Persian New Year
by Living Empowered® on December 11, 2011 at 5:06 AM
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Norooz is the traditional ancient Iranian festival and also the start day of Iranian "New Year". Norooz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. Haft Sīn (هفت سین) or the seven 'S's is a major tradition of Norooz. The haft sin table includes seven specific items starting with the letter 'S' or Sīn (س) in the Persian alphabet. The Haft Sīn items are: * sabzeh - wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth * samanu - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence * senjed - the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love * sīr - garlic - symbolizing medicine * sīb - apples - symbolizing beauty and health * somaq - sumac berries - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise * serkeh - vinegar - symbolizing age and patience Other items on the table may include: * Sonbol - Hyacinth (plant) * Sekkeh - Coins - representative of wealth * traditional Iranian pastries such as baghlava, toot, naan-nokhodchi * Aajeel - dried nuts, berries and raisins * lit candles (enlightenment and happiness) * a mirror (symbolizing cleanness and honesty) * decorated eggs, sometimes one for each member of the family (fertility) * a bowl of water with goldfish (life within life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving) * rosewater, believed to have magical cleansing powers * the national colours, for a patriotic touch * a holy book (e.g., the Avesta, Qur'an, Bible, Torah, or Kitáb-i-Aqdas) and/or a poetry book (almost always either the Shahnama or the Divan of Hafez)
by Living Empowered® on December 11, 2011 at 4:49 AM
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How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil - An Interview with Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Traditions http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/virgin_coconut_oil.htm In this interview Brian Shilhavy explains how he and his wife, Marianita, discovered Virgin Coconut Oil during the years they lived on Mt. Banahaw in the Philippines. They were the first ones to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the US. He explains how their Gold Label brand is still made the traditional way by hand, is certified organic, and has been tested to contain the highest amounts of antioxidants among all other brands of virgin coconut oil in the Philippines.
Polish Easter Egg Traditions
by Living Empowered® on December 11, 2011 at 4:43 AM
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Different techniques from different regions.Ray Vargas explains many of the different techniques, from different regions in Poland, to create beautiful Easter Eggs. Malowanki, Wyklejanki, Nalepianki, Pisanki and more. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/polish/polish.htm
Voodoo the most ancient tradition of man...
by Living Empowered® on December 11, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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The blood is demanded by the Orishas to be shed as a cleanser from all ills. The same way our lord Jesus shed his blood for all of us. The same way Jehovah wanted to be worship by us. Vodoo represents the true worship of the original man and woman...the Africans.
Ancient Healing Traditions: Kerala Ayurv...
by Living Empowered® on December 11, 2011 at 4:20 AM
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http://www.ayurvedaacademy.com Doctor Suhas explores the common thread of ancient healing traditions. He explains the origin of Ayurveda as a healing and holistic science. For more information please call 888-353-7252. The meaning of the search for health in nature. Ayurveda offers healing through natural and alternative means. Ayurvedic treatments include panchakarma, massage and work with natural oils. http://www.ayurvedaacademy.com
Learning from indigenous people - Don Os...
by Living Empowered® on December 11, 2011 at 4:06 AM
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Lilou Mace Web TV has swept You Tube viewers with ongoing Reality Web TV for 6 years. During this time, nearly 1500 videos and over 8 Million people's hearts and minds have been touched and made to realize their potential and that dreams can come true. This has been freely gifted to everyone with passion and love. As the Juicy Living Tour embarks upon a new chapter in reality web TV, it is necessary to ask viewers how they can be part of the 'bigger' team and partner with Lilou to carry out the Juicy Living Tour. Support Lilou's Juicy Living Tour by donating today! http://juicylivingtour.com/support-the-juicy-tour/donate-now/ Don Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo is the originator of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism and visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer Foundation (THOTH). A respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru, don Oscar's apprenticeship in northern coastal huachuma curanderismo and initiation into the southeastern Andean paqokuna shaman/priesthood, formally took place between the years 1969 and 1986. Don Oscar has been facilitating experiential workshops and apprenticeship programs that integrate millennial and contemporary healing practices and Earth-honoring ceremonial traditions with a focus on the creation of heartfelt sacred communities around the world since 1979. He has also been guiding exemplary cross-cultural shamanic apprenticeship expeditions to sacred sites of the world (with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia) since 1986. His widely acclaimed ethnospiritual pilgrimages to ancestral lands are carefully designed to awaken a reverent awareness of Pachamama ("Earth Mother") as a destined part of our human identity as an Earth-honoring global family. Aside from his currently established regional apprenticeship programs in the U.S.A. and Europe, he has also been a popular teacher at prestigious international centers of leading-edge education such as Naropa, Shambhala Mountain Center, Interface, New York Open Center, Rowe, Frankfurter-Ring, Omega and Esalen, to name a few. His visionary work and unique travel programs have been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E and Discovery channels.
Moon Festival: Cherished Traditions & Le...
by Living Empowered® on December 11, 2011 at 3:21 AM
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Moon Festival: Cherished Traditions & Legends. Episode: 1824, Air Date: 12 September 2011. Greetings, brilliant viewers! Moon Festival, sometimes called Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of the major holidays joyously celebrated by people of Asian ancestry and their good friends. It takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and most radiant. It is a time for the family to come together in the spirit of grace, gladness, and appreciation of life's tender gifts. Many traditions and legends are associated with the Moon Festival. One of the customs is moon gazing. In fact, the moon and her beauty have fascinated and inspired humanity since time immemorial. The moon, romantic and mysterious, is the Earth's satellite, playing a vital practical role in maintaining the Earth's position, climate, and tides. The cycles of the moon are said to be related to the growth and decline of plants, animals, and human lives. The moon is also closely connected to spiritual life in various cultures. Some societies believe that the rays of the moon have the power of healing and purification. In Egypt, the moon-god Thoth represents wisdom and justice. The Hindu deity Shiva is adorned with a crescent moon, signifying his perfect mastery of the mind. In Buddhism, the Wheel of Rebirth often depicts Shakyamuni Buddha pointing to the moon, which symbolizes enlightened Nature. In an international gathering with our Association members in October 2007, Supreme Master Ching Hai revealed that the moon is actually a living being. One night, when I first came back from America to Spain in that house, and it was the moon light When it's the moon light, I like to watch; so I come out and watch it. Suddenly all the seagulls waken from their sleep and come out, flying around and singing and dancing all over the place. And the Moon keeps smiling at me, many hours long. Really the face of a smiling person, and my assistant said, "Oh my God. Look at that, Master. Look at that." Many hours we sit there and it keeps smiling at us. We were in a mountain and next to the river. Then we were singing with guitar, mandolin, and all kind of things that we had there. Whatever we had, singing. The moon just stood still, really, for many hours, as long as we were there. The moon is really alive, I am telling you, and if you love it, it will respond. I mean must have love inside, truly love. I love the moon so much. The tradition of celebrating the Moon Festival dates back to the time of the Tang Dynasty in China. According to ancient manuscripts, on the eve of the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar, a Taoist priest named Luo Gongyuan saw that the emperor was mesmerized by the moon's beauty. He offered to take the emperor to the moon with his magic power. Upon arriving at the Moon Palace, the emperor was welcomed by the Moon Goddess who prepared a banquet and entertainment. There, he saw hundreds of fairies dancing to heavenly music. When he returned to Earth, the emperor made the Moon Festival a national celebration in China in remembrance of the wonder-filled experience. There are many other enchanting legends regarding the Moon Festival, such as one about the Moon Goddess. Long ago, the Moon Goddess was a graceful and loving fairy living on the moon. At one time, the Moon Goddess had incarnated into our world to save others. After many trials and tribulations, she met the Quan Yin Bodhisattva, who gave her a magic pill. She eventually triumphed in her endeavor to save suffering beings, but lost her life in the process. Touched by her noble sacrifice, God made her the Moon Goddess, and since then she has presided over the magnificent Moon Palace. In China, the Moon Festival is celebrated with dances and moon gazing. People also enjoy tea and mooncakes with relatives and friends. According to Chinese legend, a beautiful lady named Chang'e resides with the Jade Rabbit in the Moon Palace. It is said that Chang'e, an Earthling, took the elixir of immortality, flew to the moon and became the goddess in that realm. The Moon Festival is also observed in Formosa (Taiwan) and the Chinese communities of other Asian countries, such as Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In Malaysia, the Mooncake Festival is celebrated with the eating of mooncakes and round fruits that symbolize fullness and family harmony. Lantern processions are joined by children and adults alike. In Hong Kong, the festival is marked by a Fire Dragon Dance where a 220-foot long Fire Dragon is carried through the village of Tai Hang. People perform the Fire Dragon Dance and light firecrackers for health and peace. Japan also celebrates Moon Festival, calling it "Jugoya," meaning "night of the full moon." In observance of the harvest moon, as it is sometimes called, families nowadays make susuki, or pa
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