The Divine Feminine


The Divine Feminine

There is a bit of the divine feminine within each of us,

Women and men,

Boys and girls.

Some of us identify with her more strongly than others ...

But none of us can deny her presence deep in our hearts.


She is the one who will give up her life to protect her loved ones ...

Who sings so sweetly that it brings tears to your eyes ...

Who will lay for hours in the forest

       just watching the leaves dancing overhead.

              She discerns her future in the patterns of their rippling movements.

She is the wise one who knows the ways of the ancient paths

And the potency of the healing herbs.


She leads us away from the city,

                        toward mountaintops and distant shores

The wild woman, she bids us to seek

Deep within

And grasp hold of our long-forgotten dreams

Speaking our truth

            Shining our light

Disregarding what others might say.


Have you ever heard her call?

Perhaps it was on a cold & windy night:

Did you step outside to let her sharp wind cut through you and wash away all that is not true?

Or maybe it was in a sunny field

When you watched the shining wild flowers bobbing their heads,

                               Celebrating life:

Did you leap for joy and roll in the warm summer grasses?


She is the one who gazes up at the moon, wolf-like

                Eyes wide and shining.

She cradles the baby close to her breast

And sings a lullaby of forever and mist and magic.

She runs to the ends of the Earth to find what she needs

And returns at dawn, moss in her hair

       Dirt beneath the fingernails

              Her breath smelling fresh like the pine forest


And knowing she will change the world

She will transform every one of us

As only she can do.


She is the quandary, y la respuesta

She beckons us to walk with her

                            down paths where no one has traveled before;

To leave behind all that limits us;

To stand beaming

                    in the sunlight of our own presence.


Open to her; do not resist.

She stirs within you, longing to be released.



Seasonal Cycles and Chinese Medicine


Seasonal Cycles and Chinese Medicine

Each season offers a new opportunity to connect with the natural cycles of the planet. We can take our cues from the plants and animals around us, to better understand how our bodies might be feeling. This allows us to choose activities that will be optimal for our mental and physical health.


The Magic We Once Knew


The Magic We Once Knew

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It is said that long ago, human lives were full of magic. We could perceive it all around us. It was in everything we saw. It inspired our songs and our legends. The land around us was alive and every part of it contained the palpable legends and living history of that place. Magic sparkled forth from the people themselves: The rippling beauty of a baby's first laugh; the miracle of new life through birth; the otherworldly wisdom sought from revered elders. Almost like a drifting in and out of consciousness, humans were always only a blink away from the magic world, the dream world.

As time went on, people became focused on other things that were less real than the magic: money, power, ownership of things, dominance over other people and other forms of life, utilizing the Earth's resources to increase wealth. Our reality is our perception, and so these things became dominant in our lives and we slowly forgot about our magic.

We began to deny the existence of the fairies; we drowned out the voices of our ancestors; we stopped conversing with the swaying trees. We filled our lives with to-do lists and worries that there might not be enough to go around. Money came to dominate us. And ever so slowly, without anyone really noticing that it happened, the scarcity became our new reality. We lost our ability to perceive the magic that is inherent in all creation; we lost the boundless abundance of the magical Earth.

Now the only way that most people hear of magic is in old songs and stories, and we think these are just make-believe tales, fiction, nothing more. Now, we have forgotten how to pass the magic along to the new generations; the children grow up more indoors than out-of-doors; we no longer hear the voices of the stones and the trees; we barely remember how to use the magic in plants and herbs to heal ourselves.

But the magic is still all around us, even when we cannot perceive it, just as the stars are still burning brightly even when it is daytime. There are clues to the magic everywhere, if we would just look for them.

Written by Jocelyn Mercado, based on ancient teachings from the indigenous peoples of North America, South America, and Australia

Rediscovering What We Knew Long Ago

Science seeks to explain the world in mechanical terms, based on the general assumption that we can take things apart (or view them at a smaller/closer level) to figure them out. When viewed through the lens of the scientific method, plants, animals, atoms, and gravity follow certain natural laws.

Over the centuries we have tended to embrace science over and above the innate knowledge that comes from deep within our hearts and bodies. In modern culture, our belief in the wisdom of intuition, dreams, intentions, and energy has diminished, replaced by mathematical proofs and research papers. Of course, great advances in science and technology have improved our lives in countless ways, but our over-reliance on quantitative ways of knowing has created imbalance.

But more recent discoveries in science reveal in breathtaking fashion that this mechanistic view of the world is becoming outdated. The new theories favor surprisingly holistic models based on unseen forces such as vibrations and energy, which ancient and indigenous wisdom have always held to be true.

1. We are surrounded by invisible magical forces.

Scientists are learning that something called dark matter is what holds the universe together. It is the scaffolding of the galaxies. It slows cosmic expansion, keeping us and everything from hurtling off into nothingness. It was first postulated in the 1930’s, and has since been confirmed as new studies indicate that galaxies would never have been able to form in the first place if dark matter hadn’t been there to hold them all together. But because dark matter interacts so weakly, or not at all, with other matter and even with light, we can’t see it or measure it. We don’t yet know what it’s made of or even where it’s located.

Dark energy, first named in 1998, is even more mysterious. It has been called “a general label for what we do not know about the large-scale properties of our universe.” It is believed to be the force that is accelerating the rate at which the cosmos expands. Dark energy is such a mystery that “explaining it may require something new: a quantum theory of space and gravitation.”

A recent National Geographic article states that “What we can see is only a tiny fraction of what exists.” Additionally, “Scientists are confronted by the embarrassing fact that they don’t know just how much energy, dark or otherwise, space contains.” This leads me to wonder … just how much is there that is missing from our science textbooks because it’s beyond what we as humans, in our limited physical bodies, can readily perceive? It’s beyond the perception of the instruments that we designed with our limited knowledge of the universe.

2. We are all one.

Every single living and non-living thing on the planet is made of stardust. The atoms in all of our bodies, as well as in the trees, rivers, rocks, animals, and the planet Earth, were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago. When those stars grew old and exploded, their material was expelled into space, and a portion of that spun into the Earth, creating the billions of living and non-living forms that are so familiar to us today.

The indigenous worldview is based in the belief that everything has a name and a spirit: Trees, rivers, the Earth, lightning, insects, rocks, animals, flowers … everything. Each living and non-living being has a personality and its own energy that it lends to the health and wholeness of the planet. When we harm one of these beings, we are all harmed, because we are all interconnected. When we as humans do the work to consciously cultivate a relationship with everything, reaching out with strong personal intention toward all aspects of life and nature, we transformationally enhance our ability to connect with the fullness of life, heal ourselves, and achieve our greatest potential.

3. Intuition and extrasensory perception are real, they are available to all of us, and they can reveal a deeper, more meaningful life.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) was founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. It is dedicated to exploring the idea that “reality is more complex, subtle, and mysterious than conventional science leads us to believe.” IONS studies apply scientific rigor to phenomena that do not fit conventional scientific models, including the “potentials and power of consciousness” and the “realization of our human potential.” They are on the leading edge in providing science-based training programs and tools to assist people in shifting consciousness and awareness toward a new vision of reality.

In the book First Intelligence, Simone Wright recounts her experiences as an intuitive who assists the police and aids in criminal investigations by connecting with the unseen world. She has had immense success in finding missing children, locating criminals in hiding, and providing precisely accurate physical descriptions of crimes including the sequence of events, the weapons used, the appearance of victims and shooters, getaway vehicles involved, and so on. She now trains others on how to access their intuition, and she asserts that “Anyone can do it. We are born to do it. Everyone can develop their natural skills to use in life.”

Furthermore, we use this ability every day without knowing it. We have déjà vu. We experience synchronicity. We think of a person and then they call. Our dreams give us access to an alternate reality. We see a beautiful sunset or hike to the top of a mountain and feel a deep peace within. When we come up with a new solution to a difficult problem, or come up with a new invention, or create a work of art, where does the idea come from? It comes from nowhere. It comes from another place, a place of flow and interconnection, that we are only beginning to understand.

Indigenous cultures are actively engaged with the unseen world through shamanic journeying, connecting with spirit animals, dreaming, and opening up to communicate with nature including trees, rocks, animals, plants, the moon, sun, and stars. Some cultures, such as the Sng’oi people of Malaysia, believe that the unseen or dream world is reality and the waking world is an illusion. Who is to say for sure that they are wrong? Perception is reality. When we open our lives up to perceiving more than meets the eye, we make a connection with a richer, more incredible world than we ever knew possible.

4. People and all creation are composed of energy and vibration.

Superstring theory states that, as we go to smaller and smaller levels of matter, the smallest elements are not particles of matter, but instead they are vibrations of extremely small strings of energy.

The vibrations that make up our universe range from the microscopic to the infinitely huge. Electrons and protons, we now know, are not fixed objects in space but rather vibrating energy. The wavelengths of the colors we see are vibrations. Our heartbeat, the annual migration of birds, the tides, the orbits of planets around their stars, and even the expansion and contraction of the universe … all are vibrations on an increasingly larger scale.

Indigenous wisdom has held since the beginning of time that we are all made of vibrational energy, and that the strength and quality of our energy determines our health, success, and power in the world. When someone becomes ill in an indigenous community, the shaman first seeks to cure them by healing the mind of the person. When a person’s perceptions or thoughts have negative energy, it will affect their entire body. We need to pay closer attention to our vibrational energy every day, cultivating positive thoughts and positive actions, and over the long term this will help us to increase our health and feeling of well-being far more than any medication.

How Can We Find the Magic Again?

Charles Eisenstein said: “A miracle is something that is not possible from the old story, but is possible from the new story.” New scientific discoveries are giving us a point of entry to a new reality, a new way of perceiving the universe, that may be more incredible than we can possibly imagine, given our species’ current world concept.

Let us open our minds to new possibilities, new perspectives that might seem far-fetched. Everything was impossible before it was done for the first time. So we should try to see life in a new way, and expect greatness. Expect miracles. Expect for the known to be unknown, and for the unknown to lead us to a new and brighter existence.

Explore these possibilities within yourself by taking the Discover Your Magic online course. This inspiring and motivating six-week course will guide you step-by-step on a journey to discover your true purpose in this lifetime. The course will help you to open up to your feelings, rediscover the power and energies of nature, and perceive what the deep, innate intelligence of your body has been trying to tell you for years. It will take you on a journey of connecting with your deeper purpose and uncovering your most meaningful and joyful life: The life you were born to live.

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Why Buy Organic?

I never paid much attention to organic foods before I had kids. Sure, I knew that organic foods are grown or made without pesticides or other chemicals. But they cost more than the equivalent non-organic foods at the grocery store, and I was on a budget, so I typically passed them by.

Then I had my first daughter. One day my husband was spraying for ants in the kitchen and I was suddenly overcome with panic. What if my daughter crawled near where he had sprayed, got some on her hands, and ingested it? What damage might this do to her tiny body? What if it floated imperceptibly through the air to her and she breathed in a microscopic amount? It is poison, after all. It kills one type of life form, not so very different from us. She was so small, and like any parent, I want her to grow up strong and healthy. How might that chemical affect her in the long term?

In that moment, my life was forever changed. I suddenly realized that there are so many toxins we casually accept into our lives without a thought. What are those chemicals doing to us on the inside? Ok, so you spray for ants every once in a while, you don’t think much about it, you don’t perceive any negative effects. But cancer rates are increasing. Autism rates, allergies, and ADHD cases are increasing. Maybe it’s at least partly from all of the unnatural substances that our bodies breathe in, eat, drink, and filter out every day. Scientists don’t know yet exactly what’s causing the increase in health problems. Most likely it’s a combination of things. But it stands to reason that the toxins in our homes and our city streets could play a part.

So we stopped using insecticides in the house. At first my husband thought I was nuts, but after some reflection, he agreed it’s safer to avoid the chemicals when possible, especially with a small child in the house. But there are so many other chemicals and pollutants that we’re exposed to every day: exhaust fumes from our cars, fertilizer runoff in our water, bug spray on our skin when we go outdoors. I felt overwhelmed when trying to figure out what I could do to protect myself and my family. That’s when I decided to start buying organic foods. What could be more important to keep free of chemicals than the very food we eat?

Now, I don’t buy all organic. There’s no way I could afford that. What I do is buy a few organic items when the price seems reasonable or when they’re on sale. We eat a lot of produce in my house. So I look to see what organic produce is on sale each week, and try to use that throughout the week for as many of our fruits and vegetables as possible. We also eat a lot of granola bars, so when organic granola bars go on sale, I stock up. The same with other organic products such as tea, cereal, and snack foods.

Organic meats can be extremely expensive. I inquired at my local Amish market (you could do the same at a Farmer’s market) to find out if their meats are organic. The owner said no, his meats are not certified organic, but he does everything in his power to keep his meats all-natural. He doesn’t use any hormones or antibiotics. Plus his prices are actually lower than the supermarket, and he sells higher-quality meat. So I buy our meats there whenever I can.

Here are three big reasons to buy organic:

(1) No pesticides or fertilizers. The more we can avoid eating potentially toxic chemicals, the better. Enough said.

(2) No GMO’s. GMO’s are Genetically Modified Organisms. From Wikipedia: “Genetic modification involves the mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes. Inserted genes usually come from a different species in a form of horizontal gene-transfer. In agriculture, currently marketed genetically engineered crops have traits such as resistance to pests, resistance to herbicides, increased nutritional value, or production of valuable goods such as drugs (pharming).” In one (to me, horrifying) example, I read that a type of soybean plant was genetically modified so that it did not succumb to herbicides. The farmers could plant fields of this type of soybean, douse the fields in herbicides, and the soybeans would grow while all other plants (weeds, etc.) in the field died. How awful! GMO’s infused with poison. That’s just what I want to serve my family for dinner. In another example, the plants might be modified so that the plant itself produces an insecticide. Again, this is not something that I want my kids to eat.

The larger risk with GMO’s is that the technology that created them is relatively recent, so scientists do not yet know the long term effects on humans (and other animals) of consuming these plants with modified genes. The first genetically modified plants were sold commercially starting in 1996. That’s less than 20 years of large-scale human consumption of these crops. It makes sense to me that long-term results could still be hidden, and particularly when we’re adding herbicides and insecticides into the mix, it seems risky. Additionally, even if long-term effects do begin to surface, how can they be definitively linked to GMO’s? We won’t know for sure until many more years of studies and testing have been completed. In the meantime, in my humble opinion, it makes sense to avoid these modified foods when possible. Of course, plants are not the only GMO’s. Animals used for food such as cows and pigs may be fed genetically modified plant material, and the animals themselves may be genetically modified as well. Organic certification required regular inspections that prove that foods do not contain genetically modified materials.

“The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table.”


(3) Your consumer dollar sends a message to the huge corporations that we won’t stand for lax attitudes about pesticides and GMO’s any longer. Consumers are a powerful force. Changes in our buying habits will shift producers’ economic decisions. As we insist on organic products, more and more producers will opt for earth-friendly methods in their farms and factories.

Organic food sales in the U.S. have increased from $13 billion in 2005 to $28.4 billion in 2012, and are expected to rise to $35 billion in 2014, according to the USDA. The organic food market is expected to grow at 14% per year from 2013-2018 (according to Food Navigator USA). It’s important to note that “Organic products have shifted from being a lifestyle choice for a small share of consumers to being consumed at least occasionally by a majority of Americans” (from the USDA website). This is promising news. Consumers are speaking with their wallets to drive change in the marketplace.

Now, the only problem … why do organic foods cost so much more than regular food? There is a strict certification process and procedural guidelines for farms producing organic foods. Here is a brief list of requirements for foods that carry the “certified organic” label:

USDA organic products have strict production and labeling requirements. Unless noted below, organic products must meet the following requirements:

This article gives a feeling for the potential difficulties associated with growing organic produce. There is a significant amount of time that farmers must spend in getting certified, and then in completing forms and keeping detailed records, in order to maintain their organic certification. Also, it’s understandably more labor intensive to find natural ways to fertilize crops and protect them from insects. So, in my mind, it makes sense that organic foods cost more than non-organic equivalents, and I’ll continue buying organic whenever I can reasonably afford to do so.

Do you buy organic? If so, what percentage of your household food purchases are organic or all-natural? Do you have a home garden in which you maintain essentially organic conditions? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.


Additional data sources:

USDA Organic Market Overview

Food Navigator USA

GMO info on Wikipedia