By Madison Woods
First of all I want to thank Pam for inviting me to post this on her blog. My name is Madison Woods, and as a naturalist and person with a strong connection to nature in general, I’m keenly interested in the plight of one of our native plants, American ginseng.
Sustainable American Ginseng
With the release of a television series called “Appalachian Outlaws,” there’s been a huge flux of interest in ginseng and I’ve been getting a lot of visits to my website because of it. The plant is already endangered and poaching has always been a prime threat. Because of this television program, I worry that people will only see the plant as potential cash and not realize that indiscriminate digging of it hurts the odds of its survival. My hope is that with the information I’m providing, many of these same people will become interested in becoming good stewards.
My passion for many years has been Ozark medicinal plants and ginseng is one of my favorites. I’ve been collecting information and photos and recently wrote a small book called SUSTAINABLE GINSENG. I want to encourage people to grow and harvest it in a way that enables and encourages the plant’s survival, and to discourage people from seeing it as merely a means to a profit.
The book is only 56 pages long. It needs reviews to gain more exposure. If you are interested in how ginseng can be stewarded by landowners who have the proper habitat, or if you’re just interested in ginseng in general, please consider buying a copy from Amazon (it comes in paperback and Kindle) and leaving a review.
If funds are an issue, I’ll be happy to email you a PDF copy. You won’t be able to leave a review at Amazon (I don’t think), but if you like the book you could talk about it or mention it on your blog. And if you don’t like it, then please send me your feedback in an email so I can improve it for the next edition.
American ginseng is one of my favorite medicinal plants and I know on our own land, it’ll survive. I’d really like to encourage and teach others how to help it survive on their own properties too, and I need help to get the word out.
Madison Woods is one-half of the creative team at Wild Ozark™, LLC. We offer a variety of ways to help people reconnect to the land and Nature. We do this through stories, information, and sharing our lives in the wild Ozarks of northwest Arkansas. As time allows we’ll also begin offering handcrafted items made in the Ozarks. Find out more by visiting our website: www.WildOzark.com
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By Michael Brine
In today’s world, would this be a voice crying in the wilderness?
Krishnamurti was born in Madanapalle, a small town in South India, on May 11, 1895. He and his brother were adopted in their youth by Dr. Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr. Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophical Society had predicted. To prepare the world for this coming, a worldwide organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed and the young Krishnamurti was made its head.
In 1929, however, Krishnamurti renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order with its huge following, and returned the money and property that had been donated for this work. From then on, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17th February 1986, he travelled throughout the world talking to individuals and large audiences about the need for a radical change in mankind.
Krishnamurti is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and spiritual teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday lives, of the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption, of the individual’s search for security and happiness, and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt and sorrow. He explained with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind, and pointed out the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and spiritual quality.
Krishnamurti belonged to no religious organization, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, he maintained that these are the very factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war. He reminded his listeners again and again that we are all human beings first, not Hindus, Muslims or Christians, and that we each are like the rest of humanity—not different from one another. He asked that we tread lightly on this earth without destroying ourselves or the environment. He communicated to his listeners a deep sense of respect for nature. His teachings transcend manmade belief systems, nationalistic sentiment and sectarianism. At the same time, they gave new meaning and direction to mankind’s search for truth. His teaching, besides being relevant to the modern age, is timeless and universal.
Krishnamurti spoke not as a guru but as a friend, and his talks and discussions are based not on tradition-based knowledge but on his own insights into the human mind and his vision of the sacred, so he always communicates a sense of freshness and directness although the essence of his message remained unchanged over the years. When he addressed large audiences, people felt that Krishnamurti was talking to each of them personally, addressing his or her particular problem. In his private interviews, he was a compassionate teacher, listening attentively to the man or women who came to him in sorrow, and encouraging them to heal themselves through their own understanding. Religious schools found that his words threw new light on traditional concepts. Krishnamurti took on the challenge of modern scientists and psychologists and went with them step-by-step to discuss their theories and sometimes enabled them to discern the limitations of those theories. If ever there was a message that needs to be heard in today’s world, it is his.
I lived and worked in Malaysia for several years in the late 1950s, during my banking career. Along with several others, we founded a Lodge of the Theosophical Society in that country, and I can say without reservation that we held Krishnamurti in the highest regard.
Please feel free to communicate with me. Past articles are also available at: www.missionignition.net/btb.
Says Mike: I have first hand experience with using Basil Oil to repel wasps who had been looking to make a home on our balcony. I sprinkled a few drops in the area where they were landing and they took off in flight. They came back a few days later and I refreshed the drops and after that they decided our balcony wasn’t a good place for them to build their nest that summer.
Courtesy of: Stranger in a Strange Land
By Tom Mills
Scientists are using the shifting of Earth’s poles to measure climate change
The breaking news in my mind should be, “CLIMATE CHANGE HAS CAUSED THE EARTH’S POLES TO SHIFT.”
A NewScientist article from Dec. 13, 2013, notes that in one year Greenland has lost 250 gigatonnes of ice, mountain glaciers have lost 194 gigatonnes of ice, and Antarctica has lost 180 gigatonnes of ice.
A gigatonne equals 1,000,000,000 tons.
We can debate what causes global warming and climate change, whoʼs at fault, how many jobs will be lost, how much money it will take to ﬁx the problem, and point ﬁngers at each other all day long.
The truth is, our small planet has lost at least 624 gigatonnes of ice in the last year. The loss of this weight has caused the location of Earth’s poles to move. Not the magnetic poles — but the actual location of the poles. If we lose another 624 gigatonnes of ice this year, how far will the poles move? How many gigatonnes of ice are there? How many more gigatonnes can we afford to lose before the earth’s rotation and delicate balance is in real trouble?
The movement of the poles has changed the ﬂow of the jet stream. The change in the jet stream has caused rain, snow, wind and storm patterns to change. This change causes ﬂoods in some areas and droughts in others, temperature swings, seasons to change. All of these changes affect our food supply, plant cycles, our drinking water, our civilization. All this ice turning into water causes sea levels to rise, islands to sink, cloud and rain patterns to change.
With warmer ocean temperatures we can expect stronger hurricanes, tsunamis, higher tides, and ﬁsh populations dying or moving to cooler water located at the poles. These changes will effect millions of people now, and many more in the future, worldwide.
The only debate we should be having at this time is: Where and how soon will the meeting between the most powerful and creative minds from all countries, all people, all around the planet, come together to ﬁnd a solution and correct the problem? I would like to bring a few of my Hopi friends. Wars, power, money–none of this might matter in the end.
Thomas O. Mills, Author
The Book of Truth A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation Story
and Stonehenge, If This Was East
From Huntington News Post: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/86718
Let your heart be touched and your mind be nudged. It can be a beautiful world!
Notice how the old woman is gazing back at the life that she is leaving…
then passes through the veil of death into the open arms of the Savior.
This is how I want to go. 🙂
The “Come Unto Me” bronze sculpture took more than a year to make its first appearance. Unveiled in the 2000, the original life-sized bronze monument stands in the grand foyer of the Spilsbury Mortuary in St.George, Utah.
It has become a scenic attraction, in addition to a comfort to countless families at a most tender time of their lives.
It portrays the spiritual journey from mortality to immortality: an aged woman’s body, returning to its prime, and back to the arms of our Savior.
Death is not the end. We all have an eternal destiny, as “Come Unto Me” portrays.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 (KJV)
From Michael Brine
I am attaching two quotes today, the first from the Servers of the Divine Plan, called “The Aquarian Passion Play,” 2nd Edition, which was published in 1999. This group was located in the western regions of Australia in the 1990’s but they have disappeared, or perhaps more correctly, departed. Who they really were I’ll leave to you, but their wisdom says it all – at least to me.
Second is a quote from the wise man, Kahlil Gibran. It is not from his book, THE PROPHET, but another of his books which, at the moment, I cannot remember. Almost 79! Enjoy. 🙂
“Many Servers who have incarnated primarily to aid in humanity’s transition at this time are just now, today, becoming aware of the close attendance of a vast array of Cosmic Intelligences who are hidden to most, the exalted ranks to which they inherently belong. As vague yet familiar senses begin to form within their minds in accord with a predetermined and revolutionary process of remembrance that is presently being accelerated throughout the world, these Servers are beginning to consciously feel a sense of enormous purpose and urgency in their lives. Their necessarily imposed veil of forgetfulness is being lifted today by unseen hands, and their memories and higher spiritual faculties are returning to them. The Servers are reawakening in preparation for the execution of a grand and noble work, the ramifications of which bear universal significance. They are beginning to recall the purpose of their duty to humanity and to planet Earth, and are remembering that they are an essential part of a vast collective effort, and a tremendously important task, the scope of which stretches back across millions of years and a myriad of past incarnations upon Earth and elsewhere, all geared toward the now imminent and conclusive glory. In their partial remembrance thus far, the Servers are perceiving with great felicity that they are about to realize the grand consummation of a vital phase of the Divine Plan for Earth, the solar system and beyond, the result of which shall cast life-enhancing reverberations throughout the universe – Past and Future.”
~The Aquarian Passion Play
“I tell you that the children of yesteryear are walking in the funeral of the era which they created for themselves. They are putting a rotting rope that may break soon and cause them to drop into a forgotten abyss. I say that they are living in homes with weak foundations. As the storm blows – and it is about to blow – their homes will fall upon their heads and thus become their tombs. I say that all their thoughts, their sayings, their quarrels, their compositions, their books and all their works are nothing but chains dragging them because they are too weak to pull the load – but the children of tomorrow are the ones called by life, and they follow it with steady steps and heads high. They are the dawn of the new frontiers; no smoke will veil their eyes and no jingle of chains will drown out their voices. They are few in number but the difference is as a grain of wheat and a stack of hay. No one knows them but they know each other. They are like the summits, which can see and hear each other – not the caves, which cannot hear or see. They are the seed dropped by the hand of God in the field, breaking through its pod and waving its sapling leaves before the face of the sun. It shall grow into a mighty tree, its roots in the heart of the Earth and its branches high in the sky.”
By Sarah Brooks
Deep within each one of us is a seed and that seed has always, and will forever, exist in our lightest modes of being and bring us a wealth of all things that are good. This enigmatic seed grows in spurts throughout our lifetimes, sometimes making itself very obvious and at other times hiding secretly away in our inmost nooks and crannies. The seed goes by many names, some of them being: fortune, serendipity, goodness, karma, providence, kismet, or advantage, but today, we will call it luck. When we have it, we say that our cup runs over, our stars are aligned, our cards are being dealt the right way and our lives are in order.
We attract it to ourselves by radiating positive energy and therefore drawing in all of the prosperity and riches that the universe can afford us. And because we create the growth of this tiny seed within, we can change it from the inside out with our powers of attraction and repulsion. We can change our luck with something as tiny as a glance at a stranger or something as large as a relocation to a new place that stores the energy of the successful residents who were there before us.
With this power of luck, we determine the channeling courses of our lives. By surrounding ourselves with certain traditional and energetic totems or beacons of good fortune, we can magnetize luck towards us in a force-field of positive energy for ourselves, our families and homes. Consider filling your home with some or all of the following collection of treasures in order to embody the lucky lady or lucky man that you have always dreamed of being:
- Luck begins at the front door of the home, which serves as a gatekeeper between you and the world outside, protecting you from intruders and also welcoming in those who are dear to you. Traditional Chinese cultures make a habit of re-painting their front doors red every Chinese New Year in order to keep the energy-stronghold of their homes fresh.
- Regardless of whether or not you are a committed or practicing Buddhist, it is always a symbol of good luck to have a statue of Buddha in your home, perhaps under a tree in a pose of meditation.
- Dragonflies are known as a lucky animal. Because they are so rare to glimpse in many parts of the world, and so colorful, elegant and light on the wind, it is considered a lucky strike to encounter a dragonfly up close.
- Including four leaf clovers for ‘faith, hope, love and luck’ in the art and decoration of your home can add a beautiful element of green, Irish magic.
- Ladybugs, with their spots of plenty, are thought to bring great advantage to whomever they appear and in the home or garden are considered very lucky friends to have.
- Elephants are considered another animal with strong protective and lucky powers. A wise and ancient animal, elephant totems or statues that are placed near vulnerable parts of the home, such as doors and windows, are said to be a good measure of security for you and your family.
- Frogs are another magical creature which are considered lucky. Many people place a statue of a frog on a shrine or altar as a sacred object of joy and positivity.
- Lucky stars are not just a thing of nursery rhymes, but are a historical symbol of luck that represents the magnitude of the night universe and the beauty of things as fleeting as shooting stars. When we bring the stars into our homes, either by using a telescope to stargaze, placing star sculptures on our mantlepiece, or hanging a star on our Christmas tree, we embody that magical energy.
- In European lore, gnomes placed in the garden bring good luck to the home.
- Burning incense in your home not only makes the air smell divine, but the smoke clears any negativity from the air and fills it with light, love, blessings, and luck.
This is a guest post by Sarah Brooks from Freepeoplesearch.org. She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Questions and comments can be sent to brooks.sarah23 @ gmail.com.
The Law of Balance – Finding the Middle Way
If gravity is the glue that holds the universe together, balance is the key that unlocks its secrets. Balance applies to our body, mind and emotions, to all levels of our being. It reminds us that anything we do, we can overdo or under do. If the pendulum of our lives or habits swings too far to one side, it will inevitably swing to the other. You apply the Law of Balance by noticing your imbalances. The Law of Balance assures us that those who give freely, in the spirit of love and generosity, receive in abundance.
The Law of Choices – Reclaiming Our Power
We are both burdened and blessed by the great responsibility of free will – the power of choice. Our future destiny is determined, in large part, by the choices we make now. We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can and do choose our responses to whatever arises. Reclaiming the power of choice, we find the courage to live fully in the world. You can make choices through your heart and intuitive wisdom, or through fears, reactions and habits.
The Law of Process – Taking Life Step-by-Step
Process transforms any journey into a series of small steps, taken one by one, to reach any goal. Process transcends time, teaches patience, rests on a solid foundation of careful preparation, and embodies trust in our unfolding potential. The road to happiness is always full of changes along the way of life. Reach one goal, and you only create another, the journey never ends. When discipline and patience join forces, they become a persistence to carry intentions to completion.
The Law of Presence – Living in the Moment
Time is a paradox, stretching between a “past and future” that have no reality except in our own minds. The idea of time is a convention of thought and language, a social agreement. Here is the deeper truth, “We have only this Moment.” You can think and visualize the past and future, but you only can live in the present moment.
The Law of Compassion – Awakening Our Humanity
The Universe does not judge us, it only provides consequences, lessons and opportunities to balance and learn through the Law of Cause and Effect. Compassion is the recognition that we are each doing the best we can within the limits of our current beliefs and capacities. The more loving-kindness and forgiveness you give to yourself, the more you can give to others.
The Law of Faith – Trusting in Spirit
Faith is our direct link to Universal Wisdom, reminding us that we know more than we have heard or read or studied, that we have only to look, listen, and trust the love and wisdom of the Universal Spirit working through us all. Faith does not require a belief in a religion; it’s about trusting the love and intelligence, and Spirit working through you and all creation. As you live in the Light of this Law, it will transform your perception and experience. You will find lessons and opportunities in every challenge.
The Law of Expectation – Expanding Our Reality
Energy follows thought. We move toward, but beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life. Any expectation will attract the evidence of your assumption. Replace self-defeating doubts with new beliefs based on clear intention and conscious awareness. Focus on positive outcomes and on our powerful human potential. What we focus on expands and gives energy.
The Law of Integrity – Living Our Truth
Integrity means living and acting in alignment with spiritual law and with our highest vision, despite impulses to the contrary. From the heart of integrity, we recognize, accept and express our authentic interior reality, inspiring others not with words, but by our example. Give conscious awareness to your heart’s highest wisdom, our internal reality, rather than indulge in random impulses or desires. Integrity means being integrated, knowing and being ourselves, so that our actions are consistent with our highest intentions. It is acknowledging our weaknesses and drawing on our inner strengths.
The Law of Action – Moving Into Life
No matter what we feel or know, no matter what out potential gifts or talents, only action brings them to life. Many of us understand concepts such as commitment, courage and love, but we truly know only when we can act on them. Doing leads to understanding, and action turns knowledge to wisdom. The Law of Action teaches us to overcome both inertia and impatience by acting out of courage, clear intention, and commitment. Every law contains the seeds of its opposite; there is a time of action and the action of inaction.
The Law of Cycles – Dancing to Nature’s Song
The world of nature moves in rhythms, patterns and cycles, the passing of the seasons, the movement of the stars, the ebb and flow if the tides. The seasons do not push one another, neither do clouds race the wind across the sky. All things happen in their own time, rising and falling and rising like ocean waves, in the circles of time. The natural world dances to the music of change. Like seeds and cycles, so go our lives. You have to end one cycle in order to begin another. Nature teaches everything works together at the right time, without resistance.
The Law of Surrender – Embracing a Higher Will
Surrender means accepting this moment, this body, and this life with open arms. Surrender involves getting out of our own way and living in accord with a higher will, expressed as the wisdom of the heart. Far more than passive acceptance, surrender uses every challenge as a means of spiritual growth and expanded awareness. Learn to surrender by shifting your perspective, shifting your energy and attention from the desire of a smaller will to the wisdom of a Higher Will. Be like water, flowing and flexible, to blend with life’s forces, rather than struggling against them. The more you let go of attachments, the more you expand into greater freedom and peace.
The Law of Unity, Remembering Our Connection
We appear on Earth as separate beings with diverse destinies. As each separate raindrop is a part of the sea, so are we each a part of the ocean of Awareness, the Body of God. Find love and inner peace deep within the highest truth that we are all one Family. Leave behind the baggage of fear, envy and resentment. Fly aloft on wings of understanding, to enter the boundless Land of Compassion and Love.
The law of unity calls forth the Great Realization that we are One Being, One Consciousness, manifesting in different bodies, like leaves are part of the tree. Our world is on the cusp of a shift from competitive self-interest to open hearted cooperation in the interest of the Whole Body of Humanity. As Global Consciousness awakens, we find ourselves in the midst of a transition, and it will not be without difficulties. Unity is the completion of all the Laws of Spirit.
These Laws are wisdom deep within us, the alchemist’s keys to Love, Freedom, Joy and Fulfillment. Live the Universal Laws of Spirit and they will transform your life, a path into the Light, Unity with the Creator and all creation.
A soothing video: Song of the Sage, The Laws of Spirit
By Michael Brine
We live in very demanding and certainly changing times. In my life’s journey – now 78 – I have had the good fortune to travel and live in other countries and cultures outside of Western domination. I have also been especially interested and aware of the indigenous cultures across our world, in particular the Mayan People and the Hopi. They, as with the Australian Aborigines, have indeed pinpointed our time period as one of major change. In our Western, Caucasian, ‘all-knowing’ arrogance, we dismiss the insights of indigenous peoples, who have ancient, yet similar, observations relating to this time period.
How can we ignore them?
I think we can agree that cycles are a fact and are observable in many areas of our lives. Seasons come and go – the moon – the tides of the oceans – women’s menstrual cycles – our own life cycle of 90-years plus/minus – the movement of the stars – Ice Ages – we live within cycles great and small. Is it not possible that our indigenous peoples might have known or know something that we disregard?
Let us look at other factors we are ignoring that indicate major changes could be on the horizon. At the turn of the last century there were around 1.5 billion people on the planet. In just 114 years we have reached eight billion! This exponential increase is now at a crisis level and we are running out of space. Food prices rise as it becomes increasingly difficult to produce enough to feed the world’s growing population – ie: Thailand, a major rice exporter has now stopped exporting rice, I believe because it is concerned about having enough rice to feed its own people.
This may just be the start of a growing protectionist attitude emerging within different countries to protect their own as the situation becomes increasingly critical. In this respect we in Canada are particularly vulnerable as we only produce about twenty percent of our food needs and import eighty percent. The reverse is true in Russia – a geographical area not dissimilar to our own – in which they produce eighty percent of their needs and import twenty percent! Seeing these figures should serve as a wake-up call to Canadians – yes?
Weather anomalies across the globe are another element adding to this growing crisis and that includes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that are becoming more frequent. Here in Canada we have been, to a large extent, saved from much of this, but that is changing. Nor are lines on a map going to protect any of us from weather catastrophes.
On top of all this, we continue to face a global financial crisis as the existing system outgrows itself and dishonesty great and small is exposed. Indeed, this system has exposed our vulnerabilities as nations threatened with collapse, and as individuals who struggle with temptations which acted upon seriously harm others. Politicians are at a loss as to how to resolve these crises and have engineered ‘solutions’ that are only compounding the fragility of it all. We are now at a tipping point in this bankers’ illusory world. People are aware of the behaviour of the Banking Industry, et al, if only subconsciously, increasing fear with respect to financial survival almost everywhere.
One final observation: Since the time of the ancient pharaohs of Egypt, we have lived in a Patriarchal Age in which women have been largely “dumbed” down and we have been ruled by little boys who behave like bullies in the school yard. We have clear examples of this in today’s world in Iran and North Korea, as well as the sad Afghanistan situation, and of course, Syria, to name a few more obvious instances. This attitude prevails across the world in most countries, albeit more subtly.
However, as we move from the Patriarchal Age to the Aquarian Age we will see the Divine Feminine emerging to take its true place in these coming times, with women recognized as equals, in societies that focus on moving towards a world of Community in which we all work together – men and women – within our personal arenas, be they small or large, and not competing against each other as we do now in societies built around finances. I also feel that those ‘lines on a map’ that separate us will all disappear. Indeed we ARE all one humanity and we need to recognise this as we move forward into the coming age.
Perhaps what our Indigenous peoples, through their Shamans, have known is that with the ending of this 26,000 year cycle we will observe a cleansing of the garbage we have accumulated throughout this passing age. You cannot build a new building on a rotten foundation. I have observed more and more ‘ordinary’ people are waking up to this accumulated ‘garbage’ factor – largely thanks to the internet – that has controlled humanity through this last age, and people are saying, “Enough is Enough!”
I write this not to create fear. I am providing information, at least as I see it. What you do with that information is up to you. I suggest we hang onto our hats and go for the ride!
“Beyond right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there.” ~Rumi