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Animal Communication and the Language of Love

Energy Medicine, Flower Essences, Mental Health, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Apr 07 2016

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I had a chance to speak with professional animal communicator and certified classical homeopath Donna Lozito. She is also the author of Sweet Dreams: The Talking Horse from Brooklyn, a book that explores animal communication and friendship.

As the first in her field to introduce this topic to children, her book explains to children the importance of understanding how animals think and feel, cultivating a sense of respect for all beings and all of nature.

Here Donna talks about how we can deepen our relationship with our pets, and the animal kingdom as well, by learning how to listen in to what they have say, and the ways they say it.

Donna says one of her life goals is “to help people reconnect with their innate ability to communicate without language, an ability that everyone possesses but has simply forgotten how to use. Our present day culture has inhibited our ability to listen to what other species might be trying to convey.”

HH: Define animal communication

DL: Animal Communication is sending and receiving messages and images via telepathy.  This is the first language of the animals.  It is how they communicate with each other.  It is a heart to heart or spirit to spirit communication.  All of life has the ability to communicate like this including the human animal.

HH: We all, at times, project ourselves onto others. How do you know the difference between when you are hearing wishful messages from your animal and when he is truly communicating with you?   

DL: If we can learn to quiet the mental chatter with the breath or through meditation, it becomes easier to make a distinction between a message from the heart or a projection of the mind.  In our culture self doubt has taken the place of inner knowing.  The self doubt is sourced in the ego and the inner knowing comes from our intuition or our spirit.  In this instance we use the mind to interpret the message from the heart not to bypass it.  It requires that we become aware of our thoughts and actions.

HH: You say animals don’t comprehend negative statements. Talk more about that.

DL: Animals are in the present and send and receive energy as a means of communication. Animals will better understand what we do want then what we don’t want as this negative will confuse them because there is really not visual of “don’t,” etc.   You may think that when we say “no” the animals understand but what they really understand is our tone and emotion that is expressed.  If we observe how the animals correct each other you will see they show with their energy what they want and do not reprimand.  I think reprimand and punishment is a human condition.  If you think about it the reprimand is really about the person giving it rather than the person receiving the reprimand.  Our reprimands create fear-based behavior rather than constructive behavior.

HH: How do animals tell time? Give me some examples of how to let your pet know how long you plan to be away, for example. 

DL: The animals perceive the amount of light and dark. They are naturally programmed for this as this is how they navigate life in the wild. They do not perceive time as we human animals do but they do understand the passing of time.  If you are trying to convey time to your animal friend then you would give a visual of how much dark and how much light they could expect in a given time. I believe that if you speak the amount of time, the energy in your words will indicate if it will be a long time or a short time.   Again they are perceiving at a very different level and this is the level we humans want tune into more frequently to communicate with these beings.

HH: How can we reconcile our love for animals with our dependency on them for food, clothing, labor and other social needs like animal research?  

DL: Each being that inhabits the earth comes in with a purpose.  Some come to serve as food for sustenance of other beings.  If a being is offering his life to sustain mankind then we should be honoring them instead of torturing them until they die.

HH: What is an oversoul?   

DL: Some species function as a group and there is one soul or being (over-soul) that is the voice of the group.  Schools of fish, ant colonies are examples.

HH: I’ve heard it said that animals, cats in particular, don’t identify with the names we give them, that they have their own names. 

DL: In many cases they do come in with names.  Often we name our animals based on our perception of them and this is not always accurate.

HH: Each of us carries an astral subtle body with us in our physical existence. Although usually clairvoyants or highly sensitive people can sense this subtle energy, is it true that all animals can sense this type of energy?    

DL: Yes for the most part this is true.  They are much closer to nature therefore sense and feel in ways that we cannot imagine.

HH: What do animals think about vaccinations and neutering?  

DL: Both of these topics are not part of a natural existence so they do not understand this but go along with it for our sake

HH: Tell me about the keeping pets indoors versus the dangers of the outdoors argument. 

DL: Of course each situation is different and each animal is different just as each human is different.   There is not one rule across the board as most humans seek to find.  Some humans like the outdoors and some animals like the outdoors.  They are not that different in their needs than we.

HH: What projects are you working on now? 

DL: I work in the areas of Animal Communication, Homeopathic Medicine and Equine Therapy.  I work with both people and animals in order that they may realize their highest potential.

HH: Tell me about your homeopathic toolkit for animal rescue.

DL: There are specific kits made for emergency use for people and animals.  It is a good idea to have one on hand because in emergencies it is impossible to run out and buy a remedy for the situation.  For example, Arnica Montana is very useful in the case of shock and trauma or any type of injury. There are many remedies that can be used in acute care.  Having a kit also helps you get familiar with the remedies and how to use them.

HH: What special needs exist for animals who’ve been through a natural disaster?

DL: Well of course these experiences are shocking for the entire being.   Reducing the shock level will help greatly to handle animals who have been shocked in this way. Homeopathy is wonderful for these instances.

HH: Please illustrate how to successfully give a behavioral request to a problem pet.

DL: Again this is not an across the board answer.   As a rule it is always best to keep your emotional level in check because your animal companion will never get your message if you are emotional.  They only get the emotion.  It is important to be clear and neutral about what you do want rather than what you don’t want.   The animals want to please us and if we consider them as beings with wants, needs and desires then our relationships with them will flourish.

Donna lives in Arizona and teaches and works with clients around the world, as well as with domestic and wild animals. Learn more about animal communication and homeopathy, or to order the book at her website Whispers of the Spirit, LLCMaple-Seed-knocked out

 

The Difference Between Cannabis Oil and Hemp Oil, or So We’re Told

Energy Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Radical Rants | Posted by Kim
Feb 14 2015

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If you’ve been puzzling over definitions and the fine lettering of the law between marijuana and hemp, you’re not alone.

Cannabis oil (Cannabidiol) contains THC and CBD. And then there’s hemp oil, which, to placate the celebrants of suffering, is cultivated to have higher levels of CBD with none of that feel-good THC.

While Congress and the DEA have been able to regulate and define, and redefine marijuana for its THC as it pertains to their laws, hemp, which contains no THC, has, through Congress’ own loopholes, escaped their regulatory clutches.

Today, you can legally purchase and sell CBD hemp oil and avail yourself of cannabidiol’s health giving goodness. Which is more than a small victory because, thanks to the previous 20 years of research on marijuana’s effect on the human body, a biochemical communication system has been revealed.

These studies have shown that we have receptors in our brain that respond very positively to the chemical compounds in cannabis. In fact, in 1992  researchers detected so much measurable response to cannabis’ positive effect on the body that they invented a  a new body system and given it a name: the endocannabinoid system (EC). It turns out, our brains love pot!

While our circulatory system sends blood through our veins, the urinary system water through our body, etc., the EC regulates–without any help from the government–our physiology, mood and, dare I say, perception of the world.

Working properly and unimpeded, the EC puts the energetic rose-colored glasses on our smiling faces.

CBD works in harmony with your body, and mind. Synthetically manufactured pharmaceuticals lack plant energy, nature’s vital essence, which carries the true medicine.

About as Harmless as a Rattlesnake

Energy Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Radical Rants | Posted by Kim
Feb 07 2015

Harry J. Anslinger’s Reptilian Rant on Marijuana

Bright Green Marijuana

Given its benign history, how did cannabis aka pot become illegal?

It seems to have started with a  Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) agent named Harry J. Anslinger in 1930. Harry put much effort into making marijuana illegal in all states. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act put cannabis under the regulation of the Drug Enforcement Agency, criminalizing possession of the plant throughout the country.

So, what happened to Harry? Why did he decide that mellow cannabis should be so maligned? This excerpt from  a transcript of Harry’s statement as Commissioner of Narcotics, Department of the Treasury, to the Ways and Means Committee shows that Harry knew a thing or two about  plant biology.

But maybe his mother wouldn’t let him go out and play until he finished his garden weeding chores and he’s resented it ever since? “The stuff grows like dandelions,” he was once known to bitterly say. Which is really such a shame because had Harry known what great digestive bitters dandelions made, perhaps he wouldn’t have been so bilious about a puff of weed.

Mr. ANSLINGER: “Mr. Chairman, my name is H. J. Anslinger; I am Commissioner of Narcotics in the Bureau of Narcotics, in the Treasury Department. Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of the Ways and Means Committee, this traffic in marihuana is increasing to such an extent that it has come to the be cause for the greatest national concern.

This drug is as old as civilization itself. Homer wrote about, as a drug that made me forget their homes, and that turned them into swine. In Persia, a thousand years before Christ, there was a religious and military order founded which was called the Assassins and they derived their name from the drug called hashish which is now known in this country as marihuana. They were noted for their acts of cruelty, and the word “assassin” very aptly describes the drug.

The plant from which the drugs comes is a hardy annual, growing from 3 to 16 feet in height. Marihuana is the same as Indian hemp, hashish. It is sometimes cultivated in backyards. Over here in Maryland some of it has been found, and last fall we discovered three acres of it in the Southwest.

As I say, marihuana is the same as Indian hemp, and is sometimes found as a residual weed, and sometimes as the result of a dissemination of birdseed. It is known as cannabin, cannabis Americana, or Cannabis Sativa. Marihuana is the Mexican term for cannabis indica. We seem to have adopted the Mexican terminology, and “We call it marihuana, which means ‘good feeling.’ In the underworld it is referred to by such colorful, colloquial names as reefer, muggles, Indian hay, hot hay, and weed. It is known in various countries by a variety of names.”

Mr. LEWIS: In literature it is known as hashish, is it not?

Mr. ANSLINGER: Yes, sir. There is a great deal of use of it in Egypt, particularly. It was found years ago in Egypt. The traffic has grown so that something like 14 percent of the population are addicts. In India it is sold over the counter to the addicts, direct, and there it is known as bhang and ganja.

At the Geneva Convention is 1895 the term “cannabis” included only the dried flowering or fruiting top of the pistillate plant as the plant source of the dangerous resin, from which the resin had not been extracted. That designation was used in the uniform State act. But research that has been made during the past few months has shown that this definition is not sufficient, because it has been found by experiment that the leaves of the pistillate plant as well as the leaves of the staminate plant contain the active principle up to 50 percent of the strength prescribed by the United States Pharmacopoeia.

So we have urged the States to revise their definition so as to include all parts of the plant, as it now seems that the seeds and portions other than the dried flowering tops contain positively dangerous substances.

We were anticipating a challenge in one of the States of that old definition. There was a case in Florida recently in which a defendant appealed to a higher court on the ground that the prosecution had not proven that this was the dried flowered top of the pistillate plant.

The higher court said:

“We are of the opinion, therefore, that the information was insufficient to clearly apprise accused of the nature and cause of the accusation against him because of the sale of cigarettes containing cannabis, from which the resin had not been extracted may relate to the resin of the staminate plant, the resin of which appears to be harmless.”

As a matter of fact the staminate leaves are about as harmless as a rattlesnake. So in this act it was necessary to make the definition all inclusive.

In medical schools, the physician-to-be is taught that without opium he would be like a one-armed man. That is true, because you cannot get along without opium.

But here we have drug that is not like opium. Opium has all of the good of Dr. Jekyll and all the evil of Mr. Hyde. This drug is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured.”

You can read the whole tale, from “delirious rages” to murderers high on the “merry wonder” to the ‘finger of scorn’ Harry pointed at China, in the full transcript.

Meanwhile, poor little cannabis only knows his true name and purpose, to grow like a happy little weed, smiling in the sun.

Picture Yourself in the Ancestral Portrait with Flower Essences

Energy Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Mental Health, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Jan 11 2014

Interview of Ziporah Hildebrandt by Kim Steffgen, December 2013. Answers Copyright 2013 Ziporah Hildebrandt, used with permission.

Your ancestors’ photos may have been in black and white but their lives have colored your world. When ancestral lines are blurry flower essences can sharpen the lines in your family portrait.

I spoke with flower essences practitioner and ancestral energy worker Ziporah Hildebrandt about using flower essences to facilitate the ancestral lineage clearing process.

Keewaydinoquay Peschel, Ethnobotanist and Herbalist.  1919 - 1999

Keewaydinoquay Peschel, Ethnobotanist and Herbalist.
1919 – 1999

HH: Tell me about your experience with family patterns and ancestral pattern clearing.

Ziporah: The way I work is usually directly in connection with, and in dialog with, the ancestors. I also prescribe flower essences to clients. The essences  create more ease with the process of accessing the ancestors, connecting and communicating with them, and transforming a stuck situation into flow and new possibilities. Quite marvelous things will come up in a session working with ancestors. Clients generally report a feeling of lightness and relief of a burden afterward. During a session, specific personal histories often come to light, that can at first shock or dismay a client, and quickly shift the energy to healing, forgiveness, even joy. I enjoy this work—working with someone’s ancestors is just as satisfying as working with a living person: their energy is vivid, their stories poignant, their gratitude palpable. When someone comes to me with a knotty personal situation I can usually tell quickly if there is an ancestral influence. Not everyone is open to these ideas, and there are other ways to work than with an ancestor session. The Healing Roots flower essence combination I created is very helpful for any issues involving ancestral healing.

HH: How do you define Ancestral Pattern Healing?

Ziporah: I like to keep things out of the box, as I find that definitions can limit what shows up in a session, and for a client after a session or while they’re taking the essences. Even calling this an ancestral pattern locks energy—a pattern is something that repeats. My experience is that energies with an ancestral source do run through generations, and they can repeat, and when they do they often resemble the original source in some way. So to this extent there is a pattern, and it usually isn’t an exact replication. If someone was, in a former incarnation, their own ancestor, or involved in the original situation in a former life, there can be eerie synchronicities between the situations in the time periods, even to dates or numbers, names and place similarities. This can be a pattern for that soul, rather than an inherited pattern.

Another type of energy are things like diseases, fires, floods, wars and other situations that are impersonal in their occurrence, that had very personal impacts on ancestors. This type of energy tends to show up differently in each successive generation. For instance,  someone whose great ­grandparent’s mother died of a particular disease while the great­ grandparent was a small child may have grief and loss showing up along with body conditions, and it may not be anything like the same disease physically. I see healing around these energies as a process of thawing a frozen energy that has blocked the flow of life force, of love, of prosperity, of confidence, of receiving the blessings of life and connection with others and the universe.

HH: How can flower essences help?

Ziporah: Flower essences begin to thaw the frozen areas in the ancestral tree. They can clear energetic structures that have kept the frozen area in place. Some flower essences, such as Forget­Me­Not, help us connect directly with ancestors, which allows us to have a transformative dialog with them. Flower essences like Primulas and Crested Iris reorganize and restructure the ancestral energies so that healing is retroactive to the ancestors as well as to other descendents of them. All flower essences will bring in divine light and love to the whole family tree, including opening the living person to forgiveness, to letting go, and receiving change. There is an expansion of the heart and awareness, allowing new possibilities that were never imagined before.

HH: In your experience, what are the essences most specific to ancestral patterns?

Ziporah: There are many flower essences that can heal inherited energy resonances. Any essences that work with the DNA, such as White Primula and Rose Geranium, or with clearing in general, such as Tomato essences, or healing in general, such as Self Heal and Comfrey, will assist with ancestral healing. More specifically, Parsnip, Hemlock, Crested Iris and Boab work very directly with ancestral energies. I’ve described in more detail the flower essences I use in my Healing Roots combination on my web site, http://ancestorsblessing.com/healing­roots/

Any essences that work specifically with family members or the mother and father archetypes, such as Baby Blue Eyes and Sunflower for father, or Lady’s Mantle and Mariposa Lily for mother, can also be applicable to working with ancestors, depending on the situation and issues. Crested Iris works with both mother and father archetypes and is a powerful deep healing essence. If there is an overall pattern of problem with the mother, then using mother­ archetype essences will be helpful, including Madonna Lily, Milk Thistle, Mariposa Lily. You can add an ancestor ­specific essence such as Parsnip or Hemlock or Crested Iris to the combination to “direct” the devas to the family tree.

Not all flower essences will have a strong connection to the devas, it depends on how they are made. Many essence makers do consciously connect with the flower’s deva, and then the essence will carry the intelligence of the deva, which is beyond space and time.

You can do the same thing when working with past lives: formulate for the issue, then add Giant Burmese Honeysuckle to the combination to direct the healing to the past lives. There are also essences that facilitate communication and receiving awareness of ancestors, notably Forget­Me­Not. Any essences that boost intuition and spirit journeys can assist with this.

HH: Do you have your own ‘plant ally?’

Ziporah: I have been guided at different times by particular plant devas. One of them was quite entertaining to work with, taking the form of any flower I was inquiring about and acting out in some way what the flower essence would do. I thought at first that I was suddenly communicating directly with every plant more quickly and easily than ever had before. I laughed out loud when I realized what was going on.

Actually, every flower I make an essence from becomes my ally. While talking with someone, or doing energy healing in a session, a flower may pop into my awareness, and I know something about that plant is a contribution to what is going on. When this happens, I invite the deva of that plant into the session or the conversation, or send it remotely to the person.

HH: Tell me about your flower essence process. How do you determine what’s best for the individual?

Ziporah: This has changed over time, and still changes. I often use a client’s horoscope or Human Design chart to attune to the energy map of their current incarnation. I use kinesiology, or muscle testing as a quick, easy and accurate (for me) method of choosing essences from the thousand or so I work with. With a complex case involving multiple combinations for one person, I may select a number of essences, and then group them as I perceive their resonance. Then I look at the essences in the groups and notice a theme, which further clarifies my knowing about what is going on.

Essences that would like to be included may pop into my awareness when I’m not thinking about the formula, along with the knowing that they would like to contribute their energies to that person. Every practitioner will find their own ways of doing this that work for them.

HH: How does one know the difference between ancestral pattern issues and past life issues?

Ziporah: Sometimes, as I described already, they are the same, where a person was their own ancestor in a former life. More commonly, there is resonance between past lives and the family history. We each choose the body and family we are born into, and we are making that choice from the energetic resonance of a place, a family, a time, as well as connections we may have to people.

As to how to know the difference, each person must learn to perceive their own knowing. Describing my own awareness of the difference would be like trying to put words to the difference between vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Energy is our first language, the language of nature and spirit. How we interface with that language is unique to each person, just as no two people will experience a symphony the same way, or even the same way at different times. As infinite beings, we have access to infinite knowing. If we ask, we’ll receive information.

HH: When selecting a mode for healing painful spiritual or emotional issues, how does one determine the best course? Intuition or something more?

Ziporah: This is part of the learning process of being a healer. We all have amazing healing capacities in our bodies and beings. When we don’t try to determine results we open ourselves to possibilities we may not have thought of. It’s key to learn to trust our knowing, trust our awareness, and trust that whatever happens is a contribution to ourselves as well as the client. Whenever we have an outcome in mind we limit and very often interfere with where the energy is moving.

If we have a pre­determined idea of what healing would look like, what the “best course” would produce, we may be preventing the healing and transformation required. Even defining a client’s situation as “painful” is
assuming a stance that suffering is wrong, should be fixed, and that the healer should be the one to figure out how to fix it. Every time we say “Such and such happened to me,” we erase ourselves as a participant in creating our reality.

There are many wonderful and effective techniques and methods available to healing practitioners today. If one simply follows the energy, you’ll be led to what will be effective. And if there is no apparent effect, one might ask if the client was truly choosing change?

Clients come to us for many reasons and not all of them involve being healed!

HH: Can one be addressed without the other? And how can flower essences help in both the discovery process and the clearing process?

Ziporah: Unlike people, flower essences have no propensity for analyzing or separating various types of healing or healing processes. All flower essences can heal on multiple levels and in myriad ways.

We are constantly addressing what we are aware of and can see, and ignoring everything else. Happily, flower essences have no such shortcomings; they will address whatever is there that a person is willing to allow.

HH: Another flower essence practitioner friend of mine remarked that, often, accessing the ancestor is difficult and the most readily available person is oneself, who carries the pattern anyway.  What do  you think
about that?
 
Ziporah: How difficult something is varies from person to person and time to time. I have found it both quick and easy to access my own and others’ ancestors, and less so at other times. It has always been possible and never what I’d call “difficult.”

Each person carries all of their ancestors within them. There is a chamber in the heart where they are all held, though some can be hidden at first. I’ll be creating an audio guided imagery journey based on what my angel guide showed me about accessing our ancestors. Like many things, accessing this area of our awareness is like a muscle that we can exercise and develop with practice and use.

There are many ways to access one’s ancestors. Gaze with open mind at old photos,hold items that once belonged to someone, go to places where they lived or worked. Ask for a dream. You can fill a glass of water before bed, adding a dreaming flower essence in it, such as Mugwort, or my Dream Healer combination. Just before you turn out the light, drink half of the water and ask for a dream about your ancestors, or whatever else you’d like to receive information about. Ask to remember the dream when you awaken.

When you awaken, drink the other half of the water, asking to remember. Some people remember a dream the first night, others it may take a few nights. Write the dream in your dream journal. The process of creating a dream journal and writing in it whenever you recall a dream tells your subconscious that you are open, willing to receive communication in this way, and honoring of that. When we ask to receive, we will receive.

How difficult it is and in what form it shows up depends mostly on ourselves. How do we expect it to appear? What communications are coming to us daily that we don’t recognize? Our cognitive minds are so busy, so full of conclusions, assumptions and points of view about how things are, how they will be, how they’re supposed to be, that it is difficult for anything to get through that doesn’t look just like we expect it to.

Using flower essences—any flower essences!—gently and gradually changes this. We can let go of things having to be a certain way, of insisting on being right, or wrong, or however we think we are and the universe is. Flower essences soften our finite boundaries so we can receive more of our true nature, which is infinite, light, joyous and free.

Ziporah Hildebrandt is the author of How to Make Your Own Flower Essences. She has extensive training in humanistic psychology, flower essence therapy and ancestral lineage clearing. Learn more at http://ancestorsblessing.com  Maple Seed_Yellow

Black Cohosh: Help For Menopause

Energy Medicine, Flower Essences, Herbal Remedies, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Jan 27 2013

Black Cohosh Helps You Wave Goodbye to An Old Friend

Black Cohosh is an excellent herb for easing both the physical and the spiritual symptoms of menopause and other female health issues.

Remember when you got your first period? The exciting, yet somehow-at-the-same time terrifying realization that now, you were able to conceive; you could actually create life! That heralding of womanhood made all the discomfort worth it. Having periods every month was inconvenient and sometimes bothersome. But they were also familiar companions whose visits you could mark on your calendar to spend time with your most intimate self and commune with your creative femininity.

That’s why, in the old days, women would refer their periods as having their “friend.” No wonder getting toward the end of that path is seldom an entirely smooth transition. When you no longer have monthly cycles, you have to find a different kind of compass to get your life back in rhythm. Black Cohosh can help you lift your hand and wave good-bye to your old best friend.

 

Black Cohosh, a member of the ranunculacea family, is a wildflower native to eastern North America. Cohosh is an Algonquian word meaning ‘rough,’ named after the plant’s lumpy and knotted brown-black rhizomes that drill deep into the earth. Its spiky white flowers, by contrast, point straight up to the sun. It’s also been called rattletop for the sound its dry seed pods make. The Black Cohosh plant also has a strong odor that is believed to repel insects.

Black Cohosh contains phytoestrogens, making it a natural alternative to hormone replacements and a favored ingredient in any menopause formula. Native Americans have used the rhizome to relieve a wide array of female issues, from easing menstrual cramps to easing childbirth.

As both a nervine and mild tonic, Black Cohosh has been used to treat everything from arthritis, coughs, diabetes, ringing in the ears, neuralgia, malaria, yellow fever, and lung disorders. It’s also sometimes referred to as black snakeroot because the rhizomes are also good as poultices for snakebites.

Black Cohosh flower essences helps you adjust to the changes, of both your physical and subtle body. Black Cohosh helps you redefine your femininity while keeping you connected to your female divinity. It lends grounded strength and eternal courage for overcoming obstacles along life’s path such as addictions, emotional dependencies, and lack of self-confidence. True liberation may follow, as the soul gives rise to the luminous purity of the essential, divine self reborn.

Black Cohosh’s Secret Lore  

Black Cohosh is considered the embodiment of female energy and corresponds to the Second Chakra (Womb, Creativity). The purity of its white flowers are said to embody the power of transformation, from their dark tangled roots buried deep in the earth to their unbelievably perky flowers. Kali, the black warrior goddess is Black Cohosh’s archetype. Kali knows how to untangle even the tightest knots, and can give reassuring comfort to a woman who is transforming from her fertile, childbearing years to a post-menopausal state.

A good affirmation while meditating on Black Cohosh is, “I trust my life and easily transition my creative flow to spiritual knowing.”

Warnings: Blue Cohosh or White Cohosh are different plants and may not have the same effects or benefits as Black Cohosh. Black Cohosh has a potent effect on estrogen and can be used to induce labor. It may increase or decrease the effects of estrogen in the body so should be used with caution and the advice of a physician or naturopath.

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Sagebrush Flower Essence a Great Help for Coping With Stress

Energy Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Mental Health, Radical Raves | Posted by Kim
Nov 14 2012

Integrating Loss and Devastation With Sagebrush Flower Essence

Sagebrush’s Plant Essence Can be A Helper for Coping with Stress When Your Soul Is Laid Bare.

Hurricane Sandy’s rude arrival and destructive forces were a reminder that sometimes loss and devastation are going to be part of our lives. Like a manic maid with an evil broom, Sandy brought sweeping changes to many people’s lives, stripping them of all they cherished. In our culture, we often talk about change and loss being opportunities for renewal and transformation–a chance for our souls to cleanse old attachments and negative habits. But it is necessary first to have time for recovery from the initial shock. The problem with natural disasters and sudden loss is, they don’t care what stage of preparedness you are in when it happens. Coping with stress when external forces challenge your inner resources can be overwhelming.

Sandy and other natural disasters are a perfect metaphor for Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). Sagebrush’s signature, its ‘personality,’ is one of rising anew after devastating or sweeping losses. According to flower essence philosophy Sagebrush is useful to people who have been stripped of their most dearly held possessions and relationships.

Sagebrush is a bittersweet plant used to growing in areas of extreme or harsh conditions like the Russian Steppes or the southwest desert. One of its most common uses is as a smudge stick to remove or neutralize negative energies from a person or room.

A flower essence tincture is the best way to benefit from Sagebrush. It is an excellent complement to somatic therapies that work to help release trauma from the body such as the fiber arts, and other types of mind-body therapies for processing, integrating and transcending the effects of loss and grief.

All loss, no matter how present, stirs up old hurts and pushes us to see our negative patterns. Sagebrush gives us the fortitude to confront them and put our focus on changing things to serve the present, not the past. Sagebrush can help a person overcome repetitive, intrusive, or painful memories and negative patterns, even those stemming from childhood.

Sagebrush’s Secret Lore

Artemisia tridentata belongs to the Sunflower family and shares some of their sun loving family traits and characteristics of strong, sturdy stems and branches. Members of this family know how to deal with themes of spiritual reintegration, soul purpose, and spiritual self development. Sagebrush knows how to thrive through and win over deep loss, cut through vicious cycles and unwinnable situations. If you are stuck in an unhappy relationship, suffering unrelenting grief or obsessing about past events, for example, Sagebrush’s resilient and persevering energies can give you a great boost over that wall of seemingly impossible-to-heal or recover from emotions. Sagebrush will literally help you ‘get over it.’ Because one of Sagebrush’s properties is to act as a decongestant, its personality is noted for removing blocks. It is a favorite plant for those needing a catalyst to move through especially stubborn problems.


Sagebrush lends the strength and courage to hang out in that empty space–between old life and new–that disasters create, and to await patiently for something new to appear.

 

Finding Your True Career Along the Eightfold Path

Energy Medicine, Letters from the Heretic | Posted by Kim
Oct 11 2012

Dear Readers,

I’ve been on safari these past few months, navigating the miasma that is the jungle of the job hunt. I’m back with the bounty of my forage. You can read all about it here in my post about right livelihood.