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Awakened Living Views

Living Spirituality in Daily Life:
A new paradigm is emerging as the old fear based reality breaks down. If we can begin to live this new sense of beingness more and more, then increasingly this New Paradigm becomes our reality.

These articles and points of view, are all about activating seeds of awareness that may encourage you to live more accordingly to your higher self, and to shine that forth in the world around you for more successful, joyful, harmonious and fulfilled living ...

The amazing health benefits of ginger with recipes

Ginger is a well loved, tried and tested, flavoursome spice that has been revered for a myriad of health benefits throughout the aeons. It is mentioned in ancients texts and has been prized by many different cultures as long as mankind can remember. Ginger is zingy and warming, with a distinctive zesty flavour and aroma. It comes in yellow, white and red varieties; we use the underground rhizome part of the plant...

'BOUGHT' Movie - how society has been sold a big lie (free video)

'Bought' is a compelling, insightful, passionate movie that brings to light how disempowered most people have become by profit driven food, pharmaceutical and medical industries. It is available to watch online for FREE between Feb 20th and March 6th 2015.

Growing 6000lbs of organic plant food on a 10th acre plot!

We have a nice sized plot here at the Openhand Centre in England, we should certainly be able to be semi-self-sufficient in plant foods. Open and I have been a little pre-occupied with writing books, world tours and things, although we'd certainly love to be growing more. I've planted fruit trees and bushes and tried it out with loads of different veggies and herbs with varying degrees of success. I hunger for more!

Even if you don't have a plot, there is always some small yard, balcony or a windowsill to grow something edible on. With the right attitude it's possible to grow a lot of food in a small amount of space. 'Urban Homestead' have just given me an incredible infusion of much needed inspiration for self sufficiency again. They live, eat and breath it, 24/7, walking their talk with whatever they have available. They are awesome!

Jupiter Ascending - the spiritual metaphor

These spiritual films keep coming thick and fast. No wonder, we're sailing through extraordinary times; humanity has an extraordinary tale to reveal. No matter that the mainstream keeps selling the lie, the truth is bubbling up in our consciousness and won't be deterred. Movies and media have evolved the age-old art of story telling, where parable and metaphor convey truth so exquisitely for those tuned into their feelings. Yes it's dramatical and fantastical, but so is the human story. "Jupiter Ascending" is another in a long line where you can glean some missing pieces of the jigsaw...

What it looks like when you hear for the first time...

It's easy to take our healthy senses for granted until it it starts to deteriorate. Some people lose their hearing as they grow older. Some are born deaf. Imagine suddenly being able to hear after never hearing properly at all. Just imagine what it must feel like to hear the softness of loved ones talking to you or some soul stirring music. Hearing is a unique human sense with the power to stir the soul. A precious gift.

Is Austerity a natural consequence of our Spiritual Evolution?

Thousands of people took to the streets of the Spanish capital Madrid recently marching against austerity - reduced public spending to curb excessive debt. They were inspired by the 'ultra left' swing in Greece; the new government is now threatening to renege on EU bailout debt. You may not necessarily be interested in economics, but if you consider yourself spiritual, this is a big 'red-flag' to underlying phenomenon especially important for the evolutionary movement. We really need to grasp the flow of universal energy, because this is shaping the world on the surface right now, developing a growing impact on all our lives...

Trinity's Top Tips for Making Super Healthy Salads

I get really excited about big healthy, hearty salads. They feature in abundance at Openhand retreats and are never the same twice. Rather unfortunately, many people's only experience with salad resembles a bit of limp lettuce, some waxed cucumber and over-sized tasteless tomato (which is probably genetically modified). Added to that, fast food places tend to serve the unheathiest salad dressings ever (laden with sugar and the worst sort of vegetable oil).

The Heart-Warming Rise of the Transition Towns

Is Your Town a "Transition Town?" It's an organisation led by concerned individuals that we really need to prepare ourselves for Peak Oil and the breakdown of civilisation; that we need to become more self-sustaining. As resources become increasingly challenged, rather than being hopelessly exposed to the global supply chain, we need to be more resilient and connected locally. There's precious little support for this philosophy by governments, so ordinary people are getting on with it themselves: forming cooperatives, sharing ideas and skills, low impact building, sourcing energy locally, of course growing our own food, bartering, but even going to the extent of establishing local currencies. It's time to inform ourselves and prepare for change...

The Theory of Everything...AND Nothing!

Have you seen the film "The Theory of Everything" yet, the story of the genius Stephen Hawking? It's an absolutely wonderful film, which to me, speaks on many levels. Not least is it an incredible story of the challenges a soul can thrive through (in the form of motor neurone disease), but it's also a compelling love story, and as well, points towards the marriage between science and spirituality. It's an epic, a must see. Personally, I believe that by integrating science with spirituality, it's possible to have a full, experiential realisation of the nature of the universe. I wonder if it's possible without that? This film, for me, dares to bring one to the edge of that realisation...

Carrot & Ginger Wellness Soup to nurture your soul

There are a myriad of different things in our modern world that act against our health and spiritual evolution. I find that taking care of myself on a physical level, is really important for my spiritual well being too. So, I ensure that every mouthful of food I eat nourishes and supports me. Today I am sharing a deliciously easy recipe - that not only leaves you with a well satiated feeling (perfect for my friends experiencing the chillier winter climates right now), but is also jam-packed full of high quality nutritional goodness. As always, I recommend that you use organic produce to give yourself (and the planet) an extra infusion of goodness.

Before we get to the recipe, here are some of the health benefits of the ingredients in this tasty soup...