Book Select: Games People Play

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Games People Play The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis.

Now I read this book years back. I think I was ahead of my time when I discovered this one. This book broke down why I faced so much confrontation with people in certain positions. Sometimes there are rules to relationships that remain unspoken. Understand the games that people play will help you maneuver in a world filled with pre-assumptions and in between the line messages in everyday interaction.  A great read that will rewire your brain and see through people like a transparent wall. Once you learn this information use your knowledge/powers to protect yourself  not manipulate others BUT the choice is yours.

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The Precious Adventure of Lazuli

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A miner’s mine “Maidan” puts an explosive that will be triggered .. The miners must then leave the mine because of the dust and the risk of falling rocks.

Reporting by Philip Poupin For over 6500 years the laborious search for a semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli, never stopped. Among dynamite, sweat, luxury and wars, the history of lapis lazuli over time included the intrusion of the great figures of history.  The Sumerians until the commander Massoud, through Michelangelo and Marie Antoinette all have in common: the search for the precious dark blue. An explosion rips the silence of the mountains of Badakhshan, an arid province of northeastern Afghanistan. Then another, until completing seven outbreaks, each followed by a deafening echo that makes the visitor believe that is in the midst of a relentless combat.

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A truck carrying bags of lapis lazuli, a blue stone exploited for 6500 years in Afghanistan, is heading to the nearest town. Can only be loaded up to half because of bad road.
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Haji Kaka (nickname) is one of the elders of mine Maidan. He no longer works, of course, but still lives in this desolate spot.
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Hamidullah (right) is a police officer in the village of Mine “Maidan”, but is also the wholesaler in Lapis Lazuli. There are varying degrees of Lapis Lazuli, which are distinguished by their blue. This is a quality of first choice.
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Ehsan, prospector of lapis lazuli, a semiprecious blue stone, falls toward the next village with a rock that weighs more than 100 pounds. He will carry her several hours to descend the steep and slippery mountain sides.

I definitely appreciate what some have dedicated their time to. Getting Lapis Lazuli to people like us. Before I found this site I never knew that getting lapis out of the mountains were so much trouble.

Visit to see all the photos and captions by Agenciaolhares

Be Metaphysical: Lessons of Lapis Lazuli

I felt the need to go into some meditation and search for a few answers to questions I have been pondering on. I grabbed 3 of my Lapis Lazuli and 1 quartz pointer.

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Being in a relaxed state of mind and body helps you withdraw from the 5 senses. Once you are able to withdraw from your 5 senses you can begin becoming aware of metaphysical senses and sensations.
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3 Tumbled Lapis Lazuli and a Quartz Pointer aimed at my root chakra

I Sat down in comfortable pose and put two of the lapis in my hip/lap area. I placed  the quartz pointer in between my legs  with a lapis piece in front of it  (picture below)

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Yoga is a great way to prepare your body for relaxation. Being comfortable is key to withdrawing from your physical senses and retaining a conscious state of mind

I began Ujjayi method of breathing as a normally begin most of my meditations.  I took time to cycle through each Chakra using the planetary system. After going through about 5 cycles  I focused on breathe and the darkness of having my eyes closed.            There are a few things I had on my mind the main thing that I will focus on here is visions/3rd eye activity. Randomly more memories of  The Journey I went on came back to me. I totally forgot about the big white house/temple/structure that was at the end of the labyrinth. I feel like there was information inside of the structure.  I also began to fly above the labyrinth because I did not want to be lost… moving on. For those who can relate and have similar experiences feel free to express your knowledge on what you have concluded. For those who are not familiar then just enjoy the read and one day you may be able to relate. Im sharing what I experience and learn in effort to help you on your path to inner-lightnment.

Lesson one: The Basics

So if you concentrate on the darkness (eyes closed) while rhythmic breathing, you may begin to see a light forming . To get an example of what this internal light looks like, look at a light bulb for 5 seconds then close your eyes. You will see a imprint of the bulb when you close your eyes. This is what the light looks like at first. Now continuing with the light bulb effect example in mind imagine if the light you see when you close your eyes begins to collect more light. This will appear as waves in a ocean coming onto the sand. The internal circle of light being the sand and the new waves being more light. The internal light is a circle so the waves appear to be forming into the circle of light.   Its like drawing a circle in the sand and then using your hands to push the surrounding sand  into the circle making it larger then continuing to do this over and over. This is the basic behavior or characteristics of what I believe to be pineal gland activity.  I think identifying  and becoming familiar with these sensations/signs will help people get a full easy understanding of the abilities dormant within.

L1: Yoga,  Breathe awareness, Chakra cycles , Pineal Focus.

Lesson Two: Seeing is Believing 

Ok so I wanted to understand how exactly I was able to perceive and experience places that I have not been to physically leading to wisdom that seems more cosmic than terrestrial. The answer came to me in a simple clear explanation that I will try to translate here. Ok imagine having a sphere able to go anywhere in the world. This sphere can feel/absorb light. The sphere has the ability to see light but does not have  the missing piece to translate the light into mental images similar to the human eye balls.

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Mudras are also a great way to draw lines in the sand of attention. While meditating from time to time try to feel the way your hands are situated. It may not be as easy as you think

Now lets add the pieces of the puzzle together. The sphere is your astral/energy body. The missing piece that can translate light into tangible mental images creating vision… is your pineal gland/third eye.

Have you heard of Astral projection?

L2: Vision Awareness, Experience, Understanding

I just broke down how to leave Earth and experience other planets/beings, now open your eye and go feel/see for yourself.

Lesson Three: Only observe, If you feel uncertain about what you see then do not go forward. The choice to interact and explore ultimately is yours. You may find there are protected places you will not be able to go to as I have learned.

“These places are only a thought away.”

Notes: I used Lapis Lazuli in assistance of Quartz because this combination  brings me  to a state of mind where clear, sharp, efficient, honest  smart thinking happens.

Focusing or looking for the inner light helps the process of it revealing itself. The first time I experienced this  my eyes were closed and it felt as if suddenly I had opened my eyes but my physical eyes were still closed. The feeling was very interesting and I understood what happened because I could feel it which led me to know.  Through practice and meditation the familiarity of these sensations becomes a stepping stone to going deeper within. For a more detailed instructional or advice contact me i’m more than willing to help! 

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The Ape, The Snake and the Lion

There are always hidden gems of knowledge inside of folktale . This is one of my favorite short stories. When I was younger this one taught me a very valuable lesson dealing in trust.

Long, long ago there lived, in a village called Keejee′jee, a woman whose husband died, leaving her with a little baby boy. She worked hard all day to get food for herself and child, but they lived very poorly and were most of the time half-starved.

When the boy, whose name was ’Mvoo′ Laa′na, began to get big, he said to his mother, one day: “Mother, we are always hungry. What work did my father do to support us?”

His mother replied: “Your father was a hunter. He set traps, and we ate what he caught in them.”

“Oho!” said ’Mvoo Laana; “that’s not work; that’s fun. I, too, will set traps, and see if we can’t get enough to eat.”

The next day he went into the forest and cut branches from the trees, and returned home in the evening.

The second day he spent making the branches into traps.

The third day he twisted cocoanut fiber into ropes.

The fourth day he set up as many traps as time would permit.

The fifth day he set up the remainder of the traps.

The sixth day he went to examine the traps, and they had caught so much game, beside what they needed for themselves, that he took a great quantity to the big town of Oongoo′ja, where he sold it and bought corn and other things, and the house was full of food; and, as this good fortune continued, he and his mother lived very comfortably.

But after a while, when he went to his traps he found nothing in them day after day.

 

One morning, however, he found that an ape had been caught in one of the traps, and he was about to kill it, when it said: “Son of Adam, I am Neea′nee, the ape; do not kill me. Take me out of this trap and let me go. Save me from the rain, that I may come and save you from the sun some day.”

So ’Mvoo Laana took him out of the trap and let him go.

When Neeanee had climbed up in a tree, he sat on a branch and said to the youth: “For your kindness I will give you a piece of advice: Believe me, men are all bad. Never do a good turn for a man; if you do, he will do you harm at the first opportunity.”

The second day, ’Mvoo Laana found a snake in the same trap. He started to the village to give the alarm, but the snake shouted: “Come back, son of Adam; don’t call the people from the village to come and kill me. I am Neeo′ka, the snake. Let me out of this trap, I pray you. Save me from the rain to-day, that I may be able to save you from the sun to-morrow, if you should be in need of help.”

So the youth let him go; and as he went he said, “I will return your kindness if I can, but do not trust any man; if you do him a kindness he will do you an injury in return at the first opportunity.”

The third day, ’Mvoo Laana found a lion in the same trap that had caught the ape and the snake, and he was afraid to go near it. But the lion said: “Don’t run away; I am Sim′ba Kong′way, the very old lion. Let me out of this trap, and I will not hurt you. Save me from the rain, that I may save you from the sun if you should need help.”

So ’Mvoo Laana believed him and let him out of the trap, and Simba Kongway, before going his way, said: “Son of Adam, you have been kind to me, and I will repay you with kindness if I can; but never do a kindness to a man, or he will pay you back with unkindness.”

The next day a man was caught in the same trap, and when the youth released him, he repeatedly assured him that he would never forget the service he had done him in restoring his liberty and saving his life.

Well, it seemed that he had caught all the game that could be taken in traps, and ’Mvoo Laana and his mother were hungry every day, with nothing to satisfy them, as they had been before. At last he said to his mother, one day: “Mother, make me seven cakes of the little meal we have left, and I will go hunting with my bow and arrows.” So she baked him the cakes, and he took them and his bow and arrows and went into the forest.

The youth walked and walked, but could see no game, and finally he found that he had lost his way, and had eaten all his cakes but one.

And he went on and on, not knowing whether he was going away from his home or toward it, until he came to the wildest and most desolate looking wood he had ever seen. He was so wretched and tired that he felt he must lie down and die, when suddenly he heard some one calling him, and looking up he saw Neeanee, the ape, who said, “Son of Adam, where are you going?”

“I don’t know,” replied ’Mvoo Laana, sadly; “I’m lost.”

“Well, well,” said the ape; “don’t worry. Just sit down here and rest yourself until I come back, and I will repay with kindness the kindness you once showed me.”

Then Neeanee went away off to some gardens and stole a whole lot of ripe paw-paws and bananas, and brought them to ’Mvoo Laana, and said: “Here’s plenty of food for you. Is there anything else you want? Would you like a drink?” And before the youth could answer he ran off with a calabash and brought it back full of water. So the youth ate heartily, and drank all the water he needed, and then each said to the other, “Good-bye, till we meet again,” and went their separate ways.

When ’Mvoo Laana had walked a great deal farther without finding which way he should go, he met Simba Kongway, who asked, “Where are you going, son of Adam?”

And the youth answered, as dolefully as before, “I don’t know; I’m lost.”

“Come, cheer up,” said the very old lion, “and rest yourself here a little. I want to repay with kindness to-day the kindness you showed me on a former day.”

So ’Mvoo Laana sat down. Simba Kongway went away, but soon returned with some game he had caught, and then he brought some fire, and the young man cooked the game and ate it. When he had finished he felt a great deal better, and they bade each other good-bye for the present, and each went his way.

After he had traveled another very long distance the youth came to a farm, and was met by a very, very old woman, who said to him: “Stranger, my husband has been taken very sick, and I am looking for some one to make him some medicine. Won’t you make it?” But he answered: “My good woman, I am not a doctor, I am a hunter, and never used medicine in my life. I can not help you.”

When he came to the road leading to the principal city he saw a well, with a bucket standing near it, and he said to himself: “That’s just what I want. I’ll take a drink of nice well-water. Let me see if the water can be reached.”

As he peeped over the edge of the well, to see if the water was high enough, what should he behold but a great big snake, which, directly it saw him, said, “Son of Adam, wait a moment.” Then it came out of the well and said: “How? Don’t you know me?”

“I certainly do not,” said the youth, stepping back a little.

“Well, well!” said the snake; “I could never forget you. I am Neeoka, whom you released from the trap. You know I said, ‘Save me from the rain, and I will save you from the sun.’ Now, you are a stranger in the town to which you are going; therefore hand me your little bag, and I will place in it the things that will be of use to you when you arrive there.”

 

So ’Mvoo Laana gave Neeoka the little bag, and he filled it with chains of gold and silver, and told him to use them freely for his own benefit. Then they parted very cordially.

When the youth reached the city, the first man he met was he whom he had released from the trap, who invited him to go home with him, which he did, and the man’s wife made him supper.

As soon as he could get away unobserved, the man went to the sultan and said: “There is a stranger come to my house with a bag full of chains of silver and gold, which he says he got from a snake that lives in a well. But although he pretends to be a man, I know that he is a snake who has power to look like a man.”

When the sultan heard this he sent some soldiers who brought ’Mvoo Laana and his little bag before him. When they opened the little bag, the man who was released from the trap persuaded the people that some evil would come out of it, and affect the children of the sultan and the children of the vizir.

Then the people became excited, and tied the hands of ’Mvoo Laana behind him.

But the great snake had come out of the well and arrived at the town just about this time, and he went and lay at the feet of the man who had said all those bad things about ’Mvoo Laana, and when the people saw this they said to that man: “How is this? There is the great snake that lives in the well, and he stays by you. Tell him to go away.”

But Neeoka would not stir. So they untied the young man’s hands, and tried in every way to make amends for having suspected him of being a wizard.

Then the sultan asked him, “Why should this man invite you to his home and then speak ill of you?”

And ’Mvoo Laana related all that had happened to him, and how the ape, the snake, and the lion had cautioned him about the results of doing any kindness for a man.

And the sultan said: “Although men are often ungrateful, they are not always so; only the bad ones. As for this fellow, he deserves to be put in a sack and drowned in the sea. He was treated kindly, and returned evil for good.”

Source: World of Tales 

LolliPop Kale Pesto Pasta

Recently, in food circles, there had been whispers of a vegetable called lollipop kale, supposedly a mythological-sounding cross between Russian red kale leaves and conventional Brussels sprouts. They cooked, and tasted, like both vegetables, and looked like they’d sprung from the mind of Dr. Seuss.

Ingredients 

1 cup kale sprouts (Lollipops)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
Water
Salt, to taste

Directions

1. Blanch basil and kale in boiling salted water. Shock in ice bath and squeeze out water.

2. In a blender, add kale, basil and garlic; then slowly stream in oil. Stream in a little bit of water to help emulsify, making sure not to add too much. Season with salt to taste. The pesto can keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To Assemble:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup baby heirloom tomatoes
2 tablespoons small diced shallots
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup lollipop kale (or baby Tuscan kale if lollipop kale can’t be located)
2 cups cooked farfalle, cooked (farfalle is suggested, but any type of pasta can be used)
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
½ cup Lollipop Kale Pesto Sauce (recipe above)
4 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1-2 tablespoons ground Grana or Parmeggiano Reggiano

1. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and allow to blister.

2. Add shallots, garlic, and kale; sauté together for a minute.

3. Add in pasta and pine nuts. Pour sauce over the vegetables and pasta. Mix in ricotta cheese, flipping contents a few times. Divide pasta into two dishes and top with ground Grana or Parmeggiano Reggiano.

Enjoy this bright colorful dish! For more great recipes check out SaladSavoy 

Oldest Evidence of Human Cancer Discovered in African Tomb

The 3,200-year-old skeletal remains of a young man found in a tomb in Africa harbor the oldest evidence yet of cancer in humans, researchers said. The bones, found last year by Durham University and British Museum researcher Michaela Binder in Sudan on the banks of the River Nile, were riddled with telltale pockmarks of metastatic cancer, a tumor that spreads from the original cancer site to other parts of the body, according to findings reported in this week’s issue of the journal PLOS ONE.

While cancer is usually blamed on modern lifestyle, a consequence of poor food choices, lack of exercise and excess smoking and drinking, Binder said that this discovery is evidence that the disease may be as old as humanity itself.

“It was likely a less prevalent disease than it is today but this shows that many factors in the environment that have been shown to cause cancer have been around a long time,” she told ABC News today.

Possible causes for the unfortunate young man’s cancer? He might have inhaled smoke from wood-burning fires. Binder said smoky fires can contain just as many unhealthy chemicals as cigarette smoke. Or, he may have been exposed to the parasite schistosomiasis, which is associated with bladder and breast cancer in the same geographical region today. It’s also possible the 25- to 35-year-old man may have had a genetic predisposition to cancer.

“We have no proof of the cause. We simply don’t know,” she said.

Read the Full Article at Yahoo 

River Blindness

About 18 million people have river blindness worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, but more than 99% of cases of this disease are found in Africa. It goes by the technical name “onchocerciasis,” and it spreads through small black flies that breed in fast-flowing, highly oxygenated waters. When an infected fly bites a person, it drops worm larvae in the skin, which can then grow and reproduce in the body.

Unlike malaria, river blindness is not fatal, but it causes a “miserable life,” said Moses Katabarwa, senior epidemiologist for the Atlanta-based Carter Center’s River Blindness Program, which has been leading an effort to eliminate the disease in the Americas and several African countries.

There is no vaccine for river blindness, but there is a drug, calledivermectin that paralyzes and kills the offspring of adult worms, according to the Mayo Clinic. It may also slow the reproduction of adult female worms, so there are fewer of them in the skin, blood and eyes.

Read Full Article Here CNN 

An Elephants Memory

In a top of intelligence, humans are followed by apes, elephants and dolphins. The elephant brain is denser than the human’s, and the temporal lobes, associated to memory, are more developed than in humans.

Elephant’s lobes also have more foldings, so that they can store more information. That’s why elephants have excellent memory.

But why? Elephants can recognize over 200 different individuals. This is essential, as females depend on one another for raising the young, more than in the case of other mammals. A mother can remember who is trustful and complex bounds are the bricks of elephants’ society, while the memory is the cement. When two elephants approach one another, they emit a “contact appeal”: if the other recognizes the appeal, it responds and approaches; if not, it starts to agitate and adopts a defensive position. This capacity of recognition lasts a very long time, even after one individual is dead: even the recording of a dead animal attracted the attention of its relatives and descendants.

The group life allows the elephants to raise their young together. A female gives birth, in the best case, to one young every 4 years, and this one will be well cared.

In critical moments, the family stand on the experience of the oldest and wisest female in the group, called matriarch. She controls the daily activity of the herd and leads the family in areas outside the normal domain. Now, her remarkable memory is employed. She will remember where to go during drought periods and what to do in case of danger, as she already passed through these situations, and the older she is, the more effective she is. Her death is tragic for the group, and poachers usually target her, as she possesses the largest tusks in the herd of females.

Some consider elephants to posses consciousness: they have emotions and feelings one for another. The way how they behave with the body of a dead elephant seems to confirm this. It’s like they would understand death. They turn the bones and examine each crack, like wanting to wake up a sleeping baby

Read the full article here

Shamanic Power Animals

In the shamanic belief every thing is alive and carries with it power and wisdom.  Power animals are an essential component of shamanic practice.  They are the helping spirit which add to the power of the shaman and are essential for success in any venture undertaken by the shaman.

Shamans believe that everyone has power animals – animal spirits which reside with each individual adding to their power and protecting them from illness, acting similarly to a guardian angel.  Each power animal that you have increases your power so that illnesses or negative energy cannot enter your body.  The spirit also lends you the wisdom of its kind.  A hawk spirit will give you hawk wisdom, and lend you some of the attributes of hawk.

I remember  having a vision of walking through a narrow hall and looking to the right. There was a mirror and my head was of a coyote. I seemed to have a feathered “Hat” on … the multi-colored feathers appeared to be sticking out going up running along the edge of my head. It was a quick flash but that memory always stuck with me. 

Coyote’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Understanding that all things are sacred–yet nothing is sacred
  • Teaching that only when all masks have fallen will we connect with the Source
  • Intelligence
  • Singing humans into being
  • Childhood trust in truth
  • Teaching us how to rear our young
  • Brings rain
  • Ability to laugh at one’s own mistakes
  • Placing the North Star
  • Shape-shifting
  • Teaching balance between risk and safety
  • Illumination
  • Stealth

Find which animal spirit you identify with. Even if you have felt yourself become one  in your dreams or visions.

For a full list of Animal Spirit characteristics click here

 

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