Slocan Summer

Slocan Summer


Soaking Wet and Miserable

Most women over fifty are experts on hot flashes. We all know the feeling. For no obvious reason, one lights up like a neon sign, feels like yelling, and sweats profusely. So what have we done to deserve this?

 Blame it on hormones, the chemical messengers for our nervous systems. Estrogen levels drop at the onset of menopause and this confuses the ‘thermostat’ in our brains (the hypothalamus).  It sends ‘hot-hot-hot’ signals to our bodies, causing hearts to beat faster, blood vessels to dilate and sweat glands to release moisture. Skin temperature can rise as much as six degrees during a flash, sweat glands rush to the rescue, and there you are, soaking wet and miserable.

 Can you do anything about it? Of course you can. I don’t mean that you can alter the process itself, but you can certainly make it less vicious and vile. There are some very simple things that you can do when your body starts to emit warning signals and one of them is to drink lots of water. It may make you sweat more initially, but you will cool off faster. Do anything to lower your temperature quickly. If you are at home, grab a pack of frozen peas out of the fridge and cool your pulse points (forehead, neck, wrists, etc.) or use a cold cloth the same way or take your shirt off and stand in front of the fan or suck on an ice cube or take deep breaths until your heart slows down.

Choices are more limited when you are in public, but remember that fans are a great option. Carry something in your purse to fan yourself with – a pamphlet or a bus schedule will work fine, or you can buy one of those nostalgic little paper fans at the dollar store. A good option for keeping cool in the crowd is a Cool Tie, one of those neck bands filled with water crystals – you can run it under the tap each morning and carry in a plastic bag in your purse until needed. Cool Ties work wonders, and contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to keep them in the fridge. They work exactly like a wet cloth but without the drips – i.e. the moisture in the band condenses when it touches your warm skin. Condensation = cooling effect, so the neck bands will remain effective as long as the crystals hold water. If you can sew, buy some water crystals at your plant shop and make your own. Otherwise, look for them on the web. They feel great on your wrists too.

 Hot flashes are triggered by your hypothalamus, but something has to pull the trigger. If you can find out what it is you can try to avoid it. Some common triggers are sugar, alcohol, junk food, spices, anything hot, chocolate, caffeine and (the most common one) stress. Analyze the pattern of your flashes and you should find out when and why they occur. Then you can work on a plan to avoid being ambushed by them. If one starts, fight back with any kind of cooling device you can lay your hands on. Don’t just suffer.

Of course stress is the hardest thing to avoid, but the time-honored mantra of ‘Ten Deep Breaths’ really does help. Use meditation, yoga or any of the gentle disciplines to ride herd on your emotions and reactions. Exercise lots. Plan to avoid people who stress you – ‘I was just going for a run, would you like to come?’ can get rid of them tidily.

 Looking on the bright side, your body is undergoing major changes during menopause, so this is a great time to get rid of some bad habits. A bit more discomfort will be barely noticeable! Weed out some of those things you know you shouldn’t be doing and replace each one with a good and pleasant habit. The replacement is very important, because kicking out the bad old habit leaves a gap that must be filled before it sneaks back. Sort of a weed and feed process. Look around for things you have always wanted to do and do them!

 Now take a good hard look at your wardrobe. Flash control depends on being comfortable, so donate your synthetic undies, your pantyhose and your three-inch heels to Sally Ann and go shopping for a whole new look. Cotton is what you need, and it can be gorgeous. Use strippable layers and long, full skirts with comfortable low shoes. Pretty cotton undies can be found if you hunt for them. Cotton never feels clammy like synthetics do. It is better than silk if you are sweaty and is easy to look after. Use pure cotton for bed sheets and pillow slips as well – night comfort is very important. As for cotton socks, they may not sound sensual, but just pull on a clean pair after your shower and your feet will purr (panty hose is not in the same class). Cotton definitely does not mean that you have to look like a rumpled old sack – it can be as flowing, feminine and frivolous as you care to make it.

 Perhaps you are one of the unlucky ladies who suffer a menopause that seems to go on for ever. Definitely talk to your doctor, but research any prescriptions before you use them. Women have survived for a long time without hormone therapy. A good practitioner of Chinese medicine is worth your consideration. This discipline has a name for every type of menopause, and there are a lot of types, so you can be sure that you will be offered very specific help.

 Cheer yourself up by remembering that flashes are temporary and can be controlled to some extent. Instead of gritting your teeth and suffering through them, fight back. Eventually your body will behave!





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Make Xmas Gifts – Morning Dew

Very few commercial creams and lotions are sufficiently acidic to protect your Acid Mantle, the delicate layer that covers your skin. This one will do the job (for pennies).


A Nose to Toes Acidic Lotion

You will need:

4 tbsp. sweet almond oil or 4 tbsp. emu oil

1 whole egg

1 quarter cup yogurt

1 third cup whipping cream

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. pineapple juice

1 tbsp. distilled water

A few drops of your favourite essential oil


  1.       Beat eggs into oil.
  2.       Add other ingredients slowly in listed order.
  3.       Beat on low after each addition.
  4.       Pour into small jars and freeze.
  5.       Thaw before using. Keep in the fridge.
  6.       Use within two weeks after thawing.


Sweet almond oil protects and moisturizes.

Emu oil is the closest oil to human sebum and is a magnificent moisturizer and healer.

Eggs and milk products contain a multitude of minerals.

Cream stores amino acids, lipids and vitamins.

Lemon juice balances and tightens skin.

Pineapple juice contains the enzyme bromelain that eats dead skin cells.

Water is the thing your skin craves most of.

Essential oils have a variety of benefits. Choose one that suits your needs.



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Make Xmas Gifts – The Power of Three


Use this recipe for Lip Balm, Massage Melts or Deodorant Sticks.


You will need:

Three tablespoons of grapeseed oil.

Three tablespoons of sweet almond oil.

Three tablespoons of sunflower oil.

Three tablespoons of beeswax.

Three drops of lavender essential oil.



Melt beeswax over low heat in a clean recycled tin can.

Mix and warm the other oils in a small pot.

Pour beeswax into oils – reheat until thoroughly combined.

Add essential oil.

Pour into moulds.

Beeswax has a mind of its own and is almost impossible to clean up. It is also difficult to measure until it has melted, so I put a few lumps into my special tin can and melt carefully over low heat (it melts quite quickly if you pop a lid on top of the can). Once melted, it can be measured into the other warm oil, with leftovers being saved for next time right in the can. If it gets stuck on your spoons, etc., dip them into very hot water and use a paper towel to wipe them off.

What to use for moulds? Recycled lipstick or lip balm containers, well washed in hot, soapy water. If they are plastic, don’t try to boil them or you may end up with blobs. You can buy new containers from most of the Soap and Cosmetic Supply sites. The plain containers can be decorated with stickers or stars or painted if you are talented, so they make interesting gifts. Filling them is a bit fiddly, but if you take a small, flat container of sand or sawdust and stick the tubes upright in it, this solves the problem.

This recipe is versatile, and works just as well for making Massage Melts. Poured into soap or chocolate moulds, or empty cat-food tins, these will set in a jiffy. They are a treat for dry spots anywhere, and a special luxury for tired feet. Texture can be added by sprinkling dried flowers or oatmeal in the moulds before pouring, and added glitz comes from a pinch of gold or silver mica. Of course you can use any essential oil you wish to create soothing, healing or energizing effects. Wrapping the massage melts can be a problem – as their name implies, they melt when warmed or touched, so they do need to be boxed or foiled, and kept in a cool place. If you Google ‘Making Paper Boxes’, you will find lots of instructions on how to make these unique ‘wraps’ from wall paper, foil or old Xmas cards. They are my favourite way of wrapping massage melts, making the final touch to a very personal gift.

Of course you can make all kinds of variations on this basic recipe: your choice of oils can be substituted for those suggested (try emu oil) and there are many essential oils you may prefer to use. For a softer form of lip balm reduce the beeswax to two tablespoons instead of three. You can find edible flavour oils on the web if you want your creations to taste like pina colada, fudge, bubble-gum, apples or coffee. The young folks love these and they can be substituted for the essential oil. Use a couple of teaspoons per recipe.

The recipe can also form a base for Deodorant Sticks, adding a few drops each of clary sage, tea-tree and lemongrass along with extra lavender. Pour into recycled deodorant containers, or check the supply sites for new ones.

Since there are no petroleum products or preservatives in these recipes, you will find them to be gentle on your skin. They definitely will not have the reverse osmosis effect so noticeable in commercial lip balm. Another plus? They cost only pennies to make.

You can add a little honey to your recipe, but it is difficult to blend without getting it so hot that you kill the enzymes in the honey. I prefer to just smooth a little onto lips before applying lip balm. Honey is very healing.

If your lip balm is softer than you like, simply add a little more beeswax. The mixture may be re-melted as required.


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Some years ago, a group of my friends went to a Mind, Body, Spirit convention in Salmo, B.C. We were all looking for something. A number of different practitioners appealed to us, but we were especially interested in the energy healing practices laid out by the Quantum Touch organisation.As we studied, our life purposes became clearer, and one of our group developed powerful healing abilities, but we didn’t make a great deal of progress when it came to changing the world. It seemed as though we had only part of the story.

We had all bought the QT books and tapes, and I was especially intrigued by the second book of the series, Supercharging Quantum Touch by Alain Herriot, one of the two original proponents of QT. In his Introduction  he gives credit to a lady named Mary Derr, an energy see-er on whose teachings much of the book is based. He says, “Many of the ideas in this book have originated from a gifted woman named Mary Derr, who has had the ability to see in all realms since the age of three…….she has refined and developed a number of techniques effective for all races and combinations of races.” I wanted to know more about the mysterious Mary Derr, so searched for her on the Web, but could find no further mention of her.

I used her ‘colours’ constantly though, and they became an essential part of my life. At one point I wrote about her Twelve Colour Meditation on my blog.

Then out of the blue came a message from Mary that I might contact her if I wished. I definitely wished! I begged her (literally) to write about her amazing, heart-wrenching, dazzling life so far and she finally gave in (after a lot of arguing) when her spiritual advisors said that she needed to do this.

So you will find the first two books of Mary’s ‘STAR CHANNEL’ published on Amazon

e-Books. Here is her description:


This is a Living Journal of Mary White Eagle Derr. A Sees Beyond, Healer and Wisdom Woman of Lakota and other Tribal descents. For the first time revealing her journeys wisdom and experiences. From the Paranormal, to the Extraterrestrial. The First in the STAR CHANNEL series is “Grounding Light”. As you read you will be taking the Medicine Walk with her. Some of her Journeys were Life Threatening. Yet you as the reader will be safe at home, grounding your own Wisdom and Light into your consciousness.
Mary’s journey begins with a Death experience. It is shared from her memory. She has lived on this Earth for sixty years and has traveled across the globe in her body and out of it. Come and travel with her into the hidden world of a Seer. Maybe you’ll learn you have a Seers Gift too. Welcome to my world for I am Mary White Eagle Derr (Wambliska in Lakota) aka Mary E. Derr

Book 2 in the Star Channel Series is a continuation of the Life and Travels of
Sees Beyond, Mary White Eagle Derr, aka Mary Derr. Travel with her as she
awakens her gifts, finds long forgotten allies, new teachers. The intention of
the Author is for you to expand your own Awareness and begin to See Beyond
things that normally go unnoticed. May we all see beyond…………
Awakening Light


I am so honoured to have been able to assist in the birthing of this book series. It is going to cause a ripple in the matrix that surrounds us all. Mary says that it takes three women to raise a tipi. This one is being raised lovingly, with one of its bases in each of three strong countries: Mary’s base in the USA, mine in Canada and my daughter Maria’s in Australia. Welcome to our tipi…

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Spring Tonic


It is truly spring in the mountains around Crescent Valley. I know this because an elk visited and ate most of my crocuses – he must have needed a spring tonic. Crocuses are not one I would recommend but I suppose they looked pretty good after a few months of eating bark and twigs.

This is the time of year when we are inclined to suffer from ‘spring fever,’ a sort of droopiness and malaise brought about by the restrictions of winter living. Even though, unlike our forefathers, we can now eat a varied diet during winter, most of us are faced with months of stale air. We don’t breathe deeply and well until we can escape outside into the spring sunshine.

Traditional spring tonics help tone up our systems and get rid of accumulated toxins. Many early plants are beneficial, especially those that are bitter, but dandelions are probably the most widely used. Jessica Godino (Red Moon Herbs) tells us that dandelion root stimulates bile production to flush out liver cells and also ‘stimulates respiratory function at the cellular level’. Make a tea by simmering a tablespoon of root, dried or fresh, in a quart of water for ten minutes. Take a cup three times a day for about three weeks. Dandelion leaves added to salads are high in potassium and are also a useful diuretic. French folk call them ‘pis-en-lit’ (piss-in-the-bed) so use with care!

Young nettle greens are one of the most nutritious foods available (rich in calcium, zinc, iron, copper, cobalt, potassium, trace minerals and B-complex) and taste even better than spinach. Cook them the same way as spinach, but wear gloves when you pick them and don’t try them raw in salads. Ow!

Violet leaves are high in Vitamin C and delicious added to spring tonic teas. The flowers are edible too and are a tasty and dainty addition to salads. My grandmother used to coat them with sugar crystals and use them for cake decorations.

Red clover is not blooming yet, but watch for it. Although not a ‘bitter’ it is a powerful purifier and the fat, pink blossoms make a delicious tea. Cheryl Hoard tells us that it is also known as a folk remedy for cancer. It contains an anti-angiogenic chemical called genistein – angiogenesis is the means by which tumours send out biochemical signals inviting blood vessels to grow into them, a sort of welcome mat for cancer. Don’t use red clover if you are pregnant.

Other useful ‘spring cleaners’ are burdock roots and shoots, yellow dock, Oregon grape, honeysuckle, tansy (use very sparingly), chicory root, fiddle-necks, horseradish and chickweed. Experiment with different combinations, then invite your friends over and force them to drink a cup of spring tonic tea with you

Or you may prefer to try this recipe from North Carolina: Chop roots of spring burdock, yellow dock, dandelion and sarsaparilla. Mix with moonshine. Take as needed.                         Dandelions

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Ever since I read Vladimir Megre’s book, Anastasia of Russia, I have wanted to plant an “Anastasia garden,” following her special instructions for planting seeds and caring for the plants. Anastasia’s methods are very different from the ones I was brought up with, but they make sense to me because she assumes that plants have their own kind of intelligence and are part of a master plan – rather than random assets.

Anastasia believes that seeds programmed with a specific person’s DNA will grow and develop maximum benefits for the health of that person.

Here are her instructions:

  • Plant at the proper time according to moon phases.
  • Use only untreated heritage seeds.
  • Place a few dry (unsoaked) seeds in your mouth and hold them there for at least      nine minutes.
  • Do this while standing barefooted on the ground where you will plant the seed.
  • After nine minutes bring your open palms to your mouth, spit the seeds into them      and exhale your breath over the seeds.
  • Hold in the open sun for thirty seconds, then plant the seeds into the ground.
  • Do not water for three days after planting.
  • Do not destroy all the weeds around the plant but leave at least one of each kind. The rest should be cut off, but not pulled, as pulling disturbs the plant’s roots.
  • As your plant grows, communicate it and touch it, especially when the moon is full.
  • Keep a pail of water in the garden and when you rinse your hands, shake the      excess drops of water onto your plants.
  • Every evening wash your feet in a basin without using soap and pour the water      onto your plants. The toxins from your feet give the plants specific information about your needs.
  • Walk barefooted in your garden as often as possible.

Of course it is not necessary to plant your entire garden in this manner, but a few plants of each type can be tailored for you or for other members of your family. Anastasia says that, when you plant a young bush or sapling, you should crumple the soil in the hole with your fingers and bare toes – then spit in the hole before settling the plant and covering the roots.  She also suggests walking barefooted around the plant as it grows. I would expect that some of the same water you use for your ‘specially treated’ seedlings would be beneficial as well.

This summer I am going to experiment with my own ‘Anastasia Garden’. I will use my collection of heritage seeds plus some that I have been given by special friends. Although I avoid anything with a GMO label, I would make an exception in the case of Golden Rice.

We usually aim to have our garden in by May Day to avoid late frosts. Check with the online Farmer’s Almanac for the best planting dates (and equally important, the barren days when you should NOT plant anything). For my root crops, I will aim for May 17-18, 26-27 and for the above-ground crops May 31st-June 1st. This has been a cold spring so the ground needs time to warm up. Farmer’s Almanac has a wealth of free information to share.

Check back with my blog in late summer and I will report on the progress of my A.G. Seems to me that this is the ultimate way of growing your own drugstore.

If Anastasia’s theories intrigue you as much as they did me, read any of the books in Vladimir Megre’s series. They bring a little sanity into our frenetic world.


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A school without teachers. This is a marvel indeed – take a look…


I was a teacher for thirty-plus years and I thought I was doing it right. Now I wonder.

Remembering my own school days, (starting more than seventy years ago) I realize that nothing has changed for the children. I was bright enough that I should have loved going to school, but instead I used every excuse I could think of to be able to stay home, including self-induced ‘fever’ and ‘sick tummy’ that caused my parents and our dear old doctor a great deal of concern. The best year I remember was during the polio epidemic when all the schools were closed for a long period!

Mostly, I had good and caring teachers, but I don’t remember much about them – it’s my friends that stay in my mind. They were my real teachers! I was lucky enough to start school in a rural area, where a couple of dozen kids shared a teacher and a lovely big playground with a horse-paddock – some of us rode to school every morning, and we all played Wild Horses and Cowboys and Indians as soon as we escaped from lessons, so horses played a big part in my early learning. They were pretty good teachers too, one way or another, especially when it came to friendship, patience and self-preservation.

I graduated to high-school far too early and ended up in a class where the other kids were two years older than I was. Not a good thing for a near-sighted little brat who was too vain to wear glasses. My dear and faithful friend, Margaret, clever, plain and endlessly kind, shepherded me through the high-school years and always copied the questions from the blackboard and snuck them to me during tests as blackboards were never anything but a blur to me. She was the only one who knew I couldn’t see and no one ever ‘caught’ us. So I guess Margaret was my best teacher. I drifted through high-school without learning much that mattered, apart from the marvellous books we had to read, the thrill of gymnastics and running (where your body somehow becomes magical) and the fact that words were my paint brush.

At fourteen I finished school with the top mark in NZ for English and mediocre or downright disgusting results for everything else. Nursing seemed like a good idea as soon as I was old enough, but I wasn’t very good at it, and teaching was my second venture. By this time I was in my proper age group, so teacher training college was a kaleidoscope of brilliant friends, but once again I only learned enough from our instructors to scrape through the tests.

Only when I was a teacher did I actually start to learn – from the kids!

Now I watch my grandchildren going through the same system. The thought of what they could develop into if they could spend time at a school like the one in Tekos is electrifying. This is the antithesis of our educational system…

What do you think?


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When we were kids, we never wore shoes in summer. The paddocks on our farm were lined with handsome barberry hedges to provide windbreaks for the cows, and barberries have mean thorns.

Since Patsy, my sassy little black mare, was hard to catch, I spent a lot of time trudging around behind her, hiding the bridle behind my back and saying rude words to her in a very sweet, crooning voice. She was hard to fool though, and seemed to know instinctively that the barberry hedge was a safe haven, so she would head for it every time, making me tip-toe through the fallen prickles.

I was constantly getting long, poisonous barberry thorns in my feet. They are the kinds that seem to wiggle into your flesh of their own accord and then fester. The only thing that
would get rid of a thorn was one of my mother’s famous, infallible bread poultices.

She would tear the crusts off a slice of white bread and pour boiling water over it. A clean muslin square was sprinkled with a little white sugar and a little boric acid, some of the hot, wet bread put on top and the edges of the muslin folded up to make a wee package. This went onto the sore place, hot enough to make you yell. It was covered with a square of oilcloth (there was no plasticwrap in those days – just imagine!) and bandaged firmly to the afflicted foot.After the first few yelps it felt wonderful. Leave it on overnight and the most persistent thorn would be drawn out, along with its poison. Continue reading

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This is my recipe for each good day.

  • Breathe gently and deeply until the palms of my hands feel as though they are glowing.
  • Choose a plant or an animal to take along with me – make it tiny enough to fit in a basket and wrap us both in a small, bright bubble.
  • Travel in the bubble until we float to the gates of Heaven, which are always open (no guards), cruise on through, turn right and stop beside the first house.
  • Go on in and say, ‘Morning Boss’, to the bright being who is working in the next room.
  • Am welcomed enthusiastically by Smokey Sweetpaws, our special cat, who left us last year. Smokey and I take the basket out the back door of the house. If the gift is a plant, we find a good spot for it to grow – if it’s an animal, we turn it loose to explore. Smokey jumps into the basket and asks to be picked up for one of his hugs, nose under my chin and paws around my neck.
  • We go back inside and Smokey purrs while I sit down and wait for God to finish His project. Waiting is lovely, as I can bask in the radiance for a few minutes and feel all the bothersome thoughts evaporate like mist.
  • In a wee while, God comes out of His office with a big smile and listens while I thank Him for at least three good things that happened to me yesterday. (I used to ask Him for stuff but He kept saying, “You can do that yourself!” – and He was right). I try to think of something funny to tell him as well. God has a mighty sense of humour.
  • Then He gives me a pointer or two for the day and I get up to leave. Mostly we do a ‘High5’, but sometimes it’s just a pat and occasionally a HUG.
  • I say, “So long and thanks for all the fish”, (that’s a private joke we have) and head on home in my bubble.
  • On the way I stop off to all my family, friends, and special folk, and wrap each one of them in a twelve-colour protective blanket. Then the day can begin…
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I want to remind you about your Heart Wings. Your
heart is the biggest ‘generator’ of magnetism in your body, much bigger and
more powerful than your brain. In fact it generates a magnetic field around you
– not your aura, that energy has a different function. This field is shaped
like a torus.


Your Heart Wings

These are your Heart Wings and they act as magnets to help draw all of us closer together into a huge matrix. Try it. The average spread of this magnetic radius is about 1.5 metres, but it varies according to your emotional state, and can reach much further, so you are probably overlapping with persons sitting near you.

Now let me tell you about HeartMath and the Global Coherence Initiative (both their websites are on my weblink list if you would like them). HeartMath is a system for eliminating stress and improving the quality of our lives. The HeartMath Institute works closely with the Global Coherence Initiative and this is truly fascinating – it is a science-based, co-creative project to unite people in heart-focused care and intention, to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace. Run by distinguished scientists, this group has built a series of magnetic sensors around the globe to measure the effects of our positive and negative emotions. There has never been anything like this attempted before, a scientific experiment about FEELINGS and PRAYERS. You can visit their Global Care Rooms and add your good energy to the system. Use your Heart Wings!

Do any of you practise running energy, one way or another? I joined a group of friends who were studying Quantum Touch healing a few years ago, and found out that I was not a talented healer, but just loved running and sharing energy, especially with plants. They respond to it enthusiastically, as do our cats, birds and fish.

It’s a simple system. Let’s try a plant. Visualise the plant you want to energise and imagine that it is inside a delicate, airy bubble (like a big soap bubble). Surround the bubble with the colours from the 12-colour Meditation (white, violet, indigo, copper, silver, gold yellow, green, blue-green, blue, magenta and mother-of-pearl) and imagine it filled with energy and love. Let the bubble go…The plant will take what it needs and will thrive on your attention.

If you’ll close your eyes for a minute, we can walk through this Meditation together.


Imagine your body as a swirl of colour. The very centre is white, then violet, indigo, copper, silver and gold. These are the six ‘inside’ colours. Outside of your skin is yellow, then green, cyan (blue-green), blue, magenta and finally mother-of-pearl. These
surround you in a protective egg-shape.

Start with WHITE. Imagine winter snow in the sunshine, so white that it makes your eyes squint. Take a deep breathe and let out enough of it that your lungs feel comfy, then drop
your diaphragm so that you can feel a space in there. Hold your breathe and fill that space with white, letting it spread through all of your body and a wee bit beyond. Let your breath out gently and say ‘ THANK YOU’ for white. (White is the colour of life force – when it is depleted you lose the will to live).

Next is VIOLET, your link to spirit and intuition. Repeat the breathing pattern you used for white. Imagine your body filled with gorgeous, translucent violet. THANK YOU for violet.

INDIGO is the third colour and it makes you aware of your senses, interprets information and links your mental and physical processes. This is a colour on the deep edge of blue and in my mind it glows and is a little hazy, but you might not see it like that. Breathe and THANKS.

COPPER is one of the three metallic colours that are the building blocks for body health. It governs neurological and cardio-vascular systems. Breathe and THANKS.

SILVER governs bones, teeth, tendons, muscles, cartilage and nails. To me, it feels like electricity. Breathe and THANKS.

GOLD influences functions of organs, glands, hair, skin and eyes. It is a soft, deep, heavy colour. Breathe and THANKS.

YELLOW stands for well-being. It is the first of the ‘outside shell’ colours and these are
absorbed from outside the body instead of inside. Imagine you are a sponge. Think of sunflowers and fill your body with brilliant translucent yellow. Breathe and THANKS.

GREEN is the colour of balance, so it heals emotional wounds. It is like the heart of an emerald or the light under birch trees. Absorb, breathe and THANKS.

CYAN (BLUE-GREEN) supports integrity. It aligns your thoughts with your heart. Think of tropical seas. Absorb, breathe and THANKS.

BLUE is for creative thinking – your ‘Aha!’ moments. Shoot straight up into a sunny sky. Absorb, breathe and THANKS.

MAGENTA is the colour of compassion and universal love. Think of a wine-coloured pool with rose petals and frangipani blossoms floating on the surface, smelling wonderful. Swim, absorb, breathe and THANKS.

MOTHER-OF-PEARL is your outer protective blanket or shell. Make yourself very small and walk into a cave that is really a sea-shell. It is filled with mist and glints of muted
vortexes. Absorb, breathe and THANKS. Sometimes I use paua shell instead of
mother-of-pearl – it is even more vivid and powerful.

The first time you do the meditation, go through each colour three times. After that twice a day for three weeks. By that time it will be part of your life and you won’t be able to
help doing it every day – it is enormously calming and healing. I tried for about forty years to learn to meditate and could never stop my mind from chattering, but this works. After a while you only need to say the colours in your mind and you can feel balanced.

The twelve colours were initiated by a Native American lady named Mary Derr. She is one of the priviledged ones who can see energy and she tells us that these colours surround each cell in our bodies.  Alain Herriot, who can also distinguish energy patterns, tells about her in his book ‘Quantum Touch Supercharging (P.42)’ but she is a very private person and does not advertise her wisdom.

Now, about talking to God…

In ‘The Isiaah Effect,’ Greg Braden says, “Prayer is to us, as water is to the seeds of a
plant.” Think about that. We would be poor gardeners if we didn’t give our plants water. Every religion has its own way of praying, but prayer is a very personal thing, so you need to figure out a method that works for you. The Creator is a busy entity, so don’t get long-winded when you pray. Try to share a smile or tell something funny (God has a huge sense of humour) and say thanks for the best things that have been happening to you. I used to ask for stuff, but was told a lot of times, “You can look after that yourself,” so finally I caught on that I wasn’t supposed to give the Creator a To-Do List.

My morning prayer goes something like this: First thing to do is take an energy bath
– you want to feel your best when talking to The Boss. So-o-o…
I put myself into a bubble and visualise walking barefoot in dew-fresh grass or shallow water. This starts my energy flowing. When energy is scooting through all my chakras and making my hands sing, I’m ready to meet with The Boss, so I walk through a garden, looking for my favourite flower (different every day) up the hill to the open door (Heaven definitely has no gates). I need to close my eyes as I get closer to the radiance.
Just can’t help the corners of my mouth turning up as I walk in through the door – simply bask there for a wee while, turning around a few times so as not to miss any of the warmth.  Then I say, “Morning Boss,” and give thanks for a few good things that happened yesterday, hopefully some of them funny. I wait a few seconds and check to see if there are any special messages from Headquarters, then the Boss gives me a high five, or a hug if I’m really lucky (believe me, that’s the ultimate treat).
I say, ‘So long and thanks for all the fish,’ (that’s a private joke between me and The Boss) and I head out to get busy with my day.
While I’m still feeling morning-star-ish, I send individual blessings, via bubble, to my family, friends, mentors, animals and to my garden.

Then breakfast. My day is on the right track…


So as not to get too serious, I have a modern-day parable for you. I didn’t write it – this one comes from a comedian named Dane Cook (like most comedians these days he uses way too many 4-letter words, but I’ve cleaned it up for you). Anyway it’s about a Catholic and an Athiest – I think God would smile at it.

A Catholic and an Atheist were standing in a crowd, when the Atheist sneezed. He
didn’t cover his mouth, just sneezed wetly, spraying the folks around him. The
Catholic was pretty annoyed but he decided to take the high road and said, “God Bless you.”

This amused the Atheist and they got into an argument about their beliefs – it ended
in the Catholic asking the Atheist what would happen to him when he died. His
answer: “I’ll turn into a great, big beautiful tree and be one with nature…”

“O.K.” countered the Catholic. “So one day you will be enjoying the forest when a big
sweaty man with an axe will come and chop you down, throw a chain around you
and drag you to the nearest mill, where you’ll be chopped into paper chips,
soaked with smelly chemicals, and finally made into paper. Then, guess what?
They’ll print the BIBLE on you!”

If you don’t mind the 4-L words here is the original link which is much funnier than my version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lndMufe-Nt0
So we have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous – should make this a balanced session…




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