Living A Life Of Authentic Happiness & Inner Freedom

408817_225087160907637_1869227508_nby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
many of you, who are reading my posts on a regular level are aware, that as so many people with strong abilities, I have not had an easy life from the beginning on. Coming from a family quite violent in character, I was not known as a happy, balanced or free person. In times I was battling with suicidal thoughts and with depression and felt deeply separated or isolated in my inner world. Watching other people who took life quite easy and seamed not to feel as deeply as I, I wondered what it would be like to unleash my own inner happy, free and uncensored ME.
Its not that I was a child that did not speak up or did not do wild things, indeed I brought myself into situations dangerous and overwhelming all the time, but I did not feel any authentic happiness or true personal freedom coming from it. It was more about facing fears and being confronted with the dark side of life and collective human behavior. But over the years of my spiritual path I managed to connect with forces like the Ascended Master Ling and trained myself to feel happy for waking up every morning and having another chance to live!

Here is a list of things I found helpful in the creation of true authentic inner happiness:
1. Create a simple list of things that you enjoy
Modern everyday life is so full of demands on us, that often the self-care is what falls short at the end. When you write yourself a little love letter with all the simple things that make you happy and that you want to do a bit more for yourself. If you keep the list on your fridge or nightstand, you might remember more often to sweeten your life with this simple pleasures. suryanamaskar2. Move your body
Find someway of movement that makes you happy, is easy to repeat and does not need a lot of preparation to start with. For me it is dancing Salsa on my own. I love the music and the many different speeds Salsa is available in. I let the whole house vibrate from the beats and dance the basic steps thru the kitchen, living room and garden, while I am fulfilling my household tasks ;-). Or maybe you like the stretching and relaxation that you feel during a yoga practice? A quick walk in the park with deep connected breathing and conscious steps? What ever you choose, make sure to consciously store the happiness and freedom it makes you feel, so you can take it back home and sway in it.

3. Eat fresh and organic food
Our body is the vessel for our soul to come thru and express our soul into the world. If our nutrition is based on junk food and precooked foods with tons of chemicals and we don’t care to eat GMO food, we simply don’t give the body what it takes to bring forward the true spiritual being that we are. So go simple, go organic, go fresh!!! And – give your children healthy foods too!! It has to be organic not just natural, there is a labeling trick build in to the term natural!! That way your physical body can hold the light of your soul more easily, and this light is the storage for divine bliss!!

4. Practice the virtue of patience
On a spiritual level, patience represents the ability of sitting in circumstances of emotional and energetic, physical or spiritual discomfort, without complaining to the universe about it. Which means when in stress, not also freaking out about it!! Don’t rush through the day!! One of the quickest killer of happiness is rushing and losing the ability to see the many little beautiful blessings offered to us on the way!!sa5. Spend at least 15 minutes the day in the sun
Well-documented research shows there is a relationship between low vitamin D levels and poor health, such as frail bones, multiple sclerosis and prostate cancer. Our physical body needs vitamin D! And it is the sun that provides this Vitamin in the most natural form. Also, light that is hitting your skin and your eyes, helps reverse seasonal effective disorders – so think about finding a way to enjoy sunlight, especially now when the days are getting shorter and colder. Let the sunshine in, so you can shine your light back at it!!

Dear Friends, I hope my words serve you as motivation and encouragement on your personal path to authentic happiness and inner freedom!! May you create the most beautiful relationship with your inner child and allow it to lead you to the freedom of the innocent heart!!  So much can be achieved in this world, by the joyful, relaxed and lighthearted approach of the playful responsible child!!!
Blessings and True Authentic Happiness!!

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Scorpio New Moon Trust Your Instincts

scorpiNOWDear Friends,
I am sure you heard by now that we are again in a wave of rising frequencies, for the next layer of change in the human collective. The Scorpio New Moon on November 11 is an energetic gateway for even more intense divine blueprints, that will be downloaded on us that day. This is due to a complete alignment between the Sun and the Planet Sirius. Make sure you can spend some time alone this weekend!! Make space in your mind and emotional body, so the shifts can happen with ease. Scorpio is the ruler of death and rebirth, so use the spare time to take a look at what has to die in your life, and what it is that wants to be born now!!! I hope you find support and inspiration here, to make your life truthfully your!!
Love and Moon Shine! Edith

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The Scorpio New Moon on November 11 gives birth to the new you. New Moons are new beginnings. This is a good time to set your intention for what you want to create in the next thirty days. This is also the time to set your intention for what you want to create next year. You can consciously create your heart’s desire. It is time to shed the old skins. Release what is dying. Let go of what is not working for you. Move to higher ground. That is raise your vibration. This Moon will bring your deepest desires to the surface. You know what drives you. What compels you to the choices that you make? Scorpio is about death and rebirth. This is a cycle of completions and new beginnings. You want to get off to a good start.
• What are you completing?
• What doors are opening up for you?
• Where are you ready to go to the next level?
Scorpio rules emotional truth. Among many areas are joint finances and sexuality. Pluto is Scorpios ruling planet. He is in a helpful energy flow with both lights (the Sun and the Moon.) This is good news. Empowering you to regenerate your life and relationships. You can rebuild your body. You can rebuild your finances. You can create a new life. Scorpio is passion. Pluto is power. How you use power. How you get power. How you own our power. Or, how you give your power away. This Moon offers you both passion and power. You need both to get things done. Do what empowers you. Do what makes you strong. Follow your passion.
• What is your truth?
• What is your heart’s desire?
• What is your passion?
• Who or what is holding you back?
• What action steps can you take today to empower yourself?
amoon ScorpioPluto rules transformation. The Sun and Mercury are coupled in Scorpio. This means you are to transform your thinking. Mercury symbolizes how you use your mind. He is the messenger to the Gods. He is the only planet that can travel through Heaven, Earth and the underworld. Mercury shows how your mind moves between the super-conscious, conscious and unconscious positions. How is your mind working for you? Are you proactive or reactive? Are you holding positive expectations for you? What is your truth? How you talk to yourself is how you talk to others. Are you focused on the negative? Are you replaying the same old messages? On the other hand, are you feeding your mind with positive affirmations? Are you seeing the glass half full? New insights and understandings can come to you now. Use the power of your mind to achieve great things. Such as inner peace.
There is more good news. Jupiter is empowering you to make positive changes in your life. Like Pluto, he is in a sextile with the New Moon. You can use this energy to change your life for the better. Change can be exciting and fun. Go with the flow. Be open to new opportunities. Make friends with change. Change is your friend. This includes the painful changes. Shed the old. Embrace the new in your life. Let go of your need to control. Control is fear. Replace your need to make plans. Instead, be spontaneous. Be here now. All your power is in the now. The future will take of itself. Your power is inside of you. It is your Inner Being. Reach for your real power. The surface will not give you strength. Dive deep.
There are two points on the Moon that are very important. These are the North Node and the South Node. The North Node is the direction in life you are to move forward in. The South Node is where you are to travel no more. The transiting North Node moves into Virgo on November 11. This is about your service to the world. Learning, teaching what you know. Honing in on your skills. Your purpose in life. Being humble. Serving. The South Node in Pisces is where you are not to go. Idealizing people or situations. Escaping through drugs or alcohol. Playing the role of victim. The North Node will remain in Virgo until May 2017.
• What is your promise to the universe?
• What have you come to do?
• Who have you come to be?
chiron-planetChiron who acts like a planet in your astrology. Is an asteroid between Saturn and Uranus. Chiron is the bridge from the past to the future. He is in harmonious energy flow with the New Moon. This is about healing you. Healing your heart and mind. This Moon can heal your heavy heart. Let go. Surrender. Love you more than the need for something or someone in your life. You are a great spiritual being. You are a hero for being here at this turning of the ages. This is truth. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio. Mars moves into Libra on Nov 12. This encourages you to form the win/win in your relationships. Using your energy and strength to create harmony. Seek out peaceful resolutions to conflict. Be a warrior for peace. Be the spiritual warrior. Be love in action. Love is the answer. Love. Pluto challenges Venus on Nov 18. Uranus challenges Venus on Nov 23. Pay attention to what you need. Peace at any cost may not be a viable solution.
What is your truth? What do you need? Do what empower you. Do what is right for you. And, it will be right for others. The Scorpio New Moon message is to trust your instincts. The mind can fool you. The eyes and ears can fail you. Your heart can lead you astray. Trust your intuition. This will never fail you. Use your inner power. Your life is your own. Are you in it to win it? The Law of Attraction runs the universe. No matter the astrology. Whether it is easy or difficult. You can succeed. You can make your dreams come true. Trust your instincts. Strengthen your intuition. It is like a muscle. Build it up. The more you use it. The stronger your intuition becomes. Use the Scorpio New Moon to clear out what no longer serves your soul evolution. Use the Personal Path Development Program to create more Joy and power in your life. Make the needed adjustments in your relationships. Choose Love not fear. Do what empowers you. In this way, you are creating the space for a better life. Never complain about anything. This holds you in a state of resistance. It will push away the things that you want. Be in appreciation for all the good in your life.
Say aloud, “Thank you universe for the new opportunities that are now in my life.” This is a good mantra.


We become “Light Body Beings”

golby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
the dance goes on and on, while more intense and high frequency energies are filling the collective human consciousness with inputs of pure divine light. But not only our minds are about to take another quantum leap in evolution, also our physical bodies are preparing to shift the DNA. We are changing from 11 to 12 Strand DNA, so we can hold the light and walk as Divine Beings in our Light Bodies on Planet Earth. Read here about the shifts and changes we are collectively experiencing right now.

One of the most exciting aspects about being on Earth right now is that there is a reordering or a retooling taking place in the human DNA. Cosmic rays are coming onto the planet so that a change is being broadcast and a reordering is taking place inside the body. The scattered data that holds the history and awareness of the Living Library is lining up.
Human DNA is evolving. New helixes or strands are being formed as the light-encoded filaments are beginning to bundle themselves together. The scattered data is being pulled together in your body by electromagnetic energies from Prime Creator. We the Ascended Masters are here to watch this process in you, to assist you, and to evolve as well.
——–————————————༺წ༻———————————————-3As this rebuilding or reordering comes together, humans will create a more evolved nervous system that will allow much more data to move itself into the collective consciousness. You will awaken many brain cells that have been lying dormant, and you will come into use of your full physical body rather than the small percentage that you have been functioning with.
Every place on the planet is being affected by this change, this awareness. Those of you who are the Guardians of Light and who wish to completely change this present reality and bring different options in are anchoring the frequency. If it is not anchored and understood, it can create chaos. It will create chaos. This is why you must ground yourselves.

Chaos brings about a state of reorganization when utilized properly. Time is collapsing, and the energy is becoming larger and larger. You have come here to use that energy first. You will make pathways of consciousness as you pull the energy into your body that will assist others so that they may not have to go through what you go through.
16Many people will suddenly begin to feel this energy without any preparation at all. You are all pulling light, which is data and information, onto the planet, and as you do this you create new pathways for consciousness
to explore without even saying a word.
The new pathways of consciousness create new realities, new options, and new ways of living and being. That is why the collapse of society is inevitable: It does not hold light; it does not hold the multidimensional possibilities; it holds the human race in limitation, and the collective is tired of that.

I wish you all a wonderful week with the increasing energies, the downloads you will receive and the insights coming from them!! Don’t forget you deserve to be free and truthfully you!! Keep breathing deeply – and take in all the blessings that are coming your way now!!!
Blessings an Love ;-)!

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Allow Angelic Energies to help with your Inner Shifts!

budby Edith Boyer Telmer

Dear Friends,
we are truly experiencing the first steps into the manifestation of our Golden Age of Aquarius!!! In posts last month , I shared information about the synchronicity of numbers, their relationship to Ascended Masters, Angels and divine color rays and already this month, we are invited to make even deeper contact. Again the doors to the angelic energies have opened and provided more downloads for our collective evolution. Still we are experiencing and integrating internal shifts around the frequency impact of the year 8 and its themes. This is what right now manifests changes in our political systems and relationship paradigms.
Important to know is, that a numerology year 8 carries the frequency field to end cycles, for the creation of balance and the repayment of karmic depths of the human collective. As karma is carried forward from lifetime to lifetime, we may not experience the consequences of our actions until a subsequent lifetime. Karma equals the Universal Law of Cause and Effect. The law explains that, as we are energy beings by origin, every single act thought and feeling of human beings has an impact on their environment (cause). This cause somewhere – sometime appears again in your world, as outcome (effect). Law related phrases are as you give so you shall receive’, or ‘you reap what you sow’. Means, your moment by moment choices of thoughts and emotions will affect your vitality and health. 12031992_875402682528539_1722544325102534693_nSo if you want to be part of the active creation of PEACE, choose wisely and work with the forces provided to support us. You can connect with the divine rays of light, that have been transmitted intensively over the last few weeks. You can learn about the divine qualities of the Angels and Ascended Masters. You can invite them to help you cultivate this energies. A simple start is to remind yourself of the meaning and divine content, when ever you see a specially radiant or shining color. Also by thinking of, or calling out the name of a Master or Angel, you make your connection. Don’t be shy and give it a try! Take it easy and relax! The divine powers love a playful approach!
Here a short list of some angelic forces, working on the different color rays – to help manifest “The Divine” within the collective consciousness of the human race:

Blue Ray of Divine Will, Divine Guidance & Faith
Immaculata the purity of the divine plan & miracles
Lemuel the forces of nature & balance
Mother Marie the force of renewal & blessings
Archangel Michael the Angel of death

Golden Ray of Divine Wisdom & Ascended Peace
Lanto the victory of the divine plan
Laotse moderation in behavior & material desire
Maitreya peace of the golden age of humanity & completion
Archangel Jophiel the Angel of beautiful thoughtsa444Green Ray of Healing & Soul Science
Hermes Trimegistos Thot the metaphysical laws of the divine forces
Pythagoras coding and decoding of the divinity within
Hilarion concentration & healing
Archangel Raphael the Angel of healing

Violet Ray of Transformation & Mercy
Kuan Yin the power of forgiveness & divine grace
Afra the power of spiritual emotional intelligence
Karmic Counsel the power of true justice
Archangel Zadkiel the Angel of mercy

Pink ray of Unconditional Love & Peace
Sanat Kumara & Venus the power of loving acceptance & the frequencies of the golden world
Tia & Ai the power of oneness, unification & creativity
Lady Nada the power of unconditional love, gratitude and self-esteem
Archangel Chamuel the Angel of prayer and peaceful relationships

I hope this will give you a good foundation for your co-creative interaction with the forces behind the veil!! Wish you fun and big success in the steps you choose to make!! An collectively – of we go, into a united WORLD IN PEACE!!
Love and Blessings

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Are Indigo Children and Empath our Natural Leader for a New World?

38by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
our world is changing and we are still about to grab the bigger picture of what it means to go thru a number 8 Numerology year. One of the themes we are triggered to understand on a deeper level, is our idea of what it means to be a true leader.
When we look into the society we collectively created so far most people would probably say a leader is a person of strength, of big knowledge, a charismatic, headstrong, probably courageous being – with maybe even an intimidating personality. But than, when we look into the society we have right now, we also have to admit – that did not quite work out so well for us!
I was born in the 70s in Vienna-Austria, as an Indigo Child, Introvert and Empath. When I was little, we lived in a residential area next to diplomats, local politicians and the economical elite of Vienna. People of great power and influence in the world. I always felt like an outsider, somehow alone, different than others, more like standing on the sidelines of life watching the figures in my world make their moves – than emotionally present with them. Something many High Sensitive People experience as a challenge in their life. During the years of my parents divorce, I had to switched schools quite often, which did not make it more easier for me to feel connected.
But, every single time I meet people who where in class with me, they tell me how much they loved my “loud voice against injustice“, the frequency of change that came with me into the classroom, and “that I lead them” into more authentic and courageous expression – when talking to the teachers. Some call it revolution ;-)…
Do you see where I am going with that?

Indigo Child & Empath use all their being when listening to others:

Empath just like Indigo Children and High Sensitive, experience the world through a different perspective than the average person. Most people with these traits are used to live their life in the extended energetic state of the 6th sense. That allows them to read other peoples energies and emotions, while talking to them.
Something else that differentiates the behavior of most Empath, Indigo Children and High Sensitive from the collective is, that they are used to listen to people with the intention to hear THEIR TRUTH and to understand the motivation behind the spoken word. That creates a field of security – a warm embrace for the talker, which naturally leads to more freedom in expression.

Stephen R. Covey once sad, images That’s a problem as it does not create human relationships but distance.

When I am honest, most of the impressive men in leading positions that I met during my childhood, scared the living hell out of me. They where simple unapproachable!!  No warm feelings or no openness, there was nothing that mad me feel safe – in the energy field they where radiating.
For me that is a clear sign, that sensitive personality types are rather the more effective “natural born leader” in our world. They have the capacity to do a better job, as its natural for them to put their egos aside and truly care for others. Their communication skills include the awareness, that transparency and honesty are required to create an authentic relationship with others. That are traits of leader for me, traits I desire seeing in Politicians, Teacher, Doctors and Police officer!do

Sensitive people feel the need to balance their environment:

Why would that make them good truthful leader? When High Sensitive people interact with others, they are naturally looking for a win – win situation for all beings involved. If that is not the case they feel very uncomfortable and could even make themselves sick. Most of the political leader we have at the moment, are puppets to the system they are working in. Indigo Children are literally born with the soul purpose to lead the human collective, into the manifestation of the Golden Age of  Aquarius and change that!

Sensitive people mainly seek to make their decisions, based on the needs and for the best of the collective. They experience it as rather natural to consider the feelings and opinions of others, in their evaluation of a situation.
To me – that sounds like a healthy natural leader. If in a political position, a developing project, a cooperate job or the little family clan, that is what the world needs!!

Self-study makes them more accepting of human nature:

Many Empath, Indigo Children and High Sensitive are often also rather introverted people. It kind of comes with the shared traits this personality types usually have. Because many of them feel weird and as outsider in their society,  they spending more time trying to understand themselves than most people do. They study their own behavior and human nature, with the intention to feel the beauty of oneness.
In a conversation with others they than apply the gained understanding, in order to connect on an even deeper level. It makes their ability to accept the inner dynamics that are at work in peoples emotions, much profounder than most people are able to find inside themselves.

introversion introvertWhen self-empowered, the highest good of all is naturally their goal:

Once Empath, Indigo Children or High Sensitive people understand the incredible gifts they carry inside, nothing can stop them from using them for the higher good! The sensitivity and vulnerability that is part of their nature, makes them strong and highly co-operative creative partner. Their natural mindset and positive attitude about leadership in co-operation, allows them to be fearless in finding new solutions for our collectively evolving humanity.
They carry the ability and courage to create strong impacts of positive change for our world!! Change born from compassion for self and others and the need to create balance and harmony for everybody!!

So if you identify yourself as an Empath, Indigo Children or High Sensitive person.. STEP UP… develop your personal beauty, strengths and divine abilities, and go out there to do the job you came for!!! Don’t be shy in taking chances!! Don’t forget, that you have everything you need already inside of you!! You can study alone, take a teacher to help you develop your truthful expression or a group to share your steps with. Do what ever it takes to be the person you wanted to be, when you decided to live on this beautiful planet!!
I wish you clarity and strength on your path into your future leading roles on this planet!!! Blessed be your beautiful, crystal clear souls!!
Love and Blessings

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This new zoo puts people in captivity and lets the animals run free

140731_EYE_5.jpg.CROP.original-originalDear Friends,
in general I don’t like Zoo. I don’t enjoy seing animals locked in and dislocated from their natural environment, but I do like the motto they have. The wish to create space again for animals to join us in the co-creation of an evolved world for everybody! And it fits perfectly to the energies that have arrived since the Solstice, to call back the animals.
Happy oneness with animals!!


This safari park is evoling.

It’s called the Givskud Zoo, or Zootopia, and was first opened in 1969 as a lion-only park.  A year later, elephants were brought in and today “the park has more than 700 animals representing more than 70 species.”  Though, it is still technically a zoo, you can currently drive your own car through, much like a safari.

Engineer, Bjarke Ingels has conceptualized the mega-transformation that will turn this park into the safari park of the future where the “humans are confined and the animals run free.”  It emphasizes a giant “crater,” where the journey begins; you can walk around and look out into the different continents.


Then, it gets really interesting.  You can hop in your pod and ride it like a bicycle through the wilderness (though where you can ride will still be semi-restricted).

Just as we are bringing nature back to our cities with vertical gardens, the goal here is to “make it even better for the animals,” according to Ingels.  He continues, “I think, in a way, we owe our humanity to the fact that we started investigating science and animals … It’s not even a choice to leave nature alone – in a way we do need to take responsibility for it, so we also have to make sure we understand it.”

Below is a video shot from inside the car on safari inside Givskud

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These are the 5 Biggest Regrets People Have On Their Deathbed

deathbedThere are a lot of things in life that are as individual as the 7 billion people on the planet. There are tons of soul relate experiences and personal human choices, that make the abundant human expression so colorful. And, there are some things that people, who chose to live society conform, have in common. When asked at their deathbed, at the heights of emotions – released by facing their mortality, what their biggest regrets are, these are the five most common answers:

1.) I wish I had been true to myself.
There are “laws of humanity”, represented by the Native American population of the planet. These laws are translations of the “Hermetic laws”, the natural ways of the universal forces. One of them states: Human kind needs to live in “AUTHENTICITY AND HONESTY IN THOUGHT, WORD AND ACTION”, in order to manifest the “Golden Age of Aquarius” or “Golden Age of Humanity”. In society we are asked to be conform with the collective need and simple fit in. The healthier path is, to be true to yourself!! To listen very well to your inner voice of purity, Only if we honor ourselves, our needs and abilities, can we live the life we desire to manifest. We live in a RESPONSIVE UNIVERSE!


2.) I wish I hadn’t worked so much.
Make sure you are challenging yourself to grow from inside! Develop a natural hunger for the transformational nature of your true self! If you have a feeling for natural growth that emerges from inside, it is easier to replace societies unhealthy habit of working to much. Don’t allow yourself to be entangled in the over productivity the outside demands! Rather seek to release their pressure and weight from your shoulders. Everything in life needs balance!!! Playfully produce and rest in equal amounts of time and, LOVE what you do with all your heart!!!
3.)I wish I had been brave in the face of my fears.
To often we allow our emotional pain body, the inner child or simple another timeline, to take over  and demand the outcome of a situation. Fear is best concord by PRESENCE! Be present when fear strikes! One way to do that is, to make yourself familiar with the transformational power of death. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about your precious physical body :-)! To study the nature of death will enable you to develop courage. This courage helps you to face your fears. Transformation and a sense of true freedom is a natural result.

4.) I wish I hadn’t neglected my friendships.
Human life circles a lot around how we experience our relationships. From the moment we appear as “the one” on Mother Earth, till the moment we die – our growth as human beings is deeply connected to the once we are in relation with. We have the capacity to create this relationships with other human beings but  also Healing Crystals, nature, animals, Ascended Masters, Angels and more. In all this diversity, it feels good to find some comfort and stability in long term friendships. Staying in relation challenges the human being to grow in forgiveness, compassion and expands our budget to give.

Tip: Make space in your busy calender to have time for friendships! Reserve a special time, on a particular weekday for interaction with your friends, and make sure you meet somebody you like, trust and enjoy hanging out with.

descarga (1)5.) I wish that I had allowed myself to be happier.
Decide from today on, to make conscious steps every day to increase the happiness level in your everyday life. Make time for meditation, for nature, for a walk on the beach or a run in the woods with your dog. Make sure you are laughing at least once the day!! If you are an Empath, spend enough time with children and animals. Their innocent and pure approach to life fills up the “happy account”! Spoil yourself with the conscious goal to listen to the desires of your soul to feel blissful, happy and free.


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Edith Boyer-Telmer



Putting mindfulness in the curriculum


Wow, I can’t believe how much fear people express about teaching their children a little bit of mindful awareness. It sounds like, who believes in organized religion, feels threatened by people who choose to think for themselves.  Personally I think, it would be a blessing for everyone if children get attuned to hearing their inner voice as early as possible in life. Let your children breath!!!
Blessings Edith

TREE HUGGERS: Jack Barlow and Lucy Srzich ‘breathing’ with a plant to help calm themselves.
Lucy says a ‘‘lot of people were giggling’’ when they first tried mindfulness.

Jack Barlow wonders if “neophyte” is in the classroom dictionary (it isn’t). He queries if Charles next to him knows there are more than 120 meanings for “set” (he doesn’t).
It’s thoughts like these that “race” through young Jack’s busy mind. But the 11-year-old is doing his best to concentrate as one of 20 students staring intently at a man, perched like a grasshopper, brandishing a golden stick and bowl in a classroom at Westmere Primary school in central Auckland. Legs crossed, arms folded – out of habit, not instruction – they wait for him to stir the stick. A ringing echoes; everyone inhales.

It’s not easy. Sitting completely still never is at that age. Morning tea is 20 minutes away. Yet students must concentrate on their arms, legs and “deep belly breathing.”

1416129208576 (1)“When your mind wanders,” drones instructor Grant Rix, “gently say ‘wandering’.” Then: “notice the sensations in your feet.”

Westmere Primary School has been part of the Mental Health Foundation’s (MHF) Mindfulness in Schools programme for two years. The trials, lasting eight weeks, included five other schools, four from Auckland and one in rural Southland, and the early results are promising.
Teachers kept journal entries on the progress of the 20-minute lessons and a survey three months later assessed the potential long-term impact, with researchers from Auckland University and the Auckland University of Technology studying the results.
“We found it improved students’ self-control, attentiveness, respect for other classmates and enhanced the school’s mood,” says Rix. It was beneficial for teachers too – many reported reduced stress in their personal lives.

descargaRix – the man with the golden stick and bowl – works for the MHF and has been practising mindfulness for 15 years. He developed mindfulness in schools after seeing similar trials overseas.
And the benefits were plentiful, according to Teck Wee, a teacher at another participating primary school, Te Papapa, who reported gradual change in students as the programme continued: “They were thinking more about how their own behaviour affected situations, rather than how other kids’ behaviour was affecting them.”
He recalls one troublesome student who would run, swear, fight, attack teachers and was academically two years behind.
“Mindfulness has given him some anger management strategies and cleared up his thought process. Now where he gets angry he’s not just sorry, but he talks about what he did wrong and what he will do next time.”

So why is mindfulness the latest buzzword among the US marines, rapper 50 Cent, a group of British MPs (all of whom practise mindfulness) and yoga mums alike? It’s less a buzzword, explains Rix, and more about getting rid of buzz.
It’s a tricky concept but at its simplest mindfulness is about focusing on the present. What it’s not about is only reducing stress (because then you’re striving for something). Or emptying your mind of all thoughts (they prefer you to observe your current ones). Or religion.

descarga (1)The technique draws on breathing exercises often used in meditation and Buddhism, but there the comparison ends. The aim is to be more aware of thoughts and feelings.
It sounds deceptively vague and hippie-ish but, stresses Rix, this isn’t about chanting and spirituality.
Not everyone is onside. The Ministry of Education received five formal complaints from parents at Riversdale School in the South Island after their principal proposed introducing mindfulness classes.
Katrina Casey, head of sector enablement and support at the MOE, says mindfulness shares some characteristics with Buddhism but isn’t specifically tied to the religion.
“There has been growing interest from schools in the technique. Earlier this year the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand had a guest speaker talk about mindfulness at their annual conference.
“We do not advocate one behaviour management programme over another and we did not commission the Mental Health Foundation’s programme [it was funded by donations]. However, it’s not uncommon for teachers to encourage students to reflect on their behaviour.”

descarga (2)Other schools, she says, are trialling the ‘My Friends’ youth resilience programme as part of a wider, multi-agency initiative aimed at supporting student mental health and wellbeing.
“Schools have a lot of flexibility on all decisions relating to the curriculum and how they encourage good behaviour. Any school is free to introduce such a practice, if backed by its board of trustees in consultation with the school community.”
The modern mindfulness movement, says Rix, is equally informed by neuroscience and psychology.
“It’s nothing new for a secular society to adopt practices from elsewhere and then to study them scientifically, validate and integrate them into secular context.
“It’s a misconception,” he says of the complaints. “But people are entitled to their own views.”

Various district health boards across New Zealand use an eight-week mindfulness course to treat severely depressed or anxious patients. Evidence suggests mindfulness can improve people’s ability to handle stress and alleviate depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and eating disorders.
Overseas, in 2011 Jacob Piet and Esben Hougaard of Aarhus University, Denmark, published a review of the eight-week course in Clinical Psychology Review.
After six clinical trials with 593 people, they concluded mindfulness-based therapy reduced the risk of relapse for patients with at least three previous incidents of depression by 43 per cent compared to people who received regular treatment. However, there were no significant benefits for people with fewer than three major incidents.

descarga (3)It sounds a simple panacea – safe, relatively cheap, no heavy objects or pills. At times it comes close to channelling New Age waffle, but Westmere Primary’s principal, Carolyn Marino, is a firm believer in the benefits.
“There’s far more anxiety among children than when I first started teaching,” she reflects on her 20-year career. “More children have social and emotional disorders as a result of our society.
“Life isn’t as predictable as it used to be and parents are putting pressure on their children – not necessarily on purpose – but questioning if they’re working hard enough to get that job.”
Marino’s received no complaints – parents who had doubts were swayed after an information evening and now some indulge in mindfulness with their children after nightmares.
“Children live in this digital age where they are constantly being got at and don’t have enough down time to get away from that stimulus. Mindfulness gives them a strategy that helps them be a little more present.”
With so much on our minds at any given time we function regularly on autopilot. We don’t think about the physical and mental process that goes into, say, climbing a set of stairs and rightly so – we’d take forever to get anywhere.

meditateSuch mindlessness is why we often walk into a room forgetting our initial purpose or fail to remember what happened on a three hour journey. Mindfulness teaches us to be present rather than distracted by the past or projecting into the future.
So a mindfulness exercise could be having a shower. Instead of thinking about how your day was or what you need to do, simply notice what’s going on – the floor is wet, the air is steamy, the water hot and so on. Don’t judge if it’s a good or bad shower. Just notice it.
The principles and practice of “mindful leadership” are taught at Harvard; and Oxford University has its own Mindfulness Centre carrying out research into clinical and general health benefits.
Recently the World Health Organisation warned that by 2030 mental health issues will have become society’s biggest healthcare burden.
“This is going to come to a state where [mindfulness in schools] isn’t a luxury – it will have to be a necessity,” says Marino. “I worry about the mental health of our children and the society we’re moving into. The sense of risking failure is very prevalent; the need to be perfect is becoming increasingly obvious in young children.”
Eleven year old Lucy Srzich has taken such a liking for the programme that the time the CD malfunctioned, she led the class.
She was hesitant at first, and some of her friends thought the programme sounded silly. That first session, “a lot of people were giggling,” she says. But she was won over, as were her friends and parents who “researched it and then they were into it”.
Srzich continues to use mindful breathing when she is flustered or angry and needs a moment to calm down.
At the end of 20 minutes’ deep-belly breathing, Rix invites the class to share feedback. “It was just normal, yeah . . .” shrugs one student. Another is more receptive: “I feel like the square around me came out of the ground and floated in the air” he explains, to a flurry of giggles.

imagesA common theme was the light, calm, fresh and relaxed feeling most students notice. If anything, mindfulness is doing wonders for their vocabulary. One explains: “I feel relaxed and calm every time I do this. I notice if I’m feeling worried and I never notice that when I’m playing, then it just builds up until I can’t calm down.”
Another chimes in: “It feels like the world stops spinning; I feel more of the little things.”
Marino took a mindfulness course herself when she was finding her early years as a principal stressful.

“It would be great if every child could be exposed to it as a strategy they could implement into their daily lives,” she argues. “What a great time to start. We try to get kids eating healthier and exercising, setting up those behaviours early on. Young people always seem to be looking into the future or something that isn’t necessarily their reality.
“We often work with our children on anger management strategies around breathing and taking anger out on things that are non-animate – telephone books, for example. This is a nice strategy for kids who might have issues with needing to get back to a place where they can make a sensible decision before they punch somebody.”

92Rix agrees. The biggest feedback from both students and teachers is that it has become easier to identify emotions.
“They’re beginning to recognise how that manifests in their body as a physical sensation and understand what they’re feeling is going to pass. They’ve got this skill where they can drop anchor by paying attention to their breathing and just allow that anger to diffuse in a healthy way rather than lashing out.”
Next year he plans to extend the programme to intermediate schools. The final results of the study will be published early in the new year and Rix hopes they will persuade the Ministry of Education to invest.
It’s not quantitative stuff that can be measured in tests, says Marino, but it’s a building block.
“If you give kids enough exposure and skills they start to build a toolkit and that’s where I see mindfulness sitting. You’re not going to change kids overnight but you can create a shift in how they see themselves or deal with things that come into their lives.”

At the end of the course, children are encouraged to bring in something that will encourage them to practise mindfulness.
Soft toys are popular; one girl brings in a pink fluffy cushion, saying that whenever she cuddles it she practises mindful breathing.
“Others bring in mind jars they have made,” says Rix. “Sometimes a little pebble. Pieces of fruit are popular as well.”
Rix quotes a colleague who worked with a student from a difficult background who had trouble controlling his emotions.
“He was so taken with breathing with the green plants that he came and sat next to the plants I had in the chapel at the end of class, closed his eyes and observed his breathing for several more minutes.
“He asked me if he could take one to keep in his room.”


This Video Proves That Consciousness Is What Drives And Creates Everything

”There is no matter.. as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind.”   – Max Planck

”If you have a golf ball sized consciousness when you read a book you will have a golf ball sized understanding, when you look out , a golf ball sized awareness and when you wake up in the morning a golf ball sized wakefulness. But if you could expand that consciousness, then you read the book – more understanding. You look out – more awareness. And when you wake up – more wakefulness. Its consciousness, and there’s an ocean of pure vibrant consciousness inside each one of us. And its right at the source and base of mind, right at the source of thought and also at the source of matter.”
~ David Lynch

Prepare to watch an outstanding video which depicts that consciousness is what drives and shapes everything. This means ultimately everything in the universe and that even matter is consciousness in the most subtlest and dense form.
This video has Grant Morrisson, David Lynch, David Icke, Gregg Braden, Michael Talbot, David Wilcock, Wayne Dyer, Neil Kramer and Bill Hicks in it.

Why White People Freak Out When They’re Called Out About Race

Dear Reader!

In this moment of time, society defines me and my life situation as the following: white, middle aged woman; of European, middle class upbringing; living in a third world country of Latin and Indigenous population; in an particularly on human awakening, personal growth and oneness embracing mixed race community. My friends my clients and everybody else I ever loved, are of all age, race, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, spiritual belief systems and cultural diversities possible – AND – within the first 2 paragraphs I watched myself doubting Robin DiAngelo out of emotional reaction!!!
A part of that is based on cultural differences between Europe and the USA and because I was blessed by the age of 5 with friends from Japan and Iran (different color, race, religion, language, social background). So I had the impression she does not look at a very big picture – but that changed quickly!

A similarity I found the author and me monitor in our work, is – the misunderstanding between the feelings of comfort and safety in us white people.

As a significant part of my work is, to challenge the human mind to a conscious, free willed, mental death – for the sake of an awakening into higher levels of consciousness and vibration, I often see a behavior pattern indicting a deeply rooted fear – that every loos of comfort is at the same time the loos of safety. Healing does not have to be comfortable – and healing it is that our racism needs!

This, is definitely the most amazing, mind blowing, moving & interesting article on racism I read in a long time!!
I hope you enjoy the discomfort it brings :-)!!! Please bless me with your productive comments and emotional reactions!!!


White-Fragility‘White fragility’ is a defensive response to real conversations about race.
Last year, a white male Princeton undergraduate was asked by a classmate to “check his privilege.” Offended by this suggestion, he shot off a 1,300-word essay to the Tory, a right-wing campus newspaper.In it, he wrote about his grandfather who fled the Nazis to Siberia, his grandmother who survived a concentration camp in Germany, about the humble wicker basket business they started in America. He railed against his classmates for “diminishing everything [he’d] accomplished, all the hard work [he’d] done.”
His missive was reprinted by Time. He was interviewed by the New York Times and appeared on Fox News. He became a darling of white conservatives across the country.
What he did not do, at any point, was consider whether being white and male might have given him—if not his ancestors—some advantage in achieving incredible success in America. He did not, in other words, check his privilege.

robin-diangelo-300x188To Robin DiAngelo, professor of multicutural education at Westfield State University and author of What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, Tal Fortgang’s essay—indignant, defensive, beside-the-point, somehow both self-pitying and self-aggrandizing—followed a familiar script. As an anti-racist educator for more than two decades, DiAngelo has heard versions of it recited hundreds of times by white men and women in her workshops.
She’s heard it so many times, in fact, that she came up with a term for it: “white fragility,” which she defined in a 2011 journal article as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include outward display of emotions such as anger, fear and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence and leaving the stress-inducing situation.”

When the Black Lives Matter movement marched in the streets, holding up traffic, disrupting commerce, and refusing to allow “normal life” to resume—insofar as normalcy means a system that permits police and vigilantes to murder black men and women with impunity—white people found themselves in tense conversations online, with friends and in the media about privilege, white supremacy and racism. You could say white fragility was at an all-time high.

I spoke with DiAngelo about how to deal with all the fragile white people, and why it’s worth doing so.

Sam Adler-Bell: How did you come to write about “white fragility”?
Robin DiAngelo: To be honest, I wanted to take it on because it’s a frustrating dynamic that I encounter a lot. I don’t have a lot of patience for it. And I wanted to put a mirror to it.
I do atypical work for a white person, which is that I lead primarily white audiences in discussions on race every day, in workshops all over the country. That has allowed me to observe very predictable patterns. And one of those patterns is this inability to tolerate any kind of challenge to our racial reality. We shut down or lash out or in whatever way possible block any reflection from taking place.

Of course, it functions as means of resistance, but I think it’s also useful to think about it as fragility, as inability to handle the stress of conversations about race and racism.
Sometimes it’s strategic, a very intentional push back and rebuttal. But a lot of the time, the person simply cannot function. They regress into an emotional state that prevents anybody from moving forward.

white racism-thumb-550x252SAB: Carla Murphy recently referenced “white fragility” in an article forColorlines, and I’ve seen it referenced on Twitter and Facebook a lot lately. It seems like it’s having a moment. Why do you think that is?
RD: I think we get tired of certain terms. What I do used to be called “diversity training,” then “cultural competency” and now, “anti-racism.” These terms are really useful for periods of time, but then they get coopted, and people build all this baggage around them, and you have to come up with new terms or else people won’t engage.

And I think “white privilege” has reached that point. It rocked my world when I first really got it, when I came across Peggy McIntosh. It’s a really powerful start for people. But unfortunately it’s been played so much now that it turns people off.
SAB: What causes white fragility to set in?
RD: For white people, their identities rest on the idea of racism as about good or bad people, about moral or immoral singular acts, and if we’re good, moral people we can’t be racist – we don’t engage in those acts. This is one of the most effective adaptations of racism over time—that we can think of racism as only something that individuals either are or are not “doing.”

In large part, white fragility—the defensiveness, the fear of conflict—is rooted in this good/bad binary. If you call someone out, they think to themselves, “What you just said was that I am a bad person, and that is intolerable to me.” It’s a deep challenge to the core of our identity as good, moral people.
The good/bad binary is also what leads to the very unhelpful phenomenon of un-friending on Facebook.
SAB: Right, because the instinct is to un-friend, to dissociate from those bad white people, so that I’m not implicated in their badness.
RD: When I’m doing a workshop with white people, I’ll often say, “If we don’t work with each other, if we give in to that pull to separate, who have we left to deal with the white person that we’ve given up on and won’t address?

imagesSAB: A person of color.
RD: Exactly. And white fragility also comes from a deep sense of entitlement. Think about it like this: from the time I opened my eyes, I have been told that as a white person, I am superior to people of color. There’s never been a space in which I have not been receiving that message. From what hospital I was allowed to be born in, to how my mother was treated by the staff, to who owned the hospital, to who cleaned the rooms and took out the garbage. We are born into a racial hierarchy, and every interaction with media and culture confirms it—our sense that, at a fundamental level, we are superior.

And, the thing is, it feels good. Even though it contradicts our most basic principles and values. So we know it, but we can never admit it. It creates this kind of dangerous internal stew that gets enacted externally in our interactions with people of color, and is crazy-making for people of color. We have set the world up to preserve that internal sense of superiority and also resist challenges to it. All while denying that anything is going on and insisting that race is meaningless to us.
SAB: Something that amazes me is the sophistication of some white people’s defensive maneuvers. I have a black friend who was accused of “online harassment” by a white friend after he called her out in a harsh way. What do you see going on there?
RD: First of all, whites often confuse comfort with safety. We say we don’t feel safe, when what we mean is that we don’t feel comfortable. Secondly, no white person looks at a person of color through objective eyes. There’s been a lot of research in this area. Cross-racially, we do not see with objective eyes. Now you add that he’s a black man. It’s not a fluke that she picked the word “harassed.” In doing that, she’s reinforcing a really classic, racist paradigm: White women and black men. White women’s frailty and black men’s aggressiveness and danger.

But even if she is feeling that, which she very well may be, we should be suspicious of our feelings in these interactions. There’s no such thing as pure feeling. You have a feeling because you’ve filtered the experience through a particular lens. The feeling is the outcome. It probably feels natural, but of course it’s shaped by what you believe.

imagesSAB: There’s also the issue of “tone-policing” here, right?
RD: Yes. One of the things I try to work with white people on is letting go of our criteria about how people of color give us feedback. We have to build our stamina to just be humble and bear witness to the pain we’ve caused.
In my workshops, one of the things I like to ask white people is, “What are the rules for how people of color should give us feedback about our racism? What are the rules, where did you get them, and whom do they serve?” Usually those questions alone make the point.
It’s like if you’re standing on my head and I say, “Get off my head,” and you respond, “Well, you need to tell me nicely.” I’d be like, “No. Fuck you. Get off my fucking head.”

In the course of my work, I’ve had many people of color give me feedback in ways that might be perceived as intense or emotional or angry. And on one level, it’s personal—I did do that thing that triggered the response, but at the same time it isn’t onlypersonal. I represent a lifetime of people that have hurt them in the same way that I just did.
And, honestly, the fact that they are willing to show me demonstrates, on some level, that they trust me.

SAB: What do you mean?
RD: If people of color went around showing the pain they feel in every moment that they feel it, they could be killed. It is dangerous. They cannot always share their outrage about the injustice of racism. White people can’t tolerate it. And we punish it severely—from job loss, to violence, to murder.
For them to take that risk and show us, that is a moment of trust. I say, bring it on, thank you.

When I’m doing a workshop, I’ll often ask the people of color in the room, somewhat facetiously, “How often have you given white people feedback about our inevitable and often unconscious racist patterns and had that go well for you?” And they laugh.
Because it just doesn’t go well. And so one time I asked, “What would your daily life be like if you could just simply give us feedback, have us receive it graciously, reflect on it and work to change the behavior? What would your life be like?”
And this one man of color looked at me and said, “It would be revolutionary.”

mlkSAB: I notice as we’ve been talking that you almost always use the word “we” when describing white people’s tendencies. Can you tell me why you do that?
RD: Well, for one, I’m white (and you’re white). And even as committed as I am, I’m not outside of anything that I’m talking about here. If I went around saying white people this and white people that, it would be a distancing move. I don’t want to reinforce the idea that there are some whites who are done, and others that still need work. There’s no being finished.
Plus, in my work, I’m usually addressing white audiences, and the “we” diminishes defensiveness somewhat. It makes them more comfortable. They see that I’m not just pointing fingers outward.
SAB: Do you ever worry about re-centering whiteness?
RD: Well, yes. I continually struggle with that reality. By standing up there as an authority on whiteness, I’m necessarily reinforcing my authority as a white person. It goes with the territory. For example, you’re interviewing me now, on whiteness, and people of color have been saying these things for a very long time.

On the one hand, I know that in many ways, white people can hear me in a way that they can’t hear people of color. They listen. So by god, I’m going to use my voice to challenge racism. The only alternative I can see is to not speak up and challenge racism. And that is not acceptable to me.
It’s sort of a master’s tools dilemma.

dem321SAB: Yes, and racism is something that everyone thinks they’re an authority on.
RD: That drives me crazy. I’ll run into someone I haven’t seen in 20 years in the grocery store, and they’ll say, “Hi! What’ve you been doing?”
And I say, “I got my Ph.D.”
And they say, “Oh wow, what in?”
“Race relations and white racial identity.”And they’ll go “Oh, well you know. People just need to—”
As if they’re going to give me the one-sentence answer to arguably the most challenging social dynamic of our time. Like, hey, why did I knock myself out for 20 years studying, researching, and challenging this within myself and others? I should have just come to you! And the answer is so simple! I’ve never heard that one before!

Imagine if I was an astronomer. Everybody has a basic understanding of the sky, but they would not debate an astronomer on astronomy. The arrogance of white people faced with questions of race is unbelievable.