May 27

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May 27

Once you awaken…

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May 27

The Secrets and Healing Properties of Water

by P L Chang

Image1Every human being on Earth is familiar with water, because each of us drink it almost everyday and it is found in nearly every place on Earth. According to certain experts, our bodies and planet Earth are made of roughly 70 percent water. Even though we are very familiar with water, there are still many features of water that we do not know.

In school, we are taught that water is made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (H2O). We are also taught that water has a very unique characteristic that allows it to transform itself into three different states of matter, which are liquid, solid, and gas. Unfortunately, our education system did not teach us about the phenomenal properties of water. Two of these properties are the fourth phase of water and water’s ability to store memory.

The secrets of water have been known for decades, even ancient civilization knew about these secrets. Most of us do not know that there are more than three phase of water and that water has the ability to store memory and heal the body, because our education system does a poor job of teaching us about these things.

Here is a great video that shows evidence of the phenomenal properties of water and its healing potential.

Top Secret Water – 2005 Documentary

 

May 27

Victory: Taco Bell & Pizza Hut to Remove Artificial Ingredients from Food

Our voices are being heard

by Mike Barrett

imagesIn yet another set of victories for the healthy consumer, fast food giants Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have announced that they will be removing artificial ingredients from their food items – a change undoubtedly sparked by our collective desire for food that is free of questionable ingredients.

For its most recent food changes, Taco Bell announced that it would be switching out its black pepper flavor ingredient for – gasp – real pepper! The fast food chain will also be eliminating trans fats in its foods by the end of 2015 – a move that should have been done years ago. But we still applaud the changes.

Further, Taco Bell will be eliminating Yellow dye number 6 from its nacho cheese, as well as Blue number 1 from its avocado ranch dressing.

“Yellow 6 caused adrenal tumors in animals, though that is disputed by industry and the FDA. It may be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions,” a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found in 2010. “Yellow 6 adds an unnecessary risk to the food supply.”

“Blue 1 was not found to be toxic in key rat and mouse studies,” scientists noted, adding “but an unpublished study suggested the possibility that Blue 1 caused kidney tumors in mice, and a preliminary in vitro study raised questions about possible effects on nerve cells. Blue 1 may not cause cancer, but confirmatory studies should be conducted. The dye can cause hypersensitivity reactions.”

Pizza Hut announced similar changes, vowing to eliminate all artificial colors and preservatives in its food by August of this year.

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May 27

Matcha Tea: The Ultimate Green Power

By Gilbert Ross

Matcha-PowderGreen Matcha tea is taking the healthy living world by storm. Matcha Lattes for instance have made their way on the menu of trendy coffee shops and big franchises such as Starbucks. The green brew is making a big name outside its old traditional ritual setting and there’s a healthy good reason for that. But what is exactly Matcha tea and why is it becoming a bit of a present day urban legend in the Tea world?

Origins and the Traditional Landscape

The tea originated from China around the 10th century and became the staple ingredient in Japanese tea ceremonies from around the 12th century. It is revered for its remarkable health properties, visual appeal and for its distinct flavour and texture. Matcha is made from the Tencha tea leaf, most popularly grown in the southern half of Japan, and which is then de-stemmed, de-veined and stone-ground to a very fine dark green powder.

Traditionally the tea is prepared in a ceremonial setting called ‘Chanoyu’. Essentially the powder is placed in beautiful hand-painted bowls, mixed with warm water and whisked with a traditional bamboo whisk. Of course, the tradition follows a carefully crafted set of ritualistic steps and ‘etiquettes’. It is also normally made in two forms – Usucha and Koicha. Usucha means ‘thin tea’ and it is what we most commonly come across in cafes and restaurants in the west. Koicha on the other hand is the ‘thick tea’ made from the highest grade of Matcha and is prepared using twice the amount of tea and half the amount of water. So the result is a tea with a thick consistency which looks like a dark green paint. This is what is used in the traditional ceremonies.

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May 27

Groundbreaking New Documentary Offers Real Solutions for Our Food Security and Environmental Troubles

By Carolanne Wright | Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Inhabit-A-Permaculture-Perspective“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” ~ Bill Mollison

A revolution is quietly sweeping across the globe, one that works in harmony with nature to create abundance for all life — including us. The method has been around for some time now, but it’s experiencing a resurgence of interest as ecological repair and regeneration becomes an urgent issue of survival for the planet.

Permaculture works within the structure and efficiency of nature — rather than attempting to dominate and control the natural world as we have in the past. This symbiotic relationship can be used in a wide-array of systems, from building and technology, to education and economics. However, it is best known for its application within agriculture, a practice that offers real life solutions to our food security and environmental troubles. This is the subject of a groundbreaking new documentary, Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective.

Positive footprints

“All we need to live a good life surrounds us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds, plants. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony. Opposition brings disaster and chaos.” ~ Bill Mollison, co-developer of permaculture.

Unfortunately, instead of cooperating with nature, we’ve been in conflict since the industrial revolution. Scientists and researchers have been sounding the alarm about our path of ecological disaster for years. While the word “sustainability” generally evokes images of deprivation and damage control, permaculture approaches ecological balance from a stance of leaving a positive footprint, instead of no footprint at all.

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May 27

Guilt – The Shadow of Spiritual Growth

by Frank M. Wanderer, Ph.D, Contributor | Waking Times

Shadow-of-GuiltDuring your spiritual growth, you may discover what’s important to you, you can reach your inner tranquility, peace and happiness, that none can take away from you. You can find your inner strength, which you can experience as an effortless Presence. In this state, you are aware, only the present moment exists to you, your being is pervaded by the silence of Consciousness and the joy of Existence.

During your spiritual Journey you would like to bring this effortless Presence into your daily routine, so you are trying to spend as much time in the state of the Presence as possible.

That is a noble effort, but alas, it is soon experienced that it fails day by day. The question arises, ”What is the reason for the failure? Why can I not spend a longer period in the state of effortless Presence, when I want to? It is surely because I am not good enough, and I am unable to make the required effort. I am unsuited for such a noble task!”

Such thoughts inevitably generate guilt and remorse. The guilt may, after a time, become so overwhelming that the individual gives up the desire to live in the Presence in order to avoid the negative emotions that come with the guilt.

This is an extremely dangerous mind game! Why?

It is to be recognized that the negative emotions and the guilt that comes with it is not a part of the Consciousness, it only belongs to the mind!

The Ego –and so guilt as well–is a social product, created by the expectations of the parents and teachers as a part of the mind. How? A small child’s adaptation to the external world is supported and sustained by the parental expectations. Whenever a child meets the parental (and so the social) expectations, the child is accepted, rewarded and loved. Otherwise some sort of a punishment or rejection follows. In order to avoid retaliation, the child will unconsciously meet the expectations.

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May 27

The Philosophy of War ~ Alan Watts

Alan Watts talks about wars and the philosophy behind it.

 

May 27

The Most Powerful Force In the Universe

 

May 27

Life-Swapping: The Amazing Story and Prophecies of Paul Dienach

paul-dienach-writing-illustrationA teacher of humanities goes into a year-long coma in 1921, assumes life in one of his incarnations—a famous physics professor living in the year 3906—and then returns to his body a year later, in 1922… waking up not only with a crash-course understanding of physics, but with working knowledge of what will transpire on Earth during the next 2,000 years.

Sounds like a pitch for a good sci-fi novel… but it’s actually the true-life story of Swiss schoolteacher Paul Amadeus Dienach, who emerged from a state of protracted narcolepsy in 1922, and recorded all of his vivid recollections in a journal… which would later become a book, The Valley of the Roses.

Paul Dienach was teaching Greek Studies in Switzerland at the time of the incident. Here’s the backstory… or “frontstory?”…:

In 3906, famous physics professor Andreas Northam suffers a serious accident and has a near-death experience (NDE). When he awakens moments later, he speaks in an unknown tongue (presumably 20th-Century Swiss), he doesn’t recognize his family members, and he’s unable to sleep. He’s perpetually awake. Meanwhile, in 1921, schoolteacher Dienach falls into a coma and is perpetually asleep for a year, unable to wake up.

What really happened? My guess is… the finer spirit within us lives multiple concurrent lives… so that the finer spirit within me, for example, is living not just my life as Mark Macy, but various other “concurrent” lives in different times and different places. It’s what we call different incarnations.

In the 1921/3906 case, there’s a finer spirit involved in the lives of both men, and I suspect it becomes disoriented during Northam’s near-death upheaval in 3906. The astral body leaves Northam’s 3906 body and doesn’t return as it normally would after a typical NDE. Instead, Dienach’s 1921 astral body becomes detached from his physical body and is pulled into Northam’s 3906 physical body by mistake… or maybe facilitated by spirit guides???

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May 27

Cannabis: A Journey Through the Ages

Smokers-hearts-CannabisIn 1997, a hemp rope dating back to 26,900 BC was found in Czechoslovakia, making it the oldest known object to be associated with cannabis.  Since that time, hemp has played an important role in humanity’s development.  For thousands of years marijuana was not only legal, but an important crop among cultures throughout history, and held commercial, medicinal, and spiritual value.

The cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, can be traced back at least 12,000 years, which places the plant among humanity’s oldest cultivated crops.  Cannabis plants are believed to have evolved in Central Asia in the regions of Mongolia and southern Siberia.  The earliest cultural evidence of Cannabis comes from the oldest known Neolithic culture in China, the Yangshao, who appeared along the Yellow River valley.  From 5,000 to 3,000 B.C the economy of the Yangshao was cannabis-driven.  Archaeological evidence shows they wore hemp clothing, wove hemp, and produced hemp pottery.

The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 BC by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung.  He documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.  Both hemp and psychoactive marijuana were widely used in ancient China.  The ancient Chinese used virtually every part of the Cannabis plant: the root for medicine; the stem for textiles, rope and paper making; the leaves and flowers for intoxication and medicine; and the seeds for food and oil.  Cannabis seeds were also one of the grains of early China and ancient tombs of China had sacrificial vessels filled with hemp for the afterlife.

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May 26

It is never too late…

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May 26

Inside the Growing Homeschooling Movement

As dissatisfaction with education reform rises, more and more secular parents are exploring the homeschool option.

by Jordan E. Rosenfeld / AlterNet

homeschoolingprogramsUntil recently, if you homeschooled your children, you were either part of a pioneering movement in alternative education or doing so for religious reasons. Now, more than 2.2 million children ages 5-17 are homeschooled in the United States, a figure on par with the number of children enrolled in Catholic schools and public charter schools, according to Brian Ray, founder of the National Homeschool Education Research Institute and the journal, Homeschool Researcher. Ray points out that the number of secular homeschoolers is increasing exponentially, though just how fast is hard to measure.

As the number and types of families educating their kids outside of traditional school settings has grown, the term “homeschooling” has become something of a misnomer. Fading fast is the image of a stoic mother sitting across the kitchen table from her children in a one-room homeschool environment. Today, many homeschooling parents belong to active co-ops and homeschool support networks, where they typically participate in educational outings and learning opportunities, relying upon a collective approach to educating their children.

“One of my mantras is: Nobody homeschools alone,” says Lesley Debrier, president of the Sonoma County Homeschool Nonprofit (SCHN), a support network for homeschoolers of all stripes. While this might seem to fly in the face of the notion of homeschooling as an independent enterprise, Debrier says that’s just one of many inaccurate stereotypes. “Socialization is very important to us,” she says.

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May 26

Louis CK learns about the Catholic Church

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driven by simple curiosity, I did some investiagative reporting and found out some surprising things about the Catholic Church… Louis C.K.

 

May 26

Stunning video of newly discovered sea creatures

via Science Dump

A group of scientists exploring the deep sea off the coast of Puerto Rico have found numerous sea creatures that as of yet are undiscovered and therefore unnamed. The images were being captured by a remote operated deep sea vehicle that streamed the images in real time. Scientists in a chat room discussed what they saw, as the images were being streamed, showing previously unknown creatures.

Scientist Andrea Quattrini, one of the co-leads of the expedition, said that the team was in contact (via the chatroom) with other scientists from across the world, sometimes up to forty people at once. This set-up is unique in that by using a chat room, the team is able to put the expertise and experience of various specialist scientists to good use, in order to better understand what they are seeing.

Check out the video below by Quartz and be amazed at all the gorgeous and sometimes scary looking creatures that inhabit the oceans of our great planet!

 

May 26

What Are the Most Effective Natural Antibiotics? And how are they best used?

by Robert Harrington

food_spices_herbsNature has provided thousands of natural medicines and natural antibiotics over millennia. Most people are unaware, but virtually all pharmaceutical medications originally came from the plants of the Earth. After they were proven effective in treating various ailments, the pharmaceutical industry then created synthetic variants which they could patent. In this way, they retained the exclusive rights to earn revenues from their patents over a specific period of time.

The point is that every medicine under the sun originated as an herb or a spice, a tree leaf or shrub root, a berry or a fruit. Fortunately, some of these same medicinals function as very efficacious natural antibiotics. Especially when they are prepared properly, these potent medicines can produce the desired effects without many of the adverse side-effects associated with pharmaceutical-grade antibiotics.

High-powered pharmaceutical antibiotics certainly have their place in today’s society. But the proliferation of so many antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria (as well as other infections) has warranted a new class of similar yet even more potent medications. There is a downside to many of these in that they can leave residues within the human body which sometimes require a deliberate process to remove or detoxify.

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May 26

Scientists Achieve Levitation Using Nothing But Sound

via Educate Inspire Change

A team of researchers in Switzerland have developed a way of levitating and transporting small objects using nothing but sound.

Using ultrasonic waves – that is, sound waves whose frequency is too high for humans to hear – scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have made water droplets, instant coffee crystals, styrofoam flakes, and a toothpick, among other objects, hang in midair, move along a plane, and interact with each other.

It is the first time that scientists have been able to use sound to simultaneously levitate several objects next to each other and move them around.

Original Full article source: CSMonitor

 

May 26

Near-death experiences: what it feels like to die

Meeting with deceased loved ones is a significant feature, combined with the experience of feeling peace and love. People who have been close to death often report similar feelings. Whether they are verifiably real occurrences that can be scientifically quantified or not is, in many ways, irrelevant

Meeting with deceased loved ones is a significant feature, combined with the experience of feeling peace and love. People who have been close to death often report similar feelings. Whether they are verifiably real occurrences that can be scientifically quantified or not is, in many ways, irrelevant

Near-death experiences (NDEs) can agitate and excite in equal measure.

Skeptics argue, often fiercely, that they result from nothing more than brain activity, or psychological constructions of a dying brain. Yet, people who have NDEs unanimously contest to the realness of the NDE.

And these people are not ‘crazed’ in any way. They are regular people, who just happen to have had an extraordinary experience. NDEs are reported by men, women, and children, regardless of age, nationality, ethnicity, religion, occupation, or education level.

They are not new phenomena. NDEs are evident across cultures and throughout history, with some of the earliest known accounts being recorded by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.

In fact, NDEs are quite common. They occur daily, under a wide variety of circumstances, in virtually every country around the world.

Around 20% of cardiac arrest survivors and 4-9% of the general population are estimated to have had an NDE. But, they are believed to be under-reported, so the actual number of people who have one is probably much higher.

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May 26

Amazing Benefits of Echinacea: From Fighting Colds to Cancer

By Dr. Josh Axe | DrAxe.com

9-echinacea-benefitsNot only are echinacea benefits big news in the natural health community right now, they are BIG business. As reported by the American Botanical Council, “Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States increased by 7.9% in 2013, reaching six billion dollars for the first time!” (1) This is the most dramatic boost since the late 1990s, and herbal sales have steadily climbed for the past 10 years straight.

And guess which herb has lead the pack?  You guessed it, echinacea! Once known as an alternative way to prevent the common cold, now echinacea is quickly becoming known for multiple uses and benefits.

Outpacing the other herbs by a long shot, echinacea (Echinacea spp.) sales rose 95 percent (!!) in 2013, and it’s now a $28 million industry! (2) Why the surging popularity in this magnificently attractive flower? Because echinacea benefits our health and well-being like few plants on the planet.


What is Echinacea and What Are the Key Echinacea Benefits?

Echinacea flower isolated on a White backgroundEchinacea flower isolated on a White backgroundEchinacea is a native North American coneflower that was discovered and used as a traditional herbal remedy for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian tribes. Technically classified as an herb, several species of the Echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its flowers, leaves and roots. 

Prior to 1950 and the introduction of antibiotics, Echinacea held an esteemed medicinal status. As the health care industry shifted, antibiotics became the rage, and the now famed herb lost much of its esteem. 

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May 26

The Consciousness of Plants

By Paul Lenda | Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The-Consciousness-Of-Plants1Plant consciousness is evidenced by the process of bio-communication in plant cells, which means that plants are sentient life forms that feel, know, and are conscious. The scientific field of neurobiology has been effective in demonstrating plant consciousness.

Consciousness exists in everything, but manifests itself in different ways. With the reality that all matter is energy vibrating at different frequencies, it is reasonable to say that all matter has consciousness in its unique way, since all matter comes from the same source and is comprised at its basics level of the same building blocks. This can be seen in DNA consciousness as well. This universal principle is true for any state of energy – be it a solid, liquid, gas or plasma – and manifest as plant, animal, human, crystalline, and higher-dimensional life forms.

Plants communicate just through feeling. They are purely feeling beings, they do not even know what “thinking” is (except to the extent that they can get a taste of what “thinking” means when they connect with a human). You have to get in touch with your own feelings in the moment in order to communicate with a plant.

You have to be there in the moment and be aware of what you are feeling right then when you are in contact with the plant. Not the feelings about what is going on yesterday and tomorrow, but the feelings of Now, in the present moment. It is one of the things that plants can teach you. Not just entheogens, but any plant who shares your life with you. Each species has a distinct personality that you can get to know just by being open to “feeling” it.

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May 26

Government Scientists Gather To Protest Something Everybody Thought Was A “Conspiracy”

The use of pesticides is another issue (out of many within the realms of science) which is not presented truthfully, and this problem has been making major headlines recently, specifically when it comes to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide…..

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standScientists working for the Canadian government are starting to raise their voices, accusing the federal government of “muzzling” them and their findings on various issues, particularly when it comes to climate change. Apparently, the union representing this group of researchers will be taking “the unusual step of demanding Ottawa enshrine scientific independence in their collective agreement.”  (source)

The union represents 15,000 government scientists and is proposing multiple revisions within the collective agreement, one of which states that scientists should have the right to talk about their work at conferences and to the media and their families – as long as they make it clear that they are “speaking in their personal capacity and not on behalf of the Government of Canada.” (source)

Michael Rennie, a scientist with the Experimental Lakes Area – an organization that was run by by the federal government and  is now a non-profit group – said that when the organization was a government-run facility, requests from the media vanished “99.999 percent of the time.” He went on to tell the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) that the “communications policy was part of a toxic work environment and that it was disheartening for researchers not to be able to share their work.”(source)

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May 25

Watch A Record-Setting Hoverboard Flight

Funny, Marty McFly was supposed to do that in October

By Kelsey D. Atherton

 Man On Hoverboard Screenshot by author, from YouTube

Man On Hoverboard Screenshot by author, from YouTube

Although the movie was set in 2015, Back to the Future Part II-style hoverboards remain the province of fiction or elaborate marketing stunts. But that didn’t stop Catalin Alexandru Duru from building a device inspired by the film, and then, with a crew from the Guinness Book of World Records there to confirm it, flying it for almost 1000 feet over a lake in Quebec.

Like the X-Games cousin of a Segway, Duru’s board is controlled by balance. Propellers spinning underneath the board give it lift. Duru writes in the video’s description that “The prototype can be used anywhere, but is usually tested over water because of how dangerously high it can fly (which is ironic considering that the movie joked that it can’t).”

Like other hovercraft, this hoverboard presumably has counter-rotating blades keeping it and its rider aloft, as if he strapped a quadcopter to each foot. To qualify for therecord, Duru just had to fly a distance of 160 feet, but he soared past that, traveling 905 feet and 2 inches before sinking triumphantly into the lake.

Watch his flight below:

 

May 25

Astral Projection – The Self has no Boundaries

by Bhavika

astral-planeHeard of that term before? After a conversation with a friend on tarot cards, interpretation of dreams and one’s subconscious mind, I was quite curious on finding out what it was all about and the research was a bit startling. If you interested in finding more about it, please continue reading.

You’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night with a jolt or an involuntary jerk, well, this is the astral body returning to the physical body. Astral Projection is basically an out of the body experience, OBE as its called. When a person sleeps in the night, your astral body (soul or consciousness) separates from your physical body.

As unusual it may sound, it actually happens to every one of us when we fall asleep. Its like when the physical mind is asleep, the subconscious takes over. That means, everybody does it, but they just don’t remember it. That’s because the ego hasn’t put in the effort to recall it. Same is the case with dreams, if they are viewed as unimportant by you, then you won’t remember them. Usually your dreams are in the beginning of the sleep cycle, and those dreams are nothing more than an accumulation of the events and thoughts during the day. If you wake up in the morning and remember your dream real well, it is usually an astral body experience.

Everyone is actually born with this ability to leave the body and go some place else, some place where they always wanted to go. So your physical body just rests, no harm is done to that. Its not like near-death experience

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May 25

SAFIRE—The Documentary (trailer)

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The premiere of SAFIRE — The Documentary will take place on Saturday evening, June 27, at the EU2015 Conference: Paths of Discovery, Phoenix Arizona. The SAFIRE Project is an experimental investigation of electric discharge behavior of an anode (positively charged electrode) in a vacuum chamber, with special attention to correlations between such discharge behavior and “anomalous” features of the Sun.

Members of the SAFIRE Project team will be presenting at the conference, including Montgomery Childs, Wal Thornhill, Dr. Donald Scott, Dr. Michael Clarage, Dr. Paul Anderson, Dr. Lowell Morgan and Jan Onderco. See the conference schedule for details: https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2015…

 

May 25

The Darkness That Nourishes ~ Michael Tsarion

How do we take the darkness that is slathered all over everything and turn it into fuel that nourishes, instead of being drained and left withered?

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