All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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JANUARY  2015
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All Things Alchemical is the monthly E-newsletter of personal transformation for those seeking grace and clarity. Enjoy discoveries centered on health, spirit, purpose, archetypes, symbology and artistic expression that will guide you dancing through life.

Note From Kendra

 

Finding Your People

Dear Friends,
We all need to have people in our lives that we can be authentic and real with, and sometimes that can be easier said than done. We think that we can be ourselves and be totally transparent with everyone we have as part of our personal tribe, but can we really?

We share something with one person and something else with another. We have certain people that fill certain roles in our lives, and we gage carefully who is who. Maybe not overtly so, but nonetheless we do evaluate how vulnerable we can be with each one of them. Sometimes this can be exhausting, and it is because we cannot be real.

Whether you are sensitive or not, this is the process of choosing your inner circle of influence and personal tribe -those sacred few. You know the saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.”  Simply stated – like attracts like. That’s universal law. The vibration you hold is the vibration you attract.

We may go through periods in our lives when we realize we are not feeling fulfilled by some of the relationships we are in, and this is a good time to check in with your intuition and ask why. Maybe you have come to realize that you have fewer people you can be real with than you thought. Maybe you yearn for a tribe that is less exhausting; you long for more authenticity in your life and less of a masquerade ball.

Attracting your personal tribe means finding people that won’t placate you, expose you, or make you cry. They are the people that you let into your heart and love you, support you,  and hold your heart tenderly. They will hold your vision for you and will be just as authentic and transparent as you are.

So right now pick a person in your life you feel you can be the most vulnerable and authentic with and see what qualities he or she has. Then use that person as a model for what you want more of in 2015.

Start your new year off with finding your people-your personal tribe to help 2015 be your most successful and fulfilling year ever!

 
In gratitude,

Archetype

King 
(Emperor, Ruler, Leader, Chief)

The King is an archetype of major proportions, representing the height of temporal male power and authority. Both benevolence and cruelty in their extreme expressions are associated with this archetype. (Classic to the cruel King is the collective hope of his kingdom that he should fall from his throne.) The King is associated more with the royal blood and inheritance, whereas an Emperor can arise from common society, as did Napoleon. The bloodline connects the King to the Prince archetype and to attitudes of “entitlement,” one of the shadow characteristics of archetypes associated with rulership.  A resistance to criticism, questioning, and challenges in decisions about controlling his kingdom is also part of the King’s shadow.
 
Throughout history, the pendulum has swung form good Kings to evil, from benevolent, even saintly rulers to greedy, gluttonous criminals. King Louis IX of France-Saint Louis-combined the qualities of a just ruler, fearless warrior, and holy man. The thirteenth-century sovereign lived for the welfare of his subjects and the glory of God. Charlemagne, King David, and Akhenaton of Egypt were among earth’s most enlightened, if occasionally all-too-human, rulers. And then there was mad King George III of England, who led the colonies to rebel; King Louis XVI of France, who was synonymous with decadence and excess, and Emperor Hirohito of Japan, who led his country into a devastating war.
 
This archetype maintains the same characteristics on an individual level, whether one’s kingdom is a corporation, a community, or a family. The need to rule and exert control over a kingdom is key to this archetype.
 
Films: Charles Laughton in The Private Life of King Henry VIII; Yul Brynner in The King and I; Richard Gere in King David; Paul Scofield in King Lear (1971); Christopher Walken in The King of New York (shadow extraordinaire).
Drama: Richard III, Henry IV, Henry V, Hamlet, and Macbeth by Shakespeare.
Fiction: King of the Gypsies by Peter Maas; The Godfather by Mario Puzo (shadow); The Once and Future King by T.H. White.
Religion/Myth: Priam (king of Troy); Daibutsu/Daibosatsu (Japanese meditating buddha as world ruler); Sila or Silap-inua (divine ruler of the Eskimo seen as the air you breathe and the energy that moves both the entire universe and each of us individually); Amun (supreme Egyptian creator god, originally ruler of the air and the force behind wind and breezes); Chief Seattle (Native American leader); Haile Selassie (emperor of Ethiopia, later deified by the Rastafarian religion). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 334. Print.

Symbology

Bee
Contributed by Anne Barton

When I was young, I was stung by a bee on the bottom of my foot, and my foot instantly swelled up.  I was declared 'allergic' to bee stings and cautioned to be very careful because if I was stung three times, I could die.  Yikes!  Needless to say, that third time I was stung was intense.  I was in my early 20’s, recently graduated from college, and on a bike ride with my parents in lovely Monterey, CA.  We were riding the famous ’17 Mile Drive,’ which winds along the rocky Northern California coast, past some very famous golf courses as well as some beautiful homes.  We were halfway through the ride when a bee got caught under my jacket and stung me.  My parents were so concerned and nervous about it that they insisted we turn around and get back to our hotel ASAP.  Looking back, I realize I didn’t really believe I was going to die from this third sting, and in fact, the sting didn't swell up and cause me any real pain. I wasn't as fully cognizant of the wisdom of animals or the impact that my thoughts have on my health as I am today, but I believe this experience contributed to my embarking on this path.  
 
Today, when a bee 'enters my space,’ I say 'hello,’ send a message of thanks for visiting me, and then I let him know I wouldn't really welcome him landing on me.  I may not die from a sting, but it still hurts!  What I've learned about bees in recent years - like the health benefits of honey, bee pollen and royal jelly, the value of using beeswax candles over paraffin ones (which contain petroleum), as well as how bees are in crisis, which means we are in crisis - puts them at the top of my list of favorite animals.  We would not have a food supply - let's say a healthy food supply, meaning whole plant food - without the intricate daily business of bees.

 
Here's what they have to teach us on a higher, deeper level...
 
BEE/Responsible Productivity, Play

Key Concepts when Bee is Present:
•  Hard work is rewarded with responsibility and a sweetness that is shared.
•  Without busy Bee, who pollinates the earth’s rich produce - fruit, vegetables and seed - the world’s ecosystems would decay.
•  Bee is one of the most powerful creations on earth.
•  Whatever you do or don’t do in life makes a difference - positively or negatively.
•  Recycle, buy organic food, protect Bee, Butterfly, Beetle and Ant from pesticides, which hinders their job to regenerate life.
•  Do you use your power wisely, for the good of all?  Or thoughtlessly, making the world, and ultimately your life, something far less than it might be?
•  Bee works hard, but her honey makes life fun and sweet!
 
Lessons from Bee:
 
Without busy Bee, who pollinates the overwhelming majority of flowering plants, whose rich produce of fruit, vegetables, and seed provides for man, beast and bird, the world’s ecosystems would decay, and the web of life itself unravel. Consider the vast contribution of this tiny insect, and then consider what your own power and potential might contribute to the world.  None of us is insignificant, and Bee counsels that whatever we do, or just as importantly don’t do in life, makes a difference (either positive or negative).
 
We all have the power to keep the ecosystems of the world healthy by recycling and buying food that has been grown without the use of pesticides, which decimate Bee, Beetle, Butterfly, and Ant. Each of us has infinite power. When Bee visits you, she is asking you to look within and consider how you use your power: wisely, for the good of all, or thoughtlessly, making the world and ultimately your own life something far less than it might otherwise be?
 
Bee works hard, but this messenger reminds you that her honey makes warm intoxicating mead and that a life without frolic and fun lacks sweetness.

 
Literally within hours of completing this article about Bee, I received an email from a Health Expert I follow with the following message.  I love synchronicity, and had to share!
 
"Everyone on this planet is trying to survive. However, those who choose to live a healthy life, better their chances of survival, while creating lasting positive impact. In many ways, he or she is acting like the honeybee. The honeybee's primary objective is to obtain nectar to make honey. While in the process of going after the nectar, the honeybee is actually involved in a much larger purpose. At 90 degrees to the direction of the honeybee's flight path, pollen is being dusted on its wings. 
 
As it continues on its search for more nectar, the honeybee is cross-pollinating the rooted botanicals. This cross-pollination is a far more important outcome than making honey, for it results in a beautiful, lush garden.
 
Living a healthy and active life is really like being a honeybee. By focusing on bettering your own health and fitness level you are also inspiring others to do the same. This inspiration is at 90 degrees to your very own health path.
 
This 90-degree phenomenon has been defined scientifically by Dr. R Buckminster Fuller as precession. The idea is that when something (or someone) is in motion moving toward a specific objective, what happens precessionally, at 90 degrees, is far more important."
 
~ Yuri Elkaim, Total Wellness Consulting


To learn more about my tools, as well as more about me, visit http://tiny.cc/AnneBartonReadings.    

Green, Susie.  Animal Wisdom:  Harness the Power of Animals to Liberate Your Spirit. 
     London: Cico Books Ltd., 2005.  Print.
Sams, Jamie, and David Carson.  Medicine Cards.  New York: St. Martin’s Press,
     1988, 1999.  Print. 

 

Health

3 Step "Get Aligned with Your Food" Journal



It doesn’t matter the year or the current food trend; people have a desire to make changes at the beginning of a new year, particularly with their diet, exercise, and spiritual practices and rituals.

To help guide you to an easy start to make changes that will detoxify, sooth, heal and revitalize your body, I suggest starting a very simple food journal. I am all about the simplicity of a process because it helps me to stick with something that can seem overwhelming.

To get started you will need a notebook, journal, or folder with sheets of paper that you can keep in the same place to refer back to. Keeping all the logs together help you to track what you eat, when you eat it, and how you feel afterwards.

Here are a few tips to keep it simple.  If you eat out a lot, take a little journal of some sort with you so you don’t forget to write it down.  For men who do not have a place to keep a small journal when eating out, keep it in your car.

Here is an example of a 3-step food journal I use when I when I stray from the autoimmune protocol and want to get aligned again with my body. After each meal rate how you feel an hour after eating. For example, bloating, heartburn, stomach pains, tired etc.

1. Breakfast: green juice (you may want to list what is in it at first), turkey patties, a small bit of sauerkraut, and cup of coffee

2. Lunch: a bowl of tuna salad over spinach, lemon water with a touch of apple cider vinegar and a cinnamon stick

3. Dinner: Lamb meatballs over swiss chard, sweet potato fries, warm water with a lemon

For further support, you can request to join our new Facebook page that’s driven by you: The Whole Story: Autoimmune Paleo Living. You can post comments, ask questions, and find support by interacting with people trying to make similar changes. Whether or not you are doing the autoimmune piece is not relevant.

It’s that simple.  Now let’s get started!



Photo contributed by Leah Ann Photography. Click
here to link to her page!
 

Inspiration

(from the Latin inspirare, meaning "to breathe into") refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour

Art by Caitlynn Goheen. 

My Favorites

Take a peek into a few of my current favorite reads and films, journals, and journal accessories.


Good Read or Film: Sacred Journeys
Join best-selling author/adventurer Bruce Feiler on an epic journey as he travels with contemporary pilgrims on six historic pilgrimages. This first aired on PBS showcasing all six pilgrimages in early December. Unless you can still catch it on your local PBS station, the well worth it six hour DVD version is available to purchase on Amazon for a couple dollars less but PBS does have a clip of Lourdes you can watch.
Read More.
 
Sweet Journals
I love this journal because it lays flat and the construction is beautiful. It comes in 2 other cover designs. This company makes smaller versions that you can take with you easily to keep a food journal handy.
Click here
 
Fun Journaling Tape
I came across this a couple months ago and LOVE it so much, everyone received some in their stockings this year. It works great for making notes that you want to stand out and won't ruin books if you use it in the margin or on a page because it removes easily. In my opinion, the next best thing to post-its!
Click here.


 
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