Why You Feel Better, Stronger, Terrific Without Dairy

Oh, Dairy!
We love dairy, from yogurt to cheese to ice cream!
Creamy, soft, chewy, comforting.
It seems to love us like Mama did.
However.
With lactose intolerance, we get
belly pain and cramps,
bloating,
gas,
nausea,
diarrhea.

After the age of five, most humans (75% of us) no longer produce enough lactase enzyme to properly digest the lactose in milk products. This mature change in digestion is also true of most mammals.
That’s Mother Nature for you.
“Lactose intolerant” is sort of natural for grownups of most species.

The lactose-intolerant population is roughly:
15% in Scandinavia and northern Europe
30% in Europe, Russia, Australia
45% in North America
60% to 80% in Central America, Middle East, India, South America, Africa
Up to 100% in Asia, China, Indonesia, southern half of Africa

Then again some of us adapt to keep consuming dairy for years after we are weaned.
(That doesn’t mean it’s good for us – stay tuned.)

The dairy industry campaigns to keep us on dairy, claiming it has health benefits.
But the fact of the matter is,

+Milk does not make athletes run faster nor perform better.
+Dairy does not strengthen bones. It actually increases the risk of fractures.
+The lowest rates of osteoporosis are found in dairy-free Asia and Africa.
+Dairy increases the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.
+Dairy worsens irritable bowel (IBS).
+Dairy can generate sinus congestion.
+Taking lactase enzyme supplements might not be the brightest thing to do.

If you have a heavy dairy habit and you give it up, you might feel:
more energy,
fewer headaches,
less mucus,
a more comfortable tummy.
And less weight.

But how will I get my calcium?
Green vegetables like broccoli, leafy greens, sesame tahini, many other sources. (And calcium is now mistakenly added to various foods – not that we need tons of calcium.)

Calcium is just one of many minerals in the bones, anyhow.
You want lots of minerals, a good balance of healthy foods.

Most of us grow too calcified as we age, resulting in stiff arteries, stiff heart valves, congestive heart failure, bone spurs, stenosis, and kidney stones.

If you get too much calcium, as many of us do, it causes your magnesium to drop lower. The two minerals directly affect each other. (See Stop Calcium Pills.)

Low magnesium may lead to:
anxiety,
depression,
insomnia,
fatigue,
poor appetite, nausea,
muscle cramps, twitches,
leg cramps at night or anytime.

Some studies say 90% of us are deficient in magnesium.
Our typical intake of sugar, soft drinks, caffeine, processed foods, and a lack of greens all deplete magnesium.
Stress depletes magnesium.
(There you go. We all deal with stress.)

For your good health,
1) reduce your high-calcium dairy intake and
2) eat more magnesium: lots of green vegetables, leafy greens, beans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, wheat germ, and whole grains. Magnesium supplements are a great idea.
(Many greens contain both calcium and magnesium in healthy balance with each other.)

You don’t have to totally stop every ounce of this creamy dairy.
Just don’t overdo it.
Make it an occasional treat.
Eat more veggies.
Or not.
It’s your body.
(Gosh. We know that yummy cheese stick in your purse is calling you. At least put some celery sticks in there so you have a choice.  …Yes, okay, you found me out, I’m putting cream in my tea. We gotta live a little.)

Tell us, what are your favorite veggie options in the spur of the moment?

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Diane does health coaching, energy healing, and gives you practical ways to enhance your health.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills. Inquire about our weekly healing class, Tuesday evenings in Phoenix.
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Quick Odd Story on Survival

Lord, have Mercy:
Mercy spent all of two days just trying to breathe, her ribs aching, her flesh exhausted.

Then Dr. Dumas came in to say he was out of tricks.

Tricks are for kids, she would have replied, but had no air to speak.
The foggy bag of her oxygen mask ballooned with each breath.

Mercy stared with liquid eyes at Dumas.
Her daughter Jessica reached for her hand.

Dumas said, “If we put the breathing tube down your throat again, you won’t recover like you did before. Your lungs have reached the point where they’re just too stiff.”

“So . . . so,” she gasped, trying to clarify the matter.

“So if we put you on the respirator, you’ll be on it the rest of your life, however long that may be.”

“Don’t want that.”

“Neither would I,” he agreed, and walked out to set the paperwork in motion.

Tears streamed down Jessica’s face as she leaned into the bed to hug Mercy’s shoulders. “Oh, Mom, I’m so sorry.”

“Don’t be. Not your fault.”

The next time Jessica left the room, Mercy managed to pull off her oxygen mask. Bells dinged.
The nurse strapped the mask on again.

“No. No point,” said Mercy. “Rid of it.”

“Honest to God?” said the nurse.

“Yeah.”

“I’ll have to get an order to leave it off.”

Mercy watched her go, the little pawn. Get an order. It’s my order.
Who was in charge, anyway?
Her lungs sucked rapidly with a life of their own. She drowsed.
She dreamed of every person who had ever touched her.

At sunset Jessica stroked her arm. “How about a little supper, Mom?”

“No. Why –
am I –
still here?”

“Maybe you’re better than Dr. Dumas thought. Want some ice cream?”

Mercy’s arms and legs felt like long lumps of nothing. She waited to lose more. She prayed. A little. Just in case it might matter on the other end.

Some time past midnight the night nurse aimed a strong flashlight at Mercy’s eyes and pulled up her lids.
Mercy shook her head. She wanted to cry. “Still here?” she pleaded.

“Of course. I’ll be here all night,” said the nurse.

Mercy stewed awhile, then drifted.
As the hours passed, her midsection grew numb.
The double-beat tempo of her lungs quickened.

The sun rose, and Mercy cursed the light.
Tiny dust motes sparkled in the air. She remembered her first sight of sunlit motes, cascading beyond the bars of her crib.

“Why. Am I. Still here?” she asked Dr. Dumas.

He shrugged and patted her hand. “Patience. Don’t give up.”

 

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(Written by D.Stallings ©2003. Many Thanks to my dear friend Carol K. who rescued this one from oblivion.)
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Best Natural Relief for Tendon Pain, Yes

How about that freaking tendonitis, exquisite tendon pain? It can strike near any joint in your body. This week it cropped up for several  friends and myself, so let’s talk about this.

It happens more often for the over- 40 crowd because our tendon-nurturing collagen production slows as we age.
But anybody can get it, as I did at age 21 when I suddenly strapped on a heavy backpack and carried it everyday on an adventure trip, stressing my Achilles tendons so my heels  screamed with every step for a month.

Yes, repetitive stress on any joint, from fingers to toes, from tennis elbow to jumper’s knee, can bring on an inflamed tendon. Which as we know is exquisitely painful. The area can be stiff, super-tender, sensitive, hurts more when you move it.

How to stop tendonitis?
Calm down the inflammation, boost your collagen, lubricate that tendon, and more.

  1. Lubricate the whole body with excellent hydration. Drink half your body weight in ounces each day. Drink Celtic salt water! Don’t let yourself to walk around dehydrated. Don’t let your cells wither into prunes.
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  2. Rest the painful body part if you can. Avoid using it. You can wear a splint or a thick bandage to keep that joint from moving too much, for awhile.
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  3. Ice packs reduce pain and swelling by constricting the blood vessels. Use ice 20 minutes at a time, especially with the first onset of pain. (For inflammation on the sole of the foot you can roll a frozen water bottle underneath your foot.)
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  4. Heat: if the painful tendon has already been with you for a while, use heat packs.
    Heat increases blood flow to help the healing.
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  5. Hot Castor oil packs placed on the  painful area  for 15-20 minutes  bring great relief  and remove inflammation. (Prep takes 5 minutes! All you need is castor oil, an old metal spoon, cotton balls, and a candle – see how to do it.)
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  6. Curcumin is the anti-inflammatory substance in Tumeric. You can take either of these supplements to reduce the pain.
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  7. Yucca juice extract clears inflammation from the whole body, makes your joints happy.
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  8. Omega-3 fish oil reduces inflammation and speeds healing. (Fish oil also thins the blood.)
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  9. MSM is anti-inflammatory and reduces muscular pain – try 1000 mg three times a day.
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  10. Vitamin C boosts collagen to keep tendons strong and happy. Try 500 mg three times a day, or use a time-release Vitamin C.
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  11. Serrapeptase (10mg to 50 mg) breaks down extraneous fibrin, scar tissue, and mucus in injured tendons and throughout the body. But it is a blood thinner, be aware. (Take on an empty stomach as directed.)
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  12. Wintergreen essential oil – combine it with jojoba oil or another carrier oil, and rub it into the painful area. (Also consider peppermint, lavender, or helichrysm oils.)
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  13. More topicals to rub into the painful tendon: Arnica gel or cream, DMSO (70%), or Renu 28 gel.
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  14. Epsom salt baths, full of relaxing Magnesium, can soothe tendonitis. Use 2 lb (32 oz) or more Epsom salt in a hot hot-water bath. (To soak just a hand or foot in a pot, use a cup of Epsom salt in very hot water for good absorption.)
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  15. Watch what you put in your mouth! Avoid too much alcohol, caffeine, sugar, carbs, fried foods, all of which promote inflammation.
    Eat more vegetables, greens, berries and vitamin C fruits, foods high in potassium and magnesium such as avocados, white beans, pumpkin seeds, Swiss chard, quinoa.
    Pineapple is high in anti-inflammatory Bromelain.
    Bone broth is restorative.
    Healthy proteins are important to repair all body tissues including tendons.
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  16. Your tendon might be out of place and pulling in unnatural directions. If you suspect this, look into Biomechanical Restructuring, an alignment method that puts your ligaments and tendons back where they belong. Invented by Valerie Revering.

Lots of options! Try what you like, and let us know how it goes.

Have you had tendonitis?
What worked for you?
Can you send us another suggestion not mentioned here?

Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system and your overall health.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills. Inquire about our weekly healing class, Tuesday evenings in Phoenix.
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Don’t Work Hard to Cheer Up a Loved One

You may know that I enjoy listening to Dr. James Martin Peebles.
The other day I heard a teaching from years ago – bingo! Just what I needed.
Deepest thanks to the wonderful woman who brought up this topic. (Unnamed here, and her words have been paraphrased, but the doc’s words are as he spoke them, in quotes. This is posted with permission from Summer Bacon, who channeled the conversation.)

Question: What is our responsibility to our loved ones who are gloomy and depressed and rely on us to lighten them up? Sometimes this seems okay and sometimes their heaviness becomes a burden. They want us to cheer them up. They’re not taking responsibility for their own attitude. Where should we draw the line? How much responsibility we should take for their attitude? Or should we give ourselves in service?

“There is a fine line here. To be of service does not mean to become something for someone to fill the gaps in their life. You see? The reason he keeps looking to you for his joy is because you keep allowing him to do it.”

Yes, if I keep doing it he does not learn to find his own way. But it seems like it’s my responsibility to do it.

“It is not your responsibility, my dear. In truth here, listen very carefully to us.
“Your life is a demonstration. Live your life as a demonstration. Stop trying to alter or change yourself to be of service. Be of service by being true to yourself first. Give of your heart.

“When he is in despair and he is annoying you, and you are trying to do a project, or you are on the telephone and he is vying for your attention like a child, it is then that you say, ‘Excuse me but I’m very busy right now. And I understand something’s going on with you, but I’m not ready to hear it, nor can I help you right now. I am very busy with my own work.’

“That is not in-compassionate. That is your truth.
“Because if you get up and you walk away from what it is that you are doing that is bringing you joy in that given moment, that is important to you, that is freeing for your spirit – suddenly my dear you get up out of the chair to go attend to his business and you are encumbered, weakened, despondent, frustrated. It builds anger. It builds, my dear, a desire to die.
“And this is not, my dear, what it means to be of service. Service does not mean, my dear, that you lay yourself down at someone’s feet and allow them to wipe the mud off on you.

“It means, my dear, being true to yourself.
“And you can be very compassionate and say, ‘I’m very busy right now. But as soon as I can, in about an hour, maybe a week, maybe two years, I will take the time to sit and listen to what you have to complain about. Go for it.’

“You see? You understand the difference, my dear?”

Okay, but then I worry that I am not meeting him or not supporting our bond.

“You cannot put constraints upon intimacy, first and foremost.
“Here is what happens.
“Once you free your spirit to do and be what you want to do and be, and you are living, speaking, breathing, and demonstrating your truth with the world, then my dear, your desire, your true desire for intimacy, for touch, for affection, will come to the surface as well.

“It is a need of every single solitary person upon this planet Earth.
“The desire, the quest for love is why you are here.
“The desire to touch and to be touched is why you are here.

“And so my dear, as you allow more of your truth to surface, suddenly you will find that you walk past your husband, and you say, ‘Hello, I just love you, I’ve got to tickle you under the chin and kiss your neck and bite your ears. I can’t help myself, it’s my truth, it’s bubbling to the surface.’

“And it’s real. And it’s not, my dear, contrived anymore. Do you understand?”

I understand that it has been contrived because I’ve been mustering the effort to cheer him up just because he wants me to.

“Precisely. Now you’re going to do it from a true place within you. And life will become, if you will, more satisfying.
“Love will become more satisfying.

“Love-making will become more satisfying.

“It won’t be contrived.

“Doing anything my dear, when it is contrived is not of service to mankind. It kills you. God bless you indeed.”

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(Many thanks to Dr. Peebles and Summer Bacon for all they do. This image of Dr. Peebles is from their Facebook page.)
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How to Get True Healing – Unlock the Root Cause

Have you noticed how life speaks to us through our symptoms?
Sometimes the message is obvious. (My foot hurts and I don’t want to “take the next step.”)
Sometimes it’s not so obvious. (What’s up with my sore teeth?)
Sometimes I reach for Louise Hay’s 1982 classic, Heal Your Body, which presents the meaning behind a symptom and offers affirmations to relieve it.
Have you played with this book?
(Hmm – Teeth are about decisions, she says?)

How many of us (like me) jump right into the affirmation without thinking twice?
And it does not bring relief.
After all these decades it finally hit me: I need to think twice.

I need to find out why I am holding onto the issue before I can truly release it. (Louise does point this out in her opening pages, but I skipped over that in 1982.)

My body has a good reason for expressing this pain, this resistance.
A root cause sits underneath this problem, and I must face it.
What is my body telling me?

  1. Why do I “need” this problem?
  2. How is my personal opinion or belief causing trouble here?
  3. Can I release my misguided “need” for this problem?
  4. Can I forgive myself and forgive others on this topic?
  5. Does this problem/symptom give benefits that I like? (Sick days feel good, in a way.)

My dear teeth, are you feeling indecisive?
(Sheesh, I don’t know how Louise comes up with this, but let’s investigate.)
Am I facing uncomfortable decisions?
Yeah, maybe – there are so many unknowns and so many conflicting opinions in life.
Which decisions are bugging me? (Play the Jeopardy music while I ponder.)

Who told me I had to be decisive? (My inner critic and/or an authority in the distant past.)
Do I believe I must know everything, decide everything? (Yup.)
Am I pressuring myself? (Yup.)

Hey! My root cause just dawned on me:
I “need” to choose the one best decision.

I believe there’s only one best choice, and I’m afraid I’ll mess it up.
I gotta get it right, or else!
Or else what??
Or else nothing.
No big deal.
Hey, I don’t have to pressure myself with this silly belief in perfect decisions!
What if I make a bad decision? Is that the end of the world?
What’s the worst that could happen?
Mistakes help us grow, right?
Heck, let’s make some bad choices just to loosen up!

Now that I pulled out the root cause of this belief in “perfect rightness of decisions,” I can see more clearly. I can release it.
The problem will begin to wither without its root.

Next – my affirmation for my decisions/teeth.
Louise Hay handed me a line, but I wanted something personal so I made this one up:
I release “one right way” thinking, and I make choices that feel good to me.
I can’t get it wrong – there’s always another option.

And you say, “Gee Diane, why don’t you just ask your dentist about this?”
Well, there is that.
But the spirit infuses the body, and my mental habits affect my body.
The dentist heals from the outside in (with chemicals and such).
I want to heal from the inside out.
Because human life is an inside job.

How about your symptom?
What root cause is revealed for you?

Want another quick example?
My “need” for my headache is that I need everything to be perfect and be under my control.
That need is unattainable.
I struggle against reality and unwittingly squeeze my scalp muscles like a vice around my head. It hurts.

When I see what I’m doing, I feel silly.
Look where my views have brought me.
I squeezed my head only because I disagreed with “what-is” in the world.
I’ve been making trouble for myself.

Do I want this pain to continue, or can I release it and forgive it?
It all boils down to forgiving and releasing.

I forgive myself for being uptight and craving control.
I forgive another person for messing up my “perfect” plans.
I forgive the world for being in whatever shape it’s in.

Does any of this work for you? Are we onto something? Do tell.

 

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Diane offers energy balancing sessions and also meditation classes in Phoenix and Fountain Hills.
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Gallbladder Pain Relief, How to Feel Better Now 

Removal of the gallbladder is one of the most common surgeries around the world, but the trouble can often be handled without surgery.
Gallbladder pain – in the upper right abdomen or the upper back – arises from gallstones blocking the bile duct. Symptoms may include indigestion, bloating, nausea and vomiting.
An episode might occur after eating fatty foods, but the issue may become a recurring pain. Do not ignore it. You need to calm it down. You need to reduce the inflammation, or it can bring serious consequences.

After you get it calmed down you’ll  want to release those gallstones with a natural cleanse using Epsom salt, olive oil, and grapefruit or lemon juice. (Yes it’s “free,” as many good things in life are. And you’ll get no cholecystectomy – gallbladder removal.)

First get out of pain:
– The gallbladder is in your upper right abdomen just below your rib cage.gallbladder pain relief spot (Don’t push on it too much.) Massage the spot just opposite to it, underneath your left rib cage (green spot in diagram). This may feel sore too. Press and massage it deeply for 1 – 2 minutes to stop gallbladder pain.

– Apply a hot damp towel, heating pad, or hot water bottle to your upper right abdomen for about 20 minutes. (Wet a small towel, wring it out, and microwave it for a minute. Don’t burn your skin.) This hot compress can reduce spasms, soften and open up the area inside, reducing that painful pressure.

– Drink some apple cider vinegar diluted in water or apple juice. (Use 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water.) This reduces inflammation. Apples contain pectin which softens gallstones.

– Peppermint tea can reduce pain, relieve nausea, and improve your digestion.

Now that you are out of pain, let’s talk.
Gallbladder issues usually arise from your diet, but you can change this.
It’s important for you now to stop eating:
– Sugar
– Refined grains like donuts, bread, pasta, etc.
– Fats and fatty greasy foods. Even stop eating nuts for a while.

Eat more fiber and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale. Get your leafy greens and your orange veggies each day. Eat an apple a day. No kidding.

You can take Choline and/or Magnesium supplements to relax the gallbladder.

Gallstones begin as soft lumps of cholesterol that accumulate over time. Often they are mushy, not really “stones” when a surgeon removes them.
Even if they’re not so soft, you can soften them up by eating more pectin, more apples, especially green apples, everyday.

You can pass gallstones out of your digestive tract naturally without surgery.
See the instructions for the gallbladder flush, which people have been using successfully for two centuries already. YES it does work.

Just make sure to drink tons of water to help the process along.
I recommend that in the week before you even begin preparing the flush process, start to drink Celtic salt water. This will hydrate and plump up all your cells, all your tissues, all your liquid communications throughout the body. It enhances all your digestive processes for smooth performance.

On the final day of the flush you’ll want to stay close to the toilet because your colon will expel many small lumps of cholesterol (a.k.a. stones) from your gallbladder.
(If you’re anything like me, you will see this as a beautiful healthy day. You may feel a bit worn out by the end of it, but it is so worthwhile. You can do this for general health every few years if you like.)

The word “gall” means bitterness, resentment, hatred. In olden times (or even now) a person might say, “That galls me.”
In healing your gallbladder, or even if you don’t yet have gallbladder trouble, find out what galls you.
What are you bitter about?
Then see what you can do to release that aggravation, resentment, bitterness.
Can you let go into peace on that topic, whatever it is?
Can you relax and forgive it?
You don’t want to make yourself sick over it.

I stand by my strong opinion that our body ailments are messages to us.
They are metaphors for what we’re going through in our life.

Have you ever done one of these flushes?
What is your experience with cleansing?
(I do have a photo of my cholesterol lumps lined up from small to large but I’m not sure I should share that one…?)
Let me know what you think.

Comprehensive Gallbladder Flush including dietary preparation

Diane does energy balancing sessions and meditation class in Phoenix and Fountain Hills
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Maybe Not a Random Shot – another wild story

One random day Zeta was shot.
Like a lot of other random people in the news, said her brain.
Not like anybody else, said her heart.

It had looked like a promising day. She woke up happy and didn’t know why. She couldn’t recall the dream she’d just finished, but some feel-good lingered. Beautiful morning, chilly but sunny.

A good day. Lately she’d had lots of them. Her work satisfied her. After decades she was quite competent and glad to contribute. Friends stood in every pocket of her life: work, book club, yoga class. It no longer hurt that her marriage had failed years ago, or that she was childless. Well. If she let herself dwell on those things. But mostly she did not.

She wasn’t a social climber anymore. Who cared, really? She could enjoy the people right in front of her face. She had no bones to pick with anybody anymore.
This level of comfort was priceless, she was finding out. Worth more than becoming queen of a small country.

That morning on her way to work, Zeta stopped at Tony’s to fill her gas tank. As the nozzle chugged, she tried to blow smoke rings with her frozen breath. Settled for white puffs. Never could do smoke rings, not even years ago when she smoked.

She felt eager to pop into the warmth of Tony’s store, grab a coffee and razz him a little.

A howl filled the air. It was a three-year-old boy whose mom pulled him out of their car toward the store. The boy wore a yellow stocking cap with buggy eyes. One of those cartoon creatures. Frustrated little guy, he wailed all the way in. Poor Tony had to listen to that.

Hmm. Maybe she would skip the coffee.
No, she wanted coffee. She bounced on her heels to warm herself until the scrolling gas pump numbers stopped.
She indulged in her numerology game, adding up one number for the gallons and another number for the price. Today these were nine and one, an ending and a beginning.
Completion on something and wonder what’s next, she thought, walking into the mini-mart.

The boy whined and tried to pull away from his mother’s grasp. Mom carried a couple of granola bars and juices to Tony’s countertop.

Zeta went for her coffee. And cupcakes, why not? Two packs. One for the little guy. She stood behind them. Beamed a sympathetic smile at Tony.

The boy whipped around to eyeball Zeta. He fell into an irritating rhythmic noise, “Aauhh, Aauhh.”

Zeta looked away and breathed deeply. Maybe the kid didn’t need cupcakes. Wouldn’t want to sugar him up.
Now the mother was having issues with her credit card.

A souped-up rumbling old truck stopped outside the plate glass windows. Its vibrations reverberated into the floor and rose up through Zeta’s legs.
The boy dropped to silence and stared at the truck.
The guys in the truck fussed around like they were arguing. They didn’t cut their engine.

“Ah, there it goes,” said Tony, his hand on the credit card machine. “It took it.”
“Yes!” said the mom.
The boy quietly glanced up at Zeta. And her cupcakes. She smiled.

The truck door slammed. A scruffy man swooped in, his arms rigidly pointing a pistol at them. “Empty your cash!” He took his first shot at the ceiling.

“Who do you think you are?” Tony yelled.
Zeta leapt and wrapped her arms around the boy. The mother dove down, hugged them both.
Whoops, shift this, said Zeta’s heart.
She lifted away and tucked mom in with her son.

Gunfire banged all over the place.

Two guns, one of them Tony’s, Zeta realized.

“Out! Get Out!” Tony bellowed.

Two bullets ripped into Zeta’s back. Warmth poured out.

Tony’s shout broke off into silence.

“Stop it!” cried a new voice. Zeta opened one eye to see the frantic driver, trembling like his truck behind him. “No time for this! Grab it!”

A scuffle, and the truck roared away.

Zeta lifted her head and strangely lifted her chest up and out from the back of her body. She looked upon her crumpled form.
Mother and son screamed and cried.
Zeta didn’t see any blood on them. She wasn’t sure what to do next.

Tony hovered behind the counter with the wackiest stunned look on his face. “Are we -? Are we -?”
“Yes, Tony, we are,” said Zeta. “Out of our bodies.” It felt uncanny and yet sublime.

The place filled up with other beings, coming in close, encircling the two of them.
“Well done,” they said. “Well-played, Zeta. And you, Tony.”

. . . Why?
It would take awhile to find out why.

(I would love to hear your whys and wherefores. Is this sort of thing simply random chance? Does this scene spark any interesting explanations to you? Do tell.)

 

written by Diane Langlois Stallings, 2018
Thanks to wikimedia and John Busuttil Leaver for the use of this image.
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