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Crystal Select: Tanzanite

Tanzanite :: Since tanzanite is a gem stone, it’s rare to find a crystal like this one. Ka-ching! Measures: 4 1/8″ x 1 7/8″ x 3/4″ Estimate: $ 300,000-$ 350,000

Tanzanite crystals are some of the most valuable stones for metaphysical healing. They are a member of the zoisite family of crystals and are also a type of epidote.

The natural Tanzanite stone has a high vibration, with powerful metaphysical properties. The meaning of the name of the gemstone Tanzanite, relates to the location of the place in which it is found, in Tanzania Africa. Tanzanite crystals come in a number of colors… including blue, purplish blue, colorless, yellow brown or grayish blue. This is a stone that is powerful to use to accelerate spiritual growth, as it brings your mind into direct participation with the energy of the heart chakra. It  will create a link within you to the higher heart/ thymus chakra. This is known to stimulate within many people an amazing feeling of Divine love.

Recycle Plastic in a Cool way

Sometimes you assume because you have  things in one place that they are everywhere.. That is not the case for something as simple as garbage disposal in certain parts of the world. So this led me to find creative ways to dispose or reuse plastic.

Source: Rosenbaum and Luciano Huck

Designed by: Sarah Turner

Designed by Yaroslav Olenev

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Gobekli Tepe & Star Deneb in the Cygnus Constellation

12,000-year-old circles of limestone pillars each weighing from 10 to 20 metric tons or more have been excavated in Gobekli Tepe, Turkey, about 9 miles (15 km) northeast of Sanliurfa, formerly known as Urfa or Edessa. More than twice the age of Mesopotamia, 40 standing T-shaped columns have so far been revealed in four circles between 30 feet and 98 feet (10 to 30 meters) in diameter. Ground-penetrating radar indicates there are still 250 more pillars buried in 16 circles extending over another 22 acres of the 30-acre Neolithic site.

Gobekli Tepe overlooks the Harran Plain, where the ancients there believed in the power of the north.  It was for them the point of First Creation. It was the point in the heavens where the souls came from and returned to in death. The Mystery of the North was the great ritual they celebrated each year.

Photograph of the constellation Cygnus, the swan, or Northern Cross
with star Deneb at the top on January 23, 2004. Deneb is the brightest star
in the Cygnus constellation and one of the vertices of the Summer Triangle.
A blue-white supergiant, Deneb is the 19th brightest star in the night sky its apparent magnitude of 1.25; and at its absolute magnitude 8.4 is one of the most luminous stars known. Its exact distance (and hence luminosity) has been difficult to calculate, so it is anywhere between 54,000 and 196,000 times as bright as our Sun.

Given the early age of the site, equally surprising are the varied and often highly elaborate carvings that adorn the pillars of the Göbekli Tepe ruins. Among the pillars are detailed and often very realistic depictions of animal figures, including vultures and scorpions, lions, bulls, boars, foxes, gazelles, asses, snakes, and other birds and reptiles. In addition, some of the massive monoliths are carved with stylized anthropomorphic details—including arms, legs and clothing—that give the impression of large super-human beings watching over the enclosures.

 

 

 

What is an Itch ?

Itch, or ouch?
Like the feelings of touch, temperature and pain, itching involves a complex system of molecules, cells and circuits reaching from the skin into the brain. Most over-the-counter treatments for itching target histamine, a compound involved in inflammation. But many kinds of itch can’t be treated with antihistamines or other available treatments.

Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, systemic conditions including multiple sclerosis, and even some cancers, can all lead to chronic itch, which affects about 10 percent of the world’s population at some point during their lives, Bautista said.

Recent research on itch is revealing its mysterious relationship with pain, according to the paper. For example, scientists have found that the reason scratching an itch offers relief is because scratching causes pain, which suppresses the itch, at least temporarily. They’ve also found that the cells and circuits that transmit pain and itch overlap somewhat.

But although pain can block out itch, some painkillers such as morphine can cause itchiness. And some things that cause itch also cause pain, such as capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chili peppers hot.

Scientists now have several theories about this odd connection between pain and itch. One theory suggests the same set of neurons produce an itch when activated slightly, but result in pain when activated fully. Alternatively, different cells might trigger pain and itch signals, but the signals might interact in the spinal cord.

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Natural Remedies 

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Peppermint Leaves

Fresh Basil Leaves

Aloe Vera

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Be Metaphysical: Clairaudience

Clairaudience means ‘clear-hearing’. It is the ability to ‘hear’ Spirit.

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Aunt Diane practicing Reiki work on my cousin Makeba

Clairaudience is that little voice inside you that issues warnings or gives guidance. It tends to speak to you when you are in danger or when you have an important decision to make that will impact on your life. If you don’t have clairaudience as one of your psychic gifts, it can be developed. – Annasayce 


 

My Experiences 

Ringing of the ears is something that has been happening to me for a little while now. Sometimes it will be a faint tone that last for a few moments. Other times it sounds similar to when you jump in water and it fills your ear and everything becomes muffled in a sense, accompanied with a ringing. I can still hear but the sound is drowned out a bit. The first time I experienced this was with my aunt she was doing some Reiki work and I happened to be photographing. After i finished photographing I sat down so she can do a reading on me using a pendulum and quartz crystal wand. She made it up to my ear and it felt like my ear opened up and sound rushed in it felt like wind was going into my ear and I could hear more at that moment I said hmmmm. IMG_2538  Sometime after that I had another experience that taught me the way thoughts work. A simple idea showed itself to me multiple times and the idea is that your thoughts are not yours. When you can feel that idea and separate yourself from believing everything that you think is coming from your mind you will begin to hear a difference in the thoughts you generate and the thoughts that others around you generate. The first time I experienced this was when me and my older cousin Jamel was in the kitchen and he asked me to go to the store 3 minutes prior but I was occupied with writing a note. He walked near me and I heard the thought very loudly “When is he going to go to the store” something of that nature and it was so loud in my mind that I responded verbally ” Im going to go in one moment” as if he said it vocally. His response was ..”Yooo you getting nice with your skills man I just thought that to myself and you responded with confidence verbally thats crazy. I gotta get on my yoga” I laughed and went to the store with what I just learned. The second example is when a friend and I was in the car together and the music went off so it was silent for a second and my mind was pretty clear then I hear the thought.. “That was ridiculous  what had happened earlier” reffering to an argument that took place earlier in the day. Seconds after hearing that thought my friend verbalized the same exact thing I heard in thought form…unnamed (2) knowing how this works I just smiled to myself. That is the typical reaction I have when I hear a thought then the person near me says it. Its like conformation of how thoughts can travel and be picked up. You hear the thought then the person verbalizes it.. This usually happens seconds after you hear the thought while having a clear mind OR a mind focused in on something that helps you notice foreign thoughts/thoughts that don’t sound like your own. Imagine that thinking is like listening to and singing a song at a certain pitch most of the time we are focused on our song and holding the pitch while listening to it.  By being so focused on our song/pitch (thoughts) we don’t hear the songs everyone is singing (thinking). This could be because we are not taught that we are able to listen.  This practice of “telepathy” requires listening to thoughts while distinguishing the difference in each then building enough confidence in your clairaudience to know who the thought originated from and possibly respond verbally to test your ability. Once you meet or practice with someone that is familiar with this science you can begin communicating on that scale until then its just a one way street .. if you send a thought a person has to listen in order to receive it. I find it harder to do this when I try or I give effort to reading someones thoughts  it seems like egotistical thoughts begin to come in. I find it easier to just quiet my mind and listen instead of trying to over hear/ ease drop on thoughts.unnamed (3)

Im usually focused on vision but lately I have been tuning into the sounds around me.  The way I go about tuning in is by first listening and making a mental list of the sounds I hear.  On a physical level I can feel my ear begin to pulsate a the same or a similar rhythm to what I begin focusing on  At night you may hear crickets owls the air condition inside the dogs howling, the buzz of silence… by identifying each one and listening it adds depth to your hearing. The same rules apply for music pick apart each song and hear each instrument. The same way that you use mantras and tune into the tone of the mantra in order to feel the effects you have to do the same with the sounds around you. They will arrouse different sensations once you become ‘sensitive’ to vibrations. This will help train your focus and give you an idea on how thoughts work.  Be Metaphysical Peace!

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Protein-Rich Foods for Pescatarians

When you think about high-protein meals, your thoughts may run to meat, which is one of the best sources of this macronutrient. But what are the protein options for pescatarians, quasi-vegetarians who consume fish and seafood but no red meat or poultry? Fortunately, both fish and seafood provide significant protein to the diet, and with less saturated fat and more healthy fats than other animal proteins.

Protein Needs

Depending on your gender, weight and level of physical activity, you should consume 10 percent to 35 percent of your daily calories from protein, according to guidelines from the Institute of Medicine. Not all protein is created equal. Protein from animal sources is considered complete, because it supplies all the essential amino acids your body can’t make on its own. But it is also high in saturated fat, which can damage your arteries if eaten to excess. Fish and seafood sources of protein are also complete, but are heart-healthy because they contain significant omega-3 fatty acids. Vegetarian proteins are incomplete, and should be combined for best nutrition. Plant-based proteins contain little to no fat

High-Protein Fish

Salmon is one of the healthiest types of fish for pescatarians. It is an excellent source of both protein and omega-3s. One 3-ounce serving of broiled, grilled or baked sockeye salmon supplies 22 grams of high-quality, low-calorie protein. Rub your salmon fillet with a little olive oil and your favorite herbs before cooking, or marinate it first in a honey and soy sauce mixture to boost the protein content — 2 tablespoons of tamari adds almost 4 grams of protein to your dish. Budget-minded pescatarians can buy canned sockeye salmon or canned light tuna, combine with egg, onion, bell pepper and bread crumbs, and form into patties for broiling or baking. A 3-ounce serving of canned sockeye salmon or light tuna provides 22 grams of protein. Seafood is chock full of protein, too. A 3-ounce serving of shrimp supplies 19 grams of the macronutrient for just 101 calories. Try marinating your shrimp in a lime-cilantro sauce before grilling or broiling, or rub it with a spicy mixture of paprika and black pepper. Alternate shrimp and chunks of vegetables on skewers, douse them in a lemon garlic marinade and then grill. Canned shrimp are also high in protein, with 26 grams per 4.5-ounce can. Make a shrimp salad with a little low-fat mayonnaise or yogurt, chopped celery and onion and dill, and serve on a bed of mixed greens with a handful of sliced almonds. Mussels are another shellfish high in protein, with 20 grams per 3 ounces. Steam them with white wine and garlic for a simple and delicious dish.

The Sweet and Simple Sugar Breakdown

Raw Sugar

When sugar cane arrives from the fields, sugar millers grind and press it to extract the sweet juices. Crystals that form in the liquid are granules called raw sugar. After going through filtration and hot water washes, the sugar contains 96 percent sucrose and 4 percent of plant materials contained in the mother liquid. Vacuum-drying this product leaves a golden brown color and sweet taste but very little nutritional value, except for calories from the carbohydrate content. The raw sugar can either go to the consumer or to the refinery for further processing.

Molasses

After filtering out plant trash and raw sugar crystals, millers slowly evaporate the liquid, resulting in a rich, brown mixture called molasses. Molasses contains 46 percent dissolved sucrose and other sugars; 3 percent protein; small amounts of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and sulfur; trace elements such as copper, iron, manganese and zinc; and B-vitamins. Molasses is used for both human and animal consumption. Producers may also mix it with raw sugar to facilitate transport to a refinery, or with white sugar to yield brown sugar.

White Sugar

At the refinery, the raw sugar and molasses mixture undergoes further washing with hot water and separation through centrifugation and filtration. The naturally white crystals that remain are 99.9 percent sucrose. This sugar can go to grinding machines that produce different sizes of granules — everything from crystals to powders — for use in household and commercial cooking and flavoring.

Brown Sugar

Mixing white sugar crystals with various amounts of molasses results in a soft, lumpy product called brown sugar. The amount of molasses added depends on the producer, but you could expect light brown sugar to contain 3.5 percent molasses, while dark brown sugar might contain 6.5 percent molasses.Brown sugar imparts the taste of molasses to recipes and adds moisture to make a softer texture.

Considerations

Raw sugar differs very little from white sugar, except that the crystals of raw sugar are larger and have more color. In spite of trace amounts of minerals in molasses, brown sugar contains only slightly more nutritive value than raw sugar because the amounts added back are so small. The calories of raw sugar and brown sugar are the same. Both raw sugar and brown sugar appeal to people and animals because of the sweet taste and burst of caloric energy.

Source – Healthy Eating 

African Renaissance Monument

Construction

The monument is made of 3-centimetre thick metal sheets and depicts a family group emerging from a mountaintop: a full-length statue of a young woman, a man, and held aloft on the man’s raised left arm, a child resolutely pointing west towards the sea. Construction of the bronze statue group was carried out by the North Korean firm Mansudae Overseas Project Group of Companies.

The project was launched by then Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade who considered it part of Senegal’s prestige projects, aimed at providing monuments to herald a new era of African Renaissance.

Unveiling

On 3 April 2010, the African Renaissance Monument was unveiled in Dakar in front of 19 African heads of state, including President of Malawi and the African Union Bingu wa Mutharika, Jean Ping of the African Union Commission and the Presidents of Benin, Cape Verde, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania and Zimbabwe, as well as representatives from North Korea, and Jesse Jackson and musician Akon, both from the United States. Everyone was given a tour.

President Wade said “It brings to life our common destiny. Africa has arrived in the 21st century standing tall and more ready than ever to take its destiny into its hands”. President Bingu said “This monument does not belong to Senegal. It belongs to the African people wherever we are”.Reverend Jackson said “This renaissance statue is a powerful idea from a powerful mind. This is dedicated to the journey of our ancestors, enslaved but not slaves”

Criticism

Expense : The colossal statue has been criticized for its cost at US$ 27 million (£16.6m). The payment was made in kind, with 30 to 40 hectares of land that will be sponsored by a Senegalese businessman.

Style : opposition leaders have also questioned the style of the project, labelling it “Stalinist”, while others say that the body shapes are not African. Local imams argue that a statue depicting a human figure is idolatrous, and object to the perceived immodesty of the semi-nude male and female figures.

In December 2009, president Abdoulaye Wade apologised to Senegal’s Christian minority for comparing the statue to Jesus Christ.

Revenue: The project has also attracted controversy due to Wade’s claim to the intellectual property rights of the statue, and insisting that he is entitled to 35 percent of the profits raised. Opposition figures have sharply criticised Wade’s plan to claim intellectual property rights, insisting that the president cannot claim copyright over ideas conceived as function of his public office.

Local artists: Sow, a world-renowned Senegalese sculptor, also objected to the use of North Korean builders, saying it was anything but a symbol of African renaissance and nothing to do with art

Thousands of people protested against “all the failures of [President] Wade’s regime, the least of which is this horrible statue” on the city’s streets beforehand, with riot police deployed to maintain control. Deputy leader of the opposition Ndeye Fatou Toure described the monument as an “economic monster and a financial scandal in the context of the current [economic] crisis”.

Source:  Gigantic Statues 

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