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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

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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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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

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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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