“Change is inevitable. Except from a vending machine.”

We float, as it were, along the river of life, mistaken in the belief that it’s a river of our own creation…

And then, the river turns, quite abruptly, like an unexpected *chevron in the road that leaves us all bewildered like deers frozen from the glare of that shiny, yellow, luminous tape.

We flow in a new direction as we succumb to the universal truth…

That this is a new beginning. A new start. And the opportunities are boundless. We need just open our eyes to see.

Today it really began. For the first time I glimpsed the golden horizon. Longing for the old is gradually being replaced with a yearning for the new, and boy, is it gonna be exciting! ❤️

*Chevron is old French and means a “pair of rafters”. Rafter comes from the word raft, a wooden floating vessel.

Try a little harder…

It feels like we’re ‘moving through honey’ as my Yoga teachers put it; like our world is gradually changing, morphing into something different and it’s taking us along with it for a slow motion ride towards an as yet, unknown, distant destination. 2020 is a new world and we are part of its creation.

I believe that we are witnessing the inevitable unfold before us and we are powerless to stop it. It’s like a giant snowball, building and growing as time marches on, tripping up more and more people, taking them on a wild, uncontrollable ride down the hill…

Well, you gotta disconnect from that. You gotta disconnect from all that mayhem and focus on what’s rational. You gotta try a little harder to be a little better every day. That’s the best we can do. For ourselves and for others around us.

Stay strong in mind, body and spirit and embrace the change, don’t try to fight it. The best is yet to come

☮️ #peaceout

Did Nostradamus Predict Coronavirus Would Strike in 2020?

There are various supposed predictions that Nostradamus penned down hundreds of years ago that people say are a warning for the Coronavirus outbreak. So, did he really predict the Coronavirus? Find out here.

Nostradamus also features in my novel, SERVANT OF MEMORY, about an individual who is reincarnated 14 times, and on a quest to find his true purpose in the world.

Russian Pyramid Power

Dr. Alexander Golod, PhD. has been doing Russian pyramid research in the former Soviet Union since 1990. This research involved the construction of over twenty large pyramids in 8 different locations in Russia and the Ukraine. The pyramids were built in many places including Moscow, Astrakhan, Sochi, Zoporozhye, Voronezh, Belgorod, the Tver Region, Krasnodar, Tolyatti, Uzbekistan, and France.

All the Russian pyramids are made of fiberglass with the largest is standing an incredible 144 feet high (44 meters) tall, and weighing in at over 55 tons. Built at cost over 1 million dollars this Russian pyramid is a modern wonder.

Many different experiments are being done using these pyramids. They include studies in medicine, ecology, agriculture, physics, and health sciences. What is significant about this work is that it is being carried out by top scientists in Russia and Ukraine and not fringe elements or unknown inventors.

Some of the amazing pyramid power research being done is showing great promise for all mankind.

Brief Summary of Pyramid Research Results

  1. Immune system of organisms improved  (blood leukocyte composition increased).
  2. improved regeneration of tissue
  3. seeds stored in the pyramid for 1-5 days showed a 30-100% increase in yield
  4. soon after construction of the Lake Seliger pyramid a marked improvement of the ozone was noted above the area
  5. seismic activity near the pyramid research areas are reduced in severity and size
  6. violent weather also appears to decrease in the vicinity of the pyramids
  7. pyramids constructed in Southern Russia (Bashkiria) appeared to have a positive effect on oil production with oil becoming less viscous by 30% and the yield of the oil wells increased according to tests carried out by the Moscow Academy of Oil and Gas.
  8. a study was done on 5000 prisoners who ingested salt and pepper that had been exposed to the pyramid energy field. The test subjects exhibited a greatly reduced violence rate and overall behavior was much improved.
  9. standard tissue culture tests showed an increase in survival of cellular tissue after infection by viruses and bacteria
  10. radioactive substances show a decreased level of radiation inside the pyramid
  11. there are reports of spontaneous charging of capacitors
  12. physicists observed significant changes in superconductivity temperature thresholds and in the properties of semi-conducting and carbon nano materials.
  13. water inside the pyramid will remain liquid to minus 40 degrees Celsius but freeze instantly if jostled or bumped in any way

It is interesting to note that results seem to show that increasing the height of the pyramid improves the quality of the results.

So, as you can see from this brief introduction, there is much we have to learn about the natural forces around us. The Egyptians knew some of this when they designed the great pyramids at Giza. However, with modern scientific research techniques it is now becoming possible to gain even more insight and benefit from “Russian Pyramid Power!”

Decennium

In case you were unaware, a decennium is another word for decade; a period of ten years. Now is as good a time as any to reflect back on the last ten years as we approach the beginning of a new decennium with the year 2020 in just a few weeks time.

If I think back to ten years ago, the most vivid memory I have is when we celebrated the FIFA Soccer World Cup in South Africa in 2010. It was a time of great celebration and much excitement. It was a time when we were inundated with international visitors to our beautiful country. I felt proud to be a South African and I’m sure so did you.

There are too many important events that occurred over the last decade to mention here but I thought I’d share some more positive ones as we prepare ourselves to begin the next ten years with confidence and optimism.

IPad

The first iPad was released in April 2010 by Steve Jobs who was still CEO. Somehow it feels like it happened much earlier but it was less than ten years ago! It was an exciting time for everyone who got caught up in the frenzy of Apple’s brand new tablet.

Royals

A year later, in April 2011, 22.8 million people from all over the world, tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton. Today the royal couple are happily married with 3 children.

Gangnam

In July 2012, Gangnam Style went viral and became the most watched video ever and the first to hit over a billion views on YouTube. Everyone was doing the Gangnam horse-riding style dance moves that ignited a world-wide craze.

Ice

The ice bucket challenge became a hit in 2014 when millions shared recordings of themselves on Facebook dumping ice-water over each other. Over $115 million was raised for ALS awareness and research over this period, even leading to the discovery of an ALS gene!

LGBTQ

In June 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 states in the US, giving the gay-rights movement a long-sought victory.

Pokémon

Pokémon Go became a worldwide phenomenon in July 2016. People the world over downloaded the Augmented Reality game to their smartphones and played for days on end, driving around from place to place to battle and catch digital Pokémon creatures.

Spin

Fidget spinners took the world by storm in 2017, when people bought up millions of these spinning toys from every toy shop and convenience store.

Eclipse

We experienced a total solar eclipse in August 2017, when the moon blocked the sun and everyone was buying those disposable glasses. The next one is in 2024 if you missed it.

Royals #2

Another royal wedding took place, this time between Prince Harry of Sussex and Meghan Markle. The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018. There were approximately 30 million TV viewers and 600 guests at the wedding itself.

Hole

The first photo of a black hole was captured by astronomers in April 2019. To me it looked like a close-up shot of a burning candle but it really was a huge moment in history.

I’d like to end off by wishing everyone a prosperous 2020. May the dreams you dream be the future you find!

A lovely place to be…

My Journey

It’s taken me literally thousands of hours to accomplish something that several years ago I wouldn’t have believed possible. It took tons of effort and self-discipline to consistently show up at my desk at 4am every morning to create these four individual works of art.

I grew up reading Tolkien, Eddings and Le Guin, losing myself to fantasy worlds and faraway places. When the time came for me to write my own stories, I wanted to create something unique, something different and so explored Earth’s ancient civilisations and the myths and legends surrounding them.

The result is a collection of exciting tales filled with magic and adventure for both young and old alike.

Please visit www.richardgradner.com to begin your journey 💫

The End!

THE END. Those two words that every writer has a love-hate relationship with. I wrote them today, for the fourth time, signifying the end of my fourth novel, Acoustic Alchemy. 

Why love-hate, you may ask?

Love, because after over a year of researching-writing-researching-planning-conceptualising-writing and more writing, another story is finally complete.

Hate, because the long and laborious editing process starts, where I literally read my story 5 or 6 times to fix grammatical errors, spelling, etc etc before finalising and compiling the story into its final format. 🎭

There’s also a feeling of angst, knowing that the methodical routine of writing every day has come to an abrupt halt, replaced by the next steps in the process: editing, cover design, marketing…

Musical Interlude

Music is a human thing, a form of artistic expression, composed to produce a universal language, understood by everyone everywhere, no matter who you are or where you are from.

Music unites people and cultures. It brings them together, breaks down barriers, dilutes conflict, manifests love and establishes peace.

Music has the power to change the world and it has been this way since the dawn of creation. When you consider music this way, it’s quite plain to see that it’s a mighty force, far more powerful than any single language on the planet.

Harness the energy and power of music and you will have the world at your feet. And so it has been for millenia. Just look at artists like Mozart, Bach, Elvis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and Madonna, to name but a few.  

Emerging musicians have the greatest influence on the youth in each and every generation. Look to these artists and you will find a Darwinian beat, the epicentre of the music evolution, expressed through powerful sounds and explicit lyrics. Think back to your youth and you will see that it is no coincidence that each and every one of us treasures the music of our teens the most. Coming-of-age teenagers are finding their freedom, rebelling against society and are easily influenced by musicians expressing their often controversial ideas with the world.

At the same time, music is the reason that there is a disconnect in the world. Music is part of the cause of the generation gap, when an older, more experienced generation finds difficulty in connecting to a younger, more savvy generation; a generation that is at the forefront of technology and change. I see this quite clearly with my kids. They listen to heavy rap songs, where the artists curse profusely, making me sick to my core.

And my kids just take it in and spit it right out as if swearing is now an acceptable part of everyday speech. The lines are blurred and there’s less and less tolerance and respect for one other. Digital devices and text messaging have been a massive contribution to this problem.

But it’s the music, a vehicle of expression for those still trying to find their voices. Those young and curious minds that are only just entering the big, wide world: Millenials. Millenials who want to be heard. Millenials who are fighting for their individuality. Millenials who want to make a noise big enough to make their mark in society, through music, and the language of song.

Richard Gradner is a Director at Mustard, a Creative and Digital agency based in Cape Town. He was the first Red Bull Marketing Director in South Africa and has a passion for brands and branding. Richard is an ex-Kung Fu and Tai Chi teacher and currently runs his own massage therapy practice called GLVTE. He has a deep connection to all things spiritual, lives life to the full and maintains a healthy mind and body through the daily practice of Yoga. He is also the author of the following mythical fiction novels: Return to LemuriaUnicorn and Servant of Memory, all available on Amazon.com. He is near completion of his latest novel, entitled, ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY.