Friday, November 16, 2018

The Meaning I Picked - A Quotation from Richard Bach

"The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life.

Overcome fear, behold wonder."

Richard Bach

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Simply, Remember What We Truly Are - An insight & Quotation from M.N. Hopkins

Chains of ego
Those of us who often consider ourselves enlightened often say without thinking,  "We have yet to evolve to a higher state of consciousness."

After, the gathering of my own thoughts on this subject, I came to the realization that in reality, we have de-evolved from a higher state of consciousness and awareness to our current state.   

Then in order to reach a higher state of enlightenment or consciousness all that is necessary is for us to simply, remember what we truly are and from where we came from.

©  2018 M.N. Hopkins

Note:   This insight came to me while thinking of a conversation I had with another a few days earlier and reflected upon what I had said and that the words were not really mine but rather a standard answer that many parrot.   I wrote out my thoughts on this and this is the result which I published as an insight and quotation for the first time on my blog on the 14th of November, 2018.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

25 Lessons of An Old Greek Shepherd by George Giotis

“25 Life Lessons By An Old Greek Shepherd”
by George Giotis, Greece by Greeks

“The road to the destination is never straight. To reach out to the winter shelter someone must take a lot of turns, travel along rough roads, suffer losses. You have to make sure that you always take food supplies with you.

Leave the past behind. If a wolf eats your goat, you can't do anything about it. Just make sure that next time you will be more careful.

Don't live just for saving money and don't be stingy. Don't postpone the tasting of joy for future times. Do it now, while you are still young. Make your hard work worth even more.

Struggle, fight. You are the only one in charge of yourself. Don't be truant, don't expect your dogs to do all the work in herding the sheep.

Ask for the respect you deserve, don't let others use you as a doormat. Set limits, put up fences, protect your animals.

Blessed are the ones who make mistakes. Make mistakes. These are life lessons, we call these experience. Don't forget who you were until yesterday. Start today and define with your actions who you are going to be from now on.  Learn to forgive, starting with yourself. Don't feel guilty, you have no time for that.

Blessed are those who doubt. Don' t let your life be ruled by dogmas. Remember that if some people hadn't t doubted previous knowledge, mankind would have still lived in caves. Examine the information, be skeptical, think critically, think rationally, revise. You haven't seen any fairies and ghosts in the forest, just wolves.

Be careful. Observe others. Look them in the eyes. Like a Greek saying, "If it is not shown in the goat, it is shown by the horn ."

Life is a journey, not a destination. And it is valuable. The previous word you read already belongs to the past.

Don't advise the young constantly, it's a waste of time. There is no right way to teach them pain or misery, solely experience will do that.

Go travel! Trips are experiences that stay with us forever. Get out, try, taste, savor images greedily. Let your senses free. Expose yourself, let it go, crumble, lose your self-control from time to time. Not just your self-control, but stop controlling others too.

You have been isolated enough in your winter shelter, get out. Go find your friends and companionship.

Do not try to control others. You condemn in anxiety and suffering not only yourself, but also those who you try to control. Let others live, and live for yourself. Leave the other flocks to their shepherds, take care of yours. 

Life is not fair. The universe does not owe you any solace, and it is certain that at the end of the road you die. Hurry up.

You can be a winner. Learn from those around you. Become a child with children, play with them, but also go to the cafe and talk to the elderly. You can learn from their accumulated experience.

Do not take everything into account. Do not take everything seriously. You are probably overreacting today. What bothers you or you are afraid of now, most likely tomorrow will seem lukewarm or insipid. Try to see yourself from a distance, take a look at the sight of your flock from the hill.

Have patience. The goats do not give birth every month. But when that happens you need to be there because they need you.

Quarrel with your partner if necessary, it is not terrible, let the feelings be defused.Make decompression in anger. The fire is sometimes beneficial. If an area of kernes oak get burnt, spring will give again vegetation, fine food for goats and their young. Careful though, the words you say you can't take them back. Watch what your goats eat, they don't know how to pick. If they eat the shoots of trees, the forest cannot be created again, the place will be left bare fallow.
Be balanced. Enjoy the food and your drink. Do not forget that the world's poor walk miles for their daily food while the rich walk miles to digest it.

There is no perfect time, the circumstances and conditions will never be ideal. Start from where you are now! Do not postpone.

Be polite. A smiling face reflects similar behavior. Make gifts. Even the gift of a good word is important. Behave well to the elderly, you will soon be like them. Behave well to animals, they are not mean or envious, they have no obsessions or selfishness. They forgive without limit.

If you know how to read, read a lot! Those who read live extra lives. Not only their own but also all of those who you have read about.

Be bold. The fear keeps you tied but it is not real, it just comes from the unknown which is not in your head.

Do not get attached to things. Life is like the path of the pastures and the shepherd's bag. The more you fill it, the harder you will walk. Take only the necessary things with you. The flock keeps walking, it will not wait for you if you can't move because of too many heavy things. Let them go, release them, feel more flexible and free.”


Translated by Eleni Vafeiadou

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Now, You Will See Clearly With The Heart - A Quotation from M.N. Hopkins

Now,  you will see clearly with the heart.  For through the heart way lies the greatest happiness while living one's life as a human being.  It is the heart way that seeks a better way for all inhabitants of the human community.  It is the heart way that balances and brings the peace and certainty of Spirit into one's being.  The heart way bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth and allows one to enter into realms of unlimited potential. For through the heart one can again know that one is neither apart from or separate from the Whole.  One becomes the heart of a Larger Heart, which beats with the rhythm of the One Heart, which is the Essence of All of Life.

©  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I wrote this as part of a longer inspirational writing perhaps 15 years ago.  I decided to release it as a quotation on a post on my blog today, the 10th of November 2018.  This information or knowledge is timeless.  It is my hope that it sparks an insight in the reader that leads to a direct knowing of this and perhaps even a healing within.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Our Joy Arises - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Life is full of pain

This too will pass on our way

Our joy arises

© 2018  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  This poem was both inspired,  written and published for the first time on my blog today, the 5th of November 2018.  I was inspired during the watching a television production of a future apocalyptic world  in which the characters endure such great suffering and despair and yet continue to survive in the hope of creating a better future.   The human dilemma in a nut shell.  Ever persistent and resilient we are within our humanity.      

I wrote this poem in the haiku style of poetry which can be short of words yet big in meaning.   I believe that this form leads the mind to it's own unique insights of the same theme.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

A Guest Post & Quotation from Magnus Ericsson

To read more clearly, click on the picture to enlarge.

While being in a human body, you will say and do things that will hurt other people.  Hence God gave a gift to you:   That is the gift of Forgiveness so you once again can reunite and open your heart and feel love and loved again.   Teach this gift to all children and Mankind will once again live in peace and harmony upon planet Earth.
© 2018  Magnus Ericsson

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Now - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Write now

Write of better days to come

Days once dreamed of

Days now close to fruition

A dawning of a new age


Not one ordered by man


One ordered by the Divine

That time is soon upon us

That time has come

That time is now


Is the time


A great awakening

A great acceptance


The inheritance of Man

No longer directed by those of dark determination


Directed by humans of Light



Light directs  and fulfills

Light is the great awakener



Revealing one’s true nature


A creative being

A being of Light

A co-creator with the Divine

Awaken now

Be alive


In Love again

Break the chains of deception

No longer listen to the empty words of empty hearts

Fill now with the Divine

Feel again

The joy of existence

Marvel at the wonders all around

Be at Peace


Be in Love

For now

Is that time

The only time

Open up 


Feel the power of the Now


You have arrived


Are you liberated?


Joined with the Creator

Joined with each other

Joined together as beings of Light


Be at Peace


Be in Love 


© 2018  M.N. Hopkins

Note:   I wrote this poem on the 30 October 2018 in an inspired state of being and published it for the first time on my blog today, the 1st of November 2018.   I advise you to read it in a quiet place or after meditation to get the full effect of the reading.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Creative Intelligence vs. False Creations - A Quotation from M.N. Hopkins

Creative intelligence is something quite different from a false image created to look intelligent.

© 2018 M.N. Hopkins

Note:   This quotation was thought of today, the 26th of October 2018.   These words came to mind while seeing the picture of a famous and wealthy man who is a creation of the controllers of media.    Chosen for their lack of intelligence and corruptibility to actively deceive the masses.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dreamers Howl by EE Beyond

Dtube link:!/v/elainefaye/zdrbb2cw

It's better when they purr....


Quite a talent.  First learned of her today.   Best wishes for continued and enjoyable howls.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Only Humanity Can Augment Humanity - A Quotation from M.N. Hopkins

Only humanity can augment humanity.  AI can never and will never be up to the task.

© 2018  M.N. Hopkins

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Being A Medium & Precautions To Take - The Wisdom of Omraam Mikheal Aivanhov

Being a medium - the precautions to take

"You sometimes meet very sensitive people and highly sensitive mediums who are in a deplorable state because they have no means of defending themselves against astral entities. It is good to be sensitive to the invisible world, provided you first exercise judgment and will-power. To make contact with the invisible world, you must abandon yourself, one way or another, to the influence of spirits.  But not all spirits of the invisible world are favorably disposed towards human beings. Some take advantage of defenseless human beings and deceive them, use them and steal their energies. And after a while, these poor souls are completely exhausted and disoriented.

It is not enough to feel an attraction for some aspects of occult sciences. A genuine master will tell you to wait the necessary time and to prepare yourself. The day they consider you to be sufficiently purified and strong, it is they who will unveil the truth, and then everything you wanted to see or know will become accessible to you."

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Homemade Calendula Salve Recipe


Slow Living Essentials,   19 April, 2011

After my recent satisfaction with making some homemade comfrey ointment (salve),  I took the advice of Lisa  and gave some homemade calendula salve a go. 

Making it was very similar to the comfrey salve, although this time I employed the use of the slow cooker to infuse the petals and oil. I also tried a double infusion this time, which I had been wanting to give a try.

Calendula Salve

300ml olive oil (or other vegetable oil to your liking)
dried calendula flower heads (I used 2 generous handfuls)
30g beeswax, grated

As I had a ready supply of dried calendula petals grown in our garden over the summer, I opted to use them up.

The oil and a generous handful of flower heads and petals were placed into the slow cooker on 'low' heat and left for around 4 hours. As the flower heads were thoroughly dried, there was no splattering in the pot caused by moisture, like there was with the comfrey ointment. 

After four hours, the oil was sieved and returned to the pot with a fresh handful of dried flowers. This was left to infuse on 'low' for another four hours. As my slow cooker is really old (!), and doesn't get up to the hot temperatures that slow cookers of today seem to do, I was pretty confident that the oil would be safe in there and not overheat, ruining the infusion and possibly burning.

After the second infusion, the oil was again strained and the grated beeswax was added and allowed to melt into the oil before pouring into a clean salsa jar. It was left uncovered until the mixture had set, which took around 15-20 minutes. Oops, I forgot to add, I also added about 4 drops of lavender oil while the beeswax was melting, both for fragrance and soothing properties.

We started using the salve straight away. I have been rubbing it on all of my 'dry' bits - feet, hands, fingernails, while the 9 yo has been applying it to her sore ears where she seems to often get skin irritations. We have both seen an improvement in just this short week we have been using it. Of course, the other two suddenly 'discovered' hidden scratches and cuts that needed some homemade medicinal love....


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Perfect Peace - A Prayer Put To Music Video Creation

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A prayer put to music...a beautiful video creation.

Peace out and enjoy.   I can recommend that you listen to this before bedtime and you may find yourself having some sweet and inspirational dreams.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Time Is Coming - A Quotation from St. Anthony

I think that perhaps that time has already arrived.

Saint Anthony the Great

(251-356 AD)

Saint Anthony (or Antony) the Great, "star of the wilderness" and "father of all Christian monks," is a greatly beloved figure of the ancient Christian world. Though he was certainly not the first Christian to leave the cities for a life of solitude in more remote areas, Antony stands prominently as the hugely popular father of the important Desert Father-Mother movement in upper Egypt. The movement soon spread this eremetic (hermit) and cenobitic (communal monastic) form of deeply meditative, very austere, and psychologically rigorous Christian spirituality over to Palestine, Syria, Greece and beyond. Not long afterwards, the movement crossed the Mediterranean sea to Italy and thence to much of Europe.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

White Pine Medicine Home Remedies

White Pine Medicine

Milk & Honey Herbs Blog,   22 January 2018

White Pine (Pinus strobus) is one of my first and dearest plant allies, and extremely abundant here in the Northeast. My hope is that the monograph on it below will encourage you all to get to know this fantastic bioregional herb and incorporate it into your herbal repertoire! Read on for a full description of this plant, harvest methods, medicinal uses and a recipe for White Pine Cough Syrup. Enjoy!

Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Family Pinaceae

Part Used:  Needles, Resin/ Sap/ Pitch, Inner Bark. I prefer to work with the needles and thin twigs together, as pictured
Habitat:  Very widespread in Massachusetts and New England.  Woodlands, forest edges, yards, parks, old meadows. Found all along the Eastern seaboard from New Brunswick to northern Georgia, east to the Great Lakes region and Appalachians.
Cultivation:  No need to cultivate this one- it’s very abundant!
Description: An evergreen and the tallest tree in the Northeast, they can reach at least 180ft in height.  Their long, slender needles (2-5 inches long) grow in bundles of 5 needles....a good mnemonic device for ID is there are 5 letters in the word "white" and 5 needles per bundle. They grow pine cones that can be quite large-4-7 inches long- and are often covered in resin.   Bark is light brown and heavily grooved in older specimens and smooth and brownish-grey in younger trees.  They commonly reach 200 years in age and can grow to be over 450 years old.
Herbal Ecology:  White pines are the characteristic “old field” species in New England and are known to form even-aged stands in open areas that are left to return to forest.  If you see an even-aged stand of white pine there is a good chance that in the distant past that area used to be pasture- a neat plant for “reading the landscape”.  It is tolerant of virtually every soil type in New England from wet and boggy to dry and sandy, and frequently establishes itself after all manner of disturbance.  The older trees are moderately fire resistant due to their thick bark.
Collection:  The needles can be collected anytime they are green, which is pretty much all year, including winter.  In the fall they do lose some needles- some turn yellow and fall, while others stay green and intact- it is best to wait until after this fall shedding to collect. The needles, as well as thin twigs may be harvested together (see pic above). Harvest the tips of the branches. Even better, collect dropped branches from the forest floor after a storm for the most sustainable harvest.
Taste: slightly Sweet, slightly Bitter, Sour (needles)
Energetics:  Warm, Dry
Constituents:  Vit C (needles), many different acids in needles, essential oils (including terpenes, monoterpenes, sesqueterpenes), resin, starch (and more....)
Herbal Actions:  Expectorant, circulatory stimulant, mild diuretic, pectoral, immune stimulant
Medicinal Uses:  Specific for respiratory and bronchial complaints, especially when wet and cold in nature.  A tea of the needles, or the needles with thin twigs included, is helpful to promote expectoration and removal and thinning of mucous from the lungs. Use for coughs, colds, bronchitis, laryngitis, croup.  Warning- White Pine can be quite stimulating to coughs, so if the cough is dry and spasming in nature it can exacerbate these symptoms. It's best in this case to combine with more moistening and/or anti-spasmodic herbs in this case (see White Pine Cough Syrup recipe below for a balanced recipe). The needles are widely known to be extremely high in Vitamin C and are a great addition to a tea for the common cold or as a winter immunity tea.  Once used to treat scurvy!  They are actually reported to be 5x as high as oranges, per volume, in Vitamin C! A deficiency of Vitamin C can also negatively impact the adrenals, as well as the integrity of tissues in the body, and one way I've worked with White Pine in my practice is as a bioregionally abundant and inexpensive source of Vitamin C, especially when combined with Rose Hips. Our locally bioregional species of Rose in Rosa multiflora. Of course Vitamin C is heat sensitive, but it is so abundant in both these plants that steeping in hot water as a tea still provides a great source of this vitamin.  The needles and twigs also make for a fabulous steam for congestion in the lungs.  The inner bark is the part that was offical to the Electics (the Herbal doctors of the late 1800's and early 1900's). and is very useful as an expectorant as well and can be decocted and sweetened with honey- best used after the infectious, feverish stage of a sickness has passed.  An old Eclectic recipe from Squibbs Materia Medica c. 1906 for a cough syrup combines the inner bark of White Pine with wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina), Spikenard Rt (Aralia racemosa), Balm of Gilead buds (Populus sp including Aspen and Cottonwood), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) , Sassafrass Rt (Sassafrass albidum) and chloroform and morphine sulfate! The pea-sized piece of the pitch can also be chewed to promote expectoration.  It is also a gently warming circulatory stimulant and I love making bath salts with white pine for a warming winter bath, and also for general aches and pains. It is invigorating and enlivening in nature, and the ample essential oils are quite immune-activating too. You can add oil to the bath salts to make it into a salt scrub, which can be very immune-boosting, as it stimulates lymph flow.  To support you lymph, take a palm-sized amount of the scrub and always massage towards the heart. Salt is of course quite detoxifying too. And the oil moistens our skin- our biggest organ of elimination and the biggest protector of our body- so giving it some medicinal, non-toxic love is always a good thing too! The sap has a whole host of topical applications including splinters, sores, boils, sore muscles and rheumatism, cuts and swellings and is sometimes mixed with butter or fat for this. To remove woody debris and bark from collected pitch, gently heat on low and strain. Sap dissolves readily into warmed oils to be added to salves. It contains “abietic resins” which stimulate topical circulation, inflammatory response  and the “foreign body response”- meaning pus and fluids will build up much more quickly on a wound that is dressed with pine pitch.  BUT the other side of the coin is that one moves through the healing process much faster and avoids infection.   It's quite important to note that the Eclectics learned of the medicinal properties of this North American plant from indigenous peoples, including the Algonquin, Chippewa, Ojibwe, and likely many more.

White Pine-infused Honey. Cut needles small and add to raw honey, warm lightly to infuse into the honey (do not heat to a boil), then put into a jar and let sit a few weeks. To use, eat by the teaspoon-full, or add to hot water for instant tea. May also be made simply by adding to raw honey (without heat) and letting infuse a few weeks. No need to strain the honey, use it with the needles still in the honey!
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