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Rebekah Clark Dunlap
Once upon a time, on a
glorious day, a mythical King reviewed his vast
kingdom and felt quite benevolent. His wise men
had recently extolled the virtues of being a good
giver and receiver as an absolute opportunity to
lay up treasure in the heaven-world of the gods.
Having decided to put the principle into
practice, the King called one of his bravest
soldiers to come before him and be rewarded for
outstanding duty performed. As the old soldier
knelt before the throne, a servant placed in
front of him a magnificently engraved golden
bowl. One glance assured the old soldier the bowl
was the creation of a master craftsman and worth
The King, gesturing for the soldier to accept the
bowl, said, "Brave man, receive this gift as
a symbol of my appreciation for your courage and
great dependability on the fields of
Overwhelmed with the immensity of what was
happening, the soldier slowly dropped his head
and whispered, "Oh, no, Your Majesty! I
cannot accept such a treasure. Truly, it is too
great a gift for me to receive!"
The King stroked his beard in contemplation for a
moment, looked at the bowed head before him and
gently replied, "Perhaps, my good man. But
please remember that it is not too great a gift
for me to give!"
The soldier, looking at the gift from his
personal consciousness, felt that the value of
the golden bowl far exceeded his idea of personal
self-worth. The King's wisdom, however, taught
the soldier to look at life's complete picture.
Your radiant inner light is like the golden bowl, magnificently created by a master craftsman and
shining in all it's beauty. You are the soldier.
The Creative Source is the wise King. A
tremendous gift is offered to you. The gift of
life with all its abundance and adventure. Are
you willing to accept it? Or will you respond,
Notes & Thoughts By W. G. Black Ph.D.
- Founder of Gakati'yi
always loved the sound of "Casa Grande," in
Spanish. At the same time I reluctantly say that I have
some aversion to the phrase "Casa Grande" in
Americanese. The Spanish version is melodious and
beautiful to me. The city of Casa Grande, Arizona, is
about 50 miles south of Phoenix. Mountains can be seen in
most directions from it; the City itself is rather flat
and plains type land. It's a beautiful setting,
especially if you are farsighted. Thom Kelley and I had
the good fortune of being hosted on Valentine's Afternoon
and Evening by a wonderful being known as Larry Porter
who has lives in Casa Grande.
Larry and his lovely wife, De, have been
in business there a long time. A storm several years ago
destroyed everything and played a role in the evolution
and development of the beautiful Growth Center/Gift-Book
Store they have recently opened there. Several of us from
Phoenix attended the open house several weeks ago, and
Thom and I returned for a more extended, personal visit
for Valentine's Day. What an adventure it turned out to
be in exploring the Heart! Larry has been devoted to
personal and spiritual growth forever, we might say, and
the visit easily turned into that format on this
occasion. Sherman and Ginny Scott were there by the
strangest of "coincidences." They are friends
of Larry's for a long time. Being around eighty years of
age, they added wisdom, support and stories of their own
spiritual growth which enriched the evening greatly.
Another unusual addition to the evening was for Thom
Kelley to lock his keys in his car for the first time in
thirty years. Earlier in the day he had met an important
person who had been connected to a locksmith for a long
time. We are still working on this one. Impressions,
intuitions and interpretations are welcome. As one enters
the Arizona Center for Relaxation, everything says,
"Welcome, relax and make yourself comfortable."
Beautiful posters, wall hangings, placards and paintings
or prints thereof abound. In the large meeting room are
hanging framed, favorite sayings, wisdom of the ages,
growth stimulator, growth supporters and comforts for
the pains and challenges of life, especially the life of
those who are on The Road Less Traveled of Scott Peck,
Larry Porter's dream is manifesting, and I felt a strong
desire to assist in any way that I could. I felt guided
to share some of my history and abilities with him. It
turned into quite a session. We went into the realms
where fear serves as teacher for a long period of time,
then it is time to release the teacher and let it go.
Larry courageously shared that he has grappled with a
"fear of failure" for a long time. He revealed
how this fear had affected him in many ways. It was clear
that he has become a master of that fear as we sat in the
presence of all of his signs and facts of success. We
were truly in a "Grand House" in Casa Grande on
a "Grande Occasione." His heart was open, and
he helped all of us present to open ours. The same
hopefully happens for you now as you read about him and
his wonderful story. He has written a book with much
wisdom in it, reflections of his experiences and realness
as well as the Truth in the Abstract. His favorite dream
is to do two day workshops where people learn and
practice what he lives and teaches with special emphasis
on relaxation. I see him as ideal for the overstressed
people of America.
Steven A. Levine is one of my favorites. I was privileged
to hear him in person in Austin, Texas, in the spring of
1984. This quote from him has helped me through many a
challenging time. "Our task is to keep our heart
open in hell." Larry Porter had just received a
message that his brother had just had a heart attack.
Quite a message for Valentine's Day. If we work with the
premise that the ideals in life are about how well we
handle problems, Larry Porter is a wonderful model for
us. He transformed the physical damage of the storm into a
beautiful growth center, and he transformed the fear of
failure into tangible-intangible success. His teachers
are retired, and he is now available to teach us. Welcome
to Casa Grande! Arizona is a wonderful place to be in the
Winter and Spring. We all experienced growth, expansion,
spiritual affinity and shared love and opened hearts on
Valentine's Day. You can do the same on any day of the
year. Larry also provided Thom Kelley with a locksmith
and set us free to return to Phoenix.
You can contact Larry Porter at the Arizona Center for
Relaxation, Casa Grande, Arizona.
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having a Master's Degree in Chemistry, and worked
as a Molecular Biologist at the NIH. Donna
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Natural Remedies for Bumps and Bruises
Spring is almost upon us, at least in beautiful Aiken, South
Carolina, where I recently visited Mel and AliceRay Minitor.
time of renewal…when flowers bloom, kids enthusiastically
run and play outdoors, and many move and relocate their homes.
Now that the nasty weather is nearly behind us, and amidst the
excitement of this renewal, we may find that many of us
inadvertently suffer from bruises and bumps, as we make the
transition from the non-movement of
winter hibernation to a bouncing, bountiful springtime.
Physical Bumps and Bruises
called “black and blue marks”, are usually caused by
bumping, falling, banging, or sharply impacting various parts
of the body. Although the skin is not broken, tissues and
blood vessels beneath the skin are injured. This sub-dermal
bleeding results in pain, swelling and a bruise, which at
first is reddish in color, then turns dark bluish black, and
finally turns a greenish yellow color. As the bruise heals,
capillaries and blood vessels are repaired and the blood
beneath the skin is reabsorbed into the body.
blue” marks can be quite cosmetically unattractive depending
upon where they occur on the body, therefore, today I am
recommending both external and internal remedies to aid the
body in repair of the injured tissues.
A homeopathic gel called Arnicaflora
by Boericke and Tafel is a clear, stainless gel,
which can be applied directly to the bruise. I have found that
it shortens the healing time tremendously…sometimes a bad
bruise can be healed in a day or two. If the bruise is caused
by a surgical procedure, make sure not to apply the gel to an
open wound, infected area, or around stitches. Arnica
Montana, 30cc, pellets, can also be taken
concurrently, 3-4 pellets 3-4 times per day to speed the whole
(vitamins from peels of oranges and citrus fruits, also known
as Vitamin P), are known for their excellent capillary-mending
capabilities. In order for supplementation with bioflavonoids
to be most effective, one must take the appropriate dosage. At
least 1000-3000 mg per day (1-3, 1000 mg tablets) must
be taken of the concentrated Citrus Bioflavoniod Complex.
Foremost Brand by Reliance Vitamins in Branchburg, N.J.
work well in this application, as it contains a rutin and
hesperidin bioflavoniod complex, which repairs small
capillaries. In addition, 3000 to 10,000 mg of Vitamin C
per day helps supply oxygen to the injured cells and aids in
strengthening capillary walls. You may find combo products,
which contain Vitamin C with bioflavoniods, but I find that
they only contain a small amount of the bioflavonoids
necessary, (perhaps 50 or 100 mg), to effectively repair the
capillaries. If I were to pick two products to use to remedy
bruises, they would be arnica gel externally and 1000-3000 mg
per day of concentrated citrus bioflavonoid complex
internally. Also, eating plenty of green leafy vegetables such
as collard greens, kale,
leaf lettuce, and alfalfa aids in blood clotting.
Other factors, which may cause easy
bruising are anemia, malnutrition, cancer, overuse of aspirin
and ibuprofen, or use of anticlotting drugs after a heart
attack, such as coumadin. If you are on anticoagulant therapy,
arnica flora gel externally is all that I recommend using,
without checking with your physician first.
Handling Bruises and Falls
The Bach flower essence Rescue
Remedy is a homeopathic tincture, which every one should
keep on hand to ease the emotional trauma after a fall.
Mothers of young children can add a few drops to their
child’s water or juice after they take a tumble. I
successfully used it with my daughter after many falls, to the
point that she would ask for it on occasion. It helps in all
cases of emotional trauma after an abrupt injury, applying
3-10 drops under the tongue in an adult or in a small glass of
water. Bach Rescue Remedy cream is also available to
use externally as a cream. It works great to reduce swelling
or on bumps and bruises.
If overall muscle soreness is a problem
after a fall, take a warm bath in Epsom salts or use a
product called Bath Therapy. Bath Therapy is a
mineral bath which nourishes your body with minerals, takes
away muscle soreness, and uplifts you after a long day at
Please examine the thoughts you had
right before a fall or bruise occurred. Remember that we
create our reality and that nothing happens by accident.
You may find that you were rushing to
go somewhere or trying to do something quickly. You may have
been experiencing feelings of impatience right before the
injury occurred. Strive to identify and then correct the
negative thought pattern by slowing down and utilizing deep
breathing. Again, meditate and focus your thoughts, changing
anger to understanding and forgiveness and impatience to the
patience of God.
I would like to send a special thanks
to AliceRay and Mel Minitor for welcoming me into their home
and for the wonderful southern hospitality shown to me. Spring
has definitely sprung in beautiful Aiken, with magnolias
blossoming and flowers preparing to sprout.
Thanks again to Mel, the computer
doctor, for getting my office up and running.
Many blessings to all of our readers
and wishing all of you a healthful, bountiful Spring.
Love and Light,
As always, if you have
any questions regarding this article, please
contact me by e-mail at dawnawolfe@yahoo ã2001
by Donna McGrath
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The Fork Story
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.
So as she was getting her things "in order" she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain
aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit
she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave
when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.
What's that?" came the pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."
The pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say." That surprises you, doesn't it?" the
young woman asked.
"Well to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.
The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and from there on out, I have always done so. I have also,
always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending
church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably
lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that
something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie.
Something wonderful, and with substance! So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want
them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: 'Keep your fork ... the best is yet to come.'" The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of
joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death, but he also knew
that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a
better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age,
with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and the fork placed
in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.
During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told
them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told
them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends
are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.
They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.
Show your friends how much you care. Remember to always be there for them, even when YOU need them more.
For you never know when it may be their time to "Keep your fork."
Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share... being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet
Submitted by Peter Hill
How do you
explain prejudice to an eight-year old? February in third
grade is Valentines Day, Presidents Day and
African American Heritage Month. This year the
juxtaposition of these holidays brought me a new
perspective on love and hate. My class is multiracial --
Caucasian, Hispanic, African, Asian and mixed heritage.
The children are every shade of white, black and brown
sixty percent of them from families that speak
English as a second language. Most of the children have
been going to school together since kindergarten.
Valentines Day the children shared cards and treats
with their friends and classmates. It was a joyful
expression of love and friendship celebrated with great
enthusiasm by children who were blissfully unaware that
less than fifty years ago their friendships would have
A couple of days later, in honor of African American
Heritage Month, the whole school read the story of Ruby
Bridges, the six year-old who was the first black child
to attend an all-white elementary school. My class sat
silent, wide-eyed, with looks of confusion and disbelief
as I read to them about Ruby Bridges how she faced
mobs of angry protesters day after day, how she had to be
escorted to school by federal marshals with guns, how the
white parents kept their children at home so that Ruby
sat in an empty classroom with her teacher every day.
Why, Mrs. Ryan? My students couldnt
understand. Why? They wanted to know. Is
Ruby Bridges still alive? Surely this must have
happened a long, long time ago in that semi-real realm of
once upon a time. I calculated Rubys
age she is younger than I am. In fact, I had to
explain to my students, I was attending fourth grade in a
segregated school in Texas the year that Ruby Bridges was
in first grade. But why,
Mrs. Ryan? How do you explain prejudice to an
still have a long way to go to heal the wounds of our
history to create a world where prejudice is
incomprehensible. But there is hope. When a third grade
class cannot imagine not
having friends who are different from themselves
when a teacher looks into their beautiful multi-colored
faces and struggles explain why white children and black
children were not allowed to go to school together
there is hope.
Thank you, Ruby Bridges!!
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circle will be Unbroken.
the core of my very being, I am paralyzed, not realizing at
that moment that before me awaits an even closer walk with
someone I love who is valued more than mere words can express,
the midst of grief, it seems to stop me cold in my tracks.
Time seems to have absolutely no relevance, for there I
am…frozen in that seemingly inescapable torment.
ns me up for the miracle of healing.
Being torn apart inside simply makes room for Spirit to
come in and fill the black void of my loss.
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be
comforted.” Matthew 5:4
I have been taught by our society that it is better to
suppress these moments of hurt…that is the “correct” way
to overcome the pain. I have become quite fearful of getting
hurt – being close to anyone opened me up for such
overwhelming pain, I had even shut myself off from those I
loved the most. Now, though, I believe that by accepting these
uncomfortable moments, I am opening myself up for an even
greater opportunity to know God, the greatest comforter of the
Difficult times are not meant to totally annihilate us,
for I am a true believer in those words, “this too shall
I can and will endure anything with the knowing in my
heart that God’s unconditional love in answer to my question
of “Why?” will eventually fill-in the whole picture and
thus reveal the gifts that this grief shrouds temporarily.
The loss of a couple of extremely close friends, soul
mates, has opened my heart to a greater understanding of what
it is to “let go” and know that I will see them again, for
we are only passing through this world called Earth, it is not
the end, but an opening to another realm
circle will not be broken.
I write this in remembrance of Tally Durand and Alvin
Turner, two most loved friends. --AliceRay