30. May 2011 · Comments Off on Cancer – The Social And Spiritual Dynamics · Categories: Cancer · Tags: , ,

Cancer, just hearing it mentioned strikes fear, dread, sadness, and anger: emotions now prevalent in our daily lives. Cancer is “the disease” of these modern times. Why has this illness become as common as owning a computer in this country? How did cancer become such an epidemic? Where does it come from? What can we learn from it and what can we do about it and with it?

As I look upon our society as a whole and examine the overall infrastructure, I feel and see a society that is ill; overrun with materialism, competition, coldness, sadness and a sincere lack of true community and a sincere lack of having a real interest in and heartfelt thinking towards each other.

I peer through these observations with a heavy heart because I have experienced these feelings and pressures of life. Striving to see the positive, I know many folks are waking up and seeking and building community, peace, a higher calling to serve mankind, and heartfelt thinking and feeling towards one another.

However, cancer is not going away anytime soon, and why is that? From the spiritual/emotional/ mental aspect, I sense that isolation and loneliness, coupled with the lack of real communication and the over stimulation of our senses with materialism, is a core factor. People, on the whole, are rather lost and isolated in the true sense of human connection and community. Loneliness, anxiety, separation, and stress all lead to a feeling of despair, a feeling of life as a struggle; this in turn weakens all of the bodies that make up the human being: physical, etheric, astral, and ego. When the bodies are not properly aligned, illness and disease can manifest. Two quotes by Rudolf Steiner come to mind in regards to disease and suffering.

There is exactly as much suffering and pain in the world as there is interest only in the physical and material.

And for the whole human being, there is hardly anything worse than being far away in the soul, with one’s heart, from what the head must perform. The more people have to do what does not interest them, the weaker they make their ether body.

From these statements, we realize the gravity and seriousness of why cancer is so prevalent in our society. Most folks, including myself, have experienced that painful feeling of doing something with your head that your heart has no interest in. Now, I am not saying this in regards to doing chores or other obligations and responsibilities of life, but in regards to a vocation or project that you have no interest in or a relationship that is not fulfilling, yet you are afraid to leave it and move on. These things can literally tear your soul and drastically weaken your etheric body. This, I feel, is a huge phenomenon in life, especially the working of a job that is slowly killing your soul. New creative jobs and community-based industries that support the local economy in all aspects are needed to create a feeling of worthiness and respect for many people and for the good of the entire community.

The quote about the relationship of pain and suffering and an individual’s interest only in the physical and material holds true, though not in direct proportion to the person who only has material interests. Many people diagnosed with cancer are loving and caring individuals and many people with only material thoughts and interests do not contract this disease. Perhaps those with cancer are better able to deal with it, or perhaps they are taking a higher role in taking on the consequences of all the material and physical thoughts that are produced every day in the world. I really do not know, but it is definitely a huge and deep thought to ponder. What are the spiritual aspects behind someone contracting cancer? I think deeply on this because my mother, Kay Gillette, lived life with a passion for helping others with love and kindness; yet, she left the physical world at the age of 63 from the effects of a brain tumor.

We also need to look at the prevailing materialistic forces, as they are definitely influencing mankind in a way that is out of balance. These forces go hand in hand with modern diseases like cancer; they strive to infuse materialistic thoughts in everyone, with no inclination toward spiritual forces and a living spiritual world.

Unlike in the past when different forces influenced diseases infused with heat (fever), accompanied with hallucinations, vivid images and a sense of lifting out of the physical body, the materialistic forces of today are connected with cold, accompanied by hardening, homogenization and a feeling of being driven deep into the physical body.

Our society is cancerous and it is deeply affecting everyone.

Looking to the physical world, we have to take into account, the “Toxic Load” of this world in which we live. There is no need to go into detail as it is blatantly obvious that the water, the air, the commercial food, and the chemical products that are a part of our daily lives are affecting the health of everyone and the health of our society and are, clearly, a part of this cancer epidemic.
Therapeutically, what can be done to decrease the risks of cancer and effectively nourish someone who has this disease, with a high possibility of transforming that person’s health so that the cancer is no more an issue and health and vitality are restored?

The total view of life must be taken into account when someone is working on breaking free of cancer and breaking into a new life. Aspects of nutrition, relationships, spirituality, mental/emotional powers, movement, vocation, and other life attributes have to be brought into balance and harmony. New ways of living, feeling, willing, and thinking must be brought forth.

Nutritionally, I have found that a predominately raw foods diet, including raw meat, raw eggs, and raw dairy, especially raw butter, gives the body the necessary nutrients to remove and dissolve toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells and to regenerate new cell growth that allows for rebuilding and revitalizing the effected areas of the body. Raw meat is the best source of food to generate new cellular growth and raw fat is the best source of food to dissolve and remove toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells. Raw fresh vegetable juices will alkalize and oxygenate the body and aid the raw fat in dissolving toxins. This diet can take some time to get used to, but in my professional opinion, it is the best diet to heal from cancer and bring forth health and vitality. All foods should be free of chemicals and the dairy, eggs, and meat should be from pastured chickens, wild fish, and cows that eat grass. Various herbs and supplements are also very important to facilitate healing and detoxification.

In addition to cleansing the body with organic whole foods, supplements, and other natural protocols, the home must be cleansed of all toxic cleaners, detergents, body care products, etc. The water for drinking and bathing must be filtered. Even the clothes a person wears should be natural, like cotton, wool, and silk.

To a certain extent, those with cancer need to get back to nature as much possible, including walking with and enjoying Mother Nature and all her healing and comforting attributes.

Furthermore, any negative relationships, vocations, and or mental/emotional states need to be addressed and guided back to harmony through diligent and courageous inner work. The serenity prayer is a wonderful prayer to take to heart and soul during a challenging time.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change:
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Although cancer is normally seen as a tragedy in our society, a new prospective must be considered. Cancer must be looked upon as a calling to change our society and ourselves: a deep change that brings life back to a balanced living state where the physical and spiritual worlds are working together and guiding mankind to why we are really here: to evolve as the universe evolves with higher spiritual thinking, to fully grasp and understand the spiritual mysteries, to develop heart felt and loving relationships that can be continued into the spiritual world, and to develop a true sense of brotherhood and sisterhood by sincerely becoming interested and concerned with how your fellow human beings are doing and living.

Cancer can take our society and us on the present currents of fear, isolation and gross materialism, or we can alter the currents and change the direction of cancer with love, a real sense of community, the cleansing of our bodies and the environment, and the persistent and devoted work we must perform with each other and with the spiritual world.

Bibliography

Sardello, Robert. Facing the World with Soul. Hudson: Lindisfarne Press, 1992

Steiner, Rudolf. Lecture. “The Deed of Christ”, 1909

Steiner, Rudolf. Lecture. “Overcoming Nervousness”, 1912
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17. May 2011 · Comments Off on Angels Unawares · Categories: Home And Family · Tags: , ,

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.“ -Hebrews 13:2

My husband is not frequently mortified by my behavior, but within the past year, two separate occasions brought rolling of his eyeballs, scratching of his head, and more than one “I can’t
believe you did that” lecture.

I befriended a lady-about a year ago-while Ernie and I stood in
line waiting to get a table at the Stage Deli in mid-town
Manhattan. She and her husband waited alongside us on the
sidewalks of 7th Avenue, all four of us cold, hungry, and very
anxious to get inside. It seemed perfectly normal-even given that we were in New York-to strike up a conversation with them. They seemed quite normal, were nicely dressed, and had fairly thick Southern accents. In the twenty minutes or so that we spent outside, we managed to find out where they were from, how many kids they had, and what they did for a living. You know. Normal conversation.

As it would turn out, they got seated at a table next to ours. That area of the restaurant is well, tight, so even though technically we sat at different tables, we were
essentially having lunch together. So we chatted some more,
mainly because we practically had to, but we tried to give each
other some space; this was New York after all, and we were
decent, respectful people. Towards the end of our meals, I saw
her struggling to make a dessert decision. Reknown for their
cakes, pies, and cheesecakes as the Stage Deli is (their
chocolate cake is legendary and stands about 7 inches high; it is one of the best I’ve ever “experienced”…and, as you may or may not know, chocolate in any form is not eaten; it is
“experienced”) there was indeed a decision to be made but it was
not a tremendous decision.

There was only one decision to be made and it was a chocolate one. I hated to see my new friend struggle so I offered her some advice. But her other issue was: could she eat it all? No problem. We agreed to share it.

Our husbands’ eyeballs at that point were not just rolling; they
were getting that very bizarre look about them that said:

“You’ve got to be kidding please tell me you’re not going to share cake with a perfect stranger with who knows what kind of germs are in her mouth that will be transferring onto that plate not to mention what viruses she’s a carrier for or the fact that you have no idea where she’s been where she comes from or for that matter what kind of germs her husband and kids have either.”

And yet before they could verbalize the mental war they were each undoubtedly battling, the waiter brought one mammoth-sized piece of the best chocolate cake ever on one plate with two forks. And we sat there and ate it, giggling at how stupid we must have looked yet happy to be in that exuberant state that only chocolate cake and hot coffee on a cold winter day can induce.

We never saw them again.

But if Ernie was mortified and mystified by that exchange, he was downright angry about what I did a few weeks later. Last year, I took our two youngest kids to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We left at the crack of dawn in order to both beat the traffic as well as to ensure front row positions on the sidewalk. Our home is roughly 60 miles from mid-town Manhattan; I literally pulled the kids from their beds and met them downstairs ten minutes later with juice boxes in one hand and car keys in the other.

After driving into the city-fighting traffic and tourists all the way from the West Side highway to the parking garage off 7th Avenue-walking three or four blocks to the perfect spot on the perfect street with the perfect view, and chatting with the tourists sharing asphalt space with us during the good hour of standing and waiting time, Victor informed me that he had to go to the bathroom. Badly. It only took me a few minutes to ascertain that he didn’t go when he woke up. No. He had to let us go through all of that.

So what was I supposed to do? If we all left, we’d lose our front-row spots. (And of course that was the intelligent option.) Victor was by this time practically dancing, he had to go so badly. Cristina was grumpy to think that little brother was too “little brother” to not use his brain and go to
the bathroom before leaving for the city. And I was calculating
all of our options given that the parade was about to start in
just a few minutes and that downtown businesses were mostly
closed early morning on Thanksgiving Day. The nice older man I
met, who, with his wife, engaged us in charming conversation
during most of the hour, offered to take him in search of the
nearest restroom. OK. I’m not that stupid. But at the suggestion
of a handful of people on the street who all witnessed my dilemma and who all offered to watch my daughter during the ten minutes it would take me to deal with Victor, I did wind up leaving her with a band of (almost total) strangers on a curb in mid-town Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day.

With the city on high alert for terrorism and dozens upon dozens of policemen within a hand’s grasp-and a firm and very loud order to scream if anyone did anything weird-she calmly waited on the sidewalk for something like eight to ten minutes while I took care of Victor.

OK. Both incidents were nothing shy of sheer stupidity on my
part. And I can’t even believe that I am confessing to either one in this Newsletter. And I know you’re thinking:”what’s the point in telling these stories anyway?!?” It’s this: most people are good at heart. And if you allow yourself the freedom to engage with both friends as well as with complete and total strangers alike, you will find that people want the best. Most people look for the best, want the best for you, and will offer their best to you. We are all in this journey together, and we all want to move forward. Everyone wants health and happiness. Everyone wants to be in love and to be loved. These are universally human cravings.

When we allow total strangers to enter our world, we may be
allowing a touch of the divine into our lives. And sooner or
later, we will all entertain strangers. It may not be over
chocolate cake at a New York deli, or on a sidewalk waiting for a parade. But it may be in a subway car, in a grocery store…or in a hospital room.

We have allowed the owner of a local restaurant to enter in our
world during this past year. We eat in his restaurant nearly
every Sunday after church, so by now we know each one of his
waiters by name. And they have all become very involved in our
lives. They provided homemade chicken soup by the potfuls when
Nick was first diagnosed with leukemia. They’ll bake Cristina a
cake for her birthday this Friday, which she will celebrate there after school with her friends. The owner comes to see us at “our table” every Sunday and gives us encouragement and tells us of how he prays for Nick’s healing. He was a total stranger a year ago. He is an “angel unaware.”

Wellington pumps my gas. He, too, was a total stranger last year. But after pumping my gas almost every week for a year, he’s entered my world. He, too, is now praying for our family and for Nick’s healing. He is an “angel unaware.”

So is a lady at the local pharmacy who has been faithfully
helping our family with routine prescriptions during the past
year. Now she has entered our world at a more intimate level. As
have teachers at my kids’ schools. Moms in our neighborhood. And
dads whose sons play lacrosse with one of my own sons.

I have allowed complete strangers to dispense chemotherapy drugs
into a port in my son’s chest, drive my daughter to tennis
lessons, and all three to violins lessons in a town forty-five
minutes away from home. Angels unaware.

Just yesterday, while standing in line at the post office to mail Christmas packages, an old friend who I hadn’t seen for several months came through the door. With her at one end of the waiting line and me at the other, she kind of yelled across the room: “How are ya?” and when I yelled a little softer: “Fine but have you heard about Nick?” to her “No,” the whole post office crowd quickly became involved in our son’s illness whether they wanted to be or not. After making five trips to my car to get some twentysomething packages and apologizing profusely to the now very involved people in line with each new package-laden entrance, an elderly lady-a complete stranger-walked up to me and wrapped her arms around my neck and waist and literally squeezed me. She kissed me on the cheek and said: “I felt compelled to do that.” And walked away.

An angel unaware.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers this holiday! Invite them into your home for dinner. Invite them to your Christmas Open House and to your coffees and your luncheons. Invite them into your world. And you will be delighted to find-as I have in both my moments of “horrible judgment” as well as in my moments of complete transparency-that God puts people into your path to make your journey not just more bearable, but more enjoyable, too.

Angels unaware. Each one of them.

09. May 2011 · Comments Off on The Law of Attraction – Seven Ways to Get "Unstuck" When Pursuing Your Goals · Categories: Self Improvement · Tags: ,

In utilizing the Law of Attraction, or manifesting your intentions, or just plain progressing in your chosen path, there will always be times when you feel “stuck.” It may be that you feel bound by circumstances, or the scene isn’t playing out as expected, or maybe you’re just not sure where to go next – what move to make. Although you may (or may not) intellectually understand that all setbacks are as temporary as you allow them to be, it can be difficult to keep from getting frustrated, or even giving up.

First, let me reassure you that my life is NOT pie-in-the-sky perfection. I love every second, even the challenging ones (especially the challenging ones!), because I recognize that no matter what the circumstances, this is MY life, and I have so much to grateful for. Further, I know that my greatest growth will always come from adversity, not easy gains. It is imperative to understand that having that amazing power to manifest your intentions in all of the varied facets of your world is not about have a “perfect’ life where nothing goes wrong (and I postulate that that would, in fact, not be perfect either!), but about how you handle the challenges that will inevitably arise.

In the future, for the times when it seems all roads lead to dead ends, here are seven techniques for getting “unstuck.”

Identify specific problem areas – don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the nebulous sense of frustration that “nothing is going right.” Sometimes, when you pinpoint the exact issue, you suddenly see that it is not as bad as you thought, as possibly even easily solved! Now that you’ve pinpointed your issues, identify what you feel is “holding you back.” Is it lack of time, resources, support, organization, education, fear of failure or of success? Address that issue. Is there anything that you can reasonably do to rectify it? If you’re not sure, ask for help! It’s amazing how often we get hung up on feeling like we have to solve every problem on our own, when there may be someone with an answer within arm’s reach! Recognize that everything you need to succeed already exists, and will come to you if you’ll allow it! Stop telling yourself that you can’t have something. Instead, try believing that you CAN! The universe wants to give you everything you want, but when you’re busy saying “I can’t have ______,” the universe interprets that to mean that you don’t really want it! When you put a question out to the universe, stop trying to figure out the answer! Get quiet enough so that the universe (or God, or your creative source, or whatever you call that inner voice that is WAY smarter than you) has a chance to get a word in edgewise! Then trust your instincts as you take action – they are there to guide you. Let go of the outcome. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t pursue your dreams, but if at every step of the way the cards seem stacked against you, it may be that you are pushing toward something that is not in your best interest, or at least going about it in the wrong way! Realize that you don’t always need to be “in control.” Your human consciousness – your ego – is so finite, you cannot possibly see all potential paths and outcomes… so what makes you suppose you can control them? Relax! The universe is always acting for your highest good! Why not go with the flow instead of fighting the current? You might be surprised to discover that more often than not, it carries you where you wished to go. Remember that at all times, every moment, you are exactly where you are supposed to be. It goes back to the old mantra, “Be Here Now.” There is no other time or place you can be, so take three deep breaths and just be grateful to be alive. You are only as “stuck” as you believe you are. Take this gift that is the present moment, and see what lesson it offers you. This will almost always free you to continue moving forward.

Wishing you a passionate, prosperous, and powerful day!
Kristy
a.k.a. The Average Goddess

06. May 2011 · Comments Off on Problems of Lips · Categories: Skin Care · Tags: , ,

Lips give a beautiful look to the face. Along with eyes, lips define the personality of a person. If lips have a skin problem, it hurts the looks. It also creates problems in eating food. Let us find out about common lip problems and how to treat them.

Herpes:

Those who suffer from cold sores, may find a flare-up in herpes on the lips with sun exposure, any local irritant (food or drink) or an illness. Herpes affected lips are painful and need to be treated with anti-viral medicine.

Psoriasis:

Psoriasis can cause dry, flaking lips. In psoriasis, any cut that develops on lips takes a long time to heal. In psoriasis, the lip skin may become darker over the years and lose luster. Topical steroids are commonly used to treat psoriasis on lips.

Lichen Planus:

Lichen planus is an autoimmune disease that normally occurs on the inner cheeks as white strips and dots. It takes a long time to resolve. Lichen planus can also affect lips. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid to be applied on the lips. If you have dry and flaky lips, it is not always dryness. Your doctor is more qualified to diagnose the cause. The condition is also known as angular cheilitis.

Vitamin A:

Excess of Vitamin A in any form (food or medication) can cause cracked dry lips. This is also called vitamin A poisoning. Stop excess intake and the problem will get resolved.

Perleche:

This is a common problem of cracking of corners of the lips. It is caused by yeast in the mouth, diabetes, HIV or use of oral steroids or antibiotics. Your doctor may give you an oral solution to treat this problem.

Allergic Dermatitis:

Lips may develop eczema because of allergic reaction to cosmetic ingredients, food, toothpaste, etc.

Sun:

Leukoplakia of the lips appears as white, thin patches on the lips. It is a pre-cancerous condition of the lips caused by sun damage. Leukoplakia needs to be removed surgically or with liquid nitrogen.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.