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Why Mantras Work and How They Help

Adapted from Spiritual Initiation and the Breakthrough of Consciousness
by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Park Street Press, 2003

A true mantra is “charged,” alive, because it has been handed down for
centuries, and it has been handed down because it *is* alive.

A certain archetypal energy might result from ages of use: the passion,
intensity, and will of millennia of Yogis might in itself create a
subtle energy connected with the mantra. Perhaps all that subtle power
gets enfolded in the name and unfolds for us in our practice. At any
rate, true mantras are of consciousness, not of surface thought and
semantic fabrications.
The mantra is universal, not sectarian. The author closes his lectures
and workshops with five minutes of Om Namah Shivaya chanting followed by
a five-minute silent meditation on it. Conservative “Calvinist”
audiences, Roman Catholics, urban-sophisticate agnostics, all are moved
by the mantra.
The power of the mantra is said to be the actual power of the creative
process itself.
Learn more:
When our will has the ability to say yes to the mantra, we align with
its power. Our brain is brought into resonance; it goes into balance
between inner power and outer expression, and processes data without
interpretation or value – which means it operates free of samskaras.
Then outer stimuli feed directly into the power of consciousness and the
creative circuitry of mind/brain can operate as a unit. Since
consciousness is powering the outer world by projection through the
brain anyway, the balanced brain simply allows for a balanced picture to
form.

When our brain is brought to balance by the mantra we are again at the
center of the system, as designed. We have become ego-centric again. We
have become again as a little child. The mantra is matrix.

We are then aligned with our Self, a person and world in balance. We are
a unified whole which can’t, because of its very nature, divide against
itself.

Copyright: Adapted from Spiritual Initiation and the Breakthrough of
Consciousness
by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Park Street Press, 2003

Copyright (c) 2003 by Joseph Chilton Pearce. Reprinted by permission of
Lantern Books.

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Prosperity Potion

You will need:
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp ground bay leaf
½ tsp. basil
½ tsp. marjoram
a wooden spoon
1½ cup spring water
a small cloth
a jar w/ lid
a rubber band

What to do: Mix the ingredients together and boil in the spring water for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the potion and pour it into the jar. Cover the jar with the cloth and fasten it with the rubber band. Leave the potion in a dark, cool place for three days and three nights, then cap the jar with it’s original lid. The potion only last until for fourteen nights, then you will have to pour it on the Earth, thanking it for’s powers and energies.
© 2001 Sir Summer ShiningStar

Baked Potato Skins

INGREDIENTS:
6 small baking potatoes (4 to 5 in. long)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon paprika
pinch of pepper
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub potatoes, pat dry, and rub
skins lightly with a little of the butter. Pierce potatoes
in several places with a fork. Bake potatoes until tender
when pierced (45 minutes to 1 hour). When cool enough to
handle, cut in halves lengthwise and scoop out potato,
leaving a thin shell about 1/8 inch thick. Reserve potato
for other dishes. Place skins on a baking sheet. Melt butter
in a small pan with paprika and white pepper. Stir. Brush
insides of potato skins with butter mixture. Bake potato
skins until crisp and golden (18 to 20 minutes).
Extras: For variety, try adding grated Cheddar cheese,
crumbled bacon, green onion, or chives.)
Yield: Serves 6
Category: Potatoes, Appetizers

Borage

Botanical: Borago officinalis (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Boraginaceae
—Synonym—Burrage.
—Parts Used—Leaves and flowers.
—Habitat—The Common Borage is a hardy annual plant coming originally from Aleppo but now naturalized in most parts of Europe and frequently found in this country, though mostly only on rubbish heaps and near dwellings, and may be regarded as a garden escape. It has long been grown freely in kitchen gardens, both for its uses as a herb and for the sake of its flowers, which yield excellent honey.

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—Description—The whole plant is rough with white, stiff, prickly hairs. The round stems, about 1 1/2 feet high, are branched, hollow and succulent; the leaves alternate, large, wrinkled, deep green, oval and pointed, 3 inches long or more, and about 1 1/2 inch broad, the lower ones stalked, with stiff, one celled hairs on the upper surfaces and on the veins below, the margins entire, but wavy. The flowers, which terminate the cells, are bright blue and star-shaped, distinguished from those of every plant in this order by their prominent black anthers, which form a cone in the centre and have been described as their beauty spot. The fruit consists of four brownish-black nutlets.
—History—In the early part of the nineteenth century, the young tops of Borage were still sometimes boiled as a pot-herb, and the young leaves were formerly considered good in salads.

The fresh herb has a cucumber-like fragrance. When steeped in water, it imparts a coolness to it and a faint cucumber flavour, and compounded with lemon and sugar in wine, and water, it makes a refreshing and restorative summer drink. It was formerly always an ingredient in cool tankards of wine and cider, and is still largely used in claret cup.

Our great grandmothers preserved the flowers and candied them.

Borage was sometimes called Bugloss by the old herbalists, a name that properly belongs to Anchusa officinalis, the Alkanet, the Small Bugloss being Lycopsis arvensis, and Viper’s Bugloss being the popular name for Echium vulgare.

Some authorities consider that the Latin name Borago, from which our popular name is taken, is a corruption of corago, from cor, the heart, and ago, I bring, because of its cordial effect.

In all the countries bordering the Mediterranean, where it is plentiful, it is spelt with a double ‘r,’ so the word may be derived from the Italian borra, French bourra, signifying hair or wool, words which in their turn are derived from the Low Latin burra, a flock of wool, in reference to the thick covering of short hairs which clothes the whole plant.

Henslow suggests that the name is derived from barrach, a Celtic word meaning ‘a man of courage.’

Gerard says:
‘Pliny calls it Euphrosinum, because it maketh a man merry and joyfull: which thing also the old verse concerning Borage doth testifie:
Ego Borago – (I, Borage)
Gaudia semper ago. – (Bring alwaies courage.)
Those of our time do use the flowers in sallads to exhilerate and make the mind glad. There be also many things made of these used everywhere for the comfort of the heart, for the driving away of sorrow and increasing the joy of the minde. The leaves and floures of Borage put into wine make men and women glad and merry and drive away all sadnesse, dulnesse and melancholy, as Dios corides and Pliny affirme. Syrup made of the floures of Borage comforteth the heart, purgeth melancholy and quieteth the phrenticke and lunaticke person. The leaves eaten raw ingender good bloud, especially in those that have been lately sicke.’

According to Dioscorides and Pliny, Borage was the famous Nepenthe of Homer, which when drunk steeped in wine, brought absolute forgetfulness.

John Evelyn, writing at the close of the seventeenth century tells us: ‘Sprigs of Borage are of known virtue to revive the hypochrondriac and cheer the hard student.’

Parkinson commends it ‘to expel pensiveness and melanchollie.’ Bacon says that it ‘hath an excellent spirit to repress the fuliginous vapour of dusky melancholie.’ Culpepper finds the plant useful in putrid and pestilential fever, the venom of serpents, jaundice, consumption, sore throat, and rheumatism.’

—Cultivation—Borage flourishes in ordinary soil. It may be propagated by division of rootstocks in spring and by putting cuttings of shoots in sandy soil in a cold frame in summer and autumn, or from seeds sown in fairly good, light soil, from the middle of March to May, in drills 18 inches apart, the seedlings being thinned out to about 15 inches apart in the rows. If left alone, Borage will seed itself freely and comes up year after year in the same place. Seeds may also be sown in the autumn. Those sown then will flower in May, whereas those sown in the spring will not flower till June.

—Part Used Medicinally—The leaves, and to a lesser extent, the flowers. Gather the leaves when the plant is coming into flower. Strip them off singly and reject any that are stained and insect-eaten. Pick only on a fine day, when the sun has dried off the dew.

—Constituents—Borage contains potassium and calcium, combined with mineral acids. The fresh juice affords 30 per cent, the dried herb 3 per cent of nitrate of potash. The stems and leaves supply much saline mucilage, which when boiled and cooked likewise deposits nitre and common salt. It is to these saline qualities that the wholesome invigorating properties of Borage are supposed to be due. Owing to the presence of nitrate of potash when burnt, it will emit sparks with a slight explosive sound.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Diuretic, demulcent, emollient. Borage is much usedin France for fevers and pulmonary complaints. By virtue of its saline constituents, it promotes the activity of the kidneys and for this reason is employed to carry off feverish catarrhs. Its demulcent qualities are due to the mucilage contained in the whole plant.

For internal use, an infusion is made of 1 OZ of leaves to 1 pint of boiling water, taken in wineglassful doses.

Externally, it is employed as a poultice for inflammatory swellings.

—Preparation—Fluid extract. Dose, 1/2 to 1 drachm.

The flowers, candied and made into a conserve, were deemed useful for persons weakened by long sickness, and for those subject to swoonings; the distilled water was considered as effectual, and also valuable to cure inflammation of the eyes.

The juice in syrup was thought not only to be good in fevers, but to be a remedy for jaundice, itch and ringworm. Culpepper tells us that in his days: ‘The dried herb is never used, but the green, yet the ashes thereof boiled in mead or honeyed water, is available in inflammation and ulcers in the mouth or throat, as a gargle.’

Saga

Themes: Foresight, divination, Inspiration, femininity, psychic
abilities, kindness & tradition
Symbols: A Cup, fishes & water
 
About Saga: Saga, an attendant of Frigg, is a Scandinavian goddess whose
name means “seeress.” Saga is a student of the Universe, ever watchful
and ever instructing us about the value of keen observation. She is
directly connected with the sign of Pisces, which governs artistic
_expression, psychic abilities, and sensitivity toward others’ needs.
 
In artistic representations, Saga bears a long Viking braid, an emblem
of womanhood and honour. According to the Eddas, Saga lives at Sinking
Beach, a waterfall, where she offers her guests a refreshing drink of
inspiration from a golden cup. Later, her name got applied to the sacred
heroic texts of the Scandinavian people.
 
To Do Today: Tend your sacred journals today. Write about your path,
your feelings, where you see yourself going, and where you’ve been. Saga
lives in those words-in your musings, memories, and thoughts-guiding
them to the paper to inspire you now and in the future.
 
Invoke any of Saga’s attributes in your life today simply by practicing
the art of observation. Really look at the world, your home, and the
people around you. As you do, remember that little things count. Saga’s
insight lies in the grain of sand and the wildflower as well as the
stars.

from 365 Goddess – A Daily Guide to the Magick and Inspiration of the
Goddess
by Patricia Telesco

Goddess Meditation

I am the womb
of every hope
I am the fire
of every season
I am the queen
of everyhive
I am the womb
of every life.
I am a drop
of morning dew
I am a star
in the evening sky
I am the light
by which you read
I am a word
in this very book.
 
~ Welsh Bardic Incantations
 
How do you find the Goddess? By looking where you are. She is not in
France or Japan or Ireland anymore than she is with you at this instant.
She is everywhere, penetrating every moment of every life with feminine
power. There is not a single part of life that she does not touch; there
is not a single place on this earth where she cannot be touched.
 
When did we first learn to forget her? Did we not all, as children, know
the pervasive power of divinity? Did we all once know how to fall
between the slats of time into a timeless world where she endured? We
can get back that sense of wonder at the radiance of creation. How? By
looking. Looking everywhere, looking at each moment. She has never left
us; we have never left her. She is here, in this precious moment, as
surely as she has ever been.

from The Goddess Companion – Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan

Charge of the Goddess

    Behold the words of the Goddess, who in ancient times was called by such names as Isis, Cybele, Frigg, Aphrodite, Hecate, and many others:

I am the immortal life force of the Earth, the Moon, and the Waters. From My well spring all things are brought into being, and unto Me all things will return.

Worship Me through acts of love! Sing, dance, rejoice, and know that all acts of pleasure are My gifts.

An’ ye who seek to know Me must understand My mystery. Thou must master My riddle. Know that through all thy struggles, thy seeking, thy searching, thou will not find Me unless ye look within thyself.

For behold; I have been with thee from eternity, and I shall be with thee always.

 

Bedtime Bath

4 gallons water
2 cups lavender
1 cup chamomile

Making Sealing Wax

Materials:
1/2 oz (weight) beeswax
3 oz (weight) blonde shellac flakes
dry artist’s pigment of fresco
colors in the hue of your choice
aluminum foil for molds

First, prepare modls for your sealing wax sticks by shaping several
layers of aluminum foil into rectangular molds about 1/4 ince wide
and 6 inches long. Lubricate the molds with cooking oil.

Melt the beeswax in a microwave. Add the shelac flakes and microwave
again, stirring every 30 seconds until the mixture is melted (about 2
1/2 minutes total time). Stir in the dry pigment, judging the the
amount of color to add by the color of the wax. Pour this into molds
and let cool.

Use the finished wax sticks to form a unique seal for an envelope
by holding a flame to one end of the stick, holding the wax downward
at an angle . Put 10 to 15 drops of wax on the closure flap of the
envelope. Wait a few seconds for the wax to cool , then moisten your
metal seal and lightly press into the soft wax.

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