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I would like to welcome Arla Patch as this issue's cover artist. This issue's theme, Living Visions, brings to us an artist who creates just that, a living vision for those who have experienced intense trauma in their lives. I asked Arla to share her story with you, along with her process and that of the women she has worked with.
On a trip to Peru with a group who shared my spiritual beliefs, I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Once at the ruins we were given a nontraditional tour by a guide who related the spiritual implications of Machu Picchu; a Quechuan Indian who worked with dreams in the fourth dimension. We listened in fascination as he spoke to us of many things:; the use and purpose of Machu Picchu as a mystical school, kept open until the very end of settlement; the Lemurians, giants eight feet in stature, able to cut the huge stones with lunar rays passing through their bodies into their fingers; and the Incan practice of alchemy and how they dominated the laws of electromagnetism and levitation by drawing upon this energy
How many times have we referred to people who have preformed spontaneous acts of heroism as “courageous,” only to have them respond to our attention by saying, “Anyone in my shoes would’ve done the same thing.” Or, “I didn’t think about it. I just did it.” If false modesty were all that was at work, we’d expect only a portion of these heroes to respond with such humility and matter-of-factness. Since this response is the norm, however, something else must be at work. Perhaps when called into action by extraordinary circumstances, there is something that naturally lifts us into extraordinary action, a potential we weren’t aware exists within us until it takes us over.
What exactly does it mean to be living visions, to have a living vision, and how can we have living visions with our pets? The answers all lead to finding the inner spirit within ourselves, and our pets, and then linking the two mystical elements together as one. In order to discover our inner spirit, we must first set our spirit free.
We are living in times of great shifts and extraordinary opportunities for deep transformation as human beings. We stand at a doorway, where we can co-create a new paradigm for humanity, our planet and the universe. Our collective vision (or lack thereof) will determine much about our own future as a species, while deeply impacting our planet. As we approach the year 2012, we are stepping into a time of the “living prophecies,” as well as a time of chaos and turmoil on the earth, a time of “pachakuti,” the world turned upside down; yet also a time of incredible possibilities.
Is enlightenment possible in this day and age? Or is enlightenment a phenomenon relegated to the realm of the ancients? If it were offered to you, would you accept? How much would you have to change? How much would it change you?
Having been a spiritual seeker for two decades, Dave Oshana says that in the early morning hours of June 19, 2000, his life changed completely. What occurred, he says, was spontaneous enlightenment.
In our ever-expanding world of technology, there is a new advancement called Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity). With the right equipment (a card in your computer), you can connect to the Internet anywhere you are, without needing a physical hook-up. Convenient? Certainly. Yet, how is Wi-Fi is affecting us energetically?
With the increased use of herbals in America, so increases the risks of contraindications and drug interactions with these same botanicals. I recall a conference I attended about ten years ago where the speaker was noting a patient he had come into contact with who was bleeding from each and every needle site from their acupuncture treatment. Now for those unfamiliar with acupuncture, bleeding from the needle sticks is not an expected outcome. Upon further investigation it was determined that it was not the technique of the acupuncturist but the fact that the patient was taking, simultaneously, ginger, garlic, ginko and a few other popular herbs. When asked why she was taking these her reply was, “they’re all natural and supposed to be good for me;” unfortunately each herb had an anticoagulant (blood thinner) effect and the dosages were well beyond therapeutic dose ranges. Regrettably this unawareness of dosing and safety is not limited to laypersons. A nurse practitioner that I work with came up to me just the other day complaining of a tight chest and tachycardia (rapid heartbeat). Upon further investigation he was taking three common herbs which all increase blood pressure and the heart rate similar to the effect of caffeine. When I inquired why he was taking them all at once he said, “I heard they were good for you!” If nothing else remember that herbs, like their pharmaceutical grandchildren, can have allergic reactions, side effects, contraindications, and not only drug reactions but reactions with other herbs. Unfortunately many drug/herb interactions have not been fully studied and recorded, but many have. We cannot always rely on our medical providers to have information related to herbal safety, so as consumers we must all understand that combining herbs and pharmaceuticals should only be done after consulting with a knowledgeable provider of both modalities so that safety as well as the desired medical outcome can be achieved in maintaining or enhancing one’s health.
Envisioning Your Life
Engaging Soul's Potential
Living Without Your Baggage
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