The Child Queen: A Sad And Deceitful Personality

Many celebrities are Child Queens, as are those who are deeply disloyal & narcissistic.

THE CHILD QUEEN: A FASCINATING PERSONALITY!

We’ve all dealt with narcissists and know how difficult they can be. The Child Queen, the newest addition to my Personality Cards, appears to be well-mannered, but in reality, she is a secretly tragic and spineless character.

Dealing with human beings (whether he, she, or they) who believe themselves to be better than others can be disappointing and painful. These disruptive souls might enroll or manipulate you with warmth, only to turn on you after their fears take over or their illusions have burst.

The disruptions and pain that result from engaging these types of people can be devastating. While they not only hurt and deceive us, they do the same to themselves.

While compassion is called for here, so is departure.


CELEBRITIES ARE NUTS!

You might know a few folks who are in the public-eye. Models, athletes, celebrities, “reality” stars, and others like them, sometimes behave like The Child Queen. When their egos are pinched, or when they want to break their agreements, rather than humble themselves and communicate like human beings, they rant and rave. They might even hire security teams to further validate their false fears and self-generated confusion.

The Child Queen barely knows who she is and continuously projects her insecurities onto others. She is sad, tragic, and dangerous. Pity these people, pray for them, but never allow their shallow projections and warped self-worth to dampen your spirit. To fully protect yourself, keep a healthy distance from these disloyal souls.

“When we receive Prasad from the temple, we never complain, whether it’s too salty or too sweet. By considering it a gift from God, we cherish and accept it, whatever it may be. Consider the whole world as a temple and all of your actions as prayers. Try to develop this same attitude towards everything that happens to you in life. Whether success or failure, criticism or praise, accept everything as a gift from God and be happy and peaceful.”
~ Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma.org)

YOU CAN CHANGE!

If you’re struggling with having become The Child Queen, it’s time to be honest with yourself and others. It’s time to own your stuff, change your behavior, and evolve into the remarkable person you know you can be.

Begin with gratitude for all those who have lovingly and selflessly served you.

Acknowledge how you broke agreements in serve to your fears and low self-esteem.

Seek the source of your power and integrity. Become true to yourself and your word. You can do it!

Failing these things, you’ll continue to go in disastrous circles, disappointing yourself and enabling others  – validating a dishonest and spineless YOU.

ENJOY!

 


 

The Child Queen

“I love being in charge! It’s my house, my money, and my world, so I deserve everything I want, all the time, no matter what. I rule everything – and everybody should do as I say. I don’t want to have to explain everything, you should just know. And if you’re not giving me what I want, I’m gonna tell on you and then you won’t ever be invited to my parties ever again. My mommy says I’m special and awesome all the time, which is 100% true, so shut up.” 

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When a person throws tantrums, they are delusional, rejecting integrity and self-responsibility at every turn. 

Message

The Child Queen is sweet and loving until you challenge her warped, over-elevated self-perception. She’s cute and charismatic until it’s time to fulfill her responsibilities and agreements. This vacuous soul can pretend to be a good little girl for quite some time, fooling the best of us, but the moment you test her quality, she’ll run screaming throughout her castle. She’ll blame everybody but herself, all the while seeking similarly juvenile souls to agree with her.

With her infantile attitude and behavior validated, The Child Queen will seek revenge rather than a loving resolve. She simply cannot fathom the idea of accepting her own choices. She’ll blame everybody but herself, then complain about the “injustice of it all”.

Sad and isolated, she’ll continually affirm her self-deception, shallow nature, bizarre projections, and imagined fears to soothe her deeper wounds, which she refuses to properly address. In the end, she’ll only hurt herself. 

While we might want to believe this pretentious ankle-biter to have integrity and virtue, she’ll most often worship her own personality, body, and beliefs. She’ll go out of her way to avoid personal and spiritual growth. She is her only obstacle.

The Child Queen can save herself by fully owning all of the aspects she tends to project onto others. She can merge her surface warmth with a revitalized integrity and truly evolve. When follows her ego and fears, she is forgetting the simplest truth: There is only YOU calling forth experiences to help you dissolve your weaknesses and illusions, and grow. 

It’s time to humble yourself and grow up. Otherwise, the combination of Defiance, Evasion, Anger, and Fear will make you DEAF.

Caution

Petulant, nasty, and dishonest are not the attributes of a spiritual person. They represent a delusional power-player whose only desire is to maintain a false, temporary self-identity, position, and pedestal.

The Child Queen might even imagine herself to be a deep, fascinating, and marvelous person, but she rarely does the right thing. Rather than humble herself and be grateful, she squanders all the kindness, virtue, and luck that comes her way. 

When The Child Queen is out of touch with herself, she becomes vengeful against those who sought to help her. She can’t imagine that the goodness she requested from the Divine actually arrived. In her childish, over-reactive mind, she turns loving servants into villains. 

Unable to improve her relationships, she’ll declare her hatred for her husband and family in one breath, then pretend everything is fine in the next. She’ll never arrive at an inner-congruence or genuine self-awareness. She struggles to own her stuff, thinking she is far more evolved than she is.

Instead of working to become a spiritually evolved and empowered human being, The Child Queen prefers to play the victim. She might even hire a cybersecurity team in an attempt to prove herself right and righteous. She’s not. She is merely lost, confused, and trapped in delusion.

This sad soul has no sense of her truth. She is imbued with warped self-esteem and no self-worth, with no ability to maintain genuine friendships (because friendships require altruistic effort). She’s inconsistent, voiceless, and lonely, having trapped herself in her own glass tower. 

 


IT’S TIME TO GROW!

If you’re riding the line between Quality Human Being and Child Queen, keep in mind that your ego is deceiving you. Take it down a notch and source a deeper level of compassion and empathy for those around you. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Be reasonable. Your vengeance represents your self-hatred and confusion – and has nothing to do with the other person.

You might also want to fully own all of your actions and choices so that you can finally heal and evolve. It’s time to  learn how to communicate your thoughts and feelings with others so that you can become a spiritual warrior.

You might believe yourself to be an untouchable, high-level person, but you fart and poop like the rest of us. Stop self-aggrandizing. Find true humility. Become a Human Being. 

You may have been fooled by your own over-spiritualized self-concept, imagination, and materialism. Numerology is not more important than your own intuition and integrity. Stop using new-age ideology to validate your laziness and fears. You’re not enlightened – you’re a little girl living a delusional, egoistic moment. Even so, you can choose to evolve in this moment.

It’s time to buck up, become an adult, and contribute to society with earnestness. Own your deficiencies, communicate like a responsible human being, and stop hurting others. In all things, honor your agreements. When you honor your agreements, no matter how painful, you grow from them. 

The Universe is giving you yet another chance to own your stuff and evolve. Take it.

Extreme

Apparently, you enjoy going through life throwing tantrums and being disloyal. Take responsibility for your bad attitude and seek to improve your communication and relationships. Stop creating villains. 

In the psychological world, you might be Borderline or Bipolar.

You bask in the light when it’s granted to you, but upon any infringement on your ego, you turn into a heartless monster. The Universe is giving you a chance to grow up, pay your debts, apologize to those you’ve harmed, and seek the light. It’s your only hope.

If you’re lamenting over an engagement with The Child Queen, there’s a chance she’s already eaten you alive. If you’re wondering what a journey with The Child Queen might bring, just imagine a black hole – with sparkles – and a litany of shallow, new-age fetishes. 

To save yourself, cut your losses and seek a more enlightened client, friend, partner, or lover. Find forgiveness if you can. Regardless, move on from this heart-breaker at the speed of light!

ASMR: The Unusual World Of Living Sound

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asmr-healing-benefits

 

If you are like many other people, you probably enjoy watching videos online. If you let your playlist continue to play for a while, you might run into a video that appears quite strange at first: a person whispering into or tapping their fingernails on an object. Wait, what are they doing?

Exactly. A bit strange, right?

The first time you see one of these videos you might think, “How does this whackjob have so many views?!” You might also think, “Wow, I want to do this, like, IMMEDIATELY!”

Over the last few years, a new video genre has emerged, with these videos popping up everywhere. Do they belong in the healing or entertainment category? Maybe, both! 

These videos are showcasing what’s called Audio Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR. They’re trending right now and they’re fascinating!

 

What is ASMR?

Have you ever listened to a song and felt pins and needles running up and down your neck and spine? This is the same feeling that ASMR attempts to replicate. Some people report different sensations: pins and needles, a warm buzzing feeling, an opening of intuition, connections to their hearts, or just light tickles, but the end goal is the same: people watch/listen to these videos to feel good.

The reason for the euphoric tingling sensation is not widely understood. Scientists have known for years that some people are more sensitive than others, especially when it comes to light, sound, and the various levels and hues of each. 

In one study, participants were placed in an MRI and exposed to popular ASMR cues. The individuals who experienced the tingling sensation were shown to have reduced connectivity between their frontal lobes and the sensory regions of the brain. This reduced connection is thought to make it easier for emotions to be triggered by varied sets of external stimuli.

When you hear “reduced connectivity,” you might think enjoying ASMR is a form of disability; however, by no means are these individuals less smart, aware, or healthy than others. On the contrary, people who connect emotions to sounds and visual cues actually score higher on many personality traits tests. Those who can garnish the euphoria of sound are proven to be more empathetic, open to new experiences, and even more in touch with their own emotions.

The fluid connectivity in these regions of the brain allow for a kind of bleeding-over effect, whereby they build internal bridges between sets of their senses. When a person is able to taste words, feel sounds, or hear colors, they are thought to have synesthesia. The blending of two, or more senses is rare; though evidence suggests that people who enjoy ASMR might have some form of this unique cognitive gift.

Over the last few years, some people have started recording the sounds that trigger these physiological responses. In ASMR culture, these creators are called ASMRtists, or maybe, “asmertists.”

 

Benefits

The warm buzzes we receive from feel-good chemicals, the ones that follow ASMR videos, are due to floods of dopamine, a chemical in our brains that is responsible for making us happy. Whenever we feel safe, happy, and content, we receive several undeniable health benefits.

Pain relief

For those who are addicted to opioids and heavy pain killers, and who seek a more holistic approach, ASMR is a key treatment.

The joy some people experience when exposed to ASMR can last for hours and longer. After 1-3 hours of ASMR listening, many reported dulled or eased chronic pain. The reason for this is because the body can often only experience one thing at a time. When there is a rush of dopamine, pain is removed from center stage and the ASMR listeners are chemically nudged to ignore most of their discomforts.

 

Improved Mood

Just like pain relief, individuals who watch ASMR content say they feel loved and safe for hours after a session, implementing it strategically throughout their day to brighten their moods.

However, unlike most of the benefits listed, many reported a sense of wellbeing after even one ASMR session. This occurred even when they were unable to feel the stereotypical tingling sensation experienced by typical users. This could be due to the closeness felt between the performer and the observer.

Most videos focus on sounds that can only be heard when you are very near to another human. For many of us, especially adults, the experience can be akin to living with a mother, father, or loved one. Even if the sound doesn’t trigger a physiological response, it is comforting to know that somebody is near, and they care for you.

 

Deep Relaxation and Better Sleep

For both the reasons already listed, it is easier to sleep and relax when we are not in pain and when we feel loved. While ASMR is an upgrade to the standard self-improvement and relaxation audio content, people have used similar audio to help them fall asleep for years, even before the concept of ASMR.

Many find it difficult to unwind at night. The days bustle swirls around their minds while they stare restlessly at the ceiling. For people who can’t seem to turn off their brains, noise machines have been used to echo waves from a beach, crickets chirping in a field, whales singing, and thunderstorms rolling across the sky. These repetitive sounds have helped people relax and fall asleep for generations.  

 

Popular Forms of ASMR

There are wide varieties of ASMRs, and not all ASMR sounds affect everyone. Some enjoy listening to people brushing hair, while others may enjoy listening to the sound of people chewing. Regardless of what is being recorded, most focus on private experiences.

When first starting your journey into the world of ASMR, be aware of any misophonia, hatred of sounds, that you may have. 

Some people are commonly triggered by open mouth chewing, tapping, or pen clicks. If there is a sound that affects you, be careful which audio you consume. Exposing yourself to one of these sounds early on could turn you off to ASMR forever.

 

Whispering

Without a doubt, the most popular type of ASMR, is whispering! Even if the video is not focused around the actual speaking, content creators will usually address the audience in a hushed voice before the video starts.

If you are new to ASMR, don’t be discouraged if you can’t enjoy a person whispering. Speech patterns, mouth moisture, and accents vary from person to person. While many prefer British accents and a female voice, some like lisps and lip smacking.

It’s a wonderfully diverse world, isn’t it?! WOW!

 

Brushing/Scratching

Many ASMRtists use special microphones to personalize specific sounds, one of which looks like a human head. Creators will drape high quality wigs over these microphones and gently pull a comb through the hair. Those who enjoy getting their own hair brushed by another, associate the familiar sound with the feeling.

Just like brushing, many like having their backs scratched. 

In these videos, mics are either directly scratched or the artist slowly drags their nails up and down a nearby surface.

The level of thought and intention that goes into ASMR content is quite impressive, and seems to span a broad spectrum of ideas and innovations.

 

Writing/Typing/Page Turning

Repetitive sounds like these are more focused on proximity. The sound of a loved one reading a book in bed or working quietly at their desk can help the listeners feel like they are not alone.

The rustling of paper being flipped-over every few seconds, a pen nib gliding across parchment, or the consistent clacking of a mechanical keyboard can help many feel like there is someone just out of sight – someone who might love us.

And thus we feel nurtured and heard, even if for a moment.

Chewing

Chewing sounds are the most polarizing of all ASMR. Chances are, you either love or hate the sound of another human being chewing. In this ASMR type, the recorded person eats, slurps, or crunches on a wide variety of foods. Many who enjoy mukbang, watching people eat large quantities of food, also enjoy chewing styled ASMR.

 

Not for Everyone

While the ASMR audience has been growing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many are alone at home, there are many people who abhor this unusual craze. 

For some, misophonias are too challenging for them. The sounds of people whispering, chewing, and typing can cause a visceral response. For these people, enjoying ASMR is out of the question. 

If you find it difficult to be around these sounds in real life, don’t be surprised if you don’t enjoy them in your digital life either.

Not every ASMR will nurture you. Some will really piss you off!

Due to the fundamental relationship between SMR and memory retrieval, individuals who have had bad experiences associated with the sounds in videos, things like brushing hair or cleaning teeth, may find that reliving the memory to be too traumatic to enjoy.

 

Keep an Open Mind

It might not be for everyone, but studies show that people who start listening to ASMR and expect it to be a pleasurable experience are more likely to enjoy the benefits of listening to ASMR. 

On the contrary, if you are convinced that you will hate ASMR, you are much more likely to have a negative experience.

This is the same in all aspects of our lives. When we enter an experience with positivity, openness, clarity, and relaxation, we increase the possibility that the experience will be enjoyable and beneficial. 

Additionally, the more we are proactive in any experience, even the most difficult ones, the more we will arrive at our destination with light, love, and joy in our hearts. 

Venture carefully into the world of ASMR. Love yourself in all things. Remember, too, that the more work you do internally means the less the external will negatively impact your life. 

YOU ARE LIGHT AND LOVE! 

Beyond Quarantine: A Chance for Rebirth

Before 2020, most of us believed that pandemics were ancient history. Having read about the black plague, smallpox, and other illnesses as lessons learned, we assumed we’d most likely never have to face such doom and gloom again. After all, science is powerful!

Not so much.

Science, as we all know it today, is relatively new, and less than 150 years old. And until mRNA developments, the way we treated viruses was less than pretty. Thanks to the process developments over the last 15 years, our ability to eradicate viruses has improved. That said, it’s far from perfect. 

Prior to the late 1800s, folklore, mythology, herbology and intuitive healing practices were more popular than aspirin. Strangely, and much to the chagrin of many of today’s scientists, herbs are still popular, highly nutritious, and often incredibly effective against a myriad of health challenges. 

During the 2020-21 quarantines, people realized the virus didn’t just affect their physical health, but every aspect of their lives. Things we used to take for granted, like hugging loved ones, social gatherings with friends, and collaborative meetings at work were limited, indefinitely postponed, or canceled.

As we contemplate the aspects of our lives, and coordinate all the changes we’ve had to make, many of us are wondering, “Is Covid-19 coming to a close? Are we done with this crap?! Can I finally just frickin’ go to Starbucks and drink lattes?!” *

As we prepare to emerge from our homes, stepping out of our lonely, secluded bubbles, and back into the bright, warm, light of the world, most of us understand that this is not just a hiccup. Truly, for all of us, life has changed forever. 

(*) Um. Well, yeah, I guess. But, it’s complicated. And it’ll be dangerous for quite some time, largely because, ya know, science and well, the idiots who find the realities of health science to be inconvenient. 

“I luv my dang intense phone and highly engineery diesel injun and all thuh other conveniences that cum outa smart people’s heads, but this dang science bill gates bullsh*t ain’t for me. I seen thru the onion! I been down the rabbit’s hole – and without protection! Jesus told me to blow at the virus soze it goes outs the window, which I did and I saw it went! All this masky fear is a big guvverment scam to make us cancel tractor-pulls, mate with farm animals, and eat our own livers! LONG LIVE JFK JR, MY CUTIE Q FOREVER!”

— Bucky Buferd, Anti-Science, Pro-Qanon, Human-Hater

 

We’ve All Grown Up Over The Last Year

It’s been a little intense at times, right? Many of us have struggled to thrive. With isolation from friends, family, coworkers, and adventures, little dips can turn into mopey-dopey rests, or multi-month depressions. It takes a ton of discipline to remain positive during times like these.

While many of us may have adopted a variety of wonderfully healthy new habits. To you, I say, “AWESOME! GREAT JOB!” For the rest of you, there’s probably a slew of things you’ve been doing that aren’t necessarily helping you improve your vibrations, uplifting your state of mind, or, shall we say, advancing our species to new heights.

At first, the sudden changes in our schedules felt exciting. For a moment, some of us were looking forward to slowing down, connecting with family, and growing a tomato. But over time, on some days, we probably found it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Heck even hitting snooze can feel like a monumental task. 

The best of us treated this period of time like we were at war or as if we just repelled into a 1930s kibbutz or commune. You may have begun making jams, breads, jarred vegetables, and fermented, probiotic cranberry spritzers. You may have grown sprouts, built new shelves, or had sex with your equally bored neighbor. You may even have adopted new hobbies, like painting on grains of rice or windsurfing in your mind. 

Hey, whatever it takes, right?! It’s all about staying positive and finding ways to invite enjoyment and normalcy back in our lives!

Some of us have taken this opportunity to learn new instruments, pick up gardening, or even start their own businesses. Don’t be surprised after visiting with a friend or family member and find they’ve changed religions, converted their spare bedrooms into shipping centers, and built panic caves under their compost bins.

Though some people have dramatically changed their lives during their isolation, some struggle to adapt to life while living alone. If that sounds like you, you might be counting the days until you can embrace a loved one, go naked-hottubing with your pals, and socialize like it was 2019. 

The growth we’ve experienced during this is not limited to hobbies, habits, and bad cooking. One study shows that 22% of us have reported gaining weight in 2020, some now struggle with alcoholism, and many more show symptoms of deeper depressions. This difficult time has caused many to reevaluate their social circles, work ethics, and priorities. 

On the positive side, 2020 found many of us adopting pets, finally meeting our neighbors after 10 years, and spending 10X more time with household and family members, even the ones we don’t like!

The Challenges Of Getting Back to Normal 

Here’s the thing: it’s incredibly unsafe to pretend that life is now “getting back to normal.” During any pandemic, and especially during a pandemic involving a mutating virus, we can’t make any assumptions about timeframes as related to normalcy. 

When you take your first steps out of quarantine, wear a mask, socially distance yourself from others, and stay out of rooms and buildings that do not have open windows. 99.999999999999999% of ventilation systems do not defend against viruses. 

As you ponder your next move, consider some of these ideas:

 

Forgive Yourself For Mistakes

During this timeframe, you may have consumed more junk food and alcohol than the average 18 yr old on their first spring break. 

It might be that you purchased so much toilet paper, you’ve launched a new business making paper-mache angels for new-age bookstores. 

You may have cheated on your wife or husband by jerking off the postman. While your mail now comes a day early, it’s quite possible that breaking this and other rules didn’t make you feel too good.  

Meanwhile, all the people you love might also have made a few of these mistakes. In times of war and pandemics, it’s always best to get to forgiveness as quickly as possible. With emotions heightened and with more people feeling confused and depressed, it’s vital that you give every human being the benefit of the doubt. 

This is a great time to forgive yourself and others. 

 

A Time to Build Relationships

Keep in mind that many people throughout the world have been cooped-up just like you – for the same amount of time – or even longer. This means that almost any person you reach out to is desperate for social interactions. They might even cry when you say hello.

As you explore new relationships (and revitalize the old ones), ask them about their lives, take time to listen to their struggles, and let them know that they are loved.

This is a great time to practice sharing your compassion for all living Beings. While it may have been scary to make yourself vulnerable in the past, people will be more receptive to vulnerability, especially now that they have felt cut-off from the rest of the world.

Many people lost their jobs, some have gone through a divorce, and yet others are under an almost insurmountable amount of stress. There might even be people you know who are even facing the possibility of losing everything. 

If you see somebody suffering, do what you can to help them. Something as simple as a smile or hug can go a long way. 

Remember, too, that a smile shared is equal to meditation. It can dissolve pieces of your karma and bring you closer to the Divine. 

Set Realistic Goals

To set yourself up for success, be careful how you fill your schedule. 

     1 – Don’t take on every project and idea that trips across your desk. 

     2 – Take a measured approach. Don’t rush. 

     3 – Upon every decision, be certain before moving forward. 

     4 – Relax your demands and expectations. 

     5 – Allow yourself to upgrade your priorities. 

It might take you some time to start feeling “normal” again. You might also consider that there is no more normal. The past is gone. It is a canceled check. Expect a new reality. 

For some, quarantine is not very challenging.  You might LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE working from home and spending more time with your family. You may have also taken so much pause in your life that you’ve fallen back in love with your spouse or partner. You might even now really LIKE your kids! 

If you’re ready to get back in the game, or create a new game, make a list of a small handful of daily and weekly goals. Get a schedule going. 

Continue working out at home, but maybe try an outdoor class now and again. 

Start moving your alarm clock back 30 minutes at a time until you start waking up at your desired time. You might consider 15 minute of meditation in the early morning, a light breakfast, and then 30 minutes of praying, forgiving yourself and others, and forming a life-plan.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

When we come to life or step out of hiding, it can be easy to see someone else’s successes and feel like we’re not accomplishing very much. In these cases, we forget how long other people have been working on something. We might not know how many failures they had along the way. 

Be careful not to make too many assumptions. And never place yourself hierarchically beneath another person. 

THERE IS NO HIERARCHY! THERE IS ONLY PROJECTION!

Projecting less means less fantasy, fewer disappointments, and more reality. More reality means a more grounded, actionable life. 

YOU GOT THIS!

Be careful on social media. Relax before responding to someone. It’s important to remember that social media is only a glimpse into someone’s life, and usually only shows the best parts. Every person you respond to on Facebook, Instagram, and other places, is struggling in ways you might not be able to see, know, or understand. 

Instead of comparing your successes to those of your friends and associates, focus on your own goals and how to gradually work towards them. 

You are a capable individual and beautiful in your own right!

Remember What You Learned In 2020

Let’s face it. You were a rockstar. You rose above the sadness. You gave good thought to your goals. You shifted your habits a bit. And you made some solid headway. You broke through a few walls, you forgave a few people, including yourself, and you made some wonderful things happen. 

YOU did this. YOU! GREAT JOB!

Remember all of the coping skills you developed in 2020. Take time to look inwardly and reflect on who you’ve become. If you’ve started to practice meditation or yoga, GOOD ON YA, MATE! Please continue working on these things to clear your chakras and energy centers, and expand your awareness and self-love.

Create a doable schedule for all these things, commit to it, and you’ll expand your life!

Try Something New

Instead of heading out and picking-up where you left off a year ago, tell yourself: IT’S TIME TO BEGIN AGAIN. It’s time for a REBIRTH!  

A few ideas!

     1 –  If you have a cat, dog, goldfish, or pet rock, I’ll bet you’ll find a MeetUp group that’ll tickle your fancy and heart – and make you feel all warm-fuzzy inside!

     2 – Start guided meditation or yoga class! Online to start – and when it’s safest, you can join a few in-person classes – but only in highly ventilated rooms and buildings. 

     3 – Examine your job and profession. Are you in the right position or field? Can you grow here? Do you have some other ideas? If so, get to it! 

     4 – After spending so much time away from everyone else, it can feel daunting to get back out there and immerse yourself with others. Think about how a butterfly emerges from a cocoon after spending a long time developing herself. During this time, you’ve grown in more ways than you know. It’s not time to be fearful, but time to spread your own wings and share the new you with all those you meet.

 

Rituals & Prayers

Find time for rituals and prayers, which you can find on my website under Free Resources. Dive deeply into your nature and learn who you truly are. Expand your heart by forgiving everything, including each of your mistakes. 

 

With daily prayer, meditation, and rituals, we can establish protective spheres around us and create pathways for light to move into our hearts, minds, and lives. 

 

Once in a while, find time to serve others and pray for others. This invites The Universe and all the divine Beings to nourish and support you.

 

Remember how powerful and wonderful you are. 

 

Love yourself, always.  

 

MAY ALL THE BEINGS, IN ALL THE WORLDS, THROUGHOUT ALL THE REALMS, BE HAPPY!

Health Benefits of Tea

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Health benefits of herbal tea 

Many people can’t imagine going a single morning without their habitual cup of coffee. There is something unbeatable about a hot cup of luscious liquid carrying caffeine and sugar to you first thing in the morning. 

What many don’t realize is that their dependency on bean juice can lead to excruciating headaches and a whole laundry list of other health problems. For those who don’t want to give up their vice but also want to lead a healthier life, tea is a great option. It might not be quite as delicious, but that’s where honey comes in! You might also find that your tea has 2-3X the caffeine. I say, BRING IT ON!

Tea has been consumed around the world for thousands of years. Records show tea has been specifically drunk for its medicinal properties, and since 300 AD. There are many myths of how tea was first discovered. Some people believe that random leaves were blown into boiling water, while others think that tea was first consumed by the Gods. As such, tea may have been the official, celebratory beverage at We Created The Universe Party. GO GODS!

Regardless of the origins of tea, the beverage has become a staple in many cultures around the world. People are fascinated by the complexities of taste and doctors are bewildered by its healing properties.

 

 

Types of Tea

Technically, tea is any dried leaf that is steeped within hot water. However, many enthusiasts consider only green, black, white, Pu-erh, and oolong teas to be true teas. All of these teas have natural antioxidants and flavonoids that promote wellbeing. Studies have also shown that drinking teas can help with some forms of cancer, diabetes, clogged arteries, and heart disease.

Teas are also wonderful when you want to get to know someone from the U.K. Tea time!

 

Green:

Healing, Longevity, Libido, Energy, and Love

Made with steamed leaves, green tea is one of the most widely studied teas of them all. Green tea has a high concentration of Epigallocatechin gallate EGCG, a compound known to prevent growth in cancerous tissues. Green tea may also help individuals burn fat, prevent calcification of arterial walls, improve cholesterol, and even reduce the risk of stroke.

 

Black:

Courage, Alertness, Mental Clarity, Strength

This tea uses fermented leaves and boasts the highest caffeine of any other tea. Its strong flavors are the backbone to many popular teas: iced tea, chai, and instant. Studies show drinking black teas can help protect the respiratory tract from cigarette smoke.

For many, black tea is the obvious and most treasured choice to replace your daily injection of coffee. The bitter taste and high caffeine mimic its java brother. The higher level of caffeine is one of the reasons this tea is known to bolster courage. The tea causes an increase of blood flow that leaves the drinker awake and aware.  

White:

Happiness, Protection, New Beginnings, Cleansing

Unfermented and uncured, white tea is a minimally processed tea. While some teas are aged to bring out varieties of flavors, and others are allowed to decay, white tea leaves echo the purity of their properties. Drinking this tea helps prepare your body and spirit for change, upleveling, and transformation. It’s a wonderful tea for ceremonies, especially those where you are surrounded by forests, embedded in the bosom of a wilderness. 

The lighter notes of flavor brighten your taste buds and improve your mood. Many report feeling happier or more relaxed after a cup of white tea. This color of tea is helpful to drink when you feel like you need to re-center, regroup, or peacefully plan your takeover of the world.

 

Pu-erh:

Reflection, Psychic Development, Divination

Fermented and aged, pu-erh is one of the rarer teas. It is technically a black tea, but the leaves are processed in a different way.

Pu-erh is aged under pressure. Processors compress the leaves to create a cake. While compressed, the tea ferments more effectively than in normal black teas. The result of the process is a complex tea that connoisseurs prefer and highly recommend, and one for which you might go wild!

This tea is known to help those tune into the world around them. Psychics, clairsentients, and empaths drink the tea and enjoy how it enhances their abilities to look and focus within themselves. This is a great tea to use before, during, and after meditation. It’s also the perfect tea for scrying, you know, piercing the walls of reality and sourcing information from the beyond!

Pu-erh isn’t just great for those trying to tone their spiritual bodies, Scientists have discovered that Pu-erh causes weight loss and better cholesterol in animal studies.

 

Oolong:

Relationships, Concentration, Romance

Oolong tea is partially fermented. It’s known for its ability to improve mental clarity. Many claim Oolong can help with eczema, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Although all tea has been proven to have some antimicrobial effects, studies are still being conducted to prove Oolong’s bone-restorative traits.

 

Herbal:

Varies Depending on Herbs

In the beginning, I shared that tea enthusiasts have a very rigid opinion of what a Tea is and should be. Though many herbal teas are not fermented or steamed like a traditional black or Pu-erh blend, the varieties of herbal teas are only limited by your imagination.

Many people drink chamomile to help them fall asleep. Others enjoy honeysuckle, lavender, or jasmine teas to awaken and soothe their senses. Because the flower changes from tea to tea, there are no catch-all properties to this blend. Simply pick flowers that are connected to your current emotional wellbeing, then breathe deeply and enjoy.

No matter which color tea calls to you at any given moment, there is a tea for every occasion. If you are struggling to stop drinking coffee or just trying to live a healthier life, drinking tea can be a great way to improve your mood, emotional stability, and physical health.

If you’re like me, you might consider rotating triple espressos with a nice green tea once in a while. I love noticing the difference in how each of these lovely beverages affects my intuition, perception, and creative flow. 

Tune into your muse and ask her, “What beverage, my dear, should I consume today so that I may merge more abundantly and congruently with you?” I bet she’ll answer you!

Energy Vampires! What Are They & How Can We Protect Ourselves?

How to protect yourself from energy vampires

How to protect yourself from energy vampires

 

When people hear the word vampire, they think of Mary Shelly and her wild and haunting stories. There’s gore and darkness and a lot of really bad make-up! 

Truth be told, real vampires don’t go around drinking blood directly out of the spout, they sit across the table from you, look deep into your eyes, and drain the life out of you. Ehem, I mean, they draw energy from your vibration, potentially depleting your emotional and spiritual gold.

These sad folks are sometimes called “Emotional Vampires” or Narcissists. Make no mistake about it, attempting to have reciprocal relationships with these people can take a toll on your life, especially if you are unaware of the dynamics at play. 

 

You probably already know a Vampire.

According to Judith Orloff M.D., a practicing Psychologist in L.A., “… the biggest energy drain on my patients is relationships. Some relationships are positive and mood-elevating. Others can suck optimism and serenity right out of you.” 

Humans are social creatures. We love to hug, gather, and chit-chat. With the hope of another person filling our little gaps, we open ourselves up upon every chance at intimacy. We work together in large groups, meet for dinner and drinks, and immerse ourselves in complex family constructs. In the midst of it all, each of us is most certainly engaging or nurturing a vampire. Energy vampires can even be a spouse.

Has anybody you know repeatedly failed to deliver on promises? 

Have they made excuses and guilted you into doing their work for them? 

Maybe they only want to spend time with you when it’s convenient for them? 

In your moment of need, do they disappear?

When connecting with you, are they obsessed with their own needs and challenges? 

Is it all drama, all day, every day?

All of these folks might be feeding off of your goodwill and kindness. They might be draining you of energy better spent on yourself. After cleaning up after them, driving them places, making excuses for them, putting up with their diversions, and trying not to crack under their pressure, you might need a month of detox!

These relationships are toxic for sure – and if not properly managed, they could feed off you to the point of absolute devastation. 

Be careful, set boundaries, don’t take on their karma, and continually check-in with yourself to make sure you’re not giving up energy that you don’t have.

Be On The Lookout For These Things

Specifics change from vampire to vampire, but they all have a few key characteristics. 

Energy vampires and narcissists:

  •   Tend to be very charismatic and engaging 
  •   Continually draw attention to themselves
  •   Lack empathy 
  •   Lack an understanding reciprocity, balance, and being “other-focused”
  •   Appear extremely needy and lazy
  •   Talk a good game but rarely act
  •   Find it difficult to change their behavior 
  •   Manipulate others to do everything for them
  •   Rarely own their bad behavior – except when we threaten to leave them

Getting other people to do all the work is easier when you’re a smooth talker. It also helps when you’re able to project confidence and enthusiasm. Energy vampires might boast that they are extroverts, but they’re most often desperate at a core level.  

Some of them spend an unusual amount of time focused on their own appearance. They might have the perfect excuses for how they spend their time and money on things that are obviously not prudent, mature, or good for them. They might say that their recreational drugs help them sleep or feel less anxious. 

Everything a vampire does is about filling the sad, bottomless holes within them.

One of my former narcissist, celebrity clients could not help but make a villain out of everybody in her life, including her husband, sisters, nanny, chef – you name it. She had no sense of who she was because she continually devoured the people in her life. She could not understand how every person in her life had value. She made each of them out to be a villain. 

Additionally, she could barely own, declare, and defend her opinions, which changed like the wind, let alone her challenges, shortcomings, and massive, misguided ego. It was sad to watch. 

My ideas for this sad soul were all about being more productive, fulfilling her agreements, renegotiating her relationships, and improving the structure in her personal and professional lives. Yet, all of these ideas became thorns for her. She simply could not fathom the idea of hard work, especially when it came to working on herself. Everything was EVERYBODY else’s fault. 

This is classic narcissism. This type of person does not want real relationships in her life, she wants every person in her life to validate her every whim, glance, thought, and incongruence. She would grimace at the thought of having to reflect upon herself. She found it exhausting. 

While many of these vampires are outgoing, silver-tongued, and maybe even sexy, some spend time in the background, appearing unassuming and quiet. This is only part of their engagement patterns. They’ll perch and await the right moment to play the victim card. When they do, look out! This is when all hell breaks loose. 

As they shout and freak out about all of their assumptions, projections, stress, and delusions, they find culprits for every aspect of their self-created pain. They NEVER look in the mirror and say, “I chose these experiences. How can I honor them and then improve upon myself?” This concept would never dawn on a narcissist. 

They’ll always find an excuse or response along the lines of “You might have it slightly bad in your life at times, but I have it way worse. Here are 10 contrived examples born from my self-aggrandized ego.”

These fascinating embodiments of Eternal Black Holes will complain about money, health, their car, or a broken fingernail – anything to refocus attention back on them. If the conversation is aimed at anything other than their vanity, their overactive minds will be hard at work looking for the bridge that takes the conversation back to them. 

If you’re speaking, chances are they are not listening. Their primary focus at that point is to mentally perseverate on what they could say next so that the attention returns to them.  

The Energy Vampires in your life may appear to be completely unique, with their own styles and attitudes. They might appear to be different on the surface, but don’t be fooled. Make no mistake about it, all Energy Vampires will eventually seek to slowly chip away at your happiness, well-being, and life-force. They can’t help themselves. 

 

3 Ways to Protect yourself from Vampires

Unfortunately, garlic and wooden stakes are not very effective against vampires and other types of narcissists. In most situations, these pathetic users and abusers are parents, children, friends, spouses, or coworkers. If they’re too entrenched in your life, it can be almost impossible to remove them or set clear boundaries with them. That said, if you’re careful, thoughtful, and consistent about it, you can learn to coexist with and sometimes completely eradicate vampires. 

 

1. Remove The Vampires From Your Life

If you are constantly burdened with the drama of another person, it can cause unnecessary stress, and affect everything from sleep to health. You’ve continually tried to serve them, sometimes with the grace and patience of a living saint. You’ve felt stressed, burdened, angry, sad, and sometimes completely drained of energy. 

You’ve stayed on the phone with them for hours listening to their complaints. You’ve given everything you can and they still ask for more. In these cases, you have no choice but to release them from your life. 

The key here is to remember that these people tend to be unaware of the pain they’ve caused you. Even if you’ve told them time and time again, chances are they will be unable to hear you. They simply cannot listen to feedback. 

Even when you say goodbye, their responses will be something like, “Why are you doing this to me?” Or “I can’t believe you don’t care about me!” When you don’t answer their texts and calls, they send you guilt-ridden messages that make them sound like you shot them in the head and stole their legs.  

It’s time to say buh-bye. You don’t have to create a major in-person event to get this done. All you have to do is calmly tell them how busy you are, and then slowly exit the relationship. Think of it as titrating off of drugs. You are a drug to them. To help them withdraw, you need to show some tough love – most importantly tough love for yourself. Say goodbye and move on.

The good news is that most of these people will immediately find another person to engage and manipulate. They’ll start texting these new punching bags late at night and eventually hook one of them. At that point, you’re 100% off the hook and clear of their toxic debris! 

GOOD ON YA, MATE! Stay positive and keep moving forward! And never let them back into your life.

 

2. Manage The Time You Spend With Narcissists

Coworkers, family members, and old friends can be tricky to remove, and it might be far more work to remove them than simply manage your time with them. By setting schedules with them, ones that serve your happiness, you can improve your energy levels and emotional stress. 

Because Energy and Emotional vampires often lack empathy, you’ll need to be clear, direct, and consistent. Subtle hints are usually deflected, ignored, or seen as thin, permeable, and changeable boundaries. 

If you’re hankerin’ for less time with your narcissist or vampire, here are a few things you can say to them:

  •   I’m working on an all-consuming project, back to you in a few weeks. Sorry.
  •   I’m needing some time along, you know me, always moving too fast. Need some me-time. Thanks for understanding. 
  •   Doc just told me if I don’t stop texting at night, I’ll never relax enough to actually sleep. 
  •   I need some space because I’m exhausted and need to revamp my priorities. 
  •   My husband/wife needs more time with me and I will need to be texting and calling less with all sorts of folks in my life – it’s time to prioritize – thanks for hearing me out

If you’re in a family full of vampires, you might need to build a chore wheel and map out a schedule for meal time, alone time, and other times that allow you to make space for yourself and inquire within. 

By trying some of these things, you will feel more energetic, aware, and relaxed. You’ll also begin to imagine other ways that you can improve your life. Stay focused and shake off any guilt that comes your way. Your primary relationships are to yourself and the Universe. Everyone else can get over themselves and adjust.

 

3. Set Boundaries With Vampires & Narcissists

When forced into close proximity with vampires and narcissists, it’s vital to recognize the extent to which you are depleting yourself. It’s not about them – it’s about you. If you’re constantly exhausted after exchanges with them, it’s time to buck-up and set some adult boundaries. YOU CAN DO THIS!

With coworkers, you’ll need to be politically correct, clear, and kind. You don’t want to jeopardize your work-sitch, especially if you love your job. Tell this category of vampires that you are falling behind in your deliverables and you need to get yourself together so that you are able to sustain your life. 

For the vampire friends and family members in your life, stay away from giving them advice. They don’t want to hear it. Own your stuff and tell them how much you care about them – but don’t be a panting puppy dog. Just be clear and concise. If you’re deeply empathic, be very careful to block their projections and do not absorb any of their disappointment, sadness, or anger. That’s their stuff. You focus on your stuff. 

You must remember that when you develop a true sense-of-self and you protect this Self by setting boundaries, you’re educating the vampires in your life and all of the people who engage with them. 

By removing yourself from these dynamics, you stop a variety of codependent cycles. 

 

Energy Vampires Are Here to Stay

Throughout our lives, we will run into countless people that want to take advantage of your kindness. While there are many ways to cope with the people using you, it can be downright impossible to remove all of them. And you could spend a thousand lifetimes trying to fix them.

Modern day technology has spoiled many people. Companies cater to customers and build a false sense of entitlement in many, because of this, Energy Vampires thrive on others catering their every want and need. Remember that behind each email address, each phone call, and each smile, is a whole person with emotions and needs just like yours.

 

 

What if YOU are the Vampire in the Relationship?

If you’re reading this and feel like, “Holy moly, I’m a vampire!,” then my gosh, lucky you! Use this article as a pathway to improve yourself. There is no time like the present moment to own your shit and start improving your life. Go for it!

Some vampires and narcissists are completely clueless. It’s not because they’re bad people, it’s because hey grew up needy and nobody ever challenged their self-absorbed self-concept. If we change things within ourselves, we become stronger, studier, more compassionate, and more clear. 

Remember this: whatever your narrative is, whatever is ailing you, whatever you feel overwhelmed with and consumed by, other people are going through the same thing – or worse. 

Remember, too, change doesn’t happen overnight. Over time, the little changes you make will result in a big impact on you, your energy, and the people around you. Start small. Before picking up the phone to blame someone or manipulate someone into helping you, write down a few things you can do to improve your situation. When we look within, we find ALL the answers. 

Most importantly, when building relationships with others, allow the other person to speak, and remember to LISTEN! It can be tempting to think about how you are going to respond, but this is just plain lazy. Listening deeply to others, we expand our hearts and our understanding of the Universe. 

When listening, consider how it might feel to be in their situation, then respond honestly and lovingly. If you’re tired of your inner-narcissist, seek to serve others. This is the quickest pathway to our liberation.

Meditate, journal, and pray. When you pray for others, the Universe prays for you. You are unlimited in every direction, so refrain from making excuses – and get to work! When you unfold and expand, you become a light to others. Every thought, intention, and action feeds the eternal whole. Be a light and you will become the light. 

 

 

 

Highly Sensitive People (HSP): The Gifts, Challenges, And Miracles Of Being Super-Sensitive Super-Heroes

Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are Super-Sensitive Superheroes

Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are Super-Sensitive Superheroes

Each of us is a unique, living Being, filled with a unique set of insights, experiences, attitudes, attributes, and skills. Additionally, each of us projects unique temporary self-identities into the world, each with a unique level of sensitivity. 

Some of us are super-empathic, while others can hear through walls. The most sensitive of us have a variety of super-hero-like qualities, which can be a blessing or a curse. If you can fly high, you can also fall hard.

If you’re super-sensitive and can feel someone’s pain or reality in some way, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person or HSP. HSPs do not have a debilitating disorder, rather, they have an expanded awareness through one or more of their senses. 

The bigshots in the psychology world call this “sensory-processing sensitivity” or “extra-sensory perception.” I call it LUCKY! Being highly sensitive invites a wide range of awareness and great depths of experiences. As an HSP or Empath, you’ll never wonder if “this is all there is” in life, because you’ll always be ingesting or experiencing something super-sad, harsh, beautiful, luscious, troubling, traumatic, deepening, expanding, or wildly fascinating. 

I always say that HSPs and Empaths are People In Technicolor! It’s like Crayola gave us a larger variety of crayons to play with. Enjoy them all!

People with these types of traits feel and experience themselves to be more connected to the world around them. While life can be a little challenging for those of us who feel or sense everything everywhere, we each have the ability to clear the air, release the energy, and begin again HSPs and Empaths are NEVER victims. 

You can learn more about being the best HSPs or Empaths you can be by reading my EMPATH OATH. Go for it!

 

The 12 Gifts Of Highly Sensitive People

 

1. Expanded, Vibrant Senses

Most HSPs have heightened senses. Their experiences of smell, taste, hearing, touch, emotion, and sight are extraordinary, often superior when compared to the rest of us. This can be a blessing when we work in fields that require specific sense-acuity, but might make it difficult to function or appear to function normally in regular-Joe, everyday, suburban life. 

One thing is certain: being an HSP or Empath will invite feelings and understandings that the rest of the population will only read about. 

With heightened senses, we are better able to understand others. We can feel through to the depth of what someone is feeling or embodying. HSPs can sense things in other people that they might never be able to articulate. 

Being super-sensitive can also be a little challenging at times. Smells can trigger discomfort, gagging, dizziness, or headaches. Taste can either accentuate a flavor you love or one that makes you feel kinda yucky. 

Sounds can be healing and enlightening, but sometimes make us feel unsettled or too anxious to sleep at night. 

Bright lights can trigger physical healings and supernatural awareness, while for some HSPs, they might temporarily experience migraines or slight confusion. 

For some of the most sensitive HSPs and Empaths, clothes can affect how they feel or produce unsightly rashes at times, which can have impacts on positivity, clarity, productivity, intimacy, and communication. 

People with stronger senses often find it difficult to enjoy crowded social environments like restaurants and bars. These over-stimulating environments might take a toll on them and are best to be avoided. 

Some HSP super-heroes can even find it challenging to be around those who wear perfumes, essential oils, and cologne. Some flowers in the wild might also trigger temporary discomfort. And yet, sometimes these smells can open pathways and doorways to awareness and knowledge only found in the other realms. 

Heck, if you’re invested in being super-sensitive and you practice meditation, forgiveness, yoga, and similar, you might experience merging with the divine on occasion and have a fast path to enlightenment. Just be careful to stay out of your ego with regard to this aspect. 

Suffice to say, being an HSP or Empath is certainly fascinating! 

 

 2. Enhanced Audio Responses

Highly Sensitive People have stronger responses to ASMR. The gentle sounds of scraping ears or whispering can cause a sensitive person to get goosebumps and tingles. They often enjoy playing static sounds while they work or sleep to a sound machine. This “white noise” can be incredibly nurturing and calming for HSPs.

Background noise helps HSPs block and ignore the other sounds that interrupt their concentration, clarity, or sleep. This may not be a problem at home, but hotels, social gatherings, and hanging with friends at their homes can result in feeling sad, overwhelmed, drained, and more. After exposure to these environments, you might also be unable to sleep for a time.

When listening to music, sensitive people feel the depths of the artists’ intentions. They may laugh or dance wildly, unable to contain themselves. Or they may burst into tears from the music, and have no explanation. 

Our hearing can provoke a rush of emotions within us and give rise to bursts of energy. In the right setting, these abilities can enhance a person’s life, while at other times, interfere with their joy and flow.

 

3. Difficulty in Crowds

With heightened senses, it’s no surprise that HSPs prefers to not be surrounded by too many things at once. In malls, around large crowds, and socializing with strangers, sensitive people can find it difficult to focus and communicate. 

Empaths and HSPs can’t help but absorb the energies of everything that’s happening around them. In a busy food court, HSPs are surrounded by conversations they can’t turn off. In extreme cases, they may be forced to put on headphones or sit far away from others. These might be the only remedies to help them feel relaxed, present, and peaceful. 

These highly sensitive souls will most likely hear, understand, and feel empathy for concurrent conversations within their surrounding areas. If asked, they could solve everybody’s problems with 10 words or less. 

Seriously, being an HSP is both incredible and overwhelming at the same time. Being friends with an HSP can be wonderfully illuminating or a little challenging now and again. 

 

4. High Levels of Empathy

HSPs often report feeling more connected to others at an early age. Their fascination with their heightened senses allows them to embody the people they meet. They feel emotions that are beyond their present inner depths. Because of this, they often develop acute understandings of the human condition.

Highly Sensitive People are empathetic and use their natural gifts to solve problems. Because of this, most find it easy to help others, quickly finding solutions to problems other people find challenging. 

The connection an HSP shares with the world allows them to better understand how things are connected. In the right hands, these abilities can shape the lives of those around them.

 

  5. Frequent Crying

The wonderful world of being highly sensitive can be like a roller coaster at The International Emotions Theme Park. Empaths and HSPs can fall in love and hate within one sneeze. Some of these folks may find it difficult to separate themselves from others – especially after slightly or exaggerated intimate exchanges. 

Dr. Elaine Aaron reports, sensitive people tend to cry more than non-HSPs. This is because they often place themselves in the situations of others. For them, witnessing loss in other people is equal to experiencing those losses first hand. Because of this, sad events and dramatic movies can be both expanding and challenging for the HSP.

If you love to cry, you might be an Empath or HSP. Awesome! The more we feel and cry-out the realities of others, the more we expand and improve upon ourselves. If we can feel into and forgive every aspect in creation, we forgive the same within ourselves – and we expand more regularly into the light. 

 

6. Difficulty Observing Graphic Content

HSPs experience can sense sorrow and sadness a mile away. If a priest is hearing confession three blocks down the road, an Empath might feel the confessioner’s heart. It’s that intense! The same can be said for how they can sense, feel, and absorb fear and other types of pain. 

This means it can be challenging to watch horror movies, action flicks, and any content that appears to be graphic or violent in some way. Heck, even a sex scene can make an HSP nervous, anxious, or depressed. 

In extreme cases, these lovely sensitive, and often overwhelmed people, might report feeling the pain of those afflicted. Others may feel queasy or scared when consuming cringy content.  

 

 7. Struggling Under Pressure

An HSP may be quick to feel overwhelmed, confused, or frozen. Growing up, they may have tended to buckle under pressures of tests, often performing worse than they expected. Their school and work projects may cause them to fail in their homework and deliverables, while experiencing a serious lack of sleep.

As they mature and grow, a Highly Sensitive Person might discover they have personal issues when there are too many challenges at work and too many confusing dynamics at home. 

As such, an HSP can become acutely aware of every missing or challenged aspect in their lives, the composite of which can cause them to spiral out of control, into elation, or into exhaustion. 

When working with or loving an HSP, one might never be able to predict the day-to-day or longer-term trajectories and outcomes!

 

8. Creative and Innovative

Growing up, sensitive people report having had more imaginary friends, needing and enjoying role-playing games, and having the urge to be continuously self-expressive and creative. Their creativity blossoms when focused on drawings, reading, exploring new ideas, and innovating on something mundane or lifeless. 

As adults, HSPs are often very ingenious, tending to uncover new ways that the world and its inhabitants can improve their realities. HSPs often report having vivid dreams and wandering within their minds, into newly imagined realities. 

HSPs and Empaths might also find it easier to consciously leave their bodies, seeking to explore this realm and spacetime continuum, and others. 

 

9. Caffeine Sensitivity

For many sensitive people, morning coffee is either an awesome drug, debilitating virus, or simply out of the question. Just a small cup of coffee can send HSPs into a becoming a would, shaking mess. They might enjoy that for 10 minutes, and then they’ll be on the floor sobbing into their socks. 

HSPs and Empaths should try to avoid most caffeine and sugar – all because of the crash. Their crashes are 2-10X more elaborate and dramatic than everybody else’s. 

Espresso can be better for Empaths because it helps their minds focus. Espresso is also a more feminine and creative experience, whereas coffee usually creates an aggressive state of mind and heart.   

Substance sensitivity doesn’t stop there. Many HSPs report increased effects of alcohol, candy, and meat. Some choose to remove these things from their diet entirely. The finely tuned body of an HSP might have no use for stimulants or depressants. The slightest nudge in either direction will disrupt their balance.

If you’re an HSP, you might consider exploring Ayurvedic medicine, where it’s all about balancing your doshas (or aspects). Your body might require the finely-tuned experience of this ancient modality, the extent of which could help you regain lost energy, set energetic boundaries, and maintain a healthy emotional balance within yourself, for years to come. 

 

10. Fight Well with Others

Fights and disagreements with close friends or family can prove devastating for those who are deeply attuned to the people around them. An HSP will also carry the emotions and experiences of those they love for a long period of time, often hurting themselves. 

For those who are super-connected, every conflict can lead to sets of visceral reactions. As a fight or disagreement ensues around them, they may even become ill or nauseous.

Because of their deep Empathic natures, they tend to avoid drama and conflict, saving themselves the stress of feeling a loved-one’s pain, anguish, sadness, anger, and frustration.

 

11. Attuned to Their Surroundings

HSPs find it easier to stay focused when working or living in spaces committed to support their current hobbies, tasks, and endeavors. When the energy of the room matches theirs, they might be able to relax a little more. If an environment is dedicated to chaos or play, Empaths can find it it difficult to function, relate with others, or be productive. While open offices can be challenging for an HSP, when working within a secure and quiet space, they will tend to thrive. 

Modern society favors extroverts and busy environments to keep workflow at maximum speed. Sensitive individuals may find they work best when there are no distractions whatsoever. 

 

12. Often Exhausted

People who are naturally more connected to their emotions and the energies around them might report feeling burned-out out over-extended. Somehow they are unable to turn off their gifts and enjoy their own, private space. 

When HSPs are subject to feeling everything around them, they absorb every person’s problems and take them on as their private, subtle-body projections. If they’re not careful and forget to release the energies they’ve absorbed, they will feel drained and exhausted. 

Some of the energies that HSPs consume will feel as though they are abusing themselves. This is a common dilemma among HSPs and Empaths. 

Highly Sensitive People often have to take breaks from society, families, and complex work environments. They continually need the time and space where they can experience peacefulness, clarity, and relaxation. 

HSPs may find meditation and yoga (link) will help them silence the world around them. Others might go camping or detach from society altogether. 

Regardless of their choice, HSP’s eventually become overburdened with the world around them and may remove themselves to recharge their emotional batteries, and clear their minds. 

 

Highly Sensitive People Moving Forward

If you’re an HSP, GOD BLESS YOU! It can be challenging, but my gosh, it can also be incredibly illuminating!

As you grow older, you might learn to expand upon your sensitivities and become a coach, psychic, intuitive reader, or therapist. You might choose to help others in these ways or use your sensitivities to expand your soul and life. 

As an HSP, you’ve been given a 5th sense. This will allow you to experience the world in four or five dimensions, while others are subject to three dimensions.

Whatever your gifts are, whether simple and common, or outrageous and other-worldly, seek to serve others so that you can expand your nature and improve humanities experience while here on the lovely and beautiful planet Earth.

How to Grow a Healing Garden at Home

Growing a healing herb garden at home
Growing a healing herb garden at home
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Whether you cook at home, create your own incense, or look to nature to solve most of your problems, there is one fact you can’t deny: when it comes to plants, fresher is always better. 

For many of us, it can be difficult to find unusual and healing herbs in grocery stores or within new-age supply chains. Luckily, the internet has made growing your own garden at home easier than ever.

Hook it up! Let’s grow a garden! Wooohooo!

 

Finding the Right Location

Once you’ve decided to build your magic garden, the first thing you need to do is choose the location. Do you want to plant outside or inside? How about both! Each of these locations has benefits and drawbacks that affect growth and the ability to keep plants safe, healthy, and productive.

Regardless of location, plants, like all things, live best in balance with the elements. This includes plenty of sunlight to promote new growth, water for nourishment and to remain upright, soil to draw nutrients from, and carbon dioxide to produce energy. When you are choosing where you want to set up your garden, keep the elements in mind!

 

Indoors

Depending on where you live, the only place you can grow plants might be inside. There are plenty of planters available that not only allow adequate drainage but double as beautiful centerpieces in any room.

Place the planter near a window or skylight. Most plants require 4-10 hours of light, but the type of light can differ.

Bright Light

Use southern/western facing windows, or north/east if you live in the southern hemisphere. Bright light means direct light. If you look at the sky from the height of the leaves, you should see the sun. If you don’t have a window with direct light, you might have to add a synthetic source. Luckily, LEDs have made growing lamps cheaper, and they won’t jack up your electric bill.

Indirect Light

Use northern/eastern facing windows, opposite for the southern hemisphere. If you want the garden in a room with direct light, move the garden further away from the window or find another way to restrict light. You can use sheer curtains or add tint to windows to help control the amount of light plants will receive.

Low Light

Most houses have low levels of light. A good rule to follow is to try and read a book. If you keep thinking you want to turn a light on, the room has low light. Move plants away from windows or choose to plant in front of a northern window, southern for south of the equator.

 

Outdoors

When planting outdoors, it is a lot easier to judge how much light the garden will get. Shade is indirect light. If the area is in shade most of the day, it is a location with low light. 

Wild, untempered animals and humans should be kept out of garden beds and directed away from areas where they might step on plants and prevent new growth. If you have kids, dogs, ferrets, dragons, or large, careless humans in your tribe, you might consider installing a fence to manage them all. This will keep your garden safe and productive.

Remember, any changes to the perimeter could alter how the sun hits the plants. Consider opting for wireframe fences or barriers made from material that lets light through – a trellis for instance.

 

Before You Plant

Now that you’ve selected the ideal location to start your garden, you’re ready to till the soil and add a fertilizing agent.

There are many commercially available fertilizers out there, but keeping it to old fashion manure is the cheapest and safest way to add nutrients to the soil. The purpose of fertilization is to add nitrates to the growth medium. Over time, soil can become infertile, sapped of all its nutrients, and barely usable. By adding fertilizer, you can be sure that the plant foliage will have everything it needs to grow bountifully. This is especially true if you are growing vegetables and fruits in the same garden.

Once you have fertilized the soil, spread it or pour it out evenly. If you are adding fertilizer after laying your soul, till the ground to mix everything together. It’s important to make sure your dirt is packed tightly enough to support the weight of the plant, but not so tight so as to restrict the growth patterns of root systems and the flow of chi. 

After the earth is prepared and the ideal location has been selected, it’s time for the best part, selecting the plants for your new super awesome garden.

 

Picking your Plants

Being the root of all medicine, each plant has some medicinal property or another. There are many encyclopedias that aim to list every plant and their properties. These are just a few of the easiest to come by,

 

Aloe Vera

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Sandy

Bloom — Summer

Folknames— Medicine Plant, Burn Plant, Saqal, Zabila

Uses —

Aloe Vera is thought to protect the people and locations that are in contact with it. Planting it outside can ward off unwanted energy. In some parts of Africa and Mexico, cuttings are hung on doors to prevent evil spirits from entering.

It’s no secret that aloe is used to heal burns, which is good because this plant thrives in tropical environments. If you have naturally sandy soil and live in a coastal region, chances are there is already some of this plant living near to you. Aloe is a hardy plant that is forgiving to even the newest gardener.

 

Gotu-Kola

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Moist

Folknames— Indian Pennywort, Hydrocotyle

Uses —

Popular in meditation, Gotu-Kola is dried and burnt prior to meditation to help users relax and deepen their attention. Although the plant is known to love water, be careful not to drown the roots. Add enough water to moisten the soil, but don’t allow puddles to form. Indoors, be sure the plant has plenty of space to drain.

 

Mint

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy (Sand, Silt, and a little Clay)

Folknames — Garden Mint

Uses —

Mint is celebrated for its ability to heal. Used in teas or topically as salves, mint has been used for centuries to alleviate headaches, upset stomachs, and many other aches and pains. When growing, you can’t ask for an easier plant. Mint grows in direct sun and spreads rapidly. As an added bonus, the scent will help keep away mosquitos.

 

Chives

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy to Sandy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color — Pink, Purple, Red, White

Folknames— Rush Leek

Uses —

Can be used fresh or dried in cooking or teas. Green onions have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The herb is thought to increase fertility in men and heal those that come in contact with it. Some cultures believe the strong scent scares away evil spirits. When added to the garden, green onions can attract butterflies and other wonderful Light-Beings!

 

Basil

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color — Pink, Purple, White

Folknames— American Dittany, St. Joseph’s Wort, Njilika

Uses —

Love, wealth, protection, and controlling emotions. The scent of fresh basil is thought to ignite empathy. Through understanding, this magical herb helps build relationships and brings love into the lives of those it touches. Some users also report improvements in depression.

 

Thyme

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Loamy, Sandy

Uses —

Thyme has several uses. Its smell provides courage and energy to those who wear it. The herb is burned to promote good health and speedy recoveries. Like Sage, Thyme can also be used to smudge areas you are trying to cleanse.

 

Hot Peppers

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Loamy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color —White

Uses —

Peppers are actually fruit; as such, they require more nutrients than other plants on this list. The plant itself is very hardy, but the pepper will grow proportionally to the quality of the care that is afforded them. Peppers are used throughout the world to treat pain. The chemical that makes them spicy helps boost metabolism and decreases inflammation.

These are just a few of the easiest plants to grow if you are starting a garden for the first time. There is an almost unlimited list of plants to choose from, but the benefits reaped from tending the garden can be just as beneficial as the plants themselves.

When we take time to care for others, including plants, we begin to understand our connection to the world around us. For many, gardening is a kind of meditation, a moment of peace away from distractions. Whether it be for cooking, spiritual growth, or healing, growing plants can help improve your life. 

When gardening or tilling your soil, communicate with all the elements. Tell your seeds, plants, soil, and microbes that you love them. Sing to them. Tell them how grateful you are that they are alive and in the process of nurturing and nourishing you and your family. 

You are a Light-Being and so are all the plants and minerals in your garden. You are one big happy family. Love each other and enjoy each other. Remember that you are the leader of this massive tribe. Share your love often!

Mercury in Retrograde: How the Energy Of One Planet Affects The Rest

 

 

Who loves Mercury Retrogrades? Show of hands? Anybody? You in the back? Oh, you were scratching your head. Okay. 

That’s about the size of it – Mercury Retrogrades are often feared. If not feared, they’re not wanted very much. Why? Because retrogrades tend to create changes in the usual flows of energy. This affects how we function, relate, create, and feel. When one energy pattern recedes or shifts, it will affect a host of other ones. It’s the same with a Mercury Retrograde.

The Farmer’s Almanac shows Mercury will be in retrograde either three to four times every year. In 2021, it’ll be three times:

  •         January 30 – February 20 (Aquarius)
  •         May 29 – June 22 (Gemini)
  •         September 27 – October 17 (Libra)

If you’re not up-to-date with Astrology this information can mean very little to you. If you spend any time studying the ancient science of the stars, it won’t take long till you come across the phrase, retrograde. 

If you found February and prior retrogrades difficult or alarming; you, and many others can blame it on the tiny planet Mercury – the cute one that’s closest to the sun. Or more specifically, you can blame it on Mercury being in full retrograde. BRING IT ON!

 

What is Special About Mercury in Retrograde?

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and the fastest in our solar system. Being the hottest and fastest planet in our galaxy, it ripples into every aspect of our existence as it moves. The energy it produces is thought to affect us in profound ways. 

Ancient Greeks sensed and deeply felt the energy radiating from the planet and named it after the God, Hermès. The planet controls communication, travel, connections, technology, agreements, and many more aspects of our daily lives.

Normally, Mercury moves from East to West in the Earth’s sky. But, a few times a year, the planet can be seen moving West to East. It’s during this time that the planet is considered to be in retrograde.

Science easily explains this illusion by comparing it to things we see everyday. When you see a plane flying in the air, it might seem like it is staying still or moving backwards. The plane is still moving at hundreds of miles an hour, but it doesn’t seem to be moving. Mercury is moving quickly around the Sun, but when it is closest to the earth, the planet seems to move backwards because of our perspective. As the planet crosses the Sun, it appears to be moving further west each night.

The planet will seem to move backwards for 19-24 days. During this time, all the aspects that the planet and related God govern are known to act differently when functioning in a direct manner.

 

History of Mercury

Mercury has been considered an important player in communication for thousands of years. And for almost the same amount of time, humans have been fascinated by its reversed movements. In ancient Greece, it was thought that it was a God who traveled across the sky wearing winged shoes. This winged God seemed to deliver messages between all the realms and Gods.

The Greeks named the planet after their God of communication, Hermès. When Rome conquered Greece, they renamed the God to Mercury. We use the same Latin-based planet names to this date. Astronomers have since proven Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are planets separate from their God heritage; nevertheless, the influences in our lives stem from their namesake.

Mercury has control over the same aspects the ancient Roman God did. Its momentum through the night sky is a symbol to the growing success we have. It represents energy flowing in the right direction. When that energy starts moving backwards, it might negatively impact our relationships, work, fun, computers, commitments, and health.

 

How Mercury Affects Your Life

Weber warns about taking risks and making mistakes. When in full retrograde, Mercury can cause foolish investments, agreements to mysteriously unwind, companies to falter, computers to break, and jobs to be lost. Double checking who you are sending emails to and paying attention to phones can help mitigate some misfortune. Avoid buying new phones and computers when communication is known to be moving backwards.

While the negative impacts of Mercury’s Retrogrades are undeniable, the Zodiac constellation in the sky during those times is usually affected more significantly. If your star-sign matches up with these dates, you should be extra aware of your surroundings. While moving backward is usually considered negative, not everything that happens during a Mercury Retrograde is bad.

 

Relationships

Relationships fall into a grey area. Mercury in retrograde can mean a past friend, spouse, or Being will be revisiting you. Or it could signify a break in communication with someone you care about. It’s important to be cautious around what you say and in how you treat old friends. Oftentimes, you will decide if these instances result in releasing or renewing that relationship.

 

Technology

During Mercury’s retrograde, our communication tends to be stressed or challenged, or it experiences a breakdown. The internet can give you trouble, while phones and computers might unexpectedly stop working. It’s advised to avoid purchasing any new gadgets during this time while focusing on mastering the devices you currently own. Mercury Retrogrades bring the perfect time for learning!

In past years, technology might not have been the biggest concern for most, but now, cars are filled with computers, and most can’t work without some form of technology helping them. 

While these things usually make our lives easier, they all function by talking to one another, via multitudes of digital handshakes. When Mercury is moving backwards, even the microchips in your coffee pot feel the ripples of energy emanating from the planet.

 

Work and School

For most, work and school are not options. Extra care should be given to important homework, dissertations, presentations, and meetings. A retrograde probably isn’t the best time to push for a promotion or ask for an extension. Additionally, contracts are known to falter, weaken, or feel stress during this sensitive time. Double-check emails and plan ahead for speed bumps that might arise due to unseen challenges, hiccups, miscommunications, and complete failures.

 

Health

Emotional and physical health can be affected during the retrograde of Mercury. Strains on relationships can leave you feeling alone, isolated, confused, and misunderstood. You may feel over-stressed or exhausted, needing to take more naps than usual. Plan for the stress by including yoga or meditation in your daily routine. If you still feel tired, you might need to add an extra couple of hours to your sleep schedule. Eating healthily during retrogrades is advised. Consider adding probiotics and super blue green algae to your daily diet. These things will improve your vibration and awareness.

 

How to Prepare for the Next Retrograde

Each year, Mercury moves backwards three to four times. When the planet is moving from east to west, focus on developing contracts, building new relationships, and starting new projects. Communication flows easier when Mercury is darting in its usual direction.

Look forward to retrograde. When all communication is breaking down, it can be a great time to look inward, write, create, or journal. Use The Personality Cards to help reflect upon and focus your goals. Start planning for what you will do when Mercury resumes its normal path. If your star sign matches the time Mercury is in retrograde, double your efforts. And while you’re at it, add prayer, meditation, and lots of rituals.   

 

Other Planets in Retrograde

Mercury is one of the most popular retrogrades because it happens more often than others; however, it is not the only planet with a retrograde cycle. In fact, every planet (and Pluto) has moments when they move backwards in our sky, thereby interrupting patterns of energy flow.

 

Venus

History – After the goddess of fertility, beauty, and love, Aphrodite.

Retrograde Frequency – Once every 18 months

Duration of reversed movement – 72 days

Astrology:

Love and money are affected during the retrograde of this planet. Investments might lose money, relationships are likely to blossom or whither. By reversing, Venus shakes up the energies that drive love. There might be wonderful moments of mental clarity where people see things from new perspectives.

 

Mars

History – After the god of strength, aggression, and anger, Aries.

Retrograde Frequency – Once every 2 years and 2 months

Duration of reversed movement – 55 to 80 days

Astrology:

Affects direct actions. Like Mercury, when Mars is in retrograde, it is best to focus on strengthening old commitments, instead of making new ones. Go back and complete things you put down years ago. Take this time to achieve goals you already set, instead of aiming for something new.

 

Jupiter

History – After the god of Mentors, Teachers, and the sky, Zeus/Dias.

Retrograde Frequency – Once a year

Duration of reversed movement – 120 days

Astrology:

During the retrograde of Jupiter, review your ideals, belief systems, and visions. Masters and Gurus tend to take this time to reflect on their beliefs and teachings, and solidify the depths of their understandings. 

While in Jupiter retrograde, consider how you have affected others and be sure that you are upleveling your own energy and not becoming lost in the monotony of life.

 

Saturn

History – God of Karma and Justice, Cronus.

Retrograde Frequency – Once a year

Duration of reversed movement – 140 days

Astrology:

Revisit relationships. Focus on long term goals instead of short term. Saturn’s retrograde is a great time to adjust our perspectives and look at hurdles from different points of view.

 

Uranus

History – After the god Ouranos, the Greek word for Heaven.

Retrograde Frequency – Once a year

Duration of reversed movement – 148 days

Astrology:

Focus on religious beliefs and personal faiths. It can be easy to lose sight of who you are when you focus so much on others. Take time to enjoy your own inner freedom. This is a great period to explore your own liberation!

 

Neptune

History – After the god of the sea, Poseidon.

Retrograde Frequency – Once a year

Duration of reversed movement – 150 days

Astrology:

Balance your inner peace, spirituality, and focus. Pray, do rituals, and help others to heal during this time. During Neptune’s retrograde, it’s easier to make changes in our spiritual development, so don’t squander this magical and mysterious period!

 

Pluto

History – After the god of death and rebirth, Hades.

Retrograde Frequency – Once a year

Duration of reversed movement- 180 days

Astrology:

Pluto’s is the longest retrograde of any other celestial body in our solar system. When Pluto is in retrograde, you might reflect on how things have changed in and around your life. Consider how you have transformed over the years. Be careful not to spend too much time delving into the past; those who spend too much time looking backwards often miss what’s right in front of them.

 

Adding Astrology to Your Life

Understanding the retrograde cycles of these powerful heavenly bodies is just a sampling of the connections we share with the Universe and everything that lives and breathes around us. 

Astrologists spend their lifetimes studying the intricacies of how energy that’s created by moving bodies affects our various realities. Applying astrology to your life can result in wonderful moments of clarity or a spiritual awakening.  

You are born from light and sound. You have stardust in your bones. You are a walking, living, breathing miracle. Every celestial body is your brother or sister. Speak to them. Call upon them to help you grow and rebirth. They await your love and attention. To begin your transformation, visit my rituals page and find a ceremony that inspires you. Howl at the moon! Do a vision quest in the wilderness! Invite the planets and all Living Beings to participate in your expansion!

 

St. Patrick – The Patron Saint Of Ireland

 

When most people think about St. Patrick’s Day, they think of the color green, shamrocks, and drinking Guinness Stout (well, or the local favorite, Murphy’s); yet, few know the true story of Maewyn Succat and how he used his superpower of empathy to save the beautiful folks of early Ireland by reducing their suffering.

 

Early Life

St. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat around 450-500AD. His father, Calpornius, was a decorated Roman-British officer and a deacon at their local Catholic church. Although raised in a Catholic family, it would be years till Maewyn would understand his connection with God and lead others to deepen their own spiritual journeys. 

The earliest reports of the young St. Patrick’s faith were not recorded until his stint in slavery, believing that his imprisonment was punishment for his lack of proper catechism and belief.

At the young age of 16, Maewyn was stolen from his family’s house in Britain by a group of Irish raiders. He was smuggled into Ireland and forced into slavery for six long and painful years. 

During this time, Maewyn turned to his faith to help him cope with his daily struggles. He regularly had vivid dreams that he used to direct his focus. In his book, Confessio, Maewyn explains that he interpreted these dreams as his way of asking his higher Being, God, to guide him.

One of these dreams came to the 22-year-old slave the night of his escape. In it, he saw a boat waiting for him at the harbor. Following his vision, he indeed found a boat that granted him safe passage back to Britain. After another brief capture, Maewyn was finally reunited with his family.

For many, the story of Maewyn Succat ends when he returned home after his time in slavery. One night, Maewyn had a dream that he received a letter titled “The Voice of the Irish.” In the background of his dream, he could hear Irish denizens begging him to walk among them. Unfortunately, in the dream, Maewyn could not read the rest of the letter, but the message would shape the rest of his life. It would also become the foundation of his forever legend.

Maewyn soon traveled to France and trained in a monastery. Twelve years later, under the direction of the Pope, he would return to Ireland as a Bishop. After returning, Bishop Maewyn Succat’s goal was to spread Christian teachings and compassion to all he met. 

Bishop Succat brought gifts to Kings and lawmakers, while accepting no gifts in return. Over time, the public recognized his goodwill and compassionate nature and started calling him Patrick, Based on the Latin root for father, patr.  

 

Miracles of the Father Saint

While St. Patrick was not officially recognized as a Saint until the 1700s, there is no short list of miracles performed during his mission to Ireland. There are several reports of St. Patrick bringing the dead back to life, some of whom had been dead for a year or longer before being resurrected by the great saint.

St. Patrick is also credited for the lack of snakes in Ireland. During a 40-day fast, he is reported to have chased them into the sea after being attacked by serpents. 

Although scholars argue that the climate is too cold in the region to accommodate snakes, many believe the island was infested before St. Patrick arrived there. Some believe the story evolved over time, choosing to look at the tale as a metaphor of how the saint chased evil and blasphemy from a tainted land.

 

Modern Day Symbolism

 Shamrocks

This three-leafed national flower of Ireland is found decorating parties around the world. Traditionally, these leaves are worn on the lapel or pressed into books for preservation. St. Patrick used the flower to describe the holy trinity to those who were unaware of the Judeo-Christian belief. 

This lovely saint explained that three equal parts stem from the stalk, just how the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost stem from one’s own heart and faith. The lesson was so popular, many associate the foliage directly with the Saint’s life and mission. These days, adding a clover to anything qualifies it as a St. Patrick’s Day decoration.

 

The Color Green

In America, you might get pinched if you don’t wear green on the 17th of March, but the color green was not the official color of the patron Saint. St. Patrick was known for wearing blue robes, a color that was so popular, it became known as St. Patrick blue. 

Unfortunately, Ireland and Britain’s history is dotted with war and strife, which was seen as synonymous with the color blue. Ancient Irish flags are blue, and the original coat of arms of King Henry VIII was blue and adorned with a golden harp. 

Over time, the Irish considered blue to represent the English government and chose the color green to protest English rule. After the Irish Rebellion of 1798, green became a symbol of nationalism and the traditional St. Patrick Blue was lost to history.

 

Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Potatoes

Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious feast. Over the years the meal has shifted to a holiday that celebrates Irish heritage and the ancient traditions of this magical homeland. Even with the change in how people celebrate this day, the culinary staples have remained the same.

Foods eaten on this holiday connect participants to Irish heritage, while also presenting access to those in need. Corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes were staples in the relatively poor country.

Before the modernization of farming, cattle was only kept in Ireland for dairy and manual labor. Beef was difficult to find and only available for the rich. The British introduced cattle farming to Ireland and popularized the dish, but the meat still struggled to make it on the table of many families. While Beef wasn’t cheap, Ireland was known for its abundance of salt.

Salt was so cheap in Ireland, grains the size of corn kernels were added to beef to keep the meat from spoiling as it matriculated down the socioeconomic ladder. This new preserved beef was named corned beef and became a major export for the country.

The use of potatoes and cabbage is a nod to the many times Ireland faced food shortages. Back then, tubers and hearth vegetables survived the cold and were often a constant on a family’s table. The limited resources at the tie led to culinary innovations like Shepherd’s Pie and other hearty dishes centered around vegetables.

Leprechauns

The tiny fairy-like beings of Celtic lore are usually found adjacent to rainbows or pots of gold, yet traditionally, Leprechauns are not affiliated with St. Patrick. 

Leprechaun Day is March 13 and celebrates these mischievous beings, who can either bring good or bad luck to those who meet them.

Though most people think of tiny bearded men in top hats, Leprechauns are historically thought to be cranky Beings who protect their own treasures, giving it to those who can catch them. 

Because Leprechauns are celebrated just four days prior to St. Patrick’s Day, the holidays have been slowly merged into one, with most ignoring the 13th outright.

Some argue that Leprechauns don’t mirror the core beliefs of St. Patrick, but, like the Saint, the Celtic fairies reward those who have faith in higher power. 

I LOVE fairies and leprechauns. It’s quite remarkable when one avails himself to you. Seek them out and surely they will appear before you!

 

St. Patrick’s Day In The United States

While the purpose of this holiday is to celebrate Irish Heritage, most of the modern practices were developed in the United States of America. During the great Potato Famine, millions of Irish migrated to metropolitan areas like New York, Chicago, and Boston. With them, these immigrants brought their own cultures and blended them with the preexisting colonial lifestyle.

The earliest parade was thought to originate in Boston, but in 2018, a study at USF discovered the first St. Patrick’s Day parade may have been celebrated in 1600 in St. Augustine, Fl. Currently, there are hundreds of St. Paddy’s parades celebrated around the globe.

Since 1962, Chicago has dyed the cities central river green for St. Patrick’s Day. Before the first ceremony, the city would annually test sewage levels by adding dye to local water. It’s rumored that a rogue group of plumbers dumped a large quantity of the dye into the river as a harmless prank, but a long-lasting tradition was born from their fun!

The massive volumes of Irish immigrants who had moved to Chicago had called for larger celebrations for the Saint. The city responded by annually dying the river to illuminate and honor Irish pride and culture.

 

The Core Beliefs of St. Patrick

Like most Masters and Gurus, St. Patrick was born with a different name. As he traveled around Ireland and shared his beliefs, people whom he healed and touched, later renamed him. 

St. Patrick selflessly helped those in need and cared not only for the physical needs of others, but he nurtured the spiritual connection he knew they lacked. Ol’ Paddy’s love may have been watered down throughout the years, but through the ceremonies, parades, shamrocks, and Saint Patrick’s Day Catholic masses, the saint’s message of love, healing, community, and religious fervor remain in tact and as potent as they were back in the day.

Calling out to St. Patrick and other saints and Light-Beings, we acknowledge our connection to all beautiful and loving Beings throughout spacetime. Invoking a saint, guru, master, or avatar helps us connect with the light and embed into our lives. 

Hail St. Patrick! With Love And Loyalty, We Invite You To Fill Our Lives With Hope And Goodness!