Daily Words of the Buddha for February 18, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for February 18, 2019 — asaṇkuppa — the unshakeable

Yañca kāmasukhaṃ loke,
yañcidaṃ diviyaṃ sukhaṃ,
taṇhakkhayasukhassete,
kalaṃ nāgghanti soḷasiṃ.

Any sensual bliss in the world,
any heavenly bliss,
isn’t worth one sixteenth-sixteenth
of the bliss of the ending of craving.

Udāna 2.12
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Card of the Day – King of Cups – Sunday, February 17, 2019

Tarot by Cecelia

The King of Cups is my absolute favorite. He is a kind and gentle soul, generous and compassionate toward all living beings. It is possible he could cross your path today, or that this is even you, whether you are male or female. This Cool-as-a-Cucumber guy never sweats it; he keeps his emotions checked and is the one running toward harms way in times of crisis.

I do feel the need to mention that we are so close to the Full Moon at 0° Virgo, that this could bring up the exact opposite effect with some people. It is entirely possible to encounter someone who can not contain their emotions as this Full Moon approaches. Remember it is only a passing phase, so do not allow things to get out of hand.

See you here tomorrow!

Source:  Fairytale Tarot by Yoshi Yoshitani

This card was last seen December 16, 2018

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Protection Against Witch Work

The Witch & Walnut

Protection Against Witch WorkHappy Weekend Everyone!

I know most of Canada has a long weekend, to my fellow Canadians I wish you a restful one.

I get a lot emails regarding protection work from other Witches and the possible work they believe was done against them. How can they relieve the symptoms and protect themselves and ultimately stop the work.

This blend isn’t a catch-all… But it is a very good strong start. Depending on the work done to you and the Witch other elements may be needed and quite honestly may not be able to be undone. But rather subdued.

This blend includes a few herbs and roots. As well as the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.

Ingredients:

  • Salt (Earth Element) You can see Altar Salt Here and Here
  • Vervain
  • Bay Leaf
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Rosemary
  • Burdock Root
  • Wild Cucumber Pod (dried)
  • Black hair of a dog (Spirit Element)
  • Lightening…

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Health || 110 Year-old-man Revealed His Secret: 5 Foods for Long Life 

Only a few people manage to live longer than 100 years, and Bernard LaPallo, lived a happy, fulfilling, and healthy life well into his second century.  This man was born in 1901 in Victoria, Brazil, and as a little boy, he migrated to the United States.   He managed to have four careers during the 110 years […]

Source: 110 Year-old-man Revealed His Secret: 5 Foods for Long Life – Healthy Food House

Daily Words of the Buddha for February 17, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for February 17, 2019 — sabbaganthappamocana — freedom from all bonds

Sukhā matteyyatā loke,
atho petteyyatā sukhā,
sukhā sāmaññatā loke,
atho brahmaññatā sukhā.

In this world, good it is to serve one’s mother,
good it is to serve one’s father,
good it is to serve the monks and nuns,
and good it is to serve the holy ones.

Dhammapada 23.332
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Current Events || FDA wants to turn CBD oil into a drug that will cost $32,500 as they ban all other CBD oils

(Editor’s Note: Thank you to ANH-USA for this story.) If we don’t change a key FDA policy, that’s how much you may be forced to pay if you want to purchase CBD oil. Action Alert! RELATED STORY: How To Optimize CBD Oil Effects: 3 Keys To Success For years, consumers have benefitted from access to cheap, safe, and […]

Source: FDA wants to turn CBD oil into a drug that will cost $32,500 as they ban all other CBD oils

Card of the Day – 5 of Cups – Saturday, February 16, 2019

Tarot by Cecelia

In life, there will always be disappointment and loss, but to focus on that, or to throw oneself a pity party, is not in your highest and best interest. Remember, what is done is merely water under the bridge.

The 5 of Cups is a Card of focus, and urging you to embrace the positives which remain in your life. They are meant to be nurtured so as to create new growth. We are post-Valentine’s Day, and not all relationships may have survived, while others may be beating themselves up over the lack of a love life. Time is the most important thing you’ve been given; let it all go and make good use of yours by cultivating your remaining Cups, however they may be filled.

See you here tomorrow!

Source:  Divine Diversity Tarot

This card was last seen January 15, 2019

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Enter to Win 5-Acres of Colorado Land

We’re giving away this beautiful 5-acre Colorado property. Why would we do this? We want to spread the word about Stunning Earth (click here to learn more about us). So rather than spending our marketing budget on a billboard, we’d rather give away this incredible property to someone who will be excited to own it. All we need is your email address. ”What can I do with this property?” Glad you asked. Here are just a few suggestions: Camping. Bring your family and friends out for a weekend of relaxation, and experience stars unlike anything you’ll see in the city. Long term investment. Hold onto it, pass it down generation to generation. Make it part of your legacy. Sell it. After all, it will be your land. If you want to immediately turn around and sell it, you can do that! Once you verify your entry, you’ll be automatically added to our VIP list, where you will get advanced notice of deals, new properties, and future giveaway events. Plus, make sure to read the verification email on how you can get a LOT more entries by sharing your Lucky Link!  […]

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Daily Words of the Buddha for February 16, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for February 16, 2019 — nirupatāpa — the untroubled, or that which is without vexation

Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
sacittapariyodapanaṃ —
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.

To avoid all evil,
to cultivate good,
and to purify one’s mind —
this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

Dhammapada 14.183
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Card of the Day – The Hermit – Friday, February 15, 2019

Tarot by Cecelia

Think back to life during the second half of April last year.  Did you enter some sort phase which you have been trying to bring to a conclusion?  I very often view the Hermit card as the proverbial light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel, and sometimes as the tunnel itself with the dim light of the lantern to show us the way.  Yesterday I spoke of not being able to see everything, and today’s card does not provide clarity either, but it does show that the proper guidance is available to traverse this portion of your path.

Remember, no matter where you are on your journey, you will always need guidance of some form, but, you will also have the experiences which make you qualified to give guidance to others as well.  Think of it a spiritual paying-it-forward, and know that you can give as well as receive.  With this Hermit card today, it is…

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Kids Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

While inmates at maximum security prisons in the U.S. are guaranteed at least 2 hours of outdoor time a day, half of children worldwide spend less than an hour outside, reports TreeHugger.com. A survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries found that one-third of children (ages 5 to 12) spend […]

Source: Kids Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

Soil Microbes And Human Health – Learn About The Natural Antidepressant In Soil

Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain as Prozac without side effects and chemical dependency. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier in this article.  […]

Source: Soil Microbes And Human Health – Learn About The Natural Antidepressant In Soil

Philosophy || Ancient Sophistry and the Car Salesman, by Jacob Bell

My recent venture into the world of car sales caused me to realize that sophistry, in its most shameful guise, is still alive and well today. I am speaking of the sophistry that seeks to deceive in order to profit… either in sales or politics.
During the second half of the fifth century B.C.E., sophistry began to gain its reputation as a means of rhetorical persuasion. It was, and still is, used in politics, and speaks to the emotions, often leaving logic out of the conversation. Plato and Aristotle regarded sophistry with disgust because for them, the term signified the “deliberate use of fallacious reasoning, intellectual charlatanism, and moral unscrupulousness.”  […]

Daily Words of the Buddha for February 15, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for February 15, 2019 — gambhīra — deep, profound, unfathomable, well founded, hard to perceive

Yassa selūpamaṃ cittaṃ, ṭhitaṃ nānupakampati,
virattaṃ rajanīyesu,
kopaneyye na kuppati:
Yassevaṃ bhāvitaṃ cittaṃ,
kuto taṃ dukkhamessatī?

Whose mind is like rock, steady, unmoved,
dispassionate for things that spark passion,
unangered by things that spark anger:
When one’s mind is developed like this,
from where can there come suffering & stress?

Udāna 4.34
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MONOGAMY AND COMMITMENT | Matt Khan

It seems as if marriage is viewed by some on the spiritual path as antiquated or restrictive to the liberated nature of our soul’s natural state. While everyone is free to embrace any particular belief that expresses their deepest personal truth, I wanted to take a moment to explore the spiritual significance of monogamy.

Before highlighting monogamy as an important cornerstone of inner development, it’s essential to pinpoint the most common barrier to it. The ego by nature is afraid of commitment. While it is able to remain committed toward a variety of pursuits, it only knows how to desire through anticipation, incapable of actually receiving the very thing it’s driven to seek. When a spiritual being claims restriction or limitation in a committed relationship, many red flags are raised. If one feels stifled in a relationship, it may be time to leave that partnership and move on. If one is attracted to their partner, but also desires intimacy with others, it is a tell-tale sign of spiritual immaturity attempting to hide in a tantric persona.

The ego can desire a variety of partners for a few key reasons:

One reason is because new partners always offer the energy of contrast which fills the ego with excitement until the newness of such a connection begins to settle. From the viewpoint of ego, it must always seek fresh partners and new experiences on a habitual basis, in order to keep the momentum of conditioning active. Otherwise, the infrastructure of ego begins to implode as the light of realization unravels the ego through waves of boredom and depression.

Simply put, the ego constantly seeks new intimate partners to avoid the unraveling caused by awakening, which often wells up inside of us, when not constantly exchanging old things for newer experiences.

Another reason ego desires multiple partners is because having more than one lover gives the ego something to manage. Whether it is constantly making sure our chakras spin in a certain direction, attempting to keep our vibration at a certain level, or even managing the needs and desires of multiple partners, the ego seeks any form of micromanagement as a way of staying in-tact. Because the ego cannot be permanently satisfied by the love of one, it attempts to raise the stakes by creating scenarios where it is adored by more. Despite the ego’s shortcomings of never having the capacity to receive the intimacy it seeks, as it integrates into the maturity of our awakening soul, we develop the capacity and worthiness to receive the fullness of love as expressed from the intimacy of another.

Whether we are meant to give our love to one soulmate throughout our lives or a few key lovers to be encountered at various stages of our evolution, the importance of monogamy highlights the essence of spiritual expansion.

Monogamy is our ability to be fully present in our current relationships, as a way of unearthing the most fulfilling experiences each partnership is meant to provide. While you may or may not be destined to be together forever, why not give it your full effort, if choosing the beloved that has chosen you?

While the commitment-phobic ego desires the idea of relationship, it is only the soul that benefits from the sacred union shared between two hearts.

When rooted in the soul, two hearts activate the evolution of the other. If incubating in ego, a relationship becomes a means through which conditioning is unraveled by the adversities each partnership encounters. While traditional marriage vows suggest, “till death do us part”, a modern day interpretation can be “till the death of our commitment do us part”.

This means we allow our monogamous relationships to be the sacred space where we put our deepest insights into practice, allowing our own hearts to blossom by how unconditionally we embrace the heart of our beloved, until the hands of time point us in different directions.

The notion that monogamy strips away one’s innate sense of freedom is a belief created by a fear of commitment. While the ego loves exploring options, it has little to no capacity to stand behind a decision. This is because once an option or partner has been chosen, the ego must now shift out of the fantasy of partnership and into the reality of relationship building. It is where the importance of compromise and considering someone else’s experience begins to unravel the self-absorbed patterning of human conditioning.

The spiritual importance of monogamy is a symbol of oneness with the Divine. While the ego yearns to be rescued by Source during moments of need, it is incapable of staying in the light to live out life’s destiny under the cosmic laws of Universal Will. Often times, the ego attempts to align with Source like a racecar pulling into a pit stop. Once repaired, its back in the race until it breaks down further. This is much like relationships, where ego seeks the loving support of another during its most vulnerable moments of growth. As soon as it is no longer in need, it often turns away from the heart that offered such support to find something fresh, new, and exciting to indulge.

Just as we turn inward during our deepest heartfelt surrender to allow our personal will to serve the greater will of our One Eternal Source, in monogamy, we come together in partnership to allow our individual wills to nurture and support the mutual flowering of intimate partnerships. While it is important for both partners to maintain their own individuality, as unique contributions toward the evolution of a mutual bond, it is equally important for a willingness to serve WE instead of just ME to be seen as opportunities to align with the vibration of unity consciousness.

Sometimes relationships have successfully run their course and it may be time to consider whether your current partner is right for your journey ahead. In other cases, it is the ego sensing its own demise, while hoping to preserve the nature of its fantasy by exchanging partners.

When we are able to see sacred partnership as a way in which we become fully invested in our life’s journey, as the perfection of divinity in human form, we are able to freely commit to the heart of our beloved without feeling as if anything will be sacrificed. In the end, the one who bounces around from relationship to relationship, only staying for as long as the newness is felt, ultimately misses out on the joy of true intimacy. Far beyond the fear of boredom in a relationship, there exists a depth of ecstasy, where every moment can be felt as outrageous love -making between two hearts. Such a high level of tantric bliss may be pursued by ego, but only exists for the soul to discover.

No matter how tumultuous any relationship may be, each one has been created to help integrate our deepest wisdom into expressions of practical wisdom, molding us into the most optimal perfection to welcome the arrival of the one we’re meant to love. Whether we are currently celebrating sacred partnership with our long-awaited beloved, being refined for such a relationship, or eagerly anticipating their arrival, may we embrace the importance of monogamy as a way of aligning with the light of Source energy. The more willing we are to be in monogamous relationship with our deepest truth, the more love can fill our hearts to bring forth our most fulfilling reality for the benefit of all.

In sacred partnership, we embrace the heart of another as our own, while cherishing our own needs, so to become better receivers of the one we were born to adore. Whether discovering renewed commitment in our current relationship, opening space for our true beloved to enter, or making our own hearts a more central point of focus, the importance of monogamy is the grace through which the ego is resolved. It is the awakening of unity consciousness.

– Matt Kahn