- Manly P. Hall, author of 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages'
"To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books."
- Manly P. Hall, author of 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages'
From a desert to a paradise: Regenerative agriculture finds solid backing as decades of success show renewal
David Claughton and Olivia Ralph; abc.net.au; 10 Mar 2019
A study of regenerative agriculture has found the method can improve biodiversity
and farmer well being.
Boorowa farmer Charlie Arnott has experienced the immense toll of drought on his cattle, his business and his wellbeing, but he has found a way through it all. Fifteen years ago, reeling from the effects of the Millennium drought, he attended a workshop on regenerative agriculture that radically changed the way he farmed and, he believes, saved his life. "I was doing a really good job of killing a lot of stuff to try and grow food, which is kind of crazy," Mr Arnott said.
He had been farming conventionally using pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers, but the course taught him how to partner with nature instead of trying to control it. It has turned around his farm's capacity to deal with drought and he currently has plenty of water and grass for his livestock even as the drought in NSW intensifies.
"We haven't fed for 15 years [because] we measure how much grass we have, we know how many animals we have to eat that grass and a very simple calculation gives us the amount of time that that grass is available before it runs out," Mr Arnott said.
From a desert to a paradise
Another farmer in Boorowa, David Marsh, began his journey into regenerative agriculture in the 1980s, after a drought brought him to the edge of ruin. "In 1982 we reduced our numbers far too late, like so many ... and we turned this place into a desert," Mr Marsh said.
"In that time you couldn't give sheep away and I promised I wouldn't do that again."
He began adopting regenerative practices in 1999, increasing the amount of native vegetation and tree coverage on his property from just 3 per cent to 20 per cent.
The rest of this article can be read here: https://www.sott.net/article/409672-From-a-desert-to-a-paradise-Regenerative-agriculture-finds-solid-backing-as-decades-of-success-show-renewal
Vic Bishop : Waking Times : 28 Feb 2017
Public education is more stressful than ever for our children, as standardized testing requirements increase and programs like art, music and physical education are being phased out. The result of this type of environment is predictable, and the medical establishment and big pharma are making a killing by drugging active children with ADHD medications and other psychotropic drugs in order to ensure conformity.
There are better solutions. Meditation in schools is highly effective at reducing school violence and increasing concentration for learning. Higher quality nutritious and organic foods, rather than processed snack foods and fast foods, when served in school cafeterias are another part of creating an environment more conducive to the needs of children.
The most common sense, natural solution to inattentive behavior in school children, however, may be the basic idea of giving children more time to free play and to engage their bodies in physical activity. It's such a simple notion in such unusual times that it actually sounds revolutionary, and several schools in Texas are being hailed for trying a new program which solves behavioral problems by doing nothing more than allowing children to play outside more often during the school day.
Simple ideas like this have been proven to work well in places like Finland, where students' test scores improved along with increased play time, a case which serves as the inspiration for a program in Texas schools which have quadrupled the amount of outdoor recreational time, seeing amazing results in terms of overall increase in focus and decreases in distraction and behavioral interruptions.
"According to Today, the Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, has been giving kindergarten and first-grade students two 15-minute recess breaks every morning and two 15-minute breaks every afternoon to go play outside. At first teachers were worried about losing the classroom time and being able to cover all the material they needed with what was left, but now that the experiment has been going on for about five months, teachers say the kids are actually learning more because they're better able to focus in class and pay attention without fidgeting." [Source]
The key to the success of the program is 'unstructured play' four times a day to break up the physical and mental monotony of the classroom, allowing developing minds and bodies to constructively use their energies, so that their may be more effectively applied in learning.
The remainder of this story can be read here.
Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time. When the project is finished, one of the richest and most important collections of historical texts in the world will be available with a click of the mouse - and free.
The plan marks a revolution for an institution known as the Popes' Library, which houses more than 82,000 manuscripts, some dating back to the second century. Scholars must now submit a detailed request to gain access to the library, which sits within the Vatican walls. The most precious works of art, such as a 1,600-year old manuscript displaying Virgil's poems once studied by Raphael, have been mostly off-limits. "This restriction was wise to protect such valuable manuscripts from hordes of visitors," said Alberto Melloni, a church historian who has used the Vatican library several times. "If anybody could visit, it would be like putting a child with a paintbrush in front of the Mona Lisa."
By digitizing its archives, the Vatican library, established in 1451, joins the ranks of illustrious institutions such as the British Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Cambridge University Library. The Vatican is offering "a service that we provide all mankind," said Msgr. Cesare Pasini, prefect of the library, at a recent presentation of the project.
For the past year, Vatican officials have worked closely with experts at Japanese IT firm NTT DATA Corp. 9613.TO -2.39% to test special scanners designed to handle particularly delicate documents. With the test phase finished, about 50 Italian and Japanese operators will soon begin the process of digitizing the first batch of 3,000 manuscripts under the watchful eye of Vatican librarians. That process, which will take place entirely inside the library, is expected to take four years.
After each document is scanned, it will be formatted for long-term storage and then released onto the library's website. The first digital images are expected to be put online in the second half of this year. All of the manuscripts, including the most delicate ones, will eventually be scanned, and viewers will be able to examine them from a variety of angles.
Digitalizing the library will be a mammoth task, involving 43 quadrillion bytes. (A byte is a unit that is used to represent an alphanumeric character.) In the end, about 40 million pages will be available for all to see. The Vatican won't say how long the whole project will take.
Disaster recovery mechanisms will be put in place so that images of the manuscripts will be conserved should anything happen to the originals."If something horrible happens - and I pray to God it doesn't - at least all this won't be lost," said James R. Ginther, professor of medieval theology and director of the Center of Digital Humanities at St. Louis University in Missouri.
The opening of the library might be a letdown for Vatican conspiracy theorists. The alleged secrets housed in the Vatican's archives have sometimes featured in mystery novels, such as those penned by Dan Brown.
Read the entire article at: http://www.sott.net/article/277305-The-Vaticans-ancient-texts-go-online
Published on 28 Jan 2014
Learn more online at http://bit.ly/1aWC0H1. "The False Advertising Industry" reveals the shocking truth about what is allowed in "Natural" food. Only the USDA Organic Seal guarantees your food contains no Genetically Modified Organisms, no toxic pesticides, and no growth hormones or antibiotics.
On Oct. 27th, when the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a pair of radiation sensors to the stratosphere onboard a helium balloon, they didn't know what to expect. This just in: They have re-discovered the Pfotzer Maximum. Most people have never heard of it. The Pfotzer Maximum is a layer of peak radiation about 20 km above Earth's surface. Take a look at this data plot from the team's space weather balloon and keep reading below for more information:
The plot shows a complete profile of ionizing radiation between 2.7 km and 27 km above Earth's surface. Data from their sensor counted X-rays and gamma-rays in the energy range 10.0 KeV to 20.0 MeV. A peak in radiation levels occured in the tropopause--that's the Pfotzer Maximum.
When cosmic rays crash into Earth's atmosphere, they produce a spray of secondary particles. With increasing depth in the atmosphere, the primary cosmic radiation component decreases, whereas the secondary radiation component increases. This complex situation results in a maximum of the dose rate at an altitude of ~20 km, the so-called "Pfotzer maximum," named after physicist George Pfotzer who discovered the peak using balloons and Geiger tubes in the 1930s.
The Earth to Sky experiment was prompted by a recent NASA report concerning the effects of space weather on aviation. Like astronauts, ordinary air travelers can be exposed to significant doses of radiation when the sun is active. Data collected by balloon-borne sensors can be used to check and improve research models of radiation percolating through Earth's atmosphere.
The students are ready to fly their sensors again. A radiation storm in the week ahead is a possibility as solar activity remains high. If one erupts, they plan to revisit the Pfotzer Maximum to find out how it reacts. Stay tuned. www.spaceweather.com
Sir Ken Robinson on Passion
schooloflifechannel .·39 videos : Published on 11 Apr 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M8Hl5MUr8w
Sir Ken Robinson* believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by but never realizing our true potential?
For most of us the problem isn't that we aim too high and fail - it's just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed.
We need to find that magic spot where our natural talent meets our personal passion. This means we need to know ourselves better. Whilst we content ourselves with doing what we're competent at, but don't truly love, we'll never excel. And, according to Ken, finding purpose in our work is essential to knowing who we really are.
Get ready to unleash your inner fervor as Ken takes to our pulpit to inspire you to follow your passion.
*Sir Ken Robinson is a leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources, working with governments and the world's leading cultural organizations. Born in Liverpool, he was Director of The Arts Project (1985-89), and is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Warwick. He was knighted in 2003 for his contribution to education and the arts. Recent publications include 'Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative' (2001) and 'The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything' (2009). [He is also a very amusing speaker!]
This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall on Sunday 13 March 2011.
"Inner Whispers" TV - Episode 5:
"Is There An Afterlife?" "Do We All Survive Physical Death?"
Published on 23 Sep 2013
Short messages from a Nonphysical Entity and Spirit Guide that we call VERONICA via a full body open deep trance channel and best selling author named April Crawford. For more information on VERONICA and April Crawford, try watching the Intro Part 1 and Intro Part II to this series.
Also try www.AprilCrawford.com.
VERONICA's Facebook page is VERONICA -viaAprilCrawford : VERONICA's Twitter account is @InnerWhispersTV.
April Crawford's books are on AMAZON and Barnes and Noble.
This poem was nominated by the UN as the best poem of 2008,
written by an African child
When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow ....
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored?
Published on 22 Mar 2013 - a TED talk
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/your-elusiv...
Elizabeth Gilbert (author of best-selling book 'Eat, Pray, Love' - now made into a film) muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
"Ten Rules For Being Human"
by Cherie Carter-Scott
You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours
for the duration of your life on Earth.
You will be presented with lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called 'life.'
Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons
or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation,
a series of trials, errors, and occasional victories. The failed experiments
are as much a part of the process as the experiments that work.
A lesson is repeated until learned. Lessons will be repeated to you in various
forms until you have learned them. When you have learned them,
you can then go on to the next lesson.
Learning does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain lessons.
If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
'There' is no better than 'here'. When your 'there' has become a 'here,' you will
simply obtain a 'there' that will look better to you than your present 'here'.
Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another
person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.
What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need.
What you do with them is up to you.
Your answers lie inside of you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
You will forget all of this at birth.
You can remember it if you want by unravelling the double helix of inner knowing.
- Cherie Carter-Scott,
From "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules"
To fund space weather experiments in the stratosphere, science students in Bishop, California, have started a new business: Edge of Space Advertising. For a fee, they'll fly ad banners, shoes, US presidents--you name it!--to the edge of space. On April 22nd (Earth Day), they launched a cow:
This is EVA, the mascot of New Zealand Internet service provider EOL. Last month, she traveled from Tauranga, New Zealand, to an Edge-of-Space Port in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. There, students attached EVA to the payload of a helium balloon and launched her to the stratosphere 120,000 feet above Earth's surface. Along the way she experienced temperatures as low as -65o C and air pressures only 1% of sea level--much like conditions on the planet Mars. At the end of the 3-hour flight, the balloon popped and EVA parachuted back to Earth, touching down in a remote corner of Death Valley. GPS signals led the students to the landing site, where they recovered EVA covered with desert dust but still smiling.
The name of the student group is "Earth to Sky Calculus." Mentored by Dr. Tony Phillips of spaceweather.com, they are actively exploring the stratosphere--measuring the effect of solar flares on the ozone layer, capturing high-altitude bacteria, and photographing meteor showers. The profits are going to a good cause.
EVA's flight to the stratosphere and the student's recovery expedition through Death Valley has generated a flurry of news coverage for EOL in New Zealand. In short, Edge of Space Advertising really works. Interested? Contact Dr. Tony Phillips for rates and details. www.spaceweather.com
When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom -- yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
In repurposing her wheelchair to create fantastical art, Sue Austin reshapes how we think about disability. Full bio »
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Terrific presentation on our profoundly wrong education system and its stifling effect on human creativity…with a lot of fun along the way. Bravo. – Zen http://www.zengardner.com/
1 January 2013: A Happy New Year to you all.
So we made it to 2013 despite all the hype about 21 December 2012 being 'the end of the world' (which was never the message of the Mayans). Whilst many people experienced no change on this date, others experienced significant spiritual changes and awakenings. For those of you who did not experience anything significant on 21 December 2012 - do not be tempted to 'go back to sleep', thinking that it was all a great fuss about nothing. We are within a vast celestial process and the wheels are still turning, drawing us ever closer to great changes within Mother Earth, Humanity, our solar system and - by extension - this entire universe.
This is part of the Prologue to 'The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch', 'A Teaching Given On Seven Levels to be Read and Visualised In Preparation for the Brotherhood of Light to be delivered for the quickening of the "People of Light" ' a vast and complex metaphysical classic containing information given in visions to the author, Dr J J Hurtak, by the biblical Master Ophanim Enoch and Metatron:
"We live in dynamic times when humanity is waking up to the implications of a greater transformation and the reality that we are part of a much greater consciousness universe. ....our human nature is non-local and multidimensional, having vast capabilities and endowments of a Divine birthright coded within us that reveals how we are universal beings working within a Higher Evolutionary Plan.
Love from the highest levels is penetrating the planetary veils.
.....we are inherently Light beings. Graduation is upon us and with it comes a new sense of Oneness with the myriad worlds of our Father's House of Many Mansions. .... the human race is embarking upon a vast discovery that we are a vehicle for the Quantum Mind, Quantum Body and Quantum Spirit to participate together and be prepared to work and interact with a wide variety of life forms from other multi-universes. ..... we enter the higher dimensions of thought-form creativity and operate as One with the Eternal Mind of the I AM.
We are in the midst of a change in the life code, and the experiences of the world around us in all its brilliance and eternal recurrence are preparing us as Sons and Daughters of Life to awaken to our own Divine creative process, that has its unity in the Human/God partnership."
Remain alert, Awake and Aware; remember Who You Are as an eternal spiritual being, an expression of the Infinite and Eternal Creator through a physical body; live in Love, not fear ........ and expect the unexpected!
Love, Light, peace and healing
See also: http://www.2012spiritual.info/book-of-knowledge-keys-of-enoch-extract.html
and: http://www.2012spiritual.info/recommended-booksauthors.html - 'The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch'
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