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his year we are approaching the holidays with the election results behind us. Some are excited about the change and others nervous about the future. Whatever side you are on, this particular election has been long and wearing. Fanned by the media it felt like a reality show unfolding on a daily basis. In the end people were surprised by the inaccuracy of the forecasts and polls. One lesson we learned was that many of us really don’t understand each other. Serving Central and Northern New Mexico, So here we are the holidays upon us and now what? Some people find including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and holiday gatherings challenging enough due to spending time with difficult surrounding communities relatives. I can imagine that discussions this year could be more heated since the country seems to be split down the middle. contact us One possibility is to compassionately listen without judging the other person Publisher – Andrea Schensky Williams that may have a different opinion. Listening will support our understanding of what others are thinking and vice versa. We don’t have to agree but we can move 505-999-1319 forward keeping the channels of communication open. As Krista Tippet shares 6612 Glenlochy Way NE Albuquerque, NM 87113 on page 20, one goal all of us may have in common is the future of the next generations. What if our actions were centered around their well-being? Our feature article “Loving Large” on page 18 speaks about different Advertising Sales scientifically proven truths that we are all connected. In other words, sometimes Andrea Schensky Williams the things we don’t like in others are a reflection of our own selves. We react 505-999-1319 because people bring to the surface things we don’t like about ourselves. Finally, on page 25 Stephen Dinan, founder of Shift Network, eloquently Art Director Kurt Merkel shares how we all can learn from each other no matter what our view point is. I invite you to take care this holiday by treating yourselves to the healing Design and Production gifts we share in our Holiday Gift Spread on pages 16 and 17. Enjoy a nourishing Susan Jones facial, a “Reiki for Two” session, the aromatic smell of essential oils, the healing energy sounds of Tibetan and crystal bowls, healing touch and massage, readings Editor from your angels and guides, a Erin Lehn Floresca healing fair, coaching lessons for 2017 and healthy holiday drinks Calendar Thomas Maslowski with a twist and good food from local stores and farmers. Happy Holidays and new SUBSCRIPTIONS: Digital email subscriptions are available beginnings in 2017! free, compliments of publisher, by emailing to above email address your name and email information.

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newsbriefs Holistic Healing Fair at The Casita


eal now! Sacred Healing Lights is excited to invite you to the all new Healing Fair and Holistic Workshops being hosted at The Casita: The Healing House in Santa Fe, December 2nd to 5th. Family-friendly events feature massage, stress reduction, energy work, intuitive readings, sound therapy, Tarot, Reiki chanting, special gifts and more. With the focus on self-care, you’ll receive tools you can use now to increase your health and wellbeing. According to Priscilla Schmidt, “During this busy time of increased commitments and expectations, stressful travel and hosting, loneliness, overwhelm - even spikes in joy, it’s easy to miss one very important thing—you. You are worth investing in during this time, you deserve to be well.” From body and aging, to creating sacred space outside and in, discover how deep yet easy, emotional and physical healing can happen for you so you can be your best cared for, highest self. “Try many services on Saturday and meet practitioners. Sunday, learn and practice self-care how-to’s. Friday and Monday, connect with your inner clarity and true gratitude”, says SHL Co-Founder Carly Bevans. Location: 313 Camino Alire, Santa Fe. For more information and to RSVP, call 505-395-0746, 505-692-5359 or visit

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n December 17 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Blue Moon Hot Yoga will offer a special Mala Practice at its Santa Fe studio to honor the many December holidays. According to Blue Moon owner, Shea Rollins, in the practice of yoga, the number 108 is sacred, representing the wholeness of the universe. In this special class, Rollins, along with other Blue Moon teachers including Bea Vise Michelle Mendonca, will lead students through 108 sun salutations in a gently heated studio. “This mala practice can help individuals connect more deeply and focus on intentions they may have for the holidays or the New Year,” says Rollins. “We like to offer this special class for many of the holidays that occur throughout the year.” Cost: $15. Space limited to 20 people. Location: 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste. A5, Santa Fe. For more information and a full schedule, visit or call 505-795-7778. See ad, page 31.

Channeling Jesus Christ


et ready to experience truly divine energy on December 2 at Resonant Essentials in Albuquerque! Renowned clairvoyant medium and energy healer, Donna Carol, will channel Jesus Christ in celebration of Christmas. “The channeled message will focus on the exciting times we are living in, and what can be expected in the future,” says Donna Carol. Doors open with coffee and tea service at 6 p.m. with channeling session being held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Donna Carol will host other channeling sessions at Resonant Essentials at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Admission: Free. 7413 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. To RSVP text 505-515-5088. See ad, page 17.

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or many of us, Christmas Holidays are a time to experience the joy of giving. That could be finding the perfect gift for a loved one, making charitable contributions, or volunteering at one of the many wonderful charities around town. Our own experience, and modern psychology, affirms the happiness we get when we give to others,” says Eagle Ranch Church Pastor, Nico Ashe. For children, however, their experience of Christmas times may be limited to making a wish list and the joy of receiving presents. “We at Eagle Ranch Church have decided to have an event so that children can participate in the joy of generosity,” says Ashe On December 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Eagle Ranch Church presents Children Giving presents, a “free store” where children can come and shop for their loved ones. Funded completely through donations, Children Giving Presents seeks to nurture the development of children’s self-esteem, compassion and dignity by providing the ability for them to give to others. Children will be able to choose from a variety of new retail gifts for men and women displayed on tables. The children may see and touch the items to help them make their decisions. After they have completed their shopping, adults will help the kids wrap their presents at our gift wrap table! Please join us for this wonderful event and experience the true joy of giving this holiday season! Location: 9660 Eagle Ranch Rd. #6, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505891-3619 or visit See ad, page 31.

The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Apprenticeship Series Comes to Albuquerque

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tarting this February, Dr. Phyllis Clay will host the first Albuquerque opportunity to immerse one’s self in the beautiful healing tradition of the Pachakuti Mesa. Conceived by don Oscar Miro Quesada, respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru, the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (PMT), is a cross-cultural system of shamanic arts for personal and planetary renewal. The shamanic practices and self-exploration within the five weekend PMT apprenticeship offer a deep initiation into the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. In the series, through ceremony and practice, participants cultivate a deeper relationship with nature, the unseen world, and with themselves. “The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition is a system that utilizes an altar like arrangement called a mesa at its core yet emphasizes the flexibility, the cultural context, and the creative potential of each apprentice in a way that transforms not only their lives, but also the planet,” says Clay, a sanctioned teacher of PMT. “Through the study and practice of shamanic ritual arts, individuals learn to live in harmony with nature and Mother Earth and her children, the animal, plants, minerals and each other.” Free introductions to the Pachacuti Mesa Tradition are offered prior to the beginning of the series in February. For more information or to register, call Dr. Phyllis Clay at 505-918-4388.

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anta Fe Reiki and Energy Healing is offering a special lineup of classes at a special price this winter season for anyone seeking healthier relationships. Classes are offered in small groups or scheduled privately, and offer you the unique opportunity to create joyful memories with someone you love, to overcome limits and heal your relationships, and even to grow your professional partnerships. And, enjoy a two for one tuition. “A great part of caring for ourselves involves caring for and nourishing healthy, life-enriching relationships—and the skills that go into maintaining them that allow us each to be our highest, greatest, truest selves,” Priscilla Schmidt, Founder of SFREH, says. Classes you can choose from include: Healing Our Mother-Daughter Bond, Reiki for Partners, Reiki for Friends, Reiki for Business Partners, Reiki with Our Best Friend (for pet and person), and more. You’ll explore specific aspects of these special relationships and learn how to apply unique self-care, preparedness, presence, release and forgiveness exercises that foster supportive, healthy ties. “And, you’ll be Reiki 1 Certified at the end of your class”, adds Schmidt. Location: The Casita, The Healing House and Sacred Healing Lights, 313 Camino Alire, Santa Fe. Enroll by January 20 for two-for-one tuition on classes that start before or on March 30th, 2017. See ad, page 17.

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newsbriefs Holistic Practitioner Dual-Certification Program 


essicca Kumaalla LMT, CWK, HHP, and Cece James BS, CWK, HHP, co-owners of The Institute for Holistic Living in Albuquerque, invite all to learn about their Holistic Living Expert and Holistic Nutrition Specialist Dual-Certification Program. Upon completion of the program, students will earn two certifications: Holistic Living Expert (HLE) and Holistic Nutrition Specialist (HNS). In addition, students will be eligible to apply to The American Association of Drugless Practitioners to receive Board Certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP). The program includes 300-hours of in-depth holistic health education and information, nutrition and lifestyle practices. “It’s all mixed with philosophies, modalities and a ton of techniques, ancient and modern, but all based in nature, with kinesiology (muscle testing) as the foundational testing tool. You will have a rocking tool box and know how to naturally deal with most of the illnesses and diseases that come up for yourself, your family and others,” shares Kumaalla. “Change your career, really help people feel better, and change your life forever,” adds James.

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ntegrate your interest in healing, the mind sciences and practical spirituality into a career helping people as a hypnotherapist. Find out why people have traveled from 28 countries worldwide and all 50 states in the USA for hypnotherapy training with Tim Simmerman Sierra, lead instructor at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America. This is a great opportunity for you to attend a special free two-hour class For more information or to register, call 505-554-4976 or visit with Tim Simmerman Sierra who will be See ad, page 5. sharing three secrets to create positive change in your life by showing you how your subconscious mind works. Feeling stuck, blocked or stagnant originates with limiting thoughts held at or over 20 years, La Montañita Co-op has partnered the subconscious level. Learn how the with New Mexico Department of Children, Youth techniques taught at the Academy are and Families, Enlace Comunitario and PB&J Day specially designed to liberate you from School to organize the Giving Tree, an annual event those thoughts and help you lead a more driven to provide children experiencing hardships in fulfilling life – enjoy more peace of mind our community with hope and joy during the holiday and a joy-filled heart! season. Tim will also present recent scientific Starting November 29, all Co-op locations research on Hypnotherapy Academy will have a sustainably grown and harvested tree methods being used by the National decorated with ornaments containing a child’s name, Institutes of Health and will also discuss age and holiday wish, allowing shoppers to choose a hypnotherapy as a career. gift they will enjoy giving, and the children will be excited to receive. Tim has been director and awardLa Montañita invites all customers to stop by the Giving Tree and handwinning lead instructor at the Academy select a child’s wish to fulfill. All gifts must be returned to neighborhood for 20 years.  He is a former two-term locations no later than December 12. This deadline allows the Co-op to president of the American Council of distribute all gifts to each non-profit, who then delivers the holiday cheer to Hypnotist Examiners.  Tim is on the nearly 600 children in their care before during the holiday season. board of Directors for the International And beginning this year, customers may also give the gift of education. La Board of Hypnotherapy, and is author Montañita has teamed up with the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability of the definitive textbook, Medical Studies program to offer the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Hypnotherapy, Principles and Methods of Scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to those pursing an education Practice. focusing on sustainable practices that are vital for continuing to enhance and grow New Mexico’s local food shed. Class will be held at the Hypnotherapy Academy in Albuquerque on Tuesday, For more information and questions about the Giving Tree or partnering December 13 at 7 P.M. Call 505-767nonprofits, go to or contact Membership Director Robin Seydel at See ad, 8030 to register and reserve your seat for this special free class! See ad, page 3. page 15.

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healthbriefs Treasure Map for Your Soul


zlan White, one of Santa Fe’s old time astrologers, has returned from her pilgrimage rescuing a mother red wolf and is now available for astrology readings. In the tradition of the Santa Fe Astrology Forum she is hosting an exciting upcoming event titled “The New Adventure” which begins at 7 p.m. on December 17 at The Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Fe. During this annual community event, White and friends will share an audiovisual “treasure map” on the year ahead. She has developed what she calls “a new way of seeing your astrology chart,” as a “treasure map.” “Treasure Map for Your Soul is a simple form that I hope will guide people into the “true purpose of astrology”. To use the astrology chart to limit or over-define oneself or another is not the ‘right use of astrology’,” says this oracular expert. Treasure Map for Your Soul allows people to see that there are jewels and gifts that can be found and enlivened: and that is the true purpose. Cost: $20 for December 17 event. Location: 505 Camino de Los Marquez. Tickets available at the Ark, 133 Romero St., Santa Fe or at and For more details, call 505-982-0637 or email or visit her blog at

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utton Healing is a unique method of self-healing created by Ilchi Lee, the founder of Body and Brain. According to Lee, it is common knowledge that gut and digestive health play a crucial role in maintaining one’s mood and overall wellness. As the center point of the digestive tract, the belly button has the ability to not only deliver digestive and reproductive health but also a wide array of emotional benefits when stimulated properly. Belly Button Healing can help: • Increase blood/energy circulation • Boost energy/vitality • Enhance digestion/detoxification • Relieve pain and stiffness of joints • Control emotions and balance hormones • Improve immunity

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Seasonal Drinks that Revitalize

LIBATIONS by Judith Fertig uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.  



The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a nonalcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 14

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After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.  


Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day.   Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at


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The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.

Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne.   Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search

Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

Fresh Hot Ginger Tea Yields: 2 servings

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out


the ginger slices and serve in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco

Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea Yields: 1 serving

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Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; fresh-peppermint-tea.

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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist


rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

Scientific View

This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. 18

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Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that

habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.

Cosmic View

During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz

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Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a

says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her life-changing journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin—it’s the whole coin.”

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake

How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of lifegiving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International

Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipres-

ence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our 20

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faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

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I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinkWhich guests do you feel ing, but rests on the lives of beauty and have resonated the most goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s with listeners and why? a choice—a more exacting and couraA show that seems to have touched geous choice than cynicism or resigmore people most deeply is my inter- nation. The pain and fear alive in the view with the Irish poet, philosopher world surface as anger and violence, and author John O’Donohue just and some of us are called to be calmers before he died in his early 50s. He of fear. radiated such an unusual combination We must create the world we of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and want our children to inhabit and do so playfulness; mysticism, theology and together. Hope isn’t an option on this a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone path; it is one of our primary resources who could speak of God with great for getting there. wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty Randy Kambic is a freelance writer as a human calling and somehow and editor in Estero, FL, and regular embodied it for the listener. I meet all contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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“Awaken to your true nature, live an enlightened life; these are just some of the benefits to awakening to Love piritual counselor, Consciousness, the transpersonal ether that all is made psychologist and medical intuitive, Ananda Mayi, is an of, that which is intuitive who works closely eternal and always true. When one with the Divine Mother awakens to this level of consciousness, one sheds the ego energy. A pioneer in the field of personal awakening and lives from the divine core within. This is a different life, with different ways forward and different blessings. This is and facilitating in others’ a divine life, in service to all, and in union with all,” she awakening experiences, explains. Ananda has a degree in Ananda explains that she helps to facilitate shifts in Transpersonal Psychology and is a spiritual teacher and consciousness that awaken our inner qualities of Divine Love. “Working holistically, the mind, healer divine. Her work over body, spirit is brought into alignment the past 20 years has given with Divine Love, and this itself is the her the experience and blessing I love to bring forth and share insight needed to help those with others. The privilege to serve is a seeking to awaken to the divine parts of themselves. “To great honor. I am aware of this honor live as Love, beyond the ego, is the way out of suffering,” and welcome you to live as Love.” she says. “I help those who endeavor to live in the monistic To book an appointment, call 505realms of Consciousness, while facilitating grounding into 501-0501 or visit Love Consciousness. Through Divine Grace I can assist others in Awakenings and the bliss that can accompany them.” Ananda explains that she uses a holistic approach in her practice. “The mind, body and spirit are examined to bring Institute for Ascension ~ Medical Intuitive Arts harmony and balance, awakening and Love Consciousness,” she says. A devote of Sri Amritaanandamayi Devi—known to many as Amma, the hugging saint—for over two decades., Ananda shares that her connection to Amma is the Grace that blesses her life. She also attributes her own awakening and her abilities to facilitate awakening for others to Ammachi, and her endless Divine Love. Ananda has recently birthed the Foundation for Divine Love, a non-profit charity dedicated to helping others to awaken in addition to providing free medical intuitive services to those in need. The Institute for Ascension is part of the foundation, which includes affordable medical intuitive sessions as well as Ascension work. Often described as a powerful healer whose unwavering commitment helps Spiritual Counselor To book an appointment Transpersonal Psychologist others to re-align with their truth, Call 505-501-0501 ❋ Check out the blog! Ananda has also or online at launched a blog at to FREE * For those in need without funds. heighten awareness Enjoy the benefits of Grace CLINIC of spiritual issues.


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or many, this holiday season will be filled with the blues, not joy. There are two main reasons for that. One of them is a pattern of behavior. The other is low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. When blood sugar is low, irritability, sensitivity, headaches and depression can set in. Thankfully, hypoglycemia can be fixed by nourishing your adrenal glands. One of the roles of the adrenal glands is to signal the liver to release glucose into the bloodstream when blood sugar levels dip too low. Once glucose is released, the cells have fuel. Keeping your adrenal glands healthy with pantothenic acid and vitamin C will ensure proper monitoring of the sugar in the bloodstream. Nourishing and strengthening the adrenals is essential because there may be a lot of stress in your life. Because of stress, everything may feel overwhelming which can lead to depression. Stress overwhelm can also lead to eating lots of sweets, which can overtax both the adrenals and the pancreas. While you would get a high from all of the sugar, eventually you will feel the insulin crash. This is when depression, which may include anger, would be at its worst. The best way to fix this is by addressing the adrenals. Certain nutrients play a role in the body’s energy production. Those nutrients and herbs include:

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fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longerheld meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at



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he earliest signs of adrenal fatigue are low energy and the need for several strong shots of caffeine to kick-start the morning or get through an afternoon slump. If these symptoms arise, take steps to begin nourishing, restoring and de-stressing the adrenal glands. Eliminate stressors. Reevaluate daily schedules to make room for a regular session of yoga, meditation, tai chi or qigong. Establish a regular sleeping schedule aligned with the body’s natural cycle. Slipping between the sheets no later than 10 p.m. can mean better and deeper rest. Make dietary changes, starting with 40 grams of protein each morning. Limit the intake of stimulants, including caffeine. Eliminate sugar and processed grains. Add adaptogenic herbs and organic coconut and olive oils to dishes and food preparation. Eat nutritious foods such as greens and brightly colored vegetables. As a result, blood sugar and insulin levels will take fewer rollercoaster rides, easing the work of the adrenals. Refrain from over-exercising. Excessive cardio or endurance training is hard on the adrenals, so substitute more relaxing forms of exercise. Practice calming mindfulness and deep, controlled, diaphragmatic breathing. natural awakenings

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very January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking. Find a good trainer. “A personal trainer provides a helpful base of knowledge because the hardest part for most people is a lack of planning and diligence in following up. Trainers can step in to help a client achieve their goals,” says Albracht. Jeanne Rankin, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, adds, “A personal trainer can also help you set lofty goals that you wouldn’t have considered on your own due to fear of failure in achieving them.” Secure personal attention. Individual attention is invaluable. Albracht notes, “There’s nothing like the instant feedback with technique, information and support that one-on-one training provides.” Rankin adds, “In ongoing individual evaluation, a personal trainer can see exactly what’s going well and what isn’t, providing a better assessment than 24

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in a group.” “Group settings can also be positive and mimic a team environment, but a one-on-one relationship allows for a deeper bond of trust. Sometimes that can make all the difference in the world,” Albracht explains. Ask questions. If engaging a personal trainer isn’t in our available budget, they are often willing to answer a few burning fitness questions. Most of us have had volunteer teachers at some point in our lives that expected nothing in return because they loved sharing what they know. It’s a slower process, but can be a viable option. Set realistic goals. “I tell clients that structuring a program of specific goals will always trump a non-structured program,” says Albracht. “They need to fill out a goals sheet and develop a personal model that is repeatable, sustainable and successful. We use the SMART acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.” Sometimes writing things down is just what’s needed to make them actually happen. “When you look at pictures of famous people in magazines, realize that the images have been Photoshopped. They also have access to the

best and most expensive resources in the world, and looking good is their job,” reminds Rankin. “Set a goal, and then set a bunch of small, achievable, measurable and quantifiable steps along the way that’ll push you towards that bigger goal.” For example, If the goal is to lose 50 pounds in a year, then maybe shoot to lose 30 pounds in the first six months and 20 in the second six months. “Breaking it up into what feels doable for you is key,” says Rankin. Establish intentions. Krysten Clark, a Los Angeles personal trainer, yoga teacher and founder of Yogva Nutrition, uses the SMART elements along with establishing an intention for each session. She states, “It’s important to recognize what ‘being healthy’ means to you. I always have my clients set an intention for their workout in the moment, which allows them to be fully present with what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Connecting with their ‘why’ proves powerful in a day-to-day practice.” She also strives to bring mindfulness into any fitness workout that evolves from a mind-body connection. The accompanying sense of self-compassion furthers progress in the neverending process of personal growth and healthy living. Acquire a fitness posse. An accountability partner can be a friend or a personal trainer—someone that’s only a phone call away. Rankin observes, “If you know that you are letting someone down by not working out, then you are more likely to stick to a plan, especially if you’re paying that person.” Hit the reset button if needed. “Set a deadline to attain a goal and work backwards from there to achieve it,” advises Albracht. “If the goal is missed, reassess and plan again.” Be patient and forgive yourself as often as necessary if slip-ups occur. The ultimate results of feeling good and healthier provide their own payoff. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@

Stephen Dinan Outlines America’s Noble Destiny Bridging Our Political Divide is Key


tephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network, is a champion of the transpartisan movement that seeks to transcend America’s current political climate to realize greater unity and understanding. His new book, Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All, offers innovative, practical solutions for engaging citizens in an emerging whole. Dinan has forwarded thinking in his work with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where he helped shape the Shift in Action and One Minute Shift programs, and with the Esalen Center for Theory & Research, a think tank he helped create to explore human potential frontiers. He is also an active member of the Evolutionary Leadership and Transformational Leadership councils.

What political problem tops the list if we’re to make progress on anything? We all know that American politics suffers from extreme polarization. Just as the middle class has faded away from our economy, the bipartisan “middle” has dropped out of our political process. In the last two decades, moderates have become far less prominent, giving way to ideologues on both sides of the aisle. As a result, Congress is virtually unable to legislate, because politicians on the left and right insist they have all the answers. They often refuse to work with the president if he is from the other party. This childish behavior is a far cry from the bipartisan approach to solving problems that once made this country great. Our country is falling apart and we need to renew ourselves by finding a sacred vision of national unity. The fast-growing transpartisan

of war and toward universal health, sustainability and prosperity. It requires the best of both progressive and conservative values and a collaborative style of politics that seeks higher ground. Global accords and councils will replace the endless posturing of every military era.

movement offers an answer that can be What have you, as a aided by perspectives of transpersonal progressive, learned psychology and a visionary spiritual di- from conservatives? mension drawn from wisdom traditions Conservatives tend to focus on preservof the East and West. ing what has worked in the past, which is a useful function. In the human body, How is transpartisan we have strong elements required for best defined? health that basically protect its homeoTranspartisan means that Americans stasis. Too much change happening can rise above damaging divisions. It too quickly can be dangerous to us. provides hope that if we supply the Conservatives often play the same role right intention, we can hold to a vision in society, minimizing the risk of chaotic that honors the ideals of a wide range change and preserving core values, of viewpoints. No one can be 100 commitments and culture. percent right or 100 percent wrong, I’ve found that embracing conand we transcend limiting conservative servative values and perspectives is a and liberal categories by using dialogue good form of cross-training in my role and maturity in embracing the truths of as a spiritually based CEO, where it’s all parties, while leaving behind their imperative that I not risk everything on excesses and errors. each new idea. A moderate path draws We can belong to any party and upon the best of conservative perspecclaim an important piece of the truth; tives while opening to new possibilities a singular truth we stand for, such as for innovation and cultural expression, liberty or social justice or economic which tends to be a focus of progressives. growth, but it represents only a personal selection from a larger set of sacred How can we replace American principles. To attain insight political gridlock with a into these principles, we must move to more perfect union? an enlightened vision that honors all political perspectives, seeing each as a The ultimate solution comes in personally building bridges of curiosvaluable, yet incomplete contribution ity, respect and understanding, and toward the emerging whole. recognizing that true, lasting answers Why have you called for to extremely complex problems require the best thinking of all parties and idea sacred America? ologies so that some hybridization “Sacred” is a word that binds us together in the mystery of life and links us of solutions happens. We may not come to consensus into a single human family in which ul- timately no one is our enemy. A sacred on major issues, but we can come into deep dialogue and human exchange. worldview leads to a life filled with Extending a hand of friendship across respect and reverence. It informs and the aisle is ultimately one of the most enables us as we reach for our highimportant things we can do as citizens. est destiny as a country, not built on a desire to be number one, but a humble The women members of the Senate sense of calling, animated by a spirit of have led the way in doing this, often creating breakthroughs through their service to all. America is being called to explore personal connections with members of the other major party. new frontiers politically, economically and spiritually, in service to our own citizens and the world. We are to embrace For more information visit: Stephen a path away from the waste and tragedy or natural awakenings

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS – 6-7:30pm, Learn how pure, therapeutic essential oils can support your emotional and physical well-being this holiday season. Free. Versatile Vitality Yoga Studio, 4100 Silver Ave SE, #105, Albuquerque. 505-310-1790.


savethedate SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Sacred Healing Lights Open House Events – 10am-8pm. Refresh, rejuvenate and feel more supported, empowered and at peace. Join group sessions about getting clear, living centered, healing and transcending limitations. Workshops include self-healing, aging well, energy balancing, personal and extended space clearing, setting intentions, wholeness, gratitude and more. Rattle making and EFT for all ages. Activities for individuals, the family and children to light everyone’s spirit. Donation and sliding scale. Sacred Healing Lights at the Casita. 505395-0746.

Deep Dive Workshop: Unleashing Your Creativity – 5-8pm. Explore and create artist trading cards with Tara Bishop and Dana Brownrigg while sipping, munching and connecting; workshop for any level. Brainstorm your creative roadmap for 2017. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 $25, free/members. Well Woman Life, WESST 609 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-620-6030. First AND Second Wednesday Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. Wednesday 12/7 & 12/14. A gathering of earth walkers who love PaChanneling Jesus Christ – 6-7:30pm, Renowned chamama and her children. Bring an arte (a small clairvoyant medium, Donna Carol, will channel object that is sacred to you) to place on our commuJesus Christ,with a focus on the exciting times we nity mesa (altar). Uptown Area, Albuquerque. Call are living in. Doors open at 6 pm, with the chan- Phyllis Clay for directions: 505-918-4388. syntheneling session being held from 6:15-7:15 pm. To RSVP text 505-515-5088. Free, Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, crys- FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, Creativity and Process Painting – Dec 9-11. 1-4pm. Explore, the innermost ranges of creative expression. Move a brush, pick a color, and creativity flourishes and opens intuition. Principles of creativity and inquiry will be used to follow flow and awaken natural longings to express and explore. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 Debbie Purdy facilitates. $260, 15% off with mention of this calendar entry, materials included. Creative Wings Studio, Albuquerque. Debbie Purdy: Sacred Healing Lights Open House Events 630-530-5697. – 1-9:30pm. Rejuvenate, refresh and feel supported, empowered and at peace. Going Level I Healing Institute / Planetary Modalities – Beyond Workshops, including transcendThe first of three residential Healing Institutes, guiding limitations, self-care, aging well, breath ed by Ascended Ray Master Hilarion (Master Healer work, meditation, honoring intuition, wholefrom the time of Atlantis). Participants learn how to ness, gratitude and more. Sound healing. effectively heal others using energy, sound, crystal Activities for individuals, the family and & polarity balancing techniques. Existing healing children to light everyone’s spirit. Donation modalities are also refined. Cost is $1200 (R&B plus and sliding scale. Sacred Healing Lights at tuition). To book/discuss email Rev.AliceAnn@ the Casita. Priscilla Schmidt: 949-648-3468. Limited spaces available. Carly Bevans: 505-692-5359. SacredHealSATURDAY, DECEMBER 10


savethedate SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Sacred Healing Lights Healing Fair – 11am-6pm. Receive mini personalized healing sessions and readings from area practitioners; discover what works for you. Modalities include massage, craniosacral therapy, reiki, Diamond Light Body Wisdom, sound healing, reflexology, tarot, arch angels, oracles, and The Family. Get discounted future rates, gift certificates, special gifts. Learn to invest in yourself for a happier, more relaxed season. Free entry, $1/per minute sessions. Sacred Healing Lights at the Casita. 505-3950746.

Introduction to the Pachakuti Mesa – 9am-12pm. The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (PMT) 5-weekend apprenticeship series will begin in February 2017. You are invited to a free introduction to this powerfully enriching tradition. Leave with the tools to begin your own Journey with the Pachakuti Mesa in service to all our relations. Uptown Area, Albuquerque. Call Phyllis Clay to reserve your space and for directions and a list of what to bring: 505918-4388. ABQ’s Second Saturday: What you Absolutely Need to Know About Divorce – 8:30am-12pm. Non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process. $30/online at $35/cash or credit card at door. Office Alternatives, 4801 Lang Avenue NE, #110, Albuquerque. Kelly Chisholm: 505-974-1358. Kelly@

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Make Spa Gifts with Essential Oils – 10am12pm. Make therapeutic, organic spa products and candles for yourself or as holiday gifts using aromas of your choice. Free. Versatile Vitality Yoga Studio, 4100 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque. 505310-1790. Abq- Walk-In Healing Clinic with Access Bars – 10:30am-2:30pm. The Bars are 32 points on the head, when lightly touched, eliminate limiting points of view about everything. It’s relaxing, soothing and healing. Come see for yourself. $20/20 minutes. Yoga Art Space, 8338 Comanche Rd NE off Wyoming, Albuquerque. 505-6336895.

Touch can benefit you, your friends and your fam- lungs; direct a healing flow. $575. Cranio Sacral ily in a private, 20-minute Healing Touch session. School of the Masters, 140A Seton Village Rd, Free, call to make an appointment. La Jolla Healing Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. Touch, 2074 Galisteo St, Ste B-4, Santa Fe. 505SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 570-4514.


An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7pm. Lightworkers who live close to Santa Fe are invited to attend. Come 10-15 minutes early to meet and greet your fellow attendees. Donation of the Heart of $20 is requested. Contact OakRose Academy at 505-490-8855 for further details. Teleconference line 605-475-6711, Access Code: 7325118#.Oak Rose Academy of Light Center, 80 Canada Del Rancho, Santa Fe.

An Evening with the Ascended Masters –7pm. A two hour evening discourse with the Ascended Master Teachers of Shamballa, channeled through their clear-voice channel, Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek. Q&A is an opportunity to speak directly with the overlighting teacher. Donation of the Heart of $20 is requested. Contact OakRose Academy at 505-490-8855 for further details. Oak Rose AcadPsychic Faire – 1-3pm. All your answers are with- emy of Light Center, 80 Canada Del Rancho, Santa SATURDAY, JANUARY 21-24 in. Get a neutral look in the form of a reading to gain Fe. Teleconference line 605-475-6711, Access Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelliclarity on your present situation and ideas for next Code: 7325118#. gence – 9am-6pm each day. Increasing flexibility steps. Drop in/15 minutes, $10/session. Center For of the cranial base allows the brain to function in Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe. 505- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 the maximum space available, releasing an avenue 920-4418. Winter Solstice Ceremony of Light – 6pm. Join of intelligence unavailable before due to lack of Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Regress to a past the OakRose Academy of Light for our annual space. $575. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, life where you will discover, access and activate Winter Solstice Ceremony of Light. Followed by 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. a positive inner resource to benefit you and oth- alcohol-free, gluten-free vegetarian Pot Luck. Con- er people in your life today. Group session. $50. tact OakRose Academy at 505-490-8855 for further THURSDAY, JANUARY 26-29 Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Cen- details (including meditation schedule). tral Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Cranio Sacral Talking to the Heart and the SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, Birth of Love – 9am-6pm each day. Learn to enSUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Candle Lighting Service – 5pm. Service to affirm gage the intelligence of organs and speak directly Self-Healing Meditation – 11am-12pm. Brief dem- the light within and celebrate the sacredness of the to inside body structures. Release blockages from onstration of the energy therapy Healing Touch, fol- season. All are welcome. First exit off 599 by the around your heart and heart protector and the clilowed by a self-healing meditation. Easy to share bike trails. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa ent’s. $595. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203. with family and loved ones. Free, limited seating. La Fe. Jolla Healing Touch, 2074 Galisteo St, B-4, Santa Fe. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 RSVP: 505-570-4514. Transformational Breath Work – 1-2:30pm. Deepening within a conscious connected breath and presence, release built-up stress, trauma, emotional blockage and pain. Reconnect with yourself in ease. Bring two blankets. $20, small group, preregister. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 Messages from Spirit Group – 6-7:30pm. This group will explore ways to connect with spirit, though meditation, oracle and tarot cards, channeled messages and mediumship. $10. RSVP: 505-321-4121. The Source for Creating Sacredness, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 Well Woman SELF-ish Holiday Party – 5:308pm. Want to stay centered, prioritize self-care and have fun this holiday season? The SELF-ish Holiday Party is elegant, full of surprises and all about you. $35, free/members. Well Woman Life, WESST 609 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-620-6030.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Holiday Mala Class – 11:15am-1:30pm. Join Bea, Giancarlo, Shea and Michelle for this special holiday mala class. $15. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste A5, Santa Fe. 505-7957778.

End of the Year Ritual – 5-6pm. This ritual provides a foundation to clear out whatever is being held from the past, and redirect personal energy into present goals. Followed by appetizers and refreshments. $20. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

plan ahead SATURDAY, JANUARY 7-10 Cranio Sacral Basics w/Etienne Peirsman – 9am6pm each day. Listen and feel inner movements of a person’s body. Connect to cranial rhythms and see how they impact the body. Study fascial intelligence, diaphragm releases and cranial lifts. $575. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, 140A Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-428-9203.

savethedate SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Meditation and Healing Class – 3-5pm, Meditate with simple-to-use visualization techniques for increased ease and clarity in your life. Release unwanted energy, defeating thoughts. Change limiting beliefs. Have more of you present to manifest your goals. $150/ six weeks. Center For Inner Truth. 505-9204418.

Clarifying Meditative Work – 2-5pm. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle and Toni Packer. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 -15 concerns, not theoretically, but from simple, direct listening. Annual retreat. $2 donation. Wat Center, Cranio Sacral Follow Up to Basics Class, Un145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. 505-281-0684. winding Meridians Rhythms – 9am-6pm each day. Learn cranial rhythms and neutral touch; the unwinding process of the head, neck and extremiHealing Touch Clinic – 2-5pm. See how Healing ties; use meridians to open the heart and release the


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Fill Your Cup Replenishment Retreat – 9am4pm. A retreat day that includes ritual, tools for restoration, breakout sessions on acupressure, writing your story and daily ritual. It also includes lunch, a personal folio and a tea cup for a special tea ceremony. $75. Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque. 575-649-5749. Goddess-Ink. com/fill-your-cup.html.

savethedate MONDAY, JANUARY 30 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course Begins – Accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy taught in two-week modules. After completing the first 300 hours (modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24-26 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition 5-Weekend Apprenticeship Series – Part 1: The Call to Heal (Releasing the Past). This first of five apprenticeship workshops initiates participants into the Pachakuti Mesa, a powerful and sacred altar. Through shamanic journey and visionary states of consciousness, participants will explore the three worlds of the Andean cosmovision, the core ingredients of ceremonial mastery, sacred sound, ritual language, healing, curanderismo, and the inner world of the ukhupacha. Uptown Area, Albuquerque. Call Phyllis Clay to reserve your space and for directions and a list of what to bring: 505-918-4388.

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Hot Vinyasa Classes – 9-10:30am. Mon, Tue, ThurLifesongs Community Creative Ensemble – Sun. Hot vinyasa flow. $15, class pass. Blue Moon 2-3:30pm. An intergenerational creative collaboHot Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778, Info@blueration between community members and artists, utilizing music, movement, poetry, storytelling and other media to share experiences and create Hot Interval Flow Yoga – 5-5:45pm. Tues, Thurs. new work. Santa Fe Care Center, 635 Harkle Rd, Hot interval flow. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Santa Fe. Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778,


Promotional Group Mat Classes – 6-7pm. Mon, Wed, Fri. $9, packages available. Pilates Santa Fe, Suite-O, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 505-995- Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive 9700. and animal communicator, offers practical soluPromotional Group Reformer Classes – Tues, tions for health, relationships, career, business 6-7pm; Wed, 5-5:55pm; Thurs, 6-7pm. $18, pack- and pets. Appointments: 505-466-3764. Consultages available. Pilates Santa Fe, Suite-O, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 505-995-9700. Info@ Qigong & Healing From Within – 12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath- work and meditation.  $15, free/first class.  Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming and archiving. 505-466-2616.



Worship at Eagle Ranch Church – 9:30am. Services are centered on the Bible. Whatever tradition you come from and wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque. Info: 505-891-3619.


Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm. Online radio show helps listeners understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or handle it from a position of strength. Listen to:



What if you could change the thoughts, feelings and emotions that limit you with simple ease? What if a relaxing and simple healing modality could change you and the world? Access Bars are 32 points on the head, when lightly touched, erases your limiting points of view about everything. It’s nourishing for your body and being. Come experience it for yourself! Call to learn more.


Debbie Purdy Parkland Hills/ Nob Hill area 630-530-5697 When we paint without concern for technique or content, the intuitive self is revealed, and creative blocks are released. Connect with your creative freedom. See ad, page 16.

Make Friends/Make Art – 10:30-11:30am. For children of all ages to tap into their creativity with this fun weekly art session. Free. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-891-3619.

Meditation Service – 10-11am. 2nd & 4th Sun. Service explores a topic through guided meditation, inspirational reading, music and the opportunity for personal sharing. Free. Center For Inner Yoga and Tai Chi Open Classes – 10-11am. Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505- 920-4418. Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation. Free/first visit. Body & Brain, Albuquerque. Details: NE 797-2211, NW 505-792-5111, Santa Fe 505-8202211.



Qigong in the Park – 9-10. A vitalizing Qigong practice with certified instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being and is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Hannett and Morningside NE, Albuquerque. 505681-1924.

ASTROLOGY CELESTIAL AWAKENINGS Astrological Consultations Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. 505-303-0976/847-452-3198

Rio Rancho astrologer providing in-depth astrology consultations for adults, couples and parents. Forecasts, personal insights, relationships, career, relocation, spirituality, and more. FREE initial 15-minute telephone consultation!

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2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030 Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad, page 3.


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Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy is a herbal practice & apothecary specializing in Ayurveda and Clinical Herbalism. We carry a wide variety of herbs, tinctures, distillates & preparations and we fill custom orders.





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An Integrative and InterCultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. A state of the art Integrative and Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. NOT-FORPROFIT. .See ad, page 12.


High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. The Foundation is dedicated to Awakening Consciousness and bringing balance and harmony to the mind – body - spirit. The Institute for Ascension and Medical intuitive Arts are both within its preview. New Spiritual Blog See ad, page 21.

The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and non-denom-inational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad, page 8.


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Linda Kallish, ND, LMT & 9301 Indian School Rd, NE, Ste 101 Albuquerque, NM 87112 505-294-4805 Naturopathic lifestyle Counseling for compromised immune system conditions, massage techniques (therapeutic, lymphatic drainage, TMJ, craniosacral, reflexology - foot and hand, deep tissue), energy healing, techniques for accessing and changing the programs in the subconscious mind, classes on self-health/healing, essence oils, shiatsu. We combine our talents to bridge the gap between conventional and alternative medicines with an emphasis on allowing the client/patient to access their own healing power and knowledge.



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Re-balance to maximize your inner potential. Enjoy a deep state of rest and relaxation that brings about peace, joy and clarity of being. Healing sessions, Life Coaching, Business Mentorship, Certifications in Usui, Karuna®, Holy Fire® and Animal Reiki through Master Teacher. See ads, page 7 ad 17.



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Pilates Santa Fe is an award winning We are real people just Pilates and Wellness studio offering like you, coming from private lessons, group classes and a variety of wellness treatments including massage, sauna and nutritional backgrounds, with guidance. various interests! Join us as we explore life in Christ together!


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