Caroline Myss

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 trauma...it 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!

Love,

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.

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.

Thank You

"I firmly believe that intuitive or symbolic sight is not a gift but a skill --a skill based in self-esteem." ~ Caroline Myss

Recently I was working on a new friend of mine and totally enjoying it.  I love being in the zone--channelling this beautiful energy, knowing that I am helping her body physically, spiritually, and emotionally. To me, the emotional and spiritual body are one and the same.  They are energetically intertwined.  Emotions are rapped up (sometimes tightly!) in the chakras.  I promise to share all my knowledge of the chakras at a later time, but for now, chakras are basically energy centers located close to the body and correlate with major intersections of nerves. I want you to be able to see how emotions, the chakras, and listening to your body are all related because I use information to help my clients.

I started working on my friend because she was experiencing pain in her middle back.  It was also causing her ribs to hurt.  As soon as I reached the area, I could see exactly what I needed to do.  I could literally see her ribs and the muscle that was slightly torn (because I can do this, I am considered a Medical Intuitive--but not a doctor!).  I could also feel the bottom four chakras out of balance.  As l’ve mentioned before, spontaneous illness is unlikely the cause, so I started to listen to what her body was telling me so I could see what may have lead up to this muscle being torn.

That’s when I started feeling anxious, protective, like I was battling something, worried about finances and alone. Whoa!  That’s a lot of emotions!  So how was this information related to the imbalances in her body?  Each of those feelings corresponds to a chakra.  Rather than standing over her and continuing to try to make sense of what was going on, I decided to tell her what I was feeling and describe the imbalances in her chakras.

Low and behold I was making sense (maybe I haven’t lost my mind)!  My friend revealed that her brother had passed 11 months earlier, and there was a financial battle over his estate.  She also said she has been dealing with the financial aspect of his death for so long that her body hasn’t had the space to grieve. So, exactly how are these emotions effecting the body?

Here’s how these emotions translate into the body spiritually speaking.  The base chakra (first chakra) is related to family, second chakra (in the back) is related to finances, third chakra is related to power, and fourth chakra is related to love and grief.  All four of her chakras were responding to the emotional things in her life--family, finances, power, grief and love.  After discussing these things, she could see how her muscle in her back became vulnerable and eventually torn.  There was an overall weakness  in the area that paved a path for dis-ease!  Her torn muscle (pain) is her body signaling that certain emotions need to be processed and released.  This is why I worry when Western doctors prescribe pain relievers without addressing the whole body (mind,body and spirit).  Pain is your body talking to you!  So the next time you have a headache or your neck is sore, ask yourself, what is my body trying to tell me?  Listening to your body will probably help you avoid disease!  How great!!!

Once I balanced my friends chakras and made a few suggestions she could do for herself, I was off on my way-- always grateful for the opportunity to help someone and to bring more clarity and peace into their lives.

Your Body is a Wonderland

"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.  The challenge is to silence the mind." ~ Caroline Myss

So before we go any deeper into energy medicine, let's take a look at the benefits of alternative medicine and what's at the root of illness.

Many people seek alternative medicine, because Western medicine has been unsuccessful in treating their dis-ease. Dis-ease is when the energetic body is not in balance-often leading to disease.*

One amazing woman I met said, "Amy, I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.  The doctor said the cancer had spread to my femur and neck too.  The doctor said I had 6 months to live and there was nothing they could do for me. Amy, that was 2.5 years ago, and I just went to the doctor yesterday and they can't find the cancer in me.  There is nothing wrong with me (my jaw dropped to the floor).  Do you want to know why?  I found Reiki.  I decided my health was in my hands, so I found an alternative.  I started getting Reiki treatments twice a week, took natural herbs and became a Reiki Master myself.  I don't know why God decided I should live, but I guess it is to do this (energy healing)!"

Shortly after meeting her, I spoke to 2 more people who survived cancer using alternative medicine.  And those are people I have met!  I can't imagine how many others are out there!  So why isn't the shock media talking about these cases?  It's shocking, isn't it?

So what's really at work in helping these people overcome things like cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, pain, nausea, stress, asthma, allergies, infertility and many other problems?  That question has left many doctors and scientists scrambling for an answer.  Some say, the placebo effect.  Some say, misdiagnosis and others remain curious.  The curious ones are the pioneers helping the rest of us understand what is truly at work here.  A new science called Psycho-Neuro Immunology is the study of the mind-body connection.  Essentially, it is the study of how emotions are related to illness.  We, as a society, are starting to look at the body more "Whole-istically."  This is great!  We just need to figure out what's causing our emotions to effect our bodies so dramatically.

If our bodies are exposed to all sorts of bacteria and viruses daily, why aren't we always sick?  Also, many of us have cells in our body that are reproducing too much (forming a tumor) that are destroyed without becoming life threatening or even noticeable.  Why?  What is the defining factor in whether we get sick or not?  You may have guessed by now that it is the complex dance between our emotions and our body.  Emotions are biologically a complex network of chemicals and hormones being released into the body.  Some make you feel good (Serotonin), other's not so good (Cortisol).

In discussing illness, we are mostly concerned with the abundance of stress hormones.  Of course, the other biological chemicals and hormones are important, because they help to balance the body, but for now we will discuss Cortisol.  Cortisol, a stress hormone, in large quantities puts stress on your body and leads to inflammation and immune suppression.  Originally, this stress hormone served an important function--to save you from being eaten by a lion!  But now, this hormone is being released when we are late to pick up our kids from soccer practice (not so life threatening!). This chemical is being sent around the body misinforming the body that there is danger.  So the million dollar question is, who or what is responsible for the body interpreting things as stressful when in fact they are not?

The soul!  To make this easier to understand, I describe the soul like having a sophisticated four-year old child inside your body at all times (bare with me please).  The less you listen to that four-year old, the louder the four-year old screams back at you until you listen. The more you listen to and love the four-year old, the more she listens and loves you back.  It's that simple.  In this case, ignoring the child creates dis-ease.  Rarely, does someone become miraculously sick (sounds funny just saying it).  Generally there are warning signs-- much like when a four-year old is about to throw a tantrum.  It usually starts out (with increasing desperation), "Mommy.... Mommy... Mommy, Mommy... Mommmmmy, Mommmmmmy, Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!!"   The same thing happens in the human body.  There are warning signs such as fatigue, "low energy," confusion, unhappiness, pain, bleeding, vomiting-- you get the picture.  It's when we pay attention to those signs that we often avoid the big Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!!!!  If we don't listen to the warning signs the soul will get our attention no matter what because it always has our best interest at heart.  That's when things like cancer and heart attacks happen.  The idea is, if we stop you in your tracks--make you listen, maybe you will hear what the soul has to say.

If you'd like to connect with your soul/four-year old child inside, just get quiet and listen to your body.  Your body is talking to you through your cells in every moment.  Your soul/body knows exactly what is best for you.  If you listen carefully enough (meditation really helps with this), you will be guided to do things you probably aren't use to.  That's ok!  We have all been programmed to do things that aren't great for our body/soul over our lifetime.  Often, the quiet is what we have spent much of our lives avoiding.  Which is why cell phones, email, the internet, and television are so popular.  It seriously takes guts to listen to yourself.  However, I assure you that you will be glad you did.  You will begin to become more in tune with your emotions and body and thus lead a happier and healthier life!  Who doesn't want that?

Many alternative medicines aid in listening to the body and correcting the energetic imbalances taking place in the body.  Often emotions that were once pent-up, are released thus aiding in relaxation of the body and boosting the immune system.  Boosting the immune system helps in reducing inflammation in the body.  Inflammation is linked with all chronic illnesses.

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*Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that anyone should abandon modern Western medicine.  I truly believe it serves its purpose (thus my hope of the marriage of Eastern and Western medicine).  I believe that anyone in crisis should seek out both options and chose the one that works for them.