Friday, September 20, 2019

SLIDING INTO THE TROUGH AND THE REVELS

WHO AM I?
We’re within a day or two of the Autumnal Equinox (September 21) which starts the “trough” as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) calls it. I wondered what was going on. I’ve noted that several Facebook friends just reported feeling a bit discouraged, “I’m a coupla ticks off” one said. Another said he was going to take a “time out” from his regular intense schedule of Facebook commentaries “I just need a break. I’m gonna read a book.” And, as if to raise my consciousness even higher, I saw my first TV ad for “Puffs” facial tissue. That’s always a sign that we are entering the “trough”.  Then I looked at the calendar and there it was – the “trough”.
Really, I didn’t need the ad, I feel it too. I’m glum.
     The “trough” is between November and April. It is when the days grow shorter right up to the Winter Solstice. Our bodies are synced with daylight, “entrained” as they say. According to the CDC, research has shown that we are more likely to become ill in the “trough”. It’s “a seasonal fluctuation” between health, disease prevalence, and the function of the human biological systems, such as the endocrine system, which relates to immunology.
     Our entrainment to daylight is called “photoperiodism”.

WHY AM I HERE?
     Photoperiodism relates to the length of day/night cycles. At the Autumnal Equinox, day and night are equal length. But, every day after September 21, the daylight decreases until the Winter Solstice.  
The tilt of the Earth’s axis combined with the rotation around the Sun results in more or less daylight called “seasons”. Thus the year is divided roughly into two halves – one of decreasing daylight in the Northern Hemisphere (increasing is Southern Hemisphere), and then they switch about.
     The old cultures call path to the shortest day of the year, “the dying of the light.” The CDC calls it “the cold and flu season”. The CDC notes a spike in pneumococcal diseases occurs in U.S. adults between December 24 and January 7. Their study reports: “The reproducible seasonal patterns in varied geographic locations are consistent with the hypothesis that nationwide seasonal changes such as photoperiodism-dependent variations in host susceptibility may underlie pneumococcal seasonality…”

WHAT DO I WANT?
This means that as our physical systems weaken, the viruses get stronger. All of living organisms on Earth are “entrained” or synchronized with seasonality. Our bodies respond to reduced levels of light by reducing our immune systems’ performance.
     We are no longer consciously living in sync with the seasons of nature. But, because our bodies can’t help but be in sync, they respond. We feel stressed, “a tick or two off” as my friend said. We try to adjust ourselves and de-stress and perhaps get some rest, read a book.
Maybe in the case of my Facebook friends and I, we are entering the metaphorical trough of our lives, not just the year. I really sense an autumnal feeling. These are people I met in the Spring or Summer. But now... we are sliding into the trough.
Thankfully, the ancient cultures responded to the “dying of the light” and created festivals which bring us inner light of Joy! Inspiration. Reverence. Warmth of soul. From the Autumnal Equinox to the Winter solstice we go through bright, inner times of meaning and celebration: All Hallow Eve / All Souls day, then Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Eid ul-Adha and then Christmas before turning back to the Light.
     And so will we all.
     Welcome to the trough – and our inner revels! Welcome Yule

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Glycophosphate - BODACIOUS

In light of the recent court case about glycophosphate, I am re-publishing this post from 2015. While some of the facts have been affirmed, and the outcome a different kind of cancer than I wrote about three years ago. The result is still "bodacious"!

WHO AM I?
     “J31” was the original name of the most dangerous riding bull ever bred when he was just a scrawny calf. He wasn’t much to look at. He certainly didn’t look dangerous at all. His owner thought so little of “J31” that he has said he thought “J31” would not amount to much and would probably be sold to McDonald’s for hamburgers.

     One day, as some pre-pubescent “tween-age” bull-riding “wannabee” was atop “J31”, kicking and trying to get a good ride out of him, something in the calf “just snapped”. He leaped, bucked forward, bucked backwards, spun around, kicked with his legs so high he almost flipped over onto the rider! By the time the boy got free, the calf had almost gone totally over the arena fence. It scared that kid badly. But, “J31”’s owner decided to keep him around, at last he had shown some bull-calf “potential.”

     The psyche of rodeo bulls is not wired to be afraid of humans or to submit – even with a rider on their back.  This proved to be especially true of “J31”.  By age 5 he weighed nearly 2,000 pounds and could so artfully twist his spine and throw legs in different directions, so lightning fast,  that riders had no point of balance or counter-balance. “J31” could not be ridden. And, he extracted attempted riders so dramatically that he was eventually named “Bodacious”.

     The thing which made “Bodacious” so fierce was that he became extraordinarily vicious from all directions at once. Even worse, “Bodacious” got meaner and craftier the more riders and experiences he had.

He was like a malevolent force of nature which could not choose to do anything other than to destroy anything on his back. The most talented bull riders in the world attempted to stay on him and despite the highest cash purses for success, the most impressive protective gear imported from other sports, they were crushed, mauled and wounded so badly and required so many surgeries to repair, re-construct or replace skulls, faces or limbs; they themselves were simply grateful to be lucky enough to have survived. It was almost as if they had grabbed hold of a personal tornado which simply would not stop even when the rider was on the ground. “Bodacious” was so vicious his owner retired him when he was young BEFORE he killed anyone.



WHY AM I HERE?

There is something in Americans which makes us not only believe we can overcome nature, but to risk it and seek it out. We fancy ourselves fearless. Hence, rodeo, bull-riding and many other activities which are quintessentially “American.”

We make huge industries out of creating ways for people to take risks. How many brain injuries have there ever been from people running in to one another in combative sports like football? Motocross? “Big time” wrestling? Cage boxing? Snow boarding? Even trying to claim this aggressive quality as “uniquely American” is not true and thus is “uniquely American.”

     Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger") is the world’s motto of the Olympics. Be the best in the world. Now the world challenge themselves to overcome gravity, physical capacity, endurance. In May 2015, climbers on Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world were killed during two extreme natural disasters, an earthquake which triggered an avalanche. Big game hunters go after the largest, most dangerous or exotic prey. Wars are fought to dominate and wield power over other people. We honor the military. We honor the police. We honor those who risk life and limb in all of the many ways we have devised for them to be risk takers. Some hunters kill Tigers so they can sell tiger testicles to men who will eat them and gain strength. Some people swim with sharks to show their courage.

     Major international companies feel danger and risk taking is a fine way to do business. Take Monsanto, maker of the glyphosphate-based worldwide herbicide product, “Roundup” which is sold in over 180 countries. National Geographic writes: “Last month (March 2015), an international agency declared glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the popular product Roundup, a ‘probable human carcinogen.’”(2)

So, here is a “probably” deadly, malevolent chemical in  the most widely sold herbicide in the world through which we are self-inflicting into our patios, driveways, sidewalks and general household environment.

A tricycle is not a rodeo bull, or is it?



WHAT DO I WANT?

     No one wants to “reign in” any corporation in America so avoidance of discovering danger has worked in many Monsanto products before – rBST for example. “Just like the real thing.”

Denial is strong and is government policy - “Glyphosate is not included in the U.S. government’s testing of food for pesticide residues or the monitoring of chemicals in human blood and tissues. As a result, there is no information on how much people are exposed to from using it in their yards, living near farms or eating foods from treated fields.”(2)

Glyphosphate is in the drinking water of 38 states and in 70% of rainwater samples. It was found in 90% of 300 soybean samples. It is used by farmers who gro GMO foods like corn and soybeans.

So, let’s ride this water-borne, nationally inflicted, “possible carcinogen”, corporate bull, shall we?

A water-borne carcinogen is hard to track. It twists and jumps. It can’t be linked with a specific ingestion mechanism and the formation of cancer in a specific organ – like smoking and lung cancer. We all drink water. Our bodies are 50 – 70% water. So what if 70% of our rainwater contains glycophosphate, that specific “probable carcinogen”, you can’t prove anything. Just drink your water and shut up.

Interesting. A water-borne carcinogen might cause cancer that doesn’t have a specific source as in smoking/lung cancer. How coincidental that Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) is the “super-bull” of the cancer world. It should be nicknamed “Bodacious”.  

CUP is like a raging bull which attacks the body from within the arena of the skin from all directions at once. There is no point of pivot on which the patient can pause to resist. The CUP spreads to all organs, and even the arena of the skin. “Bodacious” the bull attempted on numerous occasions to fence climb, leap or ram. No fences stop the CUP because the skin simply is just another “organ” which CUP turns into another painful, grotesque lesion, part of this latest ride.

     When you are diagnosed with cancer, some physicians use fear to get you to quickly agree to their form of treatment: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation being the predominant. But, with CUP, these physicians are as confused as bull riders atop “Bodacious” because their expertise, which focuses on specific locales of the disease and thus specific treatments (“Liver Cancer”, “Bladder Cancer” and so forth) cannot be used because CUP, like that young bull-calf “J31” is leaping, bucking forward, bucking backwards, spinning around inside and you feel totally assaulted and violated. All the organs can be affected at the same time.

     What a ride! No one knows the source of an unknown primary cancer. Water-borne? Who knows.

     Perhaps the main purveyor of glycophosphates, which is now heavily evident in our water supplies, like the owner of “Bodacious”, should put the stuff out to pasture until it is known to be safe in the ring with that stuff. But, no. Corporations need lots of deaths.

     That’s bodacious!

    



  1. “The Ride Of Their Lives,” Burkhard Bilger, New Yorker, Reporter At Large, December 8, 2014,
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150422-glyphosate-roundup-herbicide-weeds/

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

ARDUOUS कठिन beschwerlich ardu 艱鉅 つらい и взрывоопасных مشکل



WHO AM I?
     I hope that this is an arduous time for you.  Arduous, or “tough” times mean you are being challenged and tested by life.
     How much “grit” do you have? Grit is comprised of determination, willingness to withstand the pain. To call forth determination, or grit means that you are willing to sacrifice for your goal.
     Big goals call forth big challenges.
That means you are rising to the challenges by growing, learning, gaining experiences. The more difficult the experience, the harder you have to work.  The harder you work, the greater the capacities you develop. The greater capacities, the more you can accomplish and achieve. That means your life can become more abundant. The more abundant your outer life becomes, the more inner strength you have.
    
WHY AM I HERE?
     The challenges we receive lead us to the fate we have for our life. That fate and those experiences are directed by the star our spirit self has chosen to follow.
     Is it you who is finding your fate, or is your fate finding you?
     Is it your star which you are following? Or, is the star leading you, drawing you forward into the future you know nothing about?
As you move forward on your path, you may begin to realize that it is absolutely necessary for us to have challenges, a path, fate and a star, otherwise, our struggles seem random and meaningless.

WHAT DO I WANT?
     What is the gift we receive? We receive the giver.
     Who is the giver?

“I feel my star,
My star finds me,
I feel my fate,
My fate finds me.

My life and the wide world are one.

Life grows more abundant for me.
Life grows more radiant within me.
Life grows more arduous for me.”
-   Rudolf Steiner

     This is a time of testing.
     Why in the world would anyone want their lives to be more arduous?

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