We are almost to the half way point between Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox. It is the time of first harvest, baking and eating bread in appreciation and country fairs. It is a solar holiday called, Lammas

Also called: Lughnassad                                                                                                                                                    

  • dates: August 2, early August
       colors: orange, yellow, brown, green
       tools: sacred loaf of bread, harvested herbs, bonfires
      energy: fruitfulness, reaping prosperity
      goddesses: Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother
      gods: Grain God, Lugh, John Barleycorn
      rituals: prosperity, generosity, continued success
      customs: offering of first fruits/grains, games, country fairs

I hope you have been harvesting your first fruits for a while now; enjoying the abundance of freshness summer brings with fresh food, and outdoor activities to refresh the mind and body.


Sometimes it's hard. Or it's unclear what needs to change. You know you want to change, but you keep working at it and it just won't happen. For issues that have resisted our attempts for some extended time, it's time to look at the upside of the downside.

When getting better is scarier than staying where you are

It's even in our language: "better the devil you know than the devil you don't." Our lovely brains, so proud, confident and creative suddenly get scared when confronted with the prospect of change. Evolution has favored the reticent. We admire the bold, but we'd just as soon someone else took the risk.

Applied to the personal, our brain, tasked with keeping us safe, feels it knows how to do that in the status quo. If you go around changing, even if that means you're going to be healthier and happier, it doesn't know that it will be able to safeguard you under those circumstances.

So, it resists. It puts up barriers. It tries to deflect you. For every way in which you are suffering now, it imagines ways in which getting happier and healthier could work to your detriment. An example I use often use is of a lonely woman whose children only come around to help her with the household chores that she can't manage because of her health. What if her health improved? Would the children come around anymore? Would she lose the attention she enjoys now? That is not an even trade for her. The future is unknowable, but our minds pick the scariest scenarios  and use those to keep us from pursuing change and relieving our stress. And when we're frightened of the future, we stay stuck in the past. We can't envision all the possible benefits and potentially wonderful opportunities that might enfold for us.

Subconsciously we resist change because the future is unknowable and frightening. But when we release stress we think more clearly, imaginatively, and vibrate with a higher frequency that brings fresh energy into our lives and attracts new opportunities that we couldn't have imagined before. We are resilient and

then, getting better is the more attractive and safer option than staying stuck in the old model.


Free Group tapping continues

If you're available, the first and third Mondays of every month you can join me at the Kennedy School Community Room for free tapping.  We'll tap on whatever you bring to the circle.  The beauty of tapping is that you don't have to reveal your issues to get results. 

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First live on my phone

You can see my funny first live Facebook video done from my phone here.  I haven't had a chance to edit it, but I'm pretty proud of calm I am at the beginning while I'm still figuring it out!  Sorry about the wavery focus.  I'll try to figure out what was happening there.

Watch me figure it out! Stay for the great information

Are you ready to make a shift?

I"d love to talk tapping with you.  For issues big and small, EFT is the go to set of techniques to help you live a better life, have better health, and change what's not working for you, shift your perspective, and release stress. We begin with a conversation and go from there.  Easy peezy.  Just call or email me.  You can get my free report if you haven't yet at, as well as other resources.


Take care,                                                             

and enjoy your Lammas!

many blessings of harvest and peace to you



tapping bears many fruits


Penny Hill
Penny Hill, EFT Tapping for Stress Relief