Monday, January 31, 2011

Mix It Up Monday: Oshum- The Rising of Another Moon

This week on Mix It Up Monday is a poem by Oshum. If you would like to see more by Oshum, you can reach her on her webpage or Twitter, where you can find poems and artistic creations.

 The Rising of Another Moon

When moon rose
all by herself
dancing with earth
into the dark hours of  night
taking with it your dreams
a choir of stars
sang your song
its clarity lifting
the sorrow in your heart
the darkness of your thought
flowering a love garden
without thorns
hope-like in its greening
toward the morning come
sun rose in a blaze of faith
to birth a day filled with new dreams
you left behind the glittery space
of lonely doubt-filled yesterdays
to gratefully await
the rising of ….. another moon.

By: Oshum

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Free 28 Day Soul Coaching!

Lisa from the Art of Living Happy blog, will be conducting a free 28 day Soul Coaching Program starting February 1, 2011. I am super excited to participate because I love a great challenge and I love improving my life on all levels. Below is the challenge description from her website. Are you going to participate?

With that in mind, I’m thrilled and honored to be able to provide to YOU this FREE 28 Day Soul Coaching® course. To get the most out of this class, I’ve listed some ideas below, well actually Densie Linn, the founder and creator of Soul Coaching® does. But really, if you just read through the material everyday, I guarantee your life will change for the better. I can’t wait to hear about your results! Please post any comments or synchronistic events as I LOVE hearing about what you are experiencing.  (I’m currently out of the country with iffy internet connections, so I will respond to any messages after February 5th. Thanks. ~Lisa)

Be Gentle with Yourself When You Do This Program

Most of us, when we were growing up were taught to judge ourselves harshly if we didn’t do things perfectly.  You don’t have to be perfect for this program to work miracles in your life.  It works in spite of feeling that you didn’t do it right.
Do the best you can.  Forgive yourself when you don’t do every exercise exactly as described.  Almost everyone who has done the program has mentioned that even on the days that they missed or didn’t fully do the exercises, there was an amazing synchronicity that still occurred.

Everything That Happens During Your 28 Days Is Part of the Process,  (Even If It Doesn’t Seem Like It)

In every moment the universe is whispering to you.  There are messages for you in the morning breezes.  There is wisdom for you in the caw of the crow outside your window, and in the cadence of an afternoon rainstorm.  Even ordinary events in your life carry communications from your soul, but often our minds are too full to hear these messages.  When you make the commitment to embark on a journey to hear these messages, incredible coincidences begin to occur.  When you empty your mind, you can “hear” these messages.
Over and over again, people doing this program remarked at the astonishing synchronicity that happened for them.  There were mundane coincidences, such as plumbing problems during the Water Week and electrical surges during the Fire Week, but also more profound coincidences such as hearing from an estranged family member during the section on relationship healing or receiving an anonymous bouquet of flowers on the Day of Gratitude.  Literally everything that happens during your 28 days is part of the process, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.

Soul Coaching with Others

The support of others can be extremely helpful and motivating when you have a group of others sharing the experience with you.  Your Soul Coach is a remarkable facilitator and will help you get the most out of this program.

Keeping a Journal

I suggest keeping two journals during the program.  The first journal is your Process Journal.  It is for mental and emotional clearing; it can be used to express your feelings and to write the insights incurred as a result of the daily assignments.  As a suggestion, use a three-ring notebook and make (or purchase) colored tabs—one tab for each day.  (Some people like to use yellow tabs for the Air Week, blue for the Water Week, red for the Fire Week, and green for the Earth Week.) The tabs help you to refer back to sections from previous days.
The second journal is your Joy Journal.  In this journal you might include writing, collages, drawing, poetry, Polaroid photos—one a day to chronicle the great moments of your day—or anything else that illustrates the joyful or magical moments of each day of the program.  No matter what happened on a particular day, there are always special, meaningful, or magical moments.  Chronicle these moments in a way that is creative, invigorating, beautiful, and fun.

Daily Affirmations

Every day you will be given a carefully chosen affirmation that is appropriate to the assignment for the day.  Affirmations work!  They work because what we focus on is often what we create for ourselves.
Some people write the affirmations on paper stickies and put them on their computer, mirror, or refrigerator, as a periodic reminder during the day.  Alternatively, you can repeat the affirmation to yourself (silently or out loud) during the day.
Your word is your wand.  If you constantly say to yourself, “I’m not good enough” your subconscious mind begins to believe it and then you feel and act “not good enough.”  Consequently, people treat you in a demeaning way.  A person who tells himself or herself most people can’t be trusted will find themselves surrounded by untrustworthy people.  However, a person who thinks that the world is filled with love, often finds love pouring into their life.
Usually affirmations are stated in a positive way, and you may wonder why there are times in this notebook when an affirmation has a “not” or a “no” in it.  I have found that there are rare occasions when using a “not” or a “no” in an affirmation can have more power than a positive affirmation.  For example, for most of my life I have struggled with feeling overwhelmed.  It was a recurring pattern that kept me in a perpetual state of stress.
To overcome this negative pattern, I began to use the positive affirmation, “I have too much time and need more to do!”  This was great and really seemed to work for me.  I felt less overwhelmed.
There would be times though, when I would occasionally still find myself feeling overwhelmed.  It was only when I yelled over and over, “I will never indulge in the stupid negative pattern of ‘overwhelm’ ever again!!!” that something snapped.  Since that time I have been busier than ever yet don’t feel overwhelmed.  To me this is a miracle.  A so-called “negative affirmation” worked.  However, if putting a “no” or “not” or “never” in an affirmation doesn’t work for you; change the words so that they do work.

Listening to Your Soul

Set a few moments of quiet time aside in the morning and evening just to ask your Soul if there is anything you need to know or anything that your Soul would like to communicate to you.  This specific act of intent can open your ability to be receptive to inner messages.

What Is Your Intention for Doing This Program?

Where intention goes, energy flows.  It is important that you take time to get clear on why you are doing this 28-day odyssey.  What end results do you desire from having participated in this soul journey?  What is your intention?  Are you really ready to make a change in your life?
Taking time to clarify your intention before you start your 28-Day Program will help determine the form that your program takes.  Enjoy the 28 days.  Remember to be gentle with yourself and to cherish your accomplishments.  Feel free to do this program in any way that works for you and your life.  Your journey toward connecting with your soul has begun.  Don’t wait for the perfect time.  The perfect time is now.

Making a Sacred Contract

As a suggestion, create a contract for yourself that clearly states your intention for the next 28 days and sign your contract.  Giving your word is important.  It’s usually much easier for us to keep our word with someone else, than with ourselves.  We often are meticulous in keeping our word to others, yet will easily break a commitment to ourselves.  However, the vows we make to ourselves are even more important to the soul than the vows we make to others.  If someone continuously broke his or her word with you, after awhile you would think that person is untrustworthy.  When you break your word with yourself, it is a message to your subconscious mind that you are not a trustworthy person and often your self-esteem suffers.
You can make your contract as specific or as general as you like.  Use words that work for you and create an honest realistic contract that you can keep.  Here is an example:
“I, Denise Linn, do hereby declare to myself and my Creator that I will dedicate the next month to connecting with my soul.  I will endeavor to be honest with myself and with others to uncover the truth about who I am.  Additionally, during this month, I vow to take time everyday to relax and eat according to my nutritional needs rather than my emotional needs.  I accept that adhering to this contract attests to the strength of my character.”
Write your sacred contract out on paper, sign it, and date it.  You might even want to post it in your home or put it at the beginning of your Process Journal.

That was a lot of information! Please remember that just by committing to participating in this coaching plan the Universe is already working on your behalf! That’s the really exiting news about this coaching program. Of course, YOU will get more out of this course the more fully you participate, as you will be more aware of what the Universe is doing for you. Bottom line, no pressure, and do the best you can!
Love and blessings, Lisa
blue = copyright © 2007 material (reprinted with permission) by Denise Linn


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dream Dictionary Review + Giveaway!

Dream Dictionary Giveaway!!
It is interesting that many believe that there could be multiple sources that stimulate a dream. If this belief is held by some, why use one source to interpret dreams? A dream dictionary has a collection of common themes found in dreams and their definitions. These definitions are formulated after reviewing thousands of dreams and finding a common interpretation.

I do not use dream books. I have a few dream dictionaries in my book collection, but I can say I skimmed them when first purchased and put them back on my bookshelf. I have no problem with dreams dictionaries; I just feel that a bird in my dream does not have the same meaning as bird in the next persons dream.  Dr. Paul Jessen in 1855 published an article in which he stated “The content of dreams is more or less determined by the individual personality, by age, sex, station in life, education, habits, and by events and experiences of the whole past life.”  I believe that in order to accurately interpret and understand a dream other factors need to be considered. 
Photo Credit: L.Marie
Dream Dictionary by Tony Crisp is an informative overview of the meaning of dream symbols. The book begins with a brief overview of dreams and how it relates to the dreamer. The overview, even though brief, is very informative for those who might be new to the history of dreams. For someone who is a beginner when it comes to analyzing dreams, this book will be very helpful and for someone is more seriously into dreams, this book is also comprehensive. Overall, this is a good book. So why am I giving it away? Dream Dictionary by Tony Crisp is the only dream dictionary I own and highly recommend. I mistakenly one day picked up the same book while at a free book sale at a school library. The Dream Dictionary that I own is the 2002 updated version of the one I am giving away, which is the 1990 version. The book is in good condition and the only marks in the book are the stamps from the library. I was going to give this book away to the local thrift shop, but I decided I would rather it go to someone who reads this blog. The only difference that I can spot between the two versions: a section dedicated to aiding the reader recall and record dreams and the cover is colorful.  

If you are interested, read below for details!


One lucky reader* will win a copy of the Dream Dictionary!!

The Details

The winner* must live in the United States. 

Post your comment by 11:59 EST Wednesday February 2nd. 

I will pick the winner by random selection and notify by email. Check back on February 2nd to see if you are a winner!

To be entered to win, you must answer the question. 

The Question

Leave a comment at the end of the post. Answer the question: Do you believe dreams hold meaning?

Bonus: Want to increase your chances?

Twitter:  Tweet a link to this blog post and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

Facebook: Facebook a link to this blog post and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

Blog:  Write about the Dream Dictionary Giveaway on your blog and link back to this blog post. Come back to let me know in a separate comment

Good Luck :) 

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Mix It Up Monday: PlantFolk- Creating Experiences

This week on Mix It Up Monday is a story by PlantFolk. If you would like to see more by PlantFolk, you can reach her on her webpage, where you can find hair care guides, soy free recipe guide, and artistic creations.

Creating Experiences

It was warmer than usual on this day and I sought refuge in a place that was air-conditioned and a worthwhile visit. I decided on the local bookstore. The blast of manufactured air did its job as I headed towards the Metaphysical aisle. Once I reached the section, I was greeted by a number of options. Being currently interested in divination/sorcery, I was thrilled to see titles such as Practical Magic, The Modern Sorceress, The Magical Life, etc. 

I glanced down and noticed that there were additional titles so I hiked my dress-top up and was grateful for wearing my comfy jeans that day. Once I found my balance I transitioned into a squatting position, which always created a feeling of strength and ease. I ran my fingers across each title in hopes that a book would select me. While engaged in my finger traveling I wandered into the Wiccan section and let my fingers rest for what seemed like a minute. Snapping me out my mental drift, a molasses drenched voice queried, “Interested in Wicca?” I arose quickly, adjusting my garment simultaneously.

I wanted to respond but my eyes were transfixed on the man that stood before me. He was tall, had a slender but muscular build, possessed a smile that indicated he knew happiness personally, and rocked a ‘fro that could put Huey Freeman’s to shame. Staring blankly at him was all I could manage to do until I became aware of my self. Remembering his question, which seemed to have been asked hours ago, I answered, “Not really. I was just looking for something interesting.”

Attempting to regain my focus, I returned my gaze to the books that waited to be read. Thinking he would have left after our brief interaction I moved towards the end of the aisle to check out additional titles. He stayed near and began thumbing through books while casually looking in my direction every so often. He began looking through a little green book and smiled a bit after skimming a few pages. Handing me the tiny book he stated that he thought I’d find it “interesting”. Smirking a little, I gladly received it and noticed that it focused on nature spirits. Nice choice.

He possessed an energy that was sincere, which was incredibly comforting. Being very intrigued at this moment, my mind began to race with questions – Was he a vegetarian? If so, could he cook?  How many years had he been living? Was he a solo bird? Did he smoke…anything? Did he drink? What makes him laugh? I decided to wait until we had another chance to converse, if there were to be another.

Almost as if he had picked up on my racing thoughts, he asked a question of his own, “What’s your name?” In a voice dipped in nectar, I answered, “Ada”. Smiling, he replied, “Nice.” Reaching into his olive colored messenger bag, he took a few sips from his water bottle before resuming our conversation. “I’d like to talk to you again, Ada. Do you have a business card?” he asked. 

A business card? I didn’t have one but that question served as a great reminder of why I needed one. I joked that I did not have one but I did have a sleek pen and a scrap of vintage paper. He chuckled a bit and reached into a compartment of his bag and produced a nifty looking card. He had a unique name, one that sounded ancient. The card also revealed that he was a graphic designer and happily self-employed.

After slipping his card into my bag I wrote down my information. Shifting my weight to one side I asked him when would be the best time to contact him. “Whenever you need or want to speak to me,” he replied. I smiled. There was such an ease about him that I knew that he was living in the flow. He just was. And better than that he didn’t have any expectations, simply living in the moment.

I wanted to grab his hand and take him to one of my favored haunts because I knew that it would be a mentally stimulating experience for the both of us. However, I knew I had to move on with the day and would have to end this delicious encounter. “Well, it has been a real treat meeting you today. I look forward to speaking with you soon.” 

Hearing this, he adjusted the strap on his bag and reached into it. Grasping a small stone and rubbing it quickly on his t-shirt, he placed it in my hand. A broad smile painted my face at the thoughtful gesture. It looked a lot like a piece of stone I had in my sacred space. “It has been a treat for me as well, Ada. This piece of chrysoprase will aid you in following your heart, if you allow it.” Looking at me intently he paused briefly, “We’ll connect soon.”

And with those words he disappeared into the walls of books. Gazing at the small greenish stone I thought back on why I visited that bookstore. I was searching for some kind of magic to wake me up, but realized that the magic I sought was easily accessible once I enjoyed just “being” in the moment.

By: PlantFolk

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Friday, January 21, 2011

16 Methods That Can Aid Your Sleep Habits

Photo Credit: L.Marie
 The following list* will guide you on your journey to mastering the art of sleep.

16 Methods That Can Aid Your Sleep Habits
1. Use your place of rest only for sleep: try to avoid watching television, using the internet, reading, studying, etc, while in your bedroom. Your place of rest should only be for sleeping.
2. Keep it simple: keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool (our body’s temperature decreases when we sleep).
3. Avoid stimulants: avoid eating or drinking things that contain stimulants. For example,  spicy, fatty, or heavy foods and caffeine.
4. Do not stay up late: avoid going to bed late and go to sleep early. Going to bed early ensures the proper allotted time for rest.
5. Wake up at the same time daily: try waking up at the same time every day, including weekends, vacations, and holidays.
6. Avoid exercising before bed: prior to sleep, your body needs to be relaxed. Exercising increases your heartbeat, when it is supposed to be decreasing.  Try exercising earlier.
7. Get a Snoogle: your pillow and mattress play an important part on your comfort level while sleeping. Invest in a quality pillow and/or mattress and in the long run you will reap the benefits.
8. Keep a regular schedule: try going to bed at the same time every night.
9. Keep a routine: try a routine prior to bed. If you like to light candles, say a prayer, and write in your journal before bed, keep that routine.
10. Meditate/Pray: clear the mind of thoughts prior to bed.
11. Nap: take at least one nap a day. Squeeze in 10 or 30 minutes during a lunch break at work or 1 hour during the day.
12. Take a Bath: take a relaxing bath with essential oils or salts to calm the mind and body.
13. Visualize: keep positive thoughts prior to bed. Try not to bring stress to your bed. 
14. Try Herbs to Induce Sleep: the following herbs act as a mild sedative for inducing sleep. Some also aid in dreams recall and astral travel: Lemon Balm, Mugwort, California Poppy, Chamomile, Yerba Mate, Kava Kava, Valerian Root, Catnip, Hops, Jamaica Dogwood, Jasmine, Lavender, Passion Flower, Peppermint, Sage, St. John’s Wort, Jatamansi, Lemon Verbana, and Roses.
15. Try Crystals: the following crystals aid in sleep, dreams, or astral travel: Moldavite, Charoite, Brown Tourmaline, Amethyst, Amber, Bloodstone, Jade, Hessonite, Calcite, Hematite, Danburite, Ulexite, Smoky Quartz, Moonstone, Rhodochroste, Celestite, Kerkimer Diamond, Howlite, Jasper, Kyanite, Green Sapphire, and Jet.
16. Foods that Induce Sleep: the following foods can aid in sleep: Bananas, Raw Food Lifestyle (in general), Almonds, Nutmeg, Flaxseeds, Honey, Cherries, Oatmeal, Potatoes, Tea, and Whole Wheat.
*Note: The list compiled is based off my own experiences and research. All herbs and remedies should be fully researched prior to usage. What may work for me or others may not work for you. Please be advised if you are pregnant, some herbs, should not be taken. Please do your research and/or consult your medical doctor or holistic practitioner for further questioning.

 This post is an excerpt from my free eBook on Sleep Deprivation. With this eBook, I hope readers will able to gain insight into the vast realm of sleep and gain a desire to learn more. If you would like a copy of this eBook, please visit the website or send me an email(

Dream Sweet ~ L.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Mix It Up Monday: Djehuty Ma'at Ra- The Real Reason Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Assassinated

This weeks Mix It Up Monday post is about Martin Luther King Jr. by Djehuty Ma'at Ra  If you would like to purchase herbal products or read up on great information, you can find more information on his  websiteTwitter, or Facebook

The real reason behind the assassination of one of America's greatest voices and leaders had nothing to do with white racism or integration. Try economics and U.S. foreign policy!

That's right! As long as Dr. King was telling poor and oppressed inner city Blacks to turn the other cheek and to be nonviolent with the their white oppressors and victimizers (those particular whites that oppressed and victimized Blacks) in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and other Southern states, Dr. King was no threat at all to the U.S. government.

But when Dr. King woke up, which I suspect had something to do with his brief meetings with Malcolm X, also murdered by the U.S. Government in cahoots with the Nation of Islam, Dr. King became a threat to his own government. Why? Simply because, like Malcolm X before him, Dr. King switched his attention from local or domestic matters, to foreign matters.

Dr. King had developed the gall to dare tell his government that the war in Vietnam was wrong, unjust, and immoral and that the U.S. government had its economical priorities all mixed up as it was spending way more money on national defense but little on real national concerns and issues such as poverty.

Dr. King sealed his own doom and fate one year to the day of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Kings' anti-Vietnam War speech (entitled "Beyond Vietnam -A Time To Break the Silence") at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967 was the deathblow he dealt to himself.

In that historic speech, perhaps his best speech ever, Dr. King openly and publicly denounced the War in Vietnam and defended the stance of Black Muslim member Muhammad Ali who also had publicly denounced the War.

King also went on to offer practical and viable suggestions of how the U.S. government could better spend the nations' taxpayers' money instead of wasting the billions of dollars it was wasting on fighting an unjust and immoral war in Southeast Asia, but little did Dr. King or even President John F. Kennedy (also killed over the Vietnam War for threatening to pull out American troops) for that matter, know that U.S. corporations and businesses benefited from the Vietnam War as the war was actually started by the U.S. and financed by the international banking families which included the Rockefellers who made billions of dollars off the Vietnam War. It was no accident that not one oil field owned by the Rockefellers in Vietnam was bombed during the Vietnam War.

Dr. King threatened big business, the international bankers, and the U.S. government, all of whom profited from the Vietnam War and the loss of human life on both sides of the war. More than 55,000 American soldiers died in that war and even more would later commit suicide. Yes, more soldiers died from committing suicide than soldiers that died on the frontlines.

It is reported that 2 million Asians were killed in the war.

Dr. King crossed the economic and foreign policy lines and the U.S. government simply could not and cannot tolerate this. It's okay when you're at home in America telling Blacks to march, boycott, turn the other cheek, and to be nonviolent against their oppressor but you're barking up the wrong tree when you tell the mightiest military force ever known to man and on the face of the earth in all of history to also be nonviolent and to love their enemies.

Dr. King spoke on so many pertinent and pressing issues at that particular time in the nation's history in that historical speech of April 4, 1967. The man really offered wonderful and practical advice to turn this nation around before the nation was actually ready to turn around and start practicing what it preached so well.
Being technical, I guess I should say that it was inner city Black youth that got Dr. King killed. Why? Well, because in that April 4, 1967 speech, King talks about his hypocrisy that was brought to his attention by Black youth in Northern U.S. cities such as Detroit and Chicago who were rioting and using violence to achieve a means and an objective. When Dr. King advised Black youth in Northern cities to be nonviolent, Black youth retorted to Dr. King, "What about what America was doing in Vietnam - using violence to achieve an end!"

Dr. King, the bold and beautiful man that he was, knew he could never again tell another Black youth to be nonviolent when his own government was in Southeast Asia practicing violence and brutality and he himself hadn't said a word in condemnation of the U.S. government. King was certainly a man of great conviction.
So in 1967, Dr. King began to publicly denounce the U.S. government and this pissed a lot of people in political seats of power off, including President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Many of Dr. King's previous supporters alienated him after he went public with his denouncing of the U.S. government and it's agenda in Vietnam. Dr. King was no Uncle Tom! He exposed the real Uncle Toms, those who told him he was making a big mistake in crossing the likes of president Johnson by publicly condemning and denouncing the Vietnam War as unjust and immoral.

Dr. King is often called an Uncle Tom by many modern day Afrocentrists and black nationalists but nothing could be so far from the truth pertaining to the post "March on Washington" Dr. King. This post-1963 Dr. King was no Uncle Tom just as the post-Nation of Islam Malcolm X was no racist.

This was a new Dr. King in the late 1960's! Just when the U.S. government thought they had a good token of a Negro in Dr. King to conveniently lead and influence Blacks, Dr. King becomes radical and recalcitrant in his own way and ultimately pays the ultimate price - death, the same fate that awaited John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Malcolm X, Karen Silkwood, Gary Webb, or any other person who boldly decided to stand up and speak or tell the truth.

The irony of the matter is that Dr. King knew he would not live to see age 40. He knew this and even stated to his wife, Coretta, in the early 1960's that he would never live to see the age of 40 because the nation was too sick (referring to white racism). King pretty much predicted his own death some 7-8 years before it actually occurred. And it's easy to tell from his last speech on April 3, 1968 that Dr. King knew his fate was sealed. It was written all over his face and seen in his eyes.

The real killers of Dr. King were traced back to an organization that carried out professional high echelon hits, called or known as PERMINDEX (Permanent Industrial Expositions) located in Canada (its founder, Louis Bloomfield, was Canadian) though formed in Switzerland in 1958, and with a branch in New Orleans, Louisiana (the branch that carried out the Kennedy assassination back in 1963 and which was substantiated by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison and many private researchers and investigators).

There were Masonic implications all over the King assassination just as there was for President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Dr. King was purposely murdered in Memphis, Tennessee because Memphis (also called Mizraim in the Bible) was the Egyptian (or Kemetic) city where the king (Osiris or Ausar) was sacrificed. This ritual of the killing of the king in Memphis (Egypt) was reenacted by Masons in political positions in the new Memphis in the South of the U.S.

With Freemasons, it's all about rituals and reenacting out rituals. Everything is planned with precision pertaining to public hits (assassinations) so as to effectuate a psychological hit job on the collective psyche and minds of the American people. This is why a sense of death of hope hit the nation in 1963 with John F. Kennedy's assassination and again in 1968 with the assassinations of Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy. These killers know what they are doing.

And poor James Earl Ray, just another proverbial patsy who was used in the scheme to serve as the fall guy just like Lee Harvey Oswald, David Mark Chapman, Sirhan Sirhan, and many other so-called Manchurian Candidates.

Ray told the truth about his role in the assassination and how he was under the orders of a mysterious figure named Raoul (who did in fact exist and a document bearing his name was found in the car that Ray used to leave Memphis after the assassination) who set him up as the patsy.

Martin L. King Jr. III, the son of Dr. King, publicly revealed that he believed James Earl Ray when Ray looked him straight in the eyes and told him that he did not kill his father and thus, Martin L. King Jr. III himself and the King family, knows a conspiracy was effectuated against the modern day prince of peace and declared this publicly.

James Earl Ray was purposely silenced before he could ever get another trial to reveal what he knew and failed to reveal initially, being injected with a chemical that induces instant cancer, the same chemical used on Jack Ruby ("They killin' me! They killin' me!" as shown in the 1992 movie "Ruby" starring Danny Aiello) and reggae singer Bob Marley.

So Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may have been killed over his public denouncing of U.S. foreign policy (Vietnam War), the U.S. military budget, and poverty (Dr. King was organizing a poor people's march to bring attention to the nation's poverty crisis issue at the time of his death), but I will never part from my view that it was Black inner city youth that ultimately got Dr. King murdered because they struck a cord in the man's conscience that he couldn't ignore due to the profound integrity and courage he possessed. Dr. King, unlike so many other individuals during that time, challenged his hypocrisy and stood on his principles and conviction and the rest was history.

Thank you for reading!

This article was written by Djehuty Ma'at-Ra.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Mix It Up Monday: PlantFolk- Sweet Potato Smoothie

This week on Mix It Up Monday is a recipe by PlantFolk. If you would like to see more by PlantFolk, you can reach her on her  webpage, where you can find hair care guides, soy free recipe guide, and artistic creations. 

By: PlantFolk

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Trick or Treat: 26 Home Remedies That Rock!

This list contains 26 plants, herbs, fruits, and/or vegetables that are in your kitchen that prevent and ease many ailments.  

Photo Credit: L.Marie
  1. Aloe Vera- Actions: digestive tonic, wound healer, anti-inflammatory. Treats: eczema, psoriasis, shingles, improves skin regeneration, heals damaged skin, reduces inflammation, improves/regulates bowel movements, improves hair health.
  2. Banana- Actions: digestive tonic. Treats: eases constipations, energy booster, reduces fatigue
  3. BasilActions: antiseptic, antispasmodic. Treats: eases breathing, eases coughs, improves bowel rhythm.
  4. Black PepperActions: antiviral, digestive tonic, circulation stimulation. Treats: strengthens body, helps breathing, loosens bowels, helps indigestion, and eases sore muscles.
  5. CarrotActions: antispasmodic, digestive tonic, diuretic. Treats: helps excrete excess fluid, eases gas.
  6. Cayenne Pepper- Actions: circulatory stimulant, immune stimulant. Treats: increases blood flow, warms body, stimulates digestive process, eases pain and improves movement, boosts immune response.
  7. CeleryActions: diuretic, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory. Treats: stimulates urinary flow, encourages detoxification, reduces bloating, prevents indigestions and cramps, fights gas, encourages excretion of uric acid.
  8. CilantroActions: antispasmodic, digestive tonic Treats: eases gas, helps digest fatty foods, calms anxiety, eases pain, and improves circulation.
  9. CinnamonActions:  astringent, antifungal, circulation stimulant, digestive tonic. Treats: eases gas in the bowel, supports immune function, soothes irritation, and improves circulation.
  10. Clove- Actions: antiseptic, antiviral, circulation. Treats: eases gas, numbs pain, unblocks airways, and eases coughs.
  11. Cranberry- Actions: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, nerve tonic. Treats: cleanses urinary tract, aids immunity, and reduces inflammation.
  12. EucalyptusActions: antiseptic. Treats: eases airways, improves stiffness, and improves breathing.
  13. GarlicActions: antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal. Treats: viruses, low immunity, respiratory infections, fights yeast infections, lowers blood pressure.
  14. GingerActions: circulation, digestive tonic. Treats: eases nausea and indigestion, promotes sweating and helps viral episodes, eases coughs, eases pain.
  15. HorseradishActions: digestive stimulant, circulatory stimulant. Treats: loosens tight coughs, assists liver in breaking down heavy fatty ingredients, eases stiff joints, and improves circulation.
  16. LemonActions: antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, refreshing aroma. Treats: cleansing inhalations, clears pores, heals spots, improves skin texture, uplifts low moods.
  17. OatActions: internal cleansing, digestive tonic, nerve restorative. Treats: nourishing, soothes stomach discomfort, aids with dry skin, aids sleep problems and anxiety.
  18. OkraActions: diuretic. Treats: soothes digestions, eases constipation.
  19. OliveActions: cholesterol lowering, skin rejuvenating, antiseptic, antiviral. Treats: lowers cholesterol,      soothes bowel lining, regulates colon, improves skin elasticity, and increases immune system responses to viral infections.
  20. OreganoActions: antispasmodic, astringent, sedative. Treats: stimulates liver/gall bladder function, improves relaxation, eases muscles, and cleans wounds.
  21. ParsleyActions: antispasmodic, digestive tonic. Treats: settles stomach, natural tonic, detoxifies the system, cleansing.
  22. PeppermintActions: antispasmodic, digestive tonic. Treats: clears blockage, helps breathing,  improves digestive rhythm, massage into muscles to ease pain.
  23. Rosemary- Actions: antispasmodic, circulation stimulant, digestive tonic. Treats: eases stiffness, warms circulation, lifts spirits, helps mental focus, stimulates growth in hair, and retains darkness of hair.
  24. Raspberry- Actions: astringent, uterine tonic, diuretic. Treats: eases menstrual stress, strengthens womb, helps in labor, improves production and flow of breast milk, and soothes sore throats.
  25. ThymeActions: antimicrobial, antiseptic. Treats: fights sore throats, fights infection, eases coughs, and improves circulation.
  26. Witch Hazel- Actions: astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. Treats: repairs damaged blood vessels, reduces swelling, stops bleeding, heals infection, and reduces redness.
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These 26 plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables depending on how they are prepared can aid in every day issues. These plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables prepared as infusions, tinctures, baths, ointments, juices, teas, capsules, salves, and/or steams can be beneficial and life saving to an individual.
Below are a few juice combinations that can aid with fighting 60 diseases and ailments.  There are many juice combinations that can help ease these ailments, but the following are what can be made from the common foods previously listed, that can be found in the average person’s kitchen.
  • Aches: essential peppermint oil.
  • Acne:  juice ginger+parsley+carrot.
  • Appendicitis: cayenne pepper.
  • Arthritis: juice ginger+parsley+carrot.
  • Asthma: ginger tea , 2 tablespoons lemon juice with water.
  • Atherosclerosis: juice carrot+ginger+garlic. 
  • Back Ache:  juice carrot+ginger+garlic.
  • Bed Bugs: wild thyme
  • Bed Wetting: cinnamon tea
  • Bladder Infection/Urinary Issues: Juice garlic. Drink cranberry.
  • Blood Pressure: juice garlic. Cayenne pepper.
  • Bronchitis: juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot. Ginger+lemon+ water+ cinnamon+ clove+ tea.
  • Bursitis: juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot.
  • Cancer: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Candidiasis: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Canker Sore:  juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot.
  • Carpol Syndrome: juice ginger.
  • Cataracts/Eye Problems: juice carrot+ginger+garlic. Juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot. Juice garlic.
  • Chills: cayenne pepper.
  • Circulatory Problems: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery. Juice garlic.
  • Cold: juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot. Ginger+lemon+ water+ cinnamon+ clove+ tea.
  • Colitis: juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot.
  • Colon Cleanse: eat okra.
  • Constipation: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery. Juice garlic. Eat okra. Peppermint
  • Cravings: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Crohn's Disease: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Dandruff: aloe.rosemary.
  • Diabetes: juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot. Juice carrot+ginger+garlic.
  • Diarrhea: ginger+lemon+ water+ cinnamon+ clove+ tea. Juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Depression: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery. Juice garlic.
  • Divertucultis: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Fainting: essential peppermint oil. Cayenne pepper.
  • Fever: essential peppermint oil. Cayenne pepper.
  • Foot Cooler: essential peppermint oil. 
  • Foot Warmer: cayenne pepper.
  • Gallstones: parsley
  • Hair Loss: juice ginger.
  • Herpes I/II: juice ginger+parsley+carrot.
  • High Cholesterol: juice carrot+ginger+garlic.
  • Hypertension: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Immunity: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Indigestion: juice ginger. Juice lemon.
  • Infections: juice ginger+parsley+carrot. Juice garlic.
  • Inflammation: juice ginger+parsley+carrot. Witch Hazel. Juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery. Juice ginger.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: juice ginger+parsley+garlic+carrot.
  • Liver: juice lemon+olive oil+cayenne pepper+garlic+ginger. Mix olive oil+lemon juice
  • Migraine Headache: ginger+lemon+ water+ cinnamon+ clove+ tea. Juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Motion Sickness/Nausea: juice ginger.
  • Muscle Cramps: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Periodontal Disease: juice ginger. Juice parsley+garlic
  • Psoriasis: juice ginger.
  • Prostate Problems: juice ginger+parsley+carrot.
  • Respiratory Issues: essential eucalyptus oil, essential peppermint oil.
  • Sore Throat: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery. Juice ginger. Juice garlic. Juice lemon.
  • Stress: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery.
  • Toothache: cloves.
  • Ulcer: ginger+lemon+ water+ cinnamon+ clove+ tea. Cayenne pepper.
  • Underweight.  juice ginger+parsley+carrot.
  • Varicose Veins: juice parsley+garlic+carrot+celery. Juice ginger. Witch Hazel.
  • Water Retention:  juice garlic.
I love natural remedies and I am always researching the healing power of food and creating different concoctions. I feel that my body, mind, skin, and hair have benefited from my creations. Do you believe in natural remedies?

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L. Marie


  • Light Eating For Survival, Marcia Madhuri Acciardo
  • Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity, Queen Afua
  • Herbs, Jennie Harding
  • Juicing for Life, Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane
  • African Holistic Health, Llaila O. Afrika

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bringing Balance to Life

I have been a skeptic of the benefits of yoga for quite some time. Bringing balance to life through simple movements, in my mind seemed impossible. However, after randomly deciding to enroll in a Qi Gong class at my local library last spring, I decided to give yoga a chance. The movements of Qi Gong were soothing and so beneficial, that I figured that yoga could possibly give me the same feelings. Since last spring I have not done any yoga movements, besides on my Wii Fit. Even after a week of doing 15 minutes of yoga, I could feel my body limbering. Still, I did not enroll in a yoga class, one reason being the early classes at the gym and I am more of a night owl.
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I frequent the Raw Mocha Angel blog and today's post was fittingly on yoga. Raw Mocha Angel blog post was about a free 21 day yoga challenge that can be completed at an individuals own pace in their own home. Starting January 10, 2011, I will be participating in the Yoga Journal's yoga challenge that will consist of instructional videos, tips, and even vegetarian recipes!

I spent a large part of 2010 working on my mind and spirit. In hindsight, I failed to incorporate the practice that many individuals partake in who strive toward Zen living. I believe that in order to successfully bring balance to life, one must combine the mind, body, and spirit. A simple task if approached correctly can bring change to an individual life. I hope that in the next 21 days that I will join the millions of people that reap the benefits of yoga.

Do you practice yoga? Any tips? Suggestions? Words of Wisdom?

Today up until January 12th will be Readers Choice! What topics would you like me to blog about this week?   Today's post was inspired by two readers. What will the next post be on? It's your choice!

Dream Sweet ~ L.

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