My Favorite Sleep Hack

My Favorite Sleep Hack

One of my favorite life hacks is expressing gratitude.

For the first 25 years of my life I had difficulty falling asleep. I’d be laying there… waiting…waiting… and waiting… I was so tired, yet I couldn’t fall asleep. I’d wonder, how long will this take? Will I be rested in the morning? When will I fall asleep? Why can’t I fall asleep like a normal person? Is this normal?!

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 happened in my life—-some considered miracles.

Years ago, I was 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.”

She explained that 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—he 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. These stories lit up her face and brought tears to mine. She clearly missed him.

As we talked, I began seeing the connection between her emotions and the manifestation of her arthritis. She didn’t feel safe, her heart was breaking, and she felt like the part that completed her was missing. She even admitted to not taking enough time to grieve his death.

It made sense that her arthritis became worse after her husbands passing and why she no longer found joy in many things. It appeared she was having trouble moving on with her life---both mentally and physically.

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

When I began the session I found much of the energy being drawn to her knees. First, I started with one knee. Then the other. I saw mini chakras that had developed around each knee and 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 blue 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 before in my healings. I wondered if I had actually electrocuted her! I glanced up to see if she was in pain---thankfully a peaceful expression blanked her face. Phewww...

As I continued to work I could see an injury from her early twenties in her ankle. It appeared to part of an accident with a car door— sure enough, she explained a car door was slammed on her ankle in her early twenties! This injury was impeding the flow of energy to her knees, so I cleared the trauma and realigned the energy. It always amazes me how long the body will hold on to trauma. That energy and information (injury) was over 50 years old!

After I finished up the healing I spoke to her about the electrical shock—she was indeed aware of it! I asked her why she wasn’t afraid of the shock and she said, “I just trusted it was supposed to happen!” Wow!

After debriefing her on my findings, I 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 wrapped his arm around her when they were together.

When it was time to say goodbye, she stood up with ease and exclaimed, “I don’t have pain anymore! I’m going to go for a walk around the block! Maybe I’ll go all the way to the cemetery!” We laughed, and I told her to not over do it as her body adjusts to the new energy and frequency. She agreed a walk on the block was a safe bet for now.

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

****I just want to take a moment to share how honored I feel when those who have passed present themselves in healings. Their energy is so pure, loving, and their messages so clear and healing. It is hard to describe how lucky I feel to be able to connect to them during healings and be in their presence. It’s humbling and honoring at the same time. Sometimes it instantly makes me cry because the beauty, clarity and love is so overwhelming.****

*All stories are told with permission.


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


Late one night I was at a light and was guided (through my intuition) to “turn left.” My usual route was to continue straight. 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, 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 and avoided the 20 minute freight train delay. Yeah!

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 for our situation. But the truth is (at least to me), I don’t have a better view of the playing field--the Universe/God/Higher Power do— and they come up with things that I couldn’t even dream of they are so perfect. I see this all the time in my healings and in my own life. 

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

You Are Not Alone

“Do not assume that divine guidance flows only when you are in need of help. Guidance continues to flow whether or not you have problems.   It...comes during times of tranquility or is up to you to have the courage to acknowledge it.”  ~ Caroline Myss

You are not alone.

If there was only one thing I could convey to you, it is that you are not alone.  You are constantly being guided. It can be very hard to believe at times but I assure you-- you are not alone. If there is ever a time when you feel you you need help, please ask the Universe (God or whomever you believe in) for help-- and then listen. Often times we are too busy to wait for an answer and so we think that our prayers are not being answered. We also have a preconceived notion about what form our answer or guidance should come as. Please be open to everything and be patient. Everything is happening in divine timing.

You are being guided in various ways. The key is to always be listening. Guidance will come through friends, family, situations, and things. I have seen this so many times, that I no longer believe in coincidences. I call them synchronicities because guidance from the Universe is all about timing. Guidance will come.  It is in the timing of your listening and being ready to hear the message that will make all the difference.

When I first started out on this journey to energy medicine I was pretty clueless as to what direction I should go in.  So I began by reading several books based on the scientific evidence of psychic phenomenon. I read a book about 5 or so famous mediums who were put through a series of tests to prove their ability to talk to those who have crossed over. I was particularly impressed by one medium called John Edward. Reading about his gift made me wonder about what mine might be. At the time, I had many gifts that were developing and I didn’t know what to do with them. Was I a medical intuitive, psychic, healer, or medium?

At the time I finished the book about the 5 mediums, I found myself at a school fundraiser with many donated books for sale. Being on a budget, I hoped I could find the perfect book-- and I did. While perusing the plethora of books, I glanced down and saw a John Edward book right there!  When I looked at it, I knew there was a message inside it to me. I quickly opened the book and looked at the inside cover...nothing. Hmmm, maybe it’s on the last few pages. Nothing. I decided to take home the book anyway and thought I was silly for thinking a message for me was somehow embedded in the book. Maybe the message is in the text of the book, but that didn’t seem right either. It really felt like there was a message for me specifically.

Weeks later, I was sitting on my couch reading his book and decide to get a cup of coffee. I place the book down and out falls a note! At that point, I actually freaked out. This is what the note said:

Dear Amy,

This is not your gift.  It is coming in the mail.  We have subscribed to John Edward’s newsletter for you for a year. Hope you have a wonderful year!


Ellen and David

Holy moly!  You are probably thinking I made this up! But I didn’t! I promise. The amount of things that needed to be orchestrated in order for me to receive this message is incredible. This is the short version of what was orchestrated (it definitely entailed so much more). Amy (whomever she is) had a birthday, Ellen and David decided to give this book (which they felt wasn’t enough for Amy), so they decided to write a note, Amy decided to donate the book with the note in the book, I decided to attend the fundraiser, look for a book, wonder what my “gift” was, listen to the message of guidance about this book, buy the book, read the book and find the note.

You may be thinking why didn’t the Universe present the note right away when I looked for it? It’s because I wasn’t ready to hear the message. I needed to buy the book to learn from his work and get a better understanding of his gift. Only then was I ready to learn that being a medium wasn’t “my gift.” While I will talk to spirits who have crossed over, and enjoy it, I only use their information to help me with a healing.

Because of that experience I learned that I should always be open to and listen to the messages and signs that I’m looking for and to not assume the form that the guidance should come in.

In the course of my time working in the spiritual realm, I have learned, without a doubt, the Universe has got my back (and yours). Knowing that help is always available (if we take the time to listen) should bring some relief.

I hope this example inspires you to take notice and listen--I think you will be as amazed as I have been.

Transformation Nation

The other day I caught Dr. Oz's show and had mixed feelings because some of the foods he was promoting were not exactly "healthy."

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Dr. Oz.  He's extremely knowledgeable, charismatic and knows the value of alternative healing and even promotes it on his show!  I'm glad he is trying (along with Weight Watchers) to help America lose weight and get healthy.

My only gripe with this particular show was that he was promoting "low fat" items.  To me, this is such an outdated viewpoint on weight-loss, I'm surprised such an educated man would be promoting these foods.

First and foremost, most "low fat" or "fat free items" contain added sugar to make up for the lack of fat.  Recent research has shown that fat doesn't make you fat.  I'll repeat that again.  Fat DOESN'T make you fat---at least it's not the number one offender in making us fat.

Many of us have heard that carbs have 4 calories per gram and fat 9 calories per gram.  Simple math would suggest that fat, with more than double the number of calories would make you fat, but scientists have now found that what is far more important is what our body is doing with these foods.

When carbohydrates enter the body they turn into sugar.  You know that fabulous, out-dated Food Pyramid many of us grew up studying--the one that says 6-11 servings of carbohydrates with pictures of bread, pasta and other grains--- replace those cute pictures with bags of sugar.  That's why we are getting fat!  Many of us followed these guidelines! All that sugar in a sedate--- or even mildly active person--- is going to cause major weight gain because with 6-11 servings of sugar on top of sugary drinks, cakes, and ice cream---and now "low fat" items containing extra sugar, you are now looking a pyramid as wide as many of our pants.

The biology is pretty simple to understand.  Carbs and sugar-laden foods enter the bloodstream faster than Jeff Gordon in the Daytona 500.  The body tries to bring down these sky high blood sugar levels by releasing insulin.  Insulin can only do so much and then the body resorts to storing the sugar in fat cells--- hoping to be able to process it later.  But the steady stream of sugar into the body is practically never ending---so we just keep storing... and storing...and storing.  Thus we find ourselves bigger than a Macy's Day balloon!

Some of you may say, "Amy, but fat clogs your arteries, so we should eat low fat foods!" I'm here to tell you that's another load of baloney.  Recent research has revealed that fat doesn't clog your arteries and give you heart disease.  In fact, it LOWERS your "BAD" cholesterol and raises your "GOOD" cholesterol!  You might need to go back and read that again.  We have been lead to believe that fat and heart disease are directly linked, but they are not.  The truth is, the excessive sugar in our diet is what causes inflammation in our arteries and that leads to heart disease.  In fact, excess sugar is responsible for making the "bad" LDL.

We need fat!  Well, the good fats.  You know, the ones from avocados, nuts, grass-fed butter, fish oil etc. Our brain, immune system, sex hormones, skin and hair are fat dependent--- which makes me wonder if low fat foods are partially responsible for our nation's fertility issues, (think about it, most women are chronically on a diet of low fat foods).

On top of all this---ANY processed food is going to put undo stress on the body.  The body, relatively speaking to the timeline of man, has just begun to try to adapt to processed foods.  We simply have not evolved to be able to handle processed foods optimally.  As Michael Pollan (an expert in the field of nutrition) suggests, stick to the "Five and Under Rule."  Only eat foods with five ingredients or less and you should recognize every single one of them---oh, and so should your grandma.

Dr. Oz should have stuck to promoting whole foods, rather than the processed ones that got us into the obesity epidemic.

For the past 7 months I’ve been doing Keto and modified low carb. The major things I’ve noticed are, an increase in energy, easily waking up in the morning verses struggling to wake up, less cravings for sugar, and an even happier mood.

If you are not sure what Keto is, check out the Keto Summit. I talk about mindset and Keto, and there are lots of interviews with experts in the field of health and nutrition. Here is the link.

*Please remember, I'm not a doctor, or a nutritionist, just an educated person reading the research available to us all.  These are just suggestions based on research and personal biohacking.

Energetic Growth Spurt

"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.  Everyone seemed 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, and turning the dial to off didn’t work, 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!

A Lesson For the Sensitive Soul

So I'm in this new class right now.  It's called Big Emotions for Sensitive Souls.  We are facing emotions head on.  The other night I learned something that was pretty powerful. All day before the class I was feeling off.  I felt irritated by just about everything.  I didn't know what was truly causing this irritability---so I just pushed it aside, hoping that it would go away.

Well, what I didn't realize was that what I was feeling all day was preparing me for class.   So when I found out we were going to be confronting sadness in this class, I was like, Jeez! That's what I was feeling!  Thankfully, I don't regularly feel so disconnected to my feelings---which is why I was so irritated.

When I sat in class and went into meditation (that's actually where we confront those feelings), I was like, oh hell no, I don't want to do this.  All day I've been feeling sad---but the other part of me-- the competitive good student thought, I've got to do this.  This is why you are here.  You signed up for this class to process emotion and now you are trying to bag on it?  Lame.

So I sat there and went into my trance-like state and took a look at sadness.  As soon as I saw it, I again felt like don't make me do this!  My sadness was huge, grey, ugly and I felt a strong resistance to it.  Then my teacher Karena said, I want you to visualize vacuuming out everyone elses' emotions around sadness that is showing up in your image of sadness.  At that point my sadness shrunk to a tiny pea!  It was cute! Little. And green. I couldn't believe how much of other people's sadness I was carrying around with me without realizing!  When I looked at the pea again it was actually happy--- happy to be seen by me!  I felt like I wanted to give it a hug!

In that moment, I realized that it's not MY sadness that I don't like to deal with, it is the sadness I pick up by accident from other people!

When I do energy work I have a bunch of techniques I do to remove feelings from my space that aren't mine.  It's basically energy hygiene.  Being a sensitive, I've developed somewhat of a "permeable" skin that I regularly need to "clean out."  This "permeable" skin is essential for my work.  In my sessions, I use my whole body to sense what my clients are going through, so in a sense I can "feel" my client's broken toe, or how my client is holding grief around the passing of her mother.  I purposely tune into those things.  It's super helpful in a session, but not when I'm on the floor playing trains with my son.

Looking back, I have an idea of where I picked up that sadness.  At the time I remember noting to myself, I'm connecting deeply with this other person's sadness but completely forgot to clear myself of that emotion.  What is interesting to note, is that I wouldn't have picked up that emotion if there wasn't some piece of me that was resonating with that sadness.  It was buried in me, and became activated within me when I connected with this other person.  That's why it seemed out of the blue and I couldn't place it.  No one had done something obvious to hurt me.  But in me, this connection pulled out a part of me that needed to be healed.  It became amplified so that I'd notice it and process it.

This class was so powerful because it illustrated to me how important it is for me to stay on top of my energy hygiene and that I'm really not all that terrified of my own sadness.  I also gained a few more tools to move passed the reluctance in dealing with my emotions (if it comes up again) and how I can process them in the moment even if I'm feeling overwhelmed.

I'm super grateful for these opportunities to learn.

Biohacking Your Purpose

A lot of people have been asking me why I decided to work with people with Parkinson’s. The short answer is because I knew I could help them. The longer version is ... Technically I shouldn’t be here (on Earth). I’ve almost died several times. I know it sounds dramatic—but it’s true. Sometimes we humans need these near death experiences like a kick in the pants—a reminder that we are meant to DO something here ---like being a part of something larger than your self.

So what does being a twin, a degree in psychology, teaching in the most dangerous school in NYC, and becoming an energy healer and coach have to do with each other? Seemingly nothing, but all of those experiences, plus more, have prepared me for today. Every single one of those things have helped me to trust my heart.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I was well on my way to finding my purpose when I was 26. The truth is, it wasn’t all that hard. I quickly realized the way to biohack your way to your purpose is by listening to your heart. I believe we all have something like a GPS system in our heart linked to our destiny with the most compelling—sometimes obnoxious—GPS lady, directing us to our destiny. Not listening to her will make you feel lost.

The latest example of me following my heart included me working with people with Parkinson’s. In February, I started volunteering at a boxing class for people with Parkinson’s on Saturday mornings because my heart was needing to give back.

This wasn’t some form of altruism. In fact, I don’t believe in altruism. I remember the day in college when my Evolutionary Psychology professor said, “There is no such thing as true altruism.” I remember being shocked. Ready to quit the class and tell him he was a moron. I was sad for humanity. I hated the idea that we weren’t doing something to help someone else just because we wanted to help. What I didn't realize in that moment was how PERFECT it all is. We all are in it together. We all need each other.  My professor was right—I couldn’t think of a single circumstance in my life where I helped and didn’t receive something—even if it was just contentment in my heart. So every Saturday morning at the boxing gym I was getting something. I felt good. I felt hopeful. I got to see determination and healing in action. I felt blessed. Sure, I helped them too—but that’s how we were ALL benefiting.

After several weeks of volunteering I decided I could give more. It was like a fire was lit in my belly. I grew hungry for living out my purpose, so I designed a study where I would offer 9 weeks of energy work to people with Parkinson’s in exchange for them filling out questionnaires each week rating their symptoms. Periodically in those 9 weeks, I checked in with my heart and I KNEW I was on the right path.

Every one of the participants benefited from the energy work to some degree. Two (out of 7) of the participants’ symptoms decreased approximately 80%! There were significant improvements in sleep, gait, balance, and fatigue, as well as improvements in pain from past and present injuries and a decrease in anxiety. (Click here to see the results of the study.)

So here I get to sit with the results. Here I sit reflecting upon the beautiful things I witnessed—people showing up—being present, open, and vulnerable. People improving beyond their wildest dreams. I’m the lucky one. Sometimes I ask myself, “How did I get here?” and the GPS lady says, “Because you followed your heart.”

I can’t wait till she tells me the next destination.

Parkinson's and Energy Work

So life has been pretty awesome lately.  I've recently gotten back into my energy healing practice and I'm loving it!  I love what I do and feel blessed to be able to work with my clients. In addition to working with my clients, I started volunteering at the Corner Boxing Club in Boulder where they have a program for people with Parkinson's.  Almost every Saturday I help at one of the stations where they are directed by me to go left, right or punch the bag.  It has been amazing working with these courageous people over the course of the last several months.  I have seen a transformation in just about every one of the participants.  I was so inspired by their dedication, that I decided it was the perfect time to offer an 8 week study, with 7 participants, on the effects of energy work on people with Parkinson's. So far we are in week two/three and I'm seeing some amazing things.  I'm noticing that people with Parkinson's have very similar energetic patterns.  In the past, no two energy sessions were ever similar--- and now I'm seeing the same energetic pattern over and over again--- so the same parts of the energetic body (thus the physical body) are having difficulty!  I'm also noticing that I need to work on certain parts of their body much longer than I would normally (like the brain).  Additionally I'm noticing the need to connect parts of their body and work with certain acupuncture points throughout the body.  This is all turning out to be pretty incredible. I don't know what the end result of the study will be, but I can't wait to find out!

The Key

It all made sense to me yesterday. As I graduated from one level of nutrition, I would feel better and better and want to know more. As I advanced in my understanding, I noticed that the key to life kept getting smaller.

As I decided to give up processed foods and replace them with whole foods, I was taking a step towards less. Less packaging, less added junk like preservatives, additives, and definitely less burden on my body.

As I noticed my health improving, I became more interested in vegetables and less interested in ice cream and cakes. It seemed that the more I cut out, the less I wanted it.

As I moved into juicing, I found the power of vegetables---and I became enamored. The juice of these plants left my body renewed, detoxed, well oxygenated, and abundant in health. As I incorporated this new lifestyle, I watched others around me adopt this new level of appreciation for the healing nature of nature itself.

When I embarked on my most recent journey towards greater health, I found a love and appreciation for essential oils. Through my quest for health, I realized I was seeking out the most healing power of all. The essence of these plants contains molecules that can target specific problems and help heal them through their molecular structure and frequency.

As one would suspect, I dove deeper into this understanding, and once again found energy to be the healer.  Energy comes in all forms and frequencies. What our bodies need in particular, is a frequency that is greater than the “dis-ease” that is perpetuating within the body. This is the key to healing. Finding the vibration that can uplift one from the vibration of disease is the key to opening the door to health.

It is very clear to me that we have been provided with what we need to heal. It is our choice in whether we use meditation, energy healing, visualization, juicing, essential oils, laughter or something else.  Our path to health is paved with choices.

Attaining the Next Level of Health


Lately I’ve been playing around essential oils.  I am extremely excited to have found them.  As many of you know, when we are ready, the teacher shows up.


It’s no surprise that all things that boost your energy excite me.  What I was unprepared for was just how excited I would get about essential oils!  When I came across essential oils was finishing up a juice fast.


I was super proud of myself getting through a 12 day juice fast, and was happy to know my body had rid itself of a lot of toxins.  It dawned on me that I was so focused on cleaning my internal environment that I neglected to focus on my external environment.


When I saw that there was a non-toxic cleaner that actually used essential oils to kill mold, fungus, bacteria, and viruses, I was intrigued. 


As I began reading more about essential oils and what certain essential oils could do for my body, health and environment, I became obsessed with trying them out and testing them out on myself.


I’m happy to report---I’m still alive!  Actually, I’m the healthiest I’ve been in a long time.  Many of you know, I already have so much energy, but with these oils I reached a new level!  I am astounded at how fast they work, and how even just one oil can do so many things to help us.


If you want to know more about these oils, please feel free to ask me.  I am more than willing to share what I know.  I think EVERYONE should use essential oils.  They are truly amazing.  I am so grateful.

Every Little Bit

Last week I received an email from Oprah's website.  The email was titled, 6 Reasons You're Still Suffering From Allergies.  As you probably know by now, I was curious to see what Corrie (the author endorsed by Oprah) was suggesting to alleviate allergies. I wish I read the miracle suggestion for you but her article was as helpful as two left shoes.  I had hoped the author would tell readers what they needed to stop doing and start doing to treat their allergies, but the article came up shorter than Danny Devito in Twins.

The author started out making the reader feel bad for having allergies--- stating that the reason you have allergies is because "you're mistreating yourself" by not going to the  doctor to get diagnosed and given the appropriate prescription for allergies.  She then suggested that natural remedies are "making you sick."  She rounded out this uplifting article by saying, "so if you have them [in adulthood], you're probably stuck with [allergies]."

I can't tell you how disheartening this was for me to read.  I couldn't help but think of the dejected readers who gave up hope and resigned to a life of suffering because they believe Oprah is capable of delivering the Truth.  It's easier to believe these things when you are bombarded by prescription commercials, doctors suggesting them, and every other person you know is on a medication.  It has becomes harder to think of someone who is healthy, than someone who is not.

I think we, as a society, need to be remind of how sophisticated our biology is.  We wouldn't be here if we didn't have the mechanisms to circumvent disease.  Before we even recognize we are thirsty, our cells have already started preparing for the possibility that we might not get water anytime soon and begin shutting down functions that can wait til we get more water.

As an energy healer we are taught that every body is infinitely wise and knows how to heal it's self.  We are also taught to respect the divinity (perfectness) that is within that person.  It's a grand, beautiful perspective---but is there evidence for this?

It turns out... every little bit is true.

Dr. Robert Young discovered we are healthy (disease free and prescription free) when our blood pH is at the appropriate level of 7.4--- any deviation from this number means you are unhealthy.  Period.

So basically our "divine self" is measured at a blood pH level of  7.4.

Going to the doctor for a prescription pill that covers up the signal that we have dipped below optimum pH level not only goes against biology but it is keeping us from getting well.  Taking a pill is the same logic as pulling a stop sign out of the ground because it annoyed you.  The removal of that sign is going to cause so many future problems that we would be better off dealing with the sign than removing it or covering it up.

Some of us have deviated so far from optimum pH that we are forced to take something just so we can breathe, move, or live.  When life is so debilitating in that way, it is understandable that we would need medications.  But the underlying cause of these symptoms should have been addressed much sooner keeping us from needlessly suffering.

In my next blog I'll discuss some things you can do to get your pH level back to normal so you'll be whistling zippidy doo da with the birds nestled in the pollen filled bush right next to you!

If you are suffering from anything...there is hope.

The Power of a Story

I recently attended Mary Ellen O'Brien's Raise Your Vibration workshop and it was fantastic!  I wanted to share with you what we did because it was so powerful. The only goal of the workshop was to, well--- raise our vibration!  Some of you may be wondering, what does that mean?  The best way of describing raising your vibration is to notice it's effects---you just feel good after you "raise your vibration"---  and things that needed to change in your life start shifting in a positive direction.

There are various ways to raise your vibration, such as meditating, running, or receiving energy work--- so I was curious what Mary Ellen was going to do with us.

It turns out---it was brilliant!  She had us remember a time in our lives when we felt really good.  I mean, reeeeallly gooooood.  You know those times where everything just seems to fall in place.  Where you feel unstoppable!  Where you think of something and it arrives momentarily---well maybe not the last one, but you get the picture.  Essentially you are in the "flow."

She had us relive that particular time in our life by having us tell a partner all the awesome coincidences and details that seemed to magically orchestrate themselves for our greatness.

The experience was amazing and very empowering!  Not only did it stir up incredible memories about when I received a free vacation at the beach with an ocean view, or found the perfect apartment over-looking the water, it made me realize how much I have to be thankful for.

My life is pretty incredible on a daily basis.  It's definitely something I'm aware of, but when you are told to unabashedly disclose the awesomeness that is your life, you can't help but smile and be overwhelmed with graditude!

As I basked in everything I was feeling, I took a moment to glance around the room and take in all that Mary Ellen had created with us.  I noticed everyone in the room was beaming!!!

The vibration of the room drastically changed from when everyone was first settling to their seats.  As everyone sank deeper and deeper into their stories the smiles across the room multiplied and it appeared people could hardly contain themselves!

It didn't matter whether you were telling your story or listening to someone's story---it was palpable how happy everyone was!  The room was buzzing with energy!

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to witness and be a part of so many people raising their vibration!  It was great to see them remembering what they are thankful for, and above all else, recognizing---without a doubt---there was some sort of divine hand in all that transpired in their story.

It turned out, many of the stories were based on people following their intuition---people doing things because it just "felt" right.  Many didn't know how things were going to work out when the began that particular journey, but something in them just trusted everything would work out fine---and it did.

I highly recommend you trying this with a friend.  Raising your vibration is exactly what you need to do to start attracting the things you want in life.  Feel free to post your incredible story below.  You will rediscover things about your self and you will raise the vibration of all who read about it!

For more info about Mary Ellen and her workshops, visit

Top Ten Ways to Naturally Regulate Your Blood Sugar

Top Ten Ways to Naturally Regulate Your Blood Sugar

With sugar infiltrating most foods it is now necessary to monitor and regulate our blood sugar for optimal health.  Sugar has been linked with diabetes and heart disease--- and now many other diseases!  Excess sugar in the body creates insulin resistance over time--- which causes inflammation in the body.  Inflammation is the root cause of over 80 disease in the body.  Here are some ways you can help shed some pounds, get the thumbs up from your doc and feel better!


1)  Look at the ingredients in your food.  Foods such as peanut butter and bread generally aren’t considered to be foods where you would find sugar, but I have found it listed as the second ingredient!  In Jif peanut butter, it is listed as the first ingredient along with peanuts!


2)  Stay away from processed foods.  Many processed foods contain high fructose corn syrup and other sugars.  Processed foods are considered dead foods.  Choose live foods and you will likely find yourself feeling less tired, less depressed, more energetic and lighter.

3)  Beware of low fat foods.  Foods labeled low fat often contain added sugar to make up for the lack of taste.  Compare brands when you are in the grocery store.  If the same brand of cottage cheese has the same amount of calories in both the low fat and the regular, it has been infused with sugar.  Also, remember that the fat will help in slowing the absorption of naturally occuring sugars.

4)  Count your carbohydrates.  It seems obvious to watch your intake of sugars, but most people don’t realize carbohydrates turn into sugars in the body.  Limiting the amount of carbs you consume per meal to roughly 15 grams (7 grams per snack), helps to keep your blood sugar from spiking and making you feel hungry shortly after eating.

5)  Calculate the amount of added sugar in your food.  Most women should not have more than 100 calories (150 for men) from added sugar a day, which translates to roughly 6.5 tsps of sugar (9.5 tsps for men).  To get the amount of sugar or calories in your food, multiply the grams of sugar by 4 to get the calories from sugar, or divide the grams of sugar by 4 to get teaspoons of sugar.

6)  Drink Aloe Vera juice and gel.  You only need a few ounces a day to help regulate your blood sugar.  As a bonus, you will also boost your immune system and reduce your risk of colon cancer.

7)  Get 6+ hours of sleep.  People who sleep 6 hours or less have an increased risk of developing diabetes.  People who sleep less generally consume more calories during the day because they have higher levels of the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin and lower levels of the appetite inhibitor leptin in their blood.

8)  Get moving!  Working out will help burn excess calories and fat, but it will also help you get a deeper sleep which will help keep your ghrelin and leptin hormones at optimal levels lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease. 

9)  Supplement your diet with Cinnamon, Manganese and Chromium.  Cinnamon is a popular Chinese Medicine herb used to treat blood sugar.  Manganese and Chromium are crucial for blood sugar regulation because manganese is involved in the metabolism of glucose (sugar) and chromium is necessary for carbohydrate and fat metabolism.  Health food stores often have suggestions for blood sugar regulating brands.  I like Glucose Optimizer by Jarrow Formulas.  I noticed a significant difference in how hungry I felt between meals.  

10)  Try taking 150 mg of African Mango fruit extract twice a day.  Not only does this supplement curb your hunger by telling your brain you are full, it also helps regulate blood sugar!

*Please note I am not a doctor, nor am I a nutritionist.  I read the information that is available to us all.  This is my informed opinion.

A Classic Case of Intuition

The town I live in just had it's first annual Pints and Paws festival for rescue dogs.  The streets were filled with smiles, vendors and four legged friends.   The festival was raising money for two animal shelters. As I walked the streets, I noticed a woman with a small baby.  As I looked at this woman and her baby, something struck me as odd.  I couldn't put my finger on it right away so I  kept socializing.  Moments later she came rounding the corner, baby in her arms, and I was struck again by the feeling something was not right. I looked at the baby and told my friend, "That baby seems very sick and should probably be in the hospital and not in her arms parading through the streets."

The baby's energy seemed so listless that I was in shock she would be out with it.  I became so upset by this, that I stepped back and tried to find another perspective---so I consulted my intuition hoping to be relieved of my feelings that this baby was not well.

As I tuned in, I heard, "She's selling it."  At that, I threw my hands up and said, " I knew something was up!"

I was in total disgust!  I couldn't believe this woman was so brazen to be selling a baby in the streets!  I was so totally upset, that I asked my friend who is training to be a police officer to go investigate.  A few minutes later she came back and said, "You're right, she's selling that's a doll you duffus!"  We both had a good laugh at me.

I share this story with you because  we often receive guidance or information and we interpret the situation---rather than just taking the information at face value.  The lady WAS selling the baby but I assumed that the baby was alive because it was what made sense in the situation---adults don't usually walk around carrying life size replicas of babies!

The truth is I broke a cardinal rule in using your intuition---follow it implicitly without interpretation.

My mom always said, to assume makes an "A$$ out of you and me."  I guess she's right.

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 7

Five Tips For a Better Week


1)  With Spring upon us, try to start amping up your intake of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine and will help you though allergy season and boost your immune system.  A 1992 study found that taking 2,ooo mg of vitamin C daily lowered blood histamine levels 38 percent in healthy adults in just one week. *

2) If you are over the age of 40, your ability to turn CoQ10 into Ubiquitol deminishes.  Try taking Ubiquitol instead of CoQ10 for the vast health promoting benefits--- from lower cholesterol to higher sperm motility!  CoQ10 seems to do it all!

3) If you love pasta and are trying to avoid gluten, try organic Quinoa pasta and other similar products. I love them!  They don't get mushy like other gluten free products and are a good source of protein.  Quinoa is considered a super grain because it supplies all the essential amino acids in a balanced pattern.  Prego!

4) Zip- up!  For those of you who are sensitive to energy, try zipping up your energy centers the same way you would zip up a coat.  This helps to keep your energy contained and other people's energy out--- leaving you feeling more like yourself.

5)  Challenge your intuition.  Next time you are in a restaurant, before looking at the menu, set the intention that you will find the perfect dish for the evening.  Open the menu and scan it quickly.  Notice where your eye is drawn.  This just might be the perfect dish for you!  This is what I do!

*Johnston C. et al. Antihistamine effect of supplemental ascorbic acid and neutrophil chemotaxis” J Am Coll Nutr 11 (1992):172-76.


"Hi Amy,  it's James, I wanted to update you on my friend, he is doing much---much better. He has been moved to an other facility and is able to communicate 'yes' and 'no,'  and short fragmented sentences---and is laughing!  The hospital staff is amazed and has attributed his recovery to the work we did.  Thank you!" That was the incredible voicemail I received early this morning.

On Thursday afternoon I received a desperate call from my friend James.  He asked me to accompany him on a trip to do energy work on his dear friend who has been in the hospital for the past month (two, out of those four weeks his friend was in a coma).  His recovery since the coma was dismal, so the doctors had essentially given up on him and told his parents, "There is nothing more we can do for him.  This is the way he is going to be for the rest of his life."

That meant this 46 year old man would be in a state of frustration, crying, grunting, and sweating profusely, with strained movement, and little to no coordination of his limbs for the rest of his life.  He also wouldn't be able to communicate or swallow, so was hooked up to feeding tubes, heart rate monitors and other things.  The doctors and parents had decided there was no hope and he needed to go to a hospice facility to---die.

James, believing in the power of energy work, rounded me and another friend/energy worker named Marina to travel to Tampa to see this young man in the hospital.

Even though I had been advised about the state he was in--- it was still in shock.  Because of his outbursts of crying, grunting, and straining it was at first difficult to transmit healing energy.  I was told he was dominantly in his reptilian brain, which meant he was in survival mode.  I was afraid he might involuntarily lash out at me (i.e bite me) because he didn't know me.

I had to have the utmost faith that I would not be put in harms way.  I had to trust that the Universe wouldn't have created a dangerous situation for me or him.  I had to face my fear head on and chose love.  My faith, my concentration, and my ability to transmit healing energy were all being challenged.

James began calming this young man down with his endearing smile and caressing his hand.  He was expressing palpable unconditional love--- and it calmed me down too.  The love he had for his friend filled me with hope and I was able to relax and allow the energy healing to flow.

I was able to pick up on some vital medical intuitive information to make his friend more comfortable.  The feeding tube was making him sick, and hurting his throat.  James informed the nurses, and soon, they agreed the tube should be removed and he calmed down.

After closing the energy session, my only hope was that James' friend would improve from the energy healing---offering him a second chance at life.  It seems, energy work gave him that chance.

I am eternally grateful to be the messenger of such a beautiful message.