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Great Spirit,
give us hearts to understand;
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give;
Never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed;
Never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty;
Never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;
That to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
That as we care for her she will care for us.

We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
help us to find the way to refresh your lands.

Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution,
help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with mis-use,
help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.

Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost
in selfishness and corruption,
help us to find the way to restore our humanity.

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Create a Rainbow Bridge for 2012

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The truth about Santa and Satan.

Hope this makes you smile!

As a young girl in catholic school, I was often overcome with an such unease that I would literally become sick. Fevers, stomaches, headaches, there was always something wrong.

Amazingly, it all disappeared when I entered public school. Children are tapped into their emotional guidance systems so well, that I find it hard to reason lying to a child.  What do you think?

On with the show! …

Published in: on Saturday; 24 f, 2009 at 2:01 pm  Comments (2)  

Supporting humanity, artisans, and a cure for diabetes.

As some of you may know, I donated a few of my creations to Brenda Novak’s online auction. Each year she constructs an auction to benefit diabetes research.  This years auction brought in a whopping $269,111.00! Congradulations to Brenda on all her success in helping humanity.

Here are some pictures of the creations I sent in, and what they were bought for. Mark it on your calendar, because next year there will be lots more handmade goodies. Support a good cause, local artisans, and your own personal well-being. Can it get any better then that?

Wheel of Life Necklace – Feldspar wrapped in copper to heal diabetes holistically.  Sold for $22.00. A STEAL considering it took me over 18 hours to make this! I was sure this would be the highest bid of all my items.

Dripping Sodalite Pendant – Sold for $53.00

Dressy Dreamcatcher Earrings – Sold for $47.00.

Infinity Necklace – Sold for $42.00

Blooming Feldspar Necklace – Reminds me of seedling growing out of our mother earth. 🙂 Sold for $32.00.

Keep in mind I am always happy to do custom orders, I love working one on one with someone in thier healing. 

All creations are infused with the Creator’s healing energy.  To learn more about healing using natures gems and metals visit my shop.

Healing Diabetes

wheel-of-life-necklace

 

 Brenda Novak is an acclaimed best selling author by the New York Times. Every year she donates her time and effort to putting together an on line auction for the benefit of  diabetes research.

This year, I was approached by her wonderful assistant Lauren Hawkeye, who found me through Etsy. Lauren is a fan of handmade items, and asked me if I’d be interested in donating some items to the auction. I am delighted to be able to help a cause that is affecting  Americans and Native Americans in shocking numbers. I told her not only would I donate some items, but I would make some items geared specifically towards healing diabetes.

While I firmly believe that holistic cures are better then “band aid fixes”, I pray that divine guidance will inspire our medical association to a direction for the greater good of all.

If you are curious about my creations, you can visit my donations here:
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=1357647
 
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=1357643
 
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=1357645
 
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=1357646
 
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=1357641

The auctions start out at incredibly low prices, and among some of the goodies listed are vacations, literature, handmade jewelry, and much more! Be sure to browse around her site and take comfort in the fact that you are helping a great deal of people as you indulge yourself. Does it get any better then that?!

If you are interested in a custom healing adornment which is infused with Creators love, stop by my shop and drop me a note.  I will be happy to aid you in any way I can.

www.EsotericEnchantments.etsy.com

Many miraculous blessings and tons of love to you, Kat

Update: Tollway through Tara

Below this article you will find links to previous blog posts as I have been following the progress over the years.
If you feel compelled to speak up for Tara, among them you will find a list of contacts.

May the Creator bless us with the strength of heart and will to stand up for the sacred places of our ancestors. Many blessings to you, Kat

IRELAND’S ENDANGERED CULTURAL SITE
A new tollway threatens the archaeologically Hill of Tara that is the spiritual heart of the country

by Amanda Bensen
Smithsonian magazine
March 2009

http://www.smithsonianmag..com/travel/Endangered-Cultural-Treasures-The-Hill-of-Tara-Ireland.html

 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Endangered-Cultural-Treasures-The-Hill-of-Tara-Ireland.html#
The Hill of Tara is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable four-lane highway.
The Irish Image Collection / Corbis

“The harp that once through Tara’s halls
The soul of music shed
Now hangs as mute on Tara’s walls
As if that soul were fled.”

The words of 19th-century Irish poet Thomas Moore still ring true, and the only music you’re likely to hear around Tara nowadays is the clang of construction equipment. Several hundred acres of gentle green fields, marked by some lumps and bumps, cover this patch of County Meath in northeast Ireland. A nice place to lie down and watch the clouds scud by, perhaps, but is it any more remarkable than the rest of Ireland’s lovely landscape?

Cinnte, to use an Irish expression of certitude. The archaeologically rich complex on and around the Hill of Tara is seen by many as the spiritual and historic heart of Ireland. It was the venue for rituals, battles and burials dating back to 4000 B.C. More than 100 kings were crowned at Tara, and St. Patrick is said to have stopped there to seek royal permission before spreading his message of Christianity.

In more recent history, the hill was the site of Daniel “the Liberator” O’Connell’s 1843 “monster meeting,” a massive political demonstration that rallied some 750,000 people to the cause of repudiating the country’s union with Britain. Thousands of people still gather on its crest on midsummer’s eve, both for the panoramic view and what one visitor calls “the sense you get there of being close to something holy.”

“Tara is a part of the Irish psyche,” says George Eogan, a retired Dublin archaeologist who led excavations near the hill in the 1960s. “Irish people, they know of Tara from their very early days. It’s in schoolbooks and stories, even in primary school.”

But Irish history now risks being consumed by the Celtic Tiger—the nickname given to Ireland’s phenomenal economic expansion for more than a decade. Inevitably, a thriving economy brought demands for an expanded infrastructure. And so, in 2003, the Irish government approved construction of a new four-lane tollway, the M3, to cut through the Tara complex. Construction began in 2005, and despite a storm of public protest, the project appears unstoppable.

“When it was proposed in 2000, most people nationally had no idea what was happening. And I think everyone trusted the government not to pick a route that was so damaging,” says Vincent Salafia, a lawyer from nearby County Wicklow who founded the anti-M3 group TaraWatch in 2005. “There’s fat land all around. We still can’t quite figure out why they insisted on going so close to Tara.”

Proponents of the M3 argue that the highway will improve life for tens of thousands of commuters who live northwest of Dublin and often spend hours each day creeping along traffic-clogged, two-lane roads into the capital city, about 30 miles away from Tara. Other proposed routes for that section of the M3 would have disturbed a greater number of private homes and farms. Proponents also note that the new road will be almost a mile away from the actual Hill of Tara, a 510-foot-high knoll.

“If it doesn’t go through the hill, then it’s not damaging the site? That is the greatest bit of nonsense that I’ve ever heard,” counters Eogan. “The Hill of Tara is only the core area of a much larger archaeological and cultural landscape.”

Preservationists particularly worry that the M3 will slice between the Hill of Tara and Rath Lugh, an ancient earthen fort about two miles northeast thought to have been used to defend the hill. A smaller road already divides the two sites, but the M3 will run much closer to Rath Lugh, even removing part of the promontory it sits on. “If this development goes ahead, Rath Lugh will merely overlook, from a distance of 100 meters, a motorway—which would be a rather ignominious end for a once proud and important monument,” a trio of archaeologists warned in a 2004 publication.

Much of the recent controversy has focused on the 38 new archaeological sites that construction teams have unearthed along the section of motorway closest to Tara since the project began. The discoveries represent centuries of human activity, including prehistoric settlements, Bronze Age burial mounds, a possible medieval charcoal manufacturing kiln and the remains of a 19th-century post office. At the time, the discoveries barely caused a hiccup—the artifacts were removed, and once the sites had been “preserved by record” in notes and photographs, they were destroyed. Ireland’s National Roads Authority has pledged that any artifacts will eventually be deposited in the National Museum of Ireland.

While that approach may be legally permissible, that doesn’t make it right, says Salafia, who examined one of the exposed trenches at a site just north of Tara. “You could see a child’s body where [construction teams] had actually cut off the nose and toes, and also shaved off the top of a cremation urn, leaving the ashes exposed,” he says. Eogan calls it “an act of sheer vandalism.”

The M3 is scheduled for completion in 2010, though the global recession may delay it. In the meantime, Tara is attracting increased international attention, and is under consideration to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“Most of the endangered sites around the world are suffering due to neglect and climate change,” Salafia says. “But this is an act of assault—premeditated assault, if you will—by the very people who are given the job of taking care of it.”

More about Tara:

https://esoterickat.wordpress.com/2007/12/04/sacred-lands-o…ing-desecrated/

https://esoterickat.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/update-on-taras-sacred-lands/

Lefties

A little odd and a tad overbearing in delivery; but  humorous and strangely comforting to us lefties.

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The Dangers of Corn Syrup

The Murky World of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

In the Kitchen with Mother Linda
The Murky World of High-Fructose Corn Syrup
By Linda Joyce Forristal, CCP, MTA

Think of sugar and you think of sugar cane or beets. Extraction of sugar from sugar cane spurred the colonization of the New World. Extraction of sugar from beets was developed during the time of Napoleon so that the French could have sugar in spite of the English trading blockade.

Nobody thinks of sugar when they see a field of corn. Most of us would be surprised to learn that the larger percentage of sweeteners used in processed food comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets.

The process for making the sweetener high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) out of corn was developed in the 1970s. Use of HFCS grew rapidly, from less than three million short tons in 1980 to almost 8 million short tons in 1995. During the late 1990s, use of sugar actually declined as it was eclipsed by HFCS. Today Americans consume more HFCS than sugar.

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce a high percentage of fructose. It all sounds rather simple–white cornstarch is turned into crystal clear syrup. However, the process is actually very complicated. Three different enzymes are needed to break down cornstarch, which is composed of chains of glucose molecules of almost infinite length, into the simple sugars glucose and fructose.

First, cornstarch is treated with alpha-amylase to produce shorter chains of sugars called polysaccharides. Alpha-amylase is industrially produced by a bacterium, usually Bacillus sp. It is purified and then shipped to HFCS manufacturers.

Next, an enzyme called glucoamylase breaks the sugar chains down even further to yield the simple sugar glucose. Unlike alpha-amylase, glucoamylase is produced by Aspergillus, a fungus, in a fermentation vat where one would likely see little balls of Aspergillus floating on the top.

The third enzyme, glucose-isomerase, is very expensive. It converts glucose to a mixture of about 42 percent fructose and 50-52 percent glucose with some other sugars mixed in. While alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are added directly to the slurry, pricey glucose-isomerase is packed into columns and the sugar mixture is then passed over it. Inexpensive alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are used only once, glucose-isomerase is reused until it loses most of its activity.

There are two more steps involved. First is a liquid chromatography step that takes the mixture to 90 percent fructose. Finally, this is back-blended with the original mixture to yield a final concentration of about 55 percent fructose–what the industry calls high fructose corn syrup.

HFCS has the exact same sweetness and taste as an equal amount of sucrose from cane or beet sugar but it is obviously much more complicated to make, involving vats of murky fermenting liquid, fungus and chemical tweaking, all of which take place in one of 16 chemical plants located in the Corn Belt. Yet in spite of all the special enzymes required, HFCS is actually cheaper than sugar. It is also very easy to transport–it’s just piped into tanker trucks. This translates into lower costs and higher profits for food producers.

The development of the HFCS process came at an opportune time for corn growers. Refinements of the partial hydrogenation process had made it possible to get better shortenings and margarines out of soybeans than corn. HFCS took up the slack as demand for corn oil margarine declined. Lysine, an amino acid, can be produced from the corn residue after the glucose is removed. This is the modus operandi of the food conglomerates–break down commodities into their basic components and then put them back together again as processed food.

Today HFCS is used to sweeten jams, condiments like ketchup, and soft drinks. It is also a favorite ingredient in many so-called health foods. Four companies control 85 percent of the $2.6 billion business–Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Staley Manufacturing Co. and CPC International. In the mid-1990s, ADM was the object of an FBI probe into price fixing of three products–HFCS, citric acid and lysine–and consumers got a glimpse of the murky world of corporate manipulation.

There’s a couple of other murky things that consumers should know about HFCS. According to a food technology expert, two of the enzymes used, alpha-amylase and glucose-isomerase, are genetically modified to make them more stable. Enzymes are actually very large proteins and through genetic modification specific amino acids in the enzymes are changed or replaced so the enzyme’s “backbone” won’t break down or unfold. This allows the industry to get the enzymes to higher temperatures before they become unstable.

Consumers trying to avoid genetically modified foods should avoid HFCS. It is almost certainly made from genetically modified corn and then it is processed with genetically modified enzymes. I’ve seen some estimates claiming that virtually everything–almost 80 percent–of what we eat today has been genetically modified at some point. Since the use of HFCS is so prevalent in processed foods, those figures may be right.

But there’s another reason to avoid HFCS. Consumers may think that because it contains fructose–which they associate with fruit, which is a natural food–that it is healthier than sugar. A team of investigators at the USDA, led by Dr. Meira Field, has discovered that this just ain’t so.

Sucrose is composed of glucose and fructose. When sugar is given to rats in high amounts, the rats develop multiple health problems, especially when the rats were deficient in certain nutrients, such as copper. The researchers wanted to know whether it was the fructose or the glucose moiety that was causing the problems. So they repeated their studies with two groups of rats, one given high amounts of glucose and one given high amounts of fructose. The glucose group was unaffected but the fructose group had disastrous results. The male rats did not reach adulthood. They had anemia, high cholesterol and heart hypertrophy–that means that their hearts enlarged until they exploded. They also had delayed testicular development. Dr. Field explains that fructose in combination with copper deficiency in the growing animal interferes with collagen production. (Copper deficiency, by the way, is widespread in America.) In a nutshell, the little bodies of the rats just fell apart. The females were not so affected, but they were unable to produce live young.

“The medical profession thinks fructose is better for diabetics than sugar,” says Dr. Field, “but every cell in the body can metabolize glucose. However, all fructose must be metabolized in the liver. The livers of the rats on the high fructose diet looked like the livers of alcoholics, plugged with fat and cirrhotic.”

HFCS contains more fructose than sugar and this fructose is more immediately available because it is not bound up in sucrose. Since the effects of fructose are most severe in the growing organism, we need to think carefully about what kind of sweeteners we give to our children. Fruit juices should be strictly avoided–they are very high in fructose–but so should anything with HFCS.

Interestingly, although HFCS is used in many products aimed at children, it is not used in baby formula, even though it would probably save the manufactueres a few pennies for each can. Do the formula makers know something they aren’t telling us? Pretty murky!

About the author

Linda Forristal, CCP, MTA is the author of Ode to Sucanat (1993) and Bulgarian Rhapsody (1998). Visit her website at www.motherlindas.com.

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This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts,
the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2001
This page was posted on 12/03/03

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Spirit Messages

 Spiritual Messages

 
There was a prophecy given to us by the white buffalo calf woman stating that when the white buffalo came back to earth and was seen by humanity it was then time to come together and live once again in harmony. It is a time to support, honor and love one another. Remember how to be respectful to all of life, while following your own path to your heart’s desire.

There have been several white buffalo born over the last decade, and more and more we are seeing other animals also appear in white.

It is common belief among the ancients that moths are carriers of spiritual messages from your angels, spirit guides, ancestors, and the spirit world.

This is the message that was shown to me, and it is an honor to pass it on to you. Many Blessings.