Spirals in Ireland

When you visit the great Irish sites of Loath and Newgrnge one of the first things you will notice is the representation of the Spiral.

The spiral itself is one of the five shapes that occur naturally in the world. Think sea shells and the conical of your ear or the birth of a palm frond. All are spirals as is our galaxy itself.
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The triple spiral at the entrance to Newgrange represents the Holy Trinity, from a time well before anything biblical even happened. According to Uriel’s Machine by Knight and Lomas (2003), the triple spiral may represent the nine-month period of human pregnancy, since the sun takes a fourth of a year to go from the celestial equator (an equinox) to extreme north or south declination (a solstice), and vice versa.
In fact the most unique symbol here – the Triskellion links Ireland to initially the Minoans from Crete, who lived in Ireland during the bronze age where they set up mines throughout differing UK sites and previously the Sumerians, all of whom honour the spiral.
Im from New Zealand and recently standing stones have been located in Northland with celtic spirals similar to Newgrange. Called the Opito stones they are standing stones that speak of an age old culture in New Zealand. Coupled with this is the Kaimanawa wall, an ancient prehistoric wall found deep in the Kaimanawa ranges in New Zealand.
Questions and the truth.
  1. Are all of these linked… ireland …sumeria…. minoans… and new zealand
  2. ANSWER – The Minoans were stunning sea farers and travelled to the USA, Canada and Caribbean in the Bronze age, over 3,000 years ago… yet, what we have here and the links is much older.
Lastly, even in Modern day Dublin, you will see the ancient symbolism is not lost. Rarely around the world will you find buildings with spirals etched in. Preserving the mysticism of the past.

Is the Rosetta stone right?

So what is the Rosetta stone? I have always been fascinated by it for two reasons.
  1. It was a true battle between French and British during the 19th century but with Chivalry and no one died
  2. Who created it? The fact relates that whoever created it was on the same quest that we were on in the modern era.
The Rosettta stone was found at the very top of Egypt. It is a totally unique piece of material. Carved on it arre hieroglyphs, but also Greek and a Demotic script. It was carved in 196BC and is about a decree of King Ptolemy.
Mike at the Rosetta Stone

Mike at the Rosetta Stone

This meant that upon it’s discovery in 1799 by one of Napoleans soldiers that hieroglyphs, which had been a mystery to the modern world for millennia could be translated… why… because we could read ancient greek, and if we could do that then we could read the strange symbols of the egyptian past.

The race was on between the French, headed by the academic and elderly Champollion and the English and much younger Thomas Young, who eventually cracked the code by a very small margin.
It wasn’t a simple thing to do the translations because you are of course assuming that ancient egyptian reads left to right. Yet in fact it can read in any direction, 4 directions to be fair.
Finally it was done, allowing us to read the beautiful inscriptions all over egypt from all time, including the Book of the Dead at Saqqara, the most stunning and most ancient text of all.
So let’s wrap this up with a question and a piece of truth very few people know.
  1. The question – Did the Ancient Greeks that translated this stone know what they were doing? If not, then maybe we have hieroglyphs all wrong. Remember that this was unlikely to be an academic peer reviewed piece of work, maybe it was just a hobby in someones back yard, and we are basing the whole knowledge of egypt on that
  2. Egyptian Heiroglyphs are 3 dimensional. If you stare at them, particularly something like the list of kings on the wall at Abydos, they come alive. They become like an old animated picture. Think Mickey Mouse circa 1928. In 2014, we had a whole group use diffusion and convergence and many of the group jumped in shock as they released the wall came alive in front of them.
So have we got it right or is the Rosetta stone simply leading us in an entirely wrong path.

Using Outlook and Saving Time

Written by Robyn Pearce www.gettingagrip.com

I’ve just been running a ‘Getting a Grip on Email, Paper and the Office Environment’ workshop for a large Government department in Wellington. Here are two email tips that got the folks really excited. They couldn’t wait to get back to their desks and start using them. I’ll share the instructions in Outlook 2010, and if you have a different version or system, your Help menu will guide you.

  1. Turn off your alert – it is one of the most insidious interrupters.
    You almost never need to know you’ve just received yet another email but very few of us can ignore a beep or flashing message. When our energy is low or the current task is challenging it is way too easy to be distracted.The path is: File/Options/Mail/Message Arrival – and then untick all four options.

Now, instead of constantly dodging in and out of your email system, hounded by pings and flashes, you’re in chargEmail envelopee. You will choose how often you wish to communicate, and when. Put your focus on your high-value work and do email in suitable gaps.

You might want to add something extra in your standard email signature to indicate your changed practice. One of my Australian speaker colleagues has the following just under his name:

‘Please call me if you need a quick response.’ His phone number is just below.

Or you might say something like: ‘I reply to my emails a few times a day. Please phone …. if your query is urgent.’

  1. To save unnecessary keystrokes, turn anything you repeatedly write into a ‘Signature’.
    It might be driving instructions, a basic proposal outline, invitations to an event, a promotion you wish to market, seasonal greetings, instructions to the printer – and that’s just for starts. I have about 12 signatures to choose from.

You can write directly into the Signature wizard (detailed below) but it’s quite a small box. I find it faster and easier to create elsewhere. Usually I’ll copy the required text from a new email, or if it’s a large block of information you might grab it from an existing document. Highlight the block of text and copy it. (Shortcut Ctrl + C = Copy).

In Outlook, File/Options/Mail/Signatures/. Choose ‘New’, give it a name, and then drop in your block of text. Choose OK.

When you’re in the message area of an email you’re composing and ready for your block of text, place your cursor in the relevant place and then choose the Signature button on the ribbon above. If you’ve got more than one signature you’ll see a down arrow. Click on the arrow and all your signatures will be listed. One click and your text of choice is inserted. Voila!

There may be things you need to change, but getting the ‘bones’ into an email will save you significant time.

A couple of signature work-arounds, due to some clunky Outlook programming:
Once you’ve set up the new signature, go back and open Signatures again. You’ll find (on the right hand side) that what you’ve just set up has become the default for every new outgoing email. We don’t want this, so just reset to ‘None’ for outgoing mail, which allows you to pick whichever signature is relevant.

One other annoying Outlook 10 feature – you can only choose one signature. Pick another and your first choice vanishes in a puff of digital smoke. If you want two or more blocks of text, open another email box, drop the second signature in there and then cut and paste.

There are other ways to create templates (for that’s what this form of signature really is). This one is my favourite.

Two Time Saving Tips

Written by Robyn Pearce www.gettingagrip.com

Click And Drag

Let’s suppose you’ve received an email that relates to a meeting you’ve scheduled, or it requires you to set up a meeting, or it’s a big enough task to justify blocking out some dedicated time. What most people do is either retype the information or cut and paste using the shortcuts Ctrl + C and  Ctrl + V.

Instead, click on the email and drag it to Calendar. (On my new computer with Office 2010 I can see the Appointment box immediately but Inbox smallwith Windows 7 that box didn’t open in front of the Inbox screen. Instead, it coyly tucked itself behind the open email window and I had to go back to the Outlook icon along the bottom toolbar to find the open screen.) Anyway, once you see your Calendar window all you have to do is set the appointment times. The entire email, with all its information, is in the body of the calendar item.  And – the original email still sits patiently in whichever folder you dragged it from.

Now you’ve got that little trick under your belt, try doing the same thing with a new contact you want to transfer into your Contacts list. The smart little ‘click and drag’ trick works there too. In this case (in my system at least, but yours might be different) the Contact pane did its disappearing trick but again, it was just sitting behind the open email waiting for attention. The only extra thing required, if you don’t need to keep the content of the email attached to the new Contact’s name, is to delete the email from the Notes section.

If you use the Tasks feature, it also works there.

An Alternative ‘To Do’ List For Today’s Top Priorities

I find very few people like Outlook’s Tasks, or use it well – me included. For many it becomes an ever-growing ugly dumping ground with too much in it and no easy way to get a clear visual on your priorities for the day.

If you can identify with that, you might like this trick from a very busy administrator. She wanted a quick and visual way to keep tasks and appointments together and decided to use the ‘before work’ hours to put her tasks for the day.  She either ‘clicked and dragged’ email as outlined above (or created new appointments if it was something that hadn’t arrived by email) using the wee small hours – from 4am. (Of course she wasn’t at work at that hour!) She could then just manually move things into priority order if she wanted to, depending on the volume. If for some reason she needed to print off the day or the week, everything was visible on the one page.

You’ve probably got a bunch of other longer-term things you want to keep track of. There are various ways but outside the scope of today’s article. I’ll probably write about it one day.

Are you looking for Significance?

By John Shackleton on May 6, 2015 in Blog

Almost from the moment we are born, we seek to establish our value and prove our significance. As children our parents praise and reward our achievements, encouraging us to get better and excel. We are rewarded for being top of the class academically, the quickest runner, the best rugby player, the fastest swimmer, an exceptional singer, a great speller, top chess player or known for our kindness, our consideration of others, our devotion to animals etc.

We learn that it’s important that we ‘shine’ at something because that will define who we are. It will determine our significance, our reason for being. “This is Joe – he’s a great runner. He wins all his races and has tons of gold medals”. “This is Sally – she’s a wonderful creative writer. I bet she could spell just about any word you could give her.” As we get older we learn to focus on our accomplishments, our careers, the ‘things’ we’ve managed to acquire, our achievements, our sporting prowess, our conquests, even our obsessions and addictions. These things define us and show the world that we are special and different and significant. We learn to use these things to evoke self-worth and demonstrate our value to ourselves and to others. In the past our family photo albums used to be full of these accomplishments but nowadays we publish our significance on Facebook and Twitter, letting the world know who we are and what we have acquired or achieved.

We tend to search for significance by focusing on ourselves and hoping to create something that will last, and at the same time we fear reaching the end of our lives only to discover that our time here has been insignificant or meaningless. Some turn to goal setting to manage this need for significance, some turn to religion to support their desire for self worth, some rely on the love of their family and friends to feed this hunger for importance. Some people buy flashy cars, some have plastic surgery, some dress to impress, some show off their grandchildren, some brag about their recent success,some run marathons, some collect art – all to prove that they are significant, they are different, they are special. 
We all feel this need to be significant and rightly so. We have worked all our life for what we personally define as ‘success’. We’ve slaved for years to achieve our position, our security or our ‘toys’. Do you feel the need for significance? Well, so does everyone else, and if we can feed other people’s need for significance and help them feel important, they will love us and buy what we are selling.

I was recently receiving very poor service in a cafe and used this idea of significance to my advantage. The young waitress must have been having a bad week and obviously felt that we, her customers, should understand this and ‘suffer’ like she was! I noticed that she was sullen and unhelpful and she treated the people in front of me with disdain, giving extremely poor customer service.

I’d noticed that she had a very unusual vivid green streak of hair dye in the front of her hair, not my type of thing at all. In fact I thought it looked stupid but what do I know? I was at least 3 times her age! This was her way to grab attention and was obviously her way of gaining significance with people whose opinion she valued. When it came to my turn I thought I’d feed her need for significance and so I talked about the ‘wonderful colour in her hair’ and said that I thought it made her really stand out from the crowd.

The change in her demeanour was instantaneous and lasting. She cheered up immediately, smiling probably for the first time that morning and she went out of her way to be helpful and nice to me. When my order was ready she brought my tea and bun over to my table. A complete contrast to the way she shouted to all her other customers that they should come and fetch theirs themselves.

Had I been selling something I think I would have made a sale. As it was I received far better service than all the other customers, just because I made her feel important and significant. I could have told her how stupid I thought she looked or made a joke about her wiping her nose into her hair but both of those would have reduced her significance rather than built it and I would have received poor service.

Let’s remember: Everyone is looking for significance and if we can feed this need they have then they will like us and buy whatever we’re selling.  Make their significance more important than your own to build rapport and establish a relationship that can be long, lasting and profitable for you both.

Fermenting – Entrepreneur Health

by Tyler Tolman – http://www.tylertolman.com
Fermenting foods

Love Your Guts with Fermented Food

Fermented food is all the rage right now, but to some people it seems like just a fancy term for rotten vegetables. When I first tasted sauerkraut, I thought it was disgusting too. But now I enjoy fermented food, and the goods things you hear about it are all true. Fermented food is not just a fad; it’s been a part of healthy diets since ancient times.

Your Internal Culture

The good bacteria abundant in fermented food gets into your guts and begins to break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates—making everything more nutritionally bioavailable. The biome of bacteria in your digestive system is also one of the biggest parts of your immune system. In fact, you have as many or more bacteria as you do cells in your entire body—some 100 trillion. So, by the numbers, you’re probably more bacteria than anything else.

When you eat fermented foods—and fresh foods that later ferment in your digestive system—you’re inviting good bacterial cultures to live inside you. If you’re eating poor, processed foods, bad cultures can also easily develop. And, of course, when you’re sick, bad bacteria can really multiply. So imagine a bacteria battle going on inside your body, and you want to help the good guys win.

Long-Lived Human Cultures

I like to look in the past and in the present to see what is healthy in human cultures and why. I read an interesting book, Healthy at 100, by John Robbins. Robbins looks at several traditional, long-lived cultures—cultures where people live without debilitating conditions well into their advanced years. These cultures range from the Abkhasian of Russia to the Okinawana of Japan to the Vilcabamba of Ecuador. Natural food, including fermented food, is one thing all these peoples have in common—though, of course, the specific foods are different.

Find a Favorite Ferment

A wide variety of savoury and sweet fermented foods is available nowadays. Korean kimchi and German sauerkraut are both made by packing the vegetables in salt and allowing them to ferment. (Salt prevents bad bacteria from forming but allows the good bacteria to build up.) Different kinds of yogurts made from milk, like popular kefirs, can be sweetened naturally and are really delicious. And the latest craze is kombucha, a fermented sweet tea.

Even on a vegan diet, I make coconut yogurt from raw coconut meat and cashews. I whip them together in a blender, add a vegan probiotic, put the mixture in glass jar, and cover it with a cloth overnight. Yes, it looks like the coconut is rotting, but it is really making beautiful bacteria. I sweeten it with a little honey and eat it right up. So find some fermented foods that appeal to you and get that good stuff going on inside you.

A Healthy Lifestyle

Written by Don Tolman – http://www.thedontolman.com

Eat less.  Eat whole foods.  The more you eat, the less energy you have; less food generates more energy.  Drink one quart of water for every 50 lbs you weigh, let water be a lot of your food.

Because it is.  If you are what you eat, you’re 70% water.  The brain is over 90% water; eat up the water.  After 6pm, just have liquids, soups, sops, sups, that’s why it’s called supper.

Move more.  The more you move, the more you can move; the less you do, the less you can do.  Movement generates health energy.

Relax.  Sit in a hot tub, on a porch, lay in the sun, swing under a shade tree, listen to your favorite music, get a massage, do a colonic, make love, have a glass of organic wine or a couple of natural unforced beers.

Sleep.  Lay down for eight hours.  No more, no less.  It’s an Ancient wisdom that works.  You don’t even need to be asleep, don’t stress over it if your not.  If you are asleep, all the better.  The less you eat, the better you sleep.  The better you sleep the less food you feel you need.  Less food equals more energy to move and the ability to do.  The more you move and do, the easier it is to relax.  The more you relax, the better you sleep.

This creates health.  You feel well. Look well.  You enjoy life well.  You do well.  You are disease free, you recover from injury faster, and your imagination works better.

When life throws you challenges you say, “Bring it!”

As more and more people are discovering health through self care by making simple “life style” changes.  The pharmaceutical drug lords are shifting their, “cultural medical marketing” to a more dubious role of “life style enhancers.”

In order for consumers to avoid the frustration and trauma of making a personal change that is somehow founded upon character, will, desire and a modicum of self-discipline, they can simply pop steroids to appear younger, stronger and more athletic.

They can pop Prozac and appear to be a more focused business person, or even take Viagra in order to avoid the embarrassment of the fact you’re probably not excited by the person you’re with, or, you can make her really feel it with, “Enzyte.”

What is it going to mean in the near future, to be human?  Undoubtedly thousands of medicines will shift from medicinal to “supportives” of “enhanced” life styles, while delivering a drug-fulfilled experience of life.

Knowledge is your key to changing your situation, and by sharing this knowledge I’m empowering you with the first step to putting an end to the strong-arm tactics of the “Sick-Care” industry.

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