Friday, May 18, 2012

Spend Your DASH Wisely

Tombstones reveal a person’s name and memorable dates - the dates of birth and death. Chiseled in between those dates, we find a  – (dash). This dash between is what matters most – it is filled with the life of the person, who he or she was, how they lived and loved, how they spent their dash. The elements of our dash, our life, are not visible on hard stone.

Linda Ellis penned a special poem (The Dash) that sums it up:

“For it matters not how much we own;
the cars….the house….the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.”

In the whole scheme of things called Life, this special dash lasts but a short time. That dash is our journey. We may be moving slowly in our dash, plodding along, or we could be running in a mad dash for the finish line.

Whatever our speed, if there are things we want to change about our life, now is the time.
If there are family or friends or business associates we need to communicate with - to release past energy, to clear the air and start anew - now is the time to reach out.

The dash between the dates represents the physical time we had on earth. But we humans are composite beings of body (physical), mind (emotions) and spirit (concepts, intention), with spirit ruling over all. We accomplish what we do in our dash by following the hierarchy of spirit to mind to body. No matter where we are on our spiritual journey, we are spirits first and foremost. What we conceive of (spirit) can be accomplished on the physical plane by thinking through the necessary steps (mind) and following through with the correct action (physical).  What we think and harbor in our minds and bodies, we become – so make it worthy and balanced.

So, how are you spending your dash? Would you like your life to be more fulfilling?
Are you happy in your life study? Are you releasing old patterns so you can move to the next step? Are you closing one door so another will open for you?

Joe Scogna was aware of the limited time we have in our dash. He was on a mission as he wrote and produced SAF and life energy material at break-neck speed. Looking at all he accomplished in his brief span, all the people he taught through seminars, trainings, questionnaires and clinic work; all the books he wrote with an eye to the future of mankind; one cannot help but think he knew his own time would be short. He had much to complete and he wasted no time in getting it done.

One practitioner Joe worked with in Denver was Jacqueline Susmark. She was a nutritionist, in the old school nutrition studies for which Joe had a passion. She studied with Joe for several years, and attended seminars to keep up-to-date with the latest releases. She used the SAF questionnaires and infrared to help her get to the root causes of her patients’ complaints, and several remedy programs to help them reach balance in their lives. She was a Master at reading SAF chains! In their final conversations, when she asked what Joe wanted her to do next, he stressed that she keep working with SAF - she was good at it; he was proud of her work.

Jackie did just that. In her nutritional and alternative therapy consulting practice, which she called Inner Harmony, she helped countless people and improved the lives of many for more than 25 years. She brought to the table her own expertise and intuition; she was knowledgeable, understanding and caring, all the attributes of a compassionate healer.

I was saddened to hear recently of Jackie’s death. She is greatly missed by her family and friends, and the many clients she helped through the years. 
Jackie Susmark is one who spent her DASH wisely and well, leaving this world a better place than she found it.

The SAF remedy programs Jackie used most often were Allergies and Sensitivities, Modality Sorter, Emotion Hazards, Herbs, Mood Scan (Bach Flowers), Millennium Detox, and Vita-Coordinator, all of which can be found at and SAF Online. With the addition of special SAF interpretation programs, including dates of traumatic events, SAF Online is a workable concept for practitioners to use.

So think about how you are spending YOUR dash. Consider taking a self awareness course, reading books and helping others, using SAF as a tool to do so.

Hope to see you at SAF Online!


  1. Ah so true so true!

    1. Jackie Susmark was a great gal and wonderful healer.

  2. How true, how true. Lovely poem and thoughts.

    1. Yes, look at a tombstone and see those little dashes. tells us nothing about a person's life work.
      We all need to take heed and do what we can to leave this place better than when we arrived.

  3. Jackie passed away?! Oh my. I guess it has been a long time. She had such a happy smile.