Kinkling Time


Every year in Maryland and vicinity there is a lot of baking going on.
It’s called Shrove Tuesday and falls approximately this year on February 21 2012.

Fasnachts were made as a way to empty the pantry of lard, sugar, fat, and butter, which were traditionally fasted from during Lent.

In parts of Maryland, the treats are called Kinklings, and are only sold in bakeries on Shrove Tuesday. The German version is made from a yeast dough, deep fried, and coated or dusted in sugar or cinnamon sugar; they may be plain or filled with fruit jam. Pennsylvania Dutch fasnachts can often be potato doughnuts, and may be uncoated, powdered with table sugar, or dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

It’s Kinkling Mania.

Check out my grandmother’s original recipe at my website

Better Then Krispy Cremes

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Key West Slideshow of Snipes


The serenity and tranquility of a little island away from it all.

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Dark Night of the Soul


It is difficult to know that your heart is not beating freely if the weight of the ego upon it is all you’ve ever known. Almost everyone suffers the same ailment. When we pass through the Dark Night we realize “I am a free Self and still connected to the world.”

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The Mystic (Dark and light)

Embracing the Dark~Honoring the Light

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DARK NIGHT OF SOUL~Isabel Hickey

One of the principal goals of any spiritual path is to lead us to experience that the true essence of our soul is loving, peaceful, joyful and free.
As our upper chakras open we experience our true soul essence as love and light. The air and fire elements facilitate this liberating experience.This phase of our spiritual journey covers both the taste of the ecstasy of Light and the agony of the dark night of the soul. We discover what the real cause of our pain and anguish is our perceived (unconscious) separation from God.

We realize that we have to work through all the dark thoughts,drop all alienating beliefs and release all false perceptions that keep our mind disconnected from the Divine. We become more and more content as we cultivate our inner relationship to our Divine Source and accept Maya for what it is.
We become more and more self-actualized as we learn to live our truth unflinchingly without letting outer circumstances distract us from our Divine Connection, or allowing external input to define our identity and our reality.

Working with the mental and subtle bodies is satisfying, but we notice that we cannot stay in this “enlightened” state all the time. This is when we realize that we have physical and emotional bodies that must also align with Spirit if we are to maintain this expanded state of consciousness. Enter the water and earth elements and the lower chakras. The good news is that the emotions are the sensory system of the soul. The bad news is that our work has just begun.

DARK NIGHT OF THE SENSES

St. John of the Cross writes about the “dark night of the senses.” Seva Simran Singh has observed “that almost everyone on a spiritual path goes through the ‘dark night of the senses.’ Essentially it is when everything you are seeing, hearing and feeling starts to drive you nuts. You begin to experience that the behavior of the senses is out of sync with the intent of your soul and it becomes a battle for which one will dominate your consciousness. You seek solace by finding sensory stimulus that supports you soul – sacred places, art, deep meditation – but then it is right back into the trenches and the battle rages on. After a while you begin to realize that the senses have been conditioned by past lives and the impressions of this life and that what you are really battling is your own karmic tendencies which, as your soul wakes up, are no longer acceptable to you.”We must consciously work with our emotional body to release the samskaras or scars that distract us from our true essence. Our task is to break the attachment to those tendencies that pull us away from our pure essence. We do so by patiently healing our emotional wounds and by reconfiguring our psyche to support our soul. This process can take years and perhaps is never really over.

There is however a point at which our soul essence begins to dominate our conscious attention. This is a turning point, after which the process of becoming our true selves gets deeper, richer and wonderfully satisfying. As we become more fully awake, we get more adept at rooting out old programming and releasing the hold of the past on our senses.

We are able to identify aspects of our life that are a function of outer reality and let go of sensations that have been cooped by conditioned responses. We learn to release unacceptable and confusing responses and replace them with authentic ones.
As we do so, our sensations become more and more pure expressions of our soul. We discover what it means to live and love at the level of our own truth, which is empowering and directing us from within.

FROM DARK NIGHT TO SENSORY HUMAN

“It is through meditation and sacred spaces that we get in touch with our soul and also retrain our senses experience reality through the eyes and ears and feelings of the soul. During the dark night of the senses this contrasts acutely with the tendency to experience reality through the eyes, ears and feelings of the ego and its conditioning. Thus we are both attracted and repulsed, desire and don’t desire, like and don’t like, love and hate, and so on, as the battle to win our senses rages on. We crave sensory stimulus that will remind us of our soul in order to escape from sensory stimulus that reminds us of our conditioning, known and unknown, personal and collective.”

When we actually experience our soul strongly enough, it begins to alter the mind so that the senses serve the soul. We no longer experience reality through the eyes and ears and feelings of our history/conditioning/ego.

In kundalini yoga this is called the sensory human.

The point about the dark night of the senses is that you don’t get there without a struggle to determine who or what is going to be in command of the senses and the way in which information is interpreted or filtered. Once you are there, your sadhana keeps you there and the journey is one of seeing and feeling and hearing through a different lens, a liberated one, free of time’s weight.

“The senses are capable of taking in billions and billions of bits of information across auditory, visual and kinesthetic spectrums vastly greater that what they have been conditioned to take in through genetics (collective history), samskaras (personal past life history), vassanas (personal- this life impressions) and the associated tendencies to distort, delete and generalize information.

When we tap into the sensory human we transcend our identification with the above and begin to open up the senses to their real potential as the eyes, ear and feelings of the soul.

“Our goal is to become what Yogi Bhajan calls a sensory human. We do so by passing through both the dark night of the soul and the dark night of the senses.

We re-train our senses to align with our soul, to obey a different master and to serve a different reality.

Oh blessed the night of sparkling stars
That brings forth the sun’s comforting light
Blessed and cherished sleep that renews our soul
for the day ahead~
come what may
another darkness of night to come
another daybreak
and so it continues

Written 8/17/03
Copyright ©2012 Cynthia Martz

Good Night and Good Morning | Mind Rainbows


Photographs I took this AM
© Cynthia Martz 2014

The Dolls


 

 

I first read this story on Facebook and then researched Google “The Dolls” and found it.

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Photographs © Cynthia Martz 2014

 

The Story about the Dolls

 

My mama made all her girls Raggedy Ann’s. After all the years she still looks beautiful. I never put her in plastic casing as some persons do. I let her breathe, and she followed me wherever I found myself.

 

The stories she could tell Smile

Daily Messages from Dr. Standley – February 2013


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Purrfection


Thoughts on a Special Day

Today (Heart Day) Minnie  will be 11 years old. I adopted her in January 2004 , two months after Master Purrby (1994 – 2003) went to Rainbow bridge.

The Cat that listens

When I say”Come, Minnie” she appears in moments

If I say “Are you hungry” she says “meow”

I say “Let’s Go” she “meows” and meets me in the kitchen.

She sprawls her fluffy self over the center of my chest and lays still

Our hearts beat together and feelings of contentment wash over me

She hums her perfect purr.
© Cynthia Martz 2014

Her adoption picture 2004

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Today 2/14/14

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Heart Day Pies and a Full Moon too

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Crazy 8 Mercury Retrograde


 

Today has been a doosey.

As these following things occurred I couldn’t help but ask myself “What in the heck is going on ?” I typed into Google “What’s Going on in the Universe ? My answer came. Page after page of  information on “Mercury Retrograde “

It’s going to turn you inside out. You may be wondering why you feel like hibernating.

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Should have known. “New initiatives surrounding home and property are best left for a better time.”

No kidding ?

Yesterday I took back the metal running wheel. After research I realized it wasn’t safe. I had ordered two wheels last week.The Flying Saucer wheel came today. It was green, I had ordered purple. No problem as I was just glad it came. Hempy was stressed last night looking for his wheel. Back and forth he ran. Finally he just made his nest and went back to bed early.

Today I did a spot clean on his bin and added fresh bedding. I didn’t want too disturb his day slumber. I made him a basket for him covering it with the top from his old cage. No openings, safe or so I thought. I picked up his sleeping den and placed it inside along with a hanging water bottle and some fresh food. I put the entire basket on the kitchen counter away from any drafts.

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After his Bin was ready I went too the kitchen and got the basket. I put him in the bin still safe and sleeping in his igloo. For some reason I decided to lift the top of the igloo and say Hello to him.He was not in it. I immediately went into panic mode and started moving the bedding around thinking perhaps he was hiding under it.  Having three cats roaming about my first thoughts were not very optimistic nor promising.

Hempy Houdini had escaped from his covered basket and time was passing.. I found him and China on the kitchen counter. Hempy was standing with his dukes up as if too say ” Make My Day” .

A Canon Moment I couldn’t catch. I had too get Hempy back to his bin.

He went straight for the “Flying Saucer”

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I hugged China for not having Hempy for a snack.

On to next scenario.

Indigo Betta fell from top of two dressers that are stacked. The vase slipped out of my hand. Three cats roaming about, no time too lose.
Water everywhere. My floors are very clean. Indigo back in his refreshed vase  of water swimming about. It seems he escaped unharmed due too very quick maneuvers on my end.

I hugged China for not having Hempy for a snack.

I am exhausted.

©2014 Cynthia Martz

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Are We Being Slowly Poisoned


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Click on Photo for Vaccines 101

 

I just seen a post on Facebook by Annette Bosworth stating that if you refuse to take a prescribed medication it will be become mandatory under Obama care and if we refuse we will  be fined.

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I do not believe vaccinations help us. This is my opinion of course and I do not take them. My animals do not receive them either.

We are supposedly a free country to live and choose. If in fact what the Senator wanna be from South Dakota is spewing I wish she would offer up some facts.

Remember Thalidomide?

http://retroreport.org/the-shadow-of-thalidomide/

Remember those intimate connections between government vaccine experiments and the outbreak of “the gay plague”?

“There is no doubt that AIDS erupted in the U.S. shortly after government-sponsored hepatitis B vaccine experiments (1978-1981) using gay men as guinea pigs.”

http://www.rense.com/general68/gayex.htm

“Scientists were not telling the whole truth about AIDS and its origin from biological warfare and from cancer virus research that took place extensively in the decade before AIDS, namely the 1970s”

“What was the primary objective for the research and testing of these biological agents back in the 60s at Fort Detrick and other places?”

I was born in Frederick,Maryland. I lived very near  Fort Detrick and remember the talk of the experiments and the bovine virus.

http://www.rense.com/general75/mmo.htm

“The military’s biological warfare unit at Ft  Detrick, Maryland, was joined to the National Cancer Institute in the early 1970s, by order of President Richard Nixon”

Dr. Alan Cantwell wrote the very informative book “Aids and the Doctors of Death” He also wrote “THE SECRET AIDS GENOCIDE PLOT”

“Then of course the hype that it came from Africa after the smallpox vaccine story hit the front-page of The London Times, the story was subsequently killed and never appeared again in any of the world major media. The story suggested the smallpox eradication vaccine program sponsored by the World Health Organization was responsible for unleashing AIDS in Africa. About 100 million Africans living in central Africa were inoculated by the WHO.The vaccine was held responsible for awakening a “dormant” AIDS virus on the continent.”

“attempt to support the government’s claim that HIV originated in Africa, and to further cast doubt on the man-made theory of AIDS.”

Remember Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment#Study_details

POLIO (Monkey Virus Caused Cancer)

“Some researchers  contend SV40 was transmitted to humans through the polio vaccine, which has saved many lives. The vaccine is made in monkey kidney cells, and from 1955 to 1963 an estimated 20 million Americans were given doses contaminated with SV40. “

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=131184

 

If you don’t know about these things it may benefit you to do some research.

 

Just a few of my reasons for not accepting vaccinations mandatory or not.

Parakeet Haven


I have been cleaning all day. My place was full of dust bunnies, bird seed and feathers.

When you are sick with the flu it’s a miracle they all get fed everyday.

I also made some new toys for my birds and Hempy the Hamster.

Egg cartons cut in half filled with treats, paper towel cardboard cut in half for tunnels. Hempy is having a blast.

The birds love there seed and fruit and veggies in the ice cube trays. They all eat happily together.

I also made a bird bath from a old coconut shell.

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