RUE (botanical name : RUTA GRAVEOLENS) is a small, evergreen shrub with woody stems and bluish-grey-green leaves.  It is used as a flavouring agent in Greece and other Mediterranean countries.  The leaves have an astringent or bitter taste, especially when dried.  RUE can be used with sour, acidic foods, which help to tone down its bitterness such as tomato sauces and dishes with olives or capers.  RUE leaves and berries are an important part of the cuisine of Ethiopia.  Sometimes, RUE seeds are used to flavour porridge.  In Italy, the young branches of the plant are dipped in a batter, deep-fried and consumed with salt or sugar.

rue-plantRUE is one of the herbs mentioned in the New Testament.  In some countries, holy water is sprinkled from brushes  made of RUE at the ceremony usually preceding the Sunday of High Mass, for which reason it is called the HERB OF REPENTENCE and the HERB OF GRACE.  RUE has a long history of use in both medicine and magic, and is considered a ‘protective herb’ in both disciplines.

The hardy evergreen shrub is mentioned by writers from Pliny to Shakespeare and beyond, as a ‘herb of remembrance’  of ‘warding’ and of ‘healing’.  RUE was once believed to improve eyesight and creativity, and no less personages than Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo regularly ate the small, trefoil leaves to increase their own levels of creativity.

Since olden days, RUE has been used to ward off contagion and prevent attacks of fleas and other noxious insects.  RUE juice is used to treat earache.  It is believed that RUE is helpful in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes and allergic reactions.  Tea made from RUE leaves is used to treat nervous headache, griping stomach ache, dizziness, cough, vertigo, palpitation, anxiety problems and high blood pressure.

————— (Sacred Space)


Be earthy

muladhara___2011_by_karmym-d4e42s4Connecting with the earth helps us draw energy into our body.  The immense healing power of the earth is available to us all the time.  By nature, we are drawn towards earth, for instance, children always crave to play in mud.  But our own inhibitions take us away from its healing powers.  The consciousness of earth becomes more powerful along with its metallic wealth, water bodies, woods and deep-buried lava.
It is said that earth carries the goodness of the upper realm or heaven and evil from the lower realm or hell.  So, its vibrations are harsh as well as calm, yet strong in nature.  Earth is a wonderful mixture of positive and negative, black and white, “yin” and “yang” energies.  That makes earth a learning institute for a soul to evolve, as all these extremities are important for growth.  Without black, the importance of white will never be known.  Only earth provides such opportunities.
Being connected with earth helps in balancing our lower “chakras”, which are important for our graceful stay on the planet.  These “chakras” are related with our survival and existence on earth.
root-chakra-paintingROOT CHAKRA :  A balanced “root” chakra or “muladhara” chakra gives us a sense of belonging and emotional stability.  it helps us in removing worries related to survival.  A sense of not felling at home, incurring more expenses than your income, switching from job to job and being in unequal relationships are symptoms that your “root” chakra is not balanced.  Also. a weak “root” chakra always keeps us worried.  Making connections with the earth helps in balancing the “root” chakra and that further keeps us grounded and emotionally stable.  A weak “root” chakra can be “karmic” and also can be “related to lifestyle”.
symbol-jumbo-sacral-chakraSACRAL CHAKRA :  The “sacral” chakra or “swadhisthana” chakra is related to our emotional wellbeing and vitality.  It is related to all our senses.  An imbalance in the “sacral” chakra can block our emotional welfare and can keep us cut of from our senses and results in lack of self-respect, self-esteem and confidence.  Regular conflicts in all aspects of life and constant boredom are signs that the “sacral” chakra is not balanced.  Healing with earth energy can balance the “sacral” chakra in a wonderful way.
Making small changes in lifestyle are important.  We can be connected with earth energy by following some steps :
** Touching the earth, even for a short time, helps in drawing earth energy into our system.  Walking barefoot on grass is a good way to get connected with the earth.
**Allow children to play safely in mud.  It is a good foundation to balance your lower chakras.
** Include one or few earthen pots either for cooking or storage of food or water in some way.  It keeps sending earth energy into your system.
** Communicate with the other children of Mother Earth —— plants and animals in your own unique way.  This helps in balancing both lower chakras and gives us a sense of belonging.
** Dried grass contains lots of powerful energy of earth.  Keep it in an earthen bowl in a corner of your home and the workplace.  It will absorb the negativity of the environment.
** Wear stones and metals found in the earth.
** Earth colours are green, white, orange and red.  Wear them often if you feel your lower chakras are not balanced.
** Use of eco-friendly goods and recycled things are other ways through which you can express your gratitude towards your temporary abode — EARTH.
The constant rotation of the earth brings changes in climate and in the cycles of harvesting and migration.  It reminds us always that every phase of life is temporary in nature, and bound to pass.
——————–Rama Awasthi. 

Emotional freedom technique


Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is a series of tapping techniques which can help achieve great freedom from the emotions that have created problems.  This technique has been spanned out from a 5000-year-old technique called ACCUPUNCTURE.

EFT breathes fresh air into the emotional therapy process.  It is a relatively recent therapeutic process that combines the ancient knowledge of the ENERGY MERIDIANS from Chinese medicine.  This non-invasive therapy helps relieve and improve any emotional disturbance along with physical symptoms.  it can be practised by anyone.

EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture, and no needles are used.  Instead, there is a simple two-pronged process —–

(1) Mentally ‘tune in’ to specific issues

(2) Certain MERIDIAN POINTS on the body are stimulated by tapping on them with the fingertips.

Properly done, EFT appears to balance disturbances in the meridian system and thus often reduces the conventional therapy procedures from months or years down to minutes or hours.  It assists in Mind-Body-Soul balance.  Our behaviour is governed by our beliefs, whether those beliefs are destructive or not.  To change our lives , we have to change the dysfunctional beliefs from our subconscious.  Using EFT, we can help to unify the mind with the body.  This TAPPING balances the ENERGY MERIDIANS thereby achieving a CALM STATE.  Once we get our set up and reminder phrases, we can begin tapping.  You begin EFT with your set up affirmation by repeating it ‘3’ times at least on your KC (Karate Chop) point.  Which ideally is , “Even though I have this challenge / issue, I still truly, deeply, completely : LOVE, FORGIVE and ACCEPT myself “.

TAPPING SEQUENCE :  Using your index finger and middle finger tips, tap gently, but firmly on each of the points by repeating the REMINDER PHRASE.—

(a) Eyebrow Point (EB)

(b) Side of the Eye (SE)

(c) Under the Eye (UE)

(d) Under the Nose (UN)

(e) Chin (CH)

(f) Collarbone (CB)

(g) Under the Arm (UA)

(h) Crown of the Head (CRH) : It is sometimes referred to as the Top of the Head (TH).

Some of the advantages of EFT are :——

(1) Works even if you are sceptical.

(2) You cannot go wrong with the procedure

(3) You can state the problem as it stands.

(4) You can get a lot of done by yourself.

(5) It can be used anywhere and at any time.

(6) Sometimes one or two rounds clear the problem.

(7) Sometimes even untapped issues are resolved there by side benefits.

(8) One can be innovative and creative and use it with anything.

(9) Can be applied on others or even at a distance.

——–Shilpa M. Menon

Made perfect through suffering


A tract from a passage in ‘Streams of the desert’:

I kept for nearly a year the flask-shaped cocoon of an emperor moth. It is very peculiar in its construction. A narrow opening is left in the neck of the flask, through which the perfect insect forces its way, so that a forsaken cocoon is a entire as one still tenanted, no rupture of the interlacing fibres having taken place.–The great disproportion between the means of egress and the size of the imprisoned insect makes one wonder how the exit is ever accomplished at all—-and it never is without great labour and difficulty. It is supposed that the pressure to which the moth’s body is subjected in passing through such a narrow opening is a provision of nature for forcing the juices into the vessels of the wings, these being less developed at the period of emerging from the chrysalis than they are in other insects.-

I happened to witness the first efforts of my imprisoned moth to escape from its long confinement. During a whole forenoon, from time to time, I watched it patiently striving and struggling to get out It never seemed able to go beyond a certain point, and at last my patience was exhausted.. Very probably, the confining fibre were drier and less elastic than if the cocoon had been left all winter on its native heather, as nature meant it to be. At all events I thought I was wiser and more compassionate than is Maker, and I resolved to give it a helping hand. With the point of my scissors I snipped the confining t hreads to make the exit just a very little easier, and lo immediately, and with perfect ease, out crawled my moth dragging a huge swollen body and little shrivelled wings. In vain I watched to see the marvellous process of expansion in which these silently and swiftly develop before one’s eyes; and as I traced the exquisite spots and markings of diverse colours which were all there in miniature. I longed to see these assume their due proportions and the creature to appear in all its perfect beauty, as it is, in truth, one of the loveliest of its kind. But I looked in vain.

My false tenderness had proved its ruin. It never was anything but a stunted abortion, crawling painfully through that brief life which it should have spent flying through the air on rainbow wings. I have thought of it often, when watching with pitiful eyes those who were struggling with sorrow and distress, and I would fain cut short the discipline and give deliverance. Short-sighted man ! How know I that one of these pangs or groans could be spared ? The far-sighted, perfect love that seeks the perfection of its object does not weakly shrink from present, transient suffering. Because our Father loves His children, He chastise them ( He whom God loveth, he chastiseth ) He spares not for their crying. Made perfect through suffering, they are brought to glory through much tribulation.

Simple Meditation


Here are 5 simple meditations you should try right now :

(1) VIPASSANA——-Also known as Mindfulness or Insight Meditation.  Assume upright position.  Bring attention to your breath ——each inhalation and exhalation.  If you find your mind wandering, as it often tends to do, gently redirect it to your breath and restart.  Buddha said ,” Applied mindful meditation leads to enlightenment, lowers stress and helps to fight health issues.

(2) MANTRA——-It is similar to mindful meditation with the addition of a repetition of a simple word like OM or PEACE.  Assume upright position and spend 30seconds just sitting with eyes closed before starting the mantra.  Repetition of a mantra QUIETS the breath, and therefore also the mind.

(3) WALKING——Choose a flat path (lucky if you find one ) on which to walk back and forth, no more than ten paces in each direction.  Before you start, concentrate on sensations of your feet on the ground, the clothes on your body, the sun and wind on your skin.  Begin walking slowly, keeping attention on your body, especially the soles of your feet on the ground, bending and extending of knee and the curl of the toes.  Stepping from foot to foot creates a meditative state, calming the mind and cultivating awareness.

(4) VISUALIZATIONS——Imagery brings one into a deeply relaxed state.  Find a quiet area and sit.  Close your eyes, breathe deeply and imagine (visualize) yourself in a calm place—-a meadow or an empty beach.  Imagine how the place looks, feels, sounds, smells.  The more vividly you capture the location, the greater the healing effects.  Visualization lowers the blood pressure and stress-hormone levels.

(5) BRAINWAVE ENTRAINMENT——Also known as SOUNDWAVE MEDITATION and it uses music of five different frequencies—-BETA, ALPHA, THETA, DELTA and GAMMA to access and alter different levels of the subconscious mind.  Choose the benefit you’d like to work on.  BETA—-Focus and Concentration ; ALPHA—-Creativity ; THETA—-Insight and Memory ; DELTA—-Deep Sleep and Healing ; GAMMA—-To increase Cognition and improve IQ.  Choose to lie down or sit.  Spend a minute or two to relax the body.  Play some music from the required frequency and create self-talk to gradually start building NEW NEURAL PATHWAYS.  Hold on to the image as long as you can.  Brainwave meditation is not only relaxing, but it can also open your mind to new ideas and help you to think more creatively.