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I’m thinking…

…about Thanksgiving Day

Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving Day as we do in the good old US of A.

That’s okay because I give thanks on this National Holiday for people and things just as I did yesterday and will again tomorrow and the days following…because gratitude is a GOOD thing every day, one day at a time. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL…TODAY, TOMORROW AND ALWAYS!

THANKSGIVING DAY
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the holiday in several nations. For the holiday in the United States, see Thanksgiving (United States). For the holiday in Canada, see Thanksgiving (Canada). For other uses, see Thanksgiving (disambiguation).

Thanksgiving Day

Observed by:
United States
Canada
Liberia
Puerto Rico
Norfolk Island

Type: National, cultural

Date:
2nd Monday in October (Canada)
1st Thursday in November (Liberia)
Last Wednesday in November (Norfolk Island)
4th Thursday in November (USA)

2013 date:
October 14, 2013 (Canada);
November 7, 2013 (Liberia);
November 27, 2013 (Norfolk Island);
November 28, 2013 (USA)

Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l’Action de grâce in Canadian French) is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.

History
Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.
In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritans, the radical reformers of their age, wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgment from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day.

In Canada
While some researchers state that “there is no compelling narrative of the origins of the Canadian Thanksgiving day”,[4] the first Canadian Thanksgiving is often traced back to 1578 and the explorer Martin Frobisher. Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean, held his Thanksgiving celebration not for harvest but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England through the perils of storms and icebergs. On his third and final voyage to the far north, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in Frobisher Bay in Baffin Island (present-day Nunavut) to give thanks to God and in a service ministered by the preacher Robert Wolfall they celebrated Communion.
The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are also sometimes traced to the French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing food with the indigenous peoples of the area.
As settlers arrived in Canada from New England, late autumn Thanksgiving celebrations became common. New immigrants into the country, such as the Irish, Scottish and Germans, also added their own traditions to the harvest celebrations. Most of the U.S. aspects of Thanksgiving (such as the turkey), were incorporated when United Empire Loyalists began to flee from the United States during the American Revolution and settled in Canada.
Thanksgiving is now a statutory holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada, with the exception of the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

In the United States
In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”, including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631. According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden. In later years, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.
Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.
In modern times the President of the United States, in addition to issuing a proclamation, will “pardon” a turkey, which spares the bird’s life and ensures that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland.

Debate about first celebrations in the United States
The traditional representation of where the first Thanksgiving was held in the United States has often been a subject of boosterism and debate, though the debate is often confused by mixing up the ideas of a Thanksgiving holiday celebration and a Thanksgiving religious service. According to author James Baker, this debate is a “tempest in a beanpot” and “marvelous nonsense”.
Local boosters in Virginia, Florida, and Texas promote their own colonists, who (like many people getting off a boat) gave thanks for setting foot again on dry land.(Jeremy Bangs)
These claims include an earlier religious service by Spanish explorers in Texas at San Elizario in 1598, as well as thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony. Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon of the University of Florida argue that the earliest Thanksgiving service in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8, 1565, in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. A day for Thanksgiving services was codified in the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619.
According to Baker, “Historically, none of these had any influence over the evolution of the modern United States holiday. The American holiday’s true origin was the New England Calvinist Thanksgiving. Never coupled with a Sabbath meeting, the Puritan observances were special days set aside during the week for thanksgiving and praise in response to God’s providence.”

Fixing the date of the holiday
The reason for the earlier Thanksgiving celebrations in Canada has often been attributed to the earlier onset of winter in the north, thus ending the harvest season earlier. Thanksgiving in Canada did not have a fixed date until the late 19th century. Prior to Canadian Confederation, many of the individual colonial governors of the Canadian provinces had declared their own days of Thanksgiving. The first official Canadian Thanksgiving occurred on April 15, 1872, when the nation was celebrating the Prince of Wales’ recovery from a serious illness. By the end of the 19th century, Thanksgiving Day was normally celebrated on November 6. However, when World War I ended, the Armistice Day holiday was usually held during the same week. To prevent the two holidays from clashing with one another, in 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving to be observed on its present date on the second Monday of October. Since 1971, when the American Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect, the American observance of Columbus Day has coincided with the Canadian observance of Thanksgiving.

Much as in Canada, Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. Influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for around 40 years trying to make it an official holiday, Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states. Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of America’s refusal to recognize Lincoln’s authority, a nationwide Thanksgiving date was not realized until Reconstruction was completed in the 1870s.

On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. Two years earlier, Roosevelt had used a presidential proclamation to try to achieve this change, reasoning that earlier celebration of the holiday would give the country an economic boost.

Observance
Canada
Thanksgiving (Canadian French: Jour de l’Action de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is mostly celebrated in a secular manner. Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in all provinces in Canada, except for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. While businesses may remain open in these provinces, the holiday is nonetheless recognized and celebrated regardless of its status.

United States
Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States. Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year.

Liberia
In the West African country of Liberia, which began in 1820 with the colonization of freed black slaves (Americo-Liberians) from the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the first Thursday of November.

The Netherlands
Many of the Pilgrims who migrated to the Plymouth Plantation had resided in the city of Leiden from 1609–1620, many of whom had recorded their births, marriages and deaths at the Pieterskerk. To commemorate this, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held each year on the morning of the American Thanksgiving Day in the Pieterskerk, a Gothic church in Leiden, to commemorate the hospitality the Pilgrims received in Leiden on their way to the New World.

Norfolk Island
In the Australian external territory of Norfolk Island, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Wednesday of November, similar to the pre-World War II American observance on the last Thursday of the month. This means the Norfolk Island observance is the day before or six days after the United States’ observance. The holiday was brought to the island by visiting American whaling ships.

Grenada
In the West Indian island of Grenada, there is a national holiday known as Thanksgiving Day which is celebrated on October 25. Even though it bears the same name, and is celebrated at roughly the same time as the American and Canadian versions of Thanksgiving, this holiday is unrelated to either of those celebrations. Instead the holiday marks the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of the island in 1983, in response to the deposition and execution of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.

Similar holidays
Germany
The Harvest Thanksgiving Festival, Erntedankfest, is an early October, German Christian festival. The festival has a significant religious component to it, but also, like its North American counterpart, includes large harvest dinners (consisting mostly of autumn crops) and parades. The Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest generally takes place within the vicinity of Erntedankfest.

Japan
Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日 Kinrō Kansha no Hi?) is a national holiday in Japan. It takes place annually on November 23. The law establishing the holiday, which was adopted during the American occupation after World War II, cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. It has roots in an ancient harvest ceremony (Niiname-sai (新嘗祭?)) celebrating hard work.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Susan Brooks on the Immune System

In issue Number 23 of The Main Central, Winter 1998/99, Susan M. Brooks, contributing Editor, shares her experience of the immune system in the “Editor’s Corner”:

As I sit here in Colorado on December 1 with yet another 70 degree day, I wonder what Mother Nature has to say about these extra warm late Fall days. She has her way of lulling us into complacency and then – surprise – snow and cold will be upon us. Meanwhile, as we bask in the sunshine, we can begin to focus on boosting our immune system to prepare for the winter season with Fourth Depth in charge.

In a recent issue of Alternatives health newsletter (Sept. ’98), among other things, I was drawn to a quote by Benjamin Franklin, “You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known and exist, before it is generally received and practiced upon.”

The quote reminds me of the knowledge held for at least hundreds of years in Oriental medicine of the importance of the immune system in health and healing.

Louis Pasteur’s theory of the 1800’s that germs were the cause of disease is becoming increasingly outdated as anecdotal cases and medical research supports the notion that health ‘projects’ are not due solely to exposure to microbes or disease. It is the healthy functioning of the immune system that is the “key” to health and harmony. This explains, for instance, why not everyone exposed to flu gets flu.

How can we strengthen our immune system with our 26 Keys? We know the 3’s, 13’s, 23’s and 15’s are the primary builders and sustainers. The Fatigue Flow, with its anchor on 3, is dynamic as well as helping the lymphatic system. If early symptoms of flu happen to set in, we have Special Body Function Energy No. 3 (5 and same side 16). If we become aware of a scratchy or sore throat, we have the Small Intestine Flow and the Special Body Function Energy No 2 helper (low 8 and same side 16 for opposite throat), which is effective for Strep as well.

Although not mentioned much in Jin Shin Jyutsu lore, sleep is another harmonizer for the immune system and, hence, the Fourth Depth. Although we as humans do not have our body chemistry wired for hibernating like many mammals do, maybe they convey a message we need to heed. When winter sets in, take it easy, rest, stay warm, find a cozy place to snuggle up, and emerge when we’re ready!

For most of us with the Holiday Season and work and family and life, this slowing down and resting option is not so practical. However, embracing simplicity and adopting the pace of Nature, as Emerson once said, can do nothing but harmonize our Fourth Depth and keep life F-U-N!

…full text is available at http://www.jsjinc.net

Thank you, Susan.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Eliza Doolittle

My dog, Eliza, developed a tumor-like growth on her foreleg. Her vet was not overly concerned but said he would remove it surgically on her scheduled dental cleaning date (to avoid using anesthesia twice). The tumor grew over the next weeks, but again the vet assured me it was nothing to worry about. Nonetheless I worried. So I began using the prescribed Jin Shin Jyutsu technique daily and when it was time for the dental cleaning the vet was surprised to find that the growth was completely gone.

This is yet another wondrous example how our bodies renew and heal themselves…the starfish (an animal, not a fish) can regenerate an arm…and the body can “absorb” “accumulations” such as tumors, etc.

“Pixie Dust” made from pig bladders, can regrow human limbs…take a peek at this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1270990. There are many more links about pixie dust…very interesting that we don’t hear about it much in US of A. Could it be the AMA? Pharmaceutical companies? Government confusion as to how to tax the product? Or simply closed-minded people?

You might want to know about my Eliza Doolittle. She has gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but she was 6 years old when I rescued her from a shelter in Newark, NJ. Her story was that the owners brought her in the day I found her because she snapped at their grandchildren. Eliza weighed 4 pounds as a fully grown long-haired chihuahua. Her life had been spent in a cage. She was unable to walk a straight line. She moved forward by walking in little circles. Because she never learned to walk properly, her knee joints did not develop as they ought and her patella would slip behind the joint and she would scream in pain.

First thing we did was go to the vet and have her knee surgically repaired.

She had been fed only table scraps all her life, so the second thing we did was get her on a healthy diet.

I had a lot of love to give her and over the next 6 years, Eliza learned that not all humans are evil.

She learned to cuddle, play, enjoy walks, run in the park and make friends with other animals, including humans. With healthy food and much love and Jin Shin Jyutsu, she grew back her glorious long hair, a sparkle appeared in her eyes and she weighed in at 10 pounds, 1 ounce.

I miss her physical presence, but sense her energetic life with me constantly.

I cannot wish well to her previous owners. Their cruelty is incomprehensible. It makes me want to believe in Dante’s Inferno where those who abuse animals and children live eternally in fear and pain being eaten over and over by monsters like themselves.

Until I can get by that failure to forgive, I can clearly see I have an uphill slope on my own spiritual path…at least I don’t actually wish them un-well….

Woof! to you, Eliza, my darling.

PS
Of course, I named her Eliza Doolittle because she came to me a “gutter snipe” and turned into a true “lady”.

Waltraud Riegger-Krause on SEL 20

Waltraud Riegger-Krause shares her experience with Safety Energy Lock 20 in the Winter 1998/99 issue of The Main Central, issue Number 23:

Twenty is again a number 2. It allows us to see the everlasting, infinite wisdom of the universe. With 19, I free myself from all limitations of physical matters and circumstances so that I can BE eternal consciousness with number 20, what I already AM.

20 is the end of all mental activities. By holding 20’s my mental activities will slow down; and in this stillness of mind, I will receive knowledge of the archives of eternity. It’s like all of a sudden out of the stillness appears some insight, and this is something that has to do with universal truth. On the mental level, it helps my memory. We oftentimes see people touch their forehead on the area of number 20 when they try to think of a name or something else. Kids in school do it “knowing” that it will help them write their tests.

Twenty develops logical thinking and common sense. It is the all-knowing spirit, the jewel of the mind. All mental activities will be harmonized. It is related to the bustline and, therefore, helps also with heart disharmonies. As it is located on the forehead, it will help frontal headache and all around the eyes (like people working a lot with the computer). As a quickie we can hold 20 and opposite 4/12. 20 is also a good Safety Energy Lock for people with ear projects or someone who has difficulties with equilibrium.

…full text available at http://www.jsjinc.net

Thank you, Waltraud.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

I’m thinking…

…about knowledge.

Beginning on page 248 of “The Holographic Universe” by Michael Talbot, he writes of another part of the NDE (Near Death Experience) that possesses many holographic phenomenons.

In the chapter “Instantaneous Knowledge”, Dr. Joel Whitton, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School who also holds a degree in neurobiology, writes about findings gathered from his many subjects who had experienced NDE.

To summarize the findings, they all reported that they learned that pure, unconditional love as motivation for thoughts and actions in this life was one of two primary functions of life; the other being the gathering of information/knowledge. Subjects agree that these two functions are eternal.

“What form does the knowledge contained in the thought balls ** experienced during NDEs take? According to NDEers all forms of communication are used, sounds, moving hologram like images, even telepathy – a fact that Ring* believes demonstrates once again that the hereafter is “a world of existence where thought is king”.

The thoughtful reader may immediately wonder why the quest for learning is so important during life if we have access to all knowledge after we die? When asked this question NDEers replied that they weren’t certain, but felt strongly that it had something to do with the purpose of life and the ability of each individual to reach out and help others.”

Having experienced one OBE myself in the mid-80s, it is good for me, I think, to gently hold my 20’s and open my mind to discover eternal truth.

I invite you to obtain this book, ISBN 0-06-092258-3, and consider the information within as you travel your own personal path of discovery.

*(Dr. Kenneth Ring, president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, as a psychologist with the University of Connecticut)

** Robert Monroe, former radio and television executive, who has experienced many OBEs (Out of Body Experiences), describes the instantaneous explosion of information as “thought balls”. These thought balls occur for OBEers and NDEers alike and are described by some that the information arrives in “chunks” that register instantaneously in one’s thoughts. In other words, rather than being strung out in a linear fashion like words in a sentence or scenes in a movie, all the facts, details, images and pieces of information burst into one’s awareness in an instant; one NDEer refers to the bursts of information as “bundles of thought”.