Mom in Big Bear
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
—Henry David Thoreau.
What does wealth mean to you? Possessions? Cars? Money? Affluence: A great amount of something? I consider myself extremely wealthy. I have incredible parents, wonderful siblings and solid, amazing friends. I have an abundance of fantastic people in my life that leave me feeling blessed and wealthy.
If you define wealth by money…count me out. I would like you to think of wealth in new and different ways that I believe will give you a greater appreciation for the life you have, as you work for the life you want. Let’s celebrate what we have…right now in this moment.
Dad’s 85th Birthday
Angels Are Everywhere
I know you may feel no one cares or is thinking of you, but every night I say a prayer for every single soul on this planet. If you wish me to include your name or the name of a loved one please just e mail me the name you wish me to include. You are not alone. Ever. Somewhere on this planet someone is praying, meditating or chanting for you. How blessed that makes us all.
When I think of protection, I think of the sword-weilding fierce disposition of the totally “hot” Archangel Michael. Like the guy is built…right. Feels kind of sacreigious thinking that way, but it’s true. So when people come into the store and ask about items for protection, I like to bring up Archangel Michael. I remember him strongly from my childhood as this fierce warrior that was cutting the head off the dragon. He is referred to in Judaism, Catholicism and Islam. When I find a historical reference spanning so many cultures & countries it lends itself more credence to me. I like to combine Archangel Michael with a Black tourmaline, Obsidian or a clear quartz crystal.
The first Angel created by God, in the likeness of God, Michael is the leader of all the Archangels and is in charge of protection, courage, strength, truth and integrity. This is the angel that protects you physically, emotionally and psychically. He also oversees the lightworker’s life purpose. So for all you doctor’s, nurses, pranic healers, reiki practioners, spiritual healers…well you get the idea. This is the angel for you, especially if you feel drained or tired from working on people all day. His chief function is to rid the earth and its inhabitants of the toxins associated with fear. Fear is our Number One enemy. When you come from a place of fear, you reside in the dark. Michael carries a flaming sword that he uses to cut through etheric cords and protects us from “Satan” and negative entities. Look for flashes of Sky Blue and Violet when he is near you. Call on Michael if you find yourself under psychic attack or if you feel you lack commitment, motivation and dedication to your beliefs, courage, direction, energy, vitality, self-esteem, worthiness. Michael helps you to realize your life’s purpose and he’s invaluable to lightworker’s helping with protection, space clearing and spiritual release.
Have you noticed everything is changing (and I’m not referring to the seasons, but I must admit I’m looking forward to some cooler weather. Fall where are you???.) We are changing as a society…becoming more self-aware. I have tried many Chakra Oils, but they just didn’t seem to work. The root seemed to feel more throat…the crown seemed to be heart. At first I thought it was just me. I’m weird…I admit it, embrace it and work with it. Anyway, I started to ask friends about this and they were all saying the same thing…things that worked before are no longer working or serving us in the same way they have.
Wow! I think we are perched on a pivotal point of great change. How beautiful is that.
So, with the help of my friend I mixed up a batch of chakra oils that work as a base to hit the different chakras. Without her pushing me to get them done, I wouldn’t have worked it out. (Just love friends…don’t you?) So I just ordered bottles and will have them packaged for the store soon.
I finally got the nerve to take the dog out for a walk tonight. It’s been over a week since he’s been out. I had been up to Big Bear, come home, unpacked the car when I heard screaming and activity out in the street. I went out to see if I could help and a very pregnant girl in the street told me, He’s bleeding. as she pointed down the block while clutching the phone. I had seen a pit bull earlier and thought, Oh No the dog must have bitten someone. Boy was I wrong…oh so wrong. I ran down to see if I could help. I have limited First Aid Experience, but know about Clearing the Airway, Breathing and Bleeding. On the porch, a boy was facedown and another guy had pressure on his neck. Someone was yelling, they were stabbed, they were stabbed. I saw a young man running around with a wound on his neck. I made him sit on the side of the porch, while I checked it and then put pressure on the wound while doing Reiki. Three boys were stabbed that afternoon, One died.
When I was at the Police Station all I could think of was How Sad. It was so sad. The boys that had been part of the attack had run down the street. Apparently there were 4 boys.
How many parents, grandparents, siblings, classmates & friends would be hurting trying to make sense of this sensless act. I felt bad for everyone. What could cause someone to want or need to stab another human being. They all looked like kill wounds. Someone had studied where to stab and how to stab to kill. They all looked like Children to me.
I didn’t get to celebrate my father’s 84th birthday because I didn’t get out of the Police Station until 1:30 in the morning. I was so tired I couldn’t remember my age when asked.
So the dog finally got his walk. He was esthatic. I was kind of freaking out. And then a steet light blinked on and off. That, in my mind, is my brother Hugh letting me know everything is O.K. He loved the dog and I lthink he watches over him and my family from heaven. So, I have lost two brothers and a sister and it breaks my heart to think of a life taken too soon, and all of those injured hearts out there trying to make sense of their new reality.
Just spent a fascinating week camping at Two Harbors on Catalina Island. The group that has been camping their for the 4th goes back at least 30 years. We had some new people join us from up North and around Southern California. This group has always been like a group of prairie dogs – people popping up from all over as the week progresses. Quite a few in the group were divorced single men, approaching 50, who the more they drank, talked about how lonely they were and that they were looking for “The One.”
“The One,” apparently is around 25, sporting star pasties (yes -really-there are photos,) likes being asked,”Show me your titties,” twerks so much the earths slip off its axis and speeds up, drinks so much they land on the floor while dancing and can’t get up, well you get the idea.
One of the men brought his two sons and all I heard out of his kids the whole trip was, ” Do you know where my Dad is?” I didn’t know who his father was at first, but by the second day I was thinking to myself, “Why yes, yes I do…He’s down in the bar trying to find you a new stepmother that looks like the Playboy Centerfold for August.”
I am amused and had a great time. It was better than any TV Show. You just can’t make this stuff up.
I’ve had quite a few people ask me for this recipe. Many of my friends are Vegan so this is now my go to recipe for parties and events. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
My Favorite Hummus Recipe
1 Can Garbanzo Beans (Reserve liquid from Beans)
¼ C. Tahini
Juice of 1 Lemon
I like to grate a little lemon rind into the mix. About ¼ – ½ tsp. (Totally Optional)
¼ C. Plain Yogurt
¼ Olive Oil
4 Mint Leaves (Totally Optional)
2 – 4 Garlic Cloves (Start with 2)
½ tsp. Salt.
½ tsp. citric Acid
Dump it all in the food processor and process until smooth. Taste! Add more reserved Garbanzo Bean liquid if necessary or spices to your taste.
Serve on a flat serving platter with a really good Olive Oil, Parsley and Paprika sprinkled on the top.
Serve with Pita chips, bread, crackers or vegetables
Growing up in So. Cal., I remember the most awesome, fearsome hot dry days of late summer and early Fall. Now I get to park my car in the Belmont Shore, parking lot three blocks from the beach, walk the short distance to my store and as I go to unlock the door, have the key almost slide out of my hand because I’m wet…well actually slimy. I can almost feel the fungus trying to attach itself to my skin. Because, I’m moving so much slower, I think it will be able to catch me soon too. Yesterday, someone said we should be grateful for the humidity because it helps the skin look dewy and fresh.
Let me be the woman with the skin that rivals the Sahara for dry cracks, ruts and roughness I say. Loudly. This is crazy. When I was in Belize, it was No, Nope, No way could I live here. The humidity sucks the life out of you. Being on vacation it’s not so bad, but when you have to work in it with no air conditioning it’s just CRaZy.
When people come into the store and ask about items for healing, I like to bring up Archangel Raphael. He is referred to in Judaism, Catholicism and Islam. When I find a historical reference spanning so many cultures & countries it lends itself more credence to me. I like to combine Archangel Raphael with an amethyst crystal which is known as an overall healer.
The Hebrew word rapha translates to “doctor” or “healer”. Raphael is a known as a powerful healer & assists with all forms of healing – humans & animals. He helps to rapidly heal body, mind & spirit if called upon, as in the biblical story of Abraham and the pain he felt after being circumcised as an adult. (I can’t begin to imagine the pain of circumcision as an adult in a time when they couldn’t knock you out with drugs. Woo Hoo for some forms of Western Medicine.)
You may call upon Raphael on behalf of someone else, but he can’t interfere with that person’s free will. If they refuse spiritual treatment, it can’t be forced. Call upon Raphael when you are traveling, to assure safe travel. In addition, he assures that all your transportation, lodging and luggage details go miraculously well. Raphael also helps with inward spiritual journeys, assisting in searches for truth and guidance. Other areas Raphael helps with is finding lost pets, reducing and eliminating addictions and cravings, clairvoyance, bringing unity to your life and if you feel out of touch with your spirituality, if you’ve lost a love & your soul/body doesn’t feel “whole”.
It’s like 98 degrees outside and I’m inside going through one of the attics, which runs 1/2 way across the two story behemoth, I reside in. It contains 4 attics and then some. Why am I keeping stuff I don’t have out right now. I mean…what…Am I waiting for a different life…kinda means I’m not living in the life I’m in…perhaps a reminder that I’ve failed in this life, at this time. I would like everyone to look around…If anything is being saved for the future…maybe it’s time to move it on to someone that can use it in this life…like right now.
Do you have clothes from your “Skinny Days,” that you are trying to “Fit into?” Stop…get rid of them. All it does is remind you that you have failed right now. If you lose weight you deserve new clothes and If you don’t lose weight…choose to love the life you have made for yourself.
Put stuff up on the walls…what are you waiting for…make your home your sanctuary. Live in this moment…right here…right now. I am going to give it a try. To be continued…