SPECIAL FEATURES Brain State Stress Relief Fantasy Realms Going with the Flow I Ching Self Mastery The Fool - Taking a Step as Sacred Self Wisdom from Buddie REGULAR FEATURES Aboriginal Spirit - Bear Animal Whispers - More Healthy Pets Astrology - In the New Millenium Cartoon Contest Crystals - Rose Quartz Directory of Businesses & Events Enlightening Strikes - 2012 Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit - Going Raw #2 Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit - Licensed to Krill Herbs - A little bit o’ Magic - Heart Health Hypnotherapy - Who I Was Nature’s Essence - Tony Numerology - Number Five Phenomena - Star Nations Reader Response Searching for Serenity - Resolutions Spirit of the Dance - Invitation to Dance #2 Worthwhile Reading

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CONTENTS
SPECIAL FEATURES
Brain State Stress Relief 29
Fantasy Realms
44
Going with the Flow 42
I Ching 30
Self Mastery 10
The Fool - Taking a Step as Sacred Self 32
Wisdom from Buddie 51
REGULAR FEATURES
Aboriginal Spirit - Bear 4
Animal Whispers - More Healthy Pets 22
Astrology - In the New Millenium 58
Cartoon Contest 28
Crystals - Rose Quartz 24
Directory of Businesses & Events 60
Enlightening Strikes - 2012 13
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
- Going Raw #2 52
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit - Licensed to Krill 55
Herbs - A little bit o Magic - Heart Health 26
Hypnotherapy - Who I Was 19
Natures Essence - Tony 37
Numerology - Number Five 40
Phenomena - Star Nations 47
Reader Response 50
Searching for Serenity - Resolutions 7
Spirit of the Dance - Invitation to Dance #2 16
Worthwhile Reading 46
From the Publisher
Being Rounded
Reading the contents of True Blue Spirit, you might
think I’m a person who wiles away her time in lotus
position on a large round pillow, meditating to the strains
of Enya. Oh, how I wish that were so.
As we worked on this issue of the magazine there were
so many things going on in the background that there were
a few days when I wondered if it would even come to be.
This being said, I still took time for some of that
meditation I mentioned above. Perhaps the atmosphere
was not quite as described, more like sitting on the
loveseat with two dogs crammed onto my lap…but it was
a time for stillness nonetheless. It’s all part of being
rounded.
The fact of the matter is that if all I did every day was
open myself to spirit, I’d be an emotional wreck. When we
tap into our spiritual side through meditation, hypnosis or
other means, we open ourselves to sensitivities. I can cry at
the drop of a hat…and I have! Hence a grounding process
is always the final step in these activities.
On the other hand, we can be over-grounded, planting
our feet too deep into the earth, closing our channels to
intuition, working too hard and not allowing ourselves to
be in tune with the intuitive possibilities available to us.
For most of us, this tends to be the most common lifestyle.
It’s this lifestyle that flashes back to us every day from the
television screen and how spiritually enlightening is that?
As we move forward in developing our intuition, the
lifestyle that has been ingrained in us is often the hardest
obstacle to overcome.
When we are rounded, we make sure that we accom-
plish the necessities of life, participate in those normal
human activities, while at the same time maintaining
contact with spirit and opening channels to our intuition.
This year while I practise my rounded lifestyle, I plan to
embrace just a little more spirit every day.
Keep well,
Dorothy Jeanne Engst
This magazine is a spirit driven gift of the heart.
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by James Henry Spencer - the Wave Walker
Aboriginal Spirit
Aboriginal Spirit
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y main power animal or my Totem is
Tequaty the great brown bear of the North-
west. We have walked together through many
lifetimes. We come to bring peace, love and
harmony to a troubled world. In this lifetime,
Tequaty first came to me during a dream time.
I was walking on a sunny day along an
animal path through the grass beside the bank of a
salmon river when I saw a huge brown bear coming
along the path from the opposite direction. As he
approached I felt that I should be afraid. I had no
weapon and there were no trees near. I was bare
from the waist up, barefoot and totally vulnerable,
but strangely I felt no fear. As we met I felt a bond-
ing. Tequaty motioned with his paw for me to follow
him, which I did. When we came to an interesting
path that led into the forest, again he motioned me
to follow.
Along the forest path, bear stopped by a
young cedar tree. He stopped and clawed down a
small pile of soft bark, then, taking the shredded
bark in his mouth, again he motioned me to follow.
After a lengthy walk along this pristine
forest path we came to a cove with a small village by
the gravel beach. The children that were playing
there called excitedly to the adults to come see the
stranger walking with the great brown bear beside
him. Bear walked through the village and entered the
big house. I entered after Bear. When my eyes
adjusted to the dim light, I saw a small fire in the
center of the dirt floor and sitting by the fire was an
ancient shaman. No word was spoken. Bear sat
down opposite the shaman. I too sat by the fire.
The shaman reached across the smouldering
fire and bear dropped the shredded cedar bark into
his hands. The shaman held the bark over the fire
while incanting a prayer. When he completed the
ceremony he passed the cedar bark to me, only it had
turned into a book with nothing on the pages. The
shaman spoke to me, saying, “Take this book and
record.”
Bear and I have walked together ever since,
although he misses the lonely pristine life of forest,
river and mountain. Bear gives me the required
bravery to go forth with a quiet courage to fulfill my
purpose in life.
Bear
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 beautiful gifts that I have been blessed
with. It is my desire to imbue the gift of peace, love and
harmony into your life.”
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by James Henry Spencer - the Wave Walker
Aboriginal Spirit
Aboriginal Spirit
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y main power animal or my Totem is
Tequaty the great brown bear of the North-
west. We have walked together through many
lifetimes. We come to bring peace, love and
harmony to a troubled world. In this lifetime,
Tequaty first came to me during a dream time.
I was walking on a sunny day along an
animal path through the grass beside the bank of a
salmon river when I saw a huge brown bear coming
along the path from the opposite direction. As he
approached I felt that I should be afraid. I had no
weapon and there were no trees near. I was bare
from the waist up, barefoot and totally vulnerable,
but strangely I felt no fear. As we met I felt a bond-
ing. Tequaty motioned with his paw for me to follow
him, which I did. When we came to an interesting
path that led into the forest, again he motioned me
to follow.
Along the forest path, bear stopped by a
young cedar tree. He stopped and clawed down a
small pile of soft bark, then, taking the shredded
bark in his mouth, again he motioned me to follow.
After a lengthy walk along this pristine
forest path we came to a cove with a small village by
the gravel beach. The children that were playing
there called excitedly to the adults to come see the
stranger walking with the great brown bear beside
him. Bear walked through the village and entered the
big house. I entered after Bear. When my eyes
adjusted to the dim light, I saw a small fire in the
center of the dirt floor and sitting by the fire was an
ancient shaman. No word was spoken. Bear sat
down opposite the shaman. I too sat by the fire.
The shaman reached across the smouldering
fire and bear dropped the shredded cedar bark into
his hands. The shaman held the bark over the fire
while incanting a prayer. When he completed the
ceremony he passed the cedar bark to me, only it had
turned into a book with nothing on the pages. The
shaman spoke to me, saying, “Take this book and
record.”
Bear and I have walked together ever since,
although he misses the lonely pristine life of forest,
river and mountain. Bear gives me the required
bravery to go forth with a quiet courage to fulfill my
purpose in life.
Bear
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 beautiful gifts that I have been blessed
with. It is my desire to imbue the gift of peace, love and
harmony into your life.”
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR WISDOM
JAMES? Go to
www.TrueBlueSpirit.ca and
click on the link to ask an Elder
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Searching for Serenity
e are definitely well into the New Year. This
is a great time to check in on how those
fabulous 2010 resolutions are going. I’m not looking
for any real disclosure on your part, but if you’re like
me and the other 90% of North Americans polled,
those champagne-infused promises have flown out
the window, laughing all the way to the Bahamas…
again. Truth be told, I no longer make New Years
Resolutions. I used to be a great one for new begin-
nings. I was a master of all those fancy catch phrases:
the “new leaf”, the “fresh start”, and the ever popular
“tomorrow is a new day.” I dwelt in the land of magic
numbers, loving the first of any month, or the 9th (my
birth date). Full moons were always a good restarting
point. What was fun was getting to wait until the full
the moon came. If said moon was still two weeks
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Searching for Serenity
I have turned over countless new leaves
in my 45 years. I am convinced that those who
are blessed by enduring serenity live comfort-
ably in the present and they do not have a
burning need to turn over new leaves every
New Year or full moon or birthday.
Looking closely at my own journey, I
came to a number of realizations. Primarily, that
my resolutions pointed to a long-standing
personal dissatisfaction with the life choices I
was repeatedly making. Secondly, I found that
my lack of motivation and willpower were often
in conflict with my desires. Finally, I came to
understand that one of my greatest skills was
procrastination. You should know as I write this,
I have only two days left until my deadline. I do
believe in consistency.
There is a quote I discovered in Leslie
Bendaly’s remarkable book, Winner Instinct: “If
we really want to live, we’d better start at once
to try; If we don’t it doesn’t matter, we’d better
start to die” (W.H. Auden).
I really strive to live fully, today, this
instant, with passion, and without regret. I don’t
make resolutions anymore and do not intend to
again. I keep my life and daily choices simple. I
don’t do anything that will complicate my
lifestyle or relationships. In other words, I have
finally learned to manage my plate.
What have I learned? That it is easy to
procrastinate; that the excuses are varied, from
laziness to alternate priorities, from perfection-
ism to fear of success. I have learned that this is
very stressful in the long term and not condu-
cive to living “placidly amid the noise and
haste” (Desiderata). I learned that procrastina-
tors favour self-criticism, myself included, and
absolutely love making resolutions. I learned
that to make changes in my life, I needed to be
gentle with myself, everyday, one day at a time.
I needed to simplify my life, my relationships,
and my needs. I needed to be content with right
now, whatever that moment brought.
This is not always easy. I have learned
that if I must make a resolution, it must be that
every morning I vow to simply let go! No
regrets. I try not to make any choice that I might
have to apologize for later. These themes keep
appearing in my articles, but lasting serenity
depends on them. I’ve let go of resolutions, of
special days and magic numbers to effect
meaningful changes in my life. I am content
now in the knowledge that every day has
meaning and is a lifetime worth living.
VINCE POLLITT and his partner Robyn live on
Vancouver Island. Vince combines almost three
decades of Zen training and spiritual studies with
passions for music, painting and writing. As a spiritual
coach, he specialises in Reiki based pranic healing.
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thought of alcohol, tobacco, junk food or drugs in the
mind, long enough for people to believe they need them.
I suddenly understood my hiking friend’s situation.
Margaritas were the ego’s key weapon against his creative
light, just as my aching body kept me from my bliss. This
realization was a luminous moment in my life. All I had to
do was watch my ego and make conscious choices that
would outsmart the old patterns.
Now, every morning as I awake, I remind myself
that I am not alone. There is an ego very attached to being
in control of my life, and I must show it that I am its
master. When I write, I stretch and drink water and move
around every half hour. I breathe and bring my awareness
into my body and remain in touch with how I am feeling. I
exercise and eat well and enjoy my inner sensations as
much as possible and the ego does not have a chance of
taking over, because it can only get the upper hand if I am
not present. I have claimed my body and mind and the ego
is now my loyal servant.
n a fresh sunshiny morning in Pacific Palisades, I
hiked along the windy wooded trail at Temescal
Canyon with a dear friend. The air blossomed with the
scent of wild herbs and a twinkling turquoise ocean
sparkled at us from every turn. The rapture of the moment
was so great that I felt as if I had become one with the
beauty of nature, no thoughts, no emotions, no mind, just
pure existence streaming through.
“I cannot write without drinking,” came my
friend’s voice, piercing through the magic. “I need a
margarita every time I sit down to the typewriter. I hate
myself for it. I don’t know why I do it.”
He was perplexed and so was I. A brilliant and
successful screenwriter, he gave off the air of a man who
could conquer anything.
Some years later I was at my own computer
working on a story that was so delightful I was spurred
into bouts of laughter and tears of joy. The ideas were
coming so fluidly that I could not put them down on paper
fast enough. I was in heaven. Then suddenly my body
began to ache. I had to get up and stretch and go for a
walk. Then I sat down again and everything began flowing,
but within a few minutes the pain returned. This continued
all day until finally I stood up and asked myself out loud,
“What? What is this about?” Then it occurred to me; I was
streaming with pure creativity, flowing with joy, impas-
sioned with what I was doing, loving every moment. I was
literally getting high on life, but that part of me that cannot
exist in the light became frightened; frightened of the
heights of being. “IT” had to distract me, take me out of
my rapture long enough to bring me back down into the
safe lackluster boundaries of its control.
We all know this mysterious aspect of self. It is
that energy that looks for flaws where there is beauty. It
points out the imperfections in those we love. It puts the
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EHSIDA BISSETT comes from from Victoria, BC
and now resides in Malibu, California where she
runs her company which is dedicated to uplifting
and inspiring others. www.Tickled Inspirations.com
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Self Mastery
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by Ehsida Bissett
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thought of alcohol, tobacco, junk food or drugs in the
mind, long enough for people to believe they need them.
I suddenly understood my hiking friend’s situation.
Margaritas were the ego’s key weapon against his creative
light, just as my aching body kept me from my bliss. This
realization was a luminous moment in my life. All I had to
do was watch my ego and make conscious choices that
would outsmart the old patterns.
Now, every morning as I awake, I remind myself
that I am not alone. There is an ego very attached to being
in control of my life, and I must show it that I am its
master. When I write, I stretch and drink water and move
around every half hour. I breathe and bring my awareness
into my body and remain in touch with how I am feeling. I
exercise and eat well and enjoy my inner sensations as
much as possible and the ego does not have a chance of
taking over, because it can only get the upper hand if I am
not present. I have claimed my body and mind and the ego
is now my loyal servant.
n a fresh sunshiny morning in Pacific Palisades, I
hiked along the windy wooded trail at Temescal
Canyon with a dear friend. The air blossomed with the
scent of wild herbs and a twinkling turquoise ocean
sparkled at us from every turn. The rapture of the moment
was so great that I felt as if I had become one with the
beauty of nature, no thoughts, no emotions, no mind, just
pure existence streaming through.
“I cannot write without drinking,” came my
friend’s voice, piercing through the magic. “I need a
margarita every time I sit down to the typewriter. I hate
myself for it. I don’t know why I do it.”
He was perplexed and so was I. A brilliant and
successful screenwriter, he gave off the air of a man who
could conquer anything.
Some years later I was at my own computer
working on a story that was so delightful I was spurred
into bouts of laughter and tears of joy. The ideas were
coming so fluidly that I could not put them down on paper
fast enough. I was in heaven. Then suddenly my body
began to ache. I had to get up and stretch and go for a
walk. Then I sat down again and everything began flowing,
but within a few minutes the pain returned. This continued
all day until finally I stood up and asked myself out loud,
“What? What is this about?” Then it occurred to me; I was
streaming with pure creativity, flowing with joy, impas-
sioned with what I was doing, loving every moment. I was
literally getting high on life, but that part of me that cannot
exist in the light became frightened; frightened of the
heights of being. “IT” had to distract me, take me out of
my rapture long enough to bring me back down into the
safe lackluster boundaries of its control.
We all know this mysterious aspect of self. It is
that energy that looks for flaws where there is beauty. It
points out the imperfections in those we love. It puts the
O
EHSIDA BISSETT comes from from Victoria, BC
and now resides in Malibu, California where she
runs her company which is dedicated to uplifting
and inspiring others. www.Tickled Inspirations.com
©skvoor-Fotolia.com
Self Mastery
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by Ehsida Bissett
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Enlightening Strikes
by Paul Elder
2012~Whats the Fuss?
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s our planet rockets through space, and
time draws ever nearer to 2012, it seems
impossible to engage in esoteric discussions
without giving thought to the mystery of the
Mayan Calendar. While so many of us navigate
the flood of books, internet chats, television
documentaries, and the launch of Hollywood
versions of 2012, the subject seems to have
taken on a culture and life of its own.
Like many of my Remote Viewing
colleagues, I’ve often been asked for my take on
this vexing topic. What does it all mean? Could
it really be the end of time, the end of the
world? Could we be heading toward a mass
exodus from the planet? Or could it be
another virtual non-event like the
Y2K crisis?
To begin, I do not
believe the Mayan
Calendar heralds the
end of the world
in 2012.
It simply
marks the end of
a 26,000 year
epoch in time
and the start
of a subsequent
period. The
calendar is not
a chronicle of
physical changes
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to the Earth, but instead details the evolution of
human consciousness through time.
Incredibly accurate in its tracking of
astrological time, it appears to delineate major
shifts in consciousness that follow massive
cultural transitions such as the agricultural
evolution, the industrial evolution, and, more
recently, the mind numbing advancements of
technology.
The age of instant global communication
has profoundly changed the consciousness of
our planet. No longer are repressive regimes
able to hide abuses behind the cloak of anonym-
ity and, more importantly, no longer are they
able to shield their citizens from the
influence of the rest of the world. In
thirty short years humanity has
witnessed a tremendous
shift towards individuals
seeking higher spiritual
relevance in their lives.
In most societies
much of the shift
appears to
transcend fear-
based dogmatic
religions to more
spiritually
based beliefs in
the spiritual
equality of all
beings and genders.
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So what are the major developments I see over the
next few years?
• Global economies will continue to struggle as
nations maneuver through difficult times. Parts of the
world will experience hyperinflation in the cost of
essential commodities including food, resulting in
wide spread unrest and conflict.
As a result of the continuing vacillation of global
climates, expect to see more erratic disruptions of
nature. Storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and droughts
will test the mettle of many countries, but we will not
see the decimation of earth’s populations as some
believe.
• The massive shift towards spiritual awareness will
continue, even more so in the face of mounting
evidence of visiting extra-terrestrials. Expect a great
deal of activity in the skies.
• Unless human consciousness gains enough momen-
tum to shift the global barriers of fear and hostility,
expect major escalations in conflicts in the Middle
East and North Korea, but these will all be resolved.
• But, above all, I believe the most important revela-
tion of the Mayan Calendar may be the profound shift
towards a new spiritual balance on this planet—the
restoration of the feminine principle. In this quicken-
ing time individual souls come to recognise the great
inequities and injustices of male dominated societies
and religions, and realize that over the past several
thousand years, humanity has fallen drastically out of
balance with nature, God, and our planet. This is the
time for hearts and minds around the world to
remember and embrace the true nature of humanity as
spiritual beings—male and female energies in
balance.
PAUL ELDER is the author of the book,
“Eyes of an Angel.” A survivor of three
near-death experiences, he is a Remote
Viewing instructor at the world renowned
Monroe Institute in Virginia.
This is the time for a great spiritual integration and
movement towards a more loving and nurturing
planet of peace. A wonderful time to be alive, don’t
you think?
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Spirit of the Dance
his is the second part of an RSVP
inspired by Oriah Mountain
Dreamers “The Invitation,” a message that
has forever changed my dance in this world.
The Dreamer says: It doesn’t
interest me if the story you are telling me is
true. I want to know if you can disappoint
another to be true to yourself; if you can
bear the accusation of betrayal and not
betray your own soul; if you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
And I reply: The memories I have
are where my stories come from. I have
disappointed many along my journey,
myself included. Through these disappoint-
ments I have begun to unravel the truth
about myself, truth that led me to my soul.
I want to know if you can see
beauty, even when it’s not pretty, every day,
and if you can source your own life from its
presence.
I see beauty in places and people
that I long ago stopped noticing; beauty that
astounds me, saddens me, excites and
exhilarates me. I see beauty in a place I
didn’t believe it existed, a place that lives in
the reflection of my eyes.
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An Invitation to Dance:
Scene Two
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I want to know if you can live with failure,
yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the
lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”
From the mouth where the river dances into
the lake I have found that failure; yours and mine,
are actually gifts we have yet to open, with the moon
and the stars as our witness.
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or
how much money you have. I want to know if you
can get up, after a night of grief and despair, weary
and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be
done to feed the children.
My grief and despair opened my eyes to the
life I was not fully living. My child opened my heart
in a place where weary and bruised could never
journey.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how
you came to be here. I want to know what sustains
you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
There have been times when I have been a
stranger even when surrounded by friends and loved
ones. I have walked out of a room to avoid the
loneliness of being surrounded by people. And when
all else has fallen away and there is nothing left
except the rhythm of my own heartbeat, a childlike
excitement about the adventures that wait for me
tomorrow pulls me through the day.
I want to know if you can be alone with
yourself and truly like the company you keep in the
empty moments.
In the rare moments I am alone with myself
I close my eyes, cherish this space for reflection. At
times I cry, at others I laugh and sometimes I listen
to the messages I have been too busy to hear. Then
there are times I pick up the phone, not able to bear
what I have kept myself too busy to avoid.
I am a dance in progress.
MICHELLE STAPLES is a transpersonal counsellor and
intuitive energy worker. She is a dance facilitator, works in
film with youth in her community and is an advocate for
creating sustainability and social change.
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ho I was then is not who I am now. Then, I
was caught up in the cycle of an eating
disorder, not trusting my relationship with food and
my body. I was fearful of my feelings and emo-
tions.
I was terrified of experiencing my feelings
because of the emotions attached to them. I was
living in a state of anxiety, afraid of allowing those
feelings to express who I was. I always saw myself
with a neon sign flashing on and off above my head
screaming “Bulimic! Bulimic! Bulimic!” I thought
everyone around me could see it.
I set up a parameter of rules that had to fit
within those beliefs in order to keep that neon sign
flashing and keep me in fear and anxiety.
Within all of our lives we have something
we would like to change. Where in your life today
do you have that flashing neon sign? What rules
have you put in place where you are stuck—
knowing you want to change, but fearing the
change?
I am no longer a “recovering bulimic,”
but a being who stands in my own light,
carrying my own beliefs, experienc-
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personality called
Barbara.
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I choose now to acknowledge my feelings and
emotions as they are, no longer simply reacting to
life but going with and trusting in the flow of my
life.
The following mantra of love and gratitude
brings about a peaceful feeling of “going with the
flow” of your life and your time.
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and for a
while, focus on your breath. In and out. In the
quietness of your mind, repeat the following,
allowing universal love and gratitude to flow
through you.
With love and gratitude [your name] I thank you.
With love and gratitude [your name] I respect you.
With love and gratitude [your name] I love you.
As you practise this mantra remember that
change takes time and patience. Trust in the process
and let go with love and gratitude.
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Hypnotherapy
BARBARA ADELBORG is a clinical
hypnotherapist and she maintains
a practice in the Cowichan Valley,
where she has resided for over 30
years. Barbara is trained in several
hypnosis techniques.
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Who I was Then
by Barbara Adelborg, CMH, HT
True Blue
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Join an intimate group of 32 participants
July 15th through 18th, 2010
nestled on the shore at The Haven
on Gabriola Island, B.C.
Wed love to have you join us.
For details and cost click on
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or call True Blue Spirit at 1-877-700-2760
Early Bird registration ends March 1st, 2010
(Note - One of our magazine subscribers will be randomly selected to receive complimentary attendance to this all inclusive retreat)
Whether you are just learning to develop your psychic and intuitive
abilities, or you are ready to take them to another level; this retreat is for you.
Explore your innate abilities under the guidance of our True Blue Spirit intu-
itives, who will help you achieve a greater awareness of spirit while embracing
your intuition to open up to new possibilities. The retreat rates include meals,
accommodation, and full daytime and evening agendas with teachings from
more than ten intuitives.
Drawing on primordial traditions you will learn to put practices into
place to enhance your journey through life. Whether working with a Zen Prac-
titioner, creating the Nature’s Essence that is right for you, or spending an
evening tapping into the energies of an ancient crystal skull, and much more;
this True Blue Spirit retreat will take you through a wide range of intuitive
possibilities.
Course Facilitators -
Please go to our website to read course details and learn about
additional facilitators as well as private readings. Call 1-877-700-2760
if you would like this information mailed to you.
PAUL ELDER
Author, Teacher and
Remote Viewing
Trainer with the
Munroe Institute
SABINA PETTITT M.Ed.
Doctor of Traditional
Chinese Medicine
Co-creator of
Pacific Essences
VINCE POLLITT
Zen Practitioner,
Spiritual Coach
and Reiki Healer
BARBARA ADELBORG CMH, HT
Clinical Hypnotherapist
KIRBY SEID
Psychologist, co-founder
Light Labyrinth Project
Kirby brings the ancient
crystal skull
Sha Na Ra
JAMES HENRY SPENCER
Wisdom James”
Healer and Spiritual Teacher
STEPHANIE MCCOLL
Animal Communicator
and Reiki Master
CHERYL DAWN
Native Healer
Spiritual Teacher
CAROL SPENCER
Spiritualist Medium
MICHAEL GINTOWT MA
Psychologist and
Exopsychologist
Immerse Yourself in
Possibility
True Blue
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pirit Retreat
Join an intimate group of 32 participants
July 15th through 18th, 2010
nestled on the shore at The Haven
on Gabriola Island, B.C.
Wed love to have you join us.
For details and cost click on
Retreats at www.truebluespirit.com
or call True Blue Spirit at 1-877-700-2760
Early Bird registration ends March 1st, 2010
(Note - One of our magazine subscribers will be randomly selected to receive complimentary attendance to this all inclusive retreat)
Whether you are just learning to develop your psychic and intuitive
abilities, or you are ready to take them to another level; this retreat is for you.
Explore your innate abilities under the guidance of our True Blue Spirit intu-
itives, who will help you achieve a greater awareness of spirit while embracing
your intuition to open up to new possibilities. The retreat rates include meals,
accommodation, and full daytime and evening agendas with teachings from
more than ten intuitives.
Drawing on primordial traditions you will learn to put practices into
place to enhance your journey through life. Whether working with a Zen Prac-
titioner, creating the Nature’s Essence that is right for you, or spending an
evening tapping into the energies of an ancient crystal skull, and much more;
this True Blue Spirit retreat will take you through a wide range of intuitive
possibilities.
Course Facilitators -
Please go to our website to read course details and learn about
additional facilitators as well as private readings. Call 1-877-700-2760
if you would like this information mailed to you.
PAUL ELDER
Author, Teacher and
Remote Viewing
Trainer with the
Munroe Institute
SABINA PETTITT M.Ed.
Doctor of Traditional
Chinese Medicine
Co-creator of
Pacific Essences
VINCE POLLITT
Zen Practitioner,
Spiritual Coach
and Reiki Healer
BARBARA ADELBORG CMH, HT
Clinical Hypnotherapist
KIRBY SEID
Psychologist, co-founder
Light Labyrinth Project
Kirby brings the ancient
crystal skull
Sha Na Ra
JAMES HENRY SPENCER
Wisdom James”
Healer and Spiritual Teacher
STEPHANIE MCCOLL
Animal Communicator
and Reiki Master
CHERYL DAWN
Native Healer
Spiritual Teacher
CAROL SPENCER
Spiritualist Medium
MICHAEL GINTOWT MA
Psychologist and
Exopsychologist
Immerse Yourself in
Possibility
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Animal Whispers
by Stephanie McColl
hat’s for dinner Mom? A
feverishly wagging tail and
big pleading brown eyes looking up
at me want to know. I’m sure this is
familiar to some of you so I thought
it would be helpful to expand a little
on the subject of nutrition for our
beloved pets.
There are as many theories
on animal nutrition as there are on
human nutrition and I can’t tell you
what the “best” diet is. I have
however learned over the years to
listen to and trust my pets to tell me
what they need, as well as having
done a lot of my own research. Most
researchers seem to agree on at least
one or two common ideas and these
are: the simpler the better and, when
possible, eat organic.
Animals have different
needs and what may work for one
may not for another, so trying out
different recipes may be necessary at
first. For instance dogs and cats have
unique requirements. Dogs need
more of a balance between protein,
carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables;
whereas cats need almost twice as
much protein, so it’s important to
know what is required before
making up meals.
“I don’t have time to cook!
It takes too long! I don't know where
to get the ingredients and they’re
usually so expensive!”
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Animal Whispers
Sound familiar? Well, I’ve discovered that
it is actually less time consuming, easier and far
cheaper to make my own pet foods than it is to buy
them. Healthier homemade foods may add years to
your pet’s life and will save money on vet bills too.
Most of us have busy lives and we may not
always have the time or the means to do what’s
ideal. If time is an issue, adding some whole foods
to your pet’s diet such as carrots, celery sticks,
whole grain crackers, apple slices, left-over meats,
yogurt or eggs can be an easy way of making meals
healthier. Thankfully there are now more and more
natural pet foods being made that are using real
animal protein and human grade ingredients. Also
most Health Food and grocery stores, pet stores and
some vets are now offering healthy alternatives. As
always, read your labels and don't be afraid to ask
where and how the products were made.
Here is one of my favorite recipes. You can
use it both for dogs and cats by simply altering the
amount of protein versus carbohydrates. For dogs
the recipe is one third of each of the ingredients
combined and for cats you simply add more protein
making it two thirds protein and one third carbs and
vegetables. Don’t be afraid to experiment by using
different meats, grains and vegetables.
Lamb and Rice Diet
(Chicken, beef, turkey and organ meats can be substituted, as well as
carrots, celery, parsnips, onion, etc for the veggies.)
1 lb Ground lamb
2 cups Brown rice (long or short grain),
cooked, organic
½ cup Parsley, chopped, organic
1 cup Zucchini, grated, organic
½ cup Yogurt, plain
Steam or fry ground lamb lightly in 2 tbs oil (olive, sunflower
or safflower). In a saucepan combine lamb with rice and
veggies and cook until veg is tender, about 10 minutes. Just
before serving, mix in the yogurt. This can be made in batches
and frozen to be used throughout the week.
Being creative with your pet’s meals can be very
rewarding for both of you. Your pet will love you
for the home cooked meal.
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 manag-
ing Lifestyle Select in Sidney, B.C.
ne of the first things I learned about crystals
when I first started at Wishes was the fact
that the crystal usually picks you! More times than I
can count a customer will come in and be drawn to a
particular one and by looking at the crystal I can
usually tell what’s going on in their lives. When
someone is drawn to our featured crystal, rose
quartz, love is on their minds!!
Rose quartz, a member of the quartz family,
has a hardness of 7 and comes in varying shades of
soft pinks to deep rose. Some of the best quality rose
quartz is found in Madagascar, India and Germany
as well as areas in the U.S, though now most of the
best specimens come from Brazil.
Ancient Romans believed that rose quartz
helped to get rid of headaches and breathing prob-
lems and was useful in ridding the body of impuri-
ties. In some folklore, wearing rose quartz was said
to keep one looking young and women were urged
to keep it under their pillows. It is also used as the
alternate birthstone for January.
When it comes to healing the heart, there
really is no better stone. Most of us carry some kind
of emotional scar tissue within. Whatever happened,
at some point most of us have had our hearts broken.
That is where rose quartz comes in. This stone
emanates a deeply calming, loving energy. It’s a
bandaid when we’re bleeding and ointment for the
burn. It works specifically with the heart chakra,
balancing and reflecting love back to us. It reminds
us that we are worthy of love and how important it is
to love ourselves first and foremost.
Rose quartz is wonderful for attracting love
to us as well. It seems to set the intention that one is
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ready for love and acts as a magnet to attract it. It
can also be a useful stone to have in the house when
there are a lot of emotional issues, it can bring a
sense of peace and forgiveness and will help to
understand everyone else’s point of view. Wearing a
rose quartz pendant is a great way to remind
ourselves to speak with love as well.
Above all else, rose quartz helps remind us
to try to stay connected to the divine, to remember
that we are all connected on this planet: humans,
animals and plants. All countries, rivers and oceans
are connected by this earth we walk on and this
thought also uncovers a bigger issue. In our quest for
spirit, we are always on the lookout for tools to help
us on our way, but at what cost? Disturbing reports
are surfacing of companies mining crystals out of
existence, and of the inhumane conditions and poor
wages that the miners face. Believe me, I wasn’t
comfortable with knowing this as I sat looking at
some of the many crystals I felt I had to have!
But maybe if we all have a little awareness
of where our tools are coming from and how they
got to us, then perhaps we can all start changing the
way our earth is treated. It all comes back to love!
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mainly on tarot. Since starting work
at Wishes eight years ago, she has
learned much about crystals and the
other tools that fill the store. Erin lives
in Duncan with her husband and
three children.
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appiness, joy, love, sadness and grief all
affect the energy of the heart. All
emotions—the good, the bad and the ugly—must
be processed by the spirit of the heart as part of
the human process. The heart has so much to do
on the mechanical level, then add the emotional
ups and downs that go along with life. It’s no
wonder diseases of the heart are so prevalent
in our society.
Here is a little herbal magic to help
give your heart some love and support. Remember
when focusing energy and taking time for yourself, try
to keep your intention clear and connect with the
energy of the herbs.
To attract love
This helps to open up your heart to receive
love. While burning this incense think about what it
would look and feel like to be in a loving relationship.
Mix together:
Lavender
Rose petals
Cinnamon powder or chips
3 drops Jasmine essential oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Sandalwood
Mix evenly; focus your thoughts and place in a
beautiful jar. Burn on charcoal in a heat-safe dish.
A Bath ritual for self-love
Fill the tub. Stand before it, place some
rose petals in the bath, one at a time,
visualising each petal represents some-
thing you love about yourself. Picture all
those positive aspects circulating in the water.
Now get into the bath and feel all the positive
aspects of yourself. When you are done with the
bath, collect the petals and place them in a house-
plant.
Remember the heart loves to feel laughter,
be nourished by good foods, hear the voices of
loved ones and enjoy life.
Health and Happiness to you.
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To protect the heart
Get a piece of white cotton cloth
seven inches squared.
Next place into a bowl equal
parts of:
Bay
Fennel
Cedar
St John’s Wort
Lavender
Motherwort
Hawthorne Berries
Mix together, focusing on your
heart spirit being protected.
When you feel ready, spread out
the cloth, place herbs in the
middle gather up the corners
with a red string. As you tie the
first knot say, “ I bind thee to
protect my heart spirit and heart
energy.” Knot the string twelve
times, repeating the above
words each time. Keep the
sachet with you or place
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Herbs - A little bit o Magic
Heart Health
by Betty Norton
BETTY NORTON is an herbalist, herbal
formulator, lifestyle consultant and teacher.
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appiness, joy, love, sadness and grief all
affect the energy of the heart. All
emotions—the good, the bad and the ugly—must
be processed by the spirit of the heart as part of
the human process. The heart has so much to do
on the mechanical level, then add the emotional
ups and downs that go along with life. It’s no
wonder diseases of the heart are so prevalent
in our society.
Here is a little herbal magic to help
give your heart some love and support. Remember
when focusing energy and taking time for yourself, try
to keep your intention clear and connect with the
energy of the herbs.
To attract love
This helps to open up your heart to receive
love. While burning this incense think about what it
would look and feel like to be in a loving relationship.
Mix together:
Lavender
Rose petals
Cinnamon powder or chips
3 drops Jasmine essential oil
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Sandalwood
Mix evenly; focus your thoughts and place in a
beautiful jar. Burn on charcoal in a heat-safe dish.
A Bath ritual for self-love
Fill the tub. Stand before it, place some
rose petals in the bath, one at a time,
visualising each petal represents some-
thing you love about yourself. Picture all
those positive aspects circulating in the water.
Now get into the bath and feel all the positive
aspects of yourself. When you are done with the
bath, collect the petals and place them in a house-
plant.
Remember the heart loves to feel laughter,
be nourished by good foods, hear the voices of
loved ones and enjoy life.
Health and Happiness to you.
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To protect the heart
Get a piece of white cotton cloth
seven inches squared.
Next place into a bowl equal
parts of:
Bay
Fennel
Cedar
St John’s Wort
Lavender
Motherwort
Hawthorne Berries
Mix together, focusing on your
heart spirit being protected.
When you feel ready, spread out
the cloth, place herbs in the
middle gather up the corners
with a red string. As you tie the
first knot say, “ I bind thee to
protect my heart spirit and heart
energy.” Knot the string twelve
times, repeating the above
words each time. Keep the
sachet with you or place
somewhere special.
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Herbs - A little bit o Magic
Heart Health
by Betty Norton
BETTY NORTON is an herbalist, herbal
formulator, lifestyle consultant and teacher.
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Be sure to check out our fresh
new website
www.truebluespirit.com
uliette, a Shamanic Reiki master teacher,
became a brainstate technician a year ago.
A mother to four little ones, she had severe
stress in her life. Embarking on brainstate’s full time
training regime with its vast information and exact-
ing detail, she was finding it difficult to sleep, and
never felt rested during the day. Meanwhile, she
continued her Shamanic work. Her mind was
constantly racing and she became extremely sensi-
tive to others’ energy. She was a nervous car passen-
ger and tended to burden herself with many obliga-
tions and tough situations, only to burn out later.
As a requirement for the position, Juliette
had an intensive session. Intellsensors were placed
on her head for a “brain map” and combined with
her personal goals. Protocols were created specifi-
cally for her. After her initial two hour session, she
felt an immediate sense of relief. Peace and calm
replaced the anxiety she had been experiencing. She
felt exponential improvement over the following
eight sessions, each of which lasted two hours.
She wrote, “Not only was I balancing and
harmonizing the electrical frequencies in my brain
but I was also receiving spiritual guidance and
support.”
After the completion of her intensive
training, Juliette was able to feel rested after only six
hours of sleep. There were no twinges of pain when
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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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he “Classic of Changes”, the “I Ching”, is
one of the oldest Chinese books in existence.
Sages, observing nature around 3,000 BCE, devel-
oped the basic concepts, and the earliest complete
texts are over 2,000 years old. It is both a philo-
sophical treasure, and a system for divination.
Divination, an intuitive aid, reveals the subtle
processes that link us to the universe.
The I Ching is a system of hexagrams or six
stacked lines. The lines are either yin (- -) or yang
(—), the two fundamental forces of the universe.
These two forces are complementary, each one
dependent upon the other in an everlasting dance of
varying interaction. The symbol at left shows the
two forces within the circle of the Great Unity,
where yin holds within it the seed of yang, and vice
versa.
Both forces, both sides of Unity, are in
constant motion, just as day is constantly shifting
into night, as breathing shifts in and out. Yin and
yang are process attributes that can be given to
anything, anywhere.
Yin and yang lines are combined in sets of
three, giving rise to eight trigrams representing
fundamental forces of nature. When they are in turn
combined with each other, we get 64 hexagrams.
Each hexagram illustrates a quality of time, a
process, and its promise for success or failure. The
text suggests ways and attitudes that increase the
chances of a favourable outcome, or not.
Hexagram 14 Hexagram 55
Thus, it is an intuitive guide, constantly
encouraging the reader to adopt the appropriate
attitude, and describing what that attitude looks like
in practice. Divination with the I Ching is not about
“what will happen?” but rather, “what is the correct
way for such and such to happen?” or “If this
happens, then how can I best respond?” or “If I
continue in this way, what is the likely outcome?” or
“What is going on right now, and how can I conduct
myself so it turns out well?”
I consulted the I Ching on how to best
describe it to True Blue Spirit readers. I tossed a set
of three coins to generate the lines. The response
(paraphrased from Hexagrams 14 and 55) was: “The
I Ching is a possession that continually gives,
abundantly. It is portable, and is blessed by Heaven.
It can help you bear large burdens, and to make
difficult, contentious decisions about what is right
and wrong.”
The I Ching is a venerable classical book for
delving into the intricacies of Chinese philosophy or
to consult for guidance.
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by Michael Gintowt
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
- The Classic of Changes
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he “Classic of Changes”, the “I Ching”, is
one of the oldest Chinese books in existence.
Sages, observing nature around 3,000 BCE, devel-
oped the basic concepts, and the earliest complete
texts are over 2,000 years old. It is both a philo-
sophical treasure, and a system for divination.
Divination, an intuitive aid, reveals the subtle
processes that link us to the universe.
The I Ching is a system of hexagrams or six
stacked lines. The lines are either yin (- -) or yang
(—), the two fundamental forces of the universe.
These two forces are complementary, each one
dependent upon the other in an everlasting dance of
varying interaction. The symbol at left shows the
two forces within the circle of the Great Unity,
where yin holds within it the seed of yang, and vice
versa.
Both forces, both sides of Unity, are in
constant motion, just as day is constantly shifting
into night, as breathing shifts in and out. Yin and
yang are process attributes that can be given to
anything, anywhere.
Yin and yang lines are combined in sets of
three, giving rise to eight trigrams representing
fundamental forces of nature. When they are in turn
combined with each other, we get 64 hexagrams.
Each hexagram illustrates a quality of time, a
process, and its promise for success or failure. The
text suggests ways and attitudes that increase the
chances of a favourable outcome, or not.
Hexagram 14 Hexagram 55
Thus, it is an intuitive guide, constantly
encouraging the reader to adopt the appropriate
attitude, and describing what that attitude looks like
in practice. Divination with the I Ching is not about
“what will happen?” but rather, “what is the correct
way for such and such to happen?” or “If this
happens, then how can I best respond?” or “If I
continue in this way, what is the likely outcome?” or
“What is going on right now, and how can I conduct
myself so it turns out well?”
I consulted the I Ching on how to best
describe it to True Blue Spirit readers. I tossed a set
of three coins to generate the lines. The response
(paraphrased from Hexagrams 14 and 55) was: “The
I Ching is a possession that continually gives,
abundantly. It is portable, and is blessed by Heaven.
It can help you bear large burdens, and to make
difficult, contentious decisions about what is right
and wrong.”
The I Ching is a venerable classical book for
delving into the intricacies of Chinese philosophy or
to consult for guidance.
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by Michael Gintowt
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
- The Classic of Changes
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ism of each card hold an endless opportu-
nity to explore ourselves and our relationship to
spirit. The Fool represents perfect presence, the
moment just before we leap into an unknowable
future. He connects us to the space and stillness that
is created when we let go of the past and allow the
future to be a mystery. He is consciousness fully
expressed in the present moment, the impulse of the
creator on the verge of creation, the awakening of
pure potential.
The Fool represents the “Soul” emerging
from the source of light. He has hatched from the
cosmic egg like a newborn, naive and carefree, and
travels oblivious to his surroundings, regardless of
obstacles. He is on the verge of an abyss yet has no
sense of danger and no hesitation.
The white dog is his animal ally which
urges him on and symbolizes pure instinct which
cannot misdirect him as long as it is unencumbered
by ego projections, fears, and regrets. The dog is a
faithful companion and is unleashed, free and
masterless, unrestricted and unlimited by any need
to resist or obey rules. Instinct is not bound by
dogma, duty or obligation.
This Fool wears a crown of laurel, which
symbolizes his spiritual victories over ego
constructs and associated expectations, ideals and
standards that would limit his self expression.
Placed in the wreath is the red feather which tells us
that the Fool’s mind is free, and unencumbered by
the past and has no guilt or regret. The Egyptian
hieroglyph meaning “truth’ is depicted as a feather
which is known as “Maat’s plume.” Maat is the
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in her balance scales. If the soul was found to be as
light as her feather, then it was considered pure and
free of all guilt.
Across his shoulder the Fool carries a staff,
symbolizing his directed will, through which he may
indicate his course of action. He carries a bag
containing his memories and past experiences
suspended from the staff, which enables him to shift
the weight of his burden so the baggage of the past
is put aside and not used as a justification or motiva-
tion for present action.
An eye of consciousness is often depicted
on the bag which reminds him to keep an eye on his
own past-based ego stories in order to keep from
unconsciously repeating them and falling back into
familiar patterns of limitation. The eye symbol is
said to counteract the “evil eye” which is a kind of
thought projection that disempowers us. Negative
self talk and self images from the past will do the
same if we are not present and alert to their stories.
We react strongly to the eye symbol. The eye is
thought to be the “window of the soul,” and eye
contact is of vital importance in our relationships,
especially between mother and baby at birth. The
bond created with this direct gaze ensures the
survival of the newborn, and the Fool is in a
constant state of rebirth.
The Fool’s robe is black symbolizing the
material realm, with the red lining of passion and
vitality. His inner garment is white representing
purity of spirit. Before we can be free from the
restrictions of the material world, we must shed the
cloak by unfastening the girdle, which has twelve
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by Alison Skelton
Taking a Step as the Sacred Self
he archetypes of the Tarot and the symbol-
ism of each card hold an endless opportu-
nity to explore ourselves and our relationship to
spirit. The Fool represents perfect presence, the
moment just before we leap into an unknowable
future. He connects us to the space and stillness that
is created when we let go of the past and allow the
future to be a mystery. He is consciousness fully
expressed in the present moment, the impulse of the
creator on the verge of creation, the awakening of
pure potential.
The Fool represents the “Soul” emerging
from the source of light. He has hatched from the
cosmic egg like a newborn, naive and carefree, and
travels oblivious to his surroundings, regardless of
obstacles. He is on the verge of an abyss yet has no
sense of danger and no hesitation.
The white dog is his animal ally which
urges him on and symbolizes pure instinct which
cannot misdirect him as long as it is unencumbered
by ego projections, fears, and regrets. The dog is a
faithful companion and is unleashed, free and
masterless, unrestricted and unlimited by any need
to resist or obey rules. Instinct is not bound by
dogma, duty or obligation.
This Fool wears a crown of laurel, which
symbolizes his spiritual victories over ego
constructs and associated expectations, ideals and
standards that would limit his self expression.
Placed in the wreath is the red feather which tells us
that the Fool’s mind is free, and unencumbered by
the past and has no guilt or regret. The Egyptian
hieroglyph meaning “truth’ is depicted as a feather
which is known as “Maat’s plume.” Maat is the
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mother goddess who weighed the souls of the dead
in her balance scales. If the soul was found to be as
light as her feather, then it was considered pure and
free of all guilt.
Across his shoulder the Fool carries a staff,
symbolizing his directed will, through which he may
indicate his course of action. He carries a bag
containing his memories and past experiences
suspended from the staff, which enables him to shift
the weight of his burden so the baggage of the past
is put aside and not used as a justification or motiva-
tion for present action.
An eye of consciousness is often depicted
on the bag which reminds him to keep an eye on his
own past-based ego stories in order to keep from
unconsciously repeating them and falling back into
familiar patterns of limitation. The eye symbol is
said to counteract the “evil eye” which is a kind of
thought projection that disempowers us. Negative
self talk and self images from the past will do the
same if we are not present and alert to their stories.
We react strongly to the eye symbol. The eye is
thought to be the “window of the soul,” and eye
contact is of vital importance in our relationships,
especially between mother and baby at birth. The
bond created with this direct gaze ensures the
survival of the newborn, and the Fool is in a
constant state of rebirth.
The Fool’s robe is black symbolizing the
material realm, with the red lining of passion and
vitality. His inner garment is white representing
purity of spirit. Before we can be free from the
restrictions of the material world, we must shed the
cloak by unfastening the girdle, which has twelve
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THE FOOL:
by Alison Skelton
Taking a Step as the Sacred Self
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ALISON SKELTON has been reading Tarot for 30 years.
She teaches classes in Creative Consciousness and
psychic self development. She is a Shamanic Practitio-
ner and Spiritual Counselor. She may be reached at:
transform@alisonskelton.com
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golden baubles symbolizing time and the zodiac.
When we release ourselves from the illusory,
limiting, concepts of time, we can be present in the
empowered NOW. No sooner do we free ourselves,
but the cloak slips back on and we are bound again
by the illusion and tyranny of time.
In many decks the Fool wears a motley
robe, often ragged, or mismatched. This is the Fool’s
disguise, which enables him to appear to be of no
consequence. The Fool has given up his need to
“look good” and therefore does not appear
to fit with the norm. He knows that by
living as he does he may be seen as foolish
to some, yet he wears this image freely and
consciously, knowing that the opinions and
prejudices of others mean nothing, and that it
is his pure soul that defines his worth.
People who embody this often misunder-
stood Archetype often don’t conform or are judged
as irresponsible. They may be seen as a burden to
society, or feared for their unpredictability and
unbridled self expression. Perhaps we secretly wish
we were so free to live in the moment.
In his left (receptive feminine) hand, which
is closest to his heart, he holds a white rose which is
open and unfurled. This is his pure open soul,
receptive and available and exquisitely beautiful. He
will have it always, although he holds it lightly: it
allows him absolute freedom of expression. It is also
symbolic of the virginal aspect of the Goddess.
The sun in the upper right hand corner is the
spiritual sun, which never descends. When we are
present, illumination is always available, and the
powers of the soul-self are always at their height and
never diminish. We are beings of light and energy,
and therefore a limitless source of energy is avail-
able for transformation at all times.
The Fool stands on the cliffs edge, showing
that he has gone as far as he can on his present path.
Since the soul is always ready for the next adven-
ture, he is about to take a step which will lead to a
new realm of experience through transformation.
Meanwhile he gazes up into the realm of spirit
rather than down to his feet.
The mountain peaks behind him represent
spiritual achievement. His past journey has formed a
structure or foundation for his continuing journey.
The mountains’ great height and violet colour,
crowned with white, symbolize the crown chakra
and what lies beyond it, the magnificence of the
spirit. The mountains are like a protective wall, a
spiritual womb, for the Fool is in the constant
process of being reborn. Of course he needs
some grounding energy to remind him to
look after the physical body as it is the
temple of his soul.
There are no extraordinary results without
risk, after all it is risky being born, and
risky exploring our soul-self. The Fool is the
innocent hero who is focused on the values
and principles that are his purest motiva-
tions. His intention is to move forward
regardless of risk, present in the process of life,
without being invested in the end result or desti-
nation.
He is the pure and present embodiment of
the Divine Life Force, ego-less and free. A complete
and unified being within himself, he possesses the
foolishness of the Divine, which is far greater than
the wisdom of mankind. To invoke the Fool is to
invite transformation and let go of our attachment to
form. So let us call upon the wisdom of foolishness
and find true genius in freedom.
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ALISON SKELTON has been reading Tarot for 30 years.
She teaches classes in Creative Consciousness and
psychic self development. She is a Shamanic Practitio-
ner and Spiritual Counselor. She may be reached at:
transform@alisonskelton.com
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golden baubles symbolizing time and the zodiac.
When we release ourselves from the illusory,
limiting, concepts of time, we can be present in the
empowered NOW. No sooner do we free ourselves,
but the cloak slips back on and we are bound again
by the illusion and tyranny of time.
In many decks the Fool wears a motley
robe, often ragged, or mismatched. This is the Fool’s
disguise, which enables him to appear to be of no
consequence. The Fool has given up his need to
“look good” and therefore does not appear
to fit with the norm. He knows that by
living as he does he may be seen as foolish
to some, yet he wears this image freely and
consciously, knowing that the opinions and
prejudices of others mean nothing, and that it
is his pure soul that defines his worth.
People who embody this often misunder-
stood Archetype often don’t conform or are judged
as irresponsible. They may be seen as a burden to
society, or feared for their unpredictability and
unbridled self expression. Perhaps we secretly wish
we were so free to live in the moment.
In his left (receptive feminine) hand, which
is closest to his heart, he holds a white rose which is
open and unfurled. This is his pure open soul,
receptive and available and exquisitely beautiful. He
will have it always, although he holds it lightly: it
allows him absolute freedom of expression. It is also
symbolic of the virginal aspect of the Goddess.
The sun in the upper right hand corner is the
spiritual sun, which never descends. When we are
present, illumination is always available, and the
powers of the soul-self are always at their height and
never diminish. We are beings of light and energy,
and therefore a limitless source of energy is avail-
able for transformation at all times.
The Fool stands on the cliffs edge, showing
that he has gone as far as he can on his present path.
Since the soul is always ready for the next adven-
ture, he is about to take a step which will lead to a
new realm of experience through transformation.
Meanwhile he gazes up into the realm of spirit
rather than down to his feet.
The mountain peaks behind him represent
spiritual achievement. His past journey has formed a
structure or foundation for his continuing journey.
The mountains’ great height and violet colour,
crowned with white, symbolize the crown chakra
and what lies beyond it, the magnificence of the
spirit. The mountains are like a protective wall, a
spiritual womb, for the Fool is in the constant
process of being reborn. Of course he needs
some grounding energy to remind him to
look after the physical body as it is the
temple of his soul.
There are no extraordinary results without
risk, after all it is risky being born, and
risky exploring our soul-self. The Fool is the
innocent hero who is focused on the values
and principles that are his purest motiva-
tions. His intention is to move forward
regardless of risk, present in the process of life,
without being invested in the end result or desti-
nation.
He is the pure and present embodiment of
the Divine Life Force, ego-less and free. A complete
and unified being within himself, he possesses the
foolishness of the Divine, which is far greater than
the wisdom of mankind. To invoke the Fool is to
invite transformation and let go of our attachment to
form. So let us call upon the wisdom of foolishness
and find true genius in freedom.
The winner of the caption
contest from Vol 2 - Issue 2
is Robert Sears of Gabriola, BC.
See his caption under Edd’s
cartoon on the left.
"Could I please see number 1 without the hat?"
Enter Edd’s Cartoon Caption contest. Go to www.truebluespirit.ca and submit your caption for the
cartoon on the upper left. 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 February 28th, 2010
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Tony
by Sabina Pettitt
love turtles and, of course, Pacific Essences
made the first turtle sea essence from the
Green Sea Turtles of Hawaii. But my love affair with
turtles did not prepare me for the majesty and beauty
of Tony.
Tony is a six year old Egyptian Tortoise who
was rescued when his owner was no longer able to
care for him properly. Read: the novelty of this
exotic pet wore off.
In fact, Tony responded to the inadequacy of
his care by eating a brick wall, leading to a total
impaction of his intestines with broken chunks of
hard brick.
I recently had the privilege of Tony's atten-
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dance at a class I was teaching at Pacific Rim
College. He came to class with Maryanne Campeau,
an essence healer who had worked with him the
previous year.
It is hard to say how big a role his first
essences had on assisting his healing. But the
reading I did for him tuned in acutely and accurately
to his circumstances, and surgery was avoided.
Hermit Crab essence, for loneliness and the
ability to feel at home wherever we are. Sand dollar
for being able to see beyond illusion. Sea Lettuce for
facing the dark side, clearing heat and toxicity from
the stomach and intestines. Sea Turtle for grace,
persistence and adaptability.
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His second reading called forth Dolphin, to
ease depression and foster playfulness, lighthearted-
ness. Anemone addresses pain as well as victim
consciousness. Lastly, Pink Seaweed for grounded-
ness and patience with new beginnings.
Tony's life has improved greatly with his
new home and friend. But let’s face it, the rainforest
of Vancouver Island is quite different from his
natural dry, desert home. No wonder he came to
class with respiratory symptoms.
Indeed, this reading indicated three essences
related to Lung channel and Metal element, in
traditional Chinese medicine. Metal corresponds to
the emotion of grief. Polyanthus is for self-worth.
Indian Pipe for reverence of all life. Sponge, to
cultivate a sense of hope and wonder, filtering
impurities. Rainbow Kelp for alchemic transforma-
tion and integrating the reptilian, limbic, and rational
front brain. For all the care and attention from his
present caregiver, Tony was still trying to find his
emotional equilibrium.
Interestingly, as soon as he received his
essences, he started eliminating. As if he was ready
to let go of the old stuff that was blocking a state of
inner balance.
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On visiting the following week, he again
needed Pink Seaweed, Sea Turtle and Hermit Crab,
as in previous readings. Plus Grass Widow for
releasing limiting beliefs and patterns.
We interpreted this to mean, he was still
unsettled and a “friend” could be considered to ease
his loneliness. This time, he gravitated to one
particular student. Was it her soft Indian chanting or
loving attention that settled him by her side? Perhaps
a female tortoise will be in his future.
My main work is with humans, where I
generally select essences based on signs and symp-
toms, goals and kinesiology. I am in awe of how
animals are able to use the essences to communicate
their needs to us and how quickly they respond to
them.
Natures Essence
SABINA PETTITT, M.Ed., Dr.TCM is a
doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, an author
and the co-creator of Pacific Essences®.
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elcome everyone, to the World of Numerology.
I am currently working my way through a series of
articles referring to the Ruling or Life Path numbers. If you
have missed the previous articles you can purchase the past
issues of True Blue Spirit by going to ww.truebluespirit.ca.
In this article I hope to introduce you to, or expand your
understanding of, the influential values of the Ruling
Number 5. You can find your Ruling Number (Life Path #)
by following the example in the box on the right.
The number 5 symbolizes freedom: expansion,
emotional expression and movement. It is the second
number on the soul plane and represents the heart chakra.
Compassion, which is the highest form of love and sensi-
tivity, is its attribute.
When I talk to people with this Ruling Number, I
sense their capacity to feel their emotions on a deep level,
often leading to an ability to empathize with others as they
mature. This sensitivity can enhance the gift of psychic
awareness and provide the passionate fuel found in the
work of all great artists. From the depths of despair to the
sublime states of profound peace, this journey is about
anchoring passion to a creative star.
I have several close friends as well as two grand-
children with this Ruling Number and know that children,
especially, need to be heard if they are to stay open to the
gifts of their innate sensitivity. Whether you are a good
friend or a loving caregiver, the art of active listening is an
effective tool, providing a necessary atmosphere for
support and validation to prosper. The mastery of sensitive
expression is one of the true refinements of human endeav-
ours and it is a task requiring discipline to be accomplished
successfully.
A “9 to 5” life is usually too constraining for the
number 5 person and most yearn for the freedom to work
on their own terms. We find many working as freelance
writers, traveling salespersons and artists. These adventur-
ous spirits love the exploration of other cultures which
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satisfy their yen for adventure, movement and change.
The light and shadow sides of every number has
no exception and when healthy development is not
thwarted, the light side shines and our culture is blessed
with happy productive people with a great deal to offer.
The shadow side can lead to unfinished projects, throw-
away relationships, substance abuse and emotional insta-
bility. Fortunately, the reality that something needs to
change usually leads one out of this trap before it takes a
firm hold. Music, nature, friendship and laughter are all
excellent mood shifters; the liberal use of such tools is a
good habit to fall into.
Eventually there comes a recognized need to delve
into the “heart chamber” to find that still-point where the
silent truth of who we are comes forward and blesses us
with a sense of higher purpose and spiritual connection.
The “light side” of these people bring to our world
unusual and often unconventional contributions. We find
them as performing artists as well as gifted musicians,
authors and playwrights. We hear the passion in their
speeches and are moved by their paintings and sculptures;
we read their books and essays that make our hearts beat
with excitement, tears flow and understanding dawn. They
open us all to the deep world of feeling.
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Numerology
Numerology
Number Five
by Shannon Wills
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 #, add together all
the digits of your birth date; then reduce this
sum to a single digit (unless this sum equals
11 or 22). This nal number is your Ruling
Number.
Example: Feb. 07, 1985
2 + 07 + 1+9+8+5 = 32. Reduce: 3+2 = 5
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 discov-
ered a spiritual connection to numbers.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT NUMEROLOGY?
Go to
www.TrueBlueSpirit.ca and click on the link to
ask our numerologist.
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elcome everyone, to the World of Numerology.
I am currently working my way through a series of
articles referring to the Ruling or Life Path numbers. If you
have missed the previous articles you can purchase the past
issues of True Blue Spirit by going to ww.truebluespirit.ca.
In this article I hope to introduce you to, or expand your
understanding of, the influential values of the Ruling
Number 5. You can find your Ruling Number (Life Path #)
by following the example in the box on the right.
The number 5 symbolizes freedom: expansion,
emotional expression and movement. It is the second
number on the soul plane and represents the heart chakra.
Compassion, which is the highest form of love and sensi-
tivity, is its attribute.
When I talk to people with this Ruling Number, I
sense their capacity to feel their emotions on a deep level,
often leading to an ability to empathize with others as they
mature. This sensitivity can enhance the gift of psychic
awareness and provide the passionate fuel found in the
work of all great artists. From the depths of despair to the
sublime states of profound peace, this journey is about
anchoring passion to a creative star.
I have several close friends as well as two grand-
children with this Ruling Number and know that children,
especially, need to be heard if they are to stay open to the
gifts of their innate sensitivity. Whether you are a good
friend or a loving caregiver, the art of active listening is an
effective tool, providing a necessary atmosphere for
support and validation to prosper. The mastery of sensitive
expression is one of the true refinements of human endeav-
ours and it is a task requiring discipline to be accomplished
successfully.
A “9 to 5” life is usually too constraining for the
number 5 person and most yearn for the freedom to work
on their own terms. We find many working as freelance
writers, traveling salespersons and artists. These adventur-
ous spirits love the exploration of other cultures which
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satisfy their yen for adventure, movement and change.
The light and shadow sides of every number has
no exception and when healthy development is not
thwarted, the light side shines and our culture is blessed
with happy productive people with a great deal to offer.
The shadow side can lead to unfinished projects, throw-
away relationships, substance abuse and emotional insta-
bility. Fortunately, the reality that something needs to
change usually leads one out of this trap before it takes a
firm hold. Music, nature, friendship and laughter are all
excellent mood shifters; the liberal use of such tools is a
good habit to fall into.
Eventually there comes a recognized need to delve
into the “heart chamber” to find that still-point where the
silent truth of who we are comes forward and blesses us
with a sense of higher purpose and spiritual connection.
The “light side” of these people bring to our world
unusual and often unconventional contributions. We find
them as performing artists as well as gifted musicians,
authors and playwrights. We hear the passion in their
speeches and are moved by their paintings and sculptures;
we read their books and essays that make our hearts beat
with excitement, tears flow and understanding dawn. They
open us all to the deep world of feeling.
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Numerology
Number Five
by Shannon Wills
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 #, add together all
the digits of your birth date; then reduce this
sum to a single digit (unless this sum equals
11 or 22). This nal number is your Ruling
Number.
Example: Feb. 07, 1985
2 + 07 + 1+9+8+5 = 32. Reduce: 3+2 = 5
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 discov-
ered a spiritual connection to numbers.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT NUMEROLOGY?
Go to
www.TrueBlueSpirit.ca and click on the link to
ask our numerologist.
t 1:30 am on a Tuesday I awoke to my dog
barking and the startling reality that my
slippers were floating in water next to the bed. My
next week concluded with carrying a deceased
woman’s body to the crematorium. Sometimes life is
like that.
After two and a half hours of sleep my
partner Jonathon and I awoke to a stream of water
running into my office and bedroom. He looked
outside and said, “You won’t believe this.”
I didn’t even have to look. I believed him. A
drain pipe had become blocked, creating a powerful
At 4 am Jonathon and I drank Drambuie,
which she’d shared with us in the past, and toasted
“joy and pain”. Just before 9 am she took her last
breath and made her way to the other side.
Over the next two days the family made
do-it-yourself style arrangements, in line with her
individualist values. On Friday afternoon I was
honoured to be part of a group of family and friends
who carried her casket to the crematorium.
The good news is no one was electrocuted in
the flood, Asha is fine, and Jonathon’s mom is on a
new journey, free from a body that was causing her
pain. Life, like water, ebbs and flows, transforming
what it touches. Our challenges can either drive us
apart or bring us together spiritually.
“Here’s to joy and pain”, the stuff of life.
stream that flowed straight into my office and
bedroom. That night we acquainted ourselves with
the fire department, a restoration company represen-
tative and an appliance I’d obtained but hadn’t used,
called a FloorMate. The image of my floating
slippers and Jonathon vacuuming up water with the
FloorMate at breakneck speed are forever etched
into my brain. But that was only the beginning.
At 6:30 am we had done all we could and
went to catch a couple of hours sleep. An hour later
Jonathon’s sister called. His mom had fallen and was
disoriented. When we dropped in to see her, she was
clearly distressed. She was taken to hospital later
that day.
On Wednesday morning the restoration gang
arrived to rip out the less than two year old flooring
on the entire ground level. We had taken my dogs for
a walk and as their truck pulled in, my little border
collie Asha dropped to the ground. I ran to investi-
gate and saw that she was spewing blood from her
throat. As we quickly made the decision to rush her
to the vet she coughed out an eleven inch long
thorny stick. Asha’s head is only eight inches long.
Jonathon’s mother then had a cardiac
episode. She had pneumonia on top of a series of
strokes.
In the meantime minor issues continued to
crop up—we realized my hot water tank was leaking
and Jonathon lost his cell phone. My ex-partner
offered to take me to court.
We spent several hours over each of the next
few days with Jonathon’s mom in hospital, as family
members and friends also paid their respects. On
Tuesday, a week after our flood and the initial phone
call about Jonathon’s mom, the family decided to
move her home where she could pass peacefully in
familiar surroundings. Tuesday night Jonathon and I
stayed in her room with her.
Jonathon’s mom traditionally shared pizzas
with him on Tuesday evenings. That evening we had
our last pizza night with her. Jonathon’s sister
washed her, tucked her in gently and said goodnight.
She was hot, feverish and unresponsive, clearly
disconnecting from the body she once knew as
home.
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by Janet Laidlaw
JANET LAIDLAW is a video
writer/producer focused on spiritual and
psychic development. Janet’s preoccupa-
tions include animals, psychic and
intuitive art, and developing mediumship.
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Going with the Flow
t 1:30 am on a Tuesday I awoke to my dog
barking and the startling reality that my
slippers were floating in water next to the bed. My
next week concluded with carrying a deceased
woman’s body to the crematorium. Sometimes life is
like that.
After two and a half hours of sleep my
partner Jonathon and I awoke to a stream of water
running into my office and bedroom. He looked
outside and said, “You won’t believe this.”
I didn’t even have to look. I believed him. A
drain pipe had become blocked, creating a powerful
At 4 am Jonathon and I drank Drambuie,
which she’d shared with us in the past, and toasted
“joy and pain”. Just before 9 am she took her last
breath and made her way to the other side.
Over the next two days the family made
do-it-yourself style arrangements, in line with her
individualist values. On Friday afternoon I was
honoured to be part of a group of family and friends
who carried her casket to the crematorium.
The good news is no one was electrocuted in
the flood, Asha is fine, and Jonathon’s mom is on a
new journey, free from a body that was causing her
pain. Life, like water, ebbs and flows, transforming
what it touches. Our challenges can either drive us
apart or bring us together spiritually.
“Here’s to joy and pain”, the stuff of life.
stream that flowed straight into my office and
bedroom. That night we acquainted ourselves with
the fire department, a restoration company represen-
tative and an appliance I’d obtained but hadn’t used,
called a FloorMate. The image of my floating
slippers and Jonathon vacuuming up water with the
FloorMate at breakneck speed are forever etched
into my brain. But that was only the beginning.
At 6:30 am we had done all we could and
went to catch a couple of hours sleep. An hour later
Jonathon’s sister called. His mom had fallen and was
disoriented. When we dropped in to see her, she was
clearly distressed. She was taken to hospital later
that day.
On Wednesday morning the restoration gang
arrived to rip out the less than two year old flooring
on the entire ground level. We had taken my dogs for
a walk and as their truck pulled in, my little border
collie Asha dropped to the ground. I ran to investi-
gate and saw that she was spewing blood from her
throat. As we quickly made the decision to rush her
to the vet she coughed out an eleven inch long
thorny stick. Asha’s head is only eight inches long.
Jonathon’s mother then had a cardiac
episode. She had pneumonia on top of a series of
strokes.
In the meantime minor issues continued to
crop up—we realized my hot water tank was leaking
and Jonathon lost his cell phone. My ex-partner
offered to take me to court.
We spent several hours over each of the next
few days with Jonathon’s mom in hospital, as family
members and friends also paid their respects. On
Tuesday, a week after our flood and the initial phone
call about Jonathon’s mom, the family decided to
move her home where she could pass peacefully in
familiar surroundings. Tuesday night Jonathon and I
stayed in her room with her.
Jonathon’s mom traditionally shared pizzas
with him on Tuesday evenings. That evening we had
our last pizza night with her. Jonathon’s sister
washed her, tucked her in gently and said goodnight.
She was hot, feverish and unresponsive, clearly
disconnecting from the body she once knew as
home.
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by Janet Laidlaw
JANET LAIDLAW is a video
writer/producer focused on spiritual and
psychic development. Janet’s preoccupa-
tions include animals, psychic and
intuitive art, and developing mediumship.
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Going with the Flow
iction writers and non-fiction writers rarely see
eye-to-eye. Lovers of fiction see non-fiction as
unoriginal, boring and stale; non-fiction aficionados see
fiction as flighty, irrelevant and escapist. Of the subgenres of
writing, fantasy is usually pegged as the worst of the worst.
But there is a capacity in fantasy for understanding—
perhaps unconventional, but often unexplored.
As a fantasy writer, I have done a great deal of
exploration both of Earth and the world on which my novels
take place. I have studied human culture—history, religion,
emotions—in an attempt to better understand the workings
of my Fantasy Realm. Over the years I have studied these
fantastical races, their languages, cuisine, fashion, wars,
religious practices, magical systems, superstitions and
lineages. Their strange names and customs have become
familiar, as if I were accepted by some rural tribe. I have
come to understand their mind sets, their emotions, their
inter-relations and motives. All this exploration for the sake
of good writing.
But in fantasy writing there is no right answer. There
is no previous work to cross-reference, no historian to call
your bluff. The world is entirely a product of your own
mind, comprehension and ability to portray what you see.
Because of this freedom, there are no holds barred. No path
one is forced to follow, no doctrine to adhere to. You are free
to really step out of the box and approach questions of
morality, spirituality, motive and reasoning with fresh eyes
uninhibited by human history—or human beings at all.
And when I grasped these fantasy races, understood
them and their ways as truly as my own nature, I realized an
unexpected boon: I now understand myself better. In my
quest to travel to a far-off alien world, to immerse myself in
everything that was not Earth and was not human, I found
myself full-circle. From a standpoint on that alien world, I
looked back at Earth and its peoples and found that I was
able to see humanity with fresh eyes. It was easier to have
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patience and understanding. I found myself with a height-
ened curiosity for the actions of those around me and my
own responses. I was more keenly aware of my emotions.
Without meaning to, I had become more intimate with
myself. While my writing did not physically take me from
my chair, the journey through a fantasy realm really opened
up this world. Whenever I take time away from Earth to
write, I come back refreshed, renewed and excited to face it
as if I were from the other realm and this were all new.
Rather than the stillness of meditation, fantasy writing is a
flexing of imagination, assembling the arsenal of memory,
experience and understanding I have amassed, and fusing it
into a colourful impression that gives me release and a view
of what is too easily ignored as mundane.
Give the journey of fantasy a chance. Remember the
openness of your mind as a child, your ease in belief and
acceptance that the innocence of youth allowed you. While
often rusty in adulthood, those capacities are still in each of
us. Flex them now and then with your own journey to a
fantasy realm and see what unfolds when you come back
down to Earth.
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Fantasy Realms - A Journey of Understanding
by Astra Crompton
ASTRA CROMPTON was born and raised in Victoria,
Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself
creating worlds for her numerous stories. Astra is currently
working on her Ul-Zaorith novels, doing both writing and
illustrating. She has published doujinshi comics, written
several short stories, completed her rst manuscript and is
working on a web comic, Angel*Down.
iction writers and non-fiction writers rarely see
eye-to-eye. Lovers of fiction see non-fiction as
unoriginal, boring and stale; non-fiction aficionados see
fiction as flighty, irrelevant and escapist. Of the subgenres of
writing, fantasy is usually pegged as the worst of the worst.
But there is a capacity in fantasy for understanding—
perhaps unconventional, but often unexplored.
As a fantasy writer, I have done a great deal of
exploration both of Earth and the world on which my novels
take place. I have studied human culture—history, religion,
emotions—in an attempt to better understand the workings
of my Fantasy Realm. Over the years I have studied these
fantastical races, their languages, cuisine, fashion, wars,
religious practices, magical systems, superstitions and
lineages. Their strange names and customs have become
familiar, as if I were accepted by some rural tribe. I have
come to understand their mind sets, their emotions, their
inter-relations and motives. All this exploration for the sake
of good writing.
But in fantasy writing there is no right answer. There
is no previous work to cross-reference, no historian to call
your bluff. The world is entirely a product of your own
mind, comprehension and ability to portray what you see.
Because of this freedom, there are no holds barred. No path
one is forced to follow, no doctrine to adhere to. You are free
to really step out of the box and approach questions of
morality, spirituality, motive and reasoning with fresh eyes
uninhibited by human history—or human beings at all.
And when I grasped these fantasy races, understood
them and their ways as truly as my own nature, I realized an
unexpected boon: I now understand myself better. In my
quest to travel to a far-off alien world, to immerse myself in
everything that was not Earth and was not human, I found
myself full-circle. From a standpoint on that alien world, I
looked back at Earth and its peoples and found that I was
able to see humanity with fresh eyes. It was easier to have
F
patience and understanding. I found myself with a height-
ened curiosity for the actions of those around me and my
own responses. I was more keenly aware of my emotions.
Without meaning to, I had become more intimate with
myself. While my writing did not physically take me from
my chair, the journey through a fantasy realm really opened
up this world. Whenever I take time away from Earth to
write, I come back refreshed, renewed and excited to face it
as if I were from the other realm and this were all new.
Rather than the stillness of meditation, fantasy writing is a
flexing of imagination, assembling the arsenal of memory,
experience and understanding I have amassed, and fusing it
into a colourful impression that gives me release and a view
of what is too easily ignored as mundane.
Give the journey of fantasy a chance. Remember the
openness of your mind as a child, your ease in belief and
acceptance that the innocence of youth allowed you. While
often rusty in adulthood, those capacities are still in each of
us. Flex them now and then with your own journey to a
fantasy realm and see what unfolds when you come back
down to Earth.
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©Paul Fleet-Fotolia.com
Fantasy Realms - A Journey of Understanding
by Astra Crompton
ASTRA CROMPTON was born and raised in Victoria,
Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself
creating worlds for her numerous stories. Astra is currently
working on her Ul-Zaorith novels, doing both writing and
illustrating. She has published doujinshi comics, written
several short stories, completed her rst manuscript and is
working on a web comic, Angel*Down.
Worthwhile Reading
Ancient Secret Of The Fountain Of Youth
by Peter Kelder
I was doubtful when I rst opened this book but then I reminded myself the book more or
less dropped into my hands so why not read it. I soon became intrigued. When you rst open
the book you will see pages of reader testimonials of how their gray hair went back to its
original colour, they looked and felt 20 years younger, they were cured of many health
problems such as arthritis, joint problems, chronic pain, emotional and mental problems and
much more.
The main character, searching for the fountain of youth, traveled to Tibet where after a long
and dicult trek in the remote mountainous region, discovered people who he found to be
in remarkable states of health and youthfulness. What was their secret? They thought it not a
secret at all but the basic principles of living. They taught him the ve rites to perform daily,
which are basic for tapping into the fountain of youth. The author who knew the main
character personally, met with him on his return from Tibet and did not recognize him. He
appeared 20 years younger.
ISBN 0-385-49162 X
The Secret Life Of Plants
by Peter Thomkins
A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plant and
man. Plants not only have emotions similar to ours, they communicate with each other and are
connected to humans by extrasensory perception. Even though you may be thousands of
miles away from your plants, they will feel and react to your emotions or spoken words. Show
them love and they will develop into beautiful healthy plants, display hatred toward them and
they will slowly perish. Police have been known to use plants as a form of lie detector; or
through electronic devices connected to plants, to identify a thief or murderer.
We are dependent on plants to provide over 400 billion tons of food per year along with
oxygen for us to breathe. Without plants we could not exist. Read how the chemicals we cover
our land with are not only harming our plants but also ourselves. Read how to grow healthy
crops, free from disease, without using insecticides, fungicides, germicides, or chemical
fertilizers. Healthy plants, healthy people. A truly wonderful book that gives me a very spiritual
and loving feeling towards all plants.
ISBN 0-06-091587-0
The Artist & the Alien
by Dena Blatt
This is the true story of Shirle Klein-Carsh and her relationship with an extraterres-
trial looking like us, living on earth. Alien Frank is from the planet Sirius and selected an artist
Shirle who has the indigo, wanderer, star child traits; to paint past civilizations that have
destroyed themselves while he also oers an antidote. For two years he guides her in her
psychological, spiritual and artistic development. Shirles communication with aliens and
UFO’s is remarkable. Alien Frank is a teacher and mentor who impresses on us to get along
with each other and to work on our spiritual evolution. With millions of planets and stars, is it
possible that we are not alone in the universe?
ISBN 978-1-4327-1285-3
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By Allen Engst
he idea that the Universe is populated with
intelligent life is not new. From the most
ancient times, world-wide, in oral traditions going
back ten thousand years, we find stories about
visitors from the heavens.
Erik von Daniken was one of the first
popular writers to bring this to accepted awareness
with his bestselling book “Chariots of the Gods,”
published in 1968. He was followed by others who
researched and summarized the historical records
that spoke of Gods from above and marvellous
celestial events. Those records were often associated
with architectural remains, such as the Great Pyra-
mid, Tiahuanaco, and Baalbek that suggest an
extraordinary capability to move, shape and place
extremely heavy stones. Such capability, it has been
suggested, might indicate that early human civiliza-
tion may have had some help.
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The Bible, in particular, is a treasure trove of
ET related material. Many passages can be under-
stood or interpreted as descriptions of spacecraft and
their occupants—the most famous of these being the
Old Testament prophet Ezekiel, when he wrote, in
529 BC:
“...As for the appearance of the wheels and
their construction: their appearance was like the
gleaming of a chrysolite, being as it were a wheel
within a wheel. The four wheels had rims and they
had spokes; and their rims were full of eyes round
about. And when the living creatures went, the
wheels went beside them; and when the living
creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose."
Could he have witnessed what we would
call today a UFO?
Maybe we were not visited by extraterrestri-
als. Perhaps ancient peoples were very resourceful. I
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by Michael Gintowt, MA
Star Nations
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spoke with a Peruvian shaman from the high Andes,
who possessed an oral tradition that included knowl-
edge of geometry and astronomy. He did not believe
that the enormous stone placements at Tiahuanaco
had anything to do with extraterrestrials. He said,
“We know how to work with stone.”
I spoke with a respected Tibetan Lama also
trained as a priest of the Bon, the pre-Buddhist,
shamanic practice of Tibet. He said that UFOs might
be a type of demigod, superior to humans in some
ways, living in what we could call a parallel universe
or alternate dimension, but spiritually inferior to us.
In contrast, other shamans and tradition keepers,
maintain legends of what are known in North
America as “Star Nations.”
There is a tribe in the Amazon, for example,
that has a tradition that they originally came from
the sky. The area is rife with UFO sightings that they
take for granted.
Turtle Island’s (North America’s) First
Nations have ceremonial lodges for the Star Nation
traditions, stories and rituals. They are kept secret,
probably for good reason.
This is an area of research that could be
developed, and is one focus of exo-psychology, the
branch of psychology devoted to understanding the
psychological aspects of the UFO phenomenon. As
we evolve our thinking, the connections between
outer space and inner space may become clearer.
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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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Reader Response
Soothing eect...
A few of your magazines recently came
into my hands from an elderly friend. I felt
privileged that she shared them with me as I
could tell that she treasured them. As I read True
Blue Spirit I came to see WHY right away. They are
so refreshing and informative in ‘small spoonfuls’.
The choice of colour and pictures are very
charming and have a healing/soothing eect. I
found myself very excited to read them and left
me wanting more...
Thank you for following your inspiration
and having the courage to move forward with
this beautiful project. This magazine is ‘touching
hearts and lives’ in ways beyond comprehension.
Keep up the good work!! Take good care.
Doris S.
Victoria, BC
Thank you Doris, and thank you to your friend
for sharing. I am so glad you felt the healing and
soothing effect from the photos and colour. Each
issue has felt like a blank canvas on my easel,
and as the pages come together there is a sense
of anticipation as to how each story and photo
may touch anothers heart. I know the writers
feel the same way as they share their stories. My
wish today is that we continue to touch your
heart for years to come.
Keep well.
Dorothy Jeanne
They calm me in the busy city...
Thank you, my books are here, safe and
sound.
What a joy! They are so beautiful.
Information for the mind, spirit and soul. They
calm me in the busy city and bring me back to
Salt Spring Island.
I have never seen books with such
beautiful presentation. Again thank you.
Janet D.
Ottawa, Ont.
Janet, I am glad your magazines made it there in
one piece and that you did as well. When you
called to subscribe before your move, I was
delighted to know that True Blue Spirit was
heading out east with another of our readers.
Thank you for the beautiful card.
Keep well.
Dorothy Jeanne
Bless your intuition...
Found your magazine only 2 months
ago and of course had to subscribe immediately.
Thank you so much for enriching my life
and helping me trust my intuition more strongly.
Bless your intuition Dorothy to be driven to give
birth to such a magazine.
Kasandra O.
Tisdale, Sask.
Thank you for your kind words Kasandra, and
also for the beautiful picture. I will be in touch
with you soon. Thank you for acknowledging
my intuition, as the launch of the magazine was
purely an intuitive journey...and believe me I am
learning and growing from it on a regular basis.
I’m only human, so I constantly shake off the
seeds of doubt that try to plant themselves deep
into my brain. Letters such as yours make all the
difference in the world.
Keep well.
Dorothy Jeanne
It is good what you do...
I recently found a copy of your current
issue in the lobby of my apartment building and
took it, which was reasonable, as that is how
people in my building recycle. I recently got my
current desk the same way.
I am an intuitive thinker. I have been this
way for a long time. Perhaps all of my days. So it
was an eye opener to see that there is a magazine
that believes in this mode of thinking.
However, I am not a big one for reading,
so I will have to see how it goes reading this issue
before I go and send you a m.o. to subscribe.
As I peck away at reading the Oct-Nov
2009 issue, I am sure I will enjoy. It is good what
you do, it really is.
Sydney F.
Victoria, BC
Thank you Sydney. I hope you enjoyed the
recycled copy of True Blue Spirit, and that the
latest issue has managed to make its way into
your hands. Just keep on recycling, the more
hands our gift from the heart reaches, the better.
All the best to you.
Keep well.
Dorothy Jeanne
PS What an awesome way to get your desk!
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Wisdom from Buddie
by Cheryl Dawn
received a message from my dog Buddie.
Words of wisdom that we all need to hear now
and again.
At 3:00 am my dog for some reason wanted to
go outside. Off he went and did not return. I went to look
for him and found him barely moving and hardly able to
stand. I thought he had gotten into rat poison.
At the animal hospital, I caught myself saying
out loud, “Not yet Buddie, don’t check out. I need you
more than ever. Just hang on little guy.”
What he had was possibly a bad case of food
poisoning from something he had gotten into hours
earlier. He also had an infection for which he was given
pain killers and antibiotics. And he was suffering from a
slipped disk caused by tensed up muscles from his pain.
My belief is our pets do take on a lot of our
emotions and illnesses to help us heal. They come into our
lives for many reasons: to help open up our hearts, teach
us to love, be our guides, or be a special companion who
loves us unconditionally. They help us heal the emotional
hurt from which we are suffering.
At times this can cause illnesses in them. They
want us to live a joyful life. They do communicate to us
all the time. Do we hear them? If our pets become
unmanageable, they are trying to say something. At times
they are only reacting to our feelings and the emotions
that we are putting out in our home environment.
They are trying to say, “Come on, move forward,
don’t do what is killing you. What are you doing? Do
what makes you happy. You’re not listening. How come
you can’t hear me? I am bored, walk me please.”
After two and a half days of Buddie getting
worse at home, I finally e-mailed some friends and
students in the energy healing industry and asked for long
distance healing to assist both of us.
E-mails came in and, even within fifteen minutes,
people showed up at the door. Half an hour later, Buddie
was resting peacefully instead of lying tense with pain.
Yes, I could have brought him back to the hospital and
had him put on intravenous, but if these were to be his last
moments I didn’t want to abandon him. I fell asleep
beside him on the floor.
Eight hours later I woke up with a kiss on my
hand, as he was standing over me, looking great after
three days of trauma. I was thrilled. He was running
around like nothing had happened to him. I was amazed
but was alarmed at the message I received from him
shortly after that.
“Thank you, Mom. Now if you all put that
healing, loving energy into the world more often, just as
you did for me, the world would be a much better place.”
The truth shocked me. I had slipped. I was giving
gratitude and prayers every day, but not spending time
time focused on praying and sending out loving, healing
energy to the world and all that is.
I received confirmation from a friend who was
sending Reiki energy to Buddie. An energy ball formed in
her palms, with a clear message from Bud to direct this
energy to the world. Understanding, she sent the ball of
energy outward, visualizing the world like a globe and
enveloping it with this ball of energy.
Thank you Buddie.
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Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
e are now onto step two of the six step series
to help you towards an 80% raw foods
program. In step one we talked about what raw foods
consist of and some of the health benefits associated
with eating raw. We explained how not heating food
above 118 degrees F. leaves the nutrients and enzymes
intact, therefore maintaining the life force energy that
is no longer present in cooked foods.
So what are these enzymes in food and why
are they so important?
Enzymes are necessary for every metabolic
process in every living organism. They are made up of
proteins that become denatured when heated above a
certain temperature, rendering them inactive. Because
the enzymes are still active in raw foods they are
much easier to digest than cooked foods. The enzymes
in the food and the enzymes we produce in our
digestive system work together, so the more enzymes
in our food, the less digestive enzymes we have to use.
This fact alone is one of the main reasons there are so
many health benefits associated with living foods. The
less energy our body has to spend on digestion, the
more there is to spend on other things, like building
the immune system and cleansing out toxins.
Supplying the body with enzymes becomes
even more important as we age since the digestive
system is no longer able to produce as many enzymes
as it once could. Age related conditions like weight
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SHAWNA BARKER is a holistic nutritionist, organic
farmer, and raw food chef in Victoria BC. She
teaches raw food workshops, has a Raw Meals on
Wheels program, and runs Gaia's Living Foods in
Cook St. Village in Victoria ,BC - a Raw Food Cafe.
Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
gain, arthritis, inflammation, low energy, poor
digestion and loss of muscle tone can be attributed to
decreased enzyme activity.
Improving your digestive function by eating
more raw foods puts you on a path towards optimal
health. A proper functioning digestive system allows
for better absorption of nutrients, less strain on the
liver and pancreas, and efficient elimination of
toxins.
The following recipe for Collard Wraps is
great on its own or you can add a salad or raw soup
to make a satisfying meal. If you are just getting
used to raw greens you can use a lettuce leaf as the
wrap instead.
Collard Wraps
4 collard leaves – cut in half lengthwise and remove
the stem, each half will make one roll.
In a food processor blend:
1 cup Sunflower seeds
1/3 cup Lemon juice
¼ cup Raw tahini (use regular if
you can’t find raw)
½ tsp Sea salt
1 handful Parsley, chopped
½ cup Celery, chopped
½ tbsp Ginger, chopped
1 clove Garlic
Spread mixture on collard (or lettuce) leaf, top with
shredded beets and carrots, sliced red pepper and
avocado, roll it up and enjoy!
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Ask an Elder - Wisdom James
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Healthy Body - Healthy Spirit
e’ve all heard by now that omega-3 fish oils
are extremely beneficial for many aspects of
human health—from brain and eye development to
mood and mental capacity, from joint health to
cardiovascular health. While this seems encouraging,
the problem is that the dose of fish oils needed to get
actual results is very high.
Is there an alternative? Yes. Enter the Cadillac
of omega-3 oils. The oil that provides remarkable
therapeutic benefits at a fraction of the fish oil dose—
krill oil.
Derived from Antarctic Krill (a shrimp-like
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Ocean), NKO® has clinically demonstrated the ability
to protect the heart, act as an anti-inflammatory (in
addition to alleviate premenstrual syndrome, improve
skin health, and support well-being).
NKO® is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are
among the most researched nutrients and are
acclaimed for their heart-healthy properties. NKO® is
distinct from other marine oils in that these omega-3
fatty acids are attached to phospholipids which, due to
their amphipathic nature, act as a superior delivery
system. In addition, NKO® contains a powerful
antioxidant known as astaxanthin which is also
attached to the phospholipids.
The presence of astaxanthin in NKO®,
combined with other naturally occurring antioxidants
in the oil, create exceptional protection against
oxidation of the oil—a property that does not exist in
any fish oil, nor in any pharmaceutical grade omega-3
product or concentrated esters. This stops the fatty
acids from becoming rancid, making the oil stable for
a long time, as well as protecting the body against free
radical attacks.
Available from a number of nutritional
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DR. LEE KNOW is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, a
published academic, and the recipient of several awards. He
has previously held positions as a Medical Advisor, Scientific
Evaluator, and Director of R&D for major organizations, and
has been an integral member of various Medical and/or
Scientific Advisory Boards.
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supplement companies, not all krill oils are the same.
Look for those containing NKO®, the variety used in
scientific studies.
Cardiovascular Health
One of NKO®’s most promising actions is its
dual ability to improve lipid levels. Research is
emerging that NKO® may be even more effective at
improving cholesterol than fish oil.
Recently, researchers undertook a 12-week,
double-blind, randomized study to compare the effects
of krill oil, high EPA/DHA fish oil and a placebo. The
study investigators measured blood glucose, choles-
terol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL—
the “bad” cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein
(HDL— the “good” cholesterol).
In all measures, not only did NKO® demon-
strate superiority over high EPA/DHA fish oil but it
also resulted in highly significant improvement to the
different lipid levels (Fig. 1).
Figure 1
Inflammation also plays a large part in the
progression of cardiovascular disease (most experts
consider this a greater risk factor than cholesterol).
Another study from 2007 found that as little as 300
mg/day of NKO® was able to reduce C-reactive
protein (CRP) by 19.3% compared to an increase of
15.7% observed in the placebo group. After 14 and
30 days of treatment, NKO® further decreased CRP
by 29.7% and 30.9%, respectively (Figure 2).
Figure 2
So if you’re looking for a nutritional supple-
ment for overall cardiovascular health—that also
provides countless benefits to other areas of the
body—NKO® should be a top consideration.
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oday’s astrological perspective
has evolved from an attempt to
determine what is going to happen in our
lives, to the enterprise of discovering
who we are and what we came here to
accomplish.
Although astrology is still a
useful tool to find a compatible partner,
to reveal when best to ask for a raise, and
even to predict the weather and the stock
market, it is much less a mysterious
predictive tool and much more a
conscious map to our personal evolution-
ary journey in the 21st century.
Astrology maps both our talents
and the challenges we bring with us into
our current journey and outlines what we
came to learn this time around. It also
maps when the various challenges will
be triggered, and provides us the timing
for how we can best step up to support
ourselves and others with the talents and
experience we have already developed.
The astrological map is a fluid
one, defining the shifting periods of our
lives where strengths are offered ways to
shine and our wounds are offered
opportunities to heal.
Our society is evolving much
more quickly in the 21st century than
ever before and our understanding of
astrology is matching that pace. It has
become a tool for spiritual growth, for
psychological discovery and for personal
development of all kinds.
Astrology
by Crystal Wolf
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Astrology in the New Millennium
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Astrology is also being understood from a
more empowered perspective, which is that it is a
harbinger, map and messenger of future potentials,
rather than the cause of the shifts and changes we go
through. The astrological map is a tool we brought
with us, so that we have some direction, a way to
remember why we came here.
This allows us to step back into personal
responsibility and empowerment. Our astrological
map only shows what, where, when and how our
challenges have been planned to show up in our
lives—what we came to try to heal and strengthen,
and where we can best put our strengths to work.
But it is we who decide what to do with that. Do we
sit back and blame the powers we believe in and
allow the events to happen to us, or do we decide
how to perceive the event differently and learn how
to wield the power of change ourselves? The planets
are not in charge of how our lives turn out. We are.
Perspective is everything in the 21st
century. We can give our power away to astrology,
just like we can give it away to everywhere else.
However we can also claim our power instead, by
employing the powerful tool of astrology to search
out, willingly accept and open up to those personal
times of change, challenge, and opportunities to
shine, that our astrological map details for us.
When we look upon our shifts and changes
as opportunities for growth, instead of problems to
get through, we become part of the paradigm shift
which is upon us in the 21st century.
How does the Void of Course Moon affect our lives?
Look for the article and the Void of Course Moon
calendar in our next issue.
Astrology
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CRYSTAL WOLF has been an astrologer for over 35yrs
specialising in relationship charts, childrens charts and
teaching one on one students or small groups. Working on
her Masters degree in Holistic Health she studies and
practises Quantum biofeedback.
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