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Have courage and trust your intuition.  A seed you planted in the past, and have almost forgotten, has sprouted. As it rises from the depth of soul memory it comes to you now with laced with excitement and passion. Do not become turned off in that along with it is some confusion, this confusion is wrought only from surprise. Like many new ventures the way forward is not showing in clarity, you cannot yet see it, but you can feel it. It is this lack of clear vision that is causing some confusion as to how to move forward and what or who to let go of and decide what will stay to be nurtured and protected in this cycle of new growth. Do not let your emotions take you off track. Muster all your energies and call on your hidden strengths, they are there and will be accessed through using and trusting your intuition.

“The Next Step In Our Preparation,” by Patricia Cota-Robles

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The Company of Heaven has revealed that in 2015 the monumental influx of Light and the powerful Celestial alignments Humanity has experienced, so far, have raised the vibratory rate of the collective energy, vibration, and consciousness of Humanity en masse. This has occurred in a way that is now providing opportunities for change and quantum leaps forward in the Light beyond anything we have ever experienced. These selfless Messengers of our Father-Mother God have expressed that the magnitude of what is happening on Earth at this time has never happened in any system of Worlds. In reality, we are in the midst of a unique experiment that is truly beyond the comprehension of our finite minds. But even in the face of that profound Truth, it is imperative that we realize we knew of this possibility prior to embodiment, and we joyously came to Earth with the Divine Intent of assisting Humanity and ALL Life evolving on this sweet Earth to God Victoriously succeed in accomplishing this unprecedented facet of the Divine Plan.

Now that the incredible Light from the rare Eclipse Series in March and April has been assimilated in the Earthly Bodies of Humanity to a degree, the Company of Heaven said we have reached a frequency of vibration that will allow the I AM Presence of every man, woman, and child on Earth to activate within the Divinity of every person’s Heart Flame the dormant Flame of Illumined Truth. This Sacred Fire is a beautiful Emerald Green Flame with a Sunshine Yellow aura. This is a gift from our Father-Mother God that we were invested with prior to our descent into the physical time and space continuum of Earth.

The Divine Intent of this gift from On High was to give the Sons and Daughters of God the ability to discern through the frequencies of Illumined Truth the various experiences we would walk through during our Earthly sojourn. When we fell into the chaos of separation and duality and became buried in the mud puddles of our human miscreations, we were no longer able to perceive the Flame of Illumined Truth within the Divinity of our Hearts and that Sacred Fire became almost dormant.

As people Awaken and return to Christ Consciousness, our I AM Presence is able to once again activate the Flame of Illumined Truth within our Hearts. This plays a vitally important part in helping us to discern the Truth of who we are and why we are on Earth at this time. It also helps us to know when we are being manipulated by things that are not true by people outside of ourselves and by the interference of our fragmented and fear-based human egos.

The process of activating the Flame of Illumined Truth within the Heart Flames of Humanity has been a gradual process as people Awaken, one by one. What the Company of Heaven want us to understand about the miracle taking place at this time is that we have at long last reached a frequency of vibration and a shift toward Christ Consciousness that will allow the I AM Presence of the masses of Humanity to activate this dormant Flame.

On April 19, 2015, through the unified efforts of Heaven and Earth, an ancient portal of the Flame of Illumined Truth was reactivated and opened to full breadth. This portal pulsates in, through, and around Greensboro, North Carolina, and the surrounding area, in the USA. This portal was originally a tremendous pillar of the Flame of Illumined Truth that extended from the very Heart of our Father-Mother God into the center of the Earth. When Humanity closed our Heart Chakras causing the Flame of Illumined Truth within our Hearts to became dormant, this portal also became dormant.

Not only has the reactivation and opening of this once dormant portal given Humanity new access to the Flame of Illumined Truth, due to the monumental acceleration we have all experienced this year the Company of Heaven is able to project through the portal higher 5th-Dimensional Crystalline frequencies of this Sacred Fire than the Earth has ever known.

To grasp the magnitude of what this means, just for a moment observe the misinformation and the disinformation Humanity is being bombarded with at this time. Imagine if within every Heart Flame people began to hear the “still small voice” within reminding them of the profound Truth that WE ARE ONE and there is no separation. Imagine if the reality that we are ALL Beloved Sons and Daughters of God, and that everything our Father-Mother God have is ours, resonated within the Flame of Illumined Truth in our Hearts in a way that inspired us to joyously co-create the wonders of the New Earth and quickly manifests our Divine Destiny of co-creating Heaven on Earth. Well, that is the opportunity that we are being presented with and it is the next step of preparation that will clear the way for HUMANITY’S INITIATION INTO A HIGHER ORDER OF BEING, which will occur through the unified efforts of Heaven and Earth in August.

One of the most powerful ways of expanding the various aspects of God’s Divine Light on Earth is on the Holy Breath. If you are inspired to assist Humanity by Breathing the Flame of Illumined Truth into the physical world of form, you can very easily do so by participating in the following exercise.

The Rhythmic Holy Breath

The Flame of Illumined Truth is an Emerald Green Flame with a Sunshine Yellow aura.
I AM my I AM Presence and I AM One with the I AM Presence of ALL Humanity. As One Voice, One Breath, One Heartbeat, and One Energy, Vibration, and Consciousness of Pure Divine Love I invoke the most intensified frequencies of the 5th-Dimensional Crystalline Flame of Illumined Truth that Cosmic Law will allow.

As I Breathe In, I affirm in the silence of my Heart:

I AM INBREATHING THE FLAME OF ILLUMINED TRUTH
THROUGH MY HEART FLAME TO BLESS ALL LIFE ON EARTH.

As I Hold the Breath in, I affirm in the silence of my Heart:

I AM ASSIMILATING THE FLAME OF ILLUMINED TRUTH
THROUGH MY HEART FLAME TO BLESS ALL LIFE ON EARTH.

As I Breathe Out, I affirm in the silence of my Heart:

I AM EXPANDING THE FLAME OF ILLUMINED TRUTH
THROUGH MY HEART FLAME TO BLESS ALL LIFE ON EARTH.

As I Hold the Breath out, I affirm in the silence of my Heart:

I AM PROJECTING THE FLAME OF ILLUMINED TRUTH
THROUGH MY HEART FLAME TO BLESS ALL LIFE ON EARTH.

(Repeat SEVEN times)

You Are Being Called to A Higher Service

This information is being brought to your attention by your I AM Presence because of who you are and what you have been prepared over aeons of time to do in order to assist Humanity and this precious Earth into the Light. Only your I AM Presence can reveal to you what your part of this Divine Plan is, but listen to your Heart and you will be guided unerringly to your right and perfect place.

Please read the following information carefully and your part of this vitally important facet of the Divine Plan will be revealed to you by your I AM Presence through the Flame of Illumined Truth.

In 2012, we God Victoriously Birthed the New Earth in the 5th-Dimensional Realms of CAUSE. In 2013, we expanded the patterns of perfection for the New Earth and birthed a Renaissance of Divine Love. In 2014, Humanity en masse experienced the initial impulse of our return to Christ Consciousness through the Divine Intervention of our I AM Presence. Now, in 2015, we have collectively reached a critical mass of energy, vibration, and consciousness that will allow Humanity’s I AM Presence to Initiate us into A HIGHER ORDER OF BEING. This is the moment we have been longing for since our fall into the fragmented and fear-based consciousness of separation and duality.

Several outer World events have begun to reveal the shift of consciousness that is gradually taking place within the masses of Humanity. Over the past several months we have witnessed massive demonstrations in several places around the World that indicate that people everywhere are reaching the conclusion that violence and aggression are not acceptable ways of solving problems.

This realization will gradually inspire people to seek viable solutions that will solve the World’s problems through cooperation, mutual respect, caring, and a deep commitment to finding answers that result in the highest good for all concerned.

The next phase of the unfolding Divine Plan for Planet Earth is being revealed to us now by the Company of Heaven. That plan involves creating a global wave of Christ Consciousness that WILL amplify a thousandfold Humanity’s Initiation into A HIGHER ORDER OF BEING. The Company of Heaven said this facet of the Divine Plan will co-create a quantum shift that will exponentially move Humanity and this Planet forward in the Light in 2015.

The success of this Activity of Light will catapult every person on Earth into the next phase of Christ Consciousness, which will greatly intensify the remembrance of the ONENESS OF ALL LIFE within the hearts and minds of people everywhere. When this inner knowing begins to reverberate once again within the Divinity of every person’s Heart Flame, the thought of harming any part of Life in any way will be unconscionable. When the concepts of violence and aggression are no longer an option within the recesses of our heart, we will easily tap into the viable solutions in the Causal Body of God that will result in actions that genuinely take into consideration the Oneness of Life and the highest good for ALL concerned.

Many powerful Activities of Light are being orchestrated in 2015 through the unified efforts of the Lightworkers embodied on this Planet and the entire Company of Heaven. These events will pave the way for Humanity’s collective shift into A HIGHER ORDER OF BEING which is destined to take place through the Divine Intervention of each person’s I AM Presence during the global event known as the 29th Annual World Congress on Illumination. This Activity of Light will take place August 15-20, 2015, in Tucson, Arizona, but it will involve every person on Earth.

Every Lightworker will be in his or her right and perfect place. No facet of this Divine Plan is any more important than another. What IS important, is that we respond to whatever our I AM Presence is guiding us to do. We must Trust and KNOW that if we are being guided to be physically present within the Portal of Light in Tucson, then our I AM Presence and the Company of Heaven will assist us in paving the way. This is true whether we need assistance with time, energy, or money to accomplish this facet of our Divine Mission.

Our Father-Mother God and the Beings of Light in the Realms of Illumined Truth are sending forth a Clarion Call to all embodied Lightworkers; this includes YOU. We are being asked to gather within the Portal of Light in Tucson, Arizona, which is the most powerful frequency of Healing Through the Power of God’s Infinite Transmutation and Transfiguring Divine Love available on Planet Earth.

Listen to your heart and know that it is critical that Lightworkers from around the world be physically present for this facet of the unfolding Divine Plan. Together we will form the transformer that will allow the I AM Presence of every person on Earth to INITIATE HIM OR HER INTO A HIGHER ORDER OF BEING. All of the Lightworkers who have been prepared to serve in this wondrous way on behalf of Humanity and all Life on this sweet Earth will know who they are through the inner promptings of their heart. Listen to your heart, and Trust your inner guidance. Your Light is needed now!
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April 25, 2015

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Doctor Creates Health Insurance Company That Accepts Trash As A Form Of Payment

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Visionary doctor … Gamal Albinsaid, M.D.

A doctor in Indonesia recently came up with an idea that can help to provide healthcare to the needy and put a dent in garbage pollution as well.

Dr. Gamal Albinsaid recognized that many people in his country had severe health problems with no insurance, and no money to pay for medicine or medical care. He also noticed that many rural villages nearby were filled with garbage.

Thinking on how to solve both problems, Gamal eventually decided that he would provide free health care to people who turned in their garbage.

“You have people who can’t go to the hospital because they don’t have money. So I started thinking, if you don’t have money, what do you have?” Gamal said.

“There’s garbage everywhere on the ground. So we decided to use garbage as a financial resource,”
 he continued.

He then created a company called Garbage Clinical Insurance which collects the trash that is given to him by his patients and then sells it to recycling companies. The money earned from the recycled garbage is then used to pay for medicine and health care for the people who turned in the trash.

Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/doctor-creates-health-insurance-company-that-accepts-trash-as-a-form-of-payment/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=antimedia

Eliminate Pain With This Surprisingly Easy Technique

In traditional Eastern medicine, pain and other ailments are said to be caused by disruptions and imbalances in the movement and patterns of the body’s dynamic life energy.

In this 3-minute video, internationally celebrated Qi Gong master, Lee Holden, shares how the practice of Qi Gong can restore balance and movement to the body. He also reveals an easy exercise that anyone can do, to reduce headaches, back pain, and more.

LHAbout Lee Holden

Lee is an internationally known instructor in meditation, tai chi, and Qi Gong, as well as a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and author. Lee’s expertise and down-to-earth teaching style have made him a popular speaker and workshop facilitator. He’s worked with world-famous healer Deepak Chopra as well as Mantak Chia, a widely revered QiGong expert. Holden is also a stress management consultant to top Silicon Valley corporations like Apple, 3Com and Cisco, and has been the on-set wellness consultant for several Hollywood film productions.

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Daily Words of the Buddha for April 25, 2015

Goddess_of_Fire_by_kepperDosaggiṃ pana mettāya,
nibbāpenti naruttamā.
Mohaggiṃ pana paññāya
yāyaṃ nibbedhagāminī.

By love they will quench the fire of hate,
by wisdom the fire of delusion.
Those supreme ones extinguish delusion
with wisdom that breaks through to truth.

Itivuttaka 3.93

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Morning Zen Meditation ~ Master Amon

 

“We do all things better if we are peaceful.

Will you take a little time now to join me in the temple? I invite you to relax and be “an individual unit of happiness” even if just for a little while.

Let the music play inside of you. Listen to the crickets, feel everything. Keep a little smile and let go…everything is alright.”

Let’s try it – for 10 minutes…the temple bells will let you know when meditation is over.

The 21-Day Technology Challenge ~ Days 1 through 5

For 21 days, participants do a small act daily, and share stories and photos with the community. One small step at a time, we change ourselves and the world.  We have been participating for the past several days … Today is Day 5.  Join us now and let’s complete this technology challenge together … unplug and Live Aloha now.

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DAY 1:  Take Mindful Screen Breaks

Screens have a way of hijacking our time without our knowledge or conscious consent. When we login to our computers we can get sucked into a digital world and forget to come up for air. The body and mind are revitalized by mindful breaks. Today, whether you are tackling a stream of emails, editing a voluminous document or creating a PowerPoint presentation, make sure to take regular screen breaks. Set an alarm for every hour, and when it rings, make a practice of turning away from your screen for a few minutes. Maybe you’ll do a mindfulness exercise, connect with someone, or reorganize your desk. Perhaps do some deep stretches, or take a quick walk around the block … or a refreshing swim! At the end of the day, notice how your energy and productivity levels are impacted by this simple practice of taking conscious breaks.

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DAY 2:  Experiment With Single-Tasking

Our waking lives play out on various platforms – we interact with each other in-person, over the phone, on instant messaging, video chats, email and more. Such layers of activity often leave us shuttling between different conversations and contexts. Often times we try and tackle them simultaneously. We eat lunch at our desk, while reading emails. We talk on the phone while driving, and send text messages in the middle of dinner. Multi-tasking has become commonplace in our day-to-day lives. Yet not only does it dilute the quality of our presence, it can often hamper efficiency and compromise our brain’s ability to commit what we are learning to long-term memory. Today, make an effort to do one thing at a time. Eat breakfast at the table. Focus on the road while driving. Have only one internet browser open at a time. Not only will your brain breathe a sigh of relief, but your productivity may receive a boost from your efforts!

 

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DAY 3:  Enjoy a device-free meal.

“In our fast-forward culture, we have lost the art of eating well.” — Carl Honore

Enjoy A Device-Free Meal – In January of this year, Twitter released an analysis of tweets made during the last week of December, examining the phrases most linked with “New Year’s resolutions.” Alongside “workout” and “quit smoking” came the phrase “unplug.” Many of us have the desire to healthily separate ourselves from our devices and social media platforms. But we need that extra nudge to make it happen. For inspiration, consider this whimsical equation, and its ring of truth: Constant use of digital devices + dining = digital indigestion. Today, try to eat at least one meal with your family, friends or colleagues, with every nearby appliance, including the TV on the wall, turned off. Practice being fully present and tuned in to the meal, the conversation, and the people you might be with. Notice how the quality of attention you bring to the table enhances your experience.

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DAY 4:  Pay Attention To Your Posture.

“A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.” — Morihei Ueshiba

Pay Attention To Your Posture – Whether our minds are deep in inbox-response mode, single-pointedly typing away a looming deadline, or attentively laying out colors for a new graphic, it’s easy to forget about our bodies. Until hours, days, or weeks later, when a wrist starts to throb or a spot on the back aches or our neck stiffens and we wonder why. Our posture during the many hours spent on our devices, has a tremendous impact on the wellbeing of our muscles, joints and long-term physical health. Today, tune into your posture. Are your eyes resting comfortably on the screen, or is your neck craning up or down? Do your elbows fall naturally by your side as you type on the keyboard, or are they strained at an angle with your shoulders hunched up? A simple adjustment, like placing your monitor or laptop on top of a book, tilting your keyboard on a slanted platform, or adjusting the height of your chair can make a world of difference.

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DAY 5 ~ Create A Gadget-Free Zone!

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” — Hans Hofmann

Create A Gadget-Free Zone – When Steve Jobs was asked if his children loved the iPad, he replied, “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use it at home.” The creators of our most popular devices are aware of the dangers that come with them. Take a cue from Jobs today. Set aside a gadget-free zone at home. Maybe it’s the dining room, family room or your bedroom. Setting these intentional boundaries will have an effect not just on you, but all those you share your space with. Whether parents, partners or children, the people we live alongside are often our greatest mirrors. Our own mindfulness with gadgets and attentive presence can ripple out in profound and wonderful ways to those we care about.

Join us tomorrow and let’s take back control and give technology a definite, but more limited place in our lives.  Mālama kekahi ī kekahi … Let’s take care of each other, today and always.  Aloha!

Take The High Road

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Two rivers take you home: One flows with bitter tears of remorse,
the other with sweet tears of joy.

For most of time, the principal path of travel was the bitter one. Only once soaked in those bitter waters could you rise to embrace your G‑d with joy.

But now we have experienced more than our fill of pain. That which our people suffered in lands across the ocean has purged every stain, bleached every garment of our souls, refined us and lifted us high.

We have cried enough bitter tears. Now is time to return with joy.

Theosophy ~ Dhayana Marga – II

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The present period is one of those watersheds in human evolution that represent the end of a complex series of events in recorded history. It involves the end of the old monastic orders, including the Hindu, Tibetan, Chaldean, Egyptian, Jewish and Christian. All of these will disappear in their older forms. If one is attached to these forms, this will seem to be a great loss, a sort of spiritual discontinuity in human affairs. If, on the other hand, one is detached and therefore able to penetrate to the core of the cycle, one will understand the continuity of the transition and sense that which will tap the quintessence of these old orders and yet transcend them. At the end of every long epoch of human evolution, at the dawning of a new epoch, there is inevitably a night of disintegration. Even if one is able to overcome one’s doubts, fears and anxieties in the face of the necessary dissolution of forms, it is still difficult to envisage in advance which of the inexhaustible possibilities of Divine Wisdom will be realized in a subsequent period of development. The wisest of beings are truly agnostic about the future. All neophytes would be wise in their turn not to attempt to extrapolate on the basis of what they think they know about recorded history and the tragedies of the twentieth century. Most human beings are so self-absorbed in their petty personal concerns that they know almost nothing even of the little story called recorded history over three thousand years, much less the broader global developments that have taken place in the first five thousand years of the Kali Yuga.
So long as one is worried about what has happened, is happening and will happen – so long as one is caught up in the illusions of the past, present and future – one cannot hope to understand or assimilate the perspective of meta-history. It is possible, nonetheless, in golden moments to glimpse the presence of the powerful vibration that was predominant in the golden age of humanity a million years ago at the dawn of the Fifth Root Race, an epoch hearkening back to that which existed eighteen and three-quarters million years ago in the Third Root Race. Manifestation itself is a complex-seeming superimposition of derivative vibrations upon the primal Soundless Sound. Moments in history such as the present should not be understood in terms of the seemingly static, though exceedingly ephemeral, images that waver on the surface of space but rather in terms of the vibrant impulsions behind these transitory forms. Thus, at present, the vibration of the Third Root Race may be felt as superimposed upon the process in which there is an inevitable end of all that has become degraded in recorded history. Everything in historical time eventually becomes unusable to the spirit, becomes warped and distorted, attracts lower elementals – forces bound up with human failure, greed, exploitation, self-righteousness, moralism and also universal human ignorance. Buddha put this simply in saying that existence is suffering. Put in another way, most human beings would agree that whatever specific form of happiness they might envisage, they will find it a torment to be condemned to the eternal experience of this form of happiness. Bondage to form is inconsistent with the freedom and immortality of the spirit; it is not in the order of Nature.

The vibration of the Logos associated with Hermes-Mercury-Budha which rejoices in the void anticipates, encompasses and transcends all historical parameters. This vibration represents the reverberation ofBrahma Vach, unaffected and unmodified by the great vicissitudes of the historical process and the cycles of manifestation. It is archetypally and magnificently summed up in the figure of Sage Bhusunda in Valmiki’sYoga Vasishtha. When asked by Sage Vasishtha how he had remained untouched by the dissolution of worlds, Bhusunda replied:

   When at the end of a kalpa age the order of the world and the laws of Nature are broken and dissolved, we are compelled to forsake our abode, like a man departing from his best friend.
We then remain in the air, freed from all mundane conceptions, the members of our bodies becoming devoid of their natural functions, and our minds released from all volitions.
When the zodiacal suns blaze forth in their full vigour, melting down the mountains by their intense heat, I remain with intellect fixed in the Varuna mantram.
When the diluvian winds burst with full force, shattering and scattering the huge mountains all around, it is by attending to the Parvati mantram that I remain as stable as a rock.
When the earth with its mountains is dissolved into the waters, presenting the face of a universal ocean, it is by the volatile power of the Vayu mantram that I bear myself aloft.
I then convey myself beyond this perceptible world and rest in the holy ground of Pure Spirit. I remain as if in profound sleep, unagitated in body or mind.
I abide in this quiescence until the lotus-born Brahma is again employed in his work of creation, and then I re-enter the confine of the re-created world.

Yoga Vasishtha Maharamayana
Nirvana Prakarana XXI

 

Surveying vast worlds, epochs, civilizations and historical eras, Bhusunda stood apart, rooted in dharana and dhyana. He represents the eternal spectator, unaffected and unmodified by the vicissitudes of the process of history. It is this supreme detachment rooted in meditation that may be called the Hermes current. When that Logoic current is self-consciously sounded at the level of SAT – Truth-Wisdom – it becomes the mirroring in time, on the lower planes of manifested existence, of the eternal vibration of Brahma Vach. To understand this is to see that everything emerging from that Hermes current is a preparation for dhyana– irreversible and boundless meditation. Thus there is already in the rich resources of the New Cycle nourishment available for earnest souls eager to learn how to engage in deep, strong and firm meditation, so as to become lenses for the light of Divine Wisdom.

If this is the nature of the great undertaking of dhyana, and if some individuals confront many difficulties in rising to meet the opportunities of the Cycle, it ultimately must be due to a lack of sufficient motivation. No explanation of deficiency in meditation owing to this or that circumstance can ever be adequate. It is illogical to attempt to explain an inability to maintain continuity of consciousness in the formless realm by pointing to any collection of circumstances in the derivative regions of form. Hence there is strong emphasis in every authentic spiritual tradition upon the purification and cleansing of the heart. Before one can really master the mind, one must cleanse the heart. It is necessary to see all the distorted, complex and awkward elements in one’s feeling nature. And yet there is hardly a human being alive who does not know what it is to care for another, who does not know what it is to suffer, and who does not want to relieve the suffering of others. In fact, the very sense of the hideousness of the deformities of one’s feeling nature is nothing but a reflection of the soul’s awareness of its intrinsic beauty and purity. Like a craftsman with the highest standard of excellence, the soul surveys its self-evolved vestures with an objective and critical eye.

Rather than becoming fascinated with that in oneself, much less in others, which must be let go because it does not measure up to the best in oneself, one must learn to hold fast to those authentic elements that represent, in every human heart, the vibration of a minute point of universal life, light and love. This dharma-energy can be used to purify the heart so that one can bring not just part of oneself but the whole of one’s being into line with a single strong motivation so as to be of help to all living beings. One may release the will to be of service in the relief of human ignorance and the alleviation of the deeper cause of all human pain that is the false notion of the self. One may begin to learn the positive joy of bringing down the light of wisdom and letting that light diffuse into as many beings as it possibly can. When such motivation begins to pervade one’s being, becoming strong and firm, it gives a buoyancy and lightness, an incentive and resolve to keep going.

Once this current is established, one sees that one’s past failures stemmed from either the inability to commit oneself completely and irrevocably to the quest, or a neglect of the detailed and difficult task of burning out every impure element in the heart. In any event, through the release of heart energy, one is prepared to begin burning out all the corrosive motivations that arise from fear, self-protection, body identification, identification with the astral form, with tanha – the clinging to forms in general. Clinging to the realm of sensations is at the root of the hardness and impermeability of the lower mind. Once one begins to understand how much pain obscurity of the mind produces within and without, one can bring a greater honesty and maturity, a greater intensity, to the task of self-purification. One will find it easier if one lets go of the notions of personal salvation, progress and enlightenment, discarding all elements of fascination with the ups and downs of the personal nature. All these represent only the outer rind of human life; they are of little consequence at the moment of death.

Hermes, April 1985
Raghavan Iyer

Huber Learning Trinagle April 22 to May 11, 2015i

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Solar Fire 8’s electional search identifies a “Huber Learning Triangle 2” that is in play from April 22 to May 11, 2015.  This pattern involves Pluto, Uranus, and Mars, and we think that this may bring us some difficult “lessons” in this period involving power and violence:

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On the more positive side, this pattern may give some of us the focus and energy to accomplish some important project.  Just remember the lesson of the magic genie: make certain what you ask for is what you really want!

This will tend to affect Capricorn (especially early January), Aries (especially near April 10th), and Taurus (near May 5th) the most.  Opposite points in Cancer (near July 1), Libra (near October 1), and Scorpio (near November 3rd) will also feel this more than others.

Maybe the best explanation of what these lessons are about might be Whole Astrology’s recent…

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Recipe ~ Breadfruit Malasadas

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Ingredients:

2 cups ripe (soft) breadfruit
2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
2 eggs, slightly beaten
cooking oil
sugar for coating

 

Directions:

Mash breadfruit until it is the consistency of pudding.
Combine breadfruit, flour, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder
and eggs; mix well.

Heat oil in a deep pot.

Form dough into balls and fry until golden brown. Drain
on paper towels; roll in sugar to coat and serve.

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Recipe ~ Honey Ginger Tofu & Veggie Stir Fry

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INGREDIENTS
For the stir fry
  • 1½ cup uncooked brown rice or farro
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 14 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 2 cups chopped asparagus
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 green onions, minced
For the garlic ginger stir fry sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (or, to taste)
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Sauce: Puree all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Tofu: Cook the rice or farro according to package directions. Cut the tofu into slices and press with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Wait a few minutes and press again – there’s lotsa water in there! Cut the tofu slices into small cubes. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shiny, add the tofu and about ¼ cup of the stir fry sauce (watch out because the sauce and oil will spatter a tiny bit – have a cover ready or just skip the sauce at this point). Pan-fry the tofu until golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towel lined plates.
  3. Veggies: Return the pan to the heat and add the asparagus with ¼ cup stir fry sauce. When the asparagus is bright green and tender crisp, add the carrots and toss together. Arrange the veggies and tofu over the cooked rice or farro, and cover with more sauce to taste. Sprinkle with the green onions.
NOTES
To make this gluten free, make sure your soy sauce and your tofu are both certified gluten free brands. To make this vegan, use an alternative sweetener in place of honey.You can find tofu in the produce section of most grocery stores. I sprinkled mine with the tiniest amount of chili powder right in the frying pan to bump up the golden color.

I like to peel the carrots into long strips instead of grating.

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Pistachio–Orange Blossom Cake

Pistachio-Orange Blossom Cake

Our monthly Sunday Family Dinners have kind of morphed into Saturday Family Dinners. It may not have the same ring to it but after an evening of consuming tons of goodness, the last thing I want to do is to drive back home to San Diego to make it to work the next morning.

March 2013 Family Dinner

So last weekend, we held our monthly Fam-Din at my seester’s casa where we jumped into a Middle Eastern inspired menu. The seesters made Roasted Garlic Hummus, Cucumber-Chickpea-Feta Salad, Shish Tawook and Basmati Rice.

March 2013 Family Dinner

Shish Tawook are chicken skewers that are marinated in yogurt, citrus, spices and then grilled. My seester served them with toum which was a super garlicky sauce that she was obsessed with. Truth be told, I had no idea what toum was before this weekend but it was fantastic over the chicken. As for the salad, it went really…

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Aloha Spirit ~ A Musical Journey with May Lili’uokalani Ross – Full Show

Aired on Na Leo ‘O Hawaii as Kukui Hele Po, Let Your Light Shine
Songs By: May Lili’uokalani Ross…..SEE BELOW TO SKIP TO SONGS
Filmed in Kea’au on Hawai’i Island (Big Island)
Photography: Keaka Makanani.

Music and Lyrics:
“As One”- Opening Credits
“I Love The Rain” 3:40
“Spirit Speak” 17:01
“Kiss Me My Love (With Your Eyes)” 21:52
“Kimokeo and I” 25:36
“Rainbows” 29:03
“Kealaula” – Background
“You and I” – Background
“Foreign, Fraud, Fiction” 45:26
“As One” – Ending Credits

Bloopers 49:38

Just For Today

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With the many landmines out there, ready to derail [the goals of] even the most talented of people, ‘showing up’ regularly offers undeniable benefits. Some of these perks often go overlooked. For those excited to make progress this year … keep in mind all of the advantages at our disposal when we have an enviable attendance record. There is a surprising benefit and power in consistently showing up.

Choose a small part of the day during which you will put attention toward one of your most meaningful goals. Consistently honor that small commitment and enjoy watching that goal come to fruition.

It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives: it’s what we do consistently.

Aloha Po’aha

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Aloha kakou a aloha kakahiaka.  Hoihoi keia nani Pōʻaha hoaloha.  O ka maluhia no me oe.

Hello everyone and good morning.  Enjoy this beautiful Thursday, Friends.  Peace be with you.

Don’t know about what’s going on with the protests on Mauna Kea volcano?  It’s the first time EVER that Hawai’i is being talked about in countries all over our world.  Na Kanaka Maoli are spotlighting the issue of self-determination for People everywhere.  Check it out here …

Health ~ DIY Juice That Relieves Arthritic Pain

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Arthritis causes excruciating pain and requires special treatment. Living with pain is not such a bright idea, as there are many natural remedies out there.

Arthritis is joint inflammation. It causes joint pain and stiffness, and the conditions worsens with age. Or at least that was what most people believed in before they tried this juice.

It is all about pineapple! It makes this drink super efficient in the treatment of arthritis pain. Pineapple is rich in bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme that fights off inflammation.

It is as effective as certain anti-inflammatory medications prescribed for conditions like osteoarthritis. Remember, bromelain is mostly concentrated in the core, so to make this juice you will have to add it all in, not cut around it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh pineapple (the core as well)
  • 7 carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • ½ lemon

Preparation:

Blend all the ingredients together. Remember, you do not have to peel the lemon. Drink your drink once you feel the pain coming and it will disappear instantly.

Source: buynongmoseeds.com
Other included sources linked in Buy Non GMO Seeds’s article:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/basics/definition/con-20034095
http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/fresh-pineapple.html
http://myhealingkitchen.com/medical-conditions/arthritis/arthritis-make-it-better/pineapple-smothers-arthritis-inflammation/
http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/rheumatoid-arthritis-pictures/foods-that-fight-inflammation.aspx#/slide-1

Recipe ~ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores

Peanut Butter Cookie S'Mores
Yield: 2 dozen cookies

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • About 12 large marshmallows, cut in half
  • About 24 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, unwrapped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment or silpat baking mats.
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg, vanilla, milk, and salt and baking soda. Mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough comes together.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough and place them on prepared cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Gently press each ball with the palm of your hand to flatten. Using a spoon, make marks to resemble a basketball, if desired. (You can also make the criss cross marks with a fork instead.)
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the bottoms begin to look brown. Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheets before removing to a rack to cool completely.
  5. Assemble the s’mores:  turn cookies upside down on a cookie sheet. Place large marshmallow halves on half the cookies and a peanut butter cup on the other half. Broil until the marshmallow is toasty and peanut butter cup is melty, under a minute. Make sandwiches and serve warm.
  6. Note:  You can also toast the marshmallows the old fashioned way: over an open fire!
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Daily Words of the Buddha for April 21, 2015

dont be pushed by your problemsManopubbaṅgamā dhammā;
manoseṭṭhā manomayā.
Manasā ce pasannena
bhāsati vā karoti vā,
tato naṃ sukhamanveti
chāyāva anapāyinī.

Mind precedes all things;
mind is their chief, mind is their maker.
If one speaks or does a deed
with a mind that is pure within,
happiness then follows along
like a never departing shadow.

Dhammapada 1.2

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Health ~ A Safe, Easy Way To Strengthens Your Bones

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Foods that strengthens bones, should be frequently consumed.

Starting from birth until the end of puberty,a significant role should be given to bone development. During this period, the bones are developed rapidly,are amplified and lengthened,and therefore the body’s calcium needs are enormous. However, the calcium intake should be given in adulthood too, because the calcium that was acquired until then is used and that amount of lost calcium should be replaced in some way.

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Therefore, foods that strengthens bones,should be frequently consumed. Milk and dairy products, are located on the top of the nutrients that strengthens bones. People who do not like drinking milk , can consume yogurt. Cheese is also a source of calcium, but because it contains fat, can lead to gain weight. Highest calcium is included in the curd (curd cheese). It is also healthier, because it is lean.

From the group of nuts, almond is a super source of calcium. Therefore, it should be frequently consumed. Sardines are known as calcium stores. Sardines, also contain vitamin D, from which we can only benefit by the effect of sun. A further bone strengthen food is salmon. Salmon, such as sardines, contains a high percentage of vitamin D.
Eggs, due to the content of both calcium and vitamin D, should be never missed from the table. Green leafy vegetables and herbs are also extremely rich in calcium. In order to benefit more from these vegetables vitamins, they should be consumed raw.

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In this context, spinach and chard has come to the fore. Also, beans, lentils and soy foods are beneficial to bones. Those foods strengthens bones. However factors that negatively affect bone development such as smoking, staying away from the stress should be avoided. Also dishes that are made from boiled boned meat has a very important influence in bone development.