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In the forests of Brittany: meetings with remarkable trees

laurabruno:

Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your enchanted journey to this enchanted forest. What a balm for eyes and soul.

Originally posted on Re-enchanting the Earth:

I went to France in search of the legendary Broceliande, the ancient forest which once covered the whole of Brittany, and found something much more interesting: a present-day enchanted forest. Though it was a pretty place, I didn’t find the greatest enchantment of all in the privately owned, heavily managed forest of Paimpont, which claims to be the last remaining fragment of Broceliande. I found the greatest enchantment of all in the smaller but wilder old forest of Huelgoat, farther west in the region of Finistère. Huelgoat, ‘high wood’, scattered with old giant granite rocks.

Sometimes, when you wander through the forest with an open heart in search of mystery, you find it. I found it off the track, clambering down a steep muddy bank, my attention caught by a glimmer of water far below:

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I walked along the edge of a beautiful little river, and a series of pools…

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The Organic Effect

Thanks to Kieron for reminding me to post this short, simple and demonstrative video:

“Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this! The study was conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, and the full report is available here: https://www.coop.se/organiceffect”

Timothy Glenn ~ Earth Retrograde

Here’s a timely one from my friend, Astrologer Timothy Glenn. I could provide a very long, twisty, turn-y, ouch-y, shaking my head and laughing intro about just how right he is, but if you’re living on planet Earth right now, you can probably provide your own synchronous intro. Happy New Moon, Happy Mercury Retrograde, and Happy Earth Retrograde!

Earth Retrograde

As we move into the Mercury retrograde of May 2015, people can now have something to “blame” for their wild and sundry symptoms of transmutation syndrome. For more than a week, a surprising number of folks have been saying things like, “It’s because of the retrograde.” Somewhere along the line, someone heard that we had entered the shadow (or foreshadow) of the Mercury retrograde, so this could now be designated as the cause of all the incidents happening outside the box of their suddenly antiquated interpretations of life.

Apparently, it doesn’t matter that we are barely a blink and a half beyond the seventh exact square of Uranus and Pluto. There is still plenty of time for the energies of this particular world-changing transit to unfold and play out, and there are other astrological influences at play.

All of this ignores where our solar system is currently sailing in relation to the rest of the galaxy. Yes, the planets are still exerting influence on each other in our little solar system game, but we are being profoundly affected by celestial powers on a far grander scale. On a galactic level, we are playing on fresh turf. Let’s pan the cameras back a bit.

Keep It Simple

Especially for those still trying desperately to play the game of life by their pre-2012 rulebooks, these can be trying times.

All points bulletin: “We are no longer in Kansas. Repeat. We are no longer in Kansas.”

We often simplify complex ideas by using analogies, so here is a simple analogy.

All points bulletin: “We are now in Permanent Earth Retrograde. Repeat. We are now in Permanent Earth Retrograde. Please remain calm. You may now proceed to the nearest exit marked Ascension Portal. However, such designations are subject to change without notice. Above all, please remain calm. Breathing is highly recommended. Again: We are now in Permanent Earth Retrograde.”

Don’t Panic

On the front cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you can find these crucial two words (in large, friendly letters): Don’t Panic.

Panic equals fear on steroids. It will not help to flee in terror from panic. Nail-biting anxiety also fails to make the recommended list.

If you feel like a frightened child tip-toeing through a graveyard amidst the shadows of a full moon, you might sing or whistle a Beatles tune: All You Need Is Love.

Pure Infinite Divine Love, in all its unconditional glory, will guide you if you follow it. This Universal Love is the essence of the Infinitude, and is therefore the truest essence of this facet of God pretending to be You as an Earthling. Your own love essence can empower you to see the shadow realms of fear as temporarily manifested illusions, which will phase out of your perceptual range as you enter your own version of Heaven on Earth.

These Are the Times We’ve Been Talking About

The old rules no longer apply. In fact, they only applied in the old world because we made it so. The chrysalis has opened wider, and the time for our emergence has arrived.

Back to our analogy: we can fuss over Mercury or anyone else going retrograde, and then muddle our minds with interpretations based on an alleged reality that has lost its grip on us. Or we can imagine that we have begun a phase of Earth Retrograde that will carry us beyond the outdated concepts of linear time in the tick-tock reality.

As Eric Hoffer said, “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Perhaps we could forget what we thought we knew about Mercury retrograde, and embark on a magnificent new learning curve in a Permanent Earth Retrograde.

Timothy Glenn

http://soulpurposereadings.com/

“Who made you? God made me.” (Baltimore Catechism)

laurabruno:

Uh-huh, yep.

“The groves were God’s first temples.” ~William Cullen Bryant, “A Forest Hymn”

Originally posted on Exopermaculture:

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Many years ago, my very Catholic mother challenged me:

“Why don’t you go to church?”

“I do go to church. Nature is my church.”

(Dismissively) “Oh, I’ve heard that one before.”

Huh?

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Matrixology: The true and final goal of the Surveillance State

laurabruno:

Thank you, Jon! In my opinion, this is one of his most important posts.

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:

Matrixology: The true and final goal of the Surveillance State

by Jon Rappoport

May 12, 2015

NoMoreFakeNews.com

“If you or I had a pot full of money and set out to help a community become more prosperous and self-sufficient, we could find a way. When big government steps in with its money, the objective is different—it’s to appear to help, while actually demeaning and reducing everything in sight…

“Ever wonder why so many law-enforcement types, government bureaucrats, and corporate worker bees are control freaks? Do you think it’s just the result of their job training? Think again. There is a selection process. The plan is for the new society to be run by massive numbers of little control freaks.

“…Predicting the future, based on current trends, leads us to some horrendous conclusions about the dystopia toward which we’re heading. But there is an upside. We can view the conflicts and…

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Garden Update: Iris, Quince and More Galore

Just a quick update today. I have a super busy week of sessions and garden tasks, but it’s a bit too chilly to feel like moving mulch right now, so you get an unexpected update with photos I took yesterday.

Quince in bloom, with mulberry leafing out behind it. A black lace elderberry tree is hidden to the left, and today will see a hazelnut tree planted behind, making a triangle of trees in that bed.

Quince in bloom, with mulberry leafing out behind it. A black lace elderberry tree is hidden to the left, and today will see a hazelnut tree planted behind, making a triangle of trees in that bed.

We've got some serious cover crop action, making the beds look abnormally verdant for this time of year.

We’ve got some serious cover crop action, making the beds look abnormally verdant for this time of year.

Perennial sea kale getting ready to flower, along with a cover crop, garlic, perennial onions, and a lone marigold at the top of the third tier.

Perennial sea kale getting ready to flower, along with a cover crop, garlic, perennial onions, and a lone marigold at the top of the third tier.

Potatoes in bags with various mints to deter pests, along with tulips from years before we moved in here. To the right you can see the beds that will get covered with a truckload of compost on Monday before Tania Marie arrives for her visit. Busy, busy!

Potatoes in bags with various mints to deter pests, along with tulips from years before we moved in here. To the right you can see the beds that will get covered with a truckload of compost on Monday before Tania Marie arrives for her visit. Busy, busy!

The bed of parsnips, greens and garlic has officially gone nuts! We’re eating parsnip leaves just to ensure light gets to some of the other plants. To the left in the white bed you can see mache and miner’s lettuce — early “wild” greens that provide loads of vitamin C and delicious texture and taste.

First comfrey to bloom -- right near a partially cultivated bed that will eventually house a thornless, shade tolerant rose to run over the trellis with the star.

First comfrey to bloom — right near a partially cultivated bed that will eventually house a thornless, shade tolerant rose to run over the trellis with the star.

Our first iris of the season. Thank you, Kimber, for last year's gift of iris thinnings. I'm so looking forward to the full show!

Our first iris of the season. Thank you, Kimber, for last year’s gift of iris thinnings. I’m so looking forward to the full show!

That’s all for now. Also, a head’s up: I will only be online minimally for the next week and a half due to prep for and the actual time of best friend Tania Marie’s visit next week for my birthday. Sessions will resume on May 27th, after my visit with Tania, David’s sister + family, and another friend coming to town after those visits. The May Specials are still available, but thank you for your patience with slower than usual email response. If you knew how busy I am right now between sessions, food prep for a different friend’s move and then food prep and cleaning for Tania’s visit, plus imperative gardening chores before next week, you’d laugh or cry. Maybe both. I laugh and smile, because it’s all good, exciting, productive, nurturing and creative stuff. But lots!

Many Blessings and a good couple weeks to you in case I don’t find time to squeeze in (m)any blog posts. <3

Whimsical Seashell Creations ~ Enhancing the Ordinary With a Little Nature & Imagination

laurabruno:

Oh, what fun! <3 <3 <3

Originally posted on Tania Marie's Blog:

seashells11Amidst my fulls days, I’ve managed to carve out time in between my work during little breaks to nourish my creative juices. I’ve been wanting to do this little project now for months, and I’m glad I waited, as my original vision shifted and turned into something better….at least I think so. ;)

I’ve found that the few minutes of imagination and fun to break up the day have added a spark to things energetically, as well as have kept me balanced.

seashells10Balance is always the key I am focused on creating in my life, one way or another, as I have a history of going overboard with things since I have an unusually inhuman level of endurance. So, I love to switch things up to amuse and nurture my eclectically diverse needs, finding ways to constantly keep all parts of me engaged and happy, as well as support my…

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