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Free Will
Posted by bunny

Heaven is here -- you just have to know how to live it.

And hell too is here, and you know perfectly well how to live it.

It is only a question of changing your perspective, your approach towards life. The earth
is beautiful. If... you start living its beauty, enjoying its joys you are in paradise. If you
condemn everything, then the same earth turns into a hell -- only for you. It depends on
you where you live, it is a question of your own inner transformation. It is not a change of
place, it is a change of inner space.

"Live joyously, guiltlessly, live totally. And then heaven is no more a metaphysical
concept, it is your own experience." - OSHO


How to bless and empower a tattoo
Posted by Willow Raine

MM Friends, I have no idea where I found this spell but there it was in my documents.
LOL I have lots of tattoos that represent parts of my life.. I never thought to bless and
empower my ink but its a great idea.

Tattoos are an amazing way of marking something powerful upon our bodies, the
planning and even the pain of the tattoo contribute to the significance of the finished
product. By blessing your tattoo you can add powerful energy to the tattoo, perhaps using
it for protection, courage, or strength, and also as a way to keep linked to someone who is
no longer here. This spell has been written with honouring a dead loved one in mind,
but can easily be adapted to suit your tattoo. •Wait for a new moon (when the moon is
at it’s smallest) •Buy or make some holy or blessed water •Bring a black and a white
candle (symbolising the cycle of life and death) •Bring some incense (Ideally
Frankincense for it’s ability to bless, purify, aid meditation and give power and courage)
•Get some Frankincense oil to anoint yourself with – here’s a good shop for that I found
•If applicable take a photo or keepsake of the dead loved one you would like to honour
Go to a quiet place, light your candles and incense and sprinkle your holy water around
you saying, I bless and consecrate this space. Meditate for a few minutes upon the
keepsake or photo of your loved one. Think clearly of your intention, in this case for the
tattoo to be a bond to my dog, and also to give me strength and courage in my everyday

Ouroborous - a powerful ancient symbol of life, death, rebirth and healing Take the
essential oil and add a few drops to your holy water. If you have an wand you may wish to
stir the water with it, but if not just using your finger is fine. Then anoint your tattoo with
a holy symbol. (Make sure it is fully healed first or the oil could irritate the tattoo!) I have
chosen ouroborous for it’s connotations with life, death and rebirth, and also with it’s
links for healing. The picture shows the ouroborous snake interweaved with a pentagram
which is beautiful, but as my tattoo is on my back I will just do a circle! “Oh high ones
hear my call

Grant that this sacred and powerful Marking upon and within my body Be consecrated
in honour of my loved one ………(insert name here)** As a sign of our never ending
bond As a talisman of courage and power” At this point think about the sign you have
anointed your tattoo with, and if a loved one signified by the tattoo, think of them too,
and imagine a part of their spirit flowing into the ink. If the tattoo is not of a loved one
but perhaps a totem animal or something, imagine this thing coming partly to life on your
body, drawing down energy from the new moon.

As you are filled with energy, begin to chant.. “Fill me with your magickal power Your
love, your truth, and courage at this hour Bring me strength, bring me protection Guide
me in the right direction” Repeat this a few times till you feel sufficient energy has
flowed into you and your tattoo, finish by saying “To seal this tattoo as symbol of
eternity and love I ask this favour from above. So mote it be!” The spell is finished
and now you can feel happy in the knowledge that you have added to the power and
meaningfulness of your tattoo, as well as perhaps strengthened a bond with a loved one.

The Call
Posted by Luperca

This calling, so loud and yet gentle

Drawing my soul, forever onwards, away.

Time for reflection and dreaming and yearning

Move on, move up, no time for delay.

This moment, is now mine for the taking

It’s made here, right now and now right

No soul can take it, remove it, delete it

Here it will stay and here it will fight.

Just hold me, and stop me from shaking

Take my trust, be my dreams, take my pride

Fly away, far away, take me with you

Follow birds, chase the stars, catch the tide.

What is Wicca?
Posted by Willow Raine

I didn't put this in any groups but I AM putting it out there! LOL Ok, several people have
asked me what Wicca is. Depending on my energy I might respond with...NATURE or
something else.

As I worked towards Priesthood in the Correllian Tradition, I realised that Gerald had
created a easy way to connect, adding mystery and the lure of the occult. I OFFER YOU
this explanation of WHAT WICCA IS. Embrace Wicca as it embraces you and takes you
down magickal paths and to destination yet unknown.
What is Wicca?

WiccaWhat is Wicca?

Wicca is a Pagan/Earth-based spirituality. Gerald Gardner, a British Civil Servant, can be
credited for bringing to light the religion of Wicca. Drawing from his own involvement in
a coven, he was initiated into a surviving Witches coven by one Dorothy Clutterbuck in
1938 or 1939, assisted at times by Doreen Valiente, and the works of Margaret Murray,
Robert Graves and other historians. It is comprised of Western European folk traditions
and Eastern philosophy and incorporates much of the ceremonial magician, the cabalist
and the earth-loving pagan into its structure. It is an Initiatory, Oath bound, Mystery Path
whose members are trained in Witchcraft, Priestcraft and the High Magicks of the
Ceremonial Magician/Cabalist.

There are many different Wiccan Traditions, such as Alexandrian, British, Celtic,
Caledonii, Ceremonial, Dianic, Eclectic, Hereditary, Gardnerian, Kitchen Witch, Pictish,
Seax-Wica, Solitary, Strega, Teutonic, Faery Wicca, Shamanistic Wicca.

"Wicca is both a religion and a Craft. ... As a religion - like any other religion - its
purpose is to put the individual and the group in harmony with the divine creative
principal of the Cosmos, and its manifestation at all levels. As a Craft, its purpose is to
achieve practical ends by psychic means, for good, useful and healing purposes. In both
aspects, the distinguishing characteristics of Wicca are its Nature- based attitude, its small
group autonomy with no gulf between priesthood and 'congregation', and its philosophy
of creative polarity at all levels, from Goddess and God to Priestess and Priest."

Janet and Stewart Farrar, Eight Sabbats For Witches, Robert Hale, London, 1981.

Alexandrian Tradition

The Alexandrian tradition was founded by Alex Sanders in the 1960's, who had been
initiated into a Gardnerian Coven. Perhaps the most noted of Alexandrian Wiccans are
Janet & Stuart Farrar.

There are differences between the two paths; some merely external, others of a very
significant difference of philosophy. There are differences between the two traditions
Book of Shadows and there are some parts of Gardnerian ritual that are unknown within
the Alexandrian tradition. There are differences in the use of tools and their elementary
correspondences and Alex included rituals of a more ceremonial nature as well as material
based on the Kabbalah.

Gerald GardnerDianic Wicca

Developed from the feminist movement during the 60's and 70's, they focus more on the
Goddess, womens spirituality and energies, authors include Z Budapest, Marija Gimbutas
and Starhawk.

Gardnerian Tradition

The Gardnerian Tradition is the basis for most of Modern Wicca. It was begun with
Gerald Gardner, publishing several books about Witchcraft: 1949-High Magick's Aid, and
1954-Witchcraft Today. He borrowed appropriate work from others, most notably Aleister
Crowley, Rudyard Kipling, John Dee and with his High Priestess, Doreen Valiente wrote
much of the most poetic rites.

[Image: Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca. Copyright:

Posted by bunny

smile ......, unfortunately life has a habit at throwing a lot of
negative things in our direction that stop us from smiling, and
eventually get so into our psyche that we forget how to smile,
smiling is a good for our soul and well being, smiling and
laughing releases endorphins that lift your energy and make
you feel joyous within..

let your magic sparkle ........... smile

Ode to The old Horse Apple Tree
Posted by §haÐðw

When I was in elementary school . was a little playground down in a valley area . back
then still had Trees and weeds up on other side of the valley.

Down in the middle where the teachers would sit and watch was a bench under this huge
tree and would drop these humungus weird things.. Horse apples

It was the only one in that area and by then was very huge must of been there 30-40 years
before the school was built.. I am not even sure if is still there..the city came along and
took all the trees down on other side of valley to build new homes.. taking what little
country was left in that small area away..

and to this day i have not ever seen another Horse apple tree.. was strange was only this
one and the school was fairly new then.. apparently they cleared out valley but that one

some of you may see them all the time.. but to me then was a odd tree and still is to this
day due to its rarity in my area..

These things get as big or lil bigger then grapefruits almost size of small cantelopes. when
cut in half they look pine appleish..but is said to be poisinous to humans dono..

wouldnt want to be under one of these when they fell lolol

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Healthy advice
Posted by Willow Raine

Im 51 years old and am in excellent health aside from arthritis. Heres some information on
healthy living that I adhere to most of the time!

No matter.. All will be fine - A Truth message
Posted by §haÐðw

Is times when we seek Truth and answers to what is or what will be..

So many out there feeding different information for different purposes..most for their

allot for recognition..wanting to be recognized as the fortune teller who told all.

If be it Fear , Apocolyptic , rarely Angel intervention.

anything to attract or Acquire attention for recognition.. which mostly due to a lack of
within them..

Then there are those who hide but occasionally speak up or say a few words of wisdom
and encouragement. and allot of times is very simple and basic.. seems too simple to be

but who set the level of acceptance to what is Truth?

for centuries since beginning of human kind it has been done with all kinds of methods
for various reasons..

and so when something is told to us so simple it doesnt seem right..its not complicated
enough..doesnt sound all that dire..is nothing to seemingly write home about or to inform
our following..

Thats when you realize who the true ones are..when you keep things simple and basic and
with truth from within ..anything other is not for the prime directive of progression..

Who ever said it was to be complicated? .. It has to be complicated? for one to except it as

The real truth is ..all will be ok..sure will be a few disasters here n there been happening
on Earth before Humans existed here.. by now we have learned how to protect ourselves
better or know how to prevent being in a place we shouldn't be before time.. or knowing
about a location your living in history ..or placement of certain hazards ..

Many know of these places but stay..is their choice.. which bring me to the next .

people who are stuck in places due to lack of money or their country is in war civil or

humans have made the choice to support certain events they shouldn't ..or took the word
from their gov or media what they say is truth and we must go destroy a country and its
people..it happens its documented..and even for those the military go after were
supported by that very government..the goal..is Gold. and oil.. no matter how you try to
slice it ..is what it is and has been..and no one has learned all through out history.. or even
bothered to research..just take the word of those they entrust above them who act as
Earthly Gods..

But yet dont trust the words of a wise one who speaks to you..

See there are many out there who are here now at this point and period ..to do just
that..show you through the crystal ball..to see through the smoke and mirrors.. to see the
lies that veil over Truth..

Money is being spent on things it shouldn't be ..while many die of famine or ill supported
wars..that kill civilians which is another agenda in exodus of people to acquire minerals..

So is allot of fear being placed to show opposition and if that doesn't work..Earthly
changes to keep you in fear and hidden..like HAARP. weather modification. Chemtrails ,,
last but not least aside of failed 2012 asteroid is Pole shift.. Global warming as well..

It is documented Global warming stopped 20 years ago.. but yet still remains on every
ones consciousness..
and recently a civil thing racist war is trying to stir up..we know who is behind it and

But as Where we are now those who are aware and open to universal progression
understand ..that if you trust in your higher source all will be fine if you progress with
it..for some paths you teeter off your path ..it will happen and continue..and you may
wind up down a viney winding path into confusion of it all again in which many are
trapped right now..

This is the paradigm of those leading you on but nothing happens so your left like now
what or whats next ?
Experience for many is good but is times when are those out their to help in that
experience when you yourself have a purpose in guiding others.. to help in the confusion
placed on us in this density.. there is not one or 2 is many and here for a reason to assist
one another who so wants it or requires it when need..

Best thing we can do with all going on is know all be ok..but doesnt mean turn blind eye
to whats happening in parts of the world as with kids in the streets eating cornbread off
the ground..send them energy ..that help may appear with food.. or he finds his way to a
better life.. don't just remorse for his sad life but give it energy.. don't be stinjy..

That's with anything going on in the world now..and don't fall for any stories..unless you
have personal proof yourself.. are some dealing with karmetic lives.. and is only so much
we can do to assist those in that journey.. still send energy it will help to its best ability in
that persons journey.. showing they are worth the effort and attempt..
allot is ego testing..

Learn to think all will be ok no matter what.. allot is being took care of as I type and being
dealt with.. many are noticing different changes and for the good..allot of GOV being
recognized and exposed..Environment will be fine .. dont undermine Earth's ability to
survive .. and no matter for us Humans here or elsewhere we continue to progress ..but
while we are here we do everything we can to assist all we can..and not just for ourselves.
Just today I saw video on pole shift all I said was .. "Pole shift is being took care of Thank

all I had to say ..they take it or leave it depends on the energy they want to feed it..takes
them to their next level or path for them.. because what I told them was true.. and was
simple..People are missing out on opportunities because it doesn't seem complicated
enough..learn to simplify ..keep things basic and positive..you will soon see ..how
intrusive the false world really is around you..and is easier when to know to step back and
just let something go..

anything else is drama fed ..attention seeking ..or gossip.. if that is your thing then
fine..but makes truth very cloudy when you follow that path..As workers who recognize
they are here for just that help keep things positive no matter..awareness is fine and to
recruit some to help in that ..to give energy to where its really needed ..the rest will be
dealt with I assure you.. we only get in the way and crowd it when we get involved in a
situation we don't belong but just their for the amusement of..

have to break away from general Hospital and as the world turns..was a tv show ..
allot through TV has givin us false pretenses and ideals .. subconsciously feeding our
minds with stuff we don't need by what they put out..I've not watched TV in 5 years and
as helped my clarity into things very much.

allot of things being said by some that are not Earthly is good to listen occasionally.. no
matter how basic it sounds..

Much peace

Threads of a Carpet
Posted by Hedral

It's been a busy summer for me here in the Hollow. Lots of outside work to do
along with my planting and gathering of weeds and plants.

The sun is hot and the air is humid. I can smell the dirt I am working in. My little Hollow
is alive with activity and color. It holds my attention thoroughly. As I work on my
chores I ponder so many things.

All week I notice my mind travels to how much I have changed in the way I think. My
thoughts are no longer loaded with feelings of inadequacy. I no longer go over situations,
events and people who have hurt me. I no longer mull over my resentments, failures and
hurt. I no longer blame anyone for what happened to me, my first husband and my

I do experience some and anxiety and fear but I truly believe that is part of the human
condition that will never let me go completely. Still, it does not have a hold on my life,
thoughts, ego and emotions as it once did.

I am not exactly sure when my insides took a turn on how I perceive and interpret stimuli.
It was gradual, so gradual I truly didn't notice how much I had changed. Until...I was on
my hands and knees picking cleaver and red clovers and digging up dandelion root. I
was thinking about some issues that in the past I would have been resentful and hurt
over. But I wasn't. I sat down and looked around, wiping the sweat pouring down my
face with my dirty hands. I watched a Daddy Long Legs stroll over my dusty legs.

For once I could clearly see past my own personality/ego issues enough to finally get it.
Something I knew intellectually but now I experienced it viscerally. With my whole self.

We are all threads on a large carpet. The weaving is continuous. Every thread is related.
Every thread ,no matter what part of the carpet, is related to all of it's parts. We are all
subject to the challenges of the human condition. Our perception and interpretation of
stimuli may be diverse and thus our response and reactions. But we are still..all threads
on the same carpet.

The gradual changes in me brought me to this flash of knowing. It pushed me through yet
another doorway. I cannot go back once I stepped over the threshold. Nor do I want to. I
want to know more about this. I want to truly see.

I am a wildfire flower
Posted by wildfiremooncharmed

I am a wildfire flower girl.
I am a woman with many dreams.
In my eyes life is beaming.
Colors turning around in my soul.
The sun shinning bright most days.
I have climbed out of the dark some way.
The colors slowly splash my face back to reality.

I’m a hippie gothic chick.
I believe all should be fare.
I live in a spaces attic , my magical lare.
I dream all the time butterflies are near.
I am a nature person with a green thumb for herbs.
And I believe in fairies .
Friends for life.

I’m a natural healer of my ups downs has I grow.
A musical lover for the dramatic flairs.
Poems manifest through my free mind.

I am a pagan with a passion for the magical truth.
I am a goddess lover of the land.
The beach is my second home, to feel the sand.
Ocean or sea don’t matter to a deep woman like me.
The moon took my site and stood by my side.

And with my true colors shinning through I’m also a depressant .
I have good and bad days flowing like a fast river.
And not all things can be green through these eyes.
My poems are my heart and insight to my souls truth.
For me that means sometimes I will be blue.
But for now I want to bask in vibrate colors.
My soul feels so much light starting to come through.

Know the Ego
Posted by Willow Raine

Here are some of the characteristics of the Sense of Separate Self (Ego)

1. It is looking for problem, issues, mistakes, misconducts, and flaws for identification.

2. It does not accept what is. There is a shortcoming, or something wrong, not enough and
unpleasant at this moment. It wants to escape it as much as it can by going to the past and
searching for mistakes, harping on them while feeling regretful and judgmental. Or it may
go to an unknown fantasy …of the future to have a better life and fix those pains and
issues of the past. In this path, the mind will learn to value the ordinariness of the
presence. It will honor and respect the simplicity of the presence.

3. The promise of the future never shows up for the Ego, because we are always in the
“here-and-now.” There is always now; no other time exists. In this path, one would realize
that now is all there is.

4. The Mind likes separation. Mind is in the duality vision. It sees itself as a separate
entity, apart from the rest of the world. This separation will cause a great source of pain
and suffering.

5. The Mind wants to compete. It wants to beat others in everything to feel better. It is a
temporary satisfaction being bigger, better and wealthier than others; however, deep
down, since separation is not our nature, the mind will become isolated and sad.

6. The Mind is into the “what ifs.” What if I lose my job? What if my parents die? And so

7. Waiting is the characteristic of the Mind. Waiting for a better job, or a vacation, or better
future. True life is here and now.

8. Where is the enemy? The Mind is looking for “the enemy” everyday. Who is my new
enemy today? This is, once again, due to the illusion of separation.

9. The Mind is looking to prove others wrong in order to feel bigger and better, even for
temporary gratification.

10. The Mind is looking for approval from others. When people approve the Mind, it is
becomes inflated and happy. When people criticize the Mind, it will shrink and become
unhappy. Its happiness depends upon others.

11. The Mind needs this consciousness to survive; however, consciousness does not need
the mind to survive. We are beyond the mind.

12. We are beyond our emotions. Once the Truth is realized, all emotions are more than
welcome. As long as you know who you are, there will be no identification to these
feelings and emotions. They will come and go. There will be no identification, since there
will be no individuality…

13. The mind likes to go back to the past and make stories from the past. These stories
could be very sad and some of them big tragedies. The stories are there; however, one
need to investigate, although the story is there as an event, is there a separate entity as “I”
exist which is claiming these events? One needs to go within and check it out. This false
self, would like to claim them for identity. We are not our history.

14. Being the awareness will teach us that our identification is this pure, silent watcher
who is a witness that acts spontaneously when it is needed here and now. No previous
knowledge is needed.

15. The Mind is into “becoming” and “searching” in order to become successful in this
world. This includes spiritual success. After all, when worldly success is gained, it then
goes after the spiritual success. The Mind wants to become loving, caring, silent, non-
judgmental and to love unconditionally. The Mind is trying to become God.

As long as there is a sense of separate self, it is not possible for the mind to be non-
judgmental. As long as the mind is diluted by appearances, it sees itself apart from the rest
of the world and it will judge against the rest of the world.

With all of these aspects it is striving to achieve, the mind becomes exhausted and
frustrated. This is because these are not the jobs of the mind. To be the Truth for the mind
is impossible. Once the Truth is realized, the mind will be free from becoming. At this
time, the search is over. The mind will be at rest; it will be liberated.

Meditation will point to our True nature. Our True nature is eternal. It will never come,
never go. Once the Truth is realized, any thought or emotion is more than welcome. The
thought or emotion will be there; however, there is no sense of “me” to identify with that
thought or emotion as “my thought” or “my emotion.”

Remember, pleasure or pain are created by the mind. Our true essence is Joy. We forget
our True Self (Silent watcher, awareness) and imagine the physical body or the mind to be
the Self. This is a false identity that gives rise to misery. Reality (awareness) lies beyond
our mind.

***** Special thanks to Lady Stacey of Daily Wicca*******

A Light in the Dark
Posted by Kisharblaze

So much negativity in the world right now. It seems so dark and hopeless, but in
the depths of darkness and the abyss of hopelessness rises a small light. It is a mere tea
light candle flame, but it is enough to see the way through the darkness. I have come
down into these depths to be with you all and show you the way back to the light.

I see in your eyes that you cower at the sight of my small flame, but you need not fear.
You see it is the light which allows you to see that you are in darkness in the first place.
So follow me and I will show you hope's door.

One step at a time we shall march through this darkness, past the doubt that lay at the
bottom of these depths. You will begin to see that fear is only an illusion from which I am
here to release you.

Now to begin our journey. It is your doubt that keeps you confined here in the depths of
hopelessness. So release it. See the shadow that is doubt fade as the little candle flame
begins to burn brighter. It was but a small tea light, but now it shines a bit brighter,
perhaps becoming a votive. You notice the change in the candle and for that moment you
ask, "How is this possible? How did the candle become bigger? Did not the flame burn
the wax down instead of creating more?"

I look at you and smile. "You see, it is an illusion only that causes you to think that the
candle burns the wax away. It is hope that causes the candle to gain wax as the flame
burns. It is your hope that creates this."

So we walk further towards the light. We come upon the chasm of fear. You cower and
turn to run back towards the depths. I gently grab your sleeve and say,"Fear not, for fear is
only an illusion. See the chasm from which you recoil? Look again." I hold the votive out
towards it and you see that it is no chasm, only a small pit in the rock around you.

"Look again with your heart instead of your eyes." say I.

You see that it is only a small hole with a beautiful night blooming flower peaking
through. Your eyes widen just a little. "It's beautiful!" you remark with slight joy.

"See, it was only the fear that prevented you from seeing the beauty within the shadow."

Further up we walk and you notice the candle is now a gentle, slender taper. "But...how?"
You ask "Have you learned nothing?" say I. "You are shedding the illusions and
beginning to see truth."

Up we walk towards the light. Suddenly you cower again at the large dark form that
menaces toward you. "Release your fears completely and look again child." The dark
form now lit by the candle shows itself as merely a butterfly seeking out the same light.
"You see how it beckons you to follow? 'Twas only the shadow of worry that blinded you."

You look back at me and see the candle is not a candle at all, but the very light of the sun.
"But..how? One cannot hold the sun in the very palms of thy hands." I smile and say,
"Oh, but you speak of impossibilities where there are none. The sun is no larger than your
hands if you only have faith that it is so."

Doubt now gone, fear now quelled and worry now put asleep you look again. There is no
shadow now and the sun in my hands, well it is now the very light of my Divine being
shining and showing you the very light of your Divine being. You look at me once again
and say,"We are one, glowing together."

I look at you and smile and say, "Yes, we are one. Now you see. There was never any dark
or light or candle or flame, only us, all of us. The whole world in a single light of pure
love. Now, go and show the others what I have shown you."

You said, "What others?"

I said, "All of humanity who are still in the dark. This is what needs to happen. This is
how we save the world. If each of us takes a small tea light into the depths of darkness
and find one other to show the way out, then the world will be one and whole again.
Then all can be the way it should be."

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An Inspirational message
Posted by Willow Raine

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are
its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision
of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless... Do not let your
fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the
approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in
your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never
been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world
you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.”
With that said..come and join up for Willows video blog!!

Fear a divine companion
Posted by bunny

This few days i have a hard time facing fear, fear is a powerful word and we all know
how horribly it can dis-empower us, as i read the article written by beverly jo that we can
use fear to empower us, I begin to see the beauty contained in that one little word: fear.
It’s all about changing your perspective. Fear can be such an ugly word if we don’t fully
understand the power in using our fears for us rather than against us. Every single person
on this planet has some sort of fear. There are absolutely no exceptions. Even those of us
who are healing our fears still have fears.

I fully believe that every single person, place, thing, emotion, feeling, etc. on this planet
(and beyond) serves the Light in one way or another even if they are not aware of it. As a
Light/Ascension worker we all know the power of looking for love in everything you are
challenged with. Fear is no exception to this truth. The key to dealing with fear is realizing
what fear really is. You see, when we are feeling fearful and we withdraw, we are saying,
“NO!” to something magical that is trying to come through for us. Just on the other side of
your fear is a treasure trying to make it’s way to you! We are guided by our feelings. Fear
is just another feeling trying to guide us into something wonderful. It almost makes me
sad for fear because it is so misunderstood! We look at it as though it is a demon that is out
to destroy us, but in actuality, it is a loving friend who is there to guide us and to lift us
into a higher vibration. This, my friend, is the truth of fear. Like everything else we tend
to misunderstand, we avoid fear and we miss out on so much because of that. ALL is to be

I, too, have misunderstood fear and I have said that it needs to be returned to it’s original
state of love, but I have realized that it isn’t fear that needs to be transformed; it is my own
perception of it. Fear is an energy you can work with to help you on your path. You have
the opportunity to make fear your friend and to view it as a Divine Companion. After all,
we created the fear we have. Would you (or your Divine Self) create something to destroy
you or to dis-empower you? Of course not! Everything is created to evolve us and to move
us forward, upward and outward on our path.

"Don’t run away from fear; RUN toward it and fall into its loving embrace! Fear is letting
you know that you are headed in the right direction. Let it be a signal fire lighting the path
before you".

let fear be a guide; not a stumbling block

fear such a beautiful word by Beverly joe

Understanding the First Wave Children First Wave Indigo
Posted by Brenda Tenerelli

Posted by Pauline Battell

Most Indigos can relate to at least 90% of this list:
Were born en masse (about 62%) between 1969 and 1987
(With stragglers before and after - 30% were born in the 50's)
Highly intelligent in their "Own Way.
" Are literally "wired differently" than other people.
Know in their heart and core that they are here "on a mission" but many don't remember
what that is or how to go about it.
Have an inner awareness that what is being taught in churches and schools is NOT
accurate and know there are hidden agendas around the lies that are being accepted by the
masses as "Truth."
This is extremely frustrating but inspires them to uncover the cover-ups and expose The
Real Truth!
Have a strong sense of truth, ethics, justice and freedom.
(That is why "authority figures" many times irritate and frustrate them).
When these are in jeopardy, will give their "all" for their cause, and many times feel they
would rather die than give-in to tyranny and deception.
Many have strong or unusual Psychic and Telekinetic abilities.
Have extraordinary levels of compassion.
Have purple/UV as their favorite color or see it in their dreams.
Have an affinity to Knights, Castles, and Dragons.
Shut down psychic abilities because it scares people.

Many times get along better with animals and nature than people.
Have a bond/connection to the trees, and nature in general.
Can relate well to children and or the elderly
Feel very comfortable lounging, and would rather sit on the floor on a pillow than in a
hard, uncomfortable chair.
(Would prefer sitting on the floor in school, and business meetings if they could get away
with it!)
Are very attracted to soft natural fabrics in their cloths and fuzzy blankets are the
Many times get very impatient when with someone who doesn't get to the point.
Creative, inventive, and very intuitive.

Involve themselves in human/animal rights efforts.
Have an innate sense of "oneness" and connectedness to all of creation.
Get confused and disturbed when others don't share their reality of "at-one-ment."
High capacity for love, and therefore others may feel uncomfortable by their intensity.
Very sensitive, sometimes "Hyper Sensitive" and may not be able to distinguish between
the emotional fields of those around them and their own personal emotions.
May go through periods of apathy and cynicism as coping mechanisms.
Intense longing for "their own kind".
Soul Mates but don't know where to look.
Have what I endearingly term H.D.D. or "Hug Deficit Disorder" and need immense
amounts of physical touching, hugs, and love to "cuddle."
Because of being misunderstood and then betrayed, may develop strong trust issues, and
therefore keep many of their thoughts, feelings and opinions to themselves.
About 30% have difficulties expressing them selves, especially in writing.
If you read some of the poorly written correspondence from some of these First Wave
Indigos, you would assume they were uneducated and nearly illiterate, but the truth is,
that these same people can also be speed readers and can absorb information in seconds
that would take others minutes to understand and retain.
Very disciplined when properly motivated.
Get bored and or frustrated in school.
Male Indigos (and many Females) for the most part don't "do authority" very well because
most of the time they are smarter than those in authority.
Many find themselves in "Alternative Schools."
Female Indigos seem to be able to cope better with the school systems than their male
Many are labeled "Dyslexic" and find themselves in "Special Classes" at school that
usually never work for them.
Indigos have a strong desire to know "why" and if they don't see "the point" in something,
(or if is it isn't explained properly), will feel it is simply not worth their time/energy and
will either react with resistance or just simply "blow off" the people/things that seem not
worth their time and energy.
Innately have their own ways of calculation and many have been accused of cheating in
school because they do the answers in their head and cannot show their work.
Indigos have an evolved awareness of how things work, therefore, many of the rigid rules
and methods of learning Math, English, and Physics (NOT metaphysics or quantum
physics) make no sense to them.

All First wave Indigos have what might be termed as "A Gift of Healing" ....whether it is
making people feel better with their humor and wit, hands on healing, animal and plant
healing, healing with music and tone, or healing with new "unproven" methods..
some of which are natural and need no external training for.
Many Indigos have "Telepathic Healing" abilities and long distances make no difference
to the efficiency of their work.

Because of their expanded perception, unusual creativity, wanting to try new things, and
running way ahead of what is being taught in class, many were diagnosed as having
Attention Deficit Disorder, and put on Ritalin as children.
Most Indigo's (especially males) have a high innate aptitude for computers/electronics and
or auto mechanics.

It is common for them to "Just Know" how to operate and trouble shoot with very little
help from a book or an instructor.
First Wave Indigos are extremely creative, and express this innate skill in many (and often
times OUTRAGEOUS forms.)

These skills manifest in: Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Decorating, Photography, Writing
(in sometimes very extreme and unique ways), Making Blueprints and Prototypes,
Composing and Playing Music (even if they have never had lessons), inventing games,
and creating new & more efficient ways of doing things.
Very few Indigos are interested in aggressive sports such as Football and Hockey.
They would rather spend their physical exercise time and energy in personal achievement
and outdoor sports such as track & field, skateboarding, mountain climbing, cycling,
kayaking, etc.
They are also attracted to discipline and self-defense sports such as Fencing and Martial

Because of their feeling so foreign to this planet, a very high percentage of Indigos have
been put on "Antidepressants" to make them appear "Normal" and fit in our society.
This is just a temporary fix though, and only adds to their challenges.
Many Indigos are drawn to Theatrics, Drama, and Stand-up Comedy.
In these venues they can "pretend to be someone else" when actually they are using this as
an outlet to vent and express their own views and pent up emotions.
It is also a place for "misfits" to find a place of refuge and "fit in".
Because of their feeling so "alien" here, many go through periods of severe grief,
loneliness, and displacement and may turn to drugs, alcohol, or attempt suicide for a way

One trademark that a high % of First Wave Indigos have is living through extreme
hardships as children, teenagers, and young adults.
Many were born into family situations that were physically, emotionally, spiritually and
psychically abusive. These Indigos had to figure out how to balance and keep their
inherent integrity levels, while being subjected to painful and life shattering experiences.
A large % were implanted in such horrendous situations as: organized crime, physical
abuse, sexual abuse, and even ritual/cult abuse & mind control.

Care and Feeding of Crystals
Posted by Rev. Carol A. Ingle (Raven)

Crystals have been in the lime-light ever since celebrities such as Shirley Mcleane and
Cher have come out of the closet and admitted they were "New-Agers". However, along
with this public scrutiny, has also been a whole bunch of misconceptions. The most
common of which is that a person just wears a crystal like jewelry or carries it and it
works like some kind of instant stage-magic or prestidigitation. This, of course, is not the
case. To get the full effect of "crystal power" in your life means, as with so much else, that
you must put into it what you take out of it. So here are a few simple guidelines for those
of you who plan on taking this subject seriously.

A.. Selecting your crystal

To select a crystal is not all that much different from selecting a pet or a work of art. When
you go into the store to purchase your crystal - or any other stone used in healing or
psychic work - just pick the one that "calls" to you. Handle the various stones and place
them, one by one, in your receptive hand. (the one that is not your dominant hand; if you
are right-handed or ambi-dextrous, your receptive hand is your left. If you are completely
left-handed your receptive hand is your right.) The stone that is right for you will "pull"
you to it. This may not be the stone that looks the clearest or the most impressive, either.
Our societies materialistic values and our conditioning to accept them must not enter into
our decision, which is very hard for most of us at first. Our first tendency is to judge the
stone -as we always judge ourselves and everything else in a constant stream of thoughts-
by what we have been conditioned to believe is "good" or "bad".

If the piece you are choosing is for a specific purpose; I.e. For healing, or to enhance your
psychic abilities, or for meditation; it will help if you keep that purpose in mind while
you are selecting the stone. An interesting phenomena often happens to people who are
just going into the gem and mineral healing or psychic work. Most people start off with
clear quartz, because it has the most applications. They go into a store or a gem show to
purchase a clear quartz and find themselves drawn to all kinds of other "rocks" (as the
collectors call them) too. Many times they bring a bag of various mineral specimens home
with them. Later they look up the stones in one of the many reference books on this
subject, only to find the stones they were drawn to are exactly the ones they need to deal
with issues or illnesses that they need to work on. The very first thing you need to do
when you first get a crystal is to "clear it" from the imbalanced energies of anyone else
who has touched it. Crystals "work" because of their piezoelectrical field. Researchers in
Kirlian photography and other subjects have long shown us that the body is surrounded
by a field of electro-magnetic energies, which psychics call the aura.

People who have studied this subject tell us that crystals help us by attuning their
piezoelectrical charge to the charge of our auras. So we must first remove the charges from
the stone that come from other's handling of it. This is done by leaving the stone in sea-
salt (available at almost any health-food store) for 3 days. The only time you will have to
use this technique - which is drastic - to cleanse the stone is when you first buy it. The
reason I say the technique is drastic is because it erases all of your energy from the stone
too, so the stone has to be rebonded. (explained later) This piezoelectrical effect of the
stone is the same reason that quartz is useful in making computers, telephones, watches,
and in other electronic devices.

B.. The regular maintenance of your stone

The regular care and maintenance of your stone is really quite simple. First of all a gentler
method of clearing the piece should be used at least once a week and after any uses in
either physical or inner (mental/emotional/spiritual) healing work. This can be done in
several ways. First of all, you can run it under cool - no extremes of temperature please -
water in your sink for several minutes, while visualizing (intensely imagining in vivid
detail, from a meditative or extremely relaxed state) all imbalanced energies leaving it.
You can also leave it carefully buried in mugwort (an herb) for two to three days, or place
it in a flowerpot with an African violet plant (but you should know that if it has been used
to heal any severe conditions, the plant will die). The stones should also be re-charged
about once a month or after every use. For other stones, direct sunlight is not such a good
idea as it can fade the colors. You can get the reflected energy of the sun by placing them
in the moonlight during the waxing of the moon (from one day after the new moon
through the night of the full moon). They can also be charged by surrounding them in a
circle of quartz points that have been charged by the sun, with the points of the crystals
facing inward toward the stones being charged. Another method is to purchase an
amethyst or quartz cluster and place the stones on it. A cluster is a specimen with several
individual crystals on it. Oh, and if you charge the stone by a circle of crystals, be sure
they have been cleared and charged themselves before using them to charge anything else.
The circle should consist of at least four points, but eight is best. These stones used for
charging do not have to be large at all.

c.. Using your stones

Stones are tools in our psychic work and, as in any other object used, work by focusing the
mind's powers. To get the best use out of them, more than just wearing them or carrying
them is required. They should be used from a state of meditation, while visualizing the
goals we wish to accomplish with them, such as healing, increased psychic perception, etc.
A good way to do this for to help you focus and a self-hypnosis tape that relates to your
goals and use it. And if you are using the crystals in healing, be aware that they are not
meant to replace the care of a competent health professional - but many people find them
a useful adjunct to it.
- by Matrika

Balancing The Elements
Posted by Brenda Tenerelli

According to alchemical teachings, it is not possible to change other people,
circumstances,or the world, but by changing the Self, significant change may be brought
into the world, even the universe.*

The macrocosm is represented by the Universe and all of its infinite parts. Man or woman,
as an individual, represents the microcosm, a tiny reflection of the whole. When the
microcosm moves into greater harmony, the Universe must reflect it. This axiom, “as
above, so below”, is found in the Hermetic Emerald Tablet.

The study begins by first balancing your energy, and then by learning to direct the energy
into the world through two acts: increasing one’s ability to love and a devoted practice of
imagining one’s desires. Both states are achieved through the presence of the True Self.

Alchemy teaches that we are composed of the 4 elements of fire, air, water, and earth. Fire
represents the soul; air represents the mind; water represents the emotions; and earth
represents the body. Through practice of this exercise, we learn to balance and replenish
the elements of our being.

The Seven Breaths (You may practice this exercise as many as 3 times per sitting.)
Read through this exercise carefully before practicing. Practice visualizing the colors at
least once before putting all of the parts of the meditation together. Be sure you
understand which parts of the body to focus on in each section. BE SURE to dissolve the
color and feeling after completing each series of breaths.

1. HEALTH – the Earth element, a loamy brown, gives sustenance to the body. Focus
on the area from the pubic bone to the feet. Feel a loamy brown color filling every pore in
lower body. Breathe energy UP from the ground into the lower body. Repeat for a total of
7 breaths.

2. CALM – the Water element, a beautiful blue-green, lends serenity to the emotions.
Focus on the area approximately 1 to 2 inches below the navel to just below the rib
cage. Imagine the blue-green light filling the abdomen with cool, calm emotion. Repeat
for a total of 7 breaths.

3. CONTENTMENT – the Air element, a cool blue like the sky, provides tranquility for
one’s mind and thoughts. Focus on the area from the bottom of the rib cage to just below
the collarbone. Imagine cool blue light filling this area (the lungs) with contentment.
Repeat for a total of 7 breaths.

4. SUCCESS – the Fire element, a fiery red, brings about success in all endeavors. Focus on
the area from the base of the throat to the top of the head. Feel the warm, red energy fill
the head with warmth and success. Repeat for a total of 7 breaths.

Each of the four earthly elements has its natural place; the earth at the centre of the
universe, then water, then air, then fire. When they are out of their natural place they have
natural motion, requiring no external cause, which is towards that place; so bodies sink in
water, air bubbles rise up, rain falls, flame rises in air. The heavenly element has
perpetual circular motion.

By Sarah Biermann

The Energy of the Four Winds - consists of the energies of the Northwind / element Air /
Archangel Raphael, of the Eastwind / element Earth / Archangel Uriel, of the Southwind /
element Fire / Archangel Michael and of the Westwind / element Water / Archangel


Shared with me by Brenda Harris

Dragons Vibrations & Healing
Posted by Žტωΐ∑ ĐЗ€ ~ ĎЯAĞΦΏ ₣ÄΞЯÏÉ©

I'm sure most people are aware of the truth behind
the "Wise Old Dragon" & his teachings.
It is also worth remembering communication and healing through vibrations. These can
come from external sources, people and spirit guides, or from within.
The whole universe is vibrating.
It is said that energy is neither created nor destroyed, rather it is only transformed and
transferred. Also that energy and matter are different states of the same phenomenon.
And that the energy that manifests itself as matter, is constantly vibrating. Given that
premise it is not beyond logic to understand that these vibrations can be redirected and
drawn upon for healing purposes either by ourselves or from a healer.
Dragons - to the best of my knowledge, and personal experience, make excellent healers,
having the strength the send healing & instructional vibrations on a continuous level
without restrictions on time nor distance.

My own Dragon healer lives on the other side of this planet to myself- yet his vibrations
have been with me almost constantly for years now.
One night before my knee surgery I woke to feel my knee roiling and bubbling like a
stew... in fact the sensation was so strong that it was what woke me.
And even when in hospital recovering- on all manner of pain-killers found myself in
constant communication with him- as though he were in the room with me. (Some may
laugh and think it was the medications and hallucinations - :)

Anyway- My point is that we must allow ourselves to understand the reality not just of
physics but also of what I have said to you.

It is also vitally important not to let our disbelief- or lack of faith get in the way of what
you need to do-- whether that be healing or your purpose here on earth..
I have provided a wee illustration to help you understand this ..
Then the following information about how we can bend and transfer energy for healing
purposed was copied from a reiki healer's blog.

Energy Vibrations for Healing
When we use energy vibrations for healing, we heal on all levels.
Everything on this planet is made up of energy including our physical, mental, and
emotional bodies. And as we know too well, one affects the other. If we are under stress,
thinking negatively, or weighed down with heavy emotions our natural flow of energy is
impeded, leading to physical pain and illness. When we move into balance our body hums
with light energy vibrations unique to our system which maintain health and vitality.
While our bodies have the miraculous ability to heal physical pain and illness, we initiate
most of the healing on a spiritual and energetic level. When we release false beliefs,
programming, and invalidation out of our space, we do it first on an energetic level. This
allows the body to do the re-balancing it needs. It’s the same with emotional blocks; as we
process or release heavier emotions, it’s easier to shift our energy into lighter emotional
vibrations of amusement, joy and enthusiasm.

Healing can begin on any level – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, but the speed
and depth of recovery will depend on what levels are involved. If we only treat the
physical, say with medication or physical adjustment, we may only experience temporary
results. If we release emotions, but don’t address the triggering beliefs and thought
systems, we may end up on an ongoing roller coaster ride. But when we view situations
through our spiritual eyes and address them on an energetic level, we access the core to
any painful memory, belief system, programming, and its resulting emotional and
physical malady.
On a soul level we manifest the perfect scenarios which will lead to our spiritual
awakening. Some of these are inspirational and others are motivational. We are inspired
by insight, higher awareness, and miraculous experiences; we are motivated by
challenges, difficulties and pain. If we don’t grow through our insights, then we resort to
bumping up against brick walls from time to time as a way to learn; the choice is always

How to Use Energy Vibrations for Healing

~ Close your eyes and turn inward. Take a few deep relaxing breaths. Feel the flow of
your energy tingling through various parts of your body. Be aware of yourself as a
spiritual being in a physical body. Notice how expansive, light and free you are.

~ If you are dealing with a physical issue, bring attention to your physical pain or illness.
If you are dealing with a mental, emotional or difficult situation, notice where in your
body you carry the issue.

~ Breathe acceptance into that area of your body. Notice the mood and tone within the
discomfort. Is it angry, sad, hopeless, fearful? Does it have a color or texture? Is there a
picture or memory associated with it? Is there a message or theme? Take a few minutes to
connect with what is there.

~ Know that whatever you are seeing, sensing, hearing and feeling are all forms of energy
which can be transmuted and transformed. If the information is negative or limiting,
know that this is not your truth, but either a past painful memory that needs to be cleared,
or a piece of invalidation stuck in your space that needs to be released.

~ Release any negative messages or foreign energy (other people’s emotions, judgments or
energy) from your space. Simply let it all go and refill with your own spiritual vibration.
Use the energy of clear gold or clear light to fill in the new spaces as you re-own them.
~ Ask your body what it needs in order to heal or use your intuition to discern this. Does
your mind and body need to hear kind loving words from you? Would filling your body
with a color vibration be helpful? Are there any sounds you can you make through toning,
chanting, humming or singing that would support you? Is there a particular energy
vibration that would be supportive such as love, forgiveness, compassion, amusement
Sources: personal experience & Reiki Healer -Gini Grey

Causes and effects of deforestation
Posted by Willow Raine

Trees are one of the most important aspects of the planet we live in. Trees are vitally
important to the environment, animals, and of course for us humans. They are important
for the climate of the Earth, as they act as filters of carbon dioxide. Forests are known as
habitats and shelters to millions of species. However, the trees on our planet are being
depleted at a very fast rate. According to some estimates, more than 50 percent of the tree
cover has disappeared due to human activity. This removal of forest or trees from a land
and converting it for nonforest use is called deforestation.
Although humans have practiced deforestation since ages, it was in the mid-1800s that
forests began to be destroyed at an unprecedented rate. One of the most worrying factors
today is the massive destruction of the rainforest of the world is affecting the biodiversity
adversely, as well as being one of the major contributory factors to the ongoing Holocene
mass extinction.
What are the Causes of Deforestation?
The deforestation causes include many factors. The destruction of the forests is occurring
due to various reasons, one of the main reasons being the short-term economic benefits.
Corruption at the government institutions, wealth and power due to harvesting of the
riches of the forest, population growth and urbanization are some of the common causes.
Urban Construction The cutting down of trees for lumber that is used for building
materials, furniture, and paper products have a major impact on forest life. Forests are
cleared to accommodate expanding urban areas. This results in loss of forest area and
massive deforestation.
Agriculture Forests are also cut down to clear land for growing crops, build farms, ranches
and other food growing lands.
Grazing Land Forests are cut down in order create land for grazing cattle. Huge herds of
animals require food and forests are cleared out to make way for grazing lands for these
Used for Fuel Trees are cut down in developing countries to be used as firewood or turned
into charcoal, which are used for cooking and heating purposes.
Commercial Purposes Some of the other causes are: clearing forests for oil and mining
exploitation, to make highways and roads, slash and burn farming techniques, wildfires,
and acid rain. Forest fires can occur naturally or in most cases are deliberate attempts by
man to clear huge forests. Most of the time, these forests may recover, but usually the
cleared land is used for construction and agriculture purposes. This leads to loss of forests
and loss of habitat for the local wildlife.
Illegal Logging Many government agencies are fighting illegal logging to protect the
forests. However, any type of logging legal or illegal leads to deforestation. Trees are cut
down indiscriminately by logging companies, to fulfill the demands of the wood market.
This does not give a chance to the local wildlife and trees to regenerate and sustain
themselves. Thus, leading to loss of wildlife forever.
What are the Effects of Deforestation?

There are a number of adverse effects, that include environmental and economical. Some
of these effects are discussed below:
Erosion of Soil When forest areas are cleared, it results in exposing the soil to the sun,
making it very dry and eventually, infertile, due to volatile nutrients such as nitrogen
being lost. In addition, when there is rainfall, it washes away the rest of the nutrients,
which flow with the rainwater into waterways. Because of this, merely replanting trees
may not help in solving the problems caused by deforestation, for by the time the trees
mature, the soil will be totally devoid of essential nutrients. Ultimately, cultivation in this
land will also become impossible, resulting in the land becoming useless. Large tracts of
land will be rendered permanently impoverished due to soil erosion.

Disruption of the Water Cycle Trees contribute in a large way in maintaining the water
cycle. They draw up water via their roots, which is then released into the atmosphere. A
large part of the water that circulates in the ecosystem of rainforests, for instance, remains
inside the plants. When these trees are cut down it results in the climate getting drier in
that area. The groundwater tables are affected and soon get depleted. The trees help in
prevention of running off of water and help the soil absorb the flowing water. When there
are no trees, water just runs off, leaving no chance for the groundwater tables to absorb
more water. Thus, ultimately leading to reduction in water resources.

Loss of Biodiversity The unique biodiversity of various geographical areas is being lost on
a scale that is quite unprecedented. Even though tropical rainforest make up just 6 percent
of the surface area of the Earth, about 80-90 percent of the entire species of the world exist
here. Due to massive felling of trees, about 50 to 100 species of animals are being lost each
day. The outcome of which is the extinction of animals and plants on a massive scale. The
effects on animals is very heartbreaking. They not only lose their habitat and protective
cover, they are pushed to extinction. Many beautiful creatures, both plants and animals
have vanished from the face of the earth.

Flooding and Drought One of the vital functions of forests is to absorb and store great
amounts of water quickly when there are heavy rains. When forests are cut down, this
regulation of the flow of water is disrupted, which leads to alternating periods of flood
and then drought in the affected area. Thus, leading to disruption of human settlements
and loss of life in thousands.

Climate Change It is well-known that global warming is being caused largely due to
emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. However, what is
not known quite as well is that deforestation has a direction association with carbon
dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Trees act as a major storage depot for carbon, since
they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is then used to produce
carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that make up trees. When deforestation occurs, many of
the trees are burnt or they are allowed to rot, which results in releasing the carbon that is
stored in them as carbon dioxide. This, in turn, leads to greater concentrations of carbon
dioxide in the atmosphere.

These are just a few of the causes and effects of deforestation. The consequences are very
unpleasant as every form of life on earth is interlinked with one another. Not only do
animals lose their homes, but humans dependent on the local ecology are also affected.
The water cycle gets disturbed leading to floods and droughts. People dependent on the
forests for their survival lose their livelihood. Global warming is another problem
looming over our heads. The causes and its effects of this destructive practice can be
stopped to some extent, if we all do our bit towards the environment. Reduce emissions by
avoiding use of cars and bikes indiscriminately. Make our factories more cleaner and
monitor their emissions. Develop better ways of farming that help increase the yield
without having an impact on the neighboring forest areas. Forest management and strict
monitoring of tree cutting should be carried out by various government and other
nonprofit agencies. Reforestation of lost areas and following sustainable practices will
help us balance our green cover. Remember, trees give us life, without them it will be
impossible to sustain life.

Dispatch from Fort McMurray..
home of Canadas Northern Tar sands
Posted by Willow Raine

I’ve just arrived in Fort McMurray, AB and this weekend I’ll join hundreds of people on a
full-day walk through a chemical-scarred landscape not far from here. On the invitation of
the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Keepers of the Athabasca, I’ll participate,
with my colleagues Adam and Hannah, in the Healing Walk, a spiritual and emotional
event that highlights the damage of the tar sands to the Aboriginal people who have lived
in the area for thousands of years, and to our shared environment.

Every day I work to raise awareness about Enbridge’s risky plan to ship dirty tar sands oil
across Ontario and Quebec through its aging Line 9 pipeline, a plan which could put the
drinking water of millions at risk of an oil spill. The Healing Walk will give me and the
hundreds of other participants an up close and personal view of the devastation that the
tar sands have had on both the environment and on people. Led by First Nations, the walk
highlights that the tar sands damage the environment, human health and put First Nations
culture and way of life at risk.

Tar sands are the source from which pipelines begin and then wind their way across
North America. After bitumen is stripmined from the earth (through a process that
produces pretty nasty side effects including loss of animal life, large quantities of polluted
water, and significant production of greenhouse gases) these pipelines carry the corrosive
and dirty product through First Nations territory and countless communities who haven’t
consented to the risk of a spill the pipelines pose. And that’s why communities across
North America, or Turtle Island as it is known by the Ojibwa and Anishnaabe people, are
fighting back.

In B.C., following many years of efforts by First Nations, local governments, communities
and individuals, the B.C. government finally rejected Enbridge’s risky Northern Gateway
proposal. South of the border, millions of Americans have rallied against the Keystone XL
pipeline and recently, President Obama stated that the project would not be approved if it
led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. In Ontario and Quebec, concerned
residents are speaking out against the all-risk, no-reward Line 9 Enbridge proposal to ship
dangerous tar sands bitumen through heavily populated section of both provinces.

The International Energy Agency has warned we need to keep known fossil fuels in the
ground to avoid two degrees of global warming. We’ve seen the hazards of global
warming recently, with extreme weather from floods to hurricanes. To prevent global
warming we need emissions from the tar sands to go down, not up.

While there is more work ahead, I’m inspired by the many concerned residents I’ve met
who are working to raise awareness about Enbridge’s risky Line 9 pipeline plan. And I’m
inspired by the multitude of voices from across Canada calling for a clean energy future
and for a transition away from polluting tar sands oil.

At the Healing Walk, my voice will join with hundreds of others, including First Nations
and Métis, and together we’ll say it’s time to stop the destruction and start the healing.
Our voices will join a global movement that grows stronger every day as more people
stand up and say no to polluting fossil fuels.

Travelling to the epicentre of the tar sands reaffirms my belief that it is vital that
concerned communities and individuals work together to stop dangerous tar sands oil
from flowing through the aging Line 9 pipeline across Ontario and Quebec. We need to
build a green economy. A safe future for our children and grandchildren depends on it.

I thank the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Keepers of the Athabasca, for the
opportunity to participate in the Healing Walk.

During the Healing Walk, some of our experiences may be devastating when we witness
evidence of the damage caused by the tar sands to the environment and human health. But
as we bring the images and stories home to our communities, I believe the experience will
renew our energy and devotion to continue to work together to build a clean energy
future, and stop the reckless expansion of the tar sands.

Life Tree
Posted by Lily Unicornis

Roots dig deep and branches expand

Through all atmospheric conditions you withstand

Your wisdom trickles through us all

Understanding and enlightenment you install

That we might walk the Earth with a tender foot

That our kind wont feel hard put

Even as we destroy the things that give us life

You give nature a new allure as it wins the strife

If only we could see within your branches is the key

To our own evolution and future immortality

By Lillie Watcher

To know My Power
Posted by §haÐðw

Is to know yourself, to know your limits of which is no more.

to know the depths of Fear and to see the days of total happiness, to experience the all and
the little.

to have all to have nothing. to vacate yourself from outside interferance that acclimates
you to work like a machine,

to work as fast as a machine. to see Joy and destruction, Death and Life, to have seen one
spectrum to the other from Darkness to light,

to capture a gift beknown but not spent, When you clear yourself of all the dogmas,
paradigms, Desires and wants unselfish to others if only with hands full of sand to offer,
Then one shall truly experience the meaning of a gift and sharing and making its intent
pure, Mine is not of Fantasy but Truth.. it is not of a Love known to man but full
dedication, caring and sacrificing, To have walked the valleys of death into the sunshine
of a progressive future.

When you realize evil is only a persuasion but not true to any good intent or cause its
purpose is null and invalid giving yourself the power to come above to be the Warrior
within to make your place and shine it on others and give them the same power and
energy you behold.

To trust in a higher progressive source and always give the ability for change at any givin
moment provided by the energy givin. to whisper in silence or to speak out loud, but true
to your words and meaning. it will not come out in normal, conformed form of language.

Some may vary on their sensitivity ..which fore I am not at all times.. not a fault but
strength, dedication to a cause. I understand most things .. to say all is arrogance , fighting
the ego to be equal to not shine too brite too blind, to not be seen but hid in the shadows.

Fore this is the only way sometimes with no regret or fault to anyone.

30 years absence containing a gift to know and not know untill the time was right.

not relevant to time but by the waves of the universe I ride.

Material does not make Wisdom true Knowledge makes Wisdom..

So many lifetimes , so many experiences..bound by common law.

it is not easy.

Changes are happening now ..some seem dire and extreme fear builds from that limiting
you from your higher potential. let it go..

it is only hopeless if you say it is..

This is only a sample of what could be written..multi universal mind not easy to decipher
sometimes ..but words flow like river even when I dont know the words right before..

If you knew you lived a 100 lifetimes or more if not thousands..would this one not be
worth giving it your best and to not cling to things that should not be that is irrelevant to
the over all cause. keep it basic and simple. and will bring less expectations of yourself
and others.

There will be some that just do not know what to do. but is ok there are those that do. dont
feel regret or lost or inferior.. your time to shine will come when need if you are not sure

It is a natural occurance and considering the density we have been exposed to it is
expected. keep Faith hope and positive approach.

even in the bleekest of times never lose that chance for change..

Much peace


Finding Inner Peace in the Middle of Chaos
Posted by Rev. Carol A. Ingle (Raven)

Have you ever been in a crowded subway or busy street and felt like it was just too
much, lost in a crowded marketplace in a foreign country, or caught up in an argument
that was going nowhere?

A great meditation teacher once said that there should be no difference between
meditating in a cave or in the center of a city as peace is inside us and is not dependent on
external circumstances. Although this is undoubtedly true, it is definitely put to the test
when our lives are full of chaos or anger.

Being in touch with your inner peace is not the same as being happy. When difficult or
painful things happen, such as the loss of a loved one, you will not feel happy, that’s for
sure. But it doesn’t mean you have to lose your peace. Beneath the tears and grief there can
remain a steadiness, an inner stillness, independent of the circumstances.

Maintaining that peace, especially when confronted with difficult situations, means being
able to let go all the time, constantly, in every moment. We say, “don’t even pick it up!” for
as soon as you begin to hold on, whether to resentment, irritation, hurt or anger, you create
suffering for yourself. Your mind gets caught up in the emotion and you lose your
balance. Letting go does not deny your feelings. You can feel all sorts of things, whether
sadness, joy, anxiety or laughter.

The difference is that you are not holding on to these feelings. They come and then they
pass. Like birds in the sky of your mind, let them fly away.

One of the greatest spiritual teachings is the awareness that all things are impermanent,
that all things come and go, that we cannot cling to anything, not even pleasure, without
also creating suffering. As we integrate the truth of this teaching it is wonderfully
liberating for it brings us back into the present moment. If everything is so impermanent,
including ourselves and our feelings, then there is no purpose in holding on and trying to
make those feelings last longer. Rather, there is far greater joy in releasing them and
reconnecting to sanity and peace.

Chaos is natural—if you look at the world it is everywhere—but to find your peace in the
midst of chaos is something we all have to deal with. Life is unpredictable and will bring
about many different emotions and mind states that can be challenging and difficult, even
unbearable at times. But beneath all the dramas, distractions and problems there is a still
and calm place you can rest in.

If, amidst the turmoil, you can find just one moment of peace in each day, then your whole
life will become more joyful. Like the water in a lake, when your mind is calm you can see
the depths below, but when your mind is disturbed it is easy to get caught up in the
waves. Through meditation you can become more aware of when emotions arise so you
can take some time to chill out before they take over.

“Meditation is when I can watch stuff go by and the part of me that usually interrupts and
says, ‘That’s a good story, or that son of a bitch, or I’m guilty and awful,’ that part sits back
and sees it as just one more story but without attachment to it,” says our friend Dr. Joan
Borysenko in our book, Be The Change. “This gives me the most delicious sense of
spaciousness and peace.”

If circumstances cannot be changed then you can change your attitude toward them—you
may not be able to control the wind but you can adjust your sails. You can either blame
others or you can relax into each moment as it arises. When you can just be with the way
things are in the present moment then you can be free of complications, and that freedom
is your peace.

Just Being Meditation

Find a comfortable place to sit, and close your eyes.

Become aware of yourself, of your presence on the chair in the room.

Cast your mind around your body.

Breathe into and release any places of tension.

Now feel the flow of your breath as it enters and leaves.

Here you are: alive … breathing … sensing … your heart beating … your feet on the floor.

Be present with yourself and whatever is happening, without judgment.

Now just sit and be and breathe … just sitting … just being… just breathing.

Silently repeat: “May all things be well, may I be at peace with all things.”

Stay with this for a few minutes, or for as long as you like.

When you are ready take a deep breath and gently open your eyes.

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