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From next sunday to monday (31st October to 1st November) it’s Samhain or Halloween for those who prefer that.

Samhain which means summers end is an ancient pagan festival celebrating the Celtic new year. It is also the Irish Gaelic word for the month November. It is a misconception that Samhain is pronounced Sam Hane and is the name of a Celtic God of death. Samhain is pronounced Sow-en and is the last of three harvest festivals which makes it extra special, cause it is the beginning of the cold, dark and dangerous days of winter. Any food which was not brought in from the fields by the last harvest was left on the fields and not eaten. It now belonged to the fairy folk, and eating it would make you sick. Samhain is still observed by Wiccans and other Pagans for its spiritual significance in the Wheel of the Year, the cycle of holidays that mark transition points in the natural solar cycle. It is a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead are at its thinnest, a time for honouring the departed and seeing into the future.

When Christianity came they thought that it was a good idea to put the holiday where holidays already existed, and it was also an attempt to convert pagans and non-believers to Christianity. Many of the pagan traditions, such as Yule with decoration of the evergreen tree, traditions of spring equinox such as decorating eggs was adapted into Christianity with christmas and easter. The holiday of Samhain became All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day, now know as Halloween.

There are also several misconceptions and outright lies that are spread by religious fundamentalists about Samhain every year, in an attempt to get Halloween banned. One of them is that the holiday is of Druidic origin; the Druids were a priestly class of the Celts, but they were a very late manifestation of the Celtic religion. The Celts were practicing their religion for thousands of years before the priestly class of the Druids developed.

If you believe in spirits this is a great time to celebrate and cast some magick spells for love or protection. Otherwise it can be fun just to celebrate Halloween with its common spooky themes. I will honor the dead and well, what I do more is for the future to tell. I have not decided yet. But one thing is sure, I do believe in spirits and will celebrate them.

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I’m now going to really focus on my weight loss. I have been walking between 30 minutes to about an hour now and then and I’m following a paleodiet which has worked well so far. Since the spring I have lost 39.5 pounds which for me is a big success. But I want to lose more weight and not lose too much muscles. So I will vary the cardio with the heavy weight lifting. The goal is 198 lbs and im now at 243.1 lbs which makes it a wanted loss of 45.1 pounds more. The goal is to be there by the beginning of the summer.

Short About Paleodiet

Food

I will continue with the paleodiet due to the great change with my health and the weightloss it has given me so far. For example I will eat:

  • Fish – Cod, Herring, Salmon, Trout, Tuna etc.
  • Wild Meat – Elk, Reindeer, Goose, Duck, Wild Boar etc
  • Organ Meats – Lamb, Pork and Chicken: livers, tounges, marrow etc
  • Lean Meats – Pork chops & lean, Lean Beef, Flank Steak etc
  • Fruit – Apple, Avocado, Lemon, Lime, Pears, Mango, Grapes etc
  • Vegetables – Cabbage, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions, Pumpkin etc
  • Nuts & Seeds – Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Walnuts etc.

I will try to avoid grains and sweets and dairy foods as much as it takes, but I think that once a month I will allow myself to eat unhealthy such as pizza, hamburgers, kebab, chips, coca cola and sweets. I think it’s not good to be too strict with the food, cause I’ll be tempted and think it’s boring after a while, and that’s not good.

Training

I will add another 45 minutes crosstrainer 2 times/week outside the walking and I will also try to add strength exercises so I train 3-4 times/week, for example:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Back/Shoulders/Biceps
  • Wednesday: Cardio/Legs
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Chest/Triceps/Abs
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: Cardio/Traps/Neck

In the beginning I will do 1×20 reps for 1 more week as I did the last week. Then I will go over to 2×12-15 reps for 2 weeks. This two different schemes is just to get back and use the muscles with the training. Then I will focus on little heavier weights. 3×8 reps varied with 4×6 reps will do fine. What exercises I will do will be posted then.

My Training Motivation

Cheers!

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Working Out Starts Now!

Was working out yesterday evening for the first time after a long break. It felt good to be back in business. I have been taking some long walks from time to time, but the weather is getting colder and have not yet packed up my winter clothes, so this is a great thing to mix with. And I will keep this up and vary walking from the working out.

Anyway, I woke up this morning with great aches from the exercises which I love! Now I really feel that my body is doing something real and that is just good.

I started out with 10 minutes on the crosstrainer for some warming up. Then I did the weight and machine exercises. I did 1×20 in each exercise, I want to get all muscles going before I start with the real workout.

The exercises I did was;
Back
Lat Pulldown
Seated Cable Rows
Hyperextensions (Back Extensions)
Bent Over Barbell Row

Shoulders
Seated Barbell Military Press
Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Legs
Quads – Barbell Squat
Quads – Barbell Full Squat

Hamstrings – Lying Leg Curls
Hamstrings – Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift

Calves – Barbell Seated Calf Raise
Calves – Donkey Calf Raises

Chest
Flat Bench Press
Cable Crossover

Biceps
Dumbbell Bicep Curl
Concentration Curls

Triceps
Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension
Decline EZ Bar Triceps Extension

Traps
Standing Dumbbell Upright Row

Abs
Cable Seated Crunch

After between 1,5-2 hours I finished with 30 minutes crosstrainer and stretching after that. Puh, that’s was a long workout since it was the first for about three years.

Next time I will report my current size and weight together with more specifics about how I will train and so on… You’ll see!

Greetings / Nick

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I would like to recommend some beautiful music that I listen to when I want peace in my heart, mind or soul. This album has helped me to heal myself from sadness and inner pain. It is called Chinese and Japanese Koto Harp and Shakuhachi Flute Music

Buy it or listen to samples on the link below.

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Japanese-Shakuhachi-Flute-Music/dp/B001MTG0WU

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The Danger with Religions.

Now, I don’t claim that everybody that believes in a God or Gods is dangerous, I don’t either want to claim that all religions are bad. However I would like to claim that religion is dangerous in general because it creates;

Fundamentalism
I can honestly say that the concern with fundamentalism became a real problem for me for the first time when the 9/11 attacks were a fact. But Fundamentalism is not only linked to Islam (which I assume that everybody know about), but to christianity, and other religions and aswell Of course there is fundamentalism outside religion to, but not in such big scale.

But first my definition:Fundamentalism is the view that all content of a specific holy book should be taken literally and follow it’s fundamental principes. Secondly that the religious dogma is founded as a political agenda. ”

Everywhere in the world we can see fundamentalists stone homosexuals to death, doctors who perform abortions gets shot i USA by christian fundamentalists and so on. Some fundamentalists have a disparaging view on women, doomsday prophets advocate mass suicide, child are abused by priest and pastors in both the Lutheran, catholic and orthodox church. When a society or country is strongly religious, “the people” can be misled by propaganda campaigns that use distortions, misrepresentations, scare tactics, and outright lies. But if the Bible is “infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice,” then why aren’t the self-righteous stoning people who wear clothing made of two different threads or work on the Sabbath?

Missionary
Missionaries has from the beginning done harm to the world. Starting when the Romans made it a state religion and spreading through the world with murders of non-believers and massacres of jews, shamans, pagans and other religious believers. The Natives in South and North America, the Vikings in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe brutally massacred by christians. And then the witch hunt in the Early Modern Europe and North America leading to between 40 000 – 100 000 executions. Also Muslim killed for religion for example the 1066 Granada massacre killing about 4000 jews.

Rejecting the Intellect
I can see an irrational, cultural conservatistic religiosity and science hostility gain influence in the society. The hatred against science, I believe has to do with that science not yet have been able to solve some of the main problems, such as pollution or the problem with HIV and AIDS. The worse disease in our time and the scientists are lost. I think that many people are disappointed on science when it don’t provide the needed solutions. I also believe that the atomic bomb and other weapons of mass destruction shows that science can be used in an evil way, which also contribute to the contempt towards science.

Religious Laws
Now based from the bible there is a few examples of laws that restrict our freedom. There are laws against abortion, the sale of any “intoxicating alcoholic liquor” on Sundays is prohibited by state law in Arkansas is one example of the ”Blue Law”. And there is fictional laws that different churches made up and biblical laws (which restricts people from doing what ever a free person can do) that must be followed to be a member such as no smoking, no drinking, don’t have sex before marriage, obey this and obey that. Were is the freedom?

Sects/Cults
And we can also see as a fact that big religions sometimes creates sects and cults such as Mormonism, children of god (the family), christian identity movement, the nation of Islam, U.P.C and so on. Despite the human and societal damage caused by cults, few organizations exist to help prevent or lessen the damage. Until very recently, governments worldwide have not created systematic programs to respond to the problem. The work has been done by non-profit organizations and by people working on individual bases, studying the cult phenomenon, counseling cult members and ex-members, prosecuting those guilty of cult-related crimes and abuses, and educating others on the dangers of cults.

There is danger in religion which must be avoided. I have only insight in christianity and Islam, but I could guess that there is parts of hinduism and buddhism and other religions that is a danger for the freedom of man. And I also want to add as I said at the top of this post that not every religious man, woman and child are dangerous or evil. This is only a part of the religion, but that is the problem. Religion gives room for fundamentalism, cults, death and a resistance against science.

I believe that every man and woman has a free will, has a brain to think. I believe that we have a moral compass within us. We don’t need a God to be moral, feel compassion, be polite and take care of our children. But that is something that certain religious people with no logical sense can’t admit. The problem begins with the Evil God and humanity’s ego. I believe that all religions should be personal. All religions have good parts, but it’s when the religion collects the masses and come together, when a few men can interpret and use the word of God and prophets to control the masses that creates this danger. Religion has to be personal.

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Is the Abrahamic God really that good? And is Satan really that evil?

This is basically something I wrote because of some big discussion I had with friends and with people on different forums. And honestly, I am sick of all these missionaries that believe that they are right and that their view on the subject is the universal truth and everything else is evil and satanic. So now I will give some facts that shows my view about the biblical God directly from bible, and without any interpretation from a priest or someone who can distort the text to their benefit. This is only my conclusions of my experience and research with Abrahamic religions and I do not state this as a fact. I don’t either try to convince jews, christians and muslims that their view is wrong. I simply give you another view on the subject due to the fact that most of the religious people only have seen it in one way. It’s up to you to believe or not believe.

Now, many people believes that everything is black and white, good and evil, so I write from that point of view but this does not mean that I have that view on the subject. And in this case my conclusion is that God is Evil and Satan are Good. For me it doesn’t matter that Satan means something else such as adversary or accuser, because as one big mass (such as christianity and Islam is) can change the words literal meaning, twist and shout however they like, manipulate books and facts like they have done through the history.

Then why do I believe that God is evil?

First I want to define what I mean with evil; Evil is intentionally causing harm or destruction, or deliberately violating some moral code.

So first I will prove that God is Evil – directly from the bible. I will only put one verse in each category because I don’t want it to be to much to read. If you like more I can add it afterwards. I use the New International Version

Natural Disasters
God is the one who creates Natural Disasters.

“The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.” Nahum 1:2-6

Human Sacrifice
God likes the aroma of burnt flesh and command us to burn animal and children.

The Lord said “Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb among Israelites, both man and beast, for it belongs to me.” Exodus 13:2

Murder in the Bible
fortune-tellers, homosexuals, cursing parents, hitting dad, adultery, fornication. If one don’t listen to priests one should die. One should also kill brats, son of sinners, the curious ones and so on.. the list is long.

“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Leviticus 20:13

Rape in the Bible
For me rape is one of the most heinous crimes, yet the bible often condense and even approves it.

”If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.” Deuteronomy 22:28-29

Slavery in the Bible
Clearly the bible also approves with slavery, also this one of the most immoral things one can imagine.

”All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them.” 1 Timothy 6:1-2

“Okay, there are some evil writings but it is from the Old Testaments” maybe some christians would say. Yeah, except for the last verse about slavery most of the writings is from the Old Testaments. But that is just a bad argument. Christians are manipulating the scriptures so that they can assign a kinder nature to their God, but here is (again) one verse (can give you more) which clearly show that the Old Testament is not to be ignored.

”Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”– Matthew 5:17-18

So what do we get from this? For me this shows that God is intentionally is causing harm, destruction and are deliberately violating moral codes. Isn’t that evil?

Satan is good.

This is a hard to prove, since there only is God’s word to trust, but from what I’ve seen that isn’t worth much. And using some logical sense and reading from the bible one can make it clear that he is good, or not evil.

Satan gave knowledge to humanity by giving Adam and Eve the fruit from the forbidden tree. Because of Satan, humanity gained knowledge of good and evil. So, this is a thinker; Could Adam and Eve have knowledge of good and evil before eating the fruit? No, Adam and Eve couldn’t have known that eating the fruit was evil since they didn’t have the knowledge of good and evil. So for me it seems a little harsh to punish them as severely as God did. Satan gave humans true capacity for moral judgment, unlike God, who simply expected everyone to mindlessly obey his orders. There is also no biblical record of Satan engaging in the murder of torture of any human being, unlike God, who is guilty (and proudly guilty) of committing genocide. And there is no biblical record of Satan ever ordering someone to kill someone else, unlike God, who has repeatedly demanded the deaths of those who commit even the smallest of offenses as you can read above.

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