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Monday, February 27, 2012

Rubbing Fingers And Toes

Of late I've been experiencing a weird hands and feet go numb seemingly out of the blue, be it during sleep or when I'm awake. I put a post up about it on Facebook where friends and family kindly gave me their thoughts and ideas about what's going on.

Alexander, youngest son of mine, wrote that he recently saw on TV that a 90-ish year old man in Japan, where Alex lives, has been massaging his fingers and toes for 50 years. Such rubbing is supposed to help with overall circulation. Upon reading this, I thought that I had nothing to lose by trying.

I relayed to Chris what Alexander had written and he said that Om, mentioned in the past post, There Are No Mistakes, also exerts pressure on his fingers. Om recommends that one spend 7 seconds on each joint of of each digit.

So that is what I've begun to do. Additionally, I began doing light repetitions of three different exercises Chris showed me using 3 lb  hand weights, figuring that exercise of this sort can only help, as long as I'm not straining in any way.

I kid you not, I have already felt a BIG improvement. Talk about fast results! For one thing, the numbness has stopped altogether during the day. And at night, as long as I'm not sleeping on my arms, which I'm prone to do since I love to sleep on my stomach, all is well. I trust the positive progress will continue.

In the meantime, I've looked up what it said about hand and feet ailments in Louise Hay's, "Heal Your Body - The Mental Causes For Physical Illness And The Metaphysical Way To Overcome Them." For hands it listed the probable cause as: "Hold and handle. Clutch and grip. Grasping and letting go. Caressing. Pinching. All ways of dealing with experiences." The affirmation for hands is: "I choose to handle all my experiences with love and with joy and with ease." For feet the probable cause is listed as: "Represent our understanding - of ourselves, of life, of others." The affirmation for feet is: "My understanding is clear, and I am willing to change with the times. I am safe."

Hmmm. Perhaps the finger and toe massage PLUS the affirmations above will be the one-two-punch that's needed to find my way back to total health. I still plan to make an appointment with a holistic chiropractor, just in case. Have any readers of this blog suffered from such symptoms? And if you did, how did you find relief? Thanks!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Recently I had a chat with a friend who brought up the topic of fences. What she said has had me thinking a lot about fences ever since. She asked me to imagine myself in the middle of a yard totally surrounded by a fence. When thinking about my family, friends, and acquaintances, I was asked to consider who I would currently place inside the fence and who outside the fence. Also important was to decide how close in physical proximity were each of these people to me, whether they be inside or outside the fence. For instance, if someone was placed outside the fence, could I lean on the fence and talk to them, as one can do with neighbors who live next door? Or were they so far away from the fence that I would need a megaphone to speak to them? Or were they even farther away that they couldn't be spoken to without some sort of phone or electronic device? Maybe there are even some folks who are placed straddling the fence, simply because I'm not sure where they really are with regards to me and my life.  Interesting to think about.

Obviously, by thinking about how close these folks are physically to me in my imaginary yard with a fence all 'round, I'm deciding how close they are to me on other levels, as well. When we're talking fences are we not talking about boundaries decided upon and in place, at least temporarily?

This is a wonderful exercise which I have a feeling I will repeat every now and again, for with time, changes may occur with regards to where I place people, or for that matter, where people place me. In fact, some folks who are either inside our outside of my fence may end up not anywhere near even the outside of my fence, either by their own choice or mine...whereas others may, over time, end up within my fenced area if trust has been built between us.

But all that said, it's good to know that...

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." 
~ Maya Angelou 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Serenity Prayer

I've recently come back from a session at school, Fellowships Of The Spirit - FOTS, and almost immediately began reading a book I purchased whilst at school. Sometimes, no matter what I'm reading at the time, a book comes into my life that insists it get read then and there. Such was the case with, "twenty-five words - How the Serenity Prayer Can Save Your Life," by Barb Rogers. It's a little book that packs a positive punch. Once I began reading I could hardly put it down, finishing it within a few hours.

The reason this book jumped out at me was because one of my classmates, when giving a healing over the weekend, said that I might want to focus in on the Serenity Prayer. I've always liked the Serenity Prayer's simplicity and wise message:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." ~ Attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

When someone I respect recommends anything for me to look into, I tend to pay attention. I always know that there will be something personal for me to learn and perhaps for me to recommend to a client, friends, and/or family. It's amazing how many times I am reading a book or have just read a book, only to find out that it's just the book that would help someone who has come to me for a reading session right at this very time.

I love this little book by Barb Rogers because of the honesty with which it is written. It's not full of flowery words or sugar-coating, but it does include moving narrative about the author's earlier, very difficult life and how this prayer provided a needed way towards the Light, literally offering a new way to conduct her life. I believe that no matter who reads this book, no matter what the state their life is in, they will find help and answers to move forward positively. Highly recommended!

And do consider checking out Barb Rogers' website. She's written several other books and offers interesting services.

I'll end with a little update on some of what I did at school this past weekend. We learned about ceremonies of all types that can be officiated by reverends such as ourselves: weddings, funerals, seasonal celebrations, commitment ceremonies, and so much more. We were given homework to write a ceremony of our choosing. I am planning to focus in on the fiber arts. I want to celebrate the diversity of those people who practice the fiber arts and the wide variety of ways they express themselves, such as through spinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, embroidery, crochet, etc. Already I've found poems, songs, stories, and passages from various cultures and backgrounds that will be useful in creating this uplifting ceremony. Fun! AND healing for me, personally, in more ways than one.

My classmates and I were also instructed on what to do when clients come to us for readings but clearly need to be referred to other professionals who will be able to further help them in specific ways. Situations that were discussed included mental health issues, alcoholism and addictions of all types, abuse, and more. Our instructor was Rev. Dorothy McCarthy, an RN whose healing ministry has been in Mental Health Counseling for 39 years.  Each of us were instructed to make a binder with important phone numbers and addresses of various organizations to recommend to clients should they be needed.

Regular readers of this blog may have noted that I've been writing none-too-frequently of late. Ever since my pneumonia of last October, my immune system has been compromised and I've been dealing with fighting a variety of viruses and infections. I'm feeling better but I can truly say that I've never been more fatigued on a regular basis in my life. May this soon pass, not only for me but for anyone else experiencing health challenges. Your good vibes and prayers are always appreciated. Thank you!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Here Comes The Sun

Imbolc, also known as St. Brigid's Day: A Celtic celebration of the 'hearth and home,' said to mark the beginning of spring, that promises lengthening days and therefore, eventually more Light than darkness (after the Vernal Equinox). Not that darkness is bad, especially if one looks at darkness as a time to rest and regain energy.  But nature has a way of balancing all things out, and now it's the Light's turn to pick up momentum. Nice.

Most calenders I've seen mark the beginning of spring to officially begin at the March or Vernal Equinox. But I like it, if only for psychological reasons, that the Celts felt it began earlier. This somehow makes it easier for me to get through the last of winter. So perhaps Imbolc can best be seen as a 'promise' of spring...but no matter what, it makes me happy. 

When I was younger, winter didn't bother me so much. Now, however, the cold literally causes me to hunch over, as if I'm protecting my innards. I find my sensitive spinal cord area becomes extremely uncomfortable when the temperature dips low. Not good. Chris has never been much of a cold weather person, but good man that he is, knew that for years my interest was working with sheep's wool and that cold weather was just the thing to inspire that creative work. Not that I've given up being a spinner or anything, I just don't feel the need to live anymore in areas that subject us to weather that's not the best for our bodies. So chances are, our next move down the line will be to where there's an abundance of warm weather filled with Light, with perhaps a milder, or at least shorter, winter than what we've been used to.

Beautiful composition by the incomparable, mystic/prophet of the 12th century, Blessed Hildegard von Bingen. Enjoy!