet just like the rest of us. Pet food
I tell my clients that a natural diet for a dog or cat
manufacturers know that wild dogs eat everything from
living with human companions is based on sharing.
a carcass, and so they use mechanically reclaimed meat
Nothing goes to waste in my home: the remains of the
including the muscles and bones in their tinned food.
chicken carcass goes into a soup or a stock and, once it
They forget that the food wouldn't have been cold from a
has been strained, I give it to my dogs, taking care to
fridge; a carcass would have been warm and wolfed down
take out the small, sharp bones. I don't think of leftovers
within minutes by all members of the pack: a sociable,
so much as 'set asides', and always cook a little extra at
nutritious family meal.
each meal. O
The Equine Healing Workshop with Elizabeth Whiter This one-day workshop is packed with interesting and useful information: practical animal healing sessions; observe Zoopharmacognosy – self-selection of plant material to self-medicate; learn how to make simple, natural topical remedies such as fly repellent, gel for bruising, tendon and sprain injuries and more; identify herbs and plants; valuable information on animal holistic healthcare; learn to give energy healing; and learn relaxation techniques for horses and dogs.
Sat 4 May Sun 5 May
full day workshop R950pp Laezonia (District of Thswane, off the R511) full day workshop R950pp Equine Sport Centre, Stellenbosch
For bookings email email@example.com or visit www.hayhouse.co.za For more info on Elizabeth visit www.healinganimals.org
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Jessica Erasmus, Odyssey's Pet Angel, shares some cool products, news and reviews to help you look after youir pets in a conscious manner.
The herbal in these products have proven to be effective to protect and keep animal's coats in perfect condition. Grooming your pets with these non-toxic, clean-smelling products will allow you and your children to play safely with them afterwards.
The Super Natural Dog Shampoo effectively cleans and lathers and is ideal for pets with sensitive and irritable skin as it is pH balanced. The shampoo contains Neem Oil to help keep ticks and fleas away. The Harmless House Super Natural cleaning products are free of sulfates, phosphates and harmful chemicals; water course and septic tank-friendly; cruelty-free certified through BWC SA and 100% biodegradable, gentle on your skin.
VONDI'S HERBAL PET REMEDIES
Buchu Anti-bacterial Soap Scrub: Buchu is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and this soap scrub alleviates your pet's irritation and itch. This is a far better alternative to any shampoo. It also cleans and cools the skin. Rooibos For Itchy Skin: This infusion of Rooibos, Camomile and Spirulina with grapeseed oil is brilliant for alleviating skin allergies, scratching and skin irritation. Taken orally, it is easy to administer over food or directly into the mouth.
'As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to treat all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding.
Please help to stop this madness.' - Richard Gere
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Shampoos and Scrubs Shampooing your dog or cat should be done very seldom. In fact, a healthy pet, with healthy skin and good bacteria does not need to be washed often. Still then, one needs to avoid shampoos that are chemically-based as it can aggravate the skin further. Rather treat your pets using natural shampoos, scrubs and oils.
Scientists Declare Animals Are as Aware as Humans An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus. But, will this make us stop treating these animals in totally inhumane ways? While it might not sound like much for scientists to declare that many nonhuman animals possess conscious states, it’s the open acknowledgement that’s the big news here. The body of scientific evidence is increasingly showing that most animals are conscious in the same way that we are, and it’s no longer something we can ignore. What’s also very interesting about the declaration is the group's acknowledgement that consciousness can emerge in those animals that are very much unlike humans, including those that evolved along different evolutionary tracks, namely birds and some encephalopods. 'The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states,' they write. 'Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuro-anatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviours.' Consequently, say the signatories, the scientific evidence is increasingly indicating that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness.
A Horse Named Majestic: A Journey of Self Discovery Theresa Odendaal ISBN 9 780 6203 6942 8 A Horse Named Majestic is the tale of a thoroughbred racehorse’s life, from birth to racing stardom and then his fall into abuse and his eventual rescue. The story is told through the horse’s eye’s and initially it seems like a book for the young but as you delve further into the book you will find that the wisdom and insight that it offers is pertinent for everyone, children and adults alike. While it will be a useful tool for teaching your children good values, it is also a book that you will enjoy at the same time.
The Dog who Danced Susan Wilson
ISBN 9 781 2500 1180 0
The Dog who Danced is the story of Mack, a black and grey Sheltie dog who is parted from his owner, Justine, during a trip to get to her estranged and dying father. While Justine is torn between nursing her father, dealing with issues from her past and finding Mack, he is rescued by Ed and Alice Parmalee who are still grieving the death of their daughter. Mack’s affectionate nature slowly repairs the rift that has developed between Alice and Ed, who both discover what it is to love again. When Justine eventually tracks Mack down, the question is, to whom does the little dancing dog belong – and can the Parmalee's survive another loss?
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School of Movement Medicine
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verywhere people are staring at the screens of
has studied and experienced the creative power of dance
mobile phones, laptops and other technological
and movement for the past quarter-century. Nowadays he
'miracles' for longer and longer, but have forgotten,
shares the healing power of dance with people worldwide
for example, the breathing and natural rhythm of their
and visited SA recently to introduce this authentic form of
'Life is becoming more virtual and screen-based and
Khan had been a wallflower all his life. 'The strange
we already pay a heavy price for that choice throughout
thing is that I was really never interested in dancing. As
society,' says Ya'acov Darling Khan, one of the founders
a teenager, when I was growing up, I danced at parties
and instructors of Movement Medicine.
to only one song, and that only after I had drunk a beer
Khan, the British co-author of the book Movement
or two. I was much more interested in sports. Only in
Medicine: How to Awaken, Dance and Live Your Dreams, believes dance is our birthright. This is the reason why he
my early 20s, when I discovered tai chi, did I realise that dance and movement is more than just a way to move
'In a society where humanity is bombarded daily with increasing technology and devices, reference is already being made to "nature deficit disorder". Where ADHD once impacted on children and young people, there is an increase of young and older people who have completely lost touch with their bodies and nature around them,' says Kobus Burger. This is his report.
Only in my early 20s, when I discovered tai chi, did I realise that dance and movement is more than just a way to move from point A to point B. technique that an individual or a group can practice. 'The big difference is the knowledge that movement medicine offers you about the intelligence of the dancer within you who is already creative, alert and empowered and ready to rock and roll. 'The heart and the cells repair themselves. Moreover, this all happens – thank goodness – without us having to think about it. You can describe it as a dance. Life moves. It is as simple as that. Through movement medicine we take the dancer on a journey where he or she can discover how creative he or she is.' During a typical, open Move! dance experience, Khan delivers a simple structure with steps that people translate in a moment from their heads to their bodies – even if they are very self-conscious, shy or awkward on the dance floor. Two left feet need not be an impediment. 'To be self-conscious when trying something new is completely normal. I know that feeling all too well. It is usually based on many thoughts about how we should look, how we should move and what others will think of us. The key is to transfer the feeling somewhere else, namely into the feeling of the body that moves.' Having worked with thousands of people of all ages, cultures and physiques, Khan swears that it is literally just a few minutes before people can switch from their heads to their moving bodies. Unlike other so-called dance classes, movement medicine is not something you have to 'learn' – it is a journey of discovery. Khan believes people are getting lazier by the minute – longer hours behind the computer, using the lift rather than the staircase, sending an SMS rather than walking
from point A to point B.' Khan was first a waiter, sales representative, and a photographer who helped people with their self-image with a kind of photography called 'photo therapy'. In 1988 he met the dancer and musician Gabrielle Roth and studied her special dance technique consisting of five different rhythms (The Roth 5 Rhythms). He immediately realised that dance could be the source of creative inspiration. Nowadays, when a person can experience anything from ballroom dancing and folk dancing to Biodanza, Khan and his dance partner, Susannah, developed a
to the person you want to talk to. 'I think laziness is the result of the paradigm and times in which we live. We are moving further and further away from the natural wisdom of the body.' It does not matter who you are or where you are. If you have a body, you can dance, Khan readily assures. 'Mankind has always danced, and dance, until very recently in the human story, is a way for a community to come together – from healing, thanksgiving and commitment, to the higher creative forces.' In his book Movement Medicine, Khan says that a 'deep loneliness and hunger' occur worldwide. 'We are taught the thing that will make us happy, is
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Unlike other so-called dance classes, movement medicine is not something you have to 'learn' – it is a journey of discovery.
to have as much as possible and to use it. Many great studies have demonstrated that this is absolute nonsense. But we are under tremendous pressure to conform.' Khan believes happiness comes from what we give, not from what we take. 'In the culture of the individual, we have lost the culture of the community. The facts speak for themselves. There are more mental disorders, alcoholism, divorce, depression and despair than ever before – and this is what we call progress? We have lost touch with the bigger picture and we are not taught what really makes us happy. 'Movement medicine, like many other similar practices, provides community. It creates a space where people can just let go, celebrate their successes, mourn their losses, as well as give and receive support in a way that is meaningful. And to do it without any dogma, with a large amount of space for people to discover who they really are, why they are here and what they have to give.' That movement can be like 'good magic' and can heal people is by no means utopian in concept. Khan has witnessed 'miraculous' healing over the last quarter-century. 'Many dancers have used dance to heal their illnesses. I am always surprised at how quickly these healings can take place. Anyone can pitch up with stress up to their eyeballs and within a two hour class, they walk away with the bright glow of inspiration shining from their eyes.' The next time the shoulders warp from long hours behind the computer or from being hunched too long staring at the cellphone screen, the best advice is to play music and to dance energetically until that 'inner dancer' reiterates, the arms open widely and life passionately pulsates in the veins. O
For more info on SA movement medicine workshops/schools, contact Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 073 748 7743, www.schoolofmovementmedicine.com. Movement medicine is published by Hay House and is available in good bookstores countrywide and on www.hayhouse.co.za.
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Movement Medicine poems by Miriam Platt (pictured above). The Fire & the Phoenix 1 Dancing the elements. Planted in my body And beyond Anchored energy Soars and sweeps Glides and graces Each element Giving its essence To living Streaming Being
The Fire & The Phoenix 2 In My Circle Crystals came I am graced Fire in their heart Light in their faces I dance with the wind With the winged ones Together Each element Supports Bone and breath Informs all essences To breath and move in powerful Presence
Fire & Phoenix 3 (The end of the first day) The dance of Male and Female
Long after The dance is done The rhythms still beat The energies speak Heat and sensation Pulse and penetration.
The Dancer Within (after the Fire and the Phoenix) Circumscribed, Dormant Bound. Waiting for the call For streams of sound To reach the sleeping pathways; Finest carriers of life essence From somnolence To waking Earth, Fire Water Air All the elements engaged The dancer within stirs, Hears, responds, rises. Finds the rhythm Finds presence constellating. The dancer, Ageless Napunsakalinga* Beyond male Beyond female Beyond separation Dancing all the elements of life Feels the essence within This life My life All life Dedicated to remembering The presence I am *Sanskrit for 'beyond gender'.
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It is like superfood for the mind and soul – a really
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powerful motivator. Without a big enough reason for us to move forward towards our aspiration we lack commitment. Without a strong enough clear answer
inner enemies 5 'Turn into allies'
to the question 'why is this?' we won't have the
When we face our fears, procrastination, laziness or
energy to overcome the obstacles that stand in the
negativity we usually think that the only way forward
way of our success. A top coach knows the power of
is to kill off these inner enemies. But have you ever
a strong 'why' and helps people to find their mojo by
tried to do this? Fear doesn't go away when you push
excavating our deepest and truest reasons.
it; in fact it usually gets stronger.
A big mistake non-coaches make is that they think
An ILS Master Coach philosophy is that 'what you go
their own reasons will work for others. If we try to
to war with gets stronger'.
motivate others, but use our reasons, our purpose
So instead of trying to kill the inner enemy, why not
and vision, we often fail. A coach helps others to find
learn to transform the enemy into an ally?
their reasons and leverages those reasons to ignite
One tip to assist you in doing this is to look deeper
passion and energy for change.
than the surface judgment we have towards the inner
Coaching Power Question: Ask yourself or
enemy, to try to really understand its positive reasons
others 'Why is this important to me?'
for showing up. For example, fear is often only trying to protect us and procrastination might be trying to
slow us down into making wise decisions.
Look for ways to get every part of your inner world on board and you will have the inner strength to
Many of us curiously get caught in this trap; we
overcome your challenges.
focus all our mental and emotional energy on things
Coaching Power Question: Ask yourself or
we have truly no power to change, and we ignore
others 'How might this inner enemy actually be trying
or deny the things that we really do have power to
to help me, and how can I turn this into an ally?'
change. A true coach learns to help themselves and others to only focus on what we can change ourselves. Being clear on the difference between what we do have the power to change, and what we don't, is vitally important if we want to free ourselves. Don't assume
Until next time, from the ILS Master Coach team: keep coaching. Visit these sites for free resources, free email lessons and more info: www.innerlifeskills.com, www.colleen-joy.com
that you are sorted with this one, look closely at your
thinking and energy spent. You might be surprised to see how much is wasted on things that we truly
and check out these videos below.
cannot change. Coaching Power Question: Ask yourself or others 'What truly is in my power to change?'
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Transformation, Alchemy Quantum Leaps Julia Tiffin talks about the pattern of true transformation and finding fulfilment in your life as well as explaining how The Life Activation can support that process.
here is so much information available about the
many of us sense we have 'hidden potential' and that this
incredible potential of the human vehicle, the
would give us access to all 'the fruits of life'. These fruits
'superhuman' capabilities of humans.
of life would be whatever you define them to be: more joy,
On a pure physical level, the human body is one of the
best sources of electricity on the planet. This electricity is
This hidden potential is inside us, like a dormant seed
of the body, humans generate electricity, which can be
or perhaps numbers of seeds that are covered and hidden.
captured through everyday movements and potentially
These seeds have been known in modern times as DNA.
used to power our own homes.
Sages have called it the 'Divine Human Blueprint'. Finding
But that merely speaks about the physical capacity of
and locating these seeds inside us is a bit like rescuing
humans and what we already generate on a day-to-day
something precious from an oil spill – the oil is thick and
basis. Human beings perform miracles way beyond logic or
sticky and will require lots of cleaning to release whatever
pure science (I am referring to old paradigm science in this
has been covered by the oil. In the case of uncovering the
case). That is, when the heart, mind and soul of a human
seeds of human potential, the hidden potential inside us
is in a heightened place, we can achieve great things and
is buried beneath patterns of incorrect thinking, emotional
tap into a potential that is not accessed in our normal
pain and not just from our own creation, but inherited from
everyday pattern, when we are living with dulled senses to
On a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical level,
sex, intimacy, money, whatever you want to experience.
called piezoelectricity, and within the crystalline structure
the world around us.
inner peace, love, success, fulfilment, balance, abundance,
What is not well known is that the DNA both stores our original 'Divine Pattern' but can also record new patterns
over it. It is a bit like a portable hard drive in that it can record current patterns, negative or positive into the DNA and these become our 'truth', our reality. The original 'Divine Blueprint' is not lost; it is just covered over, like the object in the oil spill which needs to be cleaned. A process of transformation as opposed to change can be utilised to reveal these seeds inside us. The energy generated by the transformational process liberates and awakens our true identity and purpose from within the core of us.
So, what is change and what is transformation? Change is really as simple as moving an object in a room from one place to another. Sometimes we experience a surge of inspiration and say 'ok I am going to change this' and then we change our habits, but then move back to the same old habits again. The change was temporary; we had not truly transformed. Many times we experience this in a relationship when a partner promises to 'change' something. It goes well for a while, but then either one or both partners slip back into the same old pattern again because the change was not transformation. We are deeply distressed and then have emotional eruptions, experience mental disappointment and begin to further hardwire negative patterns into our DNA, covering up the original divine nature even more.
The truth is, that one or both partners did not commit to transform, and only made a temporary change. We can choose to see it as a broken promise, but recognising this for what it is, will save many of us from heaps of personal trauma and further 'oil spills' of emotional pain.
To make a change is not transformation. Transformation is not just moving something from one place to the other within a room; it is literally breaking out of the room and completely changing your perspective. This could be either breaking down the walls and constructs in your mind you deem to be truth or breaking through the roof of limiting beliefs. So like a bird, you liberate yourself from the fixed earth, walking in the same pattern everyday, taking the same route to work everyday, and shift your perspective to view things differently, move to a higher perspective, and consider a whole bunch more possibilities. 'Problems cannot be solved with the same kind of mindset that created them,' said Albert Einstein. To change a mindset, you have to transform, and something has to shift in you to make sustainable change or 'transformation'.
How does transformation work in the alchemical process? Taking a look at ancient alchemy, there is a lot we can learn about the processes of transformation. Alchemy is not chemistry and is not just about the science of changing metals into different metals, as many people think. Alchemy involves spiritual transformation and takes us through a process. The steps of this process are: calcination; dissolution;
distillation; and coagulation. There is a science or a pattern to transformation, and when we journey through these seven stages will we experience true transformation as opposed to change that lasts for a period of time only? In this process, when we put our hearts, minds and souls through the alchemical process, we clean up the 'dross' or heavy emotional past and mental beliefs that keep us negative and heavy. As we journey through this entire process, we clean this heaviness inside us, and that process unpeels layers that reveal 'the gold within'. The gold in the human context is the true essence or true identity of a human and there we find pure joy. What this ancient formula teaches us, is that true transformation requires dedication, patience and embracing the 'winds of transformation', being willing to let go of outdated ideas, suffocating cultural belief systems, patterns and emotional hurts. The alchemical process will lead us to true inner peace, joy, and all those fruits of life you define and that you want to experience.
Transformation is the fuel. Transformation may sound scary but is actually the most natural way for humans to live life alive. According to the ancient teachings from the mystery schools, our nature is to create. In order to create, we have to live life alive and be in alignment with a pattern of transformation, creativity and the pulse of energy of the divine source. Our very DNA is in alignment with the pulse of the universe, which is constantly moving and transforming. Most of our stress, pain and frustration come from resisting this very nature. Think about how many times you have resisted what you know is good for you, because this would mean you would have to let go of something which is now an outmoded pattern for you. We have become accustomed to live life stagnantly; we create structures that create good growth in our life, and then that very structure starts to choke the lifeblood in us. The universe is constantly moving, and we humans are designed to be masters of the universe, in alignment
with that flow, and we too need to keep on moving and evolving those very structures we create that now suffocate us. This does not mean we relinquish commitments and responsibilities; it means that we shift our perspective, undergo transformation, and use those very things in life to facilitate our personal growth, not our personal stagnation. Awakening this dormant potential literally switches on the brain: Einstein was thought to be able to use 10% of his brain, whereas we use perhaps 4-6%. What about the rest of more than 90%? According to the ancient mystery school tradition, this is the time on the planet which has been scheduled for us to access the rest of that potential.
A process of transformation as opposed to change can be utilised to reveal these seeds inside us. The energy generated by the transformational process liberates and awakens our true identity and purpose from within the core of us.
How can the Life Activation assist in a process of transformation? One of the ancient, time-tested modalities that facilitate
only a journey to discover the inner you and to improve
a journey of transformation within your very being and
your relationships, but it also boosts your immune system
switches on dormant DNA is the Life Activation. It will allow
with the increased energy, shifting sadness and lower
you to gently move forward, moving past the things that
stop you, bringing to your awareness things that are good
The Life Activation in itself is a gentle gift to facilitate
for you, things that need to change, things that you did not
a new pattern of positive living in a one-on-one session
know about yourself so you can move forward. This will
lasting up to two hours.
allow you to make personal breakthroughs. The knowledge DNA, and it also holds the pattern of all the unique gifts and
Are you looking to make Quantum Leaps?
qualities within you that you can uncover.
There is another ancient technology that is also thousands
of what you need to transform within you is held inside the
Whilst the Life Activation will accelerate your personal
of years old and starts a process of quantum leaps in
progression, it will do so in a constructive and positive
the journey of personal transformation. When you take
manner, and what many people have said of it is that they
quantum leaps, you liberate yourself from living in a linear
can now move forward 'with a smile on their face'.
pattern, being stuck in a rut, embracing your true nature
One of the key things this process does is 'heighten
and being dedicated to live your highest potential. This
your vibration' by re-connecting pieces of the DNA that are
ancient technology is shared in a 2-day weekend called
not switched on to the universal power source. This can
Empower Thyself, and is something an individual can
gently help you to shift, and to alter your perspective and
choose after a Life Activation if they want to take further
help you to find better solutions in your life, as you release
steps in their journey of transformation.
yourself from being stuck in the same old patterns.
The Life Activation is offered by Certified Life Activation
One of the ancient Hermetic teachings is that of 'The
Practitioners and the Empower Thyself is offered by
Principle of Vibration' and that love and hate are really
Certified Guides who re-certify annually to ensure that this
on the same continuum but are just on opposite sides of
time-tested modality and transformational process retains
it. If you raise your vibratory frequency, you can shift to
integrity. The Life Activation modality and the Empower
the positive end of the spectrum. Shifting perspective can
Thyself process have been safeguarded within one of the
be as simple as choosing how you want to feel, whether
mystery schools that has a lineage of over 3 000 years and
sad or miserable, however it often requires some kind of
is known today as The Modern Mystery School.
intervention (such as sport, a loving gesture, an act of
The concepts that have been shared are applied
service, a positive activity). The Life Activation connects
teachings from the Modern Mystery School, an ancient
you to a positive 'power supply' that cannot be switched
tradition that teaches many keys and deep knowledge
off, allowing you to be filled with higher vibrations, so that
about healing, alchemy, Kabbalah, astrology, Hermetic
you can more easily choose a better attitude, a better way
principles and much more.
to approach life. This Activation brings good energy that will support not
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2 BREAKING THE AGING CODE: Maximising Your DNA Function for Optimal Health and Longevity Vincent C Giampapa & Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Basic Health • 978 1 5912 0079 6
DNA is ''life's blueprint.'' Our genetic inheritance for health and life expectancy is encoded in each of our DNA. Throughout life, DNA reproduces and replaces itself continually. In optimal conditions, DNA copies itself over and over again, making perfect reproductions. This is very close to the state that people are in when they are young and healthy. As people age, however, their DNA is damaged continually by the environment, diet, and physical and emotional stress. The DNA begins to reproduce poorly and ultimately stops reproducing completely. The result is disease and aging. In this groundbreaking book, Vincent Giampapa, M.D., a visionary plastic surgeon and anti-aging pioneer, presents a radical new theory on how we age. Contrary to current thinking, latest aging research suggests that the body is not irreversibly programmed by a finite number of cell divisions to age and die, but rather is built for longevity and self-repair. Moreover, we can regulate which aging genes to ''switch off'' and which to ''switch on,'' thereby
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altering how our genes are expressed and influencing how we age, the quality of our health, and how long we live. In Breaking the Aging Code, you will learn not only about these amazing scientific breakthroughs, but also about applying this information to your life. From the intimate level of the cell outward to environmental toxins, Dr. Giampapa describes the key components responsible for the breakdown of, and damage to DNA. He also explains how you can use diet, nutraceuticals, exercise, and mind-body techniques to control these harmful processes and to optimize a healthy state of DNA.
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Many people spend their lives in quiet desperation, reacting, fearing, fighting, repeating negative patterns and just surviving from day to day. What if we can shift from just surviving to being alive where we respond, create, have courage to act and live every day with passion, abundance and joy? This book contains practical advice, stories, examples, tools and coaching processes to transform your
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In a world where you are pushed to know more, this book will prove that your greatest asset is often not knowing. In a world where you are told it's all in the planning, this book will encourage you to keep your cart ahead of your horse and allow your dreams to lead you. In a world where you are told you need to become someone, this book will show you that you already are someone. The author - the foremost accidental expert on this subject - is Talia Leman, a high school student. Runner in the rain.
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An engaging tale - written in verse - about a handsome African Grey Parrot, Nebuchadnezzar the Third, and his unlikely playmate, Belinda - a bright and busy bee. Nebuchadnezzar lives in the deep jungles of Africa and comes to rich and colourful life when he takes to the air, showing off his splendid plumage as he swoops and dives with his fellow fliers. But every young creature needs a playmate and some fun, and this is where Belinda the Bee comes in. She's
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Colors of the East
Karunesh is one of my favourite composers. He is modern yet captures the essence of culture and tradition so well, making his music pleasant and accessible. This CD inevitably captures the wonder of India, its mysticism and spirituality; yet it is playful. Thoroughly enjoyable in almost all contexts.
Sacred Chants of Shiva: From the Banks of the Ganges Singers of the Art of Living It is said that these chants lead to incredible meditation bliss yet you do not have to be religious to enjoy this music. These sacred chants of Indian Vedic culture have been inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the world for all.
ReTURNING: Special music for sacred times Jennifer Berezan This CD is recorded in the Oracle Chamber in the Hypogeum in Malta, which is one of the oldest temples in a chamber specifically created for sound. This inevitably enables wonderful acoustic effects and sound capture, which is the continuous overture of the CD. It is haunting, intriguing and mystical; therefore great for introspection, serious meditation or upliftment during some mindful task.
Emerge into the Light Wiggzaro A most unusual yet interesting sleeve for this CD. Vocal, funky, modern beats in all the song titles – such as Trinity, Gaia Rising, Journey through Inner Self, Praise to the Mother, As Above so Below and Satori – show what this CD is all about. I like it, many will dislike it, but not all, especially those who prefer more classic spiritual music.
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The beggar woman in Madrid
Paulo Coelho once again teaches us incredible life lessons through well thought-out pieces of fiction. In this one, he shares an exerpt of a man named Antonio's letter
was walking along the Gran Via in Madrid, when I saw
place; I should ask God for help. I prayed and thought to
a fair skinned and well-dressed short little woman,
have heard a voice telling me that I needed to find that
begging alms from all passers by. As I approached
beggar woman again.
her, she implored me for some coins for a sandwich. As
I woke up crying every night. I could not go on like
in Brazil people asking for alms are always dressed in old
this. I gathered money, bought a new ticket and returned
and dirty clothes, I decided not to give her anything and
to Madrid. I had to go after that woman.
went on my way. However, her look left me with a strange sensation.
I began an endless search – I did no other thing than seek her. But time passed and money began to diminish.
I went to the hotel and suddenly I felt an unexplainable
I went to a travel agency to set a new date for my ticket.
need to go back and give that woman alms – I was on
I had decided to return to Brazil only after having given
vacation, I had just had lunch and had some change in
the alms I had not given before.
my pocket. I thought of how humiliating it must be to
As I left the travel agency, I stumbled on a step and
stay in the street, exposed to everyone's looks, asking
was thrown against someone: it was the woman I was
I went back to the place I had seen her. She was
In an automatic gesture, I drove my hands to my
no longer there. I walked down the nearby streets and
pockets, took what I had and gave it to her. I felt
nothing. On the next day, I repeated the pilgrimage and
a profound peace. I thanked God for the wordless
could not find her.
encounter, for that second chance.
From then on, I could no longer sleep well. I returned to Fortaleza, talked to a woman friend and she told me that an important connection did not take
After that, I have been to Spain many times. I know I will not see her again. But I had done what my heart had told me to. O
©Translated by James Mulholland • Travel with Paulo through his blogs, visit www.paulocoelhoblog.com
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State of the Universe 'Well, the world didn't end on December 22, 2012. Talk about an anti-climax. The shift of the ages happened seamlessly, as the Creator hit Re-Start and the Show got renewed for another 26 000 years. I don't know about you, but I'm inspired. I just want this world to start so I can get on.' Odyssey humourist Swami Beyondananda talks about how the universe is telling us to shift or get off the pot.
o let's just say the rapture happened and we all got
It's time for us to use our intelligence intelligently, and
born again without reincarnating. In other words,
begin thinking like a species – because in terms of global
the shift has hit the fan. And if you're not a fan of
footprint, call us Bigfoot. And given our big global footprint,
shifting now, you will be soon. The planets and stars have
we must develop a big global brain and even bigger global
done their part. Now it's time for humanity to shift our
heart to weave us back into the web of life. We don't want
karma out of reverse and get our assets in gear.
to flunk third dimension now, do we?
You probably don't get the Timeless Times where you
And if we are – as evolutionary biology is now telling us
live, but beings from across the universe are rooting for
– all cells in the body of a super-organism called Humanity,
us. Last month, their headline was, 'We're Betting On the
it's time we gather all good intentions under One Big
Intent: Thrival for all.
I know this because I just got back from a trans-universal tour seeking the key to the universe (turns out, it's been
But I'm not the only one. More and more humans are
a universal message for humanity: It's time to shift or get
going sane, and committing themselves to turning the
off the pot.
world into one big sane asylum. People are waking up and
Or, stay on the pot if you need pot to shift you.
left unlocked so the joke was on me) and I come bearing
Whatever it takes.
I know, I know. I am proposing a sane world. I must
wising up, and the good news is the 'evolutionary upwising' gathered esteem in 2012.
Take the Presidential campaign In sharp repudiation of the conventional belief that there's
'It's time to take humour seriously, and seriousness humorously.'
the United States thumbed their nose at convention and
- Swami Beyondananda
actually elected one President. So there. No longer high on
came to realise, life is a joke, but God is laughing with us,
hopium, a more sober body politic made what they saw was
not at us. The creator is watching the Comedy Channel,
the better choice – positive change in small increments, as
and we are what's on. Yes, the world is in serious condition
opposed to negative change in large excrements.
– largely because of our conditioning to be serious. So
no such thing as a moderate Republican, the people of
Speaking of which, the never-ending war on terror
instead of having gravity bring us down, we can choose
('We're going to win the war to end all wars, even if it takes
to have levity lift us up. Hearty laughter makes us go
us forever') went droning on in 2012, and we now have
completely out of our head, and puts us right in the heart.
space-age wind-up toys doing our assassinations for us. As
And that brings us to Step Two.
for success, it's been hit-and-miss, mostly hit. Because even when they miss, they still hit something, right?
Second step, Wise Up Loving. To counterbalance all the challenges of being human, we were given the power of
Oh, and in 2012 the climate over climate change got
love, the universal solvent. You have a problem? Dissolve it
heated up, as reality-deniers faced off against, well, reality.
in a warm solution of love. Through the power of love, we
So, is climate change real? Well, I'll put it this way. I just
can metabolise all the BS (Belief Systems) that we mistake
came back from a terrific vacation in the future. Spent a
for reality. And the good news is, love is more powerful than
glorious week in Tropicanada.
fear. How do I know? You ever hear anyone singing, "All
And the gun debate has had everybody up in arms.
You Need Is 'Fear'?"
Listen, every child in America should be taught the
Third step, Grow Up Giving. Each of us has been
appropriate use of arms as soon as they have arms to raise
given a special gift just for entering – so you are already
– hugging. Hug first, ask questions later. Come up with your
a winner. We are the Creator's creation created to create,
so what are we waiting for? Time to give all we were given
If that doesn't isolate the sociopathogens, I don't know what will.
Join the UP wising
to give before we give out. The more of our gifts we give, the more we grow upward. So if you're spiritually upwardly mobile, here is my suggestion. Make a 'bucket list' of all the undertakings you wish to undertake before being overtaken
Here's some good news. Now is the perfect time to make
by the undertaker. And then undertake – and over-give, and
the shift, and I will tell you why. Because it's too late to do
you can't grow wrong.
it sooner, that's why. I'll put it bluntly. If we humans don't
And finally, Show Up Living. Show up for the
begin rowing together in the same direction, we're going to
greatest show on Earth – it's better than reality TV. A
be up shift creek without a paddle.
once-in-a-lifetime 'world-win' adventure show, where the
Now as you know, there are two kinds of mystics in the world – the optimystics and the pessimystics. The pessimystics tell us 'the sky is falling'. The optimystics say, 'No, it only looks that way, because we are ascending.' Personally, I am an optimystic realist. While many look
whole world can win. It's the hero's journey with one big hero: the human race. I've said it before, and it certainly applies now. If you don't like the current programming, turn off your TV and tell-a-vision instead. So, I will tell my vision.
at the world situation and declare the glass 95% empty, I
I see it now. The Timeless Times headline
take the opposite position. To me, it's 5% full.
that reads: 'How Did The Human Race
So yes, we have an uphill journey. But otherwise, it's all downhill.
Turn Out? They won. They achieved oneness and won.' O
There are those who say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, while others swear by the 12-step
Look for Swami
version. I present here a compromise – four simple steps to
make sure we step out in the right direction, mathematically
guaranteed to work three times faster than 12-step option. They are: Wake Up, Wise Up, Grow Up and Show Up. First step, Wake Up Laughing. As the ancient Foo Ling Masters who achieved Cosmic Comic Consciousness
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