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Earth Day 2011 and the Dangers of “Fracking”

22 Apr

“The earth is not only the common heritage of all humankind but also the ultimate source of life. By over-exploiting its resources we are undermining the very basis of our own life. All around, signs abound of the destruction caused by human activity and of the degradation of nature. Therefore, the protection and conservation of the earth is not a question of morality or ethics but a question of our survival. How we respond to this challenge will affect not only this generation but also many generations to come.”  -Dalai Lama (from his message Caring for the Earth)

I came across a report from ABC Nightline about earthquakes that have been experienced in the state of Arkansas which are suspected of being linked to the industrial practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

I am including links here to the ABC Nightline website as well as the YouTube link, which I hope will not be removed under pressure from the Natural Gas Industry.

ABC NEWS NIGHTLINE – 4/21 – Fracking Connected to Earthquakes

http://youtu.be/pmqW7AQXMU8

Huffington Post Green: Earthquake in Arkansas

Here are just a few “highlights” from these and written reports from the internet:

Close to 1100 Earthquakes have been recorded since last September with the commencement of pumping of disposal water into the earth to prime natural gas wells, known as “Fracking,” in the Arkansas River Valley area.

Some have registered 2-3 on Richter Scale, some 4. There was a 4.7 magnitude quake in March. 

“Coincidentally” there has been a 50% reduction in earth quakes locally after the shut-down of two injection wells.

Here is the Google Results of seismic activity in Arkansas in just the last few days:

Recent earthquakes near Arkansas

Time

Magnitude

Location

3 days ago

3.3

Arkansas

Map

4 days ago

2.6

Arkansas

Map

6 days ago

3.0

Arkansas

Map

earthquake.usgs.gov

Here’s a map of today’s earthquake activity throughout the United States. That isolated cluster is Arkansas.

Today is Earth Day.  This official designation began forty-one years ago. Actually, every day is Earth Day because she, the Earth Mother, is our Home. Whether you refer to the Earth as a Planet, a Ship, a Living Entity, Mother – She is the ground we stand upon and the sphere we move through space upon encircling the Sun.

In the tradition of her Traditional Indigenous roots, the one I have known as a spiritual mentor and Elder, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, speaks often of the importance of honoring the Earth Mother as a living Being. Indigenous Cultures know the importance of treating the Earth with Respect. Traditional Peoples Honor the Earth. There is a relationship of mutual survival. Where the Earth provides for us, we replenish.

We as a Society and most particularly as a country have bled the earth for oil, scrapped off her mountain tops for coal, gutted her forests for numerous purposes, poured noxious chemicals and gases into the air, dumped garbage and more chemicals into her waterways, and now we’re injecting waste water deep into bedrock to “loosen” natural gas to the surface through pipelines. These are acts of greed, raping and pillaging – not of respect.

The Earth is fully capable of providing for our needs. Abundance is a Principle. It’s even spoken of in the Bible (New Testament, King James Version).

“Luke 12: (24) Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?…(27)Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  (28)If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

When we moved from being an agricultural society where each family unit was self-sustaining to an industrialized society which, like the assembly line, transformed us into segmented pieces where we depend on outside sources for the manufacture of our food, clothing and other necessities, we lost an essential relationship with the Earth Mother and the Elements.

Farmers still know this relationship. Their livelihood depends upon it. Our survival under this paradigm depends upon them. But we need to wake up. An attitude of Respect, conservation and preservation is required from all of us. We must form a collective consciousness to turn the tide of destruction. We are literally tearing apart our home underneath our feet.

Traditional Peoples hunt, fish, and grow crops with respect for the Earth as Provider. Only what is needed is taken. There is no manipulation or mauling of the natural resources that would endanger the natural order and balance of Creation. We operate as Co-Creators with Respect for Creator/Creation.

Given that our society has been and will continue to be industrialized and moving beyond into the technology-information phase, we cannot necessarily turn back to becoming an agricultural state. We can however become consciously aware of every action we take in the name of “self-preservation” and its effect upon all living Beings as well as the Mother Ship Herself.

There is no self-preservation without Respect for and preservation of our Home, the Earth.  -Deborah Adler

From “Grandmother’s Legacy” by Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

“I am so very grateful for the wisdom in the lifestyle of my Cherokee family. We refer to it simply as “The Way”. Nature is the oldest of our Elders and we know her well. She has birthed our Human Elders to give words to her ways. It is simple, but can be hard if we make it such or resist the authority that is its life giving power. We accept all has purpose within the Circle Of Life…

“To take only what we need and to not kill the Tree or Bush we take fruit and food from. To leave enough to reseed and living the principle of reincarnation and allow all life its course of existence was how we were given to live here. This is called the Sacred Hoop.”*

* © Copyright 2007 Parisha Online. All Rights Reserved.



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Fly Like an Eagle

4 Mar

“I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being.” -Oprah Winfrey

There’s a lot of attention being given to the state of the economy these days in the media – here within our borders and globally as well. The picture being painted by many is dismal. But the thing that we need to remember is that whether or not we buy into that is still our choice.

A funny thing happens in periods of “economic downturn.” Entrepreneurialism rises to the occasion. As companies fold and jobs disappear, the innovative re-invent themselves. You don’t have to be a genius to do that. You just have to find a service that people need and provide it.

I have a friend who has her own pet-sitting business. Between walking dogs, feeding them, letting them out for exercise or staying with them while the owners go away for a week-end, she’s swamped! When I caught up with her the other day by phone, she was lamenting the fact that she barely had time for herself – or so it seemed.

People are doing this all over the place, out of necessity as well as out of desire. The old adage, “Do what you love and the money will follow” has never been more appropriate.

If you think you don’t have any options – look again. Be the Eagle. The Eagle flies higher than any other bird, yet it can spot a tiny mouse from its lofty place in the air, swoop down and snatch up its prey returning once again to its nest on a cliff high above the terrain. The Eagle possesses both the ability to see the grand picture as well as the minutest detail within that landscape.

Some choose to wear despair like an anchor around their necks. Others choose Hope-Belief-Faith – and Vision – that as Children of God (who grow up to be…what?) we are destined for much more than mere existence.

The choice is ours. Be the Eagle….and Fly!

“When it really makes a difference is when you get real and stop the pretense and determine you and you alone can set the course of your life. We cannot change the past, we can move forward and away from it and its influences.” –Pa’Ris’Ha Taylor*

* From Financial Literacy Series, An Enterprise Venture
© 2004 Parisha Taylor. All rights reserved.

-Deborah Adler

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Confessions of a Positive Thinker

2 Mar

I’ve had a couple of challenging days. And I have a confession to make. As much as I write about and expound the virtues and benefits of “positive thinking” – it’s not always my first instinctual response to adverse circumstances.

Sometimes I have to work my way around to that “silver lining,” that hidden gift, that blessing in disguise – well, you get the picture. Sometimes staying positive feels like hard work!

I’m pretty sure my spiritual mentor and Elder is laughing as she reads this. When I first met her and stated my desire to commit to the path of personal and spiritual development, she looked at me and said, “It’s going to take work.”

I remember feeling slightly offended and confused. “What does she mean?” I thought to myself. “I am a hard worker.” I laughed nervously and just shook my head up and down in agreement, but twenty-five years later, I have at least a glimpse of what she was trying to forewarn me.

“Taking the high road,” as I have come to call it (borrowed from an actress who has inspired me with her ability to make the best of the adversity in her life) doesn’t always necessarily come easy. But the rewards are obvious.

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” –Oprah Winfrey

Every day we wake up we face choices:

How do we start our day? Giving Appreciation for the gift of a New Life? (As is the traditional practice my spiritual mentor and Elder, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha).

Do we see everyone in our life as mere reflections or aspects of ourselves?

Do we embrace the opposition or resistance and transform that into the creative energy we need to break through to victory?

These are all choices. There are so many more – moment to moment –  that comprise our day.

“Want success? Just count the good things of each day and give grateful acknowledgment that you have allowed it to be part of your day!” Pa’Ris’Ha Taylor

Sometimes I need to rely on “tools” – like the slogans of the 12-Step Programs – to help me into “right thinking.”

“Let go and let God.”

”Live and let live.”

“One day at a time.”

“First things first”

“How important is it?”

Sometimes I have to talk to myself – like the Observer, and say, “So, Deb…is that really what you wanted to do?” When the answer is “no” I get to make a course correction, or “re-take” as Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha refers to it.

The point is that personal growth is about stretching. It’s work. At least for me. Being positive doesn’t always come naturally to me, but if I commit to the process of transforming my mental state to a positive one, the rewards extend to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

The ultimate reward is that the ripple effect of one person choosing to be positive has an exponential effect upon humanity.

“Just one optimistic person, with a willingness to allow people to grow from mis-takes, can affect 90,000 others. That’s what one person can do.” Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

That’s cool! – Deborah Adler

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One Law: Respect

27 Feb

“I choose to rise up out of that storm and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another. And I know for sure that there is no them…there’s only us.”
-Oprah Winfrey

When emotions rule our thinking, humanity pays the price. We, as a species, are not individual units but a collective. We are One.

Separation is an illusion. That you and I are different is a myth. Physical type, skin color, bone structure are all just externals. They are elements of appearance.

Thought can be measured as Energy. Religion, philosophy, opinion – all of these are just forms of Thought, or Energy. Energy is neither good nor bad, it simply Is.

We judge each other, condemn each other, and even destroy each other based on perceived differences, all of which are really just illusions. The instruments of destruction can be words or physical actions as much as weapons designed to take life.

In the tradition of the ancestors of my spiritual mentor and Elder, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, there is only one Law: Respect.

When we relate to ourselves and others with Respect, there can be no harm brought through any means. Through Respect we can achieve Harmony.

Harmony is the state of peaceful co-existance. I’m talking about a world rich in diversity, not homogeneity.

We all must rise to the necessity of choosing to regard all Life as Sacred. That begins with how we think, how we speak, and the actions we take.

It begins with me.

-Deborah Adler

“The system of living for the Cherokee meant being surrounded by demonstrations of value and examples of respect.

“That respect goes out to everything as being valuable. The knowledge that all Creation is a living ecosystem and that even the “body” we call the Universe is the transforming of ourselves. We live “in” and “through” the Great Spirit. Everything is “alive” and therefore is life and needs respect and care. -from Grandmother’s Legacy, by Pa’Ris’Ha Taylor

Grandmother’s Legacy © Copyright 2007 Parisha Online. All Rights Reserved.

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Looking For Love, Part 2

2 Feb

“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.” –Dalai Lama

When I was a camp counselor at a Girl Scout Camp many years ago, we were taken through an exercise as part of our week of pre-camp training. We were told to sit or lie down and allow ourselves to get comfortable. We were taken through s few deep breaths, in and out, to further relax ourselves. Then we were taken on a journey.

We were told to imagine walking through a beautiful meadow, with the sun shining and lush green grass. We were encouraged to see different plants and animals, flowers, and insects as we walked. Then a tree appeared nearby as we were walking and we were told to walk over to the tree and sit down beneath it.

As we sat beneath the tree, we were told to see a small person off in the distance walking toward us. As that little person got closer to us, it became apparent that it was us, as a little girl. We were given 5 minutes to tell our little girl anything we wanted to tell her – without giving away that we knew who she was.

I remember very clearly to this day, I hugged her, and smile at her and just kept telling her “I love you” and “It’s going to be okay.” It seems like I couldn’t tell her enough that no matter what might happen, she would be okay and she was loved.

I still tear up just thinking about it now. Finally, we were told that it was time for our little girl to leave. I hugged her one more time and watched her walk away.

That exercise had a powerful impact on each one of us, as we took turns sharing profound moments from our very personal experiences.

Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, has been a loving presence in my life for over 25 years. She has been that steady presence to remind me that I am loved.

Not loving ourselves is to live in denial of our Divine Existence. If I am focused on what I perceive to be my shortcoming or faults, then I’m giving power to those things. It’s all energy. What I choose to spend time thinking about is the experience that I will create for myself.

You will most assuredly transcend this body and return to Light, so ask yourself why you “spend” so much of your time seeking what you always are.  The ‘reality’ of what you are is always transcendence.  Life in the Earth Mother is a gift from the Giver That Gives All Things.  Your life is but a blink in the eye of time.  You have been chosen by Creator to come here and deliver your message/purpose.  To be chosen means you have been trusted and embraced with divine intention. –Pa’Ris’Ha *

-Deborah Adler

*FOLLOW THE QUESTION INWARD ©1994 Pa’Ris’Ha; © Copyright 2007 Parisha Online. All Rights Reserved.

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Singing in the Shower

31 Jan

I have previously discussed the benefits of singing in terms of the physical connection between the brain, the heart, and the voice created by the 10th cranial nerve, or vagus nerve as it is also known. Singing free, uninhibited – whether you know the words or not, whether you hit the notes accurately or note – is a liberator of spirit. It’s healthy.

To those who sing in the shower – you may have been getting additional benefits all along that the rest of us can also enjoy. There is evidence described in the work of a Japanese researcher, Dr.Masara Emoto, suggesting that the molecular structure of water can actually carry and transmit emotions, and thus can be affected by emotions and words. He has drawn a parallel to the human body, which is about 60% water and the Earth, 70% of which is covered by water, and the effects of emotions expressed as words and those held only in thought.

Consider for a moment that everything can be reduced to a common denominator = Energy. Solid objects are energy. Radio waves are Energy. Thoughts are Energy. Everything in the Universe is Energy.

Now consider that Water can act as a magnifier or conductor or Thoughts or Emotions. Then the emotional state that you are in while taking a shower or immersed in water can have either an adverse or beneficial effect on the molecules that make up your body.

If you use your shower to rehearse an argument with the boss, you are focused on anger. Anger magnified by the water surrounding and touching your body is transmuted through the water that comprises your human body. The results? Your anger is amplified and sent as a molecular message to all parts of your body. Anger flows as energy and permeates your Being.

Those who sing in the shower, unabashed by what others may say or think of their vocal skills, and genuinely enjoy the experience are radiating pleasure, happiness and self-love. These energies are also conducted in the same manner and have positive effects of creating a sense of well-being. “Joy” flows as an energy and permeates your Being.

We can take that a step further and use this time to talk to our bodies. If there are areas that hurt or injuries or deformities we can talk to those parts of our body lovingly and speak affirmations of wholeness and health as an outcome.

“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” — Deepak Chopra

I catch myself every morning – because as I step into the shower there’s a tendency to start reviewing my day. That can lead to anticipation and rehearsals or confrontations, all of which are just projections anyway. I can remember the words of my spiritual mentor and Elder Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha who once advised to be in a singular focus. In other words, when you’re in the shower – just Be in the shower. Make that the experience. Just focusing on enjoyment of the water on your skin can create a heightened awareness of appreciation. Appreciation creates more.  -Deborah Adler

Take charge and respond with the ability to rule your time in matter/body. Hold yourself as sacred and righteous. BE AS GOD IS. So as you move through life as a whole, learn to BE, OBSERVE, DECIDE. –Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

from Words of Wisdom © Copyright 2007 Parisha Online. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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The Next Right Thing

30 Jan

“The third component of the Law of Dharma is service to humanity–to serve your fellow human beings and to ask yourself the questions,” How can I help? How can I help all those that I come into contact with?” When you combine the ability to express your unique talent with
service to humanity, then you make full use of the Law of Dharma.”
— Deepak Chopra

I was in the right place at the right time the other day when I was on my way to the crew break room at work. I had been clocked out for the day and was going to get my coat to leave. The supply truck had arrived and was in process of being unloaded into the basement freezer and supplies area, preventing my entry into the break room where our coats are kept. As I arrived at the bottom of the stairs, two of the crew members were bringing out a third member, who is deaf, from the freezer where he has apparently fallen and hit his head. I looked into his eyes and he was obviously having difficulty focusing and staying upright. As the two men carried his up the stairs, I asked if they had called 911. They responded “no.” Then I said, “You need to call 911.” They responded with “He’ll be alright,” with a macho bravado that was totally inappropriate for the situation at hand.

Once he was sitting in the office, I saw that he was dazed. The General Manager was obviously not going to call the Paramedics to check him out. In that this young man’s mother was a client of mine, I had her phone number, so I called her to advise her of what had happened. She came and called the Paramedics, who eventually took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.

The mother was very grateful that I had stayed with her son and stayed in touch with her by phone while she was en route to the restaurant. Some employees, including one of the men who tried to minimize the young man’s injury, started their reactionary process. When the policeman arrived (called in by the Paramedics) and asked me questions the man even tried to interrupt me and claim I was lying. The policeman just ignored him.

I’m a “proceduralist.” There are set procedures to follow in any given situation – protocols, if you will. When someone is injured on the job, you call the Paramedics, or take the person to the hospital and then call the closest relative. So I was unprepared for the seeming lack of concern, and almost arrogant neglect of following procedure for such an incident.

I may or may not experience fall-out from this. I really don’t care. But I have come to appreciate in my years of association with my spiritual mentor and Elder, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, is that “silence is compliance.”  When you encounter a “wrong” – if you fail to act to do something about it, you become a part of it.

Each one of us is a significant element in this Universe. Where we are at any given moment and what we do, say and even think has a significant impact on life here on the planet.

We are One. None of us exist in a vacuum or removed from the Whole.

When we “look the other way,” we are allowing ourselves to become numb to what’s happening around us. I’ve witnessed Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha demonstrate the Principle countless times over the years, “If it comes into my awareness, it’s mine to do.”

Taking action is being involved in life around us. It’s living from a place of caring and compassion. As more of us take the time – and sometimes the risk – to get involved and help each other – we elevate the human condition as a whole. We heal the illusion of “separation” and practice “Wholeness of Being.”

“We must be the guardians we were sent to be, and live and have our Being as the accumulation of all Creation, and the chosen, the Humans. Peace is up to us, we are the generation that must make the difference now. Let us synergize and align our focus to be all that we can be. Let us understand the meaning…’If it is going to be, it begins with me’…” –Pa’Ris’Ha Taylor

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