Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 2

Five Tips For A Better Week:

1.  Sing everyday.  Not only will this lighten your mood and probably make you smile, it will release your vocal cords and help pave the path to your intuition.  Our intuition comes in through the gut, travels to our heart and is expressed through the throat.  Opening the channel through unabashed joyful singing will place you blissfully in the present---the point at which all creation is possible!

2.  Turn off the News for a week.  To most people this seems impossible.  I urge you to take the leap.  I did it for several years while living in NYC---and I was fine.  If you are really concerned, tell friends and family you are doing this and they can alert you of WWIII if it should happen.  Otherwise, this will be a good chance for you to see the beauty in the world without being clouded by sensational drama.

3.  Put Chia seeds in your water.  Chia seeds greatly expand in water which helps regulate blood sugar, keeps you feeling satisfied, provides a good dose of Omega 3 fatty acids, is a great source of protein, is full of anti-oxidants, and ingeniously hydrates the body.  You'll only need a few tablespoons a day, so if you are trying to lose weight, this will be your new favorite buddy.

4.  Make an appointment with your dentist to take out your amalgams.  Having the mercury removed from your mouth is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.  Seemingly random symptoms can be the result of mercury poisoning.  The FDA has conceded that there is NO evidence that amalgams are safe for children, and children and fetuses are MOST susceptible to the neuro-toxic effects of mercury.  Additionally, many countries in Europe have already outlawed the use of mercury for cavity fillings because of the detrimental effects on health and the environment.

5.  Make a list of the the things you love.  This list will raise your vibration by getting you in tune with what makes your spirit happy, and it will remind you of the things you can do for yourself when you're lacking joy in your life.

Five Tips for a Better Week: Vol. 1

Five Tips For A Better Week: 1.  Make your bedroom is dark as possible before bed. It will signal your body to start producing melatonin which is the precursor to serotonin---the "happy" hormone.

2. Try aloe vera juice and gel for its incredible healing powers.  It's only $5-$10 a bottle for the week, and you will have incredible energy, boost your immune function, and proved large quantities of vitamins and minerals with every sip.  I love the brand Nature's Way.

3. Give up one thing you know is not good for you.  By not having that one thing, you are loving yourself a little more each time because you are not intentionally hurting yourself.

4.  When you're showering, consciously be thankful for all parts of your body.  It's a great way to begin connecting with your body and raise your vibration.

5.  If you are in a disagreement this week, tell the person, "You are right," even if you think that is not true.  Pay attention to how this makes you feel.  The discomfort provides a huge lesson.  By doing this, you have delved into possibility rather than being burdened by the confines of "right" and "wrong."

Riding the Wave

The Law of Attraction has come up a lot lately.  People are wondering what the Law of Attraction is, how can I use it, or why it is not working for me ?! Simply put, the Law of Attraction states that like attracts like.  Which means, what you say, think and feel is what shows up in your life.

You are probably thinking, yeah, whatever.  I don’t have that blah blah blah and I think about it all the time!  I want it!  I can see it!  I know where to get it, I know how much it costs. I’m all set to buy it but I don’t have the money for it!

That’s because what you are saying, thinking and feeling are not all aligned.  When you say you want something, your body over whelmingly feels the lack of that thing.  That emotion is much more powerful than what you are thinking.  Research has shown that our heart’s electrical magnetic field is 10x as strong as our brain’s electrical field.  So you can scream all you want out to the Universe that you want something, but your body (through your feelings) is screaming 10x louder over you that you don’t have it!

So when your body sends out the louder, stronger signal of I don’t have this, the Law of Attraction steps in and works it’s magic and sends you NOTHING!  This is because you sent out the signal of not having it, so you attracted more of NOT having it!

Everything is made up of energy (thoughts and feelings too!), so chose your thoughts and feelings wisely.  Instead of thinking you want something, try to feel what it would be like to have that thing, and then hold on to that feeling as long as possible. And certainly, make sure you are talking ONLY about the things you want in life (so no complaining!).

Revolution

I needed to share this! I recently went to my first acupuncture appointment.  I know!  Totally surprising, but truthfully the Universe hadn't presented me with someone I felt comfortable doing this form of treatment.

The acupuncturist I chose is very in tune with other energy healing modalities (in addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine), and incorporates them into her practice.  Plus, we are exchanging services which is really an awesome benefit of being in my field.   Yeah for free massages and energy work!!!

I decided to experience acupuncture out of curiosity first and foremost, but also I wanted help getting to my "happy weight" ---the weight where you just put on your clothes and they fit perfectly and make you feel great.

Even though I'm really healthy according to my "numbers" attained through Western medicine protocol, I know I could stand to lose a few pounds, and I intuitively knew my metabolism needed an energetic boost (or a kick in the butt), so I elicited some help.

Per usual in a doctor's office, I filled out a lengthy questionnaire asking me detailed questions of my history, lifestyle and present symptoms.  She asked me about my diet, looked at my tongue (gross!), and felt my energetic pulses (what?!).  I don't know how she did this, but while taking my pulses, she could somehow tell I had an accident in my teenage years in my lower back (I broke my lower back when I was 16), and I had seen something scary in the last 24 hrs (I watched a scary show before bed---I almost never do that, because it disturbs me so much)!  Very much intriguing and impressive.

After a long discussion (about practically every detail of my life!--yes, she even asked me about my poop!) she surmised the purpose of the treatment was to treat a "damp," "heat" condition in my body---sounds nasty but it's TCM lingo.

What was interesting about this appointment is that she explained WHY I had developed a damp, heat in my body.  Apparently, I've created this condition through my intense desire to learn and so have started robbing energy from other areas of my body in order to fuel my insatiable desire for knowledge.  In addition, I am constantly "downloading" tons of source energy which overloaded my metabolism.  The combination of these two things and the fact that I'm often in Florida---hello sizzling heat and sticky humidity!---I needed some energetic adjustment.  Plus, she advised me about the foods I was regularly eating that were either contributing to or lessening my symptoms.  For example, she told me I was right on track with drinking Aloe Vera juice (score one for me!), and I needed to cut back on peanut butter because of the nature of the conditions in which it is grown (total bummer)!  But how interesting!

Right before the treatment, I asked her what was going to happen to me after the treatment.  Was I going to become disinterested in learning, or worse, dumb after the treatment?  I know that sounds ridiculous, but I just wanted to be clear.  Thankfully, my thirst for knowledge would be dialed down---not my intellect.

After that reassurance, I was ready to get rewired!

I knew I would be sensitive to the energy flow, but I didn't know how sensitive!

OMG!  After the insertion of the first needle (right between my big toe and 2nd toe), a wave of energy looking exactly like a blue ocean wave, glided up my body, nearly lifting me off the table!  The wave seemed to find it's resting spot somewhere in my lower back on the right side.  I immediately described what I felt and she remarked, "That's exactly where the energy was supposed to go---to your right kidney."  Whoa!

Then she did it on the other side, this time it was if a red lightning bolt shot up my leg, branched off a my left kidney and proceeded up to my head.  This was exciting!

With each insertion of a needle I could feel some sort of release in my body and not at the direct site of insertion.

One of the last needles placed in my body was to "drain" heat from my body.  I had no idea that this particular placement was supposed to do that, but sure enough, I immediately experienced an internal shiver.  I couldn't believe how quickly and effectively each needles' placement was.

As if that wasn't cool enough, in the middle of the treatment I opened my eyes and could see the whole room filled with tiny white balls of energy bouncing off of each other, and all the electronic equipment in the room started to buzz!  I was even able to control the loudness of the buzzing with intentional releases of energy from my body!  The more I released, the louder it got!  So amazing!

As for how I felt after the treatment?  I felt great!  I felt relaxed and I could tell that I was slightly disinterested in research and food---very interesting.   I also felt lighter---so much so I thought I might have dropped some weight the very next day.  The scale didn't register a difference but maybe my body will catch up to how I'm feeling.  Either way, I'm happy with the results.

I can't wait for the next treatment!

The Rainbow Connection

"Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics." ~Albert Einstein

Instantaneous healings?!

Sounds to good to be true---even for me!  I had to check out Reconnective Healing. Dr. Eric Pearl developed the “technique”---for lack of a better word.  He was a chiropractor in L.A. who was guided (intuitively) to do a little extra healing after each of his chiropractic sessions.  He had no idea why he had an urge to wave his hands over a person’s body, but when he did, people were miraculously healing.  People who couldn’t walk---were walking.  People with diseases---cured.  Tumors---gone.

His ability caught the attention of several scientists and medical docs.  Everyoneseemed to want to explain how and why this was happening!

I bought The Reconnection book, began reading it and soon booked the workshop.  I had to see first hand what this was all about!

Dr. Eric Pearl promises that a change happens as soon as you pick up the book and invite this type of healing into your life.  He claims that this technique is new and is delivering light and information to the client (instead of energy).  I was a bit skeptical until I started noticing some peculiar things.

As I got closer to the workshop (and still reading the book), I found myself being guided to do things out of the norm in my healing sessions.  I wasn’t quite sure why or where it came from because I hadn’t learned the Reconnective Healing technique yet.  Most people would probably be shocked they were doing a new technique at work like typing with their nose instead of their fingers---but I have gotten use to it.  That’s how almost all of my energy work has come to me.  I am guided to do certain things to benefit the client so I trust my intuition and go with it.

Shortly after one of my healing sessions, I was making dinner and the electric stove wouldn’t turn off.  I’ve gotten pretty use to electronic things acting funny around me.  It’s like a rite of passage for an energy worker.  Ipods shut off when I get startled, Blackberries become paralyzed when I get disappointing news, and treadmills shut off when I’m not feeling well.  This time, since it was the stove---which made me nervous!---I had to shut off the circuit breaker.  That didn’t even work until I shut off the circuit for the night!

When my energy starts effecting objects I take notice.  I know that there is an energetic shift taking place in my body and it could be one of two things--- I’m getting sick, or I’m going through an “energetic growth spurt.”  That means my energy is taking on a whole new vibration so my energy needs to acclimate.

This time I figured I must be going through an energetic growth spurt because the technical difficulties continued.  A gas fireplace turned itself on and off several times while I was visiting my sister and the power in a building went out when I was working on a client.  All of these things could be coincidences, except for other people in the workshop reported similar occurrences---indeed, my instructor had the same experience with a fireplace!

What’s even weirder (dare I say), is that the person receiving this energy work responds immediately by making involuntary movements.  Let me just tell you, I have never seen these types of movements from any of my clients prior to learning Reconnective Healing.  These movements are most definitely involuntary and the people making them generally are unaware they are doing it.  Also, some of Dr. Pearl’s clients began unconsciously talking during the session and repeating the same phrases other clients had said.  Fascinating!

All of this sounds like a circus act, but what’s amazing is the scientific research that supports these findings AND the claims of miraculous healings.

The research on this form of healing is becoming vast---here’s a snip it of the information available.  Scientists measured the ambient energy in the room before a Reconnective Healing workshop---during and after.  They found the ambient energy soared to the equivalent of raising the room temperature by 300 degrees celsius---instantaneously!  (You may recall from high school physics that the hotter something is the more the atoms bounce around---this is sort of the same concept).  The scientists were shocked!

Also, scientist have studied the effects of Reconnective Healing Vs Reiki and other similar energy modalities.  They have found Reconnective Healing winds unravelled DNA where as other energy modalities do not.  They also found that Reconnective Healing extends life.  They found this using a Ginko leaf as a subject.  The control leaf lived 10-14 days, the leaf that received Reiki lived for 30 days, and the leaf with Reconnective Healing lived for 90 days.  Quite impressive!

There is no doubt in my mind that Reconnective Healing is effective and different from other healing modalities.

It is exciting that there is yet another option for healing!

You Are My Sunshine

“Those health nuts are going to feel pretty stupid when they are dying in the hospital of nothing.”  ~Jeff Wilington

If you take pharmaceuticals regularly, have gastrointestinal problems or ANY disease, you are going to want to keep reading.

One of the strongest predictors of disease is an acidic body. In an acidic body, there are too many toxins and not enough oxygen.

Knowing which foods are more acidic, (produce more toxins), is really helpful.  Reducing your intake of meat, dairy and all forms of sugar (that means carbs too!) will greatly enable your body to readjust it’s pH levels.  Americans went from eating meat 2-3 times a week in the 1950’s to eating it 2-3 times a day today!  I know it’s painful even to just think about it, but you will be saving your body from so many complications---and there are so many healthy substitutes out there that you hardly notice you are not having traditional pasta (pick one with brown rice as an ingredient), or white bread (I love spelt bread--it’s in the grocer’s freezer and awesome!).

It should come as no surprise that eating vegetables is good for you.  So increase them.  Whether you are eating them in salads or juicing, they deliver vital nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium and they help break down toxins.  When you don’t consume these minerals, your body will take them from storage to help break down toxins.  If you are consistently de-voiding your body of these “anti-acids,” you will eventually become acidic.  So eat your veggies!

The good news is, when you change your diet, your body stops craving the acidic foods.    That’s because the parasites in your intestines are greedier than a kid on Halloween, but will eventually give up and go back where they came from when the sweets are gone.  When I started juicing, I had less and less of a desire to eat meat, sugar, and alcohol.  Call it a miracle, because that’s what it seemed like to me! Remember, your body just needs balance.  So keep these suggestions in mind when you are choosing food to fuel your body.

The second most important step in decreasing acidity in the body, is by increasing oxygen levels.  Delivery of oxygen to your cells is one of the single most important factors in changing your acidity level and avoiding disease. That’s why working out is so great for you!  You burn calories while you make your body less acidic by taking in more oxygen.  Plus, you sweat out any toxins close to the skin!  So take a deep breath in!

Believe it or not, people can be “toxic.”  I’m talking emotionally toxic.  They are the people who make you feel drained.  If you are stressed your body becomes more acidic, thus more toxic.  If you are constantly exposed to someone who has a stream of negative outburst and thoughts, you might to sever that relationship. You’ve probably already had lots of feelings that this person doesn’t make you feel good, so listen to your body!

Also, participating in yoga or meditation has a slew of health benefits because you are calming the mind and focused on your breath---which means more oxygen---which means less toxins!  How ‘bout them apples!

The last important factor to pay attention to is your water consumption.  More water means less toxins.  If you have ever received a massage, or worked out with a trainer, they suggest you drink lots of water.  That’s because lactic acid builds up in your muscles and will make you sore and weak if it is not flushed out with water.  Personally, I’ve been doing P90X (I should be sore everyday) and I don’t suffer from any soreness because I have a juice once a day---it hydrates me AND pulls the toxins out.  Also, most people are chronically dehydrated.  Which means the toxins are going to be waiting longer than a gay couple to get married in the state of Louisiana before they get flushed out.  By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already short 1 liter of water.  Plus, studies have shown that most people confuse thirst with hunger.

The type of water you drink is also important, so test your water source to see if it is acidic or alkaline (using pH strips from the pharmacy).  I used my pH strips to test my water and the water out of the tap was alkaline and the water from the Brita was acidic! Yikes!

The good news is that all this effort will pay off.  Making your body more alkaline will enable you to eventually get off medications (if you don’t believe me, watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead).  Obviously, this should be discussed with your doctor, but your goal should be to get off as many medications as possible.  ALL pharmaceuticals are acidic. It’s interesting how the medicines that are intended to make us well, eventually makes us sicker.  Also, antibiotics are harmful to your acidity level because they are acidic AND kill off the healthy microforms in your intestines that produce oxygen!  Jeez la weez this sounds like a conspiracy!

Now, all this might seem extreme---because it is.  You’re probably in shock like I paraded a naked 6 foot 5 man in red leather underwear and cowboy boots singing, “You are my sunshine!”  Get over it.  You can do anything you put your mind to. If you are thinking you can’t do this, you are unnecessarily creating boundaries that you now need to knock down if you want to get healthy.  Just change your mind and take one day at a time.

I Can See Clearly Now

“The evidence now amassed from researchers around the world shows that the same diet that is good for the prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, as well as obesity, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, cognitive dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and other diseases...[that diet is] a whole foods, plant-based diet.”  (China Study pg. 110)

Not everyone needs to start juicing for health(it would be helpful!), but everyone needs to know their options so that they can make sound decisions about their health.  I was in the dark about much of the following information despite my extensive education and strong interest in all things health related.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to help present this info in a way that is palatable to you.  Hopefully, it will spark an inner knowing that this is on the path to well-being.

Starting simple...

When I started out I didn’t know the difference between juicing and blending.  Blending is easy to describe--it’s when you throw stuff into a blender (duh!) and mix it all up.  You wind up eating/drinking everything you put into the blender.

Juicing is different.  Juicing separates out the insoluble fiber because you want to be able to consume the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals into your body.  Insoluble fiber is very bulky, which makes you feel full, so removing the insoluble fiber allows you to consume what seems like a zillion vegetables.  Because I’m naturally very curious, I tried to eat the insoluble fiber that came out of the juicer---let me be the first to tell you, it really is insoluble.  I couldn’t do anything to break it down.  It felt like the bristles of a broom in my mouth--which was interesting because I could actually visualize how this type of fiber could clean out my intestines like a broom sweeping everything out (which is what it ultimately does).

What’s left after extracting the insoluble fiber are the vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber.  These three things are what binds to toxins and pull them out of the body.  This is why juicing is awesome!---and known as a detoxer.  It is also why juicing is alkalizing.  The less toxins in your body, the more alkaline your body is.  An overly acidic body is the underlying cause of ALL diseases and dis-ease.

You may be wondering where do I fall on this scale?  There are two indicators.  One is if you are American.  You think I’m kidding, but I’m not.  Generally speaking, the American diet is so linked with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and cancer that these diseases are referred by some researchers as the diseases of affluence. The more affluent a society is, the more likely they are consuming meat, dairy products, sodas, cookies, and cake on a regular basis.

You may be wondering, what’s wrong with that?  These foods are so catastrophic because they cause acid to accumulate in the body.  This happens because the “good” bacteria and parasites in our bodies feed off these types of food, so they grow and reproduce at a rapid rate leading to over-crowding in your gut faster than a sale at Bloomingdales during the holiday season.  This over-growth is what creates an acidic environment and makes the breeding grounds for disease.  These bacteria/parasites secrete (aka poop) toxins into your body.  These toxins are acidic.

The second indicator is how you are feeling.  If you experience weight gain, inability to lose weight, infertility, constant cravings for sugar and alcohol, yeast infections, brain “fog,” chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema, asthma, allergies, PMS, confusion, irritability, anxiety, memory problems, rectal itching, gas, bloating and panic attacks to name a few, your body is likely acidic.

The pH level of our blood is so explicitly linked to disease or health, that you would think first graders would be talking about it on the bus.  If your pH is under 7--you are acidic.  If it is above, you are alkaline.  It’s that simple.

Your body strives to be in constant balance (harmony is a pH level of 7.365).  It will desperately try to process these toxins by storing them in your fat, tissues and organs.  Even though your body has more nooks and crannies than an English muffin, you will eventually run out of storage space.  The body will also try to neutralize these acids by leeching stored minerals from you body (your bones for example).  When all possible avenues for recovery have been exhausted disease will really have a tight grip on you.

The good news is!--- you can help yourself by making wise food choices and participating in a few activities to control the population even better than Big Brother.  I’ll be posting these in the next few blogs.

Until next time!

*You can test how acidic (or alkaline!) you are through using pH strips found in your local pharmacy.  (The strips with color are the easiest to read.  Pharmacies might also have more sophisticated tests available for purchase.)

**I'd like to also include that a lot of this information came from the China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Tomas M. Campbell II and The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young, PhD., and Shelley Redford Young.  Much thanks to them!!!

*** I am not a doctor, nor am I prescribing a specific diet for anyone.  Please do your diligence and discuss any lifestyle changes with your doctor.

I'm All Shook Up

"Why not go out on a limb?  Isn't that where the fruit is?"  ~Frank Scully

Hi Folks!  Boy, it’s been a while!

Anyone who’s seen me in the last couple of months knows I’m jazzed about juicing!  I’m a huge fan of healthy eating and now I’ve reached a new level of understanding and health.

It all started when I watched the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”  Quite possibly one of the most inspiring documentaries---ever!  I highly recommend it for anyone---particularly anyone suffering from disease and/or on medication.  The documentary followed two guys with severe obesity (300+ and 400+ lbs) and a rare skin disorder.  They were both on a slew of medications to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, pain and their rare skin disorder. By the end of the documentary (one man juiced for 60 days, the other 90 days), they were off ALL medications!  That is only 2 and 3 months respectively!  They also dropped ridiculous amounts of weight and attained a “healthy” status from their doctors.

I couldn’t believe this form of “medicine” is and was available to me my whole life!

After watching the documentary, which ended at 11:30 at night, I wanted to juice right then and there.  I had no interest in sleep, I wanted to go out and get my new juicer and I felt like Bed Bath and Beyond should be open for such an occasion!  I have to admit, I never thought I’d be the type of person who would juice---but this resonated with me.

You may be familiar with the feeling when something resinates with you. You can tell something does because you feel inspired to take actions---sometime irrational actions (like quit your job! or buy a juicer at midnight)--but you just knooooow you should do something--- NOT doing it just feels plain stupid.

So the next day I got my juicer and the obscene amount of vegetables required and gave it a go.  I thought I can do this even if it tastes bad.  To my surprise, not only did I like it (I add a small jalapeno in so it taste like salsa), I also found my body invigorated.  People who saw me could tell when I juiced.  I’ve never had energy like that before.  Quite honestly, it looked like I was “on” something like cocaine, caffeine, or amphetamines.  What also wound up happening was I no longer wanted meat (that was surprising!) and I also had no interest in alcohol or sugary things (sweet!).  ALL cravings were gone.

All these fantastic results inspired me to research what was going on in my body.  Apparently it all boils down to your body’s pH.  When you are too acidic for long periods of time, your body can retain weight, crave alcohol, have allergies, asthma, eczema, infertility, acne, cancer, tumors, gas, bloating, yeast infections, panic attacks, low energy levels, brain “fog,” and a myriad of other health problems.

Personally, I don’t know one person who doesn’t suffer from one of these things!  Furthermore, I am astonished and appalled that this has NEVER been brought to my attention from a doctor.  To check if I was an anomaly I asked one of my clients who has SEVERAL top Gastro-intestinal doctors if THEY had ever linked her diet to her problems in her gut.  The answer was a shocking NO.  She was allowed to eat highly processed foods, few vegetables and told to continue to take several medications to correct what was going on in her intestines---for the rest of her life.

Thankfully she has started juicing and avoiding processed foods and her doctors are amazed at her health.  They are shocked at her progress---really?  Maybe they need to watch “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”

In my next few blogs I’ll explain more about how you can adjust your pH levels for optimal health and how a nasty parasite might be the cause of your cravings!

Until next time...cheers!

Eyes Wide Open

“Art is an expression of soul.”  ~Anonymous

Years ago I created a vision board---the kind where you cut out pictures of things you want, places you want to go and people you want to meet.  Basically anything that you want to attract into your life.

As I was creating my board, I decided I need a picture that represented my spirituality.  One that would remind me of my journey, where I came from and the shear beauty of nature.

I came across the most exquisite picture of white light streaming in an auburn and burnt sienna colored cavern.

I stared at it and it took me to a whole new place---one day I’ll actually go there.  I heard drumming, chanting and could feel and smell the cool damp earth in the canyon.  I was in awe and my head felt woozy---so I cut it out and posted it on my board.

I visited my board every morning, dreaming of the life I wanted to create while waiting for my coffee to brew.

Just two weeks later, I found myself moseying down Duval street in Key West like many others.  I had just visited the “Best Palm Reader in the Keys” and was contemplating my palm and all it had revealed.  As I glanced up to keep my pace with the tourists, I found myself in front of a life sized picture of my cavern!  I couldn’t believe it!  I could run forward and hug this life sized picture or grab the nearest tourist and say,  “Look!  It’s the picture on my vision board!!!!  Can you believe it????”

It turns out, life placed me in front of Peter Lik’s gallery---only 1 of 2 in the whole country.  I had no idea the picture I cut out was his photograph.

I entered the gallery awe struck.  Each photograph told a story and I could feel it.  I felt like a child discovering nature for the first time.  I spoke with William, a distributor, about these photographs and he began to describe Peter’s work in a way that sounded so familiar.  He spoke freely about how Peter could capture the energy of the landscape--- how he sees and feels the landscape differently than most. He explained how photographs are generally just a “snapshot” in time---a minuscule portion of a second and Peter’s are much longer.  He extends the exposure time, letting in as much light as possible in order to allow all the colors of the landscape to be absorbed and the true beauty of nature to be expressed.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  It was as if William was talking about energy healing.  Slowing things down...letting in as much light as possible...allowing for true beauty to be expressed!  Peter’s work is another form of healing!!!  I had never looked at it like that before!  The thought of it brought tears to my eyes---how perfectly awesome!

What are you doing to create your path?

Street Fighter

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"Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale." ~Frank McCourt

I’m going to take you waaaaay back.  At least it feels that way to me.

I used to work with what many people would describe as horrible students---even some would say horrible people.  They would rob, deceive and hurt just about anyone---until they got to know you, then they would defend you with their life.

They were very vulnerable.  Witnessed countless things I can’t even imagine, carried the burden of hate and unjust to such a degree that it nearly crippled them.  As incomprehensible as their past was to me--- so was mine to them.

Each one of my students had been kicked out of their local school in order to provide a more safe environment for the other students.  With my school being the second most dangerous school in the city (possibly the country), one could see why their neighborhoods didn’t want these kids around.

Besides the lesson, “nothing is personal,” which I’ve discussed in an earlier blog, I learned how to survive, assimilate and thrive among these kids.  They challenged my intuitive and energy skills, more importantly they taught me the strength of the human spirit.

Teaching became a dance of energy.  They would read mine and I’d read theirs.  These kids could see through anything, so a genuine nature was the only way to go.  They instinctively knew energy doesn’t lie.

Early in my teaching, I made it a habit to greet the students as they entered my classroom.  I could get a pretty good gauge as to who was feeling volatile and who was happy to be there.  I scanned their energy because I needed to know who would “pop off” at any time and threaten the safety of everyone in the classroom. I need to know who to challenge to go further with their education and who just needed a safe place to close their eyes.  I had to discern apathy from exhaustion, delusion from mental illness, disruption from avoidance.  I had to know where they stood and where I stood with them.

Truthfully, many of these students would never graduate---lured by the street mentality that money was easy to come by when you needed it.  It was difficult to teach students the value of education when they were making more than I was.  I understood why they distrusted adults and authority---I saw them disrespected and mistreated.  For them, it was more fun to live a street life.  They were so entrenched in a culture where guns and clothing represented power and respect that book knowledge was dead last in this fast paced street world.  It was a set of the latest Nike kicks that were going to get you street cred, not an understanding of the water cycle.

Throughout my years teaching, I taught about 500+ of these kids and I found something to love in each kid.  I have to say, I didn’t do this on purpose.  It just happened.  The more they got to know me, the more they opened up, the more I saw the world through their eyes.  Each one of them was desperately seeking to be loved.  Each one wanted to be heard and acknowledged for their survival.  They wanted to know they weren’t going to be judged for the way they handled their journey.  Giving them this space wasn’t difficult---had I been in their shoes, I don’t know what I would have done.

I tell you about these children because we just never know who are teachers in life are going to be.  I’ve come to realize, it is our greatest challenges that reveal our character and our lessons.  I'm grateful for my teachers, how about you?

Rome

“You know what really gives you satisfaction? ...Offering others what you have to give." ~Morrie (From Tuesdays with Morrie)

Recently a gentleman in his early 70’s came in to “clinic” for a massage.  He looked like a fisherman on Deadliest Catch.  I was intimidated.  I glanced at his stature and it felt like it was twice mine---and I'm not considered petite!

As I walked him back to my massage table, he quickly remarked in a thick Irish accent, “I’ve never had a massage before--- my friend brought me here.”  His tone seemed to imply two things.  It seemed he was both confessing this for some reason and implying that he really didn’t want a massage.  I thought, this should be interesting, he doesn’t want a massage and I don’t want to give one.

I have to admit, I’m still not entirely comfortable giving massages.  I prefer to do energy work but when in Rome, do as the Romans do.  Right?

I explained the process of the massage to him so that he would feel comfortable and left him to get on the table.

When I returned, he was laying on the table very stiff and eyes wide open.  I reminded him that this is a re-lax-a-tion massage (so relax buddy!).  I don’t know if it was a cultural barrier or what, but he laid there stiff as a board, eyes wide open---not even blinking!  I decided to get started.  As I worked my way down to his arms his body remained stiff and alert as if a bomb was about to go off.  At that point, I turned to God (knowing everything happens for a reason) and asked, “Why on Earth did You place this guy on my table?”   At this point, his arm started to raise up in the way German’s would salute Hitler.  Great--he’s so uncomfortable that he is now resisting me.

I kept going knowing that this would all be over soon enough for the both of us.

I started thinking about all my other classmates---figuring out which one of them would have suited him better. This guy has waited almost 60 years to get a massage---and he got me?!  At this point, his arm was so high in the air it was impossible for me to do anything but stare at it, so I tried to push it down.  It wouldn’t go.  I tried again with a little more effort.  Still no budge.  Fine.  I’ll leave it I thought.

I passed my hands over the top of his forearm towards his elbow and back down his hand.  His entire arm jerked, his forearm muscle quivered, and his arm flopped on the table like a fish out of water.  “Woah!  That was great!  You really did something there!”  He was so loud in such a quiet room I had to laugh and smile at his childlike behavior.  “I have such pain in there all the time! I’m always using that hand!”  He wasn’t about to stop shouting with excitement, so I leaned over like a teacher and placed my finger to my lips and whispered, “The other clients are going to get angry with you.”  He smiled with delight, nodded his head and whispered "Thank you."

After that, we both were able to relax and enjoy the delight in what we had just experienced together.

People often wonder why some people need to go to a healer for help if what heals us is within us and all around us.  My answer is, that the divine plan is so brilliantly created to bring us together.  It is in unity that we are able to support one another and create the space that provides healing for all involved.  What could be more brilliant and beautiful?

Release

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“God continues to work miracles in my life.” ~Willie Aames

Last week I had one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

I booked a hypnosis session with a dear friend and mentor. She is a silver haired lady in her 70’s--- an unusual choice for a 30 year old, but when I met her I already knew we had history.

I booked the session with the intention of finally getting off my asthma medicine that I have been taking daily for 15 years!  I have tried several time to come off this medicine, but have not been able to do so.  I usually can go a couple of days before I experience frightening tightness in my chest so I cave into the fear and begin taking my medicine again.  I hate it.  Truthfully I find it very annoying that I know the spiritual and emotional origin of this dis-ease, and yet I haven’t been able to rid myself of the dependence of this medicine.  Ugh!  I’ve even tried doing energy work on myself, but it’s sort of like trying to tickle your self.  With this level of awareness, attachment, and ingrained behavior--- I needed some external help.  Big time.

As I entered my friend’s house, I remarked, “I’m not so sure this is gonna work because I’m pretty wired.  I just found out a good friend is coming down to visit!”  In her calm, unwavering voice, she uttered, “sure it will.”

Let me just say, the level of trust I have with this woman is remarkable.  Her mere presence sparks an inner relief that everything is going to be ok.  I wish everyone knew her.

We began the session with me focusing on a particular spot on the wall---and within second, literally a second, I was “under.”  Hypnosis is a funny thing.  In my experience---which is very limited, it feels as if your body is completely asleep, but your mind is more aware and active than after a double espresso.  Iremember the entire experience.

She began by talking about my asthma and releasing it.  The words in this situation paled in comparison to what I experienced.  As she was talking, a very warm light began slowly sweeping up and down my body.  I was sure that the light was coming from a flashlight.  The way it moved up and down my body had humanistic qualities. It would spend more time on my forehead, then down to my toes---short stopping at my knee.  Very interesting.  I chocked it up to another tool to put me under--- kind of like when people use those ancient pocket watches.  The light was so engaging, that I was tempted to take a peek at the flashlight out of my insanely instinctual curiosity.  Instead, I decided to stay present in my body and allow the process to unfold.

After settling into the sweeping light sensation, I began to feel tugging on my left lung.  I saw chakras--two of them, that were being released.  I actually felt pain like something was leaving me.  I knew what was happening.  I was receiving a healing---from me!  I relaxed into the process and allowed what was happening-- knowing I was in good hands!  It was at that point that I was asked by my friend to take a deep breath.  Oh- My-Gosh!  I could breeeeeeathe for the first time in 30 years!  I can’t tell you how wonderful that felt.  My left lung felt like it was 3 times it’s size!---Expanding beyond my body!  My lung felt cool, smooth, and healthy inside.  Simply, amazing.

When I came out of the hypnosis, I asked if I could see the flashlight she was using.  I was met with a blank stare.  She clearly had no idea what I was talking about.  Knowing that she can be the type of person to “pull my leg,” I begged her to see it.  She said, “I don’t have a flashlight, I’ve just been sitting here!”  We both paused in that moment, and knew the enormity of what had just happened.  We were in awe.  I couldn’t believe such a beautiful experience had been bestowed upon me.  I felt humbled.

It has now been a week and I am almost completely off my medicine (I’ve decreased it over several days, as I usually do).  I have ran several miles each day with no tightness.  I was exposed to lots of pollen and dust (two strong triggers) and no asthma attacks.

To say that I am truly grateful for this experience is an understatement.

*(Update: Nearly 5 years later I still have not had to take that medicine. So grateful.)

It's Electric

“Thousands of emotions well up inside me throughout the day. They are released when I dance.”  ~Abraham Lincoln

A lot of wonderful things have been happening in my life---some considered miracles.

Recently I found myself making a house call to a boisterous older Italian lady.  Her personality filled the room along with her laughter and the essence of home cooked food.  I felt like I was part of “The Family.”

In the last few years, her mobility has significantly declined---and was diagnosed with severe arthritis in her knees.  She no longer was able to enjoy her walks to the cemetery to visit her late husband---she simply struggled to just get out of a chair.

She told me stories of when she used to enjoy cooking and dancing with her husband.  Stories that lit up her face and brought tears to mine.  She clearly missed him.

Knowing that arthritis is a base chakra problem, I began to see the connection between her emotions and the manifestation of her arthritis.  Her arthritis became worse after her husbands passing.  She remarked that she no longer found joy in many things.  It appeared she was having trouble moving on with her life---both mentally and physically.

When I tuned into her dis-ease, it was clear that she had not taken the time to grieve his death and she agreed.  When I began to explain how her emotional body was influencing her physical body she could see how her body was talking to her and what she needed to do to heal.

What followed was a m-i-r-a-c-l-e.

We began the session and I found much of the energy being led to her knees.  First, I started with one knee.  Then the other.  I saw chakras that had developed around each knee.  I saw the meridians that run from the knee to the toes.  I understood my role in relieving the energetic congestion there.  While finishing up on her right leg, a jolt of energy came out of my left middle finger to her knee that made a buzzing noise and a spark!  This sensation felt like electricity---I know this, because I have so brilliantly stuck my finger in an outlet before!  Nothing of this magnitude had ever happened in my healings.  Had I actually electrocuted her? I glanced up to see if she was in pain---thankfully a peaceful expression blanked her face.  Phewww...

I finished up the healing and spoke to her about the electrical shock---she was indeed aware of it!  I also informed her that her late husband was present during the healing session.  He had his arm wrapped around her shoulders to comfort her during the session.  She was thrilled to know that he was close to her and remarked how he had always done that when they were together.

When it was time to say goodbye, she stood up with ease and exclaimed, “I don’t have pain anymore!”  To this day (over a month later), she does not have severe arthritis in her knees and is back taking walks around the neighborhood and cooking lasagna.

What happened in this healing turned out to be the perfect dance between her mind, body and spirit.

Say

“Even if your hands are shaking, And your faith is broken, Even as the eyes are closing, Do it with a heart wide open, Say what you need to say.” ~John Mayer

So we’ve established a connection between emotions and illness--- but can emotions be a predictor of cancer?

According to Bernie Segal, a cancer doctor and surgeon for over 40 years, the answer is yes.  The connection is so strong that a psychological questionnaire is often a better predictor of cancer than a physician’s physical exam!

Let’s first take a look at the biology of cancer.  It is well understood that oncogenes play a role in cancer.   An oncogene is a gene that contributes to converting a normal cell into a cancer cell.  If these genes were the only predictor of cancer, patients would develop tumors throughout the body simultaneously---but this is not the case!  There is usually one area that has psychological significance to the patient where the cancer forms.  This is called the target organ (Love, Medicine, and Miracles pg. 90).

The link between cancer and emotions has been known since 1926 when Elida Evans did the Psychological Study of Cancer and found emotional loss---is---a---predictor---of--- cancer!   More recently, Marjorie and Claus Bahnson developed a questionnaire that is 88% accurate in assessing for cancer and another researcher was able to pick out malignancies based on patients perceived hopeless and recent emotional loss.

Doesn’t this all sound familiar?  Isn’t this very similar to the question of why don’t we get sick all the time if we are constantly exposed to germs?  What’s causing us to be more susceptible to illness more than other times?

It’s because our thinking strongly influences our biology!  Did you know it's possible for a person under anesthesia, to change her heartbeat from 130 beats per minute to 85 beats per minute on command!!!

What’s so wonderful about these revelations---mind over body---is that it has lead many people to survive what is deemed a terminal illness!  Dr. Bernie Segal understood this mind body connection so well that he formed ECaP (Exceptional Cancer Patients) to provide a therapeutic environment to confront the psychological issues most cancer patients face.  This support group often lead to personal change, healing and hope.

These patients had to do the dirty work.  They rolled up their sleeves, looked at the unhealthy patterns in their life and changed them.  Sometimes it meant leaving a spouse, changing careers, or voicing their concerns to family---but it saved their life.

They didn’t rely on something or someone outside of them to “fix” them.  They took responsibility for their emotions and how they were manifesting in their bodies.  They listened to their bodies.

Doctors can minimize discomfort and cover up wounds--- but what people need most is hope---to give us the confidence to go within---the place of true healing.

Radiohead

“Here the skeptic finds chaos and the believer further evidence that the hand that made us is divine.” ~Robert Moses

I love a good skeptic.  Especially the nuclear physicist kind.

Recently I found myself in conversation with one trying to explain energy healing.  They know splitting an atom (which is essentially making something less than what it was!) results in more than they can handle--- but energy healing under the very same sky is impossible!  I think not!

We all hear people say things like, “I like her energy,” “she’s really positive,” “I got a good vibe from her,” or “I’m getting mixed signals” ---yet many can’t seem to believe our energy is readable.

Here’s the physics of it all-- our bodies essentially flash in and out of existence.  Yeah, I know, hard to believe.  This is because on the most basic level, we are composed of atoms and the components of an atom flash in and out of existence.

From a biological view, each strand of DNA, contracts several BILLION times a second!  That’s just amazing! Each contraction releases a photon of light carrying all your genetic information!

It turns out the brain doesn’t have the circuitry (RAM) to be able to process all this information and store it.  So it is released from the body in frequencies.  The information is then stored in the electromagnetic field (the aura) that encapsulates the human body.  This field is photographable, measurable and well documented to exist.

Essentially, our field (aura) is a magnet holding on to all our information.  Scientists know this because they have seen Alzheimer patients (missing 40% of their brain) be able to recall information from their past under hypnosis---with great clarity!!!  That means that the information is being stored outside of the brain.

If our information is suspended in the air like radio waves, it’s understandable that we could tune into these energy frequencies and listen to what’s going on.  Some refer to us as human antennas.

We’ve probably all seen a mangled antenna incapable of receiving a radio station--- our bodies are the same.  If they are “mangled” by inappropriate diet, lack of exercise, and detrimental thoughts, we aren’t going to be clear receivers of guidance.

To be able to hear clear guidance you have to treat your antennae really well.  I look at my body like my instrument.  That’s why I have become so adept at sensing energy.  I continually feed my mind, body, and spirit with things that create alignment so that I am able to clearly differentiate between my body’s energy and others’.  I also do this so that I am in vibrational alignment with the things I want in life.

If the Law of Attraction isn’t working for you, your antennae might need adjusting!

Roots

“Your biography is your biology.” ~Carolyn Myss

What’s so cool about all this scientific analysis on age old modalities is that an Eastern practitioner would probably smile and respond to Western proof with something like, “Yes, I know.  Nameste.”

Chakras are energy centers (invisible to many) throughout the body that correspond to significant intersections of nerves.  Chakras are believed to store information (like a computer chip) about you and are related to sickness and health.

A great pioneer in the field of energy medicine is Carolyn Myss.  She is a medical intuitive who, throughout her 30+ years of practice, has seen patterns of sickness in chakras and so have I.  She, along with others in our field, have made it easy to see how our emotional health is related to our energetic and physical health.

When I first began studying Carolyn Myss’ work I was very skeptical.  I really wanted to know how our emotions not only effected our energy---but how it translated into our body possibly creating illness.

So I began at the beginning--well actually the base! The base chakra, also known as the first chakra, is located just below the pelvis and is usually symbolized in red.  Mystics and energy practitioners generally agree that the strength of this chakra is directly related to your perceived safety and security when you were growing up.  It is also directly related to how you feel you fit into your community.  Community can mean your family, your tribe, your country, or your neighborhood.  Since this is the base chakra, it is believed to be fueled by the Earth’s energy (because it’s closest to the Earth!)--imagine the roots to a family tree.

For those who’s base chakra is unstable, lacking in energy or unbalanced, they generally experience autoimmune deficiencies (a white blood cell malady) such as allergies, arthritis, eczema and Type 1 diabetes.  They also experience blood disorders such as blood clots and hemophilia.  These symptoms often create inflammation in the body because blood feeds the joints, muscles, organs, tissues, and cells.

These disorders are the result of perceived threats on the body from the environment---not actual threats to survival.  In fact, the definition of an autoimmune disorder is a condition in which the immune system reacts inappropriately to the body's own tissues and attacks them, causing damage and/or interfering with normal functioning.

So what is making our bodies react inappropriately?

Our fight or flight response!  Remember how our bodies are hard wired to get down and dirty or get outta there?  This response places stress on our bodies by making our heart race from adrenaline and releasing excess cortisol, slowing digestion, sending blood flow away from the core and lowering our immune system!  No wonder why the health of our base chakra is related to safety and security!  When we don’t feel safe, we feel the need to fight or get the heck out of there.

Interestingly, in Chinese medicine the fight or flight response is held in the Triple Burner meridian---which is fueled by---get this---prenatal and postnatal energy!  It also begins in the kidney meridian---and the kidneys contain the adrenal glands and they secrete cortisol!  Cortisol is essential to helping our bodies cope with stress and to fight infection-- balance is crucial to health!

Isn’t it totally amazing that these energy concepts are so similar yet created by different cultures!!!

So you may be wondering what is turning on the fight or flight response?

It turns out---mental stress!  What is stress?  Wayne Dyer posed these questions which really got me thinking.  Can you go out and buy stress?  Can you touch it?  No!  It is a pattern of negative thought.  It is worry--- better known as wasted creative energy.  Basically, it is all thought and no action.  That energy has got to go some where!

There you have it folks!  We have come full circle.  Emotions effect the body through the release of chemicals.  Constantly bombarding the body with these chemicals becauseof negative thoughts (energy) about something that happened 30 years ago (for example), can over time create illness.  This compounding of stress (thoughts --> chemicals) creates catastrophic complications for the body.

Cell biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton said it best,  “We are currently taught that genes control life.  However, we will come to realize that our learned perceptions of life control our biology...With this knowledge we can knowingly control our life experiences.”

So what can we do to stop this vicious cycle effecting our base chakra and the foundation of our health?

Any activity that decreases stress is a great idea.  Changing thought patterns---possibly carrying a graditude rock, living in a state of appreciation, and forgiving.  As always, meditation also helps because it lowers blood pressure, decreases cortisol levels, and lowers cholesterol.  Grounding (connecting to the Earth with bare feet) has also been shown to be especially effective in bringing down inflammation in the body and so has energy healing.

Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ Khalil Gibran

Take yourself back to the beach for a moment...Waves are rolling in, salty air gently brushing against your face and the sun warming your body---you lean back and dig your feet into the sand as if to say hello to Mother Earth.  Ahhhhh.

Science can now help explain why you feel so good.  It’s called grounding.  It’s a “new” form of healing.  It’s easy to do, natural and you can do it yourself!

There’s plenty of new science to backup this age old remedy.  Grounding is simply connecting with the Earth with your bare feet.

Scientists have discovered this simple technique can lower the risk of heart disease (to the point of possibly coming off Coumadin!), aid in weight loss (by lowering cortisol levels), relieve allergies, eczema, chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia and a slew of other problems.

Many of these dis-eases result from inflammation in the body.  Inflammation is the underlying cause of 80+ chronic illnesses and more than half of Americans suffer from one or more of them (Earthing, p15).  So what’s causing all this inflammation in the body?

Besides the usual suspects (diet and exercise), scientist believe our bodies are being effected by our disconnection to the Earth’s electrical surface.  The surface of the Earth is subtly signaling to our body certain crucial circadian rhythms---that need constant updating.  Additionally, inflammation in the body has a positive charge and the Earth has a negative charge.  Connecting to the Earth neutralizes these charges--thus bring down inflammation!

In the 1960’s and 70’s scientists wanted to know what would happen to the human body if it was shielded from these crucial rhythms (what would we do without those freshman college students???).  So they built underground rooms that electrically shielded the subjects for months at a time.  As expected, sleep was disruptive, hormonal secretions were abnormal, and a host of other conditions developed.  You may be thinking, that’s because they were underground!!!  Of course their bodies are going to freak out!!! It turns out the scientists were psychic and knew you and I would be thinking that, so they left those poor subjects underground but allowed the Earth's electrical energy into the rooms---and their bodies restored themselves!  Scientists and doctors alike know that continual disruptions, such as these, to our natural rhythms would lead to illness (p. 17-18).

Science doesn’t need to twist my arm in order for me to believe all this.  I’ve experienced it for myself.  I bought a grounding mat and my allergies have never been better.  My dreams are more lucid and I have an overall additional calmness within my body.

Sometimes, the science behind something really isn’t that important when we can move on with our lives in a healthier more comfortable way.  If I had a child with autism and grounding made him have more social behavior I’d be thrilled (grounding experiments proved this!).  If I was on the Tour De France and got Tour De flipped off my bike, I’d be thrilled my wound healed super fast because I grounded all night.  I’d also be thrilled if I suddenly became pregnant, after being considered infertile, by using a grounding mat.

Participating in your health is crucial to comfortable longevity---this is yet another option for you and worth considering!

*The evidence for the positive effects of grounding are so overwhelming I did not include all information and studies.  If you are interested you can do research or refer to the book Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D, and Martic Zucker.  You can also purchase an Earthing Mat which makes it possible to ground in your home.  I am in no way affiliated with this company---I just believe strongly in their product.

A Moment Like This

"A jug fills drop by drop." ~Buddha

Life is like a filmstrip. Each moment is a snapshot in time.  Those snapshots race past us so fast it gives us the illusion of fluidity--much like a filmstrip does.  Many of the great philosophers and gurus suggest living in the now--- appreciating the moment because it is ever fleeting and created perfectly for you--- by you.

In expanding the concept of life as a filmstrip streaming towards you, each photograph is dependent on the previous photographs---because it is creating a story.  Therefore it is your choice to choose the type of movie that is your life.  Do you want a Drama, a Comedy, a Suspense, a Horror, a Chick flick--or do you want a combination of some, none, or all of these?  It’s your choice!

Choosing to be fully aware and conscious allows us the opportunity to create what we want.  Each action chosen is leading to the next photograph or frame.  If you continue to choose positive thoughts and actions, you will receive positive thoughts and actions.  All that we are is the result of what we have thought (Buddha).  This is the Law of Attraction.

So if you happen to find your life in chaos--- similar to a Horror flick, you can stop the tape.  Stopping the tape is like meditation.  It is in this stillness that one can review the photographs that make up the filmstrip---rearrange the sequence, replace or remove photographs and so forth.  It is in this space that you are in perfect alignment for all the wonderful things you want to attract.  It is also a space where healing can take place.  Things of the past may be reviewed and cut from the lineup because they no longer serve the storyline.

Visualization is another tool to aid you in creating your storyline.  Just as there are endless opportunities to create the most perfect movie, there are endless opportunities to create the movie that is your life!

What’s even more beautiful about creating your movie is that you are being assisted along the way.  God is like the reel that contains the photographs.  Your experiences are constantly being held in the hands of Grace and you are infused with a sense of knowing which photographs should stay or go.

Lastly, what makes a film come to life is the light behind the strip.  This is the light within you--- your spirituality.  The brighter your light, the greater the clarity you will bring your filmstrip and others---making it a blockbuster.  Sit back, enjoy the movie--you’re in good hands.

"You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices." 

~Deepak Chopra

Life is a Highway

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."

~Anonymous

On my way home last week at 9:30 pm I was at a light and was guided (through my intuition) to “Turn left.”  My usual route is to continue straight for 2 blocks and get on the highway ramp.  After hearing the guidance, I contemplated turning left---it would take me the long way to the highway but I’d still get home.  In my exhaustion, however, I decided I would stay straight because it was the fastest way home.  I heard again, “Turn left.”  I contemplated it once more.  This time, I knew there must be a reason to turn left---so I reasoned I would just go slow for a few blocks--thinking this would be like I was turning left.  I reasoned, if I’m supposed to turn left to avoid an accident, than slowing down will also help.  The light changed and I proceeded straight--slowly.  Just as the car was seizing forward, the train track gates descended and lights began flashing to stop the traffic!  I quickly hung a left (phewwwww) and avoided the 20 minute freight train delay.

While listening to my intuition in this example didn’t save my life (as far as I know), it did get me home earlier--which is exactly what I wanted.  When I look at the guidance that was given to me, it was simply to “Turn left.”  No interpretation needed.  Just execution.  How often though, do we hear guidance and reason it away.  Technically speaking, if I was supposed to go slow, my intuition would have said, “Go slow.”

In this example, I was forcing my will over my internal guidance.  I was trying to control the circumstances, instead of letting go and allowing what needed to happen for my highest good.

All too often we think we have all the answers.  We think we understand all the pieces to the puzzle.  We think we know what’s best for us or our situation.  But the truth is (at least to me), I don’t have a better view of the playing field-- They (the Universe/God/Higher Power) do.  Sometimes They come up with things that I couldn’t even dream of they are so perfect.  I see this in my healings and in my own life.  Generally when I’m working on a client, I’m given a natural remedy to suggest, that I have no prior knowledge about, but in fact can help the client in 3 different ways.  I also witnessed their perfect planning in the adoption of my dog.

In reality I’m happiest when I follow my internal guidance.  I’m less stressed and more fulfilled.  It takes a lot of faith, but faith builds with the success stories.   You just have to take the first step and trust in your intuition.  Chances are, you'll be glad you did.

Mamma Mia

"Mamma mia, it's a game we play Bye-bye doesn't mean forever." ~Mamma Mia

One of my clients suffered a stroke a couple of years earlier and has done a remarkable job of rehabilitating his mind and body.  When I work on him, we work out some of the “kinks.”  Some of the energy signals in his brain are still not making it to parts of the body so I help guide these connections.

When I first started working on him I surveyed his body to see where the stroke was and how it had effected his body.  I could see that the stroke happened on the left side of his brain, and effected a baseball sized area of his brain behind his ear.  It also effected movement on the right side of his body, face, mouth, speech, ability to write (specifically his thumb and pointer finger) and walk.

Working on him is always an amazing experience. When I send Reiki energy through the specific areas I can see the muscles twitching beneath the skin. To me, it appears that the Reiki energy activates connections in the effected muscles and nerves and sends the signal back to the brain.  Often, my clients will feel tingling, sensations of heat, and movement.

When I was working in his throat chakra (located over the throat), my entire face went numb and I couldn’t move my jaw or tongue.  This scared me until I realized it was his symptom from the stroke.  After I realized that, I was able to release the energy and concentrate on helping the brain, jaw and tongue fully reconnect.

While working on his hands, I began getting an itchy feeling between my pointer finger and thumb.  This kind of sensation signals to me I need to pay extra attention to the area. I began directing the energy from his brain, down his arm, and out his fingers.  When I no longer feel resistance (a clog) in the energy, I move on.

When I moved towards his waist, I immediately sensed a presence in the room-- and she felt pretty darn physically close to me.  I tuned into what I was feeling and soon realized this spirt was my client’s mother.  She was participating in the healing session-- but was also distracting me.

His mother is Italian.  Need I say more?  She’s the kind of mom who would start wiping something off your face with spit when you are trying to act cool in front of your friends.  She just didn’t care.  She would even vacuum his room when he was sleeping early in the morning because “she had things to do!”

I recognized his mother from a previous reading I had done for him.  She was, (surprise!), very close to her son, and repeatedly told me how much she loved her son, missed having pretzels with him after school and tucking him in at night.  She showed me what his bedroom looked like as a kid, so I was able to describe exactly how it was decorated.  It turned out, they enjoyed pretzels everyday after school, and his room was exactly as I described.

During this session, she emanated, this is my son and I need to attend to him.  She was happy I was there working on him but she seemed concerned that part of his midriff was showing. I kept feeling like she wanted to pull down his shirt.  She wouldn’t leave the area I was working on and so I could hardly concentrate on the healing at hand (no pun intended!).

When I finished the session, I asked him if his mom was the type of mom to be fixing his clothes when he was talking to a friend. “Yes! She was! It was so embarrassing!”  I explained how she was so concerned about his midriff showing and kept distracting me--he laughed and so did I.  After the session, he reported that he was better able to write and could now place weight on his right leg--and I was happy to help.

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