New Year

Let us all close our eyes, say a warm goodbye to the year 2014...
Thank God for everything that he has given us ask for forgiveness for all our mistakes ...
Let us pray that it will be a new year with new Peace, new Understanding, new Aim, new Dreams, new Achievements and new Happiness...
Embrace the New Year with not just a new look but also with a new and positive approach ...
May the New Year give you the strength to face the challenges of life and courage to adjust the sail so as to take every situation to your stride...
May your wounds fade out; Heart embrace kindness, love and wisdom...
May smile never leave your lips and a healthy glow stay on your cheeks...
May all your desires turn true...
May light always be around you, hope always surround you...
May the new year bring to you warmth of love, and a light to guide your path towards a positive destination...
                                                                ~ Maria Arc (ShiningSoul)

Let Your Light Shine

"I am the light of the world. 
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, 
but will have the light of life."
                                                                 ~ Jesus (John 8:12)

But Jesus also used that term to refer to his disciples:

"You are the light of the world. 
A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
                                                                 ~ Jesus (Matthew 5:14)

I wish Everyone can find the Light of Life...
 and remember WE ARE ONE

Source: Holy Bible


Native American Christmas

«Looks for Buffalo, an Oglala Sioux spiritual leader, the full-blood Oglala grandson of Chief Red Cloud and White Cow Killer, and a Cheyenne Oglala leader, explains the meaning of Christmas to the traditional Indian people of the Americas:

“Traditional American Indians are raised to respect the Christian Star and the birth of the first Indian Spiritual Leader. He was a Star Person and Avatar. His name was Jesus. He was a Hebrew, a Red Man. He received his education from the wilderness. John the Baptist, Moses, and other excellent teachers that came before Jesus provided an educational foundation with the Holistic Method.”

“Everyday is our Christmas. Every meal is our Christmas. At every meal we take a little portion of the food we are eating, and we offer it to the spirit world on behalf of the four legged, and the winged, and the two legged. We pray–not the way most Christians pray– but we thank the Grandfathers, the Spirit, and the Guardian Angel.”

“The Indian Culture is actually grounded in the traditions of a Roving Angel. The life-ways of Roving Angels are actually the way Indian People live. They hold out their hands and help the sick and the needy. They feed and clothe the poor. We have high respect for the avatar because we believe that it is in giving that we receive.”

“We are taught as Traditional children that we have abundance. The Creator has given us everything: the water, the air we breathe, the earth as our flesh, and our energy force: our heart. We are thankful every day. We pray early in the morning, before sunrise, to the morning star, and the evening star. We pray for our relatives who are in the universe that someday they will come. We also pray that the Great Spirit’s son will live again.” 

“To the Indian People Christmas is everyday and they don’t believe in taking without asking. Herbs are prayed over before being gathered by asking the plant for permission to take some cuttings. An offer of tobacco is made to the plant in gratitude. We do not pull the herb out by its roots, but cut the plant even with the surface of the earth, so that another generation will be born its place.”

“It is really important that these ways never be lost. And to this day we feed the elders, we feed the family on Christmas day, we honor Saint Nicholas. We explain to the little children that to receive a gift is to enjoy it, and when the enjoyment is gone, they are pass it on to the another child, so that they, too, can enjoy it. If a child gets a doll, that doll will change hands about eight times in a year, from one child to another.”

Everyday is Christmas in Indian Country. Daily living is centered around the spirit of giving and walking the Red Road. Walking the Red Road means making everything you do a spiritual act. If your neighbor, John Running Deer, needs a potato masher; and you have one that you are not using, you offer him yours in the spirit of giving. It doesn’t matter if it is Christmas or not.”

“If neighbors or strangers stop over to visit at your house, we offer them dinner. We bring out the T-Bone steak, not the cabbage. If we don’t have enough, we send someone in the family out to get some more and mention nothing of the inconvenience to our guests. The more one gives, the more spiritual we become. The Christ Consciousness, the same spirit of giving that is present at Christmas, is present everyday in Indian Country.”»

From the site Backpackingcountry's Blog

Thank you for the example Indian People, God Bless You All


21 December New Moon Abundance Check / 21 Dezembro Cheque da Abundância da Lua Nova

The year is almost finished ...

a New Year coming with new desires like good fortune, prosperity, successful, wealth, happiness, health, love ...
I hope you are all ready to plant the seeds for your new intentions and resolutions...

Why not manifest your wishes for 2015 with the last new moon abundance check of this year...

New Moon Abundance check writing is a practice for manifesting, using the energy of the New Moon. This checks are written within 24 hours after a New Moon.
You don’t need to believe the check will work when you write it. You will however be amazed at the results, as you will see increased abundance in your life, in some life area. It is not always financial, but certainly in an area that you need….
The Abundance can come in many forms, from small gifts to money, but always will come to you completely unexpected. 

This is a fantastic exercise to make a habit
Click Here for see the Steps to writing your New Moon Abundance Checks

(Or feel free to print this article and use the check image)

Writing your Monthly Abundance Checks and don't forget to expressing 
Gratitude for the abundance in your life.

Share with your friends and family and spread the ABUNDANCE!!!

NOTE: The new moon begins in 22 December in some countries

O ano está quase terminado ... um novo ano está a chegar com novos desejos como boa sorte, prosperidade sucesso, riqueza, felicidade, saúde, amor ...
Espero que estejam prontos para plantar as sementes para as suas novas intenções e resoluções ...

Por que não manifestar seus desejos para 2015, com o último cheque abundância da lua nova deste ano ...

Cheques da Abundância da Lua Nova,  é uma prática para a manifestação, usando a energia da Lua Nova. Estes cheques são escritos dentro de 24 horas após a Lua Nova.
Você não precisa acreditar que o cheque vai funcionar quando você o escreve. No entanto, você vai se surpreender com os resultados, como você verá pelo aumento da abundância em sua vida, ou em alguma área da sua vida. Nem sempre é financeira, mas certamente numa área que você precisa ....
A abundância pode vir de várias formas, desde pequenos presentes a dinheiro, mas sempre virá até você de forma completamente inesperada.

Este é um exercício fantástico torne-o um hábito

(Ou fique à vontade para imprimir este artigo e usar a imagem do Cheque)

Preencha o seu Cheque da Abundância mensal e não se esqueça de expressar Gratidão pela abundância em sua vida.

Compartilhe com os seus amigos e família e espalhe a ABUNDÂNCIA!!!

NOTA: A lua nova começa em 22 de Dezembro em alguns países


Love deeply / Ame profundamente

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
Loving someone deeply gives you courage"
~ Lao-Tzu

" Ser profundamente amado por alguém nos dá força, 
Amar alguém profundamente lhe dá coragem " 
~ Lao- Tzu


Blood Type

Blood is composed of cells suspended in a liquid-like substance called plasma.

Suspended in the plasma are three types of cells:

- Red blood cells carry oxygen
- White blood cells fight infection
- Platelets stop bleeding in injuries

blood type (also called a blood group) is a classification of blood based on the presence or absence of inherited antigenic substances on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). These antigens may be proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins or glycolipids, depending on the blood group system. Some of these antigens are also present on the surface of other types of cells of various tissues. Several of these red blood cell surface antigens can stem from one allele (or very closely linked genes) and collectively form a blood group system. 

Blood types are inherited and represent contributions from both parents. A total of 33 human blood group systems are now recognized by the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). The two most important ones are ABO and the RhD antigen, they determine someone's blood type (A, B, AB and O, with +, − or Null denoting RhD status).

The most common type of grouping is the ABO (either uppercase or lowercase) grouping. 

The varieties of glycoprotein coating on red blood cells divides blood into four groups: 
- A (A oligosaccharide is present) 
- B (B oligosaccharide is present) 
- AB (A and B oligosaccharides are present) 
- O (neither A nor B, only their precursor H oligosaccharide present) 

Blood transfusion is generally the process of receiving blood products into one's circulation intravenously. Transfusions are used for various medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood. Early transfusions used whole blood, but modern medical practice commonly uses only components of the blood, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, clotting factors and platelets.

Please share, this might be very useful in case of emergency

Source: Wikipedia


Health Recipes # 4 ~ Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

For those who like holidays cookies but also want healthy recipes, for this season ShiningSoul suggest Healthy Holiday Cookies like this "Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies" found on EatingWell:

"This healthy gingerbread cut-out cookie recipe has all the flavor of traditional gingerbread cookies but incorporates white whole-wheat flour and uses less butter.

Pull out all your cookie cutters and decorate these adorable cookies with natural decorating sugar and icing.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole-wheat flour (see Tips)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil or corn oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
1 large egg
Finely grated zest of 1 orange

1/2 cup clear or white sanding sugar (see Tips)
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon dried egg whites (see Tips)
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
“Holiday” red natural liquid dye (see Tips)


1. To prepare cookie dough: Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, cloves and salt in a medium bowl. Beat oil, butter, brown sugar, molasses, egg and orange zest in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.
2. With the mixer on low speed, then medium speed, beat about half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until incorporated. Beat in the remaining flour mixture until just incorporated. Let the dough stand for 5 minutes. It should be somewhat firm, but not at all dry. If it seems overly sticky, stir in up to 2 additional tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
3. Divide the dough into thirds. Place one third on a 12-inch-long sheet of parchment paper and shape into a disk. Top with a second sheet of parchment. Roll the dough out between the parchment into an 8-inch circle about 1/4 inch thick. Place the dough in the paper on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Freeze on the baking sheet until cold and firm, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. Place another baking sheet in the freezer to chill too (it will be used under the dough as the cookies are cut out).
4. To shape & bake cookies: Position a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
5. Working with one portion of dough at a time, remove from the freezer and place on the chilled baking sheet. Remove the top sheet of parchment and cut out cookies with 2 1/2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet with a wide, thin spatula, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart. Repeat with the remaining dough. (If the dough gets too soft, freeze until firm again. As you cut out cookies, set aside the scraps. Shape all the scraps back into a disk and reroll between parchment. Freeze for at least 30 minutes before cutting out.) Sprinkle the cookies with sanding sugar and gently pat to help it adhere.
6. Bake the cookies on the center rack, one pan at a time, until browned on the bottom, 6 to 12 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.
7. To prepare icing & finish decorating cookies: Stir together confectioners’ sugar and dried egg whites in a small bowl. Stir in water, corn syrup and vanilla (or almond) extract and a few drops of red dye to create the desired color. Add a little more confectioners’ sugar if necessary to achieve a thicker consistency for piping. Spoon the icing into a pastry bag with a writing tip or into a small plastic bag with a tiny tip of one corner snipped off. Pipe decorations onto the cooled cookies. Let stand until the icing sets before storing the cookies."

Source: EatingWell

               Try it ...and let me know your experience... 


Mantra #1 ~ "OM"

"Mantra" (Sanskrit मंत्र - «m.; also n. mantram» consists of the root man- "to think" and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be "instrument of thought") means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. In other words "Mantra"  has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument.
Jan Gonda, a widely cited scholar on Indian mantras, defines mantra as general name for the verses, formulas or sequence of words in prose which contain praise, are believed to have religious, magical or spiritual efficiency, which are meditated upon, recited, muttered or sung in a ritual, and which are collected in the methodically arranged ancient texts of Hinduism. 
There is no universally applicable uniform definition of mantra because mantras are used in different religions, and within each religion in different schools of philosophy.
Mantra may or may not be syntactic or have literal meaning; the spiritual value of mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.

They are typically melodic, mathematically structured meters, resonant with numinous qualities. In more sophisticated forms, they are melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge and action. In other forms, they are literally meaningless, yet musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.

Mantras were first written about in the ancient Vedic scriptures thousands of years ago - going back as far as 1000 B.C.. At that time, mantras were simply either a word or a collection of words or sounds aimed to be repeated to attain positive changes in life.

The most basic mantra is "Om", which in Hinduism is known as the "pranava mantra," the source of all mantras.

"Om" is a Sanskrit word that is meant to convey the “original vibration of manifestation” – in other words, when intention manifests in the physical realm.
 According to the Vedic tradition, the ancient sages were able to hear the subtle vibrations produced by everything in nature―the sounds of the wind, thunder, butterflies, rushing rivers and all other creations. They recognized that these sounds are the manifestation of spirit into matter. They identified “Om” (or aum) as the most elemental sound, representing the infinite universal consciousness.

The Hindu philosophy behind this is the premise that before existence and beyond existence is only One reality, Brahma, and the first manifestation of Brahma expressed as Om. For this reason, Om is considered as a foundational idea and reminder, and thus is prefixed and suffixed to all Hindu prayers. Om is also considered the most sacred mantra and the most commonly used.

Om ( ॐ; in Devanagari as ओं oṁ [õː], औं auṃ [ə̃ũ], or ओ३म् om [õːm]) is a mantra and mystical sound of Hindu origin (geographically India and Nepal), sacred and important in various Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. As to its precise graphic form, the Vedic or Indian om is what most Westerners are used to.

It is placed at the beginning of most Hindu texts as a sacred incantation to be intoned at the beginning and
end of a reading of the Vedas or prior to any prayer or mantra. It is used at the end of the invocation to the god being sacrificed to (anuvakya) as an invitation to and for the latter to partake of.

Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM".

The vibration of "OM" symbolises the manifestation of God in form ("sāguna brahman"). "OM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be "Adi Anadi", without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists.

The mantra "OM" is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M
represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction)

"Om" The sound of the universe. It's the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.
For thousands of years, people have used this mantra to expand their awareness of the divine.
Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe – this is a scientific fact! OM is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music.

This is one word that anyone can feel comfortable using, no matter your spiritual inclinations. It is an incredibly soothing sound, especially when you allow the vibration to linger in your throat.
You can literally feel your body vibrate when you repeat this mantra for a little while...
For starters, you can focus on the silence from which "Om" originates and into which it dissipates. That will quickly give your mind something to focus on and help you enter and stay in meditation.

Source: Wikipedia; The hidden power in humans, Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, Ibera Verlag; Rituals and Mantras, Rules without meaning, Frits Staal