Monday, July 30, 2012

Healing Properties of Fluorite



Fluorite, also known as fluorspar, is the most important natural fluoride. In the past fluorite was known as spatum vitreum or calx fluorata. The current name "fluorite" derives from the Latin word fluere which means "to flow" and pertains to the fact that fluorite was, and still, is used as flow agent in iron smelting. Thanks to its ionic nature, fluorite has the capacity to increase fluidity. It reaches the melting point at 1360°C. This qualities were first mentioned in 1530 by Georgius Agricola in his work on metals.


Fluorite is a halide mineral composed of calcium fluoride. It is an isometric mineral with a cubic habit, although octahedral and even more complex crystal forms are not uncommon. So called crystal twinning is rather common and adds complexity to the observed crystal habits.

Although fluorite gave its name to fluorescence in 1852, not all specimen of fluorite are fluorescent. Many fluorites, however, emit a fascinating blue-violet light thanks to traces of europium, yttrium or organic impurities in crystal lattice.

Fluorite is easily available. It occurs in large deposits in many regions, most notably in the United States, China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, North-Eastern Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and Kenya. 

Fluorite often forms vein deposits with metallic minerals and is often associated with sphalerite, calcite, barite, and quartz. 

Fluorite is regarded to be the most colorful mineral in the world. It comes in many colors. The most common are pink, purple, green, blue, yellow, colorless, and rainbow.
 

In esoteric circles fluorite is believed to be a very powerful healing crystal. It is a stone of protection, especially in the mental sphere. It protects from manipulation and helps one recognize the undesirable outside influences. 

Fluorite creates clarity and awareness, and helps reduce mental and physical stress. It helps maintain focus and concentration and can be used during meditation as a grounding stone. The crystal can facilitate spiritual growth and help attain enlightenment.

Fluorite is considered to be the best purifying stone. It can neutralize and dispel negative energy of any kind. It cleanses and stabilizes the aura. It helps reorganize the flow of energy. It clarifies and purifies energetic chaos and helps create a more harmonious structures. It can be used to neutralize the electromagnetic field emanated by cell phones and computers. 


Fluorite restores inner balance and can be used to heal emotional disorders. It encourages positivity and optimism, helps restore trust in one's own power. Fluorite helps clarify vision and redefine one's purpose in life. It helps eliminate bad habits and destructive behavior.

Fluorite is also very effective on the physical plane. It helps to restore the harmony between the body and the mind and can be used to heal many psycho-somatic disorders. 

Fluorite is believed to boost the immune system and stimulate the regeneration on cellular level. It can be used to heal wounds, ulcers, skin disorders, and inflammatory diseases. 

Because fluorite comes in so many colors, it can be used in chakra meditation to restore the energy flow in respective chakras:
  • red fluorite - root chakra
  • yellow fluorite- solar plexus
  • green fluorite - heart chakra
  • blue fluorite - throat chakra
  • purple fluorite - third eye
This beautiful mineral can be worn as jewelry or placed in living spaces to harmonize the energy flow. It should be placed near TV-sets and computers to neutralize the electromagnetic smog. 

Fluorite absorbs negative energies and has to be purified after each use. 

By Dominique Allmon ©2012

*This article was written for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.


         

Creative Commons License
Healing Properties of Fluorite by Dominique Allmon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Images source mineralia

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Quiet Food and the Cake the Buddha Ate



A few years ago, while browsing at a Waterfront bookstore in Cape Town, I discovered a true treasure: quiet food: a recipe for sanity which is a wonderfully illustrated cookbook. The black & white images invite contemplation and you definitely feel like trying out the "Zen pilaf," the "frog in the pond pudding" or the "morning glory" dishes while still perusing the book. Each recipe is more tempting than the last.

Published in 2008 by a Buddhist Retreat Center in Ixopo, South Africa, this is a very special cookbook. I call it an oasis of peace and sanity in a hurried and sometimes very disturbed world.   The experience of preparing and eating food is elevated here to a level that is rather unknown in the fast-paced, modern world. Cooking becomes meditation.

Anyone who loves cooking knows that preparation of a meal can be a very satisfying affair, especially if one can free one's mind from judgment and unnecessary criticism. This unique cookbook seems to remind us of that every time we cut a vegetable or sprinkle herbs into a dish. Cooking is a colorful journey to self-discovery and emotional fulfillment and should be experienced as such.


Last year The BRC issued another jewel: The Cake the Buddha Ate which offers even more delights. This book is just as magnificent as the previous one! 

Both books offer creative recipes for wholesome and nutritious vegetarian dishes that are not too difficult to cook, but take some time to prepare. This, of course, is intended. One has to take some time off from the daily routine and move into a different sphere in order to experience the serenity and wonder of quiet food.

Both books are wonderfully illustrated and both include delightful kitchen gossip, meditation and spiritual poetry. A rare and delicious treat, indeed.

By Dominique Allmon ©2012


   

Also of interest

         

To visit the Buddhist Retreat Center website, please click here

Images source Kiyoaki

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Peacock


Remember that the most beautiful things in life are often the most useless. Peacocks and lilies, for instance. - John Ruskin, prominent English art critic of the Victorian era (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900)



Image source here

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rejuvenate and Restore Health with Maqui Berry



Maqui berry (aristotelia chilensis) also known as the Chilean Wineberry, is a dark purple berry which is native to the Patagonia region of Chile. Patagonia is considered to be one of the cleanest, best preserved and most fertile natural sanctuaries on Earth. The evergreen shrub is native to Chile, but it also grows in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

The healing properties of the maqui berries were well known to the Mapuche Indians who harvested them for centuries. The Indians also used the leaves and stems of the shrub to cure many different ailments. The warriors of the tribe were famous for their energy and endurance. Their legendary stamina was ascribed to the consumption of these powerful, almost magical, small berries which only recently became known to health conscious communities in Europe and North America.

New studies appear almost every month as the scientists are trying to decipher the healing properties of this healthy fruit.

What the scientists discovered in their laboratories, exceeded any expectations. Like any other berries, maqui berries are rich in antioxidants. The measured total ORAC* value is 27,600 per 100g which is higher than that of any known fruit or vegetable. The berries are not only rich in antioxidants, but are also a great source of Vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium and iron.

Health benefits of maqui berries:
  • Promote healthy weight loss
  • Help detoxify the body 
  • Improve circulation
  • Boost strength and increase endurance
  • Increase energy levels
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Prevent degenerative disease and support healthy aging
  • Neutralize free radicals
  • Reduce inflammation in the body
  • Protect LDL from oxidation
  • Inhibit protein glycation in the body
  • Strengthen bones and joints
  • Clear skin conditions and help protect against sun damage
Clinical studies demonstrated that maqui berries speed up metabolism and can be effectively used to lose unwanted pounds. The berries also help remove any toxins and chemicals that accumulated over time in the body. Detoxification and improved elimination contribute to better health and support any weight loss diet.

Maqui berries contain delphinidin, a powerful antioxidant that shows powerful anticancer activity.  Its tumor destroying potential has yet to be tested in human studies. 

The Chilean berries are powerful rejuvenation agents. As we age we are not only exposed to an increased oxidation, but also to inflammation and protein glycation. Maqui berries help reduce the inflammatory processes in the body and are used with great success by those who suffer from painful joint inflammation. The berries also help fight free radicals and stop oxidation of LDL thus preventing cancer and heart disease. They also help remove AGEs or advanced glycation* end-products. They support liver function and improve blood circulation.

The suggested daily dose is 500 mg twice daily and can be obtained in form of capsules or juice. As with any other superfood it is important to remember that supplementation cannot replace healthy nutrition and exercise.

By Dominique Allmon

Glossary:

*ORAC or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity score is a chemical analysis that measures the antioxidant levels of food and other chemical substances. High ORAC value means that the food is high in antioxidants. The antioxidant’s strength is its ability to eliminate oxygen free radicals. The higher the score the better the ability to protect the cells from oxidative damage and to fight and prevent diseases such as heart disease or cancer. Oxygen free radicals are chemicals that are formed naturally within our bodies through the process of oxidation. Natural bodily functions such as breathing and digestion as well as our physical activities produce oxygen free radicals. Daily exposure to polluted air, processed foods and oxidizing radiation from the sun and electrical appliances also produce oxygen reactive species. The ORAC value of 27,600 was measured by the Brunswick Laboratories.

*Glycation is a reaction that takes place within the body when simple sugar molecules such as fructose or glucose become attached to proteins or lipids without the moderation of an enzyme. This results in the formation of rogue molecules known as advanced glycation end products or AGEs. Glycation disrupts the  normal metabolic pathways and advances the circulation of AGEs, which in turn promote certain health risks and speeds up aging.

         

*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease. Please, consult your health care provider before commencing supplementation.

Creative Commons License
Rejuvenate and Restore Health with Maqui Berry by Dominique Allmon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quote of the Day


Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. - Nathaniel Hawthorne


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana


Revolved Side Angle Pose or 
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

By John Schumacher

The universe moves in many ways: straight lines, curves, circles, ellipses, and apparently chaotic patterns. But when I contemplate the movement of things within and without myself - something I do fairly often as a yoga teacher - the pattern I encounter most frequently and ubiquitously is the spiral. The word spiral comes from the Latin spira, meaning to coil, and these coils are everywhere. From the immense Spiral Nebula to the minute spiraling strands of DNA, all of creation simultaneously spins and soars, twirling and swirling in a grand cosmic dance. 

In yoga, no poses so clearly embody the essence of the spiral as twists do.You can find twists within every category of pose: standing, seated, inverted, and reclining. They are powerful cleansing poses, working deeply on the internal organs in a "squeeze-and-soak" action. As you squeeze a sponge to rid it of dirty water, the twists squeeze the abdominal organs, forcing out toxins and waste. Then when you release the twist, fresh blood rushes into those organs, bathing the cells with oxygen and nutrients.

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose) is an intense twist and, in my opinion, the most difficult of the basic standing poses. It challenges the practitioner's flexibility, strength, sense of balance, and presence of mind. Since this is a difficult asana for even the most experienced practitioner, some intermediate steps can help you learn to better perform the actions of the pose. 

Since most students can’t easily keep their back heel down in this pose, a modified version will be described here with the back heel raised off the floor. See Deepen the Pose below for a brief description of the full pose.  

Step by step instruction

1. Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3½ to 4 feet apart. Rest your hands on your hips. Turn your right foot out to the right 90 degrees and turn your left foot in slightly to the right. Align the right heel with the left heel. Firm your thighs and turn your right thigh outward, so that the center of the kneecap is in line with the center of the right ankle. 

2. Exhale and turn your torso to the right until you’re facing directly out over the right leg; as you do this, lift your left heel off the floor and spin on the ball of the foot until the inner left foot is parallel to the inner right foot. Then exhale again and bend your right knee. If possible, bring the right thigh parallel to the floor. Keep your left leg active by pressing the thigh up toward the ceiling and extending strongly through the left heel. At the same time, resist the lift of the left thigh by pressing the tailbone toward the pubis. 

3. With another exhale turn further to the right and lean the torso down, placing the left hand on the floor inside the right foot. Dig your right thumb into the right hip crease and push the thighbone down toward the floor. Firm the shoulder blades into the back ribs and lean the torso back slightly, away from the inner thigh. Stay in this position for a few breaths.

4. If this position seems challenging enough, stay for the recommended time. If you want to go further, bend your left elbow and bring it to the outside of the right knee. Resist the knee and elbow against each other. If possible, straighten your left elbow and reach the hand toward the floor (if you can’t reach the floor, support your hand on a block). You can keep your right hand on your hip, or stretch it over the back of the right ear with the palm facing down. Then turn your head to look at the right arm. As in all twists lengthen and soften the belly, extend the spine with each inhalation, and increase the twist as you exhale. 

5. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up, exhale to release the twist. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left. Then return to Tadasana.


      

Article source Yoga Journal
Image source here


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blue Butterfly


Morpho pleiedes
Morpho pleiedes

With wings spanning from three to eight inches, the blue Morpho pleiedes butterfly is one of the largest butterflies in the world. 

The brilliant blue color in its wings is caused by the diffraction of the light from millions of tiny scales on its wings. The iridescent color is used for protection in an amazing way. The butterflies stick together in groups to deter their predators. By rapidly flashing their wings, they drive the predators away. 

The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a rather dull, brown color with many "eye" spots. It provides a perfect camouflage against predators when its wings are closed. 

Morpho pleiedes is native to northern part of South America and can be found in Mexico, Paraguay and the rainforest of Central America. It feeds on the juices from rotting tropical fruits.


      

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Power of Friendship



I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. - Jon Katz

Image by Loop Delay

Friday, July 13, 2012

Summertime



Summertime, I think, is a collective unconscious. We all remember the notes that made up the song of the ice cream man; we all know what it feels like to brand our thighs on a playground slide that's heated up like a knife in a fire; we all have lain on our backs with our eyes closed and our hearts beating across the surface of our lids, hoping that this day will stretch just a little longer than the last one, when in fact it's all going in the other direction. - Jodi Picoult in My Sister's Keeper


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Castles in the Sand



Some children were playing on the beach. They made castles of sand, and each child defended his castle and said, "This one is mine!" 

They kept their castles separate and would not allow any mistakes about which was whose. When the castles were all finished, one child kicked over someone else's castle and completely destroyed it. The owner of the castle flew into a rage, pulled the other child's hair, struck him with his fist and bawled out, "He has spoiled my castle! Come along all of you and help me to punish him as he deserves." The others all came to his help. They beat the guilty child mercilessly. 

Then, they all went on playing in their sand castles, each saying, "This is mine! No one else may have it. Keep away! Don't touch my castle!"

But the evening came and it was getting dark. The children thought they ought to be going home. No one now cared what became of his castle. One child stamped on his, another pushed his over with both hands. Then they turned away and went back, each to his home thinking that what they did not destroy will be destroyed by the waves.

In this parable, Enlightenment is likened to the overcoming of the passion for existence with the cool evening. In the Pali version, the sand castles are likened to the body, which had been the object of grasping. After Awakening the body becomes a thing to be discarded and broken up, and eventually abandoned when life ends.

Yogacara Bhumi Sutra 4 (Quoted from World Scripture)

Monday, July 9, 2012

What to Read This Summer



Every year when summer comes and I seem to have more time to read I usually divide my reading time to two reading blocks: mornings are reserved for books that I bought some time ago, but did not have time to read. Afternoons are reserved for the books that just appeared on the market. This is a strange habit, but like most book lovers I manage to buy more books than I can actually read. 

The must-read books are arranged in two piles: the newly published on the left, the long time due on the right. I alternate between the two piles with a quiet hope that by the end of September all the books are back on their shelves. I must admit, with pride, that I usually manage to shrink the two piles considerably. This is only possible because I egoistically guard my reading space-time. 


One of the long-time-due books is a book I bought quite a while ago, but simply forgot that I have it in my library: Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk. This seems to be an interesting story with a mysterious twist. 

The Angel's Game by Carlos Riuz Gafon gathered too much dust on the shelf. It seems to be a page turner that would keep me busy for the whole morning. No e-mails. No phone calls. That much is sure.

I have not yet visited Monticello, but I will take the trip with Kevin J. Hayes who wrote The Road to Monticello. Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite American presidents and this book seems to be a great introduction to the life and mind of that remarkable man. 

The Harvard Psychedelic Club seems like a fun read.  This  is a story of three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman who crossed paths in the early sixties at a Harvard-sponsored psychedelic-drug research project. These men managed to transform their lives and the entire American culture launching the mind-body-spirit movement that inspired virtual explosion of yoga, organic farming, and alternative medicine. I wonder if the book gives an answer to the urgent question whether marihuana should be legalized. I personally do not care, but the solution to this problem has so many implications.


There are few more books that I still have to read and quite a few that I would like to read again. But the growing pile of the newly published or newly acquired books is just as tempting. 

Having spent few years in Vienna during the Cold War I always loved a good spy novel. We are living in a different times now, but the genre is still alive. My latest discovery is the Istanbul Passage by Joseph Canon. I cannot wait to lay my hands on it!

A long awaited Third Gate by Lincoln Child will keep me awake on weekend. I know that for sure. My husband has already read it...

I love honey and simply cannot imagine a world without it. Elisabeth Graver  wrote a little marvel for all honey lovers. Her first novel The Honey Thief is a literary sensation. 

I bought a book that I was, at first, reluctant to read: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. I heard a lot about it and finally decided to read it.


Do you remember Contact by Carl Sagan? Now, imagine, it is an established fact that we are not alone in the Universe, but you are the last person to learn about it. What are you going to do? Authors Richard and Bryce Zabel have all the answers in their collaboration A.D. After Disclosure: When the Government Finally Reveals the Truth About Alien Contact. This is a must read! Better to be prepared than sorry. 

With four months left until the presidential elections in the USA political books are weighting heavily in my to-read book pile.  Many political analysts believe that 2012 elections will be the most important presidential elections ever. The voters still have to learn to know the Republican candidate Mitt Romney. His book No Apology: Believe in America gives a good glance into Romney's political mind. 

Most people believe that, by now, they know very well who the incumbent is, but President Obama is not as transparent as one may think. The President's own Dreams from My Father is full of reflections and reminiscences. Unfortunately, some characters in this book are not individuals Mr Obama met in his life, but composite characters - or people he wish he met. Many stories are invented to make the point rather than the actual experiences of a young man. Mr Obama admitted this in interviews after the book was published, but it makes you wonder. Who is President Obma? A new biography Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss may help us discover the person behind the Office. An absolute must read book!
I will also go back, over and over, to a wonderfully thorough Roots of Obama's Rage by Dinesh D'Souza.


My last visit to Barnes & Noble bookstore ended with a purchase of two very different and completely unrelated books. An intriguing title and an orange tabby on a guy's shoulder caught my eyes simply because we have an orange tabby who is quite a cat. Jackson Galaxy who appears to be the owner of an orange cat wrote a book Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Thought Me Life, Love, and Coming Clean. Our Agent Orange is quite incorrigible himself and I hope to learn something about life with cats from this intriguing book. 


I grew up in a large city and do not know much about gardening. Every spring I give it a try, though. Herbs, edible flowers, tomatoes, hot peppers are rather easy to grow. The harvest is a pure joy! I could not resist a quick pick into the gardening section of Barnes & Noble. I spent there more than an hour browsing till I finally found a wonderful book by a master gardener Willi Galloway Grow Cook Eat. And since I am at it, I must finish a marvel of a book that I bought at the airport in Denver: Baking Cakes in Kigali. It's a wonderfully written tale, a book you wish did not have the last page.

There are many more books that I want to read this summer. I will probably buy few more books that are worth reading and simply keep the on a to-read-pile until their turn comes. Like most people who love books I will forever keep my eye on new publications...

I hope that my eclectic selection inspired my readers to create their own reading lists. Each book opens a door to a new mysterious universe. May you be satisfied only after you discovered all that is hidden behind it.

Dominique Allmon 

Dominique Allmon©2012

         
      

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sugared Rose - The Rose Petal Jam



The rose petal jam is one of my favorite childhood memories - an unforgettable taste that I have spent years hunting for. I tried rose jams from Egypt and Turkey. I tried rose jelly from Normandy. None of them tasted like the one my grandmother used to make.

The rose petals were gathered in summer and turned magically into a rose petal preserve that was later used to fill doughnuts.

We would spend the whole afternoon picking the most fragrant rose petals we were able to find. They usually came from the abundant Rosa rugosa and Rosa centifolia.

The rose preserve had a nice creamy texture and would smell and taste just like the roses on a bush. The whole summer vacation was captured in small jars. Kind of...


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup organic rose petals
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • juice of one lemon


Method:
  • Clean the rose petals from all impurities. Cut off the white ends as they are rather bitter. 
  • Gently wash and dry the rose petals.
  • Place rose petals in a mixing bowl and add small amount of sugar. Using a wooden pestle stir the sugar mixing it into the rose petals. Add a little lemon juice. Stir again.
  • Repeat this action until you have used up all the sugar. You should have produced a creamy mass.
  • Place the rose preserve into small, clean jars and store in a cold, dark place. Refrigerate  after opening, but do not freeze. 
Enjoy in good company on a fresh toast or croissant, on crêpes or in doughnuts.  Add a spoonful to a cup of yoghurt or your morning smoothie. Use generously during the autumn and winter months to invoke memories of a sun soaked rose garden.

Meanwhile, enjoy the summer and take time to smell the roses! 

By Dominique Allmon

P.S. 

The above recipe yields a raw rose petal preserve. Another version of this delicacy calls for a 1/2 cup of water. The water is added to the rose petal-sugar mass and slowly warmed over a small heat. Stirring is necessary or the jam may burn at the bottom of a pot. After the mass reaches the boiling point it should be ready for canning.

More about the beauty of roses here

    

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Birthday Cake


Happy Birthday Dominique!

The Mistaken Wisdom of Not Eating a Cake on One's Birthday

Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy.

A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake. - Jeanne Ray in Eat Cake


    

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!


 

Fourth of July at Santa Ynez

         I
Under the makeshift arbor of leaves
a hot wind blowing smoke and laughter.
Music out of the renegade west,
too harsh and loud, many dark faces
moved among the sweating whites.

         II
Wandering apart from the others,
I found an old Indian seated alone
on a bench in the flickering shade.

He was holding a dented bucket;
three crayfish, lifting themselves
from the muddy water, stirred
and scraped against the greasy metal.

         III
The old man stared from his wrinkled
darkness across the celebration,
unblinking, as one might see
in the hooded sleep of turtles.

A smile out of the ages of gold
and carbon flashed upon his face
and vanished, called away
by the sound and the glare around him,
by the lost voice of a child
piercing that thronged solitude.

         IV
The afternoon gathered distance
and depth, divided in the shadows
that broke and moved upon us . . .

Slowly, too slowly, as if returned
from a long and difficult journey,
the old man lifted his bucket
and walked away into the sunlit crowd.
  
By John Haines


Image source unknown but greatly appreciated

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Saving Earth



For James

Prologue

Roswell, NM. July 8, 1947

Twenty minutes too late! Can you imagine? The entire area where the spacecraft crashed has been cordoned off. It's like a scene from a late 1930s science fiction movie! Bright lights, cops, military, journalists, suspicious looking men in black suits, suspense. This could have been the greatest story ever told. If only I got a hold of the rancher. But Mac Brazel was nowhere to be found...

Moon Base Luna Alpha One.

Mission Commander. Personal logbook. June 29, 2378 (Ancestral Time System).

I am a third generation scientist here on the Moon. There are twenty five thousand of us. We are the only humans in the entire universe, although our ancestors would probably call us "trans-human".

Here on the Moon we outlived the humanity which was obliterated in three consecutive atomic wars in the 2020s.

We can see the earthrise, but the Earth we see is not the blue-green planet our grandparents watched rising when they first came here in the year 2018. The planet we see is a dead, scorched, inhabitable sphere that resembles Mars rather than the image I remember seeing on my father's personal computer.

As a child I always wondered what life must have been like on Earth. I visited the Gaia Park as often as I could, but I was never sure that the holographic images we created at the touch of a button were what the Earth was really like before the destruction. You could immerse yourself in any landscape with all its scents and sounds, temperature and precipitation for the most authentic earth experience. And yet, I was never fully satisfied. I always wanted more.

This is why I decided to develop the time travel technology. I wanted to go back to the world my grandparents loved so much.

Like every child at Luna Alpha One I studied the old masters. They had so many interesting concepts, but they seemed to never agree on anything. Out of hubris they would dismiss the truth in order uphold their own faulty theories. Can you imagine that they would kill those who disagreed with them? And yet, not even one of them ever came close to the Truth.

Discord seemed to permeate all aspects of human existence. They were so rich and yet, so poor. Maybe it was their fear of dying that made them so hostile.

I remember reading my grandmother's diary. Since the young age she was terrified of getting old. In the 1990s she studied human genetics and the orthomolecular medicine. She hoped to discover the Fountain of Youth. She made some progress when she stumbled upon the telomerase research. With this knowledge she was able to considerably slow down the aging process, but was not fully satisfied. The real breakthrough came when she met my grandfather. They combined her research with his progressive nano-technology. Together they were able to extend the lifespan of existing humans to 140 years, but the embryos they created were immortal.

We are the new humans. We grow older, but we do not really age. Senescence is unknown to us. And we do not die. Those who wish may withdraw from life and enter the state of Permanent Awe, but most of us prefer to remain active for hundreds of years. There is simply too much to do in this vast universe.

We can synthesize our own nutrition accordingly to our individual needs and are able monitor our somatic processes. Nano robots are mobilized to repair any damage to a tissue or an organ and we can upload the latest longevity software into our mitochondria.

We live in our trans-human paradise and no one even thinks of changing the way we coexist. We do not use money and consider material possessions meaningless.

The only wealth we care about is our knowledge. Although any of us can upload any information to our brains, the real wealth comes from our ability to use that data. Unlike our human ancestors we use our knowledge to create, not to destroy.

It is difficult to imagine that most of them believed they were alone in the universe. Those who considered that there was life in the outer space believed that contact was impossible with the technology they possessed. What they did not understand was that it was their mindset and not the lack of technology that prevented them from making a connection with what they called non-human entities.

I look out and see Earth. It must have been such a lovely planet. Pity, really. But maybe not all is lost. If my mission is successful we may be able to turn things around and prevent the disaster that destroyed all life there.

Our space-time ship is equipped with a state of the art technology. We have transformed my husband's Vega 123 vehicle. Jim designed it for our honeymoon in outer space. He even received a Moebius Prize for her! An unbelievably clever trick and a state-of-the-art technology prevents molecular disintegration upon the entry into a black hole. We named her Gaia 1, of course, and I cannot wait to board it.

We plan to land on Earth at a place called Los Alamos/35°53′28″N 106°17′52″W moments before the first atomic test on July 16, 1945. I studied the Manhattan Project materials. Some interesting stuff. Clever minds at work. But no one there seemed to understand that there were so many other uses for the nuclear power.

If I could only persuade those involved to abandon the thoughts of destruction we could alter the flow of events on Earth...

Epilogue

Moon Base Luna Alpha One. Mission Control Center. Newsroom. July 7, 2378 (Ancestral Time System).

Something went horribly wrong! The last message that came from Gaia 1 indicated a serious change in space-time coordinates. The craft seemed to have crashed at Roswell/33°23′14″N 104°31′41″W/July 7/1947. Connection was lost after impact. We suspect that the blast at Los Alamos altered Gaia's landing coordinates. A rescue mission is being considered by the Council. Our hearts and minds are with the brave crew.

By Dominique Allmon 

Creative Commons License
Saving Earth by Dominique Allmon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.