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ARCHIVED DAILY MESSAGES
FROM DR. STANDLEY
SEPTEMBER 2009

[Posted 9:00 AM EDT - Wednesday morning, September 23, 2009

IT'S NOT SO BAD

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, A JIMMY DEAN SANDWICH

I woke up this morning in THE MOST grateful stretch of my Life while also listening to "Thank You" by Dido play through my head as my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ). I don't know about the rest of you but Mercury in Retrograde Motion has really taken me through some interesting twists and turns and for that, yes I am truly grateful.

As a quick reminder, remember that retrograde motion basically means 'backward motion' but our common sense tells us that no planet ever really moves backward. That's a ridiculous thought because that would throw off our entire orbiting solar system, not to mention it would impact our life in such a way that we would cease to exist. No planet goes backward folks, it just doesn't, BUT the shadow of the Sun created during this period of time makes it 'appear' as though the planet is moving backward. It is an illusion because again, no planet moves backward but our response to this illusion IS REAL. What these retrograde illusions give us is a second chance, a do-over so to speak, so that when we get an opportunity to re-visit something then we get a chance to do it better the second time around. Before I go any further, let me remind you that the planet Mercury rules communication, devices and technology used for communication, our mental abilities, our ability to learn basic and simple things, fact gathering, our ability to analyze life situations and people and all types of transportation.

Now back to my story . . . as you may know from my previous Daily Message called, A Jimmy Dean Sandwich my mega-mondo-ninja-commando-computer went on the blink Saturday and on Sunday my brother-in-law Bruce had it fixed in a jiffy. Yesterday morning (Tuesday) I didn't know it at the time but my phones were on the blink for maybe an hour where no one could get through to me. My phone had a voicemail that said I was "not accepting calls at this time". Huh? Later I found out that this went on for about an hour without my knowledge. Actually I have four phones and it turned out that all of them were "not accepting calls at this time". Then later in the afternoon I left St. Louis, Missouri on a three-hour trip to Champaign, Illinois to see my brother Tom (my dentist and the other Dr. Standley). Yeah, I was just there last week but this week I had a follow-up dental appointment. Since I do have three front teeth they get extra special care. (winky wink)

So there I was meandering along in no hurry, driving the speed limit and practicing some new Cherokee phrases. After exactly three hours I made my exit off the highway, which is maybe only five minutes from my brother Tom's house. After I stopped at the stop sign and made my right turn all of the sudden there was a snap at the front end of the vehicle and then a jolt. I couldn't move forward or backward and the vehicle seemed to be leaning a bit forward. Interestingly enough I ended up on the side of the road without even trying. It's like an angel pushed me off the road and out of harms way. After I assessed the situation and noted the left tire was leaning inward, I knew that I had to call AAA Auto Club but not before I called my brother. In less than five minutes Tom arrived on the scene to wait with me and give me a hard time as brother's were born to do.

I am a huge Huge HUGE fan of AAA Auto Club and you just can't beat the service for the money. As many of you know, I don't even own a car. I ride a bicycle for transportation because I live in the City, not to mention it's a lifestyle choice. When I do need a car I will rent one or use my daughter Karmen's spare vehicle (the van). On this particular occasion I happened to be driving the van, which had front end work two weeks earlier. The great thing about a AAA membership is it covers me in ANY vehicle I'm driving, even if it isn't mine. And since I claim to be the biggest Girl Scout ™  on the planet and prepared for just about anything, I have the Premiere AAA Membership which gives me one FREE 200 mile tow per year. And I still have a FREE 100 mile tow in my membership calendar year. So there I was riding back to St. Louis (183 miles) last night with Merle the tow truck driver. I was back in St. Louis by 10:30 PM and didn't owe a dime on the tow. My son-in-law Larry picked me up at the place where the front end of the van was serviced not even two weeks ago. Larry felt the same way I did, the circumstances could not have been better, under the circumstances. (See paragraph below)

This morning after Larry talked to the servicing people and they put the van on the rack, it turns out that the mechanic forgot to replace a part and the tie-rod broke. Folks, if you don't know what a tie rod is, basically it's part of the steering mechanism that connects your steering wheel to your front wheels. All I can say is I'm grateful that this happened at a stop sign and not driving down the highway at 70 mph when the front wheel collapsed inward. The van actually looked like it had Genu Valgus Deformity. Genu means knee and valgus means inward, which means the van looked like it was knock-kneed. The great thing is the whole incident didn't cost any extra money and not one soul was injured. It just doesn't get any better than that. And as for my time, I had an enjoyable ride for three hours by myself up to Champaign, Illinois and another three hour enjoyable ride back to St. Louis, Missouri talking to Merle the tow truck driver. Before Merle and I set off for St. Louis, Tom told Merle that he would be cross-eyed by the time we arrived in St. Louis from listening to me talk. Brothers! Merle was actually glad that I wasn't one of those passengers that just sat their stiff as a board and looking straight ahead for three hours.

In the midst of all the Mercury Retrograde ruled happenings this week (my computer, the phones and the van) I don't feel as though my luck had run bad at all. In fact, I feel just the opposite and things could not have been better. I'm grateful that my computer, phones and my life are working just fine. There is no problem. I'm also grateful that no one was hurt as a result of the tie-rod mishap and even more so that my daughter, grandson and son-in-law weren't in the van when it happened. Besides, when it comes to the bigger things in Life, I'm actually pretty dang calm under pressure because anger, tears and drama solve nothing. Now if I can only master calm during the little things in Life. Hehehe . . oh I know me so well. But then again I am a North Node Virgo, which makes the tiny details in life the things that get my goat. (winky wink) This mornings Musical DLG ™  is my gratitude to God and my reality check that it's not so bad. I can honestly say that yesterday was actually one of the best day's of my life. Besides, if you are spiritually connected, then nothing really ever is . . that bad.

THANK YOU
by Dido~
(Lyrics below the video below)

My tea's gone cold, I'm wondering why
I got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window
and I can't see at all
And even if I could it'd all be grey,
but your picture on my wall
It reminds me that it's not so bad,
it's not so bad

I drank too much last night, got bills to pay,
my head just feels in pain
I missed the bus and there'll be hell today,
I'm late for work again
And even if I'm there, they'll all imply
that I might not last the day
And then you call me and it's not so bad,
it's not so bad and

I want to thank you
for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you
is having the best day of my life

Push the door, I'm home at last
and I'm soaking through and through
Then you handed me a towel
and all I see is you
And even if my house falls down now,
I wouldn't have a clue
Because you're near me and

I want to thank you
for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you
is having the best day of my life

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"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 1:00 PM EDT - Monday afternoon, September 21, 2009

A JIMMY DEAN SANDWICH!

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, INDIAN SUMMER

Saturday morning I woke up with the most bizarre Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ). Now rarely do I ever wake up to the music of a commercial but Saturday I did and it was the Jimmy Dean's sausage commercial. I Love that commercial (shown below). Actually I think the sound of this music was a tip off that I was about to experience a planetary shift and once I gave myself exactly what I needed then everything would be fine. Only what I needed . . needed to appear as a computer glitch that ultimately brought me to my brother-in-law Bruce's house. You see, it was Bruce that held a piece of wisdom that I needed to hear that had absolutely nothing to do with the computer. I guess you could say it would be my Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich.

On Saturday morning while attempting to write horoscopes for the 'Cherokee One Feather' and to also write my Sunday daily horoscopes for this website, my mega-mondo-ninja-commando-special-ops-special-forces-computer slid into a feedback loop that wouldn't quit and kept me locked out of my computer. The sign on screen would come on, shut off and then do the whole thing over and over again. I called Bruce, who is a genius I.T. (information technology) guy and he said to bring the computer over on Sunday morning. So I did.

While seated on the couch in Bruce's office and making certain that I didn't interrupt his thought pattern, I sat quietly and listened as he talked himself through the protocol of fixing the error message. He wasn't necessarily talking to me as he spoke aloud his thought sequence. I don't quite remember his exact words but it was in perfect alignment with the Jimmy Dean sausage commercial I heard as my Musical DLG ™  the day before. In the commercial the planets were out of alignment because they lacked something they needed.

As I sat there listening to Bruce I could hear the music of the commercial play in my head once again. The quiet wisdom he shared was profound, unintentional and 'spot on' to what I needed to hear. The simplicity of his words had nothing to do with what I 'wanted' but everything to do with what I 'needed'. Ah-ha! So that's why I was sitting there. It wasn't about the computer at all. Bruce had some sage advice for me and the computer was the guise to get me to his house so I could hear it. Just like the planets in the commercial, I've been out of alignment with myself and the answer is as simple as a Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich. Life is simple, all I really have to do is give myself exactly what I need.

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"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 8:00 AM EDT - Thursday morning, September 17, 2009

INDIAN SUMMER

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, IF WE KNEW THE VALUE OF SUFFERING

I don't know about you, but this Cherokee Indian had one action packed summer and now we are just five days away from autumn. Quite honestly, I don't know how I crammed all of those minutes, adventures and travel into my summer but somehow I managed. Now autumn is just five days away and I still have three more adventures left to cram into the summer before the leaves begin to fall. Tonight the prep work begins for a three day fun(d)-raiser with my band of friends. You may remember our group called, The Benevolent Society where we raise money and give to area schools. So tonight we prep and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the festival.

Saturday is actually going to be the busiest day because it begins with my six-year old grandson Big Tree's first soccer game of the season. After the soccer game my daughter Karmen and her husband Larry will head to the festival and work in The Benevolent Society's tent. Big Tree and I will head to The Scorpion King's family reunion for a few hours and then head to Forest Park for The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. I've been taking Big Tree to this balloon race since he was only 4 months old, so this is actually his 7th balloon race. It's our thing! After the race, he and I will then head to the festival, so I can work in the tent and he can play with the other BSer children. Yeah, we call ourselves BSers. (winky wink)

Sunday will be more of the same but less of it as the festival ends at 5:00 PM but then there is the clean-up. When I heard Indian Summer as my Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) this morning it immediately reminded me of all the magic I managed to create in my life this past summer and I also realized that the magic doesn't have to end just because the summer is going to.

INDIAN SUMMER
by Poco


(Lyrics below the video)

There's a full moon in the sky
It's got a hold on me, I'm hyptotized
Like your love it's getting stronger
Please keep my heart a little longer

Indian summer is on its way
Cool at night - and hot all day
Ain't no black clouds filled with rain
Santa Ana wind blew them all to Maine

Baby takes my hand
She says she understands
About the way I feel
She knows my love is real

I'm a wide open space cowboy
I got lazy ways I got some hidden joy
Motorcycle and tons of rpm
Ain't gonna wait around 'til its here again

Baby takes my hand . . .

Indian summer is on its way
Cool at night - and hot all day
Aint no black clouds filled with rain
Santa Ana wind blew them all to Maine

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"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 9:00 AM EDT - Thursday morning, September 10, 2009

IF WE KNEW THE VALUE OF SUFFERING

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, WE SHOULD BE BETTER, TOGETHER

This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called "Crystal Ball" by Styx caused me to giggle a bit on the first note because it was so appropos for someone like me. Throughout my life (the Good, bad or indifferent) I've had my curious Gemini cogwheels churning through all kinds of agape question marks. "I've just got to know." My wonderment and curiosity has taken me through all kinds of agape study including rituals, ceremonies, cultural practices, religious beliefs, observances, prayers and meditations. Granted my curious ways haven't always set well with other people due to their own upbringing, fears, close-mindedness or limiting beliefs but then again their opinion is none of my business. Their opinion is not my problem, it's theirs. What they think certainly has nothing to do with me and that is a very comforting place to be when living my life. And each day that I walk 'my own' spiritual progression path, the more I know 'that' to be True. I stress the words 'my own' because I don't get caught up in the storyline of someone else's the spiritual progression path.

"Wherever you go, there you are."
(Original quote by Confucius)

The song "Crystal Ball" by Styx reminds me so much of myself in so many ways but not because the song is about a physical crystal ball. I believe it to be about the crystal ball (roundness) of life. The circle of life if you will. I see everything as a circle. Even an astrological Natal Chart begins with the self (1st house) and rolls around in a circle until it comes back to the reflective self (12th house). No matter where we are or where we go, we will always be confronted with ourselves. We simply cannot escape us, so why not make the most of ourselves (the circle) and fix that gaping hole once and for all.

"If we knew the value of suffering
we'd never give it up."
(by St. Padre Pio)

This song may sound rather melancholy and lonely but I don't hear it that way at all. Even through the words, "My heart is breaking, my body's aching" doesn't sound all that sad to me. That's life, it happens and I can't imagine not being able to feel the Good and bad that life has to offer. Living life as a voyeur and not feeling the depth of life doesn't sound all that appealing to me, which brings me to a wonderful quote by St. Padre Pio who said, "If we knew the value of suffering, we would never give it up." I've known and met several new-ager type people who believe they don't have to suffer. Well I don't believe we "have to" suffer either simply because I am a Christian and it was already done for us, at the same time we are children of God who are learning and His children tend to learn the hard way. Children on the playground do get hurt. It will happen no matter how many safety precautions we put into place to keep us from risking or getting hurt again. Folks, I believe we choose to suffer for as long as our spirit needs to suffer and the knowledge and experience that we receive through that suffering is simply invaluable, which in turn breeds more wisdom and a higher level of consciousness. If only, we knew the value of suffering.

CRYSTAL BALL
by Styx~
(Lyrics below the non-video)

I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line
I used to think that everything was fine
Sometimes I'd like to sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams
All alone and trapped in time
All alone and trapped in time

I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me
Or am I even in it's mind at all
Perhaps I'll get a chance to look ahead and see
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball
Soon as I find myself a crystal ball

Tell me, tell me where I'm goin'
I don't know where I've been
Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
And then tell me again
My heart is breaking, my body's aching
And I don't know where to go
Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
I've just got to know

Crystal ball
There's so many things I need to know
Crystal ball
There's so many things I've got to know
Crystal ball

[extra verse used occasionally live]
If you should see me walking
Through your dreams at night
Would you please direct me
Where I ought to be
I've been looking for a crystal ball
To shed the light
To find a future in me...
To find a future in me...

Crystal ball
There's so many things I need to know
Crystal ball
There's so many things I've got to know
Crystal ball

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"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 2:00 PM EDT - Tuesday afternoon, September 8, 2009

WE SHOULD BE BETTER, TOGETHER

Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, THE COMMONSENSICAL APPROACH

I debated a bit with God about this morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) because I wasn't so sure it was meant to be shared with you or if I was just supposed to keep it for myself. I decided to trust my conversation with God and go ahead and share my insights.

As you may know from my past writings, The Scorpion King and I have a serious passion for music. Often times we'll sing to each other when a descriptive song about us comes on the radio. We don't really have a song, we just connect in the moment when a song fits. Yesterday, while on a country drive in his scorpion red convertible 'Viper' a song called, "Beginnings" by Chicago came on the radio. After I won our little 'Shazam' game of who can name that tune and band the fastest, we both reached over and grabbed each other's hand at the same time and smiled . . . then The Scorpion King said, "Baby, you sing this one because I sang the last one." So I started singing 'Beginnings' to him.

This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called, "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson is another one of those songs where we would have reached out and grabbed each other's hand and smiled. It immediately reminded me of our agreed approach to a healthy coupling. The Scorpion King and I believe that in a relationship two heads really are better than one. At all times we should be better people because of each other, not worse. I should be helping him become all that he can be and he should be helping me become all that I can be. Being a couple can't just be about romance because that doesn't even make sense; there has to be more. We should be more together, not less. We should be helpmates to one other; helping to make each other's life easier and more enjoyable because we should be better, together.

THE WAY I AM
by Ingrid Michaelson

Until then, as we say in Cherokee . . . AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"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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