Change is coming…

dollarWhat we are witnessing now is a symptom of need of change, though it is so sad to see that the change USA opted for is the destructive change that Trump will bring, rather than the change that Bernie Sanders would. The people of USA was tired of status quo, they wanted change and at the end of this election campaign they were left with Trump as the only possibility to change the system. What kind of changes this will bring to the citizens of US, and the world for that matter, remains to be seen…

You! Yes you, should be and do the change that you want for your future and for your future generations. Don’t sit in your comfy chair watching as the world crumbles around you. Your actions are paramount. Do not give into the illusions of conflict, aggression, hate, greed and powerlessness. To bring peace you will have to generate peace from within first. To truly experience the power of love, you must bring love to the world. Generosity is a path to true wealth, by sharing what we have we will never be in lack of anything. Generosity nullifies greed.

Change is inevitable, better steer it in the direction that brings joy and love into your and every one else’s life. It is time to brush up on some of the ideas that Mahatma Gandhiji gave us, and to take a close look at what the protectors of Standing Rock are doing: Non-violent resistance. Resistance with forgiveness and love as the main weapons. The protectors have understood that you can not fight for peace with weapons that harm or kill. Do not tolerate violence, discrimination, and inequality. Resist violence with non-violence. Resist discrimination with inclusion. Resist inequality by treating all beings as your own equal.

Yes, the votes cast at the US election 2016 will have consequences, but do not forget the vote that you cast every day, no matter where you are. The money you spend is also a vote. Who do you give money? Who do you buy goods and services from? The great big corporations that operates with great greed or the local merchants and farmers who has troubles getting through with what little they earn. Does your bank invest in unethical projects? Like so many banks do with DAPL. Do you buy goods with palm oil? Thus supporting an industry that is about to decimate rainforest and all its wildlife completely in some countries. Take a close look at where the money you spend will end up. Give it a good thought before the next time you go shopping. There are many ways to bump change into a more pleasant direction.

I wish you all peace, freedom and happiness

Gustav.

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Shamanism: How did our ancestors find the properties of plants?

FlowerThe general answer you’ll get if you ask people is that it was probably through trial and error or just sheer luck. But this is a very unlikely theory. It would probably take millions of years to find all those plants that cured every kind of illness. Most likely humanity would have given up as soon as they saw that this experimentation killed more people than it healed. Our ancestors had a very different view of the natural world, their relationship with nature was as intimate as a child to her mother. Their senses were sharper and their knowledge and memory vast, compared to those who now rely on money for food and google instead of memory. They would have the knowledge of every smell and taste of each plant and the effect they have on the human mind and body. They would recognise the qualities of a newly discovered plant by comparing its qualities with what they already knew of other plants. But this does not explain how they found specific medical properties of plants in the first place. One simple answer may be that they gained this knowledge through shamanistic techniques, by journeying and communicating with the spirits of the plants the shaman can discover the properties of plants. As they most probably had a much stronger connection to the spiritworld, the world where all organisms and all things can communicate.

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