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HEALING CRANE - Newsletter of the Indiana Holistic Health Network

Welcome to the premier issue of The CRANE!
After many months of decision making, this resource is finally available to serve the wellness community across Indiana and nearby Kentucky and Ohio. Our hope is that your input will help make this something that serves us all well.

As the IHHN Newsletter develops, our intention is to lean more toward a seasonal focus directing our presentations toward themes that weave together wellness practices and wholistic health ideas. The process may be quick or slow.

Your suggestions, submissions, and web resources ideas are welcome and definitely will help to guide the IHHN and the Healing Crane along a road that expresses the interest of our thriving health and wellness communities. Your support of the Indiana Holistic Health Network, the practitioners, services, and merchants found here, supports and strengthens our community.

Below are some areas we hope to feature in the Crane. At the moment we are just feeling things out. We would like your community support to lead the us toour most useful form. If any of these suggested areas calls out to you, contact The CRANE at mailbird@indianaholistichealth.net with your ideas, even if you don't find it listed here.

Also - The IHHN would like to evolve to to where most of our ads are from services and business within our network communities. Contact Advertising to get our resonable rates today!

Here's our list -
Recipes - that nurture mind, body and spiritCommunity Health NewsSpotlight on Practitioners
- In the best of worlds, the IHHN will feature in each issue a practitioner or other wellness service from each of our directory areas. Tell us about your self or about your experiences
Food and GardenFamily
Glossary Word of the Month
Arts Project
Affirmations
Ask a Practitioner - a question answered Link Site of the Month
Book Review Music Review
Product or Service In View
- Images of Love and Place
- Images that uplift and inspire from preference will be given to residents of Indiana, nearby Ohio and Kentucky. -Gemstone Considerations
-Herbal Joy - feature plant
-Children- Whole Celebrations are Everywhere
- healing arts eventsThe IHHN needs Feature Writers for these areas. If you think that you can help the IHHN, tell us area of interest, why you think that you are the one to present that information, including your qualifications , a brief bio, and an example an article you would write for the CRANE. We hope to hear from lots of you.

C. P., Editor and the IHHN Crew

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Inspirational Arts of Patricia C. Coleman, Bloomington, IN Artist
"Light Hand"
by Patricia C. Coleman, Bloomington, IN

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WHAT IS HEALING?

What is healing?
That point in the journey
When we move from fearing our pain or suffering,
Trying to numb it or make it disappear,
To being able to sit with it and investigate it,
Thereby finding the root of it.
Then, when it leaves it is truly gone.
It does not come back over and over
Like it did when we feared it.
This is true healing,
Not a Band-Aid.

http://www.floweringlotus.com/
second_level/poems/healing.html

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Herbal Resources - You can find lots ofherbal and gardening resources listed in the Indiana Holistic Health Directory

or a direct line to Indiana gardens, Farmers Markets, Plant Data Bases, Virtual Gardens, Indiana Gardens, Gardens, and Herbal Resources
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Everyone loves Celebrations and Benefits this will take you to Earthday resources,and a lot more

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Virtual Garden - Visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens -
while there check out the Rare Book

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Mexico to Drop Genetic Labeling

MEXICO CITY Mexico has become the first importer country to agree to drop US-backed standards for labelling genetically modified grains, a move activists said this week was a violation of Mexican law and a threat to native maize varieties.

The pact appeared to mark a victory for the US position in favour of loosening or dropping label requirements, and suggested that Mexico had not only been won over entirely on the issue, but had also agreed to help the US lobby for such rules in world forums.

In October last year, Mexico signed a tripartite agreement with the US and Canada another big grain exporter and user of biotech crops which allows into Mexico maize shipments with as much as 5% of genetically modified organisms with a label that says only that the shipments "may contain" genetically modified organisms.

Several African states facing food shortages have refused modified maize as food aid, sparking criticism. Sapa-AFP

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Fair Trade Chocolate: What You Need to Know

Chocolate: The Gift of Love
American consumers are expected to spend over $12 billion on Valentine's Day this year, according to the National Retail Federation. America is the world's largest chocolate consumer, and in 2000 alone, they consumed 3.3 billion pounds of chocolate. The Chocolate Manufacturers Association predicts more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold this Valentine's Day. Why then is the picture so bleak for most of the world's cocoa farmers who grow the crop that becomes everybody's favorite candy?

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April is Poetry Month!
Click to Read:
-Healing Words by Deborah L. Shelton
--Some doctors find poetry can treat wounds that medicine can't always reach.

"I can't tell you how many times patients have come in and said a poem has changed their understanding of the experience [of their illness]," said Rafael Campo, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. "Poetry has the power to say that others have been through this, that you can live with it too."

-This is wonderful Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making by John Fox
- Need a little help to get started? Try your hand at poem making by visiting the Poetic Medicine Bag section of this web site.
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-"My feeling is that poetry is also a healing process, and that when a person tries to write poetry with depth or beauty, he will find himself guided along paths which will heal him, and that is more important, actually than any of the poetry he writes." --Robert Bly

-Writing & Poetry, and The Spoken Word can empower individuals and communities. Words can unite, uplift, teach, build communities, inspire, and heal.
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Balancing The Immune System With Yoga

by Jeff Migdow, M.D. / YogaSite.com
Yoga postures, pranayama, relaxation and meditation are powerful tools for helping to stimulate or calm the immune response depending on the situation. Increased allergy symptoms indicate that your immune system is working overtime. A stuffy nose, ears and sinuses, inflamed eyes, headaches, sore throat and difficulty breathing are all caused by the mucus-producing process of the inmmune system attacking innocuous invaders. Through relaxation, the nervous system can tell the immune system to settle down and stop attacking the foreign bodies, which are naturally cleared out in a non-allergic person by sneezing once or twice a day. When the immune system backs off, inflammation and mucus decrease and symptoms diminish. Practicing any yoga posture in a relaxing way with slow deep breathing and the intention to let go and relax the nervous system can be very beneficial in decreasing the symptoms of allergies.

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AFFIRMATION

JOY RISES UP AND OUT FROM THE CENTER OF MY BEING!
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Skateboard Science

Discover the physics of kickflips and noseslides in Skateboard Science. Journey to mars, check out math and science across cultures
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In the Bloomington area check out David Weigand of Octopus, Ink (previously with Parks and Rec.) provides entertainment for children of all ages(i.e. twisting balloons, performing magic, leading games, etc.) at birthday parties, corporate functions, school fairs, community events, etc. 334-2985 or by e-mail at octopusink8@aol.com
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Water in our world is in an extreme state of crisis. As citizens of the world we need to keep informed about what is being negotiated in trade agreements. Access to adequate clean water is a human right! What is the state of clean water in your community? Who owns it and what is its health.
-Here is an interesting fact-

- You can drink over 4,000 glasses of tap water for the price of a six-pack of soda. Source: Brita, "Water Facts", www.brita.com

CLICK FOR AN OVER-VIEW OF WATER PRIVITIZATION
Check Out -
-Public Citizen site for Water for All Campaign
-Clean Water Action - a cnational citizen's organization working for clean, safe, and affordable water
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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
Local

April 22 - April 28, 2004 - Shamanic Journaling Women's Collage and Writing Retreat with Carol Bridges - 812-988-0873May 29 & 30, 2004 - Women Create - Carol Bridges - 812-988-0873

April 23, 7:00 P.M. Runcible Spoon Poetry Series Celebrates National Poetry Month. Click for Details
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UPCOMING EVENTS
National
Check out the Poetic Medicine Calendar
April 2, 3, 4
The Farm Experience Weekend - An opportunity to discover the inner workings of life in community, inspiring you to take the next step to follow your dreams.

May 28, 29, 30
The Community's Conference & Activist Summit - Bringing together the Fellowship of Intentional Communities, and leaders in ecovillage design, alternative lifestyle and political movements for an intense and information filled exchange. Last year's Memorial Day Weekend event was an astounding success, with over 200 people working together to change the future...and we still had energy to rock out on Saturday night!

March 12-14, April 18-20, April 30 - May 2, and May 30 - June 1
The Leadership School - VisionQuest Workshops - The PeaceMakers Series workshops focus on outlining your life's purpose - completing the past and setting your intention for the future.
The battle of the peaceful warrior is always with the self.

If your goal is to take positive steps toward creating a life that fulfills your soul, then we urge you to come to The Farm in Summertown , Tennessee this spring for one of our much anticipated weekend events.

The Farm event organizers work very hard to help you maximize your experience. Whether you are in search of intense connections or a chance to taste the peace and freedom that comes from a liberated lifestyle, we guarantee that you will leave fulfilled and with a clearer vision of your path.

Of course these are only some of the many events held on The Farm throughout the spring summer and fall. Many of the workshops during the above weekends are introductions to the more intense training and education available through the
Ecovillage Training Center , the Farm Midwifery Center and the new Leadership School . Visit our events page for a complete listing.

They are looking forward to hearing from you!

For more information. contact:

Douglas Stevenson
Douglas@villagemedia.com

Thomas Hupp
Thomas@villagemedia.com

The Farm Welcome Center
Vickie@thefarmcommunity.com

Weeds in Your Garden? Bite Back!

Author: Susun S Weed

(NOTE: The IHHN is pleased to present the writings of Susun S. Weed as part of our Newsletter.)

I always say the gardener's best revenge is to eat the weeds. I've been doing it for thirty years and can testify that my health and the health of my garden has never been better. Here are a few hints for gardeners who'd rather eat their weeds than hate them (and for non-gardeners who are adventurous enough to try out nature's bounty).

View your weeds as cultivated plants; give them the same care and you'll reap a tremendous harvest. Harvest frequently and do it when the weeds are young and tender. Thin your weeds and pinch back the annuals so your weeds become lushly leafy. Use weeds as rotation crops; they bring up subsoil minerals and protect against many insects. "Interplant" (by not weeding out) selected weeds; try purslane, lamb's quarters, or amaranth with your corn, chickweed with peas/beans, and yellow dock, sheep sorrel, or dandelion with tomatoes. And, most importantly, harvest your weeds frequently, regularly, and generously.

Overgrown radishes, lettuces, and beans are tough and bitter. So are weeds that aren't harvested frequently enough. Give your chickweed a haircut (yes! with scissors) every 4-7 days and it will stay tender all spring, ready to be added to any salad. If you forget a patch for two weeks, it may get stringy and tough and full of seed capsules. (All is not lost at this stage. The seeds are easy to collect – put the entire plant in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and use the seeds that fall to the bottom of the bag – and highly nutritious, with exceptional amounts of protein and minerals.)

Unthinned carrots and lettuces grow thin and spindly; so do unthinned lamb's quarters, amaranth, and other edible weeds. Wherever you decide to let the weeds grow, keep them thinned as you would any plant you expect to eat. Here's how I do it: in early spring I lightly top-dress a raised bed with my cool-method compost (which is loaded with the seeds of edible weeds). Over this I strew a heavy coating of the seeds of lettuces and cresses and brassicas (cultivated salad greens), then another light covering of shifted compost.

Naturally, weed seeds germinate right along with my salad greens. When the plants are about two inches high, I go through the bed and thin the salad greens, pull out all grasses, smartweeds, cronewort, clear weed, and quick weed (though the last three are edible, I don't find them particularly palatable). And, I thin back the chickweed, mallows, lamb's quarters, amaranth, and garlic mustard and other edible wild greens.

Keep those annuals pinched back. You wouldn't let your basil go straight up and go to flower, don't let your lamb's quarter either. One cultivated lamb's quarter plant in my garden grew five feet high and four feet across, providing greens for salads and cooking all summer and a generous harvest of seeds for winter use.

When a crop of greens has bolted or gone to seed in your garden, you pull it all out and replant with another crop. Do the same with your weeds. We eat the greens of garlic mustard all spring, then pull it out just before it bolts (making a horseradishy vinegar from the choicest roots) - often revealing a generous crop of chickweed lurking underneath.

Some of my favorite garden weeds:

ANNUALS

Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)
Young leaves, old leaves, even non-woody stalks are delicious as a cooked green; chop and boil for 30-40 minutes. Serve in their own broth; freeze leftovers for winter use. Use instead of spinach in quiche (you may never grow spinach again). Collect seeds throughout the autumn by shaking seed heads over a lipped cookie sheet; or by harvesting and drying the entire seed head. Winnowing out the chaff is tedious but soothing. There is a special thrill that comes when you toss the chaffy seed in the air, and the breeze catches it just-so, and the seeds fall back into your tray, while the prickly chaff scatters "to the four winds."

Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Young leaves and stalks, even flowers, in salads. Blend with virgin olive oil and organic garlic for an unforgettable pesto. Add seeds to porridge.

Lamb's quarter (Chenopodium alba and related species, e.g. Chenopodium quinoa)
Young leaves in salads. Older leaves and tender stalks cooked. Leaves dried and ground into flour (replaces up to half the flour in any recipe). Seeds dried and cooked in soups, porridge.

Mallows (Malva neglecta and related species)
Leaves of any age and flowers (the closely related Hibiscus flowers too!) are delicious in salads. Roots are used medicinally.

Purslane (Portulacca oleracea)
The fleshy leaves and stalks of this plant are incredibly delicious in salads and not bad at all preserved in vinegar for winter use.

BIENNIALS

Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Roots of non-flowering plants harvested after frost make a vinegar that is deep, and richly flavorful as well as a world-renowned tonic. Petioles of the leaves and the flowering stalk are also edible; for recipes see my book Healing Wise.

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis)
Year-round salad green. Leaves used in any season, even winter. Roots are harvested before plant flowers. Seeds are a spicy condiment.

Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)
Leaves finely chopped in salads. Flowers are beautiful edible decorations. Roots of non-flowering plants, harvested in the fall, and cooked.

PERENNIALS

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)
Leaves eaten at any time, raw or cooked, but especially tasty in the fall - not spring! Roots harvested any time; pickle in apple cider vinegar for winter use. Dandelion flower wine is justly famous.

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Leaves add a sour spark to salads. Cooked with wild leeks or cultivated onion and potato they become a soup called "schav."

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Young leaves cooked for 40-45 minutes and served in their broth are one of my favorite dishes. Seeds can be used in baked goods, porridge.

Yellow dock (Rumex crispus)
Roots pickled in apple cider vinegar are tasty and a boon for enriching the blood. Leaves, especially young ones, are eaten raw or cooked.

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Susun is one of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural approaches to women's health. Her four best-selling books are recommended by expert herbalists and well-known physicians and are used and cherished by millions of women around the world. Learn more at http://www.susunweed.com

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Book Review

Peaceful Thoughts An Interactive Journal in Positive Thinking for Children and Their Parents
Written and Illustrated by Robin K. Thumann, M.Ed., M.S.W.
Peaceful Thoughts Press, 2003
$19.95
reviewed by Martha Nord

This is a book to DO with a child over a period of time. It is good tool for parents or other significant adults and children to use together to talk about big concepts and values, 18 in all. The author intended it to be used with children ages 4 to 10, but I think some older children would enjoy it as well when done with a caring adult. Each 2-page spread has a little poem about a particular concept, an illustration to go with it, and excellent discussion suggestions for the adult and child to talk about together. While the poems are not great children’s literature (I find them sing-song-y and simplistic), this book is an excellent way for adults to bring up and discuss these important values/concepts. There are many excellent stories available in children’s literature to illustrate each concept. It would be well worth the adult’s time to find a good children’s picture book to go along with each value in this book. When I did the pages about “Our Earth” with a 10-year-old, I read the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. The book Elmer by David McKee would be one of many excellent stories to read with the pages on humor. A little time spent at the library would result in many excellent books to read along with this one. “Doing” one page a day – reading the poem, talking about the picture, reading an additional story that illustrates the value, and doing the discussion questions would be a meaningful way for adult and child to spend time together and help a child grow in wisdom, peace, and happiness.

I recommend this book if the adult is willing to make the commitment to doing the pages thoughtfully over time with a child. The values/ideas presented are: togetherness, family, people, friendship, caring, forgiveness, thankfulness, courage, bravery, determination, peace, freedom, knowledge, change, caring for our earth, humor, planning, and preparing for rest. It is a good resource for caring adults to have available to use with the children in their lives.

Martha Nord is coordinator of the Children’s Task Force (CTF) of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington. - http://www.uubloomington.org
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The Seven Chakras
In this issue we begin our exploration of the seven charkas at the root.
As with all things posted here in the IHHN Newsletter, if you have comments or other information you would like to share, feel free to submit your article for our consideration.

The Seven Chakras
The Color of the Base Chakra is Red and the corresponding note is C. Kundalini: Root, Survival Chakra: Located at the base of the spine. Source of your primal energies. Contains the primary 8 cells that are the only cells in your body that do not change in your lifetime.

Note - Crystal Bowls can be used to Align and Maintain chakra balance

-Apart from the physical body a human being consists of a spiritual body, and this spiritual body is composed of vibrations of light which are structured in a way so that they create different centres. These centres are each structured in a beautiful pattern, and they are located as follows:

The Root Or Base Chakra

The root chakra, or the centre at the end of the spine by the loins, is the centre which radiates a white, divine light, when seen from the highest spiritual level. This centre is the centre for the material life, it is the centre that roots the subtle divine consciousness in the material life. Consequently it is the basis for human existence in this physical world, and if it is blocked, you will have a human being that feels rootless in both his spiritual and his physical existence.

Every human being has a joint physical and spiritual existence. The karmic development causes an oscillation between the spiritual and the physical dimensions, and when this process goes of positively, then you feel equally at home in both places, and feel that you are able to do what you have to do in both places. The root chakra makes you able to manifest your existence wherever you are, and its delicate white light emits vibrations that has to do with mother's love. In mother's love the physical and the spiritual existence is united in a sublime way. In this form of love, where you e.g. can imagine a woman nursing her baby, the demands of the physical world are united with the highest form of spiritual love.

That is why this event is so important for human beings, and therefore it is important that the period of nursing is not shortened, for in this period both the mother and the child will have stimulated, developed, and cleansed their root chakras, and this gives the newborn child the possibility for a basic development, which is far beyond any other educational means.

When the mother nurses her child, the lights from their root chakras are united, and their energies are mixed together; thereby the bond, which the child needs to have to the Earth, to the material life, is strengthened, making the seperation from the spiritual realms, from which it recently has left, easier.

If the period of nursing is shortened unnessarily, or if it is completely omitted, then what can happen is, that the child cannot accept that it had to part from the spiritual realms, and it may become restless. Many children today suffer from what is called hyperactivity, and this is due to a restlessness, which originates from this.

When the energies or vibrations from two people's chakras are mixed, the following takes place: the lightwaves from the one chakra affects the lightwaves from the other chakra, and depending of the purity of the chakras, these lightwaves are mixed in a way, so they create different figures. If you look at two people, e.g. a mother and a child, who have the lights from their root chakras mixed, you may see delicate figures which looks like white flowers or white crystals. If the contact is positive - if e.g. the mother is nursing her child with love, or at least with a positive will to feed the child - then beautiful figures may appear, and the figures created by the lightwaves from the chakras become more beautiful, the more love there is between the parties.

This was some more general information about the mixing of vibrations from two chakras. But now to the other main chakras.

Next issue will feature info on the Hara Chakra

--Channeled by Birgit Klein -
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Fueling Around: The Story of the Veggie Van
By Joshua Tickell

It was an idyllic August morning in Southern Germany when I first saw a farmer pour vegetable oil into his tractor. I watched as Florian lifted the heavy jug of yellow liquid, balanced its lip on the tractor’s filler hose, and then poured the vegetable oil directly into the fuel tank. The sun was still below the horizon and the morning dew seemed iridescent in the half-light. Still sleepy, I wondered if I was dreaming or if Florian was crazy. CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

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Why We Need the Numinous by Amara Rose / Speaker, Writer and Sacred Ritual Facilitator

We live by ritual without recognition. In our civilized, industrialized, pasteurized, homogenized world, we're frozen into form, ossified in the material-and immune to the whisper of leaves, the murmur of brooks, the tenor of life teeming just below conscious awareness. Cell phones pressed to eager ears, we walk on, acculturated to the jackhammer rhythm of the 21st century.

In lieu of ceremony to honor the ebb and flow of daily life, typical Western rituals include checking our e-mail and working out. Lunch-hour laser surgery isn't far behind. "Tradition" means the product you're contemplating buying has been made by the same company for several generations: "A tradition of fine furniture since 1946." Family meals are an anachronism, eclipsed by a nanosecond lifestyle that equates eating with putting gas in your car: get in, get out, get going.

Yet our very beings are hardwired for the kind of care we consider an indulgence. To sit at table with friends and loved ones, sharing "slow food," is a sorely needed ritual for a starving spirit. It becomes soul-nourishing at a deeper level when we join hands to thank the growers, grocers and cooks who have brought the food from farm to fork.

Moonbaths are another simple way to get in touch with our essence selves, to slow down to the pace of health. Sunbathing is standard. But if you go to a serene spot free from streetlamps and traffic lights when the moon is full, and allow her to shine upon you in all her radiance, you'll tap into an ancient cellular connection.

These are just a few of the myriad ways we can use ritual to remember who we are, as multidimensional beings capable of so much more than societal dictates. Ritual renews our memory of wholeness, of a time when we knew how to cast a circle, call in our ancestors and spirit guides, invoke our intention with clarity and conviction. "Invocation" means, giving your vision a voice.

Living in harmony with natural rhythms expands our sense of what's possible. The "reality police" have become our invisible, accepted jailers. Ritual is a way to re-story our lives, revivifying the myths that have kept cultures through the ages cooking up a cauldron of creative possibility. According to the eminent mythologist, Joseph Campbell, a myth isn't something that never happened; it's something that is always happening. Disconnected from the source of this knowing, we pervert our productive energy. Without a mythological model for how to resourcefully contribute to the collective, teenagers may resort to gang membership and violence - mimicking their elders, who wage war on their own life support system.

Perhaps this is because our founding fathers neglected to include founding mothers in the new nation's governing body. It's intriguing to learn that our Constitution is patterned directly on the Iroquois model of leadership, with one notable exception: we have no Council of Clan Mothers (or Grandmother Council), the backbone of Native American decision-making. Imagine what our culture might be like if the White House consulted a group of wise women prior to implementing any major policy change.

During my own "dark night of the soul," I frequently found myself walking alone at night, singing, "fire and water," not knowing why, but trusting the rightness of my inner voice. Fire is the male essence; water is female. They are yang and yin, sun and moon, perfect polarities, as necessary to one another as all complementary pairings are to balance, healing, wholeness.

One useful ritual is to start noticing where you are imbalanced, and to spend time nurturing the flip side of this equation. This is holding the "both/and," which is about integration rather than separation. Our computers are binary. Humans are far more complex operating systems!

Take time to wander and wonder. Sit in a stream and sing. Be willing to follow your inner guidance-even if you look like a fool. When you can descend to the depths of your being and release what no longer serves, beginning anew in defenselessness and trust, you're on your way to becoming a vessel of wisdom for the tribe. Enjoy the journey, and remember to resurface when you're complete. We welcome-and need-your unique gifts from the well.

Amara Rose is a "spiritual midwife", speaker, writer, and sacred ritual facilitator. Learn about her e-courses, Living the Magic and The Inanna Initiations, at www.liveyourlight.com. You can also subscribe to her FREE e-newsletter, What Shines. Amara may be reached at 800-862-0157 or amara@liveyourlight.com.


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Waiting for the Sun at Walden Pond

by Francis McGovern / LiteraryTraveler.com
The morning was a time that offered much to Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond seemed a fitting place to celebrate the sun’s arrival. It was dark on a quiet winter morning and snow lined the side of the road. I began to walk down along the north side of the pond towards Thoreau’s house site. The sky was dark and some snow had melted along the trail. Ice was covering the pond and enough snow remained to give the illusion that the ice was a field. I found a spot beside a solitary pine about half way down that seemed to jut out enough for a good view. Looking off to my right, I could the see the train tracks that run by the west side of the pond and as I listened, I could hear the silence softly interrupted by the constant breathing of the highway not more than a mile away. The sky was getting lighter and part of me half expected to see Thoreau’s ghost as I waited for the sun
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Tarot Corner - Animal Oracle Decks Compared by Debbie Lake
I've managed to accumulate quite a collection of animal oracles over the year - my current collection includes the Druid Animal Oracle, Beasts of Albion, Medicine Cards and Animal Spirit Cards. I've decided to take a look at the different decks and compare what they have in common and what makes them different. I chose two cards included in each deck to compare and contrast: Wolf and Raven. Many of the cards in each deck are similar but there are also cards unique to the individual decks. And each deck has a different focus. Druid Animal Oracle and Beasts of Albion both draw on the ancient traditions and beliefs of Celtic Britain and Ireland. The Medicine Cards draw on the native traditions of America and Susan Seddon Boulet's Animal Spirits draws on animals and beliefs from across the world. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE

Spring Greens

After a winter of dining on cured meats, dried apples and stored roots such as potatoes, turnips and beets, pioneers in the north observed the startling effects of the first spring greens. The purgative nature of these wild and cultivated crops left people feeling cleansed and refreshed. Healers combined herbs such as sorrel, spinach, dandelion, chickweed and many other regional greens into tonics. These tonics were bottled up in the spring to be used throughout the year when a family member developed a stagnant digestive system. READ the complete O'MAMMA REPORT

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