99 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 16.62018

June 17, 2018 at 11:02 am | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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We met in U’s place to view a video by Dr. Carhart-Harris about research done in the UK and the United States about psychedelics; the link:

https://vimeo.com/154290924

The patients undergoing these controlled studies were all severely depressed or had other mental afflictions. Although some of them underwent also bad trips during the study, the aftereffect on this group of patients was /is mainly very positive. One or two treatments can actually improve depression etc. for months at a time.

Michael Pollan wrote a book about the findings with a lengthy title: “How to change your mind  – What the new science of Psychedelics teaches us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence”. E and G have it,is also available as audio book.

An interview with Michael Pollan about his book is here:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/15/611225541/reluctant-psychonaut-michael-pollan-embraces-the-new-science-of-psychedelics

Dr. Carhart-Harris’ mention in the Imperial College of London:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.carhart-harris

It is actually possible to have psychedelics prescribed by a doctor (with a special procedure) for depression and other serious mental afflictions.

MAPS is a worldwide organizations that helps sufferers find a doctor who can prescribe psychedelics for their treatment

www.maps.org

D mentioned that psychedelics help to un-focus – a behaviour that has been instilled in us from childhood – and to see the whole picture. Psychedelics do not cause hallucinations per se, they open the door to perceive them.

G said that the medical- industrial complex is suppressing the use of psychedelics even if they are beneficial to patients, because this would mean that they can sell less of their products.

It was discussed that these substances are not drugs, they are plant derivatives and natural, they dock in the body to receptors which also accept substances the body produces itself.

There seems to be a new understanding in the US that when people are depressed and kill themselves, the problem lies not with them but with the lifestyle. An interesting article by Kirsten powers is here:

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/09/kate-spade-suicide-anthony-bourdain-depression-culture-success-column/687388002/

U mntioned that wastewater – which is recycled in cities – carries more and more substances like cocaine. It has also surfaced again that women who take Ibuprofen or Paracetamol during pregnancy, may have a healthy baby girl who later finds that she is infertile because the pain killers killed her eggs in the ovaries during her mother’s pregnancy. (see article)

Reminder The JORNAL carries News in English on Tuesdays, it’s a good information service now!

 

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98 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 19.5.2018

May 22, 2018 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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We met in V.’s Quinta in S. Antonio to visit her private garden, where she started a new orchid collection. It is promising! She has 250 different kinds of orchids in the lowers greenhouse and is now starting to place them in the garden itself. Butterflies and birds have returned, after the road below the grounds  was built.

The garden is, at the bottom end, on level with the new road so she could then open a new gate for easy access for the visitors.

She also has com experience with EcoTherapy, with three persons who came to the Quinta during the day  to plant and raise plants, to rest and get out of burnout mode.

She has a contact to a Germany enterprise which intends to send her employees who had a burnout or who are close to it. In the UK, EcoTherapy is paid by the National Health system.

We also spoke about Shinrin Yoku – Forest Bathing, a practice from Japan, see D’s links below*. D. thinks that Madeira is ideal to practice this relaxing way of living, really.

U talked about the encounter she had on a private occasion with the head of Madeira Tourism. There might be a new type of government official who could be open to working with us. D. told us about a guy from JPP (Junto pelo Povo) who came to visit him and P. in Esperdegada, to discuss all kinds of government matters, to do with the upkeep of the road. D. had a very good impression of him, this might also be a person we could work with and propose ideas to, or to help with brainstorms.

U. will get in touch with Sam G., who writes the News in English, coming out now every Tuesday in the JORNAL – please go and buy it! –  to see if she can set up another channel for the news with  the Madeira Island News.

We need a new topic for June and G said she would like to inform us about medicinal use of psycedelics – wow!

The links, to get a look into it:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/15/611225541/reluctant-psychonaut-michael-pollan-embraces-the-new-science-of-psychedelics

and about the research done so far:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.carhart-harris

 

The next meeting will be on June 16, the place yet to be determined.

  • Shinrin Yoku – Forest Bathing

https://youtu.be/LUfbMIGcxkM

https://youtu.be/wixyvQMCFj4

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/articles/forest-therapy-japan-bathing-woods-wellness-relax/

http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33368691

https://www.cheesetraveller.com/earthing-forest-bathing-costa-rica/

http://shinrin-yoku.pt/en/

http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/foresttherapystarterkit.html

http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/the-practice.html

http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/the-science.html

 

97 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 14.4.2018

April 15, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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We met in E’s and ’s place , they introduced us to the first Tool in the Book “Coming Alive“ (“The Tools”, https://www.thetoolsbook.com/ ) by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. This is a self-help series of methods to deal with personal problems. The video we saw was very interesting because Barry Michels came up with some good insights we never heard anywhere else.

G found the book by chance and wanted her son to read it; he declined so she read it,  liked it and gave it to E. Both are now dealing with the H. Situation in a different way so this might very well resolve some issues!

Our next meeting will be on May 19

PS from Madeira Island News:

Pilot advocates no airport wind limits

The Diario reports today that pilot Timóteo Costa, with 26,000 flight hours and 9,000 landings in Madeira, belives that the airport should not have “wind limits” and considers that the region is being “punished” for “a bureaucratic decision”. Timóteo Costa, also an instructor and examiner,  gave this controversial opinion at a parliamentary hearing at the Permanent Commission of Economy, Finance and Tourism on the “Operational Assessment of Madeira International Airport”.
According to Timóteo, the captain of the aircraft should decide whether to land or take-off based on the conditions he is facing at that point in time, and not be governed by mandatory limits. He notes that Madeira airport “is the only one in the world with mandatory limits “fixed by people sitting in offices”.
“We are punishing Madeira and the people of Madeira with a pure bureaucratic decision,” he told the Commission, expressing the conviction that “50 to 70% of the planes that adopt a holding pattern and leave, and then leave without even trying to land, will land in full safety “. According to the commander, if there are no limits and only recommendations, these 50 to 70 percent of landings that are not made today will be “made safely”. “I am against the obligatory limit [which dates back to 1964 and remains unchanged despite successive expansions of the airport from 1,600 to 1,800 and 2,781 meters and new technologies introduced in the meantime] and not the limitations that all pilots have to be informed ” , he says.

Timóteo Costa (pictured) said that Madeira International Airport is “a toy” compared to others such as those in Innsbruck, Salzburg, Gibraltar or La Palma.
On December 4, the president of the National Civil Aviation Authority, Luís Ribeiro, said in Funchal that the review of the wind limits at Madeira Airport is “legitimate and sensible”, but he assured that the decision will be technical and never political. “We think it is appropriate to re-think the issue and the decision will always be technical rather than political,” said the official, during the same hearing.The infrastructure is the only one in the country where the wind limits, fixed in 1964, are mandatory and not recommended, but the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) has already begun a study to evaluate the possibility of changing the situation, which in 2017 affected more than 700 flights.

 

96 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 17.3.2018

March 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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We  heard from A.about the concept of integrative medicine. This is an approach to not to view alternative treatments as opposition to allopathic medicine but as composite of both, which emphasizes the approach to the total person, with compassion.

We also watched two videos on the topic:

Dr. Weil’s vision for integrative medicine:

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

The English view of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIj4hsdNu5w

During the discussion, it came down to the fact that most people abandon the responsibility for their health and shove it over to a doctor who is supposed to fix it. Most people, especially in Madeira, do not want to change their lifestyle for the better.

R. V. and C. also took part in the meeting and R. said that people buy and take way too many supplements these days. Then we went around the room and saw that almost everyone of us also takes supplements one way or another.

C. said that the stress he has in the hospital (2 x per week 24 hour shifts in the Emergency room) have him resort to Melantonin and herbs and such so that he can cope with the stress.

(By the way: he said that the Via Verde treatments  – stroke, heart attack, sepsis) – work well in the hospital!)

Here is the link to the simple breathing exercise Dr. Weil recommends:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wg-UAYGa2A

Our next meeting will be on April 14,.

 

95 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 17.2.2018

February 20, 2018 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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We met in U’s place and watched a video by Peter Russell about consciousness.

https://www.scienceandnonduality.com/the-reality-of-consciousness-peter-russell/

Russel is saying that Consciousness creates the brain, and everything else.

There are many scientists trying to discover the Theory of Everything, to find how the material world works, looking for quarks and new matter but they cannot find the particles or the answers. The scientisst who are saying the consciousness is elemental, are far and few between and they are risking their reputation. Their work undercuts a lot of work of other scientists who depend on grants and tenure etc.

This led us to the concept of non-duality, a (in the Western world) new approach to life. The pantomime David Ellzey can show the approach to life, based on this concept, without words, all im mime, here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TvshcEX9Zg

In our everyday world, this is quite a strange concept, because it cannot be comprehended by the mind. Meditation can get you there

Our next meeting will be on March 17.

A. will give us some insight on “Treatment of health in the future by Integrative medicine”

94 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 13.1.2018

January 17, 2018 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment

Hello Team,

We visited P’s Esperdegada Farm in Tabua and it was a great success!

D & P (who were also Consorcio members in former times when we had an agricultural group) bought the farm in the Parque Natural (many rules, and permissions to obtain for everything) in 2006. Since then, they have restored the building for habitation in the rural style, largely eliminated the fruit trees and their levadas and planted lavender (which needs little water) of various origins. They are now selling high-quality lavender oil and honey. Pelargonium also grows there very well, it yields another high quality oil. They also have – a rarity on Madeira – four Macadamia nut trees.

D. gave us a tour (with amazing “before & after” photos) and showed us the improvements, including one of Rod’s (also a former member) compost toilets. Some of the group took a tour on the grounds (the land is spread over 16 levels!). Then we had a nice lunch with congenial discussions in the sunshine.

Sadly, most of us forgot to buy avocados and other fruits before going home!

S.sent us a link about home biogas:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1846577405/homebiogas-20-transforms-your-food-waste-into-cle

Our next meeting will be on February 10  to watch a video which will round up our recent discussions about consciousness

For March, we’ll have an intro by A. about Acupuncture and the situation – fight for survival, really – of alternative treatments which are under constant threats by the Medical-Industrial Complex in Europe.

 

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

92 Madeira Consorcio Meeting 14.10. 2017

October 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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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

October 12, 2017 at 9:02 am | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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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

July 24, 2017 at 8:41 am | Posted in Posts | Leave a comment
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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.”

 

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