Ethics for Spiritual Healers

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If you engage in some form of spiritual healing- either as the practitioner or client- you have to consider ethics. Ethics? For spiritual healers? Yes, ethics always play a role in every aspect of life. All too often, this gets overlooked because many practitioners are not regulated and have no body overseeing their work. I believe that this is how it should be, however, it can lead to ignorance and abuses.

Before we can talk about where to draw the line, let’s first define “spiritual healing.” A long time ago, the Christian church divided people into mind, body, emotions, and spirit because it was believed that only God had the power to heal. By separating the body from the spirit, doctors had authority to heal the body.

When psychology came along about a hundred years ago, we began to look at the mind as a separate specialty. The East never made this split and so they have enjoyed thousands of years of holistic living.

So, when we speak of “spiritual healing,” we are generally talking about Eastern, pagan, or animistic healing methods that may be holistic in nature. We are also talking about healing modalities that are targeted to treat symptoms that either appear to have a metaphysical or supernatural cause or manifestation, or don’t respond to western approaches.

If you are a spiritual healer, here are some ethics you may wish to embrace to form the boundaries of your practice.

Respect Sovereignty

This means that everyone can decide for themselves whether or not they want to heal and what form that healing will take. Some people don’t want to heal. It may be more effort, time, money, or energy than they want to spend. Maybe they think it’s more fun to live an unhealthy lifestyle than to make changes. There could be some who derive gains from not healing that they don’t want to give up. Whatever the situation, everyone has the right to decide. We even have the right to make ineffective, damaging, wrong choices.

Just because you have the ability to help doesn’t mean you can jump in without permission. It doesn’t matter how dire the situation, you must have permission. This doesn’t mean your Higher Self asking their Higher Self. The absence of a yes is a no.

Do No Harm

Healers are generally motivated by the desire to help. However, there are some ways that we may harm such as:

  • promising results or miracles
  • using scare tactics to get someone to use our services
  • advising people against allopathic or other forms of treatment for their issues
  • treating people as if they are stupid and the healer is the expert
  • treating people as if they are objects or ATMS rather than human beings with feelings

Respect Privacy

All clients have a right to have their personal and medical history held in confidence. This creates an environment of trust where healing can happen. It’s common for spiritual healers to be a part of the community, so they know people who know each other. This makes it even more important that what happens in the treatment room stay in the treatment room. It’s never okay to share client stories with anyone.

Respect Diversity

People are different in many ways. We don’t have the same ethnicity, culture, spiritual beliefs, gender, political beliefs, socioeconomic background, physical capabilities, or sexual orientation. Age and life experiences (military, rape survivor, immigrant) also impact who we are. When we see each other for who we are, we can have meaningful relationships and make better treatment choices.

Stay Within Your Scope of Practice

When someone comes to you for healing, it’s professional to disclose what you are trained to do and to stay within your limitations. If you are a student, say you are a student. Don’t embellish. If someone has something that you can’t deal with, it’s imperative to refer them to someone who can help them.

Be the Best Healer You Can Be

We model health through our behavior. When we engage in self care, healthy relationships, and have healthy lifestyles, our clients learn from us. When we continue our education to learn more or go deeper, we become more effective. We owe it to ourselves and our clients to keep growing. Things change. New discoveries are made all the time. We need to keep current.

Serve Those Who Cannot Afford to Pay You

Every helping profession is about helping. Some folk healers do their work as part of their own personal ministry and service to the community. Some do it as a vocation. However, all helping professions value helping those who cannot help themselves. This doesn’t mean we have to work solely for donations or free. It suggests that we donate some services to those who wouldn’t be able to otherwise access what we have to offer.

Long ago folk healers were the only healers that communities had. We still have a place in society today. Since we don’t have a professional body to hold us accountable, we have to hold ourselves accountable. What other things do you find important?

Discover Life-Changing Ways to Heal Your Naughty Ancestors

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We all have ancestors who are less than fabulous. For me, coming face to face with that is like looking at myself. After all, the ancestors are a part of us. And Shadow work is not easy.

So here are some of member’s of my family’s rogue’s gallery.

King John. Yes, that King John. (It’s really not that remarkable since almost everyone with British ancestors is related to this family. If you’re Asian, you’re likely related to Genghis Khan, so we’re all descended from royalty). For those of you know don’t know, King John had an unrivaled reputation for cruelty and lechery. His barons revolted and created the Magna Carta to keep his power in check. So, he was a murderer and rapist with a huge ego and boundaries problem.

My great grandfather was a nice guy. People liked him. He had a great sense of humor. And he was also a wife beater and alcoholic who didn’t want to work. He was a dreamer who had all these schemes that my great grandmother would finance. Ultimately his irresponsibility and addiction eroded their love and their wealth.

Four or five generations back is a slave owner who bred with his slaves, one of whom is a grandmother. We know that this is the historical fact in the United States, but when you see it written in the census records, it becomes personal. It becomes real.

I’ve even got some Scandinavian blood. Were they descended from Vikings? Did they slaughter people? I don’t know. It makes you wonder.

It is not easy to see the truth of my ancestry in this light. But after my revulsion and pity party, I felt I had a choice to make. I could either heal this or carry it. I choose to heal it.

My Ancestral Healing Journey

I talk to my ancestors every day. I already have an established relationship with them, so I know that I am supported. There was no way to fail. All I had to do was begin and keep going. Eventually I’d get to the other side.

I also knew that if I heal anyone in the ancestral line, the whole line has the opportunity to heal. I say “opportunity” because you can’t force someone to heal. All you can do is make it available. Some will take it and some won’t.

While some ancestral healing practices focus on the person who created the hurt, I focused on me.

Acceptance was the first step. I stopped wanting it to be different. I stopped trying to push it away, blame someone else, or look for alternative endings. It is what it is.

And believe it or not, just doing that helped a lot. It takes a lot of energy to hide. Blaming gives my power away, so being still and accepting grounded me in the present moment and gave me energy to do the next thing.

Why walk alone when you can have help? My next step was asking my loving, helping ancestors for help. They want reconciliation as much as I do, so they have motivation to support. What helps one, helps us all.

Next I educated myself about the other facets of these people’s lives when details were available. When they were not, I looked for generalities about their communities, cultures, and locales to help flesh them out as people. Seeing them as whole people with strengths as well as weaknesses put the “badness” in perspective. It also makes the next step easier.

Next I sent love and compassion to myself for withholding love and unconditional positive regard for them. This doesn’t mean that I stopped condemning their acts. It just meant that I was allowing myself to be loving despite their acts. So, I was not making them “deserve” my love. I was just loving because that’s who I am. That’s what all of Nature is. So this is another way of saying I was realigning myself with Nature.

Another aspect of this is embracing the idea that we are One. One is light and dark, not light or dark. If I can accept their darkness, I can accept my own. This keeps me humble, compassionate, and in a state of grace.

And guess what happened? It was all okay. I could think about them, their deeds, and the consequences of their deeds without reacting. Not immediately. But over time, I could think of these people and what they did without feeling guilt, shame, revulsion, or separation. And isn’t that the goal? To be whole? Connected?

There are certainly other ways to do this. What works for you will vary depending upon a lot of things. If you’ve been traumatized, you may need to work on that first. You may need to have someone do this for you or walk with you. There are lots of energy and breath work modalities that can help. Just know that the negative programs of naughty ancestors aren’t something you have to live with.

Two Immune Boosting Garlic Recipes

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You don’t have to run out and get some fancy schmancy immune boosting concoction. You probably have the ingredients in your kitchen to make two potent immune boosting garlic recipes right now. In this article, I’ll show you how to make garlic honey and garlic vinegar. It’s so easy, you will wonder why you haven’t done it before now. But first, let’s talk about the benefits.

Benefits of Garlic

Raw garlic is a powerhouse when it comes to maintaining health. Research focuses on its positive impact on

  • Anti-bacterial effects
  • Anti-viral effects
  • Anti-fungal effects
  • Antioxidants
  • Blood pressure
  • Cancer prevention and care
  • Cardio vascular care.
  • Cholesterol
  • Memory improvement

It’s no wonder it’s been used medicinally for over 1,000 years. You can even use it in the garden to keep bugs away.

Some say the purple skinned garlic is the healthiest.

Benefits of Honey

Ancients used honey as a food and a medicine. While it’s low in vitamins and minerals, it’s high in bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. The pollen that the bees consumer impact the health benefits. Generally speaking, the darker the honey, the more healthy it is.

The antioxidants reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and some types of cancer. Honey may help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Putting honey on wounds and burns speeds healing. You’ve probably heard of honey cough syrup, right? That’s because it suppresses coughs.

Benefits of Vinegar

Vinegar has been used for at least 7,000 years for food and medicine. Some claim in lengthens life, heals the gut, improves hearing, mental powers, and vision.  It’s also used to keep skin and hair healthy.

How does it do this? It’s packed with amino acids, healthful enzymes, and trace elements.  It contains more than thirty needed nutrients, a dozen minerals, and several Vitamins, essential acids, and enzymes.  Additionally, it’s a great source of calcium, chlorine, fluorine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, and sulfur.  The body requires 22 essential minerals for health and 19 of them are found in ACV!

How to Make Garlic Honey

You need a small glass jar with a lid, raw honey, a head of garlic, a garlic press, and a knife. (The best place to get raw honey is at your local farmer’s market).

Separate the head into individual cloves. Cut off the hard ends. Place the cloves on a cutting board and gently press with the knife to crack the skin. This will make them easier to peel. Once the skin are removed, put the cloves in the garlic press and crush them. Crushed garlic releases more of the healthy compounds. Let rest for fifteen minutes.

Combine the garlic and honey in the jar and screw on the lid. Let it sit for 3-5 days before using. Eat a clove per day to maintain health.

How to Make Garlic Vinegar

You will need a quart size glass container, raw apple cider or Chinese rice vinegar and five heads of garlic. (You can reduce the recipe to make smaller amounts). Break garlic into cloves and cut off the dry ends. Remove the skins. Crush with the garlic press. Place the garlic and vinegar into the glass jar. Shake and let it rest in a dark place for at least two weeks. After two weeks it’s ready to use. After a month, you can discard the garlic and continue to use the vinegar.

To maintain health, drink one teaspoon per day in water after a meal. If you are sick, take two tablespoons mixed with warm water three times a day until you are feeling better.

Taking it straight can erode the enamel on your teeth. You can also use it in salads, but you don’t want to warm it as heat can destroy the benefits.

Prevention is the best medicine. These two immune boosting garlic recipes are easy, inexpensive so anyone can do this.

Planting Your Medicinal Herb Garden

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Nothing creates connection to Nature quicker than growing your own food and medicines. It’s spring! If you’re considering planting your medicinal herb garden as a way to develop that connection, read on! You will find that it also cultivates sovereignty because you will become more self sufficient, too. As an added bonus, getting your hands in the soil will help to keep your natural, healthy microbes up. So let’s get stared!

Planning Your Garden

Before you get started, you have to consider some things and make a few decisions.

  • will your garden be indoors or out?
  • is your soil suitable for what you want to grow or do you need alternative arrangements?
  • how is the sunlight?
  • what grows naturally in your area?
  • which herbs are most versatile and useful?
  • how much care do your plants need? Can you provide this?
  • will your chosen herbs grow well together?
  • how will you deal with pests?

Indoors or Out?

If you have poor soil, want herbs year round, don’t have a yard, have a window with strong sunlight for 6-8 hours, and don’t want to fuss with weeding, indoor herbs may be the way to go. Indoor herbs grow best when each herb has its own pot. You can also choose herbs that may not grow well with others because each pot will have its own soil. You can move them around so that shade loving plants aren’t near sun loving plants. Those that need lots of water are separated from those that only need a little. You can have lots of versatility with indoor herbs.

If you choose to put it outdoors, you can still use pots, create a small or huge garden, or incorporate the herbs into the landscape. Plants that spread out, like mints and echinacea, do better in pots to keep them contained, or in spaces all to themselves so they don’t take over other plants.

Dealing With Poor Soil

In the old days, gardeners would till the soil, add peat, vermiculite, compost, and other additives to make poor soil more productive. Many natural gardeners now opt for the no till method for its ecological benefits. Tilling destroys fungal networks and the sticky exudates of soil organisms that hold soil together. Tilling also destroys humus, the organic component of soil that is necessary for plant life. All you need to do is put down a layer of cardboard where you want to place your plants. Cover with 2 inches of compost. Put your seeds or starter plants in the hole, and cover with mulch.

There is no tilling required. Although weeds will grow here, they will be easier to pull out because the soil always stays loose. So don’t walk in your garden so it stays that way.

Situating the Garden

Be sure to situate your beds in a place where your plants are most likely to grow. Many herbs like full sun. Some are better in shady areas. Some will stay where they are put, and some spread out. Consider this when designing your beds. It’s also useful to put plants that inhibit insects or fungi near plants you intend to eat or use as medicines. For example, lavender, garlic, sunflowers, petunias, and marigolds are commonly used as natural plant protectors.

Which Medicinal Herbs to Plant?

When choosing medicinal herbs, you will want to consider what grows naturally in your area. While some herbs are well known for their medicinal properties, you might consider whether or not to import non-native species into your environment. Sometimes these can become invasive and disrupt the natural ecology. If you haven’t moved, your internal environment (microbes) evolved with your external environment, so chances are, what works best for you is something that grows locally.

A Beginner Herb Garden

For beginners who want a good variety of herbs that are easy to grow and use, I suggest planting: chamomile, echinacea, yarrow, lemon balm, and peppermint. You will recognize many of these as teas.

People all over the world have used chamomile tea for centuries to promote sleep, ease digestion, promote urination and relieve colic. It’s also used for washing wounds and sores. Other uses are : soothes inflammation, infection, colic, muscle spasms and tension. The pretty white flowers are also visually appealing.

Everyone knows about the immune boosting properties of echinacea. Echinacea grows easily once it’s started. It produces tons of seeds so it’s easy to keep going. It’s not picky about sunlight and can tolerate long periods of drought. You can use it fresh or dried in tea or tincture it for use throughout the year.

Yarrow is one of my favorites! It’s considered a weed so it grows just about anywhere, is very hardy, and I think it’s also really pretty. Use it to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms and relieve pain. Some say it helps with digestion and anxiety too. You can use it as a tea to help with colds and fever. It’s also very handy for stopping bleeding.

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love lemon balm. Lemon balm reduce fevers and treat colds by inducing sweating; calms the digestive tract; relieves spasms related to cramps and headaches; and helps with insomnia. It also inhibits the growth of fungi and bacteria. Since it’s best used fresh or recently dried, and because it can take over and spread, you may want to grow this one indoors in a container. Or maybe put a little outside for the creatures to enjoy, too.

Peppermint is another one that can take over. Some people avoid it for that reason. It’s got such great healing properties that you might consider it though. Peppermint is widely used in tea for stomach complaints. People also use it for insomnia, nervous tension, colds (by inducing sweating, it was thought to purge the infection), cramps, diarrhea and nausea. Recent research has shown that the essential oil contains substances that relieve muscle spasms and inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses.

Some Other Suggestions

The suggestions above cover a wide variety of ailments. However, if you want an herb garden that tackles specific complaints, here are some suggestions.

Herbs for immunity– Echinacea, elderberry, andrographis, astragalus, and garlic

Herbs for anxiety/sleep – ashwaganda, bacopa, chamomile, kava kava, St. John’s wort, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, valerian

Fertility herbs– red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, stinging nettle

Women’s reproductive health herbs – black cohost, crampbark, motherwort, mugwort, calendula, chamomile, fennel, basil, wormwood, rosemary, rose petals, fenugreek, lavender, partridge berry

Herbs for pain– willow bark, turmeric, feverfew, ginger, thyme, ginseng, St. John’s wort, devil’s claw, oregano, botswelia. The best herb for pain will depend on the cause of the pain.

Herbs for infections- garlic, ginger, echinacea, goldenseal, clove, oregano, anise, myrrh, pau d’arco

Gardening is healthy. It gets you outside. You have a relationship to the plants that help your body thrive. You start to see how all of Nature is connected. Making your own medicines empowers you to take charge of your own health, too. It’s a beautiful thing to do for yourself and your family.

Make Your Own Natural Antiviral and Antibacterial Cleaners

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Don’t want chemical cleaners, but you do want germ killing power? No worries. You can make your own natural antiviral and antibacterial cleaners. Here’s how!

You need:

  • 16 oz spray container, preferably dark colored glass
  • 16 oz. of 70%+ grain alcohol or 70%+ rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1/2 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel

Mix the alcohol and hydrogen peroxide into the glass container. This will constitute your basic recipe. You can experiment with the blends below to find your favorite.

Blend #1

30 drops tea tree essential oil

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Blend #2

1 teaspoon of thieves oil

Blend #3

4 teaspoons of tea tree essential oil

40 drops of grapefruit seed extract

Benefits

These cleaners are all natural and non-toxic. They fight mold, mildew, odors, bacteria, funguses, and viruses. They eliminate bad smells and most leave a pleasant scent behind (some won’t like the tea tree smell).

How to Use It

Use the spray to clean hard surfaces, door knobs, toilets, running shoes, laundry, trashcans, diaper pails, light switches, faucet handles, remote controls, cell phone, keyboards, and freshen the air. You can spray it directly on surfaces, diffuse it into the air, or put it in your washer.

Just shake the bottle before spraying to ensure that the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the bottle. Spray into the item you want to clean and allow it to air dry.

Many of us are trying to live in more environmentally friendly ways. We are trying to live in connection with Nature. Switching from harsh chemicals to natural options is a great way to clean up the environment and keep us all healthier.

No Hand Sanitizer? No Problem!

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No hand sanitizer? No problem. This article will give you some ideas on what you can do to stay healthy through the disease outbreak. But first, let’s talk about why not having hand sanitizer isn’t a big deal.

Why No Hand Sanitizer?

Hand sanitizer is a “better than nothing” solution for places where soap and water aren’t available, like petting zoos. It’s not a great idea for routine disease prevention for several reasons. While hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol will kill germs, it also strips your skin of beneficial bacterias and oils that protect you from disease. If it doesn’t contain alcohol, it probably contains an antibacterial agent which can lead to the development of bugs that are resistant to antibiotics. Finally, most contain toxic chemicals. Plain soap and warm water is effective at killing bad bugs while keeping your natural defenses intact.

Why No Masks?

There was a run on masks early on, but a mask is not a great prevention tool because there is a shortage. Medical professionals need them. If they can’t have a safe work environment, why should they go to work? Sick people need them to keep from spraying their germs to healthy people. While masks do prevent healthy people from inhaling toxins, I wouldn’t worry about not having one if you are not sick.

Vitamin C

There are conflicting reports about whether Vitamin C actually helps with COVID-19 or not, but Shanghai is endorsing it  as an official treatment. They say that intravenous Vitamin C taken as soon as symptoms appear lessen the severity and length of the disease. Vitamin C is cheap and seems to be in plentiful supply.

Vitamin D

Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is related to a compromised immune system and depression. Studies show that taking vitamin D daily or weekly was more effective than larger doses taken in single or monthly boluses. The most common supplementary daily dose used was vitamin D3 300-4,000 IU. (Note: it takes 90 days for Vitamin D supplementation to make a noticeable change).

Garlic

Garlic has been used by lots of people around the world and throughout time for preventing disease outside of and within the body. In 2005, researchers at the University of Ottawa tested 19 natural health products that contain garlic and five fresh garlic extracts for active compounds and antimicrobial activity against three types of common bacteria: E. faecalis, which causes urinary tract infections; N. gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea; and S. aureus, which is responsible for many types of infections that are common in hospitals. The products most successful at eradicating these bacteria were the ones with the highest allicin content.

Oxygen

I always say taking a deep breath helps with everything! It is helping with Coronavirus in South Korea, too. They have increased oxygen through a mask, but there are other ways to increase oxygen. BEMER brings more oxygen to the micro vessels. Ozone water also helps.

Umcka

Umcka is an herbal remedy from South Africa. It plays a role in the production of a specialized protein, called cytokines, that may protect the body’s cells from viral infection. If you’d like to try this, supplement with 1.5 mL 1-3 times daily.

Zinc

Most people are low in zinc. It’s not easy to balance zinc in the body because it’s a mineral and minerals work in ratios. If you add one, it can unbalance others. This shows up in studies about zinc’s effectiveness against cold and flu. It appears to help if you take it within 24 hours of symptoms appearing. However, if you take too much, it can cause problems. 150 mg per day of zinc acetate is the maximum recommended dose.

Close Your Mouth

Lots of people are mouth breathers. The nose is a filter that keeps out pollen, dust, and pathogens. If your breath comes in through the mouth, you don’t get that filtration. An easy way to inhibit all airborne disease is to breath with your mouth closed.

Crystals

Crystals have been used for healing for centuries. If you are a crystal practitioner and already have a stash, why not use them now? I wouldn’t go out and buy some right now because you probably want to hold them to see what feels right. Now is not the best time to touch things that many others have had their hands on. If you don’t already have crystals, I’d opt for something else. For more information on which crystals to use and how to use them, click the link above.

Thieves Oil

Thieves oil has been used to prevent sickness for centuries. It’s a tried and true remedy that lots of people swear by. You can make your own or buy it. This also seems to be well stocked.

Rest

The immune system needs rest and routine to stay in top shape. Sleep is restorative. Be sure to get enough sleep.

Relaxation

Stress depletes you and makes you more susceptible to dis-ease. The calmer you are, the healthier you are. If situations are stressing you out, do something. Meditate. Read. Talk to someone. Help someone. Sing. Breathe. Fix something. Dance. Distract yourself with pleasant or useful activity. It will pass the time in a more joyous way.

Minimize Social Contact

People are carriers of disease. It only takes exposure to the wrong one to get a disease. If you want to limit the risk, minimize social contact. Have only one person make bank, grocery, and other necessary runs. If you don’t have to go out, don’t. Think of it as time to do all those things you wanted to do and never had the time.

I’m not a doctor, so I can’t say what is the right thing to do right now. Most doctors don’t know much about COVID-19 either because it’s so new. I do know that people feel more empowered and calm when they feel like they have a sense of control.

So while perhaps none of these ideas are proven to help against COVID-19, I wouldn’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Do your research. Then help yourself by doing one or more of these things or coming up with your own solutions.

Empowerment reduces anxiety. It’s your life. Take charge. And if there is no hand sanitizer, so what? Doing something is better than doing nothing. Things are not hopeless. Take charge of your life and your health. Work with Nature. Focus on what you can do and let go of the rest.

Crystals to Boost the Immune System

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Lots of people are focused on staying healthy right now. In addition to washing your hands, and social isolation, now is a good time to use crystals to boost the immune system. So, which ones are the best?

Amethyst

If you ask 10 crystal users what they use for immunity, I’d guess 9 out of 10 would have amethyst at the top of the list.

Amethyst has really interesting mythology associated with it. The word itself is Greek and it means “not intoxicated.” A beautiful Greek maiden was on her way to the temple of Diana when a ferocious beast sprang upon her. Unbeknownst to Amethyst, the wine god Bacchus was angry over an insult. In a fit of anger, he vowed that the first person he met would be torn apart by his tigers. Amethyst appealed to Diana for help. Diana saved her by turning her into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus felt sorry for his wrath and poured grape juice over the crystal as an offering, turning it purple.

Amethyst is sobering, grounding, and helps to control evil thoughts. It protects from treachery, surprise attacks, physical harm, psychic attack, disease, and infection. The high vibrations purifies and protects and helps the user to connect to the spirit realms.

Black Tourmaline

Everyone has at least one black tourmaline, right? It has so many uses! Probably the most common reason people work with black tourmaline is for grounding and protection. In ancient times, it was used to protect spell casters from earth demons as they did their magic. It’s still used today as a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces. Additionally, it guards against radiation and environmental pollutants, and is highly useful in purifying and neutralizing one’s own negativity.

As for physical uses, black tourmaline defends against debilitating disease and strengthens the immune system, heart, and adrenal glands. It also is beneficial in treating the bowels, constipation, IBS, and diseases of the colon, as well as ridding the body of heavy metal toxins and environmental pollutants. For mental uses, it helps to relieve anxiety and paranoia, keeping one grounded.

Emerald

Emerald works well alone, but it’s especially good for boosting the immune system when paired with other crystals with like qualities. It is associated with spring, youth, the heart chakra, unconditional love, and overall vitality. As the heart impacts all the other organs, emerald can revitalize all organs. It may be useful in treating the lungs, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys, as well as the spine and muscle system. It also aids recovery after infectious illness. Additionally, it helps with emotional heaviness.

Fluorite

Fluorite cleans negative energies by absorbing them, so it should be cleaned often. It aligns the body to its natural energetic state of mind, body, and spirit wellness. It may be used to dispel disorders at the beginning of symptoms, and is regarded as a natural antiviral, immune stimulator, and anti-inflammatory agent.

All colors of fluorite are highly beneficial to the skin, mucous membranes and respiratory tract, and may be utilized to dissipate symptoms of colds and flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, dry cough, emphysema and pneumonia, as well as staph and strep infections, canker sores and herpes, ulcers, shingles and nerve-related pain. Fluorite may also be used in treatments of violent or highly infectious disease, as well as a protective preventative for those who work with infected patients.

How to Use Crystals to Boost the Immune System

Wear it. Keeping the crystal close to your skin will help to heal you through resonance. This is where the energy of the crystal balances your energy.

Meditation with them. Crystals are intelligent. They have things to teach. When you create a relationship with them, you will begin to hear them speak (or see, we all receive information differently). They tend to stay within their energetic wheelhouse so don’t ask a crystal that is good for travel about love affairs!

Create an elixir. Putting them in water or oil (either on the full moon or not) imbues the water with the essence of the crystal which you can then drink or use for annointing. Be careful though! Crystals that are water soluable will dissolve! The rule of thumb is, if it ends in -ite, it’s water soluable. However, you still want to check because there are others that don’t end in -ite that are also water soluable like turquoise and lapis lazuli.

Another caution is to be sure that the crystal is safe to ingest or put on the skin. Some carry impurities or toxins, like cinnabar! To be safest, put the crystals in a glass container, then put that in a larger container of fluid so that the crystal is within the fluid, but not actually touching it.

Do a ritual with them. Follow your own inner guidance about how to use crystals in ritual. It helps to already have a relationship with your crystals and include them in the planning. The more interactive it is, the better.

Health is one of the most important things we all possess. When it’s threatened, things can get really scary. If you have crystals and do crystal work, you can use crystals to boost the immune system and help yourself.

Sovereignty in a Time of Disease

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Wayne Dyer said, “When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out because that’s what’s inside.” The corona virus is squeezing us. What’s coming out? Are you really a modern animist? We’re all being tested.  How do you practice sovereignty in a time of disease outbreak?

How you conduct yourself is up to you. Here are some ideas.

Take Care of Yourself First

Nature has a order. Children needs adults to protect them, provide for them, and nurture them until they are mature enough to do it for themselves. The elderly and sick also need this support from adults. Adults are Atlas who holds up the sky for everyone else. As an adult, your primary responsibility is to yourself. If you have dependents and animals, you are also responsible for them. If adults can’t care for themselves, the whole system collapses.

There are always going to be dependent people. When we have a society of responsible adults who can take care of themselves, the load is easier on those who bear it. “Responsible adult” means someone who provides for his own food, healthcare, transportation, shelter, clothing, water, and other necessities.

During a disease outbreak, you make the call whether it’s in your best interest to isolate or serve in some way. That choice impacts others. Choose wisely.

Remember also that sometimes exercising sovereignty is knowing when to ask for help. If you can’t do it alone, no one will know if you don’t speak up.

Reduce Your Vulnerabilities

All adults want to feel secure and competent- especially if you are to assume responsibility for yourself. The more vulnerabilities you have, the less power you perceive yourself to have. The less power you have, the more fear you have. This is not a great place to be when there is a disease outbreak. Fear creates mistakes and panic. You can’t hold up the world if you are afraid. So how to you become less fearful?

Have Resources

The most commonly used resource is money. Money buys products, services, and experiences. It can assure your safety in some cases. However, in times of disease outbreak, the things you need may not be able to be bought at any price. So what do you do when your money is useless?

There are human resources – family, friends, and neighbors are resources. If you have cultivated relationships, you can work together to do things that would be harder or impossible to do alone. It’s like Stone Soup. If we all get together and pool resources, we can share the work, food, hardship, and happiness.

Information is another resource. If you have useful information, you can make wise decisions. Of course, it’s only as good as your ability to interpret it.

Land is another resource. It gives you a place to live, provides food, and helps you to stay healthy. If you care for it, it can care for you. There other resources, but you get the idea.

Develop Skills

Skills allow you to take charge, do things for yourself, help others, and be independent. Some skills can help you to acquire money if you use them in employment. Other skills- like emotional regulation- help you to get along better with others.

The more skills you have, the fewer problems you have because if something comes up, you can just deal with it if you have the appropriate skills. Otherwise you struggle.

Skills also give you options. If I can weave a basket, I have a choice whether I want to weave one, buy one, or sell one. If I can make natural medicines, I can go to the doctor, care for myself, care for others, or do nothing. Choice is a huge component of stress. The more options I have, the more secure I feel.

What skills you cultivate are entirely up to your values and desires. Some suggestions are: communication, emotional intelligence, wild crafting, sewing, hunting, medicine making, cooking, writing, leadership, driving, food storage, carpentry, auto repair, small engine repair, energy healing, conducting rituals, and gardening.

Help Others

Now assuming you’re healthy, can take care of yourself, and have skills, you’re in a position to help others. Situations like disease outbreak overwhelm the system. Too many people have the same needs all at once. Too many people need help all at once. If you are in a position to serve, how can you help so that everyone else can stay safe? Here are some suggestions.

  • Make grocery store or pharmacy runs for people who are in isolation.
  • If it’s safe and you are well, go to work so that products and services continue to be produced.
  • Care the for sick.
  • Check on your neighbors, the homeless, or other vulnerable populations.
  • If you have food or supplies to share, share.
  • Care for the animals that belong to the sick.
  • Can you fix something for someone who is unwell?
  • If you are unwell, you can voluntarily isolate and ask for help meeting your needs so you can stay in isolation so that you don’t expose others.
  • Can you house others so that someone can stay in isolation?
  • Are there kids who need care so that their parent can stay in isolation?
  • Are you leading, helping, healing, and inspiring – or creating panic and anxiety? Calm and joy are great healers.

A disease outbreak is not my problem or your problem. It’s our problem. We can all get through if we do our part. When we show up in the world as our highest, best, and most skillful selves, we all benefit.

Two Butternut Squash Recipes for Autumn

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Eating seasonally is one way to stay in tune with nature. Butternut squash is a great fruit to add to your autumn menus. It is high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. It has the added bonus of being low in calories, so this can help with weight loss. Here are two recipes to get you started.

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds), halved longways with seeds removed
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 large shallot bulb)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ⅛ t. ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 T. butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Lightly coat the inside of each squash half with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place squash open side down on a baking sheet and roast for 40 -50 minutes, or until the insides are soft.

Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for about ten minutes or until they can be safely handled.

As the squash is baking, cook shallots and garlic in remaining olive oil until soft.

Remove squash from the shells. Mix all ingredients together in a blender. You may have to do this in batches. Once everything is smooth and well combined, it’s ready to eat! If it has cooled down, reheat before serving. Enjoy!

Winter Squash Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 5 small winter squash (about 1 lb. each; such as acorn, kabocha, delicata, sweet dumpling, buttercup, or sugar pumpkins), divided
  • 4 1/2 t. olive oil, divided
  • 3 t. pure maple syrup (optional), divided
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 T. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 t. fresh thyme leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut butternut squash in half crosswise. Set top half aside. Remove seeds and strings from the bottom half and discard. Place the bottom half of the squash on 1 baking sheet. Remove caps from 3 of the small squash by cutting a circle 1″ around stems with a small serrated knife (like you’re carving a pumpkin). Remove strings and seeds.

Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each of the 3 hollowed-out small squash so squash sits evenly on a flat surface; place (with caps on) on the baking sheet along with the bottom of butternut squash. Drizzle insides with 1/4 tsp. olive oil and 1/4 tsp. maple syrup. Season cavities with salt and pepper. Bake about an hour or until soft.

Meanwhile, remove stems from the remaining 2 small squash and cut the squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and strings from small squash and top half of butternut squash; discard. Peel and chop squash into 1/4″ pieces; place in a large bowl. Add remaining 4 1/4 tsp. oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the remaining 2 3/4 tsp. maple syrup, butter, and thyme. Use this to fill hollowed-out butternut and small squash and serve warm or at room temperature.

It’s Fall! Time to Grow Mushrooms!

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It’s fall! Flowers and trees are dying back, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to stop gardening. No! It’s time to grow mushrooms! If you have a 10 x 10 shady spot, you can grow mushrooms.

Why Grow Mushrooms

It’s Fun

There is something very satisfying about watching life unfold. First there was nothing. Then there is something. Each day it changes until it’s ready to be harvested. It’s like the whole life cycle happening before your eyes. And you had a hand in creating it. Amazing.

They’re Tasty

Many mushrooms are edible. It’s also quite satisfying to eat something that you grew from scratch. This may open the door for you to experiment with recipes. So your diet may expand. If you feed them to your animals, they get healthier too.

They’re Medicinal

Mushrooms have a variety of health benefits. Whether you eat them whole, tincture them, or powder them and take them in capsule form, they can boost your health. You will want to check out the specific type that you are interested in growing to see how they help the body stay healthy. Some of the typical benefits are: immunity boosting, lowering blood pressure, lower cholesterol, helps to inhibit plaque build up in blood vessels, reduces inflammation, helps you age more gracefully.

They are Beautiful!

Mushrooms are like flowers. They are all so unique. They spread out in a variety of ways and make pretty shapes. If you want to ooh and ah in the forest, just let a mushroom catch your eye. You will be impressed!

Self Sufficiency

We all like to feel accomplished. When you can create your own food and medicine, you feel a lot more self sufficient. You learn a skill that actually has value. Who doesn’t want that? Not only that, you could even sell them and increase your income. That’s also a way to become self sufficient.

It’s Educational

Whenever we interact with Nature we learn something about life, ourselves, and other organisms. There is a whole world in the dirt that we never take the time to explore. Fungi are an integral part of the cycle of life. If you grow some, I think you will deepen your appreciation of the cycle and miracle that is life. Anything that does that is a fabulous way to deepen your animist practice.

They Help the Soil

Soil health is not just about composting and worms. Mushrooms help to break down nutrients and transfer them from organism to organism where they can be used. Mushroom compost makes an excellent growing medium for your vegetables and flowers. Food grow in this is healthier. Life relies on healthy soil.

They Clean the Environment

There have been many studies done on how mushroom can clean toxins from water and soil. They have removed heavy metals and even nuclear waste. Mushrooms to the rescue! If you have environmental concerns, mushrooms could be the answer. But here’s a tip. Do not eat the mushrooms that are grown for this purpose!

Is your interest piqued? I hope so! If you want to get started, here are some U.S. spawn suppliers where you can get what you need.

Fungi Ally – they sell plugs, grain and sawdust spawn. They have oysters, shiitake, lion’s mane, and chestnut mushrooms.

North Spore – they sell plugs, grain and sawdust spawn with lots of varieties of mushrooms

Field and Forest – they sell plug, grain, sawdust, thimble, peg spawn and have a huge variety of mushrooms to choose from

Too much? Want to start small and have mushrooms grown inside your house in ten days? Try this tiny grow kit.

If you are like me, you will quickly get addicted. I have wine caps, turkey tail, and oysters growing. Let’s share pictures and stories! Happy growing!