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  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:40 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    A Shield around the Heart
    by Robina Hearle


    Photo by ATC Comm Photo from Pexels


    I was told twice that I had put a shield around my heart, both times by people in spirit who were concerned it was there.


    My shield has now been dismantled because of the healing and cleansing I have done on myself.


    It is common to put a shield around the heart, and the majority of people do so when they are children.It is an action of the inner child. We do this because we live in a very harsh, violent, angry society where people’s feelings are not considered to be of any account. We have not evolved sufficiently to be aware and to do no harm in our thoughts words and deeds.


    So what is a shield around the heart and why is it there? Not everyone has a shield, but everyone experiences emotional pain which impacts the thoracic spine over the heart chakra. It is only the inner child, age 0-6 years, who can put up a shield. Beyond the age of six to seven years, you are not able to protect yourself from traumatic experiences in this way. The inner child who sets your emotional patterning for life is a very powerful being, actually a portion of your soul who can rule your whole life if you do not heal your emotional issues.


    A shield is an energetic barrier and also a physical one. As a physiotherapist, I regularly come across tightness in the fascia (thick connective tissue of the body) and trigger point pain all around the back of the heart chakra in the muscles. This signifies the presence of a shield or of emotional pain being held in the tissues, causing them to energetically windup.


    The heart shield is there to literally shield the heart from emotional pain going in and to shield the heart chakra from completely closing down. This in turn protects the physical heart from being broken, which manifests in heart conditions. All emotional issues impact us at cellular level and can lead to pathology or disease.

    We have the etheric template for a shield in place in our eheric body’s blueprint. Our etheric body is one of the subtle bodies that make up our energetic auric field. The masculine energies of the inner child that protect you put the shield in place whenever there is danger to the feminine vulnerable side of you, the open-hearted, tender side.


    All of us are a blend of the masculine and feminine energies. Each of these energies has a role to play in our lives, irrespective of our physical gender.

    The right side of your body represents the masculine and the left side represents the feminine. Some people have a pattern of right shoulder pain, tennis elbow, and thoracic pain because their masculine energies are in overdrive protection-control mode. All of these symptoms manifest mainly in the thoracic spine, the area that protects the heart. If there is no shield in place, the left side may manifest these symptoms.


    It may well be that you put this shield in place lifetime after lifetime if you were a sensitive and vulnerable person. Thus the behavior pattern is well defined and strong.


    People who have a shield in place will be vulnerable. Sometimes these are people who had great childhood trauma and unhappiness, fear, anxiety, depression, ME, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions associated with emotional pain. These symptoms can also occur without a shield.


    So now that you know what a heart shield is and why it is there, what do you do with the knowledge and how do you heal it? It is not desirable to go through life with a shield in place. By doing this, you are stating that the world is not a safe place. You will remain in the fear and draw fear to you, and negative experiences will continue to arise until you face your fears.


    Drawing fear to you is the law of attraction, what you give out in the energetic Vibrational frequency of your fears and beliefs is what you attract to you. Now is the time to realize and stop the patterns of behavior that draw negative experiences to you. While you have a shield in place, you are also not able to reach emotional maturity. You still have the emotional patterning of the inner child.


    You need to look at the issues that make you unhappy, the inner child’s fears and anxieties, the sorrows and troubles that are so painful to remember.

    Energy healers like myself and my sister work with these issues all of the time. Flower / Vibrational essences can help peel away the layers of issues and act as catalysts to move and transform emotional energies.

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    www.rosecottagefloweressences.co.uk

    All is well, all will be well, and all is as it should be.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:23 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    A BLIND DATE WITH THE INFINITE UNKNOWN

    by Sara Deutsch, M.S.

     

     

    The Creative Spirit leads m  into many worlds. I’ve trekked alone in the Himalayas and lived naked in virgin jungles of Hawaii. I’ve been scientist,   monastic in a mystic order, artist and teacher. I seem to learn the same  lessons wherever I am: to have faith in the unknown; to ride the wave of the moment; to let go of the illusion of control; to plumb the depths of mind and emotion without fear or judgment. And best of all --to play!

     

    Soon after I started taking cello lessons at the age of 7, I began to tune my strings to a new chord each morning--Bird calls, traffic, electronic hums, wind, rain on the roof... any sound of the moment entered into my chord.  My cello teacher gave up on me, saying, "I cannot teach this child. She does everything her own way!"  The unknown chord was my way--my true teacher. I never knew what to expect when I moved from one string to another on the fretless cello finger board. Anything could happen! I could not plan or prepare or practice my response. The unknown chord taught me  to ride the wave of the moment and to hear unfamiliar sounds with new ears,  just as they are, without judgment. There is no mistake!

     

    At the age of 8, I discovered that bathrooms have wonderful acoustics.  I would lie on my belly in the tub, submerge my whole face in the water and  generate sounds through my mouth or nose. The different chambers in my mouth, throat, nose, sinuses, and head were like newly discovered rooms  in an infinite mansion. I could mold strange and wonderful sounds by  changing the size and shape of these inner chambers. Overtones transported me into a reality beyond time or space where I rode the wave of uncreated sound.  

     

    After many years in the academic world, I left my doctoral dissertation in  psychobiology to pursue my adventure with the Creative Spirit. In an ashram on Maui, I gathered with others at  dawn for Chaotic Meditation. In the dark we moved and emitted random sounds for 10 minutes without stopping. “Issha, zszpbt, horrimandidn, pfftlllllttt, grandgnet, loooof, llllit, ansugggggg! click, cluck, snaggzzz...”  Whispers, calls, yells, chants. No  rules. But you couldn’t stop moving or making random sounds no matter what. Chaotic meditation blasted through my barriers of fear, habit and  conformity. Everyone sounded pretty much like me in the dark...so  I  wasn’t crazy!  And I discovered sounds, movements and feelings that transported me beyond the boundaries of my culture and my mind. I AM MORE THAN I KNOW!

     

    Chaotic meditation inspired me to create gentler versions of the process--freeflow writing, toning, painting, energy drawings-- all done in concentrated  5-minute  sessions. I remembered how to paint like a child--dripping, splattering, spraying, rotating pieces of silk in large frames. What will happen when a river of red flows into a pool of blue? Sprinkling salt crystals on layers of wet dye, I watched them come alive, move and grow.  Sometimes they created schools of tiny fish, amoebas, ghost faces, frost, blossom or leaf patterns as they absorbed the dye and dried.  Painting outside, I set things up and choose the colors, but wind, sun, water, salt and gravity did the painting. As I gave up the illusion of control, I became free to play.

     

    The  computer became a mystic friend who leads me into the heart of nature. When I rotate simple patterns, like hand-written letters around a center, using a simple painting program, all kinds of patterns and fractals,  as seen in flowers, plants, shells, water, wind, emerge. 

     

    Cyberalchemy is also a path into the mystery of my inner life. I close my  eyes, take the computer mouse in my non-preferred hand, and let my energy create movement. When I release the mouse, a record of my  experience leaps into being in the colors of the moment. The titles of these  quick daily paintings reveal their meaning for me: “Stimulus”,  “Alone”,  “Emergence”, “Fool”,  “Jagged Energy”, ”Help me!”,   “Birth”....

     

    My scanner is a time machine connecting me with memories, feelings and  wisdom from the past!  A mandala made from multiple images of my father  who died when I was seven and my 4-year-old self potently concentrated  his presence and intensified my memories and feelings about him. As I created this new, empowering pattern, I transformed some of the loss and insecurity evoked by his death. I brought his power and support into my present. Later I created a spiral superimposing childhood, adolescent and mature images of myself to help me remember who I am beyond all the changes:

     

    The Creative Spirit beckons me:
    Go further. Go beyond the curtain,
    Go backstage where the technicians and artists
    of the inner theater create the show.
    Go deeper. Go to the core. Go to the center.
    Where the sap of creation flows thick and steady.

    Go on! Go on! Nothing to cling to.
    Nothing to grab.
    Flow down the stream singing of the moment
    that comes once and dies..
    Of the moment that comes and dies,
    comes and dies..
    Waves in the ocean, blinks in the eye,
    yods of the light of eternity...

    I am that! I am that!


    (from a  5-minute  freeflow writing session,‘96)


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    Sara  Deutsch, M.S.,(Ph.D.abd) is a  psychotherapist,  multi-media artist, and teacher who uses writing,  mandalas,  dreamwork, painting, collage, toning and free improvisational music,  as doorways to our infinite unknown self, for healing and  transformation.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:40 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Meeting the Soul Spirit Activities of a Burdock
    by  Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    There is a difference between entering into an intimate relationship with the plant and utilizing plants as nourishment, or using a plant for healing purposes. When utilizing a plant like that, we gain the effect of the specific plant but its being or soul spirit activities and its qualities are not felt or sensed by us. This is totally fine and completely necessary in order to live an ordinary and healthy life. However if we want to enter into a soul spirit relationship with plants and the living world of nature on its own terms we must free ourselves from concepts, assumptions and individual desires.

    If we want to work spiritually with a plant, we would want to meet the invisible but very perceptible, activity of the plant. This can only happen if we develop and create an intimate relationship with the plant itself. Such an attitude takes an inherent interest in the living world of nature that children often exhibit. Children have not yet developed their intellectuality and begun to veil the world with concepts through which they separate themselves from the outer world. Children delight in colors, movement, form and sounds and engage with them out of no apparent reason than pure joy and genuine interest. As adults we perceive that which we have concepts to perceive. For example when we look at a burdock, we already know that it is a burdock, -the burdock is already known- it is a concept.  We may even know it 'active ingredients', its nutritional value or healing qualities.

    To be spiritually with a plant begins by entering a mood of inner Silence.  This Silence is not the ordinary silence we are familiar with. It is a presence and not simply the absence of noises.  It is a holy presence that is very alive and active.  When for example we take a walk in the woods we suddenly feel surrounded by the presence of a living Silence and feel a deep intimate connection with this holy presence. This entrance into Silence is the gateway through which it becomes possible to enter into unity with the living world. In Silence we feel seen; it is as if some presence perceives us as we perceive the presence.

    Within this inner mood of Silence we may focus on the plant with genuine interest, as if seeing the plant for the very first time. Through the contemplative mood of inner Silence we discover the inner qualities of wonder and awe.  Within this inner Silence of wonder we lovingly attend to the plant itself, for example the burdock and let the soul spirit activities of the burdock reveal themselves. We invite them to reveal themselves on their own terms, a process called phenomenology. We are letting the phenomenon speak for itself without imposing anything.

    Matsuo Basho, Japanese poet, once wrote “Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo.  And in doing so, you must let go of your subjective preoccupation with yourself. Otherwise you impose yourself on the object and don’t learn. Your poetry arises by itself when you and the object have become one, when you have plunged deep enough into the object to see something like a hidden light glimmering there.”

    To plunge deep enough into the subject and experience the inner glimmering light as Basho invites us to do, we must enter into the inner life of nature. This requires that we enter empathetically into the plants own interiority. Interiority does not mean inside or hidden. The interiority is something completely perceptible.  We enter interiority  through inner Silence. In Silence we are united; us, the earth, the cosmos and the living world.  Being within Silence shifts us from being on lookers of the living world, others or ourselves, into having a felt relationship and connection with the plants, the world, others, and ourselves.

    When this interior connection occurs from within inner Silence, there is sometimes an emotional response, such as we are sympathetically brought to tears.  It is important to let these emotions pass and just be present within Silence. The emotional response is not the plants connection with us, but our own surprise of experiencing this intimate connection.

    For further exploration:
    Silence, Robert Sardello
    Cooking for the Love of the World, Anne-Marie Fryer
    Heartfulness, Robert Sardello
    http://www.heartfulsoul.com/





     
    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.




    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.



    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound


  • Monday, March 09, 2020 6:13 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Working with Crystals for Protection
    by Jane Sherry with Curtis Lang




    We often suggest that our Reiki & Past Life Regression clients wear crystal pendants to assist them in their work, whether it is a job where they feel beset by too many energies or conflicts or to assist them in doing inner work or being on their particular spiritual path. We also often recommend crystal wands and altarpieces for our clients, to help them elevate the energy in their home, or office, and in their bedroom or meditation room.


    Crystals have been used since ancient times for protection, magic & to assist in daily life. Crystals have been found in tombs, in Native American burial sites & around the world in all of the places humans have lived. Today, as many of you know, crystals are not only used in technology (See Curtis' great article "Using Quartz Crystals in Digital Technology, Healing & Meditation") but also to assist us in meditation & healing work. Crystals are so varied in form, appearance & uses & their beauty alone is a healing balm for many who see, hold, wear & work with them. You can read about the various kinds of crystals in our health section on crystals. A crystal pendant can help to protect and strengthen your auric shield, by encouraging & amplifying your own natural healing abilities. Crystals have been shown in experiments by IBM scientist and crystal healer Marcel Vogel to amplify energies.


    So if you wear a crystal pendant with the intention of adding a layer of psychic protection, you will be amplifying that intention tremendously. And if you are attracted to a particular crystal, we always advise choosing that piece which is better than a choice based upon an intellectual decision.


    Certain stones are good for specific kinds of protections. Citrine for example, is an excellent stone for a beginner who is just working with crystals because it is said not to need cleansing. Yes, of course, you have to clean your crystals as well as your aura! For instructions, see Curtis' article again, "Using Quartz Crystals in Digital Technology, Healing & Meditation".


    Citrine is an excellent stone to wear in the workplace where you are exposed to a variety of 'interfering' energies. So are super seven, clear quartz & amethyst (especially with cacoxenite) crystals. All of these stones are excellent at literally repelling detrimental energies from out of our energy fields.


    A stone to remove energies which you've already picked up is smoky quartz (or amethyst or clear quartz or again, citrines). Smoky quartz is my favorite because it goes so deep so gently and removes unwanted energies. It is very soothing at the same time, which is helpful because these unwanted interfering energies can bring a host of negative & unpleasant emotions & physical sensations with them.


    If you feel tired from always picking stuff up from around you, you might want to try working with or wearing rutilated quartz or super seven (which contains among other minerals -- six to be specific -- plus rutile). Rutile is very energizing & works on the electric impulses in the body to clear junk out & bring in the required energy needed to get centered.


    If you are truly balanced but need assistance in clearing out a lot of junk, try moldavite to work deep & thorough, but know, as one of our suppliers says, "moldavite is not for sissys".


    If you want to clear through many layers or have things unearthed & revealed to you try working with phantom crystals & elestials. Elestials seem to work on many layers & levels at once, whereas phantoms help us access hidden &/or buried parts of ourselves.


    If you are someone who would like to cultivate more of your sensitivies, crystals are excellent allies for this! Many of the so called dreaming stones are wonderful catalysts for dream work, energy work, scrying, going deeper into empathic or other psychic realms. Some of these are moonstone, phenacite, prehnite, opals, indigo quartz, gemstones like aquamarine and apatite & apophyllite to name just a few!

     

    Crystal Exercise

    * Lay down with some crystals of your choice. If possible place a grounding stone (such as ruby, smoky quartz, clear quartz or super seven or any orange or red crystal) at your root chakra or by your feet. Place another stone at your heart chakra such as rose quartz, indigo quartz or kunzite. Place another stone on your third eye or above your crown chakra such as phenacite, danburite or clear quartz.


    * You can also hold a crystal in your hand, and this crystal will assist you during your meditation. Through this crystal your favorite Deities, Spiritual Guides, Teachers, and Angels can send you supportive energy. In addition, this crystal can be used to transmit energy to the areas of your body and energy field in need of strengthening and healing.


    * Make it your intention as you place the crystals, that each stone will assist you in clearing unwanted energies & then will help you in strengthening your auric shield.

    Close your eyes, breathe deeply three times through the nose, exhaling with a longer out breath through the mouth. Then breathe comfortably.


    * Follow your breath with your mind so that your breath is your point of focus. If you cannot stop yourself from thinking, that is ok, just look at the thoughts & realize, "oh, I'm thinking" and keep breathing.


    * Continue to bring your attention back to your breath. Do not judge yourself for thinking, just keep trying to follow the breath. After a few minutes of this, feel yourself sinking more deeply into the ground, your back being caressed by the Earth.


    * Now notice you have crystals beneath your feet, or at your root chakra & thank each one in turn for assisting you in clearing unwanted energies & helping you to relax. Focus your mind on each crystal moving from your feet up your body & try to feel the energy of each one in turn.


    * Have no expectations & simply focus one at a time on the crystals moving from your root chakra or feet. Spend as little or as much time focusing on each stone in this way moving from your feet to your head.


    * Then begin to do the same thing with each stone, beginning at the crown & work your way back down your body. Again, keep breathing, following the breath & focus one at a time on each crystal moving from crown to root.


    * As you move downward, ask each crystal to assist you in strengthening your auric field.


    * When you have finished, lie quietly and breathe slowly and begin to imagine that you have a sheath of energy around your physical body which is several inches out from your skin. See that sheath of energy like a transparent skin which is intact, pliant & whole.


    * Look to see if there are any holes in that sheath. That sheath is a major part of our aura, the energy field that surrounds your body, extending from your skin outward quite a distance in space.


    * If you find holes with your internal vision, then continue the exercise again, starting at your root chakra & visualize energy pouring forth from each stone, filling up the holes in your aura.


    * Work your way up the body & as you meditate, work with each stone to strengthen & support your auric field all the way from crown to root chakra.


    * Again, examine your auric sheath with your inner eye and see if you have completed repairs.


    * This exercise may take some getting used to if you are unaccustomed to working with inner vision in this way, and it may take more than one session to 'repair' your auric field.


    * If you are accustomed to this kind of work, you may want to bring in guides to work with you, angels or even utilize the assistance of colors, scent or flower essences.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:57 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Menopausal Years ... Surviving without HRT - with No Ovaries
    by Lise Cloutier-Steele
       



    Did you know that you can survive well without hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Even if you don’t have any ovaries

    After weaning myself off hrt, very gradually since December 2003, it’s been almost two years now since I’ve been completely free of hormone supplementation. Although I had my doubts about succeeding at this, because I have no ovaries, I finally did it. 

    Gaia Harmonica by Suzanne Cheryl GardnerFollowing a hysterectomy and ovary removal procedure in 1991, I tried various types of hormone therapies. None was helpful at controlling the nastier symptoms of surgical menopause until I tried bio-identical hormones in June of 1999. 

    The bio-identical combination therapy of progesterone and tri-estrogens was by far the most effective at controlling the hot flashes and night sweats, and keeping my moods in check. Despite this therapy’s effectiveness, however, and as the case with the more traditional forms of hrt, pharmaceutical chemists and medical experts are warning women against long term use of this product as well.

    Of course, the Women’s Health Initiatives’ 2002 study on combined hrt, and the results of its 2004 study into the risks and benefits of estrogen only replacement therapy (ert), also prompted me to try doing without.

    What to do about hot flashes

    Avoiding stress is crucial to decreasing the frequency and the intensity of hot flashes. I realize that it’s hard to achieve a stress-free existence at all times, but once I identified the triggers that brought on stress and strong emotions, I was on my way. I revisit this strategy on a daily basis, reminding myself of the hot result if I don’t remain calm.

    Rather than resist the flush, I ride it out. I tell myself that it will be over in a few minutes, and that my accelerated heart rate will be back to normal just as quickly.    

    Deep abdominal breathing works wonders at diminishing the intensity of the flush.

    I’ve been wearing light clothing all year round since I underwent the hysterectomy, but cotton material helps me stay the coolest.

    I avoid spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine as much as I can.

    I exercise daily, but never within 3 hours of my bedtime.

    Controlling Night Sweats

    My evenings at home are all about rest and relaxation. Candles and listening to classical or jazz music create the perfectly peaceful atmosphere.

    An extra long soak in the tub is equally relaxing.      

    Before I go to bed, I lower the thermostat or open my bedroom window if it’s cool.

    A large fan on the floor by the side of my bed serves me well.

    I don’t drink hot drinks like tea or coffee in the evening. If you can’t avoid these completely, try doing without after dinner or at least 3 hours before you go to bed.

    I don’t smoke, but those who do can reduce the frequency and intensity of night sweats by avoiding smoking 3 hours before bedtime. Quitting altogether would be more beneficial, but I know that this is easier said than done.

    When I implemented these strategies in the early stages of my weaning off process, my hot flash and night sweat frequency and intensity decreased by 50%. These days, I may experience just one or two mild hot flashes per day, and rarely is my sleep disrupted by a night sweat.

    I’m free at last, and I don’t regret opting for quantity of life with a few minor discomforts without having to worry about the risks associated with hrt.   

    Lise Cloutier-Steele is the author of Misinformed Consent – Women’s Stories about Unnecessary Hysterectomy, Next Decade, Inc., NJ, 2003.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:00 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Pisces New Moon Reading: Find Protection & Truth

    by Kathy Crabbe





    Dear Moon Muser,


    There is alot going on OUT THERE.
    Stay within this New Moon(th).
    Be guided by Light.
    Find solace in the dark.
    We are nearing the change
    (Spring Equinox-N. hemisphere + Fall Equinox-S. hemisphere.)
    Never forget who you are.
    Count your blessings.
    (Be Corny)
    ...and sing.
    You are everything
    and nothing.

    Sparkly Blessings!
    Kathy Crabbe
    Intuitive Artist, Astrologer, Soul Reader


    New Moon in Pisces Reading





    Card 1: Circe (Zodiac Goddess Power Deck)

    Circe or ‘witch’ was a fate spinner and a weaver of the destinies of men. She was called ‘The Goddess who commanded all the lights of heaven’ by Pliny an ancient philosopher. Circe lived as a witch and a weaver in a little stone cottage by the sea where she concocted magical herbal potions to ensnare sailors shipwrecked near her shores, turning the nastiest ones into swine. 

    Cancer Affirmations

        I care deeply for others

        I see the wounded child within us all

        I teach others how to care and wash their wounds

        I am sensitive and receptive

        I am safe and protected

        My home is my heart





    Card 2: Whooping Swan (Elfin Ally Oracle Deck)


    Keyword: Sublime


    Meaning: Make peace with your enemy(s) for you will outlast them all.


    Reversed: You are too caught up in petty squabbles to notice a shining opportunity.

    Affirmation: I am true to myself, bringing winged bliss and beauty into the world.


    Astrology: Aquarius, Neptune, Pisces, Pluto, Saturn, Venus
    Element: Air, Earth, Water
    Medicine: To live by example, and leave this earthly plane in a triumph of song.









    Card 3: Behold (Lefty Oracle Deck)



    Mantra: I delight.
    Affirmation: Dare I eat the fruit of my delight?
    Element: Spirit

    If this card appears in a reading it’s time to plunge into the dark and pull out hope. Whatever stressful conundrum you’re currently in, know that you HAVE the resources and inner strength and power to find a solution and gain clarity. You CAN pull it off. It may require some dirty work, so buckle down and get your hands dirty. There is a decent prize at the end of it all and it’s definitely worth fighting for. If you’re hesitant or un-sure of what to do next then think like a cat, independently.

    Think for yourself; trust yourself. Call upon your intuition and the Divine or your higher power. You CAN do this; it’s just a matter of time before all will be sorted out and you can once again move forward.



    Purchase Oracle Decks








    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:13 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Bread Kneader: Nourishment from the Lady

    By Linda Conroy

    www.midwestwomensherbal.com




    A couple of years ago I witnessed a woman express irritation at being called a lady. She was reacting to the idea of being considered an aristocrat and elitist connotations she was prescribing to the term. I realized that I don’t find the term offensive and I find language fascinating. I know that in different eras, words have different meanings. I often find language fascinating, so I decided to do some research on the origins of the word. Following my curiosity and a hunch, I was delighted by what I discovered.


    What I found is that the word comes from the old English word hlaefdige. The first part of the word which is a derivation of hlaf meaningloaf, bread. The second part is from the root dig=, to knead. So we can say that a lady is she who kneads bread. The connotations at the time delineated the role of the lady to nourish her household.


    While it is true that lady became a term for women of nobility, clearly the origins stem from that of a woman who nourishes her family by baking bread. As a woman who devotes her life to nourishing my family and community by baking bread and preparing whole and wild food meals as well as offering a wide spectrum of opportunities to gather and learn, I do not take offense to being addressed as a lady. I have come to embrace the term and smile when I hear it. I smile because I hear a celebration of myself as a bread kneader.


    In celebration of all of the current and future bread kneaders, I am delighted to share the following instructions and recipes for baking sour dough bread. I focus on sourdough bread, as I appreciate the fermentation process. This process produces a bread that has been leavened for a long period of time and renders it more digestible.


    Catching Yeast:

    The first step in making sourdough bread it to catch yeast. There are a variety of ways to catch yeast. My preference is to catch yeast from the surface of wild grapes, which grown abundantly around me. I replenish my starter every year, even though it is probably not necessary, but I enjoy the process of catching yeast.

    1. To catch yeast from grapes and other fruit: Place a bunch of grapes or other fruit (I have made a nice starter from blueberries that I purchased from my local food coop) in a bowl. Mix in equal amounts of flour and water. I start with a cup of each, but equal proportions are more important. Mix them together and cover, place in a location where the temperatures are at least 68 degrees F. Every day for 3-5 days add equal amounts of flour and water, until the mixture is bubbly and has a mild sour smell. Strain the grapes out of the mixture with a strainer, using a spoon to push the mixture through the strainer. You know have a starter that you can use to bake bread. You will need to continue feeding your starter, see below for feeding instructions.


    2. To catch yeast from the environment: Wild yeast lives everywhere. You can capture it from the air and from the flour itself. Simply place equal amounts of flour and water in a bowl. Cover the bowl and leave it in a place where the average temperature is at least 68 degrees F. Add equal amounts of flour and water everyday for 3-5 days, until the mixture is bubbly and has a mild sour smell. You know have a starter that you can use to bake bread. You will need to continue feeding your starter, see below for feeding instructions.


    3. To catch yeast from another person: Some people are fortunate enough to have a culture passed on through their family. If you do not have this option, you can find a friend who has a starter that they will share with you, you can purchase starters on the internet and at some natural health food stores. There are many starters and trying different starters can fun. I have had several going at the same time. It is fun to experiment.


    Feeding Your Wild Yeast Starter:

    Feeding our starter fresh flour on a regular basis, provides it with the carbohydrates necessary for it to thrive. The yeast need sugar and the flour is the source. Feeding the starter weekly is ideal. If you are baking once a week or bi-weekly you can feed it once you remove the amount you need for your recipe. Starters can be stored in the refrigerator between uses. If you bake every 2-3 days you can feed the starter and leave it out of the refrigerator.


    To feed your starter, place the starter in a jar or a crock. If you are planning to bake add equal amounts of flour and water (it is ideal to do this by weight, but if you do not have a scale you can use a measuring cup), the starter should be the consistency of a thick soup. Do this for 2-3 days prior to baking bread.


    If you are simply feeding it to keep it active, you will want it to be a little thicker, like a thick dough. This can be stored outside of the refrigerator for up to a week. If you are not going to bake with it, place it in the refrigerator after a week.


    * Generally, the amount you feed your sourdough starter depends on how much of it you have to start with. I typically double the amount of starter each time I feed it. Keep in mind that if you have more starter than you need you can pass it on or you can feed small amounts of flour and water just to maintain it until you need more. You can also make sourdough crackers, pancakes or other baked goods.


    * To store your starter for long periods of time, you can either dry (simply smear it on a dehydrator tray and dry on a setting below 100F) or you can place it in a small jar (4 or 8 oz) and freeze it.



    Quick Sourdough Bread Recipe


    (makes two loaves and makes a light bread, that is agreeable even to those who are not used to whole grain breads)


    Combine:

    1-1 1/2 cups of starter

    5 cups flour

    4 cups of warm water
    stir and let sit overnight (or for at least 8 hours)


    Always remember this step! In the morning take 1 1/2 cups for your starter.


    To the flour mixture:

    Add 5-6 more cups of flour

    Add 1 TBS salt (to be adjusted to your taste, as you make more bread)

    ¼ cup of olive oil

    Mix and knead for 10-15 minutes

    Grease two baking pans (I alternate between loaf and round pans)

    Place loaves into the pan and rise for 2-3 hours (the bread should increase in size)

    For moist bread place a pan of water in the oven during baking.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes


    (this is a basic recipe, you can add a whole array of ingredients to enhance this bread, i.e. sun flower seeds, other grains, berries, fruits, honey, spices, herbs etc. Be creative!)



     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    www.moonwiseherbs.com



    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:48 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Carrot Turning Upside Down and Inside Out

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt




    We’ve just celebrated the darkness of Winter solstice and are now rejoicing with the increasing light of the days.  Ever so slowly we approach the Summer Solstice by way of the Spring Equinox. Winter and Summer Solstices complement each other, like night and day, and are polar opposite.  One seems to reflect the other turned inside out or outside in.

    We sense the quiet, contemplative mode of winter and the jubilant, social business of summer. Through the year we live between the heavier, more earthiness of winter and the lighter, almost buoyant consciousness of summer. The plants also live within these polarities of ‘inwardness’ and ‘outwardness’.  Through observation we notice how these polarities of the lighter, peripheral cosmic forces and the denser, heavier earthly forces work magically together through contraction and expansion in the different parts of the plant that we enjoy as food.

    The root has its life in the moist soil. It hugs the earth and penetrates into its dark, cool, watery realm. Here it grows vertically down while simultaneously branching out. The forces of the earth support this beginning process of a plant. The root anchors and sustains the plant with life. Without the foothold in the solid earth there would be no plant. The roots are very similar to the soil wherein they grow. As the earth, they contain many salts and minerals. Roots are very firm and tough. They are primarily a product of densifying and contracting earth forces. The stronger these forces are at work the harder, more rigid and solid the roots become. The cosmic forces are also present in the root and the new shoots but they have given themselves over to the physical and earthly realm. Even though the leaves and flowers of perennial plants wither and decay, their roots sleep in the ground through the winter. When spring returns new life sprouts forth from the wintered roots. The earthly, downward moving forces, so dominating during the wintertime, are the primary creators of all roots.

    What happens between the root and the stem? It is a phenomenal experience to observe in detail the different parts of plants. Look for example at a sprouting burdock newly dug from under the spring snow or another sprouting root vegetable (carrot, celeriac, beet or daikon) left in the refrigerator over the winter month. Bring your attention to the place where the root and stem meet. Notice how different the growth forces are of the root and of the beginning leaves. One creates the upward growing green tops, the other the downward reaching compact root. What happens there between these two forces of growth? Like the forces active around Summer and Winter Solstice, these growth forces are also lighter, upward lifting or heavier, downward reaching.

    On the base where the top is connected with the root the forces intensify immensely. At this place the centripetal downward spiraling movement changes into a centrifugal upward spiraling force. And if we continue to study the root and the top a little closer, we find the inside core of the root has become the outer peripheral fibrous layers of the leafy greens. What is happening between the root and stem is a complete turning upside down and inside out. The vermilion red carrot and the deep green top belong together and complement each other like night and day or summer and winter. The place where the root and stem meet is the threshold between two worlds. When we clean roots we make sure to trim neatly around these transformative parts of the vegetables and include them in our meal or soup stocks.


    Walnut Breaded Celeriac Root
    The celeriac root has a unique flavor. I use celeriac in soup stocks, roast or fry it, with or without the crispy breading. 

    1/2 c walnuts
    1 egg
    1 – 1 &1/2 cups roasted breadcrumbs
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1 dash of pepper
    1 big celery root peeled and sliced in thick rounds, then quartered
    1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or butter

    Soak the walnuts for 6-8 hours in lightly salted water. Drain and finely chop the nuts.

    Beat the egg in a flat dish.

    On parchment paper mix the breadcrumbs, walnuts, salt and pepper.

    Place flour on another piece of parchment paper. Coat each piece of celeriac first in flour, then egg mixture, and last with the breadcrumb mixture. 

    Heat a frying pan, and add oil or butter. Fry the celery piece about 5-7 minutes on each side until the breading is golden and the celeriac tender. Serve hot.




    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.





    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.





    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound.
    Also available as an ebook on Amazon for $3.95.


     
  • Saturday, February 08, 2020 6:07 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Leo Full Moon: Open Your Heart and Your Chutzpah
    by Kathy Crabbe



    Dear Moon Muser,
    Time to make a wish - it's the Full Moon in Leo! Get ready to open your heart, feel your joy, share a laugh with a friend and ramp up your chutzpah!

    Leo Affirmations

        I am special and loved

        My heart is open

        I am awake and in tune      with my spiritual self

        My inner child is alive      and well

        I am a creative being bursting      with joy

        I am generous and loving


    Zodiac Goddess Power Deck Coming Spring 2020




    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:11 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Reverence for Nourishment
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    Many people today perceive the food they eat as a certain amount of calories, minerals, vitamins, fats, proteins or carbohydrates. This technical information is useful in some ways and at the same time, it gives a very, very limited and narrow experience of the meal in front of us. When we see the world we live in and the food we eat mainly in materialistic scientific units, we neglect or eliminate rhythm, and beauty. Our hearts are robbed of awe and reverence towards all we are given as nourishment. These feelings are only allowed to emerge when we begin to perceive the meal completely differently.

    Let us now take an imaginative walk on an autumn day. We can envision a field of wheat swaying like the sea in the wind under the blue and red evening sky. Mature and ready for harvest, its golden radiance sets the landscape aglow. Get closer and observe the tall, strong erect stem of each wheat grass. At the very top tightly packed sits a cluster of kernels each pointing toward the celestial sky.

    Buy a small bag of whole winter wheat. Feel the hardness of the grains. Bite into them and taste the raw young wheat kernels. Smell the freshness of these golden treasures that have sustained humanity for ages. Who produces these wonderful golden grains? How and by what is this field of grains being created? Observing these stalks of grains in the field in our imagination, we get the feeling that along with the world of visible matter (the leaves, stalks and grains) invisible forces are at work in the process of growing this field of wheat.

    If we hold the wheat kernel in our hands and “see” its potential – what it is to become if we planted it in our garden this spring– we will grasp a little of this invisible world. We will see with our mind’s eye, the golden brown seeds planted in the moist fertile ground, how they will sprout, set down roots and shoot up the first young green leaves. If we continue to 'see' the green wheat grasses developing into a mature golden field of wheat with withering stalks and leaves, then we have clearly seen the processes of growth and ripening. When we practice this way of seeing we develop a skill or an organ of perception with which we are able to perceive the invisible forces at work in nature. In this way it becomes possible to get to know the invisible world through clear imaginative thinking. We come to understand and really experience that we are eating so much more than 'carbs' or 'fiber'. When we sit down around the dinner table- to break bread together -our hearts are truly in awe with wonder and reverence for this beautiful magnificent world.

    Wheat Grass

    1 cup of whole wheat

    Baking pan size container,
    Potting soil
    Newspaper

    Soak the wheat over night in water. The next morning drain off the water.
    Soak the newspaper in water.
    Place the potting soil in the container and spread the wheat kernel evenly over the soil. Drain the newspaper and fold to fit the container. Place the folded wet newspaper on top of the grains and set the container in a warm, dark place for three days. Checking everyday to make sure the soil/paper is moist. Discard the newspaper and place the container in a windowsill. Watch the wheat grass grow tall and beautiful. It will make a beautiful center piece for the spring dinner table.





    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.





    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.





    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound


     
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