Sunday, 30 December 2012

We are such stuff
as dreams are made on, and our little life
is rounded with a sleep.
These things you can't unlearn.
You've been flirting with distance, princes...
I believe that sometimes you need to go back in order to go forward.

The Diets that Time Forgot (playlist)

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Baby, I'll give you everything you need
I'll give you everything you need
I'll give you everything you need
But I don't think I need you.
Dvije čaše mlijeka dnevno održavaju optimalnu koncentraciju željeza i vitamina D u organizmu. Veća konzumacija mlijeka snižava količinu željeza, a povisuje količinu vitamina D.
Sokushinbuts su budistički svećenici koji su navodno uzrokovali svoju smrt, i to tako da njihovo tijelo ostane mumificirano. Ova vještina bila je navodno najviše zastupljena u sjevernom Japanu. U prefekturi Yamagata otkriveno je 20-ak takvih mumifikacija. Tri godine svećenik bi bio na posebnoj dijeti koja se sastojala samo od sjemenki i orašastih plodova te su iznimno intenzivirali fizičku aktivnost kako bi se riješili masti u tijelu. Iduće tri godine jeli su samo koru drveta i korijenje te pili otrovan čaj napravljen od plodava drveta urushi, od kojih se inače proizvodi lak. To je uzrokovalo povraćanje, ubrzani gubitak tjelesnih tekućina i najvažnije – ubijalo je sve organizme koji su mogli uzrokovati raspadanje tijela nakon smrti. I na kraju, svećenik bi se zaključao u kamenu grobnicu malo širu od sebe i ne bi se micao iz pozicije lotosa. Jedina veza s vanjskim svijetom bila mu je cjevčica za zrak i zvona. Svaki dan bi zazvonio kako bi onima vani dao do znanja da je još živ. Kad bi prestao zvoniti cijev sa zrakom bila bi izvađena i grobnica zapečaćena.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Čaj se tradicionalno priprema na četiri različita načina. Najvažnije je stupanj fermentacije:
  • Bijeli čaj – naziv je dobio jer dlačice na donjoj strani sušenog lista postanu bjelkasto srebrne. Nema fermantacije. Samo su najbolji čajevi izabrani za proizvodnju 'bijelog čaja'. Poznat je i kao car čajeva.
  • Zeleni čaj – minimalna fermentacija. Kod tradicionalne proizvodnje te vrste čaja, nakon berbe se u željeznim tavama prži i onda tek suši. Kod industrijske proizvodnje se postupa isto, samo u puno većim spremnicima gdje se i miješaju listovi. U Aziji postiji još daljnja podjela zelenog čaja kao npr. u Japan-u u tkz. „normalni“ zeleni čaj (緑茶: Ryokucha), prije polijevanja ugrijani zeleni čaj (ほうじ茶: Hojicha), s rižnim pahuljicama pomiješani zeleni čaj (玄米茶: Genmaicha) i drugi.
  • Oolong – djelomična fermentacija. Nakon berbe se čaj trese u pletenim korpama, a sok koji se iscijedi fermentira sa kisikom zraka. Taj proces se zaustavi s prženjem u željeznim tavama.
  • Crni čaj cjelokupna fermentacija. U istočnoj Aziji poznat kao crveni čaj (紅茶: Hong cha). Sličan je 'Oolongu', ali se fermentacija ne zaustavlja. Proizvodnja tog čaja se završava dužim sušenjem.
Postoje manje poznati poznati čajevi:
  • Puh-er-cha je poznat u Aziji kao 'crni čaj' (黒茶) i tamniji od crnog čaja, pa izgledom podsjeća na kavu. To je crni čaj koji više godina sazrijeva.
  • Žuti čaj se proizvodi samo u Kini. To je bijeli čaj koji se ne obrađuje odmah nakon berbe. Tu dolazi do minimalne fermentacije. Jedan je od najskupljih čajnih specijaliteta, te ga se ponekad uvrštava u zelene čajeve.
Bolje biti bez hrane tri dana, nego bez čaja jedan.
Kako se vodom peremo izvana, tako se čajem peremo iznutra.

How much caffeine in coffee?

Monday, 24 December 2012

Dođu dani u životu kada se ne možeš više boriti, jednostavno pustiš sve da ide onako kako ide.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

I wasn't ready for what you monsters call romance.
Žena stoji, kao kapija, na izlazu i na ulazu ovoga svijeta.
One kind word can warm three winter months.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Nemoj nikada zamijeniti moju šutnju za ignoriranje, moju smirenost za prihvaćanje, ili moju dobrotu za slabost.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

we are such stuff
as dreams are made on, and our little life
is rounded with a sleep
They say you spend your whole life rewriting the first poem you ever loved.

.נקמה

It got me nowhere.

26 Amazing Facts About Finlands Unorthodox Education System

1. Finnish children don't start school until they are 7.
2. They rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens.
3. The children are not measured at all for the first six years of their education.
4. There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, taken when children are 16.
5. All children, clever or not, are taught in the same classrooms.
6. Finland spends around 30 percent less per student than the United States.
7. 30 percent of children receive extra help during their first nine years of school.
8. 66 percent of students go to college. The highest rate in Europe.
9. The difference between weakest and strongest students is the smallest in the world.
10. Science classes are capped at 16 students so that they may perform practical experiments every class.
11. 93 percent of Finns graduate from high school.
12. 17.5 percent higher than the US.
13. 43 percent of Finnish high-school students go to vocational schools.
14. Elementary school students get 75 minutes of recess a day in Finnish versus an average of 27 minutes in the US.
15. Teachers only spend 4 hours a day in the classroom, and take 2 hours a week for "professional development".
16. Finland has the same amount of teachers as New York City, but far fewer students. 600,000 students compared to 1.1 million in NYC.
17. The school system is 100% state funded.
18. All teachers in Finland must have a masters degree, which is fully subsidized.
19. The national curriculum is only broad guidelines.
20. Teachers are selected from the top 10% of graduates.
21. In 2010, 6600 applicants vied for 660 primary school training slots
22. The average starting salary for a Finnish teacher was $29,000 in 2008. Compared with $36,000 in the United States. However, high school teachers with 15 years of experience make 102 percent of what other college graduates make.
23. There is no merit pay for teachers
24. Teachers are given the same status as doctors and lawyers
25. In an international standardized measurement in 2001, Finnish children came top or very close to the top for science, reading and mathematics. It's consistently come top or very near every time since.
26. And despite the differences between Finland and the US, it easily beats countries with a similar demographic

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Nikad ne misli što ćeš izgubiti ako pokušaš, već što ćeš dobiti ako uspiješ.
Nekad se ponekom snu omakne, pa se ostvari.

Housekeeping

It was a source of both terror and comfort to me then that I often seemed invisible - incompletely and minimally existent, in fact. It seemed to me that I made no impact on the world, and that in exchange I was privileged to watch it unawares.
Koliko truda u životu, za ova dva koraka vlage, i za potpuno nevidjelo!

Monday, 3 December 2012

The stories you tell yourself to fall asleep, those fantasies, those are a good place to start when looking for a metaphor for a personal issue. Also, the first moment you’re awake, that’s a great time for ideas to just pop into your head. In this almost-awake state, inspiration and clean connections just seem to happen. Mid-day, you might try taking a shower. That’s always good for relaxing your mind to a near dream-state. Great ideas happen while washing dishes, too. Stephen King writes in the shower. Katherine Dunn writes while swimming laps. Like sleeping, these tasks seem to allow… something… to happen. So it helps to keep a notepad beside the bed, and in the bathroom. Also, long, boring car drives – without the radio playing – are good for creating this same kind of “trance” that allows ideas to form.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

花鳥風月 (Kachou Fuugetsu) Literally: Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon Meaning: Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Ne voliš da budeš na smetnji, ne voliš da te ko krivo pogleda, ne voliš da ti iko ružnu riječ kaže. Kako onda misliš da živiš?

Thursday, 29 November 2012

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.” - Nikola Tesla Gregg Braden

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Toska (Russian): There isn’t a word in the English language that can fully express the concept of toska. Toska is a state of mind with many different shades. Russian novelist, Vladmir Nabokov describes it this way, “At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

Friday, 23 November 2012

Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.
Loše sam ga procijenila... Trebalo je još lošije.
Tek što je čovjek počeo pomalo da uči, dolazi smrt, prije nego što je stekao iskustvo.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.” -Will Smith

The Universal Law of Attraction practically means that your words, thoughts and feelings create your own physical reality.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Žene se dijele na ničije, nečije i svačije. Ti si naišao na ničiju. Mnogo bolje bi bilo da si naišao na nečiju jer nečija je nečija, navikla je da pripada, pa, kako je jednom bila nečija, može postati i tvoja. A ova što je vazda ničija ni na šta nije navikla. Nije ni morala da se navikava. A ti misliš - dobro je, ničija je slobodna. Pa baš zato je ničija, jer voli slobodu, što nikad ne bi postala nečija. Svačija je isto nečija. Samo što je previše nečija, ali uz dobre razloge može postati umjereno nečija, pa opet može postati samo tvoja. Pa čemu onda osmijeh što sam ja ničija kad je to zapravo najgore što može da ti se desi?

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Suze mi teku od smijeha. Ako prestanem da se smijem, ostat će samo suze.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Mislim da znam ptičji jezik.
Ne znam da li ptica zna moj.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.
You write so
beautifully, the
inside of your
mind must be a
terrifying place

Thursday, 8 November 2012

*Ikigai* (生き甲斐, pronounced ikiɡai) is a Japanese concept meaning 'a reason for being'. Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. In the culture of the Japanese Island of Okinawa, Ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning", that is, a reason to enjoy life.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
I have missed everything. And since I had no aims, maybe everything was indeed nothing.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Your worrying does not protect you, it makes you weak.
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others… By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.
The present you ignore eventually becomes the past you cling to.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.

Monday, 29 October 2012

The perks of having nothing to live for.
Sometimes you’ve got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.
I’ve given up. I can’t stand it anymore. The days drag by. I’m choked by food, the daylight that shouts at me every morning to get up. The sleep which is only dreams that chase me. Or the darkness that rustles with ghosts and memories. Has it ever occurred to you that the worse off people are, the less they complain? In the end, they’re quite silent. They’re living creatures with nerves, eyes, and hands, vast armies of victims. The light that rises and falls heavily. The cold that comes. The darkness. The heat. The smell. They are all silent.
There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.
I love you and it’s getting worse.
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
I never fall apart, because I never fall together.
I want so much that is not here and do not know where to go.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

And never have I felt so deeply at one and the same time so detached from myself and so present in the world.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey but spiritual beings having a human experience.
If they don’t need you, it’s okay. You do not live for other people.

Debts

  1. Simple exchange debts
  2. Support or interruption of daily flow
  3. Emotional attachments
  4. Personal power
  5. Expression
  6. The Integrity Debt
  7. The Personal Knowingness Debt 
So have a look at your life, and first identify the people and actions that you feel most compelled to interact with. There is probably karmic debt there, either positive or negative.
Next, see if you can get a sense of what part of your life is being most impacted by those people and actions – Exchange? Risk? Personal power? Integrity? Expression? Internal knowingness? 

Use this list as a guideline to place yourself and any other people in their appropriate power positions. Sort out what feels like the bigger debts from the smaller ones. Let the smaller ones back-burner if you feel the need to work on the bigger ones – but remember that they're not going to go away all by themselves.

This plane is about Action and Reaction, about Cause and Effect. These learning situations you create by using the concept of karmic debts and energy exchange will move you forward on the path of spiritual awareness, if you pay attention.


The nine needs are: Security, Adventure, Freedom, Expansion, Power, Expression, Acceptance, Communion, and Exchange

Herbs of The Third Harvest

Oct. 31- Nov.2: The Third Harvest, Winters Blessing, Halloween, Summers End, Samhain, Hallows Eve, Alla Hegons Dag, All Souls Night, Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, etc. However you associate with the holiday, it is fast upon us. A period of reflection, meditation, communing with our ancestors, and honoring loved ones that have past. It is also a time of celebration and preparation for the winter, and the new years fortunes.

HERBS:
  • Acorn: Death and rebirth, hung in windows for protection, altar decoration.
  • Apple: immortality, fruit of the underworld, divination, rituals of the communication with departed, traditional games such as apple bobbing. Buried or placed outdoors as offering to the spirits. Use apples in place of blood where it is called for in old recipes.
  • Allspice: Magical power
  • Basil: Fire, protection
  • Bay laurel: Protection, especially related to the home, magic power, divination, clairvoyance.
  • Benzoin: Purification, protection, astral projection
  • Broom: Protection, purification
  • Calendula: honoring the dead, place in offerings at graves or sacred places, add to potpourri.
  • Camphor: Divination, psychic awareness
  • Catmint: Protection
  • Cinnamon: Spirituality, psychic awareness, divination, defense
  • Cinquefoil: Divination, purification, protection
  • Copal resin: Spirituality, purification
  • Corn: Crafts, decorations symbolic of the grain harvest and corn dollies symbolizing of the coming birth of winter. Traditional food for celebratory feasts.
  • Dandelion: Divination
  • Dill: Protection from spirits, communication
  • Dittany: Rituals to contact spirits often thrown in ritual fire
  • Elder: Purification, Protection, magic power
  • Elm: Protection, psychic energy
  • Ferns: Protection, strong protection when burned outside, defense
  • Flax: Traditional decoration, protection, psychic awareness
  • Fumitory: Burned for purification, protection, exorcism
  • Hazel: Clairvoyance, divination, defense, contacting spirits
  • Heather: Burned for spirituality, communication with the dead, invitation or welcome to the dead
  • Heliotrope: Burned for purification, protection
  • Mandrake: Burned for protection, divination, astral projection (Toxic, do NOT ingest!)
  • Marigold: Symbol of enduring enduring love, placed in offerings to the dead on graves and in sacred places.
  • Mugwort: Divination, clairvoyance, protection used in ceremonial ritual potions.
  • Mullein: Burned as torches or candles in ritual ceremonies. Serves the purpose of keeping ancestral fire lit to appease the spirits, and as a highly protective herb.
  • Nettle: Protection
  • Nightshade: Divination, astral projection ingredient of old flying potions which induced strong hallucinations when transported through the skin in a carrier of animal fat.  (Toxic, do NOT ingest) Belladonna can kill you, ensure use is administered and monitored by a knowledgeable party with experience in its virtues. Otherwise, use symbolically ONLY.
  • Oak leaves: Burn for purification
  • Parsley: Offering to the deceased, used to divine your death, carried for protection
  • Patchouli: Grounding, used in rituals for safe travel between the veils,defense, letting go
  • Pine needles: Purification, protection
  • Pumpkin: Carve lanterns to keep ancestral fire lit, spiritual and protective. Traditional feast food.
  • Pumpkin seeds: symbolic of harvest, honors hekate, protection
  • Rosemary: remembrance, symbolic of love for those who have passed on. Worn as a token, or burned or placed at grave sights as offering. Protection, cleansing, consecration.
  • Rue: Protection from evil energies or spirits, Dip in water and sprinkle for magical purification
  • Sage: Purification, spirituality, and release of negative energy
  • Sandalwood: Purification, protection, astral projection, offering to the spirits, reincarnation
  • Sweet grass: Burn for purification
  • Terragon: magic power
  • Thistle: Protection
  • Thyme: Purification, protection, divination
  • Turnip: Carve lanterns to keep ancestral fire lit, spiritual and protective.
  • Vervain: Protection, power
  • Wheat: Harvest decorations, traditional foods, cross roads symbol crafts for protection
  • Willow: Protection
  • Wormwood: Protection, evocation, clairvoyance, psychic energy, and communication with spirits often thrown in ritual fire or burned as incense.
  • Yarrow: Divination, protection, psychic defense
  • Yellow cedar: Burned for purification and warding off negative energies

Thursday, 18 October 2012

I am thankful to all those who said ‘no’ to me. It’s because of them I did it for myself.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Karmic debt

The Seven Levels of Karmic Debt
By Caris Palm Turpen

Karmic Debts are the incentive to stay here and play. You want to create them with others, you want to have them paid back, you want to repay them. Without such a force acting upon you, there would be little inspiration to stick around. They present themselves as a way for the Universe to ask you, "What are you doing? How are you doing it? Are you manifesting awareness or not? Are you manifesting responsibility or not? How are you 'showing up' in this world?"

Karmic Debts are a fascinating process of balancing energies. You do something completely nasty to me, I get to do something completely nasty to you. We both learn from the experience. We balance the energy. Afterwards, in the pub, we have a good laugh.

How many of you have figured out by now that the Tao is simply an experience junkie? Man, it's got one hell of a jones for passion play, for mystery and solving mysteries, for depth and layers and concoctions that would put Aunt Essie’s Jello mold to shame. Since karmas really run our lives, it is up to us to figure out their placement. The following information gives a sense about how to apply significance to any feeling you get about an experience with another. If you can peg which level of karmic debt you have with them, you can take more conscious steps to either dealing with it or running like hell. ;-) After all, the choice is yours.......

First of all, know that of these 7 levels, about 80% of the debts you'll work with in a lifetime are on levels 1- 4; then a few at level five, fewer at level six, and the least at level 7. (Level 7 is big juju, often takes more than a couple of lifetimes to balance. You don't do a terrible amount of level 7, especially after about 5th level mature. They just take too darn much out of you, and hopefully you've learned the pertinent lessons by then that you get by *creating* a level 7 debt. You will see many mature souls working. frantically to payoff level 7 debts they may have put off for awhile. See, you can run but you can't hide.)

Often you make your most debts in a lifetime around your top three Internal Needs. If you have a lot going on with the Need of Freedom, well then, you will probably create, or pay back, debts relating to freedoms or restrictions. There is a direct correlation between the Needs and the debts you work with.

Likewise, there is new information coming down the pike, as it were, about Responsibility levels and Awareness levels. If you hadn't guessed by now, your debt creation and payment is *directly and specifically related* to these. In other words, the more debt work you do, the better responsibility and awareness you have. If you muddle around, picking your toes, not working on your debts, you'll not get very far. We have watched with great interest some fragments merrily while away near eons out of fears of having to repay one major debt. It's kind of like going to the dentist to get a root canal. It's difficult while you're there, but the relief from the rotten tooth is completely worth it later.

LEVEL ONE KARMIC DEBT:


The Ice Cream Debt
Simple exchange debts

This debt level, while seemingly small, has a very important function. It serves to remind us of our bigger debts from past lifetimes, and will bring the lessons learned in those past lifetimes to bear again. They are used as memory triggers. Adults will use these karmic debts to remember the bonds or history they have with others.

These debts are very simple and are often exchanged, or balanced, the same day. At the child level, it might be a sock in the arm. You hit me, I hit you. Again, this will serve to remind the fragment, 'oh yeah, if I do something I could get something back'. Adults do their own little sophistications on this level, but they are really the same basic type of debt. You hug me, I hug you back. You give me a glass of wine, I say nice things about your house.

LEVEL TWO KARMIC DEBT:


The Toolbox Debt
Support or interruption of daily flow

The first example here is that of a carpenter whose hammer is borrowed. He needs that hammer to work, but the borrower has not returned it, so he has to go out and buy a new one. This level is more irksome than Level l. Since karmas are by their nature somewhat subjective, it is a judgment call about what is important to the person. This debt level is about a break in trust. If someone breaks trust with you at this level, especially repeatedly, say, by borrowing and then not returning a loved book, or borrowing and then breaking your rake, you will probably drop them to a lower level on your Circles of Acceptance. Being stood up for a date is one of the more noticeable breaks at this level, in that virtually everyone has had this happen at one time or another.

LEVEL THREE KARMIC DEBT:

The Prized Automobile Debt
Emotional attachments

These debts occur with and around pets, children, relatives, good friends, and important possessions.

If someone has a 'prized automobile', there is an inherent emotional attachment, usually because there is identification with that object, or it is meaningful or impactful in the person's life. If this item is stolen or broken or somehow its 'rightness' with the person who has it is corrupted, then the thief or abuser has incurred a Level 3 Karmic Debt with the owner.

Burglary can be creating or paying back a debt at this level. So can stealing an idea for a book or a song. Even being forcefully snubbed by someone you had wished to bond with will create or pay back a debt at this level.

LEVEL FOUR KARMIC DEBT:

The Hearth and Home Debt
Personal power

This level attacks your sense of personal power, in where you live or work or identify.

If someone burns down your house, they have broken your sense of personal power about having a home. If an ex-husband or ex-wife kidnaps your child (doing that child no harm, simple inter-family theft), they are taking power away from the other parent. If a doctor or healer heals you, after you've been very ill, this can restore your sense of personal power (over your body) and they can be paying back a debt at this level to you, or creating philanthropic karma for themselves. Being beaten up in a bar fight can make you feel like you've lost a sense of your own personal power, thereby incurring this level of debt with your attacker. Some of these karmas are created in the court system, by inappropriate awards in divorces or child-custody arguments.

LEVEL FIVE KARMIC DEBT:


The Livelihood Debt
Expression

This level has to do with your expression of who you really are.

If that expression is taken away from you, or you take it from another, this level of debt is incurred.

Most interestingly, simple murder appears at this level - what could be more straightforward than taking away your physical plane vehicle for expression than killing it?

Big career success or ruin is at this level, as is big financial gain or ruin.

You can create wonderful philanthropic karma at this level by taking on an apprentice and really making sure they do well after they leave you.

If you save someone's life, you have paid back a karmic debt at this level - perhaps you murdered them in a stupid burglary or killed them in war, at a personal level, previously.

LEVEL SIX KARMIC DEBT:

The Integrity Debt

This level has to do with how you are expressed to others. It begins the fast high leap of tie-in with the concept of greater interconnectedness. While level 5 is more personal, this level is more concerned with others, and level 7 is even more interconnected.

This level of debt is incurred by libel or slander to the degree that you are ruined or ruin another's reputation.

Also, jailing someone who is innocent.

Also, political imprisonment is here; this level deals with Freedom concepts.

As might be guessed by the astute, slavery falls into this level.

Most types of war deaths fall into this level - but be aware that most war deaths in this common era are too broad to be individually applied to a perpetrator and still have the balance attainable. Instead, the debt is applied to the *concept/construct* of the energy that was used to create the situation. This will allow both sides to experience the lessons and resulting balances from payment or reception of payment of this type of debt. On the other hand, if you have created a debt with the Orange Growers Association by being a spokesperson for their product, and then prove to be a sociopath and cause nightmares in children when they dream of oranges, you cannot repay the debt for the damage you caused at many levels of commerce and survival by simply planting an orange tree in your next lifetime and praising yourself for your wearing orange colored clothing, ugly as it might be. You have to actually *****DO SOMETHING***** with the concept, such as perhaps making oranges a cult worship object, causing sales to go through the roof and bringing prosperity to those lives whom you sullied. We are making a little joke here to illustrate the concept of Energetic Debt Repayment, when individual payments are simply impossible.

On the base physical level, maiming another or being maimed is at this level. Can you see that maiming another is in its way worse than death? If you maim another, you are dealing with that person's ability to be viewed in their life. If that view is distorted to others, it affects the rest of the person's life, from their own ability to see themselves to other's perceptions of the validity of that person.

LEVEL SEVEN KARMIC DEBT:

The Personal Knowingness Debt

This debt deals with a person's ability to connect with the greater universe. If their personal or inner knowingness has been corrupted, they have a faulty mechanism by which to gauge their experiences against, and therefore their ability to choose is highly compromised and they will often make decisions that do harm to the greater number of beings around them as a result.

Spiritual con men create karmic debts with others at this level, if they are propagating seriously false information about the nature of connection. (If they are just a bad televangelist or a smarmy guru, they are more likely creating debts at level four, which involves personal power.)

Intentionally imprinting a child or children as to their world view, especially in a negative or destructive fashion, or with information that fails to take into account the fact the child is a member of a much bigger community than just its family or religion, falls into this level.

Leaders who keep their supporters involved in highly machined falsehoods *in order to suppress them* are creating this level of karma.

OVERVIEW

So have a look at your life, and first identify the people and actions that you feel most compelled to interact with. There is probably karmic debt there, either positive or negative.

Next, see if you can get a sense of what part of your life is being most impacted by those people and actions – exchange? risk? personal power? integrity? internal knowingness?

Use this list as a guideline to place yourself and any other people in their appropriate power positions. Sort out what feels like the bigger debts from the smaller ones. Let the smaller ones back-burner if you feel the need to work on the bigger ones – but remember that they're not going to go away all by themselves.

This plane is about Action and ReAction, about Cause and Effect. These learning situations you create by using the concept of karmic debts and energy exchange will move you forward on the path of spiritual awareness, if you pay attention.
 

More On Karmic Debt
The following is an edited version of a session done on around the idea of karmic debts creating connections between people.......

Why else, in this world of billions, would R and H connect so easily? Karma is like that, as you are well aware.

Hence, part of the loneliness of the oldest souls, who have completed most all of their major karmas and so must rely on other methods to attract and maintain relationships.
This is why service becomes such a factor. Without service, there would be little reason to stick around. Thankfully, service lessons are some of the biggest available, as you also know.
But do you also know that there is service without karmic interaction? This is something to be aware of.
In other words, service is its own reward. You can be drawn to service and the interaction it offers, and, believe it or not Mr. Ripley, not have any karmic reasons for being there, not even the venerated 'philanthropic karma'. And all the interactions that come from that service are simple and clean. This type of work is generally unknown to but a few, who have, again, worked past all their major karmas. For those with major karmas still working, such as with yourself, it is a tad difficult to see into that realm, until you are actually there.
(snip)
This is why your self-mystification around your seeming lack of interest in the overall welfare of children exists. No major karmas in that area. But you know what major karmas feel like, deep down, and in fact wonder at the validity of all of your relationships that DON'T have them - for, in your own mind, you think that's why you HAVE relationships. And for most people that's true. But it's not the only reason.
And so, without the compelling nature of karma working its magic on you, you could indeed be a perfect child welfare advocate. Clean thinking, direct, able to see into all areas. And it isn't something you HAVE to do. You would only do it if you WANTED to.
But we see, more in line with your artisan subset, that your service work will probably be in the realm of the arts, or personal vision, or a type of healing.
Client: I've had a hard time pinpointing in which direction I should go.
You would actually do well in any of those areas - you would be a fabulous agent or rep for a small collective of artists, for instance. Or you could manage a therapeutic spa, perhaps a women's day spa where the emphasis is on light and healing, not morbid chewing of life's grittier details.
Client: Interesting, I'd never thought in those lines.
You see, karmas being what they are, if you don't have huge ones acting on you, you're more likely to sit in a corner and suck your thumb and wonder why you're sitting in a corner and sucking your thumb, but doing little to move yourself out of it.
What it takes at that point is Vision. Looking into No Karma Land.
Client: And it's hard when you're used to working on karma.
And taking a good look at yourself, and seeing what fits and what doesn't. This is true introspection on its most personal level, the most difficult kind for any fragment.
Client: It is difficult.
Oh, it is so much easier and intoxicating to work with the karmas. It's set up that way, you know. This is our little secret.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
I keep thinking that if I could just unzip my skin, step out of this body, then I would see who I really am.
You get depressed because you know that you’re not what you should be.
Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.
No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Broj sa sto nula zove se googol. Riječ "googol" izmislio je devetogodišnji dječak Milton Sirrota kada ga je njegov stric, američki matematičar Edward Kasner zamolio da nadjene ime broju 10^100. Broj 10^googol nazvan je googolplex.
We don’t even ask for happiness, just a little less pain.
I don’t want to talk to people. I mean, I do, really, but I can’t manage it. I feel my social skills are sliding backwards. I just can’t connect with people. I feel like I’m acting all the time, because I’m truly not a social creature… And any attempts to be are so calculated and unlike myself and I feel everyone sees through it. Still, it doesn’t deter people from talking to me. I feel awful that they have any sort of faith in my being able to interact with them like a normal human being. I mean, some days are better than others. It’s just lately. I am absolutely socially inept.
One should not be afraid of humans. Well, I am not afraid of humans, but of what is inhuman in them...

Monday, 8 October 2012

At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world around me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.
平均的な4歳児は、毎日400個以上の質問をしている。このときの返答次第でその子の性格とか知能とか決まる。
Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.
I never tried to be anything other than a dreamer. I never paid any attention to people who told me to go out and live. I belonged always to whatever was far from me and to whatever I could never be. Anything that was not mine, however base, always seemed to be full of poetry. The only thing I ever loved was pure nothingness.
And falling’s just another way to fly.
I was twenty-four, but even then I led the gloomy, disorganized, solitary existence of a recluse. I stayed away from people, avoided even speaking to them, and kept more and more to my hole.
You only lose what you cling to.
Blaise - (n) Somebody who is so creative, funny, smart, nice and pretty that you begin to think it is unfair that he/she exists.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

I think too much. I think ahead. I think behind. I think sideways. I think it all. If it exists, I’ve fucking thought of it.

Friday, 5 October 2012

The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
I had no interests. I had no interest in anything. I had no idea how I was going to escape. At least the others had some taste for life. They seemed to understand something that I didn’t understand. Maybe I was lacking. It was possible. I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go.
I like people to be unhappy because I like them to have souls.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Bonsai ( 盆栽 ) (lit. plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings) is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers.
But love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Monday, 1 October 2012

At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world around me; I seen to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.
When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.
those zombies are masked
concrete jungle burns
I like to dabble
in such varied colors

eyes are blinding
when stares go for days
unbecoming dreamers
are likely to lose it when trains run late

so it is to ramble
and forget our friend time
startled over letting go
madness in the big city
I feel like if I’m too kind then you will only change your mind
Take advantage of my heart and I’ll go back into the dark
Karmički obrasci su duševni sadržaji pohranjeni u našoj podsvijesti koji nas opterećuju nepoželjnim tjelesnim stanjima, emocijama ili mislima. Nalik su pokvarenoj ploči koja se stalno i uporno ponavlja pa umjesto da ostvarujemo životne ciljeve, mi se vrtimo u krug. Mnoge osobe svjesne su svojih ograničavajućih životnih modela i željele bi iz njih izaći, ali ne mogu jer ne znaju kako.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Even though hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs, only 0.1% of germs actually make us sick.
I am horribly limited.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

hijeroglifsko pismo, opći naziv za pisma u kojima znakovi označavaju pojmove i riječi, također i za pisma potekla od takvih (npr. slogovna pisma u kojima se vide tragovi takva starijega tipa u ideogramima i sl.; takvo je egipatsko h. p.). Naziv hijeroglif upotrebljava se za znak takva pisma, npr. za današnje kin. pismo i za hijeroglifske dijelove (neslogovne) japanskoga i korejskoga.
čajna gljiva (kineska ili japanska gljiva, kombucha), mješavina određenih živih bakterija i gljiva kvasovaca (Saccharomycetes), koja se kao prozirna i sluzava masa stavlja u zaslađen i ohlađen čaj. Ovdje bakterije i kvasovci vrenjem razvijaju različite spojeve (alkohol, mliječnu i octenu kiselinu, vitamine i dr.) te takav čaj dobiva ljekovita svojstva (pospješuje probavu; u pučkoj se medicini rabi protiv arterioskleroze).

Izvadak iz proleksis enciklopedije

šintoizam (kin. shen dao; jap. shinto put bogova), učenje o bogovima; jap. autohtona religija, nastala od animizma, politeizma s primjesama šamanizma i mitova srodnih azijskih kozmogonija. Božanstva (kami) su dusi prir. sila (bregovi, rijeke, jezera, drveće, Sunce, Mjesec, neke životinje, os. lisica Inari, itd.). Od prabožanstava Izanami i Izanagija potekli su ostali bogovi koji su stvorili jap. otoke i na kojima je prvi vladar bio unuk božice Sunca Amaterasu. Njezini su potomci carevi i nar. heroji, a kult predaka povezuje se s kultom nacije. Na š. s vremenom utječe konfucionizam, budizam i druge religije pa nastaju mnoge sljedbe; u XIX. st. car promovira čisti š. kao religiju predaka, s kultom careve osobe, proglašava ga drž. religijom odvojenom od 12 sljedbi pučkoga šintoizma. Razlikuju se međusobno povezani oblici šintoizma: hramski š. posvećen štovanju kamija u mjesnim hramovima, sljedbenski vezan (os. u XIX. st.) uz razne sljedbe i njihove utemeljitelje, carski koji je naglašavao božanstvenost carske osobe, i narodni, koji čuva drevne tradicije arhajske religije (gatanje, šamanske obrede, kultove kućnih i poljskih bogova). Šintoistički hramovi nalaze se na posvećenom prostoru označenom pletenom slamnatom užadi koja obavija kamenje, stijenje i otočiće. Okruženi su otvorenim drvenim dverima (torii), a u sred. prostoru (honden) čuvaju se relikvije (ogledala, mačevi, dragulji). U njima se obavljaju tipične jap. svetkovine, kao što su obred čišćenja, klanjanja, otvaranje vrata unutar. svetišta, prinošenje žrtvene hrane, molitva i dr.
I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.
Every star may be a sun to someone.
I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Chinese astrology

Chinese Astrology

The Sheng xiao (Chinese: pinyin: shēngxiào), better known as Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries besides China and Taiwan.

Identifying this scheme using the term "zodiac" reflects several similarities to the Western zodiac: both have time cycles divided into 12 parts, each labels at least the majority of those parts with names of animals, and each is widely associated with a culture of attributing influence of a person's relationship to the cycle upon their personality and/or events in their life. Nevertheless, there are major differences: the "Chinese" 12-part cycle is divided into years rather than months; contrary to the association with animals implied in the Greek etymology of "zodiac", actually four of the Western "signs" or "houses" are represented by humans (one such sign being the twins "Gemini") and one is the inanimate balance scale "Libra"; the animals of the Chinese zodiac are not associated with constellations, let alone those spanned by the ecliptic plane.

Legend 

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha summoned all the animals on Earth to meet him on Chinese New Year. However, only thirteen animals came. The animals were the Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig. In honour of their attendance, the Buddha decided to name a year after each of them. However, a dispute soon arose as to which order the animals would be named. In his wisdom, the Buddha arranged a race whereby the outcome would decide the order.
All the animals lined up on the bank of a river and were given the task of getting to the opposite shore. Their order in the calendar would be set by the order in which the animals managed to reach the other side. The cat wondered how he would get across if he was afraid of water. At the same time, the ox wondered how he would cross with his poor eyesight. The calculating rat suggested that he and the cat jump onto the ox's back and guide him across. The ox was steady and hard-working so that he did not notice the commotion on his back. In the meantime, the rat sneaked up behind the unsuspecting cat and shoved him into the water. Just as the ox came ashore, the rat jumped off and finished the race first. The lazy pig came to the far shore in twelfth place. As a result, the rat was named as the first year while, the ox got the second year, and so on, up to the pig. The cat finished too late to win any place in the calendar, and vowed to be the enemy of the rat forever more.

Possibilities

In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs, and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals) and hours of the day (called secret animals).
To sum it up, while a person might appear to be a dragon because they were born in the year of the dragon, they might also be a snake internally and an ox secretively. In total, this makes for 8,640 possible combinations (five elements x 12 animals in the 60 year cycle (12 x 5 = 60) , 12 months, 12 times of day) that a person might be. These are all considered critical for the proper use of Chinese astrology.

Personalities

Chinese zodiac signs represent twelve different types of personalities. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, and there are many stories about the origins of the Chinese Zodiac which explain why this is so (see below). The following are the twelve zodiac signs in order and their characteristics.
Rat
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): 
Forthright, tenacious, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, mendacious, venal, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.  
Ox
(Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed
Element Water): 
Dependable, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.  
Tiger
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Wood): 
Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, unpredictable.  
Rabbit 
(Yin, 4th Trine,
Fixed Element Wood): 
Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic.  
Dragon 
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed
Element Wood): 
Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, zealous, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.  
Snake
(Yin, 2nd Trine,
Fixed
Element Fire): 
Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold.  
Horse
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Fire): 
Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile - mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.  
Ram 
(Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed
Element Fire): 
Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer, weak-willed.  
Monkey
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious.  
Rooster
(Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated, given to empty bravado.  
Dog
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, senstive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.  
Pig 
(Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed
Element Water): 
Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naive, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.  

What is your Sign? 

The following table shows the 60-year cycle matched up to the Western calendar for the years 1924–2043
YearAssociated
Element
Heavenly
Stem
Earthly
Branch
Associated
Animal
Year
1924–19831984–2043
Feb 05 1924–Jan 23 1925Yang WoodRatFeb 02 1984–Feb 19 1985
Jan 24 1925–Feb 12 1926Yin WoodOxFeb 20 1985–Feb 08 1986
Feb 13 1926–Feb 01 1927Yang FireTigerFeb 09 1986–Jan 28 1987
Feb 02 1927–Jan 22 1928Yin FireRabbitJan 29 1987–Feb 16 1988
Jan 23 1928–Feb 09 1929Yang EarthDragonFeb 17 1988–Feb 05 1989
Feb 10 1929–Jan 29 1930Yin EarthSnakeFeb 06 1989–Jan 26 1990
Jan 30 1930–Feb 16 1931Yang MetalHorseJan 27 1990–Feb 14 1991
Feb 17 1931–Feb 05 1932Yin MetalRamFeb 15 1991–Feb 03 1992
Feb 06 1932–Jan 25 1933Yang WaterMonkeyFeb 04 1992–Jan 22 1993
Jan 26 1933–Feb 13 1934Yin WaterRoosterJan 23 1993– Feb 09 1994
Feb 14 1934–Feb 03 1935Yang WoodDogFeb 10 1994–Jan 30 1995
Feb 04 1935–Jan 23 1936Yin WoodBoarJan 31 1995–Feb 18 1996
Jan 24 1936–Feb 10 1937Yang FireRatFeb 19 1996–Feb 06 1997
Feb 11 1937–Jan 30 1938Yin FireOxFeb 07 1997–Jan 27 1998
Jan 31 1938–Feb 18 1939Yang EarthTigerJan 28 1998–Feb 15 1999
Feb 19 1939–Feb 07 1940Yin EarthRabbitFeb 16 1999–Feb 04 2000
Feb 08 1940–Jan 26 1941Yang MetalDragonFeb 05 2000–Jan 23 2001
Jan 27 1941–Feb 14 1942Yin MetalSnakeJan 24 2001–Feb 11 2002
Feb 15 1942–Feb 04 1943Yang WaterHorseFeb 12 2002–Jan 31 2003
Feb 05 1943–Jan 24 1944Yin WaterRamFeb 01 2003–Jan 21 2004
Jan 25 1944–Feb 12 1945Yang WoodMonkeyJan 22 2004–Feb 08 2005
Feb 13 1945–Feb 01 1946Yin WoodRoosterFeb 09 2005–Jan 28 2006
Feb 02 1946–Jan 21 1947Yang FireDogJan 29 2006–Feb 17 2007
Jan 22 1947–Feb 09 1948Yin FireBoarFeb 18 2007–Feb 06 2008
Feb 10 1948–Jan 28 1949Yang EarthRatFeb 07 2008–Jan 25 2009
Jan 29 1949–Feb 16 1950Yin EarthOxJan 26 2009–Feb 13 2010
Feb 17 1950–Feb 05 1951Yang MetalTigerFeb 14 2010–Feb 02 2011
Feb 06 1951–Jan 26 1952Yin MetalRabbitFeb 03 2011–Jan 22 2012
Jan 27 1952–Feb 13 1953Yang WaterDragonJan 23 2012–Feb 09 2013
Feb 14 1953–Feb 02 1954Yin WaterSnakeFeb 10 2013–Jan 30 2014
Feb 03 1954–Jan 23 1955Yang WoodHorseJan 31 2014–Feb 18 2015
Jan 24 1955–Feb 11 1956Yin WoodRamFeb 19 2015–Feb 07 2016
Feb 12 1956–Jan 30 1957Yang FireMonkeyFeb 08 2016–Jan 27 2017
Jan 31 1957–Feb 17 1958Yin FireRoosterJan 28 2017–Feb 18 2018
Feb 18 1958–Feb 07 1959Yang EarthDogFeb 19 2018–Feb 04 2019
Feb 08 1959–Jan 27 1960Yin EarthBoarFeb 05 2019–Jan 24 2020
Jan 28 1960–Feb 14 1961Yang MetalRatJan 25 2020–Feb. 11 2021
Feb 15 1961–Feb 04 1962Yin MetalOxFeb 12 2021–Jan 31 2022
Feb 05 1962–Jan 24 1963Yang WaterTigerFeb 01 2022–Jan 21 2023
Jan 25 1963–Feb 12 1964Yin WaterRabbitJan 22 2023–Feb 09 2024
Feb 13 1964–Feb 01 1965Yang WoodDragonFeb 10 2024–Jan 28 2025
Feb 02 1965–Jan 20 1966Yin WoodSnakeJan 29 2025–Feb 16 2026
Jan 21 1966–Feb 08 1967Yang FireHorseFeb 17 2026–Feb 05 2027
Feb 09 1967–Jan 29 1968Yin FireRamFeb 06 2027–Jan 25 2028
Jan 30 1968–Feb 16 1969Yang EarthMonkeyJan 26 2028–Feb 12 2029
Feb 17 1969–Feb 05 1970Yin EarthRoosterFeb 13 2029–Feb 02 2030
Feb 06 1970–Jan 26 1971Yang MetalDogFeb 03 2030–Jan 22 2031
Jan 27 1971–Feb 14 1972Yin MetalBoarJan 23 2031–Feb 10 2032
Feb 15 1972–Feb 02 1973Yang WaterRatFeb 11 2032–Jan 30 2033
Feb 03 1973–Jan 22 1974Yin WaterOxJan 31 2033–Feb 18 2034
Jan 23 1974–Feb 10 1975Yang WoodTigerFeb 19 2034–Feb 07 2035
Feb 11 1975–Jan 30 1976Yin WoodRabbitFeb 08 2035–Jan 27 2036
Jan 31 1976–Feb 17 1977Yang FireDragonJan 28 2036–Feb 14 2037
Feb 18 1977–Feb 06 1978Yin FireSnakeFeb 15 2037–Feb 03 2038
Feb 07 1978–Jan 27 1979Yang EarthHorseFeb 04 2038–Jan 23 2039
Jan 28 1979–Feb 15 1980Yin EarthRamJan 24 2039–Feb 11 2040
Feb 16 1980–Feb 04 1981Yang MetalMonkeyFeb 12 2040–Jan 31 2041
Feb 05 1981–Jan 24 1982Yin MetalRoosterFeb 01 2041–Jan 21 2042
Jan 25 1982–Feb 12 1983Yang WaterDogJan 22 2042–Feb 09 2043
Feb 13 1983–Feb 01 1984Yin WaterBoarFeb 10 2043–Jan 29 2044

My element!

(壬 Ren) Yang Water is like an ocean, deep and very active with many waves. Just like waters of rivers and sea flow continually everywhere, and drawn into various kinds of things, Ren person is worry free and optimistic, they don’t mind the past and are filled with courage to move on. They show enthusiasm in whatever they do, they like to help others and don’t mind hardships. They enjoy social activities with full of spirits, and become noticeable to others. They are highly adaptable to any change on circumstances. They are also quick to grasp and will not miss any good opportunity that comes along. Once the drive kicks in, they will overcome all difficulties to meet their objective or reach their goal. Synthesis says that Ren people are clever, intelligent and full of inspirations. They can be endowed in both civil and martial virtues, has leadership qualities, and able to outshine and surpass themselves from others. Shortcomings are that though they have a rounded personality, they are willful. They can be lazy and this caused them to be dependent on others easily. Ren people are very fond of freedom, dislike to be restrained or controlled and due to this they are not able to hold on to the last minute at times. They are also easily affected get entangled in love relationships.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Shinto: The Religion of Nature Worship, Emperor Worship, and Purity

Shinto (the way of the gods), traditionally dating back to 660 B. C., is a loosely organized religion of the Japanese people embracing a wide variety of beliefs and practices. In its most basic sense Shinto is a religious form of Japanese patriotism. The mythology of Shintoism teaches that Japan and the Japanese people were brought into being by special divine creation and that their emperors were literally descendants of the Sun Goddess. In Japan a person may in good conscience be a Buddhist, a Confucian, and a member of a Shinto sect at the same time. Today (1982) Shintoism reports 57,154,200 members.
The two most important sacred books of Shintoism are the Kojiki (Chronicles of Ancient Events) and the Nihongi (Chronicles of Japan). The Kojiki mythology reports that in the beginning were the kami (gods, mana, occult force). Two of these primeval kami or deities were Izanagi (male-who-invites) and Izanami (female who-invites). After giving birth to the land of Japan they produced many other kami.

Izanami died after giving birth to the kami of fire. Izanagi journeyed to Hades to find her. Finding her decayed body crawling with maggots he fled in horror back to the land of the living. To purify himself he entered a body of water and when he washed his left eye there came into existence the Sun Goddess, the Great Kami Amaterasu; and when he washed his right eye Tsukiyom the Moon Kami, emerged. After years of struggle the Japanese people were waring against each other and the Sun Goddess sent her grandson, Ninigi, to become the first emperor of Japan. Shinto is unique among the religions of the world in representing the Supreme Being as feminine in gender.

Although mythological tradition has the first Japanese emperor enthroned in the seventh century B.C., modern scholars think the actual history of Japan did not begin until the third century A. D. After the fourth century A. D. the Japanese came under the influence of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. By the end of the sixth century Mahayana Buddhism had taken a firm foothold on Japan. It was at this time that the term "Shinto" was introduced to distinguish the native Japanese religion from the new foreign religion.
Little by little the boundaries between Buddhism and Shintoism were obliterated. The concerns of day-to-day life became the domain of the Shinto side of religion while the concerns of the afterlife were served by the Buddhists.. The Japanese developed distinctive forms of Buddhism such as Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren.

Shinto almost died out as a viable religion but in the seventeenth century it was revitalized by tough-minded military leaders. A combination of Shinto and Confucianism was used to develop the warrior code of Bushido. The samurai (knights) who followed this code emphasized loyalty, gratitude, courage, justice, truthfulness, politeness, reserve, and honor. In Japan suicide has often been encouraged to avoid dishonor, escape from a bad life situation, or as a means of protest. When dishonored the Bushido warrior was expected to kill himself by hara-kiri (disembowelment).

Shinto teaches the importance of personal cleanliness and the sense of communal guilt. Apart from subservience to the Emperor, Shintoism has no definite set of theological beliefs or code of morality. Morality and theology are naturalistic. Motoori (1730-1801), one of the most important scholars in the history of Shintoism, explains the lack of ethics in Shintoism: "It is because the Japanese were truly moral in their practice that they require no theory of morals."

After Commodore Perry in the mid nineteenth century opened Japan to outside influence sweeping changes have occurred in the country. The Constitution of 1889 established a state supported Shinto but other religions were allowed to exist and propagate. State Shinto supported thousands of shrines and priests. The grand imperial shrine at Ise was dedicated to the mother goddess of Japan, Amaterasu. Every loyal Japanese citizen wishes to visit the Ise Shrine at least once in their life time.

There are many Shinto sects which tend to be oriented in three major categories. First, those whose emphasis is on mountain or nature worship. Second, those who stress shamanism, divination, and faith healing such as the Tenri-kyo (Teachings of Divine Reason) sect. The third type of sectarian Shinto is more in tune with historic Shinto, reviving the myths of the origin of Japan, stressing purification rites, fasting, breath control, and other techniques similar to the Yoga cults of Hinduism. Domestic Shinto is practiced in many homes. The kami-dana (god shelf) is found in residences. Flowers or food may be placed before this altar daily or brief prayers and devotions may take place.

Shinto had become such an inseparable part of Japanese militarism the American occupation forces felt it necessary to direct the abolition of state support of Shinto in December of 1945. New Year's Day 1946 Emperor Hirohito disavowed the belief in his divine nature and complete religious freedom was guaranteed to every citizen.
A Japanese legend says that if you can’t sleep at night it’s because you’re awake in someone else’s dream.
An old Japanese myth says that if two star-crossed lovers commit dual suicide, they get reincarnated as twins.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.
Možda će i biti ljepših vremena, ali ovo je naše.

Ogimachi Village


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Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place to work and live, and are best seen either covered in snow or surrounded by green fields. Many of the farmhouses are now restaurants, museums or minshuku, where you can stay overnight.

A number of farmhouses from the surrounding villages have been relocated to an open air museum across the river from the town center in an effort to save them from destruction. This museum along with the large concentration of farmhouses and attractions in town and the area's accessibility make Ogimachi the best place in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama to see gassho-zukuri farmhouses.