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Plants #1: House Plants

Studies have shown indoor house plants can:

-Boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity

-Reduce your stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds

-Help clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity & producing oxygen

-Add life to a sterile space, give privacy and reduce noise levels

-Are therapeutic to care for

Shamanism #4: The Four Earthly Consciousness Kingdoms

There are four types of earthly consciousness kingdoms – mineral, plant, animal, and human.

Human Kingdom

The human kingdom is the youngest of the four kingdoms. Compared to the other three kingdoms we are still fairly new to this physical realm.

In our infancy we were much more connected to our environment and our spirituality, we had a connection with the other kingdoms, our soul and spirit. We then found science and religion and these two moved us away from our environment and our spirit; we developed ‘tunnel-vision’ on this physical world, and the spirit world was deemed outside of our control and separate from this physical life.

Our awareness is around 85% – 90% in the physical and only around 15% – 10% in the energy/spirit realm.

Animal Kingdom

The Animal Kingdom is the next youngest Kingdom and is very close to us. Some people even consider us a part of the animal kingdom. We are not.

The animal kingdom is very closely related to us, we can connect and relate to animals – pets and domesticated animals. However, animals are much more connected to the energy and spirit realms than we are.

Recently I saw a report of a dog that was able to diagnosis a person with early cancer, long before our medical system could. This demonstrates that the dog was tapping into something that we are not.

Animal awareness is around 70% – 75% in the physical realm and 25% – 30% in the energy/spirit realm.

Plant Kingdom

The plant kingdom is the next oldest and has been around for a lot longer then either the human or animal kingdoms. There were millions of years between when the first plant materialized on mother earth and the first animal materialized. This time gap between the plant and animal kingdoms creates a detachment between the two, and this detachment is even more pronounced with the human kingdom.

Although we view plants as a ‘life-form’ we do not usually see plants as a ‘conscious life-form’. We are somewhat removed from this ‘life-form’. However, a gardener with awarneess will have a different view on how aware plants are.

Plant awarness is around 55% – 60% in the physical realm and 40% – 45% in the energy/spirit realms.

Mineral Kingdom

The mineral kingdom is the elder of the four kingdoms and has been here on mother earth since the very beginning, millions of years before even the first plant materialized. This gap distances us from the mineral kingdom even more.

We generally do not see the stones and crystals as being alive; we see them as just physical objects that are not conscious or with any sign of life connected to them.

The Mineral Kingdom expresses themselves here in the physical with the many wondrous formations that the members of the mineral kingdom creates. However, the awarness (soul) of the mineral kingdom resides more in the spirit realm than here in the physical.

The mineral kingdom is almost the mirror image of the human kingdom – our awareness (soul) is mostly focused on the physical realm and our physical body whereas the mineral kingdom’s awarness (soul) is mostly focused on the spirit realm and not the physical.

With the mineral kingdom almost the opposite of us, we need to expand our awareness in the spirit realm in order to comprehend the consciousness of the mineral kingdom.

Crystals & Stones:

The members of the Mineral Kingdom consists of two forms – Crystals & Stones and there is a difference with the two.

Crystals:

Crystals are much different than stones. Crystals actually grow and growth is a sign of life, much like plants grow, crystals also grow. Crystals are not as dense as stones, they are a lot lighter and more accessible to us.

Stones;

Stones are much denser than crystals. The denser stones requires more effort on our part to connect with them. Connecting with the crystals first gives us some experience working with the mineral kingdom and this experience makes connecting with the stones easier.

Mineral awareness is different for the two forms;

-Crystals are around 20% in the Physical and 80% energy/spirit realm.

-Stones are around 10% in the physical and 90% energy/spirit realms.

Source: http://crystalspiritmedicine.blogspot.com/p/mineral-kingdom.html?m=1

Adaptogens

What are adaptogens?

None of us are immune to the pressures of modern life, whether it be work deadlines, the daily commute or just simply never having enough hours in the day.

The Health & Safety Executive estimate that in 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health.

Our bodies are also regularly exposed to physical and toxic stress too – from household chemicals, pesticides in our foods, pollutants in the air, intensively farmed meats and refined sugar to name but a few.

All this can overwhelm the body’s ability to cope leading to insomnia, tiredness, anxiety, depression and even physical illness.

Thankfully there are some incredible rejuvenating herbs that can help. These are the amazing adaptogens.

So what are adaptogenic herbs?
Well, the clue is their name. They literally help the body to adapt, adjust and recalibrate itself depending on our emotional and physical surroundings. So, for example, they can help calm in times of stress. They can bring peace to a racing mind in the middle of the night. They can give clarity when everything around is in turmoil. They can give energy when we are tired.

The term adaptogen was introduced into scientific literature by Russian toxicologist Nikolay Lazarev in 1957 to refer to ‘substances that increase the state of non-specific resistance’ in stress. Broadly, an adaptogen must have the four ‘Ns

●Nourishing – bring nutritive strength
●Normalising – raise what is low and lower what is high (eg energy, stress)
●Non-specific – act on multiple parts of the body at the same time
●Non-toxic – be completely safe when used over extended periods of time.

So, how do adaptogenic herbs work?
Adaptogens relieve stress by modulating the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. As biological response modifiers (BRMs) adaptogens restore the body’s innate immune function and help the body adapt to different stressors. This gives them preventative and protective as well as curative activity in compromised immunity.

By replenishing our deeper immunity and regulating our response to stress, adaptogens replenish the wellspring of health and vitality and are true rejuvenative tonics helping to:

●Improve overall wellbeing
●Increase energy
●Optimise organ function
●Reduce stress response
●Increase inner strength
●Improve blood sugar levels
●Optimise protein synthesis
●Reduce inflammatory cortisol levels
●Improve cholesterol ratios
●Regulate the hormonal balance

We often marvel at the fact that there are plants that can do all, yes, ALL of these things – and there are plenty. Soke examples:

1. Ashwagandha
The perfect herb for the 21st century as it both calms and energises, helping us to adapt to the stresses of everyday living. It’s helpful for assisting deep sleep and calming nervous tension. Its ability to replenish the blood, enhance nutrients and build bone strength make it indispensable in disorders of degeneration and ageing. Its affinity for the adrenal, endocrine and nervous systems point to its use in any imbalances affecting our energy or vitality.

2. Tulsi – Holy Basil
This leafy member of the mint family is known in Hindu mythology as an incarnation of the Goddess Tulsi, offering divine protection. As well as increasing circulation, aiding digestion and helping to protect against seasonal malaise, holy basil is also good for calming busy minds.”

Source: https://www.pukkaherbs.com/uk/en/wellbeing-articles/what-are-adaptogen-herbs.html

The Fibonacci Sequence In Nature

“The Fibonacci Sequence has always attracted the attention of people since, as well as having special mathematical properties, other numbers so ubiquitous as those of Fibonacci do not exist anywhere else in mathematics: they appear in geometry, algebra, number theory, in many other fields of mathematics and even in nature! Let’s find out together what it is …

The life of Fibonacci
Leonardo Pisano, called Fibonacci (Fibonacci stands for filius Bonacii) was born in Pisa around 1170. His father, Guglielmo dei Bonacci, a wealthy Pisan merchant and representative of the merchants of the Republic of Pisa in the area of Bugia in Cabilia (in modern north-eastern Algeria), after 1192 took his son with him, because he wanted Leonardo to become a merchant.

He thus got Leonardo to study, under the guidance of a Muslim teacher, who guided him in learning calculation techniques, especially those concerning Indo-Arabic numbers, which had not yet been introduced in Europe. Fibonacci’s eduction started in Bejaia and continued also in Egypt, Syria and Greece, places he visited with his father along the trade routes, before returning permanently to Pisa starting from around 1200. For the next 25 years, Fibonacci dedicated himself to writing mathematical manuscripts: of these, Liber Abaci (1202), thanks to which Europe became aware of Indo-Arabic numbers, Practica Geometriae (1220), Flos (1225) and Liber Quadratorum (1225) are today known to us.
Leonardo’s reputation as a mathematician became so great that Emperor Federico II asked an audience while in Pisa in 1225. After 1228, not much is known of Leonardo’s life, except that he was awarded the title of”Discretus et sapiens magister Leonardo Bigollo” in recognition of the great progress he made to mathematics. Fibonacci died sometime after 1240, presumably in Pisa.

The rabbits of Fibonacci and the famous sequence
Liber Abaci, in addition to referring to Indo-Arabic numbers, which subsequently took the place Roman numerals, also included a large collection of problems addressed to merchants, concerning product prices, calculation of business profit, currency conversion into the various coins in use in the Mediterranean states, as well as other problems of Chinese origin. Alongside these commercial problems were others, much more famous, which also had a great influence on later authors. Among them, the most famous, source of inspiration for many mathematicians of later centuries, is the following: “How many pairs of rabbits will be born in a year, starting from a single pair, if each month each pair gives birth to a new pair which becomes reproductive from the second month?”. The solution to this problem is the famous “Fibonacci sequence”: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21,34,55,89… a sequence of numbers in which each member is the sum of the previous two.

An important characteristic of the sequence is the fact that the ratio between any number and the previous one in the series tends towards a well-defined value: 1.618… This is the golden ratio or golden section, φ (Phi), that frequently occurs in nature (to know more about: The perfection of the snail).

When Fibonacci illustrated this sequence, as a solution to a “recreational mathematics” problem, he did not give it particular importance. Only in 1877 the mathematician Édouard Lucas published a number of important studies on this sequence, which he claimed to have found in Liber Abaci and which, in the honour of the author, he called “Fibonacci sequence”. Studies subsequently multiplied, and numerous and unexpected properties of this sequence were discovered, so much so that since 1963, a journal exclusively dedicated to it, “The Fibonacci quarterly”, has been published.

The Fibonacci sequence in nature
Observing the geometry of plants, flowers or fruit, it is easy to recognize the presence of recurrent structures and forms. The Fibonacci sequence, for example, plays a vital role in phyllotaxis, which studies the arrangement of leaves, branches, flowers or seeds in plants, with the main aim of highlighting the existence of regular patterns. The various arrangements of natural elements follow surprising mathematical regularities: D’arcy Thompson observed that the plant kingdom has a curious preference for particular numbers and for certain spiral geometries, and that these numbers and geometries are closely related.

We can easily find the numbers of the Fibonacci sequence in the spirals formed by individual flowers in the composite inflorescences of daisies, sunflowers, cauliflowers and broccoli
In the sunflower, individual flowers are arranged along curved lines which rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. Credits: The Fibonacci sequence in phyllotaxis – Laura Resta (Degree Thesis in biomathematics)

It was Kepler who noted that on many types of trees the leaves are aligned in a pattern that includes two Fibonacci numbers. Starting from any leaf, after one, two, three or five turns of the spiral there is always a leaf aligned with the first and, depending on the species, this will be the second, the third, the fifth, the eighth or the thirteenth leaf.

Another simple example in which it is possible to find the Fibonacci sequence in nature is given by the number of petals of flowers. Most have three (like lilies and irises), five (parnassia, rose hips) or eight (cosmea), 13 (some daisies), 21 (chicory), 34, 55 or 89 (asteraceae). These numbers are part of the famous Fibonacci sequence described in the previous paragraph.”

Source: http://www.eniscuola.net/en/2016/06/27/the-numbers-of-nature-the-fibonacci-sequence/

Silver Birch: Is Time Artificial?

“TIME is not artificial but it has many dimensions. What is artificial is your measurement of it. Time itself is a reality. It exists. Space exists. But your measurements are not accurate because you view time and space from a limited focus. When you have the knowledge of other factors, then the focus becomes more in line with the truth.” – The Silver Birch Book Of Questions & Answers