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Doctors assuming you’re not in as much pain as you claim to be, because your face isn’t twisted in agony.

Nah, doc. I’ve just learned to suppress the outer signs of my pain because of the society we live in.
That doesn’t mean you poking at my knee doesn’t feel like an actual fire poker shooting up through my leg.

But I guess you know my pain better than I do.

Magickal Glossary

Types of Magickal Energy

Magick is working with these energies to manifest change. There are 3 main sources of energy used in magick, ritual, + spiritual practices:

  • Personal Energy: The energy that resides within you and is emanated from your body.  Psychics see this energy as your aura.
  • Earth Energy: The energy that resides within trees, plants, rocks, etc.  Nature, including the four elements.
  • Divine Energy: Energy from the God-dess; Spirit, Universe, Unknown.

Goddess Archetypes

In the book “The White Goddess”, Robert Graves categorized the Divine Feminine into three aspects: Maiden, Mother, + Crone.  These three aspects, now known as The Triple Goddess, seek to classify Her many faces, aligning Her phases and power with the stages of a woman’s life. (There are, of course, a number of other archetypes and life phases - but for purposes, you will only need to be familiar with these three).

  • The Maiden is the first aspect of the Triple Goddess. In human age, her age is birth to early twenties.  She is the little girl blossoming into womanhood, the image of beauty and love. She is the discovery of femininity, sensuality, and sexuality.  The embodiment of youth, learning, playfulness, and new beginnings, the Maiden is the personification of Spring.
  • The Mother aspect of the Goddess is at the peak of power and life.  She is in control of her circumstances and her sexuality, and is usually mated.  She is the harvest, the representation of abundance and prosperity, and our true Earth Mother. She is the midwife and protector of children, whether or not they are hers. The Mother is strength, resilience, and the knowledge of womanhood.
  • The Crone is the Wise Woman, She of the Kept Blood (menopause).  She is the guide, the counselor, and the infinite teacher.  She brings us to Death in all its terrible fury, then holds and nurtures us as we are reborn.  She is the darkness of Winter, and teaches the power of intuition and how to see what is unseen.

The Elements

The four elements are the basic principles of magickal practice, and the foundation of all that exists.  Earth, Air, Fire and Water (Spirit) are the physical and spiritual components of the Universe and each are a force of energy which contributes to the existence of life.

Each element has a variety of correspondences, as well as emotional and physical manifestations.

  • EARTH – muladhara, kappa, root, grounding, prosperity, abundance, material blessings, money, security, nature, harvest, fertility, growth, silence, calm, rosemary, sandalwood, cedar, ginger, harmony, foot, balance, recovering, shavasana, healing, red jasper, hematite, smoky quartz, peace , plants + herbs, home, morality, protection, motherhood, silence, birth, death, mystery, structures, physical body, winter.
  • AIR – anahata, vata, intellect, wisdom, heart, lungs, arms, shoulders, memory, learning, knowledge, study, mental clarity, happiness, joy, sanguine, cheerfulness, emerald, jade, rose quartz, divination, frankincense, lavender, rosemary, uttanasana, bakasana, self-knowledge, confidence, vitality, energy, elemental air, artistic endeavors, magick, travel, speaking, writing. spring
  • FIRE – manipura,  pitta, passion, desire, transformation, sex, anger, protection, punishment, justice, law, banishing, rosewood, rosemary, frankincense, sandalwood, rose, amber, bergamot, juniper, citrine, tigers eye, myrrh, chamomile, spirits, success, legal matters, prophecy, oracles, independence, liver, pancreas, stomach, lung, adrenal gland, human digestive system, transmutation, healing, the arts, inspiration, authority, creating and destroying, summer
  • WATER – svadhishthana, pelvic, kidney, urinary bladder, genitals, prophecy, bālāsana, natarajasana, oracles, love, emotions, sleep, dreaming, meditation, friendships, relationships, serenity, peace, red raspberry leaf, motherwort, fennel, clary sage, marshmallow, rose, jasmine, calm, advice, counseling, sensuality, divination, intuition, autumn, acceptance, empathy, health and healing

With reverence, 

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I Give Up - part 1 (A Baekhyun Series)

Genre: fluff

Characters: Baekhyun X You/reader

Description: so Baekhyun comes into your parents dry cleaning shop. You were just trying to live. But Baekhyun is Baekhyun.

A/N: Pfffftttt, like I need another series. Christ. Alright guys, I love baek and he needs to get lucky so here a series for him. It’s gonna be smut later. This is just fluff for now.

I Give Up - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 , part 6 , part 7 , part 8 , part 9 , part 10 , part 11 , part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18, part 19, part 20, part 21, part 22





You repeated the words over and over, memorizing the sound of them on your mouth. You had a big test coming up for your Neurophysiology class and you were having some trouble keeping the parts of the pituitary straight.

“Adenohypophysis! Neurohypophysis! Hypophysis!!” You said with confidence, a little too loudly and you heard a sound. Someone behind you cleared their throat. You jumped and turned around quickly and saw a man standing at your counter wearing a face mask.

“Oh! You scared me!” You held a hand to your chest and exhaled.

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Essential Oil Benefits: Basil

Health Benefits: Relieves nausea, digestive tonic, treats cramps, indigestion, and cramps, relieves colds, influenza, and associated fevers, treats asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections, improves blood circulation, relieves depression, disinfects wounds and cuts, heals bladder infections, treats  nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, and migraines when used for aromatherapy, increases metabolism, soothes arthritis pain, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, and sprains, reduces inflammation, stimulates adrenal cortex and nervous system, boosts immune system, treats motion sickness, stimulates the appetite.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Related: Vitamin A, C, K, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, antispasmodic, antibacterial, analgesic, ophthalmic, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, antioxidant.

Beauty Benefits: Fixes dull looking hair and skin, calms irritated skin, treats oily hair.

Magickal Uses: Warding, astral projection, safe travelling spells, friendship spells, attraction, love spells, money spells, and protection.

Interesting Facts: European lore claims that it belongs to Satan and you must curse the ground as you plant it in order for it to grow properly. This is where the French idiom, “semer le basilic” “to sow the basil” came from, it refers to ranting.

Basil was used in English folk magic, like so many other things, to ward off harmful spells as well as to keep away pests.

Also, several sources say that if a gift of basil is given to a member of the opposite sex, he or she will fall deeply in love with the giver and be forever faithful. In Romania, this act is representative of an official engagement.

Orc Physiology Part 1: Brains and Brawns


Contrary to narrow-minded conjecture, a full-blooded orc’s brain is not deficient, and not lesser to a human’s. However, because of environmental pressures, orcs have evolved to grow more quickly than other races. By fourteen years of age, an orc is full grown, with fully developed musculature. This is far faster than their human counterparts, who’d be lucky to have a fully developed muscle system by eighteen, and can keep growing into their early twenties.

Once they’re strong enough, orcs are taught to wield an axe or blade, and put on the front lines of their constantly moving war machine. The young orc’s brain is still developing, but their dense muscles require a bigger portion of their nutrients be diverted from this development, and so neural growth lags.

By the time their brain is developed, the orc is in their late twenties, and often a veteran of multiple battles, assuming they haven’t died of violence before then.

An orc’s HPA axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) tends to be somewhat overactive at younger stages in life, meaning that orcs tend to be highly reactive. The upshot is that orcs react to danger much faster, and can sustain and regulate adrenaline surges for longer.

The drawback is the overactivity tends to result in surges of adrenaline in response to any potential danger, which makes it harder for a young orc to deescalate a volatile situation.

Further, the near constant adrenaline in their system can have negative impacts in the long-run, including muscle deterioration and cardiovascular strain in later years. By fifty years of age, an orc is considered very old, and living past sixty is almost unheard-of.


As mentioned, an orc’s physical development is greatly accelerated, relative to humans, and they typically reach over six feet in height and around two hundred and fifty pounds by the age of 13. These numbers vary by a lot, and the largest of orcs can reach just over seven feet in height.

Orcs are not only larger, but also relatively heavier than humans or elves. Much of this weight difference is in muscle.  This increase in raw muscle makes orcs bigger, bulkier, and far stronger. They lack the precise musculature that makes elves so coordinated, but make up for it in sheer power.

The additional muscle mass packed on during adolescence (which is usually from about age 9 to 13) is partially a result of the excessive androgenic steroids produced by their heightened adrenal system. The androgens have a relatively stronger impact on female orcs, who as a result grow to be about the same size and weight as male orcs, and are just as fearsome in battle.

Orcs feel pain as strongly as humans or elves do, but learn through years of brutal training to overcome it in order to fight on. This training, which nearly all orcs receive, coupled with heightened adrenal responses, means that most orcs do not go into shock when wounded, and keep fighting when others would be unconscious. This is a dangerous tactic, however, as going into system shock is actually a physiological defense mechanism. When orcs fight past the point that they should have collapsed, they run a high risk of dying before their body can repair itself.

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Ayano probably suffers some form of extremely rare neurological disorder where her brain’s chemical receptors have extreme insensitivity to the hormones dopamine, serotonin, adrenalin, cortisol, and norepinephrine, to the point where they can’t even detect the levels of these chemicals without the presence of testosterone, estrogen (responsible for lust) oxytocin, and vasopressin (responsible for emotional attachment).

Probably the reason the doctors were worried was because she had absolutely no fight-or-flight response. Her hypothalamus probably works just fine, it’s the chemical receptors that are fucked up in the amygdala and lymphatic vessels, not the release system. Her adrenal glands do not release adrenaline without the four chemicals stated above. They literally can’t receive the signal properly.

The result: Extreme, sudden, emotional attachment to the first person she finds sexually attractive, confusing love, lust, and just the ability to feel and receive certain signals, causing her entire focus to revolve around him. Without her love, she only feels just enough to know that she feels empty.

Obviously, there should be some other effects as well, considering that a good chunk of her brain, lymph system, and nervous system don’t receive hormones properly as a result of being malformed. It may have affected her ability to feel pain and hunger, differentiate hot and cold, and lead to frequent, undetected illness as a result.

Her immune system would also be non-existent because of the abnormalities in her lymphatic and nervous system. She would never live a normal life. She would become severely ill from vaccines. She would get the flu every single year, and would never build up an immunity to anything.

Wait. How is she not completely paralyzed due to her body’s severe insensitivity to some signals from the brain? How is it only confined to some parts of her nervous and lymphatic system and not others? How is she even alive? How has her family line even carried on this long, considering that this is genetic?!

I have questions.


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Did you know Uddiyana Bandha is the ultimate remedy for abdominal and stomach ailments, from constipation to indigestion. It stimulates your digestive juices, thus increasing your metabolism, and tones your overworked abdominal organs. It also balances the adrenal system, relieving stress, lethargy and tension. And best of all, it is the sure fire way to get flat washboard abs without ever doing any crunches.

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Query Response: “Fear Toxin Combined with SSRIs and MAOIs”, recorded by Jonathan Crane, MD-PhD.


brownchickendog said: Out of pure curiosity, what happens when you mix fear toxin and depression, considering that one is a stimulus and one is a depressant. On the same topic, what about fear toxin and anxiety?

mortalorder said: How would anxiety medications, SSRI’s for example, affect the results of your fear toxins?

consulting-time-hobbit asked: Dr. Crane, is fear toxin’s reaction an endothermic or exothermic one?

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@chocolatemilklesbian giiiiiiiiiiiiirl the whole company is crooked as fuck. my main issue w them (aside from the fact that their ingredients and formulations are lazy and shitty) is the fact that they have been involved in multiple lawsuits for including undisclosed ingredients in their products, most notably being highly addictive, prescription strength steroids like triamcinolone acetonide (in some cases this was reported to be included at higher than prescription dosage, causing permanent damage to skin and adrenal systems of the ppl who used the products for a prolonged period of time) and hydrocortisone, all while marketing their products as “botanical” and safe for everyday use. ppl reported severe withdrawal symptoms when they tried to stop using mario badescu products, and some even developed steroid induced injuries like cataracts, abnormal cortisol levels, glaucoma, etc. the fact that this company is still even allowed to sell shit makes me so angry

kadefz  asked:

Hi there. How are you? I'm 30 and I really feel old lately. It's kinda surreal that you'll end up 40 and bulging next time. I just wanna hit ya w/this one: how can one spend time being creative even if he has no skills yet? What can he draw or paint?

hi! at the moment of writing this, I’m exhausted/overwhelmed but also rejuvenated/excited. had a really potent reconnection with an old friend and we talked about trauma, art making, and what it feels like to be a non-male artist in 2016.  

I can understand why you’re feeling that way - the culture we live in places so much emphasis on personal success in correlation w/ one’s age (as though life is this linear track?? I think that has deep roots in capitalist templates of “success” and correlating the expenditure of your labor w/ your degree of worth and all these other fucked up ideological constructs) - it all adds up to a lot of degrading & ageist pressure that gets internalized. I see it happening to a lot of people, my loved ones, I often feel this rotting pit panic of feeling useless as an artist w/i the context of globalized hyper-capitalism, etc- and it’s really shitty. 

but then at the same time, those things are so real in their tangible influence and presence- plus life is a pretty intense and physically exhausting experience –so it’s also very valid to feel tired and drained. which is why creativity can often feel like this impossible and/or non-essential ‘if i had the time/talent’ type activity. and that’s where I think this culture we live in also strips everyone of the very real need for creativity in one’s balanced life. creativity is presented as this hobby-like use of time that you only have access to if you have the skill-sets / “talent”. I would argue that creativity is as valid a form of self-care as say, physically exercising and talking. 

I have this theory that creative expression and output is a way of your body digesting & processing reality. your adrenal system fights for your immune system, your kidneys + bladder release waste as urine, your digestive system processes nutrients and expels waste. well, your mind needs to do the same. you need to let out the feelings/ideas/numbness/everything so that it doesn’t clog up your mind, become repressed, and then show up in inner/outwardly destructive ways. start small and literally ERASE the notion from your mind that you need to know how to draw or how to paint in order to be creative. write down the first word that comes to your head upon waking. draw something with your eyes closed. listen to music on your next walk and imagine you are the music video. micro formats of creativity open up new ideas and stretch your mind in new ways, then it takes a life of its own/grows its own pair of wings/expresses your individual essence. no one has ever experienced life as you and that is an absolute truth. it’s destructive to believe you have nothing to contribute or to express or to add. 

TIP: look up Kerri Smith’s work on creativity, also read some Lynda Barry 

this is cheesy as hell but creativity lives in every person w/ a heart + mind + soul. the dominant culture has done a very effective job of convincing everyone otherwise and this has, effectively, atrophied the creative confidence in so many people. start undoing the damage! you’re capable. 

Herb of the Week-Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Common names

Easter Flower
Hartshorn Plant
Pasque Flower
Prairie Smoke
Wild Crocus

Pulsatilla (botanical name Anemone pulsatilla) is a perennially growing herb that grows up to a height of about 18 inches and is swathed with silky bristles or hairs. This plant bears leaves that are delicately divided and produces a single light violet flower having yellow stamens. These stamens develop into downy seed heads when the flowers have withered.

The pasqueflower (also spelt as pasque flower) is a forerunner of spring and has been named so since it blooms during the Easter all through most of its range. In a number of regions in the West as well as Midwest, this plant is also called the prairie smoke. The reason behind giving this name to the plant is that long after the flower blossomed and the fruit head has matured, the elongated hair-like threads which are attached to the fruits become silken as well as feathery. When the wind gusts blow these feather-like tails, ensuing outcome gives a false impression of smoke traversing the prairie. This plant is also known as the wild crocus, which indicates the role of the plant as being a harbinger of spring. The Latin name of the species patens refers to the dispersing manner of the plant’s petals akin to sepals. Since the pasqueflower more often than not produces two flowering stems, the Dakota Sioux Indians have given the plant a name which when literally translated into English implies ‘twinflower’.

In the terms of flowers, the windflower is said to be abandoned. According to myths, the envious Greek goddess Flora transformed the nymph Anemone into a windflower at what time she had drawn the attention of her husband Zephyr. In turn, he deserted Anemone, discarding her to be blown by the wind. It is also said that this flower originated from the blood of Adonis, while the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite wailed over his slain body.

It has been documented that some Indians discovered a number of realistic uses of pulsatilla. These native Indians jammed their nose with the sepals of the plant to facilitate in stopping bleeding. In addition, they also mashed the leaves of the plant and applied it topically to ease rheumatic pains.

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  • Granola friend: Love the body you live in!
  • Me: If my body were another person this would be an abusive relationship and you would tell me to leave that negativity behind, make up your mind Dakota.
The adrenal system reacts to stress by releasing hormones that make us alert and reactive. The problem is the adrenal system can’t tell what’s a regular case of nerves and what’s real impending disaster.

The body doesn’t know the difference between nerves and excitement, panic and doubt, the beginning and the end. The body just tells you to get the hell out. Sometimes you ignore it. That’s the reasonable thing to do but sometimes you listen. You’re supposed to trust your gut, right? When your body says run…run.
—  My favourite greys anatomy quote
Are you going to eat more fruits, vegetables and herbs in 2014?

Grapes ~ Lymphatic system
Parsley ~ Adrenals
Celery ~ Bones
Watermelon ~ Kidneys
Cherries ~ Blood
Oranges ~ Arteries
Dandelion ~ Teeth
Cabbage ~ Colon
Carrots ~ Eyes
Wheat grass ~ Body odors
Spinach ~ Muscles
Blueberries ~ Brain
Watercress ~ Lungs
Apples ~ Capillaries
Ginger ~ Circulation
Lemons ~ Weight loss
Turmeric ~ Anti inflammatory
Cilantro ~ Detox
Coconut ~ Energy
Broccoli ~ Anti cancer
Kale ~ Minerals
Cucumber ~ Skin
Fennel ~ Bad breath
Dill ~ Mucus dissolver
Raspberries ~ Female reproductive glands
Blackberries ~ Male reproductive glands
Beets ~ Liver
Cinnamon ~ Blood sugar
Lettuce ~ Nerves

Can You Dig It? ;D

-Dan McDonald

New Sick, Tired, and Alone video!

Tips for surviving NaNoWriMo with chronic illnesses!

Would any of my Spoonie friends with a gastric feeding tube (preferably a G-J button) be willing to let me ask them some questions about it?

My main character has severe Gastroparesis, and I want the information to be as accurate as possible.

There’s plenty of info out there about having a feeding tube, and how to use it, but my character is shown getting her’s placed, and I can’t find much info about what happens while still in the hospital after the surgery.

periwinklepjm  asked:

How can I help myself de-stress? At the moment I have exams coming up and I can't help but get anxious the point where it is really consuming and I find myself messing up even the smallest of instances, even with material I already know and topics I have revised over countless times. I think I am just exhausting myself by worrying so much but I don't know how to make it cease. How can I make it stop and what makes me so anxious all the time, as others around me are not? Thank you x

Firstly, one thing I have noticed from students is that they can be good actors sometimes. They don’t want others to know they are nervous, anxious, or whatever. Especially in competitive scholastic environments. So just because it doesn’t seem like others aren’t anxious, it doesn’t mean they aren’t. 

Secondly, it’s okay to feel a little nervous. However, it becomes a problem when your anxiety interferes with your ability to function. The focus shouldn’t be on getting rid of your feelings but rather finding a harmony such that you can still perform to your best ability. With that will come confidence. 

Lastly, daily meditation is your friend. Don’t just meditate when times are tough and you are anxious. Meditating daily will help you find a peace and clarity that is independent of when times are good or bad. Anxiety and stress impair your ability to access working memory and impede higher orders of thought. By calming down and refocusing, you will give yourself a better state of mind with which to work. 

A few things to explore:

  1. Be true to the material and the subjects, not your desired outcomes. Everyone wants an A and doesn’t want a low grade. Yet fixation on the outcome of your exams will only create tension and fear inside of you. Instead, focus on taking a more in-depth interest in the material. Get to know it.
  2. Self care is a must. How your body feels is a major player in how confident you feel in your studies. Take time in the mornings and evenings to stretch. This can be very important when you are sitting and studying so often. In the evenings, find some relaxing activities you can do. Trade massages with a friend, take an epsom salt bath if you have a bath or even just soak your feet in a warm bucket of epsom salt water. Make sure you are eating enough and right, as stress can cause us to crave sugars due to the effect on our adrenal system. Again, meditation. A guided meditation may also help you to relax. 
  3. Don’t judge yourself based on outcomes but measure yourself on how thoroughly you prepared. A score is just a score. We are in the habit of using scores as a means to measure a person’s capability but it is by no means an actual reflection of that person. It is but a measure in time. I received a B- in organic chemistry my first semester and an A- the second semester. The grade isn’t a judicial sentence on who you are and what your limits can be. It is merely an indicator of your preparedness meeting the unknown of the exam. Relax into the unknown over which you have no control and keep yourself focused on what you can control: preparing. 
  4. This is battle. Don’t get hung up on feeling comfortable. Care for yourself and be prepared but don’t expect the entire process to feel good. Battle is not comfortable and we must be ready to improvise and adapt. Don’t take feelings of discomfort to be signs of your own weakness. Knowing the discomfort is temporary, meet it head on. 

In the end, a grade may be a grade but how you meet your anxiety and inner limits can be a great opportunity to transform yourself for when you go through this again in the future. 

Namaste my friend. Best of luck :)