Ara Wiseman

Month: October 2012

Renewal

Renewal

This is a time of harvesting, setting priorities, clarifying our intentions and thinking about new projects and goals. We need to be open to new ideas and experiences and to use our creativity to manifest our desires. Every second of every minute is an opportunity, with new possibilities presenting themselves to you. If you are channel surfing, going over conversations, or your to-do-list in your head and not being present and in this moment, you will miss it. It’s important to realize that the past doesn’t exist. All you have is the present, the now, so why limit it with the heavy baggage we all tend to carry with us everywhere we go? We are all endowed with free will, which means we can choose our thoughts. We are not bound to the past and really have no need to carry its baggage. So why do we? Eckhart Tolle believes we create and maintain problems because they give us a sense of identity. Perhaps this explains why we often hold onto our pain far beyond its ability to serve us. Remembering the past is really about looking back on our evolution of awareness and consciousness. If we didn’t remember the wisdom we learned, we would keep making the same mistakes. Living in the past, feeling nostalgic and having fond memories, all seem wonderful, but, is it keeping you from experiencing and being in the present moment, which is really all you have. Feel gratitude and appreciation of how things are now and be able to see the whole picture. Let go, accept and welcome change. We are a part of nature, not apart from nature and as nature is changing and transforming, so are we. Some people hold on to the past because it seemed much happier than the present, but the past doesn’t exist and we end up clinging to a memory and resisting the natural ebb and flow of life. People live in the past because they are still carrying around emotional baggage with them from circumstances which have now passed. Ask yourself, ‘where am I not living in the real world, how is this serving me, and where am I in denial?’ In a recent video, I watched a very wise man told his son that if he is still thinking and hanging onto something that happened a couple years ago, then he really needs to charge rent from the guy he’s thinking about, because he is taking space up in his head, rent free. If we resolve our issues, we can put them to rest and we won’t have to waste precious energy and time thinking about them. When I react to something that is happening presently, I realize I am still somehow allowing my past, which no longer exists, to infiltrate my present. My reaction is rooted in a past experience. It is a good starting point if we can extract the positive and learn from the negative, but its not enough. Next, we need to metaphorically empty our suitcase, story by story, and become aware of why we chose to experience it in the first place. What was the gift in that experience, what did we learn about ourselves? Why is it presenting itself in my current experience? Better yet, why are you allowing it, what do you need to learn from this and how can you finally resolve that issue within yourself? Empty your suitcase once and for all and begin to lighten your load. The final step is in healing your relationship with family and friends as we may be unaware of how we hurt others. Forgive others and yourself. Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. Its not the road you take per se, it’s the amount of baggage you carry with you. We need to make space by letting go of all the clutter in our heads, our homes, our bodies, our relationships, our work, and anywhere in our life that it accumulates. It is all about letting go of what is no longer necessary. When we do, we create space for something new and wonderful to come in. So how do we create the reality we want? First, we need to believe that it is possible by setting a vision, actually imagining it and feeling it. Be open to new opportunities, possibilities and blessings. Who we are and where we are in our lives is a reflection of our consciousness. So how can you apply this principle to nutrition and health? If we are aware and see ourselves as energetic, fulfilled and engaged in life, then we will choose foods that will keep us energized and feeling good. If we see ourselves as tired, over weight, stuck and feeling uninspired, then we will choose foods that keep us in that consciousness. If we don’t believe our needs are going to be met, we create a lifestyle where we eat on the run, consume junk food, eat too much food, don’t exercise, drink a lot of coffee and not enough water. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In essence, “We eat who we are”. We are not setting ourselves up to win; we are in fact manifesting our negative thoughts. We need to see ourselves healthy, happy, radiant, fulfilled, engaged in meaningful work and relationships, feeling inspired and enjoying life on all levels. Once we realize and accept that we create our circumstances, we need to ask, “What is the lesson I need to learn here?” Only then can we look within and find the answers. Ask yourself, “Is this the life I dreamed of when I was a child, and thought about how my life would be?” Maybe there is a course you have wanted to take but never seemed to find the time. Search for the kind of work you love. If you know that changing something in your life would give you a complete sense of relief then that is an indication that it’s no longer

What You Should Know About GMOs

What You Should Know About GMOs

My interest in GMOs began a few years ago as I was researching online. I was curious as to why I had developed an allergy to soy, after results from a food allergy test showed a very high sensitivity to soy. What I discovered was that soy allergies have skyrocketed since the mid 1990’s, which is when genetically modified soy was introduced to the market. This led me to further research GMOs. I would like to share this information, since many people today are still not aware of what GMOs are. What are GMOs? GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are made in a laboratory by artificially inserting the genes from one species into the DNA of an unrelated plant or animal, to produce a specific trait. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. (1) Monsanto is the leading biotechnology company which has been producing GM seeds since the 1990s that have two main traits. The first is herbicide tolerance, which lets the farmer spray Monsanto’s Roundup brand of weed-killer directly on the crop without killing it. Farmers as a result use considerably more herbicides on these GM crops. The second trait is a built-in pesticide, found in GM corn and cotton. A bacterial gene is inserted into the plant’s DNA, which allows the plant to produce its own insect-killing pesticide (Corn is a classified pesticide in the US). Currently in the US, over 90% of soy, corn, canola, cotton and sugar beet crops are genetically modified. An estimated 70% of processed foods in our grocery stores contain GM ingredients, and most consumers are not even aware of this. More than 50 countries have either banned GM food or have laws that require mandatory labeling. However in the US and Canada, labeling of GM foods is not required. How GM Foods Came to Be In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration claimed they had no information showing that GM foods were any different from conventionally grown foods. They were declared safe to eat, if Monsanto and the other biotech companies said they were. Therefore, the FDA doesn’t require any safety evaluations or labeling of GMOs. A new GM food could even be introduced without having to tell the FDA. Therefore it’s up to Monsanto, the same chemical company that gave us Agent Orange, DDTs and PCBs, to determine if the foods are safe. Documents made public from a lawsuit years later revealed that the FDA’s own experts agreed that GM foods are different and may lead to side effects including allergies, new diseases, and nutritional problems. It also revealed the FDA’s position was influenced by political appointees who were under order from the White House to promote GMOs. The FDA official in charge of creating this policy was Michael Taylor, the former attorney for Monsanto, and later their vice president. (2) Genetic Roulette In the United States, illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes have become epidemic. The number of Americans with at least three chronic illnesses has doubled since the mid 90’s, when the genetic engineering of our food supply began. GM foods have an altered DNA sequence which does not occur in nature. When these foods are eaten, our immune systems do not recognize this foreign matter and attacks it with an inflammatory reaction. Chronic inflammation is a source of most illnesses. Since the time that GM corn and soy were introduced, numerous digestive disorders due to gut inflammation have been on the rise, such as inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation and GI infections. (3) AAEM and French Study Findings The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) reported that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods. (4) David Suzuki once said “Any scientist that tells you that GMOs are safe is either ignorant or lying to you. Nobody knows what the long term effects will be”. The long term effects have become clearer. A recent study out of France, the first ever to examine the long term (lifelong) effects of eating GMOs, found that rats fed with Monsanto’s GM corn suffered cancerous tumors, kidney and liver damage, and premature death. Previous animal feeding studies involving rats have never lasted longer than 90 days and have always been conducted by the biotechnology companies themselves.(5) France has launched an investigation that may result in the ban of GM corn imported from the USA (it’s currently illegal to grow GMO crops in France, but GMO imports are allowed). Health Canada has stated that it will take action if its review of this study reveals that GMO corn demonstrates a risk to Canadians. (6) California Right To Know Act On November 6th, Californians will vote on The Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act, also known as Proposition 37. If passed, it would make California the first state to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods, with other states likely to follow suit. Several companies, led by Monsanto and Dupont, have collectively spent a combined total over $34 million dollars thus far as part of the opposition campaign against the proposal.(7) If these companies are so confident of the safety of their products as they continuously claim, then why don’t they want us to know that we are eating GMOs? Labeling of GMOs may cause consumer rejection of these products, and force food companies to reformulate their products with non-biotech ingredients. Summary The motives behind GM foods are not to increase food production as a means to end world hunger, as the biotech companies want us to believe. Nor do GM foods provide any benefits to consumers such as increased taste or nutrition. It’s about money, power, and control. Monsanto’s business model since 1999 is to own the world’s food supply, by genetically modifying and patenting eventually all commercial seeds. If

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