Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mind, Soul and Body and the Meaning of Life and Happiness

Somewhere in the mists of Greek philosophy there developed the idea of the separation of the human being into parts. There was the body as one part, the mind as another and the soul or spirit as the third part.

Further development along these lines then said that the body or flesh was bad, less than desirable. The flesh must be subdued and held very much in check as it contaminated the other two parts.

Therefore the mind and the soul were held up to be the redeemable parts. The mind, of course, was used for reasoning, the soul was used to connect with the Divine.

The body as meaningful and useful was almost discarded in terms of the advancement of human beings. And the mind and spirit were separated as if they were two different parts. Why is this significant for you?

Because you were taught that this is the way things are to be with you. Your body is somehow shameful and unqualified to help a person advance. Your mind and spirit have a wall between them that each may not lend help to the other to advance the person who has them.

If you were raised in western religion, this was the subtle or not so subtle teaching of your religion. Yes, it was "borrowed" from the Greeks and the original use of these ideas did not necessarily have anything to do with religion. But the western church picked up these ideas and ran with them.

The church was so pervasive in western society for so many centuries that these ideas passed into the main stream. This dichotomy became invisible, almost, but still strong in the psyche of virtually every person raised in western society.

The problem with all this, however, is that it is a false dichotomy. Very little is further from the truth. You, as a human being, function as a unit. For example, what and how much you eat and drink affects how well your mind functions. Alcohol is a specific example of this concept. Too much of it causes problems with thinking and physical coordination. But you know that.

If your mind tells you that you are inadequate to a task, you perform poorly. When your spirit is depressed as after the sudden death of a loved one, you may not be hungry for days. It has been shown that hormones produced by your physical body directly influence brain chemistry which - of course - influences how you feel mentally, which - of course - influences how you feel spiritually.

You are a unit. But please do not take the statement "you are a unit" to be an impersonal idea. You are a physical, intellectual, spiritual unit. Even that sentence can immediately be construed to imply three parts. So I reiterate: You are a unit. A Whole. Complete. One.

Would you be happy? Have meaning? Then you must (I seldom use the word "must" - sounds bossy) see yourself as that whole. Treat yourself as if you are one.

Which means, in my mind, that you try to care for all three, because all three are one. For example, meditation will help your mind, spirit and body. Proper food will aid in physical health, mental health and spiritual health. You get the idea.

When you find the meaning of life, which is to be happy, you totally influence your oneness. When you find well-being in the oneness which is you, you build up the foundation that is meaning and happiness.

Start seeing yourself as a complete whole. Know from this moment forward that you are not separate parts, but one undivided whole - that you can have meaning and happiness.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

12 Fragrances to Uplift The Spirit and Aid The Development of Intuition

While there are many fragrances to uplift the spirit and will aid intuition, here are 12 scents that will alter consciousness and increase your ability to contact and communicate with spirits, angels and spirit guides, along with Nature Spirits. It doesn't matter whether you use them as incense, in candles, oils or even create potpourri just like we did in the 1980s. What matters is using them. They will alter your vibrational levels and strengthen your inner perceptions.

1. Apple Blossom
Now is the perfect time to gather apple blossoms. Apple blossoms will help you connect with nature spirits as will any of the bell-shaped flowers of spring. Apple blossoms are especially helpful when working with mythical guides and unicorns.

2. Carnation
Carnation is a protective fragrance. It guards against discarnates. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, it was commonly worn to protect against ghosts, perhaps made popular by William Shakespeare and his famous ghost.

3. Camomile
While chamomile is known for its nerve soothing qualities, it also attunes you to work with nature spirits. If you work with the Egyptian pantheon or any from ancient Arabia, chamomile will help you connect with them. It is also balances the aura, providing protection during your meditations.

4. Frankincense
Made famous in the Bible, Frankincense has been known for thousands of years as an auric cleanser. Its high vibrational rate makes it very protective and it enhances perception.

5. Gardenia
A heavy sweet scent well known in warmer climates, it stimulates telepathy and spiritual communication. Nature Spirits love it too.

6. Lavender
Another fragrance known for its relaxing qualities, lavender helps to reach an altered consciousness whereby past lives are easily accessed. A sprig of lavender is traditionally wore to stimulate your ability to see ghost and spirits.

7. Lemon
Lemon will uplift your spirit and draw in good spirits. It is useful for séances and helps you discriminate between helpful and not so helpful beings.

8. Rose
The scent of rose will draw in your Joy Guides. It's excellent to open communication with your Spirit Guide and will open up divination channels.

9. Rosemary
Known more as an herb, this plants and its fragrance, when burned, will help cleanse a space. Oils can be worn to prevent psychic attack and will heighten your skin sensitivity to spiritual presence. For centuries, rosemary has been believed to be sacred to the Elven Kingdom and has been given as a gift to house elves to insure a peaceful home during the Winter Solstice.

10. Violet
The beautiful lavender flower that pops up in the woodlands is the flower of the Faery Queen. Use violet to work with any nature spirit and to develop your telepathy. Place a drop over your Third Eye during meditation to open your consciousness more easily.

11. Lilac
The beautiful towering flower heads of the lilac bush will stimulate your spiritual eyes so that you can more easily see spirits. The faery kingdom loves the scent of the lilac, while its leaves will drive ghosts from homes.

12. Wisteria
Another flower from the purple realm, wisteria is used to attract Spirit Guides. Use wisteria during creative practices and during energy healing sessions.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Natural Herbal Remedies Party

With the introduction of products that can hurt our bodies just as much as they help us, the popularity of natural herbal remedies parties is growing. If you have never used natural herbal remedies before but are curious about them, invite friends over for a party to sample the products you're interested in. The last thing anyone wants is to buy a product only to find out they don't like it and are now stuck with it.

You can buy the products yourself or ask friends to each bring a product. If the smallest size is bought and guests all take a sample, the product isn't going to waste even if it's not liked by all. You might know somebody who sells natural herbal remedies. Invite them to bring samples of their line to the party.

Continue the theme into the food buy serving natural and organic dishes. Cut up fresh, organic fruits and vegetables into slices and insert decorative toothpicks into them. Serve fruits and vegetable along with different flavors of organic yogurt or dipping. Or prepare fruits already topped with yogurt and different kinds of nuts or granola. Create a juice bar for your natural herbal remedies party.

If you have a juicer, have extra different kinds of fruits and vegetables on hand to prepare each guest his or her own juice drink according to taste. Offer different kinds of herbal teas to guests who would enjoy a warm drink. If you don't own a juicer and don't know anyone who does, you can still provide your guests with a juice bar by buying a lot of different kinds of organic juices. Make sure you have a nice blend of different kinds of juices made from fruit and vegetables.

Search you local health food stores for other natural food items your guests might enjoy. Add to the health of the party by not using any disposable items during the party. Offer guests real glasses, cloth napkins and china plates.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

7 Health Tips for Keeping Asthma Under Control

Living with asthma may not be the easiest thing for anyone to live with, regardless of their age. However, by educating yourself on the illness, you can get a better understanding of how it affects your body and how to control it. The following are 7 health tips to help you keep your asthma under control:

1. Learn to Recognize the Symptoms

For many people, asthma attacks seem to sneak up on them and before they know it, they are in a situation that seems out of control. By carefully monitoring your symptoms, you will have a better idea of when an attack is going to happen.

2. Educate Yourself on Your Medications

A lot of people who are treated for asthma simply follow their doctor's instructions for taking their medications. The fact is that you might be on several medications and each one is going to get a different result. For example, you may have one medicine that is used for prevention, while another, like a steroid, is to be used for a more serious episode.

3. Keep a Journal on Your Symptoms

Every person diagnosed with asthma should keep a journal on the symptoms, as it can lead to great discoveries on what is actually causing the attacks. Each entry should include what symptoms you are feeling, as well as any reading from your peak flow meter.

4. Learn What is Triggering an Attack

For a lot of asthmatics, understanding what triggers an attack is how they are able to keep such great control over this illness. Simple weather changes could affect your breathing ability and understanding this could help you to know when the right times to take your medications are and which ones to take.

5. Plan a Diet that Includes Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

As many fruits and vegetables are considered to be antioxidants, it is important to add them into the diet. Vitamins C and E are well known for their anti-inflammatory effects and can actually help to reduce irritation or swelling in the lungs.

6. Keep Your Weight Down

Being overweight can easily cause more asthma attacks in the individual. By keeping your weight down, you can reduce the number of symptoms that you experience. Even just losing a few pounds will make a difference.

7. Schedule Consults With Your Doctor

The biggest and most important tool you have to help fight your asthma is your doctor. Their experience and education will play a vital role in how well you are able to reduce your symptoms. Regular visits with your doctor can help determine what triggers an attack and they can advise you on how to get it under better control.

Lexi Davis is a writer who enjoys writing on a number of different verticals. For more on asthma, Preemie Twins offers readers information on studies about premature births and asthma.