What’s Outside the Box?


Bigstock_5447396My mother could foretell death, my daughter described her own death in heartbreaking detail a month before it happened, we had a family Banshee and my aunts tended to communicate by telepathy.  In short, we were Irish, so none of that was beyond the Pale of plausibility.

You can imagine why, coming from such a family, my being somewhat psychic didn’t seem particularly noteworthy to me in childhood, just interesting. I could frequently see glimpses of things before they happened, and had Far Memory of other lifetimes that were quite specific.  Continue reading “What’s Outside the Box?” »

Posted on January 25th 2013 in Alternative Healing, Complimentary medicine, Family, Metaphysics

Dr. John Upledger…Cranio Sacral Therapy


For me, Dr. John Upledger was the answer to prayer.  Literally.

My 13 year old Cee Cee was in a coma, close to dying, from an apparently undiagnosable malady no one could figure out or fix.

I’d listened for days, as doctors tried to sound as if they knew what to do, knowing in my heart they didn’t.  Frantically, I’d begun searching for a miracle.  I heard over the alternative medical grapevine, that a doctor named John Upledger was working miracles somewhere in the South.  He was an osteopath and surgeon, they said, and something much more, that no one could quantify.  In my panic, I couldn’t remember where to look for him.  But some maternal instinct – probably the intuitive equivalent of being able to lift a car off your child in an emergency – told me he could help us. Continue reading “Dr. John Upledger…Cranio Sacral Therapy” »

Grasping the Wind…The Energy Behind Acupuncture


Acupuncture MeridiansIn acupuncture charts – probably the closest most Westerners ever come to contacting the Qi concept – the meridian lines you see pictured, show the pathways by which energy flows within us.  The points on the meridians where an acupuncturist places his needles are merely spots on the energy grid where the doctor can tinker with the electrical circuitry of an individual’s life force.  If you’ve ever had your tennis elbow or sore throat cured by acupuncture, you know that a needle in one part of the body  may affect a body part several feet away.  This happens because the needle activates your Qi, which then follows a specific meridian path inside your body to its destined target. Continue reading “Grasping the Wind…The Energy Behind Acupuncture” »

Posted on February 17th 2012 in Alternative Healing, Complimentary medicine

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

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.

 Here are a few of my favorite baths to get you started. Continue reading “Cathy Takes to the Tub” »

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

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” »

Cutting Away the Past In Case There’s No Medicine Man Handy


I wish you could all share the experience I’ve just recounted, but I realize it’s not so easy to find a Medicine Man unless you happen to live in Santa Fe or Sedona, but perhaps there’s another way to leave the past behind, if you choose to.  Several people have written about this technique, but I learned it from a wonderful metaphysician named Rev. Margarite Batease of the Soul Heal Ministry, so I’ll pass along her methodology. Continue reading “Cutting Away the Past In Case There’s No Medicine Man Handy” »

Posted on October 28th 2011 in Alternative Healing, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Illness…Finding Your Way in The Dark

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I’ve studied and worked in many areas of alternative medicine over the past 25 years.  Between my daughters’ terrible illnesses and that of others I’ve striven to heal, I expect I’ve seen nearly as much sickness and suffering as most physicians.  In the process, I’ve come to know that illness wears a thousand masks and often provides us with a unique and rarefied opportunity for learning – one we’d choose to forego, of course, if given the chance – but, nonetheless, a catalyst for breathtaking expansion.

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Posted on December 4th 2010 in Alternative Healing, Complimentary medicine, Family, Medicine
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