Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Upcoming Aug. 15 and 18: Children of The Sun - Prayer Vigil for Syria and Egypt

In this Newsletter:
Help anchor a Portal of Light in the Middle East
Register for the Synchronized Peace Transmission for Syria and Egypt
Assist with Publicity and Fundraising for the Peace Operations
Mark your Calendars - Transmissions Dates in August



Children of the Sun Humanitarian Foundation
 and it's platform of volunteers is partnering with James Twyman, the Peace Troubadour, to open and anchor a grid of peace, love and goodwill in the Middle East, specifically Syria and Egypt.
It has been scientifically proven that unified prayer, meditation, visualization, and chanting with intention is effective upon situations or geographical regions where attention is placed.

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Success in Mexico gives us a Powerful Formula ~

This cooperative peace effort has emerged as the next phase in our service to humanity.

We successfully initiated the first step of our world tour and Global Peace Operation in Cuernavaca, Mexico where we gathered for two weeks of conferences to decree for Universal Light to descend upon the Mexico region.

Occurring simultaneously with our conference event were intensifying earth rumblings including a volcanic eruption, rain and thunder and a 6.0 earthquake. The conclusion of our event was followed by flooding occurring in all 4 directions of the country. We felt that all of this amazing synchronicity was indeed profound confirmation to our powerful group work.

We are now going public with our proven formula for opening the multidimensional overlays and energetic feeds of light that support the inflow of benevolent transforming energy.

Assignment in the Middle East ~
Our next  assignment is to support the peace-building efforts in the Middle East, one of the most conflicted areas of the world.

We are taking RESPONSIBILITY to put into action what we have all been trained and prepared to do. Through years together of constant meditative focus, transmission activity along with the gradual building of group coherence, we are now poised to fulfill this global responsibility through our loving and intelligent influence.
It is not necessary for us all to travel to the Middle East. This is the purpose of our Peace Delegates to be there in physical presence and to help anchor our simultaneous transmission. YOUR ASSISTANCE, however, is required to complete this important mission. Please see below the ways in which you can assist our Global Peace Operation for the Middle East.
We have an incredible opportunity to make a measurable impact in these countries. Please join us and help build our forcefield of transforming influence by sharing this with many others. 

Thank you for your continued love and support.

Children of the Sun Foundation 


Be Part of the Peace Efforts in the Middle East  
Prayer Vigil for Syria and Egypt Sign-Up 

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Join James Twyman, the Peace Troubadour, from Oregon, USA with Children of the Sun  
Foundation's Peace Delegates, Tiara Kumara from California, USA and Juan de la Luna of Colombia.  



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Meet our Transmission Facilitators...
Gary Gottselig from Vancouver, Canada and Leslie Murray from Los Angeles, USA  

This registration is for everyone desiring to assist us with a live Synchronized Peace Transmission for Syria and Egypt. This is occurring at the same time as the Peace Concerts for Syria and Egypt. It will include invocation, calls for intervention, the building of a morphogenic field and concluding with unified quantum prayer.

We will distribute a downloadable PDF of the program sequence and a pre-recorded audio to follow so that we are all going together in unified rhythm.
 Two synchronized transmissions will take place on the dates of: 

August 15 for Syria  
(exact time to be announced)
August 18 for Egypt   
(exact time to be announced)

The Synchronized Peace Transmissions are approximately 45 minutes in length and can be done in the comfort of your home or other sacred space.  



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1. Help Raise Funds for the Global Peace Operations
We must have the support of our Global Family for this massive undertaking and to help finance this on-going peace program. The Foundation depends on donations to carry out all planetary service missives. Please share this link and post on your networks.

2. Assist with Publicity and Networking
Spread the word by sharing our links to all your social networks - we are calling for 144,000 Ambassadors of Peace to unite for our Global Peace platform - our mission in the Middle East is only a beginning.

3. Join the Peace Mission to Syria and Egypt
  (no cost)
JOIN US and be part of the Peace Efforts
Receive the short course on Quantum Healing Prayer

4. Join the live Synchronized Peace Transmission for Syria and Egypt 





 We must have the support of our Global Family for this massive undertaking and to help finance this on-going peace program. The Foundation depends on donations to carry out all planetary service missives.

Please share this link and help us reach our goal!  



AUGUST, 2013


We are invited to the Middle East as a delegation of Peacekeepers.
No matter where we are located on the planet,

we are ALL being called into commanding action now!



August 6:     New Moon Unity Transmissions
                          Let's start our unified calls for the Middle East now!

August 15:    Peace Concert in Syria
                           Be part of the Synchronized Peace Transmission

August 18:    Peace Concert for Egypt
                           Be part of the Synchronized Peace Transmission

August 22:    Full Moon Unity Transmissions
                           Continued calls for the Middle East 

Daily Words of the Buddha for July 31, 2013

Asāre sāramatino
sāre cāsāradassino,
te sāraṃ nādhigacchanti,

Those who mistake the unessential to be essential
and the essential to be unessential,
dwelling in wrong thoughts,
never arrive at the essential.

Dhammapada 1.11

The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom, 
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita


Image: "Land of Confusion," by Amorina Ashton

Friday, July 26, 2013



Hermes Trismegistus is accredited with writing THE HERMETICA, or CORPUS HERMETICUM. These texts were once believed to be ancient, but in the 17th century it was established that they were written in Alexandria in the first three centuries of the Christian Era. They may, however, have been elaborated from much earlier manuscripts. Some of these writings were translated by Arab scholars from Greek and Coptic manuscripts and were introduced into Europe via the Moors of Iberia in the 12th Century.

The main body of writings, however, was not translated until 1471, when Cosimo De Medici, the great patron of the Florentine Renaissance, instructed Marsilio Ficino to interrupt his translations of Plato to translate into Latin a Greek set of The Hermetica that he had obtained from Byzantium. Cosimo was determined that he should read the legendary writings of Hermes before he died. Ficino did not let him down. The recent development of printing allowed for the Hermetica's swift dispensation throughout Europe.


The impact of The Hermetica on Renaissance philosophy was enormous. Here was an ancient body of theological, magical and medical writings of extraordinary beauty, intellectual power and spiritual authority, in which Jew, Christian and Muslim could find confirmations, amplifications and refinements of their own sacred teachings.

In The Hermetica, the CREATION MYTH becomes a much richer, more detailed and expressive allegory, an awesome ALCHEMICAL PROCESS. Hermes describes man as "the great miracle," capable of achieving godhood as an individual by transcending the stages of being that separate him from the DIVINE. Man is dignified as being truly made "in the image of God," being the microcosm that reflects the macrocosm. This is emphasized by Hermes' great dictum, "as above, so below," with its correlate "as within, so without." Everything in creation finds its reflection in Man. He therefore has at his disposal all the tools he needs to achieve his DIVINE DESTINY, should he choose to accept it.



The Greeks identified THOTH with HERMES the DIVINE MESSENGER, who mediates between Heaven above and Earth below. He is the ambivalent god of the CROSSROADS, being both Guide and Trickster and patron of both merchants and thieves.



High magic is also known as hermetic magic because it is based on the hermetic arts and sciences. These are so-named because they are derived from the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus (thrice greatest Hermes), the many-named genius of magic who mediates between the macrocosm and the microcosm, heaven and earth, the divine and the individual. The Great Work is nothing less than the achievement of godhood -- union with the divine -- using the three pillars of ALCHEMY, MAGIC and ASTROLOGY to do so.


The ancient Egyptians knew HERMES as THOTH or TEHUTI, the divine personification of WISDOM. Portrayed as the IBIS-HEADED scribe of the gods, he was the inventor of HIEROGLYPHS and the patron of the SACRED SCIENCES of GEOMETRY, MATHEMATICS, ASTRONOMY, MEDICINE, MAGIC and ALCHEMY. Thoth exists at every level of being. He serves the gods, but he also preceded them. Indeed, he brought them into BEING, for he is the self-creating ARCH-MAGICIAN. He has but to NAME a thing and it SPRINGS into LIFE. He is the cosmic alchemist, the INNER and OUTER TEACHER, the BALANCING POINT between all POLARITIES.


Real magic goes against the grain of mundane life, which tends toward the path of least resistance. Magic demands focus, discipline, tenacity and courage.

If used correctly, the sacred rituals and techniques taught at The Halau's Sanctuarium, which for centuries were kept secret, will generate profound changes that will transform your life on every level.

Such Knowledge provides the necessary tools for self-initiation into the higher realms of eternal cosmic reality.



The practice of the techniques described on our pages and in our classes will lead you into ENCOUNTERS with HIGHER LEVELS of reality. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you are WELL GROUNDED. All those who aspire to effect dramatic changes to both inner and outer reality through the awareness and manipulation of the unseen are best equipped for the Journey with IMAGINATION free from FANTASY. This level of Knowledge is not a cure for maladies of the Spirit. Those suffering from neuroses or depression will find such conditions more likely to worsen, rather than improve.

Those who are READY will possess GOOD EQUILIBRIUM, be COMFORTABLE in their own skins and, most importantly, are SCRUPULOUSLY HONEST within their hearts. Any skeletons lurking in the closet are bound to leap out at some stage, so it is a good idea to spend some time MENTALLY REVIEWING the events of your life daily. In this way, you will be as PREPARED as possible for whatever emerges.



High magic is both a science and an art. Its roots are ancient, but its techniques continue to evolve and adapt to the conditions of all ages. The aim of magic is to effect changes in both inner and outer reality through the awareness and manipulation of unseen -- therefore "occult" -- but powerful forces.

The techniques of High Magic include:

Kabbalistic Exercises
The Making of Ritual Tools
The Creation of Talismans
The Preparation of Alchemical Elixirs
Angel Magic


“Know thee the honor bestowed upon thee 
through entering the Halls of Amenti by mine side.”

(From Level 1 Initiation, Melchizedek Priesthood training manual, Sanctuarium Ordinis Melchisedech, an affiliate branch of 'Aha Hui Lanakila, Inc.)


Getting involved on the Melchizedek Path is easy:  you just have to say, "I'm in." It's a choice, an act of will, a statement of INTENT. Involvement is the FIRST KEY to Service. Once yo
u are INVOLVED in something, you become a NECESSARY PART of it: it iNCLUDES you. The more you involve yourself, the greater the RECIPROCAL effect. It is, therefore, WISE to acquaint yourself with the BASIC RULES of the GAME before leaping in.


Once you reach a CERTAIN STAGE OF INVOLVEMENT, there can be no return to a state of BLISSFUL IGNORANCE. This Melchizedek Path reveals AWESOME DIMENSIONS to life that cannot be safely apprehended by WEAK or FEARFUL individuals -- not because these DIMENSIONS are of themselves frightening or malign, but because they demand a great deal of SELF-MASTERY and the capacity to accept PROFOUND TRUTH. Dabblers who PADDLE in the WATERS because of lack of commitment can find themselves getting in deeper than they had planned, sucked under by CHIMERICAL QUICKSAND or swept along by POWERFUL HIDDEN CURRENTS. The aspiring High Priest knows how to swim before risking these deep and potentially treacherous waters.

Lion's Gate 2013 ~ A New Doorway of Opportunity

Period of Activation: 
July 26 - August 12, 2013

We want to acknowledge the energies of the Lion’s Gate so we and others can have a clearer definition of what these upgraded frequencies represent within the 4th dimensional world we live in. This information resonates with the messages that Lord Adama and the Team of Light have shared in the past few weeks that we are about to be hit with some very intense vibrational changes. The following transmission is being guided by the Elohim Councils of God and the Elders That Surround the Throne of Grace that represent the 12 Rays of God. We thank them for their message of love.


Greetings My Beloveds,

We thank you for taking the time to receive these energies of understanding. We have come together with the Elohim and the Elders in group consciousness to assist the divination of light in order to have an understanding of what we are expressing in these moments. It is important that we have a general knowledge of the changes that are already happening within the planet in order to fully grasp the conditions that you will be receiving in the next couple of weeks.

Each of you is at a time when changes will occur within you and you will go into a deeper part of your essence. It is all part of the plan that has been set since December of last year. It is important to realize that the energies that are existing upon the planet are in need of great assistance but it must come in stages of growth.

When it was decided that many levels of humanity could survive a transitioning planet, the increments of the upgrades needed to come during very important times instead of bulldozing the energies all at once. You see, there is so much more that needs to be healed within GAIA and in order to accomplish the goal that is intended, it must be done in a certain manner. Each of you has assisted with this transition due to energetic healing and psychic advancement in many souls upon the planet. 2013 was to be a year in which transition would be the main focus but must be acquired in stages that would create a synchronistic outcome.

If we look back upon this year, it truly has achieved its worth with the transformation that has occurred within the planet. But, yet, there is so much more that needs to be done and we will continue to assist with the transition as much as possible and with the least of tragic events involved. This also depends upon the group consciousness of each location and how the energy will affect their environment.

The Gate of the Lion represents a doorway of an energetic surge just as the Lion is roaring its way through the jungle. It could be likened to the massive amount of debris that needs to be cleaned up. It also will assist each individual soul to move to a higher state of existence in their own consciousness and physical reality. It is important to understand where you are standing presently before the occurrence on July 26th before we enter this doorway of extreme acceleration. Reflection will be needed through this occurrence of light so it is important to have an inner inventory of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations that are happening within your physical vehicle. ALL WILL BE CHALLENGED THROUGH THIS PROCESS. It will depend upon each individual’s growth, how much foundation they have created, and how strong an individual can be while riding through the storm.

Let us describe what exactly the Gate represents through energetic exchanges. We, of the Elders that Surround the Throne of Grace, represent the 12 Rays of God. We are the deciding factor of emitting the Rays of God into each Ray Chohan, Archangel or Elohim so that it can then be sent to each Initiate or Chela upon the Earth. Rays of Light coming into the planet will occur within these dates. Those that are balanced within their knowledge and ability to handle the rays will experience a much better outcome than those that do not. It has been decided from the entire God Force and Creation of Oneness that the rays need to be emitted into the earth’s atmosphere. Someone that has never experienced the Rays of God and its power will feel like they are walking through a wind storm. It will emit the frequencies of God’s essence through each of the qualities represented by: Will and Power; Love and Wisdom; Creative Intelligence; Harmony and Balance; Science of the Light; Inner Devotion; Ceremonial Structure and Magic; Higher Cleansing accessing the Higher Self Energies, Attraction of the Light Body; Blending the Masculine and Feminine Divine by Illumination of Light; Bridging the Old into the New; and Accepting the Christ Consciousness.

It is important to realize that each of our rays will help to activate energies within the earth to ascend into a higher consciousness level to receive the Christed Self in every living being. So individuals that have never stood in God’s light will be feeling this profusely within their physical world and it may affect them adversely. Those of you that are fully activated in some or all of the rays will feel an euphoric effect within you. It will help you to move further into your highest aspirations. It will assist you in your initiation process and move some of the challenges that have been in your way. 


We, of the Elohim Council of God, as the Seven Rays are here to assist you ground the energies. Each initiate will be asked to go deeper into their self-awareness to comprehend and understand these frequencies of light. You are the grounding force to help others to accept the changes that will be occurring. We want you to know that we are here for the asking especially for the first seven rays of God that will assist you in accepting the higher frequencies within your physical body.

So if you are ready to move into a new initiation, you will do so. If you have been challenged by certain conditions in your world, they can be removed. What you think, you will receive. Your thoughts will be very astute and the energy will come back to you. It is a time to utilize your tools to the fullest extent because you are being asked to stand in the power of God’s Light to accept your Divinity. As you do this, it will ground it more fully into GAIA. More souls upon the planet will be able to handle the frequencies by you accepting it within you.

This does not mean you will not be challenged as you will. Acceleration can come quickly through these phases. As you go through your initiation phases, more DNA is acquired. But it can only happen by allowing the changes to occur within our full body system. Receiving all strands of the 12 can only be acquired after the 7th initiation. What is happening through this process is that when you receive activation from others, they do not give it to you, it comes through the Elders of the Rays of God, into your Monad and Soul essences, combining your I AM Presence, and only then, if you are completely ready to accept them physically. Some individuals have them acquired in the higher consciousness but NOT IN PHYSICAL FORM. There are very few lightworkers walking upon this planet fully activated. It can happen but there can also be disastrous results within the four body system.

So what will happen through these changes of the Lion’s Gate is that your Emotional and Mental bodies will become more aligned to prepare for the blending of the Masculine and Feminine Divine. Your Etheric body will be clearing intensely of the timelines that do not fit this essence. So if you are going through dramatic changes through this period, know it is probably from the Etheric Level. Whatever you need to be cleared, ask for it to be and it shall.

Ways to help yourself:

Gathering with others in meditations;

Being in nature especially water is helpful. See yourself moving through the process;

Grounding with GAIA by walking barefoot on the ground, on rocks, within a meadow;

Breathing deeply the Rays of God as they are being emitted through the wind and atmosphere;

Accepting that you are changing and adjust to it constantly;

Know that nothing stays the same so when you have to physically change a condition, move with that process;

Accept the responsibility that you are a Divine Being of Light and that you are here to help others. This is the first step in taking the job that has been given to you by your Higher Self to help;

Hold the light within increments of time on a daily basis. Once a day is very good; more is better;

Connect with The Great Central Sun through the process by sitting in the sun for 5 minutes at a time. During this time reflect to RA the Sun God and Helios and Vesta, our Solar Logos for assistance;

Just Be the Essence that you are Becoming.

If you would like to connect to us as the Elohim Masters of God in group consciousness we will be with you; separately we can help you out with particulars:

Ray 1 – Hercules and Amazonia for Strength and Courage;

Ray 2 – Apollo & Lumina for Expansion of the Higher Mind;

Ray 3 – Heros & Amora for Devotion of Self Love and Deep Compassion;

Ray 4 – Purity & Astrea for Resurrection to create Balance and Harmony;

Ray 5 –Cyclopea & Virigina for Unwavering Patience accepting details to fall into place;

Ray 6 – Peace & Aloha for Forgiving Love and Grace;

Ray 7 – Arcturus and Victoria for transformation of sacred living.

As both the Elders and the Elohim, we want you to know that the time of procreation is now upon GAIA. We thank you for your assistance, and now that our creation will be your creation as we are ONE together, One Heart, One Mind, One Essence of Light.

Blessings and Joy to each of you in these moments of Light That We Are.

Here is a recap of Color Correspondences information that may assist individuals through this process is intuiting the 12 Rays of God through the color frequencies:

1-Deep Blue;
2-Golden Yellow;
3-Deep Pink;
4-Crystalline Light;
5-White mixed with Green and Gold;
6-Ruby Red with Gold;
7-Violet with Deep Purple;
8-Seafoam Green;
9-Blue Green;
11-Pink Orange; and

You may breathe in the colors through your 12 chakras as each of the rays blend into the chakras and on the 4th dimensional chakra grid they become the chakras (Ray 8 through 12) or call upon the Ray definitions that were given in the message from the Elders.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vasumi -- Kin 163: Blue Resonant Night -- DAY OUT OF TIME!

Happy Day Out of Time!!! The 365th day of the Blue Resonant Storm year! A day to celebrate forgiveness on all levels and compassion, to let rest all that happened over the past 365 days, and especially today all that has occurred over the past 5,200 years of the Great Cycle... The last 7 Moons has been a compression of this cycle, as the karma has played itself out full power on the face of our planet over this time... And tomorrow we begin the New Time!

Today all over the planet thousands of kin who have been aligning with this throughout the years will be practising the Rainbow Bridge Meditation, and if anyone only chooses to do this once, make today that day and join in the telepathic wave that activates a Rainbow Bridge from pole to pole of our dear planet, Gaia... See here for the link to the meditation and more info....

Today is a day of inspired dreams accessed through diving deep into the unconscious, where all inspired dreams lay,  deep underneath the fear and terror, sorrow and repressed hurt... Find the courage to go deeper and access those many visions carried by our ancestors that were laid to rest in the face of a paradigm that did not inspire us to dream, that was seeking to colonise and repress... Dive deeper and feel it all and inspire the frozen dreams of abundance for all beings to thaw... Now is the time!

Today we are guided by our far-reaching visions to follow our intuition and listen for the synchronicities that occur to reveal the dreaming of our bloodlines, as handed down from generation to generation... Dreams of a beautiful world, a creative world, a world where we are supported to dream of true abundance for all beings... Dream strong today, for your ancestors, for all those that may still be held captive in the nightmare, dream of harmony for our future generations... And lay those dreams into the tidal wave of meditation that is rolling around our planet today,  envisioning the Rainbow Bridge around the planet, initiating peace and harmony and beauty for ALL beings... Imagine future generations looking to the skies, at the permanent Rainbows that encircle our planet, know that there ancestors dared to collectively dream and create that reality!!!

Predawn we may access a fearless creativity, bom of knowing self as love and connected in divine harmony to all that is... As this emerges through the darkness of our early morn, predawn dreaming, it can inspire a deep focus on creating the most beautiful work of art the world has ever seen... A Rainbow Bridge that inspires all to fearlessly love, resonate harmony and hold to unconditional love... The fearless creativity that emerges from our capacity to know ourselves as connected with the web of creation, the telepathic grid of the Earth... One mind, one planet. Our capacity to quest-i-om all that does resonate the connectivity of the harmonic grid that encompasses unconditionally all beings... One love.

From sunrise we are inspired to make sure that our actions serve to purify all that has been, as we inspire the vision of a healed and purified world... Our creative mind is enacted through our hands, inspired by the promise of those divine and far-reaching visions which begin with one action...

This evening loves reflection becomes the only choice... To resonate truth, reflected in the eyes of all those around us as we inspire and are inspired by the endless wisdom which pours from hearts that are true... Resonating as  direct reflection from the heart, inspiring truth guided by love as a way to channel the greatest wisdom... The capacity to have incredibly clear reflections inspired by the choosing to reflect what is underneath the surface... The capacity to go into the shadow energy of what someone may not wish to be seen, with the feminine love and compassion that feels rather than just looks, the gift of being those clear reflections for each other, that we may get inspired anew ...

This afternoon we find ourselves expressing with the immediate raw passion that resonates healing and inspires action... To channel the expression of raw emotion as pure awakened life force, allows the instinctive expression of that energy to work as a path of healing, and although this may bring bumps to others more gentle moments, ultimately it is another of the tumors of the old paradigm healed...

So today we see that synchronicity attunes us to the intuitive bigger picture or visioning reality... A sense of right time, right place that inspires our connection to the collective subconscious dreaming that is held in the centre of our Mother Earth of abundance for all beings...

So blessed be all planetary beings... and enjoy the depth of this miracle we call life and its connectivity in the unseen realms... Enjoy this deep and beautiful day and the completion of the old time... For tomorrow we enter the NEW!!!A wonderful day of telepathy, a lot gets communicated today with no words at all, as all are aligned with the telepathic grid that is so present with us all....


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sarah Varcas: Attention and Discernment

Cosmic Distractions Abound
We are surrounded by contradictory energies at the moment, which may leave us feeling that we’re not really sure who we are, what to believe, what to strive for, what to let go and whether we should even be wondering about any of these things in the first place! So if you’re feeling a bit confused, over-whelmed even, with too much information and not enough intuition, too much emotion and not enough logic, or too many of other people’s ideas spinning round your head and not enough of your own, don’t panic. That’s kind of how it is at the moment and it will pass.

It’s a bit like someone’s turned up the volume control so we can no longer ignore the background buzz of our lives: the constant commentary our mind undertakes from the minute we awake to the time we return to sleep; the voices in our head which aren’t even ours but other people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs that we just seem to have absorbed somewhere along the line; the unremitting flow of sensory stimulation that assaults our eyes and ears on a daily basis. Right now it may all seem too much.

But it’s too much for a reason. The volume control has been turned up precisely so we can see just how much data we’re actually trying to process every day just to stay remotely in control of our lives. No wonder we can feel on edge and uptight so much of the time! We’re like living breathing satellite dishes receiving and transmitting signals all day long, or antennae forever picking up every random radio wave in the vicinity. And the fact is, we can’t go on like this! In these times of shifting energy and heightening awareness we need to learn how to edit out the background hum in order to focus our energy and attention where it’s needed the most. And to do that we need to be aware of just how much interference we must get to grips with.

In the modern age there are so many calls on our attention. Just walking down the street we can be bombarded with adverts and noise, hundreds of people, traffic, aromas wafting from countless eateries. Then there’s the internal stimulation of thoughts and feelings, worries, fears, anticipation, plans, hopes and dreams. And we wonder why we’re so exhausted and desperate for a break! We are constantly stimulated and right now the cosmos needs us to understand what that does to us on a daily basis. It leaves us depleted, distracted, our attention is diffused and our resolve drains out of us. We become receptors of any old thing that’s out there, soaking it all up regardless.

Which is why today the heavens speak of discernment, of paying attention to our attention: where do we invest it and why? Do we hand it over to the ‘loudest’ thing in the vicinity, be it someone else, our own thoughts or the tempting smells from that café over there. Or do we make a conscious choice about where we rest our attention and why? Do we decide where it’s best used today and then gently but firmly tell everything else that assails us we’re not available right now, thank you. Life is full of distractions.

They’re everywhere and some can be extremely seductive, but if they distract us from peace, from pursuing our heart’s desire, from recognising our own inner voice amidst the babble of the outside world, then we need to master the distractions, not allow them to master us. We need to be able to turn from them to invest our energy where it’s best put to use. We need to decide what really matters, and then do that regardless of anything and everything else that tries to tempt us away.

Today we get a chance to practice just such self-discipline. It may seem like an onerous task with so much call on our attention, but the more we do it the easier it becomes and it’s a skill well worth having in the frenetic and demanding world in which we live.

Here’s wishing everyone a focused day.

Sarah Varcas

© Sarah Varcas 2013. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted to freely share this article in its entirety on the condition that full credit is given to the author, it is distributed freely and the URL is included.

Be The Change ...

"When we show our respect for other living things, they show respect for us." -- Arapaho proverb

America, like the rest of the world, is a "tossed salad" of different cultures ... unfortunately, because we do not take the time to listen and to understand our cultural differences, we continuously deal with the consequences of taking action before really understanding the needs of each other.

For example, the "development" of tribal peoples against their wishes (like those in the Amazon forests) -- really, to let others get to their land and resources -- is rooted in 19th century colonialism ("we know best") dressed up in 21st century "politically correct" euphemisms like "sustainable development". Tribal peoples are not backward: they are independent, vibrant societies which, like all of us, always are constantly adapting to a changing world. And, like all of us, tribal peoples desiring no contact are entitled to health, peace, freedom – in short, the right to happiness. The difference between tribal peoples and us is that we take their land and resources and believe the dishonest, even racist, claim that it's for their own good. Bottom line: it's conquest, not development.

Be The Change ...

When working with someone quite different from yourself, take the time to really understand the person, their background, their needs and motivations before deciding on a plan of action.

Image: © Erling Söderström/Survival International
Subject: Sydney Possuelo with Korubo Indians, Brazil.

Daily Words of the Buddha for July 24, 2013

Attā hi attano nātho,
attā hi attano gati.
Tasmā saṃyamamattānaṃ
assaṃ bhadraṃva vāṇijo.

One is one's own protector,
one is one's own refuge.
Therefore, one should control oneself,
even as a trader controls a noble steed.

Dhammapada 25.380

The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Stress Reduction Beats Dieting For Overall Body Health

Stress reduction techniques can help reduce acidity in the body more effectively than even the best diet. See below for some easy stress reduction ideas.
Here is the thing, stress makes the body acidic in a hurry. If you are stressed while you are eating, digestion does not even work well.

So you could be eating the best quality foods money can buy, and stress could be turning it all into an acidic mess in your body.

The body needs to be relaxed for digestion to happen effectively. Being relaxed and peaceful helps to the body to be more alkaline.

Stress Reduction Ideas:

-- Meditation Music
-- Eye movement techniques
-- Qigong, Tai Chi or Yoga
-- A good walk in nature
-- Journaling
-- Shifting your outlook to a relentless positive attitude
-- Faith, love and kindness
-- Relaxing smells, such as herbs or essential oils

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Daily Words of the Buddha for July 23, 2013

Kodhaṃ chetvā sukhaṃ seti,
kodhaṃ chetvā na socati.
Kodhassa visamūlassa
madhuraggassa brāhmaṇa;
vadhaṃ ariyā pasaṃsanti
tañhi chetvā na socatī.

Slay anger and you will be happy,
slay anger and you will not sorrow.
For the slaying of anger in all its forms
with its poisoned root and sweet sting —
that is the slaying the nobles praise;
with anger slain one weeps no more.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.187

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, 
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Monday, July 22, 2013

Beverley Taylor, Astrologer - WEEKLY ASTROLOGICAL REPORT: July 22-28, 2013

A lot more planetary movement this week on Tuesday, as the Sun and Venus both move signs.

The Sun starts the week in sensitive Cancer. On Tuesday it moves into bossy, dignified, extravagant, organized and dramatic Leo, with a need to feel in control.

The Moon starts the week in aloof, pessimistic, responsible Capricorn, with a Full Moon on Monday, that can make us over dramatize situations. Tuesday it moves into it moves into impulsive, magnetic, imperative Aquarius. On Thursday it moves into emotional, responsive, sensitive Pisces. Saturday it moves again into active, excitable, impetuous Aries, finishing the week there.

Mercury remains in imaginative, intuitive, compassionate and sensitive Cancer.

Venus starts the week in loving, extravagant Leo, but on Tuesday moves into cool, reticent, insecure and idealistic Virgo.

Mars is now settled in ambitious, passionate and sensitive Cancer.

Jupiter is also settled in caring, considerate, generous Cancer.

Saturn remains in enduring, purposeful, resourceful, and strong-willed Scorpio, until the end of 2013.

Uranus remains in energetic, courageous, self-willed, proud Aries, for the next few years, and helps brings out our individualistic, rebellious side, unexpected events or disruptive emotional matters, may distract us, or help us see things differently. Uranus is now travelling Retrograde for a few months, enabling us to better tune in to our inner creativity, with a need for appropriate outlets for these.

Neptune is settled in sensitive, intuitive Pisces, and can help us develop empathy, compassion, and understanding, with a need to remain realistic. Neptune is now travelling Retrograde, and make us daydream more, with a need to remain realistic.

Pluto remains in Capricorn for quite a few years, so is a very long term influence, showing knowledge gradually acquired on deeper levels, with balance, and more realistic ways of recycling and developing our intuitive knowledge further, to use practically. It travels Retrograde until Mid September, giving a strong need for self-knowledge and inner truth.

Planetary Aspects:  JULY 22-28, 2013

Sun square Saturn from Tuesday – Strong ambitions but fear of rejection.

Sun trine Uranus from Tuesday – A more progressive outlook on life.

Sun inconjunct Neptune from Tuesday – Personal responsibilities can feel extremely pressing.

Sun opposite Moon Tuesday – Possible inconsistencies in personal energy flow.

Sun trine Moon Saturday – Positive responses to and from other people.

Moon square Uranus Monday – Try to use imaginative ideas positively.

Moon opposite Mercury Monday –

Moon sextile Uranus Tuesday and Wednesday – Quick emotional responses, and a great rapport with other people.

Moon square Saturn Tuesday – A need to avoid being too negative and insecure, and learn by your mistakes made.

Moon sextile Pluto Thursday and Friday – Emotional understanding shown to other people.

Moon trine Mars and Jupiter Thursday – Strong feelings that are controlled and constructive. A magnanimous outlook, with generosity shown to others.

Moon trine Saturn Thursday – A sense of responsibility enables obligations to be carried out.

Moon opposite Venus Thursday – Possible conflict in relationship, aggravated by being too defensive.

Moon conjunct Neptune Saturday – A dreamy, imaginative, sensitive outlook.

Moon square Pluto Saturday and Sunday –Intense emotions can cause difficulties in relationships.

Moon square Mars and Jupiter Saturday – Tendencies to become quite emotionally volatile. Snap judgments and irresponsible decisions may be made on too few facts.

Mercury conjunct Mars and Jupiter all week – Decisiveness so ideas can be quickly acted on. Confidence in personal mental abilities, others can be influenced by verbal communication.

Mercury square Uranus all week – Very fast perceptions of people and situations, enables intuitive understanding.

Mercury opposite Pluto all week – Stress can cause some quarrels at times.

Venus sextile Mars and Jupiter all week from Tuesday – Warmth and affection shown to other people. Being to say the right thing at the right time is very positive.

Venus sextile Saturn all week from Tuesday – Loyalty shown to friends and loved ones.

Venus trine Pluto all week from Tuesday – Intense emotions with a strong need for honest communication.

Venus inconjunct Uranus from Friday –You may feel obliged to meet other people’s needs and neglect your own.

Venus opposite Neptune from Tuesday – Emotions and affections may be strongly influenced by unconscious forces, giving distorted perceptions of reality.

Mars and Jupiter conjunct all week – Plentiful of energy and enthusiasm, with a need for appropriate outlets.

Mars and Jupiter trine Saturn all week – Productive results of hard work are probable. A more serious purpose to life, perhaps with a materialistic outlook.

Mars and Jupiter trine Neptune all week – A successful integration of forceful action and dreams is possible. Gains can be made in various ways by following intuitive and instincts.

Mars and Jupiter opposite Pluto all week – A need to control overly aggressive tendencies. Assertiveness of personal views, but possible misunderstandings from those around you.

Jupiter square Saturn long term – Possible problems with self-esteem, or questioning of personal worth.

Saturn remains sextile to Pluto – Inevitable changes trigger personal growth.

Saturn trine Neptune – Idealism and imagination combine with practical organization.

Saturn remains inconjunct to Uranus – Problems may arise in establishing priorities.

Uranus remains square to Pluto – A need for personal space in interactions with others.

Neptune and Pluto sextile long term - A need for positive reactions to changes in society.

ARIES 21 March - 20 April
You have more time to focus on your personal interests and some fun time from Tuesday. Good communications and strong family bonds remain important, and you might have to organize home matters. You need a positive work routine from Tuesday and can be despondent at times. You still have an original outlook, and can be self-deceptive, and your career is still a very strong focus.

TAURUS 21 April - 21 May
You spend a lot more time on family matters or at home from Tuesday. You’re talkative and communicate very directly, and can be argumentative, but you remain positive and popular with others. You’re creative and romantic, from Tuesday, needing your partner’s loyalty. You remain overly imaginative, are very tolerant with friends, but have very firm, dogmatic beliefs.

GEMINI 22 May - 21 June
You focus on building positive communications with other from Tuesday. You bargain astutely, and make positive deals, as you’re very aware, but read the small print on potential investments. You enjoy time spent, with loved ones from Tuesday, but need to look after your health. You remain drawn to zany friends, consider alternative career options, and seek power in relationships.

CANCER 22 June - 23 July
You might spend more money than recently from Tuesday. You remain eloquent and versatile, with a lot of nervous energy, and direct approach, but inspire others by being positive and honest. You enjoy getting out and about more locally from Tuesday, and remain creative and focused. You remain ambitious and innovative, interested in spiritual subjects, but controlling in a partnership.

LEO 24 July - 23 August
You become energetic, direct and more competitive from Tuesday. You still find your mind and emotions clash at times, you’re secretive, find it hard to share problems, and need personal space. You might make some luxury buys or spend more from Tuesday, and find home life stifling. You remain easily bored, and seek new experiences as you’re very imaginative, but need a routine.

VIRGO 24 August - 23 September
You need time alone and are deeply intuitive from Tuesday. You really enjoy time spent catching up with friends, and may socialise more, as your positive good humoured approach is inspiring. You’re charming seeking harmony and affection from Tuesday, but remain observant and private. You remain flippant about joint finances, need to share dreams with a partner, and are emotional.

LIBRA 24 September - 23 October
You have more time to get out, socialise and see your friends from Tuesday. You still carry a lot of professional responsibility, and are focused but impatient, as success is very important to you. You tend to keep your feelings to yourself from Tuesday, and may feel the pinch financially. You remain feeling cornered in a partnership, find discipline at work hard, and are moody at home.

SCORPIO 24 October - 22 November
You put a great deal of effort into career related activities from Tuesday. You’re intrigued by a search for knowledge, are adventurous and enterprising, philosophical and drawn to travel abroad. You enjoy spending more time with friends from Tuesday, and your confidence can waver at times. You remain restles, but are imaginative and creative, you’re observant, but rather enigmatic.

SAGITTARIUS 23 November - 21 December
You enjoy expanding your horizons mentally and physically from Tuesday. You deal positively with joint business matters, can fixate or obsess about a partner, and demand a lot from them. You enjoy fulfilling professional goals from Tuesday, and can need positive encouragement at times. You remain very creative, are disorganized at home, but deal astutely with business and money.

CAPRICORN 22 December - 20 January
You may become more intensely emotional or jealous from Tuesday. You continue to build a positive relationship with your partner, can quarrel, but share an intellectual rapport with them. You enjoy getting away for a holiday if you can from Tuesday, and feel close to old friends. You remain changeable about home life, seek idealistic surroundings, and are rather secretive.

AQUARIUS 21 January - 19 February
You enjoy a very positive relationship with your partner from Tuesday. You’re very practical at work, need a sense of proportion, dislike boring routines, but willing offer help to colleagues. You can be very emotional from Tuesday, and feel weighed down by professional responsibilities. You remain overly imaginative, are financially gullible, and can be intense and withdrawn at times.

PISCES 20 February - 20 March
You work very hard and enjoy steady routines from Tuesday. You’re speculative and communicate well, using flattery, are romantic but impatient, you’re dramatic, entertaining and great company. You feel much closer to your partner from Tuesday, and enjoy challenges and improving your mind. You remain erratic with money, may be quite vulnerable, and need old trusted friends around you.


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