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The Toronto Dowsers
welcomes you to our next  meeting

Tuesday, September 15th,  2009 (See last page for description)
The Toronto Dowsers is proud to present:
Tina Petrova and
"Rumi, Turning Ecstatic"
Tina shall be present to tell us her story and show us her award winning film
at  THE LATVIAN CENTRE ---  4 Credit Union Drive
This is actually ON Eglinton Avenue
This is 2 traffic lights EAST of the Don Valley Parkway
On the South West corner of Eglinton and Credit Union.
Gathering, Socializing, Registration,  at 6:30 p.m., Program to begin at 7:00 p.m.
YES, Please do bring Finger Food so we can enjoy some pot luck after the presentation.  We supply beverages
Please do not wear Scents of *any* sort to our meeting.  Dowsers are highly sensitive people.
We do open our meetings to like minded people who are interested in learning how to dowse, or becoming a better dowser.   You do not need to be a member to attend.  Your dowsing will improve merely by attending our meetings.  Dowsing is a form of energy. This kind of energy is caught, not taught.
Our meetings include activities to practice your dowsing and guest speakers who will share their experiences and teach you new skills.  You have a chance to meet those who you can help or who can help you.  One of the best parts of these groups is meeting synergistic people.

Requested donation (to cover costs):
         $8 per meeting for Toronto Dowsers members
          $12 per meeting for non members of the Toronto Dowsers
If you can not afford this donation, please make arrangements with us before the day of the meeting.

          $30 per year for * renewal * membership in the Toronto Dowsers
          $35 per year for *NEW* membership in the Toronto Dowsers

Do come and have fun,  grow with us and enjoy the energy.
Questions?  Contact:   Marilyn Gang  (416) 322 - 0363   (9:33-9:33 EST)
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Details for our latest activities can be found at: MEETINGS
SEPTEMBER 15, 2009:  Tina Petrova
"Rumi, Turning Ecstatic"
Tina Petrova shall be present to tell us her story and show us her award winning film
Ramadan:  Fri Aug 21 - Sat, Sept 19
Mercury Retrograde: Sept 7 - 29
Rosh Hashanah:  Sundown Sept 18 - Nightfall Sept 20
Yom Kippur: Sundown Sept 27 - Nightfall Sept 28
Practical Business Skills and Applications for Holistic People


Welcome back, after our Summer recess!

Our membership year goes from October 1 to September 30.
All memberships need to be renewed for October 1st.
Please fill in the enclosed Membership Application, send it with your payment to the indicated address.
Or, print it from / and mail it in with payment.
Membership fees have NOT been raised.
Please do add an additional Contribution to your membership fees.
There is space provided for that, on the form.

   Please renew your membership,  soon.   THANK YOU!

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THE TORONTO DOWSERS "BIG BOOK":  Contributions from members for our "Toronto Dowsers 'BOOK'!" were, and are, stupendous.  In a spring 2009 issue, and through emails and phone calls, it was requested that members send via post or email a one page flyer about who they are and/or what they do.  The purpose is so a BIG BOOK! could be made and:

  • First, taken to the ASD for display at the 2009 convention
  • Next, to have a video made of the book
  • Then to be on display at meetings
  • As well as to be included on our website
  •    What happened? The Book, and, the First step have been completed.  What does it look like?  It is  G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S ! ! !   "Impressive" is too insignificant a word with which to describe it.   Can you picture a book -- whose pages are 20 inches by 20 inches?  Way way cooool!

        A  MILLION THANKS  to: TIM RUHL, a former Canadian MotoCross Champion and former owner of the largest motorcycle repair shop in Canada!   Tim BUILT! our book frame!   AND!  to my good buddy Chris, who cut the pages to size -- 20" x 20" each -- and drilled holes in them so they would fit into the loose leaf rings.

        Wait till you see it.  More in the next issue.  To be on display at the next meeting.  And yes, you can still add to it.

    TORONTO DOWSERS YOUTUBE VIDEOs:   We have an excellent video page at:  with about 7 videos on it.  Our last video was posted to it several months ago.  Several more shall be added to that site between now and the next newsletter.  Check it out!

    FALL TIMING, TINA, HOLY DAYS,  and so on:   This meeting came together later than usual.  Then, the timing for this month's content began to make more sense.  Tina will speak to us about and show her film on 13th century mystic and poet Mevlana Jelalludin Rumi.   Rumi was born into the Persian Empire in what is today Balkh Afghanistan.
           This is also the time of the year that 2 of the world's major religions have their holiest days, Holy Days that are the same with regard to timing, food, purpose, meaning and much more, but whose adherents do not [yet, mostly] see it.  A theme of Rumi, a Sufi's film and in his writings is religious openness.  His writing continues to be a profound and far reaching voice of Peace from within the Islamic world, building bridges of dialogue, respect and tolerance between races, creeds and cultures.

    SEPTEMBER MEETING, FOOD, DIANA:  Please continue our fine tradition of bringing in food for us to share for our schmoozing time after the presentation. We supply beverages.
          Aware of the BIRTHDAY BLESSING BRIGADE?  Diana Davis' Birthday is the day after our meeting. We have a present for her.

    TORONTO LIBRARY BOOKS:   The library continues to grow.  Books purchased this summer focused mostly on the brain and on sound.  Now if we  (mostly me) could only find the time and head space to get to them and get them into the library and really maintain it as the library and everyone deserves... And a real place to house the library.

    DAVID WILCOCK, Sept 11-13, and, WOODSTOCK:  David Wilcock will be in Toronto Sept. 11-13.  Toronto Dowsers can receive a discount (see below).  The following brief excerpts, themes that interest our members, have been taken from the excellent in-depth analytical article David wrote on the 40 year (what's the significance of 40 years?) anniversary.  Why does this 40 year anniversary have a much bigger impact than the 30? 20? 10 year anniversaries?  Find out here. DAVID WILCOCK ON WOODSTOCK 1969 and 2009.

         The original Woodstock Aquarian Exposition had a major effect on global consciousness 40 years ago. An intriguing set of synchronicities suggest that we (David's, and later) are the ‘new generation’ who are now finishing the job!  In a deeper sense, the community, inspiration and unity that was demonstrated at Woodstock is still seen as a mystical event of nearly religious significance in Western musical culture.  At over 400,000 in attendance, Woodstock, August 13-18, 1969, became the largest gathering of people in known history for its time.

    If you are reading this newsletter from Internet:
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    The Toronto Dowsers is an independent dowsing organization which commenced in 2000 with 6 people.  Through the teaching and use of dowsing and dowsing concepts and methodologies, we strive towards conscious awareness.  We have mostly monthly meetings, resources, a comprehensive mostly monthly newsletter, a members library and activities of interest to the holistic community.   We organize ourselves along a loose teamwork structure which favors a meritocracy.  Our meetings and newsletters give you tools so you can help yourself, your family, friends and neighbors; the meetings have evolved to be the gathering place in Toronto for like minded energy workers to get together and share energy.  Our members are 'helper type' people interested in health and healing, planetary stewardship, subtle energies and making our world a better place for all.  Our members, newsletters, monthly presentations, etc.,  focus on diverse but related subjects such as:  Older teachings of: Astrology, BioGeometry, Egyptology, Kaballah, Mayan Cosmology, Sacred Geometry ...  Location of: Water, treasure, minerals, people pets and objects ...  Healing the Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Bodies ...  As well as: Animals, earth energies, geopathic stress, planetary grids, stone circles, energy dowsing, essential oils,  geopolitics, herbs, horticulture, ancient and native wisdom, natural and traditional healing, vibrational medicine, Power of the Mind, Radionics, Remote Viewing, Sound & Light & Color, Helping Children ,,,  At Our Annual Networking Social,  members meet greet and schmooze, have a marketplace to inform, sell their products, services, and enjoy Pot luck.  The following are a few of the many web sites that could be of interest to people new to our group:
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    The Tuesday, September 15, 2009 meeting features:
    Tina Petrova
    "Rumi, Turning Ecstatic"

    Tina Petrova shall be present to tell us her story and show us her award winning film

    Toronto Dowsers September 15 meeting
    Tina Petrova
    Artist, Visionary, Film Producer, Director,
    and her award winning film
    Tina is pictured here at the left with Esin Celebi, Rumi's 22nd Great Granddaughter (2007)

          In celebration of the 800th Birthday of Sufi Mystic and Poet - Mevlana Jelalludin Rumi , UNESCO officially declared 2007 "The International Year of Rumi."

    Festivities took place throughout the entire year in the countries to which Rumi is accredited: Afghanistan, Persia (Iran) and Turkey, as well as around the globe.

    "Rumi - Turning Ecstatic..." was featured at many of these live events. It has played in over 15 countries to date, including a special invite to the United Nations Headquarters , New York City.

    TIME Magazine named RUMI "Mystic of the Century."

    Rumi's writing continues to be a profound and far reaching voice of Peace from within the Islamic world, building bridges of dialogue, respect and tolerance between races, creeds and cultures.

    The interviews touch the heart and the astounding poetry will leave in imprint on your soul.  The film is an excellent example of the  personal account of the far reaching effects of what happens when you choose to live an Authentic Life ... publicly.

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    This is also a beautiful mosaic of poetry, landscapes, architecture, and talks by various spiritual leaders. Rumi's death was described as his wedding day ... his return to source, God, the divine unmanifest, (The Beloved). Unique perspectives and locations are presented as are whirling dervishes. There is even a connection between NASA's moon project and ancient forms of architecture in the Mojave Desert. There is much in the Special Features which includes poetry, still photos, exquisite art and calligraphy.

    Tina talks with Kabir Helminski, representative in the West of Rumi's Sufi order, about Rumi's life, teachings, and contemporary influence. Activist and Author, mystic Andrew Harvey,  who admits to being profoundly affected by Rumi, calls him the oxygen the world now needs. Nader Khalili,  UN award winning architect and founder of Calearth Institute of Earth Architecture, best known for his emergency shelter designs, talks about Rumi's understanding of the universe.

    Two focuses of the film are especially appealing. Over scenes of Turkish and American whirling dervishes, Helminski explains the meaning of the ceremony. It is a practice that requires you to become empty so that you can be balanced, centered, and fully aware of the Divine Presence. Another theme of the film and in Rumi's writings is religious openness. Like all the great saints, he was a great lover of unity.

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    Also featured are:  Coleman Barks --- the most popular presenter of Rumi, the hypnotic spin of the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey.

    To both the initiated and uninitiated alike, Rumi -Turning Ecstatic propels the viewer deep into the heart of Sufi mysticism, with thought provoking and informative interviews, stunning stock footage from around the globe and a haunting soundtrack of ecstatic Sufi Music.

    Rumi sums it up best, "Let the Beauty we Love Be what we Do."

    UPCOMING!  -  in our GTA
    The beginning of fall (September) and the beginning of Spring (March) seem to be the times of the year where Consumer Trade Shows -- the kind of consumer shows our group likes, take place.  Probably because its after the summer break when things cool down a bit and again after the winter freeze and thaw when things become a bit warmer!   Here are several events that ought to interest you:
    Friday Evening Lecture with Brian Clement C.N., N.M.D., Ph.D.
    “The Power of Live Food to Heal Disease and Conquer Aging”
    Brian's visits are sponsored by Toronto Dowser Erika Wolff!
    September 11, 2009
    6:30 to 10:00 pm

    Trinity St. Paul’s Centre,
    427 Bloor Street West

      Registration and Books available from 6:00 pm 

    Dr. Brian Clement, Director of the Hippocrates Institute, Author and international Lecturer, one of the most sought after speakers in the fields of optimum nutrition and youthful aging, will address the half Century of work on disease and longevity conducted at the Institute. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, MS, ALS, Parkinson's, fibromyalgia and more can be altered, prevented, and at times conquered with phyto-chemicals, antioxidants and other nutrients consumed on a diet of organic vegan living food. Dr. Clement will explain the basic science and extraordinary mechanisms that bring about a heightened and balanced immunity.

    An extensive question and answer period will be offered; this is one of the evening’s highlights. Brian takes great care and attention to peoples’ questions. Indeed, it is during this period that we become aware of his vast knowledge, experience and compassion.

    Cost:  CN $35.00 (includes GST). Pre-registration required. Make checks payable to Erika Wolff, Mail to: 184 Morrison Point Road Milford, Ontario K0K 2P0

    Contact: Erika Wolff 416-428-1039  [NOTE:  Altho I do not agree with everything Brian says (natch!) I do consider him to be THE EXPERT in the field - mg]

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    The Toronto Convergence Conference, With the Phenomenal
    Deep Trance Intuitive, Writer, Filmmaker, Composer, Musician, Cutting Edge Researcher

    Days Hotel and Conference Center –  by 400 & 401
    Only $295.00 for the entire conference

    Join David for this incredibly exciting adventure where you will - Learn the secrets of:
    The Law of One, the Edgar Cayce Connection, Secret Societies, Pyramid Technology, Stargate Technology, The Global Grid, Time Travel, Consciousness Science, The New Earth Changes, Interplanetary Climate Change.  The Ancient Spiritual Prophecies in regard to 2012, How to use dreams for Spiritual guidance,  Activate your personal connection with your Higher Self……And Much More

    David, and nine time Grammy winner, Larry Seyer, along with Marta Waterman, will perform songs from the Revolutionary Musical Epic  “Wanderer Awakening”

    “All of these elements are put together in a dazzling synopsis so far reaching and cosmic, that it is a life changing event for everyone.  It is a completely new way of looking at the world, at yourself, and at your imminent future!”

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      Friday from 4 pm - 9 pm
      Saturday from 12 pm - 9 pm
      Sunday from 12 pm - 7 pm 

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    HILDEGARD VON BINGEN FEAST DAY CONCERTThursday, September 17, 8:00 pm:
         "Living Light" celebration featuring Hildegard's Medieval chants and Labyrinth Walk.   Toronto's beautiful sacred space, the Church of the Holy Trinity, will be transformed into a Labyrinth to host the music of medieval mystic, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). Join us in celebrating Hildegard's Feast Day featuring a selection of Hildegard's enigmatic and transformative Medieval chants and poetry arranged for voice, early music instruments and diverse world music instruments. Early music and world music musicians.   Presented in collaboration with the Labyrinth Community Network of Toronto, sponsored by Wonderworks.    The Church of the Holy Trinity,  10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton Centre)  |||   Tickets: $20 or $15 (cash) at Wonderworks
    NOTE: The next outdoor Labyrinth walk takes place Tuesday, September  22nd, in Trinity Square. For more information:
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    WITH  TD  folk:    PUCK!   AND  JESSIE

         This is a three day silent retreat focused on healing and restoring the harmonious balance between mind and body. The journey through nature will help you connect to your inner power and wisdom, receiving guidance and direction from your spirit guides and helpers. Various styles of meditation, including sitting and moving meditations, will be used.
    Three Day Retreat in Nature with: Theodore Tsaousidis, Assisted by: Matthew Richards
    Special Guests: Ann-Marie Boudreau & O'Puck @ Jesse james
    Location: Chatsworth, Ontario , 2.5 hours west of Toronto
    Cost: $185.00 and (based on the ability to pay) Includes Meals
    For more info: (647) 439-1985 or: SHAMANIC  RETREAT
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    Some of the Classes are:   All That Brass 1 - Charm Bracelet, All That Brass 2 - 1920s-Inspired Earrings, All That Brass 3 - Anything Goes Pendant, Byzantine Filigree Bracelet, Tubular Serpentine Bracelet - Roxann Blazetich-Ozols,  Multi-Strand Beaded Wire Crochet Necklace, Orchid Weave Bracelet (Chain Mail Wirework), Viking Knit  (Wirework), Trypillian Refined Swag Cascade Necklace, 
     Simply Luxurious Net – Autumn Necklace,  Beaded Wire Crochet Bracelet, Byzantine Math Bracelet (Chain Mail Wirework), Garden Bracelet, Crocheted Necklace With 24kt Gold or Copper, Micro-Plated Leaf,  Beaded Lariat (Bead Stringing), Knotted Gemstone Bracelet, Wirewrap 3-In-1 Design (Wire),  Harvest Moon Bracelet (Chain Mail, Wirework), Byzantine Filigree Cuff (Chain Mail Wirework), Beading for Beginners, Nouveau Riche Triple V Necklace, All That Brass 1 - Charm Bracelet, Working With Wire - A 1 Day Workshop, Tubular Bead Crochet Bangle Bracelet, Fringe Me Strings (Bead Stringing), Swarovski™ Pearls and Crystals on Cotton Cord, Crossover Bracelet (Chain Mail Wirework), Tubular Crochet Cellini Bookmark, Heart Wrap (Wirework), Spiral Bracelets,  All That Brass 2 - 1920s-Inspired Earrings, Wirewrap 3-In-1 Design (Wire), Spiral Lentil Bracelet, Beez to Butterflies Bracelet (Chain Mail Wirework), Viking Knit (Wirework), Netted Necklace, Bugle Clusters Bracelet, etc.
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    Integrative Healing and Transformation
    October 16 - 18 at the Novotel Toronto Centre
    This is their biggest conference yet!

    Special Events Featuring: Donna Eden,  Swami Beyondananda,  Joe Dispenza

    And!   Toronto Dowsers:

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    Whole Life Expo:   November 27, 28, 29, 2009
    Total Health Show:   March  12, 13, 14, 2010
    ASD 50th Anniversary Convention, Vermont:   June, 2010

    WHAT WAS !

    I should like to tell you about my summer peregrinations because altho they are not as exciting as hiking from Jalalabad to Kandahar or white water rafting in underground caverns in South America, parts of it were pretty remarkable and I think you'll enjoy reading about it.

           NYC:   Childhood Reunion:
    As many of you know, I grew up in New York City.  New York City is comprised of 5 boroughs, or counties which include 3 islands:   Manhattan Island (New York County), Staten Island (Richmond County) and Long Island (made up of Queens (Queens County); Brooklyn (Kings County), and the non New York City counties of Nassau and Suffolk) and "The Bronx" (Bronx County) which is part of the mainland.   When folks speak about "The Island", that means Nassau and Suffolk.   When "The City" is mentioned, that is, of course, only:  Manhattan. We never say "Manhattan".  It's always "The City."   There is only one "The City" in the world.   New York, of course!  And of course that means the island of Manhattan.   I grew up in Queens, which although is technically in New York City, is definitely not as cool as "The City".   Its like living in Leaside or the High Park area or East York.

    Our neighborhood was a cooperative of garden apartments of young WWII veterans who were out of the war for some time and started families, and grateful for the housing.   We were 850 families, and 95% Jewish.   We lived there from the time we were born, or small, stayed until we left for University or somewhere in our 20's.   We were together through public school, junior high and high school and beyond.  Everyone had kids.  Lots of kids and we played as much as we could.  Practically everyone still is friendly with at least one person from the neighborhood, no matter where they are, some with many.

    Two years ago someone started an email list.  I found out about it because my sister remains close with some of her high school friends.  And I told my buddy Stuie who I stay in touch with who lives in Florida and so on.   A reunion was planned.

    This summer, during one entire hot sunny Saturday summer afternoon, over 300 of us "kids" had our once in a lifetime reunion.  On our home turf.   I parked the car and walked the 300 feet across the field to the gathering, to the beat of the good ol blaring rock n roll.  Oh.  My.  God.   I left these people --- the last time I saw them, they were 14 or 18 or 22.  Something like that.   And returned  to:   OUR PARENTS!   These are OLD PEOPLE!  Well, not really old people, but yes!  Old People!  We were swinging kids!  What happened?  It was a cross between  [movies] The Big Chill (1983) and Cocoon (1985)!  What happened?  If that's what THEY look like, what do *I* look like?

    I saw my good friend and neighbor Lynn:  I stayed over her house when I was 10 years old when our place was being painted.  There was Marlene and Linda -- I played handball with them against the garages across the street the only day in my life I played hooky.  Laurie - the neighborhood genius.  Artie, the buddy I travelled to Italy with.  Late afternoon, the Good Humor Man came in his truck and we all got as much free ice cream as we could eat.  My sister (who also attended) and I cried when we found one of the parents there, one of my mother's good friends.  She and my mother loved one another.  Made me realize how many wonderful girlfriends my mom had.  And I could say things to people I couldn't say these things before, because I did not know these things or didn't have the confidence.

    What became totally evident that day was our feelings about our parents.   Yeah, growing up we all griped about our parents and usually with good reason.  I know how much my sisters and I love our parents and how deeply we miss them.   And how tenderly we talk about them, in spite of all the many arguments, many of them bitter and long standing, we had over the years.   Most of the people there were talking about their parents the same way.   How grateful we were, we are --- to our parents for giving us the childhood we had and the way they did it with where they came from.   A lot of conversations were about how all of our parents appreciated all the other parents: their friends and neighbors.

    How do you think you would you feel if you could get together, today, for a day, a day that was planned in advance, with ALL your friends and classmates from when you were small, adolescents, teenagers and young adults.   And know that this would most probably never be repeated.  It was scary and stupendous.

        NY:  Jones Beach:
    The following day I went to Jones Beach.  When I returned to Toronto I find that most people here have never heard of Jones Beach.  Incredible!

    Outstandingly gorgeous and spectacular, on the Southern shore of Long Island (in Nassau County), just east of NYC, Jones Beach  is the most popular and heavily visited beach on the East Coast, with an estimated six million visitors per year, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in the world (says Wikipedia).   Soon after my Dad finally allowed me to get my driver's license (I was 20 years old and told him I finished university, have my university and teaching degree and have a teaching job in the fall so may I please get my license so I can drive to work?) I'd spend many a hot sunny summer day there, basking in the sun (looking at women older than 25, wondering how could they stand to be so old.  Then when I became older than 25 I'd look at women around 19, 20 and wonder how could they stand to be so young...)

    Miles and miles --- 10 miles long --- of  fine clean white sand, the beach itself is about 300 feet deep, right off the Atlantic Ocean with a smooth hard packed sand floor, free of rocks, pebbles or shells, the waves are just perfect for people of all shape and ages to stand, loll, jump, play or swim in.   Thousands of people come daily and spend hours in the clean air, fresh salt water, sand and sun.

    After buying a hot dog at the indoor refreshment stand, I took it outside to eat. About 20 feet from the building I quickly ducked as I felt something come at me.  It was a seagull!  He must have gotten within 1 or 2 feet of me!  A young girl of around 12, watching said "You're lucky.  He got mine."  Have you ever heard of that? Seagulls attacking and grabbing the food out of your hands?!   It was more than a little unsettling.

    This peace and beauty and natural freshness and salt water and sun, those few hours, was the best part of my whole trip.  I have not been at Jones Beach in too many years and missed it, missed the way the Atlantic Ocean feels and behaves in this area.

    To enter the Jones Beach area, one has to pay a toll.  I was prepared to pay one, but not the price!   Eight bucks!    As NYC is made up mostly of islands, one must cross bridges or go through tunnels to go from one of  these boroughs to another.   With rather heavy tolls.  Most of the inter borough crossings cost $5.50 each way.  Getting into NYC from New Jersey costs $8.00  There are other tolls as well on other rolls.  Commuting in and around NYC can be very costly.  I had forgotten about all these tolls.  (One would think the roads and the whole economy of New York State would be in better shape than it is, with all this toll money!)   I forgot how extraordinarily majestic some of the architecture of the city is.  It was easy to see this, stuck in traffic eastbound on the Cross Bronx Expressway looking up at some of the structures.   It was worth being stuck in that traffic jam to be able to be reminded of that architecture.

    Dinner, out, 4 evenings in a row, in the old neighborhood, Rego Park, Little Italy, and Westchester, I had linguini vongole (red).   There is a taste in New York (area) Italian food, especially in this dish, in the sauce, that I have never found replicated in Toronto.  And it is so very very very good.

         New York, New York:
    A couple days spent walking around Manhattan.  One day downtown, the World Trade Center, Battery Park, Chinatown, Little Italy, Foley Square and a visit to J&R Electronics Extravaganza.   The following day, starting in Harlem, I walked across 125 Street from Park Avenue to Broadway, looking for the Chino Cubano restaurants I used to frequent, but they are gone from that area.  Down Broadway to Zabar's, to Columbus Circle, Central Park, FAO Schwartz, the Plaza Hotel.

    It just sounds like names of places but it was all so extraordinary.  Not just the way people looked, moved, acted and dressed but the way everything was put together.  NYC is street theatre 24/7, wherever you are.  There is always something very alive happening all over the place.

          One would not be able to tell that there were economic problems in the US based on the couple of days I spent in NY.   Double decker tour buses were filled and omnipresent.  People were taking horse drawn buggy rides in and around Central Park, and at $34 for a half hour, its not exactly cheap.
           A comment on telephones:   I needed to make a phone call when I was in Grand Central Station.  I don't do cell and could not find one pay phone in either the upper or lower levels.  Maybe they are there, and just hiding from me.

    Being in New York again, after such a long absence, was great.  I was surprised at how much I noticed the architecture, the astonishing grandeur of it all, as if it were constructed by giant gods for giant gods.  A perfect time to return, a perfect visit.  Thank you for being willing to share my memories with me.

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    My Vermont Vacation:  REAL MILK!   Freely Available!
    Is this for real?
    Do mine eyes deceive me?
    Can you imagine this, driving on a gorgeous main country road in Ontario or anywhere in Canada and seeing a roadside --- pick and pay stand  that states:  RAW MILK ???
    Well, maybe not in (UN)Health controlled Canada, but this is easily, lawfully, frequently and freely found even 10 miles south of our overly regulated border.
          At the checkout line in a Manchester, Vermont supermarket (Shaw's), the bag boy, about 15, was rosy cheeked and friendly.  I could tell he was excited about something.   When I asked him what it was, this sweet young man said  "We are moving our cows to the Addison County Fair (Vermont's largest agricultural fair, celebrating their 60th year) tomorrow."
            [When I told him I was from Toronto, he said he's also excited at  attending the big --- Jersey?  Guernsey?  event in Ontario in 2010.]

          Even though I had lived in Vermont I was not too clear on the milk rules in Vermont.  I asked him if it was possible to get real milk in the area and he responded:  "Sure.  Just go up the road to Dorset.   You'll see a barn on the side of the road with a sign." !!!

            I was incredulous --- "You mean I can just go and buy it?  I don't have to call for an appointment or something?"  He gave me a funny look, the kind that I would give you if you asked me if you needed permission from the police if you wanted to move then told me they sell it by the side of the road to anyone who comes by and would like it.

            Twenty minutes later, after a gorgeous ride about a mile or 2 past a fabulous quarry swimming hole (the oldest quarry in the US) that  I had not known about previously, I saw a sign 2 feet from the road, next to a barn stating --- get this!!!:

            Raw Milk

        I pulled over, parked, turned off and got out of the car and was greeted by the soft sounds and smells of a real, working farm.  Found and entered the open doorway at the side of the barn.

        It was a pick and pay room.   A sign with the prices, a box for the eggs, a fridge for the milk and kombucha.   You take what you want, mark your name, product and price in the book, deposit your money in the little box and leave.

         The half gallon that I purchased was $3.50 and I left $4.00 because I did not have change.   I took my half gallon, left the money and got back on the road, feeling that I have been living in post WWII East Germany and was now in the West.   This is on a main road in Vermont.  And the police had not raided this illicit [sic!] operation!    It was so easy, so simple, so natural, so normal.  So human.

          A few days later I was on another main road in Vermont and passed a sign similar to the one I had seen in Dorset.   You see a sign, you stop, exchange money and walk away with milk!  Vermont and several other states must have dozens of these operations!   No need to buy a cow or whisper a password or march on parliament or sign petitions.   Why, it was just like buying corn!  or strawberries!  The Kombucha, of course, was a bonus.

           This was 150 miles from the Canadian border.   Now I know how the Cubans felt when they were trying to reach Florida.   I got a taste of freedom.  I like it.   I want more.   Now that I have experienced what I just went through, it is beyond the concept of the ridiculous that the Canadian popinjays play their stupid greedy games, denying me my right to drink real milk and instead deliberately try to poison me and the entire population of Canada with their willful criminal ignorance.

        The milk was delicious.
        I want more.
        I am willing to do what it takes to get it.

      PS:   2 days earlier, in the Dollar Store in Brattleboro, Vermont, were some small styrofoam coolers in the front and I kept experiencing a very strong urge to go over and buy one.  Every time I turned away, something urged me back.  Big spender, I added it to my purchases for one dollar.  The cooler was in the back seat.  It was an hour's drive back to where I was staying and this was one of those extremely hot sweltering summer days, even in Vermont.  My car does not have A/C and I wanted that fresh milk to last me for a long time.  As I was getting out of the car at the barn, I noticed the cooler in the back.  Kismet!  Beshert!   Perfectamundo!  After I left the farm I headed for the gas station (needed gas, anyway) and they GAVE me some ice for the cooler!   What a great example of Dowser's Intuition working beautifully!
         The 2009 ASD Convention:
    All the activities, friends, families, sightseeing, driving, shopping, finishing the Toronto Dowsers displays,  almost made me too pooped to pop for the ASD 2009 convention.  Perhaps it was a good thing that the convention was one day less than previous times.  Heck, this was my 10th convention.  I deserve a rest from all the partying that goes on there!

    Cereally, though, it was quieter than usual, which can be a good thing from time to time.  No overt  heated political infighting, which has been known to happen.  Frequently.   10 Toronto Dowsers members --- 4 from Canada and 6 from the US were seen there this year.  And 3 of them even renewed their memberships!

    I usually do a ton of networking and schmoozing.  Did hardly any this year and it was all over in a flash.  Did not attend many sessions, however I have the recordings for all of them.  There were 2 or 3 speakers who may be coming to see us in Toronto.  One of them, almost positive, is Jeff Volk.  But he won't be coming until about a year from now.  Jeff publishes all the Cymatics books, puts on Cymatics conferences, and is the star of our last YouTube Video.  I met Jeff a few years ago as he is a colleague and friend of Dr. Robert Gilbert.
            One night I went out for dinner with:  Robert Gilbert, Thomas, Robert's technical expert, and IVAN McBETH!   What a hoot!   Ivan looks great and sounds great, is healthy and happy and is running his Druid classes (once a month) in Vermont.
            Another evening we were:  Robert, Thomas, Jeff and Autumn, and myself.  Both delicious and fascinating evenings.

    BIG HELLOS to you from:  Ellie Drew, Marna Ehrech, Ivan McBeth, Robert Gilbert, Diane & LeRoy Bull and Bruce Irwin!

    If you are reading this newsletter from Internet:

    A newsletter is published for each Toronto Dowsers meeting.  A hard copy is mailed to each of our members.  Membership dues pay for this newsletter.  Members receive many more benefits and more information than the newsletter. If you live in the GTA, and read these newsletters often, we request that you become a member. We welcome you to join our group.

         Our BIG Toronto Dowsers book?  An  ABSOLUTE SENSATION!  They LOVED it!  And were so impressed with the quality, breadth and depth of our membership and individual members.
           Oh yah -- I even gave a presentation -- my first time -- kinda sorta:   Our Toronto Dowsers April 2009 meeting on different techniques worked so well and so I offered a similar presentation at the ASD where I'd organized not just 1 but 5 very experienced Dowsing Teachers, including our own Alicja Aratyn -- each offered one very important technique, in 14 minutes.   In this manner, you can be assured that:

  • You are getting a single special gift from a highly experienced dowsing teacher,
  • They have to adhere to a strict schedule and so are highly focused and "net"
  • The presentation moves quickly since the "star" changes every 14 minutes.
  • "La Crème de la Crème --  The Best of the Best from the Best of the Best  -- Dowsing Techniques"

       "Every Dowsing teacher and proficient dowser has their own unique personal dowsing technique(s) that they have created or adapted and developed.  Five of your favorite dowsing professionals at this Convention have been chosen, each one who will teach you one of their own very special techniques, one that they probably have not shared previously, is not in any book or manual yet represents the pinnacle of their development, to be given to you now.   Having so many expert and fine teachers in the room is guaranteed to create rapid, concentrated and high energy for this event, the commencement of a new ASD Convention Tradition!"

    The 5 Crème de la Crème Presenters for this session were:

  • JAN ROYCE CONANT, Artist, Author, Equestrian, Dowser, Animal Behaviorist & Communicator, on "DOWSING TO CONFIRM YOUR CONNECTION WITH ANIMALS", and:


    What Is the Water for Humanity Fund?:   In 1991, the Water for Humanity (WFH) Committee was established within the American Society of Dowsers to:
    In their August 2009 newsletter, WFH Secretary Steve Herbert writes:  "Thank you to Susanne Dillon who courageously stepped forward to volunteer to take on the job of Raffle Chairperson, to all those who sold tickets and tended the tables, to those who donated items for raffle prizes, and especially all those who supported WFH through donations and purchases."

    Susanne has been a member of the Toronto Dowsers for a long time.  She lives in Rhode Island.

    Steve also reports:
    Dowsers' trips abroad:   An idea is being floated that it might be possible to offer trips to groups to some area of the world where dowsers and their services would be most welcome.   Ecuador is the most likely site to start, with its vast geographical and cultural diversity.  We would spend much of our time with shamans Eduardo and Napo Luna at Lunahuasi, an ecotourism site set up by them to preserve a tract of pristine jungle in the highland rain forests. A nearby community has need for the help of dowsers.  Excursions are available also to do birdwatching, visit the equator, and tour the earthen pyramids of the ancient archaeological site of Cochasqui, etc. If you have interest in such a trip, please contact Steve Herbert at (603) 616-7872 or

    Volunteer Travels and Projects:   WFH Committee member Don Nolan of Wisconsin recently made a trip to Nicaragua under the auspices of the Wisconsin - Nicaragua chapter of the US Partners of the Americas program and under sponsorship of the US Farmer to Farmer program. The POA program was established in the Kennedy administration, pairing up states in the US with countries or regions in Latin America and the Caribbean to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills, and to foster good will. Don has traveled three times before since 2001, for two weeks each time, to train dowsers, dowse for Nicaraguan nationals, and assist in the establishment of a drilling program. Over a total of eight weeks spent in Nicaragua, he has dowsed 150 well sites and trained 122 students to dowse.

    We would also like to remind the membership of our Adopt-a-Well program. In some cases a well can be sponsored in the country of your choice for as little as $600 to $800. This is a way to give the donor a more personal and direct connection to the beneficiary community.

    To Donate to Water for Humanity:   Your donation will be used to help people gain access to adequate supplies of safe water.  You may send donations to: Water for Humanity, American Society of Dowsers, PO Box 24, Danville, Vermont  05828, or, go to the donation page of our website.  Be sure to specify that you are donating to Water for Humanity.   Join Our Mailing List!   Steve Herbert, Secretary, Water for Humanity,  American Society of Dowsers

    The ASD Website is:
    Excerpts, above,  from the:  WATER FOR HUMANITY E-NEWSLETTER, August 14, 2009 edition, Submitted by WFH Secretary Steve Herbert,  have been copied here, with permission.
    Susanne responds:

          "Hi Marilyn, this is a wonderful opportunity.  You asked us about the convention, I felt after attending Ellie Drew's Sacred Healing Ceremony that if I had come only for that ceremony, it was definitely worth it!"

          "Marilyn asked me to write why I volunteered to be chairperson of the Water for Humanity Raffle.   Well here goes:  The last few years when I know I’ll be attending the Dowsers’ Convention, I’ll mention to all my friends that I need gifts for WFH’s raffle.  For those that ask, I explain to them what the proceeds are used for.   “What do you do when you get up in the morning?”  For myself, I go to the bathroom, wash my hands, brush my teeth, shampoo my hair, often wash a batch of clothes, make coffee, do dishes, etc. etc.  All of these actions require water.  What would your life be like without running water? WFH Dowsers go to third world countries and teach the people there, who are interested, how to dowse; find a community water source; drill a well; supply pump, etc.  The ones who receive the wells are: communities, hospitals, schools, etc.  It is not for a family to have in their home.   So much can be said about WFH, I feel privileged to have been WFH’s chairperson and I hope to be able to chair it again.  The work that the WFH Dowsers do is just phenomenal.

         "Unless a donator states that some of their funds can be used for travel, funds can only be used to supply wells and related equipment.  The WFH Dowsers have to either find a sponsor(s) or pay for their own travel expenses. To learn more about WFH visit   I urge you to try  ‘The 48 hour Water Challenge’.

        "The more I learn about WFH the more I feel honored to be part of such a wonderful group.    Lastly, not all of us can travel and do what Steve Herbert, Richard Roy, Don Nolan and others Dowsers do, bring safe clean potable water around the world, but the least we can do is support them.  If you are able, you might want to adopt a well.  See the wish list on WFH’s website.  Thank You , Marilyn, for asking me to write this article and also for all the GREAT work you do for the Toronto Dowsers, of which I have been a member for years."   Thank YOU, Susanne!

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    Submitted by Maggie:  "Hi!   The ASD convention this year in Killington was fun, stimulating, and sometimes challenging.  It would be wonderful if more Toronto Dowsers could attend!

    "I found  helpful and challenging a pre-convention labyrinth workshop with Marty Cain.  Marty builds labyrinths by consensus of all the human participants and of the earth, the mountains, the rocks, and the nature spirits.  Getting everyone's agreement on each step isn't easy but we managed and in the end we had a magical, magnificent labyrinth.

    "I also enjoyed Atala Dorothy Toy's pre-convention workshop on Interdimensional Dowsing very much and I am presently reading, with great interest, her new book We Are Not Alone: A Complete Guide to Interdimensional Cooperation.

    "Another presentation that was fascinating for me was Barbara Stone's Past Life Soul Retrieval and her new book, Invisible Roots: How Healing Past Life Trauma Can Liberate Your Present, explains her approach in more detail.

    "And to end the convention, Russell Targ's keynote address on remote viewing, was riveting and extremely funny.  I wish I could have stayed to take his day long workshop after the convention.

    "Last and much appreciated, to get us all to Killington in the first place, Marilyn worked very hard before the convention to find rides and accommodation for all who needed assistance.

    "The ASD convention next year is in June at Lyndon College near Lyndonville Vermont!   [Note:  The location for the 2010 convention has not yet been determined. Lyndonville State College, the site of many previous conventions, is one of the possible choices.]

    Moving  - - -  Sorrow and Joy  - -
    A perfect home for Energy aware people
    This article was written and included here as it is our dearest wish that someone who is in harmony with these energies shall become the next stewards of this land.

    Two of our dearest friends, and pillars of our group, shall be moving, within this next year.  Jan and Pete Scanlan-Coles are planning to move to  Vancouver Island, BC,  where Jan grew up.   While it is difficult to think of them leaving, we are happy that they are embarking on an venture they both very much want to do.

    Jan and Pete have been members of our group almost from the beginning.  They have worked very hard and very consciously, with continuous focused intent, to create beneficial energies in and around their home and community.  More so, than probably anyone else we can think of.  Naturally, they need to sell their home.

    Here is an opportunity to purchase a home, in the country, on a dirt road -- in the middle of Guelph, Orangeville and Brampton, with horses as some of your next door neighbors.   A home tailor made for energy aware folks as it has been purposefully filled with beneficial subtle, and not so subtle -- energies.  It is one hour from (the City of) Toronto yet you really feel that you are in the country. Because you are.

    They took Joey Korn's workshops and followed up with his blessings throughout their home.  In fact, Joey came out and balanced their home!   Jan has taken both Robert Gilbert's and Ibrahim Karim's courses and the home is BG3 balanced.  A BioGeometry trained architect designed some of the renovations they had last year, using BG principles.

    The most obvious, and eye grabbing sight of course, is the Stone Circle. The Moon Maiden Stone Circle, of course. Summer 2005, British Druid Ivan McBeth led a Stone Circle workshop at their home and about a dozen of us, including children -- all led carefully, step by step by Ivan -- built this circle entirely by hand (no machines).   This photo was taken soon after the workshop and it looks just the same (its right near the apple trees) today.  For the whole story see
    Mostly wood flooring (no carpets) throughout except for the 3 smaller bedrooms and some in the hall.  The living room, dining room and kitchen are nicely laid out in an open concept, the energy efficient windows look out at Nature's beauty.  (I like watching the birds feed in the winter at the many feeders Pete has put up.)  The kitchen has some whiz bang filtration system.  Jan does cranio sacral and some of her clients are very sensitive.  So they appreciate coming to her sensitive friendly home.

    They have Border Collies and the entire property is fenced in.  The dogs' presence does not disturb those with acute sensitivities.  Jan and Pete can tell you how much land they have. Also, the fireplace, when used, is efficient and tight and helps heat the home.  A long, full basement, an unusual feature, has recently been re-done.

    If this interests you, contact Jan and Pete if you know them or contact me and I shall put you in touch with them.  It would be so perfect if a person or family who appreciates, understands and perhaps needs these touches could be the next steward of this special property.  Thank you.


    DEBBIE MEYER™ Green Bags:   Because:  put your produce in these plastic coated bags and they will last longer.  Debbie Meyer says:  "Fruits, vegetables and flowers release ethylene gas while ripening after harvesting or picking. Ethylene gas accelerates ripening, aging and rotting. Debbie Meyer™ Green Bags® food storage bags absorb and remove this damaging gas, dramatically extending the life of fruits, vegetables and flowers."
            The big question:    Do they work?  I have tried them and yes, they do work.  I found out about them from 2 ultra holistic friends, which surprised me because I did not think they like the idea of placing their produce in plastic.  But they do, and it works.  A lot longer.  And, they are reusable.
             I have not found them in stores in Canada, only through internet or TV.   I saw this method about 10 years ago and at the time was told that it was ZEOLITE (dust?) that was the magic ingredient.

    TATTOOS:    I have noticed this year that folks in their 20's and 30's are displaying --- not just tattoos --- but tattooing up and down entire arms.  Males AND Females!   Why?  Can anyone tell me why?  Is this another fad?   Not as easy to get rid of --- like long hair was easy to change.
           What I think most of them do not realize is the source of this fad -- if it is a fad.   It comes from the prisons, and from gangs.  Now, we all know that belonging to one Gang in particular is a distinct and great honor and privilege.  !!!  But this is not true for the rest of them.
            Another fashion --- the baggy pants.  That's also from the prisons.   Prison clothing is not exactly designed to fit well and prisoners often get clothing that is, at least initially, too large for them.  Because it is known that the inmates will soon gain weight due to the super starchy food they are served.  So they err on the large side to begin with.  Then, there is also the Saggy issue --- because they can not wear belts.
            So when you see anyone wearing baggy saggy clothing -- they are imitating prisoners.  Another way to look at it is imitating repeated murderers, thieves, rapists and so on.   Chances are they don't even know it.  Even better -- fer darn sure, their parents don't know it.
            But why these huge tattoos?  That's a totally different ball game!?

    SCOOTER:   Have been looking at these -- push with one foot -- Scooters, with longing.  Not exactly, not totally,  a human push model, but a powered one.  Electric, of course, Thought it would be neat to buzz around town with, arrive at my destination, fold it up and put it in my back pack.  Then I see that the electrics can go maybe 15 miles per charge and are really heavy.  The gas powered ones are much lighter and you can go further.  I'd rather use electric, though but it does not sound so feasible.  Does anyone have any feedback on these?  The ease of use?  Safety?  Practicality and so on?

    If you are reading this newsletter from Internet:

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    CANADIAN PASSPORTS:  Q:  I've heard there are new regulations which don't permit smiling in Canadian passport photos. Is this true?
    A:  Yes, it is true. No smiling and no eyeglasses are allowed, even if you normally smile and/or wear glasses. This has something to do with facial recognition software. (Although technically allowed in some cases, wearing eyeglasses  is discouraged as this can increase the chances of your photo getting rejected).

    Dr. Martin Blank in Toronto:  on EMFs
    Dr. Martin Blank speaks about electromagnetic fields and the associated health effects that can lead to cancer.
          On May 27th 2009, the Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution (WEEP) hosted Dr. Martin Blank at a press conference in Toronto.  A video was made of the event and a 9 minute edited version has been placed on YouTube.  You are encouraged to watch and listen to this very important information.
         "Dr. Blank is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York and is the former President and Full Member of Bioelectromagnetics Society.  Dr. Blank's research examines the various ways in which human-made electromagnetic fields used in many of our day to day appliances and telecommunications devices interrupt regular biological functioning. 
    He is a co-author of the [influential] Bioinitiative report  that has led to regulatory change for electromagnetic emissions in Europe, and is the issue editor for Pathophysiology's current issue dedicated to the health and biological effects of electromagnetic emissions."

       ". . .   In this dataset, there is a subpopulation of people who started using a cell phone before they were 20 years old.  If they had used it for 10 years since they were younger than 20, the odds ratio more or less doubles.  So if you are younger not only do you have the prospect of being more exposed over a period of time but the changes that occur in brain of younger people is much more harmful to their health...."  1:49


    BING.COM :

    You can see into my window! (close, but not really, thank goodness!)  An Internet search engine (Google is an Internet Search Engine), BING replaces Microsoft's "Live Search" system, taking effect June 2009.  On July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced a deal in which Bing would power Yahoo! Search.

    BING is mentioned here because of  its MAPS handling.  For example, as a comparison, using your browser:
        - Go to GOOGLE, MAPS.  The location that you type in at the address bar is:  Bathurst and Bloor, Toronto.   Zoom in as close as you can.
        - Open another tab.  Go to BING.COM .  Then to MAPS
          Clicking on Location, at the address bar you type:  Bathurst and Bloor, Toronto
      Click on the "X" in the middle top of the page to enlarge the map window
      Then Aerial, then Birds Eye.
      On the Left side, click on the "+" to Zoom Out as much as far as it goes
      Then rotate with either the left or the right (arrows) so you are looking at the storefronts on the South side of Bloor.

       You can --- CLEARLY!  see --- Honest Ed's, yes?  How about that!?  Compare that map with the GOOGLE map!  Way cool, n'est-ce pas?

     (I think the photos of Toronto were taken around early fall 2007.  I say that because of the trees, and of construction taking place in a few areas I knew about.)

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    My new FREE Telephone SYSTEM
    Well  . . . .  Almost Free

    MagicJack, a superbly creative (VOIP) telephone device, was written up in 2 of our issues last year.  Based on internet reports that I had read at that time, user feedback expressed too many problems so altho it seemed attractive, I remained unsure about it at that time.  Then, I tried it myself.  Because -- it was strongly recommended by someone in Ontario whose daughter is in New Zealand.  They each have a MagicJack, and call each other as often as they like and speak for as long as they like -- for free.  And it works great.  In fact, they integrated it into their own home phone system and now use it exclusively for long distance.

    AND!  as they use their computer, instead of their telephone, it does not tie up their telephone.

    I needed an inexpensive way to make local and long distance phone calls during my trip to the United States this summer.  One option was to get a calling card.  Another was to use SKYPE.  Skype is free if you are calling from one Skype account to another Skype account.  If you use Skype to call a telephone number, there is a charge for it.  Yes, it is a small charge.  A third choice was to use the VideoPhone from ACN -- that Toronto Dowser Rick Simpson offers.  I admit, that was an attractive choice.

         MagicJack is a little doohickey --- about 3" x 2", with a USB plug on one end, that you plug into one of your computer's USB ports.  YES!  That is -- basically -- ALL that you do!
          Cost:  $20 US  to purchase it initially, and, $20 US per year.  That's it!

    And now you have a telephone!  With your own US telephone number!  (You choose your area code and exchange from a listing.)  AND!  it has VoiceMail!

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    You MUST be on high speed to do this.
    How do you listen and speak?  You can -- and I've done each of these:

  • Use your computer's speakers and microphone
  • Plug in a corded phone to the other end of the MagicJack
  • Use a wired or wireless headset, such as from Logitech or Plantronics
  • I had a small netbook -- the Acer AspireOne (6" x 9"), that is all set up for Wireless.  Simply -- and it really is simply -- start it up and it starts looking for wireless networks to CONNECT with.
    On the left is the system with a corded phone, on the right is the system with the wireless earpiece.
    Here were 4 places where I used it -- totally wireless, including battery power:
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          Four days earlier, in the middle of typing this issue, I sent out an email to several Toronto Dowsers reminding them that it was time to register for the fall 2009 session for Toronto's  Adult Ed Continuing Education courses (highly recommended).  This was one of the suggestions:
         "About 6 years ago I took one of the best courses ever in my life thru them:  Computer Upgrading Servicing Repair. You learn how to build a computer!  Nicely paced.  For me, it demystified the mystique of a computer, I'm not so "afraid" of the hardware any longer.  Some of the sections for this course are filled, some are not.   I recommend this course to you if you would like to be more comfortable about your computer."
          The very next day!!!!*!*!:  As usual, trying to get this issue finished, typing like a bandit, I powered down before I went out for a walk.  Returned, powered up, and....  Uh oh.  No.  I did NOT power up!  Because the Power would not UP!

           Fortunately, thanks to that course, I knew what it was, and what would have to be done.  I had also been receiving hints in the previous 2 weeks that the power supply was going, such as -- the computer would suddenly turn off.  I figured out what was going on and hoped it would be ok until I finished this issue and then I'd call the Computer Doctor.  Fortunately, I did not lose anything each time this happened.  I guess it made me complaisant.
           I got my first PC in 1984.  This was the first time this situation ever happened.  So I called the Computer Doctor and THANK GOODNESS! He answered the phone!  AND!!!  he could help me real quick.  He told me what to do, it was 7:30 pm, I knew Staples was open (another lucky piece!) and I could be there in 15 minutes.  Went to Staples, bought a Power Supply ($60+) and then, lucky me -- went home, picked up the computer, brought it to the Computer Doctor and he installed it.  Real simple.  Yes.  Real simple, that is, if you understand what needs to be done and can do it.

          If your Power Supply goes, as it blows, it CAN!!!  and has been known to:  short out certain crucial components, such as your mother board, hard drive,...  Again, I was lucky that all was fine (otherwise you would not be reading this right now).
          Thanks to that course, and to Peter, what could have been a breath stopping experience was only somewhat more complicated (and yes, a good deal more expensive, but overall not too bad) than changing a light bulb.
          As to why this happens, well, that's another story.  If you would like help, contact:

    Peter Gouveia --President, Virtually Independent Products and Technologies (VIP TECH), (416) 835-4198.   Yes, Computer Doctor Peter does make house calls and he has been a Toronto Dowser for over a year!

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    OPENOFFICE:   WORD and/or Word Processing, etc., programs/systems too expensive or problematic?  Replace it with, or, try OPEN OFFICE.  It is 100% Free.

    OpenOffice is an office application suite available for a number of different computer operating systems.  You can downloaded it, online, as free software.  You can use it instead of WORD, etc.  This also means you do not have to purchase (WORD, etc.) updates every time one is released. aims to compete with Microsoft Office and emulate its look and feel where suitable.  It can read and write most of the file formats found in Microsoft Office, and many other applications; an essential feature of the suite for many users. has been found to be able to open files of older versions of Microsoft Office and damaged files that newer versions of Microsoft Office itself cannot open.   However, it cannot open older Word for Macintosh (MCW) files. is a collection of applications that work together closely to provide the features expected from a modern office suite. Many of the components are designed to mirror those available in Microsoft Office. The components available include:

     Version 2.0 was formally released to the public in 2005.  Eight weeks after the release of Version 2.0, an update was released. It fixed minor bugs and introduced new features.  Version 3 will be released this November.  You do not have to get rid of your current system. Try it. You might like it.
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    Dr. Hulda Clark:   Some of Dr. Hulda Clark books are now available on-line for free downloads!   Hulda Clark permits people to copy her books and make them available free on-line, as long as there is no cost or charge involved:


    This is the time to take steps to Prevent the Flu with:
    The #1 Flu Preventive --- and Flu Cure --- used in France for over 65 years ---
    Prescribed by Medical Doctors
    A simple, low dosage Homeopathic Remedy
    (this information is provided in the fall and was last included 2005.)

    The Flu Season is approaching. Several years ago, Carol Ann Kukulsky was kind enough to share with us the benefits of Oscillococcinum, which is made by Boiron. Dolisos is another company that makes fine homeopathic remedies.  Oscillo is the #1 Flu Preventive --- and Flu Cure --- used in France for over 70 years, the preventive remedy of choice prescribed by the the vast majority of medical doctors in France and one of the most widely used homeopathic remedies in the world.  (I.e.,  NO vaccinations)

    The way to use it for prevention is:

    This should be a sufficient flu preventive.  If you forget to do this and if you get the flu, get the product as soon as possible and start taking it as the instructions direct.  If you do get the flu, it is likely it will not be a severe as it could have been.

    "The safest approach is homeopathy, as it is free from side effects, without drug interactions, and safe for both children and adults.  Studies have shown that for those who have not used this remedy prophalactically and experience symptoms that a 63% greater recovery by 48 hours is experienced when it is taken within the first 24 hours of symptom onset. Those not significantly better soon after that should see their health practitioner." Oscillo is made from the liver of a duck.  Because of the nature of homeopathic remedies, a single liver is sufficient for the entire supply of Oscillo for North America.

    "Oscillo works safely with none of the side effects associated with the over-the-counter remedies -- even some herbals.  The primary benefit of Oscillococcinum is that it stimulates the body's own immune mechanisms," says Fabienne Pugnetti-Boiron, public relations manager at Boiron in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.  "Because of its safety, even pregnant women and children may take it."   "Oscillococcinum is the homeopathic chicken soup."

    SEE:  Toronto Star,  Aug. 22, 2005:  "Consumers stockpiling avian flu drug"

    "North American sales of the drug oseltamivir have more than tripled in recent months, a trend public health experts see as evidence individuals are stockpiling the once little-used antiviral as a hedge against a possible flu pandemic. A leading advocate for pandemic preparedness is concerned public demand could soon outstrip the limited global supply"  Nice fear mongering and  excuse for forced vaccinations, yes?
    NOTE:  The above article was last included in our newsletters, September 2005.  Notice the comment about fear mongering?  It has been leading up to this time, and, perhaps --- this time -- is leading up to a more dastardly time.
    DO the Oscillo approach.  If you should happen to contract flu, and its possible, it will not be as severe as it might have been.

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    MORE  on  MILA
    The Healthiest.  Complete.  Whole.  Raw.  Vegetarian.  Food.

       Our May 2009 issue featured an article on Mila, brought to our group by TCM and Tong Ren Practitioner Nicola Lomangino and Holistic Practitioner Sharie Bridge.

        Mila, the "Miracle Seed", is a very special form of Chia seed (used by ancient Aztecs).  What makes Mila special is how and where its grown -- for the maximum nutrition, and how it is processed, so that you can leave a package -- open -- on the counter for an extended time and it remains fresh.  Most chia must be refrigerated or it goes rancid.

      For more info go to:

      Or see:  Nick, Sharie, Angi, Jan, Sabina.

         Yes, this is MLM.  And like too many MLMs, the profit motive is there.  (Yes. All MLM products we have seen cost 20%-30%+ too much $$$.  AND!  The quality for each one is excellent.  It has to be!  We continue to use them because they are so good.)   From another perspective, the reason I like MLMs, is that it builds community.  It gives us a good excuse to communicate-- and therefore "hang out" -- with one another.  And we do.  At the Mila "banquets".  One of Nick's boyhood chums owns a banquet hall and this is where we have our -- catered!!! -- Mila Meetings!   How does this sound?::
          Mila Focaccia.  Mila Pizza.  Mila dip.  Mila chocolate chip cookies.  Yum!

    Last week, Nick told me of the Mila experiences of 2 people he knows.
         First, his father in law.  With Diabetes, and high blood glucose levels, after eating Mila for breakfast for a month, his blood glucose levels were reduced by 10 mg/dl.  His red, dry, itchy eyes condition also disappeared.  And he lost 20 pounds.  He was not necessarily trying to change any of these situations.  Although he would have liked to do so he was simply enjoying a new food brought to him by his son in law.
          Next, his friend Ted.  Ted has (had?) high blood pressure.  After one month of eating Mila, because of his friend and TCM Nick, Ted's BP went down 15 points.
         This is typical.  Not just because of the soluble and insoluble fiber.  There are many significant nutritional components that contribute to much improved health -- for everyone.   One company executive calls it -- and we like this phrase:   "A  Soft Colonic".

    Very high in Plant Based Omega 3's.  Phytonutrients.  Protein.  Minerals.  Fiber.  And more.  Eat it for a cereal, put some in smoothies, cook with it.  I think it tastes like powdered walnuts.

    DO YOU KNOW:  Why Mila  is MUCH healthier with fruit than other cereal products?  It is.

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    Kichadis: Rice and Mung beans

        Kichadis are magnificently delicious.  Yummy, a flavorful grain stew, sort of, great texture, easy to eat and easier to digest,  Kichadis are at the core of Ayurvedic nutritional healing.  You can find out about them in many places, including "The Ayurvedic Cookbook, by Amadea Morningstar. She writes:  "They are a relatively simple stew of basmati rice and split mung dal, which are suitable for almost every dosha.   Kichadis take on endless variations depending on the herbs, spices and vegetables used in them. They are the primary food in Pancha karma, Ayurvedic cleansing therapy, because of their ease of digestion and assimilation. They are best eaten fresh when used therapeutically.  Let your own sense of the herbs and your constitution guide you as you create healing modifications."

         Here we are presented with:  Cooling, Warming, Spleen-Pancreas, Digestive, Kidney, Lung, Liver-Gall Bladder, etc. Kichadis

        I wanted to send the Digestive (my favorite, and, easiest to prepare) Kichadi recipe to a friend, and, found THE WHOLE BOOK!!!  ONLINE!  Check it out, especially the Kichadi section:  THE AYURVEDIC COOKBOOK

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        This came to me this spring from one of my (our) most respected teachers.  It was sent to him.  I have shared it with a few others who find this to be of great value.  I do not know the writer(s).  Hope it helps.

    Subject: Lyme Disease
        "I have gotten Lyme Disease from a tick bite in January.  None of the doctors in the ER (9 trips) or my doctor (4 trips) recognized the bite, they said it was a spider bite and not related to my symptoms.  I was really sick for over 4 months.  It was finally recognized by my pharmacist when I asked him what he thought of what was going on with me.  He said it was a tick bite and knew what it looked like because he just moved here from MN so he saw them before.

         This Lyme has been pretty severe.  Pain all over and fevers, joint pain, swelling, here and there like a crap shoot.  My heart doctor said if he didn't know it was Lyme he would have thought it lupus because of the telltale rash on my cheeks and fevers.  My knees and elbows had swollen and I lost all feeling and couldn't walk then it went to my spine.

         Three and a half weeks ago on a Wednesday, I went to my doctor since I was falling due to my spine being painfully swollen and I would lose all power if I turned or moved.  I would just go down.  He sent me to the ER because he thought it might be meningitis and they took lots of blood then put me on morphine IV. Pain meds don't work on me and just make me wacky.  The nurse said that if she didn't know I had Lyme, she would have thought I had MS.  The blood test showed my liver count was extremely high (ALT normally 30 to 63 was 571) and my liver swollen also and to see my doctor right away.  I made an appt that Friday.

          On the way to the doctor 3 weeks ago from last Friday, I was listening to the local radio when a naturopath was on talking about natural cures, etc.  I called in and asked about Lyme.  She said she cured herself of Lyme and would call me after the show.  She then told me to take Ledum Palustre 30c which is a homeopathic  remedy.  It comes from an evergreen bush and no where online on all the Lyme groups/studies etc., did I find it for a cure for Lyme or even mentioned.  She also said to take a probiotic to offset the antibiotic, which I was taking also for over 90 days at that point.
         On the other hand, my doctor said my ALT liver test which was so high he sent me to get an emergency ultrasound hoping it was a stone, even tho' I don't have a gall bladder anymore.  It wasn't.  So he concluded that the Lyme has attacked my liver.  It was very painful and swollen.  He thought it might prove to be fatal.

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          I was so sick that I didn't go to the Health food store that day since it is 30 miles away but my husband did go to get it on Saturday, the day after the radio show.  I took 5 little pellets sublingually that afternoon and again that night and again on Sunday morning.  My husband wanted to get me out of the house so bribed me with breakfast out.  I suddenly realized I was out of pain and felt like a heavy cloud was lifted out of my body.  I couldn't believe it because, after 4 months of constant pain and 4 different antibiotics, I just took the pellets not believing anything would work for me.  It looked like candy and tasted like it too.  I called the naturopath on Sunday afternoon and she told me I could cut back to once a day.  I did and got worse again by Monday night.  So she told me to go back to three times a day and that is where I am now and I feel great. *UNTIL* I asked the question online, "What is Ledum Palustre?" See:   | //  I had found nothing about it online associated with Lyme.  Then on Wikipedia it gave lots of info including a study done in 1991 by Russia which says they deactivated Lyme and Encephalitis with it.  On that site go to USES.  All it says, on this little $6.99 vial of 80 pellets, is 'insect bites' and Made in France because they are not allowed to make any claims unless the FDA gives approval after years of tests.  It is all natural and has been used for thousands of years to treat many illnesses

          Since Lyme is misdiagnosed as lupus, MS, ALS, RA and many other diseases that they don't find out it is Lyme for many years of wrong treatment either because they don't remember a tick bite or the Lyme tests were the wrong ones which are not that accurate.  See:   |  //

         I have decided to discontinue with my antibiotic a week ago from last Saturday and not take the IV antibiotics to see if this is the cure.  Sure a lot easier and no side effects.  After I am sure I am stabilized for 4 weeks, I will again start on my regimen of vitamins and minerals which I had to cut back due to the antibiotic reactions.

          So if you know someone who is suffering from Lyme let them know.  And if anyone is suffering from lupus, RA, MS, ALS or any of the other diseases listed on the endowment website, tell them to get a Lyme titus test and try the Ledum.  It can't hurt and just may give them back their life as it did to me.

         Hope this helps someone.
         Best to you and Kathy,  Frances

    Our Stars!  . . .  And Suns and Moons and other Heavenly Bodies

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    FROM THE NEW MILLENNIUM BEING #163, by Guru Rattana, Ph.D. August 28, 2009

    SKY EVENTS: The SUN entered VIRGO August 22 at 4:39 PM PDT (11 PM GMT)
    SEPTEMBER 4 - PISCES FULL MOON at 12 degrees 9:04 AM PDT (4:04 PM GMT)
    SEPTEMBER 18 - VIRGO NEW MOON at 25 degrees 11.44 AM PDT (6:44 PM GMT)
    MERCURY goes retrograde September 6 at 9:45 PM PST (September 7 at 5:45 AM GMT)
    Mercury goes direct September 29 at 6:14 AM PDT (1:14 PM GMT)
    PLUTO goes direct September 11 at 9:55 AM PDT (4:55 PM GMT)
    JUPITER goes direct October 12 at 9:36 PM PDT (October 13 at 4:36 AM GMT)

    SERVICE AND SEVA:   Virgo's path is service or seva.  Virgo always has some kind of a job. Our job can seem like drudgery or it can be a meaningful way to make a difference.  Although Virgo is the one who works out the details and makes the bright ideas of the 'boss' happen, Virgo is often not recognized for its hard work and efficiency.  At some point, Virgo must validate her/himself.  We must find work that feels like the service that we wish to offer to the world.  Once we do, external validation doesn't seem so important.  We know we are on our destiny path and that brings us a deep sense of satisfaction.

    The Virgo/Capricorn theme that is confronting all of now is how to find work where we can offer and be compensated for our talents.  We each feel an urge to make our unique contribution.  Whether we are struggling to find how we can manifest work that is also a contribution or if we are already doing our 'work,' Sadhana is required.  Service/Seva and Sadhana are both parts of the Virgo aspect of our path.

    Virgo is also associated with yoga and health.  Having the energy and stamina to be active and giving in the world requires taking good care of our bodies and nurturing our souls.  In Sadhana, we establish Our Divine connection, which supports us in ways we can never really know. The New Millennium Being is copyright 1999 - 2009 Guru Rattana, Ph.D. New Millennium Being content may be reproduced, but it must be accompanied by the above copyright notice.

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    Fall 2009 Holy Days

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     WHAT YOU DO:  Note the Birth Days of your friends, below.
    Using  Mary Stinson's October 10th birthday as an example:
    As you are -- transitioning from the sleep state -- that morning, intend -- with passion! -- and/or say out loud:

    "Today is  Mary's birthday.  In her honor, please bless me with a glorious day and help me deal with anything that comes up in the best way possible.  And bless Mary with the same. THANK YOU!  AMEN!"

    [ of course repeat this anytime during that day And really lock it in! ]
    Our thoughts are programs.  We can, and do, program and reprogram ourselves.

    DO:   Say, Repeat:   Intentions, Blessings, Affirmations For Yourself  For your families, friends and neighbors  For those who have passed over   With   OOMPH!  *  Determination!  *  Confidence!  *  Passion!  and of course:   100% Belief
    THANK YOU JOEY  KORN: For giving us the blessing, and much valuable guidance

    If you would like your Birthday added to our Birthday Brigade email:  -- and thank you for giving us the opportunity to exercise our intention muscles!

    1                              *Stella* Ramsay
    3                           Cathy Gibson
    16                       Diana Atherton
    26                          Sharie Bridge
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    3                Clair Sinclair
    5              Michelle Godfrey
    10                 Mary Stinson
    16                          Joyus
    23                Nancy Frank
    24               Marion Gervais
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    PS:   from  previous newsletters:
    If there are any errors or misstatements or incorrect information in the newsletters or questions about the content please contact the Toronto Dowsers so that corrections/responses can be made in a following issue.

    The Tuesday, September 15, 2009 meeting features:
    Tina Petrova
    "Rumi, Turning Ecstatic"
    Tina Petrova shall be present to tell us her story and show us her award winning film
    Torontonian film maker Tina Petrova will be present to speak to the Toronto Dowsers of her experiences and show us her award winning inspiring and uplifting film, "RUMI, TURNING ECSTATIC".
    Tina Petrova's talents include: Artist, Visionary, Film Producer, and Director.  Her life changed the moment at which she accidentally drove her car off a cliff and lives to tell the tale as she shares her extraordinary encounter with Rumi (a true story) as she leads us on her road trip of discovery across America to the shifting sands of the Middle East, seeking out scholars who animate his works in the world today.

    This film  chronicles the story of one woman, one documented personal experience of the transforming power of a 13th century Sufi Mystic, Alchemist, Teacher, Poet Extraordinaire and Friend to all on the path of Liberation.  It centers around Tina Petrova's search for healing of her physical and spiritual life. She succeeds with the inspirational guidance of Rumi and friends.  Throughout are stunning visuals and music that shine a light on the unity we all share at the core of our being.

    Mevlana Jelalludin Rumi was a 13th century mystic and poet. He was born into the Persian Empire in what is today Balkh Afghanistan and lived out his life in Konya Turkey. His two signature literary works "The Mathnawi" and the "Divani Shams i Tabriz" are considered second only in importance to the Koran in the Middle East.   In the West, he has outsold Shakespeare in the English language for 2 decades, becoming the best loved poet in America today.

    There are numerous readings of Rumi’s poetry throughout and a historical background of his life is given. Strong Interfaith elements make it suitable for discussion. ( It is currently being used as a teaching tool in Canadian High Schools in courses such as Religious studies, Poetry, Islam, Middle Eastern studies, World Literature, etc.

    Tina was my very first Dowsing instructor, in a classroom at the Big Carrot in 1991.  I was the only one in the class where the pendulum did not move.  Tina taught me how to practice, at home, in order to be able to dowse.  She was right.  I always think of  Tina when I pass this lesson on to others.

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