Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tradition Tuesday 1

July 31, 2012
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Have you ever spent some time thinking how much tradition plays a part in our everyday life? Some families purpose to build tradition and heritage. Many others just keep tradition and don’t ever question why or at what cost.

That reminds me of the lady was preparing to cook a ham one day. Her young teenage daughter was helping her. She took the ham out and as was family custom cut off both ends and prepared it putting the largest part in one pot and the ends in a separate pot. Her daughters asked, “Mom, why do you cut the ends off?” Mom replies, “I don’t know exactly but I always have because that’s what my Mom did.” “Does it make it better or change the ham in any way?” asked the daughter. “No, I don’t think so, let’s call my Mother and ask her why she does it” said the Mom. So, the called the Mother and she told them, “well, I always cut the ends off of the ham because that’s the way my Mom did it.” So, the Mom and Daughter, still puzzled, planned to ask the Grand-mother and Great-grandmother, Grandmama, at the next family gathering that was the next week. That week came and once the Family was around the table enjoying a beautifully prepared meal and all the trimmings the Daughter remembered the question she had for her Great-grandmother. She asks, “Grandmama, we were fixing a ham the other day and Mom cut the ends off of the ham. She said she did it because her Mother did it. We called Grandma and she said she did it because you did it. Why did you cut the ends off when you prepared a ham?” Grandmama exclaimed, “I did it because I didn’t have a pot big enough.”

Some traditions should be questioned maybe, others shouldn’t perhaps. What about your family? Do have traditions passed on for generations that you have wondered their origin? Why not find out?

Tradition Tuesday blog post here on the Prepper Chaplain web site is to examine the value of tradition in our lives, help maintain good traditions and help start new traditions that may help to rebuild a good and peaceful society in the case of a societal collapse.

I hope you come back and check out the next Tradition Tuesday and add your comments and suggestion.

Blessings,

BroJim

Morale Monday 2

July 30, 2012
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Morale – According to Merriam-Webster Morale is; the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand b : a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps : the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future.

So what does it take to keep morale built up high? What can boost morale when it drops to depressing proportions? What do it take to raise morale in a long term disaster? I think everyone is different to a degree but there are probable similarities according to culture. For instance, I believe music in our culture can change or keep the morale peaked, provided it’s not the blues. Even the blues get some going and can change ones perspective.

All that boils down to the question of what can we do in a crisis situation, long term disaster or what I like to refer as SitX? Are you prepared with music? Do you play an instrument or have someone close by that does? Perhaps you have several hymnals on hand for a just in case situation. I do! Perhaps there is another universal tool for boosting morale you can employ.

Progress is another morale booster. We’ll talk about it next Morale Monday!

The purpose of Morale Monday is to get you thinking about how to build, keep and boost morale in a long term SitX event and Be Prepared.

Blessings,

BroJim

Olympics with a Spiritual Twist

July 29, 2012
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Thousands of people have gathered for the Olympic Games. Millions of others are watching them. Competitors will compete in many different sports. Some will compete alone but many will compete in teams. Even most of the ones competing alone belong to a team representing their country of origin. What’s it all about? It’s a beautiful and powerful thing when so many come together in unity to compete, experience and treasure the time.

Many faiths of the world put great stock in the power of unity. The Bible says that one can put a thousand to flight, but two could put ten thousand to flight. Notice that together they can accomplish more than when they work alone. The Buddha himself is known to have said; “He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” The principle of unity is a powerful thing. There is a law called synergism. This law states that when the joint action of agents is brought together they increase each other’s effectiveness.

The truth that there is power in unity is irrefutable. You can look through history, any great movement that’s ever taken place has been by a group of people who all wanted the same thing and come together in unity to accomplish it. That’s the beauty in the Olympics, in my opinion, people of diverse belief, faith and custom coming together in peace to accomplish, to compete, but to experience a lifetime of joys and honor.

There is a beautiful passage in the Bible’s New Testament, Colossians chapter 3 verses 13 and 14 that say this; “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

I pray for a peaceful Olympic Games and Bless each and every competitor and all of their supporting people. I pray the many Chaplains are able to minister to their differing Faiths and be an encouragement. My hope is that their experience of Unity and Peace with broaden their perspective and allow them greater vision of living in a peaceful world. I pray they honor their nations and empower themselves to know the blessings of the power of unity and fellowship with respect to all living things.

Blessings,

BroJim

Ferment Friday 1

July 27, 2012
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Wooo Hooo, gotta Love Fridays!

Because Fridays are great, let’s talk about a great subject on Fridays, Fermenting.

Now you may be thinking of some fermented products you like most but we’ll be discussing many fermenting things here on Ferment Friday. Our modern culture has refrigeration. It’s a beautiful thing that we can go to the refrigerator and grab a favorite drink or snack out of it and enjoy it. It’s a thing I’m afraid we take for granted though.

Did you know that refrigeration for home and domestic use didn’t come along until 1913?

What if the power grid goes down for an extended time? Modern refrigeration will go by the wayside for a time. I know I don’t like to think about it, but that what we do as preppers. How will you keep things cool? How will we keep food? How can we preserve things without refrigeration? How long will things last when we can’t keep them in a refrigerator? What will we do for those perishable things we normally keep refrigerated?

That’s what fermenting is all about. For years before modern refrigeration people fermented, dried and stored items. We’ve lost those arts for the most part but need to get them back.
Years ago the sailors were sick, died and many were permanently affected by a disease now know as scurvy or scorbutus. Scurvy, if not treated is fatal. Captains of ships would take on more people than needed for a trip know that as many as half may die from scurvy. This went on for centuries in some cultures while other cultures had remedies for it. It wasn’t until the 1750’s that someone actually documented that limes would alleviate the scourge of scurvy. It was in 1932 that we found the actual cause to be a lack of Vitamin C.

One of things some cultures found to alleviate the danger of scurvy was sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is simply fermented cabbage. It is fermented to keep it longer and allow it to be available year round. Some believe that way the Vikings were able to cruise the world in ships is because of a form of sauerkraut. It’s simple to make, if you know how.

Have you been taking you popular and ever so expensive probiotics lately? Did you know you could make your own? Sauerkraut may have been one of the original probiotics. Teaming with beneficial bacteria, sauerkraut aids digestion and help promote an excellent immune system with the benefits it has to your intestinal tract.

Fermenting cabbage simply takes having cabbage, some sea salt and a little water, that’s it, except for time. Basically you chop the cabbage, put it in a crock or jar, cover it with brine or slightly salty water and wait. (See links and resources for more detail). It may take six or more weeks depending on your climate and the season, but kept submerged under the liquid it will ferment and make a delectable treat that is high in vitamin C and K.

Trust me, homemade sauerkraut tastes nothing like you have tasted from a jar or can you bought in a store. All those (here in America) are pasteurized and that process has destroyed many of the benefits of real fermented food. Many fermented foods have a huge amount of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria. These keep your colon and stomach healthy and provide wonderful stuff to help build your immune system.

Check out these simple instructions at Wikihow.com
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Sauerkraut

Here’s an awesome book on Sauerkraut; Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home

And another great reference on The Art of Fermentation.

Watch some of these videos on making sauerkraut;

How to make Sauerkraut Fast http://youtu.be/0l0joPdfV7E

Make your own Sauerkraut! Raw Vegan Recipe – http://youtu.be/6gObQR5Vm4M

Make your own Sauerkraut GardenForkTV – http://youtu.be/P5a3n2WzGKA

Make your Sauerkraut – http://youtu.be/1SLNnJcnors

I’ve made sauerkraut in clay crocks and jars. Great stuff. I have also fermented broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and carrots the same way you do cabbage. All yummy stuff. So, learn about fermenting, not only will it allow you to store foods well past the season they are normally available but they have incredible health benefits as well.

The beauty of many fermented foods is the extra nutritional value. Even beer was done in the past for the benefits of the herbs included along with the ferment itself. Really, it was! Check out this book on Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers . Seriously, I learned so much from this book. Very Insightful. I have it in paperback for reference if Sitx brings about tough times.

Here on Ferment Fridays we’ll discuss many ferments (including beer guys) in the future. So, keep coming back.

Blessings,

BroJim

Wellness Wednesday 1

July 25, 2012
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One of the things we need to consider when prepping for hard times is our nutritional health. Eating beans and rice all the time may not give us what our bodies need for optimum health. Stocking freeze dried vegetables is going to help but other considerations need to be thought out as well.

Vitamins and minerals are a good thing to stock up on as well. I keep a lot of vitamin D3 which is good for a lot of things. Granted when in a SitX setting we may all be getting more sunlight, working to grow and gather food, but D3 is a good supplement for cold season and help shirk any influenza also. I also keep Krill oil with Astaxanthin. This is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acid plus astaxanthin is a wonderful anti-oxidant. I keep cayenne pepper in pill form as well as powder. It is great for so many things especially heart matters. One prominent herbalist used to claim he never lost a heart attack patient because of cayenne. He claimed a tablespoon stirred in a glass of water would revive most anyone having severe heart issue. Keep coming back as I share more of what I stock.

Variety will be important too, for morale and nutrition. Consider dark leafy green vegetables a source of a lot of rich nutrients. Whether stocking canned items or seeds for growing your own. Kale, collards, mustard and similar leafy greens are wonderful. Spinach is another good source of vitamins and minerals. Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies will be important too.

Consider learning to grow sprouts. Sprouts are an awesome source of nutrition and can be grown indoors. The issue here is rinsing. Find the technique to grow with the least amount of water usage for those real hard pressed times. Water will be a precious resource in tough times. I like Easy Sprout and it is what I use most often but I have several Sproutman Hemp bags as well. Did you know that the nutrients in beans can be 40% more bioavailable to your body when soaked overnight. Simple planning ahead for meals the next day may be your greatest nutritional resource.

Check out Sprout People and The Sprout House for more resources. I buy organic sprouts from both places and have wonderful results. They are both great resources for your sprouting needs.

Stay tuned for more on our next Wellness Wednesday.

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Blessings,

BroJim

Morale Monday 1

July 23, 2012
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So, let’s suppose we’re in a bug-in or bug-out situation, we are hunkered down after dark and we have remembered to darken all our windows. We have someone on guard duty and we’ve pretty well secured everything for now. What now? Don’t get stressed about the quiet. What are we going to do to keep morale up in the everyday times, perhaps in the dark? It’s so much different than before, are you prepared for this?

Morale will be a tough thing for us and for others. If you have family around things are going to get tight. If there are kids around, you need to be prepared.

First, be truthful with everyone about the times you’re in. Be realistic even with the kids on their level. Everything has changed and it may be this way for a while now. Be real about it.

Staying busy can help so assign jobs and duties. Even small things help others to believe they are helping and being busy helps keeps the mind off of the yucky stuff.

Prep some playing cards, board games and other things to keep busy when the chores are all done and you’re hunkered down for the night. Light safety may be a concern so plan ahead with some talking games or interesting stories you can share in complete darkness. If you have a book of stories you could read it before dark to prepare to share a story with the others after dark.

Children will do well with age appropriate flash cards, learning games and the like. If they are addicted to video games now, you may have some issues replacing that addiction so think ahead and prepare for individual disasters too. Perhaps now is the time to rethink where they are at with all their electronic gadgets as far as dependency. Hint: teach kids to read a map and not just work the GPS.

Keep frustration at bay with yourself and hopefully you can be an encourager in the tough times. Learn now how best to deal with you heaviest frustrations. Meditation works for some while others need some scream therapy. Most importantly, deal with it yourself and don’t take it out on others.

I hope this starts the ball rolling in your court as all of us deal with things differently. Think ahead for your family, tribe or community and be able to help keep morale as high as possible in the toughest times.

Blessings on your Journey,

BroJim

The Mystical Universe – Experience It – Part Five

July 20, 2012
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First I want to say my prayers go out for all those affected by the shooting in Colorado. What a horrific thing.

Now, in continuation of this week’s theme let’s wrap it up. My intent for the theme this week was to introduce some to possibilities that they may not have considered. I hope you will continue to look into complementary and alternative therapies as a preparation for future events.

OK, if you have been around all week, we’ve touched on some things you may not have experienced before. What do you think? Has it opened any doors. Maybe it’s taken you to a new level with how open your mind is? Joyce Meyer says, new level, new devil. There are always skeptics to anything, but this is a Prepper Blog. We’re about preparing for things to happen that could be devastating to every aspect of our life. If we open our minds and discover something that may one day heal us or even save our lives, who cares what others think.

OK, more mystical stuff, if you want to call it that. Perhaps it’s just stuff that we haven’t be open to thinking about before and as such, as mystery to us.

Hypnosis  – wooo, you’ve done it now Brother Jim, you’ve crossed the line. Oh, get over it. The country’s medical system has recognized hypnosis as beneficial since 1959.
Hypnosis can be awesome when dealing with pain, whether it’s acute or chronic. Done right it can help alleviate a lot of pain and ease the journey of the sufferer. It can also help deal with how we handle stressful situation. How stressful do you think a SitX event is going to be. Hypnosis helps with stamina as well as helps you relax when you can rest from a hard day’s work. What, do you not think you’ll be working harder in a powerless situation? Every day will be spent getting food and protecting what you have.

Meditation is a wonderful way to relax and help focus. Think with me for a minute, in a post power world where there is no rule of law, every day could be a fight for a while. That stress is going to require focus and it’s real hard to focus if your adrenalin has been pumping full strength for more than just a little while. Meditation can quickly reduce stress and bring your bodily function more into line where you can center your attention on more important needs. It doesn’t take long to do either.

OK, I’ve gone far enough. This is just a start on course to how to help heal you and others plus keep yourself healthy in a stressful, chaotic world. Oh, perhaps these may be able to help you today. Yes! Plus, waiting until you’re in the middle of a chaotic position isn’t the time to learn new life-saving skills. That’s what Prepping is all about.

Thinking about your Preps, Body, Mind and Spirit!

Blessings,

BroJim

The Mystical Universe – Experience It – Part Four

July 19, 2012
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(Disclaimer – this isn’t for everyone. Belief can stop the flow. If you have no desire to experience the marvelous natural bodily energy within you, come back next week. We’ll talk about something else. Peace!)

So, Brother Jim, what’s all this Mystical Stuff got to do with Prepping?

Glad you asked. One of the things that will disappear quickly if we have a SitX event is what we have come to know as modern medicine. Now, I’m not against modern medicine though I do believe it has been corrupted and made into a big business machine. The technology we have had to fix hearts, replace hips, repair nerves and ward off bacterial infections is quite amazing. Without these things certainly a lot of people would experience a lot less quality of life.

If a SitX happens and power is lost, technology is destroyed and/or a virus or bacterial agent attacks massive amounts of people, things will change drastically. Medicine as we know it will be thrown back into unknown places much like every other technology we have. The allopathic style of medicine has only been around for a short time and people will have to revert back to traditional, now called complementary and alternative, medicine. There are things that work. There are practices that have worked for centuries before we got to the modern era. Surely they may not have worked on everything and I agree antibiotics were a major step forward for the entire world. With that said some of the old types of practices included working with the body’s natural energies. I would love for everyone to experience more of what our bodies are capable of experiencing. Some energetic practices have only been discovered in the past decades or perhaps it is that they have been rediscovered since we’ve been out of touch with natural things since the mechanical and industrial revolutions.

I have tried many energy therapies and have settled on just a few that have proven to work for me. Are they cures? No! They are therapies that HELP.

I believe God designed these bodies to heal themselves. Our trouble is that we abuse them so much that we rob that ability and henceforth suffer for our lack of knowledge. If we knew better, wouldn’t we stop the abuse? Sadly to say, our society has proven that not to be the case.

I want to leave you today with several therapies I use on a regular basis. If you wish to discuss them, let’s do that. If you want to find out more them. The internet is a marvelous resource. If I can help, please let me know.

Reiki is an energy healing art that was developed after an enlightening of a spiritual man. He was able to share and teach others to share it right after a very devastating earthquake in Japan early in the 20th century. I believe it is a manifestation of Source energy and given as a gift to all who believe. It uses energy movement through the hands and is great for stress relief and a multitude of issues.

Reflexology is an ancient gift of foot, hand and ear manipulation to stir up the body’s energy in reflex form to stimulate the body to heal a particular ailment or energy blockage. The most popular form is foot reflexology and if nothing else it stimulates a wonderful relaxation response.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a relatively new technique founded on ancient principles. Developed in last couple of decades, EFT is a series of tapping on meridian points and affirmative statements around an emotion involved in a discomfort or dis-ease. It is quite remarkable and has been further developed into other therapies showing incredible results as well. Tapping, as EFT as come to be called, is beneficial for so many things and in a SitX event can been crucial to keeping calm, cool and collected.

Well, there are more I want to share so come back tomorrow and we’ll look into more therapies I have proven for myself helps keep our wits, control pain and relieve stress.

See you then.

Blessings,

BroJim

The Mystical Universe – Experience It – Part Three

July 18, 2012
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(Disclaimer – this isn’t for everyone. Un-Belief can stop the flow. If you have no desire to experience the marvelous natural bodily energy within you, come back next week. We’ll talk about something else. Peace!)

Howdy Y’all

I’m so glad you came. We’re on part three of The Mystic Universe – Experience It. Here’s Part One and Part Two

You may want to go back and check them out. It doesn’t take long, promise.

On to part three. I hope I don’t loose any of you here because this is where it gets exciting. Freaky but exciting.

Let’s jump right into playing with the energy we’ve felt the last two days. If you haven’t felt anything, don’t fret. Keep trying if you want. If you don’t believe or embrace this, that’s OK too. If you want to feel the energy but can’t, I can help. Email me personally or post down below and I’ll tell you more you can try.

Hold your hands out in front of you, very relaxed and just shake them. Shake all your fingers. Place one palm next to the other palm, give them a little pressure. Press them together tightly but don’t strain yourself and start rubbing your hands together like you’re warming them up. Do this about a minute and stop. Now, shake them like you did before, shake them to your sides. Great! Now, flatten your hands out with your fingers together but loosely and bring them palm towards palm together but NOT touching. Hold them about an inch and a half from each other, not touching. Just hold it. Feel a sensation. Feel it more. Now, slowly pull your hands apart a little. Let the sensation grow. Separate your fingers ever so slightly relaxing them. Pull them apart a little more and now start to cup your hands and start imagining a ball of energy. Move your hands like your forming a clay ball slowly moving your hands out as the ball grows. Further apart and allow the ball to become two balls and as your separate your hands you have a ball of energy in each hand. Now, bring each hand up to your jaw bone right near your ear, 3 or 4 inches away. I like to bring them down slightly and move them slowly around and feel the energy in my jaw as it relaxes. Keep your lips together but your teeth apart. You can hold it here for a while or move it around to the back of your neck and give yourself an energetic neck massage.

Now, what the heck is going on here? If you have experienced what I hope you have you have enjoyed the spectacular energy your body has to offer. If you haven’t, you may not have the belief for it yet, or you may need some more persuasion.

There are many, many mysterious things in this wonderfully created Universe. Vibrational energy and being able to experience are just the tip of the iceberg. I hope you have enjoyed the energy and keep coming back here. I also hope you are intrigued enough to want to know more about this awesome Universe.

I believe some types of Energy Healing are beneficial for emergency situations and are particularly good for long term stress relief. If we experience post Rule of Law or other wide spread disastrous times, some Energy Healing technique may be life saving.

TTFN!

Blessings,

BroJim

The Mystical Universe – Experience It – Part Two

July 17, 2012
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(Disclaimer – this isn’t for everyone. Belief can stop the flow. If you have no desire to experience the marvelous natural bodily energy within you, come back next week. We’ll talk about something else. Peace!)

I hope you read part one on the Blog yesterday. If not, here’s the Link.

Today I would like to introduce you to a little vibrational goodness. Our bodies are vibrational too. And I’m not talking about when you’re cold and get the shivers. I’m talking about atoms and molecule and a whole wealth of vibrational particles in your body. I believe that’s the way God designed us. Everything physical is energy to some point. How you believe is fine, that’s the paradigm I choose to embrace. So, let’s get into some fun stuff, shall we.

This is an experiential thing, so once you read it, try it, you may like it.

OK, hold your hands out in front of you, very relaxed and just shake them. Shake all your fingers, let them move at the wrists and then put them together. Place one palm next to the other palm, give them a little pressure. Press them together tightly but don’t strain yourself and start rubbing your hands together like you’re warming them up. Done right, you probably are warming them up. Do this about a minute and stop. Now, shake them like you did before, shake, shake, shake… Great! Now, flatten your hands out with your fingers together but loosely and bring them palm towards palm together but NOT touching. Hold them about an inch and a half from each other, not touching. Just hold it. Do you start to feel a sensation? (If not, skip to the end or try again from the beginning, most feel something) If so, try to feel it more. If you feel it, very slowly pull your hands apart a little. Does the sensation grow? If so, pull them apart a little more and now start to cup your hands some. Move your hands slowly like your forming a clay ball. Now, just imagine the energy sensation is a ball and hold it. Enjoy the energy.

If you didn’t feel anything, don’t feel bad. Most do but some don’t. It’s OK.
The sensation many get is a tingly energy feeling and grows as they embrace the reality of it. This is your own body’s energy flowing through you all the time.

Let me know how it went.

So, what’s this got to do with Prepping? Stick around and we’ll bring it all together.
But for a start, being able to feel and use energy is great for stress relief. Here’s a link to read an introduction to Reiki, an energy healing technique, Reiki: An Introduction

Tomorrow, we’ll play a little more with the energy but it may get a little freaky for some. It’ll be fun, come on back.

Blessings!

BroJim