Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dandelion Daze

Not only have I been marathon blogging at Mandala Madness, I went a little crazy today over at Gypsy Magic. Did you know that you could make coffee out of dandelion roots? Did you know that some people buy it in stores? I've got dandelion lore, dandelion magic, and dandelion recipes out the yin yang... LOL!

Here's the impressive list of posts!

How cool is that? I can be traveling the country in my Vardo Van, picking dandelions and drinking wine! At least I won't go hungry!

Yin and Yang!

Wowsers! I have been doing some marathon blogging this week! I just got done with an astonishing number of posts on Yin Yang over at Mandala Madness. When I started that project, I envisioned a week's worth of posts. This is what I ended up with. I bet my regular Mandala Madness visitors are really glad to get that over with!

Believe it or not, I still have more stuff that I could post! This is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to Yin and Yang. I had no idea there was so much to it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Here's what I've been doing!

When I was working on the background information for my post on my Easter Drama, I got started reading The Findhorn Garden book again. And I got inspired to turn my office into a meditation room... which basically means transforming this:

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into this:

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Yes!
And I did it too. Looks awesome. Feels awesome. I'm loving it.
Ok, yeah, my actual meditation room doesn't look EXACTLY like the picture... but it's close... and I think it's even better! If I ever have batteries for my digital camera, I'll take a picture of it!

Oh, and by the way. While looking for images to illustrate my "extreme office makeover," I happened on to this nifty picture:

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Isn't that a cute little place? It's the meditation room at Findhorn Garden! Geez.. I wish I was there!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Darwin Awards

I'm still caught up in the drama of the missing pictures and exceeded bandwidth, so much so that the Easter Drama has had to take a back seat for now. Having been busily uploading and replacing post after post on Way Cool Pictures, I am feeling somewhat brain dead, and so, I thought it might be appropriate to post the Annual Darwin Awards.

The Darwin Awards are bestowed to honor the least evolved among us.

The Glorious Winner:

1. When his 38 - calibre revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

The Honourable Mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef’s claim was approved.

3. A man who shovelled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space…understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn’t discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer: $15 - now the question is: if someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he’d just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the purse snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, “Yes, officer, that’s her. That’s the lady I stole the purse from.”

9. The Ann Arbour News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn’t open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren’t available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.

A 5-Star Stupidity Award Winner

10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home’s sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he’d ever had.

One Final Word:

In the interest of bettering human kind please share these with your friends and family… unless of course one of these 10 individuals by chance is a distant relative or long lost friend. In that case be glad they are distant and hope they remain lost.

Friday, April 18, 2008

OMG! I am so irritated!

Apparently I have exceeded the bandwidth at one of my (soon to be former) image hosting accounts, My Other Drive. Interestingly, there is no place - I repeat not one place where a person can see that they are even getting close to exceeding said bandwidth. So, I had no clue. I haven't even used 25% of my storage space there...

I suppose this was to be expected, considering how popular the picture blogs are, and naturally, I would discover the situation an hour before I have to leave for work! I did do some "damage" control by pulling as many affected posts as I could find. Don't worry, they're not gone for good, I'm just saving them in draft form while I work to get the images uploaded to more reliable host site... probably Flickr or Slide.

So, please be patient. If you find a post with a little red x instead of an image, I'd love it if you'd leave a comment so that I can add it to the list of posts to redo.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Happiness

Humorous Pictures
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I'm not quite ready with the rest of my Easter Drama story, so here's something adorable and cute instead.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Easter Drama

Yeah, I know Easter is long gone... and I'm going to talk about this anyway... so be cool!

So, here's the story about how on Easter weekend, my dog Cinnamin almost gave me a heart attack and a nervous breakdown. Friday night, when I got home from work, I noticed that when she came in from outside, she'd had a bout of diahreah. I figured that she'd been eating sheep poop again. (That's one of the "perks" of being a dog, living on 5 acres, with a pond and two sheep). So, I gave her a mini-bath, fasted her overnight, blogged til 2am and went to bed. I wasn't too concerned - because, hey, we all know I'm NOT psychic!

That night, she spit up water a few times, which she'd been doing regularly... having a drink of water, and then about 10 minutes later, there'd be spit up. I was thinking that maybe she was having reflux... again, not too worried. Her kidney function isn't the greatest, but she was drinking water and peeing regularly, just spitting up a little water now and then... I really was doing a great job of not being neurotic about my dog.

Saturday morning. I got up in the morning and drank a cup of coffee and sat down to do some blogging before it was time to leave for work. Cinnamin didn't look real perky, how perky do you look when you are a 16 yr old dog with 2 knee surgeries under your collar? Having had a night of diahrea and spitting up?

She came back in, drank some water, and promptly threw up, and once again - I saw that she'd had more diahrea. This time it had that terrible "bloody diahrea" smell. So, I again cleaned her up, and started that wiffle waffle thing about "should I take her to the vet" and "can I afford it" and "am I being overly worried" and "will I be late for work" and "why the hell does this shit always happen on the weekend" and "naturally it's a holiday weekend" etc.. And as I was standing there, frozen with indecision and angst... she threw up again, only this time it was blood.

Nothing like a precious dog throwing up blood to get a person into overdrive! Not recommended, but nevertheless, effective as hell! I called the vet, threw her into the car, exceeded the speed limit, and made it to the vet's office a half hour before closing time. Now, I do realize that veterinarians need to have days off too... but why the heck can't they stay open ALL DAY on Saturday? What's this with the closing at noon on Saturday shit? I work on Saturdays. People I know work on Saturdays... Sundays too...

Anyway... I got there, and the only available vet is some new person I've never seen before. Young, prissy, inept... (these are the nice words I'm using to describe her - stupid bimbo is more accurate... but I won't say that because it isn't nice). So, two blood tests later, the diagnosis comes back as "her Amylase is so high it's off the chart" but her kidney function looks better than last time she was in, so it's got to be pancreatitis. The vet is all cheerful and perky, she gives me some anti-nausea medication, and tells me not to feed her until the next day, and that it will run it's course, no big deal.

This is exactly what I wanted to hear (the no big deal part). Cinnamin is no longer throwing up blood, just spit - every 10 minutes or so... and I'm really really wanting it to be no big deal... so I take her home, give her the medicine, arrange for my son-in-law to check on her, and off I go to work. Again, let me reiterate - I am clearly NOT psychic!

I got home at midnight, walked in the door... and Oh My God! There is bloody diahrea everywhere... my dog is throwing up every 5 minutes... naturally it's the middle of the night on a holiday weekend... and I just freaked! So, I called the emergency vet.

They said, "Bring her in now! Pancreatitis is life threatening, especially if your dog is 16 years old, even more so if her kidney function is not what it should be." Now I'm in full panic mode. It takes 4o minutes to get to the emergency clinic. Luckily the vet on duty was not a stupid bimbo - he listened to me, he listened to my dog, he inspired confidence and trust. He agreed with the pancreatitis diagnosis, explained how serious that was in elderly dogs with kidney disease, and said she was dehydrated and needed to be on IV fluids STAT and that if I'm lucky, she might respond favorably within the next two days. The estimated bill was $650.

In my mind, I crossed off my electric bill, my phone bill, my house payment, my bank of america payment, and my food money. I said, OK do it, signed the papers agreeing to pay, and sent her off to be pumped full of fluids and anti-biotics, anti-nausea, anti-diahrea, and anti-pain medication. I said to the Master of the Universe, "I have no desire to live in this world without my dog - so, if it's her time to go, plan on it being mine too."

At this point, I was too upset to do anything more than pace and pray... well... I don't think it was actually praying - begging is more like it. I did send her Reiki. I did talk to the Red Jesus. Every 3 hours I called the Emergency Clinic. She had stopped throwing up, the diahrea had stopped, she was resting comfortably, and I started to relax just a teeny bit.

By midmorning on Sunday, the vet was feeling encouraged enough to say that if they could get her to eat something and keep it down, she'd be able to come home. So far, so good.

At this point, I'm going to interrupt the narrative, because for the rest of the story to make sense, you'll need some background on the following:

So, please bear with me while I compile those posts - once they're uploaded - I'll finish my story. And yes, it's a cool story.

What is the Medical Assistance Program?

In my studies of things "spiritual", I came across an interesting healing modality that involves working directly with PAN (Volcan), the DEVIC KINGDOM, and the BROTHERHOOD OF LIGHT. This process works with these groups for healing of the self, or our Earth Mother. This technique is highly effective, fun to work with, and very rewarding!

The Medical Assistance Program (MAP) Coning is a “wild and wooey” technique you can do at home that integrates involutionary input of nature with man's evolutionary development. The healthy being is a balanced combination of these two dynamics. Intent, sincerity, and commitment to a balanced body during the process is essential for an effective coning. It is for those who feel their present medical support–whether traditional or alternative– is not enough.

Conings are for general health balance, regular health issues, extra ordinary health issues, and assistance during expansion experiences. A coning is a vortex of energy that includes nature intelligence's, the medical team and yourself. Within the coning, nature is able to stabilize on all levels (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) with the White Brotherhood.

The first coning is a scanning session only. Anyone who should be part of your Medical Team for positive purposes will automatically be included when the team is forming. Subsequent sessions are for the purpose of healing.

The head "CEO" of the Medical Assistance Program is a spirit called Lorpuris. Both Pan and Lorpuris are discussed in one of my favorite metaphysical gardening books, The Findhorn Garden by the Findhorn Community.

The MAP technique is found in the book MAP: The Co-Creative White Brotherhood Medical Assistance Program 2nd Ed. (c) 1994 by Machaelle Small Wright. For more information on this process you may order Machaelle's book. Call 1 (800)960-8806 or contact her web site at: http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/ Cost of the book last time I checked was $14.95 plus shipping and handling.

Animal Communication?

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Animals communicate regularly through telepathy. It is the most basic form of communication, an ability we are all born with. As humans, we learn to rely on verbal communication and our telepathic skills are pushed aside and become rusty. Like a muscle, unless used regularly, these skills become weak and inefficient. Humans, given the proper mindset and training, have the ability to communicate telepathically with all species.

Communicating with an animal is a two way process, there is a sender and a receiver. Now here is the amazing part....telepathy can be done in person or over distance! A great example of this is when you are thinking of someone and the phone rings, low and behold it is the very person you were just thinking about. Coincidence or Telepathy!! We have all had telepathic experiences, we just don't recognize them as such.

What are Devas?

The word deva comes from the Sanskrit language, meaning "a being of brilliant light" and is used to indicate a non-physical being. We are using the word deva here as a general name for both nature spirits and angelic beings.

How did devas come into being? It is said that in the beginning, when earth solidified and the physical life forms were formed, the devas were so far behind in evolution that they could not form physical bodies.

Consciousness of the devas is directed to expansion in contrast to our consciousness that is focused and limited by the form of the human body. Devas are always conscious of their cosmic environment, and want to become ever more conscious of that what they encompass. Devic beings want to be, while physical beings want to do. Devic beings concentrate creating, while physical beings want to develop.

Devas have an instinctive knowledge, they do not have to acquire knowledge like we do. The have instinctive knowledge of cosmic patterns, relationships, and harmonies.

They do not have form as we understand form in the physical world. In their, astral, realm they are like fluidic open vortexes of cosmic consciousness. When people are able to perceive them, they often will take a form extracted from the human mind. Thus we will see them in a more or less human form, but in essence they are only vortexes of energies.

They have memory and learn from past experiences. They are conscious of the archetypes of the field in which they work. They react to and improve their work according to the physical influences on the life forms with which they work. They are only interested in their own field of work. For example, the deva of the oak trees is only interested in the growth of oak trees, a landscape deva is only interested in the life forms of that landscape, a healing deva only works with healing energies. It is therefore useless to ask a oak tree deva how to heal a human body. Devas are only knowledgeable in their own particular field.

Working with devas is of a mutual benefit. Devas acquire experience of focused consciousness and action, while humans can learn to surrender to the silence of the devic consciousness and its sensitivity to cosmic influences. Devas are always willing to help people.

Many people have tried to classify and name the numerous nature spirits, but one has to understand that there are many, many forms of nature spirits, and one form blends over into another. On top of that their names are not consistent among the authors who classified them. But what does it matter, the most important thing, is that you have an idea of what they are and what they do.

If you are really interested in working with nature spirits, one recommended book is the Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings by Marko Pogacnik, available from Findhorn Press.

Great Brotherhood of Light

I am not an expert on this subject, so I went looking to see what I could find, and came up with two explanations. The first is from Wikipedia:

The Great Brotherhood of Light, also known as the Great White Brotherhood , is perceived as a spiritual organization composed of those Ascended Masters who have risen from the Earth into immortality, but still maintain an active watch over the world.

The Great White Brotherhood also includes members of the Heavenly Host (the Spiritual Hierarchy directly concerned with the evolution of our world), Beneficent Members from other planets that are interested in our welfare, as well as certain unascended
chelas.

The
Ascended Masters are believed to be joined together in service to the Earth under the name of the Great White Brotherhood. The use of the term "white" is supposed to refer to their advanced spirituality (i.e., that they have a white colored aura) and has nothing to do with race.

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And from Energetic Synthesis comes this other explanation:

The Great White Brotherhood is a very large group of Ascended Beings and Spiritual Masters and is composed of highly evolved men, woman and beings beyond gender from multiple universes. They exist on various inner dimensional planes and work as a collective consciousness in a singular yet varied purpose.

Their purpose historically has been to assist us and the planet through forwarding the evolutionary processes. They have been the group instilling universal principals and law throughout creation. They have also assisted humanity in developing social, moral, and societal frameworks that are in accordance with the current age as well as assisting us in moving from one Age to another. They assist, support and influence Planetary Leadership during evolutionary cycles such as we are transiting now
.

The White Brotherhood’s current project is to help insure a smooth transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age, navigating us towards our destiny of Ascension. The White Brotherhood insure that our evolution and healing is in line with universal law and is appropriate and in agreement with the New Era energetic dynamics.

Pancreatitis in dogs

Affected Animals:
Dogs and cats. Middle-aged to older female dogs are more likely to be affected by pancreatitis than other dogs. Dog breeds with a higher incidence of the disease include the miniature poodle, cocker spaniel, and miniature schnauzer. Pancreatitis is more difficult to diagnose in cats than in dogs.

Overview:
Canine pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening disease that more commonly affects middle-aged to older female dogs. The pancreas is a gland that functions as part of the digestive process by producing enzymes that help break down food. Unfortunately, if these enzymes become activated within the gland, the pancreas begins digesting its own glandular tissue, creating inflammation, or pancreatitis.

  1. Duodenum
  2. Pancreas
  3. Stomach
  4. Esophagus

Typical symptoms:
Vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, but sometimes signs can be more mild or vague. The severity of the disease and response to treatment will vary from case to case. Animals with severe disease may die either from complications or lack of response to treatment.

Diagnosis and treatment: are aimed at identifying and eliminating any underlying causes of pancreatitis. The disease is best prevented by correcting obesity, ensuring that the animal does not eat high-fat foods, and preventing other conditions associated with pancreatitis.

Clinical Signs:
The clinical signs of pancreatitis in dogs vary, but include vomiting, anorexia, depression, upper abdominal pain, diarrhea, severe weakness or collapse, dehydration, shock, and fever. Dogs may exhibit signs of abdominal pain by acting restless, panting, crying or wincing when picked up, shaking, standing with an arched back, or lying with the front end down and the rear end elevated.

Description:
The pancreas is a V-shaped gland found within the tissue located at the angle formed by the pylorus and the duodenum. Ducts leading from the pancreas deliver the digestive enzymes formed within the gland to the duodenum. The pancreas has a number of functions, including the release of digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown and absorption of ingested nutrients, and the secretion of protective agents that counteract stomach acid when digesta enter the duodenum. The protection of the gland itself from autodigestion by the enzymes it produces is another important function of the pancreas.

Inflammation of the pancreas, or pancreatitis, is caused by the failure of the gland to prohibit activation of the digestive enzymes while they are still within the gland. Pancreatitis may be acute, with no long-term effects, or chronic, involving a permanent abnormality of the gland. Chronic pancreatitis cases usually involve recurrent bouts of acute illness.

Some common causes of pancreatitis include obesity, elevated levels of lipids in the blood, ingestion of a very fatty meal, other diseases, and steroids. Numerous cases of pancreatitis are diagnosed following holidays, during which dogs often are given meat or fat scraps. However, in some cases of pancreatitis, no cause can be determined.

Symptoms associated with pancreatitis may be obscure and mild or very clear and severe. Some dogs recover completely with appropriate medical therapy and dietary modifications, whereas others die from severe illness and secondary complications. The course of pancreatitis is usually unpredictable, and may be slow.

Complications of pancreatitis include shock, inflammation and fluid accumulation within the abdomen, sepsis, respiratory compromise, heart arrhythmias, liver and kidney failure, and abnormal bleeding and clotting. Chronic recurrent pancreatitis, pancreatic abscesses, diabetes mellitus, and insufficiency of pancreatic enzyme secretion also may be caused by chronic pancreatitis. The presence of one or more of these problems worsens the dog's chance of recovery.

Diagnosis:
A presumptive diagnosis of pancreatitis can be made based on a history and physical examination. In particular, significant risk factors such as obesity, or the recent ingestion of a high fat meal, may warrant a suspicion of pancreatitis. The examining veterinarian will perform other tests to confirm this diagnosis and to help determine the cause of the illness.

Diagnostic procedures
Common diagnostic procedures include a CBC, or complete blood count, a serum chemistry that evaluates the pancreatic enzymes amylase and lipase, and a urinalysis. Amylase and lipase values typically will be elevated in the early or acute stage of pancreatitis. These values may increase threefold in some dogs, but such an elevation should not be relied upon in interpreting the severity of the disease. Other blood tests the examining veterinarian may perform include a serum trypsin-like immunoreactivity assay, or TLI assay, and an ELISA test for trypsinogen activation peptide, or TAP. Trypsin substances are elevated in cases of pancreatitis, and are more specific to the pancreas than are amylase and lipase.

X-rays usually are taken of the abdomen, and may show changes associated with pancreatitis; they may also help rule out other problems that can mimic the symptoms of pancreatitis, such as a gastric foreign body. A typical x-ray finding will show a ground-glass appearance corresponding to the location of the pancreas. Also, expansion of the angle between the duodenum, the section of the small intestine adjacent to the stomach, and the pylorus, or outlet of the stomach, may indicate the presence of the disease. Distention of the stomach and intestines with gas is non-specific, but is commonly seen with pancreatitis. If the dog is having respiratory problems, x-rays will be taken of the chest as well.

An abdominal ultrasound may be used to check for the presence of pancreatitis, a pancreatic abscess, a pancreatic tumor, or free fluid within the abdominal cavity. Ultrasound- guided biopsies may be used to confirm a diagnosis. Certain dogs will require a surgical exploration of the abdomen for biopsy samples, or for treatment of abscesses or tumors.

Prognosis:
Pancreatitis can be a life-threatening condition. Dogs with a mild case of the disease usually have a fair prognosis and recover with appropriate treatment. For those cases involving severe disease, concurrent illness, or secondary complications, the prognosis is poor to guarded.

Transmission or Cause:
Known causes include obesity or hyperlipidemia, trauma, decreased blood flow to the pancreas, toxins, medications, chronic kidney disease, infectious agents, pancreatic duct obstruction, and neoplasia. Pancreatitis can occur without a known cause, but a veterinarian typically will find and treat inciting factors.

Treatment:
Most cases of canine pancreatitis require hospitalized treatment for a minimum of three to four days, and sometimes much longer. There are several goals to the treatment of pancreatitis in dogs. First, the overall blood volume and circulation of blood within the pancreatic gland must be maintained. The prevention of stimulation of the pancreas that causes it to secrete enzymes is also essential. Additional goals include the removal of circulating activated enzymes from the blood, the management of abdominal pain, and treatment of acute or chronic complications of the disease.

Intravenous fluid administration is used in treatment as needed. The veterinarian may try to allow the pancreas to "rest" by keeping the dog off food, water, or oral medications for three days or more. The use of medications to decrease vomiting and control pain, and occasionally antibiotics, also may be indicated. A veterinarian also will treat diseases caused by the pancreatitis.

Dogs that fail to respond to medical therapy may require surgical exploration of the abdomen. Dogs with pancreatitis are considered to be at a higher risk for anesthetic and surgical complications, but they may have little chance of recovery without the operation. Typical conditions that require surgical intervention include pancreatic or bile duct obstruction, severe inflammation of the pancreas and abdominal cavity, and a pancreatic abscess or mass of some other type.

Prevention:
Obese dogs should be placed on a weight reduction diet that excludes high fat foods and treats. Regular veterinary examinations are useful for the early detection and treatment of other predisposing illnesses and could help prevent secondary pancreatitis.

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About Pan

His name simply means "All".


Pan is the Greek God of the wild. The god of woods and fields, of flocks and shepherds, he dwelt in grottos, wandered on the mountains and in valleys, and amused himself with the chase or in leading the dances of the nymphs. He was fond of music, and as we have seen, the inventor of the syrinx, or shepherd's pipe, which he himself played in a masterly manner.

Pan, like other gods who dwelt in forests, was dreaded by those whose occupations caused them to pass through the woods by night, for the gloom and loneliness of such scenes dispose the mind to superstitious fears. Hence sudden fright without any visible cause was ascribed to Pan, and called a Panic terror.

As the name of the god signifies all, Pan came to be considered a symbol of the universe and personification of Nature; and later still to be regarded as a representation of all the gods of paganism itself.

from Bulfinch's Mythology


There are a fair number of words that begin with "Pan." This is because, as a prefix pan is derived from the Greek παν which means 'of everything', 'all' or 'involving all members' of a group.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

The Red Jesus

Wicked Cool Red Jesus

So here is the Red Jesus. The pictures do not do justice to him, they do not show the detail nor do they show his face very well bcause there is no contrast.. it just shows up as mostly red.. but he really does have a very beautiful face.. Anyway.. I love him.

This is the story of how he came to live in my house:

I was going through a particularly difficult time (not unusual for me), and some friends and I went "gallery" hopping in downtown Kansas City. We wandered into a little home decor store, and there, on a bottom shelf, in a corner, were a number of vibrant ... amazingly vibrant ... red ... brilliant red ... Jesus statues. I couldn't take my eyes off them. Finally I picked one up, and what a surprise! It was actually a velvet flocked hollow plastic bank.

At the time I had about $5 to my name, the Jesus bank was $20 (or something like that), so, reluctantly, I put him back down and that was that. Or so I thought.

Well, I couldn't stop thinking about him, nor could I stop talking about him. It occured to me that if a person had a religious icon that vibrant, that beautiful, that eye riveting, how could it not be really powerful? And the fact that it was a bank made it even better. I was convinced that if you were to put your prayers, your hopes and wishes into that bank, that they would absolutely come true. How could they not?

Since I couldn't buy one, it occured to me that I could use it as a visual meditational tool, and so I started imagining that I was giving my problems and worries to the Red Jesus... Amazingly, I found that I could give the situation to him and really and truly actually let go of it.

At the time, I was struggling with a really gruesome situation at home. During the winter 2 of my sheep had wandered onto the pond, broken through the ice, and drowned. It was now coming into summer, and I still hadn't figured out how to get them out of there. I cannot describe how awful it was. I had seen them go down, not a thing I could do to help them, and every time I looked out my window, there they were floating. I had asked my neighbor for help, called around here and there, and no luck... nobody wanted to have anything to do with it.. I didn't want to have anything to do with it...

This was the first thing that I gave over to the Red Jesus.

Three days later... yes... three days later, someone offered to come get the sheep out of the pond for me, I didn't have to have anything to do with it at all. Didn't even have to watch or anything. It cost me $200, and somehow that money was there to pay them with. It was a miracle!

So, I was telling my sister this story, and she suggested that I should go back downtown and get a Red Jesus for my house. And I said, well, I don't have the money, and so far it's working for me - so - the way I see it, if the Red Jesus needs to actually be in my house, he'll show up there.

Three days later... yes... three days later, my friend Daniel handed me a gift bag. Guess what was in it? You guessed it! My very own Red Jesus. How cool was that?

I have had miraculous results with him. If I can really give him the situation... really let go of any need to control the results... just say "Here, this is the problem, I'm sure you can fix it in the best possible way." Within 3 days, whatever it was that was a problem gets totally resolved.

My sister was fascinated as well. This is what she had to say, "He is very beautiful and so odd he just has to be a symbol and I got very curious as to who and why someone would manufacture such a thing. So, I looked up Red Jesus and this is what I found - I found him, exactly like yours on Wickedcoolstuff.com; I found a red jesus nation wristband - Red is the color of his blood, representing salvation, hope and a secured eternity... There were a couple of paintings titled red jesus and apparently the group Cult has a song out - Red Jesus. The words of Jesus in some bibles are printed in red. This was a cursory search - my curiosity remains piqued. It would make a wonderful title for a book wouldn't it?"

I think he is very powerful. Jesus saves, literally!

Are you psychic?

A friend of mine sent me a link to a website that has an intuition test, and a test for psychic ability. I thought it might be fun to share it here. The neame of the site is IntuitionTest.com. Here's the blurb on the front page:

Are you intuitive? The dictionary defines intuitive (adj.) as "being guided by one’s intuition". If you’re intuitive, you tend to:

  • Follow your heart
  • Listen to your inner voice
  • Trust your feelings

If that sounds like you, you may not need an intuition test to tell you so! (But we have one for you, just the same.) Take the intuition test.

Well, I took the test and here are my results:

  • You scored 195 out of a possible 200 points.
  • You are extremely intuitive (But you already knew that!)

Ok... so that was cool I then decided to take the psychic test. Here's what they had to say about it:

Are you psychic? "Psychic" comes from a greek word, meaning "of or pertaining to the soul". If you’re psychic, you tend to:

  • Often know what’s going to happen ahead of time
  • Find that information just “comes to you”
  • See, feel, and hear things that prove to be accurate
  • If you're psychic, you probably don't need a psychic ability test to tell you so! (But we have one for you, just the same.) Take the psychic ability test.

So, bolstered by the intuition results, I launched confidently into the psychic ability test. I did amazinly terrible! Here are my results:

  • You scored 5 out of a possible 100 points.
  • You are surprisingly un-psychic

LOL... Ok, so now we know. I cannot fortell the future. I wonder if that means my inner voices are just wrong?


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Behaving as if...


I have a book called "Behaving As If The God In All Life Matters." I just love that title. And I've been mulling it over now for a couple of weeks. What does that look like, that kind of behavior?

I would very much like to live my life in that way... and at the same time, I don't do it. I lean my mind towards the concept, but my actions and my body remains firmly rooted in "Behaving As If Only My Check Book Matters"... or "Behaving As If Only My Appetite Matters"... or "Behaving As If Only What I Want Matters"... It's all very interesting.

What I would really like is for some instantaneous change to take place whereby I suddenly, with no effort on my part, begin to behave just in that way. And why couldn't it happen like that? Look at Eckert Tolle - he was not in a good place at all, resolved on suicide as the only way out, then one dark night suddenly VOILA! he has an epiphany, becomes enlightened, and now he's on the Oprah Show.

Does that sound resentful? I think it does. Ok, let's face it. I'm jealous. How come he gets sudden nirvana and I get.. same old same old... I suffer. I get suicidal. I have my dark nights of the soul. What? Don't I suffer enough? Is that it?

On the other hand, maybe it's all just sitting there, in my "closet" waiting for me to open the frickin' door. And I'm just too lazy to clear the junk out of the way so that I can get to said door.

I was working here in my office last night, getting some posting done over at More Cool Pictures, and the TV was on in the living room. Suddenly, I heard The Nanny getting after a mom she was mentoring. Really letting her have it. Telling her she was lazy and that it was time to grow up and do what needed to be done. And at the time, I was thinking... Yowsers! But now, this morning, I'm thinking - OK - she's right. I am being lazy. It's time to stop farting around and get off the porch and go play with the big dogs.

So, I'm going to do that, just as soon as I finish my beer, and take my afternoon nap. Well... maybe tomorrow would be a better day to get started, what do you think? But no, I'm working tomorrow... Sunday? Monday? Maybe I should wait until my birthday?

Oh, and by the way, how do you "Behave as if..." ?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

What is dark

What is dark clings to what is light and so enhances the brightness of the latter. A luminous thing giving out light must have within itself something that perseveres; otherwise it will in time burn itself out. Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine.

Thus the sun and moon cling to heaven, and grain, grass, and trees cling to the earth. So too the twofold clarity of the dedicated man clings to what is right and thereby can shape the world. Human life on earth is conditioned and unfree, and when man recognizes this limitation and makes himself dependent upon the harmonious and beneficent forces of the cosmos, he achieves success.

~I Ching

Monday, April 7, 2008

Dr Phil's Test

Here you go. Try this!

Below is Dr Phil's test . (Dr. Phil scored 55; he did this test on Oprah - she got a 38.) Some folks pay a lot of money to find this stuff out!

Read on, this is very interesting!

Don't be overly sensitive! The following is pretty accurate and it only takes 2 minutes. So grab a pencil and a piece of paper and get started.

Answers are for who you are now....... Not who you were in the past. This is a real test given by the Human Relations Dept.. At many of the major corporations today.

It helps them get better insight concerning their employees and prospective employees.. It's only 10 simple questions, so...grab a pencil and paper, for keeping track of your letter answers to each question.

Ready??

Begin...

1. When do you feel your best?
A) in the morning
B) during the afternoon and early evening
C) late at night

2. You usually walk...
A) fairly fast, with long steps
B) fairly fast, with little steps
C) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
D) less fast, head down
E) very slowly

3. When talking to people you...
A) stand with your arms folded
B) have your hands clasped
C) have one or both your hands on your hips
D) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
E) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with...
A) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
B) your legs crossed
C) your legs stretched out or straight
D) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with...
A) big appreciated laugh
B) a laugh, but not a loud one
C) a quiet chuckle
D) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you...
A) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
B) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
C) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted...
A) welcome the break
B) feel extremely irritated
C) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most?
A) Red or orange
B) black
C) yellow or light blue
D) green
E) dark blue or purple
F) white
G) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are...
A) stretched out on your back
B) stretched out face down on your stomach
C) on your side, slightly curled
D) with your head on one arm
E) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...
A) falling
B) fighting or struggling
C) searching for something or somebody
D) flying or floating
E) you usually have dreamless sleep
F) your dreams are always pleasant

POINTS:
1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e) 1
10. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points.

OVER 60 POINTS : Others see you as someone they should 'handle with care.' You're seen as vain, self-centered, and who is extremely dominant.. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS : Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust In your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions & who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people think you're boring. Only those who know you well know that you aren't.

Here's my score: 45
What did you score?

Friday, April 4, 2008

My Extreme Makeover!

Check it out guys, I'm going for a whole new look.
How do you like it?


An Old Woman Smoking a Joint

I think it's totally me!
Well, maybe not totally me...

LOL

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Speaking of witches....

It is not easy to be a Witch, a bender, a shaper, one of the Wise; nor is it safe, comfortable, "laid back", mellow, uplifting, or a guarantee of peace of mind. It requires openness, vulnerability, courage, and work. It gives no answers, only tasks to be done, and questions to consider.... It functions in those deeper ways of knowing which our culture has denied, and for which we hunger. — Starhawk

Spider Woman

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Goodby to the Plumber Guy!

Goodby to the Plumber Guy and hello Auntie Moss. The Plumber Guy has gone to stay over at My Work At Home Job, he decided that things were just getting a little bit too crazy around here, what with posts on dragons and thunderstones and what not. Lucky for us, we have Auntie Moss!

Who is she and where did she come from? She is a wonderful little old village witch who got a really bad rap from Ursula Leguin in her Earthsea book "Tehanu." The description in the book reads like this:

"Aunty Moss was a dour creature, unmarried, like most witches, and unwashed, with greying hair tied in curious charm-knots, and eyes red-rimmed from herb smoke." She was further described as, "unpredictable, unreliable, incomprehensible, passionate, ignorant, sly, and dirty."

The one thing said about her that was true is "she was following her heart, it was a dark, wild, queer heart, like a crow, going its own ways and on its own errands."

Lucky for us, I was able to find an actual picture of her, and she did graciously agree to be of help to those of you who ask for advice and insight. You'll find her at the bottom of the page. Go ahead, ask her something, you know you want to!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Playing Catch-Up

I've got a lot of catching up to do here at Shirley Twofeathers. Maybe even a whole book's worth of stuff I want to talk about. So, are you ready?

Here's a list of links to my most recent posts in the order in which they occured. I'll be adding to it until I get totally caught up with my now moment. So, have fun!

And So???

High Five

I been waiting 3 hourz for a high five!

Who says there's no such thing as dragons?

Some fossils, named the “China dragon fossils”, were recently exhibited in the Xinwei Ancient Life Fossils Museum in Anshun, Guizhou. When archeologists first stripped the clay off the fossil, they found the dragon had a pair of horns above its head and the shape of the dragon was very like the legendary animal often described in books and stories.

The dragon fossil was found in Guanling County, Anshun City, in 1996, and has been kept in a good condition. It is measured 7.6 meters long. Its head is 76 centimeters long and the neck is 54 centimeters long. The body is 2.7 meters in length and 68 centimeters in width, and the tail is 3.7 meters long.

The dragon’s head is in a triangle shape. Its mouth is 43 centimeters long. The widest part of the head is 32 centimeters long. The horns project from the widest part of the head, and are symmetrical and 27 centimeters long. They are a little bit curved and tilted, which makes the fossil look very much like the legendary dragon.

The China dragon was a reptile animal living in the ocean in Triassic Period about 200 million years ago. It was an amphibian. It spent most of its time living in water, although sometimes it walked on land. It also laid eggs on land. The animal lived on fish and small reptile animals.

This is the first time that China found a dragon fossil with a pair of horns. Its discovery provides some evidence to prove that dragons might really have horns. The fossil provides important scientific information for people to trace the origin of the Chinese legendary dragon.

Incubating a Dragon

Several weeks ago, I found a Shaman Stone at a rock shop. It was the same day that I bought the Celestite. It isn't much to look at, but I love this little stone. When I hold it in my hand, it gets warm, and then I can't put it down.

Because I wanted to carry it around all the time, I got the idea that I would make a bag for my Shaman Stone so I could wear it and have it with me all the time without having to worry that something might happen to it in my pocket.

And that's what I did. On the evening of the Solstice, there was a full moon, and I was thinking about dragons, and suddenly it occured to me that if I made a "dragon" bag for my stone, I might feel a teeny wee bit better about my inability to acutally BE a dragon. So I found some really cool yarn, all fiery and free spirited, and knitted a little bag for my stone.

I popped it into the bag and put it around my neck and, I swear to God, it felt alive. Like a little baby dragon incubating inside that warm round stone. It sits right over my heart, and when I touch it, or hold it in my hand, it's like a small warm egg. So. Maybe I'm nutty - but that's OK - I'm feeling so much better now that I'm "dragon sitting."

If the unbelievable actually happens, and a dragon does hatch, I'm pretty sure his name will be Moqui. And yes, I do know that the chances of a real live dragon are pretty much non existent, but even if I don't end up with a dragon - I'm pretty sure that something magical will come from it. How can it not? And I'm willing to wait and see. So I'll keep you posted!

Thunder Stones

Have you ever seen one of these? Moqui Balls - are very interesting minerals found in the state of Utah. These mostly smooth, elliptical or round balls of compacted sandstone are encased in a "shell" of hematite (an ore of iron).

They are also referred to as "Thunderballs" or "Shaman Stones" and have been used for centuries by Shamans and other mystics. Considered sacred among the Shamanic members of ancient tribes, they were used in rituals to contact extra-terrestrials, for visioning and for out-of-body journeys. The name "Thunderballs" refer to how they were sometimes used in more dramatic ways. The Shaman would throw them into the sacred fires and they would explode. They are used for healing and balancing.

Moqui Marbles

These strange ironstone concretions are found at the base of the Navajo Sandstone formation and come in sizes from small marbles to baseball sizes. (They can no longer be collected there because it is now part of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.) Although newly discovered in the United States, the Moqui have been found on several continents and in ancient archaeological excavations.

Moqui Marbles

Named after the Moqui Indians who inhabited the lands around the Navajo Sandstone Formation in Utah, where most Moqui Marbles are found, the theory of how these spheres are formed is still under discussion. Some geologists believe them to be concretions formed 25-130 million years ago from minerals precipitated out of large volumes of groundwater flowing through permeable sandstone.

Moqui Marbles

They are recommended to the user of both the ancient ways and the future ways. Moqui Balls can be used to align the energy centers, to relieve energy blockages, to stimulate the CHI, to ground and center, and to provide protection. Grinding with two Moqui Balls promotes receptivity to frequencies which are usually inaudible. The journey with the Moqui balls allow one to live to the fullest, while understanding the sanctity of, and performing healing for the earth. Moqui Balls need no special care, they are lovely to hold and act to protect when placed in ones environments, the energy being like a good friend.

Manifested by nature, enjoyed by mankind, the Moqui Balls brings the synthesis of the male/female duality, and the actualization of singularity, allowing one to recognize the self, and the independence and liberty of ones nature.

They don't need special care, they are equally balanced between grounding and energizing, and act as a connector to the Earth's energies. Moqui Marbles readily accept subtle energy charges and hold them indefinitely. Treat them with love and they will return it when you need it most.

But I wanna be a dragon!

So, here I am wanting to be a dragon, and I take this test and find out that I'm much more likely to be a Unicorn. And of course, we all know that internet quizzes are every bit as accurate as rocket sicence, so how discouraging is that?

What mythical creature are you?

Unicorn

Pure and true. You are kind and believe strongly in fairness and equality. You are often solitary but you can always spare time for your friends. Some people would say you are naïve and innocent.

Personality Test Results

Click Here to Take This Quiz

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If I was a dragon...

Having gotten into a good size funk over my inability to transform myself into a dragon, I was at work, whining and complaining about it, and someone asked me what I would do if I was a dragon. So, here's my list:

  1. Bank of America would be toast.
  2. Developers would be terrified to go anywhere near a rainforest.
  3. George W Bush would be homeless - sorry. Maybe he could go live in New Orleans in one of those trailers he so generously provided!
  4. China is so beautiful, I'd probably plan to live there, just as soon as I got done roasting their government officials. The olympics would have to be canceled of course, as would plans for world domination, and Tibet would be my gift to the Dalai Lama. (Unless I accidentally breathed on him and set him on fire.)
  5. Warships would swim with the fishes, and not one war plane, missle, or rocket would make it into the sky - yes I know I'd be busy!
  6. Any factory, any powerplant, any place of business not being extremely cautious about pollution - well, let's just say the construction trade would be booming.
  7. When I got bored with making people behave, I'd vacation in Australia, and allow heads of governments bring me treasures and jewels.
  8. Eventually, I'd get lonely, and then I'd fly off on "the other wind" and find out where all the other dragons live.

If you were a dragon, what would you do?

Dreaming of Dragons

A while back, some of you may have noticed that I was in a little bit of a funk. OK, maybe it was more than a "little bit." Why does it matter now? So many days later? Who gives a shit about my little funk? Well, OK, since you asked: I do. And it matters because there's a kind of a flow from then to now with lots of cool and not so cool, interesting and not so interesting (OK yeah, flat out boring) stuff in between that I want to post here.

So, here's what happened. Have you ever read the Wizard of Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuinn? I spent the weekend reading all 5 books, and I'm telling you, I got really down. The more I read, the more depressed I felt. And next thing you know, I'm hating my life, and hating myself, by the time I finished the last book, I was in that bad funk.

Why? Because she reminded me of what I really want to be in my deepest heart, in my wildest dreams. And it's just not possible. Not in this lifetime anyway. Initially, I was just feeling down and disappointed, and then I stumbled onto this quote by Lynn Andrews:

There is magic in this world if you want the world to be magical. If you want life to be special, it will be. No one wants to be bored or consumed by ordinary drudgery. But what happens, all too often, is that when magic is presented to us, we don’t believe it because we don’t trust ourselves. We don’t realize what can really be accomplished. We don’t realize that if we wish to, we can take other forms. We can sit in the presence of the great masters, angels, or ancient seers of wisdom and find peace and wisdom, but it takes many small deaths, the giving away of old limitations, to get there.

That's when I got pissed off and the real funk started. I don't care how many "inspirational" quotes are flung at me... what I really want, who I really want to be... cannot be done. We live in a world where a man can be turned into a woman, where a person can drown in a frozen pond and be brought back to life having been dead for more than 20 minutes, a world where communication is instantaneous, and a moron got elected president of the United States... It really would appear that all things are possible. But this is not even a remote possibility.

And what is it that I want to be that I cannot be? You're going to probably scoff at me, and roll your eyes. But here goes anyway. What I really want to be, in my wildest dreams, in my deepest heart, is a dragon. Not a dragon lady, not a dragon persona, not a member of some dragon society, not an imaginary dream of dragons, but a living, fire-breathing, vivid, powerful, intelligent, free, wild, untameable, undeniable dragon. I WANT it. And don't tell me that dragons are make believe and pretend. Dragons are real SOMEWHERE or we wouldn't know so much about them.

It is so frustrating to me! There is something in me, something big and fierce and wild, and it's being smothered by ordinariness! I can't even live up to my smallest aspirations, much less something impossible and awesome like becoming an actual dragon.

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