Santa Fe Vision Quest: The Medicine of the East

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I will be taking 4 Shamanic trips into the desert over the next year to work with the 4 cardinal points on the medicine wheel: North, South, East and West. My shamanic focus for the first southwest quest was working with the medicine of the East. The animal is the eagle and the element is Air. The attributes are inspirational, far-sighted, fiercely protective, clarity.

This is as much a poem or prayer of that journey as it is an essay. It is an integration. It is a destination. It is the clearing of space for essence to just be. And there are some beautiful prayers/poems at the end.

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Vigil for Brussels, March 2016

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Thank you to those who came to participate in the March Full Moon Sound Circle Vigil for Brussels.

Terrorism. What can we do?

It is important to do something for two reasons.

  1. If we feel powerless, they win.
  2. When out of balance energy is expressed, it is important to put out balancing energy to harmonize and heal.

I believe that we can do something about it, that we are not powerless to the terrorists.

When we come together in love, we break the spell of the terror. Our togetherness dispels the isolation and fear. Terror creates separation, which magnifies the fear, suspicion and isolation. As the saying goes: Together we stand, divided we fall.

So what can we do?

We can come together, as U2 sings: “in the name of love”.

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Sound and Alzheimer’s

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An early onset Alzheimer’s patient has recently joined my practice. I was not expecting so many interesting questions to appear as a result. This article, written with the permission of my new patient and his partner, explores the beginning sessions, how they helped my patient, and could help other Alzheimer’s patients potentially.

It raises questions about the brain and analytical function v. intuition/creativity, and wonders about the heart/brain command chain as well. How rewarding to be of such help to someone, and to become inspired to learn more about some very important questions on the functions of the brain as well.

We began by meeting with his partner to discuss the current research on Alzheimer’s and sound. The Alzheimer’s Foundation is a huge supporter of Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s. It can: “shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.” Alzheimer’s Foundation. Click here for article.

The research shows that we process music in a different place in the brain than the place that the disease affects. “This happens because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. They are influenced by the motor center of the brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues. A person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into the disease process because, again, these activities do not mandate cognitive functioning for success." Alzheimer’s Foundation. Click here for article.

Once the patient listens to music, the patient can then access lost memories which are activated by the emotion that the music produces. Does the music reach the damaged parts of the brain? Or does the music access the same memories through different networks?

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The Spiritual Incarnation System ™

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At the Academy of Intuition Medicine ® at this time of year, we are in the SIS module, or Spiritual Incarnation System . This module introduces us to the concept of “calling our spirit back” into our body. It is the age-old soul retrieval practice of the Shaman, re-introduced for the contemporary practitioner.

Soul retrieval is medicine for the dispersion of our core being or essence. It is medicine for the fact that through growth opportunities, karma, lessons, lack of awareness, trauma and what have you, we have left pieces of our spirit all over the place, creating a vacuum in our center. And just like in Odysseus’ palace, when Odysseus is missing, the suitors will show up and eat up your resources. And suitors can be very seductive! In terms of a human ecosystem, the suitors could be other people’s energies, emotions or agendas, actual germs, parasites—basically anything that is not of you in the energetic or physical world that takes your place when you are not there to fill it.

The wisdom here is that if you fill yourself completely with your own spirit, there is no room for undesirables to take up residence and wreak havoc with your core essence or resonance. The goal is to “stay home” and make sure that all resources are going towards your unique purpose.

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February full moon sound medicine

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The new sound has arrived.
Its a blend of improvised lyrics, toning (playing with overtoning, undertoning, throat singing), deep groove, bass, crystal bowls and loving, healing intention.
AND it is the color of my Original Essence Energy, OEE.

The Rainbow Song

Welcome to the sensual and lush world of groove, toning, bass and crystal singing bowls.

Vocals by Elizabeth Krasnoff
Crystal Bowls by Kim Murphy
Bass by Jeff Mogalian
Produced by Randy Emata and Elizabeth Krasnoff
Engineer Kevin St. Croix

Click here to listen.



Find Your Learning Style

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My recent trip to The Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA turned up the following approach to finding your learning style. Don’t worry, its not too late for us grown ups!

All third graders have a weekly “read aloud” class in which they must listen to a book being read out loud for an entire hour. This sounds as fun to me as sweeping sawdust off a barn floor. In any event, the purpose is to train and test for comprehension, the ability to understand what is being read to them.

As I watched this third grade class, I noticed that something was different. Some children were drawing, some were cartooning, some were doodling, some were napping, some were lying sprawled on the floor. They were each doing their own thing, instead of sitting in rows of uniform stillness.

As it turns out, Nueva takes the partnering approach with the children. As long as the kids score well on their comprehension test, they may use any of these modalities to help them absorb the material. Their comprehension score will determine the success of their choice. And if it is a low score? A re-do of the test is required and back to the drawing board for a different listening solution.  

The message to the children is that they are responsible for their own learning style. They have to work with themselves and with their teacher to find how they best listen in order to score well on the comprehension test. And of course this skill goes a long way because (which is what you are all thinking): life is a comprehension test. How great to know what you need to do for yourself to listen well at a seminar. A dinner. A wedding. A PhD class. A board meeting.

The children can choose from the following ideas (and probably anything else they can come up with as long as they demonstrate comprehension and do not disturb their neighbors):

  •         pedaling bicycle pedals under the desk
  •         doodling
  •         drawing
  •        cartooning the plot line and images
  •        lying down
  •         sitting in a chair
  •        resting with their eyes closed

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