WOW… “Will I be pretty?”…Please watch…Only 3.29min March 8, 2011
When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother “What will I be? Will I be pretty? ” Will I be pretty? Will I be pretty? What comes next? Oh right, will I be rich which is almost pretty depending on where you shop. And the pretty question infects from conception passing blood and breath into cells. The word hangs from our mothers’ hearts in a shrill of fluorescent floodlight of worry.
“Will I be wanted? Worthy? Pretty? But puberty left me this funhouse mirror dry add: teeth set at science fiction angles, crooked nose, face donkey-long, and pox-marked where the hormones went finger-painting my poor mother.
“How could this happen? You’ll have porcelain skin as soon as we can see a dermatologist.” “You sucked your thumb. That’s why your teeth look like that! ” “You were hit in the face with a Frisbee when you were six, otherwise your nose would have been fine! ”
Don’t worry; we will get it all fixed she would say, grasping my face, twisting it this way and that as if it were a cabbage she might buy. But, this is not about her. Not her fault she, too, was raised to believe the greatest asset she could bestow upon her awkward little girl was a marketable appearance.
By sixteen I was pickled by ointments, medications, peroxides. Teeth corralled into steel prongs, laying in a hospital bed. Face packed with gauze, cushioning the brand new nose the surgeon had carved.
Belly gorged on two pints of my own blood I had swallowed under anesthesia, and every convulsive twist, like my body screaming at me from the inside out “What did you let them do to you? ” All the while, this never ending chorus groaning on and on like the IV needle dripping liquid beauty into my blood.
“Will I be pretty? ” Will I be pretty like my mother, unwrapping the gift wrap to reveal the bouquet of daughter her $10,000 bought her? Pretty? Pretty.
And now I have not seen my own face in ten years. I have not seen my own face in ten years, but this is not about me! This is about the self-mutilating circus we have painted ourselves clowns in. About women who will prowl thirty stores in six malls to find the right cocktail dress, but haven’t a clue where to find fulfillment or how to wear joy, wandering through life shackled to a shopping bag, beneath those two pretty syllables.
This, this is about my own some-day daughter. When you approach me, already stung-stayed with insecurity, begging, “Mom, will I be pretty? Will I be pretty? , ” I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer no.
The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing, but you will never be merely “pretty.”
by Dr. Mercola
The choice of solid food for your baby is very important. Contrary to what childcare books say, feeding white rice cereal to your baby is ill-advised. USA Today says that white rice cereal is a heavily-processed “nutritional disaster” since it’s devoid of vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients.
If your baby’s diet is high in grains, he or she will grow up craving processed carbs like white bread, cookies, and cakes. This contributes to childhood obesity, Dr. Joseph Mercola warns.
Dr. Mercola strongly believes that grain-based infant cereals should NOT be a part of your baby’s diet. When flour is refined to make cereal, the grain’s most nutritious part is removed. The flour essentially becomes sugar.
As white rice or flour turns into sugar in the body, it raises blood sugar and insulin levels. Worse, babies who consume highly-processed white rice or flour may become accustomed to this unhealthy diet in their older years.
The Dangers of White Rice Cereal
Stanford University pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene warns that rice is the number one source of calories during the first year of life. Babies who ate white rice cereal diets developed an increased risk of type 1 diabetes. White rice increases your baby’s insulin levels, promoting weight gain while weakening the body’s ability to lose fat.
Excess weight and obesity causes heart problems and a wide variety of other diseases later in life. High insulin levels also suppress growth hormones that promote muscle development and glucagons that burn fat and sugar.
Dr. Mercola recommends breastfeeding your baby exclusively — meaning no solid food or water — during his or her first six months. At six to nine months, supplement with solid foods while continuing to breastfeed.
Healthy Solid Foods for Your Baby
According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, egg yolk is a good first solid food for babies. You can start when your baby turns four months old. Egg yolk from free-range hens contains special long-chain fatty acids that are critical for your child’s optimal brain and nervous system development. Egg whites can cause allergies, so avoid giving them to babies less than a year old.
Dr. Mercola recommends freshly pureed organic vegetables as baby food. Sweet potato, cooked peas or carrots, and mashed avocado are nutrient-rich and soft enough for babies. As your child’s teeth begin to come out and the GI tract epithelium begins to mature, you can add:
• Cooked and finely chopped or pureed greens, like kale, collards, chard, and spinach
• Mashed asparagus
• Squashes like acorn, butternut, and other winter squashes
• Raw nut butter
• Seaweeds that become soft when wet, like nori or wakame
• Raw milk cheese or yogurt
• Organic and pasture-raised or grass-fed meat
Aside from white rice cereal, Dr. Mercola also warns against store-bought baby foods because they contain unhealthy ingredients like excessive sugar, trans fats, and processed salt. Toxic contaminants like bisphenol A (BPA) can also pollute baby foods in plastic containers.
For Dr. Mercola, homemade baby food is still the best. It’s a little time-consuming, but you’re sure that you’re giving your baby a healthy diet.
I used Boab essence for most of my pregnancy. I had a very powerful experience with this amazing tree. I read aborigen women give birth inside these trees and if not on a blanket made of its flowers, I felt a call from it and every night would have some drops before going to bed… It has been a life changing experience, very positive … I am still working with it.
By Ian White
The Boab tree, Addisonia gregorii, is found only in Australia and then only in the North West. It has been indicated through channeling that this tree is not originally of the Earth but from the star system Pleiades and the essence derived from it is one of the most powerful healing forces I have ever worked with.
The Boab clears the patterns of the ancestors – the negative patterns that are invariable learnt and passed on from generation to generation. There exists within the Boab tree an energy spiral representative of the family with the many patterns and negative beliefs coursing through each individual inherited from their forebears. In fact it is quite common with the Boab tree to have younger trees growing around it in a circular pattern. The Doctrine of Signatures once more pointing to the family pattern. Also a number of smaller Boabs can merge and from into one tree, again indicative of the learning and passing on of those ancestral patterns. If there is one key scenario you keep repeating lifetime after lifetime you will most likely attract a family structure that will cause this pattern to be repeated.
The Boab Essence will access and clear those core patterns and all the ensuing beliefs.
Interestingly the Boab tree is also known as the bottle tree because it has a reservoir of fresh water stored in the trunk. Another Doctrine of Signatures is that water is closely associated with the emotions and this tree stores deep emotional patterns.
Boab has to do with clearing karma of past actions. It works on the spiritual level initially and then on the mental and emotional. If, in the past, an individual has acted in a detrimental way towards another then, when that injured person returns to earth they will carry with them a dark line of energy which will attract the person who originally created the harm as so commence readdressing the karma. The Boab will clear that negative/dark line attraction. Often if there are negative patterns operating between two people there is confusion at a conscious level as to why they are acting in a strange way towards each other. When that spiritual dark line is cleared to too is the confusion of understanding the other person’s behavior. This may come through dream or meditation. Also the negative patterns which stem from the past are released. Remember though, when Boab releases past actions it is usually from people we are close to. Dagger Hakea on the other hand is working on clearing the resentments to things that have happened directly between people during this life.
When used as a spray in a misting bottle, the Boab Essence is very good for clearing negativity, if that negativity is coming from people who are out of balance in your environment or earth bound spirits. Its effects will not be so beneficial if that energy is coming from the dark side. Also the spraying will help clear the negativity and help to heal the collective consciousness of the planet which is made up from everyone’s actions, thoughts and beliefs. This is a very important essence for it can bring about a profound change in this planet.
We spent quite some time clearing residual negativity both around and inside the tree due to the way it had been used in the past. They synchronicity of the quality it brings about and how it had been used in the past being very strong. The energy above the hollowed, prison section of the tree was incredibly strong and was working to balance the energies of the area below that were due to past trauma of its previous prison usage. The Boab Essence is also very powerful in helping people who are experiencing, or have had experiences of, abuse or prejudice, though, inmost cases this too is a pattern that they have repeated many times in the past and are drawing to them again in this life. Once we stop being imprisoned by negative patterns, we have a greater spiritual development, awareness and sensitivity. This Essence is very good for an understanding of our true spiritual origin and can give great strength when undertaking new goals and activities that are very challenging. It certainly makes a successful outcome to this new challenge more likely once we release the negative thought patterns.
The flower is pollinated at night by moths and again this seems to be another aspect to its Doctrine of Signature of how it accesses and heals the sub-conscious mind. It has a very creamy white color, and its scent is similar to, although not quite as strong as, tuberose.
NEW MOON IN PISCES – Saturday 5th March @ 12:46 PST/ 3:46 EST
by Rebekah Shaman
The Leo full Moon illuminated our blocks and showed us our limitations so we can make the changes we need in order to shine and become empowered.
With our new found Leo courage, strength and inner knowing the Pisces new Moon asks us:
“Am I living my dreams and being true to myself…?”
It is the last new Moon of the lunar cycle before we spring forward into a new cycle and the coming of Summer, It represents the end of the winter hibernation and is our final opportunity to go deep within, to enter the dreamtime and clarify our visions.
The Pisces Moon brings the energy of reflection and inner meditation. It is the right time to go into silence and hear the small whisper of our hearts. The Piscean Moon can help you to access the inner messages, if you have been feeling that a change is necessary.
As we head deeper into the year we will find that our inner voices – our intuitions, will get louder and more dominant, as we look at our lives and recognize how our actions are impacting on our immediate surroundings, our community and the planet.
Pisces reminds us to use our unique skills, talents and energy to help serve each other to make this world a better place. There is no better time than NOW! It is exciting to be alive because there is so much room for change. Use this Moon to go within and find your true vocation. Use the power of the Leo full Moon to inspire and give you the strength to do what is best for YOU.
We are at our most sensitive and in tune with the Planet over this new Moon so don’t worry if things get on top of you or you feel emotional, teary and anxious about the future. These emotions must come up in order for us to recognize what we must change.
Rather than get caught up in an emotional storm – become the observer and see what you can learn from it, rather than become its victim. My feeling is that this Moon is going to be especially strong so that we can really blast through some of our resistances.
To follow our dreams takes courage, commitment, and strength. This Pisces Moon will guide you through your fears and send you messages through the dreamtime and meditation to show you the way.
There are never any reassurances, only trust and faith in all that you do. Trust yourself fully and you can never fail. Allow yourself the space to really listen to your true desires, wishes and inner messages.
The next full Moon in Virgo will help us organize our dreams into actions but for now – allow the dream to come through in all its glory without judgment or comparison…it will empower you and illuminate hidden parts of yourself that are now needing a voice.
I will end this Lunascope with the wise words of Oscar Wilde:
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
Only someone who has been both a medical doctor/researcher and a homebirth midwife could write a book like this one, which explores love from a scientific angle yet with great respect for the beautiful orchestration of normal physiology as it works to its best capacity when it is undisturbed. Love, we learn, is a strategy for human survival.
The author begins with the primal period which includes fetal life, the perinatal period and early infancy. He explores the behavioral effects of various hormones on birth, postpartum, and the interaction of mother and baby. Using this lens, he then examines the offspring in adulthood: has an undisturbed birth resulted in an expansive capacity to love, or have interventions of many kinds resulted in violent criminality, suicide, impaired sociability, schizophrenia?
The book goes on to explore human sexuality, mysticism, death and prayer as changed levels of consciousness. Odent discusses peak experiences and their impact on human health and well being. The human attraction to water and the physical adaptations of the human body to life in water are given a chapter, as is love at a molecular level, a fascinating look into the physiology of emotional states.
Odent’s book gives the reader just enough to think about in regard to each subtopic he raises, while the reader is then compelled to find out more-both by doing further research of a formal nature and obeying the urgent need to tap one’s deepest, purest intuition. This in itself sounds like an amazing incitement for an author to accomplish, but for anyone who has been in Odent’s presence, it is not at all surprising. This fine book is quintessential Odent-passionate, inquiring and brilliant, with the kind of emerging logic that animates, excites and inspires