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Gopher Wisdom – Masters of “As Above, So Below”

Such a special post from Tania Marie. Animals are constant and consistent messengers to us if we listen. So much love from this lil guy. Love what Tania shares that he brings to us not only personally but collectively as well. Oxox

Tania Marie

gopher Each weekend always involves a nature immersion experience of some sort and yesterday it was hiking day. And as always, walks include conscious conversation. I find that energy moves through and things process out naturally, when moving in nature.

And what usually happens, when something is stated that is poignant, made with conviction, or truly shifts and transforms perceptions – opening to something new – an animal spirit guide will show up at just the right moment and offer up his or her supportive insights and messages through the symbolism they embody.

So yesterday was no exception to this. At first it was two very large Ravens that were gliding and floating on the air just about 15 feet away from us. One of them was just going back and forth in a 40 foot area, floating, which allowed us to see his full beauty and detailing in a way…

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Smart Phone App Saves Rainforest, Orangutans, Tigers and Elephants

Sharing this from Rose De Dan’s Website. I love that we are being given a cell phone app that assists us in making conscious choices in our purchases. We who want to respect and care for those animal spirits that we share the earth with can make choices that help to guide those companies in what we will accept and what we won’t accept.

Smart Phone App Saves Rainforest, Orangutans, Tigers and Elephants
Orangutan Gaze ©2013 Rose De Dan http://www.reikishamanic.com
Orangutan Gaze, ©2013 Rose De Dan
Lend a Hand to an Orangutan
by Guest Blogger Debbie Noyes

The other day I was in the check-out line at the grocery store. The clerk held up the new Truffle Pig candy bar that I had purchased and asked me how I liked it. I told her of course I love it for its rich chocolate flavor but the real reason I bought it was because it contained no palm oil. She looked at me blankly and asked, “What’s the issue with palm oil?”

Unfortunately getting the information out about palm oil is almost as difficult as avoiding it.

Palm oil is a vegetable oil derived from a few species of oil palm trees found in Africa, South American and Asia. It’s used in all types of products from processed food, cosmetics, cleansers, cooking oils and even biodiesel. If your product foams, it probably contains palm oil. There is some debate over the risk of cardiovascular disease from eating it but the palm oil itself is not the biggest issue. It’s where and how it’s grown.

The bulk of palm oil is imported from Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil plantations there have become a huge high-yield cash crop. In order to keep up with demand the the rainforest is being slashed and burned at an alarming rate. According to the Orangutan Project based in Australia, 80% of orangutan habitat in Indonesia and Malaysia has been destroyed and 50% of the population has died in just 10 short years. And of course many other endangered species have been devastated by the rainforest destruction, including Asian elephants, tigers and the Sumatran rhinoceros.

In response to this criticism, the palm oil industry created the self-regulating Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). A plantation is considered sustainable if grown on land that was cleared prior to 2005, meaning that no new forest was removed. While it’s a step in the right direction, participation is only voluntary. There is also controversy because companies may choose to label themselves as an RSPO member without actually being certified as sustainable.

So I can simply avoid products that list palm oil as an ingredient, right? Not so fast! There are a staggering number of alternative names for palm oil. Follow this link for a helpful list and some common products that contain them (organic products can contain palm oil, too).

Got a smart phone? Then get the new free Buycott app for your Apple or Android based phone. This clever app allows you to scan the barcode of items before you buy them. Simply download the app, join the “Say No to Palm Oil” campaign and start scanning. It will alert you when the product contains palm oil.

There are many other campaigns to join as well, including human rights, LGBTQ or say No to GMO. It’s a great way to show your support for companies that share your values and avoid those that don’t. Want to know who donated money to animal welfare legislation? Who supports factory farming? Yep, it’s in there.

You will be shocked at how many large brand name companies use palm oil. But with a little effort and a handy new app, you will be on your way to saving the rainforest without ever leaving home. The orangutans will thank you for it.



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About Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing:

In private practice since 1996, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition, animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, author and artist. As an animal shaman she views her mission as one of building bridges between people and animals through healing sessions, classes, ceremonies and events such as A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild, and Animals As Healers and Teachers.

Rose’s book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.

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Jon Rappoport ~ Shocker: Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

This is a thoughtful post by Jon Rappoport, shared by Laura Bruno with her knowledge added to what he has posted. This ties in with the video’s I posted yesterday, the second specifically “Don’t ask permission where none is needed”. Jon and the gentleman in the video are speaking about the same topic and sharing the same stats. It’s good to be informed.

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And this, my friends, is why even if Obama”care” worked, I would still run for the hills. Mandatory US “health””care” is like mandatory Russian roulette. No thank you. Jon’s cited statistics don’t even appear to account for vaccine deaths and injuries. I’m all for real healthcare, beginning with real, non-poisoned, non-GMO (oops, redundant), fresh, local food, along with banning high fructose corn syrup (more redundancy), and no more ability to hide toxins like aspartame under new names.

Per Mike Adams’ ongoing research into the heavy metal content of vitamins, supplements and superfoods from China, I’m all for random testing of toxins in all foods and vitamins, especially from China. … But all these Dick Durbin and Codex Alimentarius inspired attempts to ban or severely restrict “dangerous” vitamins? Start with the poisons we already know exist, like RoundUp and its Agent Orange buddy. Stop chemtrailing us with toxic aluminum and barium…

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Two videos that were there and then weren’t, but I got them before they disappeared again :) . . . from a new Reader. . . my thanks . . . the word is getting out!!! ~J

Thank you so much for sharing this post Jean. I think these are very good videos. My personal favorite is the second one. Such a well spoken presentation on nullification and what that means for us. B. great learning tool

Sky Dancer ~ In the Blink of an Eye

A tender heart shares her feelings and knowledge of the impact of the Washington State mudslides. Love to all

Laura Bruno's Blog

Today’s post comes from reader, Sky, who lives in Washington State. Last I had heard, the mudslides had harmed only 20 people, but Sky gives a sobering update and a reminder to cherish those we love. I’m sharing her email for background, as well as the beautiful poem she wrote in response to the lives lost and permanently altered in Washington. Thank you, Sky, for your generous, loving heart! Prayers and Reiki to all of those affected there and in other areas of natural or man-made turmoil.

Dear Laura,

There was a huge mudslide in Washington, which has taken the lives of over 125 people. Most were people who lived there, others were people driving on the highway that passes through there. They are having a very hard time finding, removing, and identifying people. Tomorrow another rainstorm is expected. They may never be able to find and remove all the…

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World Water Day ~ Sacred Ceremony Today and Beyond

Thank you Laura for sharing this information. Today at 3pm wherever you are there will be a first time ever world wide ceremony for the water of our world to appreciate the sacredness of water and to affect healing of our most precious waters. Hope you will join in. Aho

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Thanks to Ella, who sent me the following announcement about today’s kickoff to a worldwide movement to remember the sacredness of water. At 3 p.m. local time on 3/22/14, wherever you are, please take a moment to honor, heal, love, and respect our water. There is one world ocean.

I would have posted the information anyway, but Ella’s email arrived at the exact moment I was listening to a Hopi Elder (video further down below) explain that if the Europeans who arrived after Christopher Columbus had continued to approach water the way the Hopi did, then we would still be able to drink from every stream or lake. “Water is sacred,” he said. Because this event springs from a Native tribe in New Zealand, I sent the link to my Kiwi friend, Wendy, who immediately responded that “Grandfather Macki,” whom she studied with, was of the Waitaha tribe. I…

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What If?

Perfection. Thank you Tania

Tania Marie

angels are watching

I have believed for a long time, that life  is a “walking meditation” that seamlessly and consistently conveys the practices I choose to embody, in the integrity of my own example. 

What If?

What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the earth
If forests were our church
If holy water – the rivers, lakes, and oceans
What if meditation was our relationships 
If the Teacher was life 
If wisdom was self-knowledge 
If love was the center of our being

~ Ganga White ~

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The Flow of Life

To me life has always been about becoming a better me than I was the day before. It’s also been about understanding and forgiving events, as well as circumstances that happened in my life to me as well as thru me to others. Becoming a better me includes expanding, growing, changing and learning about myself from the inside out. I strive to embrace each of these components in as graceful a way as possible, sometimes being more successful than at other times. I truly feel at the center of my heart that the better we know our selves and know what motivates us, what our strengths and our weaknesses are, and embracing that knowledge, the better not only our lives become but the better our world becomes as well. We becoming more compassionate and understanding with one another. This is how we change the world one person at a time.

I tend to be a dreamer, adventurer and feeler. My guidance system in my life has been primarily my feelings. That has been a double edged sword especially when you are in allot of emotional, mental and physical pain that has not been processed or dealt with. The tendency then is the dark side of the feeler can emerge. Someone who can become angry, bitter, selfish and short sighted. I have experienced both sides of being a feeler. Thankfully I’ve worked through allot of the dark, so I see allot more light and hopefully exude more light to those around me.

From the time I was very young, I didn’t feel that I would live long. I strongly felt that I would die by the age of 30. There was no rational reason for this belief, and I didn’t share the belief with anyone till much later. But it was a very strong sense/presence within and coupled with the pain that I was in, it was a very strong directional force in my life. Due to that force, I experienced many different things in a very short period of time as an adult due to that belief. It seemed very self destructive to those around me but I couldn’t explain it. I understand it much better now. Doing past life work, I came to understand that I had died a number of times before the age of thirty, and many of those times were violent. That imprint carried through to this life. So that’s where the sense was born and transferred from.

Thankfully due to the time and work that I have invested in myself all these years, things are much better and brighter. I’m coming up on my 60th birthday at the end of this week. I feel deep within my Soul and Spirit that this is a remarkable turning point for me. I find this really interesting in a somewhat comical way, since the year leading up to this I have dreaded turning 60. It makes me laugh now. I have never dreaded turning older. When I turned 30, and was still here alive, on the planet I thought, okay now what the hell do I do? LOL. I’ve spent 30 years trying to figure that out. Up until then I had no goals per se, especially long term ones because I was so certain I wasn’t going to be here. Now that had changed. So for the next 30 years I have been trying to understand what my soul/life purpose is in this life.

I have come to a point where I don’t need to know anymore WHAT that purpose is. I just need to live my life in joy, love, kindness and compassion, choosing those things that feel good to me and make me happy. That’s how I best serve. I have turned over the need to know to TRUSTING that my destiny/purpose will be fulfilled, as long as I release any fear and doubt surrounding it.
I have been using my intent, desire and feelings to redirect the course of my life. The last few years I have felt stuck, but I don’t really think I was. I feel that I was working through allot of things internally, so the movement was inward and not so much outward then. That is changing now. I have been unsure about the timing of my new direction and path. But this morning I awoke from a very vivid dream telling me the time is now.

First of all, just for a reference point I don’t’ usually remember my dreams. But this one was extremely VIVID and COLORFUL, it imprinted into my being very strongly. It was a bright sun shiny day. I was looking up into the sky, and it was a beautiful bright blue, surrounded by ever green trees. It was almost like I was laying on the earth looking up into the sky and the trees framed a picture of the sky. It felt really familiar to me, like home. I realized after I awoke, it was the image of a place that my family camped at every year in California, where I grew up. It was extremely special to me with dearly held memories. A place of beautiful nature with redwood trees, wildlife and rivers.

The next thing I knew, my hand was being held and I was jumping into the water. I still had my clothes and shoes on. The thought that came as I hit the water, was that I still had my clothes on and then almost simultaneously I thought about how cold the water was going to be (the water was the swimming hole that we swam in as kids when camping that was really cold usually), and with my clothes and shoes on how hard it would be to stay afloat. Then almost immediately thereafter, the next thought was how surprisingly warm the water was, and how I was floating just fine. I could still feel the hand holding my hand as well. There was never a face associated with that hand holding mine. But I felt totally safe, warm and buoyant. I relaxed and just soaked in the beauty of it all. I woke up then.

I realized shortly after I had woken that this dream was not a coincidence or something weird I ate that created it. This dream was to reassure me that the time is now, and that I was to jump in with both feet, with no hesitation, clothes and all. That I was to not be afraid of letting go, that it was time. It reassured me that my hand would be held through this change and process, that I would be safe, protected and provided for on my new path.

Water has many symbolic spiritual meanings. Once before water had shown up in my dreams when I was 17, a dream I have never forgotten that foretold the tone of events for my life for many years, the storminess of the sea and an almost Jacob like experience with a whale.

For me in this instance it symbolized the flow of life. The swimming hole that the dream showed from my childhood was a river that had been damned up at a certain point to create the swimming hole that provided a safe place to swim, lots of joy, beauty and sustenance to those that came there, wildlife as well as humans. I also had a strong sense from this dream, that the fork in the road I took in my teens due to circumstances out of my control, had come back to set me on the path where I had left off to continue my journey. Wiser, stronger and more mature reconnected to my heart again and looking forward to the continuation of my life.

I am so blessed and thankful for the loving presence that is shared with me. Happy Birthday, Dawn. I am so happy for you.


Sometimes by David Whyte & 10 Questions That Have No Right To Go Away

This is an incredibly beautiful and what could be a transformational post for many. I feel that for me as well. Right now right this moment. Hugs and love to Tania Marie for posting

Tania Marie

barefoot on autumn leaves SOMETIMES

if you move carefully
through the forest

like the ones
in the old stories

who could cross
a shimmering bed of dry leaves
without a sound,

you come
to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

that can make
or unmake
a life,

that have patiently
waited for you,

that have no right
to go away.

~ David Whyte ~

This is a profound and thought-invoking poem by Poet David Whyte that I love. David grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother. His work is known to foster a deeper relationship with the nature of the individual, while thoughtfully cultivating courage and…

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The Gateways Are As Open As You Are

Sharing this timely, powerful post from sweet and supportive Tania Marie. Let’s run with the horses and their energy!

Tania Marie

equinox gateway

We’re approaching a Full Moon on the 16th and then honoring a new cycle with the upcoming Spring Equinox on the 20th. So, there is the potential for much magick afoot, but it takes more than just good thoughts and saying you’re ready. The proof is in the pudding as they say…show the Universe just how ready you are, by being a walking example of what you’re telling it.

Are you ready to charge forward in new ways? You likely will feel more ready when you’ve created a more intimate relationship with yourself that entails knowing all of your parts vulnerably, integrating, balancing, and cultivating inner harmony and authentic self-love.

The keys to access the gateways to your freedom have always been within. You have had to learn to navigate your way through the dark by realizing the light is contained within it, and when you recognize this, you are…

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