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Eat Organic or Home-Grown Pesticide-Free

January 18, 2017

Another nail in Glyphosate’s coffin, and hopefully not yours as well…

https://openheartedrebel.com/2017/01/18/roundup-now-proven-cause-liver-disease-its-in-your-food/

Note that they forgot to mention that the most reliable (though incomplete) way to avoid Glyphosate is to Choose Organic, or better yet Grow Your Own and eschew pesticides.  And while the Liver-Disease angle might be serious long-term, the fact that Glyphosate is an FDA-approved antibiotic that will wipe out your gut bacteria and hence the front line of your Immune System and Neurotransmitter System and create Intestinal Permeability (which will put inappropriate and toxic molecules directly into your blood), is a far more immediate issue.  And one that could easily have been the proximate cause of the Liver Disease.

If you’re a biochemist, here are the gory details…

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep39328

We advocate Ego Death, not Liver Death.  As is often the case, thanks to https://bluedragonjournal.com/ for the tip.

Glyphosate Self-Abandonment

December 31, 2016

PCC, a food co-op in Seattle ( http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/ ) that’s almost old enough for Medicare, is an invaluable institution.  They’ve done great things, like asking all of their suppliers to remove high-fructose corn syrup from their products.  But they still make many compromises for the sake of cheaper prices and higher sales.  For example, they’ve been very slow to pick up on the Glyphosate issue.  

Since it’s very important to all of us, I want to quote a letter to the editor of their newsletter, from http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/sc/1701/editor.html

“One of our main food sources in this country is wheat.  I notice PCC carries a lot of non-organic wheat products.  PCC customers, here is a big reason to buy only organic wheat products:

“An article I read recently said, “Wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup/glyphosate several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest …”

“According to a Canadian wheat farmer we met recently, glyphosate also is sprayed on the ground before planting for weed control.  Just how much glyphosate can a person ingest and remain healthy?  — Dawna F.

“PCC replies: You ask an important question but unfortunately, we don’t really know how much glyphosate people are ingesting from food.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started testing certain foods this year to determine dietary exposures and reported finding glyphosate in oatmeal, baby formula and honey.  But then the FDA suddenly suspended testing after a report from Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project exposed dangerous levels in popular (nonorganic) foods.

“Scientists tell us glyphosate is not acutely toxic but total exposure from all sources combined is a real question.  Be aware that in addition to nonorganic wheat, nonorganic oats and nonorganic garbanzo beans tend to have high levels of glyphosate.  Studies also have found glyphosate in non-organic bread, beer and feminine hygiene products.

“PCC always advocates buying organic food to avoid pesticide residues and for the health of the soil, water and environment as a whole.  We have organic choices in virtually every category.”

Which demanded that I write them a letter on the subject again…

 

“Thanks for your response to Dawna F’s letter in the January ’17 Sound Consumer.   I’m delighted to see that you’re getting educated on Glyphosate.   Some very salient points that you neglected, however…

“1. Glyphosate is an FDA-certified antibiotic.  Ingested antibiotics decimate your good Gut Bacteria along with the bad, and your good Gut Bacteria are the first line of defense in your Immune System.  Also, the Gut Bacteria produce more neurotransmitters than the brain does, so your mental health is impacted as well.  We can take all the Probiotics and Pre-biotics we want to try to heal our Gut Bacteria, but if we’re continually blasting our gut with more antibiotics, we’re not only destroying our physical and mental health, but also wasting our money (which we’re eventually going to need for medical expenses and mood-restoring drugs).

“2. It’s not just non-organic Grains and Legumes that are blasted with Glyphosate, but also almost all non-organic Sugars.  The UN says that Glyphosate is a suspected carcinogen (contrary to your assertion that “Scientists tell us that glyphosate is not acutely toxic” – you forgot to mention who’s paying these “scientists”), and Cancer loves Sugars.  This interaction is hardly “not acutely toxic.”  The “hockey-stick chart” for Cancer occurrence mirrors the hockey-stick chart for Glyphosate use.  Yes, certainly, correlation is not causation, but that’s not a reason to fail to investigate high correlations further.  We should be demanding non-commercially-supported proof that the causation is not there (and if not, then what is the cause?), rather than continuing to risk poisoning ourself because we haven’t proved causation.

“3. It’s not just Glyphosate that these non-organic crops are being sprayed with, it’s usually Roundup, which in addition to Glyphosate also contains other toxic chemicals.  It’s going to get a lot worse now that Monsanto and Bayer are merging, since Bayer purveys even-more-toxic chemicals as “GRAS.”  Since Roundup is increasingly ineffective against weeds that have outsmarted it, the herbicides used by non-organic agriculture will get a lot more toxic, especially as a new business-oriented government removes regulations.

“4. Eventually, if you wipe out your Gut Bacteria thoroughly and continually enough, you end up with “Intestinal Permeability” or “Leaky Gut” – holes in your intestinal lining that allow larger molecules into your bloodstream than are appropriate for good health.  Hence “Gluten Sensitivity” and “Dairy Sensitivity” – it may not even be the Gluten or Casein that’s causing this “epidemic,” but ultimately, Glyphosate.  It’s very difficult to find non-Gluten packaged food that’s also organic – in other words, even though we may be eliminating some of the large molecules we react to by eliminating Gluten, if we’re still eating non-organic non-Gluten food, we’re continuing to exacerbate the root problem.”

The Digital Age

September 9, 2016

Dagne has asked for more information on the coming “Digital, Airy, mind-y Society, probably a lot heavier on the Idealistic or Normative than the Compassionate.”

Mostly we’re talking about the next two Centuries, when the Saturn-Jupiter Initiations all fall into Air Signs, unlike the last two Centuries (the Industrial Age), when they fell into Earth Signs.  There’s much more exactitude on this in https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/the-jupiter-saturn-cycle-2/ .  The Changes in our Lives between 1980 and 2000 were large, but they are miniscule compared to what we’ll see after 2020.

The Air Signs are of course about Mentality – mindstuff, Duality.  It is possible for the mind to grok many Dimensions at once (see, eg, Felix Wolf’s The Art of Navigation), and with any luck a stray cosmic ray will Mutate the species, but till then, Mentality/Duality will dominate the next two Centuries.  With Either/Or Mentality comes Repression of Creativity and Uniqueness, except for the Fearlessly Yintegrous.

As technology replaces Work, the whole Inequality thing becomes huge, as quite simply, “the Rich will Live, and the Poor will die” – or wish they had.  We would revert to Feudalism, except that the owners of the Machines won’t have much need for Serfs, so if we aren’t Entertaining them or being their Mercenaries, we’ll be pretty much doing the Han Solo thing, or Living the Dream in https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/responsibility-iv/ .  Except that even if we have the Survival Skills, there may not be enough Planet left to Support us.  So the Population/Global Balming thing becomes huge as well.

Bleak picture, I know.  A friend disagrees, arguing that it isn’t true that “the System” isn’t working – he says some parts are working, some parts aren’t, and we’re working to improve the parts that aren’t.  I didn’t say it, but “Easy for you to say, workaholic white-boy capitalist” would be a valid Response.  Bernie was a refreshing interlude, and with luck he will prove to be a Candle that ignites an Inferno.

If enough of us get Honest about our own Self-Sabotage, we can stop the trend.  And it’s indisputable that there are tons of Fresh Violets growing underneath the Corporate-owned Media that only tells us what to Fear.  

But who do you know that’s working to stop ALEC – the Corporate-funded organization that pre-writes and packages Corporation-friendly laws at the local, county, state, and federal level, that for instance make it illegal for you to buy Milk that hasn’t been through the Corporate Machine, or make it illegal for you to refuse Vaccination or Chemotherapy, or save your own Seed.  Who do you know who even knows about ALEC?

How many folks do you know who are outraged that Obomba just signed a law making it illegal for us to know if the faux Food they sell at the store contains Glyphosate, a potent carcinogen and immune-system-destroyer that is used not just on GMO Food but almost all non-Organic Food?  Outraged that Canada can sue US taxpayers for lost profits because Obomba stopped the big Tar-Sands pipeline through Nebraska to Texas, and that the “TPP” will allow Thailand to sue you because you won’t import Thai sex workers?

I’m exaggerating, but not by much.

Outraged that 25 Vulture Capitalists make more than twice as much money as all of the Kindergarten Teachers in the US but pay far less in taxes?  I could go on – and on.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the next two Centuries of Air-Sign Saturn-Jupiter Initiations that invite the reign of Either/Or.  Aquarius is an Air Sign – a Fixed Air Sign.  If Air Signs are about Mentality, Fixed Air Signs are about Ideals, or Fossilized Mentality.  The Technology can easily Cancel, Neutralize, Upgrade Us for thinking the wrong thoughts, like the ones I just suggested.  Aquarius rules the next two Millennia!

Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine and John Perkins’s New Economic Hit Man both describe samples of what has happened around the World when Vulture Capitalists and Corporations run the show.  The movie The Corporation is a quicker introduction.  It’s a Blessing that The Donald trumped Ted Cruz; Ted is an avowed and rabid Supporter of the principles that Shock Doctrine exposes.

We don’t need the Futures I describe.  I can and do and will Cancel Neutralize Upgrade their Energies.  But it we don’t understand what’s going on, we’ll end up like the Germans – “How could they have let that happen?” and they will be us.  We have to know what to Cancel Neutralize Upgrade and what to keep.  

The 2000-2020 period is about deciding what to Keep and what to Discard from the Industrial Age, and Shock Doctrine describes the worst Depravities of the Industrial Age.  There were plenty of Depravities in the Ages before the Industrial – Colonialism, Inquisitions, Genocides galore.  Let’s Discard the Depravities of Exploitative Capitalism before they’re coded into the Machines, so we can get on with Harmony and Understanding, Sympathy and Trust Abounding.  We’ll do that anyway, it’s mostly a matter of whether we’ll have to hide out in Sherwood Forest when we do.

The Water

August 26, 2016

This is new and we’ve only had it for less than a week, so I can’t attest to its durability, but compared to scrubbing scale out of a distiller, or to any filter system we’ve ever tried, this dreamboat is a Gift from the Goddess…

https://www.aquatruwater.com/

It’s fast and easy, and leaves just enough minerals (ion count less than 10, starting with pretty hard Water) to make the Water taste better as well.  Only one thing wrong with their pitch – they say the result is “as good as” bottled Water, but it’s far, far better.  It does require a trickle of AC electricity.

Connecting Off-Planet and Off-Dimension

July 11, 2016

As I’ve said many times, it’s important that we reconnect with Fairy Energies.  Everything we eat is derived from Plants, and Fairies are to Plants as Souls are to Hupers.  If you aren’t a Breatharian, you need to be on good terms with the Little People.

I’m recommending this week’s online “class” on these folks, “The Emerald Forest, Exploring the Mystery of Elemental Alchemy”...

https://lightquest-intl.com/schedule-workshops/

If you’d like an introduction to Bryan deFlores, scroll down on the same page to where it says…

“Radio Interview with Bryan – Fantastic!  
Awaken to Happiness Now”

It’s relatively long, but an excellent Perspective on our Off-Planet relations.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to one of Bryan’s workshops, but he seems to have mellowed a lot, seeming less self-conscious and simply excited by what he’s doing – which is a lot.  His artistry is amazing…

https://lightquest-intl.com/gallery1/

My skepticism has always been on full volume around his off-planet work, but he’s consistently managed to circumvent it.

 

Confusion and Leavia

June 25, 2016

This is very timely…

https://alchemicalastrology.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/pluto-teachings-on-impermanence/

Confusion is the first stage of Growth.

As Saturn Wanes toward Neptune over the next several years, we need to expect a Breakdown in the Definition (Saturn) of our Cultures (Neptune) that will require (Saturn) us all to shift our primary Perspective away from Matter and toward Spirit (Neptune). 

Someone on the BBC referred to Britain as being divided into two countries, Leavia and Remainia.  It’s amazing how much Fear-based propaganda is being thrown at Leavia – which I guess shouldn’t be surprising, since Remainia was a project of the Corporate Elites and their Fellow Travelers.  London was all Remainia – London is Britain’s “Wall Street.”  When do we get NAFTexit?

The Future hasn’t been Co-Created yet.  Our corner of it will be influenced greatly by what we PIAVA – including all those Unconscious and Semi-Conscious PIAVAs that we put out there under the guise of Anxiety.  Though it should help to Cancel, Neutralize, Upgrade those, and replace them as quickly as we can with PIAVAs for What We Do Want for ourself and for our role in the World.

“My power is over myself, is over how I learn to master myself.  Not about how I suppress my emotions but, more perhaps, about how I can work with these powerful energies.  CONSCIOUSLY.”

Yes, Power With ourself, not Power Over.  The difference is subtle and Powerful, critical for Co-Creating a desirable Future, and well described by Starhawk’s amazing and Life-Changing book Truth or Dare.  

Empathy with Self is fundamental.  “You poor Sweetheart, you’re feeling uncomfortable Emotions, aren’t you.  I Wonder what it would be like to Embrace them, to Locate them in my Body and put all of my Attention there, Lovingly and Gently.”  My own Response to doing this – when I remember to do it (Ay, there’s the rub, eh?!?), is a feeling of Ecstasy, though not always right away.  Maybe I can PIAVA to remember more often.

“It’s about finding ways to keep yourself centered so nothing (am I deluding myself?!) can throw you off balance.  Nothing!

Alas, we do need to be Vulnerable, and Embrace Confusion for itself, without trying to Change it.  Resistance to Vulnerability and Confusion is a serious Growth-preventing Limiting Belief.  Maybe we can resolve the apparent Contradiction by counting Both “Centered” And “Uncentered” as two distinct Emotions, and PIAVAing “how to work with these powerful energies Consciously” so we can build new Patterns that will allow us to Embrace them both automatically, before they throw us off Balance enough that we can’t Recover our Grounding in a short time.

“Feeling fearful or anxious won’t make any situation better.”

No, but we do need to Embrace our Fear as a valid Emotion (and Tap it out when it Feels Overwhelming – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzVd6Ww0as4 ).  And Learn to quickly recognize Anxiety as mental noise that keeps us from Feeling uncomfortable Emotions, so we can get right to work Learning how to Lovingly and Gently Embrace those Emotions, Rapidly and Completely.

21.5.16 Full Moon

May 16, 2016

The Full Moon is bang on Mars, and the Opposing Sun Conjoins Vesta.

Keep an eye out over the next several weeks for anything that makes you Angry.  It’s a doorway into Letting Go of a Limiting Belief.

The Full Moon is Squared by a Stationary OR10, which Conjoins Pallas and Nessus.  Nessus Initiates Pallas on 26 May at 6 Pisces, “A parade of army officers in full dress.”  Stationary Orcus, which turns Direct on 19 May, completes the Grand Cross, though it’s five Degrees off the Full Moon.  Orcus Opposes Nessus by less than a Degree.

One of the things likely to Anger you is War, or any other form of Abuse or Privilege.  The key is to connect with your own historical or Past-Life experiences of War or Abuse – they’re likely to be “in your face,” even if you don’t recognize them as yours.  Whatever you encounter – in your own Emotional bank, in movies, in the news, in other people – pretend that the experience was yours.

You made an Oath never to do that again over your own equivalent of that experience.  The Oath still Limits your current Life, in ways you may not suspect.  Be Loving and Gentle with yourself, but Let Go of that Oath.  You can “Revert!” (taking an Oath is really the equivalent of putting a Curse on yourself), Tap it Out, or just Ask Ganeshi to Lovingly and Gently Remove All Obstacles between you and Letting Go of the Oath, whatever it was (you don’t need to know the details; it’s enough to know that you have upsetting memories).

Sun-Vesta is the focus of a Finger of God from the Sextile between Juno-Lilith and Lachesis-Hylonome.

There is a Limit to Grief, and its beginning is reached by resolving to Let Go of the Archetype that binds us to Grief.  How many times in our Karmic history has War or other Violence taken our Soulmate, or our Children, or our Land from us?  Random Chance would probably “gift” us with this experience in more than half of our Lifetimes as Hupers.  

Looking back, we might find that we Cherish those as our “lucky” Lifetimes, when we were able to Enjoy Love or Family or Independence, at least till we lost it.  How many other Lives brought us none of those satisfactions?  We forget that Change comes to All things, good or bad, and we Vow not to Experience those Emotions ever again.  In vain; we can’t abandon Any Emotion without squeezing all of the others.  Each episode is an invitation to Take Our Power back.  We’re being Asked here to re-establish our Self-Sovereignty.

Makemake makes a Trine Bridge across the Full-Moon Opposition, forming a Sun/Vesta-Square-OR10-Quincunx-Makemake-Trine-Sun/Vesta Major Tricolor and a Moon/Mars-Square-OR10-Quincunx-Makemake-Sextile-Moon/Mars Minor Tricolor.

Permaculture looks beyond Sustainability towards Resilience – the ability to meet any Crisis with multiple Responses.  Our greatest tool for increasing Resilience is Curiosity.  “I Wonder how I can make Lemonade out of these Emotional intrusions.”  Don’t forget to Change the Subject; you want to get the mind and its YesButs and ThatWon’tWorks onto some other issue, so your natural Survival Instincts and Brilliant Intuitions have an Open Space to rise into.

Uranus inches ever closer to Eris; they’re now just over half a Degree apart.  Closely related, by Degrees, are Chiron (Unx), Sedna’s recent Initiation of Venus (Unx), Chaos’s impending Initiation of asteroid Karma (Sextile), Ixion (Trine), and Haumea (Opposition).

The Sedna-Venus Initiation occurs the day before the Full Moon, in 26 Taurus, “A Spanish galant serenades his beloved.”  The Chaos-Karma Initiation occurs 24 May, in 21 Gemini, “A tumultuous labor demonstration.”  

Whatever is happening in our Young Lives – and I know some of us are enduring torment – it’s roots probably lie in the Masks we retain.  There are still things we admit to no one, and still things we don’t admit to ourself.  No one is proposing that we expose ourselves to Shame, but it would behoove to Ask what triggers Shame for us, then Lovingly Embrace it.  We’ll never get to the bottom of these puzzles without Curiosity and Intuition – if we could get there by other means, we would have done so long ago.

For some of us, Matter is bottom-line, for others of us, Energy.  Our Perspective on Life and Difficulty depends a lot on this Duality.  But it’s not Either/Or, it’s Both/And.  Spirit, Matter, Mind, Emotion, Soul – these aren’t discrete “levels” or compartments of Reality, they’re Perspectives on Reality.  Reality itself is Unitary and Multifarious.  There is Power in shifting Perspective.  

If you’re struggling with a Physical issue, try Asking the Universe to show you pictures of it in the languages of Emotion, Thought, Spirit, and/or Soul.  If you’re struggling with an Emotional issue, try Asking the Universe to show you pictures of it in the languages of Soul, Spirit, Thought, and Body.  If you’re in the middle of a Spiritual Crisis, Ask to be shown what it looks like from the Emotional or Physical point of view.

If the result is Confusion, you’ve arrived.  Your only task is to sit with the Confusion, without trying to “fix” it by seeking Certainty.  Certainty is a method, not a result.  You Ask, “What if I did Know?” when you’re stuck in Duality.  Then you examine the consequences of that Knowing.  But you don’t want to assume you have the “right” answer – the Universe is much too complex for that.  We might move in the “right” direction for a little while, but I guarantee that soon enough this direction will lead us astray.

Pluto Trine-Bridges the Nodes, and Jupiter makes a Waning Square to Saturn as Jupiter prepares to Initiate the North Node at the end of June.  The Can-Opener of the Jupiter-Saturn Waning Square occurred in early August of last year; this one (exact 26 May) is an Exposition.  This Waning Jupiter-Saturn Square marks the final Swan Song of the Industrial Age.  Expect economic malaise until the Digital Age reboots in 2020.

Even though it’s not pleasant, Trust that we’re moving in the direction we need to go.  Resilience will be particularly important for the next four years, and Trusting our own Truth increases Resilience markedly.  

Strange

May 13, 2016

Wonderful prose-poem…

https://cristenrodgers.net/2016/05/05/i-would-rather-be-strange/

Donna Eden

April 2, 2016

Recording of a one-hour interview with Donna Eden and David Feinstein introducing Energy and Energy Medicine…

http://theshiftnetwork.com/EnergyMedicine/recording

Excellent material!!

Portal 24-29.3 – Saturn VI

March 28, 2016

More comments around Privilege…

“I’ve done so much mirroring over the last few years; I even carry a small mirror in my purse for those ‘special occasions’  and finger it discreetly when the need arises.  I also have a mirror set up in the library that I can angle towards the direction of whichever person isn’t respecting my boundaries at any given moment.”
Fantastic!  Keep up the Good Work!!  Persist till it becomes completely automatic.
“Not sure I have the expertise to close holes in my aura on my own but will ask around about people who might be able to help with that.”

You ARE closing the holes in your Aura.  Think about how many years it took the significant adults (and older siblings if any) in your childhood to get you programmed to be Vulnerable to their Needs and Whims – and how many Lifetimes before that.  Self-Sovereignty isn’t a single Decision, it’s a Lifestyle, which impacts the Choices you make every moment.  Slavery is still quite legal in many places on this Planet.  Most of us may have more Lifetimes as Slaves and Masters than as Freepersons.  

You may be able to find a Psychic Healer to help you, but the way you close the hole in your Aura is with Discernment (Noticing when Violation is occurring, at more and more subtle levels; Witnessing; and Empathy if or when there’s Time and Safety for it) and Persistence (making the Decision to Support your own Sovereignty and Doing it, over and over again until it’s second nature, like riding a bicycle).  You might find that experience with a Psychic Healer just gives you (to your chagrin) more opportunity to Discern and Persist!

Response-ability, right?”

Absolutely!  Developing the Ability to Respond rather than React.  Responding from Choice, or from an Archetype (Pattern, Habit) that we’ve Chosen to Self-Install, rather than from an Archetype that someone else Programmed us to React from.  

The ancient Command… 

“Revert!”

is an excellent one to use when someone threatens us with a curse.  Feel bad about sending a curse back to the one who curses you?  That’s exactly the Programmed Self-Abuse you can use as your unfailingly reliable signal that it’s time to Discern and Persist.  When you get stuck on an Edge between Compassion and Sovereignty, recognize the Confusion – the first sign of Growth – and Surrender to a PIAVA.

When our own “negative” Programming threatens us with an untoward thought or Feeling… 

“Cancel, Neutralize, Upgrade”

is a good mantra – Cancel the thought, Neutralize the Energy already manifested, and Upgrade the thinking unit.