I'm just going to state this at the outset: I am not a doctor. I'm not even a witch doctor, or a witch for that matter. That said, I am an American armed with the internet and fueled by an inherently distrusting and dystopian view of the current paradigm of human society...which means I've always prepared, on some level, for a crisis like the one presented to us by the Corona Virus and its companion animal, the crashing stock market. I didn't just start hoarding toilet paper- I've always done that crazy shit!
When I glanced at Twitter yesterday, I noticed Elon Musk quoting Dune...which is both hilarious and timely given the current climate: "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
So, in the spirit of not killing our minds with fear but still absolutely taking care of ourselves, I wanted to share with all of some of the insights and solutions I embrace to stay healthy but calm during challenging times:
Stress and anxiety are bad for the immune system
It's never good to deny science. So, if there's a virus going around, educate yourself and follow the common sense instructions from our health leaders. That said, freaking out about it is not going to help. In fact, stress and anxiety have been scientifically proven to diminish the immune's system's ability to fight disease and keep you healthy.
The Cleveland Clinic agrees, and published this to explain it in fancy medical words: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-happens-when-your-immune-system-gets-stressed-out/
Meditation is good for the immune system
Also science: meditation has been proven to boost the immune system's natural ability to fight disease and heal our bodies. Check out the details here: https://www.mindful.org/train-brain-boost-immune-system/
Herbal supplements can be powerful antivirals
I started taking homeopathic antivirals after a health issue last year, at the urging of the awesome Katy Petersen of Active Evolution. They worked for me then and I've doubled down on them now, and it's not an accident that they've also been core to shamanic spiritual practices for millennia:
Black Seed Oil
An ancient Egyptian "medicine", black seed oil is extracted from the seeds of Nigella sativa, a plant native to southwest Asia. Here are some resources to learn more about its benefits:
Also called sambucus, black elderberry has been a spiritual tool to protect oneself from negative "energies" across the world. Here are some resources to learn about its health and energetic uses:
Sage and palo santo actually do stuff
See- shamans know some stuff;) Turns out palo santo and sage do more than set the mood for crazy fun psychic experiences- they're ancient disinfectants:
Palo Santo: https://bodhitree.com/6-benefits-of-palo-santo/
Expanded sessions and energy work
TOTEM is not taking a break. I'm still doing sessions, offering expanded availability, and the only change you'll notice is a real commitment to bleaching my space and undertaking mutual hand sanitizing before we start our appointment;)
We're also keeping our Open House and upcoming meditation workshops on the calendar. Check out our Events Page here for more details.
Qi Gong and Reiki
Our new Oak Park space is going to be hosting new Qi Gong and Reiki workshops in the coming months. These energy work modalities are really good for overall health, and the practitioners leading these workshops have always been committed to energetic and physical cleanliness- it's an everyday part of their practice. We want to make these self-healing tools and related certifications available to everyone during a time when they can actually make a tangible impact.
If you take nothing else from this email, just remember that we are essentially ghosts driving around in meat-coated skeletons made from stardust hurtling through space on a rock at an incredible rate of speed. So, everything has always been kind of nuts, right?