Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Meditation Technique: Alert Relaxation

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By Raven Gypsy
Alert Relaxation is a meditation technique that enables your body to deeply relax while your mind stays acutely alert. When you become extremely relaxed, your body seems to recede into the back ground while the outside world draws most of your attention.

Imagine that warm currents of mental energy are very slowly moving up through your body. Proceed very slowly, allowing each muscle group to fully relax before sending the imaginary currents onto the next section of your body. Feel the muscles in your feet gradually warming and relaxing as you imagine the currents passing through them. Imagine that the currents very gradually continue moving up through your calves, into your thighs, through your hips and buttocks and into your lower back and abdomen.

Feel the muscles in your legs becoming heavy, warm, and relaxed as they sink down into the chair beneath you. When you feel your legs becoming deeply relaxed, imagine the currents moving in a clock wise motion around your abdomen, then up along your spine and through the front of your torso into your chest and shoulders. Feel the muscles in your stomach and lower back letting go of any tightness or tension as the current passes through them.

When the lower half of your body feels deeply relaxed, imagine the currents flowing upward through your ribs and shoulders, warming and relaxing the upper part of your body, leaving your back and chest, completely warm and free of any stress or tension. Imagine the currents turning around to move downward through your arms, toward your fingers and hands, then moving upward once more and back through your arms and neck toward the top of your head.

New feel the muscles in your neck and face gradually growing warm and relaxing as the imaginary currents pass through them. Then imagine the currents flowing out through the top of your head, leaving your entire body feeling comfortably warm, heavy, and relaxed.

Allow your body to sink down into the chair beneath you. As you do, you may notice some inner part of you becoming lighter as your body feels heavier and heavier. You may even begin to feel a slight sensation of floating above your body. If you find yourself having such feelings, don’t analyze or attempt to directly influence them. Just allow them to evolve on their own.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Adamite

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By Raven Gypsy

Adamite is a fragile crystaline mineral that is usually embedded in rusting, crumbly rock called Limonite matrix. It typically forms clusters of short, stubby crystals which are translucent. Adamite often grows with a variety of impurities such as copper and cobalt that give it colors ranging from pink and purple to blue and green.  Generally, Adamite crystals are fluorescent under UV light.

Varieties:   Most common varieties include Cobalt Adamite and Copper Adamite.

Deposits: Greece, Chile, UK, France, USA

Care and treatment: Adamite and the Limonite matrix it grows in breaks easily.  Use care when scrubing, as the Limonite matrix will crumble and fall away easily.

Hardness: 3.5

Magical Properties: Adamite help us to look to the resources within us find unique solutions to our problems.  It provides inspiration and confidence. 
It can help to balance our hearts desires with the wisdom of truth.  It can encourage emotional stability and harmony.

Keywords: guidance, solutions, confidence, emotional balance
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ostara Lore (March 21)

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By Raven Gypsy
Alban Eiler, also known as Lady Day or Ostara is on March 21.

As Spring starts reaching out with it's first tendrils of new growth, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.)

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.

Traditional Foods: leafy green vegetables, dairy foods, seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, and pine. Flower dishes and sprouts.

Herbs and Flowers: Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.

Incense: Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type.

Sacred Gemstone: Jasper

Special Activities: Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Agate

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By Raven Gypsy
Agate is a crystalized type of silica.  They are often in volcanic rocks and are characterized by their bands of color.

Agate can be used to awaken & increase receptivity to the inner self. According to Edgar Cayce, Agate supplies strength during periods of great activity. They are also a good grounding stone.

AGATE, BLUE LACE: Opens, clears & soothes blockages in the throat chakra. Lace pattern and banding promotes expression of joy, beauty and lightness. Allows you to voice what you feel in your heart. Signifies the blending of energies for strength and protection.

AGATE, FIRE: Good protection stone. Dispels fear from the very depths of the inner being & provides a protective shield which reflects all threat of harm back to the source such that the source may personally understand the act. Grounding.
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AGATE, MOSS: Eliminates or helps prevent colds & flu. Good grounding stone.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Biological Dentistry

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The various therapies encompassed by biological dentistry all share a single basic premise: They are founded on the idea that the teeth can affect the general health of the body, and vice versa.

For example, the theory for which biological dentistry is best known asserts that the mercury in amalgam fillings can make you sick, leading to recurrent health problems, such as neurologic disorders, chronic fatigue, and arthritis. To remedy these ailments, proponents say, you need only have all your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with less toxic alternatives, such as non-metallic quartz-based fillings or porcelain inlays.

Many dentists and oral surgeons can and often do remove amalgam fillings at their patients' request. However, before you embark on what could become a very expensive and uncomfortable series of dental procedures, you should consider the fact that both the American Dental Association and the National Institutes of Health have specifically rejected the amalgam theory. There is no scientific evidence, they say, of any detrimental effects from amalgam.

Of course, the so-called amalgam problem is not the only reason that people seek out biological dentists. The various unconventional treatments outlined below seek to cure a broad spectrum of ailments--ranging from headache to heart disease--through operations on the teeth and mouth. Some people adopt these therapies as "natural" or "non-toxic" alternatives to mainstream treatment. However, none of them have been proven effective in scientific tests.


How Biological Dentistry Treatments Are Done

Many biological dentists work in conjunction with other alternative health care providers, such as homeopathic practitioners and holistic medical doctors. The dental procedures most commonly offered in the United States include neural therapy, oral acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and mouth balancing. To enhance the effectiveness of these therapies, the practitioner may prescribe homeopathic remedies and make recommendations concerning diet and nutrition.


NEURAL THERAPY

According to practitioners of neural therapy, biological energy flows throughout the human body and enters each cell at a specified frequency range. If the energy flow stays within the appropriate range, it's believed that the individual will stay healthy. However, a breakdown of this flow can theoretically cause a disruption of cell function, eventually leading to a number of chronic disorders.

According to this theory, injury, inflammation, or infection in the mouth signals a blockage in the energy flow elsewhere in the body. Hence, it's thought that a problem in a distant organ can be remedied by restoring the normal flow of energy at the site of the dental problem. To accomplish this, biological dentists inject a local anesthetic, such as procaine, around the offending tooth.

Treatment Time: 2 to 3 seconds for the injection.
Treatment Frequency: Varies according to the body's response to the injection. If it's not clear which tooth is involved, the practitioner may experiment with 4 to 5 treatments over a period of 2 to 4 weeks to identify the location of the energy blockage.


ORAL ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture seeks to balance the flow energy along 14 channels, or meridians, throughout the body. It's thought that the flow can be adjusted through application of needles at specific "acupoints" along the meridians. Oral acupuncture uses injections of saline water, weak local anesthetics, or homeopathic solutions at acupoints within the mouth. When the energy flow has been properly balanced at these points, practitioners believe, problems elsewhere on the meridian will be rectified. Hence, this form of therapy is used for problems ranging from sinusitis and allergies to digestive problems and neuralgia.

Treatment Time: 1 to 2 seconds for the injection.
Treatment Frequency: Varies depending upon the body's response to the injection. Patients typically undergo no more than 3 treatments over a period of 2 to 3 weeks.


COLD LASER THERAPY

Cold laser therapy is an alternative form of oral acupuncture available to patients who dislike needles. The low-power beam used in this procedure is incapable of causing any thermal damage to the body's tissues; hence the name "cold." The beam is typically aimed either directly at the teeth to prepare them for treatment or at an acupoint within the mouth. The therapy is usually recommended to reduce swelling and hasten healing.

Treatment Time: When used directly on the teeth, 30 seconds to 1 minute; when used on acupoints, 1 to 5 minutes.
Treatment Frequency: Depending upon the body's response, 2 to 3 applications may be recommended.


HOMEOPATHY

Homeopathic remedies are extremely weak herbal solutions given to stimulate the body's healing powers. Advocates regard them as a non-toxic alternative to drugs, although they have never been proven effective in standard clinical trials. Biological dental practitioners use them to temporarily alleviate pain or discomfort during dental emergencies. They are also used to aid the body in eliminating supposed mercury toxicity after the removal of amalgam fillings. Other dentists prefer to use them to enhance "detoxification" during the actual amalgam removal process.

Treatment Frequency: May be used every 15 minutes in dental emergencies. For amalgam detoxification, treatments range from 2 to 3 months up to 2 to 3 years or longer.


MOUTH BALANCING

Often recommended as a remedy for painful temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), headaches, and eye problems, this form of therapy aims to bring the facial muscles, ligaments, and jaws into the proper relationship so that the muscles do not endure too much stress. The alignment of the teeth, jaws, and muscles undergo an initial evaluation, typically with the aid of a computer, as the practitioner looks for muscle dysfunction and jaw vibrations. If any deformities are identified, custom orthopedic braces are produced to be worn in the mouth and realign the jaw, thus eliminating associated pain. Note that although this procedure sounds similar to standard orthodontics, its claims are considerably more expansive.

Treatment Time: Depends upon the severity of the deformity, but can last up to 12 months, perhaps longer in severe cases.
Treatment Frequency: Appliance adjustments must be made on a regular basis. Between 5 and 20 appointments are typically required.


DIET

Most biological dentists recommend that you supplement their treatments with certain vitamins and foods. For example, patients who have undergone the removal of amalgam are told to include magnesium, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and folic acid in their diets to promote the excretion of mercury from their system. (These ingredients can be found in a variety of popular multivitamin supplements.) Patients are also given a long list of things to avoid, often including sugar, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, soft drinks, refined carbohydrates, milk, cheese, margarine and fish. (Note, however, that none of these products, eaten in moderation, has been shown to have any adverse effect upon health.)


What Biological Dentistry Treatment Hopes to Accomplish

Two schools of thought run through biological dentistry. One asserts that the materials used in mainstream dentistry are toxic and can promote serious disorders elsewhere in the body. By weakening the immune system or attacking the nervous system, these materials are said to cause ailments ranging from Alzheimer's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis to kidney problems and heart disease. Removing the offending materials is therefore supposed to effect a cure. Although various case studies are advanced to demonstrate the validity of this theory, there is no scientific evidence to support it.

The second school of thought holds that the teeth and surrounding tissues are linked to other organs in the body through a network of energy channels. Although these channels--such as the meridians of acupuncture--have never been verified by modern science, clinical trials have shown that acupuncture-type techniques can in fact relieve certain types of pain. Claims for oral acupuncture include relief of toothaches, tooth sensitivities, jaw pain, gingivitis, neuralgia, sinusitis, and pain in distant parts of the body. In addition, the oral acupuncture points behind the last upper and lower molars have been used to treat shoulder and elbow pain, neck pain, restricted neck movement, low back pain, and TMJ. Although the jury is still out on the true value of acupuncture, it's possible that it could provide some relief.


Who Should Avoid Biological Dentistry?

Mainstream dentists regard amalgam removal and detoxification as an expensive scam, and the American Dental Association has declared it unethical.

Other forms of biological dentistry, such as oral acupuncture, are generally considered safe for anyone, although you may want to avoid the use of needles if you tend to bleed easily.


What Side Effects May Occur?

Proponents of biological dentistry point with pride to its lack of side effects. Occasionally a patient may experience nausea from the detoxification process during and after amalgam removal. However, biological dentists say that patients are more likely to experience tooth sensitivity and allergic reactions in traditional dentistry than in the biological variety.


How to Choose a Biological Dentist

There is no certification criteria for biological dentists. In fact, the treatments can be offered by any licensed dentist or oral surgeon. To locate a practitioner in your area, you can contact one of the several holistic, biological dental organizations that provide lists of biological dentists free of charge.
Before choosing a dentist, try to schedule a consultation visit with the leading contenders. Find out which ones offer the type of procedure you desire. Ask what other services they provide. Check on the safety precautions taken in the dental chair. If you are seeking amalgam removal, ask what measures the dentist uses to eliminate mercury from the body's tissues and what materials he uses in replacement fillings. Finally, ask for some patient references and see what they say.


When Should Treatment Stop?

Many biological dentists promote the technique as a process, not a definitive treatment. They point out that, like any sort of treatment, holistic therapies may not necessarily cure all problems completely--indeed, some can last a lifetime and may require constant monitoring. Many biological dental patients, for example, continue to see their dentists on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis for bite adjustments.

If you agree with this philosophy, the treatments--and your payments--can last indefinitely. To make sure continued therapy remains worthwhile, try skipping a treatment once in a while. If your problem remains in check, you may be able to cut back or eliminate the therapy entirely.


See a Conventional Dentist If...

In many cases, people turn to biological dentistry after mainstream treatments have failed.

Nevertheless, if any serious new symptoms arise, the only safe course is to return to your doctor for a professional medical diagnosis. Unfamiliar symptoms could signal new and unrelated problems that require a whole new course treatment.

Resources
American Academy of Biological Dentistry
P.O. Box 856
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone: 408-659-5385
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
P.O. Box 608531
Orlando, FL 32860-8531
Phone: 407-298-2450
Environmental Dental Association
9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Suite 36
San Diego, CA 92131
Phone: 800-388-8124; 619-586-7626
FURTHER READING
Are Your Dental Fillings Poisoning You? Guy S. Fasciana, DMD. Keats Publishing Inc., 1986.
The Complete Guide to Mercury Toxicity from Dental Fillings. Joyal Taylor, DDS. Scripps Publishing Co., 1988.
Dentistry Without Mercury. Sam Ziff and Michael Ziff. Bio-Probe Inc., 1993.
It's All in Your Head. Hal Huggins, DDS. Life Science Press, 1986.
Mercury Poisoning from Dental Amalgam--A Hazard to the Human
Brain. Patrick Stortebecker, MD, PhD. Bio-Probe, 1986.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Meaning of the Number of Claws on a Chinese Dragon

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By Raven Gypsy

At one point in time, you could loose your head, in China, if the dragon on your shirt had too many claws!  The number of claws displayed by a dragon was an indication of rank within Chinese society.  The emperor's dragon had five claws.  Members of the imperial nobility and high ranking officials were permitted four claws.  Low ranking officials and the general public could depict their dragons with three claws.

Use of the wrong number of claws or color on a dragon was considered an act of treason and was punishable by death, not just for you but for your entire clan!
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Apitherapy as a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

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By Cheryl Hartzman

Apitherapy is the use of substances created by bees for the treatment of a variety of illnesses.  Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) utilizes the venom of the honeybee.  Physicians have long used bee venom therapy to treat patients worldwide.  There are claims that bee venom can be used to restore movement and mobility to people with multiple sclerosis by strengthening the body's natural defense mechanism, however, scientific studies have been unable to back up those claims.

A study, conducted by the Allegheny University of the Health Science in Philadelphia, on bee venom found that it did not have any positive effects at any dosage on mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, the animal model for multiple sclerosis. Additionally many of the animals expressed worse symptoms than those in the placebo groups

The Multiple Sclerosis Aossiation of America (MSAA) funded a study at Georgetown University Medical Center to examine the safety of administering bee venom treatments for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.  Results of the study indicated "there was little evidence to support the use of honeybee venom in the treatment of MS".

The treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with been venom was investigated in another study at the University Medical Center Groningen.  This study used live bees to administer sting therapy to 26 patients over a period of 24 weeks. This was compared to a 24-week period with no treatment. In this trial, it was concluded that treatment with bee venom in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis did not reduce disease activity, disability, or fatigue and did not improve quality of life.

The latest research on Bee Venom Therapy has not yet proven a conclusive benefit to sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis.  Although, some of the studies were very small.  Perhaps some of the on-going research will yield better results.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Defining God


By Raven Gypsy
To put a name, a word, to the source of all life is to limit it.  To give it a picture is only slightly less limiting.  But to explain something without words, without pictures is to withhold from the world something great.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 1- Tao is both Named and Nameless, As Nameless, it is the origin of all things, As Named, it is the mother of all things.

A Rose By Any Other Name is Still a Rose

A gentleman doing missionary work came to my door wanting to speak with me about the “One True God.”  I pointed to an object in the yard and asked “My dear sir, what do you call that rather large object out there?”  He looked very confused and answered “a tree.”

“What if a woman came along and said ‘No, that is an Oak and that over there is a Pine and that one over there is a Maple.’ Would that mean your answer is incorrect?”  The man just stared at me for a moment and then went back to his rehearsed speech, but I interrupted asking, “What if I tell you that, yes the large object out there is a tree but what is really important is that it is a living being?”  I, then having said all I felt needed to be said, bid the man a good day and closed the door.

Many have tried to explain it.  With many faces it has been seen, by many names it is known, God, Lord, Creator, Great Spirit, Allah, Jehovah, Tao, The All, etc.  But it is all the same.  It is the source from which we come, the place to which we return, it is the idea we never stop becoming.  It is limitless, unknown, unknowable.  To name is to limit. 

The Name of Tao

One-Infinite
Life-Death
Creation-Destruction
Me-You-The Tree
Love-Hate
Good-Bad
Happy-Sad
Sound-Silence
Movement-Stillness
Everything-Nothing
Circle-Spiral-Point
Emptiness that is Full
Past-Present-Future
Whole-Duality-Trinity
Source-Journey-Destination
Eternal
Unknown- Unknowable

 
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#mynameis Raven Gypsy - Facebook Lied!


By Raven Gypsy

#mynameis

Today, I found out that a performer I love has been kicked off of Facebook.  Her account, her communications, her photos, her contacts - business and personal - all GONE.  Last fall Facebook instituted a "real name" policy and began deleting accounts of anyone they thought was using a fake name.  They hit the drag queen community hard and saw a huge public outcry.  In response, they said they would stop.  Facebook lied! ( #facebooklied @MarkZuckerbergF )

Facebook's Real Name Policy is not protecting anyone.  It is hurting small businesses, performers, writers, and plain old people who are know by a nickname.  Your identity and your legal name are not always the same thing.  The "Pen Name" and the "Stage Name" have been around since people began writing and performing.  This is not something new.  This is not an anti-social aberration that puts the public at risk or endangers them in anyway.  It is a commonly accepted social convention.

Facebook: Get a grip.  Give Mab Just Mab back her account and stop harassing the beautiful, creative and unique individuals that make our social fabric fun and interesting.  We will not conform.  Love us or lose us.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Acupressure

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Clinical studies of this traditional Chinese therapy have yielded encouraging--though not conclusive--results in the treatment of post-surgical nausea and vomiting, including nausea after Cesarean section. The technique also shows promise for relief of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy ("morning sickness") and for prevention of motion sickness. Pressure at a special point on the inside of the wrist, from either the fingers or a small elastic band, has been shown to relieve nausea better than "sham" acupressure delivered elsewhere. Some doctors also regard acupressure as a reasonably effective remedy for headache pain, using points on the hands and feet as well as the neck. And there is general agreement that the technique can relieve muscle and joint aches and pains, promote deep relaxation and relief of tension, and improve general vitality.

On the other hand, although both acupressure and acupuncture have been proposed as weight-loss aids, neither has been found effective during clinical trials. Likewise, the contention that acupressure strengthens disease resistance has not been confirmed by any scientific evidence of improved immune function. Reports that the technique can ease breathing for patients with chronic obstructive lung disease also seem premature.


How Acupressure Treatments Are Done

Often called "acupuncture without needles" acupressure seeks to remedy illness through the application of deep finger pressure at points located along an invisible system of energy channels called meridians. Shiatsu is the Japanese version of acupressure. Tuina is a Chinese variation that involves more massage-like kneading motions.

Acupressure may be performed on a floor mat or massage table, and the person receiving the treatment usually wears light, loose clothing. Practitioners may administer pressure to various points using elbows and feet as well as thumbs and fingertips.

Treatment Time: A typical session lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Treatment Frequency: Although Westerners typically seek out acupressure for a particular complaint, such as a stiff neck or aching back, traditional Oriental medicine views this therapy as a way to maintain health and keep vital energy in balance. For this purpose, acupressure may be administered on a regular basis; and pressure on many points can be self-administered as often as desired for relief of minor daily problems such as headache, tired eyes, and nervous tension.


What Acupressure Treatment Hopes to Accomplish

According to the principals of traditional Oriental medicine, the body's vital energy (called ch'i or qi in Chinese and ki in Japanese) flows along 14 meridians that connect vital organs throughout the body. Over the several thousand years that this system has been in use, Oriental physicians have mapped hundreds of sensitive "acupoints" along these meridians. A blockage in the flow of ch'i at one point on a meridian can, it's believed, cause disease and discomfort in an organ or tissue further down the line. Hence, an acupressurist may seek to relieve a problem in the head by using deep massage to break up a blockage of ch'i in the foot.

Western medical science has found no evidence that meridians exist, although some acupoints have been shown to coincide with nerve trigger points. However, as with any massage, acupressure can definitely be relaxing (although it may cause some transient discomfort in sensitive or tense areas). Some researchers also theorize that acupressure, like acupuncture, may work by prompting the body to release natural pain-killing compounds such as endorphins.


Who Should Avoid Acupressure?

Although treatments are administered in a slow, steady manner, they can involve very forceful pressure, and thus may not be a prudent choice for a person with brittle bones (osteoporosis) or a history of spinal or other orthopedic injury or easy bruising. They should also be avoided if you have a bleeding disorder, take anticoagulant drugs, or are undergoing long-term steroid therapy, which can make the tissues fragile.

Acupressure is traditionally recommended to ease discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth. However, as with any treatment during pregnancy, it's best to consult a doctor first, and to avoid any pressure near the abdominal area.
Acupressure in the legs and feet could prove damaging if you have circulation problems resulting from diabetes or varicose veins. It could also aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome, which is, at the outset, a result of pressure on a nerve. Caution should also be used near fragile or irritated skin, sores, and wounds.


What Side Effects May Occur?

After an acupressure session, some people report feeling light-headed or slightly groggy for a while. Lasting soreness is also a possibility. Usually attributed to "released energy" or "released toxins," it is more often the result of trauma to soft tissue or tendons that may already be inflamed. If treatments are painful, or result in extended discomfort, be sure to let the therapist know.


How to Choose an Acupressurist

Acupressure is administered by a wide variety of practitioners under many styles and guises. Elements of the technique are found in many types of bodywork and massage therapy. Some practitioners hew to a traditional Oriental style of practice, sometimes combined with other components of traditional Oriental medicine such as herbology. Other, more Westernized practitioners dismiss the philosophical angle and regard the meridians as a system of neurological trigger points.

There is currently no widely accepted, standard credentialing agency for acupressure. The National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine has recently begun a certification program for practitioners of "Oriental bodywork therapy," including acupressure and Shiatsu, but fewer than 100 practitioners have applied for and received certification thus far.


When Should Treatment Stop?

If you regard acupressure as a way of toning the body and tuning up your general health and well-being, then "treatment" is more like preventive maintenance, and may be continued indefinitely. For acute problems, several weeks of therapy is a reasonable time in which to expect some relief.


See a Conventional Doctor If...

Acupressure alone is not considered an effective form of therapy for any major or life-threatening ailments, although it can certainly be used to complement conventional Western medical regimens as a means of relieving tension and stress. If you have any symptoms that could signal an acute medical problem (such as chest pain) or symptoms that become worse (such as a headache that is unusually severe or won't go away), consult a physician.

Resources
Acupressure Institute
1533 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: 510-845-1059
This organization, which provides training in various styles of acupressure, also offers the public general information and a mail-order catalog of publications.
National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
1424 16th St., N.W., Suite 501
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-232-1404
Internet: www.nccaom.org
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Religion of Love


By Raven Gypsy

Love seems to be a major theme that underscores any true path to enlightenment. To love all others equally and without judgment seems to be the ultimate lesson and ultimate challenge we all face.

Ibn al-‘Arabi declares that no religion is more sublime than a religion of love and longing for God. Love is the essence of all creeds: the true mystic welcomes it whatever guise it may assume. "My heart has become capable of every form: it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
And a temple for idols, and the pilgrim's Ka‘ba, and the tables of the Tora and the book of the Koran.
I follow the religion of Love, whichever way his camels take.
My religion and my faith is the true religion.
We have a pattern in Bishr, the lover of Hind and her sister,
and in Qays and Lubna, and in Mayya and Ghaylan."


Commenting on the last verse, the poet writes:
"Love, quâ love, is one and the same reality to those Arab lovers and to me; but the objects of our love are different, for they loved a phenomenon, whereas I love the Real. They are a pattern to us, because God only afflicted them with love for human beings in order that He might show, by means of them, the falseness of those who pretend to love Him, and yet feel no such transport and rapture in loving Him as deprived those enamoured men of their reason, and made them unconscious of themselves."
(Nicholson, Reynold A. The Mystics of Islam. Routledge, Kegan Paul, London, 1914. Online version: http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/moi/moi.htm)

The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an anciet hatred has become a present love.
(A Course In Miracles, Text pg 562)

Love vanquishes all attackers
It is impregnable in defense
When Heaven wants to protect someone does it send an army?
No, it protects him with love
(Tzu, Lao. Tao Te Ching. Trans. Jonathan Star. Verse 67. page 80)

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. (Bible, Proverbs 10:12)

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. (Bible, Leviticus 19:18)
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Why Good Girls Love Bad Boys

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By Raven Gypsy
Girls: Give the Good Guy a Chance, You're not as Bad as you Think

MoonWillow WhiteStorm has written an awesome article about balance and how things are not all good or all bad called My Concept of Grey.  It has inspired me, along with some person issues, and talks with friends to encourage the Good Girls to give the Good Guys a chance.

I get upset sometimes when I encounter people who try to live to the extremes of black and white, good and bad.  I totally agree with MoonWillow, life is never that clear cut.  In fact, I really enjoyed Disney's recent movie Maleficent and the Once Upon Time TV series, where we get to see behind the villain and learn why they are so angry and that maybe the hero isn't quite as good as we have been told to believe.  I think we need more stories like that in our culture.  Maybe more romance movies and novels where the characters are less than perfect but they love each other anyway.

Why do good girls like bad boys?  Why do good guys finish last? It is because girls grow up thinking that to get Prince Charming, she needs to be Princess Perfect.  Beautiful, graceful, smart, funny, perfect.  And she knows, she isn't.  Sometimes she wakes up with her hair standing on end.  Sometimes she curves more here, and not enough there.  Sometimes, well, a lot of times, she is moody and fickle.  Sometimes, she gets mad.  Always, she is imperfect, and not good enough for Prince Charming.  Next to the bad boy, she can feel like Princess Perfect, or close to it.  In her eyes, he makes her look good.

Newsflash ladies, Prince Charming isn't perfect!  The good guy isn't perfect either. 

Bigger news flash, the good guy doesn't expect you to be perfect.  He sees lots of good things about you and feels like the not so perfect stuff are things he doesn't care about or can deal with.  If he is willing to take the risk on getting hurt because he sees you as someone he can love, then give yourself enough self respect and self confidence to take a chance on the good guy. 

I also recommend you read:  How to survive Dating Prince Charming
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Truth Everywhere I Turn


One thing that bother's me a bit about A Course in Miracles (ACIM), and perhaps this is my mis-perception, is that it seems a bit exclusive. It seems to me it is saying this is the truth and there is no other for all else is of the world of form which is not real. However, it seems that very same "truth" of which it speaks is popping out at me at every turn from a wide variety of sources, confirming my long held belief that there are many truthful spiritual paths in this world, which if followed unerringly, will lead to enlightenment. My latest confirmation is a quote I ran across from a Muslim Mystic:

"Those who adore God in the sun" (says Ibn al-‘Arabi) "behold the sun, and those who adore Him in living things see a living thing, and those who adore Him in lifeless things see a lifeless thing, and those who adore Him as a Being unique and unparalleled see that which has no like. Do not attach yourself" (he continues) "to any particular creed exclusively, so that you disbelieve in all the rest; otherwise, you will lose much good, nay, you will fail to recognise the real truth of the matter. God, the omnipresent and omnipotent, is not limited by any one creed, for He says (Kor. 2.109), 'Wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah.' Every one praises what he believes; his god is his own creature, and in praising it he praises himself. Consequently he blames the beliefs of others, which he would not do if he were just, but his dislike is based on ignorance. If he knew Junayd's saying, 'The water takes its colour from the vessel containing it,' he would not interfere with other men's beliefs, but would perceive God in every form of belief." (Nicholson, Reynold A. The Mystics of Islam. Routledge, Kegan Paul, London, 1914. Online version: http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/moi/moi.htm)
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