Monday, April 9, 2012

Where to find me . . .

Howdy ~

I have been posting to a wordpress site for quite a while now. There I things I love about blogger, so I haven't been able to let this site go!

Please visit me at my other site -

If you are interested in Writing the Energetic Body, I've got upcoming workshops all the time. Check out Writing the Energetic Body here

Om shanti,


Monday, August 29, 2011

Supporting Healing in the Amazon

The clinic was absolutely amazing. The people of Cauhide were so patient and grateful for treatment. They received auricular acupuncture, acupuncture, reiki, and massage. Many people were suffering from malaria and parasites, some with untreated symptoms for years! So many suffered from similar symptoms (dizziness, seeing stars, abdominal pain, lack of sleep – to name a few) that we began to call it “Cauhide Syndrome.”

I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of this. Reiki was a great way to help the patients relax and to gain rapport with the practitioners. Despite the suffering, language barrier, and less-than-optimal treatment conditions – we shared laughter, compassion, and healing. Many patients had such good results that they kept coming back.
Thank you for your support. I’ve got quite a ways to go to cover the expenses for this journey. Please continue sharing.

Photos by Holly Troy

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

poetic form fun

I just spent 21 days writing from prompts by Maya Stein’s Feral Writing Quick and Dirty Poetry online writing course. I excavated a lot of material from my writings and am renewed, inspired, and ready to write more. (Postings to come)!

I want to put some of my work into poetic forms, so I pulled out one of my favorite and most invaluable reference books, The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms edited by Ron Padgett. I have been thinking of creating a collection of pantoums* or sestinas and the Handbook is perfect not only for reference but for ideas.

Coincidentally, Ron Padgett is having a poetry reading on April 13th at St. Mark’s Church - The Poetry Project. I urge you, if you live in New York City, to check it out. I miss being able to go to a reading, watch a band, watch a play (or participate in a reading, band, or play) any night of the week. Creative culture is truly a gift.

In the meantime, I'll create my own culture by writing some poetry. Maybe I'll see you at a reading soon enough!

* Here’s an excerpt from Mr. Padgett’s book:

Pantoum is the Western word for the Malayan pantun, a poetic form that first appeared in the fifteenth century, in Malayan literature . . .

The Western version of the pantoum is a poem of indefinite length made up of stanzas whose four lines are repeated in a pattern: lines 2 and lines 4 of each stanza are repeated as lines 1 and 3 of the next stanza, and so on, as shown below:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

Line 5 - same as line 2
Line 6
Line 7 – same as line 4
Line 8

Line 9 – same as line 6
Line 10
Line 11 – same as line 8
Line 12

And so on.

Sometimes the final stanza has a neat twist: although it fist and third lines are as usual the same as the second and fourth lines in the stanza above it, its second and fourth lines are the same as the third and first lines of the very first stanza. This way, every line in the poem is used twice, and the first line of the poem is the same as the last. Rhyme is optional . . .

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Personal Evolution and Astrology: Steven Forrest's "Inner Sky"

I just finished reading The Inner Sky: How to Make Wiser Choices for a More Fulfilling Life by Steven Forrest. I have studied astrology on and off for the more than two decades – I even wrote horoscopes for Cosmopolitan Magazine for a while, and yet, I always felt like there was something I wasn’t grasping. No longer – The Inner Sky has rekindled my interest in astrology as well as helped me find some of the missing pieces to my understanding of astrology.

I understand magazine horoscopes aren’t real astrology. They are entertainment. What Forrest offers is something much more. He actually gives a step-by-step approach to reading a birth chart. Each sign, planet, and house represent specific archetypes, and the birth chart tells the reader which archetypes an individual might have a propensity toward. Basically the birth chart is the map to psychological terrain.

Forrest calls his approach evolutionary astrology. Though there are certain traits a person may have, each person has the choice to grow. We are all here to evolve. Rather than telling the future, an evolutionary astrologer may help the subject find the path that will lead toward growth.

Rather than astrology limiting our experience, it expands it. By being aware of our basic traits, challenges, and opportunities, we open up our choices.

A quote from the last pages of The Inner Sky:

Mind stuff. Sky stuff. The universe we observe and measure. The universe we dream. It is all the same. Wherever we look, we see mind. Wherever we imagine, we see cosmos.
And who are we? Who is doing the observing?
This is the deepest riddle of them all, and answering it is the endless, impossible task that makes us human.
Astrology cannot solve that riddle for us. But perhaps it can carry us a little closer, make us a little wiser. In astrology, we are the border dwellers. We are the ones who live on the shoreline, where waves of consciousness break on the rocks and dunes of the physical world. We exist in both, and both are reflected in us.
In astrology, we are the dreamers, and what we are dreaming is the universe. 

I imagine Steven Forrest is a sweet, kind, sincere person. I know he loves astrology, and I am convinced he loves people, too. His writing is clear and honest, concise and entertaining. I am very glad I picked up this book. He has removed the shroud of mystery and has made astrology practical. He offers his own palpable curiosity about what it means to be human, and he offers a clear framework in how to indulge that curiosity.

Who wants a reading? I'm ready!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Journey through the Chakras CD: New Year Discount!

Start off the New Year by checking in with yourself.

Journey through the Chakras is suitable for those new to meditation or for anyone who'd like to jump start their imagination through creative visualization. 

Journey through the Chakras
is on SALE now. Experience a soothing visualization meditation for each of the seven major chakras for only seven dollars. That's one dollar per chakra!

Or, get Journey through the Chakras instantly by downloading it directly to your computer for less than five dollars.

Order by going to Digstation.

Our chakra system directly links to our bodies - physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Each track on this recording is a guided meditation through one of the seven major chakras of the body. 

1st Chakra: The first chakra is about our connection our “tribe”. The first tribe being our families, then perhaps school, friends, work, country. The tribe helps us to build our foundation. The tribe should eventually help us to create relationships with others and to build a strong sense of self. 
2nd Chakra: Often our society regiments creativity, our connection to our emotions, and our sense of curiosity, right out of us. This is where we get to claim what is our birthright. This is where we allow our inner-freak flag fly! 
3rd Chakra: Third Chakra really has to do with our personal identity and will. Who are we? What is our purpose? 
4th Chakra: The heart is where we discover our emotional nature in relation to ourselves alone. The heart takes the passion of the first three chakras and moves it to a place of compassion. It takes raw energy and refines it, softens it, gives it an anchor. 
5th Chakra: The Fifth Chakra is about Communication and Creativity. It is about keeping our word with ourselves and with others. When our 5th Chakra is balanced, we can trust and allow the “divine will” (which is really our Higher Self) flow through us. 
6th Chakra: The sixth chakra is about perception, clarity of vision and thinking, and psychic ability. It is where we store and interpret our memories, perceive our dreams, and imagine our future. It is where we learn discernment – and the ability to detach ourselves personally from our life’s lessons. 
7th Chakra: This chakra is concerned with the way we think, our belief systems, and our connection to higher power. Think on this – thought is the first emanation of consciousness on its way to manifestation. So, thought, being high in this ethereal realm, is the seed of manifestation, which brings us back “down” to the earthly plane.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dinosaur, my Heart!

The last few days, I have been dreaming of dinosaurs. My dreams are post-apocalyptic, and the most natural thing about my dreams is the dinosaurs. They are almost sweet, like Dino from the Flintstones.

I wonder if the dreams have anything to do with wearing a dinosaur bone on my neck. I wonder if I wore amber if I'd dream of trees and insects.

Matagi made and gave me this dinosaur bone pendant for my birthday. We were having brunch at the Cup Cafe (Hotel Congress) in Tucson, when I photographed it.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

One more way to make 2010 "The Year of the Enchanted Empress"

One more way to make 2010 "The Year of the Enchanted Empress" - a special message from my friend and mentor, Robert Alvarez

"Why am I not prospering?"

There are times when, on one's journey to Permanent Prosperity, one does not Prosper. No matter how often you use one or more Metaphysical Methods and Sacred Tools to create Financial Fulfillment and Money Miracles, it seems as though nothing is working for you.

In this section I shall address some of the possible reasons why you are not Prospering.

1. Are you using any Affirmations, Blessings, Decrees, Prayers or Treatments to create Permanent Prosperity? If so, how often? Once a day? Once a week? Once a month?

2. Are you working with or carrying any Prosperity Crystals? If so, did you cleanse them first? Did you energize them by placing them in Moonlight and Sunlight for between seven to fourteen days?

3. Are you harboring any anger, resentment, bitterness or unforgiveness toward yourself or others?

4. Are you focusing primarily or solely on lack, limitation, hard times?

5. Are you reading newspapers and magazines, as well as watching news broadcasts (including the Internet) that talk about economic hardships, financial lack and the like?

6. Are you, even casually, saying "I can't afford it?" If so, how often? In other words, how many times do you say, "I can't afford it?"

7. How often are you saying, thinking or writing (i. e., Email) statements that focus on lack, limitation, financial hardship?

8. How often do you focus on something or someone that you have lost (a loved one, a memento, etc.)?

9. When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and said to yourself, "I love you. I really love you?"

10. On a scale of zero to ten--with zero being non-existent and ten being phenomenal--how much faith do you have in yourself? In your talents and abilities? In the Divine?

11. Do you Tithe (give ten per cent of all the monies you receive) to the people or organizations that provide you with Spiritual Illumination and Divine Inspiration?

12. How often do you spend time and energy focusing on your pain (physical, emotional, Spiritual)?

13. Do you see yourself going nowhere?

The next time you find yourself having difficulty maintaining financial flow; the next time you find yourself not having enough money for even the basics, never mind the really important stuff; the next time you find yourself doing or saying anything that disempowers you, financially or otherwise, ask yourself, "Is this thought, word or action financially empowering me? If this going to assist me in creating and maintaining Financial Fulfillment? Is this going to make me a winner?" If the answer is yes, then keep doing it, and often! If the answer is no, then take a moment, take a deep breath and ask yourself, "What would really make me happy right now?" The answer might very well surprise you.

The preceding is from the forthcoming book The ABC of Prosperity, by Robert Alvarez (Copyright 2010, Phoenix-Ra and Associates, Union City, New Jersey).

Robert Alvarez,
Psychic Witch,
Creator of "The Tarot Tribune" and "Goddess Blessings."
212-685-2848 (Answering Service, via TRS) (Email)
"The Goddess has plans for you."

Thursday, December 2, 2010

We Want You!

I'm beginning to understand how my early influences have affected me. I am glad!

Even the muppets love the Village People!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Coffee, Afri, or Me?

Mini-psycho dream series. A combination of horrifying and hilarious.

I love the sexy nuns.

In the hard competition of the 60s, Afri-Cola lost its influence on the German market. The commercial designer and photographer Charles Wilp started a marketing campaign to regain its image. (wikipedia)
The caffeine content of Afri-Cola in the 60s was 250mg/L.