The ancient observance of Halloween has its origins in a celebration of the end of harvest time, and the death of plants and animals sacrificed for human food stores. It was thought that the possible "evil spirits" that could ruin these stored foods for the winter could be scared off, or placated by humans through scarey costumes, artifacts and storytelling.
The costume idea has always set me to wondering about its deeper meaning. I've thought that in a way, the anonymity a costume affords is liberating to a certain type of exhibitionist personality. But lately, I'm thinking that some of the scariness of a Halloween costume could relate to how things may not be what they seem. It's a great metaphor in these political and economic times.
Ultimately, as Franklin Roosevelt declared, the worst kind of fear, is the fear of fear itself. If you can set aside the fear of being scared, it then makes it possible to observe what exactly it is you are afraid of. The naming of a specific fear allows us to learn something about ourselves, and allow us to access our "gut feelings" about the issue that fear had been covering up.
That fear of one's life being out of control, or controlled by scarey people, has been amped up to unprecedented levels during this election cycle. Adding all the negative economic revelations to the mix has only made it worse. The masks have come off only to reveal a more terrifying result.
Still, what about all that is actually fearful specifically to me? The answer to that question allows for a course of action, and in taking action--whether it be spiritually, emotionally, or physically--dispels those fears and puts us back in control.
"The interwoven energy net influences the lives of individuals human beings, whole societies, and entire races. A virtuous individual who respond to the high, pure, harmonious subtle energy rays and integrates them with the positive elements of his own inner being may strengthen his life, enhance his health and power, and lengthen his years." -- Lao Tzu
10 Foods to Kick a Cold
Many people, when they are feeling miserable from a cold or the flu, get the urge to gorge on food. But picking the right foods can benefit and even speed healing.
Yogurt/Kefir - Packs a healthy dose of good bacteria that can protect the body against harmful bacteria and infections.
Turmeric - This popular spice found in curry owes its golden color to curcumin, a polyphenol with strong cold and flu-fighting properties.
Garlic - Much of the immune-boosting properties of garlic come from its sulfur-containing compounds, which also give the bulb its aroma, particularly one called allicin.
Oregano - The antioxidant activity in oregano is due to its high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids, color compounds that are also anti-inflammatory.
Red Bell Peppers - Gram for gram, red bell peppers have twice the vitamin C of most vitamin C-containing fruits and vegetables, Blatner said, including oranges.
Green Tea - Tea is rich in polyphenols--plant antioxidants--as well as a number of other chemicals that can help protect the body against cold or flu.
Pumpkins - Beta carotene, abundant in orange fall vegetables such as squashes, carrots and sweet potatoes, all good sources of the nutrient that helps the proteins regulating cell-to-cell communication, which is the foundation of the immune system.
Ginger - Often recommended as a tea or a bath for those with a cold or flu because it is helpful in increasing sweat production, which may help us get rid of germs and "sweat out" toxins, and clear mucous membranes.
Oysters - Have high zinc content, very good at protecting the body against colds and flu.
Broccoli - Along with other cruciferous vegetables, are a great source of vitamins A, C and E. Plus, broccoli is high in glucosinolates which stimulate the body's immune system.
Hook your body up to a life energy battery! Give your body the energy it needs to heal itself. Most naturopathic physicians will tell you that the main problem with giving herbal formulas or homeopathics, is that very often their patients' bodies lack enough ENERGY to fully utilize the healing properties of the medicines. To help fix this, the doctors will then prescribe dietary fasts, massage or acupuncture in an attempt to get energy into the body system. Once this has been done, then the herbal formulas will have much more punch and less waste.
Modern-day quantum physics has begun to scientifically explain these ancient practices, and new technologies are now available as a result. Quantum physics refers to this life energy, or "chi," as SUBTLE ENERGY. Without having to get too technical, the laws of quantum physics allow that life energy can be transferred from one substance to another. This is where the Life Energy Super Pack comes in... >>>> MORE INFO
Scientists Find Brain's "Hate Circuit" During this American political cycle, we may all be especially aware of pockets of hate in the country. Scientists now know the brain circuits where it lives...
Ultrasound shown to exert remote control of brain circuits Offering the potential for new treatments of brain disorders and disease, or the creation of artificial memories along the lines of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in "Total Recall," researchers at the Univ. of Arizona and many others are working to bring this to reality...
Nanoparticles Shrink Tumors More Effectively Nanoparticles filled with small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules targeting two genes that trigger melanoma have shown that they can inhibit the development of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. The nanoparticles, administered in conjuction with ultrasound irradiation, exerted their effects only on malignant tissue, leaving healthy tissue alone...
Red LEDs could make anti-ageing device Sunlight causes wrinkles, among other kinds of skin damage, but a different kind of light--specifically the red glow from LEDs--may help to smooth them out by altering the interactions between water and elastic proteins in the skin...
Vigorous exercise protects against breast cancer An 11-year study of 30,000 post-menopausal women showed that strenuous activity--ranging from housework such as scrubbing floors to running--protected against breast cancer even among those who do not have a higher risk...
Mucus Experiment IDs Cold Culprits New research details how several surfaces in a home with a family member who already has a cold are likely to become contaminated with a cold virus, including refrigerator doors, remote controls and bathroom faucets...
Controlling Muscle Cramps Muscle cramps are common during exercise, and can be caused by factors including dehydration, not stretching properly, and fatigued muscles. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these guidelines for treating and preventing muscle cramps:...
FREE DOWNLOAD: WOMEN'S HEALTH
By Dr. DicQie Fuller-Looney, Women's Health is a definitive look at the relationship between digestive enzymes and hormones, and how hormonal imbalances in women can be traced back to enzyme deficiencies. This book is a logical, no-nonsense evaluation of the current medical approaches that overlook digestive enzymes as an ultimate solution. Dr. Fuller-Looney makes her case by showing that the symptoms of protein malabsorption are the same as the symptoms of menopause. DOWNLOAD HERE