Winter 2001

Inside this Newsletter

  • A GIFT FROM ANGELS
  • POETRY OF LIFE
  • DEALING WITH ANGER
  • MACROBIOTIC DIET
  • A GREAT ASSET
  • ON VOTING
  • EDITORIAL

ASTROLOGY: A GUIDE FOR THE ADVANCED SOUL

by Dale Michael Martin

Many of us check our daily horoscope to find out what kind of day the planets will bring us. Will it be a five star day, three star, or would it be better if you stayed in bed all day? In most cases we laugh in the face of our negative forecasts, knowing that doom and gloom has been predicted for us before only to have something outstanding happen on that fateful day. Or we read we’re being blessed with a five star day only to have hell break loose above us, below us, and all around. Years ago, I too would read unbelievingly my horoscope, wondering who made up that stuff. I had an idea that there could be something to astrology since so many cultures in antiquity possessed a belief in the power of the stars toinfluence and guide lives. There were the Persians, Chinese, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, and even our Native American Indians had the Medicine Wheel to help them understand life’s purpose.

It was only when I delved into the true study of astrology that I could begin to put the pieces together and get an a somewhat accurate ability to forecast the future (and the past, too, for that matter) and began to understand myself in a different light.

An interesting thing happened as the planets began to unfold their natures before me. I became interested in the psychological makeup of their energies, the physical traits that they brought to us, as well as their prophetic potential. I began to see how they bring back to us those things, good and bad, that we have created in past lives. I began to see how the planets revisit to us our karmic past lives and work as timers to bring certain events, people, or happenings in our lives. Even more important significant then the future, the stars indicate to us where we have come from, what talents we have, what abilities, what physical illnesses that have the potential to manifest on our bodies, what areas will we have a tendency to stub our toe on. If we want to know what career path we should be taking, all we would have to do is find the planet Saturn. If we are wondering what kind of relationship that we will have with our mother or father, we need only to look at the Moon and the Sun and their respective placements in our natal chart. Do you have a problem with relationships? Look in the seventh house or find the planet Venus and see what energy is drawing from these two aspects.

When we check the funny papers (where our horoscope is appropriately placed and which sometimes hurts the credibility of astrology) the information that we get is based solely on our Sun sign, or the astrological area that the Sun is traveling through. It is very general at best. How asinine it is to assume that every Sagittarius’ day is coming up roses and every Capricorn is having trouble with their mother-in-law (for some , though, that i could be a safe prophecy). Our horoscopes do not take anything else into account. When you consider that their are ten other planets, an ascendant or rising sign, a midheaven, and several other fixed stars and/or comets that continually bombard their electromagnetic frequency at the earth, it is very easy to see that you are only getting a part of the story. We would feel cheated if Paul Harvey didn’t finish with the "rest of the story" on his radio broadcast. By not at least getting more of an idea how the planets frequencies affect us, we are not getting a complete understanding of how the energies work.

To get an accurate astrological or natal chart done, astrologers need the time and place of birth as well as your birth date. Contrary to what the learned profession affirms, astrology is very scientific as it take into account the tilt of the earth’s axis and where the planets are at that moment in time of your birth. It would be like taking a snapshot of a ball in flight since the planets are constantly moving. Long hand charts take usually one hour to calculate. By long hand, I mean without the use of computer programs. The time of birth sets your ascendant or rising sign. This is essence is the way you project your personality and what characteristics people see in you at first meeting. This is also the energy that you are learning to manifest in a proper manner. Many people will invariably be drawn to a life’s work that is aligned to their ascendant. Do you know what you ascendant sign is? Most people do not unless they have had their natal charts done. Do you know what sign and house (there are 12 of each) your moon is in and how your manifest your emotions and feelings?

These are all questions that astrology can give you an insight to. White Dove can run you a copy of your natal chart for $5 plus tax. What would be better is to have your natal chart done by a qualified astrologer. They will help you understand yourself and give you some recommendations on getting around those areas of trouble. Cynthia Killion and myself both do astrological readings. Most of these readings last anywhere from an hour to one and one half hour. You can have your reading audio taped. As a free service of our store, any new babies are given a copy of their astrology chart if we have the proper time, place, and date of birth. In February, we will hold a beginning astrology class at the store.

A GIFT FROM THE ANGELS BY JANICE COLEMAN

Two years ago Christmas I wanted to give my children and grandchildren a very special Christmas gift. We had lost both my parents. It was our first Christmas without them, a time of sadness and happiness both. I had purchased an angel shaped cookie press shortly before but had saved it for a special occassion. That was it! I would make my family almond angel cookies.

The day before Christmas I gathered all my ingredience together and set out to make the very special gift. Little did I know how special! About midway through the process I started hearing words in my head and heart. I tried to ignore them because time was precious and I had a lot of cookies to make and little time to do it. The words kept coming. You know, like a headache you can’t get rid of. So in about fifteen minutes or so I gave in. I picked up a pen and paper and started writing down the words.

I wish I could take credit for the message but I can’t. Although I am ever so grateful that I was used to write it down and share it with you. Please enjoy. Love and Blessings.

Last night as I lay sleeping An angel came to me She said "Awake my child, Someone’s here for you to see.

I opened up my eyes and there was a radiant sight. My room was filled with beauty and the brightest, brightest light.

There before me stood a hundred angels, What a glorious sight to see. And they sung a holy carol To share with you thru me.

Tell the beautiful souls this secret. We want them all to know. You each have an angel No matter where you go.

Make a cookie with an image Of each of us. Please do So they all will believe that we’re Here with them and you.

Know that just a thought is all They need to call us to their side. For all must know they’re loved And protected, they all cried.

Don’t ever doubt or fear, For you are not alone. Because you have an angel All of your very own.

He loves you and He keeps You safe, every moment true. Just ask and He will answer Because He loves the world and you.

My eyes were filled with tears, And my heart was filled with joy. I felt so blessed to have a Chance to share this lovely gift and story.

So have a cookie my dear ones, And see your angel true. Remember they shall always Be right there beside you.

Love, Mom

HOW TO DEAL WITH ANGER

by Trudeau Early

When I realized that anger was hurting me more than anyone else, I started to look at why I get angry.

Sometimes it’s because I expect someone to do something I’d like him or her to do but we had not agreed. When our toilet wouldn’t flush I discovered that our septic tank was overflowing. I was more interested in an immediate solution than in worrying about where the tanker truck (sometimes called a honey dipper) would park.

The truck they sent was three times the size of previous trucks sent for the job and would not fit under the tree branches overlooking our driveway. At that point I was far more concerned about being able to flush our toilets than I was about where the truck would park so all I said was "Drive wherever you have to park to do the job". He parked at the place most convenient to him and pumped out the tank with his "honey dipper".

Our toilets flushed and we were happy--until the next day we noticed that the truck tracks in our lawn were so deep that we could not mow over them.

At that point I had the option of getting angry. There was certainly some way he could have avoided the ruts. Surely if he had brought enough hose he could have parked on the street.

He had not thought about the problem when he came to a house he had never seen before. I had not thought about the problem since no one had ever used such a large truck before.

Here was a perfect excuse to get angry. But should I get angry with myself for lack of foresight or should I get angry with Reddi Rooter which had made the tracks? Obviously it is more pleasant to blame the "honey dipper" than to blame myself. But if I blame him and get angry, my anger damages me, not him. On the other hand if I feel guilty for my mistakes, I then carry with me a "guilt trip".

What could I do but forgive him and forgive myself and figure "the next time I’ll know better". Perhaps this experience helped me to be more aware, more thoughtful of the other guy’s viewpoint.

I have found that when I get angry it is often caused by "expecting"----expecting someone else to be more aware or smarter than I was.

At another time when I got angry with someone it was because I had not known how to say "no". My wife had just brought in clean, dry, sweet-smelling sheets from the clothesline and had asked me to help her fold them--just when I was enjoying working with my computer. This was a fairly reasonable request --but at the wrong time. So I did what any red-blooded husband would do --I vented my anger on her.

POETRY OF LIFE

BY DONALD NOVAK

Life is like a journey, you learn as you go along, It starts out as a simple melody, then it burst forth into a melodious song. *

Poetry is but a reflection of this lifelong journey. I feel we all have a poet living within us, though sometimes he goes undiscovered. What does it take to awaken that sleeping one? I think it takes a stirring of the emotions and a certain outlook on life. Perhaps this has happened to you before. Have you ever looked at a sunset, but not just any sunset--an extraordinary sunset? One that stretched all across the sky, making the clouds glow with breath-taking colors? Or you’ve looked up into the heavens at night at all the myriads of twinkling stars? Perhaps you’ve seen a sunrise cast its golden light across the ocean as you listened to the pounding rhythm of the waves rolling in? What were your thoughts at the time? Actually, if a person is truly aware of life around him, and "stops to smell the roses" so to speak, that poet may arise within. Is it not one’s reflection on life? Or perhaps, it’s about circumstances in life or observations about one’s surroundings. When the poet has emerged though, what is the main thing he tries to accomplish in his writings? As I examine my own feelings as a poet, the main thing that I try to do is to pant word pictures that will move and inspire the feelings and emotions of the reader. I want the reader to feel what I feel, see what I see. If I can accomplish that, then I think my effort has been worthwhile. So dear reader, we’re all poets to some extent, though we may not realize it. The poet in me awakened late in life. It was born through the great need to express some deep internal emotions. Sometimes I think this is whaaat it takes for the passion to be born. I also think it helps to have a true love for language and words and their shades of meaning. That doesn’t mean you can’t write poetry from the heart if you don’t have this, but I think it does help if you cwant to be a serious poet, for words aare truly your servants, standing ready to translate your message. If you haven’t already found that poet within you, but would like to, then sit quietly someday as you observe something of great beauty or have thoughts of someone you love and see if the voice of that poet living within will speak to you. It is my wish that the poetry of life will always speak graciously to you.

*Taken from the poem "Crystal Palaces and golden Shores" by Donald Novak.

SILVA ULTRAMIND TRAINING

Everyone can learn to develop his or her natural psychic ability with Jose Silva’s scientifically researched and proven UltraMind ESP System, according to Virginia Bentley, local Silva representative.

it is now being used all over the world to improve perception, memory, insight, and decision making ability. It is call the Silva UltraMind Training. It is a method for getting control of your mind so that more of your mind goes to work for you.

Virginia Bentley (some folks call her Ginny) has lived and worked in the Wichita area for the past twenty-five years. She has used the Silva techniques with great results and thought more people could benefit from it if they were introduced to it. Consequently, she attended Silva International Headquarters to do extensive training amd became certified to others to improve their lives (see her ad)

Since 1966 the Silva Method has been the world’s Number One mental training program. It is currently offered in 107 countries and in 29 languages. For more information please see her ad or contact her @ (316)265-1236 or via e-mail vfbentley@juno.com or write to her:

Virgina Bentley - PO Box 8385 - Wichita, Ks 67208

THE MACROBIOTIC DIET & THE THIRD INSIGHT

BY DONA BABA

For the past twenty years, I have been attempting to choose my food carefully according to macrobiotic principles. It has been a journey of self discovery and not always an easy on. While rereading the Celestine Prophecy recently, I was delighted at the many new discoveries that I made and some that I had forgotten. I was particularly taken by the description of raising our energy through food and the similarity to what I had learned through my study of the macrobiotic diet. At first I was surprised to have made this connection. Then after I thought about it, I realized that it make perfect sense because the teachings of the macrobiotic way says that these principles have been applied to many ancient and indigenous cultures. There is something about making this connection that reinforced macrobiotics for me and I wanted to share it.

To help you to understand how I made this connection, I need to digress a moment and outline the story here. The main character in the Celestine Prophecy takes an impromptu trip to Peru to learn more about an ancient manuscript which a friend tells him about. This has peaked his interest. The "manuscript" which has surfaced explains human spiritual and planetary evolution through a series of "insights". It also points out that we are at a critical turning point in human history. During his journey, he encounters danger from the Peruvian government which is trying to suppress the manuscript. He is shuttled of to a monastery in a remote area of Peru where he will be safe. During his stay at the monastery, he has a conversation with a priest who speaks broken English and instructs him about the manuscript. The priest tells him, "Food is the first way of gaining energy." He notices that the priest seems to overchew his food and then realizes that all of the priests had been eating the same way. The priest continues, "But in order to totally absorb energy in food, the food must be appreciated, eh...Savored. Taste is the doorway. You must appreciated taste. This is the reason for prayer before eating. It is not about being thankful, it is to make eating a holy experience, so the energy from the food can enter your body."

I was awestruck as I began to notice the similarities between what the priest was saying and the feeling of this teaching and what I had learned through my practice of macrobiotic cooking. The first clue that I had was that of the priest over-chewing his food. The macrobiotic way teaches us to thoroughly chew our food, citing 50 times as the proper amount of time to chew each mouthful. If you chew your food well and the taste of the food becomes better as you chew, then the food is good for you. If the taste gets worse, then the food is not good for you. Have you tried this? If you do, you will notice how bad a lot of the food tastes after chewing it thoroughly. On the other hand, well prepared macrobiotic food grows richer in taste as we chew longer.

But guidelines go much further than this and speak of the importance of properly preparing our food, eating organically grown food which is locally grown and in season. The term macrobiotic can be broken down into two words. "Macro" which means large view and "bios" which means biological life. The dictionary definition of macrobiotic is "the art of prolonging life". George Oshawa used this term to describe a diet and lifestyle which is based upon the ancient oriental principals of yin and yang, the focal point of which is diet. Macrobiotic principles infer that what is best for our bodies is to eat according to the seasons. Therefore, your body will be adapted to your own environmental conditions when you consume food which is grown within the environment.

Earlier in the story, the main character in the Celestine Prophecy is at a place called Viciente where he and others are studying the energy and the growth patterns of plants, especially those grown as food. the research indicates that those plants which are given the most attention grow faster and have much more nutritional value that those which are ignored. Likewise, the macrobiotic diet talks about the importance of projecting our energy into our food as we prepare it and giving food preparation our complete focus. It is for a similar reason that we are to use only gas or wood burning stoves to cook with, not electric, as the use of electricity causes our food to be exposed to electromagnetic fields. Microwaves are definitely out to the question.

The manuscript said that, "the number of people who are conscious of such coincidences would grow dramatically in the sixth decade of the twentieth century." That’s the sixties! We can see how consciousness grew in the sixties with the hippie movement and the counter culture. It was during the 1960’s that the macrobiotic diet really became popular in the United States. With all the macrobiotic books available today, I hold most precious of my collection the book called You Are All Sanpaku, published in 1964. It was written by George Oshawa, founder of modern macrobiotics, and includes such chapters as Faith and Medicine, The Sacred Act, The Divine Ritual, About Principal Foods, About Chewing and The Oneness of the Universe. It was given to me by a friend who purchased it used. It is an original hard cover with writing scrolled all over the cover. Yet it is very dear to my heart and it seems to embody the true spirit of a macrobiotic way of life.

If you would like to learn more about the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle please attend a free lecture and lively discussion about the Celestine Prophecy and the macrobiotic diet on Wednesday, December 6th, 2000 and taste some delicious samples. For more information and to hold your space, please call Dona Baba at (316) 264-8406. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend so that there will be enough tasty treats for everyone.

YOUR AWAKENING

-ANONYMOUS FROM THE INTERNET

A time comes in your life when you finally get it...when in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside you head cries out - ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize that it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety, and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world there aren’t always fairytale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance. You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate, or approve of who or what you are...and that’s OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you. So you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance. You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness. You realize that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all the crap you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how you should weigh, what you should wear and where you shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should sleep with, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children or what you owe your parents. You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. And you begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have brought into to begin with and in the process you learn to go with your instincts. You learn that it is in giving that we receive. And there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your next fix. You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not outdated ideals of a bygone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life. You learn that you don’t know everything; it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake. Then you learn about love. Romantic love and familial love. How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship. You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man on your arms or the child that bears your name. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations, and outcomes.

You learn that just as people grow and change so it is with love...and you learn that you don’t have the right to demand love on your terms...just to make you happy. And you learn that alone does not mean lonely...and you look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you "stack up." You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK...and that it is your right to want things and to ask for the things that you and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands. You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity, and respect and you won’t settle for less. And, you allow the one who cherishes you to glorify you with his touch.... and in the process you internalize the meaning of self-respect. And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. so you take more time to rest. And just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play. You learn, that for the most part, in life you get what you believe you deserve.... and that much of life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline, and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time. FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your terms. And you learn to deal with evil in its most primal state - the ego. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy, and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls. You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never settle for less than your heart’s desire. And you hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind. And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful possibility. Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

NEW PRODUCTS

New calendars for 2001. These includes the Witches calendar, Astrological calendar, and Herbal almanac. We can special order your calendar for you.

A beautiful weekly notebook planner put out by the Self-Realization Fellowship. Once in a lifetime pictures with appropriate quotes from Paramahansa Yogananda.

Mother of Pearl drums from Egypt. Several different sizes to choose from.

Several new CD’s and cassettes. We recommend Classical Healing by Tom Barabas and When Angels Dream by Anton Mizerak.

New drums and rattles made by Kansas’ own Steve Kauder with great sounds. New Earth Drums made from high strength paper with an earth design.

New Chimes that vibrate to the Chakras. New tuning forks that vibrate the human body.

A GREAT ASSET

BY RONNI JOHNSTON

Reiki practitioners everywhere realize what people without Reiki training may not: Reiki is the greatest spiritual tool available to them. One of the benefits of Reiki training is that your own personal spiritual strengths are amplified. This process is joyously unique to the individual. Another person who perhaps has a flair for working with children, or animals, will find those circumstances much more powerful.

The point here is that whatever knowledge or "powers" you currently understand about yourself will be greater after training in the Usui Method of Reiki. This holds true even if you have been working with that knowledge for most of your lifetime. What Reiki Masters across the globe see, time and again, are students becoming fully empowered simply by starting to work with the system of Reiki. Those completely unfamiliar with any of their own "special skills" find themselves awakening to their true nature. It’s a beautiful gift.

If you believe that you must be special, or have been born with a hidden talent in order to utilize the gifts you read about in others, Reiki is a path to self-realization for you. If you feel that you understand yourself well, and are very much in touch with yourself as a spiritual being, Reiki is a path to even greater clarity for you.

Everyone will use Reiki in the way that is most right for them. That could be quietly, in combination, with other practices. That could be openly and exclusively Reiki.