Summon Your Spirit Guide In Four Simple Steps

Spirit guides are ethereal beings assigned to us before birth. While they can help us dodge life’s obstacles, it’s often easy to forget their presence. Here are four simple ways to re-connect with your helpers…

Look for signs and symbols

Spirit guides mainly use signs and symbols as a form of communication. Their messages can be easy to miss, such as seeing a certain number repeatedly in different places or hearing a particular song lyric that resonates. If you need advice from your spirit guides, be specific about what it is you’re looking for – you’ll be surprised at the amount of symbols and positive omens you start noticing.

Listen to you intuition

Our spirit guides are always trying to get through to us, so it’s important that we find ways of letting them in. Often our lives can be so stressful and chaotic that it can be difficult to hear them, or to listen to the small voice in our head that pops up when we have big decisions to make. Learn to listen to your intuition more and you’ll soon notice how much of a helping presence your guides can be.

Greet them in meditation

Meditation is also an effective way of finding your guides. As you prepare to unwind, start your session by showing gratitude for everything your spirit guides have done for you – this can be by offering a small prayer of thanks or lighting a candle. While meditating, focus your thoughts on inviting your guides to assist you in answering whatever area of your life you want help with. Spirit guides often come to us in symbols – think of the qualities that these objects represent such as strength, guidance and inspiration.

Summon them in your dreams

Dreaming is also a great way of accessing your spirit guides via your subconscious. As you drift off, let your thoughts tune into your inner being. Allow yourself to fall deeper and deeper into a more relaxed state of awareness as you focus on meeting your spirit guide. We recommend keeping a dream diary and taking notes of what happens in your night-time visions – while their meaning may not be obvious at first, certain encounters or circumstances could reveal more meaning in the future.

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT

 

The environment and groups campaigning for the protection and preservation of the environment have embraced social media wholeheartedly. Social media is now used extensively for campaigning and connect with people with like minds locally and cross-nationally. Social media also opens up channels for new support for campaigns and ideas.

The environment is shared by all organisms on the face of this planet; therefore as the most advanced organism, we as humans have the responsibility to take care of it. The environment has increasingly been threatened by rapid expansion of extractive processes to keep up with the demands driven by consumerism and capitalism. IN recent times, technology has adapted to be more environmentally friend. The example of “green” business can be used. However, the adaptations we make are not quick enough to cover up the amount of damage being done to the environment. Although the changes can be argued to be simultaneous, the reality is that far more damage is being done than what is being planned to implement to prevent further damage.

Social media has become an important tool for providing the public with a voice and a means for public to participate in influencing or disallowing environmental decisions made by governments and corporations. These decisions may affect us all therefore it is essential that social media provides the medium for us to voice such concerns.

Social media has allowed people to form as a collective crowd with the same visions and opinions. This organisational feature available through social media has means people are able to stay highly connected through social media, to support and spread environmental messages in a rapid, dynamic format. However, a problem that arises is maintaining this support for long periods of time. Due to the rapid changes that take place, it very easy to loose attention from individuals, they may move on to something they find more interesting or funny as people often do on social media. This is a trend seen in every area of activism, and is not just particular to the environment sector.

Social media has propelled the rise of the independent activist. The term citizen journalist is used more and frequently in current times. Due to everyone having access on social media and the internet as they are mobile, it allows them to upload the news on to their various social media platforms. For instance, during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf Coast residents used Facebook and Twitter as platforms to share their personal stories and provide independent or alternative new sources and media that was captured by their communities. Since people now look to their social media streams as primary sources of news and information, this type of independent vocalization can be both positive (encouraging alternative streams of information) and problematic when information isn’t verified or trustworthy.

Social media can also be used to raise support and to create pressure on specific campaigns. An example is this is when Greenpeace targeted Shell Oil operations in the Arctic Circle using a YouTube video named “Everything is Awesome” to indirectly influence Shell partners, including Lego. This tactic has worked as Lego has ended its contract with Shell after this Greenpeace campaign.

Hardware sensors and personal wearables have started enabling individuals to track information about themselves and their surroundings in real time. They’ve given people the ability to track their own personal health through wearables and apps that act as digital fills-ins for the odour and symptom logs of old. Sensors are becoming more widely applicable, as people can now set up networks that independently monitor environmental concerns such as air and water quality. The ability of citizens, journalists, government and even corporations to use sensors, wearables and apps to monitor the environment is a promising but still emerging field and one in which verification, calibration and access to tools has yet to fully determine the effect it will have on environmental regulation and enforcement.

Similar to sensing hardware and app development, geolocation and hashtags on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter have created a way for people to share stories about their local environments, connecting them to larger environmental topics. An example of this was people geotagging images in the 2015 California drought that were in close geographic proximity, and linking them back to the larger context of long-term effects of the drought using hashtags such as “#californiadrought,” “#drought” or “#droughtshaming.” The Divest/Invest movement started by students that used the simple “#divest” and “#climate” tags to link local campaigns, wins and issues to the wider movement of society divesting itself of dependence on fossil fuels, investing in renewables and calling attention to the effects of climate change across the world is another successful instance of a small group using hashtags to link local movements to larger environmental questions.

Despite of all this, it is still impossible to grasp the reality of environmental concerns unless you are on the front line experiencing them first hand. On the other hand, Social media and sensors that connect with online networks have the potential to change the way that the environmental sector and all stakeholders involved — public, corporate and government — interact, share information and make decisions. Social media furthers the reach of the public, allowing members to influence shifts in the environmental sector on every issue from moving away from fossil fuel dependence to renewable energy or changing the dynamic of current conversations on climate change. Another important trend is that social media has the potential to influence the circular economy, a concept that goes beyond biomimicry to identify ways that both our physical and material assets and our economic ones can match the earth’s cycles of use, reuse and rejuvenation.

In a way similar to the Divest/Invest movement, creating a circular economy would require the full participation of all stakeholders, from consumers to manufacturers. This is the type of participation campaigns that rely on social media are encouraging in order to assist the translation of movements from local economies to a larger scale.

 

Will You Miss BHS? An Ipswich Inside Story

 

Troubled high street retailer British Home Stores (BHS) has filed for administration.

Follwing the adminisration of BHS, Essex Journalism visited the Ipswich store to hear what shoppers had to say.

BHS had operated from a site on the corner of Tower Street and Tavern Street. It occupied an art-deco building purpose built in 1937. BHS arrived, and since has been an integral part of the Ipswich retail site. The store occupies a key position opposite the new Buttermarket centre from one facade, and a prominent high street position next to The Ancient House on the other.

Sally Green, a local from Ipswich describes that “BHS had its peak” but is no longer as popular on the high street as it once was.

It is fair to assume that many of the Ipswich locals have an emotional connection with the store, having grown up with it all their lives.

Another local from Ipswich, Jane Collins, 63 said “I will miss it, we need some middle-brow shops which have very expensive or very cheap products for people my age”.

When BHS was established in the 1920s as a rival to Woolworths and Marks and Spencer, British Home Stores had food departments in most of its shops to offer a unique shopping experience to their customers.

But in the 1980s it closed many of them – although some, like the flagship store in Ipswich, continued to sell takeaway food and operate a restaurant, which till today remains very popular.

However many locals don’t see the recent events as a surprise, Margaret, a local from Ipswich explained that its “Sad but I’m not surprised, they should have kept up with the times”. Many have criticised the company for its outdated fashion products that have seen a decrease in popularity. Shoppers have turned instead to rivals such as Marks and Spencer.

Sally, a regular shopper at The Buttermarket said “It dosent bother me one bit, I don’t go in there at all”

The defunct BHS store in Colchester Town shows the harsh reality of trend BHS are experiencing.

Last year Sir Philip Green sold the company for £1 to Retail Acquisitions led by Dominic Chappell, writing off £215m of debts in the process.

The retailer had recently divided its 164 UK stores into three groups – depending on their profitability.

The company’s turnaround plan called for the rents at 77 stores to remain unchanged, while for another 47 stores the company was “seeking a reduction in rent to market levels.”

The local government and the store representatives refused to comment on the topic.

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“Views On The Six”get clearer as Friday approaches

Drake continues to tease fans before the release of his new album on Friday 29th April 2016.

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The release date for the album is in relation to Drake’s age, as the rapper turned celebrated his 29th birthday in October earlier this year.

Drake’s first full-length album in nearly three years, “Views On The Sixth”, is almost upon us – and after teasing fans with a cryptic 30-second trailer for the project earlier this month, he has now released his cover art.

The much awaited album’s cover was posted on Twitter earlier this morning. The image shows the rapper sitting on top of Toronto’s iconic CN Tower.

The image reiterates Drake’s Canadian upbringing, the caption reads: “To the city and the people in it… Thank you for everything #VIEWS”.

The long wait for the album and its cover means that there can be many interpretations to what it may symbolise.

The dark clouds and the various shades of grey set a somewhat dejected atmosphere. In comparison to previous album covers such as “Nothing was the same” which was visibly more colourful with a blue sky in background, “Views On The Sixth” may imply a change in tone by the rapper.

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After staring at the image more intensely, more and more implications can be made. The tower may symbolise his fame, as the CN Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Toronto.

Looking down on the city of Toronto, Drake realises that being so high up from the rest of the city may not necessarily be what he desires; hence the grey clouds in the background.

However, the microscopic detailing and bland “stock photo” aesthetic may highlight the isolation experienced by the rapper. At first glance, it’s hard to notice Drake sitting on the tower at all.  Feeling lonely while having the world at your feet is not an alien concept in the music industry.

Despite all this, it is not possible to assume the nature of the album until listening to the songs; it will be interesting to see if the interpretations correlate with the tone of music.

That said, the image is strikingly meme-able: which is a recurring theme in Drake’s in recent times.

Given all the gifs that were spawned from the rapper’s similarly ‘bad’ video for “Hotline Bling”, it almost feels like this lo-fi look is a conscious decision from the star.

It’s only a matter of time now until all is revealed: Is he just playing us all? Could he actually be a genuine marketing mastermind?

 

 

World Earth Day 2016!!

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Standing Barefoot

It’s easy to become disconnected from Mother Earth when we’re so used to donning shoes or putting our feet into a comfortable pair of slippers as soon as we get home. Break out of your daily routine and increase your connection with Gaia today by placing your bare feet on the ground beneath you. Feel the grass and soil between your toes and welcome earth’s magnetic energy into your body as you do

Meditate outdoors

Find a quiet spot – this could be on a bench or beneath  a tree in a park or in your garden – and take the time to connect with Gaia, free from any interruptions. Close your eyes, inhale deeply for three seconds, hold your breath for another three and exhale for the same duration. Tune into all of the noises that surround you – from the birds, to the bees, to the passing cars and any planes. Just take the time to be at one with nature

Use essential oils

Spraying earthy scents such as patchouli and vetiver in your home will help you to connect to Gaia’s energy. You could similarly drop some aromatherapy oils in the bath, or massage them into your body – just be sure to check any usage guidelines before you do

Embrace crystals

Originating from the earth itself, crystals are a fantastic way to connect with Gaia. Gems such as obsidian and black kyanite will tap into your Earth Star (located below the feet) and Root Chakras. Green crystals such as jasper and green prasiolite are also very useful for igniting earth energy, as is amber

Create a flower offering

Physically connect with Gaia by spending time in nature and collecting a poesy of flowers – you could even make a daisy chain, or a floral garland. Leave the flowers outside, or on a windowsill overnight, to sit under the moon. Send your love and gratitude to Gaia as you place them there – she will receive your gift with thanks.

Source: Soul and Spirit Magazine

Greenpeace Stunt Stuns Londoners

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25 activists, 15 iconic statutes. One message – Clean Air Now!  Greenpeace activists carried out another astounding series of stuns in the centre of London. The purpose of these demonstrations is to increase awareness of air pollution and demand government action.

Campaigners climbed nelsons column early yesterday morning. Alison Garrigan (29) and Luke Jones (30) ascended Admiral Lord Nelson, towering 52 metres above Trafalgar Square, with an emergency face mask which they placed over his face.

Further stunts were planned across the city at various land marks which the activists chose to prove a point. Oliver Cromwell’s statue was also dressed with a mask; police were called to the scene at 6.00am.

The pair came down voluntarily and were arrested along with two others on the scene for breaching existing bylaws under the police reform and social responsibility act 2011, the Met said.

Famous statues of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, Queen Victoria opposite Buckingham Palace and Eros at Piccadilly Circus have also been given protection against London’s dirty air by environmental activists.

Greenpeace are hoping their campaign, which reinforces the increasing danger of air pollution, will persuade next Mayor of London to take action.

Greenpeace activist Areeba Hamid said: “Monitoring shows that if these statutes were real people, many of them would often be breathing dangerous, illegal air. That’s why we’ve given them face masks. Of course many millions of Londoners, including kids, are breathing that same air. Kitting everyone out with face masks is not the solution; instead we need to see real political action from the new Mayor. We need a Clean Air Zone covering a large part of the city. Whoever wins the election has to stop the talk and start the action.”

In all 17 figures will be seen wearing a mask this morning, including Thierry Henry outside Emirates Stadium and some of London’s most famous statues.

 

Plugging the energy gap – George Osborne’s trilema

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For a long time, many environmentalists were concerned that government efforts to clean up the world’s energy supply were a bit one-sided, in that we were getting on quite well with half the problem – generating clean energy. Meanwhile the other more important half – not generating dirty energy – was being largely ignored.

But here in the UK things have suddenly inverted in a dramatic fashion. Because by the end of this year, we will have 10 fewer gigawatts of coal power than we had at the start of 2015.

This is good news for those of us hoping to live for several more decades, those of us with children, and anyone who has been breathing the toxic fumes released by these plants.

A sensible energy policy would balance these closures with clean power generation or energy savings. But just as the threat of climate change and air pollution have done for coal, so George Osborne’s incompetent meddling has done for the necessary replacements.

The government has made much of going ‘all out for shale’, an industry which has provided the country with exactly 0% of our energy so far — and is unlikely to provide very much more.

However, the real guiding principle of UK energy policy has been facilitating one single power station — Hinkley C — the infamous nuclear plant that was due to come on line in 2017, or 2025, or possibly 2027, or sometime in the early 2030s, or maybe not at all if the delays continue as they have done for the last decade.

Hinkley has required the government to rig the energy markets in a way which favoured nuclear over renewables, just as it became clear to the rest of the world that the future belongs to renewables and nuclear belongs to the past. As a consequence the entirely rational global drop in investment in fossil fuels and nuclear has been matched in the UK with a drop in investment in clean energy, engineered through government policy.

According to recent research, from 2017 onwards we will be losing billions in potential investment in clean tech, a loss due to the government’s ideologically driven energy policies.

This systemic policy failure impacts on all three aspects of the energy ‘trilemma’ — the government’s chosen framing for energy issues.

Recently the government has emphasised concerns about ‘the cost energy to the bill payer.’ But is this really their main concern, given the lengths they will go to block the cheapest source of power in the UK, onshore wind, and prop up what has been described as ‘the most expensive object ever built’, Hinkley C?

And if their priority really is bills, above all they should encourage energy efficiency — though sadly for George Osborne it doesn’t provide big new shiny high-tech construction projects where the he can model his famous hard hat.

But cost to the bill payer is likely to soon be eclipsed in the headlines by security of supply. The sensible approach to sorting energy security would be to shrink power demand as much as possible using efficiency and other demand management measures. Then, with a smaller gap to plug, the problem could be solved without the need for imported fossil fuels.

Instead the government appears to hope that shale gas or perhaps Hinkley will ride to the rescue. Needless to say, this was not a sensible approach, and our energy supply is getting less and less secure by the day as the likelihood of Hinkley and a significant shale industry continue to drop.

The third part of the ‘trilemma’ is carbon. At a fraction of the cost of either new nukes or fracking, energy efficiency could reduce demand by more MWh than Hinkley or shale ever will. But we do need some new capacity, and the low-carbon, low-cost, high-security option is renewables.

If we carry on fighting the future and clinging on to obsolete industries, then we will have a big and growing problem, and the government seems quite willing to waste billions in order to avoid admitting its mistake — that Hinkley and shale gas are going nowhere.

As things stand, we’re in the bizarre situation of sourcing an increasing amount of our energy from diesel farms – collections of shipping container sized, very dirty diesel generators.

So the question is, will we see a hard-hatted Osborne proudly cutting the ribbon on these humiliating symbols of his failure?

Cleaning up after Imogen (Storm)

Along with the south west of the country, Essex also bore the brunt of storm Imogen. Although the effects were not as severe, winds of up to 100mph swept the region and caused travel chaos for many in Suffolk and Essex.

The yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning from the Met Office was in issued from 3am to 6pm on Monday the 8th of Feb.

The warning said that “gusts of 60-70 mph are likely quite widely” and to “be aware of the potential for disruption to travel as well as possible damage to trees and structures and interruption of power supplies”.

A local from Colchester, Daniel Rozario described the winds as “more powerful than expected, I couldn’t stand up straight”.

Hatfield Forest had to be closed and the QEII Bridge at the Dartford Crossing was shut.

Disruptions also occurred on the railways; Trains to London from Clacton and Walton were unable to run beyond Thorpe-le-Soken causing distress for many commuters.

Rail service operators Greater Anglia have apologised to commuters for the delays caused. There was a limited rail replacement bus service in operation between Clacton, Thorpe-le-Soken and Colchester. The rail replacement bus services added more than 45minutes to the journey time, however further delays on the A12 meant commuters got to their destination much later than expected.

Many commuters were unhappy with the service provided, one commuter expressed their disappointment saying that “Greater Anglia need to do much more to treat their customers fairly, providing better information and access to compensation when passengers are delayed.”

British Airways planes have been diverted to Southend Airport as strong winds caused by storm Imogen hit Essex. Seven aircraft have reportedly been diverted to Southend from London City Airport because of the severe winds in docklands.

Schools were also closed on Monday in various areas of Essex. Temple Mutton – Miltown Hall Primary School – Westbra – St Merry’s were among many of the schools that were closed.

Elsewhere in the country, the strongest winds were reported at the Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight with a gust of 95mph, and the highest waves were in Cornwall with a wave height of 19.1m off St Ives.

More than 15,000 homes were left without power across southern parts of England and Wales. A further 5,000 homes lost power in Ireland. Road, rail and ferry routes were badly affected.

The power company Western Power dealt with 1,400 incidents and restored power to over 96,000 properties in the 24 hours from Monday morning.

“Following advanced weather predictions, we were prepared for its impact,” said a WPD spokesman. Teams from South Wales, West Midlands and East Midlands arrived in the South West on Monday evening, which was the worst affected area, to assist with the final restorations and repairs.

“Extra customer service staff were also on hand to advise customers, answering almost 21,000 calls in an average of around two seconds per call, while also proactively making contact with over 1,000 vulnerable customers on our Priority Service Register.”

Say NO to £24bn Nuclear Power Project in Somerset!

George Osborne could be about to make a huge mistake.

He’s preparing to spend billions on a new nuclear plant at Hinkley in Somerset. If it goes ahead, Hinkley nuclear plant is set to be the most expensive object on Earth  – sucking up huge amounts of money that could be spent on renewable energy instead.

But right now we’ve got a chance to stop him. The finance director of EDF -the energy firm that plans to build the reactor –just resigned amid concerns that Hinkley could plunge the company into a financial black hole.

It’s going to be pretty embarrassing for George Osborne if he ploughs on when Hinkley’s cost could bankrupt the company building it. So let’s seize this moment to turn up the pressure on the chancellor. Let’s tell him now’s the time to scrap Hinkley — and spend consumers’ cash on renewable energy instead.

Sign the petition:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/stop-hinkley

If George Osborne pushes ahead, Hinkley will be the first nuclear plant built in the UK in two decades. But the chancellor’s plans are going nowhere fast. The reactor design is so complicated that no one’s sure if it will even work. One nuclear expert went so far as to call it “unconstructable”. And three other power stations -in France, Finland and China – that are trying to use the same type of reactor are suffering from huge delays too.

The cost of the project is staggering. Best guesses say Hinkley could pass £24 billion, easily making it the most expensive power station in world history.

It’s shocking that George Osborne can keep on backing Hinkley, even as the cost keeps going up and up. Can you help tell him that thousands of us think that backing renewable energy is a better use of our cash? Sign the petition here:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/stop-hinkley

While Hinkley nuclear plant has spent almost a decade in limbo, renewable power projects have been far quicker to build. The London Array; the world’s biggest offshore wind farm took less than three years to construct. And even if building Hinkley was to begin tomorrow, by the time it’s up and running the cost of renewable energy will have dropped even further.

Though George Osborne might tell us we need Hinkley to keep the lights on, we know this is far from the truth. Recent research showed that as soon as 2030, the UK could be powered almost entirely by renewable resources. The UK is one of the windiest places in Europe, we’ve got huge untapped potential in solar power, and we’re surrounded by sea too.

If you agree that natural sources of energy like these should top government investment, not more risky and expensive nuclear power, please sign the petition now:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/stop-hinkley

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