Articles by: jenibeanstalk
Author, mother, partner, loudmouth, loyal friend, paranormal investigator, empath, spiritual advisor, passionate advocate for LGBT rights. (If you have a spiritual or metaphysical issue you need help with, you can reach me directly at If you have a paranormal problem that needs investigating, you can contact the Texas Research and Investigations of the Paranormal (T.R.I.P.) at I am not afraid to speak my mind, and am extremely difficult to intimidate. However, I will only speak out from a place of knowledge. It is indeed power, and education is the best medicine for intolerance of any nature. If I am not well-versed enough in a topic to really know what's going down on both sides of the issue, I will not address it until I am. I know that seems like it should be common sense, but - alas! - it is so very often considered optional. Likewise, I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person - if I am going to debate or discuss some taboo or controversial subject (which accounts for an inordinate amount of my time, actually), I prefer to engage in something approximating intellectually stimulating conversation, not ignorant rhetoric typed in all caps and topped off with spelling and grammar errors. I am an avid lover of the written word. I remain enthralled by the way language can curl up around you and move through you; twist your soul into spiritual origami, then release you with a self-satisfied sigh. The power, the emotion, the evocation of beauty that can be wrought by a well-turned phrase. It is magic of the highest order. My goal in this life is to bring people together by discussing the tough things...those taboo and controversial things that make the average mortal want to crawl under their desk and hide. Darkness is not flushed out that way, and neither is ignorance. Sticking your head in the sand (or the desk cubby, as it were) will only ensure that things will either remain exactly as they are, or get worse. So I say we must rise as a people - take up our laptops and desktops and smartphones and emails and pen and paper and voice and our courage... Tell the stories that need to be told, stand strong for those whose voice has been made silent by fear, and bring about the change in the world that is so desperately needed - one beautifully crafted word at a time.

by / on November 23, 2012 at 11:08 am / in Alternative Healing/ Holistic Medicine, Paranormal, Spirituality

Practice Safe Spiritualism (use protection): Part 2

(this is the second in a three-part series covering crystals, herbs, and rituals – to read the first article on crystals, click here) In this installation, I want to go over the different herbs (no, not that kind of herb) that are available for personal protection, and all the various ways you can use them. Some of this comes from […]

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by / on October 31, 2012 at 11:42 am / in Body, Parenting, Relationships, Society, Women's issues

Why We Shouldn’t Overturn Roe v. Wade (yet): A Pro-lifer’s Point of View

I was never really good at picking sides. When my friends would argue and then ask me to weigh in, more often than not I told them I was on my side, not anyone else’s, and promptly invoked Switzerland status. The reasoning behind this is that I usually agreed with (or could at least concede to) parts of what each […]

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by / on October 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm / in Culture, Dysfunctional family dynamics, Media, Politics, Relationships, Society

To un-friend, or not to un-friend…is there really a question?

Do you just remove them from your social media life entirely, even if you still love and respect them in general?

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by / on October 20, 2012 at 11:28 am / in Alternative Healing/ Holistic Medicine, Paranormal, Physics, Spirituality

Practice Safe Spiritualism (use protection): Part 1

Mother Earth has given us an enormous tool box to work with. And it’s up to us to learn about the different options given, and how they can help us in our journey.

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by / on October 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm / in Alternative Healing/ Holistic Medicine, Body, Paranormal, Physics, Spirituality

Spiritual Saboteurs

At our core, we are all beings of energy. This means that there is a constant flow of energy within us. It also means there is a constant flow of energy around, through, and connecting us – and it affects you, even if you are not conscious of it.

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