October 2008


In energy kinesiology there are many things that can be done to help someone with physical issues. Of all the tools I have shown my sisters, the one they remember the most is Figure 8s. They are actually lazy figure 8s because they are done by moving your fingers in a side to side design rather than up and down. My sister Gail first realized they were beneficial when she fell down the steps into the garage and hit her hip on her car. We started doing figure 8s above the area where she hurt. The pain went away and she didn’t end up bruised. She became a believer that day.

Since then, she and my sister Pat, have suggested figure 8s to many people for everything from eye infections, sore throats, pain in fingers, children’s falls, etc. Many people have reported back with good results.

It’s a simple thing to do. It takes only a few minutes. I have no idea how they work other than moving energy, but we have seen how they can help.

After I fell flat on my face on concrete, I called my sisters to tell them what had happened. The first words both of them said to me were, “Did you do figure 8s?” And yes, I too did figure 8s – and felt the benefits.

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Ladybugs landed on the sunny south side of the house yesterday afternoon.
Varied colors of red, orange and tan.
Some with spots, some without –
those without are evidently either old or young or male.
Some are bigger (female) than others.
Last year, many spent the winter in my sunny bedroom.
Tiny, cheerful companions.
I felt remorse as they died, their lifeless spotted orange shells
collecting on the wood floor,
and I removed them with the vacuum cleaner.

Wes Jackson at The Land Institute says this is part of
Becoming Native to this Place.
To put it much more simply
and much less eloquently than he,
we humans consciously aware of the processes of nature around us
also must realize that we affect those processes.
When a house goes up on the prairie and people move in –
even people who pay attention to the nativeness of the place –
we have an impact.

As it turns out,
we (the U.S. Department of Agriculture) had a major impact on the Asian Beetle –
hauling it, in the 1960’s-1990’s, from China, Japan, Korea, Russia –
to the U.S. to be used as a biological control over other insects chomping on pecans and apples.
That’s one story. Another is that they arrived via freighter from Japan to New Orleans,
“by accident.”

The deed is done.
The side-to-side-chewing, spotted ones
winter in my sunny bedroom now
out here on the prairie
where the buffalo no longer roam.

The Peace House is hosting its 22nd Peace Festival
Saturday, November 15
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hall of Mirrors, Oklahoma City Civic Center
201 N. Walker, Downtown

It’s a crafts show as well as a place to gather information about groups who contribute to the betterment of the human and environment condition. On sale will be books, calendars, Fair Trade goods, Guatemalan fabrics, Nicaraguan coffee, African carvings, woven baskets, handmade jewelry, greenhouse plants, and, from Turtle Rock Farm, photographs and cards with images from our beautiful prairie home.

This a great place to do some holiday shopping while supporting groups who foster social justice, human rights, peace and environmental justice.

Admission is free, as is street parking at meters.

We hope you come to the festival, where you can be among other socially conscious individuals and groups. And we hope you stop by our booth and have a chat.

It’s a busy time of the year to make retreat. But we’ve discovered, from our own experience, that a time away from the busyness of the season actually makes the season less hectic and more meaningful.

This year, on Saturday, December 6, we offer a retreat to consider the Spirituality of Winter and the gifts it brings. What of the long, dark days? The cold, clear nights? Snow and ice and cold? What of the plants and animals this time of year? What are the blessings and challenges of winter? This is a day to come apart from the busy season of preparation for the holidays and consider what looking forward to Light is all about.

Too, this retreat will help us choose ways to prepare and celebrate that are not consumeristic and bring meaning to the great celebrations of the season. We will share practical ideas about how to have a simpler, more joyful celebration.

Registration information is on our website on the Workshops and Retreats page.

Quiet Evening Munching

Quiet Supper Munching

The different dimensions of sabbath rest…involve two stages. The first is simply letting go, renouncing our normal routines and work…Here we begin to disarm ourselves and intentionally stand more passively vulnerable, more naked before the truly Loving One.

The second stage…involves letting ourselves be in that fresh space in such a way that we realize appreciatively and joyfully our holy connectedness.

Sabbath Rest, by Tilden Edwards

Didn’t hear the mockingbird from mid-summer.
For days now there are three on the patio.
And one is attacking the windows.
We learn that they are territorial,
see their reflection
and attack the threatening mockingbird.
We learn that this painful-looking behavior doesn’t hurt them –
well, sometimes the beak.
The two perched on chairs or tree limbs on the patio
chatter away as the territorial one
protects.

We think they should be headed south,
but here they are.
Sometimes in the old cedars at the home place too.

We’ve tried closing blinds;
camouflage.
The one mockingbird persists;
the other two stay close.
Are they cheerleaders?
Are they trying to get it to stop?

Why doesn’t this mockingbird stop
hitting the window?
Has this mockingbird experienced this before?
Is it always up against such a hard place,
when it defends its territory?

The outrageous song of the mockingbird
in spring, such a joy.
The outrageous attack on the phantom invader,
so perplexing.
It is easy to recognize our kinship with nature
in the mockingbird.

If busyness can become a kind of violence, we do not have to stretch our perception very far to see that Sabbath time – effortless, nourishing rest – can invite a healing of this violence.” — Wayne Muller, Sabbath

It hasn’t been that long since keeping Sabbath was a part of weekly life in our culture. It was a time for worship, rest, spending leisurely time with family and friends. It was a day of renewal; a day to spend some time focused on the Source of life. It gave us a perspective, a quietness that carried us through the week.

In our harried, multi-tasking, worrisome lives, we have given up Sabbath-Keeping. So we’re offering a retreat Saturday, November 22, that we hope helps people bring Sabbath-Keeping back into their lives. We’ll consider readings by Wayne Muller, Tilden Edwards, Marva J. Dawn, Beatrice Bruteau and others; explore spiritual practices that help still ourselves deeply within, open us to the freedom of sacred leisure, silence persistent inner thoughts and help us find serenity, safety and wisdom in the quiet and beauty of nature.

Registration information is on our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com. Click on Workshops and Retreats.

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