Traditional Healing Herbs

Traditional Healing Herbs

Beautiful artistic chart gives brief description of Herbs and their Healing Powers. Frame-worthy IMHO. (I do not own the rights to this artwork.)

3 Celebrities who use their Stardom for Conscious Awakening!

3 Celebrities who use their Stardom for Conscious Awakening!.

http://thespiritscience.net/2014/09/28/3-celebrities-who-use-their-stardom-for-conscious-awakening/

These guys have something to say.

Question is, do you agree with them at all?

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Please Share Your Thoughts

Conjuring the Elements

This is wonderful. In Wicca, as in other Traditions, the Words sometimes get in the way. Evoking oneness without them, without symbols or chantings or other disguises of the consciousness….THIS is perfect. Please read this selection shared from Kaos Butterfly. It may change the way you see things from here.

Kaos Butterfly

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This is an approach to the traditional Wiccan calling of the elements, sans all causal forms—that is, it uses no words, no symbols, no forms or anything of that nature. It relies entirely on one’s fluency with energy, how well developed the astral senses are, and an empathy with the elements and with Nature—nothing that can be obtained from a book or some religion. This is just the basic outline, and it assume one will have the skill to know what to do with it all.

Enter a deep trance.

Facing east – Imagine yourself weightless, floating in the sky. Breathe in the air element for 4 breaths.

Facing south – Imagine yourself on fire, feeling the heat of the flames all over. Breathe in the fire element for 4 breaths.

Facing west – Imagine yourself underwater, feeling the coldness of the water. Breathe in the water element for 4…

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Do You Live an Esoteric Life?

Do you live an Esoteric Life?
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Have you considered that inside of you, are bits and pieces of information that can only be understood by you, and perhaps a select few other beings on the face of this earth?  That you are truly unique. That in you lies the basis for the Akashic Record of the Universe?

Now you may say, esoterics, that doesn’t apply to me. I’m just a regular person living a regular life. Mundane. Run of the mill. Nothing special. Just like everyone else. I hold no secrets. I have no revelations to tell. Well, I would say, you should think on that some more.

Now I hold no belief that I, by any means understand a tiny fraction of what there is to know or understand.  But what I do understand is that we all have something profound to say and do. Each of us. You know something that I don’t know, and may never understand. I may know something that you don’t know. Together, we hold the combined knowledge of the universe right here on earth.
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YOU are important. YOU have something to contribute. YOU are a part of the Universe, and without you it could not be complete. Each of us has a reason for being. It’s not something we might think of every day over our morning coffee, but I believe it to be so. And the mystery of it all is that neither you nor I may ever “know” or comprehend what it is that we give to the rest of the world…but there’s something. It’s there. In each of us.

The thoughts we think, the words we say, the knowledge we hold, our feelings, our intuitions, our fears and doubts, all contribute to the sense of reality that is our universe. A sense that is at the very best of times incomprehensible. Real, yet unreal. At our fingertips, yet unattainable.

The Akashic Record holds that everything that ever has been, is now, or ever will be, can be known.  It is knowable. All of it. If we only have the means to grasp it. Problem is, who knows what those means are? How can things that have never happened be knowable?  How can the mysteries of the eons past be decipherable?  Consider that the answers lie within each of us. A database made of billions of sentient beings. Each of us holding a key to the lock on some small iota of information that we, and only we alone, can know.  If we impart these thoughts to others, a greater understanding is gained.

Something as simple as a knowing glance, an agreement, a debate, a kindness or a word spoken in passing, can spark knowledge inside another that theretofore had not been at the forefront of their minds. A revelation of sorts. It’s happened to you, right? That moment, any moment, just like any other moment of any other day.  You’re going about your business and suddenly something that someone says in passing suddenly opens up a deep and profound understanding within you.  And you think to yourself, “Wow! I never thought of it that way before!”  But now, you do. And you delve into that.  You think on it. Consider it. Maybe even figure it out.  A collective thought process has made that one small revelation come to life inside you.

Consider that each of us has a multifaceted affect upon the other. The way I respond to you today may affect the way you ultimately react in similar situations for the rest of your life. A small kindness to another person can truly change their perception of existence.  The thoughts that you have, while reading this, right now, have an effect on the way you perceive yourself, the way you perceive me, the way you look at the world that surrounds you.  Everything that we say, do and feel, means something.  We’ll all striving for what that something is. Meaning.

The meaning of life. The meaning of existence. Why are we here? What is the purpose of my life? That’s what we all want to know is it not? We don’t wake up every morning and wonder aloud, “what am I doing here?”  But the quest is always present.  After all, its innately human to want to know, learn, gain, understand.

So, I say to you, the next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, take a deep breath, smile, and just know …  everything..and I mean everything…happens for a reason.

And someone, somewhere, understands what that reason is.

Life is a puzzle. We each hold a piece. Come Together.

 

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Traditional Healing Herbs

Traditional Healing Herbs

Beautiful artistic chart gives brief description of Herbs and their Healing Powers. Frame-worthy IMHO.

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

An  Excerpt ~

From Spirit Science and Metaphysics ~ a VERY COOL PLACE TO READ!

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs called it, for instance, “more powerful than intellect.” But however we put it into words, we all, well, intuitively know just what it is.

Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling — that unconscious reasoning that propels us to do something without telling us why or how. But the nature of intuition has long eluded us, and has inspired centuries’ worth of research and inquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.

“I define intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it,” Sophy Burnham, bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, tells The Huffington Post. “It’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … It’s a knowing without knowing.”

Our intuition is always there, whether we’re aware of it or not. As HuffPost President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington puts it in her upcoming book Thrive:

Even when we’re not at a fork in the road, wondering what to do and trying to hear that inner voice, our intuition is always there, always reading the situation, always trying to steer us the right way. But can we hear it? Are we paying attention? Are we living a life that keeps the pathway to our intuition unblocked? Feeding and nurturing our intuition, and living a life in which we can make use of its wisdom, is one key way to thrive, at work and in life.

Cognitive science is beginning to demystify the strong but sometimes inexplicable presence of unconscious reasoning in our lives and thought. Often dismissed as unscientific because of its connections to the psychic and paranormal, intuition isn’t just a bunch of hoo-ha about our “Spidey senses” — the U.S. military is even investigating the power of intuition, which has helped troops to make quick judgments during combat that ended up saving lives.

“There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence, combined with solid research efforts, that suggests intuition is a critical aspect of how we humans interact with our environment and how, ultimately, we make many of our decisions,” Ivy Estabrooke, a program manager at the Office of Naval Research, told the New York Times in 2012.

Here are 10 things that people in touch with their intuition do differently.

They listen to that inner voice.

“It’s very easy to dismiss intuition,” says Burnham. “But it’s a great gift that needs to be noticed.”

The No. 1 thing that distinguishes intuitive people is that they listen to, rather than ignore, the guidance of their intuitions and gut feelings.

“Everybody is connected to their intuition, but some people don’t pay attention to it as intuition,” Burnham say. “I have yet to meet a successful businessman that didn’t say, ‘I don’t know why I did that, it was just a hunch.’”

In order to make our best decisions, we need a balance of intuition — which serves to bridge the gap between instinct and reasoning — and rational thinking, according to Francis Cholle, author of The Intuitive Compass. But the cultural bias against following one’s instinct or intuition often leads to disregarding our hunches — to our own detriment.

“We don’t have to reject scientific logic in order to benefit from instinct,” says Cholle. “We can honor and call upon all of these tools, and we can seek balance. And by seeking this balance we will finally bring all of the resources of our brain into action.”

They take time for solitude.

If you want to get in touch with your intuition, a little time alone may be the most effective way. Just as solitude can help give rise to creative thinking, it can also help us connect to our deepest inner wisdom.

Intuitive people are often introverted, according to Burnham. But whether you’re an introvert or not, taking time for solitude can help you engage in deeper thought and reconnect with yourself.

“You have to be able to have a little bit of solitude; a little bit of silence,” she says. “In the middle of craziness … you can’t recognize [intuition] above all of the noise of everyday life.”

They Create.

“Creativity does its best work when it functions intuitively,” writes researcher and author Carla Woolf.

In fact, creative people are highly intuitive, explains Burnham, and just as you can increase your creativity through practice, you can boost your intuition. In fact, practicing one may build up the other.

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They practice mindfulness.

Meditation and other mindfulness practices can be an excellent way to tap into your intuition. As the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute explains, “Mindfulness can help you filter out mental chatter, weigh your options objectively, tune into your intuition and ultimately make a decision that you can stand behind completely.”

Mindfulness can also connect you to your intuition by boosting self-knowledge. A 2013 study published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science showed that mindfulness — defined as “paying attention to one’s current experience in a non-judgmental way” — may help us to better understand our own personalities. And as Arianna Huffington notes in Thrive, increased intuition, compassion, creativity and peace are all wonderful side effects of meditating.

They observe everything.

“The first thing to do is notice — keep a little journal, and notice when odd things happen,” Burnham says. You’ll gain a keen sense for how often coincidences, surprising connections and on-the-dot intuitions occur in your ………

 

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Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs called it, for instance, “more powerful than intellect.” But however we put it into words, we all, well, intuitively know just what it is.

Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling — that unconscious reasoning that propels us to do something without telling us why or how. But the nature of intuition has long eluded us, and has inspired centuries’ worth of research and inquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.

“I define intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it,” Sophy Burnham, bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, tells The Huffington Post. “It’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … It’s a knowing without knowing.”

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How To Make an Herbal Oil Infusion

New Tutorial

Herbal Oil Infusion – The Fast Track

This is Easy and its Fun, but it takes some time to finish properly. I recommend reading through the entire Tutorial before getting started. There are a couple of important points that you’ll want to consider before you get going. Above all, Enjoy and Have Fun!

Normally when making Herbal Oil Infusions I would leave the herbs or flowers in the oil on a sunny windowsill for a couple of weeks, even a month, stirring occasionally, pressing the old herbs and adding new. That’s the best way to do it.

BUT, I needed a fast-track way to have some lovely herbal infused oil..well, actually, floral-infused oil by Sunday morning and it was Thursday! Uh Oh!

The cure?  I mixed my flower tops in the oil just as I would for a long-term infusion, but decided to slowly and gently heat them in a heat-proof glass container atop a double boiler.  The glass container is not touching the water, so that only the steam reaches the herbal mix.  I am keeping the water at the lowest simmer that will make a small amount of steam.

I let this infuse all day then cool, press the floral mix, add new flower heads, cover again with the strained and pressed oil, and steam all the following day. On Saturday I strained and pressed the oils.


On Sunday I will use my newly created Infused Oil to make a lovely sugar scrub for a party that afternoon.

I will let you all know how I like the results, or better yet, how the ladies like the results when they use their scrubs at home after the party.

 This is a 2-Day Project. It’s very easy but allow yourself enough time to enjoy the process.

Here’s How

Make Your Own

HERBAL OIL INFUSION

on the

FAST TRACK

 In this Recipe I am making a Lavender, Red Rose and Chamomile Infusion. You may substitute the flowers and/or herbs of your choice.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups dried herbs or flower heads

2 cups organic extra virgin coconut oil (76 or 96 degree)

(substitute almond, grapeseed or olive oil if coconut oil is not available, do not use blended vegetable oils such as cooking oil)

Water

 What You’ll Need

SUPPLIES

Heat-Proof Glass Container (I am using a large 3 qt measuring cup)

Medium to Large Pot (should be large enough to hold glass container high enough to avoid the water and snug enough so that the container will not slip during the process)

Wooden Mixing Utensil

Funnel or Large Bowl

Sieve

Cheesecloth or Unbleached Muslin (unbleached cotton if that’s what you have)

Clean DRY Glass Container with Lid (mason jar, clean dry mayo jar, etc.)

Large Rubber Band

RECIPE 

DAY 1

Fill your pot half way with cool water, turn on high heat and bring to boil.

Turn heat to medium low, and adjust to just a low simmer.

In your large heat-proof glass container, add 1 CUP ONLY of your herbs/flowers and pour all of the coconut oil over top

(coconut oil may not all come out of container, if that’s the case, invert the container atop the mixture while its steaming. very shortly the oil will melt and you’ll be able to get it out)

Stir to blend.

Carefully place glass container in the top of the pot full of simmering water, being sure that the top of the water does not touch the bottom of the glass container.

Allow the mixture to steam over SLOWLY simmering water for 6 hours, replacing water as it evaporates.

Allow to cool off enough to work with by hand.

Place a single layer of unbleached cheesecloth, muslin or cotton over the container

Secure with a rubber band

Carefully turn the glass container upside down over the large bowl

Use a funnel to work with a smaller bowl

Allow the container to remain upside down, covered with the cloth, until all the oil drains into the second bowl

When all the oil has seeped into the second bowl, its time to Press

To Press the herbs, wrap the strained mixture of herbs/flowers in a large piece of muslin, cheesecloth or unbleached cotton, OR use a large unbleached reusable tea bag or cloth sack and fill with the flower mixture.  Tie securely with cotton string or hemp cord.

Place the wrapped mixture in your sieve over the bowl or use another clean DRY bowl if you like.

Press the wrapped mixture down against the sieve with your wooden utensil, a mallet, or (and this is what I do)  place a heavy object such as a stone mortar/pestle or a second smaller but heavy bowl atop the wrapping and weight it with crystals or other heavy objects.

BE SURE that the object or utensil that you use is CLEAN and BONE DRY! You don’t want to get any water into your infusion, this can end up causing you mold problems and ruining all your work. 

Allow all the remaining oils that you can squeeze from the herbs/flowers to drain into the bowl.

Now get ready to start all over again…..

If you are going to wait until tomorrow, then cover your container and place in a cool dry place, but NOT the refrigerator. 

DAY 2

In your makeshift double boiler bottom pot, again, heat 1/2 pot water to boiling. Reduce heat to a slow simmer.

Place your saved, strained and pressed oil, in your heat-proof glass container, over the water, but not touching.

Add 1 CUP of the herb/flower mixture

Stir to blend.

Allow to steam another 6 hours, replacing water in the pot when needed.

Stir occasionally.

After 6 hours:

Remove from heat,

Cool to touch

Strain and Press same as on Day 1

Transfer to a CLEAN and BONE DRY glass container

Cover with a clean and BONE DRY lid, secure.

Now you are ready to use your New Herbal Oil Infusion in your soaps, homemade skin care creams, or even in cooking!

Pat yourself on the back…you’ve done a great job!

AND you’ve made an all natural, good for you, good for the Earth, product that you can be truly proud of!

Please…let me know how your Infusion turned out.

Experiment with different oils, herbs, flowers, etc.

Hope You Had Fun!

IMPORTANT TIPS

Never use a metal container.

Never boil or overheat your mixture.

Make sure to keep checking your pot to be sure there’s enough water to produce steam.

KEEP WATER OUT OF YOUR MIXTURE AT ALL TIMES

Shelf Stable for Approximately 6 Months.

Energy in unexpected places

This is a really nice article on Crystal and Personal Energy that I found on Akneadedescape’s Blog. Sure to Enjoy 🙂
When you are reading, be sure to try out the “hands” test that she describes. It could just change the direction of your life.
Peace,
Jo

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One of the perks of being a Soloprenuer is being able to shift gears and priorities on a dime.  What was deemed super important at the start of the day can be moved to anywhere else on the list of to do items when need be.  Interestingly enough, it has taken me quite some time to be able to: 1. realize this as a perk  2. start to be comfortable with open spaces in the “work” schedule.  3.  realize that the open spaces can provide the “down time” that was wished for and coveted while engaged in a traditional 9-5.   4. provide an opening for creative juice aka energy to show up and allowed to flow freely.

Free flowing energy is also a concept that plays an important part during coaching sessions, bodywork sessions, meditations, aroma therapy, writing, energy sessions (are we starting to see a pattern yet?) 🙂   Energy…

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The Healing Witch

The Healing Witch

Artist, Alchemist, Apothecary, Wise Woman, Soothsayer, Witch

Call it what you will. It’s all good.

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If you find sickness, heal.

If you find despair,  hope.

If you find a broken heart, mend it.

If you find silence, lend an ear.    

If you cannot imagine, dream.

If you cannot speak, just sing.