Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Learning How To Read the Sclera (white of the eye)

Sclera Study Report

Health Alkemy

August 24th, 2015


Note – upon now seeing almost a thousand clients with sclera and iris photos over an eight year period, one thing has become clear. Certain areas of common stress show up in the “map” of the body, in this case the iris, and the sclera being two. To understand how this type of assessment works is beyond this article, but the point is that there are tissues under stress in all of us. In other words, one area in particular, for this paper, is the entire Rear-Brain structure.
See about 11:00 - dark red blood vessel

Whether we focus on the Medulla, the Hippocampus, the Pons, or other, what I have been seeing is the most common area of simple stress, congestive stresses, degenerative stress, inflammation, glycation stress, and poor tissue growth is in the rear-brain centers. Why does almost everyone have these stress lines? This has been a question running in my office now for 2-3 years.

This sample set of photographs shows us what this looks like. Notice where these arrows point to in the eye – it’s the entire rear brain part of “the map/scan.” And now read the brief study about the Barium, and other heavy metals now proven to be in the air, water, and soil by lab data and scientific study. These metals damage the brain, its proven, and we have already been seeing it before it was “proven” by this research.
See about 1:00 - dark red blood vessel

The solution? We must be impeccable in our diet, self-care, emotional boundaries, and rest/movement balance. No longer will many of us get away with the usual coffee, treats, cigarettes, sugar, flour goodies like muffins and cookies, etc…you get it, or you don’t. You stop the things already bringing in a large waste stream, to minimize the extra from the environment. Certain detoxification and drainage herbs can help, along with bentonite clays, charcoal, zeolite, and other positive cations to chelate these poisons.

See Health Alkemy for your individual path of higher health and better circulation of waste and tissue rebuilding.

Craig Lane
August 2015




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tips for Highly Sensitive People (HSP's)

10 Life-Changing Tips for Highly Sensitive People
Written by Angel Chernoff  by Mely Brown
Edited by Craig Lane for Blogger

“And those who were seen dancing were thought insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weak or broken.  But to feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the characteristic of a truly alive and compassionate human being.  It is not the sensitive person who is broken, it is society’s understanding that has become dysfunctional and emotionally incapacitated.  There is zero shame in expressing your authentic feelings.  Those who are at times described as being ‘too emotional’ or ‘complicated’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more thoughtful, caring, humane world.  Never be ashamed to let your feelings, smiles and tears shine a light in this world.

Many of the people we call “sensitive,” or “weird,” would have been spotted, and trained in how to use these inherent “skills and talents.”  They were once called Shamans, Curandero’s, Healers, Wise-Men or Women, Witches, and many more names.

It’s like you were born missing a protective layer of skin that others seem to have.

You try to hide it.  Numb it.  Tune it out.  But the comments still pierce your armor: “You’re overthinking things.  You’re too sensitive.  Toughen up!”

The term ‘highly sensitive people can be used in today’s world.’  This led some of us to discover how delicious it feels to be one of thousands saying, “You do that?  Me too!”  We have support networks in place to help us help each other stay sane.

Many sensitive people feel isolated from others.  They feel misunderstood and different, and they usually don’t know why.  They just don’t realize that they have a simple trait that explains their confusing array of symptoms and quirks.

There’s even a scientific term for it: Sensory Processing Sensitivity.  Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist and researcher, estimates that 15-20% of people have nervous systems that process stimuli intensely.  They think deeply.  They feel deeply (physically and emotionally).  They easily become over-stimulated.

Several successful historical figures were highly sensitive, such as Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, and Steve Jobs.  This means sensitive types aren’t inherently disadvantaged.

But when we don’t realize how to handle our sensitivity, we end up pushing too hard to keep up with everyone else.  We try to do what others seem to handle with ease, and try to do it better than them.  

And this leads to problems.

For a time, we do a first-rate job of using our natural gifts: we’re creative students, conscientious employees, and devoted family members.  But when we hammer on beyond our limits, doing so can eventually take its toll.  It shows up in things like unrelenting health conditions, muscle tension we can’t get rid of, and being endlessly fatigued or on edge for no good reason.

If you resonate with any of this, here are 10 actions you can take to stop struggling and start thriving:

1.   Quit searching for someone or something to fix you.
Sensitivity is a temperament trait, not a medical disorder.  So nothing is inherently wrong with you.  Sadly, though, many certified health practitioners don’t understand this because sensory processing sensitivity is a recent area of health research.

Sure, highly sensitive people are more likely to have allergies or sensitivities to food, chemicals, medication, and so forth.  And they’re more prone to overstimulation, thus quicker to feel stress — which can lead to other health issues.  But sensitivity in itself is not something that needs fixing.

Successful sensitive types realize that they’re not “broken.”  If your mind is exhausted from busily researching yet another solution to take away your “flaws,” know that the answers to living in harmony with your sensitive nature lie inside you.

2.   Tell yourself, as often as necessary, that you are not a fraud.
Impostor syndrome isn’t exclusive to highly sensitive people.  Many conscientious and high achieving people fall victim to this nagging fear.  But the simmering discomfort about being found out is often constant for a sensitive person.

Why wouldn’t it be, considering you’ve spent a lifetime of feeling different from others and trying to fit in?  Maybe you blame your tears on dust in your eye during that cheesy TV commercial; or you sign up for the company fun run, even though you hate running and you know you’ll feel ashamed of how long your body takes to recover.  But even if you grew up displaying your sensitivity with pride, it’s unlikely you escaped the cultural pressure motivating you to disguise your real self to fit the norms.

Successful sensitive types respect that their nervous systems are wired differently from 80-85% of people.  If you’re constantly thinking about who you should be but aren’t, and what you should be doing but can’t, understand that valuing your achievements and signature strengths allows you to show yourself as you truly are, more comfortably — even when you’re the odd one out.

3.   Seek out kindred spirits (and know that you are NOT alone).

You probably feel different and alone.  But the truth is, you’re not.  Many have experienced confusion in isolation before discovering that hordes of people have some idea of what it’s like to be you.  They’ve felt the surge of power that comes from being supported by like-minded souls.  And they want to pay it forward.

The key whenever possible is to hang out with sensitive people who are already flourishing, or at least open to those possibilities.  They understand not only how to manage their sensitivity, but also how to wield its superpowers.  They know what it’s like for you to feel endlessly under siege, and they can offer firsthand experience and wisdom to help you make your sensitivities work in your favor.

Successful sensitive types appreciate and relish the strengths of sensitivity, in themselves and others.  If you’re feeling unsupported or misunderstood, find a sensitively knowledgeable coach, mentor, or community who gets you … and nurture that connection.

4.  Look for the hidden positivity in every situation and soak it up.
The brain is a powerful filter that molds experiences and perceptions of reality.  If you think the world is a dangerous place, your brain is wired to hunt for evidence of danger.  If you believe it’s a loving place, you spot more loving opportunities.  What you focus on, you get more of.

As a highly sensitive person, the more negative the environment, the more you suffer.  But the opposite is also true — the more positive, the more you thrive (even compared to others).

Thoughts are stimuli for your nervous system.  One of the most important things a sensitive person can do is acknowledge the negative (not ignore it — because what you resist, persists), but then let it go… immerse yourself in positive thoughts and situations that make you feel good, or at least give you a soothing sense of relief.

Successful sensitive types decide to see the world brimming with opportunities to feel grateful for, and to marinate in that positive vibe.  If you’re feeling at the mercy of your emotions and thoughts, the easiest thing to do is rest in relaxed awareness, like how the sky lets clouds float in it.  

Phenomena arises in our being, and there is nothing we can do about it.  But we plant seeds for future arising’s, by attention and focus on what we are grateful for, and the support that feels so good, then we begin to see different things arising in our consciousness.  But trying to stop thoughts, or push away uncomfortable emotions, like grief and sadness so commonly not acknowledged in our culture, leads to more discomfort.

5.  Find new spins on old flaws
Your gifts of sensitivity include deep reflection and an instinct to see all angles and consequences.  But by being so deeply tuned in to details, you’re easily overwhelmed and exhausted by unyielding stimulation.  And when you don’t understand why you feel and behave in the ways you do, it’s easy to frame these as flaws.

In truth, these “weaknesses” are simply your unmet needs and unique gifts to nourish.  In reframing your past and nurturing your present, you set yourself up for success in your future.

Successful sensitive types rethink old perceptions in light of their deeper understandings of sensitivity.  If you’re weighed down by the hypersensitive and neglected (even, despised) parts of yourself, seek to discover the other side of the coin … where you’ll find some of your greatest strengths: intuition, vision, conscientiousness — and the list goes on.

6.  Treat yourself with compassion.

Sensitive people are often deeply compassionate.  Putting others’ comfort and needs before your own often occurs.  On top of that, many sensitive people have a harsh inner critic.  When you push yourself hard, and then you beat up on yourself when you miss the mark is a sign of this.  You criticize yourself in ways you’d never dream of judging others.

Controlling your nagging inner critic is essential to self-compassion.  But contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t do so by relentlessly ignoring it.  Deep thinking is one of your gifts, so why not embrace that power?  Take control by hearing your thoughts without judgment (after all, there might be gems of wisdom hidden deep) and then pivoting to thoughts that trigger kinder and more loving emotions in your body.  From that better-feeling place, you’re better able to choose actions to care for yourself and others.

Successful sensitive types show themselves the same loving compassion that they’re naturally good at giving others.  It may feel selfish or vain at first, but it’s not.  If your critical inner voice is devaluing who you are, answer back with self-kindness … this is the antidote.

7.  Create healthy boundaries, not rigid emotional walls.

We live in a culture that values “take a painkiller and push on” far more than it values sensitivity.  We grow up hearing: “no pain, no gain; survival of the fittest; life isn’t fair — get used to it.”  We admire those who show grit to prevail over their terrible plights.

As a highly sensitive person your reflex reaction may be to freeze up or struggle to toughen up.  You might build walls to shield yourself from hurt …  Emotional walls, such as suppressing feelings or creating dramatic turmoil to distract from the real causes of pain.  Physical walls, such as piling on layers of weight to hide behind.  Mental walls, such as tuning out with alcohol or drugs.

Or, you may let all your boundaries collapse at once, thereby unconsciously absorbing others’ energies and feeling devoured by unpredictable events and emotions.  You try to escape the feelings by getting caught up in overthinking everything: endlessly planning and searching and analyzing, while completely losing touch with your intuition.  And in the process you confuse conscientiousness with overwork, empathy with over-identification, compassion with over-tolerance.  So you beat yourself up about how you know you should have better boundaries.  It’s a vicious cycle.

Successful sensitive types embody gentle but firm personal boundaries.  If you struggle to put your own needs first (which doesn’t come naturally to a highly sensitive person), make a conscious choice to practice the skill of saying “no…but this…” with love and grace, or carving out alone time to recharge … and decide to feel good about that.

8.    Tune in to your body (to avoid seesawing between emotional extremes).
Many highly sensitive people learn to ignore the messages their bodies are sending them.  They switch it off to avoid overwhelm or they tune in to others’ needs instead of their own to meet what’s expected of them.  Does this sound familiar?

Doing so leaves you swinging like a pendulum.  Too much, too little.  Too fast, too slow.  Too in, too out.  Back and forth between being over-stimulated and mind-numbingly bored, dieting and then bingeing, or exercising hard and then needing several days to recover.  And so on and so forth.

Successful sensitive types tune in to the physical sensations in their bodies; they accept that it’s not always comfortable, but they trust their bodies to guide them.  If you have a habit of hiding from feelings or passing the point of overwhelm, learn to recognize your body’s subtle signs of overstimulation.  You’ll spend less time being thrown out of balance, and more time swaying gently within your nervous system’s range of optimal arousal.  Ask yourself when over-thinking, “how does this thought feel?”

9.  Design healthy habits that fit your unique needs.
Eventually, it can catch up with you.  Grueling hours at work, followed by hard sweat at the gym and keeping on top of chaos around home — all fueled by crappy diets and minimal sleep or downtime.  It’s an easy trap to fall into because you’re simply living the way you see most people get by on.
What’s more, some seemingly healthy habits hit hard on a sensitive nervous system — like “health” foods that are heavily processed and pumped with sugar and artificial additives, or intense exercise that’s not balanced with ample recovery time.

If you allow too much stimulation and too lousy replenishment, you run the risk of chronic illnesses (as many sensitive types have learned the hard way).  At the same time, if you overprotect yourself, your genius goes unexpressed, and that also can lead to stress and ill health.

Successful sensitive types practice habits that truly nourish them.  If you struggle with energy or well-being issues, prioritize habits that nurture these areas of your life (such as more sleep and alone time), and limit those that over-stimulate or drain you (such as too many high pressures activities — even if they are so-called healthy).

10.  Stop smothering your sensitivity.
After a lifetime of being bombarded by stimuli, it becomes second nature to push sensitivity out of the conscious awareness.  Tuning out from relentless sensations, for example, so you can pretend you don’t give a darn.  Toning down intense feelings (good and bad) so you aren’t on a roller coaster.  Suppressing emotions to get a break from feeling anything at all.

This self-protective mechanism might fool your conscious mind, but it doesn’t fool your sensitive body.  This oozes into your health, your relationships, your career, every aspect of your life … or, it builds tension inside until something has to give.

Successful sensitive types let go of the grasp for control.  When you free the energy used to hold yourself tight, you free the gifts of sensitivity that have been lost to you: empathy, creativity, and heightened joy, to name a few.  And you allow your true potential to blossom.

Closing Thoughts
As you’re working through the tips above, keep in mind that the key to thriving as a highly sensitive person, more than anything else, is to recognize that it’s perfectly OK to be sensitive — with its challenges and strengths.

Use your deep-thinking mind to recognize hidden understandings, and deliberately refocus on positivity and possibilities.

Use your deep-feeling body to tune in your emotions and sensations, and stay within your optimal range of arousal as often as possible.

Use your heightened awareness to dance to whatever beat you darn well please, even if that seems odd to a lot of people.

Because somewhere, others are dancing with you.

Author Bio: Chartered health coach Mely Brown inspires sensitive women to embrace the right health habits for them, manage their energy, and feel at ease in their bodies. Don’t miss her valuable tips — be sure to catch a copy of The 4 Areas of Self-Care for Highly Sensitive People e-book (it’s free).

Editor – Craig Lane www.healthalkemy.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kidneys and Radiation - An Ongoing Document (send your feedback and experience)

Kidneys and Radiation (An Evolving Document)
By Ingrid Naiman – edited by Craig Lane www.healthalkemy.com 
Calamus - transforms the "muck" to healthy growth

Editor's note - this is a starting point at January 21st 2015.  Please send your updates and check out this link to comment on Facebook - join the conversation! Link - RadiationConversation

Many of the symptoms of radiation poisoning are similar to those of metal toxicity which, in turn, are similar to vata disorders in Ayurveda.  Loosely interpreted it means that some symptoms will appear to come and go — which does not mean that they are psychosomatic, much less unreal. The rule for vata is inconsistency. Once you accept that a medical condition can be inconsistent, you will not be quite as worried by the blank look on your doctor's face when he fails to diagnose your reported symptoms. In addition to being inconsistent, vata problems can move around because they are sensitive to the air element which facilitates motion.
One of the recommendations was to use demulcents, in this case apple pectin, and lymphatic cleansing teas along with diuretics. A few hours later, I received an email from Paris saying there is such a run on apple
pectin that it's hard to find in stores. This suggests that a lot of people are planning on doing canning this summer or a radiation remedy has gone viral.

Examples are: Comfrey, purslane, okra, cucumber, seaweeds, mullein, ginkgo (for protection), Eleuthero (protection), Sea Buckthorn, Triphala, Cats Claw (DNA help) and the Standard Process Protomorphogens (corrects DNA and new tissue growth)

Let's start with the adrenal part of the kidney.  Adrenals operate below the threshold of consciousness and are therefore not responsive to sermons on mind over matter. They are governed by instinct and memory, some of it primordial, and some from preverbal childhood and some from memories. The fact that you do not know the origin of the instincts and the patterns they generate does not mean they are irrelevant. Pause for a moment. Have you ever stopped to consider why you prefer certain colors to other colors, why you are afraid of birds or snakes, why your muscles tighten with certain inflexions of the voice, or even why you don't want to learn to swim or hike or whatever?  In reality, our choices are important because, as mentioned, the adrenals flip out over whatever makes them flip and when that happens, the kidneys quiver and the blood stream is flooded with an emergency dose of hormones that sets countless other processes in motion (and inhibits some that are not urgently needed.)

When the kidneys tremble, we usually have to excuse ourselves for a moment. If this happens too often, we become dehydrated and mineral deficient. As if this were not bad enough, the insulation provided by water is lost so nerves come closer together which makes it harder and harder to feel calm.  Most of us have been there, for longer or shorter periods of time, but some people live in this state most of their lives. (In Chinese medicine we call this “nervous bladder.”)  Eventually, the kidneys are weakened by the tremors and they fail to respond efficiently and then not enough water is passed out of the system and swelling occurs.

We might take something to strengthen the adrenals and improve coping margins. In fact, this is good choice regardless of how the other options are handled because by increasing the ability to handle stress, the kidneys are permitted to function somewhat normally, maybe even normally. The herbs that support this strategy are nourishing to the kidney-adrenal system.

In Chinese medicine, what is called kidney yin, helps those to develop more resilience by strengthening weaknesses (by nourishing the substance) rather than adding fire and stimulation (as with kidney yang approaches). Because we each have a breaking point, I prefer to think of elasticity. We want to move that breaking point a bit further "out there" and this takes a mixture of strength and flexibility. So, one wants really strong root herbs and vegetables plus high quality oils and demulcents to ease wear and tear on tissues. With any luck, there will be a bit left over to help regenerate some worn out tissues.

For this reason, I haven't put as much emphasis on garlic and asafoetida but rather Solomon's seal and rhodiola and other more elegantly grounding herbs. This said, we should not neglect the primary herbs in major ethnobotanical traditions such as maca from the Andes, shatavari and ashwagandha from India, rehmannia and schisandra from China, marshmallow and fennel from Western traditions, and licorice, something found in many, many formulas because of its primary action as well as ability to reduce the likelihood of allergic reactions to other ingredients in a formula. However, my all time favorite is jatoba because when our systems are in crisis, there is a much higher risk of fungal colonies establishing themselves and this herb combines support for energy levels with antifungal expertise.

All I am doing here is weighing in on the side of strengthening the weakest and most vulnerable systems of the body before attacking the problems directly. I.e., save the diuretics for emergencies and try to solve the problems with herbs that support the kidney-adrenal system so it can do its job smoothly instead of using aggressive interventions. This said, I support the use of lymphatic teas, including cleavers and violet teas. These are gently stimulating but overall calming, just what is needed when Vata is deranged and there is risk of system failure.

However, all these measures are greatly supported by high quality oils. Most people cannot even find these in supermarkets because more than 90% of all readily available oils are chemically damaged or otherwise compromised due to how the source plant materials were grown or how the oils were pressed or bottled. So, to remind you, cooking oils should be cold pressed and bottled in containers that do not permit light to pass through. Usually, this means brown or black plastic bottles that are chemically stable. Clear glass is simply not appropriate. However, I believe everyone who is exposed to radiation needs to look hard at black seed oil and perhaps other oils taken as supplements rather than used for cooking. I also think we should be learning to make medicated ghee and oils that have been infused with herbs.

Many blessings,


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Dance of Rhythm - Autumn and the Colon/Lung/Metal Element relationships

In my health business/practice, we offer four cleanses a year - one in each season.  There are many reasons for this.  In Nature, and in our bodies (of which is a part of an unseen reality that is connected to and integrated with "nature."), there is a time of day, and time of year where each bodily system is more "active" and others less. This is called The Circadian Rhythm.

In the Fall, the metal element in some Eastern traditions it is named, has as its two main organ systems the Lung and Large Intestine (colon).  By offering focused foods, herbs, and supplements to both detox, nourish, and balance/harmonize, we have more leverage and our money/efforts go further than if we choose a time and place that is "willy nilly."

In some views, this metal element is viewed as the rhythm maker, the timing maker, the in and out health of our being.  In other words, this system helps determine healthy versus unhealthy balance between taking in - via breath, via food, via sight, any sense, and letting go in the same areas.  So we ask in my life these questions about balance of in and out:

  • In-breath versus out-breath. 
  • Food going in and waste going out.  
  • Ability to listen, or take in something in our lives
  • The ability to let go with fluidity and grace versus hanging on when it is unskillful to do so.

In Nature we can observe plants doing this in the Fall:

  • dropping their fruits/seeds for next year
  • dying back if an annual plant
  • Perennial plants draw in their life force deep inside (watch a tree's leaves this time of year) which is seen as yellowing and browning of the leaves, it appears dead.

In the human, this is the season of adaption to the change of weather from summer to winter, from heat and dryness and light to darkness wetness, and cold.  Our internal systems adjust, and our blood quality changes.  We call this "cold and flu season."  But not in my practice.  We say those who get sick is not just from exposure - which puts us in a disempowered position.  Through 20 years in practice, I see those who are well nourished, have a solid self-care, and are aware and awake to their internal shadows, do NOT get sick as much or at all.  These folks are willing to take complete responsibility for their health, not just blame "some bug out there."

By joining the group, or forging ahead alone in cleansing and balancing these systems, then we become more of partcipant in our health.  This is empowered health.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Mission for Life - Men and Women

Men's “Work” – a mission greater than ourselves                                           By Craig Lane

Men have protected tribes, families and societies for thousands of years.  Women too of course.  But since men tend to embody the Sacred Masculine more than most women, this speaks to the inner masculine, not just men.  But a shadow of the masculine has been running the world for far too long in my opinion.  The Sacred Masculine misdirected can be destructive, generate unnecessary pain and suffering, does not listen to the “correct voice” inside, and not collaborate through community and culture.

What is a mission?
Something greater than ourselves.  Some goal or large project we may not see the finish of, but we begin, plan, and nurture this mission throughout our lifetimes.  This is what used to be educated into young men before they were called “men.”  They had to prove they could pass through these portals of temptation, restriction of all things not necessary to life, and pass the tests of the elder men.

Not just for men, but for women?
My last girlfriend loved the idea of all the things men do in private sacred circle, and found none of the women's circles she attended or researched used these more confrontational models.  And for good reason.  The Sacred Feminine gives birth, creates, takes in the waste of the world and digests it, is dark, still, and Mysterious.  So this part is not meant to go out and overcome challenge.  But women can develop their sacred Masculine.

How have we been led to follow the laid out path?
There is evidence that our education is a form of programming.  Programming that we take on and limits us.  If you look around at the media, and its portrayal of the worst of humanity’s traits,  like greed, lust, violence, war, getting whatever you want at other’s cost, etc….
What I am asking is to look more deeply, and ask “what is my authentic self, my authentic voice say?”

How can we discover if it might be best to find another way?
I ask ALL my clients this question, “How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?  What is the first thing you notice upon waking?”  If we cannot say we wake happy, ready to face the day and its challenges, and cannot say, "I would live this life even if there was no payment for my service to society," then we might want to look at the make we want to leave on this place called Earth.

Inner alchemy shows us, for thousands of years, a path laid out by elders and teachers of those wishing to evolve consciously.  These steps we all seem to go through, though the timing and sequence varies – separation, burning out the crap, seeing what must be let go of, bringing it back together, fermenting it to new life, distilling out the by-products of this process, squeezing the sponge, then letting go and “letting God.”  Not only that, but spiritual teachers (often referred to as gurus in the East) almost all point to a need for a death of sorts, a death I call the stripping away of identity with form, with the outer world of illusion.  The movie of life is not real in a sense.  Once we see through it, then we can more effectively live in it!

What does it mean to have a mission?
It means we are operating in a larger field of awareness.  We have resources at our disposal of the entire universe when we let go, and surrender.  My teacher once said, “Reality is a hunter, looking for a moment of vulnerability.”  When we allow ourselves to become open and in a “container” of a mission and its support, then we must also be open to changes in the mission as reality unfolds around it.  These changes will be more evident if we operate in a larger field of awareness.  And The Hunter can have access to us.

What gets in the way?
The societal powers of "shoulds," unconsciousness, and the matrix of illusion that keeps us from seeing the true world we abide in.  See for yourself.  Enter through the doors the wise ones point to.  Do you have the courage to find out?

What does alignment with our goals feel like?
There are words spoken in ancient languages that better speak to this.  But I will say, it feels satisfying, edgy, at times a lovely neutrality, and a nakedness seems to come.  Can I be stripped naked and seen for what I am?  Symbolic of course, though I love nudity also!

How can one get support and be supported?

Come to The Masculine Mission support group.  This is dedicated to helping men (women can also join) find their mission, or a small mission, that one step of, or a larger piece of, can be completed within a year.  Or sit in groups like sat sang, go to yoga and meditation, eat healthier, be more honest and real with yourself is primary though.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Elemental Poems - Metal, The Season of Autumn

Metal – Not Much To Say, Just This

Letting go
Taking in
Letting go

Opening, closing, opening, closing

How to refine crystal?
What discerns gold from brass?
Difficult when stuck in the mud
Of sleepiness.

Original sin, only a game.
Toxic sewers, full to the brim.
Attachments glued on self.
Desires choking colons,
Breathing shallow, like immature minds.
Not noticing the true Father,
Turned away from grace.

Is metal more dense than you?

Is there a common link?
What becomes metals?
What does metal become?

It finally makes Itself known
As the one watching,
And the One
Living the question,

“What Am I?”

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Juicing With Your Mouth

This story begins with a simple vegetable called celery.  The point to make is that juice is the easiest way to extract energy and nutrients from food.  You could say this is my opinion, but the evidence is just too much for me to say otherwise.  AND there is a downside to too much fresh raw juice.

I will digress slightly.

I had always had a sensitive digestive system, and saw more and more as I aged that I also was sensitive to people’s “energies.”  On the other hand, I also had/have a very scientific, “show me the proof” kinda mind.  My woo woo Energy Magician, and my Science mind spent much of my life in conflict.  Until one day early in my long college career, I saw “flames of green” shooting out of a teacher’s body while lecturing for a very large class.  You know, the ones in the lecture halls with at least 100 people?  I was far near the back of the class, smug in my position of observation of everyone I chose.  But this!  I tried to re-focus my eyes, and it did disappear.  Thank God!  That was weird, my mind said.  But then I got drowsy, (I had narcolepsy real bad due to severe digestive issues from very poor diet – could not extract much energy from my food), and the “aura” re-appeared.  This was when I knew I had integration work to do, to bring forth my rational, and intuitive parts.


Years of study in health led me to see I needed nerve nourishing foods.  Of which two common ones are lettuce and celery.  My quandary was this:  I had read a book by Bernard Jensen stating celery’s value for nerve nourishing nutrients, yet the fiber could be very irritating to a sensitive and leaky gut.  It almost always felt awful inside my tummy.  But how to get at what I needed without spending the time and the money to juice it?

Revelation one day!

I knew I had to overcome the social aspect of this, but I went forward.  I decided to simply chew up the celery, swallow the juice, then spit out the fiber.  Hmmm, where to put it?  As I chewed up every last morsel, and swallowed the liquid, pondering each and every time, I could bring plastic baggies, bowls, even old paper bags, on my bike simply spit it into the gutter or in  the bushes.  Free compost was my rationalization!
To end this short piece, keep in mind that if you do not have a juicer, and cannot afford one, then simply take whatever food you wish to juice, chew well, swallow, chew slowly, swallow some more, then spit out the fiber when satisfied!  This will save prep time, cleaning time, money, and stress.

Anything works well.  Try carrots, celery, kale, cabbage, fruits, anything at all when your tummy is upset or if you have sensitive digestion, as this is going to keep getting worse.  The IBS family of gut issues has gotten seemingly 300 times worse in the last twenty years.  I get more digestive complaints than almost any other.  AND we MUST treat and care for digestion, as this is the backbone of our health.
Remember this statement, “What we do not digest, digests us.”

We are mostly microbes, and they must eat and poop also.  Ponder this and seek out more of my articles for more information about this.

Craig Lane