What are you willing to do to heal?

Hippocrates

“Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that make him sick.”― Hippocrates

The other day I was on Twitter and saw a tweet someone had posted about trying to get their daughter to realize she is overweight and needs to do something about it. The parents had taken her to the doctor and she has obesity related health issues. The daughter’s response when told she needed to lose weight? “You’re fat shaming me!”. Since when did we start calling concern over obesity and poor health ‘fat shaming’?

Fat shaming: ‘You’re fat, stupid and worthless!”

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Not Fat Shaming: “You are morbidly obese and you will eventually die, possibly after a lifetime of illness and reduced quality of life if you do not suddenly drop dead at a young age, if you do not lose weight.”

Obesity is not JUST being fat. It is another way of self medicating for a variety of issues, and it is incredibly popular.

There are ways of feeling better, of dealing with all of those swirling thoughts and emotions, that does not depend on food for grounding. What’s grounding? you ask? Grounding is where you are trying to stop feeling as if you are about to explode, or ‘float off’ into the vastness of space. because of your heightened state of emotions.

when our emotions are off balance it can lead to what is commonly joked about (but is not funny) as; ‘self medicating’. Self medicating can present itself in many ways; over eating, sexual promiscuity, drinking, drugs, even violence against others can be used as a way of feeling more in control and releasing those pent up feelings.

Healthy alternatives to self medicating include, but are not limited to; meditating, going for a walk in nature, working out to release tension out of your body and increase serotonin and endorphin levels, practicing deep breathing, and yes… using essential oils.

Many studies have been done on the healing benefits of essential oils. Advance oil blends go beyond lavender for calming or peppermint for boosting oneself into a good mood. From helping people to focus, to combating viruses and killing bacteria, essential oils can be used in almost every aspect of our daily lives for improved health and wellness both physically and mentally. While these claims have not been approved by the FDA, there are studies showing the efficacy of essential oils.

Are you ready for an essential oils challenge?

You can either purchase one bottle of oils: Valor… OR

Purchase the Feelings Kit from Young Living. which has several oils including Valor to help you deal with, and possibly overcome, some of the emotional upheaval you are experiencing due to the present state of things.

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Feelings Kit - Essential Oil Collection

This is the link to my Young Living site where you can place an order for either the Valor single bottle, or the Feelings Kit (both are trademarked by Young Living). https://yl.pe/bishopoils

Remember that old saying, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!’? Learning how to deal with life without the use of addictive foods and chemicals now, means you will not be dealing with the expense of trying to fix the damage from all of that later.

p.s. the book ‘The Four fold Path to Healing’ has nothing to do with Young Living and is not endorsed by them. It is full of great information and I placed it in the post in hopes some of you might be intrigued enough to purchase it and explore some different ideas about what it really means to heal.

p.p.s. The informaiton in this post is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of medical professionals. I am not diagnosing or treating anyone. I am merely sharing my personal story of my path to healing.




At the risk of being hexed…

The Fall Equinox is tomorrow. On social media, you may have seen it referred to as, Mabon which begins today and lasts until Sept. 29th.

250 Mabon ideas in 2021 | mabon, autumnal equinox, sabbats

Mabon is the name of one of several Sabbats or celebrations among older practices.

Type in the word, Mabon on a social media site or Pinterest and you will be treated to mostly, beautiful images of fall.

Mabon Autumn Equinox Pagan Sabbat Art Wiccan Altar Print | Etsy

If you have been following this blog, you know I have spent the last year in study of ‘The Old Ways’ in an attempt to cultivate a deeper understanding of well… the old ways. Christianity, while a relatively new religion has been incredibly powerful in wiping out old traditions. Some of them have been incorporated but much of our ancestry, especially my Euro-pagan ancestry, has been lost to religious fervor over the centuries. While ‘traveling’ the Net, I have seen much, learned some things and now I have questions/observations.

For claims of being ultra-spiritual, to the point of mocking Christians and Christianity for their lack of spirituality, I am surprised at some of the things I have seen/read/watched put upon the Net by folks claiming to be ultra-spiritual and oh-so-very-connected-to-nature.

  1. I am surprised at the prevalent belief in evolution. No one that i have come across has upheld or supported the creation myth associated with their particular path. The lies of evolution have permeated every Western culture and have effectively wiped out most peoples’ loyalties to their religions creation stories. Why? So much press has been created over evolution vs. Christian creationism I never really gave much thought to the origin stories of other faiths. Evolution is no more able to be proven than the story of the Greek gods and Zeus but the myth of evolution has effectively wiped out everyone many mystic belief systems. Your god is no longer your god if you allow science to dictate what you should, and should not believe.
  2. The second thing I am surprised about is how a woman who claims to be so spiritual she will not smash a spider in her home will be an ardent, even rabid supporter of abortion. Where is your sanctity of life? Why is the life of a woman in a womb less important to you than a spider? Please do not tell me how much you care about women’s rights as you fight for women to be able to take away from another woman the most basic of all human rights… the right to life! I do not care how much money you send to the ASPCA or how many animals you rescue, I do not care if you refuse to set up mouse traps or kill insects in your garden… if you are fighting for abortion rights you are fighting for murder and i cannot figure out how this works into your ‘ultra-spiritual’ life. Can you see the hypocrisy in saving a spider and murdering an unborn person? Do not cry over all of the malevolent male patriarch blah blah this and that as your march around in support of the murdering of the most innocent and unprotected of all beings… unborn children.

Yes, as a matter of fact I am being judgemental about your spiritual path.

I am not going to throw stones at you for having an abortion. The act of abortion is a millstone around your neck for the rest of your life even if you have an attitude of bravado about it to cover up your doubts and feelings. I have deep sorrow in my heart for the women who have committed this crime against themselves and their unborn children. This is something that cannot be undone but it can be atoned for however, that is between you and your belief system. This post is more about spiritual hypocrisy than anything else. I just cannot wrap my head around women being riled up about one thing (Men bring us down and try to control our bodies!) and in the next breath, “We want the right to wipe out human life!”

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Stop advocating for murder. Begin advocating for ALL life not just the life of a spider.

This Mabon, as witches and pagans across the world reset themselves for the year ahead, my hope and prayer is that the would realize the hypocrisy of being abortion activists while speaking this: Wiccan morality is largely expressed in the Wiccan Rede: ‘An’ it harm none, do what ye will’ – old-fashioned language for ‘as long as you aren’t harming anyone, do as you wish’. While this could be interpreted to mean “do no harm at all,” it is usually interpreted as a declaration of the freedom to act, along with the necessity of thinking through and taking responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions.

Being proaboriton because it’s her body her choice is like being prorape because it’s his body his choice. Someone in both of those scenarios is having something done to them they do not want done. A person in both scenarios is a victim of the will of another person. There is a great deal of harm being done in both scenarios.

I hope that someone is reading this and the dots are connecting. You can advocate for women’s rights and not be pro-baby-murder. In fact it makes more sense to be against abortion in the name of human rights. Try not to look at it as what is being taken away form women when strict abortion rights are passed. Try to look at it as a win for human rights… the ultimate human right… the right to life.


10 reasons to drink Ningxia Red by, Young Living everyday

In my continuing quest for improved health, and to keep myself as able as possible to fend of viruses, part of my health regimen involves a commitment of drinking Ningxia Red everyday and today is my first day.

My bottles just arrived and I am joining the team challenge to drink Ningxia Red everyday. I am also taking the,

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Supports joint health*
Supports recovery time of joints after exercise*
Supports normal range of motion*
Supports bone health*
Supports normal metabolic functions and circulation*
Aids the immune system*
Supports hair and skin health*

For hair and skin health among other benefits. See list in caption.

Back to the Ningxia Red. Here are the ten reasons to drink it everyday:

  1. It boosts your immune system. Something to think about as we move back inside for the fall and winter months that are coming.
  2. It is an antioxidant.
  3. Supports normal eye health.
  4. Supports healthy digestion.
  5. Can boost energy levels without caffeine.
  6. Supports whole body health and wellness.
  7. Supports normal cellular function.
  8. May be beneficial in obtaining, and maintaining a healthy weight.
  9. Supports cardiovascular and circulatory wellness (hello my diabetic friends).
  10. May help maintain healthy blood glucose levels.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Some of these descriptions have been taken from the Young Living website.

This is a 30 day challenge. I still need to take before photos of my hair. At the end of 2003 and into 2004, I became quite ill and almost died. My hair fell out in clumps. It started to recover-ish and then I had cataract surgery a few years ago. The doctor put me on steroid eye drops which caused many issues with my health that I am still working on overcoming. One of which is hair-loss. I sometimes feel little hairs poking me when I rest my arm on top of my head. Either they are breaking off or growing back. I think they are trying to grow back but my hair line looks like an east coast shore line after a hurricane. It keeps receding.

If you would like to join me in my 30-day Ningxia challenge, you may do so by following this LINK and shopping for Ningxia Red. If you are asked for it, my member number is 30194809.

The fact about trying out new plans to improve health is that you do not know if it will work until you try. I cannot make any guarantees nor predict how this supplement will benefit you, or that it will. It all comes down to how ill you are, how much healing your body needs to do and if you are diligent in taking it everyday as directed. In other words, it only works as well as you are committed to being well.

Wellness is not a spectator sport. Contrary to the dictionary, wellness is not a noun… it is a verb. It is a state of being well achieved through active participation. You do not simply read about things to do to feel better, you experiment and find a wellness path that works for you.

I cannot read about supplements and hope that through osmosis they make me well. No, I must work out which supplements are the most beneficial for me and then take them on a regular basis.

If you wish to explore your wellness path, let us do so together.




Righteousness or ‘feminism’

Miriam the prophetess | Passover Haggadah by Raquel Vieira

Although I have not yet reached, Exodus in my daily scripture reading, other readings with which I am presently involved have mentioned, Miriam and some interesting aspects of her story of which I previously was unaware.

Miriam was not only the sister of Moses and Aaron, she was a prophetess, she was brave, she was a source of water for the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert. One thing I doubt she would have called herself, especially since the word did not exist back then would have been, ‘feminist’.

I do not understand the need for feminists to attach the word ‘Feminist’ to brave, righteous women of the bible. Is it virtue signalling? Is it a desperate plea for recognition in yet another male-dominated traditional religion?

When I see women ordained as Rabbis, Anglican priests, or stamping around stage in their Protestant ministry, dressed like men and speaking like men I think, ‘how unimaginative’. I believe asserting oneself into male dominated arenas

Miriam stands alone as a righteous women without the need to clarify her through the use of modern feminist language. I cannot imagine her, or any other strong woman of the bible, standing on a street corner wearing a big, pink, vagina costume or cat ear hat.

Whatever feminism started out as, it has become a joke.

The Prophet Miriam: Vision for the Future | Messianic Bible
The Prophetess, Miriam

Miriam’s water cup should be allowed on the Seder table but not as an act of feminist inclusion, but rather as an acknowledgement of the very important contributions of a brave, righteous woman not only to the Israelites, but to the entire world.

You can be righteous and do brave things without being a ‘feminist’.

It is more important to be obedient to the Lord (which is why, Miriam did what she did and was able to do what she was able to do. Not because she was a feminist but because she was obedient and righteous!), than to be a feminist. You can live without feminism but living without God, without the spirit of obedience (obedience is not a character of feminism so how could feminists label an obedient righteous woman as a feminist?) can have disastrous results in one’s life. Being disobedient, is something, Miriam, a pious Jewish woman, would never have done. she would have known that blessings come from being obedient.

when reading about, and studying, the women of the bible please keep in mind they existed in a different time. this might sound very basic and obvious, but I constantly see people making the great mistake of trying to either judge people in the past by our modern standards, or make the other mistake of trying to give modern labels to the behaviors of those in the past who do admirable things.

The things done by, Miriam were brave, different, maybe even a bit scary to those looking on in awe, or wonder, or even skepticism. To, Miriam however, they would just have been the things she did in obedience to hearing God’s voice. A stirring in her spirit perhaps, or a vivid dream she prayed about the next morning and went on to accomplish in ‘real-time’.

Labeling things done by brave, pious women as ‘feminist’ can be considered exclusionary or even as theft by those who are more traditional. Piety fits into tradition but the modern label of ‘feminism’ is not readily accepted by everyone… nor is it necessary. It is another act of exclusion if one thinks applying the label of ‘feminist’ to brave women of the Torah or Bible is the only way to acknowledge that what these women did was extraordinary (Extraordinary yes, but not unattainable to today’s pious women).

What women like, Miriam, the Myrrh Bearing women celebrated during Pascha and Pentecost, the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) and other women of renown, were able to do was only because of their piety and obedience. the willingness to be a vessel for God. To take a risk in order to help others. Feminism has become such a terribly selfish thing. More like a ravenous, self-serving beast in need of a shock collar (abortion, promiscuity, rage, hate, division, etc.), than a thing of beauty or of benefit. Women of the Bible who were brave and accomplished great things did so out of love for their community. They saw a need and fulfilled it. They were selfless, brave, loving, giving, self-sacrificing.

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Women such as Miriam, Sarah, Anna, Mary, et al, are exemplars of piety, righteousness, sacrifice, obedience, and love. They already have crowns of glory. They do not need the label of, ‘feminist’ in order to make them ‘relevant’.



Thank you, Texas!!

Heartbeat Bill” Passes Texas House, Restricting Access to Abortion | News  Talk WBAP-AM

Thank you, Texas for your tireless efforts to stop and stem the killing of unborn children. Abortion is murder. Just because men have made it legal does not mean it is not moral reprehensible.

That said pray for God to have mercy on women who have had abortions. God forgives every sin even abortion if the person who committed it repents.

Please do not condemn anyone to hell for their past. why do you think Jesus came? To forgive our sins.

Genesis 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. Emphasis mine. This scripture shows that God is the ONLY one Who says who is in and who is not IN. In heaven… get it? We have no business saying someone will go to heaven or hell because we are not God.

Pray for God to have mercy on women who have had abortions. Pray… do not condemn.