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SPECIAL FEATURES A Gift to Remember Brain State Chakras Making Waves Neil Duazo - Artist True Blue - Spirit Driven What’s in the Cards? Yoga of Sound 14 REGULAR FEATURES Aboriginal Spirit - Buying into Fear Animal Whispers - Animals as Companions Astrology - Greetings.... Cartoon Contest Children and Spirit - Jordan’s Story Crystals - Labradorite Directory of Businesses & Events Enlightening Strikes - Windows to the Soul Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit - Glorious Garlic Herbs - A little bit o’ Magic - Mugwort Hypnotherapy - Four Breaths Metaphysics - Journey to Find my Name Nature’s Essence - Yellow Pond Lily Numerology - Number Three Phenomena - Alien Contact Reader Response Searching for Serenity - The Birth of Gratitude Spirit - Re-emergence and Development Spirit of the Dance - Trust and Faith Worthwhile Reading

True Blue
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pirit
Pursuit of Intuitive Living
Volume 2, Issue 1
Oct - Nov 2009
Chakras
Herbs - A little bit o’ Magic
Whats in the Cards?
ASTROLOGY | CRYSTALS | HYPNOTHERAPY | NUMBERS | METAPHYSICS
ANIMAL COMMUNICATION | PHENOMENA | NATURE | SPIRIT | HEALTH
Special Anniversary Edition
Volume 2, Issue 1
Publisher & Managing Editor: Dorothy Jeanne Engst
publisher@truebluespirit.ca
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Contributing Writers:
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Beth Lahti, Jacquie Large, Erin Lawson, Stephanie McColl, Patti Morton,
Ahrina K Nielsen, Betty Norton, Sabina Pettitt, Pete Petley, Vince Pollitt,
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CONTENTS
SPECIAL FEATURES
A Gift to Remember 60
Brain State 25
Chakras
40
Making Waves 16
Neil Duazo - Artist 52
True Blue - Spirit Driven 22
What’s in the Cards? 54
Yoga of Sound 14
REGULAR FEATURES
Aboriginal Spirit - Buying into Fear 59
Animal Whispers - Animals as Companions 30
Astrology - Greetings.... 73
Cartoon Contest 8
Children and Spirit - Jordan’s Story 19
Crystals - Labradorite 9
Directory of Businesses & Events 76
Enlightening Strikes - Windows to the Soul 4
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
- Glorious Garlic 47
Herbs - A little bit o Magic - Mugwort 32
Hypnotherapy - Four Breaths 35
Metaphysics - Journey to Find my Name 27
Natures Essence - Yellow Pond Lily 69
Numerology - Number Three 66
Phenomena - Alien Contact 63
Reader Response 24
Searching for Serenity - The Birth of Gratitude 12
Spirit - Re-emergence and Development 44
Spirit of the Dance - Trust and Faith 38
Worthwhile Reading 72
From the Publisher
Gratefulness
From the time we started publishing True Blue Spirit
Magazine, aside from a “category” where we place articles
from regular writers; we have not provided themes for
particular issues. Yet time after time, the articles roll in and a
common theme is formed. I don’t know why it keeps amazing
me...after all it is synchronicity and that is what the magazine
has been based on. Spirit—Intuition—Synchronicity. Shivers
of anticipation run up my spine just thinking about what
synchronicities are in store for me today!
This issue the synchronicities couldn’t have been
more appropriate. They are about gratitude. What better time
to be grateful than the fall, as we head into harvest time and
benefit from the yield that nature has provided. But then, we
really benefit all year, don’t we?
All year long we reap the benefits that spirit has to
offer. I don’t know how many times I have whispered furtive
thanks when the intuition that spirit provides me with has
taken me out of harm’s way. Or, when I have been amazed by
a path of synchronicity. I am especially grateful for being
given the awareness to tap into these times and appreciate
them for what they are. This awareness did not come easily as,
for many years, my mind was clogged with beliefs that stood
in my way.
Often times I berate myself when I let my oh so
human mind interfere with my intuition. But at the same time,
how grateful I am for this mind, jam packed with idea after
creative idea—all of them so much fun, whether I just think
about them or put them into action. Most importantly, I am
grateful for a wonderful family who know me well...they just
shake their heads and come along for the ride.
Keep well,
Dorothy Jeanne Engst
This magazine is a spirit driven gift of the heart.
his world we live in is truly a remarkable
place: so many mysteries to solve, incred-
ible things to marvel at, and so much to learn. But,
all things considered, truthfully, there is nothing
more remarkable than the power of the human mind
or, for that matter, the very existence of our minds
within consciousness itself. And if we give this any
kind of serious thought, it quickly brings us to the
big question—the question we’ve all contemplated
at some point in our lives. Who are we? Where did
we come from and why are we here?
Like everyone else, when I was a kid I
occasionally pondered these seemingly important
questions. And probably, like everyone else, I soon
gave up thinking about it because it made my head
hurt and there was other stuff to do.
Here’s a common experience. You’re
meeting someone for the first time. Reaching out to
shake their hand, you glance briefly into their eyes.
And then a strange thing happens: you get the
feeling you’ve met this person before in another
place, perhaps, or another time. You’re left with an
inner turmoil, maybe even a fluttering in your heart
that you can’t explain. Perplexed, you shrug it off as
some strange quirk.
But, wait a minute! What if it isn’t just some
weird anomaly? What if there is more to it than
meets the eye?
In this column we will attempt to address
some of the more astonishing and revealing notions
of who we really are, where we come from and why
we’re here. We hope to ferret out the details of some
remarkable messages from the spirit realms:
concepts, thoughts, and lessons from souls who have
been through it all before but choose, out of love, to
help the rest of us remember who we really are and
why we’re here.
It is our hope that from these timeless
messengers we may all recognize some of our own
truths and pathways. And through our opinions and
points of view, we hope to give cause for readers to
contemplate the postulations we espouse and, with
any luck, we might even tread on a few toes and
belief systems.
But before I delve into my story, I want to
share with you the most important aspect of my
existence. You see, I am a lucky survivor of three
near-death experiences—a drowning at the age of
twelve, a car accident at seventeen and a heart attack
while playing hockey at the age of forty-one. And I
say “lucky” not because I’ve managed to escape
death on three occasions, but lucky because on three
occasions I’ve enjoyed the incredible experience of
dying. As a result, my life and, indeed, my entire
perception of reality has irrevocably changed.
Now, this may sound like a strange thing to
say, but there is one thing that I can practically
guarantee you. The most incredible experience you
will have in this lifetime is dying!
Let me restate that… “The greatest, single
experience of your life—will be your death!”
Now, before I go on, I want to tell you that
from the perspective of consciousness, there really is
no such thing as death. We don’t die! Ever! We
merely transition to another level of vibration and
awareness.
Please don’t get me wrong. The physical
T
Enlightening Strikes
Enlightening Strikes
Windows to the Soul
by Paul Elder
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©Audrey Sukhacher @ Fotolia.com
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his world we live in is truly a remarkable
place: so many mysteries to solve, incred-
ible things to marvel at, and so much to learn. But,
all things considered, truthfully, there is nothing
more remarkable than the power of the human mind
or, for that matter, the very existence of our minds
within consciousness itself. And if we give this any
kind of serious thought, it quickly brings us to the
big question—the question we’ve all contemplated
at some point in our lives. Who are we? Where did
we come from and why are we here?
Like everyone else, when I was a kid I
occasionally pondered these seemingly important
questions. And probably, like everyone else, I soon
gave up thinking about it because it made my head
hurt and there was other stuff to do.
Here’s a common experience. You’re
meeting someone for the first time. Reaching out to
shake their hand, you glance briefly into their eyes.
And then a strange thing happens: you get the
feeling you’ve met this person before in another
place, perhaps, or another time. You’re left with an
inner turmoil, maybe even a fluttering in your heart
that you can’t explain. Perplexed, you shrug it off as
some strange quirk.
But, wait a minute! What if it isn’t just some
weird anomaly? What if there is more to it than
meets the eye?
In this column we will attempt to address
some of the more astonishing and revealing notions
of who we really are, where we come from and why
we’re here. We hope to ferret out the details of some
remarkable messages from the spirit realms:
concepts, thoughts, and lessons from souls who have
been through it all before but choose, out of love, to
help the rest of us remember who we really are and
why we’re here.
It is our hope that from these timeless
messengers we may all recognize some of our own
truths and pathways. And through our opinions and
points of view, we hope to give cause for readers to
contemplate the postulations we espouse and, with
any luck, we might even tread on a few toes and
belief systems.
But before I delve into my story, I want to
share with you the most important aspect of my
existence. You see, I am a lucky survivor of three
near-death experiences—a drowning at the age of
twelve, a car accident at seventeen and a heart attack
while playing hockey at the age of forty-one. And I
say “lucky” not because I’ve managed to escape
death on three occasions, but lucky because on three
occasions I’ve enjoyed the incredible experience of
dying. As a result, my life and, indeed, my entire
perception of reality has irrevocably changed.
Now, this may sound like a strange thing to
say, but there is one thing that I can practically
guarantee you. The most incredible experience you
will have in this lifetime is dying!
Let me restate that… “The greatest, single
experience of your life—will be your death!”
Now, before I go on, I want to tell you that
from the perspective of consciousness, there really is
no such thing as death. We don’t die! Ever! We
merely transition to another level of vibration and
awareness.
Please don’t get me wrong. The physical
T
Enlightening Strikes
Enlightening Strikes
Windows to the Soul
by Paul Elder
Page 4 - True Blue Spirit - Volume 2, Issue 1
©Audrey Sukhacher @ Fotolia.com
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - True Blue Spirit - Page 5
pain of, say, a heart attack leading up to death may
certainly not be a pleasant experience. But the actual
act of dying, the actual act of surrendering to the call
to return “home,” is simply wonderful. It’s like
nothing else you will ever experience, at least in this
lifetime.
Here’s an interesting statistic. According to
the International Association for Near Death Studies,
recent surveys reveal that in North America alone
more than 20 million people have had a near-death
experience. Wow! That’s a tremendous number of
people who have had a life changing experience.
And I believe that this is likely due to great advances
in science and medicine making it possible to bring
more and more people back from death’s doorway.
But what of these people who have returned
from the gateway? How are they affected? What
happens to those who have experienced the ultimate
journey?
According to the vast majority of respon-
dents, the experience is viewed as overwhelmingly
positive. Not only do these people lose their fear of
dying, but they gain a new reverence and passion for
life. And in addition to living more loving, caring
lives, most experiencers also report feeling more
psychic and intuitive following their brush with
death.
It’s as if they are able to retrace their soul’s
journey to that special place where all consciousness
seems somehow connected. They report being able
to sense or know the truth about certain things,
without really knowing how they know. It’s like they
are suddenly able to remember profound truths long
forgotten. And many of them report the occurrence
of spontaneous out-of-body experiences—finding
themselves aware and fully conscious, doing things
that would be impossible to achieve while in their
bodies
Like the majority of near-death experienc-
ers, I too returned with this greater understanding of
myself and others around me. I knew things I had no
way of knowing by normal physical means and I
began to have out-of-body experiences, hundreds of
them. And it was through these experiences and the
meeting of my own spirit guides that led me to a
new understanding of life.
In my journeys I came upon the main
gateway to other levels of consciousness. It’s
actually a place we all know well, that very ordinary
space we drift into each night as we fall asleep, that
drowsy hypnagogic state where dream images begin
to form in our minds while we’re still partially
awake. And it is in this delicate balance between
awake and asleep that we can find hundreds of levels
of consciousness to explore. From the centre of
universal consciousness to our own higher selves
and spirits, it is all there for our discovery and
reflection.
And this will be the basis of our exploration
of many levels of consciousness in subsequent
articles in this column. We will discuss ways to
extend this delicate balance between awake and
asleep, giving us the chance to explore with full
awareness. It is from this place we can examine our
own physical and spiritual aspects, to discover who
we really are and how we all fit into the larger
picture of creation. Until next time… May you enjoy
all the Blessings of the Universe!
Enlightening Strikes
Enlightening Strikes
PAUL ELDER is the author of the book, “Eyes
of an Angel.” A survivor of three near-death
experiences, he is a former CTV News reporter
and mayor of a Canadian city.
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pain of, say, a heart attack leading up to death may
certainly not be a pleasant experience. But the actual
act of dying, the actual act of surrendering to the call
to return “home,” is simply wonderful. It’s like
nothing else you will ever experience, at least in this
lifetime.
Here’s an interesting statistic. According to
the International Association for Near Death Studies,
recent surveys reveal that in North America alone
more than 20 million people have had a near-death
experience. Wow! That’s a tremendous number of
people who have had a life changing experience.
And I believe that this is likely due to great advances
in science and medicine making it possible to bring
more and more people back from death’s doorway.
But what of these people who have returned
from the gateway? How are they affected? What
happens to those who have experienced the ultimate
journey?
According to the vast majority of respon-
dents, the experience is viewed as overwhelmingly
positive. Not only do these people lose their fear of
dying, but they gain a new reverence and passion for
life. And in addition to living more loving, caring
lives, most experiencers also report feeling more
psychic and intuitive following their brush with
death.
It’s as if they are able to retrace their soul’s
journey to that special place where all consciousness
seems somehow connected. They report being able
to sense or know the truth about certain things,
without really knowing how they know. It’s like they
are suddenly able to remember profound truths long
forgotten. And many of them report the occurrence
of spontaneous out-of-body experiences—finding
themselves aware and fully conscious, doing things
that would be impossible to achieve while in their
bodies
Like the majority of near-death experienc-
ers, I too returned with this greater understanding of
myself and others around me. I knew things I had no
way of knowing by normal physical means and I
began to have out-of-body experiences, hundreds of
them. And it was through these experiences and the
meeting of my own spirit guides that led me to a
new understanding of life.
In my journeys I came upon the main
gateway to other levels of consciousness. It’s
actually a place we all know well, that very ordinary
space we drift into each night as we fall asleep, that
drowsy hypnagogic state where dream images begin
to form in our minds while we’re still partially
awake. And it is in this delicate balance between
awake and asleep that we can find hundreds of levels
of consciousness to explore. From the centre of
universal consciousness to our own higher selves
and spirits, it is all there for our discovery and
reflection.
And this will be the basis of our exploration
of many levels of consciousness in subsequent
articles in this column. We will discuss ways to
extend this delicate balance between awake and
asleep, giving us the chance to explore with full
awareness. It is from this place we can examine our
own physical and spiritual aspects, to discover who
we really are and how we all fit into the larger
picture of creation. Until next time… May you enjoy
all the Blessings of the Universe!
Enlightening Strikes
Enlightening Strikes
PAUL ELDER is the author of the book, “Eyes
of an Angel.” A survivor of three near-death
experiences, he is a former CTV News reporter
and mayor of a Canadian city.
S
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Enter Edd’s Cartoon Caption contest. Go to www.truebluespirit.ca and submit your caption for the
cartoon on the upper right. The winning caption will be announced in the next issue of
True Blue Spirit and the winner will receive a $50.00 cash prize!
(Yes, fty dollars...In small, unmarked bills.)
Contest entry deadline for this cartoon is October31st, 2009
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ell here we are, a full 12 months later, a full
cycle complete. It’s been a year of discovery
for all of us; you the reader and we the writers, each
learning as we go. So many people have responded
with such love and wonder to the crystals, that I felt
that the most fitting crystal to write about in honour
of our anniversary issue is Labradorite.
At first sight, Labradorite is a dull, flat grey,
seemingly boring crystal. But turn the stone just a
little and you see the truly amazing flash of colours;
that is what this crystal is all about, the flash of
magic in what seems to be mundane.
Labradorite is a type of feldspar (a cousin to
Moonstone), with a hardness of 6 to 6.5 and was
first discovered off the coast of Labrador in 1770 by
Moravian missionaries. Folklore surrounding this
lovely stone tells a tale of an Inuit warrior who
discovered the Northern Lights imprisoned in stone.
He struck the stone with his spear and released them,
giving us Aurora Borealis. But some of the light
stayed within the stone, giving us Labradorite. It can
be found in Canada, the US, Norway and South
America but the best specimens are found in Finland
and Madagascar. The flash of colour can include
blue, red, orange, green and gold and has been given
the name “Labradorescence.”
Crystals
Labradorite
by Erin Lawson and Jacquie Large
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Labradorite has wonderful protective
qualities and is specific in cleansing and strengthen-
ing the auric field, protecting from negativity. It also
prevents energy leakage and helps us to not take on
others’ problems. In the last issue I talked about how
Moonstone enhances intuition and receptivity; well,
Labradorite takes it one step further and helps us to
balance information that is received intuitively while
moving forward with practical steps.
Some crystals really heighten energy but
take us up a little too high. This stone allows us to
reach up and access intuition and collective informa-
tion, but remain grounded. The quality that I most
love about Labradorite is how it enhances our belief
in wonder and magic. This crystal seems symbolic
of this as it is not how it first seems: gray and
lifeless. Then, a whole new world can be seen
simply by changing your perspective just a little.
Isn’t that what magic is, a whole new world that is
waiting to be seen by those who believe?
I have always been attracted to Labradorite
and over the years of working at Wishes I have
found the most amazing stones. But every time I
would get one, I would lose it, it would break or I
would be compelled to give it away. It is very
common for this to happen with crystals when they
are not for you or if you don’t need the qualities they
offer. But this situation really upset me because I’ve
always been so drawn to it. I had just recently
bought a beautiful Labradorite ring and
was wearing it every day when a man
came in the store and commented
on it. I told him how I was
nervous because Labradorite
never seemed to want to stay with
me but he smiled and said “No, I think
you are ready for it now, Labradorite
is for childlike wonder, baby, you just
gotta believe in magic!” He left (and
we’ve not seen him since!). I was
struck by what he said, so simple
really...sometimes you just gotta
believe in magic.
Crystals
JACQUIE LARGE (below/left) has been the owner of
Wishes for 17 years and has watched as the meta-
physical world has evolved with so many exciting
changes. She has studied crystals extensively and
happily shares her knowledge with her customers!
Jacquie lives in Duncan with her partner and daughter.
ERIN LAWSON (below/right) has studied metaphysics
for over 13 years focusing mainly on tarot. Since
starting at Wishes eight years ago, she has learned
much about crystals and the other tools that fill the
store. She shares her love of crystals with Jacquie and
the other staff at Wishes. Erin lives in Duncan with her
husband and three children.
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ne of my enduring frustrations in the joyful art of
parenting is attempting to get my beloved offspring to
realize the power and common sense of a simple thank you. Forget
that it is a nice thing to do. Forget that it actually has emotional,
spiritual and subsequent physical benefits. This most basic form of
gratitude makes the world go round and, as such, makes our lives
just that much smoother.
My daughter is only seven and will have many years in
which to hone her social skills. In my own inquiry into the nature
of serenity, it is only now in my forties that I am aware of the
incredible spiritual depth of gratitude.
I have made a personal commitment to living an unencum-
bered life and, as such, am dedicated to reducing and avoiding
complications. In taking stock of my life, I realized that I possessed
a great wealth of things I rarely needed and a rolodex of names I
rarely considered. And so I simplified. Starting with my “stuff”; if
it wasn’t truly useful or necessary, it was donated. I also cleaned
house in other ways. I cleansed my relationships, keeping only to
those who truly valued friendship and commitment. I no longer
seek the company of those who would consume my energy without
consideration.
In the process of revolutionizing my lifestyle, unantici-
pated changes took shape. Having less to look after, fix and protect,
I was being drawn outside of myself more often. Calmer, clearer,
my contentment and awareness fed each other and I felt a growing
peace within, an unruffled, unfettered serenity. My mind was not
always jumping around work, and all the other daily flotsam that
used to demand my attention. Increasingly content, I reflected less
upon myself and began to turn my attention outwards.
Today, I am more aware of the fragility and transient
nature of my possessions and relationships. I find myself consider-
ing the entire effort involved in bringing the food to my plate, from
seed to fork. How many hands have handled the clothes I wear,
from sheep or silk worm to till? How much effort and sacrifice is
endured by those who assist me in my daily adventures? Gratitude
is about humbling oneself completely. My entire personal history
has been made possible only through the grace, generosity and
support of my environmental support systems.
Ultimately, sincere gratitude is about respect: a quiet
contemplation of process and the awareness that my life has been
blessed. It is not enough to be simply thankful. My understanding
is expressed by my commitment to living with attention, fully and
gratefully, through each and every moment. Sincere gratitude
evolves into a silent compassionate communion with all things in
one’s universe.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never
forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter
words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
This supports the notion that gratitude is not just a singular
opportunity to say “gee thanks.” Gratitude, as a way of living,
implies a simplicity, contentment, spiritual communion and
general quiet which all leads back to our need for serenity. Under
the guidance of a wonderfully simple book, “Present Moment
Wonderful Moment,” by Thich Nhat Hanh, I am also turning
gratitude into an active practice. From the time I rise in the morn-
ing, I make the effort to consider the miracle of the sun outside my
window, and the water in my taps. I listen to the birds and contem-
plate the miracle of the ocean I visit daily. I take nothing for
granted. At least I try not to. Thank you.
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Searching for Serenity
Searching for Serenity
The Birth of Gratitude
by Vince Pollitt
VINCE POLLITT and his partner Robyn live on
Vancouver Island where Vince has spent the last 12
years at play in the health industry. Vince combines
almost three decades of Zen training and spiritual
studies with passions for music, painting and writing.
He currently offers wellness and leadership
workshops at a community and organisational level.
As a spiritual coach, he specialises in Reiki based
pranic healing with instruction in breathing, medita-
tion, visualisation, and centering exercises.
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ne of my enduring frustrations in the joyful art of
parenting is attempting to get my beloved offspring to
realize the power and common sense of a simple thank you. Forget
that it is a nice thing to do. Forget that it actually has emotional,
spiritual and subsequent physical benefits. This most basic form of
gratitude makes the world go round and, as such, makes our lives
just that much smoother.
My daughter is only seven and will have many years in
which to hone her social skills. In my own inquiry into the nature
of serenity, it is only now in my forties that I am aware of the
incredible spiritual depth of gratitude.
I have made a personal commitment to living an unencum-
bered life and, as such, am dedicated to reducing and avoiding
complications. In taking stock of my life, I realized that I possessed
a great wealth of things I rarely needed and a rolodex of names I
rarely considered. And so I simplified. Starting with my “stuff”; if
it wasn’t truly useful or necessary, it was donated. I also cleaned
house in other ways. I cleansed my relationships, keeping only to
those who truly valued friendship and commitment. I no longer
seek the company of those who would consume my energy without
consideration.
In the process of revolutionizing my lifestyle, unantici-
pated changes took shape. Having less to look after, fix and protect,
I was being drawn outside of myself more often. Calmer, clearer,
my contentment and awareness fed each other and I felt a growing
peace within, an unruffled, unfettered serenity. My mind was not
always jumping around work, and all the other daily flotsam that
used to demand my attention. Increasingly content, I reflected less
upon myself and began to turn my attention outwards.
Today, I am more aware of the fragility and transient
nature of my possessions and relationships. I find myself consider-
ing the entire effort involved in bringing the food to my plate, from
seed to fork. How many hands have handled the clothes I wear,
from sheep or silk worm to till? How much effort and sacrifice is
endured by those who assist me in my daily adventures? Gratitude
is about humbling oneself completely. My entire personal history
has been made possible only through the grace, generosity and
support of my environmental support systems.
Ultimately, sincere gratitude is about respect: a quiet
contemplation of process and the awareness that my life has been
blessed. It is not enough to be simply thankful. My understanding
is expressed by my commitment to living with attention, fully and
gratefully, through each and every moment. Sincere gratitude
evolves into a silent compassionate communion with all things in
one’s universe.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never
forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter
words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
This supports the notion that gratitude is not just a singular
opportunity to say “gee thanks.” Gratitude, as a way of living,
implies a simplicity, contentment, spiritual communion and
general quiet which all leads back to our need for serenity. Under
the guidance of a wonderfully simple book, “Present Moment
Wonderful Moment,” by Thich Nhat Hanh, I am also turning
gratitude into an active practice. From the time I rise in the morn-
ing, I make the effort to consider the miracle of the sun outside my
window, and the water in my taps. I listen to the birds and contem-
plate the miracle of the ocean I visit daily. I take nothing for
granted. At least I try not to. Thank you.
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Searching for Serenity
Searching for Serenity
The Birth of Gratitude
by Vince Pollitt
VINCE POLLITT and his partner Robyn live on
Vancouver Island where Vince has spent the last 12
years at play in the health industry. Vince combines
almost three decades of Zen training and spiritual
studies with passions for music, painting and writing.
He currently offers wellness and leadership
workshops at a community and organisational level.
As a spiritual coach, he specialises in Reiki based
pranic healing with instruction in breathing, medita-
tion, visualisation, and centering exercises.
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his is a wonderful time to be
alive! The last thirty years have
seen a gradual but accelerating change in
the way we view ourselves and the world
around us. There has been a paradigm
shift as various forms of eastern spiritual-
ity and indigenous traditions have been
embraced by people of all ages in the
western world. Stores selling new age
books and accessories are now common-
place in most cities. Even mainstream
bookstores now feature large new age
and alternative spirituality sections. All
of these developments indicate a funda-
mental shift in awareness and, as some
observers have suggested, the evolution
of a new consciousness.
One major indicator of this shift
is the widespread acceptance of yoga and
meditation as a mainstream practice.
Hatha Yoga with its emphasis on
asanas (postures) is probably the most
widely recognized and practiced form of
yoga in the west today. However, there
are other branches of yoga, one of which
is Nada Yoga or the yoga of sound.
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Mantra Meditation is one
component of Nada Yoga and its aim, as
with all other forms of meditation, is to
free the mind from the continuous mental
chatter that constitutes most of our
waking life, and attain the stillness
necessary to experience union with the
divine, the source, God—that ultimate
reality that goes by many names. The
practice of chanting mantras has become
demystified in recent years with the
growing popularity of “Kirtan”, an
ancient communal spiritual practice that
uses music and devotional singing to
purify the heart and to experience the
divine.
Even those of us who have not
practiced yoga or meditation in a formal
way have experienced at some point in
our lives moments of transcendent
awareness, peak experiences that have
taken us out of ourselves. We have all
had those “aha” moments, revelations of
what I like to call the “divine wow”. A
sunset that defies description, experienc-
ing the birth of one’s own child, the scent
her spiritual practice. As I stated at the
beginning of this article, there is a
growing consensus that we are living in a
time in which the awakening of human
consciousness is accelerating. The
ancient practice of Mantra Meditation
can be an invaluable tool as we embark
on this exciting journey together.
Namaste!
of a rose—all of these are pure experi-
ences that catch us “in the moment”; and
it is this state of mind that is the aim of
all meditation.
With Mantra Meditation, it is the
repetition of Sanskrit mantras that
centres and quiets the mind until all one
hears is the vibration of the mantra which
absorbs the vibration of unwanted mental
noise. The correct pronunciation and
intoning of the mantra is as important to
Mantra Meditation as attaining the
correct posture is to Hatha Yoga.
Depending on the required
objective, mantras can be either lengthy
or extremely short. One of the shorter
and most universally recognized mantras
as an aid to meditation is “Om”
(pronounced “ohm”). “Om” is consid-
ered the primary seed sound of creation
and the sound of the central ‘engine’ of
our being, of our consciousness, and of
the world.
Mantra Meditation is both for the
beginner and for the more experienced
meditator who wishes to augment his or
NARADA PETER KINGSFORD PETLEY
has been a spiritual adventurer for the
past 35 years and holds a master’s degree
in religious studies from Regent College,
Vancouver, B.C.
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by Pete Petley
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his is a wonderful time to be
alive! The last thirty years have
seen a gradual but accelerating change in
the way we view ourselves and the world
around us. There has been a paradigm
shift as various forms of eastern spiritual-
ity and indigenous traditions have been
embraced by people of all ages in the
western world. Stores selling new age
books and accessories are now common-
place in most cities. Even mainstream
bookstores now feature large new age
and alternative spirituality sections. All
of these developments indicate a funda-
mental shift in awareness and, as some
observers have suggested, the evolution
of a new consciousness.
One major indicator of this shift
is the widespread acceptance of yoga and
meditation as a mainstream practice.
Hatha Yoga with its emphasis on
asanas (postures) is probably the most
widely recognized and practiced form of
yoga in the west today. However, there
are other branches of yoga, one of which
is Nada Yoga or the yoga of sound.
T
Mantra Meditation is one
component of Nada Yoga and its aim, as
with all other forms of meditation, is to
free the mind from the continuous mental
chatter that constitutes most of our
waking life, and attain the stillness
necessary to experience union with the
divine, the source, God—that ultimate
reality that goes by many names. The
practice of chanting mantras has become
demystified in recent years with the
growing popularity of “Kirtan”, an
ancient communal spiritual practice that
uses music and devotional singing to
purify the heart and to experience the
divine.
Even those of us who have not
practiced yoga or meditation in a formal
way have experienced at some point in
our lives moments of transcendent
awareness, peak experiences that have
taken us out of ourselves. We have all
had those “aha” moments, revelations of
what I like to call the “divine wow”. A
sunset that defies description, experienc-
ing the birth of one’s own child, the scent
her spiritual practice. As I stated at the
beginning of this article, there is a
growing consensus that we are living in a
time in which the awakening of human
consciousness is accelerating. The
ancient practice of Mantra Meditation
can be an invaluable tool as we embark
on this exciting journey together.
Namaste!
of a rose—all of these are pure experi-
ences that catch us “in the moment”; and
it is this state of mind that is the aim of
all meditation.
With Mantra Meditation, it is the
repetition of Sanskrit mantras that
centres and quiets the mind until all one
hears is the vibration of the mantra which
absorbs the vibration of unwanted mental
noise. The correct pronunciation and
intoning of the mantra is as important to
Mantra Meditation as attaining the
correct posture is to Hatha Yoga.
Depending on the required
objective, mantras can be either lengthy
or extremely short. One of the shorter
and most universally recognized mantras
as an aid to meditation is “Om”
(pronounced “ohm”). “Om” is consid-
ered the primary seed sound of creation
and the sound of the central ‘engine’ of
our being, of our consciousness, and of
the world.
Mantra Meditation is both for the
beginner and for the more experienced
meditator who wishes to augment his or
NARADA PETER KINGSFORD PETLEY
has been a spiritual adventurer for the
past 35 years and holds a master’s degree
in religious studies from Regent College,
Vancouver, B.C.
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by Pete Petley
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othing is certain “except death and taxes” or
so said Benjamin Franklin. But I beg to
differ. Taxes cease sometime after death, and death
is unpredictable. As I drift to sleep at night, antici-
pating that I will wake up in the morning, the only
thing I really know for sure is that things are
constantly changing.
Our world is shifting. Change is happening
at a rapid rate: in financial, environmental, political
and personal realms. Our technology is advancing
rapidly. Adaptability might be the most vital survival
tool we can have.
Then there’s the fact that we live in these
dense physical bodies, themselves made up of
moving, changing particles. Our own free will is in
constant flux because others also have free will. Our
apparent lack of control can be a little mind
boggling!
It is easy to feel disempowered or over-
whelmed. It’s easy to get caught up in fear or in a
reactionary state to things going on around us, to get
stuck and feel despair. But we do have power. As
individuals making hundreds of choices every day
We can’t control everything, so why try? Go with
the flow. Our tiny ripples can make huge waves.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is
just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa
our power is immense. We don’t need to be nomi-
nated for a Nobel Peace Prize to make a difference;
there are so very many simple things we can do to
transform our world. Smile at someone. Wave at a
neighbour. Say “How are you?” to the cashier at the
grocery store (and actually listen to the response).
Show empathy.
One of the television stations where I used
to be a copywriter consisted of two separate build-
ings. In the building where my office was located,
the creative department often brainstormed. Our
zany ideas and visualizations brought about lots of
laughter. When I arrived at the second building
where we did post-production work, I would some-
times be surprised to find the mood was somber. Not
able to endure the solemn ambiance for long, one of
our creative staff would inevitably crack a joke or
share some of the antics going on in the first build-
ing. The resulting laughter drew attention, and soon
there was more laughter, more jokes and good cheer.
The atmosphere would shift, from somber to lively,
in a matter of minutes.
One employee I worked with created
graphics. We produced commercials that often had
short deadlines. The writers would rush in, drop off
our projects and leave. His response was noticeably
gruff. So I started adding two simple words at the
end of my rushed drop off. “Thank you.” Everything
in his world halted to accommodate me, and I
appreciated that. While he remained rather crusty
with many of the producers, he was always nice to
me! We forget to express appreciation to those who
in their everyday ordinary ways help us to achieve
our goals. “Thank you” is an enormously powerful
statement.
We never know the huge ripple effect we
can have in our everyday choices just by the words
we speak or our “small” gestures and choices.
We don’t have to be famous to make an
impact on the world. The world is influenced by our
every thought, action, word and deed. Some of the
most unnoticed people create huge revolutions by
their every day acts of kindness and care. Sometimes
these people don’t even talk much. That’s because
they are busy listening.
Our world within creates our outer reality.
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JANET LAIDLAW is a video
writer/producer focused on spiritual and
psychic development. Her preoccupations
include animals, psychic and intuitive art,
and developing mediumship.
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othing is certain “except death and taxes” or
so said Benjamin Franklin. But I beg to
differ. Taxes cease sometime after death, and death
is unpredictable. As I drift to sleep at night, antici-
pating that I will wake up in the morning, the only
thing I really know for sure is that things are
constantly changing.
Our world is shifting. Change is happening
at a rapid rate: in financial, environmental, political
and personal realms. Our technology is advancing
rapidly. Adaptability might be the most vital survival
tool we can have.
Then there’s the fact that we live in these
dense physical bodies, themselves made up of
moving, changing particles. Our own free will is in
constant flux because others also have free will. Our
apparent lack of control can be a little mind
boggling!
It is easy to feel disempowered or over-
whelmed. It’s easy to get caught up in fear or in a
reactionary state to things going on around us, to get
stuck and feel despair. But we do have power. As
individuals making hundreds of choices every day
We can’t control everything, so why try? Go with
the flow. Our tiny ripples can make huge waves.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is
just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa
our power is immense. We don’t need to be nomi-
nated for a Nobel Peace Prize to make a difference;
there are so very many simple things we can do to
transform our world. Smile at someone. Wave at a
neighbour. Say “How are you?” to the cashier at the
grocery store (and actually listen to the response).
Show empathy.
One of the television stations where I used
to be a copywriter consisted of two separate build-
ings. In the building where my office was located,
the creative department often brainstormed. Our
zany ideas and visualizations brought about lots of
laughter. When I arrived at the second building
where we did post-production work, I would some-
times be surprised to find the mood was somber. Not
able to endure the solemn ambiance for long, one of
our creative staff would inevitably crack a joke or
share some of the antics going on in the first build-
ing. The resulting laughter drew attention, and soon
there was more laughter, more jokes and good cheer.
The atmosphere would shift, from somber to lively,
in a matter of minutes.
One employee I worked with created
graphics. We produced commercials that often had
short deadlines. The writers would rush in, drop off
our projects and leave. His response was noticeably
gruff. So I started adding two simple words at the
end of my rushed drop off. “Thank you.” Everything
in his world halted to accommodate me, and I
appreciated that. While he remained rather crusty
with many of the producers, he was always nice to
me! We forget to express appreciation to those who
in their everyday ordinary ways help us to achieve
our goals. “Thank you” is an enormously powerful
statement.
We never know the huge ripple effect we
can have in our everyday choices just by the words
we speak or our “small” gestures and choices.
We don’t have to be famous to make an
impact on the world. The world is influenced by our
every thought, action, word and deed. Some of the
most unnoticed people create huge revolutions by
their every day acts of kindness and care. Sometimes
these people don’t even talk much. That’s because
they are busy listening.
Our world within creates our outer reality.
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JANET LAIDLAW is a video
writer/producer focused on spiritual and
psychic development. Her preoccupations
include animals, psychic and intuitive art,
and developing mediumship.
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y Grandson Jordan has always been very
intuitive and sensitive. He called me on the
phone one day and told me that he had to talk to me
about something very serious. Jordan was twelve at
the time. I told him to go ahead and tell me what his
problem was.
“Well Gram,” he said, “today I saw a man
that wasn't there.”
I laughed and said, “How did you see a man
that wasn't there?”
“In the mirror”, he stated.
I laughed again and said, “Wow...How cool
is that?”
“Gram,” he answered, “It scared the crap out
of me.”
“Okay,” I said, “What scared you about
him?”
“Red eyes”, he answered.
“Okay, Hollywood.” I said, knowing Jordan
sometimes likes to enhance a story.
“Ok...So he didn't have red eyes, but he DID
scare the stuff out of me.”
“Hmm...” I replied, “did he scare you
because he looked mean and evil, or did he scare
you because you weren't expecting him to be there
and he startled you?”
“Well...I guess because I wasn't expecting
him to be there,” he said sheepishly.
Children and Spirit
by Patti Morton
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Thank you and keep well.
“Wow, Jordan. You are so lucky! Do you
know that I spend hours meditating and praying and
trying to raise my vibrational level so that I can
communicate with spirits, and you get to do it
naturally.”
“Well it still scared me,” he replied. “He just
looked at me for a few seconds and then he was
gone.”
“Don't be afraid Jordan. That is a gift. You
have great grandmas and great-grandpas and guard-
ian angels around you and if you surround yourself
with love and light, then nothing bad can come near
you. Say your prayers and ask God to let your angels
come to stand around you to protect you and watch
over you, and surround you with the white light of
spirit, and nothing will ever harm you from the other
side.”
He seemed to be okay with that answer and
said he would do that. Shortly after I hung up the
phone from Jordan, my brother Donnie called. He
sounded excited.
“You'll never guess what just happened to
me,” he said. “I just saw Dad!” (Our father had
passed away almost eighteen years ago.) “I was
shaving,” he said, “and I cut myself. I picked up my
styptic pencil and as I put it to my face, I thought,
“Gee the only one I ever knew who used these or
knew what they even were, was Dad.” Then there he
was standing behind me.”
“What did you do?” I asked.
He laughed. “My hands started shaking and
my knees started knocking and then he was gone...”
“If he scares you, you can ask him to not
show himself to you,” I told him.
“NO!” he said. “I would love to see him. He
just caught me off guard.”
I relayed to him the story that Jordan had
told me only minutes before—the difference being
that Jordan didn't know my father. I looked up at the
picture of my dad with his arm around me at my
wedding.
“What are you trying to tell us Dad?” I
whispered to the picture. I was sitting at my com-
puter and suddenly I noticed the date on the screen. I
smiled at the picture. “Happy Birthday Dad,” I said.
Children and Spirit
PATTI MORTON’S life experiences have provided her
with proof of life after life. Being a member of ASHA
(Association of Spiritual Healers of Alberta), and reading
cards for Spiritual Guidance she likes to consider herself as
seeking answers” and following a path of service.
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n January of 2008 I was visiting with spiritual
medium Carol Spencer. We were sipping tea and chatting
when I said, “I’m going to publish a magazine come September.”
“Oh really,” she replied, “and where did that come from?”
“I have no idea.” I shook my head and chuckled. “But let’s
put it out there and we’ll see what happens.”
“Do you know what the magazine will be about?”
“Hmmm…well, it’ll be about spirit I’m guessing.” My
response was hesitant.
“In what way?” she asked.
I sat for a moment, contemplating her question and trying
to get a grasp on the direction our conversation had taken. Then it
hit me. “You know what? I believe it’s going to be about the
journey, about offering different options. Since I’ve been on a
spiritual quest, it hasn’t been easy getting answers and information.
So that’s what the magazine needs to be about, giving people
information and then letting their intuition take them in the right
direction.”
Two months later, the magazine idea was still floating
around in the back of my head, but that is as far as it had gone. Life
was busy and time was passing by. My mother was in a traffic
accident on P.E.I. and I decided to make the trek out to see her and
try to be of some help to my sister who was dealing with all of the
issues surrounding the accident.
While visiting in Charlottetown I heard about a new
metaphysical store that had opened and decided to drop by to check
it out and look for healing crystals. In no time I was chatting with
one of the owners when out of the blue I said, “I’m going to be
publishing a spiritual magazine come September. Would you like
me to send copies for the store?” The woman responded with a
resounding, “Yes”.
I remember climbing back behind the wheel of my
mothers car and asking myself, “What on earth are you saying,
Dorothy?” Twice now I’d clearly voiced plans for publishing a
magazine. Not only that, but I had given a specific time frame and it
was just six months away. So far all there was to show for the
magazine was an inkling in the back of my brain! Having the
personality type of a ‘detailed organizer,’ this was not sitting well
with me.
I was voicing the magazine, but the fact of the matter was I
I
kept asking myself, who was I to think I could publish a magazine?
Sure I had been writing for a time, I’d even produced a community
newsletter for a couple of years. But what I was talking about now
was a whole new enterprise. Not only that…but the thought of
putting myself out there on public display was totally unnerving.
What if people criticized me (heaven forbid) or even worse, what if
they didn’t like what I had created.
On the flight home I started to make notes about where my
spiritual journey had taken me, and the different paths I had taken to
source the information I desired. I looked back to where I had found
relief from the myriad of doubt and scepticism that surfaced on a
daily basis, even after being given consistent proof of there being
more out there “than meets the eye.” I realized, as I was making my
list, that this was the information that “the magazine” had to provide
to the readers.
If somehow I was being nudged along by spirit to share this
information, then who was I to question it? After all, what was the
worst thing that could happen? Spend all our savings…print an issue
and then scrap the whole idea. The fact was that no matter what
happened, life would go on and I would still have the love of my
family and friends. In the scheme of things that is all that really
matters. I had nothing to lose.
When looking back in my journal, I started writing about the
magazine on April 4th, 2008. Once I started making notes, the
magazine started evolving into a reality and synchronicities
happened left and right.
A friend loans me a wonderful book—I find the author, Paul
Elder, lives on Vancouver Island where I can easily interview
him…Paul puts me in touch with Edd Uluschak, an award winning
cartoonist—Edd comes on board with the magazine…Paul also tells
me that Dr. Emoto will be on the Island—this leads to another
interview…Mary Gillis, a neighbour, contacts me about business
cards—we meet over tea where I discover she has years of experi-
ence in publishing glossy magazines. How synchronistic is that?
The list goes on and continues to do so. Writers, editors,
interviews, stories…everything has come together in spite of those
moments of doubt and scepticism I mentioned earlier. When the
doubt lingers, the synchronicities slow down. That’s when I’ve
learned to shake my head, take in a deep breath and think positive
thoughts, thus allowing the wheels to pick up momentum once again.
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by Dorothy Jeanne Engst
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n January of 2008 I was visiting with spiritual
medium Carol Spencer. We were sipping tea and chatting
when I said, “I’m going to publish a magazine come September.”
“Oh really,” she replied, “and where did that come from?”
“I have no idea.” I shook my head and chuckled. “But let’s
put it out there and we’ll see what happens.”
“Do you know what the magazine will be about?”
“Hmmm…well, it’ll be about spirit I’m guessing.” My
response was hesitant.
“In what way?” she asked.
I sat for a moment, contemplating her question and trying
to get a grasp on the direction our conversation had taken. Then it
hit me. “You know what? I believe it’s going to be about the
journey, about offering different options. Since I’ve been on a
spiritual quest, it hasn’t been easy getting answers and information.
So that’s what the magazine needs to be about, giving people
information and then letting their intuition take them in the right
direction.”
Two months later, the magazine idea was still floating
around in the back of my head, but that is as far as it had gone. Life
was busy and time was passing by. My mother was in a traffic
accident on P.E.I. and I decided to make the trek out to see her and
try to be of some help to my sister who was dealing with all of the
issues surrounding the accident.
While visiting in Charlottetown I heard about a new
metaphysical store that had opened and decided to drop by to check
it out and look for healing crystals. In no time I was chatting with
one of the owners when out of the blue I said, “I’m going to be
publishing a spiritual magazine come September. Would you like
me to send copies for the store?” The woman responded with a
resounding, “Yes”.
I remember climbing back behind the wheel of my
mothers car and asking myself, “What on earth are you saying,
Dorothy?” Twice now I’d clearly voiced plans for publishing a
magazine. Not only that, but I had given a specific time frame and it
was just six months away. So far all there was to show for the
magazine was an inkling in the back of my brain! Having the
personality type of a ‘detailed organizer,’ this was not sitting well
with me.
I was voicing the magazine, but the fact of the matter was I
I
kept asking myself, who was I to think I could publish a magazine?
Sure I had been writing for a time, I’d even produced a community
newsletter for a couple of years. But what I was talking about now
was a whole new enterprise. Not only that…but the thought of
putting myself out there on public display was totally unnerving.
What if people criticized me (heaven forbid) or even worse, what if
they didn’t like what I had created.
On the flight home I started to make notes about where my
spiritual journey had taken me, and the different paths I had taken to
source the information I desired. I looked back to where I had found
relief from the myriad of doubt and scepticism that surfaced on a
daily basis, even after being given consistent proof of there being
more out there “than meets the eye.” I realized, as I was making my
list, that this was the information that “the magazine” had to provide
to the readers.
If somehow I was being nudged along by spirit to share this
information, then who was I to question it? After all, what was the
worst thing that could happen? Spend all our savings…print an issue
and then scrap the whole idea. The fact was that no matter what
happened, life would go on and I would still have the love of my
family and friends. In the scheme of things that is all that really
matters. I had nothing to lose.
When looking back in my journal, I started writing about the
magazine on April 4th, 2008. Once I started making notes, the
magazine started evolving into a reality and synchronicities
happened left and right.
A friend loans me a wonderful book—I find the author, Paul
Elder, lives on Vancouver Island where I can easily interview
him…Paul puts me in touch with Edd Uluschak, an award winning
cartoonist—Edd comes on board with the magazine…Paul also tells
me that Dr. Emoto will be on the Island—this leads to another
interview…Mary Gillis, a neighbour, contacts me about business
cards—we meet over tea where I discover she has years of experi-
ence in publishing glossy magazines. How synchronistic is that?
The list goes on and continues to do so. Writers, editors,
interviews, stories…everything has come together in spite of those
moments of doubt and scepticism I mentioned earlier. When the
doubt lingers, the synchronicities slow down. That’s when I’ve
learned to shake my head, take in a deep breath and think positive
thoughts, thus allowing the wheels to pick up momentum once again.
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True Blue - Spirit Driven
by Dorothy Jeanne Engst
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Reader Response
Funny the way Spirit works...
I received my copy of True Blue Spirit as
soon as I returned from vacation. I was thrilled to
see my story in print. I have to commend you on
nding the pictures to go with the story. I don't
know how you came to nd those particular
pictures, but the funny thing is that the rocking
chair I spoke of in my story is identical to the
picture you put with the story. Also, the picture of
the elderly couple walking the beach…if I didn't
know better, I would think it was them. Pop
always wore a straw hat. And Momma would
hold his arm as they walked. Isn't it funny the
way Spirit works? I look forward to each copy of
your magazine. It just gets better with every issue.
Keep up the good work. You folks are awesome!!!
Patti Morton
Calgary, AB
Pain and Oneness...
Janet, I just read your article “Pain and
Oneness” in True Blue Spirit, and it felt as though I
was intended to be your audience. Thank you for
writing such a beautiful message. I will re-read it
many times. Some day I hope I will nd other
people who think the way you do...so many
beautiful discussions could ensue. Thank you
again for helping me in my quest to re-direct my
own thoughts.
Pam D.
Victoria, BC
Regarding Cheryl Dawn...
I was so glad to see Cheryl’s articles in
your magazine.
My mother and I had done a course with
Cheryl Dawn last year. It was one of the best days
of my life. My mother had an experience with
Cheryl a couple of months earlier at the Wellness
show in Sidney. Cheryl had given healing to the
crowd and then started doing some drumming.
My mother was so overwhelmed by the drum-
ming she couldn’t speak she was crying so hard. It
resonated with her so strongly.
So we decided to take one of Cheryl’s
courses, I don’t remember what the name of the
course was that we had taken but it had healing
and drumming in it of course, I took this course
with my mother because she was just diagnosed
with breast cancer a month earlier and of course
she was going to ght it with everything she
could. I basically went because I wanted my
mother to get all the healing she could get.
Well, as soon as this wonderful woman
walked into the room I started crying. I didn’t
know why; she had the most beautiful presence;
she is calm, spiritual and makes everyone feel
loved and special. I am a very spiritual person
and have my 2nd level of Reiki but we can never
have too much healing in our lives, I feel like I
received so much love and healing from Cheryl
and look forward to doing more workshops with
her.
I would recommend any of Cheryl
Dawns courses to anyone.
Thank you
Shellie A.
Parksville, BC
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fter an intensive eleven-year search for
programs, supplements, and exercises to
help our severely learning disabled, now 17 year old
daughter Claudia, we discovered Brain State
Tech-
nologies last January. After several years of special
schools and cognitive therapy, she was finally able
to attend the local public school in grade eleven. We
felt that Brain State Technology might help her
focus and concentrate better in the large classes. She
agreed to try it out.
Sensors were placed on several areas of her
scalp and the brain waves in these areas were
recorded. With this information a “brain map” was
generated. Claudia filled out a survey and picked
some goals she wanted to achieve. Hers were to
sleep better, to have more focus and concentration
and to be more confident in social situations. With
her brain map and the subjective survey, protocols
were created in order for her to balance and harmo-
nise her brain. Sensors were again placed on the
scalp, this time with sounds which encouraged some
brain waves and discouraged others. After nine
sessions, she reported much better sleep and was
able to focus and concentrate easily. Her June report
card was mostly As and B’s .
After several more exciting success stories
we decided to incorporate Brain State Technologies
into our health center program. We also felt it might
help other children with Attention Deficit Disorder
and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder issues
get off pharmaceutical drugs and be more successful
not only academically but socially. Since that time,
we have been excited to find that it has many more
applications including help for addictions, depres-
sion and anxiety.
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Brain State
by Beth Lahti
BETH LAHTI is co owner of Finlandia Pharmacy and Natural
Health Centre in Vancouver with her husband Harlan and is a
certified Brain State Technician at the Center.
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nay the universe, who you are. As your
name is spoken the vibration of it travels on the
sound waves and as you go about your daily activi-
ties or as you deftly work at creating your reality,
this energy is affected. No matter what your objec-
tive, the vibration of your name affects this
positively or not.
Sometimes we need a bit of help and I
would rather have the energy of a name work toward
assisting me in my goals instead of keeping them
just out of reach. So at forty-two I decided to go on a
“journey” to discover my true name. It was time to
release the name that my parents gave me and to let
go of the stifled energy it produced.
In a deeply meditative state, I am taken to
my beautiful garden, (the setting where I meet
regularly with my guides). This soul garden is an
oasis on many levels. In this paradise I feel
connected to source. I feel whole. I am not lost
anymore but found. This setting allows me to have
personal conversations with my Guides and
Ascended Masters that I work with.
On this day they are already aware of my
questions (my name being one of them) even before
I arrive. This is typical as they are keenly tuned into
my thoughts. There are more beings here than are
normally present and as the crowded garden seems
to close in on me, my heart chakra opens in
response.
“Love is always the answer,” they tell me in
a swarm of transferred thought.
Oops, what were my questions again? I take
a moment to focus on the swirling thoughts within
my mind.
Now for the answer to the question concern-
ing my name; in a vision they show me the way my
body reacts when someone speaks my name. Ener-
getically I stiffen up and stop the flow of energy.
This is why it must be changed.
A male Guide steps forward out of the
collective. He reaches out and takes my hand. “We
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The Journey to Find
by Ahrina K. Nielsen
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My Name
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Thank you and keep well.
love you, there is work to be done, Ahrina.
”I respond, “What?” (How eloquent of me.)
“Ahrina, that is how we know you
and that is who you must be in this
lifetime. Take this token from us
and place it in your heart
chakra.”
I reach out my hand
and receive a sliver of
golden light. Thanking
him and all those
present, I place
this glimmering
gift gently in
my heart chakra.
They surround me
with love as I turn
to go. With one
last glimpse and a
wave, I leave them
in the garden so I
can return back to
the present.
This journey was
profound, as I have been
aware for most of my life that
the name Kay was not working
for me. Since I have changed my
name I have shifted the energy within my
life. I have attracted to myself many new and
exciting faces as well as experiences. This energy
filled path is sure to be overflowing with wonder and
excitement.
May you too embrace the energy of your
name as you create miracles in your life!
Metaphysics
AHRINA K NIELSEN started her
metaphysical journey 21 years ago
when she discovered Stuart Wilde
and Carlos Castaneda. She began
pursuing her clairvoyant and
mediumship development four
years ago and has been working
professionally since 2006.
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love you, there is work to be done, Ahrina.
”I respond, “What?” (How eloquent of me.)
“Ahrina, that is how we know you
and that is who you must be in this
lifetime. Take this token from us
and place it in your heart
chakra.”
I reach out my hand
and receive a sliver of
golden light. Thanking
him and all those
present, I place
this glimmering
gift gently in
my heart chakra.
They surround me
with love as I turn
to go. With one
last glimpse and a
wave, I leave them
in the garden so I
can return back to
the present.
This journey was
profound, as I have been
aware for most of my life that
the name Kay was not working
for me. Since I have changed my
name I have shifted the energy within my
life. I have attracted to myself many new and
exciting faces as well as experiences. This energy
filled path is sure to be overflowing with wonder and
excitement.
May you too embrace the energy of your
name as you create miracles in your life!
Metaphysics
AHRINA K NIELSEN started her
metaphysical journey 21 years ago
when she discovered Stuart Wilde
and Carlos Castaneda. She began
pursuing her clairvoyant and
mediumship development four
years ago and has been working
professionally since 2006.
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t has been my experience that animals can offer us
some of the most rewarding relationships and experi-
ences of our lives. Much like our human relationships, choos-
ing the right animal is just as important and life altering as
choosing our friends. How do we know which one is the right
one for us or our family? So many animals end up in situa-
tions that are harmful or detrimental to themselves or their
human companions that it is essential to know what you are
getting yourself and them into. It can be a challenging
decision. Here are some tips to help guide you in the process.
One of the first things to consider is to realize the
responsibility you will be assuming bringing another being
into your life; after all you will be caring for it for its entire
lifetime.
Perhaps you could ask yourself these questions to
determine if you are ready and willing to make such a com-
mitment.
~What are you looking for in the relationship and how
much time do you have to give to it?
~Is the environment you can provide appropriate?
~What is your lifestyle like and does this fit with the
needs of the animal?
~What are you asking the animal to deal with in order
to be part of your life and family?
~Are you willing to share your home completely or
will the animal be confined to the backyard, basement or
garage?
~Lastly, use your inner self to help guide you in the
process. Remember to connect with your “point of stillness”
before you begin asking questions as this will always bring
you to your heart center.
Several years ago I brought home a baby bunny that I
had rescued from a petting farm. She was suffering from an
eye infection and her chances for survival weren't very good.
For days I bathed her eyes and nursed her back to health and
when the day came to bring her home I was ecstatic. We gave
her a big cage, good food, toys to play with, free run of
I
the kitchen and doted on her every day. She was our baby
after all!
When my partner and I ended our relationship, I
assumed Bunny would live with me in my new apartment. I
had rescued her. I had saved her. I was the one who could
“talk” with her. I asked her who she wanted to be with and I
was stunned when she said she preferred to be with my ex and
that she loved living in the house with him. I knew then that
her bond with him was deeper than it had been with me. My
heart ached as I now had to let both of them go. I understood
though that she needed to be with him just as much as he
needed to be with her.
Bunny taught me a valuable lesson, to always ask
your animal what it needs and to allow it to be who it needs to
be. Animals have thoughts and feelings just as we do and it is
vital to respect their needs, wants and concerns.
Choosing an animal companion can be fun, exciting
and rewarding. They can make us laugh, protect us emotion-
ally and physically, and help us to understand ourselves a little
better. Animals truly are creatures of comfort, joy and love, so
choose wisely!
Animal Communication
Animals as Companions in our Lives
by Stephanie McColl
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Animal Communication
STEPHANIE MCCOLL is an
animal communicator and
reiki master who has been
working with animals since
an early age. When she isn’t
working her magic on
animals, she focuses her
energies towards helping
people live natural and
healthy lives. You’ll find her
managing Lifestyle Select in
Sidney, B.C.
www.animalwhisperer.com
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t has been my experience that animals can offer us
some of the most rewarding relationships and experi-
ences of our lives. Much like our human relationships, choos-
ing the right animal is just as important and life altering as
choosing our friends. How do we know which one is the right
one for us or our family? So many animals end up in situa-
tions that are harmful or detrimental to themselves or their
human companions that it is essential to know what you are
getting yourself and them into. It can be a challenging
decision. Here are some tips to help guide you in the process.
One of the first things to consider is to realize the
responsibility you will be assuming bringing another being
into your life; after all you will be caring for it for its entire
lifetime.
Perhaps you could ask yourself these questions to
determine if you are ready and willing to make such a com-
mitment.
~What are you looking for in the relationship and how
much time do you have to give to it?
~Is the environment you can provide appropriate?
~What is your lifestyle like and does this fit with the
needs of the animal?
~What are you asking the animal to deal with in order
to be part of your life and family?
~Are you willing to share your home completely or
will the animal be confined to the backyard, basement or
garage?
~Lastly, use your inner self to help guide you in the
process. Remember to connect with your “point of stillness”
before you begin asking questions as this will always bring
you to your heart center.
Several years ago I brought home a baby bunny that I
had rescued from a petting farm. She was suffering from an
eye infection and her chances for survival weren't very good.
For days I bathed her eyes and nursed her back to health and
when the day came to bring her home I was ecstatic. We gave
her a big cage, good food, toys to play with, free run of
I
the kitchen and doted on her every day. She was our baby
after all!
When my partner and I ended our relationship, I
assumed Bunny would live with me in my new apartment. I
had rescued her. I had saved her. I was the one who could
“talk” with her. I asked her who she wanted to be with and I
was stunned when she said she preferred to be with my ex and
that she loved living in the house with him. I knew then that
her bond with him was deeper than it had been with me. My
heart ached as I now had to let both of them go. I understood
though that she needed to be with him just as much as he
needed to be with her.
Bunny taught me a valuable lesson, to always ask
your animal what it needs and to allow it to be who it needs to
be. Animals have thoughts and feelings just as we do and it is
vital to respect their needs, wants and concerns.
Choosing an animal companion can be fun, exciting
and rewarding. They can make us laugh, protect us emotion-
ally and physically, and help us to understand ourselves a little
better. Animals truly are creatures of comfort, joy and love, so
choose wisely!
Animal Communication
Animals as Companions in our Lives
by Stephanie McColl
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Animal Communication
STEPHANIE MCCOLL is an
animal communicator and
reiki master who has been
working with animals since
an early age. When she isn’t
working her magic on
animals, she focuses her
energies towards helping
people live natural and
healthy lives. You’ll find her
managing Lifestyle Select in
Sidney, B.C.
www.animalwhisperer.com
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ith the full moon approaching, I walk around
my garden wondering what plant ally I
should call upon this time. As I look around, I see
my trusted friend mugwort dancing in the wind,
smiling at me. The shimmery under-nether of its
leaves reminds me it is the perfect full moon herb.
This Mugwort plant has been with me for over ten
years and two moves. It continues to offer me this
magic and healing.
Mugwort has a long history of being used
for magic. It connects with the goddess Artemis,
who is the goddess of the moon and childbirth.
Artemis is also well known for her use of plants to
help heal the creatures of the woods.
Mugwort is known as a visionary herb. The
fresh young herbs can be rubbed on magic mirrors
and crystal balls to strengthen their power. Drinking
the tea can help stimulate clairvoyance, for those on
that path.
Mugwort is mostly known as a dream world
Dream Balm
Massage it into your temples, the top of your neck and on your
heart charka before bedtime
½ cup of coconut oil
½ cup grape seed oil
30 grams beeswax
a few drops sandalwood essential oil
a few drops of mugwort essential oil
a few drops of lavender essential oil
Start by melting the beeswax into the coconut and grape seed
oil. Add the essential oils, pour into jar, cool and label.
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herb. It helps to activate and stimulate the dreams
and helps one journey into the moon-time world by
acting as a gentle nerve tonic. Mugwort also helps
people to retain the information shared with them
during their dream state. I like to suggest that when
people are drinking mugwort tea they open their
minds to thoughts and ideas or, if they are trying to
work through something, they call upon mugwort to
help them achieve clarity by sending them a special
dream.
I often use mugwort in smudging as I find it
uplifts the spirit, at the same time releasing its
protective energy. Mugwort helps to protect your
home, possessions and family.
Mugwort properties are strongest when
picked at the full moon. It can be used fresh or dried.
Try drinking a tea made from both. Mugwort is a
non-toxic herb, but it does have emmenagogic
properties (promotes menstrual discharge), so it is
not recommended during pregnancy.
Lunar Tea
When making a lunar tea you are calling upon the moonlight to
charge your drink with all the magical properties the moon has
to offer.
2 teaspoons mugwort
½ teaspoon lavender (helps to remember dreams)
1 cup water
Place herbs in an open glass cup or bowl. Cover the mixture
with fresh water and place in the moonlight. Do not cover unless
there are a lot of bugs around. Allow the herbs and water to sit
together all night. Drink first thing in the morning. The flavour
will be subtle but the magic is there.
Dream Pillows
5 parts mugwort
1 part lavender
1 part chamomile
1 part roses
To make a dream pillow, fold an 8” by 8” piece of fabric in half.
Then sew two sides together, leaving one side open for the
stuffing. Place the dried herbs inside the pillow. Sew the pillow
closed and place it next to your head at night. Give it a little rub
before sleep to release the energy.
Herbs - A little bit o Magic
Herbs - A little bit o Magic
Mugwort
by Betty Norton
BETTY NORTON is an herbalist, herbal
formulator, lifestyle consultant and teacher.
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my garden wondering what plant ally I
should call upon this time. As I look around, I see
my trusted friend mugwort dancing in the wind,
smiling at me. The shimmery under-nether of its
leaves reminds me it is the perfect full moon herb.
This Mugwort plant has been with me for over ten
years and two moves. It continues to offer me this
magic and healing.
Mugwort has a long history of being used
for magic. It connects with the goddess Artemis,
who is the goddess of the moon and childbirth.
Artemis is also well known for her use of plants to
help heal the creatures of the woods.
Mugwort is known as a visionary herb. The
fresh young herbs can be rubbed on magic mirrors
and crystal balls to strengthen their power. Drinking
the tea can help stimulate clairvoyance, for those on
that path.
Mugwort is mostly known as a dream world
Dream Balm
Massage it into your temples, the top of your neck and on your
heart charka before bedtime
½ cup of coconut oil
½ cup grape seed oil
30 grams beeswax
a few drops sandalwood essential oil
a few drops of mugwort essential oil
a few drops of lavender essential oil
Start by melting the beeswax into the coconut and grape seed
oil. Add the essential oils, pour into jar, cool and label.
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herb. It helps to activate and stimulate the dreams
and helps one journey into the moon-time world by
acting as a gentle nerve tonic. Mugwort also helps
people to retain the information shared with them
during their dream state. I like to suggest that when
people are drinking mugwort tea they open their
minds to thoughts and ideas or, if they are trying to
work through something, they call upon mugwort to
help them achieve clarity by sending them a special
dream.
I often use mugwort in smudging as I find it
uplifts the spirit, at the same time releasing its
protective energy. Mugwort helps to protect your
home, possessions and family.
Mugwort properties are strongest when
picked at the full moon. It can be used fresh or dried.
Try drinking a tea made from both. Mugwort is a
non-toxic herb, but it does have emmenagogic
properties (promotes menstrual discharge), so it is
not recommended during pregnancy.
Lunar Tea
When making a lunar tea you are calling upon the moonlight to
charge your drink with all the magical properties the moon has
to offer.
2 teaspoons mugwort
½ teaspoon lavender (helps to remember dreams)
1 cup water
Place herbs in an open glass cup or bowl. Cover the mixture
with fresh water and place in the moonlight. Do not cover unless
there are a lot of bugs around. Allow the herbs and water to sit
together all night. Drink first thing in the morning. The flavour
will be subtle but the magic is there.
Dream Pillows
5 parts mugwort
1 part lavender
1 part chamomile
1 part roses
To make a dream pillow, fold an 8” by 8” piece of fabric in half.
Then sew two sides together, leaving one side open for the
stuffing. Place the dried herbs inside the pillow. Sew the pillow
closed and place it next to your head at night. Give it a little rub
before sleep to release the energy.
Herbs - A little bit o Magic
Herbs - A little bit o Magic
Mugwort
by Betty Norton
BETTY NORTON is an herbalist, herbal
formulator, lifestyle consultant and teacher.
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You will be taking in four deep breaths
and on the fourth breath you will use your
mind to become aware of the bottom of your
feet. When we become aware of or when we
can feel our feet, we are present in our body.
Step one: Take a slow deep comfort-
able breath in through the nose and follow that
breath right down through the body and exhale
very slowly.
Step two: Take a slow deep comfort-
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following that breath down through the body
simply allow your shoulders to drop.
Step three: Take a slow deep comfort-
able breath in through the nose and as you are
following that breath down simply allow the
body to unwind with it.
Step four: As you inhale once again in
through the nose, use your mind to become
aware of, or imagine, the bottom of your feet.
As you complete the “Four Breath Technique”
and become aware of your feet, you become
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she has resided for over 30 years. Barbara is trained in
several hypnosis techniques.
O
ne of my favourite things to do in the
world is to go on adventures. A couple
of summers ago I was preparing to head off to
an international dance ceremony where people
join to dance in celebration of spirit, prayer and
gratitude.
One thing I have learned about such
journeys— once the intention to take the
journey is set, the journey begins. This has
proven true regardless of whether or not the
journey takes me to where I intended to go or
sends me off in a direction of its choice.
Before I left, I stopped for a quick
good-bye with a beautiful male friend I had
been spending time with and we shared our first
kiss and danced under the stars. At that time,
and still at times, I struggle with trusting myself,
having faith in myself, while the inside-my-head
voice busies itself filling me with doubt.
I left fueled by the excitement of the
road in front of me, and my quest to break
through whatever it was that was holding me
back from trusting myself, the world, people,
the universe, life and love. Somehow that trust
always seemed elusive. And faith? Impossible.
About eleven hours into the trip I pulled
over and attempted to put up my tent in a very
windy open field. I will not repeat the words
that came to mind as I watched the amazing
acrobatics my dome tent was able to perform,
taking flight only to touch the ground for energy,
to soar back into the sky.
I found myself standing in the middle of
nowhere, alone, exhausted, hungry and on my
way to dance in an all night ceremony com-
pletely foreign to me, where I was going to pray
for the ability to trust and have faith. While my
tent was completing its first ever dance, leaving
me far behind, a sudden realization washed
through me. Who makes a journey like this
without holding in their heart at the very least a
grain of trust? Tears fell, leaving streaks on my
dust covered cheeks at the complete joy that was
filling me. I laughed out loud.
After a deep, peaceful sleep, I woke to
drive off into the sunrise. A few minor wrong
turns led my way to the ceremony where prepa-
rations had begun and I joined to receive
prayers. Drums and wind flutes played, people
were called to sing their songs and we danced
around the fire through the night.
The first glimmer of light graced the
mountainside, bouncing off the morning mists
weaving rainbows through the trees. I was
witnessing one of the most breathtaking pictures
nature had ever painted in my presence. I felt the
dew on the grass gently gather beneath my feet,
the earth solid, effortlessly holding me, always
there supporting me regardless of where I was in
the world or how I was behaving. I began to
dance with the rainbows, the mists, and the
morning sun, drinking in the fresh air
with my breath. As I breathed their life
into mine I awakened faith knowing
that they had been with me from the
beginning, holding me when I could not
hold myself, warming me when I felt cold and
filling me with breath when I felt too exhausted
to breathe on my own.
After a while I began my journey back,
phoned home and shared how I had found what I
had been looking for, just not where I expected
to find it, trusting that new adventures were
waiting for me on the road ahead and ready to
dance under the stars.
Spirit of the Dance
Spirit of the Dance
Trust and Faith
by Michelle Staples
MICHELLE STAPLES helps people discover their own
stories. She writes for various publications and helps
develop documentary and educational films. Michelle
works with youth of all cultures, supporting them to
speak their voice. She continues her dance studies,
training to become a facilitator of Khundalini Dance
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ne of my favourite things to do in the
world is to go on adventures. A couple
of summers ago I was preparing to head off to
an international dance ceremony where people
join to dance in celebration of spirit, prayer and
gratitude.
One thing I have learned about such
journeys— once the intention to take the
journey is set, the journey begins. This has
proven true regardless of whether or not the
journey takes me to where I intended to go or
sends me off in a direction of its choice.
Before I left, I stopped for a quick
good-bye with a beautiful male friend I had
been spending time with and we shared our first
kiss and danced under the stars. At that time,
and still at times, I struggle with trusting myself,
having faith in myself, while the inside-my-head
voice busies itself filling me with doubt.
I left fueled by the excitement of the
road in front of me, and my quest to break
through whatever it was that was holding me
back from trusting myself, the world, people,
the universe, life and love. Somehow that trust
always seemed elusive. And faith? Impossible.
About eleven hours into the trip I pulled
over and attempted to put up my tent in a very
windy open field. I will not repeat the words
that came to mind as I watched the amazing
acrobatics my dome tent was able to perform,
taking flight only to touch the ground for energy,
to soar back into the sky.
I found myself standing in the middle of
nowhere, alone, exhausted, hungry and on my
way to dance in an all night ceremony com-
pletely foreign to me, where I was going to pray
for the ability to trust and have faith. While my
tent was completing its first ever dance, leaving
me far behind, a sudden realization washed
through me. Who makes a journey like this
without holding in their heart at the very least a
grain of trust? Tears fell, leaving streaks on my
dust covered cheeks at the complete joy that was
filling me. I laughed out loud.
After a deep, peaceful sleep, I woke to
drive off into the sunrise. A few minor wrong
turns led my way to the ceremony where prepa-
rations had begun and I joined to receive
prayers. Drums and wind flutes played, people
were called to sing their songs and we danced
around the fire through the night.
The first glimmer of light graced the
mountainside, bouncing off the morning mists
weaving rainbows through the trees. I was
witnessing one of the most breathtaking pictures
nature had ever painted in my presence. I felt the
dew on the grass gently gather beneath my feet,
the earth solid, effortlessly holding me, always
there supporting me regardless of where I was in
the world or how I was behaving. I began to
dance with the rainbows, the mists, and the
morning sun, drinking in the fresh air
with my breath. As I breathed their life
into mine I awakened faith knowing
that they had been with me from the
beginning, holding me when I could not
hold myself, warming me when I felt cold and
filling me with breath when I felt too exhausted
to breathe on my own.
After a while I began my journey back,
phoned home and shared how I had found what I
had been looking for, just not where I expected
to find it, trusting that new adventures were
waiting for me on the road ahead and ready to
dance under the stars.
Spirit of the Dance
Spirit of the Dance
Trust and Faith
by Michelle Staples
MICHELLE STAPLES helps people discover their own
stories. She writes for various publications and helps
develop documentary and educational films. Michelle
works with youth of all cultures, supporting them to
speak their voice. She continues her dance studies,
training to become a facilitator of Khundalini Dance
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n our modern age there are far more people
who have a working understanding of the
word computer than the word chakra. Let’s see,
“chakra,” isn’t that an ancient middle-eastern
teaching that only applies to those in long robes?
Those who fully understand the program-
ming of a computer have a head-start to success in
their career. But for those of us who desire a head-
start to a successful and self-empowered life,
knowledge of the true workings of the chakras, is
critical. And just to make it more palatable for those
who are more technically minded, you’ll be happy
to know that a chakra is essentially a mini-computer
with a highly specialized function in regulating the
human body/mind function. We wouldn’t try to edit
our photographs in Excel or write a document in our
paint program, so it’s important to know what
program is supporting us through each of our
chakras.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel
or vortex. Chakras are commonly called “wheels of
light” and there are seven of them. Their pathway is
located on the subtle energy level of our bodies
along the spinal column. Chakras draw energy in
from our front and back through our unique field.
Most importantly they move it between themselves
in an effort to sustain dynamic balance in our
system. This energy stream moves up the body and
emerges through the top of the channel as a cascad-
ing shower of light around our body—our aura.
A chakra’s spin forms a vortex resembling
water spiraling down a drain, except the spiral pulls
energy in from around us and “drains” it into our
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central channel. Our chakras continuously vacuum
energy from around us, in through our field and
incorporate it into our physical/emotional reality.
Because our family tree history of beliefs, (abuse,
alcoholism, molestation, desertion) are held in our
field, until we deal with these negative patterns and
release them we will actually continue to draw them
into our energy system through our chakras and taint
it with the same sabotage over and over.
The lower the chakra, the slower it spins,
thus the lower the frequency or musical note.
Because we are “light beings” these frequencies of
light shine through the water in our system and
generate a human rainbow: red-orange-yellow-
green-blue-indigo-violet as we move from the first
chakra through the seventh. This is why we are
strongly affected by music and surrounding color as
these things can create balance or chaos for us.
Chakras form the meeting place between
our inner world (microcosm) and outer world
(macrocosm). We are not as separate as we like to
think. Chakras are the basis of all human energy
exchange. While we are all born with unique
challenges and sustain physical and emotional
wounds over our lifetime, it is likely that the most
powerful impact on our chakras comes from our
own mind.
It is interesting to note that the worms and
viruses which hack into our computer systems are
simply technical manifestations of what we have
been up to for ages at the chakra energy level. As
humans, we hack into anothers computer/energy
system to manipulate or steal energy from others, so
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Chakras - the Human Computer System
by Amahra Jaxen
n our modern age there are far more people
who have a working understanding of the
word computer than the word chakra. Let’s see,
“chakra,” isn’t that an ancient middle-eastern
teaching that only applies to those in long robes?
Those who fully understand the program-
ming of a computer have a head-start to success in
their career. But for those of us who desire a head-
start to a successful and self-empowered life,
knowledge of the true workings of the chakras, is
critical. And just to make it more palatable for those
who are more technically minded, you’ll be happy
to know that a chakra is essentially a mini-computer
with a highly specialized function in regulating the
human body/mind function. We wouldn’t try to edit
our photographs in Excel or write a document in our
paint program, so it’s important to know what
program is supporting us through each of our
chakras.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel
or vortex. Chakras are commonly called “wheels of
light” and there are seven of them. Their pathway is
located on the subtle energy level of our bodies
along the spinal column. Chakras draw energy in
from our front and back through our unique field.
Most importantly they move it between themselves
in an effort to sustain dynamic balance in our
system. This energy stream moves up the body and
emerges through the top of the channel as a cascad-
ing shower of light around our body—our aura.
A chakra’s spin forms a vortex resembling
water spiraling down a drain, except the spiral pulls
energy in from around us and “drains” it into our
I
central channel. Our chakras continuously vacuum
energy from around us, in through our field and
incorporate it into our physical/emotional reality.
Because our family tree history of beliefs, (abuse,
alcoholism, molestation, desertion) are held in our
field, until we deal with these negative patterns and
release them we will actually continue to draw them
into our energy system through our chakras and taint
it with the same sabotage over and over.
The lower the chakra, the slower it spins,
thus the lower the frequency or musical note.
Because we are “light beings” these frequencies of
light shine through the water in our system and
generate a human rainbow: red-orange-yellow-
green-blue-indigo-violet as we move from the first
chakra through the seventh. This is why we are
strongly affected by music and surrounding color as
these things can create balance or chaos for us.
Chakras form the meeting place between
our inner world (microcosm) and outer world
(macrocosm). We are not as separate as we like to
think. Chakras are the basis of all human energy
exchange. While we are all born with unique
challenges and sustain physical and emotional
wounds over our lifetime, it is likely that the most
powerful impact on our chakras comes from our
own mind.
It is interesting to note that the worms and
viruses which hack into our computer systems are
simply technical manifestations of what we have
been up to for ages at the chakra energy level. As
humans, we hack into anothers computer/energy
system to manipulate or steal energy from others, so
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Chakras - the Human Computer System
by Amahra Jaxen
we’re in control. Or we allow them to hack
into us because of poor boundaries. None of
us are exempt, except enlightened beings.
• Chakra 1 processes the energy of our
physical entity.
• Chakras 2–5 process our “feeling” realm.
• The 6th and 7th chakras deal with the
mental/spiritual body.
We take what life presents to us at
the front of our body and our “core beliefs
and strength of will” determine how we
process these lessons. They either empower
or harden us as they pass through to the back
of the body which equates to our past. This
is why most of our emotional armour is
carried on our backs. It represents what we
have done with life’s lessons. Because of
each chakra’s unique vibration, it deals with
one and only one specific program or
emotion, which then has the power to affect
every level of our life.
The emotions of anger, jealousy,
paranoia, neediness, suspicion and denial
each are dealt with in their own specific
chakra and no other. Remember, emotions
are also energy. But emotions are the result
of our thoughts and our chakras react to
them. While we are busy with the niceties of
the scented oils and lovely colours and
chakra music, we forget that negative,
egotistical thoughts create a variety of
energetic chaos in our circuitry that can
throw our chakras out of balance. And we
wonder why we are stressed and exhausted
much of the time! It is the psychological
aspects of what we don’t know, that we
don’t know, that keep coming back to haunt
us.
Each chakra deals with a specific set
of emotions, positive and negative, the light
Any type of physical injury or
surgery in the area of a chakra can inhibit
normal functioning. For example a cracked
tailbone will inhibit a person’s ability to
ground, feel safe and create financial abun-
dance. A tonsillectomy can make it more
difficult to speak your truth or break bad
habits because scar tissue in your throat
chakra creates an energy block.
Changing our perceptions of past
issues, doing healing work on physical
injuries, and taking the appropriate herbs,
oils and supplements will also bring about
balance. But the most powerful way to create
strength and balance in your chakra system is
to examine your core beliefs, observe who
and what triggers you, put your past to rest
and practise mindfulness, loving thoughts
and forgiveness.
and the dark. This is contained within two
factors, a program and a principle, and each
chakra runs a distinctly different one:
• The program a chakra runs is essentially
the bottom line here.
• The principle a chakra runs is essentially
how you will react if you are triggered at
this level.
For example, there is nothing kind
or generous about the first chakra. Its
program deals only with “physical entity or
survival.” But if you are threatened or
triggered at this level, the principle you will
react through is quite simply, “I will get
you—before you get me.” So if someone
makes you angry and your first response is,
“Payback time!” then they have hit you in
your first chakra. Simply by understanding
how you feel when you’re upset by some-
thing, will tell you what chakra is involved,
so you know where to do your healing work.
All chakras are about four inches in
diameter when they are balanced. I diagnose
my class participants’ chakras with a pendu-
lum and colour it on their charts. This gives
us a valuable basis for dialogues on how
their upbringing and beliefs could have
created the imbalances that have shown up.
A smaller than normal chakra denotes
weakness or fear.
A flattened or oval chakra denotes suppres-
sion or manipulation.
An enlarged chakra shows that we are
selling out, jumping through hoops to gain
love or approval, giving ourselves away.
Balanced mental health and love
will balance a chakra. Using the appropriate
colours, musical tones, crystals and aroma-
therapy oils on the body or chakra area will
also aid in balancing the system.
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AMAHRA JAXEN is a Reiki Master and Healer of sixteen
years experience, whose passion is to find the underlying
causes of imbalance and disease.
we’re in control. Or we allow them to hack
into us because of poor boundaries. None of
us are exempt, except enlightened beings.
• Chakra 1 processes the energy of our
physical entity.
• Chakras 2–5 process our “feeling” realm.
• The 6th and 7th chakras deal with the
mental/spiritual body.
We take what life presents to us at
the front of our body and our “core beliefs
and strength of will” determine how we
process these lessons. They either empower
or harden us as they pass through to the back
of the body which equates to our past. This
is why most of our emotional armour is
carried on our backs. It represents what we
have done with life’s lessons. Because of
each chakra’s unique vibration, it deals with
one and only one specific program or
emotion, which then has the power to affect
every level of our life.
The emotions of anger, jealousy,
paranoia, neediness, suspicion and denial
each are dealt with in their own specific
chakra and no other. Remember, emotions
are also energy. But emotions are the result
of our thoughts and our chakras react to
them. While we are busy with the niceties of
the scented oils and lovely colours and
chakra music, we forget that negative,
egotistical thoughts create a variety of
energetic chaos in our circuitry that can
throw our chakras out of balance. And we
wonder why we are stressed and exhausted
much of the time! It is the psychological
aspects of what we don’t know, that we
don’t know, that keep coming back to haunt
us.
Each chakra deals with a specific set
of emotions, positive and negative, the light
Any type of physical injury or
surgery in the area of a chakra can inhibit
normal functioning. For example a cracked
tailbone will inhibit a person’s ability to
ground, feel safe and create financial abun-
dance. A tonsillectomy can make it more
difficult to speak your truth or break bad
habits because scar tissue in your throat
chakra creates an energy block.
Changing our perceptions of past
issues, doing healing work on physical
injuries, and taking the appropriate herbs,
oils and supplements will also bring about
balance. But the most powerful way to create
strength and balance in your chakra system is
to examine your core beliefs, observe who
and what triggers you, put your past to rest
and practise mindfulness, loving thoughts
and forgiveness.
and the dark. This is contained within two
factors, a program and a principle, and each
chakra runs a distinctly different one:
• The program a chakra runs is essentially
the bottom line here.
• The principle a chakra runs is essentially
how you will react if you are triggered at
this level.
For example, there is nothing kind
or generous about the first chakra. Its
program deals only with “physical entity or
survival.” But if you are threatened or
triggered at this level, the principle you will
react through is quite simply, “I will get
you—before you get me.” So if someone
makes you angry and your first response is,
“Payback time!” then they have hit you in
your first chakra. Simply by understanding
how you feel when you’re upset by some-
thing, will tell you what chakra is involved,
so you know where to do your healing work.
All chakras are about four inches in
diameter when they are balanced. I diagnose
my class participants’ chakras with a pendu-
lum and colour it on their charts. This gives
us a valuable basis for dialogues on how
their upbringing and beliefs could have
created the imbalances that have shown up.
A smaller than normal chakra denotes
weakness or fear.
A flattened or oval chakra denotes suppres-
sion or manipulation.
An enlarged chakra shows that we are
selling out, jumping through hoops to gain
love or approval, giving ourselves away.
Balanced mental health and love
will balance a chakra. Using the appropriate
colours, musical tones, crystals and aroma-
therapy oils on the body or chakra area will
also aid in balancing the system.
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AMAHRA JAXEN is a Reiki Master and Healer of sixteen
years experience, whose passion is to find the underlying
causes of imbalance and disease.
his has been the summer I have been on a
mission to find myself. Actually the thought
started early last spring when I realized that I would
be turning sixty soon. (I had said that at sixty I
would re-evaluate my life and reinvent myself.) I
realized that this re-emergence couldn’t be done
overnight, so I had better start now. What a
fascinating spring and summer it has been.
My journey started with the
decision to take responsibility for
my health and fitness, therefore
a new eating plan was developed
and also a more committed
exercise plan was
necessary. My next
step took me to
the investigation of
further education. I have
always enjoyed studying
handling of plants ensures no bruising, the thinning
out of the plants allows for expansion and abun-
dance. Appropriate harvesting depends on a watchful
and caring eye. Mother Nature is an incredible
teacher.
So far, my mission to find myself has been
successful. I liken the journey to the garden and its
profound teaching. As I write this, the summer isn’t
over yet—so much to learn and so much life to
participate in. I am using my journey in the garden
as my template to find myself and to deepen my
spirituality, finding the awe provided to us in my
daily life. One very small step at a time.
and have taken
many distance
programmes and, yes,
there were some very
interesting courses to be
taken. I returned home from
the university with decisions to
make. Sadly I realized that at this
time reverting to my need to learn
in a formal setting didn’t feel quite
right. What to do?
My spiritual development also had to fit in
to the overall plan.
During my meditation, the direction became
very clear: focus closer to the earth; there are so
many things to learn and know about. So I did just
that! I phoned a friend of mine, a very good
gardener, and asked her if she would allow me to be
her apprentice.
Working with my hands in the garden, I
have really felt a wonderful sense of connectedness,
not just with mother earth, but with myself and
within my family, friends and my spirituality. I have
not only been creating and assisting the growth of
plants, I have found a realisation that my own
spiritual growth will only come from quiet and
diligent practice, so similar to what is necessary
when practising the work of mother earth.
As I work in the garden, it is very evident
that the continued nurturing and care of the plant is
imperative, the removal of noxious weeds allows the
plant’s development. The gentleness used in the
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Re-emergence and Development
by Carol Spencer
A native of Salt Spring Island, CAROL SPENCER
established the Continuous Light Sanctuary in 1999.
Continuous Light is a society dedicated to spiritualism,
where gatherings are held to share the philosophy and
gifts of spirit. Carol teaches meditation, healing,
clairvoyance and psychic awareness.
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his has been the summer I have been on a
mission to find myself. Actually the thought
started early last spring when I realized that I would
be turning sixty soon. (I had said that at sixty I
would re-evaluate my life and reinvent myself.) I
realized that this re-emergence couldn’t be done
overnight, so I had better start now. What a
fascinating spring and summer it has been.
My journey started with the
decision to take responsibility for
my health and fitness, therefore
a new eating plan was developed
and also a more committed
exercise plan was
necessary. My next
step took me to
the investigation of
further education. I have
always enjoyed studying
handling of plants ensures no bruising, the thinning
out of the plants allows for expansion and abun-
dance. Appropriate harvesting depends on a watchful
and caring eye. Mother Nature is an incredible
teacher.
So far, my mission to find myself has been
successful. I liken the journey to the garden and its
profound teaching. As I write this, the summer isn’t
over yet—so much to learn and so much life to
participate in. I am using my journey in the garden
as my template to find myself and to deepen my
spirituality, finding the awe provided to us in my
daily life. One very small step at a time.
and have taken
many distance
programmes and, yes,
there were some very
interesting courses to be
taken. I returned home from
the university with decisions to
make. Sadly I realized that at this
time reverting to my need to learn
in a formal setting didn’t feel quite
right. What to do?
My spiritual development also had to fit in
to the overall plan.
During my meditation, the direction became
very clear: focus closer to the earth; there are so
many things to learn and know about. So I did just
that! I phoned a friend of mine, a very good
gardener, and asked her if she would allow me to be
her apprentice.
Working with my hands in the garden, I
have really felt a wonderful sense of connectedness,
not just with mother earth, but with myself and
within my family, friends and my spirituality. I have
not only been creating and assisting the growth of
plants, I have found a realisation that my own
spiritual growth will only come from quiet and
diligent practice, so similar to what is necessary
when practising the work of mother earth.
As I work in the garden, it is very evident
that the continued nurturing and care of the plant is
imperative, the removal of noxious weeds allows the
plant’s development. The gentleness used in the
T
Spirit
Spirit
Re-emergence and Development
by Carol Spencer
A native of Salt Spring Island, CAROL SPENCER
established the Continuous Light Sanctuary in 1999.
Continuous Light is a society dedicated to spiritualism,
where gatherings are held to share the philosophy and
gifts of spirit. Carol teaches meditation, healing,
clairvoyance and psychic awareness.
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arlic has a long history as an antibacterial
and antiviral agent and is often referred to
as nature's original remedy. It can improve
resistance to viral infections and can destroy
common bugs such as listeria, Escherichia coli
and salmonella, which cause food poisoning. Most
recently garlic has been shown to be effective
against candida albicans. Some garlic products are
licensed for the treatment of coughs and colds.
Used extensively in both world wars,
garlic is well known for helping people with
dysentery and other harmful bacteria found in the
stomach. Garlic can remove various poisons
secreted by bacteria, particularly E-coli which can
cause stomach upsets. Interestingly garlic is the
only antibiotic, which kills
bacteria and encourages
digestion and protects the
body against poisons
produced by the infection.
Researchers have
discovered exactly how
garlic exerts its antibiotic
activity. When bacteria
invade healthy cells,
they need to generate a
series of enzymes, known
as cysteine proteinases and
alcohol dehydrogenases. Most
conventional antibiotics simply kill
the bacterium but do not prevent the production of
these enzymes. In garlic, it is allicin that is able to
prevent the production of these harmful com-
pounds and thus disable the invading bacteria.
When fresh garlic is cut or crushed, a
sulphur compound, allin (ay-leen) combines
with an enzyme called allinase and a chemical
reaction starts. The first compound that is formed
is allicin. Unfortunately allicin generated from
fresh garlic is very unstable
and quickly changes into a
series of other sulphur
containing compounds,
known as thiosulphinates.
Allicin is the one compound
that is always described as the
“mother” substance and responsible
in total or in part for the antifungal,
antiviral and antibacterial properties
attributable to garlic.
This mother substance quickly breaks
down to form a family of
beneficial sulphur compounds
that can aid health, immunity
and general well-being. This
whole family is needed to get
real, measurable benefits
from a garlic supplement.
Large amounts of data
accumulated over many years
have confirmed the excellent
antimicrobial properties of
garlic. As a harmless natural
food substance with a track
record of several thousand years,
virtually free of side-effects, allicin
from fresh garlic may be a simple
natural answer to some of the world's nastiest
infections.
Researchers have at last invented a technique
(which has been the subject of a patent applica-
tion) that can actually produce large quantities
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Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
by Peter Josling B.Sc.
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Glorious Garlic
of allicin liquid that is stable at room temperature. Its
properties include antibacterial, antifungal and
antiviral activity.
Dried allicin powder is now available as a
health food supplement. Early results have shown
good benefits for sinusitis, hay-fever, asthma, the
immune system and preventing the common cold.
The common cold is the most widespread viral
infection in the world today. It is estimated that most
people will suffer two to five colds per year. Over
200 different viruses cause infection and cold
symptoms, the most common of which are the
rhinoviruses which account for 30 to 40 per cent of
adult colds. Re-infection is also very prevalent.
Currently only a few publications exist to
show the activity of garlic against viral infections.
Hanley & Fenwick (1985) report that during an
influenza epidemic, the former Soviet Union once
imported over 500 tons of garlic cloves for the acute
treatment of the disease. Among the viruses that are
sensitive to garlic extract are the human cytomegalo-
virus, human rhinovirus type 2, herpes simplex type
1 and 2 and influenza B virus.
Evidence point towards allicin and its
condensation product ajoene as the main compo-
nents responsible for this antiviral activity. Recently
allicin liquid and capsules have been shown to be
effective against Herpes Simplex
type 1 and Molluscum
Contagiosum viral infections.
Many consumers take garlic supplements
and many report never getting a cold or symptoms
associated with viral replication. It is important that
you check carefully to ensure that the garlic supple-
ment you are taking contains stabilized allicin from
fresh garlic as this will offer true infection fighting
and immune boosting benefits.
A recent study conducted by The Garlic
Centre has shown a significant result in both
preventing and treating the common cold. Taking
144 volunteers and following them over the three-
month winter period, the results indicate that those
taking the supplement were far less likely to catch a
cold and, even if they did, recovery was faster. This
was the first double blind placebo controlled study
of this kind and shows quite clearly that allicin has
statistically significant antiviral capabilities.
Remember, prevention is best!
7,000 BC
Garlic imported from
Siberia to Egypt and
fed to slaves that built
pyramids to keep them
t and healthy.
3200 BC
Inscribed on the Great
Pyramid of Cheops.
Egyptian slaves fed
garlic to increase
stamina and keep
them free of infectious
diseases.
1550 BC
Egyptian ‘Ebers Codex’
papyrus - 22 medical
formulations including
garlic as remedy for
heart, headache, insect
bites, worms and
tumours.
753 BC
Romans use garlic to
repel scorpions, treat
dog bites, bladder
infections, leprosy and
asthma.
1066 AD
Middle Ages. Garlic
used to prevent
plague. German Nun,
St. Hildegard of Bingen
writes two medical
texts advocating raw
garlic to heal the sick.
1665 AD
London College of
Physicians recom-
mends garlic for the
Great Plague. Leading
physician, Sydenham
uses garlic in Africa to
cure typhoid fever &
cholera.
1853
Louis Pasteur docu-
ments that garlic kills
bacteria.
1916
WWI. British govern-
ment issues a general
plea for the public to
supply it with garlic in
order to meet wartime
needs.
2007
Canadian Assoc. of
Clinical Microbiolo-
gists & Infectious
Diseases & European
Congress of Clinical
Microbiology, Chemo-
theraphy & Infectious
Diseases - Abstract
accepted, stabilized
allicin kills superbug
Acinetobacter Baumanii.
2002
Allicin, 2 capsules per
day proven to prevent
hay fever & seasonal
allergy attacks in a
pilot investigation
published by the
British Journal of
Clinical Phytomedicine.
1942
WWII. Penicillin and
sulpha drugs scarce,
garlic used as antisep-
tic to disinfect battle
wounds, prevent
gangrene and to cure
dysentry.
2001
Allicin. One capsule a
day proven to prevent
the common cold in
the only double-blind
placebo controlled
study of its kind.
Published in American
Medical Journal of
Alternative Therapies.
1944
Chemis Cavalito rst
isolates an unstable,
odourous compound
with antibacterial
properties from
extracts of fresh garlic.
The compound is
called Allicin.
1999
Allicin capsules and
spray formulations
available worldwide,
as a powerful antiviral,
antibacterial, antifun-
gal & antimicrobial
treatment option.
2004
British Journal of
Biomedical Science -
stabilized allicin kills
30 strains of MRSA -
the Superbug.
100 AD
Dioscorides held in
esteem as founder of
modern pharmacy, he
dispensed garlic to
treat rabid dog bites,
snake bites, infections,
leprosy, bronchitis and
cough.
1997
Allicin Stabilizes.
Allisure powder
established as a
guarantee of real
allicin in garlic prod-
ucts by the Garlic
Centre, Sussex,
England.
2005
American Society of
Microbiology &
European Congress of
Clinical Microbiology,
Chemotherapy and
Infectious Diseases - 3
cured case histories
with MRSA.
1100 BC
Ancient Greece. First
Olympian athletes
consumed vast
quantities before
competitions to build
stamina and keep free
of illness.
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
PETER JOSLING, B.Sc. Hon. is Director of
the Garlic Centre , Sussex, England.
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of allicin liquid that is stable at room temperature. Its
properties include antibacterial, antifungal and
antiviral activity.
Dried allicin powder is now available as a
health food supplement. Early results have shown
good benefits for sinusitis, hay-fever, asthma, the
immune system and preventing the common cold.
The common cold is the most widespread viral
infection in the world today. It is estimated that most
people will suffer two to five colds per year. Over
200 different viruses cause infection and cold
symptoms, the most common of which are the
rhinoviruses which account for 30 to 40 per cent of
adult colds. Re-infection is also very prevalent.
Currently only a few publications exist to
show the activity of garlic against viral infections.
Hanley & Fenwick (1985) report that during an
influenza epidemic, the former Soviet Union once
imported over 500 tons of garlic cloves for the acute
treatment of the disease. Among the viruses that are
sensitive to garlic extract are the human cytomegalo-
virus, human rhinovirus type 2, herpes simplex type
1 and 2 and influenza B virus.
Evidence point towards allicin and its
condensation product ajoene as the main compo-
nents responsible for this antiviral activity. Recently
allicin liquid and capsules have been shown to be
effective against Herpes Simplex
type 1 and Molluscum
Contagiosum viral infections.
Many consumers take garlic supplements
and many report never getting a cold or symptoms
associated with viral replication. It is important that
you check carefully to ensure that the garlic supple-
ment you are taking contains stabilized allicin from
fresh garlic as this will offer true infection fighting
and immune boosting benefits.
A recent study conducted by The Garlic
Centre has shown a significant result in both
preventing and treating the common cold. Taking
144 volunteers and following them over the three-
month winter period, the results indicate that those
taking the supplement were far less likely to catch a
cold and, even if they did, recovery was faster. This
was the first double blind placebo controlled study
of this kind and shows quite clearly that allicin has
statistically significant antiviral capabilities.
Remember, prevention is best!
7,000 BC
Garlic imported from
Siberia to Egypt and
fed to slaves that built
pyramids to keep them
t and healthy.
3200 BC
Inscribed on the Great
Pyramid of Cheops.
Egyptian slaves fed
garlic to increase
stamina and keep
them free of infectious
diseases.
1550 BC
Egyptian ‘Ebers Codex
papyrus - 22 medical
formulations including
garlic as remedy for
heart, headache, insect
bites, worms and
tumours.
753 BC
Romans use garlic to
repel scorpions, treat
dog bites, bladder
infections, leprosy and
asthma.
1066 AD
Middle Ages. Garlic
used to prevent
plague. German Nun,
St. Hildegard of Bingen
writes two medical
texts advocating raw
garlic to heal the sick.
1665 AD
London College of
Physicians recom-
mends garlic for the
Great Plague. Leading
physician, Sydenham
uses garlic in Africa to
cure typhoid fever &
cholera.
1853
Louis Pasteur docu-
ments that garlic kills
bacteria.
1916
WWI. British govern-
ment issues a general
plea for the public to
supply it with garlic in
order to meet wartime
needs.
2007
Canadian Assoc. of
Clinical Microbiolo-
gists & Infectious
Diseases & European
Congress of Clinical
Microbiology, Chemo-
theraphy & Infectious
Diseases - Abstract
accepted, stabilized
allicin kills superbug
Acinetobacter Baumanii.
2002
Allicin, 2 capsules per
day proven to prevent
hay fever & seasonal
allergy attacks in a
pilot investigation
published by the
British Journal of
Clinical Phytomedicine.
1942
WWII. Penicillin and
sulpha drugs scarce,
garlic used as antisep-
tic to disinfect battle
wounds, prevent
gangrene and to cure
dysentry.
2001
Allicin. One capsule a
day proven to prevent
the common cold in
the only double-blind
placebo controlled
study of its kind.
Published in American
Medical Journal of
Alternative Therapies.
1944
Chemis Cavalito rst
isolates an unstable,
odourous compound
with antibacterial
properties from
extracts of fresh garlic.
The compound is
called Allicin.
1999
Allicin capsules and
spray formulations
available worldwide,
as a powerful antiviral,
antibacterial, antifun-
gal & antimicrobial
treatment option.
2004
British Journal of
Biomedical Science -
stabilized allicin kills
30 strains of MRSA -
the Superbug.
100 AD
Dioscorides held in
esteem as founder of
modern pharmacy, he
dispensed garlic to
treat rabid dog bites,
snake bites, infections,
leprosy, bronchitis and
cough.
1997
Allicin Stabilizes.
Allisure powder
established as a
guarantee of real
allicin in garlic prod-
ucts by the Garlic
Centre, Sussex,
England.
2005
American Society of
Microbiology &
European Congress of
Clinical Microbiology,
Chemotherapy and
Infectious Diseases - 3
cured case histories
with MRSA.
1100 BC
Ancient Greece. First
Olympian athletes
consumed vast
quantities before
competitions to build
stamina and keep free
of illness.
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
PETER JOSLING, B.Sc. Hon. is Director of
the Garlic Centre , Sussex, England.
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Healthy Recipes
Hummus Matabala
1 can organic chick peas (with liquid)
1 large clove organic garlic - mashed
1 teaspoon natural sea salt
Juice of 1/2 organic lemon
2 tbsp. virgin olive oil
Optional -
2 tbsp. green pepper nely chopped
Bring chick peas in liquid to boil, turn to
simmer and let sit for a few minutes to
ensure tenderness. Remove from heat,
drain and save liquid.
Combine chick peas with half of the liquid
and all the other ingredients in blender.
Blend well and keep adding more of the
liquid until you reach the consistency of
your choice. Serve warm as an appetizer or
lunch with your choice of at bread.
Quiche Bites with Artichoke
1 can organic artichoke hearts
1 bunch of green onions chopped
1 large clove organic garlic - minced
4 free range organic eggs - well beaten
1/4 cup ne dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon natural sea salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash of hot sauce (i.e. Tabasco)
Fresh ground pepper
2 cups grated organic cheddar
1/4 cup organic Caesar or Italian salad dressing
(oil based, not creamy)
Pour salad dressing into frypan. Heat dressing
and cook onion and garlic till soft. Cool to
room temperature. Chop artichokes into
approximately 1/2 inch pieces and add to
cooled mixture.
In bowl, beat eggs, stir in onion and garlic
mixture, bread crumbs, salt, oregano, hot sauce
and pepper to taste. Add cheese and then
artichokes.
Spoon into 8” square baking dish
and bake at 325 F. for 30-35 min-
utes or until set. Cool and cut
into squares and serve. These
are great hot or cold!
Recipes that just wouldnt cut it
without the Garlic!
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p until 2006 photography was just an
expensive hobby for Neil Duazo. Using a
Pentax film camera, and Fuji color or Ilford black
and white film, Neil focused his attention on taking
photos of family.
“They’re so patient with me,” he says, “and
I love that they always leave me alone when I’m
tweaking photos in my darkroom.”
Neil’s first real clients were a couple who
married in Surrey, BC. “After I delivered their
prints, they were so happy with what I’d created for
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them that it gave me the confidence to know I
could do this.”
The thrill for Neil, when it comes to taking
portraits, is his chance to show the happiness a
couple or a family may have for each other, and
being able to share that emotion with their intended
audience.
“I just love it when a client tells me how
much they love the photos I’ve taken for them.
Their feedback gets me more motivated to learn
new techniques, poses, and post processing work.”
When I asked Neil to tell me how his
photography affects him spiritually, it was as if I had
uncorked the message in a bottle and the story
flowed.
“Such an interesting thing to ask. Before my
grandfather died he came to Canada for the first time
in his life. When he visited me here in Victoria, I
took him to Butchart gardens. Being an avid photog-
rapher since he was a young adult in the Philippines,
he taught me a lot about composition, framing, how
to stand, and all the dark room techniques he had
learned. Not six months after he visited Canada, he
passed away. I dedicate every frame I shoot to him,
imagining he’s beside me.
“I fell asleep once when I was getting a
massage and dreamt that my grandfather and I were
walking in a forest and at the end of the forest was
this clearing where my grandmother was waiting for
him. She had passed away a year earlier. They
hugged each other, then my grandfather kept on
shooting photos as both he and my grandmother
walked away from me. I don’t really believe this
kind of stuff, but it was nice to see them both as if
they were just newlyweds.
“Every time I have my camera in my hand,
I’m so relaxed and my worries about bills, my
regular job and life stuff just goes away. It’s so
grounding.”
It may be “grounding” for him, but Neil
certainly gets excited when you start asking him
about photography. A sure sign that where his heart
lies, is behind the lens of a camera.
by Dorothy Jeanne Engst
Neil Duazo – Artist
“One Frame at a Time”
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p until 2006 photography was just an
expensive hobby for Neil Duazo. Using a
Pentax film camera, and Fuji color or Ilford black
and white film, Neil focused his attention on taking
photos of family.
“They’re so patient with me,” he says, “and
I love that they always leave me alone when I’m
tweaking photos in my darkroom.”
Neil’s first real clients were a couple who
married in Surrey, BC. “After I delivered their
prints, they were so happy with what I’d created for
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them that it gave me the confidence to know I
could do this.”
The thrill for Neil, when it comes to taking
portraits, is his chance to show the happiness a
couple or a family may have for each other, and
being able to share that emotion with their intended
audience.
“I just love it when a client tells me how
much they love the photos I’ve taken for them.
Their feedback gets me more motivated to learn
new techniques, poses, and post processing work.”
When I asked Neil to tell me how his
photography affects him spiritually, it was as if I had
uncorked the message in a bottle and the story
flowed.
“Such an interesting thing to ask. Before my
grandfather died he came to Canada for the first time
in his life. When he visited me here in Victoria, I
took him to Butchart gardens. Being an avid photog-
rapher since he was a young adult in the Philippines,
he taught me a lot about composition, framing, how
to stand, and all the dark room techniques he had
learned. Not six months after he visited Canada, he
passed away. I dedicate every frame I shoot to him,
imagining he’s beside me.
“I fell asleep once when I was getting a
massage and dreamt that my grandfather and I were
walking in a forest and at the end of the forest was
this clearing where my grandmother was waiting for
him. She had passed away a year earlier. They
hugged each other, then my grandfather kept on
shooting photos as both he and my grandmother
walked away from me. I don’t really believe this
kind of stuff, but it was nice to see them both as if
they were just newlyweds.
“Every time I have my camera in my hand,
I’m so relaxed and my worries about bills, my
regular job and life stuff just goes away. It’s so
grounding.”
It may be “grounding” for him, but Neil
certainly gets excited when you start asking him
about photography. A sure sign that where his heart
lies, is behind the lens of a camera.
by Dorothy Jeanne Engst
Neil Duazo – Artist
“One Frame at a Time”
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The first 22 cards are the major arcana and
are all named; the Fool, the Magician, the High
Priestess and so on. These first 22 represent the
soul’s journey and our spiritual evolution. During
a reading, the major arcana show important events in
a person’s life, things that create change and allow
for our souls to grow. When a major arcana comes
up in someone’s reading it usually means that they
are experiencing this event on a deeply personal
level.
The next 56, the minor arcana, show the
daily cycles of life and consist of the four suits.
Wands represent energy, creativity and also the
element of fire. Cups represent love and emotions
and also the element of water. Swords represent
thought and communication and also the element of
air. Pentacles represent the material world, our
bodies and also the element of earth. The minor
cards generally show the daily details in readings; if
a person has a lot of swords in a reading then they
are dealing with a lot of communication issues. If
pentacles, then a lot of their issues would be about
their jobs or money but some health issues will show
up represented as pentacles as well. The court cards
can show aspects of us such as, if the queen of
wands came up for a woman, it could show that she
is fiery and creative. If the king of swords came up
for a man, it could show that he is clever and quick
with his wit, but somewhat reserved. The court cards
can also be actual people in the client’s life.
All the cards, when read together in a spread
will tell a story and the many connections between
the cards will all have meaning as well.
e’ve all seen the movies: the eccentric gypsy
type, jangly jewellery, dimly lit room and
tarot cards spread on the table before her. She
usually draws the Death or the Devil card (more
drama of course), and usually predicts an untimely
demise for her client, (and no, the Death card
doesn’t usually mean a physical death!) This
portrayal of tarot cards over the years has made the
art of reading them one of the most mistrusted forms
of divination. In many metaphysical circles, tarot
card reading is still considered fortune telling and
not considered a “psychic reading.”
The art of tarot card reading, which is also
called cartomancy, has a long and diverse history. By
most accounts they are said to date back to the
15th century in Italy where they were first
introduced as tarocchi, a game played by the
Italian upper crust. There are many theories
as to when and where they started to be
used for divination and to uncover
spiritual mysteries. Some scholars
believe that they have always
represented the secrets of life, cleverly
hidden in a simple card deck and were
created as a tool to unlock the
unknown.
A tarot card deck consists of 78
cards; 22 major arcana (arcana,
meaning secret or hidden) and 56
minors; the four suits (wands, cups,
swords and pentacles) and 16 court
cards (kings, queens, knights and
pages).
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The first 22 cards are the major arcana and
are all named; the Fool, the Magician, the High
Priestess and so on. These first 22 represent the
soul’s journey and our spiritual evolution. During
a reading, the major arcana show important events in
a person’s life, things that create change and allow
for our souls to grow. When a major arcana comes
up in someone’s reading it usually means that they
are experiencing this event on a deeply personal
level.
The next 56, the minor arcana, show the
daily cycles of life and consist of the four suits.
Wands represent energy, creativity and also the
element of fire. Cups represent love and emotions
and also the element of water. Swords represent
thought and communication and also the element of
air. Pentacles represent the material world, our
bodies and also the element of earth. The minor
cards generally show the daily details in readings; if
a person has a lot of swords in a reading then they
are dealing with a lot of communication issues. If
pentacles, then a lot of their issues would be about
their jobs or money but some health issues will show
up represented as pentacles as well. The court cards
can show aspects of us such as, if the queen of
wands came up for a woman, it could show that she
is fiery and creative. If the king of swords came up
for a man, it could show that he is clever and quick
with his wit, but somewhat reserved. The court cards
can also be actual people in the client’s life.
All the cards, when read together in a spread
will tell a story and the many connections between
the cards will all have meaning as well.
e’ve all seen the movies: the eccentric gypsy
type, jangly jewellery, dimly lit room and
tarot cards spread on the table before her. She
usually draws the Death or the Devil card (more
drama of course), and usually predicts an untimely
demise for her client, (and no, the Death card
doesn’t usually mean a physical death!) This
portrayal of tarot cards over the years has made the
art of reading them one of the most mistrusted forms
of divination. In many metaphysical circles, tarot
card reading is still considered fortune telling and
not considered a “psychic reading.”
The art of tarot card reading, which is also
called cartomancy, has a long and diverse history. By
most accounts they are said to date back to the
15th century in Italy where they were first
introduced as tarocchi, a game played by the
Italian upper crust. There are many theories
as to when and where they started to be
used for divination and to uncover
spiritual mysteries. Some scholars
believe that they have always
represented the secrets of life, cleverly
hidden in a simple card deck and were
created as a tool to unlock the
unknown.
A tarot card deck consists of 78
cards; 22 major arcana (arcana,
meaning secret or hidden) and 56
minors; the four suits (wands, cups,
swords and pentacles) and 16 court
cards (kings, queens, knights and
pages).
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Whats in the Cards?
by Erin Lawson
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what they are feeling around each card is by far the
most important message.
There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding
the tarot. I have had people look almost scared when
they find out that I do tarot readings because they
feel that I will most certainly tell them unpleasant
news. Is this because of all the negative coverage on
television and in the movies? Maybe. If you think of
all the times you have seen a card reading portrayed,
most of them would have showed someone foretell-
ing a scary event as in a horror movie, or an over-
dressed fraud doing readings on late night TV,
complete with a 1-900 number. These things do add
to the negative press!
Other misconceptions around the tarot
include this, my favourite: you can’t buy your own
tarot deck, someone must buy it for you. Not so.
Although it is lovely if you’ve had someone gift you
a set, don’t let it stop you from going out and getting
your own. They will still work for you. I’ve been
told that tarot cards must be kept wrapped in silk.
Sure, if you want, but not necessary. All that really
matters is that you create a ritual that works for you.
Find a deck that really resonates with you and take
the time to listen to the messages that you will hear
from your cards.
When I sit with a client, each card pulled is
a window into their life, allowing me to take a look
inside (with their permission of course!) and offer
advice on what I see and feel. The tarot is truly
fascinating, take some time and find out for yourself.
Over the centuries, many different decks
have been created and today there are over 500
different decks and counting. One of the most
popular and probably the most studied has been the
Rider-Waite deck which was created by Arthur
Edward Waite and the artist Pamela Coleman Smith
in 1909. This deck used strong symbols to create
psychic links to divine information and many tarot
decks created since also use the same symbols.
Symbology in the tarot is very important; every
artist who has created a deck use his or her own
brand of symbols. Many symbols are universal; the
little dog that runs beside the Fool in many decks
represents loyalty and protection. Water, which is
shown in many of the cards such as the Empress,
Temperance and the Moon, represents intuition and
receptivity, generally feminine traits. When getting
to know the tarot, take some time to learn more
about the symbolism of the cards, it will add to the
layers of information that you will receive.
Now, let’s talk about using the tarot as an
intuitive tool. I was reading a wonderful book on the
tarot by a well known tarot scholar who, when asked
if she was psychic, said no, she just interpreted the
cards. I was shocked because while reading the book
I was amazed at how intuitive she was and how she
actually “felt” the meaning of the cards. Then I
thought back to when I first learned to read cards,
how I memorized the meaning of each one and when
doing a reading would never stray from what the
book told me.
The cards can be read this way and anyone
can learn to read them. Every deck comes with a
book that gives meanings for each card and really
that’s all you need to start. A beginner can get a
deck, shuffle and start pulling cards and then just
look up the meaning in the book. They will most
likely get the message they need to hear just from
doing this. I have known readers who never actually
learned what any of the cards mean; they just pull
them and give the first impression that comes to
them, using them intuitively. That’s what is so
magical about the tarot; there is no “wrong” way to
read them. In my tarot classes I ask my students to
spend time looking at each card and writing down
their first impressions. We talk about the traditional
meanings of each card as well but I always say that
ERIN LAWSON has studied metaphysics for over 13 years
focusing mainly on tarot. Erin lives in Duncan with her
husband and three children.
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what they are feeling around each card is by far the
most important message.
There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding
the tarot. I have had people look almost scared when
they find out that I do tarot readings because they
feel that I will most certainly tell them unpleasant
news. Is this because of all the negative coverage on
television and in the movies? Maybe. If you think of
all the times you have seen a card reading portrayed,
most of them would have showed someone foretell-
ing a scary event as in a horror movie, or an over-
dressed fraud doing readings on late night TV,
complete with a 1-900 number. These things do add
to the negative press!
Other misconceptions around the tarot
include this, my favourite: you can’t buy your own
tarot deck, someone must buy it for you. Not so.
Although it is lovely if you’ve had someone gift you
a set, don’t let it stop you from going out and getting
your own. They will still work for you. I’ve been
told that tarot cards must be kept wrapped in silk.
Sure, if you want, but not necessary. All that really
matters is that you create a ritual that works for you.
Find a deck that really resonates with you and take
the time to listen to the messages that you will hear
from your cards.
When I sit with a client, each card pulled is
a window into their life, allowing me to take a look
inside (with their permission of course!) and offer
advice on what I see and feel. The tarot is truly
fascinating, take some time and find out for yourself.
Over the centuries, many different decks
have been created and today there are over 500
different decks and counting. One of the most
popular and probably the most studied has been the
Rider-Waite deck which was created by Arthur
Edward Waite and the artist Pamela Coleman Smith
in 1909. This deck used strong symbols to create
psychic links to divine information and many tarot
decks created since also use the same symbols.
Symbology in the tarot is very important; every
artist who has created a deck use his or her own
brand of symbols. Many symbols are universal; the
little dog that runs beside the Fool in many decks
represents loyalty and protection. Water, which is
shown in many of the cards such as the Empress,
Temperance and the Moon, represents intuition and
receptivity, generally feminine traits. When getting
to know the tarot, take some time to learn more
about the symbolism of the cards, it will add to the
layers of information that you will receive.
Now, let’s talk about using the tarot as an
intuitive tool. I was reading a wonderful book on the
tarot by a well known tarot scholar who, when asked
if she was psychic, said no, she just interpreted the
cards. I was shocked because while reading the book
I was amazed at how intuitive she was and how she
actually “felt” the meaning of the cards. Then I
thought back to when I first learned to read cards,
how I memorized the meaning of each one and when
doing a reading would never stray from what the
book told me.
The cards can be read this way and anyone
can learn to read them. Every deck comes with a
book that gives meanings for each card and really
that’s all you need to start. A beginner can get a
deck, shuffle and start pulling cards and then just
look up the meaning in the book. They will most
likely get the message they need to hear just from
doing this. I have known readers who never actually
learned what any of the cards mean; they just pull
them and give the first impression that comes to
them, using them intuitively. That’s what is so
magical about the tarot; there is no “wrong” way to
read them. In my tarot classes I ask my students to
spend time looking at each card and writing down
their first impressions. We talk about the traditional
meanings of each card as well but I always say that
ERIN LAWSON has studied metaphysics for over 13 years
focusing mainly on tarot. Erin lives in Duncan with her
husband and three children.
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e follow wherever the mind leads us, so it is
increasingly important to be aware of the influence
that the media and individuals have on us when we allow
them into our lives. Just as we do not invite undesirable
forces into our living space, we should not allow our head to
be filled with fear, anger and negativity.
If we allow our thoughts to dwell on these negative
energies, these thoughts draw even more like-energies to us.
By the same token, thoughts of peace, love and harmony will
attract similar energy to us. So if we accept this simple fact,
that like attracts like, then why not eliminate the negative
and accentuate the positive in our life? The choice is ours.
By quietly checking our habits for negative thoughts
and influences, and striving to replace those with cheerful,
happy thoughts and influences, we can improve our life a
thousand fold. Like having better quality of friendships,
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So let us transcend the cesspool of fear, anger and
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Buying into Fear
JAMES HENRY SPENCER is a
descendant of Mary Ebbits of the
Tlingit Tribe. Known affectionately
by his friends in the spiritual
community as Wisdom James”, he
has found a place of peace and
harmony and strives to share that
with anyone in his energy field. “I
have an inner joy that continually
overflows to those around me and a
constant need to share these
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very important gift to merge into our daily
ritual that many of us forget is our prayers of
gratitude and assistance, giving thanks and apprecia-
tion to the spirit world for our daily experiences,
helpers, family, friends, food, shelter and what’s on
our mind.
While at times not understanding some
traumatizing event that may have occurred, give
gratitude for making it through this event and for the
fact that we are still here today. The event could be a
lesson or a teaching that makes us stronger. It may
be to assist someone else, who now or in the future,
goes through a similar event. If that trauma is still
there at the surface of our being, then we can ask our
Source to assist in healing that part of our journey,
so that we may move forward with forgiveness and
love. This may bring us to an event or person that
will assist us in letting go of this trauma.
We can ask our Source to assist us in what-
ever it is we want help with. They are there waiting
for us to ask them. There are no desires or dreams
that are too big to ask. There are no limits. So be
very clear in what it is we are asking for and the
awareness of why we are asking for it.
Having the will to be present, still, grounded,
filled up with gratitude, along with our imagination
to shift our challenges or direction in life, are truly
all gifts that are easily attainable with our will to
practise it daily.
Our most common way of working with the
imagination in the past, is visualising unfavourable
events, memories of co-workers, family members,
partners, enemies, of what they said or did to us. We
then start to role play in our minds what it is we are
going to say, and which, most likely is less than a
loving thought. This is not being present. It is only
keeping us in a state of unlived joy or anger. Erase,
erase, and let it go. It is all in the past.
If an undesirable thought comes in, replace
it with what we want to see happen or wish had
happened. Visualise what we would rather be doing
with loving thoughts, and then move on with the
day. This will have the effect of immediately raising
our vibration and allowing better events to come our
way. This is the law of attraction. Try sending the
person or situation the healing divine light by
visualising it all around them or saying, “I send the
healing divine light to you”. Then send the light to
ourselves, because we are in need of the divine light
too if we are continuing to attract unwanted situa-
tions in our journey. We are the light, so ignite the
divine light within every day, surrounding our entire
being.
The mind does not know the difference
between reality and non-reality. The mind is strongly
connected to the universe, bringing us that which we
are thinking about, adjusting the vibration or tuning
into our channel, honouring what we are thinking
about, delivering us exactly the same frequency or
vibration of our thoughts and feelings. This again is
where we need to remain in the light of seeing all
that is, with love and acceptance. This doesn’t mean
we need to agree with anothers behaviour, but to
remember it is their journey. It may also mean that
something we don’t like in someone
may need to be dealt with on a deeper
level within ourselves. How we
recognise the difference is in how we
react. Is it with love or anger?
So this is where visualisation
with intent to manifest desires and
dreams or get rid of a memory from
the past and replace with what we
would have preferred to have
happened, is perfect. The most impor-
tant part of our visualising is to see
and feel the outcome as if it has
already happened. Our positive
intentions, actions, thoughts and
words are all assisting us in experienc-
ing joy, peace and heaven on earth.
Thank you for assisting in
raising the vibration of Mother Earth,
the universe and all that is.
A
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very important gift to merge into our daily
ritual that many of us forget is our prayers of
gratitude and assistance, giving thanks and apprecia-
tion to the spirit world for our daily experiences,
helpers, family, friends, food, shelter and what’s on
our mind.
While at times not understanding some
traumatizing event that may have occurred, give
gratitude for making it through this event and for the
fact that we are still here today. The event could be a
lesson or a teaching that makes us stronger. It may
be to assist someone else, who now or in the future,
goes through a similar event. If that trauma is still
there at the surface of our being, then we can ask our
Source to assist in healing that part of our journey,
so that we may move forward with forgiveness and
love. This may bring us to an event or person that
will assist us in letting go of this trauma.
We can ask our Source to assist us in what-
ever it is we want help with. They are there waiting
for us to ask them. There are no desires or dreams
that are too big to ask. There are no limits. So be
very clear in what it is we are asking for and the
awareness of why we are asking for it.
Having the will to be present, still, grounded,
filled up with gratitude, along with our imagination
to shift our challenges or direction in life, are truly
all gifts that are easily attainable with our will to
practise it daily.
Our most common way of working with the
imagination in the past, is visualising unfavourable
events, memories of co-workers, family members,
partners, enemies, of what they said or did to us. We
then start to role play in our minds what it is we are
going to say, and which, most likely is less than a
loving thought. This is not being present. It is only
keeping us in a state of unlived joy or anger. Erase,
erase, and let it go. It is all in the past.
If an undesirable thought comes in, replace
it with what we want to see happen or wish had
happened. Visualise what we would rather be doing
with loving thoughts, and then move on with the
day. This will have the effect of immediately raising
our vibration and allowing better events to come our
way. This is the law of attraction. Try sending the
person or situation the healing divine light by
visualising it all around them or saying, “I send the
healing divine light to you”. Then send the light to
ourselves, because we are in need of the divine light
too if we are continuing to attract unwanted situa-
tions in our journey. We are the light, so ignite the
divine light within every day, surrounding our entire
being.
The mind does not know the difference
between reality and non-reality. The mind is strongly
connected to the universe, bringing us that which we
are thinking about, adjusting the vibration or tuning
into our channel, honouring what we are thinking
about, delivering us exactly the same frequency or
vibration of our thoughts and feelings. This again is
where we need to remain in the light of seeing all
that is, with love and acceptance. This doesn’t mean
we need to agree with anothers behaviour, but to
remember it is their journey. It may also mean that
something we don’t like in someone
may need to be dealt with on a deeper
level within ourselves. How we
recognise the difference is in how we
react. Is it with love or anger?
So this is where visualisation
with intent to manifest desires and
dreams or get rid of a memory from
the past and replace with what we
would have preferred to have
happened, is perfect. The most impor-
tant part of our visualising is to see
and feel the outcome as if it has
already happened. Our positive
intentions, actions, thoughts and
words are all assisting us in experienc-
ing joy, peace and heaven on earth.
Thank you for assisting in
raising the vibration of Mother Earth,
the universe and all that is.
A
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Cheryl Dawn Native Healer and
Spiritual Teacher with -
A Journey with your Spirit
A Gift to Remember
by Cheryl Dawn
Energy Medicine
Programs
with
A Journey with Your Spirit
Reiki Master s Teachers Certificate
October 2 - 3 - 4, 2009
One day healing for Self and the Universe
October 24, 2009
4 Day Shamanic Teachings
November 14 through 17, 2009
To cleanse the Mind-Body-Spirit, while balancing the Chakras
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lthough everybody has heard of UFOs and
aliens, what happens when you try to speak
seriously about the subject? You will find a curious
phenomenon, almost as curious as alien abductions:
a reluctance to consider the possibility of actual
contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. I began to
notice this soon after pursuing my interest in UFOs
and exopsychology.
Many people, even astronomers, will admit
to the possibility of extraterrestrial life “somewhere
out there.” When discussed, the speculative life is
usually some sort of bacteria or primitive organism.
As long as the life is primitive and safely out of
reach, it is OK. But when you consider the possibil-
ity of an intelligent ET coming here, the taboo
comes into play. Are you ready for real, face to face
contact with an extraterrestrial, intelligent species?
Most people are not. Verify this yourself by
asking people if they are ready. Be prepared to
encounter a “giggle factor”. You will have to get past
laughter, ridicule, avoidance and distraction. Many
people seem to not hear you when you speak about
Contact.
The idea of an intelligent species that is
more advanced than us threatens the very founda-
tions of Western civilization. Nationalism and
religious and scientific dogmas are particularly
vulnerable. We are “hard wired” to fear and avoid
people that look different, and to prefer our own
group. The fear of extraterrestrials poses such a
threat to our human-centered thinking, and our
minds perform psychological tricks to avoid the
topic. Taboo.
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Phenomena
by Michael Gintowt, MA
Alien Contact:
A Modern Taboo
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An increased awareness of extraterrestrials
may be part of the next step in our evolution.
Consider: from ET’s perspective, we are “Star
People” from another world. Are you ready to take
your place among a Galactic community? Member-
ship probably involves global awareness and good
care of our planet, high levels of tolerance, openness
and compassion, and activated intuitive abilities.
Unified as Terrans (Gaians? Earthlings?) we would
probably celebrate the cosmic alignments we all
hold in common: equinoxes, solstices, eclipses, and
various planetary and moon configurations. We
would recognise that we are connected at deep levels
to the cosmos, the planet and all living beings.
Religions may be replaced, or be unified through a
better, deeper understanding of reality and the
source.
Recently at the University of Victoria,
Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell held a
workshop on Quantum Holography, a way to explain
how consciousness is related to matter, how healing
happens, and a mechanism to explain how we are all
connected at a deep level of reality. During his
lecture, he referred more than once to extraterrestri-
als, mentioning that “they are probably here to help
us make the transition…”
You can read more about Dr. Mitchell at
www.exopsychology.net. While you are there, please
take part in a survey on readiness for contact. Just
click on “Take a Survey”, and select the one titled
“International Survey on Readiness for Disclosure”.
If you agree this is a timely idea, please do not
hesitate to pass the link on to friends. Just be
prepared for giggles!
Phenomena
MICHAEL GINTOWT has an MA in psychology, and formal
training in hypnosis, behavioural neurobiology, and clinical
psychology. His interest in the paranormal can be traced to when
he was 14 years old, and corresponded with Dr. J.B. Rhine, the
pioneering parapsychologist. For decades, he has been involved
with the divinatory arts, shamanic practices, and martial arts. He
lives on Vancouver Island with his wife. www.exopsychology.net
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n this issue, we will continue to explore the Ruling
Numbers (derived from our birth date), their importance and how
they influence our growth and development.
Ruling Number 3
The equilateral triangle is the recognized symbol for the
number three. For our purpose of understanding this Ruling
Number, we can use it to help visualize the perfectly
balanced state we wish to acquire. The first
point of the triangle is the number1 representing
our individual egoist-self; the second point
of the triangle is the number 2 which
represents the intuitive self and now in this
article, we explore the number 3, the third point
which represents the conscious self. By itself, the
number 3 is known as the analytical mind which is
the gateway to all higher states of consciousness.
Attributes of the Number 3
The number 3 indicates a highly developed
intelligence and propensity for communication. Its
analytical thought processing will make us very quick to
assess a situation and arrive at an accurate analysis. There
will be a natural affinity for all communication styles.
Public speaking as well as writing can easily be developed,
as these abilities are a natural part of communication
skills, especially on subjects of heart-felt importance.
Persons born under this powerful influence
are perfectly suited for work in fields of business,
accountancy, research, philosophy and communication.
Artistic endeavours are a field widely explored by
those who are blessed with this vibration, as music
and art are two of the most creative and much
loved forms of human communication. Your
intuition will help awaken the creative aspects
of your mind and assist you through the varying
difficulties life sometimes presents—for experience, growth and compas-
sion. As you open your soul to artistic expression, whether you choose
writing, music, painting, interior decorating or acting, you will help to keep
the propensity of over-analysis at bay. With the effect of this vibration
working for you, you can cheerfully embrace social encounters enjoying all
social situations; acting naturally as host or hostess, people will very much
enjoy your quick wit and lively company.
Greatest Challenge
The greatest challenge for all number 3 persons is to get away from
the constant need to analyze everything; to relax and allow your intuitive
side to take over for a change. Meditation would be a wonderful tool to get
in the habit of using. Many experience a struggle in balancing the Yin and
Yang energies within the self and, whether you are male or female, these
parts of the psyche need to be utilized harmoniously within each person.
Yang lends itself to action and Yin towards introspection. One without the
other begets problems. Action becomes obsessive and destructive by itself
and introspection has no practical value unless it leads to an improved
course of action.
Healthy Outlook
When we continually remind ourselves that we have many attributes
of self that can be developed and thus utilized, we can achieve a beautiful
and harmonious balance in our lives. This will lead to a sense of peace and
that often illusive state called harmony. Much good can be done in the world
when we achieve this state, enabling us to add a much needed vibration to
the world as we go about our daily lives. By remembering the symbolism of
the triangle, we will always stay on track.
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Numerology
Numerology
Number Three
by Shannon Wills
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Numerology is the study of the
signicance of numbers and names,
valuable tools in helping us
understand our purpose in life. This is a
series of articles about the Ruling or Life
Path Numbers and how they
inuence our growth and
development.
To determine your ruling number, add
together all the digits of your birth date, and
then reduce this sum to a single digit (unless
this sum equals 11 or 22). The nal number is
your Ruling Number.
Example: Feb 03, 1960
2-03-1960 = 21, reduce to 2+1=3
SHANNON WILLS has been a Metaphysical student for over
40 years. Several years as a professional channeler assisted
her progress in understanding spiritual energy. As a Reiki
Master Teacher she has merged the power of sound to create
a unique healing experience for her clients. Her interest in
Numerology began in the late 80’s and blossomed when she
discovered a spiritual connection to numbers.
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n this issue, we will continue to explore the Ruling
Numbers (derived from our birth date), their importance and how
they influence our growth and development.
Ruling Number 3
The equilateral triangle is the recognized symbol for the
number three. For our purpose of understanding this Ruling
Number, we can use it to help visualize the perfectly
balanced state we wish to acquire. The first
point of the triangle is the number1 representing
our individual egoist-self; the second point
of the triangle is the number 2 which
represents the intuitive self and now in this
article, we explore the number 3, the third point
which represents the conscious self. By itself, the
number 3 is known as the analytical mind which is
the gateway to all higher states of consciousness.
Attributes of the Number 3
The number 3 indicates a highly developed
intelligence and propensity for communication. Its
analytical thought processing will make us very quick to
assess a situation and arrive at an accurate analysis. There
will be a natural affinity for all communication styles.
Public speaking as well as writing can easily be developed,
as these abilities are a natural part of communication
skills, especially on subjects of heart-felt importance.
Persons born under this powerful influence
are perfectly suited for work in fields of business,
accountancy, research, philosophy and communication.
Artistic endeavours are a field widely explored by
those who are blessed with this vibration, as music
and art are two of the most creative and much
loved forms of human communication. Your
intuition will help awaken the creative aspects
of your mind and assist you through the varying
difficulties life sometimes presents—for experience, growth and compas-
sion. As you open your soul to artistic expression, whether you choose
writing, music, painting, interior decorating or acting, you will help to keep
the propensity of over-analysis at bay. With the effect of this vibration
working for you, you can cheerfully embrace social encounters enjoying all
social situations; acting naturally as host or hostess, people will very much
enjoy your quick wit and lively company.
Greatest Challenge
The greatest challenge for all number 3 persons is to get away from
the constant need to analyze everything; to relax and allow your intuitive
side to take over for a change. Meditation would be a wonderful tool to get
in the habit of using. Many experience a struggle in balancing the Yin and
Yang energies within the self and, whether you are male or female, these
parts of the psyche need to be utilized harmoniously within each person.
Yang lends itself to action and Yin towards introspection. One without the
other begets problems. Action becomes obsessive and destructive by itself
and introspection has no practical value unless it leads to an improved
course of action.
Healthy Outlook
When we continually remind ourselves that we have many attributes
of self that can be developed and thus utilized, we can achieve a beautiful
and harmonious balance in our lives. This will lead to a sense of peace and
that often illusive state called harmony. Much good can be done in the world
when we achieve this state, enabling us to add a much needed vibration to
the world as we go about our daily lives. By remembering the symbolism of
the triangle, we will always stay on track.
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Numerology
Numerology
Number Three
by Shannon Wills
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Numerology is the study of the
signicance of numbers and names,
valuable tools in helping us
understand our purpose in life. This is a
series of articles about the Ruling or Life
Path Numbers and how they
inuence our growth and
development.
To determine your ruling number, add
together all the digits of your birth date, and
then reduce this sum to a single digit (unless
this sum equals 11 or 22). The nal number is
your Ruling Number.
Example: Feb 03, 1960
2-03-1960 = 21, reduce to 2+1=3
SHANNON WILLS has been a Metaphysical student for over
40 years. Several years as a professional channeler assisted
her progress in understanding spiritual energy. As a Reiki
Master Teacher she has merged the power of sound to create
a unique healing experience for her clients. Her interest in
Numerology began in the late 80’s and blossomed when she
discovered a spiritual connection to numbers.
“What would happen if human beings acted more
like plants?”
t is the height of summer here on the west
coast and all the early flowers have already
become dormant again: the Snowdrops, Purple
Crocus, Polyanthus and Lily of the Valley. Some of
the other flowers are at the peak of their blossoming:
Fireweed, Alum Root and Pearly Everlasting. And
some like Red Huckleberry and Salal are just
beginning to bear their fruits. By the time this is
published all the plants will be more or less in their
period of hibernation.
As I look at what’s happening in nature at
this cycle of the year I marvel at the intelligence all
around me. There seems to be a natural
rhythm of beginnings and endings. Every
living thing in nature is responding to
some inner intelligence that was
contained in the seed. And I wonder what
the planet would look like and feel like if
human beings were to attune in the same
way to their own inner rhythms.
Even in the middle of this summers
drought, the plants appear to be content and
know exactly what to do to conserve their
energy. Their leaves and petals droop and they
pull their energy into their roots so that the
species will survive. And they still give us their
beauty and their fragrance and their presence.
Plants show us a way of “being who we can
be.” We never see a Fireweed trying to be a Yellow
Pond Lily. We never hear a Red Huckleberry com-
plaining that it is not as good as or not as pretty as a
Salal plant. But when I listen to human conversation,
I often hear judgment and comparisons and dissatis-
faction in every second sentence.
What would be the result if humans were so
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attuned to their own needs for sustenance and
support? For one thing, we wouldn’t be ruled by
time and deadlines which so often create extra stress
in our body/minds and which goes unnoticed by us
as we strive to ______________. What? Fill in the
blank to notice what it is that consumes your energy.
Moreover we would be present, not only for what is
going on inside our own beings but present and
available to give our attention to others.
Actually, we are more like plants than we
know. Our human body may be the greatest miracle
in the world, designed with a system of checks and
balances called homeostasis that operates 24/7
without any direction by us.
What may harm us and cause us distress are
our own thoughts and our emotional reactions to our
thoughts. While flowers too have thoughts, it
appears that their thoughts are always life supporting
and for the higher good.
The only safeguard we humans have is the
ability to make choices about how we will respond
to every situation we encounter. I have coined the
phrase multi-dimensional homeostasis to account for
our free will and consciousness and the innate
knowing for self-preservation and the possibility for
self actualisation with which we were born. Perhaps
we can take guidance from the message from Yellow
Pond Lily,
In the knowing of who I am, I float free
In the knowledge of who you are, I let go.
No emotional baggage to weigh me down,
No emotional drama to consume my energy.
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Natures Essence
SABINA PETTITT,
M.Ed., Dr.TCM is a
doctor of traditional
Chinese medicine, an
author and the
co-creator of Pacific
Essences®.
Worthwhile Reading
You Are Psychic
Debra Lynne Katz
Most of us believe that a psychic is someone born with this talent,
someone with extraordinary abilities to tap into their intuitive. In this book
Debra shows us that we are all psychic. You are Psychic will show you how to
easily develop your clairvoyant ability, with all the tools you need to
accomplish this. Debras grounding technique helps to relax and dispel
unwanted energy. If you have ever thought of doing readings on yourself or
others, either personal or professional, then this is a must read.
This book will help you to increase awareness of yourself as a spirit
and the unseen energies that surround you. Debra is an internationally
acclaimed clairvoyant reader, healer, teacher and spiritual counsellor.
ISBN 0-7387-0592-6 Publisher Llewellyn Worldwide
Spirit Messenger
Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith is very important to me. I would not be writing this
review had he not come into our lives. My wife and daughter went to
Vancouver to see Sylvia Brown, not knowing who Gordon Smith was. When
he walked onto the stage tears streamed down their cheeks unbidden.
There was denitely something special about this man.
After seeing Gordon, my wife googled” every Spiritual Centre
within our area and this launched an important part of our spiritual journey.
This remarkable man, a native of Glasgow Scotland, is one of the world’s
most accurate mediums. Gordon has brought much happiness and relief to
people around the world and has refused to charge for private readings; he
only does them for those in need. You will nd his book heart warming, easy
to read and it will most certainly enhance your spiritual adventures.
ISBN 978-1-4019-0269-3 Publisher Hay House Inc.
Ask and It Is Given
Esther and Jerry Hicks
The title of this book says it all, it is about teaching you to manifest your
desires. We are taught that we do create our own reality. Are we all energy
created from the source energy? Do we create our own reality? Are we
Eternal Beings in a Physical Form? If you have had these thoughts, then this
book will help you discover who and what you really are. These teachings
have inspired me to go beyond the physical into a new world of who and
what I really am. You will be shown how to tap into the positive ow of life
to enhance your energy and wellbeing.
ISBN 13: 978-1-4019-0459-3 Publisher Hay House Inc.
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by Allen Engst
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As human/physical, beings/spiritual, we are
equally both at all times. We speak of two separate
worlds heaven/hell, light/dark, poor/rich, love/fear. Our
physical bodies occupy our conscious mind. Prevalence
of the physical limits the spiritual.
The five senses we act with are actually only
half the senses we are capable of. Our synchronicity is
6th, intuition-electro magnetic fields 7th & 8th, deep
knowing-connected consciousness 9th & 10th, our
radiant light-auras 11th, the ethereal realms-
multidimensional kingdoms 12th &13th. Without
physical barriers, senses spring up all over. If we let go
of the separation in humanness-an opportunity of tuning
to collective consciousness as unity becomes humanity.
A key to a new paradigm. The freedom of allowing.
Ascension is rising to higher levels-within-bring the
darkness to the light. Our shadow selves will slip away.
In this circle of brightness is the real, the free world-
guilt meets with forgiveness.
This new era of Aquarian is that of a rebirth. We
are again innocent, a direct infusion of the higher
self—with the sensation of senses awakened—we
cannot help but channel divine energies into accessed
atonement.
Astrology, an art & science helps us to activate
synchronicity.
Earth–manifestation-deciding is doing (matter)
Water–ocean of emotion (body)
Air–communication, intellect (mind)
Fire–drive, desire, action, (spirit)
The nine heavenly bodies direct and instigate
physical, material, biological, emotional, spiritual and
intellectual energy’s within us all. There are another 4
heavenly bodies influencing us. Chiron being one-
making 13 in all, imagine that!
As the magician in all of us, we are one when
effort and spiritual practices transcend into a concentra-
tion of calmness & inner tranquility through simply
accessing our awareness’s. Intellect or inner light fuse
with outer vibrations.
reetings,
We as humans/beings have reached the end of an
Ancient Journey. The Journey of Separation. We are no
longer limited by mere humanness. Unity-Wholeness-
Oneness-Holiness is now. In this Aquarian age we can
access new energetics through spiritual practices.
As beings of light in physical bodies, we are
in-union. As we receive we release. Letting go becoming
lighter. We have been programmed separately. In separa-
tion we limit our awarenesses, thus fragmenting us into
the physical/material world. Physical holds fear. Love is
all encompassing at all times. All is spirit.
Astrology
by Heather K. Elrix
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ARIES – Fire-Action, Combustion
Ruled by – Mars
March 21–April 20
Key phrase – I Am
Great beginnings with Libra air feeding your fire. A team player balanc-
ing enough competition to make for best plays. When we reach into
Scorpio your warrior natures dip into the senses. Not comfortable, but
very interesting, open to possibilities.
TAURUS – Earth-Manifestation Ability
Ruled by – Venus
April 21–May 20
Key phrase – I Have
Exalted Venus helps to give dimensional insight. Losing the physical is
refreshing. You’re brave enough not to hold fear. I too would be proud.
Stand tall.
GEMINIAir-Communicator
Ruled by – Mercury
May 21–June 20
Key phrase – I Think
Air Exalts your facilitator capabilities, just remember—speaking is
powerful—choose your words for you are spelling your path as you
speak.
CANCER – Water-Ocean of Emotion
Ruled by – The Moon
June 21–July 20
Key phrase – I Feel
The world holds an unsustainable nature; don’t worry! Just keep doing
your best & collect water. Remember everything changes; to hold
stagnates.
LEO – Fire-Powerful-Activation
Ruled by – The Sun
July 21–August 20
Key phrase – I will
Well, fiery one, air is good for you. Might help you speak your peace;
make it quick before we emerge into Scorpio where your emotions might
turmoil you into a tail spin.
VIRGO – Earth-Quicksilver/mindmagnet
Ruled by – Mercury
August 21–September 20
Key phrase – I Analyze
While you might seem separate, there are limits to your scientific mind.
Keep turning the pages, you’ll find the instructions. Fear creates
illusions, love creates balance, let go—again another way (let go) until
you have lost control & you simply have no way to twist those holding
thoughts. Feel the fury empty & then you can rejuvenate.
LIBRA – I can fly, I can touch the sky
Ruled by – Venus
September 21–October 20
Key phrase – I believe
It’s your turn, you’re the lucky one, just remember the wise-we one’s
words, “there’s no such thing as luck; it’s all in the knowing.” Take a
deep breath. CONTEMPLATE. Be serene & look at what surrounds
you. WOW!
SCORPIO – Water-deeply moving emotions
Ruled by – Mars
October 21–November 20
Key phrase – I desire
You again! You can vanish into ethers can’t you? For the most of
October, but once exalted you can’t hide. You’re ready for a new
adventure. Just remember, lean into the corners.
SAGITTARIUS – Fire-Smouldering Coals
Ruled by – Jupiter
November 21–December 20
Key phrase – I see
Air feeds your fire, sustainable & substantial is good. Now, start sharing.
You have enough to lead you safely through to many tomorrows.
Sharing creates abundance.
CAPRICORN – Earth-Divining-Destiny
Ruled by – Saturn
December 21–January 20
Key phrase – I use
Time is but another place. What are the attributes you choose to keep
concealed? Tell the truth about yourself. It opens the heart. When
vulnerability is not accessed we lose humility.
AQUARIUSAir-Rainbow-Seeker
Ruled by – Uranus
January 21–February 20
Key phrase – I know
You are the sun radiant & glorious, just shine. Now quit quitting & stay
with something long enough to get deprived of change for a change. As
the awakened present you so seek stays stimulating, find peace in
continuity.
PISCES – Water-Tidal
Ruled by – Neptune
February 21– March 20
Key phrase – I believe
What of cause & effect? Was there never a time when you could not
keep love safely in your mind? With tremendous neurological force you
keep a confused memory from an awakening. Casual causelessness
catches up. Create a vision with direction.
Blessings.
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ARIES – Fire-Action, Combustion
Ruled by – Mars
March 21–April 20
Key phrase – I Am
Great beginnings with Libra air feeding your fire. A team player balanc-
ing enough competition to make for best plays. When we reach into
Scorpio your warrior natures dip into the senses. Not comfortable, but
very interesting, open to possibilities.
TAURUS – Earth-Manifestation Ability
Ruled by – Venus
April 21–May 20
Key phrase – I Have
Exalted Venus helps to give dimensional insight. Losing the physical is
refreshing. You’re brave enough not to hold fear. I too would be proud.
Stand tall.
GEMINIAir-Communicator
Ruled by – Mercury
May 21–June 20
Key phrase – I Think
Air Exalts your facilitator capabilities, just remember—speaking is
powerful—choose your words for you are spelling your path as you
speak.
CANCER – Water-Ocean of Emotion
Ruled by – The Moon
June 21–July 20
Key phrase – I Feel
The world holds an unsustainable nature; don’t worry! Just keep doing
your best & collect water. Remember everything changes; to hold
stagnates.
LEO – Fire-Powerful-Activation
Ruled by – The Sun
July 21–August 20
Key phrase – I will
Well, fiery one, air is good for you. Might help you speak your peace;
make it quick before we emerge into Scorpio where your emotions might
turmoil you into a tail spin.
VIRGO – Earth-Quicksilver/mindmagnet
Ruled by – Mercury
August 21–September 20
Key phrase – I Analyze
While you might seem separate, there are limits to your scientific mind.
Keep turning the pages, you’ll find the instructions. Fear creates
illusions, love creates balance, let go—again another way (let go) until
you have lost control & you simply have no way to twist those holding
thoughts. Feel the fury empty & then you can rejuvenate.
LIBRA – I can fly, I can touch the sky
Ruled by – Venus
September 21–October 20
Key phrase – I believe
It’s your turn, you’re the lucky one, just remember the wise-we one’s
words, “there’s no such thing as luck; it’s all in the knowing.” Take a
deep breath. CONTEMPLATE. Be serene & look at what surrounds
you. WOW!
SCORPIO – Water-deeply moving emotions
Ruled by – Mars
October 21–November 20
Key phrase – I desire
You again! You can vanish into ethers can’t you? For the most of
October, but once exalted you can’t hide. You’re ready for a new
adventure. Just remember, lean into the corners.
SAGITTARIUS – Fire-Smouldering Coals
Ruled by – Jupiter
November 21–December 20
Key phrase – I see
Air feeds your fire, sustainable & substantial is good. Now, start sharing.
You have enough to lead you safely through to many tomorrows.
Sharing creates abundance.
CAPRICORN – Earth-Divining-Destiny
Ruled by – Saturn
December 21–January 20
Key phrase – I use
Time is but another place. What are the attributes you choose to keep
concealed? Tell the truth about yourself. It opens the heart. When
vulnerability is not accessed we lose humility.
AQUARIUSAir-Rainbow-Seeker
Ruled by – Uranus
January 21–February 20
Key phrase – I know
You are the sun radiant & glorious, just shine. Now quit quitting & stay
with something long enough to get deprived of change for a change. As
the awakened present you so seek stays stimulating, find peace in
continuity.
PISCES – Water-Tidal
Ruled by – Neptune
February 21– March 20
Key phrase – I believe
What of cause & effect? Was there never a time when you could not
keep love safely in your mind? With tremendous neurological force you
keep a confused memory from an awakening. Casual causelessness
catches up. Create a vision with direction.
Blessings.
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