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  • Sunday, March 31, 2013 7:55 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    YOUR STORY HOLDS YOUR POWER
    Laura Cerwinske

     

     
    The Cup of Guidance or Honor the Bleeding Woman
    gouache, adhesive glitter, photograph printed on paper

     

    We dream in narrative, remember, anticipate, hope, despair, believe, doubt, plan, revise, criticize, construct gossip, learn, hate and love by narration. The Story, Our Story, is what's left. The Story is the destination. The Story is everything in between.

    Humans, as conscious beings, are meant to live conscious lives, aware of our every feeling and response-whether painful or pleasurable, conventional or unconventional, pious or irreverent, constructive or destructive-uninhibited by the proscriptions of culture, religion, personal beliefs, or family values. We feel what we feel. Period. And that is neither good nor bad. How we respond to our feelings is another matter.

    To retain or regain awareness of feeling is to develop power. To deny or bury feeling is to diminish power and choice: the choice of whether to act on a feeling or not, and if so, how.

    The freedom to be conscious of our negative emotions without acting on them leads to a full emotional life, a fully present life, a healed and healthy life. We cannot be scared, angry, bored, or sad when we are living totally in the present. We are healed when we no longer hate or distrust what we feel.

    Such processes as Radical Writing intensify our abilities to sense how and where our subconscious minds affect our physical bodies. This spontaneous approach to writing opens doors to expression and identifies energetic leaks in the spirit and psyche, allowing us to heal internally and externally.

    Whereas psychology tends to focus on the questions of "why" and "how," RADICAL WRITING applies the questions of classic storytelling: What happened? Where and when did it happen? Under what circumstances did it happen? It also asks: Where in my body do I harbor the memory? What is my pattern of response? What do I want the picture of my life to look like? What stands in the way of materializing it? Am I willing and ready for that manifestation? Am I willing to take total responsibility for my own power?

    Personal power requires far more responsibility than is required to live in unquestioned accordance with cultural, religious, and family training. Therefore, it is one thing to say we desire more power in our lives and quite another to accept the changes that power will inevitably cause.

    Only we ourselves can determine the weight of history or the measure of responsibility we are willing to bear. At certain times, we simply may not have the strength to endure the pain of a particular recollection or discovery. Honoring our limits is one way of accepting responsibility for our power.

    Resistance to acknowledging our own negativity and emotions often comes from our fear of their power. The more intensely we've kept negative thoughts and feelings under control, the more we are likely to fear that their exposure might obliterate our self-control, precipitating unstoppable rage, depression, or mania.

    We might well fear that our anguish will be unending or our pain will cause suffering to others. We might discover our inner resources to be inadequate-a terrible blow to the ego.

    In truth, suppression of negative feelings provides only the illusion of control. When we freely express our thoughts, we relinquish illusion and release our anguish. When we acknowledge our passions and fears, we liberate ourselves from the physical, emotional, and spiritual tyranny of unhealed wounds.

     

    Laura Cerwinske, writer, artist, and publisher, is the founder of Blue Hair Lady Publishing (www.bluehairlady.com) which produces books and art that reveal the joyful intensity of Creativity.

    Her publications are excursions through the secrets of transformation, weaving memoir and mythology, metaphysics and art, quantum thought and healing.

    She also teaches two online courses in self-exploration: Radical Writing, 15-minutes-a-day to Creative Liberation (www.radicalwriting.com) and Recomposing the Mother/Daughter Bond or How I Survived My Mother and Lived to Teach the Tale and Love Her. Laura is the author of more than 25 books.


     


    Laura Cerwinske is an artist, writer, publisher, and creator of Radical Writing. Her work is based on principles of the Wise Woman tradition, which she studied with Susun Weed in 1980. She has been a student of spiritual practice for more than thirty-five years and is the author of more than 20 books on art and creativity.

    Her publishing enterprise, Blue Hair Lady Publishing, produces books and art that reveal the joyful intensity of Creative power. Her online course, Radical Writing, combines the awareness training of A Course in Miracles with a shamanic approach to writing, art, and incantation. Laura’s extensive body of art includes paintings and sculpture that likewise express her belief in beauty as a transformative power.

    Laura is an ayabo of Lukumi, a Yoruba form of nature worship, and a daughter of Ochun. She has been a follower of Prem Rawat (also known as Guru Maharaji) for nearly four decades.

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    ~Recomposing the Mother-Daughter Bond~
    (More information at our Bookshop Here)

    Whether you are the mother or the daughter, your bond with one another is typically complex. This course is for those who desire to recompose the emotional/metaphysical field that defines that bond. Even if your mother/daughter is not physically a part of your life or has passed away, your bond remains energetically/psychologically at play.

     
     

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013 4:40 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

     
    Her mind will want structures, answers, routines, rationalities and explanations, and her mind will want ideas and ideals that define and delineate and control, but the realm of the sacred feminine does not speak the language of rationalities, for the realm of the sacred feminine is the wild yet intimately tender language of the heart.

    Her mind will want to strengthen and tighten and continue her identification with masculine ways of projecting and doing and acting and being, and yet, if she is willing, and sometimes even when she is not willing, her womb and her heart will softly, sweetly wildly, wisely call her home, through her longing, through her yearning, into an inner place, an inner space of rest and stillness and peace, where she wholeheartedly welcomes her true nature of the sacred feminine.

    Be with your beloved Mother Earth as much as possible, listen to her wise heart whisperings, align with her deep womb wisdom, walk and sit and lie upon her sacred  rocks, dance wildly upon her sacred ground, listen to the echoes of her ancient mysteries, allow her to show you, to reach you, to teach you, without teaching you anything at all, but by simply calling you into the wise a ancient truth of your femaleness, by revealing to you the true and courageous strength of your female power, by softly and deeply and gently bringing you closer and closer and nearer and dearer than your own heartbeat, closer and closer  and nearer and dearer than you own wombheart, into the exquisitely indescribable mystery of the sacred feminine.

    Dear  beloved woman, daughter of the Moon, are you ready, right now, to embrace and reveal and become the beauty, the wonder, the mystery of the sacred feminine, this infinite and fathomless and ancient mystery you have suppressed, forgotten, dishonoured and betrayed now for too many Moons, too many Aeons? Open just a tiny crack and you will see and feel her sacred light shining in the darkness, feel her, nurture her, welcome her, embrace her, for she is thee and thou art she...

    Open wide, fully and deeply, surrender, breathe her into your depths, inhale her, exhale her, be her, and you will inhale the fragrant nectar of this sacred mystery you have forgotten, yet remember so powerfully, so beautifully, so tenderly, so deeply in your loins, in your womb, in your yoni, in your breasts, in your heart. She is calling you. Can you hear her? Are you ready, this moment, right now?   



    Sophia is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines. Her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires.

    Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these are now available through PayPal... Please email Sophia for details.

    Website ~ www.wildheartwisdom.com

    Email ~ sophia@wildheartwisdom.com  


    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman’s transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia’s training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.
     

    Sophie offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Friday, March 22, 2013 4:43 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Bebe Baby!
    Part 1
    by Nora Beeman

     
    I want to share an experience I had when my five year old cockatiel decided it was time to lay eggs. We are an unexpected family of five. Having babies was not really intentional but it happened much to my surprise.

    Late November BeBe, one of the babies started acting strangely. I kept notes and have pasted them below. It was quite an experience. Herbs/Reiki and blind faith to the rescue!

    November 27 Friday BeBe has been trashing the papers on the floor of her cage lately….cooing to Nikki (her brother) a lot. She’s five years old and has never even thought about laying an egg until now. Josie (her mother) did these same things before she started laying eggs…oh, Goddess!. But BeBe was born with a calcium deficiency and I am a little concerned. BeBe is a voracious eater though and probably gets enough of what she needs nutritionally. She is for all intent and purposes an eating machine.10:00 p.m. BeBe lays a small egg on the floor of her cage and pays no attention to it! I find it by accident. It is very small not the typical size egg of a cockatiel. Holy crow.

    November 28, 2009 Sat.
    Bebe looks sort of poopy and I guess if she is to lay another egg it will be Sunday.

    November 29, 2009 Sun. BeBe lays second egg in evening and it is so tiny! Does she have narrow tubing? I hope there are no more eggs. Unfortunately I have missed her laying these eggs. She looks tired now.

    November 30, 2009 Mon. BeBe poopy and did not eat a lot today. I guess she is going to lay another egg. Sigh.

    December 1, 2009 Tues. When BeBe and Josie are out and I notice BeBe flies up to south window rod and she keeps shifting her wings, over and over, and over. I assume that maybe she has hit one somehow and it’s sore. She is doing everything else just fine but has some quick breathing. Later that night I see that BeBe’s breathing is still quick and I am getting concerned.

    I put eucalyptus essential oil on a tissue and put it on top of her cage under the shirt I use to cover her with at night. Just in case she is coming down with something. Maybe she will have laid that egg by morning and stop breathing this way. She did with the last two eggs.

    December 2, 2009 Wed. I inspect Bebe and she still has quick breathing and looks downtrodden. I lift her out of the cage and immediately know we are in trouble. She feels way too light- like her life force is leaving her. I notice she has not eaten and feels weak. I call Michael at work and tell him we are in trouble and Bebe has to go into the hospital NOW. He makes arrangements to leave work and I make the appointment for 1:00….can not get in sooner.

    She is losing ground quickly and I wonder if she will even make it to the vet’s. It is raining cats and dogs out. We get to the hospital and she is seen quickly. The tech wants to do the usual check but I ask if we can skip it and just get to some immediate care. He says he needs to see if she is stable and I tell him she is not. He leaves to get the vet. She looks at BeBe and suggests putting her on oxygen. BeBe goes into the back room to be put on oxygen.

    Doc talks to me and says she really doubts that anything she can do for BeBe will help her as she is too far gone. She is egg bound. She can feel the small egg and it is in the right position but stuck.

    I should make her as comfy as I can. I could also consider euthanasia. I can not do that yet. Without saying there is no hope she is saying there is no hope. I ask that things be done anyway. I want her hydrated, and fed vitamins. Doc recommends calcium and vitamin D along with fluids. Then she wants me to hand feed her with a syringe/pipette 3cc every 8 hours of food formula, 0.1 cc of calcium every 24 hours, and 0.10cc of antibiotic every 24 hours for 14 days. (Not likely). I take home the medicine anyway.

    We go back to look at BeBe and talk more. BeBe is in a tank with oxygen looking dead. When it comes time to give her the shot I leave. Ever since the time Josie got those two antibiotic shots in her breast and screamed I can not be present. I can still hear her scream. I almost lost her then too but not from being egg bound! We never did figure that one out (different vet).

    Doc tells me to leave BeBe in a dark place that is quiet when I get home. I tell her BeBe has never been in the dark so she says o.k. to leave her in an environment that is quiet, warm and dim. When I hand feed her just do it and then let her be. No cuddling or extra holding as it will stress her more. It all sounds simple enough.

    We get home and I put a wooden tray table in my bath room as it is small and very warm in there. I put the heating pad under the small cage I brought her to the vet in. I dim the lights. Blast the shower to increase the humidity. I know birds that lay eggs need humidity. BeBe is totally out of it. I keep the blue shirt she is used to over her cage and just leave a peek hole so I can see in without disturbing her.

    I position her in a washcloth so that her wings are tucked, feet are under her and chin is on rim of the cloth. She can not stand, can not hold up her head, has no foot control, has breathing so shallow you have to strain to see it, her eyes are closed, and she looks dead. I leave and try to concentrate on other things but I can not.

    I go into check on her. I see that BeBe has flailed and realize she may be better off in her own larger cage. It may help protect her some. I get her cage, take everything out and make it suitable for her and her flailing. I guess the flailing in continual periodic pain. It’s awful to see. As if she is possessed by some demon.

    I am back again in 20 minutes max. She has moved, flopped into another position and looks miserable. She is dying. How long will this take? My heart is aching. I am worried about her wings getting hurt or even broken. I rearrange her again. I come back every 20 minutes and find the same thing over and over, and over and do the same thing over and over. I keep turning on the shower when the humidity seems too low. I also have a thermometer in the bath room and it is reading between 83-85*. That is good. Her little body never feels warm enough though. I also clean her little vent with Calendula oil and a Q-Tip. I do this often. I am on a constant vigil.

    I don’t care what the vet said, the bird is dying. I don’t want her to be alone like Lilly was when she died (and there was nothing wrong with her claimed the vet…a different vet). I think you have to make judgments according to personality types. Surely if I was this attentive and touchy feely with Nikki or Roo I would stress them to the max but not so with Josie, BeBe and probably Spike. I think it depends on the trust level the bird has with you.

    I do my own thing with her. I see that she is comfy…as best I can. She is somewhere else –she is gone. I am watching as she dies a thousand times. It is gut wrenching. I decide to offer some water to her and use the pipette. She freaks out like I have stuck fire in her beak. Flailing about like she is on fire. It is frightening. Has her throat closed? I later try to feed her formula, just a spec and she does the same and starts uncontrollably shaking…is she is shock!? I’m in shock. This poor soul.

    I am mad at everything but begging. I can not stand to see BeBe suffer so. Now she has graduated to flailing about and then stopping for about five minutes with her wings stretched out, her down to the floor, and her tail pushed up against the side of the cage. She is pushing, pushing, pushing with everything she has then she slumps and is motionless….wings stretched out, head down hardly breathing. Was that the end?.....


    Look for Part Two next month!

    Nora Beeman



    The idea of becoming a Reiki practitioner evolved from a book I got in 1991. It is called “Reiki Universal Life Energy” written by Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon.

    I felt so at home with what I was reading. I wanted desperately to learn but when I researched fees it was outrageously expensive and I could not afford it.

    Then in time things started to move along and Reiki became more main stream and finally affordable. In 1998 I found a woman locally that I could learn from. I was joyous! Things evolved from there.

    I first obtained my Reiki Level 1 from Deborah Anderson August 1, 1998 and my Reiki Second Level with Lorrie Salluzzi October 31, 1998.

    I also did a wonderful online brush up Reiki Levels 1, 2 with Darla Meng in May- October of 2002. I became a Reiki Master Practitioner November 17, 2002 with Carol Denicker in Northport, N.Y.

    Giving and receiving Reiki is always an experience. I enjoy providing this service and also offer long distance healing for those who would like it. I will gladly put your name on my healing list along with the address the energy is to be sent to.

     

     


     

     


    This four week online class will cover the main concepts and information for Reiki Level 1 (The History of Reiki, The Reiki Principles, charts and diagrams, Questions and Answers) that will allow you to start healing yourself with Reiki awareness.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013 8:19 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Guiding Your Creative Soul -
    by Kathy Crabbe


    Kathy Crabbe, It’s all about Love, 2013, mixed media on paper, 5 x 7”
    From the Daily Magic Series: Words & Pictures To Wish Upon (prints available)


    Moments of Perfection

    Lately.

    In my New Moon Circle

    I sit with my animals,

    a Dove calls,

    the morning awake.

    I feel

    I cry

    I love

    I set my intentions this

    Pisces New Moon, acknowledging

    Seven planets in Pisces!

    All is love
    That is all.


    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, educator and writer who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, online resources, Divine Feminine eClasses and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy’s work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, magazine and books. She maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and Etsy Shop.

    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, Herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.

    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Learn more here.
  • Monday, March 18, 2013 3:44 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Herbal Homestead
    With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs

    www.moonwiseherbs.com
    www.midwestwomensherbal.com

     

     

    I like to call our Urban Permaculture Farm, the Herbal Homestead. I call it this, because for me it all started with herbs. My first herb teachers were wise woman herbalists. They encouraged me to focus on the herbs growing right outside of my doorstep and this has remained as a pivotal place for me to return over and over again.

    A lot happens at our homestead. We grow food and medicine, we wild forage from green spaces in our community as well as neighbors yards. We tend the critters in our space, we feed ourselves, as well as our family and friends. We strive to expand our understanding of life and to weave ourselves into our surroundings.

    This column will highlight some of the things that happen here at The Herbal Homestead. It is an invitation to spend time with me through stories of daily life.  

     
    Nourishing Herbal Condiments



    Incorporating herbs as condiments is great way to add flavor as well as nutrients to your diet. Condiments can be made with fresh or dried herbs and can be sprinkled on or added to salads, soups and really anything you are eating.

    If you look the word condiment up in the dictionary it is described as an edible substance, which is added to dishes to enhance the flavor and/or compliment the dish. Typically a condiment is added by the diner, but it can also be added to a dish by the cook to add flavor as well as increase the nutrient density of a meal.

    Condiments are associated with cuisine from specific cultures. For example Miso is a unique Japanese condiment, as is gamasio. Chutney is served in east Indian cuisine. Olive oil compliments Mediterranean dishes,  Worcestershire sauce was first made in England and Barbeque Sauce is originated in the Southern part of the United States.

    While these condiments are associated with specific cuisines, they are and cae be incorporated into a wide spectrum of dishes. I like making a wide spectrum of condiments and having them available to add to food as I am cooking or when I am eating. For example, crab apple chutney can be easily opened and put on a rice dish or added to cheese for a tasty snack. Not only does this condiment add amazing flavor, the pectin in the crab apples is a prebiotic substance that supports and improves digestion.

    I also love to add wild plants to condiments in order to increase nutrient density. Even seemingly typical condiments, like ketchup can be transformed when made with wild plants and healthful ingredients.  Autumn Olives are a berry that we like to harvest in the fall.

    One of my favorite things to do with this berry is to use it in place of tomatoes in my ketchup recipe.  This berry is very high in lycopenes, which are caretenoids (precursors for vitmain A) and antioxidant agents. It is higher in these substances than tomoatoes, thus the ketchup is very nourishing. If you would like to learn more about autumn olives by viewing Moonwise Herbs video on harvesting Autumn Olives.

    Pesto is a substance that I often incorporate into food as a condiment. I love to make pesto from a wide spectrum of wild plants. Any edible plant with green foliage can be transformed into a delicious pesto sauce. Examples are Stinging Nettle (don’t worry pulverizing this plant dissapates the acid that causes irriation), lamb’s quarters, wild leek leaves, amaranth, sorrel and so many more.

    One of my favorites is watercress. Watercress has a nice spicy flavor, as one would expect from this mustard family plant. This plant is surprisingly high in vitamin C, vitamin K, calicium, potassim, phosphorun, magnanese, magnesium, vitamin B complex as well as carotenes. Vitamin K and carotenes are fat soluble, so no only does the plant provide the nutrients but some of the nutrients are more readily available to the body when the plant is combined with oil.

    One of my favorite plants to incorporate into my diet as a condiment is seaweed. I love to harvest seaweed and to incorporate it into my diet on daily basis. Seaweed offers the body a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals. Seaweed is classified by color.

    I typically incorporate kelp or brown seaweed into my diet and occasionally red seaweed. Nori, which many people are familiar with as it is the main seaweed unitized to make sushi. While one can utilize any kelp, the seaweed I find the most palatable and the easiest to entice people to eat is giant bullwhip kelp (Nereosystis luetkeana). To learn more about seaweed see our Moonwise Herbal Homesteading video.

    Incorporating seaweed as a condiment is quite simple. It can be powdered and then sprinkled on whatever you are eating. It is ideal to powder your own seaweed, just prior to using it. I have found that seaweed does not hold it’s integrity when powdered and stored for long periods of time. Toasting seawee adds increased flavor for sprinkling on food. And my favorite seaweed condiment is a traditional Japanese condiment called Gamascio. Not only do I add seaweed, I like to add other herbs as well.

    Below is a recipe that is an adaptation of this traditional Japanese condiment that can be added to salads, rice, soups or any other dish you feel inspired to sprinkle it on. It is surprisingly delicious when sprinkled on a fruit salad.
    When you add sea vegetables and/or other herbs to toasted sesame seeds you increase their nutritional value.

    As you can see condiments are a great way to add flavor and nutrients to any meal. I often take some of these treats with me when I eat out and encourage others to do so as well!


    Gamascio Recipe

    Directions:
    • Place sesame seeds on the bottom of a frying pan, covering the entire bottom (I like to use my cast iron pan)
    • Begin toasting seeds 
    • After two minutes add seaweed 1-2 ounces seaweed (Nori and/or Kelp work well-but experiment-any seaweed will work)
    • I also like to add herbs: a tsp or two of dried rosemary is a nice addition, a handful of dried nettle and/or a tsp of ground milk thistle seeds. use your creativity as any herb added will add flavor and increased nutrients.
    • Toast these together until the seeds begin to pop or brown lightly around the edge of the pan. Turn everything over with a spatula-toast until both sides are light brown and the sea vegetables are crunchy and easily crumble in our hands. If you have added rosemary your whole kitchen will fill with the sweetness of this aromatic herb.
    Place in a jar and store for 1-2 weeks. Sprinkle lavishly on your favorite foods.

    Linda Conroy

     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.

  • Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:00 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Celebrating the Fire Goddess Within Me!
    Part Two
    by Melissa Potter

    read part one here

     
    Fire as Rage and Anger

    No doubt, you've heard the term, Hot Headed? (I call it, "Getting my Irish up!")  

    My ability to set boundaries is associated with my third chakra energy center; and this Chakra corresponds with the element of fire. Many people who have been abused have difficulty setting boundaries; have difficulty even knowing they are being violated when they are and have difficulty recognizing when they, too, are violating the boundaries of another.  

    Sometimes I get caught up in things that steal my inner flame from me.  Maybe my insides are filling up with other people's words, labels and energies and I can't differentiate myself from them anymore. Maybe I am trying to control someone or something and my life force is depleted.  Maybe I am trying to be someone I'm not supposed to be.  Maybe I have given my power, (my fire), to someone or something and I am left cold and weakened.  

    The element of fire is also associated with our rage and anger.  Anger is a positive emotion in that it helps me know when something is not right for me or when another person is violating my boundaries in some way.  My boundary differentiates who I am from who others are.   

     

    The Warrior Within: Protector ~Destroyer

    In the center of our bodies, just above our naval, lives our third chakra.  This energy center is known as the Solar Plexus; it is our own, personal sun power.  It is our inner fire, our sense of self as an individual and the space from which we find our strength, and access our will.  

    This place is sort of like a sacred gate.  Guarding this gate, I envision a powerful, protective warrior self.  She has many purposes; one of which is to create a permeable boundary between others and myself so that I may live as an authentic person who engages fully, but safely, with life.  

    I thought of several ways in which the Fire of Creativity, Love and Life expresses it's Shadow side when I stop tending my Soul Fires because I'm preoccupied with a negative, destructive, codependent or lifeless choice, habit or relationship.  

    This part of me knows who and what is good for me.  She speaks loudly through my anger when I fall short of my personal values and morals. When someone else violates my personal boundaries, my gut tenses up and the fire of anger rises in me. I feel heat; my energy increases. This pure, life force energy can be used to make the necessary changes that will realign me with my center.  

    And if I don't listen to the wisdom of my anger; if I judge it or dismiss its messages or ignore it?  

    When I'm not listening to myself about what I need for my well being, this part of me, this gatekeeper to my true self, who was angry, will soon feel rage. That simmering cauldron of pure, sustaining energy will boil over; burning me and everyone around me.  

    If these powerful energies aren't directed toward healing, creativity, setting strong boundaries, cutting away people, places and things that no longer serve me; this part of me might express her rage through self-destructive choices (that spring from self-directed anger), or she might lash out at others.  Once I hit the point of rage, I have got to begin telling myself the truth about things.  

    If you find yourself feeling or saying any of the following things, you might consider asking yourself if your inner, soul and heart fires need to be quenched.

    I tried and tried but it keeps backfiring on me.  

    I am so burned out.  

    I keep getting burned in this relationship (or job or situation).  

    There's no spark of life in me.

    I can't access the passion for life I used to have.

    I used to be so creative and now I feel blocked.

    I cannot even think of anything that excites me.

    Everything feels dark and hopeless.

    I feel trapped and stifled.  

    There's no energy left inside me.

    I feel cold-hearted.

    I am filled with a fiery rage!

    I can't find it in me to love again.

    I am so angry with myself!

     

    Healing the Rage

    Learning to distinguish what I might be doing (or not doing) is a challenging fire to fight!  However, there absolutely is hope; when I stop long enough to tune into what my deepest heart is telling me, I will hear the truth, and I will begin healing.  

    When there is an out-of-control forest fire, fire fighters from all over, from near and far, come to the rescue; we too, have, within us, a tribe of emergency personnel available to assist us.  One of my first steps is asking myself questions:

    How am I going against what I believe in, right now? What am I allowing another to do to me that is blocking my love and my truth from shining out? What negative thoughts am I allowing to guide me?  To whom or what have I given my personal power? What do I need to purge in the fires of transformation? What will allow me to rise, like the Phoenix, from the ashes of this painful situation?

    What and who will help me remember my true self?  What can I do to empower myself? What actions can I take right now? What will make me happy long enough that I can settle down and think this through? What or who will help me remember that I am love?   

    The answers to these questions will bring me home to myself. They will bring me back to the glowing, warm, hearth-light of my deepest self.  

    Our inner fires need to be fed and truth, itself, is soul food in its purest form.  I have come to believe this fully.  If these sacred, inner fires are not being fed with the things that nurture my soul, they will thrive off of drama, rage, addiction and self-destruction. If I am not creating my life, I am destroying it in some way. That's just me!  

    As long as I have a soul in my body, I will have a fire in my heart.  When I take good care of my heart-fires through self-love, through following my passions, nurturing my life with joy, developing a relationship with gratitude and following what I know, intuitively, to be right for me, that creative fire becomes a blaze of holy glory and joy!  

     

    The Fires of Renewal and Rebirth


    How do we feed the fire of creativity and light, creativity and love, so important to the development and sustainability of a life of joy, meaning, hope and connection?

    Fire is connected to the energies of spring, rebirth and transformation. After the long, cold days of winter, the bright sun of springtime melts away our worries.  At Vernal Equinox, Persephone, Greek Goddess of Spring has completed her journey through the Underworld and she is rising out of the earth, reborn again.  

    The fiery days of spring awaken us to the younger, more hopeful parts of ourselves.  Spring lives within us at the heart center.  Luckily, we do not have to wait until April or May to access this warming, hopeful energy!

    The fire of our love, our gratitude, our connection to Creator, the things we are passionate about; all of these are the fuel we need to melt the ice of winter that has surrounded us, blocked us in, held us back, buried us beneath heavy feelings.

    It burns brightly and it warms up the cold places and it thaws our heart and then we are filled with energy again. Remember; it is so often the most simple and attainable things that fill us with the most joy.  

    We do not have to solve the world’s problems or write the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Maybe we just have to wake up and light a candle and put the music on that we love and call someone we love to say, "Good morning." Maybe it is that small of a ritual that will bring the joy that is like a gateway for us to walk through; out of the darkness, and into the light.



    Melissa Potter lives in New Hampshire with her 16-year old son, her greatest joy and their cat, Jack. She loves the earth and all its elements; loves to camp, kayak, swim, visit the mountains and to gather with friends and family for good food and conversation. She also loves exploring-adventures, music, libraries, bookstores and the theater.

    Connecting to nature has been a joyful and deepening source of strength, beauty and sustenance for Melissa. This honoring of Mother Earth and her devotion to holistic healing led her to the joyous and rewarding journey of studying and using herbal medicine and aromatherapy as well. Life is a magical, beautiful and aromatic adventure when surrounded by pure essential oils and colorful, healing plants!

    Her passions are writing for the joy of writing, inspiring others and doing service work. Creating venues to share her experience, strength and hope is extremely rewarding to her. She loves exploring the Divine Feminine through myths, archetypes and ritual and is deeply in love with creating altars and sacred space for healing and celebration.

    Her latest passions are astrology, working toward her degree in Counseling Psychology and the opportunity to serve as a mentor at Wise Woman University!

    Melissa graduated from the NH Institute of Therapeutic Arts in 1993 where she studied various forms of alternative healing. She offers craniosacral therapy, somato-emotional release work, ceremony, Astrological and Spiritual Counseling in her private practice at MotherRoots Healing Arts.

    Although Melissa has studied with many wonderful and wise teachers throughout the last twenty six years, many of her most profound teachings have come from the everyday women and men who have inspired her with their own life stories. For this she is eternally grateful. And to all of the women who’s tables she has sat around sharing cups of tea, potluck meals, stories and laughter ~ she is also grateful ~ for these are the intuitive, soulful Wise Woman ways that infuse us with the very deepest teachings about ourselves, each other and the world around us on our journey through life.

     
    New interview with Melissa!

    Melissa describes the archetypal qualities of the goddess Artemis. She explains why Artemis is a symbol of empowerment for her personally and what it means to be an empowered woman.


     
     

    ~ Reclaiming Artemis: Calling Passion, Power and Wildness
    Back Into Your Life!~

    ( link to detailed description of Reclaiming Artemis )


    (Testimonials from Students - Click Here)

    By connecting with our Inner Warrior and the Goddess Artemis, in this four week online course, we will learn to empower ourselves, set strong boundaries and live an intuitive, authentic life filled with passion, power and wildness.  We do this through spending time in nature, listening to the call of the wild within, and following the passions of our heart.
  • Saturday, March 09, 2013 8:51 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Fermented Foods Highlights
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt

     
    Everybody in my cooking classes always wants to know the benefits of eating different foods. In our society we are becoming very interested in how natural herbs and various foods will contribute to our health and longevity.

    In my weekend long class on fermented and cultured food – which is offered in a condensed version at WWU- we discuss the importance of serving pickles, fermented and cultured foods as well as a variety of different condiments with the meal and how these foods can turn any simple fare into an elegant, delicious meal, and compliment the meal by making it more digestible and satisfying.

    We also talk a great deal about the nutritional and medicinal advantages of these zesty foods.

    The magic that works to keep vegetables, dairy, fish and meats fresh, and turn them into wonderfully nutritious foods which can keep for a long time, are the beneficial microorganisms. Among these health promoting microorganisms, the most common ones created in the pickling and fermenting processes are lacto acid bacteria.

    These bacteria produce lactic acid during the fermentation process. The lactic acid not only changes the taste of the food, but also creates a condition in which other bacteria cannot live. This protects the pickled food from becoming spoiled and therefore will stay fresh for months and some times years..

    Lactic bacteria occur naturally throughout the entire digestive system of the human body. They protect the delicate mucus membrane of our digestive tract from harmful microorganisms in the same way they do in the foods that are fermented, by creating lactic acid.

    In this lacto acid rich environment other foreign bacteria and yeasts cannot live. Therefore, the addition of a little cultured or fermented food to our diet can help protect us from potentially harmful microbes, strengthen our intestinal flora, and aid in the assimilation of our food.

    Here is a small list that highlights some of the important properties and benefits of including fermented and cultured foods with our meals.


     Adding fermented and cultured foods to your meals will
    • Aid the digestion process
    • Stimulate the appetite
    • Keep elimination healthy and regular
    • Support in the digestion of fats and proteins
    • Tone the liver and gall bladder
    • Stimulate the movement and blood flow in the intestines
    • Activate the pancreas
    • Support building healthy blood and a strong immune system
    • Calm the nervous system
    • Help maintain an alkaline condition in the body
    • Promote the absorption of minerals
    • Maintain most of the vitamins and life force of the fermented and cultured foods
    • Prevent build up of mucus in the body
    • Assist in creating healthy and vibrant skin
     
    It is surprisingly easy to pickle, ferment and culture foods. In my course Culturing from the Heart, I have made five videos to help you understand the process and see the techniques.
     
    Below is a quick recipe on making pickled beets with natural fermented vinegar.

    QUICK PICKLED BEETS

    • 3 medium beets
    • 3 c apple juice
    • 1/4 Tbsp whole cloves
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • ½- 1 c natural fermented apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp sea salt

    Peel and cut the beets in thin slices. Sprinkle the salt over the beets. Bring the apple juice to a boil, add the cloves and beets. Let it simmer for 2 min. Let the liquid cool then add natural fermented vinegar. Place the beets in a wide mouth jar. Seal the jar with an airtight lid. Let the beets pickle at least 1 day at room temperature. They can be stored for several months in the refrigerator.

    Try adding lemon, or orange zest.

    Bon Appetit,
    Anne-Marie



    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.



     



    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.





    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound


     
  • Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:14 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    On the Trail with Dr. Deer

    Headache Free in Every Season
    by Thea Summer Deer
    ©2013 all rights reserved

    Red Clover by Adam Caddick
    Headaches sufferers know that this is no way to live yet most don’t know the cause of their debilitating condition. I frequently hear “dehydration,” “too much sugar,” and “stress,” mentioned as common triggers.

    While dehydration may seem like an easy fix, many don’t understand the effects of long-term dehydration resulting from depletion of deep yin fluids.

    Making the effort to correct a yang driven, stress filled lifestyle doesn’t always come easy when living in a driven society.

    Headache powders and pills can keep us going most of the time and for those severe migraines, forced down time can result in loss of work and productivity.

    We frequently push ourselves to keep going even when our bodies are crying for us to slow down. This pattern, especially when reinforced with toxic mimics like coffee, can be incredibly depleting.

    The question that comes to mind is: Why has so much value been placed on the human doing while neglecting the human being and at what cost?

    It’s a story as old as time, but that story is changing. The human potential movement has us demanding new answers and new solutions. The paradox is that answers have been here all along. They are no further than we are right now. We are standing on our medicine.

    Orthodox medicine considers the underlying cause of migraine to be unknown.  What we do know, and what migraine sufferers are constantly aware of, is that there are triggers that generally precede the onset of a migraine headache.

    Headaches in general are the most common health problem and the most common side effect from prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

    All prescription medications are yin depleting, or in other words, drying to deep yin fluids necessary to not only cool the liver and keep it from overheating, but also to lubricate the entire body.

    In a society where it is easy to simply take a pill for a headache, we have not thought to differentiate between types of headaches as is done in Chinese Medicine according to the meridians and specific symptoms.

    Just like the Eskimo have many words to describe snow, there are many different ways to describe headache. The two most common types are vascular headaches (dilation of blood vessels) and tension headaches (muscle spasms).

    The most common triggers for migraine headache are stress (physical, emotional or mental) and fatigue.  Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an elegant system that describes patterns of disharmony through its Five Element Theory. We all know that stress affects hormones and it is the Wood Element that corresponds with the liver.

    The liver or Wood Element is largely responsible for regulating hormones.  The Wood Element is responsible for holding and releasing substances at the proper time including hormones and emotions.

    Disharmony in the liver disrupts these processes and is almost always implicated in any kind of headache, especially cyclical or seasonal headaches. Other triggers can include environmental and dietary.  In all cases, migraines are the result of disruption of liver qi.

    When liver qi or energy is disrupted due to liver congestion and stagnancy, liver heat rises, causing a turbulent inner wind.  This is a ‘wind’ that smacks us upside the head, so to speak.

    Migraine symptoms like light sensitivity (Wood Element sense organ correspondence is the eyes) nausea (rebellious liver qi, energy moving up instead of down) or a migraine provoked by anger (repressed or otherwise) along with an increasing frequency of migraine episodes in the spring, all implicate the liver’s role in migraine headaches. We see this through the Wood Element’s correspondences of eyes (sense organ), anger (root emotion) and spring (season.)

    Relieving liver congestion is fundamental to improving headaches of any kind and can be achieved with proper diet, rest, nutrition, and nourishing and tonic herbs.  Tonic herbs are herbs that are taken over a period of time usually from 3 months to a year.

    The longest lasting result from herbs is seen in their tonic ability to restore bodily systems. Some of the better know hepatic tonics include: dandelion, burdock root and yellow dock.  Herbs that help to restore the yin fluids that cool the liver are: licorice root, reishi mushroom, schizandra, nettles and red clover.

    Eating a lighter diet that includes the bitter flavor and lots of spring greens with herbal vinegar dressing or fresh lemon is helpful in clearing liver heat.

    Full sweet (whole grains, legumes, sweet potato, winter squash, etc.) is harmonizing to the liver and increases liver qi (energy for the liver to do its work.)

    If you suffer with migraines you may do well to work with an alternative medicine practitioner (herbalist, naturopath, chiropractor, acupuncturist) who understands and uses these concepts in their practice.

    Adaptogenic herbs become a very important consideration when helping the body adapt to environmental and internal stress. They help restore balance and are another strategy to increase the body’s resistance to stressors and provide a defense response to acute chronic stress.

    Adaptogens are unique in their ability to restore balance of endocrine hormones, modulate the immune system, prevent and reduce illness while strengthening the body.  In Traditional Chinese medicine adaptogenic herbs are considered qi tonics that strengthen and stimulate the immune and defense functions of the body.

    Some examples of adaptogenic herbs are He shou wu, Ashwaganda, Licorice, Schisandra and Reishi. By normalizing neurotransmitter levels in the brain adaptogens are used to prevent and treat neurological health problems including headaches and migraines.

    The more we wake up and realize that increased productivity actually comes from replenishing and nourishing ourselves at the deepest level the more we realize our human potential. Nourishment comes in many forms including wholesome foods and the herbs listed above as well as creative expression and a life filled with purpose and meaning.

    The good new is: There is hope for headache sufferers in every season.

     



    Learn more in Thea Summer Deer’s class, Love Your Liver: Spring and the Wood Element, a work at your pace, online class at Wise Woman University.

    For an edible spring weed recipe visit: Thea’s Kitchen. Visit Thea Summer Deer: www.theasummerdeer.com

     
    Thea Summer Deer, Ph.D. is a clinical herbalist, educator, author and singer-songwriter. She began practicing midwifery in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery.

    Her involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 35 years as owner of Mindbody Press and Evolutionary Press, and as the executive director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University.

    Mother, Grandmother, avid cook and gardener, Thea is also an award winning songwriter performing in the acoustic duo, Thea & The GreenMan.

    Her new book, “Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth,” published by Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, bridges botanical medicine with Earth-Spirit wisdom. ~~ Order Here ~~

    Learn more at www.theasummerdeer.com or “Like” her on Facebook.


    Listen to radio interviews with Thea Summer Deer



    Study with Thea Summer Deer Online

    ~ Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element ~
    ( link to detailed description of Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element )


    This class will benefit herbal and alternative medicine practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and understand their digestive system for optimum health and longevity.


    ~ Hidden Treasure: Kidney Essence & The Water Element ~
    ( link to detailed description of Hidden Treasure )


    This class will benefit herbal practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to understand the vital role of Kidney Essence and how to achieve optimum health and longevity.


    ~ Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element~
    ( link to detailed description of Heal Your Heart )


    Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element, contains information I hope will someday be taught to our children as a matter of course so they grow in the knowledge that healing takes place in the context of relationships – our relationship with each other, the earth and her seasons and with the heavens.


    ~ Love Your Liver: The Wood Element~
    ( link to detailed description of Love Your Liver )


    This online course will benefit herbal practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and support their liver for optimum health.


    Testimonials:

    "My goal in taking your class was to learn how the liver might affect hot flashes, but your gift of knowledge has far surpassed that and thank you." -- Helen Rollins Lord

    "I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the classes and how much healing I am experiencing in my own life/body right now because of the information you have shared. I truly appreciate the gift of this class." -- Kristina White

    "I am so excited to have been guided to you and am so happy to be in this phase of my life with you. Thanks for being so very approachable and responsive." -- Sandi Manoogian

    "These classes have been so inspiring, gracefully presented and dense with insightful information." -- Emily Sabino

    "Thank you so much Thea Summer Deer. you have been placed on my path in perfect timing." -- Pat Alexander

  • Wednesday, March 06, 2013 4:26 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:52 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    TOUCHING THE SACRED 
    •  JoAnne Dodgson

     
    I’m delighted and honored to share with you the gifts and teachings from the Plant, Animal and Spirit Nations in my medicine bundle for Throwing the Bones Ceremony.  Bone Throwing is an ancient Peruvian healing art, a Calling of the Spirits Ceremony, which offers extraordinary guidance from the vast perspectives and doctoring shared by the Spirits in the bone bundle.

    My apprenticeship as a Bone Thrower in the ways of Ka Ta See began in 2006.  For several years, I have been engaged in extensive studies and intentional cultivation of personal relationships with the Spirit Nations who have come to be part of the bone bundle.  In 2012, I received permission to give Throwing of the Bones Ceremony with individuals and groups.  My teacher, Kay Cordell Whitaker, apprenticed with Chea Hetaka, a Peruvian elder in the Ka Ta See lineage.  The art of Bone Throwing is a traditional medicine way passed on among the women in Chea’s tribal culture in the Eastern Andes.  www.pathwaysforhealing.net



    SPIRIT OF OSHA ROOT:
    Living Your Truths, Wild and Free
    by JoAnne Dodgson


    Osha grows in the high mountains near my home in New Mexico.  Osha has long been an herbal remedy for the peoples living here, bringing relief from colds, flus, viruses and bacterial infections.

    Osha is also fondly called Bear Root, so named in North American Native Peoples’ stories which describe the bears’ special affinity for this plant.  Bears are known to eat Osha when they come out of hibernation to cleanse their digestive systems in preparation for spring foraging for food.

    Bears are also known to chew on the root and spew and rub the mashed plant and juices onto their fur.  Bears are great teachers for us two-leggeds about the medicinal properties of this mountain plant.

    Hand in hand with her effective gifts for physical healing, Osha has taught me about her wild essence and how she goes about living her life.  This plant so beloved by the bears simply does not appreciate being taken from her natural habitat.  She isn’t easily domesticated.  She doesn’t grow well in farms, garden plots or containers.

    Osha holds her ground with unwavering commitment to the truths held in her heart.  She is unwilling to acquiese, to be controlled by someone else’s agenda and shaped into something other than who and what she really is. 

    Osha only roots where she flourishes and thrives.

    With respect for her own existence, she loves her unique and sacred purpose.  Osha boldly claims her wildness and uncontainable aliveness, knowing just where she belongs in the intricate web of life.  She’s deeply rooted all the while abundantly free.

    Osha Root once instructed me during a spirit journey that I needed to get to know her as a living plant.  It only then became so evident that the primary way I knew Osha was as dried wildharvested roots.

    So if I was wandering around in the mountains, I could easily walk right by without recognizing this plant in her green leafy form.  I would have no idea I was in the presence of my very dear friend.

    The Spirit of Osha was calling me to see her, to know her holistically, to embrace and understand more fully who she really is.  I realized our relationship was not truly being cultivated if I only saw her within a limited frame of reference and point of view.  This eye-opening and heart-expanding teaching from Osha has stayed with me for many years.

    Among the diverse plants I share in ceremony and healing, Osha is the one to whom people are inevitably drawn.  After encountering Osha Root, they passionately head off on a quest to find some in an herb store or wildharvest from the land.

    When watching friends soak up the smudging from the burning Osha or chewing bits of root or sipping osha tea, I sense the Spirit of Osha Root passing on her teachings:

     

              Remember your wildness.

              Hold sacred your instinctual sense of home.
     
              Cultivate relationships with those who really see you - all of you.
           
              Root yourself only where you naturally flourish and thrive.






    JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, author and teacher of Ka Ta See, a unique Peruvian tradition from the Eastern Andes.

    JoAnne has adoctorate in counseling psychology and has pursued an extensive twelve-year shamanic apprenticeship to live and learn the Ka Ta See tradition and share the ancient teachings and ceremonial ways.

    For more information, please visit: www.pathwaysforhealing.net

      
    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Joanne Dodgson
    ~~ Listen Here ~~



    Study with Joanne Dodgson Online

    'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams.
     

    ~ Shaman's Circle ~ Earth Spirits and Guides
    ( description of online course with mentor JoAnne Dodgson )

    'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life.  Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony.  Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.

     

     
    by JoAnne Dodgson

    In the ancient art of storytelling, UnLeashing Love is filled with personal reflections and myth-like teachings to invite awakenings, passionate searchings, and rich discoveries. The medicine stories in UnLeashing Love carry many layers of meaning which open new awareness, nourish healing, and awaken deeply felt connections with the extraordinary web of life.

    UnLeashing Love is a beautiful book you'll want share with friends, read aloud to loved ones, and revisit over and over again.

    "absolutely exquisite" * "insightful & thought-provoking"
    "incredibly uplifting" * "touched my heart in so many many ways"

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