THE MENTAL BALANCER STONE ~ LEPIDOLITE

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 LEPIDOLITE CONTAINS LITHIUM AND IS HELPFUL FOR STABILIZING MOOD SWINGS AND BI-POLAR DISORDERS. IT IS extremely useful for overcoming any kind of emotional or mental imbalance; it is supportive in releasing one from addictions and emotional disorders like anorexia.

Colors: purple, some with pink tourmaline crystals

Uses: called the stone of peace and rich in lithium, excellent for out of body experience, increasing psychic ability, acceptance, awareness, peace, and tranquility, relieving stress, soothing anger and diffusing negativity, good luck, restful sleep, and pleasant dreams.

Star Sign: Libra
Planet: Venus
Element: Air
Chakra: Heart

TIPS FOR LEPIDOLITE

Keep lepidolite near you when you study to boost concentration

Place lepidolite in your living room to enhance a calm atmosphere

Wear lepidolite to release unkind feelings you may be holding

lepidoliteKeep lepidolite near you to help free yourself from addictions

Put lepidolite in the places you spend most time to help lift depression

Reassuring…

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Chevron Amethyst Crystals

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Beautiful and powerful Chevron Amethyst crystals come from Brazil. They hold the powerful presence of the Violet Flame and the White Light. These are a perfect gift for those who need to transmute negativity and just do not know how. Just by holding them, the shift occurs. The violet flame is one of the greatest spiritual tools on the planet. It is an aspect of God’s light known as the flame of forgiveness it is an amazing process for the transmutation of negative energies.

The Violet Flame is Spiritual Alchemy in action. Its purpose is to transmute denser feelings, actions, deeds, karma, etc. into a higher vibrational frequency. The violet flame forgives as it frees, consumes as it transmutes, clears the akashic records of past karma and sets you free into a place of holding a higher light. Every day in every way the violet flame flushes out and renews…

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Why Women Feel More Depleted Than Ever ~ Amy Brucker

By Amy Brucker

Did I mention I’m studying herbal medicine? I LOVE it!!!

Every night, after I’ve finished my dinner, I cannot wait to learn more about herbs. I even made my own Dandelion Grapefruit Bitter to aid in digestion. (And had fun creating the labels!)

This month I’m learning about the importance of a solid foundation. You see, the trick to growing successful herbs is the soil. Without a rich, fertile foundation, herbs can’t grow, and if they can’t grow, they can’t do any of their magic.

Why Women Need to Pay Close Attention to This Process

Your foundation in life is everything.

When you have the right foundation for your life you feel engaged with your purpose, joyfully inspired, and a certain lightness of being. Things flow more freely and you grow your ideas with relative ease.

When nutrients are missing, though, things don’t work out so well. You might feel depleted, crabby, irritable, or argumentative, or perhaps you go within and feel even more isolated.

And growing your purpose?

With a deficit the process is difficult, full of obstacles, and frustrating. You push important, soul-centered ideas aside and wait for that illusive “perfect time” to dive in, but of course, it never comes.

So what’s going on with your foundation?

I ask because I’ve noticed a lot of women walking around feeling totally depleted on many levels. They look happy and well-adjusted, like they’re enjoying everything about life, but secretly they’re feeling devoid of the important nutrients they need to feel whole in mind, body, and soul.

Like being nurtured, which includes being cared for, appreciated, heard, seen, and recognized.

The reason for this depletion is partly because we live in a crazy, fast-paced world that has created a me-centered, isolated existence, a direct result of people feeling too depleted to care for anyone but themselves.

In fact, I’ve been reading lately that “spiritual women” are becoming too me-centered and that they need to focus on other people by doing things like volunteering and helping those less fortunate

But volunteering to help other people, no matter how altruistic, is not the solution. It’s just more depletion.

Because the ironic twist is that women are either biologically or socially conditioned to be nurturers who give endlessly, and so, despite their own exhaustion, they give and give and give. The problem is they don’t get enough back in return.

This may seem like circular logic, but I see it happening every day.

What women get in return for their efforts is a paycheck, food on their table, and maybe a hug from their family or friends.

But those things can only sustain a woman for so long. Women need to be nurtured in mind, body, and soul. They need to feel a heartfelt connection to community, to feel loved, to feel seen, to feel heard. And that doesn’t always happen in our me-centered, isolated culture.

Let Life and Spirit Move through You More Often

I once read a story about women from an African tribe who gathered once a week to make pottery. They came together in the morning and sang all day. They sang tribal songs, ancestral songs. They enjoyed one another’s company, laughed, and had fun. An hour before their work day was over, they made the pottery. Their entire day was filled with joyful celebration, of building connection, of being seen, and feeling supported.

They were nurtured on many levels.

Creating a Sacred Foundation

Imagine what your life would be like if you sang and danced more often with women who were close to you, either literally or metaphorically, and spent fewer hours doing your work. You might feel like nothing would get done, but I suspect something else would happen.

I bet you’d feel so refreshed and rejuvenated that you’d get done exactly what you needed to get done in order to do a good job doing what you do.

Your idea of what needs to get done might shift.

You might realize you don’t need to be trolling Facebook for hours in search of something interesting.

You might find you don’t need to keep the house quite as clean as you thought you did.

And you might find that your foundation is so fertile and rich that your soulful desires grow smoothly and with joy.

It may sound impossible.

It may sound idealistic.

But let me tell you a little secret …

This is how I’ve been living my life for the past year and guess what? It works.

I haven’t perfected the art yet, but I feel in love with life every day.

My purpose is blossoming in ways I never would have imagined, with less work and more fun.

And although there are still some areas that seem slow in coming to fruition, I have a deeper understanding of why (because I need to continually tend to my foundation so it will support my new endeavors) and I have more patience than I used to.

Your Sacred Foundation

Take a moment to reflect on your foundation.

What’s working well?

What’s missing?

What can you do to create a sacred foundation that supports you and nourishes you so you feel deeply inspired and full of life?

sweet dreams,

Amy

Amy Brucker ~ Dream Your Desires Into Being

Crystal Healing

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Crystal Healing is the art of laying on stones in coordination with the body’s energy field, energy centers, and energy pathways. These are also known as the aura, chakras, and meridians.

Crystals come from nature and are created from minerals deep inside the earth. Each crystal has a unique healing property derived from the minerals it is composed of. Crystals are capable of amplifying, focusing, directing, absorbing, diffusing and transmitting differing levels of energy.

There are a variety of complementary crystals used during a Crystal Healing session. The crystals are selected based on the healing properties that will be most beneficial to the client’s situation.

During a Crystal Healing session crystals are placed on the chakras or around the body to surround the client with healing energy. The energy delivered by the arranged crystals blends and resonates within the energy centers of the body to promote self-healing.

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Trinity of Polish Divinity: Summer Solstice, Water Rites & Magical Crowns

The Vikings Compass: Iolite

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Iolite, known as the Vikings’ Compass, due to its ability to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days. When the legendary Viking mariners sailed the wide ocean, they used thin pieces of iolite as the world’s first polarizing filter. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun, by looking through the gemstone at a certain angle. Vikings never used to get lost on the high seas.

This stone is also called the stone of happiness and joy. It is believed to possess Feng Shui properties which help in building relationships with others. It cures a sore throat, varicose veins and various skin eruptions and blisters.

Iolite Rough

IOLITE HEALING PROPERTIES

  • Power
  • Leadership
  • Self-confidence
  • Inner strength

IOLITE ASSOCIATIONS

  • Chakras – Third Eye Chakra
  • Zodiac – Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius
  • Colors – Yellow-brown, Violet-blue, Light Blue, Blue, Rich blue-violet stone; Transparent to Translucent
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What are Meridians? – Holistic Experiment

by Lucia Santos

Dubbed as the “primo-vascular system” by the scientists at Seoul National University, Meridians are a channel system that carries and distributes qi (energy) and blood. These Meridians work as conduit for energy to organs, endocrines, and body parts. Acupuncture, acupressure, and Reiki work with these meridians to remove any sort of blockage or imbalance in the body.

There are 12 primary paired meridians and two single mid meridians; six of them are yang (which is male and active) and the rest are yin (which are female and passive). The yang meridians run down the body while the yin meridians flow up the body. Each meridian is related to the elements of Earth, Metal, Fire, Wood or Water, which gives us the tools for treating imbalances that come from a lack or surplus of certain channels.

The most interesting fact is that each meridian is extremely active at a certain time of the day or night. For example, from 3AM to 5AM the qi (energy) is flowing through the Lung Meridian and later on enters the Large Intestine Meridian from 5-7Am, and then the Stomach Meridian from 7-9AM. The meridian cycle is continuous as the qi or energy flows throughout the body. If you’re curious about finding out more about the Qi Current, check out this interesting post.

Also, since sickness can happen when there’s a blockage of energy or when the ying and yang balance (also known as the male and female balance) in our bodies is disturbed. These meridians can show how an imbalance in an organ can cause symptoms in a completely different area of the body.

The twelve meridians are named according to their corresponding organs, these include:

  • Three arm yin meridians which focuses on the lungs, pericardium, and heart
  • Three arm yang meridians that focuses on the large intestine, triple burner, and small intestine.
  • Three leg yang meridians which focuses on the stomach, gallbladder, and the bladder
  • Three leg yin meridians that focuses on the spleen, liver, and kidney.

These twelve meridians make up the majority of the Meridian system and are known as the regular or principal channel. As mentioned before, there are various methods that will help balance the body such as Reiki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Yoga.

Meridians show that the human body is connected to the elements, the energetic structure and flow of energy at a cellular and physical level. It’s also said that Earth has energetic pathways or ley lines that are similar to the meridians in our bodies.

Source: What are Meridians? – Holistic Experiment

Would the government let Jesus cure cancer? « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

By Jon Rappoport

As I’ve been telling you for years, it’s easy to keep the public on your side if you regularly tout medical “breakthroughs” in the press. The latest innovation. The promise of a cure around the corner. The maybe-could-be discovery that will change the course of disease treatment forever.

In this case, a start-up called Tilos has one of those, for cancer. They say it’s an antibody their researchers came across while looking for a cure for MS. They stumbled on to it by accident. Aha.

Somehow, this antibody helps the immune system to recognize and wipe out cancer cells. It produces “a memory” in immune-system cells, and they are ready to go to war when cancer arrives. Or something. It’s hard to say.

The people at Tilos are, naturally, very enthusiastic.

So forthwith, I give you an assignment. Keep track of stories about this amazing antibody as time passes, and see whether it ever a) becomes a real cancer treatment, and b) does any good. Or c) disappears down the memory hole, never to be heard from again. I’m betting on c. Why? Because I’ve watched a number of these flashes dim out quickly and recede into nowhere land. And because, in this case, the company is very far from being able to fashion the antibody into a ground-level treatment. Of course, it’s possible that, on the basis of the recent gaudy announcement, Tilos could pick up some investor funding, but funding isn’t a disease treatment the last time I looked.

On the other hand, if a non-pharmaceutical company or researcher actually makes a promising discovery in cancer treatment (read about the troubles of Dr. Stan Burzynski, Dr. Willam Koch, Royal Rife, etc.), all hell breaks loose. The press immediately pounces on the researcher as if he’s working on an H-bomb in his basement. He must be an outright quack and charlatan, “because they all are.”

Corporate drug outfit=potential breakthrough.

Independent non-pharmaceutical researcher=Dr. Nazi.

Good press vs. bad press comes down to: how much can you pay; who do you know; how much advertising can you afford to buy; what official expert can you bring on board to vouch for you; is your product a drug rather than a detested natural non-patentable substance; can you do officially recognized clinical trials; are you connected with a favored group (university, research foundation, federal facility, pharma lab) who can obtain publication in a well-known medical journal.

Or are you a dreaded INDEPENDENT?

In the 1990s, I watched a federal trial in a Los Angeles courtroom. The defendant was charged with selling medical drugs without a license to practice medicine.

The defendant was prepared to argue that a) the substance he was selling was naturally produced in the body and b) it was effective.

The prosecution moved to exclude such testimony, on the grounds that it was irrelevant.

The judge agreed. Therefore, the trial was nasty, brutish, and short. The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to prison for several years.

This is how the federal bureaucracy operates. “Do you have a government-issued license to heal? No? You’re a criminal.”

I believe that if Jesus of Nazareth were walking the Earth today, in the United States, he would be arrested on the same grounds.

This would be particularly so if he were curing cancer.

Imagine this extreme case: in a stadium packed with 50,000 people who have been diagnosed with cancer, Jesus of Nazareth waves his hand and cures all of them in a few seconds.

Now he is threatening the profits of many companies, to say nothing of the power of the government, which backs the chemo-radiation-surgery monopoly to the hilt.

So he is arrested. He is put on trial. He opts to defend himself without an attorney. He tells the court that curing cancer is no crime.

The prosecuting attorney objects. “Your Honor,” he says, “whether or not this man has cured cancer is beside the point. He has no license to practice medicine. That is why we are here today. We are simply establishing that a) he was practicing medicine and b) he has no government-issued license. That is the scope of this proceeding.”

The judge agrees. The verdict is issued. Guilty.

Of course, on another front, the major media, who depend for their existence on pharmaceutical advertising, take the ball and run with it. The networks and major newspapers seek out “experts,” who emphatically state that what Jesus of Nazareth “performed” in the stadium was mere hypnotism. It was all a placebo effect. Whatever sudden “remissions” may have occurred are just temporary. Tragically, the cancers will return.

Not only that, these 50,000 people have effectively been sidetracked and diverted from seeking “real care from real doctors.” With chemo, with radiation, with surgery, they would have stood a chance of surviving and living long normal lives.

Other media pundits send up this flag: “Many of those present in the stadium were bitter clingers to their religion. They refuse to accept science. They are living in the past. They favor superstition over real medical care. In fact, they are threatening the whole basis of healthcare, since other confused and deluded Americans may now turn away from doctors and seek snake-oil salesmen and preachers for healing.”

From the highest perches of political power in this country, the word quietly goes out to the media: don’t follow up on those people who were in the stadium; don’t try to track them; don’t compile statistics on their survival rates; move on to other stories (distractions); let this whole madness die down.

But among the citizenry, an awareness spreads: the government is controlling healing through its issuance of licenses. That’s how the government is essentially protecting one form of “healing” and enabling it to become an all-encompassing cartel.

What would be the alternative or the adjunct to licenses?

Contracts.

Contracts are agreements entered into by consenting adults, who assume responsibility for the outcomes. In the case of healing, a contract would specify that people have a right to be wrong.

Let’s say two consenting adults, Jim and Frank, agree to allow Frank to treat Jim for his arthritis with water from a well on Frank’s land.

The two men acknowledge that no liability will be attached to the outcome. In other words, whether Jim get better or gets worse, no one is going file a suit. No one is going to go to the government for redress of wrongs.

The well water may be wonderful or it may be completely useless. Both men understand and acknowledge that. But they assert a right to try the treatment, because they are free.

Immediately people say, “This is ridiculous. Water can’t cure arthritis. Frank is cheating Jim. Jim is a victim. He needs to see a doctor. He needs to go on arthritis drugs.”

No, Jim doesn’t have to do anything. He is free.

To put it another way, Jim has the right to be right or wrong. It’s his decision, which is beyond the scope of any authority.

If government tries to remove that right from all of us, it is essentially saying it knows what is correct, it knows what is true, it knows what we need and require, and it’s going to give it to us even if it has to shove it down our throats. Does that sound like freedom to you?

If Jesus of Nazareth lived in the United States today, and if he went around curing cancer, he would be arrested. He wouldn’t be charged with blasphemy or treason. He would be charged with something much simpler and more mundane: practicing medicine without a license.

And he would be convicted and sentenced.

Because then and now, the government, in its throne of corruption, wants to protect its proprietary and illegal interests.

Source: Would the government let Jesus cure cancer? « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

On Keeping a Spiritual Journal | The Druid’s Garden

Recently, I took some time to go back through the many spiritual journals I have kept on my journey deeper into the mysteries of the druid tradition and my relationship with nature. These journals spanned over a decade. They included a bit of everything: garden interactions, meditations, nature observations, events in my life of deep spiritual significance, recipes, notes from gatherings and visits, stories, experiences with rituals, and much more. I am so grateful to have kept these journals and re-reading them allowed me to rediscover so many pieces about that journey. They allowed me to see not only my own growth over time, but reminded me of important events and encouraged me further on my path.

 

Journaling and writing down one’s journey doesn’t come easy for many, and I, too, have to work at it!  Further, in working with those new to the druid path through my work as an Archdruid with the AODA, I’ve come to realize that many folks don’t know how to keep a spiritual journal nor what it can be used for or why they should do it. In my professional work as a writing professor, I know how difficult it is for some people to write anything because they lack the tools, motivation, or inspiration to do so. So, given this, I thought I’d take the time today to write about spiritual journals, why we keep them, and tips and strategies for keeping them (and keeping them well).

 

Why keep a spiritual journal?

When you are engaging in a spiritual practice of any kind, it is really helpful to document that practice. So let’s start by exploring the reasons why you would want to keep a spiritual journal.

 

The difference between sacred spaces and mundane spaces. One of the aspects of spiritual practices is that we are in a different head space for the duration of those practices than we are in the regular world. This is true not only of meditation and rituals but also of visits to natural places. We may gain deep insights or have moments of clarity and awakening and retaining those insights are critical for our development. If we don’t write them down, we are very apt to lose them.

 

I have found that in order to “not lose anything,” I have to write down my experiences in ritual or meditation immediately after they happen (often, I will write in my journal before I even close a sacred grove in ritual or before I leave the forest). This allows me to write about these experiences while they are fresh and in the forefront of my head. If I put off writing down my experiences, the longer that time goes by, the less I will remember and remember accurately–especially because visits to wild places and rituals alter our consciousness.

 

Inaccuracy of memory. Our memories are imperfect instruments and we can forget many things. If we write our experiences and understandings down (or use one of the other methods I share here), we offer our future selves a record of those experiences, which is a powerful spiritual tool. Trying to keep everything in our heads is a sure way to lose some of the critically important details or insights we gain as part of our spiritual practices.

 

Some journals that are mixed media/collage with spiritual themes...

Some journals that are mixed media/collage with spiritual themes…

To illustrate this, I’ll share a story here. I was out foraging for the day by myself, and I ended up in a really brushy area that required me to slog my way through about a two-acre bramble and brush patch. During this experience, I was in a deep meditative space. I had a critical number of keen insights about nature–all in a row (it must have been the stars aligning). The problem is, I had too many at once! (One of those keen insights about nature became my earlier discussion of weedtending, weedwalking, and weedcrafting while a second became my discussion of first-aid responder plants). I had recently lost my small journal I usually carried in my crane bag (to a river–it carried it away!), so I didn’t have anything to write down my insights on that particular day. And so, lacking any other means, I tried to commit as many as I could to memory. When I finally got back later that evening, all had escaped except the insights on the two posts I included above. Try and meditate as I might, I could not find the other insights anywhere in my brain–they were left in the bramble patch!

 

Keeping a Record. Documenting your practices and experiences through journals offers your future self a record about what you are feeling, experiencing, and the things you are engaging with at that particular point in time. This is a wonderful tool for tracking and understanding your own spiritual development. I love going back and reading my old journals and seeing just how far I have come! It’s also helpful to look at the journals and get a sense of what I was struggling with then, what I’m still struggling with, and what new things have come up.

 

Focusing, Expanding, and Reflection on Your Thoughts.  Journaling is not just a process of writing down exactly what happened or what the insights were, but it’s also a powerful tool and opportunity to ponder or sit with those experiences further.  And so, we gain a double benefit from this work. Reflecting on experiences that just happened allows you another way, which I see as another form of meditation, into those experiences. First, I have found often that after I finish a physical journey, spiritual journey, meditation, ritual, or whatever, writing down what has happened and my thoughts and insights about what has happened allows me to further shape and expand those thoughts (and actually, this is why I got into blogging!)  Part of it is that you are not just getting the initial insight, but taking the time to think about it deeper and focus on it through the journaling experience. This helps the insights and experiences come into sharper focus. Second, reflection also allows us to slow down and think about what we experienced, synth sizing our experiences and our own understandings. We can pick things apart, turn them around, wonder about them, and really gain the ability to see them from multiple angles there in our journal.  It might be that this kind of work needs to happen over a longer period of time than one entry, and that is perfectly acceptable as well.  I’ll also mention here that research in writing studies strongly supports both of the above–we learn through writing and we gain much from reflection!

 

Content of the Journals: What to Write

The question of what should go into a journal is obviously a very personal one.  Here are some possibilities for you to consider:

 

Documenting regular practices. In many of the esoteric traditions, keeping a “magical journal” is a required practice. It’s very helpful to document regular practices and their effects, especially over time. For example, each day I do the AODA’s Sphere of Protection ritual. In the years I was really learning it, I wrote down daily what happened. Now that my practice has stabilized, I no longer find it necessary to write down each day’s sphere unless something out of the ordinary happens during the sphere; but I still find myself writing about it regularly. I do write about my regular meditations, and that’s part of my habitual journal practice.

 

Some more spiritually-themed journals with colorful watercolor pages...

Some more spiritually-themed journals with colorful watercolor pages…

Salient, important things. I once spoke with a woman who told me she was spending more time writing in her journals than in her spiritual practices and was frustrated with the length of time it took to journal. I inquired further and discovered that she was writing down literally everything she was doing. While this certainly is an approach that you can take to spiritual journaling, I’m not sure its one I’d advocate. You’d spend more time, as she did, writing than actually engaging in your spiritual practices! Instead, what I advocate is writing down things of meaning, of salience, and of significance. In other words, I don’t write down every little thing (“I drove to the park”) but I do generally document what I did, what happened, and what I thought about it (“in my walk in the woods, this struck me because of…”).

 

Ideas, Plans, and Goals. I have found it useful to write about goals, ideas, and plans. If you write goals, check in on them regularly and see how you are progressing with them (a simple goal might be to develop a regular daily protective practice, or to spend more time in nature, or to observe the full and new moons in some way).

 

Nature observations. I have found it particularly helpful to document my observations and interactions with nature, given that I’m on a path of nature-based spirituality. For this reason, I almost always take a journal when I’m going out and about (even a small one I can carry with me, although I have a propensity for small journals getting eaten by bodies of water!)

 

Some nice leather journals (both filled!)

Some nice leather journals (both filled!)

Reflections over time. At the end of the journal, when I have only 10-20 or so pages left, I find it really useful to go back through the journal and record any patterns in my thinking, any changes, anything that sticks out of significance to me. It may take me a year or more to fill a journal, but is a very good practice and then helps me “launch” the next journal with a vision and goals in mind.

 

Photos, drawings, plant matter, and memorabilia. You don’t have to be limited to words alone–consider adding drawings, photos, plant matter, and other memorabilia.

 

The Look and Feel of Your Journal

Especially when you are starting out, the finding or making the right journal is really important. There’s something about opening up a fine journal, one that you are attracted to, and writing in it. It’s nice to see it sitting on our shelf, nice to hold and cherish. Your journal might be something you make or something you buy. (I can write a post on bookbinding and spiritual journal making if there is interest. Let me know!) You may also find that you may develop certain preferences (thickness of paper, lined or unlined, etc).

 

I think that there is something special about keeping a physical journal and I would strongly recommend you keep your journal physically. For one, if you are taking it into nature and into sacred spaces with you, the last thing you want is an electronic device in those spaces. The screens have a way of pulling you away and into them rather into the space. If the purpose of the journal is to record words, I would suggest using old-fashioned methods.

 

On the outside: If you are going to go with a purchased journal, You want a journal that lays flat, that is enjoyable to write in, and that is well constructed.  One place to look is on Etsy and similar places and seeing if you can purchase a nice journal that was handmade with care and love.  You’ll support an artist and also have a wonderful journal.   Some journal makers (especially those working in leather) can make a journal cover that you can then replace the insides. This means that you could buy one journal + cover, and then when you are done, put the cover on a new journal and keep going, placing the old journal on your shelf. This is a nice option and represents a limited investment.

 

On the Inside: One of my very early spiritual journals was a simple affair, but homemade. I began by purchasing some hot press, low quality watercolor paper and folding them in half, making signatures. I bound the journal using a Coptic stitch technique with two boards. Then, in each of the pages, I did a simple watercolor wash. The watercolor pages dried and then, when I opened the journal, I had a variety of colorful surfaces on which to write.

My first dedicated spiritual journal (made when I joined the AODA)

My first dedicated spiritual journal (made when I joined the AODA)

You can do the same thing with cheap watercolors and any journal designed for multiple media or mixed media (these are readily available in arts and craft stores). These kinds of journals will be thicker and contain less pages, but will be sturdy and wonderful for colorful washes and bold printing.

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Source: On Keeping a Spiritual Journal | The Druid’s Garden

Working with Fire Medicine (to Fuel Your Purpose) – Amy Brucker

 

 

I once dreamed a volcano was erupting and lava was pouring down the side of the mountain. Afraid, I ran toward the sea to find safety, but quickly realized there was no escape.

I had to choose between death by fire and death by water. Some choice. I woke up feeling trapped and indecisive.

When I told my shaman teacher my dream, she said, “For you, death by fire.”

But death by fire seemed like a scary path and I didn’t really know what that meant.

I suspected it meant leaping into the unknown and engaging my purpose with a firey passion while living from my most authentic self in a bigger way than I’d ever done before.

I didn’t know how to do that or what it would look like, so I didn’t really choose.

Instead I slipped into a “death by water” life that was a slow and lingering transformation.

That dream happened ten years ago, and although I eventually made it through the transformation, I regret, at least a little, not consciously choosing death by fire. I suspect I would be much further along on my path if I had.

What is Fire Medicine​

The sun rising in the eastern sky is a fireball that promises new beginnings. It transforms night into day by radiating light. That’s fire medicine.​

In my dream priestessing work, fire is the medicine of springtime, and with it comes the flames of creative visioning and transformation. ​

Fire medicine is potent stuff. ​It ignites your creative spark, fueling the passion you need to manifest your desires.

Yet like all medicine, too much can become toxic, and unless you know how to work with fire medicine, you can quickly go from feeling “on fire” to burning out.

So how do you develop your own fire medicine in healthy ways so you can tend the flame of your heart’s desire? That’s what this post is all about.

Understanding Fire Medicine in Your Life

Imagine a campfire. Too much fire and you burn down the entire forest. Not enough fire and you feel lifeless and cold. Just the right amount and you have warmth that can feed you and keep you cozy.

The same is true with fire medicine as it relates to your passion. (Your passion is just one expression of fire medicine.)

“Just Right” Fire…

When you’re like Goldilocks and you’ve discovered the “just right” amounts of fire you feel engaged, enthusiastic, and healthfully committed to your purpose. You have the Divine force you need to maintain momentum and burn through any fear you encounter. Nothing can get in your way, but you’re open-minded enough to explore your options to find the best path for your purpose.

Not Enough Fire…

If you’re feeling lifeless and disconnected from things that interest you, you probably don’t have enough fire in your life to feel enthusiastic. If this is happening, it’s useful to figure out what’s holding back the heat.

Too much water or emotion can drown out passion. Empaths who feel the emotion of the world may be too heavily doused in water for their fire medicine to work properly, leaving them unmotivated or uninspired.

Too much air or mental energy can cause you to “outthink” your passion. People who overthink things or who are too fact oriented may miss opportunities to leap because they are weighing the pros and cons to a fault. (Facts are not the problem. Attachment to them is.)

Too much earth or physical weight can keep you rigid and inflexible. People who are too grounded can become set in their ways, causing them to miss opportunities for growth because they are too comfortable where they are (and likely too afraid to grow). Inertia can set in making movement toward soul growth feel like a hassle.

Too Much Fire…

When you have too much fire, though, you create different kinds of problems.

When you become so passionate about something or someone that you become obsessed you can miss out on other areas of life. It’s like when people fall in love for the first time and they’re all over one another, never doing anything without the other person, and forgetting that there’s a whole world around them. This is a sign of too much fire. If it only lasts a little while it’s fun, but if it lasts too long it can cloud your judgement. If it continues it can lead to obsession and then it becomes unhealthy for you and possibly those around you.

Proselytizing is another sign of too much fire. Believing that your way is the best way, no matter what, denies the unique expression and potential of other people’s authentic connection with their soul path.

People who think everyone should eat a certain diet (e.g. be vegan, paleo, carnivore) and who preach about it in a way that tries to guilt people or convert them to their way of being is an unhealthy form of proselytizing that denies the greater truth that there is no one right way, and this is an expression of too much fire. A person can be enthusiastic, which means “in God” without proselytizing.

Rage is a a form of passion that is rooted in extreme and unrelenting anger. It has the characteristics of an uncontrolled forest fire. Anger is healthy, but rage, left unhealed, can turn everything around it into ash. It destroys health and relationships, and leaves the raging person feeling more disconnected to their purpose (and others) than connected.

How to Work with Fire Medicine When you Don’t have Enough

One of the biggest reasons people lose touch with their fire is that they get caught up in “shoulds” instead of “soul.”

What are you saying “no” to in your life? Are you saying “no” to something because you feel it would cost too much time, money, or resources? Or that if you said “yes” it would cost you a relationship?

Whenever you say “no” to something you long to say “yes” to, you diminish your fire medicine and you start to feel disconnected from your purpose.

The longer you do this, the more likely you are to forget what it was you wanted to say yes to, making it much more difficult to remember what you felt passionate about in the first place.

If this is you, the best place to start is with your dreams. Ask your dreams to help remind you what it is you love and to show you what’s getting in the way.

How to Work with Fire Medicine When you Have Too Much

There is a fine line between “just right” and “proselytizing” or “obsession.”

When you are “just right” you see that what you love is good medicine for you because it empowers you. From this place sharing is magnetic and loving, not just for you, but for the people who are receiving your sharing.

The second you start to believe and/or tell people that your way is the best and only way for everyone, you’ve crossed the line. When you start to “guilt trip” others because they aren’t doing what you think they should be doing you’ve crossed the line. At this point, your fire medicine might get out of control and the object or subject of your recipient may become engulfed in the flames of judgment, causing them to burn and turn into ash. It’s not pretty.

It’s easy to do this when you’re super passionate about something. I’ve done it myself many times, so if you’ve done this you’re not alone. There are at least two of us!

But here’s the thing: it’s only a problem if you stay rooted in that mindset, continue to badger the person on the receiving end, and stop paying attention to the negative consequences of your words and actions.

The key to rebalancing and stepping back into “good medicine” is to take a deep breath and to remind yourself that there is no one right way. That is an illusion fed to you by your ego.

Your “truth” is not necessarily Universal Truth and right for someone else. We each have our own unique relationship with our body, mind, soul, and Spirit, and you can trust that each person’s path is right for them, even if you disagree.

Prescriptions for Beautiful Fire Medicine

When I work with my clients I help address and heal core ancestral wounds that are interfering with balanced fire medicine. Together we usually find a point in the lineage during which a drama or trauma occurred to shift a healthy balance into a “wound” that perpetuates and grows as it’s passed down through the lineage.

As we work together I listen to the words they use as well as the feelings they experience and from these I create a “remedy” or “prescription” that might include dreamwork, flower essences, herbal teas, essential oils, or journal writing, all of which are intended to help them move through their “wound” so they can create permanent transformation.

Here are a few examples of what I might “prescribe” if there is a fire medicine imbalance. (Keep in mind that remedies and prescriptions are tailored to each individual. What’s right for one person is not necessarily right for another.)

Dreamwork

Dream incubation is one of my favorite ways to find direction and you can read about it here.

Flower Essence

Not enough fire: 

Tansy is for people who are suppressing their purpose due to indecision or lethargy.

Too much fire: 

Vervain is for people who experience intense enthusiasm and are trying to convert others to their belief system. This flower essence helps instill moderation.

What’s your relationship with fire medicine?

Are you feeling balanced?

Or do you need to realign?

Whatever your situation, spend some time this month feeling grateful for the fire in your life. Greet the sun in the morning. Stand in the warm rays for five minutes. Let the fire fill you with visions and help you transform them into reality.

sweet dreams,

Amy

About the Author: Amy Brucker

I help strong, successful women walk in two worlds at once–spiritual and earthly– so they can lead from their soul, live their magic out loud, and create lasting transformation for themselves and their clients. Want to see if we’re a good fit to work together? Set up a FREE Soulful Self Recalibration Session and we’ll find out! Discovery Session.

Source: Working with Fire Medicine (to Fuel Your Purpose) – Amy