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March 2016

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Everything is 100%

Charla Dury: The Grounding Rod - Focusing your energy in the present moment **************************** The Symbol for Yin and Yang resonates with me.  It always has.  In fact, I have a tattoo with a yin yang symbol in the center.  Not even kidding. I was looking around as I was thinking about writing this blog and I noticed that everything is whole.  And I'm not just talking about an uneaten pizza or other circle shaped things.  Even non-circle shaped things are always 100% because there's always a balance.  The earth provides balance. When one thing is less, others are more.  When a glass is half empty, its technically 100% full, even if only 30% is water.  The other 70% is air, but the glass is technically 100% full.  My son...

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Where Shamans negotiate with the gods

Vera Remes As the founder of and practitioner with Raven Reiki, Vera Remes offers Usui Reiki with nuances of Shamanism and psychic intuition.  She also offers Shaman Oracle and Angel Card readings and is a certified H3 Energy Healing Therapist.  Vera's column will focus on the many aspects of Shamanism. *************************** For a long time I didn't feel comfortable cruising the Upper World. I resonated with animals and the earthy feel of the Lower World and was comfortable there. Many of my friends were exactly the opposite, identifying with angels and shunning the Lower World. Having been forced in a recent Shamanic seminar to repeatedly journey to the Upper World, I found it compelling and a source of great wisdom. I encourage everyone to journey to the Upper World,...

Meditations from the Other Side

Thoughts to Awaken the Spirit Kathleen Santora teaches meditations and self-healing through the understanding of one’s own personal energy. A spiritual healer for the past 30 years, Kathleen began trance healing later when she became aware that angels were working with her during healings. She has since learned to step back and allow her angels to come forward and work through her.           **************************   I am in perfect balance Today I will remember my perfection I am in perfect balance As I remember this every part of me heals I am in perfect balance My spirit in its perfection radiates to all of me In my remembrance The vehicle that was given me remembers its function and it purpose The universe in all its perfection Sent us with perfection I will remember today I am in perfect balance      ******************************   If...

Journeying with The Green Tara

Tara Ann Lesko Tara Ann Lesko is a woman of many talents.  Art, poetry, teaching and exploring spirituality are her loves and she enjoys helping others get in touch with their creative side through art and writing. *************************** The Goddess Tara vowed: "There are many who wish to gain enlightenment in a man's form, And there are few who wish to work for the welfare of living beings in a female form. Therefore may I, in a female body, work for the welfare of all beings, until such time as all humanity has found its fullness." Years ago, when I was still under an illusion of contentment in regard to who I was and what I was doing in the world, a gas station attendant told me that in Arabic my name meant “star”. I knew “Tara” meant...

Yin and Yang: A Christian Point of View

The concept of Yin and Yang sprouted its roots in China several hundred years before Christ’s birth. It represented Taoism, a religion that focuses on two opposing parts, one dark one light, one evil one good, one balanced one unbalanced.  But the true beauty of it is that when placed together, the duality of this symbol recognizes the true balance of life itself.  It takes these two clashing parts to make a whole, something well rounded and spiritually progressive.  I can relate my Christian faith to this concept, as it is the very basic foundation of my spiritual core.  If Yin and Yang represent two equal yet opposing forces, then I find a congruent principle in my own spiritual journey. My faith understands the acceptance of...

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The energy of the equinox

Today I'd like to talk about faerie energy. We at Mind Key chose to talk about yin and yang and balance this month because March heralds the spring equinox, which happened yesterday (March 20th) at 12:30 AM (EDT).  The equinoxes (one in the fall and one in the spring) occur when the earth's axis is almost perpendicular, the sun shines directly on the equator, and we experience an (essentially) equal amount of light and dark over the course of one day.  The equinoxes remind us of how humanity, like Mamma Earth, experiences a brief period of balance in our lives.  Those moments may or may not coincide with the equinoxes, but these are good points in time to reflect upon those moments, and to recognize how fleeting...

A Yin/Yang Herbal

Yin and yang represent different aspects of everything that exists. Within us we have a measure of each, and that measure changes in any given moment or situation.  It's the melding and balance of the two that is important. In Yin and Yang, as in the ocean, the balance is ever changing In herbalism, there is little difference.  As Charla wrote in her blog on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, and yin and yang energy, part of healing comes from balancing these two energies inside us.  We do this often without thinking.  When we are dry, we drink water and moisturize.  When we are overwhelmed with moisture (think runny nose, bloating, etc.), we take antihistamines, diuretics, or force perspiration with exercise or using a sauna or similar treatment. In herbalism,...

From all or nothing – to finding balance

Barbara Steingas Barbara Steingas is an award winning author, inspirational speaker and radiant life coach, helping people to optimize their health and vitality.  She can be found at Steingasbooks.  Barbara is joining Mind Key as a resident columnist, sharing her 21 Tips for Healing. ***********************              It used to be all or nothing for me. That was due to the need for perfectionism that made me a person of extremes. Either I would have to do something 100% right or not at all. I didn’t know how to be balanced or allow myself any slack for mistakes or learning curves. It was all black and white so to speak, no gray areas. This is best illustrated when I went to college and I gained the freshman twenty pounds. To...

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Finding Balance

Medussa's Myths Medallion Rebecca Godina, storyteller and writer, comes to Mind Key from the great state of Washington.  Rebecca will share her unique take on life and allow us to join her on her fantastic journey through the many fictions (some factual!) of life. Many of us have this elusive goal of “finding balance” in our lives, but do we really know what that means? My job once held a seminar on balancing work and home life, but honestly it felt more like a juggling lesson than a lesson in balance. At least in Western culture, we are expected to busy ourselves with many different things, to the point that we think balance means being able to keep up with them all. I don’t think that’s true....

Yin and Yang in Acupuncture

  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses Yin and Yang (pronounce yang rhyming with gong) and the body's meridians as the primary foundations for diagnosis and treatment.  According to this article on SacredLotus.com, all phenomena can be reduced to Yin-Yang and the earliest mention of it was in the I Ching in 700 BCE. Yin and Yang relate to specific parts of the human body and every treatment modality aims to either Tonify the Yin or Yang and/or Disperse excess Yin or Yang. In TCM, there are six pathogenic factors.    Yin                          Yang ----                         Wind   Cold                       Heat   Dampness           Dryness   ----                         Summerheat   I visit an acupuncturist and he is a great believer in TCM, using the flow of Qi along the meridians of the body and specially mixed herbal remedies to increase and/or decrease the...

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Yin and Yang is kind of like Left and Right brain thinking

  In talking about balance and Yin and Yang, I can’t help but think about right and left brains.  I took one of those stupid Facebook quizzes recently and it told me that I'm 76% Left brained (focusing on Symbolism) and 24% Right brained.  I am a very linear thinker.  Things are orderly.  Numbers don’t lie.  I am not flowery, I am squarely in “the box” so when someone says to think outside the box, I'm at a loss.  Make up something on the spot without parameters, I don’t think so.  So 876% left sounds about right (or correct as the case may be.) “So, if you’re so left brained and non-creative how can you be a poet and so successful at Charlapalooza?” you might ask.  If...

NJ EVENT: St. Catherine Art Expo March 11th-13th

St. Catherine of Bologna, Patron of the Arts Association is holding their This is a wonderful event that encourages us to use art to stay connected,  touching those parts inside us we don't give enough attention. Amateur and professional artists of all mediums will have their work displayed in this juried exhibition.  Live music and free hors devours each evening, and a poetry reading at 7pm Saturday.  Free admission, donations gratefully accepted. For more information, visit www.stcatharts.org or stop by www.mindkey.me/calendar to view this and other great events. ******************************************** If you are interested in having your event, business, product, or idea highlighted on Mind Key, visit www.mindkey.me/promotion....

Dissonance

dis·so·nance ˈdisənəns/ noun Music noun: dissonance; plural noun: dissonances lack of harmony among musical notes. "an unusual degree of dissonance for such choral styles" a tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements. "dissonance between campaign rhetoric and personal behavior" There's the version of the world and of ourselves that we each want to be true. Then there's the real world and our actions within it. Dissonance is the story of one man's journey from fantasy to acceptance of reality. Written and directed by Tino Godina, Dissonance is the fifth short produced by Wretched Children Productions. According to Tino, the inspiration for the story came from mostly practical concerns. With limited time and manpower, Tino wanted a story that could be shot in a single day and with...

Yin and Yang – What does it mean?

As you can see, the symbol means so much, both within its origin, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and throughout the world.  All of us have each of these characteristics within ourselves.  Although some characteristics might seem awkward or downright offensive (dirty?) they're certainly not meant that way.  They're just meant to show opposites on either side of a whole.  The trick is balance. As the symbol above is split in equal parts, so should we.  Any time we are out of balance, our bodies and souls show signs of wear, of dissonance.  Those signs could include (but are certainly not limited to:) Illness Depression Lackluster Anger Clouded thinking Finding true balance is incredibly difficult.  I certainly haven't found it. I strive each day to incorporate more harmony into myself. Have you found your harmony?...

NY Event: Change your water, Change your life

Water is the one of the most important things we put into our bodies on a regular basis.  The question is, however, what's in your water? As an avid water drinker (it's about all I drink besides tea), I know certain waters agree with me better than others. This Friday's free event is one of many Bobbie and Rita have been doing to help people find the best water possible, and how it has helped them. Rita says, "We have had tremendous success with helping people and want to keep sharing this. There will be many testimonials that you will hear and the benefits of drinking this water is incredible. No other water compares, especially bottled water and you will find out why. This is a free...

Mind Key: Creating the balance you need to thrive

Recently, Mind Key has had some wonderful support from a variety of different people and different backgrounds.  Everyone resonates with the need to find and follow your own path. Some of us are just beginning to understand that only by using our god-given talents are we truly being of service to ourselves and to the world—and that those talents are the very things that make us happiest. The question is how to take those passions, talents, and happy thoughts and meld them into something amazing that can sustain us, sustain others, and bring abundance into our lives—in every sense of the word. Tackling this question is a huge undertaking.  So many books, websites, coaches, and more have game plans for how to do this yet none of...

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Mind Key is open during construction!

Jon and I for Christmas pics 2015 Hiya!  My Name’s Charla Dury and I’m the editor here at Mind Key.  I wanted to introduce myself. While you’ve probably seen blogs from me, I don’t know that I’ve taken a chance to actually say hi.  So hi.  Now that that’s done, I want to let you know that Mind Key is in a bit of a transition period.  We’re working hard to build a diverse group of folks on our blog (both regular columnists as well as guest bloggers) to give you a wide range of material to help you on your journey.  We want to be sure to hit on all of the aspects of Mind Key that you’re here for; Health, Spirituality, Creativity, Connection and...