Monthly Archives: January 2016

Samskaras: Who makes your choices?

Who makes your choices?
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Published in News Press on January 26, 2016

I once asked a holistic healer to find the root of my bad decision making.

It wasn’t a big deal. I just wanted to know why I engaged in the same repetitive patterns of emotions, responses and decisions that always blew up in my face.

She produced a crystal pendulum, and I raised an eyebrow.

I had seen simple pendulum dowsing before. Ask a question, and, if the pendulum rotated in a circle, the answer was yes.  If it rocked side to side, it was no.

This was a more sophisticated operation.  The table chart below the swinging stone was a vast matrix of all possible traumatic life experiences, some minor, some apocalyptic.

While the pendulum danced, she spoke to the “channels,” and she thanked the pendulum for revealing the diagnosis.

“In your past lives, you have torture, terror and persecution.”

I gasped.

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Key Tips: Food as Medicine

Key Tips: Food as Medicine
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Published in News Press on January 19, 2016

The food you eat can be medicine and assist on the path to wellness.

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Ethnobiologist Marc Williams in Naples

Marc Williams is a North Carolina ethnobiologist who was raised in Florida.  His life and research have centered on how human cultures interface with plants and living organisms.

Williams is a proponent of the “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” philosophy when it comes to health.  Food is a part of a holistic approach to healing. Williams has picked up the torch from one of his mentors Frank Cook in envisioning an evolving “World Healing System” derived from the combined knowledge of Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy along with European, Native American and African American traditions.

He recently led a workshop entitled “Food as Medicine” sponsored by the Lifelong Learning program at the Naples Botanical Garden. He’s lectured for more than 60 organizations nationally and internationally including England, Netherlands and Costa Rica. He is also the director of Plants and Healers International.

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The Art of Dharma Lefevre

The Art of Dharma Lefevre
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on January 12, 2016

Dharma with Mabon Day

Dharma with Green Tara

Dharma Lefevre’s art is myth, the pantheon of dream, and she’s following her bliss.

They’re canvasses of goddesses who gaze with aggression and fearless passion, burn with raw urban power and trigger imagination and introspection.

Dharma doesn’t call them pictures.

“They’re stories,” she said.

Fire gave these stories life.

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