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by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®, Author & Pinfluencer

Mitzi is currently the team nutritionist for Kansas City Royals Baseball Team.

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The Law of Attraction is always active. Some folks may have the idea that you set aside “Law of Attraction” time, or that you have to be thinking about the Law in order for it to be working, or that the Law of Attraction “might not hear” what you want. But the Law of Attraction is just another law of the universe, like gravity or relativity. It’s not a religion or even something that can be practiced, because it affects everyone, everywhere, even ones who don’t believe it.

The Law is active always, and it accepts and responds to the vibration you offer in every moment, whether you are wanting it to or not. You are constantly offering a vibration, even when you sleep. I really want everyone to understand that. Every thought you think is contributing to the vibration you offer, which attracts all components of your experience, and the direction of your creation is indicated by your feelings. Good feelings indicate you are thinking a thought that is allowing your greater well-being. Negative feelings indicate you are thinking a thought that is preventing or resisting your greater well-being.

We are all extensions of energy, we are all vibrational beings, and we can never be turned off as long as we live. There is never a moment that you are not offering vibrational energy. 

Will the Climate Change March Make a Difference to the Elites Who Run the World? 

On Sunday, more than 300,000 people came out for the People’s Climate March in Manhattan. Easily the largest environmental rally in history, the spectacle was a diverse and frenetic show of force, and in that sense was a spectacular success. The lingering question that was hanging over the proceedings still remains, however: Is all of that sound and fury going to make a difference to the global elites meeting across town at the United Nations for the latest Very Important Climate Change Summit on Tuesday?

Led by a procession of indigenous peoples, activists got things started just before 11:30 AM. In addition to your typical flower-adorned hippie types, there were black and Hispanic kids from around the country. The summer of police brutality punctuated by the death of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Missouri was never far from the surface, their names intermittently chanted by the legions of protesters.

The event was essentially a giant party. Elaborate floats coasted slowly down the street surrounded by activists with signs demanding action and marching bands. Inside the crowd was a smattering of radicals convinced that the environmental movement’s leaders are kidding themselves if they think carbon emissions can be reduced—and global warming’s worst effects averted—without dramatically reshaping the global economy.

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Canada risks being left behind as green energy takes off

The shift to clean energy is producing huge economic gains, but Canada risks being left behind if the federal government doesn’t get on board, a new report warns.

That’s the message from energy and climate think tank Clean Energy Canada, which paints a picture of a world increasingly embracing – and investing in – green energy alternatives.

Clean energy is now “business as usual, it is not boutique any more,” said Merran Smith, director of Clean Energy Canada. “This is where the puck is going … The world has changed and there is no going back.”

The report, to be released Monday on the eve of the United Nation’s global climate summit in New York, says that thanks to government support and dramatic increases in private investment, “companies, countries and whole economies are steadily reducing their dependence on fossil fuels and embracing clean and renewable energy.”

It cites China, for example, where new renewable energy plant construction has now surpassed investments in coal generation. The country has embarked on an enormous effort to build solar and wind power generating facilities, along with a massive electrified high-speed rain network.

At the same time individual corporations – including some big players such as Google Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc. and Ikea AB – have jumped on the bandwagon, investing in renewable energy projects in order to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, almost 6.5 million people now work in the renewable energy sector around the globe.

Over all, private investment in green energy is growing dramatically, the report says. In 2013, $207-billion (U.S.) was invested in clean energy deployment, not far below the $270-billion invested in fossil fuel power generation. While China, the United States and Japan lead the way, Canada ranks seventh among G20 countries with $6.5-billion in clean energy investment in 2013.

While carbon-based fuels will still be important for a long time, “for the first time in more than a century, multiple signs suggest that their dominance is beginning to wane,” the report said.

While there is push back against subsidies to the clean energy industry, prices have dropped so significantly that financial support is now far less important, Ms. Smith said, and subsidies are being removed in many jurisdictions. “Renewables can compete with fossil fuel … and that is only going to become increasingly so.”

Still, she said, governments need to put in place policies to encourage more renewable energy. In Canada individual provinces have stepped up to the plate – through British Columbia’s carbon tax and Quebec and Ontario’s pro-renewable policies, for example – but the federal government has dropped the ball, she said.

It should set renewable energy targets, for example, and join international climate change bodies that it has avoided up to now, she said.

“We are ignoring the signs that this clean energy economy is taking off, [and that] our major trading partners like the United States, the European Union and China, are investing in the clean energy economy and embracing this new direction,” she said.

While setting a price on carbon would help level the playing field with other forms of energy production and accelerate its uptake, the revolution is going to happen with or without that step, she said.

The Clean Energy Canada report comes on the heels of other recent reports that suggest green energy is helpful to the economy. A report last week from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate said that all countries can build economic growth while reducing climate change risks. Another from the International Monetary fund said carbon pricing is practical and valuable for countries that put it in place.

The Root Chakra

Working my way up the body, in chakras!

To heal your chakra, work through the emotional issues listed under the overactive/underactive. Include some foods or scents in your daily diet/routine. Say the mantras a few times a day, with meaning (modify them to your taste and by your intuition). You can also always just meditate on the location and imagining a bright light that is the color of the chakra on its corresponding place on the body. 

What is it:

The root chakra is the first chakra in the body chakra system (the seven main chakras). It sits at the base of your spine, near the tailbone. It is in charge of feelings of security, survival needs, and protection. It connects you to the element of earth.

Color:

Red, anywhere from deep to bright, depending on the person. 

Stones Associated to it:

  • Garnet
  • Ruby
  • Bloodstone
  • Obsidian
  • Red Jasper
  • Coral

Scents and Foods Associated to it:

  • Dandelion root tea
  • Root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, radishes, parsnips, beets)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries (also for the sacral)
  • Apples
  • Pomegranate

Scents:

  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Angelica Root

Body Parts it Influences:

  • Senses of taste and smell
  • Oxygenated blood (in the arteries)
  • Muscular system
  • Feet and thighs
  • Excretory organs (rectum, urinary tract)
  • Reproductive organs (the sacral chakra also helps this)
  • Kidneys
  • Lower back

Energy it Influences:

  • Primal sexual energy, sexual urges
  • Expulsion of toxins and negative energy
  • Grounding energy, keeping your spirit in your body

When it is overactive:

  • Restlessness
  • Need/dependence on material objects
  • Over-obsessing over a material object
  • Selfishness
  • Overexercising
  • Uncontrolled sex drive
  • Aches on tailbone, or in legs and feet
  • Wanting to manipulate others
  • Confusion

When it is underactive:

  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of interesting in the physical world or being in your body
  • Dissociation and outer body experiences
  • Aches on tailbone, or in legs and feets
  • Inability to sexually perform
  • Apathy to the world and to other people
  • Unclear of your life’s purpose
  • Confusion

Emotional Traits:

  • Self esteem and confidence in your body (not for other people to like, but you enjoying how your body feels)
  • Trusting in others and yourself
  • Trust in the universe
  • Emotional stability

Mantras to Help Balance it:

  • "I love my body. I honor that this is the form my spirit chose to inhabit in this lifetime."
  • "I trust in you, universe, and that you will guide me towards my life’s purpose."
  • "I am firm and stable. In every step, my feet are well connected to the earth."
  • "I honor you, earth, for providing me with all I need to survive."

The Violet Flame

Ever wish there was a way you could wipe out your past mistakes? 

While you can’t go back in time, the violet flame has the power to erase, or transmute the cause, the effect, and even the memory of our past mistakes. Transmutation means to change - to alter in form, appearance or nature. The violet flame changes negative energy into positive energy, darkness into light, “fate” into opportunity. The flame also erases the resultant “bad karma” of our mistakes. 

On the physical level, the violet flame can help heal our bodies by removing the karma that makes us vulnerable to illness and disease. But the real cause of disease is often rooted in our mental, emotional and spiritual states. 

How the Violet Flame Works

The violet flame works by changing “vibrations”. In physics, vibration is the speed of oscillation - the speed at which something moves back and forth. On the atomic level, vibration can be understood to be the speed at which electrons orbit around the nucleus of the atom. The violet flame works by changing vibrations on this level. 

Atoms are mostly empty space. The empty space between the nucleus and the electrons is where negative energy and karma can become stuck. When the atoms in our bodies and auras become clogged with this negativity, the electrons whirl slower and slower, and we begin to resonate more with negativity, and less with light - we have a lower vibration, and become less spiritual. 

The violet flame transmutes this negative energy. It does not simply surround and remove the energy, but transforms it into light. Because there is less density within the atom, the electrons whirl faster and faster, thereby raising your vibration. 

How to Use the Violet Flame

The violet flame is practical and easy to use. 

It is often a good idea to call for spiritual protection before invoking the violet flame. Then find a place where you won’t be disturbed, and sit comfortably in a straight chair with your spine and head erect, legs and arms uncrossed and feet flat on the floor. Rest your hands on your upper legs, with palms facing upwards. 

The violet flame is invoked through “decreeing” - a unique form of spoken prayer utilizing visualization and meditation. One of the simplest decrees to the violet flame is: “I AM a being of violet fire! I AM the purity God desires!” Take a few, slow deep breaths and center in your heart. Start out slowly, giving the decree with love, devotion and feeling. Repeat the decree three or nine times to begin with; you can gradually increase this to 36, 72 or even 144 repetitions. Repeating the decree strengthens its power and draws down more light. 

Once you are familiar with the decree, you can close your eyes while giving it and concentrate on visualizing the violet flame. See yourself before a large bonfire, about nine feet high and six feet wide. Color it violet in your imagination, and see the flames pulsating and undulating in endless shades of violet with gradations of purple and pink. Then see yourself stepping into the flame, so the violet flame is where you physically are. See your body as transparent, with the flames curling up from beneath your feet, passing through and around your body, clear up over your head.

You can also use the violet flame to help family and friends. Just visualize the violet flame around them while you give the decree, and add a prayer before you start. The violet flame can also help others that you might not be aware of. After you have finished decreeing, you can ask: “In the name of the Christ within me, I ask that this violet flame be multiplied and used to assist all souls on this planet who are in need. I thank you and accept it done according to the will of God.” 

Even a few minutes of violet flame will produce results, but persistence is needed to penetrate age-old habits you would like to change. You can start out with just a few minutes of violet flame in the morning to help you through the day, and you can add the violet flame to whatever prayers or meditations you currently practice.

Source: The Violet Flame

The Yukon, like B.C., is home to some of the largest shale gas deposits on the planet. The difference is that B.C. has already gone wild on fracking, whereas the Yukon has shielded itself with a moratorium. 

The Council of Canadians and the The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) partnered on events about Fracking and LNG as the Yukon Government Select Committee Regarding the Risks and benefits of Hydraulic Fracking reviews the possibility of nixing its 2012 moratorium and future possible fracking projects. 

The speaking tour brought Damien Gillis, co-director of the forthcoming documentaryFractured Land, and First Nations lawyer from the front lines of fracking in northern B.C. Caleb Behn, to the Yukon communities of Whitehorse, Dawson City and Watson Lake to discuss their experience with fracking in British Columbia and what impacts fracking and LNG may have on the Yukon.

The select committee will be providing their recommendation on whether fracking goes ahead when the government sits in October after public hearings over the past several months which will wrap next week. This is a critical window to stop fracking in the Yukon before it starts. 

The oil and gas industry has its eyes set on drilling in the North. Already, Northern Cross has been doing exploration activities after being granted a license from the Yukon Government Oil and Gas Branch. Their plan centers on un-conventional drilling in the Eagle Plains, which has the largest oil and gas potential of any onshore basin in the Yukon. 

According to a Council of Canadians representative from the Yukon, one of the main concerns for people up North is water: “We want to ensure we keep our seven rivers clean, for recreation and tourism, for the pristine wilderness, and for safe drinking water for the future. If they decide to frack Eagle Plains, they would be entering the Territorial park with drilling equipment and hundreds of trucks every day. The cut-line would affect wildlife and water.

Another major concern is climate change. While the B.C. government continues to state that fracking is a clean energy source to move us away from coal, studies explain that “compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20 per cent greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon and is comparable when compared over 100 years”. The greater footprint come as a result of methane emissions released during the hydraulic fracturing of wells, whereby methane pollutes at least 30 per cent more than conventional gas. 

The potential $40-million investment on fossil fuels would be better spent on renewable energies in the Yukon. According to a Council of Canadians representative from the Yukon there has been a small local movement for solar panels on homes, and for electric thermal. The Yukon has looked to Alaska, where six to seven communities are using a mix of solar and wind, and using thermal to store it, and they are 100 per cent off the grid.

Damien Gillis debunked some of the myths about fracking in B.C. for Yukoners: “Fracking has been justified to the public based on all the jobs and benefits it promises. But the reality is this industry is almost dead last when it comes to job creation sectors in B.C., providing just 3,000 direct jobs a year — according to Stats B.C. And the way the royalties and export taxes are being structured, what we are really seeing is of very little benefit to the public, with extraordinary costs.” 

report by Blue Green Canada showed how the oil and gas sector is a relatively low job-creating industry compared to investments in renewables. For every $1 million invested, there is a two to 15 ratio in jobs in oil and gas compared to in clean energy (wind, solar, hydro and biomass).

What’s more, though government and industry claim that we need fracking for our energy security, the lion’s share of the proposed new development is for export.

It’s possible that even if Yukoners oppose fracking en masse at the select committee hearing, they won’t be listened to, says a Council of Canadians Yukon representative. Communities opposed the building of an LNG plant, but the government went ahead anyway. It built an LNG-based electricity generating facility less than two kilometers away from Whitehorse, close to schools and the hospital. 

According to the Yukon Conservation Society, the Yukon Energy Corporation (YEC) is proposing to replace two of their diesel generators with natural gas generators. A new facility with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) offloading, storage, vapourization and gas electricity generating infrastructure will be required.

The problem is that, increasingly, the feedstock for LNG is fracking. Lana Lowe, the Lands director with the Fort Nelson First Nation explained to the select committee that: “LNG leads to fracking” and fracking is an “environmental disaster” to her First Nation. 

While the Yukon risks seeing the same kind of environmental disaster, First Nations and citizens groups are organizing to stop fracking before it starts. The Council of Yukon First Nations, passed a resolution unanimously at their general assembly in July 2013 declaring traditional territories "frack-free." According to the fractivist toolkit, “shortly after, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation voted to ban fracking until it could be proven safe. Kaska First Nation has also come out against fracking. Even some businesses in the tourism industry are opposed to fracking.”

Yukoners achieved a moratorium on fracking in 2012, long before many of us had even heard of fracking. With the support of key groups like Yukoners Concerned about Oil and Gas Exploration/Development, Yukoners showed up at public hearings, collected over 4,000 signatures, organized rallies, sent letters to the editor, and because of this show of force in a small territory, the political party in power was forced to listen. 

A major threat that remains to protecting the Yukon is the Harper government that has focused on the North in order to push resource extraction. At a speech delivered in the Yukon, Harper said ”The North’s time has come, my friends, and you ain’t seen nothing yet” and that the nation’s future lies in the exploitation of the nation’s northern resource riches. A Council of Canadians Yukon representative reports him hiring four communications specialists in the past year. 

The Nation’s future does indeed lie in the North, and a sane, clean, economic, and healthy future, relies on us protecting it from an un-regulated and reckless resource rush. It’s still possible to stop the Yukon from sharing the same fate of northern B.C. in terms of becoming a sacrifice zone for fracking, fracked gas pipelines, and LNG terminals for the sake of the oil and gas industry.

A Council of Canadians representative says that when it comes to challenging fracking in the Yukon, we need the support from people outside of the Yukon. She says we need the whole country behind us.

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