Before I say “Good Day” a quick note

Before I run, I just wanted to drop off another note about ISP Drive. I went back and doubled checked what I said earlier and I was mistaken. We still need $135.00 to keep the WOTC on the net. Being up all night and popping a cougar in the head will sort of leave you tired and sleepy. Please accept my apologizes for the $5.00 boo-boo. I know you will but the server won’t.

The Drive has such great momentum and just think how much we have raised. We still have six days left (if I counted right???) to raise the rest of the money. I know we can do it. We have to do it. So please, if you have thought about donating, please do so. It doesn’t matter how much the amount is, we will appreciate it. Just the thought of knowing people care about you and love you means the world to us at a time like this. So please take a moment to help us stay on the net.

Thank you so much to all those who have already donated, your support means the world to me. I can never begin to thank you enough, all of you!  Remember this is your home, I am just fortunate enough to be the caretaker.

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for May 7th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Today I heard the laughter of children at play. Their voices filled the air almost like chimes. And I felt their arms about my neck and their sticky kisses on my face. How blessed I am! Today I heard a mockingbird trilling out every single song it ever heard from its winged friends. I closed my eyes and in the trees I heard all the voices I’ve heard since childhood, and it took me through all the happy, breathless, precious times I loved so much.

Today I heard my mother’s voice calling to me happily. It was a good, strong, healthy voice that has called to me courage, and hope and peace, and shall continue to call down many lanes to me.

Today I heard my child’s voice. I heard her singing, I heard her praying, I heard her laughing and talking. I heard her teasing and moving from place to place in all the activities I love to see her in.

Now, even more than ever I realize how grateful I am that God has given me the excellent faculty of hearing. I shall with all diligence try to hear nothing evil, but only love and peace which is my heritage.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 7

Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 7

“We must all become caretakers of the Earth.”

—- Haida Gwaii Traditional Circle of Elders

Mother Earth is the source of all life. We should not only be concerned about the part of the Earth we live on, but we should be concerned about the parts of the Earth that other people live on. The Earth is one great whole. The trees in Brazil generate the air in the Untied States. If the trees are cut in Brazil, it affects the air that all people breathe. Every person needs to conscientiously think about how they respect the Earth. Do we dump our garbage out of the car? Do we poison the water? Do we poison the air? Am I taking on the responsibility of being a caretaker of the Earth?

Great Spirit, today, I will be aware of the Earth. I will be responsible.

May 7 – Daily Feast

May 7 – Daily Feast

If we ignore everything beautiful and look down the road to some future time, chances are it will be the same. This is the time, the e to a, the now, the present, to see the dearness of other people, the chance to be grateful – to enjoy. Why wait? Perfect times are elusive. They create an atmosphere that life should be lived on some high emotional level instead of experiencing love. Time goes by. The peaks were not what made life worthwhile – but the in-between times that gave us a chance to stand in the quiet of a wooded glen, even if it is just in our hearts, and know that love made it all worthwhile. Love will continue to make each a giant of peace in our souls.

~ I want to tell you if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be chief of this country, it is myself. ~

SITTING BULL

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for May 7th – In this very moment

In this very moment

You don’t have to be experiencing an epic adventure to enjoy profound fulfillment. There is much joy to be found in even the most ordinary days.

You don’t have to own an impressive collection of possessions to be rich. Life’s true richness comes from the way you feel, and feeling great requires nothing other than your choice.

There is no need to place conditions on your joy. Simply, and wonderfully, live it, now.

Your life is unique and precious, so treat it as such. Delight in the deep, rich substance of being, not just in the meaningless tokens.

Right here, right now, is everything necessary for great fulfillment. Always within you is the power to experience life at its very best.

Choose to exercise that power now, and find new, original joy in this very moment. Feel the possibilities, and bring them to life with your presence.

— Ralph Marston
Source:

The Daily Motivator

The Daily OM for May 7th – Present in the Progression

Present in the Progression
Letting Life Unfold

by Madisyn Taylor

Present time can be hard, but life unfolds as it will and the universe will wait as we make our way into the unknown.

Our lives are guided by natural rhythms that are particular to each of us and cannot be altered by force of will alone. Life itself is a journey made up of processes and events that manifest before us only to be swept away when time marches on. Whether we envision ourselves creating a career, building a family, or developing the self, we instinctively know when the time has come for us to realize our dreams because all that is involved comes together harmoniously. When the time is right, the passage of destiny cannot be blocked. Yet as desperate as we are to touch these beautiful futures we have imagined, we cannot grow if we are not fully present in the evolutionary experience. The present can be challenging, uncomfortable, and tedious, but life unfolds as it will, and the universe will wait patiently as we make our way into the unknown.

The fate that awaits us is not dependent on our pace, which was preordained before we ever appeared in human guise. Therefore there is no reason to rush through life to reach those pinnacles of development associated with the paths we have chosen. Enjoying and fully experiencing the journey of life is as important as achieving goals and reaching milestones. There are lessons we can learn during those moments that seem immaterial or insignificant that we cannot learn at any other time. Appreciating these takes patience, however, because human beings tend to focus on the fulfillment of expectations rather than the simple joys of being.

Like many people, you have no doubt longed for a device that would give you the power to fast forward through certain periods of your existence. Yet haste is by its very nature vastly more stressful than serene fortitude. When you feel yourself growing impatient because the pace of your development is deceptively slow, remember that everything that will occur in your life will occur in its own time. Quelling your urge to rush will enable you to witness yourself learning, changing, and becoming stronger. There is so much to see and do in between the events and processes that we deem definitive. If you are patient enough to take pleasure in your existence’s unfolding, the journey from one pinnacle to the next will seem to take no time at all.

Source:
The Daily OM

A to Z Emotional Issues and Imbalances and the Flower Remedies that Help Address Them

A to Z Emotional Issues and Imbalances…

and the flower remedies that help address them

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For every emotional upset or energy imbalance there are vibrational flower remedies that can help energize, support, nurture, balance, or give relief. Flower essence therapy is a type of vibrational medicine. Other vibrational therapies include color therapy and crystal therapy.

While there is no medical evidence to support the effectiveness of flower essences, practitioners use different flower essences to treat holistic imbalances. However, people suffering from clinical depression or other mental health issues should contact a licensed mental health professional for treatment.

A. Abandonment to Awarenesss

  • Abandonment Angelica Baby Blue Eyes Bleeding Heart Chicory Evening Primrose Holly Mallow Mariposa Lily Oregon Grape Pink Monkeyflower Sweet Chestnut Sweet Pea
  • Acceptance AgrimonyBeech Impatiens Alpine Lily Baby Blue Eyes Bleeding Heart Buttercup Calla Lily Crab Apple Fairy Lantern Fawn Lily Fuchsia Holly Loves-Lies-Bleeding Pine Pink Monkeyflower Sage Scotch Broom
  • Addiction Crab Apple Gorse Mustard Olive Star of Bethlehem Clematis Chestnut Bud
  • Aggressiveness Impatiens Tiger Lily
  • Aging Beech Centaury Chicory Holly Honeysuckle Heather Gentian Mimulus
  • Alienation Calla Lily Alpine Lily
  • Aloofness Water Violet
  • Anger Impatiens Holly
  • Anxiety Elm Red Chestnut Aspen Rescue Remedy Mimulus Chicory Larch
  • Awareness Aspen Chestnut Bud

B. Balance to Bruising

  • Balance: Scleranthus Fawn Lily Calla Lily
  • Bee Stings / Bug Bites: Rescue Remedy
  • Bitterness Baby Blue Eyes Rescue Remedy
  • Blame: Beech Larch
  • Body Image Fawn Lily Alpine Lily
  • Broken Heart Holly Honeysuckle
  • Bruising Rescue Remedy Comfrey

C. Catalyst to Cynicism

  • Catalyst Indian Paint Brush Cayenne
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Mustard Olive Rock Rose Crab Apple Hornbeam
  • Clarity Star of Bethlehem Clematis Chestnut Bud White Chestnut Bush Fuchsia
  • Cleansing Crab Apple Holly Easter Lily
  • Co-Dependence Centaury Elm Chicory Mariposa Lily
  • Communication Sturt Desert Rose Beech Impatiens Larch
  • Compassion Holly Heather -Mariposa Lily Fawn Lily
  • Concentration Clematis Elm Honeysuckle
  • Confidence Hornbeam Cerato LarchAspenMimulus
  • Confusion White Chestnut Wild Rose Gentian Scleranthus
  • Courage Gentian Aspen Rock Rose Mimulus Larch Fawn Lily
  • Creativity Wild Rose Larch
  • Criticism Beech – Crab Apple
  • Cynicism Beech Holly

D. Daydreamer to Dullness

  • Daydreamer Clematis Honeysuckle Fawn Lily
  • Death and Dying Star of Bethlehem Rock Rose Holly Mariposa Lily
  • Denial Chestnut Bud
  • Depression and Despair Mustard Gentian Elm Gorse Hornbeam
  • Destructiveness Gorse Beech Impatiens Cherry Plum Crab Apple Holly
  • Discouragement Gorse Gentian Larch
  • Disorientation Clematis
  • Doubt Gorse Larch
  • Dreams and Sleep Problems St. John’s Wort Hornbeam
  • Drug Abuse Agrimony
  • Dullness Hornbeam

E. Eating Disorders to Exhaustion

  • Eating Disorder Peppermint Cherry Plum Crab Apple Chestnut Bud Mariposa Lily Fawn Lily
  • Egotism Chicory Holly
  • Embarrassment Kangeroo Paw
  • Emergency Rescue Remedy Cherry Plum Crab Apple
  • Empathy
  • Empty Nest (see Remedies for Empty Nest Syndrome)
  • Envy Holly Honeysuckle Calla Lily
  • Environment Aversion Crab Apple
  • Erratic Behavior Aspen Impatiens
  • Escapism Clematis Chestnut Bud Honeysuckle Gentian Mimulus Fawn Lily
  • Exhaustion Olive Elm Hornbeam

F. Failure to Frustration

  • Failure Gentian Larch
  • Fainting Rescue Remedy
  • Faith Cherry Plum Mimulus
  • Fanaticism Elm
  • Fatigue Olive Impatiens Hornbeam
  • Fear Red Chestnut Aspen Mimulus Gray Spider Flower Cherry Plum Rock Rose Holly Larch
  • Feminininity Lily Wisteria Baby Blue Eyes Black Cohosh Bleeding Heart Buttercup Canyon Dudley Corn Evening Primrose
  • Forgiveness Beech Holly Mariposa Lily
  • Freedom Centaury Chestnut Bud
  • Frustration Wild Oat Impatiens Gentian

G. Gloom to Guilt

  • Gloom Gorse Black Cohosh Baby Blue Eyes Mustard Red Clover Scotch Broom
  • Greed Chrysanthemum Star of Bethlehem Honeysuckle Star Thistle
  • Grief Bleeding Heart Fuchsia Sagebrush Love-Lies-Bleeding Honeysuckle Yerba Santa Dandelion
  • Grinding Teeth Snapdragon Elm Red Chestnut Aspen
  • Guilt Sturt Desert Rose Elm Pink Yarrow Golden Ear Drops Deerbrush

H. Hate to Hysteria

  • Hate Crab Apple Holly
  • Hesitation Mimulus Larch
  • Hopelessness Mustard
  • Hostility Holly Tiger Lily
  • Hyperactivity Cherry Plum Vervain Impatiens
  • Hypersensitivity Beech
  • Hyperventilation Rescue Remedy Elm Aspen
  • Hypochondria Red Chestnut
  • Hysteria Cherry Plum Rock Rose

I. Immune Disorders to Irritability

  • Idealism Beech Centaury Clematis
  • Immune Disorders Beech Crab Apple
  • Impatience Impatiens Calendula
  • Inadequacy Elm Larch
  • Indecision Scleranthus Larch Wild Oat Tansy
  • Inertia Olive Cayenne Blackberry White Chestnut
  • Insomnia White Chestnut Vervain Rock Water Vine Elm Beech Impatiens
  • Intimacy Issues Basil Fawn Lily
  • Irritability Impatiens Beech Crab Apple – Chicory Chestnut Bud

J. Jealousy to Judgemental

  • Jealousy Pretty Face Trillium Holly Goldenrod
  • Joylessness Gentian Mustard Gorse
  • Judgemental Beech Pine

K. Karma

  • Karmic Struggles Angel’s Trumpet Sweet Chestnut Holly Forget-Me-Not Oak Fairy Lantern

L. Lack of Direction to Low Esteem

  • Lack of Direction Sagebrush Walnut Scleranthus Lady’s Slipper California Wild Rose
  • Lack of Motivation Gorse Larch
  • Letting GoCherry Plum Chicory Chestnut Bud Honeysuckle
  • Loneliness Heather Water Violet Elm Honeysuckle
  • Low Self-Esteem Centaury Heather Larch Calla Lily

M. Martydom to Mid-Life Crisis

  • Martyrdom Centaury Elm Chicory Heather
  • Masculine Issues Willow White Chestnut Pine Olive Elm Larch Dandelion Tiger Lily Calla Lily
  • Menopausal Issues Aloe Vera Borage Mustard Walnut Mimulus Beech Crab Apple Tiger Lily Mariposa Lily Alpine Lily Easter Lily
  • Mental Confusion Star of Bethlehem Clematis Chestnut Bud White Chestnut Bush Fuchsia
  • Mid-Life Crisis Honeysuckle Dandelion

N. Nausea to Nostalgia

  • Nausea Rescue Remedy Crab Apple
  • Negativity Sweet Chestnut Agrimony Crab Apple Beech
  • Nervousness Cherry Plum Mimulus
  • Nightmares Aspen Lavender Chaparral Black-Eyed Susan St John’s Wort
  • Nose Bleeds Rescue Remedy
  • Nostalgia Honeysuckle Forget-Me-Not Chrysanthemum

O. Obesity to Overwhelm

  • Obesity Peppermint
  • Obsession Cherry Plum Crab Apple Vervain White Chestnut Heather
  • Overwhelm Cherry Plum Elm Hornbeam

P(Q). Paranoia to Purification

  • Paranoia Gray Spider Flower Aspen
  • Perfectionism Beech Impatiens Elm Crab Apple Gentian Larch Dandelion Fawn Lily Alpine Lily
  • Pessimism Gorse Gentian Larch
  • Phobias Mimulus Aspen Rock Rose Cherry Plum Red Chestnut Rescue Remedy
  • PMS Mustard Scleranthus Crab Apple
  • Possessiveness Chicory
  • Powerlessness Chicory Tiger Lily
  • Prejudice Beech Honeysuckle
  • Prickly Heat Impatiens Rescue Remedy
  • Pride Water Violet Larch
  • Procrastination Clematis Larch Hornbeam
  • Psychic Attack Aspen Yarrow
  • Purification Crab Apple Easter Lily

R. Rejection to Restlessness

  • Rejection Crab Apple Chicory Holly Honeysuckle Gentian Larch Mariposa Lily
  • Rejuvination Olive Mulla Mulla
  • Relationship Issues Chicory Holly Mimulus Tiger Lily
  • Repression Larch Dandelion
  • Resentment Holly
  • Resistance / Rigidity Honeysuckle Impatiens Clematis Chestnut Bud Hornbeam Oak
  • Responsibility Hornbeam Pine Elm Chicory
  • Restlessness Impatiens

S. Scatteredness to Surrender

  • Scatteredness Clematis
  • Self-Acceptance Agrimony Sturt Desert Rose Crab Apple Larch Alpine Lily
  • Selfishness Heather Willow Chicory Holly Fawn Lily
  • Sensitivity Beech Star of Bethlehem Yarrow
  • Sexuality Issues Mimulus Crab Apple Basil Larch Mariposa Lily Calla Lily Alpine Lily Easter Lily
  • Shame Crab Apple Larch Calla Lily Alpine Lily Easter Lily
  • Shyness Kangeroo Paw Mimulus Larch Violet
  • Sleep Problems White Chestnut Rock Rose Aspen Sweet Chestnut Clematis
  • Sluggishness Hornbeam
  • Stress Impatiens Star of Bethlehem >Cherry Plum Elm
  • Stuttering Kangaroo Paw Larch Bush Fuchsia
  • Substance Abuse Agrinomy
  • Surrender Cherry Plum Centaury Rock Rose

T. Tension to Trust Issues

  • Tension Impatiens Dandelion
  • Tolerance Beech Impatiens
  • Toothache Rescue Remedy
  • Trust Issues Cerato Cherry Plum Mariposa Lily

U-V Ungroundedness to Vulnerability

  • Ungroundedness Clematis Honeysuckle Corn Fawn Lily Alpine Lily
  • Unkindness Kangeroo Paw Holly Snapdragon Willow
  • Vomiting Rescue Remedy
  • Vulnerability Centaury Yarrow Saint John’s Wort Red Clover

W. Worthlessness to Worries

  • (Feelings of) Worthlessness Pretty Face Larch Elm Buttercup Mallow Violet
  • Work Burn Out California Wild Rose Centaury Dandelion Elm Hornbeam
  • Worries Filaree Honeysuckle Red Chestnut Chamomile

XYZ

  • Yin Yang Balancing Hibiscus Lily

 

Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies

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Definition: A brand name of flower essences created by an English physician and homeopath named Edward Bach in the 1930s.

Bach was said to have believed that negative emotions could worsen or lead to physical illness and that flowers had the potential to reduce emotional stress. Bach created 38 individual remedies, each associated with a negative emotional state, and a “rescue remedy,” which is recommended for panic, shock and emergencies.

Bach flower remedies are made by placing the flowers in a bowl of spring water and then leaving them to infuse in natural sunlight or boiling them in spring water. The flowers are then discarded and the liquid is preserved with brandy, diluted and then sold in small vials.

Bach flower remedies are found in many health food stores. They are typically taken by adding two drops of each desired remedy into a glass of water, which is then sipped.

Pronunciation: Bok
Also Known As: Bach flower essences

Flower Essence Therapy

Flower Essence Therapy

Nature Remedies

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What are Flower Essences?

Flower essences are the blossoms of plants prepared from a sun infusion in a bowl of water, then further diluted, potentized, and then preserved with brandy. These preparations embody the distinct imprint, or energetic pattern of each flower species. In holistic healing flower essence therapy is categorized under vibrational medicine. Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and even the foods we eat.

Flower Essence Therapy Origins

The founder of flower essence therapy was an English surgeon named Dr. Edward Bach. Dr Bach was a pioneer in understanding the connection of our emotional bodies to our physical health. The 38 original flower remedies, known as Bach Healing Herbs were used to treat the underlying emotional causes of diseases.

Ill health (physical imbalances and dis-eases) results when we are in imbalance or when we lose our awareness, are disassociated from others, or disconnected from our life purpose. The living forces of nature collected from the blooms of our flowering plants, prepared, and placed in liquid stock. and dosage bottles are used in healing our physical, etheric, astral, and spiritual bodies.

How Flower Essences Are Applied

Flower essences enjoy a reputation of being highly effective and very safe to use. Flower essences, or flower drops as I like to call them, can be taken directly from the stock bottle. A few drops are typically applied under the tongue. Alternately, three to four drops of stock essences are mixed into a liter of purified water that is sipped throughout the day.

Specialized combinations of essences are commonly prepared in one ounce dosage bottles. A dosage bottle will normally last ten to fourteen days.

The medical community is not convinced that there is enough evidence to support the effectiveness of flower essences. This is fair, admittedly, vibrational energy is very difficult to measure by scientific means. Yet, in the holistic community, flower essences are favored by practitioners to address emotional and spiritual imbalances. People suffering from clinical depression or other mental health issues should contact a licensed mental health professional for treatment.

Intuitively Selecting Flower Essences

Selecting essences can in itself be a process of inner growth and awareness. Through quiet reflection, meditation, self observation, and consulting and conversation with others, it is possible to become aware of issues in our lives that demand our attention. These may be related to any area of our lives, our work, our relationships, or our personal selves. I tend to see the flowers visually with my third eye, yet when I cross reference my visuals in my flower essence resource books. I am always amazed at how accurate intuitive-chosen flowers are. Kinesiology testing is another way that people can use to select the appropriate essences for themselves.

Helpful Tips:

  • Standard dosage for flower essences is four to ten drops under the tongue four times per day.
  • Potency is increased not by taking more drops at one time, but by increasing the frequency.
  • You can benefit greatly by consulting an experienced flower essence practitioner.

Although people occasionally notice immediate shifts when taking flower essences, others may experience difficulty perceiving any changes due to the gradual effects flower essences normally take. Taking flower drops over time will build a stronger and stabilizing influence in our relationships, in our attitudes, in our stresses, and in our overall state of well-being. Flower essences are not cure-alls. Flower essences are intended to be our helpers in aligning our life energy toward healthy growth and development.

An appropriate flower essence to keep near your computer for frequent use is yarrow. Yarrow essence helps relieve feelings of vulnerability and protects us from absorbing environmental influences (especially rampant within office atmospheres). When environmental and social forces threaten to overwhelm us…yarrow helps!

 

Empath Remedies – Flower Essence Remedies for Easing Empathic Characteristics

Empath Remedies

Flower Essence Remedies for Easing Empathic Characteristics

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Empaths or hypersensitive persons are intune with vibrational frequencies. They are vulnerable to taking on emotional “gunk” belonging to others which can cause them to feel anxious, fatigued, overwhelmed, or hurt. Below is a collection of flower remedies intended to help sensitive people release emotionally-charged energies and also shield themselves from picking up foreign energies in the future. Some of these essences can also help the empath work more effectively with their empathic gift.

Manage Your Empathic Tendencies

Incorporating the use of specific flower essences can help ease feelings of overwhelm or anxiousness associated with empathic natures.

Empath Essences

  • Olive – Revitalizer. Olive is a good remedy for anyone who is feeling the effects of fatigue or struggle. Olive can help the soothe the sensitive person who takes on more than his share of suffering. 
  • Yarrow – Energy Shield. Yarrow is a stablizing remedy. It can help to shield anyone who is extra sensitive or vulnerable from energies that could deplete their personal space. 
  • Beech – Beech remedy can serve as an energetic buffer, protecting sensitives from emotional attacks. Helpful essence remedy for anyone who feels socially vulnerable. 
  • Mountain Pennyroyal – Moutain Pennyroyal remedy is a protective agent that gives clarity of mind and blocks negative energies. It can also assist the empath cleanse and purge energies that have already been picked up. Expels negativity and psychic attachments. 
  • Pink Yarrow – Pink Yarrow remedy helps anyone needing to create emotional boundaries. It allows a person to remain compassionate to the needs of others without taking on their burdens. 
  • Dandelion – Dandelion remedy serves as a laundering service for washing away painful emotions. It allows emotional sludge to move through the body and get tossed away much like how dirt gets removed from clothing when it is laundered. 
  • Borage – Borage is a heart healer. Sensitive persons are often heavily burdened with the emotional hurts of many. This make borage the “go-to” remedy to ease the strain on the heart chakra. Borage lifts any burdens, offering energetic “lightness” and “healing.” 
  • Heather – Heather is normally prescribed for the self-absorbed personality helping him to learn how to step outside of the self and become more feeling of others. For this reason, the suggestion of heather for the empath may seem to be at odds. However, heather can also help an empath sort out his own emotions from adopted emotions that are not his. It helps a person recognize emotional energies in the body that do not belong. 
  • Fawn Lily – Fawn Lily essence helps reintroduce the “reclusive” personality back into the world. This remedy is an excellent aid for the empath who has kept himself locked away from others as a protective mechanism, but who wants to begin to mingle with people on his own terms in a controlled environment. 
  • Mallow – Mallow remedy helps break down self-protective walls an empath has built around himself. The problem with a solidly built energetic shield is that it not only blocks hurtful emotions, but it will block good emotions too, such as love and compassion. Mallow can help the isolated empath release fear and open up his heart so that he can begin feeling again. 
  • Yellow Star Tulip – Yellow Star Tulip is an excellent remedy for the empath who wants to use his empathic talents in the role of a healer. This remedy will help to enhance the empaths natural ability. This can be of great assistance to the healer in helping identify the needs of his clients. Refines inner truth and knowledge. 
  • Manzanita – Manzanita is a remedy for the individual who has over identified with his spiritual nature, choosing to ignore his human side. Empaths sometimes have difficulty embracing their physical bodies because of the emotional-body connection. The spiritual body has a natural detachment from the emotional body. However, earth incarnation requires having a body, and ignoring the body is not healthy. Manzanita essence helps to integrate spiritual and physical, helping the sensitive soul to view the world in a more balanced way. 

Balance is a gift that flower essences offer. They assist us in creating gentle energy shifts, easing any imbalances back into check.

The Joys and Pitfalls of Being an Empath

The Joys and Pitfalls of Being an Empath

Being an Empath is a Double Edged Sword

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Can you feel what others around you are feeling? Are you sensitive to your surroundings? When you lay your hands on someone, do your hands know right where to go to help that person? Perhaps you are an empath.

Curse or Blessing?

Being an empath is a double edged sword. It can be both a curse and a blessing. On one hand, you have the ability to intuit exactly what you need to do to make someone comfortable. On the other, it is easy to lose track of what you need, because you are so accustomed to caring for other’s comfort before caring for your own. You have easy access to information about what is going on with the people around you, but sometimes it is hard to know your own mind.

Some people would love to learn how to be more empathic, while others would love to learn how to retain the best parts of that skill, while managing the more difficult aspects.

An Empath Can Be a Real Chameleon

I have this theory that people become empaths as a way to stay safe in their world. If you know what those around you are feeling, then you know how to adjust what you say and do to make them comfortable so that they are safer people to be around, both emotionally and physically. An empath can be a real chameleon, shifting tone of voice, conversation styles, body posture, and choice of tactics and actions to help the people that are around them to feel more at ease. The problem with this is that they often lose track of what is actually authentic and true for themselves.

Self Care or Self Detriment?

Empaths tend to care take their environment as a way to care take themselves. This is a pretty roundabout way of doing self care. Doing or saying something that will make someone else angry or sad is uncomfortable for an empath, so that they often avoid confrontation in order to avoid feeling other people’s uncomfortable emotions. It is easy for them to lose track of the fact that they themselves are feeling uncomfortable.

I know first hand, because I am an empath. It has been both a gift and has exacted many painful lessons from me. I could never be the healer I am today without having been an empath. When I lay my hands on a person, I can tell almost right away what emotions are lodged in that person’s body, what issues they are dealing with, and sometimes, even what they are thinking. On the other side of the coin, there have been times in my life where I was not true to myself because of the needs and the emotions of others, often greatly to my detriment.

So what are we to do about this quandary?

There are several essential practices I have discovered iin my path to take advantage of the psychic gifts and lessen the problems of being an empath.

Essential Practices for Empaths

  • Develop Your Shield Body

Around your physical body, there is a layer of your aura that is devoted to your interface with your environment. Its shape and condition indicate your relationship to your world. People who are empaths often have a “thin skin” in relation to their shield body. When it has holes in it, we are more easily influenced by our environment. Visualize a shield of energy around your physical body. See is as radiant and complete. You may see it as a particular color. Some people like to see it as white or gold. Decide what color would work well for you, and see it that way. Imagine the shield body as flowing and moving..not static, we are developing a shield here, not armor. It is good for it to be flexible, so you can let in what serves you, and keep out what doesn’t. Snap your fingers to hold it in place. Do this exercise regularly.

Another thing that I have found exceptionally helpful, it to carry around a boji stone. This remarkable stone has been proven by Kirlian photography to seal the auric field if kept on the person for 3 days or more.

  • Center of Being

Once you have the shield body in place, imagine that there is a spark in the center of your being that is your pure essence. Focus your attention on the spark, being all your senses to bear. Also be aware of your sensations, emotions and thoughts. First try this when you are alone, and then, after a time, practice it around others. See if you can switch your awareness from your environment to your self, and back again. Notice the difference between the two.

  • Don’t Take On Responsibilties That Aren’t Yours

A person can get so used to care taking, that they can feel as though they are supposed to do it. You are not. It is good to be as compassionate as possible without going beyond the limits of what you need to do to maintain your health and sanity. You are responsible up to that line, and not beyond it. If you are an empath, your idea of where the line is might be a bit fuzzy. Once you get to know where the line is, try to stick to it. It will make all your relationships clearer and cleaner.

  • Get Used to Being the Bad Guy

Empaths are often outwardly kind and caring. They usually get the benefit of everyone thinking that they are almost saintly sometimes. It is easy to get attached to being the “nice guy.” It is not easy dealing with people’s negative emotions, but care taking others does not ultimately serve them or you. It does not help them to protect them from their feelings. It keeps them from growing up. Besides, it’s not real. Better to live in reality than a padded reality. Yes, people may get angry or sad at you or with you if you don’t do what they want you to do, but it is important to remember that their feelings are not your feelings, and your well-being is not dependent on their well being.

  • Develop Your Throat Chakra

Sometimes an empath will know what they need to say or do to make good boundaries, but have a hard time following through in expressing it. The throat chakra is the center for the expression of personal truth. Through the opening of the throat chakra, we open ourselves to expressing our true needs and feelings, as well as expressing the creative force as it moves through us. Some good exercises for opening the throat chakra are singing and chanting, sharing your feelings and thoughts with friends, and meditating on the throat chakra. Some healing stones that help with the throat chakra are chrysacolla, turquoise, lapis lazuli, amazonite, and blue lace agate. You can meditate with them, put them in a medicine bag, or wear jewelry (particularly necklaces).

  • Develop Your Root Chakra

The root chakra helps us to deal with being fully in the world. When the root chakra is open, we are fully grounded and present with whatever is coming our way. When it is not open, we can be dis-associative, fearful, and have difficulty staying present with what is going on. Opening and healing the root chakra helps us to release the fears that keep us from our highest manifestation within form. Some exercises that help to open the root chakra are:

Imagine you are sending roots down into the earth from your base.
Imagine you can breathe in and out of you root.
On the inhale, breath in energy from he earth.
On the exhale, release any thing that is within you that does not serve you.

Some healing stones that might be helpful are obsidian, boji stones, hematite, and red jasper.

  • Smudging And Clearing Regularly

Whether you are having difficulty with your empathic abilities or not, it is a good idea to smudge yourself regularly to release other people’s energy and influence from your energy body. Other good clearing methods are showering, bathing and spending time in solitude. Can you feel what others around you are feeling? Are you sensitive to your surroundings? When you lay your hands on someone, do your hands know right where to go to help that person? Perhaps you are an empath.

How to Become More Empathetic

How to Become More Empathetic

Caring Tips

By , About.com

 

If you would like to become more empathetic here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Cultivate Compassion

In order to begin to develop empathic ability, it is essential to care how someone feels. When we have compassion, we attune to the needs and feelings of the person we want to help. When we resist the energies, need and feelings of another, it is pretty hard to really open your self to them enough to know what is going on.

Put Yourself In Someone Else’s Shoes

One for the best ways to develop compassion is to put your self in their shoes. What would it feel like to be them.. to have had their experiences, to live their lifestyle, etc. There is a practice of entrainment which can help you come into a simpatico with them. When you are working directly with a person, breathe with them.. at the same rate. imagine you can feel what they feel. It works the best if you can be in some form of physical contact with them, like holding their hand, or placing your hand on their heart chakra. Imagine your awareness sinks into their body. Notice what you see in your mind’s eye, feel physically, and hear. Bring all of your senses to bear.

Develop Your Heart Chakra

When our heart chakra is truly open, we have the experience of the woven-ness of reality. We are not as separate as we seem. When another person is in pain, we have the knowledge of their need, and may respond to it appropriately. Breathe in and out of your heart chakra. imagine it opening like a lovely flower. Feel all the love that has ever been given to you, and feel and see all those who have ever loved. Be sure to include animals, who are great teachers of unconditional love. Allow your heart to grow several sizes. Some gemstones that are helpful for opening the heart chakra are rose quartz, malachite, emerald and ruby.

Develop Your Third Eye Chakra

When the third eye chakra is open, we can experience strong clairvoyance. Through it, we can perceive more clearly what is going on in the minds and hearts of those around us. When the third eye is closed, we tend to be more mental in our approach, and spend way too much time trying to figure things out instead of just “knowing.” To open the third eye, sit quietly focusing on the third eye. While you attention is there, chant the mantra, “aum.” envision light filling your skull, and emanating out of your third eye. After a time, if you like, you may ask a question, and allow a vision that represents the answer to appear in your mind.

When you are finished meditating on the third eye, be sure to spend a little time focusing on your root chakra to help ground your energy.

 

Are You An Empath?

Are You An Empath?

Basic Empathic Characteristics

By Christel Broederlow, About.com

 

Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity.

Empaths have the ability to scan another’s psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long accepted that they were sensitive to others.

Empaths Sense Deep Emotions

Empathy is a feeling of another’s true emotions to a point where an empath can relate to that person by sensing true feelings that run deeper than those portrayed on the surface. People commonly put on a show of expression. This is a learned trait of hiding authentic expression in an increasingly demanding society.

An empath can sense the truth behind the cover and will act compassionately to help that person express him/herself, thus making them feel at ease and not so desperately alone.

Empaths experience empathy towards family, children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants and inanimate objects. Empathy is not held by time or space. Thus, an empath can feel the emotions of people and things at a distance. Some are empathic towards animals (ie: The Horse Whisperer), to nature, to the planetary system, to mechanical devices or to buildings etc. Others will have a combination of the above.

Deep Sense of Knowing

Empaths are highly sensitive. This is the term commonly used in describing one’s abilities (sensitivity) to another’s emotions and feelings. Empaths have a deep sense of knowing that accompanies empathy and are often compassionate, considerate, and understanding of others.

There are also varying levels of strength in empaths which may be related to the individualís awareness of self, understanding of the powers of empathy, and/or the acceptance or non-acceptance of empathy by those associated with them, including family and peers. Generally, those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies and do not learn about them until later in life.

Inherited Trait?

Empathy is genetic, inherent in our DNA, and passed from generation to generation. It is studied both by traditional science and alternative healing practitioners.

Empathy has both biological/genetic and spiritual aspects.

Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different levels. From their position in observing what another is saying, feeling and thinking, they come to understand another. They can become very proficient at reading another person’s body language and/or study intently the eye movements. While this in itself is not empathy, it is a side-shoot that comes from being observant of others. In a sense, empaths have a complete communication package.

How Empathy Works

While there is much we don’t yet understand about how empathy works, we do have some information. Everything has an energetic vibration or frequency and an empath is able to sense these vibrations and recognize even the subtlest changes undetectable to the naked eye or the five senses.

Words of expression hold an energetic pattern that originates from the speaker. They have a specific meaning particular to the speaker. Behind that expression is a power or force-field, better known as energy. For example, hate often brings about an intense feeling that immediately accompanies the word. The word hate becomes strengthened with the speaker’s feeling. It is that person’s feelings (energy) that are picked up by empaths, whether the words are spoken, thought or just felt without verbal or bodily expression.

Empaths are often poets in motion. They are the born writers, singers, and artists with a high degree of creativity and imagination. They are known for many talents as their interests are varied, broad and continual, loving, loyal and humorous. They often have interests in many cultures and view them with a broad-minded perspective. They are mother, father, child, friend, nurse, caregiver, teacher, doctor, sales people… to psychic, clairvoyant, healer, etc. (That is not to say that any of these categories are all empaths.) The list is extensive and really unimportant. It is more important to notice that empaths are everywhere–in every culture and throughout the world.

 

Empaths Are Good Listeners

Empaths are often very affectionate in personality and expression, great listeners and counselors (and not just in the professional area). They will find themselves helping others and often putting their own needs aside to do so. In the same breath, they can be much the opposite. They may be quiet, withdrawn from the outside world, loners, depressed, neurotic, life’s daydreamers, or even narcissistic.

They are most often passionate towards nature and respect its bountiful beauty. One will often find empaths enjoying the outdoors, beaches, walking, etc. Empaths may find themselves continually drawn to nature as a form of release. It is the opportune place to recapture their senses and gain a sense of peace in the hectic lives they may live. The time to get away from it all and unwind with nature becomes essential to the empath. Animals are often dear to the heart of empaths, not as a power object, but as a natural love. It is not uncommon for empaths to have more than one pet in their homes.

Traits of an Empath

Empaths are often quiet and can take a while to handle a compliment for they’re more inclined to point out another’s positive attributes. They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional connection, and talk openly, and, at times, quite frankly in respect to themselves. They may have few problems talking about their feelings.

However, they can be the exact opposite: reclusive and apparently unresponsive at the best of times. They may even appear ignorant. Some are very good at blocking out others and that’s not always a bad thing, at least for the learning empath struggling with a barrage of emotions from others, as well as their own feelings.

Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. This can cause empaths to ignore their own needs. In general an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an empath. If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavor to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly.

Empaths are sensitive to TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an empath easily to tears. At times, they may feel physically ill or choke back the tears. Some empaths will struggle to comprehend any such cruelty, and will have grave difficulty in expressing themselves in the face of another’s ignorance, closed-mindedness and obvious lack of compassion. They simply cannot justify the suffering they feel and see.

People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet! They are like beacons of light.

Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously. It is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively that empaths would listen with compassionate understanding.

Here are the listeners of life. Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is the answer. They often will search until they find one–if only for peace of mind.

Written by Christel Broederlow Copyright (c) 2002 Christel Broederlow Shortened Version from The Empath Report 101

About this contributor: Christel Broederlow is a natural born empath and author of numerous articles about empathy through personal experience and continual research. Her Web site, The Empath Report, previously hosted at Geocities is no longer active.