Daily Notes 07.25.18




Minor injuries reported in fire near Utah State Capitol; fire nearly contained



How long does it take?

The quiz, which takes less than 7 minutes to complete, explores different areas of one’s life to give a result. The areas explored are communication, socializing, imagination and attention to detail as well as one’s tolerance to change. These areas are the main evaluating factors when looking for an AS diagnosis. The effects of AS in women are slightly different to those of men but as a general screening tool this questionnaire is still effective. The average score for women with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism is usually about 5 points higher than for men.

—       ——————-“Unless it’s casuing you severe difficulties in your day-to-day life I doubt you will obtain a referral for assessment for possible Aspergers.

Your symptoms sound more like anxiety to me – the inability to concentrate. People with Aspergers are known for their huge abilities to concentrate and focus on a single task for hours on end. (not all people)

What benefit would having a formal dx bring? Very little I would say, except for confirming what you’ve recognised yourself.

There are no meds to ‘cure’ Aspergers. There is CBT but that resource is scarce and not always effective for those with ASD. For anxiety there is medication.

Now you recognise and have diagnosed a reason for feeling the way you do I would have thought the next stage is to develop some strategies yourself to overcome the difficulties.

I seriously don’t think a referral would help at all.”——————        —



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and European Union leaders announced Wednesday they have agreed to work toward “zero tariffs” and “zero subsidies” on non-automobile goods and would work to resolve U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that have roiled European markets.

The president, in a hastily called Rose Garden statement with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said the EU had agreed to buy “a lot of soybeans” and increase its imports of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. Juncker, meanwhile, said the U.S. and EU had agreed to hold off on further tariffs as part of trade talks aimed at averting a crippling trade dispute involving the lucrative automobile market.

Trump told reporters it was a “very big day for free and fair trade” and vowed to “resolve the steel and aluminum tariff issues and we will resolve retaliatory tariffs. We have some tariffs that are retaliatory and that will get resolved as part of what we’re doing.”


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Putin had already sent signals that the fall White House meeting wasn’t going to happen.

National security adviser John Bolton said in a statement that Trump believed his next meeting with Putin should take place “after the Russia witch hunt is over,” a reference to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Bolton said the meeting would be “after the first of the year.”

While the statement signaled optimism that the Mueller probe would be completed by the end of this year, no timetable has been given for when it will be wrapped up and it could very well stretch into 2019.

The White House said last week that Trump had directed Bolton to invite Putin to visit Washington in the fall, moving quickly for a follow-up meeting amid the backlash over Trump’s performance at a news conference with Putin following their Helsinki summit last week.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed before dawn Wednesday, and a man was later arrested.

Austin Clay, 24, was held for investigation of felony vandalism, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The vandalism was reported around 3:30 a.m. A pickax was found at the scene on Hollywood Boulevard.

“When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark,” Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.

The star, which recognizes Trump for his work on the reality show “The Apprentice,” will be covered for several days as the Hollywood Historic Trust repairs it.

The star was previously vandalized by James Otis with a sledgehammer and pickax days before the November 2016 election.

Otis, who pleaded no contest to the felony, was sentenced to three years of probation for vandalism and was ordered to pay $4,400 for the damage and attorney’s fees and perform 20 days of community labor in 2017.






SALT LAKE CITY — The family of Bert Miller, a quiet-but-witty, unassuming mechanic and volunteer firefighter shot and killed Sunday during an LDS Church sacrament meeting 60 miles east of Reno, Nevada, had been looking forward to a family reunion this week built around his 62nd birthday on Saturday.

Courtesy Miller family

Bert Miller was a volunteer firefighter for the highly regarded Fallon/Churchill County Volunteer Fire Department before he was murdered during an LDS Church sacrament meeting on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Instead, in a tragic turn, his family will lay him to rest after a funeral on Friday. On Monday, the family canceled its order for a large birthday cake from the Reno Costco. Flowers will take its place.

Brother wounded

Ayers said her father was sitting on the same back bench by the chapel door that her family has occupied at Fallon meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 35 years. About 90 people were attending the Sunday worship services, according to estimates by witnesses.

“He was one of the most selfless, soft-spoken, kind people I know,” said Heidi Ayers, the second of Miller’s three children. “We have no way to understand why this happened. My dad shook (O’Connor’s) hand before the meeting.”

After the sacrament, a Primary children’s choir sang a song. The meeting’s first speaker was a minute or two into her talk when O’Connor allegedly left his place in the church foyer, entered the chapel and drew a 9mm Beretta Px4 Storm handgun. He shot Miller at point-blank range, according to charging documents and witness accounts.


The Rainbow Body: How the Western Chakra System Came to Be

Printed in the Spring 2017  issue of Quest magazine.
Citation: Leland, Kurt,”The Rainbow Body: How the Western Chakra System Came to Be” Quest 105.2 (Spring 2017): pg. 25-29

By Kurt Leland

Kurt LelandOn a summer day in 2014, while browsing among the bulk bins of the local food co-op, I came across a small advertising brochure that someone had abandoned. The cover showed a twenty-something white female dressed in a sheer white tunic and seated in a yogic meditation pose. Superimposed on her torso were seven colored medallions, each containing a letter of the Sanskrit alphabet. They ranged from red at her seat to purple at the crown of her head, following the order of the spectrum. Closer inspection revealed that each medallion had a different number of petal-like rays.

These medallions were representations of the seven chakras (Sanskrit for “wheels”), a schema that originated centuries ago in India in connection with a type of yoga that has become a staple of contemporary yoga classes and New Age metaphysics. The chakras are said to appear to clairvoyant vision as whirling disks or vortices of light, hence their name. Ancient texts taught that their activation through strenuous meditative and ritual practice would result in a seven-step process of consciousness expansion leading to enhanced spiritual powers, enlightenment, and liberation from the karmic law of rebirth.

The product in the brochure was called “Organic Chakra Balancing Aromatherapy Roll-Ons.” It was made by Aura Cacia, an American company that markets scented essential oils manufactured from herbs and flowers for healing purposes—hence aromatherapy. The brochure opened into a vertical table of color-coded correspondences identifying the locations, qualities, and effects on emotion, mind, and spirit of chakras that have been “balanced” through the use of these aromatherapy roll-ons—one for each chakra, each compounded of a different formula of essential oils.

Several half-amused questions came to mind: Could a scent really “open the floodgates of compassion and understanding” associated with the heart chakra? Why was the “empowering” third chakra associated with a “delicate citrus blend”? How would a fully enlightened being smell when wearing all seven scents at once?

The predominant question was, how did we get here from there? The list of chakra qualities was familiar from dozens of New Age books on the subject: grounding in the first chakra, sensuality or sexuality in the second, empowerment in the third, compassion in the fourth, communication in the fifth, intuitive insight in the sixth, and enlightenment in the seventh. Yet anyone who looks into the origins of the chakra system in India may be astonished to find that the chakras have colors, but there is no rainbow; they have qualities and spiritual powers, but not those on this list. No scents are involved. The idea of chakra balancing is never mentioned in the scriptures. The chakras are to be pierced, dissolved, and transcended to achieve a state of “liberation within life” rather than an emotionally and spiritually balanced lifestyle (whatever that might mean).

I first heard of the chakras in the late 1970s from a friend who was a disciple of an Indian yogi. I learned their locations and how to breathe to purify them. Through the metaphysical grapevine, I learned of a list of chakra qualities similar to the one in the Aura Cacia brochure. A few books on the subject were available in metaphysical bookstores, but I did not buy or read them.

Fast forward to 2002. I was asked to write a book on the spiritual effects of music. I considered using the chakra system as a framework for describing mystical or peak experiences associated with composing, performing, and listening to music. Dozens of books on the chakras were now available, with many variations in listing the colors and qualities. I wanted to work with the most authentic list of qualities I could find. But research into ancient Indian systems confused me—some had as few as four chakras, and others as many as forty-nine. Several questions drove me, though they were still unresolved when the book was published in 2005:

When did the term chakra first come into the English language?
When did the rainbow color scheme originate, and who was responsible for it?
Where did the ubiquitous New Age list of chakra qualities come from, and how long has it been around?

I have concluded that the evolution of the Western chakra system was an unintentional collaboration among the following:

• Esotericists and clairvoyants (many with a Theosophical background)
• Scholars of Indology (the study of Indian culture, including religious beliefs)
• Mythologist Joseph Campbell
• Psychologists (Carl Jung and the originators of the human potential movement at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California)
• Indian yogis (some of whose “ancient” teachings made use of Leadbeater’s color system)
• Energy healers (Barbara Brennan, author of Hands of Light, a best-selling manual of energy healing, and others)

Surprisingly, the two primary strands of this evolutionary sequence—the rainbow color scheme and the list of qualities—did not come together in print until 1977. Thus the much-vaunted “ancient” chakra system of the West is barely forty years old, its history obscured by the habit of New Age writers, both in print and on the Internet, of failing to include notes and sources for their information—a habit that Olav Hammer, a Swedish professor of the history of religion, calls  

Example of the book on google:


I wrote Rainbow Body: A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan for people who want to know about the real history of the Western chakra system—a wild and wacky story that somehow produced a body of spiritual and alternative healing practices that have profoundly influenced the lives of millions. But what is the Westernchakra system? To my knowledge, the term has not previously been used, except informally, to differentiate versions of the chakras evolved in metaphysical circles in the West from their Hindu forebears. Here are the salient features, listed in the chronological order in which the Western chakra system’s components were recognized, schematized, and adopted:

• A seven-chakra base (1880s)
• Association of each chakra with a nerve plexus (1880s)
• A list of vernacular (non-Sanskrit) names (1920s)
• Association of each chakra with a gland of the endocrine system, with minor variations from system to system, especially with regard to the pituitary and pineal glands (1920s)
• Single colors attributed to each chakra in order of the spectrum—either seven colors, including indigo, or six colors plus white (1930s)
• An evolutionary scale of psychological and spiritual attributes, functions, or qualities assigned to each chakra, eventually becoming the familiar single-word list given earlier
To this listing may be added a number of less common attributes (in alphabetical order):

• Associations with layers of the aura, subtle bodies, and planes
• Developmental stages in the evolution of humanity
• Developmental stages in the evolution of the individual
• Diseases of mind or body associated with each chakra
• Elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether)
• Positive and negative emotions for each chakra
• States of consciousness and psychic powers

Beyond these categories, there is an endless number of correspondences based on Western esotericism or alternative healing practices, including but not limited to the following:

• Alchemical metals
• Astrological signs and planets
• Foods and herbs
• Gemstones and minerals
• Homeopathic remedies
• Kabbalistic sefirot (“spheres” or “principles” pertaining to various aspects of creation)
• Musical notes
• Shamanistic totem animals
• Tarot cards

Chakras according to Gichtel
This diagram is taken from a nineteenth-century French translation of Johann Georg Gichtel’s Theosophia practica (1701), as reproduced in C.W. Leadbeater’s book The Chakras. Entitled “The Dark, Natural, Terrestrial Human according to the Stars and the Elements.” It shows a possible forerunner of the Western chakra system. The planets and elements, and some of the deadly sins, are connected with certain human centers (e.g., Saturn, at the crown, with orgueil, “pride”; Jupiter, in the forehead, with avarice). The text on the bottom half of the chart reads: “The element of fire resides in the heart; the element of water, in the liver; earth, in the lungs; and air, in the bladder.”

To make sense of how the Western chakra system evolved, I had to deal with the early evolution of the system in India, from the first to the sixteenth century CE. Then I had to trace the movement of this Eastern chakra system to the West. It turns out that Mme. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society played a key role in transmitting these teachings from 1879, when she arrived in India, until her death in 1891. Blavatsky and subsequent generations of Theosophical clairvoyants, including Leadbeater, Annie Besant, Rudolf Steiner, and Alice Bailey, significantly altered these ancient teachings.

During the fifty years from Blavatsky’s arrival in India to the publication of Leadbeater’s The Chakras, several components of the Western chakra system fell into place: the seven-chakra base, the locations in association with nerve plexuses, and the non-Sanskrit names. From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Western chakra system gradually acquired its association with the rainbow colors and the endocrine glands. The key players during this period were not only well-known psychics, such as Alice Bailey and Edgar Cayce, but also several who are mostly unknown: Ivah Bergh Whitten, an early color therapist working in the United States (her teachings were disseminated through the writings of her primary student, Roland Hunt, author of The Seven Keys of Color Healing, a standard manual for over forty years); S.G.J. Ouseley, a British color therapist; and the mysterious American yogini Cajzoran Ali. The latter was born in Iowa under the name Amber Steen, got married to a dark-skinned Indian swami who turned out to be a confidence man from Trinidad, and worked as a yoga teacher in the United States and France under numerous aliases. Though she was the first to bring the chakra system and the endocrine glands together in a book published in 1928, her previously untold story, as these details suggest, turns out to be the wackiest of all.

From the 1930s to the 1970s, a parallel strand of development in the Western chakra system involved German Indologists Heinrich Zimmer and Frederic Spiegelberg (both had been forced out of Nazi Germany and worked in American universities), the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, and the American mythologist Joseph Campbell. Each interacted with the others under the inspiration of The Serpent Power, a book published in 1919 by an Indian High Court judge, Sir John Woodroffe, using the pseudonym Arthur Avalon. Woodroffe’s was the first scholarly publication in English of one version of the Western chakra system—the same one that influenced Blavatsky when she became aware of it forty years before.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_body      In Dzogchen, rainbow body (Tibetan: འཇའ་ལུས་, Wylie: ‘ja’ lus, Jalü or Jalus) is a level of realization. This may or may not be accompanied by the ‘rainbow body phenomenon’. The rainbow body phenomenon is a religious topic which has been treated fairly seriously for centuries, including in the modern era. Other Vajrayana teachings also mention rainbow body phenomena.

From the 1930s to the 1970s, a parallel strand of development in the Western chakra system involved German Indologists Heinrich Zimmer and Frederic Spiegelberg (both had been forced out of Nazi Germany and worked in American universities), the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, and the American mythologist Joseph Campbell. Each interacted with the others under the inspiration of The Serpent Power, a book published in 1919 by an Indian High Court judge, Sir John Woodroffe, using the pseudonym Arthur Avalon. Woodroffe’s was the first scholarly publication in English of one version of the Western chakra system—the same one that influenced Blavatsky when she became aware of it forty years before.

https://www.bhagavadgitausa.com/Serpent%20Power%20Complete.pdf    285 pages

dhanyavaad धन्यवाद् Thank you!              https://www.wikihow.com/Say-Thank-You-in-Hindi

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