Spring 2002

THE HEART CHAKRA

by Dale Michael Martin

The fourth chakra is located in the center of the chest just behind the heart and is composed of the air element. This chakra consists of 12 petals and attaches itself on the physical level to the thymus gland. The color associated with this spiritual center is green. In the Edgar Cayce material this area is associated with the church of Thyatira in his interpretation of the Book of Revelation and symbolized by the Pale Horse and the Fourth Seal. This area most often has been associated with our ability to love, not only others but ourselves. Hence, in the work of Caroline Myss she associates this energy center with the sacrament of Marriage, where the lower centers unite with the higher centers. This chakra serves as a hub or center point for elevating or lowering the kundalini vibration. To yogis this area is vital for consciousness and the awakening of compassion and yoga many poses are incorporated to keep this chakra open and conducting energy. In the Sanskrit language this chakra is call Anahata or “Unstruck.” A few years back I attended a workshop given by the Yogini Devi who pointed out that our main affliction to this chakra is what our society calls a heart attack. She went on to ask, seeking our own personal reflection, “Why would anyone want to attack their own heart?”

BEHAVIORS OF THE HEART CHAKRA

The heart is the central powerhouse of the body and determines our health and vitality. Our hearts fuel the physical body and with each breath this highly conscious organ feeds itself first taking oxygen or prana so that it has the strength to feed the rest of the body. The heart knows that it must love itself first before it can give love and extend it. Thus, energy comes into the heart and is extended into all other areas of the body.

The sacred truth inherent to the heart chakra is that Love is Divine Power according to Caroline Myss in her book, Anatomy of the Spirit. In the first chakra we energized our being becoming aware of our basic needs. The second chakra raised our consciousness upward toward the next stage of development as we become aware of relationships in various forms. And in the third stage of soul development we move from an external focus to that of an internal one, relating to and understanding ourselves. In this chakra we begin to perceive that love is the only power. We learn to “let go and let “God.” Each and every one of life’s challenges is a lesson in loving. Love in its purest form - unconditional love - is the substance of the Divine. While we believe intelligence and mental energy are superior to emotional energy, love is the single most activator of the human body and spirit and its’ energy is pure power. We are both attracted by it and intimidated by it. We are controlled by it, motivated by it, consumed by it, inspired by it, healed by it, and sometimes destroyed by it. We are not born understanding it but spend our life learning about it. Ultimately are hearts are designed to manifest beauty, compassion, forgiveness, and love. It is against our very spiritual nature not to.

On a physical level, the fourth chakra energizes the heart, lungs, shoulders, arms, ribs, breast, diaphragm, and the thymus gland. As we awaken to the higher road that the heart chakra leads us down, we must cast aside the lower emotional tendencies. The primary fears of loneliness and of following one’s own heart; the fear of being unable to protect oneself emotionally as well as a fear of betrayal can give rise to hatred, resentment, bitterness, grief, anger, and jealousy. Those people who haven’t risen above these lower impulses are prone to congestive heart failure, disfunctioning heart valves, asthma, lung and breast cancer, asthma, and bronchial pneumonia. It is interesting to note that people who are having a heart attack have pain or symptoms that are associated with some or all the above body parts.

Because love has such a powerful energy, we may come to know it in stages. Of course, in our youth, the love of the immediate family or our tribal tendencies opens our eyes up. Later on in our youth, we extend this feeling to friends and personal relationships. Still later, we develop love of external things whether material or ambitions. As we rise above the lower animal instincts we begin to learn how to love more deeply and more unconditionally, without attachment. We then begin to cultivate the primary strengths of forgiveness, compassion, dedication, inspiration, hope, trust, and the ability to heal oneself and others. To rise above these storms and the circumstances of life, the cries for love from our fellow man, however, takes a strong will. We develop a strong will by developing a stronger standard or a higher ideal to live by and to create our lives with. As we do this our lives becomes a inspiration journey of love rather than a life filled with negative karmic events. Even as we face the past again we become more insightful as to how to better apply our heart and our will in the service of others. As we give to others the fruit is returned to us along with a better understanding of life and those things that are truly real.

FOURTH CHAKRA MEDITATION

Sit comfortably with the spine as straight as possible. Surround you body with a white light of protection. Begin by taking several deep breaths feeling the expansion of the lungs as they massage the internal organs paying particular attention to the heart. Specifically, we are wanting the lungs to fan the aerie energy of the heart chakra as we expand and retract the breathing organ. Begin to run your awareness up and down the spine keeping the breathe deep as you go. Stay aware of the heart center. Now locate the area midway between the nipples on the sternum. Feel and imagine the color green warming and vibrating this area. Extend your consciousness straight back to the area along the spine. Become sensitive to this area of the spine. Chant the long O. sound, in the key of F, and see if you can feel the energy becoming stimulated here or near here. After you find this area (it may take a while), envision a twelve-petaled wheel lying flat along the spine. Radiate a green color throughout this wheel (chakra). Next spin this wheel clockwise for a minute then counter-clockwise for another. Pay attention to any bursts of energy or feelings of calmness or uneasiness. We are attempting to balance this chakra by perceiving any negative feeling attached to our spinning of the chakra. When you have the heart chakra harmonized spend the next 15 to 20 minutes in silence with your awareness in this chakra.

THE BREATH OF LIFE: THE CHARRED OAK KEG

By Darlene Bodnar

Growing up with my sister, Nancy, was a rare treat. She and I were very close and no one could separate us. Throughout the years, this has never changed. We have always been there for each other and have a special bond that I definitely cherish. We have gone through life’s experiences hand in hand, both the good and the “challenges.” When her 34 year old son died in 1999, we both grieved together, helping each other get through it.

Nancy is a heavy smoker and has developed COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Through a blood test it was discovered in 1996 that she also had a rare genetic lung disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsis-a disease of the lungs that, because of defective genes, can cause emphysema and/or liver damage. Since this is an inherited disease, she insisted that I get a blood test to see if I also had been affected. Feeling confident that this was not so, I did not hesitate to get the test. However, the test revealed that not only did I have the disease but that mine was at a level more serious than Nancy’s. She was a “M-Z”; I was a “S-Z”. I had memories of not being able to breath well at high altitudes in the last five years. I had grown up in Denver and was used to high altitudes-but I knew something was changing for me.

I was told there was a worldwide support group called “Alpha Beaters” and was given a local phone number to call. During my conversation with the gentleman that headed the local chapter, he told me I shouldn’t get discouraged because I would be able to get a lung transplant when needed. He had received this transplant several years ago. I still remember hanging up the phone in total shock.

I had been studying the Cayce readings diligently for over 30 years and I immediately knew I would be able to get help through those wonderful readings. I remembered well the story of Gertrude Cayce and her experience with tuberculosis. I particularly remembered the suggested treatment in the readings of the Charred Oak Keg and I immediately started to research more concerning the Keg. I also read where Gertrude kept the Charred Oak Keg by her bedside and used it the rest of her life for her lungs. I decided to buy one and try it.

After I received the keg and soaked it in water to seal it, I filled it about half full with 100 proof apple brandy. The readings said that it should be placed on a register to heat it. Since we don’t have floor registers anymore, I bought a heating pad that wraps around the keg to keep it warm. This helps to make the fumes much stronger when inhaled. A plastic tube came with the keg; and after shaking the keg, the tube is inserted into the opening and only fumes are inhaled (never the brandy itself).

I have used my Charred Oak Keg for the last several years, and I have had no problem with the Alpha-1 Antitrypsis--the keg has worked wonders for me. My doctors keep telling me my lungs are doing great. WOW! Along with other methods of healing--such as diet, attitude, meditation, and prayer--the Charred Oak Keg is a household word in my home and is a permanent fixture on my kitchen counter. My family also uses it when they have congestion or bronchial problems. Members of our study group often take advantage of the fumes when they meet in our home. Just three weeks ago my daughter contracted pneumonia, and the Charred Oak Keg has been of great benefit to her.

With all the pollution we deal with today, I strongly feel that the Charred Oak Keg should be a serious consideration for any family. And yes, my sister Nancy, has bought one herself and is doing quite well. Breath is life, breath is precious, breath is everything; and what a wonderful way to maintain it.

Darlene Bodnar lives in Denver, Colorado . She heads up the Rocky Mountain Region for the Association of Research and Enlightenment. We might add that Darlene is a wonderfully vibrant light. White Dove gratefully thanks her for allowing us permission to reprint her article. The Charred Oak Keg is available at White Dove or through the Heritage Store in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The following article was passed on to me by our friends, the Volkman’s, via the internet. I hope it touches you in a way that it has touched me.

I WISH YOU ENOUGH

Thinking of you all and wishing you “enough”.

Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had just announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, “I love you. I wish you enough.”

She in turn said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy.” They kissed and she left.

He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.

“Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” I asked.

“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead, and the reality is, the next trip back will be for my funeral, “ he said.

“When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”

He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detai, he smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory:

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.” He then began to sob and walked away.

I WISH YOU ENOUGH..................

MEDITATION & THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT WORKSHOP

The Wichita area Search For God group will be sponsoring a day long seminar entitled: Meditation & the Fruits of the Spirit - a Key to Survival. It will be held on Saturday, April 20th, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, at the Center for Human Functioning (Pyradomes), 3100 North Hillside, in Wichita, Kansas. The lecture will be based on information given by Edgar Cayce will in a trance state.

Those of us attending will learn how to overcome mental stumbling blocks, alleviate depression, and deal with stress. We will be givens tools to awaken the perfected pattern that lies within and to see how to create a new healthier external world. We will learn to use our dreams and intuition for guidance to understand archetypes and the unconscious mind while we use Eastern traditions and meditation to gain a better insight. We will learn how to use distractions to enhance our powers of concentration while gaining strength, calmness and clarity, physical control, and heightened sensitivity. In this affordable workshop, you can take home many jewels to use throughout your life to increase your quality of life. Cost of the workshop is $35 pre-registered, $40 at the door.

The seminar will be led by Harry Glover, a frequent lecturer at the Association of Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). Below is his own story.

Harry Glover discovered the Edgar Cayce Readings and the A.R.E. in 1961 during a very traumatic period in his life. It was a lifesaver to him at the time and he immediately wrote to the A.R.E. for everything he could find on Cayce and his readings. It was his first exposure to deep metaphysical thinking following a desperate and disciplined search for what he considered the TRUTH about life and its ramifications. After digesting every book and article on Cayce that had been published up to that time, he joined A.R.E. as a sponsoring member and has maintained his membership ever since. One year later, he joined one of the two Search For God study groups that were in Dallas at that time. He has continued an active interest and participation in A.R.E. study groups to this date

In 1964 he began lecturing locally for the A.R.E. as he became more and more involved with the Caayce work. He had gained his lecturing/teaching experience as the Director of Data Processing Education at Dallas’ prestigious Rutherford-Metropolitan Business College, teaching day classes and being responsible for the teaching staff and the educational curriculum. He was clearly led to this vocation by Spirit, which is a very intriguing story in itself. This occurred in 1958, three years prior to his discovering the metaphysical philosophy he had been seeking for so long. Only after having been in the Cayce work for some time did he realize how he was led to Rutherford’s in order to prepare him for lecturing and discovering that he had a natural proclivity for such expression.

He was born in Dallas in 1927 and grew up during the great Depression. Graduating from high school in 1944 at age seventeen, he spent a year playing in dance bands as a professional musician prior to entering the U.S. Navy in May 1946. WW II ended while he was home on boot camp leave. Following his tour in the Navy, he returned home to resume his avocation as a profession musician and used part of his GI Bill to become a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor, an avocation he pursued for several years. He purchased his own WW II basic trainer aircraft in 1946 and used it in his professional and private life until he sold it in 1948 following a year of studying Geology at the University of Oklahoma. He continued working in the two fields of music and aviation until the year 1959. He entered the data processing/computer field, his full time career profession, in 1948 and spent forty-three years in that field working in all phases of that vocation including middle and upper management.

In 1964, Hugh Lynn Cayce, then president and managing director of the A.R.E., came to Dallas and ask him and two other long-time A.R.E. members to find a good location to create and start an annual spring weekend retreat for the A.R.E. in the southwest. He served as Chairman of the first annual Palestine, Texas retreat held in 1965. He has served as Chairman of that retreat on two other occasions in the seventies and eighties. He has also served as Chairman of the Dallas Council of the A.R.E. on five different occasions in addition to serving in many other official positions over the many years he has been involve in the Cayce work.

In 1968, Hugh Lynn Cayce appointed him to be the first official Regional Representative for the State of Texas. In that position, he traveled the state giving seminars and lectures and appearing on many radio and television programs. He visited active study groups and helped start many others when asked to do so. In general, he was the A.R.E.’s public relations liaison for the entire state. He served in that position for five years.

In 1969, he was asked by the Dallas Public Library System to organize and set up a series of public lectures throughout the library system on the subjects of parapsychology, ESP, metaphysical and New Age subjects then becoming so popular at the time. He set up a series of six lectures on various subjects such as Edgar Cayce, meditation, reincarnation and karma, psychometry, astrology, ESP, etc. and parapsychology in general. The series was presented in all of the branches of the Dallas Library System and spread to Fort Worth and the surrounding towns. The series broke all attendance records held up until that time. He also taught and lectured on many of these subjects at North Texas State University and several branches of the Dallas County Junior College System.

He has traveled to A.R.E. Headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia many times over the last forty years attending classes and seminars and sometimes lecturing for them. He recently gave a series of lectures at the headquarters conference on “Supermeditation” with Hans Dejong from California and Pat Barnette from Virginia Beach in the October 2001. He has conducted seminars all over the southwest in most of the major cities on various subjects in the Cayce readings including reincarnation, karma and grace, attitudes and emotions, humor in the readings and others.

In this seminar, he will include several actual meditations for those new to the subject. He has a practice meditation tape available for sale of the meditation he teaches during the seminar in order to assist those desiring to learn how to meditate. It is an excellent teaching tool for both those new to the art and those experienced in the practice of meditation. His book, Meditation - The Light From Within will also be available.

A VIEW FROM THE RIVER

by Connie Thummel

As I sit here, in the back bedroom of the retreat, watching the river flow (an incredible view out these awesome picture windows) I feel the presence of one of my best friends ever, Michael Lytton, who first brought me to these sacred grounds. In fact, it was in this very room, this very view, that he took with him to the end of his life on Urth. I know he’s glad I’m here, and I’m eternally thankful to be here. I’m thankful to be here contributing, in my way, to this community. A communtiy that has been brought to life thanks to the vision and the heart of Dr. Racette. Our goal is to see the retreat support itself, and remain the home center it is for this community, and a global hub for the international community. The community is all of you who have been coming out and sharing for years and years, and those that are newcomers, like me! The mission is to keep this place sacred and even create greater sacredness by what we do and how we are. Creating sacredness! That leaves the field wide open and our intention is to provide the venue to allow positive and meaningful concepts to be explored and exchanged. And we’d love your help and input in this endeavor! Please call us for information, to add yourself to our mailing list, or just come out and see us. We could easily be the perfect place for YOUR next workshop or get together. The Riverview Retreat, a slice of heaven on the banks of the Little Arkansas River, awaits you! Aloha nui loa.

Connie Thummel is the caretaker at the Riverview Retreat Center, 5225 N. Sullivan Road, Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached by calling (316) 832-6230 if you want to make an appointment to book the Retreat Center for your next workshop. See the calendar of events for the next events at the Center.

we are

light waves, slowed down fossils, sped up

somewhere between the stars and the skeletons

flashes, rays, sweeping beams glass sponges, corals, sea-lily stems

ashes from wind and fire mud from water and earth

the matter caught up with the energy

by julie baker

WISDOM KEEPERS CONFERENCE 2002

The Cross-Cultural Studies program at Kansas State University will sponsor a Native American Wisdom Keepers Elders Forum at Council Grove, Kansas. This open forum will be led by Doug Boyd, author of Rolling Thunder Speaks and Swami and will be held April 5th through the 7th.

Seven Native American elders and healers will share their shamanic teachings and ceremonies in the springtime Flint Hills of Kansas. The tribes that are representated will be Muskogee Creek, Ute, Taingo, Onandaga, Mandan/Arakira, Mohawk, and Tusarora. There will be a special appearance by the Nell Family Singers and Drummers.

Those interested in attending may call (785)537-8537 or e-mail to wisdmkpr@facts.ksu.edu. The mailing address is PO Box 2008, Manhattan, Ks 66505-2008.

NATURAL HIGHS

Take a few minutes and read these. Think about them one at a time before going on to the next one......

1. Singing at the top of your lungs. - Julie Baker

At a fund-raising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the school’s students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question, “Everything God does is done with perfection. Yet, my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is God’s plan reflected in my son?” The audience was stilled by query. “I believe,” the father answered, “that when God brings a child like Shay into the world an opportunity to realize the Divine Plan presents itself. And it comes in the way people treat that child.” Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, “Do you thing they will let me play?” Shay’s father knew that most boys would not want him on their team. But the father understood that if his son were allowed to play it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging. Shay’s father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, “We are losing by six runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning.” In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. At the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield. Although no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with the two outs and bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base. Shay was scheduled to be the next at-bat. Would the team actually let Shay bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisiingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay sstepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few stops to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have ended the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, “Shay, run to first. Run to first.” Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled “Run to second, run to second!” By the time Shay was rounding first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman for a tag. But the right fielder understood what the pitcher’s intentions had been, so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman’s head. Shay ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home. As Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, “Run to third!” As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, “Shay! Run home!” Shay ran home, stepped on home plate and was cheered as the hero for hitting a “grand slam” and winning the game for his team. “That day,” said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, “the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of the Divine Plan into this world.”

And now, a footnote to this story. We all have thousands of opportunities a day to help realize God’s plan. So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with choices. Do we pass along the spark of the Divine or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit colder an