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All Natural Spirit was inspired by Nature, the concepts surrounding Symbolism and the desire for Spirituality. The aim of my blog and my store is the cultivation and expression of the Soul through DIY stress management ideas and tools derived from Meditation, Metaphysics and Magick.
Blog Added: August 12, 2017 12:17:21 PM
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A Meditation in Ink #1: Orchid Study, One of the Four Gentlemen

I have recently started Japanese Ink-Painting (also known as Suiboku(ga) or Sumi-e), however I cannot find the right supplies here in South Africa. I found some of the ink on one site, but its too expensive for something I am just experimenting with and I have had no luck with the brushes or ink stones. … Continue reading A Meditation in Ink #1: Orchid Study, One of the...

I have recently started Japanese Ink-Painting (also known as Suiboku(ga) or Sumi-e), however I cannot find the right supplies here in South Africa. I found some of the ink on one site, but its too expensive for something I am just experimenting with and I have had no luck with the brushes or ink stones. So I use watercolour paint and a range of synthetic rounds point brushes, round + flat wash brushes, a fabric mop brush and three jars of watercolour paint at different dilutions to get the same effect. Therefore, it is not entirely Suiboku or Sumi-e in the traditional sense, but rather a mimic of the technique. I do try to stay as close to the traditional techniques as I can, where you simply paint as part of your meditative practice without having expectations nor making corrections of the piece afterwards. At the moment I am practicing on plain printer paper, which buckles a lot with the addition of water. Once the painting has been pressed a bit it’s not so obvious, but unfortunately the scanner picks up on most of it. I’ll use higher grade paper once I am more confident in the technique, but at the moment… meh, the water-induced paper wrinkles don’t bother me so much and I can fix a lot of it with GIMP once scanned in.

 

The first lesson in Japanese Ink Wash Technique is painting the series of ‘The Four Gentlemen’ plants, where the orchid represents the introduction to these. It is a noble plant because of its grace and fragrance. The leaves are painted in a single confident stroke, with no new loading of ink between leaf strokes to give a graded effect from light to darker leaves. As you become more familiar with the technique it is easy notice that the lighter leaves are perceived to be at the back, whereas the darker ones create the foreground. The flowers are done in a light wash, whereas the inner parts are done with more concentrated ink.

 

Here are a few of my first attempts in painting the Orchid:

First Orchid, Japanese Ink Wash Technique, Sumi-e, All Natural Spirit, Suiboku, Suibokuga, The Four Gentlemen
First Orchid with a Humming bird, Japanese Ink Wash Technique

 

Orchid, Japanese Ink Wash Technique, Sumi-e, All Natural Spirit, Suiboku, Suibokuga, The Four Gentlemen
Orchid & Wasps

 

Orchid, Japanese Ink Wash Technique, Sumi-e, All Natural Spirit, Suiboku, Suibokuga, The Four Gentlemen
Multi-flower Orchid

 

Orchid, Japanese Ink Wash Technique, Sumi-e, All Natural Spirit, Suiboku, Suibokuga, The Four Gentlemen
Orchids – they seem a bit angry here LOL!

 

Orchid, Japanese Ink Wash Technique, Sumi-e, All Natural Spirit, Suiboku, Suibokuga, The Four Gentlemen
Orchids by the River

 

Grasses, Japanese Ink Wash Technique, Sumi-e, All Natural Spirit, Suiboku, Suibokuga, The Four Gentlemen
While I was busy with the orchids, I thought it would a a good technique to use for grasses as well…

 


All the art pieces on this page is protected under a CC-by-NC 3.0 licence and therefore can be used for personal and non-commercial purposes when given attribution to All Natural Spirit (https://allnaturalspirit.wordpress.com). Should you want the high-resolution versions, please drop me an email: allnaturalspiritproducts@gmail.com

Please Support Me: You can find more of my digital prints at HelloPretty, customize my framed artwork at ImageKind and I also offer my artwork as a variety of customizable art products at Zazzle (I get a referral at Zazzle when you use my link – even if you don’t buy my products)!

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Crystal Lore 4#: Amethyst – Free Oracle Card

Tips on Working with Crystals: My fourth crystal lore flash card! Amethyst was believed to ward off intoxication during festivities and amethyst goblets have been used since antiquity. This clearly links amethyst with the concept of clear thinking and therefore it is well suited as a meditation aid. It is one of the three Healing … Continue reading Crystal Lore 4#: Amethyst – Free...

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Tips on Working with Crystals:

My fourth crystal lore flash card! Amethyst was believed to ward off intoxication during festivities and amethyst goblets have been used since antiquity. This clearly links amethyst with the concept of clear thinking and therefore it is well suited as a meditation aid. It is one of the three Healing Trinity stones (along with Rose Quartz and Clear Quartz) and a must for any crystal healer’s toolkit.  Please see my Email Crystal Healing Consultation Services.

I have here another printable (customise to any size you like) information sheet regarding the seer known as Amethyst. The information sheet contains its chemical constituents, its natural colour range as well as some authentication tests. I explain how it is formed through the workings of the earth and the main source locations. Amethyst links to developing intuition as a life skill – it is associated with the third eye chakra and psychic abilities. Amethyst combines easily with any other crystal to aid by clarifying the intentions for which the crystals are used.

Tip: Limit the exposure of you Amethyst crystals to light as it will fade over time, since the iron impurities that lend amethyst its colour becomes altered (the Fe(4+) ion reverts to Fe(3+))! 

I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links blow). You can use the cards for readings, but the production of them as a deck or individual cards for selling is not permitted. Print out & enjoy! There are more crystal flash cards to come!

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High Resolution PDF (Set printer to 50% size to get a A6)

Oracle Card Products for Sale!

I have added this card to my Zazzle Online Store! These products do not include any logos or attributions! You can purchase it there as a:

  • Note card i.e. 3.5 x 5 inch table card with two paper media options (the back can be customized under the option Customize → Back (drop down menu) → Remove Image by clicking on the ‘x’)
  • Notebook (6.5 x 8.75 inch, spiral bound, 80 black and white lined pages)
  • Pocket Journal (3.5 x 5 inch, customizable inside and outside colours, several page inserts options)

 

– Good Vibes –

All Natural Spirit

 


I have a MSc in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.



Metaphysical Art #1: Evil Eye Digital Protective Wards (Free Downloads)

This post was inspired by Benebell and her Evil Eye | Bell Chimes In #12 YouTube video. After watching her video and reading the post that inspired her (The Evil Eye is Alive and Well by Avalon Cameron) I wondered why there aren’t any digital wards against this affliction seeing as it can traverse digital and … Continue reading Metaphysical Art #1: Evil Eye Digital Protective Wards...

This post was inspired by Benebell and her Evil Eye | Bell Chimes In #12 YouTube video. After watching her video and reading the post that inspired her (The Evil Eye is Alive and Well by Avalon Cameron) I wondered why there aren’t any digital wards against this affliction seeing as it can traverse digital and social media platforms… and the following pictures were the result of the collaboration with my muse. I provide them here for free download! I ask that you please give attribution to my work (CC-by-NC 3.0) by linking back to this page if you do place them up on your Facebook pages, twitter feeds, blogs or websites.

PS: I have a few images at the bottom for those who want protection, but don’t vibe with the Nazar. Both Benebell’s and Avalon’s posts provide more background information to the Evil Eye (see WikiPedia too) and how to protect against it, including a protective talisman by Benebell.

 

#1: Metatron Nazar Cube Wards

Here are pictures (High Resolution JPEG links below) that combine the Nazar and Metatron’s Cube. Available in two colour versions.

 

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#2: Nazar Flower of Life Wards

Here are pictures (High Resolution JPEG links below) that combine the Nazar and the Flower of Life. Available in two colour versions.

 

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#3: Nazar Moon Chandelier Ward

Here I combined the symbolism of the crescent Moon, Triple Goddess and the number 3 to create a tiered chandelier.

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#4: Nazar DreamCatcher Ward

The peacock feather has always been associated with protection magic (since the eyespots are very similar to wards used against the Evil Eye in many traditions) and is also attributed to many protective deities. Peacocks are even used to protect other poultry from predators! I styled the ward into a DreamCatcher, which also are highly protective talismans. And also because I love DreamCatchers!

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#5: Discreet Protection Wards

As mentioned above, I have a peacock feather as well as two geodes (like blue agate), which when set with the intention of protection on your digital platform of choice it will be aesthetically pleasing and a more discreet protective ward. Images sourced from Pixabay Free Images. These are public domain pictures and no link is required back to this blog post.

 

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All the art pieces on this page is available for free download and are protected under a CC-by-NC 3.0 licence. Therefore they can be used for personal and non-commercial purposes when given attribution to All Natural Spirit (https://allnaturalspirit.wordpress.com).

Please Support Me: You can find more of my digital prints at HelloPretty, customize my framed artwork at ImageKind and I also offer my artwork as a variety of customizable art products at Zazzle (I get a referral at Zazzle when you use my link – even if you don’t buy my products)!

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All Natural Spirit (ANS) Introductory Consultation Services: Crystal Identification

    All Natural Spirit now offers a Crystal Identification Consultation Service! Went out Rock Hunting or rummaged through grandma’s old knick-knacks and found a couple of cool crystals? Have no clue what they are? Let me help! I will assist you with crystal identifications at R65 (approx. US$6) per crystal.   Please place a … Continue reading All Natural Spirit (ANS) Introductory Consultation Services:...

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All Natural Spirit now offers a Crystal Identification Consultation Service! Went out Rock Hunting or rummaged through grandma’s old knick-knacks and found a couple of cool crystals? Have no clue what they are?

Let me help! I will assist you with crystal identifications at R65 (approx. US$6) per crystal.

 

Please place a crystal ID order at my Online Shop!

Order Now @ HelloPretty

 

Once you have placed your order, please email me a picture of your crystal that requires identification, to allnaturalspiritproducts@gmail.com

Photography tips to assist identification:

  • ~80% of photo should contain the crystal​
  • Good focus
  • Light source: white or natural daylight

 

You will receive a PDF file with the following information on the crystal:

  1. The crystal’s identity
  2. 3x reference Pictures for comparison
  3. Chakra correspondences
  4. 3x healing or metaphysical properties/uses
  5. 3x other crystals to use with it (those that harmonize the best)
  6. Crystal care guide

 

 

Please see my Email Consultation Services for more Crystal Healing Services.

 

I have a MSc in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.

 

Thank you & Blessings!

All Natural Spirit

 

Recommended Reading for Crystal Healing and how I approach it:

 


Disclaimer: ANS Consultation Services

I won’t be held liable or responsible for any consequences from you actions following the advice you receive from me. ANS consultation services are not meant to replace medical advice or treatments. ANS consultation services are focused on aiding you with self-empowerment and they form part of an holistic stress management programme. ANS consultation services are non-refundable. Payments are facilitated through my HelloPretty Online Store which facilitates international payments (such as PayPal) and local payments (such as Credit Cards, EFT and PayFast). Once I have received an Order through my Online Store @ HelloPretty.  I will reply between 10-20 working days, since I have a full time occupation as well. All personal information, email content and replies derived from the services are strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to any other person or organisation. This is a Digital Product Only (PDF format)! Crystal Identification Reports generated through the ANS Crystal Identification (Email) Consultation Service are protected under copyright and may not be reproduced, redistributed or resold under any circumstance.

 

 



Pandora’s Box of Academia & Natural Selection of Bad Science

When the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Science simply become the Corrupted. This post is a cautionary one to budding scientists, a ‘you are not alone’ post to those in opposition to the thrall of it all and an article to create public awareness about the sickness inflicting our global scientific communities. Science, … Continue reading Pandora’s Box of Academia & Natural Selection of...

When the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Science simply become the Corrupted.

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This post is a cautionary one to budding scientists, a ‘you are not alone’ post to those in opposition to the thrall of it all and an article to create public awareness about the sickness inflicting our global scientific communities. Science, especially in Academia, is just as susceptible to disease as any living organism, since it is based on human behaviour. The sickness that plaques science is known as “Publish or Perish Syndrome” (PPS) caused by Academic Institutes and Journals who promise promotion and prestige to budding and established scientists.  In an attempt to remove the Bad and the Ugly from scientific results and only preserving the Good; afflicted individuals readily manipulate results in order to satisfy their idea of what they want the science to represent. Often afflicted individuals can be identified by their statements of justification, such as “Selective Omission” or “Clever Interpretation” of not only their own data, but other scientists’ as well. Their Ego has become more important than the honesty, integrity and trust in science and they become fooled by illusions that they’ve created themselves. Their ability to see beyond their own lies falls away as Third Eye center closes to the truth and the Throat center regularly communicates falsehoods. Science becomes a practice of betrayal, deceit and self-delusion where half-truths become all-encompassing.

“Scientists, publishers, and granting agencies need to take some responsibility, too, for creating incentives for researchers and their employers to exaggerate the significance of preliminary and isolated results.” – Oransky 2015

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If criminalists were to ‘selectively omit’ or ‘cleverly interpret’ evidence or autopsy results, they will be prosecuted for tampering with evidence. So why to PPS individuals essentially get away with fraud and general research misconduct? Because the institutions and journals have a blind-spot, which facilitates the manipulation of data, but this is a delicate balance. Too much manipulation, then perpetrators will be caught out, embarrassed, debarred or fired. Too little and the ego remains unsatisfied when the impact on promotion and prestige remain low. The Goldilocks principle applies, just enough tweaking to affect the desired outcome without setting off any alarm bells. The best lies are those with a modicum of truth and PPS afflicted individuals have mastered this technique. Some become so entrenched in their own lies that they start to believe themselves as good and accomplished scientists.

“Despite their vital importance in conveying accurate science, top-tier journals possess a limited number of publication slots and are thus overwhelmingly weighed towards publishing only novel or significant results. Despite the fact that null results and replications are important scientific contributions, the reality is that journals do not much care for these findings. Researchers are not rewarded for submitting these findings nor for correcting the scientific record, as high-profile examples attest [15,16]. This pressure to produce positive results may function as a perverse incentive. Edwards and Roy [17] argue that such incentives encourage a cascade of questionable findings and false positives. Heightened pressure on academics has created an environment where “Work must be rushed out to minimize the danger of being scooped” [18]. The range of questionable behavior itself is wide [19]. Classic ‘fraud’ (falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism (FFP) [20]) may be far less important than more subtle questionable research practices.” – Grimes et. al. 2017

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We conclude that due to large consistencies of the head of this organism with that of a lizard, its evolution is driven by selection of dragon characteristics….           – An example of the fallacies perpetuated by the Publish or Perish Syndrome

I have heard and read of several afflicted individuals who vehemently defend the lie they are living (and publishing) through statements such as “This is always how it has been done!”, “Welcome to the real world!” and “Get over it – Publish early, publish often!”… They readily force their afflictions upon others through coercion, bullying and emotional terrorism, especially of MSc and PhD students. Some non-afflicted individuals soon become victims of the Publish or Perish Syndrome and go on to perpetuate its life cycle. Those who resist are in conflict with the system and experience psychological warfare with afflicted individuals, who use subterfuge and abuse of authority (especially in the sick and unbalanced power relationship between students and supervisors) to get their way. Yet, nothing is done about it. Should any resisting individuals complain or not toe the line, they are painted as ‘trouble-makers’, ‘non-team players’ or simply told that they will not get their degrees until every part of the supervisors (the departments’ and institutions’) whims and demands are met. It creates a system of convert to PPS or commit career-suicide when you attempt to go against the system. When students fail to produce, publish or graduate on time in such a poisonous and mismanaged environment the supervisors blame the students. Subsequently, the students are the ones who suffer the financial, professional and personal consequences, since there are no checks and balances, no protection and no accountability on part of the supervisor(s), research group, department or institution. Thus, individuals who resist PPS likely despair as their work becomes corrupted and they attempt to survive until they find a way of getting out somewhat intact, but often students leave without obtaining the degree they have already made so many sacrifices for, again with no compensation.

“Research policy observers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of current academic working conditions on mental health, particularly in PhD students. The aim of the current study is threefold. First, we assess the prevalence of mental health problems in a representative sample of PhD students in Flanders, Belgium (N = 3659). Second, we compare PhD students to three other samples: (1) highly educated in the general population (N = 769); (2) highly educated employees (N = 592); and (3) higher education students (N = 333). Third, we assess those organizational factors relating to the role of PhD students that predict mental health status. Results based on 12 mental health symptoms (GHQ-12) showed that 32% of PhD students are at risk of having or developing a common psychiatric disorder, especially depression. This estimate was significantly higher than those obtained in the comparison groups. Organizational policies were significantly associated with the prevalence of mental health problems. Especially work-family interface, job demands and job control, the supervisor’s leadership style, team decision-making culture, and perception of a career outside academia are linked to mental health problems.” –  Abstract from Levecquea et. al. 2017

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Individuals who emerge from Academia (without contracting PPS) once they have received their degrees, likely feel that their entire education (and associated publications) has been built upon lies as the work had become completely corrupted in the end. All they could do was watch as it happened or perish. Therefore, I believe that PhD and MSc degrees are not truly a reflection of scientific competence but rather a reflection of the person’s ability to either become afflicted with PPS and conform,  or to survive the mental and emotional anguish. It is a repulsive side-effect of PPS, since those who make it out and remain non-afflicted suffer the most.

“The basic ethical principles of every scientist are intellectual honesty, which must be present in all stages of scientific work: From a hypothesis, through the appropriate choice of research methodology, analysis and interpretation of the results, including their publication.[9,10]” – Rawat and Meena, 2014.

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“Publishing is not intrinsically flawed, and conversely complete, unbiased publication is essential for scientific progress. We need a better understanding of the factors driving publication and productivity-related behaviors. This is key not only to appreciating the exceptional pressures wrought upon researchers by a strict publish-or-perish imposition, but to improving science itself. This would not only benefit those working in the field, but is crucial if public trust in science is to be maintained.” – Grimes et.al. 2017

A potential solution to PPS? How about rewarding judicious and robust scientific data? Opt for quality not quantity. Science is challenging enough that we do not need to compound the problem by loosing trust in our results and faith in our own judgement. To continue perpetuating the Publish or Perish syndrome is to ultimately lose ourselves. I do believe that honest science is to put it all out there, let the results speak for themselves and to learn from it – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

References (& Recommended Reading):

  1. Coolidge HJ, editor. United States: Books for Libraries; 1932. Archibald Cary Coolidge: Life and Letters; p. 308.                                  First use of Publish or Perish
  2. Rawat S., Meena S. Publish or perish: Where are we heading? Journal of Research in Medical Sciences : The Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. 2014;19(2):87-89.
  3. Oransky I. How Publish or Perish Promotes Inaccuracy in Science—and Journalism. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17 (12): 1172-1175.
  4. Grimes D. A., Bauch C. T., Ioannidis J. P. A. Modeling Science Trustworthiness Under Publish Or Perish Pressure. bioRxiv. 2017; 139063.
  5. Chris Woolston. Degree and depression. NATURE JOBS BLOG, 30 March 2017
  6. Levecquea K, Anseel F, De Beuckelaer A, Van der Heyden J, Gislef L. Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students. Research Policy. 2017; 46:868–879.
  7. Piers Larcombe and Peter Ridd. The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2018; 126: 449-461.

– Keeping Hope Alive –

All Natural Spirit



Oracle Card Products by All Natural Spirit for Sale!

I have added all of the free oracle cards of 2017 that I made to my Zazzle Online Store! These products do not include any logos nor attributions as with the free versions in the picture above! Oracle Card Products Collection by All_Natural_Spirit You can purchase several Oracle Card Products at my Zazzle Online Store, such … Continue reading Oracle Card Products by All Natural Spirit...

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Free Oracle Cards of 2017 by All Natural Spirit

I have added all of the free oracle cards of 2017 that I made to my Zazzle Online Store! These products do not include any logos nor attributions as with the free versions in the picture above!

You can purchase several Oracle Card Products at my Zazzle Online Store, such as:

  • Note cards i.e. 3.5 x 5 inch table cards with two paper media options (the back can be customized under the option Customize → Back (drop down menu) → Remove Image by clicking on the ‘x’)
  • Notebooks (6.5 x 8.75 inch, spiral bound, 80 black and white lined pages)
  • Pocket Journals (3.5 x 5 inch, customizable inside and outside colours, several page insert options)

The individual free oracle cards of 2017 can be seen:

The first of the Free Oracle Cards of 2018 is coming soon! Follow my blog, subscribe to our email or join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + or Tumblr for updates!

– Good Vibes –

All Natural Spirit

 


I have a MSc in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.

Please Support Me: You can find more of my digital prints at HelloPretty, customize my framed artwork at ImageKind and I also offer my artwork as a variety of customizable art products at Zazzle (I get a referral at Zazzle when you use my link – even if you don’t buy my products)!

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