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Nature Worship is Good for the Soul By Rev. Judith Laxer

Deep connection, solid faith and a corresponding belief system are at the core of all resonant religious experience. Only then can the religious experience alter our consciousness from mundane and preoccupied to numinous and transcendent. Whether by silent prayer in a church, mindfulness meditation from moment-to-moment, or chanting an incantation in sacred space, devotional practices bring us spiritual nourishment. Who can say that one is better or more viable than another? Our spiritual sensibilities can be as different as any of our other preferences in life. I know about these differences. I am a Pagan priestess. Not your usual fare, not the majority. It’s too bad that the word “pagan” still carries with it centuries of bad press. Images of cackling witches around a cauldron filled with putrid ingredients, bloody sacrifices, and frightening hauntings are, unfortunately, among those that come to the mind of the uninitiated. Rooted in the medieval Inquisitions’ torturous righteousness, and subsequently in our collective unconscious, the original meaning and beauty of Paganism has continued to take a beating. All these years later, many Pagans are still in the broomcloset. Secrecy ensures our perceived safety. The original meaning of the word pagan is “of the earth” or “earth-dweller.” In this regard, “pagan” actually refers to everyone,

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on the concept of because earth is balance in our lives, so where we all dwell. crucial for our well-being In a spiritual context, as we turn to face the Paganism comprises long, dark and (here in practices that the Northwest), gray and recognize, honor and rainy season of winter. celebrate the divinity in Ah, balance. That the natural world. Just elusive state of being in as within other faiths, which we experience there are different sects as much rest as we do in Paganism whose work, have as much practices vary, but at pleasure as we do the root of them all is hardship, where we give reverence for Mother as much credence to Nature and her cycles, the dreamy intuitive as her beauty, and her we do to the logical and diversity. After all, she linear. is the foundation, the In my circle, we underpinnings of our enact ritual gestures very lives. She provides representing this our food, our shelter, balance. For this reason our clothing, our Rev. Judith Laxer says that Paganism we meet at twilight, for it everything. Her seasons recognizes, honors and celebrates is the twilight of the year. and climate directly the divinity in the natural world, with To honor the harvest affects how we live day reverence for Mother Nature and her aspect of the season, we to day. cycles, her beauty, and her diversity. each bring vegetables Like all good Pagans, we have either grown I follow the cyclical ourselves or gotten from a farmer’s market model for the passing of time called the for our collectively-made soup. This delicious Wheel of the Year, on which there are eight bounty of the earth, reminiscent of the tale natural earth holy days called sabbats: stone soup but without the trickery, simmers the solstices and equinoxes and the crossaway on the stove inside as we begin our quarter days in between. I celebrate them ritual outside. in community with rituals to mark the We light luminaries to delineate the circle seasonal changes, deepening my spiritual and welcome the energies of earth, air, fire, understanding. water, and spirit. We contemplate how we For over 20 years, I have welcomed wish to keep our personal balance during the return of the light at Yule, dedicated this next turn of the Wheel. Then we walk the myself spiritually at Imbolc, blessed seeds balance beam as a metaphor of holding that at Ostara, reveled in sensuality at Beltane, balance. Our beam is a six-foot long 2x4 that worshipped the Sun at Litha, harvested at we have painted along its length in black on Lughnassad, embraced the dark half of the one side and white on the other. We place it Wheel at Mabon and mourned my beloved on the ground oriented from east to west so dead at Samhain. These rituals support my that as we walk, we move from the seasons spiritual growth. They strengthen my faith, and keep me steady, grounded, and present Continued on Page 4 in our uncertain world. When you follow the Wheel of the Year in spiritual practice you encounter, and hopefully embrace, every aspect of our EFT TAPPINGTRAINING.COM earthly lives. The third week in September CE Trainers/Facilitators Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner brings Mabon, the autumn equinox, the time when we enter into the dark half of Sept. 26-28 our yearly solar journey. Like its polar opposite the vernal equinox, Mabon is the EFT Levels 1 and 2 Certification/CEs 24-hour period when day and night are Seattle Metro equal in length. Nature shows us, if only (360) 661-6877 fleetingly, that balance is possible. We seek to emulate nature at this time by reflecting

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To Be or To Do? Some people might call me a productivity junkie. I’ve studied and used a lot of productivity and time management systems and books. Even the words planner, calendar, or organizer get my heart beating faster. I love planners, have used tons of them, both digital and paper, and have yet to find the perfect one. What I realize is that our culture has us focus a lot of our efforts on doing. Many of us spend a lot of time organizing our daily to-do lists, goals and dreams lists, and working with our calendars. How about who we are and who we are becoming? What about having a to-be list in addition to a to-do list? When our doing flows from our being – who we are and not what we do – then our doingness has more meaning and can flow better. Here are some ideas for increasing a sense of beingness within daily doingness. 1. Each day you must begin knowing what you want to accomplish. You can’t just show up for work and then sit there wondering what you’re going to do. The night before you finish for the day, look at what needs to get done and organize the next day. Then when you show up, you can begin work right away. It’s the same for being. Who do you want to be? What qualities do you want to embody in your life? Write them down. Patient. Loving. Respectful of others. Staying in the presence. Living healthy. Being kind to self and others. Being more aware. 2. Ask who you would be if you embodied the qualities you say you want? How would

you organize your day? How would it be different? What would your priorities be? 3. Are there public figures, saints, or others who embody the qualities you want to adopt? Get their pictures and put them in your day planner, on your computer, somewhere you will see them. Study their lives. Read about their struggles and how they overcame difficulties. What can you adopt in your life to be more like them? 4. Guard your time, guard your mental and emotional space. Don’t let your own whims or other people derail your plans. Know what you’re about for the day and do it. This doesn’t mean you can’t be respectful of others nor does it mean you can’t change course when it’s smart to do so. Just like taking a road trip, sometimes you run into a detour and have to take a different route. 5. Don’t let others control you. Decide who you want to be and guard that jealously. Sometimes it is easier to be who others want us to be rather than being the person we want to be. Take a look at this and be sure you’re becoming who you want to be. 6. Don’t let complainers bring you down or change your focus. We all know people



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who seem to thrive on negativity. It is totally okay to make your space a whine-free zone. Begin with yourself and when others see what you’re doing, they might follow suit. And if not, they will find another place to complain and whine because you don’t encourage them. 7. Keep work surfaces clear and organized: organize your mind and keep it clear of mental clutter that doesn’t serve you. Choose


an affirmation for the day that supports who you want to be and use it as a mantra. 8. Choose three qualities every day. These can be the same for awhile or can differ. It’s important to write them down. We live in a physical world so it’s important to make plans physically as well as ways to follow-up. Use Ben Franklin’s method of giving yourself a dot on a card or piece of paper every time you do what you said you would do. If you don’t want to use paper, there are many digital apps that allow you to keep track of your behavior. The results of doing this are you will approach your day in a more organized way, with calmness and joy instead of feeling stressed out, worried, and rushing around. You’ll learn to focus more on who you are becoming which will have a huge impact on the things you choose to do. Krysta is publisher of New Spirit Journal. You can learn about her books, MP3 program, and classes at www. She can be reached at


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Continued from Page 2 of spring and summer with their light and growth and bounty, to the seasons of autumn and winter with their depth and harvest and dormancy. We take turns walking the balance beam again and again as we raise energy by clapping and singing our Mabon chant: “Balance, equality, flow, and ebb. Dissolve into the autumn web!” It reminds us that not only are we at the balance point of the season, but that like all things in our temporal reality, it cannot remain. At the after-ritual feast, we warm our hands around our full cups and savor the rich soup under the darkening sky. Stars appear as night holds sway. Our hearts are soothed as our bellies grow full. We trust we can embrace the darkness now because it is necessary for balance in the big picture. We bless the harvest with our gratitude, breaking bread and sharing it around with a hearty “May you never hunger!” Simple ritual like this helps us stay present as we walk along the wheel of time. There is comfort in doing this, a sweet magic that serves to hold us in troubled times. By marking the seasonal changes in sacred space, our connection to Mother Nature deepens. It helps us remember how deeply we belong. Rev. Judith Laxer is a modern day mystic who believes that humor, beauty, and the wonders of nature make life worth living. Author of the newly published short story collection Along the Wheel of Time: Sacred Stories for Nature Lovers, she is the founding priestess of Gaia’s Temple, in inclusive, earth-based ministry with over a decade of service. www., or follow her blog at

By Guy Finley

The short “truth tale” that follows is intended to help us learn two very simple, yet crucial spiritual lessons in letting go. Read it carefully. Within its story is hidden the secret place where peace and stillness reside as one. A father once took his young daughter to a nearby old growth forest. He knew that the stillness and beauty of the massive trees would work their enchantment on her, as it had always done upon him. And he was right; her little heart was at home in the quiet depths of these ancient trees. All was well for the first several moments, but then something broke into the peace of the place. As they walked farther into the forest, he could see that his daughter was becoming overwhelmed. She would be looking at a particular tree when the sun would pass behind a cloud, giving rise to a great shadow that would move through the woods. Everywhere dark shapes stretched out, as if to touch her, and then the light would shift, creating motion somewhere else. On and off went this shadow show, so that one minute she would be absolutely captured with enthusiasm for the beauty of the light, and the next minute she would be scared by the encroaching shadows. As her emotional state escalated, her father realized that her limited understanding was not enough to correct the developing negative condition within her. And so, taking action before she became any more frightened, he took his little girl by the hand. “Come on, sweetheart,” he said, and they walked back out of the forest and headed for the place where he knew a special lesson awaited her. They walked hand-in-hand for

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happened by itself. And most importantly, from her new vantage point, none of the things that had troubled her within the forest troubled her now. She grew very still. Peace returned to her. Her new view of reality had granted her this gift. From that day on, whenever they went to the woods, she was no longer afraid. We, too, have within us a new, higher vantage point; a very special part of ourselves within which we may be at peace regardless of what goes on around us. This yet-to-be realized state of ourselves may be called conscious self-awareness. Through its power, instead of being pulled down into painful identification with the passing shadows of life, we can discover a life in a peace far above the reach of any fear. This higher world and this peaceable kingdom of now dwells within you. Allow your heart to remind you what the mind so easily forgets: there is a peace. There is a shelter. There is a timeless place in each of us that no darkness can shatter or dispel. Make it your one intention to spend your time there. Prefer its ever-present company to that of any promise of peace to come, and watch how your life grows happy and whole in stillness beyond compare. (Excerpted from Let Go and Live in the Now, by Guy Finley, Red Wheel Weiser Books). Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 40 books and audio albums on self-realization. He is the founder and director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for self-study located in southern Oregon where he gives talks four times each week. For more information visit, and receive your free Guy Finley Starter Kit. You get several downloadable gifts and a special newsletter filled with helpful insights and encouragement emailed to you once a week.

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10 Common Referral Marketing Mistakes As a soul proprietor committed to delivering the best service or products you can, one of the best ways to gain new customers and clients, to create valuable contacts, and expand your network, is through referrals. Hands down, there is just no better marketing than when a customer or colleague tells others about you. We typically call this kind of marketing “word of mouth.” While it’s not hard to get referrals, many of us miss valuable opportunities by making common mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes soul proprietors make when seeking referrals. 1. Not asking. The biggest mistake is simply to not ask. Many people don’t have the confidence to ask or miss the opportunity entirely for some other reason. You may be afraid that you’ll appear needy or that you’re imposing on other people. What you may forget is that you’re not just

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3. Moving too fast. Have you ever just made a purchase – say, insurance, or a home security system – and the sales person immediately asks you for the names and numbers of three of your closest family members or friends? Before you’ve experienced their service? Asking for referrals is all about timing and you can destroy your chances if you ask too soon. If you’ve just met someone or just made a new sale and they don’t yet understand the value you can offer them, they may feel imposed upon if you start asking for referrals. So wait. It usually works better if they can see and experience the benefits you offer first. This is often why business networking doesn’t work for many people. 4. Moving too slowly. On the other hand, you could move too slowly. You might miss the crucial moment

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this isn’t how you get good referrals. To get good referrals, you need to identify your perfect-fit prospect. This is the type of person you hope to meet through your referral marketing. You must be able to tell the person you are asking to give you a referral exactly who you want to be referred to. If referral sources don’t know who to refer to you, they may end up thinking they don’t know anyone when you ask. 9. Failing to differentiate. Likewise, a major mistake many people make is failing to differentiate yourself from the pack. You need to identify what sets you, and your business, apart from others. This is the true value you offer, and it needs to be communicated upfront. Why would a contact recommend you if you’re just like all the rest? 10. Failing to plan. Referrals don’t just happen. If you go out and meet people, it’s likely that you’ll gain a few lucrative contacts. But it will mean a great deal of networking with little result. Just like your business and marketing strategy, you need a well thought-out and organized plan for getting referrals. This is how you make referral marketing successful. If you’re making any of the above mistakes, stop and reassess your strategy. It may be time to go back to the drawing board and rethink how you’re going about looking for referrals. Make changes to your referral plan and see what results you get. Marty Marsh believes that your successful business is the catalyst for creating massive positive change in the world. To that end, he specializes in helping you, the entrepreneurial changeagent, to attract your perfect clients and to grow your business quickly and with ease so you have the resources to truly make a difference in the lives of the people you serve. To learn more about what it means to be a soul proprietor, visit www.

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Field Trips with Dogs During this summer I have been doing lots of private counseling, behavior modification, and training sessions with people and their dogs. Before I go to work with my clients in person, I always have them compile a list of problems, complaints, questions, and goals. It is amazing how similar these lists can be, but that is a topic for another column. The point I want to make here is that with the majority of lists, the problems can be remarkably reduced if consistent and good exercise is provided for the dog. One item on the list often prevents that: not coming when called and/or not staying close off-leash.

FYI and generally speaking, coming when called is more a product of good, consistent leadership on the part of the owner rather than training, but there are some really great comewhen-called games that really help. I explained my favorite one in my winter exercise column in the October 2013 issue of New Spirit Journal (which is available online). One of the most important things to teach your dogs is to pay attention and stay with you off-leash. I have a special off-leash-following procedure that I have done with all of my dogs for at least the last 30 plus years. I call it going on “field trips.” This exercise is intended to do with puppies but I have used it with older dogs too, with good success. I would not do this with dogs that are not bonded to me or dogs that are known to just take off at a dead run whenever given the opportunity. They are extremely rare. The most important part of the field trip is to find an area to go to that the dog has never been before. To work correctly it must be unfamiliar territory. Find a large open field with some trees or scrubs if possible. The area can be fenced but does not have to be. Take along some high-value food rewards. They only need to be large enough to taste so can be very small but very attractive to the dog.

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Continued from Page 6 This process is not a quick-fix one, he says. It is more about a total re-education of your relationship with food. The Microbiome Diet by Raphael Kellman, MD, (Da Capo Press), introduces the concept of the microbiome, the trillions of tiny creatures living within our bodies that outnumber our cells 10 to 1. The book offers a ton of research and shows how the condition of our gut influences not only weight, but all other factors of health as well. A four-step program of diet and supplements is given that involves the four Rs: Remove unhealthy bacteria, replace digestive enzymes, reinoculate with healthy bacteria. Repair the lining of the intestinal walls. The process sounds intriguing but also very complicated and would require

a lot of dedication to follow-through. The promised results, however, just might be worth it. The third weight-loss book is Think Eat Move Thrive by Dr. James Rouse and Dr. Debra Rouse (Beyond Words/ Atria). This is a “wellness program that engages the mind so we can identify beliefs and habits, eat with intention to provide optimum levels of daily performance, and move in such a way that will strengthen our bodies and mental well-being.” After laying out the theories behind the book, a 30-day practice – full of personal stories from the authors who are both naturopathic doctors – is given showing how to implement the ideas. One of the things I most enjoyed about the book is that it is sprinkled with QR codes so you can use your smart phone or tablet to watch videos of the authors explain ideas further as well as showing exercise and cooking videos. Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards by Tori Hartman and illustrated by Gretchen Raisch-Baskin (Watkins Publishing) are colorful cards with a small book that teach about the energies of the chakras while also being used as an oracle. Each of the 49 cards is associated with the energy of one of the chakras and gives a fable, inspiration, personal inquiry, key ideas, keywords and meditation that help unlock the meaning of the card to your


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Did you know, according to the 2011 Institute of Medicine Report from the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain? That is nearly four times the number of Americans estimated to have diabetes and more than the total number of Americans with diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancers combined.1

Pain interferes with our activities of daily living and ability to work. When pain seems unrelenting, depression and a feeling of hopelessness can creep in. Over-thecounter and prescription medicines may not address the cause of the pain and often cause some nasty side effects. I was inspired to write this article because there are so many natural ways to support our bodies in the healing of both acute and chronic pain. This article highlights my top five clinical recommendations when it comes to managing pain.

1. Foods to eat We eat every day, so why not choose foods and seasonings that can support our healing? Here are a few of my favorites: • Fatty fish (like salmon and sardines) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming these fatty acids can help reduce inflammation. Walnuts and flax seeds are vegetarian options rich in some omega-3 oils. • Turmeric – In the culinary world, turmeric is often associated with curries and Indian food. Curcumin is one of the active constituents that help give turmeric the reputation of being a top notch “natural anti-inflammatory.” It is best absorbed by the body when combined with healthy fats, like coconut oil. • Ginger – Ginger is one of my favorite herbs for improving circulation and relaxing spasms. This warming spice can used in cooking, made into tea, or consumed in herbal formulation blends (i.e. capsules). Any way you slice it (pun

In Ayurvedic medicine, oils are prepared with herbs and ingredients that promote healing when applied topically. One of my favorite oils is Dhanwantaram oil. If Ayurvedic oils are not readily available in your area, one of the most healing oils for topical use is readily available castor oil. Many naturopaths recommend castor oil packs for helping calm inflammation, improve range of motion and promote tissue healing.

5. Physical Medicine

by Dr. Teresa Goldsmith intended) ginger can be very beneficial for acute and chronic pain conditions. • Dark Cherries (and their juice) – Cherries are rich in anti-oxidants and especially helpful in some forms of arthritis and gout. Other foods and seasonings known to assist with pain and inflammation complaints include: cayenne, peppermint, berries, yogurt and certain mushrooms.

2. Magnesium Magnesium is a mineral that helps relax muscles. I have seen great results using magnesium for assisting in pain relief, especially when muscles are stiff and tight. Here are a few ways to boost your magnesium levels: • Foods: dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts and seeds. • Supplements: Oral magnesium supplementation supports muscle relaxation. It is best to check with your doctor to find what form and dosage is right for you. • Epsom salts: Magnesium is found in Epsom salts and can be absorbed through skin during a relaxing soak. I typically recommend adding two cups of Epsom salt per bath, and soaking for 15-20 minutes.

3. Herbal Medicine Herbs are available as single remedies or in formulations containing multiple herbs. • Rosemary – This fragrant garden herb has a rich history in herbal medicine for use in promoting circulation. Improved circulation can help decrease pain because it promotes blood flow to the tissues. • Boswelia – Boswelia, known commonly as Indian Frankincense is actually a plant resin that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for pain and inflammation. • White willow bark – A traditional Native American remedy that has analgesic properties from chemical compounds called salicylates. When taken in herbal form, salicylates tend to cause much less irritation than their pharmaceutical counterparts.

4. Topical remedies

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This is terminology that I use when referring to the healing power of touch. Here are just two of my favorite examples of healing touch therapies. • Massage Therapy: There are many types of massage therapy available. I have found a few types especially therapeutic for my clients. Abhyanga – an oil massage from Ayurvedic medicine – is great for times when the nervous system is involved as it is very calming and balancing. Deep tissue

massage uses a more penetrating pressure and can help directly decrease muscle tension. Trigger point therapy is useful when the muscles are particularly tense in specific areas (trigger points). • Craniosacral Therapy: Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle form of bodywork in which the practitioner uses light touch to work with the fascia and alignment in the body. Fascia is connective tissue that covers and protects our muscles, blood vessels and bones. This connective tissue can get tight and contribute to misalignment of our bony structures. The name of this therapy may imply that it would only work on the sacrum or cranial bones, but in fact I find this therapy to be helpful for many types of aches and pains throughout the body. The bottom line is that there are many natural ways to manage and heal aches and pains. Other very effective natural methods include homeopathy, acupuncture, Continued on Page 13

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Dorothy Lynn “Dolly” Donovan - 1945 - 2014 Beloved mother, grandmother, cherished sister and friend, Dorothy Lynn (Walsh) Donovan left Earth for Heaven on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Dolly was born and raised in Butte, Mont., attended St. John’s Grade School, and graduated from Butte High. An accomplished twirler, she enjoyed being a Butte High majorette as well as participating in the VFW drum corps in many Fourth of July parades. She attended Montana Tech and later graduated with a degree in interior design from Cloverpark Technical College in Tacoma, Wash. In 1968, Dolly married Richard “Dick” Donovan and the newlyweds moved to Tacoma, where she remained for the rest of her life. The couple welcomed their only child, Sean “Shamba” into the world in 1973. Dolly worked as a professional interior designer for many years. She was especially proud to be a founding member of the Northwest Society of Interior Designers. She had impeccable taste and possessed an abundance of creativity, expressed in her design work as well as in oil painting, greeting card creation, and stamping. She loved making beautiful cards for her family and friends, and enjoyed gathering with her stamping friends, especially Angela, to share ideas. After many years of design work, Dolly transitioned into becoming a much respected and sought-out intuitive counselor. Known professionally as Dorothy Lynn, she helped innumerable people in this capacity. Dorothy Lynn was a deeply spiritual human being with friends from all walks of life and sought to see the good in every person she encountered. Kind and generous to all, she was quick to forgive and desired to create harmony among all. She was a gifted spiritual teacher who will be very missed by her family, friends, and clientele. Dolly will be greeted at Heaven’s gate by her little brother Ricky, her parents, her Uncle Joe Baravetto, and her dear friend

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Field Trips with Dogs

Continued from Page 7 and stick with them. If I do not, they always go the opposite direction and if I get lost, it is scary. Newly learned behavior must be generalized, so be sure to do a field trip in at least three different locations. Each location can only be used once for maximum effect. Do as many as you can whenever the opportunity arises. This will give you a great foundation for the life of your dog. I have used this exercise with clients and their dogs at beaches and even off-leash dog parks because their dogs would not stick with them. They were adult dogs and very familiar with the areas. We made it a game, exaggerated everything, and had really high value treats. We tried to run away and lose the dogs. It was majorly successful every time I have done it. Use a variation of this to teach your dog to check-in on off-leash walks or hikes. Always have your treat pouch with you when you go walking with your dog. Begin the walk with a treat to prime the dog. Then whenever the dogs checks in with you, give a treat and praise with “Good check-in” or another phrase of your choosing. During the walk, call the dog

back to you sometimes just to treat him for the good behavior. In the beginning, the food reward is consistent and given every time the dog checks in-or comes when called. Ingrain the habit so he expects the treat. A random food reward is the strongest way to strengthen canine behavior. So once the pattern is established, make the treat a random reward. Treat every other time, every three times and then only once in a while. That way it is always worth checking-in or coming, for the dog, as it might be a time he gets a treat. Tip: When it is time to leave or end the off-leash part of your walk, withhold the treat until you have put the leash back on your dog. Happy trails. Martha Norwalk is an Animal Behavior Therapist and host of Martha Norwalk’s Animal World, Sunday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon on Alternative Talk AM 1150. She can be reached at Martha’s Canine, Feline and All Creature Counseling at (360) 217-7258 or www.marthanorwalk. com. For a free, no obligation telephone evaluation or to make an appointment for Martha to work with you and your animal friend, give her a call.

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The Great River of Life

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ever discover doesn’t come from managing life; it comes from engaging with life, right Why does moving water touch us so here, right now. I assure you, having been deeply? It may be because water flows. To somebody who got out of the river, dug a big watch a river is to glimpse what life is really hole in the ground, and crawled into it for like: a great river of a time, that the safest dancing energy that thing you will ever do has been flowing is re-enter the river. and unfolding for Yes, the river has almost 14 billion rapids, and whirlpools years. Rivers call and waterfalls, but to us because they as you awaken to remind us of this life, you begin to flow of life and our have an entirely new longing to trust it. relationship with your But we have lost daily river, you begin to our trust in life pay attention. Attention and spend a lot of is like putting a life vest our time trying to on your heart (being control it, hanging willing to be as kind on to branches and compassionate along the banks of with yourself as the river that is our possible) and stepping life. And because into the river of life, we get more keeping your feet battered doing that, pointed downstream we sometimes just (as they recommend get out of the river, if you fall overboard sit on the bank, and on a river rafting trip) become half-alive. so you can see what Mary O’Malley says we can learn to trust Both of these life is doing right now. life so that our main focus shifts from strategies for Very quickly it becomes trying to change it to opening to it, by controlling life clear that the river is softening our bellies, opening our hearts, – trying to make always changing, but it and using our minds to be curious about it be a particular is nothing to be afraid life rather than always trying to make it be way and then of; in fact, it can be fun. different than what it is. disconnecting when With a curious mind all of our attempts and open heart, you to control don’t can feel the currents of life and respond to bring us the peace we long for – are the anything that comes your way. way most people navigate their lives. These It can be scary at first to open into the strategies only bring suffering because they unknown. But once you recognize that the are a form of resistance, and resistance belief that you can control life is an illusion, tightens our minds, our bodies and our and that this brings far more suffering than hearts, and it ultimately hurts us more to showing up for life, you will begin to be resist life than to consciously show up for curious about what the next bend in the its flow. But we can learn to trust life so that river will bring. Even when life is moving our main focus shifts from trying to change you through whirlpools and stage five it to opening to it. The way to experience rapids, you will wake up every morning with this is to soften our bellies, open our hearts, a sense of adventure in your heart on the and use our minds to be curious about life great river of life. rather than always trying to make it be Mary is an author, counselor, different than what it is. inspirational speaker, and teacher of I wake up every morning and say to life, awakening who resides in Kirkland, “Where do you want to take me?” My life Wash. Mary is committed to helping people is an adventure that I am slowly and surely heal their inner wars, so that they can learning how to show up for. Can you feel become a part of the healing of our planet. the joy of that? Can you hear how that takes Mary’s books and teachings are endorsed you out of struggling with life and invites by Eckhart Tolle, Jack Kornfield, Stephen you to engage with it, as it is, rather than Levine, and Jeff Foster. Eckhart Tolle says, trying to make it be a particular way? At “Thank you, Mary, for your contribution the same time, can you feel how that scares to the evolution of human consciousness.” your conditioned self because it feels like Information about Mary and her new it has no power and no choice? But that book,What’s In the Way IS the Way, can be is just the fear-based mind that doesn’t found on, or understand that the greatest power you will

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We Are All Mediums. We Are All Psychics! By Trisha Mahi There was a time when the world saw people who had “second sight” as being unique and gifted. These people were often considered witches and were burned at the stake. So, development of these talents was often kept in secret. We are now living in a wonderful age in which we can open the windows wide and admit we are psychics or mediums without being hauled away in an oxcart with kindling around our feet. Therefore, it is my belief that anyone can develop an ear for other dimensions. My husband was the biggest skeptic when it came to his own powers. He was a precognitive as a child and thought everyone dreamed the day’s activities before the day began. Unfortunately he became older and that power slipped away from him. He is

now picking up little bits of information and listening to the voice within him again. I was fortunate in that the ability to hear or see things beyond 3-D was part of my childhood culture, so for me this came naturally, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t develop the same level of talent that any medium or psychic has. Developing the ability involves practice and time. I have to practice my craft or I get rusty and unsure of myself. The same thing goes with playing the piano or any other mental exercise. Practice is key. One way to start is by a quick meditation every day to get rid of some of the crosstalk and noise that goes on in our heads. What normally goes on in my head during the day is noise like changing radio stations really quickly and a few words come in, and then a few other random words come in.

Meditation slows this chatter down to a dull roar. After you have played with meditation for a little bit – not perfectly, just have a feel for quieting your mind – call in your angels and guides and Source for protection and see what pops into your mind. This is key. Call for protection before traveling in the busy and sometimes dangerous streets of the beyond and you will be fine. Just give yourself a few minutes a day to let your angels know that you are listening and see what comes up. It may be a picture (clairvoyance) a feeling (clairsentience) or words spoken (clairaudience). The more you practice, the better results you have. Keep notes on what you discover, or invest in a small tape recorder. You can track your progress this way. This practice works even better if

you have someone who is not in the least judgmental to be there to observe and offer encouragement as you go along. For some reason beyond my comprehension the presence of another person helps. There might be something to the Biblical concept that having “two or more of you” gives power to the session of prayer or psychic exercise. There is a beautiful new world out there waiting for your exploration. The curtain separating you from a fabulous adventure is as thin as mosquito netting. Come explore, experience joy beyond words, colors beyond everyday human sight. It is all there waiting for you. Trisha Mahi wrote A Grief Toolkit For the Living in the July of New Spirit Journal, which can be found online. An audio interview of her can be found at www. She loves channeling, using her home in Hawaii as homebase. She can be reached at (808) 938-2887.

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Less of the “L”-Word Continued from page 16 most fun times he’d ever had. 9. How about pretending that you’re the greatest litter picker upper in the world? (My secret is finally out!) 10. Another idea would be to impress someone by asking them out on a first date with you for a “fun raising” to benefit the planet. Once they smile – and they will smile – you’ve broken the ice. What a great opening line. No one could turn down an offer like that. 11. When others litter we can pick up their litter, asking in a good way that they would dispose of it more mindfully next time. 12. We can have more waste

receptacles available in hightraffic public areas. 13. Picking up litter is a form of exercise we can do outdoors that’s great for the waistline. 14. If you use the right approach, your community or city park department may even offer you a fluorescent vest and a litter pickup tool. Mine did! 15. Don’t just pick up the litter and rush off. Take a few minutes to feel and see the before and after difference. 16. Picking up litter can be even more fulfilling when considered as a sacred ceremony. The sacred can be made to be more special when we keep it to ourselves. In Finland, you won’t find

any litter. Either no one litters or else they pick it up so fast it doesn’t have time to hit the ground. We could have more of a challenge with that here in the U.S. However, as we’re all able to “play” with this new focus, we’ll be able to make a huge difference, even if it at the rate of one bus stop at a time. As we honor Mother Earth in this way, we also honor each other. We’ll see you on the playground! Paul Timo is a native Seattleite who enjoys picking up litter. Paul also helps clients release physical pain inperson or by phone, utilizing an energetic releasing method that he learned back in 1988., (425) 2608878.

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Sage is traditionally used throughout many cultures as the dried plant to burn for energy cleansing and clearing. Saging a home, business, or new space is a popular way to bring the wonderful energy of sage into your healing or spiritual practice. Did you know that sage (salvia officinalis) is more than just a kitchen spice or energy cleansing plant? Common sage is part of the mint family, along with lavender, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil. Its beneficial medicinal properties have been touted as providing healing for sore gums, gingivitis, sore throats, and is a great plant to help stimulate lazy digestion. It is common for women to use sage to regulate hot flashes from menopause and sage can also stop heavy menstrual bleeding. Sage is rich in antioxidants and vitamin K. Sage is currently being researched to help improve memory and treat Alzheimer’s Disease. A study in Vienna indicates that common sage has anti-inflammatory properties worth exploring further. September is the perfect month to get outside and harvest some sage to use as a culinary delight or to implement into your healing regimen. Before fall sets in and this beautiful plant goes dormant for another season, obtaining your own stash of sage is easy. To harvest sage, simply cut back the stem, bundle a few stems together, and hang upside down in a dry space with good airflow. Drying sage out of direct sunlight is important to keep the beneficial properties intact. This method could take up to a month. If you have a dehydrator, drying sage

on a low setting for 24-36 hours should give you a nice dry material to work with. You can create your own medicines with common sage, add sage to soups and casseroles, or you can burn this incredible aromatic herb to cleanse the energy of your personal space.

A few quick serving ideas to increase sage in your diet 1. Sprinkle sage into your Italian sauces for cooking. 2. When baking chicken, fish, or lamb, put a sprig of dried sage in the foil with your meat. The meat will absorb the aroma of the sage and give a subtle flavor enhancement. 3. Sage is a great companion for egg dishes: scrambles, frittatas, quiche, or fried eggs. 4. Adding sage to your soup recipe will bring about all the healing properties of this aromatic herb. Making an infused sage oil is a great way to utilize the healing properties of sage in a topical way. To make an infused oil, you will need approximately 1 cup of dried sage material (stems, leaves, flowers). Place the dried material into an 8-ounce jar. Pour your carrier oil of choice (olive oil, sesame, or grapeseed) over the dried material. Cover and shake. Then place in a dark cabinet that you open frequently. Whenever you open the cabinet, shake the jar to stir up the plant material and oil. Repeat for two weeks. Then strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, and bottle. You can use this oil as a topical antiinflammatory for skin irritations and rashes. Sage oil can be a great healing tool for candida infections and irritations. You can also use this infused oil to rub on sore gums or mouth ulcers. Common sage may be common, but the healing properties of this incredible plant deserves to be respected, utilized, and understood. Happy saging! Wendy Rae is an herbalist, spiritual counselor, and reiki master/teacher who teaches her clients how to utilize nature as the ultimate healer. Visit http://www. to learn more about DIY herbal medicine.

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Cancer: A Gift. Really? By Krysta Gibson

Seriously. If you had cancer three times, do you think you would be able to call it a gift? Most people who have cancer once don’t view the experience as a gift. Yet this is what Brenda Michaels has done. She shares the story in her book The Gift of Cancer – A Miraculous Journey to Healing that she co-wrote with Marsha Mercant (Sky Horse Publishing). Many of the readers of New Spirit Journal know Brenda as the co-host of Conscious Talk Radio with her husband Rob Spears. Marsha is a multi-award-winning actor/singer/voice-over artist who turned her creative passion to writing, as co-editor of Fearless Women, Visions of a New World and the editing of several other books. After trying to write this book about her experiences with cancer and not succeeding, Brenda released the project, thinking it wasn’t meant to be. Shortly afterward, she was nominated for the Fearless Woman Project in Seattle and attended an event in California where she met Marsha. Having lost her best friend to cancer, once Marsha heard Brenda’s story, she knew she wanted to be the one to co-write this book. Thus was forged the partnership needed for the project to move forward. The first time Brenda had cancer she was only 26 years old. “I wasn’t very conscious at that time in my life, and I was willing to go along with what the doctor said I should do. They were very upbeat about it; said I should have a hysterectomy, that they would remove all of the cancer and I shouldn’t have it again,” she explains. Brenda says that she was very good at hiding her real feelings, putting on a happy face, and making the best of things. She and her family trusted the doctors, did as they said, and she went on with her life, not thinking about the cancer again until 13

years later. “I found a lump in my left breast and I put a spin on that as well, listening to what the doctors told me. They said it was just an infected milk gland. I felt it was something else but I was really good at putting a lid on my intuition and not facing my own feelings. They misdiagnosed me for nearly two years. By the time I had been properly diagnosed, they had to remove that breast.” Again, they said she would be okay. She believed them and went on with her life until a year later. “This is when they found cancer in my right breast and this time it was in lymph nodes and it was very serious. The doctors had wanted me to do chemotherapy the first time cancer was in my breast, but didn’t really insist on it. This time, they insisted that I do chemotherapy. I was told that if I didn’t do this, the cancer would metastasize within a year and there would be nothing they could do for me.” This is when Brenda began to pay attention to the signals her body was giving her and to her intuition. She says she realized she had a systemic problem that wasn’t going to go away with surgery or chemotherapy. Something inside her rose up and said she had to get underneath what was happening and do more. Once she began to listen to her body, to her intuition, the courage to follow these feelings was there for her. Brenda explains, “The best way to approach an illness is to understand the body is giving you a message. The body is saying that things are out of balance in your life. Sit up and notice. Really pay attention. Take some deep breaths and breathe into the body and ask what it’s trying to tell you. Use automatic writing, journaling, spending time going within yourself; these are the only ways to get the answers. Use your intuition, your gut feelings. If something doesn’t feel right for you, then it isn’t right for you even if it is the standard protocol. “If chemotherapy or some other treatment is right for you, then I say do it with all the gusto you can. If it’s not right, be willing to examine and explore so you can find out what is the best approach for you. Just because you’re told this is the best approach doesn’t mean it is the best approach for you.” Brenda says that emotions and beliefs have a lot to do with illness and disease. “Our experiences are guided by our

beliefs, how we perceive something and then we build a story around that perception and that becomes what we believe about the story and this impacts our experience. But we don’t think about it consciously and evaluate it.” Marsha adds, “No matter what you’re going through – family, financial, work – it comes in a different form for everyone – these principles work. It helped me when I understood what Brenda was going through. It helped me in shifting my dreams and going into another life, which is what has happened for me in the past few years.” Brenda says, “Everything has purpose in our lives. We are spiritual beings and our souls set up certain experiences and connections we’ll have with people. Can everyone survive cancer doing what I did? I don’t know. I didn’t know if I would survive it. We don’t know what our walk is. Just walk through it with as much compassion and love as you can and have respect for the process. Not everyone will survive cancer, but the experience is a gift no matter what.” This experience caused Brenda to face death squarely in the face. She read books, went to classes, and began to get a new perspective about who we truly are and she learned there is life after we drop this body. She learned this wasn’t the end for her if she died. It’s been 25 years since Brenda’s bout with cancer. One can wonder how her health is today and whether or not she fears a return of the cancer. “My health is great and I don’t fear cancer coming back because I don’t entertain it. I’m not in denial, it is a choice I make. What we focus on the most, we get. What we fear the most we bring to our doorstep. Our feelings and emotions are extremely powerful and are the magnet

that pulls experiences toward us. If I am supposed to have an experience of it again, then that is out of my control and I will do my very best if that happens,” Brenda says. Marsha adds, “And if someone is meant to leave this life through the cancer experience, that is also a healing. My best friend went through a remarkable healing before her death. The last few weeks she was in the hospital, she felt peace and went through the experience with astounding grace. People came from all over the country to say goodbye to her. She said she was holding court as people came into the room. We talked and laughed. That was her healing. It wasn’t meant for her to stay here. I saw her be healed in this process.” “How can that not be multiple gifts?” Brenda adds. “She was present to the experience. We must be present to our lives whether we’re in the living process or the dying process. When we’re present, there is so much to be gained no matter what’s happening.” Several events are coming up in October when Brenda and Marsha will give talks at Unity of Seattle and East West Bookshop. Learn more at and at www.conscious Listen to this inspiring interview in its entirety at

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Here’s To Less of the “L” Word By Paul Timo

Chief Sun Bear of the Bear Tribe (of the Spokane area), at a medicine wheel gathering held at Fort Warden in 1990, posed the question: “Who’s the most powerful person at a bus stop?” When no one had an answer for him he responded by saying that it was the person picking up the litter. Maybe I’m mistaken but it seems that in the past there was more of a consciousness about litter. There were popular sayings. “Every Litter Bit Hurts” was one. There was the television spot which featured a Native American elder in full regalia on a horse. The second scene was of litter blowing across the land. The final scene was again of the Native American elder with tears rolling down his

Paul Timo says that when it comes to cheeks. litter, we can all make a huge difference, Back in those days a person even if it at the rate of one bus stop at a driving could get a ticket if they didn’t have a litter bag in time. their car. We were taught not even affected by it energetically. to litter in school. How do you feel when walking Litter comes in many forms, into a tidy bathroom versus colors, and sizes. We have to look walking into a bathroom strewn at it, we waste our resources when with paper towels? we pay people to pick it up, it can Cigarette butts/filters are chemically harm our environment by far the number one littered and other living things, and we’re item in the United States and

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Less of the Relieve Pain Benefits ...Naturally 9 of Sage 14 “L” Word 16

The Great River of Life By Mary O’Malley

Imagine walking through the woods lost in thought, when suddenly and very faintly you begin to hear the sounds of running water. The sound touches you like music. It calls to you. Then imagine coming out of the trees and finding yourself standing on the banks of a river that is cascading over moss-covered boulders. If you are like me, the image of that nourishes you to your core.

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New Spirit Journal September 2014  
New Spirit Journal September 2014  

A Community Newspaper for Soulful Living