Archive for March, 2007


I know that when kundalini moves in me, she is sacred and not dangerous; she is alive, and so am I.
My sexuality, my healing prowess, and my abundant energies are all part of the same gift of the the Goddess in my sacred body.
The body is more than a sensual receptor, more than a physical vehicle, it is an instrument of superconscious awareness with a direct line to the soul. Vicki Noble

That quote by Vicki Noble’s took me back to when I first began to experience my own kundalini energy, I was 41 at the time. In those days I was learning to embrace the Goddess energies of, Earth,Water,Wind and of course Fire.

Dancing in the deserts of Southern California with a tribe of wild women, I was assisted by these spirit sisters toward understanding my kundalini energy, something unfamiliar to me was emerging, my own inner power. I did not understand the power of this energy at that time, but that would soon change, and so would my life.

I fully enjoyed the juicy-ness of how good it made me feel, and I told myself that there was no need for concern, as I felt in complete control of myself . Reflecting back , I chuckle as I realize how naive’ I was about the whole concept.

Years later during my first encounter with Ayahuasca, the sensual serpent of kundalini rose like a tidal wave within me. It was a great feeling to have the sex drive of my early 20’s smack me in my first chakra. As a seeker of super conscious states of awareness, Ayahuasca is for me a tool I use when diving deep into my soul. This is indeed sacred work and is not to be taken lightly. I do not get to pass “GO” and I do not get to “COLLECT 2 hundred dollars” but I do get to go directly to “FIX YOUR LIFE” and pay the rent!

I was becoming a vessel of ancient power, Ayahuasca was dissolving my ego, so that my vessel could become more fluid and flexiable. Expressing my sexual needs had little to do with my need for relationships. But it had everything to do with my manifesting cosmic energy while on this Earth walk through life.


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Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it’s tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. And now research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that’s why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but rubdowns are especially effective for aches like low-back pain. Researchers at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, Washington, found that massage works better than common treatments including chiropractic therapy and acupuncture. It’s not clear why, but several studies show massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those changes slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system’s pain receptors. Massage also increases blood flow to the muscles, which may help them heal.

By Kristyn Kusek Lewis
Health Magazine


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” Of course they feed us! Of course they heal us! Of course they get us high!
We’ve been co-operating together for eons
before arrogance and amnesia set in,
they are the manner in which we are rooted in biology,
they mediate between us and the sun.”

Stephen Harrod Buhner


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I believe laughter is one of the best medicines. When I read this I got a few chuckles out of it, healing with humor, now there’s a free and easy way to embrace spring cleansing the winter blues.

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.) describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run
over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men .


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Do you smoke cigarettes or indulge in certain drugs?
Well foods can become addictive too by boosting feel-good hormones in your brain.

Try this little test

Addictive foods have similar qualities to addictive drugs. Look at the list below and choose what food has the LEAST addictive quality. No peeking :-) , the answer is listed near the end of this post!

1. The #2 value meal with a large Coke and a chocolate shake
2. Peanuts
3. Potatoes
4. Sugary cereals

It’s peanuts! Peanuts don’t cause the direct release of dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter, unlike the other choices on the list.

The little goobers satisfy without the neurochemical hi’s and low’s that other foods foster.
When dopamine is released, you feel great — until the level begins to drop down, then you find yourself craving more of the item that made you feel so good.

Also, peanuts are great for your heart because they’re full of healthy fats, vegetable protein and flavonoids those powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances that the body needs to stay healthy.

Try eating an ounce of peanuts per day, this can decrease the risk of heart disease, studies say between 20 and 60 percent.
Gives new meaning to the term ” Health Nut!”


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That which I planted within myself during winter, begins to surface and it wants to come forth and bloom with the approach of spring.
The beginning of spring is March 21st, also known as the Spring Equinox, when night and day are equal.

I feel a spark this spring and it fills me with inspiration and energy to act upon my ideas that grew during the winter.
I’m taking a look at my life and making new plans…..what do I want to clear out from my environment and within myself? Nature and I will flourish within this season.

Eating is a significant part of a healthy lifestyle. This salad is a nourishing way to begin spring cleaning the body, mind and spirit.

Spring Cleaning Salad

1 pound whole wheat penne pasta, cooked and drained
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, coarsely chopped
2 cups fresh spinach, washed and shredded
1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into cubes
1 medium red onion, thinly slices
1/3 cup kalamata olives, drained and pitted
1 bunch of asparagus, steamed til tender
Asparagus officinalis;Liliaceae,nutrritive,diuretic,expectorant,demulcent


1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, optional garnish

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse under cold running water, and drain again.
2. Place cooked pasta in a large salad bowl and add the other salad ingredients.
3. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients until thickened. Pour dressing over salad, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
Serves 6 to 8.


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The medicinal treatments of Western Medicine are cloaked within scientific jargon that develops a mystery for the patient. How can a person take responsibility for their own health if the doctors hide behind medical language, that keeps the patient from understanding their own illness?

When health care professionals accept their responsibility to educate people, then a shift in understanding our own individual illness will allow a person to discover their own inner healing and medicine. All human beings have medicine inside of us. We possess the ability to cure ourselves as every person’s illness if unique.

A healers role and one of my hopes for the near future, is that health care professionals, holistic healers and we, the patient, will find the right medicine that is right for us, and not what the healer, doctor or medical professional thinks is right for us.

The question boils down to this ” Why is it important for you to take responsibility for your own health care?” Please drop me a comment, I’d like to hear from you.


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RN’s, need a break from winter? This continuing education program is designed just for you. Travel to the coast of Mexico and attend this accredited program. Not only will you receive 32 contact hours but you’ll get to enjoy beautiful Yelapa, Mexico, located just south of Puerto Vallarta. Its a mini vacation that is structured to relax, heal and inform the participant through alternative healing.
Take a look at this all inclusive excursion www.concentricrings.org

Mexican Herbalism
An Introductory Workshop

Join us for 9 beautiful days in Yelapa, Mexico. Experience a renewed, healthier you!
Our workshops are designed to expand your knowledge of the local healing methods known throughout Central America, as Curanderismo .

As you begin to experience the stress free jungle setting of Yelapa, a sensation will start to flow over your being as you realize this might be the first time ,in a long time, that you’ve really relaxed.
My vision for Concentric Rings began with an idea to share a model of alternative healing with the people I meet. It is a healing knowledge that honors the human body and the health of the planet we all share.
Concentric Rings is designed to send this healing knowledge radiating outward , creating a ripple or concentric ring of information through education. I hope the experience will inspire people enough to ponder this question….
“ Why is it important for you to become more responsible for your own health care?”
Our healers and locations are carefully selected to offer you, the participant ,a rich experience of the local healing traditions and customs.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing,
Provider # 14811 for RN’s 32 Contact Hours

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Astragalus, Carrot and Ginger Soup with Limes and Clementines ( a variety of orange )

2 tablespoons Ghee clarified butter
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
4 shallots, chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 pound carrots (about 4-6), finely sliced
3 slices Astragalus root Astragalus mongolicus
4 cups chicken stock or water
Juice of 5 clementines (about 3/4 cup)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Shreds of lime and clementine zest, for garnish

1. Heat butter and sunflower oil in a small dutch oven, add shallots and a pinch of salt, and cook until softened and golden. Add ginger and carrots and sauté a few minutes more. Add the Astragalus root slices, stock or water, clementine juice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.

2. Strain into a pitcher;remover Astragalus root slices, put solids into a blender with 1or 2 ladles of strained liquid, then purée, adding extra liquid if necessary. When smooth, add remaining liquid and purée again.

3. Reheat if necessary, taste and adjust seasoning, then serve soup in bowls and top with lime and clementine zest.

Serves 4

just a note* Astragalus is a chi tonic that strengthens the digestive and immune systems. Astragalus also raises the metabolism and helps treat chronic weakness of the lungs. Grated zest of limes and clementines add spark to this golden, gingery soup. The mild taste of clementine juice works well, but orange, mandarin or tangerine juice also works.


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My young friendand artist created this digital mix for me……thanks D. hugs Velvetfont


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