A History Of Incense

If you are a fortunate soul like me, the art of the invisible is natural for you. The simple acts of magic that we perform everyday are born with us. The lighting of a candle, the anointment of oil, the burning of incense brings us great peace and joy. We are drawn to these things like a moth to the flame and we do not want to deny or resist.

Our spirits lead us in life and we treat ourselves gently and with respect like our souls are princesses and princes of our bodies like temples; /Temple I am a temple Made for a holy spirit A vase filled with Many dreams That pours out like water To form the mist upon my wings/ We reach for the stars and our dreams come true because we have pure intentions. We seem to have more good luck than most people and it is because of our philosophies.

We are so comfortable with ourselves that we only experience love towards the Earth and all that it is, even when disagreements occur. We are so happy with having nothing that nothing will penetrate us.

Haiku
Happy demi god
A smile is a guardian
Joy magician

Even when things in my life are so bad I always know that the spirit world is there. Even if all that I saw was hard to understand, I do understand that I was not alone. I have had so many supernatural encounters since a very young age because someone is watching out for me on the other side. I feel more alive inside in death because I believe that there will be more magic there than there is here. I believe there will be the kind of magic that makes me happy and feeling complete.

Smile

Thunderstorms of butterflies
Making glitter in magic skies,

Typhoon of gladness, happiness
And joy-pouring out my sadness.

A happy cry surfaces into lines,
Joyful thoughts kindly redefine.

One thing that makes me completely joyful is burning incense like palo santo woods and sage. This incense is meant to clear a room of negative energies. They are a powerful tool, along with other herbs like them.

They lift the veils between our eyes and the eyes of the gods. We can sense matters of importance more easily.
Gods often times require aromatic scents to please them during prayer and ritual. When Jesus was born he was brought gifts of gold,  frankincense and myrrh. Frankincense was a popular scent from the times of the birth of Jesus. The holy presence of cosmic energies like the moon and sun are represented by them and must be honored. Offerings can be made to spirits of our ancestors with scents that they enjoyed.

Ghosts are commonly attracted and banished with certain scents and often cause odors themselves proving that in the spiritual realms scent is powerful. The incense smoking through a temple may very well be lifting up into the vaulted heavens.

We are Vases
Gold smoke rising
Venus shaped hearts
Painted sunrises
Light sparks dark
Embers fall like petals
Flowers burning
We are returning
To where we came from
Pieces of living art
Vases with holy water
Venus shaped hearts

History
Incense is a material that when burned produces smoke with distinct  aromas. They are made with aromatic oils and plant materials. The long skinny incense are formed onto slices of bamboo wood and burned for the scent and as a reminder of time passing. Incense has been used in religious ceremonies since the ancient Egyptians popularized it with the use of magic. In 2000 B.C. there is evidence of herbs used with magical intent in China.

Incense has a beautiful history and hidden secrets. The breath is the simple truth of life. When we breathe in and we breathe out we take with us what is outside, bring it in and take a different part of it back out. When we breathe incense we are drenching our spirits in the aroma, bathing them, cleansing and empowering with the magic of air.

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Costa Rica Immigration Offices Will Be Closed for Almost A Month

Costa Rica News – The Immigration Offices will close for almost a month, this holiday season. They need the break as they have been working so hard

The Directorate of Immigration reported that its headquarters will be closed from December 18 until January 15.

To get a passport before next year, you must apply by December 11th, however, there are no appointments until February so you must apply at a Post Office instead.

From December 18-22, some emergency services will be open, such as the procedures for the exit of minors and the delivery of passports that were ordered by December 11th. These services are provided from 7am to 2pm.

From January 8-12, some exceptional procedures will occur, such as those in the immigration police offices and the Refuge Unit. All services are closed from the 25th-5th, per decree of collective holidays of government entities.

The institution reports that the closure will allow them to update administrative tasks to improve response times, as well as save on energy consumption, telecommunications and other services. What will happen to the refugees that arrive while the institution saves on energy consumption?

30 Years in Prison; Costa Rican Woman Beats Her Stepdaughter to Death

Costa Rica News – A woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating her stepdaughter, who died from the injuries.

The autopsy of the 3-year old showed multiple serious injuries.

The sentence was given in the Courts of Justice of San Carlos, following a three day debate and the presentation of five witnesses.

After hearing the sentence, she was transferred to the cell by agents of the Judicial Investigation Agency.

The events occurred on June 19, 2015 in Aguas Zarcas. The presence of the Red Cross rescuers was requested. They arrived to find the dead child. They took the body outside until an ambulance arrived.

At the end of the funeral, three days later, the woman was arrested from outside the cemetery. The judges, at that time, imposed 6 months of preventative detention.

Surf Photos & Costa Rica Weekend Surf Report- December 8th & 9th

Costa Rica Surfing – (Surf Report December 8th & 9th) – We are going to give you the surf forecast for Costa Rica and we have Costa Rica surf pics.  There are going to be fun sets on the Pacific side  & small sets on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. We have also added surf video from Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica.

North Costa Rica & Central Costa Rica & South Costa Rica Forecast for the Pacific

FRIDAY: SSW swell slowly trends down Thursday and Friday, but plenty of energy remains to keep up fun surf. For the most part, look for waist-shoulder high surf, with some head high sets still pushing through at good spots during favored tides on Thursday.

WEATHER/WIND: Light/variable flow each morning, with a light to moderate sea-breeze developing through the late morning/afternoon for most of the region. Keep an eye on the Central America Hi Res Winds when planning your session.

Friday 12/08 – 3-4ft+ waist to shoulder high – Fading old SSW swell.

Saturday 12/09 – 3-4ft – waist to chest high – Old SSW swell, while new SW swell moves in through the day.

Video of the Surf at Playa Hermosa – Equipment From Reel Cameras

Caribbean Costa Rica Forecast

Moderate short period wind waves from the east-northeast falling slightly during the next few days. Light west winds, winds dropping rapidly later and switching to the north-northeast. Small short period wind waves from the east-northeast rising rapidly later in the early part of next week. Light west winds with a slight chop, Increasing later.

Friday 12/08 – 5-6ft – Head high to 1ft overhead – Moderate mid period swell from the east-northeast falling slightly during the day. Light and variable west winds and switching to the north-northeast

Saturday 12/09 – 4-5ft – Shoulder to head – Small short period wind waves from the east-northeast holding during the day. Light west-northwest winds with a slight chop, Increasing later.

Now Some Costa Rica Surf Pics (Photos Taken By Una Ola Surf Camp (unaola.com)

House Passes NRA-Backed ‘Concealed Carry’ Gun Bill

World News – Interesting that only around a month after the Las Vegas and other mass shootings a pro gun bill has been passes in the US government. 

The House approved a Republican bill on Wednesday making it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines.

The “concealed carry” bill is the first gun legislation in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.

The House approved, 231-198.

The bill is a top priority of the National Rifle Association, which calls it an important step to allow gun owners to travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state laws or civil suits.

Opponents, mostly Democrats, say the bill could endanger public safety by overriding state laws that place strict limits on guns.

Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut called it “unspeakable” that Congress would expand gun owners’ rights after the recent shootings and other deadly attacks.

by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Prophecy Is One Part Prediction, Nine Parts Preparation

“It’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea,” Senator Lindsay Graham says. The drums of war beat louder each week, but Americans are too willfully deaf to hear them.

There are junctures in history when some things are inevitable. The collapse of the Soviet Union in early 1990 is the most obvious example, though most experts were still saying it would take another generation. But the end of Pax America was also foreseeable long before Donald Trump began swinging his wrecking ball as President of the United States.

It’s incredibly behind the curve to say, “with the power he has Trump thinks he can shape an alternate reality and persuade enough Americans of its authenticity to perpetuate his power.”

Illusions, when willfully maintained, are also a form of lying. The intelligentsia is propagating the illusion that Trump is increasingly stumbling over the hurdles that an intact American democracy is putting in his path, and is even being driven mad by our “our checks and balances.”

In truth, Trump is knocking over every hurdle, and hurtling the world down in his race to the bottom. The more he’s cornered by the Mueller investigation, the more likely war with North Korea is.

The commentariat pronounces, “Truth telling is the fundamental, unpardonable offense in any unfree society.” But that’s been the condition of this country for many years. It is precisely what brought this cretin to power, and what will prevent him from being stopped.

The best scapegoats are those that deserve the blame that others project onto them. Trump is the perfect scapegoat because he’s such a stupid, ugly man that it’s easy to believe he’s the problem. That’s why commentators say absurd things like, “Trump attacks truth because he cannot bear the mirror it holds up to him, the emptiness it unmasks.”

Donald Trump is a mirror of the emptiness at the core of America, which has been growing unexamined in the dark for many years. It’s provided fertile ground for evil.

To understand Trump, one has to understand evil, and how it can take over a people. Is there one American in a million that cares to examine and learn from the darkness within?

The truth is that Trump rode a wave of cynicism after Obama’s “hope and transformation shtick ended in sophistry. Trump attacks truth because Americans ceased believing there is such a thing.

If Trump’s base is only one-third of the American electorate, and he plays only to his extremist, racist, misogynist, xenophobic base, why doesn’t the other two-thirds of Americans rise up and impeach a man that hates the Constitution and everything America has supposedly stood for?

Misanthropy is all the rage. Trump is wrecking what is left of American democracy and the international order because that’s the job the American people elected him to do. And not just his base. Americans don’t care, and whoever tells you otherwise is lying.

Let’s get serious. Humankind faces the greatest crisis in our evolutionary history, and we have to change course. There’s a complete vacuum of global leadership in the global society. Neither the post-World War II international order, nor some even more self-serving order from communist-capitalist China are capable of addressing the immense challenges that humanity now faces.

If a psychological revolution ignites, humankind will change course and the fragmentation of the earth and humanity will abate before man plunders the earth and destroys the human spirit. Without a revolution in consciousness however, nothing will change.

Politically, a psychological revolution means the end of the domination of tribalism/nationalism, and a redefinition of sovereignty as the sovereignty of humanity.

The United Nations, a flawed international (as opposed to global) institution, is the only political organization the world has. It is in grave peril.

The use of even one nuclear weapon, without the foundation for a true global order having been poured beforehand, will spell the end of the UN. Counter-intuitively, only the creation of new global body, which philosophically supersedes and politically complements the UN, can salvage it.

I propose calling such a body a Global Consultum, after an effective advisory and accountability body in ancient Rome that initially held no power, but became ineffective when it began to accrue power and became corrupt.

A Global Consultum will have no power but great moral suasion. It will make incisive, workable policy proposals for international institutions and national governments for the foreseeable future.

It’s a sign of America’s core weakness that a superpower with a military ten times greater than all the rest of the world’s militaries combined pits itself against a tiny, backward, totalitarian state that can’t even feed its own people.

A real war is coming. It will completely destroy the old order. The foundation for a genuine global order can and must be poured before it happens. Personal survival is meaningless without also looking to humanity.

Martin LeFevre

Sloth Recovering After Accident in Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – A sloth is now recovering after an amputation of one limb. She had suffered an electric shock on November 19, in San Ramón, Alajuela.

She was rescued when firefighters found her and transported her to an animal care center.

The animal has been interned in the Hospital of Wild Species of the National University. Although the shock burned her left forelimb and damaged adjacent muscles and nerve structures, she has responded well following the surgery.

The officials of the veterinary care center named her Veronica. They say she is young, but have not specified her exact age. They have given her antibiotics over the last two weeks and she has fought hard to stay alive. The shock led to a depression that caused a parasite and the loss of appetite. She has gotten better on a special diet.

Once leaving the critical state and being able to hold on to trees, she will be transferred to the animal rescue center Zoo Ave, in La Garita, Alajuela. She may even be able to be reintegrated into her natural habitat, depending on her recovery progress.