All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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DECEMBER 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

 

Dear Friends,

You may recall the blog I wrote a year ago about a woman I had met, Gwynieth, who was dying of cancer. She was a lovely woman who gave handmade angels to people she met wherever she would go. She lost her graceful battle a couple of months after our visit but not without touching my heart and the hearts of every person she met. 
 
About a month ago, I received an invitation to have lunch with her two daughters whom I have never met. I was so moved by these beautiful, kind, loving women and their great big hearts. Jeanie, who authored the following introduction, was battling cancer at the same time her mother was dying from it. Jeanie would go in for treatments and hand out the very same angels her mother had given to so many as she fought for her own life. The angels to give to strangers were not the only gifts passed to her daughters.  Gwynieth also gave her children courage, resilience, and strong faith.
 
I asked Jeanie and her sister to write the intro for this month’s newsletter to give us an update on what life has been like without their mother for the last nine months. But even more so, I wanted to honor an angel that still walks amongst us as her legacy continues through the thread of her daughters and those precious, handmade angels. 
 

May you find joy in this beautiful holiday season and be blessed with an abundance of love and peace in the coming year! 

From Jeanie: Since Mom went to her heavenly home to be with our Lord and Savior, at times it seems like a lifetime that she has been gone. At other times I can’t believe she has been gone for over eight months.  This holiday season has already been very difficult.  As I put up my Christmas tree, I so lovingly put the angel on top, the angel Mom put on her tree for many, many years. Of Mom’s Christmas belongings, I also have her nativity scene and a wall hanging her mother made for her when I was very young.  It is a simple decoration made from egg cartons, and she always hung it with so much love in her eyes, as I did this year.
 
After her passing, I decided I had to continue Mom’s legacy of giving out her paperclip angels.  Every day as I went for my radiation treatments, I gave one to every nurse, doctor, and fellow patient.  What I learned from giving out those simple angels is why my mom gave out thousands: to see how those little angels made people feel.  It lifted them up in a time of need.  We went from being strangers to caring about each other as we sat and waited for our turn to get the “burn” from the radiation.  Mom lived in St. James, Minnesota, and I was doing my radiation in St. Louis Park, MN, many miles from St. James.  One lady I gave an angel to said that her mother had one.  Come to find out, my mom gave her mom one!!!  As I said, Mom handed out thousands, and they are in many different countries as well.
 
My hardest days are the holidays and special days like birthdays and anniversaries.  But days when I have something I want to share with her, like good news that I know would make her smile, are especially hard for me.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to call Heaven?  For my birthday this year, I played my voicemail of Mom singing “Happy Birthday” to me.
 
I know Mom is with my dad. I know she is in a better place. I know she is happy in her new home, but I still miss her daily.  I turn my sadness to happiness when I thank God for the 64 years I was blessed to have her as MY MOM.
 
Thank you, Jesus, for giving me parents who raised me to know and love you - our living, loving Lord.  I have been truly blessed.
 
Jeanie Johnson, proud daughter of BJ and Gwynieth Mackey. 

Archetype

Child: Divine 

The Divine Child is closely related to both the Innocent and Magical Child, but is distinguished from them both by its redemptive mission. The Divine Child also has a historical resonance all its own. At the beginning of the Piscean Age 2,000 years ago, the archetype of the Divine Family was introduced. That structure of the Father, Mother, and Divine Child (God the Father, Mary, and Jesus) was somewhat prefigured in ancient Egyptian mythology by Osiris, Isis, and their son Horus, but they do not share the warmhearted union of love and divinity that the Christian motif developed. The Divine Child is associated with innocence, purity, and redemption, godlike qualities that suggest that the Child enjoys a special union with the Divine itself. Few people are inclined to choose the Divine Child as their dominant Child archetype, however, because they have difficulty acknowledging that they could live continually in divine innocence. And yet, divinity is also a reference point of your inner spirit that you can turn to when you are in a conscious process of choice.
 
You may also assume that anything divine cannot have a shadow aspect, but that’s not realistic. The shadow of this archetype manifests as an inability to defend itself against negative forces. Even the mythic gods and most spiritual masters-including Jesus, who is the template of the Divine Child for the Christian tradition-simultaneously expressed anger and divine strength when confronting those who claimed to represent heaven while manifesting injustice, arrogance, or other negative qualities (think of Jesus’ wrath at the money-changers in the Temple). Assess your involvement with this archetype by asking whether you see life through the eyes of a benevolent, trusting God/Goddess, or whether you tend to respond initially with fear of being hurt or with a desire to hurt others first.
 
Films:  Terence Stamp in Billy Bud, character of the young Dalai Lama in Kundun; character of the young Pu Yi in The Last Emperor; Alex Wiesendanger in Little Buddha.
 
Religion/Myth:  Horus (in Egyptian myth, divine son of Isis and Osiris); Siddhartha Gautama (according to legend, the future Buddha was born proclaiming that his cycle of rebirths was about to end); Infant of Prague (statue of Jesus as a child dressed in royal robes and wearing a crown, originating in seventeenth-century Czechoslovakia); Demophon (in Greek myth, the son of Metanira, queen of Eleusis, who was raised as a divine being by Demeter); 18. Balakrishna (the child form of Krisna in Hindu myth); Suitengu (Japanese child god of the sea). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 375. Print.

Symbology

Powerful Healing, Calming And Insight Through Coloring A Mandala
Contributed by Anne Barton.

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, 
so that's very important for good health.
~ Dalai Lama

Last summer, I had a Tea and Coloring party for a group of women relatives. We are often looking for unique excuses to be together. I'd been reading a lot about the popularity of adult coloring books, and as someone who has been coloring for years, this felt like a great excuse to gather. On the day we met, our Sunday paper had a big feature article called "Calming by Coloring: Grown-ups get into it with gusto." How serendipitous!
 
Quite a few years ago, I found in a catalog a selection of three books called  "Coloring Mandalas," and I was instantly intrigued. The books contained pages that each had a specific meaning and evoked unique energies as you revealed the design through your color choices. The energies included “balance, harmony, and spiritual wellbeing" and "insight, healing, and self-expression."
 
Here is some information about Mandalas…

from Wikipedia:
Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
 
Tibetan Healing Mandalas:
The Tibetan mandala is a tool for gaining wisdom and compassion and generally is depicted as a tightly balanced, geometric composition wherein deities reside. The principal deity is housed in the center. The mandala serves as a tool for guiding individuals along the path to enlightenment. Monks meditate upon the mandala, imagining it as a three-dimensional palace. The deities who reside in the palace embody philosophical views and serve as role models. The mandala's purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones.
 
The Sand Mandala
Mandalas constructed from sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing. Typically, a great teacher chooses the specific mandala to be created. Monks then begin construction of the sand mandala by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music. Next, they make a detailed drawing from memory. Over a number of days, they fill in the design with millions of grains of colored sand. At its completion, the mandala is consecrated. The monks then enact the impermanent nature of existence by sweeping up the colored grains and dispersing them in flowing water.


I invite you to explore the healing and calming energy of coloring and mandalas. The books I started with can be found here: 

You can find a huge variety of other coloring books for adults
on Amazon as well. 
 

 

Health

Food for Thought: Genetically Modified Salmon Coming to a River Near You

While the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: genetically modified salmon. Click here to read more.

Inspiration

Successful Holiday from Story People

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Take A Peek Into One Of My Favorite Christmas Time Treats.


Christmas Treats
Who doesn’t love Christmas cookies! The bummer is not all of us can just grab one without asking a million questions about what are the ingredients. So I like to take my favorites and find similar but paleo versions that I can eat. Here is one of recipe that has been handed down by my Grandmother, and a  paleo version of a  gingerbread man cookie. Enjoy!

Nene’s Chewy Gingerbread People
Ingredients
            1/2 cup butter, softened
            3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
            1/3 cup molasses
            1 egg
            2 tablespoons water
            2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
            2 teaspoons ground ginger
            1 teaspoon baking soda
            1/2 teaspoon salt
            1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

Directions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, egg and water. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Reroll scraps.
  3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
Yield: about 2 dozen.
 
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