Welcome to the 32nd edition of the Carnival of Healing. The carnival is a weekly posting of contributed blogs and articles that focus on holistic health, wellness, self-empowerment, and spirituality.
Next week, March 11, the carnival is currently lacking a host... so please email me ASAP if you would like to volunteer to host. If no one steps in to host it on their personal blog I'll host it again at About Holistic Healing. There are also upcoming weeks that have not been assigned a host as yet. Please check out the hosting schedule and let me know if you are interested in hosting. Thanks!
I have received some thought-provoking carnival submissions this week, the overall theme seems to be about embracing our human side and understanding our inner workings.
Steve, Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog, submits
Why Did You Choose to Incarnate as a Human? - This is a short post about a subject that we have all pondered from time to time. I believe that I was somewhat hesitant to incarnate into my human body. I may very well have been rushed in before I was ready. I'll describe a self-guided visualization I had years ago when I was trying to answer this question for myself.
I visualized the birth canal as a giant slide on a children's playground. I was on the ground standing in a line with several other children waiting for their turn to climb the ladder so that they could slide down the slippery slope. Most of the children were clamoring to get their turn. Me, not so much. I was hesitating. But, I was also hesitant to get out of line and lose my opportunity. After I was halfway up the ladder I had a strong urge to go back down the ladder because I was fearful of sliding into life. With a little coaching (and shoving) from the children who were in line behind me) I took the plunge anyway because I knew that if I didn't slide then I may not have the opportunity again until much later. On some level I understood that there are more spirits wanting bodies to incarnate into than bodies that are available. Wise or not, I slid on in, and here I am, smack in the middle of the human playground. Oh... joy!
Restore Your Chi
... 2 short and simple exercises that will allow you to quickly increase your energy levels when you feel tired, either at work, in the morning or just about anytime. If you do energy healing work and your energy levels are low, these will help you prepare by collecting more energy just before the treatment.
Scott K Smith, Other Lights, Journey of the Liminal Being shares Gyan: A New Symbol For Healing. I've included a thumbnail image of it here to entice you to click through to the larger image. Notice the spiral or kundalini coil seated in the root of the Gyan symbol. Scott says
"In my healing time today I met what some would call a Goddess, Quan Yin. I floated in a vast cosmos of waters, a pink lotus (my heart) in a constellation of many lotus flowers, all people, drawn to a great blossom at the center. There, within the opening petals was a beautiful healing presence. Immense and yet so full of love and this overwhelming sense of tranquility that there was no fear within me. Her hand was over our hearts, our lotus flower, infinitely and yet it was over so soon. She said to me, 'Gyan' and then showed me a symbol which she placed upon my forehead…"
Pause for Menopause
Nancy Nehlsen, Well Past 50, writes a thoughtful post For the Love of Sue about a woman named Sue who has recently begun a five week sabbatical searching for herself, or at least to find that part of herself that she feels she may have lost over the years while tackling the role of wife and mother.
I fit into the past 50 crowd, although just barely. I turned 51 last November. My doctor says that my blood tests indicate that I'm post-menopausal. "Post" anything sounds so final.... what's that mean anyway? Surely I'm not facing a dead end. I think I'm a far cry from being I'm done yet, but will be happy to say goodbye permanently to hot flashes and night sweats if that is what being post-menopausal offers me.
In reading about other women finding their passions around age 50 I guess I'm feeling a bit like I've done a few things backwards. For many moms it is when the kids get older that they hit the pavement looking for careers outside of the home. It was the opposite for me. I didn't stay home with my children when they were small. I was out into the work field because I was a struggling single mom. Later on, after I remarried, it wasn't until my kids were much older and in high school that I decided to set up a home-office. This year my husband and I (now empty nesters) sprung for a kitchen renovation... DH says we spent our children's inheritance having the kitchen updated, *laugh* - We spend less time at meal times since our children are now dispersed across the states so you might wonder why we would bother to remodel the kitchen? You would think that the last place I would want to be is in a kitchen wearing an apron with my head poked inside the oven. But, the kitchen is exactly where I'm finding myself the happiest. I no longer have to quickly sling hash to feed the hungry mouths and beg for everyone to chip in and help clean up the stacks of dirty pots and pans afterwards. Now I can now linger in my beautiful new kitchen and enjoy a cup of lemon balm tea by myself or invite a friend over for enjoyable conversation over a low-caloric brunch. My home is my haven. I have no desire to escape out into the world to see what I've missed. My self-journey is an inward retreat inside a familiar setting. I too hope that Sue finds what she is looking for during her self-searching sabbatical. I just hope she doesn't forget to look inward while she's out and about.
A late-coming carnival submission came in yesterday from Brendan McPhillips. This entry is a Valentine's Day post. Brendan assures me that even though we are now in the first week of March that it is never too late for the healing power of true love. How True!
Love and Blessings to everyone. Thank you for attending our carnival this week.