Archive for December, 2014

A Little Holiday Cheer…

… because there just aren’t that many days of the year when you can go full on elf!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Valerie Tarico Christmas Articles

Valerie Tarico, author of “Trusting Doubt,” has written a series of articles that answer a lot of the questions that arise around this time of year from people who just don’t quite fit into an easy round hole of Christmas traditions. You can click through to read each piece. Each photo comes from the article linked below it. I particularly love and agree with this advice: “Immerse yourself in the real gifts of the season – love, light, joy, generosity, kindness, gratitude, wonder and shared hope.”

Merry, merry, however you choose to honor this time of year.

nativity scene

The Not-So-Virgin Birth of the Christmas Story

 Christmas - Heavenly host
Candles

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

As read by Perry Como …

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!

ZeroHedge ~ The Subtle Slavery of Obamacare

I’m posting a link to a long explanation of Obamacare from someone who used to sell “health” insurance. I love the author’s pen name, “Cognitive Dissonance,” because that state more than anything is what has allowed the insanity to proceed thus far. Anyway, it’s a long article with actual numbers and insights into the ACA. The author concludes by saying he doesn’t know what to do about it. I don’t have a full on solution, either, but I recently found a seemingly good solution for myself, which I will share here. Perhaps it will help someone reading this. My story is a literal fairytale, which includes the FSOA. (No, that’s not a health code or government agency. It’s what my friend Mitch has affectionately dubbed the “Faery Seal of Approval”). If you prefer to skip my story but want to read the article, you can just click here.

As anyone who has read my book, “If I Only Had a Brain Injury” knows, in 1998, I suffered a “mild” traumatic brain injury that totally disabled me for four years and kept me partially disabled for another two. Workers Comp shopped me around to dozens of doctors, none of whom helped with the brain injury symptoms and few of whom helped at all with my neck injury. Thankfully, my strong intuition warned me not to take one of the medications prescribed, because on my follow-up visit, months later, a panicked doctor rifling through my file asked if I was still taking a particular pain killer. “No, I didn’t like something about it, so I stopped using it after only one pill.” I watched the doctor’s relief and narrowed my eyes while asking, “Why?” “Oh,” he said, “that drug was recently recalled after four people died of kidney failure.” That was the first among many lessons in that TBI recovery that I would do well to heal myself rather than put my trust into incompetent (or worse) hands.

When I finally did find people who knew what was wrong with me and how to treat me, I learned that the various mandated “treatments” Workers Comp approved doctors prescribed had radically complicated and slowed my recovery. To undo the brain damage followed by the exacerbated damage caused by doctors, I spent several years out of pocket on highly alternative treatments that lost me my personal injury settlement but did put me on the path to healing.

Ultimately, I discovered the extreme connection between body, mind, emotions, soul history, spiritual perspective and life path — something learned, not prescribed. Taking control of my own healing got me well. The process, however, of having various overseers like Workers Comp or insurance agencies controlling my available options forever tattooed upon my soul the importance of maintaining health sovereignty. If I had not gone rogue, I would not have since written three books and a prolific blog, because the top neurologist in the US declared I would remain unable to read or work for the rest of my life. Deal with it.

Meanwhile, the other side of the coin tried to get me declared crazy so that Social Security would accept my claim, thereby leaving the insurance companies or Workers Comp off the hook for care demanded by a work injury. Unable to read or tolerate fluorescent lights, I nonetheless spent more hours than I care to count sitting in psychiatrists’ and/or insurance whore psychologists’ offices taking test after written test under fluorescent lights — all with the purpose of catching me in a lie (malingering) or certifying me as nuts. Somehow I passed those tests, although the next part of this story might make people wonder why. 😉

Fast forward to 2014: I’ve now spent years trying to find some way to slip through the fingers of what I experienced at various times as my own personal enslavers, namely, insurance companies and the IRS. I knew about religious exemptions, but I don’t fit into any of the defined religious categories. I’m not Amish. I’m not Muslim. I’m certainly not a right-wing Christian. I briefly looked into becoming a Christian Scientist, because I do believe the body can heal itself through prayer; however, I learned that most of the Christian Scientists actually support Obamacare and see no issues with it. I also couldn’t bring myself to agree to some of their requirements for joining.

I looked into various HealthShare Ministries, and I loved the concept of voluntary giving that goes directly to people’s medical bills; however, joining one appeared to invite in another form of tyranny from religious institutions. For many, I would need to join a church, attend at least three times per month, have my pastor oversee my “Christian lifestyle,” and I would need to take what amounts to an Oath removing the sovereignty of my soul. Can’t do it. Won’t do it.

For awhile, I carried no insurance or non-compliant “temporary insurance” for catastrophic events, but I hate the idea of giving the IRS any kind of power over me either. I don’t want fines, and I don’t want anything on their books to justify any kind of additional extortion from me. I have already dealt with bogus fines from the IRS — ones that they even admitted were bogus but nonetheless continued to demand. I love the idea of supportive group healthcare that really focuses on health and the spiritual component of health, that recognizes my body as my temple, that rewards me (or at least doesn’t punish me) for taking care of myself. I also don’t want to pay for treatments that I consider morally abhorrent, including forced vaccinations of children and/or adults, or mandatory chemotherapy of children.

One night, feeling quite trapped and enslaved by Church, State, the BigPharmafia, and Insurance companies, who apparently get you coming or going with Obamacare, I said a prayer to my faery friends: “Surely there is some loophole, some kind of HealthShare whose tenets I can support. Please, find me a way. Find me a loophole so that I can maintain my spiritual and physical integrity.” The next morning, the very first email I opened came from a client asking me to look at Liberty HealthShare, since she was facing the same Obamacare conundrum I was. As usual, the faeries came through! Of all the HealthShares I’ve investigated, Liberty is the only one that allows you to worship in your own way (or no way), with no Church supervision. It honors our bodies as temples, with the idea that, of course, we will care for our temple rather than abuse it. It offers extreme accountability for funds paid in, negotiates discounts like a regular insurance company, and truly allows you to choose your own care, including alternative treatments.

Despite my excitement, I sat on this for awhile. I did some research to see if I could find any scam alerts or outside testimonials. No scam alerts. I don’t have any way of verifying the testimonials, but for about the same cost per month as my temporary insurance, my annual deductible drops by $9,500. I also stop resetting the pre-existing condition checker every six months, and I get an actual exemption instead of paying fines on top of premiums that get me nothing. I still don’t intend to start using medical care. I’ve only gone to one doctor since 2002, and — shock me — that doctor did nothing to cure what ailed me. I still needed to do that myself.

I eventually decided to apply to Liberty HealthShare. As soon as I completed my online application, I immediately received an email from the “Fairy & Human Relations Congress,” with the Subject heading: “Blessings of Fairy Light from Us to You!” I had to chuckle, because that’s exactly how my faery friends send their signature after answering a request. With a huge, giggly, cosmic sync-wink.

Anyway, I cannot personally vouch for Liberty HealthShare, because I’ve not yet used it. My HealthShare begins on January 1, 2015. I can, however, assure you that it has the Faery Seal of Approval, and I’ll take the FSOA over the ACA any day. 😉

Here’s Cognitive Dissonance with a much more left-brained exploration of Obamacare and its various implications:

The Subtle Slavery of Obamacare
By Cognitive Dissonance

I wish everyone health and well-being on all levels in the coming months and years.

Three Days of Darkness and Time Out of Time

This will be a quick post, because I’m busy with people having meltdowns. Just thought I’d share that yes, the energies are intense right now. People I know who have done their Shadow Work are thriving. People who haven’t or who have only partially faced their Shadow seem to be struggling almost to the point of breaking right now.

That old prophecy about “Three Days of Darkness” may actually be upon us, though not in the ways most people interpreted it. Simply put, with the alignment of the Winter Solstice, the New Moon, and a long Void of Course Moon on Solstice, we experienced in the Northern Hemisphere an unusually dark night. For many, this felt like an unusually Dark Night of the Soul, and I’ve heard from numerous panicked people the last two days wondering why the Light hasn’t returned yet or why their New Moon intentions haven’t shown any signs of manifesting yet.

Here’s the short answer:

We are still in the Three Days of Darkness. Solstice comes from the idea of Sol (sun) remaining “still.” It does not seem to move for three days, not beginning the ascent into the lighter half of the year again until Christmas day. New Moon energies also linger beyond just the dark night of the official New Moon. When you combine those energies, plus a “Between” day in the Celtic tree calender, a sort of time out of time between tree signs — which happens to occur today — along with all the recent Uranus-Pluto Square energy, we’re in about as big a void as possible right now.

Those who have grown comfortable with the Mystery and the Void feel this time as highly freeing. Those who haven’t are reaching for anything and everything to provide a sense of stability. Best bet is to tune into the Earth, because you won’t find stability in the mental realm, societal structures, old emotional coping mechanisms or codependent relationships. The energies right now just won’t support those things. The Earth, by contrast, knows that important things happen within the darkness of the soil. Important things shift beneath the surface. New life stirs, even when all evidence above ground belies the shift.

If you feel particularly disoriented and lost, hug a tree. Listen to some soulful music. Create a ritual to appeal to your body so that it, too, can honor and experience all the crazy shifts happening on the other levels. Reread Tom Kenyon’s October report: https://laurabruno.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/tom-kenyon-escalation-of-chaotic-nodes-and-the-dismantling-of-3-d-reality/ . The song he includes has helped many people I know feel calm within the eye of whatever storm surrounds them. I promise you, you’re not alone in these challenges. I had left this week lighter for the holidays, but it filled up with “emergency” sessions anyway. That’s how life works. We cycle. This, too, shall pass.

Meanwhile, yes, some people are freaking out. The night before Solstice, I hosted a lovely gathering of friends at our home in Goshen. We did a small, meaningful ritual and feasted on homemade, mostly homegrown vegan food and wine. We told stories and celebrated joys, we shared and supported each others’ challenges, and we traded information about the most beautiful spots in Indiana and Michigan. We found and provided delightful nourishment on all levels. When I saw the astrology for this year’s Solstice, I felt so grateful for having hosted our gathering the day before. The actual Solstice energies were intense this year!

As an example, on Solstice, after a seemingly kind, engaged and mutually supportive exchange, an online friend emailed me asserting that I may “absolutely have been placed here” for no greater purpose than my own “learning” — a service-to-self lifetime in which “the only reason” for incarnating was mandatory lessons, unlike her own “definitely” “GREATER” life purpose, greater than herself, a lifetime that was completely “volunteer” and unnecessary for anything but rescuing the “black hole” and “blind” children of planet Earth who were incapable of helping themselves. The tone and comment were so bizarre and condescending that I’ve chalked them up to the energies I mention above, but it was weird. Particularly given that this person knows how much I’ve volunteered to support friends and family, in addition to frequent volunteer blogging, massive Earth healing on our property, community volunteer projects, and a career of helping others. I share this story as one example of left field attacks and bizarre, almost dreamlike occurrences right now. Life feels surreal because it is.

Some people feel really concerned about and convinced that we are in the midst of a polar shift — both magnetic and physical. Indeed, I’ve written numerous times about the North Pole “on the move.” I also know that our sunrise and the Sun’s trajectory are very different than they were for the past two years of living in Goshen. Sun does not even shine through the same windows it used to flood with sunlight. My plants don’t like it one bit!

If we are undergoing a pole shift, then we can’t control that; however, I do wonder if the pressing information I’ve continued to receive all 2014 isn’t related. I keep receiving the message and encouraging others to maintain neutrality, not get swept up in polarizations and extremes. I’ve also suggested people rise above the polarization and to consider using Dreamtime and/or magick to address overwhelming physical/societal ills. If we’re undergoing a magnetic pole shift, then by maintaining a sense of non-attachment (not the same as non-caring), we can allow events to move through and around us without getting ourselves pulled out of alignment. If we do not engage energies from one pole or the other, then a flip won’t destroy us from within or without.

Simultaneously, if we continue to engage Dreamtime, sacred circles, rituals, and trance-like awareness, then we continue to be in the world but not of it. Time does not flow linearly in any of these states. With practice and awareness, we can move in and out of them at will. I suggest the books “Brain Magick” and/or “The Woman of Wyrd,” if you don’t know what I mean. Anything by Carlos Castaneda, Gabriel García Márquez, or Lynn Andrews can also get you into that kind of dreamy space. Watch “Like Water for Chocolate” if you don’t want to read another book right now. Just know that you can move in and out of time by altering your consciousness. It is possible to bypass “inevitable” situations by simply aligning with a different time and/or space. Individuals learning to do so consciously can help shift collective experience.

And please do get grounded! Really, hug those trees. Put your feet on the ground. Release excess energy back to the Earth.

That’s all I have time to share right now. I will leave you with Timothy Glenn’s wise words:

What dimension are we in?

This one.

But which timeline are we on?

This one.

And where are we?

Here.

What month is it?

This month.

But what day is it?

Today.

And what time is it?

Now.

96-year-old Holds The World Record For Oldest Yoga Teacher

An earlier video from when she was “only” 94:

Into the Dark of the Dark

A beautiful, somber, poetic contemplation on the paradox of Winter Solstice. For me, personally, I have always loved Winter Solstice because of its paradox. Hugs to you, Cnawan, and to anyone else struggling with this darkest night of the year, when even the Moon won’t show its face.

Ethereal Nature

The Earth has turned it’s face from the Sun, and the Moon has turned its face from us.  It is a rare convergence, the dark of the Year coinciding with the dark of the Moon, but in the Northern Hemisphere this is our experience as the Winter Solstice aligns with the New Moon.   The darkest night, made all the darker with no Moon to shine.

The dark of course, has two faces.  In the closing lines of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, Dylan Thomas writes of himself as a young boy saying his prayers at the end of Christmas Day, “I said some words to the close and holy darkness.”   This may be my favorite line from the entire story.  It is such a moving sentiment.  So often I have loved the holy embrace of the dark, that mysterious void in which one feels intimately connected to the Divine Source, in…

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