Ever wanted to be in more than one place at a time? That’s right, I’m talking about the super-human abilities that can be gained by those who follow the protocol for what’s known as sun-gazing, a valid practice recently confirmed by NASA. Many proponents of this ancient technique, used by many cultures such as Mayan, Egyptian, Aztec, Tibetian and Indian yoga, report not only healing benefits to common illnesses, but obtaining super-human abilities such as advanced telepathy and going completely without the need for food.
Nikola Tesla quoted:
“My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without nourishment and which will not be shackled by consequent limitations. Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, and transforming, by a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy?” (source)
WHAT IS SUN GAZING?
Sun gazing (also known as sun-eating) is a strict practice of gradually introducing sunlight into your eyes at the lowest ultraviolet-index times of day – sunrise and sunset. Those who teach the practice say there are several rules to the practice. First, it must be done within the hour after sunrise or before sunset to avoid damaging the eyes. Second, you must be barefoot, in contact with the actual earth – sand, dirt or mud; and finally, you must begin with only 10 seconds the first day, increasing by 10 second intervals each day you practice. Following these rules make the practice safe, says sources.
Nikolai Dolgoruky of the Ukraine calls himself a ‘sun-eater’. He has been practicing sun gazing for the past 12 years and has largely subsisted off solar energy since he began. Others have reported losing the need for food after only 9 months of sun gazing (by which time the practitioner has worked up to a maximum of 44 minutes). After 9 months of practice, you need only walk barefoot on the earth for 45 minutes per day, 6 days in a row to further the process of what has been initiated by sun gazing.
Sun-gazing is a practice also called the HRM phenomenom, coined as such after Hira Ratan Manek, the man who submitted himself to NASA for scientific testing to confirm that he does indeed possess the almost ‘super-human’ ability of not eating, gained through his dedication to this interesting marvel. Funded by NASA, a team of medical doctors at the University of Pennsylvania observed Hira 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 100 days. NASA confirmed that he was indeed able to survive largely on light with occasionally a small amount of buttermilk or water during this time.
During your first 3 months of practice, the suns energy is moving through the eyes and charging the hypothalamus tract, says those who have studied this technique and used it. The hypothalamus tract is the pathway to the rear of the retina which leads to the brain. The brain then, over time, becomes activated by the energy supply being received by the sun. You will first experience a relief of mental tension and worry, since most worry is fueled by the energy received by the foods we eat. Since food gets it’s energy from the sun, it is said to be readily available to sun-eaters without the trouble of digestion. Though hunger is said to eventually cease, it is fine to continue eating regularly during initial stages, until appetite disappears naturally.
Another benefit early on is said to be an increase in confidence and an ability to easily solve your problems, as you are without tension. Everyone has at least a bit of psychosis, but during the first few months of sun gazing practice, it is reported that these attitudes go away and a positive nature gracefully replaces the old persona full of fears. By the end of 3 months, the gazing time will have increased to 15 minutes per day.
Reports on sun gazing say that the bad qualities normally associated with any person will gradually disappear and good qualities will remain, explaining that ‘bad qualities’ only develop in the absence of sunlight. Bad qualities like anger, fear, jealousy, lust – are said to disappear – and be replaced by a certain confidence and ‘spiritual knowing’ that senses more purely the heart of an issue.
At 3-6 months of gazing, the studies show that physical diseases start to disappear. They say that by the time one is gazing 30 minutes per day (building up 10 seconds per day) all the colors of the sun will have reached the brain. Color therapists attribute their healing of certain diseases to flooding the body and brain with the particular color that is lacking – depending on the ailment. For example, in liver disease, the color green is deficient. The kidneys need red, and the heart, yellow. All of the organs and all of the systems are said to respond to different colors of the rainbow, which is why it is also recommended to eat a diet rich in a variety of colors. It is recommended during the 3-4 month period that you use autosuggestion to see your body already healed of any perceived weakness or disease. This action will facilitate the process of returning to wholeness.
As you continue the process, it is reported that after 6 months, the energy stored from the technique is no longer being used for repairing the body or the mind and can move now into supporting you in gaining more super-human abilities.
WHAT’S BEYOND HEALING?
By seven and a half months of gazing, now at 35 minutes, need and desire for food is dwindling. According tosun gazing experts, food is not actually needed to maintain the body, only energy – and ‘sun-eating’ provides that energy. By 9 months, all taste for food, including aroma, all hunger pains and cravings disappear. Those who make it this far say that they report a noticeable ‘change’ in the way their brain feels – like it’s “charged up.” After 9 months of sun-gazing – reaching a maximum of 44 minutes – it is advised that you give up sun-gazing and redirect your attention now to the Earth.
For 6 days straight, one is to walk barefoot on the earth, 45 minutes per day. During this barefoot walking, the pineal gland is said to become activated. Professional sun gazers and those researching the science say that each toe is connected to a specific gland, and by walking barefoot on the Earth, you activate these glands. The big toe is thought to be aligned with the pineal gland, the second toe with the pituitary, then the hypothalamus, thalamus and finally the pinky toe correlates to the amygdala. Walking barefoot, with the sun now falling on the top of your head, practitioners claim to create a sort of magnetic field in and around your body that recharges you and your brain.
Apparently this walking barefoot part is the most important aspect of the practice. As you continue walking on the Earth, this is when the magic really begins. The pineal gland is activated more and more by this walking procedure. Intellect is said to increase, along with memory. The pineal gland has navigational and psychic capabilities, meaning telepathy, the possibility of flight… now we are getting somewhere! Have you ever thought you would like to have your body in more than one place at a time? Well, sun-gazing is said to be the magical key to such abilities.
If you can barefoot walk 45 minutes every day for a year – you are golden. At that point, only a maintenance of 3-4 days a week is necessary to maintain the capabilities you have acquired.
ARE THERE ANY DANGERS?
Doctors and eye care professionals caution against looking directly at the sun, saying that it will damage the retina. However, if done correctly, sun-gazing at the correct times of day, studies show there is no risk of damaging the eyes. Those who have been sun gazing for many years have had their eyes checked to show no damage, though it is advised that you have your eyes checked in the first few weeks of your practice, so you can know for yourself.
TO SUM IT ALL UP…
Remember, it’s 10 seconds the first day, at sunrise or sunset, adding 10 seconds per day each day there after. After 90 days of accumulative gazing equaling 44 minutes, you cease the gazing and start the barefoot walking 45 minutes per day for 6 days. At this point, I could imagine, hey – if you made it this far, what’s a year of barefoot walking an hour per day to keep it all? You will have to try it out and see for yourself.
If you are really interested in gaining super-human abilities, confirmed by reputable organizations like NASA, as the ones mentioned above, sun gazing sounds like a fairly straightforward path to enlightenment!
The recipe we have for you today will boost your metabolism, clean your body of toxins and improve your brain function. According to experts, this powerful remedy will also regenerate your bones and improve your eyesight and hearing.
Thousands of people around the world have reported incredible results after consuming the remedy. It is completely natural – it only contains horseradish, honey and lemon. Here’s how to prepare it:
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
3 tablespoons of honey
2 cm. of ginger root
125 gr. of horseradish
First, mix the horseradish and ginger in a blender, then cut the lemons on slices and add them to the mixture. Mix until you get a smooth texture, then add the honey and cinnamon and store the remedy in a glass jar.
Take a teaspoon of the mixture twice a day for 3 weeks. The drink will improve your overall health and accelerate your metabolism, so you will also lose weight naturally.
If you want to boost your brain function and memory, you can try consuming the following foods and herbs:
Rosemary’s fragrance is very powerful and will boost your memory instantly after you sniff it. Put a pot of the plant besides your window or use rosemary essential oil whenever you need a mental boost.
Beets are rich in natural nitrates that will improve your blood flow and boost your brain function.
There are many things about depression you must know. There are many facts and figures about depression, which may shock you. Depression can be really dangerous if not cured at an earlier stage. Depression can disturb a person both mentally and physically. In this post, we are going to tell you the things about depression you must know and some tips to deal with depression. However, before starting, we must know what is the difference between being sad and getting in to depression and when does a person goes into depression?
When does a person go into depression and how does it differ from being sad?
Sadness is totally different from depression. Depression directly means no interest at all in anything, while sadness is disinterest from something in particular. Also, grief is different from depression as grief stays for a day or two while depression can stay for as long as for weeks and months. Although, sadness and grief may lead to depression.
Till now, medical science has not found the major and the main cause of depression, but most of the time it is the psychological factors which causes depression. A person’s environment in which he lives, the society and people around him, the work he does etc. are the factors which can be the cause of depression. Loss of a loved one, breaking up with the partner, losing a job, getting bankrupt, not achieving what one dreamt of are the few major reasons for a person getting into depression.
There are many symptoms of depression:
Not able to concentrate on anything
No interest in anything at all
Loss of appetite, thoughts and energy
Feeling of suicidal or to remain alone.
Constant headache, body pain, cramps and digestive problems.
Anxiety, emptiness and urge to just sit on the couch and do nothing.
Things about depression you must know:
You are not alone: There are about close to 10 percent people in the world who are suffering from major depression at any point of time and almost 15 percent people will go into depression for some time in their busy lives. Depression affects a huge 121 million people across the world and two of three persons suffering from depression don’t even get proper treatment.
Depression causes many deaths: The one of the most important things about depression you must know is that a depressed person is 5 times more likely to commit suicide as compared to an average normal person. 35,000 people commit suicide each year just because of depression.
Depression makes you lose everything: Person suffering from depression not only loses his health but also becomes mentally weak. Apart from that, a person suffering from depression can lose a hefty amount of $10,400 per year by the time he comes to the age of 50. Another surprising fact is that the depression is also the leading cause of losing productivity at the workplace. It is also the leading cause of medical disability for person’s age between 14 to 44. A depressed person have more chanced of heart attack and strokes.
Depression can come at any age: While the average age is considered as 32, it was found in a research that 1 out of 10 teens will suffer from depression by the age of 18. Women are twice as likely to get depressed as compared with men.
Depression can be genetic: Yes, a depression can be inherited or given to future generation. However, it is not so common and very few cases are there where depression have run in families as the genetics of depression is way more complicated than that of the eye color.
Tips to deal with depression:
Get some sleep: When a person feels depressed, the sleep cycle gets disturbed a lot. There are chances of no sleep at all. So, the very first thing is to get some sleep. At least 8 hours of sleep per day is must to deal with depression.
Go out and explore: Another problem of a depressed person is that he makes himself home sick. Try to go at some place, plan a trip with your friends or family or just visit the nearest park. It is medically proved that lack of sunlight increases the chances of getting depressed and just worsen the situation.
Read Novels and watch movies: Yes, it can really help. Although, you can go for books like The Monk who sold his Ferrari and movies like Pursuit of Happiness. This will not only divert your mind but will also give you the reasons to move on.
Work on your hobbies: The perfect way to overcome depression. Everyone wants to excel in their hobbies. If you don’t have any particular hobby, then develop one and work on it. You can learn cooking, gardening, painting etc.
Contact a doctor: If nothing works, then you really need to consult a doctor. There are many anti depression therapies which helps a lot. Remember that you are not alone and it can be cured.
With full dedication and support from your loved ones, you can easily beat depression. This post focused on things about Depression you must know and tips to deal with depression. We wish you a fast recovery.
For centuries we have been fascinated by dreams and their meaning. In the end of the nineteenth century psychotherapist Carl Jung, best known for archetypes and the collective unconscious, began to conclude that looking into dreams was opening a door into consciousness and the spirit world. However, there is a science behind what happens during sleep. A research team of scientists at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratory in Kyoto, Japan, has explored brain scans while identifying the visual imagery of dreams. They concluded that we watch our dreams in the same manner that we watch our waking world.
In order to analyze the dreams we must also study how we participate in our daily activities. Are dreams a replay on the visual stimuli of what we perceive in waking hours or messages of guidance from beyond? What do these symbols mean? How do we interpret them and analyze them to give us messages?
HERE ARE 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE ABOUT YOUR DREAMS
Dreams of flying often indicate the need to reach ambition. Where are you going? How are you getting there? Are you having trouble navigating through life? Flying dreams tend to leave us recharged when we wake. There is a feeling of freedom and being able to accomplish anything in our way.
When we dream of water it usually conveys the emotional state of the mind. Water symbolizes cleansing and purity. To dream of waterfalls is a great omen. This represents new beginnings as the old is washed out.
If you see waterfalls in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: Is the waterfall a small one or a large one? How are you perceiving your obstacles? Is the waterfall in a dark jungle or a beautiful beach?
Dreams with teeth are very common. Not all teeth dreams symbolize aging. Pulling of teeth symbolizes something that needs to come out, while rotten teeth symbolize the holding of fear and anxiety. Dreaming of falling teeth are the most typical of all teeth dreams. They are usually derived to new situations that cause stress: a new job, fear of loss, lack of power in a relationship, or lies that are being kept hidden.
If you see teeth in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: How do you feel about your teeth? We use our teeth to nourish the body. How are we nourishing our lives?
Dreaming with death is more common than most people admit. As morbid as it feels, to dream of death usually symbolizes the ending of something. Death is the termination of ego parts. There is the death of anxiety and anger. The death of a situation. There is the death of an idea allowing for the birth of another. Dreaming of death or dying can be a psychological aspect of working tremendous changes in emotions.
If you see death in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: Where you the one who died? Was it a loved one? These dreams can also be guidance from a departed loved one trying to give comfort.
Dreaming of being pregnant symbolizes a major growth and development. It can be geared to future projects and desires.
If you visualize pregnancy in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: What are you trying to create? What transformation are you encountering in your waking life? Are you pregnant with possibilities? Pregnant dreams can bring fruitful ideas for a job or relationship.
Dreams of houses symbolize the self and the different aspects of personality. Depending on the type of house or the different rooms the interpretation can deepen. Houses are about security and comfort. An attic symbolizes hidden memories, while a basement can mean intuition and the unconscious mind.
If you see houses in your dreams, ask yourself: How are you taking care of your body? How do you perceive yourself out in the world?
Money dreams can allow us to wake with such gratitude. Dreaming with money is about luck and how we perceive our self-worth. Winning the lottery symbolizes a change in lifestyle while dreaming of giving money away is a fear of loss. Money dreams pertain to the core of our emotions towards the abundance and prosperity. Financial stability or losses are often stress factors in our lives.
If you see money in your dreams, ask yourself: Did you lose your job? Are you in debt? What would you do if you won the lottery? The relationship with finances is one that rarely leaves the mind during waking moments. Money symbolizes the flow of life.
Dreaming of adultery signifies sexual desires and urges that are repressed or are needing to be expressed. These type of dreams also carry abandonment and fears, self-worth issues, and an unconscious acceptance of a problematic relationship.
If adultery appears in your dreams, ask yourself: Are you afraid of losing a loved one? Are you unhappy in your own relationship? How do you feel about your body and desires?
Fire dreams can have several meanings depending on the context of the dream. Seeing fire in a distance symbolizes desire and transformation, while playing with fire can be a warning of risky activities. If you dream of starting a fire it symbolizes anger that is being repressed.
Ask yourself: Do you avoid risky situations? Do you spend your day putting out fires?
Dreams of being naked are very common. They connect to our fear of being exposed. If the dream is about someone else being naked it signifies “the naked truth” of a situation or foretell an illicit affair. It can also mean the loss of respect. Nakedness is about accepting flaws and imperfections. Just like in waking moments it is about how much is exposed to the world of the self.
If you are naked in a dream, ask yourself: Are you afraid of being seen for who you are? Are you over exposing yourself?
Dreams represent episodes of our lives that can be analyzed in millions of ways, and the dreamer is the only one who can figure out the true emotional state of the dream. These are only a few suggestions into the world of night visions; the mind, body and spirit are intertwined and how we perceive the self plays over and over during our sleep.
The mind will try desperately to dictate, through short visions, how our emotions are being played. Anxiety or joy can change the way we sleep. It’s up to us to truly be aware how we carry ourselves during waking ours.
“Dreams…are invariably seeking to express something that the ego does not know and does not understand.” – Carl Jung
This story is about a marriage ending and will speak to everyone whether you are married or not. This man has fallen in love with a co-worker, named Jane. However, he is married to Amy and has been for 10 years. I know that sounds simple and common, but read on because I promise when you read their story, you will be stunned as the events unfold.
When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. I observed the concern in her eyes.
Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. “I want a divorce” I said calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, but instead asked me softly, “Why?”
I avoided her question which only made her angry. That night, we didn’t talk to each other and she went to bed in tears. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage, but I could hardly give her an answer. How could I tell my wife of 10 years that I had fallen in love with someone else?
With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% ownership of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. I felt sorry for her. I was sorry for how she was feeling, but I could not take back what I had said. I had fallen in love with Jane who worked at my company.
Finally, she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To see and hear her cry was actually a bit of a release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks now seemed to be firmer and clearer now.
The next day, I came back home very late, having spent the day with Jane, and found Amy sitting at the table writing…something. I didn’t know what to say, so I went straight to bed and fell asleep. When I awoke, she was still there at the table writing. Without asking any questions, I went back to bed. Quite honestly, I just didn’t care.
In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything materialistic from me. She requested that during the next 30 days, that we both work to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with news of our broken marriage.
This was agreeable to me. But she had something more. She asked me if I remembered our wedding day. And how I had carried her into out bridal room, over the threshold that night. She continued and requested that every day for the next month’s duration that I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door every morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable, I accepted her odd request.
I immediately told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. She laughed it off and thought it was absurd. Jane said that, “Amy will have to face the divorce no matter what tricks she was trying to use.”
Now, Amy and I hadn’t had any body contact since the night I told her of my affair and my plans to divorce her. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy and awkward. Our son clapped behind us, cheering “Daddy is holding Mommy in his arms!” His words made me sad. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I managed to get her to the front door. Before I put her down, she whispered, “don’t tell our son about the divorce.” I nodded in agreement, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. We both headed off to work.
The next day, as I carried her through the house, we both were a little more relaxed. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her perfume on her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face and her hair was beginning to gray. For a moment, I thought about what I had done to her.
On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me and a beautiful son. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that I still loved her. (I did not share my thoughts with either Jane or Amy) I also noticed, that It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout was making me stronger?
One morning, as we were dressing for work, Amy mentioned that she was struggling with what to wear. She tried on quite a few dresses but because she had lost weight, nothing fit as it did before. Then it hit me. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.
A few moments later, our son came into our room and said, “Dad, it’s time to carry Mom to the door.” To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and she hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid of the feelings I was having. I then picked her up and carried her through the rooms of our home. Her hands were wrapped gently around my neck, so softly and naturally. I held her body tightly and found myself feeling the way I had felt on our wedding day.
On the last day of the monty, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Her weight loss now made me sad and concerned me. I held her tightly and said, “Im so sorry…I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked REAL intimacy.
In that moment, I knew what I had to do. I quickly drove to the office…. jumped out of the car…and headed straight to Jane’s office. I opened her door and said very clearly, “I’m sorry, Jane, but I don’t want to divorce my wife anymore. I still love her and have realized over the last 30 days, that I carried her into my home on our wedding day and that I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. And that’s what I’m going to do.”
As I quickly left the office, I immediately drove straight to the flower shop. I purchased a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The card read, “I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.”
That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands and a smile on my face. I felt so alive with my renewed love for my wife.
As I ran upstairs to our bedroom, I found Amy. I found my wife lying in our bed – dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months but I was so busy with Jane, I didn’t even notice. She knew that she would die soon and that’s why her final request was so important to her. She wanted to ensure that our son would see me, his Dad, as a loving husband. Carrying his mom gently to the door everyday.
This man’s story is so powerful and absolutely amazing! And if you’re in a marriage that feels doomed for failure, maybe you can find your own way back together again. I’m reminded of the Christian movie “Fireproof” as it offers a theme of reconciliation and making amends. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s awesome!
For many in the world, the “American Dream” is the idyllic standard of living that promotes Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality as a way to experience happiness.
This ideal was immortalized in the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776, which established in the American consciousness that “all men are created equal” that have the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
But for many today, escaping economic struggle, economic prosperity, and accumulating wealth is their main vision and interpretation of the “American Dream.”
As the music group the Talking Heads wrote in their song ‘Once in a Lifetime’:
“And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself in another part of the world And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife And you may ask yourself: ‘Well.. How did I get here?’”
If Buddha and Jesus where on Earth today, what would they say about the society that we’ve created and that has been imprinted in our psyche by media, the internet and advertising?
In the new documentary film, ’Dalai Lama’s Compassion in Action’ (www.DalaiLamaFilm.com), Christian mystic monk and close friend of the Dalai Lama, Wayne Teasdale, speaks about what Jesus and Buddha would think of the ‘American Dream’:
“What would the Buddha and Christ think about the ‘American Dream’?” Teasdale shares. “Well we know what they thought. And we saw what the Buddha did, because the Buddha had the ‘American Dream’ 2,400 years ago. And what did he do? He gave it all up. He was 29 years old. He was heir to the throne. He was incredibly educated. He was very handsome. He had a beautiful wife and beautiful son. And he would have become an emperor, eventually. He gave it all up. And why? Because it’s impermanent. And the injustice that he’s in that position, and for him to be in that position, all these other people must be oppressed and subservient.”
The Buddha lived the ‘American Dream’ by the Western Standard, but realized that it brought suffering instead of happiness, and relinquished it to seek happiness from within.
“The root of suffering is attachment,” Buddha taught in the Pali canon, ‘Upadhi Dukkhassa Mūlanti’.
And this includes attachment to wealth and material possessions.
“Riches ruin the foolish, but not those in the quest of the Beyond,” said the Buddha in the ‘Dhammapada’ (v. 355). “Through craving for riches, the foolish one ruin himself as (if he were running) others.”
Or as David Byrne of the ‘Talking Heads’ expresses:
“And you may ask yourself How do I work this? And you may ask yourself Where is that large automobile? And you may tell yourself This is not my beautiful house! And you may tell yourself This is not my beautiful wife!” Jesus also cautioned against making wealth the priority in ones life:
“What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?” — Luke 9:25
“Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.” —Luke 12:33-34
If you interpret “Heaven” as meaning ultimate happiness, inner peace, wisdom and enlightenment, then what Buddha and Jesus taught was similar.
And what did Jesus say was the right use of money?
“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” — Matthew 5:42
Jesus especially taught to give to and help the poor:
“When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” — Luke 14:12-14
At the same time, Buddhism teaches that we have the ability, responsibility and freedom to create our own reality and circumstances, and not to rely on anything or anyone outside of ourselves.
The Dalai Lama, A Nobel Peace Prize winner and spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, expresses in the new ‘Dalai Lama’s Compassion in Action’ film:
“Buddha is our teacher. Real protector. Real protection comes through one’s own practice of Dharma. That is the Buddhist way. If we consider Buddha as a creator, then, Ok, pray to Buddha, and he may arrange our future. But since we do not have that idea, Buddhism actually taught us: ‘You, yourself are your own master. Ultimately you, yourself: creator.’ So one’s own future is entirely dependent on one’s own shoulder. Buddha taught that.”
The Dalai Lama’s words are echoed by the Buddha in the ‘Dhammapada’:
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts. It is made up of our thoughts. If one speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows one, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the wagon… If one speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows one, like a shadow that never leaves.”
Even though the Dalai Lama has expressed his attraction to the best of the Marxist theory (especially regarding economic fairness and equality), he also has expressed his faith in our modern free-market system:
In the Dalai Lama’s book, ‘The Leader’s Way,’ he writes:
“I have come to put my faith in the free-market system… The fact that it allows for freedom and diversity of thought and religion has convinced me that it is the one we should be working from.”
The Dalai Lama’s hope is that from the foundation and principles of freedom (both religious and personal) and equal opportunity to pursue and attain happiness, that we can work within the modern world to create a level of happiness that we strive to experience.
But, as the Dalai Lama and the Buddha often teach, we must question and verify what we are told, and what we create is up to us:
“You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.” – The Buddha, ‘Dhammapada’
Negative energy can turn your life upside down. It can cause you to feel unsettled or “off.” Negative energy can seep into your entire life. It can be hard to determine exactly what is causing the negative energy, but removing it from your life is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Well, I have some good news! There are some simple, inexpensive ways to rid yourself and your surroundings of negative energy. Below, I have listed 6 ways to do just that.
Smudging is the common name given to the Native American tradition known as the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing. Smudging has been a part of the spirituality of Native Americans for thousands of years, and you can do it yourself in your own space.
Most people use sage for smudging, but there are other herbs you can use, too, such as frankincense, sandalwood, palo santo and myrrh. Simply place the dried herb leaves in a fire-proof bowl or bundle them tightly together. Light the pile or bundle, let it burn a moment, then gently blow the flames out. You will be left with a smoldering bundle/pile that will release smoke. Fan the smoke gently as you walk around your home and imagine the smoke passing through you, drawing out all of the negativity.
When you reach the stopping point in your home, open a window to allow all of the negative energy to flow out.
Since we all have our own vibration, it makes sense that music would help re-align our energies. Playing an instrument, singing or just listening to music can bring positive energy into your space. There are also some positive health benefits that can occur when you sing and/or play music.
It can improve cognition, strengthen your lungs, improve your posture, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood. Music attracts positive energy and the best thing is, you can take it with you everywhere you go.
Plants have been scientifically proven to clean the air inside our homes. They’re also a great natural negative energy filter.
Place at least one plant (more if possible) in each room in your home and you will begin to notice the difference right away. Opening curtains and allowing sunshine into the home is also a great negative energy cleanser.
4. Room spray
Using room spray made with essential oils is also a good way to clear away negative energies. Some of the best oils to use are rose, frankincense, lavender and patchouli. Just get a clean spray bottle, add a cup or two of filtered water or witch hazel and a few drops of essential oils.
Using a scent you enjoy will work more effectively in your environment. Shake to mix, then spray your room. You can even use this on yourself!
5. Black tourmaline
Black tourmaline is an inexpensive crystal that helps to absorb negativity. Place some in each room, especially around electronics because they tend to create chaotic energy in your home.
It’s important to remember that YOU have more to do with your environment than anything else. While clearing negative energy can be incredibly helpful, you still have to take responsibility for your own thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, health, and relationships. Negative energy in our environment can be a factor in our well-being, but it should not be blamed for destroying relationships, “making” you be a certain way, causing illness, etc. Well-being is about changing YOUR energy, too.
The liver, which is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen and partially protected by the ribs, is the largest solid organ in the human body. The liver is critical for a number of bodily functions. Ergo, it is important to know the signs of liver damage and to take care of the liver.
12 EARLY SYMPTOMS OF DAMAGED LIVER
There are over 100 different types of liver disease and each has different manifestations. Some of these disease are hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, and cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease. People usually mistake these symptoms for something else since they are not specific. Here is a list of the most common early signs.
Vomiting and nausea are common symptoms, but they can mimic other diseases like food poisoning, migraines, motion sickness, vertigo, vomiting, depression and early pregnancy. Moreover, they can mimic kidney issues as well. People who have liver damage are likely to suffer from persistent nausea, since the liver’s ability to eliminate toxins had reduced.
The nausea can also be due to the constant changes in digestion and metabolism. In case you have these symptoms, consult a doctor.
Overall Weakness and Fatigue
Feeling weak and tired is one of the obvious and early signs of damaged liver. If the liver is damaged, out body works harder, so it needs more rest. This happens because of the toxins in the blood that cannot be eliminated by the liver. In case the symptoms linger, visit your doctor immediately.
Loss of Appetite
Loss of appetite happens as a result of not enough bile, which aids with the fat digestion. If the food is not properly digested, it lead to loss of appetite and serious loss of weight.
The liver is vital for this process since it produces bile. If the liver is damaged, there can be an increase in diarrhea and indigestion. Moreover, if there is lack of bile, a person may also experience fatty food intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, alcohol intolerance, constipation and abdominal bloating.
Changes in the color of the urine might indicate damaged liver. The increased levels of bilirubin in the blood cause the urine to look orange, amber or brown. The levels of bilirubin are increased since the liver is unable to eliminate it, and it is eliminated through the kidneys.
Changes in the Color of the Stool
Due to lack of bile, the color of the stool can change. Instead of its normal brown color, it can be clay colored, pale yellow, or gray. If this is not persistent, it is not dangerous. However, if it happens constantly, seeking medical attention is necessary.
Jaundice is a condition in which the color of the eyes, fingertips, tongue and skin becomes yellow. It is formed when the levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream increase. Jaundice can also be an indication of issues with the gallbladder or pancreas, so consulting a doctor is highly recommended.
Cramping or pain in the lower part of your abdomen, or feeling particularly bloated can be an indication of damaged liver. One of the early symptoms of liver damage is ascites, which is fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity.
Furthermore, portal hypertension, which is high blood pressure in the veins and arteries of the abdomen is a consequence of liver disease.
Fluid retention is one of the early warning signs, particularly in the feet and ankles. Fluid retention can be caused by lymphatic disease, heart failure, hormonal imbalance, and kidney problems as well.
Increased Skin Itching
In case of liver deficiency, the skin is more sensitive than usual and often flakes and itches, and it is also hypersensitive to touch. There could also be more bruises and increased veins visibility. Keeping the skin moist is helpful, but the problem will not go away till the liver issue is solved.
This pain is normal for damaged liver.
Constipation, Diarrhea and Intestinal Bleeding
The liver is responsible for making clotting factors and sans them, there is bleeding of the intestines related with constipation and diarrhea.
This is not the full list of early signs of damaged liver. For instance, damaged liver can also lead to hormonal imbalance in men and as a consequence they develop breasts and may suffer from a loss of libido. Nevertheless, consult with your doctor of any changes you are experiencing.