Dark Medicine Brings Brightness of Mind!

Dear readers,

Welcome to our brand new decade! I have seen some labeling it the “thriving” twenties, and others calling it the “roaring” twenties… Do you have any other name suggestions for this brilliant new time?

How did your January 1st begin?

My day began with the usual Fibromyalgia symptoms, which make it very difficult for me to get out of bed, so my mental state is not exactly bright and cheery… But after eating something, then I get to make my happy black coffee, which almost always shifts things for the better. (Please see my post “Coffee Is Good Medicine”)

Today, right before taking that first sip, I whispered, “Dear black coffee, please merry me up, happy me up, gratitude me up, and beam me up!” And it worked! Before that cuppa, my thoughts were very dark (I was crying and actually wishing to die), but after drinking the dark medicine, my mind brightened, so then rather than dwelling on all of my difficulties with Fibromyalgia, Misophonia (triggered by sounds), and extreme HSP-ness (Highly Sensitive Person), I began thinking about how I can continue to win this daily battle with darkness.

Dear reader, if you have been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I am all about daily spiritual practices that help us to Happy Up… I even published a book on the topic! (Please order your copy on Lulu now… Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life)…

So in addition to my daily dark coffee medicine, I also chant (usually along with Krishna Das CDs), send healing energies out, repeat mantras, and sit in silent meditation. I do these practices not only to help happy up my own life, but also as a service to others. I believe that the powerful energies created by spiritual practices ripple out and benefit many beings!

This morning I set only one keyword for the month of January: Loving-kindness… I intend to be more loving and kind with myself and with others, in my thoughts, words, and actions. (Soon I will share my keywords for the year!)

January is usually a highly creative and fun month for me, perhaps because I was born in January… But this year I am feeling a bit challenged because I will turn 50 years old on January 29th, and I am not where I wanted to be on my 50th birthday! Five years ago, when I imagined my next “milestone” birthday, I knew for sure that I wanted to be in Arizona on my 50th birthday… But now, due to unrelenting hardships, my dream of standing on the holy red rocks of Sedona will probably not come true… There must be a reason (or many reasons) why life is not unfolding easily for me now…

And thus, the daily battle with the darkness! I am ever grateful to the Force of All Light for the magical coffee beans that grow on this sacred Earth… and I bow humbly with deep gratitude for the daily spiritual practices that sustain me and beam me up!

Thank you for witnessing my experience on day one of 2020… Can you relate to anything I shared?

Let’s Happy Up Together in 2020! 🙂

With determination,
StarFire Teja


Coffee beans photo cropped by StarFire Teja.
Original photo by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay.


4 thoughts on “Dark Medicine Brings Brightness of Mind!

  1. I think it was Jung who noted enantriodoma (sp?), (meaning something like, “crossing over into the opposite to change the energy,”) could relieve entrenched but futile efforts.

    Flip the energies. Like in Akido, instead of pushing, step aside and let the opponent’s energy take itself down. Be gone, and the onslaught falls away.

    Your sensitive nature, chanting, and positivity might need to be relieved by some old-fashioned swearing. Some change is needed and seems imminent. Wow! A scary and challenging, but exciting and new time – for you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Byron Bradley for your lively and encouraging comment!
      I love you to Neptune…. and back! 🙂

      Flip the energies… I will keep that in mind…

      I don’t like cussing, but truth be told lately I’ve dropped my fair share of f-bombs into the atmosphere of my room! It does feel good momentarily, and I guess maybe brings a little balance to my spiritual world, but it also feeds the anger, which is maybe not such a good thing!

      Yes to scary and challenging… not sure yet about “exciting”… I’ll keep you posted!

      Thank you for being such a wonderful friend-like-family over so many years. I really appreciate you being in my life.

      Wishing you a very blessed 2020!


  2. Dear Teja,

    I’m sending you so much StarFire Love ☀️❤️! I’m forever grateful for this world of blogging that has allowed us to form a friendship. You have shone your StarFire Love & Light in my life since day 1! And I’m grateful that you are part of my life.

    Your work has helped me so much, and I continue to learn so much from you. You always remind me to stay spiritually aware versus worrying about all the worldly things. Your blessings are so powerful ✨…I sometimes feel your presence and blessings. I’d never experienced anything like it. You thought me how to give blessings, and I think it creates this very beautiful energy in the receiving & giving, it keeps the beautiful energy flowing!

    I also agree with Byron in that sometimes we have to embrace the not so happy emotions, by embracing them with love and light. I was just talking to my mom yesterday about some painful memories/emotions that have come up through meditation throughout the past couple of years…and embracing the sadness/pain of them was a stepping stone for me to be free of the pain they caused, it was pain that I had not allowed myself to completely feel in experiences from years ago!

    I wish that trip to Sedona comes true for you! You never know! May you experience lots of StarFire loving-kind thoughts, words, & actions! ☀️❤️

    With StarFire Love ☀️❤️,

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    1. Dear Andrea,

      Thank you so very much for this StarFire Awesome comment! ☀️❤️

      Thank you for sending me so much StarFire Love! I am also forever grateful for our friendship, and your words here mean so much to me. I will print them out to keep savoring them, again and again! I’m grateful that you are part of my life also.

      I loved hearing that you sometimes feel my presence and blessings. That means a lot and brings tears to my eyes, because it makes me feel like I’m fulfilling my intentions as a spiritual helper! I’m so happy to have turned you on to the world of blessings. Yes, you are right, they create such a beautiful energy that keeps on flowing and rippling out!

      Thank you for sharing about your experiences with embracing the pain that has arisen for you through meditation… I agree that it is so important to allow ourselves to completely feel the pain/sadness. I’m happy to hear that that was a stepping stone to freedom for you!

      I love your blessing about StarFire loving-kind thoughts, words, & actions. That is perfecto! Thank you.

      Thank you for being such a blessing in my life!

      With StarFire Love ☀️❤️,

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