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My Dear Fellow Empaths,

I know it can seem overwhelming to live in a world with so much cruelty and violence. Especially when you're so sensitive that your heart breaks for even the most passing challenging emotions experienced by your fellow creatures...I feel your pain--literally! Because I'm an empath too.

But it's important that we learn to overcome emotional paralysis and live fully in this world. Not just with tolerance, but with actual joy.

Why? Well, first, because we're here anyway so we might as well make the most of it. But on a grander scale, consciousness is contagious, and compassion transforms challenges into blessings. So our fellow humans, animals, and plants need nothing more at this particular time than for us to spread our compassionate and loving state of being.

That's why I thought I'd share the three main things I've learned about living comfortably in this modern world.

First, it's important that we recognize that our empathy is a gift, not a curse. Yes, it can be overwhelming at times, but our capacity for grief is exactly equal to our capacity for transcendence. The very sensitivity that can pierce our hearts with excruciating pain can also elevate our consciousness to the realm of the miraculous. Would we willingly renounce our ability to connect with other creatures at the deepest of levels, or to see infinity in a raindrop? Never. I'll take excruciating emotion over a more mundane, less painful level of consciousness any day.

Second, it's important that we clear, shield, and recharge our energy field on a regular basis. Employing the gift of empathy effectively and sustainably requires that we wield our power consciously. This way, we can recognize what feelings are coming from us, and what feelings are coming from others. And, we can shift feelings in a positive way rather than letting ourselves get bogged down in the negative. To do this, we must clear and shield our auras regularly and be sure to recharge our energy fields by spending time in nature, taking sea salt baths, and devoting plenty of time to rest, play, and loving self-care.

Third, it's important that we use our superpower for good. Once we follow the two guidelines above, we are empowered to shift the overall energy of the planet to greater harmony, rather than letting it shift us into greater discord. And doing so regularly takes us from a place of overwhelm to a place of joy. We no longer feel buffeted about by the negativity in the world and instead notice the ever-increasing positive. Yes, we will still feel the pain of others and even weep from the depths of our soul on occasion, but it will be different. Because we will know that we are an important piece of the growing wave of energy that is even now transforming cruelty into compassion, and violence into peace.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    It is so important for we empaths to have perspective on our talents and tools to deal with them!
  • Tess Whitehurst
    Tess Whitehurst says #
    Francesca, I am so glad you agree!
FEMININE, MASCULINE & YIN/YANG CRYSTALS - An Anatomy Lesson

Today we're going to be discussing whether a crystal is feminine, masculine or both (yin/yang). I want to be clear from the beginning, though, we're only discussing whether a crystal is any of these terms by features, not energy. I am calling this an "anatomy lesson" because basically we'll be discussing whether a crystal presents physically as masculine (has "man parts"), presents physically as feminine (has "lady parts") or  presents physically as a mix of both.

Just as with humans, simply because a crystal presents as feminine or masculine in appearance anatomically, it absolutely DOES NOT mean that it will also be energetically feminine or masculine. This is an important point. Just as with humans, many crystals feminine in appearance have masculine energy and many crystals masculine in appearance have feminine energy.

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Pulling Down Lightning

We have it from the mothers and fathers that Thunder is a powerful Protector.

To call on His might, stand tall. With your strong hand, reach up into over-heaven. Seize the lightning, and grasp it in your hand. With arm extended, pull it down to heart-height. See the flash, hear the roar, smell the superheated air.

Having brought down lightning, you must give it a ground. With arm still extended, move your clutched fist horizontally beneath the down-stroke to form the shape of an inverted T. For obvious reasons, this is mostly done from left to right.

As you do this, intone:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cavepainting.jpgOur ancestors told stories; stories that entertained, that showed people how to live, and that explained how the world was ordered. They sat around campfires, and around the work they were doing at the moment and told stories and sang songs. As People became more numerous, they gathered in cities and the stories got bigger, the presentation more formal and particular. The telling moved beyond just one person and others played roles. The stories of how the world was created were acted out yearly and with precision. On flaw in the performance and the players must start again least the world not function as it should.

The priests would enter bringing with them the sounds of chanting and the smell of incense. What storytelling lost in intimacy, public performance made up for in created spectacle. The grand theatre of the temple, housing statuary, and carved with reliefs of the doings of the gods, the choice of time of day, the smell of the sacrifice, and the sound of human voices raised in praise, all enveloped the participants. It allowed them to step out of ordinary time and join in the creation of the world, the crowning of the god-king, and the sparking of the fertility by which humanity survived. And whether around the fire or in the temple grounds, such participation bonded the people to each other and invested them with meaning and purpose. Such is the definition of ritual.

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From: The Book of Pagan Proverbs

 “The gods rarely speak to those who are too busy to listen.” 

Mary Renault

(1905-1983)

In Memoriam

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"The Bishop Had 17 Children"

In the year 981, the German missionary bishop Friedrich arrived in Iceland along with native guide and translator Thorvald Konradsson, an Icelander who had been converted while on the Continent.

Their mission failed because a skald (a word thought by some to be kin to the English word scold) composed a scurrilous little poem about the two of them which made them the laughing stock of Iceland. They were forced to leave the island in 986 because no one would take them seriously. You can't preach to people that are too busy laughing to listen.

Iceland officially accepted Christianity in the year 1000, largely because the Norwegian king held the sons of numerous prominent Icelandic families hostage: conversion by blackmail. Being Icelanders, of course, they added the parenthetical proviso: But if you want to keep offering to the Old Gods in private, well, that's your business.

But two lines of poetry had bought the Icelanders 14 years of freedom, and more than 1000 years later, we still remember them.

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