Archive for August, 2009

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.

- Rilke

Under the Ivy

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

I sit here in the thunder
The green on the grey
I feel it all around me
And it’s not easy for me
To give away a secret -
It’s not safe

Kate Bush, Hounds of Love

Working with this song right now, thought I’d share three interpretations from youtube. The first is the artist live.


Youtube: Under the Ivy - Kate Bush live

Youtube: Under the Ivy ballet

Youtube: Mourning Sons

Hounds of Love

Grounding day by day

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Sometimes when you ground yourself, you can change the energy in a room. You can ground your house, your car, your office. Before I leave for work, I ground the room where my dog stays. One of my favorite stories is the experience of a friend during a family holiday dinner. The noise and confusion at the dinner table was driving him insane, so he made a grounding gesture under the table to calm the energy – and it worked.

Grounding brings you back to the now.

Carrying or wearing a first-chakra stone (see list at the Crystalmaster: link ) can help during the day. Hematite, bloodstone, obsidian, smoky quartz, jet, and garnet are common. I ground my house with a stone welcome mat, my fireplace with a bowl of riverstones.

The Light and Dark of Energy

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Since I first marked the date when I was 13, August 26 has been an exceptionally good day for me. Something extraordinary always seemed to happen, every year on that date. Even as I became an adult and extraordinary became harder to grasp, I still noticed the date with a secret smile.

This year was good, very good, again. But while checking my astrological transits - a transit that happens every year on this date - I noticed that instead of beneficial, it was potentially dangerous. Don’t wander down any dark alleys, you might not come out alive. The alignment is about the dark side of power.

Same energy, different outcome. Standing right on the edge.

Grounding cord

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

For us air types, grounding can be the most difficult part of a meditation practice. We like the out-of-body experience, living in the constantly-changing atmosphere of our minds. However, it’s hard to manifest your desires in the world when you’re not in it.

As I was advised recently, people who live in their mind can have a problem making life-altering choices, because we see far too many options and are too aware that taking one path eliminates all others. So we float instead.

Grounding methods include experiences that put you into your body or into nature. Dance, yoga, exercise, gardening, walking, bathing, petting the dog, hugging…..whatever works for you.

During energy work, or before meditation, or traveling, I’ve been taught to create a grounding cord. At first it was very difficult, I couldn’t visualize. Create a cord from the base of your spine (your 1st chakra) into the earth and attach it, let your energy flow into the center of the world…

Hmm. In the groups that I attended, the grounding cords took all kinds of forms. Cord, light wave, chain, root, waterfall, vine, yarn. All colors, all wavelengths. Even living things, like butterflies. My teachers recommend that the cord NOT be white or black. Color is important, reflective of the energy. The first chakra is red, many of my early cords were that color, but lately they’ve become clear blue waterfalls.

Not easy. But once you can ground at will, other energy options open up. More on that later.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

So, when you know a very talented medium, and she contacts you unexpectedly one evening to suggest talking to your dead husband and father - what do you do?

And it’s been a very tough week to keep centered, and you’ve done some things you’re not proud of out of need and ego. Not sure you want to hear what they have to say.

But it’s always the same. Love. Pride. Acceptance. But dissing my dog? They will so pay for that one. My dog is great.

Act locally

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

4:30 am and I can’t sleep, vivid dreams. Hurricane Bill has cleared the air a bit, apocalyptic thunderstorms. I give up and get up. At 6:30 am, I hear horrible screams from across the street. I rush out in my bare feet and pajamas (thankful I’m wearing one of the more utilitarian options). A rabbit is caught in a chain link fence, a feral cat is attacking it from behind. There’s a lot of blood and I’m terrified that the rabbit has impaled itself on the wire. I chase the cat, the rabbit extricates itself, it seems all right except for a wound on the left side of its back.

But now I am involved. I take a lawn chair to the curb where I sit and guard my rabbit. The cat comes back twice, and I chase it away (we are old enemies, it often lies in wait under my bird feeder). I send reiki to my rabbit. But there’s a limit to what I can do.

After 2.5 hours, the rabbit has disappeared somewhere relatively safe, my neighbor is up and I’ve briefed her on her backyard drama. She loves the wild rabbits, she’s ok with my pajama-clad trespass.

Songs to Make Dogs Happy

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Jazz at Tyler State Park after his morning workout.

I took a class once on the psychobiology of music, based on work the professor had done (so he claimed) with NASA for long term space travel. I have a healthy skepticism about him and his self aggrandizing, but I believe in the ability of music to change our personal energy. My own playlists are finely tuned - sleep, meditation, concentration, signature music, and morning/exercise (same energy - confident and upbeat).

So of course I’m interested in the effect of music on dogs. When I’m out during the day, I leave the escape/love/heart channel on for Jazz. He doesn’t seem to care one way or another, but I’m happier picturing its calming effect.

A few months after Jazz came to live with me, I stumbled on “Songs to Make Dogs Happy.” Of course I bought it out of professional curiosity. The instructions say to listen to it the first time with your dog, but Jazz was dead asleep in the den, so I put the CD in the player in the dining room and went into the kitchen to do dishes. Next thing I know, he’s sitting in the dining room, looking up at the CD player, head cocked. He’s never done that before, or since.

Like anything, the effect wears off. I mostly use the CD when we travel long distances. When I put Jazz in the car, I play this to start us on our way. On the road again….

But the CD makes me happy. His energy mirrors mine. I particularly like You’re a Good Dog, I’ll Be Back, Outside, My Bed, and Adventure Dog.

Songs to Make Dogs Happy

Update on Jazz acupuncture

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

He’s had his third treatment by now, months on the diet and the Chinese herbs. A urine test showed that his numbers were slightly elevated, but not at the worry level.

He’s been very energetic, even at his age and in this heat. We’ve discovered a park over in Pennsylvania that works well for us, a short walk to a stream where there’s a ramp down to the water, picnic tables, and plenty of things to sniff. He’s not that fond of the water, it surprises him to get his paws wet.

The homecooked diet is working very well - for one thing, I can buy in bulk because we’re eating the same things. Houseguests have commented on how good his food looks in his bowl - as it’s a fresh combination of ground meat and lightly-cooked frozen vegetables, it does look and smell good.