Animal Lessons – Sept 8 through Sept 14

9/8
DINGO
IF DINGO APPEARS: Rather than judging yourself for your errors and mistakes, look for what you’ve learned from them
CALL ON DINGO WHEN: You are finding it difficult to accept what life has brought your way, feeling victimized by these occurrences, yet wanting to regain a sense of power

9/9
GIBBON
IF GIBBON APPEARS: Your family needs you and your undivided attention now, whether it’s obvious to you or not
CALL ON GIBBON WHEN: You have a fear that you don’t want to confront, but instead want to work around it

9/10
MOOSE
IF MOOSE APPEARS: You can feel proud of your recent accomplishments and share them enthusiastically with others, not to be boastful or competitive, but for the simple joy of sharing
CALL ON MOOSE WHEN: You tend to be too self-critical, putting yourself down in thought or word, and need to remind yourself of your positive characteristics

9/11
BARRED OWL
IF BARRED OWL APPEARS: Make your intention cooperation, rather than competition, or rivalry, in your relationships with everyone
CALL ON BARRED OWL WHEN: You want to build your self-confidence without getting too brash or overbearing

9/12
SEAHORSE

IF SEAHORSE APPEARS: You are being called upon at this time to sacrifice your own needs to be in service to another person or cause
CALL ON SEAHORSE WHEN: You want to feel a more secure and stable foundation in your life

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9/13
WOMBAT

IF WOMBAT APPEARS: You have all the resources you need for the changes going on in your life right now, BUT you might have to dig a bit to find them
CALL ON WOMBAT WHEN: You are feeling intimidated, bullied or pushed around in some way

9/14
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER

IF BLACK WIDOW SPIDER APPEARS: It’s time for a fresh perspective on what you are doing, perhaps even a perspective that is contrary to your usual way of thinking and of seeing things
CALL ON BLACK WIDOW SPIDER WHEN: There is some confusion and lack of clarity in an important relationship that has you on edge

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My Hunt for the Giant Yellow Rubber Ducky

yellow rubber ducky

The 61 foot bright yellow Rubber ducky lead the parade of tall ships into Los
Angeles Harbor on August 20th. He stole the show and was taller than the tall
ships. They lost count of how many people came to see the Ducky. Driving and
parking in the Harbor was a nightmare from all accounts.

I thought about ‘doing ‘ the duck visit for Labor day weekend. Couldn’t talk any
one into going with. We all new the crowds would be bad. I thought I’d lost my
one and only chance to check out the ducky.

It seems the duck was so popular that they decided the ducky should stay in the
Harbor for another week. Way cool I’ll get to see the ducky for myself. But
where in the Harbor? It’s a very large shipping port and the ducky was making
some special appearances here and there.. I searched for news of the ducky’s
where abouts for two days before finding his ‘Ducky Schedule’ hidden on the
Harbors website.

Each day was a ducky special event, Selfie Day with the Duck, “Save-a-Bird”
Day, with the Duck, and the International Bird Rescue.Canned Food Drive with
the Duck. Dress Like a Duck Day, Youth Duck Day. Duck Dance Day and
Goodbye to the Duck

Today I grabbed a few canned foods from the pantry and drove to the Harbor
to see what it was about a big yellow ducky that made so many people and
children smile.

You couldn’t have missed the Duck if you’d tried. There he was in all his duckly
glory, tied up to a dock with a small green park area just in front of him. I drove
past flipped a U turn and parked right on the street. I grabbed my camera and
went to see the duck.

As soon as I got out of the car and gazed at the duck, it hit
me just how big the yellow rubber ducky is. Wow, big ducky!!!!. I started shooting
pictures and walking through the small park so I could access the dock next to
the duck. The duck kept getting larger .

There were all types of people there smiling, and laughing. Locals with lots of
ink and long hair were giggling like the kids who were running all over jumping ,
talking to the duck and getting their picture taken by parents who were also
smiling. There were lots of tourists types and even two city counsel members, ( I
think) in suits having their picture taken by a couple reporters in front of the
duck. Yes, they were also smiling..

I sat on a wooden bench under a beautifully blue sky on a warm California day
looking at the people smiling and laughing at a 61 ft tall duck, taking photo’s and
all of a sudden I realized I was smiling and happy too.. I think it’s a magic duck
now that I have been under it’s spell. I am so glad I got to see this special yellow rubber ducky. It was an awesome afternoon

I have heard there is a 25 meter tall white rabbit named moon and a 21 meter
hippo floating in the Thames River in London too.

About the creator

Florentijn Hofman is a Dutch artist. He is known for playful urban installations such
as the Rubber Duck. Florentijn Hofman was born in 16 April 1977 in Delfzijl in the
Netherlands. http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/projects.php

 

HAH Dani

Animal Lessons – Sept 1 through Sept 7

9/1
KIWI

IF KIWI APPEARS: Do a walking meditation outside for at least 15 minutes each day for the next few days, walking more slowly and consciously than usual, synchronizing your breath with your pace
CALL ON KIWI WHEN: You are in a situation where you have the choice to sacrifice something of yourself – your desires, preferences, needs or material goods – out of love for someone else

9/2
COUGAR(MOUNTAIN LION, PUMA)

IF COUGAR APPEARS: You are being called upon to provide leadership to your family, friends, community, or the world as a whole
CALL ON COUGAR WHEN: You need help in balancing your personal power with tact, patience, gracefulness and clear intention

9/3
SCORPION

IF SCORPION APPEARS: In order for the changes you are going through to go smoothly, contain and control your temper and passions at this time
CALL ON SCORPION WHEN: You’re pondering the mysteries of life and death and trying to develop an understanding of these

9/4
ANTELOPE

IF ANTELOPE APPEARS: Be cautious around anyone with harsh or aggressive energy
CALL ON ANTELOPE WHEN: You feel blocked or stymied in your efforts and need to take action to get things moving

9/5
MEADOWLARK

IF MEADOWLARK APPEARS: Expect some good news or a pleasant surprise very soon
CALL ON MEADOWLARK WHEN: You wake up in a bad mood and want to cheer up

9/6
BABOON

IF BABOON APPEARS: Significant teachings will come about as a result of what you initially thought were foolish mistakes
CALL ON BABOON WHEN: You’ve done something you regret, and you want to figure out why you did it and what there is to learn from the experience

9/7
GECKO

IF GECKO APPEARS: When you’ve tried and tried to get through to someone or resolve a problem and it’s not working, it’s best to detach and move away from the situation
CALL ON GECKO WHEN: You want or need to get a different perspective on a situation

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Animal Lessons – August 25 through August 31

8/25
CHAMELEON
IF CHAMELEON APPEARS: This is a time for you to stay in the background, be patient, and not show your true colors
CALL ON CHAMELEON WHEN: You’re in a situation where you want to blend in and not be noticed

8/26
HIPPOPOTAMUS
IF HIPPOPOTAMUS APPEARS: It’s very important that you don’t deviate from your path right now, so stay true to yourself and do’t let anything distract you
CALL ON HIPPOPOTAMUS WHEN: You are preparing to throw yourself into a challenging but gratifying project that will allow you to express your artistic side

8/27
ORANGUTAN

IF ORANGUTAN APPEARS: Whatever your needs are, do your best to be creative and use the available resources you find in your immediate area
CALL ON ORANGUTAN WHEN: You feel the need for some compassionate and tender nurturing

8/28
COBRA
IF COBRA APPEARS: You are faced with an important choice right now, so be sure to strike when the time is right, and don’t hesitate when your gut tells you it is time
CALL ON COBRA WHEN: You need to make a quick decision, whether it be about an unexpected opportunity, or the veracity of a person or situation, and follow it up with action

8/29
ROADRUNNER

IF ROADRUNNER APPEARS: Be sure to take care of yourself first before attempting to take care of others; that way you can be completely present when you are in service to them
CALL ON ROADRUNNER WHEN: You need to not take yourself so seriously and learn the art and skill of laughing at yourself

8/30
CARIBOU

IF CARIBOU APPEARS: There is something bugging you, and you need to address whatever it is and either try to change it, get away from it, or surrender to it
CALL ON CARIBOU WHEN: You’ve resolved to eliminate some self-limiting or self-defeating habits or patterns and you’re ready to start the process

8/31
SALMON

IF SALMON APPEARS: You may experience some sort of loss such as a relationship or a move, yet this will precede a new beginning
CALL ON SALMON WHEN: You feel you are “going against the flow” in some area of your life, and you need help and encouragement to persevere
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When Entities Attach

Sometimes entities can attach  to people.  By entities I don’t mean demons. This is never a good thing, it  drains  your  both  mentally and physically. The  longer they are attached the  worse  you feel. It becomes harder to concentrate,  harder to sleep and  on  and on. Being able to meditate and ground and  doing it  can  prevent attachment and  help to  get rid of it

There is  so much negativity in our day to day  lives. When ever you leave  your  home  you run into. It  is basically  looking  for somewhere to go,  to keep growing and  spreading and  that is how it can attach it’s self  to you. Once it is attached it’s like a  blinking  sign saying ” here I am  come join me”

You may  or may not know it when it  does. Most  people  don’t realize it until they start  feeling  ‘just not  right’. Then  accidents happen just small  stuff like  tripping and  falling or cutting  your  figure chopping up a carrot  for  dinner . Your  life  slowly spins out of  control while  your  wondering why all this is  happening. That usually  leads to depression and isolation, which is just what it  wants to happen. It is trying to control you

The more self doubt  you have the more  control it has, a  vicious circle that can  lead to all sorts of bad happenings.

 

Thats enough  for now. I’ll wait to see if anyone is interested or has  questions.
HAH Dani

Animal Lessons – August 18 through August 24

8/18
CASSOWARY

IF CASSOWARY APPEARS: It’s important to give something back, such as your time, money, gifts or goods, to anyone or any organization who has been there for you in the past
CALL ON CASSOWARY WHEN: You may have been overly aggressive with someone without due cause and want to make things right

8/19
GNU(WILDEBEEST)

IF GNU APPEARS: There are some significant changes you want to make so start with the top 2 on the list and go for it
CALL ON GNU WHEN: You want to create more abundance and prosperity in your life

8/20
SWAN

IF SWAN APPEARS: Focus on the fact that life is precious and a sacred gift, and express your gratitude and appreciation in as many ways as possible
CALL ON SWAN WHEN: You need to be able to see the beauty in yourself, in others, and all around you, and want to appreciate this more consistently

8/21
OCTOPUS

IF OCTOPUS APPEARS: You have too many hands in too many pies, time to prioritize the top one or two and let go of the others for now
CALL ON OCTOPUS WHEN: You are in a social situation where you want to blend in and be relatively obscure to others

8/22
COYOTE

IF COYOTE APPEARS: Forgive yourself for any mistakes or errors and look for the lessons and gifts that come out of the experience
CALL ON COYOTE WHEN: Getting where you are going is taking lots of seemingly meaningless detours and instead of getting frustrated you want to find a way to just enjoy the journey

8/23
MAGPIE

IF MAGPIE APPEARS: It’s important now to bring yourself into balance if you are polarized too much in one direction or another such as masculine/feminine, intellectual/emotional, spiritual/physical polarities
CALL ON MAGPIE WHEN: You’re involved in a project that requires you to use your ingenuity and

8/24
RAM(BIGHORN SHEEP)

IF RAM APPEARS: You are ready for some new challenges (even if you don’t feel like it), so be willing to charge ahead with whatever gets your attention
CALL ON RAM WHEN: You are dealing with a very challenging or stressful situation and want to maintain a sense of balance

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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Scent is the most enduring of our senses. It has the power to transform our emotions, and heal our bodies. It can take us to another place and time.

Aromatherapy, began with the Egyptians, who used the method of infusion to extract the oils from aromatic plants which were used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes as well as embalming. The ancient Chinese civilizations were also using some form of aromatics. The Greeks, found that the fragrance of some flowers was stimulating while others had relaxing properties. The use of olive oil as the base oil absorbed the aroma from the herbs or flowers and the perfumed oil was then used for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. The Romans  became well known for scented baths followed by massage with aromatic oils.

With the decline of the Roman Empire, the use of aromatics faded and the knowledge of their use was virtually lost in Europe during the dark ages. If not for the Monasteries using plants from herbal gardens to produce infused oils, herbal teas and medicines, .the art may  have been lost forever.

At the time of the plague and during the Middle Ages, it was discovered that certain aromatic derivatives helped to prevent the spread of infection, and others, such as cedar and pine, were burnt to fumigate homes and streets.

The Arabs initiated a method of extraction known as distillation, and study of the therapeutic use of plants once again became popular. The knowledge of distillation was spread during the Crusades, and the lost process was once again returned to Europe.

When the conquistadors invaded South America  more medicinal plants and aromatic oils were discovered.

Native American Indians were using aromatic oils and producing their own herbal remedies.

it was not until the 19th century that scientists in Europe and Great Britain began researching the effects of essential oils on humans. It was French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse who discovered the healing powers of lavender oil after burning his hand in his laboratory. In 1937 and the term “Aromatherapy” was born.

 

WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?

Therapies and medicines that were once viewed as alternative and cloaked in skepticism have now become part of modern day society, providing additional help to conventional medicine. Aromatherapy is an example of a complementary therapy, which is widely practiced today.

Scientific research has been, and continues to be performed which verifies not only the emotional but the physical benefits that aromatherapy provides.

Virtually all of the bath and body care products we use contain some form of essential oils – the basis of Aromatherapy. You may be practicing aromatherapy without knowing it, by the burning of scented candles or by walking through a fragrant garden.

Essential oils are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants. Aromatherapy is the art of using these oils to promote healing of the body and the mind.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Each of the essential oils used in Aromatherapy can be used either alone or in combinations to create a desired effect. Before using essential oils as part of an Aromatherapy treatment, it is important to understand the effect that the oil(s) have, and how it work

The oils are found in different parts of the plants. The methods used to extract the oil are time consuming and expensive and require a high degree of expertise. It takes in excess of 220 pounds of rose petals to produce only 4 or 5 teaspoons full of oil.

Due to the large quantity of plant material required, pure essential oils are expensive, but they are highly effective – only a few drops at a time are required to achieve the desired effect. Synthetic oils are available at a lesser price, but they do not have the healing power of the natural oils.

Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell, also known as “olfaction”. When essential oils are inhaled, olfactory receptor cells are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional center of the brain, or “limbic system”.

The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to memory, breathing, and blood circulation, as well as the endocrine glands which regulate hormone levels in the body. The properties of the oil, the fragrance and its effects, determine stimulation of these systems.

When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and into the bloodstream.

Essential oils have differing rates of absorption, generally between 20 minutes and 2 hours, so it is probably best not to bathe or shower directly following a massage to ensure maximum effectiveness.

WHAT TYPES OF OILS ARE THERE?

There are 38 common essential oil and literally thousands of combinations derived from these.

Basil , Juniper, Bergamot, Lavender, Black Pepper, Lemon , Cajeput, Lemongrass , Cardamom Marjoram,  Chamomile, Melissa, Lemon balm, Citronella, Myrrh, Cedarwood,  Neroli, Clary,  Sage, Orange,  Clove,  Patchouli, Cypress,  Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Petit, Grain, Fennel,  Pine, Frankincense, Rose, Geranium, Rosemary, Ginger, Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Tea Tree, Hyssop Thyme. Jasmine, Vetiver & Ylang Ylang Essential oils are often described by their “note”. The three categories of classification are top note, middle note and base note, and these terms relate to the rate at which they evaporate – or how long the fragrance will last.

Top Notes are the most stimulating and uplifting oils. They are strongly scented, but the perfume lasts only for approximately 3 – 24 hours.

Examples of Top note oils are:

basil, bergamot, clary, sage, coriander, eucalyptus, lemongrass, neroli, peppermint, sage  & thyme.

Middle Notes are the next longest lasting, at about 2 – 3 days, and affect the metabolic and body functions. The perfume is less potent than that of top note oils.

Examples of Middle note oils are: balm, chamomile, fennel, geranium, hyssop, juniper, lavender & rosemary

Base Notes are the slowest oils to evaporate, lasting up to one week. They have a sweet, soothing scent and a relaxing, comforting effect on the body.

Examples of Base note oils are: cedarwood, clove, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, rose & sandalwood

HOW DO THOSE MAKE ESSENTIAL OILS?

To create a balanced perfume, a combination of all three notes will produce the best results. It is important to state that when making Aromatherapy blends, there are no fixed rules. The more familiar you become with the fragrances and their effects, the easier it will be to create combinations that are right for you!

Needless to say we can’t cover these all, however  we will take some of the more common ones and  tell you  which other oils combine well with  them and what they are used for .

Basel  Combines well with: Citrus oils, Frankincense, Geranium  

Properties:

Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Uplifting

Uses:

Bronchitis, Colds, Constipation, Insect Bites, Mental Fatigue, Migraine, Nervous Tension, Rheumatism, Sinus Congestion

Chamomile

Effects: Soothing, Relaxing

Combines well with: Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender

Properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Digestive Stimulant

Uses: Acne, Blisters, Boils, Depression, Digestive Problems, Gout, Headaches, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Neuralgia, Nervous Tension, (anxiety, fear) Rheumatism, Skin Conditions (dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis)

Jasmine

Effects: Soothing, Relaxing

Combines well with: Chamomile, Citrus oils, Rose

Properties:  Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Expectorant

Uses: Anxiety, Catarrh, Cough, Headache, Lack of Confidence, Laryngitis, Mental Tension, Sensitive or dry skin

Lavender

Effects: Calming, Therapeutic

Combines well with: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium

Properties:

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Diuretic, Insecticide, Sedative

Uses: Acne, Anxiety, Bronchitis, Burns, Catarrh,  Circulatory Problems, Colds, Dandruff, Eczema, Flu Headaches, Insect Bites, Insomnia, Muscle Aches and Pains, PMS Symptoms, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Sinusitis, Skin Problems, Sunburn, Tension, Throat Infection, Wounds and Sores

Some oils do have contra indications. It’s a good idea to do some research. There is an excellent web site you can visit for more information. http://www.aworldofaromatherapy.com/essential-oils-atoz.htm

HAH Dani