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Natural Healing: Cooking with Intention September 20, 2009

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One of the simplest ways to practice alternative healing in your life is to use common, everyday herbs.  We use herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, and sage in cooking and baking all the time, but when using them for spiritual reasons, we usually think of carrying pouches of them around instead of turning to their more traditional uses.  This doesn’t have to be the case. 

 I suggest researching the seasonings you already have in the house and use the most in your cooking.  Then, when you are adding them to your recipe, whatever it may be, instead of just measuring and pouring, take a second to set the intention that you are using that ingredient for its healing and spiritual purposes along with its flavor.  Hold the ingredient in your hand and envision yourself eating the finished product.  Then, see yourself benefiting from the effects of that herb or spice positively in the exact way you would like it to help you.  Keep this in your mind as you mix it in with the rest of the ingredients.  You can also reaffirm this intention right before you are getting ready to dig in to your dish to make it even stronger!  There are many websites and books that give natural healing uses for common herbs and ingredients. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to “cook with intention”:

Rosemary

Rosemary is great for protection.  It can be baked into bread (rosemary bread and also be very easily found at a local grocery store if you are not inclined towards baking) or used in pasta.  Boil some of it while the pasta is cooking or add a pinch to marinara sauce.  It is also good for health, or protection against bad health.

 

Sage

Sage is best for clearing out any toxins or negativity within you, including physical health or emotional issues.  This can be used with pasta, lasagna, or even used to brewed tea.

 

Salt

Salt, of course, can be added to everything.  It is mostly used for protection

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is my favorite spice to use when I am sick.  It is perfect for flu season and along with being a great ingredient in baking, cinnamon can also be added to coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.  When at Starbucks and feeling a little ill, I sometimes even add their cinnamon powder to water and drink that to soothe whatever ailment I might have.  It may sound odd, but it always works for me.  Soaking a stick of cinnamon boiling water or using it to stir coffee is another way to gain the positive effects.

 

Lavender

Though usually used in aroma therapy, lavender can also be baked into bread or used in cookies.  Lavender is great for ultimate de-stressing and relaxing.

 

Remember, the important thing with all of the above suggestions, is to set the intention as you add them to your recipe or beverage.

 

Leave a comment with your favorite herb or spice along with why you use it for our other readers.

 

 

Water: Meditation, Protection, Manifestation September 15, 2009

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Along the path of alternative spirituality, I have often remarked to Tree, “It is so expensive to be enlightened!”  I am always joking, of course, because true magick doesn’t need any tools to happen (though they can be very helpful in channeling energy), but it can sometimes feel that way when you are out shopping in the metaphysical stores and all of a sudden your intuition insists on you buying something that is a little out of your price range.  Or, maybe you find the perfect book to explain what has been going on with your meditations and dreams lately, but it seems a bit pricey and you still haven’t paid rent yet…

There is something to be said about working with the basics, though.  As I said, true magick need not all the funds in the world to manifest itself in your life.  It just needs your energy and intention.  Maybe a little bit of focus.  So, here are a few uses for a resource we all have, either flowing nearby or straight from the faucet:  Water!

Meditation     Water can be very useful in meditation, and not just for hydration!  When clearing out the negative energy from your aura, try placing a bowl of water at your feet or simply in front of you.  You can place different crystals in it as well to help in transmuting any energy that you place in the bowl.  Then, starting at your head, slowly work your way down your energetic systems and visualize the negative energy flowing into the bowl.  When you are finished, make sure you transmute the negativity with love energy if did not put any crystals in the bowl and then use it to water some plants. 

Another way to use water in meditation is to mix it with your favorite herbs.  They all have different meanings that can be found in several books and on many websites.  Alternatively, you can mix in the loose leaves from your favorite tea.  Allow the herbs to mix with the bowl of water completely and then use your fingers to “smudge” different energy points on your body with the mixture.  For example, putting some on your third eye could highten your awareness during the meditation.  Or, you could place some on your palms and the bottoms of your feet to open those chakras.  During your meditation, try to feel the herbs at work.  Connect with their energy and try to pull from their individual uses to gain the insight you are seeking in your meditative practice.  This can also be used simply to clear out your energy by using sage in the water (this technique is especially helpful if you are not in a place where you can burn something).

Protection     Water is a great way to transmute negative energy, and what better time to take advantage of that then when we are at our most vulnerable?  If you are having trouble with sleeping due to bad dreams, placing a bowl or water on your bedside table can really help!  I used this technique when I was going through a tough time a few years ago and was just getting frustrated because I wasn’t waking up feeling rested.  It worked really well for me.  I suggest dumping the water down the drain or clearing it of negativity and using it to water plants in the morning. 

Manifestation     As an alternative to all the ways in which words can be used for manifestation, water can also be used to bring things into your life.  I came up with this method during a meditation one night and have since then passed it on to friends in need of some spiritual help.  Once again, start with a bowl of water and clear it of any negative energy.  Then meditate on what you are trying to manifest while holding the bowl with both hands.  Feel the intention flow through your palms and into the water.  If you like, you can even write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the bowl for more help.  Water is great for amplifying energy so by using this method, you will be adding some oomph to your menifestation. Place the bowl by a window.  Now, I connect more with the moon and water is generally very connected to the moon (ocean tides, feminine energy etc.) so I did this at night and allowed the moon’s energy to carry my intentions to the Universe, but if you are more connected to the sun, I say go with that and do it during the day.  If you are giong to use the moon, I suggest doing this during the time leading up to or of the full moon.  I would recommend concentrating on whichever energy you are going to use during your initial intention meditation as well.  You can leave it there for as long as you want or put a new bowl out every day/night.  What is important is that the intention is set and you have sent out into the Universe what you would like the manifest.  Sometimes it may seem pointless, but trust me, the Universe is listening!  I cannot even count how many times this has been proven to me over and over again in my life.

 

Do you have any other spiritual uses for water?  Are there any techniques that use basic tools you would like to share with other readers?  Comment below!