Video gives details about Spiritual Bhutan tour

Recently we posted a guided meditation video presented by Lisa Tully.

In addition to the “Tibetan Path in India” tours she leads, Lisa is also co-hosting a Tour to Bhutan in a few months.

She made a video that gives lots of details about the “Mastering the Buddha Nature Within” spiritual Bhutan tour December 7 – 18, 2014. 

The program is co-hosted by Sheri Rosenthal, and you can discover more about both Sheri, Lisa, and Bhutan in the video below…

To see the full Bhutan Tour itinerary, including pricing and registration form, CLICK HERE

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Bhutan targets 100% organic farming

Bhutan farmA few months ago, the small Buddhist country of Bhutan announced their intention to be the first 100% organic country.

An ambitious and, some might say, impossible goal. Though if you know anything about Bhutan, you know that if any nation was poised to do it, it would be them.

A Mahayana Buddhist country, Bhutan has long been a role model for sustainable development and preservation of biodiversity.  When larger, more developed countries want to learn how to design policy and implement proactive conservation efforts, they look to Bhutan.

The list of accomplishments is mighty: 60% of land is designated to remain forest, 40% is designated as national parks and/or wildlife refuge, and a goal of total agricultural self-sufficiency has been set for 2015.

This latest initiative, known as the National Organic Policy (NOP), was announced by Prime Minister Jingme Thinley at the Rio +20 Conference of Sustainable Development.

Prime Minister Thinley expressed the government’s beliefs that “working with nature” is the sane, impactful and healthy path to long reaching powerful results. This means no pesticides or herbicides, no GMOs, no fluoride and no Monsanto.

What will the National Organic Policy involve? 

In logistical terms, organic can be defined as crop grown without direct or indirect exposure to chemicals. This includes run off from neighboring farms.

Land must be free of chemicals for at least three years, the compost, whether kitchen compost or manure, must also be free of chemicals (this means not feeding livestock chemicals that would then come out in their waste).  The water used to irrigate the crops must be chemical free as well.

A tall order, but the impact on human and animal health is vast. The foods produced from organic methods are rich in nutrients, toxin free, and the growing methods help preserve bio-diversity.

Organic farming is safer for the farmers who aren’t exposed to chemicals regularly and drinking water becomes cleaner when there is no chemical run-off.

These reasons, health, taste, ecology, cost efficiency, not to mention providing for posterity, would be enough to make the move to fully organic. The government of Bhutan seems to know it can’t rest on its laurels and take its natural resources for granted.

Bhutan, with its 700,000 citizens comprised of up to three-quarters Buddhists, has deeper reasons for this initiative that lie beyond the ones obvious to our western eyes.

As Buddhists, there is a deeply rooted understanding that “self and land’ are one. Dependent arising 101. What affects one affects the other.

In Bhutan, it is well known: to respect the land is to respect human life. 

The initiative is not without its challenges. A booming population and a younger generation not inclined toward farming make the future uncertain.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, speaks wisely and practically when he says the NOP will be realized, “region by region and crop by crop.” As yet, the government has set no timeline but they had best hurry! Niue, a small island country in the South Pacific has set 202o as their 100% organic goal!

Body Mind Spirit Journeys is offering a Bhutan tour December 7 – 18, 2014. For complete details about the “Mastering the Buddha Nature Within” tour of Bhutan, please Click Here.

 

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New Videos Reveal Bosnian Pyramid Tour Details

Videos were recently made available that show more detail of what it is like to travel to Bosnia and go on a tour of the pyramids and other attractions. These tours are led by Semir “Sam” Osmanagich, the man who discovered the Bosnian Pyramids and has been leading the research to help understanding.

Daorson Megalithic Site

Another part of the Bosnian Pyramid tour is a visit to the ancient megalithic site of Daorson. In Bosnia-Herzegovina is a megalithic stone works that is officially said to be from the “Helenistic” era but probably is much older.

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Bosnian stone spheres

Are they natural formations or man-made? What is their connection with ancient aliens? Bosnian Pyramids Tour group members will enjoy a visit to see the mysterious stone spheres of Bosnia on an excursion led by Dr. Semir “Sam” Osmanagich, so they can decide for themselves. Similar to stone spheres found in Costa Rica, the age of these objects has not been determined.

Vratnica tumulus

The Vratnica tumulus in the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids is quite similar in size to Silbury Hill, the ancient tumulus in Wiltshire, England, and they are equally mysterious.  The material from which it is built, enormous megalithic blocks and earth, is similar to the nearby Bosnian Pyramid of the Moon.

A beam of electromagnetic energy has been measured at the top of the tumulus, which is similar to another energy beam at the Mother Pyramid, the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun.

Physicists are doing research on this seemingly limitless source of clean electrical energy.

For full details about the next Bosnian Pyramids tour, go to http://bodymindspiritjourneys.com/bosnia-pyramids-tour.html
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Holy Land Travel Tips

manger square bethlehemWith Pope Francis about to travel to the Holy Land, interest in Jerusalem tourism is bound to grow stronger.

We recently came across a list of tips for people who would like to follow in the footsteps of the pontiff, as he follows in the footsteps of Jesus.

In 2013, a record-breaking 1.7 million people visited Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and this May, Pope Francis is scheduled to make a historic journey there as well. Included in the Pope’s itinerary are plans for experiencing some of the Holy Land’s most awe-inspiring historical and spiritual sites. Just in time for his visit, Genevieve Belmaker—travel expert and author of Moon Jerusalem & the Holy Land—shares essential tips for visiting the many unforgettable sites of this timeless destination.

1) Manger Square in Bethlehem: This is the heart of Bethlehem’s Old City and the jumping-off point for the town’s most popular attractions and events. While there is a surprising amount of shopping throughout Bethlehem, the main area is directly surrounding Manger Square. There are several shops that cater to pilgrims and sell postcards and handmade trinkets, boxes, and nativity scene pieces made from olive wood, many with inlaid mother of pearl. Shop owners sometimes try to sell the pieces for very high prices, but travelers should feel free to bargain if they’re interested in something.

2) Western Wall: The most famed religious site in all of Judaism, the Western Wall is also called the Wailing Wall or the Kotel. While the imposing wall is the destination for the faithful who come to pray before it, an upper plaza in the southeastern corner offers an excellent view of the Wall and the Dome of the Rock behind it. Go south from the Western Wall and you will come upon the Western Wall Excavations, a 75-minute tour that explores hidden layers of the Western Wall and is available only by scheduling in advance with a guide. The underground excavations tell the story of ancient Judaism.

3) Mount Herzl: At the entrance to the Yad Vashem campus is Mount Herzel’s Herzl Museum. The museum gives visitors an audio-visual history of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl through a one-hour program. Tours must be arranged in advance or on a first-come, first-served basis.

4) Yad Vashem: Nothing can prepare you for the enormous psychological and emotional impact of visiting this spot. More of an institution than a museum, Yad Vashem is an astounding window into Jewish history and culture. Because of the size and the amount of information, it is advisable to plan to spend at least half a day here. Start with the Holocaust History Museum, the building behind the main entrance to Yad Vashem. Also, make sure to take in the Holocaust Art Museum, Hall of Remembrance, and Hall of Names.

5) Hechal Schlomo Center: This landmark building in the heart of Jerusalem houses the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art and serves as a Jewish spiritual and cultural center. In addition to its several permanent exhibits and cultural events that include live music, the Hechal Schlomo Center also houses the 300-year-old Renanim Synagogue, which was transported from Italy. The active synagogue is decorated lavishly in 18th century Italian style.

6) Jerusalem Great Synagogue: This imposing structure was opened in 1982 and is dedicated to the memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The synagogue’s internationally acclaimed choir is one of the world’s chief repositories for Jewish Ashkenazic liturgical music, and stained glass windows adorn the main building. The synagogue’s annual operating budget of one million dollars comes entirely from donations.

7) Mount of Olives: The site of many miraculous occurrences, this is an extremely significant location in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Get out early to the Mount of Olives to experience an awe-inspiring sunrise. Take a taxi to the top of the mountain’s highest vista point, above the old Jewish cemetery. From here, enjoy the incredible view of old and new Jerusalem. Take a leisurely walk down the hill and go through the Jewish cemetery, or just continue downhill to various vista points for photos.

For more information, visit Moon.com and read Genevieve Belmaker’s “The Mount of Olives: My Most Memorable Experience in Jerusalem” and “Via Dolorosa: Following the Last Steps of Jesus.”

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Damanhur is a spiritual eco-village

One of the most remarkable communities in the world is Damanhur.

This eco-village, situated in Italy’s Piedmont region, is a community based upon spirituality. It is in the foothills of the Alps, about 50 km north of Turin. Its name comes from an ancient site in Egypt where there was a temple devoted to the god Horus.

Damanhur was founded by Oberto Airaudi and about two dozen of his followers in 1975. By the end of the century it had grown to 800. The community kept rather quiet until 1992 when word leaked out that they had secretly sculpted an elaborate underground complex, the Temples of Humankind. When Italian authorities found out about the temples, they ordered construction to be stopped until the necessary bureaucratic forms had been filed and approved.

Here are some of the parts of the temple complex:

The Hall of Water is dedicated to the Divine Feminine and is shaped like a chalice. It invites receptivity.

The Hall of Earth is a masculine construction, and it relates to past and future incarnations.

The Blue Hall, a place of inspiration and reflection is used for meditation.

The Hall of Labyrinths illustrates the various cultures and peoples of the world and how their various religious faiths are intertwined.

In the Hall of Metals, one can see representations of the progressive stages of development of humanity.

The Hall of Spheres invites communication and the creation of harmony between nations.

And finally, the Hall of Mirrors has four altars, dedicated to earth, water, fire and air.

Out above ground, Damanhur has labyrinthine walking paths in a natural forest setting, as well as various art installations.

Perhaps its most remarkable features are “selfic” devices, instruments created by the scientists and technicians at Damanhur that concentrate and conduct an intelligent and healing energy called Selfica. It is a form of modern-day alchemy.

Update: A proposed tour of Damanhur by Body Mind Spirit Journeys did not materialize.

 

 

 

 

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The Boscawen-Un Stone Circle is a Must-See Site

Boscawen-Un stone circleFor those of us with a fascination for ancient sacred sites and places of power, few areas of Mother Earth are richer than Cornwall, in the southwest corner of England. Because of this embarasment of riches, a visitor who has only a short time to spend in the area might be confused about which places to visit and which to save for another time.

Amongst all of the holy wells, fogous, dolmens, standing stones and stone circles in Cornwall, Boscawen-Un would have to be very close to the top of my must-see list. Pronounced [Boska-NOON] the Boscawen-Un stone circle is a very popular spot for the local Pagan community to hold ceremonies.

Several years ago there was a rash of vandalism at sacred sites in Cornwall, so the locals decided to do something to help. They held a cleansing ritual at Boscawen-un, sending out healing energy to it and the other nearby sites. The next morning, the news reported that an earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale had happened, and its eipcentre was directly at Boscawen-un. Coincidence?

Here are excerpts of some impressions that visitors to Boscawen-Un have posted online:

‘magical’ is an over-used word when describing ancient sites but this one really is. My previous experience of a stone circle was Avebury so finding this perfect small circle of nineteen stones with it leaning ‘sun-dial’ centre stone and one white quartz stone was beyond superlatives.

Think of all the superlatives one could lavish upon a place and you have accurately summed up Boskawen-Un.

The proportions of the size of the stones and their intervals and the size they enclose are all just about perfect. Nestled in gorse, they’re not that far from the road but it feels like a different world.

The stones seem to whirl and spin around their madly leaning axis stone.

I’ve had some tremendous experiences at the circle in the daytime, but this I’ll never forget!!, walking down towards the circle in the dark(10pm ish), the whole of the circle was covered in a white dome!, obviously the energies were flowing!, i was suprised to see no-body there at all…. as i entered the circle, it was obvious there was huge enegies present, over the previous few days i’d noticed it building, even to the point of recieving electric shocks off the centre stone!.walking round i did my usual energy sensing using my hands, picking out the energy lines easilier than usual, it was a cloudy nite, very dark but the circle glowed!!, to be honest id say it was alive!, ever stuck a 9 volt batterie on your tongue as a child??, well that was the feeling i was experiecing throughout my body, the centre stone truly was vibrant!, to touch the stone was not needed , simply placing your hand near to the stone resulted in a strong “tingle”.standing there in front of it it seemed to grow and tower over myself, showing its true might …the quartz stone always exudes strong energy in my opinion!, to sit against it usually results in an almost guaranteed altered state of conciousness for myself!, tonight was no exeption!, the whole circle being of absolute silence, i sat there for a while unerved by the fact i was in the middle of nowhere basically.

Has to be the best circle in Lands end, if you only visit one, make it this one! The quartz (female, surely) stone bears close inspection as it is shot through with nooks and crannies containg miniature crystal grottoes. A great place.

Body Mind Spirit Journeys is offering a tour of sacred sites in southwest England which includes the Boscawen-Un stone circle. For details, go to: http://bodymindspiritjourneys.com/englands-sacred-sites.html

You can read more about Boscawen-Un at http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/229/boscawenun.html

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