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ARCHIVED DAILY MESSAGES
FROM DR. STANDLEY
MARCH 2009

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[Posted 10:30 AM EDT - Tuesday morning, 03/31/2009]

LET'S GO CRAZY FOLKS!

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Mazel Tov!

Well last week with the Leo/Leo's was just fantabulous. If you read a few of my Daily Messages last week then you know that Kirsten from Nashville and Leslie from Seattle came for a visit. Kirsten stayed the weekend and then turned into a pumpkin on Monday and had to go home. The rest of the week Leslie and I hung out together and then we drove to Nashville Thursday evening to see Kirsten. By Friday afternoon I was back on the road and headed North to Champaign, Illinois to hang out with my brother Tom for weekend. As usual, he and I hit another one out of the ballpark! In fact, when we saw each other in his kitchen yesterday morning (Monday) drinking coffee he said, "Thank God it's Monday!" then we fell out laughing. Folks, I have had one whirlwind of a Life over the past nine days, which includes the past two weekends. I don't even know where to begin, except to tell you that I've had a blast living on a wing and a prayer. I'll admit, there was about an 8-hour period through the entire nine days that I could have lived without . . but oh well, all in all, it was AWESOME and I'd put another quarter in the slot and play it all again.

I did find out something very interesting about myself over these last nine days and that is I am a seriously unserious person. I always thought I was serious enough for everyone but as it turns out, that's not me at all. I just want to have fun . . I just want to go a little crazy . . I just want to laugh my 'Rumpelstiltskin' off and maybe lose a few pounds in the process. (hehehe, winky wink) I know that flying by the seat of my pants is my typical mode of transport but I really didn't think I was that . . uh-hem . . . FLIGHTY! I found out that I am! Even though I'm on my own spiritual progression path, I don't feel the need to have serious ethereal conversations every minute or try to decode the Universe every time a stick falls out of the tree in my path. I think about the stick, I contemplate the stick but I don't need to talk about the stick. I like just being with the stick. I enjoy watching Life unfold and being plunked right in the middle of it. I enjoy waking up in the morning hearing my musical DLGs (Downloads from God) and then dancing to the song in my underwear while I make my morning coffee or tea, depending on which side of my Gemini self wins in the coffee/tea war. Kirsten and Leslie found out, yeah, I really do sing and dance out the musical DLG. Then when Spirit moves me, I type it out.

Leslie and I had never met in person until we saw each other at the airport. Kirsten and I had met one other time in Nashville for dinner and we all met through my website. I told Leslie that when I saw her at the airport I was going to wear a really short pink tennis skirt, my black four inch elf boots, white socks, my Mr. Magoo rubber glasses that have absolutely no glass in them and run to her in slow-motion yelling, Lessssslieeeeeee! I was going to create a big airport scene. When Leslie and I saw each other, I had on my four inch black elf boots, white socks, the pink tennis skirt, the Mr. Magoo glasses and a cowboy hat. Leslie came around the corner in a pink tutu and then we ran toward each other in slow-motion yelling each others name in slow motion. By the way, the four inch black elf boots look really cute with jeans. I just Love silly nonsense and I don't care what anyone thinks. Let's just say the traveler's in the airport had a few moments of free entertainment and got a real chuckle.

Since I ride a bicycle for transportation, it was necessary that Leslie and I rent a car to drive to Nashville on Thursday. Everytime we were in slow-mo behind a car, I would yell out in a really loud harsh masculine way, "JUST GOOOOOOOOO!" and then we would fall out laughing until we cried. You have to hear it to know that it is meant to be seriously funny and not seriously serious. And then the car would gently move out of our way. We sang to every song whether it was Good or bad and laughed hysterically.

The day before Leslie and I drove to Nashville we went to the music store and I bought a guitar. Remember at the beginning of the year I said that my New Year's resolutions were about learning something new? I had on my list - 1) learn the Greek Alphabet - 2) learn Sign Language and - 3) learn to play the guitar. So Leslie and I went to buy the guitar. I bought a deep passionate crimson red acoustic guitar and a canvas carrying case that I could wear across my back. I told Leslie that I was going to go to the airport with my guitar on my back and just wander around like a traveling musician and be cool. Oh, don't think I won't do it! Actually, when I was little girl my dad wanted me to play the banjo. So I called my dad and told him that I just bought a guitar and then once I mastered the guitar I was going to learn how to play the banjo and live his dream. Now I need to find someone to give me lessons. Any takers?

When I woke up this morning hearing, "Let's Go Crazy!" by Prince first, I thought about seeing him in concert and wished I hadn't (too many silly costume changes) . . . and then second I thought of how seriously unserious I really am. Even though I admit, I am a confrontational person which can seem pretty dang serious at times, I just want to confront it, get on with it and then go have fun. Seriousness needs to get pretty dang fun, pretty dang fast with me because I will leave you behind if you need to sit there too long. I'm okay with you sitting there but you would also need to be okay with me moving on. Oh I just Love that about me! I don't want directed fun, structured fun, arranged fun, planned fun or organized fun because that just doesn't sound fun to me. Where's the crazy? Where's the spontaneity? Where's the surprise? Where's the juice? Where's let go and let God? Like I always tell the Virgo's, "If you want to direct and organize fun, then get a job on cruise ship and become the Activities Director." I'd like to know that a massive number of you are out there throwing caution to the wind, simply choosing to be happy, living comfortably in your own skin, letting go, letting God and saying, "What the hell, let's just go crazy!"

LET'S GO CRAZY
by Prince
[Lyrics are below the video]

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here 2 tell u
There's something else
The afterworld

A world of never ending happiness
U can always see the sun, day or night

So when u call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
U know the one - Dr. Everything'll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

'Cuz in this life
Things are much harder than in the afterworld
In this life
You're on your own

And if de-elevator tries 2 bring u down
Go crazy - punch a higher floor

If u don't like the world you're living in
Take a look around u
At least u got friends

U see I called my old lady
4 a friendly word
She picked up the phone
Dropped it on the floor
(ah, ha) is all I heard

Are we gonna let de-elevator
Bring us down
Oh, no Let's Go!

Let's go crazy
Let's get nuts
Let's look 4 the purple banana
'Til they put us in the truck, let's go!

We're all excited
But we don't know why
Maybe it's cuz
We're all gonna die

And when we do (When we do)
What's it all 4 (What's it all 4)
U better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door

Tell me, are we gonna let de-elevator bring us down
Oh, no let's go!

Let's go crazy
Let's get nuts
Look 4 the purple banana
'Til they put us in the truck, let's go!

C'mon baby
Let's get nuts
Yeah
Crazy

Let's go crazy

Are we gonna let de-elevator bring us down
Oh, no let's go!
Go crazy

I said let's go crazy (Go crazy)
Let's go, let's go
Go
Let's go

Dr. Everything'll be alright
Will make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and dafodills will kill
Hang tough children

He's coming
He's coming
Coming

Take me away!

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

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 10:30 AM EDT - Wednesday morning, 03/25/2009]

MAZEL TOV!

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, All I Wanted Was . . .

On Saturday afternoon, it couldn't have been ten minutes of Kirsten and Leslie arriving at my place when three glasses were broken. Kirsten and Leslie are the Leo/Leo's who came to visit this week. Kirsten is from Nashville and Leslie is from Seattle. They were wrestling around in my small breakfast bistro area off the kitchen, just as you would imagine two little kittens would do, rolling into a ball when the crash happened. The three glasses (mine, Kirsten's and Leslie's) all shattered on the ground and splayed everywhere and then we started laughing.

Once we gathered our wits, we walked up a couple of blocks from my place to go to dinner. We broke another glass at our table in the restaurant. After that we walked across the street for a cocktail and broke another glass. On the way back to my place we stopped by my friend Steve and Cherie's house and broke another glass. Each glass became funnier and funnier. Then this morning, I broke another glass. So what's with all the breaking of the glass?

There are many interpretations why there is 'breaking of the glass' at a Jewish Wedding and then the guests shout "Mazel Tov!" or "Siman Tov!" which means, "Good Luck!, Congratulations, Best Wishes and Good Fortune." Below are various other interpretations:

Emotion: Breaking of the glass is a reminder that there will be great joy as well as sadness.

Fragility: Breaking of the glass shows the fragility of a relationship that must constantly be cared for so as not to break it.

Fruitful: Breaking of the glass symbolizes the hope that one's life will be as wonderfully plentiful as the shards of glass in areas of abundance, children, joy, money, etc.

Hymen: Breaking of the glass symbolizes the breaking of the hymen thereby consummating the marriage.

Longevity of Marriage: Breaking of the glass symbolizes the couple is forever changed (longevity) as they take on a new form.

Superstitious: Breaking of the glass is a loud noise that is said to drive away bad spirits.

Temple: Breaking of the glass serves as a reminder of the tragedies of the Jewish people and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Unity: Breaking of the glass is a reminder of the singularity of each individual person and unity of the world (each of us) as a collective whole.

At the rate Kirsten, Leslie and myself are going with all the broken glass it certainly appears that our friendship is going to last a lifetime and we can look forward to many happy returns. Leslie and I leave tomorrow morning for the weekend to visit Kirsten in Nashville and I guarantee the next glass the three of us break, we are definitely going to shout out, "Mazel Tov!"

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

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 11:30 AM EDT - Tuesday morning, 03/24/2009]

ALL I WANTED WAS . . .

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, I'm On My Way

The last several days have been absolutely phenomenal with Kirsten and Leslie in town. If you read yesterday's Daily Message then you know that Kirsten and Leslie are both Leo/Leo's who came to visit me. Kirsten left home for Nashville yesterday afternoon and Leslie is still here with me. Thursday morning Leslie and I will then drive down to Nashville and stay with Kirsten in her fair city until Sunday. Leslie will then fly back to Seattle from Nashville and I will drive back to St. Louis. Thursday evening, Kirsten, Leslie and I plan to do a Fire Ceremony to welcome in the fantabulous New Moon in Aries and kick off our individual and collective 'new beginnings'.

When I wrote yesterday's Daily Message Kirsten and Leslie went for a walk so they didn't see the process that I go through when I face one of these musical DLGs. It's ALWAYS a very emotional and sensational experience for me (and often times melodramatic) whether or not you can sense it on your end of the computer. These musical DLGs are very personal and always seem to go right for my jugular vein. Once I share the song with you, my intention is that you take away what is Good for you and not for you to decipher and decode me. In other words, figure out your own dang self.

When I woke up to this morning's musical DLG (Download from God) called, "All You Wanted" by Michelle Branch Leslie was in the perfect position to witness the entire process of this writing and saw the full picture of what I go through when I'm hit with one of these songs. It can be quite overwhelming for me as I converse outloud with God on what I will and won't write. He and I always seem to wrestle in my mind before I agree to write what needs to be said and we are both happy.

When I heard this musical DLG there was this huge sense of naked exposure and at the same time I felt completely understood by Leslie (and Kirsten) even though Kirsten wasn't here this morning. It's such a wonderful feeling to know there are actually two people on the planet who have physically experienced my world on bicycles and on foot who have seen the world through my eyes and when I do decide to close the lid on this computer, they can also see where I go when I'm gone.

ALL YOU WANTED
by Michelle Branch
[Lyrics are below the video]

I wanted to be like you
I wanted everything
So I tried to be like you
And I got swept away

I didn't know that it was so cold
And you needed someone
to show you the way
So I took your hand and we figured out
That when the tide comes
I'd take you away

If you want to
I can save you
I can take you away from here
So lonely inside
So busy out there
And all you wanted
was somebody who cares

I'm sinking slowly
So hurry hold me
Your hand is all I have to keep me hanging on
Please can you tell me
So I can finally see
Where you go when you're gone

If you want to
I can save you
I can take you away from here
So lonely inside
So busy out there
And all you wanted
was somebody who cares

All you wanted was somebody who cares
If you need me you know I'll be there
Oh, yeah

If you want to
I can save you
I can take you away from here
So lonely inside
So busy out there
And all you wanted
was somebody who cares

Please can you tell me
So I can finally see
Where you go when you're gone

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

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

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[Posted 12:30 PM EDT - Monday afternoon, 03/23/2009]

I'M ON MY WAY

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, The Art of Self-Control

I've been swimming in ethereal la-la-land since Saturday afternoon. Two of my friends, Kirsten from Nashville, TN and Leslie from Seattle, WA came to visit and stay with me here in St. Louis. The most interesting part of this scene is I have only met Kirsten once in person. And I'd never met Leslie in person until Saturday. We became friends after I had written their Natal Chart and then I introduced Kirsten and Leslie to each other through e-mail. These two girls are indeed unique as they are both a Leo Sun with a Leo Rising and a North Node in Leo. Now if I've written your Natal Chart, then you know what this means in astrological years. These two girls are as old as a soul can get here on the planet and this is their last run. That's 144 lifetimes, which is a very Biblical number when you think about it. Everyone wants to be an old soul, lots of people are told they are an old soul, but quite frankly, not everyone is. That's just the Truth and the information is in the Natal Chart.

Leslie and Kirsten have become very close friends since that e-mail introduction and have even gone on vacation together, camped and hang-glided, not to mention these two girls are nuttier than a fruitcake. They have really embraced the sunny disposition and goofiness that a Leo is meant to be. It's truly a special gift to see these two Leo/Leo's living life in a child-like state of wonder, amusement and enthusiasm. This should be expected from a Leo, who rules the 5th house of amusement parks, fun, laughter, children, pleasure, joy and bliss. I find it so interesting that God has put the oldest sign of the zodiac in charge of this 5th house of pleasure and children.

I remember my daughter Karmen (a Leo) telling me that the older we get, the more we revert back to a child-like state. As babies we used a walker; many of us will end up with walkers once again. We couldn't walk when we came into the world; many of us will leave this world unable to walk again. We didn't have teeth when we came into this world; many of us will leave without our teeth. We had to be fed as babies; many of us will probably have to be fed again. Many of us will even end up in adult diapers. Karmen is a nurse and works in geriatrics. As a Leo, Karmen migrated to a career where she works with the oldest of God's children on the planet. It's true, we come full circle in so many ways.

This morning my musical DLG (Download from God) was "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue. I was laying there with tears streaming down my face listening to this song play beautifully between my ears as the two Leo cubbies (Kirsten and Leslie) slept on. The conversations we have had since their arrival have just been out of this world, meaning they have been completely "Home" based. When I use the word "Home" I'm talking about being back in spirit with God; back where we belong. My mission and purpose in Life is to do whatever I am supposed to do here in order to live 'There'. Kirsten and Leslie's presence in my living space has reminded me of where Home really is.

As I listen to the song below, it was as if God and I were singing back and forth to each other. I placed in red where God was singing to me and where I was singing back to God. Enjoy the song!

HOME SWEET HOME
by Motley Crue~
[Lyrics are below the video]

[Me to God]
You know I'm a dreamer
But my heart's of gold
I had to run away high
So I wouldn't come home low

[God to me]
Just when things went right
Doesn't mean they were always wrong
Just take this song and you'll never feel
Left all alone

[God to me]
Take me to your heart
Feel me in your bones
Just one more night
[Me to God]
And I'm comin' off this
Long and winding road

[Me to God]
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
Home sweet Home
Tonight, tonight
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
Home sweet Home

[Me to God]
You know that I've seen
Too many romantic dreams
Up in lights, fallin' off the silver screen

[Me to God]
My heart's like an open book
For the whole world to read
Sometimes nothing keeps me together at the seams

[Me to God]
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
Home sweet Home
Tonight, tonight
I'm on my way
Just set me free
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

[Me to God] I'm on my way
I'm on my way
Home Sweet Home
Yeah
I'm on my way
Just set me free
Home Sweet Home

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

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[Posted 11:30 AM EDT - Friday morning, 03/20/2009]

THE ART OF SELF-CONTROL

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Don't Tell Me You Can't Do It

On a weekly basis it is routine for me to go to a cultural, artistic or sporting event. In fact, it is perfectly normal for me to go to all three in one week, every single week. I typically go to the St. Louis Symphony every Friday night (sometimes on a Saturday night) and then I catch a musical, opera or play at one of the many other venues here in St. Louis. I also like going to the St. Louis Science Center or the St. Louis Art Museum to see the latest exhibit. Right now their main exhibit is the Ming Dynasty. I go to EVERYTHING folks! Then if there is a hockey game, then I'll paint my face blue and go see the St. Louis Blues play because I BLEED BLUE! During Rams football or Cardinals baseball season, then I'll go to those games too. And you know how much I Love rock concerts!

Wednesday night I went to see 'Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy' that was direct from Broadway at The Fabulous Fox Theater. Cirque Dreams has an international cast of 25 soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians set in a fantastical jungle with incredible visual effects. Last month I went to another venue and saw Pilobolus which is a dance theater with dancers and contortionists as well. The week before that I went to see the Kansas City Ballet who was performing here in St. Louis.

When the lights came on for intermission during 'Cirque Dreams' I turned to my friend and said, "Dang, I don't think I do anything with that much self-control." We talked about the level of patience, dedication and committment it takes to do what they do and the amount of time and energy it takes to perform at that level. I sat there quietly mulling over the art of self-control in all of the things that I enjoy going to every week. Okay, so maybe at the hockey games they lose control and start fighting (winky wink) but it still takes committment and dedication to perform at that level.

I guess if I were asked what motivates my spirit to do what I do, my first answer would be that I am self-motivating because I do what I Love and will only do it if I Love it. My second answer would be that I get my motivation and inspiration from performers and athletes who have more self-control than me. You know what they say, "If you are going to learn how to play golf, then play with someone better than you." I may not be able to do anything that these performers or athletes do but by golly when it comes to my line of work with this website and the internet as a whole, then I am committed to play hard and strong with the big boys. Now that I think about it, I suppose there is a high level of self-control in there somewhere.

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

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[Posted 10:30 AM EDT - Monday morning, 03/16/2009]

DON'T TELL ME YOU CAN'T DO IT

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, How to Beat the South Node

There are oodles of reasons why I probably woke up to this morning's musical DLG (Download from God). Friday afternoon my brother Jerry who is my concert lovin', air guitar playin' brother called to let me know that our favorite rock band Def Leppard will be coming to St. Louis this summer and the band Poison (another fave band) will be their opening act, with special guest Cheap Trick. It's almost too Good to be true! All three bands together! When he told me I nearly jumped out of my pants and screamed as if I'd just seen Joe Elliott up close and personal. Joe Elliott is the lead singer of Def Leppard and I always think he is singing directly to me. Jerry and I started singing and screaming lyrics back and forth like rock stars. You'd of thought the concert was this weekend! Oh you betcha, we're going to that concert.

If you are the type of person who sits down during a rock concert, then Jerry and I are the two people in front of you who won't sit down and dance the entire time. Actually, we NEVER EVER get regular seating because we're concert dancers and we are very sensitive to the rock concert experience for one and for all, even those who aren't as . . . . ummmmm, let's say . . . . . as animated as Jerry and I. We always get lawn tickets and spread out the blanket. The last time I saw Def Leppard in concert was with my brothers Jerry (Sagittarius) and Sam (Gemini) after we spent the whole day floating on the river.

Rick Allen from Def Leppard

Some of you may remember Rick Allen (the one armed drummer) of Def Leppard who had a complete amputation of his left arm after a horrific car accident. In Rick's rage of playing cat and mouse with another car, Rick passed the car and didn't see the sharp turn ahead and lost control of his car. Rick was thrown into a nearby field with his left arm detached which was severed by his seat belt. His girlfriend was still strapped to her seat and uninjured while the car rested upside down. Miraculously a passing motorist was a nurse and helped at the scene. Of course that was no accident.

As it turns out, Rick's band mates would not move forward without him playing drums and Rick was just as committed to playing again. Amazingly enough, just 2 years and 9 months later the band released their biggest selling album to date called, Hysteria, with Rick Allen playing drums, which sold over 15 million copies. As you watch and listen to the video below, remain keenly aware of the drummer and how he's adapted with one arm and both feet. I know today's musical DLG isn't about the lyrics, it's about the man, Rick Allen. Folks, all I'm saying is . . . don't tell me you can't do it.

HYSTERIA
by Def Leppard
[Lyrics are below the video]

Out of touch
Out of reach, yeah
You could try to get closer to me
I'm in love
I'm in deep, yeah
Hypnotized
I'm shakin' to my knees

I gotta know tonight
If you're alone tonight
Can't stop this feeling
Can't stop this fire

I get hysterical
Hysteria
Oh, can you feel it (Oh can you feel it)
Do you believe it (Do you believe it)
It's such a magical mysteria
When you get that feelin' (When you get that feelin')
Better start believin (Better start believin')
Cause it's a miracle
Say you will, ooh babe
Hysteria when you're near

Out of me
Into you, yeah
You could hide
it's just a one way street
Oh, I believe I'm in you, yeah
Open wide, that's right
Dream me off my feet
Oh, believe in me

I gotta know tonight
If you're alone tonight
Can't stop this feelin'
Can't stop this fire
Oh

I get hysterical
Hysteria
Oh, can you feel it (Oh can you feel it)
Do you believe it (Do you believe it)
It's such a magical mysteria
When you get that feelin' (When you get that feelin')
Better start believin (Better start believin')
Cause it's a miracle
Say you will
Ooh babe
Hysteria when you're near

Come on

I gotta know tonight
If you're alone tonight
Can't stop this feelin'
Can't stop this fire

I get hysterical
Hysteria
Oh can you feel it (Oh can you feel it)
Do you believe it (Do you believe it)
It's such a magical mysteria
When you get that feelin',(When you get that feelin')
Better start believin,(Better start believin')
Cause it's a miracle, oh say you will,
Oh babe (Oh can you feel it)
Oh babe (Do you believe it)
Oh (I get hysterical)
Hysterical (Hysteria)
Hysteria (When you get that feelin')
You better believe it (Better start believin')
'Cause it's a miracle
Say you will
Oh baby
Say you will

(Get closer to me)
Get closer, baby
Baby
Closer (closer)
Closer (get closer)
Closer to me

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

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[Posted 11:30 PM EDT - Thursday night, 03/12/2009]

HOW TO BEAT THE SOUTH NODE

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Grace Period of Change

It's no secret that I have a South Node in Pisces. Now remember, the South Node is the drain, the bottomless pit or the hole in your chart. You can put as much energy as you want into this drain or hole but the energy will fall right through it. In other words, there is no plug. It's just like a hole in your pocket. So how can you beat the South Node? This is where you say, "Focus on the North Node!"

Okay, you talked me into it. I'll use me as an example. As I have so often told you before, when the Sun moves over your South Node, then that is the most challenging month for you. It is 'the most' draining and exhausting time of the year. It's almost like you can't win. Some of you may remember last year (March 2008) I wrote to you that when the Sun moves into Pisces this year (2009) then I'm going to run away, take the entire month off, lay on a beach and do nothing. Alright, so I changed my mind. Well, it's because I intuitively decided to beat my South Node. I'm very lucky when it comes to my South Node because it sets off several Grand Trines at once which increases my intuition. March is fantabulous for me when it comes to intuition. At the same time, during the Sun in Pisces, my intuition can literally drain the life out of me if I don't get a handle on it. I end up tapping into things I have no business tapping into. So what's a girl to do?

Well, if the answer to beat the South Node is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS to focus on the North Node, then okay. Since my South Node is Pisces, then my North Node has to be its opposite sign (Virgo), which is the sign that rules healthcare, fitness, nutrition, food and hygiene. Anything that is routine or done on a daily basis is ruled by Virgo. It's no surprise that I migrated to healthcare as a career. In my early 20's I also worked in several healthcare clubs as a trainer and aerobics instructor. I've always been active, energetic and fairly athletic. So last month during the Sun in Aquarius I decided to take my own advice once the Sun moved into Pisces because I didn't want my energy drained. Incidentally, the Sun is in Pisces until March 20, 2009, which means it is moving over (transiting) my South Node in Pisces until March 20, 2009.

As many of you know from my writings, I ride my bicycle 16 miles a day (2 laps around the park) and I practice yoga daily but that's not enough when dealing with the Sun in Pisces moving over my South Node in Pisces. Not to mention I have a North Node that's basically HEALTHCARE! So my brother Sam (Gemini) has been nudging me for several months toward doing this insane extreme workout called P90X that you see on the infomercials which transforms you into a ripped lean muscular machine in just 90 days. He became a ripped lean muscular machine in 90 days, so why not me too? When the Pisces Sun hit, then I hit the P90X workouts. After all, working out is ALL VIRGO ENERGY. In this way, I was putting more energy into my North Node and not my South Node. I took this Pisces energy and flipped it completely over like a pancake. P90X is definitely an E-X-T-R-E-M-E workout but Virgo is a very extreme, methodical, perfectionistic, Type-A and regimented sign anyway, so taking it to my North Node and to the E-X-T-R-E-M-E is about as Virgo as it gets. It couldn't have been a better choice in dealing with this Pisces Sun. It goes without saying that I should be a picture of health being that it is my career. And as I have written into your Natal Chart, if you focus on your North Node, you cannot fail because your cup runneth over.

Interestingly enough, the more energy I put into my North Node Virgo, even during this Pisces Sun, the more physical energy I have, not to mention I have had more business opportunities during this time. After all, Pisces rules Gemini's 10th house of career and I am a Gemini. Folks, it is absolutely incredible how different and easy things will turn out when you just focus on your North Node.

If you want to get a Good idea of what your North Node rules, then just click on the Astrology button in the left column and then you will see the column turn black with tons of links. Look for the rulerships for the sign of your North Node.

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

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[Posted 10:45 PM EDT - Tuesday evening, 03/10/2009]

GRACE PERIOD OF CHANGE

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Amazing Grace

This mornings musical DLG (Download from God) called, "Mr. Soul" by Neil Young is pretty enlightening for all of us. In today's musical DLG I happen to be Mr. Soul where my visitors stop by this website to pick up a reason (an answer, a thought or enlightenment). When I think about my own creativity (as Mr. Soul does in the song) I can't change it. Actually, I could . . but I won't because I wouldn't be me. But then again, my work continues to grow and change, which is still me. Some days I sit on the edge of my seat wondering if I should write about a certain topic because I realize the magnitude of my audience and the power and influence of words. My words can change people and I have to be keenly aware of my influence. And then I think, "Heck yeah girl, it's your site and your creativity. Say whatever you want and let's dance." I have to trust the purity of my own intent and just go with it and see what happens. I write for me first and then whatever happens after that is the magic.

You see folks, this website is my spiritual progression path. It's my creative self-expression. It's my healing (whatever that may be or look like). It's the way I do things. It's my canvas. It's how I do my processing. Sometimes a visitor will sing my praise and then ask me not to change. It's like reading those writings inside my High School yearbook that say, "Stay the same, don't change." I wonder, how can I not change? I'm in my spiritual progression path to change. That's what I'm supposed to do. This song is a bit challenging to analyze but when studied you will see how we actually help each other through 'the change'. It's a beautiful thing how we volley energy back and forth to one another, unconsciously or consciously. Either way, we get what we needed, whether we liked it or not.

After you have listened to the song below, if you have time, check out this link for the analysis of this song. I think the guy who analyzed this song did a great job and quite frankly, I couldn't have said it better. Through Mr. Soul's artistry, unbeknownest to him, he has penetrated and probed the psyche of a fan which has upset her (the fan). She contacts him to let him know and in the end, they are both moved and therefore changed. I think this is a particularly important song for all of us especially as we are all in a 'grace period' of change.

MR. SOUL
By Neil Young
[lyrics are below the video]

Oh, hello Mr. Soul, I dropped by to pick up a reason
For the thought that I caught that my head is the event of the season
Why in crowds just a trace of my face could seem so pleasin'
I'll cop out to the change, but a stranger is putting the tease on.

I was down on a frown when the messenger brought me a letter
I was raised by the praise of a fan who said I upset her
Any girl in the world could have easily known me better
She said, You're strange, but don't change, and I let her.

In a while will the smile on my face turn to plaster?
Stick around while the clown who is sick does the trick of disaster
For the race of my head and my face is moving much faster
Is it strange I should change? I don't know, why don't you ask her?

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

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[Posted 3:45 PM EDT - Monday afternoon, 03/09/2009]

AMAZING GRACE

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, The Unexpected Drop-In

This morning I woke up hearing Amazing Grace in Cherokee and immediately knew why this song popped into my head. My brother Tom came into town Friday afternoon and we had a spectacular weekend that was centered around his daughter Morgan's dance competition all day Saturday. Since I live in a pretty hip and eclectic neighborhood, our evenings revolved around sushi, long walks and great conversation.

Typically Tom and I talk about our Cherokee roots, mother, grandmother, homeland, ancestry, experiences, legend, language and tribal art and/or crafts. When we are out together, strangers will often approach and ask about our ancestry or want to hear more of what we were talking about and they join in on the conversation. Being that Cherokee is a matrilineal society needless to say the topic of 'mothers' and 'grandmothers' kept coming up. A few visits back when I visited Tom in Champaign, Illinois I gave him a picture of our grandmother than he didn't have and this time he gave me a picture of our great-grandmother than I didn't have. Since Tom and I are both knife collector's and we both always carry a knife, he also gave me a very slick little Damascus steel knife in a sheath that hangs around my neck. It was a fantabulous weekend that goes in the record books as a win. I'm still sitting in Amazing Grace over such a beautiful weekend so it's no wonder I woke up hearing this particular song.

I couldn't imbed the file so just click on this link and it will take you to the version I heard. It's tough to find a video that truly shows Cherokee people. The Eastern Band of Cherokees (my tribe) are mountain people, not plains people. We also did not wear head-dresses. The Cherokee people wore one or two feathers or a porcupine roach. The Cherokee have a very distinctive style of dress. Regardless, enjoy the song and any other video's you might click on to hear this song in Cherokee.

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

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[Posted 10:40 AM EST - Thursday morning, 03/05/2009]

THE UNEXPECTED DROP IN

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Love You Like a Sister . . . Brother

Yesterday I was on the business phone line when my personal phone line started ringing. Only on a very rare occasion will I interrupt one phone call for another or even put someone on hold when call waiting beeps through. Quite frankly, I find call waiting rude because not every call has to be answered at that moment. If I'm talking to you, then you are important to me at that time.

When I walked across the room to hit "ignore" on my personal line I happened to glance out the window and saw my neighbor 'Kate' on the sidewalk talking on the phone. When I looked at my phone, it was Kate calling me. I figured it must be something important so I asked the person on my business line to hold for just one second. Kate said a friend of mine was outside. I could hear the security keypad at the front door had not been used correctly because it was making an extremely loud beeping sound. It was a crazy for a moment there as I had both lines going, a friend outside and the security keypad sounding off loudly. When I opened my door to enter the hallway, another neighbor was coming into the building and she was talking on her phone. I had to laugh at all the commotion happening within a few seconds of each other. All of our energy was colliding and mixing together at once. IT WAS FANTASTIC because it was all handled with such ease.

I embraced Kitty as she walked into the building and into my place and told her I was on the phone and would be off in a couple of minutes. After I hung up the phone Kitty and I embraced and greeted each other once again and I told her that I just Love company dropping in. I do! I just Love it when someone is comfortable enough in my energy that they would just drop in unexpectedly and know that it was okay with me. I feel the same way when a stranger comes up to me and asks what time it is or asks for directions. I take it as a compliment that someone, especially a stranger would feel comfortable in my space. I'm also keenly aware of days when no one will even so much as look at me much less honor my existance. Those are days when it's probably obvious that I don't want anyone talking to me or looking at me anyway and then I turn around and get upset when I can't get the customer service I want or think I deserve. We humans are something else. But I digress . . . (winky wink)

Kitty and I visited for a while and then decided to make a run to the health food store. As we drove, visited and shopped we talked a bit about the whole unexpected drop-in. I had been quite busy over the past few days and my space was a bit out of character and out of alignment. Since it was a perfect time to do some acupuncture on Kitty, she laid there all needled up while I straightened up my space, which took all of less than ten minutes. Kitty said, "See, you needed that break. That's why I showed up when I did." And she's right! I needed to stop and take care of my energy and keep myself on the path of being ready. Just ready . . ready for whatever . . the unexpected . . the opportunity . . this time it was Kitty.

I look at it this way, whether or not you are Christian and whether or not you believe that one day God will rapture His church and take one person and leave the other behind. You might be familiar with the two woman in field scripture. Whatever you believe is fine with me but one thing is for sure, God will rapture you one day. When He calls your name, you will go and that's pretty much final. I don't find that scary at all, in fact it comforts me but then again my belief system puts God before me. I delight in the idea of being prepared and ready for the unexpected drop in. That just excites the daylights out of me that I have to be ready and prepared all the time. It's kinda like getting myself all ready and then waiting for a date to arrive and constantly peeping out the window. And you know what, sometimes I'm not prepared. DANG, because I do like to live my Life ready. I always say the reason why I'm so organized is so I can be ready and spontaneous at a moment's notice, whether it's ready for a friend or God . . . I'm ready to rumble baby!

Now this is funny . . . one second ago Kitty just called because we are going shopping over at the Scott Air Force Base commissary just over the river in Illinois. She said, "I'm on my way." I said, "Okay, I'll be ready!"

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

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[Posted 5:00 PM EST - Tuesday afternoon, 03/03/2009]

I LOVE YOU LIKE A SISTER . . BROTHER

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, THE MYSTERY MAN

So what does it mean when someone says, "I Love you like a sister . . . or brother." Throughout my life I've known and currently know plenty of people who honestly can't stand their sibling(s) or there is always some issue present that keeps drama going and reconciliation at bay. The issue is usually minor that has been blown up into something major. Honestly, I don't know where some people come up with the energy to stand in that mess and keep it going. I also know that I'm about as blessed as anyone can be to have the brothers and sisters that I do. There are six kids total, three boys and three girls - Tom, Cis, Ahinawake, Me, Sam and Jerry in that order.

Tom (Capricorn, 1st born) has this phenomenal gift of doing celebrity impressions and making authentic Cherokee weapons such as bows and arrows, knife sheaths, war clubs and other Cherokee crafts. If you ever see a super handsome man who is clearly an Indian with medium-length black hair and enormous muscles riding a Harley Davidson in Champaign, Illinois that's my brother Tom. I've already been to Champaign, Illinois twice since the beginning of this year to spend a couple of days with him. The bonus is he's also my dentist and when you have three front teeth like I do, then having a great dentist is a must. Tom and I always go out to eat sushi, talk about Cherokee history and then sit up late laughing until we bust a gut after doing impressions. In fact, Tom will be coming to St. Louis this weekend and we'll do it all over again and laugh until we cry.

Cis (Leo, 2nd born) has a voice like a little girl and the strength and will of a powerful Greek Goddess. She is most definitely a force to be reckoned with and can move a mountain simply by looking at it. But then again, that's a Leo for ya'. She has her own transportation company with vans and drivers and has is becoming quite active on the political front. If Cis' phone rings it could actually be a State Senator of State representative. We were just on the phone the other day when a call came in that she was expecting from the State Attorney General's office. Oh she's a force alright! If you mention the new stimulus package to her, she'll tell you exactly what's in it and on what page you'll find it. No kidding, Cis has read it and I'll bet she's read it four or five times. She's also very maternal and is very protective over me just as you would expect from a big sister. Cis also has a great sense of humor and has a silly little language all her own. If you knew her, you would understand it. She also speaks fluent pig-latin (winky wink) and pretty darn great Mandarin Chinese (no kidding). Everyone just adores Cis!

Ahinawake (Gemini, 3rd born) is the grandmother of two (Hallie and Terrell) and Loves traveling with them. She can work out to Tae-Bo likes nobody's business. Ahinawake is absolutely hysterical. You can actually hear her laugh down the street and around the corner. In fact, Ahinawake is pretty much known for her laugh. There is no holding back and no holds barred when she let's a belly laugh go. What's amazing is Ahinawake in Cherokee means "Laughing Eyes." She can look you right in the eyes in a super serious way and then let out a laugh that originated in her toes. And she's also the Karaoke Queen. Good luck getting the microphone out of her hand because it just won't happen. It also just so happens that every single note she sings sounds the same. (winky wink) Being that Ahinawake is the Karaoke Queen, then it's not surprising that Ahinawake works in the entertainment business and has face to face contact with all kinds of musical entertainers from country stars to rock stars.

Then there is me (Gemini, 4th born) which you know enough about me already. Just like Ahinawake (above) and Sam (below) I have a super serious side like they do and then the other side is only out to have fun.

Sam (Gemini, 5th born) works as a methodical and detailed Comptroller but is still my more adventurous brother. We've sky-dived and para-sailed together and often talk about trying out for The Amazing Race because we think we could win the whole sha-bang. Sam is fascinated with haunted houses and will actually fly to another city just to spend the night in their scariest setting. He's even slept in Lizzi Borden's house. Oh he's an adventurer alright. Sam is goofey just like the rest of us and pretty much adopts the same philosophy I do, meaning -- I'd be too afraid not to do it. Sam is just a sweetheart who is always bringing me stuff. One time he came by and dropped off a brand new six-man raft for me and my grandson Big Tree. A couple of weeks ago he brought me a chin up bar for my new workout routine. He always surprises me with something out of the clear blue. He's also the one who talked me into doing that insane P90X Fitness Program that you see on TV. I'm already into program with him so there's no turning back now. Sam has already been working the program since last June so he's already pretty lean and all muscled up.

Jerry (Sagittarius, 6th born) is my concert lovin' air guitar playin' brother. Any rock concerts I go to are always with Jerry and he knows every single word to every single song. Rock concert's have always been our thing. The first phone call I received on Valentine's Day was from Jerry singing Steve Wonder's, "I just called to say I Love you." He sang the whole song. I thought he just called me until the rest of my siblings said, "Yeah, he called me too." He is also a trained Massage Therapist but now works in metal fabrication. Some of you might remember several years ago when he went into the Marines but now he's home safe and sound. Jerry is the typical Sagittarian gypsy traveler. He's been to nearly every U.S. State and has done his share of globe trotting to a load of countries from the UK, Switzerland and Greece to Japan, Italy and Mexico. (And that's not all.) Interestingly enough, out of all the places he's traveled, the only place he went to as a Marine was Okinawa, Japan. All the rest was being his gypsy travelin' civilian self. I'm certain he's not finished globe trotting yet.

I have a million and one reasons why I Love my siblings so much. We don't argue, we all have the 'exact' same work ethic and we all have a whacked out sense of humor, which makes communication very easy. There is always a guaranteed laugh in the conversation and we don't take ourselves too seriously with each other. In fact, a typical response to some silliness might be, "SHUT UP!" or "IDIOT!" But it's all said in Love and laughter.

I suppose I'm back to the same place I started in this Daily Message. So when someone (maybe even you) says, "I Love you like a sister . . or brother," what does that mean? Would you want me to Love you as my sister or brother? Would I want you to Love me as your sister or brother? Is it a compliment or not?

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

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[Posted 3:00 PM EST - Monday afternoon, 03/02/2009]

THE MYSTERY MAN

AudioOsda Sunalei [Good Morning in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, CLIFFHANGERS

A few weeks ago I was riding my bike through Forest Park here in St. Louis when I pulled into The Boathouse to refill my water bottle. The Boathouse is a restaurant that sits on the lake in Forest Park near the Zoo and the Art Museum. It's a fantabulous park that is 1,293 acres and approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. No kidding! We have a kickin' park here in St. Louis and it's only a few blocks from my place. When I ride from my door front, around the park and back to my front door again it's exactly 8 miles. Typically I'll do a two lapper (16 miles) just to feed my ego and prove to myself that I'm still an animal. (winky wink)

After securing my bike and walking into The Boathouse, I saw an elderly couple from the neighborhood who invited me to join them. When I sat down they both had this cute little grin on their face like they knew something that I didn't. So I said, "Come on, what are you smiling about? Is there something on my face?" They both laughed and the older gentleman said he and his wife were watching the ice skaters just a few feet away from where I was standing on the bridge with my bike. They saw me with my binoculars looking in the direction of Steinberg's Skating Rink and heard me singing, "There's a hole in my heart that can only be filled by you." Since I had my earplugs in they obviously had the luxury of hearing me sing acapella, which I guarantee was nothing worth recording. I'm one of those people who will sing outloud on the street and don't really give a rat who hears me. If I'm happy, that's what matters.

Well interestingly enough, due to the lyrics of the song the couple had come to the conclusion that I was spying on a man who was probably ice skating and I was singing that song about him. Geez, was I really singing that loud? They were curious as to who the mystery man was because everyone in the neighborhood knows each other. So who was he? I fell out laughing in my full blown outdoor voice at their over-active and romantic imagination, then I showed them the playlist on my iPod. The song I was singing was called, "Hole Hearted by Extreme" and it was actually under my "God Playlist". The mystery man I was singing about was God! I always play that song when I want to slow down my intense work energy and go to a God centered place to regain my senses and remember who I work for. Sometimes the things I do take me off course, causes me to fall short or just isn't enough to fill me up, so I turn to God. That always does the trick! While I admit to creating a groovey and exciting Life for myself, the cute elderly couple couldn't have been more off base. So what was I looking at through my binoculars? I told them I was 'a birder' and I was actually watching a Dark-Eyed Junco (aka Snowbird). Talk about misunderstood! Well I'm just thankful I ran into them before word got around the neighborhood that I was a 'Peeping Loretta."

HOLE HEARTED
by Extreme
(Lyrics below the video)

Life's ambition occupies my time
Priorities confuse the mind
Happiness one step behind
This inner peace I've yet to find

Rivers flow into the sea
Yet even the sea is not so full of me
If I'm not blind why can't I see
That a circle can't fit
Where a square should be

There's a hole in my heart
That can only be filled by You
And this hole in my heart
Can't be filled with the things I do

Hole hearted
Hole hearted

This heart of stone is where I hide
These feet of clay kept warm inside
Day by day less satisfied
Not fade away before I die

Rivers flow into the sea
Yet even the sea is not so full of me
If I'm not blind why can't I see
That a circle can't fit
Where a square should be

There's a hole in my heart
That can only be filled by You
And this hole in my heart
Can't be filled with the things I do
There's a hole in my heart
That can only be filled by You
Should have known from the start
I'd fall short with the things I do

Hole hearted
Hole hearted
Hole hearted
Hole hearted

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

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