Reincarnation : The 12 Laws of Reincarnation

 

Ignorance of the law is no excuse” whether the laws are man-made or universal. To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about reincarnation..

As night follows the day, so the law of reincarnation must follow the law of karma. One cannot commit karma and expect it to finish with it in one life. So there must be many lives to resolve one’s karma. Once karma is initiated, it must (1) continue until it is spent. In this process, karma must have its repercussion in the forms of (2) consequence and (3) compensation. So we have 3 laws here.


1: LAW OF CONTINUATION –These laws of reincarnation follow the laws of karma. Since the universe is a vast and complicated creation of  the Creator, it takes many lifetimes to comprehend so an individual can become a CoWorker with the Creator in the majesty of creation. Karma is the great teacher of what is like and not like love. Reincarnation over many lifetimes is required by karma for you to master life’s lessons in their totality.

2: LAW OF COMPASS – Karma teaches love through experiencing life from every point of view. “What you bring hate into, you reincarnate into!” Each individual must experience both genders, all races, all nationalities, all religions, well/ill, rich/poor, success/failure, etc. This allows you to see the beauty, value, and worthiness of all ways of life. This gives you the 360° viewpoint on the universe necessary for a CoWorker  the Creator.

3: LAW OF CONSEQUENCES – Karma teaches you love through action. How you learn is through experiencing cause and effect by interacting with a community of other individuals that you constantly reincarnate with assuming varying roles in each new life. Your Soul group helps to teach you what is like and not like love through the resolution of interwoven past life karma.

4: LAW OF COMPENSATION – Karma teaches you responsibility through reciprocity. What you have done to others in the past, will be done back to you in the future. You will continue to reincarnate with significant others until you have paid off your karmic debts to them. Reincarnation will work to balance the scales fairly between all concerned so that love and justice prevail.

5: LAW OF COMPLETION – Karma teaches you through tough assignments of adversity. Everyone must experience the worst of life to better appreciate the best of it. Over the course of their cycle of reincarnation, all Souls will endure pandemics, fire, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, famines, drought, etc… but in different lifetimes to ease the burden of suffering.

6: LAW OF CREATION – Karma teaches you through your body by requiring you to manifest the abundance sufficient to provide for its’ material needs. As you age, the challenges continue as you must learn to provide for others as well as your own retirement. Creation through manifestation is an essential skill to become a fully capable of CoWorker with  the Creator and it can only be mastered with practice over many cycles of reincarnation.

7: LAW OF COMMAND – Karma teaches you through your mind by requiring you to learn the discipline (daily duties), the discernment (good judgment), as well as the detachment (ceasing to cherish opinions or hold expectations) needed to become truly resourceful in life. These are very complex learnings that can only be mastered over many cycles of reincarnation.

8: LAW OF CONTROL – Karma teaches you through your emotions by requiring you to master the energy in motion caused by the actions of others as well as your reactions to them. Karma helps you to learn calmness, control, and compassion needed to become truly resourceful in life. This is simple learnings that are difficult to apply given the pressures of daily life and so need many cycles of reincarnation to get under control.

9: LAW OF CERTAINTY – Karma tests you time and again by allowing you to bring forward your talents, traits, and tendencies from life to life. You are a work in progress. In one life, you will focus on developing your intellectual abilities while in another you will work on your emotional control. When you can reliably be counted on to act in loving way no matter what life brings to you, the certainty of your choices accelerates your karma and brings you closer to the end of your cycle of reincarnation.

10: LAW OF COMPASSION – Karma is designed to teach you unconditional love by helping you to develop compassion, tolerance, and forgiveness. You have learned deep compassion when you can care for others with the same deep kindness as you care for yourself. You have learned tolerance when you can see the beauty in all paths. You have learned forgiveness when you can let go of wrongs done in the past and live in harmony.

11: LAW OF CHARACTER – Karma is designed to evolve you into being your best you, your Higher Self. Your best you is your character: the unique note you bring to the universal song. Like the sculptor frees the perfected statue from raw stone, karma frees you from the imperfections inherent in the human consciousness. Karma carves you into a being of greater love, joy, and awareness so you can become a CoWorker with the Creator.

12: LAW OF COMPLIANCE – Reincarnation comes to an end when you have substantially complied with balancing past karma by having learned unconditional love. If every last past misdeed/sin had to be balanced, rebirths would never end. It is the sign of a loving and compassionate universe that mercy and justice are the driving forces behind the laws of reincarnation.

Karma : The 12 Laws Of Karma

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it. This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning. A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. If he were to continue acting in such a way that the retribution cannot come about, because the conditions are not appropriate, then he may postpone the fruition of his karma. If he can suspend it until he is in the spirit world, then he may work at this particular karma in this intermission between death and next life. Or he may wait until another life in which he is more developed so that he can gleaned the educational value of this retribution. Conversely, his life could be so derelict that the blessings due to him cannot fructify until a later date or a subsequent life. All these fall into the category of suspension of karma to a more propitious period or life.

 

Ignorance of the law is no excuse” whether the laws are man-made or universal. To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws.

The Law of Karma is the Buddhist and Hindu version of the Golden Rule, basically, that what you do to others will return and be done to you. It’s stated in similar terms in almost every religion in the world.

In the East, the law reads (in translation):

For every event that occurs, another event will follow that was caused by the first, and the second event will be pleasant or unpleasant due to and indirect relation to its cause”

The belief teaches that the person who takes action is responsible for that action, if not in this lifetime, then in future lives. In effect, what you did in your past lives comes forward to your present life and determines the events you experience now.

Buddhism takes these beliefs much deeper, delving into intention andthought as well as spoken words and action. With everything we feel, say, or do, we make choices. Whatever you choose to do produce  ripples that travel through time. Those choices are our karma, good or bad.

Instead of seeing bad karma as punishment for actions in your past lives, you can better understand it as a lesson toward living in Oneness with all people and things. The Law of Karma – as simple as: You reap what you sow – extends from your past lives into your future lives. How you apply it in your present life determines your results.

1: LAW OF NEUTRALITY – Just as the “Law of Gravity” always works to pull things toward the Earth, these “Laws of Karma” apply to all equally, no exceptions. The universe is neutral: there are no favorite ones, there are no cursed ones, there are only divine beings created the Creator and all these divine beings are loved by Creator equally, deeply, and completely.

2: LAW OF AGREEMENT – The most terrible truth that anyone will ever learn while they are on Earth is… that they agreed to come here and to experience all that has, is, and will happen to them. The universe operates under this simple rule: all that happens is by prior agreement based on karmic justice between all the parties involved to balance past karma.

3: LAW OF LESSONS – We reincarnate to learn what is and is not like love. In the worlds of duality, we learn from experiencing polar opposites: “good-bad”, “problem-solution”, etc until we evolve into divine love, joy, and awareness. We walk the divine circle – where there is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future – until we learn our lessons.

4: LAW OF CAUSE & EFFECT – What you have done unto others in past lives or in this one (cause), weaves the karmic agreement of your present and future (effect). Consciously acting from loving kindness to yourself and others instantly reweaves the present and future karmic agreements into greater pathways of empowerment and unfoldment.

5: LAW OF BALANCE – The point of learning lessons is to achieve balance. Imbalances drive your personal cycle of reincarnation. “What you bring hate to, you reincarnate to” is how balance is achieved. For you can only truly understand a thing when you become that thing and cease to judge it, cherish unloving opinions, or harbor unrealistic expectations about it.

 6: LAW OF ATTRACTION – Your consistently repeated thoughts packed with your consistently felt emotions become magnetized and attract similar thoughts packed with emotions to manifest your desires into reality. Whatever thoughts and emotions you focus on the most – with the most intensity and the most time – whether intentionally or unintentionally, becomes your belief-karma. The more you invest in them with your focus, the stronger they become. Your belief-karma generates your thoughts, forms your attitudes, guides your actions, and creates your results.

7: LAW OF CONNECTION – You connect with the people, opportunities, and events necessary to manifest your desires if you allow, believe, and expect it will happen for you. Allowing means you open yourself to let manifestation flow to you by believing what you need to manifest your desires will come to you and by expecting if-when you take consistent and appropriate actions your desires will manifest into reality as you have asked.

8: LAW OF EXPANSION – Since everything in the universe is energy, the universe is always expanding from lower to higher vibrational states. Change and growth are inevitable because energy is always expanding. The universe expands through chaos, reorganization, and order in an endless cycle of change and growth to create continuous improvement.

9: LAW OF UNFOLDMENT

Your internal map of reality is always changing to reflect your personal state of learning and growth. Your map of reality is always being refined into greater levels of truth as your consciousness unfolds. Unfoldment is a gradual process so that you can learn life lessons at your own pace as you reincarnate through time.

10: LAW OF EMPOWERMENT – If you “let whatever happens be ok”, you are accepting the “default” pattern of karma. Empowerment comes from a conscious decision to take control of karma by accepting absolute and total responsibility for your life and by always consciously acting with loving kindness.

11: LAW OF ALL POSSIBILITIES – There is no end to the joy you can experience or to what you can create. For all the power to get what you want comes from within you. Every moment brings with it new possibilities and opportunities for action. Whatever you can dream, you can do, be, or have in the universe of all possibilities… this is your birthright as a divine being.

12: LAW OF LOVE – Karma begins and ends with love. Karma was created to propel you as Soul on a personal journey of reincarnation through the universe. Karma ends when you have perfected yourself in your ability to love unconditionally. The sole purpose of karma and reincarnation is to bring us all to a state of divine love, joy, and awareness.

What If You Were Psychically Open Since Birth?…

 

 What Does It Mean To Be Psychically Open?

 

I am in my office writing an article. Just as i’m about to finish the last part…The phone rings. I notice the name on the caller id, stop writing to answer the phone. In my head i am thinking about the vibration i feel from the person. I do a  quick reading while holding the phone on my shoulder to see how i should handle this situation with my client. This client has been out of touch. They seemed to have come back to life when i was working with them in the past but after 9 months they went back to where they were. This person did not stop doing all the harmful things right after i started working with them. However they made some huge changes. They had many awakenings, in the daytime and at night during their dreams. i will explain what awakenings are shortly.

 

 

On the other end on the line is a dear client who tells me they have been too depressed to leave their home. They do not sound depressed as they explain their multiple  experiences they have had during their unending depression. I listen silently. Intently. My intuition picked up on their challenges instantly. As i listened i heard about 7 key things that told me what i needed to know to assist my client with their situation.

1. They say they’ve been hearing voices.

2. Have not eaten the way they should be eating.

3. They have been having so many vivid dreams.

4. Sometimes they have thoughts about wanting to die

5. They pop pills to hide from reality

6. They speak about other people in the home being a problem.

7. They stopped bathing regularly

 

 

After the last part there was not much silence. I spoke immediately. What have you been focusing on during this time of depression i asked? They said nothing but making money. I knew that was not true. Psychics can see beyond mere worlds people say, if we choose to. I asked the question again with a couple other questions. At first they did not give the answer that i was looking for. Then after a few minutes they came with the truth. They said they were going through a rough time. As i sat on the other end other end of the line there was no doubt about that. Their aura felt heavy, dark and cold. I knew there was warmth in their heart though. That i could feel it. I smiled before i spoke again.

 

From the start of the phone call…They were intent on telling me a story that came to them in their dream state. I listened. The dream showed exactly what needed to happen to erupt this person from their challenge. This was not a scheduled session so i cut straight to the chase. I knew this client for years. Pass lifetimes even. We have a great connection. I knew what they were about to say. I stopped them.

 

I started off…”Listen, you have energy problems. Let me tell you what is going to bring you success here: 1st of all, if you know you have a problem with being joyful, happy motivated. What should you do?” I asked if they had a plan to stop the constant cycles of depression in their life. They said no, they did not. If you want to stop this you need a plan! A regime would do wonders for you. You have to take charge of your life. Now i understand what the ‘people’ have told you but YOU have the power. You are choosing this life. Are you not? When i asked that question they admitted to not really trying. (We had been here before)

 

I spoke again, you need positive things honey. You have to surround yourself with life. If not you will not remember your goal to stop choosing to be down in the dumps. They started speaking about someone else who is tired of them looking a mess. I stopped them- “Look honey you have a choice, do you not?”  You can be around whomever you desire to. This is up to you. Not them.

 

I know you have thoughts coming to you all day. your nervous system is very sensitive. You have to stay on point with things that make you feel good. Your thoughts are coming from a sick body, they will sabotage your efforts. We all have to IGNORE thoughts that do not suit us. That is your challenge. We know you are open psychically, now what are you going to do about it. You have a gift. But you have to nurture it or it can turn into a nightmare for you. I change you to sit down and write a list of how your day is GOING to look. you hold the key! Then i want you to listen to things that keep you on point all day with sticking to your mission. Look all you need is 21 days! Then the new routine will become a habit.

 

What should you be listening to as someone who is psychically open? For one, listen to music, lectures all things that motivate and inspire you to do whatever you want to be or do. You should be listening to stuff like that daily. Meditation music, uplifting, inspiring. Motivational speakers that specialize in the field of study you want to get into or grow more confident in.

 

 

This story is a story i shared because there are other people in the world who share this experience. The issue with this is: People are being told THEY are not in control of their lives 100% of the time. As a healer i have a sense for motivating people to do their best. Obstacles are always in our lives but they question is: What are we going to do to clear them up. I AM SOLUTION ORIENTED 100% of the time. Back to the story.

 

There are people in the world who believe they have a problem, or that something is permenently wrong with them. There is viable information that most people need to know. If they knew the truth about their bodies and brains they would be able to do so much more in life.

 

The world we live in is far more than most know. As a whole we all do things together. There is one connection we each are a part of that oneness. For instance we all breathe together plus we share the same air too! This has been happening since forever. Also, when we yawn, other people yawn directly after us, or the other way around. Cats and dogs yawn too. It’s funny dogs and cats actually yawn before or after people do. Its a divine chain reaction. The World we live in is a strange world some would say.

 

The same way we share oxygen, we share thoughts as well. What my client is having is a major energy shift in her life. Everything she is going through is nessesary for her to evaluate her life and make a choice. She is at a crossroads. That’s all it is. How many times have we all been at one of those. I’ll answer that for you! It’s been Several times in our lives. We go through life learning lessons during our life to grow, evolve and transform.

 

Here are some key things that can HINDER us from having a balanced nervous system:

 

1. Using DRUGS of ALL OF ALL KINDS including alcohol & weed too.

2. Not getting 7- 8 hours of quality sleep per night.

3. Eating an greasy, fried, over salted & cooked, super sugar unhealthy diet.

4. Watching to much television

5. Unbalanced, unclean environment

6. No game plan

 

Women, men and children are born sometimes with very sensitive nervous systems. This happens all the time. What types of things happen when someone is open in this way? Well, they can be pursuaded to do something without words. they can be pulled to do something through thoughts and energy alone. No one ever taught them (Pranayama)  deep breathing, Meditation, Qi Gong, Tai Qi and yoga exercises to assist them in balancing out their life force energy so they can then live joyfully with mastery of their body. Once everyone is taught such things, the world will be a brand new place. Most people have a thought come to them, they assume its their thought. Often it is not, what kinds of things have people done as a result of not knowing that energy is a thoughts. Energy comes before words do. Always has.

 

 

This is why the Law of Attraction we say you have to ignore thoughts that do not serve to push you further. You must feel good and you must have a plan! A psychically open man woman or child can learn much from understanding how to work: The Law of Attraction in their life. You also need to find a metaphysician who is experienced with balancing the life force. I wrote this because my life was all about this. One day i learned to take hold of my life with doing certain inner and outer work. I have been outstanding ever since! Read more on my story here: About Me

 

Last comment: The details of this story have been changed so no ones personal story is shared with the world. Permission was given to share it though. But i have a strict rule of privacy with my clients.

 

 

Feel Good For Speedy Results

 

Want to tap into the Law of Attraction? Is everyone getting results but you can’t seem to? This may be the missing ingredient. Let’s Go!!!

This is an easy one. Think of it this way: Feeling good assists the universe in bringing things to you. Energy is attracted to energy..its very simple. Likes attracts like. If you begin to generate joy from within now, you will continue to attract joyful things into your life like never before.

Try this sometime: when you are sitting around waiting for something to happen in your life and it doesn’t matter what it is… It could be a phone call for an interview, a call from your loved one or a call for a check that you are waiting for, the phone rarely rings when you sit around feeling stagnant, worried or even angry about something. Its when you move, get up, go to the bathroom or leave the house to run an errand- the phone rings. When you get active so does the energy around you. The universe responds to activity…

 

 

In addition, When you allow the body to feel peace and bliss throughout it, the thoughts that flow from you will be picked up and carried through the universe to attract more of the same. You cannot attract much when you feel bad or unbalanced. It is important to exercise, breathe deep and stay in the zone of feeling good! If you want to create magic in your life, you should first become the thing that you seek. Yes! Its thats the science behind it; Transform you and the universe will change too and all that you are inside will be reflected back through a multitude of resources sent first class straight to you.

There are several ways that you can feel good right now. You can change whatever you are thinking about to a positive thought or one that brings you back to the peace within you.

Feeling good is not a mystery, its all about doing it, playing some music, being around art, singing, dancing and meditation are just some of the ways to feel good. Its important to choose things that support the peace and bliss within you. What I’m speaking of is personally generating energy from within, that assists with co-creation on a regular basis. Finally, enjoying and sharing that energy with others. Constant- optimal- manifestation happens when we remain in a natural state of joy as much as possible.

 

 

 

There are several ways one can choose to feel good. Visualizing your desired present or desired future is one way. Remember this: the goal of Abundance Manifesting is to attract the end result to you. When visualizing you are to focus on only experiencing the end result of having received what you want. For faster results- Its important to see as many details of the goal you are manifesting, colors, smells, textures, etc. Also, smile inside and outside as you experience the feeling of having it.

It is your call! You are always creating more of whatever it is that you see the most in your head. At the same time you are creating more of it in the world too so its a good idea to focus primarily on the end result. Also focus the bulk of your energy on only things you want to see more of, with no exceptions. Otherwise, you will attract an experience of always being in the process of acquiring this or that thing or things you do not want to see. Instead of attracting the end result which is having what you desire and fully enjoying it.

As you go through your day, Are you feeling good? If not just choose to. Play some music, laugh, sing, dance, meditate, go outside and feel the breeze on your face. Whatever you choose- feel the peace within and ride that wave while you imagine and visualize all your goals and dreams. Never doubt the power of the Universe.

 

 

Know that whatever you energize with your thoughts- its coming to you soon. So focus- see the end result of you enjoying your blessings again and again. What are you waiting for? Don’t doubt. You deserve it! Go for it!

Find Out Which Organic Food Companies Owned by Mega Corporations.

It may be shocking to you, but a large number of organic food companies are actually owned by mega corporations such as Pepsi and Kraft. These companies carelessly implant genetically modified ingredients into their food products and are environmentally destructive, but their organic food subsidiary companies are often toted as environmentally safe and health conscious. One such example is the Honest Tea company, which is actually owned by the Coca-Cola company. Perhaps it’s time to see if your favorite organic food company is actually owned by one of these mega companies.

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“Organic” has undergone a transformation from a movement to a $20 billion a year industry in the United States. This project explores the changes in ownership and control that have accompanied the implementation of a federal organic standard. The transition began in the late 1990s, as the US Department of Agriculture moved to replace an existing “patchwork” of differing state/regional standards. Some of these changes are well-hidden, as few companies that have acquired organic brands make these ownership ties apparent on product labels. At least sixteen major organic brands have resisted enormous buyout offers, and remained independent. The overall trend, however, is increasing industry domination by large, transnational corporations.

PepsiCo and Naked Juice: Confused About GMOs

Organic food has its origins in a movement to create a more sustainable food and agricultural system, which grew rapidly in the 1970s. Farmers and their allies eventually developed state and regional standards to certify that foods labeled as organic were actually grown according to the practices that they followed. By the 1990s these standards differed slightly from certifier to certifier. The development of the USDA National Organic Standard in place of this “patchwork” was widely predicted to accelerate trends of increasing corporate involvement in this sector. The first draft of the national standard was released in 1997; this project explores changes in ownership and control have since occurred.

Over the past decade many small organic food brands have been snapped up by giant corporations. Clearly, this can be bad for standards and quality.

Who owns your favorite organic food label? Think most organic products and companies are independent- think again. Odwalla = Coca-ColaGreen and Blacks Chocolate = CadburyCascadian Farms = General Mills. The list goes on and on. In fact, if you see it at a chain grocery store, your favorite organic or natural foods product is probably owned by a big corporation.

It’s no secret that there’s been consolidation in the organic and natural foods industry over the past decade or so. And clearly, consolidation can be bad for standards and quality.

These  Who Owns Organics?  charts have been passed around The Internet for years. Most people are shocked the first time they see them (Hershey’s owns Dagoba?).

Organics have always been big money, even in a recession. This attracts well-capitalized companies who want to invest, and who can blame them?

Mega packaged food companies and investor groups buy successful organic brands that were started by visionaries who began the companies with a commitment to the organic ideal of family farms, a clean environment, and simple food without additives. But often, when the big companies buy in, this ideal flies out the window.

I’ve chosen ten of the more prominent organic and natural brands to survey. I’m comparing the stories they tell their customers to the  likely (and often proven) reality, based on who owns them.

I purposely put all of the prominent, still-independent brands in this list because I want to tell their stories. But this isn’t a story about small vs. big, small being good and big being bad.

All the independents listed below are big companies, but they have the ability to uphold higher standards and work within their missions because they aren’t beholden to the intense scrutiny of the money managers.

Just for fun, can you guess which ones they are?

Amy’s

Amy’s Kitchen is the real deal. Named after the actual daughter of the company’s founders, Amy’s mission was to create a line of vegetarian food products for busy families that would be healthier than typical convenience, frozen, and packaged foods. Started in Petaluma, Ca., the company remains an independent, family-run business to this day and Amy herself blogs about her life as a college student(including her organic agriculture classes at Stanford). The company headquarters is still in Petaluma where the founders live. All Amy’s foods are vegetarian, but not all are organic. I get a kick out of looking at the old photos of the early days on the company website. I try to cook everything from scratch, but if I’m going to eat a frozen meal, make mine Amy’s!

Arrowhead Mills

Owned by Hain-Celestial, which also owns many other natural and organics brands. The good thing about Hain-owned brands is that they don’t generally try to fool their customers. They come right out and say it. The story on Arrowhead’s website is a folksy one about founder Fred Ford in the Texas panhandle, but it clearly states when the company was purchased by Hain. The other good thing about Hain is they specialize in natural and organic foods, so I feel a bit better about buying their brands. But Hain is also partially owned by Heinz, so that’s the reality.

I like Arrowhead because their product line is not processed. They sell mostly whole grains, beans, and nut butters (high quality ones at that). I do wonder where they source their raw ingredients, especially with this line: “bringing deliciously wholesome choices from America’s Heartland to your table.” Though it may not be, that line sounds like pure marketing to me. It’s true that many of these crops can be more cheaply grown in China and I’m not saying that Arrowhead sources from China. I can’t find any evidence of it (or that they buy from anywhere outside the US), but then again, their website and none of the product packages I surveyed for this article state country of origin information. Your guess is as good as mine.

Cascadian Farms

If they have to tell you it’s a real place, there’s something not quite right. Oh, and General Mills owns Cascadian Farms. Founder Gene Kahn was featured in the excellent book, Organic, Inc. defending himself against those who would say that he sold out. General Mills also owns Muir Glen and Small Planet Foods, both of which are mentioned on Cascadian Farms’ website, while General Mills is not. General Mills is one of the largest packaged food companies in the world and has a joint operating agreement with Nestle. In the fourth quarter of 2009, General Mills posted revenues of $3.646 billion. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but it sort of brings the pastoral image into question.

Eden

If you guessed Eden Foods as one of the independents, you guessed right. In this fantastic article the founder of the company tells his story about fending off the advances of multiple large corporations. Why? Because he wanted to run the company his way, with careful attention to the quality of the product and sustainability practices. Eden is probably my favorite organic food company, mostly for being pioneers in BPA-free cans. (Except for the tomatoes, for which they are looking for an option). According to the company’s website, they process their soybeans without toxic chemicals. All Eden soy products are made from multi-tested GEO free, USA family farm organically grown soybeans, with no refined sugar and no synthetic processing aids. They do not add isoflavone supplements or soy protein isolate. All of the above questionable additives and practices are routine in the industry. Plus, they employ people in Detroit, one of the country’s most economically distressed areas. What’s not to like?

Horizon

I’m not sure what the giggling children on the Horizon website have to do with organic milk, in fact, I’m not sure what Horizon has to do with organic milk either. The company is owned by Dean Foods, a huge conglomerate that is said to be in control up to 90% of the milk market in many states. The company has reported record profits this year as dairy farmers all over the country have gone under. The company is currently being sued by farmers and also being investigated by the Justice Department for monopolistic practices. In other news, Horizon has long been accused of selling “fake organic” milk by the Cornucopia Institute. Enough said.

Nature’s Path

I was surprised and delighted when I found out that this Canadian company is still family owned, because I like their products. The son of an ecologically-minded organic farmer, founder Arran Stephens believes in not expanding the company beyond the point where he can personally run it. The company does a lot to support organic farming, packages their products as sustainably as possible, and engages in many green business practices. While I don’t usually eat packaged cereal, if I were going to, I’d buy Nature’s Path over any other brand. There’s some interesting reading on their website about the family and company origins. At first glance the site looks like it was developed as a homey, “real” brand by a team of corporate image experts, but then you read the content and it’s too personal to be branding. So refreshing.

Newman’s Own Organics 

Privately owned by Nell Newman, this company is an offshoot of the original Newman’s Own company, started by Paul Newman. They make tasty snack foods that are less bad for you than the chemical laden non-organic foods, but they are still snack foods and should be used sparingly in favor of real, cooked from scratch food. The company is very transparent about the ingredients in their products. Although the original Newman’s Own company gives tons of money to progressive charities, I don’t see this as part of the Newman’s Own Organics branding.

Organic Valley

Organic Valley is a true cooperative of family farms, meaning all farms that sign on share in the management and the profits. The company is involved in advancing the organic movement through organizations like Rodale Institute. Their website is very interactive. You’ll find various community pages and a cool little calculator that lets users figure out how many pounds of synthetic nitrogen, pesticides and fertilizers they’ve prevented from being released into the soil, air, and water through buying Organic Valley products. I buy my dairy products from local-regional suppliers, but if I’m in a big national grocery chain store and I have a choice between the store brand, Horizon, or Organic Valley, I’ll always choose Organic Valley.

Stonyfield * Please see the response below from Stonyfield Farms.

Depending on whom you ask, founder and CEO Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm is a sell out or a visionary. French company Groupe Danone bought a huge ownership stake in the company, but Hirshberg is still CEO. Critics charge that companies like Stonyfield dumb down organics by engaging in questionable sourcing. A few years ago when the demand for organic milk outstripped supply, Stonyfield was under fire for buying powdered milk from New Zealand and shipping it here to make yogurt. This year, Stonyfield got into trouble with organic farmers because when demand for organic milk went down and the big companies (like Hood, Stonyfield and Horizon) stopped buying or lowered the prices paid farmers, dairy farmers were left holding the bag.

White Wave – Silk

White Wave, the company that makes Silk Soymilk, was once thought of as one of the most exemplary companies in the organic business. When Dean Foods bought the company in 2002 things slowly started changing. They introduced new flavors made with non-organic soybeans, and this year they did something unforgivable to many. They sneakily changed all the Silk soymilk products to natural from organic. They didn’t change the packaging, UPC codes or prices and they didn’t inform consumers or their grocery customers. All they did was very, very quietly change the word “organic” to “natural” on the front of the package. But then what do you expect from Dean Foods? See above.

People buy organic and natural foods for many reasons: their own personal health, the health of the planet, matters of taste and the desire to support family farms. When faced with the dizzying array of choices on the shelves, it’s satisfying to look behind the marketing hoopla and choose the products that are most likely to align with your own personal values.

Below is a response from Stonyfield Farms:

Every organic ingredient we purchase has been certified organic through a rigorous process using third-party certifiers and by meeting other requirements as outlined by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards. Stonyfield was an active participant in the formulation of those standards, and we worked hard for their implementation in 1992. We’re also proud that our organic ingredient purchases support more than 100,000 acres of organic farmland, keeping toxins out of the air, water, soil and food.

We source all of our milk from family farmers in the US. We have not purchased milk from New Zealand. At one time, we did investigate getting organic milk from family farmers in New Zealand in the event that our US organic milk supply couldn’t cover our needs. This situation never came to pass.

Milk for our organic yogurts is sourced through Organic Valley/CROPP and the milk for our organic milk brand is sourced by HP Hood, so we don’t pay farmers directly. What we have done is worked behind the scenes with both these partners to try to lessen the impact on farmers due to an organic milk oversupply and softening consumer demand. Our efforts have included Stonyfield giving a group of Hood-terminated farmers in Maine $50,000 to support their efforts to get a Maine organic milk brand off the ground. It has also included ratcheting up our marketing to try to stimulate sales. We also work hard to communicate the health and environmental benefits of organic food to convince consumers that organic milk is worth the price.   We take our obligations to farmers seriously, and our sourcing practices are constantly reviewed and refined. We pride ourselves on “walking the walk” as well as “talking the talk” as a responsible business and an organic pioneer.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

Unilever bought Ben & Jerry’s for $326 million in 2000

The ice-cream maker said Unilever was determined to nurture Ben & Jerry’s commitment to community values, and its commitment to donate 7.5 percent of profits to social causes.

However, in 2002 the company was accused of abusing its “All Natural” label by the Center for Science and Public Interest and in 2005 Ben & Jerry’s CEO Walt Freese admitted the company had grown soft on continuing its traditions of social consciousness.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

Kellogg’s bought Kashi for $32 million in 2000

Kellogg’s bought the maker of natural cereal for an undisclosed amount.

After the acquisition, customers became afraid of Kashi using genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, known to be used in Kellogg‘s’ cereals.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

ConAgra bought Lightlife Foods in 2000

Lightlife produces vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes like Smart Deli slices and Smart Bacon, which made it a logical acquisition target for ConAgra, one of the world’s largest packaged food companies.

But ConAgra has also fought against some natural food initiatives. In 2002, the company joined its competitors in stopping the state of Oregon’s Measure 27, which would have required it to label products that have genetically-altered ingredients.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

Coca-Cola bought Odwalla for $181 million in 2001

“I think everybody is now chasing nourishment.” said Odwalla President Shawn Sugarma in 2004. “Obesity and its related health problems are a huge concern for anybody in the food business today.”

Known for blends such as C Monster, Mo’ Beta, Rooty Fruity and Viva Las Veggies, the juice and natural food bar makers stopped selling the fresh-squeezed orange juice that had made Odwalla famous since it wouldn’t last the days and weeks the juices are in transit or on the shelf.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

Colgate-Palmolive bought Tom’s of Maine for $100 million in 2006

After the acquisition, Tom’s of Maine loyalists complained about the new toothpaste’s sweet flavor, the new plastic packaging, and the new smell of deodorant soap.

Basically, they complained about everything.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

L’Oréal buys Body Shop for $1.1 billion in 2006

An index that tracked public perception of more than 1,000 consumer brands found that “satisfaction” with Body Shop had slumped by almost half since the deal by Body Shop founder, Dame Anita Roddick, to sell the company to L’Oréal for $1.1 billion.

Campaigners against animal testing and the Swiss multi-national Nestlé, which has a 26 per cent share in L’Oréal, also called for a boycott of Body Shop.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

Clorox bought Burt’s Bees for $913 million in 2007

After the deal went through, scores of customers called Burt’s Bees and accused the company of selling out.

John Replogle, the chief executive of Burt’s Bees, says he personally responded to customers who left their phone numbers.

9 Ethical Small Brands That Are Actually Owned By Major Companies

Mars bought Seeds of Change in 1997.  Seeds of Change was founded as a seed company specializing in organics back in 1989. After candy-giant Mars bought the company, Seeds of Change was allowed to keep running mostly as it did before.

In 2010, Mars decided to close the Seeds of Change Research Farm and Gardens, which boasted thousands of varieties of plants.The shutdown drew criticism because the farm had been synonymous with the brand and was a part of its marketing.

It is the natural progression of business. In 2005, US organics accounted for 2.6% of the food market, growing at a rate of 17-20% a year resulting in a $52 billion industry in 2008.

The plus side

  • Organic food is easy to find, is plentiful and the costs are reasonable.
  • The food is predictable in quality, flavor and taste. Often smaller producers have a smaller production line and work in small batches with less strict ingredient or quality controls. While this can add to the uniqueness, it occasionally can produce unexpected results.
  • It can expand the organic market, adding and converting farmers and updating practices to the mainstream.

The minus side

  • It is difficult for small labels to compete, or expand beyond their local distribution network.
  • Often you will find less variety and more processing as these growing newly-corporate brands age.
  • The companies may begin to change their values, altering and dropping expensive or non-growth-related practices.

What you can do
If this news is troubling to you, try shopping at smaller local stores and farmers markets. These are the best ways to find local organic producers and products. Be proactive- keep up on the practices of your favorite organic brands to ensure they don’t change once acquired by larger corporations. Many organic companies retain their management, values and practices and are managed as a ‘hands off’ brand. Since organic practices can vary from company to company (within the standards), it is always a good idea to know the practices of your favorite brands.

I am not suggesting you should avoid these brands just because they have corporate owners. But it might help you decide where to put your money if there are certain companies whose policies you disagree with. I’m curious, does corporate ownership affect your buying habits?

Organic Processing Industry Structure

The development of the USDA National Organic Standard in place of differing state/regional standards was widely predicted to accelerate trends of increasing consolidation in this sector. The first draft of the standard was released in 1997; what changes in ownership and control have since occurred?

For articles providing more detail on these graphics see:
Howard, Philip H. 2009. Organic Industry StructureMedia-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, 5(3). [online]
Howard, Philip H. 2009. Consolidation in the North American Organic Food Processing Sector, 1997 to 2007International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 16(1), 13-30. [PDF]

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LOA 101: What Do You Want?

 

What do you truly want?

The first step in manifesting what you want is to identify what you want. The Universe needs to know what your heart deeply desires before you can begin the process of manifesting with awareness. If you do not know where you are going, the universe does not know either. Before you answer the question. Please take a few seconds to visualize the universe as unlimited in its source and power. What if you could have everything you wanted without restriction and the rest of the world would still have plenty.

There is no reason to hold back now is there? The universe is already aware of the correct time and space to send you what you desire. As you write down your goals..I want you to be totally unreasonable about the goals you write down. The key to acquiring anything in this life is to first identify what you intend on attracting first.

You must be clear on what you want since the (unlimited stream) we call the universe wants to support your most desired as soon as the time is right. When is one thing you do not have to think about. The universe measures time in a totally different sense than we do. The universe is vast and limitless! You need not be concerned about how or when something will happen. Leave that task to the Forces that be  to take care of.

Again, the first key to having your desires is to identify what they are. For example: What do you want to see in your life 3 years from now, what about 3 months from now or even next month? Start asking questions and write down some answers. This exercise does not have to be too intense, but it is a major step in moving forward on your manifesting journey. Look at it as an opportunity to be the best you can be!

Clarify your goals with joy. Over time you may want to add to your list and tweak it to your liking. That is great. Do not think of writing down your goals as a one time thing. Over time you will definitely have more goals and desires. Remember I said dream big!

Adding to your goals from time to time will keep your list current and in harmony with the direction you are walking in. Here is an example of someones list of goals:

1. abundance in all areas of my life

2. stability

3. I want to win

4. good health

5. a husband and 3 beautiful children

6. to travel the world

7. as a successful business executive

8. a healthy relationship with my family

In a future post you will see how to turn your list of wants into actual affirmations which is a very important step in the law of attraction process.

As time goes on uncertainty about what you desire will go away, then a new vibrancy can flow into your mind and bring to the surface all the things that make you smile. As you watch your desires come to life. You will find even more reasons to smile.

When individuals do not feel open about identifying their goals its because there is usually fear present.

It is important to understand that fear is nothing but a diagnostic message that the kidneys are sending to the brain signaling a call to us for attention. When we experience fear it is not an emotion as we have been conditioned to believe. Instead it is natures alarm from the kidneys to come balance and heal this particular organ.

Please read more about this in the Chinese 5 organ profiling system. This process is quite simple but very comprehensive as well, the body shows us exactly what is out of harmony all the time. We only have to know how to read the signals it sends out. As with everything else in the world, with time, comes greater understanding.

Next just for fun, write a list of things you do not want, put that list on top of the trash, place it in a drawer, in an envelope or throw away the list of things you DO NOT want. Smile as do it. You may want to keep this list tucked away somewhere instead of simply throwing it away for review later. This way you can see the difference it has made in your life to have attracted what you want.

The Law of Karma Defined

Karma as action and reaction: if we sow goodne...

Karma is defined as many things. Some say it’s definition is:  You get what you put out. Whatever you release into the universe, Comes back to you in one way or another.

Some religions say karma is a person who has done bad things in past lifetimes, resulting in misfortune in future lifetimes. Karma is also defined as obstacles too. Karma is also birth, aging, sickness, and death.

Karma is not a punishment or reward but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts from a past action. According to some Indian religions. Karma is not fate. They believe we have  free will, so we are always free to  create our own destiny.

Take a look at the another notion of karma. Westerners say words like: You reap what you sow, live by the sword die by the sword or what goes around comes around. In other words: What we put out is returned to us.We can expect the same result when we do something for or against another. This is like the Law of Attraction in some ways. Ex: If you think about a person with a good or bad intention for them you are sending energy at that moment.

English: Karma Dance

You move on in your life however, At some point in your life that energy will be reflected back to you. Karma will return to the person in some way, no one knows how or when though. The karmic return will happen whenever the universe finds the time to complete its karmic cycle. Other religions say The law of cause and effect is another way of saying The Law of Karma. The life should be measured by the amount of karmic debt one has.

Karma plays an important role in determining how one’s life should be lived.In another notion about The Law of Karma it is said that before we came to earth we choose how (and when) to receive the challenge of earthly life lessons of retribution for the wrong done in previous lives. This could have taken the form of Disabilities, physical or mental impairment or even a stagnant life are due to the choices one makes before being born into a new life and into new body on earth.Whatever we put out will potentially come back to us in some way. It’s important to know about Karma.

In Indian religions is the concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) originating in ancient India and treated in Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh philosophies. The idea that the moral quality of one’s actions influences one’s rebirth is absent from India until the period of the shramana religions, and the Brahmins appear to have adopted this idea from other religious groups.

English: Shri 1008 Mahavir Swami

In the west, karma is often confused with concepts such as the soul, psychic energy, synchronicity (a concept originally from psychoanalyst Carl Jung, which says that things that happen at the same time are related), and ideas from quantum or theoretical physics. There is an absolute connection between Karma and quantum physics But that would be an even longer article to break down the argument. We will keep it simple on this article.

Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life. In some definitions of Karma; The effects experienced are also able to be reversed by good actions and are not necessarily a sealed fate. Yey!

That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment. So it is not only a thing with karma where it is of a spiritual nature but it is also the inner workings of something larger than you and I working as a constant, limitless law that must be carried out no matter what is going on, at all times and in all spaces.

A symbol of Jainism consisting of a hand and a...

So the law of attraction and the law of karma are very similar, yes? Though they are still different. The Law of Attraction states that you are always attracting like a magnet to you, as a result of your thoughts and karma, you receive back what you put out.

And based on this karmic count you must repeat certain lessons on the earthly plane until you correct all that you have done outside of divine order. There is a strong connection between the two of these Laws but they are very different.

It seems The Law of Karma is the consequence of the actions that are out of alinement divine order that follows us for several incarnations until we fulfill the Karmic debt by setting things right and The Law of Attraction is what we use to reject and attract things magnetically moment to moment with our feelings, thoughts and actions.

It is important to watch what you do, think and speak. Why you might ask? Because you will create more of that in the world and you will attract more of it to you. So there, go forth and enjoy life fully knowing that, it is truly beautiful! Plus you have a paint brush to make is as colorful as you choose to!

Introduction to the Law of Attraction

Manifesting happens everyday whether we want it to or not, we are always attracting things and people to us. The absolute key to Manifesting without missing a mark, is to do so with confident intention and complete awareness.

There is so much an individual can do to transform their present situation into a one that is more rich with experiences, peaceful and resourceful. For ultimate success we should be mindful of several items from day to day. This may seem like a heavy burden, but trust me it is just a bit more than you may be doing right now.

You will see, this is small measure of work to do. I do promise, this new process to be worth every single moment for you. It is true, Most people don’t think they have the time to add even one more detail to their daily routines. I will show you that changing your thinking is the first step restructuring any situations.

There will be some reprogramming that will need to happen on your part to see results sooner than later. You will see your life reshaping right before your very eyes, as you enter this process with new information.

Making a change has never been as rewarding for us on the inside as well as the outside. The changes we make now have the chance propel us to a constant balance that so many beings seek. The keys to co- creating are in you. Once you experience the direct influence that you have on your world, that is it. You can have the life you knew you were meant to live right here, right now. Full of good health, resources and surrounded with all that you want.

Before we can have abundance in our lives, we have to make some assessments to highlight past patterns but, Also to identify the areas we should do differently. This cannot be overlooked if an individual wants to be proactive in the world. So again the beginning of Building and Maintaining Abundance is is to process our current perception of reality with a fine toothed comb before we can expect to see any lasting improvements in our lives now or in the future. The next document will detail a couple of options to do so.

The 5 Step Process to Attract Abundance

The 5 Step Process to Attract Abundance

Learn the Art of Attracting Abundance using The Law of Attraction. These two laws make a perfect pair! The solution to everything we desire, want and need. Is in using a word that will active everything at once. The word Abundance covers everything!

1. Start by writing down two goals- to start the process. Think carefully of what it is you want to see or see more of in your life. Dream big, do not hold back.

2. Next, Keep the paper on your body as you go through your day, Then visualize having the desired goals already feel it, experience and enjoy the joy in your body of acquiring these two things all day.. do this at least 6 times or more each day..take 3-5 minutes each time to focus on them..see pictures of them… smile as much as possible too..

3. Verbalize these words several times a day

In the car (KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD), in a bathroom mirror, anytime anywhere

4. Say thanks to the source. It does not matter whether you believe a particular spirituality or not, what is important here is to give thanks for what you are about to receive,and while you are expressing gratitude, you are also showing the universe that you no you are not making your blessing happen alone. Moreover, when giving thanks you are acknowledging that something higher and bigger than you is partnering with you to make things happen in your life and that you are a joyful co-creator.

The 5th Step is to Say YES to abundance! Smile inside and out. Be open to receiving the energy that you sent out, only this time- the universe will return the love by completely reflecting the light back to you in a magnitude of ways. Watch.

~Sereda Aleta Dailey

Ancestral Insight

One thing an ancestor once said: We must do our research and make sure we aren’t just saying whatever comes to our mind when we speak..they also said that when we ask for divine incite into the situations in our lives..we should be silent..and answers will come..then we’re usually able share and teach from a personal experience and not just saying things randomly to get the ball rollin, to debate or vent ..either way; they said, there is a lack of study in the world..if there were more of it we would share more understanding of one another and how we fit with others and nature too.. ~My Ancestors Sharing Blissful Wisdom~