The Shooting

The Shooting The day before I arrived in Minneapolis last week, a man was shot by a policeman. The whole city was in shock. The pain everybody felt was expressed with grief, anger, fear or sadness. Blame and judgment, defense, the desire to understand and the...

Non-Violence

Non-Violence “Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. It is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and non-violently.” Mahatma Gandhi Why is it that so many proponents of homeopathy are highly...

Cancer – A Call For Help

Cancer – A Call For Help Seven and half a million people die each year from it and the numbers are increasing. Cancer.  We all have friends or relatives suffering from it. We all know its impact for the whole family. The challenge is that the medical treatment of...

The Embellished Lawn

The Embellished Lawn While I hear from friends in the East about a late blizzard, here on the West Coast it is already spring. Our garden is in full bloom. The salmonberry bushes are showing off their tender pink flowers, the forget-me-nots cover like a cloud of blue...

Abundance

Abundance Last week, around 60 fishing boats gathered in Baynes Sound on the east coast of Vancouver Island. I watched them from the shore pulling in nets heavy with herring. Each one of the boats was surrounded by a noisy cloud of seagulls. Not far from me a couple...

Nothing In It?

Nothing In It? The other day a patient of mine brought me a newspaper article which said that homeopathic remedies had been analyzed chemically and they do not contain any active ingredients. They are all made of glucose pills and the only difference of the thousands...

My Favorite Cup of Coffee

My Favorite Cup of Coffee In a crowded hallway of a local college I met her. I was waiting for a geology class for elders. I have no idea why she stopped in front of me, smiled and nodded towards my hair which I wore in a braid as I often do. She started telling me...

Torn Apart and Whole Again

Torn Apart and Whole Again Have you ever felt that life is tearing at you? After a peaceful holiday season, my “normal” life started again and I felt literally torn apart from everything that needed to be done, from necessities, obligations, fears, hopes and sadness,...

Line-Up Angels

Line-Up Angels Have you ever noticed that the little things in life can make a huge difference? Here are two short stories about close encounters with wisdom of the soul in the line-up to the cashier in a local super market. Months ago I was standing in the line-up...

Samhain

Samhain On November 1st, I received an email which ended in “Blessings for Samhain”. I smiled. I had not heard someone mentioning Samhain for quite a while. Decades ago, back in Germany I learned traditional herbalism from someone who followed the Celtic calendar. In...