Healing America

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.

Guidance

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

~Anonymous

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 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.

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!

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 http://awakenyourtrueessence.com.

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!

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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!

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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.

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 7

Five Tips For a Better Week

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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.

Hope

"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.

 

 

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 6

Five Tips For a Better Week

1.  Trying to lose weight?  Try taking African Mango Extract 150 mg 2 times a day.  Make sure you take it 30-60 mins before a meal.  Studies have shown that people who do this lose an average of 18% of their body weight in 10 weeks.  It works by curbing your appetite by making you feel full.  It specifically helps people lose abdominal fat and lowers cholesterol.  It also helps regulate blood sugar!  Dr. Oz has even said it is the “miracle in your medicine cabinet.”

2.  Use coconut oil as a moisturizer on your skin.  Being cognizant of what you are putting on your skin is crucial.  Your skin is your largest organ and is very good at absorbing things.  Many people watch what they put in their bodies, but not what they put on their bodies.  So make sure you are using something that doesn’t have chemicals or fragrances in it.  Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral.

3.  Interact with nature, especially if you live in a city.  Living in a concrete jungle separates you from the rhythms of nature.  Research shows that we take many of our biological cues from nature.  Reconnecting with nature by placing your feet in direct contact with the Earth, has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body, which is at the root of at least 80 diseases!  If you don't think that you have time for this, you can purchase a grounding mat at earthing.com and use it at work or put it on your bed.  You will experience many of the benefits from connecting directly to the Earth.  I make sure I receive the benefits of grounding daily because they are just so good for you!

4.  Get outside and get some vitamin D.  Our bodies are great at making Vitamin D.  All we need is a little sunshine (15 mins a day) and we make enough Vitamin D to supply our body.  Some of the benefits of Vitamin D are that it helps fight and prevent the flu, is a building block in the immune system, and aids in a healthy bone structure.  Who doesn't like to feel better for free?!

5.  Try substituting apple sauce for an egg in your baked goods.  Surprisingly this actually works!  I used 1 cup Pamela’s Gluten Free pancake mix (which is really an awesome pancake mix) and used 1/4 cup organic apple sauce in place of the egg, sprinkled cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla, 3/4 cup of unsweetened Hemp milk, a tablespoon of melted Earth Balance buttery spread, a tablespoon of blue agave syrup and organic blueberries and voila!  Awesome, gluten free, vegan blueberry pancakes!  Enjoy!

If Your Income Is Variable...

If your income is variable you need to be careful your self-esteem doesn't mimic your cash flow.

With so many people's sense of worth coming from their wallets, it is easy to hop on the rollacoaster that has become our economy.  Anyone who makes their livelihood from the stock market, real estate market, or is self-employed is all too familiar with the ups and downs that not only marks the bottom line on their bank statements but also their mood.

This is a cycle that needs to be broken.

When self-esteem repeatedly fluctuates a person can develop a digestive disorder that can eventually turn into an autoimmune disorder.  I have seen this time after time in my practice.

Biologically speaking this is what is happening.  The stress from feeling scarcity triggers an adrenaline response, which causes your energy to be diverted away from digestion to the extremities (your arms and legs).  This is really useful if you are fleeing a saber tooth tiger, but not great if you are sitting comfortably at your desk watching the stock ticker.  This stress response inhibits the proper absorption of nutrients in our digestive tract.  Since the gut produces 90% of our immunity, we are left feeling emotionally and physically spent.

Lack of funds doesn't need to mean lack of self-esteem.  Gaining our self-worth in a non-materialistic way will help us weather the financial storm and leave us unscathed.

True happiness and self-worth comes from within---and that's exactly where it's supposed to be.  That way we don't have to worry about it being taken away.  It is not a material object subjected to the outside world's whims.  It is held safely in our hearts, ready to guide us to safety.

Engaging in activities that make us feel good about ourselves, such as volunteering or extending a compliment, we can build our fortress of self-esteem to unparalleled heights.

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 4

Five Tips For a Better Week:

1.  When someone is driving you crazy, change the lens of how you look at them to compassion.  Find a way to love them---or at least like them.  Try to rememberthey are figuring things out just as much as you are.  Their behavior is coming from their experiences---it is how they have learned to cope with the situation.  Just as you would not fault a student for having a poor teacher, do not fault the student who does not know what you know. 

2.  Have fun!  Chances are you have gotten swept away with the rat race.  Take time to release some pent up energy!  If you can, imagine your younger self and ask him/her what he/she would like to be doing right now---then do it!  Your inner child is waiting to play.

3.  Try Tabata.  Tabata is a workout regime that burns 3-5 times more calories than a traditional workout. It also significantly improves cardiovascular health faster than a traditional workout.  Tabata is working out intensely for 20 seconds, with a 10 second recovery time, 8 times in a row.  Do that 7 times, with 7 different activities (alternating between aerobic exercise and weight training), and you will see a significant improvement in your strength, and cardiovascular health. *

4.  Say what you are thankful for before you fall asleep.   This is one of the easiest ways to help you fall asleep.  It relaxes your body and puts you into a state of peacefulness and abundance so that you drift softly to sleep.

5.  Switch from coffee to green tea for a week.  Green tea is full of antioxidants and health benefits.  Drinking green tea (even if it's caffeinated) helps burn more fat, reduces the number of free radicals floating around your body (which are linked with cancer and other diseases) and can help women suffering from infertility or endometriosis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

*Please check with your doctor before trying any new workout regime.

32 Days Sober

Last month I challenged myself to go 31 days without drinking any alcohol.  Suffice to say, I did it.  It wasn't easy though---I visited family and friends, watched football games (hello beer and wings!), and even attended an event solely based on drinking.  In the past, all these occasions would have included some level of drinking.

Before sharing my realizations, I'd like point out I didn't give up alcohol because I was addicted to it, or felt I needed it daily, I gave it up because I wanted to see what life would be like without it.

Here's what I found---much to my surprise!

I became significantly more aware of my surroundings---even for me!  I noticed colors, smells, and peoples' interactions more than ever.  I experienced a new found zest for life, and a heightened connection with those around me.

It was so much easier to see how we are all connected.  I couldn't believe the high I was on!  Feeling the vibration of those under the influence paled in comparison to the heightened awareness I felt.  I ached for them to have the moment of clarity I had while dancing among them.  Everything was beautiful!---they were, their hearts, their minds, their thoughts, all of them!  I suddenly realized, why would I ever want to miss this!  Why would I not want to bask in the energy of all that was, is and will be---the MOMENT.

When I realized alcohol pulled me out of the moment, I realized I was missing some profound connections. When we aren't fully present in the moment we are missing our opportunity to create a profound connection with ourselves and others---and possibly it all.

Cheers!

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 3

Five Tips for a Better Week:

1.  Set a fitness goal and try to break it by the end of the week.  Do you think you can’t run 3 miles?  That’s what I thought---until I did it.  Little wins boost our confidence significantly.  So try running or walking non-stop at your fastest pace for 1 minute, or walking up the stairs all week instead of taking an elevator.

2.  Treat yourself to a massage.  With stress being top on the list of reasons we become ill, a massage naturally packs a one-two punch against illness. It decreases stress, anxiety, and blood pressure and also boosts the immune system.

3.  Disconnect yourself for an hour a day.  People are flocking to "Black Hole Hotels" in an effort to avoid feeling tethered to the internet.  Constantly being connected to a cell phone, tablet or computer keeps us disconnected from ourselves.  They have become our choice distractor.  Spending an hour of your waking day disconnected will ironically help you get in touch with yourself and those around you.

4.  Use your "Golden Hour" wisely.  The "Golden Hour" is the first hour after waking.  This is primetime for our brains to learn something new, set an intention, or focus on the future.  After waking, our brains are in the alpha stage, which means we are most open to ideas and suggestions.  Plant the seed for your ideal future in your golden hour.

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5.  Go organic.  Did you know some fruits and vegetables can have up to 14 pesticides on them?!  Not only are these chemicals linked with cancer, but they also decrease the amount of antioxidants found in the plants.  This is because the plant doesn’t need to produce as many antioxidants to protect the plant from disease because the pesticides are already doing that.  Antioxidants protect the plants and us from disease.

Foot-loose and Fancy-free!

Donating your stuff will not only increase the balance in your karma bank and likely put a smile on your face, it will also give you flexibility in life. I was talking with a friend who is giving up almost everything to pursue her dream. Kudos to her!  She has waited almost 40 years to manifest her dream career and surprisingly one of her main concerns is if she needs her enormous, ji-gundo green couch!

I simply told her, "No, don't be ridiculous!"  Thank goodness she's got a good sense of humor!

Since she is going to be living out of a suitcase for the next 6-9 months as she goes to school, it doesn't make any sense to keep it especially since she needs the money!

Plus, she wouldn't want to be in a position of saying, "I can't take that job/apartment/opportunity because of my couch."  THAT would be ridiculous.

So why is she so set on holding on to a couch she won't use for at least half a year?  A better question is, why do people hold on to anything?

The truth is, stuff makes us feel safe and secure.  When we really examine why we hold on to stuff, we find that a lot of that stuff is actually holding on to us.  Often we accumulate things, give them meaning, energy, time, and space, and then resent them when we lose our freedom to move foot-loose and fancy-free!  Some of us have even created debt to accumulate this stuff---and that's a double choke hold on our freedom!

Purge yourself of your "stuff."  I'm not suggesting you act like a monk or go sans everything including your underwear, I'm just suggesting you look around and think,  "What's holding me back from feeling free?"

Ultimately I think we all want to feel free to move when we feel inspired to do so.

Selling or donating your stuff will make you feel lighter and you'll be sending the signal to the Universe that you have enough--- which will be matched with you always feeling like you have enough!

Start off the new year by signaling that you have abundance and are ready to move with your intuition and opportunities!

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!