Sunday, March 5, 2017

Width of a Horse's Ass

 Over two thousand years ago, the Imperial Roman Empire attempted to conquer the world. They built the first long-distant roads in Europe (and England) for their army to access the new lands. These roads have been used ever since.

The standard Roman war chariots were initially created just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. These Roman chariots formed the initial ruts in these newly-formed roads.

Those who utilized the roads thereafter spaced their wheels to prevent the wagon wheels from being damaged on the ruts. The distance between the ruts was 4 feet & 8.5 inches. Thus, all future wagons in Europe (and England) were built to match the ruts in all of the roads. If they were built with different wheel spacing, wagon wheels would be subject to damage or being broken.

When the British created the pre-railroad tramways, they used the same gauge -- 4 feet & 8.5 inches between wheels, because those who built the tramways utilized the same jigs and tools they used for building horse-drawn wagons -- thus, same wheel spacing.

When the British built their first railroad tracks, they used the same gauge -- 4 feet & 8.5 inches -- still in use today.

When the Unites States created the U.S. railroad system, the U.S. standard railroad gauge was 4 feet & 8.5 inches.

Time Marches on -- the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The Morton-Thiokol Company manufactured the solid rocket boosters (SRBs) at their factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs preferred to make them larger (wider) but were constrained by the US railroad gauge of 4 feet & 8.5 inches because the railroad line from the factory runs through a tunnel in a mountain. Since the SRBs had to fit within the tunnel, the engineers deigned them to a smaller size.

In January of 1986, the space shuttle Challenger ended in tragedy and the death of 7 crew members, attributed to a solid-fueled Thiokol rocket booster.

In 1989, Morton & Thiokol split -- the chemical division went with Morton and the propulsion division went with Thiokol, Inc.

In 1998, Thiokol changes its company name to Cordant Technologies.

It's ironic how much impact being a horse's ass can make on the world. And in human history, there have always been more horse's asses than horses.

Quote for the Day -- “He's of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger.... he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.” William Shakespeare

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and has a driveway of two worn ruts in the earth, wide enough for a standard automobile, leading out to a dirt county road, wide enough for about 11 horse's asses.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Human Energy Field

Dr. Barbara Brennan is a former NASA physicist. She received a B.S. degree in Physics in 1962 and an M.S. degree in Atmospheric Physics in 1964 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

She later embarked on the studies of the human energy field, which included:
  • 2-year program on Therapeutic Counseling at the Community of the Whole Person in Washington, D.C.
  • 3-year program on Core Energetics at the Institute of Core Energetics in NYC
  • 5-year program on Spiritual Healership at the Phoenicia Pathwork Center in Phoenicia, NY

She became a Pathwork Helper and Core Energetics therapist. In 1977, she developed her own private healing practice, which included establishing training programs to teach others.

In 2001, she received a PhD in Philosophy from Greenwich University in Australia and a Doctorate in Theology from Holos University.

Dr. Brennan has devoted the last 35 years to research and exploration of the human energy field. She is a world-renown healer and author of the best-seller book, HANDS OF LIGHT -- A GUIDE TO HEALING THROUGH THE HUMAN ENERGY FIELD.

"I can tell you that anything that happens in the physical body will happen in the pattern of the energy fields first. The body is a self-healing organism, so it's really about clearing things out of the way so the body can heal itself." Barbara Brennan

In her book, HANDS OF LIGHT, Dr. Brennan describes a 7-layer model of the human energy field.

1) Etheric/Vital Energy Body
  • exists up to 2 inches from the human body
  • a blueprint containing all the structures in the body
  • provides life, health, vitality
  • maintains the yin/yang balance
  • is expressed by physical sensations, such as pain or pleasure

2) Emotional Energy Body
  • exists 1 to 3 inches from the physical body
  • the body's consciousness
  • flow of emotional energy
  • is expressed as emotions, such as fear, love, hatred
  • observed as bright colors, changing and shifting with emotional states

3) Mental Energy Body
  • exists 3 to 8 inches from the physical body
  • structured body of consciousness
  • is expressed in terms of thought, images
  • observed as structured layers of yellow lines

4) Astral Energy Body
  • exists 6 to 12 inches from the physical body
  • formless, shapeless zone
  • provides imagination and psychic ability
  • dreams, desires, fantasies, visions, hallucinations
  • observed as shapeless colors as in the emotional body, infused with the rose light of love

5) Etheric Template Body
  • exists 12 to 24 inches from the physical body
  • spiritual plane
  • expresses a higher will
  • acts as a blueprint for the energy body
  • those who fail are weak in this layer of the energy field
  • observed as a space where the body would be and density where space would be

6) Celestial Energy Body
  • exists 24 to 30 inches from the physical body
  • feelings of joy and unconditional love
  • spiritual ecstasy
  • observed as beautiful shimmering light

7) Ketheric Template Body
  • exists 30 to 42 inches from the physical body
  • creative thoughts
  • higher knowledge
  • spiritual inspiration
  • overall shaped like an egg
  • forming a template of the inner energy bodies
  • observed as fine threads of golden-silver light

"All suffering is caused by the illusion of separateness, which generates fear and self-hatred, which eventually causes illness. You are the master of your life. You can do much more than you thought you could, including cure yourself of a terminal illness." Barbara Brennan

Dr. Barbara Brennan's 2nd book is LIGHT EMERGING -- THE JOURNEY OF PERSONAL HEALING in which she describes the dimension of intentionality, called "hara" -- the foundation of the human energy field, as seen by the human aura.

The hara is a property that holds the human body in material manifestation until the "life purpose" is fulfilled. When the hara is healthy, the person acts effortlessly to fulfill their life purpose.

Thus, healing the intentionality of the individual (the hara) also heals the human energy field, thereby healing the physical body.

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Perhaps the emotion that breaks your heart is also the one able to heal it.

The human energy field is an indicator of wellness. Alternative forms of healing that stimulate the energy fields have become popular and main stream in many circles.

The soul expresses itself through the physical body, ethereal energy body and mental capacity. Your wellness is in your own hands.

“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.” Carolyn Myss

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where self-healing is an inside-out process.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Shaman and the Spirit World

Shamanism is a way to connect with all of nature and beyond.

A Shaman is a person who is able to access the Spirit World for purposes of healing and divination, a ceremonial and spiritual leader among indigenous cultures worldwide, often referred to as a Medicine Man or Woman in Native American culture.

Shamans have dreams or visions that carry certain messages. Some shamans have spirit guides who direct the shaman in their journeys in the Spirit World. The spirit guides are always present within the shaman -- others may also encounter the spirit guide when the shaman is within a trance, which is energized by the spirit guide.

A shaman has the ability to cleanse negative energy that disrupts a soul. When within the Spirit World, a shaman may also retrieve lost portions of a human soul and return the lost parts to the human soul.

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According to the Navajo people of the American southwest, sometimes it becomes necessary to create a doorway between the two halves of the world -- the people of time (human beings on Earth) and the timeless people (spirits in another realm).

For the Navajo, this doorway is created by sand paintings -- the art of pouring colored sands or pigments onto a surface in order to create a "sand painted" design.

A traditional Navajo hogan is a circular, one-room dwelling. For a healing ceremony, to cure a physical or emotional illness, a small group will gather in a hogan, where a shaman (Medicine Man) will create an elaborate symbolic design by pouring the colored sands loosely upon the ground of the hogan. The symmetry (order) of the sand painting symbolizes the harmony that the ill patient desires to reestablish in their life.

There are up to 1,000 different traditional sand painting designs within the Navajo culture, with more than 30 different designs associated with a particular ceremony. These sand paintings are considered to be living spiritual beings, to be treated with great respect.

When the healing ceremony begins, the patient is directed to sit on the sand painting whereupon the shaman sings a long prayer. The sand painting is intended to act as a portal to attract the spirits, allowing the spirits to come and go into the patient as needed.

This healing ceremony traditionally continues from dusk to dawn for two consecutive nights. At the end of the ceremony, when the sand painting has served its purpose by absorbing the illness, the sand painting is destroyed.

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The Plains Indians, Lakota and Oglala Sioux, perform a ceremonial ritual when faced with the loss of a loved one. They traditionally create a medicine bundle that includes an item of the deceased person's clothing or some other special item they valued in life.

The soul of the deceased is then "invited" to reside in the medicine bundle. Thus, the grieving person is able to ritually care for the deceased by nourishing them their love. They will also sleep with the medicine bundle and ritually bathe them.

The bereaved cares for the medicine bundle for exactly one year. The following day, the medicine bundle will be opened, thereby releasing the soul of the loved one, and the grieving period will then cease. In this manner, the grief of the loss of the loved one will promptly end because the tribal shaman felt it would be detrimental to the entire community if the grieving continued too long.

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In Peru, the Shipibo Indians believe that illness is a breakdown of the body's energy system. The Shipido shaman embarks on a visionary journey into the Dreamtime to receive healing symbols from the spirits to restore harmony within an ill person.

When the shaman returns from the spiritual journey, they paint the symbols encountered in the journey onto the body of the ill patient, using a strong dye. These symbolic designs contain energetic patterns, embodying a spiritual power, that impose a strong intention within the subconscious body and soul of the patient, thereby enhancing the sufferer's own inner ability to become well again.

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The Kuna Indians of Panama create wooden medicine dolls used in rituals for ill patients. The medicine dolls are carved from a sacred tree and blessed by a shaman. The spirit of the tree, within the medicine doll, journeys into the spirit realm to locate and retrieve a lost soul part required for healing the patient.

To the Kuna people, the medicine dolls are alive and are to be honored with respect. The medicine dolls may also help to heal the Earth and send messages through a shaman about how to deal with various aspects affecting their lives.

In return for the medicine doll's assistance in their lives, the Kuna people consider the medicine dolls to be extended members of the family. The medicine dolls are ceremonially fed and bathed with the smoke of burning cacao beans.

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The shaman is a mediator for their community and culture. They enter the Spirit World on behalf of the community, including encountering the spirits of the deceased. By doing so, the shaman eases unrest and settles issues. In return, the shaman delivers gifts to the spirits.

Be silent and listen to the messages of your soul -- whatever happens to your body, your eternal soul will remain whole.

Quote for the Day -- “We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.” Carlos Castaneda

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where the human body is a container for an eternal soul.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dante's Inferno

Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) was an Italian poet. His epic poem, the Divine Comedy, is considered to be one of the world's greatest poems.

When Alighieri died in 1321, parts of his manuscript of the Divine Comedy were missing. For several months, his sons, Jacopo and Pietro, searched the house and all of their father's papers for the missing parts but could not find them.

One night, Jacopo had a dream wherein his father appeared dressed in white and bathed in a heavenly light. Jacopo asked his father if he had completed the poem. His father indicated he had indeed completed the work and showed Jacopo a secret place within his chamber where he had hidden it.

Jacopo went to the place his father had told him the manuscript was kept -- a small blind affixed to the wall. Lifting the blind, Jacopo found a small compartment. Inside were some papers, covered with mold. Carefully removing the dust and mold, the Divine Comedy was now complete.

Sometimes, ghosts can be very helpful.

The Divine Comedy begins in a dark forest, which leads into the Inferno (hell), followed by heaven and purgatory.

Dante's Inferno has nine circles.

1) Limbo -- for those who were not baptized or do not believe in Christianity -- clear skies, green fields, pleasant villas.

2) Lust -- for those inclined to exercise excessive lust, leading to commit sexual sins such as adultery -- punishment includes being blown around by strong winds with great force.

3) Gluttony -- for those who indulged in excessive abuse of food and other substances -- punishment involves being tossed into foul-smelling slush while being beaten by storms and icy rain -- a nasty, 3-headed creature named Cerberus guards this realm.

4) Avarice -- for those who waste and hoard -- excessive spenders and misers -- punishment is eternal pushing of large bags of wealth -- this realm is guarded by Plutus, the Greek god of wealth.

5) Anger & Moodiness -- for those filled with wrath and find no joy in anything -- a stinking swamp in a thick fog where the wrathful float and fight with each other, while the joyless lay beneath the surface.

6) Heresy -- for those who have committed the most malicious sins -- the beginning of lower hell, called the City of Dis, where the air is hot and dry -- punishment involves being captive in a large white marble mausoleum or within hot iron tombs.

7) Violence -- this realm has three rings associated with three types of violence -- the outer ring is for those who have committed violence against people or property, where they are immersed in a river of blood -- the middle ring is for those you have committed violence (or suicide) against themselves, where they will be entangled in thorny bushes which are being eaten by shrews -- the inner ring is for those who have committed violence against God or nature (blasphemers, usurers, sodomites) where they are eternally confined to a hot desert where fiery rain pours from the sky.

8) Fraud -- for those who have committed treachery or fraud -- panderers, flatterers, false prophets, corrupt politicians, thieves, hypocrites, creators of discord, evil counselors -- this realm is guarded by Greyon, a creature that personifies fraud, with an honest face and the body of a serpent with a tail containing a poisonous sting.

9) Treachery -- for the biggest sinners of all -- the traitors -- unbearably cold with four concentric zones, where each zone is for different kinds of traitors -- traitors to kindred -- traitors to hosts or guests -- traitors to country -- traitors to benefactors.

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Dante Alighieri

Yes, indeed -- Dante Alighieri was a fun guy -- his vision of the nature of humanity and sin probably qualified for him for spending eternity in one of his nine circles of hell -- or perhaps he was just having a bad hair day when he wrote it.

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.

Quote for the Day -- "If you're going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where hell is a state of mind.