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Our Three Brains, a Mind of their Own

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NEUROSCIENTISTS  have been busy for years attempting to establish and finalize the proposed “neuronal correlates of consciousness” originating in the brain.

Modern science seems determined to prove that consciousness, our thoughts and awareness, must somehow originate in the gray matter between our ears.

This mechanistic view was assumed as fact by the Human Genome Project, established to catalog the complete human DNA and identify specific cures for all diseases, yet has failed to do so.

It is held that genes carry information about how we look, how well our bodies metabolize food or fight infection, and can determine even how we behave.

It was thought, therefore, that researchers would easily be able to identify specific genes underlying specific diseases, and then all diseases could be eliminated by manipulating the related genes.

But it was discovered that the seemingly simple concept was much more complex than expected.

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Just as the origin of consciousness cannot be tagged to specific neurons in the brain, genes are not easily pigeonholed to one disorder. It was found that they function in complex, and frequently changing teams.

Now science is edging nearer to Theosophy, looking closer at a long-neglected area called the microbiome — researching how hundreds of different species of living microbes, inhabiting the human body and outside, are responsible for our health and behaviors. They even discovered a second brain, in our gut, known as the enteric nervous system!

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Amazing Animal and Human Encounters

animal-welfareANYONE who thinks Theosophy is only abstract metaphysics, invisible worlds, and mystical hierarchies might want to think again.

Theosophical philosophy, often referred to as the “Wisdom Religion,” teaches Universal Brotherhood to its students as the First Fundamental.

“Real Theosophy is Altruism,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote in her heroic article Our Cycle and the Next — “and we cannot repeat it too often,” she emphasized — because its a direct application of that First Fundamental.

Theosophy always keeps in step with the ancients who were serious about nourishing and protecting Mother Earth, and every one of her creatures great and small. “Help Nature,” Blavatsky wrote in her rendition of The Book of the Golden Precepts,” and work on with her.”

“[Theosophy] is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth.”

Individual conscious awareness develops gradually throughout the kingdoms of nature, peaking in the human stage.  Self-aware consciousness in some higher animals, Blavatsky writes in The Secret Doctrine (1:178), “comes almost to the point.” This short video clip dramatizes that “almost” point.

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Seeds of Death

cornCHOICE is meaningless if consumers are not able to make informed decisions.

And the cornerstone of our capitalist market, for better or worse, is consumer choice.

The debate over genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.’s) used in our foods has been long and controversial.

Those decrying “frankenfood” railing against those portraying the process as the savior from food shortages and high food prices.

The battle over labeling these foods has been gaining significant traction in recent weeks, with states like Colorado putting labeling initiatives on their ballots for the upcoming elections.

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The G.M.O. You Didn’t Know

Consumer empowerment should be central in G.M.O. labeling debate.

In preparation of the global March Against Monsanto, you are invited to watch our award-winning documentary Seeds of Death free.

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The leaders of Big Agriculture—Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta—are determined that world’s populations remain ignorant about the serious health and environmental risks of genetically modified crops and industrial agriculture.

Deep layers of deception and corruption underlie both the science favoring GMOs and the corporations and governments supporting them.

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Don’t Mess with Mother: Salmon Confidential

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TODAY more than one billion people throughout the world will do their part to protect the Earth.

While we may not be able to plant a tree or ride a bike to work, we can all do something simple and significant – learn who and what are placing our planet at risk, and speak out about it.

Down the road even a few fired-up individuals can make a huge difference to the environment.

“Don’t Mess with Mother” (Nature) will be an ongoing, random series of posts on this important topic, starting today.

We will publicize the struggles of nature to survive against onslaughts by the money makers and soulless science, as H. P. Blavatsky often did.

This first post features Salmon Confidential, a new film on the government cover up of what is killing Canada’s wild salmon. It documents biologist Alexandra Morton’s attempt to overcome the huge government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path.

When Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings.

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Salmon Farm

Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants.

The film documents her efforts to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.

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Many environmental experts have warned about the unsustainability of fish farms for a decade now,” writes Dr. Joseph M. Mercola an alternative physician and founder/editor of an alternative-medicine website. Mercola is the author of several books including The No-Grain Diet, and The Great Bird Flu Hoax.

Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola

“We have documented those objections in many previous articles,” he notes, but “unfortunately nothing has yet been done to improve the system.”

“As usual, government agencies and environmental organizations around the world turned a blind eye to what was predicted to become an absolute disaster, and now the ramifications can be seen across the globe, including in British Columbia, Canada.”

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Speak up for Animals

ANYONE who thinks Theosophy is only about abstract metaphysics, invisible worlds or mystical hierarchies, might want to think again.

The old theosophical teachings, referred to as the “Wisdom Religion,” counsels active altruism, and are serious about protecting Mother Earth with all her creatures great and small.

“Help Nature,” says Blavatsky in her translation of The Book of the Golden Precepts, “and work on with her.”

“Real Theosophy is Altruism,” Mme. Blavatsky wrote in her heroic article Our Cycle and the Next, adding: “and we cannot repeat it too often—

it is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth.”

Practically applied, Theosophy is about respecting all the billions of sentient, non-human entities, minerals, animals, and plants that surround and support our existence, many of whom are being used and abused by humankind, sacred resources thoughtlessly sacrificed to the god Mammon.

In her 19th century re-presentation of Theosophy, H. P. Blavatsky was not at all abstract when it came to standing up for the planet when she wrote “help Nature and work on with her,” and she was especially critical of what she witnessed as widespread animal abuse and cruelty in her time.

Though not a strict vegan, Mme. Blavatsky was in sync with today’s new age ideas and unreservedly supported the healthful practices and spiritual values of a non-meat diet. (See Article: Have Animals Souls?)

Blavatsky’s radicalism reveals itself in her six-point “mission statement” in The Secret Doctrine, especially point number five in which she declared that “everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms is conscious:

… endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.”

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To appreciate the deeper truth of this occult fundamental requires an innocence of heart, usually a child’s — as in “become like little children,”(Matthew 18:3-4.)

Unlike adults, young children don’t mince words just to win approval. What they see is what they say. To become true planetary partners, therefore, an adult must (Book of the Golden Precepts,) “regain the child-state he has lost.”

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Silence of Love

THE famous meditation of John Donne, “never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee,” highlights two Theosophical principles:

First, the affirmation that there is no isolation, that nature and all mankind are interconnected — and second, karmic responsibility.

“It’s one thing to fashion a particular work of art, sculpture, painting, a worthy accomplishment,” Thoreau once wrote, “but much greater is the creation of one’s life.”

A compassionate activist tree-sitter Julia Butterfly Hill, took action as taught in The Voice of the Silence, and is surely a living example of Theosophy pure and simple. Julia willingly sacrificed her comfort and well-being, as the Voice counsels, to “help Nature and work on with her.”

“…to exemplify the highest potential imagined, it is the highest of loving artistic accomplishments,” Thoreau believed.


“The divine oneness of life, the just and unerring operations of karma, and our cyclic rebirths here on earth,” Ingrid Van Mater writes in Reflections on the Voice of the Silence, “form the broad canvas on which aspects of human conflicts and possibilities are presented.” 

One of the primary keynotes of the Voice, Van Mater notes, is the “illusion stemming from the ‘heresy of separateness,’ and the discipline and exercise of the paramitas or virtues required of a genuine adept or teacher. These include charity, harmony in word and act, patience, fortitude, and indifference to pleasure and pain.”

“She doesn’t follow any organized religion but says she believes very strongly in the spirituality of the universe.”

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It must have been some inner, instinctual sense of harmony that roused Julia, as she climbed up those ropes into Luna, a 20-story Redwood, to begin her precarious encampment as a human shield in the endangered redwood trees. 

“Such is the quality of commitment, the degree of self-sacrifice of a bodhisattva or Buddha of Compassion,” Van Mater wrote, “who gives himself totally to join those, ‘unthanked and unperceived by man,’ who build and sustain the Guardian Wall protecting mankind, to shield us and this planet ‘invisibly from still worse evils.'”

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Souls of Nature

ANYONE who thinks Theosophy is only about abstract metaphysics, invisible worlds or mystical hierarchies, might want to think again.

The old theosophical teachings, referred to as the “Wisdom Religion,” counsels active altruism, and are serious about protecting Mother Earth with all her creatures great and small.

“Help Nature,” says Blavatsky in her translation of The Book of the Golden Precepts, “and work on with her.”

“Real Theosophy is Altruism, Mme. Blavatsky also wrote in her heroic article Our Cycle and the Next, adding: “and we cannot repeat it too often:

it is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth.”

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