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Dreadlock Shampoo :)


By amethyst777, 2013-02-18

I just wanted to make a post about theDreadlock Shampoo. We've hurt for money lately with having our nephew come to live with us, so this was kind of an extravagant thing for me to do, ordering the shampoo and the pinkHimalayan sea salt accelerator spray, but considering I've used nothing but BS/ACV for several months now, I didn't feel TOO guilty about it (my shampoo bill has gone to almost nothing). Anyhow, guilt aside, I ordered :).

First of all, it was here within 3 days!!! Wow! I've never gotten anything I've ordered from anywhere so fast.

Second, the smell is heavenly! I ordered the Dragons Blood scent. It smells so good in fact, that when I was out and about running some errands, TWICE I had people in line next to me say I smelled really good! I haven't even gotten that with expensive perfume that I allow myself about every 2 years and only wear for specialoccasions(for me expensive perfume is about $60 lol). When I told them it was actually my hair, they were amazed that a shampoo smelled so good and put out so much fragrance. Then we had the obligatory conversation about how I'm starting natural dreadlocks. Of course, since I smelled great, there was no conversation about if they were clean or not. They also liked my little beads and crystals I had put in :). I washed my hair night before last and I can still smell the shampoo just as good as the day I washed. I haven't had any essential oils to add to my BS/ACV wash, so the scent is a big deal for me. While the BS/ACV did a great job of getting my hair clean and keeping it healthy and, I've really missed having scent and bubbles.

Third, since my babies were only born on Halloween (not intentional, but cool I thought) and are still very young, I don't do a lot of scrubbing, I found with the liquid, I didn't really have to scrub. Just lighting rubbing my scalp and then letting the rest wash through the rest of my hair was sufficient. My hair felt lighter and cleaner than it has since I started my journey. Can you guys tell I'm completely SOLD on this stuff?

Last of all, what I didn't expect was how much it seems to be helping the dreading process. Here's a pic I took to show a friend my wraps and crystal. It looks like it's in some kind of weird twist doo, but I actually just had the sides pulled back and tied together, I guess it's just the angle. You can see it'sseparatingand has a few loops and stuff going on. I took this about a week ago.


Then today I took this pic. I only got a few loops in the pic and I'll try to get my partner to take a full pic when she gets home. I tried, but couldn't do a decent one of the full back by myself. My entire head is full of loops and new baby dreads starting.

This is also "bed head" and for some reason it looks oily to me in the pic, but I promise it's not at all, maybe just the light, bu t shows the loops good. Every single dread has loops like that!!! It's completely changed the texture of my hair, in an awesome way!

I don't ever do reviews, but I couldn't pass this one up. To be honest, when I ordered I thought, meh... it prob'ly smells good, and I was excited to get it, but it exceeded all my expectations.

To make an honest review, the ONLY negative I could possibly come up with, is that I wish it was a bigger bottle :) It's a bit expensive, but with this one, you definitely get what you pay for! I think it will last a while. I started washing everyday (before dreads), then when to about 3 times a week, then 2 times a week, and I plan now to start washing only once a week. Not to save the shampoo, it just seems that's all it needs now.

I'll still likely use the BS/ACVoccasionally since it seems to strip everything and deep clean, not that this shampoo doesn't, I've always found it's good to change things upoccasionally (it's like my hair gets immune to shampoos after a few washings).

I haven't tried the PinkHimalayan sea salt accelerator yet, but my understanding is that you shouldn't leave it on but a few hours before washing. So I'll use it on the day I wash my hair this week, and definitely let you guys know how it goes. I did spray some on my fingers to feel and smell. It has kind of a light flowery scent (I think SE said it smells like old lady perfume, it kinda does, but not a bad smell at all). It felt a little conditioning, but didn't seem heavy. I'll let ya know :)

I hope this helps some of you decide whether to try it or not, and know that I don't get anything for this review. I did it because it's really just that good.

Blessings to you all!

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Suddenly mom to a 2yr old! :)


By amethyst777, 2012-12-20

Hey fellow dreadies!

My partner and I have suddenly and unexpectedly become moms to our 2yr old nephew. He adorable and as sweet as can be. Right now he's special needs. We aren't sure if he's behind because he was terribly neglected up until this point (we had no idea), or if there is something more going on. We've been working with him everyday. He is 2, but functions at about a 6mo old level. Doesn't walk, talk, eat solid foods, I don't think he recognizes his own name. It's getting better every day though.

It's taken all us and his grandparents had to get papers filed to adopt, or get custody of him. Christmas is so close... sigh... If any of you have anything you could donate it would be much appreciated. He's in a size 4T. So clothes, books, toys, gift cards... anything would help. It was just so unexpected it's been a hard couple of weeks.

If you can help us, help the little guy, just message me and I'll get our info to you. Sorry for asking for help, we're just close to desperate at the moment.

Happy Holidays to all of you and thanks in advance :)
Carol

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The power of positive thought...


By amethyst777, 2012-11-04
The Amazing Power of Thoughts and Words

Thoughts and speech effect our world far more than most people realize. Everything in our existence is made of energy, frequency and vibration. When you think or speak, you are effecting the world around you without even knowing it.

Consider the research done by Dr. Masaru Emoto of Japan.. Dr. Emoto has gained worldwide acclaim through his groundbreaking research and discovery that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness. During the 90s, Dr. Emoto performed a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystalline structure of water. Emoto hired photographers to take pictures of water after being exposed to the different variables and subsequently frozen so that they would form crystalline structures. The results were nothing short of remarkable..

Some examples of his discoveries:

*Water from clear mountain springs and streams had beautifully formed crystalline structures, while the crystals of polluted or stagnant water were deformed and distorted.

*Distilled water exposed to classical music took delicate, symmetrical crystalline shapes. When water samples were bombarded with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, or when negative thoughts and emotions were focused intentionally upon them, such as "Adolf Hitler", the water did not form crystals at all. Instead, it displayed chaotic, fragmented structures.

*When the words "thank you" were taped to a bottle of distilled water, the frozen crystals had a similar shape to the crystals formed by water that had been exposed to Bach's "Goldberg Variations"- music composed out of gratitude to the man it was named for.

*When water was treated with aromatic floral oils, the water crystals tended to mimic the shape of the original flower.

Sometimes, when we don't see the immediate results of our affirmations and or prayers, we think we have failed. But, as we learn through Masaru Emoto's photographs, that thought of failure itself becomes represented in the physical objects that surround us. Now that we have seen this, perhaps we can begin to realize that even when immediate results are invisible to the unaided human eye, they are still there. When we love our own bodies, they respond. When we send our love to the Earth, she responds.. For our own bodies at birth are more than 60 percent water, and the percentage of water in our bodies remains high throughout life (depending upon weight and body type). The earth's surface is more than 60 percent water as well.

From Dr Emoto's research we now know water is far from inanimate. It is actually alive and responsive to our every thought and emotion. Perhaps, having seen this, we can begin to really understand the awesome power that we possess, through choosing our thoughts and intentions wisely, so we can heal ourselves and the earth.

*From the SF admin* - A final thought.. When you learn about this subject, it makes you rethink concepts like Prayer, Holy Water, Saying Grace at dinner, etc.. I'm starting to realize that some aspects of organized Religion aren't as pointless as I once thought. If you think about it, Prayer actually can help people in many ways.. Holy water is merely water that has been anointed with 'sacred oils' and/or was BLESSED by a Priest.. The concept of 'Saying Grace' at dinner is understandable now too when you consider the fact that everything we consume has water in it. If we say we are thankful for it, I have no doubt that it effects the water in the food too. The concept of 'thanksgiving' actually came from the Native American tribes. When they killed an animal or harvest their food from the ground, they say prayers and they gave thanks in sacred ritual. This isn't just a Native American thing either, indigenous tribes all over the world do it too. Now, after learning about Dr Emoto's research, I'm starting to understand why.

Links with more info on the experiment:

Spirit Science: Water-
Emotos Water Experiment: The Power of Thoughts
http://www.highexistence.com/water-experiment/

Water, Consciousness & Intent: Dr. Masaru Emoto
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Power of Thought - A Quantum Perspective - By Kent Healy
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The Amazing Power of Thoughts and Words Thoughts and speech effect our world far more than most people realize. Everything in our existence is made of energy, frequency and vibration. When you think or speak, you are effecting the world around you without even knowing it. Consider the research done by Dr. Masaru Emoto of Japan.. Dr. Emoto has gained worldwide acclaim through his groundbreaking research and discovery that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness. During the 90′s, Dr. Emoto performed a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystalline structure of water. Emoto hired photographers to take pictures of water after being exposed to the different variables and subsequently frozen so that they would form crystalline structures. The results were nothing short of remarkable.. Some examples of his discoveries: *Water from clear mountain springs and streams had beautifully formed crystalline structures, while the crystals of polluted or stagnant water were deformed and distorted. *Distilled water exposed to classical music took delicate, symmetrical crystalline shapes. When water samples were bombarded with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, or when negative thoughts and emotions were focused intentionally upon them, such as "Adolf Hitler", the water did not form crystals at all. Instead, it displayed chaotic, fragmented structures. *When the words "thank you" were taped to a bottle of distilled water, the frozen crystals had a similar shape to the crystals formed by water that had been exposed to Bach's "Goldberg Variations"- music composed out of gratitude to the man it was named for. *When water was treated with aromatic floral oils, the water crystals tended to mimic the shape of the original flower. "Sometimes, when we don't see the immediate results of our affirmations and or prayers, we think we have failed. But, as we learn through these experiments, that thought of failure itself becomes represented in the physical objects that surround us. Now that we have seen this, perhaps we can begin to realize that even when immediate results are invisible to the unaided human eye, they are still there. When we love our own bodies, they respond. When we send our love to the Earth, she responds.. For our own bodies at birth are more than 60 percent water, and the percentage of water in our bodies remains high throughout life (depending upon weight and body type). The earth's surface is more than 60 percent water as well. From this research we now know water is far from inanimate. It is actually responsive to our every thought and emotion. Perhaps, having seen this, we can begin to really understand the awesome power that we possess, through choosing our thoughts and intentions wisely, so we can heal ourselves and the earth." -Dr Emoto Links with more info on the experiment: Spirit Science: Water- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtDennZr5fA Emoto’s Water Experiment: The Power of Thoughts <a href=http://www.highexistence.com/water-experiment/ Water, Consciousness & Intent: Dr. Masaru Emoto
Power of Thought - A Quantum Perspective - By Kent Healy
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Credit given to Lara Starr for this information shared on her FB page. I thought you guys would find it interesting :)
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Buddhism 101


By amethyst777, 2012-09-22
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS



The Four Noble Truths represent the core of the teachings of the Buddha, and are as follows:

The First Noble Truth - dissatisfaction and suffering exist and are universally experienced.

The Second Noble Truth - Desire and attachment are the causes of dissatisfaction and suffering.

The Third Noble Truth - There is an end to dissatisfaction and suffering.

The Fourth Noble Truth - The end can be attained by journeying on the Noble Eight-fold Path.

THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH: Right Understanding, Right Thinking, Right Speech, Right Attitude, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.

1. Right View: See things as they truly are without delusions or distortions for all things change. Develop wisdom by knowing how thingswork, knowing oneself and others.

2. Right Intention: Wholehearted resolution and dedication to overcoming the dislocation of self-centered craving through the development of loving kindness,empathyand compassion.

3. Right Speech: Abstinence from lies and deceptions, backbiting, idle babble and abusive speech. Cultivate honesty and truthfulness; practice speech that is kind and benevolent. Let your words reflect your desire to help, not harm others.

4.Right Action: Practice selfless conduct that reflects the highest statement of the life you want to live. Express conduct that is peaceful, honest and pure showing compassion for all beings.

5. Right Livelihood: Avoidance of work that causes suffering to others or that makes a decent, virtuous life impossible. Do not engage in any occupation that opposes or distracts one from the path. Love and serve our world through your work.

6. Right Effort: Seek to make the balance between the exertion of following the spiritual path and a moderate life that is not over-zealous. Work to develop more wholesome mind states, while gently striving to go deeper and live more fully.

7. Right Mindfulness: Through constant vigilance in thought, speech and action seek to rid the mind of self-centered thoughts that separate and replace them with those that bind all beings together. Be aware of your thoughts, emotions, body and world as they exist in the present moment. Your thoughts create your reality.

8. Right Concentration: Through theapplicationof meditation and mental discipline seek to extinguish the last flame of grasping consciousness and develop an emptiness that has room to embrace and love all things.

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