Spring 2004

Inside this Newsletter:

  • MY ESCAPE TO REALITY
  • DISTRACTIONS
  • 7 TIPS/AWAKEN PSYCHIC
  • SPRING REVIVAL
  • LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL
  • CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • EVENTS AT WHITE DOVE

HOUSES & SIGNS

by Dale Michael Martin

Before we begin the study of the stars, there is one very important point that needs to be understood. The astrological chart is make up of two wheels, a bottom stationary wheel and an upper movable wheel. The bottom wheel designates the twelve houses. These twelve houses make up the astrological chart, whether natal (birth chart), progressed (your snapshot at a certain time in your life), or a horary chart (a chart that allows us to predict events in the present or future. The upper chart, containing the astrological signs, rotates clockwise every 4 minutes changing the house cusps, or division lines between each house, by one full degree. Consequently, birthtime becomes very important. We can have 360 individuals that are born 4 minutes apart on the exact same day and have 360 entirely different and unique individuals with different interpretations. Birth time deposits the various planets and signs in the appropriate houses. It is also important to understand that all charts are made up of the twelve houses and the twelve astrological signs. We all have the energy of Taurus or Libra or Pisces, etc., somewhere in our natal chart. What makes us unique is the house and/or planets and degrees of the planets and houses that they are deposited. With this in mind and not going any farther because of the complexity of astrology, we start are analysis of the stars.

GEMINI & THE 3RD HOUSE

Whenever we ask someone their astrological sign they will give it with where the Sun was at the time of their birth. The Sun is the strongest planet in our solar system and depicts how are spirit projects itself into our physical world. It also signifies our strongest ego tendency. So when we speak of Gemini we are talking about the Sun sign. Be aware that all of the planets in our solar system, at sometime, will travel through the sign of Gemini as well as the other twelve signs.

Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac as well as the ruler of the third house and falls on the days between May 21st and June 21st.

Psychological Attributes of the Gemini.

Gemini is the sign of the twins, the sign of duality. There is a nervous energy that accompanies the Gemini. This can come from an overactive thyroid (may have an iodine imbalance), the part of the body that is ruled by Gemini, or from their indecisiveness when making decisions. They must learn that there is no perfect answer and, for God’s sakes, to make a decision even if it takes flipping a coin to make it. They are frequently lost in this duality and in extreme cases can suffer from a split personality or schizophrenia. They make excellent communicators and bring honor to any debate team with their quick analytical mind and communication ability. They can be very logical and matter of fact, almost seemingly devoid of emotion until they let their quick wit come forward. Usually, Gemini’s have a brother or sister who they have a karmic connection with, either to the good or bad. They may have problems with allergies that are triggered by weak or sickly lungs.

Careers for the Gemini. Since the Gemini is an excellent communicator, it is not unusual to find them working in an occupation that enhances that great ability. Ma Bell, radio, TV, teaching foreign languages including English are just a few of the fields that they can get into. Anything that deals with the use of the spoken word, they will excel at. They are very good at designing mechanical contraptions. Any of the engineering fields, mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, civil would fit into the careful and precise mind work that they enjoy. Since they enjoy travel, a career in that industry would also keep them excited. In the medical field, they should pursue lines of work that deal with the lungs (ashtmatics) and the thyroid (overactive or underactive). Anaesthesiology would be another medical field where they could study the effects of medicines upon the body and the allergic complications thereof. They are idea people and get alot of energy from the ability to think creatively. Relationships for the Gemini. The Gemini will naturally be attracted to its’ opposite which is Sagittarius. Since the Gemini likes to communicate and the Sagittarian thirsts for knowledge, there is a natural exchange of energies with this relationship, given, of course, if the Gemini can keep away from becoming to gossipy. Since Gemini is a mental air sign, they would go well with other air signs as well. This would include other Geminis as well as Librans and Aquariuses. Other attributes of Gemini. Gemini is a masculine sign. Their mutable sign makes them excellent promoters of ideas. Their color is yellow and they vibrate best with agate as a stone. Lavender is the herb of choice. Their phrase to live by is "I Think." Their ruling planet is Mercury, the messenger of the Gods (and do they have a message for you!)

Living our Third House Tendencies. Regardless of our Sun Sign, we all have a third house in our natal or birth chart. The third house is the first air houses or houses the deal with relationships and balance in our life. They can be classed as the houses of mental information and knowledge. The third house is the way that our mind functions in the world. Is it slow, quick, practical, or fiery by nature? Do you have a good memory? Are you easily distracted, flightly, and have trouble focusing? Or are you an idea person with an intense ability to see your goal and achieve it? It tells us how we manifest and communicate our conscious mind while we live in the physical world. Planets in this house tells us that brothers and sisters will play a significant role karmically in our lives, or, if there is a lack thereof, the longing to have a sibling. This house is also the house for short journeys. When we say this we mean within the continental United States and their may be a passion to go out of town for the weekend or pursue short vacations within the country. In either case, the desire to get away from home for a short time will be there. We should also study the third house for any talents that may show on our natal chart. Sometimes there is a tendency to take these abilities for granted and not put them to practical use in our every day life. These abilities will help showcase our other talents and they should not be used to fall back on but should be used to magnifiy our very being. Physically, allergies and the type of allergic reactions we have will show up in this house. Study it carefully. Even though we may not know of any "weak" allergic body part it will show itself in this house or how it comes out in the physical reality we call our health.

Next Issue: Cancer/Moon/ the 4th House

MY ESCAPE TO REALITY
by Kelly Graf

I had just spent the most amazing two weeks of my life in a little town called Wells. I would like to share this experience with you in the hopes that one day you may find your way there. Wells is located north of Salina and could very easily be passed by in the blink of an eye. Nestled in this town is a gem of a place called Sunset Spiritualist Church. It was at their two-week camp where I found what I was looking for. I found my inner self that had been crying for attention. But most importantly, I found God. So before I expand on my internal growth, let me share with you some of the treasures that can be found at this beautiful retreat.

Please understand that I received so much information that it is difficult for me to communicate it in our physical language. So bear with me as I try to un-jumble my thoughts and relate them to you in an organized manner. The first thing that I discovered was that all religions were represented in one way or another, and this eclectic entity formed the spirituality that shrouded the campgrounds. I heard Buddhist chants, Native American songs, and Christian prayers. The passion that each person used to praise the Creator was absolutely astounding. There were many types of healing and bodywork performed at camp. I experienced Reiki, massage, and vibrational healing. Many instruments were used to aid in this process such as crystal bowls, Native American flutes and drums, and even the Digerido! There were many different forms of readings, which ranged from past-life regressions to Tarot and intuitive readings. Classes were offered every day on subjects such as Numerology, Animal wisdom, Astrology, and Angel Communications. I encountered my first, and certainly not last, drumming circle. Talk about a powerful experience! The list of opportunities presented at this camp goes on and on; unfortunately, this newsletter does not, so I will return to my personal experience.

I found God. The Creator was everywhere I turned - in the twinkle of someone’s eye, in the gentle rain that cleansed the camp, and even in the pew behind me! I realized that church services didn’t have to be boring or vengeful. During one service, I released tears of gratitude that I was being returned to God and tears of sorrow that I had been missing for so long. The next service my tummy ached from laughter and Joy. On both occasions, God was with me. I experienced the humor, serenity, and overwhelming desire to aide humanity that is the essence of the Creator. Every person I met was an angel and every meeting opened up a fountain of knowledge for me to replenish myself with.

I learned that life is love and love is God. Too often I scurry about and forget to pay attention to the Creator’s presence. After my experience at Wells, it will be impossible to not see God everywhere I look. Some fellow campers were complaining about having to return to reality and one retorted that they WERE in reality and would be returning to a sub-reality. I truly believe that. At Wells I blossomed and unfolded the layers of my soul. Encouraged by the nourishing of others, my own spirituality became my reality. I will be able to nurture it now while I’m away from the campgrounds. Don’t get me wrong - I’ll return to Wells to recharge - but I now have the confidence to follow my spiritual path, finding God in others and in myself. I wish you the best on your own personal journey. Blessings.

Kelly Graf is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She frequents the Sunset Spiritualist Church and lives in Beloit, Kansas. See their add for this year’s camp dates.

SUNSET SPIRITUALIST CAMP June 5th thru June 20th Wells, Kansas

Bodyworkers, Spiritual Reading by appointment. Camper hookups, rustic cabins, home cooked meals. White Dove Bookstore. Very Affordable Rates. Best deal of summer - includes beautiful scenery and great people.

For a free broshure contact norma@tri.net or call (785)823-6118. After June 5th, (785)488-3929. Sponsored by Sunset Spiritualist Church. See "My Escape to Reality" article for further information.

HOW TO SAVE MONEY AT WHITE DOVE

For those of you who don’t know it , and that will be most of our readers, we give a 10% discount for anyone who brings in a can or box of food at purchase time on any retail item in the store. We in turn donate it to a food bank or homeless shelter. We firmly feel that we are our brothers keeper and realize that action speaks louder than words. So please eep this in mind the next time you come in our store especially when you want to buy several items that you will need. A $.50 can of food can save you several dollars. We feel it’s a win-win-win situation for everyone - you save money on your purchase, we make a sale, and someone doesn’t go to bed hungry.

..A.COURSE IN MIRACLES

The on going study group for A Course In Miracles is now meeting from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Sunday evenings at White Dove, 140 North Mead in Wichita, Kansas.

What is A Course In Miracles? ACIM is considered "spiritual psychology" that aims to change our perceptions to remove the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence.

All it takes is "a little willingness" to choose this transformative experience. - WELCOME

MEDITATION WORKSHOP

The Thursdays of April 8th and June 10th White Dove will offer a beginning meditation class for all those interested in exploring a new dimension of relaxation. Meditation is also a good tool to help you still the mind with its restless chatter while becoming more in tune with your emotions and feelings. Meditation helps us to "Know thyself", that process by which the Master admonished us to do two thousand years ago. This workshop will last approximately one and one half hours. Included is a booklet. The cost of this workshop is $20 and starts @ 7:30 PM.

The workshop is led by Dale Michael Martin, a daily meditator for over 24 years. He will help you get started along with offering bits of wisdom that have aided him over the years. Call (316)262-3683 to register in advance. Namaste’.

If you tune the strings of a harp too tight, the sound will not be right. If the strings are too slack as they play, a beautiful sound will not be made. Neither too tight nor too limp shall be the strings, If the player is to be worthy of kings. The tension must be tuned to by the ear To fill the soul of all who hear.

- Buddha, on hearing this song while he sat under the Bodhi seeking enlightenment and, near starvation, saw a MIddle Way that was just right.

DISTRACTION
by Kathryn Spies

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that if you have good thoughts during meditation, it’s bad. The good news is that if you have bad thoughts during meditation, it isn’t any better. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all thoughts are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are the right to distract, and to distract, and to distract! But we meditators hold fast to our right to judge our thoughts good or bad. Why is this? For the most part, it’s because so many of us are paid such good money to make judgments. Where would a movie critic be, for instance, if he had to be as nonjudmental of movies as we meditators are of our meditation fantasies? For instance, just look at the content of my fantasies this last Sesshin, I started out with my usual undirected rage. This rapidly progressed to imagining that my hand was a tiger paw. I watched it knock some faceless person’s block off in one fell swat, over and over and over again. After letting this fantasy go over and over and over again, my hand changed to a man’s heavy fist, crashing into some unknown person’s jaw. I could hear the crack, feel the mushy give of the jaw, and see blood spurt most satisfying everywhere. Over and over and over again. So, being a faithful meditator, I let this go over and over and over again. When I first began to meditate, my teacher said that although we don’t try to avoid thoughts during meditation, we do try to avoid judgments. So my question is, how the hell do you avoid judgments when the content of your meditation is as nauseating, as tasteless, and as artistically compromised as a barroom brawl in some low-budget Western? Experienced meditators from a number of different traditions have tried to answer this question. For instance, the former Trappist abbot Thomas Keating teaches a "centering prayer" that is so identical to Zen meditation you would swear they were the Double-Mint twins. He likes to reassure his students that when ugly or violent thoughts arise, this should not be a cause for dismay, but for rejoicing. Yes, rejoicing, because the spiritual process has caused us to relax so much that even pain from early childhood can surface and be released. He calls this process "evacuation." So meditation acts on these constipated memories just like Milk of Magnesia. Do you examine and judge the contents of the stool after physical evacuation? Well then, there is no need to psychoanalyze the contents of your astral stool upon spiritual evacuation. Just flush it away. Or, as Father Keating would say, wave it goodbye as it floats down the stream of consciousness.

Then there is the other side of the coin. How do you avoid judgments when your meditation fantasies are compelling, thought provoking? Really Oscar-worthy? Again Father Keating has the perfect cure for this. He says he finds it difficult to teach centering prayer to charismatic Christians partly because their practice often involves receiving "inspiration" to pray for someone. One day a charismatic Christian said: " So if, curing centering prayer, I receive an inspiration to pray for someone, I should ignore it!" Exclamation point; this was not even a question. "ABSOLUTELY!" Father Keating replied. "In fact, during centering prayer if the heavens open up and you see Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father....FORGET IT." In Zen scriptures, this state of mind is called "That natural and superior truth that does attach itself to no delusion or enlightenment." So the next time you meditate, remember: if you aren’t paying attention to RIGHT NOW, you’re distracted; and all distractions are created equal.

The following article was reprinted by permission of the author. Kathryn Spies is a member of Southwind Sangha Zen Meditation Group. She can by reached at kspies1060@aol.com or by calling

THE WEATHERED OLD BAR
-author unknown (from the net)

A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. I told him right off he was crazy. He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked. He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.

Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there’s been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer’s sun beat down on that old barn till all the paint’s gone, and the wood has turned silver gray. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.

That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he’s building down the road. He said you couldn’t get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.

It came to me then. We’re a lot like that, you and I. Only it’s on the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver gray too... and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows what He’s doing. And as the years pass He’s busy using the hard wealth of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy season, to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy!

They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man’s house. And I reckon someday you and I’ll be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch.

And I suspect we’ll be more beautiful then for the seasons we’ve been through here....and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father’s house.

May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE IN THE NEW MILLENNIU
by the Dalai Lama

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risks.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. when you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

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7 TIPS FOR AWAKENING YOUR INNER PSYCHIC
by Cynthia Killion

This column focuses on helping you awaken and refine your innate psychic abilities. This article is part 2 of a seven part series.

TIP #1: MEDITATE REGULARLY

One of the best things that you can do to gain conscious access to your inner psychic is to meditate regularly. Meditation is the practice of calming the body and stilling the mind. It involves focusing your attention on one thing and ceasing all other thoughts. This "focusing" amplifies your psychic abilities and raises your spiritual vibrations. It also transforms your mind into a sensitive, finely tuned psychic instrument. Many people are "put off" by the idea of meditating. To some it sounds too esoteric. Others have tried it once or twice and quit because they found it too difficult. True, it takes many years to master the process of meditation. But if you will just give yourself a chance, I think that you can become quite good at it. Best of all, you are likely to find yourself having more and more psychic experiences after just a few weeks of regular meditation. When you’re ready to give it a try, go to a quiet place. Give yourself at least 15 minutes for this first meditation. Make sure you are warm and comfortable, and your bladder is empty. If you’d like, do a little stretching before you get started. Then say a prayer of protection and affirm your intention to mediate with a spoken statement. For example, "My mind is quiet and still, my body relaxed," or "I am in a peaceful and meditative state". Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths in.

Begin to focus your awareness on your breathing. Really listen to each breath as it moves its way in and out of your body. It’s OK if you find your mind wandering. Just gently redirect it back to your breathing. After you become comfortable with listening to your own breath, begin inhaling and exhaling to the count of five. Continue focusing on your breath until you feel clear and relaxed. This is meditation. If you would like to take it a step further, try focusing on a spiritual thought, word, or image. Particularly helpful is to focus on your aura. Your aura is your psychic body. It is an egg-shaped sphere of light that extends 3-6 feet outside your physical body and radiates with color. Most of us cannot perceive the aura with our physical eyes. However, if we allow ourselves to get quiet we can sense it with our psychic eyes. To accelerate your psychic development, visualize yourself surrounded in a brilliant dark blue aura. Continue to focus on your breathing as you attempt to see this in your mind’s eye. Do not be surprised if it is difficult at first. Most people must try several times before they can see anything, and even then the picture may look different that what it was they were intending. Just keep breathing and relaxing, letting all extraneous thoughts flow over and through you. Soon you will be able to see yourself surrounded in a brilliant blue light. You may also want to try meditating on your chakras. The chakras are whirling wheels of light and energy located roughly along your spine near the major glandular areas. they transmit information and vitality from the aura to your physical body. The third eye chakra (located in the middle of the forehead) and the crown chakra (top of the head) are most relevant to psychic awakening. The throat chakra also has some bearing on psychic development, as it represents communication with spirit guides and other spiritual beings. To quicken your psychic ability, visualize a closed lotus flower at the location of any of these three chakras. Imagine this lotus flower in whatever color seems appropriate to you. You may wish to use the color that is traditionally associated with the chakra you have chosen: light blue for the throat, dark blue or indigo for the third eye, and violet for the crown. Or use any other color that feels correct to you.

Next, imagine the lotus flower slowly opening. Petal by petal it begins to open, and as each petal pulls back, you find yourself opening to a higher psychic awareness. Breathe deeply, and let every cell in your body relax and become receptive to this higher energy. Continue concentrating on the image of the lotus until it has opened completely, or until you get tired, whichever comes first. Do not worry if you are not able to completely "see" the lotus flower in your mind. As long as you can somehow "sense" it, you will accomplish the purpose of this exercise. For a more powerful "psychic punch", start this exercise at the throat chakra, then work your way up, repeating it at the third eye and crown chakra.

Cynthia Killion is a metaphysical author, astrologer, and spiritual psychic. To learn more about how to awaken your inner psychic, pick up a copy of Cynthia’s booklet, The Little Book of Psychic Powers at White Dove. For information about a consultation with Cynthia or to receive her FRE e-mail newsletter, call (316)652-8970 or e-mail cynthiakillion@yahoo.com.

SPRING SALES AT WHITE DOVE

To get a price break we recently bought several cases of Glyco Thymoline , the mouthwash and antiseptic most oftenrecommended by the Edgar Cayce readings. Glyco can be used as a mouthwash, douche, and as a sinus opener. Combined with water, it has a great taste! Usually priced - $11 for one, $10.50 each for two, and $10 each for three or more.

All our cassettes, in stock or ordered, will be 15% of during the spring season.

All jewelry is 10% off through the months of April and May. Just in time for Mother’s Day!

No one has the right to condemn another person’s spiritual beliefs. No spiritual system is superior to another. Each one of us should have the philosophy and practices that work for us. We should be happy once we find it, we should help those who are interested in the spirituality we represent, but none of us should behave condescendingly toward others’ spirituality.

We are all trying to get to the summit of spiritual realization, and there are many valid paths leading to the top. Of course, the view and terrain on one side of a mountain will differ from the other, but the summit is identical no matter what your approach.

Whatever your path, all that matters is that you commit yourself totally to following it. Others will do the same. As long as we all climb, each from our own direction, and reach the summit of human spirituality, we can achieve complete totality in our lives. Then all the fracturing discussions of sects and diffent religions become unnecessary.

Deng Ming-Dao from 365 Tao - Daily Meditations

Be glad you have the opportunity to be alive at this time, and to be a part of that preparation for the coming influences of a spiritual nature that must rule the world. These are indicated, and these are part of thy experience. Be happy of it, and give thanks daily for it. - Edgar Cayce Reading 2376-3

REJUVENATE YOUR MIND, BODY & SPIRIT

Renowned lecturer & author, David Wolfe, will give this lecture on raw-food nutrition on Wednesday, April 21st. This vibrant living and natural healing talk will include a gourmet raw food meal. David is author of The Sun Food Diet Success System and Eating for Beauty.