The Mystery of Joy


I’m very familiar with rosary beads. I love the meditation and the relaxation of this prayer. The beads slowly slipping through my hands, saying the ‘Our Father’ prayer Jesus taught and repeating the biblical prayers with the angel Gabriel’s greeting “Hail Mary full of grace, the lord is with thee” (Lk 1:28) combined with Elizabeth’s greeting “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42). Then asking Mary, as Jesus mother, to intercede for us to God while meditating upon the life of Christ.

I was thinking about what is called, the joyful mysteries of the rosary. For those not familiar with this meditation type of prayer, there is a single bead (the white one in the photo above) and then there are 10 beads (the pink). This sequence is repeated for a total of 5 decades. During each decade (1 Our Father and 10 Hail Mary’s), we think about a particular time in the life of Jesus. The joyful mysteries include thinking about how Jesus came into this world as commemorated in the bible’s gospel of Luke.

  1. The first decade starts at the moment of Jesus conception with the annunciation of the angel Gabriel.
  2. The second decade shows that even as a fetus, Jesus begins to make His presence known … a pregnant Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth and the babe leapt in Elizabeth’s womb.
  3. In the third decade we meditate on Christmas … celebrating the birth of baby Jesus.
  4. The fourth decade is about bringing Jesus to the temple as an infant.
  5. In the fifth decade we look at Jesus as a youth and how He stayed behind to teach at the temple.

These are called the joyful mysteries. And they are joyful because God is entering into our human world in a very special way. This marks the beginning of building the way to heaven, our intended home when we leave the human world behind. But the real mystery of these joyful times was the amount of trust and sacrifice they required. The blending of fear and hardship along with happiness.

While praying the rosary we think about the real life surrounding these events. For example, Mary was approached by the angel Gabriel as an unmarried woman. Unmarried pregnant women were stoned to death. And Mary had to trust God with her life when she said yes to His plan at this meeting. How scary that must have been. Mary then went to Elizabeth and faced her cousin as a pregnant unwed woman, not knowing how she would be received. And Christmas … the hardship … the census, having to give birth away from home, in a cold stable. Then Mary took Jesus to the temple as an infant and was told a sword would pierce her heart … what did she think and how much did she worry for the safety of her child? In the final meditation we consider how Jesus stayed behind in the temple when Mary thought he was coming home with relatives … what fear must have gripped this mother at the thought of her missing child … particularly since those in political power had already tried to kill the child and then what joy she felt at finding Jesus.

Those are the joyful mysteries. When you think about it, that’s a lot like life for all of us. Our time here on earth as human beings is a combination of fear and hardship, happy times and times of awe. Think of how many people are drawn to the joy of Christmas … the gifts we exchange, the colored lights, and the family gatherings … then think of the actual birth of Christ in a drafty and smelly stable, no locks on doors, no running water … and consider that both shepherds and kings, the poor and the rich, came to worship there. What an unusual mixture of happenings.

It’s an interesting thought that to really know joy, you need some type of comparison, some type of stressful experience that is then overcome. Kind of like knowing light to know darkness or by knowing relief by first having experienced pain. I don’t regret the time I spent in my journey through chronic pain to healing … it’s taught me what works and what doesn’t so that I can be a better therapist for others. I would never take the joy from the wisdom I’ve gleaned from my period of suffering in exchange for a “perfect life.” It’s a strange interweaving. But I think it teaches us that joy in life is not meant to be a never-ending series of ideal experiences, free of pain and fear, but rather a life of faith and trust and courage … a life of rising above the challenges that we are all presented with and a life of helping others rise above their challenges too. It’s the mystery of joy.


Autumn on the Farm

Leaves are beginning to change colors and fall. The black walnuts are dropping. The thistle, burdock, and jack-in-the-pulpit are going to seed.

The garden is winding down from it’s summer fullness and the pumpkins are ready to harvest.

The horses are shedding summer hair and their winter coat is beginning to show.


My new puppy is growing.

Finding feathers on our walks is like finding a treasure. This is autumn on the farm.



I took one of those online quizzes and found out I have a CREATOR archetype.

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In case you aren’t familiar, an archetype is like a pattern or symbol that represents a person’s personality. One of the attributes of God is creation and God has given me the gifts to share in that part. Another of God’s attributes is Mercy, another Justice, and so on … other people share in those gifts.

I chuckled when I was baking a cake the other day. A ‘creator’ doesn’t follow a recipe … it’s like a recipe is only a suggestion. Yes, I improvised but with good substitutions … applesauce instead of oil, 1 whole egg and egg whites instead of 3 eggs. And yes, the cake was not only delicious, it was healthy too.

Being a creator is also probably one of the reasons I don’t walk the flow of the rest of the world. I tend to create my own paths for others to follow. But I don’t walk blindly. I study the terrain, review the risks, and consider the wisdom from others. One of the new directions I going in my professional life is towards energy medicine.

Einstein’s wisdom helps to understand this seemingly esoteric field of study. E=MC2. E is energy, M is mass and C2 is the speed of light squared. The equation is telling us what energy is … it’s both a particle (mass) and a wave length (light speed). That’s not so esoteric is it. A particle is some type of matter. And the electromagnetic spectrum gives us a broad look at wavelengths where certain wavelengths equate to sound, other wavelengths give us colors, and yet other wavelengths give us microwaves. It’s physics.

I use quantum physics to help me understand energy medicine. Regular physics to understand electromagnetic energy. Chemistry to help me understand essential oils. Chaos physics to understand what happens with the body’s reprocessing and the healing crisis. And anatomy and physiology to understand pain relief bodywork and how the fascia in the body works. I’ve loved science since grade school. It was my best subject.

And now I’m applying all of that to a new creation … a wholistic healing process to help support others in health of both people and animals. My latest creation is an upcoming class on releasing old emotions. And I invite you to check it out!

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Detox Month Nine

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September is a beautiful month for riding. I’m on the right with my bay gelding Jimmy. I was contemplating how much joy I feel in life … with friends and horses and sunshine dappling a 60 degree day. Life is good.

But I’ve found that even when it’s good and you do everything right bad things can happen. I know of someone who has done everything “right” … eats organic, lives a good life, has a relationship with God, has social supports, lives in a comfortable house. Why would someone like this, someone who follows the detox plan laid out the previous eight months, why would she get cancer?

It’s a conundrum.

And I have to wonder if it’s not possibly due to the toxic problems of stressful emotions. Emotions are an energy with a physical component in the body. The physical component is the neuropeptide chemistry that attaches to cell receptor sites in the body. The energetic components are the electromagnetic bonds of the emotions. Most people innately know about the energy part … you can literally feel when someone is angry, you can sense when someone is down, and you get a boost from the “up” energy of a happy person. These different emotions radiate from the body.

It’s as important to detox stressful emotions as it is to avoid aluminum in antiperspirant. But how? It’s both simple and hard. Don’t avoid the emotions. Fully accept them as information about a situation and fully feel them when you are experiencing them. That’s it. But problems come when you 1) stuff emotions or 2) label them as dumb or bad and deny them or 3) disassociate from them or 4) experience a situation that’s so overwhelming you can’t possibly safely feel all the emotions … then that’s when emotional energy gets trapped in the body.

The energy of trapped emotions is as toxic as heavy metal poisoning and can affect your health, pain, and even your immune system. If you think you have old trapped emotions, the Emotion Code is a book that teaches a process of self-release. I’m also certified in the Emotion Code and can help you release toxic trapped emotions.

This month, focus on facing emotions and fully feeling the good, the bad, and the ugly. Begin adding in the practice of emotional detoxing. You may find it to be the most liberating detox you’ve ever done!