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Meditation Technique: Alert Relaxation

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

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

Feel the muscles in your legs becoming heavy, warm, and relaxed as they sink down into the chair beneath you. When you feel your legs becoming deeply relaxed, imagine the currents moving in a clock wise motion around your ab…

Adamite

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By Raven Gypsy

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

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

Deposits: Greece, Chile, UK, France, USA

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

Hardness: 3.5

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

Keywords: guidance, solution…

Ostara Lore (March 21)

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

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

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

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date…

Agate

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

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

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

AGATE, FIRE: Good protection stone. Dispels fear from the very depths of the inner being & provides a protective shield which reflects all threat of harm back to the source such that the source may personally understand the act. Grounding.


AGATE, MOSS: Eliminates or helps prevent colds & flu. Good grounding stone.

Biological Dentistry

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

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

Many dentists and oral surgeons can and often do remove amalgam fillings at their patients' request. However, before you embark on what could become a very expensive and uncomfortable series of dental procedures, you should consider the fact that both the American Dental Association and the National Institutes of Health have …

Meaning of the Number of Claws on a Chinese Dragon

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By Raven Gypsy

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

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

Apitherapy as a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

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By Cheryl Hartzman

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

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

The Multiple Sclerosis Aossiation of America (MSAA) funded a study at Georgetown University Medical Center to examine the safety of administering bee venom tr…

Defining God

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

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 1- Tao is both Named and Nameless, As Nameless, it is the origin of all things, As Named, it is the mother of all things. A Rose By Any Other Name is Still a Rose A gentleman doing missionary work came to my door wanting to speak with me about the “One True God.”I pointed to an object in the yard and asked “My dear sir, what do you call that rather large object out there?”He looked very confused and answered “a tree.”
“What if a woman came along and said ‘No, that is an Oak and that over there is a Pine and that one over there is a Maple.’ Would that mean your answer is incorrect?”The man just stared at me for a moment and then went back to his rehearsed speech, but I interrupted asking, “What if I tell you that, yes the large …

#mynameis Raven Gypsy - Facebook Lied!

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By Raven Gypsy

#mynameis

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

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

Acupressure

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

On the other hand, although both acupressure and acupuncture have been proposed as weight-loss…

Religion of Love

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By Raven Gypsy

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

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


Commenting on the last verse, the poet writes:
"Love, quâ love, is one and the same reality to those Arab lovers and to me; but the objects of our love…

Why Good Girls Love Bad Boys

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

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

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

Why do good girls like bad boys?  Why do good …

Truth Everywhere I Turn

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

"Those who adore God in the sun" (says Ibn al-‘Arabi) "behold the sun, and those who adore Him in living things see a living thing, and those who adore Him in lifeless things see a lifeless thing, and those who adore Him as a Being unique and unparalleled see that which has no like. Do not attach yourself" (he continues) "to any particular creed ex…