Morningstar Frankincense, Myrrh and Sage

Morningstar Frankincense, Myrrh and Sage

Japanese Incense is famous for its clean burning woods and delicate floral scents. The stick incense from Japan is a centuries old tradition with roots in the Shinto and Buddhist rituals and beliefs. Each stick is solid incense. There is no wood core.
Nippon Kodo has just added three new scents to their morning star line of incenses to add the sacred scents of middle east and the americas to their line of single note incenses.
  1. Frankincense – also known as “Frank Incense” or True Incense, this is a famous ingredient in church blends. In ancient times, it was used as currency in some areas, because it was so prized. Modern research has shown that burning frankincense can affect our moods, lifting our spirits when down. No wonder it is used in worship. It is truly enlightening.
  2. Myrrh – Burned in Indian temples and churches around the world, Myrrh is a rich and cleansing scent used for purifying. Researchers are discovering that Myrrh smoke has physical anti-bacterial properties, as well. Go figure. Again, the ancients knew what they were doing.
  3. Sage – Used for centuries in America for spiritual cleansing in a smudging ceremony, sage is a powerful plant ally. When you want to smudge a small space or just want a lighter scent for your ritual, this little stick will do the trick nicely.
Best of all, all three are in stock now, at the Eye and will be on our feature table for the next week or so. So stop in or buy online. With 50 sticks in a box (that’s right it’s not a typo), morning star Japanese Incense is an incredible value. Each stick is small, but it’s 100% incense, so you get pure scent.

Beneath the Below is a River – Wendy Rule Dives Deep

Beneath the Below CD Cover

Beneath the Below CD:

Here’s how it begins . . . a movie soundtrack and two musicians reaching for deep and ethereal, an otherworldly fantasy about a Moth Boy; a film which lent itself to dark and dreamy audio visions. Beneath the Below is a River began life as a collaborative soundtrack to the short film ‘Hugo’, directed by Nicholas Verso. Wendy and collaborator Craig Patterson were so pleased with the outcome of the soundtrack that they expanded it into a full length album.

This is not the first time Wendy has created ambient music. Although all of her CDs have some of that soundtrack quality, she worked to create almost theatrically faerie atmosphere in Deep Within the Faerie Forest–a collaboration with Gary Stadler. But that does not make these CDs twins, like so many of the ambient titles out there. Where the Faerie Forest is light and uplifting, Beneath the Below resonates like a waking dream and draws you back down into the underworld to explore further.

In fact, any artist or writer would find this music makes a great background for the creative process. It would probably also be amazing to have in the background of a Tarot Reading.  Imagine a room with dark velvet drapery, red wine and frankincense and add Beneath the Below is a River, and you have a modern, sophisticated Goth Salon…  Listen to mp3 samples

Energy Renewal

There has been a lot of buzz out there about renewable energy, but did you know that you can start renewing your own energy today? Of course, I’m talking about your spiritual energy.  Call it Chi, Prana, Ki, Magic, by whatever name it’s still the same and it still works. It’s simple once you know how, and this is a meditation that I do myself on a regular basis.

Reach to the Sky

Reach to the Sky

Earth Energy Tree Meditation

Go to a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and can sit comfortably in a chair with your feet touching the ground. Have a glass or bottle of water nearby. Begin by closing your eyes and breathing slowly and deeply, expanding your rib-cage and your belly for six breaths. Notice how this feels by focusing on the expansion and contraction of your ribs.

Relax and breath normally. Now bring your focus up between and behind your eyebrows, this is your Ajna Chakra or Third Eye and will help you with visualizing the rest of the meditation. Keep your eyes closed and picture a ball of white light in the center of your body, imagine it growing and expanding filling your body and creating a glow to about two feet from your body all around. At the outer edge imagine that a light blue electric light starts to form, like a forcefield it is protecting you and your space from any distractions.

Now feel the weight of your body where you are sitting, and imagine your chair as a tree stump, with roots reaching deep into the earth. Focus on your contact to the stump, and imagine that the white light flows freely from you to the stump and back again. Notice any sensations you may feel as you connect and ground yourself to Mother Earth.

Move your feet back and forth, and wiggle your toes while touching the floor. Imagine your feet have sent shoots down deep into the heart of Mother Earth as energy begins to flow effortlessly like water into your Energy Body. Picture the energy as a warm, golden-green color or loving pink color, whichever you are more comfortable with. Still your feet as they continue to drink and focus on the rising warmth as earth energy fills your legs, knees, hips, torso, arms, hands, neck and finally your head where it flows out the top, down your body, and back to the earth through the trunk of your tree-chair to the center of the Earth to be transformed into clear clean energy again. Allow it to flow at it’s own pace, and imagine as it does so it’s cleaning away all your doubts & fears, anger & frustration, and any negative speck or blocked idea that keeps you from pure love and joy.

As Earth Energy cleans out a space, it fills it with love, peace, and contentment. Focus on how this makes you feel.

When you are ready, open your eyes and drink your glass of water. Know that the water came from the earth and is nourishing your Energy Body which just had a good workout! As you continue your day, you can renew your connection to the earth by imagining a vine reaching from the base of your spine to the center of the earth.

Like an anchor it keeps you connected to Mother Earth and you can make it as large or small in your imagination as you think it should be. Use it any time you need to eliminate any negative or unpleasant emotions or energies throughout the day.


About the Author
Beth Hansen-Buth is a Usui Reiki Master and Celtic Reiki Master who has been working with Earth and Tree energies since 1997. Since November of 2008 she has been offering Reiki Sessions at Eye of Horus.  For more about her energy work, visit ReikiArtist.com, and to follow her on her journey you can read The Reiki Artist Blog – adventures of a practitioner.
Earth Energy Tree Meditation is © 2007-2009 Beth Hansen-Buth