Getting Started with the Basics
Applying Essential Oils “Neat”
If instructions say to apply the oil “Neat” that means to apply the essential oil undiluted.
How to dilute Essential Oils
“Dilute” means to mix the essential oil with carrier oil before using. This is generally the preferred method for applying essential oils on the body. This allows for more controlled absorption into the skin as essential oils can evaporate quickly. It is also safer and lessens the chance of sensitivity.
How to use essential oils with Carrier Oils
Examples of carrier oils are jojoba, olive, sesame seed, grape seed, sweet almond, sunflower seed, wheat germ, and vitamin E oils. We have used organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, and Young Livings “V-6 mixing oil.” Whatever you decide to use should be organic if possible.
Young Living has combined seven of these carrier oils into a blend called “V-6 Mixing Oil.”…
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Through the ages, the evolution of mankind have followed its ability to find ways to harness the energy within the natural environment. The first event was the invention of fire where cooked food allowed access to new forms of nutrition within plants and animals, including light and heat which increased man’s stamina to hunt and gather. The next event was the discovery of electricity and fossil fuels that led to the Industrial Revolution.
The third event will occur when we learn to harness a universal energy from our environment. The knowledge we will gain from using this energy will begin to quickly spread a new universal understanding that will create new connections and meanings within our cultural consciousness.
There is anecdotal evidence of this third event already has occurred in our ancient past. One such reference was described by Plato who wrote of a city called Atlantis that was destroyed in 9,600 BC and who once had a regional influence over the Mediterranean as far as Italy, Eqypt and parts of Libya.
The inner meaning of the Taijitu (the yin and yang symbol) was so elegantly described in the “Tao Te Ching” by the mysterious Lao Tzu who characterized it’s “nameless” essence as the Tao. It’s origins are unknown and mysterious. Even though this image has been associated with ancient China it has also appeared within other cultures such as the Celts and Romans.
Taoist interpret the symbols of Yin and Yang as universal polar opposites which is the driving force of change in the cosmos. While others have reviewed its philosophy as a hidden science described within the pages of the I Ching. (note: see blog – The Science of Chaos Theory and I Ching).
My first exposure to this possibility was through Dr. Katya Walter’s, book, “The Tao of Chaos” which uncovered a fractal mathematics within the I Ching which was similar to Chaos Theory and the structure…
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Short everything …
(Or: A manifesto on the short story as form, despite my own misgivings)
There’s been a lot of hullaballoo around the interwebz about the state of the short story. Curiously and gratifyingly, the two more famous ones—the New York Times’ rah-rah for the form that set my Twitter feed abuzz a week ago, and Laura Miller’s (recent) scathingly condescending retort—don’t offer anything about short fiction’s death, or non-death. Both are about the form’s popularity among a reading public that, by habit and/or taste, tends to overlook it. (I guess this is a good thing, as we hear enough of that kind of twaddle about the novel—undoubtedly, it seems, the short story’s much cooler older brother. It’s twaddle that, I think, just distracts us from actual reading.)
So, fine, yay, the short story’s not dead. Then again, it’s never been dead. It’s been neglected, it’s been laughed at, it’s…
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“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
There was a time when all we needed to do, in order to relax was to switch on the TV and lounge on the couch. Nowadays, this very act means switching through a plethora of TV channels trying to desperately find something ‘good’ to watch, although we already know that something good isn’t there anymore. Once we get through the first fifty disappointing programs and then having the foreboding feeling of more disappointment to come, we go back to that one program we dismissed with the hopes of finding a better one, only to see that it is finishing already. The manual labour involved in watching modern…
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