Making A Medicine Bag

Healing Medicine Bag near ailing Sequoia Tree

A “medicine bag” can be what you carry with you in case of an emergency, your own or another. In the world of energy medicine it can also be what you create to give an animal, plant, person or place in need of healing.

Today’s medicine bag was a donation made to assist a tree with its healing process, and to create peace in the environment which it found itself. Unfortunately, the home builders didn’t take into account the space needed between homes a century ago, or didn’t consider the immense size a Sequoia tree would become at the time of its planting. Either way, the tree recently took the brunt of the dispute when someone (as yet unidentified) drilled into its base and poisoned it. Neighbors were infuriated and broken-hearted to learn what happened to their grand tree.

With thoughtful consideration using suggestions from fellow “tree people” and my own creative design I came up with a tailor-made medicine bag for the ailing Sequoia. The idea being to include ingredients that have specific healing qualities related to extracting poison (or other toxins) from a system, while other components are added to strengthen the body during detox and protect it from untoward thoughts, energies and spirits. The tree as well as its human neighbors could use the support!

Medicine Bag ingredients

Here are the components today’s medicine bag and their healing properties:

juniper tree trimmings – The magical properties of juniper include cleansing, protection and removal of evil spirits.

cornmeal – used as a blessing, offering, power of transformation, and bridge from one state to another.

almonds – nourishment, and watchful keeper of the medicine bag recipient

jasper crystal – “supreme nourisher”; provides grounding, comfort and security

burdock root – cleansing and protective; purifies the blood (or in this case, the chlorophyll and sap)

ginger slices – awakening, stimulating, helps one step into a fully empowered version of self.

garlic – protects and repels evil.

dandelion – sunny strength and determination to persevere through hardship, powerful detoxifier.

stinging nettle – transformer of fear and unworthiness to acceptance and strength; helps one to ‘stand tall’ in the face of pain.

cinnamon stick – protection, connection to spirit world, antioxidant.

Oak Bach Flower Remedy – to provide strength, endurance, stability, courage, and power.

Once the ingredients were lovingly tied into a bundle I placed the bag amongst the vinca of my local fairy mound to infuse it with healing blessings from the Nature spirits.

Infusing Nature’s magic into the bag.

Of course, the Highest Good of the medicine bag recipient is always priority. If, for reasons unknown to me, this tree has chosen to exit this physical realm (yes, trees have their own kind of consciousness) then my hope is this bag of healing remedies and prayers eases the tree’s journey and brings peace to its human neighbors.

You, too, can make medicine bags for yourself, pets, plants, friends, or even places where the land is suffering. Small medicine bags, peacefully charged crystals, painted rocks, or other healing totems can be placed at or near road intersections (hidden so they’re not distracting) where tragic accidents have occurred to help heal the site and prevent further injuries. You could also place them where pollution is damaging Nature to help invite healing energies to the site.

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Prayer Request for the Grand Sequoia Tree

Grand Trees.©David Leahy Photography

I begin this blog with a beautiful image from local photographer, David Leahy. His keen eye for magical, natural moments is astonishing!

May this lovely photo set the healing tone of what I ask of you, dear reader. Yesterday I learned that a local, grand Sequoia (seh-koi-yah) tree was drilled into and poisoned less than month ago; it is slowly dying. The Audubon Society has commented on this matter saying they’re not sure if the tree will survive. They have posted a $1000 reward for any leads to the perpetrator(s). As you see in the news photo many parts of the Sequoia are now browning.

KATU news story 03/20/21

I have queried with this tree through the use of dowsing to ask if it wishes to receive healing energies, and does it wish to survive? For both questions I got a “Yes”.

💚WHAT CAN WE DO?💚
Send love! If even for a moment, hold this wondrous tree in your heart, acknowledge the beauty and history of this being. Hold a healing light around it in your mind’s eye. If you do nothing else that will suffice.

🙏OFFERINGS🙏
Some years ago I was advised by a lovely Indigenous woman to always bring gifts to the Spirit of Place you are visiting. Organic tobacco and cornmeal are considered respectable offerings. If one doesn’t have those on hand then a prayer, flower, gift of “Thank you” from the heart will do.

🌲✨For those who practice energy healing in person and at a distance✨🌲Send remedial plant medicine. This beautiful tree has suffered from an unknown poisoning, so it needs an antidote! Common herbs used to detox a body include black walnut and…

Detox herbs.

Call out to the spirits of these medicinal plants to come to the aid of the Sequoia tree.

This morning I received swift response from friend, artist, author, wisewoman, and Grand Archdruid of AODA, Dana O’Driscoll. She contributed these lovely ideas:

  • Bring telluric currents from 🌎 and solar currents from the ☀️ into the 🌲.
  • Chant, sing, dance, or drum healing energy into the 🌲.
  • Send LOTS of energy, in person or in spirit.
    Get others to join you in this. 💫💫💫
Sunlit trail. ©David Leahy Photography

Synchronistically, I learned that today, March 21st is officially the International Day of Forests in the U.K. and Scotland!
https://globaldimension.org.uk/events/international-day-of-forests/2021-03-21/?fbclid=IwAR2Sv4C7wFT9NEXWhUZRDKNWJlaU4ZnyX2oV3OM73Gc_AJlwzck3hHdsjFg

KATU news cover story
https://katu.com/news/local/reward-offered-after-giant-sequoia-poisoned-in-ne-portland

Photos credit:
David Leahy Photography
Purchase photos: https://davidleahy.smugmug.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DavidLeahyPhotographyn

Ancient Order of Druids in America
https://aoda.org/

Kitty Ji and I thank you sincerely for your help.

Faithful healing companion, Kitty Ji.

Tasty Vegan Homemade Chai Recipe

Yum!

Whether you’re allergic to dairy, want to ease the suffering of the beautiful cow, or just like milk alternatives, here’s a tasty recipe.

We LOVE traditional chai tea made at our fave restaurant but it’s taken many long months to figure out how to make it at home. Finally, mission accomplished! To make it vegan was my next challenge. Today the stars must’ve been aligned just right because I think this recipe tastes very satisfying using almond milk instead.

Here’s the scoop:

In a sauce pan heat 2 cups almond milk (I chose unsweetened). While it’s warming up add 2 rounded teaspoons of your fave black tea, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 teaspoon fennel seeds, 4 green cardamom pods, and 2 teaspoons organic sugar.

Bring to a boil, then move to a low heat burner with lid on and simmer about 10 mins. You might leave a little air gap so the brew doesn’t bubble over the edge of your pot. Voila! ❤️☕️

For my taste I needed to dilute it with a bit of hot water as the end result had a very concentrated flavor.

What a versatile recipe! You could modify it with any add-ons that appeal to you. Give it a try. It’s so tasty and nourishing in cold weather!❄️

Upcycling Plastics

Plastic Bottle Dress, Pinterest

One of the greatest frustrations I’ve had for years is how difficult it is to buy food and online items w/o getting a ton of plastic containers, wraps, bags, and packing material. With the recent uptick in Amazon deliveries the bubble wrap packaging has truly proliferated.

Online stories abound with photos of birds and marine wildlife choking on, ingesting and dying from suffocation from plastics entering the waterways. Microplastics are getting into the digestive tracts of every living being on Earth, including humans.

Many recycling locations have stopped accepting plastic items which leaves us with a pile of ‘stuff’ in the middle of the garage that has no where to go; I don’t have the heart to put it in the garbage. My hope is, within our lifetime there will be technology in place to deal with this nasty mess humans have made.

In the interim we must find and act on ways to upcycle these plastics and keep them useful. A little internet search revealed a number of creatives out there doing just that. Take a look at the links below and see if they spark you into action. If nothing else, please try to find produce not sold in plastic, talk with your grocer about non-plastic options, and write manufacturers urging them to consider earth-friendly packaging options. Let’s do this!
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Lots of creative ideas on Pinterest
https://za.pinterest.com/plasticssa/upcycling-plastics/

Kids in Colorado Recycle Plastic Bags into Mats for the Homeless
https://www.greenmatters.com/news/2019/01/23/6BWNiwH-a/plastic-bags-homeless-mats

Crochet Artists: Make Waterproof sleeping Mats!
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/140033869643325176/

Turn Plastic Bags into Drinking Coasters
https://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/plastic-bag-drinking-coasters

Make Lanterns! This One Even Looks Like An “Ode to the Corona Virus!” https://inhabitat.com/sarah-turners-repurposed-plastic-bottle-lamps-illuminate-the-beauty-of-upcycled-materials/

Make a Decent Looking Trash Can Out of Plastic Bags
https://diyjoy.com/diy-trash-can-plastic-bags/

Don't throw that plastic in the trash! Links here on all kinds of creative ways upcycle that plastic.

Create Pretty Little Trees
https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/best-plastic-bottle-crafts

Did you find some other creative ideas for up cycling plastics? Please share in the “comments” section below. Love to hear your ideas!

The Healing Waterfall of Light

Healing Waterfall of Light

An earlier piece of artwork I did. Only recently did it occur to me what the image represented.

When standing in the darkest hour surrounded by despair, take yourself deep into the heart of Earth. In this soothing, quiet, nourishing womb cave you stand in the waterfall of pure Light 🌟💦, allowing it to wash away the pains, attachments, energy parasites, and misconceptions. 🌎

Healing spirits appearing as orbs surround you. They attend to your wounds, lighten your physical being, and transmit messages of Love and strength from your spirit lineage. ✨

Sacred snake arrives to teach you the power of shedding your old skin of outdated beliefs and false perceptions about yourself and the world you occupy. 🐉

Giant crystals holding the memory of deep, ancient, planetary and universal wisdom become your new mirrors, reflecting back to you the eternal, indestructable Spirit you are and always have been. ❄️

You are birthed anew. 💖

Meditating With Bee Songs

CD cover of Melipona Bees

I first came across the CD, Melipona Bee, while browsing the wonderful website, Dancing With Water (link below). Today the CD arrived and I immediately played it through the house stereo system and reveled in the comforting song of a Mayan woman singing to her fuzzy friends, the Melipona Bees. Their collective low hum and occasional “bbbvvvtt” sound as they zipped past the recording mic was very soothing.

Melipona Bees, a small, non-stinging, non-GMO’d variety, were revered by the Mayans for the healing effect their presence brought to the energetic landscape. Researcher Valerie Solheim Ph.D became quite interested in beekeeping using natural methods to support her bees’ hives and vitality instead of using the common medications and unnatural feeding methods of modern day apiary practice. Her efforts produced abundant honey but additionally she claims to have experienced healing effects and energy from her bee hives. This inspired her to write the book, The Beehive Effect: Ancient Rites; Quantum Principles (2017). Some time later she traveled to Mexico where she recorded the song for this CD by placing her mic at the Melipona hive location.

I’m now listening to it through earbuds as I type, and it’s quite ticklish! Almost instinctively my back muscles pull in when I hear a bee buzz in close to my eardrum; relaxing yet thrilling! Having traveled to the Mayan lands of Mexico several times in the past I also appreciate the familiar bird calls of that region which are embedded in the audio recording.

The book, Dancing With Water: The New Science of Water, and its companion website are entirely dedicated to the healing and restructuring of water through many methods, one of which includes playing the bee song directly to the water vessel one drinks from. I decided since I am basically 75% water why not just plug it right into my ears and let the song do its healing magic! 🙂 We’ll see how this experiment turns out. Maybe I’ll sprout wings! LOL

Meanwhile, if you have a passion for bees, water, and all things healing please check out the following links, and please search for them on YouTube where they offer many helpful videos on each topic:

Valerie Solheim PhD

https://www.healingbees.org/index.html

Dancing With Water

https://dancingwithwater.com/

“This book is a must read for everyone interested both in modern science and in their own health. We are coming to a new understanding of water, not just as a source of vitality and life, but as life itself. This vision is supported by a new set of scientific data which we find referenced in the book. What is equally important is the fact that it is written in simple, understandable language that allows the reader to feel the flavor of the modern research atmosphere. Another important aspect of the book is found in its practical applications. Dancing with Water is a very important and useful guide both for professionals and all interested people.”

— Konstantin Korotkov, PhD., Professor at St. Petersburg University of Informational Technology, Mechanics and Optics.  www.korotkov.org.

Choose Wisely

My work takes me right into the core of the human spiderweb with all its electric air and people rushing about in a spiky, fatigued, fast and overall uncomfortable state of being. Ironically, I know it’s where I’m supposed to be…. for now.

As it happens with a society caught in the quagmire of wanting to be free of stress yet highly addicted to it, people will occasionally ask me questions about my political stance, or how fearful I am of covid. My desire to avoid their mental trap has helped me become quite adept at mental aikido! Not to avoid conversing with them, but more to stay focused on what’s important, what’s relevant (to me) and turn the question back to them. How is their family? Did they notice the beautiful sunrise / sunset recently? Isn’t it a joy to rise to a new day? Have they played outside lately? And making authentic, heart-based conversation about what’s right with them. Noticing the lovely colors they’re wearing, complimenting their hair or adornments, acknowledging how well they handled a problem they had, or how grateful I am to see them again.

We don’t have to stay glued to the old paradigm’s script, listening to the news non-stop, or get pulled down into society’s heightened fear state accompanied by life-sucking conversation. That being said, when your line of work requires you to immerse yourself in it a great deal of internal power is required to sustain a higher state of Love consciousness. Maybe it gets easier and less fatiguing over time with practice, but I still find multiple cat naps and personal quiet time to be most invigorating.

So I say to you: Take those naps! Drink refreshing water, get out into Nature on a regular basis where you can remove your mask (the physical and social one) and breeeeaaathe the beautiful, invigorating air of the forests, ocean spray, field mists, and morning dew. You have a right, if not a responsibility to own your joy, to own your life force, own your birthright to be a fully ecstatic, dancing, singing human being.

Take the reins back. Choose wisely, from the heart, what you willingly participate in, online and in person.
Much love.

The Role of CranioSacral Therapy & Massage for Cytokine Storm Relief & Prevention

An excellent article written (link below) on the inflammatory affects of the 1918 flu epidemic and how similar the symptoms are to cv. While I am not an osteopath physician I am trained in CranioSacral Therapy, designed by osteopath physician John. E. Upledger, as well as massage therapy. The combination of which, according to the article, provides the movement in blood and lymphatic circulation needed to remove the excess dead cells that could result in a cytokine storm.

EXCERPTS FROM LINK BELOW…

“The object of manipulation is to improve circulation (blood and lymph) to and from organs, the movement of joints and muscle and in fact all tissue.


“Briefly this is what seems to happen:
* For various reasons the mucus membrane of the upper respiratory tract becomes weakened and a relative acidosis begins. Usually, a structural disturbance (joint, muscle, circulation, nerve supply etc) from stress, poor nutrition, cognitive dissonance, to name but a few.
* Virus “enters” person.
* Virus settles mainly in nose and throat region.
* Virus enters epithelial cells (ECs): the cells lining the nose and throat.
* Virus kills ECs by RNA disturbance.
* ECs die.
* An accumulation of dead ECs leads to a response from your immune system to clear these dead and dying cells.
* White blood cells are generated from the lymph glands in the body. This is why your glands swell, to produce more white blood cells.
* This is what is known as an inflammatory response.
* Your natural response to everyday dead cells is low so the glands do not swell.
* You enter into a shock and stress situation of sweating, shivering, stiffness, and headache. This is because the whole body is becoming toxic due the accumulation and circulation of dead cells and the subsequent response by your body to destroy them.
* This is known as a Cytokine Storm


“So influenza is the response of the body to the accumulation of dead cells caused by the virus; not the virus itself.

“The osteopath helps to keep the circulation and white cells moving at their best to deal with the rapid accumulation of dead ECs. As long as the ECs are cleared at a rate that your body is comfortable with you will not exhibit the signs and symptoms of influenza…


“The osteopath knows how to feel the movement and obstructions to the function of the sympathetic nervous system. This is of paramount importance in the treatment of influenza.


“Additionally, because the body is going into a style of shock and stress there is an adrenaline overproduction. It is this overproduction of adrenaline that makes your muscles stiff and quickly results in fatigue and exhaustion. Adrenaline moves the circulation into the muscles and away from the vital organs, liver, kidneys etc. In extreme cases the organs collapse due to poor circulation and an excess of toxins from dead cells and the person dies. Young adults produce more immune cells and adrenaline than infants and the elderly; this was a characteristic of the 1918-19 pandemic.


“‘…this epidemic was largely a young adult’s disease. The life insurance companies report their death claims from this cause average at thirty-three years of age as against fifty-five to sixty years of age of deaths from general causes.’” H. L. Chiles, D.O., A New Survey of Public Health, (JAOA, Jan. 1919.)


“’The physiological picture of influenza centres around one of the smallest but most important and interesting organs of the body – the adrenal gland. …Its nerves come chiefly from the eleventh dorsal segment of the spine, just above the waist line. That is why the first symptom of this disease is usually backache in this region….In the female, it is the partner gland, the pituitary body, that is correspondingly more important. And you will notice there is a marked difference in the “flu” in males compared to females.’ E. E. Tucker, D. O., New York, N. Y. Spanish Influenza – What and Why? (JAOA, Feb. 1919.)


“The osteopath has to literally ‘decompress the system.’ Treatment is aimed at reducing obstructions to circulation caused by tight muscles, ribs that are not moving, organs (spleen) that are not pumping, nerve bundles (sympathetic nervous system) that need stretching, and immune (lymphatic) channels that need unblocking. All this happens at once during the treatment and treatment should be two to three times in two to three days.


“Is the virus removed? No. But the cause of the signs and symptoms is reduced and the reason for the virus to continue multiplying, resulting in immune suppression, is also drastically reduced. Osteopathic manipulation will get you back on your feet and there is no sign of that two week fatigue that most of us go through after the crisis is over….


“‘As Ward (1937) wrote, “By retarding the virulence of the invading organisms, appropriate osteopathic treatment reduces the incidence of complications and forces down the mortality rate in these cases.”


“They used to call osteopaths ‘bloodless surgeons’ and ‘fever fighters’ in the nineteenth century and especially during the 1918-19 pandemic. Osteopaths have the history and the skill to make a major contribution to the reduction of deaths during an epidemic, pandemic or isolated cases of influenza.

Article Excerpts Source:
https://waltermckone.wordpress.com/osteopathy/osteopathy-and-influenza/?fbclid=IwAR1WXvWSwbBjIQ7iB7e-9mEkjU0FhMAltbCxwh_N1SnAdf7TtOuMrPwlkMo

More about Dr. Upledger:

https://www.upledger.com/about/john-upledger.php

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