At Noon on a Cactus Plantation in Capri, 1885
– Peder Mork Monsted
The more robust our heart is, the more robust muscle tissue is the body. One of the first signs of a weakening or atrophying heart muscle is a sort of flabbiness or loss of tone and strength of muscle elsewhere in the body.
Just as exercise strengthens muscle, so it strengthens the heart.
‘Hunter’s Brain’ is what my Granddad called the 5 points at which the heart and with it life energy is stimulated to heal and strengthen the heart and with it all the muscles of the body.
The Hunter is the opposite of the hospital bed patient.
If you want to heal your heart, a point comes when you have to stimulate it gently into working again, rather than keeping it in an un-stimulated ‘safe’ state – that isn’t really safe because it will get worse without exercise.
Sunlight in our eyes, tells the heart, “We’re alive. Wake up, come on. It’s time to get going.”
The people who get enough sunlight, have healthier hearts. People with weak hearts nearly ALWAYS feel better in the sunlight and take a turn for the better if they get regular sunlight.
Sunlight therefore supports the heart muscle’s ability to expand fully. I’ve seen it work as good as a blood dilating drug for children with heart conditions, specifically those with myopathy (degeneration or weakening of the heart muscle).
Herbs which thrive in full light support the heart though they’re not the traditional first line of treatment for heart problems. Those just happen to look like the sun as well. Dandelion, Calendula, Marigold, Sunflower.
If it looks like the sun, it helps the heart expand.
Once the heart muscle expands, it contacts automatically. As it does so, the lungs expand taking in a good amoutn of air and then release it. A nice good rousing exercise for the entire body.
We’ve got pressure sensors at the soles of our feet. These pressure sensors report to the heart and the heart responds by expanding and contracting with more vigor, pushing blood to the muscles to strengthen them to walk on or do whatever it is we have to do.
It’s quite easy to tell the state of a person’s general muscle condition by how firm the soles of their feet are. One of the first signs of death is the soles going flabby.
Rub your soles together as you sit, massage them, push them against an exercise ball, or stand up on the front part of your feet like a ballerina and then fall back on your heels giving your whole body a start. Feel your hell grinding into the ground as you walk.
This is the area that’s the equivalent of the heel of the foot.
The pressure sensors here tell the heart you’re doing heavy work and need more robust blood supply.
Kneading dough is one way to support the heart and muscles everywhere as it exercises this area. But there are other things to do, clapping, rubbing the base of both palms together, massaging them, using one of those small squeezy balls, doing push-ups putting pressure on this area.
If you have severe muscle atrophy the return of sensation to this area could even be painful so go slow.
The back of the neck is, in our time, a highly stressed area. It’s a place with environmental sensors. It’s where we feel it when we have to turn around suddenly, where we feel it when someone’s staring at us from behind.
Heart tension and pain can be relieved by massaging this area, and wonderfully enough, the heart can be stimulated by massaging it, enlivening it.
For those who have spent months in hospital with heart problems, even though this area is often tender and hypersensitive, pressing here, helps the body get back muscle tone by stimulating the heart.
When we press this Hunter’s Brain point, we are telling the heart, “I need to live, I need to work in this environment, I want to use my instincts, now come on, make it happen.”
The butt’s got pressure sensors connected straight to the heart.
Any kind of heart condition where there’s been shock involved, is relieved by pressuring the butt. Massage would work well, but sitting on a hard surface and rocking back and forth seems to have the quickest results.
Those with angina or heart pain will find it giving pain relief almost instantly as it comforts the nerve endings in the heart muscle.
When the Hunter sits down, the message goes to the heart, “We’re alright. We’re alright. Yes it’s been hard but we’re alright.”
This triggers off all kinds of healing processes in the body, especially for those with overworked nerves.
Throughout history humans have used the nuances of voice to understand one another. We understand instinctively what we really mean by the little jumps and stops and changes in tone and pitch and volume of our voices.
My interest in the topic started back in school days when the school choir was competing in a big competition and we were all very careful to keep our voices in order through the months of practice for the big day. I noticed all the things affecting our voices, and very little was about catching a cold.
At one point in my life trauma made me unable to sing for years.
I found out that heart trouble and voice trouble go together.
To heal our voice, means to give our soul wings again.
To give our soul wings again, we need to get to the point where we feel we are beautiful again.
That important thing being said, while we’re waiting for that to happen, here are:
In my school days when I was part of the choir, I would stand with the other girls outside the door of the school hall where we would practice every morning at 8, waiting for the doors to be opened. In the chilly early morning we would try to warm up a bit and many would be pretty much croaking.
I learned then that body warmth affects the voice a LOT.
Those who have voice problems invariably have a problem maintaining a stable correct body temperature. It falls below normal because of trauma, or hormonal imbalance.
A herb that is excellent to help establish a stable body temperature in Mistletoe.
Yes, the same one under which some kissing ought to happen this month. It has to be taken long term though, as changing base body temperature is something that takes time.
Oh, you reading are under the Mistletoe right now, so mmmmmmuah. There you have been kissed. Merry Christmas to you too.
For men, to raise body temperature Nettle tea is great. It has to be had in small doses though as it can have a laxative effect.
For women (and men whose hands have gotten REALLY cold), the Pitcher Plant, or Drosera is an immediate pick-me-up.
Look at the beauty of this carnivore plant. It traps insects going in and contracts and chews up the insects with its sheer muscle strength. A whole lot of heat is generated through this process.. muscle heat. It’s very impressive.
The voice is all about the muscles. From the heart which is a muscle, to the lungs which are muscle to the vocal cords themselves, to the tongue which again, is a muscle, it’s all about tone and strength and flexibility.
Exercises that build muscle strength and flexibility, the ability to contract and expand rhythmically, will not only drastically help your voice heal, but will do so many other wonderful things for the body.
Breathing exercises, just simple deep breathing, hold the breath as long as possible and then slowly releasing it, makes a big difference. Just practice deep breathing for about five minutes whenever you can through the day.
Exercise that traumatizes the lungs also traumatizes the voice, so it’s important to keep things peaceful and calm.
Then there is nutrition for the muscles.
It is easy to incorporate these into your schedule. They must be used for at least a few months, in small doses once a day at least.
This is one powerful herb for the muscles everywhere and therefore for the voice as well. It helps the muscle tissue let go of lumps of material they can’t use but are still holding on to because they don’t get enough nutrition when they need it. This makes muscle tissue smooth and functional insteaf of lmped up and rusty. It’s what you take, especially men, if you have muscles tired because of either lack of exercise or over exercise and lack of enough rest in the long term. Muscle refreshing and toning, I suppose is what sums up Saw Palmetto.
Black Cohosh or Cimicifuga Racemosa
Black Cohosh helps muscle tissue recover from trauma because of blood pressure and hormonal excesses and imbalance. If you have had trauma to the uterus, heart or lungs either through trauma (like hemorrhage, cardiac arrests, asthma attacks) or anything that made either of these organs go into an abnormal panic, Black Cohosh will help recover. If you have it as tea it will soothe the inner lining of the throat which is a nice thing if you’re after healing your voice.
This one has got the nutrition required to support the muscles in letting dead cells go and making new healthier ones. A spoonful of powdered millet a day makes changes that can felt in as little as a week. It increases muscle strength gradually but surely.
Voice is an expression of the soul. It has to be respected and listened to. Sometimes it’s easy to mentally understand what it’s saying by just listening to our voice with an open heart. Sometimes it’s not so easy. We have to learn to respect our Voice, and let it be. In every state we humans are beautiful. There is a right time for everything.