Happy Thanksgiving 2010

What I’m Thankful For:
I’m thankful that I can vote for the candidate of my choice.
I’m thankful that I can go to any church I wish to.
I’m thankful that I’m in better health than most people my age.
I’m thankful that I had parents who let me exercise my creativity without criticism.
I’m thankful that I can shop where I want to and eat what I want to eat even id it’s not good for me.
I’m thankful that I live in a place where winters are usually not very harsh.
I’m thankful that I live in a place where summers are usually not extremely hot.
I’m thankful that I am free to travel to others countries if and when I wish.
I’m thankful that I can return home when my trip abroad is over.
I’m thankful that I have friends and relatives who care.
I’m thankful that I have two affectionate dogs.
I’m thankful that I’m alive.
I’m thankful that I can dress comfortably because I’m retired.
I’m thankful that my dogs cause just enough mischief to keep life interesting.
I’m thankful that I’m too old and gray to get carded when I buy beer or wine.
I’m thankful that I don’t have to drive to work in the horrid Washington traffic.
I’m thankful that I can sing in the shower without someone throwing a brick at me.
I’m thankful that I can write silly poems and put them online without fear that an editor will throw them into a shredder.

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Left and Right

    Many people consider the right hand to be, in some way, better than the left. In some places in the world, left-handed people like myself are considered odd, abnormal, or even evil. It is true that the left hand is different from the right, the right brain is different from the left and the right side of the body is different from the left. That doesn’t mean that one side is better than the other. We know that energy wise, the left hand receives energy while the right hand gives it so when we are trying to increase our spiritual energy, we primarily use the left hand to take in spiritual energy (along with our eyes which also receive energy). When we want to give energy to others, such as when trying to heal someone, we do it with the right hand. 
    Since the right hand is the giving side, some may consider it better than the left because giving is considered better than receiving, but consider this: if you don’t receive, you will have nothing to give. As far as physical activities go, does it really matter which hand you favor? Probably not. We usually end up being left-handed or right-handed partly because of what we are taught and partly by which side is our strongest.

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Our Dual Spiritual Nature

    Humans have a dual nature, I think we all know that by now. We have a good side and a bad side, a greedy side and a generous side, a sharing side and a hoarding side, etc. This was illustrated well in the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
     What many people seem to forget when they start to develop their spiritual side is that the same thing applies in that area. We really have both a dark spirit and a Light spirit. A dark spirit from the fallen angels who created the physical realms and a Light spirit from God who created the spiritual realms. This seems contradictory to some because they think anything spiritual must be from God, but you must remember that the fallen angels have a spiritual nature as well and that is why everything has a spirit, even if it is not a creation of God. Man is fortunate enough to have a Light spirit because God took pity on us after the fall and provided us with a Light spirit and a soul so that we could redeem ourselves and return to His realm. So when we join a spiritual school, or follow some spiritual development techniques from a book, we have to be careful that the spirit we are developing is the Light spirit. Actually, we always develop both, but the important thing is which one do we develop the most. With proper techniques and proper attitude, we develop primarily the Light spirit and soul, although the dark one is inevitable developed to some degree as well. 
    So how do you know if you are developing the Light spirit rather that the dark? One way to know is by observing how you change as a result. If you become more negative, angry, judgmental, fearful, etc. they you are developing the dark spirit. If you are becoming more loving, tolerant, forgiving, etc. than you are successfully developing your Light spirit. Another way of knowing is by the techniques used. If the techniques involve sitting in a dark room and using the powers of mind and ego, then you are obviously working on your dark nature more than your spiritual nature. If the techniques are primarily done in broad daylight aided by the power of the Sun of Righteousness, then they are working primarily on your Light spirit.

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Healing Herbs: Chickweed

    Chickweed is a common herb that is sometimes used as an appetite suppressor, often in combination with hoodia. The leaves, stems and flowers of the Chickweed plant are all used for healing. In folk medicine, chickweed is used to treat asthma, indigestion and skin diseases such as acne and psoriasis. Chinese herbalists use it to treat nosebleeds. Some natural stores sell a cream made with chickweed to treat rashes, itching and inflammation of the skin. It also sooths insect stings and bites. It can be used as a natural treatment for diaper rash. It also promotes lactation, thoght some other herbs are better for that purpose. Chickweed has a mild laxative effect so can aid with regularity. Chickweed is high in many vitamins and minerals and the leaves can be added to salads or cooked like spinach. A teas made of chickweed can be gargled fro caughs and sore throat. You can also drink the tea as an aid to digestion and circulation and to aid with some kidney problems. It is effective as an antihistamine so can be used both internally and externally to fight the itch of poison ivy and poison oak. You can make an eye rinse with chickweed to sooth sore or tired eyes.

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