Tim Lynch talks about his visit to Russia, Anastasia, Dolmens, Eco Festivals & The Schetinin School (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 30th 2015 @ 10:03 PM
What is happening in Russia at the moment, since the Anastasia series of Ringing Cedars books?
What is a Dolmen? Are they really up to 7,000 years old, and how come they are reflected in the constellations of the night sky?
What type of schooling are the children in this particular area of Russia experiencing, relating to 'how does a human being live on a planet'?
What is happening at the many summer Eco Festivals across the face of Russia?
8 years ago Tim experienced a profound dream whilst camping between, of all things, two cedar trees, when attending a gathering of Dances of Universal Peace. This dream compelled Tim to travel to Russia for one month to investigate what it meant and along the way he discovered something extraordinary and magical. Read More »
Christopher Le Breton on Kaitiakitanga, Guardianship of the Environment for Seven Generations (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 23rd 2015 @ 8:40 PM
In what has been called the defining decade, there's a growing sense of the need to reappraise our current global situation, and to question many of our prevailing assumptions. What if we really are the people we've been waiting for?
Christopher Le Breton is uniquely placed to make a difference at the interface of environment and development, having been an environmental project officer in the European Commission in charge of projects in the former Soviet Union. He was also a European Union environmental adviser and capacity-builder on the ground in Serbia. He has lived, worked, and travelled in 97 countries around the world, engaging at all levels, from Government to grassroots, from private sector to not for profit sector.
Christopher walked away from this lifestyle, sold his house in London, and set out to bike the world giving Awakening the Dreamer Symposiums as he went. After completing 75 educational workshops in 7 countries over years, including 50 of them cycling through Australia and Indonesia, Christopher Le Breton has settled in New Zealand.
He had been able to implement a number of projects in 10 countries over 7 years, inspiring people to create thriving, dynamic projects in their communities. These projects are boosting, for instance, local economies in Australia, saving indigenous wisdom in Indonesia & Ecuador, saving orangutans, and addressing climate change in Indonesia. On leaving Ecuador recently an indigenous elder asked Christopher to go back and change the dream of the modern world – that is to wake every one up!
Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, Christopher has set up Earth Partners Trust in partnership with tangata whenua, promoting the concept, understanding and implementation of Kaitiakitanga, guardianship and stewardship of the environment for the current and the next seven generations. Read More »
Dr's JJ Hurtak & Desiree Hurtak on the 'Keys of Enoch' (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 16th 2015 @ 9:11 PM
This wide ranging interview covers many interlinking and overlapping subjects, including; Consciousness, New Paradigm, Quantum Realities, Space Time - ET’s and UFO’s - Trans Pluto, Mother Earth, Sustainability, Ecological Awareness, Co-creation and Co-operation.
When we sleep at night we basically disconnect from our outer realm and bodily sensations and enter what JJ Hurtak says is ‘an ocean of consciousness, swimming in hyperspace’ - that our consciousness is not localised in our body it is open to a vast plethora of dimensions - as the Australian Aborigines aptly named the 'dream time.'
That there are many levels of sleep. Beyond rapid eye movement and all the analysis that has take place, and the usual mixed messages of dreams we experience, we can tap into other realms that are available to us every night. JJ Hurtak mentions the dreams of Joseph when back in Egypt and his ability to interpret them for the Pharaoh. So there is a long history of the potency of dreams, however with present day humanity, especially in the western world, we are awash in things, data, distraction and consumerism and rarely take the time to cultivate our inner being, and the levels of unconsciousness that may be just waiting to be acknowledged.
Desiree, also mentions how dreams can give us warnings and predictions and tells of one, as well as experiences of déjà vu. Read More »
Gary Cranston with Lisa Er on GE Trees and Climate Change (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 2nd 2015 @ 11:22 AM
“You cannot insert a gene you took from a bacteria into a seed, and call it life. You haven’t created life, you have polluted it.”
~ Vandana Shiva.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's definition of 'forest' includes commercial plantations of fast growing trees - often replacing biodiverse native forests relied on by local communities.
Perhaps this shonky description of a forest is really to accommodate industry, carbon sinks for emissions trading, and making money from climate change.
Forest conservation has been thought to be the simplest way to fight climate change, particularly in New Zealand, where cars and cows are incredibly effective carbon producers.
Have we now reduced the description of forests to ‘any area covered by trees’, discarding the structural, functional and biological diversity of non-tree elements that make up a forest, as well as the cultural importance of the interaction between forests and communities?
Drawing parallels between the treatment of workers and the treatment of natural systems, Gary Cranston talks about how the privatisation and the commodification of natural systems is being dressed up by polluters as a solution to climate change, and how these solutions must be replaced by solutions designed and implemented by and for those most threatened and least responsible for causing climate change itself if we are to realise an effective response to today's crisis of climate change and capitalism itself. Read More »
Lyndon Burford with Lisa Er on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty & Nuclear Disarmament (Ultimo)
posted Thu June 25th 2015 @ 4:42 PM
Forty-five years since the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) took effect, and 70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more than 16,000 nuclear weapons still exist-many on Cold War-era alert, ready to launch in 15 minutes.
Over the past 45 years, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has put in place an indispensable yet imperfect set of rules for creating a safer world.
Under the treaty, countries without nuclear weapons agree not to get them, and countries with nuclear weapons, (China, France, Russia, the UK and the US) agree to eventually get rid of them. India, Israel and Pakistan have nuclear weapons but have not joined the NPT; North Korea withdrew from the NPT in 2003, and then began testing nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, nuclear armed countries are spending hundreds of billions of dollars on modernising their arsenals.
Between April 27 and May 22 2015, 160 countries met together in New York for the NPT’s five yearly review conference, hoping to further advance nuclear disarmament and stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Representatives of those 160 countries, including New Zealand, attended the conference, with observers from dozens of non-governmental organisations.
Lyndon Burford attended as a civil society adviser in the New Zealand delegation to the NPT Review Conference, and was also representing the Peace Foundation.
In this interview Lyndon explains how, after a month of negotiations, the conference failed to reach consensus on effective measures to advance nuclear disarmament or stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Read More »
Evaluating and Finding Solutions on Human Health with John Coombs and Lisa Er (Ultimo)
posted Fri June 5th 2015 @ 12:18 PM
Is our lifestyle impacting on our health more than it did when our grandparents were growing up?
We have better hygiene for sure, so why are we not the picture of health that we should and could be?
Perhaps in the old days people spent more time out of doors and not on electronic equipment; they ate seasonally when food was available; they cooked at home and ate far less pre-prepared food; they didn’t eat GMOs, preservatives, stabilizers and food additives, and they had far fewer prescription drugs. Read More »
Sue Bradford: A Leftwing Think Tank For Aotearoa (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 28th 2015 @ 12:47 PM
A Major Leftwing Think Tank In Aotearoa: Call To Action Or Impossible Dream?
Sue Bradford interviewed by Lisa Er.
A strong lady with a soft heart Sue Bradford has been an activist on unemployed workers and beneficiary issues for many years. She was a Green Party MP for ten years from 1999-2009, and stood for the Mana Party in the 2011 general election.
Sue wrote a piece for Foreign Control Watchdog in August 2012 called A Major Leftwing Think Tank In Aotearoa: Call To Action Or Impossible Dream, which resulted in her refining her PhD research into the concept of a possible Leftwing think tank in this country.
She has since gained her PhD in public policy at Auckland University of Technology. See a link to it below.
Sue is currently working part time for the welfare activist group Auckland Action Against Poverty, (AAAP) and is starting work on a project to establish an activist/academic transformational Left think tank in Aotearoa. Read More »
Jeff Clarkson - Composer, Musician and Mediation Facilitator (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 21st 2015 @ 11:58 AM
Jeff is a gifted New Zealand composer and musician, especially in marrying the pan pipes with electronic synthesizers.
He has been playing since 1984 and has been consistently bringing through new sounds, hitting some profoundly beautiful notes and melodies as well as haunting numbers that touch the very soul of your being.
Over the last 10 years he has started to teach meditation that is very complimentary to the soft clear sounds or nature that he creates.
Jeff was a hard rock n roller musician for 20 years before he changed direction at 32 years of age and came out with a CD called Butterfly, that he played in hospital at the birth of his first child, and from then on the album was played in many areas of hospital life from the aged, to the recovery ward, to massage rooms and holistic practitioners who needed a quite soothing ambience for the many available healing modalities.
The key to this was that Jeff wanted to bring through a feeling of peace and stillness so that anyone could gather themselves in a space that was congruent with being still. Read More »
Lisa Er and The Awareness Party, From A Movement To A Political Party (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 14th 2015 @ 10:59 AM
Lisa Er of The Awareness Party that is now changing from a Movement to an actual Political Party.
Can a new ‘conscious’ political party come into being from the grass roots up and take a large majority of New Zealanders with them to reshape our political landscape as well as revitalise our cultural aspirations?
NZ was once the envy of the world, as many New Zealanders owned their own homes as well as had a stake in a large number of co-operatives, mutual insurance societies, trust banks, building societies plus liquor and hotel trusts. Today - all gone.
We were once seen as a fair country where everyone basically would get a good deal. To many overseas countries, we in NZ were seen as more egalitarian, as well as a moral compass for good and we were known as being charitable.
So what are the key ingredients to governance and self governance so that we can all take our place within the context of a participative and an anticipatory democracy where we as a 'conscious' communities come together to cooperatively shape our entire nation.
How would a ‘new manifestos’ look when pulling all the differing threads from left, right and centre, into one coherent, dynamic and synergistically, resourceful whole? Read More »
Maree McLeay on Holistic Lifestyle & Wellbeing Strategies, with John Coombs (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 7th 2015 @ 11:55 AM
As more people become aware of the need for far healthier food choices, they are also turning towards more holistic modalities to optimise their bodies energies. The fact that our physical as well as emotional bodies are integral to our expression is seeing a marked awakening to a far more fulfilling potential, once we commit to the wellbeing of body, mind and spirit.
Maree McLeay of Global Health Clinics who manages Client Wellness Programmes, discusses with John Coombs practical wellness solutions for real people as well as visions for a working health system which is suitable for the needs of humanity in a world of uncertain futures.
The principles are to “be the change you want to see in the world”, developing a quality of life from this most basic premise. Read More »