That Was the Year That Was

When these end-of-year retros come around, I feel like I’m turning into a whiner about all the crap that happened in the past 12 months. It’s so easy to come up with the foibles and follies that hit the news stream over the year. But I end up resigned to the reality that if we don’t know the problem, we can’t fix it. Am I whistling in the wind and ignoring the “If you spot it, you got it” axiom of the New Age? So let me start with a positive notice from 2015 and we’ll set sail from there. In the rear view mirror:

May: the Pope steps up. What a development. His Holiness has become St. Greenpeace. In…

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A New Acid Test

In the 1970’s, many creative types in the music business believed that a bowl of Wheat Chex, a line of coke and a shot of Jack Daniels was a well-balanced breakfast. Mind-altering chemicals have always been associated with art to some degree. On the business side of the ledger, recent news accounts note that Silicon Valley impresarios and unicorn wranglers are using micro-doses of LSD and other hallucinogens to spur creativity. The pendulum can swing too far in some cases but the considered application of chemical lubrication is also historically linked to spiritual awakening and an expanded awareness of God and self.

For millennia, cultures have used natural substances to delve into meta-natural awareness. Mushrooms, datura, ayahuasca, mescaline, salvia, LSD…

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Dodging the Draft

In winter, we all become draft dodgers. We seal windows and doors to keep cold air out and warm air in. Now that we’re in winter lockdown, we spend more time breathing the indoor air of our apartment or house. The good news is that we aren’t freezing our lungs. The bad news is that inside air is often more polluted with chemicals than the air outside. Several studies find that indoor air pollution can be more of a threat to our health than the smoggiest day in L.A.

Indoor air pollution falls into some basic categories.

Secondhand tobacco smoke A University of Rochester report found that children living in apartments are affected by secondhand cigarette smoke even if no…

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Laughing Your Ass Off

"Laugh, laugh I thought I'd die…" In 1964, Norman Cousins lay dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was nothing they could do. They were half right. There was nothing they could do.

Cousins didn't accept their prognosis. While in excruciating pain from ankylosing spondylitis, a rare disease that inflamed his spine, Cousins found that after watching a Marx Brothers movie on television, he laughed so hard that it exhausted him and he slept soundly without narcotics for the first time in weeks. Cousins ordered in a film projector — it was 1964 — and all the Marx movies and slapstick comedy he could get his hands on. He improved dramatically. Pain decreased.…

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Let Science Lead You to Spirit

For all the trillions of dollars spent throughout history, science has yet to prove the existence of one basic thing: solid matter. Even today, at the Hadron Collider in Switzerland, physicists are searching for matter — solid, touchable, provable matter. The conclusion is that solid matter does not exist — anywhere.

Sum it up: Science tells us plainly that everything we think is solid is actually made of atoms that are nothing but smaller and smaller “particles” filled with energy. First atoms, then electrons, neutrons, positrons, quarks, leptons, mesons and all the other particles in succession and still you won’t find any that are solid matter. The universe — everything comprising it — is nothing but energy. That energy is continuous.…

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What’s In Your Food?

German shepherds have notoriously sensitive tummies. So when our big one had a little upset recently, I headed for the store to get fixin’s for his bland diet routine: lean ground turkey breast and plain white rice. I was hurried so stopped at an (unnamed, headquartered in Des Moines,) supermarket instead of my usual run to Whole Foods. The meat section at said market sells pre-packaged ground turkey. I asked the “butcher” at the counter if they ground in-house. The answer came back “no” and he added that the turkey was packaged “in some kinda gas that keeps it from spoiling,” in a tone indicating he thought that was a pretty cool thing. It wasn’t exactly accurate but I understood.…

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Corn Wars

Farmers may be the hardest working people in America. Most rise before dawn, crack ice on water troughs for the animals, get out to till the soil or mind their crops. Then go to bed late with dirt under the fingernails. Even those modern corn farmers in GPS-guided, climate-controlled, satellite radio, power steering, John Deere’s work hard. And all farmers now have a full-time job just addressing the paperwork needed to keep a farm running.

Be not mistaken about a farmer’s work ethic. But we must, sooner or later, realize farmers are trapped, along with us, in a diabolical agriculture system that typifies all that is wrong with our world economy and political web. We’re talking corn and specifically ethanol.…

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Bud Rising

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Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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