Our Homeward Path: Faces of Grief by Corrine Cayce

Our Homeward Path: Faces of Grief by Corrine Cayce

September 17, 2018

My father died suddenly and without warning. On the morning of his death, I was expecting him to walk through our front door at any moment. My bags were packed and waiting on the couch to travel with him to Boston for an A.R.E. program. As I played on the floor with my children, I remember feeling surprised that he and my mother were a bit late. Instead my mother opened our door alone, her eyes like I’d never seen them. They’d been walking up our driveway, he stopped and bent over; he stood and took a step. He started to fall and my mother caught him. His eyes were already closed. He was already gone.

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The Chakra Game

The Chakra Game

September 17, 2018

In the early 1980s, while working in the Personnel Department of a large organization, I noticed a paperback book that had been left on my desk. Scanning its pages, I found it to be a book about developing personal power. Since life has no real purpose, the author stated, we should give it meaning by making it a game of power and supremacy. Those who wield the most power at the time of death, he claimed, win the game of life.

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John of God

John of God

September 17, 2018

After multiple unsuccessful treatments by American doctors and therapists, would you instead trust a scalpel guided by the hand of a spirit? John of God is a man in rural Brazil who has healed thousands if not millions of people by channeling the power of benevolent spirits. In my small amount of research on the topic, I find people generally have three different reactions to the story of John of God. Most people are skeptical, and even after watching videos and testimonials, remain skeptical. Others believe he is channeling the devil, and still others wonder if they might benefit from seeing this remarkable man. But one thing we are all forced to agree on as simple fact: there is a lot of energy surrounding this man and his work, and it has led thousands of people to a healthier life.

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Becoming Nature

Becoming Nature

September 10, 2018

I can't recall seeing so many masks in Seattle as I saw over the past month, but it has been two summers in a row now where pollutants posed a serious health risk. In a previous blog for the store, Amanda Moreno asked a poignant question: Is this the new normal? Perhaps, or perhaps not, but with fall quickly approaching, rather than complain, we can take this as an opportunity to be thankful for some ‘normal’ weather. The rain, as MIT noted, cleanses the air, and without digging deep into the science of forestry, one has to believe that with less rain, Seattle may have seen some fires of its own, instead of just the ash and smoke from its neighbors. What's critical to realize, however, is that Seattle is just another piece of geography.

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Virgo New Moon 2018: Sacred Service

Virgo New Moon 2018: Sacred Service

September 10, 2018

Have you been finding much of that the past few days? Honest question. You might have been! As an inner state amidst chaos? As an outer state while storms rage inside? What about at this moment? How do you feel deep down at your core? Take a deep breath or two and tune in for a second. Hypothetically speaking, if we just take a Libra New Moon at face value, we might say the focus is on peace, equilibrium, diplomacy, balance… seeing the other side… relationships… beauty.

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Astrology Report September 2018 by Ray Couture

Astrology Report September 2018 by Ray Couture

September 10, 2018

"September will be a contentious month on many fronts from the personal to the political and everything in between. Spiritual growth comes by way of grit and dedication to those values that speak to honesty and kindness. These two values will be be hard to find or fathom in some cases, so we must be centered in our spiritual core and vigilant in our search for how to make positive contributions to change that honor the integrity of self and the planet."

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What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

September 03, 2018

Reiki Is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen life-force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high energy we are more capable of being happy and healthy.The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – REI which means “God‘s wisdom or Higher Power”, and KI which means “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually spiritually guided life force energy.

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Synthetic vs Natural: To Burn or Not to Burn (Incense)

Synthetic vs Natural: To Burn or Not to Burn (Incense)

September 03, 2018

When you’re in need of incense for comfort, energy clearing, meditation or ritual do you ever think about what’s in it or how it’s made? Or do you reach for the nearest Nag Champa package because you don’t know what to try? There’s a lot more to burning incense than lighting the stick and walking away. Learn the difference between synthetic and natural, how it affects your health and what the best incense companies are. The most important thing to consider when buying incense is whether it uses synthetic fragrance or not. What is synthetic fragrance? “Fragrances are complex compounds comprised of aromatic raw materials, at least one of which is not a natural aromatic raw material as defined above. A fragrance may contain natural aromatics in combination with synthetics, or could be 100% synthetic.”

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How An Atheist Found God: The Art and Science of Raja

How An Atheist Found God: The Art and Science of Raja

September 03, 2018 2 Comments

During my high school years and all the way through college, I considered myself an agnostic at best, and an atheist at worst. I wanted to believe in a higher power, but my outlook on life was so dim that it didn’t seem possible for a loving, intelligent deity to exist behind the suffering we see every day. It wasn’t until I went to India that my perspective began to change. I began to see the possibility of my higher self, the possibility that there could be more to life than capitalism. So forceful was my experience in India that it was no longer a question of believing whether or not something was out there, but a question of understanding what that something was.

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Thoughts on Building a Strong Meditation Practice

Thoughts on Building a Strong Meditation Practice

August 27, 2018 1 Comment

My first fumbling attempts at creating a regular meditation practice took place aboard the USS Jason in the South Pacific in 1980. A quiet place for introspection wasn’t an easy thing to find onboard a navy ship. Climbing into the privacy of my rack, a cot-like bed stacked four high, I would close the curtain and meditate in a horizontal position. I couldn’t sit upright because I only had about two and a half feet of head space available. As any meditator can tell you, meditating while laying down usually leads to sub-conscious rather than superconscious states. With all my meditations quickly ending in sleep I soon gave up the practice.

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The Dream Detective Podcast: Dreams of Babies & Pregnancy by Mimi Pettibone

The Dream Detective Podcast: Dreams of Babies & Pregnancy by Mimi Pettibone

August 27, 2018


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How I Boosted My Yoga Practice with Energy Healing

How I Boosted My Yoga Practice with Energy Healing

August 27, 2018 4 Comments

In June of 2015, Lauren Walker, author of Energy Medicine Yoga, hosted a class at East West Bookshop. Coming out of the 5 hour “Pro-Aging & Detox” workshop, I was bubbling with new energy and new information. I felt clearer, lighter and as if I was a new person. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I knew about it. The burdens, the toxins, the emotional baggage, the years of pain and discomfort in my body faded away that night. I had gotten used to going to sleep and waking up every morning with neck tension. That was the first night I went to sleep without any pain. When I woke up the next morning and throughout that day, I was still relieved of the tension and was bubbling with joy.

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