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11 In Memoriam - Dr. Fred Bell

22 2012: Moving Toward Evolution by Choice Not Chance

by Barbara Marx Hubbard

30 3 Keys to Activating Your Life Purpose

by Dr. Jean Houston

35 Living on the Edge

The Deep Truth About Our Destiny and Our Fate

by Gregg Braden

52 The Master Game: The Cornerstone

by Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval


12 Down To Earth Astrology

by Tim Gunns

16 The Power of Affirmations

How To Make Them Work For You

by Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

25 The Little-Known Link Between Bone Health

and Total Health

by Ron Perez

32 The Code

Every Living Thing is a Being of Light

by Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe

38 Effective Cancer Prevention Suggestions the

Cancer Industry Ignores

by Paul Fassa

42 Practical Conscious Creation

The Key to Becoming a Better, Faster Manifestor

by Jackie Lapin

45 The Silent Inflammation that Afflicts

3 out of 4 Americans

by Dr. Joseph Mercola

56 The Golden Motorcycle Gang

by Jack Canfield and William Gladstone

58 The Silence of the Mind

by Robert Holden, Ph.D.

60 The Well that Never runs Dry

The Undeserving One

by Joann Davis.


5 Up Front

18 Book Reviews

40 Calendar of Events

50 Green Living


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As of 5/11, the World Health

Organization/IARC ruled nonthermal

emissions of electromagnetic

fields from non-ionizing radiation,

a Class 2 B Carcinogen, which

means it can possibly cause cancer in

humans. It joins a prestigious list of

other class 2 B Carcinogens including

but not limited to: lead, dioxin, chloroform,

HIV and ethylbenzene.

Considering that it has now been

ruled to be on par with DDT, the

LVMWD ought to have halted on its

own the rollout of these devices rather

than rollover the health and safety of

their customers. Would you want DDT

sprayed in and around your home,

schools and neighborhoods 24/7

These wireless radiation emitting

devices are being forced on the public

with no opt outs available even though

their deployment has not been mandated

by the Federal Government. Across the

country, people report headache, dizziness,

nausea, memory loss, muscle

spasms, insomnia, heart arrhythmia and

other physical ailments upon having a

wireless meter installed. The following

health effects have been documented in

studies on EMF: DNA breaks, cancer,

endocrine disruption, birth defects,

sterility, heart arrhythmia, learning

impairment, ADD/ADHD, headache,



fatigue and sleep disturbance.


pregnant women, seniors,

people with

immune deficiencies

and people with medical

implants are especially

at risk.


assured us that low

frequencies are safe

(as they have when

approving cell towers

on their tanks feet

away from us.) Does

the LVMWD think it

has better science on

EMF health and safety

than the World Health Organization

This boils down to consumer education,

consumer protection and consumer

choice, all fundamentals of democracy

and American Law. The LVMWD must

disclose important information about the

Smart meters to consumers, including

the model, timing, magnitude, frequency

and duration of RF emissions so that

individual consumers can make

informed decisions (as directed in

Assemblyman Huffmans bill.) Whether

or not you believe RF exposures from

Smart meters are harmful, it’s only fair

that consumers who are concerned be

given complete technical information,

and the choice of another technology

for devices that are installed on our


Ultimately, it comes down to

choice, and for whatever valid reason,

consumers do deserve the choice on

whether to have this technology

encroach on their homes. A shielded

hard wired option transmitting via analogue

PSTN or via DSL/Cable is a

viable alternative.

Water out of air A Texas

man has invented a

machine that does just

that, and it’s already caught the eye of

some celebrities.

“It’s just an awesome machine,”

Drinking WaterW

Extracted From Air

says inventor Terry LeBleu

The drought doesn’t worry him

because he’s invented and patented a

new machine. It’s called the “Drought

Master” and makes drinkable water out

of air.

“It pulls the air

through it, pulls out the

moisture, and exhausts

the air,” LeBleu says.

Depending on

humidity, the machine

can make between five

to seven gallons of

pure water in one day.

All you have to do is

plug it in, and one gallon

costs only 4 cents

in electrical charges.

An independent lab took samples

of LeBleu’s water and found it had no

bacteria and is free of metals. Lab

techs say it’s similar to distilled water.

Willie Nelson owns fifty of these

machines, including an indoor version.

Even Texas Governor Rick Perry owns

one. But LeBleu wants his invention to

benefit local farmers and ranchers.



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Volume XXXlII, No. 202 — October / November 2011


Genius 13-Year-Old Has a Solar Power Breakthrough

When I was thirteen I was smoking cigarettes

I’d found on the ground and playing Super

Nintendo like it was my life’s work. This

kid discovered a way to draw 20-50% more power from

solar cells. He is way cooler.

7th grader Aidan Dwyer was walking in the woods

during the winter, and looking up, he noticed something

about the bare branches above him. They didn’t appear to

be growing randomly. So he took some measurements

of the angles of the branches, crunched some numbers,

and wouldn’t you know it, he found that the ubiquitous

Fibonacci Sequence was behind it all. He suspected there

was a reason behind this; that trees were using this pattern

to gather more light.

So he did an experiment. Using the same number of

solar cells, he built two working models. One was a traditional,

flat array will all of the panels on a single plane.

The other used the Fibonacci Sequence to create the

same spiraled pattern he observed in the trees. The

results The little man himself reports:

“The tree design made twenty percent more electricity

and collected 2-1/2 more hours of sunlight during

the day. But the most interesting results were in

December, when the Sun was at its lowest point in the

sky. The tree design made fifty percent more electricity,

and the collection time of sunlight was up to fifty percent


Did you hear that All of the smart-guys in the

country who spent their time trying to make solar power

more efficient were just outsmarted by a thirteenyear-old

and a tree. Aiden just won the Young Naturalist

Award from theAmerican Museum of Natural History.

It’s kids like this that make me think that just maybe this

country isn’t so screwed after all. —Inhabitat

Earth Star Up Front

Rather than risk the consequences

of growing genetically

modified crops, Hungary

takes quick action and plows them


In March, Hungary introduced a

new regulation that states seeds must

be checked for GMO before they are

introduced to the market. However,



some GMO seeds made it to the farmers

without their being aware of it. As

a result, almost one thousand acres of

maize found to have been grown with

genetically modified seeds have been

destroyed throughout Hungary. The

deputy state secretary of the Ministry

of Rural Development, Lajos Bognar,

said that the GMO maize has been

ploughed under, and pollen has not

spread from the maize.

The United States, meanwhile, is

beginning to see the consequences of

widely planted GMOs. In the mid-’90s,

Monsanto introduced seeds genetically

engineered to withstand its Roundup

brand of herbicide. Today, these

“Roundup Ready” crops are planted all

across the U.S.—ninety-four percent of

soybeans and more than seventy percent

of corn and cotton contain the

Roundup-resistant gene.

But when the land is dosed with a

single herbicide for years on end, the

ecosystems adapt. Roundup-defying

“superweeds” are getting out of control.

And the problem is only accelerating,

because the resistant weeds are

driving out their non-resistant counterparts.

According to Mother Jones:

“These weeds adapt faster and more

vigorously than their weed cousins,

choking fields and clogging irrigation

ditches so badly water can’t pass

through.” — OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 7

Earth Star Up Front

Women all around America and other industrialized

nations are told that regular mammograms

are the best approach for early breast

cancer detection. A mammogram is an x-ray of the

breast that looks to find tumorous growths that are otherwise

undetectable in a physical exam. X-rays use ionizing

radiation to create the photographic image. Despite

enormous funding and research, mammography has a

very strong opposition in many quadrants of the medical

and natural health communities.

This opposition is due to the dangers involved with

the amount of harmful radiation, the inaccuracy rates

and the economic costs. Yearly mammograms had been

recommended for women over the age of fifty. In 2001,

US health officials began recommending women over

forty get regular mammograms. The Lancet wrote in

July 1995 that ‘the benefit (of mammograms) is marginal,

the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred

are enormous.’

Many doctors have trouble trusting mammograms

due to their enormous rate of false positive diagnosis. In

one large study looking at 60,000 women, the

researchers found that seventy percent of the detected

tumors were not tumors at all. These false positive

results create a great amount of emotional stress on

patients and family members involved. Even worse,

these results lead to many unnecessary and invasive

biopsies. Research has shown that seventy to eighty percent

of all positive mammograms do not show the presence

of cancer upon further biopsy testing.

False positives and unnecessary biopsies can dramatically

alter an individual’s health. The emotional

stress of believing you have cancer when you do not is

enough to trigger the onset or the acceleration of disease

in the body. Many women have undergone unnecessary

chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomies after receiving

false positive results on a mammogram. This creates

an enormous overall economic, emotional, and physical

stress on the individual due to the limitations of this sort

of testing.

Routine mammography exposes the individual to an

exceptionally high amount of ionizing radiation. Ionizing

radiation is something we are all exposed to in nature and the

body can handle a certain amount each year without it becoming

risky. One series of mammograms (2 xrays on each breast)

is equivalent to the radiation dose of 1000 normal chest or

spinal x-rays.

Due to this enormous blast of radiation many experts

warn that mammography actually increases the risk of breast

cancer. Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, estimated that annual mammography

increases the risk of breast cancer by two percent

each year. The National Cancer Institute has stated that mammography

is especially dangerous for younger women. In fact,

they have stated that it could cause seventy-five cases of breast

cancer for every fifteen it identifies. Other studies have shown

up to a fifty-two percent increase in breast cancer mortality in

The Danger

ers s of Mammography

young women given annual testing.

The incidence of certain forms of breast cancer such as

ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased by 328% since

mammography was introduced. Cancer research has also

found a gene called oncogene AC that is very sensitive to radiation.

Women who have this gene are at extraordinarily high

risk when exposed to mammography. Researchers estimate

that 10,000 of these gene carriers will die of breast cancer

each year due to mammography.

Mammography also requires the patient`s breasts to be

compressed. This compression is known to cause the release

of cancerous cells into circulation which greatly increases the

risk of malignant spread. Dr. Charles Simone, a former clinical

associate in immunology and pharmacology at the NCI,

has been a strong advocate against mammography. He says,

“Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer

and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing

growth.” —NaturalNews



Adiscovery by two Icelandic formed which

oceanographers has garnered flows back

international attention because south along the

it might have significance in the context ocean floor until

of climate change and global warming. it eventually

It is a deep ocean current which flows

along the continental shelf off north


The current, which is known as the

resurfaces and

warms up again.

This circulation

is to a

North Icelandic Jet, was first studied large extent

and described by two of the Icelandic

Marine Research Institute’s specialists,

Steingrímur Jónsson, who is also a professor

at the University of Akureyri, and

controlled by

Hédinn Valdimarsson, Fréttabladid


In the past few years the North

Icelandic Jet has been studied further,

both by Icelandic and American

research vessels in collaboration

between the Icelandic Marine Research

Institute and Woods Hole, one of the

US’s most respected marine research


On August 22nd, Woods Hole’s

research vessel Knorr headed out from

Reykjavík on a month-long expedition

to map the North Icelandic Jet in more

detail and search for its origins.

Jónsson explained that there is a

known heat-salt circulation in the ocean

which has been compared to a conveyor

belt. Warm seawater flows to the north

where it cools and sinks.

Then a deep ocean current is


Despite shifting into higher gear

within the consumer’s green

conscience, hybrid vehicles are

still tethered to the gas pump via a fuelthirsty

one hundred-year-old invention:

the internal combustion engine.

the world’s climate

and the

theory is that if

this ocean conveyor

belt is

weakened the

climate will

cool in the northern hemisphere. Global

warming is believed to be able to cause

this imbalance.

The reason, in short, is the melting

of the Greenland icecap. Freshwater

changes the qualities of the ocean so

that it becomes lighter with less salt,

doesn’t sink and stops the conveyor belt.

Jónsson said the North Icelandic Jet

changes this picture and with it the theory

on the effect of global warming in

the northern hemisphere. That is where

the importance of the discovery lies and

what explains the interest of US scientists.

It is considered to be possible that

the North Icelandic Jet’s presence off

Earth Star Up Front

Iceland means that the heat-salt circulation

isn’t as vulnerable to the melting of

the Greenland icecap.

It is also important that two deep

ocean currents but not one (the East

Greenland Current) are active and can

reduce the impact of melting glaciers.

The origins of the North Icelandic

Jet are unknown. “First we noticed it off

the West Fjords but now we know that

the deep ocean current can be traced all

the way eastwards to Langanes. Where

its ultimate origins lie is unknown, as

are many other aspects. It will be our

project in the coming years to complete

the picture,” Jónsson concluded.

—Iceland Review


However, researchers at Michigan off, building pressure within the chamber,

State University have built a prototype causing a shock wave that ignites the

gasoline engine that requires no transmission,

crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel The Wave Disk Generator uses sixty

compressed air and fuel to transmit energy.

compression, cooling systems or fluids. percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard

Their so-called Wave Disk Generator car engines use just fifteen percent. As a

could greatly improve the efficiency

of gas-electric hybrid efficient than typical combustion engines.

result, the generator is 3.5 times more fuel

automobiles and potentially Researchers estimate the new model

decrease auto emissions up to could shave almost 1,000 pounds off a

ninety percent when compared car’s weight currently taken up by conventional

engine systems.

with conventional combustion


The prototype was presented to the

The engine has a rotor that’s energy division of the Advanced

equipped with wave-like channels

that trap and mix oxygen ing the Michigan State University Engine

Research Projects Agency, which is back-

and fuel as the rotor spins. Research Laboratory with $2.5 million in

These central inlets are blocked funding. —Discovery News


Earth Star Up Front


Researchers have discovered

chocolate (especially the

organic, not junked up with

additives and sugar type) contains phytochemicals

which appear to promote

good health. But no one has had much

of a clue about the specifics of some of

those benefits on the cardiovascular system—until

now. Scientists at the

European Society of Cardiology

Congress currently underway in Paris

just announced that chocolate provides

huge protection from heart disease as

well as stroke.

That’s great news because, despite

the billions of dollars spent on mainstream

medicine’s drugs and surgical

interventions, the battle against cardiovascular

disease obviously needs some

serious help. Currently, the World

Health Organization (WHO) predicts

that by 2030 nearly 23.6 million people

will die yearly from heart disease.

So just imagine the fluttering of

hearts in Big Pharma offices if they

found a no side effect, easy to produce

drug that actually worked to lower the

risk of developing heart disease in the

first place by almost forty percent. The

demand and profits to be made would be

enormous. While there is no such medication,

it turns out that eating chocolate

Chocolate Offers Huge Protection From Heart Disease And Stroke

regularly appears to accomplish what

pills can’t.

For a new study, which was just

published in the online version of the

British Medical Journal, Dr. Oscar

Franco and colleagues from the

University of Cambridge carried out a

large scale investigation of existing

research on chocolate. In all, they

looked at research involving over

100,000 participants with and without

existing heart disease. Then the scientists

evaluated the effects of eating

chocolate on cardiovascular events

including heart attacks and stroke.

For each of seven studies that were

analyzed, the research team compared

the group with the highest chocolate

consumption against the group with the

lowest consumption (to minimize bias,

they factored in differences in the way

each study had been designed). Bottom

line: the highest levels of chocolate consumption

were associated with an

astounding thirty-seven percent reduction

in cardiovascular disease and an

almost thirty percent reduction in stroke

compared with lowest levels of chocolate


The studies did not differentiate

between dark or milk chocolate and

included consumption of chocolate bars,

drinks, biscuits and desserts—which

raises an obvious question not answered

by the new research analysis. Would the

cardiovascular protection be even more

pronounced if the chocolate didn’t

include extra sugars, unhealthy fats or

chemical additives found in many

chocolate drinks and candy bars

The authors of the study did warn

their findings need to be interpreted cautiously

because commercially available

chocolate products are often loaded with

calories, so eating too much of these can

lead to weight gain and be harmful to

health in general. However, in a statement

to the media, they concluded that

given the health benefits of eating

chocolate, “initiatives to reduce the current

fat and sugar content in most chocolate

products should be explored.”


Private Spaceship Builder Wants W

to Go to Mars — To Save Humanity

Aprivate spaceflight company is

dead serious about taking

astronauts to Mars, saying

that the very survival of humanity

depends on settling other planets.

Space Exploration Technologies—

better known as SpaceX—was founded

primarily to help humankind establish

a lasting presence beyond Earth,

according to millionaire entrepreneur

Elon Musk, SpaceX's

CEO and founder. Such

expansion is necessary

to safeguard our species

over the long haul, he


“Ultimately, the

thing that is superimportant

in the grand

scale of history is, are

we on a path to

becoming a


species or

not” Musk

said during a

talk on August 1st. “If we’re

not, well, that’s not a very

bright future,” Musk continued.

“We’ll simply be hanging

out on Earth until some eventual

calamity claims us.”



In Memoriam

Dr. Fred Bell (1943 - 2011)

Former NASA scientist, inventor, health pioneer

and musician Dr. Fred Bell died suddenly

of a heart attack on Sunday, September

16th, the day after he had appeared as a guest on former

Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura’s TV program,

Conspiracy Theory, in Minneapolis.

Fred Bell was born on August 10th, 1943 in Ann

Arbor Michigan. His father, Allan Bell, was a scientist

who worked with the late Henry Ford Sr. He later

brought the London Bridge over from England and

reconstructed it in the middle of the Arizona desert

and built a city with a lake around it. Today it’s called

Havasu City. Fred’s great uncle, Alexander Graham

Bell, was also a well-known inventor.

Fred Bell was propelled into science at a very

early age. At age 14, he was not only working at the

University of Michigan on nuclear energy projects,

but was also inducted into the U.S. Government’s

project M. K. Ultra. This early mind control research

covered such topics as past life regression, and the

popular remote viewing used today by the CIA and

other intelligence gathering agencies worldwide.

At 16 years of age Fred joined the U.S. Air Force.

Although technically, he could not wear a uniform

until his 17th birthday, he began working in the Air

Force on highly classified projects, several involving

early warning radar defense systems and the detection

and tracking of extraterrestrial craft. He was one of

the first to bring the famed DDS form 213 to public

awareness. DDS form 213 was used by the U.S. Air

Force to report internally to the government on the

presence of extraterrestrials and their craft.

After his tenure in the military, he worked for

NASA on projects such as Star Wars (the military version)

laser development, submarine and missile guidance

systems, and finally the lunar lander project

known as the Apollo missions. During this time he

worked with Scott Crosfield, developer of the X-15,

and the late Werner von Braun.

After leaving the defense sector, Fred travelled to

Tibet and began studying with Himalayan Masters.

During this time he attained international fame as a

contactee to a Pleiadean group of extraterrestrial

humanoids who were here, he claimed, to help the

people on earth save themselves from their own

destructive tendencies. For this efforts, the Russian

Society of Cosmonauts awarded Dr. Bell the

Distinguished Scientific Progress Award.

Dr. Bell was also a practicing naturopath, and had

spent twenty years as a spokesperson for the National

Health Federation, a U.S.-based group that promotes

health-care freedom.

He was the the subject of several books, most

notably The Promise, written by famed author Brad

Steiger, and the author of three books: The Death of

Ignorance; Rays of Truth, Crystals of Light; and The

Inside Track.

He marketed many of the health products and

technologies he had developed—such as the Nuclear

Receptor, worn by many athletes and celebrities, and

the Projector—through his company, Pyradyne,

More recently he was host of Dr. Bell’s Health,

Science & Energy Show, a weekly world wide radio

program at

He is survived by his wife, Mikelle.


October promises to be a particularly

lively month, characterized

by constant changes

in information and plans due

to circumstances beyond

one’s control. For the most part, September’s

Libra new moon (27th) cycle determines the

general trends through to October’s new moon

on the 26th. There’s a lot of excitement associated

with communications now, with a rapid

fire flow of information which may be subject

to change, as new facts or data surface to alter

the equation, while activities and events can

transpire at a breathtaking pace. Anticipate

some frustrations, as unexpected developments

force adjustments to the game plan,

necessitating swift and decisive action. Take

extra care in the use of funds and mutual

resources now; conservation and restraint

might be the wisest path to take this month.

On October 2nd, Mars lines up precisely in

square to Jupiter, asking us to closely examine

material motives. Don’t bite off more than you

can chew, or take too much for granted under

this rather grandiose influence. Indeed, exercise

a great deal of caution now, and for a

week or so either side of this potent aspect, as

volatile, and potentially confusing, energies

are abroad.

Speak with confidence when Mercury conjuncts

Saturn on the 6th, in fair-minded Libra.

Important career decisions can be made now,

or professional advice sought. Update valuable

databases, at least prior to Mercury’s forthcoming

retrograde phase next month.

Venus enters sultry Scorpio on the 8th (till Nov

2), when values and promises will be tested,

particularly regarding mutual assets or agreements.

Passions will rise, while loyalty may be

rewarded in some way. Shrewd investments

now could quickly return handsome dividends.


October’s full moon culminates late on the

11th, in 19° Aries, with the sun conjunct

Saturn, and may herald the ending, or transformation,

of a professional partnership, while

the potential for new, more productive associations

is seeded. Relationship issues could vie

for time you might rather devote to personal

pursuits. Give others plenty of space!

A sobering, sanity restoring conjunction

between the sun and Saturn perfects on the

13th, in 21° Libra, when a career or educational

opportunity could appear unannounced.

Seek vocational guidance, if necessary. Be

willing to take action for what you believe in.

Forget petty frustrations by focusing on your

work or responsibilities. It may also help to

temper the impulse to overindulge, precipitated

by a Venus-Jupiter opposition that perfects

on the 14th.

When Mercury enters suspicious Scorpio early

on October 13th, the wise will keep all communications

on the level, and avoid deception.

Impassioned flights of fancy are not uncommon

during this transit, when deep thoughts

can emerge with little warning. Investigate

recycling, and ways to reuse discarded items.

Focused visualization could bring rapid results

when the sun trines Neptune on the 21st.

Picture, in your mind’s eye, exactly what you

desire and then hold that image...see and feel it

as a reality. Creative artistry of all kinds can

flourish now, so give your imagination free


Passions deepen when the sun enters Scorpio

on the 23rd (till Nov 22), while feelings and

emotions are experienced more intensely. Use

this four-week transit to regenerate and

recharge yourself. Eliminate that which no

longer serves a useful purpose in your life, in

preparation for a new phase of growth and

expansion that begins shortly.

Corporate enterprise and joint financial concerns

are also energized and supported on the

23rd, as the sun sextiles Pluto. Express your

unique creative abilities through business or

career activities at every opportunity. Seek

novel ways to recycle discarded items or


October’s new moon occurs on the 26th, in 03°

02' Scorpio, inspiring us to act and speak with

power in the weeks ahead, and to transform

that which is no longer working for us or is not

serving our highest good. As Scorpio is the

sign of regeneration, where this lunation falls

in one’s horoscope can indicate the life area

that is ripe for release and rebirth. Utilize the

transformative potential inherent in this potent

lunation to help you replace diminishing revenue

sources, or to overhaul outworn financial

practices and strategies. Resolve sensitive

issues around intimacy during the next four

weeks, a theme that is strongly emphasized by

an almost precise square aspect between the

gender planets, Venus and Mars. Don’t take

anything or anyone for granted. The changes

you make now will stimulate new growth and

creative enterprise in the months ahead.

However, refrain from unwise expenditures or

speculation now. Instead, conserve and protect

key resources.

Then Mars, once again, adds impetus to the

cosmic energy flow with a supportive sextile

aspect to Saturn which perfects later on the

26th, when hard work and purposeful action

win the day, and ambition is powerfully stimulated.

You may also notice an increase in

stamina, so be sure to put it to good, positive

use. Take the initiative now. Act on business

or career options.

Mercury squares Mars on the 28th, when an


extra measure of patience may be called for,

while communications or travel could prove

frustrating. Avoid jumping to conclusions,

impulsive actions, or blurting out something

that you may later regret. Keep the intellect

gainfully employed, to avoid irritability and

the potential for angry outbursts. Tact may be

conspicuous by its absence just now. The

urge to compete could be compelling.

Remain alert and focused whilst traveling.

Giant Jupiter trines distant Pluto precisely on

the 28th, for the second time this year—the

last time was on July 7th—and only the second

such (120°) alignment since July 1st,

2003, encouraging expansion and selfimprovement

through creative enterprise,

and spiritual evolvement, in the coming

weeks. The present house locations of

Jupiter and Pluto in one's natal horoscope

indicate the life areas in which the transformation

of stagnant conditions may have

become necessary in order for further evolutionary

progress to be made.

However, the sun makes its annual opposition

to Jupiter later on the 28th, when the

wise will strive to avoid impulsive behavior.

Act only after careful deliberation; as you

may be inspired to try something that you

normally wouldn’t consider. Exercise great

care and discernment with real estate investments

or stock market speculation.

October draws to close with a further admonishment

to be realistic about business and

financial ventures, and in key relationships,

when Venus aligns in square to Neptune.

Watch expenditures, budget wisely, and tread

carefully in affairs of the heart.

Social calendars may tend to fill rather

quickly once Venus enters Sagittarius on

November 2nd for a four-week sojourn.

Feelings are more readily expressed, often

with exuberance and a dramatic flair, while

the great outdoors can beckon.

Steady progress can be made in business,

commerce, and legal affairs, following

Mercury’s arrival in Sagittarius on the 2nd

(till Jan 7). However, be aware of the consequences

of your actions now. Get plenty of

mental and physical exercise during this

intellectually stimulating transit.

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday,

November 6th, at 2:00am, so remember to

set your clocks BACK 1-hour.

Adding to the distortion of reality these

days—we may witness events that may beggar

belief!—is Mars’ opposition to Neptune

on the 7th. Deception is rife, and the truth

behind actions or events may be intentionally

obscured. Indeed, clarity will almost certainly

be lacking—not exactly the kind of influence

we might wish for on the eve of Election

Day! Be alert to self-destructive impulses, or

giving vent to suppressed anger, as that’s a

distinct possibility now. Avoid seeking solace

in artificial stimulants, as one’s physical

tolerance may be at a low ebb, and escapist

tendencies prevail. Know for whom you’re

voting, where your polling station is located,

and what the procedure is. If necessary, seek

guidance from within when making your


After five months in retrograde, Neptune,

planet of mystery and imagination, turns

direct (in 29° Aquarius) on November 9th—

again, not exactly conducive to truth, clarity

and accuracy around Election time!

Neptune’s directional shifts often coincide

with strange or unexpected events, peculiar

behavior, and anomalous weather or geophysical

activities for several days either side

of its station. Don’t believe all that you see or

hear around this period. Remain alert, be

observant, but avoid jumping to conclusions

or going to extremes.

An earthy full moon in Taurus occurs on

November 10th, which may bring finances

and personal values into sharp focus. Discard

expensive habits or deep-rooted, self-sabotaging

fears or phobias, particularly where

love and money are concerned. Indeed, an

additional measure of mental and emotional

self-control may be required around this

period, with Mercury and Venus in an almost

precise conjunction in enthusiastic

Sagittarius, as the wing-heeled messenger of

the gods slows its pace and prepares to turn


Another shift in the cosmic tide occurs when

Mars enters tropical Virgo on the 10th, for an

extended stay until July 3, 2012, due to a

forthcoming and fairly rare retrograde cycle.

During this transit, actions will likely stem

from purely practical considerations. Be sure

to get some healthy, outdoor exercise during

this period. Do work requiring precision.

Reorganize your occupational environment

for greater efficiency.

The red planet’s next contact is a supportive

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trine to Jupiter on the 16th, an exuberant,

high-energy transit that can foster cooperation

amongst allies, though it can also elicit

aggressive tendencies. Act on important

decisions with the “big picture” in mind, but

bear in mind Mercury’s approaching retrograde

cycle. Advance your own interests

wherever possible.

The sun squares Neptune on the 20th, so

keep a firm grip on reality now; escapist tendencies

can, quite literally, lead the unwary

astray. Stay on track, know where you’re

going. Spend some quiet time alone.

Mercury stations retrograde late on the 22nd,

in 21° of tropical Sagittarius, so finalize

pending agreements where possible before

this date, otherwise it would be prudent to

postpone important decisions of any kind

until after December 13th. Instead, review

plans or ideas for a new project, or for an

intended change in career or residence.

Catch up on your reading, and attend to

backlogged communications, messages and


The arrival of the new moon on the 24th—

Thanksgiving Day—in 03°Sagittarius, also

heralds a partial solar eclipse, sounding a

clarion call to review or upgrade your educational

objectives, or to expand your occupational

horizons. In the spirit of openness

bestowed by this lunation, acknowledge and

release any deep-rooted fears of failure that

may have been holding you back from realizing

your full potential. Seek new avenues

of self-expression. Sweeping changes are in

the wind! The chart for this lunation/eclipse

contains a flowing grand trine in earth signs

(Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) involving Jupiter

Mars and Pluto, encouraging the pursuit of

practical and attainable objectives in the

weeks and months ahead. Be sure to make

good use of it.

Social activities could be particularly stimulating

when Venus trines Jupiter on the 27th.

Financial and educational activities are

strongly supported now, while philanthropic

or charitable activities can bring satisfaction.

Following is a general overview of how the

planetary trends for October/November,

2011 apply to each sun sign. If you know

your rising sign (Ascendant), read that, too,

for additional insights. OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 13

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Aries (March 20—April 19)

An abundance of enthusiasm and a

willingness to act on spur of the moment

ideas or new information could quickly get you in over

your head with a creative project or activities suggested

by a partner or close associate in early October. Your

challenge will be to carefully consider the “big picture”,

and the financial aspects involved, before you leap

headlong into a new venture. A period of regeneration

and renewal is at hand following the Scorpio new moon

on October 26th, during which you may benefit from

discarding that which is no longer necessary or has

outlived its usefulness, whether possessions, unfounded

fears or doubts about your potential for worldly success,

or unhelpful emotional response patterns that inhibit

your growth and development. Seek to broaden your

horizons and embrace new possibilities.

Taurus (April 19—May 20)

For much of October, your energies will be

focused primarily around the home, where

your attention to domestic needs will be a

high priority, necessitated by some radical changes, of a

generally positive nature, that may now be taking place.

You have been involved in a process of expanding your

outlook on life for some time, and now events are accelerating,

enabling you to move forward with your plans to

transform your prospects for the future. A new cycle in

the growth and development of a key relationship begins

in late October, which continues throughout November,

that allows you to build upon and consolidate the progressive

changes you have made. Consider carefully

what you presently wish to eliminate from your life, lest

you discard something of true value in your haste.

Gemini (May 20—June 21)

You’re in an outgoing, exuberant frame of

mind these days, and keen to move forward

with personal plans and projects. Activities with friends

or progressive groups that share your goals and

philosophies will be on your agenda now, and will likely

consume a great deal of your time and energy. Apply

your creative ingenuity to advancing your career or

professional aspirations, as it may prove challenging to

sell your ideas to those who may be in a position to help

you climb the ladder, or that might fund a project dear to

your heart. A new work assignment is possible in

November, though before you accept, or apply, be sure

that you’re up to the task and have the necessary skills,

knowledge and confidence to carry it out successfully.

Cancer (June 21—July22)

The main thrust of your energies in October is

directed toward generating income, fuelled by a

deeply felt need for a greater sense of emotional and financial

security. The recent new moon in Libra (Sept 27th) in your

solar fourth house provides a welcome boost to your spirits,

which may have been somewhat dampened for some time

now by Saturn’s presence in this sensitive sector of your solar

chart. Indeed, a new cycle of emotional growth and

development is now underway, from which you can draw

much inner strength, whilst the support and encouragement of

a significant other inspires you to move beyond self-limiting

beliefs, or the painful memory of love’s labors lost. Bring

your innate creativity to bear on ways to broaden your

horizons, and to envision brighter prospects for the future.

Leo (July 22—August 23)

You’re inclined to be more forceful in

getting your ideas across early in October,

and are quite determined to have things your way.

However, neither your views nor your manner of

presenting them will be well received unless

couched in a good measure of tact and diplomacy.

Indeed, your ideas and novel notions may be quite

progressive and considerably ahead of the curve, but

in order to “sell” them effectively—particularly if

you’re seeking financial backing—you’ll need to

clarify the details, as well as the big picture.

There’s a possibility of landing a lucrative new

work assignment in November which might also

allow you to bring about a positive transformation

of your domestic environment, or perhaps move to

an altogether nicer home.

Virgo (August 23—September 23)

A new and favorable wind blows

through your financial affairs during

October, bringing opportunities for

monetary gain. Money that was owed or was

promised may now be forthcoming, or an

investment could finally pay dividends. Benefits

might also come as a result of your past good

work or professional services. You may have a

yearning to emerge from the shadows and into the

limelight in some way. Although your best work

now is likely to be conducted behind the scenes,

before this forecast period is over you could

break new ground with at least one new personal

project that can move you forward along your

chosen career path. Communications and travel

will increase, with the possibility of a move for

those with a yen to relocate.

Libra (September 23—October 23)

You’re in your element in early October,

as several heavenly bodies currently

transit through your sign. While this

year’s new moon in Libra occurred on September

27th, its influence carries over through most of this

month, providing a much needed energizing

influence, infusing you with renewed enthusiasm,

vigor, and, yes, assertiveness. You may be keen to


pursue new goals now, or to reestablish contact with

old friends, while activities with groups or

organizations who share your goals or interests will

also have appeal. An opportunity to add to your

income is also possible now, one that might allow

you to draw upon your knowledge, wisdom and

experience, to share with others what you have


Scorpio (October 23—November 22)

You’re highly motivated to make at least

some of your dearest dreams come true in

October, particularly in regard to your worldly

ambitions. Your sign’s principal ruler, Pluto, located

in your solar third house for the past 2 - 3 years has

been helping you to identify and release thought

patterns and notions about yourself that are no

longer relevant, that you’ve outgrown, which have

gradually been replaced with more positive and

helpful affirmations and realizations of what you’re

capable of achieving and now you’re of a mind to

make it so. October’s new moon (26th) in your sign

and solar first house increase your resolve to move

forward with personal plans, replacing doubt with

courage and renewed enthusiasm to pursue what you

now know to be possible.

Sagittarius (November 21—December 21)

You feel more in control of your life

and destiny these days, and are keen to

pursue personal goals with renewed

vigor. It’s as thought you have discovered a new

lease on life, that gives you license to actively

broaden your horizons. Friends and organizations

with which you are associated could provide the

catalyst for some progressive changes. Travel,

too, can be rewarding, though in ways you hadn’t

perhaps expected. You have also come to realize

the value of good health and diet, and may seek

to improve your overall fitness. Be sure to allow

yourself adequate down time in order to recharge

your energies, and to reflect on and then

assimilate the lessons and experience you’ve

gained over the course of the year so far.

Capricorn (December 21—January 19)

New professional opportunities are

possible now, and you’re keen to explore

your options. You sense the potential to resume

the pursuit of your worldly ambitions, which may

have been placed on hold of late. The inner

restlessness you’ve been experiencing can now be

channeled into creative outlets, that brings the

satisfaction of tangible accomplishments. Your

goals and aspirations may now be subject to

redefinition, as you seek to integrate new

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possibilities into your plans for the future, and to

accommodate new priorities. Time spent with

friends can be both enjoyable and rewarding,

while their wisdom and insight may help you

solve a problem.

Aquarius (January 19—February 18)

Broadening your horizons is the theme

that underscores your life drama in

October, when you feel that, indeed, all the world

is your stage, and you’re keen to assume the

leading role. For some ambitious Aquarians this

might entail going back to school to learn a new

skill, or to acquire the qualifications to help you

climb the ladder to worldly success and

attainment. Others may wish to share their

knowledge, either through teaching, or via a book

or blog. Opportunity may knock in November

with the chance to make a dream career move.

Confidence and enthusiasm are your long suits

now, just make sure that you’re up to the task.

Pisces (February 18—March 20)

A time of renewal and regeneration is

at hand in October, when you’re ready

to put elements of the past behind you

and move on to pursue new personal and

professional ambitions. It’s possible that any

financial constraints you may have been under

are now quite suddenly removed, or that your

values and priorities have shifted, allowing for a

more expansive outlook on the possibilities

before you. You’re keen to assume a more active

role in determining the direction your future will

take, and implement necessary changes that will

set you on your way. New horizons beckon, as

your perspective on life changes, and you’re

ready to set sail toward the new possibilities that

are coming into view.

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conference coordinator and producer,

and formerly program director of the

L.A.Conscious Life Expo, and the

national Whole Life Expos.

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How to Make Them

Work for You

By Ronald Alexander, PhD

Affirmations (meaning a statement said

with confidence about a perceived truth)

have helped thousands of people make

significant changes in their lives. But

they don’t always work for everyone.

Why can one person have great success using this tool

while another see’s no results at all

An affirmation can work as it has the ability to program

your mind into believing the stated concept. This

is because the mind doesn’t know the difference

between what is real or fantasy. When you watch a

movie and you start to laugh or cry your mind is

empathizing with the characters on the screen even

though it is only Hollywood magic. There are both positive

and negative types of affirmations. I’m sure many

of us can remember as a child being told by a teacher,

parent or coach that we didn’t have the ability to do

something, or we were fat, clumsy, etc. These unwholesome

statements can stay with us in the conscious or

unconscious mind, which we then reinforce throughout

our lives.

For example, the fear of failure, according to Heinz

Kohut, the grandfather of psychology of the self, is often

intimately connected to a childhood fear of being abandoned

either physically or emotionally. When we fear

failure, we tend to overestimate the risk we’re taking and

imagine the worst possible scenario—the emotional

equivalent of our primary caretakers deserting us. What

we picture is so dreadful that we convince ourselves that

we shouldn’t even try to change. We avoid opportunities

for success, and then, when we fail, the unwholesome

affirmation we unwittingly re-confirm is “Success just

isn’t written in my stars” or “It’s just not in my karma!”

If an unwholesome belief is deeply rooted in our

unconscious mind then it has the ability to override a

positive affirmation even if we aren’t aware of it. This is

why for many people affirmations don’t seem to work as

their afflicted thought patterns are so strong that it

knocks out the effect of the positive statement. So how

can we add more muscle to an affirmation so it has the

power to triumph over our negative thinking Here are

some suggestions on how to make them work for you.


5 Steps to Make Affirmations More

Effective & Powerful

Step 1: Make a list of what you’ve always thought of as

your negative qualities. Include any criticisms others

have made of you that you’ve been holding onto;

whether it’s something your siblings, parents and peers

used to say about you when you were a child, or what

your boss told you in your last annual review. Don’t

judge if they’re accurate and remember we all have

flaws. This is one of the beauties of being human.

Simply make a note of them and look for a common

theme, such as “I’m unworthy.” This will be a great

place to start making a shift in your life. When you write

out the recurring belief notice if you holding on to it

anywhere in your body For example, do you feel tightness

or dread in your heart or stomach In my book,

Wise Mind, Open Mind I discuss in detail on how to let

go of negative self-judgments but for now ask yourself if

this unwholesome concept is helpful or productive in

your life and if not, what would be.

Step 2: Now write out an affirmation on the positive

aspect of your self-judgment. You may want to use a thesaurus

to find more powerful words to beef up your

statement. For example instead of saying, “I’m worthy.”

You could say, “I’m remarkable and cherished.” After

you have written your affirmation then ask a close friend

to read it to see if they have any suggestions to make it


Step 3: Speak the affirmation out loud for about five

minutes three times a day—morning, mid day and

evening. An ideal time to do this is when you’re putting

your make up or shaving so that you can look at yourself

in the mirror as you repeat the positive statement.

Another option that helps to reinforce the new belief and

would be easy to do at work is to write out the affirmation

several times in a notebook. Notice over time as you

write it if your style of writing changes. This could be a

clue as to how your mind perceives the new concept. I

call this exercise using the mindfulness journal to forward

the agenda of the positive affirmation.

Step 5: Get a friend or coach to repeat your affirmation

to you. As they are saying for example, “You are

remarkable and cherished” identify this statement as

‘good mothering’ or ‘good fathering’ messages. If you

don’t have someone who you feel comfortable asking

then use your reflection in the mirror as the person who

is reinforcing the healthy message.

Affirmations can be a powerful tool to help you change

your mood, state of mind, and manifest the change you

desire in your life. But they work best if you can first

identify the unwholesome belief that is opposing them.

If these suggestions are still not helping then I recommend

seeing a professional therapist to help you uncover

what is buried deep in your unconscious and/or start a

mindfulness meditation practice. Mindfulness meditation

is a very effective method to help you uncover your

unconscious thought patterns and allows you to categorize

them identifying what is wholesome, negative and

afflicted. Mindfulness is not about change rather it’s

about the power and ability to accept first what is then to

transmute towards what is possible. Try it and see how

your life can improve!

Ronald Alexander, PhD is a leadership consultant, psychotherapist,

international trainer, and the Executive Director

of the OpenMind Training Institute, a leading edge organization

offering training programs in mind-body therapies, transformational

leadership, and mindfulness. He is the author of

the widely acclaimed book Wise Mind, Open Mind upon

which this article is based.

Step 4: Anchor the affirmation in your body as you are

repeating it by placing your hand on the area that felt

uncomfortable when you wrote out the negative belief in

Step One. Also “breathe” into the affirmation while you

are saying or writing it. As you reprogram your mind

you want to move from the concept of the affirmation to

a real, positive embodiment of the quality you seek.


Fall Reading

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Untie the Strong Woman

Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love

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In her first book in more than a decade, Dr.

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The Master Game

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Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval trace

the origins of this game of symbols, words

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The World’s Most

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Numerology for

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Your Personal Numbers at Work,

with Family, and in Relationships

By Michael Brill

Numbers and letters are the blueprints of our

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first vowel and first consonant of a person’s

name and their birth month and day, Michael

Brill shows how to identify anyone’s reactive

and proactive behavior patterns to prevent and resolve interpersonal

issues and to change our own negative personal tendencies. Offering

extensive examples, interpretations, and exercises, he reveals how recognizing

these facets of our behavior is the first step to working through

our negative patterns and effecting personal transformation.


Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be

YourAlarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to

Outsmart the Hazards of

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By Ann Louise Gittleman

Destiny Books. Paperback, $14.95.

We’re being zapped: Today 84 percent of

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Homeopathy for Today’s World

Discovering Your Animal, Mineral,

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In Homeopathy for Today's World, Dr. Rajan

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he reveals how becoming aware of our inner song can reduce the

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Healing Arts Press. Paperback, $18.95.

Natural Chi Movement

Accessing the World of

the Miraculous

By Tienko Ting,

Foreword by William Spear

The modern world is largely focused on

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A Book of Miracles

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Bernie Siegel first wrote about miracles

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The Code

Unlocking the Ancient Power

of Your Birthday

By Johanna Paungger

and: Thomas Poppe

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Each number in your birth date has its

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Jim Harold's Campfire

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How to Manage an Effective

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system to get rid of bloat, belly fat, and cellulite, but also how to

optimize weight loss through GI-enhancing beneficial bacteria (probiotics),

balancing thyroid function, and taking advantage of your body’s

natural response to the seasons to keep you thin and healthy. Uniquely

effective, Fat Flush for Life offers an enjoyable and nutritionally-sound

method to keep the pounds off permanently.

Da Capo Press. Hardcover, $22.95.

Destiny vs. Choice

The Scientific and Spiritual

Evidence Behind Fate and Free


By Marie D. Jones

Since the day we are born, we are bombarded

with the contradictory claims

that our lives are predestined and that

Fate deals us the cards we must play, or

that our lives are the results of our

choices and that we shape it as we go

along. Destiny vs. Choice examines the

philosophical, spiritual, and scientific

evidence for both claims, and shows us

how we can live better, more fulfilling

lives no matter which side ultimately “wins” the debate.

New Page Books. paperback, $15.99.

Precessional Time and the

Evolution of Consciousness

How Stories Create the World

By Richard Heath

Exploring how ancient myths, megalithic structures,

the formation of language, and even prehistoric

cave art are narratives shaped by

sacred proportion, Richard Heath explains that

stories enable us to identify the inner spiritual

aspects within our material world and participate

in the evolution of human consciousness.

He reveals how the precessional myth of the

hero’s journey to steal fire from heaven describes a necessary search for

new cultural modes that occurs at the end of an Age as the dominant culture

begins to falter. In this timely volume, Heath shows how to access the

spiritual intelligence and heightened creativity available during the galactic

alignment of the current “twilight” between two precessional ages.

Inner Traditions. Paperback, $16.95.

The Golden Motorcycle Gang

By Jack Canfield

Have you ever asked yourself why you are

on planet Earth And what the ultimate purpose

for your life might be Well, Jack

Canfield asked himself this very question

and came up with a surprising answer—part

of which included a vision revealing that he

is part of a Golden Motorcycle Gang, a gang

whose intent is to have fun, but also to make

significant contributions to the wellbeing of

humanity. As you read, this book you will be introduced to some of the

extraordinary members of the Golden Motorcycle Gang, including

visionary thinkers such as Barbara Marx Hubbard, the originator of the

concept of Conscious Evolution. Perhaps, as you embark on Jack’s

journey along with him, you will find that you, too, are also a member

of the Golden Motorcycle Gang. So get ready for the adventure of

your life!

Hay House. Hardcover, $14.95.

Cosmic Detox

A Taoist Approach to

Internal Cleansing

By Mantak Chia

and William U. Wei

Long known by Taoist masters, the body has

an innate ability to heal itself, an ability that

is hampered by toxins in the food we ingest

and energy blockages that arise from illnesses

and obstacles in our lives. These

blockages transform the body’s energy

rivers into a polluted and stagnant swamp—

the root of degenerative disease as well as

premature aging. Revealing the detoxification and rejuvenation practices

of the Taoist sages, Master Mantak Chia and William U. Wei show

how to reactivate your body’s self-healing abilities by gradually and

safely expelling accumulated toxins through fasting, mono diets, and

cleansing the nine openings of the body.

Energetic Boundaries

How to Stay Protected and

Connected in Work, Love,

and Life

By Cyndi Dale

Destiny Books. Paperback, $16.95.

Just as our physical body is protected

by our skin, our psyche and spirit have

“energetic boundaries” that keep out

harmful influences. These boundaries,

invisible to the naked eye, are more

than just defenses. According to Cyndi

Dale, these “spiritual borders” are our

soul's way of communicating to the

universe what we do and don't want

to experience in life. With Energetic Boundaries, this renowned intuitive

and energy-medicine expert presents a definitive guide for maintaining

this essential aspect of our health and personal integrity.

Sounds True. Paperback, $17.95.


On Bicycles

50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can

Change Your Life

By Amy Walker

Bike culture is exploding in cities like

Portland, OR, New York, San Francisco,

Chicago, Montreal, and Vancouver, BC.

Whether people are riding folding bikes

to the commuter train, slipping through

traffic on streamlined single speeds, or

carrying children and groceries on their

cargo bikes, bicycles are making urban

life more dynamic and enjoyable. In On Bicycles, Amy Walker gathers a

wide-ranging group of cycling writers to explore the ways that biking

can change, and is changing, people’s lives.

New World Library. Paperback, $16.95.

Dreamed up Reality

Diving Into Mind to Uncover the

Astonishing Hidden Tale of Nature

By Bernardo Kastrup

A strong and growing intuition in society

today is the idea that our thoughts create our

own reality. Yet it seems obvious that, try as

we might, our lives are not quite what we fantasize.

Is the intuition thus wrong Through a

rational, methodic interpretation of meditative

insights, the validity of which is substantiated

with a compelling scientific literature review,

the author constructs hypotheses that reconcile facts with intuition.

Mesmerizing narratives of his expeditions into the unconscious suggest

an amazing possibility: just as dreams are seemingly autonomous

manifestations of our psyche, reality may be an externalized combination

of the subconscious dreams of us all, mixed as they are projected

onto the fabric of space-time.

O-Books. Paperback, $19.95.

Awakening the

Planetary Mind

Beyond the Trauma of the Past

to a New Era of Creativity

By Barbara Hand Clow

In this completely revised and expanded edition

of Catastrophobia, bestselling author

Barbara Hand Clow explains how we are on

the cusp of an age of incredible creative

growth made possible by restoring our lost

prehistory. Examining legendary cataclysms—

such as the fall of Atlantis and the biblical Flood—and the mounting geological

and archaeological evidence that many of these mythic catastrophes

were actual events, she reveals the existence of a highly advanced

global maritime culture that disappeared amid great earth changes and

rising seas 14,000 to 11,500 years ago. Tracing humanity’s reemergence

after these prehistoric catastrophes, Clow explains how these events in

the deep past influence our consciousness today.

Bear & Company. Paperback, $18,00.

The Practice of Traditional

Western Herbalism

Basic Doctrine, Energetics,

and Classification

By Matthew Wood

The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism

places the function of western herbs in their

true historical context, apart from homeopathy,

traditional Chinese medicine, and

Ayurveda. Recently there has been a revival

of interest in western herbalism, but practitioners

haven’t been able to explore its benefits

due to a void of information on the topic.

Herbalist Matthew Wood has researched the old-time practices and

reconstructed them for modern use. In resuscitating western herbal

medicine and bringing it up to date, he gives his readers a powerful

tool for holistic theory and treatment. Wood makes the point that plant

medicines, because they are made from a broad range of chemical components,

are naturally suited for the treatment of general patterns in the

body. He argues against the biomedical model of standardization, in

which herbs are refined and advertised as if they were drugs suited to

an exact disease or condition.

Out of Place in Time and Space

Inventions, Beliefs, and Artistic Anomalies

That Were Impossibly Ahead of Their Time

By Lamont Wood

North Atlantic Books. Paperback, $18.95.

There are many examples of technology and

beliefs appearing decades or even centuries

before they supposedly originated. The Apollo

Program was outlined a century before it happened.

A painting from the Middle Ages shows

a flying toy helicopter. We’ve found ancient

Greek computers and heard stories of Roman

death rays. The Pacific Front of World War II was described 16 years

before the war started. The existence and documentation of these and

many other events and anomalies impossibly ahead of their time are

beyond dispute. Out of Place in Time and Space delves deeply into

these impossibilities:

New Page Books. Paperback, $15.99.

Love Not Smoking

By Professor Ben Fletcher

and Professor Karen Pine

Forget willpower and withdrawal, Love Not

Smoking helps you put back into your life

everything that smoking has sucked out of it,

and helps you give up for good. You won’t miss

smoking because you’ll discover how to train

your brain to anticipate different rewards. You’ll

love swapping old habits for new revitalising

ones that don’t trigger you to light up. You’ll

delight in having novel ways to relieve stress and get pleasure from life.

You’ll experience an invigorating personal development journey as well

as quitting. And you’ll love not smoking.

Hay House. Paperback, $14.95.


Toward Evolution



By Barbara Marx Hubbard

Evolution is evolving from unconscious

chance to conscious choice. We are entering

the first Age of Conscious Evolution.

Why Because we obviously affect our

own evolution by all the choices we make

—from the food we eat, the number of babies we have,

the cars we drive, and the weapons we build.

Humans have no experience at being responsible for

global change at this level. We are facing the possibility

of the collapse of our life support system. Or, I believe,

the emergence of something new, something better than

we have ever known before. This shift in evolution

began overtly in 1945 when the United States dropped

the first atomic bombs on Japan. The signal went out to

the world: we now have the power to destroy life on

Earth. I was fifteen years old.

I could see at that time that self-conscious humans,

in top-down competitive structures such as nation states,

organized religion, and global corporations, could not

handle this degree of power. We had suddenly gained

capacities we used to attribute to our gods.

We can blow up worlds, and we can build new

worlds in space. We can travel with the speed of light by

image; we can create new life forms or destroy our life;

we can tap into immense energy or run out of energy.

I began to ask a great question: What is the meaning

of our new powers in science and technology that

are good and what are positive images of the future

that are equal to our new powers I read religion and

philosophy as a young girl and found that no one knew

the answer. The powers were so new.

I went to Bryn Mawr College and found I could not

even ask the question there. There were no subjects on

it. My father used to say to me: “Barbara, you are the

best in the field…but there is no field!”

I went to Paris in 1947 to study at the Ecole des

Sciences Politiques. Despair and a sense of the absurdity

of life were rampant in Paris after two world wars and

the bomb. One day I was having lunch on the Left

Bank, and a handsome American walked in and sat

down next to me. I asked him my question “What do you

think is the meaning of this new power that is good”


and he responded, “I am an artist, and I am seeking a

new image of man commensurate with our powers to

shape the future.”

The idea crossed my mind, “I’m going to marry

you!” And I did. He told me that when a culture loses its

story and its image of the future, it declines. We had

clearly lost our story of progress, and the image of

humans now portrayed in the arts and theater was of a

disintegrating destructive force. Yet I had innate hope

and had to find out what I was hopeful about.

I went to see President Eisenhower in 1952, just

after he became president. My father was an old colleague

of the President. I was taken into the Oval Office.

He greeted me kindly: “What can I do for you young

lady” “Mr. President,” I said, “I have a question: What

do you think is the meaning of all our new power that is

good” He looked startled, shook his head and said, “I

have no idea.”

So it flashed in my mind,” Well, we better find out!”

This has been my life quest, and I believe just now

we are discovering the proper response.

We do have a new story. It is the Universe Story.

When we place ourselves IN this 13.7 billion-universe

story we discover the pattern and an evolutionary

process of action we CAN DO.

We see that our crises are comparable to past evolutionary

shift points. The only difference is now we are

conscious that we are causing our own extinction. This

is what I call “conscious evolution”—the greatest wake

up call we have ever had for the human species to grow up!

Here are some lessons we can learn and apply to our

own situation.

Problems are evolutionary drivers.

Crises precede transformation.

Evolution takes jumps through greater synergy:

separate parts coming together to form a new whole

greater than and different from the sum of its parts.

Evolution creates radical newness. Once there was

no Earth, then Earth appeared. Once there was no life,

and life appeared.

Evolution raises consciousness and freedom

through more complex order. According to Teilhard de

Chardin, the great philosopher, the “noosphere,” the

mind sphere or the thinking layer of Earth, with all our

Internet and global intelligence, is about “to get its collective

eyes.” We are about to connect center with center

and heart with heart.

Empathy is rising. Spirituality is growing. Healings

are happening. The Internet is connecting us everywhere.

A “Wheel of Co-creation” is forming in every

field and function—innovations in Health, Education, OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 23

Energy, Conscious Business and Environmental awareness

are accelerating and beginning to connect—a whole

system breakthrough out of the whole system breakdown.

We need one more conscious effort to connect the

positive to make the shift in time—to midwife our own

birth toward the next stage of our evolution. We may be

one fraction of an evolutionary second from either connecting

what is creative and loving and innovative…or

devolution and extinction. This situation is dangerous…yet


What do we need to do right now

I believe it is time to rapidly connect what is working in

every field and function, and communicate through all

media as fast as we can our creativity, innovations and

capacities to make it through together. We should be

calling upon each other—everyone on Earth to know

that they have a part in this “birth.” Each of us is given

an impulse of evolution within, a heart’s desire to realize

our greater potential. Wherever we are, whatever

our situation, we are capable of “giving a gift to the

shift,” from one phase of evolution to the next.

In 1984, I ran an idea campaign for a “Positive

Future” for the vice presidency on the Democratic ticket.

I proposed a “Peace Room” as sophisticated as a war

room in the office of the VP to scan for, map, connect,

and communicate what is working. I was actually the

other woman along with Geraldine Ferraro whose name

was placed in nomination. In my speech I shared, “It is

now in our capacity to destroy civilization as we know it

or to build a world of unprecedented opportunity for all


You can view my nomination speech on Youtube at:

What we need now is a “Peace Room” or a

“Synergy Center,” a new social function to connect the

positive in time. Dec. 22, 2012, has been selected as

DAY ONE to consciously contribute to this process. It is

our first Planetary Birth Day to celebrate the coming of

the next era of evolution based on what works. Birth

2012 has been initiated and will be produced by The

Shift Network as a convergence of what is working; we

will celebrate human creativity and call for the greatest

experience of mass coherence and compassion the world

has ever known. We will connect with positive innovations,

projects, people, artists, musicians–every way we

can to converge and emerge together as a newly-born

planetary species. Won’t you join us

Barbara Marx

Hubbard has been

called “the voice for

C o n s c i o u s

Evolution in our

time” by Deepak

Chopra and is the

subject of Neale

Donald Walsch’s

new book The

Mother of Invention.

A prolific author, visionary, social innovator, evolutionary

thinker and educator, she is co-founder and chairperson

of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. She

has recently partnered with The Shift Network as a global

ambassador for the conscious evolution movement; a

shift from evolution by chance towards evolution by

choice and is co-producing a global multimedia event

called, “Birth 2012: Co-Creating a Planetary Shift” on

Dec. 22, 2012—a historic, turning-point event; awakening

the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological

potential of humanity.


“Our ordinary mind always tries to

persuade us that we are nothing but

acorns and that our greatest happiness

will be to become bigger, fatter, shiner

acorns; but that it is of interest only to

pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of

something much better: that we can

become oak trees”. —E.F. Schumacher

The theory by scientists that

man evolved from the ape

again has many discrepancies

in its findings and data; which raises a

number of questions to the truth of

those claims. As we have learnt on

occasions there have been brave people

who will speak out against the set

ridged ways of scientific thinking.

Another person in the past was, Henry

H Bauer who at that time was editor in

chief of the Journal of Scientific

Exploration, who gave a very poor

assessment of science, he says:

“Mainstream orthodoxy routinely

resists novelties that later become

accepted. Throughout the 20th century

there are examples: Bretz’s Spokane

flood. Mc Clintock’s recognition of

‘jumping genes’. Mitchell’s insights

into biological energy mechanisms,

Woese’s Archaea, and McCully’s


“Only late in the 20th century did

science grudgingly accept that

acupuncture can have some analgesic

effect. They finally accepted that ball

lightening exists, that it is not silly to

search for intelligent life in the universe.”



The Little-Known Link


Bone Health


Total Health

By Ron Perez

Scientists at the leading edge of osteology

(bone research) are discovering that in addition

to immune strength, blood cell production,

and nervous system function, a

healthy skeletal system is also essential to

insulin sensitivity, energy metabolism, and weight


The common bone disease osteoporosis accounts for

2.6 million doctors’ office visits and 180,000 placements

in nursing homes across the country each year.

According to the Surgeon General, by 2020 this potentially

life-changing condition will afflict nearly half of

all Americans over

Behind this alarming trend lies an even greater

threat to the public health most doctors don’t know

about. It turns out that strong, healthy bones play a far

greater role in overall health than previously known.

In this article, the most recent data on these findings

are detailed. You will also discover how calcium, magnesium,

and potassium, along with vitamins D3 and K,

act to optimize these functions for bone strength and system-wide


Until recently, the human skeleton was known to

serve three basic functions. The first was its role in providing

structural support for muscles and protection for

internal organs. The second was its function as a reservoir

for important mineral ions, especially calcium and

magnesium, which are vital to nerve and muscle cell

functioning and electrical conduction. Finally, the marrow

space of many bones harbors all of the body’s

blood-producing tissues and a major part of the cellular

immune system.

Just five years ago, however, scientists discovered a

fourth, unexpected function. Bone-forming cells called

osteoblasts were found to produce a hormone-like signaling

protein called osteocalcin. It was further revealed

that osteocalcin stimulates pancreatic insulin secretion

and improves insulin sensitivity in tissues throughout

the body.

Osteocalcin reduces fat tissue deposition, while

higher osteocalcin levels are associated with lower levels

of leptin. As you read next, suppressing excess leptin

is important in weight management.

Sometimes called the “hunger hormone,” leptin

induces the feeling of being full after a meal. It plays a

key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure,

including appetite and metabolism. Higher leptin

levels are paradoxically detrimental; as with insulin, you

can develop leptin resistance that keeps you from feeling

full. Obese individuals exhibit this resistance.

Pathologically elevated leptin levels are detrimental to

multiple tissues in the body and correlate with insulin

resistance, inflammation, stroke, hypertension, and

other dangerous health conditions.


High leptin

levels also exert an

adverse effect over

osteocalcin function:

the more leptin

your body’s

fatty tissue produces,

the less

osteocalcin your

bone cells release,

and the worse

your insulin resistance


And in a final unexpected discovery, leptin achieves that

effect by suppressing your osteoblasts’ activity, decreasing

your ability to build new bone, and threatening your

bone health.

An additional indicator of how good bone health

affects longevity is the now well-understood relationship

between skeletal health and atherosclerosis. Via a variety

of mechanisms, as calcium leaves the bones in the

process of osteoporosis, it builds up instead in blood

vessel walls, leading to dangerous calcified plaque

deposits. Those deposits can rupture, causing an immediate

arterial blockage and producing a sudden heart

attack or catastrophic stroke.

It is this close interrelationship between bone health

and total body health that has intensified scientific interest

in identifying nutritional strategies to optimize bone

health and strength.

Most doctors don’t know about these new findings.

And most Americans, including many health-conscious

individuals, don’t get enough of the nutrients they need

to support healthy bones. Adequate bone nutrition

hinges on the following group of nutrients that work

synergistically to optimize skeletal health and ward off

multiple diseases of aging.


Calcium accounts for 1-2% of adult human body weight,

with more than 99% of total body calcium residing in

the teeth and bones. The remaining 1% is used in our

electrically active tissues such as nerve and muscle,

where it plays a vital signaling role. Thus the skeleton is

the body’s only storehouse of the calcium we need to

sustain life itself, yet as we age we see a progressive

decrease in the amount of calcium in our bones.

Consuming a readily-absorbed form of calcium, then, is

essential for restocking that reservoir—but many people

do not ingest adequate amounts of calcium.

The mainstream medical establishment has stubbornly

denied the value of calcium supplementation for

years, arguing that human studies under controlled conditions

were inconclusive. A more careful and detailed

review of recent studies, however, reveals flaws in their

conclusions. Most notably, in outpatient studies,

patients’ adherence to the supplementation regimen was

generally poor—in other words, participants weren’t

actually taking the calcium doses that researchers

thought they were. A recent re-analysis of five of those

flawed studies showed that patients who took the

required doses of supplements indeed had significant

reductions in osteoporosis fracture risk. Studies

designed to optimize patients’ adherence to supplementation

regimens have also demonstrated improved bone

health and reduced risk of fracture.

Not all calcium is alike. Dicalcium malate is an

especially rich source of elemental calcium since it is

comprised of two calcium molecules attached to each

malic acid molecule. In a study of calcium absorption in

humans, dicalcium malate demonstrated the longest

half-life and greatest bioavailability, compared to several

other forms of calcium. Calcium bis-glycinate consists

of calcium chelated to the amino acid glycine,

which allows it to be easily absorbed and utilized by the

body. Both dicalcium malate and calcium bis-glycinate

are easily assimilated, well tolerated, and effective at

improving bone mineral density, an important measure

of bone health. These mineral formulations represent

outstanding forms of calcium for those seeking to optimize

their bone health.

Daily doses averaging 1,000 mg are recommended

for adults. For older women, the recommendation is


1,200 mg daily. Higher doses

don’t provide additional benefit,

and doses greater than 3,000 mg

per day may be associated with

kidney stones and other undesirable


Nearly half of all Americans

over fifty will suffer from osteoporosis

by the year 2020.

Osteoporosis is only one of

the consequences of inadequate bone nutrition.

Medical researchers have recently discovered conclusive

links between bone health and system-wide


The most recent research reveals that weak bones

contribute to increased fat mass, decreased insulin sensitivity,

inflammation, and greater risk of cardiovascular


While most maturing individuals know of calcium’s

importance for healthy bones, many remain unenlightened

of the critical need for vitamin D3, vitamin K,

magnesium, potassium, and boron.


In order to absorb calcium from the diet or from supplements,

the human body requires vitamin D. For years,

we believed that promoting calcium absorption from the

intestinal tract was the chief function of vitamin D. But

over the past decade there has been an explosion of scientific

discoveries about vitamin D’s multiple roles

throughout the body. We now recognize that vitamin D

functions as a hormone, with receptors located in at least

different tissue types. That means the body’s overall

requirement for vitamin D is much greater than we originally


With regard to bone health, vitamin D not only promotes

calcium absorption but also its proper deposition

in bone tissue, where it helps maintain the skeleton’s

basic function as scaffold and protector of soft tissues.

Elsewhere in the body, vitamin D acts at its specific

receptors to promote immune function, subdue inflammation,

reduce arterial calcification,

enhance cardiac function,

improve brain and nerve tissue

performance, and even prevent

cancer by regulating the cell

replication cycle. Conversely,

vitamin D deficiency is associated

with not only bone diseases,

but also cardiovascular disease,

the metabolic syndrome, cancer,

immune suppression, and autoimmune

conditions such as multiple

sclerosis, lupus, and inflammatory

bowel disease.

Despite the renewed scientific

interest in vitamin D’s impact on

human health, the prevalence of

vitamin D deficiency remains

high. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

is synthesized in the skin from

sunlight exposure and then converted

into the active form, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D

(calcitriol), by the liver and kidneys. But even in sunny

Southern California, where one would expect most people

to have sufficient vitamin D levels, almost 20% of

people in one study had low vitamin D3 levels in their

blood. In less sun-exposed regions, deficiency rates in

excess of 50% have been documented.

And remember that “deficiency” means exceedingly

low levels of vitamin D. In aging individuals who don’t

take at least 5,000 IU per day of vitamin D, approximately

85% have insufficient or “less-than-optimal”

blood levels of vitamin D (measured as 25-hydroxyvitamin


The combination of our increased knowledge about

the importance of vitamin D throughout the body, and

the widespread lack of adequate levels, has resulted in a

rapidly growing international call for increased vitamin

D intake.

Many experts in the field recommend supplementing

with doses of 2,000-10,000 IU per day in order to

achieve optimal total-body vitamin D status for optimal

skeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, immunological,

and metabolic health.


While calcium and vitamin D have been considered the

mainstays of bone nutrition and osteoporosis prevention,

several other minerals are also essential to good bone

health. Magnesium is an element that is involved in

more than three hundred essential metabolic reactions.

Magnesium is also vital to human nerve and muscle cell

function. Fully one-half to twothirds

of the total body content of

magnesium is stored in bone—

another example of the skeleton’s

substantial role as reservoir for

important minerals. While blood

levels of magnesium remain virtually

constant throughout life,

the total body content diminishes

with aging, leading to depletion

of the skeletal stores. Magnesium


deficiency is therefore common among older adults,

who typically consume inadequate amounts of magnesium-rich

foods and whose physiology may contribute

to increased losses of the element from the body.

Magnesium deficiency is a risk factor for osteoporosis

and is also associated with a long list of other

chronic ailments, many of which are themselves agerelated.

These include virtually all forms of cardiovascular

disease, insulin resistance and diabetes, lipid disturbances,

increased inflammation and oxidative stress,

asthma, chronic fatigue, and depression.

Plentiful consumption of magnesium is an important

part of good bone nutrition. Higher dietary intakes

are associated with higher bone mineral density. While

the mechanisms of this effect are not entirely clear, it is

known that magnesium supports a more alkaline environment

in bone and other tissues, which helps to reduce

calcium losses in the urine. Magnesium also reduces

markers of excessive bone turnover, helping bones retain

their vital mineral mass.

Increasing magnesium intake improves bone mineral

density and bone strength in both animal and human

studies. Conversely, magnesium deficiency

may impair the beneficial

effects of calcium supplements. In

magnesium-deficient rats, calcium

supplements suppressed bone formation,

a worrisome finding. That study

serves as an important reminder of

the importance of comprehensive

bone nutrition that includes more

than simply calcium and vitamin D.

Simultaneously increasing calcium

and magnesium intake helps promote

a favorable change in cytokines that

can promote bone formation.—

Attention to the importance of vitamin

K2 in supporting bone health has

grown over the past decade. It works alongside vitamin

D3 to keep calcium in bones where it belongs and out of

arterial walls where it does not. Vitamin K2 reduces production

of bone-absorbing cells (osteoclasts) and promotes

development of bone-forming cells (osteoblasts).

Vitamin K2 is required for production of a small family

of proteins that include the bone matrix proteins and the

essential bone-produced hormone called osteocalcin.

Healthy bone matrix proteins hold tightly to calcium

and maintain bone’s integrity and strength, reducing

your risk of osteoporosis. And ample supplies of osteocalcin

directly improve insulin sensitivity, reduce fat

accumulation, and are associated with lower levels of

leptin, a fat-produced hormone that’s implicated in the

metabolic syndrome.

Vitamin K2 increases osteocalcin production and

improves bone mineral density, and may protect against

fracture risk.

NOTE: If you are taking any form of the anticoagulant

medication Coumadin ® (warfarin), consult with

your prescribing physician before increasing your vitamin

K intake. While large quantities of vitamin K may

reduce the medication’s efficacy,

low-dose vitamin K (100 mcg/day)

may increase the stability of anticoagulant

therapy, as measured by less

fluctuation in international normalized

ratio (INR) values.


Potassium is one of the predominant

ions in the human body, and it is

essential to maintaining health at the

cellular level. Even apparently minor

potassium disturbances can produce

significant cardiovascular disorders.

Americans consume an average of


only 2,600 mg of potassium

daily, compared with the 4,700

mg recommended by the USDA’s

Center for Nutrition Policy and

Promotion. Older adults are at

substantially increased risk for

having low potassium levels, in

part because of lower dietary

consumption of potassium-rich

fruits and vegetables and also

because of the side effects of

many common medications such

as certain diuretics like

furosemide, thiazides such as

hydrochlorothiazide, asthma medications such as

albuterol inhalers, and the cancer chemotherapy drug


Potassium helps maintain a more alkaline or nonacidic

tissue environment, which benefits bone health by

reducing calcium losses in urine. People with higher

potassium intake boast higher bone mineral density,

reducing their risk of osteoporosis and potentially lifechanging

fractures. Animal studies show that increasing

potassium intake in combination with exercise improves

both bone density and bone mineral content. A modest

amount of potassium, therefore, is a wise addition to a

bone-health regimen.


Boron is a trace mineral that is essential to healthy bones

since it supports the functions of calcium, magnesium,

and vitamin D. In a revealing study, postmenopausal

women consumed a boron-deficient diet for seventeen

weeks, followed by seven weeks of boron consumption.

While on the boron-deficient diet, the women showed

increased urinary loss of calcium and magnesium. When

boron was re-introduced to their

diet, urinary loss of calcium and

magnesium declined, and hormones

linked with healthy bone

mass increased. These findings

suggest that boron is crucial in

helping maintain the body’s optimal

stores of bone-building calcium

and magnesium.

Modern eating habits make it

difficult to obtain adequate

amounts of boron from the typical

diet. Scientists have discovered a

plant-based form of boron called

calcium fructoborate. Naturally found in fruits, vegetables,

and other foods, this form of boron is highly stable

and bioavailable and may provide antioxidant capabilities

in addition to bone-building benefits.


If current health trends continue, nearly half of all

Americans over fifty will suffer from osteoporosis by

the year 2020. Osteoporosis is just one of the consequences

of inadequate bone nutrition. New research

reveals that weak bones contribute to increased fat mass,

decreased insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and greater

risk of cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.

While most maturing individuals know they need calcium

for healthy bones, many remain unenlightened of the

critical need for vitamin D3, vitamin K, magnesium,

potassium, and boron.

As a result, nearly half of older Americans do not

get enough bone health-promoting nutrients.

Reprinted with permission from Life Extension Magazine,


Eating vegetables may help function tests among those who ate

keep your brain “young” and more vegetables were similar to results

may slow down the mental seen in people five years younger,

decline that sometimes comes with according to the study in the October

aging. A study of almost 2,000 men 23, 2006 issue of the journal

and women, aged sixty-five and up, living

in the Chicago area found those

who said they ate more than two servings

Neurology. However, the study did not

look at whether any of the participants

developed Alzheimer's disease. In the

of vegetables each day showed study, a “serving” of vegetables

forty percent less mental decline on

cognitive tests than those who reported

eating little or no vegetables. Scores on

short term memory and other mental

equaled about a half-cup (or one cup if

the vegetable was a raw leafy green

like spinach or kale). The most beneficial

vegetables included green leafy

vegetables including spinach, kale and

collard greens, possibly because they

contain high amounts of antioxi-dant

vitamins, including vitamin E, which

may combat cell damage. —Food &

Fitness Advisor OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 29

3 Keys

to Activating Your

Life Purpose

By Dr. Jean Houston

As I travel around the globe speaking and

training, I have consistently found that

most people ask me the same question,

‘how do I discover my purpose in life’

In the past, who you became was determined

by your family and circumstances. You didn’t

have much choice. But now there is an open moment in

history where you have the chance to tap into the soul of

your purpose.

Millions of people right now are experiencing a

yearning and desire to awaken to their unique gifts and

offer them in service to the world—while living a life of

joy and fulfillment. It’s a surging of the human spirit, a

virtual global awakening, at a scale that no one has ever

seen before. Simply put, people are longing to finally

feel fully alive and to fulfill their unique purpose in life.

So then why is living a life of meaning and purpose

so difficult It is because our current social systems have

not been set up to prepare us to live a life of true purpose.

That’s because today’s culture exists not to nurture

our highest aspirations, but to ensure our basic survival.

Our educational system is designed to create good

workers who will slot into jobs and careers later in life—

not to empower fiery, creative people who are forging

the path ahead together.

Our social contracts exist to perpetuate the status

quo—not to encourage our highest potentials to blossom.

Is it any wonder why so many people’s best

attempts to evolve themselves and our culture fall short

of the goal We simply haven’t been trained in how to

bring the possible future into the present.

It’s not that they don’t have the talent or interest to

live purposeful, meaningful life. The issue is far simpler.

People struggle to activate their “purpose code” because

they haven’t woken up to—or are only partially awake

to—our situation as a human race. Most people hold on

to old, limiting beliefs of themselves and our human

story. Overwhelmed by all the changes in the world

around them, most people live their lives within a “small

story,” and therefore confine themselves to a “small

self.” That’s why so many people feel that they don’t

have a purpose, or that they aren’t able to actually *live*

the life they were born to live.

There is a saying that “What the caterpillar calls the

end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” I believe

that it is butterfly time. Just as the guidance cells in the

mush that is the caterpillar in its cocoon suddenly begin

to activate the transformation of mush into butterfly, so

too this is the time when we realize that the guidance or

imaginal cells of our bodies, our communities, and, yes,


even of the cells of our planet are calling us to come

together in all our parts to form something gorgeous, interdependent,

living lightly on the Earth, cross pollinating cultures,

ideas, spiritual forms, glowing with the light that suffuses

us, becoming transparent to transcendence. And to

rise out of the mush we have been caught in these many hundreds

of years and to take flight in the air of the new story

which is emerging in our time.

For the fields we traverse, the many flowers of mind

states and soul knowings we now enter are those that

belong to the whole, earth, to many cultures, to what I am

calling PanGaia. And as the butterfly pollinates and cross

pollinates from place to place, flower to flower, so do we

also if we have the will and the willingness to discover our

purpose and be part of this extraordinary moment in time.

Three Keys to Empowering New Beliefs

The first key to activating your life’s purpose is to hold

new beliefs about yourself and about your role in the Great

Story of where humanity is headed.

Living a great life, requires that you understand the

challenges and opportunities of our moment in history. To

understand this for myself, I’ve gathered information from

my work in over 100 countries and 40 different cultures

and what I’ve discovered has served as a sure guide on my

path. Specifically, I have found five great shifts in our

understanding of the story of our time that are affecting

everything we do today. I believe that awakening to the

power of these shifts will help you cultivate your sense of

compassion and of the infinite possibilities of this moment.

The five shifts are:

• Our understanding of who and what we are and what

we need to become in order to be able to deal with the

complexity of our time is evolving.

• Human societies are in the process of re-patterning.

Social constructs are dissolving and whole new stories are

trying to emerge, such as the rise of women to a full partnership

with men across the globe, and many others.

• How we conduct business and governance is shifting

in the midst of vast ecological and financial changes. This

is perhaps the most important social event of the last five

thousand years, because these issues impact almost everything

in our lives.

• The rise and fusion of different cultures—we are

swiftly moving towards a planetary civilization that accentuates

the uniqueness of each culture while blending them

together. Think of the great fusions of food and of music

and of beliefs.

• Whole new orders of spirituality are emerging that

are not about religion. The new cosmologies are giving us

a view of ourselves that we never had before. For the first

time ever, we find that we don’t just live in the universe,

but that the universe lives in us.

This journey begins by letting go of old beliefs and

patterns to make room for the new beliefs and capacities

that will empower you to awaken to and live your higher


The Second key allows you to discover and realize the

vast field of inner intelligences—using multiple means of

knowing and being in order to gain insight into life at a

level to which that most people rarely have access. These

skills are to be found on four levels of your human capacity,

sensory-physical, psychological-emotional, mythicsymbolic,

and unitive-spiritual. As you learn how to utilize

the extraordinary capacities to be found at each of these

levels you literally move into new ways of being. For

example, you will learn how to play with time in such a

way as to take five minutes and experience it internally as

hours—these are “hours” you can use to develop a skill or

move a project forward.

You will learn to access “inner experts”, willing

helpers or personas that will help you navigate the complexity

of life with elegance and confidence.

The third key gives you the means to break free from

unconscious, habitual ways of reacting to life that were

born thousands of years ago, and embrace higher ways of

being for a new era.You will discover ways to move

through life with ebullience in your bones and an appetite

for celebration—seeing everything as an expression of the

Creator. You will move through life, motivated not by guilt

or obligation, but by gratitude and an abiding zest for

doing the things that are called forth by living out of your

higher purpose.

Dr. Jean Houston is presenting a FREE 75 minute downloadable

audio seminar entitled 3 Keys to Discovering and Living Your

True Purpose available now at

Dr. Jean Houston is a Scholar, Philosopher and one of the foremost

visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is considered

one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement.

A powerful and dynamic speaker she has served as consultant to

several agencies of United Nations including UNICEF and the

UNDP. She has worked in over 100 countries training leadership

at every level to enhance skills and purpose so as to bring a new

mind to bear upon challenging issues. A prolific writer and

author of 26 books including A Passion for the Possible and The

Mythic Life, Dr. Houston has recently joined the faculty of

Evolving Wisdom, today’s fastest growing global e-learning

company specializing in transformative education, to provide

her wisdom online in a cutting edge format.


The following excerpts are from the new book THE CODE: Unlocking the Ancient Power of Your

Birthday by Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe and is reprinted with permission of Atria

Books/Beyond Words © 2011

Every Living Thing is A

Being of Light

By Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe

The fact that everything in nature is energy

was known long before Albert Einstein

articulated it. Ancient cultures also knew

that everything is sound, oscillation, and

rhythm, and that our body consists of

color and light. The apparently solid parts are merely a

form of intensive illusion—a lucid dream. Physicists

discovered some time ago that each individual cell gives

off light, and that it is possible to make this light visible.

Further, it changes when the condition of the cell


The long-term scientific world view is both sad and

meaningless, as it has done little to incorporate

Einstein’s realization into the education of health professionals.

Medical schools are extremely reluctant to

accept that the body houses feelings, thoughts, and

instincts that all play a big role where illness is concerned.

It is even rarer to hear medical professionals

acknowledge that thoughts and feelings also heal, let

alone see them engage in the ongoing development of

such methods.

Yet we have all experienced this firsthand. How do

we feel when we are in love We are ready to take on

anything! Do you know anyone who became ill in the

midst of falling in love How do we feel when we are

depressed, suffer from stress, or are desperate What had

cooled in our soul the last time we caught a cold We

know all the connections and do not need textbooks to

verify them. They tell us only one thing: health is a matter

of many various energies and connections.

“Strange” things happen in nature. They have all

been proven scientifically and can be easily duplicated,

but they cannot all be explained with modern methods:

• When pests attack trees at the edge of a forest, the

affected trees produce certain chemicals in self-defense.

Not only that, but simultaneously, the trees at the other


end of the forest react the same way, even though the

arrival of the pest is still a few weeks away.

• When kittens are taken too early from the mother

cat, they barely learn to catch mice, if at all. They remain

amateur hunters for a long time. If you put these incapable

kittens into a cage at night to sleep in the same

room with caged cats who are experienced hunters (so

that the experienced cats cannot demonstrate their hunting

skills), the young cats learn within a few days how

to catch mice without ever having seen it.

• Before a plant expert took a long trip to Europe, he

wired the large leaves of his favorite houseplant (a

Monstera) to numerous instruments to measure all sorts

of electrical currents in the plant. While in Europe, he

kept a diary in which he made note of high stress situations—when

he was stuck in traffic, shortly before a big

speech, a split second of fear, and so on. When he

returned home after six weeks, he discovered that the

measuring devices on his plant had spiked during those

moments when he was under great stress in Europe.

• A nursing mother is visiting a neighbor miles

away, and her baby is peacefully sleeping at home.

Suddenly, in the middle of the conversation, the mother

starts lactating, and at the same time, the baby wakes up

hungry. If the child awakens for another reason, the

mother has a different response.

Take a few minutes to think about these examples. Ask

yourself in each case how the information might have

been transmitted. What is the common denominator

The answer is that we are beings of light—every living

thing is. The electric processes of our body determine to

the highest degree who we are, how our bodies work,

and how they communicate with our immediate environments,

the world, and the universe at large.

Unspoken Family Wisdom

By Johanna Paungger

My early years were spent on my family’s

mountain farm in the Austrian

Alps. It was there that I learned

about the ancient knowledge that

centers on the far-reaching and significant

influence of one’s date of birth. This special

combination of Numbers—the month, day, and year in

which you were born—contains a hidden treasure that

you can unearth with the help of this book. It is much

like being given the combination to a safe, the contents

of which only you can access.

When I observe what’s going on in the world today,

I see signs that many people are now willing and able to

return to the time-honored knowledge of our ancestors,

which makes me very happy. Anyone—in any walk of

life—can benefit from this knowledge, and this readiness

around the globe makes it the perfect time to disclose

the secret of the Code.

The farm on which I lived until I was fifteen was

bought by my grandfather Joseph in the 1930s. He succeeded

a family who had lived there generation after

generation for over two hundred years. Located in the

Tyrol area of western Austria, the farm was big enough

to house all our family members: my grandfathers,

grandmothers, parents, nine siblings, foster children,

cousins, and farm hands. We were a lively crowd and

dedicated stewards to working the little plot of flora and

fauna under our care.

Observing the cycles and rhythms of nature, we

knew without a shadow of doubt that the forests, meadows,

fields, waterways, and wells in our care were not to

be exploited for human consumption but cared for harmoniously.

Everybody in our home was integrated into

everyday life on the farm and worked until about the age

of eighteen. Then came the time to move on with one’s

own life and follow a calling, either by marrying or setting

up a business as a baker, carpenter, or engineer.

We had everything a farm was supposed to have—

cornfields, fruit trees, animals, herb gardens, forests—

and we tended all of it without artificial fertilizers or

pesticides. The steep terrains we worked with horses or

with our bare hands. We knew how to accept and manage

pests and blights, which we never thought of as

such. Pest and blight are mere words in the sentences of

the language that nature uses to speak to us. We listened,

and then we did the right thing to accept and manage the

so-called problems. The modern style of violently battling

symptoms instead of looking for real causes was

never our style.

Looking back at our everyday life, I realize that it

was, in many ways, very different from what is regarded

as normal today, even by the standards of Tyrolean farm-


ers. For example, when it came to living by the Code,

my family had nothing in writing about it and no formal

teaching about its use. Although we knew that the Code

worked, we did not know why it worked. We lived by

this special knowledge of Birthday Numbers and benefited

from it, but we did not probe deeper. Instead, we

took it for granted, just as we took the seasons for granted

or the fact that thunder followed lightning. The Numbers

became part of our flesh and blood. It would have felt

strange and crazy not to use them, just as it would have

felt crazy to take a pill to battle a headache instead of

treating the cause.

The Code was effective and valuable, and we incorporated

it without question, without talking about it. I

have since discovered that merely a handful of people

outside of my family were aware of the Code’s existence—far

fewer than I had thought. Although many of

the people who came to my grandfather for help greatly

benefited from the Code, no one had an inkling of its


My grandfather was an unpretentious farmer with an

exceptional amount of knowledge about all the facets of

human nature. The fact that he was deaf most certainly

helped him understand people better. When I was at a

loss comprehending people’s actions and motives, he

always used to tell me to cover my ears by pressing my

palms against them. As a child, this instantly brought me

in contact with my inner voice—my intuitive perception,

as I would call it today. I can always trust that voice;

everybody can. But most of us have been bribed away

from that way of perceiving reality. Fortunately, it is

never too late to turn inward again.

When grandfather and I went on long hikes together

(which I did from the age of three onward), I saw that

animals, humans, rocks, herbs, and water formed a unified

whole and that only our thought processes created

the split between them. We always found the healing

herb that was meant for a specific person at a specific

time, because the herb made itself felt—as if it talked to

us. Then we either used it right away, or it was dried and

stored for later. And that future moment of necessity

almost always came.

Grandfather dedicated his whole life to family,

nature, and healing people. Because I cried a lot as a

baby and because he was deaf, my crib was set up in his

room—at which point, I immediately stopped crying.

Since I lived in his room from almost day one, I learned

many things in those younger years, knowing that whatever

he taught was important. He never had to justify

himself to me (as was sometimes the case with patients).

His teaching was really a kind of assimilation without

words. Once, I overheard him tell his brother that he

never noticed his deafness when he was on our usual

long walks with me. He didn’t miss a thing then. And I

never felt his deafness was an impediment in communicating

with him. We had a kind of telepathic rapport,

which lasted until his death.

Grandfather’s specialty as a shaman and healer was

complete removal of others’ pain. He was a master at it,

and people came from far and wide to be healed, even in

the most serious cases. Many doctors and physicians

came to us with their families as well. His repertoire

combined extensive herbal knowledge with the ancient

arts of healing in harmony with the lunar calendar,

healthy nutrition, and of course, the Code. When asked

to recommend a course of action, he often told people

what to let go of, whether it be a habit, food, or activity.

What not to do was and is, in most cases, the road to true

healing. Maybe that’s why the most truly fulfilling

accomplishments in life feel as if no effort was


My earliest memories of working with the Code are

rather vague. I do remember, however, that I knew the

Numbers before I started school. Although I doubt that I

was aware of their deeper meaning, I remember drawing

certain Numbers on colored slips of paper for my grandfather.

Sometimes, when a difficult task lay ahead or

something required a great deal of energy, we were

given those Numbers on the colored paper to help us

with our particular task. But it was done inconspicuously,

so as not to attract attention. Even as children, my

siblings and I intuitively sensed that the use of this

knowledge was not to be discussed.

Johanna Paungger is one of

ten children of a farmer in the

Tyrolean mountains. She was

raised to respect the local

wisdom that has been kept

alive for centuries and handed

down from one generation

to the next. In 1983 Johanna

began giving lectures with

one goal in mind: To keep

alive and pass on the ancient

knowledge that had been

given to her.Thomas Poppe is

the author of more than 20

books and is an Aikido master.

With his wife, Johanna

Paungger, Thomas has co-authored nine books including several

bestsellers that have made her valuable knowledge available

to the general public. They have sold over 14 million

books in Germany and even more worldwide.


Living On The Edge

The Deep Truth of

Our Destiny and Our Fate

During the last years of the Cold War, I

had a front row seat as a senior systems

designer in the defense industry to one

of the most frightening times in the history

of the world, and the thinking that

led to it. During the 44 years of the most potentially

lethal, yet undeclared, war in human history, the super

powers of the United States and the former Soviet Union

did something that seems unthinkable to any rationally

minded person today. They spent the time, energy, and

human resources to develop and stockpile somewhere in

the neighborhood of 65,000 nuclear weapons—a combined

arsenal with the power to microwave the Earth,

and everything on it, many times over.

There is a common thread that links the rationale

that led to the cold war and many of the crises that face

us today. They all stem from a way of thinking that has

dominated much of the modern world since the beginning

of the scientific era about 300 years ago. They’re

based in the false scientific assumptions that suggest

we’re somehow separate from the Earth, separate from


By Gregg Braden

one another, and that the nature that gives us life is based

upon violent competition and survival of the strongest.

Fortunately, new discoveries have revealed that

each of these assumptions is absolutely false.

Unfortunately, however, there is a reluctance to

reflect such new discoveries in mainstream science,

mainstream media, traditional classrooms and conventional


In other words, we’re still teaching our young people

the false assumptions of an obsolete way of thinking

based in struggle, competition, and war.

So while we no longer face the nuclear threat that

we did in the 1980s, the thinking that made the wars and

suffering of the 20th Century and the crises of the 21st

Century possible is still in place. This fact is vital to us

all right now for one simple reason: The best minds of

today tell us clearly that we’re facing the greatest

number and magnitude of crises in recorded history, and

that if left unresolved, each crisis threatens our very



the brink of disaster. Clearly, the thinking

that led to the war and suffering of

the 20 th century, including the Cold

War, is not the thinking that we want

the delicate choices of our survival

based upon!

The Question…

Our Clear And Present Danger

The journal Scientific American released a special edition

(vol. 293, no. 3, September 2005) to inform the

world of the critical situation we find ourselves in today.

The title, Crossroads for Planet Earth, says it all. The

way we solve the simultaneous crises that include:

our response to climate change

the unsustainable and growing levels of extreme poverty

the emergence of new diseases

the growing shortages of food and fresh drinking water

the growing chasm between extreme wealth and extreme


the unsustainable demand for energy

will chart the greatest destiny, or seal the darkest fate, of

our global family that is estimated to reach a staggering

eight billion people by 2025.

For the first time in human history the future of our

entire species rests upon the choices of a single generation—us—and

the choices are being made within a

small window of time—now.

The key is that the way we address the crises of our time

is based in the way we think of ourselves and the world.

Maybe it’s no coincidence that today, after three centuries

of using the scientific method to answer the most

basic questions about ourselves, the world has found

itself facing the greatest crises of war, suffering, and disease

in recorded history! Our old ways of thinking—

which include believing in the need for competition, our

separation from nature, and the Darwinian tenet “let the

strongest live and the weakest die” have brought us to

How can we possibly know what to

choose—what policies to create, what

laws to pass, or how to build sustainable

economies and bridge the issues

that are tearing at the fabric of our relationships

and society—until we’ve

answered the single question that lies

at the very core of our existence. The

question is simply this:

Who are we

As individuals, as families, as nations, and as a

combined human civilization, our answer to this deceptively

simple question creates the lens through which we

see ourselves, our world, and make the choices of our

lives, our future, and our survival. When we embrace the

discoveries of modern science—the truths of our past on

Earth, our planet’s cycles of change, and the role these

play in our lives—then we’ll understand what we’re

really up against, what our options are, and what choices

are available.

The Hope

In recent years, an explosion of new discoveries

throughout the sciences has left little doubt that many

long-standing views about life, our world, and our bodies

have to change. The reason is simple: The ideas are

wrong. In light of the new evidence regarding near–ice

age civilizations, the false assumptions of human evolution,

the origin and role of war in our past, and the undue

emphasis on competition in our lives today, we must

rethink the most basic scientific beliefs that lie at the

core of the decisions we make and the way we live. This

is where the new deep truths of science come in.

Deep Truths

During a conversation with Albert Einstein, Nobel

Prize–winning physicist Niels Bohr once shared his

insight into our deep and mysterious relationship regarding

what we think of as “truth.” In clear and eloquent

terms he stated “It is the hallmark of any deep truth that

its negation is also a deep truth.” In other words it’s what


Bohr called the “negation” of old scientific assumptions

(meaning discoveries that it no longer make sense in the

presence of new evidence) that makes the opposite of

those assumptions a deep truth. And this is where the

news of recent scientific discoveries becomes a proverbial

double-edged sword.

The good news is that the new information gives us

an updated and presumably more correct way of thinking

about things. The downside is that entire paradigms

have already been built upon the false assumptions.

Everything from the curricula approved by school

boards and taught in our classrooms; to the careers of

teachers, authors, and academics whose lives have been

devoted to teaching the paradigm—along with the political

decisions and policies that have been made into law

in the highest courts of the land—is based upon what is

accepted as “true” in our culture. We may well discover

that our beliefs about global warming, the role of competition

in global economies, when we choose to save a

life, when we choose to take a life and the reasons for

war, for example, fall precisely into this category of

deep truth.

As we face the greatest number and magnitude of

crises in recorded history, the facts revealed by six areas

of discovery radically change the way we’ve been led to

think about our world and ourselves in the past. They


• Deep Truth 1: Our ability to defuse the crises

threatening our lives and our world hinges upon our

willingness to accept what science is revealing about our

origins and history.

• Deep Truth 2: The reluctance of mainstream educational

systems to reflect new discoveries, and explore

new theories, keeps us stuck in obsolete beliefs that fail

to address the greatest crises of human history.

and nurturing. In other words, at the core of our truest

nature we simply are not “wired” for war!

• Deep Truth 6: The key to addressing the crises

threatening our survival lies in building partnerships

based upon mutual aid and cooperation to adapt to the

changes, rather than in pointing fingers and assigning

blame, which makes such vital alliances difficult.

The best science of our time, when it is married to the

wisdom of our past, confirms that we still have the ways

and means to shift our time of crises into a time of emergence.

We can create a new world based upon actionable

and sustainable principles based in the core understanding

of our deepest truths. The key is simply this: the better

we know ourselves, the clearer the choices in our

lives become.

No one knows for certain what the future holds. But

no matter which challenges await us or which choices

we’ll be faced with, one thing is absolutely certain:

Knowing who we are and understanding our relationship

to one another, as well as to the world beyond, gives

us the evolutionary edge to tip the scales of life and balance

in our favor. And it all begins with our awareness

of the deepest truths of our existence, and how we rely

on those truths each day for every choice in our lives.

Gregg Braden is a New York Times best-selling author, a former

Senior Computer Systems Designer for Martin Marietta

Aerospace, former Computer Geologist for Phillips

Petroleum, and the first Technical Operations Manager for

Cisco Systems. His new book, Deep Truth (Hay House),

releases October 2011 and is available in bookstores or

online. Website:

• Deep Truth 3: New discoveries of advanced civilizations

dating to near the end of the last ice age provide

insights into solving the crises in our time, that our

ancestors also faced in theirs.

• Deep Truth 4: A growing body of scientific data

from multiple disciplines, gathered using new technology,

provides evidence beyond any reasonable doubt that

humankind reflects a design put into place at once,

rather than a life-form emerging randomly through an

evolutionary process over a long period of time.

• Deep Truth 5: More than 400 peer-reviewed studies

have concluded that violent competition and war

directly contradict our deepest instincts of cooperation



Cancer Prevention

Suggestions The

Cancer Industry


By Paul Fassa

The war on cancer is a hoax. This is what

two time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus

Pauling said years ago. Notice he didn’t

say failure. He said hoax. Cancer deaths

have greatly accelerated since then and

have become the number one disease killer, surpassing

strokes and heart disease.

The only war waged by the cancer industry has been

against alternative cancer cures that are efficacious,

inexpensive, and non-toxic. The cancer industry wants

your business so badly they’re ignoring or marginalizing

most real cancer prevention possibilities.

Here are a few cancer prevention suggestions.

Vitamin D3

Most of us are highly deficient

with this quasi vitaminhormone.

Exposing your skin

to direct sunlight helps your

body manufacture it, and you

can supplement D3 as well.

Both D3 sources are recommended

since most of us

have very low blood D3

counts. Despite the rumors, you can’t OD on D3. A

recent study featured by Mike Adams discovered up to

40,000 IUs per day is safe.

Most knowledgeable health practitioners recommend

five to ten thousand IUs per day. It’s estimated that

adequate Vitamin D3, which is way beyond the official

recommended dosage, will cut your cancer risk in half.

Avoid Toxicity

The verdict is in. Cancer is a man made disease. Our

surroundings from inside our homes to our air, water,

and food are heavily contaminated and carcinogenic.

It’s necessary to throw out all your commercial

cleaning agents, detergents,

insecticides, and cosmetics

and to replace them with

natural toxin free items.

They are carcinogenic. So is

second hand cigarette

smoke. Tap water is often

chlorinated and fluoridated:

both additives are carcinogenic

and more. Use water

that’s been purified through



Eliminate processed foods, GMO foods, MSG, aspartame,

high fructose corn syrup, bleached flour products,

and processed table sugar. These are all part of the toxic

Standard American Diet (SAD). If you are heavily into

SAD, allow the possibility of some withdrawal

symptoms when you leave SAD.

reverse osmosis at least.

Avoid vaccinations. They actually destroy your

immunity. Decades ago, the polio vaccine was created

using SV 40 (Simian Virus 40). Then a government

health official, Dr. Bernice Eddy, publicly warned of a

cancer epidemic if the carcinogenic SV 40 wasn’t

removed. She was fired for that, but further research and

the acceleration of cancer victims indicate she was right.


With industry pollution, chemtrails, and now increased

radiation dangers, including mammograms and TSA

madness, it’s impossible to avoid all toxins. We should

detox as often as possible, perhaps once a month.

Eliminate well done red meat. If you are a meat

eater, switch to meats from humanely treated grass fed

livestock, and avoid overcooking. Lots of organic

legumes and whole grains could replace much of a meat

diet, and organic sprouted grain breads should replace

the toxic bleached flour breads offered on store shelves.

Organic veggies and nuts with some fruit are most

important. Cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower,

broccoli, cabbage, and others are proven to help prevent

cancer. Raw Brazil nuts are extremely high in selenium,

which helps prevent and even fight cancer.

Use only unprocessed sea salt. Get plenty of Omega

3 and consume only healthy fats and oils while avoiding

trans-fatty acids.

Coffee enemas and gall bladder flushes; colon

cleansing enemas; cilantro and chlorella; activated charcoal

slurries; and zeolite. Also research the items needed

to protect against the latest increased toxin, radiation. OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 39


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10/15: First Universalist Society In

Franklin Hosts Giant Indoor Yard Sale

Avid yard sale fans: mark your weekend calendars

for Saturday October 15, 8:30a-1:30p

at First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262

Chestnut Street, Franklin. This giant indoor

sale will be held rain or shine. Donations of

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easy-to-transport furniture, clothes and

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Discover and purchase good “enUUf” vintage

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During the Gathering we will focus on the

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11/25: The Knickerbocker Café presents

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Buddhist Meditation Group with Peg

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11/2: HT Productions presents An Evening

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The Key to


a Better, Faster


By Jackie Lapin

By now you are no doubt familiar with the

principles of Law of Attraction and

Conscious Creation, and have seen or

read The Secret—and you are aware of

using the power of positively directed

thought to improve your life.

But let’s be honest…How often do you remember to

apply these Maybe once or twice a month Or when

you come across something you really want to manifest—so

you get busy visualizing Have you really

made it a way of life Are you impatient to see things

become reality, but the slowness of the process is making

you crazy

Well I have news for you. Transforming your life

through Conscious Creation is not a sometime thing…it

requires rewiring your thinking and your lifestyle—and

it requires consistency.

It mandates becoming proficient at Practical

Conscious Creation, applying the principles of

Conscious Creation to everything you do—in decision

making, energy management, relationships, attitude,

mindset, rituals, activities, habits, communication, selfcare

and daily chores. And when you do, the reward is in

becoming a better, faster manifestor, day-by-day.

And ultimately, enabling you to live a life of YOUR


In writing my first book, The Art of Conscious

Creation, I began to apply “frequency management” to

my life—-managing the frequency level of my thoughts

and emotions so that I would increase my success at

manifesting—and indeed I could directly see the correlation

between that and the realization of positive, successful

developments in my life. But, I often got caught

up in daily activities and let my vigilance slip. Lo and

behold, so did my consistency of manifesting what I



Selecting Your Energy and Applying It

Once you’ve recognized your negative thoughts, you

have the ability to choose an alternative vibration.

What’s it going to be Optimism, Trust, Assuming the

Best, Faith in Self, Faith in the Universe, Cheerfulness,

Love, Compassion, Willingness, Acceptance—or a combination

of these

Being Cognizant of Your Words

You must be vigilant about the words you use both in

your mind and in the world because these have a tendency

to become your reality. As you go about your

project, what are you saying to yourself, to your colleagues,

to your partner, to your friends, to your family

and to others you’d like to influence

So I realized that there had to be a way to inculcate

the key principles in daily life, so much so that it would

become a WAY OF LIFE…not an occasional thing,

when you just happen to have time for a little meditation.

And so Practical Conscious Creation was born!

Practical Conscious Creation isn’t a system. It’s

simply applying the wisdom of the process to your daily


What are some of the key elements in Practical

Conscious Creation

Setting Intentions/Visions

In starting any project you want to clear a smooth pathway.

Setting an intention is like laying your Yellow

Brick Road. It gives you and the Universe a shared

direction and destination.

Opening Yourself to Assistance

Too often we think of ourselves as loan wolves, everything

falling on our shoulders, but if we only open ourselves

to assistance, or call it forth, it can be ours. This

can be in the form of tangible aid from others—people

pitching in—or the Universe putting exactly what we

need in our path to help us.

Being True to Yourself

We must be honest with ourselves and others, and be

true to our desires and our values in order to fulfill our

goals and our destinies. We can’t live a life of compromise

for others, because that diminishes our true passion.

It is the energy of passion that manifests and moves

us in the direction we seek.

Being Clear on Where You are Heading or

What Outcome You’d Like to See

You can’t get there from here if you don’t know where

you’re going. Be very clear about what you want — and

that your heart and head are in alignment. (i.e. your subconscious

beliefs aren’t undermining your forward

motion.) True clarity allows the molecules to form into

a specific reality related to your intention.

Checking Your Mindset for

Negative Thinking

You’ve got to root out any vibrations (thoughts, emotions)

that are sabotaging your pathway. Negative thinking

comes in a whole rainbow of colors—fear, anticipating

all the reasons things won’t happen, limitations, distrust,

lack of self confidence, feelings of unworthiness,

blame, remembering the past experiences, needing to

control, anger, etc.) OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 43

Allowing What Happens to Be OK

and Being Flexible

Where many aspiring Conscious Creators fall down is in

their rigidity of holding to a chosen outcome or expectation.

While setting intentions and visions is important,

being flexible with what manifests is even more important.

Learn to adjust, accept and flow. Without resistance

you can maintain a positive, gracious and happy outlook.

Accepting the Wisdom of the Experience

Find the gift in the experience, no matter how it turns

out…what lesson, benefit, positive spin can you derive

from the experience

These are just some of the key elements, but there are so

many ways to apply them.

You can apply Practical Conscious Creation to

money, to relationships, to love and romance, to work, to

family life, to health and healing, to all of the things that

hold you back, to living life more deliciously—to anything.

And here’s the fun part… You can feel the difference

in the FLOW of everything. If you are like me, you’ll

soon start seeing things manifest far more quickly for

you in all phases of your life—small daily things, large

achievements, wishes, hopes, dreams.

There is something so delightful in thinking you’d

like to see someone you’ve been missing, and the next

minute they are calling you to say they are coming for a

visit. Or pondering where your next client might come

from to fill the gap in your cash flow, and you meet

someone at a party who has the perfect project for you.

Or, as in my case, I asked the Universe for a FREE vacation—-and

a month later a girlfriend invites me to stay

at her new house in the Bahamas for a week!

Practical Conscious Creation is the key to fast-tracking

your manifesting. Make it a lifestyle and you’ll be

astonished at the change in your fortunes!

Jackie Lapin tours the world teaching Practical Conscious

Creation. She is the bestselling author of The Art of

Conscious Creation; How You Can Transform the World and

Practical Conscious Creation: Daily Techniques to Manifest

Your Desires. Filled with specific and imaginative practices,

Practical Conscious Creation offers 70 articles with step-bystep

actions to achieve greater empowerment and a more satisfying

lifestyle. To learn how to become a better, faster manifestor,

secure a free chapter of “Practical Conscious

Creation” or receive Jackie Lapin’s daily manifesting tips,


illustrations by Richard Crookes


The Silent


That Afflicts

3 Out of 4 Americans

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Scientists long ago discovered that a class of

naturally occurring pigments called

carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties

that are crucial for your health.

Carotenoids are the compounds in your foods that

give you that vibrant cornucopia of color—from green

grasses to red beets, to the spectacular yellows and

oranges of bell peppers—as well as all of the beautiful

flowers in your garden.

There are more than 700 naturally occurring

carotenoids, but most people are familiar with only a

few. Right now, you probably have about ten different

carotenoids circulating through your bloodstream.

Only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped

to the front of the line in terms of its status as a “supernutrient,”

becoming the focus of a large and growing

number of peer-reviewed scientific studies.

This carotenoid is called natural astaxanthin.

Synthetic (laboratory-made) astaxanthin is now

commonly used worldwide to supplement fish feed lots

in order to help them obtain the desired pinkish to

orange-red color. You really should avoid synthetic

astaxanthin because it’s made from petrochemicals.

Not only does natural astaxanthin carry potent

antioxidant abilities, but as it turns out, it is also a

powerful anti-inflammatory, which will be the focus

of this article. Other carotenoids are easily obtainable

through a good diet rich in fresh organic produce.

However, this powerful carotenoid is harder to come by.

Astaxanthin is in a League of its Own

Astaxanthin is produced only by the microalgae

Haematoccous pluvialis when its water supply dries up,

forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation. It’s

the algae’s survival mechanism—Astaxanthin serves as

a “force field” to protect the algae from lack of nutrition

and/or intense sunlight.

There are only two main sources of astaxanthin—

the microalgae that produce it, and the sea creatures that

consume the algae (such as salmon, shellfish, and krill).

Astaxanthin is now thought to be the most powerful

antioxidant found in nature. OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 45

This pigment is the

most commonly occurring

red carotenoid in

marine and aquatic animals

and is what gives

salmon their characteristic

pink color.

Astaxanthin is leaps and

bounds more powerful

than beta-carotene, alphatocopherol,

lycopene and

lutein, other members of

its chemical family. It

exhibits VERY STRONG

free radical scavenging

activity and helps protect

your cells, organs and

body tissues from oxidative damage and inflammation.

What Makes Astaxanthin Special

There are many properties that make this carotenoid

unique. Here are the main differences:

Astaxanthin is by far the most powerful carotenoid

antioxidant when it comes to free radical scavenging:

astaxanthin is 65 times more powerful than vitamin C,

54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, and 14 times

more powerful than vitamin E.

Astaxanthin is far more effective than other

carotenoids at “singlet oxygen quenching,” which is a

particular type of oxidation. The damaging effects of

sunlight and various organic materials are caused by this

less-stable form of oxygen.

Astaxanthin is 550 times more

powerful than vitamin E and 11

times more powerful than betacarotene

at neutralizing singlet


Astaxanthin crosses the

blood-brain barrier AND the

blood-retinal barrier (beta

carotene and lycopene do not),

which brings antioxidant and antiinflammatory

protection to your

eyes, brain and central nervous

system and reducing your risk for

cataracts, macular degeneration,

blindness, dementia and

Alzheimer’s disease.

Astaxanthin is soluble in

lipids, so it incorporates into cell


It’s a potent UVB absorber and reduces DNA


It’s a very potent natural anti-inflammatory.

And how about some more great news

There have been no adverse reactions found for people

taking astaxanthin. Before I go into how astaxanthin

works as an anti-inflammatory, let’s review what inflammation

is and how it can cause devastating disease.

What You Need to Know

About Inflammation

Inflammation is actually a necessary and important biological

process that allows you to survive. It’s your

body’s response to fighting infection and repairing damaged

tissues—in other words, it’s part of your natural

healing process. If you didn’t have inflammation, you’d

never heal from any infection or injury.

When a foreign bacterium or virus enters your body,

your inflammatory body kicks in to eliminate it. If you

sprain your ankle, your inflammatory system activates to

begin repairing damaged tissues.

There are five classic signs and symptoms of inflammation:





Loss of function

Even sunburn is a sign of inflammation—when UV

rays begin to damage your skin cells, the inflammatory


“machine” turns on, making your skin red and warm.

Mast cells are the key initiators of inflammation, activating

potent “mediators.” The mediators attract white

blood cells, and activate cells that produce additional


Mediators come in many forms, including:


Tumor necrosis factor-alpha

Nitric oxide

Hydrogen peroxide


Prostaglandins (produced from arachidonic acid and

the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes)

Although having a red, swollen and painful sprained

ankle is a clear sign you are experiencing inflammation,

you may have an undercurrent of inflammation in your

body and not even be aware. And silence can be deadly.

Chronic Inflammation: Silence is Deadly

Inflammation comes and goes in your body as part of the

normal healing process. However, prolonged inflammation

can be devastating. Many people are experiencing

ongoing, low-level inflammation without even knowing

it—and this is a crucial factor behind chronic disease.

This systemic or “silent” inflammation is the evil

twin of oxidation, and where you find one, you nearly

always find the other. But this type of inflammation

doesn’t cause you any pain—it lives “under the radar,”

quietly lingering for years and even decades, where it

silently injures your heart, brain and immune system.

Left unchecked, systemic inflammation can lead to

anything from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis to

Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the number of diseases

linked to chronic inflammation is staggering:

Heart disease, atherosclerosis and stroke


Alzheimer’s disease

Parkinson’s disease

Multiple sclerosis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and colon



contributors to chronic inflammation are smoking; a diet

high in sugar, fried foods and trans fats; inadequate

exercise; stress; and vitamin D deficiency. There are a

couple of ways to measure how much inflammation is

silently occurring in your body.

One blood test measures a substance called C-reactive

protein (CRP), which might actually be a better predictor

of your heart attack risk than lipids. Another test

is called Sed Rate (or ESR for “erythrocyte sedimentation

rate”), which is especially helpful in monitoring

rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

CRP is produced in your liver and coronary arteries,

then released into your bloodstream when your body is

fighting inflammation. In one study, natural astaxanthin

was found to reduce CRP levels by twenty percent in

just eight weeks. Another study found astaxanthin

caused forty-three percent of people with high CRP

levels to drop into the average-risk range.

There are many, many more. Unfortunately,

Americans have the highest levels of silent inflammation

in the world, with over seventy-five percent of

people afflicted.


Two words: diet and lifestyle. Some of the largest


Tylenol (acetaminophen) can damage your liver

Vioxx and Celebrex (non-steroidal anti-inflammato

ries, or NSAIDS) can cause heart problems (act

strongly on COX-2 only)

In 1999, the New England Journal of Medicine stated

that NSAIDS have caused as many deaths as AIDS.

Vioxx alone has killed more than 60,000 people! I urge

you to avoid these dangerous anti-inflammatory drugs

since they have the potential to cause very serious side

effects and even death. But astaxanthin is a different

story and will not harm you.

Astaxanthin affects a wide range of mediators, but

in a gentler, less concentrated manner and without the

negative side effects. And it works for a high percentage

of people. In one study, more than eighty percent of

arthritis sufferers improved with astaxanthin.

Folks, that is four out of five people, that is impressive.

How Astaxanthin Tells Your Inflammation

to “Chill”

Clearly, this powerful agent has a remarkable ability

to cool down the inflammatory process, thereby decreasing

your body’s need to produce CRP.

By decreasing inflammation, astaxanthin can help

prevent, and treat, a number of problems that result

directly from inflammation, including rheumatoid

arthritis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and other

repetitive stress injuries, which I will talk more about


Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are Definitely

NOT the Answer

Anti-inflammatories have gotten a bad reputation. This

is due to the fact that most of the compounds people

commonly recognize as anti-inflammatories are

DRUGS, rather than natural agents. Natural anti-inflammatories,

on the other hand, can be very beneficial and

lack the adverse side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

As a quick review, let’s review the truth about some

anti-inflammatory drugs:

Aspirin can cause your stomach to bleed (acts on

both COX-1 and COX-2)

A great deal of research has been done into how astaxanthin

reduces inflammation. As is true for many antioxidants,

its anti-inflammatory properties are related to its

powerful antioxidant activity.

Astaxanthin suppresses a variety of inflammatory

mediators—including tumor necrosis factor alpha, a

major prostaglandin and a major interleukin, nitric

oxide, COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. It takes longer to

produce effects than NSAIDS, but this means it doesn’t

result in the dangerous side effects.

As G. Cole, UCLA Professor of Medicine and

Neurology, reported to Newsweek Magazine in a Special

Summer Issue in 2005 (pages 26-28):

“While anti-inflammatory drugs usually block a single

target molecule and reduce its activity dramatically,

natural anti-inflammatories gently tweak a broader

range of inflammatory compounds. You’ll get greater

safety and efficacy reducing five inflammatory mediators

by 30 percent than by reducing one by 100 percent.”

So, what sorts of conditions can astaxanthin treat

Astaxanthin May Help You be an Athlete

Extraordinaire or Weekend Warrior

The evidence is very positive for astaxanthin’s effects on

a variety of inflammatory disorders. Let’s take a look at

the human clinical studies related to four common

inflammatory complaints: tennis elbow, carpal tunnel,

rheumatoid arthritis, and exercise-related joint soreness.


Tennis elbow (tendonitis):

Caused by inflamed tendons, tennis

elbow results in pain and

decreased grip strength when

gripping something with your

hand. A study by the Health

Research and Studies Center

involved giving tennis elbow sufferers

an eight-week course of

astaxanthin. The treatment group showed a ninety-three

percent improvement in grip strength, as well as

decreased pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), aka “repetitive stress

injury”: CTS is a debilitating disease of the wrist that

manifests as numbness, pain, and even paralysis. A

study by the above group found eight weeks of astaxanthin

supplementation resulted in significant pain reduction,

both in terms of severity and duration, leaving

researchers concluding that astaxanthin might be a

viable alternative to surgery.

Rheumatoid arthritis: RA is a painful and disfiguring

autoimmune disorder. After receiving astaxanthin for

only eight weeks, RA sufferers showed a 35 percent

improvement in pain levels, as well as a 40 percent

improvement in their ability to perform daily activities.

Post-exercise joint soreness: Can astaxanthin be of

benefit to you if you are healthy and have no disease or

affliction In 2001, Dr. Andrew Fry of the University of

Memphis studied the effects of astaxanthin on healthy

people who trained with weights and who would typically

experience exercise-induced joint soreness. He

gave young male subjects astaxanthin for three weeks,

while they performed strenuous workouts, and then evaluated

them for knee pain. The placebo group experienced

post-training knee soreness, lasting up to fortyeight

hours after their workouts. But the treatment group

showed no increase whatsoever in knee joint soreness

following workouts.

So it appears that this amazing nutrient can help

you, whether you are a top athlete or a weekend warrior,

whether you have mild overuse symptoms or a major

inflammatory illness—it truly seems to have benefits for

anyone and everyone!

Make Sure Your Astaxanthin is the Natural

Variety from Marine Algae—NOT Synthetic

Some aquaculture companies are beginning to use natural

astaxanthin instead of synthetic,

even though it costs more,

because it’s better for the health

of the animals, and it’s far superior

for pigmentation. Animals fed

fish food with natural astaxanthin

have higher survival rates, better

growth rates, better immunity,

fertility and reproduction.

Unfortunately, synthetic astaxanthin still dominates the

farmed salmon industry worldwide.

If your salmon label does not read “wild” or “naturally

colored,” you’re probably going to be eating a coloring

agent somewhat closer to motor oil than antioxidant.

Natural astaxanthin is more than twenty times

stronger as an antioxidant than synthetic astaxanthin.

Wild salmon are 400 percent higher in astaxanthin

than farmed salmon, and 100 percent of their pigment is

natural astaxanthin, rather than synthetic. Plus, wild

salmon have much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids

than the farmed version.

But even if you are successful in purchasing genuine

wild salmon, there is the problem with high levels of

mercury and other unwanted toxins, not to mention the

skyrocketing prices.

Final Recommendations

You may recognize the name astaxanthin because I have

mentioned it in reference to krill oil, my favorite source

of animal based omega-3 fatty acids. One of the reasons

I am such a fan of krill is that it naturally contains astaxanthin.

And our krill oil has the highest concentration of

astaxanthin of any krill oil on the market today.

But, as high as it is, new research suggests you could

enjoy even MORE benefits by further increasing your

astaxanthin, even if you are already taking a krill oil supplement.

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The Disinformation Company, LTD, ISBN No. 978-1-934708-75-0. Copyright 2011

The Cornerstone

By Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval

If a monument or a building—or even, as we

now can see, a whole city—can become like a

living heart, a talisman charged with powerful

ideologies and meaning, then the ‘pacemaker’

of such a talisman must be its cornerstone.

In ancient times, and in many different cultures, the

dedication ceremony for a new temple or stately monument

often called for elaborate rituals performed by the

ruler. During such ceremonies the objective was to call

upon a god or goddess to cast his or her benevolent and

protective powers on the building—or even to beseech

the deity to descend from the heavenly world and reside

within the temple. A crucial element was the placing of

a permanent marker to commemorate the ceremony,

generally in the form of the ‘first stone’ or ‘cornerstone’.

In medieval Europe, in direct continuation of such

ancient ideas, the laying of the cornerstone for a church

or cathedral was understood to symbolise the ‘raising of

the building into the light of day, into consciousness or

towards the heavens.’ In this respect it was vital that the

most propitious moment be selected when participants

could be assured that the influences of the stellar and

planetary deities were at their very best. To that end a

‘horoscope’ was cast.

To modern Freemasons the cornerstone ceremony

remains one of paramount importance. It serves not only

as a link to their ‘operative’ ancestors who built temples

and cathedrals, but also as a potent symbol of renewal

and ‘rebirth’. It expresses itself with particular force in

the Masonic aspiration (whether taken literally or

metaphorically) to ‘rebuild Solomon’s Temple’ in

Jerusalem and to lay its cornerstone. Indeed, for Masons

and non-Masons alike, there are few other talismans that

can evoke so much fervour—benevolent or destructive.

Think of the Crusades, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the

on-going Palestinian intifada, and you begin to feel the

energy that this talisman is capable of unleashing. The

finding and re-placing of the cornerstone of a renewed

Temple of Solomon would set off an intellectual and

spiritual explosion that would have huge ramifications

for the Middle East and for the world.


The ‘Raising’ of Washington

On 18 September 1793, a little more than a month

after the ‘Isis’ ceremony was held at the Place de la

Bastille in Paris, another ceremony laden heavily with

specific symbolic referents took place on a high point

known as Jenkins Hill on the other side of the Atlantic.

At the climax of this ceremony, America’s first president,

George Washington, wearing a Masonic apron

which had been presented to him by the Marquis de

Lafayette, laid the cornerstone of the US Capitol in the

presence of a congregation of high-ranking Freemasons.

Surveyor, farmer, and Episcopalian, George

Washington was born at Pope’s Creek in Virginia. He

grew up near the town of Fredericksburg on his father’s

plantation. As a young man he studied mathematics and

surveying, and eventually joined the Virginia militia

where he excelled. In 1775, at the age of 43, he was

elected by the Continental Congress to serve as commander-in-chief

of the Revolutionary army to fight the

British. After the War of Independence was over,

Washington retired from the army, and in 1789 the state

of Virginia sent him to the Constitutional Convention

where he was unanimously elected as president of the

United States. He was re-elected without opposition in

1792, refused a third term in 1796 and died at Mount

Vernon in 1799 from laryngitis at the age of 67.

George Washington became a Freemason in 1752 in

Fredericksburg, and was ‘raised’ as a Master Mason the

following year. In 1777, when the Freemasons in the

American colonies sought to form a ‘United’ Grand

Lodge independent from England, they offered the position

of Grand Master to Washington, but he modestly

declined, saying that he was not qualified for this high

office. In 1788, however, he did become Master of the

Alexandria lodge, today known as the Alexandria-

Washington Lodge No. 22, situated on the south side of

the Potomac River near the city of Washington, DC.

Since 1932 this famous lodge has been engulfed within

a huge Masonic monument built around it. The monument

is modelled on the ancient Lighthouse of

Alexandria in Egypt, the Pharos, and bears the official

name of the George Washington Masonic National

Monument. According to Harvey Wiley Corbett of the

New York firm Helmle & Corbett who designed this


… the Pharos was erected to guide the ancient

mariners safely to shore; what would be more

appropriate than a facsimile of that Lighthouse in

Alexandria, Virginia on top of the highest hill and

overlooking the Potomac River

Isis of the Suez Canal

Both H. W. Corbett and Louis A. Watres—the latter

representing the ‘client—were themselves Freemasons,

and as such would have known that the ancient Pharos of

Alexandria had been dedicated to Isis and also to her

star, Sothis-Sirius. Nor was this the only time that

Freemasons would evoke Isis and her star in a landmark

monument in the United States. According to Bernard

Weisberger, Isis was also in the mind of the designer of

the Statue of Liberty that now stands in New York


“The sculptor who made the great statue was Italian.

His name was Auguste Bartholdi. His work was greatly

influenced by the ancient sculptor Phidias who made OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2011 EARTH STAR 53

gigantic statues of the ancient goddesses, particularly

Athena, the ‘goddess of wisdom’ and Nemesis, a goddess

who held a cup in her right hand. Before beginning

the Statue of Liberty project, Bartholdi was seeking a

commission to construct a giant statue of the goddess

‘Isis’, the Egyptian Queen of Heaven, to overlook the

Suez Canal. The statue of Isis was to be of ‘a robed

woman holding aloft a torch’.”

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was born in France, at

the city of Colmar in Alsace. He had studied in Paris at

the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand, and, in 1855,

when he was only 21, he embarked on a voyage to Egypt

with three friends, the orientalists Léon Gerôme, Léon-

Auguste-Adolphe Belly and Narcisse Berchère. There,

while visiting the ancient temples of Thebes and Abu

Simbel, Bartholdi became enchanted by the gigantic

works of the ancient Egyptian sculptors. He spent eight

months documenting the Colossi of Memnon and

returned to France with numerous sketches and photographs.

It was during that first voyage to Egypt that

Bartholdi met the celebrated French engineer Ferdinand

de Lesseps, and thus began a friendship between the pair

that was to last a lifetime. De Lesseps was negotiating

funding with the authorities in France and

Egypt for the construction of the Suez Canal to

join the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea.

Bartholdi was deeply impressed with de

Lesseps’s vision and began to think how he

might complement it by creating a gigantic statue

of a goddess holding a torch. Bartholdi imagined

this statue positioned at the entrance to the

canal and representing ‘Egypt Enlightening the

East’—a name, as most French Freemasons

knew in those days, which was strangely reminiscent

of Cagliostro’s famous saying that ‘All

Enlightenment comes from the East, all initiation

from Egypt’.

Khedive Isma’il of Egypt, another Freemason,

was much enamoured with the beautiful French

Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, and indeed with

all things French. Eugénie was a cousin of Ferdinand de

Lesseps, and it was she who put in a good word to the

khedive to look favourably on the Suez Canal project.

We saw in Chapter Eighteen that de Lesseps’s father,

Mathieu, together with Muhammad Ali, Isma’il’s grandfather,

had founded the Société Secrète Égyptienne

which practiced a form of Scottish Rite Freemasonry

merged with Cagliostro’s Egyptian Rite.

It seems that Bartholdi did manage to discuss his

idea of a giant statue for the Suez Canal with Khedive

Isma’il, but nothing came of it, probably because of the

financial crisis that had then struck Egypt due to overborrowing

from European bankers. But, Bartholdi was

not disheartened in the least and took his project elsewhere.

Isis of New York, a Talisman to ‘Liberty’

The idea of a similar monument to commemorate

the friendship between France and the United States for

the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of

Independence was first discussed by

Bartholdi and others at the home, near Paris,

of Édouard René de Laboulaye, an authority

on North American culture. It seems that

Bartholdi simply ‘converted’ his original

project for Egypt and proposed it instead as

a ‘Statue of Liberty enlightening the world’

for New York. To this end the so-called

Union Franco-Américaine (Franco-

American Union) was established in 1875 to

raise the necessary funds.

Not unexpectedly, several members of

the Franco-American Union turn out to have


Sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi combined

elements of the Egyptian pyramids he admired

with his mother’s face to serve as a model for the

statue, which he finished early in 1884.

been Freemasons, including Bartholdi’s own cousin,

who was the French ambassador to the United States.

Other Freemasons also actively involved were Henri

Martin, the Count of Tocqueville and Oscar de

Lafayette. Bartholdi himself had been initiated into

Freemasonry in 1875 at the Paris lodge Alsace-Lorraine,

and was raised as a Master Mason in 1880.

Although Bartholdi was to be the designer of the

Statue of Liberty, the actual task of building it fell on

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the celebrated French structural

engineer who would also design and build the

Eiffel Tower in Paris. Eiffel, too, was a Freemason—so

let us note in passing that the first two levels of his

famous steel tower, according to French engineer Jean

Kerisel, are shaped like a pyramid. Eiffel would certainly

have been aware that about a century before, in 1792,

a pyramid had been erected on the very same spot on the

Champs de Mars in Paris to commemorate the French


Here’s what the Reader’s Companion to American

History has to say about the inspiration behind the

Statue of Liberty:

There has been much dispute about whether the face

of the Statue of Liberty was modelled on that of

Bartholdi’s own mother, and the matter, though trivial,

has not been settled. What is more certain is that the statue

was linked to the ‘cult of Liberty’ or the ‘Cult of

Reason’ of the French Revolution, both of which, in the

minds of Republicans, were intimately connected to

Masonic ideals. It is certain, too, as we saw in Chapter

One, that figures representing ‘Liberty’ and ‘Reason’

were often modelled on the Egyptian goddess Isis or her

Greek and Roman counterparts.

Interestingly, according to French Egyptologist

Bernard Mathieu, Bartholdi used to refer to the Statue of

Liberty as the ‘Pharos’ before it was raised in New York,

and he even designed a base for the statue just like the

one believed to have been used for the ancient Pharos of

Alexandria. Bartholdi, who had spent much time in

Egypt and had studied the origins of this ancient ‘wonder

of the world’, would certainly have known the association

of the Pharos with the goddess Isis—and, by

extension, her star, Sirius—that we explored in Chapter

Ten. In this respect, it seems highly likely that his giant

statue of ‘a robed woman holding aloft a torch’ to serve

as a sort of lighthouse for the Suez Canal and, later, for

New York Harbor, may well have been imagined by him

as Isis-Pharia and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.


The following is excerpted from the new book The Golden Motorcycle Gang: a Story of

Transformation (November 11, 2011) and is reprinted with permission of Hay House and

the authors Jack Canfield and William Gladstone. © 2011





By Jack Canfield and William Gladstone

Oh, what glorious beings they were!

Flying through the universe on their

magnificent golden motorcycles, the

cosmic wind in their hair, going wherever

they chose, traveling at light

speed, sometimes even faster. Their bodies were

ephemeral yet defined, and they enjoyed the ageless

youth gifted to their species. Only a few thousand years

old, they were considered adolescents, not yet the elders

of their planet or their universe—elders who each had

tens of thousands of years of experience in dealing with

complex worlds and the moral difficulties that arose

from engaging those worlds.

The beings traveled through this beautiful, endless

day, which was much like the many they’d enjoyed

together on their annual solstice breaks. As the Class of

2012 at the Academy of Enlightenment, they were fast

approaching the time when they would graduate and be

given assignments to ensure the balance and stability of

the universe for eons to come, much like their elders

before them. Today, however, was a day to enjoy the

carefree exhilaration of their youth and freedom.

Dozens of them rode together, sharing their boundless

joy through their thoughts, for they communicated

only with thoughts. Their thoughts shaped words, which

they immediately understood; yet communication was

instantaneous, faster than words could ever be, and infinitely

more clear.

It was a perfect day and they were in high spirits.

Suddenly Jack noticed a small bluish planet off to his

right. It was about 50,000 miles below but clearly visible

to him. “Hey, look over there. That planet seems to

be in trouble. I can sense the energy coming from the

surface—and it’s full of turmoil, sadness, anger, even

rage. I’ve seen this planet before; I have sensed its people

and their growth and their struggles. Although there

have always been some discordant sparks from this

world, I’ve never felt such sorrow as I’m feeling today.”

Such was Jack’s instantaneous thought to his riding

friends, or as they liked to call themselves, the Golden


Motorcycle Gang.

On that magical motorcycle ride through the universe,

Jack and his friends had easily picked up on the

negative energy coming from planet Earth. The suffering

radiating from the dazzling blue ball was unmistakable.

The year on Earth was 1943, and great conflict was

raging on much of the planet. The battles engulfed a

great deal of its middle band, from one great ocean to

the next. The planet was divided into groups called

“nations,” which were sometimes the result of geography

but oftentimes the result of human choice. Many

of the largest and most militarily well-armed nations

were focused on the fighting. Almost all the human

beings on the planet at that time were thinking about this

great conflict, whether their nation would exist if and

when the battles ever ended, and if their loved ones

would survive and return from the battlefields around

the world.

Jack looked around and realized that for perhaps the

only time in his existence, he had no explanation for the

energy being emitted by this planet. What was this

“war,” as the humans called it What in a human’s life

could happen that would convince him or her that it was

right and good to end the lives of millions of other identically

created life-forms

Jack decided he needed to learn as much as he

could, as quickly as he could, about this concept of

“war.” War was not a reality in the outer reaches of the

universe where he lived, and although he lacked the

understanding of the impulse to hate and kill, he knew

he would not be able to help planet Earth unless he

learned more about war.

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The Silence of

the Mind

By Ilie Cioara

In the whole Universe, there is nothing static,

dead or frozen. Everything, but absolutely

everything, is in eternal movement. Even

within the so-called still nature reigns the same

intrinsic law of movement.

Movement and newness, in perfect

interconnectedness, affirm themselves as uniqueness. In

this context, the moment represents the hand of the

clock, used by Infinity in order to record the movement

of Eternity. It is always new, as well as creative and

transformative, in an ascending manner, progressively.

In order to be able to encounter the newness of the

aliveness in its movement, we must come out and greet

it the same way. Thus, we don’t return to the past, to

what happened, nor do we project ourselves into the

future, in pursuit of an imaginary purpose or ideal to


With a completely empty mind, we simply watch

life as it unfolds. Nothing comes between us and the

movement of life, in the form of images, opinions etc.

Such a simple and direct meeting with the moment

transcends us spontaneously from the finite world into


And just as quickly, like lightning, we detach, in

order to be free again, and therefore completely

available to encountering the next moment. Nothing is

anticipated and nothing is accumulated from the lived


The purity, innocence of the mind is our constant

companion, as each moment becomes an opportunity of

creative “being”. Through this way of “being”—as pure

Consciousness—we ourselves create a new world in

which Love, beauty, compassion and kindness become a

reality positively influencing the whole of humankind.


The Power of Emptiness

The “void” or “psychological emptiness” is a strange


It appears spontaneously, in the pause between two


As the old thought ends its course and disappears,

Its end is the gate, natural silence ensues.

Insist in being with it, as much as you can.

The mind is completely silent, we are attentive—a

clear consciousness.

All meanings, boundaries disappear—us and the

Infinite are “One”.


Practically, we have a new mind—always fresh.

Being in the pause—I become infinite!

It separates two worlds. I leave the limited world.

And enter Boundlessness, through total melting.

The whole being is calm—a constant sparkle.

There is no time, no space—just everlasting


I move in direct contact with life, in a permanent


I am Pure Energy, without motivations.

The simplicity of existence integrates us completely.


How can we free ourselves from the past and the

future It is all very simple! With a lucid, allencompassing

Attention, we will watch every reaction of

the mind, without pursuing any purpose or goal.

Everything we encounter in such a manner disappears;

in the void which appears spontaneously, an unlimited

energy is available at our fingertips and we are able to

understand the absolute Reality through a direct


In this state, we acquire

a great sensitivity and

everything that life brings

forth in its natural flow is

being regarded and

appreciated with love and


Man is truly wise only

when, detached from his

selfish “self”, united with

Infinity through non-action and an aware passiveness of

the mind.

This mysterious encounter is accompanied by

simplicity. Once the past has disappeared, we are

integrated in the now and, with a clear and lucid mind,

we watch everything that comes as constant freshness

from one moment to another.


Creation is constant movement, eternal newness and

absolute freshness. It never repeats itself, it is never

static and it is never caught in the trap of time and space.

The individual mind, no matter how cultured, has no

access to the phenomenon of creation and cannot

understand it, because the mind is always old and

outdated. Each movement of this particular mind

separates and limits. Thus, with such a mind, we will

never, in any circumstances, be able to discover the

mysteries of the movement of creation.

Therefore, this ordinary mind must be silent! But

how can we make it become silent Only in one way:

when we encounter it simply and directly, with the flame

of Attention, without having any motives or ideals to


If the meeting happens in the right way, the mind

becomes quiet—it becomes completely silent—and in

that moment our whole being is detached from the

known. From then on, the vessel of consciousness, thus

emptied, is able to encompass and understand the

newness brought forth by the movement of life.

Therefore, a new mind, without limits and without

knowledge; in its stillness, it is creative and through it,

the person is always new and active. Such a mind, in a

state of Pure Consciousness, creates radical changes in

the structure of the ordinary man by its simple presence.


Perfectly conscious, I see the emptiness of this

world directly and my mind becomes silent. I have no

choices, not even at the level

of understanding of this

limited mind. In the silence

that ensues, the mystery

reveals by itself its secrets to


The whole being

expands to infinity. A light

such as we have never

experienced before envelops

us and heals us. Out of time

and space, we have a pure consciousness - in perfect

union with the Supreme Being.

All of these demonstrate that the alive within us is,

in its essence, immortal. It has no beginning, no end, it

never sleeps, being therefore always awake.


Calm and Relaxed

To everything that comes from inside, as well as outside,

As turbulent reactions, as imaginary forms,

Just be relaxed—watch, listen—in a perfect way;

Neither past, nor future. With a lucid Attention, you

encounter Truth.

There are no memory residues present in this


“Psychological emptiness” is the gate to infinite



The Calm comes about indirectly, not by wanting

nor through imagination,

But by simply watching the turmoil of the limited



How could this small shell, which is the human

mind, embrace and comprehend the immensity of the

ocean of Cosmic Energy

Nevertheless, this audacious “ego” persistently

affirms that he knows what God is, what is creative

Love, immortality etc.

More so, it states and even offers solutions to

tackling and solving the great problems that challenge


Yet this “ego” is not aware of one thing: that its own

presence creates the whole tragedy and suffering on the

entire surface of the Earth. It is the human being’s main

and only enemy. Its fictitious, chaotic and misleading

movement generates and maintains the human misery

and suffering.

But when a ray of light, emanated by Pure

Consciousness, pierces the limited shell of the mind and

exposes its whole fiction, this mind becomes humble

and silent.


Can thinking be silent, such as a flower, completely

open, letting the beneficial rays of the Sun envelop her

and still, when some form of communication is needed,

to respond in a natural way with a wholeness of being

In fact, this is what life asks of us ceaselessly—to

respond only when such a response is needed. The rest

of the time, the being should be silent and watch in all


silent mind allows the senses to perceive things as they


The mind in its totality had become, through

silence, an immense mirror in which the outside world

was reflected. And the world I was perceiving directly

through my senses revealed its own reality to me. My

fellow beings, close friends or complete strangers, were

being regarded indiscriminately, with a feeling of love I

had never felt before.

If any reaction of the mind surfaced, it disappeared

immediately in contact with the sparkle of impersonal

Attention. A state of quiet and all-encompassing joy

characterized me in all circumstances, whether pleasant

or painful. My behaviour was that of a simple witness,

perfectly aware of what was happening around me,

without affecting my all-encompassing state of peace.

Excerpts from The Silence of the Mind, Published by OBooks.

Ilie Cioara was an enlightened mystic who lived in Eastern

Europe. His writings in 16 books describe the experience of

meditation and enlightenment, as well as the practice of Selfknowing

using all-encompassing Attention. Like Ramana

Maharshi, Krishnamurti, Ekhart Tolle, his is a simple

message of discovering our inner divine nature through the

silence of the mind.

The Silence of the Mind is the first in a tetralogy by Ilie

Cioara to be published by Obooks. Soon to follow: The

Wondrous Journey into the Depth of Our Being, Life is

Eternal Newness and I Am Boundlessness.


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I was fifty-five years old. One morning, waking up from

my sleep, I noticed that, psychologically, I was

functioning differently from the night before. The mind

had lost its usual turmoil. In a state of serenity I had

never felt before, I was functioning in perfect

communion with my whole somatic structure.

Only after a couple of hours I realized what had

happened to me, without pursuing this ‘something’ as an

ideal to accomplish. I was, to use a simile, in the

situation of a man blind from birth, who had just gained

his sight after undergoing surgery. Everything around

me was as new. I had an overall perspective on things. A


Excerpted from The Well That Never Runs Dry by Joann Davis. Copyright © 2011 by

Joann Davis. Used with permission of HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.




By Joann Davis

Once there was a servant girl who lived

in the royal palace. Though she had

been born into servitude and never tasted

freedom, the girl was happy. She

loved rising early to pick vegetables

and flowers. She liked dancing on feast days and plaiting

the hair of the royal ladies. Most of all, she loved

everyone in the servants’ quarters, with whom she

shared a spirit of camaraderie.

But one day, trouble began brewing. A new girl had

come to live at the palace and, like a tight pair of sandals,

she rubbed the other girls the wrong way.

“She is lazy,” said one of the young servants. “She

sleeps late while others sweat and toil. We rise early to

fetch water from the well but she dallies in her bed.”

“She is haughty,” said another girl. “She breaks

bread in her room, by herself, not at table with the rest.

When others are hungry, she denies them a piece of her


“And she is vain,” still another girl chimed in.

“When we dip and pound our garments at the river, she

marvels at her own reflection in the pool, saying, ‘Am I

not as beautiful as the lady of the house’ ”

Over time, bad stories about the new girl became as

numerous and as prickly as the stinging nettles in a briar

patch. She was vilified and ignored. When she needed

help, few came to her aid. Those who did were scoffed

at and ridiculed.

“Fool!” someone said to the happy servant girl,

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laundry from the rocks on the riverbanks before the

storm clouds burst. “She does nothing for you. Why be

kind and good to the undeserving one”

The happy servant girl had no answer. Instead, she

covered her ears, trying to ignore the angry wagging


But a sadness grew inside her. One day, after seeing

the new girl shunned once more, the happy servant girl

went to see the Midwife, the oldest and wisest woman in

the royal house. The Midwife used her large, elegant

hands to catch babies and nurture new mothers. Over

many years she had delivered hundreds of children of the

poor and the rich, of the beautiful and the awkward,

without judgment, never discriminating.

“What brings you here” the Midwife asked the

once happy young servant who appeared sad one night

on her doorstep.

“A new girl has come to live in our midst and the

wagging tongues say that she is vain, selfish, and lazy,”

the once happy girl said. “But when the lady scolds her,

she too needs a cloth to dry her tears. Shall I not love the

undeserving one”

The Midwife needed no time to think.

“Child,” she said, stroking her cheek. “What is love

Is it a reward bestowed on the deserving Must it be


“But as a great teacher once said, ‘If you love those

who love you, what credit is that to you For even sinners

love those who love them. And if you do good to

those who do good to you, what credit is that to you For

even sinners do the same.

“And if you lend to those from whom you hope to

receive, what credit is that to you For even sinners lend

to sinners, to receive as much again.

“For I say to you that love is not a favor or a reward

bestowed on the good. Love is its own reward. And if

you give love, expect nothing in return. And if you love

your enemies and are kind to the ungrateful and turn

your cheek to those who have insulted you, then surely

you have lived the Higher Law.’ ”

The girl looked into the old woman’s eyes and there

she found a sea of kindness.

Excerpted from The Well That Never Runs Dry by Joann

Davis. Copyright © 2011 by Joann Davis. Used with permission

of HarperOne, an imprint of






Zap Uranium

Hair-like filaments called pili enable

some bacteria to remove uranium from

contaminated groundwater. The discovery,

published recently in Proceedings of

the National Academy of Sciences,

could aid in the development of radioactivity clean-up


Some bacteria, including a species called Geobacter

sulfurreducens, are known to get their energy from

reducing—or adding electrons to—metals in the environment.

When uranium dissolved in groundwater is

reduced in this way, the metal becomes much less soluble,

reducing the spread of contamination.

Researchers have been trying to find out how the

process works. They suspected that the pili might be the

answer, but because G. sulfurreducens produces pili

only in certain environments, the process has proved

tricky to study.

Key to the discovery was getting Geobacter to make

pili under lab conditions, for example by lowering the

temperature. “Standard culture conditions are like a fivestar

hotel for Geobacter,” says Gemma Reguera of

Michigan State University in East Lansing, who led the

research. “We had to make life a little rougher for them.”

Reguera and her team were then able to show that

the pili greatly increase the amount of uranium that G.

sulfurreducens is able to remove. Without pili, the bacterium

reduces uranium within the cell envelope, but this

poisons the cell in the process. When pili are present,

however, most of the precipitation occurs around the

pili, which extend away from the cell. This provides a

greater surface area for electron transfer, say the

researchers, as well as keeping the radioactive uranium

at a safe distance.

“This work ties a lot of things together,” says Derek

Lovley, a microbiologist at the University of

Massachusetts Amherst and Reguera’s former postdoctoral


Earlier this year, Lovley published a paper in Nature

Earth Star Science

By Lee Sweetlove

Nanotechnology showing that the pili on G. sulfurreducens

are a type of ‘nanowire’, because they conduct

electricity. The pili help to power the bacterium by transferring

electrons produced during the cell’s metabolism to

external acceptors such as iron. The fact that pili can also

reduce a metal such as uranium “provides further evidence

for long-range electron transfer along the pili”, he says.

“We have only just begun to scratch the surface of

this emerging field of electromicrobiology.”

The research should help to improve bioremediation—

the use of biological organisms to remove pollutants

from soil and water—such as clean-up of the many sites

contaminated by uranium processing during the cold

war. “Current methods to stimulate the growth of these

bacteria in the environment are pretty crude and empirical,”

says Lovley. “This new mechanism will allow us to

better predict how uranium can be depleted.”

Reguera is most excited about the possibility of

“getting away from the bugs” and making non-living

devices based on nanowires. “This would allow us to

work in sites where bacteria cannot live,” she says, such

as the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, which was devastated

by a tsunami earlier this year.

Uranium is not the main radioisotope released at

Fukushima, but Reguera sees potential for widening the

reach of Geobacter pili. In theory, she says, they could

help to precipitate out the radioactive isotopes of other

elements, such as technetium, plutonium and cobalt.

Reguera also envisages fine-tuning the properties of the

pili: “Because these nanofilaments are made from protein,

we can easily add different functional groups,” she says.

Microbiologist Yuri Gorby of the University of

Southern California in Los Angeles is optimistic about

an emerging field that he refers to as “electromicrobiology”.

He points out that other microbes, such as photosynthetic

cyanobacteria and thermophilic methanogens,

also produce conductive nanowires. “I believe that we

have only just begun to scratch the surface,” he says.


Earth Star Technology

The world’s First Air-Powererd Car

Tata Motors is taking giant strides—and

making history for itself in the process.

First the Land Rover/Jaguar deal, then

the world’s cheapest car, and now it is

also set to introduce the car that runs on

compressed air.

With spiralling fuel prices it is about time we heard

about some breakthrough! India’s largest automaker,

Tata Motors, is set to start producing the world’s first

commercial air-powered vehicle. The Air Car, developed

by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nagre for

Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as

opposed to the gas-and-oxygen explosions of internalcombustion

models, to push its engine’s pistons. Some

6000 zero-emissions Air Cars are scheduled to hit Indian

streets by autumn 2011.

The Air Car, called the “MiniCAT” could cost

around Rs. 3,475,225 ($8,177.00) in India and would

have a range of around 300 km between refuels. The cost

of a refill would be about Rs. 85 ($2.00). The MiniCAT,

which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis

that is glued, not welded, and a body of fiberglass powered

by compressed air. Microcontrollers are used in

every device in the car, so one tiny radio transmitter

sends instructions to the lights, indicators, etc.

There are no keys—just an access card, which can

be read by the car from your pocket. According to the

designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100 Km (about

a tenth that of a petrol car). Its mileage is about double

that of the most advanced electric car (200 to 300 km or

ten hours of driving), a factor which makes a perfect

choice in cities where eighty percent of motorists drive

at less than 60 Km. The car has a top speed of 105


Refilling the car will, once the market develops, take

place at adapted petrol stations to administer compressed

air. In two or three minutes, and at a cost of

approximately 100 rupees, the car will be ready to go

another 200-300 kilometers.

As a viable alternative, the car carries a small compressor

which can be connected to the mains (220V or

380V) and refill the tank in 3-4 hours. Due to the

absence of combustion and, consequently, of residues,

changing the oil (1 litre of vegetable oil) is necessary

only every 50,000 Km). The temperature of the clean air

expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees

below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal

air conditioning system with no need for gases or

loss of power.


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