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Guided Meditation Script

Introductory Relaxation

Find yourself a quiet place to sit. Turn off your phone and dim the lights. This is your time. A time for total relaxation and inner stillness.

Take a moment to make sure that you are warm enough, and that you are seated comfortably. Rest your hands loosely in your lap. Now close your eyes.

Take a long slow, deep breath in…hold it for a moment, and then slowly exhale.

Just allow any tension to melt away as you gradually relax more and more deeply with each breath.

Take another long slow, deep breath in…hold it, and then exhale. Empty your lungs completely with your out-breath.

Take a third deep breath in. Take your time. Hold it for a moment, and then let it go.

Already you are beginning to drift into a state of deep relaxation.

Continue to breathe slowly and gently.


Now bring your awareness to the top of your head.

Sense or imagine a feeling of relaxation beginning to spread down from the top of your scalp….

Let the muscles in your forehead and temples relax.

Allow your eyes to relax.

Let your cheeks and jaw soften and let go of all tension.

Now this peaceful feeling flows down your neck and deep into the muscles in your shoulders…soothing them…releasing them.


Allow this peaceful feeling to flow through your arms. Relaxing and soothing…all the way to the tips of your fingers.

As your body relaxes, your mind relaxes. Your thoughts become weightless, like wisps of clouds on the breeze.

Now the peaceful sensation flows through your chest and your stomach. Feel how this area gently rises and falls as you breathe…slowly and deeply. Soothing and relaxing.

Turn your attention to your back, and feel this relaxing sensation flow all the way down your spine.

Now the peaceful feeling flows through your lower body.

Relax your buttocks…the back of your thighs…the front of your thighs. Feel all these large, strong muscles becoming loose and relaxed.

Soothing feelings flow down through your knees, and into your calves.

Your ankles relax. Now your feet relax.

Your entire body is soft, calm and relaxed.

Now it’s time to leave the external world behind, and go on an inner journey. A journey to a place of deep inner stillness.

Spiritual Cleansing with Frankincense

Transforming the subtle energies of a room. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt
with 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil.
Leave this mixture to dry. Open a window or door leading to the outside,
which allows circulation of air, then sprinkle a tintamount of the
mixture around the room, including the corners, gradually moving toward
the open window or door.

from The Fragrant Heavens
by Valerie Ann Worwood

Roasted Garlic

– How-To Recipe
Adapted from The Roasted Vegetable, by Andrea Chesman (The Harvard Common Press, 2002).

Simple Solution
Roasted garlic is everywhere these days – in crackers, cheese, salad dressings, and pasta sauces.

This is where it all begins. You can multiply this recipe to make as much as you need. Each head will yield about 1 heaping tablespoon of puree. A great way to serve roasted garlic cloves is as an accompaniment to bread.

Offer the roasted cloves in one small dish and a high-quality extra virgin olive oil in another. Diners can dip the bread in olive oil, then smear a clove of garlic on it. Heavenly!

1 head garlic
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 425F.

2. Remove the outer papery covering of the garlic. Slice off the top of the head so most of the cloves are exposed. Place on a square of aluminum foil for easy cleanup, or select the smallest baking dish you have. Drizzle the oil over the cloves. Fold the foil over the head to completely enclose it, or cover the baking dish with foil.

3. Roast for about 45 minutes, until the garlic is completely soft and lightly browned.

4. To serve, separate the head into individual cloves. Allow your guest to squeeze out the softened garlic as needed. Or squeeze out the cloves into a small serving dish. If you have leftovers, squeeze out the pulp into a small dish, cover with olive oil, and store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


“I didn’t inhale.”
 ~ Bill Clinton ~

Yes, I know Cannabis is an illegal plant, but in the context of herbs, especially medicinal herbs, it is an important entity, and as such no herbal compilation is complete without it.

The recreational use of Cannabis has long overshadowed any therapeutic or medicinal benefits of the plant, but what few Cannabis opponents realize is that when it was outlawed in 1937, it was over the vigorous objections of the American Medical Society, who had to scramble to find other sometimes less effective substances to treat their patients.

As a plant, Cannabis is a very easy herb to grow, requiring only well-drained soil, adequate water, and full sunlight.  There are volumes of websites devoted to growing plants for the best highs, and we will leave that aspect of growing Cannabis to them.  Suffice it to say that if you are determined to grow it despite it’s illegality, it is an easy plant to cultivate and harvest, sharing roughly the same requirements and light conditions as ordinary garden tomatoes.

With all the controversy surrounding Cannabis and it’s legality – at least for medicinal purposes – the one striking fact seems to be that though there are social issues involved, there is no real evidence that it causes any serious physical harm.  No documented cases of death have been recorded for people using this herb either medicinally or recreationally, and no cases of permanent psychosis or dementia have been documented or proven.

Unfortunately, few studies about the true medicinal properties have been done, and much of the evidence for therapeutic benefits in modern times stem from anecdotal reports given to physicians by their patients.  Indeed, one report states that up to 44 percent of doctors privately recommend Cannibis use in seriously ill patients with specified illnesses – because they feel it is the best medicine.

Cannabis is not a cure for any known illness, and its use in medicine is confined mostly to the treatment of symptoms.  Claims that seem to be substantiated if only by the sheer number of claimants include relief from the debilitating symptoms of AIDS, reducing pressure in the eye in glaucoma, treatment of pain and nausea for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, pain and tremor in cases of  multiple sclerosis, and controlling seizures in epilepsy cases.   Other lesser known symptom relief includes menstrual cramps, arthritis, migraine headaches, alcohol addiction, chronic pain, mood disorders, and depression.

Most patients who use marijuana medicinally smoke it, likely because that is the easiest and quickest way to get relief.  But the leaves and seeds are edible and can be used to make capsules, teas, essential oils, and yes – brownies –  just like any other herb listed on these pages.  For more information, please see the links below.

* This page is designed as an informative vehicle primarily geared to illustrate the medicinal uses of Cannabis, though we are aware of the widespread recreational uses.  We do not offer opinions on the legal issues, nor do we condone the use of illicit substances.


********Herbal Use Warning~

Federal Law requires that we warn you of the following:

1. Natural methods can sometimes backfire.
2. If you are pregnant, consult your physician before using any
natural remedy.
3. The Constitution guarantees you the right to be your own physician and to prescribe for your own health.
4.If you are pregnant, nursing, or attempting to become pregnant, do
your homework and be sure you know what you are doing, or don’t use herbal remedies. Very little study has been done on pregnancy and herbs.
5.Be careful if you have hay fever or are allergic to some plants.
Plants have large families, many of which are unrecognizable as
parts of those families, except to an experienced herbalist.
6.Don’t give herbal remedies to small babies.
7.Don’t use herbal remedies in excess.

**DISCLAIMER – This is by no means meant to perscribe a cure for any
illness. Always consult your doctor and/or a registered herbalist
before taking anything as some herbs can interfere with medications
you may already be taking, or worsen a not yet diagnosed condition.
Any opinions put forth by this list are exactly that, and any person
following the advice of any posting here does so at their own risk.
It is up to you to educate yourself. By accepting advice or
products from list, you are agreeing to be fully responsible for
your own health, and hold the List Owner  and members, free of any liability.

The Veelas

Themes: Faeries, nature, healing, wealth, abundance.
Symbols: Sweet bread, sacred faery plants (oak, ash, thorn, foxglove,
etc.), healing herbs.
About the Veelas: These Balkan goddesses preside over the woodlands and
have the power to heal or harm, depending on the circumstances. The
Veelas kindly treat humans who respect them and the Earth, rewarding
them with the knowledge of how to work harmoniously with the land,
which, in turn, creates prosperity and abundance.
To Do Today: In ancient Macedonia, today was a time to appease the
spirits of nature, called Drymiais. We can follow their customs by not
harvesting any plants ( especially vining ones ), and not doing any
cleaning ( especially with water ). If you must do one of these
forbidden activities, carry iron to protect you from mischievous faery
If you live near any oak, ash or thorn trees, leave under it a little
gift of sweet bread for the Veelas. As you do, whisper a short request
to the Veelas for renewed health and permission to gather some herbs
associated with health and healing today.

Afterward, look for an ash or oak leaf or some tansy flowers. These will
act as an amulet for well-being whenever you carry them with you.
For prosperity and abundance and to improve your connection with the
Earth, give the Veelas an offering of honey instead and a bit yourself
to consume the Earth’s sweetness.

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

Goddess Meditation

I open the window to the Sun.
I look out at the Goddess.
Ah, my! It is too short,
this life we lead in Her light!
I look at Suale and I see
my mother. Look at them:
both, so beautiful, both
so pale, so very pale.
~ Lithuanian and Latvian Folksongs
In the Baltic lands, the greatest Goddess was the Sun Mother, Saule. And
beside Her, at all times, was Her daughter Saules Meita, the Sun Maiden.
Saules Meita was a lovely young woman whose outer demeanor hid a
tragedy, for she had been raped by her father, the man in the Moon. Her
mother, finding Her weeping, near heaven’s central fountain, went in
pursuit of the Moon man. Slashing his face, she drove him from heaven,
leaving scars still visible on the Moon’s face today. But the damage,
alas, had been done and could not be undone.
Like Saules Meita, there are many among us who have been deeply injured
by those whom they loved. We may not know, from their carriage and
speech and appearance, the depth of their pain. Opening the heart of
compassion to others means learning how little we know of others until
they have revealed themselves to us.

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

Woman’s Prayer

Great Spirit, I am Mother.
I was made by You so that the image of Your love
Could be brought into existence.
May I always carry with me
The sacredness of this honour.

Creator, I am Daughter.
I am the learner of the Traditions.
May I carry them forward
So that the Elders and Ancestors
Will be remembered for all time.

Through me, may my brothers be shown
The manner in which I am to be respected.
May I join with my sisters in strength and power as a Healing Shield
So that they will no longer bear the stain of abuse.

Niskam, I am Committed Partner:
One who shares her spirit,
But is wise to remember never to give it away,
Lest it become lost,
And the two become less than one.

I am Woman.
Hear me.

Native American (Mi’kmaq)
source: Submitted by Beliefnet member Namaskara-mudra

Extra Relaxation Bath

10 drops Lavender oil
5 drops Marjoram oil
This is to be used only right before bedtime.

Ice Candles

These are fun to make and relatively simple but they look beautiful
when they’re finished.

Clean out an empty milk carton and tape along the outside/bottom of
it with masking tape to make
the walls stronger so they don’t bow from the weight of the wax. Melt
some paraffin wax to about
140F. Place a taper candle the same height as the candle you want to
make in the center of the
milk carton and fill up the carton with crushed ice. The ice should
hold the taper in place. Place the
carton in a basin of some sort to catch any spilling water as the ice
melts (not in the sink though!).
Slowly pour the wax into the carton until it fills to the top. If the
level of the wax goes down, just add
more wax. When the candle is cool to the touch, hold it over a basin
or tub and peel/cut the milk
carton off the candle. The melted water will gush out so be prepared.
The taper inside the candle
can be replaced when it burns down completely.

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