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January 09, 2008 | New Beginnings 2008
The only constant is change, they say...and order must come from chaos. Jung says "I regard the loss of balance as purposive, since it replaces a defective consciousness by the automatic and instinctive activity of the unconscious, which is aiming all the time at the creation of a new balance." The current story of my life.
And not an unwelcome one, although discomforting through the process of tearing down the house and rebuilding a stronger structure on firmer foundations - letting go of the old disease, fear, addiction and sabotage patterns, working through ill health on the road to becoming the 'I Am' of my soul’s eye.
So many things have happened since I last wrote, and communication was not possible, nor would it have been useful to you. Perhaps this is the direct result of labelling myself a Chaos Queen - others have called me a Cassandra and a catalyst. Or perhaps it's because I set the intention 3 years ago to become a Creator of balance, and to do that my pendulum had to swing to its outer limits before coming back to centre. Whatever. I am not the only one affected, of course.
2008 will be a year of flux, shape shifting and change for everyone. If we knuckle down and learn to listen to and take care of ourselves (including the world we live in), we will move through the chaos into a glorious new order. So brace yourselves and cultivate your inner strength. There is more awareness of the global pattern of change as we continue to be the outward mirrors of the planet we inhabit, but each and every one of us has to take responsibility for maintaining a clear reflection of the world we would like to inhabit by being true to ourselves and the people we are meant to be.
It needn't all be doom and gloom, although it may seem like it at times...Some wisdom from Osho: "Laughter is eternal, life is eternal, celebration continues. Actors change but the drama continues. Waves change but the ocean continues. You laugh, you change - and somebody else laughs - but laughter continues. You celebrate, somebody else celebrates, but the celebration continues. Existence is continuous. It is a continuum. There is a not a single moment's gap in it. No death is death, because every death opens a new door. It is a beginning. There is no end to life, there is always a new beginning, a resurrection. If you change your sadness to celebration, then you will also be capable of changing your death into resurrection. So learn the art of laughter while there is still time."
With the death of the old year, and the dawn of the new...lets laugh the new year in and celebrate the joys of living from the first new shoots springing through the winter earth to the warmth of our fires, family and friendships. Celebrate the snow, the sunrise, the sparkling eyes and surprising wisdom of the children, the backyard songbirds and most importantly, the fact that you are an integral part of this world, connected at its deepest levels through your breathing in and breathing out - celebrate the joy of being alive.
I wish you the honesty to be yourself.
love and light, Rasma
Please email me to book.
Salt Spring Island, BC
I work out of the Arbutus Therapy Centre (above Apple Photo in Ganges) by appointment.
I come over to Victoria quite regularly, and can provide a session in the comfort of your own home.
All sessions available by subspace.
I am planning a series of Sekhem workshops - Level I and II throughout 2008 in Victoria, Salt Spring, Vancouver and possibly even Texas. If you have 4 or more people interested and would like me to teach in your area, please contact me for details and costs.
Due to changes since Helen Belot's retirement, workshops will only take place when I have designed a new logo and written the new manuals. Please check the 'Workshop' page on my website for updates.
- BSc (Hons) Health & Disease
- Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (in progress)
- Diploma of Nutrition
- Advanced Certificate Quantum Biofeedback(EPFX/SCIO)
- Sekhem Endorsed Master Teacher
- Soul Survival and Creation Trainer
- Emotional Freedom Technique Basic Level
- Indian Head Massage
How to Contact Me
Phone: (250) 537-4728 or 537- 5401 I check messages regularly
We are afraid of the word. Most of us live in poverty consciousness, with a great imbalance in/ lack of understanding of the importance of giving and receiving - either not allowing ourselves to trust that we will receive and have enough, or through hoarding, greed and accumulation. You have seen everyday examples - intentional homelessness, materialism, commercialism, self sabotage. We are better givers than takers, which sounds like a contradiction. But it is easier to hide our own fears of not having enough under the blanket of spoiling others. We go shopping when we are depressed, we spoil the kids at Christmas, we feel better when we take someone out for lunch. There is a difference too between 'I want' and 'I need'. When was the last time you acknowledged you had everything you need? When was the last time you accepted a gift without feeling like you had to return the favour?
And what does abundance really mean? The dictionary definition is simply 'great plenty'. It doesn't refer to monetary abundance, although that is to what most peoples' minds automatically leap. So, great. Plenty of what? What is it you would like to have plenty of - food, friends, music, love, money, wellness, energy, birds in the garden, sunshine? And what is stopping you have any of those, or anything else you think of...
When the world was born and life started to evolve, there was an abundance of the two things that are needed to sustain life - water and oxygen. Over the years, our 'civilisation' has managed to collectively poison both of these commodities. This is an over simplification, but since we are a mirror of our environment, I would like you to wonder if there is a link between this systematic destruction and our abundance issues, as we have systematically managed to poison ourselves too in the process - increased technology and toys, side by side with increased cancer, candida, asthma, auto immune diseases. And a further link to our self-sabotage patterns that manifest through our addictions.
What are your addictions - Chocolate? Drugs? Shopping? Is there a correlation between your addiction and when you are feeling the worst about yourself? And do you stop to think about the impact your addiction has on your health, and on your environment. For example, the shopping addict gets instant gratification from the new TV, but excessive stress when the credit card bill comes through, and may not even be aware of the impact that the packaging has on the landfill.
I ask you to think about what you need in your life, versus what you want. Make a list if it helps. Live true to your values. Figure out what is really important to you. How do you think your life would change if you began to live more in tune to your core values? How would you improve your health, relationships and quality of life? What would you begin to say no to - doubt, fear, anger, stress, addiction? What would you say yes to - self confidence, empowerment, love?
Finding Body Wisdom
1. Identify your body messages at a time you feel content and fulfilled
2. Create a picture of a favourite activity in your mind's eye -sitting on a hill watching the sun come up? Singing in a choir? Late night chats with your soul mate? Seeing your grandchild's smile?
3. What made that situation special for you?
4. What did you see, feel, taste, smell, hear?
5. What values were you living in that experience?
6. Were you connecting with others? Learning something new? Growing as a person? Loving well?
7. Now, slow your mind, take a deep breath and picture the scene again
8. Scan your body...identify the feeling in your body - where is it? Is it warm? Pleasurable? Excited? Something else?
9. Remember where in your body and how this felt – you can go there anytime, and use it as a relaxation exercise to acknowledge abundance of the things that mean the most to you.
YOUR CHALLENGE FOR 2008
Our society has the capability for extraordinary love. Love expresses itself in overflowing happiness. When we are incorporated in the cycle of loving giving and receiving, we live in abundance of life at all levels. We will also enjoy the inexhaustible wealth of profound encounters with people to whom we can reveal our true selves without fear. There is no need to possess one another. Once we understand the law of abundance and have the courage to live accordingly, we will know that everything we need will be at our disposal in plenty.
You have something especially valuable to share. Whatever you would like to give, give it now in the knowledge and awareness of your own inner richness.
This is a time for bringing together ideas, comprehensive views and total understanding. The ability to analyse brings clarity to future perspectives. There will be a central point, but all paths of thought and opinions will converge here. Newly won knowledge will break through outdated ideas and patterns of thought in all facets of life from science to personal relationships. Changes have become necessary and will be communicated in a way that they can be heard, understood and accepted by all.
You possess the ability to see things differently and your understanding will unite many different aspects, and so the ripple effect through your friends, family, their friends, family and so on to global proportions will occur. We are all interconnected. Trust your insight, state your truth clearly and allow the rose of knowledge to blossom in your heart.
There will be a concurrence of the inner and outer worlds, realising great wealth, success and the union of body and soul, spirit and matter, heaven and earth, wholeness. The more centred and firmly founded we are in our bodies, the easier things unfold before us, and the healthier our environments. The deeper our roots grow into the earth, the higher our spirits will soar.
You do not need to be poor on the outside to achieve inner wealth. If you are rich on the outside, you need not stop being rich on the inside. You are ready to lead a rewarding life. Plant your inner and outer gardens well, tend it lovingly, and weed it regularly. Work intensively to discover and develop your inner potential – your inner wealth. Remain open to any and every kind of true enrichment in your life.
Be receptive to your presence. Appease your subconscious with play and trust your own soul. Allow change, and be receptive to new possibilities. Resistance means instant pain. Meditate, contact nature daily, listen to music, and allow the potency of the possible to become real. Live within the stillpoint and align with your soul. Even if the world around you is going mad...you are to stay centred and calm. From that stillpoint you will see how everything is connected - your strength and stability will ripple outwards.
Spotlight on a Friend
Karin Beviere - Homeopath
I have worked with Karin for about a year now through the Arbutus Therapy Centre. She is my favourite homeopath on Salt Spring Island, with a true gift of listening. She honours her patients through the creation of safe space, removing fear and always being ready with a hot cup of herbal tea.
This magical being is also very much involved in cob house building through the Mud Girls collective www.mudgirls.ca and is currently learning to be a herb alchemist.
In her own words..."homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine used to nourish and strengthen your body's intrinsic healing capability. Sourced from nature, homeopathic remedies are non-toxic and appropriate for any ailments, at all ages and stages of life. Through a compassionate exploration of the unique interconnectedness of your body/mind, we set the stage for use of these natural remedies to help you feel better on every level."
To contact Karin for more information or a homeopathic appointment, ring (250) 537 4728.
Baked Salmon with Avocado Sauce
Having just returned from South Africa where I discovered the joys of fresh and ripe avocados - with no food mile concerns, I thought this recipe blends the BC Westcoast and the Southern hemisphere sunshine brilliantly. Can be enjoyed with a crisp and dry white like the Pinot Gris from Garry Oaks Winery on Salt Spring www.garryoakswine.com
1/2 head of fennel, sliced very thinly
6 spring onions, chopped small
sea salt and ground black pepper
a salmon body, weighing just over 1kg
3 leeks, finely sliced
6 heads of pak choi, chopped roughly
200ml coconut milk
fresh dill to decorate
Heat the oven to 180C 350F GM4
Mix the fennel, spring onions, zest from 1 lemon, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Oil an oven tray large enough to hold the fish and lay the fish in it. Stuff the fish with the fennel mixture.
Cover the dish very tightly with a lid or tinfoil and bake for 10 minutes per 450g, plus an additional 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, put 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a wide pan and add the leek. Sweat, covered for 10-15 minutes, or until the leeks are quite soft. Add the pak choi and a little seasoning; re-cover the pan and continue to cook gently for a further 10 minutes or until the pak choi is cooked, but not mushy.
When you are nearly ready to serve the fish, peel the avocadoes and puree in a blender with the coconut milk and juice of 2 lemons. Season to taste.
Remove the fish carefully from the pan. Skin and lay on a serving dish. Pile the pak choi and leeks around the fish, and spoon some of the avocado sauce over the fish. Decorate with fresh dill and serve.
Serves 6. Good source of vitamin B6, folic acid, iron and magnesium.
The Poised Edge of Chaos - Patricia Monaghan
Sand sifts down, one grain at a time,
forming a small hill. When it grows high
enough, a tiny avalanche begins. Let
sand continue to sift down, and avalanches
will occur irregularly, in no predictable order,
until there is a tiny mountain range of sand.
Peaks will appear, and valleys, and as
sand continues to descend, the relentless
sand, piling up and slipping down, piling
up and slipping down, piling up - eventually
a single grain will cause a catastrophe, all
the hills and valleys erased, the whole face
of the landscape changed in an instant.
Walking yesterday, my heels crushed chamomile
and released intoxicating memories of home.
Earlier this week, I wrote an old love, flooded
with need and desire. Last month I planted
new flowers in an old garden bed -
one grain at a time, a pattern is formed,
one grain at a time, a pattern is destroyed,
and there is no way to know which grain
will build the tiny mountain higher, which
grain will tilt the mountain into avalanche,
whether the avalanche will be small or
catastrophic, enormous or inconsequential.
We are always dancing with chaos, even when
we think we move too gracefully to disrupt
anything in the careful order of our lives,
even when we deny the choreography of passion,
hoping to avoid earthquakes and avalanches,
turbulence and elemental violence and pain.
We are always dancing with chaos, for the grains
sift down upon the landscape of our lives, one,
then another, one, then another, one then another.
Today I rose early and walked by the sea,
watching the changing patterns of the light
and the otters rising and the gulls descending,
and the boats steaming off into the dawn,
and the smoke drifting up into the sky,
and the waves drumming on the dock,
and I sang. An old song came upon me,
one with no harbour nor dawn nor dock,
no woman walking in the mist, no gulls,
no boats departing for the salmon shoals.
I sang, but not to make order of the sea
nor of the dawn, nor of my life. Not to make
order at all. Only to sing, clear notes over sand.
Only to walk, footsteps in sand. Only to live.
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