Spinning out of Time

by Winter on May 8, 2016

It has been several years since I first started suggesting that we “walk with our knees flexed.”  This is because I hold the belief that so much in our lives is subject to change we need to always anticipate the unexpected. And so it is today, which started out (or so I thought) fairly well laid out, but within the opening bell (Micha, our dog giving me wet kisses) it began to unravel and now, seven hours later, the day looks nothing like it did when I woke up.

I try to go with the flow, thinking this is the Tao—the constant ebb and flow of life.  But lately, it seems as if there has been much more ebb than flow. Or, maybe it’s flow x 100. Things are getting weird, in fact, things are downright chaotic, and they seem to be spinning out of time.

My husband frequently suggests that I am “too” detached.  That I “see” life as we know it crumbling and I don’t get emotionally involved. (That’s probably my detached moon in Aquarius, but it could be a result of the Monroe Institute training, “view with no emotion,” or both.)  Or, unfortunately, because the crumbs haven’t literally landed on our doorstep, I really don’t believe everything is falling apart. Yes, clients are more demanding, perhaps crazier, and not dependable; the internet less reliable; cell phone usage sporadic at best, and the changing weather taxes everything from my ability to grow food to arranging timely flights.

Chris Martenson recently put the chaos into perspective. (I suggest that you read the entire article, there is a lot of meat in it.)

Those of us who can read the signs for what they are, not what we wish or believe them to be, have a special duty to first prepare ourselves for what’s coming and then help others. To put on our own oxygen masks first, and then help the others around us.

For a variety of reasons, most of them rooted in archaic evolutionary brain structures, most humans are not well adapted to face change, let alone major change.

And the volatility and chaos that’s arising all over the globe is well beyond major change. Therefore it’s well beyond the capability of most people respond to effectively — perhaps even at all.

So it’s up to you, the one reading this, to lead the way by becoming the change you wish to see. 

After reading Chris’ article, I was prompted to read what political astrologer, Bill Herbst, had posted. It’s another version of the same thing:

Trump is capitalizing on a virtual tsunami of inchoate rage that is welling up and now starting to crest in our collective psyche, especially among Americans who feel that they have lost privileges to which they believe they have been entitled. These losses in income, status, well being, and even meaning itself are felt as unjust, unfair, and just plain wrong.

This segment of the population has no trouble finding scapegoats for their losses, particularly in government or society at large.

Astrologers have been telling us that as we move from Pisces to Aquarius institutions will fall, the old establishment will try to hold on to their power, and there will be great potential for civil unrest.

It seems to be they are right.



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Who were the witches?

by Winter on April 10, 2016

“Who were the witches? Where did they come from? Maybe your great, great grandmother was one!” So goes an old song I used to sing.  I remember telling numerous people who would ask if I thought I had been a witch that I had not, or if so, nothing happened to me.

But then I had what I can only call a “flash back,” a time warp, of being burned at the stake.  I didn’t watch it, I was there. Flames licked at my feet and the smoke was suffocating.  In the midst of it all, I screamed,”It isn’t fair!” (I write about this in more detail in my first book, Intuitions, Seeing with the Heart.)

A few years ago I was invited to give a keynote address at a conference in Salem, Massachusetts.  My opening comments started with, “I’m back.” And I had been back for a while, teaching medical students at Brown, offering classes to anyone who was interested.

We are all back:  doctors, nurses, acupuncturists and other complimentary medicine practitioners that I work with. And we are fighting the same battle to help people live healthy lives. It’s harder now because profit has control of our media, and our media controls what we think we want (food, water, entertainment.) We have to take our health into our own hands because our government, our health care system, our insurance companies, and especially our food industry is not going to.

After years of doing medical readings I have come to the conclusion that most, if not all of our ill-health is a bi-product of what we put into our bodies—physically, mentally and environmentally.  Changing the way we view health is one of the major reasons that Larry Burk, MD and I have teamed up to offer a five-day training in medical intuition (May 14-19) at the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia.

This program isn’t just about reading the subtle energy of another person or thing (although we learn to do that.) It is about a holistic approach to health. We look at diet, stress levels, and beliefs. Are we present-day witches to want to know these things? To want control over our lives, our bodies, our health?

So what did the witches know that we are just remembering? I suspect they knew that food can be a medicine or a poison. They probably knew that sugar and other carbohydrates can disrupt your brain function even if you’re not diabetic or have any signs of dementia. (A growing body of research suggests there’s a powerful connection between your diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes, ie diabetes of the brain.)

As healers they must have known that:

• Tearing Romaine and Iceberg lettuce the day before you eat it quadruples its antioxidant content.

• The healing properties of garlic can be maximized by slicing, chopping, mashing, or pressing it and then letting it rest for a full 10 minutes before cooking. (In a Canadian study, garlic was the strongest inhibitor of tumor cell growth, blocking 100 percent of the growth of human cancers of the stomach, pancreas, breast, prostate, lungs, kidneys and brain. It kind of makes you want to run out and stock up on fresh garlic, doesn’t it?)

• The yellowest corn in the store has 35 times more beta-carotene than white corn.

• Cooking potatoes and then chilling them for about 24 hours before you eat them (even if you reheat them) turns a high-glycemic vegetable into a low- or moderate-glycemic vegetable.

• Carrots are more nutritious cooked than raw. When cooked whole, they have 25 percent more falcarinol, a cancer-fighting compound, than carrots that have been sectioned before cooking.

• The smaller the tomato, the more nutrients it contains. Deep red tomatoes have more antioxidants than yellow, gold, or green tomatoes.

• The most nutritious tomatoes in the supermarket are not in the produce aisles— they are in the canned goods section! Processed tomatoes, whether canned or cooked into a paste or sauce, are the richest known source of lycopene. They also have the most flavor.

• Storing broccoli wrapped in a plastic bag with tiny pin pricks in it will give you up to 125 percent more antioxidants than if you had stored the broccoli loosely wrapped or in a tightly sealed bag. (Did you know that broccoli begins to lose its cancer-fighting compounds within twenty-four hours of harvest?)

• Thawing frozen berries in the microwave preserves twice as many antioxidants and more vitamin C than thawing them on the counter or inside your refrigerator.

(I swiped most of the above bullets from a wonderful little witch, Lauren Breau (acupuncturist/herbalist.) Thank you, Lauren, for your excellent review of Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, which I highly recommend!)

Witches were wise they say.

There’s a little witch in every one of us today.



What matters…..

January 27, 2016

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes My dreams give me many posts, almost daily, that never make it to this site.  Early in the wee dawn hours I frequently awaken with the entire […]

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Discovering Things We Do Not Understand

October 12, 2015

According to Einstein, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” Lately, it seems that most of us have fallen away from the mysterious, from miracles, and from events that cannot be explained. We are “spiritually offline” ignoring things we do not understand. The thought of the mysterious, or “how does the Universe […]

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Dog Days of August

August 23, 2015

Local corn, fresh tomatoes, fog-laced mornings, spending morning tea/coffee  and evening sunsets looking out over, frequently, a calm lake.  These 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 […]

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What is Medical Intuition?

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 […]

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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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