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Christmas Covered in Ladybugs

Nature offered me a wonderful gift on Christmas.  Christmas day, especially when it’s sunny out, is one of the best hiking days of the year.  Trails are empty of other trekkers, yet the world feels full and magickal.  My husband and I and our 3 dogs were out of the house by 10am to hike a local trail down to the Yuba River.  By mid afternoon we had enjoyed our picnic, gotten our fill of stick throwing, and spent ample time simply basking in the sun.

We were returning up the trail, perhaps 70 feet above the river, when I realized that the dozens of red specks in the trail were ladybugs.  Looking around, I started to see them everywhere.  How had we missed them on the way down?  There were piles of ladybugs at the base of the tall pines.  Clusters of them all along the edge of downed logs.  Herds of them crawling over rocks and lichen.  Everywhere we looked over easily a quarter acre there were masses of  ladybugs.  It was by far the largest ladybug gathering I’ve ever seen!

The insect feet off to your right, in the photo framing this blog are ladybug feet.  Some screens can see more of her, some can’t.  It felt like a special nod of encouragement from Nature to stumble upon their Christmas gathering place.

Happy New Year, Everyone!



Water.Two hydrogen atoms bonded to an oxygen atom.  A liquid that clings to itself and dissolves almost everything else on Earth.  A substance that seems to understand completely the nature of both energy and matter as it flows and circulates from liquid to gas to solid, moving from ocean to air to deep underground and back to ocean.

I discovered a short video this week describing the increasing evidence that water has memory.  Those words are deceptively simple.  Having memory implies the ability to store information, the ability to receive impressions from the environment and carry them on.  Water does just that – as researchers at the Aerospace Institute of the University of Stuttgart recently discovered.  This is scientific evidence showing that homeopathy and flower essences may have a physically explainable foundation.

Water has memory.  The Stuttgart scientists found that water drawn from the same beaker at the same time made very different patterns according to the person working with it.  Water is noticing us.  Recording us.  Spreading information about where it has been and who it has been with and what they are like.

Drinking a glass of water may be as informative to the cells of our bodies and brains as reading a newspaper is to our minds.  (Well, better really as there is likely less editing and filtering going on.)  After all, our bodies are 60% to 80% water, depending on our age.  The water circulating around the planet is carrying a vast array of information to every part of the globe.  We are living in an information-dense water world.

Masaru Emoto, the Japanese researcher, has demonstrated the importance of this for a decade now.  He has talked to water, taped words to glasses of water, and played music to water.  He records the response of the water by photographing the crystals formed.  Water changes its crystal patterns according to the energy it comes into contact with.  That energy can emanate from a violin, a human body, or a series of letter symbols (aka: words).  Polluted water, unable to crystallize at all, can form beautiful shapes simply as a result of being blessed.

We are marvellously powerful beings, created with and connected to a marvellously powerful ally: Water.

Link to Stuttgart video.

Link to Masaru Emoto video.