|4 Nov 2015 @ 15:32, by jerryvest. Natural Health & Healing
Witnessing and Calming Thought Storms
Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT Emeritus Professor
A Thought in our Mind and one that follows can be observed and determined to continue or not. Thus, we won’t have to be caught up emotionally in the drama, stress, theatre and passion by learning to observe and witness our breath. Our Breath becomes our instrument or tool to maintain Balance and Equilibrium of Body, Mind, Emotions, Spirit and Relations. “Let your Breath Chart your Rhythms.” (Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance)
We have a tendency to hold on to almost everything, even our Breath, not realizing that our Mind is ‘wide open.’ Mind accepts and allows our senses and other systems to measure, interpret, analyze, judge, evaluate, assess, inquire, examine, while on the other side of the dichotomy: Mind can drive us crazy by triggering worries, actions, plans, associations, fear, ignorance, prejudice, jealousy, envy and many more human ‘inhabitants’ and ‘beliefs’ that dominate and control us as we are delicate, sensitive and fearful creatures. Stress, Anxiety and Depression are the outcome of not being able to Witness, Accept and Allow our Mind to be our Best Friend and Companion for life.
As students and teachers of our Mind, we have learned to calm ‘her’ and allow her to rest, relax and enjoy Freedom. When we get carried away with the past and our unfinished businesses (karma) of this life and others, we can use Mudras that produce a calming effect of our Passion (fear, jealousy, anger, etc), beyond words and thoughts. For example, holding broad swords and crossing your arms in front of chest, produces Courage, releases fear from our heart center and opens up our ability to relate more openly with ourselves and others. (See, "King of Hearts," The Tarot.)
Everything of Mind is remembered, not always recalled, however, associations of life experiences, interaction and relationships connect us with Mind as an internal and computer type that records everything of value or not. (see, Ichazo, Between Metaphysics and Protoanalysis as Oscar introduces systemic approaches to clarifying our Mind and joining Consciousness--True Nature. “Freedom=No Effect)”
So this is what my Mind is sharing with humanity and with me at this moment that has passed, now recording thoughts as they arrive to introduce and experience Breathing with Awareness of Mind.
As we begin to become aware of the vast thoughts entering our Mind we can observe Nature as she unfolds her wings and freely continues her function with Life, Health and Relationships.
One example, perhaps by association, right now I see birds flying in many varied formations, one leading the pack, yet changes position with another as they move through space. And, one or two of the flock are very independent and take off in another direction, knowing they will catch up if they wish….fearless and courageous these beautiful creatures, so delicate yet brave, encountering many storms and other energy ‘forces’ that often take humans ‘Out’ of life, health and relationships.
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Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT
SNM Injured Warrior Alliance, Integrative and Holistic Health Provider--Individual, Couple, Family & Group, Professor Emeritus NMSU
Las Cruces, NM 88005
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|23 Sep 2015 @ 17:34, by jerryvest. Natural Health & Healing
Chanting “Om Ah Hum” by Gerald Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT, Southern NM Alliance with Injured Warriors and Families
The sound of the Mantra (Om Ah Hum) can still the mind and senses, relax the body and connect us with a healing energy. (p. 96, Tarthang Tulku)
I love this exercise introduced by Tarthang Tulku in Tibetan Meditation and have been expressing and experiencing this Mantra for well over 40 years. However, with Tarthang’s directions, these energies of Knowledge will flow into our Being--Mind-Body-Spirit, from what we consider our external Nature—Outside of Self.
This energy experience is not subtle for me as my mind becomes electric and stimulating while my whole Being is vibrating and eager to express itself. Am listening to these messages--Called into my Mind with OM; Accepting Knowledge with the Sound of AH in my Throat; and, Passing this Knowledge and Out-Breath to Humanity One with HUM in my Heart. “Om Ah Hum.”
I practice this exercise several times throughout the day internally and during formal sittings or outside joining Nature, and Opening Mind to all the Energy manifested in Nature.
Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT
Injured Warrior, TRICARE Provider--Individual, Couple, Family & Group
Holistic & Integrative Health Practitioner & Professor Emeritus NMSU
Las Cruces, NM 88005
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|2 Jun 2010 @ 19:59, by adi. Natural Health & Healing
Braco brings the gaze associated with healing and transformation...
It was long ago prophesied by Braco’s dear friend and mentor, the Serbian healer, Ivica, that Braco would come to the New World when America elected a “dark-skinned president.” Ivica did not live to see this prophecy unfold, but within one month of Hawaiian born President Barak Obama taking office, Braco was invited for the first time to an unlikely conference in Laughlin, Nevada. Here he would meet author Angelika Whitecliff, a woman so utterly moved by his gaze she immediately invited him to the Earth Transformation conference she hosts with her husband, Dr. Michael Salla, in Hawaii.
For fifteen years, hundreds of thousands of people from all over Europe have been streaming to Zagreb, Croatia to experience and be healed by peering into the gaze of a kind and gentle man who goes by the name of Braco (pronounced Braht-zoh).
The healings are unexplainable, yet undeniable. Reams of documentation have been collected over the years recounting the stories of countless souls who have been remarkably transformed simply by standing before Braco’s silent gaze -- and not just physical healings, but emotional, spiritual, mental, and interpersonal healings, too.
A NEW POSSIBILITY OF TRANSFORMATION, HEALING & AWAKENING FOR HUMANITY HAS EMERGED . . . [link]
|25 May 2010 @ 08:09, by susannahbe. Natural Health & Healing
"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in bloom,
maybe your soul has never been in bloom." - Terri Guillemets
Not long ago, the tangled branches of the lilac outside my window, were highlighted with snow. Through the long winter I watched and waited until life returned and the buds began to swell.
Now heavy with blossom and basking in the glorious sunshine, today, the sweet scent of lilacs reached into me through my open window and called me outside. . .
I am thinking of the lilac-trees,
That shook their purple plumes,
And when the sash was open,
Shed fragrance through the room.
- Anna S. Stephens
Lilac grows up into the endless blue of the sky
a splash of colour added to the vast palette of greens.
Here comes the time when, vibrating on its stem, every flower fumes
like a censer; noises and perfumes circle in the evening air.
- Charles Baudelaire
Outside the air is heavy with perfume, the huge purple bush is laden with flowers and the tall white lilac trees are magnificent reaching up into the endless blue, blue, sky.
The warmth of the sun, the buzzing of the bees
and the sweet scent of lilac everywhere . . .
My lilac trees are old and tall;I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roof and streets, to find the bees.
- Lousie Driscoll, 1875 - 1957
Breathe in the scent of Lilacs . . .
|27 Apr 2008 @ 09:42, by erlefrayne. Natural Health & Healing
[Writ 14 April 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]
Fellows, I will write this time about the topic of ‘enhancing divinity’ and some practical tools that can aid in inducing such a state. The practical tools I have in mind are those that you already have right in your hands: candles, incense, and fine music. I’m sure everybody out there who understands the English language knows what candles, incense and music are, so I need not belabor so much point to demonstrate what they are (smile).
By ‘enhancing divinity’ I refer to preparing your immediate environment, whether this be a temple or home meditation spot, for prayers, meditations, and rituals. The environment must be preferably one where the ‘energy of rest’ (feminine energy) is strong. Some Catholic priests here in Manila have been complaining that holding masses in shopping malls, a regular event now present in practically all large malls here, is a bad practice, to which I concurred in the positive. Shopping malls are predominantly of the ‘energy of motion’ and aren’t appropriate places for meditative, prayer and ritual purposes.
Having established the parameter above, prepare next the enhancers that you may need for your purpose. In some practices, you may need holy water or ‘hyper-energized water’ as we mystics call it. For this particular piece, I will delimit my clarification on the functions of candles, incense and fine music among such tools for enhancement. Ritual tools are particularly so many, so I’d leave that as a standard tool kit for the end user based on his/her spiritual philosophy and group concerned. More >
| 27 Mar 2008 @ 18:10, by joanaroma. Natural Health & Healing
|27 Nov 2007 @ 09:22, by jazzolog. Natural Health & Healing
soaking into the rocks,
the cicada's cries.
The whole moon and sky come to rest in a single dewdrop on a blade of grass.
Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water.
I remember my first plastic straw vividly. You know, a straw: what you put in your glass and suck and the beverage comes up through it and into your mouth. It's sort of a toy too; you can blow bubbles into it and make weird noises when the drink is gone down at the bottom. Sometimes they come in wild shapes that you have to suck harder on to get the liquid all through the roller coaster ride and down your throat. You could find them in a container on the soda fountain counter but quickly they came individually wrapped in paper. We'd tear off one end, dip the other into our milk shake, and blow the wrapper up to the ceiling where it would stick...much to the manager's consternation.
Before the plastic straw they were made of paper. And they'd get soggy eventually...and you'd have to ask for another one, and they just weren't pleasant. The plastic straw could endure the rigors of the milk shake of the 1940s and 50s. It wasn't a real milk shake if the straw didn't stand straight up in the middle of it. You wouldn't even go in a place again that didn't make shakes that thick. So the plastic straw filled a need for which the American civilization cried out.
The soda fountain was the center of social activity back then. Kids went there after school. The soda fountain had other concoctions and drinks there besides milk shakes. In fact it was the dairy bar that came along later that really specialized in the milk shake. If you go from a fountain to a bar, obviously you're getting more serious. The dairy bar was outside town and you needed the family car to get there. In fact, our family used to go to Jenkins Dairy after supper as a special treat...usually to sit at the bar and have milk shakes. But sometimes when we were feeling particularly flagrant and sinful, Mom would order a hot fudge pecan sundae...with whipped cream and a cherry.
A bit later, probably after I'd gone off to college and got filled with strange ideas, I began to think about those plastic straws. I thought during the process of manufacture, teeny tiny particles of plastic must have been left on the inside...so that when you sucked on them, those particles would come up through with the beverage and go down into you somewhere. What would become of those particles? Wouldn't they eventually form a glob of some kind...like when somebody dumps a shopping cart into a creek, the sand and stuff builds up all around it? Couldn't that be like a tumor...and maybe be involved in the cancer suddenly everybody seemed to be getting? Mom, a registered nurse, said I was crazy. More >
|6 Oct 2007 @ 18:14, by a-d. Natural Health & Healing
Ever since our thread on DAN 1's Blog, where we started to touch Epidemics/Pandemics of Infection-diseases like Small Pox,Black Plague,Scarlet Fever, Cholera & such; all VERY CONTAGEOUS, yet they are NOTHING in comparison to Mental/>Emotional/>Spiritual INFECTIONS.
This is a subject matter I have been observing -and studying- since my teens and with acknowledged intention & focus ever since my first years as an RN. I have been thinking of starting to share my own Insights about the Subject matter. This article I just happen to find, seems to be a "Good One " to start with... : )....cause -at least- half of Humankind will have interest in it.... or quite frankly most likely some 95 %....(that would -of course-include a looot of women wanting to understand this weird obcession, that -especially- men seem to have for pornografy...I instinctually knew this in my mid-teens!... It just was as if written all across the SKIES in the Heavens!... Maybe it wasn't...since only I seemed to know this for so long. I am so happy that there indeed have been others, who have seen the "TEXT - ON -The WALL", so to speak..... and started to share their insights and research results in tandem.
I guess that this "Official Research" is what makes an Insight OK and justified in the eyes of the Blind Ones).
So without any more ado I let you delve into the World of the Mystery Disease called IMPOTENCE....and indeed it IS IMPOTENSE -OF THE SOUL!!!
I will eventually follow this article with my own observations of other Pandemics. They all need to be taken out from the Closet and allowed the Sunshine to transmute them -and thus HEAL US!!!
The Impotence Pandemic
By Dr. Judith Reisman, PhD
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Sex therapists and pornographers have long prescribed pornography to correct male impotence and to "spice up" a couple's sex life. However, the broader meaning of "potency" is "power, authority a person or thing exerting power or influence."
The proper contextual definition of modern impotence, then, is not the narrow classification of "erectile dysfunction."
One is not "potent" if one requires little blue pills, sexy pictures, or immature victims for sexual satisfaction. It is more accurate then to define men as impotent when they are unable to be conjugallyintimate with their chosen beloved.
Princeton University professor of psychiatry Jeffrey Satinover said, "The pornography addict soon forgets about everything and everyone else in favor of an ever more elusive sexual jolt. He will place at risk his career, his friends, his family." More >
|14 Aug 2007 @ 17:32, by craiglang. Natural Health & Healing
We just got back yesterday from the 2007 convention of the National Guild of Hypnotists, in Marlborough (Boston) Mass. A truly fascinating time - and for me, a totally unique experience.
This time, I spent most of my time in the vendor room, selling The Cosmic Bridge rather than in seminars and workshops. However, I did sell lots of copies of Bridge and got to know a lot of folks in the guild that I probably would not have met otherwise. More >
|9 Aug 2007 @ 20:45, by jerryvest. Natural Health & Healing
So, to a significant extent, longevity and the quality of health are conditions that are within our control. That is the main conclusion of all studies devoted to the matter, to wit that our personal health must be our personal responsibility, and not something we leave to the physician. (Growing Young, Ashley Montagu)
I designed this 'healthy touch' program, in collaboration with the Associated Students Organization - New Mexico State University (NMSU), Health Promotion Team, NMSU School of Social Work and the Family Preservation Institute, as one alternative for improving health and wellbeing in our university, society and beyond. After giving over 10,000 "stressouts" over a 10 year period, we learned that the 'stressout program' is safe to use with all populations. We use our skillful touch program with individuals, groups, couples, and families.
This program also introduces and teaches mindfulness as an intrinsic awareness program for givers and our receivers of touch and meets basic human needs for physical interaction. Earlier this year I posted an update describing our work with elders and our Global Touch Project as we want to use this intervention around the world to support the health and wellbeing of others, especially our elders who are often ignored, lonely and isolated.
Dear team members and friends,
This is a summer report on our stressouts in our health clinics for April, May, June and July. Earlier, I sent an update describing our work while giving over 3,800 stressouts in health clinics and other senior resources averaging about 150 chair type massages a week.
During the past four months, Elizabeth Frost, Ann Twohig and I gave 270 stressouts at Mesilla Park, Eastside and Munson diabetic clinics. Francesca and Imelda introduced our program and gave orientation/training programs with the staff at Village at Northrise and with the Herritage nursing homes. Do contact Francesca if you would like to have a training program in your area--her team is very experienced and knowledgeable about working with elders. Special thanks to Cher Gurerrero for maintaining our statististical reports and for her work with our team.
I know that others in our global network are also giving stressouts, so please let me know about your work in advancing the use of safe, skillful and nourishing touch with individuals, groups and communities. I would also like to include any comments, experiences and evaluations that you receive on our web site.
The Good Samaritan Terrace Times, Aug/2007, published a very excellent article describing the numerous StressOuts our NMSU, "Social Work Practice with Elders," class gave during our Spring term. I posted this article along with others on our website, so do visit us regularly and encourage others to join with us in improving the quality of lives, health and relationships with elders. 15-Minute StressOut Program [link]
We are preparing for Professor Linda Schaberg's nursing classes to begin their work with our elders during the Fall semester and we are eager to extend our work into all of the nursing facilities in our service area as an ongoing activity.
Thanks for staying-in-touch. Come and join with us and become part of our growing health program.
If you wish to be a volunteer, schedule an in-service training program in your agency or know of care-givers and others who may be interested in learning our safe, skillful and nourishing touch program for all populations, please let us know. We will help you develop your workshops and send you a free DVD and Power Point outline. More >
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