Spiritual Guidance via Wes Annac: Connecting With Spirit is a Sacred Right


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Spiritual Guidance: Connecting With Spirit is a Sacred Right – June 12, 2014, channeled through Wes Annac, http://cultureofawareness.com/2014/06/12/spiritual-guidance-connecting-with-spirit-is-a-sacred-right/

When you attune to the energies and impressions of the higher realms, you connect with something that constantly sits within and waits to be utilized. Your reception of the energies we’re offering can be very smooth and free-flowing, but you have to have plenty of energy and willingness to interpret and expand on the impressions you’re being given.

You have to be in as receptive of a state as possible if you want to open up to us and the energy we’re sending you, and you utilize your creative energy when you channel us or do anything else that’s intended to help humanity become aware.

You have to be receptive so you can bring forth your natural, creative energy and the energy of the souls you seek to connect with, and after so long of successfully connecting with us and bringing the resulting words and energies through, it’ll become much easier to communicate with us and the impressions you receive will flow to you much more effortlessly.  Read more…

Heavenletter #4949 God’s Way of Teaching, June 13, 2014


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God said:
Beloved beloveds, you are not the advisor to the Crown. On one hand, you and I are One. You are a reflection of Me, and, now, on the other hand, I tell you that you are not to make yourself a replica of God. In your costume as a Human Being, it is not your role to interpret Me to others. I did not appoint you. You are not the sayer of Me. The world is not your flock. In this sense, you are a member of the flock.

Erase the idea that you are My appointed Teacher, for then you presume to stand above another. I am the Teacher. Unless someone comes into your presence for the purpose of hearing what you have to say, don’t take on My robes. It is not for you to say that you know more than the person before you. It is not for you to embellish My words or for you to make the assumption that anyone needs your personal instruction. Be still.

If you, as an individual, crave a pulpit, crave an audience, crave to be wise, recognize that you do not always speak for Me. I speak for Myself.

If you want to teach, teach by example. Do not anoint yourself as an instructor, as though you have the final word. Know thyself. Teach thyself. Everyone learns Me for himself. Quote Me, fine. Support Me, fine. Speak of Me, fine. Bequeath Me, fine. Yet do not you, as an individual, take it upon yourself to teach Me to others as though you speak from on high. Be still.

The Great Spiritual Ones were humble, and so must you be and not carry an authority of All-Knowingness. What you see, not everyone has to see. What you like, not everyone has to like. Do not think you are meant to be a great explicator of Me. You are the Listener to the Crown. As an individual, you do not take over interpreting Me to the world. Frankly, the world needs Me for themselves, and not your instruction. I am available.

How do I teach? Through the human heart. The human heart isn’t a Know-It-All. Your human heart is not anyone’s Lord and Master. Allow others’ hearts to listen to Me for themselves. My children are not your children who are to sit and listen to your every word as though you are God Almighty and they, as supplicants, must learn from you. No one needs your teaching. You are not to appoint yourself Teacher. Every thought from you is not the same as My thought. Every word from you is not the same as My Word. In the world, you are on a different footing. Take Me seriously, yet do not take yourself so seriously.

I am speaking now of those who might take it on their own to be a stand-in for Me as if the world is to hang on to their every word. I am not an excuse for anyone to aggrandize himself. You do not have underlings. You do not take prisoners thinking you do so on My authority.

Does everyone in the marketplace have to know what you think? Is it your place to tell others what they are to think? For whose need is it that you comment?

Be wary of inserting yourself as an editor for Me. Do not put false gods before Me. Your voice is not always My Voice. Let not your name be vanity. Be still.

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More healing codes 3 – The Divine Mother through Isabel Henn June 12, 2014


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The Oracle Report, Thursday, June 12, 2014


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Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Sagittarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Bagalamukhi (The Paralyzer, The Storm-Calmer)

Skill: find joy

Negative Imprint: heaviness; turning from nature; not participating

Positive Imprint: lightness; turning to nature; participating

A lovely event is underway.  As the Moon waxes Full and the Winds of Change rage and as people become more unbalanced, waves of soothing energy come to us straight from the Galactic Center.

Tonight’s Full Moon (00:11 am ET/ 04:11 am UT) is in range of the degree of the Galactic Center, flooding us with frequencies that will reorient us.  The energy reinforces the energy set in motion back at the New Moon on May 28th that unfolds all month (the energy of building inner strength and coming forward with ourselves).  Now, with the Full Moon comes the fullest expression of the New Moon energy.

This soothing wave will be in effect during the entire Full Moon phase.  It will help to moderate the super-intense energies we’ve had this week, but it is also going to repair many things.  We get “straightened up.”  The wave stabilizes our mental, emotional, and physical bodies.  The chaos that is being pushed within the human collective by outside forces meets energy from none other than the Galactic Center – the Gnostic Pleroma – the home of life.

This energy will only strengthen those working for light and natural world order – the Lightworkers, the Wise Owls.

In the world around us, anyone who is not grounded with the planet will be inclined to be taken deeper into the insanity of the matrix.  People’s actions and reactions are likely to continue to be intense and dramatic.  Even bigger headlines may be made.  But the outcome of these things will not be what is intended because a wild card is introduced with this wave from the Galactic Center.  Full Moons bring a fever.  The wild wave gifts us with breaking the fever.

By all means, go outside and reinforce your link with the planet today.  This will enhance your reception of the wave’s energies.

This report leans on the mystical side, but there are mundane energies in effect as always.  Today’s energy tries to bring people together to further goals and projects.  The highest expression of the energy invokes a “party-like” atmosphere to celebrate the simple things in life.  The other octave is not feeling good enough to join in or to enjoy simplicity.  There is a tendency to stereotype or not take people or things seriously.

Today also tries to bring some air and light to things.  It frees up clutter of the body, mind, and soul.  We evaluate whether certain things (beliefs, thoughts, projects, relationships) remain relevant, useful, and advantageous to see what needs to be discarded.

If you feel like you are stuck with something, this energy will try to move things to some degree.  It’s hard to get forward momentum during Mercury retrograde, so don’t be too hard on yourself or try to push.

Happy Full Moon!

(Another X-flare was released yesterday.  If anyone is able to find the time of this event, please email me.

Also, I will be recording an audio update to accompany this wave of energy and how the Sabian symbol of the Full Moon – “immigrants entering a new country” – is in play.  If you don’t follow alternative news, the borders of the US have essentially and not coincidentally been taken down in the last several days and people are flooding in.  No matter where you stand on this issue, the timing is most interesting and indicative of a larger plan.)

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Echo Down and the Tunnel Men


             
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Tunnel DiggingJulian Wash, Contributor
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Dear Humans,

Today I wish to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that engages in logic and deductive reasoning. We are pretty darn good at putting two and two together, especially when provided reliable data and a modicum of evidence. Our powers of deduction are perhaps second only to our innate curiosity.

And there’s plenty of opportunity for deduction and speculation given the plethora of facts and opinions rolled into that colossal, nightmarish genre we call “conspiracy.” Here we find a torrent of unsolved mysteries with nary a clue to go on. So we’re forced into the unflattering position of offering our best guess in lieu of solid proof. What we uncover along the way can be compelling, if not downright shocking. But what remains to be discovered will likely trump it all.

In recognizing a trend, logic dictates that cycles will repeat. The “why, how and when” we’re not made privy to. But it will happen. We are no doubt at the cusp of some new big event that will leave us reeling and confused. As David Icke so eloquently stated, we often find ourselves in a cycle of “problem-reaction-solution.” It’s the Hegelian dialectic strategy of controlling the masses.

The following paragraphs will waver somewhere between reckless conjecture and indisputable fact. There’s an electric bridge between those two points, so a good jolt might come about when attempting to cross from one side to another. That’s when we realize the “impossible” is not only probable but already here.

Return Echo

I have an upside down approach to reading mainstream news. I know I’m not the only one. I’ll read a headline and maybe the first couple of paragraphs before navigating down the column to the “comments” section. Here I find what I consider to be the real story. I like analyzing the opinions and views of the readers which are often more informative than the story. Lately I’ve been encouraged by what I’m seeing. More and more people are voicing the same views so many of us had expressed several years ago. We were sometimes called “wackos” back then. And so I wonder— are we beginning to hear a return echo? Something is changing. There is clearly a mass enlightenment underway. If the story is running too hot, editors will disengage the comment section. Have you noticed this? -Interesting indeed.

It can be said that even mainstream now serves a useful purpose in an upside down, backward sort of way. They have the high readership advantage because they’ve owned the news for so long. But the (near) real-time comment section is a relatively new phenomenon and it opens a door to a place that was never there before. Readers are becoming increasingly savvy and are expressing views and opinions that often run contrary to the original article. This is an interesting trend and I’m optimistic it will continue.

And yet still I wonder just what lurks behind the next corner. The powers that (want to be) are aware of this mass enlightenment. Logic would dictate that this would force an acceleration of their plans. We are seeing this on many fronts. The police state takeover has become so obvious that only the totally disengaged would not notice it. The days of going to the ballpark without being treated as a suspect are long gone. Unconstitutional checkpoints have become standard fare. Militarizing police and promoting psychopaths within the rank and file has been a repeating theme for some time now. The NDAA and Patriot Act have taken away what the word “freedom” meant to so many of us. Sometimes I wish I could find a hole and crawl in it. Speaking of which…

Booms and Hums

The most important thing we can do sometimes is ponder and speculate. To employ logic and reason to any given situation is a function of our higher abilities. It’s available to all who care to use it. And so we take what details are available and extract any number of possibilities and scenarios. It’s a way of glimpsing the bigger picture when the bigger picture is being withheld from us.

Reports have been coming in for years throughout the U.S., Canada, UK and a number of other countries of people hearing mysterious hums and loud booms. In virtually every case, no source has been adequately identified. In the case of the so-called “Kokomo hum, “ Indiana city officials went so far as to hire the independent research team, Acentech Incorporated, to investigate. Complaints began in 1999 when a handful of local residents began to report a constant, low-pitched rumbling noise. The findings from the firm would later prove inconclusive.

So we have the now famous Taos hum, the Kokomo hum, the Auckland and Bristol Hum and the list goes on. But what we don’t have is an explanation. Speculation has ranged anywhere from HAARP-related transgressions to an ongoing war beneath the planet surface. And though such assertions may carry a certain amount of veracity, I’m inclined to think we’re hearing the tunnel men.

Witnesses describe the sound as a deep and sometimes pulsing rumble reminiscent to a large, idling diesel engine. The sound is usually heard at night and indoors. Low frequency vibrations could certainly resonate through the relatively dense and enclosed structure of a home better than the open outdoors. Standing wave vibrations concentrate at the inside corners of a building as any recording engineer would attest to.

And we know low frequency vibrations can travel very, very far below ground. Technologies such as ground penetrating radar employ ELF (extremely low frequency) for finding pockets of oil deep below the Earth’s surface. The technology is also used in communications with submarines. So the tunnel men could indeed be generating all kinds of low frequency vibrations along with an arsenal of higher ones. Of course higher frequencies would get stopped almost instantly traveling through Earth’s crust.

Anyway, that’s my bit of conjecture and speculation. It’s my contention that a massive underworld has likely been constructed and funded through a variety of black budgets. Nope— we’re not going to know about it unless we have our “golden ticket.” That’ll get you in. Truth be known, any “real” golden ticket would keep us miles away from this unsavory lot. I’m not alone with this hunch. If correct, then it still begs the question of why? Why the underground world?

Well, it would certainly come in handy should a massive EMP (electromagnetic pulse) paralyze the planet. This could be natural or manmade. With no power, it wouldn’t take long for people to panic. Stores shelves would be empty within days—not from purchases but from looting. There would be no power to run registers so money wouldn’t get you too far. Without refrigeration, a good deal of food would spoil within a week. Cars would stop running and gas pumps would be dead. Cell phones would be little more than paperweights. Total chaos would ensue. Yep—that’s when they’ll go underground. It would take literally years to restore the electrical grid. People would start going berserk within a few weeks.

That probability is fairly high. It’s not a question of “if” but “when” the Sun will cough out an extra angry burst of Earth-directed X-class solar flares. If the grid were to become overloaded by such an event, what would we do? A nuclear strike against a country would also likely be delivered in this manner. A high-altitude detonation of a nuclear bomb would theoretically fry the national grid. Turn out the lights and watch anarchy quickly ensue. No need to drop bombs everywhere.

Of course there are a good many other things to consider. An especially lethal, global pandemic might drive these mole people underground. So would radioactive fallout. There are other possibilities too. There’s the total economic collapse scenario. That would certainly cause mayhem in the streets. Then there are more exotic possibilities. How about a cyclotronic resonance attack via a HAARP-like antenna array? Such technology exists and may work in conjunction with chemtrails. The effects could range from people experiencing minor irritability to all-out rage or even insanity. This mind-control attack could wreak havoc on the masses. Now where did I put my tinfoil hat?

So they might go underground for any of these reasons and certainly many more. It’s kind of handy being able to retreat to a subterranean lifestyle. No doubt they’ve got things fixed up real nice. Don’t believe for a second it’s just a dark, dank, cold hole below. Nope— they’ve got their crib all hooked-up real nice and swanky.

Final Thought

I went a bit long on speculation. But that was the purpose of this writing. Sometimes we must speculate on inconceivable events so that we can better navigate our lives in the face of disaster. This is not about paranoia or hysteria; it’s about awareness and simple planning. I’m somewhat prepared for the worst: rural living, storable food and that sort of thing. I’m acutely aware of just how tenuous things are and how little it would take to throw things out of balance. And so the most important preparations I’ve made are on a more mental and spiritual level.

While some of us are feeling a veritable vibration coming up from below, others are creating a new vibration here on the surface where Humans are supposed to be. The vibration I speak of is not the mechanical sort that rattles the ground and may occasionally boom or pop. This vibration is from the heart. So many of us have moved on from the torment of being ridiculed and criticized for voicing views that ran outside general acceptance. But those critics are becoming fewer and farther between and seem to be vanishing in the wind. Yes, there are still blowhards out there who enjoy being stupid. So be it! The rest of us are moving on.

And the sleepwalkers don’t seem to pay any mind. They really can’t see much past their nose, let alone take in a bigger picture. But this too may soon change. The vibration many of us had created some time ago is coming back as an echo. Literally tens of thousands of people are beginning to sound just as “crazy” as we did. There’s a new vibration and a new awareness brewing and it’s getting bigger and stronger every day.

About the Author

There is a certain obscurity that follows Julian Wash. After all, any writer that starts off with “Dear Humans” might be a little hard to nail down. We sense he’s benevolent, a little crazy and we think rather enjoyable to read. Email: jwash@rattlereport.com

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52 Wild Plants You Can Eat – Updated


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Editor’s Note: This list is originally from Suntactics, however, Waking Times has added important addendums to this information and has corrected some errors. If you have any additional insight to share, please do so in the comments section below, and we can assemble another version of this article once more input is taken. 

In addition to using the list below as a resource, consider the importance of properly educating yourself before consuming wild plants. Below are some resources to consider:

Stalking the Wild Asparagus and Stalking The Healthful Herbs by Euell Gibbons

Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas Ph.D.

Wild Cards: Edible Wild Foods and The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide by Linda Runyon

We all know which vegetables and fruits are safe to eat, but what about other wild edibles? Here are a few common North American goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild:

Blackberries – Rubus fruticosus

Many wild berries are not safe to eat, it’s best to stay away from them. But wild blackberries are 100% safe to eat and easy to recognize. They have red branches that have long thorns similar to a rose, the green leaves are wide and jagged. They are best to find in the spring when their white flowers bloom, they are clustered all around the bush and their flowers have 5 points. The berries ripen around August to September.

 

Dandelions – Taraxacum officinale

The easiest to recognize if the dandelion, in the spring they show their bright yellow buds. You can eat the entire thing raw or cook them to take away the bitterness, usually in the spring they are less bitter. They are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and beta carotene.

Asparagus – Asparagus officinalis

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The vegetable that makes your pee smell funny grows in the wild in most of Europe and parts of North Africa, West Asia, and North America. Wild asparagus has a much thinner stalk than the grocery-store variety. It’s a great source of source of vitamin C, thiamine, potassium and vitamin B6. Eat it raw or boil it like you would your asparagus at home.

Elderberries – Sambucus

An elderberry shrub can grow easily grow about 10 feet and yield tons of food, their leaf structure is usually 7 main leaves on a long stretched out stem, the leaves are long and round and the leaves themselves have jagged edges. These are easiest to identify in the spring as they blossom white clustered flowers that resembles an umbrella. Mark the spot and harvest the berries when they’re ripe around September.

Elderberries are known for their flu and cold healing properties, you can make jelly from them and are very sweet and delicious. Yet, be aware that elderberries can be toxic if not properly prepared.

Gooseberries – Ribes uva-crispa

These are also common in the woods in northern Missouri, the branches are grey and have long red thorns, and the leaves are bright green and have 5 points. They have rounded edges and look similar to the shape of a maple leaf. The flowers in the spring are very odd looking, they are bright red and hang down, the berries ripen around late May early June.

Mulberries – Morus

Mulberry leaves have two types, one spade shape and a 5 fingered leaf. Both have pointed edges. The ripe fruit is edible and is widely used in pies, tarts, wines, cordials and tea.

Pine – Pinus

There are over a hundred different species of pine. Not only can the food be used as a supply of nourishment but, also can be used for medicinal purposes. Simmer a bowl of water and add some pine needles to make tea. Native americans used to ground up pine to cure skurvy, its rich in vitamin C.

Kudzu – Pueraria lobata

Pretty much the entire plant is edible and is also known for medicinal values, such as being an anti-inflammatory and helping in treating headaches and migraines. In developed areas, these plants are often sprayed with herbicides. We were blessed to find this great patch of Kudzu surrounded by Blackberries. The leaves can be eaten raw, steam or boiled. The root can be eaten as well.

Daylily – Hemerocallis

You can find this plant in many parts of the country, they have bright orange flowers and foliage that comes straight up from the ground, no stem. You can eat the flower buds before they open, just cook it like a vegetable.

Pecans – Carya illinoinensis

The trees mature around 20-30 ft, some can grow up to 100 ft tall. The leaves are bright green and long, smooth edges and the pecans themselves are grown in green pods and when ripe the pods open and the seeds fall to the ground. The pecan is a species of hickory, native to south-central North America. Pecans, if grown commercially have some of the highest nutrients per acre of any crop.

Hazelnuts – Corylus

Hazelnut trees are short and tend to be around 12-20 ft tall, the leaves are bright green and have pointed edges, and the hazelnuts themselves grow in long strands of pods and generally ripen by September and October. They are also known as cobnut or filberts.

Walnuts – Juglans regia

Walnut trees are the most recognisable and the tallest nut tree in North America, they can range from 30-130 feet tall. The leaf structure is very similar to the peacan, the leaves are spear like and grow on a long stem 6-8 leaves on both sides. The leaves edges are smooth and green. The walnuts tend to grow in clusters and ripen in the fall.

Acorns – Quercus

Acorns, also known as oak nuts, can tend to be bitter, they are highly recognisable. They should be eaten cooked and a limited amount.

Hickory Nuts – Carya

Hickory nut trees can grow about 50-60 ft tall, their green leaves are spear like and can grow very large, they have pointed edges. The hickory nut is round and ten to ripen in September or October.

Clovers – Trifolium repens

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Clovers are everywhere if you’re lucky *pun*, and edible! If you find grass you will most likely see this sprouting everywhere, their distinctive trifoil leafs and white flowers are easy to spot, you can eat them raw but they taste better boiled. 

Red Clovers – Trifolium pratense

Blossoms can be eaten fresh or steeped in hot water for tea. And you can toss both the green leaves and blossoms into a salad.

Chicory – Cichorium intybus

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You can find these in Europe, North America and Australia. The entire plant can be eaten along with it bright blue flowers, which can also be white or pink. Chicory is well known for its toxicity to internal parasites.

Coltsfoot – Tussilago farfara

Edible parts: Flowers and young leaves can be eaten. Flowers can be eaten raw and mixed into a salad adding a wonderful aromatic flavor. Use the flower head and place them into a glass jar adding raw honey and storing it for a few weeks for its strength; this makes a great home remedy to help calm a cough, or just add some of this coltsfoot honey into your tea. You may dry the flower heads and use them as tea or in cooking/baking recipes. Young leaves are bitter but better after boiled them and then in salads, stews, or just add lemon, extra virgin olive oil and seasoning.

Although coltsfoot is well documented as a natural cough and sore throat remedy, it may be best to avoid prolonged use of the plant or to ensure the supplement you buy is certified and labeled as hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid free (PA-free). Hepatotoxic PAs might be carcinogenic and mutagenic and may also increase blood pressure. Certain studies have shown that Coltsfoot tea causes liver problems in infants and pregnant women.

Creeping Charlie – Glechoma hederacea

Edible parts: Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves have a mild bitter flavor with a aromatic tang great for salads or jucing. You can cook these young leaves like spinach, or add to soups, stews, and omelet. Tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves. This wild edible has been known to be added to beer in much the same way as hops, for flavor and clarity. This plant is also known as ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot, field balm, and run-away-robin.

Cattail – Typha latifolia 

Known as cattails or punks in North America and bullrush and reedmace in England, the typha genus of plants is usually found near the edges of freshwater wetlands. Cattails were a staple in the diet of many Native American tribes. Most of a cattail is edible. You can boil or eat raw the rootstock, or rhizomes, of the plant. The rootstock is usually found underground. Make sure to wash off all the mud. The best part of the stem is near the bottom where the plant is mainly white. Either boil or eat the stem raw. Boil the leaves like you would spinach. The corn dog-looking female flower spike can be broken off and eaten like corn on the cob in the early summer when the plant is first developing. It actually has a corn-like taste to it.

Garlic Mustard – Alliaria petiolata

Edible parts: Flowers, leaves, roots and seeds. Leaves can be eaten in any season, when the weather gets hot, the leaves will have a taste bitter. Flowers can be chopped and tossed into salads. The roots can be collected in early spring and again in late fall, when no flower stalks are present. Garlic mustard roots taste very spicy somewhat like horseradish…. yummy! In the fall the seed can be collected and eaten.

Chickweed – Stellaria media

These usually appear May and July, you can eat the leaves raw or boiled, they’re high in vitamins and minerals!

Hop Clover – Trifolium campestre

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Edible parts: The flowers, leaves and seeds are edible. All clover types are known to be part of the paleo diet of the First Nations people. Flowers can be put into teas. Seeds (in autumn) can be collected and eaten as is or roasted and can be ground into flour as well. Leaves can be tossed into salads, omelets, juicing, sandwiches, etc.

Herb Robert – Geranium Robertianum

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Edible parts: The entire plant. Fresh leaves can be used in salads or to make tea. The flower, leaves and root can be dried and stored using it later as a tea or herbs as a nutrient booster. Rubbing fresh leaves on the skin is known to repel mosquitoes, and the entire plant repels rabbits and deer which would compliment and protect your garden. For more info about Herb Robert see HerbsAreSpecial.com.

Beach Lovage – Ligusticum scoticum hultenii

Use the leaves raw in salads or salsas, or cooked in soups, with rice, or in mixed cooked greens. Beach lovage can have a strong flavor and is best used as a seasoning, like parsley, rather than eaten on its own.  Beach lovage tastes best before flowers appear, and is also called Scotch lovage, sea lovage, wild celery, and petrushki.

Plantain – Plantago

Is another one of those plants that seems to thrive right on the edge of gardens and driveways, but it’s also edible. Pick the green, rippled leaves and leave the tall flower stems. Blanch the leaves and sauté with some butter and garlic just as you would with kale or any other tough green.

Wild Garlic – Allium vineale

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Wild Garlic (Allium vineale, crow garlic or garlic grass) is an herbal treat often found lurking in fields, pastures, forests and disturbed soil. It resembles cultivated garlic or spring onions, but the shoots are often very thin. Use it in sandwiches, salads, pesto or chopped on main courses like scallions.

Watercress – Nasturtium officinale

Cresses (Garden cress, water cress, rock cress, pepper cress) are leafy greens with bright white flowers that resemble the shape of a cross long and are cultivated in much of Northern Europe. They have a spicy tang and are great in salads, sandwiches, and soups. Since this is an aquatic plant, it should be washed carefully prior to consumption if it is collected from the wild. If the plant is collected from untreated water it may carry water-born microscopic parasites, such as the protozoan Giardia.

Lamb’s Quarters – Chenopodium album

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Use the leaves raw in salads, or cooked in soups, in mixed cooked greens, or in any dish that calls for cooking greens. Lamb’s Quarters are susceptible to leaf miners; be careful to harvest plants that are not infested. Although Lamb’s Quarters are best before the flowers appear, if the fresh young tips are continuously harvested, lamb’s quarters can be eaten all summer. Lamb’s Quarters is also called Pigweed, Fat Hen, Goosefoot, and Wild Spinach. Note that some of our readers consider this plant to be a bit of pest.

Goosetongue – Plantago macrocarpa

Use the young leaves raw in salads, or cooked in soups, in mixed cooked greens, or in any dish that calls for cooking greens.  Goosetongue is best in spring and early summer, before the flowers appear.  Goosetongue can be confused with poisonous Arrowgrass, so careful identification is essential. Goosetongue is also called Seashore Plantain.

Joe Pye Weed – Eutrochium

Edible parts: The entire plant can be used including the root. The leaves and stems can be harvested in the summer before the flower buds open and can be dried and stored for later use. The roots are harvested in the autumn. Fresh flowers can be used to make an herbal tea.

Joe Pye weed is named after a legendary Indian healer who used a decoction of the plant to cure typhus fever in colonial America. Native tribes used gravel root as a healing tonic included relieving constipation, washing wounds with a strong tea made from the root to prevent infection.

Similar to coltsfoot, Joe Pye weed contains livertoxic PAs which might be carcinogenic.

Pigweed – Amaranthus palmeri

Edible parts: The whole plant – leaves, roots, stem, seeds. The Amarath seed is small and very nutritious and easy to harvest, the seed grain is used to make flour for baking uses. Roasting the seeds can enhance the flavor, also you can sprout the raw seeds using them in salads, and in sandwiches, etc. Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach, sautéed, etc. Fresh or dried pigweed leaves can be used to make tea.

Fireweed – Chamerion angustifolium

This pretty little plant is found primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. You can identify fireweed by its purple flower and the unique structure of the leaves’ veins; the veins are circular rather than terminating on the edges of the leaves. Several Native American tribes included fireweed in their diet. It’s best eaten young when the leaves are tender. Mature fireweed plants have tough and bitter tasting leaves. You can eat the stalk of the plant as well. The flowers and seeds have a peppery taste. Fireweed is a great source of vitamins A and C.

Monkey Flower – Mimulus

Use the leaves raw in salads, or cooked in soups, mixed cooked greens, or any dish that calls for cooking greens.  Monkey flower is best before the flowers appear, although the flowers are also edible and are good in salads or as a garnish.

Self-heal – Prunella vulgaris

Edible parts: the young leaves and stems can be eaten raw in salads; the whole plant can be boiled and eaten as a potherb; and the aerial parts of the plant can be powdered and brewed in a cold infusion to make a tasty beverage. The plant contains vitamins A, C, and K, as well as flavonoids and rutin. Medicinally, the whole plant is poulticed onto wounds to promote healing. A mouthwash made from an infusion of the whole plant can be used to treat sore throats, thrush and gum infections. Internally, a tea can be used to treat diarrhea and internal bleeding.

Shepherd’s Purse – Capsella bursa-pastoris


Use the young leaves raw in salads, or cooked in soups, in mixed cooked greens or in any dish that calls for cooking greens.  Although the leaves may be eaten throughout the summer, the mature leaves have a peppery taste that does not appeal to all palates.

Common Mallow – Malva neglecta

Edible parts:All parts of the mallow plant are edible — the leaves, the stems, the flowers, the seeds, and the roots (it’s from the roots that cousin Althaea gives the sap that was used for marshmallows). Because it’s a weed that grows plentifully in neglected areas, mallows have been used throughout history as a survival food during times of crop failure or war. Mallows are high in mucilage, a sticky substance that gives them a slightly slimy texture, similar to okra, great in soups. Mallow has a nice pleasant nutty flavor. One of the most popular uses of mallows is as a salad green.

Miner’s Lettuce – Claytonia perfoliata

Parts: Flowers, Leaves, Root. Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. A fairly bland flavor with a mucilaginous texture, it is quite nice in a salad. The young leaves are best, older leaves can turn bitter especially in the summer and if the plant is growing in a hot dry position. Although individual leaves are fairly small, they are produced in abundance and are easily picked. Stalks and flowers can be eaten raw. A nice addition to the salad bowl. Bulb also can be eaten raw. Although very small and labor-intensive to harvest, the boiled and peeled root has the flavor of chestnuts. Another report says that the plant has a fibrous root system so this report seems to be erroneous.

Field Pennycress – Thlaspi arvense

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Field Pennycress is a weed found in most parts of the world. Its growing season is early spring to late winter. You can eat the seeds and leaves of field pennycress raw or boiled. The only caveat with field pennycress is not to eat it if it’s growing in contaminated soil. Pennycress is a hyperaccumulator of minerals, meaning it sucks up any and all minerals around it. General rule is don’t eat pennycress if it’s growing by the side of the road or is near a Superfund site.

Sweet Rocket – Hesperis matronalis

This plant is often mistaken for Phlox. Phlox has five petals, Dame’s Rocket has just four. The flowers, which resemble phlox, are deep lavender, and sometimes pink to white. The plant is part of the mustard family, which also includes radishes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and, mustard. The plant and flowers are edible, but fairly bitter. The flowers are attractive added to green salads. The young leaves can also be added to your salad greens (for culinary purposes, the leaves should be picked before the plant flowers). The seed can also be sprouted and added to salads. NOTE: It is not the same variety as the herb commonly called Rocket, which is used as a green in salads.

Wild Bee Balm – Monarda fistulosa

Edible parts: Leaves boiled for tea, used for seasoning, chewed raw or dried; flowers edible. Wild bee balm tastes like oregano and mint. The taste of bee balm is reminiscent of citrus with soft mingling of lemon and orange. The red flowers have a minty flavor. Any place you use oregano, you can use bee balm blossoms. The leaves and flower petals can also be used in both fruit and regular salads. The leaves taste like the main ingredient in Earl Gray Tea and can be used as a substitute.

Mallow – Malvaceae

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Mallow is a soft tasty leaf good in fresh salads. Use it like lettuce and other leafy greens. You may find the smaller younger leaves a tad more tender. Toss in salads, or cook as you would other tender greens like spinach. The larger leave can be used for stuffing, like grape leaves. The seed pods are also edible while green and soft before they harden, later turning woody and brown. I hear they can be cooked like a vegetable. I’ve harvested and eaten them raw, and want to try steaming, pickling, fermenting, and preparing like ocra.

Pineapple Weed – Matricaria discoidea

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Edible parts: Pineapple weed flowers and leaves are a tasty finger food while hiking or toss in salads. Flowers can also be dried out and crushed so that it can be used as flour. As with chamomile, pineapple weed is very good as a tea. Native Americans used a leaf infusion (medicine prepared by steeping flower or leaves in a liquid without boiling) for stomach gas pains and as a laxative.

Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum

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Milk thistle is most commonly sought for its medicial properties of preventing and repairing liver damage. But most parts of the plants are also edible and tasty. Until recently, it was commonly cultivated in Eurpoean vegetable gardens. Leaves can be de-spined for use as salad greens or sautéed like collard greens; water-soaked stems prepared like asparugus; roots boiled or baked; flower pods used like artichoke heads.

Prickly Pear Cactus – Opuntia

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Found in the deserts of North America, the prickly pear cactus is a very tasty and nutritional plant that can help you survive the next time you’re stranded in the desert. The fruit of the prickly pear cactus looks like a red or purplish pear. Hence the name. Before eating the plant, carefully remove the small spines on the outer skin or else it will feel like you’re swallowing a porcupine. You can also eat the young stem of the prickly pear cactus. It’s best to boil the stems before eating.

Common Mullein – Verbascum thapsus

Edible parts: Leaves and flowers. The flowers are fragrant and taste sweet, the leaves are not fragrant and taste slightly bitter. This plant is best known for a good cup of tea and can be consumed as a regular beverage. Containing vitamins B2, B5, B12, and D, choline, hesperidin, para amino benzoic acid, magnesium, and sulfur, but mullein tea is primarily valued as an effective treatment for coughs and lung disorders.

Wild Grape Vine – Ampelocissus acetosa

Edible parts: Grapes and leaves. The ripe grape can be eaten but tastes better after the first frost. Juicing the grapes or making wine is most common. The leaves are also edible. A nutritional mediterranean dish called “dolmades”, made from grape leaves are stuffed with rice, meat and spices. The leaves can be blanched and frozen for use throughout the winter months.

Yellow Rocket – Barbarea

It tends to grow in damp places such as hedges, stream banks and waysides and comes into flower from May to August. Yellow Rocket was cultivated in England as an early salad vegetable. It makes a wonderful salad green when young and the greens are also an excellent vegetable if treated kindly. Lightly steam or gently sweat in butter until just wilted. The unopened inflorescences can also be picked and steamed like broccoli.

Purslane – Portulaca oleracea 

While considered an obnoxious weed in the United States, purslane can provide much needed vitamins and minerals in a wilderness survival situation. Ghandi actually numbered purslane among his favorite foods. It’s a small plant with smooth fat leaves that have a refreshingly sour taste. Purslane grows from the beginning of summer to the start of fall. You can eat purslane raw or boiled. If you’d like to remove the sour taste, boil the leaves before eating.

Sheep Sorrel – Rumex acetosella

Sheep sorrel is native to Europe and Asia but has been naturalized in North America. It’s a common weed in fields, grasslands, and woodlands. It flourishes in highly acidic soil. Sheep sorrel has a tall, reddish stem and can reach heights of 18 inches. Sheep sorrel contains oxalates and shouldn’t be eaten in large quantities. You can eat the leaves raw. They have a nice tart, almost lemony flavor.

Wild Mustard – Brassica campestris

Wild mustard is found in the wild in many parts of the world. It blooms between February and March. You can eat all parts of the plant- seeds, flowers, and leaves.

Wood Sorrel – Oxalis


You’ll find wood sorrel in all parts of the world; species diversity is particularly rich in South America. Humans have used wood sorrel for food and medicine for millennia. The Kiowa Indians chewed on wood sorrel to alleviate thirst, and the Cherokee ate the plant to cure mouth sores. The leaves are a great source of vitamin C. The roots of the wood sorrel can be boiled. They’re starchy and taste a bit like a potato.

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5 Meaningful Methods of Meditation


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There’s a myriad of methods for meditation. Some are easy and some are difficult. All require daily practice to perfect. Here are five of the most popular methods of meditation and what they each bring to the Meditation Table. Here’s why You Should Mix them for Maximum Mindfulness.

Mindfulness, or Spiritual Method:

A most popular method comes from Buddhist meditation practice of Vipassana. It’s all about practicing detachment from each thought and being centered in the “here and now.” It focuses on situational awareness and “in the moment” presence. There is also a focus on communion with the cosmos, which can translate to prayer, but not necessarily. The best way to commune with the universe is to ask questions as opposed to seeking answers. In the mindfulness method, answers are mere side-effects of good questioning.

How to: One can practice mindfulness in any position, even lying down. The key is presence with the present moment, and clear and concise communion with the cosmos.

 

Zen or Zazen Method:

Also from the Buddhist tradition, this method is all about simply sitting. It is often done for long periods of time. Its focus is mostly on posture and spine alignment with minimal focus on breathing techniques. It is the most monastic of all the methods and is therefore difficult to make progress in. Most monks practice this method while concentrating on a Zen koan or spiritual parable.

How to: The most effective positioning of the body for the practice of Zazen is the stable, symmetrical position of the seated Buddha. Keeping the back straight and centered, pretend a silver thread is pulled taut through your spine and up through your head, connecting to the ceiling.

 

Kundalini or Transcendental Method:

 

This method comes from the Vedanta Hinduism tradition and ties into different forms of Yoga practices. It focuses more on breathing patterns than the previous methods, using the power of breathing to launch one into a higher sense of self, or even a transformation of self. The electromagnetic field created by the human body is akin to the electromagnetic field created by the Earth. Transcendental method is all about tapping into the stream of energy naturally created by the relationship between the human body’s energy chakras with the environment’s energy vortexes. The main focus of this method is to ride this rising stream into infinity, to learn what needs to be learned, and then to return to the finite realms with new-knowledge in tow.

How to: Breathing is primary. Positioning is secondary. Relax your body, take three deep breaths; then proceed to take deep breaths and hold them for at least ten seconds each. This allows for the oxygen to cleanse the chakras and then release toxins through exhalation, while increasing kundalini energy.

 

Qigong Method or Movement Method:

This method comes from the Taoist tradition. It is all about hyper-focus on breathing techniques and/or bodily movements to cultivate and maintain life energy. This is the most philosophical of the methods, deriving most of its techniques from martial arts and meditative healing methods. It focuses on moving Qi (life force) through the body through focused breathing, mental techniques, and precise movements. This method is all about the balance and equilibrium of both inner and outer forces.

How to: No matter what Qi exercise you’re doing, imagine the Qi moving through your body as you breathe in an out. As you inhale through your nose, imagine the Qi moving through your body and down to your Lower Dantian, or naval area. As you exhale through your mouth imagine the Qi moving through the rest of your body. Repeat.

 

Drumming and/or Om Method:

This may be the oldest form of meditation known to humanity. The drumming method is typically used by native and aboriginal cultures, and is generally shamanic in nature. The Om method is traditionally from Vedanta Hinduism, though the sound itself is fairly universal to mankind. These methods focus on breathing and heart rhythm in accordance with, or even dissonance with, the sound and feel of the percussion or mantra.

The heart beat itself is a drum. Breathing is a drum beat that we can control. These two methods are all about transformation through vibration and the awareness of cosmic frequencies. Shamans often use drum meditation to cross physical, mental, and spiritual thresholds. It’s a bridge that carries them to a higher sense of self in accordance with the greater cosmos.

How to: Create a sacred place. Clear your mind. Breathe with intent. If you’re the drummer, infuse your intention into the drum before drumming. Begin playing or listening to the drum. Give yourself a few minutes to fall into rhythm with the beat. Fade your drumming into silence, feeling your body’s response to the beat, then return to the drum. Repeat with clear intent.

There you have it: a minor helping of meditative methods. Each have specific techniques, but they all overlap in various ways. One of the keys to becoming a meditative master is to use all the methods to your advantage, while also allowing for personal creativity by giving your meditation a signature as unique as your own fingerprint.

Remember: the heartbeat that sustains your life is acting on the same frequency that sustains the universe. The heart with which you feel God is the same heart with which God feels you. May the Om be with you.

About the Author

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

**This post was originally featured at Fractal Enlightenment.**

Heavenletter #4948 Walking to God, June 12, 2014


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God said:
You want to let go of the idea that, when life is hard for you, that you are being punished. No longer think in terms of hard times, going through it, being in a fix, being in trouble, at a dead end. No longer think that life has taken you by the neck and is shaking you, or that life is merciless or that, in life, you are running the gauntlet. Beloved, life in the world has gotten a bad press. There has been false advertising, and, by and large, you have bought into it. Have you perhaps thought that life is a jungle filled with danger and yourself as helpless? Think again.

No longer think of life as divided into two camps, reward or punishment. No longer think of yourself as either a recipient of goodness or sadness. No longer characterize yourself as bad, wrong, stupid or any of the terms you may throw at yourself. No longer think that what you see as punishment earns you reward points, as if suffering entitles you now to a reward. Be your own reward, beloved. As much as possible, make the chair you sit on.

It is a huge step forward when you use new terms concerning yourself and life and no longer think in terms of right or wrong, wise or foolish, stupid, weak, unwell, etc. Address yourself with good manners. You are a Child of God. You are entitled to know this and live this.

No life is wasted. Do you hear Me? You are not a Voice in the Wilderness any more than I am. You are heard, and you are answered.

Consider yourself in a high-class mystery novel. You are the hero detective. Even the hero detective may spend time on false clues. He may spend half the novel on false clues. No longer see yourself as an investigator in life.

Nor are you to see yourself as a dedicated gardener who must dig out weeds, as if digging out all weeds is the mainstay of your garden, as if your garden with a single weed won’t pass muster. Consider the weeds friends to your garden. You do not have to eradicate weeds nor do you have to eradicate every bug that exists. You don’t have to eradicate anything. You are a Being more than a doer. From your Being, rise.

Be an equitable greeter of all that appears in life. Something appears in front of you. Today you may think it’s wondrous and tomorrow you may not. Today you may think that something that appears is ferocious, and the next day or year, you may see that what seemed so dire brought sunshine into your life.

Do not think that I am a God who rewards and punishes. What kind of God do you think I am? If you have thought of Me as a money-changer or a teacher with a ruler to rap your hands with, think again. If you think of Me as someone who is supposed to hand out to you your candy of choice, think again. If you think of Me as a God who has an overall picture of the future, you are on the right track. I do know the so-called future. It is happening right now.

Life is not always directly in your hands. Life is not a chess game right in front of you that you have to win. Life is not about winning or losing. Life is about living. Life is about water streaming through your hands. Life is about sunshine that sparkles the waters. Life is not a fortress, nor is life a prison. Today you may walk on water. Tomorrow you may walk on stones.

Regardless, you are always the walker, and so you walk. You are walking to Me.

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