Enhancing Your Life: Mind, Body & Spirit
Heartlight Holistics Magazine December 2013â€“ The Holiday Issue
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December 2013 Feature 6
Do Children Need a Multivitamin? By Amber D. Sluiter
Mind, Body & Spirit 10 Calling Your Angels By Sonia Acone
20 Homage to the Creative Spirit
By Paul Levy
Holistic Kitchen 13 Pumpkin Whoopie Pies 14 Dark Chocolate Bark 15 Hot Punch Herb of the Month 28 Rosemary
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33 Peppermint Lip Balm 34 Whipped Coconut Body Butter 35 Herbal Sachets 36 Bath Bombs
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Do Children Really Need a Multivitamin? By Amber D. Sluiter There have been many debates over the past few years regarding the use of multivitamins in children. The American Academy for Pediatrics claim it is not necessary because of the vitamins and minerals that are derived from eating a healthy, balanced diet. In a perfect world, this would ring true. However, many children today consume foods that are a far cry from being nutrient dense. To understand the need for vitamins for our children, we need to first examine the quality of our food sources. Because of modern intensive agricultural methods, our soil is being constantly stripped of vital minerals, therefore producing foods that are not as nutrient filled as the generation before it. This isn't saying that the carrot you are eating today has no nutritional qualities. The nutrients are there, just in a reduced amount. A landmark study that was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition by a research team from the University of Texas that showed a decline in the nutrient content of 43 different vegetables from a period of 1950 to 1999. This study proved that because of the vigorous agricultural There have been many debates over the past few years regarding the use of multivitamins in children. The American Academy for Pediatrics claim it is not necessary because of the vitamins and minerals that are derived from eating a healthy, balanced diet. In a perfect world, this would ring true. However, many children today consume foods that are a far cry from being nutrient dense.
In order to have a happy and healthy child, make sure they consume at least 2 to 3 servings of fresh fruit and 3 servings of fresh vegetables per day and supplement wit h a good qualit y vitamin. In addition to poor soil quality, the demands of today's busy lifestyles are also to blame for nutrient deficient diets. It is sometimes faster and easier to throw together a cheese laden casserole or a plate of chicken nuggets with fries than it is to prepare a wholesome dish full of lean meats and fresh vegetables. This issue has been escalating greatly over the past 10 years. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) produced a report based on the diet quality of children from ages 2 to 9 which shows a decline in the quality of diet over a period of several years. After the study, it was determined that most children of this age group had a diet which was rated as either 'needing improvement' or 'poor'. It was also stated that while the diet of most children aged 2 to 9 needs substantial improvement just to meet minimum dietary recommendations, children from ages 7 to 9 had an even poorer diet than the younger age group. It doesn't appear that the agriculture industry will be changing their practices any time soon. It also doesn't seem that parents' schedules will be slowing down. So, how can you be sure your child is getting the minimum recommended daily value of key vitamins and nutrients? By supplementing their diet with a good quality multivitamin. Two of the most popular types of vitamins for children on the market today come in the form of chewable gummies and gum balls. These types make the child feel more like he or she is getting a treat rather than a supplement. In order to have a happy and healthy child, make sure they consume at least 2 to 3 servings of fresh fruit and 3 servings of fresh vegetables per day and supplement with a good quality vitamin. Not only will this fuel their bodies for all of the activities that go along with being young, but will also teach them proper nutritional habits for the future. Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 6
Honey Lemon Tea for Sore Throats Ingredients A hot brewed cup of the tea of your choice 1/2 of a lemon 1 tablespoon of honey Directions 1. Add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and 1 tablespoon of honey to a cup of hot tea. 2. Sip slowly to help ease a sore throat and calm a cough. You may repeat this throughout the day as needed.
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‘Be happy for no reason. Like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken away from you.” -Deepak Chopra-
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Calling Your Angels: Crystal Angelic Communication By Sonia Acone
We’ve all found ourselves asking (out loud or to ourselves) for assistance from the Universe from time to time, although many people may not even realize it at the time. For example, you’re on your way to a job interview and you say (or think), “Oh, please let me get this job.” Or in other situations you may find yourself saying, “Please let me pass this exam,” or “Keep my kids safe.” What we’ve been doing all along is calling on our angels for assistance or guidance. When you put a question or intention out into the Universe, the angels, which happen to be messengers and guides, hear your call for aid and are prepared to help. And, since angels are energetic beings and crystals are energetically-charged conduits, it stands to reason that using crystals to communicate with our angels is a match, well, made in Heaven, so to speak. So, how do you communicate with the angels using crystals? Ask yourself this: do I want to speak with a particular angel (my guardian angel, an Archangel, or another angel that resonates with a particular issue/day/month/zodiac sign, etc.), or do I want to speak with, basically, any one of the angels who may help with my situation? You might want to learn your own guardian angel’s name and this is done by simply sitting quietly, clearing your mind, and just asking. You may get a picture in your mind, or a name or nothing at all...yet. Sometimes it takes a while, but you may get a “sign” a few hours or days later, where a certain name keeps popping up in your mind or you see that name written in numerous places over time.
When you put a question or intention out into the Universe, the angels, which happen to be messengers and guides, hear your call for aid and are prepared to help. Another method of finding your angel’s name is by writing down the letters of the alphabet on index cards or small pieces of paper, spreading them out and, using a pendulum, allow it to move over the letters. You may find that the letters are jumbled, so you might have to rearrange them. Now that you have your angel’s name, and have that “warm and fuzzy” feeling of being safe and secure surrounded by hugging arms (admit it, you do!), you can start to communicate with your angel wherever and whenever you want. How cool is that? Of course, you can always just ask the angels in general for guidance and either way, you’re going to want to have some crystals on hand to help with your communication. Crystals are like sound waves or giant speaker systems that send our intentions/questions out into the Universe so that the angels can hear them better. What crystals does one use and how? Clear Quartz crystals, especially spheres, are the most universal stones to use when communicating with the angelic realm. Just holding one in your hand, clearing your mind and stating your intention or question is all it takes. You can always carry (tumbled) or wear your crystals (jewelry) throughout the day. Some angels, such as the Archangels, resonate with certain crystals better than others. In addition to Clear Quartz, for example, Archangel Michael is associated with Agate, Amber, Herkimer Diamond, Imperial Topaz and Rainbow Aura Quartz. For a list of crystals associated with more of the Archangels, see this series: http://www.healingcrystals.com/ Crystals_and_Archangels___Series_Intro_Articles_1789.html. However, as a general rule of thumb, here is a list of crystals that can aide in angelic communication: Amethyst, Angelite, Celestite, Aqua Aura, Quartz, Fluorite, Selenite, Phantom Quartz, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Seraphinite, and Apophyllite. Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 10
By no means exhaustive, these crystals can better enhance your communication with higher realms. Use your intuition or â€œgutâ€? feeling when choosing crystals, as some angels will actually choose them for you, giving you a bit of a nudge in the right direction. Whether you are holding the crystal in your hand or carrying it around in a pocket or purse, you can be sure that your angel is listening and guiding you. Blessings to you all!
Sonia Acone is a Crystal Expert and writer with Healingcrystals.com, a metaphysical crystal shop with a huge array of free educational resources. Sonia, who holds a B.A. in English Literature/Professional Writing, has been a keen observer and student of nature since she was a child, and became a writer so she could pass on those lessons learned with others.
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For this very special holiday edition of Heartlight Magazine, we would like to introduce you to Emily Bartlett from Holistic Squid. Emily is a holistic health practitioner based out of California and is the author of The Eczema Cure and Feed Your Fertility. She shares many wonderful recipes on her blog that are not only delicious, but made from real, unprocessed foods. The recipes on the following pages are just a small selection of what Holistic Squid has to offer. For even more delicious ideas, meal plans, articles and more, please visit Emily at:
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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies For the pumpkin cookies: 1 1/2 cups sprouted flour 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 T. cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 cup firmly muscodavo sugar 1/2 cup butter, from grass fed cows, softened 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree large egg tsp. vanilla extract For the maple cream cheese filling: 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese 8 T. butter, from grass fed cows 1/4 cup maple syrup Method 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine sprouted flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a large bowl. 2. Using a standing or hand-held mixer, cream muscodavo and butter. Add pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Fold flour mixture into pumpkin mixture slowly until just combined. 3. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. Drop scoops of dough (about 2 T. each) onto prepared baking sheets. Transfer to oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack to cool completely before assembling with frosting. 1. While cookies cool, prepare the filling. Cream together cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Gradually add maple syrup and beat until well-combined and fluffy. 2. Assemble whoopie pies by spreading a very generous layer of filling on one cookie and sandwiching with another cookie, pressing down slightly to allow filling to ooze to the edges.
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Dark Chocolate Bark with Salted Caramel and Macadamia Nuts Ingredients:
1 pound dark chocolate, chopped Â˝ cup chopped salted caramels Â˝ cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped Method:
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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate until smooth. Stir in the chopped macadamia nuts, reserving a few tablespoons for finishing. Pour the mixture onto the pan and spread into an even layer (it wonâ€™t cover the whole pan). Drop the chopped caramels fairly evenly over the chocolate (mixing them in the warm chocolate will cause them to melt). Sprinkle reserved chopped nuts over the top. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or until set. Cut or break the bark into 1 inch pieces and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Hot Punch: A Mulled Pomegranate Drink for the Holidays Ingredients: 1 quart pure pomegranate juice 1 quart filtered water 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice zest of one medium-sized orange 2 cinnamon sticks 8 star anise 6 whole allspice berries 6 quarter inch slices of fresh ginger 1/2 cup honey Orange slices for garnish 1 bottle of light red wine such as Beaujolais Nouveau (optional) Method: Pour juices, water, and honey into a slow cooker (or use a large saucepan). Stir until honey is combined. Add spices, zest, and fresh ginger. Set slow cooker to high for 1 hour and then turn to warm. (If using the stove, bring to a simmer then turn to warm). Add optional wine. Serve using a punch ladle and top with a slice of orange floating on top.
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Every tree, every plant, has a spirit. People may say that a plant has no mind. I tell them a plant is alive and conscious. A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it that is conscious, that sees everything, which is the soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive. ~Pablo Amaringo Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 16
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JCM's abilities have been described as, "Amazing, incredible, dead-on, scary good" Beloved by clients for his warm southern accent, earthy charm, psychic, medium, paranormal researcher and writer Justin Chase Mullins is known all across the world for his amazing abilities. Justin comes across as a guy-next-door who has an extraordinary gift while maintaining a sense of normalcy. He is very grounded and not very new-agey in his demeanor. He is known for his soft spoken voice, dry but witty sense of humor, and his humbleness. Clients have nicknamed Justin "The Pie Man" for his love of pie and "The Real Deal" for his honesty and abilities. During Justin's upbringing the paranormal and metaphysical worlds were not as popular as it is today. He did not have anyone to discuss his experiences with. His first experiences occurred at an early age in the form of precognitive dreams, visions and nightly visits from the other side. In search for answers, Justin researched outdated books at the local library on such areas as hautings, dream interpretation, and ESP. He always knew he was meant to help people but didn't know how. He always thought the world was very supernatural and paranormal. As Justin became older he learned that he was different and not everyone had his abilities. In his Mid-20's he experienced a reawakening with these abilities. Deceased friends would visit him in dreams with messages for their families. He even dreamed of a local murder before it happened. Justin moved in an apartment behind a funeral home and had nightly experiences with the paranormal. The urge to use his abilities became very powerful and Justin was lead on his own spiritual quest to find answers. However, Justin does believe that everyone has the ability of intuition and that not every psychic is a medium. He maintains a healthy sense of skepticism of other psychics and mediums. His goal is to help provide comfort to those that have lost someone through his amazing gift. He wants to show others that there is life after death.
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He is recipient of Shay Parker's Best American Psychics 2013 Awesome Accolades Award, 2012 Psychic of the Month, and a member of the Wall of Fame. Justin is affiliated with Shay Parkers Best American Psychics, Bob Olson's Best Psychic Directory, and he's a reoccurring guest at Ghost Hunt Weekends. He is tested as legitimate by Shay Parker and The Certified Psychic Society. Justin is an empath, evidential Medium and remote viewer. He has the abilities of clairvoyance – clear seeing, clairsentience – clear sense, claircognizant – clear recognition, clairaudience- clear hearing.
Testimonials "I have got to tell you how surprised I was by my 'reading'. I came to Justin with a very important, urgent problem. The surprising thing to me was, he had dreamed of my issue the night before. He was so accurate with everything he described. He described my home, right down to the color of the walls and the type of flooring. He saw my horse and my dog, he saw the water damage that had been done to the sub-flooring. He even described instances that had happened in the home prior to me living here, with great accuracy. The incident that occurred that made me want to reach out and seek advice has caused me great emotional upset, and I feel that Justin picked up on that before I asked for his help. I was in a state of distress and could only think of ONE person that I could trust to seek advice from- Justin. Now I know why he is the first person to pop into my mind when I need serious help- this man IS the real deal. " (Amber, SC) "What you did for me today, during our reading, has changed my life forever in the most beautiful way. I have been read by many readers, especially recently, to address the stressful issues I have been going through. I have to say, though they were good readers, they just couldn't quite answer my questions the way that you did. The swift and gentle way you brought truth to each of my questions was very healing for me. Before our reading, I felt like Dorothy, from the Wizard of OZ, spinning through the tornado. Then begins our reading, house lands, front door opens up and all is in vivid beautiful color. That is how it feels for me right now. How can I ever thank you? The way you connected me with my biological father filled a huge hole in my heart. I felt that he was happy to know that now I know he was my real father. So my friend, seems like you have this beautiful gift of healing on this side, as well as, the other side too. We are so blessed that you share your amazing gift with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" (Carmen, TX) "I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me spiritually. Thanks to Tara for being our go-between or I would have never "met" you, you were able to connect to my son and I am forever grateful. Even though we are hundreds of miles apart and never met, you found my son and gave me such comfort. You told me things that no one could know so I know you're the "real deal". I have been able to find some peace although I am a mother and will always worry for and miss my son. Thank you for always finding time to let me know when you've felt my son, and relayed his messages to me! With every little piece you get from him, you give me peace and comfort. I do believe he is in heaven and is happy. Again, I am forever grateful to you. Keep doing what you do best...........keeping our loved ones close to us always! With much respect and thanks". (Angela, GA)
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Paul Levy Paul Levy is in private practice, assisting others who are spiritually emerging and awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. Paul’s own journey of healing started more than twenty-five years ago, when a severe trauma began the process of a life-transforming spiritual awakening. A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul is in the book Saints and Madmen: Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion. He has been in private practice for almost fifteen years. Deeply inspired by the work of C. G. Jung, Paul combines Jung’s insights in psychology, alchemy, shamanism, and dreaming into a unique synthesis. Paul’s work is “psycho-activating” in that it “activates the psyche,” touches the unconscious, and thereby stimulates our “dreaming.”
Homage to the Creative Spirit After my first year of college, I remember wanting to take some time off so that I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had always been a good student, and my parents had high hopes and dreams for my success, so the last thing they wanted was for me to take time off from school. Remembering that as a little kid I used to love to draw, they suggested that maybe I wanted to take an art class, hoping that this might keep me in school. I decided to take their suggestion and I took a painting class. It came as quite a shock for me when, in this class, I accessed a long-forgotten creative aspect of myself, and realized that not just me, but that everyone, by “our very nature” is creative. As if remembering what I was here to do, over the next few years of university I began reconnecting with my long dormant artistic soul. In the meanwhile, I began losing interest in the field of study I had taken on – economics. This career choice had been greatly influenced by my parents, so this change was very distressing for them, as they had great expectations for their only child’s success in a financially lucrative field. Matters were made worse by the fact that I had been such a good student that I had been Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 20
hired by Princeton University to be a paid researcher while still an undergraduate at my university. Conventionally speaking, I was on the fast track to great success, on my way to fulfilling my parents’ dream. And yet, the more I was getting into art and exploring the creative process, the more bored – and depressed - I was becoming in my studies of economics. My father, in his sister’s words to me years later, was “strutting like a peacock” during my tenure at Princeton. He was vicariously living his life through my accomplishments, and to say he was upset when I began moving away from pursuing a career in economics and moving towards, in his eyes, living the life of a struggling artist, would be a huge understatement. He did everything in his power (and then some) to disabuse me of the notion of pursuing art, treating my idea of becoming an artist as if it was a malignant disease that needed to be eradicated from my mind at all costs. He saw my pursuit of a career in art as taking me away from his idea of who he thought I was. This idea, I might add, had nothing to do with who I was but had everything to do with who, due to his own narcissism, he wanted me to be. He saw my interest in art as taking me away from reality, while I felt my desire to make art was getting me in touch with what was truly real. Our radically diverging points of view created an enormous conflict between us. To create context, for readers familiar with my previous writings in which I mention going through intense experiences of abuse and psychic violence from my father that almost killed me, these traumatic experiences were constellated around my strong desire to become an artist. Seen as a dreaming process, my father was acting out in full-bodied form a figure that evidently existed not only within my own mind but
Oftentimes when a person is on their way to stepping into and connecting wit h their authentic selves, speaking their true voice, seemingly darker forces manifest trying to stop them. within the collective unconscious itself. It was as if a deeper, inner archetypal process had nonlocally spilled outside of my psyche and was being played out in embodied form through my relationship with my father. We were not just involved in a personal process, but were actually enacting a deeper mythic archetypal drama. Oftentimes when a person is on their way to stepping into and connecting with their authentic selves, speaking their true voice, seemingly darker forces manifest trying to stop them. This archetypal dynamic has been symbolically represented from time immemorial in numerous myths and fairy tales. Instead of aborting my pursuit of the creative spirit, however, my father’s oppression only added fuel to my creative fire, forging in me an “inner necessity” to connect with the living primal creative instinct I was discovering within a deeper, authentic part of myself. As Jung writes, “The creative spirit cannot be discouraged anyway, otherwise it would not be creative.” Scholar Erich Neumann, author of the seminal work The Origin and History of Consciousness, has written beautifully about art and the creative process. A friend, student and colleague of Jung, Neumann, speaking about the “creative drive” of the artist “which moves through generations and peoples, epochs and individuals,” writes in his book Art and the Creative Unconscious that this impulse “compels” the artist “to travel the road of Abraham, to leave the land of his birth, his mother, and the house of his father, and seek out the land to which the godhead leads him.” Artists are “called” by a power beyond themselves. A slayer of mythic dragons, the artist must symbolically kill the father, who, mythically speaking, represents the dominant values, the old rules, laws and “shoulds.” The creative artist becomes a hero who must deconstruct the old in order to make possible the dawning of the new. In making and living their own laws, the creative artist transforms, dethrones and overthrows the conventional, soulless world of the traditional canon filled with its life-killing routines to seek and follow an unknown directive, a higher authority, what Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 21
Jung would call the Self, the wholeness and guiding force of the deeper personality. It is the role of the creative artist to reveal what lies dormant in the unconscious, as if conjuring something to life out of the void. Artists are the first to divine the darkly moving mysterious currents of the collective unconscious. At first there is only the archetypal appearance of the gem deep within the collective unconscious; then unconscious intuition “sees” it, and artists are the ones who feel irresistibly compelled to subsequently search for its adequate formulation. The greatness of great art is that in and through it a higher order of reality is telling us directly about itself, as if it is a bridge leading us to an unknown shore. To quote Neumann, “When unconscious forces break through in the artist, when the archetypes striving to be born into the light of the world take form in him, he is as far from the men around him as he is close to their destiny. For he expresses and gives form to the future of his epoch.” The creative artist is giving utterance to the authentic and direct revelation of the numinosum, which raises their function to the level of the sacred (please see my article “The Artist as Healer of the World”). Artists are oriented towards the invisible, towards what is beginning to become visible and reveal itself, towards the indescribable mystery alive at the heart of who we are. The images, sounds and movements that the artist perceives are possibilities of new ideas, different ways of seeing and interpreting life which might be able to give a fresh flow to the psychic energy stream of humanity, as if they are clearing the way not only for new tributaries of thought, perception and experience, but are helping to create a novel universe itself. Jung writes, “It is the great dream which has always spoken through the artist as a mouthpiece.”
The greatness of great art is that in and through it a higher order of realit y is telling us directly about itself, as if it is a bridge leading us to an unknown shore. Art is where the relationship of the creative individual to the numinosum takes form. The work of art is the zero point at which consciousness and the unconscious momentarily become a creative unity. The creative process synthesizes the transpersonal and the personal, the eternal and the transitory, allowing something utterly unique to happen: the eternally creative is actualized into an ephemeral creation. The creative impulse liberates itself through the medium of art. The artist’s job is to render into visible form the creative, formative and formless quality that is the living background behind the foreground of the seemingly objective world. The act of creating draws artists out of themselves while simultaneously helping them to come to themselves, as if in creating the work of art artists recreate themselves anew. Reversing our normal way of thinking, Shakespeare is created by Hamlet, Beethoven is composed by his symphonies, Rembrandt became who he was through his self-portraits and it is the egg that lays the hen that gives birth to it. The road which brings liberation is a road which leads downwards towards a deepening relationship and ultimate union with the depths of the unconscious, with the instinctual world of nature and the ancestors, whose messenger is the shadow. It is only when we are “taken down,” compelled by sickness, misfortune or limitation to investigate and come to terms with our own nature, that we may experience the somber power of the shadow as a messenger from the creative potential living within our own psyche. Lucifer, the bringer of light, chooses the shadow through which to reveal himself. The shadow is an essential component of our creative vitality. It is the paradoxical secret of alchemical transformation that it is through the shadow that the saturnine lead is transformed into gold.
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Humanity does not possess creative powers, but rather, is possessed by them. Every transformative or creative process comprises stages of possession, of surrendering to, being taken over and moved by something greater than our own ego. Transcendent to and greater than the momentary act of creation, these primordial creative forces existed before and after the act of creation, existing within the plenum of unmanifest potential itself. One of the many names for this power that can possess us and make us its instrument is the “daemon” (please see my article “The Battle for our Angel”), which can be envisioned as an indwelling force which can’t be nailed down because its nature is to be homeless and nomadic, taking up residence in those who are receptive to its inspiration. The artist stands alone, delivered over to the creative impulse of the daemon, as if to create is the very act that opens up the channel to themselves. Being from elsewhere, the daemon has a drop of alien blood, which is what makes creative artists practically an alien species, as they see, hear and feel things that are invisible to most people. Every possession is either a one-sided narrowing or an intensification and deepening; when we are taken over by something we either become one-sidedly fixed in our viewpoint and cut off from the wholeness and totality of ourselves, or we are able to add depth to our experience of who we are. One-sidedness can easily calcify into rigidity, assuming a fundamentalist position regarding the way things are, which is nothing other than a sclerosis of consciousness. To have eyes and not see, to have ears and not hear are unmistakable symptoms of an occlusion to the call of the creative spirit.
Humanity does not possess creative powers, but rather, is possessed by them. The creative process involves a concentration and deepening of experience such that we are open to ourselves in a new way that empowers us to translate our ever-expanding discovery of ourselves into new forms of language. An artist’s regenerative power lies in their willingness to not cling to themselves or their fixed point of view, but to allow themselves to be shaped and formed by new experiences of the world, and then, in turn, to shape and form these experiences which have reshaped them into unique creative expressions. An artist cultivates a readiness to creatively respond to the continually reciprocal interactions between world and psyche, between the outer and inner realities. Art enlarges the universe by uncovering its new dimensions, while simultaneously enriching and expanding the consciousness of humanity, who will be enabled to experience these new dimensions inwardly via the artist’s evocative productions, their art-ifacts. To quote philosopher Martin Heidegger, “A work of art is something new in the world that changes the world to allow itself to exist.” The creativity of the psyche – which itself is an agency in a state of continual creative formation - is true magic, as it transforms reality as well as the psyche itself. As psychologist Otto Rank points out, the neurotic is an artist who, failing to access the creativity hidden within the daemonic energies from which they suffer, are unable to transmute their inner conflicts into art. One of the most toxic things in the human psyche is repressed creativity; unexpressed art becomes our symptoms. The daemonic, which contains encoded within it the deepest evil as well as the highest, divine creativity, is the daily companion, as well as the inspiration of every creative artist. It is through coming to terms with the daemon that art is made. It is an ecstatic experience to allow what is highest and lowest in ourselves to take form and shape together. To quote Neumann, “Creative genius is never possible without the proximity of the devil.” In immersing themselves in archetypal forces greater than their own egos, artists Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 23
allow themselves to become captivated by a power which threatens to destroy them if not brought forth and expressed creatively. An artist synthesizes their higher transcendental inclinations with the dark undertow of the powers of underworld, as if their higher angel needs a grounding connection with its brooding double to complete itself. In their own individual suffering of the daemonic realm which pervades the collective unconscious, the creative artist intimately experiences the profound depths of the woundedness of the collectivity and the time in which they live. Artists are able to find within their own subjective experience a unique and creative response to this wound. Artists take the burden of the collective creative responsibility onto themselves so that others might see through the transparency of their art what is lacking in their own lives. Reflecting the malaise of the culture, modern art depicts the sickness of the times. Artists, like the archetypal figure of the shaman, carry deep within themselves a regenerative force, accessed through their own woundedness, that is capable of bringing forth a cure not only for themselves, but also for the community as a whole. Our species is desperately in need of the guidance and aid of the forces latent within the depths of the unconscious to help us find new ways out of our multiple world crises. Consciousness can evolve and develop only where it preserves and cultivates a living bond with the creative powers of the unconscious. A creative artist is someone with very permeable boundaries between the conscious and the unconscious such that the contents of these two realms can easily pass back and forth to mutually inform and reciprocally
Consciousness can evolve and develop only where it preserves and cultivates a living bond wit h the creative powers of the unconscious. influence each other. In suffering from the spiritual poverty and schizoid dissociation of their own culture, the creative artist can potentially arrive at the freshly opening source within the living waters of the unconscious that is destined to quench the thirst of their time. Only the source point, in which the stream emerges from the darkness and enters the light, and is thus both at once, darkness and light, is the creative spirit made real in time. Those who find their uniquely creative voice, to quote Jung, “create from the very depths of the collective unconscious, voicing aloud what others only dream.” The daemon which possesses the artist is not derived simply from their personal reality; it is also, at the same time, the individual expression of a collective existential situation. Creative artists are the alchemical retorts in which the poisons and antidotes of the collective are distilled, as if they are psychic organs for metabolizing and transforming the toxins of the collective psyche into medicine. Being open to the otherworld of the unconscious can subjectively feel like having an enormous wound. Their particularized wounds are the doorways through which flows the revitalizing stream of the unconscious with its infinite creativity. Over time this wound can reveal itself to be a sacred affliction, as our wounds are mysteriously bound up with our gifts. Compared to the “normal” person who tends to be more repressed, adjusted to and anesthetized towards the insanity that is playing out in the world, artists suffer from a heightened sensitivity to the inner psychic tension between the conscious and the unconscious. Art can only be birthed when its creators are able to hold the creative tension between a stable consciousness and a “charged” unconscious, thereby creating a container for the work of art to find its unique form so as to fully incarnate. Bearing this creative tension can be a source of vital energy which nourishes the gestating work of art to grow within the artist’s Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 24
psyche. This creative tension needs to be endured, involving a genuine suffering of the ego which can potentially lead to a greater creative birth. As Nietzsche writes in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “Creation─that is the great redemption from suffering.” It is redemptive to find adequate language for our suffering; a language called art. Art is the medium through which artists release themselves from the suffering of the unexpressed. When we have our own words to sing, our voice appears. Artists liberate themselves from suffering by connecting with and giving novel shape and form to something that belongs to the essential nature of reality. To quote Neumann, “Consequently, the individual history of every creative man is always close to the abyss of sickness; he does not, like other men, tend to heal the personal wounds involved in all development by an increased adaptation to the collectivity. His wounds remain open, but his suffering from them is situated in depths from which another curative power arises, and this curative power is the creative process.” The artist is akin to the archetypal figure of the “wounded healer,” who has to suffer through the very sickness that they are able to cure (please see my article “The Wounded Healer”). This figure experiences their wound, however horrible, as being of divine origins. The wound is experienced as the opening to a higher-dimensional spring of inexhaustible riches, the gateway which opens them up to the psychic background which in-forms and gives shape to the universe. The living exemplar of the archetype of the healer who carries a wound is the cross-carrying Christ himself.
Art is the medium through which artists release themselves from the suffering of the unexpressed. Artist Vincent Van Gogh regarded Christ as an extraordinary artist who didn’t make paintings, but rather, worked in living flesh to turn human beings into immortal souls. Similarly, visionary artist William Blake wrote that, “Jesus and his Apostles and Disciples were all Artists - A Poet, a Painter, a Musician, an Architect: The Man or Woman who is not one of these is not a Christian.” If we are not, in some fashion, an artist in and of life – offering ourselves as a channel of creative expression for the spirit that in-forms, moves us and sustains our life – we are not, as Blake points out, a genuine follower of Christ. As artists, we are continually re-creating both our world and ourselves anew at each and every instant. Anyone who is not an artist─which is to say, not following their deeper calling and creatively speaking their inner voice─is, ultimately speaking, a traitor to their own true nature. Making art is a spiritual discipline that requires incredible devotion. As author D. H. Lawrence writes, “One has to be so terribly religious to be an artist.” The artist casts a liberating fragrance, spelling out what is hanging in the air. When a group of people abdicate their individual responsibility to be creative, a great artist like Vincent Van Gogh becomes inevitable as a compensation for this one-sidedness. Art is the compensatory dream of the collective culture, a means by which the collective unconscious informs collective society. Art should not be viewed as an isolated phenomenon separate from the field of consciousness in which it arises; rather, artists and their work emerge from a synergy of interweaving socio-cultural factors. Artists are dreamed up by the spirit of time and place. Jung comments, “The great work of art is a product of the time, of the whole world in which the artist is living, and of the millions of people who surround him, and of the thousands of currents of thought and the myriad streams of activity which flow around him.”
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Art speaks for the unconscious as the plant speaks of nature and the earth. Artists are the nutrient rich soil, the breeding ground for the work of art; they are the petri dish for the “culture” of art to flourish. Jung writes, “A great work of art is like a dream…It presents an image in much the same way as nature allows a plant to grow.” We can conceive of the creative instinct as a living impulse implanted in the human psyche, growing in us like a plant which draws its nourishment from the earth. The unborn work in the psyche of the artist is a force of nature, a living being that arises from unconscious depths and grows out of the womb of the artist as a child emerges from its mother. Once born, the artist’s work takes on an autonomous, independent life of its own, outgrowing and outliving its creator as a child does its mother. Even when the highest form of artistic reality has achieved existence in a fully completed work, it must be creatively reborn in the subjective human experience of those who engage with it. A mysterious inter-change, a reciprocal transmission passes back and forth between the work of art and those who experience it. The epiphany of the numinosum, the ecstasy of those who give it form through the creation of the work of art, and the rapture of those who participate, experience and celebrate the epiphany, constitute an indivisible unity. A work of art, like a living creature, undergoes the changes that daily life imposes upon us, only living through those who experience it. Art works its magic through its living effect upon us, becoming alive and creative again and again in our own experience. To quote poet Allen Ginsberg, “The warfare’s psychic now. Whoever controls the language, the I mages, controls the race.” Reversing one of the most fundamental assumptions of modern civilization by
A great work of art is like a dream…It presents an image in much the same way as nature allows a plant to grow. giving pre-eminence to art, Blake writes, “Empire follows Art and not Vise Versa as Englishmen Suppose.” In the same way that instruments of war in the hands of generals are extremely dangerous, nothing is more dangerous and potentially world-transforming than implements of creative expression in the hands of artists, who are the moulders of the unconscious psychic life of humanity, the mythmakers for their age. Rather than passively letting our perceptions be managed and manipulated by the powers-that-be’s propaganda organs (such as the mainstream media), we as sovereign creative beings, can connect with our own perceptions and create our own unique and authentic experience of the world. We change ourselves, and the world, in the process. The same divine creativity which has filled the numberless heavens and spheres of the universe around us is now welling up and emerging within the human psyche and is seeking to creatively express and extend itself outwards into our world. Our many world crises will be soluble only creatively – that is, by a profound and thorough alteration of our inner life and thereby of the outer forms in which life finds expression. When human beings are deprived of their power of expression, however, they will express themselves in the drive for power, which only feeds the will-to-power of the demonic and destructive shadow, with the baneful consequences we know only too well. One of the gravest perils of western civilization arises from the fact that it cuts its members off from their natural creativity. To quote Blake, “Art Degraded Imagination Denied War Governed the Nations.”
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When I reflect upon my life, it is clear that I, like so many of us, was being “called” by a deeper part of myself to step out of a traditional, mainstream vocation into my life as a creative person. If I hadn’t been fortunate enough to connect with the creative spirit, choosing the artist’s sacred way and breathing its life-giving oxygen, I have no doubt that I’d be depressed, neurotic, crazy and/or dead. The conflict between my father and I was not only between two individuals, but between two world views. In one genuinely inquisitive moment which revealed his lack of understanding, my father asked me why people still make paintings after the invention of the camera. He mistakenly thought that the purpose of art was to describe reality instead of to create it, to capture our world instead of to liberate it.
One of the gravest perils of western civilization arises from the fact that it cuts its members off from their natural creativit y.
A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a wounded healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. He is the author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil (North Atlantic Books, 2013) and The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis. An artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over thirty years. Please visit Paul’s website www.awakeninthedream.com. You can contact Paul at email@example.com; he looks forward to your reflections. Though he reads every email, he regrets that he is not able to personally respond to all of them.
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Herb of the Month
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Botanical Name Rosmarinus Officinalis Parts Used Fresh or dried leaves Key Actions Tonic Stimulant Astringent Anti-inflammatory Various Uses Hair care– A strong tea made from rosemary and nettle leaf can help get rid of dandruff and speed up hair growth. Simply pour the tea over your hair after washing and let dry. Natural air freshener– Combine a handful of rosemary, a sliced lemon and a generous splash of vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Add enough water to reach the top of the pan and simmer on low heat. Wounds– When used as a poultice, rosemary has been said to speed the healing of wounds and bruises. Pest control– Rosemary can prove effective in warding off mice. Place a few sprigs of fresh rosemary in the back of your kitchen cabinets to keep the little pests at bay. A few drops of the essential oil on a cotton ball placed in the cabinet will work also. Arthritis– The aches and pains of arthritis can be relieved by massaging the area with rosemary oil. Add 10 drops of the essential oil to 1 ounce of olive oil and massage the affected area. Carpet freshener– Make a carpet powder by grinding a handful of dried rosemary in a coffee grinder and mixing it with 1 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle on your carpet, wait 5 minutes, then vacuum.
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Heartlight Handmade Gift Guide
Everyone enjoys receiving a heart-felt handmade gift. On the next few pages, youâ€™ll find a wonderful selection of easy to make gifts that are guaranteed to put a smile on the lucky recipientâ€™s face.
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Cooling Peppermint Lip Balm Ingredients 1 tablespoon of finely grated beeswax 2 tablespoons of cocoa or shea butter 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 20 drops of peppermint essential oil Directions 1. Add about an inch of water to a small saucepan and heat over low/medium heat. 2. Combine all ingredients, except the peppermint oil, in a small mason jar . 3. Place the jar in the saucepan, being careful to not get any water inside the jar. 4. Let the ingredients melt while in this hot water bath, until they are thoroughly melted. After they are completely melted, turn off the heat and stir the mixture gently. Leave the jar in the saucepan to keep the ingredients warm. 5. Gently stir in the peppermint oil. 6. Using a glass dropper or a spoon, quickly transfer the melted lip balm into the container(s) of your choice. 7. Let cool for several hours and then cap. This recipe makes a medium firm lip balm. If you would like it to be firmer, add in 1 more tablespoon of beeswax.
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Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter
Ingredients 1 cup of coconut oil 1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil 1/2 teaspoon of skin safe fragrance oil Directions 1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Make sure the coconut oil is solid. It will not whip up and be fluffy if itâ€™s melted. 2. Using an electric mixer (do not use a blender or food processor), blend on high speed for about 6 to 7 minutes, until light and fluffy. 3. Spoon the mixture into a glass container and cap. You may store this body butter at room temperature. If the temperature reaches above 70 degrees, it may melt. You may store it in the refrigerator if you like. Heartlight Holistics Magazine ~ 34
Herbal Sachets Supplies 2â€“ 4 inch squares of fabric Thread Sewing machine Dried fragrant herbs Pins Essential oils (optional)
Directions 1. Thread your sewing machine with thread that matches the fabric you are using. 2. Pin your fabric squares together, with the right sides facing in. 3. Stitch around all sides using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a 3 inch opening along the center of one side. 4. Trim the sharp points from the corners. 5. Turn the sachet right side out. 6. Gently push out the square corners using your fingers so you have a nice square. 7. Iron the sachet so the edges are crisp and the fabric at the opening is folded toward the inside. This will make it easier to stitch closed later. 8. Carefully spoon your dried herbs into the sachet. Do not overfill. If you like, you may add a few drops of essential oil to the herbs to give them a stronger fragrance. 9. Pin the opening closed, and hand stitch it shut. 10. Tie a decorative ribbon around Heartlight Holistics Magazinethe ~ 35 sachet and enjoy!
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Basic Bath Bombs Ingredients 1 cup of baking soda 1/2 cup of citric acid (in the canning section of the grocery store or order it online) Skin safe fragrance oil or essential oil Food coloring (optional) Witch hazel Supplies Rubber gloves Mixing bowls Spray bottle A mold of your choice Directions 1. Mix the baking soda and citric acid together in a bowl. Make sure there are no clumps and they are mixed together thoroughly. 2. Add your fragrance oil to the baking soda mixture. 3. Pour the witch hazel into the pray bottle. 4. Wearing gloves, begin to mix the baking soda mixture with one hand while spraying it with the witch hazel. 5. Mix and spray slowly. You do not want your mixture to start fizzing. 6. The consistency is right when you pick up a clump of the mixture, squeeze it, and it holds its shape. Be careful not to get the mixture too wet. 7. Tightly pack the mixture into your mold. 8. Let the mold sit overnight, away from sunlight. 9. Gently tap the mold to release the bath bomb. 10. Let the bath bomb sit on a plate until dry. 11. Store your bath bombs in an airtight container.
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