Monday, September 24, 2012

Do You Know about GM Foods?

Recently, it came to my attention that not all foods are real foods.  I have always tried to avoid prepared foods as much as possible and used mostly fresh or at least start with single foods.  Now I am learning that some of our foods are genetically altered.  This alteration takes place not in the factories where the workers prepare the foods but rather in chemical labs like Monsanto where the seeds are injected with herbicides and pesticides like round-up in order to grow with greater pest-resistance. 
Why are Foods genetically Modified?

The original motivation for developing genetically modified organisms (GMO) was to protect the crops.  Now, they are produced to resist against plant diseases which are caused by insects or viruses or through increased tolerance toward herbicides.  We are also told that this kind of treatment increases the crop yield.

List of GMO foods:

What do genetically Modified Foods do to Our Health?

At this point, we don’t really know, since most of the studies have been done on animals.  Is it by coincidence that since some thirty years (the genetic alternated crops have been marketed since 1990s.) we have an increase of allergies, inflammation and other organ malfunction in the general population?

Here are some links to help us understand more about the subject:

What can we do to avoid genetically Modified Foods?

I am not a farmer or a scientist, just a mother and grandmother who is concerned about the general well-being of my family.  I don’t want to feed my kids foods which can hurt my family and especially future generations.  At this point we need to educate ourselves.  I watched a movie which really scared me regarding these alternated foods: Genetic Roulette.

Other links about GMOs

How do we recognize GMO (genetically modified organisms)?

Again, we have to educate ourselves about GMOs.  I have found several lists of brand-name products which incorporate GMO derived foods:


List of GMO foods:


Nature or man-made?

Traditionally, farmers collected seeds from season to season, saving seeds from the fall harvest and replant them again in the spring.  Since Monsanto has reinvented themselves from a pesticide and herbicide producer to a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation farmers are often forced to buy Monsanto's seeds.  They patented their seed production, which are only grown to be planted for one season.  The hybrid seeds cannot be replanted the next spring.

Here is another link to Monsanto’s business practices:

1. GMOs are needed to feed the world.
2. GMOs have been thoroughly tested and proven safe.
3. GMOs increase yield.
4. GMOs reduce the use of agricultural chemicals.
5. GMOs can be contained, and therefore coexist with non-GM crops.

Here is a list of companies which sell organic seeds:

Here is a link to a video regarding harvesting healthy seeds.


While I was finishing the research about this blog I came across an article that certain countries like Russia suspend the purchase of buying GMO seeds. 

In the end we all have to make our own choices of what we want to eat and how we want to live our lives.  What I don’t like is when we are forced to be limited to only one choice; that sounds to me like the rules my parents escaped from when they left East-Germany in 1961.


Monday, September 17, 2012

A Seagull named Jonathan

Many years ago I learned of a book called “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and the movie which had been made in 1973 with the same name and a sound track album with music by Neil Diamond. 

Just recently I actually listened to the book on CD while driving in my car.  The story is the tale of a young seagull named Jonathan who couldn’t conform to the direction of his parents and his flock of seagulls.  Rather than hanging out with his fellow seagulls he felt inspired to fly higher and try out all kinds of new ways of flying even higher and faster, and go beyond his own limitations.  He experienced exhilaration like never before and even forgot about eating and sleeping. 

At the same time he also alienated himself from the rest of the flock which thought it was foolish to pursue this kind of training.  But Jonathan couldn’t help himself to continue on his path to perfecting his flight techniques. 

I believe that in the 70’s this story was acceptable in certain free-thinking circles but now it is more widely acceptable for more people are pursuing a spiritual path toward self-realization.  This is the beginning of a New Age where we all realize that we are not just a physical body with needs for food, water, sex, and sleep.  Rather we have come to accept that we are spiritual beings here on earth to learn love and to perfect our relationships with others.

The fable of Jonathan is like many parables written in an easy to understand way.  It is the challenge of each individual to find the deeper meaning in the story and develop our own being-ness.  Unconsciously we all know who we are and what we are here for on earth.  We forgot about our spiritual roots and now discover them again along with how we can grow and reach higher realms of consciousness.  Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a beautiful account of a bird reaching higher than he ever imagined.  In the end he is teaching other younger seagulls how to fly higher and go beyond their limits.  Richard Bach  has had the insight beyond average observations of ordinary living and compared the story of the seagull to the appearance of a modern day Messiah who shows us how to go beyond our limitations.


“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
~ Richard Bach


Without dreams and ideals of a higher standard of life we don’t have any hope for betterment of society or a peaceful world.


Monday, September 10, 2012

The Mystery of the Two Trees

No, I am not talking about the two trees described in the Garden of Eden; that is another story.  On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy I like to reflect on two other trees.  This story came to my attention just recently after reading a book called “The Harbinger.” The book is a novel but some of the events mentioned are more than fiction.  They happened on 9-11-2001 and thereafter.
“The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with (hewn) dressed stone;
the fig trees (sycamore) have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars (pine).”
As the story goes, when the World Trade towers fell, some debris hit a sycamore tree which had stood nearby St. Paul’s Chapel.  The branches of the 100-year-old tree protected the chapel which became a center of peace and rescue in the aftermath.  It is the same church where in 1789 newly inaugurated President George Washington worshipped after he gave a prophetic warning at Federal Hall in New York City. He declared that America’s prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God. Later, the political leaders of the young nation gathered at St. Paul’s Chapel to commit the nation’s future to God’s purposes.
As by Divine guidance the sycamore tree was replaced by a pine tree (of the cedar family).
What is the significance of the sycamore tree?
Traditionally, the sycamore symbolizes protection, divinity, eternity, and strength. It appears in the Egyptian "Book of the Dead," and the Bible. The Lafayette Sycamore that towers over Brandywine Battlefield Park in Pennsylvania was already 168 years old when it sheltered the troops of Generals Washington and Lafayette at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777.
A Sycamore Saves St.Paul's Chapel

On September 11, 2001, an ancient Sycamore tree stood between the small Saint Paul's Chapel of 1766, and the World Trade Center. The brunt of the forces released by the collapsing Twin Towers caused the 100-year-old tree to fall. The tree fell in such a way that its spreading branches created a shield which absorbed shock waves from the seeming nuclear impact and preserved the historic 18th century Saint Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church and its ancient tombstones from falling debris, including a direct hit from an I-beam, and what should have been certain destruction.
Though the tree itself did not survive, the sycamore's role as the chapel's protector has been memorialized by Pennsylvania artist Steve Tobin. Tobin cast the tree's remaining stump and root system in bronze to create a 20-foot-long, 12-foot high life-like sculpture. The piece was installed in the Trinity courtyard and dedicated on Sept. 11, 2005.
On November 22, 2003 a 21-foot Norway spruce was planted in the northwest corner of St. Paul’s chapel’s churchyard. An inaugural lighting ceremony was held one week later.  It was planted in place of the destroyed sycamore tree which was hit by debris from the collapsing WTC towers.  It became known as Tree of Hope and was decorated with lights during the Christmas season.
Are the trees part of God’s judgment on America? Are they the visible fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy? 
I know one thing for sure: America is not following God’s will at this time.  If we take God out of our schools, out off our government, and everywhere else in everyday life, how can we expect Him to continue to protect us, not to think of blessing this country any longer? 
I came to America in the 70s to participate in public speaking tours of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon who spoke on the New Future of Christianity and New Hope for America. He proclaimed that God is leaving America because of the way people are seeking to solve their problems without God.
“Let us for a moment look at the world we face today.  All the problems of the world really stem from the problems of people.  Our troubled world is the visible expression of the troubled mind of men.  And the problems of men come from the absence of God in their hearts.  This is the real cause of ills of our world—the absence of God in men’s hearts.  Today men are seeking solutions to their problems without seeking God.  But without God there can be no solutions.”
~ Rev. Moon speaking September 18, 1974 in Madison Square Garden
In 1789 New York City was the capital of the new United States.  It was also the year when the new elected president, George Washington, was inaugurated as the first president of these United States. On April 30, 1789 George Washington took the Oath as the First President and gave his acceptance speech at Federal Hall.  To this day the statue of George Washington stands in front of the new building on 26 Wall Street.  After the official business the new president and all present Senate and House of Representatives walked to St. Paul’s chapel and bowed their heads together in prayer to consecrate the new nation’s future into the hands of God.  St. Paul’s Chapel is the very ground where our nation was committed to the Almighty and one could call it “Holy Ground.”
When we commemorate this September 11, let us pray to our God that we can bring him back to this country.  Let us align ourselves with our Forefathers and the founders of this nation to bring God back by giving Him his proper place in our everyday lives.

Monday, September 3, 2012

How to Love Oneself

As I was preparing for my blog to be published on Monday I received the news that the one person who taught me how to love myself had passed to the spiritual world.  My life-long spiritual teacher, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, has ascended on Sunday, September 02, 2012 (Korea time Monday morning 9-3-12) after weeks of illness.  Considering his age of 93, it was still a shock and will take some time to digest and mourn. 

Rev. Moon has impacted my life profoundly.  He has taught me the love of God as a parent and has been a guiding example together with his wife; in fact we call them the “True Parents.”  Knowing that God loves me, has giving me confidence, raised my self-esteem, and has shown me how to be responsible for my life and ultimately for my destiny.

Only in the love of God can we find acceptance, peace and success.  In that experience we discover our true self, learn all the lessons we are here on earth to learn and can share this love with others.


“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

~ Matthew 22:36-40


How do we learn to love ourselves?

First, I have to know who I am.  I am the child of God, a spiritual being here on earth to learn to love.  I have divine, unique and cosmic value.  My spirit is eternal and indestructible.  I have nothing to fear.

Man has been living in ignorance about his true origin; and therefore, has been conditioned by fear to feel unworthy, weak, and unloved.  Rev. Moon teaches about the breach of humans in the Divine Principle.




“I was teaching them the motto that I had followed as a young man, which was ‘Before seeking to rule the universe, first perfect your ability to rule yourself.’  America had great wealth and had become obsessed with material goods.  I stood in the midst of this material civilization and talked about matters of the mind and heart.  The mind cannot be seen with the eye or held in the hand.  Yet, we clearly are ruled by our minds.  Without our minds, we are nothing.  Then I talked about true love, God-centered love, which should guide the mind.  I said that true freedom can be enjoyed only when we have a clear understanding of ourselves based on the foundation of true love and are able to exercise self-control.

I taught them the value of labor.  Labor is not suffering but creation.  The reason a person can work all his life and be happy is that labor is connected to God’s world.  The labor that people perform is nothing more than taking things that God created and shaping them in different ways.  If you think that you are making something to give to God as a memento, then labor is not something to think of in a negative way.  Many young people were so steeped in the affluent life provided to them by their materialistic civilization that they didn’t know the joy of working.  So I taught them to work with joy.”

From the biography of Rev. Moon “As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen”:
~ page 177-178 (Rev. Moon, Seed for a New American Revolution)


I think these words are also very appropriate for this Labor Day.  I was just reading an article by an American parent who made this observation: It all starts in the family.

Work builds confidence, self-esteem and eventually character.  Work also allows us to discover our life’s purpose.  I am grateful to the Rev. Moon for his teaching, and most of all showing me how to love myself.  Love is not only a noun but a verb which requires actions.  Our father, the Rev. Moon has been a person of action all his life and never in his wildest dream thought of “retiring.”  Now God has called him home, and I pray that he can find peace in the bosom of God while continuing his work from the heavenly realm.  His wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, our true mother, together with their children and all of us will carry on the work to build the "heavenly kingdom."  I will miss him very much.