Sustainable Halo

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. – Chinese Proverb

The Impossible Dream September 27, 2009

Filed under: Inspirations — Simple Jess @ 11:12 am

We have all had our experiences with medical institutions and doctors. While I appreciate the importance of them I am much more appreciative of the explosion of alternative choices there are out there. I have never been comfortable going into a hospital or doctor’s office, few of us are, but it was the birth of my first son that really sent me spinning and on a journey of self exploration. I had been pushed into a c-section and was left feeling bitter that my Son and my Self had been cheated. It led me on a mission to make sure I gave myself the best chance of having a v-back, vaginal after c-section, and I did a lot of soul searching and physician research. I was able to position myself for success and had an entirely different experience the second time around. My second Son and I were able to enjoy the natural bonding of skin to skin and suckling immediately. Wow, what a difference.

This is what began an entirely new way of thinking for me. There was a wise woman in me somewhere saying, “Go with this. You are on the right track.” If I had followed my intuition the first time around things would have gone much differently. I would have stood up for myself and my baby. So I now know so much more and move through life with a lot more courage and confidence. When it comes to parenting my children I follow what my intuition tells me is right, not the spinning wheel of regurgitation in my mind.  I listen to my heart and my soul.  Do I still misstep? Of course. I keep moving forward.

I have learned to really allow the Divine Spirit to move through me and to make life much less about me. I have ceased my efforts to conform to a quick to fix and entitled society. I have the courage to just live my truth and to humbly be a part of a much larger interest. It has been a progress of steady, sometimes rapid and sometimes slow, growth. I KNOW that I am doing what is right for me and there is a lot to be said for that. I do not KNOW that what I am doing is in the best interest of others because it is so much bigger than me but I am filled with a satisfaction and believe that I am making a difference. I want so badly to make a difference. I want to see this world better: to see families come together, to see children respected, to see people love themselves, to see people viewing themselves as brothers and sisters instead of isolating themselves in their cocoon of modern convenience, to see people feed themselves whole and natural foods, to see them understand that they do have control over a large portion of their health and well being.

As I have continued my exploration of holistic health, which derives from hologram and means the whole or entire thing, I have increasingly gained courage and have found myself really stepping away from the programmed mindset Americans seem to be finding themselves in. My gratitude is infinite. When I began my research on Charlotte Gerson and eventually interviewed her I found myself drawn to her Institute, a historic home in downtown San Diego, and the wonderful women who work there. The have a big table lunch every day, serve the Gerson diet and generously offer those who inquire to join them. They have a library of books that they allowed me to sift through as I prepared for my interview with Charlotte. There was a photo album of her 87th birthday party and it held an insert from The Man From La Mancha (1972.)

“The Impossible Dream”

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear the unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one woman, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with her last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.

This really captures Charlotte and it is everything I want to be. If this can describe my life then I will be fulfilled. Let us all dream the impossible dream. We all have one and to not pursue it is very sad. But to pursue, in any way we can is the most beautiful thing.

Love and light,
Jess

 

Michael Jackson September 14, 2009

Filed under: Tough love — Simple Jess @ 1:24 am

It has taken me awhile to approach this topic because I just wanted to allow it the respect it deserves. I feel like I should now speak about it.

When I was about 7 years old, Michael Jackson was my first boyfriend. I had the biggest crush on him. I mean, I had baseball player type cards of him and listened to his music constantly. I would staunchly stand up for him in school, on the playground or out in my neighborhood when other kids made fun of him. I took personal offense when other kids said he looked like a drowned rat. I wonder now where they heard that from. Perhaps their parents? I had many other experiences with his music as I grew up.

I remember watching the music awards and when he accepted his award he was wearing sunglasses, which seemed to be his only form of protection from the world. My father said, “Oh, he’s just on drugs and is hiding his eyes.” How irresponsible is that? My sister and I were crushed. I vividly recall our night in bed. We prayed and prayed for Michael Jackson and prayed that he was not on drugs. We stood up for him in the best way we knew how.

His genius talents transformed into an artistic expression of a desire to have peace and unity. It was a battle cry born from a life of isolation that sought out a better day. He progressed but society did not. His fans listened but could only do so much.

This leads me to my claim:

Be careful about what you say around your children. Do not push your own weak agendas on them. Our children are innocent and project the most brilliant light available in human form. When we become adults we are somehow expected to “grow up” and become “mature” but all I see going on is an overwhelming growth of selfish and judgmental junk. Do not get me wrong, there is good. But too many people are not standing up for what is good in life and when we put someone down because we want to fit in with what we think is normal, we are not living up to our potential.

Michael Jackson is the ultimate Buddhist or Christian parable lived out in modern time. What an example! Can we not see how screwed up society is from this alone? When will we learn? Love, kindness and acceptance is key.

I am sad tonight and pray again for Michael Jackson who ended up on many drugs and very, very lonely.

Love and light,
Jess

 

Nature’s Provisions September 10, 2009

Filed under: Food, Food, Food!,Nature — Simple Jess @ 6:14 pm

Everything We Need Nature Provides: This information was provided by http://www.healthinspirations.com/

I only provided my own imagery, not theirs:) Here it goes:

It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish… All before making a human. He made and provided what we’d need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw.

God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! God’s Pharmacy! Amazing!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
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A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart
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Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

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A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

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Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
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Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
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Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
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Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcome male sterility. figs Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.sweet potatoes isolated

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.
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Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
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Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.
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In my own words, I can only say “Wow!” I am constantly learning about the benefits and healing properties of vegetable and fruits alone that it truly blows my mind to think we have been so mislead. It will not do anyone a bit of good to go strict fruit and veg at this point because our bodies are toxic and need a bit of the poison “animal foods, processed foods and grains” to keep us alive. It is just like heroin or any other toxic drug, we need to be weened off of it!

Once you realize the truth and know that you need to make changes it is utmost important that you understand PROGRESS TRUMPS PERFECTION. Progress obviously trumps lack of interest, those people are slowly poisoning themselves into an early grave…since we do not understand in the mainstream way of thinking that we can live much longer. But even those who get it and understand but are stricken with the panic and make drastic changes suffer as well. This is not something to strive for perfection with immediately. It takes truly educating yourself and making it a lifetime’s work…healing yourself and the planet, and beyond if you so desire to go there. The turtle won race, remember?

Hold your halos high and strive not for perfection but for progress and the constant illumination of your spirit.

Love and light,
Jess

 

Fresh Choppers September 7, 2009

Filed under: Savoir Faire — Simple Jess @ 1:46 pm

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A lot has been said by now about how bad flouride is for us. If you have not caught on to this yet, just read the warnings on your toothpaste tube. Or if you are a mother, think about why they do not put flouride into baby toothpaste since they cannot spit it out. It is because it is toxic to the system!

Anyway, once you can let go of the idea that your teeth will rot and your breath will stink you can actually have a lot of fun trying home treatments and holistic products.

This is one I like a lot!

Mix together in a bowl, preferably one with a spout so you can pour it into a bottle (one saved from old product and disinfected or a new one,) these ingredients:

1 cup purified or distilled water
1/2 cup of fresh pressed lemon juice and a few spirals of the rind
5-10 leaves of mint to taste
1/2 cup of 3.5% FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (method of mixing below)

Brush your teeth with no paste and then floss. Following that, shake the rinse before use and swish! Do not swallow. If you are curious about the uses of food grade hydrogen peroxide I have provided a small sample below from this informative page:
http://educate-yourself.org/cancer/benefitsofhydrogenperozide17jul03.shtml Even though some people use it as a treatment and do swallow it, it is controlled and done in a very specific way.

This is fun, like a science experiment! Just be sure you keep the hydrogen peroxide out of reach for children. Even though it is food grade it must be handled responsibly. Here is the method mentioned in the ingredients list:

“Making and Using 3% Solutions of H202
A 3.5% solution can be made quite easily by first pouring 1 ounce of 35% H202 into a pint jar. To this add 11 ounces of distilled water. This will make 12 ounces of 3.5% H202. 3.5% H202 has a variety of medicinal uses.

1. Three tablespoons mixed with a quart of non-chlorinated water makes a good enema or douche formula.
2. It can be used full strength as a mouthwash or mixed with baking soda for toothpaste.
3. It can be used full strength as a foot bath for athlete’s foot. (Diabetics have found relief from circulation problems by soaking their feet in 1 pint of 3% peroxide mixed with 1 gallon of warm, non-chlorinated water for 30 minutes nightly.)
4. A tablespoon added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used. I have seen some who can use it at the full 3% strength and others who had difficulty with using a few drops and mixed with a cup of water.
5. 3.5% H202 can be added to pets drinking water at the rate of 1 ounce per quart of non-chlorinated water. Sick cattle reportedly benefit from 1 pint (of 3%) to each 5 gallons of water. (Chickens and cows have remained healthy by using 8 ounces of 35% H202 per 1,000 gallons of drinking water.)” Source: http://educate-yourself.org/cancer/

Please educate yourself. I am not a doctor or professional and am not dispensing medical advice. I am sharing with you what I find to work in moving away from things I believe to be unhealthy and toward healthier options.

Love and light,
Jess

 

Recipe for Eggs September 2, 2009

Filed under: Nature,Sustainable Living,Take action! — Simple Jess @ 1:26 pm

Let this article be your guide when a recipe calls for eggs.

I have infinite respect for my readers and never want to write something offensive to anyone.  It is a fine line I walk as a strict vegetarian, vegan if you will.  I do not mean to push my own views on others.  I do, however, feel that it is my responsibility since I have been enlightened in regards to the very sad and major secret our corporate nation keeps from us.  We are promoting animal torture when we consume animal products.

I realize how radical this sounds because it is radical.  It is revolutionary.  Just like the family that suffers because of the secrets it keeps, our embrace of an industry, animal production, that systematically tortures living creatures for monetary interest is a shameful secret that most of us would like to turn away from.  Many of us do.  Even though we see the horror we push it aside and stuff it away like a family secret.

You have the right and free will to do whatever you want.  I suggest that you open your eyes to the atrocities of animal production and consider giving up the consumption of its “products.”  I am providing a video here that is almost impossible to watch but please consider watching.  It might make you cry.  It might make you sick to your stomach with shame.  It might change the way you think about the face on your plate.  That is why you do not want to watch it, right?  Why the blind eye?  Think about it.

Here is the video: think of this when a recipe calls for eggs.

If you really refuse to watch the video at least read this article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090901/ap_on_go_ot/us_egg_hatchery_investigation

I would also like to suggest a book that is profound and beautifully outlines an empowering understanding of our world.  It is written by Will Tuttle who has a master’s degree in humanties from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D in the philosophy of eductation from the University of California, Berkley.  A professional pianist, composer, and teacher, he has for the last fifteen years presented at progressive churches, vegetarian and human potential conferences, and intentional communities throughout the country.  He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk and has worked extensively in Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, intuition development, and spiritual healing.

The book is called The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony.  If I could recommend just one book, this would be it.  It intelligently speaks to the heart of the issue and will without a doubt expand your personal growth.

As with any radical change or transformation of any kind, it begins with small changes that are born of a desire to make a difference in something.  I know that not everyone is capable of changing overnight to a vegan diet and in many cases it is not healthy if one is so entrenched in an unhealthy lifestyle.  I recommend that you begin by eating a couple of meals a week that are vegan. Have fun with the meals and experiment. Sometimes you will hit and sometimes you will miss but the important thing to remember is that you are making an effort. You will soon find yourself craving these meals and expand into 3 meals a week. You might eat like that for a year or so. When your body and spirit are ready, you will find one day that are either ready to move into 4 or 5 days a week, maybe even ready to go the distance comfortably and omit animal products completely! You have to follow your intuition. Believe me, it is there. It speaks to you. That is why we choose not to watch the videos or listen to the choir of people calling for change: we are ignoring our intuition.

Support can be difficult to find but I can assure you that it is out there you just have to find it. Luckily, the internet makes that pretty easy. There are so many support groups out there it can make your head spin! And of course, I am here always. Any questions or help you need are just an email away. Do not ever hesitate to contact me with anything, it is my pleasure to serve.

I have a great recommendation for a cook book that offers all vegan recipes. The difference is that it was written by a non vegan food editor. She wrote it for aspiring and devoted vegans out of a concern for the health of our world. It is a nice introduction to the food and I have to say they are simply delicious meals. She does not use a lot of franken-foods, like fake cheeses and meat, she just prepares really great dishes that allow you to accommodate your taste buds with the abundance of flavors in fruits, veggies and grains. It is a great re-introduction to the sustainable nature and beauty of our nature’s bounty! It is called Fresh and Fast Vegan Pleasures by Amanda Grant.