<![CDATA[The New Dawn Educational Center - Blog]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:31:28 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     DEC. 2017]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:13:29 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-dec-2017
We are glad to announce our next workshop on Dec. 10th.  We hope you join us...extraordinary new plant friends await you.
Here’s a photo taken by Connie Yunker at our last Nov. Sunday workshop on gardening and medicinal plants.
Participants came from Quepos as well as the San Isidro area.  Thank you so much folks for being so attentive and interested.  Our next workshop will be the 10th of Dec.  Hope you’ll join us.

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<![CDATA[Health Care Special  2]]>Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:23:49 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/health-care-special-2A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF OUR DIET
 
To begin our exploration of diet and nutrition, let’s take a view of this theme over a broad range of time and see how our diet has evolved during the past millenniums.  First, let’s go back in time to our earliest ancestors and their original or primordial diet.  At the dawn of our species’ history, when the use of fire had not yet been discovered and only basic, rudimentary tools where being discovered, we can speculate that the human diet basically consisted of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.  This simple diet laid the foundation for the development of our species and represented the building blocks of our evolution.  Perhaps hundreds of thousands of years passed by while our ancestors lived and developed healthy generations of offspring with this diet.  According to anthropologists, these earliest people lived in Africa, and as their populations grew and prospered on the original diet, they migrated to new territories in search of food.  During these migrations, these early tribes where often forced to move into new habitats with cooler climates, and so, through necessity, they developed new tools, weapons, clothes, and the use of fire.  There was a transition from food gatherers to hunter-gatherers.  These new groups of humans began to hunt and cook food.  It is interesting to note that the ancient texts from India mention that when humans began to eat meat and cook food, 13 new diseases arouse to inflict our species.  It’s easy to list at least a half-dozen parasitic infections alone, not to mention, coronary, renal and arthritic diseases that researches are now revealing stem from excessive animal fats in our diet.
As our species developed and populated the world, territories became well established with human populations.  The next stage of development was the agricultural phase, in which, humans, were no longer able to explore new territories and were obligated to plant and harvest, as well as tend domesticated animals as their food source.  This stage also extended over millenniums of time.  The apex of this development is manifested in the cultures of India and Asia through the Hindu and Buddhist religions.  Both cultures perfected a vegetarian diet as the optimal diet for long life and vitality based on natural whole cooked grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. 
In the last 500 years of our development we entered the age of technology and industrialization.  Our societies have become centralized in urban populations, and we depend upon highly technical support systems.  Our diet of processed foods reflects much of this modernization.  Now, the majority of our foods are processed to preserve the food for longer periods of time in storage.  Most of the time, the main reason for this processing is profit oriented.  Foods that can remain on the store shelf for long periods of time will not represent a profit loss.  The processing of food also reflected society’s tastes as well.  What was considered finer and refined became the popular trend in food.  Therefore, we see many of our whole foods have been processed for taste, instead of health.  White bread, white sugar and white rice represent a few examples.  At the expense of taste, we have sacrificed nutritional value, since the processing of these foods eliminates the fiber and nutrient content. Today our foods are also processed with additions of preservatives, stabilizers and artificial flavors.  In agriculture, we have also utilized highly technical methods to produce food with the use of pesticides and other agrochemicals, resulting in foods which contain residues of these chemicals and lower level of nutrients, and finally, many foods are now being genetically modified, which creates potential safety risk for consumption.
Athough science and technology have made advances in eliminating contagious diseases, our hospitals are now full of patients with chronic degenerative and malignant diseases, the majority of them directly related to our modern diet and environmental contamination.  Cancer, heart and kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis and rheumatism are just a few of the examples.  In most of these cases, the life span of the population is extended through the use of drugs and surgical operations.  Fortunately, a small, but growing percentage of our population is becoming aware of the advantages of returning to the natural diet of our ancestors for health and vitality.  This chapter will present you with several options concerning diet that I hope will serve you well in improving your health.  Here in the tropics, we have the benefit of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds to include in our diets.  The availability of organic produce is also more common these days, and of course, you may find growing your own fruits and vegetables another viable solution.  There’s a wonderful relation between working outside with Nature, caring for the plants and trees and the food they produce.  The exercise, fresh air, the soil and the rain all bring us closer to the magic of Life.  You’ll find my book, The Costa Rican Organic Home Gardening Guide,  a useful companion for growing your own food here in the tropics.
 
ENEMIES OF OUR HEALTH
Before we start on describing the various types of natural diets, it’s important to first list the foods and substances that cause the greatest damage to our bodies - the enemies of our health.
This group contributes to rapid aging and chronic disease.  When you begin to eliminate these items from the diet and substitute them with other natural products, you’ll make great progress in improving your health.  Remember to love yourself unconditionally and each day build self-esteem.  Most of the time we are programmed on the lower three levels of our consciousness to consume for taste and pleasure.... move into the love zone and love your body.  Choose foods for enhancing your health.  You’ll also find that you don’t have to go without taste and pleasure.  You can substitute the old enemies of health for natural foods and drink that are equally delicious and pleasurable.  Here is an outline of the enemies of our health and healthy substitutes for better health.

Smoking
 
Alcoholic drinks
 
Coffee and Black Tea
 
Sugar, Candies, Ice Cream
 
Salt
 
Processed foods
White bread, rice, cakes, etc.
Canned goods

 
HEALTHY SUBSTITUTES
 
Fresh Air
 
Pure water, vegetable and fruit drinks, herbal tea
 
Pure water, vegetable and fruit drinks, herbal tea
 
Honey, fruits, nuts and seeds
 
Spices and herbal condiments
 
Whole, natural, unprocessed foods
Whole wheat bread and whole grain rice
Freshly prepared meals from local produce

 
THE MACROBIOTIC DIET
The macrobiotic diet was first introduced in the West by Mishio Kushi during the early 1970’s.  Mishio was a student of George Oshawa from Japan, who taught the importance of returning to the natural diet that was traditional in the pre-industrial period of this country.  This diet is inspired by the Buddhist vegetarian tradition, and is based on the precepts of eating natural, whole foods, which are grown organically in the same region.  The term macrobiotic means “long life”, which is the aim of following this diet. 
The macrobiotic diet is centered around vegetables, seeds, nuts, fruits and whole grains, particularly rice, as well as many whole grain products, such as whole wheat bread, noodles, and soybean products, like tofu and miso.  Careful attention is placed on cooking food correctly to avoid losing it’s nutrtion value.  Stir-fries with low oil content and steaming vegetables are utilized to preserve the vitamin and mineral content of the food.  The use of animal products is restricted, as well as fried foods and refined food products.  Here is a list of typical foods that are included in the macrobiotic diet.
 The macrobiotic diet adapts well in the tropics, since our basic grain is rice, and there is a year round supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to suppliment our diet.  Rice and beans are a good example of a traditional combination of grain and legume.  Whole grains and macrobiotic products are now available in most parts of Costa Rica, making it feasible to switch over to a diet based on the macrobiotic principle.  Whenever possible, try to buy organic produce from your local farmers.  This helps to support sustainable agriculture in your area, and also insures you are eating food free of agrochemical residues. 
 
Whole grains
brown rice
barley
millet
oats
wheat
corn
buckwheat
rye
Legumes
soybeans
lentils
red and black beans
aduki beans
mung beans
chick peas or garbanzos
limas
Seeds and Nuts
sesame
sunflower
almonds
cashews
walnuts
peanuts
Vegetables/Fruits
Any organically grown
vegetables or fruits, particularly those grown in the same area where you live - for example
Cabbage, onions, garlic, lettuce, parsley, carrots, beets, root crops, etc.
Fruits of season -  bananas, mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons, pineapples,etc.
OILS
Olive oil
Sesame
Flax seed 
Coconut 
Sunflower

THE LIVE FOOD DIET
There’s a small, but growing number of people who are discovering the benefits of returning to our original diet- the live food diet - based on fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.  Here in the tropics, our ideal climate makes it easy to live on the raw food diet, but the difficult part seems to be overcoming all the cultural conditioning associated with our eating habits.  Our associations with food are strongly conditioned in our sensation programs.  We associate much of our pleasure and enjoyment in life with what we eat.  Not many people are willing to sacrifice these pleasures for healthy reasons.  Most commonly we hear people say, “ You only live once!”  I’ve observed that a good portion of the people that have changed to raw food did so because they suffered from chronic illnesses.  These individuals often have a different motivating force in life.  The suffering of illness can create a very strong  desire for being healthy, much more so than those who go through life with a strong constitution, and often take their health for granted.  They abuse their bodies, yet don’t seem to pay the consequences... or so it seems.   What’s remarkable is how well these individuals with sensitive health constitutions seemed to recover and live with so much vitality on the live food diet.    Many of these persons tell of going through years of different doctors, medicines and medical procedures without recovering their health, but they regained it with the live food diet.  For this reason, I also like to call it the regenerative diet or the healing diet. 
So, what we can gain from these people on raw foods is simple.  If you are sick and would like to get well, try this diet and see how it works for you.  It certainly can’t harm you, unless, of course you eat only oranges or something fanatical like this.  But, if you eat a balanced diet of live food, you may just find all those aches and pains will disappear, and all that extra weight just seems to vanish, as well as the wrinkles and dry skin.  And for those folks with a strong constitution that are concerned about their health, a transition to raw food can be the best health insurance for a long and energetic life.  Perhaps a 100% live diet may be difficult to achieve, but increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables can make a big difference in your health in the long run.  Here in the tropics, a 50% raw food and 50% macrobiotic diet is easy to achieve.
Let me tell you a true story about an example of living foods and its benefits.  During the late 70’s, I lived in Key West, Florida.  At the time I was experimenting with regenerating my health after years of abuse from my university party days.  Key West has a lovely tropical climate, but for the most part, it’s a city surrounded by beaches and the sea.  To obtain a good supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, I would travel up the highway of bridges through the keys to south Miami in a section called Homestead.  Here many retirees had little homesteads, and one in particular, a man of 90 years of age, had a small farm with an orchard of avocados, mangos and oranges.  Every two weeks or so, I would buy bushels of fruit from him to take back to Key West.  This fellow was truly remarkable.  He looked like he was about 60 years of age and had no gray hair.  He was also lean and very active.  He would not permit anyone, but himself, to climb the trees to harvest the fruit, and he did it with the agility of a young man.  After getting to know me, he began to reveal the secrets of his youthful longevity.  He ate principally live foods from his orchard and garden, as well as raw eggs from his chickens and raw milk from his goat.  He also felt that sexual abstinence was a big part of his success.  When you see a person living like this and can see the results, it’s a lot easier to believe this type of diet really works.

PROTEINS
nuts & seeds, also high in fat
peanuts, also high in fat
soybeans sprouts
dried peas sprouts
mung bean sprouts
garbanzo bean sprouts
lentil sprouts
sunflower sprouts
raw milk
cottage cheese
yogurt
raw eggs
 
FATS
avocados, also high in protein
vegetable oils (cold pressed)
 
STARCHES
fresh lima beans
jerusalem artichokes
yams, grated
coconuts
sprouted grains
mature, starchy corn
mature, starchy peas
carrots
beets
 
ACID FRUITS
oranges
grapefruits
pineapples
strawberries
kiwis
tomatoes
lemons
limes
pomegranates
tangerines
tangelos
cranberries
all sour fruits
 
SUB-ACID FRUITS
mangos
cherries
apples
peaches
plums
apricots
most berries
pears
nectarines
papayas
 
SWEET FRUITS
bananas
dates
cherimoyas
persimmons
sapotes
fresh figs
grapes & raisins
all dried fruit
MELONS
watermelon
honeydew melon
muskmelon
cantaloupe

LOW & NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES
celery
fresh-picked, sweet corn
fresh-picked, sweet peas
snow & sugar snap peas
Brussels sprouts
Chinese cabbage
Swiss chard
broccoli
sweet bell peppers
all summer squashes
eggplant
alfalfa sprouts
bean sprouts
green beans
yellow beans
garlic
lettuce
cucumbers
cauliflowers
cabbages
collard greens
bok choy
kohirabi
kale
asparagus
onions
leeks & scallions
mustard greens
spinach (small amounts)
 
SYRUPS    
honey

 JUICE THERAPY
 
Therapeutic Benefits of Fresh Juices
by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane,
Authors of Juicing for Life
 
For centuries, fruit and vegetable juices have been used for their therapeutic benefits. The  tradition of raw juice healing goes back to the nineteenth century. At that time, juice-making involved the squeezing of crushed or chopped vegetables through muslin, a very tedious process.
Why would anyone go to that much work if the juice did no more for the individual than whole vegetables? It seems that people knew then what some of us are discovering now for the first time: Human beings get well on juices when nothing else seems to work. This is what Max Gerson, M.D., found when he put his cancer patients on a juice therapy regimen.  His "gentle" treatment of cancer is described in detail in his book, A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases. The fifty people he discusses all recovered from cancer through his natural treatments.
When Norman Walker, D.C., was a young man, he recovered from an illness by eating a raw food and juice diet. He lived to be well over 100, enjoying vibrant health, by practicing what he taught, which was that after the fiber is removed from fruits and vegetables, the remaining Juice can be very quickly and easily assimilated. Scores of people got well through his program. Dr. Bircher-Benner discovered the same phenomenon as he worked with many of his patients. It led him to believe there was nothing more therapeutic on Earth than green juice.
To understand juice therapy requires an understanding of juice itself. How would you define juice? We define it as water,flavors, pigments, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Juice is all these substances working synergistically to give your body the materials that promote healing, energy, and protection from disease. But beyond what we can define, there is a mystery left undefined. It's like the miracle of birth. There is a miracle of energy supplied by live plants that comes from nothing else on this planet. After all is investigated and analyzed, it still can't be fully explained.  We're not saying that juices are "magic bullets." They're not.  They should be part of a diet that is a high quality, junk-free whole-foods plan like the one we recommend in the Basic Diet. And juices should be a part of a comprehensive approach to wellness. But what we do know is that juice therapy has worked to bring about recovery from illness for thousands of people, many of whom had been given no hope to live.  And for Cherie they did what nothing else could do: they helped her get well. Whatever ailments or conditions you are struggling with, we encourage you to make the dietary changes necessary to promote wellness. Get a juicer, if you don't have one already, and use it every day. Make juicing a way of life. Refer to the rest of the book for specifics on your condition. And most of all, don't give up. Healing takes time. Unless you make the necessary changes, you'll never know how good you can feel. The Western industrialized nations have a large piece of the nutrition puzzle missing from their standard diet. Isn't it time to place the fruit and vegetable pieces in the center of the table?

JUICING PROGRAMS
 
First, you’ll need to acquire a juicer, and for preventative health care, you will find centrifical juicers are sufficient for this type of use.  However, if you plan to use the juice for therapies, it’s best to buy a juicer,  which extracts the juice with pressure or a screw gear.  These juicers extract about 60% of the juice, while centrifical juicers only extract about 20%.  If possible, find organically grown vegetables for juicing.  Nevertheless, Norman Walker, one of the most respected authorities on juice therapies, states that residues from agricultural chemicals in vegetables remain in the fibers of the plants during the juicing process and not in the juice.
The basic steps in juicing are:  wash the fruits and vegetables well, peel  the skins of citrus, papaya, kiwi and others that may have been waxed or treated, remove all pits and seeds, use the stems of plants, except for carrots and rhubarb, slice into small pieces for the juicer, avocados and bananas don’t juice, and it’s better to make small batches than large ones.
Another contraversy concerning juicing is about mixing fruits with vegetables.  Their are experts that  maintain that mixing creates a bad combination for digestion, while others suggest there is no proof of this.  I have a tendency to go with the no-mixing group, but you can experiment with combinations and test how they react with your digestion.  Generally, you will find that your combinations will depend upon what types of vegetables and fruits are available in the markets or in your garden and orchard.  Basically, I prefer to use fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the afternoon.  Here are just a few examples of some of the possible combinations.
 
FRUIT JUICES
 
grapefruit, lemon, orange
 
grapefruit and apple
 
papaya and mango
 
papaya, pineapple, ginger
 
starfruit, pineapple, ginger
 
apple and carrot
 
watermelon
 
VEGETABLE JUICES
 
carrot, celery, parsley, spinach
 
cabbage
 
carrot, cabbage, celery
 
cucumber
 
carrot, beet. cucumber
 
carrot, beet, spinach
 
Celery, cucumber, parley, spinach
 
carrot, string beans, lettuce
 
carrot, beet, cabbage
 
carrot, celery, endive, parsley
 
celery, endive, parsley
 

 THE BASIC TENETS OF NATURAL HYGIENE
1... NATURAL HYGIENE holds that health is the normal state of all living organisms and that health is maintained through natural, self-initiating, self-healing processes.
2... NATURAL HYGIENE holds that the one cause of all disease is the toxic saturation at the cellular level of the bodily tissues, bloodstream, and fluids brought on by the depletion of Nerve Energy reserves through wrong living habits. This state of self-poisoning is alternately termed "Auto-Intoxication," "Toxicosis," and "Toxemia."
3... NATURAL HYGIENE views disease as orderly retrograde changes on the cellular level as a result of Toxicosis. In order to prevent these retrograde changes and to forestall morphological changes and degenerations for as long as possible, the body attempts to isolate and/or eliminate abnormal accumulations of metabolic waste and ingested poisons. Such bodily attempted actions of elimination may be called "disease" (acute) and serve to prevent the morphological, degenerative changes.
4... Because Toxicosis is "the one cause of all disease," NATURAL HYGIENE refutes the concept that microorganisms or "germs" or "viruses" are the sole, causative factors of disease.
5...Because only the body is capable of instituting cleansing and healing processes, NATURAL HYGIENE rejects the ingestion of any substances which the body cannot metabolize and assimilate and which cannot be used in the normal, metabolic processes to thus be appropriated into bodily tissue. Such unnatural substances can only further enervate and poison the body and are not to be considered as "food" or "nutrition," in any way. Both medication and "quasi-food" substances typical of the chemicalized, processed food supply are included in this enervating, poisoning category and are, therefore, considered to be life-threatening.
6... NATURAL HYGIENE recommends the following as The Ideal Diet and the only foods fit for the highest level of human health and well-being: whole, raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds; prepared in proper combination and eaten in moderation when in a state of Emotional Balance.
7... NATURAL HYGIENE employs fasting, which provides deep physical, physiological, sensory, mental, and emotional rest. This deep and almost total rest provides the body with the ideal conditions necessary for the regeneration of Nerve Energy necessary for the repair of damages and for the elimination of toxins.
8... NATURAL HYGIENE maintains that health is the personal responsibility of each individual and that vibrant health is achieved only by the conscientious application of healthful living practices in all areas of one's life.
 

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<![CDATA[Health Care Special]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:44:42 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/health-care-specialIMPROVING YOUR MIND AND SPIRIT WITH THE  LIVING LOVE THERAPY
Let’s begin our exploration into holistic health with our bio-computer or  central nervous system, which houses what we call our mind or consciousness - our awareness of being alive. As we all know, negative thoughts and emotions can be indirectly responsible for many of the  “dis-eases “ that people suffer from in society.  Learning how to modify our behavioral patterns and enjoy emotional balance can be just as important as how we eat and exercise.  Many of the patterns of behavior people learn as children and during their lives are not always in the best interest of their mental, emotional and physical well-being.  But the good news is  these “ junk programs” were learned and  can be unlearned just as well.   It’s just a matter of learning how to unlearn these programs more than anything else.  The following section of the Living Love Method, by Ken Keyes, Jr. provides an excellent guide for self help in “reprogramming the biocomputer” to live a rich life full of true happiness and love.  Ken himself was one of the best examples of how it’s possible to overcome crisis , and still be positive and happy in life.  Ken developed polio, which left him paralized from the neck to his feet.  His quest was to find true happiness, in spite of the tragedy that ocurred.  After many years of attending personal growth programs, Ken  was ready to share the methods he learned for freeing the human spirit of negativity to live in joy and love.
One of the big benefits of Ken’s method involves the fact that once you understand the basic mechanics of your biocomputer and how it functions, you can move forward in self-healing, without expensive trips to the psychiatrist or group therapies.  As Ken says, “ Life becomes your teacher.  For every moment life is offering what you need to grow into higher consciousness.”  I will try to provide the basic excerps from his method in this section and hope you will be encouraged to seek out his complete work, The Handbook to Higher Consciousness.  Ken Keyes College, Coos Bay , OR 97420,
The human biocomputer (or brain) is a fantastically sensitive instrument with enormous capabilities. But like any complex tool, it cannot be used optimally unless cautions and training are given to the user. We can easily be misled into the illusion that our consciousness is aware of what is really happening both inside our biocomputer and in the outside world of our body and the people and things around us.  You and I, as users of our magnificent biocomputers, should realize that our consciousness can only be aware of perhaps one-millionth of the incoming information each second of the day. Every hair on our body is connected with our biocomputer.  All of our internal organs are constantly sending information to and receiving information from our great biocomputer—usually on levels below our consciousness. Our receptor organs of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, plus the kinesthetic senses, which give information regarding our body are continually sending in millions of impulses per second toward our biocomputer. The eye alone is connected to the biocomputer with over two million nerve fibers. The ears are connected to the biocomputer by over a hundred thousand nerves. This tremendous mass of data going into our biocomputer second by second would be absolutely overwhelming if it were not for the underlying systems of organization that automatically abstract, classify, suppress, or distribute this huge flood of incoming sensory information. Our consciousness operates on preprocessed, filtered abstractions of abstractions received from various parts of our biocomputer.

THE ABSTRACTING PROCESS
Our universe is made up of matter and energy. Every material object is composed of atoms, which in turn are made up of even finer subatornic particles such as electrons. These are in an incessant state of dizzy-fast motion. Atoms group together to form molecules, which are still too fine to be registered by our five senses unless special instruments, such as an electron microscope, are used. The smooth table that I experience with my fingers is an abstraction from the table on the atomic level that is composed of flying atoms.  A characteristic of the abstracting process is that some aspects are left out each time there is an abstraction. When our senses report the smoothness of a table, obviously a fantastic number of characteristics are left out. Our senses "manufacture" a smooth sensation by abstracting from the colloidal, molecular, atomic, and subatomic activity that lies behind the object reported by our sensory
equipment. Our senses do not permit us to tune in to reality—but only pick up that small aspect of reality that is transmittable through electromagnetic waves. Further abstractions take place when these are projected by the senses of our eyes onto our retinas and transformed again into electrochemical impulses that proliferate throughout our brains. As the circuits of our biocomputer are activated by the huge stream of incoming electrical impulses, even more abstracting takes place. The tiny portion selected for projection on to the screen of our consciousness represents a highly processed abstraction of an abstraction of an abstraction, etc.  Our senses and our rational mind do not tune in to the world as it is. The picture of the world that comes into our consciousness is mostly a creation of the human biocomputer with its vast memory bank and distorting addictive programming. These processed products that reach our consciousness reflect the limitations and idiosyncrasies of our biocomputer and the programming from which it operates—just as much as they reflect the outside energies that spark the process. The part that a hen plays in the production of an omelet is analogous to the part the outside world plays in producing the stuff that is projected onto the screen of our consciousness. When we realize how our minds manipulate, suppress, change, and distort, we begin to perceive the awesome way in which our heads create our world.  Although the human biocomputer works as an integrated system, it is possible to point out certain neural structures that are especially important to the student of human consciousness. These are:
1. The Cerebral Cortex
The cerebral cortex is a thin outer covering of the side and upper parts of the convoluted surfaces of the brain, which has from ten billion to thirteen billion cortical cells. These brain cells and their connections are the structures that enable our remarkable rational mind to be aware of being aware, to use words and symbols, and to comprehend complex systems of thought, such as mathematics, science, and art. Generally, other animals have only a fraction of the cortical cells that are our birthright as human beings. Although we possess this remarkable equipment, we are not automatically experts in how to use it. Special training (such as these instructions ) is required to operate in the higher states of consciousness, which represent the optimal functioning of our human biocomputer.  Unless you have freed your biocomputer from consciousness-dominating addictions and demands, your cerebral cortex will continually chew over a situation in which  in  you do not have what you want.
​Your rational mind will churn away with such questions as, "What did I do that resulted in my not getting this? What can I do to get it in the future? Are people trying to block me? Do people really like me?" Every word that is channeled into your consciousness by your rational mind separates you by a milli-second from the deepest levels of here-and-now awareness. To be sensitive to the deepest levels, your Conscious-awareness must be attuned to the finer energies in the world outside of you and to the finer energies that arise from the complex operation of your biocomputer below conscious levels.
We can live predominantly at the fourth level without completely calming our minds. But to find the unitive state of mind that is characteristic of Cosmic Consciousness, it is vital that we control the generation of thoughts that continue the illusion of separateness. As long as our cerebral cortex is continually active in introducing and following one thought after another, our consciousness will not be sensitive to the finer energies. A degree of quieting of the rational mind will automatically occur as you reprogram your addictions. But to reach the highest levels of consciousness, the Living Love Catalyst (explained later) will help in further quieting the activity of your rational mind.
This quieting process may be measured by an electroencephalograph that detects alpha waves and beta waves. The subject object activities of the first three Centers of Consciousness generally produce beta waves. As we go into the Fourth and Fifth Centers of Consciousness, our cerebral cortex begins to produce more alpha waves.
 
2. The Limbic System
One of the underlying processing systems of the brain is the limbic system that plays a paramount part in the generation of emotional feelings. One of its major functions is to compare the incoming stimuli from the body and the sensory receptors with the programmed instructions that have been put into it by our experiences to date. The limbic system interacts with the cerebral cortex to pick up perceptions and memories, and to use the facilities of the cortex analyzing such data. The hippocampus (which is part of the limbic system) plays a part in evaluating the incoming stimuli in terms of one's past experiences.

THE ABSTRACTING PROCESS
Our universe is made up of matter and energy. Every material object is composed of atoms, which in turn are made up of even finer subatornic particles such as electrons. These are in an incessant state of dizzy-fast motion. Atoms group together to form molecules, which are still too fine to be registered by our five senses unless special instruments, such as an electron microscope, are used. The smooth table that I experience with my fingers is an abstraction from the table on the atomic level that is composed of flying atoms.  A characteristic of the abstracting process is that some aspects are left out each time there is an abstraction. When our senses report the smoothness of a table, obviously a fantastic number of characteristics are left out. Our senses "manufacture" a smooth sensation by abstracting from the colloidal, molecular, atomic, and subatomic activity that lies behind the object reported by our sensory
equipment. Our senses do not permit us to tune in to reality—but only pick up that small aspect of reality that is transmittable through electromagnetic waves. Further abstractions take place when these are projected by the senses of our eyes onto our retinas and transformed again into electrochemical impulses that proliferate throughout our brains. As the circuits of our biocomputer are activated by the huge stream of incoming electrical impulses, even more abstracting takes place. The tiny portion selected for projection on to the screen of our consciousness represents a highly processed abstraction of an abstraction of an abstraction, etc.  Our senses and our rational mind do not tune in to the world as it is. The picture of the world that comes into our consciousness is mostly a creation of the human biocomputer with its vast memory bank and distorting addictive programming. These processed products that reach our consciousness reflect the limitations and idiosyncrasies of our biocomputer and the programming from which it operates—just as much as they reflect the outside energies that spark the process. The part that a hen plays in the production of an omelet is analogous to the part the outside world plays in producing the stuff that is projected onto the screen of our consciousness. When we realize how our minds manipulate, suppress, change, and distort, we begin to perceive the awesome way in which our heads create our world.  Although the human biocomputer works as an integrated system, it is possible to point out certain neural structures that are especially important to the student of human consciousness. These are:
1. The Cerebral Cortex
The cerebral cortex is a thin outer covering of the side and upper parts of the convoluted surfaces of the brain, which has from ten billion to thirteen billion cortical cells. These brain cells and their connections are the structures that enable our remarkable rational mind to be aware of being aware, to use words and symbols, and to comprehend complex systems of thought, such as mathematics, science, and art. Generally, other animals have only a fraction of the cortical cells that are our birthright as human beings. Although we possess this remarkable equipment, we are not automatically experts in how to use it. Special training (such as these instructions ) is required to operate in the higher states of consciousness, which represent the optimal functioning of our human biocomputer.  Unless you have freed your biocomputer from consciousness-dominating addictions and demands, your cerebral cortex will continually chew over a situation in which  in  you do not have what you want.

A MAP OF THE LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
 
1. THE SECURITY CENTER   (fear and anxiety)
This Center makes you preoccupied with food, shelter, or whatever you equate with your personal security. This programming forces your consciousness to be dominated by your continuous battle to get "enough" from the world in order to feel secure.
 
2. THE SENSATION CENTER   (frustration and disappointment)
This Center is concerned with finding happiness in life by providing yourself with more and better pleasurable sensations and activities. For many people, sex is the most appealing of all sensations. Other addictive sensations may include the sound of music, the taste of food, etc.
 
3. THE POWER CENTER   (anger, hostility, irritation, hate)
When your consciousness is focused on this Center, you are concerned with dominating people and situations and increasing your prestige, wealth, and pride—in addition to thousands of more subtle forms of hierarchy, manipulation, and control.
 
4. THE LOVE CENTER   (love)
At this Center you are transcending subject-object relationships and are learning to see the world with the feelings and harmonious of flowing acceptance. You see yourself in everyone—and everyone in yourself. You feel compassion for the suffering of those caught in the dramas of security, sensation, and power. You are beginning to love and accept everyone unconditionally—even yourself.
 
5. THE CORNUCOPIA CENTER   (contentment)
When your consciousness is illuminated by this Center, you experience the friendliness of the world you are creating. You begin to realize that you've always lived in a perfect world. To the degree that you still have addictions, the perfection lies in giving you the experience you need to get free of your emotion-backed demands. As you reprogram your addictions, the perfection will be experienced as a continuous enjoyment of the here and now in your life. As you become more loving and accepting, the world becomes a "horn of plenty" that gives you more than you need to be happy.
 
6. THE CONSCIOUS-AWARENESS CENTER   (objectivity)
It is liberating to have a Center from which your Conscious-awareness watches your body and mind perform on the lower five centers. This is a meta-center from which you non-judgmentally witness the drama of your body and mind. From this Center of Centers, you learn to impartially observe your social roles and life games from a place that is free from fear and vulnerability.
 
7. THE COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS CENTER   (bliss)
When you live fully in the Sixth Center of Consciousness, you are ready lo transcend self-awareness and become pure awareness.  At this ultimate level, you are one with everything—you are love, peace, energy, beauty, wisdom, clarity, effectiveness, and oneness.

THE THREE CENTERS OF UNHAPPINESS 
 
1. SECURITY
Fear, worry, anxiety, dread, hurt, panic, terror, despair, sadness, helplessness, grief,
loneliness, shame, guilt, jealousy, confusion
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. The rational mind can always trigger an unlimited future possibilities to worry about
 
SENSATION
Disappointment, frustration, boredom, grief, disgust
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. When we repetitively experience an enjoyable sensation, we become satiated and bored
 
3. POWER
Anger, resentment, irritation,
hostility, hate, impatience, frustration, rage, fury, jealousy, indignation, annoyance
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. Our power threat stimulates a counter-attack from others and we are continually caught up in defending and trying to control.
 
THE FOUR CENTERS OF HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT
 
4. LOVE CENTER
Love, emotional acceptance, contentment, peace, happiness, compassion, appreciation, enjoyment, calmness, harmony
1. Acceptance and preferential treatment in life situations
2. transcending subject-object relationships.
3. Compassion for yourself and all
 
5. CORNICOPIA OR   CONTENTMENT  CENTER
All Love Center Emotions plus abundance, rapture, bliss, elation, wonder, gratitude, fulfillment, joy        1. Experiencing the world as a  friendly place
2. Contentment from enoughness
3. Life is your teacher
 
6. CONSCIOUS- AWARENESS  CENTER    
1. Non-judgmental observing without fear
2. Monitoring your thoughts and action in an objective perspective without judgment and free from fear
 
7. COSMIC  CONSCIOUS CENTER
1. Unity with everything
2. transcending self-awareness and becoming pure awareness.
 
THE TWELVE PATHWAYS 

FREEING MYSELF
1. I am freeing myself from security, sensation, and power addictions that make me try to forcefully control situations in my life, and thus destroy my serenity and keep me from loving myself and others.
2. I am discovering how my consciousness-dominating addictions create my illusory version of the changing world of people and situations around me.
3. I welcome the opportunity (even if painful) that my minute-to-minute experience offers me to become aware of the addictions I must reprogram to be liberated from my robot-like emotional patterns.
 
BEING HERE NOW
4. I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now—unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.
5. I take full responsibility here and now for everything I experience, for it is my own programming that creates my actions and also influences the reactions of people around me.
6. I accept myself completely here and now and consciously experience everything I feel, think, say, and do (including my emotion-backed addictions) as a necessary part of my growth into higher consciousness.
 
INTERACTING WITH OTHERS
7. I open myself genuinely to all people by being willing to fully communicate my deepest feelings, since hiding in any degree keeps me stuck in my illusion of separateness from other people.
8. I feel with loving compassion the problems of others without getting caught up emotionally in their predicaments that are offering them messages they need for their growth.
9. I act freely when I am tuned in, centered, and loving, but if possible I avoid acting when I am emotionally upset and depriving myself of the wisdom that flows from love and expanded consciousness.
 
DISCOVERING MY CONSCIOUS-AWARENESS
10. I am continually calming the restless scanning of my rational mind in order to perceive the finer energies that enable me to unitively merge with everything around me.
11. I am constantly aware of which of the Seven Centers of Consciousness I am using, and I feel my energy, perceptiveness, love and inner peace growing as I open all of the Centers of Consciousness.                 
12. I am perceiving everyone, including myself, as an awakening being who is here to claim  his or her birthright to the higher consciousness planes of unconditional love.

THE THREE CENTERS OF UNHAPPINESS
 
1. SECURITY
Fear, worry, anxiety, dread, hurt, panic, terror, despair, sadness, helplessness, grief,
loneliness, shame, guilt, jealousy, confusion
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. The rational mind can always trigger an unlimited future possibilities to worry about
 
SENSATION
Disappointment, frustration, boredom, grief, disgust
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. When we repetitively experience an enjoyable sensation, we become satiated and bored
 
3. POWER
Anger, resentment, irritation,
hostility, hate, impatience, frustration, rage, fury, jealousy, indignation, annoyance
1. Constant driving compulsiveness.
2. Constant fear of loss.
3. Our power threat stimulates a counter-attack from others and we are continually caught up in defending and trying to control.
 
THE FOUR CENTERS OF HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT
 
4. LOVE CENTER
Love, emotional acceptance, contentment, peace, happiness, compassion, appreciation, enjoyment, calmness, harmony
1. Acceptance and preferential treatment in life situations
2. transcending subject-object relationships.
3. Compassion for yourself and all
 
5. CORNICOPIA OR   CONTENTMENT  CENTER
All Love Center Emotions plus abundance, rapture, bliss, elation, wonder, gratitude, fulfillment, joy        1. Experiencing the world as a  friendly place
2. Contentment from enoughness
3. Life is your teacher
 
6. CONSCIOUS- AWARENESS  CENTER   
1. Non-judgmental observing without fear
2. Monitoring your thoughts and action in an objective perspective without judgment and free from fear
 
7. COSMIC  CONSCIOUS CENTER
1. Unity with everything
2.  transcending self-awareness and becoming pure awareness.

HOW TO USE THE TWELVE PATHWAYS

The Twelve Pathways were formulated in 1972, and since that time they have changed the lives of countless numbers of people. The Twelve Pathways are a modern, practical condensation of thousands of years of accumulated wisdom. They give you a minute-to-minute guide for operating your consciousness while you interact with the world around you. They will enable you to live a continuously happy, conscious, loving, joyous, fulfilled life, If you've had enough of the up-and-down roller-coastering between pleasure and pain, and are really ready to enjoy and get the most out of your life all of the time, then you are ready to use and apply the Twelve Pathways to make a dramatic change in your life. 
The Twelve Pathways to Higher Consciousness can show you how to accelerate your spiritual development and enable you to begin a new life of Living Love. These Pathways can show you the way to find the beauty and happiness that is hidden within you.  You were erroneously taught that happiness lies in getting people and things outside of you lined up exactly to suit your desires. But our desires multiply so much faster than our capacity to satisfy them! In the Living Love System, an addiction is any desire that makes you upset or unhappy if it is not satisfied. Life is warning you to get rid of an addiction every time you are emotionally uncomfortable in any way.
Even if an addiction brings you pleasure, that pleasure is usually short-lived. For you will then begin to perceive threats to that pleasure, and you will worry about changes in your life that will deprive you of the pleasure. And you compare today's pleasure with yesterday's pleasure—and often find today's pleasure is not quite as satisfying. All of this keeps you out of the here and now.
You make a giant step toward higher consciousness when you become fully aware of the price in happiness you must pay for each addiction. You can enjoy the same actions and experiences completely when you uplevel the addiction to the status of a preference.  As you become increasingly aware of how your consciousness operates, you will be able to distinguish between your biocomputer and the programming that your biocomputer uses. For example, a million-dollar IBM computer may work perfectly, but if you put garbage-type programming in it, you will get garbage-type results from this splendid machine. Computer specialists use the word "GIGO" to refer to this problem—"Garbage in - Garbage out." If you are not continuously loving everyone around you and continuously enjoying the here-and-now situations in your life, it means that your magnificent biocomputer has been operating from "garbage-type" programming. When you see yourself consciously and clearly, you realize that you are perfect—your only problem is to change some of the programming from which you are operating. 
Your ego also plays a crucial part in the operation of your biocomputer. Based on past pleasure and pain programming, your ego selects which of the thousands of programs will be used to generate your feelings and experience of what is happening. Your ego is like a master controller that directs which emotional feelings will be triggered (joy, pleasure, anger, grief, fear, disappointment, irritation, etc.) Your ego also chooses exactly what will be projected onto the screen of your consciousness. You are aware only of what your ego permits you to be aware of. When your ego is busy reacting to the people and things around you from the lower three Centers of Consciousness, your primary awareness will be focused on what you desire and what you fear—thereby creating in you the feeling of an urgent priority. Most of these lower consciousness programs represent the urgent priorities you had at the age of two years old. Until you reprogram and change these inappropriate childhood programs, you will continually turn off the energy of the world around you that you need in order to live in a beautiful world of higher consciousness.

FIVE METHODS FOR WORKING ON EMOTIONAL BALANCE
 
Method 1 
Memorize the Twelve Pathways
Use them to guide you through your daily life situations.  When you feel worried, angry, jealous, fearful, anxious, sad or depressed or any other uncomfortable emotional feeling, remember that life is giving you a message.  Your next step is  to find the Pathway you are not following.  Repeat the Pathway phrase and let it show you what to do to feel good again.
Method 2 
Be aware at all times of which Center of Consciousness you are experiencing.
You will discover that working on your consciousness is the most fulfilling thing you can do in your life.  By monitoring your moment to moment thoughts, feelings, words and actions, you can recognize what sphere of consciousness you are operating on.  As you begin to uplevel the  centers you live on, you will find you have more energy, and interact more with people while maintaining emotional balance.  In this way, your life becomes a moment to moment meditation, which is not a holy ritual to be performed once or twice a day, but a continuous clear awarness of of the here and now.
Method 3
Link the suffering  with the addiction to get the intellectual and emotional insight to what is your addictive demand that is causing your suffering.
The key to success in emotional growth is to consciously connect all the suffering in your life with the addictive, emotion-backed models and expectations that you keep telling yourself you must have to  be happy.  So, it is important to feel the emotion to the fullest and not repress it.
Explore the suffering - what negative emotion?  From what center?
Pinpoint the addictive demand - What center and what old program?
Reprogram the addictive demand - What pathway phrase will reprogram my mind?
Experience the freedom - As you repeat the phrase feel the negative emotion replaced
with the unifying emotions of love, peace and harmony.
Method  4
Use the Catalyst Phrase [Mantra]  ALWAYS US LIVING LOVE
You can rapidly increase your growth into higher consciousness and emotional balance by repeating this phrase frequently during the day, and particularly when you are feeling upset.
Like an ancient mantra, the repetition of a higher thought pattern helps to erase the old conditoning in our minds. 
Method  5
Consciousness Focusing
Explore the suffering - When you are really upset,  build up the emotional pain, cry, yell or shout and don’t let others tell you to calm down..really suffer..recognize the negative emotion.
Pinpoint the addiction - Take responsibility for the pain and seek the the inside program.
If you are feeling hate, track down the old conditioning in the power level. 
Select reprogramming phrases -Use a phrase like “I hate feeling angry or jealous” etc.
Focus on your consciousness on reprogramming -  Remember that you have an excellent opportunity to change when you are really upset.  Focus on your suffering and find significant phrases that will reprogram your biocomputer..
 
 


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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     NOV.  2017]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:44:59 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-nov-2017
 
It’s been almost a year now that we have enjoyed inviting local residents to our monthly Sunday workshops at New Dawn.  Both Jess and I are truly grateful for the opportunity to realize our dreams of spreading the word on natural plant based medicines and gardening to help each of us to stay healthy and vital.  And a big heart felt thanks to those who have attended.  We hope to start inviting our Costa Rican neighbors to Sunday workshops in Spanish.  Another accomplishment this year has been the opening of our stand in the local San Isidro farmer’s market where we exhibit and distribute our herbal products made at New Dawn.  It’s also a wonderful place to answer questions people have about natural health care.

GLOBAL COLLEGE VOLUNTEERS
We were also fortunate to have 4 students from Global College volunteer to help us for a week in October propagating pau d’arco trees and gotu kola.  Here’s what we accomplished.

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The Ten Pillars of Holistic Health
 
1  Breathe pure, fresh air
 
2  Drink pure water
 
3  Eat fresh, preferably organic, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds
 
4  Exercise daily in the fresh air and sun
 
5  Bathe daily in clean water
 
6  Rest and sleep adequately in a quiet place with fresh air
 
7  Work in right livelihood
 
8  Think positive and develop emotional balance
 
9  Do everything in moderation
 
10  Develop a Spiritual Path
 
These 10 facets of our daily activities in our environment create the sum of the quality of our state of health.  When we deviate from any of these activities, the effect is reflected as a decline of our state of health.  If we begin to monitor our thoughts, feelings and activities, and choose the 10 pillars of healthful living, the effect will be reflected as an improvement of our health.
 
In natural healing, the main aim of our actions is to cleanse and fortify the body, so it can heal itself.  Every living cell of the body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation, sustained by an inherent force in the organism called vital force.  The success of each living organism is directly proportional to this force.  The living organism is completely self-constructing, self-maintaining, self-directing, self-repairing, self-defending and self-healing.  This power or life force only comes from within the body itself. 
 
Our life force is diminished when our bodies become overloaded with toxic wastes from poor diet and incorrect habits.  These toxins accumulate in the body due to poor elimination and cause further intoxification on the cellular level, which compromises our natural defenses against disease – the immune system.
 
The principle aim of this book is to teach you how to protect and regain your health through the re-establishment of the body’s natural abilities to heal itself.   
 
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER   OCT. 2017]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:05:14 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-sept-2017
THE BENEFITS OF THE NATURAL VINEGAR
Recently there’s been a lot more interest in the benefits of the natural vinegar, and for good reasons.  The naturally fermented vinegars have many beneficial properties that improve and protect your health.  According to the scientists,  
"The functional therapeutic properties of vinegar include the antibacterial activity, the reduction of the arterial pressure, the activity antioxidant, the reduction of the effects of diabetes, the prevention of the cardiovascular illness, and the increase of the vigor after the exercise".
Journal of Food Science
In Costa Rica, an ideal example is the relish called “chilero". Many families still make this popular recipe with vinegar made from the banana called “guineo negro”, along with hot and sweet chiles, onions, cauliflower, and other available vegetables you may have from the garden. Costa Rican families enjoy this delicious relish on most their meals. However, homemade chilero is slowly being replaced by commercial products, like mustard, ketchup and hot sauce to name a few. Unfortunately, most of these products don't contain natural vinegars, but have synthetic vinegars that are nutritionally inferior.   For families that have space to plant, it is very easy to grow some guineo negro bananas at home to make natural vinegar.  The name comes from the Islands of Guinea where these varieties were first shipped by the Spanish to the New World tropics.  Hijos or shoot cuttings are easily found in many regions of the countries. Check your neighbors and local nurseries. Farmer’s markets often carry guineo negro bananas and “vinagre de guineo negro.   That’s handy for families that don't have the space for a vinagre de guineo negro garden, but would like to buy or make “.  For your recipe book, here are the steps to make this natural banana vinegar. By the way, you can make vinegar from any type of banana, but they are often too sweet for that sour vinegar taste we like. So, you will need a raceme of mature guineo negro bananas and a 2-3 gallon plastic bucket with a good lid.   Now look for a 11/2 inch nail, which can be carefully nailed into the outside of the container 1 inch from the bottom.  Make sure that the nail is tight and doesn't drip.  If it drips, look for a bigger nail that fits tightly.  Now peel the bananas and mash them very well in the bucket with your hands.  You should not add water.  Simply place the lid on the bucket and place it in a dark and cool place.  After the first week the pulp of the bananas will float to the top and the liquid remains in the bottom of the pail.  During the following week the liquid begins to ferment and begins to change to vinegar. In the third week the vinegar this ready, although the longer you wait the more mature the flavor.  Now pull the nail and let the vinegar pour out into a recipient. The finishing step it is to filter the vinegar and to bottle it.  Now we can use the vinegar to make chileros.  Here is a recipe for a chilero that’s easy to make.  You will need carrots, cauliflower, onions, garlic, chayote, hot and sweet chiles and almost any other vegetable that you like. Use hot chiles to your taste.  Parboil the vegetables separately for a few minutes (except the onion, the garlic and chiles), then place them in cold water immediately.   Next, put the vegetables in a glass jar along with the vinegar, onions, garlic and chiles, add salt to your taste.  Place the lid on your chilero and allow it to sit several days before using. Then, place it on the table for the family to enjoy, while receiving the probiotic benefits for their health. Everyone will love those pickled vegetables. We use them in salads as well, and sometimes have a hard time keeping up with the demand.  If you are in San Isidro del General on Thursday, you can visit our local farmer’s market. There you will find stands that have guineo negro bananas, and you’ll find chilero at our new health stand Fuente del Bienestar.  Nos vemos.
We are starting up a Stevia project in Costa Rica....we hope to create a model of small scale organic production...contact us if you are interested....ed
Try our new Golden Milk Mix...great flavor and nutrition all in one.  A 25g pack makes 20 cups of gold milk...2000/pack.
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     AUGUST  2017]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 14:57:08 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-august-2017
It's all set now for our August Sunday medicinal plants workshop....hope you join us....ed
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     JULY    2017]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:34:58 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-july-2017
Hope you will join us for this workshop coming up on July 9.  I will be adding more on our newsletter soon.
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER    JUNE   2017]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:47:10 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-june-2017
We are glad to offer our bamboo cabin to travelers and residents of Costa Rica.  
In an effort to expand our information to the Costa Rican community we will begin to run our articles in Spanish.
Eventually the newsletter will be completely bilingual. Here is our last article on Ashwaganda in Spanish.  Enjoy
 
ASHWAGANDA     UNA NUEVA PLANTA
MEDICINAL PARA COSTA RICA
  
Las regiones tropicales de América han sido siempre un terreno fértil para las plantas exóticas de todo el mundo. Aquí hay una hierba nueva de la India que muchos aficionados de las plantas medicinales conocen  Se llama Ashwagandha ( Withania somnefera ). En la India, el uso de la ashwagandha se remonta 3.000 años: aparece en antiguos textos ayurvédicos y la raíz es conocida por sus efectos tónico rejuvenecedor y beneficioso para el sistema nervioso. Ashwagandha es un arbusto de la familia de las solanáceas (junto con los tomates y berenjenas). Sus hojas de color verde claro se parecen a las hojas de berenjena, pero más pequeñas. Las pequeñas flores amarillas, florecen en el ápice de los tallos y más tarde se convierten en pequeñas frutas de color naranja llenas de pequeñas semillas. Ashwagandha es una planta que dura casi un año para producir raíces, pero las semillas pueden ser cosechadas durante la mayor parte del crecimiento de la planta hasta la madurez. Ashwagandha es una planta silvestre, que crece bien en una amplia variedad de suelos tropicales y requiere de fertilidad mínima. Por supuesto, para impulsar su crecimiento y vigor se puede lograr con fertilizantes naturales, como el té de abono orgánico y aplicaciones foliares. En mis pruebas en el hogar, las plantas también parecen tener poco o ningún problema con los insectos.
Investigadores de la India comenzaron a estudiar las propiedades medicinales de Ashwagandha en la década de 1950 y se encontró que tenía un impacto positivo en los trastornos nerviosos como el insomnio, el estrés, la hipertensión y la inflamación de las articulaciones. Ashwagandha también se comparó con ginseng chino y se encontró que tenía una actividad comparable anti-estrés y anti-oxidante y las propiedades anti-inflamatorias, así como un efecto afrodisíaco.
Hoy en día, más de 200 estudios han confirmado que la ashwagandha puede reducir los efectos del estrés, mejorar el aprendizaje y la memoria, reducir la ansiedad y la depresión, estabilizar los niveles de azúcar en la sangre, ayuda a reducir el colesterol, reducir la inflamación, proteger el sistema inmunológico, así como mejorar la potencia sexual, tanto en hombres como en mujeres.
Las raíces se pueden secar para hacer polvo para infusiones o tinturas. El té es seguro y no tóxico, pero los pequeños frutos, se ha reportado que causa la gastroenteritis en niños. La dosis típica recomendada es de 600 a 1000 mg dos veces al día. Para las personas que sufren de insomnio y  ansiedad, tomar una taza de leche caliente que contenga una cucharadita de Ashwagandha en polvo antes de acostarse es beneficioso.
Tuvimos la suerte de obtener semillas Ashwagandha  el año pasado, y nuestras nuevas plantas en el semillero están prosperando.  Hemos aprendido cómo cultivarlas en casa. En primer lugar, las semillas son muy pequeñas y se deben sembrar en cajas con   tierra para macetas preparado para obtener mejores resultados. Las semillas duran 20 días o más para germinar, así que sea paciente. Las plántulas jóvenes tardan aproximadamente un mes antes de que puedan ser trasplantadas a macetas. Yo sugeriría que las siembre en macetas de 12 pulgadas con una mezcla de 4 partes de abono orgánico colado y 1 parte de arena.
Una vez que sus primeras plantas comienzan a producir semillas, puede crear cientos de nuevas plantas que se pueden sembrar alrededor de la casa o en un jardín de hierbas.
Las raíces maduras se pueden cosechar, luego se lavan y se pican para secar al sol durante varios días. Estos pedacitos se pueden almacenar en un frasco de vidrio para uso futuro como un té. La raíz en polvo se puede conservar en alcohol en forma de tintura. Añadir 50 gramos de polvo en 1 litro de ron claro para preparar la tintura. Agite la botella una vez o dos veces al día hasta que la tintura este lista en unos 10 días.
En Costa Rica varias compañías ofrecen polvo de raíz de Ashwagandha en la Web, y  las principales compañías de semillas de hierbas  ofrecen Ashwaganda.  En el futuro espero que Ashwaganda se pueda encontrar en los patios de muchas familias Costarricenses. 
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Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150



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Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying
Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 
Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.
Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.
Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.
Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.
 
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<![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER    MAY 5  2017]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 15:11:02 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-may-5-2017]]><![CDATA[THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER     MAY  2017]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:13:18 GMThttp://thenewdawncenter.info/blog/the-new-dawn-newsletter-may-2017ASHWAGANDA
The tropical regions of the Americas have always been fertile ground for exotic plants from around the world. Here’s one from India that many herbalists and health seekers may know.  It’s called Ashwaganda (Withania somnefera) and as far as I can tell…it has no Spanish name yet.  In India the use of Ashwaganda dates back 3000 years ago in ancient Ayurvedic texts of  the oldest medical system in the world.  It is renowned for its rejuvenating tonic effects and benefits to the nervous system. Ashwaganda is a bushy plant of the nightshade family (along with tomatoes and eggplant), and its roots are used as medicine. Its light green leaves resemble eggplant leaves, but smaller.  The small, yellow flowers bloom in the apex of the stems and later turn into small, orange berries full of tiny seeds. Ashwaganda is a plant which takes almost one year to produce mature rootsb but the seeds can be harvest during most of the plant’s growth until maturity. Because ashwaganda is a wild plant, it grows well on a wide variety of tropical soils and require minimum fertility.  Of course, boosting their growth and vigor can be achieved with natural fertilizers, like compost tea and foliar sprays. In my trials at home, the plants also seem to have little or no problems with the bugs. 
Indian researchers began to study ashwaganda’s medicinal properties in the 50’s.  It was approved for all types of nervous disorders, including insomnia, stress, hypertension and inflammation of the joints.  Ashwaganda was also compared to Chinese ginseng, and was found to have comparable anti-stress activity and anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as an aphrodisiac effect.  Today, more than 200 studies have confirmed that ashwaganda can reduce the effects of stress, improve learning and memory, reduce anxiety and depression, stabilize blood sugar levels, help to lower cholesterol, reduce inflammations, protect the immune system, as well as enhancing sexual potency in both men and women. The roots can be dried and powdered to make teas or tinctures.  The tea is safe and non-toxic, but the small, tomato-like berries have been reported to cause gastroenteritis in children. The typical recommended dose is 600 to 1,000 mg. twice daily. For people who suffer from insomnia and anxiety, having a cup of hot milk that contains a teaspoon of powdered Ashwagandha before bedtime is beneficial.
We were lucky to obtain ashwaganda seeds last year, and our new seedling plants are thriving. Here’s what we have learned so far on how to grow them at home.  First off, the seeds are very small and need to be started in flats with prepared potting soil for optimal results.  The seeds take 20 days or more to germinate, so be patient.  The young seedlings take about a month before they can be transplanted to pots. I’d suggest you plant them in 12” pots with a mix of 4 parts strained compost and 1 part sand.  Once your first plants start producing seeds, you can create hundreds of new plants that can be planted around the home or in an herb garden. 
Mature roots can be harvested, then washed and sliced to dry in the sun for several days.  These chips can then be stored in a glass jar for future use as a tea.  The powdered root can be preserved in alcohol as a convenient tincture. Add 50 grams of powder to 1 liter of clear rum for tincture.  Shake the bottle once or twice a day until the tincture is ready in about 10 days.
Presently, several companies on the web offer ashwaganda root powder in Costa Rica, and you will find that major herb and seed companies offer ashwaganda seeds. We’ll be offering young plants and seeds in the future at our upcoming May 7th and 21st Sunday workshops on gardening and medicinal plants.  I’ll keep you posted on the details.
 
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