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All that you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself.
All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within
and you will surely find it.

~Eileen Caddy

Thanks to BGR


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If you are an empath or a highly sensitive person then it’s important to know there are special and important ways for you to protect your energy and shield yourself.

Your ability to feel and interpret the emotions of others as well as your surroundings can mean that you are also susceptible to the energetic imprint of those very same surroundings.

This is how to go about shielding yourself successfully, and without coming from a place of fear, worry, or “gross-ness.”

Being an Empath means you literally feel what other people are experiencing emotionally. You can feel it in your body, your mood, sensations and in your thoughts. You can also feel it consciously and on a subtle level without realizing it, which is what this recent study found.

What we generally associate as negativity, especially in regard to our energetic surroundings truly just boils down to environmental toxicity.

Some of this toxicity is literally from the foods we eat, air we breathe, jobs we work, families we live within, thoughts we think, emotions we feel, stressful lives we live, the need and race for money, and the pressure for resources that we associate as everyday life.

While there is a lot of toxicity to pick up floating around, some if it literally comes directly from other humans. Leanord Orr most commonly refers to it as “emotional energy pollution.”

Our emotions have a wide range of vibrations within them, and when we carry this emotional energy pollution, it can literally feel like it weighs us down. The energy we carry is dense, and even less harmonic, according to Masaru Emoto’s discoveries on water.

Empaths have a much greater likelihood to not only feel other people’s emotional energy, but to take it on as a way to process it. Sometimes empaths can do this knowingly or unknowingly, usually it’s both.


More studies are revealing that empaths are more likely to deal with depression, social anxiety, loneliness and introversion. It’s important for those of you who are empaths, myself included, to know how to navigate all of the negative energy floating all around us in our daily lives.

Whether you are an empath or not, negativity is an extremely powerful force, and when it starts compounding in your life, everything becomes difficult and ugly. We have to truly choose consistently in order to not be stuck in a prison of our own making.

Here’s how to make the right choices…

1) Strong Boundaries

Being that Empaths are more sensitive to their surroundings and the emotional energy in others, it can often mean they are more porous towards their environment, like a sponge.

I believe if this is not carefully attended to it can influence your will power, decisions, habits and behavior. Meaning, that your personal, energetic, mental and emotional boundaries have been compromised.

No bueno. You are a sovereign being with free will, yo. Your life, your responsibility and your choice. In a way you have to stand at relaxed guard at the gates of the various levels of your being, not fearful but simply aware of “what’s yours and not.”

As an empath if you don’t maintain healthy boundaries, everyone else’s emotions, problems, and all the noise of the internet and media will seep in and steal your presence. Negativity will seep in and consume things, and it’s up to you to prevent that.

Pro Tip: Figure out what your “Yes!” & “No!” is. Practice it and built it like a muscle, it’s perhaps the greatest tool I’ve ever learned to develop my internal boundaries.

2) Communicate Your Needs

It wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting around thinking about all the things I wanted, but absolutely clueless about what I truly needed.

When I came to this shocking realization, I awoke to the fact I was extremely misdirecting my energy. So firstly, I had to realize I was blocking so much in my life from flowing simply because I was out of touch with my needs.

As an empath what I am now learning is once I discover what my needs are, I have to learn how to directly communicate them in a balanced way with others who I require in fulfilling my needs.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs tells us that until your basic needs are met, you are absolutely limited in actualizing the higher levels of existence..

Meaning if your basic needs of food, shelter, rest, sleep, sex and survival are not met, you are severely limited in expanding your consciousness or spiritual attainment, as well as material prosperity in the physical world.

So as an empath or highly sensitive person, if you want to grow and thrive, then you must figure out what your needs are and communicate them into your life.

If you don’t communicate your needs, then negativity can build up in your life and make things overly challenging. You start to live a life created of others needs rather than your own.

“Abracadabra, I create as I speak.”

Related: Why Empaths Freeze Around Inauthentic People

3) Take Your Time & Space When You Need It

When Leonord Orr, the same guy who came up with “emotional energy pollution,” visited a guru who claimed to be remarkably old in age, he found him sitting alone in a giant spiritual hall with all the onlooking visitors and devotees over 100 feet away.

He managed to have an assistant walk across the hall to ask a question to the old man, asking, “What is your key to living to an old age?”

The guru responded, and I’m paraphrasing, “I keep distance from other people.”

It’s important we have amazing, healthy community and social environments. In fact, it’s one of our core needs as humans and people.  However, we also must take healthy space and distance from others to settle back into ourselves.

Related: You See What Others Can’t: 8 Signs That You Are Highly Sensitive to Energy

4) Pay Attention to What Drains You

Empaths have a tendency to be highly intuitive.  Intuitive energy is very commonly associated with the ability to detect other people’s feelings and intentions.

This has been attested to have spiritual and healing benefits, but it also has the potential setback that some intuitive gifts have.

You must live by your intuition. Develop a call and response relationship with your intuition. Use it to guide you in choices, environments and new surroundings.

You can save yourself from experiencing so much negativity when you simply don’t do the things which drain you.

As empaths sometimes we have bleeding hearts to relieve others of their pain, and can even put ourselves in the way of others pain.

And truthfully, this is a misguided approach, and not the ideal way to empower someone to grow, it comes from ego and insecurity, and the negativity which can be present behind it.

Figure out what drains you. Flex your “Yes!” & “No”.

5) Develop Energetic Cleansing, Process & Protection Rituals

As Empaths we must cleanse ourselves from the negative energy we pick up in the world.

This can also be a part of the time we give ourselves to rejuvenate and recoup, and come home to ourselves. This ranges from longer periods of time to daily maintenance.

We have to cleanse the negative energy and emotional energy pollution we pick up, similar to taking a shower to wash off. Then we have to process the emotions underneath this energy.

Even though it’s from the outside world, we still have to take ownership of it. We have to understand what is the lesson for us to learn, since this has showed up in our lives for a reason and purpose.

Then we have to protect ourselves of future energy implications. Here are ways to cleanse yourself and protect yourself.

And you can do this from in a variety of cleansing methods…

  •     Gettin in Sunshine, Moonshine & Nature
  •     Grounding with Your Feet on the Earth
  •     Taking a Bath, Especially with Candles & Crystals
  •     Saging or Essential Oils Daily
  •     Prayer & Meditation, and Visualizing white Light
  •     Doing Energetic Invocations in the Morning
  •     Having a Healthy Daily Ritual
  •     Digital Detox
  •     Having a Gratitude Practice

All of us are on a constant quest to improve and better ourselves, and not try to throw or project back the negativity into the World as our reactions.

Basically, as an empath it very well may be part of your life story to embrace incredible adversity and rise through it and transform it.

To shift negativity to positivity to prove how amazing of a vessel of consciousness you are, and how powerful.

By having a way to plug into the emotional energy of the World, you become a barometer for instigating where we could use change in the World.

You play an important, beautiful role. And like all good gifts, all of them require effort, love and attention to nurture.

Protect yourself. Go live amazing lives full of High Vibe Energy!

By Amateo Ra, Spirit Science and Metaphysics

Thanks to HDK

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Giving restores our faith.
Giving builds bridges.
Giving opens hearts.
Giving connects us to source.
Giving tears down walls.
Giving reminds us that we are not alone.

No matter how bad it gets,
Don’t give up.


It will remind you of your own significance.

~ Jeff Brown


Thanks to MJS


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Especially for JAC

By Colin MacKenzie

Editorials are meant to pose an argument, expand through a discussion and wind up with a ringing conclusion.

So here goes. 

Let’s hear it for dragonflies! 

Just when it seems the blackflies will last forever, after the first mosquitoes form their early clouds, the summer air force arrives to rescue us. 

This spring has been no different out on Eagle Lake where I’ve been conducting my one-person observations of insect life for the past two months. 

About a month ago the first blackflies emerged, dozy, clumsy and unaggressive. 

They were joined several days later by the first mosquitoes, the small black guys who are in a hurry. 

David Beresford, the Trent University entomologist to whom I owe most of the information in this piece, explains that the young blackflies, who came out when water temperatures hit about five degrees, needed a day or two to get their act together. The early mosquitoes, on the other hand, overwintered as adults and need to get it on right away. 

“They don’t have much time and they’re in a hurry,” he said, to explain their active hunting of our blood. 

And so began the cycle up on Eagle Lake. 

Bug jackets mandatory, every outdoor foray carefully planned for minimum duration. But after about 10 days, the primordial predators arrived. 

Emerging from ponds, rivers and lakes, where they may have lived as long as five years as nymphs, roving through the mud in search of food, they will live for about six weeks as the dragonflies we know. Beautiful – ever seen a brooch depicting a blackfly or mosquito? – they date back hundreds of millions of years and there are dozens of species in our region. (Fossil evidence shows that some of the earliest species were as much as 30 inches across.) 

Darting around – they can fly in six directions – endlessly hungry, unafraid of whizzing past my ear if there was a target, they were a most welcome arrival. 

With only a small splash of eau-de Muskol, it was suddenly possible to sit out on the deck and edit stories. 

And the best part is that they will be around all summer. 

Not the same guys, but successive generations, all equally ravenous, will be here to devour any other insect that flies. 

After the oppressive fortnight, there is a vengeful pleasure to be found standing at the end of a dock, watching the dragonflies consume my enemies, untroubled by being bitten because they have my back. 

“Air cover,” agreed Dr. Beresford, is a comforting thing. In fairness, he says, the dragonflies, for all their appetite, don’t actually obliterate the population of the biters. But they certainly make us feel better. 

“I have a pond on my property,” he said, “it draws a lot of dragonflies, and it sure feels like the mosquitoes and blackflies get knocked down when they arrive, although it may just be my imagination.” 

But what will really do the trick, Beresford said, is hot dry weather. 

“You need less flow in the streams to get rid of blackflies, and generally dry conditions to knock down the mosquitoes,” he said. And the places that really need to dry out, he added are the crevices in tree trunks, woodpecker holes and the like, which is where the later season mosquitoes lay their eggs. 

“If those dry out, they’re done,” he said. Unfortunately, the extended forecast looks comfortably cool, with showers every few days. 

So all the more reason to cheer our prehistoric-looking chums, those dragonflies.

Thanks to MJS

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As you walk in the warm spring sun, your phone tucked into your pocket (who can see the screen in this glorious daylight, anyway?), you notice an unexpected chirp coming from the hot pavement.

You look down, and see a baby bird. He seems parched there on the pavement. Raw-skinned and featherless. Vulnerable and alone.

As humans, we’re inclined to save this tiny life After all, we’re talking about a baby here.

But wait. Didn’t your (Grade Four) teacher tell you never to touch a baby bird?

And what can you do for that errant infant anyway? Will your local animal control office respond to a call for one weak and wrinkled little bird who already appears not very long for the world?

Well, it turns out there’s a lot we can do to make sure these seeming orphans get a chance at life.

Peter Helmer, a specialist in avian veterinary medicine at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, shared a few tips with The Dodo.

For one thing, consider the underrated act of not acting at all. As with many animals, mother birds will occasionally leave their babies alone while they run to do some errands. Namely, gathering food to fill those tiny mouths back in the nest.

“The animal’s parents will do the best job at raising the baby compared to a wildlife rehabilitation facility or veterinarian,” Helmer notes. “Unless the animal is injured, it is best to leave it alone and let nature take its course.”

That’s all well and good if we come across a baby alone in a nest, a tree or even in a stretch of grass.

But on the sidewalk? Our front porch?

That may call for a little human intervention.

Try wrapping the bird in a towel and carrying this little bundle to a nearby tree or shade. Mothers, as you may already know, have a genius for knowing exactly where their children are — as long as you don’t take them too far from where they were found.

And, yes, the idea that mothers abandon babies touched by humans is fiction.

“It is a myth that touching a baby bird will orphan it – birds do not have scent glands,” Rob Halpin of MSPCA-Angell tells The Dodo.

Although you’ll still want to be extremely tender handling the baby for obvious reasons.

The idea is to get them to a safe place — sheltered from the searing sun and, of course, beyond the clutches of dogs and cats who may stumble upon them.

Keep in mind, animals generally have no idea what a helping hand looks like. Often, they may see it as a grasping menace. They may try to peck or scratch.

Once you’ve gotten this precious cargo to a safe spot, lay a few blades of grass over him. That way, you can check up on the baby bird in 12 or 24 hours. If the grass has been displaced, it’s likely mom is back on the scene and in charge.

Of course, a badly injured baby will need more than just a fresh patch of shade. Ideally you should take him to a wildlife center. But if you can’t find one near you, Helmer recommends taking him to the nearest veterinary hospital — again using a towel or a crate, to keep the baby from bouncing around in the car.

It’s important to note that injured babies won’t eat or drink. The key here is to get them medical attention ASAP.

Let the animal hospital take care of the tiny patient. Once baby’s better, staff will likely contact a local wildlife center for rehabilitation.

Then take that helping hand of yours — and give yourself a pat on the back.

You did good.


Thanks to MJS

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Every country should be doing this! (ed.)


A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer.

They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.

French environmental activists originally wanted to pass a law that would make the green roofs cover the entire surface of all new roofs. However, partially covered roofs make for a great start, and are still a huge step in the right direction.

Some say the law that was passed is actually better, as it gives the business owners a chance to install solar panels to help provide the buildings with renewable energy, thereby leaving even less of a footprint.

Green roofs are already very popular in Germany and Australia, as well as Canada’s city of Toronto! This  by-law was adopted in 2009, by the city of Toronto which mandated green roofs on all new industrial and residential buildings.

Benefits of Green Roofs

There are so many benefits to green roofs. Here are just a few:

  • Adding natural beauty and major aesthetic improvement to buildings, which in turn increases the investment opportunity.
  • Helping contribute to landfill diversion by prolonging the life of waterproofing membranes, using recycled materials, and prolonging the service of heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems through decreased use.
  • Green roofs assist with storm water management because water is stored by the substrate, then taken up by plants, and thus returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. They also retain rainwater and moderate the temperature of the water and act as natural filters for the water that does run off. They delay the time at which runoff occurs, which results in decreased stress on sewer systems during peak periods.
  • The plants on green roofs do a great job of capturing airborne pollutants and other atmospheric deposition. They can also filter noxious gasses.
  • They open up new areas for community gardens, commercial and recreational space in busy cities where this space is generally quite limited.

France is definitely on the right track, but it should be a mandate that all new buildings being built in North America, and even worldwide, adopt this amazing idea to reap all of the potential benefits.


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