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Sunday, January 21, 2018

My Obsession with Moon Energy

The full moon is mesmerizing. Image credit Acteivedia

When I was a child my Mother taught me about the moon and the constellations. We lived in a small country town so the moon and stars were bright and easy to see. Mom told me about the man in the moon and we would look for his face on the lunar landscape. We would find the big dipper and the little dipper. If we’d only had a telescope we could have seen so much more.


As an adult, I’ve been mesmerized by the moon. Standing under a full moon makes me feel happy. The moon energy is positive and it lifts me up. I love staring at it. There is something magical about the moon and its presence.
A face starts to manifest in the IR light on a jazz stage in a club in Kansas City. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations 

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS ARE BETTER DURING FULL MOONS

When I became a paranormal investigator, I learned more about moon energy. Investigations performed during a full moon have more activity than other investigations. Spirits are intelligent energy and they are fueled with energy from many sources. They can pull energy from electronics, people, thunderstorms, and the full moon. The full moon energy gives spirits the strength to communicate with us.

THE FULL MOON ENERGY CAN MAKE US ALL CRAZY

My personal experience has taught me that the full moon energy can also make people crazy. For over 30 years I worked in banking and finance. There were certain days that things went haywire and people were just plain crazy. Seeing the weird things going on I’d always check the moon phase and sure enough it was during a full moon.

FULL MOON RITUALS CAN HELP US SET OUR INTENTIONS

Many people who work with crystals do full moon rituals. These rituals consist of getting rid of things in your mind that do not serve you. The full moon is considered a new beginning and gives us a new start. The full moon energy helps us move forward and set new intentions. These rituals are a great way to help one get focused. They help in making decisions and going forward with a clear mind.

The Native Americans called the January full moon the Full Wolf Moon. Image credit: Patrice_Audet

THE NATIVE AMERICANS NAMED THE FULL MOONS 


The Native Americans respected the environment and held everything in reverence. They named each of the full moons during the year. The January full moon is the Full Wolf Moon, named for the wolves they would hear howling outside their villages. The full moon in June is the Full Strawberry Moon. This name came from the short season left to harvest strawberries. We need to be in touch with our environment as the Native Americans were. 

THE MOON PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN ANCIENT PEOPLES LIVES

Ancient peoples viewed the moon as a representation of life and death. The moon also played a part in certain religions and myths.
A scene of the Underworld from ancient Egypt. The moon was associated with death and rebirth. Image credit: Souza_DF
The Egyptians saw the moon as a symbol of recurring rebirth. The lunar god wasn’t worshiped like the sun god Aten; however, the moon was associated with the deceased and the underworld.

In Greek mythology, Selene was the goddess of the moon. Selene had a moon chariot that she rode across the heavens and she ruled over all the stars.

In religion and myth, the Romans thought Luna was the personification of the moon. The Roman writer Varro held Luna as one of the gods that was very important to agriculture. 
The Farmer's Almanac advises farmers when to plant seeds using phases of the moon. 

FARMERS HAVE PLANTED BY THE MOON PHASES FOR YEARS


The power of moon energy is used by the Farmer’s Almanac. They use the phases of the moon to determine the proper times to plant crops and flowers. This makes sense since the moon energy can create ocean and earth tides, it would also effect plants.
The 1859 Jail in Independence Mo under the full moon. Our investigations here during full moons never disappoint us. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations


No matter how you view the moon it is fabulous. The moon’s magnetic forces create the energy to pull the tides and move the earth. This energy also gives us a boost by rejuvenating us. This energy can also make some people a bit crazy. It gives spirits the ability to do more such as communicate with the living. So next time there is a full moon go outside and look at it. Bask in it’s light and energy; open yourself up and see if you feel the difference. It’s really amazing. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sexual Misconduct - As Oprah Said, "Times Up"

The "Me Too" movement has changed the way women are viewed in the workplace.
Some people might be getting tired of hearing all the accusations of sexual misconduct that is currently being railed against men in high places. The sad fact is that these men are everywhere. They are school teachers, bus drivers, CPA’s, lawyers, and business men who all have spotless reputations. Why are their reputations spotless? Because the women they harassed, molested, or raped never came forward. These women never told anyone because they were ashamed. Ashamed of what happened to them because they blamed themselves. They blamed themselves because that is what society told them to do. Women were to blame for men’s sexual misconduct. How ridiculous is that?

OLD SOCIAL NORMS HAVE TO GO!


Thankfully things are beginning to change. Just because a woman dresses a certain way or acts a certain way, doesn’t mean that she is “asking for it”. I heard that a lot when I was young. “Well, she was asking for it.” Who in the hell came up with that?  When would a woman asked to be harassed, molested, or raped?  Never!

We have to make changes for our children's sake.

MEN GUILTY OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT NEED TO THINK OF THEIR WIVES AND DAUGHTERS


Thousands of these men will never be accused because they aren’t in the spotlight. These men have become husbands and fathers. They are now in a position where they have to protect their wives and daughters. I wonder how they feel about sexual misconduct now and do they regret their actions in years past?

Al Franken broke my heart; I thought he was a great guy  Image credit: UpstateNYer

AL FRANKEN'S FALL FROM GRACE


I have to admit that I was hurt when Al Franken was accused. I believed the accuser; it’s his fall from grace that hurts. I thought Al was a great guy. I used to watch him on Saturday Night Live doing his Stuart Smalley skits. He seemed so sweet and kind; yes, I know it was an act. I guess I thought the real Al Franken was somewhat like Stuart. I was wrong. It’s disappointing when you look up to someone, admire them, and believe in them. Any bad behavior, like sexual misconduct, from this person would be the last thing you would ever think of. Then the shoe drops.

I wasn’t surprised by Dustin Hoffman and Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein looks like a sexual predator to me. The women who were trying to make their way in Hollywood dealt with horrible decisions. I can’t imagine having to sleep with a boss to get a job. That’s not only disgusting, it’s immoral. How many good actresses quit acting and went home because of these slime balls? I had dreams of being an actress when I was young but who didn’t?  I ended up going into banking and finance. I later found that sexual misconduct was rampant in the finance world.

I was excited to be living and working in Kansas City. Little did I know I would learn more than finance while I was there.

MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH POWERFUL MEN IN AN OFFICE WAS AN EYE OPENER


In 1984 I moved to Kansas City and got a job in a large bank. It was a trust department where one wall was lined with offices filled with men (they were the bosses) and seated at rows and rows of desks throughout the large room were the women workers. I became one of those workers and was excited about my new job. I was making new friends and enjoying being a city girl for once. However, I quickly learned that sexual misconduct was the norm and the women tolerated it. I wanted to fit in, so I did too.

The male managers would come out and make all kinds of remarks about the way women were dressed, some would even ask us how our sex life was! One manager in particular was old enough to be my father. He would come up behind me, lean over my shoulder, and tell me how he wanted to bite my neck. I was young and naive, and didn’t want to make waves. I wasn’t sure how to deal with this, so I laughed it off. I would tell him to stop in a friendly tone but it was never long before he was back again. This went on for four years. I was lucky to finally get out of that “sweat shop”, as I called it.

I transferred to the trust tax department where I was working for a woman. I was much more comfortable working in that department but there were male investment advisers there and one of them had an eye for me. Most of our interactions were harmless flirting. Looking back, I realize that some of it could have been classified as harassment.
Men may be in charge of big corporations but they aren't immune to falling from their towers.

I HOPE WE CAN CHANGE THE POWERS THAT BE IN MY LIFETIME


As long as men are running the world, women will have to fight for their rights. We will have to work harder, speak louder, and most of all, support each other. Women have proved that there is nothing men can do that they can’t. Women can be cunning and manipulative like men as well. I worked for one of those women but that’s another article.  

We must stick together and support each other in our fight for respect.

We must stick together and stand up against sexual misconduct. This includes women who try to get by with it as well. Those women need to be reprimanded just like the men. Oprah made a superb speech at the Golden Globe awards. As Oprah said “Times up!” we all need to stand firm on this and have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct  everywhere!



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Spirit Communication - Is a Loved One Trying to Contact You?


Have you ever lost someone close to you and sometimes felt like they are trying to communicate with you from the other side? Have you ever caught the scent of cologne that the deceased person wore or had wind chimes ring when there is no breeze?

When our loved ones leave us, they can come back to check on us. If you were extremely close to someone who passed, I believe that not only will they check on you but they will watch over you.

Spirits aren't always visible. Sometimes you can feel their energy.

LOSING MY BEST FRIEND WAS PAINFUL

In the 1980’s my best friend Joni and I worked in a very stressful department in a bank. We hadn’t known each other very long but our circumstances drew us closer together. We used to walk together through the halls and catwalks going to and from lunch, or taking documents to other departments. We leaned on each other during hard times.

In 1988 Joni was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought it for two years but it took her life in 1990. I was devastated. I was lost without her. Not long after she passed I was walking over to another building and suddenly Joni popped into my head. I thought of how much I missed her and how she had such a strong energy. As I started across the catwalk I had a really intense feeling that she was actually there walking beside me. I suddenly stopped and slowly turned around. I didn’t see her but I felt her energy there. I smiled and stood there for a moment. I’m sure whoever was reviewing the security cameras thought I had a screw loose. I felt that she was there to comfort me and let me know that she was okay. After that, somehow, I knew I could go on without her.

A cardinal may suddenly appear to let you know that your loved one is watching over you. Image credit: skeeze

HOW CAN SPIRITS GET OUR ATTENTION?


Spirits have different ways of getting our attention:

Cardinals will appear at opportune times.  

Lights will flicker.

Your dog or cat will stare at something that you don’t see.

You hear the voice of your loved one calling your name or saying something they used to say.

You hear the type of music your loved one used to listen to.

Something is moved to a place where you didn’t put it.

You see white figures moving in your peripheral vision. They go by doorways or peek around corners.

You smell the cologne that your loved one used to wear then it dissipates.

EXPLAINING INCIDENTS AWAY


Some people don’t believe in ghosts until they have an encounter that they can’t explain. There are coincidences, of course, but a large number of coincidences isn’t likely. Don’t be quick to dismiss all of these events. There comes a time when we have to be open-minded to discover new things. Many people that want to have a paranormal experience never seem to have one. I think this is because they are quick to dismiss the odd things that happen.

Have you ever had a situation where you’re trying to solve a problem, then you suddenly think of a deceased loved one? Then you think of a solution to your problem. Spirits can communicate with us without speaking by putting thoughts in our heads. Mediums usually communicate with spirits through mind to mind communication. Our minds are amazing things. The sad fact is that we don’t use them as much as we could.
Wind Chimes are lightweight and easy for spirits to move. Image credit: StarbuckATC


SPIRITS CAN USE THEIR ENERGY TO MOVE PHYSICAL THINGS

I lost my Dad in 2004. He was a huge gardener. He grew every vegetable and fruit that he possibly could in the Midwest. Dad was particular about his garden tools being cleaned and put away as well as the way his garden was kept. We had a shed at the back of our property where we kept the gardening tools and the mowers. After he passed, one day I had been working in the yard and went into the house without shutting the doors to the shed. When I went out later to shut the doors, I noticed they were already shut and latched. I walked up to the shed and was trying to figure out how in the world those doors could be shut. My Mother told me later that she didn’t do it and there was no one else on the property. As I was looking around I looked down on the walk where the cement block had been holding the door back. Clear as day there was a wet mark on the walk in the shape of an E. The dampness on the bottom of the concrete block should have left the imprint of an 8. It didn’t, it was an E. My Dad’s name was Everett. I immediately knew it was a sign from him and I felt his energy present. I looked up, smiled, and said “thanks, Dad”. I knew that if Dad would have been alive he would have been scolding me for not shutting the doors to the shed. That time he shut them for me.

My Mother passed in 2015. She always enjoyed the sound of my windchimes when she was alive. Now and then, she likes to ring my windchimes that are inside the house. Many times, I just sense her being with me.
Investigating the paranormal has taken me to some incredible places. A white anomaly was caught in the choir loft of a 100-year-old church.  Image credit: G Gamble


BEING A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR HAS BEEN ENLIGHTENING

I joined a paranormal team in 2010. Mom always wanted to go on an investigation with us when she was alive, but she wasn’t physically able to do so. I’ve received several messages from my Mom since she passed. My dear friend is a medium and Mom knew her. Now Mom drops in and talks to my friend without notice. My Mother is a very strong spirit! She came through when my cousin was having a reading with another medium. He called me to tell me that she came through and wanted him to tell me that she loves me. That experience really got to me. Mom also likes to drop in during investigations and play with our equipment. Gone is the older lady with Alzheimer's who was confused and heartbroken. Now my Mother is strong and energetic. 

We are energy. When we die that energy moves on to another form.


ENERGY IS NEITHER CREATED NOR DESTROYED

Whatever your beliefs are, there is life after death. The laws of thermodynamics state that “energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another.” We are energy. When we die that energy (or soul) changes form. What happens after that is a great mystery. I do know from my paranormal experiences that many spirits are happy. Spirits are like we are. Some are sad, some are angry, and others are just lost. Some spirits are watching over family members like my Mom and Dad, and I am very thankful for that.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Amethyst -Beautiful and Protective

When I was young I collected rocks. I enjoyed the different colors and shapes but didn't think about their essence. When I was in college I took a geology class and learned so much about the different stones and crystals that I was hooked. Not only do rocks, crystals, and stones look pretty but they have many other qualities.

For a while most of the stones I collected were the beautiful red rocks from Arkansas and Colorado. If I found a quartz stone or a fossil, I would keep that too. If you think about it, it's amazing how the earth formed so many wonderful stones and crystals. Just take a look inside a geode at the crystals.

Geodes are a miracle of creation. Image credit: Skitterphoto

AMETHYST IS BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING


Amethyst was my Mother's birthstone. She was a wonderful and kind woman so amethyst suited her. Amethyst is also incredibly beautiful and the crystals have many attributes. 
  1. Amethyst has cleansing and healing powers. 
  2. It holds a high spiritual vibration which guards against psychic attack. 
  3. Amethyst is extremely powerful and protective. 
  4. It is beneficial to the mind and keeps one focused during meditation to enhance tranquility. 
  5. Amethyst is also said to relieve physical pain and stress. 
  6. It can strengthen the endocrine system and improve metabolism. 
  7. Amethyst cleanses the aura and stimulates the crown and throat chakras. 
  8. Violet-Lavender amethyst holds a very high vibration that brings love and light. 
  9. Chevron amethyst has a strong healing energy. 
Medicine pouches like this one guide us to a higher plane.

ANCIENT PEOPLES KNEW AMETHYST HELD SPECIAL POWERS


 Throughout history amethyst has been used in amulets. The Egyptians and Romans used amethyst in jewelry and charms.The Greeks believed amethyst had the power to keep the wearer sober. They associated amethyst with a story about the Greek god Bacchus. Bacchus pursued Amethyste, a maiden who wished to remain chaste, so she refused his affections. Amethyste was turned into a white stone by the goddess Diana to keep her chaste. Bacchus was so moved by this that he poured his wine over the white stone in tribute to Amethyste. The white stone turned purple and amethyst became the stone with the power of sobriety.

Meditation not only helps in rest and relaxation, it brings us to a higher level. Image credit: Activeda

AMETHYST IS SUCH A VERSATILE CRYSTAL


Amethyst also encourages altruism and spiritual wisdom. It's ability to enhance our psyche brings meditating to another level. Recalling dreams is easier when one sleeps with an amethyst crystal nearby. Amethyst is a comforting crystal, helping with grief and loss. It blocks psychic attack and negative energies. Amethyst is versatile crystal that should be in every crystal lover's tool chest.

Amethyst is beneficial when worn as jewelry over the throat or heart. Wands of amethyst can be used to move energy. Point the tip of the wand toward you to draw the positive energy from the stone. Point it away from you to draw off any negative energy. 

This was taken in between tours at the 1859 Jail in Independence Mo. I am wearing my amethyst crystal earrings and necklace as I always do when I am around the spirits. 


I keep amethyst close to me. I have a crystal in my car, one on my nightstand, and several throughout the house. Not only are they beautiful as decor but they balance my moods and improve my motivation.  I always wear my amethyst crystal earrings and necklace during paranormal investigations and while I'm working as docent on our annual Ghost Tours. These crystals protect me and make me feel safe. 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Essential Oils Can be Used in Lieu of Drugs

Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years. Records of healing with essential oils date back to the twelfth century. Modern medicine has turned away from basic healing with medications. Doctors do not want to jeopardize their standing with the big pharmaceutical companies by suggesting patients use essential oils. That is unless you go to a holistic practitioner. I first discovered essential oils through my holistic chiropractor and I’ve been using them ever since.


Essential oils are easy to use and have less side effects that prescription drugs.  Image credit: monicore


We are programmed to think that pills are the only answer. However, have you ever noticed the long list of side effects that come with these pills? Doesn’t that scare you? A doctor may tell you that the side effects are worth taking care of the major problem. Really? I’m not so sure about that!

Taking oral medications can damage the stomach and digestive system. Also taking certain pain killers can be addictive. Fortunately, there is another way to treat the body. This is through the olfactory system and the skin. The scent or application of essential oils can greatly influence our mental and physical well being.


ESSENTIAL OILS COME FROM NATURE PURE AND SIMPLE


Have you ever wondered how essential oils work with the human body? Well, we have something in common with essential oils. Essential oils come from plants. Plants are made of water, carbon, and energy and so are we. Since our biochemistry is similar essential oils resonate with our bodies.

One of the most powerful conduits into the body is through the olfactory system.  Inhaling the fragrance of essential oils carries molecules to our limbic system which then reaches the brain. This relates to our expressive brain which controls our emotions and stress levels. Essential oils can also be used in a diffuser but be sure it is a cold diffuser as heat can destroy certain particles in the oils.

Scent is a very powerful influence on us. Certain scents can calm or excite us. Many can bring back memories that are filed away in our hippocampus. The scent of Old Spice brings back fond memories of my Grandfather. Here are a few everyday uses for essential oils:

  • Scents of sage and cedar can be used to clear negative energies.
  • Lemongrass oil and citronella oil deters mosquitoes, fleas, and flies.
  • Peppermint oil can relieve headaches and send spiders running for the hills.
  • Orange oil can bring one’s mood up and invigorate
  • Lavender oil can relax one and relieve stress

Lavender is my favorite essential oil. When I worked in an office I kept it close to help me deal with stress. Image credit: MonikaDesigns
Our skin is our largest organ. Essential oils have extremely small molecules that can be quickly absorbed into our skin. These molecules are then absorbed into the bloodstream then spread to the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system consists of many parts of the brain. It affects the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine glands. This is a large part of the human body.

Before applying essential oils on the skin, they should be mixed with a base oil such sweet almond or grapeseed oil.  Certain mixtures of oils can be blended to help certain organs of the body. Once the oil is diluted with the base oil, it can be applied to the skin. Where you apply it depends on what you are treating.


APPLICATION POINTS ARE IMPORTANT


There are several points on the forehead where essential oils can be applied effectively. One point is right between the eyebrows which is the third eye chakra. Another point is on the temples. I use peppermint oil on my temples when I have a headache. The last points are at the base of the head on the left and right sides. This is another place I used peppermint oil when I have a bad headache.


Consulting a holistic doctor before using essential oils is highly recommended. Image credit: geralt

BEFORE YOU START CONSULT A HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER


It’s best to consult an expert and do research to see if a physical condition can possibly be treated using essential oils. Self-treating isn’t recommended unless you visit a holistic practitioner first then follow their instructions. I received advice from my holistic chiropractor. Physical chiropractic adjustments are dangerous for me due to my spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. I used essential oils for my pain along with the occasional muscle rub. People are different and need to find a treatment that is right for them. I recommend finding a good holistic doctor and see what your options are. If you are able to use essential oils in lieu of prescription drugs, I say go for it. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Essential Oils - An Alternative to Headache Medication

Years ago I began to have migraine headaches due to extreme stress. I took antidepressants to ease the stress and the headaches went away. Time and time again they would come back. I ended up taking Ibuprofen like it was candy. Many years later after dealing with severe heartburn for over a year, I was diagnosed with esophagitis. I was warned by my doctor that I had to cut several things from my diet as well as stop taking the pain meds. So I was stuck trying to find a new way to relieve my headaches.

Chinese Whiteflower Oil can be found on Amazon and even online with WalMart.

A friend of mine told me about a holistic chiropractor who she said could almost work miracles. I went to this new chiropractor and found out that acupuncture is an awesome treatment for any pain. Unfortunately, the acupuncture doesn’t last, at least it didn’t for me. This new chiropractor introduced me to Chinese White Flower Oil. I found that the Chinese White Flower Oil really helped my pain so I used to keep it at my desk at work. My boss told me that it smelled like Bengay but I told him to hush up. It has more of a wintergreen scent and it works well, relieving muscle and headache pain.

DISCOVERING ESSENTIAL OILS WAS A GODSEND FOR ME

After doing some research and networking with friends, I started using essential oils. I read that peppermint essential oil helps to relieve headaches. I gave it a try and it worked so well for me that now I never go anywhere without my peppermint oil. I have an old neck injury from a car accident that flares up often. The pain in my neck tends to migrate up into the base of my skull then it radiates throughout my head. I usually put pure peppermint essential oil on my temples, forehead, and the temporal skull bones directly behind my ears. Sometimes I even put it on my neck where the pain is emanating from. It really makes the pain go away. The good thing about peppermint oil is that it smells good and you don’t have to worry about smelling like a locker room.

Peppermint Essential Oil can be used to relieve headaches. It is recommended to dilute it with a base oil.

Now, I have no problem putting undiluted peppermint essential oil on my skin but some people might not be able to do that. Some people have sensitive skin or allergies and should dilute the pure peppermint oil with a base oil like coconut. When I put the peppermint essential oil on my temples I have to be careful not to use too much. If it is too much and too close to my eyes, my eyes end up watering for the next hour. Peppermint is effective and very potent! Some spas use iced cloths with peppermint to help their guests relax.

Lavender is another essential oil that can be used for headaches. It has more of a calming effect.  I’ve used it on occasion and it helps me to relax. Lavender essential oil is a great stress reliever and can help stress headaches. To help with a stress headache, I suggest putting lavender essential oil in a diffuser nearby and lie down in a semi-dark room. My Mom used to put cold wet washcloths on her forehead.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be used to relieve a headache especially when complicated by a cold.

Eucalyptus essential oil stinks to high heaven but it can help a headache that is combined with a cold and stuffy nose. This works well in a diffuser. The eucalyptus essential oil works to open up the sinuses to help one breathe. It can help with the symptoms of a cold but unfortunately, cannot heal it.

Rosemary essential oil has been used for years to treat headaches. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of Rosemary essential oil are what helps relieve headaches. It can be applied with a base oil or put in a diffuser.

Over the counter medications hold many dangers that most people aren’t aware of. One of the ingredients in many popular pain relievers is acetaminophen. Taking acetaminophen over time can cause liver damage and even liver failure. Liver failure can happen when acetaminophen is taken in large amounts. People who don’t read the labels and warnings are in danger of liver damage or even death. Sometimes acetaminophen is listed as APAP under ingredients.

Prescription drugs can help with pain but there are many side effects. Addiction is a huge problem.  Image credit: Creative Commons

TAKING MEDICATION OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME CAN DAMAGE YOUR STOMACH

Ibuprofen is another popular pain reliever. It can relieve pain and inflammation however it can cause stomach issues. I found this out the hard way. Thankfully the damage done to my esophagus is reversible but I have to be careful of what I eat and drink.

Tramadol is often prescribed for severe pain by doctors and veterinarians. Tramadol is an opioid so there is a danger of addiction with Tramadol. One side effect of Tramadol is nausea. My poor Mother took this for a while and it made her sick.

Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are other drugs that are prescribed to people dealing with severe pain. Both are opioids which have a danger of addiction. Both Hydrocodone and Oxycodone can cause nausea. 

Over the counter pain medications are fine to take as long as one reads the directions and follows them. Some people disregard the dosage directions and end up sick or having long-term complications. The directions for dosage are there for a reason. Unfortunately, some people think they are invincible and nothing will hurt them.

Prescription painkillers that are opioids have to be used carefully. People who abuse these drugs can end up with an addiction problem or worse, they can end up dead. Since our country is currently experiencing an opioid addiction crises, let’s hope that physicians are thinking twice before prescribing opioids to any of their patients.


Medications can cause all kinds of problems from liver failure to death. Some have side effects that can make people sick. We’ve all been programmed to take pills for everything. It is time we de-program ourselves and look for alternative ways to heal pain and other ailments. At least it's nice to know an alternative exists in essential oils.

Amulets - Mystical, Beautiful, and Powerful

Amulets are spiritual objects worn to protect an individual or give them strength. There are several different items that can make up an amulet. Amulets can be made with gemstones, crystals, coins, rings, plant or animal parts, statues, or engraved stones.

An amulet can consist of many items including different types of stones or crystals. Image credit: Security

Each of these items has a different purpose.  Plants or animal parts were possibly part of a magic spell or for medicinal purposes. Statues and engraved stones could have been religious symbols. Coins and rings were likely objects that had been owned by an ancestor. If we have a certain necklace we wear on a daily basis or a stone we carry with us all the time, these items can absorb our energy. This leaves a mark on that item.  The more important the item is to us, the stronger the mark we leave on it.  This could be why items like rings or coins were put in amulets. Possibly to bring a loved one’s energy close to the wearer of the amulet.

Crystals and gemstones are associated with different characteristics. Each crystal has certain qualities. For instance, Amethyst is a stone of protection. It also helps alleviate geopathic stress, fear, and anxiety. Chalcedony is a stone that is beneficial for one’s health. It helps inflammation and the immune system. Red Jasper helps bring problems to light, and grounds one’s energy.

Amethyst crystals are not only beautiful but they work to protect the owner from harm.  Image credit: Alusrvi

Over the ages crystals and gemstones have been found to hold specific vibrations that carry certain powers. The ancient Greeks related several crystals with their gods. Jupiter was the god of the sky. He is associated with milky chalcedony which is white to light blue. The Greek god Mars was the god of war. He is associated with red jasper. Throughout the ages, red has always been a color representing passion. Bacchus was the god of the grape harvest and wine. Amethyst represents Bacchus and in ancient times the Greeks used to make their wine goblets from amethyst crystals. It was believed that the amethyst in the goblets would keep them sober.  The ancient Greeks would wear these designated crystals in amulets. They believed that wearing the gemstone or crystal associated with a specific god would give them the same special power of that god.

Red Jasper symbolized Mars, the Greek God of War. Image credit: Doronenko

Ancient Romans inherited the tradition of honoring the Greek Gods by wearing specific amulets. Some were worn for religious reasons, others were small boxes that contained items for magic spells. These boxes could have simply consisted of Sulphur powder which was used to repel evil.

In the Far East and the Middle East incantations were placed in amulets. Written words were thought to be very powerful. The written words were usually magic spells used to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

Jews, Christians, and Muslims also believed in the power of amulets and talismans. These were either worn on the body or placed in the home. Sometimes they were hung over the bed. If someone was very ill and bedfast, they would use a holy book as a talisman by placing it under the mattress.

Saint Benedict was named the Patron Protector of Europe in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. Image credit: Ariyandhamma

The Catholic Church continues the use of amulets and talismans. However, the Church refers to them as sacramentals. The Catholic Church maintains that the sacramentals only hold power if they are blessed by the Church. The most popular Catholic amulet is the Saint Benedict medal which protects the wearer from evil. This amulet has been used since the 1700’s.

Brilliant Sun Amulet. This amulet gives the wearer strength, wisdom, and confidence.

Amulets can be as individual as people. Each item within the amulet has its own property and essence. These items are combined for specific reasons. They can be for protection, courage, or spiritual guidance, among other things. Amulets can also be beautiful as in necklaces that are fashionable to wear. Having something that is powerful and beautiful at the same time is extra special.  







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