Issue from 012113 youryardstick
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Thought for the Day
You will never measure up on someone else’s yardstick.
You need to take the teachings that you have received in your life and use them to mark your yardstick. It does not matter if they came from a parent, grandparent or elder. If they are good teachings about how to live you take those and use them to put the mark your yardstick., You measure your life by that, not by others ideas of what your life should be. That is why at the beginning of the month I said that you needed to write down what you believe. If you do not know what you believe how will you know what is right or wrong? How will you know what you need to change in your life? It is important to know what you believe and to live by it.
Using Sacred Space
Each time you hold the smudging dish or your stone up you say something like, “Spirit of the East I am grateful for _____________”. You do that to each direction, Mother Earth, Creator and Ancestors. It is important you be very specific about what you are grateful for. Not just a simple thank you. Mention what you are grateful for, no matter how small or large it is. If you do that then you whole attitude will change as you realize how much you have to be grateful for.
One thing I recommend is that any time you give gratitude that you remember to be thankful for the breath which you are breathing. Many of your friends and family no longer breathe the breath of life. Be thankful for the breath of life it is a great gift.
Now that, you have smudged, stated your intentions and expressed your gratitude it is time to sit quietly and listen. It is also time to speak to Creator, and the ones that help Creator, about anything that you need to.
Applied externally it is a wonderful medicine. An ointment made with oil or fat using the leaves works wonders on rheumatism when applied as a rub. You place the leaves in lard or oil after crushing the leaves in a mortar. Put them in the top of a double boiler until the crushed leaves are blended in. It usually takes about an hour for that to happen. Then allow it to cool some and place it on a cloth that is applied to the affected area. It also helps with Arthritis.
This same poultice can be used on swollen hands and feet with good results. Personally I make mine with Olive Oil. This oil smells wonderful when you rub it on, and it also helps the swelling and pain.
When you sleep at night it is wonderful to place under your pillow, but be ready for some very vivid dreams. People who put a piece of Labradorite under their pillow at night say that their dreams seem to be realer. That not only are their dreams clearer, but they are better able to remember them the next day.
I know that it increases your spiritual connection and mental abilities along with increasing your ability to sense what is going on around you. It is a definite strong connection to spiritual beings and the higher power that surrounds you.
Labradorite by increasing our spiritual energy and connection also protects us from things around us sapping our energy. It helps us understand what has been sapping our energy and when it does that we are able to let go of things that affect us without us know they do.
The Book Wind is my Mother
For those of you that are interested in Clans be sure that you read pages 26, 27, 28 as it tells you how the Creek nation got there clans. Also on page 38 there is a very good teaching about receiving and giving. Take time to read it and take it into your heart.
We will talk tomorrow.