This morning, Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies – and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot – announced it has adopted the “five freedoms” principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. Precisely because it’s Walmart, this is the most definitive statement yet that the era of confining farm animals in cages will come to an end. We applaud the company for adopting a comprehensive animal welfare policy, which comes on the heels of dozens of other declarations and pledges from other major food retailers against gestation crates, battery cages, and tail docking of dairy cows.
Walmart is calling on its suppliers to, among other actions, work toward ensuring that animals: 1) are raised in ways that allow them to engage in natural behaviors, including having sufficient space and socialization with other members of their species, 2) be provided more comfortable living conditions, 3) are free from painful mutilations 4) be spared mental discomfort or distress, and 5) be given ready access to water and feed. These changes, so grounded in common sense, would nonetheless herald major improvements over how much of agribusiness currently treats animals.
With these principles in mind, Walmart singles out the confinement of hens in battery cages, sows in gestation crates, and calves in veal crates as practices that must end. Walmart is also working with its suppliers to address the welfare issues surrounding painful mutilations like tail docking, dehorning, castration, and to move to slaughter systems that don’t cause as much pain.
This policy applies for all of Walmart’s U.S. operations and includes its subsidiary Sam’s Club. With the company capturing a staggering 25 percent of the grocery market, there’s no greater agent of change within our country’s food system.
As Walmart says, this announcement is part of its pledge to continually improve farm animal welfare. In other words: it’s a first step—and like all first steps, there’s room for more. For example, Walmart doesn’t yet have timelines for getting animals out of cages, or for achieving its commitments on other welfare issues—something we hope to solve with the company.
Timelines aside, this announcement helps create an economy where no agribusiness company—for business reasons alone—should ever again install a new battery cage, gestation crate, or veal crate. Walmart is helping drive the transition away from immobilizing cages and other inhumane practices, and toward a more humane, more sustainable approach to production agriculture.
This is an unstoppable trend, and that was the trajectory even before Walmart made the announcement. The company’s embrace of a more ethical framework for the treatment of all farm animals serves as perhaps the most powerful catalyst for change throughout animal agriculture.
We still have a long way to go – not just working with Walmart during the implementation of this policy. There’s also convincing states to put basic standards in the law, the few corporations that have made no commitments to catch up, and consumers to eat more consciously. But this will be a day long remembered – a remarkable inflection point in our movement and a marker in the demise of an industrial system of production that treats living creatures as little more than meat-, milk-, and egg-producing machines. We appreciate the relationship we’ve built with Walmart and we’re eager to lend our voice as the company continues down this journey of creating a better, more humane food system.
Rosalie Parker, QHHT
The illusion of limitation. That is a premise of the Law of Attraction (LOA): the Universe is of unlimited abundance and possibility. However, our false belief in lack does prevent or free flight! The Eagle represents Freedom, so naturally it wants to see us follow the LOA.
The hawk is also a guide and a messenger.
I was walking this morning and a hawk with food in his mouth flew down on the fence right beside me and looked right at me for a minute or two. Cool!
My friend consciously works with the Law of Attraction, with the intent to keep herself in the Vortex of Creation. A vortex is a creative motion in nature. The Vortex of Creation is a vibrational state of having the right high frequency swirl of energy about you, to create your desires, that which you choose in life. It’s a vibration or a feeling of already having everything you desire. I experience it as a happy state, a lighthearted mood, a higher level of energy and high motivation, confidence and expectation. It is the opposite of wanting, hoping, fear, or depression. My step is lighter and more graceful. If I feel sick, I get into the Vortex of Creation and feel healthy again.
What happens is that in the Vortex, your creations are swarming around you, coming into your life. Oh, but when you are out of the Vortex, your down mood and negativity create a momentum toward a life that will perpetuate those feelings. You’ll have to get back into the Vortex of Creation to pull everything you have desired into your life.
Corollary to the Law of Attraction: Don’t do anything until you get into the Vortex of Creation. It won’t go well or it won’t go quickly, when you act outside the Vortex. It’s best to get into the Vortex before you get out of bed, and stay there.
Though a bit of a misnomer,
Law of Attraction is a Law of the Physics of Consciousness.
Okay, so I get the coach calls. My friend had phoned me yesterday, with a business situation that wasn’t really a big problem, yet she felt a little out of the Vortex. The real issue was watching her savings account balance take a temporary downturn. I reminded her to stop giving such focus to the manifested real world evidence. That is irrelevant. What is important is what she has just next to her in her vortex, coming into her life. I suggested that instead of looking at the savings balance online, imagine an indicator, like a bar graph, ex., that would indicate the balance going up. She could make it green and watch it rise. Imaging is a creative act. Whatever works for you is what you should image. And I told her, though I know she does it every day, to keep imaging having what she desires for herself and her family, in detail, including all senses. Exaggerated images work very well, if you can “see” it that way.
Now, I don’t mean imagining how those things are going to come about. It’s the personality self doing the imagining, usually, especially when not in meditation, and it simply is not designed with a capacity to know how something can happen. Unlike the Higher Self, it doesn’t have the full view of all possibilities. So don’t even worry about HOW, just WHAT.
Your main work is to keep that feeling, remaining in the Vortex.
Your friends may laugh at LOA, saying it won’t work, or what do think it is, magic? Well, yes, it IS magic, defined as utilization of natural laws with which the mainstream are unfamiliar.
My friend had likely been doing her usual practice of imaging and feeling appreciation on her morning walk, when Mr. Hawk showed up with his meal. Realizing that the hawk and the eagle, like the Higher Self, share that high level perspective of a person’s life, and that, to a hawk, food is abundance,
I texted back:
Message to be confident that your universe is supplying what you need.
Knowing what you don’t want, choose what you do want, and remain in your happy Vortex. Not only will it manifest your desires, it brings a state of Awareness. Like the hawk, you will have a higher point of view, and being aware, you will notice your totems and all the messages your self-created personal universe constantly gives you.
Click on YouTube from the Main Menu of the blog, to find the Creating playlists that will teach you to create your life, using the Law of Attraction.
“Plight of the Monarch” is a documentary film finished in 2013 that looks at the loss of milkweed as the primary reason why the population of the monarch butterfly has been in steep decline over the past decade. Milkweed plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of the monarch. Only by planting more milkweed can the population decline be reversed. A film by Cindy and Kirby Pringle.
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The red panda (Ailurus fulgens, lit. “shining cat”), is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China and related to raccoons, skunks and weasels. It is the only extant species of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, it has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. It feeds mainly on bamboo, but is omnivorous and may also eat eggs, birds, insects, and small mammals. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.
The red panda has been classified as Vulnerable by IUCN because its population is estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature individuals. Although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries, their numbers in the wild continue to decline mainly due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression.
Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California, at great personal risk, has recently filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California, and heartwarming close-ups hovering over a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom as an escort whale stands guard nearby, filmed recently in Maui.
According to N.O.A.A. Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins in the world. We have pods up to 10,000 strong stretched out for miles like the wildebeests of Africa. Over 400,000 common dolphin alone. We also have the largest concentration of blue whales on earth.
Capt. Dave explains, “This is the most beautiful and compelling five minute video I have ever put together. I learned so much about these whales and dolphins from this drone footage that it feels like I have entered a new dimension! I have not been this excited about a new technology since we built our underwater viewing pods on our whale watching boat. Drones are going to change how we view the animal world. Wow!”
Capt. Dave had to film this off a small inflatable boat, launching and catching the quadcopter drone by hand where a miss could mean injury to him from the four propeller blades or loss of the drone. He actually lost one drone on takeoff when it nicked his small VHF radio antenna on the 14 foot rigid inflatable he was filming from and it went into the water. Alone six miles offshore Capt. Dave , without thinking , dove into the cold, late-January waters off Dana Point to retrieve the valuable footage taken on a flight a half hour earlier that morning. “I had my hat and glasses on, I was fully clothed with long-johns on to keep warm and my cell phone and wallet in my pocket,” Captain Dave explained. “It was a stupid move, but the copter started sinking so fast it was my only hope to get the amazing footage I had just shot”. Since then he has attached flotation to the skids, which would save the footage, but every flight over the water still risks the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter with a small GoPro HERO3 Black camera on it, as the $1,700 rig is not waterproof and the skids will not keep it upright on the ocean.
“I get so nervous every flight over the water now, after the accident, my hands start shaking,” explains Capt. Dave. “My wife says no more drones if I lose this one. But she said that before I lost the other one. Now that she’s seen what it can do, I think she’s just as hooked as I am”.
“This technology, that offers such steady footage from the air for such a low price and is so easy to fly, is new. This was a ten or twenty thousand dollar copter a few years ago and flying those took a great deal of skill. I can’t wait to see what footage this year will bring with this drone, getting a different perspective on the amazing sightings we already have off Dana Point. There is debate in many states right now about making use of these drones illegal. People are justifiably concerned about invasion of privacy. But it would be a shame to have this new window into a whale’s world taken away.”
Entanglement in fishing gear takes the lives of nearly 1,000 dolphins and whales ever day around the world. Captain Dave formed Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group in 2008 and has been involved in disentangling several whales, including a gray whale named Lily, whose disentanglement in Dana Point Harbor made national headlines. He authored the award-winning book, “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey”, which won eight awards in 2013 including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for Best New Voice from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
A Special Note From Captain Dave:
Attention any would be whale videographers: please only attempt this if you are extremely familiar with whale behavior as it is illegal to do anything that causes the whales to change their normal behavior with big fines- and the authorities do watch YouTube. Different areas have different laws on approaching whales. I am a whale watch captain with nearly 20 years of experience. All laws were obeyed by us during filming. In Maui we sat watching whales from a distance for hours before they moved closer to us. You can never approach them there closer than 100 yards. The Mom and calf as you can see in the film were completely undisturbed by the small drone. NOAA is currently reviewing drones and may create laws or guidelines for using them around whales.
If our animal friends can show love, kindness, compassion, and acceptance of each other, then so can we. Humanity needs to wake up and realize that we are “One Family” and start accepting each other for who we are. Be loving, kind, compassionate, and forgiving. If we do these things then we can create a peaceful world where there is no more wars, conflicts, destruction, starvation, and suffering. Through love, kindness, and compassion we begin heling ourselves and each other.
Chinese New Year took place on Friday, January 31st, moving us out of the murky depths of the Water Snake into the year of the Wood Horse. This is an extremely significant shift, some arguing that it is possibly the most extreme and transformative shift in the full 60-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. After two back-to-back water years, we suddenly find ourselves propelled into the powerful, catalytic, active principle of the Horse.
Overview of the Water Years
To understand why this is such a powerful shift, let’s look at the energy of the Horse in comparison to the two predecessor years of the Dragon and the Snake.
Dragon years are considered to be dramatic and full of unpredictable events. It is said that everything in a Dragon year is felt ten-fold. This most recent year of the Dragon coincided with 2012, a year full of unknowing, being in the void, and a great turning in the cycle of the planet and the consciousness of humanity. This year was filled with big shifts, some definite trepidation and fear, chaos, a shaking up of the natural order, and a closing of an era.
Today marks the final day of the Year of the Snake. The Snake is viewed as a symbol of transformation and spiritual growth. With the snake in the element of water, we may have found ourselves crawling on our bellies through the darkness, experiencing the unsettling, internal world of spirit. We may have experienced a deep examination of our subconscious and a necessary shedding of that which no longer serves. It would be common in such a year to feel a sense of powerlessness in our search for meaning, and yearning for a sense of connection.
In summary, our deep soul-searching has led us through a process of destabilization and letting go. Transitioning in to the Year of the Horse, we are moving from the degenerative phase into a generative phase, one that will manifest tangibly in active and powerful ways.
The Energy of the Horse
The horse is a powerful totem, full of impulsiveness, passion, keen intuition, and the ability to take charge and bound forth into what comes next. Fire is the ruling element of the Yang Horse, and paired with the element of Wood, makes way for a year of budding, new growth, dynamism, movement, and great leaps forward.
Horses take us through the gateway, make communication possible, and are associated with both natural power and supernatural powers. The horse has many lessons to teach us about wielding our power appropriately, compassionate understanding on an emotional level, and responsibility towards ourselves, others, and the earth.
The horse energy inspires us to pay attention and trust our own intuition, as the profound lessons we have learned during the water years will come forward to be utilized. The horse urges us towards inspired action and surges us towards greater freedom.
The propulsion of the horse energy is supported by clarity of vision. It urges us to map what we want for our lives, know the steps towards getting there, and begin to ride the wind towards an expanded sense of freedom and awareness previously only dreamed of.
Many of us may struggle with trust as we move swiftly forward into hopeful, vibrant energy. Know that you have all the necessary tools in your tool belt. The deep and profound lessons learned in two water and two metal years have equipped us to be able to move forward with grace, confidence, and power.
A renewed sense of connection through our communities and networks is of utmost importance during this time, as we will need others around to lean on, dialogue and reflect with, and hold us in our power and in our integrity.
It will be important to steer clear of any old stories, scripts, baggage, or regrets that hold us in a pattern that no longer serves. The time for those things has come to pass, and they have no place where we are going.
A Horse Divination
In closing, I bring you a final message from the horses of the four sacred colors, as relayed by Jamie Sams and David Carson in the Medicine Cards.
Black Stallion says: “I am from the Void where answers live. Ride on my back and know the power of entering the Darkness and finding the Light.”
Yellow Stallion represents illumination and urges us to share the answers we have found with others through teaching.
Red Stallion is a reminder of the gifts of joy, and balancing work and heaviness with levity and exuberance.
White Stallion is the embodiment of a balanced medicine shield and shows us that our true power is grasped in the wisdom of remembering who we are.
Honor your medicine. Stand tall. Use your talents. Own who you are becoming.
I was talking about Unicorns on a beach walk Thursday with my friend and since then Unicorns have been on my mind – their significance as our higher potentials and boundless possibilities.
Yesterday I had been led to a perfect expression from Penney Peirce in her book, “Frequency – The Power of Personal Vibration” and having her book in the foreground of my thoughts, I remembered her reflection about Unicorns as the mirror of purified vibration when you love and make space for your Higher Self to Be.
I loved the essence of what she stated, directly mirroring the concepts that had been stirring from Unicorn revealing herself to me the other day. And so her thoughts evoked this message from my own heart, which expound upon some of the para-phrased expressions she shared and end with the sonnet she quoted that so eloquently conveys these thoughts.
There is nobody else that is going to do the things you need to do or make the changes for you, except you. Likewise, we can’t make others change. So instead of waiting for something/someone to help, improve, or shift the experience, remember that it is YOU who needs to do it. YOU need to love yourself enough to commit responsibly to integrative action.
If you are experiencing challenges and triggers all around you, find it in yourself to be grateful for these Collective Consciousness gifts that are messaging and nudging you, out of love, to take notice of. Everything may seem like some grand devised plan to sabotage and punish you, yet I assure you it is NOT. If we feel this, it is our own beliefs that is making this so.
The Universe has no judgments. The Universe operates by Free Will and Cause and Effect, but not in terms of bad or good, right or wrong. It is all an evolutionary experience and like Nature, we will go through our seasons of change, as well as deaths and rebirths, both literally and symbolically. Yet, consciousness is eternal and all-encompassing.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with having ideals and to intend toward your highest. This is a natural flow of your highest visions vibrating through you. During the course of your life you will have many experiences to provide the depth you’ve chosen to learn for the soul purposes set out before entering this particular expression of you.
There are many other probable realities of you, and will continue to be, but for now you have chosen to focus on this version and with it there are daily experiences, tasks, and reminders you will grow through.
But no matter what you focus on at any particular moment or on any particular day, your real work is to demonstrate, expand, and be love in the highest way relative to your given focus.
Every second you are recreating yourself. As you read this, you have already journeyed through a new cycle of vibrational experience. We each help each other – the Collective – by holding and keeping our vibration at the highest frequency possible, always, and by realizing the connectedness of why this is so important not just for yourself, but for All.
We are all each a thread of the web of life and of consciousness itself. Yes, YOU are an integral and significant part of Everything, regardless of knowing or believing that. But when you do actually realize this and start living from that realization, you will actively and responsibly feel a greater inspiration and passion towards everything you think, feel, and do.
It all DOES matter. YOU matter. And as you are me, there is never anything we are doing in isolation.
We are all helping each other with every choice that we make. To say your choices don’t matter and that you are just one person whose voice and actions are meaningless, is a huge misunderstanding. Every one of you is a light in this world and the more you shine that light, the more reflections of it you will see in domino-effect within your circles of relationships AND across the globe, and this will return to you in greater experiences of actualized abundance.
Gone are the days of talking about what you DON’T want and perpetuating these old, stuck stories. NOW are the days of holding only the vibration of what you envision for yourself and maintaining that wholeness of vibration. You will find that when your emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and actions are all aligned and operating at high frequency, this will be the change you desire.
When you come to love and have gratitude for every piece of your experience and make room for the possibilities you choose to seed, a new reality within you will blossom forth that reflects this vibration and takes you into the the wild beyond.
We are each growing in exponentially amazing ways and are always recreating in ways we never could have imagined, as well as will continue to expand beyond the fears and blocks we DID once imagine – all of this manifesting into the stuff dreams are made of and yes YOU are that dream, dreaming itself alive.
The realization that we are of the One Universal Heart is becoming a more widely felt experience, and the new and true reality. You are waking to the you that always was, in what ever way relative to each. And experiences will directly reflect that relative choice.
And, like the magickal and mystical Unicorn in Rilke’s sonnet below, your ideal, Higher, unified, pure, expansive, true….Self – in the realization of All That Is and You Are – just may come to be through the open-hearted love you embody and by your allowing space for its expansive wholeness to emerge.
O, this was the animal that never was.
They did not know, but loved him anyway:
his smooth neck, graceful movements,
and the quiet light in his eyes.
True, he never was. But since they loved him,
a pure creature came to be. They made space for him.
And in this space, so clear and free and unbounded,
he easily lifted up his head and barely needed
what we call existence.
They nourished him, not with grain,
but always with the possibility of Being.
And this endowed the creature with such power
that a horn grew out of its forehead. One horn.
He went to a virgin, glistening white – and there,
inside a silver mirror and inside her, he was.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus 2/4
translated from the German by Rod McDaniel
The Sacred Felidae
[Archangel Metatron via James Tyberonn]
Greetings Masters ! I am Metatron Lord of Light, and I embrace you in this moment. With me are the energies and presence of the Angelic Realm, the Ascended Masters of the Cosmic Council of Light, and those benevolent Beings of the Sirian-Pleiadean Alliance. We welcome you, each of you here, in a ‘Now’ moment of unconditional love.
Dear Ones, with the understanding that you are here for learning, we tell you that the ‘University of Polarity Earth’ is specifically designed for the evolution of the human soul. The curriculum and venue of Polarity Earth, of the educational process is in fact a version of the Omni-Earth that is created and co created in Divine Intelligence. It is a purposed illusion, it is created by purposed thought, and cannot be destroyed. Consider that. That does not mean you do not have responsibilities in the care of Earth and its supporting Kingdoms, for indeed that is part of the learning process.
The purpose of the EarthPlane is your soul evolution. The Earth supports that mission, by Divine plan, by agreement, and all of the Kingdoms of Earth are part of that. Accordingly we tell you that there are versions of other Beings that are of Divine Intelligence that are here to support you in your purpose here.
These include Master Beings from many realms. Some make visitations here to support you, and chosen of these come in full avatar consciousness. But be aware that there are versions of benevolent Master Beings that have by agreement chosen to manifest in various step-down forms to support humanity.
Those of the Animal Kingdom on the Earth, are here to support you. Part of that process involves their expression on the EarthPlane in ‘Group’ Consciousness. The deepest dimensions of the animal self exist not at the level of the individual but of the entire species , and that highest level is not in duality lesson, per se.
And so we speak this gathering of the Sacred Felidae of Sirius A.
The Sacred Felidae and Canidae are incredible Beings that bring tremendous support to the Humanity.
The Felidae are Divine Intelligence, fully evolved, magnificently conscious in crystalline expression. They are members of both the Sirian-Pleiadean Alliance, and of what may be termed the Niburian Mastery Council. Both of whom are benevolently involved in the up shift of the consciousness evolution of planets and planetary races who are prepared to graduate into the next level in their Ascension.
The Felidae, are a Feline species who originate on Sirius A. These are Beings that have entered the Earthplane since ancient times in specific roles and formats. The versions currently in physical form on the Earth-Plane are in what may be termed the Feline and Canine family. These physical formats on the EarthPlane are here to support you, and in their physical matrix are but a portion of the consciousness of their Sirian nature.
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It’s all about the pets. See how Terri Steuben uses her special gifts of Animal Communication, Medical Intuition, and Reiki healing to help people and their pets, including Fred the dog, Frank the pig and Maya the horse. Terri also tells a story about her volunteer work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, when she and her rescue-partner, Jazz caught a pack of pit bulls. Produced by Stephen R. Wolcott (August 2010)
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What if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you? Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to what she calls interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through pictures and thoughts. She then receives messages of remarkable clarity back from the animals. In this section, Anna transforms a deadly snarling leopard into a relaxed content cat.The amazing story of how leopard Diabolo became Spirit…
This is the first full length documentary film on the art of animal communication. Nominated for Best Long Documentary, Best Director of “Jade Kunlun” Awards of 2012 World Mountain Documentary Festival of Qinghai China.
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The world is cluttered with so many different creatures — some cute, some scary and some just plainly bizarre. However, the animals of today have nothing on the creatures that lived on Earth during prehistoric times. From miniature bird looking rodents to the behemoths beneath the waves, these are the 25 strangest prehistoric creatures to roam the Earth.