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A personal plea for help – to help organic farmers in Japan facing the radiation fallout

June 12, 2011

Dear Friends,

Forgive me for this post  but I feel that this is important for all of us.

I have been speaking to Mr. Yoshida, an organic rice farmer in Japan whose farm is located just 45 miles away from the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. His land is covered in radiation and he and his family can no longer survive by growing organic rice as he has been doing for many years. He is one of many organic farmers in the area affected by the radiation fallout and I asked him if he and his friends can get help from the Government. But the government and TEPCO have denied them saying that they are only helping companies ( and not farmers) and only those within the evacuated 30km radius of the nuclear power plant. Meanwhile radiation continues to leak from the plant destroying his farm and the surrounding area. They have no options but to seek international help from concerned people like you and me. Already Mr. Yoshida;’s friend, a 64-year old organic cabbage grower, committed suicide because he couldn’t face the problems any longer. (see: http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2011/03/30/a-vegetable-grower-in-fukushima-commits-suicide-after-restriction-on-vegetables-i-cant-take-it-anymore/ )

When I read that article about the farmer suicide about a month ago I decided to do all I can to help those farmers by starting a charitable effort called SOS-Japan (Save Organic Suppliers – see: http://www.sos-earth.org/ ). I quickly became familiar with the work Ed M. Koziarski and Junko Kajino, two filmmakers who are now filming in Japan to find and document the struggles of these organic farmers. Thanks to them I learned of Mr. Yoshida’s plight and the many others like him.

But now, Ed and Junko need your help. They need to raise more funds to continue filming and documenting the farmers so that the world can find out who they are and how we can all help them. Specifically they need to raise $20,000. Will you help them? Any amount will do! Please go to this website: http://www.indiegogo.com/uncanny-terrain and make your pledge.

You can also help the farmers in the long-term by staying informed and by donating to SOS-Earth.org/Japan by visiting our website here: http://www.sos-earth.org/ We will keep you updated of Ed and Junko’s progress as well as bring you live online coverage and interviews with the farmers themselves.

With so many global crises on our hands today it is now critically important to take action and for all of us to secure our food and ensure that those who provide us with our food are supported and can do their job.

Please pass this along to anyone who can help!

Many thanks!

Phiya Kushi

Heal The Future, Not Just The Past

June 5, 2011

We live in a four dimensional world with the fourth dimension being time, which means that the past, present and future co-exists at the same time here and now. When we look up at the stars at night the light we see from them is from the distant past. Some of the stars that we see are older than the earth and some of them no longer exist except for the remaining light that we see of them that has traveled light years across the universe to reach us.

The past, present and future can also be seen here on earth and right in front of us. For example, your body is your past, your actions are the present and your dreams are the future. If you wish to heal yourself or someone else, then you must change the future, not the past. You must address and change your dreams not just your body.

Medicine and most healing modalities deals only with the body, which is always in the past, and so can never heal a person. To fully heal a person one must change a person’s future, in other words, you must inspire them to have new dreams for which they will be more than happy to pursue and manifest in the present by taking action everyday and every moment of their lives. Their bodies will then become the result of their actions and their dreams.

To inspire new dreams in people you must introduce new possibilities and visions in which they can imagine themselves participating in. The vision and possibility must be attainable. It must be real enough that people can see for themselves, what actions they must take to realize it; that they can bridge and connect the future with the present.

The future vision and dream must be positive. It does not work to paint a negative and dark world. People who always criticize, complain and judge without painting a positive alternative future can never heal others. No one ever willingly chooses and dreams to live in a world that is dark, negative and destructive. If they do then it is only because they cannot imagine and envision something different and positive for themselves.

Therefore, to heal our world, we must dream of a bright future that we can all collectively work towards. If we can not imagine and dream of such a future then we will always create an unhealthy world. So let us change our future by dreaming of a bright and positive world that benefits everyone and everything; one that we can take action and strive for everyday starting today and right now.

Marlowe Spade And The Thought Assassins – (Satire Fiction – Draft Only – Part 1)

May 25, 2011

File under: Satire, Fiction – Marlowe Spade, “Food Detective” of the future, uncovers the sinister world of  Thought Assassins.

The year: sometime in the not too distant future.  The place: one of those urban wastelands that once promised to be an eco-converted haven but grossly underestimated the compounding amount of non-biodegradable waste that we humans love to throw away.

It happened when I was thwarted by the heart attack case I was investigating while on the force and lost my job over. Yeah, I used to be one of them, those flat-footed civil servants – always at the mercy of the political ambitions of whoever was Mayor at the time. They didn’t like what I was digging up so they fired me – the only qualified food detective around who could investigate murder by food.

Well, I was investigating this heart attack case, an OD on cholesterol, when the suits wanted nothing but to bury it and I refused.  There was something that stunk about the whole thing and, well you can  blame it on my principles, but I wouldn’t let it go and it cost me.  It cost my job. The City (with a capital “C”) didn’t want to have to deal with the possibility that murder could be committed by simply serving an egg or a  hamburger.  Given the number of heart attacks still going on in the City and the implications of potentially having investigate all of them and what it might cost was way too much for them and their petty political agendas so they closed the case and I got the sack.

I was too good at my job and they knew it and so they gave me a handsome severance – a payoff, more like it! I didn’t complain yet it was my damn conscious that wouldn’t quit. Beyond the stupid politics there was something wrong about that case that bothered me.  I couldn’t just let it go and so as soon as I could I put my “feelers” out and, thanks to the severance, set-up my private agency: “Marlowe Spade, Private Food Detective” – which happens to be, not coincidentally, the very first and only one of it’s kind. Marlowe Spade – Private Food Dick, yep, that’s me.

That’s when it happened.  One of my “feelers” – Jimmy, the orphan – a good kid – came back to me with a hand written 500 page manuscript.  I’ve been up all night reading it.   I’ve never seen anything like it. First of all, no one writes anything by hand in this day and age. But it wasn’t the hand writing that fascinated me. It was the title and subject matter that got me:  “The Thought Assassins Field Manual and Guide.” It was a guide explaining how to assassinate someone by thought alone! And I thought I was ahead of the game when I predicted murder by food years ago but this was something that took even me by surprise! Yet there it was on paper in black and white. It not only covered advanced techniques and optimum conditions for remote thought execution, like the best weather and geographic situations but it also went on to describe how it all began.

Apparently, it all began ages ago with some guy named Norman Vincent Peale and a book he wrote called, “The Power Of Positive Thinking”.  Then came another book by a woman, “Louise Hay”, called, “You Can Heal Your Life!” where she began to connect thoughts with health problems and specific biological issues.  From there it was not much of a stretch to take the leap of exploring the effects of negative thinking on a person’s body and the guy who did that is mysteriously listed in the book as Mr. “X”.  Mr. X was the one who was credited with discovering the possibility of actually killing someone by thought alone.  Apparently he was an anonymous supporter of the Latter Day Temple and Order of Positive Thought And Prayer while secretly conducting his negative thought experiments.  I always regarded the followers of the Temple Of Positive Thought to be well-meaning harmless religious kooks but, boy was I wrong! I am guessing that this mysterious Mr. X was the one who wrote this Guide and that he may still be alive. Or maybe not, but regardless I was going to find out.

To be continued…

The Dharma of Completion

March 26, 2011

 

My mother's grave in Becket, MA

Imagine living life and talking to people as if it is the last time you would ever see them again. How would you behave and what would you say to them?

When I first started working as the Executive Director of the Kushi Institute I quickly realized that not only did nearly everyone come there to learn macrobiotics because they were facing some life-threatening illness but also that many would not succeed in reversing their conditions and would soon no longer be alive. Such a reality emotionally tore me up inside and in looking for ways to cope with it I developed a personal practice and way of being that I call the “Dharma of Completion”.

I define the Dharma of Completion as the practice of striving to live and breathe every moment of life as if it were the last; as if it were the last time that I would be experiencing the present moment and the last time that I would be meeting someone and be talking to them. Very often it would actually be true as I would learn later of the passing of one former Kushi Institute participant or another.

I am not always successful in my personal practice of the Dharma of Completion but in reminding myself of it, it always brings me back to a sense of profound peace. Anything that is incomplete in my life becomes glaringly obvious and something that I must resolve as soon as possible. When I do remember to practice the Dharma of Completion then it gives me a tremendous sense of freedom and self-satisfaction knowing that I have spoken to and given everything I have within me to last person I met.

You are more than welcome to try it, if you wish. Let me know what you think.

Akira Kurosawa’s 1990 film “Dreams” foretells of Nuclear Plant Disaster

March 23, 2011

 

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A dream sequence in the 1990 film “Dreams” by legendary filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa, uncannily predicts a natural disaster followed by a nuclear power plant disaster.  What is incredible is that Kurosawa’s film describes a nuclear facility with six reactors where the reactors explode one after the other.  The Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant had six reactors when it was struck by a tsunami caused by an earthquake on March 11, 2011. Watch the clip of the segment below entitled “Mount Fuji in Red” on YouTube:

 

 

 

 

Medicine as child’s play? Redefining what it means to be an adult…

March 3, 2011

A thought occurred to me this morning that, ideally speaking and in a perfect world, once someone has turned, say, 18-21 in age then they really should know how to manage their own health. Until then they may need the help of their parents or other experienced person or guide.  What that implies then is that all of symptomatic medicine; its applications and its affairs is the realm of children and juveniles. It is child’s play and those who continue to require it have somehow remained emotionally and psychologically tethered to their youth and/or adolescence. They have not yet fully grown up ( perhaps with the help of too much dairy and sugar consumption?). Being an adult could then be defined as no longer having any need for medicine and being able to take care of not only one’s own health but also the health of others.

What do you think?

“We all share the same vision and dream and that is ‘One Peaceful World’.” – Michio Kushi

February 11, 2011

Throughout human history, everyone, without exception and in their own way, be it through force, through the spread of ideas, through politics, religion, ethics, science, technology, economics, writing, art, music, by raising families or by living simply have shared the same vision and dream and that is to create one world of peace. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Romans, Napoleon, Hitler, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, the great philosophers, scientists, inventors, writers, artists, musicians, socialists, capitalists and so on have all done so in their own unique way and in their own sphere of influence.  These are the words that my father taught me.

Furthermore, without exception, all have failed to realize this dream. Why? Michio and his teacher, George Ohsawa, believed that they failed because they forgot and ignored the fundamental importance of food. Food is our source and origin and without addressing the importance of our daily food and what we eat and how it creates and changes us, which is “macrobiotics”, then real peace could never be established.

In other words, the macrobiotic movement is the first movement of it’s kind to address food.  It is the first biological revolution to establish one peaceful world. It is a peaceful movement without weapons and the use of force. It based on physical experience and biological change caused by changing what we eat everyday and not by imposing any ideas or concepts.

My father and George Ohsawa believed that by returning to a proper way of eating in harmony with natural order, in other words, a macrobiotic approach of living, then health, happiness and One Peaceful World would naturally and eventually follow.  Without the peaceful natural biological revolution known as the macrobiotic movement then One Peaceful World could never be established.

What do you think?

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