July 2011


A few months back I did a study of all the magazines in the library, weeding out the ones with low circulation and adding new ones to broaden the base of what is available. We’re just beginning to see those new magazines and I brought one home with me this weekend—NEXUS. You may recall that I interviewed the New Zealandpublisher of NEXUS in 2009 (see https://insearchofsimplicity.com/2009/12/04/lee-brogan-talks-about-nexus-magazine-on-voices-from-the-north/ )

The current June-July 2011 edition of the magazine features stories on the likes of Search for Free-Energy Technologies, Overcoming Obesity with Vitamin D and Past Life Healing and Trauma Relief. But what I’d like to report on here is another article; this one on a project called CHANI, an Acronym for Computer-Interfaced Communication with Other Realms. These fascinating inter-dimensional communications originated at a secret site inAfricabetween 1994 and 1999. The messages include the concept that the moon was placed here to negatively impact people’s moods and that gold is mined not for human use, but is passed on to interplanetary beings. The messenger stated that his planet had got rid of its moon and immediately experienced more peace and calm afterwards. But frankly all this is insignificant when compared with the stunning sunset we are experiencing right here, right now.

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“What is the present outlook in the field of energy generation? One word suffices – catastrophic! Through over-illumination and overheating of the media of earth, water and air in Nature’s household, a short circuit – ‘cold fire’ – and the development of cancer has been triggered off. With nuclear fission a conflagration was kindled, whose ashes and slag residues alone will extinguish all life. Thus a reporter stated recently, “For the time being this radiating thing is there and with it the attendant worries as to how we can protect ourselves against these lethal ray, which penetrate even the thickest lead shields.” The sheer lunacy of using nuclear power for peaceful purposes will be just as short-lived as the subsequent remorse will be long.”

Viktor Schauberger as quoted in Implosion Magazine, No. 56, p.29-30 (Callum Coats: Energy Evolution (2000))

In the past, geniuses such as Nikola Tesla and Viktor Schauberger have invented free energy devices. In each case (and in many others) powerful vested interests have ensured that these free energy sources were not made available to the masses. (see books such as Suppressed Inventions.) Now, another man has developed technology that could change the world as we know it and free us from the grips of the oil companies. Mehran Keshe is an Iranian-born scientist educated inEngland. He has established a foundation based in The Netherlands to support the dissemination of his plasma technology and its applications to space travel, medicine, food and more. I urge you to listen to the interview on the following link.

http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2011/06/RIR-110609.php

Read more on Mehran Keshe and his Foundation here: http://www.keshefoundation.com/about_keshe.html

And here’s an excerpt from another interview. The complete post is found here: http://pesn.com/2009/07/23/9501555_Keshe_space_exploration_energy/

At the end of our interview, I asked Keshe about the irony of his being Iranian, with Iran being a point of potential war erupting soon.  In defense of his native country, he said that Iran is “a peaceful nation,” and the Iranian government has been very supportive of his technology.  The irony is found in that Keshe, may have the very technology that would not only render war obsolete by introducing abundance where there has been scarcity, but also by removing borders because of how easy it will be to travel between any two points.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

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Avenue of Baobabs

Have you ever seen photos of the famous Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar? Legend has it that the gods planted baobabs upside down. It does look strange to see the smooth cylindrical trunks topped by sparse root-like canopies of branches and leaves. Last night, Lucia, Asha and I watched an episode of the BBC documentary Last Chance To See that focused on the endearing lemurs ofMadagascar. I was somewhat shocked to discover that this huge island has already lost over 80% of its forest cover and is in grave danger of seeing even more of its land turned to desert as desperate slash and burn agriculture is still the norm for some desperate and ill-guided subsistence farmers and other forests are cleared to grow sisal. You can imagine the threat the disappearance of habitat makes to some of the world’s rarest species of animal. InMadagascar extinctions are occurring almost as rapidly as new species are discovered. It’s not a pretty sight. It turns out that the stately baobabs are the lone survivors of a once lush and complex forest. The wood of these intriguing trees is neither good for building nor for fires so the trees have been left as the last sentinels of what once was an environment which teemed with life and easily supported the humans and animals living in its shadows. Today, this place is a dusty reminder of the ignorance of man, baking under a relentless sun, unclouded by transpiration from the leaves of trees.

Dancing Lemur of Madagascar

There have been a number of mass extinctions over the prolonged course of life on this planet, but scientists say that none have been as extreme or have occurred in such a short span of time as what we are experiencing now. Isn’t it time for us all to take a close look at our lifestyles and reduce our consumption. Colonization continues unabated today, but it is an insidious, invisible colonization of consumption. In our global economy few see the source of the products we crave. But, it would appear entire ecosystems shudder under the weight of this onslaught of ignorance and greed. As Chief Seattle once said, Western man may yet discover he cannot eat money. Let us turn our vast collective intelligence to the restoration of the forests of this beautiful planet. Our very survival may depend on it.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

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In a world in which we so often reach for an instant remedy, either in the form of a pill purchased over the counter in a pharmacy or prescribed by our physician, it is comforting to know that many of our nutritional and medical needs are freely available from nature.  I’d like to look at a few of these now.

Plantain and Comfrey

White-Tail Spider

In this part of New Zealand the creature most feared by many is the white-tail spider. Originally from Australia  this relatively small arachnid is here to stay. One bite from this little hunter can cause flesh to waste away. The results of a white-tail spider bite are not pretty. A few years ago, in the early morning dark in my bedroom, I bent to pick up a piece of fluff from the carpet. The fluff moved. I turned on the light and saw that it was in fact a white tail. I felt no pain so assumed I’d been lucky and not been bitten.

Comfrey

But, a few hours later, while working in the garden, the middle finger on my right hand turned a deep purple and began to throb. It seems I had been bitten after all. I immediately picked a few plantain and comfrey leaves, bandaged them around the inflicted finger and carried on with my work. I repeated the process several times in the course of the day, noting a reduction in throbbing and in the purple colouring each time. By the end of the day the pain was gone and all that was left was a tiny red spot, presumably the location of the bite.

A few years earlier I was bitten by an out-of-control dog and I received a stitches in my hand at the local clinic. I was advised by the doctor that I’d need antibiotics to prevent any secondary infections from the dog’s saliva. I bypassed the chemist and immediately began covering the wound with comfrey and plantain leaves. I also bathed in the sea. The wound healed remarkably fast and the stitches were removed just a few days later. There had been no infection and almost no scarring.

Narrow-Leafed Plantain

My first encounter with the wonders of plantain were when I was stung by about seven yellow jackets (small wasps) while mowing the lawn in Canada. I immediately rubbed plantain leaves on each sting and carried on mowing the grass. The pain from the stings disappeared almost immediately but I must have missed one. That one sting itched and aggravated me for a couple of days, whereas I wouldn’t have even known I received the other stings. Over the years I’ve used plantain on bee and wasp stings many times. The relief is almost always virtually instantaneous. It is magic. Comfrey was known by herbalists of past centuries as knit-bone. I’ve had no reason to test this claim of its ability to heal broken bones but I do eat a few plantain (the narrow-leafed plants are less bitter) and comfrey leaves in salad from time to time. Comfrey is particularly deep rooted and contains a wealth of minerals. In fact, some claim it is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B-12.

Stinging Nettle

Speaking of minerals, stinging nettles are absolutely packed with minerals, most notably iron, silica and potassium.

Stinging Nettles

This plant is highly recommended by herbalists as a general tonic. David Hoffman, author of The Holistic Herbal, says emphatically, ‘When in doubt, use nettles.’ I’m sipping from a cup of nettle tea as I write. It’s a tasty, mineral-rich brew. Nettles are a blood tonic and improve the body’s resistance to pollens, molds and environmental pollutants. It’s not a wonder they grow so prolifically inWestern Europe where air pollution is significant. Stinging nettles are doing their best to neutralize the air-born toxins in that part of the world. The plant is easy to grow but needs to be planted in a place where it can be contained. It will spread rampantly given the opportunity.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Here’s a plant that seems to follow man wherever he goes. It too is a blood purifier. Dandelion root is useful in treating obstructions of the gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas and stomach. In Europe, The Cure involves drinking three cups of dandelion root tea daily for six to eight weeks twice yearly in spring and autumn. Young and tender dandelion leaves make a delicious addition to any salad, as do the dandelion’s bright yellow flowers. The plant is extremely hardy, managing to get a roothold in the cracks of concrete in the middle of the city. It is calling out for us to use it as food and medicine.

Rosemary

Rosemary tonifies the nervous system and improves peripheral circulation.

Young Rosemary Plant

It is an excellent tea for the elderly as it improves digestion, circulation and memory. It even uplifts the spirits and is used by herbalists for those suffering with Alzheimer’s. Hot rosemary tea promotes sweating for those suffering colds and flues. It is one of the best treatments for migraines and other headaches. It is even reputed to strengthen eyesight. Rosemary is used to enhance hair growth. It hasn’t helped me in this regard!

It is one of the herbs used successfully and deliciously in recipes of the countries ringing theMediterranean Sea. Rosemary is an essential ingredient in my raw green soups and in homemade salad dressings. I love it. It grows readily in this part of the world.

Green Tea

Did you know that green tea comes from the same plant as black tea—camelia sinensis? This hardy camellia with slightly fragrant small white flowers with yellow centres is easily grown where other camellias flourish.

Camelia Sinensis

The tea is made from fresh or dried leaves, rather than the cooking process used to make black tea. It has lower caffeine levels than black tea or coffee and the vitamin C and natural tannins in green tea help to moderate the deleterious effects of its naturally-occurring caffeine. Studies inJapan show that green tea drinkers suffer fewer cancers than those who don’t drink it. Green tea also helps prevent dental decay and provides relief of allergy and asthma symptoms. You can imagine why Asian monks find it such a useful brew for their long days of meditation.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Here’s a succulent anyone can grow indoors or out, depending on your climate. We have a large healthy plant in a pot just outside the kitchen in the semi shade of an Australian Frangipani. It blooms right through winter. Taken internally aloe aids digestion, is mildly laxative and helps with arthritis and ulcers. I put a half inch (12 mm) piece in my smoothies most mornings. And nothing touches the effectiveness of aloe vera for sun burn or more extreme burns. A friend of ours recently severely burned one arm with scalding water. She expected lasting scars. Several times a day she applied clean dressings with fresh aloe vera jelly (we lent her large fronds.) The healing was remarkable and there is no scarring today.

Thyme

Here’s another of those remarkable Mediterranean herbs easily grown and just as easy to use for food and medicine. Thyme helps loosen mucus and soothes inflamed mucus membranes. It strengthens immunity and nourishes and warms the lungs. It can even be used as a mouth wash to treat dental decay. And it is one ingredient in a tea designed to help you sing and speak more clearly. Here’s the recipe for Voice Beautiful Tea:

2 parts marshmallow root

1 part fennel seed

1 part hyssop

1 part peppermint herb

1 part thyme herb

Add honey and/or lemon juice to taste

Ginger

Ginger has a long history of use for indigestion and flatulence, aiding in the digestion of starches and fatty foods. It is warming and aids circulation, is good for the brain and makes a delicious brew. We add fresh ginger root to the juices we make from apples, carrots, beetroot and greens. Ginger is said to be more effective than Dramamine for motion sickness without causing drowsiness. It is known to strengthen the tissue of the heart muscle. Dried ginger is hotter than the fresh root and is more effective in relieving nausea and in warming the body. Fresh ginger root is best for respiratory problems.

Garlic

Garlic, an allium like onions, leeks and shallots, is known to specifically target harmful bacteria in the gut. Garlic controls fat deposits in arteries and therefore is used to treat high blood pressure and angina. You might smell of the stuff after you eat it, but you know it is keeping you healthy at the same time.

Edible Weeds

Lambs Quarters Lettuce

Add fresh weeds (or dried ones if fresh weeds are unavailable) and other wild and semi-wild plants to salads every day. Chickweed, lamb’s quarter lettuce (called fat hen here in New Zealand), amaranth, miner’s lettuce, self-heal, violets, nasturtiums, purslane, dock, dandelions, sorrel are just a few of plants available under your feet. They add minerals and a wholesome taste to the lettuce and spinach we more commonly associate with salads. I’ve been know to make entire salads from fat hen. It is a delicious summer green. And don’t forget the herbs like chives, garlic chives, thyme, summer basil and oregano

Borage Flowers

There’s nothing new in anything I’ve presented here. As often as possible eat local, eat raw and eat organic. Nature provides her local inhabitants with exactly what they need, when they need it. Hence, the ripening of different fruits at different times. In modern times this perfect, natural order has been superseded by the supermarket, with fruit and vegetables from all over the world available at any time, food often grown in slave-like conditions for workers and brought to us at a huge cost to the environment in giant fuel-burning ships. By turning to botanicals for medicine and sustenance we are encouraging a greener world. What would you rather have in your neighbourhood—a chemical factory or fields of rosemary and lavender?

Culpepper and other herbalists from centuries past spoke of the Doctrine of Signatures in which the shape of a plant or a cross-section of it indicates the part of the body they will assist. Cut across bulb fennel and you’ll easily see why fennel is recognized as being good for the eyes. Likewise, cut a carrot and you can see why carrots for centuries have been reputed to assist eyesight, particularly night vision.

Who can resist a salad garnished with the rainbow hues of lavender, comfrey, borage, nasturtium, calendula, violet and alfalfa flowers? The flowers aren’t just a garnish. There are phyto-nutrients galore in the fresh pollen of edible flowers; nutrients to nourish the mind and spirit, as well as the physical body.

By imbibing herbal teas, eating weeds and their flowers and making use of locally produced herbs and tinctures we are directly connecting with nature and absorbing ideally available solar energy via the plant kingdom. I wish you the best of health. It is freely available to you.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

 

Last Friday evening I joined a group of transition-towners and other interested parties for the screening of The Economics of Happiness, the latest documentary offering of Helena Norberg-Hodge. It is a lovely film and, unlike some other myth-shattering films I’ve seen in the last years it leaves one with a sense of optimism. Ms. Norberg-Hodge has spent the better part of 35 years as an analyst of how the global economy impacts cultures worldwide, and as a pioneer in the localization movement. This film begins with a heart-warming view of the Ladakhi people of northernIndia. Until their introduction to the ‘global economy’ they were a colourful culture producing all of their needed food. They were a rich group with spacious, comfortable homes, no poverty and the time to pursue cultural interests like song and dance. Judging by their smiles they were genuinely happy people. Now, with the onset of different expectations due to the influence of advertising they have leapt into the modern world replete with religious tensions (previously Muslims and Buddhists lived peacefully side-by-side in this mountainous community for hundreds of years), unemployment etc. . . . .

In this film, Norberg-Hodge debunks some long-held views about globalization with eight “inconvenient truths”. Some tie globalization to climate change and human unhappiness; others point out that globalization is based on false accounting and built on handouts to big business. In a sense, the global economy is an extension of colonialism.

The film also points out that globalization causes feelings of alienation. Young people in the less industrialized parts of the world are made to feel backward and inferior in contrast to the romanticized media images of the West. Even in the West, where marketing now targets children at earlier and earlier ages, the message is: you are not enough. You need the latest fashions, the latest technological devices, the perfect body and face to be someone. These pressures are linked to a worldwide epidemic of depression and psychological disorders.

I must say that watching this documentary took me right back to my time in the 1980s spent with two dramatically different cultures, the Trobriand Islanders of the Western Pacific and the Hunzas of Northern Pakistan. Each of these groups was locally producing almost everything they needed. They were culturally rich, genuinely happy people. I know that my focus on community and localism today was largely shaped by the intimate time I spent with these two enlightened groups of beautiful traditional people. We could do worse than to turn away from globalization and to return to strong, vibrant local communities.

One statistic cited in the film remains with me. In an annual study of Americans begun in 1952 the peak of happiness or contentment in the U.S.A was in 1955. It has been going down ever since, despite theU.S.A.becoming an increasingly monetarily rich nation in the decades since. GNP is a misleading indicator of economic performance. When people get sicker GNP goes up because more money is spent on health care. When companies produce environmentally destructive and wasteful products GNP goes up. It’s a measure of money spent. I prefer to look to Gross National Happiness, the measure first cited in 1976 byBhutan’s fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, We should know by now that money doesn’t produce happiness, lives of meaning do. Watch the film if you can; and spend a little more this week locally than you have been. Patronize your local bank (New Zealand only has two truly Kiwi banks –The Kiwi Bank and Tasman Savings Bank) or business.  You’ll be helping to reinvigorate your little part of the world.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

 

God goes with you wherever you go. There is nothing that is not God. Our belief in separateness is the cause of all distress, all fear, all doubt. The following excerpt from LESSON 41 of A Course in Miracles describes this beautifully.

God goes with me wherever I go.

Today’s idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment all separated ones experience. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss.

The separated ones have invented many ‘cures’ for what they believe to be “the ills of the world.” But the one thing they do not do is to question the reality of the problem. Yet its effects cannot be cured because the problem is not real. The idea for today has the power to end all this foolishness forever. And foolishness it is, despite the serious and tragic forms it may take.

Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world. It will cure all sorrow and pain and fear and loss because it will heal the mind that thought these things were real, and suffered out of the allegiance to them.

You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go. You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.

Now, I’d like to share a few words from Louise Hay that would seem to have been inspired by the above concept. You can repeat these to yourself first thing upon awakening, before going to sleep and whenever the need arises.

Deep at the centre of my being is an infinite well of Love. I now allow this Love to flow to the surface. It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied. The more love I use and give the more I have to give. The supply is endless. The use of love makes me feel good. It is an expression of my inner joy. . . . I love myself therefore: I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I Am free. I love myself: therefore I live totally in the now experiencing each moment as good; for I Am a child of the Universe and the Universe lovely takes care of me now and forevermore and so it is.

I wish you joy, happiness and laughter always,
John

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

 

I thought I’d share the first paragraph from Lesson 37 of A Course in Miracles with you. This concept of finding purpose/meaning in life is a big one. This lesson describes purpose in a lucid, achievable manner. I hope you find this meaningful.

My holiness blesses the world.

This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due. And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews