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Intuitive healer and Certified Light Journey Guide, Chantal Fidanza, announces she has two openings left for her 36-week Intuitive or over 20 years, La Practitioner Certification Program starting Montañita Co-op has January 9. The 36-week program, being partnered with New Mexiheld from noon to 3 p.m. each session, co Department of Children, offers mentorship in sacred space holding Youth and Families, Enlace for the ultimate empowerment and healing Comunitario and PB&J of self and others. “The goal of which is for the practitioner to master the ability to facilitate a connection between the Day School to organize the client and the client’s own higher self,” says Fidanza. “All Giving Tree, an annual event driven to provide children aspects of starting your own practice or adding intuitive experiencing hardships in our community with hope and healing to one’s current offerings will be explored.” joy during the holiday season. According to Fidanza, the training is not for everyone. Starting December 1, all Co-op locations will have a “It requires a willingness to release all that would hold us sustainably grown and harvested tree decorated with ornaback from our light. I find that those who are called to this ments containing a child’s name, age and holiday wish, al- path from within know it, and typically have known it for lowing you to choose a gift you will enjoy giving, and they quite some time,” she says. With that in mind, Fidanza has will be excited to receive. chosen to work with a limited number of trainees in order La Montañita invites all customers to stop by the Giv- to provide a level of intimacy and support that would not be ing Tree and hand-select a child’s wish to fulfill. All gifts possible otherwise. Her new training location also provides an intimacy to Mother Earth, an energetic which she feels to must be returned to your neighborhood location no later be an essential support to all training participants—includthan December 14. This deadline allows the Co-op to distribute all gifts to each non-profit, who then delivers the ing herself. holiday cheer to nearly 600 children in their care during Location: Santa Fe (San Marcos area). For more information, the holiday season. contact Chantal Fidanza at 505-438-1074 or info@yourdi Through providing fair, fresh, local and organic food, vinelight.biz. La Montañita Co-op supports local farmers and ranchers and helps keep New Mexico dollars in our state. To expand on their community passion and cooperative spirit, the Co-op continues the tradition of the Giving Tree and encourages our outstanding community to join their efforts he NM Center for Meditative Inquiry and and bring hope, joy and holiday cheer to children in need. Retreat is offering an extended retreat from January 2 to 9, 2016. Participants For more information and questions about the Giving Tree are welcome to attend from 1 to 7 days of silence and meditation in a spacious lodge or partnering non-profits, contact Membership Director, in the national forest just 15 minutes east of Robin Seydel, at email@example.com. Albuquerque. “The retreat is free of traditional trappings and is accessible to people from any background. There are formal and informal periods of sitting, walking, a daily group inquiry/ dialogue, a daily talk, and individual meetings with the resiooking for inspirational tools for dent teacher,” explains resident teacher Jay Cutts. “The spirit spiritual living? Want to nourish of the retreat is a simple, deeply honest inquiry—together your spirit? Spirit Bound Bookstore, and alone.” located in the Rio Grande Center for Jay Cutts has attended retreats for over 40 years and is Spiritual Living in Albuquerque, offers a senior student of the late Toni Packer, of the Springwater a diverse selection of books, music, gifts and cards for the (New York) Center. “Toni began in Zen practice but evolved body, mind and spirit. a direct, simple, and very human approach to meditation and the unfolding of our human condition, in much the In addition, the store offers a quiet refuge from the same way as teachers like Krishnamurti, Eckhardt Tolle, and busyness of everyday life. Byron Katie,” says Cutts.
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he holiday season is a happy and merry one, particularly if you are looking and feeling your best. Seeing family and old friends, spreading holiday cheer, and enjoying delicious festive treats are just a few of the things people look forward to, as well as, giving meaningful gifts. This season, give your loved ones—or yourself—a chance to look and feel rejuvenated with injectable fillers. Less intensive than surgery, but with the same great results, injectable fillers add volume to your face to correct the signs of aging and restore skin to a younger and smoother appearance. There is a range of fillers to choose from, each correcting fine lines, wrinkles and lost volume in different areas of the face. Injectable fillers can even prevent some wrinkles from setting in. The side effects are minimal, there is zero downtime, and the results are almost immediate. Results last for months and up to a year. Injectable fillers can have you or your loved one looking younger just in time for the holidays. Submitted by Dr. Taghizadeh, owner of New Mexico Facial Plastics located at 6100 Uptown Blvd. NE, Ste. 600, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-888- FACE (3223) or visit nmface.com.
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n January 30, Kids Supporting Kids, an initiative of the UNM Center for Life, will hold its Third Annual Gala and Benefit Performance Fundraiser, Celebrate! at the Hiland Theater in Albuquerque. The event will help raise funds and support for the UNM/ CFL Integrative Medicine Pediatric Cancer Care Fund. The evening will feature a cocktail hour and dinner along with performances from over 400 Albuquerque youth and adult artists along with special surprise guests. “When a pediatric patient is fighting cancer and going through chemotherapy or radiation there are components, such as chronic pain and nausea, that are not always addressed by conventional medical care,” says David Lang, cofounder of Kids Supporting Kids. “That’s where the UNM Center for Life and integrative Medicine come in.” Through acupuncture, massage, healing touch and other CAM (complementary and alternative medicines) services, the Center’s care providers are able to assist in supporting the whole person in their healing process. “Unfortunately, these integrative services are not covered by the patient’s insurance benefits. That is why UNM pediatric oncologist Dr. Linda Butros and UNM Center for Life director of advance manual therapies David Lang created Kids Supporting Kids. It is an initiative to raise funds for integrative oncology services for children fighting cancer that insurance won’t cover,” explains Lang. Supported by fundraising efforts such as the annual gala, the focus of the program is to create community engagement and allow young people to help support their peers fighting and thriving through cancer, especially through the sharing of performing and visual arts. Location: 4804 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque. For more information, visit unmcfl.org.
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3 Simple DIY Sustainable Gifts By Jill Brown, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C Landscape Architect, Permaculture and Sustainability Consultant
very year at this time I try to think of some little gifts for our friends, neighbors and school teachers. I’m not too into consumerism and with three kids in toe the last thing I want to do is take them shopping. Thankfully, these simple sustainable gifts can be made at home on a shoestring budget! A Bouquet garni is an herb bundle used to flavor soups, stews and even turkeys. While it is cooked with other ingredients, the bundle is removed before consumption. It is typically made with herbs like sage and thyme. It’s a lovely, fragrant gift for a friend who loves to cook. I’ve made mine with oregano, rosemary and sage. These herbs were still going strong in my garden, so it was the perfect time to trim them before the hard freezes set in. You’ll want to cut a handful of herbs and tie them together in a bundle with baker’s twine. Wrap them in parchment or butcher paper, and then tape it closed with colorful washi paper tape. Deliver these to your friends and neighbors a few days before the holiday meal. Holiday bulbs make great budget-friendly gifts. A few years back I began giving holiday bulbs as teacher gifts. I start them in early December so they bloom for the teacher throughout the holiday break. The bulbs usually cost around 85 cents each and containers can be thrifted in your own home or at the local Goodwill store. The only requirement is that it holds water. Paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs work well, with the latter being a little more expensive. These can be planted in dirt, recycled glass, gravel or even just water. Seed Bomb Ornaments are fun and easy to make. A seed bomb is a compact way to distribute plant seeds like local wildflower seeds. Basically, it is clay, compost and seeds all rolled together into a ball. Once dry, they can be easily handled and stored in little muslin bags or strung into ornaments as gifts. After the ornaments have spent some time on the tree, they can simply go into the garden! It’s the gift that keeps on giving with wildflowers in the springtime. Be sure to include a little note or tag on the seed bomb with simple planting directions. After the holidays these can be placed an inch down into the soil. The seed ball ornament will decompose by spring—just in time for the seeds to germinate. The materials needed for a seed bomb ornament include clay (You can use Crayola self-drying clay or potter’s clay) for moisture retention and structure, compost to provide nutrients and moisture retention, and seeds for the plants themselves. For more fun DIY holiday gifts and crafts, visit Brown, green & more, LLC, email jillbrown@ browngreenandmore.com or call 505-246-9027
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Mushrooms Offer PesticideFree Insect Control Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mycologists, invented a fungus (mushroom)based pesticide in 2006. An industry executive states, “This patent represents the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” This “smart” pesticide provides a safe and nearly permanent solution for controlling more than 200,000 species of insects. Entomopathogenic (insect-destroying) fungi are altered so they don’t produce spores. This actually attracts the insects, which then eat them and turn into fungi from the inside-out. The invention has the potential to revolutionize the way humans grow crops. Source: Earth. We Are One. View the patent at Tinyurl.com/FungusPesticidePatent.
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The New Zealand Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that passed into law this year states that animals, like humans, are sentient beings. Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, says this acknowledges, “Animals can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.” The bill thus bans the use of animals for testing cosmetics. Williams says the legal recognition of animal sentience provides a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the existing Animal Welfare Act. The bill also provides for penalties to enable low-tomedium-level offenders to be punished more effectively and gives animal welfare inspectors the power to issue compliance notices, among other measures. Find a link to the legislation at Tinyurl. com/NewZealandSentienceBill.
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avid B. Fisher is a full-time practicing clinical hypnotherapy and Reiki Master/practitioner. “My life passion is to assist others to lead a happier and healthier life. Practicing Hypnotherapy for seven years and Reiki for 19 years, I can help you heal yourself with a Reiki treatment or by using hypnotherapy,” he says. “Hypnosis is a natural, yet altered, state of mind where communication with the subconscious is facilitated. Hypnotherapy is the application of universally accepted self-discovery techniques and self-empowerment methods that free you of fear-based programming and assumed limitations.” This graduate of the Hypnotherapy Academy of America shares that hypnotherapy has become a proven modality. “It’s helped countless people heal themselves and live healthier, more productive and meaningful lives. You can change your life by altering your attitude, associations and perceptions. I can assist with the present shift and focus at finding and fulfilling your divine purpose. I can help you let go of those fears, limiting ideas, beliefs and patterns that no longer serve you.” His scope of practice includes but is not limited to anxiety, personal goal achievement, pain management, weight loss, smoking cessation, accelerated healing, allergies, traumas, phobias, cancer, Substance abuse and addictions, selfesteem, grieving, sound sleep, regression therapy and life coaching. He provides individual sessions or discounted packages and offers a sliding scale. “I see clients in person and work through Skype across the U.S. and internationally,” he says. Location: 819 Vassar Dr. NE, Albuquerque. For more information call 505-463-7392 or visit DavidBFisherHypnotherapy.com. Disclaimer: David Fisher does not practice medicine and his/her services are not a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric or medical treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, psychological or mental health condition.
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visible evidence of how it lifts us up. We see individuals with rapturous hearts sending out signals that they love the world and everyone in it. Those that live in Spirit tend to see the world as a friendly place, are at peace with themselves, appear to be open and accepting rather than judgmental and harsh, and often report being healed of all sorts of diseases, relationship challenges, career fluctuations and questions of purpose and direction. They attest to how Spirit shines a triumphant light in the midst of dark nights of the soul, redefining the essence of life itself and declaring us worthy in our innermost reaches.
By its intimate connection with divine love, Spirit infuses human experience with qualities of amazing grace—unexpected clarity, vision, wisdom, peace, compassion, emotional release, inspirational epiphanies, deep understanding and comprehensive healing of mind, body and soul.
hile society abounds with scientific research, products and practices that promise to enhance our mind or body and the mind-body connection, without Spirit in the mix, neither rises to its full potential. A heart open to a higher power exponentially multiplies the effects of this crucial connection. “Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in-Spirit give off a higher energy
that can bring light to our hearts and minds. In other words, we can be inspired just by being in their presence,” according to renowned bestselling author Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. Experiential, non-verbal and lifechanging encounters with the unbounded power and presence of Spirit in prayer and meditation are difficult to analyze in the same way as mindbody science. However, Dyer points to the works and outcomes of Spirit as
When a 19-year-old woman entered basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, and was undergoing initial medical and psychological screening, she was identified as having body and mind issues that would require her to be separated from the service. These problems included organ failures and spinal misalignment, as well as severe consequences of an emotionally abusive upbringing. It was determined that she could not handle the physical and mental demands of military life. Because the policy was to not treat such problems if identified upon entering the service, authorities allowed her to remain in training until her separation from the Air Force could be processed. The woman was impressed and also distressed by the finality of the verdict and assessment tools used by mind and body experts among
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the medical staff. In talking with a chaplain on the base, she came to understand that she could choose to appeal her case to another jurisdiction, a “higher” court of Spirit. Focusing on the voice of divine love, she grew to see Spirit as more than a higher power. She saw Spirit as a higher authority. She surrendered to divine love’s authority as ultimate law, supremely qualified to reorder her whole being. She trusted that aligning with spiritual power could change her view of her identity and the seemingly inescapable consequences of genetics, environment and human history denying her desire to serve her country in this way. Listening to a higher witness testifying on her behalf and identifying her authentic being as the magnificent expression of the magnificent Creator, she felt encouraged to the point that her mind and body stopped arresting her progress and became more effective servants, responding with greater freedom and joy. One limitation after another fell away, and the military and medical authorities seemed pleased with her progress as she neared completion of training. Finally, performing a mile-and-a-half run within a required time remained the only obstacle to graduation, and she was still 45 seconds too slow. This helpful passage from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah became central to her prayer and meditation as she
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Sanford C. Wilder, of Grafton, Illinois, author of Listening to Grace, offers personal growth and development Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble programs through EducareUnlearning. com that encourage prayer and medi and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One tation that emphasize listening. He practices both approaches and makes will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. distinctions between them. “When I pray, I am directing my They will run—never winded, thoughts toward God, listening and never weary. often affirming what I know to be di They will walk—never tired, vinely true. I am yearning to surrender never faint. ~Isaiah 40: 30-31 (The Voice) my will and affections in conscious connection with the divine such that I or another receives a blessing,” shares She passed her final attempt with 18 seconds to spare, running on Wilder. In such prayerful listening, he hopes to gain something, often a new eagles’ wings. So, how can we all discern such insight and corresponding manifestation. a divine witness to our original au “When I meditate, my intention thentic being amidst loud testimony is to sacrifice every thought, concept, of all the voices and labels shoutimage and feeling to God, the only ing in our head and body, including consciousness. I trust that listening and those imposed by others? observing with nonattachment helps Prayer and Meditation me release conscious and unconscious There are two approaches to listening conditioned thought patterns permeated to the voice within, whether we name by a human sense of self.” Through it God, higher power, Spirit, grace, meditative listening, he hopes to Eternal One, or divine love or Love. release everything rather than receive Complementary, rather than mutually anything, accepting that everyone is exclusive, both approaches require a equipped and able to be open to, witcapacity, gained through patient prac- ness and experience nonstop blesstice, of quieting the inner and outer ings. chatter and learning to hear that which Helen Mathis has been an educacalls us to be more than what human tor in the Philippines and Swaziland as experience suggests is possible. It’s well as the U.S., including an instrucwho we are in the eyes of grace. tor of religion at Principia College,
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das. Only then can spiritual sense come into play. “The goal is to awaken to, open to and get in touch with our innermost being and Spirit,” Mathis affirms. “Clearly, centering prayer assumes we each have a spiritual awareness of the divine within us that acts, as Bourgeault puts it, as ‘a kind of interior compass whose magnetic north is always fixed on God.’”
We often approach a Spirit dimension with the attitude of “what it can do for me.” The higher practice that mystics and other deep thinkers of various faith traditions ultimately arrive at instead centers on transforming our whole self to align with Spirit’s purpose for us, which changes everything. Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of the New Thought Agape Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, and a spiritual mentor to Oprah Winfrey, believes, “The relationship we have with the infinite is more about how we are to serve it than it is to serve us.” Beckwith describes three primary stages of realizing the power and purpose of divine Spirit expressed as our spirit. The first is that of a victim (feeling powerless, unable to effect change). The second is when an individual learns the existence of universal law that responds to our thinking, emotions and attitude; we learn how to use it to stabilize life structures and demonstrate health and well-being. “Ultimately, in stage three, we
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Grace and Spirit work in us, through us and between us, yet we can’t simply summon them up or outline their outcomes. To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. Life, defined by Spirit, gives fresh strength and impetus to mind and body. All three are vital elements of the dance of life. Richard Davenport is a spiritual life educator (HigherGroundForLife. com) and the founding executive director of an inclusive nationwide Bible and spiritual life community (BibleAndSpiritualLife.org). Now based in St. Louis, MO, he is a retired Air Force chaplain, having served at Lackland and other U.S. Air Force bases on three continents.
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The Meaning of Prayer and Meditation This month, we asked Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor of Unity Santa Fe and Maria Yraceburu, founder of Yraceburu EarthWisdom, what prayer and meditation meant to them. Here is what they said.
Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor shares:
rayer and meditation” is the first “how to’” in every Sunday message I give. Our first Unity Santa Fe core value is “God First” because I know God does not have what I want. Rather, God is what I want. Centered in an awareness of the Divine within, I am able to practice spiritual Truth with effortless ease, grace and joy. At Unity Santa Fe, we are a welcoming interspiritual community that celebrates the Oneness and Divinity of all creation. Our mission is to raise consciousness, transform lives and heal the planet—one person at a time, beginning with me! My personal practice is Vipassana, a way of self-transformation through selfobservation, as taught by S.N. Goenke. We have special ceremonies involving prayer during the holidays including our 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service which features a meditation on the Christmas promises and a candle lighting that calls forth your 12 spiritual gifts. Our 10:30 a.m. service on December 20 includes a Unity metaphysical interpretation of the Christmas story that focuses on its application to your life today and Christmas carols related to the story. Also, our 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve burning bowl service is a sacred way to release the old and make way for the new.
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Maria Yraceburu, author and founder of Yraceburu EarthWisdom a nonprofit eco-spiritual community, shares:
rayer, as revered by Native America, is one of the most powerful co-creative and healing forces there is. It is an opportunity to join with Esonknhsendehi (Changing Mother Earth, Yusn) our Creator and Echicasay (All Our Relations) for the purpose of seeing the world through higher vision, receiving Earth’s healing Love, truth and grace, and restoring yourself to a life of wholeness and perfection. When you join as an anchor in prayer, you not only extend healing energy and vision to others, you receive it yourself in that moment. We reverberate Bidaa (All That Is) and co-create a reality of peace in our lives. The day is eased by our prayers of life each morning. We come together over coffee to appreciate the beauty and synchronicity of what we are given. Only by acknowledging our connection to Earth and Spirit, will we begin to see and begin living our lives sacredly. We are the master weavers at the Loom of Light. We have created pathways of colored light as we have experienced nonordinary reality as true. Because of words of power, expressed as life affirmation, the next step arrives. How will today prove itself different? We watch, and are open. For more information visit YraceBuru.org.
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Grandmother Flordemayo on Prayer By Andrea Schensky Williams
Natural Awakenings: What are your thoughts and approach to prayer versus meditation?
atural Awakenings: How would you like to be introduced to our readers?
Flordemayo: I can’t give you a definition of what a Western mind would define as that. I’m just trying to understand the word meditation. Because I don’t come from this culture I don’t have a difficulties of clearing my mind. When I speak to you of being in Grace, to me it means being in prayer. I feel in my body all of the sacred elements of life. I go into a prayer of gratitude and I shout out into the Universe. Because I am not only a physical huFlordemayo: In order for us to become man being that is walking on the earth, I am also a child of the stars. I embrace vessels of the light, we cannot spend myself between the heavens and the our time in the mind, anticipating all earth and I merge myself between of the indifferent feelings that happen on a daily basis as a human being. Are the energy of the Beloved’s heart of the earth and heart of the heavens. I we going to look at life experience as Natural Awakenings: Our December something that we are learning in a Di- bring these energies into my being and theme is called Awakening to Spirit: vine way, whether good or indifferent? allow the energies to emerge into my Prayer and Meditation Heal and Free physical heart and I cry in gratitude Or are we going to make decisions to Us. What comes to mind when you live in a world of obscurity. With that, for these sacred elements. And it is hear this title? through that, when I feel the spirit of of course, we have a cosmic plan in Flordemayo: There is no way that just absolute connection, that I go into this life. And so everything that we go humans can have a connection with a state of grace. It’s not something that through is part of the learning of us Spirit without surrendering. Withhappens every moment, or three times as humans as we walk on this sacred out allowing ourselves to know and a day, I just do my prayers as often as I path. Every step we take is a step of understand that a communion with goodness, a step of indifference, a step need to. the beloved Creator is not about the of light, a step of obscurity. We have Natural Awakenings: I’d like to speak mind. A communion with the Creator choices! Constantly, every day, every about the mission of The Path. The is about us totally surrendering to the moment we take a step. guiding principles come from the heart. The heart of creation, your heart, Cathar Creed 1244 A.D.. What inNatural Awakenings: In today’s world the heart of your ancestors and say to spired you to use the Cathar Creed as most of us are occupied with “to the beloved creator “I surrender.” I am the guiding principles? do” lists, multi-tasking, social media, just here to do what I am guided to do. It isn’t until then that people really emails, TV, internet, etc. It’s difficult to Flordemayo: My understanding from start this incredible one-on-one dialog. find the time to be in communication. my travels and being in ceremony on When we do that, we start on what is that sacred mountain where the last of Flordemayo: It’s not so much of just called A Sacred Dance between your the Cathars lived is that they lived by living in a physical world, but many light body and the body of creation. of us are living in a mechanical world. the law of love. They left that written Now the body of creation, is of course, I said to my beloved Creator, I don’t creed to humanity addressing what all encompassing. It takes us back to want to do anything more than just the we’re talking about in 2016 about the original four basic elements: the taking care of the elements. They left prayer. I want to just be involved in earth, the wind, the fire and the water. prayer. And little by little I have been these sacred writings for humanity focusing only on my immediate life, and the sacred words stating that in Natural Awakenings: I think this in the year 1990 humanity was going to itself was a form of prayer. Thank you! my family, the organization and the land that my beloved Creator gave to reawaken. It was just these beautiful, Do you believe that those that live in beautiful writings they left for humanSpirit see the world as a friendly place? me to manage for the people. lordemayo: Who I am and who I’ve been is Flordemayo. I was born a healer; born a seer. I started going out into the neighborhood as my mom’s apprentice at the age of four. I’ve been very active with organizations here in New Mexico since 1995. At this very moment I am putting my heart into the nonprofit that we have established, The Path. I am in constant dialogue with visions and beings and constantly being guided. I have this land that I am being asked to take care of I am also very dedicated to the small community of Estancia, south of Galisteo on Highway 41. I’ve been here over 15 years putting the prayer into action.
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ity. And it’s taken humanity hundreds and hundreds of years to come to his point. I also believe they were very committed to the mission of love.
locally using this ancient water wheel alchemy and to send out energy to nearby waterways so that the plants, animals and humanity can have water to nourish and sustain life. The Temple Natural Awakenings: Please tell us of The Golden Child is the teaching about the four temples of The Path. temple where the heirloom seeds are Flordemayo: The four temples are joined with Golden Peace Children devoted to the four elements. The Fire that are being born into humanity. Temple was built in 2012 with prayers The fourth temple is the Seed Temple and the intentions planted in the hot where The Path will collect, protect coals of the fire to building the future. and share food, medicinal and flower Three months later the Water Temple plant seeds. In addition to preparing was birthed into reality. The monuthe seed temple, we will recuperate mental task of moving five Grandfather the seeds in a controlled greenhouse Stones to form the outer circle of the environment with proper filtering to Water Temple was made possible by keep the integrity of the heritage seeds the perseverance and brilliant coorfrom GMO-contamination. dination of several dedicated volunNatural Awakenings: In closing we teers. Without our precious water, like to share with our readers that you life cannot exist and all would perish were honored as one of the world from existence. We have made the class speakers during the 2015 Parcommitment to energizing our waters
liament of the World Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October. The Parliament is the oldest, largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. Over 10,000 attendees representing 80 countries, and 50 faiths gathered to reclaim the heart of humanity at the world’s largest interfaith event! You shared your mother’s ancient sacred lullaby passed on through generations, “Nurturing Prayer for Humanity,” during the conference. What a blessing. The CD with original background music by Cinder Cone Media is available in December as a beautiful holiday gift as a digital download for $5 or a Limited Edition gift package for $15 housed in biodegradable packaging that doubles as an altar, complete with Grandmother Flordemayo’s Sacred Plant Meditation Oil. The CD is available for purchase at Flordemayo.bandcamp.com or FollowTheGoldenPath.org. For more information about The Path and to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit FollowTheGoldenPath.org.
wisewords Sharon Salzberg on Mindfulness Simple Ways to Be in the Present Moment
Do you have other enabling practices for people new to the state of living mindfully?
by April Thompson
How do you define mindfulness? Mindfulness is the quality of awareness. When we are mindful, our perception of the present moment isn’t so distorted by bias, adding our own storyline to reality and pushing away what’s happening.
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ew York City-born Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood full of loss and upheaval, losing her parents and living in five different household configurations. In college, she discovered the power of meditation to transform suffering and cope with life’s never-ending changes. Born into a Jewish family, Salzberg first encountered Buddhism in 1969 in an Asian philosophy class, inspiring her to undertake an independent study program in India, where she was initiated into the practice via an intense 10-day retreat. “It was very difficult and painful. I sometimes doubted that I’d succeed, yet I never doubted that there was truth there,” she says. Upon her return home, Salzberg dedicated herself to the path of vipassana- (insight) meditation, becoming a renowned teacher and co-founding the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts. Today she teaches and speaks to diverse audiences worldwide about the power of mindfulness. Salzberg has authored nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, Real Happiness at Work and Lovingkindness.
Yes, theoretically, but I suspect it’s hard. I honor my own meditation practice for making mindfulness highly accessible for me. It doesn’t take many hours of prep work and is open to everyone. It’s really a practice, like strength training—you have to exercise the mindfulness muscle to reap the benefits.
What’s the best way to arrange time for meditation, and what can motivate us to practice regularly? Having a sense of structure has helped me the most. I believe strongly in the value of a daily practice, however simple or short. We can ritualize certain practices to help remember to pause and be mindful. For example, every time the phone rings, let it ring three times and use that as a trigger to breathe. When you’ve finished writing an email, take a few conscious moments before sending it. There are lots of ways to cut through the momentum of the busyness and craziness of our lives to return to mindfulness. Make a commitment to practice for a certain period of daily time for a month or two, and then reassess. Look for changes during the active course of daily life and query: How am I speaking to myself or to others? NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com
Am I more present? Am I more at ease in letting go? It’s important to look for these subtle changes rather than to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves such as being mindful all day.
Movement meditation is a good place to start; if you’re walking somewhere, try to be more present and feel your feet against the ground. Also, just focus on one thing at a time; instead of multitasking, just drink the cup of tea. We can also use breath to focus concentration. The breath is a tremendous tool, it’s always with us. If you’re in a contentious meeting and tempers flare, you don’t have to pull out a meditation cushion and sit in a funny position; you can work with your breath right where you are.
How can meditation help to ease suffering? Sometimes, we think we can ease suffering by only having pleasant feelings and beautiful thoughts. Rather, we can ease suffering by changing the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings. If something unpleasant is happening, most of us flip into an internal monologue about how, “Bad things always happen to me,” or “This is my fault,” or “I shouldn’t feel this.” We compound our suffering by adding judgment and by pushing away discomfort. Instead, we can learn to observe our reactions and release them. We also tend not to feel pleasure fully or think that something else or more should be happening instead of simply enjoying the moment. We wait for some sense of intensity in order to feel alive, rather than experiencing the ordinary to the utmost. Meditation trains us to be present with pleasant, unpleasant and neutral experiences and stay connected, no matter what’s going on. Reach freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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t is common knowledge that prayer is an entreaty to God and meditation is our opportunity to listen to Godâ€™s wisdom for us. In this coming Age there are wonderful ways to enter into prayer and meditation that augment oneâ€™s spiritual experience with the Creator. Prayer is our inroad to the Divine. When we pray we set up a resonance with the Divine Mind that allows us access to Higher States of Consciousness. These higher states of consciousness create a deep altered state of wisdom and insight through consistent regular meditation. It has long been held in psychological research that prayer and meditation are beneficial to human health and wellness, but it has also been shown that deep states of prayer and meditation are transformative to consciousness, thus enhancing neurophysical as well as
biological states of being. Now, in this new Age of Aquarius we have even greater means of accessing the Divine Mind, as the assistance from Heaven is clear and direct in terms of human advancement. Meditation is our Divine opportunity to receive guidance and insight from Heaven, sometimes through our spiritual guides, angels and High Holy Ones; sometimes through our Higher Self; and sometimes directly from the Divine Mind. It is through our intention and attention that we come into
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helpful in the transformation of the Divine Mind we are now beginning to acquire in this New Age. A simple regimen of invocation/affirmation and certain ancient prayers and mantras work nicely to set our intention for Divine connection. Here are a few examples. • I call upon the Company of Heaven, The Divine Mind and All the Saints/Sages, Angels and Archangels, and all my Heavenly Guides to assist me this day to bring forth my Higher Mind and teach me the things I most need to know for my Highest Good and well-being. • I place the Light of Christ (or the ChristLight) around me to protect and guide me in my meditations this day. I ask the entire Company of Heaven and my own Spiritual Company to guide and teach me this day that I may become One with God and
Saint Francis Prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow Love; Where there is injury, Pardon; Where there is doubt, Faith; Where there is despair, Hope; Where there is darkness, Light; And where there is sadness, Joy. Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
my Highest Soul awareness. • I set my intention for ___________ this day and ask for guidance to bring forth this awareness, as I know my spiritual goal is to ___________ in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (The Divine Mind) or (The Great Spirit of us all). Once you have begun a regular practice of meditation for no less than 30 minutes daily, you begin to establish a pattern that Heaven and the High Holy Ones come to recognize. This daily meditation clears the mind, brings forth sacred wisdom and spiritual insight, as well as centers one in the Great Peace. For in establishing that inner peacefulness we become part and parcel of the Divine Mind. Here is another ancient mantra that sets up a sacred resonance with the Creator Mind:
editation, although a very personal practice, has some basic fundamentals. 1) The posture should be straight with your crown chakra aligned with Heaven, that is, perfectly level, chin angled a bit down and inward. 2) the mind should be empty of disruptive thoughts, clear and clean like clouds in an empty sky; 3) your intention and focused attention should be set prior to meditation, so that your soul can receive the power and presence of God and Heaven (AKA Realms of Light & Love). The following partial prayer can assist you in opening your meditation practice. Prayer from Melchizedek Opening Meditation: (The Melchizedek Truth Principles 1963)
I-AM now in the presence of Pure Being; I behold no other radiance than the radiance of the Christ Light, of which I am a divine part, I-AM now fully conscious of the presence of the indwell-
Monadic/Soul Mantra: I am the Presence of the Divine Mind I am the Light of the Father I am the Love of the Mother I am Divine Will I am fix design, perfect in Creation (the Kingdom)
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ing God. I now behold the Living Christ of God, in whose image and likeness I-AM. I ascend in consciousness and stand before the altar, in which I have created, through my desire of oneness, with the Infinite Supreme Principle of the Universe: I-AM, That Principle, which has brought all life into manifestation. I am no longer part of doubt or fear; I am at peace with all mankind through the Love of the Living God. I behold nothing but perfection; I see all mankind in perfect spiritual accord. I proclaim peace on earth, as it is in Heaven. Nothing can separate me from the Living God. I send forth thoughts of Love to all those who may be in understanding less fortunate than myself. I see them bathed in Spirit, soul and body, and see them continually bathed with the goodness and the greatness of God’s love. If we can build a life focused around the idea of a God-centered Universe, we can find the Great Peace that comes from within and we can create a soulful awareness of our being and establish a better world for humanity.
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ssential oils have been used for thousands of years to support natural healing processes and to enhance prayer and our connection to the Divine. These essential oils are mentioned more than one thousand times in the Bible and historically have been used in celebrations, religious ceremonies and rituals. Anointing, a common application of the oils throughout the ages, helps amplify the intention behind blessings and affirmations. Anointing means “to touch with oil” and was performed on people as well as sacred objects to make them holy. It is still used today for important life transitions such as weddings, birth, baptism, sickness and death. Scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of their traditional uses, and have confirmed their highly effective properties that support healthy function of the body, mind and soul. Learn more at a free Sacred Aromatherapy class being held at 2 p.m. on December 12. Contact Angela Melton at 505-310-1790 to RSVP or schedule a free consultation. Additional classes at angela-melton. eventbrite.com.
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HEAVENLY SCENTS How to Make Your Own Natural Oil Fragrances
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whiff of sweetness can communicate a personal signature of tranquility, alertness or romance, or it can cause a bout of miserable sneezing, wheezing or nausea for those in the vicinity and even the unwitting wearer.
“When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals,’” warns the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG). “A major loophole in the [U.S.] Food and Drug Administration’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion and body wash include nearly any ingredient under the term fragrance without actually listing the chemical.” Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and tradesecret formulas are exempt. What’s known as a dirty little secret in the fragrance industry is the unlabeled presence of toxic chemicals not only in perfumes, but in any personal care product that includes a NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com
scent. Lab tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by the EWG confirm the presence of parabens that interfere with hormone production, cancer-causing phthalates, and synthetic musks that have been linked to hormone disruption, among many other ills.
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“Opting for natural scents from organic essential oils not only offers a toxin-free alternative, the oils’ aromatherapy benefits have time-proven therapeutic value,” suggests Dorene Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, in Portland, Oregon. Recent research from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil, confirms that lavender oil has antiinflammatory, antioxidant and painrelieving properties similar to those of a mild-dose narcotic. Plus, it smells heavenly, says botanical perfumer Roxana Villa, of Woodland Hills, a California-based spokesperson for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Considering the part of the
plant used will give you an idea of its therapeutic value,” says Villa. “A root base will be good for grounding. Since bark is like skin, oils such as birch will benefit skin and muscles. Oils from flowers are excellent for anything related to the head and mind.” Oregano and cinnamon oils have powerful antifungal properties, even against Candida-type fungi resistant to prescription drugs, according to Brazilian research from Universidade Federal. A groundbreaking study from the Slovak University of Technology, in Slovakia, even suggests that rosemary oil can kill cancer cells. These are all scents that can be the foundations of do-it-yourself perfumes.
“It’s fun to experiment with organic essential oils and create that unique blend that becomes a personal signature,” says Charlynn Avery, an aromatherapist with Aura Cacia, in Norway, Iowa. She explains that essential oils have three basic “notes” and blending them correctly will result in a fragrance suited to last throughout the day. “The base note is heavier and lasts the longest. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood and jasmine hang around longer in the atmosphere and
on the wearer,” she explains. Blending the base with a slightly lighter middle note like lavender, rosemary or clary sage and a light and short-lasting top note like orange, lime or peppermint will create a complex and pleasing blend. “That’s the beauty of the art of it,” says Avery. “You can create synergistic blends that harmonize and complement the attributes of each to such an extent that you may not be able to detect the scents of the individual oils.” There are no hard and fast rules, but our experts offer a few guidelines for creating our own unique blends that will be well-received as holiday gifts. Use a base of oil like jojoba or sweet almond to create a perfumed oil. Note that oils undiluted by a carrier can burn the skin. For oil-based blends, use a ratio of 50 drops of bottom note oil, 30 drops of a middle note and 20 drops of a top note in two ounces of carrier oil. Another option is to use an alcohol base of either isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 85-proof vodka to make a spray perfume; the alcohol will evaporate quickly. Alcohol-based blends generally last longer, especially with fragile citrus oils. A usual ratio is 10 to 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of alcohol-
based carrier. Oil-based blends are ready to use almost immediately. Alcohol-based blends should age a week or two at least and will become more strongly scented in time. Store fragrances in bottles in a dark, cool place. Bottles with tiny rollon caps are commercially available. “It’s very much trial and error to arrive at a preferred scent, so be creative and keep careful notes of experiments and improve on them as you gain experience,” counsels Avery. “If you crinkle your nose at patchouli, you probably won’t like an oil blend with it, either. Choose scents you like.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen Barnes.com.
Eat, Bark and Be Merry Healthy Holiday Treats for Our Pets by Sandra Murphy
s with families everywhere, special taste treats are on the menu for many dogs, cats and wild birds during the holiday season. Owners are cautioned not to share rich, unfamiliar foods from the table that can be detrimental to an animal’s health. Better fare are homemade treats of organic, safe and tasty ingredients—true gifts from the heart. Homemade assures the quality of ingredients, avoids unhealthy additives and allows the giver to adjust for individual taste or food sensitivities. Most healthy recipes can be made from readily available ingredients.
woodpeckers and wrens to enjoy. Don’t use low-fat peanut butter because birds need to pack in the calories in order to stay warm.
Organic catnip, fresh or dried and baked into a crunchy treat, will bring kitty running. In recipes, avoid canned tuna because of bisphenol A (BPA) concerns; also minimize the frequency and portion of tuna and salmon treats due to mercury accumulation in the fish. Unseasoned tuna or salmon packed in water in a pouch is a better choice. Many recipes labeled for dogs can be converted for cats by making them into smaller bites.
chicken and pork, pre-cook before dehydrating. Beef can be dehydrated from a raw state. My Boston terriers also love dehydrated, sweet potato chips.” A number of commercial dehydrated meat and fish jerkies have been recalled (search DogFoodAdvisor. com/?s=treats). Homemade treats offer superior control of ingredients. “When I make my pets’ treats, I know what’s in their food, including the herbs used for flavor,” says Raya. After she’s ensured that the food is thoroughly dried, she packs it in vacuum bags and stores them away from light. She notes that dehydrating takes longer than baking, but is cost-effective at 25 to 50 cents an hour. Veggie options include dehydrated zucchini chips, butternut squash chips, cherry tomato bites, matchstick carrots or peach or other fruit slices.
Make it Festive
A cat’s sense of smell is 10 to 15 times better than ours, but is still modest compared to dogs that out-sniff us by a factor of 30 to 60 times; that’s why putting wrapped treats under a holiday tree or in a stocking is a bad idea. Store them securely and then bring them out when it’s time to open gifts. Use blue tissue paper for easy-to-open HanukWild Birds kah gifts, red or green for Christmas Offer them a variety of seeds and fresh (bows, yes; ribbons, no). For dogs that water. Always use unsalted, unseasoned love puzzles, placing treats inside a seeds. Mix harder-to-crack striped sunwrapped box adds to the fun. Dogs flower seeds with the smaller black oil Remember that rich or unfamiliar “When possible, I put organic and version to attract the largest number of foods can make pets sick. Instead, gift local foods, non-GMO, hormone-and birds. Organically grown peanuts in the them with their own healthy, safe treats antibiotic-free, grass-fed and humanely shell, dried fruit, oranges, pomegranates from known ingredients so that everyraised properties at the top of my list. or rehydrated raisins offer a burst of enone has a happy holiday. A healthier dog means fewer vet visits ergy. Impale round fruits, halved, on a and more years together,” says Tonya small dowel rod attached to the feeding Connect with Sandra Murphy at Wilhelm, a dog trainer in Toledo, table to hold them in place. StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring. Ohio. “Buy in bulk from a co-op or Note that oats go to waste, farmer and maybe share with friends to com. shelled sunflower seeds spoil and get the best price.” cracked corn attracts raccoons. Pass on any kind of popcorn.
Mix one part organic peanut butter with five parts organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Smear into a pinecone to hang from a branch or directly on tree bark for
Dehydrating removes moisture from food while retaining nutrients, and comprises a distinct cooking method. Stephanie Raya, resident chef at Excalibur Dehydrator, in Sacramento, California, recommends, “For safe
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No-Bake Festive Vegan Desserts
Teresa Cutter’s No-Bake Carrot Cake Photo by Stephen Blancett
Yields: 16 servings
SWEETLY VEGAN No-Bake Holiday Treats Worth Celebrating
by Judith Fertig
isions of sugar plums” have been part of holiday mindsets since the advent of Clement Moore’s classic 19th-century poem commonly known as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. We love to give and receive special treats and our tastes are evolving. Instead of yesteryear’s sugary bonbons loaded with calories that we’ve come to regret, today’s preferred confections focus more on naturally sweet dried fruits, best-quality chocolate, healthful coconut and crunchy nuts. Vegan, glutenfree delicacies from chefs and culinary experts the world over help us celebrate the season in a deliciously healthy way, including those we highlight this month. “Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding,” says Chef Teresa Cutter, author of Purely Delicious. Cutter is founder and director of The Healthy Chef company, in Sydney, Australia, which creates functional foods for taste and optimal health. Her no-bake desserts such as miniature Christmas puddings and carrot cake take only minutes to make.
Emily Holmes, a Queensland, Australia, wellness coach who blogs at Conscious-Foodie.com, says her favorite is Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry Mini-Cupcakes. She serves them with a pot of peppermint tea. Houston-based Joshua Weissman is the author of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook and blogs at SlimPalate. com. He shares his philosophy on holiday treats: “My first thought is that I don’t want to feel guilty after eating it. My second is that I still want it to taste and look good.” His Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles fit the festive bill. In New York City, noted vegan cookbook author and Pastry Chef Fran Costigan is an expert in all things chocolate, including her Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles. “When you make something really delicious with real ingredients, your mouth knows it, your brain knows it, your body knows it. You feel satisfied,” she says. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.
2½ cups (9½ oz) shelled walnuts 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds ½ cup (2 oz) rolled oats (or glutenfree almond meal) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 1 cup (6½ oz) of 12 large fresh dates, pitted ½ cup (3 oz) dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulfur-free) 2 large raw carrots, grated Zest from 1 orange 2 tsp vanilla bean paste Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a food processor and run it until mixed and finely chopped. Add dates and apricots. Process again until thoroughly mixed. Add grated raw carrot and vanilla and
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then process again until combined. The mix should now form a nice dough.
Enjoy as is or garnish with macadamia nut cream, a drizzle of honey and walnuts.
Spoon into a bowl. Add and knead oats through the raw carrot cake mixture.
Note: Other raw nuts can substitute for walnuts—try pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts.
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Press cake firmly into a 6-inch round baking dish lined with parchment paper.
Macadamia Nut Cream Combine 1 cup of raw cashew nuts or macadamia nuts with ½ cup of orange juice or coconut water and a little vanilla. Blend in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix until smooth and creamy.
Refrigerate until ready to serve, allowing at least 2 hours for the cake to rest. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
Creating your Lifesong – 6-8:30pm. This evening of exploration guides participants through a group songwriting process, using story exchange, movement, poetry and music. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend. No artistic experience necessary. Free. The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860. ALoveOfLearning.org.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
Chanting in Unity – 7-9:30pm. Join a kirtan team and allow kirtan, chanting the names for God, to open your heart and raise you up. Please bring a snack to share. $10, love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-292-1998. USCAbq.org.
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nutmeg and ginger in a food processor. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs. Spoon the mixture into a large bowl. Add the orange juice, and then mix again. Pudding mix should come together when lightly hand-squeezed. Divide into 6 small puddings. Line the base of 6 small decorative molds with plastic wrap and firmly press the puddings into them.
Teresa Cutter’s Healthy Christmas Puddings Yields: 6 to 8 small puddings 8 oz fresh pitted dates—approximately 10 to 15 dates, depending on their size Zest from 1 orange 9 oz dried apricots, chopped 1½ cups almond meal/ground almonds 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 to 2 Tbsp orange juice 3 oz white chocolate, melted, for decoration (optional) Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon,
Once firmly packed in the mold, invert the pudding and remove the plastic wrap. Melt white chocolate in a small bowl set over a simmering pot of water. Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if desired and garnish with goji berries, fresh cherries or another fanciful topper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve puddings with chilled mango coconut custard. Mango Coconut Custard 1 mango, chopped ½ cup coconut milk Juice from ½ orange Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled with the puddings.
Multi-Level Merriment – 10am-2pm. MLM, direct sales and network marketing opportunities. Find out more this holiday season. Business opportunities and holiday gift ideas. 1 Plaza de Tranquilidad, Albuquerque. Info: 505-280-0509. Make and Take Holiday Gifts Workshop – 10am-12pm. Come make therapeutic body care products, mood-balancing essential oil blends, air freshener and more for holiday gifts. RSVP required - supplies and space are limited. Products $5-$8 each. Empowering Energy Medicine. 1420 Carlisle Blvd NE, suite #105. 505-310-1790. http:// angela-melton.eventbrite.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
In the Circle of the Spirit with Peter Gold – 10am-12:30 pm. A multi-media talk based on Peter Gold’s highly acclaimed book, Navajo and Tibetan Sacred Wisdom. This is rare glimpse into timehonored wisdom ways for living. Fee: $10-$20 sliding scale. Thubten Norbu Ling 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe. www.tnlsf.org. Sunday Message – 10:30am. Singer/storyteller Michael “Indiana Bones” McCartney and Catherine Donavon present the Sunday message in story and song. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way. UnitySantaFe.org. La Montañita Co-op’s Holiday Parties – Dec 6, 12. 19. Celebrate the holidays with fresh, local, organic festive food and music. Nob Hill Store, Dec 6, 2-5pm; Santa Fe Store, Dec 12, 12:30-3pm; Rio Grande Store, Dec 12, 2-5pm; Westside Store, Dec 19, 11am-4pm. Information contact, Robin Seydel: 505-217-2027. LaMontanita.coop.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
The Radical Natural History of Generally True Patterns – 6:30-8pm. Setonian evenings explore topics related to Seton’s stories; share your stories as you examine the importance of experience with wildlife and wild places. Free. Seton Gallery, The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860. ALoveOfLearning.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
Holiday Essential Oil Foods – 6pm. Drinks, appetizers, main dishes and desserts made with certified
pure essential oils. Recipes available to spice up your holiday meals. Bring your own utensils, this is a green event. North Domingo Baca Center, 7521 Carmel Ave, Albuquerque.
Some available to borrow. RSVP for drum loan and childcare. $10, love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-292-1998. USCAbq.org.
$20/preregistration required. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Service – 5-6pm. Release thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve the individual, that they do not want to take into the New Year, through the process of burning their list. Free will offering. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way. UnitySantaFe.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
L ecture: dash’shi’hek – I Will Show You Things – 6-7:30pm. “Clear your head. Empty it of all thoughts. Awaken! Come! You must put your spirit to the wind! I have things to show you! Now!” – Grandmother Naylin Lage. Prophecy over the next 25 years revealed. $28.68, register 24hrs in advance to receive link. MariaYraceburu.com/i-will-showyou-online.html.
Womyn’s Moon Ceremony – 6:30-9:30pm. Women are the dreamers of reality. It all beings with new moon ceremony. Drumming, singing, chanting, and ritual. Donations accepted. Taanaash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. RSVP: YraceburuEarthWisdom@yahoo.com. Sacred Art Printing Workshop with Lama Gyurme – 10:30am-4pm. Beginning with a brief introduction to Tibetan Sacred Art, participants will work with woodblocks to paint images of Buddhist deities and sacred symbols. A free workshop sponsored by the GLAS Foundation. Thubten Norbu Ling 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe, www.tnlsf.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
Medicine Buddha Healing Puja: Sacred Chanting by the Drepung Loseling Monks – 10:1511:30am. Suggested donation $15-$20. Thubten Norbu Ling 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe. www.tnlsf.org. Holiday Healing Clinic – 12-2pm. Clear out all the out-grown holiday energies—the family stressors, the commercial frenzy, old religious programming. Reclaim the miracle of you. Drop in for a 1-on-1 energy healing. $10/15 minutes. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. HeartFires 4 Peace – Dec 13, 14, 21. 6:309:30 pm. Come together in ceremony, around a fire. Share prayers of peace and envision a world with no war. With an open heart, celebrate life and the future of our living legacy. Donations accepted. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas, RSVP: YraceburuEarthWisdom@yahoo.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Free Self-Hypnosis Class – 6-7PM. David B Fisher, Clinical Hypnotherapist provides an overview of Hypnosis and a discussion/demonstration of Self-Hypnosis Techniques. Class will include Q & A. Space is limited. Please RSVP: 505-463-7392. 819 Vassar Dr NE, Albuquerque. davidbfisherhypnotherapy.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Well Woman Holiday Party – 5-8pm. A festive, supportive party focused on releasing 2015 and welcoming 2016. Spend an evening together reflecting and connecting and leave feeling empowered and rejuvenated. Includes appetizers and cash bar. Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque. Info, tickets: WellWomanLife.com/drinks.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Seminar: In the Beginning – Dec 18-19. Master ceremonialist and author Maria Yraceburu will guide attendees through one of the most powerful teachings of dream manifestation known to indigenous earth. $280/preregistration by Dec 15 required. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. MariaYraceburu.com/beginning.htm. Spirit Rhythms – 7-8:30pm. Spirit-filled drumming and rhythmic play invite unity, joy and inner peace. Bring your favorite hand drums/percussion.
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Solstice Meditations – Dec 19-22. Solstice morning and evening meditations will be held during this period. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. Info and details, Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
Winter Solstice Ceremony of Life – 6pm. Annual winter solstice service, followed by a potluck dinner. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. Contact Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23
Rio Grande Pueblo Winter Solstice Feasts & Dances – December 23-28. Winter solstice is revered by Rio Grande pueblos. Visit the Jemez, Taos, Tesuque or Ohkay-Owinge Pueblo. $425-$1,015/meals, transportation and lodging included. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service – 5-6pm. A celebration symbolic of light coming into the world. All participants light their own candle. Free will offering. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way. UnitySantaFe.org.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sick – 6-7:30 pm. Wi-Fi technology is here to stay. Learn about patented products that help neutralize the effects, and simple ways to decrease exposure. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Rm, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30
New Year’s Retreat, Creating Possibilities: Listening for New Directions in Life – December 30, 2015-January 2, 2016. Make an account of where you’ve been and where you are going, listening for guidance and new directions. $499-$349/allinclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org. New Year’s Retreat: In the Stillness & Silence, I Begin Again – December 30, 2015-January 2, 2016. Rest, remember, envision during this threshold time for forgiving, forgetting and moving forward; with Peter Traben Haas. $499-$349/allinclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org. Creating As Christ: An End of the Year Ritual – 6:30-7:30pm. To start anew, we must let go of the old. This ritual includes a white stone ceremony guided meditation, music and gentle ritual. Appetizers and refreshments following. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
Silent Meditation Retreat - Nontraditional January 2–9
Silent listening, deep opening, healing in a safe group setting. $60/day, $290/week; includes food, lodging. NM Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, a lodge in the National Forest near Albuquerque. Jay: 505-281-0684. MeditationNM.WordPress.com.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 Intuitive Practitioner Certification —Jan 9, runs 36 weeks. For those ready to answer the call to be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ healing. Santa Fe. Chantal Fidanza: 505438-1074. YourDivineLight.biz.
MONDAY, JANUARY 11 FERTILE GROUND: An Art-Based, Infertility Support Group for Women – 6-8pm. Mondays, Jan.11-Feb.15 at The Birthing Tree. For more information and to sign up contact Bethany at HYPERLINK “mailto:bmooregarrison@gmail. com” firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-2522215. 1315 S St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Reiki I – 9am-6pm. Learn history & hand positions for self and others. David B Fisher, Reiki master; practicing Reiki for 19 years and teaching for 7 years. Space limited. $150. 819 Vassar Dr NE, Albuquerque, 505-463-7392. DavidBFisherHypnotherapy.com
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Reiki II – 10am-6pm. Learn symbols and how to send Reiki. David B Fisher, Reiki master; practicing Reiki for 19 years and teaching for 7 years. Space limited. $175. 819 Vassar Dr NE, Albuquerque, 505-463-7392. DavidBFisherHypnotherapy.com
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 Coming Full Circle Reunion: Full Moon in the Ink-Black Sky – Mar 3 - 6. For participants who have completed part I and/or II of the basic Coming Full Circle program. This weekend-long retreat will be a deepening of the Coming Full Circle principles taught by Sanchi Reta in the Coming Full Circle basic training parts I & II. Seton Gallery, The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-1860. ALoveOfLearning.org.
Holotropic Breathwork Retreat – 9am. Experience self through uncommon perspectives, discover and explore internal territory - unfamiliar aspects and parts of our selves - inviting insight, awareness and possibility. Seton Gallery, The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-1860. ALoveOfLearning.org.
sunday Lightworkers Teleconference – 3rd Sun. Ascended Masters offer up-to-the-minute status on humanity’s upliftment, share the teachings of the Higher Realms, and happily answer questions. For teleconference event details, Rev Hilary: 505-7951943. Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net. Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616. TransitionsRadio.com. Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. 2nd and 4th Sun. Explore a topic through meditation, inspirational readings, hands on healing, and sharing of experience. Small community, welcoming of all paths. Potluck following the service. Donations. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Welcoming interspiritual community, with fun youth program, inspirational music and heart-centered meditation. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. UnitySantaFe.org. Qigong in the Park –11am-12pm. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, downtown Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. QigongInThePark.com.
monday Messages from Spirit – Starts Jan 4, 6-7:30pm. 1st Mon. This group will involve different ways to connect with spirit, including guided meditation, channeled messages, tarot, oracle cards and mediumship. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-321-4121. DanelleBecklund@yahoo.com. Nova Earth Master Classes: Universal/Divine Law – Jan4-Apr11. 6-9pm. Bi-weekly. Masterlevel classes designed to assist you in understanding and using God’s Law in a practical and useful way. $520, $65 per class; 10% discount with full tuition at registration. For event details, Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net.
tuesday Santa Fe Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. 2098 Calle Ensenada, Santa Fe. 505-242-3263.
wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, an intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/info: 505-466-3764. ConsultGalaya.com. Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12, free/first class. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr East, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. AllisonLasky.com. Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. Spiritual healing creates change and the space to let it happen. Non-touch healings gets energy moving so you see next steps more clearly. A supportive environment; one-on-one attention. Free/donations accepted. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Meditations – Starts Jan 6. 6-7pm. This meditation circle will be ongoing. Free. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. Contact Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. Rev.Hilary@ OakRose.net.
thursday Third Thursday Healing Service – 6:30pm. 3rd Thur. Your choice of healing touch or vibrational healing. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. UnitySantaFe.org.
friday Spirit Rhythms – 7-8:30pm. Spirit-filled event where drumming and rhythmic play invite unity,
joy and inner peace. Bring your favorite hand drums/percussion. RSVP for drum loan and childcare. $10/love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-2921998. USCAbq.org. Divine Feminine Spiritual Perspectives – Through mid-Dec. 6-9pm. The program is led by Rev AliceAnn Saunders, will run on. $20. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle drive, Santa Fe. Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. OakRoseAcedemyOfLight.org.
saturday Intuitive Practitioner Certification – Jan 9 thru May. For those ready to answer the call to be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ empowerment. Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe County. YourDivineLight.biz. Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside and Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. QigongInThePark.com. Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer and The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project for support groups; for survivors and caregivers of all cancer types. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505242-3263. Meditation and Healing Class – Jan 23-Feb 27. 10am-12pm. Create the life you want by better understanding how energy works, how to get out of resistance, and how to embrace all this . $150, $140/early registration. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2 nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.
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Jay Pullen CMS-CHt, FIBH cert.#11214-347 505-450-2571 www.AlbuquerqueHypnotherapy.com ANXIETY--You don’t have to live with it! Sessions and tools provided to help reduce anxiety and create a life that feels expansive rather than constricted. Call for more info and a free 30 minute consultation.
Peaceful Sky Hypnotherapy Eli Peace, CHt Albuquerque @The Source 505-750-7273 Peacefulskyhypnosis.com
Money and love! Hypnotherapy safely and naturally changes the beliefs in our minds and the actions we take out of them. Use hypnosis to meet your goals, including: Money, Weight, Sleep, Pain, Smoking, and Self-Esteem. I also lead birth and past-life explorations.
DAVID B. FISHER MBA, CMS-CHT, FIBH
Hypnotherapy/Reiki Master davidbfisherhypnotherapy.com email@example.com 505-463-7392 Scope of practice includes but is not limited to PTSD, Anxiety/ Panic Attacks, Pain Management, Substance Abuse Addictions, Sports Performance, Sleep Disorders, Smoke Cessation and Weight Management. See ad on page 14.
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HEALING AND GUIDANCE Sunny’s Book of Healing
Sunny Morrow, MEd, B.S., D.S. cell 864-905-1864, ABQ, NM www.SunnysBookofHealing.com Core Synchronism Treatments: firstname.lastname@example.org Personalized holistic medicine for everyone. A complete realignment system for physical and/or emotional issues from sports injury to depression.
Specializing in detoxification of the body through gentle, non-invasive means. Group and one-on-one consults plus continued support available. Detailed Iridology reports that are specific to you upon request. Utilizing local resources in Albuquerque, affordable, and life-changing! In-person, overseas, skype, and phone clients welcomed. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com
505-715-3452 obsidianhealwell.com 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Reassess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild. See ad on page 2.
UNM Center for Life
4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 CenterforLife@unmmg.org unmmg.org/clinics/cfl/ 505-925-7464
Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh
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An Integrative and InterCultural Center for New Mexico Facial Plastics offer Prevention and Wellness, a broad range of aesthetic and treating people with a ENT procedures & treatments. wide range of health Using the latest advanced surgical issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques that minimize recovery techniques. A state of the art Integrative and time Dr. Taghizadeh specializes Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and in facelifts, scar revision, revision wellness along with disease management. NOTfacelifts, and revision rhinoplasty. FOR-PROFIT. See ad on page 5. See ad on page 8.
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Psychic/MEDIUM Readings Keri Ports
Animal & Human Psychic/Medium 213-999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or F i n d C l a rity, Ins ight and Skype • www.keriports.com
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Inspiration! Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.
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N e w M e x i c o ’s l a r g e s t community-owned natural & organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad on page 23.
YOGA BODY & BRAIN YOGA AND TAICHI 505-797-221 Albuquerque@bodynbrain.com www.bodynbrain.com
The OakRose Academy of Light 505-292-1998 is a Mystery School founded by www.uscabq.org the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and nondenom-inational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad on page 15.
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Wellness Center focuses on Age Management. We offer a Nondrug option for reversing and preventing Osteoporosis, improved strength, balance and pain reduction. Call for consultation. See ad on page 2.
Brain-oriented holistic approach to health. Yoga, Specializes in a combination Ta i c h i , M e d i t a t i o n , psychic/mediumship reading for Breathing, and Workshops. people and pets. Messages and 4 locations. In Albuquerque information are pulled directly NE 797-2211, NW 792from your own soul (or pet’s soul) and also directly from Spirit, 5111, Downtown 262-2211, In Santa Fe: 820-2211. including loved ones that have crossed over, spirit guides and angels on the other side. All messages are guidance for your soul, so you can fulfill your Divine purpose! Additional sessions include: private guided chakra SERVICES meditation and group readings.
High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek SPIRITUAL CENTER Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose.net ALBUQUERQUE OakRoseAcademyOfLight.org 9800 Candelaria Rd. NE, ABQ NM 87112
Natural/Organic Food Market
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INTUITIVE HEALING SESSIONS Saturdays by apt. Receive clarity, release negativity, embody your light. 2-hour private or half-off ($75.00) during practitioner trainee sessions, space permitting. Call Chantal Fidanza for info / to schedule: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe County, yourdivinelight.biz
A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. 10:00 am Sunday worship service and children’s program. Spiritual but not religious weddings, memorials, christenings and classes. LGBTQ welcome.
TRAUMA THERAPY THE SHELTERED HEART FOUNDATION INC.
Stephanie Jaeger PO Box 3257, Corrales, NM 87048 505-898-6540 Chooselove@shelteredheart.org www.shelteredheart.org World renowned educator Stephanie Jaeger works with survivors of abuse/trauma to move Beyond Surviving into a life of thriving through her workshops and retreats.
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