Underwater Worlds

Various underwater structures and ruins found around the globe may have been used by extraterrestrials; such as the temple ruins found under Lake Titicaca in Peru; the geometric structures of Yonaguni off the coast of Japan, and ancient Indian texts that allegedly describe other sunken cities yet to be discovered.

Tiahuanaco – Land Of The Star Gods

Tiahuanacu (also called Tiwanaku) is a mystery because of its age (estimated to be 17,000 years) and the peculiar stone technology. Today there is little doubt that Tiahuanaco was a major sacred ceremonial centre and focal point of a culture that spread across much of the region. The ancient people built a stone pyramid known as the Akapana. Land of the star Gods.

The Sustainability Sweet Spot

Alison Singer – Worldwatch Institute –

What does a truly sustainable country look like?  How do you measure true sustainability in a country? One way has been to compare how well a country achieves human needs, and at what ecological cost. Continue reading “The Sustainability Sweet Spot”

Ancient Hawaiian Civilizations Reveal Ways to Manage Fisheries for Sustainability

Science Daily –

Ancient Hawaiian Fisheries a Model of Sustainability
Ancient Hawaiian Fisheries a Model of Sustainability

“Ancient Hawaiian society effectively practiced what we now call Ecosystem-Based (Fisheries) Management, which is something that modern society often struggles to achieve,” … “Incorporating some of these ancient techniques into today’s policy may be the key to sustaining our fisheries.”

Ancient Fisheries Management

From Plato to late 20th century – A more or less concise, Historical Evolution of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

by: Teresa Escrig PhD. –

Dr. Escrig – a pioneer in service robotics – has written a fascinating and engaging history of man’s ongoing quest to develop artificial intelligence and robots.

Lets first consider the historical evolution that shows man’s desire to build a machine like ourselves. From philosophers and alchemists of the Middle Ages to 21st century scientists, the fascinating idea of creating a machine like the human being has endured.

The origins of Artificial Intelligence are attributed to the philosophers of antiquity. Plato (428 BC) wanted to know the characteristics of piety to determine if action could be regarded as pious. This could be the first algorithm. Aristotle conceived an informal system of syllogistic reasoning by which one could draw conclusions from premises, which became the precursor of reasoning.

Philosophers delineated the most important ideas related to artificial intelligence, but also needed a formalization of mathematics in three areas: computer science, logic and probability. Continue reading “From Plato to late 20th century – A more or less concise, Historical Evolution of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.”

A Platonic Love Story

by:  Elizabeth Diane

There are only five. There can be no more in three-dimensional reality that fit the parameters of all equality inside of the sphere. They become the very basic patterns of all form. When you begin grouping them together, or slicing off their corners, new, more complex forms emerge. The platonic solids are the 3D Mother/Father principle of all form, and the sphere is the womb that contains them all. First let me introduce you to them. They are: Tetrahedron, Hexahedron (a.k.a the Cube), Octahedron, Dodecahedron and Icosahedron.

marble mosaic in Saint Mark's basilica in Venice

Here is where the love story begins. Dodecahedron and Icosahedron are complimentary lovers, and so are Octahedron and Cube. No need to feel sorry for Tetrahedron, as it is its own mate. Magic happens when they come together. Between each of the partners, when one fits itself inside of the other, all the vertices of the inner one touch the exact center of all the faces of the other. As an example, when Cube nests inside of Octahedron, each of Cube’s eight vertices touches the very center of each of the eight triad-shaped faces of Octahedron. Then, when Octahedron nests inside of Cube, the same thing happens with the six vertices of Octahedron touching the six square faces of the Cube. The same type of mating happens between Dodecahedron and Icosahedron, and Tetrahedron with its same type. When one solid begins to grow inside of the other, its points emerge from the faces of its mate and they birth new structures from the emerging constellations. Their children are called Polyhedra.

Each of the five Platonic Solids has an attribute of one of the Five Elements. Tetrahedron is Fire and is the alchemical element for the Phoenix to rise or the gold to be purified. Cube is Earth and mates with Octahedron, which is Air, like Mother Earth and Father Sky coming together. Dodecahedron is the unseen “Ethers” (astral light, or the no thing that connects everything) and Icosahedron is Water, known to have “memory” and transmit information as the Ethers do. The Quintessential Solids live forever in an eternal paradise where they provide the playground of the tangible queen/kingdom in which we play.

*For simple proof of why there are only five Platonic Solids, see this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonic_solid

Elizabeth Diane is the owner of Lucid 9 Design, Inc., a residential building design firm in Olympia, Washington USA, and SacredGeometryPortal.com.  An accomplished pianist, with a passion for Sacred Geometry and quantum physics, her fascination with patterns and vibration, led her to incorporate the harmonic proportions of sacred geometry into her building designs.  She can be reached at lisa@Lucid9Design.com




Strength Begins with Self-Love

by:  Annie Burnside

Strength is such an important topic in these times as we begin to understand that ego-strength is quite different from spiritual strength. Spiritual strength stems from knowing, accepting, and loving SELF, and therefore others, beyond labels, agendas and judgments, whereas ego-strength is based on them. If we truly desire to grow and expand our world, we must first grow and expand ourselves through the self-discovery of an inner strength that radiates outward into all that we feel, think, say and do. As this understanding of inside first, outer second, as well as being first, doing second takes hold more and more in our mainstream culture we will see great changes in our world.

In order to assist other families—I say families rather than individuals because it is my hope that we begin to view families of all shapes and sizes as the perfect vortex for sharing the fruits of self-exploration—I have created the initial framework for a SELF-LOVE Kit. I encourage parents and children alike to work with these offerings—discuss them, collage them, journal them, draw them, express them and create soul reminders (visual cues) with them. These starting points can be either a powerful beginning or an exciting expansion of deepened inner strength within the home depending on where each family is with the unfolding of their conscious spirit-embodiment.

I encourage parents to become the spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. Our children are ready. A yearning for soul depth literally pulsates behind the eyes of our young today, but they need guidance to remember and allow their personal soul truth rather than conform to the dictates of others. It is time that we assumed a greater responsibility for reminding our children the truth of their divine nature and all that this glorious heritage opens up for them. There is no one else to do it. The time is now for parents to model self-realization through their own self-exploration and invite the innate inner strength that lives within our children to burst forth. I hope the following SELF-LOVE points assist all families to shine their individual lights more brightly, for the world is indeed waiting…


Experiencing a greater intimacy with our own soul through inner work, stillness, presence and joy.


Understanding that we are, first and foremost, powerful, creative, divine, limitless, formless, eternal and infinite spiritual beings who co-create reality with the Universe according to our vibration—energetic frequency related to all that we think, say, do, believe and feel.


Accepting, claiming and celebrating the divine paradox that is life—the nature of reality is actually and/both rather than either/or—and the peace that can be found as we rest within the paradox instead of resist it.


Understanding that our truth is personal, powerful, and unique to us, as there are an infinite number of streams that ultimately lead to the glorious sea of self-realization.


Feeling our way through our soul rather than solely thinking our way through our mind when it comes to making a simple decision or choosing a life path, allowing our spirit to captain the ship.


Factoring ourselves in at all times no matter what the circumstance so that we may always live true and offer our highest truth to the world at large.


Embracing our humanity by tenderly and lovingly acknowledging, accepting, and appreciating all universal human experiences as what it means to become consciously spirit-embodied by becoming a witness to our story rather than the story itself.


Making our overall well-being—emotional, physical, mental and spiritual— the TOP priority in each and every choice due to the deep understanding that everything in our reality stems from it.


Consistently making conscious choices that reflect our truth not the truth of another without apology.


Trusting ourselves to know what truly resonates for us in all life experiences, while simultaneously blessing all else that doesn’t resonate as part of the Oneness and leaving it for others who are a vibrational match to it.


Understanding that our internal perspective creates our external experience not the other way around.


Allowing ourselves to flow naturally with life by surrendering to what is so rather than succumbing to the belief that life should be showing up as something different.


Allowing direct divine connection in everyday reality by opening up our unique channels to Spirit through authentic living.


Doing the necessary uncovering of old beliefs and patterns through a variety of self-exploratory means to fully know, embrace and unconditionally love the Man in the Mirror so that wholeness may be felt deep within and expressed in physical reality.


Allowing our soul purpose (dharma) to emerge in a way that feels good to us without any resistance or reliance on the approval of others.


The freedom to be passionately, fully, unabashedly, and authentically ourselves in every moment of every day!

We are each enough! SELF-LOVE, coupled with compassion and loving service toward our fellow man that stems from our truth, will create both the personal life and the world that our heart truly desires.

Annie Burnside

A modern bridge between the mainstream and the mystical, Annie Burnside, M.Ed. is a soul nurturer, author, public speaker and teacher specializing in conscious relationships and spiritual development.  Her book Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2010) offers everyday mediums and universal, life-affirming themes to those families seeking to expand spiritual awareness in the home.  Annie resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and three children. www.annieburnside.com



Green Building and the Divine Feminine

by: Elizabeth Diane

Many people have raised evocative discussions about Green Building lately, dissecting, analyzing and attempting to define exactly what it means.  Does it mean racking up as many LEED points as possible?  Reversing the greenhouse effect by installing solar panels and insulating well?  Or to build like indigenous cultures, with what local, natural earth and organic materials are available?

Perhaps there are many “shades of green” for all the definitions. However you define “green”, it is important to remember why we are even having this discussion.  It has everything to do with our relationship with nature and the imbalanced societies we have created.  When we produce and build on a massive scale with no sense of “enough”, we have tipped the scales and now we are seeing the results in ever-degraded global environments.  Since we live in a material world of opposing/complimentary forces, it is relevant to look at the Divine Feminine and the Sacred Masculine to illustrate what is happening on Gaia, the ancient name for Mother Earth.  Most ancient cultures, such as the Greeks, Egyptians, Hindu, Aztecs, Chinese, Norse, Mayan, Celtic and many others, had their gods and goddesses that together balanced their cosmology and affected their societies.  Those societies that ignored the lessons of balance created either a matriarchy or a patriarchy. Continue reading “Green Building and the Divine Feminine”

A Buildings Soul

by:  Elizabeth Diane  –

Home is a powerful archetype. Home is a place of refuge, warmth and safety.  At its best, it nurtures and feeds the soul.  It requires that we pay attention to it’s heating, electrical, moisture and air quality maintenance to prevent discomfort.  At worst, it needs costly repairs to keep it as a worthwhile structure.  But deeper in the psyche, it represents what we really are.  It represents the body we wear… our soul’s garment.

In Green Building, we have now come to analyze it for its inherent good or bad to the environment.  We assign points for every little green detail in order to give it a green seal of approval.  We have begun to wake up to some of the atrocities we have done to this lovely blue pearl of a planet we live on and are in the process of triage.  We are in a state of analysis with home design, and we sometimes forget about the “soul” of the home.

Great, balanced, healthy home design has soul, along with practical considerations.  It has an intentional relationship to Mother Earth, respecting and honoring the plant life, stones and materials that come from her, in order to make a wonderful place to live.  Sounds nice, right?  But how do we achieve it?  A check list, such as ones you can find through LEED or the Living Building Challenge can be a great place to start, but don’t stop there.  The soul is about harmonizing and balancing opposites.  Checklists can be very linear and left-brained.  Balance comes from bringing in an intuitive, right-brained approach.  So, be playful with colors, materials, shapes and textures while listening to what “feels” right.  Set a clear intent about what you want the building spaces to feel like.  Clear your mind and imagine what the series of spatial experiences will be as you move through different parts of the building.  And most importantly, listen to and trust your inner-guidance with design decisions.  Your heart and soul will fill your future space, before you even begin to build!