Scientific American Tensegrity
01
Jan
2018

Tensegrity Revisited

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  • Buckminster Fuller . Casteneda . Cell biology . consciousness . New thought . shaman . spirit . tensegrity .

The term "tensegrity" was coined by futurist Buckminster Fuller to describe a principal of design.  This principal states that in order for a structure to maintain its integrity, it must balance the forces placed upon it, inside and out.  His famous geodesic dome is a human-made example of tensegrity. Tensional integrity describes structures that are kept stable by  the push-pull,compression and expansion…

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01
Jun
2017

The Grape’s Spiritual Purpose?

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Is it possible for the grape to have a spiritual purpose that impacts human life? In his best-selling book The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan lyrically describes relationships between humans and plants, from the plant’s point of view. Pollan posits that plants have a purpose; that the purpose of the apple, tulip, potato and marijuana is to fulfill human desires…

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18
Jan
2017

In the Beginning

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After writing Secrets of the Cells, I was so intrigued that I needed to explore more the amazing  inner world of our cells and was struck even more with their surprising intelligence.  I was also surprised by the lack of scientific evidence on its creation -  the creation of life.  That first living cell is different than the Big Bang! And so…

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26
Aug
2015

Transformation

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  • cabernet . chardonnay . fermentation . spirituality . transformative practices . Wine's Hidden Beauty .

Life Illuminated! In wine's life story, grape juice is transformed into spirited wine upon fermentation of the sugars to alcohol and bubbles.  Transformation only occurs here with outside help - the microscopic yeasts.  Well, there's other outside help, the sacred igniter. From my photographer's perspective, when looking at juice compared to wine, the material under the microscope begins to fill…

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11
Jul
2014

Cellular Buddhism

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Buddha was a biologist according to meditation guru Wes Nisker, author of Buddha’s Nature. Buddha was thought to not believe in God yet everything that he taught expanded a spiritual awareness and consciousness guiding people to the highest expression of self. The Buddha said that "everything we need to know about life can be found inside this fathom-long body.  …

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29
May
2014

Sanctuary

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Man is a colony of cells in action.  It is the cells which achieve, through him, what he has the illusion of accomplishing himself.  It is the cells which create and maintain in us…our will to survive, to search and experiment and to struggle. ~Albert Claude, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1974 (more…)

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18
Jun
2013

Divine Intelligence

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Molecular Messengers of the Heart - is this divine love, intelligence, wisdom? Over the last decades I've learned a lot about loving, reaching out and opening up - becoming awake and aware. And I'm not through and neither are you. LOVE, to me, is ABOUT BEING OPEN, BEING Connected - Resonating together. Our cells have known it all along. Just…

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09
Jun
2012

What are You Saving it for?

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My friend Rabbi David White  (co-founder of WineSpirit) in teaching about wine and life has a wonderful question - What are you saving it for? IT could be a bottle of wine you brought back from Italy. A special piece of chocolate. A year old pie in the freezer. The first time I asked that question to myself, it was…

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09
Apr
2012

Body Prayers

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Are there times when you feel you're just not 'there?' Like your molecules are all scattered? Well, to me that state is about being 'out of sorts,' or from being in a different environment than I am used to. I live in the country, in an old apple orchard, it's pretty quiet.  When I go into San Francisco, the whole…

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26
Feb
2012

Cellular Buddhism

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  • cells . cytoskeleton . healing . spirituality . tensegrity .

  A strange idea for sure until you learn how cells 'decide' what to do. First of all, a cell EITHER reproduces OR matures.  It can only do one at a time. What influences the cell's choice is the physical tension on the cell and whether it's ATTACHED to a surface.  When I used to grow cells in the lab,…

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