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It is my schizophrenia…

Hi,

I would start with a reading recommendation. This book may be the best I’ve ever read.

The Talisman (Stephen King and Peter Straub)

Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer embarks on an epic quest-a walk from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the California coast-to  find the talisman that will save his dying mother’s life. Jack’s journey takes him into the Territories, a parallel medieval universe, where most people from his own universe have analogs called “twinners.” The queen of the Territories, Jack’s mother’s twinner, is also dying.

Anyway, im sitting here 04:26 AM (swedish time) and are totally into my writing. I started to write a book some time ago wich is very fun. But it take a lot to finish it. I started with it for fun. I believed that I had a fun and unique idea and I still think it is, I just need to focus and not stop with it. I love writing, and the main reason for this blog is to learn english better so I can write poems and books in english instead of swedish. I am not a good english writer at the moment,  there can be words misplaced or the grammar is bad. But I do this to learn and learning happens everyday. So im writing the book in swedish first, but im sure that I will translate it when im a little better in english.

And now you may wonder what it is about? Well, I can tell you that it will be a story containing both religion, history and fiction. It is about the end of this world, religious unions, failure and success.  But first of all, you will hopefully feel excitement, romance and emotions when you read it. But as it is now, I have only started as I said, and it will probably take some more time to finish it. And that depends on how much time I spend on the writing.

With that said I am going back to my friends and enemies in my schizophrenic world of letters and words.

Cheers!

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A Nice Relaxing Tea

Namaste,

I would like to recommend a very good and healthy tea wich I drink a few times every week. It is called Oatstraw Tea and has alot of benefits. I put a video guide above wich I found on Youtube with good information. But I also wrote some of the recepies I use for variation and extra health boost.

Oatstraw with Ginger and Cinnamon

2 teaspoons of oatstraw

1 slice of fresh ginger root

2 inches of cinnamon stick

Nettle and Oatstraw Tea

1 part oatstraw

1 part nettle


So, what is the benefit of drinking this tea?

The Oat Straw (Avena Sativa) has been used since prehistoric times and are used for a number of human maladies, ailments or discomforts. A few examples of this are the lowering of cholesterol and  it has also been used for different conditions such as ADHD, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, opium addiction, obesity, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and low blood sugar levels wich is good for diabetics. Research now shows that it contains the anti-tumor compound b-sitosterol and there is some suggestions that the chances of cancer in the bowel may be reduced by eating oats regularly, as well as cancers in general. There is also the fact that it contains a various of vitamins and minerals wich are good for the health in general.

Nettle (Uritca Dioicaas) has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hay fever which is the most common allergy problem. It has also shown good results in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, kidney stones, laryngitis, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is good for people with high cholesterol, and it is also good against stomach gas, circulatory disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, nausea and so on. There is still a lot of scientific research about ginger, so it can be some more benefits that we don’t know of.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum) benefits is that it can lower LDL cholesterol, its ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections, educed the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood, had significant relief in arthritis pain, and when added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative. It also fights the E. coli bacteria and one study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

Enjoy!

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Shamanism and religion?

Hello,

I got a question yesterday about shamanism and if it was a religion.

Some people who heard about shamanism believes it’s a Native American religion, and some people believes it’s a drug-practice religion wich is both wrong.

There is four major components of a religion wich is a history with a salvific individual, a theology, the holy text, and ritualistic practice. When we examine major world religions such as, Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism, we can identify the leader of each of these religious movements. The leader gathered a following of disciples or students that brought support, structure and further development to their religious beliefs. Shamans, by contrast is only interested in practicing their spiritual techniques, and are generally not interested in forming a group of people to perpetuate a theology or religious structure. Though not a religion, Shamanism is an application of beliefs. These beliefs are spiritually based and applied to the Shaman’s work. This is perhaps its greatest commonality with religion, as most religions also have an element of spirituality which propels one to help others. Shamanism is an application of religious tradition which has some religious elements but it does not contain the essential components of religion. Most of the Shamans work is healing but it is not limited there. A shaman can also practice magic, fortune-telling, nature medicine and so on.

Now, shamanism is not a religion, but it doesn’t say you can’t be religious and a shaman. In fact many shamans believe in some kind of deity, but there is also those shamans who don’t, I would call them Atheist Shamans. The main thing in shamanism is the connection to Mother Earth, and most of the shamans believe that all thing on earth is connected and has a consciousness, even stones and stars. We are one part of it all. The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to earth. We are all connected. You can be a christian shaman, a buddhist shaman, a pagan shaman and so on. You can believe in a God or Gods or not and still practice shamanism.

About the drug use and shamanism there are some traditional cultures in which people use plant medicine in some form to help them enter shamanic  levels of consciousness.  But most shamanic practitioners who grew up in “modern day” cultures do not use drugs.  They use drumming, singing, dancing and other learned techniques that help them move into shamanic levels of consciousness. However, I personal believe that Mother Earth gave us plants to use for different things. Eating, smoking and drinking herbs and plants for vitamins, better health and even to enter this levels of consciousness is something we are given to use. But sadly many of this plants which help the journeying are illegal today, and I don’t encourage people to do illegal things.

I will write more about different shamanic paths and also about different ways to enter these “astral planes”.

/ Spirit Drum

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Moon Magic and Myths

Hi,
I just came home from a silent moment looking at the stars and the moon breathing its energy and the fresh air from the nature around. Its full moon today, so I think that I should write about that.

The moon has for a very long time been associated with magic, folklore, superstitious beliefs and ancient rituals. I believe that we all sometimes can feel the energy of the moon, wich is strongest when it is full or new. During the full moon the sun and moon are in opposite signs, and the qualities of both signs in which they fall are lit up with a current running between them.

There is many gods and goddess linked to the moon and it exists in almost every culture of the world. An example of this lunar deities are Selene wich was an archaic lunar deity and the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. And in Roman mythology, the moon goddess is called Luna, Latin for “moon”. We can see in the Egyptian, Sumerian and Mayan history that the moon and also the sun was seen as gods. But we can also see that this three ancient societies were highly educated in astrology and astronomy. For example was the pyramids in Egypt a reflection of Orion’s belt. I believe that the moon is connected to the astrology and astronomy all ancient societies was exploring and I think that it’s a part of it. The moon, sun, other planets, zodiac etc is a thing connected to every religion. In Islam Allah is the moon-god, in Judaism if an individual was born under the “sign” of Mars, the Talmud says that he will have a tendency to spill blood. It has also been told that the birth of Jesus and his life is events from the Zodiac. Example, He was born in the sign of Virgo (latin for virgin), and his mother was a virgin.

There are more examples of zodiac events in christianity and many other religions and I can write a lot about this. But if I would take up all of the lunar deities in all of the mythologies it would be a very long text. I instead recommend you to read the link. If you want to know more about the moon in religion.

Moon Worship

If you want more scientific knowledge then you should read the Nasa Moonpage

Now im of to bed. Good night!

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The Magic of Rain

From my room I can hear that the rain is falling down. It reminds me of the good times as a child. In fact, my best memory ever from the childhood was a night with rain, thunder and lightning.

I was put to bed by mom and fell asleep fast as I used to. After a couple of  hours I suddenly woke up. I remembered dreaming about beautiful landscapes, colorful birds, rivers, waterfalls and old forests. I woke up from a thunderbolt, I think it was the sound because I was never afraid for it. My mother was watching television in the darkness and I came to her and said to her that I couldn’t sleep. She asked if I was afraid, but I wasn’t. I said that I liked thunder and lightning, I admired it, wondering where the sound and light came from. I said to her that I wanted to watch the lightning and she smiled and said to me to go out on the balcony and sit down. She gave me a warm blanket and I walked to the sofa on the balcony. So I sat there looking at the lightning, listening to the thunder and the rain tapping on the tin roof. After a few minutes she came with hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream and she sat down next to me and put her arm around me. We sat there for a few hours until I fell asleep. The morning after was I for the first time rested when I woke up.

People has for thousands of years developed rituals to induce rain. From the Hopi rain dances in USA, to the beating of ceremonial rain drums in Ugandan rites. There has been people to perform different methods to inspire the rain to fall for millennia. China with its water dragons, the dancing on the green thrown flowers and herbs in the British Isles and so on. What is the magic of rain?

Thoughts drifting with drifting clouds
As I sit here & watch the crowd;
Lightning flashes the life so far
Moments of glee & the deep scars.

A drop from eye, a drop from sky
Tears & rain don’t seem to be ally;
I hope the rain wins this affray
And it washes all my tears away.

Rain has always this magic on me
It touches that me hidden within me;
Rain reminds me those golden years
And also helps me hide my tears.

– Kanupriya

Best Regards, Spirit Drum

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