Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Socratic Method in the use of Vaccines

Have we lived without vaccines before?

Can we live without vaccines now?

What harmful effects have they caused to date?

Have infant/children death rates risen ever since vaccines were approved for them?

What long term studies of vaccines have been conducted to date? Where is the science data behind it?

What happens to a sick person who gets vaccinated and whose immune system is weak due to their current health state?

Is it a fact that a weaker immune system will not be able to fight off the toxic and acidic ingredients in vaccines, but that a strong immune system will? And could this be the reason that some are dying and others are not?

Where are the facts that show us a long term study has been conducted to prove the effectiveness of vaccines in curing or preventing disease or sickness?

Should these studies not be conducted before vaccines are released to the public?

Is it in fact true that vaccines wiped out polio and small pox?

Is my body not already designed to fight off viruses, bacteria and parasites?

If our bodies are designed to fight off viruses, bacteria and parasites…For those who survived vaccinations and are pro vaccination,  why do you believe that vaccines created a stronger immune system after? Is it not the body's normal reaction that actually helped get rid of the toxins from the vaccines, and not the vaccine itself that has brought their immune system back to health over time?

Do some ingredients in vaccines include fetal bovine serum (from pigs, chickens, calves and other animals), embryos, aborted white (Caucasian) female fetus formaldehyde (acid) AND formaldehyde – which poses danger to human health and is described as “known to be a human carcinogen “?

Is carcinogen not an agent directly involved in causing cancer?

Can a person with a weak immune system die or continue to be weakened from a vaccine shot made of formaldehyde?

Is it wiser and more effective (in the short and long term) to eat healthier and live a healthier lifestyle in order to bring back a weakened immune system to its original healthy state?


info about vaccines:
http://drsuzanne.net/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhTO2D1ccJ4 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WI-38 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetal_bovine_serum 
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/b/excipient-table-2.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formaldehyde 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YaHqCv48-s 
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Drafting a Revolution – A Presentation of the Facts

It was inevitable that, after almost a year of not writing, I would draft such a long post. I have gained so much knowledge and awareness since then, but I struggled in knowing what to do with it. I didn’t know what to do with knowledge I felt could help us and our planet because who would listen? I am no one in the public eye.

 In my spiritual journey, I am constantly being reminded of how our “awareness” is for ourselves. We don’t need to say anything to anyone to convince them to see the same because we understand, and in acceptance there is silence. There is no need to have everyone around you be at the same level of awareness as you so I remained silent. But this is regarding the planet, our food and our health. As I did laundry the other day, I was exposed to toxins because people are too ignorant to know the harmful effects of cleaners. I try to buy fruits and vegetables but there is something clearly wrong with our food. I go to Lakeshore in Toronto and I want to swim, but I can’t. The water is too polluted.

My mouth sometimes gets me in trouble because I am brutally honest. But I cannot stay silent and it’s also not a matter of me complaining about something which I have not taken responsibility for, this is pollution, toxins and genetically engineered foods that I am being exposed to. I cannot tolerate it anymore and I am not the one producing these toxins.

I am nowhere near where I need to be. I have a lot to learn – for the rest of my life. And as they say, the teachers are all that we meet. But for a while now, I could see the “big picture” - positive ways we can start to grow as a society and learn to be more productive in order to be more effective. It has been extremely painful to watch these protests over the years – how people were being treated inhumanely, but also to find a more effective way to resolve these issues we are all faced with. I know more can be done. It seems protestors are not aware of what a “protest” actually means in law and how ineffective it will be for them, other than to bring it to the public eye, UNLESS they follow up with CONTRACTS.

The following is written keeping in mind the acceptance of all people, cultures and lifestyles. I hope it will not be interpreted any other way. It’s possible I may be misunderstood because the meaning I may have for a word may not be the meaning or experience you know. It’s a miracle we can get along at all. But take a moment to read if you feel the need, keeping in mind what I just said. I will be answering the following questions in no particular order.

1. What do you think a court of law would rule if you presented facts?
2. What do you think our laws are based on?
3. Where is God in all of this?

“He ought not to be heard who advances a proposition contrary to the rules of law.” – legal maxim

The notion that a “higher law” transcends the rules enacted by human institutions and that a government is bound by, is known as the Rule of Law. Henry de Bracton, an English judge and scholar from the thirteenth century, wrote that a court's allegiance to the law and to God is above its allegiance to any ruler or lawmaker.

Historically, Natural Law refers to the use of reason to analyze human nature to deduce binding rules of moral behavior. It has played an integral role in the development of the Anglo-American system of justice. Justice has been defined in terms of natural rights such as the rights to several properties.

Proponents of divine natural law contend that law must be made to conform to the commands they believe were laid down or inspired by God, or some other deity, who governs according to principles of compassion, truth, and justice.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, and constitutionalist declared, government is morally obliged to protect human life and private property. Cicero believed natural law comes directly from God. He defined it as "the safety of citizens, the preservation of states, and the tranquility and happiness of human life." Natural law supported the health and well-being of society because it was only in a healthy, peaceful society that individuals could achieve "happiness"—contentment and purpose.

Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

Courts recognize various events as acts of God—tornadoes, earthquakes, death, extraordinarily high tides, violent winds, and floods. This is why in a court of law, any damage or loss of private property in a natural disaster, which is seen as an act of God, cannot be compensated for. Many insurance policies for property damage exclude from their protection damage caused by acts of God.

The Declaration of Independence relies crucially upon natural law as a premise.

“If the first and final role of natural law in the Declaration is to explain the independence of the United States from the perspective of the law of nations, its second and central function is to ground the theory of God-given rights and man-made government that comprises its most memorable passage, justifying not only independence but revolution.”

In the Great Irish Famine, some felt that providing food for sale in all districts, under all circumstances, should be left to the foresight and enterprise of private sellers.

"The laws of commerce were seen as the laws of God and demanded unswerving obedience. But others argued, overwhelmingly in moral terms, that in the cataclysmic Irish circumstances these laws should be either modified or even completely disregarded, maintaining, like Bishop Hughes of New York, that ‘the rights of life are dearer and higher than those of property’. "

“Commercial law, also known as business law or corporate law is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales. It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both private law and public law. “ - Wikipedia

Canadian Encyclopedia meaning: Commercial law is that branch of private law concerned primarily with the supply of goods or services by merchants and other businesses for profit.

Best meaning I found: Commercial Law is a “War of Truth” expressed in the form of an intellectual weapon called an Affidavit.

Based on this concept of “War of truth”, a revolution can be expressed and resolved on paper. Interestingly enough, everything that gets approved or passed in law is expressed on paper.

“The foundation of Commercial Law is based upon certain universal, eternally just, valid, moral precepts and truths. The basis of Commercial Law is the Law of Exodus (i.e. The 10 Commandments) of the Old Testament and Judaic (Mosaic) Orthodox Hebrew Commercial law. The Laws of Commerce have remained unchanged for at least six thousand years and form the basis of western civilization, if not all nations. This law of commerce therefore applies universally throughout the world.”

As an example, I will focus on the current issues at hand in regards to the Dakota Access Pipeline that is intended on being built.

First off, I have realized there’s no time and no point in blaming or pointing fingers when most people are completely ignorant to the damage they cause. Everything is energy and that is a waste of energy. Our energy absolutely has to go into solving problems and action towards that.

There have been thousands of people who have attended or are still at Standing Rock Indian Reservation protesting the pipeline. Although the protests were effective in bringing attention, it is now time for action. Law is all paper work. Action means paper work.

Again – ‘Commercial Law is a “War of Truth” expressed in the form of an intellectual weapon called an Affidavit.

Now I don’t know exactly what they are doing to make sure this pipeline does not get built, aside from the protests, so I may be suggesting a plan that could actually already be in action. But if it’s not, try to organize these thousands of people so that you identify key persons such as lawyers, judges, ministers, ambassadors, scientists, urban planners, engineers and so on. We need to reach out to people from different sectors and start drafting up these contracts, in the form of Affidavits, which outline FACTS about the damage this pipeline will do to the environment and also the alternatives the company who wants to build the pipeline can have. What is their purpose? What are their alternatives? Which can benefit both and bring profit to both? One would presume that they have the facts or they would not be protesting.

It is not going to go down well if anyone gets forced to do something they don’t want to do. These corporations don’t want to lose money. If they are not intelligent enough to hire the right people who should come up with ways to improve their business ethics, there’s no harm in us assisting. In other words, can we provide them with an alternative to satisfy BOTH parties? I think if we can show everyone visually, on paper, the facts about our environment, it can make an impact on them. Most lack the knowledge of short and long term effects of the products they sell. Their own families are dying from cancer that was caused by the toxic products they have developed and sold. But the profits from their business are feeding their family so they must see they can still make the same or more money with better business practices. The people working in factories need jobs so we can’t just shut the factories down. I believe the key is to satisfy both parties. If it’s fuel energy they want, show them the alternatives (green energy).

Everything I try to share with others is all based on years of research and facts. What I can read and learn in 5 minutes, took someone a lifetime to realize. We have vast knowledge at our hands now.

Set aside a group of people, preferably lawyers, to complete an administrative process. Get Default Judgement by Notaries, who have the power of a judge, in order to stop any action that will hurt us or our planet and to implement new ideas towards a healthier planet.

When you do an administrative process with a lawyer and an affidavit is sent out, the receiving party has a 30 days grace period in which to rebut (prove to the contrary). If they do not respond, then the Notary Public issues a Notice of Default and a Notarial protest. These have the same effect as a court judgement because Notaries have the power of a judge. Judges grant a Default Judgment when one party to a lawsuit fails to do something that is required. In this example, it would be failing to provide proof to the contrary. Notarial Protest can be used to prove the dishonor of a commercial transaction, one that involves a billing by a “corporate” entity.

An excellent example of a starting point is the open letter that was submitted at the 1999 World Trade Organization Conference in Seattle, by over 800 scientists from around the world, where they express their concern about the dangers of GMO. If they had completed an administrative process, if this letter was put together in the form of an affidavit, stating the facts about the harmful effects of GMOs and sent to the Minister of Agriculture (Canada) or Secretary of Agriculture (USA) asking them to fulfill their duties in either (1) implementing the changes necessary due to the facts, or (2) to rebut the facts and prove to the contrary, which honestly, they cannot. It's either fact or fiction. We are not presenting them with our opinion; it is facts based on years of studies and our current state. It is facts that have been collected by professionals in their industry.

In seeking “relief” due to the default of one of the parties, the “holder” of a judgment may seize the personal property, including bank accounts and vehicles, of the person against whom the judgment has been made. In this case, GMOs would have to stop being used on our food system because we have proven that it has negative short and long term effects. And again, we can provide with alternatives for the opposing party in order to satisfy all parties and work together in this world. For recognizing and enforcing a judgment of a court of another country, a court of one state will enforce a Foreign Judgment. The judgment must be brought to the judicial tribunals of the second state for implementation, allowing the judicial tribunal of the enforcing state to examine the judgment and determine whether it should be recognized and enforced.

The courts are there to solve disputes based on facts. Presenting the facts and completing an Administrative Process with a Notary Public saves court time and money.

The people who are ordering or forcing people away from Standing Rock Indian Reservation are receiving orders based on a judgement on paper. Another contract can exist, forcing them to evacuate -not the people - but the machinery that will start the build of the pipeline, it will be a success. This is possible. Get the judgement on paper that they must abide by. They are only abiding by the current contract that stands, that was clearly drafted by ignorant people seeking profit, otherwise it would not have been approved.

But it’s important to keep in mind the acceptance of all types of people and lifestyles, whether corporate or not. We cannot have a world that is one sided. We can focus on what we want and make our own choices according to our lifestyle choice, but should not impose our beliefs or lifestyle on others if it is different than our own. Stay away from things or people you do not resonate with. We do not need to be concerned that someone else chooses to live differently.

Corporations can still exist within a healthier planet. It’s all profit. They will not want to make changes if they lose money but I believe they would make any changes that will give them the same or more profit for choosing to be an honest business that is not affecting our planet or others negatively.

Categories to consider:
Health/Medicine, Food, Education, Agriculture, Urban planning, Housing/Real Estate
People to gather: Notaries, Lawyers, Business, Government Agents such as Police Officers, Judges, Engineers and Ministers

I would recommend not blaming the government anymore for our problems. I am trying to show that we have power to implement new things in order to grow as a society. Our time has to be managed better, not getting upset but instead redirect that energy into action by producing these necessary contracts that state FACTS and can help our planet and our food system. History has shown us the error of our ways. Let’s start urban farming, get funding for more community centers and recreation for kids, so they are no forced to rebel because you are not considering them as a part of society. As an example, if a new mall is built, a new skate park should be built. When a new condo is built, an old run down building should be converted to living spaces for affordable housing or homeless. There’s so much possibilities and it’s so clear.

I’ll end on this note - Educate yourselves and learn to protect yourself and your family. If someone is down on their luck, help them.


Image above taken from http://activesafekidsmanitoba.ca/service/law-tutor-an-introduction/
Information sources: 
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Enforcement+of+foreign+judgments 
http://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-is-a-default-judgement/ 
http://famguardian.org/taxfreedom/instructions/0.5commerciallaw.htm 
http://www.nongmoproject.org/gmo-facts/ 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_law 
http://thelawdictionary.org/natural-law/ 
https://answersingenesis.org/is-god-real/god-natural-law/ 
http://thelawdictionary.org/act-of-god/ 
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/natural+law 
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/act+of+god 
http://scholarship.law.georgetown.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2245&context=facpub 
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Magna+Charta 
https://www.gotquestions.org/natural-law.html 
https://fee.org/articles/marcus-tullius-cicero-who-gave-natural-law-to-the-modern-world/ 
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_3_indianss9.html 
http://www.nlnrac.org/american/declaration-of-independence 
https://www.jstor.org/stable/650353?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents 
https://www.corkuniversitypress.com/mobile/Product.aspx?ProductCode=9780997837414 
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Rhythm of Biodynamic Farming

Biodynamic farming is a healthy and natural approach to farming that does not use pesticides. It focuses on the basic principles of nature - which is organic and self sufficient - to produce nutritious high quality foods. The "founder" of biodynamic farming was Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), a highly trained scientist and respected philosopher of his time. He was the first to expose the dangers of synthetic fertilizers, which were just appearing in his time. His perspective of farming was seeing it as "a single, self-sustaining organism that thrives through biodiversity, the integration of crops and livestock and the creation of a closed-loop system of fertility."

Rudolf was able to recognize the importance of the healthy interplay of cosmic and earthly influences. The cycle of the Earth is carried out in relation to the cosmos, in a kind of in-breathing and out-breathing. It has a daily exhalation in the morning and the daily inhalation in the evening. Biodynamic farmers spray preparation 500 (cow horn manure), which promotes reproduction and growth, root movement, soil stimulation and micro bacterial life. It also helps germinate seeds and regulates lime and nitrogen content in the late afternoon or evening during the "in breath", while some preparations and agricultural tasks are performed in the morning to compliment the "out breath".

Biodynamic agriculture, is needed at a time when it is well known that pesticides are harmful to our soil and food (ultimately our health). Farmers would be wise to put it into practice because of it's healthy self sustaining methods, which uses the earth's energy and focuses on the basic principles of nature. We are aware of the moon, the sun and the rotation of the earth playing a part in high tides. But earth rythyms as well as cosmic solar & lunar/moon rhythms are rhythms that sustain all life on Earth. We should value biodynamic farming's self sustaining methods as science.

There is a small percentage of farmers who currently use biodynamic farming methods. John Chester, a filmmaker-turned-farmer in Moorpark, is one of them. He focuses on biodynamic, or biomimicry, in which every aspect of the farm works in sync, feeding off of one another and using nature as a guide on what to do, and what not to do. His farm is surrounded by sheep, cattle, pigs, roosters, dogs, birds, and horses. He uses the animals to keep their lawns manicured and get an endless supply of manure. You can't get more simple and self sufficient than that. Learn more. Check out the links below and share with others!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

Image above taken from http://www.earthhaven.ca/

https://www.biodynamics.com/what-is-biodynamics
https://www.organicconsumers.org/categories/biodynamics
http://lexiconofsustainability.com/biodynamics/
http://www.quantumagriculture.com/node/257
http://www.windows2universe.org/sun/effect_on_earth.html
http://www.biodynamics.in/Rhythm.htm
http://www.agroliving.com/2014/04/29/biodynamic-cycles-the-in-and-out-breath-of-the-planet-earth/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/eshachhabra/2016/02/24/why-one-farm-startup-is-filming-their-biodynamic-story-for-oprahs-own/#5c339a327ddc
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Avocado and Cabbage Soup

Turmeric is one of the best spices to have for multiple health benefits. It is commonly used in India as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions such as flatulence, jaundice, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis. It's anti-oxidant properties has been shown to inhibit growth of colon 'cancer' cells and the phytonutrients helps prevent prostate 'cancer'. Its properties aids in digestion and can ease the pain of osteoarthritis. The antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties strengthens your immune system - perfect for the winter season (colds and flu season). Aside from all the health benefits it provides, Turmeric can be used in a variety of dishes such as curry and it tastes great! I decided to make a soup out of some ingredients I had lying around that I wanted to use up before heading out for my grocery shopping. I put together an avocado, some cabbage (1 cup shredded) that I fried with garlic in coconut oil. I then created a broth by adding 1 1/2 cups of water to fried cabbage. I blended it all together with a small piece of cucumber I had left, seasoned it and topped it off with some healthy turmeric powder! Very tasty and wholesome soup - give it a try!


information sources:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78
http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric
http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric/

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1821027/4b2736dd64/TEST/TEST/

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Conscious Fundraising Meets Online Shopping - FlipGive

The effectiveness of charities or fundraisers are questionable. How are the donations being used? What exact percentage is going directly to those in need and how effective are the results? I have recently discovered a fundraising platform that can not only give you these answers, but also include you in a way that doesn't actually affect you giving away money that you need to sustain yourself.

You have to shop right? And sometimes as conscious beings we want to make sure we are shopping and supporting our economic system positively. FlipGive has come up with a unique way for you to shop and give back to the community without extra spending! How? When you use FlipGive's platform to shop your favorite brands, the retailers involved will donate up to 50% of the profits to the fundraiser of your choice! And I'm not talking about Cancer Foundation or other questionable charities that don't actually produce effective results and have been exposed to actually keeping most of the profits for themselves, but instead local community funding for local teams, clubs or organizations that will improve your community first hand. FlipGive has funded many fundraising events and has proven to be effective.

How many of us feel guilty at times about purchasing clothes that may have come from businesses with questionable practices? Or how many of us stop to buy a cup of coffee when meeting up with friends?! If you knew that each time you purchased goods you could direct some of that money - up to 50%- to a community fundraiser, would you?

Check out their website and start shopping in a way that will bring positive social change and help our communities. You literally have nothing to lose and lots to gain! Show the world how awesome and conscious you are about the world and economic system. Show your community that you care to support after school programs that have been cancelled by those who were unable to come up with any resolutions within their budget. You can create your own fundraiser or fund an existing one. This platform is the answer to getting back our community programs and community centers that have been shut down by the city or to fund your kid's hockey team so he/she can grow up healthy and active and involved in community events! As a retailer, you can also help bring about this positive change.

"Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems. " - Leroy Hood

Co-founders:
Steve Croth
Nicholas Lee
Mark Bachman

Meet co-founder Steve Croth

Top 50 Worst Charities in America:
http://www.ibtimes.com/50-worst-charities-america-tax-records-show-most-profits-go-solicitors-full-list-1308081

FlipGive Websites:
https://www.flipgive.com/tour
http://www.getflipgive.com/ - For retailers
https://twitter.com/FlipGive

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sesame Seed Treats - Raw Food Dessert

Sesame seeds provide nutrients that include copper, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, fiber and magnesium! Magnesium supports vascular and respiratory health. It lowers blood pressure and prevents migraines. Calcium and zinc are good for bone health which prevents osteoporosis. There are many health benefits to eating sesame seeds and it makes great raw food desserts! I only used organic pre-soaked sesame seeds and organic dried dates for this recipe and it tastes great! More benefits from eating sesame seeds include healthy skin, cardiovascular health, DNA damage from radiation, healthy digestion and they also help reduce pain and swelling. Try this simple recipe out and gain health benefits!


Information sources:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=84
http://naturalsociety.com/12-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds-sesame-oil/

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year - around the sun!

For my "New Year's resolution", I intend on maintaining a frequency of strength, love, peace and harmony in my life. And what better way to start than by creating this type of energy in my living space through the use of one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, known as 'Feng Shui'. Feng Shui relied on astronomy to find correlations between humans and the universe before the invention of magnetic compasses. The purpose of Feng Shui is to create an environment with good qi. Qi in Chinese martial arts, refers to 'energy', in the sense of (positive and negative) 'life force'. When we have good design in our homes, our rooms are filled with vibrant energy.

'A traditional explanation of qi as it relates to Feng Shui would include the orientation of a structure, its age, and its interaction with the surrounding environment, including the local microclimates, the slope of the land, vegetation, and soil quality.' -excerpt from wikipedia

To begin creating this type of living space, it is always recommended to have a professional Feng Shui practitioner guide you in achieving this harmony effectively. However, here are a few ways to start putting some of these techniques into practice:

1. Find the room in your home or apartment where energy is strongest (such as where guests like to hang out in). This area would be used as a working space that will help bring you popularity, success and money.
2. Sleep against a solid wall, the headboard should be against the wall and the foot of the bed should never be in line with the door.
3. Place air cleaning plants around the home to reduce anxiety and remove toxins.
4. Clean the front entrance. The front door should be well maintained and solid and the front area of your home should be clean and not cluttered. Make it welcoming and from this focal point, you should have beautiful pieces of art and furniture that feels pleasing.

If you have experience with the effectiveness of Feng Shui in your home, please share. Happy New Year! Enjoy your life and contribute your positive energy for others to enjoy!


image source: http://www.decoist.com/2013-09-25/feng-shui-tips/

Information sources:
http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/home-garden/home/feng-shui-for-good-energy-1.1954611
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui
http://www.vogue.com/13383560/how-to-feng-shui-your-home-easy-ways-beginners-guide/


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Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Interconnection Of New Ideas

 Youths and entrepreneurs are leading the way in developing ideas about environmental and sustainability issues that are vital for solving the current problems we are faced with. The Global Landscapes Forum recently held alongside COP21 in Paris, included a diverse group of people that discussed (technological) ideas for resolving these current issues of environment and health. Participants included 'The Nature Conservancy', who showcased the latest tools and technologies that were being used for increased production, improved livelihoods, protection of forests, landscapes, watersheds and for more biodiversity.

Other participants included 50 youth innovators that teamed up for 4 days in order to brainstorm ideas that would develop solutions to five real-world land-use challenges. Their ideas, which included an exchange program between smallholder farmers where they share resources, such as storage facilities and centralized distribution centers, can immediately be implemented to solve these land-use challenges. A speaker worth noting, named Salina Abraham said, " To us this wasn't just an exercise... These could be real-world solutions to real-world challenges. So, I want to ask from you two things: the first is to concretely integrate youth into the work that you do and the solutions we have to offer into your organizations; the second is to support our Youth in Landscapes initiative so that we can continue to grow and enable youth, so that we can become the leaders that we will have to be in the world."

 All over the world, discussions and actions are taking place, whether it be a group of people or a single individual, such as in the case of Samuel Malinga. He is a 26 year old from Uganda who recently received the Tony Elumelu Prize for Business at the Future Africa awards for his development of a full-cycle sanitation system. This sanitation system was built of local low-cost but highly hygienic toilets. In an effort to protect the environment through reducing and reusing waste, he also developed briquettes as an alternative source of energy to charcoal.

“The exposure we gain by traveling to other countries is also priceless. It widens our perspective, introduces us to new ideas and links us up with like minds from faraway lands.” - Samuel Malinga (interview with Onyedimmakachukwu Obiukwu)

Samuel is driven by "designing an effective marketing, distribution, and profitable business strategy that can be brought to scale." He cites Albert Einstein in saying, "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds to think." He says, "Agricultural Engineering has well packaged courses with design, business training, other engineering disciplines, agriculture, farm power and machinery, environment, water, energy and social fields. I had to apply the knowledge I acquired from university studies to develop technologies that are solving community problems. For sustainability, every good technology has to be accompanied with a decent business approach to enable people to buy it."

 Youth and entrepreneurs can provide different, innovative and new ideas that can help solve the problems we face today in addressing climate change and sustainability. These problems are interconnected and cannot be understood or resolved within our "academic disciplines and government agencies".

"A resolution can be found only if the structure of the web itself changed, and this will involve profound transformations of our social institutions, values, and ideas. As we examine the sources of our cultural crisis it will become apparent that most of our leading thinkers are outdated conceptual models and irrelevant variables…The shift from the mechanistic to the ecological paradigm is not something that will happen sometime in the future. It is happening right now in our sciences, in our individual and collective attitudes and values, and in our patterns of social organization. The new paradigm is better understood by individuals and small communities than by large academic and social institutions...To facilitate the cultural transformation, it will therefore be necessary to restructure our system of information and education, so that the new knowledge can be presented and discussed appropriately. " - excerpt from The Turning Point 1982 by Fritjof Capra

"Government also has to create public awareness about the effects of deforestation and importance of environmental conservation. It can do this by encouraging the teaching of subjects on climate change in schools and also by funding research towards cleaner energy options." - Samuel Malinga
Sources: 
http://venturesafrica.com/features/what-drives-the-young-african-entrepreneur/ 
http://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2015/12/09/civilization-without-destruction/ 
http://www.landscapes.org/salina-abraham-closing-keynote-way-forward-glf-2015/ 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pieter-van-de-sype/thinking-landscapes-and-t_b_8754710.html

Related:
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/09/02/generation-y-not-these-10-young-entrepreneurs-didnt-let-age-hold-them-back/ 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

It Is Our Earth, Yours and Mine.

"I don’t know if any of you have noticed, early in the morning, the sunlight on the waters. How extraordinarily soft is the light, and how the dark waters dance, with the morning stars over the trees, the only star in the sky. Do you ever notice any of that? Or are you so busy, so occupied with the daily routine, that you forget or have never known the rich beauty of this earth—this earth on which all of us have to live? Whether we call ourselves communists or capitalists, Hindus or Buddhists, Muslims or Christians, whether we are blind, lame, or well and happy, this earth is ours. It is our earth, not somebody else’s; it is not only the rich man’s earth, it does not belong exclusively to the powerful rulers, to the nobles of the land, but it is our earth, yours and mine. We are nobodies, yet we also live on this earth and we all have to live together. It is the world of the poor as well as of the rich, of the unlettered as well as of the learned; it is our world, and I think it is very important to feel this and to love the earth, not just occasionally on a peaceful morning, but all the time." - Jiddu Krishnamurti





Photo of sky with buildings by Gabriela. Photo of mountains taken from http://photographyblogger.net/incredible-landscapes-by-colorblind-photographer-kilian-schonberger/

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened"

Quote by Anatole France
Ever notice how unhappy some of the zoo animals look? And why are some dying of cancer - that would be impossible in the wild. In the zoo they are fed and exposed to the same toxins that society is exposed to, causing cancer. It's definitely an eye opener. I know the zoo keepers are trying to help these animals but we have to rethink all our practices now that we are aware of the toxins in our air and food.

"Zoos represent an ethical dilemma, which each reader must resolve to the best of his or her individual ability. Zoological collections now assert that they serve an essential conservation role. Others dispute this, not least upon the grounds that animals in the wild outlive their captive counterparts. Whatever the rights and wrongs of keeping animals in zoos, the inmates can fall prey to disease and, when they do, they then require and deserve the best treatment available." - excerpt from http://www.alternativevet.org/zoo_animals.htm

"The modern zoos we know today are a far cry from those of the past but despite all that we have learned and all that has changed, AZA-accredited institutions are still keeping many of their animals in incredibly unnatural habitats with minimal space and minimal enrichment leading to a number of abnormal behaviours. - excerpt from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/zoos-bringing-endangered-species-back-from-the-brink/

I loved going to the zoo to see the animals. I've seen elephants up close, but it's not worth seeing if they are unhappy and medicated half the time. Samantha, a 37-year-old Western Lowland Gorilla, was the eldest female at the Toronto Zoo. She died of a stroke. Strokes are not common among gorillas, yet three female gorillas have had strokes in North America in the past few years.
Read more about Samantha here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/gorilla-dies-at-toronto-zoo/article4388880/
Original posting: https://niume.com/pages/post/?postID=34189


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fruits Rich in Calcium

Parathyroid hormone and calcitonin (one of the hormones made by the thyroid gland) have key roles in regulating the amount of calcium in the blood and within the bones.
Calcium is the only mineral in the body that has a group of glands entirely responsible for controlling it within our blood, and the parathyroid glands do this continuously. A hormone called calcitonin is secreted by the thyroid gland and works in conjunction with parathyroid hormone, or PTH. Parathyroid Hormone takes from the bones to top up the level in the blood stream. When the level is adequate, it stops making the hormone, but when there is calcium deficiency, it will start to take from your bones. Calcitonin works to reduce the amount of calcium your body takes from its own bones.
For healing bones or good bone health in general, it is important to include foods high in calcium (fruits being the most powerful) and I do not recommend milk or dairy. 10 fruits rich in calcium include oranges, dried figs, rhubarb and dates. Read more.
Sources:
http://www.well-women.com/parathyroid.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/504174-thyroid-calcium-deficiency/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parathyroid_gland


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Coconut Cream Of Broccoli

Happy World Vegetarian Day! According to wikipedia, a day established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 to bring awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. Awesome. For this day, I made some Coconut Cream of Broccoli to celebrate my vegetarian lifestyle.
Broccoli is great for the kidneys and provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification benefits and is ideal for vitamin D deficiency. When vitamin D is needed to offset deficiency, vitamin K and vitamin A help keep our vitamin D metabolism in balance. Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of both vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin K, so broccoli is an ideal food to include in one's diet. Soups are great for colder seasons so why not incorporate some steamed broccoli into a coconut cream broth, along with some spinach and carrots....mmmmmm yummy. Recipe coming soon.

Source:
http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/5-health-benefits-of-broccoli/
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit"

Quote by: Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are two equinoxes annually, vernal and autumnal, marking the beginning of spring and fall. They are opposite for the northern and southern hemispheres. The autumnal equinox happens every year on September 22, 23, or 24, when the sun crosses the celestial equator. In China the September equinox is celebrated during the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. This year’s harvest moon on the evening of September 27 is a super moon that will also display a rare total lunar eclipse. The last time a total lunar eclipse coincided with a supermoon happened was in 1982, and it won’t happen again until 2033! - '12 things to know about the autumnal equinox'. Read More...


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Fermented Sprouted Soy/Tofu With Veggies

Soybeans contain phytochemicals that have toxic effects on the human body. It has been linked to digestive distress, allergies and immune system breakdown. However, fermented soybeans releases nutrients and transforms soybeans into healthy nutritious food. When you consume small amounts of fermented soy foods, they help provide a wealth of friendly microflora to the intestinal tract that aids in digestion and assimilation of nutrients, as well as boost immunity.
Miso neutralizes toxins and alkalizes the blood. It contains an excellent source of digestive enzymes, probiotics, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals!
'Fermented soy in small, condimental amounts as practiced in traditional Asian cultures is the only safe way to consume this legume and even then, only for those who have healthy thyroid function because it is so extremely goitrogenic. Miso, tempeh, natto and soy sauce (If traditionally brewed) fall under this category.' (see full article in link below)
Sources:
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/why-sprouted-soy-is-worse-than-unsprouted-even-if-organic/
http://www.organicauthority.com/health/what-are-the-safest-nongmo-soy-products.html
http://www.wildwoodfoods.com/products/tofu
http://ourearthland.blogspot.ca/2012/06/releasing-nutrients-in-soybeans.html
http://naturalsociety.com/miso-soup-protects-against-radiation-exposure/
http://www.naturalnews.com/025513.html
http://ourearthland.blogspot.ca/2012/08/the-benefits-of-barley-miso-soup.html

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

Quote by: Rumi
Our body is made up of various molecules and atoms. But where did these come from? And how were they made?  How much of the human body is made up of stardust?
'Since stardust atoms are the heavier elements, the percentage of star mass in our body is much more impressive. Most of the hydrogen in our body floats around in the form of water. The human body is about 60% water and hydrogen only accounts for 11% of that water mass. Even though water consists of two hydrogen atoms for every oxygen, hydrogen has much less mass. We can conclude that 93% of the mass in our body is stardust.' - excerpt from article found at PhysicsCentral.com

image taken from http://disjointedthinking.jeffhughes.ca/


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Friday, July 10, 2015

Negative Beliefs

Negative beliefs or negative energy that disassociates, segregates, compartmentalizes, rigidities and separates needs a larger bag of tricks to sustain itself. And so, it will go from an expanding circular structure that is positive and fluid, to the rigid crystallized non expanding structure. It will then contain several compartments, several bags of tricks that is uses to reinforce itself to make it seem like it's the thing you must keep choosing over and over again.
You have to recognize what those tricks are and then by recognizing them, by identifying them, catch yourself so that you are not then simply succumbing to the rationale that you have to keep creating and choosing to create that belief over and over again.
The positive and negative definition, both containing a perpetuation mechanism, also always brings with it the freedom to choose. It always allows you the ability to know you can change the belief. But when you operate from fear based beliefs, it is automatically keying into what you call your survival instinct. So one of the first differences that becomes evident between the positive and negative belief system, is that a negative belief (a fear based belief) locks into your survival instinct, your physical survival instinct, in such a manner as to first perpetuate the idea that if you don't follow this belief, if you don't perpetuate this belief, you will die. So it relies heavily on tricking you into believing that if you change that belief, there will be nothing left of you. That the belief is all consuming, that the belief is all representative of your true self and that if you change it, what you're doing is committing suicide.
The second thing that automatically happens, when that mechanism is engaged, when you flip into that idea of a negative fear based belief, is that it makes it seem as if it is not possible to change it. As if it simply doesn't have the ability to be changed and it traps you into a vicious circle. - Excerpt edited from 'Brick Walls Beliefs' video with Bashar

Fear based organizations and truth (related post)

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

'To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light"

"To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle." - “Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology” (1959) Carl Jung

"We carry our past with us, to wit, the primitive and inferior man with his desires and emotions, and it is only with an enormous effort that we can detach ourselves from this burden. If it comes to a neurosis, we invariably have to deal with a considerably intensified shadow. And if such a person wants to be cured it is necessary to find a way in which his conscious personality and his shadow can live together." - “Answer to Job” (1952) Carl Jung

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