Monday, July 31, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
We use the word consciousness in two different ways, but it is mostly recognized to mean just one thing, awareness. The dictionary meaning of the word is to be aware of something, to be cognizant of it, to be able to hold it in your conscious awareness. But we do use the word in another way too. We often speak of a greater consciousness, as in a group mind, world mind or universal consciousness. I often like to speak of the fundamental consciousness that pervades everything. This broader context certainly holds the first definition within it.
Perhaps the interesting thing of note here is that when we hold something in our consciousness, thinking about it, noticing it, bringing it to our awareness, it then enters a realm where it is possible for it to come into the awareness of our group mind. If several of us notice something, it might have a greater chance of entering our group awareness than if only one of us paid it our attention.
Here might be an example. Back in the 1969, the Cuyahoga River became so polluted with petrochemicals floating on its surface that it caught fire. This certainly came to a lot of people's attention. When attempts to put out the fire using the customary fire hose of water failed, it entered the awareness of not only the residents of Cleveland, Ohio, but it also entered the awareness of the citizens of our nation.
Back then someone who noted the situation coined the term, 'water pollution,' and that idea entered into our world consciousness. We all now have a global understanding about what water pollution means. And I think this degree of understanding goes even further than that.
Since consciousness seems to be able to increase exponentially from the level of an individual awareness, through group consciousness, to that of a much more extensive global perspective, why would it not go beyond?
Surely the animals who swim in our seas or live in our lakes and streams are aware of changes in their environments. The trees and plants that process the molecules of air and water arising off the land would also on some level of their physiological processes be in awareness of the changes required by the shift in the chemical matrix. All of the systems of life and even what we consider inanimate processes like evaporation or the hydrologic cycle of rain would, "notice" a change. Clouds that have been "seeded" respond.
What if we had a solar dimension to this where the processes of living things and non-living things responded and shifted according to changes in the field. Would we call that consciousness? I think we might. Changes in the solar winds are certainly registered by our earth's protective magnetic field, the magnetosphere. And we all become aware of this when the Aurora Borealis or the Aurora Australis vary from their normal parameters.
We also speak of a sub-conscious, conscious and super-conscious mind. The sub-conscious being that which we are typically not aware of in our day-to-day reality, but can access if we try. Herein lie deep-seated beliefs, habits and family or group patterns that often guide our lives. We may think that we are making all of our choices consciously, from our conscious mind's awareness, but often it is our old patterns that are running the show. Then there is the super-conscious, where our inspirations and true guidance lie. This is often thought of as our God-self or the part of us that is one with everything. If we bring all three of these, our inspirations, our day-to-day awareness and our habit mind into alignment, we become a unified force of awareness. As we do, we enter a very congruent and relatively rare Gamma brain wave state. Some refer to this as mastery.
As we come into a similar alignment, on a group level, like what happened with the Cuyohoga River, a large sector of the population got all parts of themselves on board to try to address the problem. When this happens big changes can occur. The situation is felt. On some level, it is perceived. It ripples through the larger field of awareness. Then insights and answers come into play and join in with our immediate reactions and our ability to choose.
Taking this back out to the global level and beyond into our solar system, whose streams of electrons and massive solar winds reverberate against our earth's magnetosphere, what if shifts and events in our group mind or global consciousness could be felt out there? As above, so below.
If I get a "bug" in my gut, that part of me that I am typically unaware of, suddenly rises to a place of great awareness in my mind. If a nuclear blast, the size of Hiroshima or a release of radioactive pollution the size of Fukushima's entering the ocean were to be likened to a bug in my digestive tract, how could that type of event not be 'felt' on a global or even solar dimension.
Similarly, as I take action to address a bacterial infection and start moving some charcoal through my system, perhaps the sun with its recent proclivity for huge solar flares might choose a knock-out blow that could seriously affect humanity. The coronal mass ejection following such an event could take out all of our missile systems, food inventories, communications and computing power in an instant. But the sun doesn't do this. It hasn't.
Despite all of the 'off-the-charts' solar flares in the past decade, our earth has remained relatively unscathed. The soar flares sent their subsequent massive streams of plasma and magnetic fields flying into the solar winds and out from the sun in other directions. But not toward us. Why is that do you suppose?
It could be simply luck. But I think that it is because we are all trying to find our balance, the good bugs, the bad bugs, all of it. Just like a father letting his progeny work things out amongst themselves, maybe our solar system is consciously waiting to see if we can find our balance from within.
But our sun is just one tiny little star in a distant "arm" of our galaxy, the Milky Way. What if the imbalances on earth are being registered by the consciousness of our galaxy, like a small hangnail on her baby finger as she dances across the Universe. Perhaps she is similarly in full awareness of every star filled muscle and sinew as she moves with momentum through space and time.
This makes me think that it's a good idea to frequently remember to consciously choose to enter into a sense of group awareness. We can pause anytime and embrace our state of oneness. This happens when we come fully into the present moment. We may notice the beauty of a flower or open our hearts in love and interconnectedness to those who are around us. If we choose to, through our experience of oneness, we can become consciously aware of the greater consciousness of mind, the fundamental consciousness, that I believe we all share.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Please enjoy this short video containing some simple natural remedies that you can use to draw out the poison and reduce the discomfort of insect bites and stings. You will also learn some nice tips on how to prevent these occurrences from ever even happening in the first place. Thanks for watching and have a lovely insect-sting-free summer.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
When it comes to manifesting joy, the trick here is that it is not really in our hands. The manifestation of our deepest wants and needs is the soul property of the highest good for all. Yes, we can let our desires shine to light our path. We can mine our sub-conscious minds to clear away any lingering obstacles, and let our sincere and heartfelt feelings guide us. We can hold our thoughts to the positive and speak out our affirmations with confidence. But the bottom line, when it comes to finding our joy is surrender. It is giving ourselves over in service to something greater, something beyond our own individual aspect of consciousness.
On the inside of my closet door, so I can see it every day, I have pinned up this quote by Mahatma Gandhi. "God demands nothing less than complete self surrender as the price of the only real freedom worth having. And, when we lose ourselves, we immediately find ourselves in the service of all that lives. Such service becomes our delight and recreation. We are a new person, never weary of spending ourselves in the service of God's creation."
Now, I realize that the word 'God' is a tricky one for many. There has been so much self-serving and irresponsible theology in the world, leaving death, doubt and destruction in its wake. So it can be a challenge to embrace the thought of 'God.' Because of this, the great spiritual teacher of how to heal our lives, Louise Hay, never uses the word 'God.' She uses 'Life,' instead. She'll say, "Life loves me." And I think that looking upon Divinity as 'Life' is a lovely, generative alternative to what has come before.
I also like Joseph Campbell's definition of God. He said, "God is a metaphor for a mystery that absolutely transcends all human categories of thought, even the categories of being and non-being.” What he is saying here is that trying to fathom the ineffable is simply beyond our limited human capacity.
Peace Pilgrim, who is probably my favorite spiritual teacher and perhaps our only true American Saint, also refrains from religious associations when describing or referring to 'God.' She speaks of her own entrance into a life-well-lived by sharing how she felt moved to walk out into the woods one night, motivated by a feeling of deep seeking for a meaningful way of life. And after she had walked almost all night, she came upon a clearing where the moonlight was shinning down and she found herself speaking aloud and she found herself saying, "If you can use me for anything, please use me." And she found herself feeling, "Here I am, take all of me. Use me as I am. I withhold nothing." And with that she felt that she had found what she was looking for. She experienced the complete willingness, without any reservations whatsoever, to give her life to something beyond herself. She said that from that time on her life became meaningful, because she began to live to be of service; she began to live to give instead of to get.
This is where the journey of manifesting a life of true and lasting joy begins. And, there is still a bit of road to travel until we actually experience the complete giving over of ourselves, the surrender of our life, to the whole.
In her experience of it, Peace said that this aspect of the journey seemed like a struggle between two parts of herself, what some might call the ego and conscience, or what many have referred to as 'my will' and 'thy will,' or what she called the low self and the high self. The two viewpoints are quite different. And each one of us must reconcile this difference before we step fully into a life of harmony.
While we are working through this stage, initially we get glimpses of our life lived in union with the whole. And as we progress, we find ourselves there more and more frequently. Then we start to really miss that immersion in pure love, when we find that we have slipped out of it. Finally, as we reach harmony, and as Peace says, "You will know your way from there."
With this, we can imagine the beautiful results that we are hoping for; and we let the way to achieve them gracefully unfold. We strive to do all the good things that we find ourselves motivated to do, to help make the world a better place. And we find that our life is characterized by a deep seated sense of joy; and it is that joy that unerringly guides us right onto our path before us.
I find it quite miraculous really to think that there is an energy or a force, a benevolent field that is attuned to our every thought, awaiting our alignment with the whole. And as we give ourselves over to it, more and more completely, motivated by love, we enter into the great cosmic dance of the river of life wherein we manifest whatever we need because it is completely attuned with everything.
These are not the wants and needs of the ego, trying to get ahead of others; nor is it the part of us that holds ourselves as separate, better or less than any other. No, this is not that analytical, critical thinking part of our self that feels 'a business plan' is the way to go here, oh no. This is the open, benevolent, expansive lover of all, that we each hold inside our hearts. This is the part of ourselves that unquestioningly reaches out a hand to save another, knowing that at our core essence, as Joe Campbell exclaimed, "You and the other are one!"
And from my perspective, 'The One' is vast! It includes not only all of humanity and Gaia, our planet, but also our solar system and the massive spiral arms of our galaxy swirling out into the unending space of the Universe. I'm talking here of the fundamental consciousness, that is not only in me and in you, but that pervades everything and beyond. This is the flow that we must tap into, (that we are already tapped into) and align with, (that we are already aligned with,) in order to really manifest what we'd like to see in our lives. And all of this is already fully accessible within us. All that is needed is a little shift in our perspective. Here we embrace everything with love, even the stinkers, and those who have not yet found their way. Here we serve all. And, incidentally, thereby serve ourselves.
Our good intentions, our desires, our inspirations and our feelings of deep fulfillment will all point the way. They are the compasses that help us to align. They are the keys that open the doors to the deeper meaning of life. But it is our surrender to our unique service in life, to our own pathway of giving, that brings us to our knees with Joy! And here we find that the Universe has lain the road open wide before us, bountifully bedecked with everything that we truly need.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The late, great, naturopathic doctor and herbologist John Christopher M.H. said, “Red Clover is the antidote for cancer.” Penelope Ody in her book, The Complete Medicinal Herbal, said about red clover flowers, “In the 1930’s they became popular as an anticancer remedy and may still be prescribed to breast, ovarian and lymphatic cancer sufferers.” Enjoy this short video about the healing properties of red clover tea.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Some years ago I heard a woman tell a remarkable story about a stallion that she had rescued. This is one of my favorite healing stories and it takes a little time to tell it properly, so hang in here with me because it is so worth it for the significant insight and understanding that it can bring to our lives.
The woman who told me this story owned and operated an equine facility that helped people to recover from emotional and physical trauma. This story is about her stallion's wisdom and it has long been my experience that horses can often be our very best teachers.
The stallion's name was Merlin. She had acquired him while he was still quite young and after he had been abused at a training facility. Despite her years of gentle care, he never fully recovered from the experiences in his youth and was always a little mean with the other horses. He needed to be approached and handled with caution by everyone, including her and the farm hands. But because of this, he taught her volumes about how to live with and heal from deep and authentic wounds.
In the horse business, farm owners often purchase insurance for their animals in case of injury or illness, since medical treatment can quickly become prohibitively expensive. During his long life at her farm, Merlin, always virile and strong, had reached a certain age where the horse health insurance companies cancel their policies. So, Merlin no longer had insurance for his health care.
Horses, at any age can experience a very life threatening condition known as colic. This occurs when something causes a blockage in their intestinal tract and the grasses and grains still remaining in the colon begin to ferment and create gas which causes immense abdominal pressure and pain. Without emergency veterinarian care, this often results in a terrible death. With the administration of large amounts of mineral oil given orally through a tube put down into the horse's stomach, the blockage typically will free itself. The oil makes everything soft loose and slippery, allowing whatever is stuck to pass. But if that doesn't work, major surgery is required to prevent the horse's demise.
One of the problems with colic is that the pain in the horse's abdomen makes them want to get down and roll. But the rolling can cause those inflated intestines to flip over and kink, thus blocking the passage of their undigested food even more. So, the horse needs to be kept up on it's feet to prevent it from rolling. And this usually means long hours of walking the horse around the farm until the oil takes effect and the horse begins to have bowel movements once more.
Though Merlin was cantankerous, he was his owner's favorite. So when he got colic the vet was called, the oil was administered, surgery was discussed, but the high price of the medical bills would have bankrupted the entire farm and shut down her business. Given that there was no health insurance for Merlin, very sadly, surgery was not an option.
Merlin's was a particularly bad case of colic; it showed no signs of letting up. Throughout the day, all of the woman's horsey friends and fellow ranch owners were called and enlisted to help with walking him. As the afternoon drug on, the vet was called back and Merlin's owner asked if there was any hope for the stallion at all. The vet said that there was virtually none, explaining there was maybe a one in a million chance of survival, but most likely his thrashing in the night would entangle the intestines further and finish him off.
As the difficult day drew to a close, everyone was sure that Merlin would die. Most of her dear friends and helpers recommended euthanasia as the only humane choice. But she just couldn't do it. When the sun had set, her friends all extended their heartfelt sympathy and with their condolences, they headed for home.
Alone with her beloved horse, the one who had taught her so much, she decided to turn him loose in a large foaling stall. That way she could spend the night with him in order to offer any comfort that she could and she could be with him when his time came. She bedded the stall heavily with nice clean shavings and together, they began the long time of darkness.
Once he was free to roll in the stall, Merlin began getting up and down, over and over, sweating profusely and obviously showing signs of continued distress. But, curiously enough, he would stop his thrashing periodically, about once every half hour or so. Then he would head to the stall door, the top half of which was open, and reach his head out and whinny loudly to the other horses who were all in their stalls nearby. He continued his whinnying insistently until each of the other horses on the farm, and there were many of them, had answered his call, including his little foals. Then he would return to his self ministrations. His owner watched this pattern repeat itself again and again, wondering what all the whinnying was about, as that was certainly not a symptom of colic.
Sometime deep in the night, she drifted off into sleep. In the morning she awoke to find Merlin sipping water, a very good sign. A short while later he nibbled at some hay. As the days and weeks progressed he regained his strength. Miraculously he had somehow unbound his colon that night and survived the ordeal.
Because the owner of the facility offered progressive approaches to rehabilitation for her human clients, her facility typically attracted a variety of alternative practitioners. These sometimes included animal communicators. Just like in any other profession, some animal psychics are good, some are mediocre, and some are extraordinarily gifted. One day, a few years after the colic event, a woman who was an animal communicator came to visit the farm. Her advanced level of skill became immediately evident when she approached Merlin and abruptly stopped several feet away, realizing that she had stepped into his aura. She paused for a moment and then asked his owner, "Who tied his head down?" This had been the abuse that Merlin had suffered long ago at the hands of his former trainer. He had been left for days at a time, in his stall, fighting the tethers that prevented him from raising his head.
With this question, Merlin's owner knew that she had an exceptionally accurate psychic beside her and decided to ask her the question that she had been wondering about for years. She told this woman about the long night when Merlin had nearly died from colic, and about the periodic whinnying. She asked her why the stallion had called to the other horses all night long and why he had waited to resume his thrashing until each one of them had replied.
The animal communicator took a moment to connect with Merlin and received his response. She then told his owner something quite astonishing. She said that the belief, which all of the humans were holding, about his pending death was so strong that it was inhibiting his ability to heal. Their agreement about his demise, which was entered into consciously together, was a strong bond that was preventing him from healing. When he was trumpeting his calls to the other horses and insisting on their responses, he was proclaiming and affirming with them his aliveness, his virility and his strength. And that repeated act was the avenue that allowed him to navigate his way back into life through all of the intertwined webs of agreement that the humans had made, energetically surrounding him, holding him to an impending death.
Our thoughts and worries about others are strong and palpable. They can grip that negative outcome as strongly as a death sentence for a prisoner on death row. Similarly, rumors and gossip about others and our loved ones can seem innocent enough, but from a spiritual perspective, it is good for us to see that they are not. Gossip and worries that we share with others are very like agreements that we enter into. And agreements are binding. They also hold an energetic signature which can affect our collective outcome.
When we have an opinion about someone else and then speak with others about that person, gathering support for our opinion, we are enlisting their aid and getting them to agree about the potential negative stories and disaster scenarios that we are holding for that other person. We do this so we can feel more right and sometimes even righteous about our opinions. But really our opinions are only that, just opinions. In the grander scheme we have no idea about what is really right or really wrong for someone else. The Universe is much too vast and variable to hold any one truth. It is just our little human ego that seeks confirmation for our held thoughts and ideas.
So as Merlin's story reveals, it is wise for us to review these thoughts, feelings and words that we have shared with others and bring them to our full conscious awareness. And if we have entered into a negative agreement about someone else, it is an extremely good idea to consciously and with intention, un-agree, releasing that energetic pattern.
Our world is full of limitless possibilities, miracles happen everyday, spontaneous remissions and epiphanies abound. And this is what happens when we free ourselves in our minds both individually and collectively from the cob-webs of our agreements and preconditioned responses. We can choose instead to heal and release our patterns of gossip, rumor and negative thoughts. We can replace them with images and beliefs associated with the power of the present moment, as Merlin did.
So, here's to freedom. And here's to freeing ourselves to new and more positive possibilities. The time has come for us to become aware of and release our old patterns, those which perpetuate the negative and cause us to hold others hostage with our thoughts. We can proclaim what is right and good, right now, letting go of the past and holding open the future. And as we do, we liberate the tremendous potential that this present moment holds.