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FROM DR. STANDLEY
FEBRUARY 2008

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Last night I remember looking at my cell phone at 11:25 and thinking, "If I hurry, I can be asleep by 11:30." As I have shared with you before, once my feet leave the floor, I can be asleep in a matter of minutes. Within seconds of laying down I heard a loud "clink" outside. I'm a fairly curious person but my feet had already left the floor and I was fading f-a-s-t. When I woke up at 4:11 AM I had the intuition to walk to the window and look outside. Yes, something was clearly different. I turned around and scanned my space. Then I looked outside my door and into the hallway. Just to make certain, I even opened the door and walked out into the hallway instead of looking out the window that is on my door. Then I stood in the hallway and said, "RATS!" Actually I said it more like, "Rats!" without all the capital letters. I came back inside and pulled the blind up to get a better look and there it wasn't. My bike wasn't there as usual, which is usually locked around the street light with my ultra-nuclear-betcha-can't-break-this-lock.


"What's up with the struggle?
Why do people dig on that stuff?"
Dr. Loretta Standley~

So I called the police non-emergency line and filed a report on my stolen bicycle, then typed up a note and posted it on the inner door of the building to alert the neighbors what happened. I live in a secure building that requires a code. I ended the note with this statement, "The moral of the story is: Don’t leave your bike outside overnight and I guess I’m getting a new bike." Folks, I'm a low-drama type of gal. I just don't dig on the struggle and I certainly don't care to make something all big and dramatic. I don't happen to be a person that needs 'that' kind of attention. Seconds after I said, "Rats!" I thought to myself, "Oh, okay. I guess my transportation needs are changing. Cool." I immediately reaffirmed my belief that whatever form of transportation I received next had to be 'better than' what I had simply because I welcome 'better than' into my Life. I suppose if I believed negatively and thought things would be worse, then that would be what I would be open to receiving. Not this gal, I will not even go there. Folks, it's just a bike and it is completely replaceable. It is also part of my belief system that I remain unattached to personal possessions. It's okay.

"Nothing happens for our ultimate bad
because that doesn't even make sense.
Everything that happens to us is for our Ultimate Good."
Dr. Loretta Standley~

So this had to be Good. Folks, I really do believe that everything happens for a reason, so I immediately chose to get excited about the reason, whatever that reason happened to be. I said to God, "If this is what I've been dealt, then okay, let's do it." It was now 5:11 and I had a couple of hours before Ashley (my trainer) was to arrive at 7:30, so I had breakfast and did my usual morning routine, then started researching bicycles online when I received a DLG (Download from God) to be open to my new transportation being FREE. I said outloud, "Okay" and remembered that it was going to be 'better than' what I had and then immediately stopped researching bicycles online. At 7:30 Ashley was knocking on the door and Jonathan (a neighbor) was just leaving the building. Suddenly I had a flash of this teal colored bicycle in my head so I quickly called out to Jonathan. Before he was able to read the note on the door I told him what happened and then asked him if knew whose teal colored bicycle was downstairs in the basement. Jonathan, Kate and I are the longest tenants in the building and it wasn't mine and it wasn't Kate's. Jonathan smiled and said, "Now it's yours." because it wasn't his either.

After Ashley and I finished my workout at 9:00 I talked with the property manager and she said it was abandoned property so basically, "Now it's yours." I was so excited! From the time I woke up to just five hours later I had a new bike that was 'better than' the one I had. By 9:30 I had the bicycle all cleaned up, the chains oiled and the tires filled with air. Even more, my stolen bicycle was a 7 speed and my new bicycle is a 21 speed. How cool is that? And by the way, what the heck am I supposed to do with all those gears? So I called the bicycle shop and gave them the model number and found this new bike is not only worth much more than the bike I had but now I have a racing bike where before I had a mountain bike. When I hung up the phone I smiled and said to God, "A racing bike huh! Now where is this bike going to take me?" I guess I'll find the reason when I get there. (winky wink)

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 2, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Necessary Follow-Ups.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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NECESSARY FOLLOW-UPS

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Oh my Goodness I received a lot of e-mails about yesterday's Daily Message (DM). Actually folks, I had so many e-mails about that DM that it had to be a record response from a DM. Pretty cool. It seems you all enjoyed the teaching through politics and I'll have to do that more often. By the time I finished a reading with my last client of the day I caught the debate about 30 minutes late. I ended up watching it online (on the MSNBC website) because I don't have Cable TV. I watch most programs online because I flat out refuse to buy Cable TV. First, I just refuse to pay for something that I can get online for FREE. Second, I get Netflix for $18.31 a month so I don't need the movie channels. Third, I would not be able to stop watching ESPN's Sport Center and I would sit like a zombie watching the Fox News Ticker Tape at the bottom of the screen and watching political banter all day. Yeah, I'm like that! I have no self-control with Cable TV so I opt out of that system for some Good ol' fashion mental self-preservation.

Now I really do not intend to get into my preferences on politics because I can really go off on this topic. After all, I did host a radio show called, "And What Do You Think?" that revolved around politics and current events including local, national and global affairs. Notice how I put my Gemini-ness in the title of the show since the Gemini motto is, "I think therefore I AM." Oh I was really in the trenches on that show. This website is simply not the forum for political banter. I just want you all to witness the astrologic patterns first hand. I saw the playback of Hillary bringing up the SNL (Saturday Night LIVE) parody on how the media caters to Barack Obama. I yelled out, "Of course they do because he has a Moon in Gemini (media and communication)." She seems to forget they did the same thing with her husband Bill who has a North Node in Gemini. HELLO! And of course she has lucked out with media because of her Part of Fortune in Gemini simply by being in the same political arena or the same room for that matter. Remember all of her remarks about her strength? Well Hillary has Mars in Leo, which is the absolute strongest placement for Mars. (I have Mars in Leo too. We Mars in Leo people rarely run short on energy and we're up early too.) Mars is power and Leo is leadership which equals "powerful leader." We are physically strong people and can even put a couch on our back and run up a flight of stairs. Oh yeah, it's a lot of energy. When people ask where I get all of my energy I say, "Mars in Leo baby!" When Barack Obama says he Loves his family and worked for families . . . folks, he has Venus (Love) in Cancer (home and family). You better believe he Loves his family and his homeland too. Barack Obama has Mars in Virgo so he is powerful and aggressive about healthcare because Virgo rules health.

I will be writing more about "Politics and Astrology" as we keep moving forward because John McCain's chart fascinates me too knowing he was a prisoner of war for 5-1/2 years and actually turned down preferential treatment as a prisoner so he didn't lower the other prisoners morale. Let me tell you something folks, that guy is straight as an arrow . . he's straighter than a line. Uh, can you say, "inflexible Virgo" . . I mean a straight line and doesn't bend. He's a whole lot of Virgo (Mercury, Neptune and Sun in Virgo). AND John McCain has Mars in Leo (powerful leader). His Venus (Love) is in Virgo (health), so his second wife (Cindy) was a missionary nurse. She inherited her family's very wealthy business and there's nothing wrong with that. Good for her and she does a bang up job with it too. Nothing wrong with a businesswoman who can handle what she's doing plus knows exactly what she's doing. More on the politics of astrology later.

On another note -- it seems I need to make another gentle reminder NOT to send me any forwards. Folks, I cannot be any more clear than by making a firm statement of PLEASE DO NOT ADD ME TO YOUR FORWARD LIST. When I e-mail back and ask to be removed then someone always gets their feelings hurt. This is not something to take personal, especially when e-mail doesn't reflect tone. It's just a forward that I don't have time to read. I answer my own phone, I do intuitive readings and health consults every day (even during the Scorpio Moon, winky wink) and I answer on average +/-450 legitimate e-mails a day. Folks, I'm telling you that I don't open a forward except to just hit respond and ask to be taken off. I even have a message in bold red on my contact button that says, PLEASE DO NOT ADD ME TO YOUR FORWARD LIST. I cannot tell you how much time it takes for me to write a response to be taken off and then the person e-mails back and has hurt feelings and then I e-mail back and say, "Don't take it personal" and then they e-mail back and say, "Okay" or whatever. Sure I can just hit delete but I still have to open e-mails and it takes up time that I could spend on you, me, my daughter or my grandson or writing on the NEW! mega-mondo project. PLEASE DO NOT ADD ME TO YOUR FORWARD LIST. A lot of these e-mails are not very well researched and they are either flat out false or urban legends. Before you send a forward to someone, please just look it up on www.snopes.com

Just a tiny head's up -- I woke up this morning with a clear DLG (Download from God) to start archiving the Spiritual Progression Path. So there is a NEW! button in the left 'navy blue column' that says, "Spiritual Progression Path". These SPP's (Spiritual Progression Paths) will be archived from here on out just like the Daily Messages. Hey, I just do as I'm directed without going through the motions of doubt. When I hear it, I do it. You can also find a link in the paragraph below. By the way, I do write these prayers myself with the exception of maybe just a couple that you may read on these SPP pages.

New radio broadcasts will be added to www.drstandleylive.com by the end of the week. Also, the NEW! mega-mondo surprise project I told you about is coming along quite nicely and prayerfully will be ready to rumble and be launched next week (I'm looking at Monday right now).

The TYS "Home" Study e-Course has been reorganized and the price for the entire workbook is now ONLY $39.95 for 134 pages instead $69.95. Once things get easier on this end, then that is how I can lower the price of it. If you ordered a session of this program at $14.95 and now you want the entire program, then just e-mail me and I will e-mail you a special invoice for $25.00 for the rest of the workbook. Each session is still available for $14.95 per session if purchased individually. Also, I will no longer be offering personal consults with each individual session of the TYS Program as this 134 page workbook should be more than sufficient. And certainly you can call me anytime you need assistance. If you want further in-depth personal guidance, then I would suggest we set up a reading.

I have also received a lot of e-mails about the jewelry that I'm wearing in the above picture. The two beaded necklaces my mom made. I have an absolute ton of these necklaces in various colors that I will be putting in The Holistic Shop. I don't know when I'll be doing that because it involves taking the pictures, etc., but I will be doing it. The earrings I'm wearing are actually hand-painted bone to look like an ear of corn. Cool huh? They were made by a woman in Cherokee, NC were my family lives (for those of you who don't know.) The other necklace is not necessarily a Crucifix because there is no Cross, it is only The Body. A lot of people just wear the Cross with no Body, my mom and I wear The Body and no Cross. It's solid gold and we never take it off. Yes my little chickadees, it is mostly definitely a bold statement and that's just me . . and my mom too! A close-up of the necklace is below.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Wednesday, February 27, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, The Politics of Astrology.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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THE POLITICS OF ASTROLOGY

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

WOW! (wide-open-wonderment) I just have to watch this debate tonight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I can assure you that watching this debate tonight will have nothing to do with my presidential preferance and I will ONLY be watching it for astrologic pattern obsessed purposes.

If you want to see some Scorpio energy, just watch this show tonight because it ought to be a doozie! For starters, the Moon is in Scorpio. Hillary Clinton is a Scorpio and Barack Obama is a Leo with a Rising Sign of Scorpio. I don't know Hillary's Rising Sign because her birth time is not known. Scorpio and Leo are natural squaring (challenging signs) so it's tough for them to get along anyway. It's a power struggle folks. That's exactly what it is! Then we throw into the mix Barack Obama's Rising Sign of Scorpio with Hillary Clinton's Sun Sign in Scorpio and we might just be saying, "Oh hey, them's fightin' words!" before the night is over. oooh - this is fiesty and fighting Scorpio energy so be prepared for those Scorpion pinchers to open up wide and those tails to curl and sting someone tonight. OUCHY! MOM!

I for one happen to Love Scorpio's and Leo's because I just understand how they tick. Well, that might be all signs for that matter but I have to admit I am very partial to Leo's and Scorpio's. Well okay, Gemini's and Virgo's too. Oh wait . . John McCain is a Virgo. Well look at that! Actually I can appreciate and Love all signs, even my own South Node Pisces. Believe me, that took time and a lot of energy. (winky wink)

If you are wondering about Bill Clinton being a Leo and Hillary Clinton being a Scorpio, let's not forget their share of challenges. At the same time, let's note that Bill and Hillary BOTH enjoy power. He has 4 planets in Leo (Sun, Mercury, Pluto and Saturn) and his Scorpio energy is in his 2nd house of self-worth. A Libra Rising with five planets in Libra is what mesmerized his crowd. (I wasn't one of them.) So his ego coupled with his nasty little habits were a given. YUCK! Let's not forget that Hillary wanted to be first lady. Power with this couple 'is what it is'. Some of you may not want to hear it but that's just the way it is. As my astrologer would always say, "The chart never lies, only the mouth lies."

If you watch the debate tonight then here is the low down on signs.

Hillary Clinton has 5 planets in Scorpio. Yeah, no kidding! That would be the Sun, Chiron, Venus, Mercury and the South Node. Now we've seen within just the last few days how the media is on to her temperament, which I think will actually cost her. She needs to manage this because her Mars in Leo, Pluto in Leo and Saturn in Leo are all getting ego bruised. You back a Scorpio into a corner and they will STING the heck out of you. Defensiveness reigns supreme when you challenge a Scorpio. Her Moon in Pisces of Miss Sensitivity or should I say Miss Over-Sensitivity and of course DRAMA can work for her but I don't think she has it under control. She needs to manage her emotions. Remember, Pisces is THE MOST dramatic and theatrical sign of the zodiac (and guess who is in second place on drama . . LEO!) This Scorpio Moon today may just kick her own Pisces Moon butt and take her down. She better get a handle on herself. And with all those planets in Scorpio, we have to remember that Scorpio is the negative thinker, Debbie-Downer and worrier of the zodiac. We hear her talk like this ALL THE TIME. She even uses the word "worry" when she addresses a crowd by saying, "Who do you want worrying about . . . ?" Oh believe me, she'll definitely 'worry'. Personally I'd rather see confidence than worry. Interestingly enough, all five of Hillary's planets in Scorpio square (challenge) all three of her planets in Leo (the ego and power). We may be watching some self-undoing tonight unless she can manage herself better. We'll see . . .

Barack Obama has 5 planets in Leo. Yeah, no kidding! That would be the Sun, Mercury, Lilith, Uranus and the North Node. And guess what? Each of one of Barack and Hillary's planets make perfect squares to each other. It's really quite amazing how challenged they are by each other. His five planets in Leo perfectly squaring her five planets in Scorpio. Basically folks, these two cannot stand each other. I mean they CAN'T STAND EACH OTHER! Further, 3 of Barack's planets including his Midheaven (10th house cusp of public image and career) square his Rising Sign (Scorpio). OUCHY! This guy might need to get out of his own way (his big ol' ego). Oh yeah folks, it's definitely there. And the zingers that will probably be thrown down tonight with this Scorpio Moon could make for some incredible ratings on TV. Barack's motto is about change . . well of course it is because he has Uranus in Leo in his 10th house of career. Uranus is not only change . . but it means 'sudden' and 'unexpected' changes. Change can certainly be Good but keep in mind that Uranus is upheaval change which oftens times does not feel Good at all. It also means 'sudden windfall'. Barack's Moon is in Gemini (media and communication) so of course the media just Loves him. Oh but wait, Hillary has the Part of Fortune (meaning lucky) in Gemini and the media just Loves her too.

As I have told you before, politics make for wonderful astrologic study and to witness patterns. I hope my astrologer Thomas (a Leo) is watching this from above (may God rest his soul) because he really enjoyed watching these patterns play themselves out. If you are working on understanding astrology better then watch this ego-centered (Leo) fight that will have all the aspects of Scorpio thrown in. And let's not forget, Scorpio either Loves you or hates you. There is no in between. With Hillary's Sun sign in Scorpio and Barack's Rising Sign in Scorpio, this is definitely a competition that will go down to the wire and there will be blood. Scorpio energy is moving in for the kill and it's coming from both of them.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Wednesday, February 27, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Feed The Masses.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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"If you believe things happen for a reason,
then don't freak out when things do happen, for a reason."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

FEED THE MASSES

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

I want to update you on that HUGE project that I had been ram-jamming on before I plunked down sick for an entire week. Well I am officially all caught up on e-mails and phone calls. If I missed your e-mail or phone call, just call back or e-mail again. Also, the Moon moves into Scorpio this afternoon. Since I am Cancer Rising (water sign), have 3 Grand Trines in the water signs and have a Water Strong Natal Chart, this Scorpio Moon abundantly feeds my intuition, so I will be ram-jammin' on that HUGE project that I told you about several weeks ago. Better yet, I will be doing this while my intuition is at its highest (during the Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer Moon). Not to mention the Scorpio Moon this afternoon moves into Gemini's 6th house of work ethic, which puts me into maniacal and full blown crazy work-mode. Prayerfully I can have this mega-mondo project fully complete by next Monday. I also have Pluto in Virgo in my 3rd house of communication which basically says, "Teach and feed the masses." Just find a way to do it Loretta. Waaahh - hooooooo!

Here is a hint . . . this NEW! mega-mondo project requires my intuitive attention rather than just cranking out brain logged information like lab values, breaking down Signs and Systems, answering health questions and figuring out what's going on with a particular Body System. I do Love putting those types of puzzles together but I enjoy a spiritual puzzle even more. Believe me, repairing the physical and chemical body is a lot easier than repairing the emotional, mental and spiritual body. My spirit can float into the ethers just watching a twig fall out of a tree into my path, so creating something NEW for you is necessary for my spirit's existence. I have to create this because IT IS part of my purpose and mission. ooooh - I can feel that Scorpio Moon heading my way. My Crown Chakra aka 7th Chakra is wide-open. By the way, if the tippy top of your head (Crown Chakra) is tender, then you know that this Chakra is closed and it needs to be opened. Rubbing this area (a scalp massage) until it is no longer tender will certainly help. If your (Crown Chakra) is closed you may have some issues associated with it.

I'm so excited about this mega-mondo project because it is just another a tool created just for you to investigate your 'self' before you start investigating what's going on with someone else, which we so often do. (winky wink) I want you to be obsessed with your 'self' rather than another person. My desire is to create this project in such a way that it is so personal to you that whenever you find yourself in a certain situation that it just automatically makes sense to you. And when I feed you . . I want to fill you UP so much that you have to be silent and think about what all it all means. I want you bursting with information and enlightenment until you just tip over from WOW (wide-open-wonderment) and lay there thinking about you with a huge smile on your face. Until then . . .

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Tuesday, February 26, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Saturn's Influence On Your Health.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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SATURN'S INFLUENCE ON YOUR HEALTH

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

This is day three of the health conscious Virgo Moon. I just want you to know that after this Virgo Moon passes at 2:44 AM EST tomorrow morning, which was in a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday night, this does not mean that you no longer have to consider your health. Many people are getting back into shape or getting into shape for the first time in their Life due to strict, restrictive and limiting Saturn moving through Virgo until October 2009. At the same time, if this energy (Saturn in Virgo) is ignored along with this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Virgo that took place a couple of days ago, it can land you in some hot water healthwise. This is the point at which you either change for the better or you will cross over into the next size of clothing or many people will be handed a health diagnosis that has been brewing for a long time.

Health club memberships are bound to go up and even shows like "The Biggest Loser" will become more popular. If you have a health club membership, then USE IT! Virgo also rules food, so it's a perfect time to start cooking again and preparing meals that are healthy. Did you know that Weight Watchers has a very simple online program that you can use to keep track of your food? It will cost you a few dollars each month and that's it. It's just too dang easy and surely you blow $16.95 on something every month. There are a ton of online programs to help you take back control of your health. Folks, there are so many things to get you back into the swing of things that you really do not have an excuse . . except a lame one.

Over the next several months I will be reminding you of this energy and influence you are under, but when it comes down to it, no one can do it for you. And why should they if you won't? Either take control of your health once and for all or someone will be in control of it for you. And that my little chickadees would be the negative influence of Saturn's strictness, limitation and restrictive ways. Why not use strictness, limitation and restriction as a self-imposed positive influence for you to take control of your health including your physical, mental, emotional, chemical and spiritual health?

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Daily Food List. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path is updated for Friday, February 22, 2008.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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Wow! Today was my first day with Ashley (my new personal trainer) and she completely "kicked my trash" this morning. I thought I was in somewhat reasonable shape but all I can say is, "OUCH, my butt! And my arms! OUCH!" We changed my training with her to Tuesday and Thursday mornings and I'm so excited about it that I asked for a Saturday workout too. Ah....you betcha I'm using that Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in health conscious Virgo to my advantage. On the off days I'll workout on my Gazelle and do my yoga like I usually do. I'm so excited!

Below is basically the Daily Food List that I go by in my head. There are just some things that I refuse to put into my body, which you will see below. I have an appetite bigger than most men (no kidding, I've always been that way) so I have to be a conscious eater. It's probably because I have a lot of energy that I burn daily. I also probably spend more money on groceries than I do anything else. If it's going into my body then I won't be eating cheap. I would give up something else before I ate cheap. I would rather go into a nice restaurant to sit down and eat rather than hit the drive-thru for a quickie. I'm the type of gal who will order the most expensive thing on the menu and not think a thing about it. Not because it's the most expensive but because I am attracted to the Good stuff . . and I'll do it on a date too without batting an eye. (winky wink) Don't ask me out and then expect me to order cheap! Yep! That's me!

DAILY FOOD LIST

  • First and foremost, you have to drink water! A Good measuring stick is drinking a minimum of eight-8.oz. glasses of water (that's 64 oz.) or drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day. So take your body weight and divide it in half. That's the amount of ounces you 'may' need to drink depending on your size. If you are morbidly obese then this is certainly not advisable. Please read the section on this site called, How Many Ounces of Water Should I Drink in a Day? Like I said yesterday, I drink a 74 oz. jug of water every day. Sometimes more but never less.
  • 3 servings of Dairy per day -- If I didn't know better that I needed dairy in my diet, I probably wouldn't have any at all. It's not that I don't like dairy, it's just not all that satisfying for me and I'd rather just forego having to work off the high calorie content. I would rather get my daily fat requirement from Extra Virgin Olive Oil (see next on list). So since I need dairy in my diet, then I buy fat-free products (cheese and milk). I usually only use cheese on my salads (1/4 cup) or when I make taco's and I do eat A LOT of taco's which I tend to be completely out of control with the cheese. (Oh well!) I'm a taco addict! I also buy organic fat-free milk. The thought of all of those pesticides, antibitoics and hormones in my milk SEVERELY grosses me out, so I buy organic fat-free milk. I do not consider eggs to be dairy simply because they are not made from milk. By the way, when I buy eggs they are "caged free eggs". When it comes to butter I can't seem to control myself from using a half stick on a baked potato (no kidding) so I just wiped butter out of my diet completely and now I use olive oil instead on baked potato's. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. I don't eat baked potato's that often but when I do, I like them drenched!
  • 3 servings of fat per day --
  • Since I drink 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) every day, which serves as two of my servings, the other serving I will usually get from some other food source or either cooking with olive oil or using it in a salad dressing concoction. I do enjoy all types of nuts, I just tend to over-eat them. aaarrggghhhhh! I have a self-control issue with nuts so I buy very minimal amounts at a time.

  • 5 servings of vegetables per day --
  • My grandson "Big Tree" and I typically go to the open Farmer's Market every Saturday with the old lady cart. We load up the cart and then head back to my place and split up all the fruits and vegetables between us. He gets excited about fruits and vegetables and what he'll be taking home and it's a win-win situation for everyone. We'll wash the vegetables and make individual servings of mixed vegetables that I'll freeze for the week. Carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, green/yellow/red peppers, asparagus, celery, cucumbers, spinach, onions, etc. . . AND NO MUSHROOMS for me . . but "Big Tree" just Loves them! By the way, I don't freeze tomatoes and I do eat a lot of them. Actually, tomatoes are a fruit. ooops!

  • 3 servings of fruit per day --
  • I typically stick to the same fruit every week -- oranges, apples, bananas and pink grapefruit . . maybe a mango, peach, nectarine, plum or some grapes here and there . . I do not count my one 8 oz. glass of Grape or Pomegranate Juice that I drink everyday as a serving of fruit. I don't know why I don't count it . . I just don't. Sometimes if I get hungry out of the blue, then I'll eat even more fruit.

  • 1 Mega-Mondo Salad per day --
  • Since my salads are usually man-size, then I will count a salad as 3 servings of vegetables. No kidding! It's easy to have a 3-cup salad when you put in all of the ingredients. If I add Ham, which I just Love in my salad, then it will be a 1/4 cup of fat-free Ham. I use fat-free cheese and a fat-free salad dressing. Salads can turn into a caloric-train-wreck if you don't watch what you put on them. SIDE NOTE -- Folks, if you are addicted to sugar, which I don't happen to be, then you need to cut sugar out of your diet before you eat low-fat, no-fat or fat-free because many of these products will have sugar substitutes in them and keep you addicted to sugar. Read your labels and read about Dieting and Diet Tips further on this website.

  • I always eat breakfast! ALWAYS! --
  • I will be late before I skip breakfast, I can guarantee you that.

  • Folks, I am a meat-eater, --
  • which I will not apologize for so please don't write me about abused animals. It won't work. I eat meat! I eat beef, pork, turkey, seafood or anything else that runs, jumps, flies, swims, crawls, hops or climbs . . it's goin' down! I am however rather choosey about where I buy animals so I do buy organic. Again, its one of those antibiotic/hormone things that SEVERELY grosses me out. I also buy LEAN! I have tried to be vegetarian and took myself through the process for an entire year and ended up gaining 30 lbs! It does not suit my body.

  • God-made food vs. man-made food --
  • I do not eat boxed, packaged, canned, refined, baked or processed foods, which I consider to be man-made food. So if it grows on a vine, bush, tree or out of the ground then God created it and I'm eating it. I also consider animals to be God-made food (naturally not domesticated animals). If this injures your spirit by hearing that, I can't do anything about that. It's the way I was created.

  • White Food --
  • Basically I do not eat white food, which is flour, white sugar and white rice. There are some exceptions, like the organic milk that I drink. And of course cauliflower and other white vegetables (onions), which is not the kind of white food that I am referring to. I'm talking again about man-made food which is refined, baked and processed food. I won't eat it because it reminds me of something like paper-mache' churning around in my stomach. I don't eat food out of a box or a package. That's just weird! Well okay, I have an exception with popcorn and taco shells, which is probably my kryptonite (weakness).

  • For more information on Dieting and Diet Tips --
  • see the Dieting and Diet Tips button in the left navy blue column. Folks, basically I would like to know that you are being more conscious about what you are putting into your body. Meaning, you should know exactly what you are eating and not blindly shoveling unhealthy food-stuff into your body. Under this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in health conscious Virgo last night, you will pay for it if you do not get a handle on your health right now. If you missed yesterday's daily message, it's right here -- Daily Health Regimen

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Daily Health Regimen. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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    DAILY HEALTH REGIMEN
    Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Virgo

    AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

    Make certain that you read the weekly horoscope because there is information on the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in 'Virgo' for tonight. I cannot stress how important it is for you to go into this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in 'Virgo' with a new and improved attitude on health, fitness and hygiene. This Virgo Moon rules "mind over matter" so think about what this means. Your mind really can over-take matter. This makes it a doubly Good time to recite affirmations too. Some people are fearful of eclipses and it does not have to be that way IF you use the energy to your advantage. Since Virgo rules health, then it is time to 'get healthy'. If you ignore this energy, then you just may have challenges in this area of your Life for the next five months. It's time to think and be healthy again.

    Virgo also represents daily routine and organization so I challenge each and every one of you to write down your Daily Health Regimen. This list gives me a sense of accomplishment and keeps me on track. As I do each thing on my list, then I check it off. So what I have done is printed my list 2 times on a piece of paper in a landscape page view set-up. Then I cut the paper and staple a stack of my daily list for an entire week. Each day I write the day of the week at the top of my list. As I do each thing on the list I check it off my list. If I am required to do something twice, then I check it off my list twice. Below is my list to give you an idea. I have a Daily Food List but that is in my head that I don't write it down. I'll write about the food list tomorrow. Make your list folks! It doesn't matter what time you begin this today (or tonight), as long as you begin and move through the next five months paying closer attention to your health, fitness, hygiene, daily regimen and organization.

    MY DAILY HEALTH REGIMEN

  • 1. Drink 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Oil (EVOO) 2x/day. I began this after age 40. Some people drink Flaxseed Oil, I prefer EVOO. It's great for your cholesterol levels and its heart healthy. I have a very low fat diet, so this also gives me my healthy fat requirement per day.

  • 2. 1 baby aspirin 2x/day. I began this after age 40. Heart healthy again.

  • 3. 1 multi-vitamin – in a.m., in p.m. Any 'horse size' pill or vitamin over 500 mgs. really needs to be cut in half so you can digest it. Take vitamins WITH food because you need the enzymes in your mouth and stomach to break down the vitamin. DO NOT take vitamins on an empty stomach because you need those enzymes working UNLESS it is a fat-soluble vitamin such as Vitamins A, D, E or K. I take a multi-vitamin that is usually only carried in a doctor's office. It's called Fem-Pro by Thorne. Many Chiropractor's carry this brand in their office. Thorne also has a multi-vitamin for men.

  • 4. 1/4 tsp. Natural Progesterone Cream 2x/day and NEVER during menses. I use Heartland Products brand. You just rub it on your skin and that's it! I prefer this brand as did my patients. I started using this after age 35. If you have already gone through menopause, then you will need to use a 1/2 tsp. 2x/day and you will still need to give your body a cycle break of 7 days as if you are still having a menses. If you have osteoporosis, then you will need 1/2 tsp. 2x/day. This is fantastic for balancing your hormone levels and preventing or managing osteoporosis.

  • 5. 3 cups Licorice Root Tea spaced throughout the week at no particular time. Only 3 cups per week with no rhyme or reason as to when I drink it. Herbs should be taken randomly for the best therapeutic results.

  • 6. Black Cohosh Tea only during PMS. I don't take a Black Cohosh pill because I prefer the tea. I started drinking this at age 35 but ONLY during PMS.

  • 7. 4 cups Green Tea (sometimes 6 cups because I'm addicted to it.) If you don't like Green Tea, then try White Tea. The therapeutic effects are the same but some people prefer the White Tea. I'm a Green Tea addict.

  • 8. I have a 74 oz. jug that I fill with water and drink every day. I drink tap water. I don't buy bottled water. It's an environmental thing. I just can't in Good conscience throw out that many empty plastic bottles a day. I will also use Propel Fitness water packets to flavor my water. I don't buy the Propel bottled water, again because it's an environmental thing with all those plastic bottles, so I buy the powdered packets to add to my water because its like drinking straight vitamin water and tastes Good too.
  • 9. 1 (8 oz. glass) Pomegranate or Grape Juice a day. It's like drinking the best vitamins.

  • 10. 2 Probiotics at bedtime. I prefer to take these on an empty stomach to keep the friendly flora (the friendly bacteria) in my body happy. You will notice a difference in your digestion and in the appearance of your tongue. If you eat plain yogurt, that's really great too. It really should be plain yogurt and free of sugar. The yogurt provides the lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidophilus that you would be getting in a probiotics capsule. I don't eat yogurt. It's a texture thing that I don't like.

  • 11. Profoundly moisturize my entire body from my forehead to my baby toes

  • 12. Before I go out on my bicycle, moisurize profoundly again because of the sun and wind

  • 13. Olive oil my feet at bedtime. I Love pedicures and they never have to scrape dead skin off my feet because it just isn't there.

  • 14. Floss after each meal because its the right thing to do not to mention it makes for healthy teeth, healthy gums and Good breath.

  • People often ask about my skin. No, I do not wear a liquid or a pancake type of make-up all over my face. Personally I think it's Cherokee skin because the Cherokee are known for having naturally smooth and healthy skin. My skin is softer than a babies butt. (winky wink) At the same time I believe that the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), the Natural Progesterone Cream and Black Cohosh Tea are contributing factors. I started doing these when I turned 40 years old. That was nearly 7 years ago. Dang! Time really flies! Some people might choose to drink Flaxseed Oil or use crushed/ground Flaxseed on their food. I prefer the EVOO. I'm crazy about EVOO, so much that I drink it (2 Tbsp/day), use it when I cook, put it on my feet daily and use it in my baths. I'll even put a little on my fingertips and rub it into my hair. My hair grows like weeds and is really shiney! Again, I bet it's the EVOO. I don't add EVOO to my bath salt recipes because it would influence the color of the salts profoundly. So I just add a tablespoon to my bath water.

    Remember the personal trainer I met? Well I have hired her and we begin tomorrow (Thursday morning). I wanted to wait until after Mercury went direct and under the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Virgo to begin. Now imagine if you gave up coffee how much money you would have in one week. Personal trainers are affordable especially if you are spending more than it costs to hire them on coffee and other unnecessary beverages in a week. It all depends on your priorities and where you choose to spend your money.

    Workout with Ashley 2x/week
    Monday and Thursday

    Minimum 30 minute exercise each day (walking, using my gazelle, riding my bicycle)
    Sun Salutes (Yoga) in the morning

    I make the time to take long baths at least 3x/week minimum with my Tsalagi Bath Salts. Since I am a Triple Grand Trine in the water signs, my rising sign is Cancer (water) and my Mercury (communication) is in Cancer (water again) and several other water placements in my Natal Chart which creates my sooper-dooper water strong chart and stimulates high intuition . . I take lots of baths to feed my intuition. I have to because it's like feeding my soul.

    Tomorrow morning I'll write out the food list. It'll be much shorter than this Daily Message. In the meantime, get yourself in a healthier mindset and write down your list and carry it with you at all times. In the meantime, there is a button in the left navy blue column called, Dieting and Diet Tips with all kinds of wonderful links under that button to help get you started on eating healthier. Until tomorrow . . enjoy the reading.

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, And I Gotta Do Something. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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    AND I GOTTA DO SOMETHIN'

    AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

    This morning (Monday) I woke up just hearing the guitar strumming of a Melissa Etheridge tune called, "Watching You." Every so often there is a little percussion in the background but it's mainly her strumming this lonely guitar and singing an extremely sad song where she is basically obsessing over a former Love. Keep in mind I heard no other lyrics except the words, "And I gotta do somethin'."

    In this particular song since she had to do somethin', she chose to stand on the street and watch this person's window. THAT's what she chose to do! She thinks about smoking a cigarette, then she thinks about reading yesterday's Times, she doesn't know enough to come in from the rain and she feels the subway heat below her. She sings, "I think I just might stay here all day." It's really a heart-wrenching song because she can choose to do anything but she's so wrapped up in the pain that Love brought to her that she doesn't know what else to do except stand on the street and watch her former Love's window because she's gotta do somethin' . . so why not do that? YUCK!

    It's interesting because the only line I heard in the song was "And I gotta do something," which turned out to be the theme for every single client conversation I had today. Remember, when I hear a musical DLG (Download from God) I use what I am given and don't read any more into it. Exactly what I hear IS the message.

    It doesn't matter if you are obsessing over Love, career, health, money or a court appearance because the paralyzing feeling is the same. This can result in a lot of wishing, hoping, praying and then standing around with your hands in your pockets waiting for something to happen instead going out and making something happen for yourself. You may not know what to do when you are paralyzed . . so, you don't do anything. Folks, I have walked through that paralyzing feeling in all twelve astrologic houses so I do know how you feel. So one after the other the message seemed to be same today which was, "You gotta do somethin'," but standing outside someone's window hoping and wishing with your hands in your pockets is probably not going to be very attractive to the other person. Ahhhh . . internal reflection and self-improvement is probably your best option.

    As I have told you before, I enjoy figuring out who I am and what I should be doing with my Life by seeing myself as a child of God. If I believe that I am a child of God, then I should be able to relate to Him as a parent to my own child (my daughter Karmen). So let's turn the Parent/child role of God and you into the parent/child role of you and your son or daughter. Imagine, your child is plunked down in a fit of self-pity and you ask them what they want and they say, "I dunno know." Now isn't that frustrating as a parent? I never could stand that answer and I always told my daughter, "If you DUNNO then I CAN and and I WILL make that decision for you. Now what's it going to be?" I taught my daughter very early in Life that it was best that she learn to make a decision on her own otherwise she will be asking me or someone else to make a decision for her. So there she was at three years old looking at a server in a restaurant and ordering her own food and drink. I definitely wasn't the kind of parent who would sit and pry a decision out of a three year old and tie up a server's time who could be serving someone else. Either she made the decision or . . dun dun dunnnnnn . . I would make it for her! Indecisiveness drives me crazy . . but then again I do have a South Node Pisces so my patience for indecision is minimal. Some people thought it was too early to teach a child decision-making but I don't think so. There is probably nothing worse than seeing your child sitting around, full of self-pity, wanting and doing nothing whether they are thirteen, twenty-three or forty-three. So now imagine how God must feel when you sit around full of self-pity and do nothing. You gotta do somethin'.

    Folks when I was creating this website and going through those really lean years, I guarantee you that when I didn't know what to do next . . I did something. I did anything. I volunteered, involved myself in fundraising, went to daily Mass, mopped the floor, organized my cabinets, did laundry, called a relative to see how THEY were doing, went to the library, created a new page for the website, went for a bike ride, took a shower, worked out, made a daily health regimen list, called a friend for enlightenment conversation and NOT to dump on them, dusted the back of my TV, organized my bookshelves, took some stuff to Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Society, defragmented my computers, scrubbed my bathtub and toilet, cleaned underneath the kitchen sink, picked up trash around my neighborhood while I was going for a walk, read a book in the park, sat quietly in the park and meditated . . . . need I go further because the list goes on and on.

    Show the Universe (God) that you can handle what you are praying for by doing 'something.' After all, if you can't handle what you have, then why should you be given more? And if you can't handle ten dollars then why should you be given one hundred dollars? And if you can't handle the circumstances you have right now, then how will you be able to help someone else or handle an increase in responsibility at work? Gosh, don't you just want to do more for your kid when they are being Good and productive people? I can only imagine that God feels the same way about His children only it is exponentiated! Show the Universe (God) that you can handle where you are right this very minute!

    If you don't know what to do, I guarantee you that the Universe (God) will respond to you and support you if you do SOMETHING productive! Wouldn't you respond favorably to your child if you saw that they were doing something Good and productive? Wouldn't you be more likely to support your child if they were being constructive and productive even if they didn't yet know what they wanted to do? Folks, even if you don't know what to do . . . DO SOMETHING that is Good rather than just standing around hoping and wishing with your hands in your pockets. Remember, as the Old Indian Proverb says, "Pray to God and row to shore." You still have to row folks; you still have to row. You still have to do somethin'.

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, The Silent Suffering. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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    THE SILENT SUFFERING

    AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

    There are all kinds of wonderful changes that I have made to my Life since my experience with the flu last week. The flu was actually the best thing that could have happened to me because it was exactly what I needed to snap me back into a more healthy Lifestyle from all directions. And it couldn't have happened at a better time. I had come down with the flu just three days before Lent and I hadn't really decided what my spiritual progression path would look like during Lent.

    I am a firm believer in "keep your mouth shut" about what you are giving up for Lent, which is supposed to be something that is a challenge for you and makes you a better person. Lent is a time of fasting (going without); it's a season of prayer and penance before Easter to prepare for the Resurrection. This silent suffering that you walk through is supposed to be between you and God, not the whole world so they can see poor pitiful you in the midst of you giving up chocolate. While giving up chocolate at Lent can be quite difficult for some people, it doesn't even compare to those who might be going without food on a daily basis. Are you really going through the silent suffering when you give up chocolate? Are you really in a more meditative, prayerful and devoted state of mind? How about ante-ing up and doing something really massive that moves your spirit onto a higher spiritual progression path. Our silent suffering is supposed to be such that no one sees our pain . . except God. We are to wash our face and keep going without showing or bragging about how much we are suffering when we fast. It's not too late to take yourself through the process and release a behavior or action that isn't doing you a dang bit of Good. Check out the Affirmations Section on this website and take yourself to the place that you need to be.

    By the way, usually when I quote scripture a couple of people will ask to be taken off the mailing list. All I can say is, "Adios Amigo, Sayonara, Namaste, Auf Wiedersehen, Addio, Ciao, Au Revoir, Zai Jian, Arrivederci, Do zobaczenia, Farvel, Adios, Adeus, Do svidan’ya, Denadagohvyu and Until we meet again. This gal isn't changin'!

    MATTHEW 6:16-18

    16 Moreoever when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, "They have their reward."

    17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head and wash thy face.

    18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Effectively Using Your North Node. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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    'EFFECTIVELY' USING
    YOUR NORTH NODE

    AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

    I was talking to one of my favorite clients the other night who described me perfectly. She called me an "orderly free spirit". I said, "Yeah, yeah, that's me!" We were just shootin' the breeze at the end of the reading and I was saying how much more I learned about my North Node while I was sick. For someone who pays a lot of attention to the North Node, it's amazing how much more there is to learn. While I can easily describe myself according to my North Node (Virgo), at the same time I need to practice being more of it.

    Back to Monday's Daily Message, I was still trying to figure out, "How did I end up like this?" So I started contemplating everything that could have contributed to me getting sick. Folks, while this whole sick thing may not be that big of a deal to those who get sick and have a stash of over-the-counter and prescription medications; for me, this was definitely a new experience that I have no intention on facing again any time soon. I take being incapacitated very seriously. So how did I end up like that?

    I am also a person who does not believe in the germ theory. That's right folks, I do not believe in the germ theory. Even Lewis Pasteur, the founder of the germ theory, declared that the germ theory was a mistake. That germs are not the cause of disease, is it the soil (the bodies immune system). Many individuals raised on the medical model cannot let go of this concept. So what I do believe is that my soil (immune system) was bad and my body was obviously a perfect breeding ground for critters to set up residence and take over the health of my body. If my soil was Good, then being exposed to a critter would not have phased me. I would have been strong enough. Instead, my system was at a level that made me a prime candidate for take over. I have been around my friends a lot since the first of the year but why was it just me? Christine and Cherie were sick for a few days but were still fully functional. Hmmmmmmmmm

    Even though I can be quite manical and compulsive about what I do and how I do it, somehow I still manage to defy having a routine or some kind of daily regimen. While there may be some sort of method to my madness, I don't even write down my appointments socially or professionally. I just seem to remember what I have to do and when I need to do it. I'm like a child with no bed time and who doesn't have to go to school in the morning. I can do what I want, when I want for as long as I want. I have no structure or form in my day. I just get up and operate about the planet. I may not even look at the clock until I'm up for quite a while. Time is just not a concern for me unless of course I have a reading scheduled and I have to pay attention to the clock. Actually the only clocks I have are on my cell phone, Blackberry and computer. That's it!

    I am in charge of my time;
    time is not in charge of me.
    Dr. Loretta Standley~

    So there I was all plunked down contemplating how I ended up so sick. There's no doubt that I push myself to the limits. I work very hard and I play even harder. If I could stay awake 24 hours a day that would make me happy. In the quietness of my space without the TV going, radio or hearing my e-mail box tick second after second, I just laid there and thought about my Natal Chart. House by house I just laid there thinking about it and I kept landing back at my North Node in Virgo. Every thought kept bringing me back to the North Node.

    Being that my North Node is in Virgo and naturally rules the 6th house of health, fitness, hygiene, organization, daily regimen, habits, routine, daily structure, food, work ethic, working environment, employees, service, skills, servants, pets, animals, clothing and service to others -- I could see where I was on my North Node game and where I wasn't even close to performing at the level of my North Node. Migrating to healthcare with a North Node Virgo was no accident but still . . . there's more to this North Node than just healthcare.

    So to make a long story short, I have actually decided to start going to bed at a decent hour. For the past four nights I have been in bed by 10:00 pm and that is simply unheard of in my world. Staying up until 4:00 am and tipping over was more the norm for me. I learned my lesson well and I feel just great having so much rest. I have also made all kinds of other structured routines to my day that actually feel quite nice and it's almost as if I have even more time and now I'm all grown up. It's awesome! Hmmmmmm . . no wonder I've always been attracted to grounded and structured men. They had what I didn't have and I had what they didn't have . . and therein lies the opposites attracting. Cool huh? While it's easy to look back and see how my Lifestyle caught up with me and knocked me on my 'Rumpelstiltskin,' the really cool thing is I learned how to effectively use my North Node where before I was just tapping a small part of it.

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, TCM and Tongue Diagnosis. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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    TCM AND TONGUE DIAGNOSIS

    AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

    During the time I spent laying around in a crumpled-up mess last week I became overly obsessed with my tongue. Being trained in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) part of my assessment of patients included facial and tongue diagnosis. Chinese Medicine has always given a lot of weight to the appearance and demeanor of the patient and the diagnosis of the tongue goes back as far as the Shang Dynasty (c. 16th Century B.C.-1066 B.C.)

    I have to admit, I look right at the tongue when people are talking to me. It's what I had been trained to do, so secretly I go right on in there and start putting the picture together with the sound of the voice, their skin color and tone coupled with the appearance of their eyes including the area around the eyes. I can't seem to help it; I just zero right in on it like a target. People have no idea how much of themselves they are revealing to me when I see their tongue. Diagnosis of the tongue not only reveals the health of a person, it also exposes a person's hygiene. First, nearly 100 percent of the time the tongue body color reveals the true condition of the patient. Not to mention it is a fairly accurate gauge for monitoring the improvement or deterioration of health. Tongue diagnosis can also reveal the condition of the organs. The tongue is definitely a fascinating study. When someone asks me what is the first thing I notice in a man, believe me, it isn't his eyes, his butt, his smile or his car. It's his tongue! You just can't claim Good health and have a nasty tongue at the same time. Do I even have to say that this will dictate whether or not there will be a kiss down the road. Whoa! Hey this may be TMI (too much information) but I bet you think about it now! (winky wink)

    So while I was sick I kept obsessing over my tongue and sticking it out to check and recheck the improvement of my health. It's important to note that OTC (over the counter) drugs and Rx (prescription) drugs have an effect on the tongue's appearance and this has to be taken into consideration during tongue diagnosis. Medicines such as antibiotics, antineoplastics, anti-inflammatory agents, corticosteriods and diuretics will have a profound effect on the tongue and will mask the diagnosis. I'll tell you who has one healthy tongue and that is Christina Aguilera. Everytime she belts out a long note and I see that tongue I think, "Dang that girl drinks her water and probably has one helluva healthy diet!"

    So there I was checking and rechecking the vitality of color (tongue spirit), the body color, the body shape, the tongue coating and moisture of my tongue. I was looking for patterns, just like I do in astrology. I'm probably more self-conscious of having a healthy tongue than anything else because it reveals so much and since I'm being honest here, I happen to be a fairly vain person as well. Vanity is not a particularly attractive trait but I admit, that is who I am and I'm workin' on it. In tongue diagnosis I was looking for eight principle identification patterns that include hot and cold influences of each; deficiency of yin, yang, qi (blood); and stagnation.

    Enjoy the following and obsessing over your own tongue.

    HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR IN A HEALTHY TONGUE

    TONGUE SPIRIT: The tongue should have spirit. It should have a vibrant and vital color.

    BODY COLOR: The color of the tongue should be pale red, which is referred to as "fresh looking" just like a fresh piece of meat. In TCM the tongue is regarded as an off-shoot of the Heart qi and blood is reflected in the tongue. In a healthy "fresh looking" tongue it indicates that the tongue is receiving a wonderful abundant supply of Heart blood. The Stomach is a yang organ and heavily influences the tongue. The Stomach is responsible for the normal tongue coating and sends fluid up to the tongue. If fluids do not reach the tongue, then the tongue is pale. So if the tongue is pale red, then it is receiving a normal supply of Heart blood and stomach fluid.

    BODY SHAPE: The normal tongue is supple and is not swollen, flabby or stiff. It has no cracks, fissures, scalloping around the edges, ulcerations or spots. It does not tremble or quiver when it is extended.

    TONGUE COATING: The normal coating of the tongue is thin and white. Not a thick coating of white . . it should be a very thin white coat! This will reveal normal digestion and Stomach fluids. There may be a thicker coating at the root (back) of the tongue than anywhere else.

    TONGUE MOISTURE: The tongue should be slightly moist; not too dry and not too wet. Again, this is due to the Stomach fluids.

    No go on . . go to the bathroom and check your tongue.

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Gratitude in Darkness. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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    GRATITUDE IN DARKNESS

    AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

    As I wrote yesterday, last week I spent the entire time sicker than I had ever been in my Life and in a crumpled-up mess. I already had a slight cough and sniffles for a couple of weeks that I just couldn't seem to shake and when the full-blown flu hit, almost immediately I fell into gratitude. I wasn't seated in gratitude because I was sick. I was feeling reflexively grateful because it was a rare occurrence that I ever experienced sickness and I was grateful for that. At first I was frustrated that I can been incapacitated to the point of being taken completely off my feet. Then I realized the only thing that was going to snap me out of my frustration was choosing to be grateful in the moment. Be grateful where you are Loretta.

    There was a brief period of time and I mean ever-so-brief period of time that I beat myself up for letting myself get to the point of being laid out flat on my back. I happen to like myself very much so beating myself up doesn't really resonate with my spirit. I just don't dig on self-pity and I personally find it to be a very unattractive quality, so instead I chose to dig on gratitude.

    I was grateful for all kinds of things including having a career where I could pick up where I left off once I healed. I was grateful that I could just check out of the system for as long as I needed and I would still have a job when I came back. I was grateful that I really didn't answer to anyone (a boss per se). I was grateful that I didn't have to cash in any sick days, personal days or vacation days. I was grateful that even though I was laid out sick, my website was still open for business and thousands upon thousands of people were still coming to visit every day without having any idea what was going on with me personally. I was grateful that I could quietly be sick in my hidden realm without the world needing to know where I was and what I was up to. I was grateful that I could be sick without the melodrama. I was grateful that it was just me and no one else that I needed to take care of in the midst of my own sickness. I was grateful that my phone wasn't ringing off the hook and my e-mails for some miraculous reason had slowed down to a snails pace. Isn't it interesting how the Universe gives to us exactly what we need, when we need it, for as long as we need it. I found that to be remarkable. I was grateful that I had a full refrigerator of food even though I had completely lost my appetite. I was grateful that I lived in a classic city studio apartment and walking to the restroom took only a few seconds and not too much of my energy. I was grateful that during my fits of chills I could crank up the heat to 80 degrees and didn't have to answer to anyone about it. I was grateful that I just received another three movies from Netflix and I had just borrowed all of my grandson "Big Tree's" Harry Potter movies. I was set!

    Honestly, I could list six days of grateful thoughts that sailed through my brain as I laid there in a crumpled-up mess. I realize in the midst of darkness that it is easy to entertain the worst in things rather than the best in things but I've also learned how to see in the dark. If there is anything you should remember about the darkness it is these two things --- 1) Darkness only exists in the absence of Light. 2) The Light exists all the time, not just at the end of the tunnel.

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, How Did You End Up Like This? Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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    HOW DID YOU END UP LIKE THIS?

    AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

    How many times have you been through a painful experience only to come out of it a better person on the other side? I can't tell you how many times that has happened to me but then again I'm anxious to learn from my pain and suffering so that I can minimize the time that I spend in it. This is the part of me that can be very lazy because I just don't happen to be a person who digs on struggle. That just takes too much energy for me and I prefer to put my energy into something productive and wildly cool. As I have matured spiritually and emotionally through the years I also know that this is when God is pulling me closer to Him. I'm okay going through what I need to in order to become a better me even if it doesn't feel Good at the time. Here is the problem with pain and suffering . . most of us don't want to do the 'Homework' that it takes to end our own suffering . . we would just as soon have God take His finger and wipe it all away without us having to change.

    Last week was probably the sickest I have ever been in my Life. I've had symptoms of the flu in the past but never did I have the full-blown flu! I spent nearly six straight days flat on my back almost completely immobile from pain, nausea, dehydration and all of the other ugly signs and symptoms that come with the flu. I have always been a very healthy individual with an incredibly strong constitution so I could just keep going no matter what, but this time I was completely taken off my feet. My ability to bounce back from painful experiences has always been high but this time it was different.

    I had a lot to think about as I laid there in bed moaning from the bone, muscle, tendon, head, neck, toenail, joint, teeth and hair pain. Every single thing on my body was pained, which left me no option but to the start at the beginning. How did I end up like this? This is the same question I always asked my patients. I wanted them to accept responsibility for what they did to themselves from the start. So I asked them, "How did you end up like this?" Most of the time the blame was shifted to someone else (usually a healthcare provider). Never were they quick to admit that they had a horrible Lifestyle that gave them high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, foul gas, bad breath, joint pain, poor dental health and extra weight to carry. I could go on and on. Personal responsibility was always the last on their list. So I did my job. Doctor means "teacher," so I pushed at them until we had breakthrough and THEN, I treated them.

    "Seldom are we born with the disease, illness, syndrome, condition, ache or pain
    that we are presently experiencing. Most of the time these diseases, illnesses,
    syndromes, conditions, aches and pains are what we did to ourselves."
    Dr. Loretta Standley~

    Over the next week I will share you the enlightenment I received from tangling with the dark night of my soul. There is probably no other way that I would have taken that much time to entertain who I am and why I am in such a brief period of time. And it could not have come at a better time than it did, which was the start of Lent. When I wasn't sleeping, all I could do was lay there and think, "So Loretta, how did you end up like this?" Until tomorrow . . .

    "Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
    and practice being you."
    -- Dr. Loretta Standley

    If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Man-Made Maps vs. God-Made Maps. Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path.

    AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

    A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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