Monthly Archives: March 2011
To All People Around the World
By the massive earthquakes of Magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis, more than 10,000 people are still missing…even now… It has been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes it worse is that water at the reactors of Fukushima Nuclear Plants started to leak, and it’s contaminating the ocean, air and water molecule of surrounding areas.
Human wisdom has not been able to do much to solve the problem, but we are only trying to cool down the anger of radioactive materials in the reactors by discharging water to them.
Is there really nothing else to do?
I think there is. During over twenty year research of hado measuring and water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration of human prayer no matter how far away it is.
Energy formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that Energy = number of people and the square of people’s consciousness.
Now is the time to understand the true meaning. Let us all join the prayer ceremony as fellow citizens of the planet earth. I would like to ask all people, not just in Japan, but all around the world to please help us to find a way out the crisis of this planet!!
The prayer procedure is as follows.
Name of ceremony:
“Let’s send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima”
Day and Time:
March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone
Please say the following phrase:
“The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant,
we are sorry to make you suffer.
Please forgive us.
We thank you, and we love you.”
Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position. Please offer your sincere prayer.
Thank you very much from my heart.
With love and gratitude,
Messenger of Water
One of the first questions we face when we meet new acquaintances is “What do you do?” And according to how we answer, they will either be delighted to see us or look with embarrassment at their watches and shuffle away. The fact is, we live in a world where we are defined almost entirely by our work.
This can be hugely liberating for people who are happily employed. But the problem for many of us is that we don’t know what job we’re supposed to do and, as a result, are still waiting to learn who we should be. The idea that we have missed out on our true calling—that somehow we ought to have intuited what we should be doing with our lives long before we finished our degrees, started families, and advanced through the ranks—torments us. This notion, however, can be an illusion. The term calling came into circulation in a Christian context during the medieval period to describe the abrupt imperative people might encounter to devote themselves to Jesus’ teachings. Now a secularized version has survived, which is prone to give us an expectation that the meaning of our lives might at some point be revealed in a ready-made and decisive form, rendering us permanently immune to confusion, envy, and regret.
I prefer to borrow from psychologist Abraham Maslow, who said: It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.
To begin to find a more fulfilling vocation, it is not enough to simply ask yourself what you might like to do. Concerns about money and status long ago extinguished most people’s ability to think authentically about their options. Instead, I would suggest free-associating around clusters of concerns that delight and excite you, without attempting to settle upon anything as rigid as the frame of a career.
In searching for their aptitudes, people should act like treasure hunters passing over the ground with metal detectors, listening out for beeps of joy. A woman might get her first intimation that her real interest lies in poetry not by hearing a holy voice as she pages through a book of verse but from the thrill she feels as she stands in a parking lot on the edge of town overlooking a misty valley. Or a politician, long before she belongs to any party or has any profound understanding of statecraft, might register a telling signal when successfully healing a rift between two members of her family.
We should also remember that the first ingredient usually missing when people can’t choose a life direction is confidence. Whatever cerebral understanding we apply to our lives, we retain a few humblingly simple needs, among them a steady hunger for support and love. It’s therefore helpful to identify—and engage with—the internal voices that emphasize our chances of failure. Many such voices can be traced back to a critical instructor or unhelpful parent: a math teacher who berated us for poor algebra skills or a father who insisted that our sister was good at art and we should stick to the schoolbooks. The forming of an individual in the early years is as sensitive and important a task as the correct casting of a skyscraper’s foundation, and the slightest abuse introduced at this primary stage can unbalance us until our dying days.
A useful thought to bear in mind for anyone still struggling with a less than meaningful job: Work may not be where your calling resides. Indeed, for thousands of years, work was viewed as an unavoidable drudge; anything more aspiring had to happen in one’s spare time, once the money had been hauled in. Aristotle was only the first of many philosophers to state that no one could both be obliged to earn a living and remain free. The idea that a job could be pleasurable had to wait until the 18th century, the age of the great bourgeois philosophers, men like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin, who for the first time argued that one’scould be at the center of happiness. Curiously, at the same time, similar ideas about romance took shape. In the pre-modern age, it had widely been assumed that marriage was something one did for purely commercial reasons, to hand down the family farm and raise children; love was what you did with your mistress, on the side. The new philosophers now argued that one might actually aim to marry the person one was in love with.
We are the heirs of these two very ambitious beliefs: that you can be in love and married—and in a job and having a good time. As a result, we harbor high expectations for two areas of life that may provide support but not the deep purpose we ultimately long for. To remember such history while contemplating “Who am I?” can be enormously freeing.
And although that question is one of life’s toughest, we should allow ourselves to relish it as we think about our aptitudes, and to open ourselves to all the many sources we can derive meaning and mission from—whether it’s writing poetry, leading a neighborhood cleanup, raising children, or daring gravity while flying down an icy slope on a pair of skis. We should also consider that, in the end, the answer to “Who are you meant to be?” is perhaps this: the person who keeps.
Burdock root as an herbal remedy offers a variety of health benefits. This herb has been known for its healing properties for many centuries and was commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat numerous illnesses.
About Burdock Root
The burdock is a plant found in the continents of Europe and Asia. It is easy to find and identify, as it generally grows along fences and roads. In Asia, the taproot of young burdock plant is harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. It has a gummy consistency and is sweet to the taste. It is rich in calcium, chlorogenic acid, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol.
Traditional Uses for Burdock Root
In folk medicine, the seeds of the burdock were compressed to make a mixture that provided relief for measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, throat pain, and viruses like the common cold. Burdock root can also be used to treat gout, rheumatism, ulcers, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Folk herbalists use it to treat snake bites and those that are afflicted with rabies. They also used dried burdock as a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent. It purifies the blood by getting rid of dangerous toxins.
Remedy for Scalp Problems
The burdock root oil extract, or Bur oil, is used in Europe as a scalp treatment to help treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. Since the burdock oil is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids, it is also said to improve hair strength, shine, and body by helping maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth. It combines an immediate relieving effect with nutritional support for normal functions of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles.
The leaves of the burdock can be used for pain management and to help speed up recovery time in burn patients. It is said to impede bacterial growth and acts as a barrier against moisture.
Today, burdock root is used in oncology for its cancer-curing properties, particularly in Russia and India. Many herbalists say burdock root can stop cancer cells from metastasizing. Preliminary research has demonstrated that burdock root has certain protective properties that may explain its cancer benefits.
About the author
Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more:
Last week’s Fab Four feature offered expert tips for conducting interviews. This week’s topic? Penning your first book.
I sent the following questions to several authors I admire:
If you could jump in a time machine, what advice would you give to your younger self while you were working on your first book? Is there anything you would change about the process? What wisdom would you impart to other first-time book authors?
Here’s what they had to say:
Ruth Pennebaker: I’m not sure I’d change the writing of my first book, but I’m positive I’d change my expectations about it. The book was Stork Realities: What No One Ever Tells You About Pregnancy, a humor book about pregnancy, which I wrote with co-author Libby Wilson in 1985. I was 99.9% positive we were both about to become famous and rich with the book. I’d try to calm down my younger, more frantic self by telling her most careers aren’t made with a single first book. Or even a second. I’d also try to convince her what a crapshoot both writing and publishing are. You have to love what you’re doing and be in it for the long haul.
Ruth Pennebaker is the author, most recently, of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough, a novel about three generations of women living under one very small roof. Her Fabulous Geezersisters blog, was named a finalist for Best Writing in a Weblog in the 2011 Bloggies and she writes a monthly column for the Texas Observer. Since she’d older and calmer than she was as a first-time author, she tries to take deep breaths and keep her expectations low when she has a new book coming out.
Brette Sember: I would tell myself to ask for more money! I took what was offered because I didn’t know better. It also was a situation where I was asked to take a book about divorce in Florida and alter it to fit NY law, so the FL author was listed as co-author and got half the royalties. That was a mistake, but again, I didn’t know better. I was able to get that rectified in later editions. I wrote that book with a 6 month old baby on my hip. I didn’t have much other writing work though, so I was able to just concentrate on that. In retrospect it does still seem amazing how much I got done with a baby.
Brette Sember is the author of over 35 books about divorce, parenting, pregnancy, business, food, credit, law, adoption, senior rights and more. Her latest, called No-Pot Cooking, will be released in late 2011. Her web site is www.BretteSember.com and her blog is www.nopotcooking.com.
Alisa Bowman: Stop thinking ahead and enjoy every word as you type it. When I was writing, I kept worrying about whether publishers would buy the book, whether readers would like it, whether TV would promote it, and so on. I was mired in the future. Yet the process of talking people (publishers, the media, book buyers) into believing in one’s book is a lot less enjoyable than the process of writing one’s book. Even when everything goes well and the media takes an interest and book buyers say they love it, there’s still no comparison. Once the book is on the shelf, there are nasty reviews to contend with, book signings with sparse attendance, and lots and lots of criticism and rejection–and that’s even true of successful books. The difference between writing a book and promoting it is the difference between getting a massage and getting run over by a truck. There is no comparison. Why think about getting run over by a truck during the massage? What a waste. It’s like getting run over twice: once in your mind, and then again in real life. As writers we must promote our work. That’s true. But we don’t have to promote it before the words are written. I wish I would have savored those words with my undivided attention.
Alisa Bowman is the author of Project: Happily Ever After, which tells the story of how she went from the brink of divorce to falling back in love. She is also the creator of ProjectHappilyEverAfter.com, which is a gathering spot for recovering divorce daydreamers. She will be talking about her virtual book tour during the “Renegade Book Publicity” panel at the upcoming American Society for Journalists and Authors Conference in New York on April 29th. Ed. Note: I’ll be moderating a panel about ebooks at the same conference the following day, so come soak up all our writerly wisdom!
Kristen Fischer: I had such a hard time trying to secure a publisher or agent for my first book. I knew little about the publishing process and grew so disgusted with rejection that I decided to self-publish. I don’t regret it–at the time, that was the book that was in me and I still think I would have had a hard time placing it, but I do wish I explored more career-related publishers and gave it more time. I think I was ready to be an author but my career hadn’t caught up to provide me with the solid base that makes it easier to base a book on. The writing part wasn’t hard, but going through the rejection was. It was just such a long, tiring process. Looking back, if I had more of a platform it may have helped me place it, but it taught me that there’s nothing wrong with self-publishing and it can be a valuable step to build one’s writing career. Less than a year after, a publisher picked up my idea for my second book. So it’s all good.
Kristen Fischer is a self-employed copywriter living at the Jersey Shore. She is the author of Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs and Ramen Noodles, Rent and Resumes: An After-College Guide to Life. Learn more at www.kristenfischer.com
Flickr photo courtesy of somegeekintn
The Sweet Scent of Phthalates
Our indoor air quality has been severely compromised by the onslaught of mass media advertising to “cleanse the air,” “reduce airborne bacteria,” “eliminate smoke and odors,” “trap particles such as dust, pollen and smoke” and to “reduce pet odors” with the latest greatest air freshener. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), recent independent testing of 14 different air fresheners showed 12 out of 14 contained phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), a hazardous hormone-disrupting chemical. Phthalates are commonly used to dissolve and carry fragrances, to soften plastics and as sealants and adhesives. This very potent chemical, at high exposures, has been associated with cancer, developmental and sex-hormone abnormalities (decreased testosterone and sperm levels and malformed sex organs) in infants, infertility, allergic symptoms and asthma. Once phthalates are in the air, dispensed through air fresheners, they can be inhaled or absorbed through our skin. Once in the bloodstream, they can wreak havoc on our health.
According to the NRDC, phthalates pose the greatest risk over long-term repeated exposure. This doesn’t seem too difficult to accomplish with the advent of plug-in fragrance-infused gel cartridges, candles and even flameless candles that according to manufacturer Glade “continuously fragrances, all day, every day.” You can’t even visit a public bathroom without an automatic air freshener “cleansing” the air every fifteen minutes.
An estimated 75% of households use air fresheners, making an even stronger case against the EPA for not regulating air fresheners. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has no regulations against the use of phthalates. Manufacturers are not required to indicate that their products contain phthalates. Again, the U.S. lags behind other countries in consumer safety issues. The European Union, plus 14 other countries, banned two types of phthalates in cosmetics and completely banned the chemical in children’s toys. Wait – we have California. Thank you governor Schwarzenegger for signing the first state bill to ban phthalates in toys made for children under three years of age. It’s a step in the right direction but clearly we need more transparency so consumers can make informed purchases. We also need more stringent guidelines in product formulation and manufacturing so we can prevent these chemicals from even entering the environment.
No amount of “Tropical Moments” or “Garden Bliss” is going to entice me into polluting my home with potentially cancer-causing substances. We actually gave up indoor air fresheners several years ago and opted for essential oil mists or the good old-fashioned technique of just opening a window. Cleaning more often works wonders too. Just like in the pharmaceutical world, it is never a good idea to hide the symptoms and not treat the underlying cause.
Try some of the following more natural ways to freshen your air:
- essential oils diffused through a cold-air diffuser
- essential oils mixed with spring water in an amber glass mister
- beeswax candles from The Global Exchange
- Just’a Drop toilet bowl odor neutralizer (thanks to the Green Promise reader who submitted this tip)
In today’s fast-paced consumer society, the demand for hassle-free items with minimal effort reigns supreme. When it comes to fruit and vegetables, what could be easier than supermarket produce? Unfortunately, today’s busy schedules have weeded out backyard gardening. Take a visual survey of your own neighborhood and undoubtedly you will find more yards filled with grass and playthings than vegetable gardens or fruit trees. And for many who do garden, there is little time for maintenance, which is why typical gardens often include an arsenal of quick fixes that don’t take the long-term effects into consideration.
Whether you are just getting started or already have a patch to call your own, choosing what to grow and how you grow it are important decisions. We’ll use a tomato plant as an example and consider the hidden dangers associated with conventional gardening from getting that plant from your local nursery, all the way through harvesting fresh juicy tomatoes for the table.
First off, where did that tomato plant come from? If it is not an organic or heirloom variety, is it genetically modified? There’s simply no way to tell. We do know it was grown from seed and, through recent mergers, Monsanto owns and controls the vast majority of all fresh market tomato seed. That puts the likeliness of a GMO tomato plant very high, if not now, then in the near future. It is no secret that Monsanto is a big proponent of tinkering with the very DNA of our food. What’s all the fuss if our very own FDA claims it to be safe? The plain truth is that we simply don’t know. When we consume GMO food, we submit ourselves as test subjects in perhaps one of the largest science experiments on the planet. Plus, there is no telling what has been added to the plant…even animal DNA gets used!
With any luck you will find an heirloom plant. What exactly is an heirloom plant? The generally accepted definition is a plant grown from a single variety of seed dating back 50 years or more. That means the seeds have not been cross pollinated with other plant species to produce hybrid plants and guarantees there has been no lab tinkering with the plant’s DNA. There are seeds whose roots can be traced back to early civilization! But has it been raised organically? Unless it is labeled as such, it’s a good bet the parent plant was raised chemically and the resulting seedling also shared the same fate. It’s still a better choice than that mystery plant, but an organic heirloom plant is the Holy Grail of the garden.
Now that you’ve chosen your plant, it’s time to get it into the ground. Conventional wisdom would have you tear up the soil with a tiller and put down plastic weed barrier all over the place. Believe it or not, according to Lee Reich, author of Weedless Gardening, that is the worst thing you could do. First off, you would be destroying the soil’s intricate layering and creating what amounts to a giant dirt sponge where all the water you supply quickly pools at the bottom-most layer, far from the reach of your tomato’s roots. And putting down a plastic weed barrier will slow down some of your weed problems, while at the same time leaching chemicals into your soil where your tomato will happily drink them up and deposit them into those lovely developing tomatoes.
So you’ve tilled your soil (inadvertently bringing a host of buried weed seeds up from the depths), put down your plastic (trapping in moisture and heat which will really boost your overall mold production) and set your mystery tomato plant into the ground. It’s feeding time for your tomato. What does conventional gardening tell you to do? Reach for that miraculous synthetic fertilizer to jumpstart your plant’s growth. Unfortunately, doing so takes its toll on the planet’s resources.
According to dirtdoctor.com, synthetic fertilizer production relies on petroleum, not a sustainable practice by any means. Plus, the major component of synthetic fertilizers is fixed nitrogen in the form of nitrates. Unfortunately, pumping nitrates into the soil faster than the plants can absorb it leaves the excess to enter into the groundwater, making its way into rivers and streams. Abundant nitrates in the water contributes to excess algae bloom. As algae decomposes, oxygen in the water is consumed. Eventual oxygen depletion drives away all aquatic life. This contributed to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to affecting water, oxidized forms of nitrogen are released into the air when applying fertilizer, contributing to breathing problems if inhaled and greenhouse gases as the they make their way into the atmosphere. Those same nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere contribute to the formation of acid rain, which changes water pH levels (dealing those poor aquatic creatures another blow) and leaches nutrients from the soil (counter to the goal of fertilization in the first place). Organic fertilizers are the safer choice here, ranging in a multitude of flavors from glacial rock dust to sea minerals, organic compost to natural palletized fertilizers.
Fast forward a few weeks and you notice, despite your best efforts, weeds are popping up and are growing like gangbusters thanks to all that synthetic fertilizer. And what is gnawing on your tomato? It’s a space alien caterpillar from hell! What’s a conventional gardener to do? Pull out the heavy artillery, of course, and launch a full-on chemical assault on all who dare enter your hallowed patch. But before you do, know this: pesticides, herbicides and fungicides pose significant health risks, everything from skin irritation to nervous system disorders to cancer. While you are directly at risk from application, children and pets are even more susceptible. And don’t forget that the air and water will carry those chemicals to neighboring areas risking native plants, beneficial insects, fish, amphibians, small mammals, birds … right on up the food chain. Taking the time to pull or hoe weeds manually (and putting to practice the lessons from Weedless Gardening), companion planting, attracting beneficial insects and manually removing pests all are better options.
Mystery plant … check. Soil havoc … wreaked. Synthetic plant food … delivered. Weeds and bugs … annihilated. It’s harvest time — have a little tomato with your toxins, possibly tossing in some mystery DNA on the side. Oh, and you better pile on some extra servings because studies now show conventionally grown fruit and vegetables have 40% fewer nutrients than organic produce. Bon appétit!
There is a better way. Growing an organic garden is a start. Becoming somewhat of a land steward, as was done generations ago, is the next step.
All I can say about February is ‘What happened?’ It was a strange month energetically and it flew by so quickly that just as we settled down to do one thing, it was time to do the next. This year will be like that, there will be periods when time goes by very quickly and other times will go more slowly. For many February was a month of strange weather too, which kept many people indoors, isolated at times, a sort of enforced time out so they could absorb and process some of the big energy downloads we received this month.
March will be a little easier in terms of the weather as the snow melts, spring begins to arrive and the ground thaws. I’m already seeing crocuses in my garden even though they are now hidden beneath the snow. We have some planned energy downloads coming, but I see them as arriving on Mondays and being dispersed throughout the week, with a rest on the weekend until the next one begins the following week. So the energy downloads are not finished, but they will be more regular and more predictable, at least for the month of March.
We also have the equinox on March 20 which is the astrological new year and a powerful time. But what is different about this year’s equinox is that we have been preparing for it since January and certainly all of February. If you look at what is happening in the world, specifically in the Middle East, there is a lot of balancing going on. By March 20 most of the countries involved in this will have come to agreements with their people and there will be a greater and more equitable distribution of power. And we will see this in our lives, as March completes the release cycle we have experienced in February, allowing the old, dense energy to float away and replace it with a brighter, clearer and more balanced expression of our light.
This year so far has been about releasing that which no longer resonates with us, setting new intention and energetic connections and learning to live in the present instead of the past. These energies we see on a global level are being mirrored in our lives, with a sometimes not-so-gentle push to continue to release those things that do not serve us. Self forgiveness is a big issue for March, as is remembering that we have no control over what others’ do and when we shift our energies in response to our soul’s call for transformation we allow everything that does not resonate at our new energetic level to fall away. If we try to hold on to things we no longer need to experience, March will be a difficult month. The theme for this month is to surrender to the moment, find our center and whatever is still with us is what should be there. Have a great month.
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