Saturday, November 5, 2016

DIY Hair Conditioner

I found myself out of conditioner one morning and if you have hair that you can't get a comb through when wet and sometimes dry this is a great to use when in a pinch. I now use it all the time and my hair hasn't felt this soft or this shiny in ages. It is a simple recipe only 2 ingredients. Mostly likely you have on hand...

DIY Hair Conditioner
 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1 cup of Water, I used just tap water

Mix in a bowl or measuring cup and pour into an 8 oz clean spray bottle. After washing your hair spray a generous amount on and let set for 3-5 minutes then rinse off. Shake bottle before each uses. The vinegar smell will go away after you have dried your hair. 

*TIP* You can double or triple and so on for a bigger bottle. That's all that is to. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

View #2 -- Thomas Centolella

View #2
It was just one task to recover the taken-for-granted.
There were others.  Such as: simply recover.
And then?  And then consider
there's no time off for good behavior,
that the city was a carnival of incandescent streets
but also a dim labyrinth, that the beloved bridge
connecting two wonders of solid ground
provided as well a jumping-off point
for those who had lost heart.
That some roads, no matter how far
they take you, will double back.
And then? And then consult the window
for weather.  Put on some clothes
and good intentions.  Begin again.

~ Thomas Centolella ~

(Views from along the Middle Way)

Daily OM: Staying in Pain October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016
Staying in Pain
Stuck in the Mud

by Madisyn Taylor

Pain can serve as one of life's great teachers, but it is important to move through it and not become stuck in our pain.

Pain comes and it goes. It is just one component to the grand cycle of life. And when experienced as such, pain can serve as an important teacher. It is when we get stuck in our pain that it becomes detrimental to our well-being and development. If you notice that you feel closed-off, resentful, heavy-hearted, or that you try very hard to avoid being hurt again, there may be a part of you that is still stuck in pain.

We can get stuck in our pain for many reasons. As children, it was natural for us to cry, throw a tantrum, and let the experience move through us. By fully feeling our pain in this way, our emotions would wash us clean, leaving us open and available to new experiences. With age, though, we might have determined that expressing emotion was no longer appropriate, and so we developed a variety of coping strategies to deal with our discomfort. We may have learned to stuff our feelings down or to run away from them. Perhaps we began thinking that staying closed and unwilling to try new things would keep us safe from heartbreak, safe from rejection, and safe from failure. We may have even gotten so used to being in pain that the thought of being without it scares us. But, if we continue to hold onto it longer than necessary, we are expending a lot of energy that could instead be channeled into making our life experiences more positive.

If you notice that you are continually connecting with the same familiar patterns of pain, consider embracing your feelings and letting go of your hurt. Whether your pain is from childhood or from an experience last week, see if you can give it room to move. When it does, you will reconnect with a wonderful source of your own vital energy. 

Programming a Pendulum For Yes and No Answers

Programming a Pendulum For Yes and No Answers

Programming Your Pendulum

If you have a pendulum, or are new to using a pendulum, then this post is for you. You can use a pendulum straight from the store; however, it will work better and be more accurate if you program it to your energy.

How Does a Pendulum Work?

A pendulum uses energy to move back and forth and in circles to answer questions. You can use a pendulum on its own, or with a chart. Programming is important because it helps you merge your energy with the pendulum, even if you are only using charts. When you use a chart, the pendulum will swing according to the chart and not in the usual stand-along manner. To program the pendulum, we will be programming stand-alone movements – no chart is required.
I will be posting a free download of some pendulum charts and will link them here when they are ready!

Programming Steps

To program your pendulum, decide the motions you will be using and stay consistent. My personal preference is to have clockwise mean yes and right to left to mean no. I also program up and down to mean yes. Optionally, you can program counter-clockwise to mean maybe. Whatever you decide, remember to program the following movements:
  • Clockwise
  • Counter-clockwise
  • Right to left
  • Up and down

Complete the following steps:

  1. Take your pendulum and hold it by the chain.
  2. Purposefully start moving the pendulum in the first direction (example clockwise) and say out loud what the direction means (example yes). Do this for at least 15 revolutions and then steady the pendulum.
  3. Program the opposite direction from what you just did (example counter-clockwise) and say out loud again what the direction means (example no). Do this for at least 15 revolutions and then steady the pendulum.
  4. Now before you program any more, check to make sure the programming worked. With the pendulum steady, hold it carefully at the end of the chain. Do not swing or make any motions.
  5. Say to the pendulum (out loud or in your mind), “Show me Yes”.
  6. Your pendulum should start moving in the direction programmed. If the motion is too small, say bigger! Bigger! Until it is swinging in the desired manner. Over time, your pendulum motion will improve with use.
  7. If the pendulum does not move, repeat the programming actions. If you still are unable to get any response, try cleansing your pendulum. Follow the directions listed here for cleansing your crystals. A common indicator that the programming didn’t work is a shuddering type movement of the pendulum – this can happen when there is no clear movement programmed, or sometimes an unclear answer (reword the question).
  8. Once the first two motions are programmed, program the other two motions following the same steps.

Some Other Tips

  • Your pendulum will naturally have its own preferred motions. If you continue to have counter-clockwise the response for YES, but you are trying to program it as NO, then maybe you should probably go with the motion instead of trying to override it.
  • When you get a shuddering type movement, this indicates either an unclear question, or unclear programming.
  • After periods of a pendulum not being used, always reprogram it before starting to use it again.
  • If your pendulum is not responding to the programming, cleanse your pendulum using the link above. Optionally, you can carry it around with you for a few days so that your energy is always mixing with the pendulum.
  • Finally, if nothing works, or your pendulum is not very accurate, responsive or inconsistent – it could be incompatible with your energy. Most of the time, pendulums are made from crystals or other earth materials. Consider trading it for another type of pendulum that has more compatible materials.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Healing Power Of Citrine Crystal

Healing Power Of Citrine Crystal

Citrine quartz is an energizer providing physical energy, helping with tiredness and a lack of enthusiasm. Citrine is the ideal aura detox, balancing and harmonizing the light body. Attracting abundance of whichever energy we work in, extending our reach with manifesting our wants and desires.

Esoteric And Metaphysical Meanings

Citrine crystal is useful as a creativity and imagination enhancer sparking the light within to shine.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Protection Incense

Protection Incense

3 parts dried elder
2 parts dried vervain
1 part sandalwood
1 part dried rosemary
1 part dried mallow
1 part dried sage
1 dram protection oil of choice
pinch of saltpeter

At the Dark Moon, place each herb in your mortar one at a time and crush into a fine powder.  Transfer the powders into a bowl, creating a layer of each one.
Add the oil and saltpeter and stir to combine.  Cover the bowl with a towel and set in a safe place for one month, stirring every-other day.
On the next Dark Moon, the incense should be set.  At this point, transfer it to a storage container and label it.

To Burn

1 small bowl, saucer, or censer
charcoal (I prefer tablets with the bowl-like indention on top)
tweezers, optional
Fill the censer with a small mound of sand – it really only has to be a couple of inches tall.  Place the charcoal at the top of this mound; this arrangement will allow air to flow around the charcoal.
Light the edge of the charcoal – but for safety’s sake don’t hold it in your hand when you do so!  If you’re having trouble lighting the charcoal and find you need to hold it, use tweezers or tongs to grab it – charcoal can ignite quickly, and you don’t want to go up in flames or burn yourself!
After 2 – 3 minutes, the charcoal should be hot and covered with a grey-white ash.  At this point, sprinkle 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. incense on top of the charcoal; you can always add more incense later as the smoke thins, but if you add too much all at once you’ll smother the coal and have to begin again.
The charcoal will stay hot enough to burn incense for approximately one hour.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Holiday Diffusers Blends

Holiday Diffusers Blends

Peppermint Surprise Essential Oil Blend

Heavy sweet floral aroma with sparkling peppermint!

Oh Christmas Tree Essential Oil Blend

Classic evergreen aroma.

Vanilla Spice Essential Oil Blend

Vanilla cream mixed with cinnamon goodness. 
Blending Directions and Tips:
Add all essential oils to a glass bottle. One 1/4 oz bottle will hold any of these blends. Screw cap on tightly and invert the bottle to blend the oils. Do not shake! Allow the blend to sit for a couple of hours, smell test, and make any adjustments to your liking.
Vanilla Absolute is a very thick oil. The container can be placed in a bowl of hot water to make it easier to work with. This will not effect the aroma and the oil with thicken again as it cools. It may be easier to use a measuring spoon for this oil.

Diffusing Directions:
Fill your essential oil diffuser reservoir with water. Add 5-6 drops of the essential oil blend. Light a tea candle in the base of your diffuser and enjoy as your space fills with the yummy aroma! If you are using an Electric Diffuser or our new Ultrasonic Diffuser, please follow the included directions. (The diffuser pictured is our Ceramic Diffuser, which is made in the USA).
Recipes from: Mountain Rose Blog