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To our readers

Ensuring environmental sustainability is a goal – Goal 7 – of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Muriella’s Corner is committed to support its implementation, in partnership with all who intend to help more than one billion people release their creative energies, to help free them from the shackles of a life of continuing and overwhelming poverty.

Some of you might have noticed that water has been a recurring topic* on Muriella’s Corner and blogs. This seeming bias is due to almost three decades of work in the United Nations in the area of environment, water and sanitation.


17 OCTOBER 2007

Muriella’s Corner

*These are earlier issues on water
To filter or not…
End of an era…error?
Environment and you
Water, water, ice
Tips for Travelers to the Tropics

Most of my work took me to developing countries over short and long periods, working with communities, governments and not-for-profit agencies in the drilling of wells, installation of handpumps, building of latrines.

The theme of water vibrates around the globe. In most developing countries, water quantity and water quality are main hurdles for the people. In others, water quality is the main challenge.

I have seen, first hand, the pain and suffering diseases cause to families who ingest and bathe in water populated by parasites – diseases like dracunculiasis (guinea worm), schisostomiasis,bilharziasis, and all the -isises- you can think of.

People’s lives are very affected, too ill to work, not enough time to go to school as fetching water is one of the main duties, especially of girls, and so on.

But they are forced to drink what is available, even though the source is questionable.

They have no CHOICE.

On the other hand, in the developed countries, there is no lack of water. In the quest to make the water potable, many chemicals are added. One of the most insidious is chlorine.

But, since exotic diseases are not present in the water supply, people are hardly concerned about the chemicals and as such continue to drink,shower and bathe in chlorinated water (swimming pools reek of chlorine).

Some are buying bottled water, but here again, hardly any attention is given to health issues – e.g. the water source from which the water is bottled is questionable; the plastic containers are questionable, pollution issues, the financial costs of buying a bottle of water – not enough to drink per day; no attention given to the water used for showering, bathing, cooking, etc., etc.

What is to be done?

The most important thing, we believe, is for people to know that they have a choice. Information propelled them to be users of bottled water, to choose to drink bottled water instead of tap water. But if their grasp of what propelled them is understood overall, they would also be concerned about the water used for showering, bathing, cooking.

We have prepared a comprehensive newsletter on Water with the following headings:

The Water Cure
Different types of water
Bottled Water – clear choices
Brands of Bottled Water; Filtration systems
Chlorine and cancer?
Chlorine and Asthma?
Testimony on drinking water
Discussion H2O

Given the amount of information this entails, we have decided to send it to you in short sips, so that you can click through and read the article you prefer. We recommend however that you read all of them as they will be of use to you as you make your choices.

We have also developed podcasts on water and can make them available upon request.

We will continue the focus on drinking water (quality and quantity), given the focus on this issues as Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals

-Reducing poverty and achieving sustained development must be done in conjunction with a healthy planet. The Millennium Goals recognize that environmental sustainability is part of global economic and social well-being. Unfortunately exploitation of natural resources such as forests, land, water, and fisheries-often by the powerful few-have caused alarming changes in our natural world in recent decades, often harming the most vulnerable people in the world who depend on natural resources for their livelihood.

Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020. (Source: millenniumcampaign.org)

For full articles and links go to this webpage

Thank you

Muriella’s Corner

Independence means Freedom means Independence

What freedom means…  
Muriella’s Corner salutes its readers from all over the world whose birthplace is the United States of America, as well as those who have made the USA their home.

Independence means many things to different people, but the overarching meaning is freedom, freedom from oppression, freedom from hunger, freedom from persecution…

The biggest freedom is internal freedom, freeing the mind from negative thoughts, from limitations, from hatred, from intolerance – and letting in the freedom of right thinking, love, abundance/plenty/financial independence …

As Camus said, Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better; Kwame Nkruma exhorted, We face neither East nor West ; we face Forward.

In this issue we will share information on becoming financialy independent (see article below on the growing number of millionaires worldwide); acquiring and maintaining financial freedom.  We also throw some light on disparities of wealth and health in countries with increasing numbers of millionaires. 

Send us your feedback on financial freedom, where you are in its acquisition,  what needs still exist to attain financial freedom.  Perchance, this topic might not be of interest or significance to some of you.  We would like to know that too.

We are lucky to have the free services of a Financial Guru (see article below) for readers of Muriella’s Corner, who will help us find the way to financial independence, or help us maintain and grow our wealth position along the way.

The Team
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Happy July 4th

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.
Adlai Stevenson

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
Albert Camus

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Abraham Lincoln

It is far better to be free to govern or misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else.
The best way of learning to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state.
Kwame Nkrumah

 Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.                         Martin Luther King, Jr

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Bill Clinton

Since my release, I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country; their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom. 

The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.
Nelson Rohlilahla Mandela
Mr. Mandela has walked a long road and now stands at the top of the hill. A traveller would sit down and admire the view. But a man of destiny knows that beyond this hill lies another and another. The journey is never complete. 
F. W. De Klerk
Freedom isn’t free, even in peace time. Our military personnel have always sacrificed family time, their own freedom to come and go at will, the freedom to make a dozen choices a day. They sometimes have sacrificed their health, their limbs, even their lives for what they believe in – our freedom.

Support our troops

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Tibetan Monks know the Secret

The Secret to Aging Well – The Five Tibetan Exercise Rites 

Tibet and the Tibetans enjoy a long history and culture. However, according to the Dalai Lama, this unique cultural expression and heritage which includes Buddhist spirituality is facing the threat of extinction.

One way of preserving Tibet’s culture is through education and the spread of cultural expression,  as, for example,  the rapid spread of Tibetan Buddhism and the Way of Shambhala into Western countries, fueled by the avid interest of Western students hungry for genuine spiritual insight.

Random House has just shone the author’s spotlight on Carolinda Witt  and is promoting her new book and DVD entitled The 10-Minute Rejuvenation Plan T5T: The Revolutionary Exercise Program That Restores Your Body and Mind.

Carolinda Witt – The 10-Minute Rejuvenation Plan

Carolinda Witt simplifies these ancient rites and combines them with breathing, yoga, and exercise philosophies to create T5T.

 Tibetan monks  practised the postures which  a retired British Army Colonel reported on during the 1930s, observing that even thought the monks were old, they appeared healthy and ageless.  He studied the 5 yoga postures and brought them back to the West – these became the Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation, still being practised today.

We can help in the preservation of Tibetan culture by doing the exercises and sharing with our circles the benefits of the exercise.  In this way, a “groundswell” of support will be  one of the more powerful ways to embrace and sustain a cause.

Source: http://www.randomhouse.com/author/results.pperl?authorid=72872; Carolinda Witt – T5T – The Five Tibetan Exercise Rites.

Benefits of T5TJust 10 minutes per day for vitality, wellbeing & health . It’s quick, powerful and effective. You don’t need to travel anywhere – you can do it at a time that suits you and it won’t keep costing you money.  Once you have learnt T5T® it is yours for life. T5T® (The Five Tibetans) is an ancient anti-aging technique comprising five yoga-like exercises and a rejuvenating breathing technique that has long been credited with the ability to maintain youthfulness and vitality.

John Gray author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus is a convert and says, “It’s easy.It’s fast. And it works!

Source: Carolinda Witt

The Secret to the Game of Life

The Secret to the Game of Life  – Play it

Ask anyone about life and you would be told – Life is…..(a bag of cherries, difficult, what you make it, the pits…) and on, and on.

The adjectives used to describe life change according to the speaker. For those who “Think Positively”, life would be positive things to them. For those who “Think Negatively”, life would be problems to them. For those who “do not stop to think, or do not think at all”, life is “whatever”!

However, we can fit into any of the above categories at any time and not even recognize it. At one moment we think positively, especially when we are reminded that we should; but a second later we could see clearly why things cannot and will not work, why nothing is possible…

By now, however, unless we are living under a rock, we know that Life IS – that Life is really a Game and the best player wins.  Winning could be both positive and negative – but who are we to judge.  For most of us, life is – whatever. Many speak of positive and negative people as though they are outside of us, but look in the mirror and see Ms Positive or Mr Negative – visible after blinks.

I would like to share with you a book that I have had since 1980 called “Your Word is Your Wand”, by Florence Scovel Shinn. I then progressed to the “Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn”, which contains 4 of her complete books, including the Game of Life.

Florence Scovel Shinn was widely known for many years as an artist and illustrator, metaphysician and lecturer, and as having helped thousands of people through her great work of healing and assisting in solving their problems.

I followed her teachings (usually in the natural, as at that time I did not develop my spiritual muscles at all). I would mouth the Affirmations, but not really connect them with spirit. Seeking spirituality has really benefited my image (positive/negative) a great deal and has also led me to many other masters and orientations.

Not until a dramatic event enveloped me in 2000, did those teachings begin to kick in. I became painfully aware of the importance of the metaphysical in our daily lives. According to the metaphysicians, there are three departments of the mind (p4, Wisdom):

  • the subconscious – whatever we feel deeply or image clearly (visualize), is impressed upon the subconscious mind, and carried out in minutest detail;
  • the conscious mind – the carnal or mortal mind is the human mind that sees life as it appears to be. It sees death, disaster, sickness, poverty and limitation of every kind, and it impresses the subconscious;
  • the superconscious mind – the God mind, within each man and is the realm of perfect ideas – the perfect pattern, the Divine Design, for there is a Divine Design for each person. Sometimes we get flashes which seem as unattainable, too good to be true. This is where true destiny resides, and each of us has our own true destiny.

I was operating (and still do from time to time) at the first two levels – deeply feeling, visualizing, being overwhelmed by what is going on around me and in the world, only seeing lack and limitation, etc. Any flash from the superconscious would be a temporary set of excited actions, and back again to conscious and subconscious mind sets.

We all know, as behavioural experts, that knowledge does not directly lead to action, unless one can move to superconsious at a rapid pace and allow life to manifest as it should with overwhelming love, abundance, peace, health, happiness…

The Game of Life is a game of work, a game where we have to be in an awake state and operate with all three engines firing.

Not all people to agree with the above, but unless there is a working alternative, feel free to blog in and blog on.

Why this information?

A discussion with a friend sometime ago revealed that she was very concerned with the state of non-health as she saw it of one of her very good friends; it centered around not being able to let go. I shared that at times, not letting go could also show up in our lives as disease. A passage (p65 Wisdom) clarifies that a health issue, a dis-ease, is believed to  be caused by congesting, storing away too many things; congestion of things causes congestion in the body. When the law of use is violated, the body pays the penalty.

We should consider no longer being on automatic as we proceed in life, but by being conscious of every thought, word, action  – being in the moment, being conscious, helps us to appreciate now…as we operate fully being present to why we are thinking what we are thinking, why we are saying what we are saying, why we are doing what we are doing…


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