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May 21, 2017

Sabbatical / My Archived Articles

I'm taking a sabbatical of sorts. No longer contracted to freelance for About.com as their Holisitic Healing Writer/Editor as of March after 20 years. I'm enjoying my free time, indulging in personal interests (genealogy, knitting, reading) and exploring new possibilities for the future.

About.com has been converted into smaller sites. They also changed their domain name to dotdash. My articles were transferred to the Thoughtco, the Lifelong Learning section. It is there that you can read my archived articles.

Thoughtco Links

My Thoughtco Bio Page - my archived articles can be found from this page
Holistic Healing content is under the Humanities/Religion&Spirituality section

My social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are still intact, although postings have been a bit sporadic or none. Please stay connected with me through this transition. I'm not ready to stick a fork in my efforts to share knowledge and experiences.

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July 26, 2014

Reiki Turtles

turtles as healers

This photo captured by Janet Crosby, About.com Expert on Veterinary Medicine, at the Portland, Oregon Zoo turtle pond makes me smile. I like to think the top turtle is giving the bottom turtle a massage or Reiki treatment.

turtle photo © Janet Crosby 

July 25, 2014

Your Garden Herbs and Intuition

herb garden
Amy Jeanroy, About Guide to Herb Gardens, talks about herbal intuition and getting to know the plants in your herb garden in her article Do You Listen to Your Herbs?

I have several articles about developing your intuition and have also written about intuitively selecting flower essences as a process of inner growth and awareness. This same process would apply in choosing herbal remedies. As you develop a closer relationship with each of the plants in your herb garden you will begin noticing that knowing part of yourself surfacing more and more. You will instinctively know who could best benefit from the healing properties of your herbs.

I appreciate Amy suggesting "intuition" to her readers, who unlike my readership, may not be as open to the idea of having inner dialogs. Sadly, many people are shut off from their knowing selves. Although many gardeners talk to their plants, they don't necessarily think to listen to them.

image © evilhayama, Flickr Creative Commons

July 14, 2013

Social Media Favorites

April 14, 2013

Ear Candling Session

Make your own slideshow with music at Animoto.

November 2, 2012


It has been awhile since I last blogged. My energies are still focused on healing and spiritual growth but my blogging here has taken a backseat for the time being. I still have plenty of online presence. These are the Web sites and Social Media pages where you can find me.

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October 24, 2012

The Healer with Blue Heron



This photo of The Healer sculpture created by Seattle artist Leon White was taken at Percival Landing in Olympia, WA earlier this month. The Healer came in second place based on public vote in a 2012 People's Choice Art Competition.

The photographer (my husband, Joe Desy), was lucky to capture a blue heron in flight in his digital shot.

May 19, 2010

Transcendental Meditation Comes to My Home Town

Three certified teachers of the Transcendental Meditation TechniqueTM, Anne Dietrich, Pushpagandhi Nayagar, and Olivia Lopez greeted me warmly at the door as I entered Meeting Room B at The Burlington Public Library this morning shortly before 10 AM.

This morning I woke up with anticipation because it was my plan to attend a free introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Lucky me, I didn't have to travel anywhere, because four separate lectures were being offered through the day in my home town (Burlington IA). Normally, attending this type of presentation involves a road trip. I enjoyed the lecture, the informative presentation was easy to listen to. I must say that the serenity paired with the enthusiasm shown by the instructors when speaking about practicing TM twice each day (morning and evening) was very moving.

I've known about Transcendental Meditation for many years and have flirted with the idea of exploring various meditation techniques (TM, Zen, or even Vipassana) but have never seriously sought out to take meditation instruction. I knew Maharishi Peace Palace offered TM studies in a neighboring town of Fairfield (Vedic City), and have even eaten lunch at The Raj

However, committing to studies which involve even a short commute hasn't felt ideal to me in recent years. I'm too much of a homebody anymore to get too excited about day trips any more. Not that I've never done it. Burlington has offered few opportunities for someone with my interests, as a result my studies have been at a distance geographically or through online classes. Regionally, I traveled to Iowa City for weekly evening classes in 1996-7 to train under the guidance of Barbara Brennan School of Healing Graduate, Tom Carbone, to learn about balancing chakras and energy medicine in general. Within the same time frame I drove to Davenport over a period of six weeks to study under my Reiki Master Teacher, Beverly Voss, in order to get my Reiki MT certification.

Now, an opportunity arises for Transcendental Meditation classes to be taught in Burlington. The classes will involve a commute, but not for me, the teachers, who are partnered with the Global Mother Divine Organization, are planning to travel from their homes in Fairfield as a service to my community. You can read more about plans to make Burlington a testing ground for establishing more meditation centers across the country in The Hawkeye: Instructors to teach meditation classes and also "like" the new Transcendental Meditation Center in Burlington on Facebook

Will I take the classes? I haven't decided yet, but I'm definitely leaning heavily toward taking the leap. There is a cost hurdle to consider, but once I get past that hurdle I'm thinking it could be a positively wonderful experience. Who can argue against a practice that reduces stress, improves your wellbeing, expands your brain power, and increases your creativity?

Note to any local residents who read my blog, if you missed your opportunity today, not to worry, next Wednesday, May 26, the same lecture will be presented again at Noon and 5PM at the City Hall & Service Center.

March 12, 2010

Workshop at The Reiki Studio

Being Grounded in Your Body
An experiential workshop led by Debra Morrill

Two opportunities!
Sunday, March 21, 2010 • 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 • 6:00-8:30 p.m.

The Reiki Studio
2212 E. 12th Street, Suite 310 • Davenport, IA
(in the Pierce School Mall in the Village of East Davenport)

For many of us, being outside our body is a familiar place to be. As children, leaving our body kept us numb and held the pain at bay - whether it was physical or emotional pain. For some of us, being out of our body becomes a habit, and we remain numb to our body as we mature, not realizing that as an adult we have many more life experiences and tools for coping. Learning to stay present in our body is an essential part of the healing process. Our body is the safest place for us to be. When we're present and in our body, we can protect ourselves and provide the care, love and nurturing that our inner child is yearning for. We can also choose our actions from a place of centeredness and work with the wisdom of our body.

In this two-hour experiential workshop, you will:
• tune in to your body and listen
• practice techniques to help you be grounded in your body
• track for cords and obstructions which prevent grounding and do energy healing for the root chakra
• identify agreements around being out of your body and set your intention to be in your body

No previous experience necessary.
Come and learn to be grounded in your body in sacred space!

Debra Morrill, B.A., has a shamanic healing practice in Bettendorf, Iowa, and Prairie du Sac, Wis. She specializes in ancestral healing, soul retrieval and helping clients connect with their inner wisdom for healing. She also leads the "Accessing Your Wisdom Keeper" weekend workshop and the "Healing with the Five Elements" series.

Suggested donation: $25-$50. Register early, space is limited to 12.
To register, contact Debra Morrill at 608-279-4319 or debramorrill@charter.net.

Participants, please bring: an eye covering such as a bandana, scarf or eye pillow
(there will be some extras available); comfort items such as blanket and pillow
to journey on the floor; water and a notebook and pen.

Questions? Call Debra at 608-279-4319 or email debramorrill@charter.net.


February 12, 2010

Demonstration: Resistance to Living a Lucid Life

I think this video depicting a water droplet dropping onto a puddle of water that a dear friend emailed me the link to today (thanks Michael!) demonstrates how many of us resist the universal truth that we are "one with the universe." We cling onto to our false "separate" identities. In the video, which is amazing BTW, you will see a drop of water literally bounce off the top of the pool of water, only releasing a portion of itself at each bounce until it finally has no choice but to totally immerse itself into the body of water and is no longer visible as a separate entity.

I began reading Dreaming While Awake yesterday. It is not an easy book to plow through, but I've been doing my best to digest it. I'm half way through... Mindell explains lucid dreaming (not to be confused with the Westernized definition of lucid dreaming) as a way of becoming more aware of the core energy of life and our connection with every living thing and every object around us, including our shoes, the toothpaste, the neighbor's dog, the air plane flying overhead, the moon, a blade of grass, etc. Mindell's method of 24-Hour Lucid Dreaming is intended to help you get a better sense that everything around you is actually an extension of your SELF or community.

Subjects he writes about in Dreaming While Awake include shamanism, psychology, Buddhism, enlightenment, quantum physics, divination, lucid healing, and time travel (past life explorations).

Random Pages

On Fridays (in this week's case, Saturday) I share healing information or inspirational quotes gleened from random pages found in my personal home library. This week's featured random page is from Dr. Arnold Mindell''s book Dreaming While Awake.

Sentient Symptom Exericise

Mindell gives a meditative exercise for focusing on a body symptom in which your mind follows the sensation (headache, cramp, burning, or etc.) as a means to discover the root of its creation.

"Imagine that weakness, feel it. If you feel pressure, go ahead and imagine some sort of pressure maker. If you have a sharp pain, let that sharpness unfold itself, see it as a knife, for example. If you sense something growing within you, let the growing something pictorialize itself in your mind. Use you own body sensations and let them create images....

Find the roots of the symptom experience, its essence, the very origin of the symptom, before it became a symptom. Imagine the sentient essence behind the symptom, the tendency it was before it became a symptom....

Feel the symptom and go backward, get to the essence at the base of the symptom before it appeared...

Use you own meditative awareness to explore the sentient root of your symptom. Now focus on this essence, using your lucid attention..."

~ Dreaming While Awake, (Chapter Nine: Lucid Healing, Preventative Medicine) , pages 137-139

Dreaming While Awake: techniques for 24-hour lucid dreaming ~ Arnold Mindell Ph.D.

~ Affirmation of the Day ~
~ Healing Lesson of the Day ~

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