What do we want to see and support in our local community? What lifts the soul, the spirit of the people, and maintains the integrity of place?
What do we do, say, manifest that inspires the hearts of others?
Nature hates a void. If we don’t tend to our home with tender loving care and leave it abandoned, the spirit of place dies and is filled with dreary, heavy, unsavory ick.
This applies to how we feed, nurture, speak to and treat our individual body, home, city, country, planet.
Are we dialed in? Can we hear the heartfelt whisper that calls to be manifested at this time? Or, are we waiting for someone else to do it? They may be waiting for someone else as well.
History has shown time and again if we romance fear, lose our grounding, and lose faith in our vision, someone with a very different and often incompatible agenda will fill the void. It takes less energy to prevent a fear-based disease than wait till it’s taken root.
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love,” and it needs community with a heart-based vision to make it happen.
What the World Needs Now (1965), Lyrics: Hal David, Composer: Burt Bacharach
A dove has been coo-ing and singing outside my office while I typed this.
I wanted to take a moment and address the issue of fear in the healing world. In all my 16 years as a Licensed Massage Therapist I’ve never seen such a dramatic loss of practitioners in the massage field.
It is true that the cv19 event has scared most of them away, citing low pay and close proximity to patients not being worth the risk. Understood and valid points. But what a time to lose so many gifted healers when the world is in serious need of safe, healing, nurturing touch. 🥺
It’s not just that most LMT’s have compassionate hearts – well proven by their dedication to a field that, IMO, deeply underestimates their value in the realm of healing, but they are often very gifted touch artists. The ones who really apply themselves have cultivated their energies to a fine-tuned state where they intuitively draw forth the recipient’s inherent ability to heal their own body. It’s not woo-woo, it’s a proven fact. Combine the heart’s intention with touch and amazing things happen, whether one is working on another human, an animal, or a plant.
Below is a link to just one small example of scientific data on how heart-based human touch incites a cascade of healing responses in the recipient’s body.
“… projected from the human body, is energy of a particular frequency or set of frequencies that stimulates the repair of one or more tissues. The cascade of activities initiated by such signals may provide essential information to cells and tissues, and open channels for the flow of information that coordinates repair processes. This is also significant for prevention and for restoring normal function after trauma.”
Taking into account many folks will never go back to receiving massage, or at least not for a long while, I have decided to offer remote healing as an adjunct therapy to my practice. How does this work? Similar to doing an intake with your practitioner we FaceTime chat for about 20-30 mins about what is ailing your body/mind, then you relax and I do a guided meditation with you.
Utilizing skills I acquired from Dr. John Upledger’s Somato-Emotional Release training I walk you through the painful zones of your body and engage the assistance of your “Inner Physician”(IP). Some refer to the IP as the All-Knowing Self, or Spirit, or whatever term you prefer. I often employ this type of dialogue with folks when they’re on the massage table working through chronic pain and old traumas and, as it turns out, this can be very helpful therapy at a distance as well. It is particularly effective if you are open-minded and ready to be a participant in your own healing work.
After our session I will add additional healing touches through my dowsing skills. Follow up is done within the week to see how you’re faring, what has shifted, what “aha!” moments did you experience, and what still needs fine-tuning.
Whatever path you choose to walk through these challenging times please know you are not alone. Many good hearts are available in-person and online to assist. We’re in this together.
I can see why ppl mellow over the years. No matter how many petitions one signs, rallies they attend, or posts they make to wake ppl up, history keeps repeating itself like the movie “Groundhog Day”. Same struggles, same political rhetoric, same greedy agendas to rule the world thru fear and divisive tactics. After a while you’re just like, “Hey, look! A butterfly!” You find wonder and want to support and nourish all the little, beautiful events and lives that haven’t been jaded by it all. I’m swiftly reaching that stage.🦋
It’s funny how you think you’re doing one thing and suddenly you find yourself writing a song for a bumblebee taking a morning bath. Such is the way of today!
There’s plenty of back-logged homework, house and garden chores to attend, a dog to play with, a cat to pet, a hubby who needed his backache to go away. But as I walked the outside path some invisible force turned my head to the right where lovely pink flowers are embedded in a row of hedges. I nearly trimmed those hedges last week as they’ve lost their perfect, spherical shapes, but they produced these pink flowers and oooohhh! How the bumblebees and carpenter bees LOVE them! So, I’ve left them alone for a while longer. Anything to support the pollinators.
To my surprise I saw a bumblebee perched absolutely still on a cluster of these dainty flowers, and I was afraid it was dead. I took footage to see if it was alright, and that’s the film you see in the vimeo link below. Of course, I couldn’t leave you with nasty sounding traffic noises so that led me to find a karaoke-ish version of Stevie Wonder’s song, “Power Flower” over which I promptly recorded my vocals. Please take a moment from the frantic media and jangled nerves to enjoy my relaxing music video, and sing along!
Pan is my name I live outside the door I have to keep the score of things around you
Fire and air, water I prepare I am the piper at the gates of dawning
It’snot magic it’s not madness Just the elements I style And I guarantee faithfully I will never go Until all is said and done In a twinkling I’ll be gone Well excuse me I have so much more to do
Fancy I fell, A childlike tap I’ll steal Look twice my friend it’s not the wind at all
You’ll never see, What you refuse to be The power in the seeing is believing.
It’s not magic it’s not madness Just the elements I style And I guarantee faithfully I will never go Until all is said and done In a twinkling I’ll be gone Well excuse me I have so much more to do
Stevie’s entire album from which this song emerged was based on the unforgettable book of the same title, The Secret Life of Plants. First published in 1973 I discovered it much later, in my 20’s while living in L.A. The book made a huge impression on me! Apparently, it affected Stevie likewise to create a dual album of music!
In that same album he composed a heartfelt song for another gentleman who’s been an everlasting inspiration for my connection to plants: George Washington Carver. Please take a listen…
Back in the day a sweet friend gifted me a book about his life, The Man Who Talks With the Flowers, The Story of George Washington Carver, by Glen Clark. It was upon reading that gem I knew I was not alone in the invisible world of plant spirits. Dr. Carver proved (scientifically no less) that other tender hearts roamed this Earth who could also feel and see the radiant essence of Spirit beaming through all of Creation, right down to the face of every flower. How I wished he had been born at a later time so we could’ve met.
Today’s little song, video, book blog is to hopefully inspire you to go outside! Let the smells of the forests, the soft caresses of flower petals, the bouncing buzzy songs of the bumblebees and birds nurture your weary soul. Yes, it’s been a long haul these last six months and there’s no sign of it easing off anytime soon, but life is meant to be lived and Nature misses you. She told me so.
credits: Song: Power Flower, by Stevie Wonder Album: Journey through the Secret Life of Plants (1979)
Background piano track provided by: mimiPianoClass
I don’t typically blog about products but a couple musician friends of mine suggested this website so I ordered a t-shirt. It’s super comfy and the message is strong, artistic and loving. We need more love in the world right now. Maybe this mode of expression appeals to you, too! ❤️
Since returning to work this last month as a Licensed (Medical) Massage Therapist one of the most common issues presenting since this pandemic began is lack of deep breathing. In fact these days my experience is that most people are, energetically speaking, only about 50% in their physical bodies. Why would this be? Stress and over-worrying. Understandably so, all things considered. But the long term health affects of this situation will only spiral into numerous other physical, emotional, and mental health issues if not addressed sooner than later.
While I can work one-on-one to help people get back into their breath, back in touch with their physical body and their peaceful place, the challenge is how to reach greater numbers of people? Perhaps you will find this blog useful and pass it on to your friends and people in need, especially those with asthma and/or PTSD.
Pranayama is a gentle breathing exercise that balances the body overall. Daily practice has shown it can increase lung capacity, immunity, sleep, digestion, elimination, and reduce pain, all through the breath!
In practicing this method you may find that one sinus is easier to breathe through than the other at different times of day. Aside from any impinging sinus issues this difference is sinus capacity is perfectly normal.
I really like Kavita Maharaj’s introductory video on how and why to perform Pranayama. She careful addresses the details so you practice safely and comfortably:
In the science article linked below you can read about why nasal breathing is actually very beneficial for increasing Nitric Oxide (NO). What is it and why should you care? Nitric Oxide is a naturally occurring, colorless gas in the body that increases blood flow and vasodilation which, in turn, improves cardiovascular health, reduces risks of blood clots, and improves cognitive function. It’s also derived from certain foods, namely:
red beets leafy greens: arugula (best nitric oxide booster of leafy greens), chard, spinach and lettuce endive leeks radishes celery broccoli fennel Chinese cabbage turnips cucumbers carrots cauliflower herbs, like parsley and dill pomegranate juice oranges bananas
Just returned from a lovely pre-sunset walk in the nearby park where protected wetlands are blooming with abundant cattails. As a kid on family road trips I remember times my mom would randomly pull the car to the shoulder, pop out with scissors in hand and collect cattails, pussywillows, and any other variety of natural plants that she would later convert into artwork. What she didn’t know, and I am only now learning, is how edible her collections were!
This awareness came to me after reading a blog by Nicole Apelian, PhD. She is an herbalist, survival skills instructor, anthropologist and research biologist. She survived in the remote wilderness for 57 days straight with only a hunting knife and the wild foods and medicines Nature generously provided. I ordered her book (image below) and found a plethora of edible and medicinal information about the most common plants and weeds so often seen growing in sidewalk cracks, fields, and roadsides – the very ones that are so often destroyed by herbicides. It’s a handy, informative guide which I highly recommend.
Cattails, as one small example, are edible, nutritious, and medicinal! According to Nicole’s book, they are useful for addressing: * skin conditions * pain * insect bites * toothaches * bleeding issues
She also provides contraindications in her book about which wild foods would not be advised for people with certain health conditions or who are pregnant.
After my walk I took a quick glance online and found another lovely “wise woman” offering cooking advice with wild foraged plants, Alexis Nikole. She packs a lot of information in one little video, and she’s very entertaining to watch and learn from. Below are a couple of her links for your enjoyment and plant education:
There are many wonderful food-foraging resources out there to choose from and I have only presented a couple here to get you started on your journey.
My long-time dream has been that someone(s) would find a way to make this information easily accessible to the homeless, and folks struggling to make ends meet who are trying to feed their family nutritious food. Nature is abundant with food and medicine, everything we need is just outside our door or a short distance away, especially here in the states.
Medicine doesn’t just come from a pharmacy. Plants ARE the sources of most modern medicine that have then been rearranged in a lab, genetically altered and patented in order to make money. However, our medicine wo/men and shaman ancestors knew how to synthesize and make available the endless, abundant gifts this planet provides. We have only to become respectfully reaquainted with our plant family once again and reclaim our indigenous (Earthling) heritage.
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Why should we care about the upcoming solar eclipse/new moon/Summer Solstice? What possible difference could it make in our personal lives when the moon nestles itself between the sun and Earth?
Much as humans seem to thrive on “us vs. them” mentality in sports or daily politics there is actually nothing more inclusive and uniting than being a human on Earth, especially now when global population is at its highest point in history – far as we know. We share the same home planet, we bathe in the same pool of planetary energies, and we receive the same solar, galactic and universal downloads on a 24 hour basis. Our DNA molecules are being greatly affected by these seen and unseen forces of the cosmos. They are fundamentally changing our very structure to help us adapt to the rapidly mutating on and off planet environments.
While this may sound like we’re always on the receiving end of forces greater than ourselves, we must also keep in mind we are built like antennae, receiving and transmitting signals within our cells, amongst each other, within our local and global weather environment, and as a collective beyond the planet, even into the ‘tween spaces of unseen dimensions. Hence, what we do on Earth affects Earth but does not stay on Earth, and that is a huge burden of power for better or for worse.
Through the built-in wisdom of our heartbeat we are synched with the rhythm of the Earth’s “heartbeat”, also known as the Schumann Resonance. The planet, with its own unique consciousness truly knows us, more intimately than we may realize. Our indigenous ancestors understood this and honored the relationship between human and Earth since time immemorial. The disconnect with Nature has only been a fairly recent phenomenon, spurred initially by early church doctrines that deemed the material world (including the human body) as less-than its spiritual counterpart, to the more recent birth of the new religion: science.
The separation was probably a required part of the human evolutionary process to see just how far we would push the limits of internal division and what that experience had to teach us. However, we have divided ourselves from our environment for so long and to such extremes we are reaching the point of detriment to our species’ survival. The planet is not so much at risk because the inherent wisdom and unwavering force to birth new life is its primary function. It will always resurrect itself. One need only look at the unrelenting force to survive that every form of life, right down to the plant seedling, shows against all odds. Whether from man-made destruction or catastrophic damage from asteroids, volcanos, fires and floods, life on Earth persists.
Because of an innate ability to see the signs in the stars and commune with the earthly and heavenly realms our ancestors sought to unify these forces within themselves and their environment. They erected stone structures to increase their crop yield and tap into the life informing, multi-dimensional energies of nature and cosmos. They built monuments that would stand the test of time and environmental wear & tear, embedded with the sacred mathematics that mirrored the heavens to help us – their offspring, so when the time came we might regain the wisdom they knew would be lost in great upheavals. Their essence is embedded in our very genetics. Built-in biotools, if you will, passed down through the generations enabling us to foretell coming weather changes, migration patterns, and communicate with animals, plants and the unseen realms. Ancient people knew the elementals of fire, water, air, earth and aether to be our family, our ancient mentors from Earth’s inception. For those who would listen they reach out, offering help and whispering to us in our dreams.
The ancient people respected and watched for cues from wildlife and the plants that chose to grow in and around them as medicine on-offer for whatever ailed them at that time. Even now, in the teachings of plant spirit medicine it is understood that whatever “weeds” we find growing outside our immediate home environment were called in through resonate frequency emitted by the home dwellers. For example, one may find numerous dandelions popping up in sidewalk cracks and lawn where the occupant is in dire need of a liver detox, stronger bones, or lowering of blood pressure. They may find plantain growing nearby when they need to reduce cholesterol, resolve bronchitis, constipation, or heal wounds.
Some of the most ancient teachers, however, are planetary movements – rhythms of such vast perfection and proportion they astonish human reason. The cyclical dance of our sun, moon and earth opens necessary portals that drastically change the Earth’s ionosphere, magnetic field, and alters our body/mind. The light, or rather lack of it during an eclipse also affects our internal systems:
“Biorhythms are particularly sensitive to the coming and going of the light emitted from the primary day and night luminaries. These quite subtle ‘cyclically recurring pattern of physiological states in an organism or organ, such as alpha rhythm or circadian rhythm, are believed by some to affect physical and mental states and behavior’.” The Free Dictionary – Biorhythm
Changes in light from an eclipse also changes our digestion:
“…When even animals know not to eat, especially not large, heavy meals during aneclipse, it would seem that homo sapiens would understand the same. From a scientific perspective, it is now well understood that the strength of the human digestive fire (also known collectively as digestive enzymes and process) is directly related to the path of the sun in the sky. The higher the sun is, the more brightly the digestive fire burns. Hence, it is better to eat the main meal of the day close to noontime when the sun is at its zenith.
“Because the digestive power is greatly diminished during an eclipse, it is highly recommended not to eat, or eat very little (and food that is very easy to digest) if one must. Conversely, it is good to engage in spiritual practices which counteract any adverse effects of an eclipse. All religious traditions and many indigenous peoples had their various customs around eclipse events; however, most of them have been gradually discarded or little observed over the last few centuries.”
— The Millennium Report, 2015
While we may not fully understand all the repercussions of these powerful solar system events we can expand our understanding and connection to these grand movements by staying curious and respectfully listening to older, often wiser bodies of ancient wisdom. We are intertwined in this cosmic dance, and the forces at work have no interest in our race, color, gender, age, or religion. They affect us all equally, though perhaps in varying degrees depending on our current state of physical and mental health, and where we are on the planet. We can join the dance or stay in our egos and pretend we are separate from our environment. While we may fool ourselves into believing we are masters and controllers of Nature our behavior and beliefs only reveal our immaturity. We are a very young species and still have much to learn, or perhaps re-learn. If we wish to consciously relax into this upcoming grand solar eclipse/ new moon/ summer solstice event we just might get a taste of the Love permeating all of creation. It’s always our choice.
Note: June 20, 2020, solar eclipse occurs at 0 degrees of the sign Cancer, 8:45 pm and new moon at 11:41 pm pacific nw time (northern hemisphere).
“Thinking about how and the why of it just befuddles the mind… but there’s peace and happiness in the just being a part of a greater mystery…for what would life be without it?”
— Rory Duff, Geologist, GeoBiologist
Be well and stand in your center.
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Some years ago when car headlights and street lights were swiftly changing out to halogen and LED it felt like the peace of quiet time after sunset had been stolen. Driving at night, one of my favorite times to get behind the wheel with a cooling breeze, twinkling night skies and clear roads had become painfully dominated by piercing blue headlights. The LEDs in the overhead street lights were installed to save energy so the city told us, but at what price? The ability to sit out and look at the stars was swiftly destroyed. The local astronomy group was publishing non-stop about light pollution. Nature articles increasingly warned how these new lights were messing with wildlife’s natural sleep cycle. Sea turtles, confused by the coastline dotted with bright hotel lights were laying their eggs out of season making them vulnerable to predators.
More recently a client told me how his chronic jaw pain and headaches nearly vanished after he started wearing amber tinted glasses while working long hours on his computer. I’d never heard of that correlation, but remembered that I also resorted to wearing amber “gamer shades” to drive at night. The article linked below explains the value of wearing such tinted lenses for prolonged viewing of screens (tv, phone, game systems) especially after the natural light of day has passed.
Excerpt: “What are the effects of blue light exposure at night? When we become chrono-misaligned, or out of sync with our biology, we can experience symptoms such as: * insomnia and/or chronic sleep deprivation * hormonal imbalances * adrenal fatigue * anxiety and depression * a sense of being chronically tired or overwhelmed * weight gain * decreased REM sleep and overall reduced sleep quality (this study was done specifically on iPads, but applies to all blue-light emitting devices). Even the American Medical Association has warned that high-intensity lights ‘emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease,’ writes The Washington Post. They’re talking about street light specifically in that warning, but the same principle applies to all blue-light emitting devices used at night.” https://mommypotamus.com/blue-light-blocking-glasses-benefits/?fbclid=IwAR0qwaG3SeW0qIfJJjMZz1DFMDV9Ehank-HrOK6Vi9IqvLiY2Jhpvw8Mxu8
Please take this article to heart and consider buying a pair of amber shades if you do a lot of gaming, night reading on your phone, iPad and such. Eat plenty of colorful, organic plant foods to strengthen your day and night vision. That includes but not limited to broccoli, carrots, blueberries, bilberries, dandelion flowers (eaten raw, fried in batter, or make into dandelion jam or wine), dandelion greens (nice salad addition, pick the leaves when their young), spinach, kale, lettuce, and peas.
I am a huge fan of practicing qigong for its ability to calm, balance and heal the mind, heart, spirit. It can be very helpful for grounding as well. Daisy offers many YT videos but here’s one you might like for the simplicity and ease of movement. Plus it’s relaxing to watch. 😊