Dr. John Upledger…Cranio Sacral Therapy

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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

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The Moving Finger Writes…

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My childhood was spent in a haze of books and familial propriety.  The small-town-America life, where children safely walked alone to school and dawdled their way home, lulled into daydreams by the sweetness of the neighbors’ gardens, is probably gone now, but the visuals are clear to me still.  A wall of rambling roses at

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Posted on February 24th 2012 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Virtual Casting Call, so far…

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Dear Readers, here’s the list of casting suggestions submitted so far. It’s amazing how many people suggested the same names…and equally amazing that many people offered the same names, but for differing roles?  Thanks for all your terrific inspirations … I can only hope Hollywood will be this creative.  It’s  such fun to dream, isn’t

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Posted on February 24th 2012 in Paint the Wind, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Grasping the Wind…The Energy Behind Acupuncture

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In 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

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

For Health & Happiness…Thoughts for Your Shopping List

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I’m  delighted that  response to my Bathing blog has been so enthusiastic, so I thought it might be helpful to have some crib notes about the aromatherapeutic  properties of many of the Essential Oils you’ll be exploring. But first, a word of caution: these oils are powerful…only a few drops can cause a dramatic response for both body and

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Posted on February 17th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

Paint the Wind…a Virtual Casting Call

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The Indians say a story stalks a writer.  Watches, waits to see if you’re worthy of telling it.  Then it comes to live in your heart for a time, and it’s your responsibility to work very hard and learn enough to give the story the voice it deserves.  If you fail to do the legwork,

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Posted on February 10th 2012 in Paint the Wind, The Philosopher’s Teacup

This Wisdom Thing…

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Somebody called me a Wise Woman the other day and it almost made me laugh out loud.  Isn’t that something like those Lifetime Achievement Awards they give you in Hollywood when they can’t find roles for you anymore, I wondered? But it set me to thinking… Nobody sets out to be a Wise Woman.  You

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Posted on February 10th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

The Key to Qi…How Energy-based Healing Systems Work

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So many people have asked me to explain the basics of Chinese Medicine and other energy based healing systems in a way that’s understandable to the Western mind, that I’d like to share with you what I’ve been privileged to learn about it. Qi is the name the Chinese use to express universal energy –

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Posted on February 3rd 2012 in Metaphysics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Qi… The Power of the Invisible

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It isn’t easy to quantify Qi for the Western mind, but inasmuch as so many now experience it in Alternative Healing modalities like Acupuncture and Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Martial Arts, Yoga and Body Work, I’d like to offer a little crib sheet that might help you wend your way through the many subdivisions of Qi. The

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Posted on February 3rd 2012 in Metaphysics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

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

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

Bathing Shopportunities!

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I 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

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

Cathy Takes to the Tub

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At 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

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Healing Hands

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Mudras 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 

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Posted on January 20th 2012 in Alternative Healing, Metaphysics

Loving Love Poetry

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You 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

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

Biology in the Bedroom

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Ever 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

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