Refocusing on This Blog, It’s Purpose, And It’s Future Direction

In Fall of 2015 I created this blog with the purpose of learning how WordPress worked, from the back end and as a user. WordPress to me seemed like it would be the future of content, a future once envisioned in the days of RSS feeds and personal webspaces, brought anew by the rigid policies and content curating of companies like Facebook and Tumblr. The ease of creators and small businesses of using WordPress as a business front didn’t hurt this belief.

As you can tell from my very sporadic updates, this is a project that has for the most part fallen to the wayside. My life switched directions, with me taking a job that requires me to work 12 hour shifts 6 days a week, my refocusing on the health of my family, and trying to get any sort of sleep in between everything that needs to be done.

Lately I’ve decided to put more focus on this blog. Part of this is because it has the best domain name ever, bar none. (I choose it back when I had grand visions of using it for a link shortener. No one uses this anymore; not even me!) Another part of this is a Facebook group I follow, Flav Medeiros’s Side Business Ideas Facebook group, is hosting a 6 week blogging challenge and I am leaning on this man’s business knowledge and blogging history to learn everything I can from it. I personally don’t see this blog as the sort of place people go for anything particular, because this blog’s dedicated niche is me, the user. I share what I feel is interesting, and those things can be very schizophrenic. The upside of this is that it’s my blog and content. The downside is there’s not really a dedicated user for this content, outside of perhaps friends and perhaps those that view this website’s URL from other services I share.

This challenge comes at an interesting time in my life. At 36 years of age, I am starting to put a lot more thought into who I am as an individual and a member of my local and worldwide community. It also comes at a time when I am severely questioning and challenging my use of a lot of social media. As an example, I recently locked 9 years of Facebook posts so that only I could reference them (although I still use the Messenger, and participate in a couple of closed groups.) If ever there was a time to consider a blogging challenge, and to force myself to write in general, now is this time. Plus, always great to have another excuse to neglect my Youtube channel.

I’m not sure where this will go in 6 week’s time, or after. I am taking this course seriously, and in just one week feel that the course is already on its way to encouraging me to at least update this thing on a weekly basis. I will be looking at some things that have been concerns for me for a while as well, such as how this WordPress theme presents itself on most mobile devices (easy to read but hard to interact with) and how it integrates keywords, links, and media. I may also be moving away from the Adsense advertisements (which I chose because they linked well with the Youtube revenue I used to get two years ago) towards other more viable options. Time will tell!

Midrasche in the City – Or How I Enjoyed a Game Even Though it’s Older Than My Kids

Torn City bills itself as a “text-based MMO”, although it’s perhaps better described as a “browser game” (that does have its own client) . In it, players assume the role of a Torn citizen, and they can be whatever they want to be. A soldier! A criminal. A businesman! A lawyer!

I’m mostly a wall slut who spends their time racing.

Allow me to explain.

I picked up this game after a Facebook advertisement recommended it to me. Comments under the advertisement seemed enthusiastic, so I dived in. I figured I would keep my head down, lay low, get a hang of things and go from there.

Three days in someone recruits me into a Faction. Welp, so much for laying low.

It’s not a bad game. It was created in 2004, which means it is INCREDIBLY top heavy, and a lot of the older folks don’t like new players at all. So my advice to you, if you are just joining this game, is to simply not post in Help or Trade chat. If you do, you’ll get attacked out of the blue for no reason. That’s another issue – once your 14 days of newbie protection are over, anyone of any level can attack you. If they do it right, you won’t even know who it was that attacked you – just the mysterious “someone.”

There’s a lot of friendly people too though, and a lot of solid guides. It’s not hard to pick things up and get an idea of where you are going. There is a mantra repeated frequently: “Torn is a marathon, not a sprint” – encouraging the playing of the long game.

I spend a lot of my time training stats, talking to Faction mates, and racing. There is a racing side-game that is very involved in which a player starts at E class and works their way up to the mysterious A class, all in hopes of some honor badges which ultimately make the player stronger. The definition of the word ironic, I’ve been forsaking cars suggested by guides and going for cars I would consider driving with consideration for the game’s “handling” stat and I’ve been doing excessively well. As I type this, I’m about 5 more first place wins away from B class. I anticipate having that within the next two days. Multi track drifting agogo.

Of course, being in a Faction means you are expected to participate in Faction wars. In this game, wars take place by having contested piece of property, represented by a “wall.” Players who want the property and players who want to protect it jump on the wall, and the time they stay on the wall generates points. Of course, instead of jumping on the wall on either case you can simply attack and hospitalize individuals who are gaining points. This game calls newer players whose only job is to be on the wall to waste the energy of whomever attacks them “Wall sluts.” It is a shame that is the best I can accomplish at this point in the game but damn it, I’m trying.

You also can work for companies, or create your own. Different businesses have different perks but also different requirements as to what it takes to be good at the job and thus benefit the business. A factionmate encouraged me to get a job at an Adult Novelty store, which are a great way to increase one’s in-game happiness and ultimately slow down one’s opponent via “bondage.” The problem was, it was poorly run. The director was not very communicative, and did a poor job of training his fellow members. After two weeks of that, I jumped ship to work at a Mechanic Shop – a job that offers great perks to those who race, at the cost of only being useful for those who race. It’s been going a lot better, although the owner of the previous business has taken it upon himself to harass me in the most hilariously futile ways. He bountied me. His faction told him to stop, after I bountied him back and his people started asking “what’s this?” Then he bountied me again, but anonymously. When I hired someone who worked at a Cyber Cafe to confirm it was him, he started attacking and hospitalizing me outright. If only he put that much effort and energy into running a business, it might have its second star despite being open for 6 weeks!

There’s a lot of other things going on under the hood, like accepting missions from the town’s notorious loanshark Duke, or flying across the world running rareties like flowers and plushies… or drugs and weapons, if that’s your cup of tea. It is a game that completely frustrates me, yet also encourages me to keep at it. So that’s what I intend to do, for now. Who knows, maybe I’ll get strong enough to leave my own mark!

. . . on the pavement. In blood. Because I will die a lot more times. Just watch.

She Never Did Win The Lottery

In almost two decades of working various ends of retail and service, there were few employees quite like the grizzled warrior we’ll call Granny. This story is almost ten years old, but my Facebook feed reminded me of this lady so I had to share.

At a popular fast food restaurant where I had worked in various positions over a four year period with the promise of becoming management (a promise that was never fulfilled), a lot of people came and went. Granny was not one to be forgotten. She was in her 70’s, and the sinew and grizzle that made up her body couldn’t have put her at more than five feet tall. She was hired for about 6 hours a day, four days a week, to essentially work in the back as a baker and dishwasher. She probably spent three of those hours each day smoking. She hated the people she worked with almost as much as she hated the customers that bothered her while she was smoking. It was hard to say why she stuck around for about the eight or so months she did; some might say keeping her on was a charity case. Others might point out that our turnover was high and a lot of the employees that worked mornings did not want to be stuck doing the prep work and dishes she did.

I am not kidding when I say you did not interrupt her when she was smoking. One particularly cold morning when the morning rush was more than a skeleton crew could handle, she made the decision to slip out between oven timers to smoke. A parked drive-thru customer was marching in from waiting for what they claimed was forever but was probably closer to five or ten minutes, and made the mistake of taking their anger and frustration out on her. I was running food out for another vehicle when I got to witness the exchange, which was to say the least heated.

The customer was a man about as old as I am now (mid thirties) angrily demanding to know why it was taking so long for his food and why she was smoking. Granny’s response, dead pan, was that this customer should mind his own business. (!!!) The customer wanted to go for broke on this old lady, instead of the usual standby of wanting to talk to a manager (which is always the fan favorite.) I remember him vividly screaming “It’s bullshit I have to be late for work because you people can’t get food out on time. But I guess that’s why you are making the fucking big bucks, isn’t it?” And this old lady responds, practically spitting venom like a Dilophosaurus, “Didn’t your mother teach you not to swear in public? She must be ashamed.” In a perfect world this man would have seen the error of his ways and crawled back to the car he came from and waited for his food like an adult (before calling the 1 800 number and complaining to get free food, because you know, customers). Instead he wanted to escalate things, and he actually tried getting in my way as I came back from handing out the food I originally was outside for. A manager had to get off the cook line to apologize profusely and attempt to smooth things over. Granny was scolded (not that it did any good, she gave zero fucks) but did not lose her job.

Granny and I got along because while she hated everybody, I was a professional who on the surface loved everyone because that’s just what good customer service is (TM). So I went out of my way to help her out when I could, lifting things, getting materials from the shelves she couldn’t have reached if there was another one of her stacked on top of her, etc. So after a few months she got as warm to me as she would anyone, which was to say she felt comfortable enough to talk to me on some of her many smoke breaks. Most of what she had to say was how lazy everyone around her was, how nobody knew how to do anything, how she had to do all this extra work… you know, the short lady who I was constantly helping out. But I also learned a little about her: she used to work for what was once a huge retailer, starting in a warehouse and actually finding herself at an office job with benefits. She has one son, whom she claimed disowned her. She didn’t like animals because “they make messes everywhere.” She hated asking for help, even as she clearly needed it. And one day, she was going to win the lottery, tell this place we were working at to go exploit themselves, and travel the world. Two things this woman would not give up – smoking, and playing the lottery. She has “a system” that “will pay off someday.” In the time I knew her, it never did.

Granny may have been more than a liability for the company, but she had a strange way of being thoughtful too. For Christmas, she decided to show her appreciation to some of us by purchasing us lottery tickets. Not everyone, just like three or four of us. Of course, she made sure we knew that “when” we won, we would have to share half the winnings with her. For better or for worse, none of us did.

She was kept in the back, and not allowed to deal with customers. This was because she had the disposition of a demonetized alt-right pundit. I remember one day she was “helping out” washing tables. This is in quotations because it was, to the letter of the job description, her job to do this… but usually she didn’t. A family was leaving, and decided for some reason not to take their tray of trash and cups with them – just left them on the table. There were complaints by other customers who heard her loudly complaining about how “in my day we would have spanked the laziness out of those kids” and “no one has respect any more.” At the time I really just felt she should shut up and clean the tables, but especially as time has gone on I got it and I got her frustration. But she made the cardinal sin of letting the customers hear her…

Sadly, Granny is no longer with us. I don’t want to get into the specifics too much, but she needed medical care. This taught me two things. One, this old lady who seemed to only tolerate me for banter while smoking and to do her bitch work apparently trusted me enough to list me as someone to speak to from Family Services. Second, I discovered she was actually an illegal immigrant (from Canada, of all places!) working on a work visa that had expired some ten years prior. Family Services had reached out to me in part because she had been given them my name, and in part because no one knew who else to contact.

One day after work me and a few coworkers helped pack her things. She was incredibly ungrateful, as she often was, about how lazy we were and about how we better not steal or break anything. She did offer us cigarettes though, so she must have appreciated us in some way. Arrangements were made for her to be moved to a nursing home just across the border. I learned from management that she apparently passed away not even a week after moving, and that the very son that was unreachable to help her move was asking questions about her storage shed so that he could grab her things, and contested the sale of one of her vehicles. Pretty depressing.

Today, I’ve got a reminder of her on my Facebook wall. A picture of her was taken at work for a holiday thing, and after she left I made a digital copy. Hopefully, she’s in a heaven or a reincarnated life where she has already won the lottery, and no one is interrupting her smoke breaks. Also, it makes me sad, because over ten years later, I feel like I’m falling into that same trap she was, where the only way I’m going to reach my goals and enjoy life as I was meant to is if I win the lottery. At the time, I felt it was silly she would expect to have a chance at winning; now I recognize the desperation behind the belief.

Why I Uninstalled Dragalia Lost Today

I have played Dragalia Lost since it released; I finished downloading and installing on September 27th at three in the morning. I remember showing it off to a coworker who looked it over with lukewarm reception, before reminding me that I was at work to, well, work.

Today is December 3rd. Not even a full three months in, and I am uninstalling this game. It’s not that I dislike the game; I get a lot of enjoyment out of it that I haven’t had since the last mobile game I sank years into (Brave Frontier.) I love the music, and I feel the artwork is solid. But the game has some problems, and the developers have made some choices, that I feel don’t bode well for the way I play games, or for that matter where this game is going in general. It’s time for me to be proactive and bail out, while the bailing out is good.

Dragalia Lost is a mobile game, developed by powerhouse Nintendo and mobile developer Cygames. Cygames is perhaps best known for the mobile franchise Granblue Fantasy; Nintendo’s most well-known foray into traditional mobile gaming would arguably be Fire Emblem Heroes. These two coming together to make a game seems like a recipe for success, and on the surface I’d argue it is. Dragalia Lost is an action RPG with a town management system and something of a dragon romance simulator all thrown into one. A good portion of the early game is focused on solo play; the end game focuses on players working together either with a single character as a group of four, or as a team of four working with three other teams to accomplish a goal. Along the way weapons need to be crafted, character abilities need to be unlocked, and dragons need to be fed and leveled. One of the unique pulls to Dragalia Lost is that the rewards aren’t just drops for better items and growth, but actual story – unlock enough character abilities, for example, and you’ll unlock story segments about why they want to be a part of your team, their personal struggles, and how they advance. It is notably well thought out.

What isn’t thought out is the part where you, as a player, get to play with other people. As a game where Player VS Environment is the sole goal, one would think there would be better tools in place to gather with your friends and complete these goals. Yet surprisingly, Dragalia Lost completely drops the ball in this regard. There is a friend’s list, which allows you to use a character pre-set by other players to complete solo content, but no way for those friends to join up with you if you are queued for a mission. There are no guilds or player houses in Dragalia Lost to meet up with like minded players you might know. Instead, you can que for a room and wait for random players to join in, or you can lock your room and hand the room ID out to players through other means like Facebook groups or Discord. You’ll probably want to go the “locked room” route because if you leave your room open for randoms to join, you have little control over who joins; if a player who is too weak to assist wants in on your run, there is no way to kick or remove him. Likewise, if a player joins but then fails to mark themselves as “Ready” the whole group cannot move forward unless you as the group leader make the decision to either do the event without the player (thus having an empty slot) or throwing the entire team out and starting over fresh. It’s frustrating.

There’s also something to be said about the cost of playing. This game is free to play, in the sense that anyone can download it and play it. However, to have competent units, you’ll need to participate in the gacha system. Getting a higher tiered unit is unlikely; the best chances I’ve seen so far are you’ve got about a 2% chance each pull of getting a 5-star (top-tier) pull, and that pull will be either a unit, a dragon, or a Wyrmprint (this game’s version of an equipped accessory). For a dragon or a Wyrmprint to be at its best, a player needs five of them (one base, four more to “Unbind” it and in the process upgrade its inherent abilities.) The most common way to pull is the “ten-pull”, which for 1500 of the game’s currency allows for ten pulls, at least one pull of which is guaranteed to be a Four-Star pull. 1500 of the game’s currency costs roughly $32 American dollars.

There are players that have spent literally hundreds of dollars on this game and have yet to get a single five star unit. Yes, by comparison there are those who have rerolled (started the game, pulled with the free currency they were given, and then thrown out the results and started again) until they have a 5-Star unit for free, but even this can take dozens upon dozens of tries. The game does hand out free pulls periodically, but this seems to do little more than to make the player feel like what they really want is just another pull away.

There is also something to be said for the number of events that have come out. In about 10 weeks, there have been no fewer than 5 events. Most of these events have a similar focus: get a team to a certain level of skill (“Might”) and use to in solo fights and raid battles, to meet specific goals and acquire certain points. Often, these events hold a “Blazon Pull”; this grants players who are doing events “Blazon tickets” and two tickets allow for a pull for an item out of a pool of around 400 to 700 items depending. These are exhausting. Lower tiered fights may grant less than ten Blazon tickets; the highest tiered fights around 30. Players will need to go through five separate pools to acquire the key items advertised (usually a Wyrmprint and a dragon).

Competing in these events requires good units with good skills, and some of these skills are tied to your player castle. The buildings here affect everything from passive boosts of element types to passive boosts to the users of specific weapons. Keeping up on all this can be exhausting. Of course, if you have the cash, you can always purchase packs that give you the items needed to upgrade these buildings so that you don’t need to spend hours farming them yourself, or you can spend cash to upgrade your buildings now instead of waiting what starts as hours but quickly evolves into literal days.

In short? A little over ten weeks in, and I’m already feeling burnout as I try to keep up with everything expected of me to keep up, and I’m not even one of the top players! The encouragement to spend money to hopefully get the best units, or to definitively make the best weapons better, coupled with the need to spend hours at a time on a game just to unlock wyrmcards that won’t be relevant after the next event and dragons that are barely useful when fully unbound leads to a frustrating and unsatisfying experience. The game is also proving to be exceptionally repetitive; sometimes it feels like an event is just an older event reskinned for a different gacha pool and elemental resistance. I am at a point where I see these problems getting worse, not better, and that’s why I feel the need to stop playing this game now rather than becoming further invested in it only to be further frustrated down the line.

40 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening

The physical bodies of mainly lightworkers go through a major transformation process and great DNA changes during these turbulent times. The daily infusion of crystalline energies triggers a transmutation process in the physical body and gradually evolves from a carbon body to a crystalline light body .

The evolution of the earth is currently gaining momentum. It is actually about the reconstruction of the Universal Man on earth in its original form. Many people already have a mutated DNA right now and this process will continue unabated. It goes without saying that it is important that you prepare your body well for these changes. Now, the physical bodies of many lightworkers are still carriers of old DNA codes, energetic blockages, a weakened immune system and all kinds of chemical contaminations as a result of artificial food, industry, etc. Not for nothing many souls experience all kinds of transitional symptoms that have to do with with the imminent quantum leap in consciousness. Many transmutation symptoms are due to the fact that the higher energy frequencies “collide” with the remaining lower energy frequencies that are still held in the bodies. The symptoms can be of all kinds. Below we give an overview of 40 symptoms that may occur. Then we will give some very practical advice with which you can move much smoother and easier through the awareness shift. spiritual awakening

1. Changing sleep patterns : Restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night, feeling all kinds of tingling in your body during the night. For others, the need for sleep is reduced and they need less sleep.

2. Activity near the crown chakra :
Tingling, itching, itching sensations on the scalp and along the spine. This is an opening of the crown chakra that opens to higher energies.

3. Sudden waves of emotions : Sudden crying: suddenly become angry or sad without reason; an inexplicable depressive mood that then turns into a happy feeling. (emotional roller coaster).

4. Old traumas or old energies come to the surface: Old pains and wounds bubbling upwards and the people with whom you have to work out these themes reappear in your life, while you had not heard from them for years. Emotionally restricting cords and feelings of bitterness and resentment demand to be released.

5. Changes in weight: One gains enormous weight, while the other loses a lot of weight. This has to do with the release / retention of emotional patterns. Physical weight is largely linked to our hormone housekeeping, which in turn is driven by the emotions.

6. Changes in eating patterns: Sometimes very strange food choices. You can suddenly get a sense of things you would never eat otherwise. Eating habits are again largely connected with the emotional fluctuations that you go through.

7. Food intolerances and allergies that you never had before : The more you open up to higher energies, the more sensitive your energy system will become. Your body tells you what it no longer needs or what you no longer serve.

8. Changes in vision : Sometimes a blurred vision, seeing a glare, colors or auras around objects, plants, animals and people. When you close your eyes, you no longer see darkness but a kind of redness. Some see geometrical figures, flashes of light, bright colors or images of objects when they close their eyes. Colors are perceived more “lively”. The sky looks bluer and the grass seems more vivid green. As you become more sensitive, you can perceive guises or contours in space, especially when it is almost dark. These are often your guides, angels or other immaterial entities.

9. Changes in hearing : You can be very sensitive to all kinds of sounds. They sometimes seem to get much sharper, almost unbearable. Other symptoms include hearing strange sounds, beeps, or electronic patterns. Some hear something like the murmur of water, the humming of bees, crying or ringing sounds. Still others hear strange voices in their dreams, as if someone is standing next to them. Your ears are adjusting to higher frequencies.

10. Increased taste and touch sensations : Some people can smell and taste the chemical additives in food as a bad taste. You smell and taste sharper and can enjoy more food that contains more vitality. It seems like you have a larger “range”. Even the smell of flowers a little further away can be perceived by some very vividly.

11. Energy bursts through the skin : Skin rashes, pimples, acne, hives or shingles can occur, again connected to the emotional fluctuations that you experience. As you purify your emotional body (forgiveness, letting go of old resentment, anger or frustration, etc …) you will notice that the skin will become calmer.

12. Periods of intense energy : that allow you to jump out of your bed and shoot in full action. These can then be followed up by moments of great lethargy or fatigue. These periods are usually related to the infusions of higher frequencies in a given period.

13. Changes during prayer or meditation : Many find that they can not focus so easily during meditation. Others gradually let go of “compulsory” meditation because life itself becomes more and more a living, spontaneous meditation.

14. Sudden heat or cold impulses : Suddenly you feel a heat coming from head to toe. Others suddenly get inexplicably cold (goose bumps). They are manifestations of intense energies that flow into the body.

15. Physical complaints or discomforts :

Neck pain
Flu-like symptoms
Changes in digestion
Muscle spasms or cramps
Increased heart rate; chest pains
Changes in sexual needs
Stiffness or pain of the limbs
16. Looking younger : With the release of old emotions and restrictive beliefs from the past, you feel literally lighter in your skin. Worries do not weigh so heavily anymore and you start to look younger and more vital.

17. Vivid dreams : Sometimes the dreams are so “real” that you wake up confused. You can even have lucid dreams that you send and control yourself. Some dreams may contain mystical messages. In some cases you will know that you do not actually “dream” but that you had an experience in other dimensions or spheres.

18. Events that give your life a completely different turn : Deaths, divorce, job change, illnesses and dramatic circumstances. Sometimes they all occur simultaneously. It is a period of releasing old ties and attachments and learning to fall back on your Self again. They are also signals that you want to open to feelings of love and compassion for everything.

19. A desire to break free from restrictive structures : A strong urge to separate yourself from “boring”, limiting jobs, people or situations. You have a huge need for “time for yourself” and looking for your passion. You want to be creative and you no longer want to be restricted by others. More need for introspection and being-alone and less interest in all kinds of social activities, parties, etc …

more symptoms of spiritual awakening:

20. Creative bursts : You get a variety of images and ideas, often at a rapid pace. Sometimes it seems that you do not have enough time to work out all your ideas.

21. You feel that time goes faster : Your perception of “time” has changed because of the higher vibrations.

22. Feelings of despair : As you connect to the unity consciousness, waves of despair can overtake you if you pay too much attention to the conflicts and disharmony in the world.

23. Feelings of impatience : As your knowledge and wisdom grows, you know and see more than those who have not yet awakened. You would like to help them, but you will encounter a lot of resistance and disbelief. You also experience impatience because you want to see your intentions or goals realized as quickly as possible. Surrender to the Divine Timing …

24. The feeling that you do not belong here at all : You begin to feel so “different” that you sometimes get the idea that there is no one else who understands you. You are a precursor to the masses and that sometimes gives you the feeling of being an “outsider”. Sometimes you get a strong desire to go back to “home”. This feeling disappears as you put the relationship with your Self first and are willing to manifest yourself on Earth.

25. Feeling that you have to “mourn” because of the old you : A disturbing sensation that everything in your life feels so “different” and new that you left your old self behind. It looks a bit like ‘dying’.

26. Things and people appear at the perfect moment : People, books, movies, synchronous events and events come at the right time to give you a helping hand again. Some seem negative but are always meant to be on a deeper level.

27. Physical disorientation : Sometimes you can feel very unfounded. You will be ‘spatially challenged’ by the feeling that you do not have both legs on the ground or that you walk between two worlds. As your consciousness makes the transition into the new energy, your body sometimes stays behind. Spend more time in nature to better ground the new energy in yourself. This will also pass by.

28. Conversations with yourSelf: You will find yourself talking to the Self more often. Suddenly you realize that you have been chatting with yourSelf for the last 30 minutes. A new level of communication with your being arises and you only experience the tip of the iceberg with regard to these ‘conversations with Self’. The conversations will increase, will start to flow smoothly, be more coherent and provide more insights. You are not going crazy, you are entering the New Energy.

29. Feelings of loneliness : related to the fact that your guides have left. They have been with you on all your journeys in all your incarnations. But now it is time that they retire to make room, so that you can fill that place with your own divinity. This is also over. The emptiness within you will be filled with the love and energy of your own Christ Consciousness.

30. Observing visions, numbers and symbols : Seeing all kinds of symbols or numbers that suddenly appear in your consciousness or in the external world. For example, many see regular 11:11 when they “accidentally” look at their digital clock or watch, or other numbers such as 22, 33, 555, etc … These numbers serve as a subconscious trigger for a deeper awakening. They contain hidden meanings that are received at subconscious level.

31. Electrical and mechanical malfunctions : Light bulbs flicker, computers often cause malfunctions, radio frequencies just fall away, etc … because of the fluctuating energy fields.

32. Deeper communication with plants and animals : Because the love and the inner peace increase more, wild animals become less afraid of you. Plants answer your love and attention more than ever. Some animals or plants have a message for you. You are on your way to becoming a plant and animal whisperer.

33. Faster manifestation of your intentions : The frequency increase reduces the time between placing intentions and manifesting them. You become more aware that you are a creator of your own reality.

34. Heart rhythm disorders : because of a further opening of the heart chakra. The heart puts itself in a new balance after an emotional clearing. Usually these disorders are innocent.

35. Faster hair and nail growth : More protein is converted into the body.

36. Memories of childhood experiences or past lives : Suppressed memories of past or parallel lives can suddenly appear in function of the general integration of your sub-personalities.

37. The left hemisphere seems to function less : The left side of your brain that stands for order, planning, logical thinking, analytical abilities, evaluations, assessments, etc … is put on the back burner to stimulate the right hemisphere that represents psychic abilities , spatial vision, feeling compassion, seeing colors and energies, intuitive knowing, etc … This often results in memory disorders, can not find the words so well, the inability to read for a long time, difficulties with the linear forms of communication (written or spoken). Sometimes you feel a bit dull and do not feel like discussing discussions or doing well / not talking. On the other hand, you seem more attracted to videos, magazines with photos, beautiful artwork, music, painting, dancing, coloring, gardening or other kinesthetic forms of expression.

38. Loss of your passion: You can feel completely unpassioned, where you have little or no desire to do something. That is OK and it is only part of the process. Use this time to do ‘no-thing’. Do not fight with yourself because this too will pass. It looks like restarting your computer. It is necessary to ‘turn off’ yourself for a short time to install the new advanced software, or the new ‘Christseed’ energy.

39. Detoxification symptoms : At this moment the physical body will be most affected and many feel physical symptoms of pain in the lower back, disturbed digestive systems and symptoms of detoxification. Then all of this will calm down and the body will just become the new energy system and begin to take advantage of it. You release old patterns and memories of how the physical body should function and allow the changes so that you can hold a higher vibration and more light and energy.

40. Kundalini experiences : Kundalini is a Sanskrit word, meaning “rolled up”. It indicates the energy that traditionally, rolled up three-and-a-half times at the base of our spine. This energy, which remains unconscious to most people, is in fact our greatest strength of creativity and awareness. Kundalini works in everyone and always flows through our bodies to a slight degree. People who awaken spiritually can experience strong waves of joy and gratitude as a result of the further opening of the kundalini, which extend further throughout the body.

You see, both mind and body undergo a very profound metamorphosis. That is why it is very useful to create a lifestyle in which you give the body the chance to let go of all the old taxes. Both mentally and certainly physically you can support yourself very well in this release process, even to the extent that the higher energies can “implant” into your physical body faster and you can thus feel much lighter, more joyful and more free. . We would now like to give you some very useful and practical advice that will enable you to prepare not only your mind but also your physical vehicle in an effective way for the next quantum leap in consciousness. They are offered to you without obligation:

1. Choose Life-saving Nutrition

Eat as much food as possible that is unprocessed and still contains a lot of original life force. Organic / organic products contain fewer pesticides and heavy metals than other products. Over the last 100 years, the quality of food sources has deteriorated drastically. The quality of the food is a reflection of the quality of the relationship that man has with Life itself. On a global scale, there is still an overall tendency to neglect the quality of life. One often chooses to undermine nutritional habits, a superficial and / or hectic lifestyle and usually pays a price for that: many are tired, physically (and mentally) exhausted, live with obesity and have so much waste and energetic cell load over time piled up that their body screams for cleansing, renewal and transformation at all levels of their being.

Spiritually awakening souls begin to become aware of the way modern man is passing by and are looking for that beautiful Being that they have always been. The process of self-healing has many facets. Because Love begins to grow for its own being, people also pay more attention to the quality of all those ‘things’ that are or are not allowed to enter the body and mind. Taking responsibility for your own life and your own energy management automatically means that you are selective with regard to the things that you take, whether it be food, thoughts, emotions or impressions. From love for yourself you start to give yourself quality of life in ALL areas and choose not only for qualitative convictions or ideas, but also for quality food that supports you both physically and mentally in your process. Mother Earth is pleased with your presence and would like to help you in releasing all the old pieces, waste materials, energetic blockades, cell loads, etc., so that you can finally give the splendor of your own Being ‘hands and feet’ again. That is why the closer the food – which you take to yourself – is in the purity of Mother Earth, the more it still contains the high earth energy that you need to purify yourself. Organic-organic vegetables and fruit have been exposed to far fewer contaminants (herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals, …) and are larger carriers of pure earth energy. That is why they can support you much more in your transformation. That does not mean that other food is by definition bad or unhealthy. It is not about good or bad, spiritually “wrong” or “right”, but simply about the choice of the food that provides the greatest benefit for the reconstruction of the Universal God Man. Whatever food you take, know that you can always increase its energetic value through your blessing or loving attention, but nothing goes beyond that food that carries the pure life force of the Earth. You will always be able to taste the difference.

Particularly valuable are germs or shoots. In addition to the high energy value, germs have a great ability to defuse free radicals in your body. Free radicals are substances that are created in the body and damage the cell tissues and accelerate the aging process. There is no food that can be eaten as fresh as germs. Until the moment of eating, the germ continues to grow and the quality of the ingredients, including the vitality, remains optimal. Young, fresh shoots from edible seeds, grains and legumes form an unprecedented wealth of nutrients, which is completely different from the seeds from which they originate. Everyone can grow these sprouts in a few days to a week if they want. They are also available in numerous fresh food stores.

If you choose to eat meat, choose meat from animals that have been raised with respect and that have been treated without artificial hormones or growth promoters. Most of the meat that is for sale in stores comes from the agro industry. The animals have a short and miserable life there. They stay in their entire lives, in dark stalls, packed with many. It goes without saying that the energy frequency of the meat of these animals that have not lived in dignity is significantly lower. Moreover, they are treated with so many chemicals that this is an extra burden for your body that already has to work overtime to get your system more or less purified. Most animals treated with dignity come from private individuals. Know that the animal world always gives itself to man in love. Before you take the meat, take a moment of silence to thank the soul of the animal. This also transmutes the possible fear vibrations and other impurities that were still present in the flesh.

2. Drink at least 3 to 4 liters of pure water per day

Many transmutation symptoms are simply due to the fact that the physical body is not sufficiently hydrated, ie there is too little fluid circulating in the body to bind the waste materials. Water is a superconductor to remove everything that does not belong in your body from your system. The brain cells contain 70% water, the muscles 75%, the bones contain 50% water, and your blood even contains 90% water. With a water shortage of about 10% of your body weight your balance is already disturbed. A first consequence is the reduction of the amount of blood, which makes the blood too thick. Thick blood flows worse and as a result, the body’s cells are poorly supplied with oxygen and food. Many say that it is sufficient if you drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water daily, and indeed this is better than nothing. But the body in this transition time needs more, and this is especially true for lightworkers who want to let their I AM Presence submerge in their physical structure. Three to four liters – spread over a whole day – is actually the minimum you need for proper hydration of the cell structure.

It is also a bad assumption to think that you only have to drink water when you get thirsty. Thirst is just the first signal of dehydration. The thirst reflex is generated by the hormone angiotensin. This ensures that you get less saliva in your mouth and your mouth will feel dry. When you have drunk, another hormone made by the adrenal glands causes your body to retain water. Alcohol neutralizes this hormone. A consequence of this is that by drinking alcohol you no longer get a signal that you have drunk enough and therefore remain thirsty. If you drink milk, tea, soft drinks, coffee, etc., your body considers this as food, so it is not absorbed into your blood quickly. However, if you drink pure water, this will cause an increase in your blood volume after 10 minutes. Beverages such as coffee, regular tea, cola, chocolate milk, various sports drinks, etc … contain methylxantine and promote the water excretion of the body. Also chocolate, various painkillers, guarana and alcohol extract water from the body.

There is a lot of difference in the quality of water. Tap water has – due to many additives and contaminants – a mutated atomic structure and is actually quite unsuitable to really hydrate the body. Traditionally, most tap water has been disinfected by the addition of chlorine, but there are important drawbacks. Not only does the water taste bad, but moreover it becomes in fact impure. After all, no contaminants (bacteria) are removed, something is added, namely chlorine. The killed bacteria remain in the water, so they can still cause symptoms in sensitive individuals. Then we have not yet spoken about the fluoridation of the tap water. So choose for well water that has been filtered by the earth itself and therefore contains more earth energy. Good spring water is available everywhere. However, if you do not want to drag with water from the supermarket, you can use a water filter to improve the quality and purity of tap water. Then choose a water filter system that is able to remove almost all solutes, heavy metals, chlorine and fluorine compounds and bacterial residues. (Carbon filters have only a limited cleaning effect, osmosis or distillation filters are more effective in this). Furthermore, the energy value of the (filtered) water can be increased by giving positive attention and appreciation. This has been discussed before. The advantage of “blessing” the water is that your body’s cells will open up even more for its cleansing effect.

3. Do physical exercise daily

Daily physical exercise will further support your body in the elimination of toxins. It has many advantages. There is an increase in aerobic performance. The oxygen supply to the cells thereby improves. The number of capillaries (capillaries) in the muscles increases and makes the supply and removal of nutrients or waste materials easier. Physical exercise also has a good effect on the blood. The blood volume increases. By increasing blood circulation and breathing and better bowel movements, there is a better excretion of waste.

Which physical exercise is good for you? Choose what you want as long as you enjoy it. For example, walking firmly enjoys a good reputation and is one of the easiest forms of exercise at the same time. No specific skills are required and no special equipment. Yet there is one form of physical exercise that we particularly want to recommend, and that is a quarter of an hour and a half jumping up and down on a (mini) trampoline. It is very beneficial for the body. Why jump trampoline? Because every time the body comes down, the cells – due to the gravitational effect of gravitation – are lightly pressed and this pushes the toxins out, as it were. On the other hand – if you jump – your cells “hang” at a certain moment for a brief moment in a weightless state, so that there is a larger blood flow (and therefore a better nutrition and prana-absorption) in the cell. Trampoline jumping is also pleasant and gives only minimal strain on hips, knees, ankles and feet. Suppleness and agility increase just like your balance and coordination feeling. The left and right sides of your brain are more attuned to each other. Trampoline jumping clears the lymph nodes and strengthens your immune system. It supplies the heart and blood with more oxygen. It strengthens the physical muscle tissue, burns excess fat tissue and even stimulates the hair roots with every up and down movement. You see, it has many advantages. A large trampoline is not necessary, a mini-model is sufficient. Then jump every 15 to 20 minutes every day, preferably 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening and feel how your body responds to it.

4. Breathe your Self in your body

Breathing is a life condition. By breathing you transport oxygen through your body and remove your waste, such as carbon dioxide, by breathing out. If you do not exhale properly, you will only lose part of the waste. These leftover waste materials accumulate in your body so that you become tired and you lose your zest for life. If you are excited or anxious, you have a ‘high’ breathing. You then breathe in and out faster, mainly using the chest muscles and clavicles. In this way you have to make a lot of effort and you get relatively little air. The abdominal breathing is a natural way of breathing that costs little effort and generates a lot of air. With proper breathing, you breathe “your Self” into your lower chakras (in your abdominal area) and create a stronger earth bond that will stabilize and keep you centered in all areas. Compared with breast breathing, abdominal breathing has a higher yield because the lungs are better used. Abdominal breathing occurs by pulling the diaphragm together, and as a result the space of the thorax increases in the vertical direction. The air reaches the lungs and more oxygen is absorbed into the blood than with the breast breathing. More oxygen and prana intake leads to a more efficient detoxification. The abdominal breathing is a natural breathing that naturally arises in a state of rest and relaxation. You can see this for example in small children who sleep, but also in pets such as the dog and the cat. But the opposite also applies; if you choose to breathe deeply into your stomach, you will gradually become calmer and relaxed and you will be able to have more and more control. With this you make room for the New Energy to be able to flow in …

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