This talk contains the instructions on how to ‘self-authorize’ and spell out disease for yourself.
The telestic method
The telestic method of investigation, also called “instruction by the Light” is a reconstruction of the practice used by the Gnostic seers of the ancient mystery schools of Europe. It is the only method known on the planet that has delivered verifiable evidence of interactivity with the planet, so far. I am using the method to find solutions to real practical problems, such as eradicating the archontic infection, and to learn about the true nature of reality so as to participate more deeply in the processes of life on this planet. The method is not a secret and anyone can try it, although not everyone will be successful.
The word “gnosis” is usually used in reference to some sort of special knowledge, that is considered to be “spiritual”, esoteric and concerned with matters beyond everyday existence. I think of it as “direct knowledge”, meaning knowledge received directly, without any intermediary, from the local source of life on this planet, the earth. “The Light” is the Organic Light (OL), the radiant luminosity that animates all life because it is the naked body of the indwelling divinity of the earth. This is not a belief, but a direct experience of the telestic method.
This summer we held two Planetary Vision Quest Retreats, the unique rite of passage particular to Planetary Tantra, for the “new aboriginals of the 21st century”. There were eighteen participants in total, most were familiar with John Lash’s work. In both retreats several participants encountered the OL for the first time. We enjoyed moments of great beauty. Here are the words from one neophyte, who at 76 years old still retained the stance of a warrior and the innocence of a child:
“I came to your place in pure innocence and curiosity and couldn’t in my wildest fantasy imagine what would happen.
It was the most beautiful and fulfilling experience in my entire life. Now I don’t need to believe anymore – I KNOW that the Earth Goddess exist here and now and can be called upon.
The entire nature was dancing with wonderful colors and patterns before my very eyes and waving for me to take part in Gaia’s dance.
I was not really aware of the moon at first but when I began concentrating on the moon, I saw Her and she is indeed “flirtatious”.
The meeting with her was very intense and real. Her beauty is immense and the challenge is “How much beauty can you take” and I could take quite a lot, but surely not all…”
Hans has since translated the whole of Not in His Image into Swedish, demonstrating the true effect of witnessing the OL, in that it shows up in how you live your life – what you achieve, rather than what you say about yourself.
It is always a fervent desire of all neophytes to encounter the OL, but witnessing the OL cannot be the aim of a telestic session. The purpose of a telestic session is to receive instruction from the Light, which means that participants must have a question prepared and the presence of mind to ask it at the moment they encounter the OL. This is not easy to do first time around. In the age of the mystery schools, neophytes would have undergone a rigourous selection process and have had years to prepare for this moment. We do not have the luxury of such extensive preparation, in this tiny window at the close of the kalpa. Experience has shown that it is a foolhardy expedition even to attempt such preparation in the few days we have together before a telestic session, so we will be changing the structure of future events accordingly. Look out for the Hierophant Programme to be announced in January 2017.
Selection in Correction
Since the onset of Correction, which began in March 2014, it is becoming ever more clear that the Aeonic Mother is calling the shots. Human witnesses can participate in Her Correction on Her terms only. What does this mean?
There is a selection process underway and it is a species level event. There is no doubt that humanity will survive, as all indications are that the Aeon Sophia aims to continue with this experiment and She now has witnesses to Her actions too. However, a mutation of the human species is now underway and a new strain, Anthropos 11 is appearing alongside the pre-existing A10. Although the specific attributes of A11 are still not fully discernible, the failure of A10 is becoming more self-evident by the day. A10 does not appear to be evolving towards the genius level with which it was endowed any time soon, primarily due to the archontic infection and the way it has manifested during this kalpa, (one Aeonic day, or 25,920 years). John’s insight into how this kalpa is coming to an end is very clear and makes perfect sense to anyone of sufficient intellect to understand. See Director’s Cut. The big question for each of us is: how does this play out at an individual level? Now, you want to ask: what’s in it for me? That’s a perfectly valid question, but from now on, in order to stay in the game, you must also ask: what’s in it for the species. A11 consciously operates at both personal and transpersonal levels with simultaneity.
Regarding the initial conditions for selection, are you an individual? The billions of people on this planet who respond with Pavlovian predictability to the dictates of their chosen tribal leaders are not individuals. They play-out to the end of the mainstream movie and then what? Oblivion beckons. Who cares? If you consider yourself to be an individual and act as an individual AND with regard to the contribution you are making to the species, there are still further competencies needed in order to be selected into A11. These conditions are still coming into focus. So far, I can say that you need to be sane and rational, you must have a critical level of intelligence, you must appreciate beauty, your pleasure drives must be intact and you certainly can’t be biophobic. You need to be in good health too, as the transmutation process takes a lot of energy.
Beyond this, there is still another level of selection, whereby after having met the selection criteria set by the Aeonic Mother (whatever they might be) you still have to select yourself in – voluntary self-selection. This seems to be based on your impeccability and how you live up to the pretenses you set for yourself. Those of us present at the Sovereign Moment Retreat here in August, witnessed failure of self-selection for one individual. I had known this young man, we’ll call him ‘S’, for two years and he had presented himself as a dedicated student; he could be funny and seemingly insightful on occasion, but it turned out that he was pretending to be a warrior and his pretending showed up catastrophically in the session. S could not control himself and became hysterical, luckily doing no harm to himself or anyone else. As a species the Anthropos is designed to learn from its mistakes and that often means that we over-extend ourselves and get into hot water, there is nothing wrong with that. However, to learn from a mistake you have to admit the mistake and S failed to do that and went on to make further mistakes, revealing the weak character he tried so hard to hide. Does this prove S is A10, doomed to extinction? I cannot possibly say. My observation is that he did not behave with the excellence or impeccability – arete – of the warrior he claimed to be and therefore, he cannot receive instruction by the Light.
As a contrast, I want to record the most beautiful moment on this retreat, which was when Alex claimed her personal sovereignty. A few of us had the pleasure of seeing how Alex directed PAM’s rage and acted on it with strength, grace and precision. Alex had been battling an illness for a while and in that moment I saw her innate self-healing spring to life.
An addendum to this and coming down to earth with a big, fat bump relates to an experience earlier this year. On this occasion I met a woman who was morbidly obese and had zero personality. This woman claimed to have a multi-millionaire, handsome, yacht-owning boyfriend who wanted to marry her. The obvious question: what on earth does he see in you, was not asked by anyone there, even though we all thought it. Was that kindness? Now that the Maitreya Process is active, I think it is easier to address such sensitive issues as they arise, in the spirit of friendship. The unasked questions, the topics that create tension when they spontaneously arise, these thoughts when expressed in the moment have the power to pierce the thickest armour and release the prisoner trapped inside.
The Command Syntax: interim report
I’ve been working on this since the November 2015 retreat in Andalucia. My command for the Summer Solstice Retreat was: show me the command syntax. In the moment of stabalising the OL I stated the command sub-vocally and Her response was immediate and crystal clear: what do you want me to do? Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready for that and didn’t have an answer.
In preparation for the Sovereign Moment Retreat I studied the following text:
When Pistis saw the impiety of the Lord Archon she was filled with anger. Acting in her invisible form, she spoke in this way: “You are mistaken, blind one — false deity who cannot see. There is an immortal luminous child, the Anthropos, who came into existence before you and who will appear among your spectral forms (plasmata). This luminous child will trample you in scorn just as a potter’s clay is pounded (into a lump). And you will sink away to your proper zone, the abyss (of gravity), along with those who belong to your legion.
“For at the consummation of your work, the entire defect [of Archontic illusion] exposed in the light of truth will be abolished, and will be as if it never had been.”
— On the Origin of the World, 103.15-30
I was groping for the command that would bring this text to fruition, because at that time it was not clear to me what sovereignty was to Her. I went through many variations of killing all the archontic agents and their proxies, but how could the Anthropos recover it’s pride without defeating it’s enemies? And who was going to do it? “The luminous child will trample you in scorn” seemed to be the key. Who is the luminous child and what will cause them to take the requisite action? On the morning of the telestic session, this syntax came to me: show yourself and your method to the Aryan people.
Initially, I considered the term “white people”. However, one of the neophytes at the retreat demonstrated through her actions, that this was not correct. Cheryl does not have white skin, but in her disciplined approach, intellect, beauty and pursuit of excellence, she proved herself to be Aryan. Being Aryan has nothing to do with skin colour. The origin of the term is unknown, except that it was how Indo-Iranian people referred to themselves – Aryan, most likely became Iran. Over time Aryan came to be used in reference to nobility; not the accidental nobility of birth or caste, but nobility of character. Today, just as in ancient times, anyone can designate themselves as Aryan regardless of their skin colour, provided that they live up to the Aryan standard of excellence – arete. Arete is the standard of the luminous child that shines through all those who hold themselves to this standard and when you act in accordance with this standard, in whatever situation you find yourself, the enemies of humanity will be defeated. Correction in the human realm is demonstrated through arete.
So, what is sovereignty to the Aeonic Mother? It means that She now has agency within the human realm.
“During the Sovereign Moment from January 9 through August 8, 2016, the planetary animal mother gained agency in the human world. This expression means that she, an Aeonic power from the galactic center now embodied in a planet, has direct access to the way human animals attend to their experiences. Gaining agency is a key factor in accomplishing her Correction which began in March 2014 after a reset process running for three years from March 2011. Indeed, It is the decisive factor.”
Sophia demonstrated Her method, Her Agency, with panache and humour, just as we moved into completion of the Bhairavi shift.
This crop circle appeared in Wiltshire, England on the morning of the 27th August. This is a very specific swastika, with the four dots signifying that it represents the earth itself. I am not suggesting for a minute that Sophia did this directly. I am claiming that this is proof of Her Agency, in that She affected other human animals to do it and that this is proof of the command syntax and the telestic method, as witnessed by those who were here.
The ongoing challenge is to improve the command content and syntax and to fine-tune the process. More on this in a future post.
We went off-grid this summer to escape electrical enslavement and to be able to participate in the transmutation of the species. Yes, that’s right. It’s not about saving money, but about participating in the path of Correction that includes the transmutation of the human species. More about that here: Energy and Transmutation.
We’ve run two retreats with up to 13 visitors and have had no problems, so far. The winter will be different, but we don’t have visitors then and we have a back-up generator. Our set-up includes 10 x 250w panels and a 48v battery reserve, with two inverters.
The biggest challenge for us, by far, was working out our needs. Eventually, we bought a monitor from Efergy, so that we could track the actual usage of appliances over a month or so. It’s impossible to work this out from the information provided by manufacturers. Using online calculators gave us a consumption figure of around four times more than we actually use and it would have made the system prohibitively expensive if we had gone with this.
Why go off-grid?
The decision for us was really simple: Spain has made it mandatory for every household to have a smart-meter by 2018. This might change, if Spain ever manages to elect a government that represents the interests of the people, but I’m not going to make my health and sanity subject to political fantasy. Smart meters are deadly. I posted about this a while back: Enslavement by smart meter and my position has only toughened up on this point. As I’ve decreased my exposure to the grid, the more I’ve come to realize how harmful electricity is – especially with regarding to weakening the willpower of anyone within its field.
Delgado’s experiments took place in the 1960s. He proved how an electrical stimulation to the bull’s brain via an implant caused the charging bull to turn to the right and trot away from the scientist in the ring. In a later experiment he caused the same bull to charge off a cliff. He then went onto prove how implants were not necessary and that behaviour could be modified through the use of low power pulsating magnetic fields. Smart meters produce low energy pulsating magnetic fields.
Controlling the behaviour of the majority of the human inhabitants of planet earth has been a wet-dream of the ruling cabal for quite a while and they’ve put in a lot of effort into making it a reality. Here is a brief summary of electromagnetic mind-control experiments over the past 50 years.
From the physical health perspective, it is undeniable that smart meters, wifi and dirty electricity are a huge contributing factor to most of the modern diseases we face. For anyone who is able to view their life as something beyond their current bodily experience, EMF pollution is a disaster of epic proportions – but not insurmountable.
Transmutation originates from the Planetary Animal Mother and surviving the transition depends on how you live, not in what you read, think or say.
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This is the first in what will most likely become a series of posts tracking the transmutation of the Anthropos in real-time. This subject leads into Gaian Alchemy ,as this version of Correction includes human participation in the Earth’s mitosis, through the co-creative power sharing arrangement described in Planetary Tantra. Transmutation is selective and optional; you choose to participate and act accordingly, but, even so, not everyone will be successful. This is an event for the species not the individual, although as individuals we are able to witness the transformation happening through us.
At this point, I can’t describe what this transmutation will look like, but I am aware of certain elements and impediments.
Electrical interference and transmutation
The frequencies for transmutation to A11 are electromagnetic and acoustic, transmitting directly to our DNA. It’s not too different to a seed germinating at exactly the right time due to changes in light, temperature, humidity and the subtle vibrations that fall outside our normal senses. Our ‘germination’ just happens to take place on a longer cycle than that of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. However, there is a problem. Man-made electromagnetic fields from wifi, mobile phone signals and towers, smart meters, electricity and mind-control weapons disrupt the signal so that most of us are unable to receive it or if we are, unable to respond correctly to it.
The evidence now accumulated for the health problems caused by EMFs is undeniable.
However, this is only part of the story. The genetic apparatus consisting of 46 chromosomes is viewed as a library consisting of 46 volumes or books. Each book (a chromosome), contains a text (instructions of how to build an organism) which consists of sentences (DNA) consisting of words (genes). And each word (a gene) consists of 4 letters (certain “chemical letters”), i.e. the “genetic alphabet” consists of only 4 “letters”. The texts, written in the “DNA language”, are first translated by the organism into the “RNA language” and then into the “Protein language”. However, only 3-8% of DNA is protein coding. The remainder is transpositional DNA, which “edits, cuts and splices” the sentences into new meanings and super-conductive DNA, because DNA functions as a fractal antenna. So most of our DNA is dedicated to re-arranging the protein building blocks according to external instructions.
Where are these instructions/signals coming from? Through its fractal antenna function DNA is picking up signals from the Earth, but also from every creature on the Earth and in the galaxy and in beyond; that is the nature of a fractal antenna. EMFs distort this signal and cause stress illness and mutational errors. As the Earth begins her process of mitosis, mistakenly referred to as ascension by some, She is changing Her frequencies too. The Earth has many different frequencies and telluric currents. One example are the Schumann Resonances. The Schumann resonances are quasi standing electromagnetic waves that exist between the surface of the earth and the ionosphere. They were first discovered by Professor Schumann of the University of Munich in 1953 and later confirmed to be an average of 7.83Hz. Since then there have been reports from the Russian Space Observing System of an increase in the average to 8.5Hz, with peaks of 16.5Hz. It is also acknowledged that it is now much more difficult to monitor the Earth’s frequencies due to man-made EMFs. Research has shown how the human body is entrained to the rhythms of the Earth, The Schumann Resonances and Human Psychobiology and much more research shows how man-made EMFs are proven to have a detrimental effect on the functioning of our DNA.
The combination of the change in the Earth’s frequencies as She corrects Her course and man-made electromagnetic pollution have created an intolerable level of physiological and cellular stress for the majority of the inhabitants of the planet, resulting in increased illness and deviation from our full potential. When too much of your energy has to be used to repair the body, there is insufficient left for transmutation. Transmutation takes a great deal of energy.
Transmutation and energy
In “Retrotransposons as Engines of Human Bodily Transformation” Colm A Kelleher PhD proposes that transposons or “jumping DNA could be the mechanism behind states known as enlightenment, nirvana or samadhi.
“Many of the descriptions in the literature associate a sudden reversal of aging or the emergence of a light body with the attainment of “enlightenment”. This phenomenon appears to be mostly, but not always, associated with death. For example: “Very early in the morning of the 25 of October 1419 the 62 year old Tsong Khapa made a series of inner offerings although no one present could understand why.Then his breathing ceased and his body regained the vibrancy of a 16 year old. Many disciples present witnessed the emission of variegated light rays from his body, which substantiated the belief that Tsong Khapa entered the realm of enlightened beings “(Blackman, 1997).
There have been similar descriptions in the native American/Mexican culture, notably Carlos
Castenada’s account of the exit of the nagual/sorcerer Don Juan Matus from the physical world by “burning the fire from within” (Castenada,1981,1984). According to Castenada, Don Juan chose both the time and place to accomplish this feat. “The warriors of Don Juan’s party…vanished into the total light. I saw Don Juan take the lead. And then there was only a line of exquisite lights in the sky. Something like a wind seemed to make the cluster of lights contract and wiggle. There was a massive glow on one end of the line of lights where Don Juanwas” (Castenada, 1981).
The specifics of a master selecting the method, the time and the place of his or her exit from the physical world is common to many cultures and religious traditions and is often associated with the emergence of a light body (Blackman, 1997). Exercising choice in this manner lies outside the normal experience of most human beings who are overtaken by death. The death of the Tibetan master Milarepa generated reports of (i) two identical bodies that were being worshipped at two different places (an example of bilocation), (ii) a body that was impervious to burning on a funeral pyre and (iii) a body “transformed into a radiant celestial body, as youthful as a child eight years old” (Lhalungpa, 1982). The above reports all pertain to the question of survival after bodily death. They imply that the human body, under certain rare circumstances, is capable of generating a corporeal entity that survives the cessation of life on earth.”
You can imagine how reading that passage caught my attention; I’ve been tracking Don Juan for a few years now and just sniffing out the Tibetan masters and to find them both mentioned in a scientific study is a bullseye. I think Kelleher is on the mark with his description of how transposons work regarding human transformation. There are many other studies linking transposons with mutations, but these are mostly disease causing and erroneous. That’s because the granular details of the effects are not considered within context; ie the conditions of the laboratory experiment in which we are enmeshed, the levels of atmospheric, electromagnetic and biochemical pollution we face every day and the fact that the setting for the experiment (the planet) is also going through Her own transformation. Nonetheless, many of us sense something different going on.
Up until recently, you could only catch glimpses of anthropine transmutation through the pinhole lens of scientism or religion’s calculated misdirection. These distorted visions of transhumanism, life after death salvation or escape from the cycle of samsara get a lot of airtime, but is that the reality you want to select yourself into? This is the bloody line between metaphysics and everyday living: if you go to see a doctor for every pain or illness, with every visit you give away some of your innate self-healing ability and move a little closer to becoming a hybrid-human app. If you think sex is sinful, you necessarily limit your enjoyment of it and if you think your body is just a vehicle for your soul, you will never be able to transmutate within it. The nature of reality is inseparable from our perception of it and our participation with it. So, how do you imagine this possibility? How do you live it?
Carlos Castaneda talks about energy in The Power of Silence:
“From where the average man stands, sorcery is nonsense or an ominous mystery beyond his reach. And he is right–not because this is an absolute fact, but because the average man lacks the energy to deal with sorcery. Human beings are born with a finite amount of energy, an energy that is systematically deployed, beginning at the moment of birth, in order that it may be used most advantageously by the modality of the time.
The modality of the time is the precise bundle of energy fields being perceived. I believe man’s perception has changed through the ages. The actual time decides the mode; the time decides which precise bundle of energy fields, out of an incalculable number, are to be used. And handling the modality of the time–those few, selected energy fields–takes all our available energy, leaving us nothing that would help us use any of the other energy fields.
The average man, if he uses only the energy he has, can’t perceive the worlds sorcerers do. To perceive them, sorcerers need to use a cluster of energy fields not ordinarily used. Naturally, if the average man is to perceive those worlds and understand sorcerers’ perception he must use the same cluster they have used. And this is just not possible, because all his energy is already deployed.
Think of it this way. It isn’t that as time goes by you’re learning sorcery; rather, what you’re learning is to save energy. And this energy will enable you to handle some of the energy fields which are inaccessible to you now. And that is sorcery: the ability to use energy fields that are not employed in perceiving the ordinary world we know. Sorcery is a state of awareness. Sorcery is the ability to perceive something which ordinary perception cannot.”
Don Juan lived a sorcerer’s life, which enabled him to die a sorcerer’s death. The Sophianic Narrative, with its intel on the nine previous failed experiments with the Anthropos and the promise of the 11th, had not been recovered at the time of Castaneda’s writing. You can read about this here: Goddess to the Rescue – The Kalki Avatar in Sophianic Perspective. Individuals cannot escape death, but the Luminous Child is immortal. The question is: what qualities of A10 go into A11? How we manage our energy has to be one of them.
This is not new. The alchemists, bereft as they were of the treasures of the Mysteries, knew this. Their many depictions of the flask are a representation of the luminous egg that encloses the human body and a visualization of the necessity of saving energy for transformation/transmutation/alchemy. I chose this one (from the Ripley Scrolls), as I’ve been looking into the dragon lines today. Dragons are not so much fire-breathing reptilians as representations of the telluric currents of the Earth and how they can bring, devastation, transformation and protection.
Energy Healing for Transmutation
So, here we are as a species, damaged beyond the imaginations of the gods and yet still forming the matrix from which A11 is emerging. How do we participate in this transmutation? Well, I’ll have more to say on this in the future. For this post, the main points are to remove yourself from as much electromagnetic and acoustic interference as you can, so that your DNA can receive natural signals, rather than archontic ones. If you live in a city and want to participate, get out, whatever it takes. In order to have the capacity for transmutation you need to be in homeostasis and in order to get there your Individual healing must be as energy-efficient as possible. I’ll be writing more on this in the future, but some one special sent me this just as I was contemplating how DNA interacts acoustically and electromagnetically to the environment.
Transmutation emerges from how you live, not what you think or read.
This one of the main reasons we went off-grid this summer. More on that here.
Usnea, Old Man’s Beard
Lichens are composite life-forms, the product of a symbiotic relationship between algae, funghi and yeast. Many of them look like plants, but they are not plants at all. Lichens can grow in almost any environment, from bare rock to arctic tundra, deserts and even toxic slag heaps. Some even grow inside rock and others spend their entire lives blowing in the wind. They survive because the algae provide food for the funghi through photosynthesis and the fungi provides filaments that protect the algae from the environment and moisture that it draws from the air. The yeasts help the lichen produce acid to defend itself from other microbes. Lichens are not parasites; where they grow on living trees they don’t harm the trees in any way, they might even provide benefits. Lichens provide food and medicine, often in the most inhospitable places and Usnea Barbata, Old Man’s Beard is one of the most useful.
Modern science likes to isolate and study the components of life, without attention to the interactions between them. As such, science has identified the ‘main compound’ behind bearded usnea’s health properties as the bitter usnic acid. Repeated studies have shown the usneas to be effective against Gram-positive bacteria, such as Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecalis, Mi-crococcus viradans, Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci and mycobacterium tuberculosis, often with very low concentrations.
A wide range of symptoms and everyday illnesses are attributed to these bacteria, many of which are also considered to be ‘antibiotic resistant’. Bear in mind the etymology of ‘anti-biotic,’ which literally means against life; if you killed all the microbes in your body, you would die. We already live symbiotically with many micro-organisms, which makes a creature like lichen a very useful plant teacher, given its unique symbiotic expertise.
According to the NHS website in the UK, these diseases can be attributed to Staphylococcus aureus:
“There are many types of Staphylococci, but most infections are caused by a group called Staphylococcus aureus.
This group of bacteria includes meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is resistant to certain antibiotics that are commonly used for staph infections, such as flucloxacillin.
It also includes PVL-Staphylococcus aureus, which produces a toxin called Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL), which kills infection-fighting white blood cells and can cause recurrent skin infections, such as boils and abscesses.
This page covers some of the main types of staph infection, including information on how these infections are spread and treated.
Types of staph infections
Staph infections can be broadly classified into two groups: skin and soft tissue infections, and invasive infections. Examples are given below.
Skin and soft tissue infections
Most infections caused by staph bacteria are relatively minor and only affect the skin or underlying tissue. Common examples include:
- boils – red, painful lumps on the skin that usually develop on the neck, face, armpit or buttocks
- impetigo – a highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects children, which can cause sores, blisters and crusts to develop on the skin
- cellulitis – an infection of the deep layers of the skin, which can cause affected areas to quickly become red, painful, swollen and hot
- a skin abscess – a collection of pus that appears as a painful lump under the surface of the skin
- folliculitis – an infection of a hair follicle (small sac in the skin that a hair grows from), which causes an itchy pus-filled bump to develop
- wound infections – an infection of a cut or graze or surgical wound, causing redness, swelling, pain and pus
- staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) – a more serious condition that mainly affects babies and young children, where staph bacteria release a toxin that damages the skin, leading to extensive blistering that looks like the skin has been scalded
In a small number of people, a staph skin infection can lead to a more serious, invasive infection deeper within the body. Examples include:
- septic arthritis – a joint infection that causes pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in affected joint
- osteomyelitis – a bone infection, usually affecting one of the legs, causing bone pain, restricted movement, and swelling, redness and warmth in the affected are
- pneumonia – an infection of the lungs that causes persistent coughing, breathing difficulties and chest pain; this often occurs after a viral illness such as fl
- endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of the heart, causing a fever, chest pain, coughing, weakness and shortness of breat
- sepsis – an infection of the blood that causes a high temperature (fever), rapid heartbeat and rapid breathin
- toxic shock syndrome – where bacteria release toxins into the blood, which can cause a sudden fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, fainting, dizziness, confusion and a rash.”
This is what the same NHS site has to say about Streptococci infections:
“Minor strep A infections
Most infections caused by strep A are unpleasant, but don’t pose a serious threat to your health. These include:
- throat infections (pharyngitis or “strep throat”) and tonsillitis – which can cause a sore throat, swollen glands and discomfort when swallowing
- impetigo – a skin infection that can cause sores, blisters and crusts to develop on the skin
- cellulitis – an infection of the deeper layers of the skin, which can cause affected areas to quickly become red, painful, swollen and hot
- a middle ear infection – which often causes earache, a high temperature (fever) and some temporary hearing loss
- sinusitis – an infection of the small cavities behind the forehead and cheekbones, which causes a blocked or runny nose and a throbbing pain in your face
- scarlet fever – an infection that causes a widespread, fine pink-red rash that feels like sandpaper to touch
Invasive strep A infections
In rare cases, strep A bacteria can penetrate deeper inside the tissues and organs of the body, and become what’s known as an invasive infection.
These infections are much rarer and usually affect certain groups of people, including babies, elderly people, people with diabetes, and people with weak immune systems (for example, because of cancer treatment or HIV).
Examples of invasive infections include:
- pneumonia – an infection of the lungs that causes persistent coughing, breathing difficulties and chest pain
- sepsis – an infection of the blood that causes a fever, rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing
- meningitis – an infection of the protective outer layer of the brain that causes a severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and a distinctive blotchy red rash
- toxic shock syndrome – where bacteria release toxins into the blood, which can cause a sudden high fever, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, fainting, dizziness and confusion
- necrotising fasciitis – an infection of the deeper layers of the skin, fat and covering of the muscle (fascia), which can cause severe pain, swelling and redness of the affected area that can spread very quickly
Group B strep
Group B strep (strep B) usually live harmlessly inside the digestive system and in the vagina.
Strep B can sometimes cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), skin infections, bone infections, blood infections and pneumonia, particularly in vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those with diabetes.”
Streptococci and Staphylococci commonly live on the skin of humans and other animals. They are not usually problematic, but they are opportunistic and like to get into open wounds where they can cause problems, especially for a weakened or poorly trained immune system. They are highly infectious, from human to human and between humans and other animals. I hold the view that exposure to these kind of bacteria are useful to a healthy individual, training the immune system and keeping the local bacterial colony in check.
I’m not going to go into detail regarding all the bacteria that usnea is effective against, it is generally regarded as effective against most gram-positive bacteria. Its effectiveness in strep and staph infections is sufficient for it to hold its place in Panacea’s chest. And it grows locally.
I first noticed Old Man’s Beard on the edge of the clearing where I do special cordings, a place of power. I didn’t know what it was at first, receding shyly amongst the Stag’s Antler Lichens on the oak trees. It has a slightly more yellow hue than the Stag’s Antler (Evernia Prunastri) and has beard-like tufted fibres that are rounded, as opposed to the flattened lobes of the Stag’s Antler, that is also known as Oak Moss. I usually notice plants and minerals only at the exact time I need them, but I didn’t have any specific need for usnea when it called my attention. After I looked it up and realised just how useful it is, I went and harvested some to make a tincture. I’ve used it many times since then and consider it to be one of the most useful tinctures to have to hand.
How I’ve used usnea:
Usnea for infected wounds
Recently, Freya gashed her leg quite badly one evening. Overnight, she managed to turn a nasty gash into a gaping wound, so we decided to take her to the vets to get stitched up. The position of the wound put a huge strain on the stitches and by the next day she’d ripped several out, leaving a nice little pocket for bacteria to colonize. The wound got infected and began to smell, so I cleaned it and dosed her with Usnea Barbata tincture, internally and directly on the wound. By the next day the infection had cleared and she’d managed to rip the rest of the stitches out, leaving an open but clean wound.
I don’t have any photos of when she first did it, or the infected stage, but this is the wound six days after she did it, after the infection was cleared and she had begun healing. This is the wound xxxx days later. We have been treating it with yarrow in coconut oil to keep it clean and stimulate healing.
Usnea for cystitis
A visitor here felt cystitis coming on, so I gave her Usnea Barbata tincture to take in a glass of water every hour. Within three hours the symptoms had reduced, but she had to leave and I didn’t have enough tincture to give her. I’m fairly sure that the tincture would have resolved the problem if she had been able to continue taking it.
Strep and staph are often involved in cystitis, along with other bacteria. Correcting the strep and staph imbalance can provide a sufficient boost, so that the immune system can take care of the rest.
Usnea for sore throat
Streptococcus bacteria cause many throat infections. Infections often occur when seasons change, or when groups of people get together. I got strep throat around the autumn equinox and there are four of us here right now. I took usnea tincture when the symptoms first appeared like a rasping in the back of my throat and it cleared up the next day. A few days later it came back causing swollen glands in my neck. Once again I took usnea tincture, s a dropper full three times a day and it cleared up within 24 hours.
Preparation of usnea tincture
My preferred method is to dry the clumps of Old Man’s Beard, in a dehydrator or naturally, then grind it up in a coffee grinder till it forms a fine powder. I then simmer it gently in alcohol for 20 minutes, I use local orujo, let it cool and simmer it again. Once it’s cooled the second time I put the whole lot in a jar and leave it to steep for a week or so.
I’ve tried it without grinding and the resulting tincture lacks the green colour of the powdered version and doesn’t taste so much of the lichen.
Useful resource on usnea:
Thuja Occidentalis, Arborvitae – release from self-sabotage
“The complicity [between victim and perpetrator] implies a kind of contact of sin, with both parties falling short of God’s command. Perpetrators who harm others are obviously sinners, but so are the people they harm, who may well believe they are being justly punished by a higher power. The wrong done to victims is due to the wrong they have done in the eyes of God. To make matters worse, the twisted syntax of the victim-perpetrator bond condones domination, violence, aggression, and murder as expressions of divine retribution. Those who enact the will of God in violent ways are as righteous as those who suffer violence, because the bond prescribes and legitimates both roles. A deal that sanctifies violence and guarantees the righteous vindication of its victims is hard to beat.”
John Lamb Lash, Not in His Image
Glorification of the ultimate act of self-sabotage is the centre piece of Christianity. Every other creature on this planet uses whatever defense mechanisms it has instinctively, without hesitation. The insidious indoctrination into self-sabotage turns victim-hood into such a virtue that even the perpetrators pretend to be victims. It takes force to break the victim-perpetrator bond and the victim cannot command this force while under the spell of self-sabotage.
The Spell of Self-Sabotage
The spell of self-sabotage has become an epigenetically normalised pattern of gene expression for most native Europeans. Perhaps it has for other races too, but I can’t speak for them. It is evident in the proliferation of harmful addictions, auto-immune conditions and patterns of learned helplessness. For sure, self-sabotage is not the only problem, but it is a problem that is entirely within our gift to resolve, freeing us up to deal with the other problems we face.
In German, Gift means poison. When the ‘gift’ comes from the Planetary Animal Mother, it can bring life or death, depending on amount and timing. The English word ‘poison’ is Latin, but the Indo-European equivalent is ‘virus’. In this sense, mild childhood viruses could be considered as the gift of the Aeonic Mother, strengthening and informing the physical sense of self, so that we can deal with predators we might encounter later in life. At the most basic level the immune system is part of the mind-body system that interfaces with the external world. Its key role is in binary self-identification, ‘me/not me’ so that it can initiate appropriate responses to invaders. Vaccinating a newborn before it has developed a bond with its mother or any self-identity sets up a potentially life-long dependency on others for identity and validation. These forlorn creatures are like the forest dwellers of Narnia, living in fear and locked into the perpetual winter of the soul under a spell they cannot break. They do not even know they are under a spell.
If you are reading this, you have sufficient wherewithal to break the spell, but you can’t do it without the gift; the poison of the Scorpion Mother. I took the poison and broke the spell.
The Gift of Arborvitae
Thuja Occidentalis is also know as White Cedar and Arborvitae, the Tree of Life. It has a long history of use in Native American medicine and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where it is known as Thuja Orientalis. It is not considered to be a native of Europe, which seems odd. Some fossilzed remains from before the last ice age have been identified in Poland, perhaps the cold wiped them out.
I felt the call of the White Arborvitae last year and bought several small trees and planted them, so that they can become ‘native’, as home-grown medicine is always more effective. I was delighted to discover that one of the oldest known Thujas in North America is The Witch Tree on the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota, where my husband is from. It is said to date from 1731 and embodies the determination and resilience of the Ojibwe people, who call it Little Spirit Cedar.
I have tried a Thuja homeopathic remedy before with Riley, for her vaccine induced allergies. I didn’t notice any results at the time. Since then I’ve realized that not all homeopathic remedies are authentic. I also think that in many cases we have strayed so far from our natural environments and are so poisoned, that subtle changes in the mind-body system are not sufficient to bring about sustainable changes by themselves. Nonetheless, something about Thuja stuck in my mind and after Riley died and Freya came into our lives, I decided to give it another go.
We adopted Freya, via SOS Dobermann España. She was found abandoned in Murcia and. although relatively healthy, she was malnourished, hunch-backed and we had been unable to prevent her from being vaccinated for everything possible, including rabies, before we got her. She is very sweet and loving, but would get over-excited and manic too easily and had terrible separation anxiety. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed the same tendencies in people’s children who have been vaccinated. It seems as though the ability to handle strong emotions has been impaired and that this induces fear.
A month or so ago I made a tincture with leaves from the Thujas and local orujo.
The tincture turned emerald green and had a delicious fresh=sweet perfume, a little like vanilla-infused eucalyptus.
As the leaves transformed into tincture I thought about vaccinations and realised that Dean and I needed this medicine too. We had both been vaccinated in childhood and although we had had nowhere near the number of vaccines as given to children today, our innate healing abilities were still damaged by this assault. The more I’ve looked into the history of medicine, Rockefeller medicine that is, and the profit-not-people pharmaceutical industry, the more appalled and disgusted I become and all the more determined to stay away at any cost. The detailed, factual account of the history of vaccines is far from the Disney-esque version preferred by the medical profession and the list of vaccine ingredients reads like something out of a horror movie.
The vaccine issue sign-posted the way to Arborvitae, but the underlying issue of self-sabotage is far deeper. i have worked to resolve many of my self-sabotage tendencies, but the unconscious programmes are very difficult to shift. These would show up for me as accidents or sudden illnesses before events or activities that were important to me, or that feeling of hard-grinding gears when things I really want to happen aren’t working out. This is not how PAM intends us to live and I’ve had plenty of experience of things working out with dream-like ease, but the correlation between intensity of desire and resistance was baffling. I took a small amount of Arborvitae tincture twice a day for three days and it had me flat-out and spaced-out for the whole time. This is the active ingredient, thujone, at work. By the end of the three days I was aware of the depth of the self-sabotage spell, how vaccines intensify that spell and that the spell is broken simply be seeing it and making a different choice than I would have done when under the spell. I am now able to feel more light-hearted about problems solving, especially about the things that are important to me and it feels as though I’m functioning at a more optimised level. I am also noticing how I am reading my own DNA and what this means in terms of Gaian Alchemy, on which I’ll write more another time.
Freya also had the tincture for three days, about half the amount I took and she just slept a bit more than usual. By the end of the three days she was much less manic, much calmer and the extremes of her emotional responses have evened out. When she plays with the other dogs it’s not escalating like it was before and she is listening better. She seems happier and more relaxed – and even sweeter than ever, which hardly seems possible. Note that a dog, like all non-human animals, cannot commit self-sabotage, because they cannot deny their instincts. Arborvitae works on the physical body and it is the effect on the physical body that generates the psychological change in humans, the release from self-sabotage. This psychological effect is redundant in other animals and fundamental in us.
Dean took the tincture too. He was very tired for one day, but did not report any other sensations or insights.. However, he immediately broke out in a cold sore, which showed an interaction with the herpes simplex virus. More on this in another post.
Thujone – the Poison
Thujone, the active ingredient in Thuja/Arborvitae, is also found in wormwood, coriander, tarragon and many other herbs and spices. Thujone gives absinthe its mind-altering properties. It is toxic if taken in large quantities and should not be taken in any form for long periods.
Many studies provide evidence of its beneficial effects:
The pharmacological/allopathic approach focuses on thuja’s effectiveness in alleviating symptoms, not the underlying causes. The homeopathic approach takes underlying causes into consideration, but is less widely researched. No one seems to be looking at the function of viruses within the broader context, how some can be beneficial and others have mutated into harmful forms. Thuja, Arborvitae is one of the most powerful tinctures I’ve used and I think it has much more to teach.
I’ve wanted to write about ‘shamanic healing’ for a while, as I’ve always felt distinctly uncomfortable about the term. Recently, I had a direct experience of shamanic self-healing from within the Sophianic Narrative, so I can now describe my understanding of how it works.
The Goddess, in Her Wisdom, designed human animals to be self-healing – all animals, in fact. So, why are you not healing? The reality is that you are continuously healing, more so when you are asleep or relaxed. If you cut your finger, you do not have to say: platelets go to wound, begin coagulation! It just happens. Most of the healing processes of the body are invisible and they work equally efficiently for internal disease as for visible injuries.
When healing (repair and regeneration) doesn’t seem to be happening, it is ALWAYS for one or more of these reasons:
- You are continuing with the behaviour/action that causes the problem
- You are consciously or unconsciously inhibiting your healing processes
- Your energy or life force capacity is too diminished for healing
- You were born with a genetic disorder, in vitro or birth related injury
- Your self-healing ability is being deliberately destroyed by the enemies of humanity
- Your environment internal/external is too toxic
Shortly after seeing the sunset crescent three days into this Swan Deva shift, I received the following insight:
In Correction, everything not done correctly will fail; the extent of the failure is directly proportionate to the deviation from correctness.
Correction commenced in March 2014, when the Aeon Sophia, Mothership and Planet Earth, set Her course back to the Galactic Centre, from whence She came. There is no escaping Correction, it is happening with or without your participation and the evidence is everywhere you look. However, the first place to look is in your own life. If you are not taking care of your body and health correctly, it too will fail.
Traditionally, shamanic healers use ritual and ceremony to ‘trick’ their patients into activating their innate self-healing, just as doctors do with their particular performances. The medical profession even has a name for our innate self-healing; they call it the placebo effect. The healthcare industry is mostly fraudulent and it’s only a matter of time before its mercenaries face the vengeance of those they have harmed. The indigenous healer-shaman, practising his ancestral tradition, is usually born into the role or selected for it by the elders at a relatively young age. I have no doubt that his medicine works with his own people in their natural environment, but it is less effective with people from other cultures. Westerners adopting shamanic traditions from other cultures are less effective than they would be if they practised the shamanic tradition of their own race. Unfortunately most Europeans don’t even know that they have a pagan, shamanic, pre-Christian tradition. Tricking people into activating their innate self-healing has worked for thousands of years, but it will not work for much longer and I have first-hand experience of this.
After my shamanic initiation, I discovered a ‘healing ability’. I’ve witnessed many seemingly miraculous healings, such as tumours disappearing before my eyes, teeth healing, scars disappearing, spines shifting, wounds healing. However, I always felt like a bit of a fraud because I knew I was tricking people, even though it was for a good reason. It was a buzz when people recovered, but the process lacked beauty and consistency and fell short of the standards of excellence demanded by any self-loving devotee of the Wisdom Goddess. I became very disillusioned and focused on one question: would it be more useful to ‘heal’ 1,000 ordinary people, or to kill one psychopath? I was released from my pretending at the end of the Vudasi shift in December 2014 and didn’t do any more ‘healing’ until last week in Andalucia.
Planetary Tantra provides an elegant and robust operational syntax through which to explain shamanic healing. The unique idea underpinning Planetary Tantra is that the Earth, the physical body of the Aeon Sophia, dreams the world into existence and you are living as a character in Her Dream. I am writing these words as the indwelling divinity of the planet dreams it, just as She dreams it as you read them. There is no need to ‘journey’ to other worlds to encounter Spirit and retrieve lost aspects of the psyche, as all past experience, memories, previous incarnations (if you like that idea) exist concurrently and simultaneously in Her Dream. Think about that.
In your everyday waking life it is as if you are in dreamless sleep, from Her perspective. In order to achieve awakened lucidity in Her dream, so that you can interact with Her, you must first know that She exists, get to know Her Story and align yourself with it. Shamanic healing requires an altered state of consciousness in which social programming is weakened and the imaginative faculties awakened. However, only imagination grounded in the Sophianic Narrative leads you into the dreaming of the Wisdom Goddess. Ordinary, ungrounded imagination is an operational outpost of the Zad-run ego and it will take you down many unicorn-filled cul-de-sacs that offer, at best, only temporary distraction from suffering.
“In all thine operations, let the Work be guided by nature, according to the slow progression of metals in the bowels of the Earth. And in thine efforts, be guided in all ways by the true and not the fantastic imagination.”
The aim of our Witch Haven experiment last week was to release and clear fear-based cell memory and related patterns. Clearing and releasing stressful patterns in the body is a vital component of the shamanic recapitulation process. We set our intentions and all took a therapeutic dose of Psilocybe cubensis then did the trauma release exercises together. This was a shared activity as a group, in which we all agreed to be silent witness to each others’ release or expression. Anyone can express what they are feeling at the time, but to bear witness in silence is an important factor in shamanic healing as verbal comment interrupts the others’ process. Things come up in this type of session, memories, pain, emotions, precisely so they can be cleared and released. This was not a telestic session; there was no plan to encounter the Organic Light or to receive instruction from the Light. The higher the dose the further the guides take you into the mind of the Goddess; a low dose keeps you close enough to deal with your own issues. Clearing and releasing is a more accurate description for this process than healing.
In addition to the group release, I had prepared to do an individual release with C. C had suffered a broken jaw about 20 years previously and whenever she attempted to participate in a telestic session the pain became excruciating. I had, mistakenly as it happened, thought that this was a cellular memory issue, a residual pattern held in the cell membranes. However, as I held the points on her head and she focused on the pain in the trance state, I felt the plates of her skull move and settle into the correct position. This was a physical injury and her body was afraid of the correction, precisely because of the trauma that caused it. We did this twice until her skull had realigned, the pain went and she felt the release. This is shamanic healing within Planetary Tantra.
In Planetary Tantra you open up your awareness to the perception that everything is happening at once, even though you can only give your attention to one thing at a time. You experience what you choose to focus on, out of all the other events and processes that are happening simultaneously in your life, based on your desire and guided by the Dakini or Mahavidya on shift. On this occasion the the moon was moving towards the tip of the arrow in the constellation of the Archer, who aims towards the right leg of the Snaketamer, whose talent (amongst many) is that of release and regeneration. Therefore the sky writing reflected our intent: ‘Aim to release’. (With thanks to Saxon for bringing this to our attention at the time.) Our mind-body systems are continuously involved in repair and regeneration. Most repair and regeneration happens when we are asleep, when metabolism is low and the mind is not influencing the processes with fear-based thoughts. Clearing and release are prerequisites for the repair and regeneration processes.
Before this session John drew our attention to a clip from the Thunderbolts Project that explained how DNA operates as a fractal antenna. I strongly suspect that the fractal antenna is the mechanism by which the Planetary Animal Mother realigns our mind-body systems into their balanced state within the planetary environment, according to Her design. At the moment, there seem to be certain conditions necessary for this realignment to take place. These conditions require the individual to experience the problem in a trance-state, to feel safe and with another human animal to witness both the suffering and the release. Immersion in the Sophianic Narrative makes the process safe and once realignment is complete for any individual, the transformation to Anthropos 11 can begin.
Water for the Food Forest
2015 was an exceptionally hot and dry year here. The 2014/15 winter was dry and the only rain we had until November was on our Beltane Retreat. At one point in the summer we thought our deep well had run dry and we became very conscious of the water we were using. We are even more conscious of our water usage now, as we are going off-grid this summer and we aren’t on municipal water – we need to pump our own water.
I used to take water for granted when we lived in London, but water awareness was one of Gaia-Sophia’s first lessons here. First, the well ran dry in the house we rented, even though the roof leaked into our bed when it rained! Then when we moved here we had no water in the cabin for a month and that summer, 2013, the gravity well ran dry. We had another month of driving 10 miles to fill up at the public font that brings water down from the mountains. Many people in Spain still use mountain water for drinking that comes from the public fonts that are all over Spain.
The gravity well is our reserve well as it doesn’t need electricity to run. It’s up the hill from the house and the cabin and we laid a pipe so it flows down the hill when we need it. It’s all we had until we put in a deep well and it only ran dry because we lost a lot of water when we put in the pipe. It just doesn’t have enough pressure to support all our needs when we have guests, or to water the garden. So, last summer we opened up the other well that is in the barn. This is about 15M deep, so we could put in a less powerful pump and the plan was to use that to water the food forest. That well ran dry too! The new plan is not to water the food forest.
Most farmers around here don’t irrigate their fields. They grow potatoes, cabbages, pumpkins and corn and every year they plough in cow manure to get rid of weeds and keep in moisture. We are not ploughing and we’re not using cow manure. Cow manure is full of weed seeds and creates more work than benefits. Our strategy involves swales, ditches, woodchips and trees.
The Lie of the Land
Our food forest is on a gentle south facing slope. Two years ago we cleared the straggly pines that were there there and began the process of laying out beds and terracing the slopes. We had the use of a digger for the initial clearing and to lay out the old chestnut beams that were in the house to make the terraces. The terraces are not formal and not dug out; we are just using the beams to support the downhill side of the beds as we slowly build them up over time with mulch and wood chips. The aim is to retain rain water and minimize soil erosion from water running down the slope. We’ve done most of the rest of the work by hand, mostly just Dean and I, with a few hours here and there from various visitors.
We get around 100cm of rain in a year, which should be plenty to keep the garden growing throughout the year – if we can keep it in the ground! The wettest months are November and March, but we can get showers throughout the year and cloudbursts in late summer. This province, Lugo, is named after Lugo the Celtic god who wielded a spear of lightning. Lughnasa, the first week of August (thereabouts) is when he brings lightening and thunderstorms to recharge the earth. Lugh is a Bearer of the Grail.
Our soil is mineral rich, because no one has farmed here for generations. Before the pines were planted about 20 years ago it would have been cleared pasture for cows and before that it would have been native oak and chestnut woods, that still exist in these parts. If you turn your back for five minutes in a field around here, an oak tree will shoot up! However, the soil is solid clay and without the pines providing shade and a constant supply of mulch, it turns to concrete in the summer when the sun beats down. It’s a beautiful and sheltered location, but it’s very hard on seedlings.
We have planted about 50 fruit and nut trees so far. We lost all the hazelnut trees last summer, as the hosepipe wouldn’t reach them, but all the other trees survived. Mature trees are expert water managers. A mature fruit tree can drink nearly 200L of water a day and our aim is to keep as much water in the soil as we can, so that we can minimize watering in the dry months. It might take us a few years to get to that point, as the trees are still young and not rooted deeply enough, but that’s our aim.
Trees are intelligent beings. You might not be able to hold a conversation with them, but that is just as true for many human creatures. If you plant a tree in the right place and support it when young, with the minimum intervention, it will adjust its needs to whatever the Planetary Animal Mother provides. So last year many of the trees dropped their leaves to conserve water because of the drought, but their roots were safe and they are already budding this year, after a mild wet winter. Trees collect rain and transmit it into the soil. It has been shown that broadleaved trees intercept blowing rain and conduct it down the branches and trunk to the soil. The roots then provide a path which carries the rainwater into the deeper soil layers very quickly. Our indigenous species like ash, alder, chestnut, willow, birch, oak, elm and many hedgerow shrubs are known to be particularly effective even in heavy clay soils, like ours. Coniferous trees are less effective at catching rainwater. Trees reduce flooding and prevent soil erosion, as well as providing shade and evening out the temperature extremes.
Ditches and Swales
Everyone knows what a ditch is and a swale looks like a ditch, except it runs across the contour of the land, rather than down it. A ditch moves water away from where it’s not wanted and a swale retains water where it’s needed.
We are using a combination of ditches and swales, to move rain water away from a very waterlogged area and into the swales. The swales hold more water than would stay on the surface and allow it to gradually percolate downhill below the topsoil, reducing evaporation and encouraging strong plant roots as they reach down for the water.
We have dug three rows of swales across the slope, fed by the ditch, so that the parts of the food forest that were dry now have water leeching below the surface. Initially, we put old wood in the swales, as I’d read that the wood preserves the moisture and prevents more evaporation. I thought it might mean less mosquitoes in summer too. But the swales are so full that with the wood that they overflow all over the beds, so we are making adjustments. It also encourages brambles to fill the swales, as they love old wood. We will probably shore up the downhill side with planks over time, as this will prevent wood chips and mulch from filling the swales.
Mulching and wood chips
If you walk in the woods anywhere around here, the earth is protected by a thick mantle of rich, dark leaf mulch. This is what the food forest was like before we cleared the trees, which stripped off and compacted the mulch layer. Mama does not like to be seen naked, so the weeds then grow prolifically to cover the bare soil. We laid thick layers of hay from the fields when they were cut, to keep the earth covered and some of the weeds away, but it doesn’t work as well for growing as wood chips and mulch, so we strip it away when we make the beds. Hay works well to cover empty beds over winter, to keep them weed free and warm ready for planting in spring. It tends to get fungus easily, so I prefer wood chips.
Mulching reduces evaporation so that the soil stays moist in summer. You can mulch with almost any natural material that you can lay down in layers, like cardboard, old wool carpet or straw. However, some materials take longer to break down than others, so if you want to plant shortly after mulching, wood chips are hard to beat. We haven’t got all the beds covered yet. There’s no tree-cutting service anywhere near us and Dean has to drive to the wood yard 10km away and load up the truck, then we have to wheelbarrow it into place. It’s laborious, but the earth and the plants will thank us for it.
Our aim is to minimize our work in the garden and maximize our enjoyment and yield. It’s a two hour job to water the garden with a hosepipe and when we go off-grid that means two hours of running the pump! Working with nature to manage our water makes so much more sense.
Planetary Vision Quest Retreats 2016
“There is a dream dreaming us.”
The Planetary Vision Quest Retreat is the unique rite of passage ritual for the “new aboriginals” of the 21st century. That is the poets, novelists, dancers, musicians, herbalists, body-workers, stone-workers, animal-keepers, artisans and gardeners who live beyond the mainstream and yearn for connection with the origins of life, pre-civilization and pre-religion. There is only one source of life for the creatures of this world and that is the planetary environment in which we live, the earth. Our lives, our trials and triumphs and the stories we tell ourselves and each other about them, cultural achievements and civilizations, as well as the lost stories of our ancestors hidden in myth and folk-lore; none of these things would exist without the dreaming power of the earth and they will all be lost and forgotten too, unless they are grounded in the earth’s own story.
The living earth is the physical body of the Wisdom Goddess, the Aeon Sophia. Many of you reading this will already know Her Story, the Fallen Goddess Scenario and for some of you this will be a new discovery. The call to the wilderness comes through the ‘Dreamtone’ of the Goddess who is dreaming you into being at every moment of your life. If you answer the call and devote yourself to this particular practice of discovery, you will find yourself on an adventure in magical realism that consecrates your entire existence into the divine source of sentient and animal life. The identification of the living planet as the physical incarnation of the Goddess Sophia, is the unique realization of the Gnostic seers who founded the Pagan Mysteries to teach humanity “who we are, what we have become, whence we have come, where we have been thrown, where we are going, how we are redeemed, what is birth, what is rebirth.”
The Planetary Vision Quest Retreat is grounded in the Sophianic Narrative and follows the teachings of the Terma of Gaia Awakening, through the practice of Planetary Tantra. Gnostic scholar, teacher and nagual, John Lamb Lash brought these treasures to the world and the retreat is faithful to his work and the guidelines he has set in all respects. His web site, metahistory.org, offers free access to all his research and the materials that show the provenance of the Planetary Vision Quest. You can also buy his book, Not in His Image from Amazon. It is not necessary for participants to be familiar with his work, but all applicants are required to read the three basic texts listed below BEFORE applying. Planetary Tantra is open to all, but it is not suited to all and you must inform yourself in order to make that decision for yourself. If you read these texts and find yourself hungry for more, that’s a good indication of suitability, but you must also hold within yourself a pre-existing and deep love for the earth and a fervent desire to get to know Her intimately.
The Planetary Vision Quest Retreat 2016 is a week-long adventure in Galicia, northwest Spain, ‘the land of milk and light’. It is a back-to-nature retreat, in a beautiful and wild location, with no towns or villages within walking distance and most activities take place outside. (To find out more about the facilities click here.) The Planetary Vision Quest includes all the elements of the traditional rites of passage, exponentially amplified by the superiority of the guiding myth, the Sophianic Narrative, and the practices that have emerged through living that Narrative – Planetary Tantra is the only spiritual practice in the world dedicated exclusively to the final 200 years of the Kali Yuga. Each participant in the Planetary Vision Quest will return to the world at large with a greater understanding of how to weave the thread of his/her life into the fabric of the universe and how to live on the tantric path of seeking liberation through desire, not from it – a vastly expanded vision and mission. Participation in the Planetary Vision Quest carries the commitment to be an emissary of Planetary Tantra and to propagate the sacred narrative and you will not get the full benefit of the retreat unless you are able to come with this intention.
The crowning feature of the Planetary Vision Quest Retreat is the telestic session, in which initiates will be guided into a state of cognitive ecstasy using shamanic plants, with the intention of witnessing the Organic Light, the naked body of the Wisdom goddess. Instruction by the Light is the trance-learning technique practised by the ancient Gnostics. This is a very specific process that does not include individual journeying or encounters with imaginary beings. There will be extensive preparation and briefings for the telestic session and de-briefing after.
The retreat covers all aspects of Five Element Planetary Tantra:
- Performance of the Gaian Tantra Vow
- Studies and applications of the Shakti Cluster
- Dakini Shifts, the Tantric Zodiac and real sky observation
- The retelling of the Fallen Goddess Scenario and perhaps The Legend of the Grail
The Planetary Vision Quest Retreat is precisely calibrated for these troubled times. It is built on John Lash’s work of the past forty years, which itself draws on a lineage that is several thousand years old and also, intriguingly, from the future. This is a robust event for those already practising Planetary Tantra, or with a serious interest in discovering it. It might be considered as an introduction to the path of the warrior shaman, although there is no obligation to follow through in that way.
Qualifications and application process: no formal qualifications or experience are required for the Planetary Vision Quest Retreat, except for the fervent desire to connect with the Wisdom Goddess. However, acceptance is by application only, due to the desirability for gender balance and with regard to the dynamics of the group.
Potential applicants are required, at minimum, to read these essays before registering interest:
The Fall of the Wisdom Goddess: http://www.metahistory.org/GAIA%20SOPHIA/Synopsis9SM.php
The Terma Of Gaia Awakening Synopsis: http://www.metahistory.org/terma/opepagesynopsis.php
Introducing Planetary Tantra: http://www.metahistory.org/tantra/PTintro.php
After registering interest you will receive a short questionnaire to be submitted as your application. There is a waiting list, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.
The retreat dates are:
Summer Solstice Retreat: 17-23 June 2016
Applications to be received by: 31 March at latest
Sovereign Moment Retreat: 2-9 August 2016
Applications to be received by: 30 April at latest
Price: €500 pp full board. See Booking for more information and Terms and Conditions.
Pine pollen is nature’s perfect boost for good health and the immune system.
Pine pollen is’the sperm’ of the pine tree and almost the same structure as human testosterone. It is the most abundant source of testosterone in the plant kingdom. Isn’t that interesting? What reason could the Planetary Animal Mother have for making this source of human testosterone in vastly more quantities than is needed for the trees alone. A single mature pine tree can produce 1-3kg of pine pollen in a season – we are surrounded by pine forest here!
At a certain time, in early April here, all the pine trees release their pollen in an explosion of green smoke across the hills. They do it several times over a period of about 10 days. This clip from the Himalayas shows what it looks like:
This presentation explains the benefits of pine pollen, how to get it and use it, very clearly.
Pine pollen is a superfood and an adaptogen, which essentially means it helps the body adapt to stress. Stress is created by adrenaline and cortisol which are produced primarily by the adrenal glands. Cortisol shuts down many functions, like the immune system, the digestive system, the reproductive system and the prefrontal cortex, so that adrenaline can use more energy to pump blood to the arms and legs so you can run or fight. This is the ‘fight/flight’ response. The problem is that we don’t run or fight and the adrenaline and cortisol remain in the body and eventually become involved in the downward spiral of autoimmune diseases, diabetes, thyroid conditions etc. Pine pollen helps reduce unnecessary fight/flight responses, so that the body has more energy for regeneration and learning.
Pine Pollen in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the use of pine pollen as both a food and a medicine has been recorded for at least 2,400 years, as explained in the clip below.
TCM today can provide a useful insight into the proper use of many plants for food/medicine. TCM is rooted in a philosophical mix of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism and is concerned with maintaining balance (homeostais) within the body-mind system and harmony between the body and the environment. So far as can be known from the little recorded artifacts that have survived, the Chinese practiced shamanic medicine from around 1766 to 403 BC, through the Shang and Chou Dynasties. Ancestor worship and the elimination of evil spirits is still part of TCM today. TCM emerged from an agrarian culture and the originator of Chinese herbal medicine is called, Shennong, the Divine Farmer. One theory of the origins of acupuncture is that it was discovered when warriors in battle were hit by arrows and noticed conduction of pain to other areas of the body and spontaneous remission of pain elsewhere.
Most TCM in the west is practised allopathically, in that the interventions and treatments are used to address specific symptoms or to stop the process of a particular disease or condition. TCM was originally preventive medicine, concerned with ‘treating the undiseased’ until the Opium Wars put an end to that. The ancient Chinese knew that the body-mind system is innately self-healing, provided that natural balance is maintained and ‘evil spirits’ are kept at bay. This is how things were in Europe too, before the healers were murdered and the people forced off the land and into factories and eventually subjected to ‘Rockefeller medicine.’ The road to health will inevitably lead people out of the cities and into small rural communities, exactly what Agenda 21 is trying to prevent.
I don’t think all aspects of TCM work as well on Europeans as they do on the Chinese. Ethnicity is a factor in many diseases; consider the increased risk of several types of cancer of people of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry who have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. The progression of disease is affected by lifestyle and environment, as much as intentionally harmful man-made interventions, such as EMFs, chemtrails and GMOs, and of course pharmaceuticals, but Nature has the solutions too. This brings me back to pine pollen. Pine trees are indigenous to the northern hemisphere and a rich source of local food and medicine for all northern hemisphere people. PAM always provides what is needed, where it is needed. China is in the northern hemisphere too, so it is well-worth taking a closer look at the use of pine pollen through the lens of TCM.
Pine pollen is released as Spring turns to Summer in the Gaian calendar. Without going into too much detail, this is the transition from liver/gall bladder to stomach/spleen in TCM, characterized by wood birthing fire. Pine pollen supports the liver, encourages regeneration and supports bile secretion. The spleen is responsible for the removal of old red blood cells and the production and storage of white blood cells (lymphocytes) which will cleanse bacteria from the blood in the spleen and provide important tissue healing and other immune responses throughout our body. In TCM the spleen is paired with the stomach and considered to be part of the digestive system, responsible for digesting the nourishment from food and converting it into energy. It is also considered to be responsible for digesting information. In other words, the spleen becomes active as we move into May and is highly involved in the maintenance of the immune system.
Pine Pollen and the Immune System
The basic function of the immune system, is the differentiation between ‘me’ and ‘not me’ in the body, so that it can detect and take action against invaders, like bacteria and viruses etc. There are two parts to the immune system: the innate, which we are born with and which works instantly to deal with wounds and immediate assaults and the adaptive, which is the learning part of the immune system. The adaptive immune system learns to deal with ‘new’ parasites, bacteria and parasites that we might become exposed to. Vaccination is an abnormal pathogen presented in an abnormal route (injection) and influences the entire immune system in an unnatural way, leading to disruption of the learning processes of the immune system.
I strongly suspect that PAM provides pine pollen in abundance at this time of year when the spleen is just about to move into its most active phase, to help it ‘learn’ what is needed to help repel invaders of all kinds. There has been very little research on pine pollen, probably for this very reason, as all research is controlled by the parasitical pharmaceutical cartel that doesn’t want us to have a healthy immune system, but there have been some studies and it is confirmed that pine pollen contains phenylalanine and tyrosine (among other things) that are amino acids in L-Dopa, the dopamine precursor. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in pleasure seeking and reward behaviours, but it does not cross the blood-brain barrier. L-dopa crosses the blood-brain barrier although most of it is converted into dopamine via an enzyme in the blood before it gets there and L-dopa concentrates in the spleen. The relationship between L-dopa in the ‘information centre’ of the immune system in the spleen and L-dopa in the brain working together to train the immune system is worth further investigation. This study supports my intuition:
“Elements of dopamine signaling and metabolites can also serve as a communication interface between the central nervous system and immune system, and that communication can work in both directions. Lymphocytes [type of white blood cell in the immune system] that can pass the blood brain barrier can be “educated” by locally secreted neurotransmitters, including dopamine. Then they transmit brain-driven messages to other cells of the immune system via direct or indirect pathways.”
Endothelial cells in brain capillaries are the site of the BBB
This presentation explains the effects of pine pollen on dopamine production:
Perhaps future studies will show that pine pollen has a role to play in reversing vaccine and other damage to the immune system, but there is nothing to lose and plenty to gain by finding and harvesting some in your local pine forest.
Pine Pollen and Testosterone
As a superfood in a class of its own, pine pollen not only helps in sharpening up the ability of the immune system to identify enemies, it also helps deal with them.
Estrogen is the female hormone and testosterone the male hormone, supporting the development of properly defined male and female characteristics,. Men have some naturally occurring estrogen and women naturally occurring testosterone and it is the balance between the two that dictate gender norms for each. Xenoestrogens are environmental pollutants that have estrogen-like activity. These compounds are a primary cause of reproductive health problems in both women and men because they attach to and over-stimulate estrogen receptor sites.
Here’s a list of 10 major sources of xenoestrogens:
1. Commercially-raised meat and diary productssuch as beef, pork, chicken, milk, butter, cheese and ice cream. These products are contaminated with bovine growth hormones and expose us to a significant amount of xenoestrogens.
2. Anything that contains insecticide or pesticide residues can also have estrogenic effects. This includes everything we eat, from grains, fruits, nuts and legumes, to veggies.
3. Tap water. Unfortunately much of our water source is contaminated with petroleum derivatives – the primary source of xenoestrogens.
4. Shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics and other personal care products that contain paraben or phenoxyethanol chemical compounds widely used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives.
Note that xenoestrogens entering the skin go directly to tissue without passing through the liver for detoxification. So they’re 100% absorbed by the body and can be 10 times more potent than those consumed orally.
5. Soft plastics used as packaging materials are often treated with chemical compounds called phthalates, a xenoestrogen, to increase its flexibility.
Plastic wrapped foods, heated in the microwave, contain some of the highest xenoestrogen levels. So do not heat food or water with plastic in the microwave. Avoid drinking coffee or other hot liquids in Styrofoam cups. And store your food in glass containers whenever possible!
6. Artificial food additives, including artificial sweeteners and MSG. According to a study published in the journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology, 31 substances added to food for the purpose of preservation, coloring, texture and flavor have potential estrogenic effects.
Propyl gallate and 4-hexylresorcinol are two additives to be especially watchful for. Also avoid canned foods, which are usually lined with a plastic coating that contains bisphenol-A (BPA), a xenoestrogen.
Since most processed foods contain some kind of undesirable material, either in the packaging itself or the ingredients, it’s a good policy to cut back on processed and packaged foods.
7. Foods that contain soy protein and soy protein isolate. These foods are packed with condensed, unnaturally high amounts of plant estrogen, which can also lead to estrogen dominance.
8. Dryer sheets are loaded with xenoestrogens to make your clothes feel soft and fresh. These residual xenoestrogens can permeate your skin and go directly into your cells.
9. Birth control pills and conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) contain synthetic hormones that can interrupt our natural hormone balance.
10. Disposable menstrual products. In conventional tampons, the FDA has detected dioxins, a class of chemical contaminants that may increase the risk of cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, heart disease and diabetes.
Xenoestrogens cause changes in estrogen-sensitive tissues like the breasts, uterus and prostate. Xenoestrogens stimulate abnormal changes in these tissues, causing problems like cysts in the breasts, uterine fibroids, prostate enlargement and cancer. Xenoestrogens contribute to the death of testicular tissue in men and boys, depression caused by testosterone suppression, premature aging, infertility and obesity. The link between xenoestrogens and obesity can readily be seen by the high rates of obesity in areas where there is high exposure to xenoestrogens.
Because it is packed with natural testosterone, pine pollen provides the perfect testosterone boost to balance xenoestrogen damage, in addition to whatever avoidance and detoxification you can manage.
One gram of pine pollen contains 80 nanograms of testosterone. To put that into context, an average man has somewhere around 500 ngs of testosterone per deciliter of blood, out of which around 5-20 ngs is free testosterone not bound to either SHBG or albumin. (The testosterone in pollen is not bound to proteins either).
Given that an average male also has around 5 liters of blood, that same average guy with average testosterone would have around 250-1,000 ngs of unbound testosterone in him.
100 grams, about half a cup, of the pine pollen would contain 8,000 ngs of actual testosterone.
Testosterone is not just for men. In women it is important for bone strength and development of lean muscle mass and strength. Testosterone also contributes to overall sense of well-being and energy level. It is best known for its crucial role is a woman’s sex drive or libido. More specifically, testosterone in women is responsible for the sensitivity of a woman’s nipples and clitoris associated with sexual pleasure. Testosterone not only enhances the sexual mood of a woman, but the experience as well.
According to Stephen Harrod Buhner: “The menopausal years bring on a serious decline in women’s testosterone levels, which is generally why women tend to lack a sex drive. Pine pollen can serve as an aid to decrease the discomfort that menopause can bring,”
Pine pollen is not just a whole food, but also a superfood and one of the most potent at that. Consider how it’s immune boosting function works with its testosterone boosting function, not only to increase our awareness of the invaders in our midst, but also to give us the motivation and strength to deal with them. Pine pollen is warrior food!
Testosterone has ‘profound effect on brain circuits involved in human aggression’
How to Use Pine Pollen
As a food, pine pollen can be consumed in more or less unlimited amounts by both men and women. There is a natural limit to what you can get and what you can eat and there are no contra-indications.
I’m a big fan or getting out and responsibly harvesting all the wild foods and healing plants you can find. The easiest way to harvest the pine pollen is to carefully cut off the catkins you can reach and put them in plastic bags to be shaken out and sieved at home. You can’t over harvest this way as you won’t be able to reach that many and the trees produce so much. You can eat the pine pollen directly, it has a slightly sweet flowery taste, or bake with it, or sprinkle it on salads or breakfast cereals. It will store in a cool dry place, or you can store it in honey. The pine catkins themselves are edible, but they are a little astringent tasting – maybe better in honey?
Pine pollen tincture is a better way of accessing the testosterone in pine pollen, much of which doesn’t make its way through the digestive system. A few drops of tincture under the tongue, so that it is absorbed by the mucous membranes in the mouth is the way to take it. The tincture should not be used by adolescent boys or young men, but is safe for men and women. Strength varies, so it’s a bit of a ‘suck it and see’ scenario. I’ll be stocking up and making ours with local orujo.