Spirituality 101: See-ers

Truth is it can be difficult to find a good see-er (aka clairvoyant). The ones who are on point often work “off the grid.” You won’t find their business card or poster at a metaphysical store. Don’t bother to look online or in the phone book either. Lol.  Folks often visit them when they’re making major decisions ie. marrying/divorcing, purchasing a home, moving house/country, considering a relationship with someone, dealing with health and/or financial issues. Some just go when “something’s up.” Others seek them out because they just “feel to.”  Not familiar with see-ers? Check this out:  http://www.examiner.com/article/spirituality-101-what-is-clairvoyance-and-how-is-it-spiritual

Things to know before you visit a see-er:

Be prepared for them to ask for the name of the person who referred you.

They typically don’t use cards ie. tarot etc.

Relax in knowing that they forget what they’ve shared with you once the session is over.

Feel free to ask them questions during your session. Take  notes and keep them in a special place.

Like any other practitioner when you find a good see-er my advice is to stick with them. Just keep their name and contact info. handy in case you need them. Trust me. Oh and think long and hard before you pass on their details.  Do NOT tell everyone and their mama about them. A see-er’s gifts are never to be taken lightly.

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P.S.- Our see-ers are all over the planet. Some practice Obeah. Many do not.

The Healing waters of Osun

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Ocean water contains many minerals needed by your body to help heal and detoxify. Some cultural beliefs are that ocean water’s mineral balance provides healing from every illness and skin disorder as well as serving as a spiritual rite in many cultures. In recent years, studies regarding ocean water benefits have shown that conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis and even depression are improved by ocean water swimming.

Arthritis

Arthritis occurs when your joints become inflamed and pain sets in. Burning sensations can also be felt depending on the type of arthritis you have. In 1994, the National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health published findings of the effects of Dead Sea minerals on 20 individuals with psoriatic arthritis. The report states that the minerals found in the Dead Sea’s waters significantly relieved arthritic symptoms and improved joint range of motion and spinal inflammation.

 

Skin Disorders

Skin disorders such rosacea, psoriasis and eczema are also helped by the ocean’s salt water as minerals and amino acids in the water draw out impurities. With the removal of these toxins also comes faster healing time during flare ups where open lesions are present. Rashes from plant allergies or heat are also soothed by ocean water, improving skin texture and boosting your skin’s natural immunities. Waters are believed to increase blood circulation, thus speeding up skin cell regeneration, cutting healing times in half.

Emotional Health

Warm baths have been attributed with stress reduction properties, but many may not realize the long-term stress reduction benefits of ocean water. The minerals in ocean water decrease stress and increase a sense of well-being. Water temperature also plays a major role in your emotional health when swimming in ocean water. Cool ocean water in the spring and fall months provides a soothing treatment for your nerves while warmer waters in the summer months relax your muscles, according to Dr. Connie Hernandez and Dr. Marcel Hernandez of Pacific Naturopathic in Mountain View, California.

Immune System

Iodine, one of the trace minerals found in ocean water, is directly linked to your body’s natural ability to fight off infection. Iodine in ocean water boosts your thyroid function, increasing your immune system. For this reason, ocean swimming is known as preventative treatment from certain illnesses and infections. Ocean water also increases the amount of oxygen carried throughout your bloodstream and and provides the nutrients required by your blood cells to fight off free radicals.

So folks, skinny dipping it is!!

Sunlight, Vitamin D and us

Blacks more likely to die from cancer because of vitamin D deficiency, study finally admits

Friday, June 15, 2012 by Ethan A. Huff

It is already a known fact that individuals with darker skin pigmentation, including people of Middle Eastern and African descents, have a much more difficult time absorbing vitamin D-producing ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun than do individuals with lighter skin pigmentation. And a new study now confirms that a disproportionately high amount of primarily African-Americans die from cancer every year as a result of vitamin D deficiency.

Published in the journal Dermato-Endocrinology, the study sheds a little more light on the vital role vitamin D plays in disease prevention. After taking into account socioeconomic status, stage of diagnosis, treatment options, and various other factors that might affect survival rates, researchers determined that the mortality rate for cancer among African-Americans is as much as 30 percent higher than it is for others, specifically because of vitamin D deficiency.

Individuals with fair skin tones can produce an adequate amount of vitamin D from natural sunlight exposure in about 15 minutes a day during the summer. But blacks and other darker-skinned individuals require as much as six-times longer in the sun to produce the same amount, which means many darker-skinned people, especially in North America, are more prone to vitamin D deficiency than light-skinned people.

As a result, individuals of African and Middle-Eastern descent may be more prone to chronic illness, including 13 specific types of cancer identified in the study — bladder, breast, colon, endometrial, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, testicular, vaginal, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and melanoma. This is why it is important for darker-skinned people to either spend more time in the sun, whenever possible, or supplement with natural vitamin D3 every day.

“Raising vitamin D concentrations to 40 ng (nanograms) per ml (milliliter) by taking 1000-4000 IU (international units) per day of vitamin D3 supplements is the easiest thing African-Americans can do to reduce the heavy burden of cancer they experience,” says William B. Grant, co-author of the new study and Director of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center (http://www.sunarc.org).

“In addition to reducing the risk of cancer, vitamin D would also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, respiratory infections and many other chronic and infectious diseases.”

Vitamin D deficiency widespread

It is not just blacks that need more vitamin D, however. A 2011 study found that nearly half of the overall population is vitamin D deficient, regardless of race. The most severely affected groups, though, are blacks, more than 82 percent of which are said to be deficient, and Hispanics, more than 69 percent of which are vitamin D deficient.

Opinions vary as to how much vitamin D an individual needs every day, but the growing consensus is that optimal blood serum levels of vitamin D are between 50-80 nanograms per milliliter ng/mL, or 125-200 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L). Depending on what your current serum levels are, you may need to supplement daily with anywhere from 4,000-10,000 IU or more of vitamin D3.

If you think you might be vitamin D deficient, you may want to get tested. The Vitamin D Council has created a helpful page that explains how to get tested, what to look for, and how to begin restoring optimal vitamin D levels in your body: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org

For more info. check this out: www.theroot.com/views/why-black-people-need-more-vitamin-d

The benefits of responsible sunbathing

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Many people are concerned about spending time in the sun these days. Over the past few decades there has been an exorbitant amount of hype through all types of media that exposure to the sun is detrimental to your health.

It is very easy to believe that what we hear repeatedly from television, magazines, radios and peers is obviously true. While there are many factors that can contribute to an unhealthy relationship with the sun (from poor diet, over-exposure, poor-hydration, and environmental pollutants) spending time in the sun can be incredibly healing, and many people around the world are missing out on this vital key to a healthy lifestyle.

As technology has improved, we have been able to see more clearly what the effects of the sun on the human body are. However, much of this information has been distorted or ignored for the simple reason that it is possible to make money selling protective products to a public scared of something they face on a daily basis.

But let’s stop for a moment and think about it a bit more deeply.

The sun is the center of our solar system, giving energy and life to the Earth and all its inhabitants. For thousands of years, humans have known that the sun was a beautiful healing source, as long as we respect its magnificent power.

Far beyond the superficial appeal of a healthy-looking tan, the benefits of responsible sunbathing are numerous and exciting. Sunshine will increase your energy, mood, libido, and immune system.

Fight Depression

Being in the sun causes your brain to produce serotonin and endorphins which increase your mood and can be very helpful in fighting depression.

Fight Insomnia

Sunbathing can even fight insomnia. Your brain has an internal clock which is set when you are in the sun, as well as causing melatonin production, both of which lead to a better chance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Clear Your Skin

Skin irritations such as acne, rashes, eczema, and athlete’s foot can be cured by sun exposure. Not only does getting some sun clear your skin, it can also give you a healthy glow.

Balance Hormones

The sun can help regulate the production of hormones. Lying in the sun can often help decrease symptoms of PMS or menopause. Being in the sun also stimulates the pineal gland of the brain, regulating its secretions, which may allow for more creativity, insight, and mindfulness, as well as helping to improve your mood.

Break Down Toxins

Sunbathing can help your liver function, and assist in breaking down wastes and toxins in your body which may cause disease or cancer.

Increase Circulation

Exposure to the sun increases both white and red blood cell count and helps the blood circulate more efficiently.

Get your Vitamin D

And last but not least is the most well known benefit of sunshine: Vitamin D. Exposure of the skin to the sun’s rays is the best way to attain this essential nutrient. Vitamin D helps the body regulate the immune system, increase calcium absorption, which leads to strong bones, and avoid kidney stones, diabetes, and even obesity. D3 is also thought to improve cognitive functions and decrease the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

So how do you sunbathe responsibly, in order to receive the sun’s gifts without being over-exposed? The first and perhaps most important thing to know is how long you should spend in direct sunlight at one time, as well as the best times of day. The length of time varies depending on your skin complexion*, as well as how much sun you have been exposed to previously.

* Melanin absorbs the UV rays from the sun and the amount of melanin in your skin determines its color. Very light-skinned people have little melanin and need to be more careful about the duration of their time in the sun.

It is important to understand that the time of day you choose to sunbathe is vital. You should never sunbathe when the sun is at its full intensity, at the height of the sky. A good rule of thumb is to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, though this of course varies from season to season.

It is very important to increase your time in the sun gradually, generally starting at 10 to 30 minutes a few times a week, depending on your skin color. As you spend more time in the sun, your skin produces more melanin, so the next time you are sunning, you have more ability to absorb the sun’s rays. Get a good idea of how much you can personally handle, and never stay out long enough to become red or burned.

You might be wondering why I’m not insisting upon the use of sunscreen at all times. This is one of the largest misconceptions about sunbathing. Not only does sunscreen not prevent skin cancer, it can cause cancer in several ways.

When you wear sunscreen your body does not produce Vitamin D3 from sunlight. This amazing vitamin is incredibly important for your health and is known to help prevent numerous types of cancer.

The vast majority of sunscreens contain a myriad of harmful chemicals. Where do they go? They are absorbed into your skin, where they wreak havoc on the immune system, making your body more susceptible to many diseases, including cancer. These chemicals can even enter your bloodstream and cause damage while being carried throughout your entire body. They can also be washed off in the water, contributing to the contamination of our planet’s precious water supplies.

Wearing sunscreen also gives you the misconception that you are completely protected and can stay out in the sun as long as you would like. People using sunscreen can think themselves invincible and stay in the sun for periods of time that (when combined with the chemicals they are using) can cause lasting damage to their skin or their health.

There are many toxic substances commonly found in sunscreens, which have never been approved by the FDA. Not all types of ultra violet radiation are blocked by sunscreen, including UVA rays, which do not cause sunburn, but can cause skin cancer. Sunscreen can also be known for clogging pores and causing or aggravating acne.

If you are in a situation that requires exposure to the sun for a long time, try to wear a wide rimmed hat and drink a lot of water. If the time in the sun can’t be avoided, try a vegan, chemical-free sunscreen from a company like Aubrey, Devita, or MyChelle.

The safest ways to protect your skin are to pay attention to how much sun your body can handle, drink lots of water, and to eat a healthy, clean diet*. Lack of important nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E can make you much more likely to get burnt.

* Animal fats and animal protein, a well as junk food or rich foods can enhance your cancer risk while in the sun. On the other hand, fruits, veggies and whole grains provide cancer-fighting nutrients and antioxidants that will also protect your skin and the rest of your body.

The sun is a beautiful thing, and its light and warmth are required by all life on Earth. Take joy in the amazing sensation of being in the sun, and gladly soak up its benefits, just do it responsibly. Getting no sun at all is just as unhealthy as getting too much.  Be a wise and responsible sunbather and your body and mind will thank you.

Article by Laura Shults

Oooooh…SUMMERTIME!!!!

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Summer, summer, summertime!!!!!!!! Time to activate that melanin!!!!!!! Get that beach time in. Make sure your eyes, hair & skin get their share of sun. Very important! June 21 marks the beginning of summer (if you’re up north that is). Any special plans? Doing a fast? Fabulous! Consider including lots of melon and cooling herbs (preferably ones that are in season). Hitting the ocean, lake or river? Sounds like a plan. Get out that journal and reel off this season’s goals. Keep it short now. No sense overwhelming ourselves.  Hmm. Stuck for ideas on how to celebrate? These may help:

– Declutter your home, vehicles and work spaces. Change linen/curtains in your home. You may want to use colours that reflect summer. Burn sage to cleanse spaces.

– Wear white or summer colours.

– Catch up on sleep.

– Do some healing art work ie. reiki, tai chi/qigong, yoga, meditation.

– Pour libation (preferably outside) for significant/family ancestors born in summer.

– Read children’s books about summer. Print off some summer colouring pages for the little ones.

– Have a special meal with friends/ family. Serve summer foods and cooling herbs ie. salads. Have a BBQ with fruit salad. Go outside!

– Have some cards/games/puzzles handy.

– Colour some mandalas.

Now if you want  a good book that’ll help you get started check out http://www.amazon.com/Jump-Up-Throughout-Seasons-Celebrations/dp/1573245518

Higher Education in Africa

The Motherland is home to some top-notch institutions.  Know that there is lots to choose from. Vocational and technical schools, polytechnics, colleges and universities.  

http://www.bc.edu/research/cihe/inhea.html    Resources for higher education in Africa

www.aau.org   Association of African Universities

http://theafricachannel.com/top-ten-universities-in-africa/    According to someone’s survey these are the top 10 universities

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/africaneducation/african-universities.html#panafrican  List of African universities

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Juneteenth

Not familiar? Well I certainly wasn’t until a few years back. This children’s book hipped me to it:

http://www.amazon.com/Juneteenth-Jamboree-Carole-Boston-Weatherford/dp/1600602487

June 19.  A big day for some families in the U.S.  Family gatherings with lots of food. Community events here and there, Stateside and elsewhere. In some states it’s a public holiday.

http://www.nationaljuneteenth.com/  History, info. on events etc.

www.juneteenth.com  History and more

http://www.amazon.com/Freedoms-Gifts-A-Juneteenth-Story/dp/0689802692   Another children’s book

Juneteenth

Do I celebrate it? Nah. Not feelin’ it like that. I acknowledge it.  That’s enough for me. Think it’ll add value to your family calendar? Head to a local Juneteenth event and/or call up some family & friends and have a BBQ! Nothin’ like good company and yummy food.

P.S.- Let’s keep working towards freedom ’cause this right here sure ain’t it.