Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book of Love

The Akashic records are supposed to be the record of your soul, no matter what lifetime you’ve been in. Some like it to the hall of records or the book of life. They supposedly have every thought, feeling, bit of energy ever in the history of creation. The term akasha is derived from Sanskrit, meaning sky or ether.   I know this probably sounds really woo-woo, but there are some elements of truth to it. Every culture has references to the concept of the records, despite calling them by different names. It is part of our primordial consciousness, like the flood story.  The records can be compared to a database of your soul’s experience.

Only you can access your record, unless you give permission willingly to someone else. Your records are guarded by a guardian or a keeper. Different traditions have different names for these guardians, as well as how many are present. For most people, the easiest way to do it is through meditation. I took a class with Angela Blaha on accessing my records. We did a group meditation, and this is where faith steps in. Part of me wants to desperately believe that I did, indeed, access my records. Part of me thinks it was a great time letting my imagination run wild. Which is the truth? I will never completely know.


When I accessed my records, in my meditative state, I saw myself walking down a cobblestone street, like in Victorian London. The streets were lit by gaslight, and were twisty-turny. I stopped at a building, and a very tall, burly man in Victorian garb, including a top hat, opened the door.

I stepped into a giant library with floor to ceiling books. In the middle of room was a giant table. There was a man who apparently was the curator of my records, who seemed excited to see me. “We’ve been waiting for you”, he said.


Then Audrey Hepburn came out, dressed like she looked in Sabrina.

I had three questions, and he brought me books that would answer my questions. I sat at the table, and paged through them. They looked like ancient manuscripts, leather bound with handwritten parchment. I couldn’t tell you what was written on those pages, but during the meditation, I felt a sense of peace and relief.


I have used the meditation we were given that night to access my records again, but it wasn’t as vivid as the time we did it as a group. Was it real? Was it a dream? Why was Audrey Hepburn there? Why Victorian London? What does this all mean?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Whole of the Moon

The full moon holds so much magic and mystery. There are legends from every corner of the world, tapping into that primordial consciousness. According to About.com, some of these legends, myths & folklore include:

  • The word lunatic comes from the Latin luna, because it was believed that people were more likely to exhibit aberrant behavior during a full moon. Although studies have been done showing that emergency room visits and accidents are increased during the full moon period, there has yet to be conclusive evidence for causation.

     

  • The moon seems to have an effect on animals as well as people. A Florida expert on animal behavior reports that hamsters spin in their wheels far more aggressively during the moon's full phase. Deer and other herbivores in the wild tend to ovulate at the full moon, and in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the full moon is mating time for coral.

     

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was inspired by the strange -- and yet very true -- case of Charles Hyde, a London man who committed a series of crimes at the time of the full moon.

     

  • There is a British legend that if Christmas fell on the day of a dark Moon, the following year's harvest would be a bountiful one. Some parts of the British Isles believed that a waxing moon on Christmas meant a good crop the next fall, but a waning moon indicated a bad one would come.

     

  • In some countries, a halo around the moon means bad weather is coming.

     

  • The first time you see a crescent moon for the month, take all your spare coins out of your pocket, and put them in the other pocket. This will ensure good luck for the next month.

     

  • Some people believe that the fifth day after a full moon is the perfect time to try to conceive a child.

     

  • In some Chinese religions, offerings are made to the ancestors on the night of a full moon.

     

  • In some Native American legends, the moon is held captive by a hostile tribe. A pair of antelope hope to rescue the moon and take it the village of a good tribe, but Coyote, the trickster, interferes. The antelope chase Coyote, who tosses the moon into a river each night, just out of reach of the antelope.
In many cultures, the full moons have names. The two cultures most commonly associated with this are the Celts 
and Native American, 

and from there it's been diluted

MonthMoonRitual Suggestion
JanuaryWolf MoonPlan a ritual of protection around your home and family.
FebruaryStorm MoonPlan a ritual to ask the Old Ones for help in planning your future.
MarchChaste MoonPlan a ritual to plant your desires.
AprilSeed MoonPlan a ritual to physically plant your seeds of desire in Mother Earth. 
MayHare MoonPlan a ritual to reaffirm your goals.
JuneDyad MoonPlan a ritual to balance your spiritual and physical desires.
JulyMead MoonPlan a ritual to decide what you will do once your goals have been met.
AugustWort MoonPlan a ritual to preserve what you already have.
SeptemberBarley MoonPlan a ritual of Thanksgiving for all the Old.
OctoberBlood MoonPlan another ritual of Thanksgiving.
NovemberSnow MoonPlan for a ritual to work on ridding yourself of negative thoughts and vibrations.
DecemberOak MoonPlan for a ritual to help you remain steadfast in your convictions


During the full moon, I focus on bringing my goals into fruition. I've had a couple of weeks to put my action plan into place. It's gut check time. Are things working? Do I need to tweak things? 

I use a kundalini practice designed by Yogi Bajan to celebrate the full moon:

Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh.

Mudra: Keep the spine straight. Let the arms extend straight and rest over the knees. Make Buddhi Mudra with both hands (touch the thumb tips to the tips of the little fingers). The other fingers are relaxed but straight. Become completely still, physically and mentally, like a calm ocean. If listening to the mantra on a tape, listen to the chant for a minute. Feel its rhythm in every cell. Then join in the mantra.

Mantra:
SAA RAY SAA SAA, SAA RAY SAA SAA,
SAA RAY SAA SAA, SAA RUNG
HAR RAY HAR HAR, HAR RAY HAR HAR,
HAR RAY HAR HAR, HAR RUNG

Time: Continue for 11-31 minutes

I also charge my crystals during the full moon. I put them on the windowsill, and let them soak up the energy. I also put a jar of water in the moonlight and make moon water. I use it through the month to help with energy levels. If I'm feeling extra creative (& organized) I'll also make moon tea. 

You need: 
Large jar with lid
Herbal tea (note: I love, love, love tusli or lemon balm tea made this way)
Water

Put water in jar, add tea, cover, put in moonlight. In the morning, you have magical moonlight tea.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Magic Carpet Ride


As I transition from chemical laden products to DIY, I get to experiment with scents that work for our home. I have a pre-teen boy (and his posse) , a husband as well as a dog and cat. There are putrid smells everywhere. I am also the lone female in the house, so fruity florals don’t fly. After a lot of trial and error, I found a blend that smells great and covers the stink.

 

Baking soda

Sage leaves

Rosemary sprigs

Juniper or pine essential oil (optional)

 

Crush/grind the herbs. Mix with baking soda and add in essential oils (if using). Store in a shaker container.

To use: sprinkle on carpet, let sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Angel

I don't want to play favorites with the archangels, but Chamuel is the hippie angel, so I just adore her.

She is the angel of unconditional love and adoration. She's your go to gal for help building and strengthening relationships, seeking soul mates and world peace.
I think of her being the archangel helping guide my life and life principles. Her name means those who seek God, and what better relationship to have (and unconditional love!) than with The Divine.
I spend a lot of time meditating and working with her, which makes me a better wife and mother. I know it's time to hang with Chamuel when I'm becoming that snippy, naggy wife or mom. I surround my beloveds in a pink light-as well as myself-and focus on love. 












Thursday, July 17, 2014

Goddess

I started reading labels while grocery shopping years ago. I go in phases, reading things closely to just throwing random junk in my cart. Over the last few years, I have seen my weight go up, my energy level go down and my overall health & we'll being plummet. I knew something had to change, so I decided to be more aware of what I was putting in my body (as well as on it) and made some big changes.

I have always eaten a lot of salad. In fact, I probably eat at least two a day with lunch and dinner. I keep it in a big bowl in my fridge and just grab it and go. I also love my salad dressing, which I began to realize was a bit of a problem. Reading labels, I discovered some of my favorite dressings had lots of bad stuff in there, including high fructose corn syrup, MSG and lots of chemicals.

What's a semi-crunchy mom to do?

Make my own.

It's actually pretty easy. I love green goddess dressing (you would think with a name like that, it's good for you) but none were healthy. Since my little health crisis, I made the conscious choice I need to eat more "cleanly"-whole, unprocessed foods. That was not green goddess dressing, at least in the supermarket.

I was watching the movie Food Matters, and there was a discussion on spirulina, which is an algae. Before you get grossed out, it's actually pretty good and has tons of health benefits.

And it's green.

I found my new green goddess dressing.


1 pkg silken tofu, soft
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp spirulina powder
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp coconut oil
Dash of sriachia sauce
1/4 c non dairy milk

Put all ingredients in a blender, purée. Keeps for about 5 days in the fridge

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Camp


My son is a Boy Scout. I am a huge proponent of scouting and all the skills he is developing and learning.


He recently went on his first camping trip. He slept in a tent.


 Learned some new skills like chopping wood.



It was great to see him grow and develop


Super proud of my scout!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

3 AM (eternal)

I have dealt with insomnia for years. I don't have problems falling asleep, it's staying asleep. 3 AM and I are close personal friends. I do all the things "right"-no caffeine before bedtime, relaxation techniques, blah blah blah. For decades, I fall asleep and then bam! I'm wide awake at the crack of dawn.

A friend of mine suggested I try turmeric tea. 

Turmeric what?

I googled it, it sounded gross.

Yet I was intrigued.

I had turmeric in my pantry, since I add it to tofu scrambles to give them an egg like color. 

I could at least give it a whirl...

I boiled some coconut milk (I am coconut milk obsessed) and added a bit of stevia. I stirred in about 2 tsps of turmeric. I added a pinch of Himalayan salt. It was creamy, golden deliciousness. 

The next morning I woke up at 430. 430! It may not seem like much, but it was an accomplishment. I slept an extra 90 minutes, which for an insomniac is like an extra day.

I tried it again-and same thing. My sleep bot app was basically doing a happy dance (& so was I!) mind over matter? Maybe. But since it's tasty, I'm adding it to the routine.

1 c coconut milk
3 drops stevia
Himalayan salt

Heat up milk, add turmeric, stevia & salt. Serve hot. Drink up.