93 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 18.11. 2017

November 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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Due to closed roads leading to Monte, (tree cutting) we all arrived late.

After a nice tea, we viewed a documentary from the BBC Horizon series about intermittent fasting, very informative!  The journalist in question interviewed several scientists, tried some options and decided for intermittent fasting. His blood work improved considerably, with it his health, lowering the risk of serious diseases, and increasing life expectancy.

Two members are practicing intermittent fasting with good success.

Other short clips and a great website in regards to Keto Fasting:

Diet doctor website https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto

Jason fasting  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIhhrYjVhOk                   5.17 min

Valter Longo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVArDzYynYc                   19.0 min

How to do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNSbL8p3_RU                      4.45 min

Afterwards, we went to “Pátio das Babosas” again for a nice evening meal.

D. invited the group for a Thanksgiving Turkey Lunch, but, next Thursday being a difficult date for many, we decided to transpose it to Thursday, December 14, and combine the turkey with Father Christmas, let’s see how they get along!

The next meeting will be in 2018. We shall continue with the topic of consciousness, probably also with a video clip

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92 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 14.10. 2017

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We viewed a documentary S.brought from Brazil about the healer Joȃo de Deus

(http://www.healing-themovie.com/about-the-film/)

This film is not available on YouTube.

S. was in Brazil for treatment for three weeks and found that afterward, her health was/is much better that before. (She doesn’t want to take heavy-duty allopathic medicine.)

Interesting: Joao de Deus is a simple man with the potential to channel healing spirits. He was persecuted and beaten, before he found a “protector” who set him up in Abadiania (near Brasilia) where he and a team of other mediums are now working to heal on a physical and spiritual level.

Spoiler: The film is a bit heavy on catholic veneer as Ignatius of Loyola is involved, but if you replace “God” with “source”, the content works for everybody.

Afterwards, we went to “Pátio das Babosas” and had a great meal on a terrace above Monte; we enjoyed one of the last summer evenings.

PS: Interesting info about the Consciousness topic:

Peter Russell  https://www.scienceandnonduality.com/the-reality-of-consciousness/)

David Chalmers https://www.ted.com/talks/david_chalmers_how_do_you_explain_consciousness

Dan Dennett https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_on_our_consciousness

Anil Seth https://www.ted.com/talks/anil_seth_how_your_brain_hallucinates_your_conscious_reality

91 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 19.8.2017

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Topic: Consciousness

We discussed Dr Bruce Greyson, doctor of psychiatry, University of Virginia

Studies the relationship between brain and consciousness. He recognises that in normal life there is a very clear link between the two; if you receive a blow to your head or

if you drink too much alcohol, you will experience that your thought process is less clear and focused.  However we cannot prove or observe what causes a thought or an emotion. A single neuron

cannot think or feel anything. The evolution of our way of approaching  this matter in science, follows the same way as did our approach to physics, evolving from Newton to Einstein.

Just like the theory that the brain causes the consciousness is a reasonably good model for everyday situations, so too newtonian physics is a reasonably good model for everyday objects moving at speeds that are observable to the naked eye. It is only when we deal with extreme situations like the brain approaching death or microscopic parcels travelling at the speed of light, that the old models are no longer applicable. For physics we developed a new paradigm called quantum physics and when it came to studies of the mind, physicists had to recognise consciousness as a fundamental part of existence – INDEPENDENT of matter.

There are 4 lines of evidence of consciousness without a brain:

  1. Deathbed recovery of lost consciousness
  2. Complex consciousness with minimal brain (U: discussion to be continued on this point)
  3. Near death experiences
  4. memories of past lives.

Examples of nr 1 : people with severe brain damage (from tumours, alzheimers etc) who had lost all power of thinking or communicating, regained both these things shortly before dying. We have absolutely no explanation for this fact, yet in a study, 70 % of caregivers reported of such phenomena.

Examples of nr 2: people who have lost the use of a significant part of the brain, but yet are able to perform well. One lady who after an accident was left with only a brainstem and no cortex

(cortex is the place where our thinking happens) still she was able to continue as a student at university. People with “hydrocephalus” – a decease that lets fluid leak into the brain. In one person fluid took up 90% of the brain, leaving no space for complex thinking, and still he had over a hundred in an intelligence test.

Example of nr 3: People who are clinically dead (so without trace of brain activity) who still relate vivid experiences when they are resuscitated. These experiences can be verifiable, such as the accounts of what happened during the resuscitation (what machinery was used, what people were in the room etc.) People who claimed to have had a NDE described their resuscitation correctly, whereas people who did not have NDE but was asked to try to remember their resuscitation, related it incorrectly.

People who claim to have had NDE typically describe an altered sense of time, a sudden understanding, clearer thought process, feeling of belonging, peace and joy. However there is such a thing as negative NDEs. How often they occur seems to vary between different investigations, but somewhere between 2 and 14 percent seems to be the norm. In this context I would like to underline

that most of the studies involve people who have been dead for 15 to 20 minutes. Very often they have been aware that there was a line beyond which there was no return, so we don’t actually know what experiences they would have had beyond that line.

Examples of 4: young children who report having had past lives. They typically never report on having been some very well know person, but just ordinary people whose lives were typically ended in an abrupt or violent way. In 63% of cases these people of the past were traceable and accounts of their death verifiable.
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Book links : hold on to your shoelaces…

Food of the Gods.pdf

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8AWtS91VS1nWWFXMnNzVTZ1WEE/view?usp=sharing

Dawkins. Richard – Deus, um Delírio.pdf (in particular pg 74 vis a vis “the prayers”)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93ZsMIp-w6XNGJBMVNJT0JIaWc/view?usp=sharing

Many Lives, Many Masters (Brian L. Weiss).pdf

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93ZsMIp-w6XOEMtR0V1SkRESFk/view?usp=sharing

Espejos del Tiempo (Brian L. Weiss).pdf

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93ZsMIp-w6XNmF2X29vdVAzOG8/view?usp=sharing

Only Love Is Real – The Story of Soulmates Reunited (Dr. Brian Weiss).pdf

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93ZsMIp-w6Xd1pSQjYtOF9wZG8/view?usp=sharing

Nosso Lar (Chico Xavier).pdf

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93ZsMIp-w6XclEzUDJTUW1QWE0/view?usp=sharing

Desobsessão (Francisco Xavier).pdf

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B93ZsMIp-w6XVnlfNGdQbTJTTmM/view?usp=sharing

90  Madeira Consorcio Meeting 22.7.2017

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We started our new format of discussions between ourselves; as stated before, these may be topics one wouldn’t discuss at a dinner table. This time we spoke about Karma and what it means to us. U.provided some texts to read before the start of the discussion (we all agreed that, if sent with the invitation or reminder, we probably wouldn’t read them beforehand…)

Here are the links to the texts provided:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma

https://www.quora.com/What-is-karma-Is-karma-real-What-are-some-examples-of-karma

http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2013/03/bill-roache-karma-reincarnation-and-steiner-schools.html

Some comments from the group:

“We need suffering to evolve.”

“Karma is a toolkit to improve our existence, What we do with it is our decision.”

“Some things are meant to be.”

“Being happy is complex – simplify your life.”

“Karma is malleable/flexible – you work on it.”

There are some cool  Karma icons here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22karma%22&lr=&as_qdr=all&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiJ3Ka82J_VAhWJaxQKHRAnC1wQsAQIUw&biw=1106&bih=562&dpr=1.09

U’s front runner:

“I saw that. – Karma”

Another favourite:

“Keep calm and let Karma finish it.”

 

89 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 24.6.2017

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C was to present more info on the P Association but he couldn’t attend and he didn’t have sufficient time to send U an overview. But he outlined on the phone, that P. needs new associates and new input.

C will send a list of the other members so that we know who they are (and if we would like to associate ourselves with them), also the Statutes and what else they are doing, besides Waldorf-prep courses.

U said that we could organize a “Waldorf for Madeira” workshop (cannot be that difficult) . C said that the cost for a teacher from the mainland would be around 300€ plus flight (the person could stay with C). We need to get more information before proceeding.

M needs to find another option for the Foundation. As mentioned before, there is a Family Court judge who is sending needy children to foster parents, instead of a good home, so only 14 children are living at the Foundation at this time. The overhead is too expensive.

M hopes to get Rubina Leal (PSD, but nobody is perfect) to visit the home to see which other uses can be found  to make use of the space (Creche, day care centre for the handicapped, home for underage mothers). It should be care toward poor children as mentioned in the Statutes, otherwise they would have to be adapted. The new purpose must also be of a kind that the Sisters can cope with.

U spoke to the group about the history of the Consorcio (many members weren’t in it from the start) and about the fact that most of our own projects stalled because of disinterest. (Beach Basket, the Medicinal Herbs project with Verena). We also see that if we offer help, it is not usually accepted. People may want help for their project but end up muddling through as before.

The idea (we are never running out of ideas) is to turn the Consorcio into our own discussion forum with topics we want to talk about, and these may be topics one wouldn’t discuss at a dinner table. If we are approached for help toward outside projects, we’ll be happy to assist

 

88 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 22.4.2017

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U. gave out the group’s contact list on paper again

Foundation.

M.is in negotiations with one of the family members who has access to the website, Also, the “IRS” handout has been stalled. Some issues need to be resolved at the Foundation first.

Escola de Semente:

R V contacted U to help him set up a fundraising project ; U gave him the best option for Portugal site (www.ppl.pt) and R V will study what is needed to set up a fundraising drive (photos, video, gifts, content).

The Bread Project:

E will give GV’s number to Uso she can call him and remind him that he intended to order bread. But: we must assume he that wanted to find a way to get the know-how.

M. has a contact for E for a shop in Praça A. for rent, this could be a good place for a bakery at a low price.

The Foundation is getting its own bread oven, not to feed the children (they get a lot of bread as donation) but to teach them how relate to and produce their food in a natural way.

Penta presentation

C gave us a presentation of the Penta project.

This is an Association in Funchal with a few members promoting an upgrade on the education concept behind the Walldorf schools. The major point is that the parents need to be educated before the children. Adults should have an integrated approach to their own lives, working will all five (Walldorf is based on four) of their own elements (Emotional, Mental, Vital, Physical and Spiritual). Children then copy their parents – even if parents do not see the results of this copying behavior reflected to them. This can be done by Art Therapy, Family Drama (“Constelação familiar”, to get rid of old ghosts in the closet)  and other techniques. The Association also organizes walks and creates “insight” labyrinths in nature

C is a medical doctor but studies psychology and has received training on this approach from two teachers who now live in the UK (http://www.lazzarus.net/  ) The Association would like to get them over to Funchal to give training to the parents and teachers in Escola de Semente.

Other Stuff:

Al is offering Acupuncture in Funchal, in a practice in Rua da Carreia 100.

Mundo Sustentável”, the used good resale place is behind the Forum, below the “Po de’Arroz” hairdresser’s shop.

Also very interesting:

Lawrence Lessig  Our Democracy no longer represent the people:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJy8vTu66tE

And liquid democracy can be found here:

http://democracy.earth/

 

 

87 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 11.3.2107

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Support for the Foundation 

As mentioned before, the Foundation relies on private funding only. The stock market is providing less income than before but another point is that the judge in charge of the Court of Families and Minors is of the opinion that children should be given to foster parents,

The Foundation has been very quiet about their work so far, but times change and more funds are needed so the Foundation needs to show more face. From a website and handouts via Diario ads up to TV interviews , everything is possible. The management team needs to decide how far they want to go with public exposure.

The Foundation is fully compliant with the law. Social Security made a full check up.   Transparency and compliance are the essential for fundraising efforts.

D & S have a good example of how it should be done with http://www.refugio.pt/ (nice website – clean, simple and welcoming), a well-known entity in the Algarve for just the cases the Foundation is caring for as well (“emergência infantil”).

We shall help the Foundation with marketing efforts, to strengthen the base for ongoing fundraising. D proposed the 0.5% Tax Donation avenue. Private citizens can donate this amount to a charity of their choice, with no cost to themselves, Accounting companies can even set this up as a default option, informing their clients that if they do not say otherwise, the accounting can set up their donation automatically.

Fir this to work, word needs to get out that the Foundation is asking for this help. This can be done be email to all contacts and former alumni. The request for help can also go out via A5 handouts, with an appealing text in (not too complicated) Portuguese, citing the Foundation’s NIF number.
U.prepared a text and showed it to the Team. The Portuguese has to be fixed and the text polished and improved. M will do this with his Team as soon as possible (Tax declarations will be delivered as of April 1st), then we’ll receive the final text. U will deliver prints , E. & Gr can take the handouts to the cinema in Ponta do Sol, etc.

D suggested that the Foundation tries to set up a list of former students to draw them in for support. They might want to keep in touch with each other as they, after all, all, grew up together.

He also suggested asking former students for an annual donation, it can be small but it would strengthen their sense of belonging. Another way is via estate planning: donors can help by bequeathing houses or funds after their demise.

Special projects can be used to attract donations as well. Esaid that an “institution” (no better word for it yet) can expect support from a community when it offer something to this community, e.g. theatre plays, concerts , Christmas tree lighting on the grounds, etc. (the group was not enthusiastic about Christmas plays, though) .

 Web site upgrade

U has received the access codes to the existing website  and worked  on the background to improve things. She will acquire some photos of children, and S.Z. could provide photos of the home and hopefully the staff, to add them to the website. We also need the WORD originals of the annual report 2016, there is good material in there to fill the pages. (The Foundation has a good team, this should be emphasized as well.)

U will look at a PayPal Donate button (other option: MBNet) to suggest donations. This can be set up with a 10€ minimum as PayPal takes a cut for the payments, albeit on a lower rate for an IPSS.

 

In our time, with more and more angst ruling the people, it is important to strengthen the ties in the community so that people contact and get to know each other. Fear cannot take hold so much if you know your neighbor and community.

The Bread Project:

E met with G.V. who is interested in the gluten-free-bread as he cannot produce it in his two (or more?) bakeries. E gave him a sample and received a very good feedback.

We discussed the price, D was skeptical if the price is not too high. R.V:  has the experience, he is often educating the clients on nutrition and value and he says that the price is not too high, compared with the bland quality of industrial gluten-free bread, and that he can “sell” the price to his clients.

We also discussed the possible production of the grains on the island. At the moment, they can be bought from Italy (Tuscany) , Austria and the US.

E received some originals , he can have them planted here but the yield will not better, and the cost would be the same (around 6€/kg). Planting them on Madeira would be sustainable, creating work, helping the community… great idea, but is has to be kept for the future.

 

86 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 11.2.2107

February 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment

 

U told the Team about the old OE project, this is a system which can turn feteira and other organic waste together with household rubbish, into diesel.The company, lead by a Swiss engineer/owner, has won the tender by the Funchal City Hall, and after some resistance by the old Valor Ambiente Team, the project can go ahead.

The Bread Project:

E has been approached by a third person to meet with a big baking company in Madeira, to discuss having/producing/selling his gluten-free bread in these outlets. E will take the meeting and see what they want and offer. (He may take another group member into the meeting.)

The group feels it would not be a good idea to give away his knowledge and starter to other outfits or even bake there (cameras?); we think that they may steal his knowledge. The group suggested to him to have the starter and maybe the combination of original wheat /sourdough/starter etc. patented in Portugal, maybe also in the US, then nobody can get the know-how.
E is also in touch with M in regards to maybe baking  for hotel consumption, as well as more bread for sale in other outlets. He will bring a few samples to the hotel to see how this is received by the clientele and by the management.

C. said that there is a “Sourdough Bank” in Belgium where E could deposit his starter, also as a protection of the “copyright”

Escola de S.

We discussed the stalled project – Mau. left the school, and R.  is not a pro-active person to have as contact for our support.

The Team will be available to the school if they come back to us in the future, but we may want to find another alternative education project if/when something comes up, in the area of Waldorf or Montessori. In past projects, which did not come to pass, the missing of money was usually the problem. We shall keep our eyes open!

85 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 19.11.2016

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Home, dear Home

The facebook page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/search/1602144116750958/local_search?surface=tyah

Home, dear Home” offers many services, tailored to the needs of a wide range of clients. The basic is the tidying up of a closet or a pantry. Mar. already did this for friends and their acquaintances. The effect may be that the family, upon seeing how this is done, is encouraged to start on other closet or rooms themselves. Even the kids who watch such an action get the idea on how to sort things and live in a better place.

Mar. always goes to the potential client’s place first to get the scope of the work and then she makes an offer. Clients may opt to have part of the work done later to be able to stretch the payment. Mar. will be able to tell them what items they need to buy before she comes to do the job, or she measures the drawers etc and buy the items needed herself for a small fee. Follow up visits are part of the offer, to see if the clients get along well with the new order or if something needs to be changed.

Mar. sees her work as an investment of her client: as a house becomes more orderly, the quality of life for the whole family improves. Less time is needed to search for items, and this can lower the stress level of a whole family.

The effect cleaning up, getting rid of excess stuff and cleaning up is that the exterior of the space will reflect the interior of the person. Clients also become more aware of what they like and what they don’t like, what they can let go. New things, items and issues can enter the life when old stuff gets discarded. Mar. sees her role as an enabler for clients to help themselves; she doesn’t want them to become dependent on her.

 

 

 

 

Mar. will give a lecture on Jan 21st and a workshop in April in the Pestana Casino Park Hotel under the auspices of the Academia Nova Era.  S

The Bread Project:

E.encountered a Japanese film maker who might be willing to make a film about his production.

Escola de Sem.

There are changes in the structure; MA is leaving the team. U.will contact R. V.to see whom we can talk with, to offer our help, but it is obvious that the Escola needs some time to regroup and come back to us.

Other stuff:

Members of the Team had the opportunity to meet with our former members D & P from the Farm in Tabua. They are doing well, they are planting more lavender  and they have added beehives to the farm. The honey they receive is quite good, D.says. We shall hear more and hopefully get to buy some honey soon.

 

U is asking the Team to contact her if anybody hears of a print publication on Madeira coming online. A company wants to have print ads for the clientele (age 65 +, not internet savvy) who prefer print publications for news.

There will be no meeting in December; we’ll meet instead in Jan. for a New Years Dinner.

 

84 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 21.10.2016

October 23, 2016 at 11:16 am | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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We had Fireman Sa. as guest again.  He gave us a report about the recent fires on Aug 5 – 6. He said that the conditions, with Leste coming over from Africa and with a wind speed of 75/85 km were a “perfect storm” situation. The Leste brought fire sparks down from the rim above the city.

In these situations, the firemen are on high alert and make rounds but they cannot prevent that fires start or are stated. E-was of the opinion that the Pastores who had protested about the restriction of their activity, started the fires above Funchal but Sa. said that their areas are more above S. Antonio, not S. Roque. The burning tires made the situation look very bad, there were also oil tanks wit in the tire storage facility which blew up. Old houses with damaged roofs are in special danger from flying sparks.

Sa. said that in these situations, people call for more firemen and equipment, but this would not help, he is in favor of prevention.  1 fire spot can cause 85 other fires in 1 hour so vigilance is essential. The firemen in Funchal work well together, and even when they are out for a coffee and see a fire at any time, they are proactive and send someone up there to investigate. This approach is not shared by other fire brigades outside of Funchal.  He is also in favor of shared fire ponds in the communities. The communities have to come together for this.

Eucalyptus is a bad tree and should be eliminated. The disadvantage with this tree is that, even after a fire, the wood can still be used by the pulp factories to produce paper so the Paper Lobby has no problem with burning Eucalyptus forests.

Forest management is also very bad on the mainland. Gr. said that the north of Portugal is covered in Eucalyptus. After a fire, reforestation would be the ideal tool to prevent future fires but this not promoted by the Government. It was not done around S. Bras when D & S had to abandon their house twice because of the fire danger.

Sa. said that 75% of the land is in private hands, the owners are responsible for clearing out the forests. They often cannot be identified as the land registry is weak so the Government cannot apply fines for neglect.

The population used to go into the forests for firewood, nowadays, this is not needed anymore – it’s probably forbidden – this is another point why forest fires are increasing. It is even difficult now to find personnel to clean out forests; the job is not interesting and pays too little.

In the mainland there is a Fire Mafia. Government owned planes and helicopters are mysteriously out of order with maintenance problems and the Government has to hire private equipment at a high cost for fire fighting – good business for certain companies.

Sa. also said that tests with helicopters must be done in Madeira in the summer, not in winter when realistic conditions do not exist. Then we could see if fire fighting could be done on the island fir helicopters (with sweet water) or not.

Sa. said that the Proteccao Civil takes charge in such situation and they mess it up for publicity stunts, saying that everything is under control when it isn’t.

In regards to the funds for the people and companies affected by the Fire (V.) the Government should come through with decisions and hopefully , funds by mid-November

The Bread Project:

E. discovered that he can obtain the NAKU bread bags from a known shop for free, they receive plenty from a supplier. He is still looking for a place to bake his bread. He has a certain place in mind but if it doesn’t work, he is willing to invest to get a bakery for himself – no risk – no gain. An-  could get him a contact to a specific  Hotel group, maybe he could also bake there at night

He brought us a delicious sample of bread – mmh!

The  Escola staff needs to get back to us to start working on their Blog and fundraising efforts. Ma. said that she would have more time as of mid-October.

 

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