Monthly Archives: April 2015

Stop Travesties from the Oil/Carbon Combustion Complex

Excerpt from the futuristic book: “New Planet, New World” which completes the bookend of a trilogy. The precursors are awards winning Redemption and Trailing Sky Six Feathers. Order at http://www.ianprattis.com

The final book is presently under completion.

Redemption front cover

“The billionaires amongst you have well equipped and tightly defended underground bunkers to escape to – but I have bad news for you. The deep core drilling for oil and gas all over the world, particularly in fragile ocean beds, have compromised the tectonic plates at the center of the Earth. The tectonic plates are now moving faster and rising closer to the outer crust of Earth. Where they collide precipitates world-wide volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that will first of all destroy your underground bunkers. It is estimated that billions will die from the volcanic explosions and many of those surviving will likely die from poisonous gases and the inevitable tsunamis in every ocean. Fifty years ago seismologists provided the critical evidence that deep core drilling is directly associated with the rapid increase in global earthquake and volcanic epicenters. Tectonic plates ride on a fluid like core, known as the asthenosphere, and the tectonic plates that are now colliding trigger massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Repeated warnings from scientists to ban deep core drilling were ignored, bringing the unspeakable into reality.”

Front Cover Trailing Sky Six Feathers

Pot Luck Recipes at Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

Pine Gate has a mindfulness gathering every quarter of the year – March, June, September and December. Our cadre of chefs create awesome vegetarian dishes. Prior to the pot luck supper there is a dharma talk and discussion. The Five Contemplations in English and French are read out before we share in a sumptuous and nourishing meal. Here are some of the recipes.

(I should add that I do not qualify for the cadre of chefs,)

Cocoa-Banana Pie – sent in by Ute

Rice Crust

3/4 cup raw almonds

3/4 cup brown rice flour

1/3 cup canola oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

In food processor grind almonds until they resemble bread crumbs.

In a bowl, mix ground almonds, rice flour, salt and cinnamon.

In another bowl mix oil with maple syrup.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Press into an oiled and floured 9 1/2 or 10 inch pie plate. Make sure rim comes up high.

Bake at 350 degrees F until lightly browned, approximately 25 minutes. Cool.

Filling

1 litre (4 cups) cocoa soy milk

1/4 cup agar flakes

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup arrowroot flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 bananas, or 3 cups sliced bananas

Bring soy milk and agar to a boil over medium heat. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Reduce heat and simmer until agar is completely dissolved.

Mix arrowroot into the maple syrup; whisk it into simmering soy milk mixture until thick. It will thicken almost immediately. Remove from heat.

Allow to cool for 15-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice bananas into pie shell.

Stir vanilla extract into soy milk mixture, then pour it over the sliced bananas.

Allow to set in refrigerator for 2 -3 hours.

Serves 8 – 10

Recipe from the Green Door Restaurant Cookbook Vegetarian Cookbook.

Reproduced with permission from the Green Door Restaurant.

Pine Gate Meditation Hall

Lemon Asparagus from Ken

4 – 6 bunches asparagus

1 cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper

¼ cup olive oil

Parmesan cheese – optional

In a large mixing bowl, toss asparagus with lemon juice, lemon zest, oil and pepper.  Marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.  Once marinated, preheat oven to 350 F.  Pour asparagus and marinade onto aluminum foil coated cookie sheet.  Cook for fifteen minutes or until tender.

(Also great cooked on barbecue wrapped in aluminum foil).

Lightly sprinkle with parmesan cheese after cooking.

Millet and Bean Casserole (Lasagna) from Carolyn

The ingredient quantities are approximate – you can add more or less of anything. The amounts below make a very large lasagna casserole.

Beans – I use dry beans, but you can use canned beans also which are easier and quicker:

1 cup of dry beans – you can use any kind or a mixture

(I use  1/3 cup of dry pinto beans

1/3 cup of dry black turtle beans

1/3 baby lima beans)

Soak beans overnight, drain, and cook according to package.

Lentils:

3/4  cup dry green lentils -cook according to package

(I cook them about 10 minutes less than required as they cook more when baked)

Millet:

3/4  cup dry millet – cook according to package

(Again, I undercook it as it will soak up juice when baked)

Vegetables:

1 medium onion, diced

1 -2 cups of mixed vegetables – carrots, mushrooms, peppers, corn, celery – whatever you like.

Saute onion and mixed vegetables in a bit of olive oil until soft.

Add whatever spices you like.  I use lots of basil, oregano, cayenne pepper.

When cooked, combine everything into a very large casserole dish.

Mix in a large can of tomato sauce – I often put in some stewed tomatoes also

Mix in a cup or so of shredded cheese – I like to use a mixture of mozzarella, romano, guyere.

Bake  350 for about 30 minutes.  Then add a thick layer of cheese and bake another 10 minutes.

Pot Luck at Pine Gate (2)

Foreword Clarion Review of Redemption, by Julia Ann Charpentier

An admirable command of language brings to every scene a striking visual clarity.

Redemption front cover

A lost manuscript from 1975 reveals the depths of a sensitive man’s soul in this pondering look at life nearing a crossroads. Not until 2011 did Ian Prattis pick up his heartfelt novel again, a book he titled Redemption.

Set in the Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland, an unpretentious locale steeped in regional culture, this story focuses on an eccentric yet down-to-earth protagonist named Callum Mor. Subject to individual understanding and loaded with the symbolism often found in parables, the book alludes to more than what is openly stated in the narrative. Like all interpretive fiction, Prattis’s writing will communicate a different meaning to anyone who attempts to analyze his carefully crafted words. Short but powerful, Redemption may leave a person wondering whether pieces of this tale were intentionally obscured, for the plot covers an extensive period of time from Callum Mor’s childhood to maturity.

An admirable command of language brings to every scene a striking visual clarity. In this descriptive passage, the devastated mood surrounding Callum Mor’s father can be seen and felt in contrast to the harsh elements of nature: “In the wake of the gale, the day had produced a hazy sunlight that made the reeds in the marsh glimmer, but the unexpected heat in the day could do nothing to warm the cold, vacant, deadness that now enveloped Andrew.”

As Callum Mor ages, he slips into abject loneliness and succumbs to alcoholism before he goes through a positive reawakening. Gentle, with a poignant affection for animals, this cosmically aware lover of God’s creatures seems to collapse under the brutality of man’s instinct to inflict pain. To a certain degree, this somewhat typical view of morality confronting immorality causes the novel to fall into a vague realm of timeless storytelling for any indefinable, poetic piece without a specific purpose. This does not detract from the literary quality, but anyone seeking an indisputable message will not find it here. In this scene, winter emerges as a villainous character: “The wind from the north soughed softly along the shore but froze any man it gripped. The cold stole into every door and numbed the hands and minds of those unprepared for it.”

Ian Prattis is a professor of anthropology and religion. A peace and environmental activist, he was born in the UK. Prattis has spent much of his life living and teaching in Canada. This moving and eye-opening book will be a memorable experience for anyone who enjoys reading about primordial tendencies. Beneath a polished urban facade remains a part of human nature that few want to acknowledge, either due to fear or simply because it is easier to deny the basic instincts that have kept us alive on an unforgiving earth.

Julia Ann Charpentier

Available at www.Amazon.com  and www.BarnesandNoble.com   Autographed Book – Order Through: http://www.ianprattis.com/Redemption.html

Why I Wrote Trailing Sky Six Feathers

I share a personal journey and advocate spiritual awakening and empowerment in this new book: Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse. Climate change, ecosystem collapse and anarchy are just some of the current issues that propelled me to widen advocacy of empowerment and change. Through this book I shed light on issues that affect and will continue to affect the generations to come. I illuminate a path for others to expand their consciousness and chart the course for a future beyond the abyss. The human race does not need to be stuck with maladaptive options and patterns, we can and must transform. Our culture needs to awaken spiritually if humanity wants to ensure survival. Insightful and illuminating, this story follows the exciting journey of a hero which is like Indiana Jones meets the Buddha with a dash of Celestine Prophecy. Trailing Sky Six Feathers shines light on the darkest elements of the human condition, including my own.

When I talk to folk about Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey With His Muse the first question is usually “Why did you write this?” Here is my reply:

Global citizens are staring into the abyss–yet instead of being eaten up by it all, I say to them: “Awaken Spiritually,” for that transforms everything. We have made our world an unpredictable beast because we fail to work with it intelligently. Rumi’s wise words are cogent: “Sit down and be quiet. You are drunk and this is the edge of the roof.” We have to take back control of ourselves and this is a spiritual matter. Turning on the switch of awakening seems to be a good idea right now. We just need to touch the sacred in ordinary experiences of life to find the courage and determination to transform.

I like to consider Trailing Sky Six Feathers the real life version of James Redfield’s best-selling fictional book The Celestine Prophecy.  I have nine chapters, loaded with Insights and adventure. Trailing Sky Six Feathers is drawn from my actual lived experience.  Reality based information is in high demand in today’s society, which provides the potential for this project to become a fresh, new icon for today’s hungry culture. Hungry, that is, for authentic transformation. Trailing Sky Six Feathers delivers a vigorous message about personal transformation in order to become different stewards of the earth and society. Extensive shamanic training is highlighted, as it was the instrument to overcome my childhood sexual abuse. The journey of remembering childhood wounds and past lives will draw in people searching for interior solutions. In Trailing Sky Six Feathers I show that we can transform the damage and limitations of the past and step onto a path of enlightenment for all who suffer from road blocks in the mind. People around the world are overwhelmed by distraction, fear, suffering and violence – all of which keeps them frozen in a state of inaction – deeply wounded and unable to make changes within themselves and for the planet. The inner journey that occupies this book demonstrates that we do not have to be caught by our suffering, fear and maladaptive responses to Climate Change and Violence.

The book will also attract the attention of people interested in Shamanism, Jung, Religion, New Age, Alternative Medicine, Meditation, Consciousness, Buddhism, India, Native American Culture and Wisdom of the Elders. The Sky People who mentored Trailing Sky in medicine lore will certainly pique the interest of Trekkies, given this extra-terrestrial component of the book. Ever since the Star Trek series captured the public imagination with time/space crossovers, there is an intense interest in how past realms and dimensions impact our present reality. That is the very fabric of Trailing Sky Six Feathers.

My life as a global traveler certainly stretched my attention beyond any limits I could have placed on it. From teenage volunteering in Borneo with Britain’s Peace Corps to being a yogi in India and a Zen teacher in Canada – expansion of mind was inescapable.

My challenging journey navigates shamanic healing of childhood sexual abuse, guru training as well as a near death experience in an ashram in India. From this vast range of experience I found an ability to sculpt narrative in a novel way. I certainly stumbled through the first part of life, but then stood strong in my own sovereignty in the latter part. In India, Arizona, France and Canada’s wilderness, I went to extraordinary lengths to transform karma. Over a period of thirty years, four extraordinary medicine people enhanced my process of remembering. I learned how to reconfigure my understanding of time, place, consciousness and re-write Carl Jung’s psychology. I chose to listen to the feminine voice of Earth Wisdom rather than to the multitude of competing voices in my deep unconscious.

In Trailing Sky Six Feathers readers may be inspired as they watch my intention and strength of purpose to transcend patterns carried since childhood. Past life memories collide head on with the present, all thanks to the Muse who refused to give up. Karma is reversed; the internal battles are over as I begin to live life as a Meditation for Gaia. The relentless shadowing by this engaging Muse brings understanding not only to me, but to anyone engaged in overcoming the darkness of their past.

This books cap my long-term fascination with consciousness. As a Professor of Anthropology and Religion I taught courses on Ecology, Symbols, Engaged Buddhism and Meditation Systems. I am a healer, mentor and educator, able to encourage people through example to find their true nature so that humanity and the world may be renewed. I am a Zen teacher, also a recognized guru in India. My initial task is to refine my own consciousness, so that I can be an authentic vehicle to chart a path for spiritual friends. Trailing Sky Six Feathers is a screenplay-worthy epic that weaves together seamlessly to create inspiration for a wide range of fellow spiritual seekers, environmentalists, generation X, feminists, students and academics alike.Front Cover Trailing Sky Six Feathers

Available at www.Amazon.com  and www.BarnesandNoble.com   Autographed Book – Order Through: http://www.ianprattis.com/TrailingSky.html

National Poetry Month

Celebrating National Poetry Month – here is a short one about the craft and just maybe who is writing who!

The Poet

 

 Behind a plough of words

the poet drives a furrow,

– never straight.

Phrases spiral upwards,

as an eagle soars in a sky

with no horizon or meter.

Universal alphabet mimics dancing clouds

to touch Creation’s syntax.

Cascading into passages that hover,

tracing cosmic runes

at the edge of knowing.

Words drift by on the morning mist.

A whisper of wind,

That haunts every thought

I breathe.

The Muse –

waiting wondrous so long,

for cracks in façade’s order to crumble.

Then she grants life to a poem.

Essential Spiral