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Friday, July 25, 2008

 

" Wealth Consciousness - The Source of All Abundance

" Wealth Consciousness - The Source of All Abundance

By Deepak Chopra July 20th, 2008
Source Dream Manifesto

" Affluence, unboundedness, and abundance are our natural state. We just need to restore the memory of what we already know. - Deepak Chopra

Affluence is the experience in which our needs are easily met and our desires spontaneously fulfilled. We feel joy, health, happiness, and vitality in every moment of our existence.

Affluence is reality, and the true purpose of this book is to give us an insight into the nature of reality. When we are grounded in the nature of reality and we also know that this same reality is our own nature, then we realize that we can create anything, because all of material creation has the same origin. Nature goes to the same place to create a cluster of nebulas, a galaxy of stars, a rain forest, or a human body as it goes to create a thought.

All of material creation, everything that we can see, touch, hear, taste, or smell is made from the same stuff and comes from the same source. Experiential knowledge of this fact gives us the ability to fulfill any desire we have, acquire any material object we want, and experience fulfillment and happiness to any extent we aspire.

The principles expressed in this book relate specifically to the creation of unlimited material wealth, but these principles can be applied to fulfill any desire, because they are the same principles that nature uses to create material reality out of a nonmaterial essence.

All of material creation is structured out of information and energy. All quantum events are basically fluctuations of energy and information. And these impulses of energy and information are the nonstuff that make up everything that we consider stuff or matter.

So it becomes clear that not only is the essential stuff of the universe nonstuff, but that it is thinking nonstuff. For what else is a thought but an impulse of energy and information?

We think of thoughts as occurring only in our head, but that is because we experience them as linguistically structured thought that is verbally elite and speaks to us in the English language - in my case, with an Indian accent. But those same impulses of energy and information that we experience as thoughts -those same impulses - are the raw material of the universe.

The only difference between thoughts inside my head and those outside my head is that I experience thoughts inside my head in linguistically structured terms. But before a thought becomes verbal and is experienced as language, it is just an intention. It is, once again, an impulse of energy and information.

In other words, at a preverbal level, all of nature speaks the same language. We are all thinking bodies in a thinking universe. And just as thought projects itself as the molecules of our body, so too the same impulses of energy and information project themselves as space-time events in our environment.

Behind the visible garment of the universe, beyond the mirage of molecules, the maya - or illusion - of physicality, lies an inherently invisible, seamless matrix made up of a nothingness. This invisible nothingness silently orchestrates, instructs, guides, governs, and compels nature to express itself with infinite creativity, infinite abundance, and unfaltering exactitude into a myriad of designs and patterns and forms.

Life experiences are the continuum in this seamless matrix of nothingness, in this continuum of both body and environment. They are our experiences of joy and sorrow, of success and failure, of wealth and poverty. All these events seemingly happen to us, but at very primordial levels we are making them happen.

The impulses of energy and information that create our life experiences are reflected in our attitudes toward life. And our attitudes are an outcome of and expressions of self-engendered impulses of energy and information.  "

http://www.dreammanifesto.com/wealth-consciousness-source-abundance.html
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Abraham-Hicks Daily Quote

"I Can Set My Own Standards for Financial Well-Being. . .

Once you are able to achieve and consistently maintain your personal alignment, a great deal of money will flow into your experience (if that is your desire).

Do not let others set the standards about how much money you should have-or about what you should do with it-for you are the only one who could ever accurately define that. Come into alignment with who-you-really-are, and allow the things that life has helped you to know that you want to flow into your experience. "
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" I Can't Tell Stories of Shortage and Experience Abundance. . .

Continuing to tell stories of shortage only continues to contradict your desire for abundance, and you cannot have it both ways: You cannot focus upon unwanted and receive wanted. You cannot focus upon stories about money that make you feel uncomfortable and allow into your experience what makes you feel comfortable. A different story will bring different results: My thoughts are the basis for the attraction of all things that I consider to be good, which includes enough money, and health, for my comfort and joy."
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" I Am the Attractor of My Every Experience.

You are meant to live an expansive, exhilarating, good-feeling experience. It was your plan when you made the decision to become focused in your physical body in this time-space reality. You were born knowing that you are a powerful Being; that you are good; that you are the creator of your experience, and that the Law of Attraction (the essence of that which is like unto itself, is drawn) is the basis of the Universe, and you knew it would serve you well. And so it has. "


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

 

"How Do You Prevent Your Goals From Becoming Reality?

Even when reading about Feng Shui almost the first thing they say is clear the clutter.   Easier said than done sometimes.   Sun Smiley

 


"How Do You Prevent Your Goals From Becoming Reality?

By Catherine Jeans July 22nd, 2008
Source Dream Manifesto

"Imagine trying to climb up a mountain laden with two heavy suitcases, all your belongings wrapped around your neck and a bucket of water perched precariously on your head.  You wouldn't get very far, would you!  That's just what it's like trying to achieve your goals and ambitions weighed down with life clutter.

Whether it's emotional, mental or physical, life clutter gets in the way of our true potential, preventing the clarity required to recognize opportunity as it arises.  It could be emotional baggage from a previous business venture that went wrong and left you feeling like a failure or a comment from childhood when a teacher told you you'd never achieve anything.  Or it could be mental clutter, the daily flood of thoughts about your marriage, job or endless lists of tasks you need to achieve that go round and around in your head.  Or physical clutter could be blocking your potential, from a desk that's full of unfilled papers or three years of back taxes that still haven't been filed or sent off.

Whatever your life clutter, it's important to free yourself of all this baggage.  If you don't, you're limiting the infinite amount of wonderful experiences and events that are waiting just around the corner to enter your life and help you achieve your dreams and maximize your true potential.

Clear Your Physical Space
One of the easiest ways to begin to declutter your life is to work on your physical space.  If you're trying to manifest your goals surrounded by piles of papers, drawers that won't close properly and a mountain of files hidden underneath your desk, this clutter not only impacts on efficiency but can also create mental barriers to your success.  Many people get into the habit of hoarding endless papers, memories and unused items that have no purpose other than holding onto previous experiences.

The key to decluttering your physical space is to pick an area in your office or at home and set a target to deal with the clutter for 20 minutes per day.  The mountains of paperwork may seem like an uphill battle, but by allocating a small amount of time everyday to achieve a clutter free work and personal space, the sense of liberation and freedom will be overwhelming once the job is done.

Buy yourself a shredder to get rid of old bank statements, aged tax forms and files you no longer need.  Recycle all your old appliance manuals for equipment long since replaced.  With the endless hoards of items you no longer use, sit down and ask yourself two questions:  do I actually like these things and do I really need them?

By having a physical cleanse and releasing the clutter of the past, you'll find an immense sense of freedom both mentally and emotionally.

Cleanse Your Mind of Clutter
Two of the prime causes of mental clutter are avoidance and procrastination.  Your brain can become bogged down and your mental capacity restricted with lingering thoughts of endless tasks that need doing but you never complete or even attempt.  As our mind wanders uncontrolled and focuses on everything we have to do and get done, we end up setting unachievable mental lists of jobs that should not be our primary focus.  This constant "mental chatter" can cause tiredness and exhaustion, draining your energy and blocking your path to success.

Added to this there's the endless emotional anguish and pain many of us put ourselves through on a day to day basis.  We deliberate constantly over how our peers perceive us or what our loved ones are thinking, often creating strong mental barriers to seeing our goals clearly.

Clearing out mental and emotional clutter helps to quiet the mind and achieve focus and a sense of calm.  One of the first steps to reaching mental clarity is to write down a short-term goal list every week, setting yourself realistic targets that can be achieved.  Rather than allowing your mind to wander and create ambitious lists of everything that needs doing all at the same time, by setting realistic goals each week you can prioritize the essentials, preventing sleepless nights and endless worrying about the small jobs.  Otherwise if you're constantly stressed this can reduce your productivity and leave you feeling despondent and without direction - not a good mindset for achieving your goals!

Sit down and really think about what actually needs doing.  Do you really need to paint the spare bedroom this week?  Does the shed really need cleaning out today?  Work out what you can realistically achieve and make sure you set aside some time for relaxation and quality time with your loved ones.

Clearing your emotional baggage is a task that requires constant work and even more dedication.  However if you can release yourself from the pain of emotional anguish and constant worrying about what other people think then this creates the space and peace in your mind to focus and dedicate yourself to manifesting the life you truly desire.

One of the first steps to releasing your mind of emotional pain is to analyze the way you think.  Byron Katie is one of the greatest teachers of thought analysis, through her groundbreaking program, The Work.  She believes that if we let our minds wander aimlessly, giving space for unquestioned thoughts to run wild we can never achieve emotional and mental freedom.  Katie's work centers on writing down thoughts that cause stress in our life and questioning whether they are really true.  She focuses on how the way we think about ourselves and others can have such a powerful impact on our manifestations of success.  For example, in her book Question Your Thinking, Change the World she says:

"There is no way you can't have the best business on this planet.  No one stops you but you - that's the only possibility.  Your employees aren't responsible for your success - you are."

Once we take responsibility for our path to success and get rid of our physical, emotional and mental baggage along the way this clears the route to achieving our dreams and removes the barriers that could be preventing our goals from becoming reality. "
http://www.dreammanifesto.com/prevent-goals-reality.html
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Abraham-Hicks Daily Quotes

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Law of Attraction Responds to My Vibration

A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability-if you try even a little bit-to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction. The Law of Attraction is responding to your vibration, and you can easily change your vibrational point of attraction by visualizing the lifestyle you desire and holding your attention upon those images until you begin to feel relief, which will indicate that a true vibrational shift has occurred. "
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"The Better My Story Gets the Better My Life Gets. . .

Begin telling the story of your desire, and then add to it the details of the positive aspects that you can find that match those desires. And then embellish your positive expectation by speculating with your good-feeling Wouldn't it be nice if . . . ? examples.

You can say things like: Only good things come to me. . . I'll figure it out as I go along. . .. Every time you tell your better-feeling story, you will feel better and the details of your life will improve. The better it gets, the better it gets. "
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"  I Can't Tell Stories of Shortage and Experience Abundance. . .

Continuing to tell stories of shortage only continues to contradict your desire for abundance, and you cannot have it both ways: You cannot focus upon unwanted and receive wanted. You cannot focus upon stories about money that make you feel uncomfortable and allow into your experience what makes you feel comfortable. A different story will bring different results: My thoughts are the basis for the attraction of all things that I consider to be good, which includes enough money, and health, for my comfort and joy."


Saturday, July 19, 2008

 

"Detachment From Choice - The Secret of Flexibility

Great article, several writers say essentially the same thing to let go of the way something comes to you, also time frame in which it comes.  By doing so things can come in a form much better than we could ever imagine and at a perfect time.  Good luck with your manifestations!!!! 


 

"Detachment From Choice - The Secret of Flexibility


By Enoch Tan July 18th, 2008
Source Dream Manifesto

"Enlightenment is about seeing through the illusions of life and knowing what reality really is. When you are enlightened, you can have everything you want. Because you'll know the truth about what everything is, and what does it really mean to have something. It is an irony of the world that the people who seek material things and desire to have them before thinking about enlightenment, tend to attain neither, but those that acquire enlightenment first are the ones who do. The desireless attain all their desires.

Being desireless is not about having no desire, but it is about having no attachment to desire. Attachment is the cause of all suffering. Suffering is burning emotional energy on the uncontrollable. The more you suffer, the more suffering you attract. Letting go of all attachments is the way to end all suffering. When you are attached, you are in a state of wanting or lacking. When you are detached, you are in a state of being desireless. Enlightenment is about knowing why detachment gets you your desire.

Physical reality is an illusion created by consciousness to rediscover itself. It is an illusion that you do not have what you already want, because you already have all that you desire in spiritual reality. Physical reality is a place for you to manifest anything that you are resonating with from spiritual reality. When you are attached, you are resonating with the spiritual untruth that you do not have your desire. When you are detached, you are resonating with the spiritual truth that you already have your desire.

You free yourself by being emotionally detached from choices. Many people fail to get what they want because they do not free themselves to have it. You trap yourself when you are attached to choices. You think that it has to work a particular way rather than allowing yourself to go another way. Detachment from choices is what gives you true freedom of choice. You are able to choose again in every moment and are free to make a different choice if you will. Detachment from choice is secret of flexibility.

Stock market trading success comes to those who trade in an enlightened way. The masses are emotionally attached to choices and that is why they lose money when they hold on to failing stocks instead of selling them. They also fail to sell when the stock has reached a substantial level of growth because they are attached to seeing it grow forever. The elite traders are not attached to choices but they buy and sell freely in a way that makes them more money than losing it. To be unattached is to be free.

Having the relationships you want also comes from being enlightened. What a woman really wants is an enlightened man. He is a man who realizes his true being as a free spirit. He is free to express himself to her and he is free from being affected by her. Being detached is the attractive quality that makes a man uncontrollable by a lady. Being undefined by external factors is what makes him self assured. He is capable of loving fearlessly and loving without attachment. Enlightened loving is loving like a god.

Those who are enlightened get what they want by benefiting from movement and changes, whether positive or negative. It no longer matters to them whether the stock goes up or down. They have strategies to make money either way. It no longer matters to them whether which person likes or don't like them, or when their partner is happy or unhappy with them. They simply allow themselves to enjoy all the happiness and positive energy they experience from whoever, whenever and however it comes.

Enlightened manifestation of your desires is about getting the essence of what you want and not being attached to the form or channel. Those who are attached to form or channel will suffer more and more, and have less and less self esteem. Whereas those who are not attached will be able to enjoy more and more of the things they like in life, and have more and more self esteem. Those who have more self esteem are more capable of having the success and relationships they want compared to the others.

Freedom from attachment is also the reason why the rich get richer and the happy get happier, while the poor get poorer and the unhappy get unhappier. Having comes from being. When you are being detached, you are resonating with having. When you are being attached, you are resonating with not having. That is why it has always been said that you will finally be able to have what you want when you no longer want it. It does not mean you do not want it, but you are no longer in a state of wanting it.

All that we want is peace and bliss. We think that when we have all the material things we want, we will have peace and bliss. But that is because we don't really know what peace and bliss are. It is peace and bliss that bring us everything else in life. Peace is total transcendence. Bliss is an untouchable happiness. When we transcend all illusions of the material world, we are in a state of peace where we can manifest anything we want. When we have no attachments, we have a happiness that cannot go.

Enlightenment is the key to everything. The unenlightened may ask what enlightenment has got to do with making the money or getting the girl that you want. The answer is everything. When you are enlightened, you realize that it is not about getting this or that, but it is all about knowing what reality is, and who you really are. Then from that space of knowingness and beingness, you are free to create whatever you wish. You're free to play with illusions without being trapped by any, as it is all just a game. "

http://www.dreammanifesto.com/detachment-choice-secret-flexibility.html
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Abraham-Hicks Daily Quote

" Money Is Not the "Root of Evil" or of Happiness. . .

This important subject of money and financial success is not the "root of all evil" as many have quoted-nor is it the path to happiness. So when you are able to successfully control something like the subject of money that affects most of you all day, every day, you will have accomplished something rather significant-for not only is it certain that your financial success must improve, but the evidence of that success will then prepare you for deliberate improvement in every aspect of your life experience. "
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" What Do I Want, and Why Do I Want It. . .?

When you acknowledge what you do not want, and then ask yourself, "What is it that I do want?" you begin a gradual shift into the telling of your new story and into a much-improved point of attraction.

You get the essence of what you think about-whether you want it or not-because Law of Attraction is unerringly consistent-therefore, you are never only telling the story of "how it is now." You are also telling the future experience that you are creating right now. "
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" When you are in sync with the Energy of Source, which is the Energy of Well-being, Well-being is your experience. And when you're not you don't feel so good. Everything that you're living is a perfect replica of the vibration of your being.

Excerpted from a workshop in Houston, TX on Saturday, January 5th, 2002

All Is Well "
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" I Am the Creator of My Own Life Experience.

You are the creator of your own life experience, and as the creator of your experience, it is important to understand that it is not by virtue of your action, not by virtue of your doing-it is not even by virtue of what you are saying-that you are creating. You are creating by virtue of the thought that you are offering.

You cannot speak or offer action without thought-vibration occurring at the same time; however, you are often offering a thought-vibration without offering words or action. Children or babies learn to mimic the vibration of the adults who surround them long before they learn to mimic their words. "
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" I Can Pivot from Feeling Bad to Feeling Good.

As you look for a better-feeling way to approach whatever you are giving your attention to; as you continue to ask yourself, from your ever-changing vantage point, "What is it that I do want?" eventually you will be standing in a very pleasing place-for you cannot continually ask yourself what it is that you do want without your point of attraction beginning to pivot in that direction. . . . The process will be gradual, but your continued application of the process will yield wonderful results in only a few days. "


Saturday, July 19, 2008

 

The clothes line

Came in email.  Am old enough to remember the clothes line .... dry clothes feeling like sandpaper grit on cardboard occasionally decorated with "bird art."  Crying


 

 *The clothes line....a dead give away.  Do the kids today even know
    what  a clothes line is?*

    *For all of us who are older, this will bring back the memories.*



    *  THE BASIC RULES*

    *  1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes.*
    *  Walk the length of each line with a damp cloth around the line.*



    *  2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order and always hang*
    * whites with whites and hang them first.*



    *  3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail.*
    *  What would the neighbors think?*



    *  4.  Wash day on a Monday...........never hang clothes on the
    weekend or Sunday for heaven's sake!*



    *  5.  Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could
    hide your 'unmentionables' in the middle.*



    *  6.  It didn't matter if it was sub zero
    weather.............clothes would 'freeze dry.'  *



    *  7.  Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes.
    Pins left on the line was 'tacky'.*



    *  8.  If you were efficient, you would line the clot hes up so that
    each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the
    clothes pins with the next washed item.*



    * 9.  Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in
    the clothes basket and ready to be ironed.*



    *10.   IRONED??????????    Well, that's a whole other subject.*


    **A POEM**

    *  A clothes line was a news forecast*

    *  To neighbors passing by.*

    *  There were no secrets you could keep*

    *  When clothes were hung to dry.*



      It also was a friendly link

    *  For neighbors always knew*

    *  If company had stopped on by*

    *  To spend a night or two.*



    *  For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"*

    *  And towels upon the line;*

    *  You'd see the "company table cloths"*

    *  With intricate design.*



    *  The line announced a baby's birth*

    *  To folks who lived inside*

    *  As brand new infant clothes were hung*

    *  So carefully with pride.*



    *  The ages of the children could*

    *  So readily be known*

    *  By watching how the sizes changed*

    *  You'd know how much they'd grown.*



    *  It also told when illness struck,*

    *  As extra sheets were hung;*

    *  Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,*

    *  Haphazardly were strung.*



    *  It said, "Gone on vacation now"*

    *  When lines hung limp and bare.*

    *  It told, "We're back!" when full lines **_sagged_*

    *  With not an inch to spare.*



    *  New folks in town were scorned upon*

    *  If wash was dingy gray,*

    *  As neighbors carefully raised their brows,*

    *  And looked the other way..*



    *  But clotheslines now are of the past*

    *  For dryers make work less.*

    *  Now what goes on inside a home*

    *  Is anybody's guess.*



    *  I really miss that way of life.*

    *  It was a friendly sign*

    *  When neighbors knew each other best*

    *  By what hung on the line!*
 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

 

"The Girl With the Apple

This came in email, searches out to be true.  http://clusty.com/search?tb=firefox-1.2.13&locale=en-US&query=Herman%20Rosenblat


"The Girl With the Apple

An amazing and true story by Herman Rosenblat

"August, 1942. Piotrkow, Poland. The sky was gloomy that morning as we waited anxiously. All the men, women, and children of Piotrkow's Jewish ghetto had been herded into a square. Word had gotten around that we were being moved. My father had only recently died from typhus, which had run rampant through the crowded ghetto. My greatest fear was that our family would be separated. "Whatever you do," Isidore, my eldest brother, whispered to me, "don't tell them your age. Say you're sixteen." I was tall for a boy of 11, so I could pull it off. That way I might be deemed valuable as a worker. An SS man approached me, boots clicking against the cobblestones. He looked me up and down, then asked my age.

"Sixteen," I said. He directed me to the left, where my three brothers and other healthy young men already stood.

My mother was motioned to the right-with the other women, children, sick and elderly people. I whispered to Isidore, "Why?" He didn't answer. I ran to Mama's side and said I wanted to stay with her. "No," she said sternly. "Get away. Don't be a nuisance. Go with your brothers." She had never spoken so harshly before. But I understood: She was protecting me. She loved me so much that, just this once, she pretended not to. It was the last I ever saw of her.

My brothers and I were transported in a cattle car to Germany. We arrived at the Buchenwald concentration camp one night weeks later and were led into a crowded barracks. The next day, we were issued uniforms and identification numbers. "Don't call me Herman anymore," I said to my brothers. "Call me 94983." I was put to work in the camp's crematorium, loading the dead onto a hand-cranked elevator. I, too, felt dead. Hardened. I had become a number.

Soon, my brothers and I were sent to Schlieben, one of Buchenwald's sub-camps near Berlin. One morning I thought I heard my mother's voice. Son, she said softly but clearly, I am sending you an angel.

Then I woke up. Just a dream. A beautiful dream. But in this place there could be no angels. There was only work. And hunger. And fear.

A couple of days later, I was walking around the camp, behind the barracks, near the barbed-wire fence where the guards could not easily see.

I was alone. On the other side of the fence, I spotted someone -a young girl with light, almost luminous curls. She was half-hidden behind a birch tree. I glanced around to make sure no one saw me. I called to her softly in German, "Do you have something to eat?" She didn't understand. I inched closer to the fence and repeated the question in Polish. She stepped forward. I was thin and gaunt, with rags wrapped around my feet, but the girl looked unafraid. In her eyes, I saw life. She pulled an apple from her woolen jacket and threw it over the fence. I grabbed the fruit and, as I started to run away, I heard her say faintly, "I'll see you tomorrow."

I didn't believe she would come back. It was much too dangerous. But I returned anyway, the same time the next day. And there she was. The same girl. She moved tentatively from behind the tree, and once again threw something over the fence. This time, a small hunk of bread wrapped around a stone. I ate the bread, gratefully and ravenously, wishing there had been enough to share with my brothers. When I looked up the girl was gone.

I returned to the same spot by the fence at the same time every day. She was always there with something for me to eat-a hunk of bread or, better yet, an apple. We didn't dare speak or linger. To be caught would mean death for us both. I didn't know anything about her-just a kind farm girl-except that she understood Polish. What was her name? Why was she risking her life for me? Hope was in such short supply, and this girl on the other side of the fence gave me some, as nourishing in its way as the bread and apples.

Nearly seven months later, my brothers and I were crammed into a coal car and shipped to the Theresienstadt camp in Czechoslovakia. "Don't return," I told the girl that day. "We're leaving." I turned toward the barracks and didn't look back, didn't even say good-bye to the girl whose name I'd never learned, the girl with the apples.

We were at Theresienstadt for three months. The war was winding down and Allied forces were closing in, yet my fate seemed sealed. On May 10, 1945, I was scheduled to die in the gas chamber at 10:00 A.M. In the quiet of dawn, I tried to prepare myself. So many times death seemed ready to claim me, but somehow I'd survived. Now, it was over. I thought of my parents. At least, I thought, we will be reunited. At 8:00 A.M., there was a commotion. I heard shouts, and saw people running every which way through camp. I caught up with my brothers. Russian troops had liberated the camp!

The gates swung open. Everyone was running, so I did too. Amazingly, all of my brothers had survived; I'm not sure how. But I knew that the girl with the apples had been the key to my survival. In a place where evil seemed triumphant, one person's goodness had saved my life, had given me hope in a place where there was none. My mother had promised to send me an angel, and the angel had come.

Eventually, I made my way to England, where I was sponsored by a Jewish charity, put up in a hostel with other boys who had survived the Holocaust and trained in electronics. Then I came to America, where my brother Sam had already moved. I served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and returned to New York City after two years. By August 1957 I'd opened my own electronics repair shop. I was starting to settle in.

One day, my friend Sid-whom I knew from England-called me. "I've got a date. She's got a Polish friend. Let's double date."

A blind date? Nah, that wasn't for me. But Sid kept pestering me, and a few days later we headed up to the Bronx to pick up his date and her friend Roma. I had to admit, for a blind date this wasn't so bad. Roma was a nurse at a Bronx hospital. She was kind and smart. Beautiful, too, with swirling brown curls and green, almond-shaped eyes that sparkled with life.

The four of us drove out to Coney Island. Roma was easy to talk to, easy to be with. Turned out she was wary of blind dates too! We were both just doing our friends a favor. We took a stroll on the boardwalk, enjoying the salty Atlantic breeze, and then had dinner by the shore. I couldn't remember having a better time.

We piled back into Sid's car, Roma and I sharing the backseat. As European Jews who had survived the war, we were aware that much had been left unsaid between us. She broached the subject. "Where were you," she asked softly, "during the war?"

"The camps," I said, the terrible memories still vivid, the irreparable loss. I had tried to forget. But you never forget.

She nodded. "My family was hiding on a farm in Germany, not far from Berlin," she told me. "My father knew a priest, and he got us Aryan papers."

I imagined how she must have suffered too-fear, a constant companion. And yet here we were, both survivors, in a new world. "There was a camp next to the farm," Roma continued. "I saw a boy there, and I would throw him apples every day."

What an amazing coincidence that she had helped some other boy. "What did he look like?" I asked.

"He was tall. Skinny. Hungry. I must have seen him every day for six months."

My heart was racing. I couldn't believe it.this couldn't be.. "Did he tell you one day not to come back because he was leaving Schlieben?"

Roma looked at me in amazement. "Yes."

"That was me!" I was ready to burst with joy and awe, flooded with emotions. I couldn't believe it. My angel. "I'm not letting you go," I said to Roma. And in the back of the car on that blind date, I proposed to her. I didn't want to wait.

"You're crazy!" she said. But she invited me to meet her parents for Shabbat dinner the following week. There was so much I looked forward to learning about Roma, but the most important things I always knew: her steadfastness, her goodness. For many months, in the worst of circumstances, she had come to the fence and given me hope. Now that I'd found her again, I could never let her go. That day, she said yes. And I kept my word: After nearly 50 years of marriage, two children and three grandchildren, I have never let her go. "

http://www.katinkahesselink.net/other/girl-apple-jew.html
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"Survivor adds bar mitzvah to amazing life story

by frank eltman
the associated press

At 76, Herman Rosenblat has finally become a man.

The Holocaust survivor and his wife - who met as children in a concentration camp - were honored at his bar mitzvah last month at the Beth Shalom Chabad synagogue in Mineola, N.Y. ..................."

http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/28695/edition_id/544/format/html/displaystory.html


Friday, July 18, 2008

 

"Break Through the Illusion of Limitation

"Break Through the Illusion of Limitation

By Guy Finley in Awareness on June 28th, 2008 / One Comment

Source Dream Manifesto

"Here's a strange paradox of the upward path that runs through Real Life: the more conscious we become of what limits us, the more limitless becomes our reality! So, take as long as you need to understand the following special lesson; it sheds much needed light on a certain dark state that stands between us, and the higher freedom for which we long.

The sole purpose of discouraged feelings is to keep your thoughts on what you can't do. And with your attention fixed in this fashion - on what seems impossible - there's no room for discovering what is possible - for what you can do.

In other words, the only thing discouraged states do is to keep you busy doing nothing except feeling sorry for yourself...which is the perfect guarantee that your situation will remain hopelessly the same. Enough is enough! You don't have to put up with one more discouraging moment, let alone a life limited by its darkness. There's another choice you can make besides falling into those familiar feelings of being a "failure." The next few insights will empower you to start thinking about old discouragements in a new way.

Whenever we suffer over what we aren't able to do, create, or work through, where is our attention in these moments? It's riveted on our own thought-produced reality that's telling us we're stuck! Maybe you can recognize some of these heavy-hearted inner voices that come with being victimized by such dark thoughts. In one way or another, they say . . .

"I'll never get out of this mess."
"It's too late!"
"I'm too set in my ways to change."
"This is hopeless."

Now on the surface of things, these all-too-familiar whispers of defeat - that speak to us with our own voice - seem genuinely concerned about our unwanted condition. But a deeper look tells a much different story. These troubled thoughts are part of an unseen "conspiracy of limitation" taking place in our own consciousness! Follow the next four ideas to their stunning conclusion. They prove that self-illumination and self-liberation are one and the same power.

The more these gloomy voices talk to us, the more discouraged we feel.
The more discouraged we feel, the more certain we are there's no other choice but to feel that way.
The more convinced we are that we have no choice, the less choice we have.
The act of identifying with this dark inner dialogue actually produces the dead-end we fear!
And so it goes: now we're convinced of our own captivity! There's no way past the limitations we perceive as being real. The key idea here lies in the word "perceive" because it rhymes with deceive. That's just what this perception is: a secret deception. Here's the liberating proof.

There are no dead-ends in real life.

Of course you must prove this bright fact to yourself, and here's a good place to start: in any given moment there's always something higher to do with your life than sit there and suffer over what you think you can't have, do, or be. Why wallow this way when a small amount of interior work will forever change how you see reality? For instance, see that the "size" of your discouragement is directly proportionate to how strongly you insist life conform to your demands. Verifying this self-imposed limitation empowers you, immediately, to let it go and start over.

Here's another example: maybe you've felt discouraged because you wanted to learn something new - a higher skill or a difficult lesson - but felt sure that certain limitations of yours placed this possibility beyond your abilities. Now you can do something much higher than just resign yourself to feeling discouraged.

Instead of falling into those familiar feelings of futility over yourself, deliberately drop those discourage-filled thoughts telling you the limit of your present view is the limit of your possibilities. Who you have been matters only to those dark states that want you to remain that way so that they can continue to rule the day. Refusing to dwell in the world of discouraged thoughts and feelings is the same as opening the door to a new world without limits. Just start working with who you are now!

In other words, do what's in your power and refuse to be discouraged about anything else. Keep repeating this new action one step at a time until you've walked away from the whole false idea that there's no further you can go!

Here are three special key lessons to help you strengthen and then actualize your wish to live in a world without limits:

1. Any conversation you permit yourself to have with discouraging thoughts guarantees you'll wind up with a good reason for feeling discouraged.

2. When you know that what you're looking for is what you already are - and not what you may become - you stand on the threshold of the limitless life.

3. The universe itself is actually set up for you to succeed with realizing the limitless life, which means you are made for whatever happens to you! "

http://www.dreammanifesto.com/break-illusion-limitation.html
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Abraham-Hicks Daily Quote

" My Financial Success Doesn't Require Hard Work. . .

If you believe that you must work hard in order to deserve the money that comes to you, then money cannot come to you unless you do work hard. Financial success, or any other kind of success, does not require hard work. It does require alignment of thought. You simply cannot offer negative thought about things that you desire and then make up for it with action or hard work. When you learn to direct your own thoughts, you will discover the true leverage of Energy alignment. "


" I Have Control Over the Thoughts I Think. . .

Since you have control over what thoughts you offer, what could be more just than the powerful Law of Attraction responding equally to everyone who offers a vibration? Once you gain control over the thoughts you think, your sense of injustice will subside and will be replaced with the exuberance for life and the zest to create that you were born with. Let everything in the Universe be an example to you of the way the Laws of the Universe work. "


" My Attention to It Invites the Essence of It

Anything you are giving your attention to is an invitation to the essence of it. Saying, I want money, but it will not come, is the same as saying, "Come to me, absence of money, which I do not want."

When you are thinking of money in the way that will make it come to you, you always feel good. When you are thinking of money in the way that keeps it from coming to you, you always feel bad. That is how you know the difference. "


" I Can Have Money and Freedom, Too. . .

A feeling of being overwhelmed is your indicator that you are denying yourself access to all manner of cooperation that could assist you if you were not disallowing them.

As you begin to feel freer regarding the expenditure of time and money, doors will open, people will come to assist you, refreshing and productive ideas will occur to you, and circumstances and events will unfold. As you change the way you feel, you access the Energy that creates worlds. It is there for your ready access at all times. "


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

 

Video links

This is a repost of a previous blog entry. 

For short attention speed scanners listening to 10 seconds of the first video believing they know the punch line ....... think again. 

These videos contain lots of ugly information about world money forces which have been in control our government and elected officials belonging to both parties.  For those who believe it's business, industry, oil in control, it's world banking money controlling them as it has been controlling the world for the past 250 or so years. 

No wonder Washington doesn't make sense anymore.

Listen and learn a bunch.


Lindsey Williams - The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 1 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbakN7SLdbk&feature=related


The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 2 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGGjbDjnNzw&feature=related


The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 3 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q39ic04vhNo&feature=related


The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 4 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKCyCYz_aHY&feature=related


The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 5 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TYmSGwAumk


The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 6 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbwMOvV6ctg


The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 7 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5HGHsy3H_0


The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 8 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC61X78-OI0


Sunday, July 13, 2008

 

"Invite the Light That Shatters Self-Limitation

Some more feel good stuff from a thankfully Banana Banana  rainy BananaBanana  Atlanta, GA.  Hope you enjoy!  Big Grin

 


 

"Invite the Light That Shatters Self-Limitation

By Guy Finley July 12th, 2008
Source Dream Manifesto

"We are not created to spend our lives in fearful preparation over what may come - but rather to use whatever comes our way, each moment, to help us perfect our understanding that God is good.

In those moments when we meet a challenge that stands in our way, we are not meeting some immovable, transient object. In reality, we are meeting nothing more than our own present understanding of that event. Wherever we are - whatever we encounter - we meet there our own understanding.

This is such an important insight for us to ponder: the dimension - the breadth and depth of any event transpiring before us - is a reflection of the level of self that perceives it. In other words, life cannot be any deeper, wiser, shallow, or selfish than permitted by what we are capable of understanding about it.

There is such beauty and freedom in this realization about the nature of our reality: we look at life through the mirror of our consciousness and what we see there - whether all bound up or boundless - is determined by our present level of self-understanding. In other words, whenever our present nature meets some barrier, a limit of any kind, all it's really run up against is itself. The self that sees limitation . . . is the limitation it sees; this is why it can't see past that point! It is the "end" it sees; they are one thing.

On the other hand, true spiritual success is one and the same as our realization that, in real life, nothing ends without the birth of something else taking place in that same moment.

Our True Self is the creative Ground of a ceaseless genesis; our great task in life - through our awareness of the whole of it - is to be a kind of midwife to this eternal miracle of birth. And what is continually being born in us and into this world of ours - whether for its bitterness or brightness - depends on how we meet these changes that drive creation forward. Let's see how these grand ideas reveal themselves in our daily affairs.

As life pours itself out in the stream of passing time, and we run into challenges seemingly greater than our ability to answer, each of these encounters "asks" this question of us:

"Are you willing to change (who you have been) in order to realize a higher possibility of yourself?"

And though moments like these trouble us because of their uncertainty, here's why we should be very grateful for their continuing appearance in our lives: this unwanted experience of realizing our limitations is the only way life can ask us if we wish to go beyond them. So this unknown moment of not understanding (what is to be) is actually the beautiful seed of a new order of our being, providing we're willing to see it as such.

Unfortunately, most of us automatically resist the unknown. Whenever we can't understand the nature of some unwanted situation, we fall, by default, into the hands of a nature whose answer to this ache is always the same: get negative and then try to protect ourselves from anything that can't be otherwise controlled. The rest takes place in us on automatic pilot: in the wink of an eye, we begin to see the "way out" of our situation: blame him, fix that, fight or flee. But here's what we don't see: in that moment, our guiding light is a dark reaction dedicated, in one way or another, to avoiding what that moment came to give us. This false nature takes what was a celestially planned event - for the purpose of our further spiritual perfection - and turns it into a dead end.

We have all heard about people receiving messages, instructions from God. What you probably don't realize is that "communications of a celestial kind" are raining down on us every waking moment. In fact, each impression we receive - wanted or not - is just that: the Divine Life speaking to us, asking, "Would you like entrance into a larger world, one without fear and hatred? Do you wish to be more patient, loving, and kind? Are you interested in developing a relationship with a living Light that never goes out, and whose peace passes all understanding?" But before we can hope to affirm our answer, we must first see how these questions are being put before us.

Life repeatedly brings us moments that introduce us to some unseen limitation in our present level of self. For example, when conditions get too stressful, we can keep neither our patience nor our temper under control. Too often, though we know better, cruel words spring from our mouth as our way of answering cutting remarks from someone else. Perhaps we see how the fear of being betrayed (again) colors all our relationships, limiting our ability to give ourselves freely to those we would love.

The point should be clear: Time and time again, interior trials such as these return to help us see one thing: we can't get past them as long as we remain who and what we have been - because who and what we have been is what we are meeting in these same moments! Another way of stating this same insight is startling: Resisting what life shows us - not wanting those moments wherein we're invited to see the truth about our present level of Self - ensures they will return again! This is the interior meaning of reincarnation: the recreation of self through resistance to the negative effects of its own manifestations. It doesn't have to be this way. We are meant to rise above creation, not repeat our life through it in ever-descending cycles.

There's only one way for us to transcend the limitations of our present nature. We must see - as has been the purpose of this whole lesson - this one great fact: These limitations don't belong to us any more than the clumsy body of the caterpillar belongs to the butterfly liberated from its husk. Then, we must act on this new understanding by daring to let go of any part of us that wants us to embrace its limited view of life as our own.

True freedom is not an achievement; it is our awakened relationship and participation with the genesis of real life. We cannot create a life without limits by trying to overcome what we think stands in our way. Real limitless living is the fruit of this higher understanding: what is in our way is part of the Way. To know this is to know that all of creation has been made for you, just as surely as you have been made for everything that happens to you within it.  "
http://www.dreammanifesto.com/invite-light-shatters-selflimitation.html

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Abraham-Hicks Daily Quote

"I Don't Need to Have Money to Attract Money. . .

You do not have to have money to attract money, but you cannot feel poor and attract money. The key is, you have to find ways of improving the way you feel from right where you stand before things can begin to change: By softening your attention to the things that are going wrong, and by beginning to tell stories that lean more in the direction of what you want instead of in the direction of what you have got, your vibration will shift; your point of attraction will shift-and you will get different results.  ........."
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"I'm Developing the Skill to Direct My Thoughts. . .

The most valuable skill or talent that you could ever develop is that of directing your thoughts toward what you want-to be adept at quickly evaluating all situations and then quickly coming to the conclusion of what you most want-and then giving your undivided attention to that. There is a tremendous skill in deliberately directing your own thoughts that will yield results that cannot be compared with results that mere action can provide. ...."
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"I Will Praise Success Wherever I See It. . .

When you find yourself critical of the way anyone has attracted or is using money, you are pushing money away from yourself. But when you realize that what others do with money has nothing to do with you, and that your primary work is to think and speak and do what feels good to you, then you will be in alignment not only about the subject of money, but about every important subject in your physical experience. ......."
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"I Can Always Tell a Different Financial Abundance Story. . .

What anyone else has or does not have has nothing to do with you. The only thing that affects your experience is the way you utilize the Non-Physical Energy with your thought. Your abundance or lack of it in your experience has nothing to do with what anybody else is doing or having. It has only to do with your perspective. It has only to do with your offering of thought. If you want your fortunes to shift, you have to begin telling a different story. ......"


Friday, July 11, 2008

 

"New Science Will Change the Direction of Civilization

Great article, awesome information.  Hope you enjoy!  Sun Smiley   


"New Science Will Change the Direction of Civilization

By Bruce H. Lipton July 10th, 2008

Source DreamManifesto

"An Intimate Interview with Author Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

Q: What is it like for you to be pressing the edges of the conventional, entrenched wisdom of the medical/health care field?

A: I am on an amazing journey that is filled with exhilarating life experiences expressing both sweet and sour consequences. On the sweet side is the fact that I am having the most exciting time of my life!! My research revealed a revolutionary understanding of how life "worked" twenty years ago and this awareness is now beginning to be recognized by leading edge science. The beautiful part is that with a twenty year head start over my former colleagues, I have not only benefited by applying this empowering awareness in creating the joyous life I am experiencing, but I have been able to extend that knowledge to reveal how the world can thrive and evolve.

The sweetness of that knowledge is also where the "sour" part comes in to the picture. Our conventional world is engaged in a ruthless survival of the fittest competition, based upon science's endorsement of Darwinian theory, a belief that emphasizes, "life is a struggle for survival." In contrast, the new biology reveals a completely different understanding of our place in the world.

Science is now recognizing that we are an integral part of a giant living community, collectively referred to as Gaia. The new science underscores the fact that our survival is based upon the cooperation of all the organisms in the biosphere. Unfortunately, our social consciousness, shaped by Darwinian science, is so destructive to the environment that it has already precipitated the planet's sixth mass extinction-which of course threatens the survival of humanity.

Yet there is also good news. Just as some terminal cancer patients undergo a spontaneous remission, the living Gaia can do the same. As with those cancer patients, all we need to do to save our world is change our beliefs, and this is precisely the consequence of the evolving new science. My book, < snip >, provides an easy to understand explanation of how our thoughts and mind create both our internal (biological) and external (social) life experiences.

Q: What about your discoveries has most profoundly affected your life and the way you live it?

A: In the first instant of acquiring my new insights into how cells worked, I was completely transformed. As a conventional scientist, I taught my students that genes controlled life and that we were essentially "victims" of our heredity. When I first recognized that the brain of the cell was the cell membrane, rather than genes, I was blown away, for the mechanism revealed that life was controlled by signals from the "environment." The significance of this finding is that the identity of the "self," distinguishing one individual from another, would also represent an environmental (external) signal.

If the cell (organism) dies, its identity signal is still present in the environment. At that moment of awareness, I realized that we have an externalized "identity" (spirit) and are immortal. The realization of a transcendent "identity" brought an amazing sense of peace into my life, for I had truly lost the greatest of all fears...death. It was the most profound experience for me, a non-spiritual scientist that wasn't even looking for that particular understanding.

Subsequently, my life was transformed when I realized how my developmental experiences programmed my genes and behavior. With this knowledge I was able to rewrite limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs that were keeping me from experiencing the health, love and joy we all seek. I have actively created a wonderful healthy, fulfilling life and supporting environment. I love my days, sleep like a baby and enjoy life without the necessity of taking a single pharmaceutical drug!

One of the most important things I learned through my research was that human beings were biologically modeled after the anatomy and physiology of single cells. Cells are in a sense, miniature people. My research provided insight into understanding how the fifty trillion cells that comprise the human body can live in health and harmony under the skin. I was able to apply the fundamental principles of cellular life to the way I was living my life with great success.

In the words of old hippie philosophy, I was "cleaning up my own backyard before cleaning up the world." I learned to live better and healthier on less money, not only through modeling my efficiency upon cellular life, but also because my personal joy and satisfaction in life was no longer linked to consumerism. My pleasures are now directly derived through my appreciation of Gaia, my family and my community.

Q: If you were to choose one area that you feel is your greatest challenge in sharing your discoveries, what would that be?

A: As mentioned, the new science reveals that our preoccupation with competition and consumerism is compromising our species and our environment. There is a lot of money trying to keep us from evolving. Corporate and government interests, playing on our Darwinian fears, are undermining our civilization and environment. Simply, self-empowerment is not in the interest of those whose focus is to "control" civilization.

Wars, social and moral decay, faltering education, famine and much of our disease will be eliminated when the new science becomes common knowledge. The self-empowerment offered by the new science is a threat to those organizations that profit from war and ill health. Among others, these organizations include the military-industrial complex, the larger biomedical-pharmaceutical industry and those fundamentalist religions that encourage violence and self-limitation in seeking their ends.

Presently, these organizations are spending vast sums of money, enough to solve civilization's problems, to "control" and limit our abilities via the news, magazines and television programming. Consequently, it is a difficult endeavor to fight the tide of self-limiting, self-defeating propaganda sponsored by the moneyed interests. Yet, in recent years I have noticed vast changes in consciousness by people who intuitively know we are on the wrong track and are looking for a course correction.

Fortunately, books like The Biology of Belief, as well as a number of other new works of science, are aimed at introducing the mass reading audience to the life-changing power of their conscious mind. I believe we are approaching a threshold, like the notion of the hundredth monkey, where the new science will appear to spontaneously change the direction of civilization and save us from our excesses.

Q: When you consider your existing science and what other discoveries undoubtedly lie ahead, who do you believe human beings are capable of becoming?

A: We will learn that if there is a "heaven," it is right here on Earth. We will learn how to recreate the proverbial Garden of Eden. In this new awareness we will be able to guide our own stem cells to renew our lives, without the use of pharmaceutical agents. Like breathairian's, we will also learn to capture energy directly from the environment and will no longer be dependent upon the massive quantities of food we now think we need to eat.

This awareness should provide us with a natural lifespan of at least 120-140 years, while simultaneously taking the pressure off the environment to feed us. Interestingly, current research reveals that we can double the life of laboratory organisms by simply curtailing their metabolic intake.

The new science provides insight into how we manifest our reality. Since most people are looking for happiness, joy and health, their collective vision can create such a reality. Such a culture would be one that does not encourage disharmony and disease. That's already a good start in revitalizing Eden.

Q: When you witness the range of responses to your material - from great joy to outrage, no doubt! - what is it that keeps you moving forward?

A: The simplest answer is that I have found Heaven on Earth by personally applying the principles of the new science to the way I carry out my own life. I love my job of bringing this new science to the public, for in my travels, I have seen many people use this information to "taken control" of their own lives. There is nothing more joyous than to see an individual overcome physical and emotional adversity through self-empowerment. And on a more self-serving level, the more people create harmony in their world, the more harmony I experience in my world.

http://www.dreammanifesto.com/science-change-direction-civilization.html
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Abraham-Hicks Daily Quote

"The Law of Attraction Adds Power to Both Problems and Solutions. . .

The realization that something is not as you want it to be is an important first step, but once you have identified that, the faster you are able to turn your attention in the direction of a solution, the better, because a continuing exploration of the problem will prevent you from finding the solution. The problem is a different vibrational frequency than the solution-and all thoughts (or vibrations) are affected by (or managed by) the Law of Attraction. ....."


"My Attention to Unwanted Attracts More Unwanted. . .

For every pleasing thing, there is an unpleasing counterpart, for within every particle of the Universe is that which is wanted as well as the lack of that which is wanted. When you focus upon an unwanted aspect of something in an effort to push it away from you, it only comes closer, because you get what you give your attention to whether it is something that you want or not. It is up to you to focus upon and attract what is wanted. ........."


"The Better It Gets the Better It Gets. . .

When you deliberately seek positive aspects of whatever you are giving your attention to, you, in a sense, tune your vibrational tuner to more positive aspects of everything. And, of course, you could tune yourself negatively as well. But as you are deliberately looking for positive aspects in yourself or in others, you will find more of those things: "The better it gets, the better it gets," for you get more and more of what you are thinking about-whether you want it or not. ......"


"I Can Deliberately Choose to Feel Better Now.

Not only does the thought you are choosing right now attract the next thought and the next . . . and so on-it also provides the basis of your alignment with your Inner Being. As you consistently and deliberately think and speak more of what you do want and less of what you do not want, you will find yourself more often in alignment with the pure, positive essence of your own Source; and under those conditions, your life will be extremely pleasing to you. ......."   


Thursday, July 10, 2008

 

"How to Mulch Correctly

Walter Reeves has been featured on PBS programs, has a weekly call in radio program and is considered the how-to person for gardening and tree advice.  Great article, his site is very informative for anyone looking to plant or care for anything.

 


 

"Ragweed Identification    (great to know for anyone allergic to it)

http://www.walterreeves.com/qa_display.phtml?qaID=2398

 


 

"How to Mulch Correctly

By Walter Reeves

Source WalterReeves.com

"Though occasional rain is reassuring, the hot weather always reminds us that drought is persistent. I’ve gotten many questions recently about drought-proofing plants for the summer but one of the common themes has been inquiries about mulch

A DeKalb gardener, for example, e-mailed me with a query about using rocks as mulch. “I've seen a variety of stone mulches, from light-colored pebbles to lava rock. I'm afraid that something like these would fry my plants in July and August. Also, with our continuing drought how well do these retain moisture?”

My reply was that his fears are well-founded. Stone does reflect heat onto plant leaves and it absorbs and transfers heat into the soil beneath. Neither is good for his plants. Stones are good for decor but not for mulch. My biggest objection to stones is from a practical viewpoint. If leaves and straw fall on the rocks they are the very devil to keep clean! You have to blow or sweep the site almost daily. In addition, if he changes his mind in a few years, the rocks are almost impossible to remove. They seem to burrow into the earth and cement themselves in place.

WHY MULCH? Stones aside, the right mulch in the right place can be a real blessing. It conserves moisture, keeps down weeds, keeps the soil cool and makes your yard more attractive, among other benefits. Mulch simplifies mowing and it keeps string trimmers and lawn mowers away from unprotected tree trunks. Mulch can be the visual “glue” that knits a landscape together.

WHICH MULCH? Pine straw and pine bark are easy to use but there are other options. Ground wood chips make a good mulch, as can shredded leaves, in moderation. I use sections of newspaper, three pages thick, to mulch under my tomatoes to prevent early blight on the leaves.

Each mulch has advantages and disadvantages. Pine straw is attractive but rain tends to wash it downward on moderate slopes. Bark nuggets can also float away in a heavy rain. Shredded cypress wood is slow to rot and clings to the earth but is more expensive than other mulches. Shredded leaves pack down if spread too thickly and newspaper is not very attractive. Chipped wood from a tree removal company makes good mulch for trees and shrubs if it isn’t applied too thickly (no more than two inches thick).

WHERE TO MULCH? The obvious answer is to put the mulch where you need its services. If you want weed control, spread wood and bark mulches two inches thick and pine straw three inches thick on the spot. If you want water savings and cool roots, spread the mulch out to the branch tips of the plant you intend to protect. I repeatedly see tiny islands of mulch surrounding large trees. This may keep the mowers at bay but it does little further good. The feeder roots under and beyond the limbs are what need mulch and drought protection the most.

Putting mulch up against your home’s foundation can lead to termite infestation. The wood-loving terrors can crawl above the insecticide-treated soil and reach your wood framing unharmed. Pull all mulches away from your foundation at least twelve inches.

Sharp-eyed homeowners sometimes spy dark specks on their siding when wood mulches are spread nearby. The specks are spore masses of artillery fungus, a common decomposer of wood fiber. The masses look like tar spots and are very hard to remove. The fungus grows on pieces of wood and lofts its spores onto any nearby surface. Keeping the mulch surface dry is about all you can do for this problem.

MULCH MISTAKES I don’t know where the practice started, but I see many commercial landscapes that feature “mulch volcanoes” around tree trunks. My guess is that the maintenance crew had nowhere to dispose of their rakings so they began piling them close to any available trunk. This is a terrible situation for the tree because the mulch holds moisture against the trunk. This makes life delightful for fungi which can eat right through the bark and cause tree death. Mulch should never be closer than six inches to a trunk!

It’s important to remember that mulch is not permanent. You can’t just sprinkle a little fresh straw over the same plot every spring. All of the organic mulches decompose wherever they touch the soil. Weed seed will sprout in this layer. The region of decomposed material eventually becomes slimy or hard and it can repel rainfall completely. All mulched areas should be renewed every couple of years by raking out the old material, re-spreading it thinly in place and then covering it with fresh mulch.

MORE INFORMATION

Mulching for a Healthy Landscape

Nuisance Fungi on Mulches



http://www.walterreeves.com/how_to/article.phtml?cat=26&id=288


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

 

"Doomed to a fatal delusion over climate change

Somewhere down the line I sense a class action suit by people traumatized by hatched global warming bs  .... when historical scientific facts demonstrate an impending ICE AGE ..... as NON-fearmongering scientists are saying.  Works for me!!!   Big Grin


 

"Doomed to a fatal delusion over climate change

By Andrew Bolt
Source Herald Sun

"PSYCHIATRISTS have detected the first case of "climate change delusion" - and they haven't even yet got to Kevin Rudd and his global warming guru.

Writing in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of our Royal Children's Hospital say this delusion was a "previously unreported phenomenon".

"A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood . . . He also . . . had visions of apocalyptic events."

(So have Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery, Profit of Doom Al Gore and Sir Richard Brazen, but I digress.)

"The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies."

But never mind the poor boy, who became too terrified even to drink. What's scarier is that people in charge of our Government seem to suffer from this "climate change delusion", too.

Here is Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday, with his own apocalyptic vision: "If we do not begin reducing the nation's levels of carbon pollution, Australia's economy will face more frequent and severe droughts, less water, reduced food production and devastation of areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu wetlands."

And here is a senior Sydney Morning Herald journalist aghast at the horrors described in the report on global warming released on Friday by Rudd's guru, Professor Ross Garnaut: "Australians must pay more for petrol, food and energy or ultimately face a rising death toll . . ."

Wow. Pay more for food or die. Is that Rudd's next campaign slogan?

Of course, we can laugh at this -- and must -- but the price for such folly may soon be your job, or at least your cash.

Rudd and Garnaut want to scare you into backing their plan to force people who produce everything from petrol to coal-fired electricity, from steel to soft drinks, to pay for licences to emit carbon dioxide -- the gas they think is heating the world to hell.

The cost of those licences, totalling in the billions, will then be passed on to you through higher bills for petrol, power, food, housing, air travel and anything else that uses lots of gassy power. In some countries they're even planning to tax farting cows, so there's no end to the ways you can be stung.

Rudd hopes this pain will make you switch to expensive but less gassy alternatives, and -- hey presto -- the world's temperature will then fall, just like it's actually done since the day Al Gore released An Inconvenient Truth.

But you'll have spotted already the big flaw in Rudd's mad plan -- one that confirms he and Garnaut really do have delusions.

The truth is Australia on its own emits less than 1.5 per cent of the world's carbon dioxide. Any savings we make will make no real difference, given that China (now the biggest emitter) and India (the fourth) are booming so fast that they alone will pump out 42 per cent of the world's greenhouse gases by 2030.

Indeed, so fast are the world's emissions growing -- by 3.1 per cent a year thanks mostly to these two giants -- that the 20 per cent cuts Rudd demands of Australians by 2020 would be swallowed up in just 28 days. That's how little our multi-billions of dollars in sacrifices will matter.

And that's why Rudd's claim that we'll be ruined if we don't cut Australia's gases is a lie. To be blunt.

Ask Rudd's guru. Garnaut on Friday admitted any cuts we make will be useless unless they inspire other countries to do the same -- especially China and India: "Only a global agreement has any prospect of reducing risks of dangerous climate change to acceptable levels."

So almost everything depends on China and India copying us. But the chances of that? A big, round zero.

A year ago China released its own global warming strategy -- its own Garnaut report -- which bluntly refused to cut its total emissions.

Said Ma Kai, head of China's powerful State Council: "China does not commit to any quantified emissions-reduction commitments . . . our efforts to fight climate change must not come at the expense of economic growth."

In fact, we had to get used to more gas from China, not less: "It is quite inevitable that during this (industrialisation) stage, China's energy consumption and CO2 emissions will be quite high."

Last month, India likewise issued its National Action Plan on Climate Change, and also rejected Rudd-style cuts.

The plan's authors, the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change, said India would rather save its people from poverty than global warming, and would not cut growth to cut gases.

"It is obvious that India needs to substantially increase its per capita energy consumption to provide a minimally acceptable level of wellbeing to its people."

The plan's only real promise was in fact a threat: "India is determined that its per capita greenhouse gas emissions will at no point exceed that of developed countries."

Gee, thanks. That, of course, means India won't stop its per capita emissions (now at 1.02 tonnes) from growing until they match those of countries such as the US (now 20 tonnes). Given it has one billion people, that's a promise to gas the world like it's never been gassed before.

So is this our death warrant? Should this news have you seeing apocalyptic visions, too?

Well, no. What makes the Indian report so interesting is that unlike our Ross Garnaut, who just accepted the word of those scientists wailing we faced doom, the Indian experts went to the trouble to check what the climate was actually doing and why.

Their conclusion? They couldn't actually find anything bad in India that was caused by man-made warming: "No firm link between the documented (climate) changes described below and warming due to anthropogenic climate change has yet been established."

In fact, they couldn't find much change in the climate at all.

Yes, India's surface temperature over a century had inched up by 0.4 degrees, but there had been no change in trends for large-scale droughts and floods, or rain: "The observed monsoon rainfall at the all-India level does not show any significant trend . . ."

It even dismissed the panic Al Gore helped to whip up about melting Himalayan glaciers: "While recession of some glaciers has occurred in some Himalayan regions in recent years, the trend is not consistent across the entire mountain chain. It is, accordingly, too early to establish long-term trends, or their causation, in respect of which there are several hypotheses."

Nor was that the only sign that India's Council on Climate Change had kept its cool while our Rudd and Garnaut lost theirs.

For example, the Indians rightly insisted nuclear power had to be part of any real plan to cut emissions. Rudd and Garnaut won't even discuss it.

The Indians also pointed out that no feasible technology to trap and bury the gasses of coal-fired power stations had yet been developed "and there are serious questions about the cost as well (as) permanence of the CO2 storage repositories".

Rudd and Garnaut, however, keep offering this dream to make us think our power stations can survive their emissions trading scheme, when state governments warn they may not.

In every case the Indians are pragmatic where Rudd and Garnaut are having delusions -- delusions about an apocalypse, about cutting gases without going nuclear, about saving power stations they'll instead drive broke.

And there's that delusion on which their whole plan is built -- that India and China will follow our sacrifice by cutting their throats, too.

So psychiatrists are treating a 17-year-old tipped over the edge by global warming fearmongers?

Pray that their next patients will be two men whose own delusions threaten to drive our whole economy over the edge as well. "

 

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23991257-25717,00.html


Thursday, July 3, 2008

 

"The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 1 of 8

Was sent a link to this series of videos.  Very interesting, understand this series of 8 videos is drawing lots of hits, some media attention.
 
Plenty of food for thought.

Lindsey Williams - The Energy Non-Crisis - Part 1 of 8


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbakN7SLdbk&feature=related
 

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

 

Photos ~ follow-up to my previous post

Awesome photos second link, they're doing some serious damage control.   

From a quick search the problem appears similar to a hair algae I got in my aquarium several years ago which attached itself to the bottom and sides, wafting in turbulence caused by filtration.  Definitely a pest species which takes over everything around it. 


Quick search for that type algae.

Species Name:       Enteromorpha flexuosa
Common Name:                  (Hollow Green Weed)

http://www.sms.si.edu/irlspec/Entero_flexuo.htm

 


 

Translation 

" Also some 40 days must hold the Olympic Games which attracted worldwide attention, Qingdao took the only Aofansai host city, actually has faced the unprecedented challenge. Recently, the massive eruption's enteromorpha caused the Qingdao seashore to lose former days's deep blue, turned a piece of green. Has the high nutrition even for medicinal purposes value enteromorpha, because is actually in flood in reproduction into Qingdao even Chinese heart's pain. Critical moment which must convene immediately at the Olympic Games, looked into the causes or holds responsible did not have the enough time, now can do only has by the quickest speed eliminates these seaweeds, but also Qingdao by deep blue, guaranteed the Qingdao Aofansai smooth success advance.
    At present the enteromorpha has not created the ecological hazard, actually serious influence Qingdao's seashore landscape and foreign image. After the national seaweed expert's urgent consultation, everybody thinks under the present this condition, only then one method can the quickest elimination enteromorpha, that be a character - fishes! Presently, fished the enteromorpha to the seashore already to become the entire Qingdao most urgent duty. At this moment, already had the formidable fishing for troop which composes in the blue army officers and soldiers and the local fisherman in the Qingdao offshore sea area to carry on the uninterrupted fishing. But more people already were also mobilized to participate this critical time Qingdao, even in Chinese image motion.

The following to help with the horizon arrives personally the photography the real-life scenery, Qingdao's POPER, go into action, my strength, ascends the Qingdao blue sea blue sky again, "



http://pop.pcpop.com/zpt/default.html?MainUrl=http://pop.pcpop.com/080630/4287272.html&referrer=http://pop.pcpop.com/top/5-5.html


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

 

"Olympic nightmare: A red tide in the Yellow Sea

Well looks like the Olympics may serve to direct environmentalists attention to real pollution problems.  If that happened in the US the media would have the the rest of the world throwing a hissie-fit at us.

Having kept an aquarium in the past there is a cycle in which waste is broken down with phosphate as the final by-product.  Phosphate is not toxic to fish but is a superb fertilizer for algae which is what happened here on a much larger scale.  Algae overgrows choking out other beneficial plants.

Looks like China could at least build some sewage treatment plants using water hyacinth then harvest those for fertilizer.


"Olympic nightmare: A red tide in the Yellow Sea -

Source  International Herald Tribune

 

BEIJING: With less than six weeks before it plays host to the Olympic sailing regatta, the city of Qingdao has mobilized thousands of people and an armada of small boats to clean up an algae bloom that is choking large stretches of the coastline and threatening to impede the Olympic competition.

Local officials have initiated an all-out effort to clean up the algae by mid-July. Media reports estimate that as many as 20,000 people have either volunteered or been ordered to participate in the operation, while 1,000 boats are scooping algae out of the Yellow Sea. The official news agency, Xinhua, reported that algae currently covered a third of the coastal waters designated for the Olympic races.

Water quality has been a concern for the sailing events, given that many coastal Chinese cities dump untreated sewage into the sea. At the same time, rivers and tributaries emptying into coastal waters are often contaminated with high levels of nitrates from agricultural and industrial runoff. These nitrates contribute to the red tides of algae that often bloom along sections of China's coastline.

But officials in Qingdao said pollution and poor water quality did not have a "substantial link" to the current outbreak, according to Xinhua. Instead, scientists blamed the bloom on increased rainfall and warmer waters in the Yellow Sea. Algae are now blooming over more than 12,900 square kilometers, or 5,000 square miles, of the sea, according to Xinhua.

"We will make all our efforts to finish this job," said a propaganda official in Qingdao. "Now, forces from the entire province have become involved." He said ships and boats had been sent from two other coastal cities, Rizhao and Yantai, to help haul away the algae. ..............."

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/30/asia/china.php


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