Monday, September 28, 2009

Bentonite Clay

Many of us have never heard of the healing benefits of Bentonite clay. It is an inexpensive, yet effective product that could clean out your intestines, detoxify your body of harmful chemicals, radiation, heavy metals, and bacteria. It can also strengthen your immune system, purify your blood, heal ulcers and wounds internally and externally, dissolve tumors, cysts, age spots, normalize your pH, create a balance of minerals in your body, alleviate pain, and more.

What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite Clay is a substance that can be found around Fort Benton, Wyoming.
There are two available types of natural clay - sodium bentonite (swelling type) and calcium bentonite (non-swelling type). Sodium bentonite is primarily used for industrial purposes (examples are in the drilling mud for oil exploration, in closing up and sealing subsurface disposal systems for used nuclear fuel and other hazardous chemicals, etc.). The richest sources of sodium bentonite can be found mainly between South Dakota and Montana, in the Southwestern parts of the Unites States and in Greece. Calcium bentonite is the form used in alternative medicine and is mainly used for detoxification purposes. The biggest deposits of this mineral are located in the Great Plains, the Central Mountains and the Southeastern portions of the United States. Another vast resource can be found in Chongzuo, Guangzi Province in China.

What are the benefits of Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay has strong internal cleansing properties. As a result, it has become a very popular ingredient in some detoxification programs. It has helped people who were struck with symptoms of constipation, like bloating and gas. It can also bring relief of symptoms from some diseases as serious as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Other benefits of Bentonite clay are:
* After radiation treatment, it can remove heavy metals and chemicals
* Healthful bacterial balance in the digestive system is promoted
* Liver detoxificationCleanses colon of toxinsBoosts immune system
* According to Frederic Damrau, Bentonite Clay can help put a stop to diarrhea:
"When 35 individuals suffering from diarrhea took two tablespoons of bentonite in distilled water daily, the diarrhea was relieved in 97% in 3.8 days, regardless of the original cause of the problem."
Caution: Pregnant women and aged person should not take bentonite. Also be cautious when taking medicines or even supplements. They should be two hour earlier.
As with all situation, when you have any doubt or questions, consult with your health professional first.

What is the mineral content of Bentonite Clay?
Silica- 61.4%
Aluminum- 18.1%
Iron- 3.5%
Sodium- 2.3%
Magnesium- 1.7%
Calcium- 0.04%
Titanium- 0.02%
Potassium- 0.01%
Moisture- 7.8%
pH - 8.3 - 9.1

Special situation when Bentonite clay was applied:
After the meltdown of Chernobyl in Russia, clay was added to chocolate bars and distributed to the masses to reduce the effects of the nuclear radiation. In addition, the scientists who went in afterward painted their bodies with a layer of clay mud before donning their radiation resistant gear to absorb any radiation that might have leaked through their suits and render it essentially harmless.During the Balkan War the British army used clay for cholera. The mortality rate was 60% for all soldiers who contracted this disease. However, when clay was used, the mortality rate went down from 60% to an amazing 3%. Since then the British army uses clay for treatment of poisoning."During the First World War, the Russian soldiers received 200 grams of clay along with their rations, andit was added to mustard in several French regiments, who remained free of the dysentery, which ravaged nearby regiments."
Additionally to the internal use of Bentonite clay, it can also be used externally in form of bath and poultices.

How to take Bentonite Clay?
Depending on if you bought liquid or powdered clay, follow the instructions on bottle, usually 2 Tablespoons of liquid equal 1 teaspoon of powder, dissolved in water.

Here is a recommondation from Hannah Krogers "Old Time Remedies For Modern Ailments" which I have done a few times:
Take 2-3 TBSPS. liquid Bentonite in one glass of water
Take 1 heaping teaspoon of psyllium seed in a glass of unsweetened juice.
Drink more fluids, like herb teas, water or fresh pressed juices for a total of 16 ounces.
Start at 7:00 AM and repeat at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM for a total of 5 times during the day.
At 9:00 PM take an enema to eliminate all the waste from the colon and you can sleep soundly. Do this for 3-5 days. On the 4th and 5th day you will lose besides long ropes of waste, black matter which is the sign that you may start adding food to your diet like raw and steamed vegetables, and raw and steamed fruit. Discontinue clay after 7th day, re-establish friendly bacteria with acidophilus or yogurt, and go on a good natural diet.
This is a modern day fast, and you want feel too hungry. It is to avoid colon problem and will help you to stay well.

What's the Benefit for children with Autism being treated with Bentonite clay?
Many autism treatment centers are incorporating the use of Bentonite clay in their successful treatment regimens. Detoxing and chelating with calcium Bentonite clay baths is proving to be a key factor in their success. Studies are showing the clay`s unique ability to safely remove metals and environmental toxins from the body clears the way for greater results with behavioral and integrative therapies

Monday, September 21, 2009

Let There Be Peace ...

Did you know that we celebrate World Peace Day on September 21st? It was initiated through the United Nations since 1982 during the third week in September, coinciding with the opening of the General Assembly. In 2002 it was decided to mark September 21st as a permanent Peace Day. On an international level it encourages the countries to participate in a day of ceasefire, while on the individual level we are encouraged to create peace in personal relationships as well.
Their motto for Peace Day is:
"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

Googling peace day and peace projects brings up an array of organizations promoting peace:
Peace Corp
Peace One Day
I learned about Jeremy Gilley from a link I received from Evolution He is a remarkable young man from England who about ten years ago started this project as a filmmaker. With the help of some celebrities and a whole lot of hard work, was able to request a ceasefire in Afghanistan in order to immunize children a few years ago. Just this year he finished his amazing movie which you can watch on YouTube:

World Dream Peace Bridge
Volunteers For Peace
World Peace Concerts
Children’s Peace Funds

All these are worthy causes and most of them are worldly or humanitarian oriented. There is only one religious figure whom not so many people know about yet. He is the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, a Peacemaker who more than any other person in the world deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. His lifelong effort of peacemaking follows a somewhat different strategy. He starts with the restoration of the individual, then addresses the unity in the family, community, country and finally the world. World Peace is a noble goal, but it is impossible as long as people are still fighting within themselves.
Nonetheless, Reverend Moon also started the Middle Peace Initiative, the Ambassador For Peace Project and was instrumental in the breakdown of communism in the 1980s through CAUSA International and the Victory Over Communism movement. On his countless world tours, he conveyed 15 peace messages, which show his deep concern for mankind.
Reverend Moon's simple definition for peace is, live for the sake of others (agape love), and forgive them.

Let's end this day of celebration with some insights from a book by The Arbinger Institute "Anatomy of Peace", which deals mostly with resolving the heart of conflict:

"First of all we've talked about the two ways of being: one with the heart at war, where we see others as objects, and the others with the heart at peace, where we see others as people. And you'll remember that we learned that we can do almost any behavior, whether hard, soft, or in between, in either of these ways. Here are two questions for you then: If we can do almost any outward behavior with our hearts either at peace or at war, why should we care which way we are being? Does it matter?"
Chapter 14, page 124-5

Monday, September 14, 2009

Claim Your Divine Birthright

On our path to awakening, we are looking to discover purpose in the pursuit of life, freedom and happiness. Living in the U.S.A., we have the constitution protecting us with:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Even the United Nations have a mission statement of:
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

Unfortunately, many countries in the world don’t have the same laws as the U.S. and we often hear about the violation of human rights. My point here is not so much to discuss what’s wrong in the world but rather focus on what our god-given Divine rights are, so we may claim them.

“Most people do not accept that within themselves is a power that can change all of those self limiting, self-destructive beliefs, a power that can indeed result in manifesting a person so self responsible that he/she walks and lives above the fray—in the world but not of the world. This is truly your birthright. Life is not designed to be only struggle.”
- Eldon Taylor, author of Choices and Illusions

What are those Divine Rights?
They come in form of a Blessing:
Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it: and have dominion. (Gen 1:28)
What precisely would it mean to "be fruitful", which is the first Blessing? A tree becomes fruitful when it becomes mature or when it blossoms and bears fruit. Similarly God's first Blessing to mankind is the blessing of individual perfection or maturity-a state in which the individual become one with God in heart.
("You must be perfect as your Heavenly Father is Perfect." Mt. 5:48)

It has been said that there is no success in the world that can make up for failure in the home, Divine Principle would affirm this as true, based on misunderstanding of God's purpose for men and women, as expressed in the second Blessing. This Blessing is the experience of an ideal family, a family in which God's love dwells. In the view of Divine Principle a man and a woman were first to attain individual perfection and then become husband and wife, giving birth to children and forming a family. As the center of love, this family would be the fullest basis for the experience of love for man and God. Had there been no fall, we may imagine that Adam, Eve and their children would have formed the first God-centered four position foundation on the family level.
In the family we experience all kinds of love, parental love, conjugal love, and fraternal love and children’s love.

The third blessing is: Having dominion, and it has been well done by mankind. We have created a functionable society and economic infrastructure. Now we have to learn from the ground up how to be mature individuals.
The greatest privilege we have as our human birthright is: Choices. Only humans have this ability, no other creature.

"Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours."
Tom Hopkins - Sales Trainer

This is the only reason why we are in this mess in the first place. Our ancestors made some wrong choices. Once we can understand that, we are already on our path to awakening. The first step is to recognize our “victimhood.” We have inherited wrong thinking, wrong beliefs, and most of all are ignorant about it.
The ego is trying to protect us and tells us we are o.k. or we are not enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough or too old or too poor, and wants to keep us in our comfort zone. But empowerment comes only when we make better choices, have different intentions, visualize and affirm a better outcome for ourselves.
The third step is the hardest – surrender. Letting go of our own ways, the past, and manipulations for the future. Suddenly we become participants in the process of our journey and take responsibility for our lives. There is no more room for judgement, criticism, and conditions.
At last we can melt into the Divine, accepting grace, mercy and forgiveness. By being grateful and living in the NOW, we can experience the “Flow” of life, a certain synchronicity which takes away all worries and pressures.

From this aspect we can choose to be free, happy, healthy, and pursue our hearts desire. We don’t have to work for deserving love, we just have to claim it because it is our Divine Birthright.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Deeper Look at the Meaning of Labor Day

Today is Labor Day, a day off work for most of the American people. We enjoy this last day of summer with outings, B-B-Qs, and maybe a last minute swim. To celebrate Labor Day is not only to take a break from work but can also be a time when we express gratitude. Especially for those who during this time of economic slowdown, still have a job to go to on Tuesday morning.

History of Labor Day
Labor Day originated during the labor union movements of the 1800s as a way to celebrate the social and economic advancements of the United States and pay tribute to the driving force of our economy—the American laborer.
As the Industrial Revolution took hold of the nation, the average American in the late 1800s worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in order to make a basic living. Children were also working, as they provided cheap labor to employers and laws against child labor were not strongly enforced.
With the long hours and terrible working conditions, American unions became more prominent and voiced their demands for a better way of life. On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. Participants took an unpaid day-off to honor the workers of America, as well as vocalize issues they had with employers. As years passed, more states began to hold these parades, but Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later.

Why do we work and why is labor so important?
Most of us work for a living, to support our families. Nothing in our daily lives impacts the family more than the work we do. Let someone in the family lose his/her job and the family enters into extreme stress.
Another important factor is self-fulfillment and personal satisfaction in doing a job well done. It makes us proud and gives us the respect of others as well as a certain social status. It also stimulates us to a certain point and makes our lives meaningful.

God honors our labor and encourages to take a brake
The biggest reason why we work hard is to resemble our creator. God created the universe for our use and pleasure. He also purposed us to be responsible members of our society to make valuable economic and environmental contributions. "Protestant work ethic" was always a source of pride, the idea that hard work was a calling from God dated back to the Reformation and the teachings of Martin Luther. For those who work and fulfill their responsibility, he gives the sabbath or days off for our entertainment. Our work gives us personal fulfillment but it is not depending on receiving God's love. Because we are love, we have the source of joy and happiness already build in. It doesn't depend on how much or how little or even what type of work we do, we are human beings, created as the children of our Heavenly Father. He wants bless us and bestow his grace on us.

Prov. 12:14 “From the fruit of the mouth one is filled with good things, and manual labor has its reward.”
Ps. 104:23 “People go out to their work and to their labor until the evening.”
Heb. 4:9-10 “So, then, a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God, for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his.”

New definition of labor in the electronic age
With the advancement of the internet and the conveniences of computers, cellphones, and other gadgets, certainly Labor Day takes on a whole new meaning. Many of us don't work in big factories anymore. In fact, many companies outsource their work to home-based workers or free lancers. Researching some of this "new way to work," I came across this article:

The “New Way to Work” contest begins on Labor Day, September 7, 2009 and ends with the winner announced on December 11, 2009. The contest will give the broader world of online workers and their clients an opportunity to earn their moment in the spotlight.
To take part in the contest, participants need to:
1. Showcase their “new way to work” through any medium they choose, be it photography, a blog article, a Web page, YouTube video, tweet, cartoon, art installation, song, haiku, or any other means to demonstrate their point.
2. Publish and promote their example to capture the attention and imagination of a broader online community.
3. Notify contest judges of their effort via Twitter (use #new-way-to-work) or by posting a link on Elance’s Facebook fan page.
Get more info on the contest on the Elance blog.
That's looks like fun.

Do yourself a favor participate in continuous education
"Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It's precisely that simple, and it's also that difficult."
-- Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader

Whatever your work status is right now, do yourself a favor and continue to learn. Learn about your particular field of expertise, this will give you an advantage in the workplace. Learn new skills and interests, which will help you to take responsibility in our changing society.
Education is also the key to successful leadership. Our founding fathers believed very strongly in education. But they weren't concerned with the amount of education, but the quality of the thinking that resulted from a proper education.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
-- Thomas Jefferson

All troughout history, man had to overcome ignorance. Through science and study of history we can learn about principles which work in all areas of life. Today more than ever we want to learn how God sees "his-tory." The providence of restoration reveals parallels which are obvious and teach us how to participate in this restoration. So we can participate in the ultimate vision for our lives, which some people call the Kingdom of Heaven;" others call it the ideal world or just peace on earth. We all can be leaders, in our families, in social circumstances or on a larger scale in the way our country is going.

I am just now reading "The Coming Aristocracy" by Oliver de Mille. It is quite an eyeopener and we can't afford to be bystanders. By reading and learning we can keep up, even when our "formal education" is finished. We all owe to ourselves to be informed.

For those who would rather be entrepreneurs and start their own home-based business, I suggest: MonaVie, the nutritional beverage company which is taken America by storm and it's supporting TEAM business with its turn-key learning system.