Dog Days of August

by Winter on August 23, 2015

Local corn, fresh tomatoes, fog-laced mornings, spending morning tea/coffee  and evening sunsets looking out over, frequently, a calm lake.  100_0638These are some of the things that I think about when I think of August.

A  quick look in our greenhouse shows me that the “volunteers” are thriving.  If ever I believed in Devas, it is now. The plants: tomatoes, lettuce, are perfect and the dripping Amaranthus Caudatus, (love lies bleeding) not only provides much-needed shade for tender lettuce and basil, but many parts of the plant, including leaves and seeds are edible and a food source (very common in India and South America.)

156x200xamaranthus-caudatus.jpg.pagespeed.ic.EYSr73y0MGThe dog days of summer refers to the hot, sultry days of summer and a period of stagnation. The Egyptians noticed very warm temperatures at sunrise (heliacal rising) as the dog star Sirius became visible above the eastern horizon. But if we were to look deeper, perhaps checking out Nicole Foss’s recent series on Automatic Earth, or Gore’s Dog Days Prophecy it might just cause us to think twice…this month has been anything “but” stagnant. Change is in the air, and it is more than the first hint of fall.

It’s an exciting time to be alive. It’s a time of change, of the unexpected, of letting go of our security blankets. It’s definitely time for us to let go of fear. What would our media talk about if they couldn’t promote something for us to be afraid of?

When I first met Michael he told me that when he was afraid of something he would ask himself, “Why?” and then head right for it. From him I learned that fear is not something to be escaped from, but rather it points the direction in which we need to travel. It calls us to “Come!” (Obviously, I am not talking about rational fear such as walking alone down a dark alley, but there is something to be said for sitting alone in the dark.  That is the only way to overcome it.)

For many years I was extremely afraid to use relaxation techniques with clients. In spite of the process being part of my job description, I successfully managed to avoid relaxing anyone.  Then one day I realized that I wanted to help people discover their intuition, their inner voice. This meant helping them breathe deeply and relax. My fear brought me to a choice, stay in my “limited” comfort zone, or feel the fear and see what happened.  I knew that I could not go back.  It was scary, it brought me insight, and I could only move forward.

I am of the opinion that we are all afraid of change. And change is the only thing that we can predict with certainty.


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What is Medical Intuition?

by Winter on June 28, 2015


Recently, many readers have called or emailed me, asking me to tell them more about what the class on medical intuition at the Monroe Institute is all about.  This rainy summer day in Maine seems to be a good time to make that attempt.  (What I say today is always subject to change!)

A few weeks ago Larry Burk, MD and I facilitated our second medical intuition retreat at Monroe. As with many retreats of this nature, whatever takes place seldom occurs during the actual event.  Rather the effects of the seminar, and personal change, will unfold gradually, spilling out into one’s awareness at later dates.

It is my opinion that any time we remove ourselves from our fast-paced lives, taking time to slow down, we begin to discover our true nature. I know this is true for me. As much as I love our home in the woods, complete with gardens, greenhouse, dogs, cats and chickens, when I leave for a “break” I return refreshed.

Time at the Monroe Institute is like that. Even though facilitators no longer require that you relinquish your watch upon arrival, I have noticed that, for the most part, participants automatically put their watches, cell phones, and computers away.  Whatever is going on in the outside world can wait while they explore their inner world.

Larry and I designed the program on medical intuition in such a way that it explores not only our physical body, but subtle energy and our connection to all things. How is it that we can feel, or sense the physical or emotional pain of another? Is it simply because when we enter into a deeply relaxed state, the physical world falls away, our senses are heightened, and we are able to focus on (and sense) subtle energy?

For the purpose of this post, I am going to distinguish between traditional medicine and intuitive diagnosis. (Remember there are no absolutes, so there cannot be only tradition medicine just as there can’t be only intuitive medicine.)

Traditional medicine usually relies on the faculties of physical observation, thinking, and lab reports, focusing the mind on only one thing at a time, or one area of the body (specialization) for determining why there is illness or disease.

By comparison, intuition puts the whole picture together in order for us to know how a specific symptom fits the whole. By sensing the pattern, or whole within a person, disparate phenomena (environment, our big toe, lost loves, our dog, vitamins, everything) give us a holistic understanding of what is happening. From this state the legendary aha moment arises, and everything seems to fall into place. In that state of awareness we feel a sense of truth and completion.

Medical intuition is not just about disease or illness, but it is about discovering our true, spiritual nature. It is about listening, and tuning up our senses, not medicating symptoms away. By using intuition to see the complete pattern within a person or situation, sensing the whole or essence in others, we are helped to understand our own innate individuality and paradoxically, our connection to everything.  This helps us to become who we really are, and who we are is a spiritual being. Intuition and imagination help us touch the Divine.

During the program by stretching your belief systems we attempt to help you suspend your disbelief, so that you reach a state of knowing.

Our next weekend program will be November 6-8. In 2016 our Medical Intuition program will run six days. (May and November). I hope you will consider joining us.


Our True Nature…

April 20, 2015

Steve Ross, (one of my favorite (far from average) yoga teachers, and a former Vedic Monk) says,” Life is a purposeless energy, going nowhere…it is a play…consciousness is doing its thing in all of these many forms in one intelligent, vast, indescribable reality. We are separate from our true nature because of our negative thoughts, presumptions, […]

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February 15, 2015

Maybe my love of wine is a result of a past life in France. All I know is that I love wine and that life was one of my excuses for drinking wine, lots of wine. In this life, my mother treated my colic with blackberry wine, and the nectar of the gods has been with me ever since.  I had numerous excuses […]

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Waking Up…

January 18, 2015

Today was no exception in my morning wake-up.  I was brought to consciousness by a heavy weight across my neck and a wet, slurpy kiss that hit my mouth dead-on.  Mikha, our 22 pound, long-haired dachshund was awake, fulfilling his “job-description”to love and kiss any chance he gets. Aided in his mission was “Sneakers,” our […]

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A New Years Resolution: Let Food Be Thy Medicine

January 13, 2015

He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the time of his doctor. (Ancient Chinese Proverb) If you are one of the many who have decided to clean up your diet, at least for the month of January, let me toss a few things out for your consideration. For years I have asked clients about what […]

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A heart-felt event…

December 16, 2014

I am one of those people whose blood pressure goes up if I even look at a BP cuff (let alone “think” about the fact that someone, somewhere, is going to check my blood pressure. So recently, when I decided I was going to check my blood pressure it was out of character, even if […]

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Medical Intuition

September 2, 2014

This December 5-7 Larry Burke, MD and I will be offering a long-weekend class on medical intuition at the Monroe Institute.  Because I am frequently asked how I discovered that I was a medical intuitive, I am posting the interview. Winter Robinson and Dr. Larry Burk offer Medical Intuition and Symbolic Diseases at TMI in […]

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Present Moments…

August 27, 2014

It is always bittersweet when we reach these hazy, hot days of August. This quiet morning a window has opened for me to sit on our porch and post my thoughts…of which there are many. One most foremost in my awareness is the changing weather and how flexible we need to be, how our best-laid […]

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Just say, “Yes.”

July 12, 2014

Today is the kind of Maine summer day that you wish would continue for several months, although I suspect, it is going to become much warmer as the day goes on. Usually I don’t start my mornings reading, but Michael left at 5 am to kayak for a Peaks Island to Portland swimmer.  I was […]

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