Tuesday, April 14, 2009
~ This was in my email today, I want to share it with you ~
Conversations with God
by Neale Donald Walsh - Daily Inspirations
On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know...
...that what your heart thinks is great, is great.
The soul's emphasis is always right.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, and he was correct.
The mind is the last part of yourself to listen to.
It thinks of everything you can lose. The heart thinks of
everything you can give, and the soul thinks of
everything you are.
I will leave it up to you to decide which of those
three is the most important...
From Neale Donald Walsh's Conversations with God book - Daily Email Inspirations. http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com/
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A number of months ago, a long lost friend that I knew in University contacted me. Since the time that our friendship parted back then, we have gone down different paths, different lifestyles. And recently, we spoke again, and he asked me if, given everything leading to the point that I'm at now and the path I have gone down - am I truly happy? His answer to the question for himself was no. My answer was also no. It's amazing to me to think about my life as a traveller the past number of years, practicing following my inner guidance, moving with the wind and changes in season, and going where my heart desires as much as possible, yet I am not truly happy. The question stirred my heart. What was wrong, what was missing, did I make a wrong turn?
I realized in many ways I was still attracting the same circumstances into my life, reacting with the same old fears and although alot was changing on the outside - in my environment (which is essential to me), many things remained unchanged within me. A lack of harmony with myself and the natural world. In my study of herbs and health and wellbeing, I've come to understand that harmony with ourselves and the natural forces of life, and knowing when to receive and when to give, creates harmony within for the body (health), for the mind (peace) and for the soul (happiness/joy). So, my quest now, is to reconnect with Mother Nature, with the universe, with God, and to see what is it in my life that helps me to stay connected.
In Conversations with God, it's stated:
Call on me whenever you separate from the peace
that I am, I will be there, always, in all ways.
An invitation for you and me
(from the book The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (1999))
"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstacy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human."
....there is more in the beginning of the book The Invitation. I hope to explore this in future posts. Come with me for the journey and explore the limitness and joy of your own soul. After all, most of what occupies our days, is not really what we came here to do.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Itchy skin? First consider that detergents (which are not soap) are chemicals that while getting our clothes clean, they also remain in them and irritate our skin. I used to itch all the time. I thought it was dry skin. But when I stopped using detergents and started using soap to wash my clothes, the itching stopped! My favourite is Dr Bronner's. It's concentrated, so you only need a little. It's more expensive, but I think health is worth it. Don't you? Prevention is the key to saving money on health bills.
There is a lot of chorine in the water where I'm at now and after every bath or shower I'm finding that I'm itchy again. So here's a natural herbal bath:
Bathe with your breakfast
Take your rolled oats for breakfast, put them in the bathroom instead and replace your rolled oats with Steel Cut Oat Groats. It's fun to say oat groats, they are full of nutrients (rolled oats are pretty much devoid of nutrients due to processing) and much more tasty. Here's what to do with your rolled oats - From my HerbMentor Newsletter:
When cooked, oats create a moisturizing milky liquid. In her book, Herbal Rituals, Judith Berger says “oat baths send moisture deep into the skin...soak away emotional stress, [and] physical pain in the joints, uterus, bladder and bones.” This is a recipe from her book for an oat bath:
*In a large pot put enough oats to fill it about 1/2 inch deep (several cups)
*Put in enough water to fill the pot
Cook for several hours, then strain into the bath water
It's wonderful, soothing and my skin doesn't itch as much anymore!
Happy bathing, thankful bathing,
The table salt we buy in stores has iodine added to it. Iodine is necessary for the thyroid gland to do it's functions in the body like regulating metabolism, blood calcium levels, energy, healthy body weight and more.
Kelp is a natural source of iodine and is chalk full of minerals (also essential to the body).
Make your own Natural Iodized Salt: Kelp Salt!
Take organic sea salt (it is more grey in color because it is less processed, plus table salt has a chemical in it to make it white) mix it with either kelp powder or grind up strips of kelp in a coffee grinder. You can find kelp in the health food stores. In BC it grows wild in the ocean, so it's quite plentiful and so good for you.
Careful not to mix up the salt with the pepper when spicing your dishes...That's already happened once with me! Hehehe :)
Happy spicing, healthy spicing,
Monday, February 23, 2009
My first post regards water. Since I've been travelling, I've tasted water from a lot of places! Some good, some not so good, some had particles floating in it, others not. Some quite cold right out of the tap (Yukon, because of the permafrost) and others warm. I've even drank water from streams and rivers, when necessary. Travelling has made me realize how vital water is and how vital good water is. So, it has made my quest for good, pure water important to me. And my study of it, fascinating.
It is in cities and towns, where my most concern is because chlorine is used to disinfect the water and flouride is used for our teeth. Where I am now, in the Okanagan Valley, there is no flouride, so I use a flouride toothpaste every now and then, or my teeth start getting sensitive to hot and cold. Where there is flouride, I use flouride-free toothpaste. So it balances out.
Moon Water and Sun Water - Chlorine free!
For the chlorine, this is what I've been doing lately, and it's great!
I fill a couple of gallon glass jars (or any large glass jar) and let it sit out overnight in the moonlit or during the day in the sunlight. This evaporates the chlorine. A customer at the cafe I worked at mentioned once about letting his water sit in the sun to infuse it with Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps break down calcium in the body so it is used more easily. Also, Vitamin D helps with keeping our mood up, so we don't fall into Seasonal Affective Disorders. So I've been doing this, even if there is clouds, I think some Vitamin D is infused into my water during the day. Overnight, moon rays go into my water.
Steeping tea in the moon rays or sun rays is an ancient way to make tea. So why not make good water? I also put my jars of water on a L.O.V.E Charger that my Mom sent me. http://www.wishforlove.com/ The Laws of Vibrational Energy help the water form beautiful crystals which helps make it good for the body.
Drinking 'wild' water
If you are camping or out in the woods and need water (like I've experienced in the wilderness of BC) you need to take a few precautions before drinking. Many people talk about parasites in the water from animal dung, for example. In BC, ranchers put their cattle in the mountains for a natural pasture and let them roam (to an extent). So the water that flows down from the top may have parasites in it from the dung. Some parasites cannot be seen and some are odorless. If you are concerned in any way here are some natural ways to purify water:
*Bring water to a boil
We've heard 10 minutes is the norm. From survival shows, I've heard that just bringing water to a boil helps to erradicate parasites. Helps with some parasites, though not all.
*Oil of Oregano
(at least 75% carcavrol) has anti-parasitic qualities. Put a couple of drops in the water before drinking it.
My recommendations, both are Certified Organic
Hedd Wyn made locally in BC (Denman Island). It's also the least expensive in all the ones I've seen. http://www.wildoiloforegano.com/
St. Francis Farm in Ontario. http://www.stfrancisherbfarm.com/product.aspx?ID=29
*Silver and a 9-volt battery
Attached with alligator clips, one to the battery and one to a piece of Silver.
Put the silver in the water. This is supposed to purify water, though haven't tried it yet.
Many problems and dis-eases in the body today are from dehydration. Tea, coffee and fruit juices don't count, even though they contain water. Hydration is healing, and good water is a foundation for health and wellbeing. In my blessing of meals, I now include gratitude for the clean, pure water we have here in Canada.
Masaru Emoto has a new book called "The Healing Power of Water", it's wonderful!
Happy drinking, thankful drinking.
Here is a web source in case you want to verify and check out more about chlorine evaporation:
To get rid of the chlorine in water, put it in an open wide-mouth container and allow it to sit overnight. The chlorine will evaporate into the air. Also, you can add a tiny pinch of vitamin C powder or a piece of vitamin C tablet to chlorinated water just before use. The vitamin C will bond with the chlorine and create a harmless salt, causing the smell and taste of the chlorine to vanish. In a rush, blending chlorinated water in a blender for 15 minutes will also remove the chlorine. (from http://weblife.org/water.html)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Look for many things to come, interesting ideas, recipes for health and wellbeing and my journeys and it's revealings. I hope to share with all that I am learning on this path.
Love and Light to you all!
Satori: A sudden intuitive spiritual realization.