Integrative Aromatherapy Support in Cancer Treatment
Cancer is the second-largest cause of death in the United States following heart disease. More cancers are being detected early enough to cure thanks to newer diagnostic imaging and computer technologies. The present-day standard of treatment methods include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and transplantation (e.g. stem cells), with current research being conducted in areas such as gene-based therapy, monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, and angiogenesis.
The True Identity of God
God, Creator, Spirit, Yahweh, Brahma, Allah, Universal Mind: these names and many others signify our attempts at labeling the founder of all creation. For many, personifying the originator provides comfort and belonging. Establishing a personal relationship with the Divine is our way of staying in touch with and connected to the vast universe around us.
The Spirit Is Willing...
I just finished most of a ham, cream cheese, and pineapple sandwich. What am I doing writing a column on food and spirituality? I just broke every covenant of my own personal nutrition code! Or did I?
You might assume that all of us in the natural foods industry are vegetarians, or maybe you know better. Or maybe, like my friend B., you only shop at the health food store when you absolutely have to, precisely because you arent a vegetarian and tire, as B. does, of being looked down on by the clerks when you purchase meat. You might appreciate all the arguments in favor of meatless diets, but still, like me, find yourself attracted to animal foods.
Undefended Love: an interview with Marlena Lyons
Marlena Lyons and Jett Psaris, co-authors of Undefended Love, are currently on tour discussing their new book. This interview provides a glimpse of some of the life-altering concepts and processes presented in the book.
Sheryl: What do you mean by undefended love?
Love Is in the Air
You know the song, and as spring approaches, love isnt just a concept, its a certainty. If love is truly available to us through our nostrils and what we take in as the air we breathe, its due to the outgassing of elements from Earth into our rudimentary atmosphere eons ago.
Earth, cooling and forming into what we recognize today, is the source of life and love, as aptly coined in the title of Melodys treatise on minerals Love Is in the Earth. However, if you turn to the index in the 1995 edition of Love Is in the Earth, no page listing for love is offered.
By adding the universal year 2001 (2+0+0+1=3) to the 3rd month of March, we come up with the vibration of 6. The 6 month asks us to tune in to how we can be of service to others through expressing the healing power of love. The challenge this month is to learn how to tap into our love of beauty and harmony so that we can come into balance. Take some time this month to work on beautifying your environment. By doing so, you will feel more harmonious and balanced, and others will feel healed solely by being in your space. Try to see yourself as a channel for unconditional love flowing through. As you tap into this love yourself, you will be able to give it out to others without feeling burdened or drained.
The Future of Energy Healing
I am certain that someday life-force energy will be considered as real as electricity, magnetism, or gravity, and that it can easily stand up to the scrutiny of clinical double-blind experimentation. When the life force is accepted as real, it will forever change the worlds fundamental understanding of physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and medicine. Our very conception of who we are and our relationship to each other will be altered forever.
For thousands of years, the Chinese, with chi; the Japanese, with ki; Indian yogis, with prana; and the Hawaiians, with mana, have worked with the life-force energy and built various elaborate systems for healing, the martial arts, and consciousness-raising activities. Throughout the world, there have been countless other cultures that have become aware of, acknowledged, and utilized these energies as well.
Transition and Transformation
Changes, changes, changes and on top of that, an accelerating rate of change! This is one of the favorite descriptions of the current state of affairs in our world. On an individual level, many people these days describe themselves as being "in transition." It's difficult to know whether, as the Buddhists tell us, life is inherently change, or something is really different about our times.
As a therapist and educator who works with people in transition, I have found it useful to make some distinctions among different kinds of change. Yes, life is full of change; life is flux. In this phenomenal world, everything that has a beginning has an end. This is especially true on the surface of things. Appearances change; the body changes; feelings and thoughts change. But to paraphrase Gregory Bateson, what are the changes that really make a difference?
The Great Pyramid Is Still Alive
My first visit to Egypt took place in April 2000. My wife, Andrea, and I went alone in order to familiarize ourselves with the country so that we would be able to efficiently lead a tour there the following November. Since we were visiting tour leaders from America and therefore potential gold mines to a third world country, we were given the VIP treatment the entire trip. We were put up in posh hotels and even given meditation time between the paws of the Sphinx, a luxury most Westerners can only dream about. But what had the greatest impact during our two-week stay in Egypt was the time we spent in and around the Great Pyramid, an edifice that I now believe is still very much alive.
On Memory and the Quality Life
The first thing to realize is that the creation of perception and the act of remembering are not passive, but rather very active; and that is what makes these processes, which we often take for granted, such a vital part of our living.
Right this instant, go to the window and look out upon the day. You will see rain or sun or snow and the colors and various vigorous movements of life; open the window, and you may hear bird calls and voices; breathe deeply, and you might smell wood smoke or an approaching storm. These objects of perception seem to exist in and of themselves and just as they appear to you. The things you see, hear, smell, touch, or taste are "reality," you say; solid, as it were. But in actuality, where all these things seem to be, there are but energy waves of higher or lower frequency, vibratory potentialities, radiating through space at you, to be arranged and interpreted by your sense organs and your living mind.
Going for Broke
Don't look now, but the purpose of our being is being pre-empted.
Somewhere en route to returning to God, we stumbled into a rut. Round and round and down it goes, a fabled groove supposedly filled with goodies. Ostensible freedom, fame, fortune, and fun are its marquee attractions. Never mind that each of them slips away. We live to be entertained.