Saturday, 31 October 2015

Don't let anyone feel less than you are | Red flags of abuse | Be true to yourself ♡

...but one day you'll realise that you needed them like a hole in the head and you came away thinking you felt crap...but realising you still had integrity. And you will love again. They weren't capable of it with someone who trusted them...they lost a lot when they lost you.

Never let anyone feel less than you are. Never. If they don't make you feel fantastic and encourage you in your life and your work and pursuit of your hobbies...if you're in a relationship where someone resents you for your success...please recognise this is a red flag. Not all narcissists are easy to spot. Covert narcissism fuels the 'forever victim' and 'forever unlucky' and weirdly negative in ways that seem nonsensical in otherwise apparently 'normal' people. Abuse of trust is still abuse.

Seriously friends. Live for love. Don't settle for less. You're not worth less. You're worth the fairytale ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ALM (Maya)

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Monday, 26 October 2015

"Sometimes when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul"

https://youtu.be/bOOKy8-V4Vo

Couldn't blog about the genius of James without sharing the love!

Sooooo beautiful & inspiring to see someone doing what they truly love.  You can hear it in his voice and the see it in the way he dances...it's written all over his face!  He loves his life cos he lives for love. Nothing is more wonderful than that!

"Sometimes when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul"

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I love... | James | Indie | Starbucks | Lush | Vegan Takeout | American Horror Story | Oz Naturals | & Sharing the ♡

I love...waking up looking like it's day 3 of a festival in a field & listening to James so I get that 90s indie vibe!

"Sometimes when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul"

And I am heading for a fabulous night...Elvis (my bf) will be arriving with Vegan Falafel Chickpea & Couscous salads from Starbucks after I've had a Lush Bubblebath & am covered in Karma Kreme cruelty free skincare (an aside - AM LOVING oznaturals superyouth retinol & hyalauronic acid moisturiser!).

EVEN MORE FABULOUSNESS! We started watch American Horror Story Freak Show on Netflix. But the app plays up - so happy the dvds just arrived from Amazon and ready for a great night! X

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

About the Killing Moon 30 Day Karmic Reversal Ritual Intensive | Special Offer for Samhain

The Killing Moon Karmic Reversal Ritual Intensive is one of the most popular with Mayastar and Maya Magickal and I receive many enquries about this working and the potential uses; it is one of the most comprehensive ritual options I provide so I will tell you a little more about it based on customer enquiries regarding this option. You can find information on the ritual here www.mayamagickal.net/killingmoon.htm.

One of the main areas people ask about is whether this spell would work for any kind of psychic attack; a psychic attack is any kind of directed negative 'assault' (often taking a very draining form) on the astral level.  There is a misconception that psychic attack is always deliberate and is always supernatural in origin.  In fact, emotional unstable people around us can effect psychic attacks unconsciously or deliberately.  The working is very effective in clearing any connections that are formed to you by another's negative choices. Regardless of how they are manifesting them; it is the intention that is key.  The spell dissolves or resolves the link that this kind of connection forms rather than attacking the person.  So in no sense is it a hex or a curse to be used in retaliation.  But it's great for healing yourself of the effects and also provides some protection.

Negative Karmic Bonds as explained above can be formed with people.  But we can also form bonds that cause us conflict or disharmony that we fail to consciously release.  Such as bad memories or negative habits we have had in the past.  In addition, a supernatural component can present in cases where people have been in a bad situation or a negative place emotionally or spiritually...even physically. It can leave one vulnerable to what we call 'hitchers'.  Now hitchers come and go.  Usually they are a nuisance and they can tend to perpetuate problems because they're lower astral beings.  To be clear, these are not demonic in any way - they just resonate with lower energies.  They are essentially elemental beings and they are drawn to our negative experiences.  Over time they can form a Negative Bond.  Usually they come and go throughout our lives.  But they can turn a normal situation into a complex one.  The Killing Moon addresses this issue too.

The cleansing & healing effect of the Killing Moon is that which is noticed and reported as an unexpected side effect by clients.  Of course it makes sense - as the working goes on, you are being 'freed up' from restrictive energies that may be compromising your energy flow.  So the harmonising effect of the working shouldn't be under estimated; I would go as far as to recommend it for use as a healing spell because so much of healing has to do with clearing out the rubbish before we work on drawing in the beneficial energies.

In that regard, the spell is also useful in any kind of work where you want to ultimately draw positive energies in.  They all work better if you've cleared out the negative ones or any negative influences.  Reversal spells are good for this, but the Killing Moon is the most comprehensive solution.

The option for the Triple Working has gained a lot of popularity; particularly for those who have a long standing issue or a problem that's very complex and seems to be affecting more and more areas of their life.  Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint how or when it started but knowing the origin isn't necessary; the spell is comprehensive enough to follow each 'bond' back to its source and either dissolve the bond or resolve the issue.

The Triple Working would also be indicated in cases where the origin in known (or you have strong reason to suspect), or suspected to be supernatural or the result of 'black magick'.  As I said before, it's not a retaliation spell, it's resolving the problem by working with the natural state of harmony the Universe and all things tend towards.  Black magick doesn't do that therefore it's unstable and its effects tend to be short lived.  Working with the energy is like re-weaving the karmic fabric - not like trying to make water flow uphill.  So the effects manifest more quickly; are more far reaching; and are essentially permanent.

Also, the Triple Working allows the energy to be focused on you, your professional life/business, your home/family - all at once.  This is important in situations where what seemed to begin as a negative influence that was affecting you in some way, has developed to the point it's affecting other areas of your life too. Negative and resistant energies can manifest in many ways, even if they are residual, they can, over time, create a 'complex' of low vibrational elements that can have very obvious and limiting results; exacerbating medical conditions for example; feelings of anxiety; feeling ungrounded. In this way it works as a reversal but can deal issues and resolve those issues on a karmic level for a permanent solution, rather than working on the symptoms.  This is the case whether the negative effects relate to malicious people, limiting beliefs you have held in the past, destructive behaviours you seem to be drawn to and even bad 'thinking habits'.

Although magickal change is permanent and occurs in real time, the effects will manifest gradually - but there will be changes very quickly and the changes are cumulative so it kind of builds momentum - as different areas are cleared, different areas are accessible for resolution.  Some choose to repeat the working or take the triple option to speed results in this way.  But also, negative influences will continue to come into our lives from time to time so some people like to take the KM cycle annually or every few months as a preventative kind of working.

The Ritual is also particularly useful for negative work environments, abusive relationships in the past, problems with grounding that may express as addictive or self-destructive behaviours, any malicious or intentional psychic attack whether it originates supernaturally or through use of black magick, or through natural means such as malicious intentions, jealousy etc. - even disgruntled business rivals (some people have the working performed for their business in fact).

As mentioned before, the source if any disharmony or negative influence doesn't need to be identified before using this method as it works by tracing karmic bonds back to source from you and resolving or dissolving them. So you don't need to focus on what's happening or what caused it and how to fix it; the spell is constructed in such a way that it does that part for you.

This is not a hex or curse and can't be used as one - it works by resolving any attachments to people, places and things of the past, present and future to prevent them manifesting hindrance or discord in your life. It can't be used for revenge or malicious intentions.  None of my work can.

The dissolution of negative karmic bonds doesn't disconnect you from your life or undo your past, but can be used to facilitate moving on from the past without fetters;  liberating you up to manifest change on all levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual); and always for the greater good.

The healing effect and a lifting of energy is usually noticed and reported at day 7-10 and increases during the ritual.  Sometimes this is reported within a few days especially for those having a Triple Working.

Also, as the Triple option allows focus on different aspects at once, positive changes in the home, professional environment as well as personally tend to be reported early on and continue throughout and beyond the cycle!

Samhain is the season of the 'final harvest' and energetically a very powerful time for magick of this type. So this month I am making additional spaces available and working an independent cycle from 31st October exclusively as an option for newsletter subscribers.  If you would like more information, please email me at mayastar.net@gmail.com

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

There Can Be A Better World | You are an EXTRAORDINARY person; just like EVERYONE ELSE

Please enjoy the new Anonymous Official vid below ♡

https://youtu.be/SWs4Se6i0Xs

I think people know what my principles are. What I believe in, in a philosophical sense. My Aspergers may make this easier for me to see sometimes because my mind constantly looks for 'faults in the matrix' so to speak...and never could understand the concept of 'assumed authority'. I consider it makes me a hippie. Others might say it makes me a heretic, rebel or radical. But I know, I'm not the only one.

I teach for my work and I love what I do. I have contact with people who are seeking to learn alternatives to the mainstream every day of my life. And I am honoured to work with people all around the world who have maintained or are working on empowering themselves...finding themselves...considering there may be another way.

My emphasis has always been on teaching people for the purpose of empowerment...not teaching to learn by rote but to find the confidence in themselves and their choices and views that the world tends to undermine.

I am a human being. I care about the things that make us human beings. I don't care about those things that undermine our humanity, happiness and freedom. I do have religious and spiritual beliefs. But I first and foremost believe in people.

Remember, you are and EXTRAORDINARY person - just like EVERYONE ELSE. If anyone makes you feel that's not true, question their motivation. No one is the boss of you!

My feeds have personal stuff in. They reflect my personal beliefs and I expect you can tell quite a bit about me from them. (Even if I didn't share openly that kind of information through my work and personal blog I think I have used social media so long people have an idea of what my principles are!). If this resonates with you, please follow my feed/blogs. And please share those things that move you with your friends too.

Love to all xx
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Below...the passionate words of Will McAvoy from the video...

Will McAvoy: It's not the greatest country in the world, professor, that's my answer.

Moderator: You're saying...

Will McAvoy: Yes.

Moderator: Let's talk about...

Will McAvoy: Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin' smart, how come they lose so GODDAM ALWAYS!

Sharon: Hey...

Will McAvoy: [turns to Lewis] And with a straight face, you're going to tell students that America is so starspangled awesome that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, BELGIUM has freedom! Two hundred and seven sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.

Moderator: All right...

Will McAvoy: And yeah, you... sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is: There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don't know what the fuck you're talking about! Yosemite?

Will McAvoy: [pause] We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn't belittle it; it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn't scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Will McAvoy: [to moderator] Enough?
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Thank you for reading...and...remember "You have to be odd to be number one"...don't strive to be less than you are!

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

I LOVE | The Black Eyed Peas | One world, one love, one passion, one tribe, one understanding, cause you and me can become one ♡

https://youtu.be/J6dBTYewZ4Q

One Tribe, one time, one planet, one race
It's all one blood, don't care about your face
The color of your eye or the tone of your skin
Don't care where ya are
Don't care where ya been
Cause where we gonna go
Is where we wanna be
The place where the little language is unity
And the continent is called Pangaea
And the main ideas are connected like a spear
No propaganda, They tried to upper hand us
Cause man I'm loving this peace
Man, man, I'm loving this peace
Man, man, I'm loving this peace
I don't need no leader
That's gonna force feed a
Concept that make me think I need to
Fear my brother and fear my sister
And shoot my neighbor or my big missile
If I had an enemy
If I had an enemy
If I had an enemy, then my enemy is gonna try to come and kill me
Cause I'm his enemy
There's one tribe ya'll

We are one people
Let's cast amnesia, forget about all that evil
Forget about all that evil, that evil that they feed ya
Let's cast amnesia, forget about all that evil
That evil that they feed ya
Remember that we're one people
We are one people
One people, one people

One tribe, one tribe
One tribe, one time, one planet, one race
Race, one love, one people, one and
Too many things that's causing one to
To forget about the main cause
Connecting, uniting
But the evil is seen and alive in us
So our hopes are colliding
And our peace is sinking like Poseidon
But, we know that the one
The evil one is threatened by the sum
So he'll come and try and separate the sum
But he dumb, he didn't know we had a way to overcome
Rejuvenated by the beating of the drum
Come together by the cycle of the hum
Freedom when all become one
Forever

....

One love, one blood, one people
One heart, one beat, we equal
Connected like the internet
United that's how we do
Let's break walls, so we see through
Let love and peace lead you
We could overcome the complication cause we need to
Help each other, make these changes
Brother, sister, rearrange this
The way I'm thinking that we can change this bad condition
Wait, use you mind and not your greed
Let's connect and then proceed
This is something I believe
We are one, we're all just people

Lord help me out
Trying to figure out what it's all about
Cause we're one in the same
Same joy, same pain
And I hope that you're there when I need ya
Cause maybe we need amnesia
And I don't wanna sound like a preacher
But we need to be one

One world, one love, one passion
One tribe, one understanding
Cause you and me can become one

PLEASE #ShareTheLove

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I LOVE... | Waking up to The Libertines | Britpop, Lush, Veganism, Cruelty Free

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I love...waking up to The Libertines & Babyshambles! Guaranteed to have me dancing from the bed to the kitchen for my Applecl Cider Vinegar & Honey ♡

Setting me up for a day catching up with my Mayastar admin...well...after a Lush bath! Thinking today's a good day for the Frozen Bath Bomb - it's sooo yummy and refreshing.

Also am behind on my blogs got updates for my vegan, stoptober & crueltyfree skincare experiments.

Results so far...so mixed. But nothing suits my face like CremedelaMer...and I have something to say about that too!!! :D

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

My 27 Year Journey to Veganism | Please share your experiences!

An update on my cruelty free skincare experiment for Stoptober...this is a blog I hadn't intended to write at all. I planned to review products first and foremost. But something came up! So here goes...

So far I have had mixed results with cruelty free skincare. But a little research into one product and suddenly my motivation for a switch was called into question. Which brought up a lot more questions for my motivation for following a plant based vegan diet.

This may be long...so please bear with me!

This is how it started...for Stoptober I decided to switch to cruelty free skin care. And one of my favourite discoveries was Argan Oil - a truly fantastic moisturiser! I used to love Bio Oil as an all over moisturiser. I tried switching to Jojoba oil at one time because I felt a tad uncomfortable with the idea of Bio Oil being a mineral oil (petrol on my skin???).

However, I have since found Bio Oil is vegan and not tested on animals. In fact a lot of products I have aren't tested animals. But that doesn't mean they're natural at all. And although my guideline was "cruelty free", I find actually what I consider more important is something more natural and less potentially carcinogenic.

Realising this meant my Stoptober experiment wasn't so much cruelty free but more natural as well as cruelty free, I realised as a brand I favoured Lush because I could understand the ingredients labels! Most of their products are vegan...some have lanolin (from sheep's wool) and honey in. These are considered vegetarian but not vegan. But none of them are tested on animals (though sheep would probably attest to the fact lanolin keeps their wooly coats manageable!).

This realisation...cruelty free doesn't mean natural, made me think about my vegan diet. You can find all kinds of refined carb snacks that are vegan. I think even oreos might be. But I won't be eating junk food any time soon just because it's vegan. It would be possible to be a very unhealthy vegan!

Also, I am not actually a vegan because I have honey and apple cider vinegar as an alkalising alternative to wake up to...honey is an animal product. So my diet is actually "plant based vegan with honey"! Some vegans may drop the honey but go for the refined carbs and high fructose corn syrup. So...what was my motivation for eating vegan? How did I arrive at a plant based vegan diet without seeming to do it deliberately? So many people consider it a radical change...but for me, there wasn't any point of radical change. So how and why did I take this route?

There are 3 main concerns for me & I have watched some great lectures on the health benefits of a plant based vegan diet that convince me, there is absolutely no going back for me now. I am committed to my eating habits...but it took 27 years for me to make this decision! It was a 27 year gradual process...and it all began...

...when I was 15. I saw a video in my biology class at school showing a slaughter house. I was horrified to see pigs stunned with a bolt to the head being attached by one leg to a chain and pulled upwards, and the voice over admitting that sometimes the bolt didn't kill the pigs and sure enough some were waking up and screaming. Literally screaming. In pain or fear. Some may say, oh it was probably unconscious and having a seizure or something - no one would kill animals in such an inhumane way. I'd recommend some research!

Seeing that at 15 made me vegetarian in one minute. But I ate junk. I didn't even know gelatin came from cows. So I wasn't a very educated vegetarian. Later I added fish back...maybe ten years later. And I had free range eggs and didn't boycott dairy.

That was until I saw what 'free range' actually meant!

I don't want to bash people over the head with the ethics or horror stories. But the fact is, free range means thousands of chickens that have been genetically altered and given special food they wouldn't usually eat, to make them grow massive "boobs" (as the consumer wants the white meat), crammed into an enormous warehouse/"barn".

Unfortunately these poor mutated chickens grow so fast and so lopsided some just collapse and die under their own weight. Some can walk a few steps before falling over. They are unlikely to ever see daylight. They have their beaks cut off to stop them attacking  each other. They are not in any way free to range anywhere. And they've been bred and fed to be physically disabled.

I felt I'd been scammed and mislead. Because I had been!

Some people may see that as ok. I personally don't though. So I had an ethical issue with the conditions animals were raised in and also the ways they were killed.

When the fuss over GM crops put organic veg into our supermarkets (so strange...I thought all vet was organic by virtue of the fact it's veg!), I decided I would eat organic meat. I didn't buy it v often though. Months could elapse without me having any. Because I don't know how to prepare meat for a start. I was vegetarian when I learnt to cook. And I had never really liked meat much anyway!

So it meant although I no longer identified as vegetarian, my diet wasn't a typical Western one. Except in that over a period of years all the veg had been removed and I lived on snacks...raw nuts and seeds, fish, oatcakes, rice cakes and phases of various junk foods. Not at all balanced! I worked nights and never ate a whole meal. I lived on snacks but mostly they were healthy. And for long periods they would be vegan (by default, not design).

Then I found out, organic animals were killed in the same slaughter houses as abused animals. I didn't need to see Earthlings for that to make me feel uncomfortable eating meat again. So I limited it to Christmas dinners.

I did however, still eat fish. Until I heard about the industrial fishing practices. And I felt uncomfortable subsidising the practice by buying it. So I switched back to nuts as my staple.

I still was eating dairy though. And as my fish intake went down, my dairy went up and suddenly, I found I had a dairy allergy. I thought food allergies upset your digestion. But my allergy made my hands itch and fingers swell. It took a while to work out it was dairy doing it. But once I had, I couldn't justify eating dairy as my body clearly didn't consider dairy food - even if my brain did!

This left me down to a v restricted diet because of my habits of snacking. And so, after some research and consideration, I decided I would get a slow cooker and make a big stew each day...full of veg...chickpeas and lentils and v healthy. Then I got a rice cooker to make perfect brown rice to go with my vegan stew.

Being lazy (it only takes half an hour to prepare my stew and leave it slow cooking on a v low setting while I sleep...giving me 4 servings of stew in a day!) this seemed almost miraculously easy! And that may sound like rabbit food to others but it works for me!

Others would think that's not a varied diet and they would find it too boring to eat raw nuts and seeds and vegan stew with brown rice every day - but I find I have come to redefine food. If you eat something that gives you calories but little to no nutrition, you're not really eating food. Food would actually be good for you and nutritious...if you consume mostly calorific products that have little value to your body, your body isn't going to like that.  In the short term it may be ok. But long term you would be malnourished.

Anyway, within weeks I felt amazing on this new plan. Really amazing!

I lost some weight
My skin got very clear
I slept better
I had better energy throughout the night (still nocturnal)
My digestion was better
My nails got stronger
My PMS symptoms went away

I still wasn't committed to a vegan diet. I didn't stop to think about it much to be honest. A lot was going on. My dad was ill. And I occasionally didn't make my stew and ate fast food. A couple of times I ate junk for a few days in a row. I soon realised it only took a few days on nutritionally deficient food products to feel crap on it. I got cravings for stew and rice! I felt sort of 'poisoned' by junk food. I wasn't sure if it was all the salt...or just the lack of actual nutrients. The sugar? Chemicals? Refined carbs? But those experiences convinced me, for my health (and because I felt and looked better on it and had no qualms of conscience about animal abuse on it), I would go vegan and stay vegan.

A vegan diet...not a vegan lifestyle. I watched Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives. I watched Vedgucated and Fed Up. I watched several lectures on YouTube about independent studies into the health benefits of a vegan diet. And I watched Earthlings. Earthlings wasn't a game changer for me. It was useful for information...as was Cowspiracy. But these only made me sure of the decisions I had made. If I hadn't given up dairy due to allergy I would have after watching Cowspiracy and Earthlings.

I could go on and on about all the problems with animal abuse, modern farming, the health implications...but these things were things that convinced me I had made a good choice rather than the things that made me change my diet. So for my story, they're possibly not as relevant as they might be for others.

I do recommend everyone educate themselves and watch those documentaries though. After all, you wouldn't donate money to a charity for animal rescue if you found out that the rescued animals were all going to be euthanised by being gassed if no one homed them after a month. So, if you choose to eat meat, dairy and eggs, it makes sense to find out where your food comes from and that you don't have a problem with the way it was treated while alive or how it was killed...and anything that was added to it (flavour enhancers...colouring...various chemicals) before it made it to the supermarket. Because subsidising practices that your conscience takes issue with could lead to a habit of ignoring your conscience in other situations...and living at odds with yourself isn't conducive to health and happiness!

Maybe it's a bit like when you were a kid and constantly being told "Don't put that in your mouth, you don't know where it's been" really! You would like to be assured it didn't go anywhere bad and nothing bad happened simply by virtue of the fact a supermarket bought it and sold it to you. Because, they wouldn't endorse something unethical eh? They wouldn't deliberately put sweet food and junk at the eye level of children for example? They have your best interests at heart don't they? They must do...if you're dead you won't be buying food! Right?

Well, unfortunately, these days you can't rely on the ethics of others. There's a lot of money to be made in keeping people sick but not dead.

However, it's not all doom and gloom! You have access power as a consumer you couldn't have dreamt of just a couple of decades ago! The internet!

The internet has led to quite a revolution in "personal power"...steering changes as people become aware of the resources and information available to them. Nowadays it isn't considered the action of a paranoid minority if, when the newspapers tell you one thing...like milk is good for you...you go online and read independent clinical trials to see if it's true and who sponsored the trial!

We have access to information that it would have been impossible to find before. And increasingly people are becoming more confident in trusting their own judgement of the facts than the version they hear in the mainstream.

It's uncomfortable for some. Shouldn't someone else be in charge of this stuff? Don't we pay big organisations to protect us and make sure everything is ok? Isn't it illegal for a company to mislead you in their advertising? Well, most of us thought so once...but you only have to find out you've been deceived once...putting your health and life and that of those you love, in some kind of compromise, to realise, you have your best interests at heart...but massive food and drug companies can make money from you while you eat...and more money from you if you're sick. They may not have your best interests at heart. In fact, it seems unlikely they do.

This information revolution can seem scary because it means our trust in any 'authority' is undermined. Wasn't that once the domain of crazy conspiracy theorists? Not people like you and me?  Also, it puts a responsibility on the individual that's new and not necessarily welcome - but you may also see that it empowers the individual to make informed choices about their lives and health; to consider their perspective, morality and ethics, with the facts rather than the spin.

But coming full circle...my journey of incremental change to non radical veganism started because at 15, I saw meat came from animals. Advertising and packaging try to prevent us making that association as much as possible. But it made an impression on me and my very first ethical dilemma was the suffering of innocent beings. My response was natural. I think most people would feel similarly if they met their steak under different circumstances...

I used the example to a friend to illustrate this point, that if a cow ran into my garden one day and it was scared and panicky and upset, my natural reaction (and most people's...including theirs) would be to try to calm it. To make eye contact. Talk to it. Take out a bowl of water. Try to soothe it with your voice and body language. Try to get closer to it to feed it from your hand. You recognise fear or distress in a cow even if you're not a cow! And your instinct would be to try to help it and reassure it, it wasn't alone and it was safe. That you weren't a threat etc. (I picked a cow since we don't keep them as pets).

If I phoned an animal rescue centre and they said, oh yes, that cow escaped from a slaughter house. We will come and get it and take it back to be killed. I'd not feel comfortable with that. Personally I would feel a sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of the cow even though our paths had crossed accidentally. The chances are, I would think, no wonder it ran away and was scared...I don't want a hand in the slaughter of this animal.

Then, in some crazy gesture to try to protect the cow, I'd probably try to friend with a horse box to help me hide the cow, tell the people it had run away again. And try to find an organisation that would rescue it and allow it to live out its natural life.

Chances are this would break lots of laws. A cow is usually owned by a big company who pays farmers to 'grow' their animals for slaughter etc.

But faced with an animal suffering in any way, no matter if it's one you think of as a pet or a wild animal or a domesticated living food source, most people's dominant sense would be compassion. And if they thought someone was going to hurt the animal, they would naturally want to protect it.

Or maybe that's just me? Am I overly empathic?  Am I being sentimental or even childish to think of an animal that way? Is it because 27 years ago I saw that film at school that I look at an animal and see it as an animal with feelings that doesn't deserve to suffer. As a living being that has certain fundamental rights whatever its species? Am I being controversial, extreme or inflammatory to suggest a cow bred only to be killed for meat is a living being at all?

I said I wouldn't bash people over the head with politics...or even morality. If you don't see value or rights in another living being by virtue of its species then eating it regardless of how it was raised or killed wouldn't tweak your conscience. If you don't have an issue with eating meat but have an issue with unnecessary abuse of those animals, that does create an ethical dilemma for you and you might want to find out more. The consumer can vote with their wallet. So there is something you can do about it in a practical sense.

What I am saying in summary is...my journey to where I am now will be different to other people's. My issue was first with the ethics of what I considered animal abuse. Then with the misinformation about ideas such 'free range'. Then with industrial fishing and oceanic dead zones. Then with health. Later backed by the environmental impact of modern farming. Mostly, I don't want to subsidise what to me seem immoral practices carried out on my behalf. I don't want to pay someone to take out a hit on an abused chicken where a machine may or may not cut its throat before it's head is dunked in boiling water. Not all chickens suffer such an inhumane slaughter...but if I ate them, I couldn't help but wonder...did my chicken ever see daylight? Could it walk? Which part of the slaughter conveyer finished it off? Was it ever happy or even content? Did it suffer? Was it ever in pain or afraid? And does it taste so good I can turn a blind eye and hope for the best?

I am autistic...I have aspergers which means I sort of don't have a blind eye. I also tend to whitter on and convey my thoughts and opinions in a stream of consciousness! So please excuse the length and style of this blog!
These are my opinions...and my own thoughts. I don't expect others to share them. But I am interested to know...what are your thoughts on your food choices? Modern farming? Veganism? Your health? Animal rights...animal wrongs? If you changed your diet at any time, what prompted the change? If you've seen Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Forks Over Knives or Vegucated, did they affect the way you ate...or thought about food?

Please join the discussion!

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Monday, 12 October 2015

We want to live by each other's happiness | Our knowledge has made us cynical

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From "The Great Dictator" "I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness"

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

A Message to Humanity | The Soul of Man Has Been Given Wings

Vid from Anonymous: A message to humanity

https://youtu.be/xM1gXr2Hn4Q

From "The Great Dictator"

"I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite! Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!"

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Argan Oil | Is it really sooo amazing?

ArganOil!

I have used oils as body moisturisers on and off for years. Mixed results. And the petrol element of them is off putting.

Apparently coconut oil can slightly block pores (not good if you work out and dance ballet a lot as I need moisture I can sweat through to avoid rashes). Jojoba oil is not really an oil - it is a wax and doesn't have good moisturising properties.

By all accounts Argan oil is the perfect oil for skin and hair. So amazing that some call it "liquid gold"!

So, just settling down for a read before bed and using Argan Oil as an all over bedtime moisturiser.

Can it really be as miraculous as they say? I almost can't wait to wake up tomorrow and see how my skin feels.

So far, my cruelty free stoptober skincare experiment is amazing me. I use high end usually. CremedelaMer, ysl, dior & Chanel mostly. Though always have the odd splurge at LushCosmetics too.

CDLM was the only face and body moisturiser that seemed to adequately moisturise my skin...but the company is owned by EsteeLauder who do test on animals.

Having switched to a plantbasedvegan diet this year...found I look and feel amazing on it. I slowly began to question the ethics...the moral implications of living compassionately. And decided, I would try it. I am not commiting myself to a full on veganlifestyle. But veganism has implications far beyond animalrights and beautywithoutcruelty - it has implications for the planet too.

I don't want to ram it down people's throats or get political. It is my choice. And I admit that cowspiracy, forksoverknives and earthlings made an impression.

Also, the health implications matter to me. The resources we use to maintain the meat and dairy industry are a concern. But eating animals that almost certainly suffered...doesn't sit well with my conscience.

Can I say so far Lush, VeganCosmetics & naturalskincare products measure up against the big brands? Well, ten days in and I would say, there isn't a perceptible change. Perhaps my legs feel less dry...but it is very early days. I got two pimples...they vanished in a day!

So far...so fabulous.

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Anonymous | "Stay hungry, stay foolish" | Follow Your Heart

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"Stay hungry, stay foolish".

I know some people are unsure about what Anonymous stand for...what is hactivism?  Are they some kind of terrorist group or just a bunch of hormonal nerdy teens that troll the net for fun?

Anons are not even a group. Not an organisation. The Guy Fawkes Mask is probably what most people recognise...but it's not a fashion accessory!

Any Anon will give a different answer to what Anonymous is. Because it is an IDEA. An idea that unifies people (and even non human earth dwellers!)...and that is very basically that...

LIFE IS SACRED

FREEDOM IS THE BASIC RIGHT OF ALL LIVING THINGS

TYRANNY OPPOSES FREEDOM AND DENIES PEOPLE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO CONTROL THEM 'FOR THEIR OWN GOOD'

...V loosely, the Anon idea is that ALL living beings are equally worthy of that life...whatever it is they love; whatever it is they do; whatever their colour, religion, race (and species for that matter). That the freedom to communicate ideas and unify individuals that the Internet has heralded should be protected. Because it's important that we understand that the very idea of the empowerment of the individual by accessible information is more important than any of the information we may access. It's the principle that has the power to effect real change.

I see that as a very positive thing. In my work I teach energyhealing, reiki and meditation primarily. It's a niche...and I am kind of a hippie. I don't consider my work as being an act of peaceful protest - but I feel strongly and have always promoted the empowerment of the individual. I can't pass on teaching to someone who doesn't wish to learn. So it's a two way street.

If you see stuff going on in the world you don't agree with, even if you feel powerless to change it - change yourself. Change what you do. Communicate your ideas to others. Don't just stand idly by because it looks like that's what everyone else is doing!

Remember, just because something has become THE NORM, doesn't make it NORMAL. Just because something has become ACCEPTABLE in the mainstream, doesn't mean it should be unquestionably ACCEPTABLE to everyone.

There are differences we all can make just by choosing the way we see ourselves, the world and others. We can seek out the information that never makes it to the mainstream and make decisions and changes based on it.

It may seem whimsical and far fetched to imagine an individual can change the world. But Anonymous are many individuals, united by ideas. All around the world. People like you and me.

So if you look around and wonder at the hypocrisy, know that there are thousands...maybe millions...doing the same. You're not alone.

I love this little Anon Vlog...it summarises beautifully just what so many of us know deep down to be RIGHT.

So...follow your heart...xxxx

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I love...being a hippie! (Or...perhaps due to my penchant for all things victorian, a bohemian is more accurate...maybe a boho loves poetry more than psychedelic rock & tiedye?)

Anyway...VVV excited abt animal cruelty free stoptober now! Was worried abt coping with the changes u often get when your body gets used to new products. 

I will be doing weekly reviews and mostly on Lush cosmetics - but also on stuff I use regularly henna for my preraphaelite redhead style, vegan & cruelty free makeup (I wear v little but a decent fuschia lipstick & a reliable red lipstick are my staples! So nervous of trying those but committed to the process).

Also using hyalauronic acid & vit c serum from olOznaturals, Biona coconut oil & will be using an organic argan oil for dry areas too.

Am so far loving the feeling of not rubbing petrol based, mineral oil & chemical nasties into my body and hoping it 'sinks in', while being aware, if I knew what was in it, I would probably hope it didn't! 

Anyway, watching Forks Over Knives, Earthlings and Cowspiracy definitely heightened my resolve to commit to an ethical and karmically sound diet and lifestyle...the diet part is no big change for me...the other parts are more of a challenge! 

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

8 Types of Toxic People to Keep out of your Life!

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246016

I think this applies to everyone. Toxic people tend to be covertly or overtly narcissistic - and to some extent tend to display some level of abuse. Whether it's physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Definitely something to avoid if you want to achieve happiness in life. Surround yourself with people who support your choice to be happy!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Energy Attunement Courses | Recommendations, Options, Healing & Spiritual Development | By ALM (Maya)

I often receive emails from beginners, or spiritual/natural healers that haven't used Energy Healing (aka Vibrational Medicine) before, asking for advice on which courses to take...and there are many options for courses depending on what areas you are drawn to or would like to work on! This blog aims to give you some ideas.
Some students are looking to work in particular areas such healing or development through energies associated as, Earth Energies, Shamanism, Angels, Reiki, Avalonian, Lemurian, Pleiadian, Celestial, Deities.
And all students have different goals...goals that may become clearer to them or change as they work. So question yourself on your goals; do you want to focus on developing particular skills like clairvoyance? Psychic/Intuition? Working with magick? Ascension/Enlightenment? Healing others? Healing yourself? Developing a daily meditation routine? As all these may make a difference on which courses you feel drawn to and what would be a good progression for you.
However, if you are new to attunement based energy work, regardless of the ultimate goal, I believe establishing a firm and balanced base in the techniques and energy applications is the best thing you can do. It builds your confidence along with your experience and will also help you to establish how you would like to proceed. Many energy healers use a combination of techniques and energies as they develop their own unique style and that's something that will come with time.
I think Traditional Usui Reiki's structured form really lends itself to assisting the development of energy sensitivity and you abilities to channel and (very importantly) ground higher frequency energies. The structured format means it works really well with combination energy treatments for both the student/practitioner/patient. The structure provides a kind of security as you are first learning too. It's unequivocally the most comprehensive option. (You can read more about Usui Reiki at www.mayastar.net/reikicourses.htm)
So even if ultimately you want to pursue a path based on Self Realisation through Meditation and Self Healing techniques - or develop clairvoyant abilities, I would recommend that you begin with a package that includes a variety of systems with different application methods so you can experiment - gain experience as you gain knowledge and develop power too. And create a strong basis and confidence in Energy Work before you focus on directions.
My personal top 6 for a beginner's personalised package (which incurs a 25% discount) would be:
Traditional Usui Reiki
Kundalini Reiki
Ethereal Crystals
Crystal Rose
Violet Flame Attunement
Orb of Life
A variety of energies that will encourage you to experiment! The usual fee would be £400 but this would be reduced to £300 as a personalised package.
(Note: To order this or any other personalised package and benefit from the relevant discounts, please email me with your order).
If you were looking to begin with a single course, my recommendation would be Traditional Usui Reiki.
Additionally, the Accredited Mayastar Energy Anatomy Diploma Course is a valuable addition to any package as it teaches you more about the basic structure of the energy body and associations with each. It also includes powerful visualisation meditations that effectively allow you to attune yourself to each aspect of the energy body as you work through the assignments.
It's worth considering before you begin what feels right for you though. Read some or the information articles, testimonials and student experiences on the website.
If you email me mayastar.net@gmail.com I can send you a copy of the information manuals and syllabus that may give you more of an idea.
Also, courses that will be added to the syllabus later this year are being made available on the current special offer and these may also be of interest to some (See www.mayastar.net/special.htm).
I look forward to welcoming and working with new students to Mayastar Academy this season!
With blessings
ALM (Maya)