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Food for Natural Beauty


Eating for Beauty. David Wolfe.    Eatingforbeauty.com Food enzymes are destroyed at temperatures over 120 degrees. Each cell has over 4,000 enzymes. They need minerals; pollen is a good source. If it floats in water, it’s rancid. Beauty depends on mineralization.

Cooked oils are a main cause of free radical damage (except for cooking with coconut oil and olive oil), along with pesticides, cigarettes, pollution, and over-exposure to sun. The oxygen molecules lose an electron that it steals from other molecules, causing free radical damage. Antioxidants in oils, minerals and vitamins provide electrons.

Water is very important, alkaline water as in Trinity Springs water. You can charge water with a few pinches of Celtic Grey Mineral Sea Salt in your water container (it contains 84 minerals). Also can use MSM, quartz crystals, lemon juice, and sunshine. Distilled water is OK if bottled in glass. Drink water on an empty stomach, especially when you wake up.

Important minerals:

Silicon rich foods: horsetail, nettles, hemp, burdock, tomatoes, bell peppers, and oats.

MSM: sulfur, also in pine nuts, aloe vera (put on topically for scars), bee pollen

Zinc: pecans, coconut, macadamia nuts

Iron: dark green vegetables and herbs, use lemons with onions, burdock, blackberries, nettles, parsley

Manganese: cloves, kelp, Brazil nuts, almonds


Important foods that have useful mineral content, etc

Aloe Vera      can apply topically for scars, anti-inflammatory

Arugula     alkaline and anti-cancer. Pick before it flowers (easy to grow)

Burdock root: blood purifier, aids digestion, buy crisp root

Chaparral tea: balances MSM and Vit. C

Coconut: good for fungus, no cholesterol, stimulates thyroid, normalizes blood sugar

Cucumbers: kidney cleanser, diuretic, eat organic skins (good juice is 4-6 celery stalks, 1 apple, and 1 cuk)

Durian: tyryptamine

Figs: high calcium, laxative, dissolves intestinal mucus

Grapefruit: anti-inflammatory

Hemp seeds: contain all the amino acids, mineral rich

Macadamia nuts: protects against heart diseases. Avoid split open, in pieces, overly yellow.

Nettles: good for weight loss, increase thyroid function, blood purifier,

Olives: vit E, squaline, don’t use green ones, water cured, extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil should be in a dark bottle.

Onions: sulfuric, prevents putrefaction in the gut, antiseptic, queratin, thins out clumped blood. White are strongest.

Papaya: good for digestion, apply to skin, good for liver. For parasite cleanse, eat 1T of the seeds on an empty stomach, once a day for a week, and then repeat 2 weeks later.

Pumpkin seeds: hormone building, good for heart, prostrate. For worm cleanse, eat 1T of seeds. Eat a handful, two times a day on empty stomach for one week, one week off, and one week on.

Radish: good for digestion

Turmeric: has curcumin. Good for skin with paste with sesame oil, steeped for two weeks, then strain. For cancer sore, mix with honey and apply.

Watercress: chlorophyll

Avoid: beans, white potatoes, grains (gluten is inflammatory)


Skin: useful oils are hemp, olive, coconut, grapeseed, borage, eve. Primrose.

Make a mask with avocado, 1T of hemp oil, and 7 drops of orange juice.

Dark circles under the eyes caused by adrenal stress or potassium overdose.

Puffiness is too much sodium so retain water


Beauty Secrets of India by Monisha Bharadwaj

Face: sandalwood, turmeric and water

Eyes: rosewater on eyelids or tea bags

Eye exercises: rapid blinking, palming, and roll eyes in circles, square, and diagonals. Do head stands

Lashes: castor oil thickens them

Dark circles: grated potatoes in a cloth pouch for 15-20 minutes, apples, and don’t apply rich cream in this area. Or mint leaves, 1 tsp almond oil, and 1/2 tsp honey.

Liver spots: lemon juice

Wrinkles: olive or almond oil

Skin: scrub with oatmeal or chickpea flour. Mix egg yolk, 1 tsp honey, and yogurt, leave on for 20 minutes. Also rub with strawberry, mango or grape.

Night cream: 2 T almond oil, 2 T lanolin, 1 tsp coco powder, heated in a bowl in a pan of water, then add 2 T rosewater

Skin in shower: scrub with salt and olive oil, bath with powdered milk, turmeric powder, chickpea flour, and oatmeal. In winter, mustard powder. Mint, orange peel, basil leaves, lemon or vinegar can also be put in the bath.

Hair: coconut oil, dried hibiscus, basil, marigold, balsam leaves.

Breath: clove, cardamom, fennel

Teeth white: 1 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and lemon juice

Travel Notes: New Mexico, Notes on Science & Consciousness


Science and Consciousness Conference, 5-04, Albuerque
After the 5-day conference, I rented a car and drove 2 hours west of
Albue. to a pueblo called Acoma. A local who gave me a ride from
Whole Earth store said it was her favorite. I can see why it’s
called the land of enchantment, as with the big sky always in view,
usually with scattered white clouds. You’re aware of the big
picture. You drive down into a valley looking at eroded fingers of
sandstone mesas. It reminded me of Tibet, the high desert with sandy
soil and scrubby bushes, homes built out of stacked rocks and fences
of tree branches.
Acoma is built on top of a tall mesa, two or three story adobe
structures with ladders. They believe humans came from the center of
the earth so they entered homes from the roof: Doors were introduced
by the Spanish conquerors. There’s no water on the mesa and the
elders don’t allow any power, so they use propane and haul water in
trucks. Few people live there full-time. It must have been selected
for safety, although the story is two young medicine men led a group
from the North and stopped when they heard the proper sound from an
echo, “techewee.” The guide told us they’re a matrilineal society;
property is passed on to the youngest daughter to reward her for
caring for the elders, her responsibility. The Antelope Clan picks
the leaders, men. The Spaniards imposed Catholicism by force, but
the guide at this pueblo and Taos said they combine it with
traditional rituals and beliefs, no conflict. They make pottery with
the coil method, no wheels or kilns, lots of images of rain and
clouds since they grew corn on the valley without irrigation. Also
lots of images of a fertility figure, a flute-playing peddler who
came up from Mexico and who brought in outside genes; it was
considered a good thing to have his baby.
Took the scenic route to Sante Fe, found a cheap motel (was able to
bargin, hadn’t expected that) and headed for the Georgia O’Keefe
museum by the downtown plaza. I’ve had the experience once before,
in British Columbia, of seeing a distinctive landscape and then
seeing it through an artist’s eyes—Emily Carr. O’Keefe’s work is so
vivid and colorful, I could see sky and horizon through her eyes as
I continued the trip. Walked around, found a recordkeeper crystal at
a rock shop. Wanted to eat blue corn tortillas, so headed for the
Blue Corn Café. I recognized a guy from the conference, the
Parisian, who came to dinner with me. A few seconds deviation on the
part of either of us and we would have missed each other. It became
clear that he needed the reading I gave him the next day about a
core issue. The next day we drove to Ojo Caliente on the way to
Taos. It’s the only hot springs to have 5 distinctive types of
pools, iron, arsenic, Lithia, soda and sodium. I really needed to
soak off all the vibes from the conference. The pools were outside
so you could watch the New Mexico sky. Driving on to Taos, we did a
releasing the past patterns ritual, throwing stones into the Rio
Grande, felt good.
The Taos Pueblo of the Red Willow people, is built on either side of
a stream, with 5 story homes. They guide said they were patriarchal
but wouldn’t tell me any more. It felt sad, not a lot of energy
there, people sitting inside their homes waiting for tourists to buy
pottery and jewelry.
We went next to a bridge over a gorge carved by the Rio Grande, like
a ribbon of jade green, that extends from Colorado. We ate, me—you
guessed it—blue corn, and headed for a Chimayo cathederal famous for
its healing dirt. It was closed, but people had left notes to God,
crosses on the fence, similar to white folded paper left in temples
in Japan. Felt like a power spot for sure. The landscape here was
pine trees, different from the high desert terrain.
The next day I spent enjoyable time at the Native Amer. Culture
museum, part of 4 others on Museum Hill, funded by Rockefeller,
great dosent who kept going even when I was the only one left. Then
back to Albue. to see the botanical gardens and acquarium and find a
$30 motel, jog. The conference is in Sante Fe next year, plan to go
back and see more pueblos, spend more time at the hotsprings with
massage and wraps.
Most speakers were Ph.Ds, scientists, etc. who based their
presentations on quantum physics and chaos theory. A major concern
was a crisis about survival of the planet, as with running out of
oil, water, fish, trees. I’ll organize these notes in terms of
wellness, moving from macro to micro issues.
Brian O’Leary, Ph.D., former Princeton physics professor, said we
need to develop the new science of consciousness which is the basis
for quantum physics and is the 5th force of physics (along with
weak, strong, etc.) Human intention can change properties on both
the macro and micro levels. It may be related to dark matter ignored
by physicists. We’re studying UFOs, ETs, crop circles, ESP, PK,
NDEs, psi, etc. He thinks zero point energy from the quantum vacuum
is the key to our salvation. We’re oblivious that we’re in deep
dodo, a disaster, collapse of the US, in a dumbing down process,
although since 1950 the population of the earth has doubled, water
use has increased 4x, fish catch 8x. energy use is up by 5x, the US
uses as much energy as the whole planet did in 1950—we’re 4% who
consume 28% of the energy. Half of the water used in the US is for
animals, such as cattle grazing. About half of the planet’s trees
are gone. Most of the oil will be gone by 2050. We’re facing the
biggest mass extinction in 65 million years since an asteroid
whipped out the dinosaurs. The hydrogen cells pushed by Gov
Swartzineger require a lot of fuel use to produce, solar and wind
sources are intermittent, nuclear is unsafe. The Bush Administration
is pushing hydrogen cells and bio fuel. The solution is cold fusion,
zero point energy. See http://www.newenergymovement.org or
http://www.brianoleary.com. The first new energy conference will be held in
Portland next September 25 and 26.

Author and professor Danah Zohar feels the crisis has to do with
needing to develop spiritual intelligence, in addition to mental and
emotional IQ. Philosopher and author Peter Russell also said we’re
in a spiritual crisis, caught up in materialism. “The real challenge
of our times is exploring consciousness to find how to facilitate
Einstein explained that no problem can be solved in the
consciousness that created it.

Huston Smith, Ph.D. believes we’re in dangerous, turbulent times,
doesn’t feel optimistic. The 20th century is the most horrendous
century in all history. 160 million humans slaughtered, mostly of
starvation. The gap between the rich and the poor is increasing and
never greater. Can’t continue to believe in progress. Mystical
traditions have the answers.

Judith Orloff, MD, psychiatrist, author. Advises isolate your
biggest fear, your root memory, and work with it. She used hypnosis
to recall hers. The truth sets you free.

Russell Targ, physicist, author, remote viewing expert. He explained
psychic ability is a non-local awareness independent of space and
time, as Buddhists explained long ago, who we are is non-local. It’s
easier to do diagnosis than remote viewing. Give up the desire to
read, grasping, naming. To prompt remote viewing they ask tell me
the shape, from, not what is it? http://www.espresearch.com

Steven Halpern, musician. A stressed or egotistical performer
affects the listener negatively. William Tiller explained in 1975
that every cell has a keynote frequency which emits and responds to
tone. Can make a siren sound with the vowel o and focus on where it
feels good in the body for an internal massage. Violin, oboe and
trumpets are not relaxing, while electric piano, crystal bowls are.
Musician Don Campbell reports on a Japanese Sendi university study
of the impact of music on the immune system, measuring saliva. He
recommends slow Baroque music for healing, also New Age music,
drumming, humming and toning. Say the vowels oh, ah, ehh. George
Washington University study of elders that found one hour a day
spent in arts resulted in 20% less medication. He thinks ADDH is
hyperactivity of the ear, hypersensitive to sound. He led us in a
fun percussion session using paper plates—try them.

Candace Pert, Ph.D., cell biologist, author of Molecules of Emotion.
We have 1000s of cell receptors on each part of the body. Any drug
acts all over the body. Peptides are the informational substances
influenced by emotions which enter the cell receptors. Cells from
the bone marrow can become neurons in the brain. We make new neurons
every day around the ventricles unless heavily addicted, as to
alcohol. Millions of cells leave the bone marrow to got to their
next stage of development, which means we can change our bodies.
Mind becomes matter. Peptides regulate how quickly the cells divide,
where they migrate, so emotions guide regeneration of the body.
We’re in an epidemic of depression, have an over-medicated society
due to chronic stress. Our 30,000 years old bodies were not designed
for chronic stress. Depression is not caused by lack of serotonin,
as antidepressants take two weeks to kick on but inhibition of
serotonin uptake occurs the first day. Drugs cause the receptors to
shrink, reduce the number, and are less sensitive.

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. cell biologist. Signals come from the
environment and affect the proteins, the building blocks, which
influence the DNA. Disease is caused by protein or the signal is
off. Signals get off due to trauma, toxins, and thought. Our gages
of our perception are sensation, emotions, and symptoms (which is
the only thing treated by doctors).

Meir Schneider. http://www.self-healing.org
When sitting a lot, bend over in your chair and rub your back with
the back of your hand and massage around the waist. Sitting
contracts the lower ab muscles. Massage the groin, do leg lifts of
foot to buttock and breathe. The main cause of back pain is shoes
and cement. Avoid shoes when possible. We use 50 of our 600 muscles.
Weak toes cause tension and gripping, so strengthen them by walking
with your toes pulling you forward, walk backward, do toe exercises
where you rotate each one independently, and pull it back with the
toe resisting coming back up. Put your fingers between your toes and
shake the foot. Rotate different parts of your foot on a tennis
ball. For eyes, palm frequently, look at details (as of faces), look
at distances like the sky, and do sunning where you stand in the sun
and rotate head from shoulder to shoulder with eyes shut, rubbing
the eyebrow. Talk walks at night. Look at finger moving from side to
side without moving head. Blink 22x a minute. Wave hands at
periphery of your face for peripheral vision.

Olga Kharitidi, MD, psychiatrist from Siberia. Technique to deal
with trauma by poking with pen on palm of hand associated with
trauma, then on the other hand associated with positive experience.
Raymond Moody, Ph.D. Evidence of NDE’s—wave of empathetic NDE
experience by bystander.

Jane Katra met Russell Targ when he was given 6 months to live due
to masticized cancer and she was his healer. She says to change the
host so the illness doesn’t recognize it. The healer has to unlearn,
forget yourself, be used by the higher power, empty mind, willing to
be used. She’s had communication from his deceased daughter

Donna Eden at Science and Consciousness Conference
Muscle testing: Say, “You push up and I’ll push down.” The hand
should be relaxed rather than in a fist. A self-test is to hold an
allergen, vitamin, etc. to the solar plexus. If you move forward,
like a pendulum, it’s positive, if you fall backward, it’s negative.

Don’t wear an underwire metal or plastic bra because it interferes
with the lymphatic system. You can test the impact by muscle testing
the arm with a finger on the wire. Also avoid carrying bags and
purses over the shoulder. Test after walking a few steps. Correct
with a cross crawl. It’s better to wear a fanny pack around the
For sore shoulders, tap on them with a hairbrush.

Travel Notes: Costa Rica

My son Jed and I set out on what he described as a mother-son
bonding two weeks in Costa Rica. He did a semester abroad there so
he was a terrific guide, naturalist, and translator. I was glad
though I’d listened to Spanish tapes driving around town before the
trip so I could be courteous and get the gist of some conversations.
We flew from Chico, to SF, to LA, to Guatemala City, (the largest
city in Central America) where we were welcomed by lightning flashes
randomly moving across the horizon (this is the rainy season which
mean fewer tourists and lower costs), and finally to San Jose.
The guide book said CR’s main industries are
electronics, as well as tourism and coffee and bananas. The
indigenous population is very small, because Spanish invaders in
search of gold didn’t find it but left devastating diseases, but we
noticed native people in the rural areas. It’s a country with no
army, but lots of guards in San Jose, in front of a furniture store,
etc. as well as the more obvious bank armed guards. Windows in homes
are barred and grilled, sometimes with barbed wire on top of fences.
We picked up our little Korean four-wheel drive and headed
out of the city to see Volcano Arenal. Somehow I end up by a volcano
when I travel—power spots. Lush and green, kind of like the rainy
side of Hawaiian Islands, we saw impatiens, birds of paradise,
bougainvillea, and hibiscus, growing along the road. Tourists
complain most about those roads because outside of the city there
are lots of rutted, potholed dirt roads. Probably good because it
keeps some visitors away. We found a little café and had what became
the usual meal: grilled fish, rice and beans, fried plantains,
tomatoes and cuke, for about $5 each. That includes a fresh fruit
drink, just fruit and water. I started mixing them, say mango and

This was the most expensive hotel area; we paid $55 for a
simple room with a volcano view ($17 was the least expensive). It
has daily lava flows but we didn’t see much activity because of
cloud cover. We drove closer to observe the volcano and then took a
14 k loop trail in the rain forest below the mt. We saw and heard
howler monkeys which sound like sea lions barking loudly, big
lizards (anole) which Jed promptly caught to examine closer, lines
of busy leaf cutter ants used to garden some fungus in their
underground colony, and toucanette birds. The hotsprings headed by
the thermal activity beaconed and we soaked in them, a warm natural
Jacuzzi in a lovely garden setting. European and American tourists
spoke in many languages, so I could use my French a little.
Fireflies and lightening gave a lovely evening show.
We drove past huge person-made Arenal Lake, a major source
of hydroelectricity, the main power source. We also saw windmills on
the dirt road to Montverde, the cloud rain forest. It’s like hiking
in a greenhouse of our houseplants. We were going to do the zip line
whizzing through the canopy and walk the suspension bridges, but it
was cold and rainy so we decided to head for the coast. Lots of
dairy farms on the way down from the hills, tended by cowboys on

We came out at Playa del Coco and then in great desire
for snorkeling went south to Playa Conchal I saw a sting ray and
large blue trigger fish eating along the rocks; didn’t see any reefs
although I saw corral washed up on some beaches. Walking back to the
hotel, I saw an iguana walking up from the sea and then a yellow and
an orange butterfly showed me their colors. That was to be the only
beach with snorkeling during the rainy season, will have to get my
fix in Maui on the back from Japan workshops in October. Next time
will bring bogie board and take surfing lessons to adapt to the
waves. Had dinner on the beach overlooking the sunset and lightning
The next day we swam out to a little island to check out its
tide pools, shells, and birds. We got stung by little invisible jellyfish
coming and going but it was worth it to go to an untouched place and
the rash didn’t last long. Moving south down the Nicoya Peninsula we
checked out Playa Tamarindo, a surfer beach, but it had too many
gringos so we went to Playa Grande where turtles lay their eggs.
Stayed in a lovely $25 hotel, as usual with the sound of the surf
lulling us 24 hours. At dinner a young surfer came up to me, asked
to see the Tao of Medicine book I was reading. I realized how hungry he was for info on alt. Health, told
him about Bastyr in Seattle, the best naturopath college.
Playa Nosara has lots of Europeans and Americans living
there and a terrific yoga center. We took a couple of classes in
their tree house with a distant view of the ocean. Really liked this
Angel Wings breath: Bend knees, circle arms to the sides, lower
hands in front of your public bone palms pressing downward in prayer
position, raise back of palms together above the head and behind the
ears, touch your heart, and lower hands. Our teacher said there are
180,000 yoga positions! I also liked happy baby where you lie on
your back and hold your feet in the air, rolling around on your
back, and one where you roll your forehead and skull on the mat.
I went for a hike in a nature reserve in a mangrove swamp,
serenaded by howler monkeys. It was maize, got lost, and was a bit
late for massage apt. The Viennese therapist and her assistant were
calmly waiting in chair hammocks in the Tico relaxed spirit.
Americans are the most stressed out people I’ve seen…. She started
out the massage tracing the meridians, a good idea. She told me it’s
common for Tico husbands to have girlfriends and babies on the side,
but when her husband indulged she separated from him. I asked about
local schools and she said the worst teachers are sent to the rural
areas. She also said the leaders of CR have put the land up for sale
to the highest bidder. The local expats push to keep the roads
unpaved to preserve their environment.
We went kayaking up a river looking for crocs—only saw the
bank where they sun and rest. We got out and looked at a deserted
black sand beach. It lightly rained but no biggy when it’s so warm.
I went swimming in the ocean to warm up when I got back.
Our last beach was Samosa; as we headed there on a dirt road
we rounded a corner and saw a river flowing over it. Oh merde, but a
Tico guy on a scooter said it was OK to cross. Good that Jed speaks
Spanish so well. That night there was a salsa band with 12
instruments and three dancing singers, very tight, in an outdoor
palapa. Dogs and young teens enjoyed the dancing. I started taking
salsa lessons in preparation for Cuba trip several years ago.
Then we took a ferry to the mainland and drove to San Jose,
did some Christmas shopping in central markets. Their crafts are
wood, pre-Columbian style ceramics, leather, plus Guatemalan
textiles. The towns in CR are laid out similarly to Mexico and Cuba,
and I’m assuming other Latin countries, around a central park/soccer
field, bordered by a church, school, and little shops. Then we flew
to DC and back to Chico to lovely weather.

Staying Calm and Centered


Use Body and Mind to Get Centered and Grounded

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

gkimball@csuchico.edu                                                            www.gaylekimball.info


Chronic stress impairs the immune system, leading to disease, which costs money. Around 25% of the workforce suffers from excessive stress or anxiety (www.stress.org). Long-term stress contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, depression, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers (according to a study of caregivers of relatives with dementia), divorce, and workplace accidents and injuries. Research shows that tumors transplanted into rats living in stressful situations grow more rapidly. Even wounds take longer to heal when we’re stressed, about 40 percent longer in an Ohio State university study of dental students.

Stress alters the body’s chemistry: Stress hormones encourage formation of fat cells and craving for sugar and fat. A study at Georgetown University, led by Zofia Zukowska, found that mice that were stressed and fed a diet high in sugar and salt gained about twice as much fat in their bellies as non-stressed mice with the same diet. The fat is filled with chemical signals that promote illness and “metabolic syndrome:” (high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol).

Adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and secrete hormones that get the body ready for fight or flight. Chronic secretion of these adrenal hormones (such as cortisol) is taxing. Signs of distress include: irritability, fuzziness, fatigue, anxiety, stuttering, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, grinding teeth, upset stomach, headache, sighing, heart palpitations, skin rashes, loss of sexual interest, back pain, nervous tics, stuttering, crying, anxiety, forgetfulness, allergies; feeling tense, hurried, and pressured; difficulty concentrating, loss of humor, withdrawal, hopelessness, frustration, fatigue, eating too much or too little, digestive problems, irritability, high blood pressure (over 120/80), and smoking and drinking to try to calm down. Here are ways to get centered.


1.    Breath work to get oxygen to the brain and activate the parasympathetic system to relax.

*Do 4-8 breathing throughout the day to relax: breath in for the count of 8 from your belly, hold 8, exhale through the mouth like blowing a feather up for 8, and then don’t inhale for as long as comfortable. Author Gay Hendricks reports the latter resets your energy field. Also, try alternate nostril breathing. Put your thumb on one nostril to close it. Breathe in the other nostril, shut it with your middle finger, and exhale out of the first side. The main point is not to breathe shallow quick breaths, which signal stress to the body, but deep slow breaths from the diaphragm which sits under the lungs.


*Crunch up your shoulders and face tightly and count to six. Hold your breath, then release your breath and tension while counting to six again. Stress equates with tension; relax to reduce stress, as by remembering your favorite place in nature or stretching. Release your jaw as well as your shoulders.


*To relax, breath should begin in the diaphragm laterally, expanding the ribs. Imagine breathing in an appealing color. Press in an inch or two in an acupressure point three finger widths below the navel and hold for one to three minutes.


*Relax with minibreaks during the day. Do deep breathing, let your shoulders drop, say, “With every exhalation I release tension and with every inhalation I breathe in relaxation.”


2.    Kinesiology to balance the body. When we get stressed our energy gets scrambled. We can’t think clearly, we are clumsy and bump into things, break things. We get “homolateral,” meaning instead of a right side of the brain connected to the left side of the body, and left side to right side, right is connected to right and left to left. The way to correct is any movement that crosses the midline of the body.

     See the exercises:




a. Make “lazy eights” with your eyes, circling your eyes in an 8 on its side, changing starting to the left or right.


b. Cross Crawl: Stand or sit. Put the right hand across the body to the left knee as you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on the right knee just as if you were marching for about two minutes. Look at your hand as it moves up and over. Breathe in with your tongue on the roof of the mouth. Exhale with the tongue on the floor of the mouth.

c. Hook Ups:

* Stand or sit. Cross the right leg over the left at the ankles.

* Take your right wrist and cross it over the left wrist and link up the fingers so that the right wrist is on top.

* Bend the elbows out and gently turn the fingers in towards the body until they rest on the sternum (breast bone) in the center of the chest. Stay in this position.

*Keep the ankles crossed and the wrists crossed and then breathe evenly in this position for a few minutes. You will be noticeably calmer after that time.

[Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D., and Gail E. Dennison developed Brain Gym as explained in Smart Moves by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. http://esl.about.com/od/englishlessonplans/a/braingym.htm

*Body Talk balances the brain. http://www.bodytalksystem.com/learn/access/cortices.cfm


3.    Other Movement


*Make a fist, then open it and allow any tension to flick out from your fingers. *Shake out leftover tension by shaking out your hands and feet, stomping, or doing the twist. Have a funny temper tantrum by sitting, stomping your feet, slapping your thighs, and growling. If you have time, tighten and relax each muscle starting from your feet up to your face, telling the muscle to be warm and heavy in “progressive relaxation.”

*Blow out lifting arms up over your head and down to the earth.

*Roll your head with ear to one shoulder, down and around to the other.

*Do yoga poses such as the child’s pose (like Islamic prayer position) and happy baby (on your back holding your feet up and rocking side to side).


Align the Meridians and Acupressure Points

*With your fist, tap from chest down the arm with palm up, turn arm over and tap on back of arm. Tap along the sides of the legs, like where a pant seam is, up the inside of the legs, down the back of the legs, and up the front.


*Rub meridian points, called the Gate Points by Dr. Devi. Nambudripad  “The first gate is located in the “webbing” between the right thumb and index finger. The second point is the “emotional gate” located on the outside of the right wrist. The third point is located on a point outside of the elbow. The fourth, fifth and sixth points are the same points on the left arm. The seventh point is located to the inside of the left shin. The eighth point is located in the “webbing” between the big toe and the next toe. The ninth and tenth points are the same points on the right leg. Then the first point on the right hand is stimulated a second time.”



*Tap on acupressure points and talk to clear blocks, emotional and physical. Emotional Freedom Technique is explained in Gary Craig’s free manual (available at www.EFTUniverse.com)



*Rub your hands over your ears, front to back, down the neck, and hang on your shoulders with your hands, palms touching the body. This calms the triple warmer meridian associated with the flight or fight stress response. When it’s on too much, it weakens the immune system.

*Rub your feet, hands, and ears which all contain many reflexology points connected to various organs. The theory is reflex areas in the feet and hands correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. If you find a tender spot, repeat pressing and breathing into it. When rubbing the feet, think of them side by side as representing the body, with the arches representing the spine. The toes are linked to the head, the organs descending down the feet. With over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot, it’s useful to give them attention.

*Massage your face, scalp and shoulders, tap (use a hair brush for your back), rub, stretch the skin, or gently pull the hair at the roots. Rub your gums through your cheeks. Circle your jaw. Try acupuncture, reflexology, and yoga.[i]

*Rub your palms together and rest them over your eyes, visualizing black velvet cloth for two or three minutes to relax your eyes. Periodically look away from your computer.


4. Self-Talk, Cognitive Restructuring

Gratitude and love are the strongest emotions, so when you wake up say something like, “I’m in loving gratitude that I am alive and healthy with people I love, learning something new every day.” Write in your gratitude journal daily.


University of California, Davis Professor Robert Emmons, author of a book called Thanks, studies the impact of gratitude–so far with over 2,000 subjects ages 8 to 80. In his studies, one group writes a gratitude journal every day including five things they’re grateful for. The second group writes about the hassles of the day. The third does neither. All three groups are monitored for their emotional, personal, and interpersonal well being. Yes, the gratitude journal group had higher well being, physical and emotional. College students who wrote the journals made 20% more progress than the other two groups on six goals they set for themselves by the end of two months.

Dr. Emmons suggests actions we can take to become more positive and grateful: keep a daily gratitude journal, think back on difficult experiences to realize how far you’ve come, identify ungrateful thoughts, enjoy your senses, use visual reminders such as a “I am grateful” wrist band, watch your language to make sure it’s constructive, make a vow to practice gratitude, send a thank you letter to an important person in your life, and think outside the box. He recommends watching a short video on www.gratefulness.org. Observe what you manifest by keeping a gratitude journal.

Changing your attitude and self-talk is a major tool to reduce stress. See www.positivepsychology.org for evidence that positive attitude leads to greater health and success. Your reaction to a stressor is what counts. As Mark Twain said, “I have had a great many troubles in my life, and most never happened.” Much earlier, Epictetus observed, “People are disturbed, not by events, but by their view of those events.” Be amused at the challenges you’ve selected. People with “hardiness” and “internal locus of control” handle stress better. They view problems as challenges and the opportunity to growth rather than as a threat and believe they have control over their lives.

Use positive self-talk. Richard Bach said, “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hand.” Give yourself and others more praise than criticism. Change your attitude to the glass is half full and to amusement.

*Look for the positive lessons in a challenging problem. If you didn’t do well, think about what you learned from the experience rather than beating yourself up. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes.

*Decide how perfectly a task needs to be done, rather than trying to do everything perfectly.

*Avoid negative people and situations.

*Avoid “awfulizing,” “magnifying,” “catastrophizing,” “overgeneralizing,” “polarized thinking and habitual urgency and “hurry sickness.”


5. Visualizations to Reduce Stress

I teach and write about what I call “Energy tools” to harness the power of the mind through simple visualizations. Athletes who imagine a perfect performance have better outcomes. The goal is to be the pilot of your own plane, the driver of your own car, rather than being directed by back seat drivers. Most people go through life tuned into other people’s favorite radio stations, rather than their own preferences. We need to clear out more space to contain our own information and to gain confidence about using our minds. You decide when you want to engage rather than being sucked in by games people play and be bounced around like a ping-pong ball.

Scientists who study our thoughts found the secret of a strong mind is intentions, when you really decide to do something. Thoughts are so powerful the body responds to them, even to something that’s not real. Have you seen a scary movie and jumped or your heart started beating faster? A movie is just colored light on a flat screen but your feelings about it make your body change. Imagine eating your favorite food or a lemon and your mouth may water.


*Imagine a secret garden of your own where you can plant flowers and trees, create ponds and waterfalls, and watch wild animals move around your garden. See it change with the seasons as you visit month after month. When you want an answer to a question, go to your garden, sit on your favorite bench under your special tree, and ask the wisest creature in your garden to sit by you on the bench with an answer to your question. See a scroll with the answer in the animal’s beak, paw, or mouth.

*Think about your day as a song, and set the tempo and mood you want as you get ready in the morning. [15 minutes]


The Institute of Heart Math (www.webcom.com/hrtmath) developed stress-reduction techniques. The institute does scientific studies about the heart, showing it’s much more than a pump. Its powerful electromagnetic field influences the brain and people around us. HeartMath studies prove the effectiveness of their technique called “Freeze Frame” in making the heartbeat more coherent and peaceful.


Freeze Frame to Reduce Stress

1. Freeze frame the stressful feeling, as you would put a video on pause.

2. Shift your focus to your heart by imagining you’re breathing deeply through it, for at least 10 seconds. Keep your awareness here rather than on the problem.

3. Remember a positive time, as when you felt deep love, caring, forgiveness or appreciation, and experience that feeling. Don’t visualize, as this takes you to your head, just sense and feel. This memory causes the heart rate to move to a coherent rhythm.

4.Using your intuition and common sense, ask your heart what would be a more effective response to the situation that would reduce stress? Listen to the answer and be patient.


6. Visualizations to Ground, Center, Energize and Be Safe


A grounding pipe is a line of energy from you into the earth that makes you feel secure and strong, and allows for release and for cleansing your space. The more widely used term is grounding cord, but it’s actually more like a pipe, in that it’s hollow to release excesses and toxins from the body. It also creates an anchor to make you feel safe and connected to mother earth as you use your energy tools to achieve your goal.

Imagine you have a powerful flashlight to shine down from the bottom of your spine all the way to the center of the planet. We’re playing with symbols or pictures as a way to move energy, in this case a technique to create a line of connection from you to the earth. Put something you like down in the center to attract your attention there.


More Energy

Whenever you release old habits down your grounding cord, you need to fill up with fresh golden energy visualizing a sun, or else the same kind of gunk could flow back in. Imagine a big gold sun about five feet above your head. Fill it with clear gold energy and your goals, like feeling energetic. Then unzip the gold sun, or pour the healing energy out like rain.

Have the gold light drain onto the top of your head and into your brain, down your neck and shoulders and arms, down your spine into your torso and your pelvis, down your thighs, into your knees and out your feet. Fill all the trillions of cells.

Imagine filling your sun with different colors and textures, such as honey, sparkles, or bubbles. See if you notice subtle changes. Do you notice any places where the light can’t flow? How does the light feel in different parts of your body? Use it as a diagnostic tool to scan your body, asking the energy to light up any organ, gland, or body part that needs your attention. If something lights up, conduct what feels like an imaginary conversation with it, but can actually be informative.

Get Centered and Calm

Imagine a room in the middle of your head with only you in it. Decorate it and create windows with great views. Put a throne in the middle of the room and be the ruler. This is a way to feel like the boss of your own body and how you feel. It keeps you in your body rather than “spacing out” and aligns with the neutral 6th chakra, our clear inner vision.


Be Aware of Your Energy Bubble to Feel Safe

Imagine a beautiful bubble around you, filling with the aura borealis to energize, adjust, clear. Surround it with flowers to capture negative energy before it gets to you. Blow them up with firecrackers when they get wilted and create new ones.


7. Time Management

*Make a pie chart, a circle in which you draw what percentage of the circle you spend on various activities. Is this the wisest way to allocate your time?


*Get or make a stack of different colored index cards. One color could signal personal tasks and another work tasks, for example. Write one task per card, and then spread the cards out in front of you. List on the back the actions needed to achieve the goal. They’re already grouped by theme by their color. Then take each stack of cards and shuffle to reflect your top priority; which task is most important and time-sensitive for a deadline? Enter your priority tasks on your monthly calendar, such as, Monday: call Ms. X. Reward yourself for sticking to your plan. Regarding the cards on the bottom of your stack, delegate, pay or trade someone to do them, or say No.




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Open Doors Literacy Project started our first microfinance project with the literacy students, $200 to start. See Hassan’s report on http://opendoorsliteracyproject.weebly.com.

Moringa Tree: Hardy Source of Food


Moringa Tree Info

The Moringa Tree is a hardy drought-resistant tree that provides an exellent source of food, vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies. See http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa

Here is some advice I’ve collected about growing the tree. I’m going to try it in Northern California and our literacy program will try it in NW Pakistan. http://opendoorsliteracyproject.weebly.com.



Greetings from ECHO and thank you for the work you are doing in Pakistan. Moringa is indeed a remarkable tree however it is also a tropical tree sensitive to frosts and susceptible to freezing. For that reason I would not recommend it for the Peshawar area. It will grow well during the summer if you can protect it during the winter but I do not think that would be economical.
We would be happy to send you a packet of seeds to either California or Pakistan but I would not want you to get your hopes up and then find out the tree is not suited to those climate zones.

Yes, covering the trees with plastic or blankets on nights that dip below freezing should work. In looking at the climate data the average minimum temperature in Dec. and Jan. there is a little below 5° C so I am guessing that the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing more than an hour or two on some nights. Does that sound right?
Here at ECHO in south Florida Moringa trees that are not protected during the one or two nights a year with freezing temperatures will suffer damage to the canopy but come back from the roots and lower trunk when the weather warms up.
And actually our approach to development (I prefer Titus Presler’s term “human flourishing’) is rather than to come up with ideas ourselves for the community we encourage participation with them to assess their strengths, assets and resources and come up with their own ideas for generating income. In some cases learning business skills and access to small low interest loans can be effective.
I know that is not as easy as it sounds and especially for young people who are just becoming literate.
We are here and can be a sounding board for you as you search for ways to help the students. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Sincerely yours,

Bob Hargrave
Coordinator, Agricultural Consulting Services
East Africa Program Coordinator
ECHO echo@echonet.org
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Moringa olefiera is the species you want, and whether or not you can use it depends on your elevation. Moringa is a tropical lowland plant and at the lower elevations of Peshawar does fine. I would grow it at 500 meters elevation or less, though you might get away with a little higher. N California is too cold and you will need a greenhouse.

I am copying this message to Wasif Nouman, a PhD student at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He would be the best person to talk to about Moringa in Pakistan. Hope this helps and best wishes,

Mark E. Olson • Instituto de Biología • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México • Tercer Circuito s/n de Ciudad Universitaria • México DF 04510 • Mexico • +52 55 5622-9124 • http://www.explorelifeonearth.org

The Organs and Reflexology Points


The Organs and Reflexology Points

A useful website provides information about physiology, reflexology, iridology, and minerals and vitamins.  www.marysherbs.com/anat-pin.htm (See Michael Reed Gach.  Acupressure’s Potent Points. Bantam, 1990. Denise Brown. Hand  Reflexology. Eagle Editions, UK, 2000. Iona Teeguarden. Acupressure Way of Health: Jin Shin Do. Japan Publications, 1978)


Brain: It’s composed of the cerebrum, cerebellum and the medulla oblongata. The latter is the oldest in terms of evolution and closest to the spinal cord. It controls automatic functions (heartbeat, breathing). The cerebellum coordinates muscle movement and balance.  The hypothalamus governs basic drives such as hunger, sex, pleasure and anger and regulates homeostasis. The thalamus replays incoming messages from the nerves. The cerebrum’s two hemispheres controls intellect, speech, and sensation. The right side controls the left side of the body, and the left controls the right side. (See Susan Greenfield. Brain Power. UK, Element, 1999.)  Reflexology point: tip of the thumbs and big toes. Press the point and breathe into it and repeat, especially if it’s sore. This indicates the organ needs some clearing.

Gall Bladder: Shaped like a four-inch-long pear, it’s behind the right side of the liver. It stores bile from the liver and releases it into the small intestine to aid in digestion.  Reflexology point: On the right palm, about one-third of the way between the base of the fingers and the wrist, down from the crease between the little finger and ring finger.

Heart: Our strongest muscle, about the size of a fist, it pumps oxygen- rich blood from the lungs to the arteries and blood from the veins to the lungs. Each day it processes over 1,800 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. About two-thirds of the heart is on the left, and one-third on the right, between the lungs.  The right atrium receives oxygen-depleted blood from the veins, sends it to the right ventricle, which pumps it to the lungs, back in the left atrium, below to the left ventricle, and into the arteries.  Reflexology point: on the left palm, just below the palm pads of the ring finger and little finger.

Intestine: The tube is about 28 feet long. The small intestine is 23 feet, bordered on the sides and top by the five-foot large intestine.  Food moves out of the stomach into the small intestine with digestive juices from the pancreas and bile from the gallbladder.  Undigested material moves through the ileocaecal valve into the large intestine (colon), up the right side of the abdomen, where it turns left at the liver, across to the left side and down into the rectum.  Reflexology point: the lower third of the palms.

Kidneys: About the size of a fist, shaped like beans, behind the stomach and liver behind the lower ribs. They regulate fluids and purify the blood by filtering it through more than one million enthrones. They regulate blood pressure by controlling the water/salt balances in the cells.  Reflexology point: On the palms of both hands, down from the index finger, inside the tendon to the thumb.  Lungs: Air comes in through the trachea into the two bronchial tubes, which divide into thousands of branches, which divide into millions of bronchioles with tiny air sacs at their ends. They exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen about 18 times a minute when resting. The lungs weigh about one pound each; the right lung is a little larger and has three lobes, while the left lung has two lobes.  Reflexology point: On the pads of the middle finger and ring finger.

Spleen: A purplish organ about five inches long, it weighs about seven ounces. It’s located on the left side, between the back of the stomach and diaphragm. With two parts, it cleans red blood cells and filters and stores blood.  Reflexology point: on the left palm, about halfway between the base of the fingers and the wrists, under the little finger.

Stomach: A bean-shaped sack, it’s mostly on the left side, under the diaphragm. It breaks down food to get it ready for the intestines. It can hold about two quarts.  Reflexology point: Just below the pads under the ring, middle, and index fingers.

Lymphatic System: Lymph is a clear or yellowish liquid, made from blood plasma, which feeds the body tissues oxygen and other nutrients while removing carbon dioxide and toxins. The 600 to 700 lymph nodes filter waste products and are found in the armpits, neck and groin.  Reflexology point: the back of the hands where they meet the wrists.

The Glands Adrenals: Small yellow triangles (with a brown interior) over the tops of the kidneys. Their hormones regulate water and mineral balances, including sodium and potassium, which influence blood pressure, and assist in the metabolism of foods. In a stressful situation, they release epinephrine, which triggers the release of glucose.  Reflexology points: above the tendon of the thumb, about one-third of the way up from the wrist, under the index finger.

Liver: The largest gland, reddish brown, it weighs about three and one-half pounds and is found under the right side of the rib cage.  It’s in charge of over 500 biochemical actions. It filters toxic waste, stores vitamins and minerals, manufactures several antibodies, disposes of bacteria, and produces one pint of bile a day.  Reflexology point: Just below the pads of ring finger and the little finger, about one-third of the distance between the base of the fingers and the wrist.

Ovaries, Testicles: develop the female/male hormones, and eggs/sperm.  Reflexology point: on the wrist, below the thumb and the little finger.  Pancreas: Considered both a gland and an organ, it’s about six inches long and yellow. It sits horizontally behind the stomach, about three inches above the navel. It controls the balance of blood sugar and aids in the conversion of food. Its juices break down foods in the small intestines. It releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the blood to control blood sugar.  Reflexology point: about two-thirds of the way between the base of the fingers and the wrist, below the crease between the middle and index fingers to the edge of the hand below the index finger.

Pineal: The size of a pea, reddish gray, in the center of the head, it’s attached to the upper part of the thalamus. In fish it receives light rays directly, while it receives light through the eyes in humans. It may also receive information about electromagnetic fields, as do migrating birds. It produces melatonin, mainly at night, to regulate sleep patterns. This hormone also stimulates the immune system and protects against damage to the genes. It’s believed to be a “magneto receptor, capable of monitoring magnetic fields.

Pituitary: Located in a small bony cavity in the center of the skull beneath the hypothalamus, it has two lobes. It weighs one-fortieth of an ounce, about the size of a large garbanzo bean. The master gland, it releases over eight hormones, including the growth hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and corticotropin, which stimulates the adrenal glands. It also stimulates production of male and female hormones.  Reflexology point: The center of the thumb pads.  Hypothalamus: In the middle of the base of the brain, it’s the power behind the throne. It maintains homeostasis by regulating heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, water balance, and the anterior part of the pituitary. It controls body weight and appetite.

Thyroid: A yellowish red butterfly-shaped gland with two lobes, one on each side of the windpipe, it weights about one ounce. It secretes hormones such as thyroxin. It regulates the metabolic rate, monitors pulse rates, and controls the amounts of oxygen in the body. The four parathyroids are brownish red, about one fourth of an inch in diameter, two near the top of lobes and two near the bottom. They produce hormones that control calcium and phosphorus levels in the body.  Reflexology point: On the inner edge of the base of the thumbs.

Health Sugestions from Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine Tongue diagnosis, as used by acupuncturists, offers a useful tool because it reveals so much about basic health. A healthy tongue is pinkish red (too pale is a deficiency, purple is stagnation, too red is excess heat from a yin deficiency), has an even thin white coating with no patches and the coating is rooted.  It has “spirit” rather than being flabby, is not too moist and not too dry. Cracks also provide information, such as a crack down the center to the tip represents a heart deficiency.  Notice the location of patches in the coating. The front of the tongue indicates the heart, behind it the lung, the middle the stomach and spleen and beside it the liver, in back the kidney, bladder, colon, and uterus. Look at http://www.gancao.net for link to Al Stone’s site for do-it-yourself tongue analysis with a mirror.  Giovanni Maciocia’s book Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine has color photos and case studies. A local acupuncturist can do tongue diagnosis along with checking deep and shallow pulses.

Bob Flaws, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, gives these suggestions in his tape series for Sounds True,  “Chinese Secrets of Health and Longevity.”  To relax, progressively think of each muscle as long, soft, heavy, elongated. To bring in chi, imagine breathing it up the spine (governing meridian) and breathe it down the front, along the central meridian. Send the chi to the bone marrow, kidneys, gonads and brain where essence chi is stored. To tune up meridians, every morning tap with your fist down the inside of the arm, turn the arm over, and tap up the outside of the arm over the shoulder. Do this three times, and then move to the other arm. Tap down the outside of the legs, turn the hip and go up the inside of the leg. With a lightly closed fist, tap the shoulder and the neck, then over the head and down the face with your fingers, including the jaws.

For digestion, exhale and press under the sternum. Start in the center and move over to the right, then from center to the left, four times. Push in on the exhalation and move on the inhalation.  Think of a vertical line down the center of the abdomen, with three lines on the right and four lines on the left. Press in along the lines, three times going up and four times going down. Then repeat the pressing in under the ribs. After meals, take a short walk and massage the abdomen with the palm of one hand making circles up from the right over to the left and around, 100 to 300 times.  For teeth, click them together 108 times and  percuss/pound the gums.  For ears, pull in each one, down, then out, then up.  For the brain, flick the base of the brain, pushing the middle finger off the index finger, while the hands are cupped over the ears.  For kidneys, pound the lower back. Kidneys are considered the root of inherited chi and involved in the aging process. Also massage the first point of the kidney meridian, between the arch of the foot and the ball of the foot. This is the most yin point on the body. You can put the foot on the knee and also massage the knee with the other hand.

For breast health, with the palms quickly rub inside down the outside and around up, 100 times, and then reverse the direction.  For men’s health, gently squeeze the testicles for as many years as he is old plus one.  For eyes, pinch around the eyes and smooth out from by the tear ducts along the eyebrows. Look up, down, side to side, in circles, without moving the head. Close your eyes and cup your palms over them.  Rice porridge is considered a helpful tonic, slowly cooking rice in six times the water, as in a crock-pot. To heal a cold, add peppermint and chrysanthemum flowers. For a cough with white fleam, add mustard greens. For a dry cough with no flea, add butter and honey for moistening. Also use herbal teas, such as mint to add digestion and corn silk to lower blood pressure.

Traditional Chinese Medicine identified four types: excessive yang who tend to be tall, beefy, muscular, overweight, and red faced. They should avoid yang foods like alcohol, fatty red meats, coffee and tea. Moderate yang is the ideal, often seen in young people.  Yin deficients are thin, active, cerebral, and vivacious. Their yang is very active, floats up without base. They need seafood, meat, and eggs, as well as grains and veggies. Excessive yin types are overweight but without the muscle of excessive yang, sweat easily, and have poor skin tone. They should avoid raw uncooked foods, shouldn’t drink much liquid with meals, should avoid mucus foods like dairy and fatty foods, and use warming spices like cardamom and ginger.

Ayurveda In an audio tapes series, “Ayurveda: The Science of Life,” Dr. Vasant Lad explains that three basic body types exist. Health stems from a balance of the three types. An imbalance causes disorder that leads to illness. You can be a vatta type who has lung congestion, a kapha imbalance, due to eating too much ice cream and other dairy foods and sweets.  Vatta qualities are: dry; light (can be fearful and worry); active and restless, walk and talk fast, in a rush, addicted to doing and multiple tasking; rough skin, nails, tongue, joints crack; cold (doesn’t like winter), subtle, clear with quick understanding, and expansive (can be ungrounded, spacey, like to buy junk at flea markets). In relationships, can be insecure and fearful.  Pitta qualities: hot (temper, irritable, perspire, go bald, doesn’t like summer); sharp (eyes, mind, memory, speech, concentrates on one task, good investigators and leaders), fear failure, seek success; oily (don’t like oily food), soft skin, sweat with smelly socks; penetrating, sour and loves sweets, acidic; creeping  (move without being noticed); spend money on luxuries; perfectionist, orderly, neat. In relationships pittas can be competitive and intellectual.

Kapha: heavy bones and muscles, slow; oily (with soft, cold skin, oily wavy hair); compassionate and loving; calm, quiet, grounded, forgiving; cloudy. They take time to understand complex problems and doesn’t forget, may be lazy unless asked to do a task; strong sex drive, and long lived. Doesn’t like windy late winter and spring. Kaphas are loving, compassionate, and forgiving in relationships.  Youth is kapha, adulthood is pitta, and old age is vatta.  Summer is pitta, fall is vatta, winter is kapha, and spring is kapha pitta.

Dr. Lad recommends that a partnership between the same types should be avoided.  Disease occurs in four stages. Every disease is caused by too much of one the doshas, or of two of them, or of all three. In the first, an imbalance occurs: Vatta in the colon, Pitta in the intestines, and Kapha in the stomach and lungs. Vittagenic foods are beans, nightshade vegetables like tomatoes and eggplant, and beans. Kapha is increased by sugar, cold, ice, watermelon, cucumber, wheat, meat, and dairy. Pitta foods are hot foods like chilies.

The second stage is leakage, causing gas, stomach acid and burping, and mucus respectively.  The third stage is like a leaky tap overflowing into a bucket.  A Vatta imbalance causes sensation of tingling, Pitta causes heat, and Kapha causes congestion as in the lymphatics and muscles.  In the fourth stage, the deposits sprout like a seed creating symptoms. The overflow deposits in weak spots, like a puddle of water, caused by addictions such as smoking, poor diet (such as combing milk and bananas, milk and meat, melon and grain), karma, genes, trauma, or suppressed emotions. Suppressed anger affects the liver, fear the kidneys, grief the lungs, and hate the gallbladder, and anxiety and worry affect the heart. The moral of the story is to deal with Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha imbalances before they cause disease.

Kids’ Mind Power

Heidy, the mother of two elementary school boys reports about my Kids’ Mind Power CD and the meditation CD for adults:  “We love the cds, my son was surprised that it was for kids.  He liked the power tools, ALOT!.  We listened to the kids cd- 3 times the day we got them, and practiced for several days after with the cds.  My husband loves the one for adults at nighttime.  Your voice is very nice. As for the brain gym, we looked into another neuro program called brain builder.  Two books entitled Disconnected Kids, and Connected Kids were written by the guy who does this work. We are looking into it.  I got the book to read, very good.”  

Diego, 12, reports on his use of energy tools from a Kids’ Mind Power workshop I taught.

Cross crawl is the most useful because it aligns my body, it gets my energy balanced. It’s easy, simple, and convenient, to align your body when ever you want. I include the crossing ankles and wrists whenever I use this tool.

I’ve used aligning the meridians by thumping them when I go to bed. My sleep was pretty good, better than normal.

Ground: Picture in your mind releasing some sort of pipe from the base of your spine. Making it hip wide and go down to the center of the earth. You’re centered, sturdy, and energetically connected to the earth. It’s healthy and allows for more psychic energy to come through the body. It helps me get the right answers to my questions with spirits, to make sure the information I get is right. It’s strong and calm. You can ground people that you meet, people that you’re uncomfortable around, rooms, chaotic situations to make them calmer, and parking spaces. We were going to see a show; normally the parking lots are filled, so hard to find a parking spot. My mom told me to ground a parking spot, so we both did, and we found a decent parking spot. My mom and I were going to my grandparents’ house and we decided to ground them and their house and put roses everywhere in the house. It ended up being a very pleasant visit. Normally they’re not very accepting of my mom and her holistic interests. My grandpa started asking my mom a bunch of questions about how diet heals. Normally they don’t believe in it . After the specific carbohydrate diet; you eliminate wheat, sugar, starches, dairy, and corn. My mom started me on it when I was six or seven and I’m still on it. Before I’d get really hyper or not be able to sleep that night. When people would be angry with me for doing something sometimes I wouldn’t even notice, and other times I’d really notice. I still bang on the table or chair. When I get off my diet I do it more. That’s one of the main things the I’m still a little addicted to making noises. The whole purpose of the diet is when you eat healthy foods your body responds in a normal way. When you eat bad foods, your body acts it out. I was violent at times whenever my mom couldn’t do something for me, I’d say I’ll kill you. I thought it was normal at the time. During the test when I got diagnosed the person asked questions about what my mom reported. Now I know how much I improved. I started hating the diet, can’t eat the foods that taste good. I also had leaky gut syndrome, goes to the brain, makes me crazy.

If you want to release something that may have been upsetting you, imagine flushing it down your grounding pipe. Whenever you release down the grounding pipe, it is always healthy to fill all the gaps with positive feeling and situations—what you may want to experience, like going to Africa. To do this picture a bright gold sun over your head and fill it with positive things. Then picture the gold sun pops, and all of its energy flows down your body from head to toe. It helps me retain a positive mood.

Centering: Close your eyes and picture being in a room in the center of your head, in your brain. In that room put everything that makes you happy and a throne in the middle. I put a piano in my room. I see whales breaching in the water out the window. In the lower right corner I have a garbage can where I can put anything that bothers me, any contaminates in my energy field or anything negative that may be trapped in some of my charkas. Whenever it gets too full I press a button right above the garbage can that says, “Send away.” It sends it down my grounding pipe or put it in a rose and blow it up.

I do it a lot when I go to bed, empty my garbage can.  I think it helps me go to sleep in a better mood to fall asleep.

Roses for Protection

If you’re ever feeling like there are too many people and too many energies bombarding you at once, picture roses all around your body with no gaps where other energy can get in.  When you do this you should notice that those energies may stop bothering you. Roses are another way that you can release negative energies. Just picture those negative energies going inside the roses and then see them blowing up like fireworks. Replace all those flowers with new ones. Always remember to fill in with gold sun energy.

Clairvoyant Reading

Picture you sitting in your throne in the center of your room. Picture a flat-screen TV on one of the walls. Now imagine picking up a TV remote with a button on it saying the person whose room you want to see. Press it and watch the TV. Watch what ever comes. What you are watching may be what the person is feeling, doing, or their desires. Make sure not to actually go into their room or else they may get a bad headache or get the feeling of being invaded. When you want to stop watching, open your eyes and snap your fingers to make sure you don’t leave any of your energies with them.

I got interested in energy playing a game with my friend  where we’d try and defeat the evil Kolbolt, like the devil, big and red with evil horns! We’d use our special powers shooting balls of energy from our hands. It really started to kick off when I first went to a small shop called Karma, Psychic Boutique. That’s where I learned so much more about energies and the psychic world. The first thing I did there was I took a class on how to bend spoons using your energy. They give you a spoon, then they tell you to surround yourself with a bubble of energy, and then ground yourself with a tree root. Ask your spoon do you want to be bent? If it’s no, choose another spoon. If it’s a yes, you ask it what it would like to be bent into. When it tells you, and he gives you the OK to start bending, you do it, don’t think about it. Your spoon should bend easily with little effort. One time when I tried it, I twisted the spoon up so much that it was all wrinkly and twisted and looked like it was about to break. This really started my interest in energy and the psychic realm.

Flower Essence Character Study of Gandhi: Vervain


Flower Essence Character Study of Gandhi: Archetype Four, Vervain


“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” “My life is my message.”


Gayle Kimball                                                            August, 2008


His Life and Impact

It’s important to have role models of outstanding humans in action. To me, Gandhi is one of the most Christ-like heroes of our era, one who combined

political liberation and spirituality. He said, “Though I cannot claim to be a Christian in the sectarian sense, the example of Jesus’ suffering is a factor in the composition of my undying faith in non-violence which rules all my actions, worldly and temporal.” Gandhi applied principles taught by Jesus, including turn the other cheek in political struggles.

His principles of soul-force and non-violent political change liberated India from British colonial rule and inspired heroes like Nelson Mandela,  Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Dalai Lama who also changed the course of history. Gandhi was the first activist to apply non-violence on such a large scale. That is why I selected him for my archetypal study of Archetype Four—Community Service and a Vervain type. Thinking about him, I dreamed that he was an Eskimo, paddling his kayak into ice flows to get game for his people, knowing that he would get frozen in and die. He was in fact a martyr, who gave up sex, material possessions—even clothes for a handspun cotton loin cloth and shawl, and finally his life to as assassin. Lewis Mumford said Gandhi was “the most important religious figure of our time.” (Easwaran).

Gandhi called his autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth.”  (The quotes in this section are from his autobiography, unless another citation is given.) “My uniform experience has convinced me that there is no other God than Truth;” He realized the basis of the search for truth is ahimsa, non-violence. He wrote, “It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself,” for we are all children of the same Creator. “To slight a single human being is to slight those divine powers, and thus to harm not only that being but with him the whole world.”

To find Truth, one has to love the Creation as oneself, which requires self-purification. “God can never be realized by one who is not pure of heart.” And purification being highly infectious, purification of oneself necessarily leads to the purification of one’s surroundings: “All that I can in true humility present to you is that Truth is not to be found by anybody who has not got an abundant sense of humility. If you would swim on the bosom of the ocean of Truth you must reduce yourself to a zero.”  To obtain purity, one has to become free of passion. “I must reduce myself to zero. Those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means…” Gandhi believed that “God could be realized only through service,” in his case to Indian liberation in South Africa and latter from the British in India. He realized “the infinite possibilities of universal love.” Yet reporter Louis Fischer asked Gandhi’s friend Mahadev Desai about the source of Gandhi’s hold on people, was it his passion? Desai agreed and said the root of the passion was “the sublimation of all the passions that flesh is heir to,” including sex and personal ambition. “Gandhi is under his own complete control. That generates tremendous energy and passion.” (Fischer)



Born October 2, 1869

1883 married Kasturba (they had four sons)

1888 traveled by himself to London to study law

1893-1914 practiced law and organized the Indian community in South Africa, developing his plan of non-violent protest.

1915 returned to India, became active in the Congress Party and in various social justice actions. 1921 head of the Indian National Congress, encouraging boycott of British products.

1930 Salt march to protest salt tax, one of his most successful protests. The British imprisoned over 60,000 people.

I946 unsuccessfully opposed partition into Muslim and Hindu states.

1947 Indian independence

1948 assinated by a Hindu radical.


Gandhi was born to a family of government leaders. He was so shy that he ran home as soon as school was over, but he became very attracted to and possessive of his young wife: “Separation was unbearable,” he wrote. His parents arranged his marriage when he was only age 13, without consulting him. The wedding ceremony is expensive and takes time-consuming preparation making clothes, decorations and food. His middle brother and a cousin were married at the same time to save money. His wife, Kasturbai, was his same age but illiterate. He later felt badly about keeping her up late at night talking and having sex. He struggled as an adult to overcome his lust and became celibate in 1906 after they had four sons. He remarked about their relationship, “We have had numerous bickerings, but the end has always been peace between us. The wife, with her matchless powers of endurance, has always been the victor.”

During his teen years, his friend Mohandas influenced to try smoking—stealing money from the servants to buy cigarettes, meat eating which his Vaishnava Hindu family did not do, as well as a visit to a house of prostitution (he wasn’t able to carry on with this experiment). Because he valued honesty and truth so highly, he confessed to his father what he had done. His father forgave him, teaching him a lesson in Ahimsa.

He passed the college entrance examination in 1887 and went to college, where he was so homesick he returned home at the end of the first term. A family advisor suggested that he shorten his years in college by going to England to study law so as to be able to support his extended family. His mother was reluctant to let him journey to a foreign land but he vowed not to touch wine, women, or meat and she and his uncle (his father had died) gave him permission to go. Law students studied text books on their own but were required to attend social gatherings with the barristers, and took the bar exam, but were not taught how to practice law. He got interested in vegetarianism and dietetics, an interest he continued throughout his life. Theosophists and others he met in the Vegetarian Society encouraged him to read the Bhagavad-Gita and other religious texts, encouraging an interest in religion for the first time.

After he returned to India, he went to Bombay to study Indian law and to try to get some clients. He childhood shyness persisted; he was so nervous at his first case that he couldn’t speak and told his client to hire someone else. His brother found him a job with a company in South Africa. He left his wife and two sons in India.

“Colored” people were not allowed on South African first-class train compartments, as he discovered when he was kicked off despite having a first-class ticket. This was not the first or the last time he would resist unjust authority, beginning as a small child when he removed the statue of a god from its niche in the family prayer room so he could sit there. (A &S Gandhi). An Orange Free State law removed other rights in 1888 and in the Transvaal in 1885. They couldn’t own land, vote, or be outside after 9:00 PM. Gandhi became a leader in protest against a proposed bill to prevent Asians from voting in Natal, forming the Natal Indian Congress and writing columns for the newspaper Indian Opinion that made the struggle possible. Gandhi wrote a petition to the legislature; volunteers gathered 10,000 signatures. He sent copies to all the newspapers and publicists he knew, including to journals in Britain and India. He said the struggles required “unflinching faith, great patience, and incessant effort.”

Back in India for a visit, he distributed a pamphlet on the condition of Indians in South Africa. This was the first time he used children as volunteers to get the pamphlets ready to post. He also organized meetings with influential leaders.

At age 36 he took a vow of celibacy (brahmacharya), non-possession (aparigraha) and simple food, without consulting his wife on her wishes. Celibacy resulted in the couple being” true friends, the one no longer regarding the other as the object of lust.” He also spent one day a week in silence. He explained, “Passion in man is generally co-existent with a hankering after the pleasures of the palate. And so it was with me. I have encountered many difficulties in trying to control passion as well as taste, and I cannot claim even now to have brought them under complete subjection.” They ate as their staple foods raw nuts, bananas, dates, lemons, and olive oil. He also developed a passion for “self-help and simplicity” as in doing their own washing, cooking and hair cutting, avoiding adornment like jewelry, and medicine. He said most illnesses can be cured by a well-regulated diet and household remedies. He believed someone who relies on drugs “by becoming the slave of his body instead of remaining its master, loses self-control, and ceases to be a man.” He believed self-purification was a prerequisite to Satyagraha, soul force that he developed in South Africa as passive resistance to an unjust system.

Influenced by Ruskin’s book Unto This Last, he added to his belief in public service a new respect for manual work on the land. In 1904, he formed a community on farm, called the Phoenix, which would produce Indian Opinion newspaper there. The children learned shoe making, carpentry, and cooking. On Tolstoy Farm, another commune he founded, the children always had a teacher working with them, as the rule was youngsters were not asked to do what teachers did not do. The students also learned various Indian languages as well as English, and basic history, geography and arithmetic. He believed that spiritual training came most powerfully through the example of the teachers, more than books. He was of course opposed to corporal punishment, although he did one time hit an unruly boy with a ruler on his arm. “But I still repent that violence.” So he never did it again, but instead fasted to do penance for misdeeds of students as he continued to do when he turned to protest British rule.

The struggle ended in 1914 when he and some of the Phoenix group returned to India. The Phoenix community transferred to the Satyagraha Ashram in 1915 in Ahmedabad. Soon after it was founded they added an untouchable family to the Ashram. Monetary help stopped until one man drove up and donated money. Gandhi also opened primary schools in six villages. Concerned about the unsanitary conditions, he brought in a doctor to educate the teachers about public health policies.

His first social struggle for Satyagraha in India was to abolish the indentured servant system in India. The British Viceroy opposed immediate abolition, so in 1917 Gandhi decided to “tour the country for an all-India agitation” on third class trains. First, he discussed the matter with the Viceroy. He also took on the cause of tenant farmers of indigo planters in Tirhut. The owners took him to court for disobeying the order to leave the area. He explained he disobeyed due to “obedience to the higher law of our being, the voice of conscience.” Gandhi made a point of talking with the planters, to learn about their side of the case and “to win them over by gentleness.”  He met with leaders individually and with their Association and was polite to police officers. “They thus saw that I didn’t not want to offend them personally, but that I wanted to offer civil resistance to their orders. In this way they were put at ease, and instead of harassing me they gladly availed themselves of my and my co-workers’ co-operation in regulating the crowds.” When the planters spread falsehoods about him and his co-workers that appeared in the newspapers, “my extreme cautiousness and my insistence on truth, even to the minutest detail, turned the edge of their sword.”

Then he got involved in a strike by mill workers in Ahmedabad. He taught them a successful strike requires no violence and “to remain firm, no matter how long the strike continued, and to earn bread, during the strike, by any other honest labor.” After several weeks the strikers started to fall from these principles, becoming hostile to the strikebreakers, so he decided to fast. “The net result of it was that an atmosphere of good-will was created all round. The hearts of the mill-owners were touched, and they set about discovering some means for a settlement. “ After three days, an arbitrator was brought in and the strike ended after 21 days.

In a dream, he got the idea for a whole country strike, a hartal. They decided to apply civil disobedience to the unpopular salt tax. He suggested that people prepare salt from seawater in their homes. Volunteers were trained in the conditions of Satyagraha, as with leaflets. Then he started hand spinning with a spinning wheel, developing a movement to make cloth called khadi to boycott British clothing. He got involved in Congress politics leading the Quit India movement, with successful liberation from Britain in 1947. He was assinated a year later due to the struggle between Muslims and Hindus over partition.

Gandhi’s Archetype

Astrology: Libra (October 2). Dr. Bach linked one’s natal moon sign with one of the Twelve Healer typologies. His moon was in Leo, which Bach linked to Vervain.


Myers Briggs: Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving (INFP). Hallmark Characteristics: Virtuous, Devoted, Theoretical, Compassionate, and Private. Leadership Style: Skilled listeners with a natural ability to identify with others, INFPs project an outward quiet gentleness, which masks their great determination. Proficient at encouraging others they affirm individual contributions and relentlessly uphold regarded values and ideals while inspiring followers to achieve goal accomplishment.

             Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were strong perceivers—they were able to affect great change within their respective countries by being flexible and adaptive, while remaining strong-willed. http://www.allcareerschools.com/career-center/all/all/personality-article/


Enneagram: Various people in Internet articles have labeled him a one, two, and eight. I vote for one with a two-wing.

Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.


    * Basic Fear: Of being corrupt/evil, defective

    * Basic Desire: To be good, to have integrity, to be balanced

    * Enneagram One with a Nine-Wing: “The Idealist”

    * Enneagram One with a Two-Wing: “The Advocate” http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/typeOne.asp


Jupiter Archetype and Vervain: Gandhi clearly represents Meta-Flora Level Four, the Jupiter Archetype, as the Great Soul found his life purpose in social service to his countrymen in South Africa and then back home in India. Notice the photo of his few personal possessions and note that at one point he was the highest earning lawyer in South Africa. In terms of the Bach Twelve Healers, he is a Vervain. Author Gaye Mack comments in a personal email about Bach’s typology, “I have always felt that he never wavered from one of these being at the core in each of us even though he really never came back to the concept of soul types/personalities in his later writings.” In the following section italics indicate quotes describing Vervain and in brackets how these traits applied to Gandhi. The illustrations of how Gandhi acted out his Vervain nature are drawn from his grandson’s book The Forgotten Woman.

Dr. Bach described Vervain this way in The Twelve Healers.

Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. Vervain teaches us that it is by being rather than doing that great things are accomplished. [He tried to educate his illiterate teenage wife, about whom he was jealous and possessive as a teen and when he came back from England. Even at the end of their lives, in wouldn’t let her have a notebook she wanted, until her handwriting improved. She said, “I am done with my lessons for life, thank you.” He admitted he was a jealous and domineering husband. Another example of his domination was he insisted his wife and sons wear shoes in the house in South Africa, although they weren’t used to it and it hurt their feet.  He commented, “I regarded myself as my wife’s teacher and so harassed her out of my blind love for her.” He made her empty the chamber pot of a guest, defying Hindu beliefs about work suitable only for Untouchables.

He wrote in a letter to a friend, “I do not know what evil there is in me. I have a strain of cruelty in me, such that people force themselves to do things, even attempt impossible things, in order to please me.” However, he noted, “The wife, with her matchless powers of endurance, has always been the victor.”]


They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. [Despite his early shyness and fears, he was able to become a public speaker in South Africa in his efforts to emancipate Indians. It took strong will to endure years in South African and British prisons and many fasts of long duration as part of his protest against injustice.]


In illness they struggle on long about many others would have given up their duties. [One could look at extensive fasting as a type of illness. He was very healthy, although he had hypertension, a bout with dysentery, and his appendix was removed—without anesthesia. Interestingly, Vervain has been used as a remedy for high blood pressure and other nervous disorders (McIntyre).]


McIntyre adds in Flower Power that Vervain is a remedy for charismatic people with huge resources of energy, which can be a great inspiration to others….Vervain people tend to espouse themselves to causes…Their commitment to their work or ideals can lead them to sacrifice all their energy and time to further their cause. It can take over their lives, and they are unable to rest or relax, feeling the need to win those around them to their viewpoint….They have enormous willpower and often being revolutionaries at heart are prepared to suffer for their convictions. She adds they can be domineering, over-intense, fanatical, and tense. [Yes, he was energetic. His grandson noted Gandhi’s “quick movement appeared to be fueled by some inexhaustible store of energy.” His fellow activist Gokhale told him in South Africa, “You will always have your own way.” He warned him again being a tyrant to others in imposing his self-denial on others. Gaye Mack’s book quotes Barnard as explaining it’s hard to differentiate a Vervain and an Impatiens, but the former is more mental and perfectionist and the latter more feeling. Mack adds that Impatiens show visible irritation—as Gandhi did with his wife, but he was mentally focused as in the influence of books he read on setting up communes.

Long-term Bach expert, Nickie Murray adds that Vervains are perfectionists who like to influence other people, but are not domineering in the way that a Vine works with others. Gandhi’s daughter-in-law said he was “quite a perfectionist,” even as to how an orange was peeled, all membrane removed, and each section had to remain unbroken.

His pursuit of perfection could sometimes become hurtful to those whom he hoped to perfect, such as his wife and oldest son, noted his grandson. To his son Harilal he wrote, “I know too that you have sometimes felt than your education was being neglected…” What can be better than that you should have the opportunity of nursing your mother” and looking after your sister-in-law. Harilal said, “He just does not care for us, any of us.” Gandhi wrote to Harilal, “The only thing that pleases me is to be ever occupied with activity of the utmost purity…” The father’s extremism led Harilal to be an alcoholic dropout, resentful of the lack of education and late marriage neglect by his father (parents arranged their children’s marriages).

An example of his absolutism is at his Indian ashram in 1915, all had to agree to nine vows, including be truthful, nonviolent, celibate, to possess nothing, no foreign cloth, to fear nothing, and accept Untouchables. Towards the end of his life, after his wife’s death, he slept naked with young women to test his strength of will and reported to a friend that he did not feel aroused.]


 From the FES website on Vervain:

Definition: Vervain soul types naturally possess strong forces of passionate idealism. They give themselves fully and completely to the work or cause in which they believe. [As an idealist, he assumed decency on the part of his adversaries, believed they could be reached by morality. In a Satyagraha campaign, the adversary is not to be destroyed, but to be won over, he said. He also attempted to courteously talk over an issue with his opponents. “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall–think of it, ALWAYS!” He was a feminist who was against child marriages and a double standard of morality. He said, “I strongly feel that the ultimate victory of nonviolence depends wholly on women.”]


However, they can become so convinced of the rightness and urgency of their beliefs that their natural charismatic capacities degenerate into those of the zealot or fanatic. Their true leadership ability is afflicted, for the Vervain type’s incredible intensity can overwhelm and prevent others from making their own energetic connection to the project or cause which is being promoted. [Gandhi was in some ways a fanatic, but he was able to mobilize the support of his countrymen due to their understanding of his purity. Gandhi was a charismatic leader. His friend Gokhale told a Bombay audience, “Gandhi has in him the marvelous spiritual power to turn ordinary men around him into heroes and martyrs.” But of his four sons, only Manilal adopted voluntary poverty and devoted his life to nonviolence]


Such an individual can be characterized as possessing not only great intensity but also great physical tension, which results in many nervous and digestive problems, and in extreme cases may lead to nervous breakdown. These persons are usually unaware of their true energy levels, and often push their bodies completely beyond their natural capacities. In fact, there is very little connection to the physical body or to the physical world, because this type lives so fervently in the world of ideas and ideals. Vervain is particularly an embodiment remedy, helping the soul to center and ground its tremendous enthusiasm. In this way, the body becomes a natural regulator and harmonizer for the abundant spiritual forces which pour out of such a person. When the fiery light of Vervain radiates through the medium of the body and the physical world, it becomes more luminous and contained. Such soul ardor is able to inspire, lead, and heal others.

[He seemed calm rather than tense, advocating, “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and anyone who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.” Gandhi was in touch with his body, as he was interested in alternative health cures such as mudpacks and delivered his fourth son by himself. He was very interested in diet and espoused vegetarianism. He exercised daily by walking with his followers, even as an old man.  He advocated simple village life, as “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” He spun cloth and walked daily; these simple activities kept him grounded.

He wasn’t a masochist; “Service has no meaning unless one takes pleasure in it.” But he felt care of the body took too much time: He wrote to Harilal, “I am filled with shame by the unworthiness of my mind. I fall into despair because of the attention my body craves and wish that it should perish.” This does indicate ambivalence towards being in a physical body, as does perhaps taking a vow of celibacy at 36. He explained “I clearly saw that as one aspires to serve humanity with his whole soul…. I should find myself unequal to my task if I were engaged in the pleasures of family life…The prospect of the vow brought a certain kind of exultation, opened out limitless vistas of service.” He opposed birth control because intercourse should be for procreation.]

Mahatma Gandhi had the idealistic zeal of the Vervain without losing touch with the physical world or being tense, although he could be controlling of those close to him.


FES Possibilities

Consulting Section Four FES types, perhaps he represents Black Cohosh, charismatic personalities who can be controlling of others. Perhaps Dandelion for those who push themselves relentlessly. Perhaps he represents Lakspur, for true leadership that is infused with ideals from higher realms within the spiritual world, stimulates charisma and joy.

Or Mountain Pride, for leadership that requires risk-taking; for the courage to take on controversial issues or to confront adversity situations…with equanimity.” Consulting the Flower Essence Repertory, I found that Mountain Pride, imparts to the soul the archetype of the spiritual warrior—the radiation of the positive masculine…Through Mountain Pride the soul learns to take a stand in the world and for the world, by aligning its own personal identity with forces of goodness and truth. The imbalanced part of Mountain pride is withdrawal in the face of challenge; he did have a fear of public speaking and wouldn’t do it in his early years, but overcame it.

Larkspur is associated with charismatic leadership, contagious enthusiasm, and joyful service. The soul learns to radiate inspire charismatic energy which motivates and encourages others. The pattern of imbalance is self-aggrandizement or feeling burdened by duty. I don’t see that Gandhi had this imbalance.

Or Tall Mountain Larkspur for leadership that is spiritually as well as cosmically aligned, reaching beyond the force of one’s personality to be filled with light and inspiration.

Positive qualities: Leadership based upon spiritual alignment; ability to hear, see and act in a greater capacity of soul leadership beyond one’s immediate personality

Patterns of imbalance: Inability to receive or trust spiritual guidance; restriction of true spiritual gifts due to lack of dynamic connection to higher dimensions of soul inspiration. [Gandhi was able to receive spiritual guidance in prayer; he said, “Without prayer there is no inward peace.” He was inspired by reading religious texts, Emerson, Thoreau, Ruskin, etc. He didn’t seem to lack guidance for what action to take next, although his grandson reported, “Kasturba had often seen him assailed by self-doubts, tortured by feelings of guilt or shame.”]

Gandhi took the principles of Jesus and applied them to political liberation movements. He was able to liberate his people by sticking to the principles of soul-force and non-violence and by removing an egoic desire for self-gain for himself or his family. He represents Archetype Four and the activist Vervain personality at their highest. “There is a soul force which if we permit it, will flow through us, producing miraculous results”



Dr. Edward Bach. The Essential Writings of Dr. Edward Bach. 2005


Julian Barnard. Bach Flower Remedies. 2002


Eknath Easwaran. Gandhi: The Man. 1997.


Arun and Sunanda Gandhi. The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, Wife of Mahatma Gandhi. 1998


Louis Fischer. Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World. 1954.


Patricia Kaminski. Building Depth in Flower Essence Therapy: An Archetypal Map of the Human Soul.


Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz. Flower Essence Repertory.  2004.


Gaye Mack. Igniting Soul Fire. 2004

Anne McIntyre. Flower Power. 1996


Audiotape. Nickie Murray. The Flower Remedies of Dr. Bach. 1954.


Cindy Hillenbrand, “Bach’s View of Astrology: The Moon Sign and the Twelve Groups of Humanity.” The Journal of Vibrational Flower Essences, Vol. 2, #4, March, 2000. http://www.essences.com/vibration/mar00/bachmoon.html


. http://www.allcareerschools.com/career-center/all/all/personality-article/




Films: Gandhi, 1982, and The Making of the Mahatma, 1996.


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