The Battery Meter Metaphor & Simplifying

Heard of Spoon Theory? Here’s My Take on It

As you recall from my previous newsletter, I am redefining my focus to concentrate on supporting those who, like me, are living with one or more chronic conditions. Here is my newly clarified mission statement:

My Mission Statement:
To be a guide to those who seek support in their basic wellness. To offer hope and coping tools for the multiple unique aspects of coping with a chronic illness. To uplift. To share practical ways that the chronic health journey can be a little easier and a little brighter. To be real, and honor that it hurts and it’s difficult. To remind that there is still joy to be found, even in our humanness.

New Facebook Group:
I have started a new Facebook group called Chronically Thriving in order to pursue this mission and create a community of support. I am still not entirely sure how this will evolve as time goes on, but I feel really good about offering a place of support, encouragement, hope, acceptance, tools for coping with the unique stressors chronic illness brings to daily living, and building mental and emotional resiliency. If this group will support you or a loved one, I hope you will join us!

The Battery Meter Metaphor:
Most people who have a chronic condition have heard of the Spoon Theory, which has helped many people to have a way to explain what it’s like to manage their energy with a chronic condition. But that explanation has never quite resonated with me and I found that a different metaphor naturally came about when I discussed it with others. Click on the video below for more.

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Your Wellness Tip:
One of the biggest challenges for me with regard to energy management is planning, buying, preparing, and cleaning up after meals. It can help a lot to have as much as possible delivered, and many grocery stores offer delivery these days. That alone saves me huge amounts of energy and stress! I love to delegate as much as possible, but I also love when that can mean reaching out to services such as delivery options so that you still get the rest time you need without overtaxing loved ones.

To help you conserve some of the energy on your battery meter, here is a very simple meal idea that literally only takes 5 minutes, has easy clean-up, and is full of nutrition!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Stew
1 pound of chicken breast tenders
4 ounces of frozen carrots or peas & carrots
1 Tablespoon (approximately) of minced garlic (buy the jars of pre-minced to save energy/time)
1 teaspoon (approximately) dried thyme
1 teaspoon (approximately) dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup rice
1 quart (32 ounces) mushroom, chicken, or vegetable broth (mushroom broth is amazing! And rich with nutrition!)
An additional quart of water
Salt & pepper as desired

Dump everything in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir and serve. If you have a removable crock in your slow cooker, you can store any leftovers very easily by placing the lid on the crock and placing the entire thing in the fridge. And, as easy as that, you have lunch or dinner for the next day, too! Use this recipe as it is or use it as the basis for battery meter saving ideas of your own!

In Peace, Love & Joy,
Angie Webster
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Follow up to “New Age Reality Check”

 

Sometimes some stillness brings clarity

It’s been a month since I wrote “New Age Reality Check” and I have done a lot of soul searching since then. It had been a long time coming, and I’m glad I had the chance to really sit with the dissonance I had been feeling. It helped me to get honest about how to clear that dissonance from my own life and how I want to move forward with my work.

For my own wellbeing and to support the overall wellbeing of my readers and students, I will be taking a huge step back from the New Age movement and beliefs that are often associated with it. I am not entirely sure how this will evolve over time, but for now, this mostly means taking greater care with my wording and my topics, as well as narrowing the focus of my work. To this end, I have redefined my mission statement.

My Mission Statement:
To be a guide to those who seek support in their basic wellness. To offer hope and coping tools for the multiple unique aspects of coping with a chronic illness. To uplift. To share practical ways that the chronic health journey can be a little easier and a little brighter. To be real, and honor that it hurts and it’s difficult. To remind that there is still joy to be found, even in our humanness.

Of course, this will mean some changes. While I will still offer the courses I have been teaching, some of my classes will be getting a revision in the near future to reflect a more grounded and clear approach. New classes will be added that reflect my new mission statement and my newly refined focus on supporting yourself during chronic illness. My focus in my writing will be support and encouragement in your overall wellbeing. In each newsletter, I will offer a short wellness tip or herbal support recipe, a short bit of inspiration, or a book review and recommendation. I will talk about real life and everyday issues we all face. I will address chronic illness, chronic pain, and differences in neurology in realistic and supportive ways.

I truly hope these new changes will support you well. They feel like a breath of much needed fresh air to me!

Here is your wellness tip for this newsletter~
Wellness Tip
When the weather gets cooler and the kids go back to school, it never takes long for the stomach viruses to start making the rounds. There are a few things you can do to help ward them off if you should happen to get exposed or feel the unpleasant tummy rumblings beginning. Eating healthy, with reduced processed foods goes a long way to helping your immune system stay strong and prevent illness. But we will still get sick now and then, unfortunately.

This ginger root tea is a powerful multi-level destroyer of stomach viruses. Ginger is anti-viral, so it slows the virus down greatly. It also soothes nausea and eases inflammation. That, combined with the anti-viral effects, make it the ideal option to sip when you have a stomach virus, or even if you have just been exposed to one and want to head it off.

To make ginger root tea, chop a one-inch piece of ginger root into pieces. I don’t bother to peel mine, but you can if you want to. Add the ginger root to a pan or a teapot. Pour 2 quarts of boiling water over it and allow it to steep for 10-15 minutes. Add honey to taste and freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1/2 to 1 whole lemon. Sip the ginger tea slowly, as tolerated. (If you are having diarrhea, you may want to leave the lemon juice out until this has calmed down.)

Diarrhea can be calmed in many cases by drinking rice water. To make this, add 1 cup of rice to 3 cups of water. Add a pinch of sea salt. Bring it to a boil and let boil for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, then strain the water off. Drink this slowly.

In Peace, Love & Joy,
Angie Webster
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New Age Reality Check

key-2471021_640Trust Your Experience. Always.

I have been concerned with some harmful beliefs that I realized had taken root in myself and other healers and spiritual practitioners. I may make some people angry by saying these things, but that is not my intention. In the past year or so, I have seen so much harm come from this, I feel I have to share my thoughts in case that maybe someone out there needs to hear it, and in the hope that no one else suffers needlessly. My hope is to share my experience, bring awareness, and possibly to prevent harm to others.

We often develop the belief that someone who practices healing, or who has a spiritual practice no longer has difficult life experiences, pain, illness, or imperfections. That they are not also hurting or broken. We often hold ourselves and each other to these impossible standards. Isn’t it strange that we seek out healing or spiritual practice because we have difficulty, feel loss, have pain, and all the other human emotions, yet the moment we enter the path, we believe that is all supposed to vanish forever?

Yet all of us are living human lives, and those include both happiness and hardship, pleasure and pain, joy and grief, fulfillment and loss. We aren’t going to be blissed out and abundant all the time, not even on the spiritual level. Here’s what I forgot: my spiritual practice was to help me face life, to see it clearly. That often helped me make better decisions, but it didn’t make life struggles vanish. And that wasn’t what it was for! It was not to help me pretend and run away. It was not to delete all difficulty, loss, change, emotion, or illness from my life. And it was definitely not to fulfill all of my greed and desires. Rather, it helped me to see them clearly and face them honestly. My spiritual practice helped me to see that life is constantly changing. Even my inner world. Just being still with that brought me peace and the serenity to be OK with never being able to grasp permanence.

I developed my spiritual practice, not because I was healed and no longer suffering. I initially developed it for the opposite reason: because I was in enormous pain, physically and emotionally. My practice didn’t suddenly make me stop having human experiences or emotions. It gave me tools to be with them, to accept myself just as I was, even the pain. That doesn’t mean the pain isn’t painful, or that it doesn’t suck, or that I don’t still kick and scream for it to stop sometimes. It’s just that my practice reminds me that neither the highs or the lows are all there is. And the practice reminds me—over and over—to accept myself however I happen to be in that moment. I just accept that it’s what’s real right now.

I had spent much of my life not allowing myself to just be who I am; to accept myself. My practice began giving me back to me. I sought more information in energy healing for similar reasons. Tools for coping and for understanding myself better. But at some point, I began to believe that my brokenness wasn’t acceptable. I began to believe that if I felt something emotionally or physically painful, that I was doing something wrong, or wasn’t doing something right. Or that if I had a thought that wasn’t perfect peace and love, I was not attracting bad things to my life. Honestly, it sounds a bit silly when I read it. This was not what my original spiritual practice was about. I was just becoming overwhelmed with new age spiritual ideas and information, which seemed to be everywhere.

There is an undercurrent in the healing, spiritual, and “new age” community that we need to “raise our vibration” and that any illness, depression, setback, or difficulty we are experiencing is due to a failure at this, or to “unhealthy thoughts.” Or worse, that we have simply not tried the correct combination of crystals, essential oils, guided meditations, special diets, juice fasts, or exercise programs. Please stop listening to this! If you are sick, or if you are depressed, seek help! Sure, you can also use supportive measures such as nutrition and complementary healing methods, but also go to a qualified medical professional.

There is a strong need to pretend that all is—or even can be—perfect. That we never get sick and if we do, we know exactly how to cure it. That we can all be rich, cured of all health issues, and happy all the time. That is false and it doesn’t work. It is much more complex than that. When we get stuck on the idea that we CAN do all these things all the time, we make ourselves miserable. It is human to fear suffering and pain. And we want to cling to the things that tell us we have control over the suffering of the world; that we can keep it at bay somehow. We want to feel that the world is safe and that we are completely safe within it.

But in reality, the world is both happiness and sorrow, comfort and danger, life and death, vibrancy and decay. It is the way of Life and though we can observe it and participate in it, we can’t stop it. By chasing control and perfection, we will feel defeated each time we fall short. And we will always fall short because control and perfection are like mists in the sunrise. We can chase them forever, but they will always be out of our reach. In my experience, it is far more healing to put aside our attachments to an outcome, surrender, and be with what is. Which takes a lifetime of practice. A tough pill to swallow in an age where we want a quick fix for all things uncomfortable.

I have seen that we are harming ourselves by getting stuck in the belief that positive thoughts and the right diet will make all the unpleasant things go away. We harm each other because we hold each other to these false standards. In recent years, I have seen people lose everything and become homeless because they believed they could manifest whatever they wanted. Worse, I have watched a number of people die in the last year. Suicides in the spiritual community because they didn’t feel they could say that what was really going on in their lives or seek help. And others who have died or become very sick because they waited far too long to seek medical attention because they were afraid to admit that they had pain or illness or that their chronic health condition was worsening instead of being miraculously cured as everyone seemed to expect it would be.

It seems pretty important to hold space for where people are at, including ourselves. When we push away our own experiences or insist that others could stop having those experiences if they just did things the way we tell them to, we are NOT being healing or supportive. We are diminishing the life experience of another. And that prevents them from sharing, reaching out for support, or seeking appropriate help. It also prevents them from reaching out as they carry their burden. When you feel that your experience will be diminished with platitudes and subtle shaming, the thought of reaching out can feel overwhelming. And it leaves people completely isolated, feeling they are doing something wrong, simply because they are struggling, ill, grieving, or otherwise having a human experience.

As I have been dealing with my own health issues this past year or so, I have seen this pattern in myself very clearly. That need to pretend all is well, or that if I just found that one bad thought or low vibe thing in my life, I will get better. But I realize I am making light of my reality, my brokenness, my humanness, minimizing my imperfections. I have allowed myself to accept a different illusion, rather than continue the work of looking clearly and compassionately at reality. I don’t care to do that anymore. I have to return to the inner work that helps me see clearly. I have to drop the work that clouded my judgement and led me on false paths. I have to release the illusions, no matter how comforting they may appear at times.

I hope we can let go of this need for holding ourselves on a pedestal of perfection if we claim a spiritual path or if we are healers. We are hurting ourselves and others by perpetuating it. My original and abiding hope is to see with clarity and to live with compassion and truth. I can not do that by hiding behind a pretense of constant light. I know that the world is not simply the experience of light. It is far richer and more vibrant than that.

The Gentle Giant–A Guest Post

Post contributed by Jennifer Halldorson, MSW, RSW, Reiki Master

dog pixabyThis past spring, I came upon an animal Reiki course with Angie Webster and it was, for me, an incredible gift.  As a Reiki practitioner, I really loved the way I was able to integrate the practice of Reiki with the sharing of Angie’s wisdom, but most of all I loved the way it brought me back to reflect upon a gentle giant that came into my life eighteen years ago.

Eighteen years ago, I was 24 years old; I had just graduated from university and gotten my first job, which brought me out of the city to the countryside to begin a career. I found myself in an unfamiliar community and, looking back, I can say that I had no idea what was in store for me!  I had no idea that a journey of self-discovery was also awaiting me.  I don’t think I really knew then that I was on a healing journey home to my heart of hearts. I do know that the moment I met Tovin was the moment that left an imprint so vivid I hope to never forget because that was the moment I woke up to the remembrance of the “feeling” of my inner being.

Tovin fell into my world like a gentle feather floating on the breeze.  When I met him, his large brown eyes were filled with something my heart felt and knew on a level I could not explain. At the time, I had no idea that what I was feeling and attributing solely to him, was also within me… It was a beautiful opening; I had no idea I was coming home to my heart…this seat of my soul, this place of presence where I dwelled with such ease as a child.

I had lived in an urban area for many years while attending university and, being in the country now, I was excited about the opportunity of having a dog in my life. I began to ask around and let people know that I was looking for a dog to care for.  It was not long before I received word that there was a dog in the community that needed a home, however, I was also informed that I should not get my hopes up. He was, and had been, quite wild and mistreated for many years.

I learned that Tovin was flown out of the community by an educator who did not have the heart to leave him behind.  The educator and his family had taken a shine to him even though he was not very social. It was difficult for them to witness his suffering; they left food and water for him as often as they could.  Tovin had, as far as anyone could tell, lived on his own for about 6 years and endured his fair share of suffering.  I remember being astounded at his capacity for survival, 6 years is a long time to be without a feeling of “home.” After flying Tovin out of the community, the family did their best to re-socialize Tovin. However, it was not working out and came to what I imagine was a very difficult decision–they were going to have to let him go.

I went to meet Tovin, and as I approached him I saw and felt his beauty, his life, his heart, his love. He glowed….the light that surrounded him was incredible, beautiful, and so familiar….I asked him in my heart if he would like to come home with me, he rolled over and showed me his belly. I said, “Thank you. I love you,” and we began our friendship that lasted 9 beautiful years.

It has been an incredible gift to reflect on the relationship we had, and I am filled with so much gratitude for our meeting, as I know it was the beginning of realigning with the beauty of presence that also dwells within me. Indeed, Tovin and I had come together, and I greeted him from a place within that, for whatever reason, I had not been since I was a child. The astounded thought and feeling I had had at his capacity that he had not felt at home for six years, began to melt and expand as I realized I had not dwelt within my “home” for even longer.

It is not easy to explain that becoming a Reiki Master and completing the animal reiki course has given me such a precious gift.  I know now that when I met Tovin, I came home, diving deep within. There began an 18-year journey to uncover, learn, evolve, and grow many of the paths that this art of presence can bestow for myself and the world…the gift of Reiki and the reflective journey within the Animal Reiki Course being a beautiful one.

In love and life and deep thanks,

Jennifer and Tovin

 

Jen Halldorson (2) Jennifer currently works as a spiritual health specialist in the Canadian Health Care System, she is an avid student of life and spends as much time as possible cultivating artful presence in daily living. One of her greatest joys has been studying and practicing as a Reiki Master and loves to share its infinite gifts for the highest good of all willing hearts; human, animal, and nature alike. More recently Jennifer’s own healing path unfolded a love and passion of writing, and in particular; writing poetry; she loves to align with her inner being enter the flow of loving life consciousness through her heart of hearts and breathe the vibration of the poetic works free. Jennifer awoke to her healing journey eighteen years ago and has learned to incorporate different spiritual practices throughout the day to maintain balance while in service to others. Jennifer has found her true purpose in consciously choosing to be a light of loving awareness unto herself for the expansion and highest expression of love for all as this is the greatest gift she can give to herself and in turn offer the world.

Rely On Your Own Instincts More Than Tools

How Do You Use Your Tools?

I received an interesting question this morning about pendulums. This person was concerned that her use of pendulums was leading her to negative things. That the pendulum was, or could, tell her to do things that were harmful. This is an incorrect view of what a pendulum does, and since I occasionally see this distortion, I would like to clarify.

Pendulums are simple energy reading tools. Pendulums are not channeling devices. They do not connect you will beings or entities. It is also not correct to say we are “asking the pendulum” because the pendulum itself is not actually telling us anything of its own. Instead, the pendulum is a tool for detecting information that is present. It reads electromagnetic information. That simple. So, much like a medical device that can detect electromagnetic energy, or devices that help us to locate water beneath the surface of the earth with ultrasonic waves, pendulums do this in a very simplified way.

Now, pendulums can only give us information in response to a yes/no question. They have no language to tell us anything specific, but they can swing in one direction or the opposite. When you ask a simple yes/no question, the pendulum detects your energy, including energy you may not be aware of (such as the subconscious mind), as well as the energy immediately involved with what you are asking about. So, if you ask “is this vitamin supportive to my body right now?” the pendulum will detect your energy, the energy of the vitamin, and how the two energies resonate or work with each other at that moment. The ‘yes’ or ‘no’ you receive will be based solely on that.

Because of this, it is important to remember that we are the ones that are in control of our pendulums. We choose our questions, so our questions need to be in the form of yes/no or we will likely get no information at all, or information that is very confusing. Choose your questions with care and be direct and precise. Pendulums can’t tell us what to do or give us life advice. It is best to completely avoid asking questions that begin with “should I.”

We have to remember the limitations of our tools. We wouldn’t expect our microwaves to drive us to the store, right? We wouldn’t expect an ultrasound machine to tell us what decisions we should make about our lives, only to give us information. And we shouldn’t expect our pendulums to tell us everything about ourselves and our lives, nor should we rely on them to make decisions for us.

Pendulums can’t see the future. And we really need to remember that the future is not fixed. It is always fluctuating, with every new decision, thought, and emotional state that each being experiences. Each of us plays a part in the unfolding of the future, minute by minute. For that reason, it is pointless to use a pendulum to ask what will happen in the future. Instead, make decisions that you know to feel right for you, then move ahead from there.

Your pendulum has no power over you. No tool does unless you give that power over. Please don’t rely on tools of any sort, while ignoring your own ability to see what’s in your own heart. Listen to your body, your inner voice. No tool or device can decide how you live or what choices you make. Just like you wouldn’t turn to your microwave to help you make life decisions. Be cautious of reliance on tools, cards, devices, crystals, or anything else to guide you or tell you what is right for you.

My hope for you is that you will come to use your pendulum less and less as you come to trust your gut more and more. My goal has never been to teach my readers and students to use any tool so that you replace your own natural instincts with the tool. That is a miserable state of affairs. In the modern world, humans already rely more and more on tools and less and less on our own bodies and gut instincts.

To truly know ourselves, to tune in and remember who we are and how we can be, we must renew our connection with our inner voice. Tools can help us remember that voice is there, and they can help us trust what it is saying. They can even help us to demonstrate what is nebulous in a concrete way. But we should not replace our instincts with a reliance on tools, or we will be at peril of losing our connection with instinct altogether while it atrophies even further.

In Peace, Love & Joy,
Angie Webster
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Working with the Elements Series: Fire

sunset-472981_640The Elements are Vital Energetic Forces.

Earth. Air. Fire. Water. Spirit. The elements can seem like separate things, but they are always with us, everywhere. They are part of our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our spirits. They are what make up this Earth and the entire Cosmos. The elements are far more than what we might envision when we think of the physical entities that embody earth, air, fire, and water. They are the underlying energy that creates the movement, shape, and form of everything. You could think of them as the energy and aliveness of the Universe or the Divine. You could possibly see them as the soul and expression of the Divine Energy. I find them fascinating.

This is the first in a 5-part series on the elements and how we can invite them to connect with us and work with us more deeply in our lives. As soon as you begin to become aware of the all-pervading presence of the elements and connect with them in a sacred and prayerful way, you feel a powerful shift. It is as if the Divine whispers to you through the elements, saying, “Welcome home. I am so glad you remembered how to connect to me. Let’s work together.”

Fire is the element that generates the most fear and fascination. Many people shy away from the element of fire to some degree. It can seem as though fire can do nothing but cause harm or death. We learn to fear heat and fire as very young children. Each of the elements has the capacity to destroy, as destruction and death are only another way to bring in change and new life. Fire is no exception. It is wise to have respect for each of the elements. To work with them well is to use reverence and restraint. And yet, there is no reason to fear the elements. Without any of them, there would be no life.

Fire brings the creative and productive life force energy that generates life force itself. The act of creation begins with a burst of Fire energy and that energy propels forward until it is calmed or slowed by other elements blending and working with it to help that life take form. What an amazing thing this is! And yet no life–not even human life–can begin without some type of destruction or burning away. Something must change in order for the new to be brought through in each case. Seed to flower, egg to bird, acorn to tree, sperm and ova to human life.

Fire is present in warmth and heat, the sun, the stars, electricity, and flame. We also feel Fire in the sting of bees, wasps, and other insects, as well as some plants, such as stinging nettle. Fire is action, movement, motivation, determination, persistence. It is summer, excitement, and growth. It is the ability to discern and choose wisely. It is the spark behind our intentions that activates their manifestation. Fire is the energy of life, change, creation, and destruction. Fire is our life force and our will. It is what we can think of as our personal energy, that spark of the Divine that manifests as a unique being given its own life force energy to create with in the world.

Fire can certainly cause damage and it can be misused when it is not used wisely by humans. Interestingly, when I was searching for images for this article, most every image of fire that I came across reflected a human-controlled fire or fire that was destructive and out of control. It showed the fear that we have of the Fire element and the power that we try to exert over it. Yet, when I think of the element of Fire, I think of something much larger than us. I think of the Sun, or a sunset, heat that warms every living being on the planet with life.

Working with Fire well means to use wisdom and constraint, not to force our will and control over another. We often subconsciously mistake Fire energy for greed, abuse of power and taking what is not ours. That is an imbalance between Fire and the other elements. It is a misuse of our personal Fire energy and other energies as well. We all get out of balance at times.

To work with the elements well means to bring balance to the elements within our mind, body, heart, and our energy or spirit. It is consciously connecting with the elements in the Divine Field of Energy and in the Natural world around us. It is seeing the elements at work in others, without trying to change how they work within them. It is prayerful and sacred and it always comes back to remembering that your own soul is part of the elements and the Divine. Your own body expresses the elements in form.

The great balancer of Fire is Water. When we get overly caught in our will or determination, overly involved in our own busyness or creative expression of energy, it is often our love and emotions (Water) that can remind us that there are things need our softness and compassion. That whispering, slowness, and gentleness are best sometimes. Yet, even compassion requires Fire to be effective at times. And even Water can be destructive–as will see later in the series. No one element is more important than another. They all work together and temper each other.

Earth can also bring a stabilizing force to the energy of Fire. Of course, with physical fire, earth will extinguish or contain the flames. The element of Earth provides a calming, cooling, grounding force that quiets the energy of Fire. Much like physical soil, it roots it and contains it. This element brings the balance of wisdom, strength, and proper discernment to Fire’s action and creation.

To work with Fire in your own life, begin with an aspect of Fire energy that feels comfortable and familiar to you.

  • You might wish to choose 2 or 3 aspects, if that feels good to you, so that you can approach it from different parts of life. For example, the warmth of your shower in the morning, the heat of the sun and your own body heat.
  • Explore what these aspects of Fire mean to you. Express your gratitude for them in your life.
  • As you contemplate these aspects of Fire, think about other ways that you can see the energy of Fire moving in your life and in your actions. How do you work with your personal energy? How do you see the energy of Fire in your choices and in your creativity? Do you see it expressed in your anger? How about in your wise compassion or discernment?
  • Where would you like to bring more balance to the ways you work with Fire? Invite it to guide you to work with it wisely and well. Feel the Fire in your belly and nourish it. Know that it is your life force, given from the Divine.

Join me for the next four weeks for the rest of this free mini-class on working with the elements! If you are not subscribed and want to follow the series, please follow this link to sign up. If you have a friend who would enjoy this series, please share this with them so they can sign up too! Everyone is welcome!

Peace, Joy and Many Blessings,
Angie
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Heal Your Heart with Plant Energy Medicine

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Recently I have been very moved and guided to work with hawthorn more. Hawthorn is best known for its benefits in supporting and balancing the heart. It is full of vitamin C, B vitamins and is rich in antioxidants and bioflavonoids. It’s a deeply nourishing food that also acts as a tonic and brings greater balance to our systems in an extremely gentle manner. It helps to balance blood pressure and bring support and balance to veins, arteries, and capillaries. Because it helps to support and stabilize the collagen in our bodies also helps to repair and build health in the joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. It is also helpful for many digestive problems. 
In herbal healing, the energetic factor is often overlooked–the ways in which herbs help us emotionally and spiritually. Plants connect with us not just physically, but energetically. Hawthorn is a very special plant for supporting the healing of the heart on a spiritual and emotional level, as well as physical. It helps to heal and release grief, opens the heart to true expression and connection, and eases anxiety and deep sadness, especially as related to loss or feelings of being “shut down.” Hawthorn brings balance to the energetic heart, allowing for healthy boundaries, which make the heart capable of peaceful, compassionate, and gentle connection. That is a deeply nurturing and wise healing lesson for our physical cells and our souls.
Here is the recipe I was inspired to create. It is so delicious and can be eaten as a treat that is nutritious and healing on many levels. Astragalus is an adaptogen, helping to bring the entire body, mind, and spirit into balance. Ginger helps bring energy and movement to the herbs and into the body, and it brightens the other flavors and makes their sweetness “pop.”

Love Your Heart Herb Balls:
2 part hawthorn powder
1 part astragalus powder
1/2 part ginger powder
honey
Mix the powders together. Add a small bit of honey (maybe a teaspoon), enough to help the powders bind together and form a dough ball. Mix well until a nice dough ball is formed, then pinch off small pieces and roll into balls. Roll the balls in a little hawthorn powder to coat them and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

I’m not sure why I was led to work with hawthorn or inspired to create this recipe. But I have been working with the plant energy long enough to know that when I am called to work with one, there is always a reason. The energy reaches out where it is meant to go. May it bless any that can benefit from it.

Joy and Peace,
Angie

P.S. Just a reminder…there is still a little time left to take advantage of my Solstice specials on my Herbal Basics Class and my Animal Reiki Class. These are both 25% off through the Solstice on June 21, 2017. The links will take you directly to the information and enrollment page with the discounted price.