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The Shape of Our Light

In this episode, I explore the shape of our light. Emotions can affect the shapes of water crystals, according to experiments done by Dr. Masaru Emoto, who wrote The Hidden Messages in Water (2001). He demonstrated that the shapes of water crystals are determined by the vibrations emitted by negative and positive emotional thoughts feelings, and words. Lynne McTaggart reported on a double-blind exercise conducted by Dean Radin with the Institute of Noetic Sciences in which they were able to replicate Dr. Emoto’s experiments and findings (The Intention Experiment, 2007, 184-185). Given these findings on the relationship between emotions and water, what is the shape of our water, and thus our light, especially as we face the current pandemic?

Emoto, M. The Hidden Messages in Water (New York, Atria, 2001).

A full documentary on studies done on water with mention of Dr. Emoto’s discoveries in his lab. This documentary is fascinating. Water has not only a chemical composition but also an underlying structure which records and holds memories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O8LPnlh_sM

McTaggart, L. The Intention Experiment (New York, Free Press, 2007).

You can find my poetry on my WordPress site, https://www.extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

I read my poems, “Refugees”, “Mosaic”, and “A Prayer: Calm within the Storm”.

Image “Making Choices ” ©Martha Harris, Martha's Artistic Flarings, https://artisticflarings.blog

If you would like to contribute poetry to this podcast, you may submit it to me in a Word document attached in an email to me at meelosmom@gmail.com. On the subject line, indicate it is a submission to this podcast. I can fit it into a theme. In the email, include any pertinent information on yourself and publications you want me to promote, especially for the work submitted.

 

© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

Magical Mystical Nature

In this episode, I take a poetic look at messages from our magical mystical nature that can help us to emotionally navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Trees, fireflies, dolphins, bees, the moon, the sun, and bats are guiding us at this uncertain and dangerous time. Bats!? Really!? Wasn’t a bat responsible for the virus? Tune in to find out why bats also have magical and mystical messages for us in the face of COVID-19. May we all be safe and healthy.

 

You can find my poetry on WordPress at https://extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog

I shared my poems “Tree of Life”, “Fireflies” and “Dolphins”.

My featured image, "New Dimensions", is one of my sister Martha Harris' pieces. Her work can be found at Martha's Artistic Flarings, artisticflarings.blog on WordPress.

Sharon Singing Moon, “Sometimes It’s a Song” in A Random Seed (2018). You can find her book at local bookstores, such as Skylark Bookshop and Yellow Dog Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri, at Dunaway Books in St. Louis, Missouri, and Prospero’s Books in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mitch Teemley, “The Lives of Trees”, found on WordPress, https://mitchteemley.com/2020/02/21/the-lives-of-trees/

Joyce Kilmer, “Trees” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/12744/trees

Yaskhan, “Firefly Gumbo”, https://yassy66.wordpress.com/ From Mumbai, poetry has always been her utmost passion. Her haiku and other poems have been published in several on line journals.  She enjoys the challenges of writing in various poetic form and believes this creative discipline helps her to overcome several challenges.

Emily Dickinson, https://discoverpoetry.com/poems/bee-poems/

Mary Oliver, “Honey at the Table” American Primitive (1983) winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Kristiana Reed, “The Meadow” from her book, Between the Trees: Poetry and Prose (2019), which is available on amazon.com and signed copies can be purchased on etsy, https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/760618337/between-the-trees-poetry-and-prose. Her websites, https://myscreamingtwenties.com/ and  https://freeverserevolution.wordpress.com/

William Henry Davies, “The Moon”  

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/william_henry_davies/poems/3088.html

Phillip Larkin, “Solar”,

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/philip_larkin/poems/14593

Other Sources

“Fireflies”, https://www.sunsigns.org/firefly-animal-totem-symbolism-meanings/

Orion, http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/orion.htm

Pleiades,

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Pleiades-Greek-mythology

https://mollylarkin.com/we-come-from-the-stars/

Dolphins,

https://medium.com/@totemlovecom/the-characteristics-of-the-dolphin-as-a-spirit-animal-ba303364bbbahttps://www.livescience.com/15150-dolphin-recovery-human-healing.html; https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/wisdom-of-the-wild-dolphin-healing/859/

Royal Jelly, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/royal-jelly

Bees, https://sciencing.com/advantages-disadvantages-honeybees-8592788.html 

The Moon, https://www.sunsigns.org/moon-symbol-meanings/

Bats, http://www.pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/222-pure-spirit-minneapolis-st-paul-dog-training-and-international-all-species-animal-communication-bat

 © 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

Water: The Sacral Way

Enjoy this exploration of the sacral way of water. Our steady and constant companion in various forms throughout the year, water reflects our creativity as well as our turmoil. Our emotional states are revealed in the many faces of water.

You can find my poetry on WordPress at https://extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog

I share my poems “Listen to the Prayers of Snow”, “Be as Water”, and “This a River”.

My featured image, "Sacred Waters", is one of my sister Martha Harris' pieces. Her work can be found at Martha's Artistic Flarings, artisticflarings.blog on WordPress.

Enjoy a poem by Walter Bargen: "Why the World Stops”, which is from his volume of poetry The Body of Water: Poetry by Walter Bargen (2003). You can find used copies of this book on Amazon, Better World Books, and other used book sites.

I’m grateful to Sharon Singing Moon for her poem “Autumn Grace” in A Random Seed (2018). You can ind her book at local bookstores, such as Skylark Bookshop and Yellow Dog Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri, at Dunaway Books in St. Louis, Missouri, and Prospero’s Books in Kansas City, Missouri.

You will hear “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost (http://poetryfoundation.org); “Very Early Spring” by Katherine Mansfield (http://famouspoetsandpoems.com); “Tempest”, by Emily Dickinson (http://yourdailypoem.com)

I found an interesting article on the symbolism of water in literature. https://eduzaurus.com/blog/water-symbolism-in-literature

For more information on chakras, see Anatomy of the Spirit (1996) and Sacred Contracts (2003) by Caroline Myss, PhD. Also, A Handbook of Chakra Healing: Spiritual Practice for Health, Harmony, and Healing (2004) by Kalashatra Govinda.

Wikipedia has a good summary of the Great Flood of 1993. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1993

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© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

This memoir describes my recovery from measles encephalitis at the age of seven in 1957. This condition is usually fatal. I taught myself how to walk again even though everyone said I would never leave the wheelchair. I read my poem “Hope Was Not a Loss”.

This topic is important now due to the lack of a vaccine for coronavirus COVID-19 and the fear of the MMR vaccine. Because many people are not vaccinating their children against measles, the disease is virulent again. Believe me, it is no fun fighting for your life because of brain inflammation from measles. I was unable to walk, talk, or move my arms. I almost died in a coma. I hope my story inspires you to see that you can heal yourself. You can change your thinking and defy a prognosis. Listen to my story. Then save a life.❤️

You can find more research and science on measles and measles encephalitis at The Encephalitis Society online.

https://www.encephalitis.info/measles-infection-and-encephalitis

For more information on the faulty research connecting autism with measles, see

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wakefield. Also, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136032/

You can find information on COVID-19 on the World Health Organization (www.who.int) website and the CDC. CDC (https://cdc.gov).

My work can be found on WordPress at www.extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

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© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

This memoir is dedicated to victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, incest, and sex trafficking, and murdered and missing indigenous women.

I apply the teachings of Sun Tzu in the ancient Chinese text, The Art of War (1910, edited by Lionel Giles and Dallas Galvin) to show how I have called on my inner dragon to ward off jackals, perpetrators of violence against women.

May this episode go out in honor of all women to commemorate International Women’s Day, which is on March 8, 2020.

I read my poems "The Art of War: Enter the Dragon" and "Life Finds a Way".

My gratitude to Latesha, who wrote "I Just Write". Poetry has helped her heal after years of trauma and abuse at the hands of loved ones.

My work can be found on WordPress at www.extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

Please like, follow, and share this podcast. Thank you for listening!

© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

 

This memoir reveals how poets seek light, or mindful presence, in their poetry. Being present to the NOW fosters insights and promotes healing.

I read my poems "Until the Thaw", "Autumn Song", and "The Space Between".

Listen to the poetry of The Buddha (found on poetseers.org).

My gratitude to my sister Cynthia Cady Stanton. Her websites are  https://cynthiacadystanton.com and https://becomingandbeholding.com.  I read two of her poems, "Grace Shower" and "We are Needed".

My gratitude to Stephen Fuller, whose work can be found on https://FullbeardLit.org. He is Managing Editor of Go Dog Go Café: Where Writers Gather. https://godoggocafe.com. I read his poem "Silent on Chauncey Creek".

The image is original digital art, "Seeking Light" by my sister Martha Harris. You can find her work on WordPress. Martha's Artistic Flarings, found at artisticflarings.blog.

My work can be found on WordPress at www.extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

Please like, share and follow this podcast. Thank you for listening!

© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

Cupid Sings the Blues

In this episode enjoy poetry by Ben Jonson, Robert Burns, Ken Gierke (rivrvlogr on Wordpress), and myself. We examine love and Valentine’s Day. Why does Cupid sing the Blues?

I read My poems, "Cupid's Dream", "Cupid Sings the Blues", and "Somewhere Blindly".

Ben Jonson's poem "Song: To Celia [“Drink to me only with thine eyes”] and Robert Burn's poem "A Red, Red, Rose" can be found on www.poetryfoundation.org.

Ken Gierke's un-Valentine’s Day poem entitled “A Day Like Any Other” and other poems by him can be found on his Wordpress blog, rivrvlogr.com.

My work can be found on WordPress at www.extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

Please like, follow and share this podcast. Thank you for listening!

© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

Kindness: Part II

This memoir continues Kindness: Part I. I added some new reflections on bullying and rebroadcast a part in the prior episode that had too much static and other disruptive sounds. Poems by myself, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

I read my poem "Be You".

My featured image is another picture of Izzy Dix, who committed suicide in 2013 due to internet bullying.

I read from Rainer Maria Rilke's work The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy (2005, Riverhead Books).

Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Kindness" can be found at poets.org and her book Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1995

My work can be found on WordPress at www.extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

Please like, follow, and share this podcast. Thank you for listening!

© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

Kindness: Part I

In this memoir, I explore the topic of kindness in relation to tribalism and bullying, especially the bullying of children.

The young girl, Izzy Dixs, featured in the photo selected for this podcast, committed suicide in 2013 due to bullying. My prayers go out to Izzy. Her poem “I Give Up” was published in the Daily Mail Online, and other places, after her death in 2013.  

I read my poems "Cocoon Street, Anywhere, USA" and "Be You".

Emily Dickinson's poem "If I Could Stop One Heart From Breaking" can be found at www.PoemHunter.com.

I read from Rainer Maria Rilke's work The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy (2005, Riverhead Books).

Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Kindness" can be found at poets.org and her book Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1995.

My work can be found on WordPress at www.extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

Please like, follow, and share this podcast. Thank you for listening!

© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

Mother Earth

On this episode, poets sing their love and concern for our venerable Mother Earth, our Goddess, our only home.

I read my poems: "Venerable", "Gaia", and "Temple".

My gratitude to Walter Bargen, Missouri’s first Poet Laureate. His latest work is Until Next Time (2019, Singing Bone Press. I read his poem "Which brings us to one uncertainty...." published in Vox Populi.

My gratitude to Sharon Singing Moon, author of Random Seed (2018, Compass Flower Press). I read "What Name: The Goddess".

The Bluegrass tune, back in 1951, is an original piece by my husband, Dierik Leonhard, of Ironweed Bluegrass Band. www.ironweedbluegrass.com/ 

You can find my poetry and prose on WordPress at extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog.

The image is from pixabay.com.

Please like, follow, and share this podcast. Thank you for listening!

© 2020 Barbara Harris Leonhard

Unless otherwise stated, all published works are the original works of the author and are copyrighted. Contents of this podcast may be re-used either for personal or commercial purposes, in part or whole only with permission and the author duly acknowledged with links to the podcast embedded.

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