Tarot Contemplation – The Hanged Man

You may feel frustrated tht things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like today.  Be patient; stop trying to force things to happen.  Take this time of waiting as an opportunity to practice being present with yourself.  You may find that when you let go of your expectations that things turn out differently, even better than you’d hoped.

Daily Words of the Buddha for June 17, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for June 17, 2017 — amosadhamma — that which doesn’t have a false nature, true, unerring, unfailing

Ayasāva malaṃ samuṭṭhitaṃ
tatuṭṭhāya tameva khādati,
evaṃ atidhonacārinaṃ
sāni kammāni nayanti duggatiṃ.

Just as rust arising from iron
eats away the base from which it arises,
even so, their own deeds
lead transgressors to states of woe.

Dhammapada 18.240
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Tarot Contemplation – Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is like the Empress card in that it is a feminine sign of material fertility, ambition and success.  This Queen can literally be a light-haired woman crossing your path that brings good fiery energy to you and is your ally … fiery, as in Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.  Metaphorically, this card is a message of great accomplishments achieved in a short span of time at work or in your career/occupation.  If you are a young couple trying to conceive, the Queen of Wands is one of the most positive indications that you will succeed … so if you’re not prepared for that possibility, take precautions!  If you’re looking for love, then perhaps a light-haired woman will introduce you to that special someone today.  Even though this card indicates a large degree of material success, don’t be tempted to squander away your resources.  Moderate your spending so you don’t make an extravagant purchase you’ll regret later.  If you’re looking to add to your home surroundings, you’ll do best indulging your creativity with what you already have … like rearranging furniture.  Bottom line:  take your time to read the signs around you and reflect.  Talk to others to gather ideas on new directions before leaping to make huge life changes to maintain the balance.

Recipes: First Nations’ Recipes for Frybread

Frybread Recipes from Several Different Tribes!

 

Old Fashioned

4 cups flour
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup warm water
Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add in the shortening and water. Add only enough water to make dough stick together. Knead dough until smooth, make into fist-sized balls. Cover them with a towel for 10 minutes then pat them out into circles about the size of a pancake. Fry in hot cooking oil in cast iron skillet until brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, serve with jam.

 

Traditional

1 pkg. dry yeast
3 cups warm water
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
6 cups flour
2 tbsp. oil
1/2 cup cornmeal
Dissolve yeast in warm water then add salt and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes covered with a towel. Add flour and oil to liquid mixture. Mix and put on floured bread board and knead until mixture is smooth. Put dough in a greased bowl, cover with towel and let it rise for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from bowl and put on bread board, knead in the 1/2 cornmeal. Make dough into 2 balls rolling each into 12 inch circles 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 2 inch squares and drop into hot cooking oil. (Works best with cast iron skillet.) Fry 5 to 6 pieces at a time for only a few moments. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with white powdered sugar.

 

Blackfeet

4 cups flour
1 Tbsp. powdered milk
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
11/2 cups warm water
Oil for frying
Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly. Add water. Knead until soft, then set aside for one hour. Shape into small balls. Flatten each ball into a circle with or rolling pin or by hand. Fry in a skillet half-full of oil until golden brown on both sides.

 

Cherokee

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
Mix ingredients adding more flour if necessary to make a stiff dough. Roll out the dough on a floured board till very thin. Cut into strips 2 X 3 inches and drop in hot cooking oil. Brown on both sides. Serve hot with honey.

 

Chickasaw

2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup warm milk
Stir first three ingredients then stir in the beaten egg. Add milk to make the dough soft. Roll it out on floured bread board, knead lightly. Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into strips 2 X 3 inches and slit the center. Drop into hot cooking oil and brown on both sides. Serve hot.

Pumpkin Fry Bread
Add the following to the ingredients shown above to make Pumpkin Fry Bread

2 cups fresh pumpkin or 1-16oz. can pumpkin
1 tbsp. milk or water
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Drop into hot cooking oil and brown on both sides. Serve hot with butter or powdered sugar.

 

Creek

2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Sift flour,salt and baking powder then add milk and more flour to make dough stiff. Roll out onto floured bread board and cut into 4 X 4 squares with a slit in the center. Fry in hot cooking oil until golden brown. Drain on plate with paper towels.

 

Navajo #1

1 C flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 C powdered milk
1/4 t salt
warm water

Combine the ingredients and slowly add enough warm water to form dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until it is smooth soft and not sticky. Cover and let rest 1 hour. Shape into small balls and pat into flat circles about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Set aside.

In skillet, heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil. Brown dough circles on each side and drain on paper towels.

Serve with chile beans and your favorite taco toppings for “Navajo Tacos.”

 

Navajo #2

3 cups unbleached flour, sifted
1/2 cup dry powdered milk
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup warm water or milk
2 quarts oil for deep frying
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead until smooth and soft, but not sticky. Depending on the altitude and humidity, you may need to adjust the liquid or the flour, so go slowly and balance accordingly. Be careful not to overwork the dough, or it will become tough and chewy. Brush a tablespoon of oil over the finished dough and allow it to rest 20 minutes to 2 hours in a bowl covered with a damp cloth. After the dough has rested, heat the oil in a broad, deep frying pan or kettle until it reaches a low boil (375º). Pull off egg-sized balls of dough and quickly roll, pull, and path them out into large, plate-sized rounds. They should be thin in the middle and about 1/4 inch thick at the edges. Carefully ease each piece of flattened dough into the hot, boiling oil, one at a time. Using a long-handled cooking fork or tongs, turn the dough one time. Allow about 2 minutes cooking time per side. When golden brown, lift from oil, shake gently to remove bulk of oil, and place on layered brown paper or paper towels to finish draining.

Serve hot with honey, jelly, fine powdered sugar, wojape, or various meat toppings.

Hint:
The magic is in frying the bread quickly! The hotter the oil, the less time it takes to cook. The less time it takes to cook, the lighter the texture and lower the fat content.

 

Osage

4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp and a half baking powder
1 tablespoon melted shortening
2 cups warm milk
Shortening for deep frying
Sift flour, salt and baking powder into bowl. Stir in shortening and milk. Knead the dough into a ball. Roll out dough on lightly floured board. Cut into diamond shapes and slice a slit in the center.

Heat shortening in deep fryer to 370 degrees. Fry 2 or 3 at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

 

Seminole

2 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk gradually making sure the dough is stiff. Put on floured bread board and pat it out with your hands until it is 1/2 inch thick. Cut into strips with a slit in the center. Fry in hot oil until both sides are golden brown.

Loving Support for Those Experiencing Chronic Illness – Part 1

Chronic illness can feel like such a solo, arduous journey. From the moment you wake up, to the moment you have relief in sleep, for months, for years…it can feel like a cruel punishment for something you weren’t let in on by the Universe. It can feel like an endless vision quest ….

Source: Loving Support for Those Experiencing Chronic Illness – Part 1

Tarot Contemplation – Judgment

Today look at the big picture of your life.  Where are you at in your life now?  What are the big lessons you’ve been learning?  What are you grateful for?  What are you tired of?  By taking time to check-in with yourself now, you can calm your mind and spirit.  When you are calm, your inner voice can be heard more clearly.  So, check in, calm your spirit and notice the wise guidance of your soul.

Daily Words of the Buddha for June 16, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for June 16, 2017 — niraggaḷa — unobstructed, free

Acchecchi vaṭṭaṃ,
byagā nirāsaṃ.
Visukkhā saritā na sandati.
Chinnaṃ vaṭṭaṃ na vattati.
Esevanto dukkhassā.

One has broken the cycle,
attained freedom from desire.
The dried-up stream no longer flows.
The cycle, broken, no longer turns.
This, just this, is the end of misery.

Udāna 7.62

Morning Meditation for June 16, 2017 – James Allen

Let a man realize that life in its totality proceeds from the mind, and lo, the way of blessedness is opened up to him! For he will then discover that he possesses the power to rule his mind and to fashion it in accordance with his Ideal.

So will he elect to strongly and steadfastly walk those pathways of thought and action which are altogether excellent; to him life will become beautiful and sacred; and, sooner or later, he will put to flight all evil, confusion, and suffering; for it is impossible for a man to fall short of liberation, enlightenment, and peace, who guards with unwearying diligence the gateway of his heart.

Daily Mystic Reflections … by Sri K. Parvathi Kumar

Gates open wide.  Boat launched ocean.  Star guides boat.  Star reflects fish in ocean.  Fisherman sails.  Fishing of man.

The life of an adept moves like a boat in a river.  The boat moves as per the currents of the river.  The adept moves as per the currents of the time.  The river joins the ocean; likewise, the adept’s life joins the greater life.  When the river joins the ocean, it opens wide forming deltas.  Also, the life of an adept grows far wider before joining the great life.  He becomes a planetary worker influencing many lives in all parts of the globe.  His life becomes unlimited.  His travel also becomes eternal and unlimited.  The distant stars form the guide.  The Great Bear, the Pleiades and Sirius keep guiding the adept.  The stars are reflected on Earth as the Hierarchy.  The Hierarchy of the Masters of Wisdom keeps guiding.  The hunter turned king.  The king turned saint.  The saint joins the Hierarchy.  Hereafter, he has only one work.  It is fishing the souls.  He sails in life and keeps fishing the souls to restore them to the path.  The saint becomes the fisherman.  He is a fisher of men.

Morning Meditation for June 15, 2017 – James Allen

When a man’s soul is clouded with selfishness in any or every form, he loses the power of spiritual discrimination and confuses the temporal with the eternal.

Men cling to and gratify the flesh as though it were going to last forever, and though they try to forget the nearness and inevitability of its dissolution, the dread of death and of loss of all that they cling to clouds their happiest hours and the chilling shadow of their own selfishness follows them like a remorseless spectre.

And with the accumulation of temporal comforts and luxuries, the divinity within men is drugged, and  they sink deeper and deeper into materiality, into the perishable life of the senses; and where there is sufficient intellect, theories concerning the immortality of the flesh come to be regarded as infallible truths.

Tarot Contemplation – The World

The World card represents both endings and new beginnings.  You have learnt the lessons from your current phase of life.  It is time to move on.  This card can mean a victory or graduation.  It is telling you that you have enough and that you are enough.  It is time to move beyond thoughts of your personal quest to bigger thoughts of what you can offer the earth.

Reflections …

“As long as we continue to ignore our divine side and the Divine Wisdom and highly specialized faculties and abilities we have, as long as we refuse to use them or exercise them, we will remain in all of our mental and worldly affairs, nothing more than creatures of the animal kingdom. Religions say we should put our faith in God, but as Rosicrucians, we say that we should put our faith in the Divine Consciousness, the Divine Wisdom and the Divine Powers that we all possess and which reside within each of us and remain more or less undeveloped in all human beings.”  — H. Spencer Lewis

Health and Food:  Cancer Dies When You Eat These Five Foods. It’s Time To Start Eating Them | Herbs Remedies

Cancer is many faceted, and generally treated with big pharma products, like chemicals, radiation, and chemotherapy. What if there were foods that naturally killed cancer, though?

Fortunately for you and us, there are. And we’re here to tell you about those foods, including our five favorites, foods which naturally fight cancer cells and help keep them from feeding – and consequently help keep the cancer from growing. …

Source: Cancer Dies When You Eat These Five Foods. It’s Time To Start Eating Them | Herbs Remedies

3, 6, 9 Mac N Cheese

Cook Plant Meditate

For those of you math nuts out there, you will appreciate this recipe.  I first conceived of it while watching an Ancient Aliens episode on Nikola Tesla.  Apparently he was fanatical about the numbers 3, 6 and 9, as well as just about everything else.  Tesla said “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.”  While I have to admit that I really don’t know of the true profoundness of which Tesla spoke of 3,6, and 9, I wanted to see how these magic numbers would apply to my cooking. You will notice the measurements in these, and multiples of these numbers.  And, maybe I didn’t find the key to the universe anywhere in the bottom of the pan, but the resulting mac-n-cheese made me feel like I had.  Best mac-n-cheese ever. This recipe is a little…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 12, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for June 12, 2017 — sītibhāva — cold, cool + condition, nature, becoming = to become cooled, calm, tranquilized

Dhamme ca ye ariyapavedite ratā
anuttarā te vacasā, manasā kammunā ca.
Te santisoraccasamādhisaṇṭhitā,
sutassa paññāya ca sāramajjhagū.

Those who are devoted to the Dhamma made known by the Noble Ones
are unsurpassed in speech, thought and action.
They are established in peace, gentleness and concentration,
and have reached the essence of learning and wisdom.

Sutta Nipāta 3.332
The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipāta, translated by John D. Ireland