How To Cook Pearl Barley

One of the oldest and most versatile grains has to be barley. It has been used by nomadic tribes as a staple food even before it was taken up by the beer industry for beer brewing purposes. Yes, barley is one of the main ingredients in the making of beer. Since barley is adaptable to a host of uses, the things that you can do with this grain are almost limitless. Barley as a grain is highly nutritious as it has been found to contain fiber, complex carbohydrates, proteins and numerous vitamins. It has an unique flavor which is a great advantage when it comes to making of desserts, curries, casseroles, stews, soups and salads. Another advantage of this grain is its low fat levels as well as nil cholesterol levels.

Barley comes in a lot of forms with pearl barley being one of the most common barley forms.The outer hull in pearl barley is usually removed. Despite the pearl barley being the most common type, it is further split into two other barley sub groups. One type of the pearl barley is that which tends to cook pretty fast while the other type is the standard pearl barley type. Pearl barley is suited in the making of some hot cereals like is the case with oatmeal as well as baked foods. The following recipe outlines how to cook barley pearls. The recipe is extremely easy to come up with and a good nutritious alternative to those who usually have fatty breakfasts that are low in nutrition. You will need only 3 ingredients to make the pearl barley porridge.

These ingredients are a cup of the regular pearl barley, 3 cups of stock or water and ? teaspoon of salt in case you using water. To start us off, pearl barley does not require any soaking like is the case with grains such as the red kidney beans. All that is required of you is the sorting out of dirt and stones that may be present in the pearl barley. Get a saucepan that is of medium proportions and place it over high heat. Into the pan add the ? teaspoon of salt to the pan if you plan on using water as well as 3 cups of stock and water plus the cup of pearl barley. Bring all the ingredients to the boil and then reduce the heat once they begin boiling. Cover up the pan and continue simmering in low heat for 45 or so minutes until most of the liquid has vanished. By now, the pearly barley should be tender and ready to eat. Using a fork, fluff off grains from the barley.

In case you want to learn how to cook barley, some other methods could interest you. The best of these recipes is the soothing barley & chicken soup. This particular dish happens to be the real meaning of comforting home cooked food. This we will tackle in some other article or forum as it is rather long. Bon app?tit.

Wonderful, Magickal, Mustika-pearls Part 2

Some of the characteristics and virtues of mustika-pearls are intensely curious and interesting. Below we present just a few of these :

The pearl from the dugong (called “Ikan-duyung” in Indonesian) for instance, floats in salt water, but sinks in fresh water; this and the crystallized pearl from its tear are good for love-spells. The otter-pearl attracts lots of fishes during fishing trips; the fossilized egg of a crocodile increases one’s sexual prowess; the dew-pearl beautifies one’s aura–the smaller sizes of these pearls when moisten with one’s finger, coheres to it as it is dragged across a smooth surface; the golden carp and bamboo (symbols of wealth, business advantage, and longevity in Chinese lore) -pearls attracts lots of luck and increases prosperity; the centipede pearl helps one to choose the right numbers during gambling; the owl-pearl helps to improve one’s psychic senses; the Galih Kelor seed-pearl wards-off negative energies in the form of black magick and psychic attack; the boar-pearl makes one invulnerable to sharp weapons. Almost all of the pearls have unusual powers and virtues. If one finds an object embedded in a pearl it usually has extra virtues. Generally speaking, the higher nature, power, abilities, virtues of animals/plants are to be found in the pearls. Mustika-pearls, unlike ordinary gem stones and crystals, possesses the combined spiritual blueprints, matrixes and forces of the spirit-animal-mineral or the spirit-plant-mineral kingdoms.

Most mustika-pearl enthusiasts are amazed at the size and diversity of the pearls. Take for instance the centipede pearl, these sometimes measures 1 cm or more in diameter. The size itself could cause some skeptism as we normally think of centipedes as small creatures; yet, in the jungles of Sumatra they may grow to be as long as a meter in length! The quality and type of centipede pearls differ depending on which region they come from. A centipede may also produce four sorts of pearls–one on its head, this is called the “crown.” Another may be found in its stomach; smaller types are to be found among its whiskers, and the most valuable and scarce of them all, the pearl to be found in its mouth–this one is said to glow in the dark and gives one the power of etheric vision.

Most mustika-pearls are of a crystalline nature, and are closely related to the etheric world, perhaps much more than any of the common substances that we normally come across in our daily lives. Each pearl carries the vibrational essence of the Spirit Intelligence in charge of the evolution of the consciousness and form of the animal/plant species allocated to it. Unlike consuming animal meat and substances, close and regular contact with animal and plant pearls have a healing effect upon our body and psyche and raises our energy-frequency, aiding us to transit into a higher consciousness-level, awakening our spiritual senses. Most owners of magickal pearls only look to their physical effect–the true value of a mustika lies in what it can do for one’s spiritual evolution.

In alchemy, the practitioner would seek ways to transmute base metals into gold and to acquire the philosopher’s stone, and the stone of various substances. Nature, the great alchemist, produces animal and plant stones in her laboratory under the appropriate conditions known at present only to Her; we are blessed that these stones are available for healing some of the psychological and physical ills that we constantly suffer.

Mustikas are Nature’s products and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes as alluded to before. Mustikas of the same animal or plant-life may differ in form, color, size, etc. The shape is sometimes given by the lapidary, though normally the original outline is closely followed in the tumbling and polishing process. The point is that the genuineness of a mustika cannot be judged by its appearance alone–but by occult detection. Nevertheless, mustikas do possess high vibrational qualities that most low-caliber psychics toxicated with egoic-debris are unable to detect. Not sensing these they may pronounce a magickal pearl to be a fake.

Mustikas in their original state have a rough texture and requires tumbling and polishing to bring out their true beauty. Lapidaries are often surprised with these mustikas. One fellow commented the strangeness of these pearls–normally, tumbling and polishing ten ordinary stones gives him no aching problem. But just polishing one of these mustikas makes his arm ache all over–and yet, they are probably no harder than the average agate stone–some are even brittle. Not knowing the origin of these pearls, he then suggested that they must be enchanted. Indeed! A further shock was when he discovered that one of them changed color when it was immersed in water. This is quite interesting as most magickal pearls do have unusual physical characteristics.

Choosing a mustika for one’s personal use may require careful thought. It should be noted that the consciousness of God pervades all of Nature, and in each creature we have the dynamic Divine Intelligence expressing in a certain way with certain virtues. Thus, the spiritual attribute that we wish to develop may be a factor in one’s choice of an animal or a plant mustika-pearl. Studying Nature–animal psychology, behavioral-patterns and instincts or the Doctrine of Signatures of the plant kingdom and the symbolism of both would be a rewarding venture for those intending to acquire mustika-pearls for personal use.

If one has no actual purpose in mind or preference, one should choose a pearl that coincides closely with one’s Totem-animal or the animal that harmonizes well with one’s Chinese zodiacal sign.

One’s Totem-animal may be known by careful introspection; by sensing a special affinity with an animal or feeling the animal that one resonates well with. Totem animals may also be known through constant dreams of the animal; through meditation/intuition; by one’s childhood obsession or longing for the animal as a pet; of the psychological identification with the animal itself or by the animal that one is most attracted to or fears most; by constant pictorial or concrete imagery forms of the animal arising in some manner, etc. If one often dream of tigers, and as a child found joy in fantasizing about the animal, this may indicate that the creature is one’s Totem-animal. Sometimes the knowledge of one’s Power or Totem animal is acquired during a crisis–during a physical encounter with the animal, for instance; or during unusual circumstances the knowledge is brought to the awareness. Knowledge of one’s Totem animal may be acquired through a “VisionQuest.” In Native American-Indian society this VisionQuest is mandatory as part of the rite of passage presented to the young. This quest entails fasting and seclusion in nakedness in a sweatlodge where a vision of a Totem-animal is unexpectedly presented by the Great Spirit to the consciousness of the child undergoing it. Tokens of the animal may be discovered subsequent to the vision in the surrounding area. This quest may be undergone by anyone willing to acquire the vision after due preparation.

The Totem animals are the projection of the elements of one’s inner consciousness representing the area or quality in one’s spirituality that requires balancing, harmonizing, or developing. Carrying a mustika-pearl of the animal in question serves as an aid in attuning with the Spirit-Guardian/Intelligences of the animal and helping us to administer to our soul-need and harmonize the imbalances in the psyche. It also helps to transfer the great wisdom or skill that each animal possess to our inner being.

Choosing a mustika-pearl based on one’s Chinese sign is also a good method for determining what pearl would be best for one. Naturally this method and the one above does not apply to plant-pearls. These latter can be worn by anyone with great benefit.

The Chinese Zodiacal signs are grouped into four :

Chinese Zodiacal Animals

Pig Rabbit Goat

Rat Monkey Dragon

Cow Chicken Snake

Tiger Dog Horse

If you happen to be a Goat, one suitable pearl would be the Pig (Wild Boar) or Rabbit. If you are a Rat, the pearl that would best complement you is the Monkey-pearl or the Dragon- (dragon-snake) pearl. Substitutes may be used if a pearl from the exact creature is unavailable. For instance, the pig-pearl may be substituted by the wild-boar pearl; the ape or gorilla for the monkey; the dragon-snake for the dragon; the wild-dog or wolf for the dog.

One might also choose a mustika-pearl on the basis of its color as related to a chakra. A pearl with the associated color of a chakra vibrationally enhances the chakra and its psychological expression while aiding in removing any pathological elements related to it.

Another possible alternative of choosing a magickal pearl is the element-color method. Whatever element one lacks in his astrological nature may be complemented with a mustika of the appropriate color. If a person has an abundance of water in his psychological make-up, he may choose a color other than blue, as blue represents water. Following are the colors and the elements as given by one system of correspondence :

Red–Fire, Blue–Water, Green–Earth, Yellow–Air.

Mustika pearls of plants and animals may be chosen for their value in occult workings and rites. Every mustika-pearl has its mystical virtues that may be tapped and appropriated for the purposes of the Magickal Operator. The occult practitioner would study the attributes of the animal or plant in order to know which is especially required for certain magickal operations.

If one has absolutely no idea what mustika-pearl would be best for one’s general well-being, health, spiritual development, and prosperity, one could submit the question to a shaman who is attuned to the Intelligences of Nature. The shaman would choose that which is appropriate for one’s present evolutionary development, keeping in mind the subject’s well-being in both spiritual and mundane matters. It is also possible to acquire the necessary information from one’s Higher Self, one’s Inner Guide.

Once having obtained a mustika, one might wonder what can be done with it or how to harness the power that it possesses. Whatever virtues a mustika possesses would be transferred to us by simply carrying or wearing it for some time. The effects of the mustika may be perceived after several weeks or so depending on the virtue sought. Greater powers such as invulnerability against sharp weapons as that given by the wild boar pearl may take a greater period of constant proximity with the pearl before it may show some effects. The time factor may be quickened by following certain disciplines such as constant attunement-sessions with the elemental spirit/pearl and drinking/showering with the water or elixir of the pearl. These elixirs or enchanted water/oil carry no physical properties of the pearls, but they do carry the vibrational quality and essences of the spiritual aspect of the animals or plants from which they have been derived.

Steeping pearls in a glass of water for half an hour empowers the water with its energies. Steeping it for several hours under sun or moonlight would imbue the water with a greater amount of the pearl’s vibratory energies and essences; abundant life-force of a plant/animal mustika-pearl are channeled into the water. The spiritual blue-print in the pearl containing information of the animal/plant are also infused into the water. This is a supplemental nutrient for the various psychic components within man. Whatever force is embued in the water by the steeping process is transferred to one’s physical and subtle bodies impelling them to resonate at higher frequencies where diseases of mind, body, and soul are non-existent and cannot exist. The enchanted pearl-water has a deep impact upon the nervous and blood-system.
Generally, plant pearls affect more of the physical and etheric bodies while animal pearls the astral and spiritual side of man.

Drinking mustika-pearl water assists in one’s reintegration with the Cosmic Intelligence; this cannot help but improve one’s sense of oneness and harmony with all of Nature. This has a tremendous psychological import in one’s approach to life, transmuting negativity into positivity. Mixing the pearl-waters of various mustikas is permissible. Once having studied the powers, virtues and healing properties of each pearl, a blend may be made of the waters to achieve a specific result. Constant attunements with the pearls helps to intuitively know their powers.

Mustika-pearl water should be made in a tranquil environment.When drunk, the water acts as a tonic effect to the body, healing physical ailments, psychological problems, balancing the chakral energies, and promoting spiritual awareness and growth. Pearl-elixirs using an alcohol-base may also be made. Nowadays, in the New-Age market, gem, crystal, and flower elixirs may be easily acquired. There is no company as yet, however, producing mustika elixirs. When properly made, these mustika-elixirs would possess more power and have a greater effect than the ordinary ones produced from gem stones and crystals.

That mustika-pearl water possesses healing virtues, many people including ourselves have personally determined to be true. It would be superfluous and unnecessary to relate case histories; one would have to experience this for oneself.

Aside from its consumption, mustika-pearl elixirs and water–and even oil–may also be anointed or massaged into the body. The pearl-fluid may be applied to the various points or chakral vortices along the main and secondary channels of the subtle body where the energy-flow is blocked . Its application helps to break up the psychic toxins embedded in the channels.

Pearl water, elixir or oil may also be placed in a room and left alone for its evaporation. The vibratory essence of the pearl would transmute negative energies in the surrounding area and harmonize the psychological condition of the people moving and living within its influential reach.

Some practitioners believe that the consumption of pearl-water is insufficient to tap the power of a pearl, that a password is required to command the indwelling spirit. There is some truth in this but the password is just a gimmick created by occult practitioners hoping to excite the interest of pearl-owners and increase their clientele. What is actually required is a simple psychic-attunement with the elemental spirit–by calling its name (if known), absorbing its energies by holding the pearl, and explaining to it the purpose of steeping the pearl in a glass of water. This communication with the pearl-intelligence may be formulated into an affirmation or decree–they should be specific so that the elemental-intelligence knows the healing or work that is to be conducted.

Mustika-pearls should be handled with great care as some of them are fragile. They should also be anointed often with aromatic oil such as sandalwood or “zafarron.” When not in used they should be stored in a proper case with some flowers in it. Spirit elementals delight in the aroma of flower essences–the anointment and the placing of flowers are gestures of appreciation for their aid.

Copyright 2006 Luxamore

Select Genuine Mother of Pearl White

Where to Find Rosary Beads? There are many websites that offer rosary beads, but if you are looking for rosary beads, then you want to know where you can find rosary beads that are quality rosary beads at an affordable price. I know where to find rosary beads that are not just affordable, but beautifully handcrafted and designed. The place to find your rosary beads is at www.HolyLand-Gifts.com a very special Christian gifts website. At HolyLand Gifts you have a choice in rosary beads. You can choose from mother of pearl white or olive wood rosary. Both of the rosaries are beautiful rosaries. The two rosary’s are offered at HolyLand Gifts are hand crafted rosary bead necklaces that are made in Bethlehem. The artisans are Christians. They understand the importance needed for the rosary. The mother of pearl white rosary is created from the abalone shell. The abalone shell is used to create the beautiful beads in the mother of pearl white rosary. The olive wood rosary is made from olive wood. The olive wood is crafted and designed to make the round beads on the olive wood rosary. Each of the rosary has the cross attached. Once you have gone to the HolyLand-Gifts website, then you can choose from the two different rosary’s offered. If you want to give a friend a gift, then either one would be a perfect gift. Any holiday or occasion would be the perfect in giving a rosary. The beautiful beads are sturdy and also elegant. No matter what your prayer practice is, the rosary is an excellent gift. The rosary beads can help aid in your prayer and meditation. Are you unsure about the rosary beads? If you are, then you can refer to the blogs on the HolyLand-Gifts website. There is information that can teach you all you need to know about rosary beads. Now that you know where to find rosary beads, you can choose to purchase the mother of pearl white rosary beads or the olive wood rosary beads. To end a big decision, you can purchase one of each. Have one for your home prayer and one for church. You won’t ever have to wonder where to find rosary beads when it is time to pray or go to church. You can end that problem that each of us has, and while you are making a purchase, don’t forget about your friends, church members and pastor. This makes a perfect gift for them too. A portion of each sale goes to Bethlehem Christian charities. You are helping others with your rosary purchases.

The Real Story Behind Fine Pearl Jewelry And Rare Pearl Necklace

The real story behind fine pearl jewelry.

Most people understand that fine pearl jewelry is made from pearls grown in oyster clams beneath the water. But what is missing is the truth behind which and what pearls come from where. There is always a story behind the most sort after pieces of jewellery.

It is interesting to note that Keshi Pearls come from China, and are considered cultured, not natural pearls. These cultured pearls are used in all types of jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Although stunning, they are not considered the best in the world.

Other cultured pearls such as Akoya, and South Sea Pearl are great quality and hold their value well. They are not however considered unique or ‘special’. On the other hand, Black Pearls are very rare and can’t be mass grown.

It is important to understand the eight different pearl shape types when researching your pearls. The eight main shapes include round, circled, drop, pear, button, semi-round, oval and baroque. The different shapes go with different garnments and apparel, so be sure you know what you are looking for. With many different colors, fine pearl jewelry can suit any occasion. Colors range from white, pink, champagne, green, black, purple, and blue as the main colors.

Finding the right pearl necklace can also be a lot of fun with many different descriptions for the lengths. Just to give you an idea, a standard collar measures 10-13 inches; A pearl choker is 14-16 inches long, Princess length is 17- 19 inches, while a Matinee length is 20-24 inches, and an Opera length is 28-35 inches, compared to a delightful Pearl Rope being 45 inches in length. Wow, there is a lot in this.

The value of a pearl is almost always determined by symmetry, size, color, lack of surface flaws and luster, and what makes the pearl jewelry so valuable. Often there are other jewels attached, or the workmanship, but primarily it is the pearl itself that holds the value. Now consider the rarity and glamor that the indiviual pieces mean to its wearer. Elegance, uniqueness and class. it is something that imitation mass produced pearl jewelry just cannot muster.

The gift of fine pearl jewelry is a real way to say “I Care”, and “you are unique”. Finally, real pearl jewellery can be passed on as family heirlooms, and remain important for generations to come.

Pearl Jewelry Throughout History

Throughout history, pearls have been a symbol of beauty and high status. The natural rarity of pearls contributes to their worth and unique appeal. Although naturally occurring pearls are quite rare to find in modern society, there are a number of methods used to create and enhance a pearl in order to make these precious objects available to the masses to wear as jewelry or to adorn clothing. Deeply rooted in the depths of the oceans, pearls have mystified and intrigued humans for thousands of years and they continue to garner mass appeal today.

The historical origin of pearl jewelry goes back to ancient times when pearls were rare symbols of natural perfection. The reason it was so difficult to find these pears was due to the fact that divers had to scour the ocean floor in order to search for the perfect pearl from the mouths of mussels and oysters. The acquisition of these pearls was a far cry from the process we use today. In the year 206 BC, the Chinese were among the first to search for pearls. Royal subjects were among the lucky few to attain this most rare gem at the time. As a natural circle, pearls symbolized mystical forces in the universe and their display was said to bestow a certain power over the owner.
Since the beginning of pearl cultivation these beautiful gems have been used for a variety of jewelry adornments. In addition to placing pearls on royal crows and the clothing fashion of royal subjects, pearls have always been a focal point in a beautiful piece of jewelry. The Incas and the Aztecs prized pearls for their magical powers, and displayed them prominently in beautiful necklaces. Pearls have also been made into rings, earrings, and brooches. In most cases, the larger the pearl- the more valuable it is. In addition to its size, the luster, the color and the shape of the pearl contribute to its worth.

During the middle ages pearls were prominently featured among the noble class as a symbol of a person”s high class and stature. It is fascinating to take note of pearl adornments in famous paintings; as they can illustrate the fashion and the status of the woman who is the subject of the painting. One of the most famous paintings with a subject wearing a pearl accessory is Johannes Vermeer”s Girl With a Pearl Earring. Painted in 1665, this portrait has captivated the attention of millions of artists and lovers of fine art alike. The teardrop earring gracing the jaw line of the subject is an alluring detail that critics have discussed for hundreds of years. There are also many other portraits from this time period that depict noblemen and women draped in pearls. With a single strand of pearls, a choker made of overlaying strings, a set of earrings, or even a pearl pendant, the English high society was quite fond of displaying their status with a pearlescent glow.

Another fascinating historical fact about pearls is their presence in biblical references. Due to the fact that pearls are naturally occurring, they have been around for thousands upon thousands of years and owning them is simply a matter of finding these hidden gems and knowing that they exist. In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of heaven as “a pearl of great price.” The Qur”an also makes reference to a heavenly place adorned with pearls. The Hebrew bible takes a different approach to the pearl nod, with possible references to Onyx pearls. Although the translations for these references are disputed among Hebrew scholars it is most probable that the writings refer to pearls.

Due to the combination of beauty and scarce natural occurrence, the pearl has historically been cherished and prized. The reason it is so common to find pearls in modern society is due to new and improved methods of pearl production. Unlike the ancient Chinese methods, current pearl farming is done in a highly systematic and accurate fashion. Pearls still grow in the water- but customers now have the option of buying saltwater or freshwater pearls. Although saltwater pearls are incredibly rare, freshwater cultures offer a less expensive and more accessible range of styles and price.