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Listen to the Horse

Listen to the Horse

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It’s been a month since we met on a windy winter’s Sunday at A Wild Purple Ranch and Retreat west of Tucson to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Horse. I extended my stay in Arizona specifically to attend this event organized by Qyuun and Dee from Institute for the Shamanic Arts in Tucson. This sacred space in the desert developed by Artist Nancy Newton created the perfect location for our transformational day.
We began by walking the labyrinth of the land following the stone edged paths. Our hearts drew us to her creative sanctuaries along our way out to the fire pit. Gathering dried bits of desert plants created a deeper connection to the land. I felt one with the women who had gone before me gathering twigs in the past to heat their homes and warm their food, the women of wisdom who had supported my time in the desert over the past few years. I made an offering for each piece of this fuel for our fire of transformation. As the fire was being built, I led a chorus of Brooke Medicine Eagle’s fire song, Grandfather Fire Rising Higher from her CD Gathering:The Sacred Breath.
Corona and Bella were perfect horse companions for our drumming journeys. The sound of their hooves and the drum beats created a stairway to heaven with each breath. This buoyant path allowed me the flexibility to move between heaven and earth. I was given a glimpse of heaven. My path was not to stay there, but to bring the light back to create a vibrant life on earth. With horse as my companion I could do this with courage, confidence, and comfort.
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Later in the day we moved to a larger arena where Corona and Bella walked curiously around us as we drummed. They made the rounds with each of us as we sat in the open arena. Being in this circle of love was truly a horse heart connection experience.
I shared several circle songs including a new adaptation of my own song “Listen to the Earth” that came through to me in 1994 when I first moved to Idaho. The 2014 version in honor of the horses is:
Listen to the Horse
©Linda Kingsbury

Listen to the Horse
Listen to the Horse
Listen to the Horse
Find your way home.

Follow what she says
Follow what she says
Follow what she says
Bring yourself back home.

Home to the Earth
Home to the Earth
Home to the Earth
Place of your birth.

As you listen to the horse, may your heart expand and your life be filled with joy, success, and a sense of belonging.
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Dolphin Light Adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii

Being in Hawaii Consciously

Connecting with Fire-Water-Earth-Air

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Spending time in the Hawaiian Islands is a great way to deepen your connection to the elements of fire, water, earth, and air within and around you. Daily immersion in tropical paradise restores your personal rhythm and creates the foundation for soul renewal. Your dreams become clearer and senses are fine-tuned to the cycles of beauty and harmony. Curiosity and creativity blooms. There is time to reconnect to your personal rhythm. Passion for your life is restored.

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Every time I visit the Hawaiian Islands, I want to stay there. As I come and go over the years I realize the potency that the Big Island gives me to restore my joy. My playful inner child emerges as I walk along the waters edge feeling the sand surround my toes. Sometimes I dip my hands in the ocean water simply so I can lick the salty taste on my fingers. It is a sort of homecoming to the sea. Some of my best childhood memories are those spent along the oceans edge with my Grandma and Grandpa Barker at their homes in Newport Rhode Island and Boca Raton Florida.

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One of my favorites was an early morning walk with Grandpa Barker on Lido Beach on the West Coast of Florida. It was 1976 and we were amongst the sea gulls and pelicans as early morning beachcombers. We walked gathering seashells to show Grandma as she sat in her low to the ground canvas stripped chair waiting to see the treasures we’d bring back. During our Hawaiian adventures we make time for art from the heart as an expression of our inner story.

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Refection time needed to absorb the emotion of each experienced is honored. Rather than a holiday where you hurry up and jump from one tourist attraction to another, we focus on being in the present moment. We honor the visible and also go deeper into the unseen tuning into the energy of the place and the people who created it.

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Integration time in the shade at a traditional fishing grounds after the first dolphin swim. Turtles nest nearby and families play happily in this sacred space.

CONNECTING TO FIRE

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We begin our island adventure by offering prayers and respect to Goddess Pele.  Expressing Gratitude at the beginning sets a foundation for being in the flow connected to the highest and best for all. It connects us to right use of our fire energy.

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Synchronistic events will bless us each day. Our sense of joy and spontaneity expands. When we live with honor and respect for all creation, all of life benefits. Whether you make it to the caldera or simply make an offering where the lava flow meets the ocean, Pele hears your prayers guiding you as great mystery unfolds.

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The first time I felt Pele’s energy was visiting friends near Pahoa in 2006. We hopped into a Land Rover and fled into the dark of the night across the southern volcano flow.  There were no street signs, no lights, as we drove bumping along into the unknown. I surrendered to the vulnerability and trusted the process.  The truck stopped abruptly and there was silence all around us. When I stepped onto the earth below I felt a warm sensation coming through my shoes.  This virgin land where the lava flow meets the sea had an ancient eerie feeling to it. Untouched by many human thoughts, I felt lots of openness and space between my own thoughts. The stars above were so clear and radiant. I fell into a gentle trance as I flowed with this primal energy. After a time of silence the words “Mother Earth restores herself in silence”, came from my mouth out loud into the open night. I was in awe to be at this moment of creation where the hot lava cooled as it fell into the ocean then formed into earth. The earth is always in motion recreating herself on Hawaii and she can help us restore free flow in our lives.

Pele teaches us about using our powers of creation in a good way. We learn how to use our vitality to support our body. Our unique creativity energy flourishes. During a Dolphin Light Adventure, you will have a chance to bring forward the island colors that have touched you by creating a silk scarf at sunset one night. After a snorkeling experience immersing you with colorful tropical fish and turtles, we sit on water’s edge for a creative expressive arts experience.

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The sun and stars are our fiery companions in the sky. When we allow the warmth of the sun to deeply penetrate our bones and be absorbed into the bone marrow, we literally are feeding our soul. Beautiful sunsets are an everyday experience on the islands. A time when the fiery sun looks like it is swallowed by the watery ocean. At night the stars and moon shine brightly guiding our dreams.

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CONNECTING TO WATER

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We balance the energies of fire by getting into the ocean everyday. Some researcher believe humans are descendants of water mammals rather than land mammals. Being in the fluidity of the ocean, the amniotic fluid of our birth restores our water connection.   You’ll believe this when you experience dolphin heart connection and the join up than can easily happen when they swim nearby and turn to you for eye to eye contact.

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The dolphins teach us about belonging. Through entrainment we sync up with the dolphins through conscious breathing and purposeful fluid movement. The water is a great place to be aware of where our physical body patterns may be stuck in bound flow and where we experience free flow. Dolphins live in free flow and can teach us how to live that way. Wild dolphins are free to communicate through time and space through sonar and sound vibration. Our clairvoyant abilities improve when we are with other beings who communicate through energy vibration.

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Miraculous healings have occurred throughout time by humans just being in the water where dolphins can freely share their healing pulses and frequencies. Their range of sound, with their clicks and whistles, goes far beyond what our human ears can hear. They have the ability to use laser-like precision and direct the sounds to the parts of our bodies that need it the most. We don’t have to tell them what is needed, they already know.

During my first dolphin swim in Key West in 1998, I noticed improvements in my overall health. The dolphins gave my son the emotional boost and confidence that he needed to complete his senior year of high school and prepare for the next step of his life.

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Dolphins use their whole brain more. I notice my creativity, dream recall, and positivity increase each time I swim with them in the open ocean. Spectral healing occurs when the light of the sun gets refracted in the water.

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Swimming under sunny skies in the changing blue waters off the west coast of Hawaii is deeply moving and healing. Great joy bubbles up from being there in the water.  Being in the natural flow of rise and fall of the ocean is hypnotic.

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Looking for whale tales or dolphin fins is a fun game that keeps us alert. The boat will stop and put in the microphone so that we can hear the whales singing. I listened to a recent recording as I was writing this, and some of the tones sounded like my Siberian Husky Sasha howling into the wind.

CONNECTING TO EARTH

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Restoration of your earth energies anchors your spirit in your physical body. The moment you step off the plane you’ll feel the warm island breezes and the comfort of tropical air. You’ll sense the magnetic primal pulse of the island as it is growing and recreating itself. Its healing vibration are palpable. Each day there will be time for nature connection and inner reflection. We make time to be still and feel the life force moving all around us through the lush jungle plants, the cool blue waters, the with the tropical breeze.

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We share a sense of connectedness and oneness in this jungle home. This restores our sense of community with all creation. Being part of something bigger than ourselves restore balance within and around us. The colors, and sounds, and scents of unique new plants tantalize our curiosity. Truly a feast of God’s miraculous diversity.

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The west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, where we spend most of our retreat time, presents a rich matrix of past and present. I feel it weaving a safety net for my soul to integrate previous experiences and to provide clear direction for the future. I make time to pause and to enjoy each moment, each breath, each step creating life anew.

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Life is so colorful, sensuous, and alive in the jungle.  The crawling creatures, to the plants themselves, to the birds that nest and feed there. When we walk and meditate in this harmonious ecosystem the sense of oneness permeates us. The veil between dimensional realms seems thinner on the Islands. Sometimes I feel the ancient Menehune and their playful actions amongst the old stones walls.

CONNECTING TO AIR

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The soft rustling sound of island breeze in the palm trees lulls me into deep meditation. This brings clearing to my air element, my mind.  Then I am open to receive new thoughts that come across the water. There is room for breathing into my voice of wisdom.

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During our retreats we create sacred space and hold the light during daily meditation, reflection and journaling sessions. You will be soothed by the sound of the ocean, the jungle birds, and laughter. This enhances your clairvoyance and communication with your spirit guides and elemental teachers.

You may even find yourself returning home more dolphin-like. Some people point out when my laugh sounds like a dolphin. The joy from being with wild dolphins is certainly contagious.

We will spend time at sacred historic sites basking in the wisdom contained there. Many of us have spent years personally and professionally healing our histories, delving into our unconscious, and learning what is nourishing for our own personal ecology. Now its time to join with light-hearted people to enjoy life and share our visions. During the retreat our spiritual insights are put into motion. We are supported for personal expression and living our truth in the moment.

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Awareness in action with the fire, water, earth, and air energies of the islands will integrate your soul’s wisdom and benefit the planet. When you are ready to explore these possibilities and the potential of living island magic with conscious individuals we look forward to seeing you in Hawaii.

Our next adventures are planned for April 2015, To receive discounts you’ll want to register by January 31, 2015. Visit www.HorseHeartConnection.com and click on to learn how you can join us in island paradise.

Befriending Burdock

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Burdock Articum lappa

Since it is summertime and there is abundance of plant life all around in North Idaho, I am encouraged to put on my Herbalist Dr. Linda hat and share some of my experiences with gathering edible and medicinal plants over the past 30+ years. May you see food and medicine when you look out in your yard and local meadows.

Many people see Burdock as a pesky weed to be destroyed, but it has been valued around the world as a health food and medicine for generations. Articum lappa is a member of the sunflower family and made its way to North America from Europe and Asia where it is sold at markets as Gobo or Wu shih. I have used the leaves and roots of burdock for food and medicine.

Growing/Gathering/Drying Tips

Burdock is easy to grow from seeds that you plant in the spring. For the most potency, harvest the root in the fall of the first year. Big roots require the use of a pitchfork and shovel to loosen the soil. You can dig a big hole, often 2’ wide and 3-4’ deep, around the deep single tap root.

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You can find Burdock growing wild in many parts of the world. To help you identify burdock in the wild, when you rub the large leaves, a bitter taste is left on your fingers. Reddish stalks and deep veined leaves make it look similar to rhubarb, but the white underside of burdock leaves is a distinguishing factor. In the second year the characteristic velcro-like burrs form. The seed heads contain more than 2 seeds compared to cocklebur which only contains two. My Siberian husky Sasha loves to walk amongst the wild plants growing at the edge of the gardens. I have learned to harvest the Burdock early before the burrs form, otherwise the main seed head with its many little burrs really dig deep into her fur, then it takes time and patience to remove them without her yelping.

The root can become too hard to cut into usable size once it dries, so it is best to use a hand grater or knife to chop the fresh root before it dries out. If you need to store it, keeping the roots in a cool place can make it easier to prepare when you are ready to use it.

Medicinal values

The root is used in herbal medicine as a tonic and to purify the blood. A tea made with the roots is beneficial to restore healthy functioning to the liver and gallbladder. Burdock assists your body in eliminating metabolic wastes as well as accumulated environmental toxins. A daily dose of the tea or tincture can be beneficial if you work or live in a toxin environment. If you are exposed to pesticides, airborne chemicals, or heavy metals, make Burdock your friend. Drinking 2 cups of tea day can help remove radioactive isotopes from the body, which makes Burdock useful after radiation treatments. It is safe to take over a period of time and is good preventative medicine that helps your body receive the nutrients from the food that you eat. The most popular tea that I prepare is called Detox-tea and contains Red Clover blossoms, Paud’arco, Burdock root, and Fennel seeds. Steep 1 tbls. in boiling water for about 20 minutes 2x a day as needed.

The seeds can be gathered and prepared by infusing them in olive oil for a soothing skin or scalp oil. Pour 1 pint of olive oil over ½ jar full of the seeds. Let it sit for a few weeks. Strain off the oil and store in a jar. Compost the herbs. Rub into the scalp to relieve itching.

For chronic skin irritations, burdock root can offer relief from itching and inflammation, when taken internally as a tea or externally as a skin rinse.  Make a topical wash for skin disorders with the roots or leaves by pouring boiling water over ¼ cup of dried roots or 1 cup of cut fresh leaves in a quart jar. Allow to brew for ½ hour or until cool enough to be soothing for the skin. Burdock root tea or topically has the ability to work with the lymphatic system to clear irritations beneath the surface of the skin. I have used the leaves for cooling poultices on a friend’s legs aching legs while waiting for the sweat lodge fire to heat the rocks. The swelling was reduced when applied in this way.

Edible portions

The root pieces can be used fresh in soups and added to vegetable stir. Simply dig the root, peel it, and cook. The fresh root contains calcium, phosphorus, iron and B vitamins. If you are using the dried root, add 3x as much boiling water to soften the root before adding to soup. The leaves and stems have a bitter favor and can be steamed or stir-fried in small amounts.

Banish Excess Emotional Baggage

Burdock root when taken as a tincture helps to process resentments and grief held deep within the cells of the body. During those times when you feel you are carrying emotional toxicity from the past, reach for burdock to help your banish that extra emotional baggage.

When you feel stuck, daily use of a tea or tincture of Burdock root lifts you out of inaction or depression and help you move out of oppressive situations. Burdock’s emotional healing properties helps you to get unstuck and connect in the present moment to what is being offered rather than dwelling on the past. It helps you to make healthy choices in relationships and can help you break free from co-dependent patterns.

Grief is a multi-layered issue that requires patience and time to process. Whenever there is a present time loss, it can trigger other unresolved feelings of loss, grief, and helplessness, which can lead to feeling overwhelmed. Burdock offers deep cleansing of the cells down to the core level so that you have a clean slate to begin again. It is like pressing the restart button on your cellular computer. 

Home Remedy Preparation

To make a tincture chop fresh burdock root into a quart jar. Fill almost to the top with the fresh root then pour in enough vodka to cover the roots. When making a burdock tincture with dried root, fill the jar 1/3 of the way with the dried root then fill almost to the top with vodka. Let sit for about 6 weeks before straining off the liquid into another jar. Compost the herbs. Add 1/2 tsp. of tincture a day to water as a beneficial tonic for your whole health.

Safe for Pets

For your pets, burdock root is a good addition to chamomile, and willow bark to ease arthritis inflammation and pain. I create a blend of the powdered herbs for horses at a local rescue. The blend is also safe for smaller companion animals. Usual dosages are 1/2 tsp. to 1 Tbls. of the herbs depending upon the animals weight. Burdock root combine with nettles and dandelions is a remedy often used to balance the endocrine system of animals with Cushings disease.

To view a youtube video of me gathering Burdock and cooking with Burdock click here: Dr. Linda Digs Burdock http://youtu.be/QYGbCpGjRhw , and Burdock stirfry http://youtu.be/F48RoHVhARw

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