Dreams are very important to me and my work. It is in our dreams that we let go of the human (3 dimensional world) limitations that keep us from knowing our true selves. As I travel my path and continue to help others on theirs, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my dreams with you. I’ve been so close to Jesus (in the most non-religious way imaginable) since I was a child. He has physically held me and guided me through the craziest and most confusing times. This post is not to offend anyone else’s interpretation of who Jesus is.
Hey Bliss Bombs,
I’m so excited to share the release of this awesome new fermented foods book with you. I had the grand opportunity of contributing recipes alongside experts, health advocates and chefs like Donna Gates and Kevin Gianni.
The book, “Cultured: Make Healthy Fermented Foods at Home” boasts recipes like watermelon kimchi, homemade miso, kombucha, and the healthiest of chocolates, kefirs and MORE. Plus, this stuff seriously tastes great.
But it’s not just about recipes. This is a very user-friendly compilation of history, how-to’s and what-for’s on fermented foods, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.
Kevin Gianni (editor of this gorgeously delicious) book says that “Fermented Foods May Be the Healthiest, Most Affordable and Easiest to Make Superfoods on the Planet.” And, I couldn’t agree more. You know I love these foods for more than just their taste. They totally helped save our family from autism , candida, acne, seizures, acid reflux and so much more.
Please let me know if you have any questions about fermented foods and their use in healing your family. I am happy to share.
Contributed by Shira Locarni (superfoods-for-superhealth.com)
Homemade Garbanzo Miso Recipe
5 cups dried garbanzo beans, soaked overnight (traditional soy is used, see side note*)
1 cup sea salt
3 tbsp unpasteurized miso
5 cups koji
1 cup cooking liquid
A one gallon glass jar or a crock of similar size
Plate, lid or wooden disk that fits snugly inside the jar
Heavy weight or clean rock
Thick cotton cloth to cover everything
Cook the beans until soft. Strain and save 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Allow beans to cool and dry in a strainer for an hour or two. Process beans in a food processor for desired texture.
Dissolve 3/4 cup sea salt into 1 cup cooking liquid to make a brine. Mash the 3 tbsp unpasteurized miso into 1 cup brine. Mix brine (containing salt and 3 tbsp miso) with the koji.
In a big bowl, add processed beans to this brine mixture. This is your miso.
Packing for Fermentation: (I often do this part first while the garbanzos are cooling.)
Wet the sides of the jar slightly with hands dipped in water. Place some salt inside the side of jar, put the lid on or cover, and shake it around, coating all sides and bottom of jar or crock with a salt layer. Pack the miso into the crock/jar with clean hands, press down firmly. Spread a generous layer of salt over the top. Place the flat object on top and put the weight on top of that. Cover with cloth and secure well with a tight rubber band, string or tape.
You have the option to continue the fermentation process, and like with fine wine, it only gets better with time. If you decide to continue fermentation for another year it is good to test it out and repack it again with salt.
Miso years are calculated by the number of summers it has aged. So, if you have gone through one summer of fermentation, then you have one year old miso. I like to start my miso projects in the spring time, so they are ripe and ready to experience the warmer temps of summer when they tend to be more active.
*You can make this recipe using soy beans as well. Just be sure to use organic soy, since there is less chance of genetically modified contamination.
What is koji and where can I find it?
Koji is a Japanese rice on which koji mold spores have been cultivated. This process allows for the fermentation of koji rice, which is the primary ingredient in sake. Although koji spores can be bought, they usually have to be bought from specialty importers. However, fermented koji rice that has already been inoculated with the spores can be found at your local Asian grocery.
It is important that your miso is packed tightly, free from oxidation and protected by the salt layer. The cloth will also help to keep out impurities and unwanted bacteria.
Label your crock/jar with the date. Store the jar in a cellar, basement or other cool, dark spot where it will remain undisturbed. Have patience and ferment for one year. (See “miso years” above.) Open, scrap off top layer and celebrate with family and friends… your very first batch of homemade miso!! It should smell rich and savory like tamari. Pack it in clean, glass jars with plastic lids and refrigerate or store in a cool place.
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I LOVE dreaming. These days I get lots of my work done during my sleep-time travels. Dream boundaries are endless. I believe that spirit speaks to us in dreams, because we are much more open then. So, when my friend Astra ( who just-so-happens to be the first person to intro me to modern Shamanism), asked me to join her in sharing our dreams on this new blog, Heck YES was all I could say!
This post was originally published in 2010
Originally published in 2012
A while ago I wrote a piece called, “Is Reiki Legit?.” With all of the new-age-y, “energy” based healing options out there, it’s super easy to get inundated with the hoopla of it all, and wonder what to believe. I’m no stranger to miracles or magick. But as someone who came to understand my own gifts in such an organic way, I struggled for an outside world label to help me understand what I was doing. I was led to Reiki after having some really profound distance healing experiences with my son, (who is now recovered from severe autism).
At first, I was confused on how to learn Reiki. But answers came as I continued to educate myself. No doubt, my abilities grew as I practiced energy work. Each time I was attuned, I felt more of the vibration and was gifted with more psychic abilities. Something was changing in me. But, even after becoming a Reiki Master, helping people heal broken bones, forgo surgery and meds, boost moods, get over illness and so much more with “Reiki,” I rarely used it for self healing. At least not for anything profound. Without a clear answer in my mind about whether Reiki was responsible for the healings I witnessed — I kept searching.
Besides, Reiki can mean so many things to so many people. And, as a practice, it’s certainly not lacking in posers. I guess I was covering my bases.
In truth, only Time has really helped me understand the value of Reiki in my life. I’m so glad we have Time here in this reality. This past summer has been one of the most eye-opening, freeing times of my life. And with that awesomeness came some confusion, adversity and even physical injury.
It is now that I need Reiki most. And now, that I discovered how to use it for some really amazing self healing. I wish I had pictures. But I was hurt. I wasn’t thinking too much about getting out the camera. I just wanted to share with you a few recent Reiki-fied instances that knocked my socks off.
Reiki Rebuilt my Finger in 10 Days
After a long day working with Doug on our RV remodel, I fumbled through my toiletry bag for some lip moisturizer — When, OUUUUUUUUUUCH! My hubby’s REAL RAZOR Blade (like the kind that men used back in the 1950’s) completely cut off my middle finger tip. I know what this emotionally implies too.. just not going to go there right now. Blood was seriously gushing everywhere. I screamed so loud, and thought about crying like a baby too. Then, I quickly used the Reiki power symbol and intended for no further damage from the wound, and ran to Doug for assistance. Once my MacGeyver-Man rubber-banded me a tourniquet, and gave me some ice for the massive pain, he crashed.
I was up all night. The blood wouldn’t stop without the rubber band/ice. So I had to stay awake alternating or else potentially lose more of my finger. (You never know)
As I sat awake that night, I did a Reiki healing attunement on myself. I’ve done these before with great results. But this time I was asking for something more specific and instant. I cut though nerve tissue. I was feeling pain in all my fingers in both hands. Doug scared me with the thought that it could take months to repair my finger tip, and that I may not have feeling when it finally healed.
For 8 hours, I alternated tea-tree oil and Reiki… sometimes holding my finger in my mouth using a special healing color and breath technique.
The next day, you would’ve never known I did any healing at all. I was still bleeding and my finger looked gross. That night, I experienced pain worse than child-birth. This had to be due to the cutting of nerve tissue. I was so tired, and could not get the blood to stop long enough to sleep sound. So, finally I decided to use Reiki to remedy the entire thing once and for all. It was the kind of decision you feel with your entirety. I’ve taken action on less certain decisions and gotten results to match. But, this time was different. The pain is what really inspired me.
I felt the Reiki energy entering at my pineal (top of head), surging through my head and down my shoulders, arms, hands and finger-tips. I was instantly comforted. ALL of the pain gone. I slept and woke up with a finger looking so much better.
Within 10 days, the skin was back without scarring or pain. Not to mention no infections. And, thank goodness I have sensation too. And I wasn’t even being ultra careful with it either. I’m an active person, and have a hard time stopping. You can barely tell I even got hurt. My fingertip is just slightly more pink than usual, which will normalize soon. Whfew!
But there’s more….
Reiki Helped Us During and After a Car Crash
We were recently rear-ended while stopped to make a left turn. The bummer news is that we were driving someone else’s car, we don’t have our own insurance yet and the insurance company in charge is slow to help with treatment for us. In other words.. we haven’t gotten any help in the month since we were injured.
The moment of the crash was like nothing I’ve ever felt. It was on my side of the car and felt as if something literally whacked my head/neck with a bat, or something harder. The dude who hit us kept going — slamming on his gas and crashing us more. And, my adrenaline must’ve kicked in because I jumped into the back seat and protected Dougie. I immediately used Reiki on us and the car. I used the power symbol for no further damage and for protection. I used it in one of those Mama Bear nothings-gonna-hurt-my-baby kinda ways. And, the best news I can give you is that Dougie had absolutely no injuries.
I was so wiped out. I was so wiped out that I didn’t even consider doing Reiki on myself. Instead, I tried making chiro appointments and appointments with other healers. Bills were piling up over $500 that we weren’t sure were going to be reimbursed.
A friend came over and eased my pain with some Reiki. But, more was needed and she had to go. Doug suggested yoga, which is a great idea (If I could move with some ease). I felt I needed a healer. I felt I needed some extra help. I always wait til the last minute. 🙂
The other night I awoke in tears. Sheesh. I was equally as pissed that the crash even happened as I was about the pain that I was in. Then I made that same type of decision. I put my hands together on my neck/shoulders and sent Reiki just as I would with a client.
Funny, I actually waited there for something to happen — kind of impatiently. Like I was judging myself… “let’s see if she knows what she is doing”
Then I felt it. That amazing pulse of warmth and relief. Like getting a massage that puts everything back in place. Like swimming in a healing pool.
I’m healing by leaps and bounds because I am consciously Reiki-ing me. I’m doing nothing else differently. Just The Reiki, and it’s pretty amazing. If you are interested in how to learn Reiki, click here.
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I’m beyond grateful to share my newest offering with you!
I hope you love it!
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