Tuesday, 31 March 2009
For the Aboriginals of Australia, spirituality and the sacred is deeply rooted in the landscape and in their relationship to the environment which sustains them. Traditional Aboriginal lands are mainland Australia and most of the islands.
Prior to 1788, the Aboriginal Australia population has been estimated at more than 750,000. The country then was pristine and bountiful. Besides food, "bush tucker", the land provided them with natural remedies for healing, "bush medicine". Aboriginals took care of the environment in Australia, making sure that all hunting and gathering activities were balanced; and, resources were conserved.
Every part of an animal hunted or plant gathered was utilized in some way either as food, baskets, tools, etc. They also moved their camps around with the seasonal cycles, allowing the areas of their territory to rest and renew.
There is no agreed upon term to identify Aboriginal Australian groups. Generally they lived in small groups called clans, bands, hearth groups, family groups, or sub-tribes. A number of these smaller groups living in the same area of the land, sharing a Dreaming Track, comprised a tribe.
There are many different Aboriginal Australia tribes who have their own Dreamtime folklore, customs, languages, and totems; but, there are also many commonalities they share such as: strong kinship and family structures, totems, Elders, skin names, Dreaming, territoriality, ceremonies, songs, storytelling, and strict boundaries between men's and women's business.
The land is their life, their mother, their way, their nourishment, and their spiritual connectedness.
Dreaming Tracks delineate the area of land created by the Ancestral Spirits where a tribe was created, their belonging place... Storytelling and Song often accompanied by dance movements have been a central element of Aboriginal Australian life since the beginning of time. There are songs for every event including: hunting, funerals, seasons, animals, and landscapes. Stories of the Dreaming were told around campfires, where things of concern were also discussed and important information relayed. Dreaming law and lore told the tribe about their spiritual history, how to treat each other, and how to conduct their daily life. Suitable punishments for individual transgressions of these tribal and Totemic Laws were determined by knowledgeable Elders of the Aborigines.
Starlore was passed down from generation to generation through the teachings and storytelling of the Aborigine Elders. The positions of the planets and stars were used by the Aboriginal Australians for gathering food; for finding their way from one place to another; and for the timing of rituals and ceremonies. There were neutral passageways between tribal lands.
Aboriginal law in Australia required respectful recognition of tribal boundaries. Anyone travelling outside their territory needed to obtain the permission of the tribes in neighbouring territories to pass through their areas.
Aboriginals traded and bartered with other groups in Australia on a regular basis, holding Corroborees where marriages were arranged; information about tribal practices and beliefs was shared; and, new songs were sung. Aboriginals belong to a place, an area of land in Australia where their totemic ancestors were born, lived, and died. This "Belonging Place" was the territory of land created for their kin group, their clan, and their tribe during the Dreamtime.
The sacred symbols of these totemic bloodlines were implanted in the Dreaming stories used by the Elders to teach the wisdom of the ancestors to each new generation. Aboriginals sing their country; and, perform ceremonies for their country, "Singing Country", using ochre depictions of the Dreaming images... ... Read More
Alien Abduction Dream?
The beginnings of the dream sequence involves the 'breaching' of the defences of a town or district and the overall sense of 'invasion' approaching. I am then leaving the town .. heading into a corn field to hide from the imminent attack. There are others with me; we hide in the tall corns within the field until we realise we are too close to the town and we will be found. We are then make a hasty retreat towards a deserted vehicle outside an empty house some distance from the town. Whilst in the vehicle I get the sense the attack has occurred. We go out of the vehicle into the deserted house and realise from the atmosphere in the air that devastation has occurred. We drive into an outerlying area of the town and witness the ruins of houses and evidence of the attack.
During this journey we are obviously captured, but there is no recollection of the attacking force. We are then within a large escalator with dozens of other 'survivors' ... and I am aware the escalator is travelling downwards for a considerable length of time. It reaches its destination, and some unseen telepathic force herds us out of the escalator and into a cavern like room in which there are hundreds of other humans looking at us. They are all petrified of us making any sound. We are to be quiet. I look around the room and notice dismembered carcasses in various areas of the room. Carcasses which do not appear human, Carcasses that are seemingly food sources for these humans in the room?
We are led to an area of the room to our left where there are several more humans. It appears they are mindlessly eating a pile of blob like gore which is in front of them. A jelly like substance which we are telepathically instructed to eat. I am fearless at this point as is one of my companions. We touch the substance to our lips in a pretence we are eating. The taste is vile. I then swallow a tiny piece of the gore and move my right arm up in the air. Immediately all the humans in my immediate vicinity do the same thing ... I realise then with amusement that the eating of the gore - which is the remains of some non-human entity - produces a hive like mind effect of those who swallow the substance. I then deliberately make the immediate humans do a series of movements, because I find the whole thing amusing for some reason.
Suddenly, there is movement beside me ... and a portion of the rock wall to my right swings back to reveal a strange jelly like entity with protuding antenna that removes something from in front of where I am standing ...
At this point I have no more recollection of the sequence, but had an overall sense afterwards that the sequence was real; I had witnessed actual humans who'd been abducted; I had been shown an actual level within some base or building where they are being kept; it was not a dream sequence ... but why and by who?
“Do not feed your ego and your problems, with your attention. ...Slowly, surely, the ego will lose weight, until one fine day it will be nothing but a thin ghost of its former self. You will be able to see right through it, to the divine presence that shines in each of us.” -- Eknath Easwaran
"Why aren't you happy? It's because ninety-nine percent of everything you do, and think, and say, is for yourself -- and there isn't one." -- Wu Wei Wu
There are many ways to be of service to our community. There are the obvious and much needed volunteer opportunities, such as serving Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, mentoring our youth, or cleaning up a beach. Then, there is the kind of service that we may not even think of as being acts of service. Learning a new language (perhaps sign language) so that you can talk to more people is a way to reach out to others. Inviting someone who isn’t motivated enough to exercise on their own to join you on your daily walk is a way to give of yourself. Sharing flowers or vegetables from your garden, organizing a poetry reading, offering to babysit for a busy parent, or donating pet food to an animal shelter all are simple ways to offer your services to your community.
There are many ways that you can serve the world. Imagine the impact we would have on the environment if we picked up one piece of trash off the street everyday and chose not to drive our car once a week. Even gardening tactics such as throwing wildflower seeds onto a vacant lot can brighten the lives of others – including the lives of birds and insects. Everyday, you can do something to make this world a better place. During meditation, ask for guidance on what you can do to be of service. This can be a wonderful way to start your day. Smiling at a stranger who looks down in the dumps or teaching your neighbourhood kids how to whistle will impact someone’s day or even their life. Giving of yourself is the best gift that you can give.
Monday, 30 March 2009
If there is one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world it is the Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. And the uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story. Despite fluctuations down as well as up, "the sea is not rising," he says. "It hasn't risen in 50 years."
If there is any rise this century it will "not be more than 10cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10cm". And quite apart from examining the hard evidence, he says, the elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about.
The reason why Dr Mörner, formerly a Stockholm professor, is so certain that these claims about sea level rise are 100 per cent wrong is that they are all based on computer model predictions, whereas his findings are based on "going into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world". (Source: Daily Telegraph)
Using Servants of the Light tarot ...
Now that I am back in the right environment once more ... with my abilities permitted to remain in the "on" position all day ... once more focussing on Mystical landscapes ... I am able to focus once more on Madeleine and the ongoing mystery of her disappearance.
In recent months, the clarity of Daily Merlin Insights may appear to have been lost or become clouded. It has not ... there has been a need to be withdrawn and vague with any insights appertaining to the situation. 'When in doubt say nowt' is a saying that has been with me ever since I first began in this field. It has always been an apt statement with regard to this matter. Many eyes have observed the insights in the recent past ... since May 2007 in fact. I've deliberately had to be cryptic and evasive with the information ... those that are involved with the scenario will have had sufficient wording in the insights to know what I was portraying without me actually saying it in plain sight. Many other eyes have only read confusion ... which has been intentional. I cannot monitor who it is that reads the insights physically ... but intuitively warning bells have rung many times ...
So, to the now ... and the insight tonight relating to Madeleine. What can I focus on now when the trail is cold ... and there is no news story to link to (some dumb folk have accused me of only posting after news stories, when in truth there has been many many instances when insights have been posted days and weeks before news stories) ... and no apparent trail to pick up on?
How can I recover the links I had before after so long? These thoughts permeate through my mind as I re-connect with the contacts I have 'on the other side'. Not guides ... I don't acknowledge guides ... but actual personalities that once walked the physical plane who have now dispensed with the earthly form and adopted a much faster vibrating body. Friends and family of mine ... and ancestors linked to Madeleine ... contacts that have provided me with some 'uncanny' insights in previous Merlins.
Anyway, here goes ... I use the Servants Of The Light as keys to access levels of consciousness where information is 'placed' for me to interpret then write into the DMI's ...
Tonight's Insight is based around 'progress ... both now and in the past' ....
FOUR OF STAVES .... A central rectangle of white contains a crown. Four staves with vine like growths travel from the four corners of the image to touch the four corners of the white rectangle
EIGHT OF WEAPONS ... significator for Madeleine's secret location. An outcrop of rock with eight swords with their points in the ground, one of which is the Flaming Sword. Above the flaming sword is a single star.
JUDGEMENT ... A woman, a man and a child look upwards to an archangel like being who's hands are raised in a gesture of greeting.
SEVEN OF STAVES ... A grassy landscape in the background with a vertical wooden stave (with a single growth on its stem) and six other staves (all making an approximate pattern of the Union Jack) stand in the foreground like a barrier to the landscape behind.
JUSTICE ... An Anubis-like figure sits on stone steps with the scales of justic at its feet. On either side of the sitting figure are black and white pillars. There is a light source above the figure's head.
Influential connections and involvement in the situation, all with their own agenda. All with their own reasons for the situation going quiet. Progress has been made yes with regard to 'the secret location' ... leads and information has been investigated but hands appear to be tied by interlocking influences. Too much appears to be at stake for a satisfactory resolution to a multi-level problem. Madeleine appears to have been the tip of the ice berg. A sprat to catch the mackerel perhaps by one faction of influence who was in opposition to another faction? It depends then which faction is asked to comment as to the progress being made in this. One has much to discover and one has much to hide.
Those who hold Madeleine await the word or instructions still from a higher authority (the archangel) ... as to what is their next step. Religious undertones and religious instructions.
The Seven of Staves symbolism intuits a UK location for Madeleine ... and investigations by 'Special Branch' perhaps? Permitted to investigate so far until higher up authority is told to silence wagging tongues. Intrigue indeed.
Absolute blatant deception is the opinion of some from the other side. The parents are blameless and it is terrible they have taken the rap that they have. They are powerless puppets in a major power game ... but the father is powerless to prevent especially when he is apparently forced to be involved in the game. He cannot be side lined as guilty or to blame even if he had some precognitive idea that something was about to happen in Portugal.
The powers and hands of justice play the scales in this struggle at this time. A learned man of law by day and a power of occult by night ... but who is this man? He can decide the outcome ... but only when his own superiors are satisfied with that the situation is resolved. Madeleine's release is at the bottom of pyramid ... at the end of the chain of events involved in this struggle it seems
Copyright Matthew James 30th March 2009
Nothing different to what is normally added to the orgonite mix was used today ...
Does anyone know why? What could have caused the resin to take on a reddish tinge? Minerals used were Quartz, Amethyst, Danburite, Rose Quartz and Turquoise ...
The bus then negotiates a bend in the road and I have to shift my balance and hold the strap tightly to avoid falling over as the bus moves quickly round the bend in the road.
I have been accustomed to standing up in the bus for long periods of time, so my means of balancing myself is an accomplished art.
The bus goes along a straight section once more; I glance over at the woman again who is still smiling at me for remaining standing. I glance then ahead of me at some of the other passengers in the bus who are all seated on the left hand side of the bus ahead of me.
Interpretation: Symbolic perhaps of some part of myself being surprised that I have made life's path so difficult and for so long, when in fact I could perhaps have taken a much easier ride. The ease at which I negotiated the bends and the twists in the road suggest I have been making things difficult for myself for some time!
Its agile mentality provides you with inspiration and insight when you most need it.
Monkeys are said to possess keen insight and many cultures and tribes portray them as great communicators who posses special insight and clarity. The old adage applied to Monkey’s “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” is considered to be the key to right living on earth and these quick and clever animals are seen as the personification of how to live a noble life. Monkeys see dark and light in all things; they weigh all avenues and see things from all angles and possible outcomes.
Monkey’s are amiable creatures and enjoy socializing and being with others of their kind. They also exhibit a curiosity for other animals and will often perch high above watching other animals and their habits. At times they will even emulate their actions and movements. Their minds are as quick and agile as their bodies and they are fast learners who display high intelligence.
The Monkey is depicted in a story called The Monkey King a Buddhist tale that teaches compassion, understanding and kindness. The tale tells a the wise and sacrificing King of Monkeys who teaches a human King the importance of selflessness and loyalty the pitfalls of greed and anger. They Monkey still has much to teach humans about these virtues.
The Monkey possesses many virtues that are powerful and valuable and which any person would be wise to emulate or divine. One who has the power of the Monkey will see enhanced grace, wisdom, intelligence, energy, inspiration, dexterity and self exploration. The Monkey has powerful magic, the ability to learn things quickly, and they have keen intuition.
Malachite ... which is Copper Carbonate ... seen as the green areas on the Orgonite featured right ... is currently one of the unpolished mineral fragments which are being used.
Part of the milling non-organite constituents of the Orgonites is Copper ... we are therefore experimenting with increasing the copper content of the organite and monitoring the effect ...
Lapis, Rose Quartz and Turquoise dust fragments are also being included in Orgonite mixes ... for colour appeal (appearance) and also to add these raw mineral qualities to the Orgonites.
Many of the Orgonite Cones currently being produced ... are being created with areas of the main crystal constituent, at the top of the cone, free of resin. Experiments with Orgonites made in this way, especially those with Amethyst left free of resin, have been found to possess strong energy fields which can actually be felt as heat and tingling on the hands ...
Images of demonic forces are universal. They exist everywhere. These images appear to speak of the shadow side of human nature. The shadow is the partner to the light. There cannot be one without the other. We each possess a shadow side which cannot be refused by neglect, tamed by good behaviour or silenced by the voices of piety, but instead is integrated into wholeness.
However, embracing the unloved is both painful and challenging.
This 'invisible twin' which lives just behind our life, or just beside our life, is the shadow ... created in the dark cavern of the unconscious by those feelings which make us uneasy (hatred, rage, jealousy, greed, competition, shame, lust) and the by those behaviours which are deemed wrong by our culture (addiction, laziness, dependency) ... producing what can be called the shadow content.
It is the dark twin of fairy tale and myth; it is the archetypal devil ... and the split in the self is a rift or wound waiting to be healed. It exists as the battle between 'good' and 'evil'. The battle of these two principles is perhaps the most fundamental of all themes. It takes shape as legend,
myth, epic saga, folklore and is the inescapable impact of a history riven by war, crime and despicable acts ... yet these are paradoxically matched by heroism and generosity.
Jung provides a psychological key to this conundrum through the concept of the shadow ... that unwanted, despised and destructive force within the self: 'to become conscious of it involves recognising the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. The act is the essential condition of any kind of self knowledge and it therefore as a rule meets with considerable resistance.'
Meeting with The Shadow in the self demands personal courage, honesty and truthfulness ...
Source: The Kabbalah Experience by Naomi Ozaniec
Sunday, 29 March 2009
The atmospheric conditions were such today with moisture and dust particles that the contrails left by the regular jet flight paths over Canberra were creating the phenomenon which was witnessed today.
It is apparently a common occurrence in the skies over Canberra.
Many thanks Jim for explaining this to me tonight.
Think in a new way and you will be a new person. Give happiness to all and you will live in peace. Create peace in your mind and you will create a world of peace around you.
Influenced by the Chicago-based Prairie School, Griffin went on to develop a unique modern style. For much of his career Griffin worked in partnership with his wife Marion Mahony Griffin. In the 28 years of their architectural partnership, the Griffins designed over 350 building, landscape and urban-design projects as well as designing construction materials, interiors, furniture and other household items.
In April 1911, the Australian Government held an international competition to produce a design for its new capital city. Griffin produced a design with impressive renderings of the plan produced by his wife. They had only heard about the plan in July, while on honeymoon, and worked feverishly to prepare the plans. On May 23, 1912 Griffin's design was selected as the winner from among 137 entries. The win created significant press coverage at the time and brought him professional and public recognition. Of his plan, he famously remarked:
"I have planned a city that is not like any other in the world. I have planned it not in a way that I expected any government authorities in the world would accept. I have planned an ideal city - a city that meets my ideal of the city of the future."
In 1913, he was invited to Australia to inspect the site. He initially left Marion in charge of the practice and travelled to Australia in July. (His Chicago practice was soon taken over by Barry Byrne.) His letters home reveal his appreciation for the Australian landscape. While in Australia, Griffin was offered the position of head of the department of architecture at the University of Illinois. At the same time he was negotiating a three-year contract with the Australian Government to remain in Australia and oversee the implementation of his plan, which to his dismay he felt had already been compromised. He was appointed the Federal Capital Director of Design and Construction.
In this role, Griffin oversaw the design of North and South Canberra, though he struggled with political and bureaucratic obstacles. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Griffin was under pressure to reduce the scope and scale of his plans due to the Government diverting funds towards the war effort. Several parts of his basic design underwent change. For instance, plans to create a Westbourne, Southbourne and Eastbourne Avenue to complement Canberra's Northbourne Avenue came to nothing, as did a proposed railway that would have gone from South Canberra to North Canberra, and then in a northwesterly direction to Yass. A market area that would have been at Russell Hill in North Canberra was moved southwards to what is now Fyshwick, next to South Canberra. (Wikipedia)
So the ancient Romans may already have had an inkling why the Opals show such a striking play of colours. But we will come to this later …Pliny, the famous Roman author, called Opal a gemstone which combines the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones: the fine sparkle of Almandine, the shining purple of Amethyst, the golden yellow of Topaz, and the deep blue of Sapphire, ”so that all colours shine and sparkle together in a beautiful combination“.
Opal was formed many millions of years ago, when a combination of silica and water flowed into cracks and spaces in the ground. This then gradually hardened and solidified to become opal. Opals contain water, which makes them very sensitive to heat.
All of Nature’s splendour seems to be reflected in the manifold opulence of fine Opals: fire and lightnings, all the colours of the rainbow and the soft shine of far seas. Australia is the classical country of origin. Almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts.Numerous legends and tales surround this colourful gemstone, which can be traced back in its origins to a time long before our memory, to the ancient dream time of the Australian aborigines.
It is reported in their legends that the creator came down to Earth on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans. And at the very spot, where his foot touched the ground, the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colours of the rainbow. That was the birth of the Opals.The group of fine Opals includes quite a number of wonderful gemstones, which share one characteristic: they shine and sparkle in a continually changing play of colours full of fantasy, which experts describe as “opalising”.
Depending on the kind, place of occurrence, and colour of the main body, we differentiate Dark or Black Opal, White or Light Opal, Milk or Crystal Opal, Boulder Opal, Opal Matrix, Yowah Nuts from Queensland – the so-called “picture stones“, and also Mexican and Fire Opal. Opal variations are practically unlimited. They all show in their own special way that unique play of colours – except for Fire Opal, which due to its transparency, however, is nevertheless also considered a Fine Opal specimen. If Opals are lacking the typical play of colours, they are simply named “Common Opal”.
Blue Opal is a stone that will soothe erratic emotions and enhance personal courage. It enhances your ability to communicate what is in your heart; helps in overcoming those things you do to yourself that are harmful ... provides a strong connection to the sea and creatures of the sea (dolphins, mermaids, etc.)
The opal is said to be many things including the most powerful of healing stones, the stone of hope, the stone of great achievement and even the "stone of the Gods".
It is said to be the stone of love, but only to faithful lovers. The opal will bring misfortune to an unfaithful lover.
For ages people have been believing in the healing power of Opal. It is reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love. Opals are supposed to further enhance the positive characteristics for people born under the zodiac sign of Cancer. Black Opal is recommended to those born under Scorpio, and Boulder Opal is the lucky stone for Aries.The fantastic colour play of Opal reflects changing emotions and moods of people. Fire and water, the sparkling images of Boulder Opal, the vivid light flashes of Black Opal or the soft shine of Milk Opal – striking contrasts characterise the colourful world of this fascinating gemstone. Maybe this is the reason why it depends on our daily mood which Opal we prefer. Opals are like human emotions: you always experience them different and anew. (Source: gemstone.org)
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, I missed adding anything to A Light In The Darkness yesterday. But, I did come up with some new ideas for Orgonites. So watch this space.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Gaia, the earth-mother had given Zeus and Hera golden apples as a wedding gift. Hera planted them in her garden, which was far to the west and close to Mount Atlas. To guard the apples Hera sent Ladon, an immortal monster with one hundred heads. It was yet another offspring of Echidna and Typhon.
Also guarding the tree were the Hesperides, who were the daughters of Nyx and Erebus, but some versions say that Atlas was their father. Some versions say seven, but most legends say there were three Hesperides but it can vary; Aigle, Arethusa, Erytheia, Hespere, and Hesperethusa are some of the names given to them.
The most difficult part of this task was to find the location of the garden. Heracles set off toward the west. While crossing Thessaly in northern Greece, Heracles came across Cycnus, who was the son of Ares, the god of war. Cycnus killed travelers and passers-by, then offered their flesh as sacrifice to his father. Heracles fought and killed him (in some versions Ares, angry at the death of his son fought with Heracles, but Zeus intervened, sending down a thunderbolt to part them). Travelling on, the hero came to the waters of the Erydanus in Illyria. Here Heracles met some river nymphs who told him that Nereus, the old man of the sea, would know the whereabouts of the garden.
Heracles found Nereus and asked him for directions. When Nereus refused, Heracles leapt on the sea-god, and held him in a clinch, but Nereus could transform himself into many forms, including fire and water. However, Heracles held on and in the end Nereus was forced to give the hero the directions he needed.
On his way Heracles liberated the titan Prometheus, who Zeus had chained to a rock as punishment for his ills against the great god. Each day his liver was torn out and eaten by an eagle (in some legends it was vultures), then every night the liver would grow back, to be torn out again the next day. Heracles released Prometheus from his daily torture. In gratitude he told Heracles not to take the apples himself, but to seek the help of Atlas, who was brother of Prometheus.
Continuing his journey the hero traveled through Libya, here he was confronted by Antaeus, a giant who was the son of Poseidon and Gaia. He gained his strength by keeping in contact with the earth. He challenged all comers to wrestle with him, he would kill them and decorate his father's temple with their remains. Antaeus challenged Heracles to wrestle with him, but realizing the giant replenished his strength from keeping in contact with the earth, the hero picked Antaeus from the ground, and choked him to death. After the hero had killed the giant he continued on his way.
On into Egypt, it was here Heracles came before Busiris, a harsh and cruel king. Some years earlier there had been a famine, and a soothsayer from Cyprus told the king that a yearly sacrifice of a stranger from foreign lands would favor the gods. Busiris chose Heracles as the sacrificial offering, as the ceremony began Heracles burst his shackles, killing the king and his priests. The Egyptians were terrified and let the hero go on his way.
After a long journey Heracles finally found the garden, and remembering the advice from Prometheus, Heracles went straight to Atlas, who had been given the burden of carrying the world on his shoulders. As leader of the Titans he had tried to lead a revolt against the gods, and this was his divine punishment given by Zeus. Heracles offered to take the burden from his shoulders, if he where to fetch three golden apples from the garden. Atlas, thinking this an easy way to rid himself of his heavy load, agreed.
When Atlas returned he had the three golden apples, but refused to take back his burden form the hero. Using his cunning Heracles pretended to enjoy holding this heavy burden, then asking Atlas if he would hold up the world for just a short time, while he bound his head with cords, as to relieve the pressure from his aching head. Atlas being a little slow in thinking, took back the burden on to his shoulder, as soon as the world was held once again by Atlas, Heracles made off with the golden apples, with Atlas deceived with his own trickery.
On his return to the court of king Eurystheus, the hero presented the three golden apples to him. With bewilderment Eurystheus appreciated their beauty but did not know what to do with them, and handed them back to Heracles. Unsure himself as what should be done, Heracles asked for guidance from his constant supporter Athena. She took them back to the garden of the Hesperides, as the law of the gods commanded that they should remain in the garden. (Source: Pantheon.org)
Nereus was the old man of the sea, and the god of the sea's rich bounty of fish. He dwelt in the depths of the Aegean with his wife Doris and fifty Nereid daughters. Like many of the other sea-gods Nereus was a master shapeshifter, and spoke with prophetic voice. It was for his knowledge that Herakles once wrestled him, in search of directions to the land of the Hesperides.
Nereus was depicted in ancient Greek vase painting as an old man with a wooden staff accompanied by a host of his Nereid daughters. Sometimes he had a coiling fish tail in place of legs (like the image right). But unlike other similar gods, such as Triton and Akheloios, Nereus was almost always depicted clothed in a chiton. (Source:theoi.com)
Air of the wind, I conjure you! wind that blows the clouds about the skies.And holds the birds up in flight,I call you, I conjure you...Come into my presence, come into my heart. May this circle be as a bond of friendship between us.Now and forevermore.
Air of the fire, I conjure you! You who feeds the falmes upon the altar And makes the fire blaze,I conjure you, I call you...Come into my presence, come into my heart. May this circle be as a bond of friendship between us.Now and forevermore.
Air of the deepening mist, I conjure you! Air that draws the crests upon the ocean,who moves the tides and sets the river on its course.I call you, I conjure you...Come into my presence, come into my heart.May this circle be as a bond of friendship between us. Now and forevermore.
From a Portuguese poster on the infamous site that claims to be the ‘voice of Madeleine’ :"This entities have been informed the McCann campaign will not be well received in the Algarve, if they don’t take measures, I will be passing a few nights behaving like a 7 year old in the seventies. Not one single poster will stand and I’ll put leaflets on every mail box too, with those lovely pics of their smiles on the 4th anniversary of their daughter"
It seems most of the posters of this missing child were damaged or defaced. What person in their right mind would vandalise the poster of a missing child? What sort of person would admit to planning to do it on a website? I’ve studied abnormal psychology. I’ve studied deviance. I’ve studied psychopathology….yet I can offer no explanation or reason for such an evil act. (Kate Smith - Eclectic)
Thursday, 26 March 2009
A relationship with a new romantic partner may start to seem a lot like our old relationship and the problems that we thought we had left behind. We may feel disappointed or frustrated and wonder why the same situations and people keep showing up in our lives. The truth is that the same kinds of experiences don’t keep happening to us. After all, the circumstances and the people involved are always different. We keep having the same kinds of experiences.
Subconsciously, there is great value to be had in experiencing life in the same ways until we are ready to have different experiences. Perhaps we feel unworthy of happiness, or worry that we can’t get a break. Our experiences tend to reflect what we believe about life. After all, most of us don’t like to be proven wrong. We may even derive satisfaction in being right or experience a sense of safety every time we confirm to ourselves that know the way the world works. We may choose a relationship partner who is very different from our last significant other and hope that this time love will turn out differently. Yet as long as we hold whatever beliefs we have that limit the good we can experience in our relationships, we will create the same dynamic of limited happiness with any partner.
We bring ourselves and our beliefs to every situation. If we can figure out which of our beliefs are no longer serving us, we can consciously change those beliefs, make new choices, and start having new kinds of experiences that are in line with what we want in life. (In the above image can you see the greenery and spot the birdie?)
At the moment you and I incarnated here on earth we opened ourselves to whatever form of reality our new world wanted to thrust upon us - perhaps ‘thrust upon’ is too strong a phrase, but it suits our current reality - and we were always, as natural beings assuming a ‘natural’ world, going to accept that version of reality as being ‘real’. I was born in 1969 and the world was different then. There was more freedom for the mind. I grew up with choices about the kind of life I could shape for myself. I am sure you did too.
Let me ask you: what will this world look like in five years’ time? Do you think, as I do, that if humanity continues down the route it is currently on, our society will resemble the one portrayed by George Orwell in his book 1984? What will that mean for our children (let alone our children’s children)?
When a baby is born into an Orwellian world, it will accept the tyranny that goes with it because tyranny, a forced reality, is all there is; there is no alternative to consider. I can imagine how the elite must delight in the thought that such a totally unnatural existence is soon to become the ‘norm’. Or at least, that’s what they are banking on. Literally. And they’ll keep on keeping on with their plans to dumb down humanity, through an expanding mass media, with the aim of converting every single human (except those in the elite family) into a drooling idiot totally dependent on the state for survival.
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Why laser beams instead of radio transmitters? A directed beam across interstellar space would be unmistakable from the stellar background and could penetrate thousands of light-years. With each pulse of energy a signal from a big enough laser optics system could appear 1 million times brighter that the transmitting planet’s parent star. The thought is that an alien society would use an agile laser-transmitter to “paint” nearby target sunlike stars with a “searchlight beam.”
A wildly ambitious, spendthrift super-civilization – a million years more technically evolved that us -- might build a moon-sized laser mirror. They would tap a fraction of their star’s energy just to power a godzillion-watt laser capable of transmitting an intergalactic beacon across millions of light-years.
Perhaps a future space telescope might intercept such a signal. (Source: blogs.discovery.com)
"Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark." -- Henri Frederic Amiel
To my left was a row of apple trees. I'd a large, single bramble apple in my hand and I'd been munching on the apple. Some unknown male was then asking what the trees were to the left hand side. I told him they were bramble apple trees! He would not accept they were apple trees at all, yet clearly I could see that they were ....
A while later, a second unknown male wanted to know what the trees were on the left hand side. Again, I told this second male they were bramble apple trees. He did not believe me ... and I began to shout at him that they were.
He suddenly became aggressive towards me ... and a little later in the sequence I was rushing down the mountain side taking a left fork in the road (hoping him and his entourage who were in hot pursuit would take the right fork) which comprised a steep shale path section through a rocky cutting.
Interpretation: 'No matter how I try to get people to see my point of view, or what I see, it may not be possible with some people ... though some will follow my directive any way for other reasons than what is first apparent on the surface.'
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
We have the ability to sense this change taking place even before the seasonal flora around us blooms before our eyes. It is natural, therefore, that during spring many of us begin to feel the urge to clear away the clutter that has accumulated while we’ve enjoyed being sequestered in our winter nests. Now is the time to let the fresh breezes cleanse the energy in our homes.
Spring cleaning is traditionally a way to welcome a new season—one in which we open our doors and windows to let visitors and the sunshine in. It is also a way to remove stagnant energy from our homes in order to prepare our personal space for the positive, verdant energy of spring and summer. As you sweep away the dust and clutter that has blocked the flow of energy in your home, you inevitably sweep away some of the issues that may have been blocking you in your life. Intention is important, so before you begin cleaning, ask yourself what needs to be cleansed, what can be discarded, and how you can make your home a reflection of your best self. Then, gather your tools and supplies around you—vinegar mixed with water makes a wonderful natural cleanser, and putting everything you need in a bucket with a handle will make it easier to move your supplies around your home. Once you’ve begun spring cleaning, you may find that with each piece of clutter you discard and each item that you clean you begin feel increasingly energized. Divesting yourself of unnecessary possessions can help you regain clarity of mind while cleaning your windows can help you refocus your vision. As you clean, invite healing and vital energy into your home and heart.
When you’ve cleaned your home from top to bottom, create a floral arrangement with flowers from your garden, or buy a new plant at a farmer’s market. You may notice that your home feels newer, and brighter and full of new fresh energy. You also feel reawakened, rejuvenated, and alive. By cleansing your home, you can harness the vivacity and vigor of spring.
Within the scheme the chain that concerns us the most, and which is temporarily of the most vital importance to the planetary Logos, is the Earth chain, the fourth in order again, thus bringing about another alignment of very grave moment. This carries with it special opportunity, and permits of the entry of force from the cosmos itself, or of extra-systemic electrical vitality. This super-stimulation results in what looks to us like cataclysms, and a stupendous shattering of forms, but it is simply the necessary sequence to the vitalization of the life within the form, and the breaking of the limiting form unable to bear the cosmic action.
Again within the chain, the globe at present receiving planetary polarization, or at present embodying in a special sense the life of the planetary Logos is the Earth, the fourth in order. This brings about a still further alignment.
Add to the above facts the accepted knowledge that this is the fourth round and we have a fivefold alignment which is of paramount significance to us all, though it had even greater significance and force in the fourth root-race, and brought about that stupendous psychic event - the opening of the door of Initiation to the human Hierarchy.
Taken from 'A Treatise On Cosmic Fire' by Alice.A.Bailey
But the proposal, coming on top of plans to store information about every phone call, email, and internet visit made in the UK, provoked outrage from civil liberties campaigners, with one privacy group branding it 'unspeakably offensive'.
NO2ID spokesman Michael Parker said: 'The Government is enforcing data sharing and the pillaging of private information. Their plans for the intercept modernisation programme were completely unworkable to begin with - and are becoming more so with every addition they suggest.The idea of tracking calls, texts and emails made by people in the country is unspeakably offensive.'
The social networking websites have attracted the interest of security chiefs because they are not covered by rules drafted in Brussels after the 2005 London bombings to track terrorist activity in emails and on the internet. Social networking companies - also including Bebo - would be required to retain details of every contact a user corresponds with via their websites. Facebook has 17million UK members while Bebo and MySpace have 10million each.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesman Tom Brake blasted the combined EU and UK proposals as a 'snooper's charter' - and pointed to the Government's track record of losing sensitive digital data.
'Plans to monitor our phone and email records threaten to be the most expensive snooper's charter in history. It is deeply worrying that they now intend to monitor social networking sites which contain very sensitive data like sexual orientation, religious beliefs and political views,' Mr Brake said. 'Given the Government's disastrous record with large IT projects and data security, it is likely that data will leak out of every memory stick, port and disk drive when they start monitoring Facebook, Bebo and MySpace.' (Daily Mail)
"The recognition of the fundamental, essential natureof Reality is the source of our greatest satisfactionand deepest fulfillment."
The “Nephilim” taught man about agriculture, cuneiform writing, mathematics, sacred geometry, war, astrology, and occult magic.
"Nor is it to be thought that man is either the oldest or the last of earth's masters, or that the common bulk of life and substance walks alone." - The Necronomicon
"We convoke the Nephilim and they come to us, strangers with the eyes of men..." -- The Coming of the Watchers.
The mysterious passage quoted above, one of the Old Testament's most evocative and tantalizing, shines out of the dust of Genesis. It can probably be taken as an attempt by the Bible's authors to explain, and legitimize, the countless tales of gods and heroic demigods which far pre-dated the Scriptures in the ancient Near East and around the world. These mighty beings, Genesis would have us believe, have no connection with older, rival gods and goddesses; they are descended from the One God, fathered by his angels on human women.The Bible, however, has seen many changes in its few centuries, and many translations throw different lights on the same material. The word given as "giants" in most modern versions is not always so. In several, notably the New English Bible, it is rendered in the original Hebrew: “Nephilim”.
Translation and reinterpretation have not been the only causes of change in the Bible. A wide body of material which was originally accepted as canonical was excised by the Councils of 633 and 637 CE for various reasons, mostly censorious. (For example, the Council banished the Infancy Gospels, wherein a cruelly arrogant Christ Child kills several innocent townspeople who merely got in his way.)
Much of this material survives under the collective name of Apocrypha - from the Greek apokryphos, "hidden secret" - under which name it was commonly included as an appendix in Bibles up to about the year 1600. We are fortunate that it does, as it is not only fascinating work of great antiquity but reflects traditions far older than itself. It is within the Apocrypha, notably the two Books of Enoch (not to be confused with the Liber Logaeth of Dr. John Dee, sometimes called by that name, about which more later) and the Book of Jubilees, that we find the full legend of the “Watchers” and the “Nephilim”, banished by fearful and bigoted Church Fathers from the Bible in use today. The Apocryphal books tell us this: Originally the angels, or Sons of God, all surveyed the world and its beings from on high, and among them were those called the “Igigi” (Grigori) or “Watchers”.
"The Watchers" can be translated with several shades of meaning, and depending on the translator means "observers" or "sentinels, sleepless ones"; whether they are vigilant or simply curious, they watch. Some texts say they were tempted by the beauty of human women ("the Sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were fair..."), while others grant them a compassionate Promethean urge to guide and teach or a touching desire for family and companionship; There were, we're told, no female Watchers.
Whatever their motive, two hundred of the Watchers, led by the great angel Semjaza-Azazel, (Anu), defied divine direction, descended to Earth and took a personal hand in humankind's creation and education.
Crafts and sciences, arts and letters, and the many skills of magic - all of which are described as "secrets...made in heaven", intended only for the Celestials to know - were shared with our distant ancestors."
And Azazel taught men to make swords and daggers and shields and breastplates...bracelets, and ornaments, mining and the metals of the earth, and the art of making up the eyes and beautifying the eyelids (angels invent eye shadow). (Read More ...)
'Euthanasia by the back door': How doctors give 2,500 patients drugs to accelerate their death every year
More than 80,000 are subjected to deep sedation, where they slip into a drug-induced coma before dying. Supporters of assisted dying warned of a 'slippery slope' of patients being helped to die even though it is illegal. They called for the practice to be legalised to ensure the deaths are regulated.
However, the poll of 4,000 doctors found that only 34 per cent would support a change in the law proposed by former health secretary Patricia Hewitt last week. The survey was carried out by Clive Seale from the Centre for Health Sciences at London's Queen Mary University, and published in the journal palliative Medicine.
Professor Seale said: 'This research shows stark differences between public opinion and that of doctors. Elsewhere in the world, opposition among doctors has been a major factor in preventing the legalisation of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide.
'The Dutch medical association in the late 1980s and 90s was moving towards the view that euthanasia was an acceptable way of dealing with certain forms of suffering. Dutch medical opinion was influential with the government.' He added: 'Cases of euthanasia in the UK are very rare. Instead, end of life treatment decisions are often taken with input from patients and family, and it is rare for such decisions to have shortened life by more than a day.'
Soapbox Comment: Having sadly gone through the experience of my late Mother deteriorating with Terminal Cancer, I was relieved for her sake (and the family's sake too) that her dose of painkillers were gradually increased, so in the end she did not feel the terrible pain she would have done without them. I was so grateful to the Hospice for the way she was looked after ... and also grateful she slipped away in her coma sleep without any suffering ...