In academic communication there are formal ways of showing due reserve by oft-repeated stock phrases and fragments. Try "in my opinion" and "I feel that . . . " at times as well. Academic reservations may not be tight-mouthed, however, if a group of common reservations (qualifications) are gathered and presented as a meny to chose from. Take a look: click on "Reservations" above, for example.
If you want to make a statement with a great many qualifications, put some of the qualifications in separate sentences. - Sir Bertrand Russell, "How I Write". In The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell, ed. Robert E. Egner and Lester E. Denonn. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1961:63-65.
It can help to go to the core matters and have the reservations and qualificatons stacked at hand, as presupposed. Seeing it is believing it. You could also learn to profit from adding a calm "- maybe never" to what you read or hear, just to avoid the clutches of propaganda and indoctrination. Here is an example from the output of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952):
"Half truths and distorted truths are worse than the blackest of lies" [Yogananda, "Spiritualizing the Newspapers". East-West, March-April 1928].
That is not necessarily true. It depends on what half-truths and distorted truths are there, and what the blackest lies are. Thus, train yourself against "complacent idiocy", adding: ". . . maybe never." That is adding a qualification to something you come across, a means to gain time to think a bit and not be taken in totally by bombastic yak-yak - including a dogmatic: "We do not find fault with Paramahansa Yogananda's guidelines. Since we believe that he had attained complete union with God and therefore his wisdom is flawless." [Link].
Note very well that Yogananda talked for dictatorship in 1934. Dictatorship is hardly a fond rule. Better fear it and frown on its advocates.
So, simply, let a built-in "grand set of reservations" aid you to mobilise enough common sense to resist teachings of haughty and menial ones (authoritarians), and some of their large-footed tenets. The basic lesson of Buddha's teachings to Kalama villagers in the substantial Kalama Sutta helps too.
In figurative talk "the fruits" and also "the berries" refer to consequences or results. One should learn to build sensibly and fairly well on his or her own behalf and gradually get able to favour family and kin. That is what a family tends to be a help for.
Try to attune to and address your essential being so as not to get outsmarted, and before you decide on vital matters. "Listen to your heart," "Consult your pillow (sleep on a matter)", rather than get outsmarted by novelties of much ado and little truly helpful substance - to avoid being left alone in the cold, singing: "Nobody loves you when you're down and out. [John Lennon]"
So set in some fit mental reserves to be alerted, and thereby helping yourself, your family, your kin and so on - because the odds should get better by such means.
Plants co-operate or fight one another for Lebensraum, for space to live in. In a clearing a slowly progressing battle for soil, light and other necessities goes on. No tree in the forest appreciates bad times, and most trees compete tactlessly for that reason. You may not detect that ongoing fight. Still it is at work, both over the ground and underground.
A tree shows: "There is no fair reason to endure what's bad and not really needed or welcome." "To your own self be true . . ." Look to trees. From old times, most trees help themselves to remain and hardly depend on gardeners to help them.
Endure and - perhaps without noticing it first - be brought to trial through your developing lot. Act "slovenly" to get a lot of selfhood, swa. Others may have the trouble of authority.
Shelters Are of Many Sorts
A secretive yogi preferred the shelter of trees to the company the delicacy-serving guru of Yogananda. [Link]. Don't look down on sheltering, great trees above you . . .
Shelter is said to be of many kinds, and not only physical. If you get uplifted by a stroll in the garden, or along the pavement, enjoying your neighbours' roses, bushes and trees in bloom, the upliftment could in part be due to the exercise, but you may have noticed that the influence of plants is there if you sit by yourself in a lovely garden as well. And paradise of Christian faith is a garden too. A good garden, a foretaste of heaven?
A British Harley Street doctor found thirty-seven plants and trees that helped him through pangs, one by one. He felt this and that, and later found or came across a plant that seemed to help him through his state, and so on to the next pang and plant, until the Dr Edward Bach's remedies were had.[◦All Back remedies]
The Bach remedies is a set of thirty-seven plants or plant parts, and an extra remedy that combines seven of them as one remedy, the "Rescue Remedy". The Bach centre in Wales brings Dr Bach's remedies and heritage to people still, and stand by Dr Bach's remedy descriptions, which also indicate their sheltering ability somehow. I delight in Bach Remedies, homeopathic remedies and Antroposophic remedies a lot. But results depend on good choice of remedies, proper administration of them, and follow-ups also. That is how it works. Try and see if you are "lucky". [Homeopathic remedies] [Bach remedies]
If you are intolerant, you could benefit from being surrounded by beeches, alone in a forest - is the special derivate from Dr Bach's "Intolerance: Beech" Beeches are trees that Denmark has had many of.
If you don't have a beech forest near you, take heart, for Dr Bach learnt to capture the beech influence in some brandy. The "beech influence (essence) in a bottle of spirit it is. A few drops throughout the day at regular intervals, and your intolerance hopefully lessens its terrible grip - slowly, slowly. If you are a hard-hearted intolerant guy, however, the gentle Bach remedy may not do enough for you. That is what should be taught, and here you learn to add some cool, apt reservations to things others tell you, right or wrong, with little good proof to back it up full well.
You could ask, "If I am fond of oaks, is it a sign of something I need from them? The Bach centre tells that the Back Oak remedy (or contact with oaks in nature), is for "the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion". Somehow, "if Dr Bach's remedy works in such mysterious ways full well," I add. The remedy is "Oak". Bach remedies are for sale in pharmacies. They cost a lot, but hugging an oak for ten minutes five times a day does not cost money, only reputation -
Dr Edward Bach says his oak-derived remedy is "For those who are struggling . . . to get well . . . though their case may seem hopeless . . . They are brave people."
If you think this is nonsense and that wine from oak barrels is good enough oak influence for you, is there help to be found in a bottle of beechied brandy against intolerence? Do you know if you haven't tried?
Vine Brandy (another Bach essence)
In contrast to oaky fellows, Jesus identified himself as a vine. "I am the vine [a climber that depends on others to support its own growth]," is in one of his sayings [John 15,5]. How are vine people according to Dr Bach?
Certain of their own ability, confident of success . . . they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right . . . they will direct their attendants.
The vine type tells others what to do - it has been decided on by Dr. Bach. It sums up large parts of the work of Jesus the Jew and Healer. He was confident that God had sent him for Jews only (Matthew 15:24), that he was to be sacrificed for Jews - confident, but it all failed. Jews rejected him big time.
You can have vine as a Bach remedy too, if you are rigorous, even fanatical, and needs to relax and get far more tolerant. Compare with Jesus as you like.
"Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down," said Jesus, but should not be taken literally. Every tree is good for something and for itself. There is a great need for trees on the planet. Trees produce needed oxygen, for one thing, shade against the sun, a little shelter from a starting shower, and fruits - many of which benefits birds, animals and humans. A significant part of mankind's heritage is knowledge of which plants and fruits are edible, and which may be made edible or more tasty by some kind of processing.
There is much more to be said here. A forest is a helper, a cluster of trees of the same kind feel fine, but hardly to "tree haters" who produce parking lots and urbanised environments that exploits humans.
The "fruit" of the plane-tree in a fable of Aesop's, is the cooling shade it gives. A donkey too may bear a "shade-fruit":
Donkey Fruit: a Shadow
A traveller hired a donkey to carry him to a distant place. The day was intensely hot, and the sun was even hotter. The traveller stopped to rest and sought shelter from the heat under the shadow of the donkey. The owner wo accompanied him, found no other shelter there, and the donkey shadow gave protection only for one.
Both the traveller and the owner of the donkey claimed it, and took to arguing violently as to who of them had the right to the shadow. The owner claimed that he had let out the donkey only, and not his shadow. The traveller asserted that along with hiring the donkey, he had hired his shadow too. The quarrel went on from words to blows, and while the men fought, the donkey galloped off.
❋ One more "donkey fruit": carried loads.
What about Bramble Brandy a la Bach?
In British English, a "bramble" is any rough (usually wild) tangled prickly shrub, and specifically the blackberry bush (Rubus fruticosus) or any hybrid of similar appearance, with thorny stems. Bramble or brambleberry may also refer to the blackberry fruit or products of its fruit (for example bramble jelly). Harvesting bramble berries in late summer and autumn counts as "a good pastime". (Wikipedia, "Bramble")
Berries of brambles are sweet, and so are many grapes. Don't believe or denounce it all by belief, but taste a few ripe blackberries from brambles and be careful enough to stay alive. Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-84) said: "Large parts of what people believed was true in earlier centuries, are deemed stupid and dangerous folly nowadays." [◦Link]
Samuel Johnson found it out. The question to ask the right person is: "How do I ascertain things like these?" Have a look in an updated book on herbs. (There is a list at bottom of the page).
And now, is there a brandy remedy called "Bramble" somewhere on earth? Yes Search "Blackberry Flower Essence" and voila! It may be come as a surprise to you that "Bramble Brandy" by other names is made from the flowers and not the berries, but that is how it is.
This is how Dr Bach produced flower essences - Picking them, putting them in a bowl of wonderful water in the open, in the sun, and letting the water "soak up" the good influence of the flowers floating on it. Then brandy (or gin) would be added to the water to make it able to withstand long travels, storage, and so on. The "Bramble Brandy" would then be sold as a "flower remedy" or "flower essence."
Along with it there would be a need for a description about it. Will these eventually help against having some foul, unclean, honesty-lacking company, and getting a more mature way of life with more clarity through a cleansing action or not?
If you are feeling confused and think Bramble Brandy helps you to get optimism to manage all right, you may believe so and derive benefits from possible placebo effects as long as they last you. Or you seek more objective proof of effects of the Bramble Brandy. That is work that requires more than anecdotal evidence, more than a handful, promising responses. Laborious data collecting in a fit way is the needed thing for making sure if it works as told.
In working on getting good evidence of it, optimism is not all that is needed for all right verification. First postulate something, like "Bramble Brandy promites quick-witted, able humour". Then let many informers, loads of informers describe how they were or felt before taking Bramble Brandy as prescribed, and after some time, for example ten weeks on Bramble Brandy. Are patterns emerging, are some qualities told of? If so, it is promising. If a lot of them could fit "Quick-witted, able humour" somehow, a sort of confirmation could be underway, depending on how well the research is done also.
And first of all, test whether Bach remedies have any general effect on humans. For the lack of good and well published evidence, nature and those who attune to it some way or other, may be brought into disrepute.
Dr Fred Kerlinger (1910–91) shows there are several main ways by which fragile people would like to think they know, just by being opinionated. And that is not good enough. [Fbr, ch. 1] Better learn to reserve yourself - and try to stick to knowledge won by open-ended enough investigations. Keep a certain distance or reserve in the public arena and balance well.
❋ We ascertain things by open-ended investigations with or without pre-made designs. Compose yourself for it to your ability.
Ak: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1982.
Fbr: Kerlinger, Fred N., and Howard B. Lee. Foundations of Behavioral Research. 4th ed. London: Wadsworth Thomson Learning, 2000.
Books on plants and herbs for cooking and cures
I like some things about these:
Emp: Chevallier, Andrew. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A Practical Reference Guide to over 550 Key Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2001.
Hci: Herbs: The Complete Illustrated Guide: An Ancient Science in a Modern World.. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2006.
Tih: Hoffmann, David: The Complete Illustrated Herbal: A Safe and Practial Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies. Bath: Mustard/Parragon, 1999. Recommended.
Vhf: Biggs, Matthew, Bob Flowerdew, and Jekka McVicar. Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia.. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books, 2009.
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