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Theravada Buddhism started 25 and a half centuries ago, 19 days after the Buddha passed away. It is the more conservative of the two major traditions of Buddhism, and the original doctrine of Buddhist teachings. Today, it is strongly practiced in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, but is also known in smaller communities around the world. The word Theravada comes from Thera meaning Elders, and Vada meaning Doctrine, thus, the Doctrine of Elders. It is a name for the School of Buddhism that draws its information strictly from the Pali Canon, or Tipitaka, which most scholars accept as the oldest record of the Buddha’s teachings. The later sutras that emerged from Mahayana Buddhism are simply not recognized.
The focus of Theravada is based largely on the 4 noble truths, and the 8 fold path. While the 4 noble truths were previously covered in the Mainstream Buddhism video, the 8 fold path are 8 qualities to develop in one’s life: right view, right resolve,...
Voodoo is a fusion of religious practices from Africa that is a derivative of the world’s oldest known religions. It has been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. There is no single founder of voodoo and there is no determinant date for the origin of this spirituality.
It did come to America with the advent of slavery and would play a huge role in bringing freedom to the slaves. However, because of the fears of the European and American Slavers, the idea was spread far and wide that the practice was a primitive, barbaric practice based on superstition and spectacle. This was an attempt to suppress and distort a legitimate and unique religion. When slavers brought these people to the Americas, the Africans brought their religion with them, and voodoo continued evolving from there.
According to their beliefs, and much like Shinto, there are thousands of Spirits that interact with humanity. These Spirits, called Lwa were once human. Some of them are...
Wicca is the most commonly known strain of New Pagan faiths, also known as Contemporary, Modern, or Neo-Paganism. It is a group of new spiritual movements influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various historical pagan beliefs of pre-modern Europe. The underlying basis surrounding all of them is that humans should live in harmony with nature.
Within Modern Paganism, there are many diverse sets of beliefs, practices, and texts, but none that are followed by them all. For this reason, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make a claim describing what “Modern Pagans” believe. To this group, the diverse practices are considered as denominations, and further, not all members of these faiths or beliefs even self-identify themselves as Pagans, Wiccans, or what have you.
The very word Pagan was a title given to them by Catholics in the 3rd century AD when the Roman state declared them heretics and killed anyone who did not convert to Christianity. The word Pagan...
The Faith of Yoruba is comprised of the traditional religious concepts and practices of the people found primarily in southwestern Nigeria and the adjoining parts of Benin, and Togo, commonly known as Yorubaland. It is a vibrant way of seeking inspiration and energy from deities, ancestors, and other beings so that people can live fulfilled lives. The essence of it is a divine journey to the inner self and to God-consciousness. The tenants revolve around this: Oneness with the Creative Essence brings about a wholeness in the potential of the human essence.
In the Yoruba faith, there is one supreme God, named Olodumare, also called Olorun, who is the creator of all things, and responsible for the creation and upkeep of what he has made. Yoruba is Animistic in nature, and thus many of God's creations are Spirit Deities which inhabit different aspects of life and reality. They do the supreme work of Olodumare and keep and maintain the cosmos in perfect order and harmony.
The Aloe vera plant has been used for centuries for its diverse healing properties. It grows all over the world, primarily in tropical climates. The usage of aloe dates all the way back to ancient Egypt, and even earlier. Aloe is mostly made of water so it’s perfect for things like:
Burns, bug bites, scrapes, blisters, and other skin irritations.
Extracts of aloe are also found in many commercial products to help with moisturization.
One of the many uses of Aloe is that it can help heal acne scars by moisturizing then naturally tightening the skin pores. It can also be bought as a liquid to add to your drinks. Doing this helps create a slippery substance in your intestines which helps push food through and into waste. It can be added to an enema to have the same effect, just from the other end. If you buy an actual plant, you can cut off the leaves and sort of skin them, using the gooey insides for smoothies or even in different food recipes.
If you’re experiencing...
Amber may look like a gemstone, but it is actually a fossilized tree sap.
It became widely known thanks to the film Jurassic Park, in which dinosaur DNA was preserved inside of a mosquito inside of some Amber, and harnessed to recreate them in the modern world.
Historically, many Archaeologists have found beautifully carved pieces of it in Graves dating back to 2000 BC and before. In fact, many of the artifacts made from amber did have insects within them. These were probably thought to have magical virtues, as they were carved into talismans, worn to ensure safe and abundant hunting.
The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians held it in very high esteem. They believed it to cure just about everything as well as to protect the wearer from all harm.
The Greeks were the first to make note of Amber’s ability to hold static electricity when rubbed, this is reflected in the name they gave it, Elektron, the word ‘electricity’ is derived from this original term for used...
Apple Cider Vinegar is a unique type of vinegar made from apples. The first recorded use of vinegar dates back to around 5000 BC, when the Babylonians used date palms to make wine and vinegar as food preservers or pickling agents. Since then, we have used vinegar for a variety of things, from salad dressings to a chemical-free house cleaner!
It is incredibly acidic, its main ingredient is Acetic acid, but what’s so magical about this liquid is that it alkalizes your body upon consumption, even though it’s very acidic, to begin with. When your body digests ACV, it gets oxidized and turns alkaline. This can help your body shift from being acid-based to alkaline-based, which is very useful for those switching to a more plant-based diet.
Apple Cider Vinegar has become extremely popular over the past few years, especially in the health-conscious communities. Many studies show its alkalizing nature can greatly help our bodies, especially if our PH balance is too acidic.
Arrowroot is not technically a plant, but actually a starch that can be readily obtained from the roots of numerous different plants.
This nutrient-dense starch has been very valuable to a number of indigenous cultures dating back more than 7000 years, and today still remains an important and effective remedy for many health conditions.
One of its most common uses is being a food thickener and is an excellent ingredient in baby formula, rather than other less nutritious forms of starch.
Arrowroot contains significant levels of copper and iron. Together, these minerals make arrowroot very good for preventing anemia, which is characterized by weakness, fatigue, and cognitive disorders. If you find yourself to be a bit underweight or get dizzy easily when you stand up, definitely consider looking into some arrowroot!
Furthermore, by increasing circulation, you encourage oxygenation of your body’s organ systems and extremities, which can boost energy levels. High concentrations...
Art is something that is universal; it has existed since the beginning of time. Deep within each and every human lies many deep-rooted emotions and desires, thoughts and ideas, hopes and dreams. Many of which are conscious, and many of which are unconscious.
Art is one of the most potent ways for us to intuitively connect with our deep feelings within and express them outwardly in a means for not only ourselves to reflect upon, but others to do so as well.
When we create drawings, paintings, or any form of artistic expression during difficult times, it gives us insight and tells us a story as to how we are feeling about the circumstance. Not only that, but it helps us progress forward from unconscious distress, by bringing the unconscious to the conscious level where we can begin to promote healing.
The correlation between mental health and physical health has been very well documented. Art has been used in the healing process to relieve stress and develop coping mechanisms in an...
Avocados may appear to be a vegetable, however, they are actually a fruit – more specifically, a single-seeded berry. This magical fruit has tons of amazing properties, both when applied inside the body, and on the outside too!
In fact, many facial and anti-aging treatments contain avocado, which is a powerful beauty enhancer. Avocado softens and relaxes your skin when spreading it on as a paste. It also can be rubbed into your hair to repair damaged hair, and even be used to treat sunburns!
Some other fun things you can do with Avocados include: Drying the skin and crushing it into a fine powder for adding to incense formulas. You can grow an avocado tree from a pit to increase your sense of connection with nature. You may eat it for supporting your health and relaxation simultaneously, and serve it to others to calm them down and promote inner peace. You can also take mashed avocados and swap them in a baked good recipe for butter. It works better than well!
Some of the...