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Zing, Zest, Pow, Passion. Where’s Yours?

(c) AnnaMariah Nau

I’m going to take a guess that if you are reading Takara’s newsletter that you don’t necessarily follow a traditional path. In that light I’d like to veer away from the birthstone charts and follow a new path, matching the stones to the zodiac signs, which seems to make more sense to me when we’re delving into matters of spirit. As often seems to be the case, my take on things is a bit different, and hopefully that’s one of the reasons you are reading what I write….assuming, of course, that you do read it.

This morning when I sat down to write what I clearly saw was carnelian and combinations of carnelian and citrine. When I tune into the energy of Leo, what I see is orange and vibrancy, self-confidence and a certain clarity about self and role in the world.  Strangely, when I looked up the gemstones for Leo, I came up with onyx, amber, citrine, garnet, Peridot, quartz, ruby and danburite. The ruling planet of Leo is the Sun, the color is orange, the metal is gold, and the flowers are sunflower and marigold. Where oh where did they come up with some of those stones?  But I’m not here to debate what others believe, I’m here to let you in on my unique take on things.

Carnelian speaks to me of sunsets, passion, boldness, confidence, creativity and, most importantly, zest for living that is unsurpassed in other gemstones. Carnelian, like Leo, makes things happen. Not content to sit on the sidelines and wish, carnelian will support your dreams with the full vibrancy and power of your first three chakras. It’s this energy that catapults you forward from just day dreaming to creating a reality that is juicy and aligned with your soul. When they say “God helps those who help themselves”, they may just have been thinking of Leo when this phrase was first spoken.

Even if you aren’t a Leo, wearing carnelian will allow you to experience its zest and vitality, moving past your fears and into a dynamically vibrant life. Carnelian connects your dreams with your physical body through the root chakra, moves upward into your sexual/creative chakra, finally moving powerfully into your sense of will and self-determination in a manner that informs the universe that what you want is important and the entire universe begins aligning its force to support your manifestation.

If you are ever frozen by fear, afraid of taking action or of doing the wrong thing, carnelian will help you tap into your self-confidence and knowing and take the right action.

Citrine and carnelian together are especially helpful in gaining clarity and insight into your desires, going deep into what thrills your soul, often going beyond what you’ve allowed yourself to consider as possible. Citrine also helps to connect you to your joy, the happiness that is yours when you feel that everything good is coming your way. You’ll feel aligned with the sun and the source of all abundance.

As I tap into the energy of the next few months, summer bridging into fall, I feel a sense of movement and that there is a shift in the universe and that it’s absolutely critical to take your dreams off the shelf, dust them off and allow them to begin to manifest and inform the world who you are and what is yours to do and be. Does this have anything to do with the Mayan calendar and 2012? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that there is great support on many levels for you, if you are ready to take the next step and fully embody who you are and what is yours to do here and now.

I am listening now to Jewel’s song, Life Uncommon, “Voices ring out clear with sounds of freedom…no longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from. We shall lead a life uncommon.”

Allow carnelian and citrine to shine their bright light on your soul and be ready for a life that is uncommon, the vibrant life you are meant to live.

AnnaMariah is a gemstone empath, Reiki Master, and guardian of the stones who listens to the guidance of the stones to create transformational gemstone jewelry. Each stone is reactivated with the original energy of creation and is tasked to assist the wearer or recipient of its energy to awaken to full consciousness of who they are and what is theirs to do. In this way you step out of the darkness and into your full light of being.

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Each Time You Embrace Oneness, You Move Yourselves More Fully Into the New Earth Frequencies

David J Adams(c) David J. Adams



Greetings Dear Hearts, I am Quan Yin.  I thank you for inviting me into the embrace of Pendragon this evening.  The energy is quite melodic and very loving, and it brings me great joy to be a part of you tonight.

It is about energy that I come to speak this evening.  As Humanity moved along its pathway of duality, it began to attribute to energy the same perceptions and perspectives that they gave to physical matter, so energy took on the characteristics of your duality, and separated within itself in order for it to work with you, and through you.

But as we have indicated to you previously, this is a time for Light to be thrown upon different perceptions and perspectives that you may feel that you would like to embrace, to enhance your journey of Ascension.

Because we in the other Dimensions, have needed to work with you in your Dimension, we too have needed to embrace some of your duality perceptions, so you might think that we too have been guilty at times of apportioning different values to different forms of energy.  Indeed until quite recently we have spoken to you about the bringing together of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine.

These are measures of your duality, and it is in regard to these two energies that I come to you tonight, to ask you to let go of the Divine Feminine, to let go of the Divine Masculine when speaking, thinking, feeling or working with the energies of the Earth.

Instead, address them simply as the Divine Oneness, for in truth the energies of the Earth are not divided, they are in Oneness and in Unity. As you struggle daily to move from your Dimension of duality, into the Dimension of Oneness, by embracing the Divine Oneness energies, you will find your journey both easier and more joyful, for each time you work with your perceptions of duality, you reinforce the separation of energies.

You are not moving into the Dimension of Oneness completely over night, it will take time, but you can help ease yourself along the path by listening to yourselves, to the words you use, and ask yourself “are these the words of duality, or the words of Oneness?”

Energy is not physical matter.  Yes you may look upon your world of physical matter and you will see masculine and feminine, and that will not change, but when you deal with energy you can change your perceptions and perspectives, and embrace the energy of the Earth as the energy of Oneness.

The crystalline structure of the Earth, the ‘Rivers of Energy’ throughout the Earth have all moved into the Dimension of Oneness, to the Dimension of Unicorn.  It is Humanity that still vacillates, moves backwards then forwards, into and out of the Dimension of duality and the Dimension of Oneness.  Each time you embrace Oneness you move yourselves more fully into the new Earth frequencies.

The ‘Rivers of Energy’ that flow through your Earth Planet have been separated by your perspectives and perceptions, into Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine and you call them the Michael and the Mary Lines.  These lines are not different in that way, they are two parts of the whole, they are simply ‘Rivers of Energy’, arteries for the Earth, and they all now flow in Oneness, in Unity. Where you have a confluence of two lines – as you have at Willow Springs, and as you have beneath the Glastonbury Tor –  do not perceive these as masculine and feminine, but simply two lines of Oneness coming together to create a Portal of Light, a Portal of Sound, a Gateway into the Dimension of Oneness.

We cannot compel you to speak only of Oneness, but tonight I ask that when you find yourselves describing energies in these terms of masculine and feminine, take a deep breath and correct yourself, and refer to them only as Divine Oneness, and the more this happens, the more you let go of the duality of the old, and embrace the Oneness of the new.

I thank you once more for inviting me into the embrace of Pendragon, and I bless each one of you with great Love and great Joy, for we are all in Oneness within our Hearts.

Blessings be upon you.

David J Adams

“Every atom of your Being is a library of wisdom”



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There’s Only Plan A . . . Unity

Michael Brill(c) Michael Brill

Everything initiated by Spirit is Plan A.  Everything initiated by us is Plan B.  Plan B takes form when we have doubts, anxieties, and fears that Spirit is not working with us but against us.  When our abandonment issues begin surfacing, we begin formulating a Plan B. (Refer to “Abandonment Issues Are The Catalysts for…“, at ARTICLES at www.awakener.com.)

In a previous column, I wrote about Harmony; this month I want to talk about Unity.  Numerologically, the letters of “Unity” reduce to an 8.  If you read previous articles in this series, you’ll know that Creation and Harmony both reduce to 4.  The synergy of Creation and Harmony, evolve to Unity, an 8.   8 is also the number for god. The god energy 8 generates the “stuff” of Creation (a 4).  For Creation to solidify there has to be Harmony (another 4).  Harmony brings “things” together.  Mathematically 4 (Creation) + 4 (Harmony) = 8, a return to the god energy and Unity.

Unity bonds things together . . . atoms, molecules, ice cream cones, religions, gangs, relationships, corporations, countries . . . the Self and the god energy.  On its side, 8 is the infinity symbol.  Without Unity there can be no infinity; without infinity, there can be no Creation; without the potential of Creation, there is no harmony; without harmony, there can be no Unity.

Unity progresses toward actualization as particles of energy unite into a harmonious oneness.

Oneness is based on trust, i.e. combinations of energies harmonizing at the same frequency.  Unity is dependent upon trust.  There must be an affinity for/with the “other”.  The affinity would begin in the infinity (potential…everything is something between nothing.)  The “something’s’” search for similar something’s.  When a connection is made they begin to blend together. They become harmonious.  Over time this harmonious oneness of trust, comfort, and compatibility brings Unity.  The many become the one.  The two become one. The one becomes itself.

If trust, comfort, and compatibility can not be established or maintained, there is no harmony and thus no Unity. (A manufacturing defect?)  Sometimes when things don’t work out, like a job or a relationship, we say there was “no chemistry.”  Without “chemistry” no bonding can take place.  This applies to glue not adhering to a surface, quitting something the same day you start it, or kissing someone for the first time and instantly knowing there’s no chemistry.

When we meet someone we feel special about, if we can’t trust them or become comfortable with them within a reasonable time, there is no compatibility and no bond can be established.  There’s no bond because there is no affinity for/from the other. This same theory can be applied to all partnerships:  humans, carbon dioxide, green vegetation, and oxygen; photosynthesis and light; couples; ice cream and a hot sun; downpours and clogged drainage systems.  Some partnerships work and some don’t.

Let me offer an example of how a something finds another something in the nothing:  Imagine the origin of a dust ball.  Visualize a room whose door, walls, floor, and ceiling are painted black. There are no windows in this room, only a small slit high on the wall lets in light.  You enter the room and close the door, it’s pitch black.  After a while, sunlight filters through the slit creating a beam of light in the darkness.  In this beam of light are tens of thousands of dust particles.  You may wonder where they came from or realize they were always there.  You turn and leave the room and close the door.  You return weeks later taking a flashlight into the room.  As you open the door and shine your light into the room, you see dust balls scattered around the room.  You pick one up and look at it.  At first glance it appears to be grey, but upon closer observation you notice small multi-colored threads woven into the dust ball.   This is an example of Unity.  These “threads” could have attached themselves to any dust ball, they all chose to unify and create this specific dust ball because there was an energetic affinity.

We too are composed of many threads.  Our threads can be seen in our behavior patterns.  If we are anxious, stressed, impatient or otherwise in fear, our threads begin to unravel. We begin to feel disconnected from the Creation energy.  We have no bonds of trust. We have no sense of belonging to the “Whole.”  We don’t feel Unity, we feel abandoned.

So, how do we get and keep a feeling of unity with the Universe?  The first thing is to make your Self your first priority.  You do this by symbolically marrying your Self.  You may want to say something like . . .  I AM my first priority.  I LOVE my Self.  My physical self and soul self will work as partners as long as I am in physical form.  As long as I am in physical form I will ground my Self to the planet so as to fulfill my life’s calling as a co-creator.  I will have the courage and the faith to do and say what I feel is right in my heart.   (Or something of your own choosing.)

This exercise is to be performed during a new moon.  It is said that seeds planted at this time have a stronger constitution and produce a more abundant harvest.  It is also a time for new beginnings.

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If we want to live in Unity with Spirit, we must first be in Harmony with ourselves. If we can be harmonious within ourselves, we will be unified as co-creators.  As co-creators we work in partnership with potential and intention.

Have the courage to do what you love.

Unity with Spirit is living a passionate life.

Follow your dreams and fulfill you life’s calling.


Blessings to All

Michael is the author of Numerology for Healing and Decoding Behavior Patterns with Numerology both by Inner Traditions/Bear & CO. He has also written a textbook Know Your Numbers, Know Your Self: Discovering the Solutions to Your Life’s Challenges that describes his system of Cosmic Numerology. Michael is available for consultations and presentations; he can be reached via email at [email protected] or on his cell phone 561.866.5479.


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Free from Fibromyalgia!

(c) Misty Wright Gregg

Who do you know with fibromyalgia?

What is it?

Mayo Clinic defines it this way, “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.  Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.”

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.  While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms.   Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.”

I had fibromyalgia.  From 1997 to 2001, I was in persistent pain and the doctors could not give me a diagnosis.  My arms, wrists, hips and legs were constantly aching.  I wore braces on both my wrists for four years and slept with a pillow between my legs because the pain was unbearable if the weight of one leg rested on the other.  I kept the braces on all day and night, but I could never wrap them tight enough to make the pain go away.

The doctor ran many tests, trying to find the source of the pain in my right hip.  After months of physical therapy with no changes, he thought it could be bone cancer.  It was a great day when my doctor said, “It isn’t cancer.”  Only one problem … he did not have the answer to why I was in so much pain, every day on an ongoing basis.

I had seen numerous doctors (General Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Neurologist, ENT, Chiropractor, Ob-Gyn and Surgeon) and each offered an additional medication to help with the pain, though no one offered a solution to my problem.   I felt like they did not really believe me when I described all the   symptoms and how they would not go away.

In 2001, we were living in Pennsylvania and my new neighbor told me that she had gotten great results for her fibromyalgia symptoms by using nutritional supplements.  I was intrigued by this and researched everything I could about vitamins, minerals, natural whole foods, and purified water.  I learned that my diet was a huge part of my problem.  Here is a sample of my diet at the time:  No breakfast, diet drinks, few vegetables, few fruits and very little protein.

With the data I collected, I decided to make some changes in my diet and I kept a record of any changes I noticed.  At the beginning, I made two changes (1) I began each day with a protein shake and (2) I took high quality nutritional supplements.  Within two weeks I was able to take the wrist brace off my left arm and within a month I no longer needed the braces at all!

Then I decided to eliminate all medication.  With my doctor’s supervision, I was off all meds within four months.  It has been over eight years and I remain pain free!   Here is a sample of my diet now:  Protein shake for breakfast (puts the body in an alkaline base) high quality nutritional supplements, purified water and protein with each meal.

Many people I work with struggle with fibromyalgia and the biggest impact to improving one’s health is to clean up the diet.  When I began eating a diet more alkaline than acidic, my health dramatically improved.  Leafy green vegetables are a wonderful source of alkaline foods.  Many diseases love sugar  among other acidic foods and they thrive in that environment.  If you have fibromyalgia, I encourage you to reduce your sugar intake and see how your health improves.

Our body is perfectly designed to heal itself and we can find the things we need in nature.  By eating natural whole foods grown (not made of chemicals) we feed our body with the nutrients needed for optimal health.

To Your Good Health!


Misty Wright Gregg is a preventative healthcare consultant and lives with her family in Virginia.  As the owner of the “The Sage Soapbox,” she enjoys traveling for speaking engagements and individual consultations.  www.TheSageSoapbox.com Misty hosts a Free Fibromyalgia Conference Call on Wednesday evenings at 5:55pm ET.  To sign up, please contact her at [email protected]


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