Friday, 28 February 2020

Perfume Part Two

Smell, memory and emotion are three aspects of our life that always go together and can enhance mood and a feeling of well being. Business is becoming wise to the art form of using ambient scents to create an atmosphere of harmony and good relationships, described as 'Logo' aromas. For instance, Rolls Royce added to the interior of their vehicles what is described as the 1965 Silver Cloud, the scent of leather and wood. Woolworth created a Christmas scent in 2000 for their shops to entice customers with the scent of winter holidays. During an expedition of Oedipus in 1997, the National Theatre created the scent of human sacrifice, hardly an enjoyable but definitely a memorable experience, and visitors to the Learning Zone at the Millennium Dome were reminded of their school classrooms! Superdrug pumped the scent of chocolate into their shops and executive lounges at airports are sprayed with outdoor aromas of new mown grass, a scent used for centuries by the Santa Maria Novella brand. Hospitals develop a good reputation with the smell of disinfectant, and private hospitals use lavendar to calm and relax visitors and patients. Peppermint is useful for offices to give an emotional lift. Lloyd and TSB have a scent for their banking branches, Dorothy Perkins has a green floral fragrance for its stores, and the Julian Graves chain sells bags of nuts and dried fruit and has a scent to match their trade. Chemicals in the atmosphere are a concern to many people, especially those with allergies or illness.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Jerusalem - A History Part Two

The Mystery of the Lemba People

Tudor Parfitt was a 19 year old student when he first visited Jerusalem in 1963 and heard the story that in ancient days, more than 2,500 years ago, when the Assyrians invaded Jerusalem, they massacred the people, and took the people captive. Later Babylon invaded, massacred and took the people to Babylon. The Ark of the Covenant that housed the 10 Commandments was lost. When released from captivity, many tribes did not make it back to their place of origin. They are called the lost tribes and they were predicted to one day return to their homeland.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Getting to Know the Goddess Course 2:2

In this lesson from Goddess-Pages online course, we hear about The Maiden, the young Goddess, one who, I think, is often trusting and adventurous - such dangerous combinations! 

The tragic story of Jesus strikes me as being true to that of a child of a very young girl, who appears to have little support at a desperate time in her life. When pregnant, she visits a cousin. One wonders where were her siblings, parents and close family at the time when she appears so alone and vulnerable and lacking confidence, support and protection! 

I have a fascination for Mary Magdelene and was an early reader of the Holy Blood and Holy Grail and have read around this topic for many years. Perhaps she was a priestess, from a pagan land, who blessed his feet with her perfumed oil prior to his trial and death. New excavations in the Holy Land and historical investigations, provide new thinking about the title 'magdala' which means 'tower'. The Magdalene provided the disciples with money, and was first to visit the tomb after the burial of Jesus, so therefore, she had a privileged position within the family that would have been granted to only those women who washed and prepared the body of the deceased. 

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Perfume Part Three

In India, resins, woods, spices and fragrant flowers are used for ritual, medicine and personal adnornment. Many wonderful aromatics grow there, including frangipani, hibiscus, sandlewood, jasmin, patchouli, gum benzoin, vetiver, aloewood, pepper, cardoman and connamon, and the sellers from the main centre for perfumery, Ghazipore, near Benares, are called 'gandhika'. The art of distilling the essential oils was brought from Arabia by the Moghuls.  The Indian book of sacred love, the Kama Sutra, prescribed fragrant oils to enhance allure and sandlewood and musk was rubbed on the body as an aphrodisiac. Indian cashmere shawls were steeped in patchouli, a heady scent, which had the added effect of keeping out moths. Its shredded leaves preserved the cloth during the long voyage to the west. 

Monday, 24 February 2020

Jerusalem - A History Part One

The Beginning!

The earliest date is where shepherds buried their dead in caves around 5,000 years ago. 
4,000 years ago, the land was known as Canaan and was ruled by Egypt. Perhaps it's name derived from Urusalam, the Pagan God of the Evening Star. 

The sacred spring of Gihon points to the rising sun. It was the only source of water and had two monumental towers built to protect it. These are the most ancient masonry. The city grew and flourished but the spring was outside the city walls, so they built a massive tunnel, hewn out of the solid rock, to transport the water from the spring into the city. The tunnels were rediscovered by a young boy in 2009.

When Moses led his people through the desert, 40 years he searched for a place to settle. It did not come easy, they had to fight for it and put others to the slaughter. 

The twelve tribes were divided into two, often at war, Israel to the North and Judah to the south, but David brought them together as Jerusalem became the capital. 

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Erica Longdon interview

Erica Longdon is an author, multi-disciplinary therapist, healer and metaphysician.
Her toolbox of qualifications contains: massage, reiki mastership, ear candling, psychology, sound healing,  meditation instruction, angel oracle card and tarot reading.
Erica's career began in television and radio in the nineteen seventies and took her all over the world to witness international events and eye-opening scenes behind the headlines. Erica says:  "it taught me to look beyond the obvious and to seek authenticity and to question." During the nineties, a serious car accident jolted her onto a path of personal growth and healing which, ultimately, lead to a release of her media career and embracing a path as a therapist. A major, life changing part of this journey was becoming an Angel Therapy Practitioner after training in Hawaii with Doreen Virtue. 

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Spiritualism Part One

During Spiritualism’s heyday, philanthropists, political activists, (including vegetarians and animal welfare activists), and all kinds of intellectuals and Establishment figures believed that spirits in the Afterlife could be contacted to aid learning and help those in the physical world live a better life. Queen Victoria and the royal family are said to be ardent believers. Spiritualism’s ‘Pope’, the flamboyant socialist Hannen Swaffer (who opposed capital punishment and always wore a hat) was an ardent campaigner for Spiritualism. 

Friday, 21 February 2020

Spiritualism Part Two

UK Spiritualism is experiencing a revival of books, TV stations, telephone lines, daily newspaper reports as ghost hunts, medical psychics, possessions, apports, missing children found, psychic art, psychic children and animals, channelled videos, and a hundred and one ways to conduct healing, add to the readings and messages from loved ones in Spirit and we have a huge revival taking place not only in the UK but throughout the world. 

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Introduction to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust was founded by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell 50 years ago with the mission to save species from extinction, and it has a proven track record of doing just that! Species that have been pulled back from the brink include the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, echo parakeet and the Mallorcan midwife toad, and our dedicated conservationists are hard at work in threatened habitats around the world, continuing each day to protect and conserve many more amazing species.
Due to the increasing demands of humans on the environment, we have witnessed in recent decades, a massive rise in the rate of extinctions.The number of species under threat has reached alarming proportions, including 23% of mammals, 12% of birds and 32% of all amphibians. A wide variety of species are necessary for the building blocks on which our ecosystems are sustained and it is these ecosystems that provide us with previous resources, such as clean water, fuel, fibre and food. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Coincidence! What’s it all about?

A 'coincidence' is two unrelated events that take place at the same time. Coincidences are surprisingly common and occur many times each day, for example, I was thinking about a friend this morning when she telephoned me. Is this just a co-incidence or could it have been telepathy?