Category Archives: healing

Only Love

For there is no Hell, except the one man makes when he divides himself from Herself, who also irreducibly lives in him and who must thrive in order to birth him and give him life. There is no devil, except the one man becomes when he tries to rule Her domain, which he cannot ably do for it was never intended for him. There is no sin, except the one man creates when he places in shame those aspects of the darkness that She has been from the start, the rich soil that transmutes excess and births beauty.

There is no Hell; there is no devil; there is no sin.

There is only Love; remember.

~ Sara Sophia, ‘SHE IS ONE

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Anklebiters

Why do you care what people think?

Are you hooked up to their leash?

Ya know, anklebiters ate up your personality

Try to remember how it felt

To just make up your own steps

And let anklebiters

Chew up, spit out someone else

What do you actually expect?

A broken mirror to reflect

Ya know, anklebiters gave you a false perception

… fall in love with yourself

Oh, again

Fall in love with yourself

Because someday you’re gonna be the only one you’ve got

Why do you wanna please the world

And leave yourself to drop dead?

Someday you’re gonna be the only one you’ve got ❤️

~ Paramore

Some Ideas About Healing

This is from Robin Rose Bennett’s ‘The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life’ 💚

  • Every cell in your body is conscious
  • Bodies are innocent, and believe everything you tell them if you believe what you are saying/thinking
  • You can’t lie to your body
  • Bodies are wise, and they always tell the truth, often inconveniently, uncomfortably, even painfully
  • Look for the truth & wisdom in what goes “wrong” in the body. It speaks truths for us that we may be unaware of, or simply uncomfortable, unwilling, or unable to express
  • Your body loves you so much that it is willing to get hurt or sick in order to help you grow & become fully alive
  • It is impossible to separate body from soul while you are living
  • Healing wounds, as well as ancestral wounds & traumas, brings healing to you, your ancestors, and future generations. There is not really such a thing as past, present, and future. There is only now
  • Any true kindness you extend toward yourself brings more kindness into the world. That kindness extends out into the environment at a creative level, and helps compassion & thoughtfulness to grow in people
  • Compassion is more helpful than judgement in helping you to adopt new practices or release harmful habits. Whenever you can bring friendliness rather than forcefulness into your approach to healing yourself, it will help you more
  • Illness and “accidents” happen for you rather than to you. And anything that happens for you also happens for the larger world around you
  • If you look for the love letter in everything that happens, you will stand a better chance of seeing the love that is everywhere
  • Nothing is a distraction from your life, or keeping you from your life. It is all your life, moment-to-moment
  • Bodies are innately designed & oriented to heal themselves
  • Healing is as natural as breathing
  • Healing is a spiraling process, not a linear event
  • Healing sometimes means to heal into death
  • Herbs are healers. They know who they are, and what their purpose is. When you take plants into yourself as food or medicine, they help you to become who you came here to be, and to live your purpose
  • Herbs work really well. You do have to actually take them, however
  • When you look into the meaning of healing — tending to spiritual healing as well as physical — the healing goes deeper. You not only heal your body, you heal your life. When the illness alone is taken care of, the body often has to find another way to get your attention
  • Bodies are real, and they are ultimately symbolic of everything that is happening within your psyche & how you experience your relationship to the world around you
  • Without a connection to Nature, including your own wild nature, a certain sense of loneliness, alienation and isolation is inevitable. This disconnection leads to the creation of our worst health problems, personally & socially. Yet what can feel so deep and irreparable is oddly simple to fix; regular walks in the woods or in a city park are a good start. Get your feet on the Earth. Move your body. Plant a garden. Drink herb teas. Grow & gather your own herbal medicine. These and other simple practices will lead you home. Remember, whatever you are seeking is also seeking you. As we the people come home to ourselves, together we can & will create a healthy world
  • Remember to try the simple things, for they often work well
  • Herbs often work surprisingly quickly
  • When the basic physical makeup of a plant has been chemically altered, it is not quite an herb anymore. Now it’s an herbal product, and more prone to cause unexpected side effects
  • Self-care is not self-absorption. It is about looking out for yourself as you would for any beloved. Self-love is the greatest healing force there is
  • Condemnation & judgement are long hard roads, which will eventually lead you to acceptance; so why not choose the kinder road sooner — or even right away? No matter how long you’ve lived in self-judgement, the opportunity to choose self-acceptance comes around again, every instant. It is never too late to Love
  • Bodies always speak to us in the language of Love

Abundant Green Blessings to you!

Unconditional Love, with a big fat “NO” on top

“Being present and ‘accepting’ is NOT the same as tolerating or condoning unkind, disrespectful, violent or shaming behaviour.

I speak from experience, as a mostly-recovered ‘Mr Nice Guy’! I think back to the utter emotional violence I witnessed in my family as a child, and how I was always tolerating, tolerating, tolerating… stuffing down my sorrow and anger, trying to make everyone feel better, making excuses for their unkindness, swallowing my words, never feeling I had the right to say ‘no’…

Until one day I realised:

I HAVE A VOICE. I MATTER TOO.

From a loving place, our hearts fully open to the Mystery, grounded in a deep YES to all of life, deeply rooted in the clarity of non-dual understanding (we are ALL the same Consciousness), we can STILL give a clear ‘no’ to situations, behaviours, policies, people. We can let go of hatred yet maintain a fierce discernment. We can love deeply, and still say ‘no’. And have the courage and willingness to face the consequences.

You may feel a deep compassion and tenderness towards a person yet still say ‘no’ to their requests, their statements, their behaviours, their acting-out. Your ‘no’ emerges from a deeper YES to life, truth, authenticity. Seen in this way, the ‘no’ and the ‘yes’ are not opposites, as the Moon is not the opposite of the Sun but equally welcome in the unconditional vastness of sky, in the giant YES of Presence itself.

The ‘no’ is not necessarily resistance, or ego, or an expression of fear, or ‘running away’. The ‘no’ can be fierce love, too. The ‘no’ can be an expression of great courage.

Friends, unconditional love does not require us to become doormats, or tolerate violence, or squash our precious feelings and hide our ‘no’ in order to appear to be more spiritual or compassionate or nice or kind or ego-free or enlightened, beyond human feeling. Fuck that image. It is false. A mask that will suffocate you in the end.

A true boundary, a loving ‘no’, does not separate us, it protects us. It allows us to keep our hearts open to each other, relate honestly, yet know exactly where we stand.

Others may not like or agree with our ‘no’. They may judge us for it. Call us names. But we were never here to protect others from pain. We were always here to speak our truth, with fierce compassion.

And so we can say, without contradiction:

I LOVE YOU. AND I WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE YOUR BEHAVIOUR.

And stand there, free, in our awesome power.”

~ Jeff Foster