The Positive And The Negative Side Of Silence – Part II

by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
just before the Libra Full Moon energy field has called for our immediate attention, we had been talking about “The Positive And The Negative Side Of Silence – Part I“, on April 06th. Within this piece we clarified the collective definition of the word silence; established a spiritual understanding of “inner silence”  as the lovely state in which perception is no longer bound to the physical senses and emptiness becomes “the everything”; and we touched the dark side of silence – a lack of expression where human acts of injustice, abuse and imbalance are threatening to destroy life on planet earth. How incredibly relevant that observation was, was made very clear by the world events of the last seven days.

In the Libra Full Moon report I mentioned, that we should not underestimate the power that have been activated right now, as we are collectively in the process of the energetic preparation of a major shift in 2020. This driving forces of change, of new initiations, of physical action and responsible use of energies, trigger in us a higher awareness for our inner and outer relationship with the law, the creators of human laws, territorial ideas and concepts, foreign affairs – including refugees, immigrants and ancestral / indigenous cultural wisdom!! This includes all limitations we feel, all limitations the system is showing, the evaluation of sense behind governmental regulations and a possible new definition of politics as much as leadership.
This being said, we have arrived at the truly dark side of silence – the refusal of the masses to stand up and speak out for what is truthfully right for a sustainable life, for all beings on planet earth. And that is what the whole term of creating  the Golden Age of Aquarius is about!!! Personally I feel torn between a inner fascination with the speed and clarity in which things I write these days, unfold in my outer reality and a deep scare about that. Also there is a strong sense that we have to keep focusing on the direction we want this boat to go, otherwise the so called “leader of the world” could be quicker in destroying us.

Definition of silence according to the website dictionary.com
8. Military sense: to still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.

Definition of silence according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
b: secrecy weapons research was conducted in silence

The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.
George Orwell

This being human is a guest house. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor… Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
RumiThe Sound Of Silence written by Paul Simon performed by the band Disturbed:
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision
that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening

People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I – might teach you
Take my arms that I – might reach you

But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming

and the sign said,
the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
whispered in the sounds
of silence

Dear Ones, I hope you are ready to disturb the sound of silence!!! I hope you are out there and roar with all your power, at every wrong doing brought to your awareness. Allow me to close this piece with a quote from Albert Einstein “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”!!
Not So Quietly Roaring Blessings
Edith

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The Positive And The Negative Side Of Silence – Part I

by Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
in many pieces that I am reading these days on the internet, people share information about silence and the beauty in experience as well as the health benefits of inner silence for the human being. I myself shared an article a while ago called Osho On The Influence Of Inner Silence On World Peace. In a spiritual sense of the words “inner silence”, we are talking about a state that allows us to receive and process the “outside world” as well as the “inner world”, from a place of observation and calm.
A state of being, in which this two worlds can melt back together, in the presence of purity and emptiness. In Buddhist teachings this emptiness is known as the void of creation itself, for many indigenous traditions it is the divine mother womb. All very beautiful, colorful and loving translations, when approached from of spiritual awareness.

On the material level of life, collectively there are some very different expressions and experiences connected to the word silence. I collected here 2 different dictionary explanations, so we can evaluate what the collective of human kind has agreed on so far.

Definition of silence according to the website dictionary.com:
1. absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
2. the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
3. absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern: the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
4. the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.
5. concealment; secrecy. verb (used with object), silenced, silencing.
6. to put or bring to silence; still.
7. to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest; quiet.
8. Military sense to still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.

Definition of silence according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
1: forbearance from speech or noise : muteness — often used interjectionally
2: absence of sound or noise : stillness in the silence of the night
3: absence of mention:
a: oblivion, obscurity;
b: secrecy weapons research was conducted in silence

I guess most people could agree on calling the absence of noise a pleasant experience; many moments of not talking as refreshing; but already when it comes to being forgotten – I think the character is changing – continually so with being brought to silence; and the even more disturbing mental union of “gun fire and silence”. I will continue on the details in a second post and leave the emotional expression to the below artists for now!

“Quiet” – written by Milck and AG
put on your face
know your place
shut up and smile
don’t spread your legs
I could do that

But no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say

I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone
Anymore

Cuz no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, take that dry blue pill
they may see that monster, they may run away
But I have to do this, do it anyway
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh I can’t keep quiet

Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
Must be someone who’ll understand
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now

I can’t keep quiet

Dear Ones, I hope you are seeing yourself develop a clear voice an find ways of authentic expression  these days! May we all be blessed with the higher awareness of what it is that needs to be contemplated and translated in deep inner silence, and what it is we need to clearly raise our voice for and stand strong in our fiery desire for positive and peaceful change in this world!
Love and Quiet Prayers!
Edith

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The Archetype Of The Inner Goddess – The Wolf Full Moon & Pallas Athene

Natureby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
we are standing one day before the peek of the Wolf Full Moon energies and the positive impact as well as the side effects, will be strong. So today it is time for us, to look into the spiritual impact this January Moon in Leo will have on us. The three forces with the most forthcoming energy fields are a higher few for what the symbolism behind the Archetype of the Inner Goddess means for men and women on the awakening path; what it means for us that this moon is caring the traits of a Wool Full Moon and the inner powers that unfold for us, when we connect with the abilities and guidance of the Goddess Pallas Athena. So lets see what that means.
From the post I shared about keys how to Master our Multi-dimensional self:
The Key to the Sixth Dimension is the activation of the Creative and Magical Imagination, and creation through archetypes, stories, and the “god/goddess” energy. The Mythical Imagination is the “loom” on which you weave the magical stories of life. In order to be able to participate in the creation and manifestation of the New Earth story or dream, you must be able to walk in the “Dream Time” of the Sixth Dimension. In order to achieve this level of Conscious Creativity, you will need to activate your Magical Imagination through creativity; art, story telling, poetry, dance, music….. whatever creative forms inspire your soul to magical expression. In these activities, you “play” with the muses of inspiration and are inspired by the elemental and archetypal energies that create rivers of meaning in the material world. Ans this Full Moon provides us with an invitation to step up and into the Sixth Dimension, where we will master the Creative Imagination and the Realm of Archetypes. And that leads us to Goddess Pallas Athena.aPallas Athena is a Goddess from the Greek mythology. Athena was known as the favorite daughter of Zeus, and admired for her story to be born fully armed from her fathers forehead, which demonstrated her position as an amazon warrior. She is member of the karmic counsel in the Ascended Master Realms and her Temple in Athens, Greek was one of the few buildings unharmed thru all attacks the city had to suffer!!! As Goddess she carries the attributes of truth, authentic wisdom, an interest in human civilization, our career legacies, our personal and collective achievements, the ability to apply acquired knowledge, human education, social issues and the politics. She is an androgynous goddess who chose to develop a deep relationship with her own inner divine masculine part, and to find her completion and enlightenment that way. Athena’s pure nature, demonstrated an active concern for the well-being of the human within the community and humanities evolution in general. She was an activist against suffering and injustice and a spiritual leader of her time.

In many shamanic and indigenous traditions the Wolf energy is understood as a powerful guide and noble mentor for humankind. In astrology the Wolfs power is represented by the Dog, Sirius the Master Planet, known as the home of the ancient knowledge of mankind. So we should use this full moon to honor the traditions of our heritage, to honor our elders and participate in tribal rituals!! Wolfs are highly social beings with a wide range of communication skills in body language and use of their voice and have higher developed community skills than human beings! The wolf teaches us to learn about our inner self, to go to the deepest levels of our inner knowing and intuition, to discover our inner power and personal strength and to take well calculated risks while we face our deepest fears. Perfect for the teachings we collectively undergo right now ;-).. And during tomorrows magical Moons event we experience the opposition of the Sun with Pallas Athena in Aquarius, and the Full Moon in Leo. Which is a blessed moment when we can make great strides in  our evolution, Another chance for us to align with the waves of Divine Love and Compassion that are available from the Divine Heart and the stellar constellation. So surrender to the divine feminine powers within during this coming days, and allow the inner goddess to emerge and guide your way from now on!!aaDear Ones, I can see it already… one day we all will be able to look back and be able to say ‘I remember the beginning of that Golden Age, because I was there – an active part of it!!! I hope these symbolic ideas about the Goddess Power within, Pallas Athena and the Wolf Moon inspires you to take full advantage of tomorrows January’s lunar blessings. Listen to the guidance of your own higher-self and personal guides! I wish you integrity, inner peace and strength!!
Blessings an High Vibrations!  Edith

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9 Animal Species That Use Psychoactive Substances In The Wild

1524815_185511901649386_324707819_nDear Friends,
from day to day now, we are tapping deeper into the awareness of our shared reality with the Animal Kingdom. More and more people receive messages by the other world, transported by animal spirits. Reading this article I can’t help but ask myself if this facts might not be helpful for the human race, when we harmonize our energy field with the Animal Kingdom.
Many of the below mentioned animals are well known helper for us, in indigenous traditions identified as Power animals. I like to think, that the Dolphin in it’s  “trance-like state” is able to tap into the energetic field of humanity to charge us with the amazing qualities their lives represent to us. Same for the Jaguars – who are royal animals to many cultures, the Horse – part of Native American inheritance, the Reindeer the same 
for the Nordic countries and Pics  , part of cultural believes worldwide.
So couldn’t it be possible that animals in altered states of awareness also use the same highways of information than humans do and therefor are channeling their characteristics, love and support to us, when consuming psychoactive substances!?? What Do you think? Anybody who can share such an experience?

Wishing you loving and nurturing connections with the animal world!!
Edith

2401829514by Gonzo Nieto
For millennia, our ancestors have enjoyed, and even regarded as sacred, a variety of mind-altering substances. Cultural artifacts, visionary artwork and rituals in many indigenous cultures and past civilizations point to this fact. As Ethan Nadelmann remarked in a recent TED talk, “Our desire to alter our consciousness may be as fundamental as our desires for food, companionship, and sex.”

While Homo sapien consumption for consciousness-expanding purposes is well-documented throughout anthropology and history, ample evidence suggests we are not the only creatures who seek mind-altering plants and substances in their environment.
Indeed, plenty of our animal friends enjoy mind-altering substances: Some eat fermented fruits, psychoactive mushrooms, and opium poppies. Others rub themselves with crushed ants or angry millipedes.
The initial attraction to these substances might not be just to get high, but for nutritional or protective purposes. For example, fermenting fruits might be attractive to certain species because the process signifies the fruit is at its highest caloric value, and is also going to rot soon. In other cases, naturally occurring intoxicants might serve some curative function or contain nutrients that are otherwise scarce in the environment.
But, there’s compelling evidence to suggest that altering one’s state of mind for the simple purposes of experiencing that altered state is a natural drive common to many inhabitants of the animal kingdom. See for yourself.

1. Lemurs and capuchin monkeys get high off of millipedes.

The idea that some animals get high off other animals is an intriguing one, and lemurs and capuchin monkeys seem to be doing just this with poisonous millipedes. The millipedes store toxic chemicals, including cyanide, which they release in defense when provoked. The primates pick up and agitate millipedes and then rub them all over their bodies, coating themselves in the defensive secretions — here’s a BBC documentary clip on this. As mentioned in the video, the primary reason for this seem to be protection against a variety of parasites, but the monkeys and lemurs also seem to enjoy a thoroughly blissful intoxication as a result. The monkeys, being more social animals, have been seen passing a millipede around, reminiscent of a group of people passing around a joint.

images (1)2. Dolphins enjoy the psychoactive effects of poisonous pufferfish.

Similar to the lemurs and monkeys above, dolphins have been observed hanging out in groups of four to seven, passing around an angry pufferfish. The pufferfish releases an extremely potent poison called tetrodotoxin which is more deadly than nerve gas or the venom of the black widow spider, and thus is one of the most toxic compounds known to man. Evolutionary biologist Dr. Christie Wilcox is skeptical of the theory that dolphins are intentionally doing this for the purpose of intoxication and pleasure, but there is some compelling evidence to the contrary. For example, the BBC documentary Spy in the Pod showed dolphins passing around a pufferfish and then floating near the surface of the water, apparently in a “trance-like state.”

3. Many species of birds do what is called “anting.”

A seemingly odd behavior, ravens, myna birds, jays, magpies, and other birds sometimes either rub themselves with ants or get intimate with anthills to coat themselves in ants (see a jay do it here). This is called anting, and its purpose remains unclear.
An article published in the journal of the American Ornithologist’s Union in 1974 reviewed the possible explanations for anting. One theory is that the birds are coating themselves with the ant’s defensive chemical secretions, thus applying a protective coating much like when we apply insect repellent.
Another possibility is that the secretions serve to soothe the bird’s body during molting season. Others point to the curious movement sometimes observed during anting (described by one ecologist as “a curious dance that involved flopping around on the grass with its wings outstretched and its beak open”) as proof of an intoxicated state, suggesting that anting is pleasurable for the birds.
Perhaps the answer is a combination of these theories. Similar to how humans use cannabis, anting may at times serve a protective or curative purpose, while at other times be done mainly for the enjoyment of the altered state it brings about.

4. Many animals seek out fermented fruits in the wild.

It has been widely reported that elephants get themselves drunk from the marula tree’s fermented fruit. Anecdotal reports of these stumbling elephants go back over a century, and the phenomenon was portrayed in the film Animals are Beautiful People by James Uys (Uys also made The Gods Must Be Crazy). The idea is that the fallen fruit ferments either on the ground before being eaten, or in the elephant’s digestive system, yielding one drunk pachyderm.
As fun as it is to think about inebriated elephants, this theory has been debunked by an article published in the Physiological and Biochemical Zoology journal in 2006, and it’s been suggested that the clips shown in the above video were staged by artificially sedating the elephants. For starters, elephants don’t eat the rotten fruit from the ground, instead preferring to ram the tree trunk to shake loose the ripe fruit, even when there’s fruit on the ground available. Another hypothesis, which suggests that the fruit ferments in the digestive system, is also out of the question; the fruits are not in the digestive system long enough for that to happen, and the sugars needed for fermentation are metabolized by the elephant before they can be converted to alcohol by yeast. And, in order to get drunk an elephant would need to eat 1,400 fully fermented marula fruits — an unlikely feat. Despite its improbability, the myth, and convincing videos of seemingly drunk elephants, persist.

images (2)However, there have been confirmed reports of other animals that regularly consume fermented fruit. The pen-tailed treeshrew, native to Thailand and Malaysia, is known to regularly snack on the nectar of the bertam palm tree, sharing this indulgence with the slow loris and several other mammals native to that area, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science in 2008. The palm’s flower bud houses a species of yeast that ferments the nectar, bringing it to a beer-like alcohol content of up to 3.8%. It is estimated that, in one night, the treeshrew can consume the equivalent of nine alcoholic beverages. However, they show no overt signs of intoxication because their bodies use more efficient ways of breaking down alcohol than we do, preventing the accumulation of alcohol necessary for getting drunk. Similarly, bats regularly encounter and consume fermented fruits in the wild. Like the treeshrew, they show no signs of intoxication. When scientists gave bats an alcohol solution and made them fly an obstacle course, they performed no worse than their sober counterparts.

Monkeys also have a taste for alcohol — not only do they seek out fermented fruits, but they also like to steal alcoholic drinks from tourists. And their taste for alcohol has allowed for some pretty interesting research on their drinking habits. Vervet monkeys that were given access to alcohol in a social setting show some striking parallels to the drinking patterns of humans.
The monkeys could be grouped into social drinkers, which prefer sweetened drinks and only drink in the company of others; regular drinkers, which prefer their drinks straight, make good leaders, and are socially dominant; binge drinkers, which are aggressive and can drink themselves to death within months if given unrestricted access to alcohol; and abstainers. What’s more, not only the types of drinkers similar to humans, but the proportions of each of these behavior patterns in the monkeys studied reflects those found in human populations. These findings raise the possibility that our patterns of drug consumption are more fundamental aspects of our animal nature than we might think.

wacky-horse-570x3675. Horses seek out locoweed for its intoxicating effects.

Locoweed refers to any plant that produces the chemical swainsonine. It is thought that horses are initially attracted to these plants because they remain green longer than other plants once winter comes around. However, they begin to seek it out for its intoxicating effects, increasing their use over time. Farmers do their best to eliminate locoweed from their properties, as its frequent consumption is damaging to the animal’s health. A study published in the Journal of Animal Science in 2003 found that horses that ate the weed for two weeks developed significant weight loss and signs of depression. Swainsonine interferes with a metabolic enzyme, resulting in the buildup of the simple sugar mannose in neural cells. If severe, this buildup can lead to heart problems, reproductive difficulties, and neurological damage to the horses.

6. Jaguars eat the ayahuasca vine.

According to this Discovery article, humans aren’t the only ones that use Banisteriopsis caapi (one of the two plants used to make ayahuasca) as a psychoactive. This Amazonian jungle vine contains several compounds called beta-carbolines that potentiate the DMT in the ayahuasca brew by inhibiting bodily enzymes that would otherwise be responsible for breaking down the DMT. It turns out that jaguars also seek out the leaves of this jungle vine.
Higher doses of harmala alkaloids often result in vomiting and diarrhea characteristic of ayahuasca, so one possibility is that they consume the vine to purge the intestinal tract of possible parasites; a study of the Amazonian Piaroa tribe published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs suggests that eating the leaves grants the jaguar heightened sensory perception, helping them hunt. However, the jaguars are also known to roll around in ecstasy after consuming the vine, suggesting to some that its use is primarily for pleasure. See it for yourself here.

images7. Reindeer eat the psychoactive Amanita muscaria mushrooms.

These red-and-white psychedelic mushrooms, native to temperate and boreal regions in the Northern Hemisphere and thought to be the sacrament referred to as Soma in one of Hinduism’s foundational texts, are also a favorite snack of reindeer. As Gordon Wasson relates in his book Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality, reindeer are reported to prance about after eating the fungi — which are commonly referred to as “fly agaric” — apparently reveling in their intoxicated state. Reindeer are also an integral part of the history of Amanita use by indigenous peoples of Northern Europe and Siberia. As Reset.me recently reported, a 2009 BBC video explains how the Sami people indigenous to the Arctic Circle have long used fly agaric mushrooms in their visionary rituals. It is theorized that the connection between reindeer, Sami and fly agaric mushrooms is the basis for the legend of Santa’s flying reindeer.

Not only did these people herd reindeer, the animal being their main source of food and clothing, but they also got high with a little help from their reindeer friends. The effects of Amanita muscaria are characterized by a certain unpredictability, as their ingestion can bring about a range of thoroughly unpleasant side-effects and physical symptoms. In time, it was discovered that muscimol, the active compound of the mushrooms, is not processed by the body but is instead flushed out through urination while the more toxic compounds responsible for the body load are broken down. This led to the practice in some places of drinking the psychoactive urine of the shaman who had eaten, and thus purified, the mushroom. Some shamans even drank the urine of reindeer that had eaten the mushrooms. It turns out that the reindeer, intelligent in their own right, also realized that they could get high from the urine of a human that had consumed the mushroom, leading to what Cracked humorously referred to as “The Circle of Piss.”

8. Wallabies ravage opium poppy fields.

Tasmania is a leading producer of opium poppies for the pharmaceutical industry, supplying the morphine necessary for the production of painkillers. There’s only one problem: wallabies love the poppies. They’ll raid a field, gorge themselves on poppies, and crush the plantations in the process. As reported by BBC in 2009, the issue of stoned wallabies was even discussed at a parliamentary hearing on the security of opium crops in Tasmania, with the country’s attorney general stating that wallabies were “entering poppy fields, getting high as a kite, and going around in circles.”

download9. Pigs dig up truffles containing cannabinoids.

Black truffles, a gourmet delicacy for us humans, are also a sought-after snack for pigs. These mushrooms grow exclusively below ground and are identified by pigs by their aroma, said to be reminiscent of wet earth, dried fruit, and cacao.  A recent article in the journal Phytochemistry revealed that the black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) contains the cannabinoid anandamide, a compound structurally related to THC that is also found endogenously in the human body and is a key component of the body’s endocannabinoid system. Anandamide derives its name from the Sanskrit word ananda, meaning “bliss.” Researchers suggest that the anandamide in black truffles might be “an ancient attractant to truffle eaters that are well-equipped with with endocannabinoid receptors,” indirectly suggesting that humans might be drawn to truffles for the same reason.

Source: http://reset.me/story/psychoactive-substances-natural-8-animal-species-use-wild