Like Cures Like…Exploring Homeopathy

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“The Law of Similars:  That which can make you ill can also cure you.”

– Dr. Samuel Hahnemann


When I was 21 or so I met a famous fashion photographer named Edgar de Evia.  He was sophisticated, worldly, creative and simply fabulous.  I’d never met anyone remotely like him.  His grandfather had been President of the Yucatan when it was a separate country from Mexico, and he’d spent his youth in Paris and London studying extraordinary things:  Orgone Energy, Metaphysics, Theosophy, Homeopathy, and how to cook chicken 863 ways – or so it seemed to me, who frequently dined at his home and never had anything there but chicken, and never was it cooked the same way twice!  He offered to teach me any of this I cared to know about, so I drank in a great deal of knowledge, neither Weehawken, New Jersey, nor higher education had provided.  

Edgar told me that Homeopathy, which he had studied and practiced for many years, under the tutelage of a famous European Homeopath, began with the story of its founder Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.  Here’s a little of what he told me…

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Posted on January 27th 2012 in Alternative Healing, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Bathing Shopportunities!

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BathsI didn’t expect the response I’ve gotten to my Cathy Takes to the Tub blog!  Oodles of emails have asked for more info and where to find the goodies that go into the tub to heal, soothe, excite, delight, whatever!  The following list will give you general information about where to find Essential Oils and Herbs, Flower Essences, Muds and Salts, as well as Homeopathic remedies. 

Before you shop, I urge you to find a good book on the subject of how to use all this Natural Bounty safely, as some oils and herbs can be irritating if used to excess, and others must never be used during pregnancy. I intend to do a book on the subject later this year, if time permits.  You can also find a good deal of information on-line at many of the sites you’ll find links for in the list that follows.

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Posted on January 27th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

Cathy Takes to the Tub


Woman in TubAt the top of my list of accessible help for much of life’s dis-ease, are healing baths.  And I confess they head the list because they’re not only therapeutic, they’re really pleasurable.  It’s part aromatherapy, part herbalism, part homeopathy, and all it takes to have these beautiful baths at your fingertips is to keep on hand a small larder of essential oils, herbs and homeopathic remedies.  When you see how easily they turn the tide for the body, mind or spirit, I predict you’ll be just as pleasurably hooked as I am.

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Healing Hands

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Golden Buddha MudraMudras are hand positions that connect up certain circuitry in our systems for specific purposes.  You might call it Yoga or Tai Qi for your hands.  In a way, it’s like using our extremities as antennas to pick up specific universal  energy wavelengths and conduct them into your system.  Mudras are used throughout Indian, Japanese  and  other  cultures as gentle, easy means of empowerment. They are employed as a means of guiding energy flow and reflexes to the brain and nervous system, as well as the meridian system. It’s been postulated that the curious poses shown in much Pre-Columbian artifacts may also suggest that knowledge of mudras existed in Central America in ancient times, too. Continue reading “Healing Hands” »

Posted on January 20th 2012 in Alternative Healing, Metaphysics

Loving Love Poetry


Book HeartYou can’t grow up to be a writer of love stories, if you aren’t an incurable romantic.

Despite my own history of picking lemons in the Garden of Love – and oxytocin notwithstanding – I’ve found that I need to believe in true love.  I have seen it – not often – but enough to believe it possible.  My Apache friends say you only need to see one white crow to know all crows are not black. 

In the darker days when heartbreak threatened to teeter me into cynicism about true love, and I almost succumbed to a disbelief in its very existence, it comforted me to remember that much of the world’s greatest love poetry had been penned by men – ergo, somewhere, sometime there have been men who loved-deeply, truly and forever.  So it isn’t an impossible dream (at least that’s what I told myself.)  One White Crow, is all you need.

So I offer you just a few of my favorite love poems for your heart’s delight:

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Posted on January 13th 2012 in Love, Poetry, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Biology in the Bedroom


Young CoupleEver wonder why women have sex and think they’ve fallen in love, while men have sex and think they’ve just had sex?  I may have stumbled onto an answer worth passing along.  I’m not sure I can affect anything in the interaction of the genders by making this information public, but if it could simply make women more aware of the source of our own vulnerabilities, perhaps it would be worthwhile knowledge to possess.

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Posted on January 11th 2012 in Love, The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

The Easiest Way to Stay Healthy


“What if I told you, you could stay healthy and live longer, simply by doing 10 minutes of easy Chinese energy exercises a day?  Would you do it?”



These exercises are so simple, it seems impossible to believe their power to change your life and health in just 10 minutes a day.  A legendary Martial Artist taught them to me, and believed firmly, that daily practice could keep a person healthy, balanced and strong into extreme old age.  I watched him, while in his 80’s, fight (and win!) against several young, strong, well-trained Black Belts in simultaneous hand to hand combat, so I decided to follow his lead.  Preserving strength and vigor into old age sounds just great to me, and… so far, so good!  It’s really all about circulating energy (Qi).

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Posted on January 6th 2012 in Alternative Healing, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Life Outside the Box


EnergyAs you already know about me, I was born with a caul, so it wasn’t considered odd in an Irish family that I could see force fields around people, plants, things – not in color most of the time — but rather as some kind of exquisite electrical emanations.  The whole world of matter seemed to me to be in molecular motion – no solid object really solid — all the world around me made up of zillions upon zillions of rapidly moving infinitesimal particles.  I thought this simply meant I had better eyesight than those who couldn’t see the particles or their movement, but it really never occurred to me that it wasn’t the truth of how the world worked.  Years later, when I became seriously involved in alternative healing, martial arts and Chinese medicine, I realized that most of the practitioners of all these modalities shared my gift, and that most ancient cultures relied on the ability to see energy as a requirement for anyone who aspired to be a healer. Continue reading “Life Outside the Box” »

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