Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Christmas Presents


I'm sorry to break it to you all but there's just two pay days lefts until Christmas!   
I'm not much of a fan of Christmas however it's not really socially acceptable to not buy the people you love presents. 
Personally I think it means a lot more to just treat the ones you love throughout the year instead of being forced to buy for just one day. 
That's just my opinion, it's not because I'm stingy with my money it's simple because I like treating people all through the year. It's not a very festive view but oh well.

I've been storing the likes from people in my head throughout the year and have decided on a few things to buy. I hope they will all like what I choose. 

A family member has a bit of a love for coffee so I've started checking out the coffee machines  and I discovered a wide range available at Tesco Direct. Their range start from just £17.50 so there will be no need to break the bank thankfully! As well as a coffee machine I'm going to find a nice personalised mug. It has to be a large one of course

I also want to buy some make up for someone. Luckily a friend of mine is a beauty addict. With her help I've decided on buying a beautiful pallet of eye shadow and blusher which will hopefully be perfect for the receiver. 

One more person I'm going to by for is a young family member. She's ten years old and I've started gifting her with crystal presents like necklaces and bracelets. I'm hoping she takes an interest in their benefits as well as the prettiness of them all. I'm planning on getting her a large Amethyst heart. I'm sure she'll love it.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

*Names have been left out due to keeping the surprise on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

What's the History of Incense?

Here's a guest post written by my better half Dex. 

Whats the History of Incense? 
Incense is deeply entwined with Tibetan culture, over 2500 years ago during the time of Buddha, medicinal and monastic formulas were developed combining five to thirty different ingredients. These masala mixtures contained herbs, plants, grass, wood bark, spices, flowers and minerals. Tibetan incense contains all nature ingredients and are prepared without glues, sticks, perfumes or dyes unlike commercial incense. The list of ingredients found in Tibetan incense is huge. Here are some of my favorites; lavender, cinnamon, rose, lemongrass, jasmine, frankincense, musk, myrhh and amber.

Tibetan incense is often used to purify and cleanse the atmosphere for mediation or prayer, the beautiful fragrances can provide a calm and soothing aroma that can help ones self keep calm and relaxed whilst practicing such spiritual exercises like meditation, yoga, astral projection and lucid dreaming. Each blend of incense can be used for different things, for example a blend called 'energy' made by Buddhist Incense Udhyog in Nepal is used to help promote clarity, concentration and energy renewal.

Frankincense, also known as Olibanum is one of my favorite things to burn as incense. It is obtained from the tress of Boswellia which is a genus of trees in the order Spaindales. (Members include maples, horse-chestnuts, lychees and rambutans). The essential oil made from Frankincense has been considered by many cultures and the 'holy anointing oil' which was used for healing and was used to treat every
conceivable illness known to man.

In ancient times Frankincense was valued more than gold and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, the Ebers Papyrus (dating from sixteenth century BC) an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. This wonderful essential oil made from this amazing resin is still used today to treat many things like; 

Concentration 
 Use 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil on temples and back of neck to improve concentration. 

Immune System 
Apply 1-3 drops of Frankincense oil on each foot to strengthen the immune system. 

Blisters 
 Dilute Frankincense oil 50/50 with V-6 (Vegetable) mixing oil and apply to a blistered area 3-5 times daily. 

Insect Bites
  Put a drop of Frankincense oil on an insect bite to help reduce swelling and speed healing. 

Depression
 Diffuse or inhale from the bottle to help with mood elevation. 

Brittle Nails
Apply 1-3 drops Frankincense on nails and at base of nails 3 times per week. 

Stretch Marks
 Rub a few drops on stretch marks 2 times a day. 

Cysts 
 Apply 1-2 drops on the cyst 2 times a day until it disappears. 

 Skin Health 
 Apply 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil on sun damaged skin spots 2 times a day until it disappears. 

Warts
 Put 2 drops on the wart 2 times a day until it disappears completely. 

Health Maintenance
 Dilute 1 drop  of Frankincense oil in 1tsp. honey or 4 oz. rice milk and ingest daily for health maintenance.




Trancedance presents 
10 years of Suntrip records
 After spreading London with psychedelic love with their Earthdance event, Trance dance returns to Nottingham for another wicked mind blowing journey through a spectrum of Psychedelic trance and Goa music! Expect amazing decor, lighting and visuals. A super comfy chill out area and an outdoor smoking area.

Line up -
ॐShakta (Live)
ॐDimension 5
Anoebisॐ 
Nebula Meltdownॐ 
Shaktiॐ 
Jim Appletonॐ 

Event page and Tickets here! 
 Tribal Sphere 
Virtual Luminescence

Tribal Sphere have an awesome new venue that is going to blow your mind! 
This party will take you away to another dimention with their amazing visuals and 3D projection that will blow your mind. The most finest psychedelic beats provided by some real cool talent will be launched out of a Funktion One sound system creating the highest and best vibes you will ever experience. But thats not all.... Tribal Sphere have also arranged UV face painting, light refreshments a UV stall and for those who cannot attend this spectacular party it will be streamed live! 
This is not a party to miss!

Line up - 
ॐEd Tangent
ॐHefty
Lunar Seedॐ
Dj Iahॐ
Sporophoreॐ
Double Visionॐ
          
Event page here!


Re-Matter Podcast - Dreadean Live!
A lovely live mix from our good friend!

Listen here!

Uneven Steven - Sewage - Fruit
This is a killer mix! Bouncy and bass heavy!

Listen here!

Psychosomasis & Mikava - The Nature of Mind
A nice fresh bubbly mix that's nice to listen to whilst driving! 

Listen here!

Psykout & OTG Presents 'Something Different' 
We would like to say thanks to OTG for having us down at their amazing event! 
The weekend was fun filled and every psytrance crew rocked the place with the most beautiful music in the world of psytrance! 
If any of our readers who attended this event would like to share some pictures e-mail us at rematter13@outlook.com

Thank you for reading, our views have shot up since the last few posts and we would like to thank all of our readers!

Peace, Love & Light 
~
ॐ  Dex  ॐ
Got something to share?
Email us at rematter13@outlook.com

Monday, 6 October 2014

Bonnie Scotland

I'm due a visit to a beautiful seaside village called Lossiemouth in Scotland. I moved from Lossiemouth to Staffordshire in the Midlands with my parents at the age of 4. Since then I have been back only once that I can remember. I was 15 years of age and found the place that I was born to be absolutely beautiful. There was 2 beaches; one with soft sand and the other with pebbles and caves suitable to hide out in. The port even gave the opportunity to see Dolphins swimming around. It was pretty magical considering I had spent my childhood growing up surrounded by trees. 
I was only going for two weeks and ended up staying for the whole month. When it came to leaving I most certainly didn't want to. Just look at the picture below and I'm sure you'll understand my reluctance.
Photo taken from - www.holidayscotland.org.uk
I plan to head to the Highlands early next year. On the way I want to make the most of the beautiful surroundings. This is why I think it would be rude not to stop off at Inverness. They now have official trails around the Loch Ness which would be perfect for a hike. There's also camping sites available however I have a feeling it may be a bit cold. Baring this in mind I think I will stick to sleeping in a comfy hotel. As I'll be on a bit of a budget I'm thinking of staying in the Travelodge Inverness hotelI've stayed at Travelodge hotels before as my mom used to work for them. They are however currently undergoing a refurbishment so I'm looking forward to checking out the change. 

I really can't wait for this journey - I'll get to catch up with some of my family as well as enjoying the beautiful views along the way.

Have you ever been on holiday to Bonnie Scotland?

Friday, 26 September 2014

Day Dreaming

OK so this is a bit far fetched but I've been looking at properties to buy. Obviously I can't afford one now, as I said a few posts ago I only work in catering so money isn't exactly plentiful. Hopefully some time in the future it will be on the cards. 
I don't really enjoy living in Birmingham anymore so have been thinking about my other options. London popped into my head and although it's lovely for a visit I don't think I could live there. I think it would feel like Birmingham but bigger and with more people. That's not the way I want to live anymore. What I really want is to be surrounded by lots of nature as I really miss it. 
I used to live in Cannock which is famous for it's beautiful countryside. I enjoyed nothing better than getting lost around Cannock Chase. I couldn't move back there though as it's an old part of my life and I think it would be like taking ten giant leaps backwards. 

Whilst looking for properties to see the kind of things on offer I found the Strutt & Parker website. I managed to find lots of property for sale in Devon. I have some family there and it's a beautiful place so I think I would like to start a new phase of my life there. Imagine waking up on a sunny Summer Sunday and going down the beach for a walk, or even taking a barbecue there for an after work munch. The thought of it makes me smile for ear to ear.

As I said I'm only in the daydreaming phase at the minute but I can see it all coming together.

Have you ever turned a daydream into reality?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Job Hunting

I'm currently in the middle of job hunting. Lets face it - when am I not searching for a new job. I'm feeling a little stuck with what I'm doing now. I work in catering and it's all I've done for the past 10 years. It's getting really boring and I feel like I'm going round in circles, it's just the same thing every day. I really need a change but as much as I would love a new job there's several things holding me back. The main thing is the fact I have to rely on public transport. The buses are OK by me and they start pretty early however as I live so far from town I would have to set out a lot earlier than I really want to or even earlier than I should have to. The only way round this is to start taking driving lessons. I think this might take a while but it's the only way I'll be able to move on in my work life. 
Another bonus of starting to drive is that once I've been driving for a long time I can then start applying for a job in transport. My friend Amy suggested I take a look at the City Calling website to get an idea of what type of job I can go for. They have lots to choose from including delivery jobs at Argos and even pharmacy drivers. I know these jobs would be tiring but at least I could listen to my music whilst going from place to place. 
This isn't all I want to do in my job life, I haven't really decided what I want to do yet but I think a driving job would fill the gap whilst I figure out my permanent plans. 

Do any of you work in the transport sector and if you do how do you find it? 

Monday, 22 September 2014

My Favourite Crystals

A few of my beauties
Crystals have been used by tribes all over the world for many years for their therapeutic and healing properties. For example Baltic Amber amulets can be traced as far back as 30,000 years ago. Each different type of crystal has a unique structure which causes it to resonate at a certain frequency. These frequencies are what give it the beneficial properties. 

Crystals come in many shapes and sizes. There's tumble stones which are literally as the name suggests. They are put into a machine and tumbled until the crystals are smooth. 
You can also get wands with pointy ends. These can be used during healing practices such as Reiki. You can also use wands to charge your other crystals as the point enables the energy to flow directly. 
I love crystals in their true form, un-tumbled and un-carved. I think it gives more of a connection with mother nature due to there being no middle man messing with it.

I love my little crystal collection and feel lost when I don't have one round my neck. I thought I'd share with you our favourite crystals and would love it if you commented with your favourite crystal and what draws you to it.

Selenite 
My Selenite pieces
I absolutely adore Selenite. It contains feminine energy and can be used to connect with angelic or spirit guides. It's name comes from the Greek Goddess of the moon, Selene. 

This is such a beautiful crystal which has a frosted pearly white colour. It really is quite beautiful to look at as well as being amazing to hold. Perhaps as it's made up of 70% water is the reason it has such a soft feel to it, it actually reminds me of frosty ice shards. 

I was initially drawn to this crystal due to the it's properties. It boasts extremely high vibrations and can help to bring light from the higher realms into the physical body therefore helping with personal transformation and healing on all levels. The frequencies from Selenite are so powerful it absorbs any negative energy which surrounds it. This can benefit us by helping to clear the mind. As an added bonus this beautiful crystal directs high frequency energy into the body stimulating spiritual, physical and emotional healing. 

To cleanse Selenite you should not put it in water as it can dissolve easily. This isn't really an issue as Selenite is so pure and elevated it doesn't need cleansing. In other words it doesn't store bad energy, it absorbs the negative vibrations and then transforms them into light. 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapiz Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest spiritual stones known to man. It's actually made up of a number of different minerals - mostly Lazurite, Pyrite, Calcite and Sodalite. This may be the reason why it's so powerful. It can even be traced back to 9,000 years and was used on King Tutankhamen golden mask.
 It is another one of our favourites. This is due to the strong energy coming from it as well as its amazing benefits. This is a good crystal to aid with concentration which is well needed when tackling written work. The colour is a stunning dark blue which represents honour. This fits in nicely with its other attributes such as it being a stone of friendship which helps to bring harmony to relationships. It is also known as a stone of truth as it brings honesty of the spirit. Spiritually this beautiful crystal can help to quickly release stress which can result in peace and serenity. 

Just like Selenite it assists with connecting with spirit guides due to it being a good connector of the celestial and physical plane.

If you're thinking of buying some crystals I can fully recommend the lovely Kerry at Spirit and Soul Island
She has a wide range of beautiful pieces and has new stock regularly. 
The Lapis Lazuli pieces in the above picture were bought from here.
You can check her page here.

Do you have a favourite crystal and if so what draws you to it? 

**This post was originally posted on my other blog 'Rematter Psychedelic News'. 
You can view it here.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Travel Tips

I think it's time for a holiday so I've been looking online for some trip planning sites. There's many to choose from but a lot of them are complicated and long winded. Luckily I stumbled across Amadeus. They have an easy to use online travel planning service which I can thoroughly recommend. The website has lots of tools including subway maps, weather forecasts, currency converters and airport guides. Basically you have tons of information in one place instead of having to search on numerous websites which can be time consuming. 
Picture 1
To start off with you give your plan a name. I choose the highly creative name 'Trip to Thailand'. Then add some tags - for example I decided to use 'buddism', 'beach' and 'Thailand' as my tags. This then brings up various pictures related to the chosen tags and you can select which picture you want to use as the trip picture. 
Stage 4 involves adding a short description to your plan. Maybe say why are you going there and what you want to do when you're there. 
Picture 2
Once this is done you can then move onto the specifics. There's a search bar where you can search flight details and Input where you want to go to including dates and the site will bring up different deals (see picture 2)
One thing I love is that you can add favourite links to your plan. For example if there's a certain place you want to visit you can add that and then it's logged so you wont forget about it. I've added a link to 'The Golden Buddah' in Koh Samui as this is somewhere I really want to visit.

If you have any plans for a holiday you really should head over to Amadeus to create your travel plan. It's fun as well as informational and it'll stop you having to search through site after site for different bits of information.