|"Humility is a by-product that allows us to grow and develop in an
atmosphere of freedom and removes the fear of becoming known
by our employers, families, or friends as on a spiritual path."
(24 Hours a Day Meditation Book)
|Many of us may not have understood the idea that "anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions." We may have wondered how this could be. What does anonymity have to do with our spiritual life? |
We often view the world in terms of polarity: that x and y exist only in terms of this or that. We may see our interpersonal relationships, for example, primarily in terms of "giving" or "taking" - and as long as our thoughts arise in polarity, we will continue to relate to ourselves and others as either givers or takers. There is, of course, always another way, and as we develop and learn to come from a heart- rather than ego-centered place, we learn the way of sharing.
We are all at times in our lives met with a sense of weariness which goes beyond what we might experience as the normal effects of physical or mental taxation. This particular feeling can best be described as weariness of the soul - a period in which we may feel as though all of our resources, even our deepest reserves, have been spent.
Such times are bleak; in psychological terms, the best analogy is a deep depression. We may feel that we're alone, unsupported, and unprepared to do what needs to be done (if we can even figure out what needs to be done.) We may second guess... well, everything.
St. John of the Cross referred to such periods as the "dark night of the soul," and however familiar we may be with the concept,
Greetings from the land of our northern ancestors, the land of the Lakota people, the paha sapa, known to us as “the heart of it all”
To all our Arizona friends, we look forward to celebrating Earth Day 2014: Urban Roots - Ancient Wisdom - Bringing the Sacred Back to women at the fabulous community gem - our Alwun House - for we are all one!
We are one - in a collective compulsion to show up and do something that benefits another human being.
We are one - in our desire for clean water, air we can breath and land we can grow food on.
We are one - in our seeking and yearning for a way with less violence and whole lot more love!
We are one in our innate desire to reach out to other human beings and extend a hand of kindness, compassion, love and generosity.
As I spend this sacred time with my mom, in my home town of Rapid City South Dakota, I am reminded of the importance of being surrounded by the wisdom of our elders, the knowledge their years of experience has brought them and the generous information they can bestow upon us!
Make me a channel of peace,
I have faith - not as defined as a belief that is not based on proof but as a confidence based on some degree of warrant, justification, a guarantee. i have positive assurance that when i remain present to the moments in my day the experiences of life reveal a path filled with solutions, filled with answers to the challenges i will face.
I have come to rely upon my intuition. i didn’t always. For many years i was deluged with unrelenting fears. I was fearful about what you thought of me. I wanted you to like me. I wanted to be successful. I walked through the world at moments believing i was on top of the world and the next moment feeling like an ant that had been run over by a bulldozer.
good friday - to you all!
the cross we each bare differs from individual to individual and culture to culture.
my friend shared this with me moments ago,
Tomorrow, our Sun shifts from Aries (Easter) to Taurus (Buddha). Pondering this, the thought comes of how the Christ and the Buddha are brothers.
The Buddha, it seems, held the intention of making it clear to us how our modern world is based upon false values (causing much pain and suffering) and his brother, the Christ, it seems, held the intention of wanting to show us, demonstrating for us, how to give life a meaning and a value. These two brothers agreed that it is only through humanity, itself, that it can be worked out. The astrological energies
Once more we are in a period of uncertainty, of danger, in which not only our own safety but that of all mankind is threatened. Once more we need the qualities that inspired the development of the democratic way of life. We need imagination and integrity, courage and a high heart. We need to fan the spark of conviction, which may again inspire the world as we did with our new idea of the dignity and worth of free men. But first we must learn to cast out fear. People who `view with alarm' never build anything. Tomorrow Is Now (1963), xvii, Eleanor Roosevelt
How fitting is this quote for the times we are currently walking through. The prevalent uncertainty is palatable. What is going on in the world? What is happening with the weather?
As we Stand In Solidarity with our community, including mourning the loss of a 21-year veteran Phoenix police officer yesterday, the struggles of the Syrian people, Ukrainian people, all of our service men and women and their families, the challenges being faced by women in North Dakota with the elevated incidents of trafficking and assault, the struggles mothers, fathers, and children are experiencing due to deportations, the challenges of ending fracking, maintaining clean water and the assault on Mother Earth. All of this can be overwhelming and lead us to question our own safety and that all of humankind is threatened.
Fall is a season we share our harvest with one another. We have the opportunity to extend our bounty and reap the benefits of feeling the gratitude from our neighbors. As the north begins to prepare for the hibernation of winter, the south is welcoming a respite from the sweltering heat and is coming out of hibernation.
"We must stop constantly fighting for human rights and equal justice in an unjust system, and start building a society where equal rights are an integral part of the design." - Jacque Fresco
A wise teacher of mine speaks of separation -- like when you realize the summer has given way to fall. That feeling that walks with us throughout our journey. This feeling of separation and the desire for unification can be a
We are seeing a strong slide toward Corporatism in this country. A system, like the others you mentioned that relies upon institutional oppression to thrive. Lest anyone forget the following was said about corporatism by one who certainly the concept considering he invented the other authoritarian system he mentions:
Congratulations to our dear friend Uqualla, who was honored this week by StarShine Academy for all of his work in our community!
Uqualla is a member of the Havasupai Tribe (people of the blue-green waters). From the Heart of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai Tribe live in the most beautiful and remote areas of the western Grand Canyon. Supai village is located in Havasu Canyon, which is accessible only by foot, horseback, or helicopter. Uqualla is a Havasupai Spiritual Emissary & Cultural Guardian. A celebrated ceremonialist, some call him a medicine man, sage, storyteller, wisdom keeper, shaman or priest . . . we call him friend.
Uqualla’s work is Alchemy, which is best described as an inexplicable or mysterious process of transforming something common into something special. He takes something seemingly ordinary and brings forth something extraordinary!
Uqualla colorfully exemplifies creative happiness - that no amount of knowledge or learning will bring. The heart of creativity, in the truest sense of the word, is to be free, free from the past. In order to discover anything new, letting go of the past, letting go of expectations of the ties of knowledge that bind us, we must begin our own creative journey of discovery. Many of us have spent a lifetime attempting to recreate, transmute or replicate
These times they are a changin'
This past Saturday marked a call for human beings from all tribes, cultures, clans and nations to take note of the change in the season and express a desire, intention, contemplation for a prayer for peace in their native manner.
We stand at a commanding crossroad that is visibly different than times before. A stargate is open and, through this new perspective, we have an abundance of talent, resources, and opportunities coming forward to take a part in this global transformation. Remain focused on what you can do. Remain present to how you BE.
Nothing is impossible, now.
As Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka battled each other -- and the circling whipping wind -- in
For a life of courage the odds foretold
Danger and sacrifice faced those bold
Whose blood flowed through hearts that defied the mold
19 men dropped in a single flash
Laid down their lives in a fires path
Protecting their loved ones from natures wrath
How can we thank them
How will they know
The love they engender
Our hearts beat so slow
To the heroes: remember your light lives ever on
In your children and lovers memories so fond
In your families and friends remembrance sincere
In your brethren fire fighters tis your heart we revere
By, Holly Parsons
.....Relief from academic propaganda and the obscene banality of simulation... Dashmesh Khalsa
We send a special thank you to Jacqui Ceballos Michot and all of the Veteran Feminist of America of who's shoulders we stand upon today!
1970: The Women's National Strike for Equality
An excerpt from the Voice archives.
Women on the March: 'We're a Movement Now!'
...There was no great unity of styles or goals in the Women's National Strike for Equality. There were the three basic demands: free abortion on demand, 24-hour day care for all mothers, and employment, pay, and promotion opportunities for women equal to those for men. But no one seemed to harp much on these demands. The common bond was the demonstration itself, their presence in the streets together, sharing defiant sisterhood.
Mrs. [Betty] Friedan would speak about her "rich women, who know all women are poor," while Eleanor Holmes Norton, the city's Human Rights Commissioner, would emphasize the plight of black women forced to leave their children untended as they went off to clean the homes of the rich. But for that day, at least, neither of these feminists seemed disturbed by their disparate constituencies.
by Melanie Dunlap of Peaceful Spirit Enrichment Center
Despite its name, there is nothing to fear from this low-growing shrub, although its healing properties may seem a little like witchcraft. Actually, witch hazel may have gotten its name from its association with dowsing, which was once thought to be a form of witchcraft. Witch hazel's branches were once the wood of choice for dowsing rods, whose purpose was to locate water, or "witch" a well.
Although witch hazel was once used to find hydration, it is now used as an herbal remedy to dry and cleanse skin. The bark, leaves, and twigs of witch hazel are all high in tannins, giving this plant astringent properties. It is also used as a soothing, anti-inflammatory.
Drugstore witch hazel is combined with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol for use on external skin conditions, this form of witch hazel should only be used externally.
Although Witch Hazel had been used by native peoples for nearly two centuries, it was not until Thomas Dickinson built a witch hazel distillery in 1866 that the tree became commonly known for its medicinal value. Dickinson's formula remains one of the oldest medicinal preparations to have survived unchanged, eighty-six percent double-distilled witch hazel extract and fourteen percent alcohol.
Healers use a decoction of the plant, derived from boiling its twigs and small branches,
to treat cuts, bruises, and other injuries. They also find it helpful with colds and as a salve for sore or injured eyes. A cloth soaked in strong witch hazel tea reduces swelling and can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids and bruises
Witch hazel has been used in hair tonics and aftershaves. It prevents wounds from becoming infected, works as an astringent to constrict tissues and stop bleeding, and soothes windburns and sunburns. It also chases away mosquitoes, relieves swelling and aching muscles, and works specifically to treat diarrhea, and varicose veins.
You can rinse your mouth with witch hazel and myrrh for cases of swollen and infected gums. Again, use fresh tea or tincture, not the drugstore witch hazel, which contains isopropyl alcohol. Place a dropper full of tincture of each herb in 1/4 cup of water and use as a mouth rinse. A teaspoon of strong witch hazel tea combined with one drop each of myrrh and clove oil makes a pain- and inflammation-relieving gum rub.
Witch Hazel as part of your medicine chest:
Acne - use as an astringent to remove dirt and oil without drying skin. A cotton pad soaked in witch hazel can treat blemishes.
Blisters - dry blisters by applying a gauze pad soaked in witch hazel, then covering with a bandage.
Insect Bites - relieve itching and swelling by applying a cotton pad soaked with witch hazel to the bite.
Minor Cuts - a natural antibacterial, witch hazel can be applied directly to the wound.
Deodorant - pour witch hazel on a cotton pad and dab under arms, allow to dry.
Sunburns - gently apply a washcloth soaked in witch hazel to provide relief and prevent skin from flaking.
Toner - the astringent properties of witch hazel tone skin and tighten pores. To make a toner, combine equal parts distilled water and witch hazel. Essential oils can be added for a more personalized toner.
Melanie Dunlap's passion resides in helping people discover herbs, energy & ceremony as part of their healing journey. Known to many as the Earth Mother Herbalist, Melanie combines her intuition & knowledge to create a healing experience individualized for each client. Melanie founded the Peaceful Spirit Enrichment Center located in New River, AZ where she facilitates walks and workshops on her outdoor Labyrinth. Working individually or in groups, Melanie helps her clients reach new heights of self-awareness and personal insight.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Unraveling the internal and intellectual knots and snarls from last week's Phoenix City Council meeting has been an extended process that finds me straddled between the millennia. Why, in 2013, are we having a five-hour public debate regarding who is or is not a human being deserving of legal equanimity?
Why, why, why - why do I feel I just went 10 rounds with Hilary Swank?
Instead, why aren't we having a public discussion about dissolving the brown cloud of smog hanging over our city, addressing the violence to which our children are subjected or eradicating the genetically modified organisms that are being substituted in our food?
Last Tuesday we sat for six hours in a city council meeting in the sixth largest city in the United States: Phoenix, AZ. The topic, an ordinance adding protections for gay, transgendered and
It is easy to get distracted today - there is so much competing for our attention. So many are shouting out: "LISTEN TO ME!!! Do you hear me? Please listen to what I am saying." People want to be heard, to know you care, to be validated.
many people in our world
are hurting and live in fear,
let us bring forth compassion,
empathy and understanding
while standing in the power
of speaking our truth
~ om shanti, shanti, shanti ~
circles around like an eagle & the peace walkers
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