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A meditation on weeding

weeding

I can grow anywhere!

When I purchased my first house over 15 years ago, I was pretty darn excited.  About everything, even weeding.

I do know that, in the bigger picture of things, weeds are simply plants that we don’t know the use for. . . yet.

But sometimes they grow where we don’t want them.  And what’s to be done, but … weeding!

Being in Southern California, I studied drought resistant plants and took pride in doing all my own landscaping.

I remember a friend being over one day and as we sat on the patio I saw a few weeds in the flower bed and reached down to pull them out.  She made some comment about weeding and I said, “Yes, I’ll be weeding the rest of my life.”

We laughed at the time, but it was an off hand comment that was truly prophetic.

So what does it mean to be weeding for the rest of our lives?  I’m not going to go into the esoteric teachings of removing negative thoughts and habits from our lives, though that is a good analogy.

I’m really going to talk about weeding an outdoor garden and how to make the best of it.

Our Tall Standing Brothers – the trees

treesThe next time you see a group of trees, don’t just admire their beauty.  Say thank you for all they do for us.

Did you know trees communicate with one another?  They have a consciousness far beyond our awareness.

They also fight crime.  Read on.

Native American teachings on trees

“It’s amazing what you feel from a tree.  It can give us energy.  When we take long hikes in wooded areas, we often put our fingertips on the ends of the cedar or the pine needles.  Just standing there touching them, you’re going to feel energy come to you.

“Trees are emitting energy all the time.   Every needle of the tree, every leaf, is trying to make the atmosphere breathable for us.  That’s why my people have great respect for trees.  The trees are our relatives — we call them “tall standing brothers.”  Bear Heart in The Wind Is My Mother

  • Being in the presence of an old tree will bring much calm, deep thoughts and wisdom. Some are thousands of years old and are the elders of the earth.  They’ve seen a lot in that time and hold much wisdom. 
  • Trees provide us with fuel to warm our homes and cook our food, and we can build our homes from them. 
  • They spend their lives basking in the sun, and when they die and we use them as firewood, they represent the sun here on earth. 
  • Members of Bear Heart’s tribe would hang a bucket of water in a tree for a day to purify it, draping cheesecloth over it to keep debris from falling in. 

The history of the U.S. Constitution we weren’t taught in school

This post on the U.S. Constitution first appeared on my blog on July 3, 2012.  It has been a popular post, and I felt it deserved to be re-published this year. I hope you enjoy it.

christopher ColumbusIf you’re like me, I was taught in grade school that the U.S. Constitution was based on ancient Greek democracy.  This is quite a stretch, since ancient Greece government was not democratic.

My research into what children are taught today about the origin of our government is also disappointing.

Apparently the founding fathers simply created it out of thin air, or were influenced by European governments.  This is despite the fact there was no democracy anywhere in Europe at that time.

The True History of the U.S Constitution

The truth is that the U.S. Constitution is modeled in both principle and form on the Great Law of Peace of the Native American Nation  known as the Iroquois.

This is absolutely, unequivocally historical fact.

The nature of wolves and the nature of man

nature of wolvesThe nature of wolves is something the average person doesn’t usually give any thought to.  And yet most Native Americans are very aware of the wolf nation, their gifts and their nature. 

So I thought it would be worth a blog post.  Because wolves are in great danger now, and they need our help.

My first introduction to the nature of wolves

Years ago, my very favorite TV show was “The West Wing”  — a fictional show about what goes on behind the scenes in the running of the presidency and our country.

One episode that stands out in my mind was the fictional workday during which senior staff met with fringe special interest groups.  Not the kind of special interest groups that have expensive lobbyists behind them.   Special interest groups that have no money but a forward-thinking idea.

One might call them seventh generation” ideas.

No one in the West Wing ever looked forward to those meetings; they considered the people coming to meet with them to be promoting off-the-wall causes.  But they had to take these meetings; it was part of their job.

And here was the great part:  by the end of each meeting, each west wing staff member usually had “got it” – they were convinced by the presentations and ready to champion their cause.  And the viewer got educated as we watched each presentation, too.

The fictional proposal that stands out in my mind was the presentation made to fictional White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg for the protection of wolves.  Specifically a $900 million highway for wolves that facilitate their safe travel from Yellowstone to Banff National Park in Canada.

I learned that wolves have to breed with many packs in order to keep from becoming extinct.  Because if they only breed within their pack, they’ll produce offspring that are genetically weaker, thus endangering their long-term survival.  Breeding with other packs assures their long-term survival.  What’s remarkable to me about that fact is that: the wolves somehow know this!

Their territories often cover 1,000 square miles.

But in the 1990s, Pluie, a gray wolf with a radio collar was tracked as she traveled within a 40,000 square mile range in pursuit of new breeding grounds.  Yes, that was 40,000 square miles.  Not a typo.

The journeys of these wolves can be dangerous: across highways, housing, forests denuded of trees and over the U.S./Canadian border. Pluie, her mate and three pups were legally shot and killed by a rancher in Canada in 1995.

So the fictional proposal in this fictional TV show was to build a wolves only highway, to ensure their safe travel.

[In actual fact, there is a successful wildlife crossing bridge in Banff National Park in Canada that has reduced the animal/car collision rate by 80%.  And there are plans underway for other wildlife crossing bridges in various parts of the United States.]

Initially entrenched in the stand that, “this will never happen,” CJ ends up a passionate advocate for wolves and their safety:  “Why can’t we build schools and protect wildlife at the same time?”  Good question.

Of course, that was all fiction.  Now lets move on to reality.

Earthing: why even astronauts need to do it

earthingDo you know what you have in common with astronauts?  You both need to be in touch with the energy of Mother Earth in order to be healthy.  And “Earthing” [also known as “grounding”] is an easy way to do it.

Keeping astronauts in touch with the earth

We are so dependent on the earth’s energy, also known as her electromagnetic fields [EMF], that when we leave the planet for prolonged periods, we suffer.

The first Astronauts in space for long periods experienced what was called “space sickness”  – nausea and disorientation.

The cause was a mystery until one scientist, Prof. Winfried Schumann, theorized it was because the astronauts, upon leaving the earth’s atmosphere, were deprived of the earth’s “song” or electromagnetic resonance.

The next space mission to leave earth had an instrument in it to emit 7.83 hz [hertz], the average frequency of the earths EMF.

The result? No more space sickness.

The frequency of 7.83 hz is now called the “Schumann resonance” and all modern spacecrafts are said to contain a device which simulates it.

New research indicates that the earth’s magnetic resonances vibrate at the same frequency as human heart rhythms and brainwaves.  This would help explain why the practice of “Earthing” [standing barefoot on the earth] is so comfortable and beneficial.

Earthing is not new!

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