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Recently, my wife and I traveled to the Dominican Republic to get some relief from the stresses of life. We decided quickly to go on a vacation and suddenly Jackie is singing the virtues of why we should go to the Dominican Republic. Not wanting to be further stressed about where to go, we flew towards the sunshine.

We sat on the beach and felt absolutely wonderful. I noticed that my shift to a stress free place with no anxiety was much quicker than typical. In the course of the visit, I rediscovered that the only known source of Larimar is the Dominican Republic. It has large mines of the mineral of the primary properties is the release of anxiety and stress.

I am thankful that my body knows better than I do about where I need to be to ease some of the anxieties of life.

Next month, we will be doing the medicine wheel workshop at Bethel Horizons, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Details are below...It should be a very integrative workshop.

Bountiful Blessings
Herb Stevenson
One White Horse Standing


Larimar (Pectolite)

LarimarLarimar, a form of pectolite, is only found in the Dominican Republic. At the begin of the century, the Catholic priest Miguel Domingo Fuerte Loren of Barahona sent a request to the Treasury Department of the Dominican Republic to obtain the permission to explore for the source of the blue stone. However, for whatever reason, he never succeeded and the " blue stones " remained in oblivion.

In 1974 Norman Rilling, a member of the American "Peace Corps" in company of the Dominican Miguel Méndez, found blue pectolitas at the coast of Barahona. On following the vestige upstream of the Bahoruco river, they achieved to reach in the outcrop at "Los Chupaderos" in the section "Los Checheses " about 10 kilometers southwest of Barahona, in the south-occidental region of the Dominican Republic.

The name Larimar was given to the stone by a Dominican, Miguel Méndez, who combined his daughter's name Larissa, with Mar, the Spanish word for sea. The stone is also called the Atlantis Stone, since a wise prophet once claimed that the Dominican Republic was part of the lost continent of Atlantis, an association that has been affirmed by various spiritual and metaphysical authorities.

It has an extraordinary blue appearance similar to the color of the ocean in tropical areas. Hardness varies between 5-7 on the Mohs scale with the darker blue stones ranging closer to 7.

Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties

Its powers are believed to help us view events from different perspectives, to soften and enlighten, to heal the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual body. Melody, in her book Love is in the Earth, believes that Larima can assist in recognizing the "chains" which have been self-imposed, stimulating one to release the self-constraints in order to facilitate freedom from the bondage of the materialistic world. It assists in precision and forthright-ness in activities, and stimulates the deeper understanding of being in this world.

Larimar is reputed to be helpful for those experiencing stress and anxiety. It is purported to help one to admit guilt, when guilty. It represents peace and clarity, healing and love. It is believed to emit a love for the user that brings a sense of peace in truthfulness. It is quite helpful in discouraging pugnacity and overzealous displays.

Larimar is a "stone for Earth healing". It can be used for gridding, bringing serenity to an environment and providing a message of loving energy to those of other worlds.

It has been used to stimulate heart, throat, ajna, and crown chakras, facilitating inner wisdom and outer manifestation. It helps one to see the self from outside the realm of personal reality, inspiring and encouraging on toward improvement in the actualization of ones realities on the spiritual and physical planes.


Medicine Wheel Workshop
An Initiation with Herb Stevenson

Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Dodgeville, WI

Native Americans refer to the medicine as the essence of a person, place or thing. The Medicine Wheel has been used for thousands of years to provide insight into the human condition. We will explore the cycles of life and the stages of change with a view toward living a more centered and balanced life. The purpose of Medicine Wheel Initiation is to create mature men and women who can stay within the center of who they are regardless of circumstances.

In prior times, the creation and development of medicine were done through various forms of rituals and ceremonies that were designed to ignite the deep feminine and masculine energies that would enable the initiate to let go of the childish ways that tended toward self-centeredness and move toward family and community responsibilities. In this process we discover parts of ourselves that have not been able to be seen or have been trapped in a childish expression and not allowed to mature into the medicine that we are as adults.

These rituals and ceremonies often involved facing the deepest personal fears of childhood. In a sacred space, created and held by others, the initiates would be able to release the habits and patterns of the past and create a new way of being. New paradigms were taught to the evolving men and women so that they would understand the energies within themselves that could be birthed or developed into new skills and ways of being complete with the world.

Who should come: This is an integration workshop. People who have attended three of the five medicine wheel workshops—bear, cougar, wolf, buffalo, and dragon or who have completed the Medicine of Men series—are qualified. For those that feel compelled to come that have not attended three of the prior workshops, a special one day workshop on March 4, 2009 will be held. Cost will be $150. Class size is limited to 26 people.

What to bring: Please bring photographs of yourself or your family that reflect infancy, childhood, adulthood, and elders. In addition to (or instead of the prior photographs) bring photos, images and/or symbols that represent the energies of

  • the King/Queen/Buffalo/Eagle/Sovereign/Ancestors;
  • the Lover/Healer/Bear/Owl/Feminine;
  • the Magician/Sage/Shaman/Cougar/Raven/the next 7 generations;
  • and the Warrior/Soldier/Samurai/Wolf /Hawk/Masculine.

You may also want to bring any bundles or notes from the other animal medicine classes, but it is not necessary.

When and where: This workshop starts at 9:00 am on Friday, March 5 and finishes at 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 8. We will be in the Prairie Center in a large meeting room surrounded by patio doors out to a porch that runs the length of two sides of the room overlooking prairie and woods. On the other side of a 25 foot tall stone fireplace is the cafeteria style dining room and beyond that the dormitory style rooms. There are 2 to 4 beds in a room and all the rooms also have windows and private bath. Detailed directions will be provided with your confirmation letter.

Fee: $690 residential, ($640 if deposit or full payment is postmarked by February 21) This includes lodging for Thursday through Sunday night and meals from luncheon Friday to dinner on Sunday.

To Register: Please send a $100 deposit or the amount in full to Marie Smith 19126 Campbell Hill Dr, Richland Center, WI 53581. If you have questions, please contact Marie Smith at, (608) 647-2366. The last day for registration is Monday, March 2.

Cancellations received by Friday February 27 will get a full refund. After February 27 there will be a $50 processing fee.

Presenter: Herb "One White Horse Standing" Stevenson (Shawnee and Cherokee) has been exploring

indigenous healing practices for over twelve years. He has a private practice in crystal energy healing, specializing in trauma-related work. He provides workshops around the country upon request. For more information about Herb and his other classes go to or


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