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There are 42 forms but only one Essence

Form is a reflection of Essence. Form can keep changing but Essence always remains the same.

In other words, something may exist in many forms but will actually come from the same essence.

Forms are like shapes, perspectives or ways of looking at things. You can create one dough but choose to make a pizza, bread or cookies just by altering the final ingredients (say, salt versus sugar). Further on, you can choose various shapes or add various flavors, nuts, seeds, icings or creams. Hence, one dough is a sufficient base for filling a half of the bakery shop ūüėČ

The key understanding is this:
Essence is inner.
Form is outer.

Your being is your Essence. The rest makes up your forms.

Traits do not equal being.
Behavior does not equal being.
Skills do not equal being.
Achievements do not equal being.
Failures do not equal being.
Family does not equal being.
History does not equal being.

These are your forms: shadows, moods, perspectives, projections, looks, contexts or disguises.

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When you look at your life circumstances, choices to be made and decisions to be taken, they may seem to be very complex.  Yet, there is a hidden simplicity behind them.
Your essence.

Think about yourself for a moment.

Are you able to describe yourself with one sentence?
What is your basic call?

Are you here to solve problems?
Are you here to push the frontiers of technology?
Are you here to make discoveries?
Are you here to spread kindness?
Are you here to help others heal?
Are you here to test the limits and borders?
Are you here to transcend pain?
Are you here to exercise patience?
Are you here to care for nature?
Are you here to preach and teach?

Whom are you becoming?

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Think about yourself for a moment.

Are you able to describe yourself with one word?

Are you to be patient?
Are you to be stubborn?
Are you to be searching?
Are you to be kind?
Are you to be honest?
Are you to be demanding?
Are you to be competitive?
Are you to be pushing?
Are you to be experimenting?

What is your core?

Start to know yourself.
If you understand your Essence, your life will become much more enjoyable. Why? Because you will be able to take congruent decisions (in agreement with yourself) and make more out of your experiences.

You can see decisions and choices as creative outlets for your self-expression. Decisions will inherently lead to new experiences or change, hence you may evaluate them by a perception of how you will go with them. You will compare the (some-)thing your decision is about with the ideal you, the you to become.

When you are considering a few options, you may ask yourself:

  • Is this job like me?
  • Is this house like me?
  • Is this country like me?
  • Are these friends like me?
  • Is this meal like me?

This is something that you can feel or know.

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Alternatively, consider your 3-5 most personal values, such as competitiveness, wisdom, honesty, friendship, individuality, humor, persistence, etc, whatever matters to you the most. Obviously you need some time to determine your values first.

Ask yourself. Is the subject of your decision reflecting the values you appreciate the most?

  • Is the company offering you a job having similar values to the ones you have?
  • Is your local community supporting the values that are important to you?
  • Are your friends sharing similar values as you hold dear?
  • Is this laptop / clothes / tools / equipment helping you to develop the values that matter?

Find it out.

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Don’t be misguided by the look, first impressions, behaviors, traits, clothes or speeches.
To know the truth is to see the Essence.
It is the inner quality that shines through no matter what.

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By the way if you were wondering about the number of 42 forms, it is a guess. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, we learn that 42 is “The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”. So, I hope this accounts for the number of forms too ūüėČ

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The image above shows a beautiful quilt by Inge Duin. See more of her works on  www.ingeduin.nl.

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Nettle, dear nettle

The power to live fully comes from whole, vibrant and nutrients dense food. One of my favorite food are herbs, and one of my favorite herbal allies is nettle (urtica dioica). Yes, indeed, this is the stinging nettle you know. The name “urtica” says it all – it comes from Latin meaning “I burn”.

Nettles grow like weeds throughout much of the world. They are very common both in north and middle Europe, growing in wild, abandoned places, close to old houses or compost piles. You can find them around swamps or waterways, off-beaten paths and in open areas of woodlands.

You can harvest them yourself in May and June and dry for your own use. Obviously you will need cotton gloves and long pants to spare yourself the stings. Once you collect your herbs, please carry them in a cotton bag and dry them in an airy room or a shed without a direct exposure to sunlight.

Energy packed drink

The dried nettles make a fantastic nourishing infusion. Such a drink offers more energy than coffee or other stimulants.

Who are the ones to benefit?

In fact, everybody, but especially all people on the-go. These are: sleep-deprived mothers, fast-paced businessmen, hard-working researchers, depressed or physically weak, reconvalescents, anxious kids or nervous teenagers. Wise people of all ages will love the nettle to nourish them, replenish their energy and calm the nerves.

Nettle leaves contain many active compounds. These are chlorophyll A and B, organic acids (such as glycolic acid, glyceric acid, formic acid, butyric acid, acetic acid  and silicic acid), flavonoids, tannins, carotenoids, phytosterols, xanthophyll, amine compounds (such as histamine , acetylcholine and serotonin) and various enzymes and plant hormones. The roots contain mostly organic acids, lecithin, waxes and mineral salts.

Urtica is truly rich in minerals and vitamins and in high amounts: the blood-building iron, restorative and bone mending calcium, anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, memory-enhancing zinc, anti-diabetes chromium, or vision-aiding vitamin A, blood clotting vitamin K, and overall supportive vitamins B (B1, B2, B3, B5), immune-boosting vitamin C and antioxidant vitamin E. There is also manganese, silicon, phosphorous and some others.

The benefits of nettles

Urtica is mainly a medicinal plant which “cleans the blood”, or in other words, facilitates the body’s removal of all kinds harmful products of metabolism. But thanks to the high content of trace elements and vitamins it helps to streamline all metabolic processes. Nettle also increases blood levels of hemoglobin and red blood cell count, so they are of great help for anemics.

Nettle infusions prevent minor bleeding from capillaries in the gastrointestinal tract. This valuable herb stimulates the secretion of gastric juice and it is slightly bile-production enhancer. It also facilitates the assimilation of foods and lowers blood sugar levels. It inhibits inflammation in the urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract. It stimulates the immune system, increasing resistance to infection.

The preparations of the nettle leaves applied externally treat eczema, acne, or dermatitis. They strengthen the hair roots and nourish the skin. They activate the regeneration of the skin and accelerate wound healing.

In short, nettles are a powerhouse of nature. Just by inspecting the ingredients, you will find out that nettles are a great tonic to nearly all conditions. Moreover, they are safe to take for an extended periods of times. Daily.

The action of the nettle leaves is:
– diuretic (stimulate urination specifically aiding the elimination of uric acid)
Рdecongestant 
– anti-haemorrhagic (inhibit internal and external bleeding)
– stimulating blood circulation (warm the body up)
– hypoglycemic (lower blood sugar)
– anti-arteriosclerotic (stop the hardening of the arterial walls)
– detoxification
– hampering the creation of bladder stones
– regulating metabolism
– stimulating regeneration processes
– hematopoietic (increase the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood)
– lymphagogue (stimulate activity of the lymph system)
– tonic (nourish and tone the tissues, specifically those of the urinary system)

Indications:

– physical weakness
– lack of energy
– mental health
Рmetabolic disorders  
– swelling after exercise or as a result of hypertension
Рurinary tract inflammation  
– tendency to hemorrhage
– circulatory disorders (cold hands and feet)
Рanemia  
– chronic skin diseases
Рchronic wounds  
Рpancreatic disease  
– rheumatic diseases
– poisoning and detoxifying treatments
Рweak immunity 
– diabetes
– eczema
– atherosclerosis
– thyroid problems (as suggested by the herbalist Mathew Wood)
– pregnancy tonic
– inducing lactation in nursing mothers
Рslow growth of nails and hair 

 Are you somewhere on the list above? Choose the nettle to support you. Their cumulative effect builds over time.

Tea vs infusion

Forget the nettle teas Рthey are too weak to count for your health. The nettles used in the teas are often of too low quality and too much powdered. In such a form they have gone through too much heat and processing that removed much of their nutritional profile. Harvest your own nettles or buy them dried in bulk from respectful herbal shops.  Make your own infusions.  

The difference between a tea and infusion lies in the quality and quantity of herbs as well as the steeping time.

A tea is often steeped from low quality, nearly powdered herbs, for a short time, e.g. 5-10min. An herbal infusion offers a nutrients-dense drink. It is steeped (while covered) for at least 4h and often 6-8h. The time is necessary to extract the active compounds into the liquid. The lid is necessary to prevent the volatile ingredients from escaping. You need high quality herbs and in a relatively big amount. 

Nettle infusion

nettle_infusion5-6 table spoons of dried nettle leaves (or more for medicinal use, up to 30g)
1 liter boiling water

Put the dried nettles into a jar (I use kilner jars for all my herbs, but any jar capable of handling boiling water will do). Add the boiling water and cover the jar with lid. Steep it for 4-6h or overnight. Strain out the infusion and drink it during a day. It will not stay fresh for another day unless you store it in a fridge (where it may stay for one day). Some herbalist suggest to simmer the herbs for 5min first. I am not sure it is necessary.

The infusion is very dark in color, nearly black. It can perfectly help you start the day instead of coffee.

Note: If this is your first time to start on herbal infusions, start slowly. Use one or two table spoons first (per 1 liter) and slowly increase the amount of nettle over the following 7-10 days. Observe yourself. For the best benefits, drink it daily for at least 30 days.

Use smaller amounts of herbs for kids.  A rule of thumb would be to use 1/4 of the adult dose for kids age 3-7 (and 1/6-1/8 dose for smaller kids), 1/2 dose for kids below 15. Remember to start gently as kids respond faster to herbs than adults.

Nettle in the kitchen

Nettle work especially great in spring and are especially recommended for people over 40. The best is to make a juice from nettles. You need to drink it 2-3 times daily for two weeks, a spoonful of juice squeezed from a young nettle leaves. Nettles can be passed through a meat grinder or blender andsqueezed through cheesecloth, or by a slow masticating juicer (such as a fantastic Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Juicer in the USA or Hurom in Europe), and the resulting juice stored in a jar in the refrigerator for a few days without preservatives.

There is also a fresh stinging nettle juice offered commercially by the German company Salus (Floradix). It can be bought here or there. Salus offers high quality juices from fresh plants. I have used a number of their products with good to great results.

You can eat a salad of finely chopped nettles, adding to it olive oil and salt. You can also use nettles in any meal or soup where spinach is called for. Heat and drying removes the stinging action and cooking for 10min will do so too.

In summary

Nettle seems rough and stinging, but this Lady is such a loving soul beneath. It is a true ally.

If there is one herb ever you would consider drinking and eating, choose this one! 

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This post is linked to Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday blog carnival.

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Photo courtesy wwarby available under Creative Commons on Flickr.

References: 

If you want to learn more about nettle the herbal books below are great: 

 
“The main medicinal uses of nettles historically were internally as a tonic and highly nutrient food, and treatment of the following conditions ‚Äď anemia, rheumatism and arthritis, eczema and asthma, urinary ‚Äėgravel‚Äô and stomach complaints, skin infections, and as an ‚Äėanti-haemorrhagic‚Äô.¬†
Nettles have also been traditionally used externally as a hair tonic/shampoo, locally applied styptic for nosebleeds and haemorrhoids, and stinging treatment (urtication) for arthritis and rheumatism.”
 
Polish references:
  • Rosliny lecznicze stosowane u dzieci, prof Waleria Olechowicz-Stepien, prof. Eliza Lamer-Zarawska
  • Ziola czynia cuda, Andrzej SkarzyŇĄski

Other health-related posts

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The title of this post comes from this article by Sarah Boseley, the Guardian.

¬†“Antibiotic resistance remains a major threat to public health around the world, and for the large part, the cause is misuse of antibiotics”, says the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Say it aloud: anti-biotics. The “anti” is the Greek word meaning “against”, while “bios” is life. Against life. (Now it’s clear what the name probiotics stands for too ;))

Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs nowadays. They fight bacterial infections, though they are useless against the viral ones. When used properly, antibiotics can save lives. When overused, antibiotics boost bacteria resistance to the levels that have not been known before. This poses a threat to our lives, especially when we are going through a treatment or operation in a hospital. According to the author of this book, over 70% of the pathogenic bacteria in hospitals are at least minimally resistant to antibiotics. I think the situation is more serious than we want to believe it is.

Bacteria

Bacteria were before us and have been with us for millennia. Bacteria are everywhere. We wear bacteria on our skin and in various places in the body. Some of them are essential for our well-being, such as the ones taking care that the food is properly digested. Some of them are harmless. Yet, some of them are like soldiers in the times of Peace, calm yet easily mobilized for an attack when the right opportunity comes. 

Bacteria may even “like us” as we have a symbiotic relation with them. They are often not dangerous until the time comes when the balance in the body is lost. This is often the case when the previous usage of antibiotics weakened the immune system and/or we have not taken sufficient care of ourselves. This happens when we sleep too little, stress and eat junk food,¬†overwork ourselves, go through difficult transformations or crisis,¬†or when we carry strong emotions and suppress them.

In the beginning, bacteria start slowly. There is just a feeling of some weakness, unease or perhaps extra tiredness. When ignored, bacteria multiply fast and soon they are well equipped for a full attack. You or your child are then suffering from an unstoppable dry/wet cough, catarrh and pain in the chest. After a few days you have had enough of it. You will go to the doctor (or a GP, as here in the UK). Of course, the traditional medical doctors are well trained in all main-stream approaches. They will often prescribe antibiotics.

Antibiotics

What will you do? If this is about yourself, perhaps you will wait for some more time and see how things develop.¬†If this is about your child, well…, you may become scared. In your best will, you will subscribe to the authority of the profession, the anointed¬†wise men, chosen to guide towards the vibrant health. You will follow the doctor’s¬†prescription. Of course, this is the antibiotic of the new generation, 100x better¬†and stronger than the old penicillin.

Oh, how wonderful! How great is its working!

The missile attack of this new generation destroys everything alive inside the body, killing all the bacteria, even the beneficial ones. The antibiotic is strong. Perhaps too strong. It has worked well, it seems. 

Now your good flora is wiped out from the digestive tract and you become more susceptible to invasive pathogens. This may sound acceptable to sacrifice the good bacteria for the highest good (survival) in order to kill the evil ones, but ….Do you realize that¬†the strength of your immune system is directly correlated to the healthy gut?¬†

And there it comes. Your intestines allow more and more toxins to go in your blood stream because they don’t have enough good bacteria to fight against. This leads to a weakened immune system and severe gut¬†inflammation. So, soon comes an era of thrush, candida overgrown or another microorganism enjoying the clean space in your gut.¬†Now, the doctor will prescribe another medicine which will kill all the fungi invaders. However, the war is not over. These will soon be replaced by the new, mutated bacteria which were smart enough¬†to hide in the dark bunkers of your body.

While your body was busy to counterbalance the die-off of the fungi, the survivor bacteria were fiercely working underground, preparing for the new forms of attack. Surely, the information from the antibiotic was available so they worked hard to incorporate these traits to their DNA so that they could misguide the antibiotics of the new generation. They have adopted their DNA and cell boundaries and will soon begin a new attack. They are now wiser, stronger and better equipped.

And you or your child, their lovely hosts, will welcome them back. Why? Because your gut is unprepared for an invasion. Your cough is impossible to stop, the head is shouting from pain, the phlegm is everywhere, and you are incredibly weak.

You go to the medical doctor or a GP again and get the third antibiotic this¬†autumn/winter. Because, obviously the previous ones have not done the job¬†sufficiently well. And, let’s hope the winter is severe enough to kill the bad bacteria.¬†But … there are bacteria which survive all hard conditions, even severe cold. They awake refreshed in spring, looking for new hosts.

Gut and antibiotics resistance

To understand the antibiotics resistance, please read the Molecular Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance report by Powell.

A few citations from Herbal antibiotics:

“The fairly recent discovery that all of the water supplies in the industralized countries are contaminated with the minute¬†amounts of antibiotics (from their excretion into water supplies) means that bacteria everywhere¬†are experiencing low doses of antibiotics all the time.”

“Once in the presence of antibiotic, [even in low doses] a bacterium’s learning rate immediately increases by several orders of magnitude.”

“As bacteria gain resistance, they pass that knowledge on to all forms of bacteria they meet.¬†They are not competing with each other for resources, as standard evolutionary theory predicted, but rather¬†prominiscouosly cooperate in the sharing of the survival information.”

“Bacteria can share the resistance information directly or simply extrude it from their cells. They often experiment, combining¬†resistance information from multiple sources in unique ways that increase resistance, generate new resistance pathways or¬†even stimulate resistance to the antibiotics that they have never encountered before.”

Two quotes form this short article:

“The new ECDC data shows a significant rise over the last four years of combined resistance to multiple antibiotics in Klebsiella pneumoniae and E. coli, in more than one-third of the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries.”

“K pneumoniae is a Gram-negative bacterium, that normally lives harmlessly in the gut, but is increasingly showing up as a harmful “superbug” causing urinary, respiratory tract and bloodstream infections, particularly in hospital settings where it spreads rapidly among patients via the hands of healthcare workers and is a frequent cause of hospital outbreaks.”

A citation from the Gut and psychology syndrome book:

“Just like Candida Albicans, the Clostridia family was given a special opportunity by the era of¬†antibiotics, because Clostridia are also resistant to them. So, every course of broad spectrum antibiotics removes good bacteria, which leaves Clostridia uncontrolled and allows it to grow. Different species of Clostridia cause severe inflammation of the digestive system, for example¬†Clostridium Dificile¬†causes a¬†potentially¬†fatal pseudo-membranous colitis. Some species of Clostridia have been linked to such¬†debilitating digestive disorders as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.”

Think it twice, think it 5x!

There are times when there is no discussion whether antibiotics¬†should be taken or not. Antibiotics are to save lives.¬†Yet, in the age of antibiotic’s overuse and hardly any new antibiotic¬†development (financially uninteresting to the big pharma),¬†I encourage you to think 5x before you will take an antibiotic. Perhaps your taking it for a relatively mild condition will add to the boost of bacteria resistance, while your gut flora will suffer.¬†

Do you really, really, desperately need it to save your life???

Please realize that antibiotic-resistant infections and “super bugs” are becoming a huge challenge to standard medicine. Diseases that were easily treated by antibiotics, say tuberculosis, are not any longer. The bacteria become more and more resistant.

Before using antibiotics, I encourage you to learn about options, alternatives and side-effects. This is your homework as very few traditional medical doctors will consider alternatives for you. In many cases, they even cannot because there are regulations they have to follow.

Over the years you have consumed, ether consciously or not, sufficient doses of penicillin and related antibiotics, macrolides, antifungals and so on. This is not only through taking medicines, but perhaps, more importantly, it is through the tiny doses that come from the consumption of dairy, meat and fish, yet accumulate over the years.

The book

I highly recommend the Herbal antibiotics book by Stephen Harrod Buhner which can be bought at Amazon or BookDepository (ships worldwide for free). Buy the version from 2012, not from 2000 if possible. This book is not yet translated to other languages. 

This is a well-written and researched book on herbal alternatives (teas, tinctures or infusions) for treating drug-resistant bacteria. The book is scientific at times and not an easy read, but it is not meant to be such. The book is meant to be a practical reference for self-help or in times of crisis.

While the subject of antibiotic-resistance is alarming, the author is not spreading any fear. Instead, he focuses on facts. These facts are clearly presented and supported by available research and study (and obviously Buhner’s long-life experience as a medical herbalist); an enormous amount of references is given for a diligent reader. Buhner comes with extremely valuable information on the use of herbs. He also discusses potential side-effects or cross-references with other drugs. He presents detailed profiles of thirty herbs and their actions.¬†

Many of the herbs described (although not all) can be grown in your garden or balcony, others can be bought in health food shops or online, either raw or as teas, tinctures and oils. The home remedy recipes are easy to follow and prepare, given that you have the ingredients first. 

Are your ready for the world without antibiotics?

I am. The knowledge of Buhner has potentially saved my kids from taking the antibiotics twice over the last few months.

Highly recommended!

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Photo shows “Interaction of MRSA (green bacteria) with a human white cell. The bacteria shown is strain MRSA252, a leading cause of hospital-associated infections in the United States and United Kingdom.” Photo courtesy NIAID available under the Creative Commons license on Flickr.

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Recently I’ve found my Request Box I’ve long forgotten about. It is a small cartoon box I created seven years ago. It holds my dear wishes.

Inside the box you will find a few pieces of paper, each dedicated to a single request. Different colors are meant for different types of wishes.

Each request is described only briefly, but it contains the necessary details. I explain why I want this particular event happen in my life and how I want it to happen. 

What is more important, however, is the ritual of writing. At that moment I was seeing, hearing and feeling the circumstances around the request. On the canvas of my imagination I created a short movie of how it would have been to participate in the events if the request was a reality.

How would I feel? I felt the feelings.
How would I think? I thought the thoughts.
What would I say? I said the words in my mind.
What would I be hearing around me? I heard the sounds and the silence.
I spent a day per request to remember the feelings well.

The requests are written in a form of a prayer to Holy Spirit, who is the Doer and the Performer on the Earth. The prayer is structured in a simple way but it is a free-flow within it. In fact, it is more a demand than a request. I don’t beg, but explain, ask and command.

I open and close each request in the same way. In the beginning I say “Dear Holy Spirit and my High Conscious Self“. Why do I address the request to myself as well? Because I deliberately ask my Super-conscious Self to become aware of the longings of the present down-to-earth Ela and make her prepare well for the things to come. In the end, communication is the key, even within yourself, isn’t it?

I end my prayer by saying “Holy Spirit make it so to the highest good of all involved“. My ending is meant to be open so that the request comes to life in a way which is beneficial and rewarding and perhaps still beyond my imagination.

At that time all these wishes were far beyond my reach. There were perfectly legitimate wishes, in general, but seemed impossible for me because of the real or imagined limitations and obstacles. At that time I did not believe they would come true.

Now, seven years forward and all the requests have become reality. They are fulfilled in abundance and in ways that surpass my imagination. They have not come to life neither at the time I wanted nor exactly the way I imagined. They however closely matched the feelings I created.¬† In fact the feelings were my guide because at some point I had to discriminate between a number of responses that seemed to fulfill my wishes, yet weren’t. I knew I had to yet wait for something different, because the feelings didn’t match. It was worth it.

Prepare and let it go

Why to wait seven years, you may ask? Well…. what else is there to do except conscious action and trust?¬† It has taken me less than seven years, but still a few long years. Why? Looking back I was certainly not ready at the time I wanted the requests to be fulfilled, even though I was convinced otherwise.

I was certainly motivated and excited to have the wishes granted, wanting them from all my heart, demanding them and pushing towards them as goals. Over the first two years I had made little progress by my conscious efforts. Whatever I did to move towards my goals, I was pushed away. There were always new obstacles and challenges, simply growing out of nowhere. I couldn’t grasp it. In all my self-coaching efforts, I was pushing myself forward, yet it didn’t work.

Until I have finally understood it. My over-motivation, over-determination and over-excitement were counterproductive. It was the best learning I got on goals and what is beyond them. Two years after the creation of the Request Box, I finally relaxed and let it go. And then things slowly started to happen. Not that I realized that at that time – I can only see it now.

Readiness is an intention or a state of sharp alertness, when you are prepared to do / welcome something in your life and gracefully handle the consequences that follow. Oftentimes you believe you are prepared simply because you want something deeply and desperately. Oftentimes, you are not. (For instance you may easily get kids to later find out that you were not yet prepared for compromises, sleepless nights, cuts in spending and new responsibilities.)

If there is desperation to your wish, you are not ready yet for it to come. You need to let it go and free yourself from the outcome.

What is the purpose of the Request Box?

Writing is tangible. It is a physical act that creates an anchor for our abstract thoughts. Without an anchor, our thoughts are like clouds that sometimes are there and sometimes fly away. Writing is like planting a seed.

The structure of the request and the box are there to create a ritual, a distinct form. This is to make the requests important, to mark particular thoughts and feelings as special. The box is to create the imaginary space for germination without your influence.

The feeling and imagination are the principles for characterization of what we want and the recognition when it arrives. The key is to ask yourself the question “How would I know / see / feel / hear what others are saying when my request is fulfilled?” Simple yet powerful.

The requests are closed in a box and left for germination. No, please don’t open the box every hour or every day to remember what is there. You will remember it anyway. Your seed will be disturbed or perhaps even die if you are going to constantly dig in the soil. Open your box, say, once or twice a year (unless you want to add a new request, of course).

The best strategy is to plant the seed consciously and let it grow. Forget the box. Really, forget it. Forget the box until one day the feelings will make it clear to you. There is your seed which has grown into a tree :).

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I am going to fill in my Request Box this month. What about You?

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Photo courtesy Fe 108Aums, available under the Creative Commons license on Flickr.

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Do you want to be a norm?

You want to be perfect.
Balanced. Harmonious. Spotless.

That is what you think you want. To follow the perfect dream.

You want to have a great family.
(Obviously, a great house and a car too.)
You want an easy and smooth life.
You want to make a great carrier.

That is what you think you want. To follow the standard dream.

Do you want to be a deviation?

Luckily, you are much different than the norm.
You are strange, perhaps odd, colorful and spotty.
You are a masterpiece in creation.

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It is the differences, not the norm, that shape interest and curiosity.

They make us think.
They make us look for answers.
They make us change and grow.

What is known and explained becomes boring.
What is different and standing out becomes interesting.

Have you ever thought that the greatest inspiration comes from the parts that do not fit to a model?
These are the ugly parts, aberrations, defects, imperfections, or surprises.
Indeed, we push towards a new development because the deviation is there and demands attention.

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Harmony and elegance are powerful. They create a comfort zone.
As much as we want it and love it, we become lazy and purposeless when we dwell there for too long.

The norm, the model, the comfort zone is a place of rejuvenation. For a short while only.

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The parts of yourself that are elegant, polished and worked-out make a great cover.
They help you shine. Yet, they likely stand on the way to your progress.

The parts of yourself that you wish to dispose of, change or hide are the sources of great power.
The imperfections are a potential for growth and purpose.

It is where you don’t fit and how you differ from others that becomes your strength.
It is the difference that is an inspiration for change.

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Dare to be a Deviation, not the Norm.

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