Nay_ho_tze's Medicine Musings

sunday, 9 jan 2022

Do yourself a favour ...
spend half a minute with this li'l guy and while you watch, just B-R-E-A-T-H-E!!
mindfully, deeply B-R-E-A-T-H-E!! and let the body refill its oxygen supply ... 
repeat often because stress causes shallow breathing
and with today's headlines, the body, easily depleted, is running like a car 'on fumes'...
that deep breath you involuntarily take throughout the day?
that's your body literally gulping for air ...

Also, for those in the know, porcupine's totem message brilliantly, yet chillingly,
speaks to the general public's frightful emotional state -
beware: rattling quills is cause for alarm

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thursday, 6 jan 2022

to most americans, for better or for worse, today’s date takes its place among infamous dates

for me it’s different -
this day of the christmas season has been marked on my calendar almost 70 years -
it is the feast of the Epiphany – Three Kings’ Day – or as we called it Little Christmas,
a holiday that has always meant more to me than dec 25th, especially those years
when the 6th was big Christmas 
because there was no money for the 25th

so it is to the christian world, today is the feast that celebrates arrival of the 3 kings,
whose metaphysical dogma having to do with timing and faith appeals to this old medicine woman …

plus i’ve lived on the road and firsthand know similar realities as joseph and mary, who had
 little to no means of escape, their newborn endangered, likely thinking themselves stuck - 
but the universe saw otherwise, and out of the desert appear 3 kings to aid the unlikely family …

to me Jan 6th is a celebration of the odds and power conspiring to bring together three kings
and a poor, holy family, which is why today has always been a celebration
of the divine connection between the seen and the unseen -
it is a portal granted access to the pure of heart -

i've collected decades’ worth of true-story anecdotes of the magi magic 
that leaves most awestruck and reinvigorated, 
but their telling lessens the point of this feast day …
which is to highlight what matt 19:26 reports in red as Jesus’ words, that
“With God all things are possible”…

except now, here’s the trap:
at reading those words, no doubt heads will nod in intellectual agreement
but while most hearts remain unopened to the truth in Jesus' words:

With God, all things are possible …

for the faithful, then, today this date,
 having long been the feast of the Epiphany,
offers the pure of heart
another lens through which to process the heinous event of last year --  
is it coincidence that, generically, epiphany is defined as “a manifestation of the divine” – ?

that said, We the People must ask ourselves:
can violent political unrest between fellow countrymen be righteous behaviour?
can ungodly hatred manifest the destiny 
of this country,
whose very history has pledged itself as ‘one nation under God’?

...  keep watch still for the three kings - they are not far from the horizon -
there are many who have been praying in the shadows ((Matthew 6:5-8))

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Merriam Webster defined the word epiphany thusly:

capitalized: January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming 
of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church 
in commemoration of the baptism of Christ

2: an appearance or manifestation, especially of a divine being

3a(1): a usually sudden manifestation or perception 
of the essential nature or meaning of something

(2): an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event)
 usually simple and striking

(3): an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure

b: a revealing scene or moment

related readings:   Feast of the Epiphany  
                            Patriotism of the Heart