March 2012 Merlian Newsletter


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This Month’s Recommended Merlian News Articles:

Holistic Events FDA Pushing To Remove Thousands of Supplements From Store Shelves by Gabriel Cousens Gabriel Cousens explains, “If the Food and Drug Administration has its way, thousands of supplements will be removed from store shelves. We’ve heard this cry before, but this time it is very true. Supplements that you and I might take for granted — like resveratrol, L-GABA, curcumin, bioperine, and many more — which have not hurt a soul but only helped the health of millions, are slated for oblivion because the outlaw FDA thinks that it alone can decide whether they are safe or not. It might seem like a joke, but the FDA is dead serious.”

Dreams Reports from the Other Side: Geraldine Cummins and F.W.H. Myers by Robert Moss Robert Moss blogs, “She came from the same Anglo-Irish milieu as William Butler Yeats, and wrote two plays that were performed at his beloved Abbey Theatre. Her mentor was the famous Irish medium Hester Dowden, said to have been the model for the psychic in Yeats’ spirited one-act play The Words Upon the Window-Pane. When she started practicing as a psychic medium, Yeats was one of the first people to consult her. Her name was Geraldine Cummins, and her life story as author, suffragette, medium and possible secret agent during World War II, is quite fascinating.”

Conscious Eating Health Benefits of Golden Berries by Dena Ventrudo Various sources report, “Also known as “cape gooseberry” or “Inca berry”, golden berries are indigenous to South America, but has been cultivated in England since the late 18th century and in South Africa in the region of the Cape of Good Hope since at least the start of the 19th century. Golden berries are tart and high in a myriad of nutrients: Phosphorous, Calcium, Vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and B12. B-complex vitamins are necessary for an efficient metabolism. They also contain a lot of protein…”

Conscious Eating The Spiritual Benefits & History of Reishi Mushrooms Different sources say, “Reishi supplements all 3 treasures (Jing, Chi and Shen) but has the most tonic action on Shen (spiritual radiance). Many Chinese herbalists recognize that wild Reishi mushroom benefits Shen more than any other herbal adaptogen known. The Ganoderma mushroom is a Chinese symbol for longevity. It is often compared to the lotus flower from the Buddhist traditions in terms of its significance as a spiritual symbol.”

Books Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani Cheryl Shainmark reviews, “Dying To Be Me is a wonderful book that will leave you feeling inspired and with a renewed zest for life. Anita Moorjani’s story is astounding: from a life threatening bout with cancer, through a near death experience (NDE) and onto a miraculous recovery, the vividness and immediacy of this tale will grab the reader. This may be one of the finest, most detailed NDE books to date.”

New York The Yoga House in Piermont, NY

At The Yoga House, “We emphasize that asana, the physical Yoga practice, is only one of the 8 limbs of Yoga as outlined by Master Patanjali in the great Yoga Sutras. These physical poses only actually “work” if the first two limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas (ethical practices), are followed. This means that we must live our practice if we want to experience its full benefits. We must take our Yoga off the mat and into the world. It’s something we must infuse into every activity 24 hours a day. So, all our classes go beyond the physical…”

Spirituality Friendships — Source Of Soul Growth by Triza Schultz Triza Schultz explains, “…There isn’t anything that we don’t have a relationship with! Many of the types of relationships I mentioned are ones we are born or directed into. Then there are those we personally find our way to or they find their way to us. This is where friendship comes in. Among the most important and influential people we have in life are those we call our friends. We choose our friends!… Looking back, we can easily see how our friends were a supporting backbone for our growth and joy or how they might have become the ole ball and chain if we hadn’t realized they’d served their purpose and it was time to move on because the spirit of the relationship ran dry…”

Science/Quantum Physics Doctor Who Is Really Dr. Hans Holzer by Alexandra Holzer Alexandra Holzer writes, “Just like the British television program produced by BBC, my father was a universal explorer who, through travel and the use of science and the metaphysics, time-traveled back into paranormal history. As with Doctor Who, he too, faced a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, help people, and right wrongs. He just did it on a broader scale in which he touched upon modernizing a huge portion of the research of the supernatural, entering into the beginning of the Spiritual Movement…”


Shaman Shack

“Welcome to Shaman Shack. We feature sophisticated blends of herbs from a 5000 year old Pre-Taoist health lineage called The “Gate of Life.”

Reishi mushroom, astragalus, schizandra, goji and other “Tonic” herbs have been used safely and effectively for centuries by ancient seers, shamans, and Taoist Masters. These herbs are thought to have been used in the famous “Elixirs of Immortality” of ancient Chinese folklore.

Rehmannia Dean Thomas, is a trained initiate in the Gate of Life lineage – in this life and many before it – and his books and special herb formulations reflect deep experience with Taoist health traditions. Shaman Shack’s Tonic herbal products are designed to support the whole health of the body and mind, and their historical use has proven their safety and efficacy when administered appropriately.

We source the highest quality herbs for our products; herbs grown by old-school farmers of many generations, in wild lands of Northern Manchuria and other protected regions in China and Korea. A trip to these areas is like going back centuries into a simple past, where the herbs are collected from the wild and farmed by people do things according to ensconced traditions.

Our products are created according to the precepts of a great and unbroken ancient health system. The Taoist Tonic herbs cleanse, purify, enhance and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Truly, Taoist Tonic herbalism is the most sophisticated health system in human history; it is a jewel that must be held with deep reverence.

Rehmannia holds this jewel and is ready to teach us that the Tonic herbs – along with a balanced living-food diet – can represent a near perfect daily dietary regimen for the attainment of long term health, longevity and wisdom. The Tao is Now!!”

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