Monday, July 29, 2013

Stop violence against women - twitter unveils our dark side

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Ahimsa is a term often used in yoga circles today, deriving from a Sanskrit root, meaning "do no harm". Literally, contemplation of this precept invites one to avoid violence, both in thought, and in action.

The metaphysical understanding is that every action is simply a thought, expressed. You cannot have a violent act without a violent thought that precedes it.

Ahimsa invites us to live in a way that doesn't harm other living beings. When we practice ahimsa we respect the preferences of others because we understand our essential oneness with all life, everywhere.

More than ever before, we all need to look more honestly at ourselves, and examine our personal, cultural, and societal beliefs.

Today, I was very disturbed to read that a woman MP, Stella Creasy, had to call in the police after receiving a series of vile rape threats from Twitter "trolls". One of those messages threatened to rape Ms Creasy and put the video "all over the internet".

And why had these hate-filled misogynists targeted Ms Creasy? Simply because she had defended a wonderful woman named Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned on for Jane Austen to be put on the new £10 note, the culmination of which was a victory for women everywhere. The Bank of England listened to the voices of 35,000 people - both women AND men - and thus changed its plans not to feature any women on banknotes.

The rape messages are partially the result of technology being used for harm instead of for good and we, as a responsible society, need to address this issue with the immediacy it requires.

There is a petition taking off on to protect women everywhere. You can help by signing it, and sharing it with everyone you know.

I am sure that we can all agree that social media platforms like Twitter have at least a moral, if not a legal, responsibility to protect innocent people from such abuse. No woman (or man) should have to tolerate this.

However, what everyone is failing to address is the much wider issue of the negative conditioning that happens from a young age. What is the root cause of these negative messages appearing before us now, at this time? Could these violent messages be pointing to all of us? You may shout, "no!" but read on.

In this very moment, ask yourself: where did your ideas about being a man or woman come from? The majority will undoubtedly come from your parents and family, your teachers, your education system, the popular press and various media sources.

For the vast majority of men today, any show of emotion is seen as a terrible weakness, by all their male friends, but also by their female friends - after all, many women have been socialised to want a "strong" man to look after them! Weakness, or vulnerability, is generally a "turn-off"... but what happens to the emotions that are shoved down inside the self? Are they not the catalyst for a violent explosion?

Unexpressed emotion is dangerous - a ticking time bomb...
And let us not forget that the vast majority of women feel extraordinary pressure to constantly beautify themselves, putting on layers of makeup to hide their "ugliness". If women don't conform, they may suffer from rejection by both sexes.

These are just two examples of conditioned behaviours, stemming from false beliefs about Who We Are. These types of beliefs have been handed down, creating the dysfunctional society we have today. We are all responsible for this, and we need to heal it. We must give ourselves permission to break the damaging status quo.

It is abundantly clear, to those who will simply look, that a whole host of corrupt models of the world are still very much pervasive throughout the fabric of our society, and very much at odds with what we say we want the most - peaceful, dignified living.

By the time our children become teenagers, much of their programming is complete, whether positive or negative. As adults, they can wake up to a new reality, but it takes a lot of inner work once thousands of hours of negative beliefs are insidiously running in the background.

Are we all not brainwashed that "men are like this..." and "women are like that..."?

Stop the average Joe or Mary in the street, and they will agree that "Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus." This belief is held in the morphogenetic field of consciousness; and so the sense of otherness goes on... and we unconsciously perpetuate the old energy. It becomes our truth!

The ancients knew that polarity (male and female) both exist in a dualistic world. One isn't better than the other. Both are necessary.

What is little known, and even less acknowledged, is that the archetypal patterns of male and female both exist within a man, and within a woman.

It may be shocking for some (perhaps many!) to learn that a man can be "caring", or "sensitive" or "nurturing". Many men will shake their head in disbelief. They may even run from the whole idea - the idea is anathema to them. They will feel like a "sissy" or a "fag" or, God forbid, a "woman"! An insult that is still commonly used today is: "don't be such a girl", or "don't be such a woman".

I have seen boys as young as 7 years old told to 'man up' and to stop wanting cuddles, just because the father is uncomfortable with his ability to give and receive affection. Many men are still laughed at by their peers for starting yoga. It is often seen as effeminate, and not something a 'real man' would do.

It may also be shocking for some to learn that a woman can be a "warrior" or "assertive" in some way. Many men and women will be very much opposed to this notion, as it will challenge their world view of how things "should be".

When we look carefully at our society's "default" programming, it is often clear that a man is supposed to behave a certain way, and a woman is supposed to behave a certain way... and those who go against the stereotypical model are often shunned, denounced and even attacked. This is at least a partial cause of the twitter rape threats.

We sorely need to get a higher perspective on Who We Really Are. This is long overdue! We need to root out all of the false, damaging beliefs that are ingrained from a young age.

We desperately need to remember that we are all human beings first; our differences that create the rich tapestry that we see before us. Without them, life would be very dull indeed!

Regrettably, we must acknowledge that we have co--created a fragmented, unsupportive society that fosters negative conditioning; we are afraid of any serious change towards more evolved living as we continue to buy into, and perpetuate, the same old BS! (Belief System, of course).

Let's wake up, for all our sakes'! It is time to stop living in the dark ages, pretending that we are an evolved society, when we are not even willing to look at basic beliefs that are damaging us.

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy

Monday, July 22, 2013

Why bother to eat organically grown foods?

I've recently noticed that more people are switching to organic, which is a great indicator of a growing "health conscious" demographic.

On the other hand, the vast majority of people are still content to buy and eat non-organic foods. Many of those same people (are you one of them?) are eating a high ratio of packaged, convenience and fast foods, with no real thought to their health over the long-term.

So, why aren't more people eating organic? And, most importantly, are you eating as healthily as you can?

"It's too expensive", is the first commonly touted reason. The second is the "scientific" myth that non-organic foods have just as much nutrients (key vitamins and minerals) as organic foods, and that the commonly used insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides are all "safe" for human consumption.

Ignorance is bliss, or is it?

Take a moment to check-in with yourself. Are you buying the cheapest option, or are you reaching for the most healthful option?

Unfortunately, people don't notice the persistent damage being caused because there isn't an immediate reaction to harmful pollutants. The human body is so resilient to our abuses, that many don't make the link between ill health later in life and their dietary choices.

Many who switch to organic foods, find the little extra cost is worth it. In fact, for most of us, it may be "too expensive" NOT to buy organic! Don't wait until you've got a massive mountain of health challenges to climb before you consider what is most important to you: quality of life.

"Despite pronouncements by agrichemical that their products are safe, investigations have already linked farm chemicals to nervous system damage and the slow death of brain cells. Worry has also been expressed that pesticide and other toxic residues might be responsible for an increase in Parkinson's disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) and osteoporosis." Kathryn Marsden, The Complete Book of Food Combining

If you want to buy organic but are entertaining the rather limiting thought that it's too expensive, cut back on eating  meat, as it's more expensive, and make the switch. Your body will thank you! In fact, within a short space of time, eating organic wholefoods will give you more vitality, and increased mental alertness.

Buy organic from your local farm shop, health food shop, or supermarket. Certainly, an increase in demand for organic produce will make the farming industry dedicate more of its land towards the healthful cultivation of crops, and this can only be a good thing for us, and for Mother Earth.

Organic farms are actually havens for wildlife. Plant, insect and bird life has been noted to be at least 50% greater on Organic farms. Many places in the UK have witnessed a sharp decline in wildlife, and one key way to help reverse this is by supporting Organic farming.

If you live in the UK (and even if you don't), check out the Soil Association, a charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.

Preventative healthcare is the only really sensible way forward for us as our current healthcare system moves towards its inevitable crisis point. In the near future, many people will have to pay for routine healthcare checks, drugs and surgery in the UK - and medical bills aren't cheap!

Make the decision to take care of your health today by going organic. Return to a more conscious way of living, and encourage others to do the same.

Wishing you good health, and joyful living!

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Diuretics - is your body losing vital potassium and magnesium?

Are you taking diuretic drugs? Or are you consuming diuretic foods and drinks?

'Diuretic' simply means any substance that increases the output of urine; and all diuretics increase the excretion of water.

Kathryn Marsden, author of The Complete Book of Food Combining, says that, "Diuretic drugs cause the body to lose potassium. Medical checks usually take potassium into account but magnesium is often missed. Anyone taking diuretic medicines long-term should ensure that their doctor or specialist carries out regular tests for both these minerals so that deficiencies can be corrected. Don't be afraid to ask. Many doctors seem unaware that magnesium loss occurs and so fail to check for this important mineral."

Caffeine is a diuretic! So cut back on those teas and coffees, and drink more fresh juices instead! Especially in hot weather!

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Genocide underway in Burma - We must act with ONE Voice!

There is currently a genocide underway in Burma – as you read this, an "ethnic cleansing" is happening, with unspeakable horrors being committed against the peaceful Rohingya people.  The President of Burma, Thein Sein, has done nothing so far.
What is the crime of the Rohingya people?  Why are they hated so much?  Is it because they are murderers, or terrorists?  No.  Is it because they are polluting the land, destroying vital crops? No.  They are hated “simply because” their skin is darker and the majority fear they’re 'taking jobs away'.  

The real question before us is not why do we continue to witness so much suffering and violence, but rather why do we allow it?

I agree that this question may be difficult for us to hear - however, whilst this life-threatening situation is most certainly not our fault, it is most certainly our responsibility.

Are we going to stand by and idly watch hundreds of thousands of innocent people be massacred from the comfort and safety of our own homes?  Or are we going to cry out to all of our powerful world governments and insist that they do something!

Burmese President Thein Sein has the power and resources to protect the Rohingya.  All he has to do is give the word to make it happen.  Yet, rather than deal with this urgent situation, he is instead looking to come to Europe to sell his country’s new openness to trade. It beggars belief!

These terrible atrocities happening on our planet continue to be tolerated, regardless of the fractures they create in our collective unconscious, because we continue to put commerce before vital, humanitarian interests; because we have constructed our individual and collective lives around such false paradigms as 'survival of the fittest', we continue to experience life as a massive struggle.

Right now is the time to change all of this nonsense – and we must act, with urgency! All of us, together, as ONE voice. This situation demands it.

To change the results we are witnessing, we have to change ourselves; we cannot keep saying we are going to change things but then fail to act. 

We cannot keep listening to greedy, naive or inept politicians, and those governments and institutions who would deliberately mislead us, and then seek to placate us with excuses of how they could do nothing, and how their hands were 'tied', when they could easily move into action.

We keep waiting for a better time, a better future... but it never arrives because we have not arrived. We have not had the courage to act as ONE. To be as ONE.

Natural disasters are terrible enough when they do happen, yet human acts of war and genocide are many times worse. They betray us all at the deepest level.

The invitation is to BE HERE NOW. To act from presence, not powerlessness.

What will you do today? What stance will you take?  Will you shrug your shoulders and walk away – or will you sound the clarion call of freedom, respect and dignity for all?

We cannot allow this to become another Rwanda, or Sarajevo....

Sign the Avaaz petition, and get involved. 

Thank you for being part of a movement of change.

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director of Energy Therapy