My girlfriend whom I have been friends with for over thirty years sends me a present every year for Christmas and birthdays.
For many years after my divorce she has sent me the most beautiful lingerie from Victoria’s Secret, wishing I would somehow use them. But I am a very practical person and either gave them away to other friends or donated them to Salvation Army so that at least someone can use them.
She got tired of sending me those lovely womanly things because when she asked, “Have you used the latest one I sent you?” The answer was always the same. “I gave it away to someone who would actually use them.” I have had no need for them.
If there Is one thing one can count on me for, it is that I will always tell the truth at that moment one asks, but the people who ask are also aware that those can change. For example, I may not be hungry now, but I could be later or vice versa. It makes things very simple. I live in moment to moment truths.
This year she sent me a whole set of skin care and the instructions on how to use them. She is a chemist, used only to the best and so I actually read everything she wrote on the separate card and will summarize them here.
The specific products you can ask me if you are interested. Here are the instructions :
1. Use sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better. Never leave home without it.
2. Use the body skin firming cream. This I do not need to do, I think.
3. Use vanishing cream at night to get rid of the age spots. I must admit this I have to use. One of the costs of being pregnant is the change in the hormones and we get more susceptible to sun damage. It is a fact.
4. Use eye cream to get rid of the puffy eyes.
5. Eat well. Drink lots of water.
The vanishing cream is imported. I will not write it here. The major component is hydroquinone. The scientific name of it is Benzene-1,4-diol or quinol, is an aromatic organic compound that is a type of phenol, having the chemical formula C6H4(OH)2.
I came to think about that word, vanishing.
To vanish according to Merriam Webster online means this :
1 a : to pass quickly from sight : disappear
b : to pass completely from existence
2: to assume the value zero
: to cause to disappear
— van·ish·er noun
Examples of VANISH
1. The missing girl vanished without a trace a year ago.
2. The papers seem to have vanished into thin air .
3. Dinosaurs vanished from the face of the earth millions of years ago.
Origin of VANISH
Middle English vanisshen, from Anglo-French vaniss -, stem of vanir, envanir, esvanir, from Vulgar Latin *exvanire, alteration of Latin evanescere to dissipate like vapor, vanish, from e- + vanescere to vanish, from vanus empty
First Known Use: 14th century
Related to VANISH
Synonyms: dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate,fade, flee, fly, go (away), melt, sink, disappear
Antonyms: appear, materialize
Hydroquinone will lighten the age spots. Four percent hydroquinone applied consistently is supposed to vanish all the age spots. The purpose of the vanishing cream is to lighten unnecessary dark spots or discolorations on the skin. In mine, the only ones I have are those areas that are consistently exposed to the sun. The face. One can see them on my picture. I do not use make up and I have thrown away make up sets.
There is a caveat when one uses this, it is imperative that the skin never be exposed to the UV rays without sunscreen. The sunscreen actually has to be applied an hour before going out into the sun. Where I live, there is always sun, even if it does get cold.
I thought about the vanishing effects. When one takes away the awareness of something, anything, then the importance of it vanishes. It actually disappears. It is very tricky and it will take a while before one realizes this but when one is aware one can prove it experientially, and then a whole new world opens.
To vanish the significance of something, anything, one has to be able to go into it, be it, then view it from another perspective. Try it with something right in front of you. Anything will do. A pen, a rock, a quarter. It does not matter what. When I was doing it as part of the course, it took me a half day to do the exercise, to be good at it so above all else be patient with yourself and don’t push. The trick really is to do it effortlessly. This will take time and lots and lots of practice. When you get really good at it, you will find that it will be very difficult to get upset, because you can vanish the significance of anything, at will.
I used the cream so that I can tell my friend that I am actually using the presents she sent. There was considerable change, overnight. This is theoretically impossible, but perhaps, I willed it to be so, so that I can validate to her that her system works. She is fifty and looks thirty five. Magic,
© 2010 Melinda M. Sorensson