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Winter '01 Issue 16

Christina's House: Earthship and Straw Bale in Taos, New Mexico
By Becky Kemery

Fear, Intention & Gratitude: Facing a Cancer Diagnosis
By Linda Resca

It's My Happy Heart You See
By Colleen Watkins

Physicians' Perspective: Looking to the Future of Health Care in America
By Dr. Rick Bayer

My Father's Clouds: Classroom Charlatans
By John Borowski

Finding Your Question
By Carol Gray

Holism in the Classroom: A Transpersonal Approach "The Times They Are A-Changin' "
By Toni Gilbert

Dreams of Kindness, Love and Grace
By Carolyn Berry

Taking Refuge
By SarahJoy Marsh

A Contemplation on the Spirituality of Veganism
By Nephyr Jacobsen

On The Path
By Bob Czimbal

Leaving Home
By Ness Mountain

Touch Them All
By Marie Levering

Touch Them All by Marie Levering

"The child is there still and aches for your touch. Step past your revulsion, your uncertainty, your fear. Find courage to lay on your hands and you will feel the pulse of the Universe, slower now but much more powerful."

Have you ever touched a brand new baby? A little baby so soft and warm. So full of life, so full of hope, so full of Universal Life Force. Lay your hands on them and feel the power of the Universe. The child awaits your touch.

Have you ever touched a middle-aged person? A little worn by life here on Planet Earth. Some wrinkles, some fears, some doubts. Still they are soft and warm. Full of life, full of hope, full of Life Force energy. Can you see it still? Maybe not. You can touch it. Lay your hands on them, feel the pulse of the Universe. The child lives there still and awaits your touch.

Have you ever touched an old person? Eighty, Ninety, One Hundred or so. A body worn by life here on planet Earth. Skin wrinkled and cellophane thin. Every bump makes a bruise. Still full of life, full of hope, full of Life Force energy. Can you see it? Most likely not. You can feel it. The child is there still and aches for your touch. Step past your revulsion, your uncertainty, your fear. Find courage to lay on your hands and you will feel the pulse of the Universe, slower now but much more powerful.

Have you ever touched a dying person? A body worn out by life here on planet Earth. A Spirit preparing to leave this Earth. Skin dry and itchy and a color you are not accustomed to. The Life Force energy is still there. Can you see it? Probably not. You can feel it. The child is there still and begs for your touch. Step into love. Feel the embrace of Spirit. It will lead you past every fear, every doubt. Lay on your hands and feel the pulse of the Universe. Let it fill you to the brim and overflowing. Dance with it, and let it cleanse you. Love the spirit as it crosses over, love the body as it stays behind.

Marie Levering LMT offers comfort massage for the elders, the seriously ill and the dying. Marie lives in Salem, Oregon.

Alternatives Magazine - Issue 16
cover art © Leo Wyman

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