healingcrystalsbookbymichaelgiengerWhat I love about Michael Gienger’s book, Healing Crystals The A-Z guide to 430 gemstones, is first the size.  It fits in my purse because it is only 1/4 inch thick and measures 4 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches. This is so convenient when traveling or visiting gemstone stores.  The author lists the important healing effects and areas of activity of each crystal as follows:  (SP) refers to the ‘spirit or spiritual aspect’, including intentions, aims and focus on life;  (S) refers to the ‘soul or the subconscious’, including temperament, emotions, intuitive perceptions, dreams, psychological experiences, habits and unconscious reactions; (M) refers to’mindor mental aspects’, including ideas, values, convictions, views, manner of thinking, and conscious action; and (B)  refers to the ‘body or physical aspect’, the human organism as a whole with its senses, organs and functions.

This is one of my  favorite reference books.

quotebyjalalal-dinrumimeetinfieldBeyond ideas of wrong-doing

 and right-doing,

There’s a field.

I’ll meet you there.

≈Jalal al-Din Rumi –

                                                             13th Century Persian Poet & Mystic







The book Energy Medicine Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality, by Donna Eden with David Feinstein, Ph.D. was first published in 1998.  My copy is the Tenth Anniversary Edition which I refer to often for my own self-healing and working with my clients.  There will be many of my future posts dedicated to Donna Eden’s wisdom and exercises she shares in all of her books.


The following is taken from her INTRODUCTION:

The Return of Energy Medicine

Our remedies oft in ourselves to lie

≈William Shakespeare

 All’s Well that Ends Well




I have read many books that have been inspirational, however, Lucia Capacchine, Ph.D.’s book, The Power of Your Other Hand and the Art of Emotional Healing, was probably one of the most healing.   On June 6, 2002, I decided to deal with one of my fears – journaling.  I have never been fond of my handwriting and I am not the greatest with spelling.  What I do love is children’s art and their whimsical writing, so what the author was recommending sounded fun.  What I wasn’t prepared for is how this exercise brought out so much stuffed and buried emotions and for the first time put me in touch with my inner child.



Here is the basic premise of the exercise, first you will need the following materials:  2 different colored pens or pencils, assortment of 8-12 colored felt pens and a sketchbook 8 1/2 x 11 or larger.  I found the larger worked best for me.  The author will have some suggested questions that might work with some the emotional issues you are personally wanting to work on.  Your journaling starts by writing down a question with your dominant hand then responding by writing and or drawing with your non-dominant hand.  The result of this exercise is absolutely astonishing.  (Picture from author’s illustrations).


My boat struck something deep.

Nothing happened.

Sound, silence, waves.

Nothing happened, or perhaps

everything has happened,

and I’m sitting in the

middle of my new life.

≈Juan Ramon Jimeniz, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature


” Where the mind goes, the energy follows”≈ 

Ancient Eastern Thought, 

Author Unknown 

livingingratitudebyangelesarrienI am excited to be highlighting Angeles Arrien’s book, Living in Gratitude a Journey That Will Change Your Life, in ‘Feature Posts’ on the Welcome Page each month of 2013.  Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, and the Real Wealth of Nations, writes “In Living in Gratitude, Angeles Arrien once again gives us a treasury of wisdom and practical tools.  Written with her trademark flair and love, this is a transformative book of month-by-month reflections and practices that effectively shows us how to integrate the healing of gratitude into every day of our lives.” The author writes there are four Universal Portals to Gratitude:  Blessings, Learnings, Mercies and Protections.  These portals will be explored as each monthly chapter presents a theme that examines universal, cross-cultural, and perennial wisdoms related to the cultivation of gratitude.  Thank you, Angeles Arrien for being such a gifted teacher.





children'sbookshelpreduceadultstressToday while doing some research on relieving holiday stress I found this lovely book by Lori Lite called Sea Otter Cove.  It is a relaxation story, introducing breathing to decrease anxiety, stress, anger and help promote peaceful sleep.  You don’t have to be a child to receive benefits from following what the sea child told the sea otter.  She recommended: the sea otter to breathe in through his nose and out through his nose.  He was to focus all of his attention on the tip of his nose.  They did the breathing together – breathing in 2, 3, 4…out 2, 3, 4, in 2, 3, 4…out 2, 3, 4.  I have been practicing this exercise for 3 weeks and it has helped my irregular sleep patterns and stress.

One of my favorite things to do especially during the holidays is read a children’s classic.  I was told years ago that this is a great stress reliever for adults.  I remember the first classic I reread was ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.  Can you remember one of your favorite stories?  YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY  REREADING IT!  I promise you will truly enjoy the experience.


Hope for Our Future

December 17th, 2012 | Posted by Velda in QUOTES/(BOOKS ON PINTEREST)


Forgiving does not erase the bitter past.  A healed memory is not a deleted memory, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember.  We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. - Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002)