Monday, April 5, 2010

The Intuitive Life: Open Doors and Venture Forth By Margaret Ruth Huffington Post (Tick the Title to be redirected there)

I love doorways and entryways. Every time I enter a home, garden, store or the like; I think for a brief moment~hm~ this isn't it, but it is...
The Post Offices always have that smell of acrid movement; and that room before, that entrance hall. Prepares you, no?
The church has some kind of hallway or entrance way. Those do vary from exceptional to drab in my experience, but all have that~hm~ what is this for sense...
The stores have varying entrance ways, as do the malls, hospitals and schools. Gyms, wellness centers, and different kinds of buildings have that area to stop, put your keys in your pocket and close your umbrella place, usually.
Symbolically I love doorways; thresholds, entranceways of all kinds. This is why this article by Margaret stopped me to take a quick look and then prompted me to 'cut and paste' it to my entranceway. My doorway that leads to my little place here where I open doors, and look in, and venture forth a spell and then back again, I think. Sometimes roam the new environment, sometimes just leave the door open to see, smell and hear what comes forth.
I also like how literature uses doorways. C. S. Lewis has the wardrobe, but also has the rings, ponds and such. Madeline L'Engle uses portals that seem like a doorway and there is always someone at the door. Then there is Alice, down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass. In her attempts to enter various doorways she has to be first altered to do so. That is so brilliant since the doorway is such a symbol, isn't it?
And what of that rabbit hole? Is it like being born, or born 'again', a new realization maybe? I don't know, but I do think there is some room for speculation, always.

Doorways as a symbol carry quite a bit of meaning. They are a promise, a beckoning, an invitation. Just as opening a physical door leads us across a threshold and into a new space, opening metaphysical doors of the psyche and of our deepest desires allow us to take on new adventures and experiences. The problem, though, of doorways seems to be that many wonder whether they are choosing the right door; they worry about those not chosen or what will be left behind if they venture on through.
You can use your intuition and imagination to explore the doorways facing you right now. By doing this, you can heighten your awareness of your possibilities and of the fears that might be holding you back.
Here's one idea of how to do this: Start by setting up a quiet time and space and focusing within. Visualize a blank screen in your mind's eye and allow images of doors to present themselves. You might get just one; you might see many. Now play with them. You can open them all at once or one at a time. You can check to see what vista presents itself in the opening. You could literally get objects, times, dates or people, or you could get more dream-like symbols or landscapes.
As you do this, let your intuition educate you on these possibilities. Watch how you feel when you cross through the door opening. For instance, if there is a new job or career on the other side, are you happy? Are you afraid? Do you resist exploring what is there?
If you do not know which door to choose, or are resistant to taking a new path, then you can imagine leaving them all open for a while. Holding this type of image in your consciousness instructs the psyche to stay available for possibilities. Or, you can imagine that you can go through all these openings without losing anything. You can remind yourself that even if you explore one doorway, you can always leave and try another. You can remember that you don't have to miss anything by crossing the threshold and adding a new adventure.

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post


  1. Hey there lol I tried to post a couple times I guess I forgot how ) : what I wanted to say is GREAT JOB ON YOUR BLOG SO MUCH INFO! You could get a cup of tea and just read and relax for hours (amazing) content

  2. Thank you Karon; You are too kind! What is amazing is your website! I learn so much every time I visit. Curiously, I published two of your comments, but only see one that worked. I am going to go look around. I am in the middle of a couple of mundane projects that I'd better finish. YUK~ TTYL,


Banana This; Recycle Old Peels~ fertilizer or silver polish

There are things you can do with that old peel.

1. Do you have a green thumb? House hold plants and outside gardens require fertilization. A great way to give your plants nutrients is with a banana peel. The banana peel is very rich in potassium and phosphorus, which give that added boost to your plants soil, especially so with roses. Here is how to use a banana peel to fertilizer your soil for your plants. Remove the peel from the banana. Place the banana peel on a cookie sheet to let it air dry. Grab a paper bag or envelope. Crumble the dried banana peel and place it in the bag. Let the banana sit at room temperature for about two days. When your caring for your plant, give it a potassium treat of crumbled banana peel. Mix well in the soil to ensure the roots are fed evenly.
2. Have you been thinking about pulling out that old silver? Well there is no time like the present. Bananas peel can also be used to polish silver. Yes, polish silver. Take the old peels and place them in a blender. You want the peels to become smooth and creamy. Once they have, grab a cloth and small amounts of the creamed banana peel and begin polishing your silver. The shine will be breath taking.


Wild yeasts exist in the air around you and to some extent on the wheat berries. There are wild yeasts on grapes (unsulphured) and apples and other fruits. It is those wild yeasts which are 'captured' to make a sourdough starter. The process takes from 3 to 5 days. I wish I had specific amounts for you, but you could start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour and mix in enough warm (not hot) water to make a thin paste. DO NOT make it too soupy. That, in fact, is the trick to a good starter, according to the French bread makers, and I think they should know. And after you've fooled around with the flour and water thing, you might wish to branch out into adding those unsulphured grapes, apples, sour milk, etc as a catalyst in order to capture other strains of yeast. Each of these strains has a slightly different taste. In fact if you move to another area, you might end up with a starter that produces an entirely different flavor. For instance, San Francisco sourdough bread is well known and has a distinct taste due to the wild strains in the air there. On day one you mix the flour and water (and add any catalysts to encourage fermentation) and place in a warm spot. After 3 days, the dough should be moist, inflated, and slightly sour. More flour and water is added (mixed in) and left to sit in a warm spot. After 2 days the process is repeated. Then the next day it is done again. Note the order: 3 days, 2 days, 1 day. At this point you should be able to make a loaf of bread using part of the starter and adding back what you took out in the form of more flour and water. Rule of thumb: Use about 10% starter to size of loaf. In the case of a 2 lb loaf this is a bit over 3 oz of starter (3.2 to be exact). For a 1 lb loaf 1.5 oz would be used. A book that describes this process in great detail is The Village Baker by Joe Ortiz, copyright 1993, published by Ten Speed Press, Berkley CA. If it's not still in print, try the used books stores, that's where I got mine. Or try your local library. If they don't have it, they might be able to get it for you. ©2008 by Ernestina Parziale

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