Archive for February 11th, 2011


Red Fish

February 11, 2011
When it comes back to teach you
or you come back to learn
how half alive you’ve been,
how your ignorance and arrogance
have kept you deprived —
when it comes back to you
or you yourself return,
joy is simple, unassuming.
Red tulips on their green stems.
Early spring vegetables, bright in the pan.
The primary colors of a child’s painting,
the first lessons, all over again.
~ Thomas Centolella ~

Image Credit: Creative Mavericks


A Lady in a Fox Fur

February 11, 2011

Henrietta Lacks

Pisces 14: A Lady in a Fox Fur

When you walk through the the tall totem gates of Fox family, gnarled roots of forbidding trees become silken threads of fascination and allure sinking deeply into the earth. What seemed from a far distance an impenetrable dense forest now seems an open clearing where rarified luminous light seems to defy the thick forest crown.
You meet a fox. She is a lady by her bearing. A natural pride of deep family heritage emanates from her movements. The fox lies across her shoulders and, while she smiles and looks directly into your eyes, you know that her intrigue, so open and apparent, is somehow one and the same with that of which you will never know, something hidden.
Icy scintilla of shrewd intelligence inspect every move, word and breath. It is as if a slight shift of your eyes tells a thousands secrets about your intentions, desires and dreams. You want to hold your cards closely to the chest but her laugh seems to compel you to show your hand… she never shows hers.
She is elegance and style that speaks of hoary heritage. She is a glass tower of ancient dignity. She is the silver shining waters of a mist covered lake. She is the glint of a blade’s edge hidden. Some know her by ancient names: Nimue; Morgana; White Buffalo Woman; Ceridwen. [Source Blain Bovee]

Image: Human Cervical Adenocarcinoma Cells – HeLa line

Back in 1951, when Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old mother of five, was a patient at Johns Hopkins hospital’s “colored ward,” doctors removed a dime-size sample of her cancer-ridden cervix without her permission and without informing her. Scientists, like George Gey (who first handled the study), had been trying to establish continuously reproducing cells for years for use in medical research, but cells never lasted very long. It turned out that Henrietta’s did. HeLa cells (named from the first two letters of her first and last name) grew, with what Skloot describes as, “mythological intensity,” So much so, in fact, that Gey began sharing them with others in the field. They went to the Tuskegee Institute where the first ever cell production factory was established, and then all around the world, as far as Chile, Amsterdam, and India; then onto the for-profit venture Microbiological Associates, and beyond.

When Lacks succumbed to the disease some eight months after her diagnosis, the legacy of her cells would later become a source of confusion and outrage among her family. Today, HeLa cells are still the most widely utilized in labs all across the world and are bought and sold by the billions. And her family, many of whom have lived in poverty all of their lives, never knew about any of this until 20 years after her death. Her husband, Day, had not been informed about the tissue samples or the astounding things that were done with them; the family found out about the cells through reporters, who, as soon as Henrietta’s real name was leaked, began to contact them with questions that lead them to believe that part of Henrietta was still alive in a lab somewhere, somehow. [Source theGrio]

Further Reading:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Marking the Magnificent Memory of Henrietta Lacks –
Henrietta Lacks’ Immortal Cells –


And when I touch you, I feel happy inside….

February 11, 2011


In the Beginning......


Exercise: Hold CENTER of PALM for FATIGUE

Place your fingers on the center of the palm (either side) when you feel fatigue, or when you feel like sleeping a lot and hold for a few minutes. Also for depression.
Exercise: Hold THUMB for WORRY

Hold your THUMB (either side) to harmonise the attitude of WORRY, and to help:

* Insomnia
* Digestion
* Headaches (esp. base of thumb)
* Stress and nerves
* Ground and calm
* Nurture
* Skin surface
* Stomach and spleen energy
* When have to SIT a lot

Exercise: Hold INDEX finger for FEAR

Hold INDEX finger (either side) to harmonise FEAR and ANXIETY, and to help:

* Teeth and gums
* Backaches
* Digestion, constipation
* Self criticism, shyness
* Muscle tension
* Kidney and bladder energy
* When have to STAND a lot (be on your feet)

~ Sourced from JSJ-holds


The Bees Knees

February 11, 2011

Illustrated here is a basic and powerful Jin Shin Jyutsu® self-help tool for Panic or Anxiety Attacks.

If a panic attack is particularly strong then I would go to SEL 1 on the inside of the knee (see the diagram). SEL 1 is THE place to hold in emergencies – keeps you BREATHING, and helps ease nausea and vomiting.
Safety Energy Lock 1 is called The Prime Mover. It is found on the inside (medial side) of the knees. It connects extreme heights with extreme depths and harmonises us from head to toe because it helps the descending energy (which moves down the front) and the ascending energy (which moves up the back). If you want to change your life, hold SEL 1 every day for an hour.

There is an energy site on the outside of the wrist which is SEL 17 – it came into the universe meaning Reproductive Energy (as in generating new energy). Hold SEL 17 in emergencies to balance the nervous system. It is great to alleviate anxiety and panic attacks; also good as a smelling salt if you feel faint.

SEL 17 is also great instead of that Chocolate need in the middle of the afternoon when one needs a quick energy boost – it’s a quick reviver!

Also helps with the development of intuition, and alleviates chest congestion.

Found at Flows for Life: self help holds using an Ancient Healing Art