Old News and New!

Every morning I sit down to review emails – there are usually at least 100 of them, ranging from political ads to friending requests on Facebook. Today it’s all about COVID-19.

I’ll start with this update from Jose and Lena Stevens’ Power Path:

Dear Friends,

We have been tracking this global event, tuning in, following updates, and giving it plenty of thought. At this time we personally have not cancelled any events or travel.

The best thing all of us can do right now is to be flexible, discerning, focus on self care and stay out of fear and anxiety. Energetically, viruses and parasites feed on fear which is a lower vibration. Humor, beauty, trust, love and joy are all of a higher vibration and a better place to be right now. Be smart, pay attention, and follow your intuition.

Always taking the position of “we create our own reality”, we have to trust that this virus has its purpose and its medicine. We will probably not see the positive results of whatever change it brings until some time in the future. It is definitely getting our attention and making us focus on beefing up our immune systems and our general health which is a good thing. And the better practices being adopted in public areas will also help reduce the spread of all flus and other diseases. It is also bringing to our attention in very physical way that we are indeed a global society and all connected if we did not realize this before. This virus affects the lungs. This is a good time to clear and support the lungs, not only physically but emotionally and energetically as well. This virus has everyone’s instinctive centers (First chakra) blasted open. When the instinctive center is opened up, all the material carried in the first chakra related to physical vitality, fear, survival, past life karma, grief, loss and suffering becomes available for clearing. 

In support of this, we are adding a special remote shamanic healing on Wednesday, March 18th at 7PM MDT with Lena to work on instinctive center clearing as well as clearing the lungs and the energetic congestion and ancestral patterns of grief they may be carrying. (Link here) (note: the next remote after this special one is Tuesday March 31, 7PM MDT also with Lena)

Here are some practices and suggestions we have come up with for proactively dealing with the situation. All of this should just make good sense.

Postpone non-essential visits to doctors and dentists, hospitals, emergency rooms, retirement and rest homes, and other public health institutions.
Avoid really congested events with huge crowds of people.
Postpone non-essential travel.
Carry wipes and hand sanitizer. Use on surfaces others have touched and on yourself after visits to public places such as markets, the banks, schools etc.
Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
Refrain from picking your nose, scratching your eyes, touching your ears and mouth.
Wear a mask if you are sick.
Better yet, stay home if you are sick.

If you know for sure you have been exposed, quarantine yourself for 14 days. Load up on good books, work remotely.

Increase your intake of minerals, vitamin C, any immune booster, anything that supports the lungs such as a pre-made lung tonic,  or herbs such as nettles, horehound, echinacea, osha root.
Decrease your intake of alcohol, sugar, processed foods.
Get out into the sun as much as possible with full exposure. Viruses hate the sun.
Take a brisk walk in clean air daily, breathe deeply to clear the lungs and support circulation
Get good exercise and plenty of rest
Do a detox (epsom salt bath, ionic foot bath).
Drink plenty of good water.
Reduce your stress however you can. Stay out of fear and panic. Think, contemplate, use your intuition.

If you are traveling, here are some tips.Travel tips:Carry a small triple antibiotic cream and smear a little in each nostril.
Carry hand sanitizer and wipes. Wipe down tray tables, seat belt clips and any other surface you come into contact with on the plane.
If using the restrooms in airports or the plane wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. 
Bring your own food/water.
Wipe down anything that has been touched by others, rental car steering wheel etc, luggage handle.
A little spray bottle of lavender is always good idea. Upon returning home, wash any clothing that has come into contact with potential infection immediately.Obviously if you are sick, stay home.

Blessings to all of you.
Holding our global community in prayer. 

The Power Path

Now, rather than repeat what’s been written and said, I’m including links to several interesting sites.

Quarantined Italians Sing across an Empty Street in Siena

Live Science Corona Virus Updates

The Shift Network – Vedic Practices for Deep Healing and Self Care

Santa Fe Natural Grocers Corona Virus Update

And finally, may I remind us all to Think Well to Be Well – courtesy of Wuf Shanti’s Adam and Marni Avin.

Life in a Time of Cholera

“May you be born in interesting times.”

Ancient Chinese curse

Corona virus cells (yellow) among human cells (blue, pink, and purple) – color added

The Corona virus (COVID-19) has certainly got us all up and running around in various stages of proactivity, reactivity, and out-and-out panic.  What to do?  We’ve dealt with SARS, the bird flu, and various other iterations of the “common cold” virus.  So why is everyone so concerned about this particular one? 

Sparing you all my favorite conspiracy theories, there are some good sources of information on what to do, what not to do, and how to keep calm in the midst of it.  One of the most comprehensive so far is New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich’s website, which provides links to practically every source of information, new and old, from visiting a relative in a managed care facility to global travel.

NM Senator Martin Heinrich on COVID-19

What I’d like to suggest first, though, is that you read the following two articles:

What to Do If you’re Anxious about Corona Virus  – Huffington Post

Letter forwarded by Dr. Howard Schwartz (Santa Fe NM) to his mailing list on 3/1/2020:

Corona virus:

> Dear Family and Friends, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources.
> The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread by mid to late March and April.
> Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.:
> 1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
> 2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
> 3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
> 4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
> 5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
> 6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
> 7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
> What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:
> 1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.
>      Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average – everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs). The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.
> 2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you – it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth – it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.
> 3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.
> 4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.
> I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.
> I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. Good luck to all of us, Dad/Jim.
> James Robb, MD FCAP”


Now, having read these two articles, how do you feel? In my mind, and in the words of young Adam Avin who teaches mindfulness to children through his program and website, Wuf Shanti, the best advice is to “think well to be well.”

Follow sensible preventative guidelines (some of Dr. Robb’s are sensible and some seem a bit over the top), stay home when you don’t feel well, get a good sleep, and as stated in the Huffington Post article, take a break from the news and social media.

I find it’s helpful to listen to lively music while cooking dinner and either read or watch a funny or romantic movie (my husband calls them “chick flicks”) afterwards. I’ve stopped checking my news feed during breakfast (which definitely improves both taste and digestion). A nice long walk provides perspective and helps restore peace of mind. When talking to clients or friends who are feeling anxious I try to be as calm and positive as possible– which calms me too. When triggered by a news report or other source of upsetting information, I stop, take a couple of deep breaths, and ask myself the following questions:

Is this happening to me or to someone I know?

Is this happening here? Now?

Is there anything I can do about this right now?

If the answer to these three questions is “no,” then I simply turn the whole thing over to Spirit and get on with my day. The important thing to remember is this:

It’ll all be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.

John Lennon