Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Divine Love and Inspiration


The breath of divine love and inspiration courses through me.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Soul Shine


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Make no mistake about it,
the timid do not manifest their own dreams,
they join the ranks of the unfulfilled.

Friday, September 15, 2017

There is a mental and social evolution drawing us toward a spiritual unity.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017



The most beautiful gardens are those that are planted with the seeds of hope,
 tended with love, watered with joy, and cultivated with gratitude.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Carrie Underwood - "Heartbeat"

I love it when we're at a party
In a down-town crowd
But I can't hear you call me, baby,
With the music up loud

Red wine,
Good times,
No, I don't mind being with everyone else
And then there's nights like tonight that I--
I want you to myself

And tonight I wanna drive so far
We'll only find static on the radio
And we can't see those city lights
And I love the way you look in a firefly glow

Saying everything without making a sound,
A cricket choir in the background,
Underneath a harvest moon
Standing on your shoes in my bare feet,
Dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat

Oh, whoa,
And we're dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat

And I wanna feel it like a kick drum,
Beating faster in your chest
I wanna feel you holding onto me
And make me hold my breath

You pull me closer,
My head on your shoulder,
Baby, we won't need a song
We'll make a fallen-star wish,
One more slow kiss,
What are we waiting on?

And tonight I wanna drive so far
We'll only find static on the radio
And we can't see those city lights
And I love the way you look in a firefly glow

Saying everything without making a sound,
A cricket choir in the background,
Underneath a harvest moon
Standing on your shoes in my bare feet,
Dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat
Yeah, we're dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat

I wanna feel it like a kick drum beating faster in your chest

And tonight I wanna drive so far
We'll only find static on the radio
And we can't see those city lights
And I love the way you look in a firefly glow

Saying everything without making a sound
With a river rolling in the background
Underneath the harvest moon
Standing on your shoes in my bare feet,
Dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat
And we're dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Monday, September 04, 2017


I will honor the trees 
and thank them 
for the strength and peace 
that they bring to human life.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

18 - The Moon
 

Upright: Illusion, fear, anxiety, insecurity, subconscious

Reversed: Release of fear, unhappiness, confusion


Moon Tarot Card Description:
 
The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. The Moon provides light as a reflection of the Sun, yet this light is dim, uncertain, and only vaguely illuminates our path as we journey toward higher consciousness. The pool at the base of the card represents the subconscious mind and the crayfish that crawls out of the pool symbolizes the early stages of consciousness unfolding. This creature also represents the often disturbing images that appear from our inner depths, just as the dog and wolf at the beginning of the path represent the tamed and the wild aspects of our minds. The path leads between two towers into the mountains in the distance, showing the way to the unconsciousness. The astrological sign associated with this card is Pisces – psychic, receptive and mysterious.


Upright Moon Tarot Card Meanings:
 
The Moon often represents your ‘shadow’ self. The shadow is a part of the unconscious mind consisting of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings and instincts. The Moon calls your attention to your shadow, becoming consciously aware of any tendencies to project fear and anxiety onto your external surroundings, and turning it around into more positive and constructive energy. 

The Moon is a psychological card of projecting fear into your present and your future, based on past experiences. The images, thoughts and feelings that you have repressed over time cause inner disturbances that are becoming overwhelming. As a result, you are now experiencing negative blocks within your personality, causing fear and anxiety. Release deep memories so they will no longer haunt you. 

The Moon is a card of illusion and deception, and therefore often suggests a time when something is not as it appears to be. Vigilance and clear perception will be necessary to find that which is hidden before it is too late. If other cards in the reading are negative, then the Moon shows that not all is as wonderful as you would think and there are still hidden forces at play that may unravel your success. You may be idealizing the situation, and ignoring the fact that potential for failure exists among success. If the other cards are generally positive, then the Moon suggests that you are letting your imagination run away with you, and that things are not nearly as bad as they seem. In both cases you must open your eyes and see what it really going on. Guard against accepting illusions as they may cause an error in your judgment. 

Oftentimes, the Moon appears in a reading when you are not sure of your destination, or even of the path you are travelling. You may have lost your way and are now left to walk in the dark, guided only by your inner light and intuition. You need to go on without a clear picture of where you are, where you are going or where you have been. The Moon is a card of intuition and psychic forces, so let go of your conscious mental blocks or negative self-talk, and allow your instincts guide you. Your dreams, intuitions, and inner promptings lead you forward toward higher levels of understanding if you listen carefully and use your judgment to help interpret the veiled messages of the unconscious. Not only will the way forward be revealed but in many cases you will learn lessons about yourself that will be valuable in later journeys.


Reversed Moon Tarot Card Meanings:
 
The Moon reversed indicates that you have recently experienced a time of self-deception, illusion, fears and anxiety but these negative energies are beginning to subside. You may have also been dealing with some deeper emotional issues that have previously been sitting beneath the surface. While this has created some discomfort and turmoil as you deal with these deeper issues, you are starting to feel as if a weight has been lifted and that you can be less fearful and anxious about your life situation. You are beginning to work through your inner fears and anxieties, understanding the impact that these have on your life and how you can eventually free yourself from these limiting beliefs. This can be a wonderfully liberating and transformational experience. 

A reversed Moon may indicate a fundamental unhappiness with your present situation but also confusion over what else you could do and what you really want to do. It may be that you believe that what you really want to do with your life is impractical or unrealistic, or your past experiences in life have convinced you that you are stuck with what you have and it is too late to change now. These emotional issues are preventing you from moving forward. To overcome this, it is essential to confront your innermost fears and assumptions to gain self-confidence and direction. You need to believe in yourself and know that it is possible to create balance in your life. You may also find that your dreams provide you with important clues as to what direction you need to take. Pay attention to the subtle, subconscious messages that come to you in this way. 

The Moon reversed can highlight that you are in a more psychic and intuitive phase than usual, however the feelings that you are getting may be confusing and easily misinterpreted. Do not ignore the messages you are getting. Take note of them and perhaps come back to them later when you are feeling clearer about your situation. 


Saturday, September 02, 2017


"As long as a flower exists, the memory of a higher world cannot be erased."
  
- Martinus (Livets Bog, vol. 1, sect. 183)

Friday, September 01, 2017

"Inspiration: If" by Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

"The highest decoration we can have is our friendliness towards one another."

- Martinus (The Structure of Co-operation chp. 8.2) 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Can Marijuana Help Treat Asthma?

While smoking marijuana may seem bad for your lungs, studies show it can actually be helpful for treating asthma. In this article, we will take a look at the science of marijuana and asthma.

For those unfamiliar with the effects of marijuana on the body, using it to treat asthma may seem counterintuitive. But evidence suggests that compounds in marijuana can actually help asthma sufferers.

The anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-anxiety properties of marijuana make it a good candidate for treating asthma. Marijuana may also address some of the problems with conventional treatments like puffers.

What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic condition causing inflammation of the airways in the lungs. Inflammation of these airways (bronchioles) results in breathing difficulties. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing.

The breathing troubles experienced during an asthma attack are caused by two main factors. First, the muscles that surround the bronchioles tighten. And secondly, the bronchioles produce more mucus. The condition is often triggered by environmental exposures to irritants that enter the lungs. This can include allergens such as pollen and mold. Other factors such as stress and anxiety can contribute to an increase in symptoms. This is due to the physiological changes that take place during a stressful event. In particular, the increased release of histamines and leukotrienes narrow the airways in the lungs. Asthma usually does not go away or remit completely, but remission is possible in milder forms of the disease.

Problems with Conventional Treatment
Asthma puffers and medications:


Asthma sufferers are often prescribed inhalers or puffers to treat their condition. These inhalers typically contain steroids. Steroids act to reduce inflammation in the lungs as well as mucous production. Both of these actions reduce the likelihood of an asthma attack when exposed to triggers. While these inhalers help many patients living with asthma, they aren’t a perfect solution.

To start, they are slow to take effect, sometimes requiring several hours. Several hours is too long to wait during an asthma attack. This is why the inhalers must be used regularly as a preventative measure.

Inhaled steroids also carry side effects, such as voice hoarseness and thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth).

Other Medications:

Systemic Steroids — Some patients also take steroids by mouth, known as systemic steroids. These can have even more severe side effects. Because they pass through the digestive system, they affect the whole body, not just the lungs. Side effects include slowed growth, bone loss, upset stomach, weight gain, and mood changes.

Leukotriene Modifiers — Asthma patients may also take a medication to target the compounds causing inflammation. These compounds, called leukotrienes, increase mucus production in lungs and tighten muscles surrounding the airways. “Leukotriene modifying medications” reduce symptoms by targeting these compounds. Leukotriene modifying medications also carry side effects. These include insomnia, headache, irritability, nausea and vomiting.

Immunomodulators — Another type of asthma medication is known as immunomodulators. This drug also targets inflammatory chemicals involved in asthma, known as cytokines. Immunomodulators block certain cytokines from binding to white blood cells. This prevents the inflammatory response that produces asthma attacks. Immunomodulators are only used in cases of asthma where steroids failed to help. Their side effects can include dizziness, headache, difficulty breathing and hives.

Can Marijuana Help Treat Asthma?

Marijuana acts as a bronchodilator, anti-spasmodic and anti-anxiety medication, all of which contribute to improving asthma.

Researchers first discovered marijuana’s ability to act as a bronchodilator in 1973. This study, which was conducted on healthy volunteers, sparked interest in marijuana’s potential to treat asthma. Further research was conducted in 1974 to investigate marijuana’s effects on asthma sufferers. The study found that smoked marijuana also acts as a bronchodilator in people with asthma. A 1975 study published in the American Review of Respiratory Disease used an induced model of asthma. They induced airway contractions (bronchospasms) in healthy volunteers to replicate asthma.

The scientists found that marijuana (containing 2% THC) relieved symptoms of bronchospasms. After smoking 0.5 grams of the 2% THC marijuana, the participants recovered immediately from the bronchospasms and overinflation of the lungs.

Other studies from 1976 and 1978 provide further support for these findings. The studies found that very small doses of THC, when applied through an inhaled aerosol, worked as a bronchodilator in patients with asthma.

These early studies suggest that smoked marijuana is effective against asthma. It helps open up the airways of the lungs through bronchodilation, and also reduces muscle spasms in the airways, allowing air to be exhaled more readily.

Compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, are also known to reduce anxiety at appropriate doses. This makes marijuana effective at not only relieving the inflammation and muscular contractions associated with asthma, but also at relieving the anxiety and stress that contributes to asthma attacks.

Effects of Marijuana on Asthma & Marijuana treatments for Asthma:

Bronchodilator:

A 1976 study showed that THC acts as an effective and immediate bronchodilator in patients with asthma. Researchers administered THC as an aerosol spray at doses of only 200 μm (1/5th of a milligram). Even at this tiny dose, THC was found to have a similar effect to salbutamol, a common anti-asthma medication.

Stress and Anxiety:

Marijuana is known to be effective at regulating stress and anxiety. Since stress is a contributing factor to asthma, this benefit of marijuana makes it unique among other asthma treatments. Using marijuana to relieve stress may reduce asthma in sufferers, especially during periods of heightened stress and anxiety.

Anti-inflammatory:

The cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Specifically, it has been found to reduce inflammation in lung tissues. CBD has also been found to reduce the production of inflammatory compounds in the lungs, known as cytokines.

Anti-mucosal:

In a 2015 study conducted in Brazil, CBD was found to reduce the mucosal production that is common in asthma.CBD decreased the production of cytokines, which are responsible for producing mucus in the lungs.

Anti-spasmodic:

In a 2014 study, scientists showed that THC and other cannabinoids can reduce contractions in the lungs. Lung contractions (or spasms) can contribute to asthma attacks. THC acts on CB1 receptors to reduce these contractions. The effect is dose-dependent, meaning it increases with larger doses. In the study, the maximum reduction of symptoms observed was 39%.

How To Use Marijuana For Asthma:

Edibles

Marijuana edibles may be useful for treating symptoms of asthma, but only under certain circumstances. Since edibles must be processed by the digestive system, it takes longer for them to take effect. This makes edibles an impractical solution during an asthma attack. But when used on a regular basis, oral consumption of cannabis may be helpful as a supplement or replacement for systemic steroids.

Vaporizing

Rather than inhaling smoke, asthma sufferers can vaporize their marijuana instead. At the same time, it effectively delivers the beneficial compounds in marijuana. Much like smoking marijuana, vaporizing is a rapid method of administering cannabinoids. In other words, the effects can be felt instantly.
Vaporizing is similar to the inhalation of THC aerosols used in studies, which were found to provide immediate relief from symptoms of asthma.

Summary:

Marijuana may offer a number of benefits to asthma sufferers. Marijuana can act as an effective and fast-acting bronchodilator. It also has anti-spasmodic, anti-mucosal, and anti-anxiety properties. All of these can help ease breathing and improve symptoms of asthma. Although research on marijuana and asthma is sparse, there is evidence suggesting that it could be useful as an alternative treatment.

http://www.leafscience.com/2017/08/28/can-marijuana-help-treat-asthma/

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

(Cass River - Frankenmuth, MI)


When we reconnect to nature, 
we become conscious of our true source of strength and peace. 

The Earth that nourishes us, the stillness that calms us,  
and the water that cleanses us, 

We must remember if we are to experience
 wholeness and balance in our lives.



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Until you decide that you are in control of the way you feel, 
 then you are powerless to change anything in your experience."

- Esther Hicks

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

17 – The Star

Upright: Hope, spirituality, renewal, inspiration, serenity

                            Reversed: Lack of faith, despair, discouragement


Star Tarot Card Description:


The Star card shows a naked woman kneeling at the edge of a small pool. The woman holds two containers of water. She pours the water out to nourish the earth and to continue the cycle of fertility, represented by the lush greenery around her. The other container pours the water onto dry land in five streams, representing the five senses. The woman has one foot on the ground, representing her practical abilities and good common sense, and the other foot in the water, representing her intuition and inner resources, and listening to her inner voice. Behind her, shines one large star and seven smaller stars, representing the chakras. This represents a need to open your chakras and cleanse your aura. Notice all the stars have eight points. The Star is associated with the number 17, which equals 8 (1+7=8). Eight is Strength, the quality needed to accept your faults and love yourself in spite of them. The bird in the tree in the background represents the sacred thought, roosting in the tree of the mind. The astrological sign of the Star is Aquarius.


Upright Star Tarot Card Meanings:


The Star Tarot card brings renewed hope and faith and a sense that you are truly blessed by the Universe at this time. Courage, fulfillment, and inspiration are in your life. You are entering a loving phase in your life, filled with calm energy, mental stability and deeper understanding of both yourself and others around you. This card is saying to you that, over the long-term, you should have faith and trust in the Universe. A better future is waiting for you but in order to reach it you must trust that it is indeed possible.

As it follows the Tower, the meaning of the Star Tarot card suggests that you have endured life’s challenges and have been through a difficult time but you are now open to healing and transformation. Your ability to let go of damaging memories has been strengthened by contact with your true self through these difficult times. Hatred, envy, bitterness, and revenge have burned themselves out and no longer shadow your life or get in the way of your potential for future happiness. You are now also able to forgive and forget so that you can embrace new opportunities.

The Star card is therefore an important card for personal transformation. When the Star appears in a Tarot reading, be open to new ideas and growth. Listen to the still small voice within. You have a strong desire now to find or rediscover a sense of meaning, inspiration, or purpose in your life. You are making some significant changes in your life, transforming yourself, and in doing this you are bringing about a fresh perspective on life. You may also be feeling that you are finally honoring the person who you truly are or want to be. There is a deeper spiritual journey that you are going through which is all about bringing greater meaning and purpose into your life and renewing your inner energy. You hope your future will be better than your past. This card is the call of destiny that motivates you or compels you to go on. Your desire is not in vain as you will ultimately find what you are yearning for.

In a Tarot reading, the Star brings renewed self-esteem and increased trust in yourself. You will become aware of how successful and respected you are. You may attain a goal that brings lasting happiness and your reputation may be enhanced. The Star Tarot card is particularly encouraging when you have come through a period of opposition, negative feedback or setbacks that have previously damaged your self-esteem. The Star encourages you to have faith in yourself and to believe in yourself.

The Star Tarot card also indicates a generous spirit. You want to give or share your wealth with others to help transform their own lives. You have an open heart and you now want to give back the blessings you have already received so that others may benefit also.


Reversed Star Tarot Card Meanings:


When the Star is reversed, it suggests that your spiritual mission is distorted. Instead of hope, you are feeling despair or discouragement. Instead of being filled with positive possibilities, you find yourself dwelling on negative issues. Negative thoughts will wear away at you to the point where you may give up control of the situation and concede defeat. To remedy this, the reversed Star suggests you identify what is making you feel discouraged or overwhelmed and work on moving past these issues. They can take on an importance far greater than they deserve and can hold you back.

In a Tarot reading, the reversed Star card also indicates that you are beginning to feel disengaged and uninspired with life or components of your life (for example, work, hobbies, relationships, personal projects, etc.). Perhaps you started out with great vision and enthusiasm but you are now finding yourself overwhelmed by day-to-day routines that are boring and dreary. You may find life a chore now, when it used to be such a pleasant experience. This Tarot card is particularly relevant for career readings, when you are feeling that you are no longer connected to the work you do and you feel that you need to move on or make a significant change to your career.

The Star reversed may reflect a loss of faith in a particular situation, resulting in you waiting for a sign or a calling to proceed further. You may need reassurance that you are still on the right path, particularly if you have been experiencing setbacks or challenges along the journey. Remember the advice of the Tower, which is to see these setbacks as opportunities to change and grow. Know that even if you are feeling uncertain about whether you will ever achieve your goal, this is just a momentary setback and you will soon see that it was an important part of your journey forward. Oftentimes, the reversed Star card is more about a test of faith than it is an indication of a negative outcome. Sometimes you need to go through an incredibly trying time in order to come to a point of personal transformation and awakening. You need to keep believing in the Universe and know that it will do what is best for all. This is a test of your faith and you will no doubt come out of this a stronger person.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

I welcome the future with a joyful heart and a hope-filled mind.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"For God sees not as man sees,
 for man looks at the outward appearance,
 but the Lord looks at the heart."

1 Samuel 16:7

Monday, August 14, 2017

I feel God's unconditional love for me and I pass it on to others.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

I will choose my perspective and begin to notice 
the angels in the beautiful scenery of life.

Monday, August 07, 2017

True abundance is the ability to see the abundance that is already ours.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton

Seen my share of broken halos
Folded wings that used to fly
They've all gone wherever they go
Broken halos that used to shine

Angels come down from the heavens
Just to help us on our way
Come to teach us, then they leave us
And they find some other soul to save

Seen my share of broken halos
Folded wings that used to fly
They've all gone wherever they go
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine

Don't go looking for the reasons
Don't go asking Jesus why
We're not meant to know the answers
They belong to the by and by
They belong to the by and by

Seen my share of broken halos
Folded wings that used to fly
They've all gone wherever they go
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine
Broken halos that used to shine 
 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. 
 Clarity and harmony are within me.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
 perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. 
Let him step to the music which he hears, 
however measured and far away."

- Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing afright thee;
All things are passing.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Your kingdom is how you use your mind
  in the face of any and all circumstances.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

16 - Tower


Upright: Disaster, upheaval, sudden change, revelation

Reversed: Avoidance of disaster, fear of change



Tower Tarot Card Meanings and Description:

The Tower shows a tall tower atop a rocky mountain. Lightning strikes and flames burst from the building’s windows. People are seen to be leaping from the tower in desperation, wanting to flee such destruction and turmoil. The Tower signifies darkness and destruction on a physical scale, as opposed to a spiritual scale. The Tower itself represents ambitions built on false premises. The lightning bolt breaks down existing forms in order to make room for new ones. It represents a sudden, momentary glimpse of truth, a flash of inspiration that breaks down structures of ignorance and false reasoning. Notice the lightning bolt is oriented left to right, from heaven to earth, and from Spirit to material. The falling figures correspond to the chained prisoners in the Devil card. They fall headfirst, because the sudden invasion of spiritual consciousness represented by the lightning flash completely upsets all our old notions about the relations between subconsciousness and self-consciousness. The flames are actually the Hebrew yods. There are 22 flames, representing the 22 Major Arcana. The gray clouds are the clouds of misfortune that rain on everyone indiscriminately. The ruling planet of this card is Mars.


Upright Tower Tarot Card Meanings:


This card points to a sudden realization that your comfort was based on an inadequate foundation of false thought, belief and action. This can be a humbling, frightening but necessary experience.

When you see the Tower in a reading, you may feel afraid, shaken and insecure. It is a time of great turmoil and destruction as you seek to understand how you could have been so wrong or naive about a particularly situation. You may be experiencing sleepless nights, depression, grief, anger and confrontation. These are normal reactions to major changes in your outer and inner worlds.

A Tower experience is any experience that shakes the foundation of your current sense of security and/or forces you to question your strongly-held beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and behaviors. It may be a divorce, death of a loved one, financial failure, health problems or job loss, or any event that penetrates to the core of your inner being, affecting you spiritually, mentally and physically. It is often descriptive of a major upheaval, disruption, emergency or crisis, and is likely to bring chaos in the aftermath of such an event. You may be aware of where there is turmoil and destruction but sometimes it can be on a more subtle or subconscious level.

The most important aspect of the Tower is that with any destruction there comes creation. Thus, the Tower card represents an awakening and is about inspiration, freedom, reality and the release from bondage. It is a truth and honesty card that comes as a bolt of lightning to you through a shocking and impactful life event. It represents a necessary experience that forces you to get out of your comfort zone and to grow beyond your present level. The sudden destruction of the Tower represents the immediate change, and the often disorienting effects of that change. You will come to realize that your true security and strength lies within yourself and your relationship with the Universe, and not in some false belief system or artificially-created world.

Following a Tower experience, you can rest assured that you will grow stronger, wiser and more serene as you begin to develop a completely new perspective on life that you did not even know existed. These moments in time are necessary for spiritual growth and enlightenment. Truth and honesty will bring about a positive change, even if you must experience pain and anxiety throughout the process.

The Tower therefore asks you to break down the structures that you have surrounded yourself with. This can be a painful and difficult process if you resist against the external forces that are pushing you to reveal more of yourself. Breaking through this pretense can cause a great deal of anguish but remember that the Tower will fall, whether you like it or not, because you have reached your limits in this area and can no longer live with it. Similarly, the Tower can signify your ego and the illusion of considering yourself to be superior to others. When the Tower of ego, deception and illusion is destroyed, you are free to face truth and reality without the trappings of false attachments. Are you undergoing a major shift in consciousness? Are you beginning to see things in a new way? Embrace the opportunity to accept change and move forward into a more positive psychological state.



Reversed Tower Tarot Card Meanings:

Upright, the Tower indicates a time of great turmoil and destruction, which will eventually bring with it change and regeneration. Reversed, however, the Tower card indicates that you are simply delaying the necessary ‘destruction’. You need to go through this difficult time in order to learn an important lesson. Do not resist it. Even though it is shocking and hard to deal with, it is a very important part of your life journey.

Similarly, the Tower reversed suggests that, while you consciously want change and transformation, you seem to be afraid of these two things. You may feel that change and transformation may bring with it destruction and pain, and thus you are resisting this. You may be aware that in order to create the BIG change you are seeking, you need to go through a period of significant distress but you seem to be afraid of this discomfort. Now is the time to let go and not be afraid of taking the big leaps ahead of you. If you really want to achieve the scale of change you aspire to, then you need to take some risk.

The reversal of the Tower can also lessen the degree or impact of change that is about to enter your life. You may be forewarned or you may have an intuitive sense that something major is about to happen, and you can therefore plan in advance and avoid the destruction that lies ahead. You may be lucky enough to narrowly avert disaster.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

"This very moment is a miracle, as is everything around me."

- Wayne W. Dyer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

When you can maintain peace and joy within you despite any situation, 
you have become a master of allowing.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

No strength is greater than calmness, no power greater than peace.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

"All-One Dream"

A poem written by a friend of mine...


"All-One Dream"

Where are the walls of the worlds
The surface of one dream to the next
Touch the veil and the waves expand
Step through reflections unfurled

Can the chill reach the third sight
Night visions blur upon the inverse
Creation costs only the truest love
Blinding black embraces white light

When will it see the dreams done
Senses soak the soul in experience
Departure awakens the next realm
Levels dawn toward the All-One

- Aaron -


 

 E A R T H  .  F I R E  .  A I R  .  W A T E R

A set of beautiful river stones commissioned for Carla Sutton
each representing one of the four elements. 
 Designed and carved by Aaron. Selected and hand painted by Claudia.

Friday, July 07, 2017

The True Self is infinite. It knows no boundaries. 
Pure essence, pure light, 
engulfing the mind, the soul, the body, the invisible realm with its radiance.


"Yoga Power, and Spirit - Patanjali the Shamon"

by

Alberto Villoldo

Thursday, July 06, 2017


15 - Devil


Upright: Bondage, addiction, sexuality, materialism

                     Reversed: Detachment, breaking free, power reclaimed



Devil Tarot Card Description:

The card of the Devil portrays a Satyr, a creature that is half man and half goat. In many myths, the goat was considered an unclean and lustful animal. However, the goat also symbolizes the scapegoat, the person or thing upon which people project the inferior side of themselves in order to feel better about themselves. Thus the Devil is the scapegoat we blame for our troubles in life.

The Devil has the wings of a vampire bat, an animal that sucks the life blood out of its prey. This is symbolic of what happens when we give full reign to the realm of our raw desires. We lose our vitality and life energy. The Devil has an almost hypnotic stare, bringing those who come near him within his power. Above him is an inverted pentagram, signifying the darker side of magic and occultism.

At the foot of the Devil stands a man and a woman, both naked and chained to the podium on which the Devil sits. They appear to be held here against their will, but with closer observation, the chains around their necks are loose and could be easily removed. This symbolizes that bondage to the Devil is ultimately a voluntary matter which consciousness can release. The man and woman wear tiny horns like those of the Satyr – they are becoming more and more like the devil the longer they stay here. Both have tails – a further symbol of their animalistic or 'lower' tendencies.

The dark and doorless cave implies that the Devil dwells in the most inaccessible realm of the unconscious and only crisis can break through the walls.

The number 15 in numerology equals 6, the number that corresponds to the Lovers, and here the lovers are shown chained, in bondage to the material, sensual side of their nature. This card is ruled by Capricorn, the goat.


Upright Devil Tarot Card Meanings:

The card of the Devil represents the hidden forces of negativity that constrain you and that trick you into thinking you are imprisoned by external forces ultimately out of your control. The Devil is an inner force within each of us. He represents our fears, addictions, and other harmful impulses. He is a master of deception and creates the illusion that you are involuntarily bound to him. However, the figures in this card are free to remove the chains from around their necks, indicating that they have freely given the Devil any power he has over them.

When you see the Devil in a reading, ask yourself where you are feeling stuck or restricted in your life. You may be tricked into believing that you are being controlled by external forces when in fact you have created your own chains of imprisonment and powerlessness. A sense of hopelessness can accompany the Devil. You feel despair and have a pessimistic view of life because you feel that so much is outside of your control. You fear the worst, and this means that your fears have a hold over you and prevent you from leading a more fulfilling and optimistic life. What are the addictions or attachments restraining you from experiencing the freedom of the Fool? Are you giving yourself over to the illusion of helplessness and despair? Know that you have the power within to free yourself from the bondage of the Devil.

The Devil often reflects actual addictions and dependencies in your life, such as alcoholism, drug-taking, unhealthy relationships, over-spending and attention seeking. You think you need something and you are willing to go against what you know to be right and true in order to obtain it. You need to break free of these negative patterns of behavior by acknowledging the hold that they have over you and the negative impact they are having on your life. Often they are behaviors that are immediately gratifying but which cause longer-term damage to your inner fulfillment.

Sometimes, the Devil indicates that you are becoming obsessed with a particular idea, situation or endeavor. You are over-investing yourself in one area at the expense of other areas of your life. Often, the Devil card represents an over-dependence on material wealth. You may have become so fixated on becoming wealthy that you have forgotten the importance of investing in your relationships or yourself. You have generated a belief that value lies in how much you earn or how much you own. You have created an unhealthy bond with these materialistic desires and you are now being controlled by this bondage.


Reversed Devil Tarot Card Meanings:

The Devil appears when you are feeling trapped by things such as unhealthy or co-dependent relationships, financial debt, unproductive careers, unhealthy lifestyles or addictions, or consumerism and materialism. When the Devil is reversed, it indicates a growing awareness that you are currently in this state and you desire freedom from these harmful bonds. You may now be more willing and able to accept changes in your life and you may be more open to taking on new perspectives. However, it is not going to be an easy journey. You will need to battle your inner fears and anxieties to free yourself from the chains that bind you to your unhealthy habits. You need to eliminate those things that you know are harmful to you and your inner consciousness It may be about creating a healthier diet, watching less television, quit smoking, spending more time with your loved ones, or focusing more clearly on your goals. Take this opportunity to bring about positive change in your life by providing yourself with ongoing encouragement and motivation. You must remain faithful to your goal of freedom.

If you have not yet succumbed to bad habits or addictions, be cautious about opening yourself up to these temptations in the future. Look out for anything that might put you in debt or under the control of another person who may not have the best of intentions. Avoid anything that might harm your body physically, such as alcohol, drugs, or any other addictions because these will prove to be very difficult to shake off later. You may believe they are only a temporary and harmless release from your personal issues but they may turn into a significant problem that could cause you a lot of grief in the long-term.

The Devil reversed may also refer to the Buddhist principle of detachment. Detachment, also expressed as non-attachment, is a state in which you overcome your attachment to the desire for things, people or concepts of the world, thus attaining a heightened perspective. The detached person is the happiest, for to live without attachment is to live in true freedom. It is important to note, however, that the Buddhist principle of detachment does not mean that you no longer care for things or people but rather that you separate your own existence from them in such a way that means you can still care about them but that you are not dictated or defined by their existence.


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Monday, July 03, 2017

"And it is in dying that we are born to eternal light."

- St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday, July 01, 2017

"I AM wrapped in the glow of God's love."


"Conversations with the Other Side"

by
Sylvia Brown

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Once the need for anything is removed, there is an abundance. 

The flow of life is a rule in the Universe."


"Conversations with the Other Side"

by
Sylvia Brown

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Lord make me an instrument of your peace."

- St. Francs of Assisi

Monday, June 26, 2017

"Non-attachment is accepting life as it is right now.

Needing nothing. Wanting nothing."



 "Yoga, Power, and Spirit - Patanjali the Shamon"
 
 by
 
Alberto Villolda M.D.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Be still and your eyes will open. 

You will see the birth of the galaxies and the death of the Universe. 

You may even be swept up in the astral river of infinity, 

 gulping mouthfuls of timelessness, 

swallowing past and future in the same instant."




"Yoga, Power, and Spirit - Patanjali the Shamon"
by
Alberto Villolda M.D.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Medical Marijuana and Diabetes

 

Diabetes mellitus (also known as primary diabetes) affects approximately 8.3% of the US population and 6.8% of Canadians. In 2007, diabetes contributed to over 200,000 deaths in the US alone.

Although the early development of insulin medications made diabetes treatable, no cure exists and symptoms tend to worsen as the disease progresses.

Now, a growing body of evidence points to medical marijuana as a promising therapy. In fact, research shows that marijuana may not only be useful for managing symptoms of pain and cardiovascular disease, but also aid in combating the disease itself.
 
What is Diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels. The two most common forms of diabetes are known as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in individuals under the age of 30 and involves an autoimmune attack on islet cells of the pancreas – cells that produce insulin. Approximately 10% of diabetics suffer from Type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common and tends to affect individuals that are obese and over the age of 40. It is usually a result of a combination of defective insulin production and insulin resistance.

In both types of diabetes, high blood sugar levels eventually lead to a variety of other metabolic and non-metabolic complications.
 
Endocannabinoids and Diabetes

Endocannabinoids are natural compounds found within all humans that happen to act in a similar way as plant-derived cannabinoids such as THC. Along with cannabinoid receptors, they make up what is known as the endocannabinoid system.

Cannabinoid receptors have been identified in the pancreas, heart, blood vessels, nervous system and many other organs – all of which suggests a potential role for cannabinoids in treating diabetes.

Interestingly, large-scale surveys have found lower prevalence rates of obesity and diabetes mellitus among marijuana users compared with non-users, suggesting the potential for cannabinoids to affect this disorder. Studies have also identified higher endocannabinoid levels (anandamide and 2-AG) in diabetic patients compared to healthy individuals.
 
Marijuana and Insulin

Insulin dysfunction is the underlying factor in diabetes as well as the primary target of medical treatment. Interestingly, the presence of cannabinoid receptors has been identified in cells of the pancreas that produce insulin.

Studies involving human cell cultures have linked activation of CB1 receptors to an increase in insulin production. On the other hand, the role of CB2 receptors is conflicted, with some studies showing an increase in insulin secretion and others showing a decrease.

Marijuana compounds may take on another therapeutic role in type 1 diabetes by regulating activity of the immune system. In an animal model of type 1 diabetes, THC demonstrated an incredible ability to counter autoimmune attacks. THC treatment was also able to preserve insulin levels and lower blood glucose levels compared with the untreated group.

Other studies have found CBD (cannabidiol) and THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) – two non-psychoactive compounds found in marijuana – to have similar protective effects.

A study published in 2006 found that CBD could reduce the chance of developing type 1 diabetes in mice by reducing inflammation of pancreatic cells. In a study involving obese mice, THCV treatment led to improved glucose tolerance, reduced glucose intolerance and increased insulin sensitivity, leading the authors to conclude that THCV could be a useful therapy for type 2 diabetes either alone or together with CBD.

    “Based on these data, it can be suggested that THCV may be useful for the treatment of the metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes, either alone or in combination with existing treatments… a CBD/THCV combination may be beneficial for different types of diabetes mellitus.”
Excerpt from The cannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) ameliorates insulin sensitivity in two mouse models of obesity.
 (Wargent et al., 2013)

Finally, a large-scale observational study published in 2013 by Harvard University researchers found that adults who used marijuana had lower fasting insulin levels and a lower probability of being insulin resistant. The study collected data from over 4,500 adults during a 5 year period.
 
Marijuana and Obesity

Type 2 diabetes is commonly associated with obesity and related cardiovascular problems. Interestingly, the endocannabinoid system appears to be involved with obesity and regulating energy balance as well.

Early studies revealed higher levels of the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-AG in obese individuals, which led experts believed that activity of the endocannabinoid system promoted obesity. Along the same line, activity of the endocannabinoid system has been shown to decrease energy expenditure and increase food intake and fat storage.

However, more recent evidence suggests an opposite effect on obesity. In the same Harvard University study, researchers found that marijuana users had lower waist circumferences, despite the fact that they tended to consume more calories. Similarly, a 2011 analysis of 2 large U.S. surveys linked marijuana use with a lower BMI and a decreased prevalence of obesity.
 
Marijuana and Cardiovascular Disease

Recent studies also suggest a therapeutic role of cannabinoids in a number of cardiovascular complications that accompany diabetes. As it turns out, CB1 and CB2 receptors are expressed in various cells of the cardiovascular system, including the immune cells that infiltrate them.

In mouse models, cannabinoids have demonstrated the ability to regulate vascular inflammation, oxidative stress and atherosclerosis, leading experts to suggest that marijuana-based medications may be useful in the treatment of these dysfunctions.

    “Modulation of the endocannabinoid system… may hold tremendous therapeutic potential in various cardiovascular disorders associated with inflammation and tissue injury, ranging from myocardial infarction and heart failure to atherosclerosis and cardiometabolic disorders.”
Excerpt from The emerging role of the endocannabinoid system in cardiovascular disease (Pacher and Steffens, 2009)

Marijuana and Neuropathic Pain
Approximately 60-70% of diabetics suffer from some form of nerve damage, which can often lead to a specific type of pain known as neuropathic pain.

Interestingly, neuropathic pain has been one of the few applications of medical marijuana to be investigated in clinical trials. Sativex – a cannabis-derived oral spray – has already been approved by countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom for the treatment of pain associated with cancer and multiple sclerosis.

While yet to be approved for diabetics, cannabis-based treatments have also shown promise in clinical trials involving diabetes-related neuropathic pain.

A placebo-controlled clinical trial published in 2012 found that 85% of patients given synthetic THC (Cesamet) experienced a reduction in pain of at least 30%. Furthermore, all patients that received the strongest dose (4mg/day) experienced a reduction in pain of 30% or more. The study also identified significant improvements in overall disease scores. Side-effects were relatively minor and included confusion, drowsiness and dizziness.

Finally, other studies show that cannabis use can lead to improvements in sleep, mood and quality of life in patients with neuropathic pain.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Principles Are:


Practice Purity...
be unsullied by anger or vengeful thoughts.

Practice Contentment...
be at peace with what is and what is not.

Practice Austerity...
purify, reject greed, lack, and envy and the endless desire for more. 

Study...
and cultivate wisdom.
Open your heart to all that can be known.

Surrender...
become one with Spirit, aware of your sacred nature.
Know that you are woven into the intricate matrix of creation.



"Yoga, Power, and Spirit - Patanjali the Shamon"
by
Alberto Villolda M.D.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Great Vows Are:


Nonviolence...
bring no harm to yourself or others.

Truthfulness...
be true to your word, and let your word be true.

Integrity...
do not steal, walk your talk.

Moderation...
use wisely the life force within you.

Generosity... 
give more than you take, for nothing in the world really belongs to you. 



"Yoga, Power, and Spirit - Patanjali the Shamon"

by

Alberto Villolda M.D.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

14 – Temperance
 


Upright: Balance, moderation, patience, purpose, meaning

Reversed: Imbalance, excess, lack of long-term vision




 

Temperance Tarot Card Description:

On the Temperance card stands a winged angel. The angel is actually a hermaphrodite (the child of Hermes and Aphrodite), showing a balance between the genders. The angel has one foot on dry land, representative of the material world, and one foot in the water, representative of the subconscious. In this position, she also represents the need to ‘test the waters’ before jumping headfirst into unknown circumstances. The triangle inside the square on her robe represents the female being protected by natural law. In her hands she holds two cups which she uses to mix water. The cups represent the sub- and super-conscious minds. One cup can be thought of as holding hot water and the other cold water. The water flowing between them is actually going from the lower cup to the higher one, signifying rising from a lower plane to a higher one. The temperate individual mixes the opposites and finds a balance in life by avoiding extremes. The astrological sign is Sagittarius, the teacher of truth, enthusiasm, tolerance and beauty.


Upright Temperance Tarot Card Meanings:

Temperance indicates that you are learning to bring about balance, patience and moderation in your life. You have been able to take the middle road, avoiding extremes and maintaining a great sense of calm in your life. You have learned to keep calm in situations of great stress or anxiety. You do not let things get to you, and you have found a place of peace where you can put things into perspective when things get hectic. Your respect for balance and tranquility is what will help you to achieve and experience fulfillment in your life. Your temperament will be well balanced and you demonstrate good management in your outlook on life.

The Temperance card reflects that you have a clear, long-term vision of what you want to achieve. You are not rushing things along; rather you are taking your time to ensure that you do the best job you can. This card also reflects a higher learning in what you are doing and demonstrates that you are learning a great deal on your journey. You are at peace with what you are doing and it is all coming together very well. Your inner voice is guiding you gently to the right outcome and you are patiently listening and following. You have a very balanced perspective on the situation at this time and you are in a very good position to make the right choices.

In relation to others, Temperance represents adaptation and coordination of external influences. You are able to work in harmony with others and there is a heightened level of co-operation in your activities with others. You are able to combine forces and join with others in order to bring it all together. There is a beautiful synergy at work that leverages the right mix of talents, experiences, abilities and skills.

Temperance asks you to be patient so that you can act with timing and precision. Patience and moderation will result in good management of all things. Do not feel that you need to rush, just let the situation evolve at its natural pace.

Temperance can also reflect a period of self-evaluation in order to re-examine your life priorities. You are now seeking a much greater balance between your inner and outer selves, searching for a higher meaning and purpose in life. Throughout this transition, you may also experience a clash between the old and the new you, sometimes feeling confused about which direction you ought to take and what is really important to you. You will evaluate seclusion, detachment and retreats as methods for accomplishing great things. You will avoid pain, conflict and distractions and lessen your stress and anxiety. Looking inward will re-charge you. There is nothing to fear, it is part of the process and without it change could not occur.


Reversed Temperance Tarot Card Meanings:

Temperance reversed reflects a time when something is out of balance, in conflict or excessive, and is therefore creating stress and tension in your life. Look to the other cards in the reading to understand what is out of balance or contributing to this feeling. Temperance reversed can also be a lead indicator that, were you to follow a certain path, you would create imbalance in the situation. You may be acting impatiently or refusing to take the moderate, gentle approach. Be wary of hasty action as this will only lead to further imbalance.

Temperance reversed can suggest that you lack a long-term vision and/or purpose and, as a result, you are feeling out of balance. This is a time when you need to reflect on what changes are necessary in your life to create greater purpose and fulfillment. Try to understand what you need to leave behind you in the past and what changes you need to embrace in the future.

People you are dealing with are proving to be uncooperative or you may feel as though your interests are in conflict or competition with each other. Getting the ‘flow’ right between you seems an impossible feat. You are both striving to express your individuality in very different ways. There is a lot of energy around now but none of it is being used positively. Unresolved conflicts in both of you have yet to be expressed clearly, indeed you may not be conscious of them, although you are aware that something is wrong. These conflicts may manifest themselves as role reversal. In the beginning one of you was dominant, now the other seeks to take control of the union. An old fashioned argument may be necessary to clear the air and establish new ground rules.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

My thoughts are filled with optimism and happiness. 
My positive thoughts attract all that is good. 
I give thanks.