Sharing this wonderful post by Alan Conrad! It so clearly animates the sparkly, connecting thread that weaves between physical and psychic reality. If you’re not paying attention you can miss it altogether.
Paranormal World|Dreams entering Reality
There is a skeleton in the family closet that has been hiding in there for 50-60 years. I believe I have long been the only one who cares or dares to rattle those bones. Perhaps I am just a natural subversive.
Its almost as if the Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents were all in cahoots, with their lips glued shut forever on the subject, because so and so said, or simply because the truth was too inconvenient or disturbing to process. My family of origin seemed most comfortable in various stages of denial. I, on the other hand, have always been a realist.
All the old guard family members are deceased now, and weren’t forthcoming with me about the issue to begin with. That leaves me as the only place holder for the secret.
A week or so ago, I caught myself mulling over the mystery, again. I realized for the very first time that elements of the story, as told to me, do not sync. That in itself was curious. WTF? Why did it take me fifty years to figure that out?
During my morning meditation, I threw the thought out to Spirit, the universe, or whomever was listening that I needed more information so I could put the issue to rest.
Later that day there was new information in my mind, all at once, showing me that my long deceased mother was at the center of the mystery. It was accompanied by the suggestion that I go back through all the old letters between deceased relatives and my mother to find the answer. That is how Claircognizance works. It is about knowing, is associated with the crown chakra and often occurs in those who are writers and/or logic, analytical, thinking-oriented individuals. That is so me.
Claircognizance often occurs in response to a question, spoken or not. Like the other Clairs, it is usually based on a need to know. It is best compared to an instant download of several pages worth of information at once, including unseen connections and steps to the resolution of the matter, all in less than 15 seconds. Always, always, it is information you do not personally know. It is hard to recognize this Clair in action, at first, as the information often slips into the mind so gently it can feel like it is just your own random thoughts. Many people are Claircognizant and just do not realize it.
Once in a while, when someone else voices a question about an important issue, my mouth will fly open and I will begin speaking the answer before I have time to even think about it. Since it is invariably information I truly know nothing about, it can feel embarrassing. However, my experience with Claircognizance has proved it to be dead accurate. I have learned over the years to trust it, or wish I had.
My first instinct, though, was to argue against such a simple solution, and also against the idea that my mom created the family secret to begin with. I didn’t want to believe that about her. Plus, I had sentimentally read through all those old letters and photos I had inherited from various relatives already, years ago. I felt a classic dragging my feet resistance from my mind.
I decided to sleep on it. The minute my head hit the pillow, the skeleton started making bone-music in my head. It danced around in my mind, like a discordant violin in a symphony, keeping me awake for much of the night.
The next morning I dug through the pile of letters. As I re-read them, I took notes in outline form, noting postmark dates, addresses and situations referred to in the letters. Alongside those details, I wrote down timelines, addresses and corroborating details I personally knew were true from memories of my own life.
Eureka! There was my answer. I just never thought to check the dates the first time I read the letters. I didn’t know there was a mystery, then. There’s nobody left to complain to about it, so at this point, I am just glad to know the truth.
The next time you have information in your head that you don’t think you know, follow the threads to find out.
A good friend just had surgery on one of her knees. Arnica to the rescue! I try to make sure I always have dried Arnica Montana or infused Arnica oil in the cupboard.
I made an infusion of dried Arnica Montana with olive oil in a small crockpot just for her, because I know the power of it firsthand from my own surgery a year ago. I have foraged for it fresh before, in higher elevations, but this is the wrong time of the year.
Arnica resolves stuck blood (like bruises), helps reduce swelling and offers some pain relief for trauma or arthritis as well. You can order dried Arnica Montana from online herb suppliers. Two of my favorite suppliers are Mountain Rose Herbs in Oregon and Dandelion Botanicals, in Seattle, WA. I have not been impressed by the Arnica products easily available in the supermarket or drug store. The Arnica in those products must be extremely dilute. I tried many and they did not work.
To make your own oil infusion from dried Arnica:
Place 1 and 1/8 cup olive oil in a small, 1 quart crock pot. Stir in 1 cup of dried, crumbled Arnica blossoms. Set crock pot to warm or low, and monitor the temperature. Heat, but insure that the temperature does not exceed 130. Turn off crock pot, place a lid on it, and when it cools to room temp, repeat the heating routine 1-2 more times. Allow to sit, covered, overnight.
To make Arnica salve:
Strain the oil through a wire mesh strainer, into a Pyrex 2 cup liquid measuring cup. pressing and squeezing the mash as dry as you can.
Place the measuring cup on a small rack in a saucepan filled with water that climbs about halfway up the measuring cup of oil. Add 1.25 ounces (weighed) of beeswax pellets or shaved beeswax.
Heat on low heat, stirring occasionally, to about
156-160 degrees. Beeswax will be transparent or melted altogether. Remove from heat. Ladle into jars or tins on a tray. As you fill them lightly place a lid over each container. Don’t try to secure them. Do not move the tray for at least 2 hours.
Optional: When mixture is 140 degrees, stir in a half teaspoon of Wintergreen essential oil, then immediately ladle into jars. Store in cupboard 2-3 months or in refrigerator for longer shelf life.
Following herbalist tradition, I make Fire Cider every year. It is a “food as medicine” tonic that is so worth making! It is a spicy hot, deliciously sweet vinegar tonic first concocted in the kitchen at the California School Of Herbal Studies in the early 1970’s or 1980’s. Rosemary Gladstar used it as a class project in her early herbalism classes thirty years ago, and it caught on like wildfire. She also published it in many of her herbal books over the years.
Rosemary Gladstar named it “Fire Cider”, but it became a medicinal tonic of the people, and we all have full awareness of its origin. It was part of the herbal revolution and thanks to Rosemary, belongs to all herbalists. Two tablespoons, taken daily in water, seems to help prevent colds and respiratory infections, and aid digestion.
An upstart company named Shire City went after three herbalists selling fire cider on Etsy and other websites, saying they couldn’t use the name anymore. They had trademarked it as their own. There is a pending lawsuit. Shire City is suing three herbalists over the name. Shire City bottles and sells it as if it were their own original product. The court date is close, March or April 2019. This battle has been going on for 5 years. It is hoped that herbalists will win the right to use the name Fire Cider again. Those of us who oppose the action of Shire City join a Facebook media blitz called Free Fire Cider/Tradition, Not Trademark! Every February 2nd we make it and post photos on the Free Fire Cider FB page, if desired. Please visit!
Heres a good recipe to start with, if you’d like to try it yourself.
1/2 cup grated, fresh horseradish
1/2 cup or more fresh chopped onions
1/4 cup or more chopped garlic
1/4 cup or more grated or diced fresh ginger
2 dried Cayenne peppers
1/2 cup chopped tumeric root or 1/8 c. powdered
1-2 chopped lemons or oranges
Optional: Echinacea, elderberries, cranberries, etc.
There are tons of other Fire Cider recipes online, if you want other ideas.
Place everything in a 1/2 gallon mason jar (or split between 2 quart jars). Cover with enough raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to cover by 3-4 inches. If using a metal lid and screw band, place a piece of Saran Wrap over the jar, first. The vinegar can corrode the metal. I like to use a plastic screw band designed for canning jars.
Place in pantry or on kitchen shelf and shake jar daily (or often) to help in the maceration process. After 3-4 weeks, strain off the liquid. Add warmed honey to taste. For me, that is usually 1/2-3/4 cup. It should be hot, spicy and a little sweet. I usually bottle it in bail wire bottles to make it easy to store it in the fridge or give as a gift.
I dilute my daily shot glass of Fire Cider with water. Be sure to take a couple teaspoons every day if you feel a cold coming on. It’s good stuff! It seems to assist the immune system to battle viruses.
Freeze the “mash” that remains behind. It is great in egg rolls, or as part of a stir fry dish. Chicken cooked in a marinade of Fire Cider is yummy, as are salad dressings made with it.
I made my Fire Cider a little early this year as I was nearly out!
For more info about Rosemary and her wonderful concoction, visit http://www.sagemountain.com
You have probably seen massage melts or lotion bars for sale in tins at gift shops or been gifted with one. They are not new, but they are worth making to sooth winter dry skin issues, and good to have on hand. Know they are very easy to make. Because they are formulated to stay solid at room temperature, when you hold one in your hand, or rub it on your skin, the warmth from your hand will melt just enough to massage into your skin.
You’ll need a small soap mold, a plastic ice-cube tray, or similar multi compartment plastic container to use for a mold.
You can use different oils and solid butters, cut the recipe in half or double it, if you keep the same basic ratios of oils to solids. I have tried shea or mango butter instead of the cocoa butter, but this recipe is the one my skin likes the best. Everyone’s skin is different, so making different combinations is the surest way to find your favorite.
If you don’t use beeswax, you could try Candelilla wax, but the finished consistency of the bar might be different. You might have to play with the ratios a bit to achieve the same consistency. The following recipe will produce 5 (2 oz) massage melts. I often double the batch as they make great gifts.
For an especially lovely skin treat, use herbal infused oil for the liquid oil component.
Part of my recipe was inspired by a recipe from the Mountain Rose Herbs newsletter. They suggested cocoa butter, and that just did it for me. The slight chocolate scent comes through beautifully in the herb infused oil. I weigh the first three ingredients on a scale to make sure the amounts are correct.
3 oz. Beeswax
3 oz. Herbal infused Jojoba oil
3 oz. Cocoa butter
About a tsp. of Lavender essential oil
Herbal infused oil can be made by several methods, but for a small project like this, I often use a small (1-2 quart) crock pot on the lowest setting to hurry the process up.
First, select the herbs you will use to enrich the oil. I have chosen dried Lavender, Rose Attar Geranium leaves and Rose rugosa petals. Measure about 2 Tablespoons of each herb into the bowl. For a little touch of magic inspiration, I like to portion out the herbs in this sweet little nature bowl. It just makes me happy to see the sun, moon and bugs parading around the bowl.
Crumble the herbs with your fingers while mixing them together, then place them in the crock pot. Cover with the Jojoba oil. Turn heat to low but do not cover. Monitor the temperature of the oil with a thermometer, and don’t let it exceed 115 degrees. Once the oil registers 105 degrees, turn off the pot as the sides of the pot are sure to be even hotter. Place the lid on the pot to hold in the heat as long as possible. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Leave covered, in the pot overnight. In the morning your oil will be sweetly scented and infused with the properties of the herbs.
Next, strain the infused oil by placing the herbs and oil in a mesh strainer, pressing the herbs with a spoon to release as much infused oil as possible. Allow gravity to help and don’t rush the process. I forgot to take a picture of the straining phase, sorry!
Place beeswax, infused oil and cocoa butter in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup on a rack inside a 2 qt. saucepan. Add water to equal the depth of the oils you are melting. Set burner to lowest setting and check it frequently. (I use a small stainless rack I saved from a rice cooker that died). You can also set the measuring cup on a canning jar screw band inside the saucepan to use as a rack. It is a little less stable than the rack, but it works. Use a chopstick or wooden cake tester to stir the mixture now and then as it melts.
While the ingredients are melting, locate your mold and place it on a cookie sheet or freezer paper. It can be a little messy if you spill the hot oil or wax when you are ladling or pouring it into the molds. The mixture won’t melt completely till the oils reach a temp of about 155-160. Beeswax takes the longest, so plan for about 25-30 minutes.
One the beeswax has melted and the oils appear clear, turn off the burner. Allow to cool to 140 before stirring in essential oil. I added 1 tsp. Of Lavender and 1/2 tsp. of Geranium essential oil to this batch.
If you have a small stainless steel ladle, know that I much prefer using a ladle to trying to pour the oils from the cup. In either case, work quickly as the mixture will start thicken up fast. Once it does, it gets gloppy and won’t pour. One can always melt it again, but I prefer to avoid that hassle.
Allow the massage melts to set undisturbed for at least two hours to cool and firm up. Silicone molds will release easily. Just turn them upside down and give the mold a slight twist. Other plastics generally release easily. If not, just pop the whole mold tray in the freezer for about 20 minutes and they will just fall out. It won’t hurt them a bit.
Store the melts at room temperature. They will scratch or fingerprint easily, so I wear nylon gloves to handle them. I store them in a jar in my apothecary cabinet so they are handy.
Spirits have come to visit me since I was eight. My first visitation was from my father. I did not know he had died until he told me himself. Newly deceased family members still almost always come to say goodbye to me. I generally see and hear them objectively, just like I would see or hear you. I occasionally sense their emotions or other personality details as if they were my own.
My favorite 96-year-old uncle passed away recently. He was something of a character while alive, and apparently still retains that quality in spirit. I did not yet know that he had passed. I thought I heard someone call my name several times in the morning, in my kitchen. The voice was rather faint, and high-pitched and it sounded very far away. I didn’t recognize it, and I didn’t see anyone, either, so I went about my business.
I was outside on our patio dead-heading geraniums that afternoon when I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye, to my left. I turned to look and saw the lower body only of a spirit, from the waist down. I perceived the spirit to be a very thin, elderly man wearing tan khaki pants and tennis shoes without socks. It was as if he was part of a wavy mirage, the kind you see on a hot summer day. His feet were about a foot off the ground, and his legs were moving like crazy! He moved right through the door into our mud room, so I followed him into the house to see if I could learn more. I couldn’t figure out if he was tap dancing, doing a vaudeville dance or some sort of Zumba workout. It was like a theatrical game of charades. I giggled out loud. It was one of the strangest things I have ever seen! By the time I got into the house he was gone.
The next day I saw his son post that he had passed. I texted his daughter to offer condolences and she told me my uncle had passed away in the early evening the day before. I shared my spirit visitation story, with some chagrin that I couldn’t be sure it was him, or, even what exactly he was acting out. I had pondered it all afternoon, into the evening, but had not been able to figure it out. My cousin seemed puzzled also, and said her Dad didn’t even like to dance, and never had.
Then my cousin told me how her elderly father insisted on riding his bicycle recklessly without a helmet on dirt roads and hills near his house, like Evil Kneival, to his elderly wife’s dismay. I am not certain the age that he quit, but I know he was still riding his bike in his eighties.
After one fall off his bike, when his wife and daughter were with him at the hospital, he said had always hoped to go out while he was riding his bike. Bingo! That was what he was showing me with the crazy leg movement. Even though I did not see a bike in the vision, he was still riding his bike like a maniac in spirit. Message received.