Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Do you often check in with yourself with kindly discernment? For myself, I have always done a lot of work around areas of my personality that I considered negative and patterns that had a tendency to depress me. I had not questioned those that gave joy and peace. For example, I have always looked for the good in people and the gift in situations. I never give up on the potential of a situation or hope for the people involved, including myself. One of my favourite clearings down the years has been to sit in my eye-shaped room (the vesica pices – a shape created by overlapping the horizons of two circles) and if the issue is a sickness I ask for it to be released from its actuality and returned to the field of all possibilities and if it is an issue of lack, I ask for the required scenario to be drawn down from the said field of possibilities into the actualization of physical occurrence.
Until! In recent weeks I spotted another level of truth. Yes, there is great healing and great forward movement in this method but there is also a focus on what is not. It serves recovery and vision and expansion – a means of getting to where you want to go - but I was not looking closely enough at what is (what is already around and is currently the case). I found my way back to this focus via a gratitude practice where I’d identify ten things I was grateful of, morning and evening, and really savour one thing in particular as the very best thing that had come about that day.
Through this training, I already knew that the more you look, the more you see. I found I had to combine the two exercises and savour always a full ten favourite occurrences of the day. Nonetheless, I realized with a shock that if you are focused on potential, you will only ever meet potential, create potential and experience potential. For me, that included all my various objectives to some extent, including love, health, business and social change.
So I came down with a bump of disappointment and wept a little. I had to let my hopes go. I needed to take off my rosy tinted spectacles. I had to face the reality of the present moment with all its absentees. Luckily, the sadness and disillusionment only lasted fifteen minutes….before it dawned on me what I had to do: Same as always;
1. Clear the emotional charge out of the situation: It aint good, it aint bad, it just is.
2. Then remember and keep remembering to look around for what is…because, by the sheer law of averages, there will be plenty there to be getting along with, without drifting into what could be …but is not!!
Although recovery speed is valued when you're on a downer or if you're an athlete, it is also good to give yourself time to listen to your conscience and heart.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Pain of all sorts
Ekhart Tolle says that suffering has its place in deepening our life experience and developing compassion but then there comes a time when you realize you don’t have to suffer any more. (And he doesn’t mean finish yourself off, more that you can choose to stop tossing and turning and prioritize fun and contentment instead).
Gifts and Skills
Oprah Winfrey says life is about finding out what your gift is and then using it in service to others. (It’s actually easier to use your gifts for someone else than for yourself though. Case in point: I made a dowsing rod yesterday evening and cleared 86 vorteces from Harmony Hall. Just buzz around your house and have a listen to what’s going on. I asked ‘show me to anywhere where energy, power or soul is being lost and any geopathic stresses taking their toll’. Energy can form impenetrable walls OR drains like a plug hole…Don’t let the fabric of your reality get too frayed - I recommend doing something in the service of your own soul today.
Something like one third of all food produced is wasted and yet one seventh of the world’s population is starving hungry. The group, Stop Food Waste, say to do an inventory of your fridge and cupboards before going shopping. I’d go even further and suggest to try not to go shopping at all for a while. Living off one’s hump, like a camel, activates your imagination – like this morning’s lime and nut crunch creation. Google is your friend in this. Just tap in ‘recipes using …..’ If you think one person can’t do any good, I heard differently. For example, a calculation found that 430 something animals are spared each year for each person that goes vegetarian. It does add up that if you don’t buy stuff, the producers will feel the pinch to produce things you will!
The Desiderata (16th century anonymous verses found in St Paul’s Cathedral) say to stay interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Thinking of the work available these days and the state of the world today, I believe getting into the present moment is the best chance of survival, let alone health and happiness. How do you know if you’re in the moment? Try playing a piece of music and if you can’t get through even the first tricky passage, you can be pretty sure that your mind is elsewhere. This applies what ever you are doing. If you able to concentrate and equally observe yourself getting things done, then you’re definitely on the right path. If, on top of that, you can muster up some gratitude or enthusiasm for the task in hand then you’re well on your way to regaining consciousness. That’s a good thing to aim for by the way as it involves being coherent, of sound mind, non resistant, not too solid and therefore healthy and lots of other things that I can’t think of right now!
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Of the seven sorts of unicorn, Magic is a Killina. His fiery horn is of such adamantine power that it trembles at the very edge of mortal vision – few are the eyes that can perceive it. Their arrival is an omen of EITHER the imminent reign of a great leader OR the end of time. Let’s hope it is the former! The Killina were appointed keepers/carriers of the Three Great Secret sayings, to be revealed only at the end of this present age! Today’s meditation was to listen for clues. I got the three eventually: Be Quiet. Bring Peace. Resist Injustice.
So, can we all muck in, with these, please!? Thanks a lot!
Monday, May 1, 2017
This is the link to the Public Participation Survey - at the end you get to write your own thing or use something of mine that I have copied below and right at the end, you can submit your own proposals - up to a five page document
An Answer to Qu. 12 about imports and exports and impact on developing countries.
What are the main problems/obstacles preventing the current policy from successfully delivering on its objectives? What are the drivers behind these problems?-->
Chemical free farms make up only 1.9% of Ireland's farms, even though diverse, manual, organic methods are 4 times more productive of land space, protective of soil, animals than mechanized. Farms should be supported in transitioning to horticultural from animals, while we still have the water for that. 95% of the earth's water is already contaminated. (I did not dare tick any boxes about clean energy in case Europe still considers gas as clean energy - when it is actually cleaned by billions of litres of much needed fresh water. I did not dare tick any boxes that mentioned research as testing toxic products and GM mutations on harmless animals should have been banned already but Ireland has become the animal testing capital of Europe as so lax on welfare. Crops such as potatoes are sprayed between 20 and 30 times with glyphosate. The effects of the pesticides, fertilizers are kept quiet. Even Putin has banned Monsanto, Sygenta, Bayer and Dow and co accusing them of crimes worse than terrorism: Stating, it should not be the position of a government to systematically poison its citizens. EU Regulations and standards for farms still only benefit chemical & pharmaceutical companies. Human health, food and quality of life(locally & in developing countries)are compromised by every intensification. Meat producers are fraudulent and decide the payment for animals and milk between themselves. Many farmers in Ireland have not been able to pay their feed bills for the last two
An Answer to Qu. 13
Which elements of the current CAP are the most burdensome or complex and why?
Animal agriculture has got to be stopped, phased out if necessary, but stopped as soon as possible. It is inappropriate to stand over the mass unregulated breeding and slaughter of so many sentient beings in this day and age. The only compensations and supports should be to farmers transferring their immense skills and building on their knowledge of land managment to do organic horticulture. Real food is not only needed for Europeans' health but also for the environment. To regulate the meat producers. To raise awareness of chemically grown food and incentivise a transition away from it 1) for farmers to organic practices and welfare standards; like the savings to be made on fertilizer and pesticides and the better price that their products would then command. Also 2) raise awareness in consumers; of carcinogens and toxicity of preservatives and growing methods and the slavery in the chain of cheap products. Encourage people towards circular economies of local community supported agriculture schemes and self sufficiency/sustainability of each area. The only things we need to export or import are the things we NEED - many European countries already need water and get Nestle and the big players off our basic life resources.
An Answer to Qu. 32
Do you have concrete ideas for simplifying the CAP and reducing the administrative burden for farmers, beneficiaries (or public administrations)? Please specify and explain the reasons behind your suggestions.
If a chemical is banned from use in one country, do not allow products to be imported to that country that have been grown using that chemical- it is an unfair advantage to other countries that are still allowed to use dangerous chemicals while the country's own may be harvested later and look poor in comparison- even though they are technically better -chemical free. Lift the rules around organic labeling and make heavier the labeling on chemically produced and GM products. They are the ones people really need to know about. Ban live export. Ban factory farming - and this time not with a 12 years to put into effect, like the increase in chicken cage size. Stop veterinary incentives to claim cases of TB and stop the financial benefit for slaughterhouses of taking TB cases for free as they can just add them to the food chain anyway after cooking the carcasses. Stop the cull of badgers re TB and Otters and seals re fish. Absurd to suggest the animals are at fault when it is obviously human practices that are making all stocks vulnerable. Economy: The exact week the farmer's subsidy is paid tall the payments for shots, antibiotics, feed etc etc go out. They cannot make money and they never know how much their animal will be worth having raised it for two years. Animal agriculture is not sustainable, for farmers, their animals' health (endless shots of antebiotics to survive pneumonia, other germs in cramped conditions long and too young and the run off into water & environment.
An Answer to Qu. 33
Do you have more ideas for modernising the CAP?
17 EU Sustainability Goals could be met by a vegan society. Treat the problems of humanity, food and ecology as the one thing thing. Focus on raw food industries as they provide intact vitamin/mineral profile and enzymes still alive. Less heavy on manufacturing energy use, chemical and water use. Focus on and support a plant-based, organic, multicropping, localized agricultural practices and production. Make the ocean a no take zone at once and for 5 years. Stop being so heavily funded and dominated by the agro chemical companies. Find all the alternative research - that is all not undertaken by them themselves, and then fine them for Ecocide - the laws are there. This could realistically fund real change, bring justice, fair quality of life for farmers, support community and city efforts and only penalize the companies that have made enough money already. If you don't, we will all end up like the Indian Suicide Belt; left unable to save our own seeds or maintain any good agricultural practices at all. Prioritize Horticulture in colleges above animal agriculture. Make sure chemical management is no longer taught as somehow normal. Pay each farmer a subsidy only to be a citizen scientist - finding out exactly what their soil needs and becoming innovative about what can be produced and what manpower and information they would need to do it.Support Community Garden Networks and other urban farms, spaces, garden centres as food growing, educational and social cohesion facilities.
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