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Bethany Staffieri ~ has been a long standing friend.

I first met Bethany when I was a guest instructor for Tom

Brown’s Tracker School. From Bethany’s first class with

Lifesong, her passion for nature and wild plants was

evident in her desire to study, work and heal with plants

and herbs.

She has since gone on to become an authority in the field

of herbalism using and caring for natures gifts. We are

thrilled to have her back with us, sharing her knowledge

and expertise!

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Copaiba oil has a long history of use in South America, where it has traditionally been used as a topical remedy to help clear up skin problems including dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, herpes, insect bites, injuries, wounds and boils.

Amazonian healers also recommend diluted copaiba oil for internal use as a treatment for a wide range of conditions. For example, it acts as an expectorant and can help alleviate respiratory problems like bronchitis. In Peru, a traditional sore throat remedy involves taking four drops of copaiba oil mixed with a spoonful of honey. Its antiseptic properties also make it an effective gargle for easing sore throats and tonsillitis.

Copaiba oil was first introduced to the rest of the world in the 17th century, when it was known as Jesuits balsam (because it had been brought back from the New World by the Jesuits). Among other things, it was used as a topical preparation applied to hemorrhoids, and also to soothe chilblains.

There are more than 30 different types of copaiba tree, and they are found mainly in the South American rainforests of Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Guyana, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela. The oil the tree produces is what is known as an oleoresin a substance that accumulates naturally in cavities within the trunk of the tree.

The oil is harvested by tapping or drilling holes into the trunk and collecting the oily resin that drips out. When it is actually leaving the tree, this substance is clear, thin and colourless; but when it comes into contact with the air, it becomes thicker and darker and has a bitter taste.

The copaiba tree is a sustainable crop in that it can provide about 40 litres of oleoresin a year, without destroying the tree or the forest in which it grows.

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“Someday after mastering winds, waves, tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love,
and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will discover fire.”
Teilhard de Chardin

There are times when we share with others a special, fully interconnected consciousness. When great music thrills us, or we are mutually inspired by an awesome sunset, or when we fall in love, we are transported temporarily into a shared world which is remarkable. This state of true intermingling is rare, for most of us, but it is experiential, and that means we know it for what it is; we feel it immediately as real and filled with meaning. When such an experience is past and we return to our normal, separated perceptions, the experience becomes a vulnerable memory, and our educated personality may reject the consciousness that knew this deeper connection.

Yet, the suspicion remains that there is something of mind that is not just inside our heads. We feel interconnected with each other and the world in a profound and important way. We know at some level that we are not isolated, but interdependent, so that a subtle energy of mine can reach out and mingle with yours, allowing us to share a moment that is important to both of us. If we think of this potential extending beyond the two of us to a world full of living beings, we have the foundation for a model for global consciousness. Maybe, as Teilhard de Chardin believed, the world ultimately needs that shared consciousness and is actively growing toward it.The research described here points to subtle indications that we do live in an interconnected, potentially conscious world, in which we surely play an important role. We have shown immense capacities for both destructive and creative impact, and this implies that the future is ours to mold. It will be a desirable future in proportion to our level of consciousness, individually and globally.

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Join Bethany and Amy’s discussion “Ways to preserve cultural healing and ancient bodies of traditional knowledge” the show airs this Tuesday on Voice America’s Health and Wellness Channel. . Bethany will include the efforts of Concentric Rings, an eco-travel company offering transformative, educational trips blended with indigenous healing practices, and Amy will discuss the documentaries through Healing Seekers, a company devoted to bringing focused awareness to the healing practices of cultures, especially tribal cultures, throughout the world. The significance of preserving this knowledge, and its vital impact it will have on our lives and for future generations, is the core of Bethany and Amy’s vision for Global Healing.

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Global Healing will feature Penny Livingston Stark an internationally recognized permaculture teacher, designer and speaker. Tune in Tuesday at 7am pacific time to listen to Global Healing on Voice America’s Health and Wellness channel. Voice America

Wikipedia says:

The word permaculture, coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren during the 1970s, is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture as well as permanent culture. Through a series of publications, Mollison, Holmgren and their associates documented an approach to designing human settlements, in particular the development of perennial agricultural systems that mimic the structure and interrelationship found in natural ecologies.

Permaculture design principles extend from the position that “The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children” (Mollison, 1990). The intent was that, by rapidly training individuals in a core set of design principles, those individuals could become designers of their own environments and able to build increasingly self-sufficient human settlements — ones that reduce society’s reliance on industrial systems of production and distribution that Mollison identified as fundamentally and systematically destroying the earth’s ecosystems.

While originating as an agro-ecological design theory, permaculture has developed a large international following of individuals who have received training through intensive two week long ‘permaculture design courses’. This ‘permaculture community’ continues to expand on the original teachings of Mollison and his associates, integrating a range of alternative cultural ideas, through a network of training, publications, permaculture gardens, and internet forums. In this way permaculture has become both a design system as well as a loosely defined philosophy or lifestyle ethic.

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It’s been an interesting journey to produce this new phase of my life, but here it is.

A new internet radio talk show, “Global Healing” its the brain child of my co-host ( Amy Greeson ) and myself.

To all beings that care for this planet, I invite you to drop by the site and take a peek. Drop us a line too!

Global Healing Vision

Concentric Rings
Healing Seekers
DRG Media

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