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I am writing this post, basically passing along a story I heard.  I have not tried this yet, so don’t know if it actually works.  However, I am thinking about getting my paints out and doing some artwork.  Maybe I will also do a few pieces along these lines.

A friend sent me a story about a woman in Germany who was in poor shape health-wise due to a chronic Lyme’s infection (and maybe some other co-infections).  She had tried antibiotics and did not have much success with that route.  Then she tried several herbs and I think her infection was too far along, so she was in right bad shape…

So, maybe out of desperation, one day she did some research and looked up what a Lyme’s spirochete looks like.  Then she started doing some sketches and then she did some paintings.  She painted the Lyme’s spirochetes in her body and she painted herself in the spirochetes – showing that she fundamentally did not wish them harm.  She just needed the bacteria to know how much pain and suffering they were causing her.

She sat with these paintings for a few weeks and then one night she had a dream.  In the dream, it was basically evident that the bacteria spirochetes had decided that they would leave her body or turn themselves in to her immune cells (white blood cells).

She claims that a few weeks later, she was complete symptom free.  I kind of believe her.  [end of story]

Actually, when I read Buhner’s book about how complex a pathogen borrelia burdorferi is, it is mind boggling to think of a way for the body to overcome a bad infection.  The Lyme’s bacteria are exceedingly good at mutate and literally mixing up their surface proteins and even altering their genetic code!  The relationship these bacteria have with ticks is incredible (and a bit scary).  So why not try communicating with them in ways we have never conceived of before?  Either get along with them or continue to fight them – even though these bacteria have millions of years on us – in terms of evolving to adapt in dozens of different hosts!

Thanks for reading yet again,

KM

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I had an interesting experience in a bodywork class recently.  I help to assist with teaching various bodywork classes – Craniosacral Therapy, Working with the Vagus [nerve] system, Zapchen Somatics.  And occasionally, something comes up which I have not considered or heard before.  Usually the topics are subjects or situations I have heard of previously.  I have been taking these classes since 2005, so I have at least 30 classes under my belt as it were.

However, in a recent class, the topic of birth imprints came up, and specifically comparing our birth imprint with our deeper karma.

So the conversation went something like this:

“I have learned that exploring and stepping out on my own, tends to lead to my getting hurt.  I think it is my karma.”  The teacher heard this and pondered it a second.

Then the teacher skillfully and patiently explained how, if we did not get certain needs met, or if we had parents who did not protect us or provide us with good boundaries, then it made sense how this belief could arise.  The teacher went on to skillfully inquire about this person’s relevant history and they determined that certain needs were not met.  And I think this person may have changed their mind about this long-standing (possibly erroneous) belief.  But was this belief this person’s karma?

This is an interesting question to me.  Of course, if you have a birth imprint that is not resolved (or a developmental piece from when you are two years old for instance), then obviously it is your karma to work through that piece.  But I think what the teacher meant is that, the belief that you will get hurt for exploring and stepping out of your comfort zone, it is possible to penetrate to the misunderstanding (or inherited beliefs from your parents) that is fueling this belief and to clear it up, to resolve it.

As children, we have different needs at different phases of our lives.  Generally, there are age-appropriate needs and guidelines – for instance, young teenagers need to feel safe to explore on their own and to start figuring out who and what they are, to challenge their parents’ beliefs and to start differentiating as they make their way toward becoming adults.  But if parents have been overprotective up to this point, this trend might continue or if parents have not taught any boundaries and have not been very protective at all, then the child might have a difficult time knowing how to explore and who is safe to chat with (for instance).  Or the child could act out in a number of ways – the rebel without a cause.

Anyhow, if we hear a client make an interesting statement about getting hurt because we were exploring, this should raise a red flag that some developmental need was not met or it was met inappropriately.  If we have the skills, we can possibly help this person to realize why they might have this belief – maybe they learned it from one or both of their parents.  That might be enough to change this pattern or we can bring in some extra resources or refer them to someone who can help.

No matter what, this is a fascinating topic for me.  When we encounter beliefs that might be erroneous, especially in clients who are wanting to heal and to grow and change for the better, how can we skillfully work with these people?  Who can we refer to for additional assistance?

And does a birth imprint = deeper karma?  I don’t know to be honest.

But I personally believe that we all have the capacity to heal within us.  We all deserve happiness.  And we all make choices everyday which either lead toward happiness or lead toward dissatisfaction.  It is our choice.  However, until we meet a qualified teacher or mentor or coach, we might be ignorant of how to heal ourselves, or that true happiness even exists.

May all beings see through their surface imprints and realize the Buddhanature within!

Thank you for reading as usual.

~km

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Brief update, May 2017

Hello dear ones,

I haven’t posted here for a while due to technical difficulties at home.  (I am currently limited to an iPad at home which makes posting quite tedious.)

However, if it were easy, I would have posted one or two pieces about astrology.  I am getting back into doing more interpretations which I enjoy doing.

I am actually planning a class on Spiritual Astrology that includes embodiment exercises.  It is my intention to go slow.  To allow people to feel their feet, to slowly come into their hearts and pelvises, to ground and to discover some innate joy Before they approach the astrology chart.  I want this because so often my clients come to me and they are locked into hyper-arousal (anxiety / fear) or they are locked into hypo-arousal (freeze / depression).  I want seekers to have more choice, to experience more joy and to not be approaching astrology with trepidation and worry – rather it is a tool, it is a glimpse at our psyche, but our psyche is flexible and malleable.  We can slowly change our minds.  🙂

So far I am looking to offer this class in Charlottesville.  But if it goes well, I will look beyond Central Virginia.

These days I am continuing to not work full time.  I am mostly recovered from ending a serious relationship back in late January (my heart is finally starting to open more fully and stably).  And I have not decided whether or not I want to get back into nursing school.  It is still a little activating to consider it, so I am withdrawing and allowing myself to rest as deeply as I know how.  I am doing more outdoor activities – gardening, kayaking on a local river, walking near the Rivanah River behind my abode and hiking occasionally.

As I mentioned, I am seeing more clients as a result and I am loving it.  I am assisting with two bodywork classes – Craniosacral Therapy and a Vagus class (Polyvagal trauma resolution bodywork).  This is rewarding and a great reminder of the many tools and tricks in my toolkit as it were.

If you want to schedule an astrology interpretation let me know.  I do Skype sessions, phone, Google Hangouts and Zoom calls.  Also if you live in Virginia, we could always do a session in person!  Plus the bodywork that I practice is very efficacious and resourcing.  My website here: Kirby’s Website

Thanks for reading and I hope to post more soon!

~km

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Meeting a sublime being

It is my birthday today.

38 years old.  Young.

I went to look at an office space downtown (Charlottesville).  Not knowing what to expect.  I met someone who I think I will learn a lot from.

No names, unless I get her permission, yet.  She does shamanism and process-oriented psychotherapy, hypnotism but she is outside the box in all of these areas I think.

We started talking about being energetically conscientious.  Cleaning up after a session.  Clearing the room of any residual energies or emotions.

Somehow we chatted about celestial realms, angels, Dharma wisdom beings, vortexes and animal spirits.  Energies all.  And in spite of being so grounded in the spiritual realms as it were, she is the manager of the healing space and she works with corporate clients doing executive development.

So…  I want to emulate some of that.  I am a spiritual being have an off-and-on difficult time with my human experience.  She seems to be a similar spiritual being, having discovered a way to work with her human experience.  To be grounded in both worlds.  That is something uncommon to say the least.  To really be in alignment with our heart and mind and body and to be empirical about both worlds – very rare indeed.

At one point in the conversation, it seemed like, while she talked, I was having a separate conversation with her in my mind.  Uncanny but not unexpected somehow.  Bizarre and edifying at the same time.

Needless to say, I am most likely going to take the space.  If nothing else, I will learn a lot energetically.  Just by meditating in the space.  I have a feeling that this 38th year is going to be a great one.

Thanks for reading!

~Kirby

 

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Thomas Jefferson was of course a politician, a diplomat and a scholar, but he was far more than that.  And I think it is the lesser-well-known modesty and wisdom about him that is most pertinent in these days of extremism and intolerance.

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This is me at Monticello, with a new friend from Toronto Canada, a Tibetan refugee whose family Canada took in and made a permanent resident and then citizen!

It was an incredible day for a tour – in the 70’s, clear blue azure skies, a light breeze and the daffodils and even some tulips are blooming.  (Although it is supposed to be cold next week with the possibility of snow, so these flowers are dreadfully confused by our warm winter weather!)

But I am most struck by what Jefferson put on his grave: 3 things.  1) He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, 2) he came up with the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, and 3) he was the father of the University of Virginia.

No where on his grave did he want that was President of the U.S. or Vice President, nor did he want it known that he was the Governor of Virginia or even the Ambassador to France!  Jefferson it seems was basically a modest farmer, and inventor, and creator, and philosopher and plantation owner.  Yes he had slaves, but it seems, after going on the Slavery section of the tour, that he gets a bad rap for that – if he had the power, he might have attempted to fight and end slavery during his lifetime.  But the powers that were in the South at that time were definitely not ready for that!

(And it should be known that he had children with Sally Hemmings after his wife died.  Yes she was a slave, she was of mixed races, and who knows if she gave consent, but I would have to suspect that to give birth to 6 children, there may have been some…  And Martha Jefferson made Thomas Jefferson promise to not get married again after she died, despite the fact that he would outlive her by 40+ years.  So he kind of kept up his end of the bargain, along with siring 6 children with Hemmings.)

It was the Statute of Religious Freedom that really caught my ears and eye and heart today.  Way ahead of his time, Jefferson needed the corrupting influence of religion out of the government.  It needed to be in writing!  Too often, there were priest kings (Popes) dominating the political landscape in Europe.  And Jefferson even went so far as to separate the UVa chapel away from the other campus buildings at his dear University!  This was a radical departure from most schools of the time!  The chapel is literally separated and in a different direction than the scholastic buildings.  School is separate from religion.  The State is separated from religion.

In this current time of religious persecution and intolerance, (read: realizing that Donald Trump is our current President and that he seems to be anxious to keep Muslims out of the United States), it is the simplest wisdom that can reach the farthest.

It is the simplest wisdom that can be understood by the most people.  The Virginia Statute states that no one can be persecuted or thrown in jail due to their practicing a certain religion or not practicing one.  And that fact that Jefferson valued that above the fact that he was the President says something.  He was a wise and powerful man, inventive and a man of vision.  Yes there are one or two controversial areas of his life, but taken as a whole regarding the epoch and society he was living in, I think we must conclude that he was a very special being.  One who was years ahead of his time.

Let us celebrate and honor Jefferson’s memory today by accepting and being tolerant toward all people, regardless of their race or religion or social status.

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May all beings realize that when our neighbors are happy, then so are we!  And accept and practice generosity toward all beings!

Thanks for reading!

~Kirby

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This is a continuation from a previous post.  Go back and read that post to get more context of how I got here.  🙂

So I had had insidious, strange symptoms for about six months before I even got up the nerve to go to the doctor.  Having my blood tested at first, I did not know to ask for the Western blot test (a relatively reliable Lyme’s test).  Fortunately however, a friend recommended I go see an acupuncturist named Michael Jabalee who also happens to be an expert on treating Lyme’s.

I saw Jabalee and soon after got my blood tested for the Lyme’s antibodies.  Jabalee, in doing his bio-energetic testing, told me that I tested positive for Lyme’s but not for any co-infections (thankfully!).  The first Western blot test told me that sure enough, I had several different types of active antibodies for Lyme’s which meant that came back positive – confirming Jabalee’s diagnosis.  He gave me several supplements and homeopathic medicines to start taking immediately, which I started on.

And now to explain more about what I mentioned in that first post (from a few days ago).  Lyme’s disease is a complicated disease process to treat.  It manifests differently in different people – sometimes mimicking other diseases which is why so many people go without being diagnosed properly.  One thing that is common about it though is that it causes the body to start the inflammatory cascade – inflammation starts all over the body in an attempt to kill off or wall off the Lyme’s bacteria.  This inflammation is what leads to achy joints and muscle pain, and I wonder if it plays a role in the foggy-headedness common with Lyme’s.  The inflammation is also what affects the mucosa – Lyme’s disease is pervasive and affects multiple body systems (if not treated relatively quickly, it can start doing some serious damage).

For me, around the time I started seeing Jabalee, I started to realize that eating gluten or drinking beer (also containing gluten) caused even more inflammation and joint pain.  Jabalee explained that that was due to my having leaky gut syndrome – which is also associated with Lyme’s.  The Lyme’s bacteria starts to cause the mucosa of the intestines to produce inflammation, which causes a tiny bit of extra space to open up between the tight junctions of the mucosa (intestinal) cells.  This micrometers of space allows a tiny bit of food and waste to escape into the interstitial space (outside the organs or blood vessels) which is then picked up by the Lymph system.  Of course the Lymph system dumps its fluid into the blood vessels, so this means that the food and waste that crept in from the inflamed intestines has now gotten into the blood stream and that causes even more inflammation!  It is a vicious cycle!

So I had to stay off of gluten for at least three months – and I also avoided alcohol.  Not that I drank much – but a few beers a week had to be sacrificed for my greater comfort and ease.

However, Jabalee had a remedy for that as well- the newly arisen gluten intolerance that is.  He called it the semi-permanent needle.  Jabalee is one of a few dozen acupuncturists in the U.S. who do this technique.  By having a tiny (like half a centimeter or shorter) needle at a certain meridian in the ear, for one to three weeks – one is able to receive acupuncture around the clock without having to be in for expensive treatments every day.  So I did that – he put the tiny needle in my ear, covered it with surgical glue and then used a flesh colored piece of tape so that nobody even knew it was there!  In fact, I often forgot about it unless I lay my head down on that ear – that produced some discomfort.  I think the needle was in my ear for over two weeks.  And soon thereafter my gluten sensitivity went away!

His website if you are interested (again) is http://www.michaeljabalee.com

The homeopathic medicine for the Lyme’s treatment was a little expensive – $50 / bottle.  Each bottle has about 90-100 sprays in it.  And I needed 4 bottles. Therefore, that one aspect of my treatment plan cost $200 / month at first, but then it also slowly went down as I weaned off of it.  But I want to emphasize that I would go through this treatment again in a heartbeat if I had to deal with Lyme’s again.  The only thing that was not heading in the right direction was that I tapered off the homeopathic sprays too soon.  I felt the aching joints coming back though and doubled down on the sprays.  Then soon I was feeling better – I continued the sprays for a while and slowly tapered off.

I took the vitamin B’s (a capsule and a spray) for about six months and I took the leaky gut supplement for about 3 months total.

Fortunately I switched doctors and Dr. Donovan at Downtown Family Health is very well educated about Lyme’s as well.  She recommended the Buhner or Cowden herbal protocols for Lyme’s.  The Buhner protocol is more of a do-it-yourself treatment where the Cowden protocol requires doctors to get you the herbs from out of the country.  I have read great things about both treatments though.

So now, about 10 months after I first started getting treated by Mike Jabalee, I am getting stronger and feeling about 98% better.  My foggy-headedness is completely gone, I have no muscle pain but I do have rare, occasional inflammation in my wrists – this might be diet related though.  When the Lyme’s disease was at its worst, I could not hike more than a mile without being winded and exhausted (it was bad!) and I could not manage more than a couple pull-ups at a time.  Today I can hike 6 miles without taking more than a few snack breaks and I have worked back up to doing 40 pull-ups (in 3 sets).  So I am happy with my progress!  But it is a journey to be sure.

[It should be noted that, although it might sound like it, I am not working with Michael Jabalee.  Rather I am just happy that he assisted me with my recovery from Lyme’s!!].

Thank you for joining me on this brief account!

~Kirby

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Hello dear readers,

I am excited to say that I have more time and gusto to be offering Spiritual Astrology classes and bodywork (Embodiment Coaching).  I am working to tidy up my website – Kirby’s website – and it should be mostly complete within a few days.  Plus I am looking around at office spaces in Charlottesville to resume my bodywork practice.

Yes, I pressed pause on nursing school.  My work / sleep schedule were not conducive to doing well this time around.  I have more energy now though and more enthusiasm for strengthening my bodywork practice and for doing more of what I enjoy.

Just last night I cooked meat loaf and bread pudding!  And a few days ago, I went for a beautiful leisurely 6 mile hike not far from town.  I would not have that kind of time (or creative energy) if I were still plugging away in school.

I am looking around at potential venues to teach a Relationship Astrology class (in honor of Venus being retrograde March 6th – April 5th).  Let me know if you have ideas about this.

Actually I look forward to any comments / questions you might have at this time, especially regarding setting up an appointment.

Thanks for reading!

~Kirby

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