Who really wants to find out that everything they thought was real was nothing but a pocket full of dreams? Who wants to find out that everything they hold onto and cling to is the very reason that they suffer? Who really wants to find out that we’re all addicted to qualities like approval, recognition, control, and power, and that none of these things actually brings an end to suffering? In fact, they’re the cause of suffering! So the truth is that most of us don’t really want to wake up. We don’t really want to end suffering. What we really want to do is manage our suffering, to have a little bit less of it, so that we can just go on with our lives as they are, unchanged, the way we want to live them, maybe feeling a little better about them. 

~ Adyashanti

Solar Minimum / Climate Change

Questions posed during a February Hangout hosted by Fact or Fiction with Tiffany, MindofanEmpath regarding Solar Minimum and Climate Change.  

Solar Minimum with Tiff hosted by Fact or Fiction

These are the questions posed throughout the hangout and sources used.

1.  Can you explain in layman’s terms what is a solar cycle?

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.livescience.com/33345-solar-cycle-sun-activity.html?client=ms-android-sprint-us

2.  Can you please explain TSI and how this has been recorded in the past and now?  

https://glory.gsfc.nasa.gov/overview-tsi.html

http://www.geochembio.com/ecology/climate-components/solar-irradiation.html

http://www.geochembio.com/ecology/climate-components/solar-irradiation.html

3. Which cycle are we in now? When did it start and what is the criteria for changing into the next solar cycle?

http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/06/25/the-sun-goes-blank-again-during-the-weakest-solar-cycle-in-more-than-a-century/

4.  Are we in Solar Maximum or Minimum and what is the different?

5.  When we look at the distance past, to calculate data, we know through the historical accounts that during the early medieval and u to the 19th century that we were in a little mini ice age. French Revolution, the decline of the Vikings, The Renaissance, The Black Death and the fall of the Spanish Empire were all products of the little ice age, which was a 500 year period of history in which the climate cooled treat. Obviously, this effected agriculture and the order of society around the globe. The cold changed the crops in Europe (Now we have GEO’s). Folks then could no longer grow grapes in Germany and England like they did before. The potato became popular in Europe because it grew underground and could handle the cold berr. As agriculture suffered, traders and merchants sought goreign land, which launched the age of discovery. To sum it up, the popularity of beer and potatoes are a result in this change. As is the Protestant Reformation and the age of exploration and Renaissance. Our lives today are greatly affected because of e little ice age on the people at the time. Taking into account the recent recorded historical accounts, and what is banded about today as to regards ‘global warming’ / climate change – will see the true effects of a solar minimum likened with that of the mini ice age.

If so why, if not why?

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/solarmin-max.html
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theweathernetwork.com/amp/news/no-mini-ice-age-from-new-grand-solar-minimum/54340?client=ms-android-

8. What are contributing factors?
9. Is climate change the same as global warming?

 

10. Why is climate change happening?

 

11. What is the greenhouse effect and how does it affect the climate?

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/global-warming-rain-snow-tornadoes.html#.WJ8lWhlOnqA

12. Does the ozone hole have anything to do with climate change?

https://www2.ucar.edu/global-warming-climate-change/faq/what-does-ozone-hole-have-do-climate-change

13. Has the earth’s climate changed before and what’s different about climate change today?

https://skepticalscience.com/climate-change-little-ice-age-medieval-warm-period.htm

14. Why is it a problem if the earth’s average temperature gets a little warmer?

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.livescience.com/10325-living-warmer-2-degrees-change-earth.html?client=ms-android-sprint-us

15. How can the earth be getting warmer if it’s colder than usual where I live?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mercury.postlight.com/amp%3Furl%3Dhttps://www.newsdeeply.com/arctic/articles/2017/01/03/the-polar-vortex-is-back-and-a-warmer-arctic-may-be-to-blame?client=ms-android-sprint-us

16. What are the most visible signs of climate change?
http://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

17. Can climate harm plants and animals?http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2015/02/03/climate-change-poses-challenges-to-plants-and-animals/

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Presentation played within hangout

Between the early 14th and late 19th centuries, a period of cooling known as the Little Ice Age chilled the planet. Europe bore the brunt of its ill effects, experiencing harsh and fickle weather for several centuries and especially from 1560 to 1660. Scientists continue to debate the cause and timeline of the cold spell, which has been blamed for catastrophes ranging from droughts and famines to wars and epidemics. According to the latest study, described by an international team in this week’s Geophysical Research Letters, volcanic eruptions just before the year 1300 triggered the expansion of Arctic sea ice, setting off a chain reaction that lowered temperatures worldwide. Two periods of unusually low sunspot activity are known to have occurred within the Little Ice Age period: the Spörer Minimum (1450–1540) and the Maunder Minimum (1645–1715). Both solar minimums coincided with the coldest years of the Little Ice Age in parts of Europe.  

This video showcases beautiful pieces of art which were commissioned during that period which contribute towards the historical record

For daily updates on Spaceweather and information on the sun.
Climate Change and Solar Cycles Blog by Mindofanempath. Fabulously written with tons of resourceshttps://mindofanempath.wordpress.com/…
Twiggie, 2017

Pray for Brazil

In light of all the recent tragedies the world has been facing, please take your time to also pray for Brazil, which is currently going through one of the biggest environmental disasters in its history.
  
For those of you who dont know, on November 5, two huge water dams between Mariana and Ouro Preto, in the state of Minas Gerais, broke. The dams were located in a very industrial region, thus the dam water is filled with manganese and iron dejects, and these are lethal to both animals and nature. With the breaking of the dams, a huge surge of mud has washed over these cities, as well as many others,destroying everything in its way. More than 2000 people have been affected, although the number is continuously growing. The nature that once used to grow there is completely covered, and many plants and animals will probably become extinct.
 
 As of right now, the mud has already affected two states (MG and ES). However, that is not the biggest problem. The mud is close to reaching the Rio Doce. This river is the main water supplier of the region, if not the only. Once the mud reaches the river, it will disappear and there will no longer be water for those who depend on it. As many brazilians are saying, “A morte do Rio Doce”, or Rio Doce´s death. The consequences will most likely be deadly.
  
  
This is, of course, a very brief summary of what is happening. But please, #PrayforBrazil.

Sources 

http://noticias.uol.com.br/meio-ambiente/ultimas-noticias/redacao/2015/11/13/rio-doce-precisa-de-acoes-para-garantir-sobrevida-e-tera-danos-por-decadas.htm
http://g1.globo.com/minas-gerais/noticia/2015/11/barragem-de-rejeitos-se-rompe-em-distrito-de-mariana.html

http://noticias.uol.com.br/meio-ambiente/ultimas-noticias/redacao/2015/11/14/crise-hidrica-no-rio-doce-pode-piorar-devido-a-enxurrada-de-lama.htm
Twiggie 2015. 

Follow the light of your own truth. 

  
No matter what you’re experiencing right now, it’s okay to have hope. In fact, your soul is probably begging for it. Hope is expansive and allows us to receive our prayers. Sometimes, we have to become the person for whom our prayers can be answered in order to have them answered at all. The truth is, when we tighten up, contract and loose hope, we disconnect ourselves from ourselves and in doing so, we disconnect from source energy. We jump into our minds and out of our being; therefore, we can’t even SEE the answer, the subtle cues or the lit up path because we’re disengaged from our internal guidance system. Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. So, if we want to change our reality, we have to change our thinking, we have to change our consciousness and we have to be willing and vulnerable enough to relax into hope; even if it’s little at a time. In this way, hope becomes a conscious prayer that expands us into receiving mode. By allowing hope, we literally change the dial of our own frequency and create a new rhythm, the rhythm that the Universe feels, responds to, and reflects back into our experience. 
Miss Metamorphisis 

History and meaning of Slavic Swastika,Kolovrat’

The earliest swastika ever found was uncovered in Mezine, Ukraine, carved on an ivory figurine, which dates an incredible 12,000 years, and one of the earliest cultures that are known to have used the Swastika was a Neolithic culture in Southern Europe, in the area that is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the Vinca Culture, which dates back around 8,000 years.
Indo European nations in this case the Slavs and Vedic culture of Indo-Aryans attached great importance to the cross-like objects in history. The Swastika, known in Slavic world as Kolovrat was a sacred symbol that carried a huge significance in Early Slavic culture.
Swastika or Kolovrat symbolised infinite values in our culture for example from mythological aspect the spinning wheel symbolised the infinity and repeating the cycle (the fight between Slavic Gods Perun and Veles) in fight between Good and Evil.

Kolovrat and Swastika also beside the never ending cycle symbolised the … Sun, that grants us life and warmth. Just as among other Indo-European cultures as Germanic, Latin, Celtic, Vedic (Indian) and early, pre-arabic Iran, among Slavs some of the oldest examples of Slavic Kolovrat Swastikas have been found in Ukraine.

There are also early Indo-European Slavs with these symbols found in Tarim Basin in China – mummies of proto-Slav. 

  

  
The Tarim mummies are a series of mummies discovered in the Tarim Basin in present-day Xinjiang, China, which date from 1900 BCE to 200 CE. Some of the mummies are frequently associated with the presence of the Indo-European Tocharian languages in the Tarim Basin, although the evidence is not totally conclusive. Research into the subject has attracted controversy, due to ethnic tensions in modern day Xinjiang. 

There have been concerns whether DNA results could affect claims by Uyghur peoples of being indigenous to the region. In comparing the DNA of the mummies to that of modern day Uyghur peoples, Victor H. Mair’s team found some genetic similarities with the mummies, but no direct links, stating that “modern DNA and ancient DNA show that Uighurs, Kazaks, Krygyzs, the peoples of Central Asia are all mixed Caucasian and East Asian… the modern and ancient DNA tell the same story.”

He concludes that the mummies are Caucasoid, likely speakers of an Indo-European language; that East Asian peoples “began showing up in the eastern portions of the Tarim Basin about 3,000 years ago… while the Uighur peoples arrived after the collapse of the Orkon Uighur Kingdom, largely based in modern day Mongolia, around the year 842.

  
  Images of this cross-like symbol among Slavs and other Indo-European Aryan groups vary a lot, and there has been historically found over 144 variations of this symbol.

In other words the Swastika and Kolovrat constantly evolved during their history, each Indo-European group developed their own types over time. Unlike the Christian Cross with it’s fixed design, the Swastika and Kolvorat evolved and today this is the reason so many archaeological excavations find different varieties of this once magical symbols, in other words like life, sun or spinning wheel Kolovrat is in constant cycle and it changes.

  
Symbol of Swastika and Kolovrat have been used in early Indo-European astronomy, the interaction of the Spirit and Matter, Life and Death, Darkness or Light and even Truth or Lies.

The so called moving cross of Indo-European populations today is displayed in rich variety of graphic forms and coloration’s. In Slavic mythology the Swastika or Kolovrat was also called the “little sun” and in the early phases of Slavic Pagans it was the symbol of the Sun God = ,Svarog’ (in Polish also ,Swarożyc’).

Wooden Slavic monuments called “Idols” were usually depictions of Slavic gods and on most of these Idols Slavs used to engrave them with Swastika.

  
Also during burials the Symbol of Swastika or Kolovrat was also engraved on wooden Idols above graves of deceased ones as a symbol of eternity and constant cycle between Life and Death.

Swastika or Kolovrat as a symbol was first published in the book “Prasłowiańskie motywy architektoniczne” (In english: “Early Slavic Architectural Motifs”) back in 1923 by a Polish painter Stanisław Jakubowski after his inspection of the early Slavic symbolism found from various historical sources.

  
Embroidery among Slavs is one of the oldest crafts and in history Kolovrat was one of the most common symbols. Today there Kolvorat as a symbol is gaining large popularity among neo-pagan Slavic groups holding Kolovrat as the symbol of their identity. Many neo-Nazi groups also use these symbols which makes Kolovrat symbol usage dubious and matter of on going discussion so many country ban usage of Nazi Germany Swastika and punish the usage of the same by law, however Swastika symbol (such as Kolovrat) and similar version are allowed as religious and historical symbol for usage to anyone. The swastika as a religious and cultural symbol is not the property of the Germans only, but it is widely known and respected symbol in the whole Europe and Asia. Confusing this fact with the period of World War II is a mistake, just as Hitler mistaken many things about Slavs.
TwiggieTruth 

We are star stuff. Keep looking up.

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There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky with wonder and longing—for the same reason that we stand, hour after hour, gazing at the distant swell of the open ocean.

There is something like an ancient wisdom, encoded and tucked away in our DNA, that knows its point of origin as surely as a salmon knows its stream.

images-1Intellectually, we may not want to return there, but the genes know, and long for their origins—their home in the salty depths.

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But if the seas are our immediate source, the penultimate source is certainly the heavens…

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The spectacular truth is—and this is something that your DNA has known all along

the very atoms of your body, the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on

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were initially forged in long-dead stars.

This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless, country sky,

you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards.

We are star stuff. Keep looking up.