Psychic Medium Ed

Welcome November

Besides the autumn poets sing,

A few prosaic days

A little this side of the snow

And that side of the haze.


A few incisive mornings,

A few ascetic eyes, —

Gone Mr. Bryant's golden-rod,

And Mr. Thomson's sheaves.


Still is the bustle in the brook,

Sealed are the spicy valves;

Mesmeric fingers softly touch

The eyes of many elves.


Perhaps a squirrel may remain,

My sentiments to share.

Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind,

Thy windy will to bear!

-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)


Daylight Savings Time Begins


Veterans Day

Remembering all who are serving and have served


-Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being.

with Freedom comes responsibility.

-Eleanor Roosevelt


Happy Thanksgiving

-Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude!-


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Citrine is the stunning transparent, pale yellow to red orange, to orange yellow, to brownish orange variety of crystalline quartz. Many believed it was a gift from the sun which gives us a warm color to brighten up our mood. Though it is not rare, most people value its impressive earth-toned color appearance which makes it more precious and brilliant. Its color changes from time to time depending on how you expose it. Citrine has positive characteristics when aiding the physical self and has an important role in valuing the spiritual self as well. It awakens and expands the higher mind, especially conscious awareness.

Citrine is also known as The Merchant’s Stone. It gives good luck to business and trades. No questions asked because it carries prosperity, wealth, and success.

Citrine brings not just prosperity and success for the business or personal powers in career, but it also has other characteristics which help people know themselves deeply when it comes to self-development. It creates deeper connections within your core to improve self-esteem, self-confidence, self-trust, and get out the negativity inside you, and produces personal power. Citrine produces positive energy that helps your mood become lighter. Like drinking a cold lemonade on a sunny day, it brings refreshments into your body. So, if you feel like you are on a low energy kind of day, this crystal is perfect for you.

Dolphin Spirit

The dolphin spirit animal represents harmony and balance. Dolphins are both highly intelligent and closely in tune with their instincts, striking a balance between the two states. Dolphins are also a symbol of protection and of resurrection. Their playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to approach life with humor and joy.

Family

Fall is in full swing here in our area. It is always welcome change to me. The air is starting to get that crisp, cool feeling to it and leaves have started changing colors. I love the bright oranges, yellows, and reds that are on the trees at this time of year.

The leaves will soon start to fall, and it’s almost like the trees are shedding their old skin so they can prepare for new growth. (I am pretty sure there is a lesson for all of us in there.)

I love the changing of the seasons. I know that it is a time to be thankful for everything we have and cherish moments with family and friends as we prepare for the coming winter.

Oh, and the smell of fall! I soak up every bit of the fresh air, pumpkin spice, and apple aromas. The smell of autumn leaves is almost as good as the feel of them crunching beneath my feet!

Some will light the fireplaces or start up the woodstove. There’s nothing like that toasty warmth and the scent of burning firewood.

To celebrate the start of fall, light a candle that smells like apples or pumpkin — or maybe even burning leaves if you enjoy that — and get your favorite autumn drink ready. Then don a cozy sweater, settle in, and enjoy these autumn falling leaves.


What does November mean spiritually? November is a time for reflection, introspection, and introversion. It is a time when we can come together as a community to celebrate our differences.

November is also when people take stock of their lives and consider what they want to accomplish in the coming year. It is a good time to look back over your life and make sure that you are headed in the right direction.

November is also when we are reminded of how precious life is and how important it is to make the most of each day we have.

November brings us back into balance by encouraging us to slow down. And spend more time at home with loved ones instead of rushing around from place to place, trying to do too much at once.

What does November mean spiritually? November is the month of giving thanks. This is a common theme that we can all learn from and practice this time of year, no matter our religious background.

In its simplest form, gratitude is the act of giving thanks to someone or something other than yourself. And the universe and everything in it, really—for what they have done for you or given to you throughout your life. Gratitude has historically been referred to as an attitude towards life rather than just a feeling. It is something that can be learned and practiced receiving great benefits physically, mentally, and spiritually. Practicing gratitude can even help increase your happiness levels by increasing positive emotions!

November is a great time to reflect on your spiritual path.

Reflection means being conscious of your thoughts, feelings, and actions and how they affect the world around you.

It is important to reflect on how you can improve yourself to become more aligned with who you truly are.

You may find some things that need to be changed to feel more at peace with yourself or have better relationships with other people.


November is my favorite time of year. As the temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter it reminds me of my childhood and getting ready for the holidays to come. October was indifferent in so many ways. Early on we had to take care of family matters on Patrick’s side of the family which were stressful and brought a tear to his eyes when finalized. It has taught us how important family is but also how important it is to have everything in place when life challenges us as we age. We have all had a touch of the flu which kept us up and down for a few days. On a more positive note, our son is big into track and field. He was talking about it the other day at school and did not realize that his high school principal was nearby and overheard. As he was leaving the school to come home the principal ran after him and wanted to know about his track and field experience. He asked him to visit with him and the track coach the next day. Jaiden got up the courage to visit them both and was invited to start conditioning for the spring sport. They talked grades, classes and expectations but ended with the excitement of trying out and making the track team. I was excited for him but also intrigued at how the principal took the time to take a student under his wing and encourage him to live his dream as a ninth grader. Halloween almost was awash with the rain. We did not have many trick or treaters but the ones that did pay a visit were very ghostly.

I visited my family at the end of the month. It was a hard visit. As most of you know my mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. We have ridden the tracks of this disease before with Patrick’s Mother and while I thought I would be ready for this journey with my mother, I certainly am not. While we are still in the early stages of this journey, it is a journey I wish no other. For those who are walking with me Thank You for holding my hand.

Mom,

I don’t want you to worry or be afraid. Let’s enjoy every single day and not think too much about whether you can remember as well as you could in the past.

I will watch over you and won’t let anything bad happen to you. If the time comes when we need to do more for you, I will make sure you have everything you need to have a great quality of life. I wish I could change things. I wish I could take your illness for you, but I can’t. All I can do is be there for you and love you.


In the meantime, dear friends, I hope life is good to you. These are challenging times, economically, socially, politically. But we have each other and there's comfort in that.


Love,

Ed

Did You Know

November 1 is All Saints' Day.

November 4 is Will Rogers Day.

November 5 is Sadie Hawkins Day.

November 6 at 2 A.M. is the end of Daylight-Saving Time. Set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night at bedtime!

November 8 is Election Day. (U.S.).

November 11 is Veterans Day. (U.S.) and Remembrance Day (Canada).

November 19 is Discovery of Puerto Rico Day.

November 24 is Thanksgiving Day (U.S.).

November 28 is also the First Sunday of Advent.

If you are fortunate, you may experience an “Indian Summer” in November; but according to the traditional definition, it can only occur between November 11 and 20!

November’s Full Moon is known as The Beaver Moon. It reaches peak illumination in the morning hours of Tuesday, November 8, at 6:02 A.M. EST. Of course, it will be very close to full the night before, so plan to look for it starting on Monday, November 7, just after sunset!

November’s traditional birthstone is the topaz, usually a yellow to amber color. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible. A symbol of honor and strength, topaz was also believed to bring longevity and wisdom.

November’s zodiac signs are Scorpio and Sagittarius.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21). Watery, feminine, fixed, fruitful. Related to sex organs and bladder. Planetary ruler is Mars (Pluto).
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21). Fiery, masculine, flexible; considered barren. Related to the liver, hips, and thighs. Planetary ruler is Jupiter.

November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemums represent cheerfulness. A red one conveys “I love you.” White symbolizes truth or pure love. A yellow one indicates slighted love.

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Questions and Counsel

Dear Katelyn,


Hello,

I’ve been working on but just trusting the process and knowing what’s for me will happen when it’s supposed to. Sure, I don’t have to tell you this but taking that mindset has immensely helped my anxiety and mental health. Like I struggle like everyone else but putting myself first, trusting myself and my choices and being at peace with decisions is a game changer. I really feel like I’ve given up the need for total control and I’m just letting life wash over me. Until two days from Chicago try to encroach on our personal space on Saturday… any suggestions?


Hello!

Surrender is one of the harder Spiritual lessons but it takes a lot of self-love to take of the risk of trusting that everything works out and when we love ourselves we attract abundance. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of control because we can’t see what comes next but sometimes we aren’t meant to, it’s so good and works out so perfectly that it’s beyond our current scope of awareness.

The only thing we really have control over is how we feel and our boundaries and sometimes it is appropriate to cuss someone out… respectfully ha-ha!

I use the word sometimes a lot because nothing is absolute with the expectation that in the end all there is….is love.

I’m happy to hear your anxiety and mental health has improved. So important. This experience is wretched enough, no point making it more difficult for our self.

Really the human experience is a science experiment for Spirit, all we have to do is observe and learn.

In the name of science,


Katelyn


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How does Green make you feel?

When I think of Green, I don’t think of money, but plants and nature.

Now that environmental awareness has skyrocketed since the 1990s, ignited by the first Earth Day in 1970, Green is associated more with nature than ever, and is perceived as positive, restful, peaceful. It’s a cool color in the spectrum, a secondary color made of half parts blue and yellow.

Of course, its effects are determined by which hue of Green. There have been some studies that show darker green represents envy, while lime green is associated with creative inspiration, high energy, and also luck. Spiritually, Green represents a new beginning, so if you see green in dreams, it may indicate a new start around the corner.

How would you want to incorporate more green in your daily environment?

The color of food – complementing your cuisine with color

Part One

The aroma of food usually grabs peoples’ attention first, but I think color is just as alluring.

Many chefs tote the benefits of eating a “rainbow” of colors because it reflects a more balanced diet. The scientific explanation is that a compound called phytonutrients join forces with a fruit or vegetables vitamins to create a whole, complete food.

Most of us are also hardwired to respond to appealing food presentation. This means considering the color not only of the food, but of your plates, and how they interact. Harmonizing dinnerware with your dinner can create a more satisfying experience than simply serving a good meal. Color can help set a mood and boost the personality of your cuisine.

One example is when I borrowed a friend’s plates for some reason. They were a more upscale Italian brand, much nicer than whatever I had at the time. It occurred to me how much nicer an Italian dinner would look on her plates than my own. They design was sort of rustic but elegant, with a sandy tone and deep red accents, much like a lot of Italian cuisine.

Paint color trends emerged that reflected a need for calm and optimism. In 2021, for interiors, Benjamin Moore names its color of the year Aegean Teal, a soothing blue-green, while Sherwin Williams selected Urbane Bronze, a rich bold neutral that is supposed to reflect our need for serenity. Pantone’s 2021 Colors of the Year were two: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, a bright yellow, to express both fortitude and happiness, the expectation of something bright on the horizon.

What about 2021 color trends for food?

Check back for Part Two: what were the trendy colors for food in 2021?

The color of food – what were the trendy colors for food in 2021?

Part Two

There’s a strong connection to marketing and perception, and that definitely incudes the perception of color.

How do people link color and food, and how does the food industry react?

Color is a sensory cue. Let’s take yellow, which is often associated with positivity and reassurance.

During the pandemic, people became more focused on well-being, as home cooking took over before restaurants opened back up or began to offer takeout. So, consumers may link yellow to energy support, digestive help, or mitigating inflammation (like turmeric). Hence the rising of $5+ turmeric shots available as an everyday item in the grocery store.

Food colors that are tied to a reset were popular in 2021, such as neutrals and reds. Neutrals found in mushrooms, or white bean spread, or even broth, are comforting and associated with renewal. At the end of 2020, red was predicted to invigorate the food and beverage industry in 2021, because it is associated with the start of a new era.

As it turned out, 2021 was not exactly the turnaround year, but consumers still associate red with positive action and excitement, so part of the prediction was that people would buy more berries. And the experts were right! Berries were so high in demand by February of 2021, prices skyrocketed. Especially blackberries, which experienced a 111% price increase from 2020.

Spiritual

Let the Leaves Fall

One of the best words I have to describe the season of autumn is bittersweet. It is a time of many moods, some sad and some inspirational. How can we not be moved by the dramatic changes of color, the cooler weather, the descending darkness, and the barren branches contrasted against the stark sky.

As we see time and again during the fall, the trees shed their leaves as part of the cycle of renewal. This is a universal principle – in order to grow, we must release something. This is true of our own bodies in ways we don’t even notice; we are constantly shedding old cells and creating new ones. If our physical bodies didn’t have this process, we’d have a much shorter life span, as the old tissues would wear out rather quickly.

However, there is a more subtle process at hand in our psyche. Here, too, if we want to grow—to continue to evolve into better human beings in every way possible—something needs to be let go of. In fact, we are in a constant process of integrating new information, aspects of ourselves, perceptions, and ideas, as we realize that old ways of doing things no longer work.

When we’re young children, we believe that the whole world revolves around us. While this is age-appropriate and facilitates our growth when we’re three, by the time we’re about seven we’re in need of shedding this perspective and beginning to understand that cooperation, empathy, and respect will get us much farther in our relationships. In computer science, what was a cutting-edge programming language 10 years ago may be completely outdated today, and we need to constantly update our knowledge and skills to keep up with the evolution of technology.

Fall season reminds us that we all have out-moded parts of ourselves that we need to let go of. This allows us to sprout new ideas, improve skills, deepen our relationships, and grow on the spiritual path. The old ways, however, don’t need to be tossed into the trash. On the contrary, like the leaves that drop from the trees, they can serve as the foundation for new growth and fuel for renewal.

In a forest, the soil becomes rich and continues to feed the flora indigenous to the area largely by the compost of the dead plant matter that has fallen to the forest floor. Many of us are able to compost the leaves and twigs we rake up at this time in order to have a rich and natural fertilizer with which to nurture our gardens.

You have an inner garden that needs the same compost. The self-absorbed and ego-centric world view of a toddler, though meant to be grown out of, is intended to be the foundation for a healthy self-image. We still must take care of our own needs, but we evolve to expand beyond solely that. Although old programming languages may not be in use any more, the skills we used to learn and implement them can be applied to new ones. Take what you have learned, digest it, retain what is useful, and expel what isn’t, just like your own digestive process. Yes, there are always waste products with everything we consume, but that doesn’t mean we should never have eaten anything.

So, it is with our lives. We’ve all made mistakes, said things we regret, made choices we wish were different. We’ve also done things or purchased items that were useful at the time, but now are nothing but a burden in our closet or a habit that keeps us from realizing new goals.

Autumn’s energy causes us to take stock and decide what to hold on to and what to let go. This process may require you to practice forgiving yourself or someone else. It may bring you new opportunities that necessitate making changes to accommodate them. It may bring up grief, even if you know that what you’re releasing is a good thing. Although we must all let go of our past, we also integrate those experiences into our psyches as wisdom. The leaves that fall lose their form, but as they break down into compost, their transformed substance continues to serve the growth and well-being of the tree.

As the trees learn to let go, we can release our grip through the yogic practice of aparigraha. Literally meaning “non-clinging,” “non-grasping,” or “non-greed”, aparigraha teaches us the importance of letting go of what we don’t truly need. It’s unnecessary for trees to hoard the dead leaves, trying to save up for next year. Nature provides the nutrients it needs to create new and abundant foliage in the spring, and in fact it is by releasing the old leaves to the earth that provides the compost for nourishing the soil. Hanging on to what is dead and no longer serves us hinders the ability for the new, stronger buds to open. Yoga philosophy knows what nature long has: it is better to let go of clinging to the past, so that we can become the best of who we are today.

Letting the leaves fall also requires us to face fears of the future. When we let go, we realize we must step out into the unknown, trusting that something is supporting us. But just as the trees let go of their undergrowth, having full faith that spring will come and new leaves will burst forth, you can have that faith through the winter, too.

Retain this faith as emotions arise and release. You may be grieving a loved one or a phase of your life. You may have moved to a new location and miss the old familiar places and friends. Breathe into the feelings, allowing yourself to fully experience them. When they are spent, they, too, will drop away. It is fine to reminisce, but don’t wallow. Review the past, bless it, and release it.

This may leave you feeling a little like the barren maple tree: so, it’s time to put on the inner insulation. Get a soft and cozy security blanket and throw it around your heart, which is more sensitive right now. Autumn has a way of triggering the old stuff. As you let that old stuff go, give yourself comfort and support through the process. Practicing positive affirmations, recognizing small achievements, or seeking out cheery and inspirational company are several ways to bolster your spirits. It’s an excellent time to start a personal growth class, join a support group, or attend church or a spiritual organization that nurtures your soul. Slow down and make space in your life for nourishing and restoring yourself.


So, rake up those leaves of the old you, and as you do so you’ll be able to see the beautiful gardens, lawns, and rich earth that are underneath. While you’re at it, take it lightly – pile them up and jump on them! Then take the past to the compost pile and know that by letting go of it, you recognize what the present offers and create the foundations for abundant growth in the spring.

Wellness

“What’s the magic word?” our mother would ask whenever my brother, sister or I were clamoring for something or other. It was important to say “please” when making a request, and equally important to say “thank you.”

It’s Thanksgiving time, our national tribute to gratitude. It’s a time that beyond boundaries of culture, religious expression and geographical location we all stand together in solidarity as we give thanks. Thanks for family, for friends, for this country and its freedoms. Thanks for the turkey and stuffing. Or the lasagna. Or the ham. Or the masala.

The spiritual writer and mystic David Stendl-Rast asserts that gratitude is the doorway to the divine. To be grateful is to shift our focus from distress or scarcity to where life is full and rich. It moves us out of negativity into a place of appreciation. For many of us, it involves turning our hearts and minds to Spirit or the God of our understanding.

I have friends who are doing a practice of acknowledging one thing they are grateful for each day in this month of November. I know others who are using a gratitude journal, and every day jotting down something that strikes them as noteworthy, no matter how small.

Both those practices remind me that gratitude is not just random moments of saying “thanks,” but almost an art form. It’s an outlook, a way of viewing the world with openness to seeing the good and acknowledging its source.

What am I thankful for this week?

My amazing spouse and my remarkable son, three mischievous cats and a neurotic dog. Without them, my inner circle would not be so rich.

Our comfortable home, with its full cupboards and running water, which shelters us from steamy summers and frosty Carolina winters.

My health which seemingly has a mind of its own.

My family and friends, who every year give months of their lives to bring their community together in understanding and peace. They also give me a moment of joy in which I get to love, and laugh, and draw closer to things that matter.

My state and nation, where no matter how fractious it gets, there’s hope that, eventually, we’ll find a path to common ground.

Our beautiful planet, with all its natural wonders and glory, and the increasing numbers of people awakening to its care.

Gratitude also helps me to look beyond the “easy to be grateful for” items. When I’m distressed about social issues and more, it pushes me to be grateful for the amazing allies in the battle for justice, and for the privilege of participating myself in working for change.

Even when things are bleak, there’s something to grab onto. Even if that’s something I take for granted, such as my heart beating without my instruction, or each breath that I draw automatically.

At our house, we often start Thanksgiving dinner by naming something for which we are each grateful. As we do, I’ll once again be reminded of the generosity of so many people I know and love, and of the God who I have come to believe is source of all.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Patrick....

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