25 Ingredients of Check For and Avoid in Shopping

Most of us have been living in a fool’s paradise, imagining that everything that we read on the front labels of grocery such as ‘natural ingredients’ or ‘no artificial flavorings or colors’ is plant derived and good for us. Even when we check the list at the back of the packages, and few people actually do that, we are frequently puzzled by various names and codes that we have never really been educated about in schools, college or home. Here are some shocking ingredients to beware of, especially for those of us who are turning to a more vegan and ethical lifestyle. Many of these are labelled as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ or loosely described as ‘solvents’, ’emulsifiers’, ‘anti-caking agents’, ‘colors’ and ‘preservatives’.

  1. Carmine/ Cochineal or Crushed Bugs E120: Made by crushing beetle insects and found in most cosmetics such as lipsticks, rouge, blush-on or shampoos as well as in colorful food items such as candies, juices, colored ice-creams, cakes, syrups, jams, yogurts, sausages and lollies may give many of us the creeps.
  2. Animal Bones in Sugar E542: The sweet sugar we eat every single day is made with the use of crushed bones of cattle or pigs in the filtration process in factories so that it is bleached white. Brown sugar is similar as it is made from white sugar. Anti-caking agents in powdered food products and detergents may also contain this and so might toothpaste.
  3. Gelatin from Pigs or Cows in Sweets and Jellies E441: Porcine or pig gelatin as well as that from other animals bones and skin is commonly used in jellies and gelatin or gummy sweets that we innocently offer to children every other day and also consume as capsules in medication.
  4. Shellac or Beetle Excretion in Jellybeans and Nail-polish E904: Also called confectioner’s glaze it is made from secretions of lac bugs for the shiny and hard shells or coatings in candies, jelly beans, chocolate or pills and also in polishes and paint.
  5. Cysteine from Animal or Human Hair in Bread E910, E920, E921: To make stretchier dough in burgers, rolls, biscuits and widely permitted in most baked goods.
  6. Sheep Secretions or Lanolin in creams E913:  Woolly mammals such as sheep secrete lanolin from their sebaceous glands which finds its way into several creams, balms, baby oils and moisturizers. Vitamin D may also be extracted from it for adding to food.
  7. Wax in Crayons, Candles and Cosmetics E901 and E907:  Wax derived from animals such as cows or bees are found in many wax based products including lipsticks, crayons, candles and soaps even if the labels do not always say so.
  8. Animal Fat in Food E471 and Stearic acids or Stearates E570: Animal fat is regularly found in several brands of baked goods, chips, crisps in the form of margarine, lard from pig belly, tallow from horses and cattle and in many processed foods including local bakery items while stearates from tallows are also found in many cosmetics, shampoos and personal care items as ‘surfactant’.
  9. Enzymes, Emulsifiers and Softeners in Breads, Cakes E322: Enzymes from the bodies of animals or lecithin from eggs are usually added not just to cheeses but also at times in baked products including breads to emulsify and soften them.
  10. Glycerin from Animals in Food and Toiletries E422: Triglycerides, glycerol and glycerin are not always plant derived but extracted from animals and many of our personal care products such as toothpastes, condoms and conditioners have it. It is also used as a solvent and sweetener in many processed foods such as cookies and puddings.
  11. Flavor enhancers E631 and MSG E621: Sodium inosinate in many snacks is made of meat while Monosodium Glutamate found in many flavored crisps, noodles, snacks and sauces has been linked with several health problems.
  12. Animal Keratin, Guanin, Snail Slime and Collagens in hair and cosmetic products: While Keratin is made of ground hooves, horns and hair of animals, Guanine is made from shiny fish scales to give shimmer to makeup. Squalin from sharks for makeup, Ambergis from whales for perfume, Estrogen from pregnant horses, Snail Slime, Collagen and Retinol for anti-ageing creams are other ingredients used in the cruelty industry.
  13. Chemical Bleach in White Bread: Chlorine Di-oxide, Benzyl Peroxide, Bromides and other chemicals are typically added to give that white color and smooth texture to your everyday bread.:
  14. Musk oil and perfume: Derived by abusing and killing of wild animals such as musk deer for the strong smelling anal secretions.
  15. Castorium from Beaver’s Anal Castor glands for flavoring Ice-creams and desserts: Another one of the ingredients passed off as natural flavorings that is derived from anal secretions of beavers and also used in perfumes.
  16. Most colors, chemicals and preservatives: Most of the additives such as colors, sweeteners, enhancers and preservatives in foods have been linked with asthma, cancer and hyperactivity and hence classified as dangerous. Similarly SLS or Sodiun Laureth Sulfate, Lye, Fluorides, Parabens, Aluminium and many ingredients in cosmetics, shampoos, lye, anti-perspirants and toothpastes are also recognized as harmful, poisonous and even carcinogenic.
  17. Wool, Silk, Leather, Feathers or Animal Fur: From clothing to bags, shoes, stuffed pillows and even our shamanic drums and ritual robes may have animal skins, silks, feathers and wool that involve cruelty. Even our household gum may be animal derived.
  18. Honey: Vomited by bees who process nectar, honey involves destruction of their homes or exploitation in bee farms.
  19. Pet Foods and Pellets: When feeding our animals out of packages of pet foods, we are unaware of how they have been processed from other slaughtered animals.
  20. Meat, Dairy, Fish and Poultry: Involving violence, abuse and slaughter of animals these products are discouraged and opposed by most people who believe in compassion. However do remember to also avoid most chocolate, cakes, biscuits and sweets as they usually contain dairy and eggs as well as animal derived additives such as whey.
  21. Medical Products and Vaccines: Vaccines are known to be made of eggs and pork gel besides having viruses injected in our bodies to make us immune to negative things such as pollution and viruses, and prevent any symptoms from showing up so that negativity remains suppressed inside. Surgical sutures are also often made of animal intestines and are cruelty based.
  22. Animal venom, exotic ‘medicine’ and collectibles: From ‘kambo’ taken forcibly from frogs to ‘snake oil’, rhino horn,  and various other exotic collectibles such as ivory from elephants are also linked to cruelty even if for medicinal, decorative or ceremonial use.
  23. Dietary Supplements: Vitamin and mineral supplements such as B12, D, Calcium, Omega 3 and many more may be derived from animals.
  24. Pesticide and GMO based foods: Foods grown with chemical based fertilizers and pesticides as well as genetically modified products are not natural and may contain more negativity as they are designed to be immune to harmful substances.
  25. Plastics and Synthetics: Non-biodegradable bags, toys, clothes and daily use items have made their way into every room of our homes. We can end their use and develop eco-friendly alternatives to save our planet.

Look out of the ‘Vegan’ labels on products that are vegan, because if not specifically marked so they usually are not Vegan, even if marked ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. Also avoid animal tested products to keep them cruelty free. 

Some ideas for switching to a more natural vegan life include:

  • Avoiding cosmetics and unnecessary or unhealthy products
  • Raw whole organic fruits and vegetables without glazing for food
  • Organic neem, licorice or meswak sticks for teeth
  • Rock salt and natural herb powders such as neem leaves for bath
  • Cinnamon, cloves and cardamom for mouth wash and mouth fresheners
  • Shikakai and soap nuts for shampoo and detergents
  • Unrefined olive oil for skin care and hair conditioner
  • Essential oils for perfumes
  • Energy healing and meditation for well-being
  • Spiritual or inner instead of outer materialistic pursuits

Ref:

https://www.peta.org/living/food/animal-ingredients-list/

https://elated.co.za/which-e-numbers-are-vegan/

https://www.vegsoc.org/veggieaware

https://www.vegsoc.org/Enumbers

https://www.organics.org/11-disgusting-natural-ingredients-in-your-food/

http://www.chemistryindustry.biz/food-additive-groups.html

Top 9 Ascension Theories and Myths

A belief in higher realities, higher dimensions, heavenly worlds and higher beings or deities has been present throughout the ages of earthly religion, while science too believes in evolution, DNA shifts and dawn of the space-age. As human intelligence and spirituality develops where do we go from here? A few top theories and myths regarding Ascension might help us decide what seems right to us.

  1. Scientific Evolution: We have evolved over billions of years into homo sapiens at the top of the food chain through natural selection through which our DNA has slowly transformed to its present state and the next step would be and natural or engineered evolution into a more intelligent space-faring specie with better survival skills according to the law of the fittest so that we can colonize other planets too. Moral code: Human survival. Danger: To other speciesevolution-2305142_960_720
  2. Mainstream Religions: Hindu humans are allotted to Swarga/ Naraka, Christian to Heaven/ Hell, Muslims to Jannat/ Jahannam where they are subject to either terrible agony or delightful sensory pleasures on completing earth life depending on how obedient they have been to God’s will in the earthly matrix in which God has placed us. Moral code: Patriarchal and faith group based. Danger: Religious superiority and fear based ideashell-735995_960_720
  3. Ancient Beliefs: Divine avatars, gods and goddesses ascend or descend from their abodes such as Vaikuntha, Asgard, Avalon or Mt. Olympus to display their powers while our ancient legacy remains buried or lost as Atlantis or Dwarka until the Golden Age of wealth and wisdom on earth would return depending on various celestial alignments to last until ages turn to descending cycles again. Moral code: Subject to cycles of time. Danger: Passive and earth-boundyugas
  4. Science-Fiction: Multidimensional aliens from advanced Galactic Federations who are of much higher level than us and are observing us will come in their spaceships and teleport spiritual humans for advanced DNA transformation or return some of us who are aliens on earth back home to our various aliens and hybrid star-families when we complete our missions and hail our ships. Moral code: Discover your galactic origin. Danger: Being left behindufo-1622863_960_720
  5. New Age: Various Ascended Masters, Deities and Angels are constantly channeling in and out of us in their spirit form depending on receptivity so that we can transmit their divine messages of peace, love and light to all humanity. Moral code: Be a higher channel of pure ‘positivity’. Danger: Could be fluffy and superficialangel
  6. Spiritualism: Spirit in the form of deceased loved ones from heaven are constantly around us giving us accurate psychic evidence through selected gifted mediums of the spirit world to comfort and guide us on earth until we also die and turn into spirits and comfort our loved ones similarly. Moral code: Believe in spirits. Danger: Personal transformation may not be required spirit
  7. Simulation: We are placed in a digital hologram matrix of an intense virtual reality by advanced AI who may have programmed it based on certain rules and mathematical codes as the seemingly solid world through a complex neural-interactive simulation interface where sensory input of various signals creates a perceived reality. Moral code: Ignorance is bliss. Danger: Stuck in make-believebinary-3175073_960_720
  8. Human Awakening: We have been controlled by corporate, political and financial systems in a man-made matrix where we are enslaved to work and pay taxes to help the super-rich ‘cabal’ get richer while we struggle and suffer diseases to be more dependent on pharma and the ‘control system’. Moral code: Fight the system. Danger: Themcabal
  9. Consciousness: We are a singular consciousness dreaming up or manifesting our multidimensional interconnected realities based on our inner vibrations of either our subconscious mental or emotional patterns or through conscious free will. Ascension is about raising our consciousness to be more ‘awake’ and return to unity. Moral code: You create your own reality. Danger: It could still be a simulated reality show.universal being

FIVE MUSICAL SELECTIONS FOR EARTH HEALING AND ASCENSION

Music, chants and meditation for world peace, harmony and earth healing can help us in manifesting an ascended reality. Here are a few CDs and links for sound healing and music therapy that can help in attuning us with our multidimensional self and awaken our higher consciousness:

  1. World Peace and Harmony LULALI song by Master Sha has been acclaimed to reduce violence, wars and crime, and promote better well-being and success in various schools, offices and communities around the world. You can download various free resources such as CD covers, lyrics in various languages and mp3/wav files FREE DOWNLOADS: https://lovepeaceharmony.org/resources/ 

2. Georgie Deyn’s Angelic Harmony Therapy and Seraphisa Music present wonderful angelic music and original songs with beautiful vocals for healing and ascension through their albums Heavens, Pure Presence and Mystical.

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3. Laurence Levy’s original songs with wonderful acoustic music and vocals help raise awareness towards higher dimensions with albums such as Another Dimension and Celestial Sun with contributions from Larry Davids on lead guitar and Hannah Robertson and Gerda Fominaite on backup vocals.

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4. The Schumann Resonances are frequencies of earth that can help us come into tune with peaceful and calm vibrations of nature. More On: http://www.earthbreathing.co.uk/sr.htm

5. Guided Meditation for Chakra awakening, Earth Healing and Ascension by Swati Prakash with Solfeggio Tones in the background

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Seven Ways to Raise the Image of the Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine has regained its importance in the global arena of spiritual awakening. While western countries are seeing a steady collapse of patriarchal religious systems, women in eastern nations are also fighting against their rampant rape and abuse. What we truly need is to awaken the goddess within ourselves as the divine feminine or creative power in each one of us, regardless of gender or belief. Here are a few ways we can achieve that.

  1. Goddess as Empowered Feminine and not just Idols: Hordes of people in many states of India immerse larger than life goddess idols in water to celebrate Navratri each year after praying to these idols including Saraswati, Laxmi, Kali and the nine forms of Durga, in the hope of wish-fulfillment for career, relationships, protection and so on. It is indeed ironic that India is also a country notorious for rape and domestic abuse as depicted in the awareness campaign through images commissioned by Save the Children and Save the Sisters.  Instead of merely worshiping the goddess as a celestial or heavenly figure of religious belief, we can begin to see the goddess as nature and the power within all of us. When we flood our eco-system with garbage including idols in water-bodies we are not really serving the goddess or pleasing the divine feminine in any manner. Depictions of the goddess too need to transform to those that are self-empowering and not merely based on cultural stereotypes of domesticated feminine. (Img courtesy India Today).goddess_all_660_090613011540
  2. Acceptance of Menstruation and Feminine Physiology: The idea of feminine periodic cycles and reproductive process as something painful or shameful has been promoted in western texts such as the Bible where God is said to have denounced women as ‘unclean’ during periods and cursed Eve with labor pain. However the practice of regarding women as unclean during menstruation has been followed even in temples of India and Thailand. Male and female devotees of lord Ayappa have been vehemently protesting the supreme court verdict allowing females of menstrual age to visit the Sabrimala temple in Kerala, India. Some stories describe how the celibate lord could be ‘distracted’ by menstrual women between 10 to 50 years of age in order to keep menstruating women away, while some people in India believe menstruation to be impure as a basis of the restriction upon female visitors to many temples. There is a temple dedicated to worship of ‘the bleeding goddess’ Kamakhya in Assam, India, where ironically women are not allowed to enter during periods.  Perhaps women should simply reject such systems that condone their menstruation by respecting themselves and nature as divine.kamakhyawomen
  3. Virginity versus Higher Consciousness: The notion that a woman is holiest when she is a virgin is popularized in most patriarchal faiths, especially the Bible that notes that the Son of God was born miraculously of the ‘sinless’ Virgin Mary.  Feminine sexuality and sinfulness might have been equated in such faiths, however virginity is also highly desirable when it comes to sex and marriage with the Koran promising male Muslim faithfuls the pleasures of ravenous mating with several virgins in heaven, and the Bible being replete with references of very young virgins being sought after for marriage. In-fact a woman accused of not being a virgin at the time of marriage could be stoned to death according to Deuteronomy 22:13 by the men of the city if her parents could not produce evidence in front of the elders at the city gates of blood collected from the hymen on a cloth after the first night of intercourse. These archaic notions that prize a woman’s virginity as if she were an object of sexual consumption and treat her as ‘defiled’ if not a virgin need to have no place in society with focus instead on inner awakening and higher consciousness for both men and women as equals.virgin church72-houris
  4. Shiva-Shakti as Consciousness within us: Shiva is traditionally shown as the ultimate super-consciousness and creator yet visualized primarily in masculine form. The feminine as ‘his Shakti’ or power of nature whom Shiva controls like the Ganges in his hair is sometimes seen as the outer universe and not as higher consciousness. In ancient texts such as Vigyan Bhairava Tantra, lord Bhairava gives his gems of superior cosmic knowledge to the goddess Bhairavi to clear her ‘doubts’. Images such as these seem to promote a belief that feminine is usually the unconscious, receptive, passive or submissive self who needs to ‘respect’ the masculine and learn from masculine versions of god. Masculine superiority in the garb of tantra can often lead to sexual exploitation of female disciples in the name of ‘shakti’ while male gurus become the powerful ‘shiva’ figures of today. We need more female gurus as enlightened masters guiding our world into ascension, so that the feminine is not seen only as the phallus worshiping ‘sexual energy’ in tantra but as the super-consciousness within us. We need to be our own Shiva and our own Shakti regardless of the gender we were born in, instead of confirming to divine masculine or feminine stereotypes. lord-shiva-hd-wallpapers-1080p-6
  5. Independent Women and not merely Devoted Wife: In many images Mahalaxmi is depicted as massaging the feet of Mahavishnu as he sleeps and dreams up the universes. Goddesses such as Sita and Sati have burnt in fire to prove their love and purity to their husbands in this complex religious matrix that exonerates the image of ‘sati-savitri’ (virtuous wife) who regard husbands as ‘pati-parmeshwar’ (supreme lord). Religious images seem to confirm the notion of a devoted wife and mother who serves her master or lord with utmost sincerity. Few would depict the goddess as a self-realized master of herself. Independence and free will are not always a virtue of the goddesses who have been used to receiving roles of carers, supporters and consorts. We need to transform the image of the feminine to one of true inner power and personal independence. (Img http://www.hinduwebsite.com)vishnu-01sati-pratha
  6. Female Masters and not just Masculine Gurus: Images of male yogis, masters, sadhus, high-profile gurus, and saints, adorn our timelines with fewer feminine figures in the limelight. Men with beards, turbans and saffron robes are always in the forefront leading thousands of people in ‘satsangas’ and meditation groups. Women while being leaders in every professional front are yet to be seen as ‘gurus’ in major ways, although there are many who might be coming to the forefront slowly, yet most of these have been disciples and devotees of male gurus.nityaDayaMata
  7. Feminine Depictions of Angels and Ascended Masters: We are used to seeing a lot of masculine ascended masters in literature and published works, including names such as Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mahavtar Babaji and the ‘great white brotherhood’ of the new-age including Sananda, Ashtar and Sanat Kumara with the female masters being primarily Mother Mary and a few feminine deities of mythology. Similarly Archangels are usually depicted as male with feminine twin-flames for some of the qualities and traits they resonate with, for example Archangel Michael with Archeia Faith. Instead we need to see Angels and Archangels as gender-free energies of our higher self and the Archeias as their inner qualities that help us awaken to the higher levels of consciousness. We need to recognize ascended masters as our ascended self regardless of gender by seeing them in either masculine or feminine forms instead of as primarily male, for example we can envision Buddha or Christ energy in female form too.

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Inner Goddess and Angels Tarot Cards

Tarot and Oracle cards are much like books except that pictures speak a thousand words. Studying or meditating with the images of positive energy helps in accelerating our inner spiritual awareness and ascension. Expand your consciousness with these beautiful Oracle Cards and Tarot Cards for Meditation, Healing and Ascension. Explanations of each card are in the associated booklet and the detailed pdf training materials that can also be downloaded free along with card images. You may order a ready printed deck (printed in USA or Italy) or Download the Digital Version on the links below.

 

THE INNER GODDESS: 33 Cards to meditate and re-connect with your Inner Powers in the form of the divine feminine Shakti energy present within every person regardless of gender, race or religion. A booklet is included for card meanings and association of each card with goddesses around the world. Downloads are free in digital version and can be used online or printed and published yourself. Copies printed in USA and Italy available for purchase.

 

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THE ANGELS TAROT: Angels are various names and powers of God who is our Higher Self, often suffixed with the letters ‘El’. The Angels Tarot is unique as it has 78 different angels for each card to help you channel the higher self for manifestation, planetary healing and ascension. A mini booklet and pdf training material explain the meaning and powers of each angel name depicted in both divine feminine and masculine forms in this deck. Downloads are free in digital version and can be used online or printed and published yourself. Copies printed in USA and Italy available for purchase.

 

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