Live healthy with trampoline “exercise”

Today I ordered my $40 trampoline from Walmart and I’m pretty excited. It all started with a $2 breakfast at Dennys.  It was an awesome breakfast, thank you Dennys, for supporting a great cause as well as feeding me. I overheard a conversation about the potential to cure cancer with natural herbs. I was intrigued, and asked for more information. The secrets were not revealed to me, but I was given a hint, about keeping our body alkaline and the fluids in our body helping that drainage system.

It took me a while to figure what that meant, I do not have a biology background, but I started hearing about our lymphatic system, which turns out to be super important. So far, everybody knows about the blood in our body, but I don’t really hear or see as much information or importance in the lay literature about our lymphatic system. We actually have 2-4 times as much lymph fluid than blood. The lymphatic system is our natural sewage treatment system, it requires daily muscular contractions to move fluids around, because there is no pump. It carries white blood cells around, which help kill abnormal cells (cancer), viruses and harmful bacteria.

Here is an awesome video about your overall immune system

Now, you will hear everywhere about the importance of diet and exercise in keeping us healthy and less likely to get cancer, but guess what? There’s actually a really simple and fun exercise routine that doesn’t involve you paying monthly fees, travelling to a nearby gym, and “stretching” yourself in all sorts of ways that you are not used to for the sake of avoiding illness. In my mind exercise should not be a chore, it should only ever be fun. Turns out rebounding on a mini trampoline is one of the key ways to help improve the lymphatic system, and help you avoid cancer.

For just 15 mins a day a mini trampoline also offers:

  • full-body detox
  • fun weight loss
  • higher bone density
  • cellulite reduction
  • improved balance and posture
  • lower blood pressure
  • balancing hormones

If you want something more adventurous than the humble trampoline, feel free to pick up kangoo shoes or a pogo stick that also offer the benefits of rebounding exercises.

Pogo stick exercise offers the same benefits, however there are more crazy tricks and potential fails as well:

Kangoo shoes are also an awesome alternative for a rebounding exercise. As well, you can take these shoes outside, and use them to jog faster to where you want to go with less impact.

Also, you could also make this a fun social, by going to a trampoline park

Vancouver resources

 

Resources

  • http://www.cancerindex.org/medterm/medtm9.htm
  • https://livelovefruit.com/lymphatic-system-is-how-cancer-spreads
  • http://juicing-for-health.com/how-to-drain-your-lymphatic-fluids

 

East Van greenway and totem pole with a dark past

In East Van, there is a road that becomes quite a beautiful little resting park. I’ve always wondered how did this street turn into a park?

I then heard about neighbourhood greenways and that the City of Vancouver is always accepting proposals for them. To boot, there are also grants available to help with this conversion. As well of course are Neighbourhood Small Grants that maybe could be used to start you out.

tupper greenway google map screenshot

Some of the benefits include more wildlife, such as this presentation on Urban Birds in the Tupper Greenway

I wondered what was the history behind this greenway, I’m always interested to find out what community organizer made this happen. My research unturned a bit of a darker history that highlighted the importance of such areas.

Jomar Lanot was a quiet musically inclined 17 yr old Filipino youth that was racially targeted and fatally swarmed.

The Tupper greenway, the totem pole, and a mural were created in remembrance of Jomar Lanot.

A boulder in the Tupper Greenway is etched with one of Jomar Lanot’s sayings:

I believe that there should be more public awareness of this issue. It was great that we have monuments, but it seems to have been forgotten from the public eye.

References

  • School honours memory of Jomar Lanot
  • March for Mao Jomar Lamot
  • Book on gang violence in BC
  • http://www.philippinecanadiannews.com/canada/school-honours-memory-of-jomar-lanot/
  • http://www.straight.com/article/tupper-moves-ahead-with-lanot-memorial
  • http://www.mgabc.org/content/tupper-neighborhood-greenway-healing-community
  • http://www.mpnh.org/~ASSETS/DOCUMENT/WPPPT/130304B_Est_N_ToursFeedback_CommInput2UrbanDesignF_W.pdf
  • http://council.vancouver.ca/20060214/documents/tt1.pdf

Exposing a cyber bully online

two wolves tomorrowland cyber bullying

Recently I watched Tomorrowland on Netflix, and the parable of two wolves stuck with me, it seemed very insightful and was a key concept for the movie.

My knowledge of this concept however was severely tested recently. In November 2016 in a Facebook neighbourhood community group, I encountered some very aggressive and rude behaviour after making 1 comment on a post to save a park. Calling me a ‘hater, mrs. Racist, Look… Hillary lost… being supreme to others… being a bitch… ” and so on. Any attempt at trying to communicate with Mr. X resulted in a barrage of insults. I was successful in not resorting to insults myself to vent my frustration at being unfairly accused of things, but of course it was a very frustrating and confusing incident.

The next day I found a private Facebook message from Mr. X that showed he scrolled through my Facebook profile, collecting information about who I was, and continuing to rant and rave, raining down further insults.

I was furious about the invasion to my privacy and concerned about whether Mr. X’s friends were of a similar nature. This incident happened in the same month that Donald Trump was elected, and all the media news reporting incidents of aggression of his supporters. Even though I was not against Donald Trump being elected, however since I grew up in a country where one national leader could wreck decades of havoc against the country, in particular people not of the preferred race, which included me, in the back of my mind, I guess I had some fear that I would have to lose my home again. Not to mention this incident happened the week after racists flyers were distributed to neighbourhoods in Richmond to call on ‘Whitey’ to save the city from Chinese people.

After realizing the admin was not currently taking action against Mr. X’s post in the Facebook neighbourhood group, when Mr. X posted targeting seniors he would help them with yard work, I was concerned, and commented in his posts that he seemed a little rude, and linked to the original post where I had interactions with Mr. X. Mr. X then proceeded to track me down at work, calling my company phone, and wanting to speak to me. I realized who he was and did not want to bother work with this situation. He swore at the receptionist, threatening “consequences” 5 times. This made me concerned about my personal safety, especially that he knew the address of where I was working at, and imagining he might visit me before and after work. Since he seemed to get so easily angry, I was not sure of how he would react in person.

The consequences turned out to be bad Facebook reviews, which was a relief from a personal safety note, but I felt responsible and sorry that he targeted a previous company that I was not currently working at. It was an ingenious strategy because reviews are quite difficult to remove.

I was encouraged to call the police for my personal safety, however over time I discovered that the police were unable to do anything much. In researching Mr. X I realized he had been going on a bit of a spree since September of harassing women online in particular using similar words calling them racist, cyberbullies, social justice warriors, etc. He seemed a bit fixated on Ms. Y. I contacted a few of his targets to find out how far he went, whether I needed to change my in real life habits to avoid danger. My boyfriend was also concerned, and started escorting me back from work every day.  His modus operandi seemed similar; he would call women names online, and then he might call them at work, etc. With Ms. Y, after 3 months of harassment, her online profile went to non-existent, she had to turn off all her social media profiles, and make herself completely private and non-existent. I later discovered she also changed her in real life habits, because she was not aware of what Mr. X was capable of. The bad reviews where he made false claims against Ms. Y, her family, her friends in reviews on company pages, university pages continued to remain for the whole world to see, with limited ability for the companies to take these reviews down.

Over my Christmas/New Years break I noticed Mr. X seemed to have found a new woman to bully. It did not sit right with me that he was not stopping, and that the police can do nothing. So I decided to make a blog detailing all that I knew about Mr. X. His business information, his personal profile, each public interaction with different people that he appeared to have bullied. My hope was his next victim might have an easier time to get an understanding of things, and have someone to talk to if they needed.

What I didn’t realize was that my actions while born of a desire to make right what I saw as wrong, made me go into attack mode, not realizing that Mr. X might himself be in attack mode of the world around him because of injustices that might have been perpetrated on him. I’m not saying I excuse his behaviour, but I’m saying when we attack others because we feel like defending ourselves, we are no different than an attacker that is doing the very same thing. I myself took on the characteristics of a cyber bully by trying to defend myself and others against Mr. X.

It turns out that Mr. X had a series of personal tragedies that caused him to treat others in an irreverent manner, and for the slightest misunderstanding he would attack with a ferocious efficiency all that were around him.

He explained that besides family tragedies that were happening, the reason he continued to hound Ms. Y was because he blamed her for his ex-girlfriend committing suicide 10 days after Ms. Y’s friends seemed to cyber-stalk his profiles, and he had setup a GoFundMe page for his ex-girlfriend. I suggested that Ms. Y was not directly responsible for that, she did not encourage her friends to act irresponsibly and rashly. We decided to have a cease-fire, and he and I removed our potentially damaging posts about the other. Mr. X also decided to remove his posts about Ms. Y.

At this point because of the age of the internet, Mr. X’s profiles in the police, in the banking community might have all been damaged, potentially causing him to miss his ex-girlfriend’s burial by 3 hours. After some digging through Mr. X’s online profiles, I discovered he was a Martin Luther King supporter in the past. Which did not make sense with my assumption that he was a white supremacist.

It is really alarming to see how through the age of the internet, when we let our ferocious beast come out, the damage is multiplied in all directions. I too as well am at fault for this. I hope that we can all learn to be a bit more forgiving and understanding of each other even if the other person may seem evil and attacking. This doesn’t mean seeing nice in everyone and everything, even for example Hitler who might be gassing your baby sister, but maybe trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, understanding we all are a bit racist, we all have our bad days, and trying not to escalate the battle unless you are absolutely sure. If you do decide to battle, maybe don’t take out the Hiroshima bombs to combat 1 person. Try to do as the Cherokee elder suggested, “He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.”

Resources

A friend Little Woo recently posted a video that I thought was very appropriate, as to how I could have better handled this incident with more compassion.

Knitting began in China

My boyfriend discussed how knitting is popular with the natives in Peru, and thought maybe the origin of knitting might come from that region.

I started searching the origins of knitting, tracing it back in time, and found out about an ancient form of knitting some call nalbinding. Early archaeologists were unable to distinguish nalbinding samples with knitted samples.

Turns out there might be some truth to the native Peruvians knitting being pretty ancient, for they are some of the people that still practice nalbinding . The regions that still practice are indigenous Peruvians and Finnish / Scandinavian people.

On an unrelated note, I realized that the origin of beer could be traced furthest to China, eventhough some sources refuse to acknowledge this. (source)

My mind made me curious if there was also a possibility to trace knitting back to China, knowing that the features of both the indigenous Peruvians and Finnish can be quite asiatic. (source)

To my surprise, indeed there is a connection. After doing further research it seems that the earliest trace of knitting is from China, if you consider nalbinding to be a form of knitting. Anne Marie Drecker when she visited the Provincial Museum in Urumchi, China shows a picture of one of the nalbound hats found with the mummies that is 3000 years old. (source)

Some claim that the earliest nalbinding come from a cave in Israel nearly 10,000 years old, or from Mexico around 6,5000 BC however there is no evidence that these scraps of textile were used for clothing versus netting, or a basket.

Of course as in beer making, the China angle gets skipped and nalbinding might be attributed to originating as a European endeavour. (source)

Other sources

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%A5lebinding
  • http://www.scarlette.net/sigridkitty/history.html
  • 3000 years ago in China: http://www.scarlette.net/sigridkitty/photos.html
  • good info http://heron-media.com/karen/CreatingAccessoriesWithNalbinding.PDF
  • https://books.google.ca/books?id=A8OrCAAAQBAJ&pg=PA30&lpg=PA30&dq=israel+nalbinding&source=bl&ots=KXB_2WRLIO&sig=Vvr1HtB0N4kZ5SPencmurLam9hA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi3h4fM1ovPAhUCWx4KHXxzA_QQ6AEIRDAH#v=onepage&q=israel%20nalbinding&f=false
  • https://web.archive.org/web/20091027011020/http://geocities.com/alixtiberga/
  • http://www.sca.org/ti/articles/2008/issue165/MedievalKnitting.pdf

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Patterns

The origins of beer in Ancient Egypt and China

While reading up on Ancient Egyptian Goddess Ma’at, I came across reference to her as being the beer and bread to the Gods, where in Ancient Egypt beer is the de-facto drink of adults and children alike.

Turns out that modern beer and ancient Egyptian beer may share a name, but were made quite differently containing a medley of ingredients. In Egypt beer was a primary source of nutrition, and consumed daily. Beer was such an important part of the Egyptian diet that it was even used as currency. Like most modern African beers, but unlike European beer, it was very cloudy with plenty of solids and highly nutritious, quite reminiscent of gruel. It was an important source of protein, minerals and vitamins and was so valuable that beer jars were often used as a measurement of value and was used in medicine. Little is known about specific types of beer, but there is mention of, for example, sweet beer but without any specific details mentioned.

Beer archaeologist Patrick McGovern and brewer, Sam Calagione decided to use the herb mix za’atar which frequently includes the herbs found in ancient egyptian beer, which included a combination of savory, thyme and coriander. Other key ingredients might be the doum-palm fruit and chamomile. (source)

The most popular beer in Egypt was Heqet (or Hecht) which was a honey-flavored brew and their word for beer in general was zytum. The workers at the Giza plateau received beer rations three times a day and beer was often used throughout Egypt as compensation for labor. As in Mesopotamia, women were the chief brewers at first and brewed in their homes, the beer initially had the same thick, porridge-like consistency, and was brewed in much the same way. (source)

Even earlier evidence of the oldest known alcohol was discovered in China by Patrick McGovern an archaeologist from Pennsylvania. He travelled to a Neolithic burial site in China and discovered the oldest known beer—a heady blend of wild grapes, hawthorn, rice and honey that is now the basis for Dogfish Head’s Chateau Jiahu. (source)

Other sources

  • https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/zymurgy/pharaoh-ale-brewing-a-replica-of-an-ancient-egyptian-beer/
  • http://www.thekeep.org/~kunoichi/kunoichi/themestream/egypt_beer.txt
  • http://byo.com/hops/item/2155-wynkoop-brewing-co-tut%E2%80%99s-royal-gold-clone
  • http://byo.com/hops/item/2150-tutankhamun-ale-story
  • http://homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/8107/looking-to-make-an-ancient-egyptian-brew-but-what-about-bittering-and-flavoring
  • http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/beer.html
  • https://www.oregonculinaryinstitute.com/2010/10/21/the-importance-of-beer-and-the-benefits-it-provides/
  • http://www.inquisitr.com/2112282/110-year-old-man-beers-health-benefits-the-secret-to-long-life-but-is-mark-behrends-right/
  • http://www.alcoholproblemsandsolutions.org/beer-trivia-how-much-do-you-know-about-beer/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/oct/27/old-ale-beer-history
  • http://fathom.lib.uchicago.edu/2/21701778/
  • http://www.crystalinks.com/egyptmedicine.html
  • http://io9.gizmodo.com/could-you-drink-beer-instead-of-water-and-still-survive-457081579
  • http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/link-suggestion/wpcd_2008-09_augmented/wp/b/Beer.htm
  • https://books.google.ca/books?id=iPveCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=health+benefit+of+ancient+egyptian+beer&source=bl&ots=znKpMB9uHt&sig=T9D-zXs4U3cYxvvMUCiqReSfclY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjet8nB8dLOAhXFpR4KHbXDCkg4ChDoAQgrMAM#v=onepage&q=health%20benefit%20of%20ancient%20egyptian%20beer&f=false

Putting women in their place to sell cigarettes in Flintstones cartoons

What might have started as one man’s idea on how to market cigarettes to the working man in the 60s, may have re-inforced the misogynistic notions of that era to that decades youth.

Wilma’s role is vacuuming and taking care of the kids, while Fred and Barney gets up to adventures.

It is unfortunate that this popular cartoon so successfully overturned the actual role of women in the stone age where the societies were mostly matrilineal.

Other sources

  • http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2010/0930/The-Flintstones-turns-50-The-five-dumbest-moments/Sexism-in-the-Flintstones
  • http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/flintstones-corporate-cartoon-busch-beer/

Writers Journey to create successful films like Star Wars

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) led innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. He wrote Christianity as mystical fact and the mysteries of antiquitiesSome say that Steiner’s approach to the Christianity has been continued by Joseph Campbell.

One of Campbell’s books The Hero with a Thousand Faces introduced the concept of the hero’s journey to popular thinking and began to popularize the idea of comparative mythology —the study of the human impulse to create stories and images that draw on universal, eternal themes.

George Lucas was the first Hollywood filmmaker to credit Campbell’s influence. Lucas stated the first Star Wars film was shaped, in part, by ideas described in The Hero with a Thousand Faces and other works of Campbell’s.  (source)

Christopher Vogler, a Hollywood screenwriter, created a seven-page company memo based on Campbell’s work, A Practical Guide to The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which led to the development of Disney‘s 1994 film The Lion King.

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers is a popular screenwriting textbook by writer Christopher Vogler, focusing on the theory that most stories can be boiled down to a series of narrative structures and character archetypes, described through mythological allegory. (source)

Many filmmakers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have acknowledged the influence of Campbell’s work on their own craft. Among films that many viewers have recognized as closely following the pattern of the monomyth are The Matrix series, the Batman series and the Indiana Jones series.

photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/martyn/177232851

Other sources

  • http://www.thewritersjourney.com/hero’s_journey.htm

His-story rewrote the golden female age as the stone age

Historians classify 3 ages of human civilization:

  • stone age
  • bronze age
  • iron age

The stone age is further divided into:

  • Paleolithic
  • Mesolithic
  • Neolithic

These classifications were created to help describe human behaviour including; social organization, food sources exploited, adaptation to climate, adoption of agriculture, cooking, settlement and religion. Australia remained in the Stone Age until European contact in the 17th century. (source)

Reading through current books, articles and texts on prehistoric times, including archaeology, incredibly there is not even a specific category listed in the index on “women.” (source)

Many modern scholars are now attributing to women inventions that previously were credited to men. Women were the earliest inventors of tools. Women used bones and stones, which have been found, but lengths of wood they used to dig up roots have not survived except for the ones that were pointed and fire-hardened. There was no ownership of women and no demands on women’s sexual exclusivity. Men in hunting and gathering societies did not command or exploit women’s labor.

The ‘stone-age’ communities such as Hacilar circa 5800 B.C. people lived in two-storey houses, often thirty feet in length, arranged about a central courtyard, with ovens, kitchens, hearths upstairs and down, verandas overlooking the courtyard and numerous other ‘civilized’ features. Furthermore, these societies were not separate developments, but as the great Indologist, Ananda Coomaraswamy, points out, the fruits of “a common cultural inheritance throughout an area extending from Mesopotamia to Egypt and the Ganges to the Mediterranean” based upon “the worship of the Great Mother”.

Archaeologists of Matrifocal pre-Minoan Crete are also struck by the marked absence of signs of warfare, in sharp contradistinction to all comparable societies in which the male image predominated. Also striking is the fact that when, at a later period, male images begin to dominate, fortifications and weapons of death and warfare appear at the same time.

Until about 3500 BCE, matriarchal goddesses cultures were still widespread from the Indus valley in India to old Europe.

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With the coming of the Bronze Age, the old universal oneness was gradually being replaced by patriarchal power games. (source)

There was a time before male dominance and the gods of war, which constitutes the very basis of our civilization and the vast majority of our history. (source)

Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power (Dan Brown)

In all myth throughout the world, the original Creator is feminine. It is only with the coming of a masculine-dominated (patriarchal) social system that She is replaced by a male god. Sometimes as in the case of Tiamat She is said to have been conquered or killed by the new god. Sometimes the patriarchy boldly changed the sex of the Deity without changing the name—as with Ea in Syria, Shiva in India or Atea in Polynesia. Sometimes the goddess was slowly edged out and the god edged in for example Thoth becoming the primary figure with the similar responsibilities as Ma’at.

It is remarkable that the many varied and highly expert author-archaeologists in the excellent series Ancient People and Places express their wonder at the evidence they have found that women were once pre-eminent in each of their areas of research, from the Near East to Ireland. Each writes as if this ancient dominance of women were unique and peculiar to his archaeological province. Yet taken all together these archaeological finds prove that feminine pre-eminence was a universal, and not a localised, phenomenon. Elizabeth Gould Davis (source)

William Bond calls what we now call the Stone Age or the Neolithic Age as the Golden Age, because of the lack of fortifications nor any weapons of war, nor any graves with people showing signs of violence. Also the whole process of birth from the sex act to breast feeding was celebrated as something divine, holy and sacred rather than becoming taboo or being seen as unclean, sinful and dirty.(source)

Sources

  • http://www.mother-god.com/matriarchy.html
  • http://web.clark.edu/afisher/HIST251/prehistory%202.pdf
  • https://www.amazon.ca/History-Angels-Histories-Bartlett-2011-11-03/dp/B01K92QXMW/ref=as_li_ss_tl
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_goddess
  • http://www.womanthouartgod.com/didwomanruletheworld.php

Ma’at’s equivalent Thoth

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoth
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat
  • http://www.crystalinks.com/thoth.html
  • http://www.societasviaromana.net/Collegium_Religionis/thothmaa.php
  • http://binsancientegypt.weebly.com/men-vs-women-roles.html

Personal daimons of ancient egypt, new-age spirits of today?

Researching topics of Ancient Egypt I came across reference to daimons. As a once computer geek, I’ve definitely understood what daemons are in computer lingo. Turns out all words share a similar etymology. The word demon is derived from the Greek daimôn. What is interesting to discover though the current meaning of demon is quite different than the original meaning.

In Hermetic texts and in Christian writers like Origen, as well as in Jewish Christian texts like the Testament of Solomon, gods and daimons are both featured. For example, in Contra Celsum the decans (whose origin, Celsus says, are Egyptian) are explicitly called daimons.

The Ancient Egyptians say that the body of man has been put under the charge of thirty-six daimons, or ethereal gods of some sort, who divide it between them, that being the number of parts into which it is divided. Each daimon is in charge of a different part. By invoking these names, they heal the appropriate part of the body (source).

Daimons are described as partially ‘from aether’. These daimons are not exactly material, nor are they ‘moved by soul’ but are called ‘energies of these thirty-six gods’

The idea of a personal daimon appears in various contexts, and is expected to guide the soul through its incarnated life. For Valens his personal daimon helps him fulfill his destiny through providence. (source)

Plotinus viewed daimons as ‘bodies of air or fire’; he also believed they spoke, had magical powers and that ‘daimons and gods are beautiful’. He equated daimons with human beings who were actively ‘daimonic’ in their lives; in other words, with those people who could communicate or converse with the gods; such as a shaman, mystic, poet, writer, philosopher.

Quote from an Egyptian priest to Plotinus in Porphyryr’s biography

Blessed are you, because a god is by you as your daimon and not some low class daimon. (source)

According to Er, the soul chooses the life it wishes to lead. With the help of the Fates, the soul is allotted a daimon to guide it through life. This personal daimon is our inner voice, our guardian angel, our sense of vocation, the ‘divine sense’ within, which drives us on, the blueprint of ourselves which we are born into.

What are now referred to as Gods and Goddesses might have been considered greater daimons including; Hecate, Athene, Hephaestus. Where the talents of man are said to reside among the daimons, who are said to have given them to men. (source)

I find it peculiar the close relationship between what Ancient Egyptians referred to as daimons and how they now are considered to be angels and divine spirits.

Other sources

  • http://www.lightplanet.com/response/BofAbraham/GeeEnsign1992/abraham_egyptian.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(classical_mythology)
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daimonic
  • http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/39266/what-is-the-difference-between-daemon-and-demon-in-a-religious-context
  • http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24507
  • http://daemonpage.com/socrates-daimon.php
  • http://ancestorsandarchetypes.weebly.com/daimon.html
  • http://www.alchemylab.com/daimon.htm
  • https://books.google.ca/books?id=3dLVyyDE-vQC
  • http://jungiancenter.org/in-the-grip-of-the-daimon/

Tracing the roots of Hermetic magic

An explosion of study in the Western world during the Renaissance in both the chemical arena and alchemical arena was likely precipitated by the Kybalion and other teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. These teachings are called Hermetics and before the Kybalion in 1908 were only taught verbally or in very cryptic writings. The Hermetica is a collection of papyri from the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D. The collection are mostly presented as dialogues discussing the diving, the cosmos, mind and nature. Some touch upon alchemy, astrology and related concepts. The extant Egyptian-Greek texts dwell upon the oneness and goodness of God, urge purification of the soul, and defend pagan religious practices, such as the veneration of images. Their concerns are practical in nature, their end is a spiritual rebirth through the enlightenment of the mind. (source)

All esoteric traditions embedded in basic teachings of every race may be traced back to Hermes, even the ancient teachings of India. (source)

The extant Egyptian-Greek texts dwell upon the oneness and goodness of God, urge purification of the soul, and defend pagan religious practices, such as the veneration of images. Their concerns are practical in nature, their end is a spiritual rebirth through the enlightenment of the mind.

Isaac Newton placed great faith in the concept of an unadulterated, pure, ancient doctrine, which he studied vigorously to aid his understanding of the physical world. (source)

I find it fascinating to trace back that Hermes Trismegistus is said to be a representation of the ancient Egyptian God Thoth. (source

Doreen Virtue presents a clearly edited version ofThe Kybalion, written in understandable and modern language.

You have natural magical abilities that can elevate your life to a whole new level, as well as heal and help your loved ones and clients. Doreen Virtue gives comments and practical suggestions based upon her own success in using Hermetic teachings for healing and manifestation. With Divine Magic, you can master your moods, release negativity, manifest new levels of abundance, and attract wonderful opportunities in all areas of your life.

Skimming the principles listed in the Kybalion, it seems that a lot of self-help books get into the details listed.

  • Principle of mentalism: the all is mind; the universe is mental.
  • Principle of correspondence: as above, so below; as below, so above.
  • Principle of vibration: everything moves, vibrates, and circles. To change one’s mental state is to change vibration.
  • Principle of polarity: everything is dual, everything has two poles, and everything has its opposite.
  • Principle of rhythm: there is rhythm between every pair of poles
  • Principle of cause and effect: there is a cause for every effect, and an effect for every cause. There is no such thing as chance.
  • Principle of gender: gender is manifested as the Masculine and Feminine principles, and manifests itself on all planes.
  • (source)

As local day Africans are rediscovering that ancient Egyptians look more like them than Caucasians, there is also a reclamation of the 7 principles of the Kybalion maybe more accurately referred to as the Seven principles of Maat.

Other sources

  • http://www.hermetics.org/library/Library_Hermetic.html
  • http://tikaboo.com/library/Initiation%20Into%20Hermetic.pdf
  • http://www.pdfarchive.info/pdf/F/Fl/Flowers_Stephen_Edred_-_Hermetic_magic.pdf
  • https://exemplore.com/misc/The-Seven-Hermetic-Principles
  • http://spiritofmaat.com/july08/mentalism.html
  • http://www.mind-your-reality.com/seven_universal_laws.html
  • https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/source-of-the-kybalion-in-anna-kingsford%E2%80%99s-hermetic-system/
  • http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/the-mysterious-kybalion
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeticism
  • Science of Being in twenty seven lessons
  • Seven principles of Ma’at