Dragon Stone – South African Crystal

I was in the store the other day purchasing crystals for my Beginning Crystal’s Workshop, when I came across this stone called South African Dragon Stone. This stone is not that attractive however it was calling me. When I looked up the meaning, here is what it said:

Dragon Stone is a newly discovered green and red Jasper from South Africa. Fire energy; Protective stone, used for wealth, long life, brings intellect to new heights, protects the fields of the physical, emotional and mental bodies.”  It has been said that the best way of breaking an old habit is to introduce a new one. Well no secret there why this stone was calling me. Some other useful information about this stone: “Emotionally, Dragon Stones helps one develop self-confidence, a stronger will, an open expression of feeling and affection, a willingness to help others for the greater good, and the persistence required to make real and effective change.

Physically, it seems to aid endurance, and to inspire one to work hard to be well. This includes diet and exercise regimes for getting in shape. It also feels to me that it can aid those who are working to repattern one’s cellular habits for regeneration and rejuvenation, all the way down to the DNA. The twisting, snakelike DNA molecule is, after all, something of a Dragon itself!

Spiritually, Dragon Stone can inspire one to place one’s self-serving tendencies into service of the well-being of the world. Yet it does not make one into a weak rule-follower. Rather, it encourages fierceness and loyalty to what seems in one’s heart to be the Good, and it teaches one to protect and defend that Good with a power and strength one may never have known one even had! A dragon is not a domesticated animal. It is a wild, sentient journeyer among many realms––an excellent ally and a worthy opponent. To carry Dragon Stone is to invite such qualities into oneself.”

Gemstone and crystal healing has been around for ages. Their energies are some of the best healers.

 
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Sugar Addiction

Most people are addicted to sugar and don’t know it. For me, I think it is the hardest thing to give up. Sugar is in almost everything. “The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of microwave meals.”  One of the reasons people get sick is that the foods they are eating are not immune boosting foods. “One of sugar’s major drawbacks is that it raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which in turn depresses the immune system.”A lot of people complain about loss of calcium in the bones. A possible culprit could be sugar. “Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.” Aside from diabetes, sugar can cause other diseases and illnesses such as osteoporosis, food allergies, headaches and depression to name a few.

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Holiday Eating

I always looked forward to holiday eating. Food everywhere. So much so, you could not even see the table. The big ole turkey alone took up half the table. Then there were all of the side dishes and tasty desserts. Yum!! Over the years my holiday eating has changed as did my eating habits. Since I no longer eat meat, my table got smaller. Now that I am a conscious eater, in addition to the lack of turkey, there a few menu items missing from the shopping list. I’ve added more vegetables and less simple carbohydrates to our table during the holidays. Eating during the holidays should be fun, not stressful about what to eat that’s healthy. A few ideas to healthy eating are:

  • Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed
  • Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.
  •  Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating.
  • Refrigerate the gravy to harden fat. Skim the fat off. This will save a whopping 56 gm of fat per cup.
  • Dressing — Use a little less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery, and vegetables. Add fruits such as cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.
  • Mashed Potato — Use skim milk, chicken broth, garlic or garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter.

There are more however this should get you started. Happy holidays!!

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Milk Does the Body Good??

“Milk does the body good.”  Remember that slogan? As a kid I drank milk by the gallons. It got worse after I became an athlete in high school and college. Milk was always promoted as THEE source of calcium, for strong teeth and bones, in addition of other vitamins. So naturally when I conceived my daughter, I drank more.

In high school and college, I suffered some terrible menstrual cycles. Never attributed to milk to be the cause of them. While I was pregnant, I experienced the same excruciating pain. I wasn’t sure where the pain was coming from this time as I had not received my cycle yet. I continued to drink milk and eat other dairy products.

So now comes the birth of my daughter and the nurses try and feed her cow based formulas. My poor baby blew up like a balloon and turned red. After much trial and error and many formulas later, they came to the conclusion that my daughter was allergic to cow’s milk. They put her on a goat’s milk based formula.

 That seemed to work for her but what about me? Not thinking that milk and dairy was a problem for me, I continued to drink it. The cramping and bloating seemed to be getting worse but it wasn’t from my cycle. I stopped drinking milk but continued with the ice cream. Eventually I stopped dairy all together as I could not with stand anymore of the pain. I ventured over to soy milk however I don’t think I agreed with that either. So what was a gal to do? I had heard of the side effects of dairy. Some were:

  • *ALL* cow’s milk (regular and ‘organic’) has 59 active hormones, scores of allergens, fat and cholesterol.
  • Most cow’s milk has measurable quantities of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins (up to 200 times the safe levels), up to 52 powerful antibiotics (perhaps 53, with LS-50), blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses. (Cow’s milk can have traces of anything the cow ate… including such things as radioactive fallout from nuke testing … (the 50’s strontium-90 problem).
  • Pathogens & Bacteria

I had to look into other forms of calcium. I had heard about rice milk, almond milk and coconut milk. Coconut milk has many benefits. “This natural drink is usually recommended for maintaining electrolyte balance and can also be used in case of dehydration. Some recent studies have suggested that coconut milk has hyperlipidemic balancing qualities, antimicrobial properties in the gastrointestinal tract or by topical application, and it has been used as a home remedy for healing mouth ulcers.” To my surprise I actually like the almond milk. “Almond milk is a milky drink made from ground almonds. Unlike animal milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose. Regular, unsweetened almond milk can be used as a substitute for animal milk in many recipes, and as it does not contain any animal products, is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.”

I am a proud promoter of cleanses and detoxing the body. When you remove everything from your diet and then slowly reintroduce the foods, you will see what your body does not like.

Got Milk?

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Hematite Gemstone

Hematite is one of my favorite gemstones to use for healing. It’s focus is on clearing and building. It is a very grounding stone and looks much like a solid piece of mercury. Hematite helps remove emotional pain and can balance mood swings to assist you in broadening your perspectives. Dissolves negativity and prevents you from absorbing the negativity of others. It works on the root chakra and heals issues of the blood. Hematite stimulates iron absorption in the small intestine, which in turn improves oxygen supply to the body. It has the fire element and is associated with Saturn and is a stone of Aries and Aquarius, but is assigned to Scorpio, whom it not only protects but also warns of danger by changing temperature.

 
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Unexpected Spice

Coriander, commonly used in Indian curry, is a spice most would not have suspected as being a healing herb. “The leaves of coriander are a stimulant and tonic. They strengthen the stomach and promote its action, relieve flatulence, increase secretion and discharge of urine and reduce fever. They act as an aphrodisiac, help in the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes thereby counteracting any spasmodic disorders.” The leaves are called Cilantro and have also been used in some spicy dishes.

Coriander has been used to treat urinary tract infections and strengthen the urinary tract. The cilantro leaves are also antimicrobial and anti-bacterial. “Used in aromatherapy use, coriander has the ability to help in the healing of digestive problems (such as flatulence, indigestion and constipation), to eliminate toxins, stimulate circulation, ease migraine and treat rheumatism and arthritis.”

Your kitchen can become your best choice in first aid.

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Acid Build up

I often speak with people who suffer from acid reflux or indigestion or some form of acidosis. “Acid reflux is the term used when the acid in your stomach backs up or ‘refluxes’ into the esophagus where it doesn’t belong. Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD for short is acid reflux that occurs regularly. Reflux by itself isn’t unusual. GERD on the other hand, develops when acid reflux happens two or more times a week and produces troublesome symptoms. If left untreated, GERD may

lead to some serious health problems. Only your doctor can tell you if you have GERD.” Many people turn to antacids to relieve some of the pain and acid build up. Studies have shown antacids can make your health worse. Antacids can contain some harmful ingredients that wreak havoc on the body. “These salts interfere with the absorption of phosphates. This can lead to constipation, loss of appetite, weakness, and bone damage. Aluminum salts can aggravate patients with Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, those who are dehydrated, and those with certain bone disorders.” Below are a few of the ingredients listed in antacids:

  • Calcium Carbonate – May cause constipation or if over used may actually increase acid reflux instead of reducing it.
  • Magnesium Hydroxide and Magnesium Oxide – Can cause diarrhea. Don’t take it if you have kidney problems.
  • Bismuth Salts – May cause Encephalopathy, a disease of the brain commonly called dementia.

Don’t want to use these harmful chemicals? There are several ways to treat acid reflux, heartburn and other digestion issues, naturally.

  • Changing your diet to a  more alkaline diet
  • Eating several hours earlier before going to bed
  • Eating relaxed, not driving or running out of the door
  • Aloe vera has been used to treat stomach upset, diarrhea and inflammation associated with bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
  • Licorice is believed to be effective in treating stomach and intestinal ulcers, reducing stomach acid levels, coating the stomach wall with a protective gel and relieving constipation.
  •  Drinking peppermint also helps soothe an upset stomach
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Hands that heal

I have never comfortable with the title “healer”. I feel like it makes me sound like Mother Theresa or Jesus. The title “healer” to me has always felt like some select or elite group of people with healing abilities and that God selected only these people. I wouldn’t have put myself in that category.
When I started this spiritual journey, I had no idea where it would take me. I was merely looking for alternative ways to keep myself off of the meds for this thing they call depression. At that time I wasn’t thinking of hands on healing, not as it related to me being a hands on healer. My earliest memory of using my hands to heal was eighteen years ago when I unconsciously laid my hands on my stomach and I conceived a child that night. Whenever my stomach was unsettling, I would place my hands on it and the pain would magically disappear.
As I continued my journey in the healing arts, my mind and spirit started changing. Aside from my mind having one of its own, my body was also doing some strange things. I woke up one morning in the wee hours to a burning sensation on my leg. I looked to examine the area and it was bright red. Now I am a pretty dark skinned woman, and to see red anywhere on me was saying something. I glanced down at my leg and there was a red hand print. I then glanced at my hand and it too was red. I didn’t know what to think of this. I had seen on tv where they had documented a guy who they called a healer in his country. They were documenting him because it was stated that his hands would heat up to such a degree that his clients would need protective gear on to cover them. The heat from his hands was measured and proved to be above normal hand temperatures. Could my hands be like this I thought?
I have since studied several modalities on hands on healing to find there are people around the world who use their hands to heal. I am now certified as a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master and Instructor. In addition to those hands on healing modalities, I also do spirit led body work.
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Walking with Focus

Each morning I get up and do a walking meditation. I learned of it through a book I read on… well… walking meditations. I can’t figure out for the life of me, the name of that book but it was great. When I looked it up to tell you about it, I found that there are many books on walking meditations. So apparently this is not a new concept. Only new to me. The purpose of a walking meditation is to be present. Focus on the moment. Notice everything. Hear everything. Smell everything. I had lived in this neighborhood for almost eight years and never noticed that there was a stream over by the side of the road. You can’t see the stream but as I began to focus on my walking meditation, I could hear it which drew my attention to look for it. It was as if I had walked that path for the first time. This path seems different now. It’s fall and the colors on the trees never have been so beautiful. The birds are cheerfully chirping and my strides are longer. During this focused walk of mine, I can hear everything so clearly. My vision is impeccable. This always seems to happen when I began a new style of meditation… or perhaps just when I began meditating at all. There are many benefits to this walking meditation. The walking alone provides the much needed exercise, fresh air to my lungs and sunshine to my face which provides the vitamin D. What a lovely way to start the day.

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Overcharged

 A few years ago my daughter got a new ipod for her birthday. Excited, she tossed the old ipod in the dock and left it there. Still in the dock for several months now, the ipod exploded. It had reached its capacity and had no outlet to release the energy that had built up inside and just exploded.

I use this analogy to our children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and an overly charged battery. “ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood. It affects about 3 – 5% of school aged children. ADHD is diagnosed much more often in boys than in girls. Depression, lack of sleep, learning disabilities, tic disorders, and behavior problems may be confused with, or appear with, ADHD.” Most children are born with an incredible amount of energy that when they are finally able to release it, it can be over whelming. Children with this amount of energy will release it in many ways, just to let it out. Society talks about humans being spiritual being living a human existence however human beings aren’t being treated like spiritual beings. The first sign of behavior that is NOT considered “normal”, is then looked at for treatment with medication. There are many factors a child may have that can contribute to an overly charged behavior.  “Every child suspected of having ADHD should be carefully examined by a doctor to rule out possible other conditions or reasons for the behavior. Medication may be necessary in some cases, with the addition of holistic remedies and alternative healing methods, but its not necessary for all. Just as there are many factors that can contribute to an overly charged behavior, there are just as many holistic remedies that can be offered.

A well balanced diet can help dramatically. Removing processed and refined foods, junk food, caffeine and sugary foods can alleviate the aggressiveness in the mind, body and spirit. Herbs have also shown to be beneficial in people with mental health disorders. Ginkgo Biloba has been used for brain function and concentration. Chamomile is a great tea and has been used for anxiety and nervousness. Essential oils are a great way to catch a little one on the go without all of the fuss. Fragrances of pure essential oils can go along way.  Lavender is an excellent oil to calm the mind’s chatter. A combination of holistic healing methods would benefit any spiritual being not just the ones with an overly charged spirit.

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