Monday, July 22, 2013

When the student is ready, the teacher appears within

by Hunt Henion, Examiner.com

Teachers suddenly appeared to renowned visionary, Lori Toye, many years ago. However, her long-awaited story about what happened next reveals how true wisdom, and the teacher within each of us, actually emerges slowly over time - and only if we pay attention. Toye's new book, A Teacher Appears, takes us back to the beginnings of her spiritual journey and includes insights that have never been disclosed in any of her previous books or writings.

She was just a girl of 22, who knew nothing about meditation or spiritual masters when, in 1983, guys in white robes began appearing to her in the middle of the night, talking about global issues and giving her visions about the probable future. She wrote it all down, shared it with the public, and ended up creating the very popular "I Am America" organization around those prophesies - and around the idea that I/we are all responsible for our country and the world.
Now, 30 years later, the urgency to the get the most important information out has subsided, and Lori has gone back to peruse and ponder these early messages from the masters. She tells me that this is the first of three books that recounts untold details of her personal experience. A Teacher Appears also reveals more of the big picture perspective that was often obscured by all the flashy predictions that everyone was anxious to hear. The next two books in the trilogy will presumably complete that perspective, telling the story that the author simply couldn't have told back when she was a girl of 22 and new to all of this. The idea that there is a divine plan for our world is a big part of the perspective Toye explains so clearly. She also relays her knowledge that the ascended masters are here to help. The fact that they want us to each do our part is also part of the picture painted in her new book.

These, and other newly revealed insights, demonstrate that the shocked and surprised Toye of 22 has emerged as a mature spiritual teacher herself. Her new book relays messages from her own teachers, but more importantly, it tells her story - a story about a life interrupted by a spiritual mission that continues to evolve today.

You may have seen her future map of the US and read some of the predictions she has relayed from her friends in the white robes.. However, A Teacher Appears gives the reader a peak behind the scenes at the archetypal story of the hero's journey. It also hints at the hero within the reader, which waits patiently, looking for a chance to get out and do great things!

As Lori says in the video at top of the page,“You may be Earth's last hero!” As such, you may not need any teaching except the reassurance that “a change of heart can change the world!”
They say that when you're ready, A Teacher Appears. So, the only question then is, "Are you ready?"

Climate change could mean extinction for Iberian lynx in 50 years



The world’s most endangered feline species may become extinct in the wild within 50 years, researchers say, a victim of climate change.
A new report projects that Iberian lynx could become the first cat species in at least 2,000 years to become extinct, researchers found, largely because of the decline of the European rabbit, which makes up 80% of the cat’s diet.
The report, published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change, warns that current efforts to boost population of the distinctive tufted-eared cat will only “buy a few decades” for the animal that was once abundant in parts of Spain, Portugal and France.
Rabbit populations have drastically fallen because of overhunting, disease and habitat reduction, researchers said, with climate change a major driver.
Wild Iberian lynx populations have dwindled to two from nine groups in the 1990s. An estimated 250 cats are in the wild. A well-funded captive breeding program  is underway with a goal to release genetically diverse animals into suitable habitat.
But the study claims the conservation strategy is flawed because it fails to take into account climate change and its influence on prey abundance.

Ancient melting of Antarctic ice sheet pushed sea levels up 65 feet


LONDON, July 22 (UPI) -- In one of the Earth's ancient warming episodes sea levels rose by as much as 65 feet as one of Antarctica's large ice sheets melted, scientists say.
Researchers from Imperial College London and colleagues studying mud samples to learn about ancient melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet found melting took place repeatedly between 5 million and 3 million years ago, during a geological period called Pliocene Epoch, and pushed up global sea levels.
The findings may provide insights into how sea levels could rise as a consequence of current global warming, an ICL release said Monday.
"The Pliocene Epoch had temperatures that were two or three degrees higher than today and similar atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to today," Tina Van De Flierdt of the college's Department of Earth Science and Engineering said.
"Our study underlines that these conditions have led to a large loss of ice and significant rises in global sea level in the past. Scientists predict global temperatures of a similar level may be reached by the end of this century, so it is very important for us to understand what the possible consequences might be." Read More

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fukushima Spiking All of a Sudden

Bad as the situation is at Fukushima, it's gotten worse.
Perhaps you've heard that radiation levels of the water leaving the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear power plane and flowing into the Pacific Ocean have risen by roughly 9,000 per cent. Turns out, that's probably putting a good face on it. 
By official measurement, the water coming out of Fukushima is currently 90,000 times more radioactive than officially "safe" drinking water.  
These are the highest radiation levels measured at Fukusmima since March 2011, when an earthquake-triggered tsunami destroyed the plant's four nuclear reactors, three of which melted down. Read More

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Healing the Earth: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

By Gleb Raygorodetsky

For Indigenous peoples climate change is not a political slogan but an inescapable reality of their daily life. In a new series for the Ecologist, Gleb Raygorodetsky explores how different communities are responding to the challenges of climate change.
Introduction:
“What do we do when we are sick?” asked Ms. Carrie Dan, a respected Elder and a spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone Nation in the United States. She was addressing an audience of over 300 Indigenous delegates from around the world who came to Anchorage, Alaska, in the spring of 2009 for an international summit of Indigenous peoples on climate change. “We take the fever away,” she replied. “Now we have to do this with the Earth. The Earth won’t get healed until someone takes care of her.”
My journey in search of answers to the question of what it would take to help heal our ailing planet, began long before the Anchorage gathering. As a project manager for an international conservation NGO (non-governmental organization) and then a program officer for a private grant-making foundation, I had learned about the real impacts of climate change on traditional communities.
I came to realize that for Indigenous peoples like Ms. Dann, climate change was not a political slogan, a theory, or a fundraising strategy, but an inescapable reality of daily life. While they have contributed the least to climate change, the Indigenous peoples and traditional communities have experienced the brunt of its effects, paying for the carbon-gorged lifestyles of people like myself in developed countries.
Despite their predicament - of which climate change is but one challenge - Indigenous peoples refuse to be mere victims of the unfolding climate crisis. Instead, they are becoming a growing creative force behind local, regional, and global responses to the threat of climate change. And whilst their particular ecological and social conditions differ, their approaches to dealing with climate change are surprisingly similar.
Indigenous peoples are convinced that “silver-bullet” or “cookie-cutter” solutions arising out of the dominant economic and development models are not the right path forward. They believe that any efforts aimed at dealing with the challenges of climate change must be firmly rooted in Indigenous traditions of relating to the Earth with respect, reciprocity, and reverence. Read More

Mexico Volcano Spews Ash 2 Miles High

One of the world's most active volcanoes, Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, has come to life, spewing ash, gas, and steam (as seen from the village of Santiago Xalitzintla on July 4).

Just 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Mexico City, the volcano has spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) high.
The volcano has been exploding for several days, causing Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention to elevate their national alert rating to Yellow Phase 3. A yellow alert signals that the volcano has demonstrated medium-to-high levels of activity. The next and final step would be a red alert, which would require the evacuation of nearby residents.

Al Jazeera reported that international airlines have cancelled flights in and out of Mexico City, stranding hundreds of people over the weekend. Read More

Massive earthquakes can make volcanoes sink The biggest earthquakes also move mountains.
The massive earthquakes that struck Japan and Chile in 2011 and 2010, respectively, sank several big volcanoes by up to 6 inches (15 centimeters), two new studies report.
This is the first time scientists have seen a string of volcanoes drop after an earthquake. Even though the mountains are on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, their descents look remarkably similar. The two teams have different explanations for why the volcanoes sank, according to the studies, published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. However, both groups agree it's likely scientists will discover more examples of drooping volcanoes after big earthquakes, and find a single mechanism that controls the process. Read More

EXTREME WEATHER: How will Europe prepare for the next flood?

German officials reacted with alarm when they found themselves not quite prepared last month for the worst flooding in 400 years. In mid-June, during the third week of the deluge, Germany found itself short of sandbags. Its neighbors -- the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Denmark -- quickly came to Germany's aid and provided 1.65 million empty sandbags.
According to a report in Der Speigel, government sources would only talk about the crisis on condition of anonymity, as this kind of shortfall -- call it poor planning or being caught out by an act of God -- had simply never happened before. In Austria, more rain fell the last days of May and first of June than usually falls in two months. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, May 2013 was the third-warmest May since record-keeping began in 1880.
The widespread flooding of the past month in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and parts of Hungary and the Czech Republic has been some of the worst in history. The situation was so dire in some places, German local governments had to resort to extreme measures. Read More

Antarctic Lake Vostok buried under two miles of ice found to teem with life

A giant lake buried more than two miles beneath the Antarctic ice has been found to contain a "surprising" variety of life. 

Analysis of ice cores obtained from the basin of Lake Vostok, the subglacial lake that Russian scientists drilled down to in 2012, have revealed DNA from an estimated 3,507 organisms.
While the majority were found to be bacteria, many of which were new to science, there were also other single celled organisms and multicellular organisms found, including from fungi.
The diversity of life from the lake has surprised scientists as many had thought the lake would be sterile due to the extreme conditions.
Lake Vostok was first covered by ice more than 15 million years ago and is now buried 12,000 feet beneath the surface, creating huge pressures. Few nutrients were expected to be found.
However, samples of ice that had formed as water from the lake froze onto the bottom of the glacial ice sheet above have revealed it is teeming with life. Read More