Planetary Tantra Beltane Retreat 2015

Beltane is a magical time.  The veil between the worlds is as thin as on Samhain night, but we are celebrating the return of the light rather than darkness.  The Earth is blooming and it is a time of fertility, creativity and a little danger – the crops are still tender and a late frost or heavy rain could destroy our food for the year.  Without this risk there would be no magic.  It is the perfect time to launch the very first Planetary Tantra Retreat and to celebrate bringing in the May.

Planetary Tantra is:

“Rapturous immersion through desire and imagination in the dreaming power of the earth. It is the most intimate way of bonding with the planetary animal mother, Gaia.”  John Lash

The practices are deceptively simple and drawn from the Terma of Gaia Awakening.  You do not need to have any special skills or go on a three-year course to learn Planetary Tantra.  There are no secret rituals and it is freely open and available to anyone who feels called to what is essentially experimental mysticism or interactive magic with Gaia, Gaian ecosorcery if you prefer.  This is the only practice, that I am aware of, that is grounded in the Sophianic mythos.  We are focused on recovering the indigenous shamanic senses of our European ancestors, telestic shamanism, and learning the practical skills that we need in order to be able to take care of ourselves and each other.

However, not everyone will choose this practice; it is simple, but also rigorous.  There are two self-determined conditions for entry into the practice. The first is that you hold an “ardent wish to experience love for the earth as deeply as you love your own body”.  The second is to know your Highest Desire.  This is extremely challenging because most of us are unable to define and articulate our Highest Desire.  Nonetheless, “You cannot proceed to interactivity with [the Gaian Dakinis] unless you know what your highest desire is.”

These retreats are intended for people who want to explore and develop Planetary Tantra as a group in a beautiful, natural setting.  The way out of our collective nightmare is through our individual awakening within Gaia’s lucid dream.

The Planetary Tantra Beltane Retreat  runs from the evening of 1st May to the morning of 8th May and John Lash will be joining us for many of the sessions throughout the week.  Price €500 pp including all meals and pick-up and drop off at our local station.

Fully booked – you can find out more and the dates of our other retreats for 2015 here.

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Aubergines cure skin cancer

15 years ago or so, Dean had a little sore on his face that would not heal.  He is usually a rapid healer, so eventually he went to the GP to get it checked out.  This was back in the day when we still believed that the medical system had something useful to offer.  Initially, the doctor said that it was nothing and that Dean had, “Probably cut himself shaving” and when Dean insisted, she agreed to send him to a skin specialist.  The specialist took one look at it and diagnosed basal cell carcinoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is a very common kind of slow-growing skin cancer, that rarely metastasizes or kills, but will continue growing if not stopped. It looked like a small, flat-topped pimple with a bleeding centre.  The surgeon removed it and left Dean with a manly scar on his right cheek.

A few weeks ago, we discovered another one, between his lip and nose.  The grow in the deep part of the epidermis around the hair follicle and this was in the ‘moustache line’.  There was no way we were going to seek medical help this time around, as we know better now.  Nature’s cure for basal cell carcinoma is the aubergine, or humble eggplant.  I tried to take a picture of the carcinoma today, but it is now too small to see.  Dean has been using the mix of chopped up aubergine, steeped in apple cider vinegar daily (more or less) for 2-3 weeks now.  Here is a picture of the aubergine in vinegar jar instead:

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This is not as far-fetched as it might sound.  The aubergine is a member of the nightshade or Solanaceae family, like potatoes and tobacco.  Each of the plants in the family has it’s own ‘mix’ of glycoalkaloids and other compounds.  Glycoalkaloids are alkaloids with attached sugars.  Many alkaloids are known to have properties which inhibit the growth of cancer cells.  Steeping the aubergine in vinegar breaks it down so that it can be absorbed in the skin, where the alkaloids destroy the cancer cells, but leave the other cells untouched.

This is a well researched process.  You can find the background to Dr Bill Chaim’s Eggplant cancer cure here.  And a summary of how to make your own aubergine medicine here.

Please note, I’m not recommending this to anyone.  I’m just posting what we’ve done and that it’s working.  I’m not claiming any expertise here, but my experience is that so-called expertise is mostly over-rated.  If you focus on what you need, when you need it, you will find the solution.

(I’ll post a picture of Dean’s face without the carcinoma, once he’s had a shave.)

 

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Mostly vegetarian

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I hope this is legible!  If not, you can find a better version here. I was planning to write something about being ‘mostly vegetarian’ when I saw this, it prompted me to do it now.

This synopsis makes a plausible case for vegetarianism in humans, but it’s incomplete.  It doesn’t mention our need for iron and zinc and our poor ability to convert plant sources into some essential vitamins, as compared to most other vegetarian animals.  Neither does it account for our inherent behavioural adaptability. The problem with looking for the definitive case that says we are meant to be either vegetarian or omnivore, based on biology, physiology or our evolutionary development, is that science doesn’t stand still and neither do we.  We are always discovering something new, whether it be fossilised remains or something in molecular biology and what is true today might not be true tomorrow, from a scientific perspective at least.

However, if you step back and look around you can see human animals who haven’t been herded into cities, are reasonably well adapted to their local environments, so far as their diets are concerned.  The ‘agricultural revolution’ missed the Inuit, who are far healthier when left to their meat and fat diet than they are when transplanted and encouraged to eat their greens.  The African herdsman have been the subject of much study, because they are all lactose tolerant due to their natural meat and dairy diets, whereas many of us of European origin aren’t.  The “Blood Type Diet’ draws on many studies to conclude that blood type is a good indicator of ancestral origins and that people will be healthier if they follow the diet their blood type shows that they are more generally adapted to eat.  The herbivore versus omnivore debate just seems a bit too neat and simplistic.

Human animals are amazingly adaptive, mentally, physiologically and socially. That affords us the have the best chance of being able to eat the food that’s available locally, and therefore to survive, where ever we happen to find ourselves.  For example, the fact that human jaws can move from side to side, as compared to the carnivore up and down movement only, does not mean that we can’t eat meat – because clearly we can.  Perhaps the fact that we can chew meat, and begin digestion with amylase in our saliva, compensates somewhat for the fact that our intestinal tracts are longer, making us more vulnerable to bacteria than your average carnivore.

I am not making an argument to support eating meat, but I’m not convinced that our physiology makes us purely vegetarian.  There are myriad other reasons to be vegetarian.  Even as a flesh-eater, unless you are an Inuit, a Masai, or have ancestry of a continuous line of hunters and meat eaters, our bodies cannot cope well with a diet that is more meat than vegetables.  That is a physiological fact.  (Neither can it cope well with huge amount of fake/processed food; that’s a discussion for another day.) However, there is a huge difference between eating occasional meat or fish, especially if you have caught it yourself and eating meat that is the ‘product’ of the farming industry.  Living, breathing, feeling animals are not products or commodities.  The cruelty, suffering and suspension of our capacity to empathise with other living creatures, that is the standard modus operandi of the farming industry, degrades our essential humanity; as imaginative, empathetic and adaptive creatures we are easily capable of finding other ways to feed ourselves.  Our ability to ‘prey’ on other creatures has been subverted, so that we are now the ‘prey’ of corporate entities that use our adaptability and our faculty of imagination, the by-product of which is self-delusion, for their profits.  This does not excuse us as hapless victims, because most of us have the choice to eat something else.  There is something very archontic about the food industry.

The core issue here isn’t personal health; what you do with your own body is up to you.  However, if your choices contribute to the needless suffering of other living creatures, that becomes a concern for anyone who has reached the conclusion that we need to reduce the suffering on this planet.  There is a world of difference between the lives and deaths of the wild boar that wander freely here and are occasionally shot for meat by hunters, than the life and death of a factory farmed pig.  The conditions that most ‘food animals’ live and die in are so disgusting, so barbaric and cruel that no one with any empathy or compassion left (ie any humanity) could possibly enjoy eating their flesh, if they knew about it.  That is why so many people choose not to know.

So, anyone who comes to this site must have at least a passing interest in living a natural life and reducing suffering.  If you are a Kalika, then I’d like to know what you think about meat eating and the suffering of animals in the meat industry.

I like the taste of meat but we choose to be  mostly vegetarian because I don’t want to support the suffering of animals in any way AND it’s healthier.  Sometimes we eat fish and very occasionally, if we visit some one who has cooked meat, or we have flesh-craving visitors, we will eat it ourselves.  If I was starving and there was nothing else, I would kill and eat meat, but just because I can doesn’t mean that I will.

 

 

Laundry Magnets

What gets your clothes clean in the washing machine?  Think again if you answered detergent, it’s the water of course!  The purpose of the detergent is to make water more slippery, so that it slides through fabric more easily and lifts the dirt off with it.  The problem with most laundry detergents is that they are highly toxic, to you, your family, our beautiful earth and many of her creatures.

There have been numerous studies confirming the harm caused by chemicals that are commonly found in laundry detergents, many of which are known carcinogens, endocrine system disrupters and skin and eye irritants.  I’m not going to list the different chemicals and their toxic effects here.  There are many sites explaining the toxicity of laundry detergents and this is a good article from Dr Mercola’s site: Are you poisoning your household with this chore?

Our bodies are so assaulted with poisons in the air we breathe, in the food we eat and in our medicines, as well as the unnatural electromagnetic disruptions we face, that it is truly a miracle that any of us live long and healthy lives.  It doesn’t take a genius to work out that continuous exposure to multiple chemical and electromagnetic assaults, mean that our bodies have to work harder all the time to protect and eliminate.  What can you do about it?  Start by changing the things in your own life that are easy, relatively inexpensive and enjoyable.  There is a feel good factor from making changes that are both kind to yourself and kind to the planet.

When we moved here, one of our big changes was living without municipal water and sewage.  We eventually drilled a well for our water, which comes up clean and beautifully hydrating.  We have a compost toilet, which was amazingly quick and easy to get used to – now when I go somewhere with a flushing toilet I feel appalled at the waste of water and good shit!  And all our grey water goes out onto the land just a few metres from the cabin.  I make all our shampoo, body was and toothpaste, but laundry was a problem.  It is very hard and expensive to find organic laundry detergent here and I don’t want to pollute our garden, or the land which slopes down to the river, with petrochemicals.

We have tried various alternatives, such as no detergent, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vinegar.  Castille soap works, but is expensive and home-made laundry soap (olive oil, caustic soda and borax) also works, but is time-consuming to make.  I’m not sure about putting these out into the environment either.

I’ve been curious about how magnetic fields interact with living creatures for quite a while.  Working as a kinesiologist I’ve often used magnets to help people release pain and tension with astounding effects.  Our bodies  are 70-80% water so the idea of magnets affecting water was not far fetched to me.  The principle behind the magnets is that they change the surface tension of the water molecules.  This has the effect of reducing the clumping of molecules, which in turn makes the water more slippery so that it moves through the fabric more easily and draws the dirt with it.

There’s lots of research available on the affects of magnets on water.  Here’s one summary of some of the research used in different applications, from crop yield to reducing salination.  There’s also the familiar sceptic, debunking and pseudoscience noise around magnetizing water.  Isn’t it interesting how this noise tends to appear around things that might be beneficial to life?  It’s like a sign post to something that warrants further investigation, at the very least!  So I bought a set of magnets to try them out for myself.

Laundry magnets
Laundry magnets

I find the magnets to be far better, easier and ultimately cheaper than any of the other alternatives I’ve tried.  You just put them in the back of the drum and that’s it.  Clothes come out as clean or cleaner than with detergent, even on low temperature quick washes.  No fabric softener is needed, but I sometimes use vinegar if I’m washing things that I want to be extra soft.  I’ve also found that a few drops of essential oil added into the container used for fabric softener, makes everything smell much nicer than it ever did with the fake smells of chemical fabric softener.  Lavender for sheets is lovely!

I bought our magnets from Life Miracle in the US and paid $70 for them, plus $19 shipping and import duty on top of that.  We still saved money, when you consider how much laundry detergent costs (and we live on a farm, we have lots of washing to do) and it is an easy way to reduce poison in our bodies and our environment.

I was so pleased with them that I bought 20 more at a discount, so I can sell them at the cost price of €50 (plus p&p).  Contact me with the form below if you want to buy a set.

 

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