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Technology and Good Will – “Not Impossible”

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

I came across a Facebook page of “Not Impossible Now“, a “global web-based community of people who pool knowledge and resources to create technology for the sake of humanity” – a fascinating combination of good will and technology.

In their mission statement “About” they say: “We at Not Impossible Now believe in technology for the sake of humanity. While nobody can do everything, everybody can do something, so we crowdsource our solutions to real-world problems. Suddenly, yesterday’s pipe dreams are Not Impossible Now! By helping one person we can all inspire others to do the same – it’s our “Help One Help Many” philosophy and it breaks down barriers, enabling greater access to all in need.”

The name “Not Impossible Now” is exactly expressing what they are doing. They show some incredible uses of technology which they make accessible to handicapped people or other people in need.

There is for example the viral story of a blind women who can see her new-born son for the first time with the help of eSight, electronic glasses that enable the legally blind to actually see: “With eSight, I get to see and do things just like any other normally-sighted person. I can see my children’s faces while I do all the things moms do, I can see as I work as an artist, I can see as I work on my computer and watch TV, I can see as I raise money for other blind people, I can see as I travel independently on subways, buses, trains and airplanes, I can see a hockey game, I can see as I play golf.”

With the help of fundraising, they are now striving to make this high-tech solution accessible for other blind people.

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Picture from the video (c)

Another success story is helping to spread the benefits of 3D printing to the developing world. Like 3D printed prosthetics – arms, legs, robohands… They allow hospitals to provide custom-fit prosthetics to amputees at a much lower cost. They have started providing 3D printed prosthetic arms for children of war in Sudan which are just around 350 dollars – much cheaper and better than conventional prosthetics. There is now a new project to bring inexpensive prosthetics to the masses with a 3D printing farm. Read here an article by HP about the use of 3D printed prosthetics.

Here you can see a touching video of a 7 years old boy receiving a 3D printed “bionic” arm from “Iron ManRobert Downey Jr.

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Picture from the video (c)

You find many more compelling stories or tools on the Not Impossible website. Like the one of a menstrual cup by a Finnish woman, Lunette, which is now on sale in over 40 countries.  Or about many other innovative technical solutions made available to reach people in need.

As their slogan says: “Inspiration from Innovation? It’s Not Impossible Now!” See also the other Facebook page of the Not Impossible Foundation.

United Nations declares 21 June as ‘International Day of Yoga’

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A very positive news: Yesterday, 11 December 2014, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously adopted the ‘International Day of Yoga’. Starting next year, it will be celebrated on 21 June. The resolution was proposed by the Indian Prime Minister Modi in September.

“A record number of over 170 countries joined as co-sponsors, the highest number ever for any general assembly resolution – including the vast majority of member states of all the regional and sub-regional groups of the general assembly, as well as all the five permanent members of the UN security council,” said India’s ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji. And Indian Prime Minister Modi said, “Yoga has therapeutic powers that could change people’s lifestyle and help tackle global problems.”

In his congratulatory message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon pointed out: “In proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has brought attention to the holistic benefits of this ancient practice on health and well being in our modern world.”

And Modi said in his Facebook post, ” I have been a practicer of Yoga for years & you can’t believe the positive difference it has made in my life. Yoga is the anchor of my life. I urge all of you, especially the youth to take up Yoga & practice it diligently & regularly. It will truly transform your lives as well. This speech of mine at the launch of a Yoga university in Gujarat may surely interest you.”

I’m practicing Yoga myself since about 4 decades – and it does me good and keeps the body supple. However, don’t stop with seeing it as a kind of gymnastics as most people in the West do. There is an eightfold path of Yoga, of spiritual discipline with the goal of leading to synthesis.

During my stay at the WTT group living in India, 2008, a local Yoga teacher gave us a performance together with a group of his students – that’s not just what I’m practicing….

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Yoga performance at the WTT Retreat Centre, January 2008

Self-Healing – Clemens Kuby

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Thursday evening my wife and I went to a public lecture of Clemens Kuby, a German film maker, author and founder of the German Academy for Self Healing Processes. He has done a number of films on interesting topics such as Living Buddha (rebirth of the Karmapa), the Todas in the Nilagiris, South India, The Old Ladakh, Tibet – Resistance of the Spirit, On the Way into the Next Dimension and now he is giving talks on self healing – being himself a living example: In 1981 he fell out of a window from 15 m height and was diagnosed paraplegic. For a year he was in a hospital and couldn’t move – he calls it a state of “forced meditation”.

In his talk he very humorously explained how he insulated himself from the diagnosis of the doctors who called it a refusal of accepting the reality – lifelong living with a wheelchair. He went through a deep inner transformation, he decided to totally change his life and cut nearly all links to his old life.  Through his inner work a so-called spontaneous healing thought impossible by the doctors happened – nerves which were cut grew and he could start walking again. For this an inner vision developed of a place which he did not know but which turned out to be Ladakh. So he started a new life guided by the soul.

He spoke very well (in German) and I made some notes which I would like to share:

“We are mostly working with the left brain, the whole education is left-sided. Or do you know of a professorship for intuition? We think the intuitive half of the brain is of no use. Intuition is a private matter.

If I have pain I’m not on the way to God. People think that disease is the will of God, a punishment by God. I would change this God. If I want to become happy  I have to take my disease seriously. If I’m not doing well I have to learn something. Suffering is easier than learning. If I don’t want to learn the pain becomes stronger.

You have to regulate your life backwards but also develop a perspective. Life after a disease has to be different from the life before the disease. There must be a cause for the disease in the biography. If you want to return to your old life there is no learning. A disease, an accident doesn’t happen accidentally. I have the disease in order to gain a new knowledge to find my happiness.

We have intuition to find the inner compass. The most important instrument for intuition is musing. Without an idea nothing happens. Everything that materialises needs an idea. In the beginning there is spirit, not matter. There is no phenomenon without an idea. The idea of pain was a bad idea.

On the intuitive plane everything is NOW, so I also can change it NOW. People come to the cinema to experience something, that is NOW. I experience it even if it is not true. We are not here to perceive the reality but to create the reality. A documentary film is a creation of reality. I can imagine the reality, it is always a subjective view. So we can re-shape our experiences. Only when I had found a real perspective in hospital why I had become sick I had an idea what-for I want to become healthy again. Existential fear screws up every vision. The shamans create a new truth for their patients and thus heal them. We imagine the new reality in the presence.

We cannot argue away the symptoms, but if I describe the content I can reshape it and create new images. The subjective reality counts. So you can describe cancer as cells which have dropped out of Love. We have fallen out of the love.

We can write down what good luck has happened to us in a situation instead of focussing on something bad. I can retroactively re-write my biography. How I think so I am. Every thought has an effect. I am the only responsible for my thoughts. So I can break the chain and re-write the scenes I have gone through. This way I don’t pass on the old concept to my children.

The one who has gone through a severe illness has become greater. We can retrospectively re-create facts. In this we have to be careful to whom we lend our ears. If we talk to a doctor we must know that he sees things from a physiological perspective, he won’t accompany us on the way of our soul. The scientists have even erased the word soul from their world view. We cannot expect apples from a pear tree.

The spirit is the boss, I can re-create a healthy childhood. I can explain it to every cell of my body and communicate with the organs, so that they are healthy.”

You find more about this way of thinking on his website (in German). At the end of the lecture we all stood up and sang a song to impregnate healthy living to all of the cells (: a link to the texts of songs “Sing and Dance): “Every cell of my body is happy, every cell feels well. Every cell at every place is in good form.”


Clemens Kuby, photo from Wikipedia

“Living Buddha” – Very rare and old documentary about the life in Tibet and Nepal from 1994, by Clemens Kuby

Unterwegs in die nächste Dimension (On the Way into the Next Dimension – Portraits of Shamans all over the world, by Clemens Kuby

A Seminar on Spiritual Healing and Subtle Worlds

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Last weekend I visited friends living near Lake Constance. On the highway I was listening to the radio and “blindly” following the navigation device and not so the road signs. I suddenly realised I was near Constance, from where a ferry crosses the lake, and not on the way around the lake as I had planned. I really enjoyed the surprise, for it was short, but very beautiful crossing.

My friends had organised a seminar and workshop with Anton Styger, a Swiss architect, geo-biologist (ecological builder) and, above all, clairvoyant since early childhood whom some people call a ghostbuster. He wrote 3 books about “Experiences with the Intermediate Worlds”, where he tries to help people to understand the invisible aspects of life, so that they too can help themselves when they have problems.

I picked up a young friend at the station and then went to the seminar house, where he was going to conduct a workshop for liberating souls. He is 64 years old, an impressive, translucent and energetic person. He was speaking quite fast, decisive but with a very humble undertone. Numerous stories about “strange encounters” with beings of the subtle worlds illustrated how he is working, helping “shadowy being” to let go of earthbound orientation and orient to the light.

He then did a “group detachment ritual”, where he spoke a prayer and then commanded the elementals present to go. It was a very intense experience.

I then went to the house of my friends, where Anton was also staying. A dinner and a nice conversation concluded the day. And continued next morning at the breakfast table.

Later we went to the  place where about 50 persons had gathered for the seminar. Anton spoke about how a healer works, what are his attitudes and how he can be of help for suffering persons. He explained how you can use a wobble or a tensor for realising the problems from a subtle plane and how clairvoyance can be of help. In the afternoon he went deeper into explaining different causes of diseases, like electromagnetic pollution, and geo-magnetic fields, then more subtle influences from departed souls, astral beings, curses, influences of objects and elementals. For each case he gave fascinating stories to illustrate the problem and how he dealt with it. Many questions were asked and he answered them patiently.


Anton Styger in a conversation with seminar participants.


A beautiful sunset seen from the seminar centre

After the seminar we sat together in the house of our friends for a chat, and I asked him about a problem I had. He explained to me the cause as he saw it and confirmed it with his tensor. And he recommended to use a prayer from his prayer-book – impressive invocations of God and his healing angels for concrete situations.

Later we sat together in a nearby restaurant enjoying the conversation.


View from the window of our friends’ house to the Lake Constance

Next morning after meditation and further talks we visited the nearby village where an autumn fair attracted many visitors. Colourful impressions of flowers, fruits and handicrafts were a beautiful close of this very rich visit filling me with gratitude.

Some Thoughts on Swine Flu and Prevention

Friday, November 20th, 2009

In the last weeks the topic of swine flu and prevention, information and disinformation penetrated strongly into my life. In my office you can feel it, not only through the business continuity plans for pandemia situations and the related communications. We now have disinfection devices in every toilet and since last week also at the entrance:

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Vaccinations had been going on, and as a member of the job health committee, I was witnessing discussions on prevention and on an info event. I published news, I read articles, I decided already a longer time ago not to do the vaccination.

At home the flood of e-mails with texts about the dangers of vaccination or, rarely, in favour, increased. about the political pressure and the profits of the pharma multis. I saw videos, read, replied to e-mails. I somehow felt an overkill of information. Nevertheless I followed the discussion. Some people asked me what our spiritual teacher, Sri K. Parvathi Kumar, said on the subject, so I wrote to him. He replied:

“It is helpful for people if they take this Swine Flu vaccine, to avoid the risk of the swine flu attack. The swine flu deaths are significant, though in many cases it is cured. Therefore the recommendation for vaccine.”

Some people felt irritated by his reply, the discussion went on. Then a few days ago I got an e-mail from a Canadian friend with a story about a bio-war outbreak in Eastern Europe disguised as swine flu. It was just spreading pure fear, with a mix of details where I didn’t look through. I don’t want to mention further details. I sent it to Sri Kumar and also discussed the matter with my superior at the Red Cross. We analysed the text and found several inconsistencies in it and came to the conclusion it must be a hoax, a very bad, even dangerous disinformation riding on the waves of disseminating panic.

Sri Kumar gave a very good reply to the matter:

“There is fear in humanity and there is business that attends to it. Much can be said on both sides. There are many topics of this kind. Swine flu is but one. There are people who take vaccines and come out of fear. There are people who are bold who do not take it. Nothing happens to them. There are others who follow the bold but are not bold enough; to them their negation could lead them to fatality. By taking a vaccine, you may loose a few coins from the pocket. Vaccines do not stay in the body permanently. It is therefore better for each one to decide. But when generally asked, considering the emotional nature of our groups, it is safer to say yes to the vaccine, than no. … In effect, we leave the decision to each one. According to their conscience they may proceed.”

Today I got a very intelligent and profound e-mail from a friend, a German homeopath with a very long experience, writing about homeopathic vaccination, prophylaxis and treatment in case of an epidemic, proposing Eupatorium perfoliatum C200, saying that an experienced homeopath can treat swine flu, bird flue and other kinds of epidemics with success. She later added about the homeopathic vaccination, that you take a double dose of 4-5 globules of Oscillococcinum C 200 with an interval of 5 – 10 minutes. That this is called a homeopathic vaccination, where you always take a double dose. This gives protection for about 6 months and would need to be repeated again after this time.

I found it a fascinating perspective, and so I like to share it.

These are times where high discrimination is needed to stand through waves of fear and irritation. I think it might still increase. So a steadfast anchoring in one’s higher self is of utmost importance.

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Pig in the field – tired of Swine flu news?

Onions: Stories on Flu-Prevention and Yoga

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Yesterday I got an e-mail from a Canadian friend with the following stories on the healing influence of onions. I don’t know the truth of it, but it’s worthwhile giving a try in case. I added some thoughts from the wisdom teachings saying that onions are absorbing consciousness, and in Spiritual Astrology it says, that they are therefore related to the month of Scorpio, in which we are now…

“This is pretty interesting, I’m going to have to give it a whirl. I know friends who used to wrap an onion in a hankie and pack in their pocket:

A friend of mine told me a story about how when he was a kid he was in the hospital and near dying. His Italian grandmother came to the hospital and told a family member to go buy her a large onion & a new pair of white cotton socks. She sliced the onion open then put a slice on the bottom of each of his feet and put the white cotton socks on him. In the morning when he awoke they removed the socks. The slices of onion were black and his fever was gone. The following story that someone sent to me might have some truth in it and we are going to try this winter.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).

The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none other staff got sick. It must work. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case.

Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

“Weldon, thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story… but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill… I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar… placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs… sure enough it happened just like that… the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.”

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.”

Some remarks about onions and spirituality:

In the classical yoga onions are seen as impediment. In a lecture, Sri Kumar, our spiritual teacher,  explained: “If we are given anaesthesia, the spirit recedes into its centre; that is how onions also cause the arresting of permeation of Consciousness, like tobacco, and poison.” But he explained that Master CVV didn’t mind people eating onions, but to focus on the master consciousness: “The Master said: be with the master, don’t be with the onion. You can have food as you like, but be moderate. Do not be excessive with anything.”

In another occasion he explained that the onion gives the message: “I exist on different planes, not only in the gross physical, but even beyond.” The last envelope of the onion is what we call the soul, because the soul is also an envelope for the spirit. The final envelope exists throughout creation; it takes to gross manifestation and withdraws again from this gross manifestation. From spirit to gross matter there are degrees of matter. When the outer layer of the onion is removed, the onion still exists. The same is true with every living being, not only with the students of wisdom. He exists even after having shed his gross physical envelope.

P.S.: Nov. 17th, 09: Update: I saw in “Snopes” about web rumors that the onion story is wrong. I nevertheless leave it here.

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Onion – photo from Wikipedia

Reconnecting to Health and Nature

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

A friend forwarded to me the newsletter of SHARAN, about curing diseases through diet. SHARAN is an Indian “Sanctuary for Health and Reconnnection to Animals and Nature”, a  non-profit organisation initiated by Nandita Shah, an Indian homeopath. My friend said she had participated in seminars with Nandita and that she is a very modest and fine woman and teacher living and working in Auroville and giving seminars. There was a good quote by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) on their website:

“First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals.”

And another quote, by Ruth Harrison, says: “In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.”

My friend told me that Nandita is working together with an Austrian lady, Barbara Nath Wiser, a doctor leading a clinic of her deceased husband at the foothills of the Himalayas, working for the poor Indian and Tibetan people with ayurveda, homeopathy and acupuncture. She has founded a charitable trust called Nishtha to support the activities. The organisation says: “The main objective for which the Trust has been established is to work for the benefit and development of society as a whole by improving the welfare of families with particular focus on women and children… Our approach is holistic and our philosophy is based on an integrated approach that is inclusive of physical, social and spiritual growth of people and nature. ” A good work.

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A cow in a small forest ashram in India

Anti Swine Flu Properties of Tulsi, the “Holy Basil”

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

A Canadian friend sent me an interesting link about the healing effects of Tulsi (or Tulasi, Ocimum tenuiflorum), a herb used in Ayurveda, in relation to preventing and treating Swine flu. The article by Dr. Mercola says:

“One of the Key Herbs that Prevents and Treats Swine Flu”

“Ayurveda, India’s traditional ‘science of life,’ has the remedy for swine flu in the form of the basil leaves commonly known as Tulsi. Tulsi is well known in India for its remarkable healing properties. But the anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves your body’s overall defense mechanism, including its ability to fight viral diseases. Apart from acting as a preventive medicine, Tulsi can also help a patient recover faster.”

Tulsi, which is Sanskrit for “the incomparable one”, is called “Holy Basil”. It is worshiped throughout India. Tulsi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. It is mentioned by Charaka in the Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. Read more about the holy herb in Wikipedia.

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Photo from Wikipedia (public domain)

Living Long and Happy

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I today got an inspiring text about a legendary 97 years old Japanese doctor, Shigeaki Hinohara, who is working since 1941 till today at a hospital in Tokyo and who since his 65th year of age works full-time as a volunteer. Very impressive ! The article is published in The Japan Times Online.

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Homoeo-medicine in an Indian homoeopathic dispensary

The 12 Keys of Spiritual Activism

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Today I came across a beautiful video on YouTube about “The 12 Keys of Spiritual Activism” by Humanity Healing Network. You find the text of the 12 Keys also on their site. The purpose of their activities is:

Humanity Healing was started to combine Healing with Spiritual growth to offer a more complete healing to those in need. We believe that true Lightworking consists of service to others. We believe that we are all connected and that by helping another, we help ourselves. This is especially true in the areas of Healing and Spiritual growth.

Globally, there are many people and regions in crisis. The principles of Altruism and the Brotherhood of Man have declined in importance as individuals, nations and religions focus on the differences between each other instead of the similarities within our shared Humanity.

We believe that with Compassion, Education and Volunteerism through Spiritual Activism, this can be changed. Each individual can make a Commitment to reach out. Each individual can make a Commitment to work towards the Common Good. As individuals, our personal contributions may be small, but when United in Common Cause, we can Change the World.” (from the website of Humanity Healing”.

Have a look at the 12 keys, they are really fundamental for the spiritual path, they have sprung from sources of eternal wisdom


Passioflora – photo from Iguazu, Argentina, May 08 – a deep symbol for the healing of humanity.