Saturday, August 18, 2007

An Enlightened Fowl

This rooster has experienced divine illumination. An unusual development, but it's been going round lately. They make so much noise it's hard to imagine the required meditation in silence, not to mention the abstinence and strict diet. But anything is possible and now the morning crowing has taken on an extraordinary jubilance.

The barnyard is awakening in the true sense.
Illustration: Tina Macnaughton

42 Comments:

Blogger jm said...

Crime is down 11.4 % in Denver since this time last year. All categories of violent crime.

18/8/07 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Analysa said...

jm “......not to mention the abstinence and strict diet.”

Could we change that to "a variety rich, delicious, fresh, high quality diet"? Feels so much more relaxing.Strict brings back very old memories of some wrong teachings I received when I first got introduced to looking at foods.

In a cooking class I once attended the teacher asked what taste in cooking we thought was the most important: sweet, sour, pungent, salty or bitter? She said sweet was the most important. Some reasons she gave. A babies first taste is mothers milk, which is naturally sweet, and life in general, should be sweet, maybe a little sour or bitter sometimes, but overall 80% sweet. She taught how through using different vegetables, cooking styles and seasonings you could make good quality sweet taste. I always liked that explanation and it stayed with me. Life should taste sweet. Good quality sweet.

18/8/07 4:32 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Meditation in silence is just impossible here. I live over a busy street! On some nights, people chat amiably near their windows until 2 AM.

At least I've got some sweet fresh plums to nibble on for desert tonight. Does that count? :-)

18/8/07 6:54 PM  
Anonymous juju said...

I want to wake up like that rooster... and eat sweet things. And some salty ones too.

18/8/07 7:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Meditation in silence is just impossible here.

LOL! Well, there goes enlightenment!

On some nights, people chat amiably near their windows until 2 AM.

I like that.

I lean towards salty, althought I just had a huge piece of chocolate cake! At the soon to be defunct Wild Oats store.

18/8/07 7:36 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Roosters are funny. They crow all over the world and bring a sense of continuity and familiarity. Sounds are amazing that way, all the memories and feelings they conjure up. Roosters remind me of enthusiasm and fresh starts.

18/8/07 7:40 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"LOL! Well, there goes enlightenment!"

That's right! :-) Although I did once see a rooster in a fenced-off alley on the other side of town from here. So maybe enlightenment can be found in the East Village, between brick buildings.

And I do like the quiet and clarity of the early morning.

"I just had a huge piece of chocolate cake!"

Mmm. Chocolate. Thanks for reminding me. Chocolate is divine. I think I'll go have a choco drink before retiring. :-)

18/8/07 8:56 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Chocolate is divine.

There's your enlightenment.

18/8/07 9:07 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Ha ha! That's it! It can be bottled and distributed. A brand of drink named Enlightenment.

18/8/07 9:26 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Hasn't it been done already?

This is spiraling just in the right direction. All this intense search for IT is leading right back to the center, where we were all along. Just where we is.

Now as far as bottling and distribution, I'm all for it. Then we can draw in a few bucks and stay enlightened right at raging Universe. Where else is there?

18/8/07 9:36 PM  
Blogger kj said...

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19/8/07 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Analysa said...

Kad, it sounds like you just need some good earplugs. I´ll take one of those sweet plums, if you don´t mind.

jm, you must have cringed when you read my comment above, I totally forget that with a SN in Libra it might be the worst thing to hear! Gosh, when am I ever going to get it right? I should explain it differently. If there was only one ingredient I could take on an island vacation where I would have to cook, it would be good quality sea salt. Good use of salt is essential in cooking. It creates vitality, strength, flexibility and good taste, though it can also create the total opposite if not used right.Salt brings out the sweetness in the food. In Italian cooking the salt lies more on the surface, added at the end of cooking, the Japanese use the layering style, which hides the salt but also creates a deep sweet taste. Of course this is much more easily seen in vegetarian cooking, the dynamics change a lot with the normal modern diet. Salt is so valuable it was used in ancient times as a payment form instead of money. The Spanish conquistadores, first thing they took away from the Indians was their salt mines. No salt = no power to fight.

19/8/07 9:15 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Salt is an interesting one and this is a good synopsis, analysa. It's very true that it brings out sweetness. They combine in a certain way.

Good use of salt is essential in cooking. It creates vitality, strength, flexibility

Good thought.

Lack of sweetness in a person's relationships brings disease related to sugars, but I don't have that. So maybe salt is more on the independence side of the spectrum.

19/8/07 1:30 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Kad, it sounds like you just need some good earplugs. I´ll take one of those sweet plums, if you don´t mind."

Absolutely. Plenty to go around. :-)

The discussion of sweetness and salt is very interesting. It reminds me of that story about the little princess who told her father that she loved him like she loves salt. It angered him until one day she cooked an entire meal without salt, and it came out unpalatable! Then they made up their differences. Anyone remember that story? :-)

20/8/07 6:47 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I don't remember it! Never too late.

I love the connection with weathered seamen and salt. And the expression, "worth his salt".

20/8/07 9:09 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

There's several variants of the story at this link.

I remember an illustrated version of it that I read as a child. I seem to think it similar to the Cap o' Rushes version, in that she had gotten married before reconciling with her father.

I always think of the expression that my brother applied to our father, that he is like "salt of the earth". :-)

20/8/07 9:31 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I love that one.

Salt is so linked with our bodies and the taste is universally desired to an extreme it seems. I sure would like to know what is does. Is it aqcuired? Could we learn to love food just as much without it? The human being is entirely plastic, so I imagine one could without salt.

Maybe it reminds us of our saline beginnings. I'd bet on that.

20/8/07 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Analysa said...

I really enjoyed those stories kad, I love fairy tales but these stories I had not heard about. Good old folk wisdom!

Salt really helps to create good polarity, the food becomes active and carries a strong charge if it is well seasoned. It nourishes the kidneys, intestines, heart. But this has nothing to do with salt from some French fries or salty chips or crackers. I am talking about salt well used in real cooking like with soups, stews, vegetable sautées etc. Not out of the freezer and into the microwave. The problem with the modern diet is that it is so high in fat and foods that create such a heavy, hard, rigid, dry, dense energy, that the whole body gets clogged up, dulled, desensitized, among many other side effects. One other reason why people seek more and more extreme stimulation.

I will stop here ......

21/8/07 7:12 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"I love fairy tales but these stories I had not heard about. Good old folk wisdom!"

I love fairy tales, too. :-)

That is very interesting the things you are telling us about salt, sweetness and cooking. I hadn't thought about it that way before.

"The problem with the modern diet is that it is so high in fat and foods that create such a heavy, hard, rigid, dry, dense energy, that the whole body gets clogged up, dulled, desensitized, among many other side effects"

Wow, I feel that it is like that for me. I have always felt that fatty, fried foods clog up my system, making it difficult to be mentally clear. I have to eat lightly during the day, if I want to get any of my work done.

This used to be a point of conflict with my mother, who only thought of cooking in terms of frying with excessive amounts of oil. And I do not exaggerate, though people often assume that I do when I recount the trials and tribulations of my childhood, heheh. If we'd had a smoke alarm device in those days, it would have sounded frequently, I'm sure. I used to mainly have salads for lunch to counteract dinners, and I think that my mother took it as an affront.

"One other reason why people seek more and more extreme stimulation."

Hmm! Good point. Environment and intake of energy, including food, has definite effects. I think it's great that the conscious recognition of that is growing.

21/8/07 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Analysa said...

kad “That is very interesting the things you are telling us about salt, sweetness and cooking. I hadn't thought about it that way before”.

Oh, I am happy you can appreciate it.

Kad “This used to be a point of conflict with my mother, who only thought of cooking in terms of frying with excessive amounts of oil”.

I wish my mother would have known better. What did someone say once? A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.

Kad “If we'd had a smoke alarm device in those days, it would have sounded frequently, I'm sure”.

Ha Ha, that is funny, sorry to say.

Kad “Environment and intake of energy, including food, has definite effects. I think it's great that the conscious recognition of that is growing”.

I think past generations were more conscious than our modern society is today, but it is coming back again. They knew that eating and drinking hold body and soul together. And like T. Jefferson said, “Health, without which there is no happiness”. Much health to you!

22/8/07 5:30 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."

I haven't heard that one before. I'll remember that! Good cooking is imbued with a lot of love, I'm sure, and that's a nice way to put it.

"Ha Ha, that is funny, sorry to say."

Yes, it does have its funny aspects in retrospect. I don't miss the haze and poor visibility, though.

In all fairness, my parents eventually appreciated the value of a healthy lifestyle...a few medical bills later!

Weirdly, I could feel that diet was interfering with part of my intuitive faculties. One time, I even dreamed of the Moon and Jupiter conjoined, but their combined light was partially obscured by a greasy haze.

"Much health to you!"

Much appreciated. And to you, too. :-)

22/8/07 10:49 AM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

Oh this is so interesting! I was taught that salt can be used to differentiate what is yours from what isn't in terms of thought energy in your system. I have used it as such at times. If there is pain or pressure in your energy field, and you aren't sure what the source is, you can use salt, just a pinch in your hand, used with intention. If the pain or pressure did not originate from you, you can use the salt to absorb it. If it did originate with you, you can deal with it with your own internal program.

One of my favorite salt\sweet combinations is with yams. While camping, we wrap yams in foil and cook them in the fire. The taste of the fire roasted yams with a pinch of salt is delicious.

22/8/07 11:36 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"If the pain or pressure did not originate from you, you can use the salt to absorb it. If it did originate with you, you can deal with it with your own internal program."

That sounds very useful! A pinch of salt sounds very convenient. I'm going to try it sometime. One time I started mentally listing all the people I'm close to, before figuring out that I was picking up on a sudden change in my sister's mood. I'm half-convinced that it's easier for me to work at night because there are fewer subliminal impressions from other people.

I've heard of taking epsom salt baths to cleanse the aura and subtle energy field, though I haven't tried that.

22/8/07 1:03 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I should add, that if you do find stuff in your field that did not originate with you and you use some salt to absorb it, that does not mean that whatever sent it your way won't send it back again. This is fine if it's a benign source. To deal with recurrent undesired interference there are other techniques involved. Just a cautionary on this since a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing...

22/8/07 1:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

was taught that salt can be used to differentiate what is yours from what isn't in terms of thought energy in your system.

This is exactly what I was getting at. Salt and independence. Thank you mpk.

Here's an interesting one. We separate at birth from the salt and find independence, then find togetherness in the sweetness of mother's milk.

22/8/07 1:41 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

The Spanish conquistadores, first thing they took away from the Indians was their salt mines. No salt = no power to fight.

I'm getting out of my league here, but this is interesting, and a dimension I was unaware of. Could it be that without the salt they lost a key ally for their independence? Overwhelmed by the invasive energy of the conquerors and unable to separate it out?

22/8/07 1:54 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Makes sense to me.

The expression "salt of the earth" also indicates strength and independence.

It would be interesting to see what role salt has played in warfare. The basic tastes are so specific. There must be a division of labor involved.

I think salt is connected to blood and this is also part of the independence, warfare, and self defense. Blood and iron.

How fascinating. A study of the diet of fierce warriors, such as the Assyrians, would reveal something I'm sure.

22/8/07 2:18 PM  
Blogger jm said...

My mother had a Moon in Aries and she was salty, as I am with my Aries rising. My brother has 4 planets in Libra and he's on the sweet side, always seeking relationship.

22/8/07 2:22 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"It would be interesting to see what role salt has played in warfare."

Well, I just read (in a long history page) that

"Salt played a key role in the U.S. Civil War and on the the present. Early in the war, Union forces captured key Confederate saltworks in Louisiana and Grand Saline, Texas. Then, finally, in December, 1864, Union forces made a forced march and fought a 36-hour battle to capture Saltville, Virginia, after earlier attacks had failed. Saltville was the site of the Confederacy's last important salt processing plant, essential to sustaining the South's beleaguered armies. Two years earlier, federal troops targeted a Florida saltworks. Civilian distress over the lack of salt in the wartime Confederacy undermined rebel homefront morale too.
     "...Salt also had military significance. For instance, it is recorded that thousands of Napoleon's troops died during his retreat from Moscow because their wounds would not heal as a result of a lack of salt. In 1777, the British Lord Howe was jubilant when he succeeded in capturing General Washington's salt supply."

A most important role sometimes.

22/8/07 3:34 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Very very interesting kadimiros.

Salt also had military significance. For instance, it is recorded that thousands of Napoleon's troops died during his retreat from Moscow because their wounds would not heal as a result of a lack of salt

"salt in the wounds or "for" the wounds. Fascinating.

Now I'm going to have to research salt in the healing mechanism.

22/8/07 4:32 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Salt must have maintained the armies in its preservative function.

22/8/07 4:34 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

From a book review: "The history of salt is the history of humanity.
     "...Every piece of evidence in this book is arranged to point to salt as an agency of enormous power. It has determined the geography of warfare, urban growth (almost all Italian cities were built near a saltworks) and most of the world's trade routes. Kurlansky even links the 'whimsical, non-geometric' pattern of North America's secondary roads to salt: 'The roads are simply widened footpaths and trails...originally cut by animals looking for salt.' These are the salt-lines of history, invisible on a map but brought beautifully to light by Kurlansky."

Nowadays, to melt ice, people add salt to roads. The above puts a whole 'nother spin on the term "road salt." ;-)

22/8/07 6:04 PM  
Blogger jm said...

'The roads are simply widened footpaths and trails...originally cut by animals looking for salt.' These are the salt-lines of history, invisible on a map but brought beautifully to light by Kurlansky."

This is wonderful, kad. We're onto something. It's what I was after. Thank you. Will pursue. "The salt-lines of history". Excellent.

22/8/07 6:17 PM  
Blogger jm said...

almost all Italian cities were built near a saltworks)

Very interesting, indeed.

22/8/07 6:18 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I still think it's connected to memory and coming home.

22/8/07 6:20 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Here's something else to look into.
Bars always have salty snacks with the alcohol. The alcohol affects the liver; faith, sorrow, and belligerence. Could salt affect these?

22/8/07 6:30 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Dunno, but some salts can stabilize mood, reduce its pressure. Lithium is a salt.

22/8/07 9:24 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

But I think that the lithium is really the active component in that, not so much the compounding as a salt.

22/8/07 9:27 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

I read earlier that alchemically, "Salt represents the contractive force, condensation, and crystallization." Some people claim that they find french fries to be grounding -- they suspect that it's the salt on the fries that does it. :-)

22/8/07 9:31 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Salt represents the contractive force, condensation, and crystallization."

That makes sense. It draws fluid out.

Wait. I'm thinking. Excess emotion. Water. Could be getting it.

This is one of my areas of work. Too much emotion distracts me from my aims. Salty people are notorious for not being especially sentimental, though having plenty of feeling. Interesting.

22/8/07 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Analysa said...

Today I have one of those days where pulling anything out of myself feels as heavy as lead. So to counteract, I pulled a tarot card asking for a good reason why I should leave a comment. I pulled the ace of cups. I think it speaks for itself.

kad “One time, I even dreamed of the Moon and Jupiter conjoined, but their combined light was partially obscured by a greasy haze”.

L&LOL. Kad, you did such great research on salt, I´m amazed! Good homework, inspiring. Nice to read some of this stuff again, some I did not know.

mpk “I was taught that salt can be used to differentiate what is yours from what isn't in terms of thought energy in your system”.

I´m not familiar with that method, though I know that it is very good for cleaning your energy field after being with very sick or disturbed people. I also use it at home for rebalancing energy, sometimes in baths too.

jm “This is exactly what I was getting at. Salt and independence”.

Independence always goes together with salt, but other factors are important too. Wrong use of salt creates rigidity and narrow-mindedness, so salt not always creates independence.

mpk “Could it be that without the salt they lost a key ally for their independence? Overwhelmed by the invasive energy of the conquerors and unable to separate it out?”

Yes, they lost that key ally without the salt, but let´s see if you find the other most important factor that allowed that to happen in the first place. Also something in their diet. If I tell you, you will shrug it off.

jm “I think salt is connected to blood and this is also part of the independence, warfare, and self defense. Blood and iron”.

Yes, salt is connected to blood.Good use of salt is essential in the creation of strong blood. All illness begins from general fatigue. It is a sign that our blood is more acidic. When our blood is more acidic we feel more tired, stressed, negative & pesimistic.

jm “Here's something else to look into. Bars always have salty snacks with the alcohol”.

That is because salt makes you thirsty and you end up drinking more, which is good for business. Salt also alkalizes the yin from the alcohol, so you can handle the alcohol a bit better and again, you can drink more. Too much salt is terrible for the liver though, and the alcohol too.

Kad "Salt represents the contractive force, condensation, and crystallization."

Salt is very, very yang. Contracting, gathering, condensing energy.

jm “We separate at birth from the salt and find independence, then find togetherness in the sweetness of mother's milk”.

In our mother´s womb we consume blood, which is salty and yang and when we are born we consume mother´s milk which is yin and sweet. A baby is very yang and needs no salt at all during his first year or so.

jm “How fascinating. A study of the diet of fierce warriors, such as the Assyrians, would reveal something I'm sure”.

You would be REALLY SURPRISED what studying diets in general would reveal.

jm “Maybe it reminds us of our saline beginnings. I'd bet on that”.

You can bet on it. There would not have been any biological evolution without salt. No Salt = No Life The original development of life on this planet is something like 3,2 billion years, out of which 2,8 billion years where spent in the ancient salty sea.

jm “I still think it's connected to memory and coming home”.

Salt cooked with the right foods activates and strengthens the autonomic nervous system. Salt carries the charge. As the nervous system becomes more yang, you attract more short wave energies or vibrations, as opposed to long wave energies, and this affects your thinking. Our digestive system digests physical nutrition, our mind and nervous system digests vibrational nutrition: ideas, thought and images. The ideas, thoughts and images you have are in direct relation to the type of wave energies you attract which is related to food.

mpk “Just a cautionary on this since a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing...”

... so in the spirit of that comment, use salt carefully and try to get some good quality white unrefined sea salt from a health food store.

23/8/07 9:33 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Good homework, inspiring. Nice to read some of this stuff again, some I did not know."

Thanks! Quite a fascinating area for further study. I'm not going to look at a salted pretzel in quite the same way again, heheh.

The animal trails do tickle my fancy. :-)

23/8/07 6:10 PM  

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