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.

Am Yisroel Chai!

Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), an Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, political activist and writer, is considered the father of the State of Israel. Herzl was born in the Jewish quarter of Pest in the eastern section of Budapest, Hungary. After the sudden death of his sister to typhus, his family moved to Austria, where he went on to study law at the University of Vienna, followed by a career in journalism. 

Herzl was exposed to a number of antisemitic events, such as the Dreyfus Affair in France, which led him to write and publish Der Judenstaat (The State of the Jews) in 1896, a book that was both highly acclaimed and contested. It argued that the Jews should leave Europe if they so wished and head for Palestine, their historical homeland. He strongly believed that only through a Jewish state, could the Jews avoid antisemitism and express their culture and religion freely and without fear of being persecuted. 

In Der Judenstaat, Herzl writes:

“The Jewish question persists wherever Jews live in appreciable numbers. Wherever it does not exist, it is brought in together with Jewish immigrants. We are naturally drawn into those places where we are not persecuted, and our appearance there gives rise to persecution. This is the case, and will inevitably be so, everywhere, even in highly civilised countries—see, for instance, France—so long as the Jewish question is not solved on the political level.”

The book concludes as follows:

“Therefore I believe that a wondrous generation of Jews will spring into existence. The Maccabeans will rise again. Let me repeat once more my opening words: The Jews who wish for a State will have it. We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own homes. The world will be freed by our liberty, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there to accomplish for our own welfare, will react powerfully and beneficially for the good of humanity.”

The State of Israel

On 14th May, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, head of the World Zionist Organisation, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and soon to be the first Prime Minister of Israel, following the termination of the British mandate, declared the establishment of the State of Israel. Theodor Herzl’s dying wish had finally been fulfilled, when he said, “If you will it, it is no dream.” In 1949, his remains were moved from Vienna to be reburied on the top of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, named in his memory. In the three years following the 1948 Palestine war, about 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel, residing mainly along the borders and in former Arab lands. Around 136,000 were some of the 250,000 displaced Jews of World War II.

National Anthem

Hatikvah (“The Hope”), was written in 1878 by Naphtali Herz Imber, a Jewish poet from Zolochiv, Poland. The poem was adopted as the organizational anthem of the First Zionist Congress in 1897. In 1944, it was spontaneously sung by Czech Jews at the entrance to the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber. While singing they were beaten by Waffen-SS guards. In 1948, following Israel’s independence, Hatikvah was unofficially proclaimed as the national anthem.  

Here is the English translation:

As long as in the heart, within,
A Jewish soul still yearns,
And onward, towards the ends of the east,
an eye still gazes toward Zion;

Our hope is not yet lost,
The hope two thousand years old,
To be a free nation in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

Freedom of Speech

If it wasn’t for the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the Jews would not have a voice with which to speak. We would be a people with a nationality but missing a nation and a state of our own. It is hard to imagine, but the world would be a very different place today. If it were not for the hard work and dedication by Theodor Herzl and many others leading up to the declaration, the Jewish youth of today would be lost with no place to call ‘home’. Thanks to the ongoing effort by the Israeli Defence Force, Iron Dome and the brave people of Israel who fight every day to protect its people from attack by rockets and terrorists, I am proud to support my Jewish homeland, Eretz Yisrael. 

I felt obliged to share this piece of history today for a number of reasons. Firstly, because dozens of poignant social media posts depicting prisoners of war, Israeli citizens and many others singing Hatikvah have been shared across social media in response to an inciteful incident that took place recently. These messages of hope have instilled in me and many others a renewed sense of support and fortitude for Israel and her ongoing struggle to defend herself amidst ongoing attack from all sides. 

Secondly, today is my birthday, 18th November, a day when I celebrate life. The number 18 is the numerical equivalent to the Hebrew word Chai (life). You can read more about it in a blog post that I wrote this time last year on my birthday: here

Am Yisroel Chai! (The People of Israel live!) is a rallying-cry, expressing the pride and solidarity of the Jewish people, persecuted through the ages but still enduring.

This is a recording of the liberated Jews of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp singing Hatikvah on April 20th 1945. After the anthem ends, there is a brief silence and then a voice cries out “Am Yisroel Chai!”  (around 1:20): 

Theodor Herzl