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Mission

Find out how we make money work for positive change

Triodos Bank is one of the world's leading sustainable banks. Our mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.

More specifically, we are in business to:

  • help create a society that protects and promotes the quality of life of all its members
  • enable individuals, organisations and businesses to use their money in ways that benefit people and the environment, and promote sustainable development
  • provide our customers with innovative financial products and high quality service

You can read more here about how what we do enables us to achieve these goals.

Or click on the links below for more on the values that underpin our business; our principles and how we put them in practice; and how our approach to sustainable banking sets us apart from our competitors.

Triodos Bank working with ethical businesses in all sectors

What we stand for

Banking to make a positive impact. Read about our vision and values.

 
Find out about the key principles behind our approach to business

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meditation
mɛdɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
 
  1. the action or practice of meditating.
    "a life of meditation"
    synonyms: contemplationthoughtthinkingmusing, pondering, consideration,reflectionprayerdeliberationstudy, rumination, cogitationbrooding,mulling over, reverie, brown study, concentrationspeculation;
    "cultivating the presence of God in meditation and prayer"
    • a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.
      plural noun: meditations
      "this is not a mythopoetic meditation on manhood, it's a historical study"
       
       

      Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.

      The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qikiprana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

      The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressuredepression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.

      Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term "meditation" can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state. Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as "being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself." In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.

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      A statue of Buddha meditating Borim Temple Korea

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Druid (Old IrishdruíWelshderwydd) was a member of the educated, professional class among the Celtic peoples of GaulBritain,Ireland, and possibly elsewhere during the Iron Age. The Druid class included law-speakerspoets and doctors, among other learned professions, although the best known among the Druids were the religious leaders.

Very little is known about the ancient Druids. They left no written accounts of themselves, and the only evidence are a few descriptions left by Greek, Roman, and various scattered authors and artists, as well as stories created by later medieval Irish writers. While archaeological evidence has been uncovered pertaining to the religious practices of the Iron Age people, "not one single artefact or image has been unearthed that can undoubtedly be connected with the ancient Druids." Various recurring themes emerge in a number of the Greco-Roman accounts of the Druids, including that they performed animal and even human sacrifice, believed in a form of reincarnation, and held a high position in Gaulish society. Next to nothing is known for certain about their cultic practice, except for the ritual of oak and mistletoe as described by Pliny the Elder.

The earliest known reference to the Druids dates to 200 BCE, although the oldest actual description comes from the Roman military general Julius Caesar in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico (50s BCE). Later Greco-Roman writers also described the Druids, including CiceroTacitus and Pliny the Elder. Following the Roman invasion of Gaul, Druidism was suppressed by the Roman government under the 1st century CE emperors Tiberius and Claudius, and it had disappeared from the written record by the 2nd century.

In about 750 CE the word Druid appears in a poem by Blathmac, who wrote about Jesus, saying that he was "... better than a prophet, more knowledgeable than every Druid, a king who was a bishop and a complete sage."  The Druids then also appear in some of the medieval tales from Christianized Ireland like the "Táin Bó Cúailnge", where they are largely portrayed as sorcerers who opposed the coming of Christianity. In the wake of the Celtic revival during the 18th and 19th centuries, fraternal and neopagan groups were founded based on ideas about the ancient Druids, a movement known as Neo-Druidism. Many popular modern notions about Druids have no connection to the Druids of the Iron Age and are largely based on much later inventions or misconceptions.

 

The modern English word Druid derives from the Latin Druides (pronounced [druˈides]), which was considered by ancient Roman writers to come from the native Celtic Gaulish word for these figures. Other Roman texts also employ the form Druidae, while the same term was used by Greek ethnographers as δρυΐδης (Druidēs). Although no extant Romano-Celtic inscription is known to contain the form, the word is cognate with the later insular Celtic words, Old Irish druí ‘druid, sorcerer’, Old Cornish druwMiddle Welsh dryw ‘seer; wren’. Based on all available forms, the hypothetical proto-Celtic word may then be reconstructed as *dru-wid-s (pl. *druwides) meaning "oak-knower". The two elements go back to the Proto-Indo-European roots *deru- and *weid- "to see". The sense of "oak-knower" (or "oak-seer") is supported by Pliny the Elder, who in his Natural History considered the word to contain the Greek noun drýs (δρύς), "oak-tree" and the Greek suffix -idēs (-ιδης). The modern Irish word for Oak is Dair, which occurs in anglicized placenames like Derry – Doire, and Kildare – Cill Dara (literally the "church of oak"). There are many stories about saints, heroes, and oak trees, and also many local stories and superstitions (called pishogues) about trees in general, which still survive in rural Ireland. Both Old Irish druí and Middle Welsh dryw could also refer to the wren possibly connected with an association of that bird with augury in Irish and Welsh tradition (see also Wren Day).

Societal role and training

 
Imaginative illustration of 'An Arch Druid in His Judicial Habit', from "The Costume of the Original Inhabitants of the British Islands" by S.R. Meyrick and C.H. Smith (1815), the gold gorget collar copying Irish Bronze Agee e xamples.

One of the few things that both the Greco-Roman and the vernacular Irish sources agree on about the Druids is that they played an important part in pagan Celtic society. In his description, Julius Caesar claimed that they were one of the two most important social groups in the region (alongside the equites, or nobles) and were responsible for organizing worship and sacrifices, divination, and judicial procedure in Gaulish, British and Irish society. He also claimed that they were exempt from military service and from the payment of taxes, and that they had the power to excommunicate people from religious festivals, making them social outcasts. Two other classical writers, Diodorus Siculus and Strabo, also wrote about the role of Druids in Gallic society, claiming that the Druids were held in such respect that if they intervened between two armies they could stop the battle.

Pomponius Mela is the first author who says that the Druids' instruction was secret, and was carried on in caves and forests.

Druidic lore consisted of a large number of verses learned by heart, and Caesar remarked that it could take up to twenty years to complete the course of study. There is no historic evidence during the period when Druidism was flourishing to suggest that Druids were other than male. What was taught to Druid novices anywhere is conjecture: of the Druids' oral literature, not one certifiably ancient verse is known to have survived, even in translation.

All instruction was communicated orally, but for ordinary purposes, Caesar reports, the Gauls had a written language in which they used Greek characters. In this he probably draws on earlier writers; by the time of Caesar, Gaulish inscriptions had moved from the Greek script to the Latin script.

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Electronic dance music (also known as EDMdance musicclub music, or simply dance) is a broad range of percussiveelectronic music genres produced largely for nightclubsraves, and festivalsProduced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs), EDM is generally used in the context of a live mix, where a DJ creates a seamless selection of tracks by segueing from one recording to the next.

By the early 2010s the term "electronic dance music" and the initialism "EDM" was being pushed by the U.S. music industry andmusic press in what was largely an effort to re-brand U.S. rave culture. In the UK, "dance music" or "dance" are more common terms for EDM. In this context, EDM does not refer to a specific genre, but serves as an umbrella term for several commercially-popular genres, including technohousetrancehardstyledrum and bassdubsteptrapJersey club and their respective subgenres.

source: wikipedia

 

Euro disco

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Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" (1977), produced by Giorgio Moroder, was a seminal Euro disco song.

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During the late 1970s the popularity of disco music sharply declined in the United States, abandoned by major U.S. record labels and producers, European disco continued evolving within the broad mainstream pop music scene.[9] European actsSilver ConventionLove and Kisses, Munich Machine, and American acts Donna Summer and the Village People, were acts that defined the late 1970s Euro disco sound. In 1977, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte produced "I Feel Love" for Donna Summer. It became the first well-known disco hit to have a completely synthesised backing track. Other disco producers, most famously Tom Moulton, grabbed ideas and techniques from dub music (which came with the increased Jamaican migration to New York City in the seventies) to provide alternatives to the four on the floor style that dominated.

 

House music

In the early 1980s, Chicago radio jocks The Hot Mix 5, and club DJs Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles played various styles of dance music, including older disco records (mostlyPhilly disco and Salsoul tracks), electro funk tracks by artists such as Afrika Bambaataa, newer Italo discoB-Boy hip hop music by Man ParrishJellybean BenitezArthur Baker, and John Robie, and electronic pop music by Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Some made and played their own edits of their favorite songs on reel-to-reel tape, and sometimes mixed in effects, drum machines, and other rhythmic electronic instrumentation. The hypnotic electronic dance song "On and On", produced in 1984 by Chicago DJ Jesse Saunders and co-written by Vince Lawrence, had elements that became staples of the early house sound, such as the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer and minimal vocals as well as a Roland (specifically TR-808drum machine and Korg (specifically Poly-61synthesizer. It also utilized the bassline from Player One's disco record "Space Invaders" (1979).

 
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"Can You Feel It?" (1986) by Mr. Fingers(Larry Heard). It was a seminal deep house track.

 
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"Strings of Life" (1987) by Rhythim is Rhythim (Derrick May) was a seminalDetroit techno track.

 
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"Techno Music" by Juan Atkins was the title track of Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (1988).

 
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The album also included "Big Fun" (1988) by Inner City (Kevin Saundersonand Paris Grey), a track that achieved significant commercial success as a single release in fall 1988.[16]

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"On and On" is sometimes cited as the 'first house record', though other examples from around that time, such as J.M. Silk's "Music is the Key" (1985), have also been cited.[19] House music quickly spread to other American cities such as Detroit, New York City, and Newark – all of which developed their own regional scenes. In the mid-to-late 1980s, house music became popular in Europe as well as major cities in South America, and Australia. Chicago House experienced some commercial success in Europe with releases such as "House Nation" by House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House (1987). Following this, a number House inspired UK releases such as "Pump Up The Volume" by MARRS (1987), "Theme from S'Express" byS'Express (1988) and "Doctorin' the House" by Coldcut (1988) entered the pop charts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acid house, techno, and rave

 
Roland TB-303: The bass line synthesizer that was used prominently in acid house.

By 1988, house music had become the most popular form of club music in Europe, withacid house developing as a notable trend in the UK and Germany in the same year.[21] In the UK an established warehouse party subculture, centered on the British African-Caribbean sound system scene fueled underground after-parties that featured dance music exclusively. Also in 1988, the Balearic party vibe associated with Ibiza-based DJAlfredo Fiorito was transported to London, when Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfoldopened the clubs Shoom and Spectrum, respectively. Both places became synonymous with acid house, and it was during this period that MDMA gained prominence as a party drug. Other important UK clubs included Back to Basics in Leeds, Sheffield's Leadmill and Music Factory, and The Haçienda in Manchester, where Mike Pickering and Graeme Park's spot, Nude, was an important proving ground for American underground dance music. The success of house and acid house paved the way for Detroit Techno, a style that was initially supported by a handful of house music clubs in Chicago, New York, and Northern England, with Detroit clubs catching up later.

One of the first Detroit productions to receive wider attention was Derrick May's "Strings of Life" (1987), which, together with May's previous release, "Nude Photo" (1987), helped raise techno's profile in Europe, especially the UK and Germany, during the 1987-1988 house music boom (see Second Summer of Love). It became May's best known track, which, according to Frankie Knuckles, "just exploded. It was like something you can't imagine, the kind of power and energy people got off that record when it was first heard. Mike Dunn says he has no idea how people can accept a record that doesn't have a bassline." According to British DJ Mark Moore, "Strings of Life" led London clubgoers to accept house: "because most people hated house music and it was all rare groove and hip hop...I'd play 'Strings of Life' at the Mudd Club and clear the floor". By the late 1980s interest in House, Acid house and techno escalated in the club scene and MDMA-fueled clubgoers, who were faced with a 2 a.m. closing time in the UK, started to seek after-hours refuge at all-night warehouse parties. Within a year, in summer 1989, up to 10,000 people at a time were attending commercially organized underground parties called raves.

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Electronic dance music (also known as EDMdance musicclub music, or simply dance) is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres produced largely for nightclubsraves, and festivalsProduced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs), EDM is generally used in the context of a live mix, where a DJ creates a seamless selection of tracks by segueing from one recording to the next.

By the early 2010s the term "electronic dance music" and the initialism "EDM" was being pushed by the U.S. music industry andmusic press in what was largely an effort to re-brand U.S. rave culture. In the UK, "dance music" or "dance" are more common terms for EDM. In this context, EDM does not refer to a specific genre, but serves as an umbrella term for several commercially-popular genres, including technohousetrancehardstyledrum and bassdubsteptrapJersey club and their respective subgenres.

source: wikipedia

 

Euro disco

Main article: Euro disco
 
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Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" (1977), produced by Giorgio Moroder, was a seminal Euro disco song.

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During the late 1970s the popularity of disco music sharply declined in the United States, abandoned by major U.S. record labels and producers, European disco continued evolving within the broad mainstream pop music scene. European actsSilver ConventionLove and Kisses, Munich Machine, and American acts Donna Summer and the Village People, were acts that defined the late 1970s Euro disco sound. In 1977, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte produced "I Feel Love" for Donna Summer. It became the first well-known disco hit to have a completely synthesised backing track. Other disco producers, most famously Tom Moulton, grabbed ideas and techniques from dub music (which came with the increased Jamaican migration to New York City in the seventies) to provide alternatives to the four on the floor style that dominated.

 

House music

In the early 1980s, Chicago radio jocks The Hot Mix 5, and club DJs Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles played various styles of dance music, including older disco records (mostly Philly disco and Salsoul tracks), electro funk tracks by artists such as Afrika Bambaataa, newer Italo discoB-Boy hip hop music by Man ParrishJellybean BenitezArthur Baker, and John Robie, and electronic pop music by Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Some made and played their own edits of their favorite songs on reel-to-reel tape, and sometimes mixed in effects, drum machines, and other rhythmic electronic instrumentation. The hypnotic electronic dance song "On and On", produced in 1984 by Chicago DJ Jesse Saunders and co-written by Vince Lawrence, had elements that became staples of the early house sound, such as the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer and minimal vocals as well as a Roland (specifically TR-808drum machine and Korg (specifically Poly-61synthesizer. It also utilized the bassline from Player One's disco record "Space Invaders" (1979).

 
MENU
 
0:00
"Can You Feel It?" (1986) by Mr. Fingers(Larry Heard). It was a seminal deep house track.

 
MENU
 
0:00
Phuture's "Acid Tracks" (1987) is often regarded as the 'first' acid house record.

 
MENU
 
0:00
"Strings of Life" (1987) by Rhythim is Rhythim (Derrick May) was a seminalDetroit techno track.

 
MENU
 
0:00
"Techno Music" by Juan Atkins was the title track of Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (1988).

 
MENU
 
0:00
The album also included "Big Fun" (1988) by Inner City (Kevin Saundersonand Paris Grey), a track that achieved significant commercial success as a single release in fall 1988.[16]

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"On and On" is sometimes cited as the 'first house record', though other examples from around that time, such as J.M. Silk's "Music is the Key" (1985), have also been cited. House music quickly spread to other American cities such as Detroit, New York City, and Newark – all of which developed their own regional scenes. In the mid-to-late 1980s, house music became popular in Europe as well as major cities in South America, and Australia. Chicago House experienced some commercial success in Europe with releases such as "House Nation" by House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House (1987). Following this, a number House inspired UK releases such as "Pump Up The Volume" by MARRS (1987), "Theme from S'Express" by S'Express (1988) and "Doctorin' the House" by Coldcut (1988) entered the pop charts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acid house, techno, and rave

 
Roland TB-303: The bass line synthesizer that was used prominently in acid house.

By 1988, house music had become the most popular form of club music in Europe, withacid house developing as a notable trend in the UK and Germany in the same year. In the UK an established warehouse party subculture, centered on the British African-Caribbean sound system scene fueled underground after-parties that featured dance music exclusively. Also in 1988, the Balearic party vibe associated with Ibiza-based DJAlfredo Fiorito was transported to London, when Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfoldopened the clubs Shoom and Spectrum, respectively. Both places became synonymous with acid house, and it was during this period that MDMA gained prominence as a party drug. Other important UK clubs included Back to Basics in Leeds, Sheffield's Leadmill and Music Factory, and The Haçienda in Manchester, where Mike Pickering and Graeme Park's spot, Nude, was an important proving ground for American underground dance music. The success of house and acid house paved the way for Detroit Techno, a style that was initially supported by a handful of house music clubs in Chicago, New York, and Northern England, with Detroit clubs catching up later.

One of the first Detroit productions to receive wider attention was Derrick May's "Strings of Life" (1987), which, together with May's previous release, "Nude Photo" (1987), helped raise techno's profile in Europe, especially the UK and Germany, during the 1987-1988 house music boom (see Second Summer of Love). It became May's best known track, which, according to Frankie Knuckles, "just exploded. It was like something you can't imagine, the kind of power and energy people got off that record when it was first heard. Mike Dunn says he has no idea how people can accept a record that doesn't have a bassline." According to British DJ Mark Moore, "Strings of Life" led London clubgoers to accept house: "because most people hated house music and it was all rare groove and hip hop...I'd play 'Strings of Life' at the Mudd Club and clear the floor". By the late 1980s interest in House, Acid house and techno escalated in the club scene and MDMA-fueled clubgoers, who were faced with a 2 a.m. closing time in the UK, started to seek after-hours refuge at all-night warehouse parties. Within a year, in summer 1989, up to 10,000 people at a time were attending commercially organized underground parties called raves.

 

Popularization in the United States

Initially, electronic dance music achieved limited popular exposure in America when it was marketed as "electronica" during the mid-to-late 1990s. At the time, a wave of electronic music bands from the UK, including The ProdigyThe Chemical BrothersFatboy Slim and Underworld, had been prematurely associated with an "American electronica revolution". But rather than finding mainstream success, many established EDM acts were relegated to the margins of the US industry.In 1998 Madonna's Ray of Light brought the genre to the attention of popular music listeners. Despite US media interest in electronica in the late 1990s, American house and techno producers continued to travel abroad to establish their careers as DJs and producers. Other new names began to gain prominence at the turn of the century, such as Dutch producer Tiësto, who received worldwide attention after providing a soundtrack to the entry of athletes during the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics—which The Guardian newspaper deemed one of the 50 most important events in dance music.

By the mid-2000s, the prominence of dance music in North American popular culture had markedly increased. According to SpinDaft Punk's performance at Coachella in 2006 was the "tipping point" for EDM—it introduced the duo to a new generation of "rock kids". In 2009, French house musician David Guetta began to gain prominence in mainstream pop music thanks to several crossover hits on Top 40 charts such as "When Love Takes Over", as well as his collaborations with U.S. pop and hip-hop acts such as Akon  and The Black Eyed Peas ("I Gotta Feeling"). YouTube and SoundCloud helped fuel interest in EDM, as well as electro house and dubstepSkrillex popularized a harsher sound nicknamed "brostep".

The increased popularity of EDM was also influenced by live events. Promoters and venues realized that DJs could generate larger profits than traditional musicians; Diplo explained that "a band plays [for] 45 minutes; DJs can play for four hours. Rock bands—there's a few headliner dudes that can play 3,000-4,000-capacity venues, but DJs play the same venues, they turn the crowd over two times, people buy drinks all night long at higher prices—it's a win-win." Electronic music festivals like the Electric Daisy Carnival(EDC) also grew in size, placing an increased emphasis on visual experiences (such as video and lighting), fashion (characterized by The Guardian as an evolution from the 1990s "kandi raver" into "[a] slick and sexified yet also kitschy-surreal image midway between Venice Beach and Cirque Du SoleilWilly Wonka and a Gay Pride parade"), and the DJs themselves, who began to attain a celebrity status. Other major acts that gained prominence like Avicii and Swedish House Mafia held concert tours at major music venues like arenas rather than nightclubs; in December 2011, Swedish House Mafia became the first electronic music act to sell out New York City's Madison Square Garden.

In 2011 Spin declared a "new rave generation" led by acts like David GuettaDeadmau5, and Skrillex. In January 2013, Billboard introduced a new EDM-focusedDance/Electronic Songs chart, tracking the top 50 electronic songs based on sales, radio airplay, club play, and online streaming. According to Eventbrite, EDM fans are more likely to use social media to discover and share events or gigs. They also discovered that 78% of fans say they are more likely to attend an event if their peers do, compared to 43% of fans in general. EDM has many young and social fans. By late 2011, Music Trades was describing electronic dance music as the fastest-growing genre in the world. Elements of electronic music also became increasingly prominent in pop music. Radio and television also contributed to dance music's mainstream acceptance.

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One of the most innovating and experimenting artists in the Trance scene, Anthony S, aka S-Range has performed Live and DJ-Sets in almost every country around the World, including Australia, Brazil, Israel, India, Japan, Mexico, USA, and all over Europe.

With four albums under his belt, the Swedish artist he released his first track in 1999 and sending his own sonic frequencies throughout the world with his hypnotic music that brings nice harmonies and a huge soundscape influenced by science fiction books and movies.

After his hugely popular debut album, 2001, Anthony Sillfors released Space, another piece of sci-fi sample laden high-energy morning trance. In 2005, his third acclaimed album, Another Theory, came out in a limited promo edition, which never got official released.

Celebrating more then a decade of music producing, Anthony S released a remix album in 2009, named “Remixed Memories”.
Anthony S has sold over 1 000 000 copies of his music featured on Albums, Singles, V/A compilations and Digital downloads.

Topping charts with recent #1 releases such as "Shake" at Echoes Rec and "Tone Generator" EP at Digital Nature Rec. Exciting times a head and loads of new tracks to be released for 2016

The producer has just built his new Pro studio which is also designed for 5.1 surround mixing and production. In this new work environment, Anthony intends to write a new page in history of electronic music. 
Expect nothing more than the finest and highest quality productions from this Swedish top artist

Hear the amazing S-RANGE track 'Morning Star '  in the mix on the dance album of the mega-t album.

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Shamans are people who are in tune with the Earth and know how to touch the soul in everything in order to keep a healthy balance within self, within each individual and therefore within the community. For them there is no separation between daily life and Spirit, they know that all things are connected and that disconnection brings dis-ease.

Although our modern times seem very far removed from the experience of indigenous people, the needs and expression of the human soul is still the same in its desire for connection – love, community and creativity.

The shamanic journeythe trance-dance, the vision quest, the purifying ceremony of the sweat lodge, the Circle of community, these are ancient but eternally relevant ways to contact the timeless reality that exists parallel to and just out of sight of the world we so mistakenly call the ‘real world’. It is here in the everyday that we experience the reflections of who we are, of our actions, our deepest beliefs, our ‘dreams’, but it is in the non-manifest world of the Spirit that the hidden causal interactions take place. Hidden, that is, until we begin to open the doors and ‘see’ with an expanded vision.

We have given ourselves away through the pressures of a material driven society, we have been encouraged to hide within the false belief that self worth is accumulation of external power and possessions. Now is the time to come back to our inner knowledge, our inner-connection. It is the time to re-awaken our ability to sustain life through our relationship to (rather than our control over) the earth and nature. It is a time to remember who we are, much greater in consciousness than the boxes of beliefs we have squeezed ourselves into.

It is through greater awareness, the Eagle’s eye view, the deeper breath, the pause in thought, that we can embrace the changes that are coming and only with a greater awareness can we ride these changes to dream and live the best of human consciousness.

 

source: Eagle's Wing with thanks

See Leo Rutherford's great articles on Shamanism in the mega-t album booklet. 

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10 Minute Clip With Visuals 

Written and performed by Ram Dass

Music by Knights Of The Occasional Table

Produced by Knights Of The Occasional Table

The Full Length 23 minute Meditation is part of the mega-t album.

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What is Tantra?

Tantra is an ancient system that evolved from India. It is a complete and comprehensive system of spiritual development. It denies nothing, accepting everything as coming from a Divine Cause. It accepts all other religions as true and valid, open to all regardless of race, creed, caste or sex. Tantra is a divine impulse to find the Divine by using our present position, whatever that position may be, to consciously engage with our lives, lovers, work, children and the Divine Itself. Requiring only keenness of intent, self honesty and willingness, Tantra does not require us to believe in anything, accept any dogma or repress anything. Tantra is perfectly aligned with the modern way of thinking and living. It is the yoga of experience and encourages us to learn from our experiences good or bad, to play the hero and to divinise the mundane. Tantra encourages us to see God in each other and understand the Divine impulse of charm, beauty, affection and love. It challenges us to look deeply into the confines of our own ego, its fears and anxieties and how it steals away our god like nature on earth. Tantra encourages us to work with our sexual polarities, with our instincts to discover their underlying nature and how to work with them. Tantra creates energy, power and freedom for the modern man and woman

 

Sex and Lovemaking are cornerstones of human existence, and sexual energy is a potent and irresistible force in the universe. The unfortunate fact is however, that many of us have issues around our sexuality and the subject of sex. Social and sexual conditioning, high stress, busy lives, goal orientation, poor communication and a focus on "doing" rather than "being", all combine to throw us out of balance with our natural sexual selves and that of our partner. Tantra is the union of sex and meditation. It is about being in the present moment, accepting sex in its totality, relaxing into lovemaking and expanding the capacity for pleasure. It is about fully engaging with yourself and your partner on the most intimate levels and fully accepting who you are now, at this point.

 

Tantra is a meditative path, at least 5000 years old. In Sanskrit, "Tantra" is often translated as a "continuum" or "unbroken stream"  following the flow of consciousness from ignorance to enlightenment, the warp of a loom or the strands of a braid, denoting continuity and that life is a tapestry of a thousand individual and colourful threads.

 

Excerpt from TantraAwakenings.org with thanks

 

See Caroline Aldred' s magnificent article summing up Tantra in the mega-t

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Psychedelic trancepsytrance or just psy (derived from the Ancient Greek word ψυχή "psyche", mind; soul; breath; spirit]) is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by arrangements of synthetic rhythms and layered melodies created by high tempo riffs. By 1998 psytrance had become a mainstream form of music.

Psytrance lies at the hardcore, underground end of the diverse trance spectrum.The genre offers variety in terms of mood, tempo, and style. Some examples include full on, darkprogressivesuomi and psybreaks. Goa Trance continues to develop alongside the subgenres.

The first hippies who arrived in GoaIndia in the mid-1960s were drawn there for many reasons, including the beaches, the low cost of living, the friendly locals, the Indian religious and spiritual practices and the readily available Indian cannabis, which until the mid-1970s was legal. During the 1970s the first Goa DJs were generally playing psychedelic rock bands such as the Grateful DeadPink Floyd and The Doors. In 1979 the beginnings of electronic dance music could occasionally be heard in Goa in the form of tracks by artists such as Kraftwerk but it was not until 1983 that DJs Laurent and Fred Disko, closely followed by Goa Gil, began switching the Goa style over to electro-industrial/EBM which was now flooding out of Europe from Frontline AssemblyFront 242Nitzer Ebb as well as Eurobeat.

The tracks were remixed, removing the lyrics, looping the melodies and beats and generally manipulating the sounds in all manner of ways before the tracks were finally presented to the dancers as custom Goa-style mixes.

 
An indoor event

The music played in the 1980s was a blend of styles loosely defined as techno and various genres of computer music e.g. acid houseelectro. The music was brought on tape cassettes by fanatic traveler collectors and DJs. This material was shared and copied tape-to-tape by Goa DJs, in an underground scene that was not driven by music industry labels. The artists producing this "special Goa music" had no idea that their music was being played on the beaches of Goa by cyber hippies.

The first techno played in Goa was by Kraftwerk in the late 1970s on the tape of a visiting DJ. At that time, music played at most parties was performed by live bands, with tapes used to fill the space between sets. Old school acid heads who devoutly believed that only acid rock should be played at parties initially resisted, but they soon relented and converted to the revolutionary wave of technodelia that took hold in the 1980s. In the early 1980s, sampling synth and midi music appeared globally, and DJs became the preferred format in Goa. Two tape decks would drive a party with continuous music and continuous dancing. Cassette tapes were used by DJs until the 1990s, then DAT tapes were used.

Among DJs playing in Goa during the 1980s were Fred Disko, Dr Bobby, Stephano, Paulino, Mackie, Babu, Laurent, Ray, Fred, Antaro, Lui, Rolf, Tilo, Pauli, Rudi, and Gil. Their music was eclectic in style but nuanced around instrument/dub spacey versions of tracks that evoked mystical, cosmic, psychedelic, political, and existential themes. DJs in Goa made special mixes by editing various versions of a track to make it longer, taking the stretch mix concept to new levels. Trip music for journeying to outdoors, trance dancing to mind-expanding music while high on hallucinogens was the Goa mantra. The night clubs were not fueled by alcohol, but by hash and acid. The result was an anarchistic, alternative counterculture of DIY psychedelic exploration driven by future rhythm machine music.

By 1990–91 Goa was no longer under the radar and had become a hot destination for partying. As the scene grew bigger, Goa-style parties spread like a diaspora all over the world from 1993, spawning a multitude of labels in various countries (U.K. Australia, Japan, Germany) to promote psychedelic electronic music that reflected the ethos of Goa parties, Goa music, and Goa-specific artists, producers, and DJs. Goa Trance as commercial began gaining global traction in 1994. The golden age of the first wave of Goa Psy Trance as a generally agreed upon genre was between 1994–97.

Development

 
Performance at a Russian psytrance festival, 2008

By 1992 the Goa trance scene had a pulse of its own, though the term 'Goa trance' didn’t become the name tag of the genre until around 1994. The Goa trance sound, which by the late 1990s was being used interchangeably with the term psychedelic trance, retained its popularity at outdoor raves and festivals rather than in nightclubs. New artists were appearing from all over the world and it was in this year that the first Goa trance festivals began, including the Gaia Festival in France and the still-running VuuV festival in Germany.

Mark Maurice's Pangeae pirate parties brought the sound to London in 1992

and it was taken up at the megatripolis events in London (Heaven nightclub) from October 1993 (-1996) which helped to promote the sound internationally.

In 1993 the first 100% Goa trance album was released, Project 2 Trance, featuring tracks by Man With No Name and Hallucinogen to name two. Goa trance enjoyed its commercial peak between 1996 and 1997 with media attention and some recognised names in the DJ scene joining the movement. This hype did not last long and once the attention had died down so did the music sales, resulting in the failure of record labels, promotion networks and also some artists. This ‘commercial death of Goa trance’ was marked musically by Matsuri Productions in 1997 with the release of the compilation Let it RIP. On the back sleeve of the album at the bottom of the notes, R.I.P : Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, William Burroughs & Goa Trance was written.

While the genre may have been incubated in the goa trance scene it went on to proliferate globally. Its impact was felt in western Europe, Israel, North America, Australia, Japan and South Africa. Psytrance is linked to other music genres such as big beatelectroclashgrime and 2-step. The genre evolved in conjunction with a multimedia psychedelic arts scene.

Style

Many consider the difference between goa trance and psychedelic trance as minimal at best and really just a matter of opinion. Psychedelic trance is distinguished from other subgenres because of the unique sounds it typically features. Psychedelic trance has a distinctive, energetic sound (generally between 140 and 150 BPM) that tends to be faster than other forms of trance or techno music. It uses a very distinctive resonated bass beat that pounds constantly throughout the song and overlays the bass with varying rhythms drawn from funktechnodanceacid houseeurodance and trance using drums and other instruments. The different leads, rhythms and beats generally change every 8 bars. Layering is used to great effect in psychedelic trance, with new musical ideas being added at regular intervals, often every 4 to 8 bars. New layers will continue to be added until a climax is reached, and then the song will break down and start a new rhythmic pattern over the constant bass line. Psychedelic trance tracks tend to be 6–10 minutes long. Psychedelic trance makes heavy use of the cut off frequency control of the modulating filter on the synthesizer. Reverb and delay are used heavily, with large, open sounding reverb present on most of the lead synthesizers in the track. The Roland TB-303 (acid) synthesizer, Juno 106, and Roland SH-101 are heavily used and sampled in psychedelic trance, usually processed through a distortion effect.

Full on

Full on is psychedelic trance that originated in Israel during the late 1990s. The expression “full on” is taken from the first out of a seven compilation albums series and the first album ever to be released under Hom-mega Productions in 1998, titled Full On, which comes from English slang. Other sources say it comes from the "Full" "moon" festival's name, whilst others argue that it is derived from a phrase widely used to describe particularly high-energy music ("That tune is really full-on!").

Elements of full-on psy-trance include a so-called "rolling" bassline, which crams two or three short bass notes in between each hit of the 4/4 drum, fast changes in music sequences, and an energetic melodic nature. Often heard in clubs or during the night at festivals, it is popular in IsraelBrazilGoaFloridaVictoria and the United Kingdom. Performers include Paul Taylor, Earthling, Talamasca, Alien Project, Azax Syndrom, Bizarre Contact, Bliss, Bubble, Gataka, Infected Mushroom, XSI, Sesto Sento, Spectro Senses, Ananda Shake, Quality Sound, Solstice, Freaked Frequency, Prototype, Atomic Pulse, Faders, Digital Tribe, Liquid Sound, Ohm Project, Burn in Noise, Vibe Tribe, System Nipel and Dreaml4nd, Lee AudioAddictz, Psymmetrix.

Suomisaundi or freeform psytrance

Main article: Suomisaundi

Suomisaundi is the "freeform" variation of psytrance, where the artist has almost no limits but still bear a specific "Finnish" style (which is also produced in other countries but the originating Suomi designation is in wide use).

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Jamie Reid Biography

British artist Jamie Reid designed artwork for the Sex Pistols album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, which includes the song "Anarchy in the U.K." His artistic style helped define the look of the English punk rock scene of the late 1970s.

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Synopsis

Born in 1947, artist Jamie Reid grew up in London. While at art school in the late 1960s, he met fellow student and future Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. After McLaren formed the Sex Pistols, in 1975, he recruited Reid to work with the band. Reid's artwork for the group came to define and symbolize the English punk rock scene of the late '70s.  

Early Years

Anarchist and influential British artist Jamie Reid was born in 1947 in London, England. Raised in a politically active family, Reid attended Croydon College in London, where he studied art and met fellow classmate Malcolm McLaren, the future manager of the punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

In 1970 Reid left Croydon. Already a committed anarchist, Reid aligned himself with the Situationists, a group based in France that advocated for a strain of libertarian Marxism.  To help the cause, Reid launched Suburban Press, a publishing outfit that specialized in producing material for anarchists, women's groups, and others. With Suburban, Reid developed his style of cutting up graphics and other elements, fusing them together for a look not unlike some sort of bizarre ransom note.

The Sex Pistols

But the heavywork load and city living eventually pushed Reid out of Suburban Press and away from London, in general. Then, in 1976, he received a telegram from his college friend, Malcolm McLaren, who wanted to gauge Reid's interest in coming back to London.

Reid's return to the city brought him back in touch with McLaren and a new band that McLaren had recently formed and started managing, the Sex Pistols. Fronted by lead singer Johnny Rotten, the angry, brash young group soon became the face of English punk rock. At least part of that was due to Reid.

Working closely with the Pistols, Reid designed artwork for the group's debut (and only) studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. He also co-wrote the lyrics of one of the group's most popular songs, "Anarchy in the U.K.," and produced cover art for the song, a torn and tattered Union Jack flag with safety pins clipped to it. That and other Reid-made Pistols art, including a picture of the Queen with a safety pin through her lip, became defining symbols of the punk rock era, and the Sex Pistols in particular.

Later Career

Following the Pistols' end in 1978 and the demise of the British punk scene, Reid continued to work as an artist, infusing his work with his political leanings. He's worked with various artists to protest nuclear weapons, racism and a fairer criminal justice system. For much of the 1980s and '90s, Reid worked with the world music group Afro Celt Sound System.

A retrospective of Reid's work was exhibited at The Aquarium L-13 gallery in London in 2007. A devout follower of the Druidic and Shamanistic faith, much of Reid's recent work—he long ago gave up the blackmail lettering and safety pins—has reflected his New Age beliefs. In recent years, Reid has continued to create artwork and hold exhibits throughout London, which are regularly posted to his website.

Reid, who fathered a daughter with his longtime and now former girlfriend, actress Margi Clarke, is currently married to artist Maria Hughes.

source: thanks to biography.com

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Eight Fold Year

artwork by Jamie Reid January 5 2016

from Jamie's website www.eightfoldyear.org a continually evolving site mirroring the eight stages of the year

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artwork by Jamie Reid

Out Of The Dross, 2011
Unique screenprint on Somerset Radiant White Velvet 330 GSM paper
112 x 72cm     Jamiereid.org

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Taking base images that cement the foundations of Jamieʼs reputation and covering them with symbols and glyphs that represent the wider spectrum of his visual register is a confounding yet liberating technique – itʼs a celebration and a cathartic trashing at the same time. The symbols themselves include Boudicca shaking her spear at the Houses of Parliament, the Hare – symbol of free thinking, the Oak Leaf representing our heritage and the cycle of the year, Delacroixʼs Liberty Leading the People in revolt, framed by the towers of Croydon (symbol of oppression by self-serving governments both local and national). This last image predates Jamieʼs flash point with the Pistols and comes from the visually prescient Suburban Press period (1970-1975). Boudicca was used principally for the ten year installation cycle at the Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch (1989-1999), and the oakleaf refers to a lifelong association with the Druid movement (his great uncle George Watson Macgregor Reid was the chief druid of the British Isles. The Hare is a direct signal to Joseph Beuys and the aims and objectives of the Free International University.

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Bagasse (/bəˈɡæs/ bə-GAS) is the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice. The dry pulpy residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane. It is used as a biofuel and in the manufacture of pulp and building materials.

Agave bagasse is a similar material that consists of the tissue of the blue agave after extraction of the sap.

 

For each 10 tonnes of sugarcane crushed, a sugar factory produces nearly 3 tonnes of wet bagasse. Since bagasse is a by-product of the cane sugar industry, the quantity of production in each country is in line with the quantity of sugarcane produced.

The high moisture content of bagasse, typically 40 to 50%, is detrimental to its use as a fuel. In general, bagasse is stored prior to further processing. For electricity production, it is stored under moist conditions, and the mild exothermic reaction that results from the degradation of residual sugars dries the bagasse pile slightly. For paper and pulp production, it is normally stored wet in order to assist in removal of the short pith fibres, which impede the papermaking process, as well as to remove any remaining sugar.

A typical chemical analysis of bagasse might be (on a washed and dried basis):[2]
Cellulose 45–55%
Hemicellulose 20–25%
Lignin 18–24%
Ash 1–4%
Waxes <1%

Bagasse is an extremely inhomogeneous material comprising around 30-40% of "pith" fibre, which is derived from the core of the plant and is mainly parenchyma material, and "bast", "rind", or "stem" fibre, which comprises the balance and is largely derived from sclerenchyma material. These properties make bagasse particularly problematic for paper manufacture and have been the subject of a large body of literature.

Pulp, paper, board and feed

Bagasse is commonly used as a substitute for wood in many tropical and subtropical countries for the production of pulp, paper and board, such as India, China, Colombia, Iran, Thailand and Argentina. It produces pulp with physical properties that are well suited for generic printing and writing papers as well as tissue products but it is also widely used for boxes and newspaper production

 

It can also be used for making boards resembling plywood or particle board, called Bagasse board and Xanita board, and is considered a good substitute for plywood. It has wide usage for making partitions, furniture etc

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Sugarcane, or sugar cane, is one of the several species of tall perennial true grasses of the genus Saccharum, tribe Andropogoneae, native to the warm temperate to tropical regions of South Asia and Melanesia, and used for sugar production. It has stout jointed fibrous stalks that are rich in the sugar sucrose, which accumulates in the stalk internodes. The plant is two to six metres (6 to 19 feet) tall. All sugar cane species interbreed and the major commercial cultivars are complex hybrids. Sugarcane belongs to the grass family Poaceae, an economically important seed plant family that includes maize, wheat, rice, and sorghum and many forage crops.

Sucrose, extracted and purified in specialized mill factories, is used as raw material in human food industries or is fermented to produce ethanol. Ethanol is produced on a large scale by the Brazilian sugarcane industry. Sugarcane is the world's largest crop by production quantity. In 2012, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates it was cultivated on about 26.0 million hectares, in more than 90 countries, with a worldwide harvest of 1.83 billion tons. Brazil was the largest producer of sugar cane in the world. The next five major producers, in decreasing amounts of production, were India, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Mexico.

The world demand for sugar is the primary driver of sugarcane agriculture. Cane accounts for 80% of sugar produced; most of the rest is made from sugar beets. Sugarcane predominantly grows in the tropical and subtropical regions (sugar beets grow in colder temperate regions.) Other than sugar, products derived from sugarcane include falernum, molasses, rum, cachaça (a traditional spirit from Brazil), bagasse and ethanol. In some regions, people use sugarcane reeds to make pens, mats, screens, and thatch. The young unexpanded inflorescence of tebu telor is eaten raw, steamed or toasted, and prepared in various ways in certain island communities of Indonesia.

The Persians, followed by the Greeks, discovered the famous "reeds that produce honey without bees" in India between the 6th and 4th centuries BC. They adopted and then spread sugarcane agriculture. Merchants began to trade in sugar from India, which was considered a luxury and an expensive spice. In the 18th century AD, sugarcane plantations began in Caribbean, South American, Indian Ocean and Pacific island nations and the need for laborers became a major driver of large human migrations, including slave labor and indentured servants.

The paper on which the mega-t album booklet is printed is made from the waste of sugarcane or sugarcane bagasse.

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If you are not part of the Ram Dass/Neem Karoli Baba community let me briefly describe what and where Kainchi is. It’s a place nestled deep in the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India that was the primary meeting place of the Western devotees, led by Ram Dass, where they met and hung out with Neem Karoli Baba from 1967-1973. This was not the only place where Maharaj-ji took them but it was perhaps the most special.

And for those of you in the community, you know exactly what this means.

I’ve spent a few days sitting on this post because I’ve been waiting to come down a little. The high from these retreats is potent, intense, orgasmic and amazing. When you’re high after these things you can be prone to do crazy stuff so I had to come down a little to make sure this post was authentic and most of all true.

For the last several years I’ve spent a lot of time going to Maui to hang out with Ram Dass, Krishna Das and the global satsang (spiritual community) at the Napili Kai Beach Resort for the now bi-yearly retreat called “Open Your Heart in Paradise.” Over the years these gatherings have taken on almost a pilgrimage sort of feel. Many of the same people, many new ones too, make this yearly trek to the NKB (no accident there) resort to hoover up this whole concept of “unconditional love.” I can only speak for myself in saying that sometimes the practice has a very direct and applicable result and other times it’s elusive, fuzzy and nostalgic.

Let me address the latter first. The now oft-told story of Ram Dass meeting Neem Karoli Baba in 1967 after being jettisoned from the identity of Richard Alpert is now one of legend that has been documented in many legendary tomes. After he came back to America he then turned on a group of other young acid drenched wildly amazing hippies who were looking for more. Fortunately many of these people went on to do amazing works in the world and are still with us today. They are very eager to tell the stories of what it was like to hang out with the “old man in the blanket.” These stories are colorful, magical and have the ability to pry open even the most cynical heart from the clutches of self loathing, fear and darkness and thrust them into a state of love, peace and equanimity. This is true, it does happen. I’ve seen it and experienced it. The only rub is that after hearing the stories so many times the practice can sometimes feel like a nostalgia act. How many times do I need to hear the spleen story or the bus story or the acid in babas mouth story?

The other elemental issue that gets in the way is the “getting high.” Unless you’re the most cynical uptight cyborg replicant freak there is no way that you’re not going to get somewhat high at some point during one of these retreats. I’m a lover of the high so I tend to get really high on these love hits and can often mistake these succulent juicy hits of love to be the practice itself when in truth they really aren’t. They are just the results of what may happen when you practice this stuff.

This gets murky because if you’re not paying attention it becomes about these things and you may loose the essence of what’s REALLY going on here and come to the conclusion that these gatherings are about glorifications of someone elses trip. I’ve been here before, I’ve lost the focus of the message and application of what’s being said. But I don’t want to get stuck on that. So, what is the message?

The message is that there is a portal for unconditional love that allows you to be transported into a dimensional state of being in which you love yourself more, you love others more and through this love portal you experience a joy for being alive that may have eluded you previously. If you have any desire to experience any of these things I’m here to tell you that it’s real. This is a real thing that can be experienced by you, now and in this moment. These practices when done with even the slightest shred of sincerity can unlock a way of living within the constructs of the material world that knows no boundaries. It can labeled bhakti yoga, guru kripa or just “yoga.” Or it can simply be called “love.” Real honest to god love.

As mentioned, I’ve been to many of these retreats. But I have to say that this past week in Maui took me to a place that I’d never experienced prior. Perhaps I’m a slow learner or perhaps I needed many doses to get the full effect. Either way, I had more heart opening conversations, tears, inter dimensional drop ins and ecstatic love bombs than I’d ever experienced at any other retreat. As Duncan told me “I literally had a dozen conversations that were more powerful than those experienced when on MDMA.” Same goes for me. The connection to the stories I’ve heard a thousand times before, to my old friends, to my new friends, to Sharon Salzbergs fierce teachings and to these names of God I’ve chanted countless rounds before took on a new high that may in fact created an unravelling that will result in me truly forgiving myself for all my mistakes. It seems that I am truly ready to forgive myself of all the self induced pain that I’ve inflicted on myself and others in a way that can give me the room to move forward on the path. Constantly being stuck in the wheel of samsara has only worked in the sense that it’s taken be so far up and equally as far down. Rinse and repeat. My new and fresh set of eyes that were bestowed upon me at OYHIP ’15 has given me the gentleness of equanimity and ease of being.

On the final morning of the retreat it all came into a complete form when my friend Alex Deleuse shared something with me that put the whole game into context. He simply said (i’m paraphrasing Alex, sorry dude) “this is our Kainchi. History will look back on these retreats as ‘oh you were at the OHYIP retreats in Maui? Then you know.’

Yes, I know. This is our Evelyn Hotel, this is our Kainchi, this is our great transmission of Maharaj-jis darshan. If you are at all into Ram Dass or Neem Karoli Baba this is our time. What happened 43 years ago doesn’t take away from what’s happening now.

It’s taken me so long to see the “big maharaja-ji” and to loose the trap of nostalgia and to simply accept this gift. Of course, I’m gonna come back down and act human again. But perhaps this time I’ll recognize it with a little more softness and gentleness of heart. The endless cycle of ascent and decent from the mountain doesn’t have to be so extreme any longer.

 

-By Zach Leary – originally written and posted at www.zachleary.com

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WORKING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE THROUGH FEMINIST PRINCIPLES

 

For over 25 years, Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) has exposed the vital links between gender equality, health and wellbeing, and environmental justice. We believe that women and men have equal roles- and should have equal input- in making the transition to a sustainable lifestyle. Through campaigning, educating and community work, we aim to empower women and others to become agents of change in their society, enabling them to participate equally in a fair, healthy and sustainable future.

Our current focus is local food production. We build community gardens and provide training in food growing and healthy eating, encouraging people to take care of their health and reclaim sovereignty over the food they eat. Check out our local food projects >

Check out the Women's Environmental Network home page : http://www.wen.org.uk/#home

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