War Tactics for Inner Peace
Ive been involved in recovery and self-help for almost two decades. Overcoming personal demons of addiction, compulsive behavior, codependency, fear, anger, and want has been more than just a pet project of mine. Like so many others who suffer the slings and arrows of our dysfunctional behavior, Ive wrestled with my inner demons most of my life. In fact, even my last name, Schnarr, is based on a German root word that makes my heredity all too clear to me: "Schnarr" means "disturber of the peace." I can certainly relate to that on a spiritual level as well as in day-to-day life. I struggle with my greatest enemy every day: my own destructive self, or what Robert Bly calls "the savage self."
The Healing Powers of Essential Oils
In this great time of the rebirth of many kinds of ancient knowledge, we are very blessed to have access to a wide variety of substances, practices, and approaches to healing that can profoundly benefit our well-being and health. One such substance currently experiencing a renaissance is the essential oil of plants.
The word "aromatherapy" refers to the healing powers of the essential oils of aromatic plants. It is an ancient art; evidence indicates the use of oils in the early civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Israel, Greece, China, and India. There are many references to the healing properties of essential oils in Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese manuscripts, and the Bible. Among those mentioned are myrrh, spikenard, rosemary, and hyssop. Later, English manuscripts from 14th and 15th centuries refer to herbal oils.
Nurturing Your Creativity
How does the world begin? Storytellers in cultures throughout time devote themselves to answering that question by recalling the acts of divine creation. Their answers form an intricately woven, multicolored Jacob's coat. In the land of Egypt, the ancient priests recited several versions, each complementary story designed to highlight the various aspects of divine creative energy.
One creation myth begins in the great abyss. The firmament as yet remained hidden in the awesome, chaotic potentiality of the cosmic waters. All lay in darkness, and forms remained invisible. Then Atum, the divine Being and Nonbeing, cries out in the darkness. A thousand-petaled lotus arose from the water's murky depths. Its petals slowly unfurled, and the golden light of the sun emerged as a child called Ra. His light reflected onto Atum, so the priests said, "Only after Atum created Ra was he visible even to himself."
Winter's Armchair Herbalist/Gardener
New Years Day 2001: the bright glare of sunlight is welcome. I stand on the porch softly blowing seeds and chaff around the pie tin. In an act as ancient as humankinds adoption of agriculture, I provide the gentle breeze to winnow the chaff from the seed. As a child, I watched my mother collect her sweet pea and other favorite seeds from year to year. At one point last summer when there was not an inch of room for the new irises, I anguished over the seeding rainbow chard crowding the only apparent place. My mother consoled me when she heard my lack of "reason" for keeping four square feet of garden space tied up to save the seed of a plant that is inexpensive and easy to get. She said simply, "Its just what we do!" And so it is, today we have iris and rainbow chard seed to boot, held in the story of preserving one generation to the next.
By adding the universal year 2001 (2+0+0+1=3) to the 2nd month of February, we come up with the vibration of 5. The 5 month is a time for synthesizing all of the knowledge and experiences you've acquired over the last four months. Look to see what you have been learning and how this information may fit into a larger system of knowledge that you can then disseminate to others. The 5 month also signifies greater participation and possibilities in any media-related business: writing, speaking, teaching, or promotion.
Our hunger is a powerful force when used and managed properly and constructively. Our hunger is a sign, a symptom both the source and solution. It manifests as food and weight disorders and in all symptoms caused by our split from wholeness: addictions, codependency, and disease. This hunger is at the center of our humanness and must be felt, for at the core, it is alive with passion, and when embraced, our hunger yields what I call the Divine Magical Child, that state of pure innocence, beauty, and peace we all crave.
Salvaging Your Life Force
An ancient prophet once described certain people as "leaking cisterns that can hold no water." If you want to access your life force and use it to its maximum benefit, one of the first things you have to do is stop wasting it.
Most people are unaware of the preciousness of their daily dose of energy and use it up very quickly throughout the course of their everyday lives. How? Through the release of that energy in negative spurts, from the moment they wake up to the moment they pass out from exhaustion at night. By remaining completely unaware of their actions and reactions, the day becomes one long leakage of the precious gold that is our primal vitality, our chi, our life force. Everyone knows what one moment of rage will do with the limited resources of energy available to us: it will vaporize that life force for the whole day, maybe longer.
Thanks for Nothing
Married for ten years, Dave was being divorced, and he wore the impact of his loss in a slumping posture of pain. "Is nothing sacred anymore? Is promising to love forever just for poetic effect?"
Though his questions were intended as rhetorical, Cassandra, his sister, answered them nonetheless and not as he might have expected: "Yes, nothing is sacred."
How Anger Causes Illness
Research has proven that the positive emotions of laughter and joy can heal, so why can't the emotions of anger, fear, and sadness cause negative effects to our bodies? The body answers every feeling and thought with a chemical response. When we deny or suppress our emotions, these chemicals become trapped in the body's cells. After a long period of time, the stressed cells will cause disease.
Do you feel disconnected from your infant and your family? What if there was a simple way for you to create the connection and maintain it, even in times of stress? Would you use it?
The practice of infant massage, combined with meditative techniques, can accomplish this. Infant massage is an ancient tradition that has been handed down from mother to daughter in India for centuries. There, it is generally done in complete silence, or with the mother singing. It is a profound communication of love, passed from heart to hands, to infant and back. It isn't something one does to ones child; it's done with the child, with the emotion of love and acceptance freely passed back and forth no judgements, no fears, no tension, just pure love.
Re-Sourcing Our Sustenance
Because of the struggles and celebrations Ive experienced as my vision of how life can be lived has changed, I have come to live lifetimes each purposeful week. My relationships to others and myself take on new meanings, and I begin creating the circumstances of life that match an instinctive drive for a peaceful existence. My meditations hover within my intent to feel and live the whole of my divine essence. Like Einstein, I desire to know Gods thoughts, only I know that God is in the details of my life.
Developing Spiritual Psychic Mediumship and Healing Abilities:
I am consulting Suma Isis Sekgametis, a Seattle-based spiritual psychic medium and healer, about a matter unrelated to my health when she interrupts me: "Do you want spiritual healing for your lung area? If you don't get a healing now, you'll need to see a doctor soon." I pass on the offer because I don't want to take time for a healing and can't imagine I really need it. I feel super! No aches or pains in my lungs or anywhere else.
Trauma's Many Faces
Human suffering seems endless. It has accompanied humankind from the very beginning, and perhaps always will. It has many shapes and forms: the unexpected loss of a loved one; accidents; frightening illness; violence; rape; the emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of children; the ravages of war or poverty; and many others. In one way or another, each of us is affected.