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hether watching the news or taking a stroll down my Facebook feed, I’ve noticed there seems to be an unusually high amount of turmoil going on in the world right now. There are raging wildfires scorching the Pacific Northwest, major destruction from the massive flooding in Texas thanks to Hurricane Harvey, flood damage in Florida courtesy of Hurricane Irma; and if that weren’t enough, North Korea is threatening the U.S. with war and President Trump is retaliating with total destruction of the country if it doesn’t abandon its “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons.” With all of this chaos, it’s no surprise that we’re dealing with escalating bouts of anxiety and depression. And if you’re an empath this all hits you even deeper. As Dr. Judith Orloff, M.D., shares in an interview on page 20, empaths don’t have the same boundaries as other people, so they feel everything that is happening around them. I have many characteristics of an empath. I’m definitely affected when people around me are angry or depressed and also, on the flip side, happy and giddy. And I cannot tolerate hearing stories of sex slavery, child abuse, world hunger or violence as the tragic tales haunt me. With so much going on outside of our control, it’s comforting to know that there are a few things we can control, and that is how we care for ourselves through all of this uncertainty. Life is always going to be shifting on us, it’s up to us to bring our best selves to the table. We can do that by incorporating many things into our lives, such as yoga, meditation, more laughter. This month’s issue really focuses on what we can do to improve our body, mind and spirit—such as the amazing healing effects of chiropractic care. For instance, a recent study demonstrated that the NET chiropractic technique reduced symptoms of PTSD (page 19). Local chiropractor Dr. Wendy Feldman shares that Network Spinal Analysis chiropractic helps release trapped energy, creating a healthier and happier nervous system (page 17). We also have many enlightening events going on, such the Wisdom Healing Qigong Healing Intensive Retreat happening at the Chi Center. And if you’re seeking an escape, how about detouring from an ordinary vacation and finding a trip that can truly transform your life? Check out the Transformative Travel section, pages 20-27, for inspiration. I hope you enjoy reading the plethora of enlightening articles in this month’s issue as I’ve personally acquired many golden nuggets of wisdom. Speaking of insightful literature, I’ll sign off with these wise words by Joseph Campbell. We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

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ntuitive Medium, Danelle Becklund, along with a guest medium, will deliver messages of love and healing from loved ones on the other side October 4 and 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in The Blue Room at The Source in Albuquerque. “Our goal is to share messages and offer evidence that our loved ones continue to live on in spirit after leaving the physical realm,” says Becklund, who notes that the mediums will also answer participant questions on topics related to signs and connecting with the spirit world. “The group can aid in healing grief and finding comfort in knowing that are loved ones are around us.” Danelle Becklund and guest medium and hypnotist Barbara Snowdan will facilitate the group on October 4. Psychic/medium Jackie Kuzior will lead the group October 18. Fee: $10 per person. Location: 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP at 505-321-4121 or at danellebecklund@yahoo. com. See ad, page 4.

Are you a Child of the Light? If you are a seeker, looking for answers, seeking greater insights, deeper understandings as to the why and wherefores of your own life. You are a Child of the Light. You may have turned away from one of man’s many religions, yet you instinctively realize that you are a spiritual being, knowing that God dwells within. “The kingdom is within” is a Universal Teaching. You may question your role in life. “Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? How do I gain control over those negative emotional forces that dwell within me and seek to derail me.” As a Child of the Light, “how do I bring unity into everything that I see and do?” These questions and more can be answered through the understanding and application of the Universal Teachings.

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves The Right Chiropractor Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 Dr. Judith Orloff U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover Travel that Can Change design will appear in all editions starting in Your Life October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. EE FR






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ranio School of the Masters presents The Psoas: Its Role in Pelvic Integrity and Emotional Well-being being held October 20 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in Tijeras, New Mexico. During this three-day class, facilitated by Susan Maycock, MS, CST, students will explore the structure and function of the psoas and its interrelationship with the pelvis, breath, alarm system, emotions and more. “Our psoas is the only muscle to connect our upper body to the lower. Its location deep within the core puts it in touch with the enteric, central and autonomic nervous systems,” explains Maycock. This large and dynamic muscle passes through the pelvis, has direct contact with the kidneys and diaphragm and is part of the deep front fascial line. “As the container for our most primal fears and our everyday stresses, the psoas reflects how safe and empowered and how centered and congruent we feel. Its health is critical to our feeling grounded and at ease in the world.” Susan Maycock has over 40 years’ experience helping individuals and families live more balanced and empowered lives. She has trained with leaders in the fields of rehabilitation counseling, CranioSacral Therapy, sound healing and shamanic healing. Visit for more information. Limit of 12 students per class. Location: Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd., Tijeras, NM. For more information and to register, call 505-503-5137 or visit See ad, page 3.

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an Walker, founder of Awakening Spirit in Albuquerque, is offering half price on healing treatments during the month of October. Normally $60 a session, a full hour Reiki or Reflexology treatment is only $30. Walker, a healing practitioner, Reiki Master teacher, and an ordained minister, creates sacred space for others to experience healing, inspiration, ceremony and gatherings. She has been teaching all three levels of the Usui method since 1993. To learn more about her upcoming Reiki class being held on November 4, visit Location: St. Thomas Episcopal, 425 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. To schedule your Reiki or Reflexology treatment, call 505-835-5440. See ad below.

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esonant Essentials is seeking vendors for their first annual, Thoughts with Heart: A Holiday Fair of Local Gifts being held December 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their facility in Albuquerque. “Are you a local artist, craftsman or a person who works with an amazing product that will brighten the life of others?” asks Resonant Essentials founder, Michelle Vidal. “What about catering your specialty food stuff for gifts or for gracing the holiday meal? Do you have a service that will help people get through the stress of the holidays? We are looking for you.” Resonant Essentials will donate booth fees to benefit the Gaden Shartse Monastery Sand Mandala Project, being held April 24 to 29, 2018, at the Open Space Visitor Center in Albuquerque. “The mandala is a tool for gaining wisdom, sharing healing and gaining enlightenment…as it transmits positive energy to the environment and all who see it,” shares Vidal. “Once completed, the sand will be swept up, shared with those present and a handful will be dispersed through the waters of the Rio Grande to bless our city.” Booth fees: $150. Location: 7413 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. For more information, contact Michelle at 505-453-7646 or Registration deadline is November 15. See ad, page 31 and 39.

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edical intuitive, Transpersonal Psychologist, spiritual and holistic health practitioner, Ananda Mayi, is offering complimentary medical intuitive sessions during the month of October at Santa Fe Wellness Center in Santa Fe. As a medical intuitive, Mayi has the ability to see imbalances in her client’s bodies and bring healing to the aspects that are out of balance. In addition, she helps her clients resolve issues through divine grace spiritual healing, homeopathy, herbology, energy work, and Transpersonal Psychology. “Healing is letting go of what causes you pain,” she says. “Forgiving yourself for all and forgiving all others, praying for world peace, becoming this peace, and vibrating at the frequency of peace. This is true healing. All is easily tolerated when grounded in such a deep place of truth.” Mayi shares that grace and love are both special ingredients in healing. “Grace is your prayers answered. Love brings balance and harmony into one’s life. Healing with the benefits of grace and love ignites a powerful energy capable of transformation.” Santa Fe Wellness Center is located at 1418 Luisa St., Ste. 4 in Santa Fe. Ananda Mayi is available for in-person sessions on Tuesdays. To book your appointment, call 505780-5687 or visit See ad, page 30 and 38.

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he staff at Casa Verde Salon Spa in Albuquerque is excited to announce they are offering free botanical therapy deep conditioning treatments with any haircut during the month of October. “Season change is right around the corner and what better time than now to infuse your hair with moisture and strength?” share coowners Don and Barbara Maestas. According to the pair, Aveda has formulated two Botanical Therapy hair treatments to address weak and damages tresses as well as dry and brittle hair. “If dryness is leaving your hair feeling straw-like and dull, the moisture treatment will offer you the most benefit,” explains Barbara. “This improves hair up to 86 percent with organic kukui seed, buriti and pomegranate oils. You’ll surely enjoy the aroma of certified palmarosa, ylang ylang, rose geranium, and vanilla.” “If your hair is weak and breaks easily, I recommend the repair treatment,” says Don. “It repairs and improves lifeless hair by 84 percent through the power of quinoa protein and sugar beet-derived amino acids while the aromas of certified bergamot, mandarin and ylang ylang surrounds you.” Adding one of these to a hair service only takes an extra 15 minutes and delivers major results. Location: 5113 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-881-0464 or visit See ad, page 3.

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ir quality is a key component to good health. Many studies have shown that constant exposure to poor air is directly linked to heart and respiratory problems, says Jules Klapper, founder of Cutting Edge Catalog. “Even in Santa Fe, where the air quality is better than in large cities, it’s dusty, and those fine particles get into the house and settle on everything. Pollution is also a stressor to the immune system. Anything you can do to lessen the toxic burden is beneficial.” One way to lessen the toxic burden is to keep indoor air quality clean with a good filter. “There are many types of filters on the market,” explains Klapper. “Allpurpose filters remove various types of pollutants, including particulates such as animal dander and dust, chemical fumes, gasses and odors. These units contain a combination of HEPA and carbon, while others add zeolite for additional chemical absorption. Germicidal purifiers are geared more toward microbe and odor removal, using special oxygen compounds or UV bulbs. Some units also combine HEPA/carbon with germicidal technologies.” Klapper advises that a filter should be placed in the bedroom at night. “The most vulnerable time for the body is when you’re sleeping,” he notes. “Metabolism slows, and the prone position is the most difficult for breathing. You can always move the unit during the day to filter other areas.” The Cutting Edge is located at 3201 Richards Ln., Ste. A in Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-982-2688 or visit See ad on page 3.


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study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a sixmonth period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decision-making and attention tests.

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Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at 12

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Getting Beyond the Climate Argument


itizens Climate Education - New Mexico(CCE-NM) invites all to attend a public symposium on climate solutions being held October 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, with sister events also taking place in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Taos. Morning speakers include Hon. Claudine Schneider, Energy Consultant and former Republican Congresswoman; Mark Reynolds, Executive Director Citizens’ Climate Lobby; Todd Ringler, Ph.D., World Climate Research Program for Climate and Ocean; David Gutzler, Ph.D., Climatologist and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UNM; Vincent Gutschick, Ph.D., Climatologist and Professor Emeritus, NMSU; and Chris Brown: Economic Modeler for REMI on Climate Initiatives. Break-out sessions topics include Jobs and Economic Development; Youth Initiatives; Environmental Justice; Local, State and National Policy Initiatives; Personal Actions for Carbon Footprint; Water and Land Management; and Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation. CCE-NM is an educational arm of the national organization, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Other events include a screening of the film Tomorrow at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe on October 26, and a free CCL Climate Advocate Training on October 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Santa Fe Public Library, Southside. For more information, visit Tinyurl. com/2017NMCCL. To register, visit

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“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

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Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks.

“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team pub-

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lished in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41

Yoga for Bones yogaprofile Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at


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ahan Mostofi shares that yoga first showed up in his life in the late 90’s in the form of Bikram Yoga. However, it didn’t stick until years later. After a tough breakup, a friend suggested he return to the mat. “It was in a heated studio and a power vinyasa flow caught my attention. Through creative sequencing, paired with meditation and pranayama, I began to see dramatic changes in my persona and overall attitude.” Mostofi’s practice became so powerful and dynamic that he eventually chose the path of a yoga teacher. “Teaching yoga blows my mind. Every time I see a room full of students in savasana I almost come to tears. It’s so beautiful helping people truly feel better. I never thought that I would be a teacher, but I love it and my students seem to love me... so there is the connection.” Santa Fe yoga students will enjoy Mostofi’s more animalistic approach to movement in his powerful bowstring alignment classes. Still an active co-owner of Cherry Street Yoga, a donation based yoga studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mostofi says his Santa Fe relocation is one that has been coming for several years. “I’ve taught at the Santa Fe Yoga Festival and every time I visited Santa Fe I felt such a strong draw to return home. It’s such a healing vortex and I’m just honored to be a part of this powerful community.” See ad, page 39.

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many 16

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styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Transform Your Spine, Transform Your Life by Dr. Wendy Feldman, DC


he shape, position, tension and tone of your spine determines the shape, position, tension and tone of your life. ~ Donny Epstein, DC, founder of Network Spinal Analysis Keeping our nervous system clear helps us stay healthy as much as is possible in this extremely stressful world we live in. As we go through life we experience difficult emotional, mental, physical and chemical stresses that we don’t know how to release. Over time these stresses accumulate and get stored in the nervous system, showing up in our emotions, perceptions, posture and as spinal pain. As these stresses accumulate, the spinal cord begins to stretch and stretch and then it twists and twists and then it stays like that. This is referred to as adverse mechanical cord tension in the central nervous system. The spinal bones are connected to the top and bottom of the spinal cord so as the spinal cord stretches and twists it takes spinal bones with it. Network Spinal Analysis specifically works with the spinal cord tension. Gentle contacts (nudges) are made along the spine sending signals for the spinal cord to unwind and relax. As this happens our nervous system begins reorganizing, releasing old emotional

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and mental patterns, and our spinal bones realign. As the nervous system clears, past and present complex life situations dissipate and transform resulting in great physical and psychological benefits. As we let go, tears may flow, joy and laughter may come, life energy that was “trapped” begins to flow, spinal pain clears, postures change, and lives change. As we connect to a deeper source of energy, participating fully with life becomes key to our health, creativity and happiness. Dr. Wendy Feldman of Life Enhancement Chiropractic practices a methodology which includes Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). She is certified at the highest level of NSA and is proficient in the practice of transformational healing modalities such as healing trauma through CranioSacral Therapy, vibrational medicine, Kinesiology, and, Somato Respiratory Integration. She is located in Santa Fe, NM, and can be reached at 505-310-5810. See ad below.

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r. Peter Fisk, DC, calls his practice Integrative Chiropractic because it blends traditional chiropractic and other healing approaches into gentle and effective ways to increase brain function, reduce body stress, align the spine, and to create better health for his clients. “When I meet with a person for the first time, we determine what is going on and if I am the best fit to help them,” he explains. “If I am, we discuss strategies for improvement, and look at how to address the challenges that are keeping them from their optimal life.” Fisk has been in active chiropractic practice for over 25 years, serving patients in Italy, California, Colorado and Santa Fe. Utilizing Network Chiropractic (NSA), a method he has taught to doctors across North America and Europe, his expertise is to understand the physical, emotional and mental factors related to one’s body patterns and then find the specific points on the spine that will direct their body to resolve its tension, using extremely light pressure. “My approach to health and well-being is based upon the principle that we are born to be well, and our bodies are inherently self-healing and self-regulating,” he says. “My job is to remove the obstacles and interferences to this in-born ability using methods that have been demonstrated to develop a person’s innate capacity to heal. In our office, there is no twisting, popping or cracking required for dramatic results.”

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iar with chiropractic care. “Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Adjustments to the spine and other areas of the body can be done by hand or through the use of instruments or by a combination of both techniques,” he explains. The objective of all chiropractors is to coordinate the body functions, create organ health, and keep normal nerve function in our bodies. “An added benefit in many chiropractic offices is the addition of nutrition counseling to keep our bodies functioning at a peak level as the organs and nerves need complete nutrition to stay healthy and function well,” shares Steinberg. “The body is an amazing machine and good health can be achieved with proper chiropractic alignment to allow the brain to properly communicate with our organ systems.” Discussions of sleep, diet, exercise and complete nutrition are a part of his regular office procedures. “This complete package includes adjustment of the spine as well as shoulders, elbows and other extremity adjustments as an important step in the desire of achieving good health,” he adds.

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instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Active Release Technique – This approach is used for soft tissue conditions, both acute and from repetitive motion, or recurring injuries such as those experienced by athletes. It targets adhesions in muscles and connective tissues that tighten around nerves to limit joint mobility. Atlas Orthogonal Method – Adjustment of the atlas—the first spine vertebra that supports the skull and provides a path for the spinal cord—helps reduce stress in the brain stem and nervous system. Blair Technique – Adjustment of the upper cervical (neck) area, especially the first two vertebrae, is especially beneficial for nerve function.

Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Diversified Technique – Widely used among chiropractors to generally improve neurological function, reduce neck, back and leg pain, especially from

herniated disks, this technique may also be helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome. Extremity Manipulation FlexionDistraction – This involves manipulation of the extremities (arm/shoulder, leg/hip). It helps improve joint mobility and reduce stress along the spine and is especially useful for carpal tunnel syndrome and problems with posture and gait. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and hands-on adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Gonstead Technique – The most recognizable form of chiropractic manipulation and similar to Diversified Technique, this approach addresses misalignment and involves variable-pressure spine adjustment and realignment. It includes X-ray analysis to pinpoint problem areas and is deemed safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly. Graston Technique – Instrumentassisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia.

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importantly, offers a demonstrable solution,” says Monti. One study participant, Elizabeth Koniz, shared that she was fairly skeptical of NET before participating in the study. However, with high anxiety issues now a thing of the past, Koniz says she is living proof that NET works.

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eople often experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after traumatic life events. A recent study led by physician researchers at The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University, demonstrated using Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) effectively and rapidly reduced symptoms of traumatic stress events in patients who had experienced lifethreatening medical issues. Daniel Monti, M.D., MBA, Director of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, shares in an article posted on the website, “In just four or five brief sessions, patients who received NET reported much less distress, their overall emotional state improved significantly, and the way their brains reacted to stress cues normalized.” The study focused on 23 patients who experienced traumatic stress symptoms lasting for at least six months as a result of distressing cancer-related events. The treatment group received a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) while listening to a self-reported story of their distressing memory before and after NET. After receiving NET, the fMRI showed normalized activity in a number of brain structures associated with the perception of emotional traumas, including the parahippocampus which is known to be activated by various types of traumatic stress such as PTSD in war veterans and victims of sexual assault. “This is the first study that our team is aware of, that assessed the combined neurophysiological and clinical effects of an intervention for traumatic stress symptoms, and most

NET is a mind-body technique that finds and removes neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress. NET is a tool that can help improve behavioral and physical conditions.

What Can NET Treat? NET Practitioners are nearly unlimited in their ability to address the physical and behavioral stress-related conditions of their patients. These conditions include headaches, body pains, phobias, general anxiety, self-sabotaging behaviors, organ dysfunctions, and so much more. It is important to note that NET does not cure or heal the patient, but rather, NET removes the blocks to the natural vitalism of the body “allowing” the body to repair itself naturally. NET is truly on the level of the miraculous,” says Roxanne How-Murphy, EdD, author of Deep Living: Transforming Your Relationship to everything that Matters through the Enneagram. “It has allowed me to release often lifelong and hidden ‘events’ in my body, leading to deep healing, more spaciousness, and freedom to take actions that align with my inner truth. I’ve done a lot of inner work in my life, and this is the most effective body-based healing tool that I’ve experienced.” Dr. Amy “Amata” Jackson, DC is the owner of Amata Chiropractic located at 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste. A3, in Santa Fe. She specializes in treating fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, adrenal exhaustion and neurological conditions. For more information, call 505-988-9630 or visit See ad below.

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The Empath’s Survival Guide

An Interview with Dr. Judith Orloff by Lainie Sevante Wulkan


eta Global Radio host Lainie Sevante Wulkan recently caught up with New York Times bestselling author Judith Orloff, M.D., to discuss her latest book, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Dr. Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of intuition, energy and spirituality. She specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and has been featured on the Today Show, CNN; O, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today.  

LSW: I’m always thrilled when I speak to somebody who speaks from experience themselves. Can you tell us a little about your background and then we’ll dive into your new book. JO: Well, I’m a psychiatrist at UCLA. I also have a private practice in Los Angeles, and ever since I’ve been a little girl I’ve been an empath. An empath is somebody who is very open to the world. They don’t have the usual boundaries or filters that other people have. So empaths feel everything. As a child I’d go into shopping malls or other crowded places and I’d go in feeling fine and walk out with some kind of ache or pain I didn’t have before. I literally took it on or I’d be feeling anxious or depressed. So, I didn’t realize as an empathic child that I was an emotional sponge because empaths are sponges for other people’s emotions and energies and physical symptoms. And so I grew up with this ability and my mother, who is a doctor, said ‘oh, no, dear, just develop a thicker skin.” As a child, it’s very hard to hear that because you feel like there’s something wrong with you.

LSW: I think I’ve heard that many times before and I’m sure many people can relate to that. Because of the sensitivities we feel, we don’t know how to identify them so people like to put their own judgement on them. JO: Yeah, lots of judgement. I grew up believing something was wrong with me and I needed to fix something inside of myself which isn’t true. So as an empathic child I had fantasies that a spaceship would land in my front yard to take me to my true home, my true family of people who would get me. And that’s very common for empaths to feel because they have these abilities to sense energy and they have this very highly developed intuition. 20

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LSW: Some of us are just now learning what being an empath is and feeling like they can really relate to this. Is being an empath something we are born with or is this something that we develop? Can I suddenly become empathic now that I’ve had a spiritual awakening? JO: I think it’s all of the above. All babies are sensitive, but some are just wide open to the world so they are born as empaths, whereas others can develop it. What I’ve seen on my book tour for the Empath’s Survival Guide is that more and more adults are becoming empaths when they weren’t before because of the incredible stress in the world that we’re inundated with. Their defenses are getting broken down so they’re becoming new empaths. This is really interesting to me because their usual senses are not there anymore so they’re feeling everything. For instance, they can’t watch the news because it just hurts them too much whereas before they could watch the news and it was upsetting but it didn’t hurt them, like a really deep gut hurt that happens to empaths.

LSW: Can someone just feel like they can relate to everybody because they’re tapping into the sensitive energies of others? JO: Yes, that’s exactly what empaths do. They’re emotional sponges and they can tap into the energy of others, the world of subtle energy, which is called qi in Chinese medicine or shakti. Empaths feel that intensely so they can feel other people’s energy; not only that, they absorb it. That’s just an empath’s world, and I feel that it’s a travesty how empaths are misdiagnosed in our conventional health care system. Traditional medicine doesn’t believe in subtle energy so they don’t have that context to say “Oh, you’re absorbing energy into your own body. Here’s a technique how not to do that or how to take care of yourself.” So my goal as a psychiatrist in the system is to really educate other healthcare practitioners about how to diagnose empaths. Otherwise they get various diagnoses such as chronic anxiety disorder, chronic depression, agoraphobia, chronic fatigue and all the autoimmune diseases. When an empath is on sensory overload, they have stress hormones flooding their system which decreases their immunity. And that’s why, in this book, I wanted to offer people tools to avoid sensory overload as much as you can and take control of your stress hormones so that you don’t let them run out of control.

LSW: I think that’s very powerful and compelling. You go to such incredible lengths, chapter by chapter, on a variety of topics so I just wanted to acknowledge you for that. There’s a quote that stood out for me. You said, “There is no membrane that separates us from the world.” And I love that so much because I’m always talking about the veil. But you know, hearing that from you, it really just aligned for me.

JO: Right! It’s also subtle energy language that we’re talking here. It’s very subtle and empaths understand it. If you’re an empath and you want to understand yourself, here’s some language to help you. And I just want to say there are different types of empath. There are physical empaths, and these are people who are especially attuned to other people’s physical symptoms and tend to absorb them into their own bodies. So you can pick up somebody’s anxiety or you become energized with someone’s sense of well-being. You see it can go either way. And then there are emotional empaths where you mainly pick up people’s emotions and you could become a sponge for their feelings, both happy and sad. And then they’re intuitive empaths that I mentioned before where you have extraordinary perceptual abilities and you can know things via your gut and your intuition that maybe other people don’t know. And then a subset of all of that, there can be introverted and extroverted empaths. The way to know if you’re an empath is to take the self-assessment test in the book.

LSW: I know it’s important for people to take the test to get a sense of who they are. JO: Yes, you can see whether you’re a full-fledged empath, a moderate or slight empath, and you can self-diagnose yourself. The questions include “Have I been labeled as ‘overly sensitive’ all my life in a derogatory way?” “Do crowds drain me and do I need alone time to revive myself?” “Do noise, smells or nonstop talkers overstimulate me?” “Do I prefer taking my own car places so I can leave early if I need to?” “Am I afraid of becoming suffocated by intimate relationships?” So those are just a few questions that you could ask yourself. Am I an empath? Do I identify with that? Do I go on sensory overload if I don’t have alone time? These are all pretty common to empaths.

LSW And then once they determine the level that they are, then what are their next steps?

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.


Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More

If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

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Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities. 24

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The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

The Necessity of Transformational Retreats

by Joseph Rosado


ost of us have discovered that the world can be threatening. And if it is not threatening it is certainly full of never-ending stimulation. Sometimes the stimulation overwhelms us or just wears us down. To thrive and succeed, we simply cannot keep putting up the armor and defense mechanisms without a dose of retreat and self-care. The truth is that we get defeated by social life, work, relationships, commerce, politics and all the rest of it. It is more courageous to admit it than to pretend there are no problems. In fact, there is deep wisdom in admitting this kind of defeat, because we can then carefully time our transformational retreats. A transformational retreat leads to integration and making space for the fresh and new to enter. Unless we make space for the new to happen, there can be no growth of any kind. Otherwise, every activity of mind and body goes on repeating itself, from the old, from the past, from what has already been. We move automatically in

a time continuum, from past to the future, in our activity and thinking unless we make a conscious effort to stop and allow a space to intervene, in which a new experience is possible. It is beneficial to make space in our lives from time to time by stopping the continuous flow of activity. Space means being in a state of passivity where no activity or process is going on, where we do not look for any result. This kind of space needs to become an accepted part of daily life; then we can realize the necessity for making another kind of space as well. When we create this space, we start to become aware of the mental activity which is always going on in the mind. This is the result of living mostly in the active part of the mind. Everyone has a passive or receptive side to their mind as well. We need to learn about the existence of this passive or receptive mind and how to enter into this mind, allowing it to receive new impressions from life, new thoughts, new understanding. There are times when we all should have times of stillness, which are open ended, without imposing a time limit. It is these moments which can carry us, momentarily at least, beyond the limitations of our lives and mentality. By allowing ourselves these times of complete surrender, we find our awareness elevating and accelerating in keeping

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with the energies that are prevalent today. It is only through awareness of ourselves that we can change our being. This means being aware in detail of what is in our being– aware of the mind and its attitudes and how it expresses from moment to moment. We must hold the awareness briefly and then let it go, not seeking to change what was observed. For any effort to change something we don’t like does violence to our being and it will prevent real change taking place at the right time. If we really want our being to transform and grow spiritually—if we really seek for a stage beyond our present state, then we must have the courage to pursue the desire for truth and observe more clearly what is presented to us. We must not be deterred by any reactions or feelings of guilt in relation to what is being observed. Becoming aware of yourself is like shining light to different parts of your being. This light in itself brings about a change, because many thoughts or attitudes or activities can only exist in darkness. Once light is turned on them they dwindle and fade away altogether – if your awareness (or light) doesn’t falter. But, this happens gradually, so do not become discouraged, or give up. Awareness, to be truly effective, must be followed by acceptance. We need to accept what you see in ourselves, not condone it, but accept that it is part of our being at the moment. Acceptance helps us to be more-gentle with ourselves. Acceptance makes the space in which change of being gradually takes place in the right way, at the right time. You made the space (time) in your day to read this, so it’s not impossible to make space by unloading some of those old thought forms and patterns that don’t serve your highest good any longer. The veil is lifting because we no longer need it. Our belief in separation from Spirit is ending. The physical world and spirit realms are once again merging. We may no longer need to maintain the illusion of a physical world. Joseph Rosado is the founder of Milagro World Center and former guardian at the Chalice Well and Peace Gardens in Glastonbury, United Kingdom. He invites all to join him for New Eyes, New Vision at Sacred Mountain, a 7-day Visionary Transformational Retreat being held October 19 to 26 at El Monte Sagrado in Taos. To register and for more information visit See ad, page 25. 26

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Sacred Journeys of Transformation by Monika Muranyi


ince the beginning of spirituality sacred pilgrimages and journeys have been undertaken by thousands of humans in search of divinity and to deepen the connection with God. The success of the journey, pilgrimage or retreat is linked to a key ingredient—pure intent of the traveler. This intent, combined with the energies of certain sacred places, often creates powerful experiences that forever change and transform the individual. The facilitation of these experiences is what drives Elan Cohen, founder of Shaloha Productions.

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Elan Cohen is incredibly dedicated and passionate about organizing sacred tours and conferences in the field of consciousness, science and spirituality. Fueled by his own spiritual awakening and journey, he now devotes his time to creating life-changing events that are specifically designed to open the heart and expand consciousness. His mission and goal are to help people discover and grow into their full potential. As a metaphysical author, I’ve been privileged to participate in several conferences and sacred tours hosted and created by Elan. Through his selection of profound keynote speakers, I have personally witnessed spontaneous healings and transformative changes in many parts of the world. In addition, I’ve experienced my own profound moments. I am eternally grateful for the beautiful way that Spirit orchestrated his coming into my life. My own spiritual awakening led me to the teachings of the loving entity, Kryon, channeled by Lee Carroll. Kryon’s messages are about the new energy on the planet in response to humanity’s shift in consciousness, which is creating new paradigms. Kryon is known and loved world-wide and tells us that peace on Earth is coming, and that we can play a large part in it. In the year 2000, it was Elan who organized the very first seminar with Kryon in Israel, attended by over a thousand of Israelis who received messages of hope and tools for self-help and empowerment. Since then, Shaloha Productions has created many life-changing events all around the world with authors and speakers such as Gregg Braden, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza and Peggy Phoenix Dubro. I am often asked, “What’s it like to be on a Kryon Sacred Tour?” My answer in one word is—unforgettable! The reason is because I leave a different person. I have gained a new perspective on life. I have stepped out of my own culture and customs and experienced compassion in an entirely different way. Negative emotions such as fear and lack of self-worth have dropped away, and my consciousness has expanded. I also like to think my wisdom has increased. Getting out of my comfort zone, traveling to new places, and meeting our brothers and sisters that we share this planet with is the best form of education and self-help that I’m aware of. While each person on a Shaloha Productions tour will have a different experience, somehow there is a magical bond that becomes woven throughout all who participate.

Discover Your Own Sacred Path What does your intuition tell you about taking your own sacred journey or retreat? Sometimes you don’t even have to travel to experience one. It could simply be an entire day you devote to quiet reflection within the sanctity

of your own home. What kind of pilgrimage, tour or retreat would be sacred for you? Your answer to this question is personal and unique to you; however often we feel the “sacredness” of a person, place or experience when it aligns and resonates to our idea of spirituality. How do you know which tour or retreat to take? Start by assessing the things that appeal most to you. Consider aspects such as your belief system and how you feel about spirituality. Is it part of an organization, or a community of likeminded people? If so, do they offer sacred tours, pilgrimages or retreats? Are you able to talk to others who have been on a tour or retreat that you are interested in? What if you are not interested that much in spirituality, but are open to explore subjects that will enhance your life? There are many tours, workshops and retreats that are offered

in the field of health and science. Perhaps one is close to where you live, or maybe you prefer to travel to exotic places with different cultures to gain a new perspective of the world? Spend some time thinking about your intention, and the types of experiences you would like to have. Then check out those who are giving these kinds of journeys because there is a vast difference between companies. Get references and look for testimonials. Are the tours based around your consciousness, or are they based around the destination? Finally, you may wish to consider other options besides an organized tour or retreat. Even a weekend getaway at a health spa can rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. Whatever your decision the best investment you can make is in yourself. When you take care of yourself first, the honor of your journey is passed to those around you in a synchronous way. The changes you make in your inner world will always affect your outer world. This is why Kryon says, “Peace on Earth begins with you!” Monika Muranyi is the author of The Gaia Effect, The Human Akash and The Human Soul Revealed, (published by Ariane Editions, Canada). Her books provide wonderful summaries and explanations of the Kryon work, providing deeper understandings and new insights about the new energies emerging on the planet. For more information visit To connect with Elan Cohen with Shaloha Productions visit For the full-length article, please visit See ad, page 27.

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

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“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes &

Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kom-

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bucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.”

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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips,

on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

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Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

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Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

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Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water.


In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit


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Mindful Exercises This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads:

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Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

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choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing 32

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exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and

Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute. late emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes. Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary

These are tools kids can rely on for the rest of their lives, and use them to get back to their center. ~Ali Smith student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Adventures In Faith Book Study – Radical Optimism by Beatrice Bruteau is the subject of the fall book study. Groups meet in private homes. You need not be a member to take part. Free. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. Details: 505989-4433.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Tai Chi and Chi Gung – 7-8:30pm. Class combines the breathing discipline of Chi Gung and the movements of Tai Chi to promote healthy circulation, balance, flexibility, and physical confidence; w/Reed Anderson. $15, $80/six-week series. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. MMHale@ Hsc.UNM.Edu/Health/Patient-Care/ Integrative-Medicine/Index.html.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Loving Messages from The Other Side – 6:308pm. Intuitive medium Danelle Becklund will deliver messages of love from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating is limited. The Blue Room at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-321-4121.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 5:45-8pm. Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation, and how to put practices into your daily life for stress reduction; w/Michelle DuVal, MA. $350; course book, day retreat and downloadable meditations included. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. Hsc.UNM.Edu/Health/ Patient-Care/Integrative-Medicine/Index.html.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 Archangel Channeling – 6:15-7:30pm. Clairvoyant medium Donna Carol will channel a loving message and powerful healing energy from the archangels. Coffee and tea service at 6 pm. $20. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-515-5088.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Soma Pi Healing – 1-4pm. Instantaneous release of distress in the emotional, physical and mental facets of your life. Relax before or after in the Meditation Room. Everyone welcome. Donation. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. 1st Saturday Book Club & Potluck: Daring Greatly – 2-4pm. Join with others who are seeking to empower themselves through shifting consciousness and healing. The first book is Brene Brown’s, Daring Greatly. Bring a potluck dish to share. Donation. Mother Root Studio: Art Therapy & Counseling, 1413 2nd St, #4, Santa Fe. 505-2522215.


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Movement, Meditation and Expressive Arts for Women 18+ – 3-5pm. Interactive workshop is an opportunity to access core thoughts, emotions and insights in a safe, supportive environment through Qi Gong, art, and meditation; w/Nicole White. $39. Raven Art Center, 301 Washington St SE, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. Hsc.UNM.Edu/Health/Patient-Care/IntegrativeMedicine/Index.html.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Psychic Fair – 12-5pm. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/ min); astrology $1/min; soma pi healing $15; chakra balancing/aura cleansing $20. Lectures every hour on the half hour on up-coming classes. Check website for details on readers and topics. Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Metaphysics: Karma – 5-7pm. Karma is a living, breathing part of our commitment to spiritual progression. How we embrace this tool determines the level of unfoldment happening within. Understanding foundations create a strong foundation. $35; preregistration required. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. Michelle@

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Evolutionary Relationships Book Launch – 7-9pm. Patricia Albere draws on more than four decades of teaching work to introduce a new spirituality called “mutual awakening” that you can explore with a friend, lover, spouse, or partner. Receive 2 personally signed copies of Evolutionary Relationships and participate in a guided “mutual awakening” practice. $35. Register at: Evolutionarycollective. com/evolutionary-relationships-book/launch-tour/. Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Intuitive Explosion: Class #1 – 1-3pm. Intuition brings in the light of truth. Learn more about intuition, strengthen your spiritual core. Reinvigorate your life and lose the drama during the energy shifts. Must RSVP for handout purposes. Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, (505) 453-7646, Michelle@ResonantEssentials. com, Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Powerful two-hour group session. Regress to a past life and discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit oneself and other people in one’s life today. $50. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Advaita Vedanta Online Satsang – 2-3:30pm MST, 4-5:30pm EST. October 14 & 28. Attend an online Satsang on the topic of Self-Inquiry presented by Nondual Living. Register at: $25 donation.

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Healing Intensive Retreat w/Master Gu – 1 to 5-week options. Due to popular demand, a Bonus Week has been added! The Retreat with Master Mingtong Gu is the most focused training retreat for people facing health challenges of body, mind, and emotions. You will be guided directly by Master Gu, world-renowned teacher and healer in Wisdom Healing Qigong. Plenty of room for commuter attendees during all 5 weeks of the Retreat. Limited space available for on-site accommodations. Visit to sign up or contact Registration Info: Lin: 800-959-2892.

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Energy Healing Mastery - 1pm (and) 6pm. John Shortell of Melbourne, Australia, will share techniques he learned to heal miraculously from a catastrophic auto accident. $20. Seminar follows, $40. Embassy Suites Hotel, Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque. 703-898-6459.

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Activate Your Mind Power – 7pm. Tim Simmerman Sierra, director of the Hypnotherapy Academy, will teach this class about practical spirituality, self-improvement and holistic healing. Learn about helping people heal through hypnotherapy. Free. Hypnotherapy Academy of America, 2132 Osuna Rd, NE, Albuquerque. To reserve a seat: 505-767-8030.

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“Reclaim Your Sovereignty: Live a Blissful Life” Women’s Retreat – Thurs, Oct 19, 6pm-Sun, Oct 22, 12pm. A creative workshop exploring the soul’s sovereignty through meditation, sacred processes and conversation; w/Margaret Hansen. Meals included, not lodging fee. $777; preregister. Verde Retreat Center, Carson (between Ojo Caliente & Taos). Taos. Margaret Hansen: 540-327-4603 or

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 ®Evolutionary Love Day Long Retreat – 10am3pm. Work with Patricia Albere, founder of the Evolutionary Collective. Intimate Engagement with other highly developed and awake individuals ready to enter into the intimate space of shared practice. Guided series of Practices that will awaken you to the profound possibilities of love in an environment that is safe. Optimal support for experiencing a new form of awakening. $95. Register at: santafe-events/. Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Psychic Hour – 4-7pm. Energy healers remove negative cords that keep you from having your own power, and guide you to your healthier path. Learn what is blocking you from happiness and abundance. $50/30 min, $80/1 hour. Sneha Blue Yoga and Energy Boutique, Downstairs in the Plaza Mercado, 112 W San Francisco St, Ste 104, Santa Fe. 505-365-8788.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Lunar Rhythms Women’s Group – 5:30-7:30pm, Beginning with the New Moon, we will follow the Lunar Rhythms and get connected with ourselves through Art, Journaling, Ritual & Community. The Moon cycle informs our work as we set intentions, grow, harvest, release and begin again. $25/session or 6 sessions for $120. Mother Root Studio: Art Therapy & Counseling. 505-252-2215. Info@, Loving Messages from The Other Side – 6:308pm. Psychic/medium Jackie Kuzior will deliver messages of love from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating is limited. The Blue Room at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505321-4121.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 Nia Glow in the Dark Free Dance – 8-9:30pm. Guided dance practice uses soul-stirring music to help unleash movement, creativity, and promote healing. Cultivate a deeper connection to body and mind as you integrate new ways of moving. $10. Sneha Blue Yoga and Energy Boutique, Downstairs in the Plaza Mercado, 112 W San Francisco St, Ste 104, Santa Fe. 505-365-8788.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Beyond the Climate Argument: Plugging into Solutions – 9am-5pm. Citizens Climate Lobby/ Education-NM presents a state-wide conference in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Taos. Diverse speakers and panels on science & solutions. $18, including lunch for Santa Fe event; preregistration required at 505-577-3917. Healing/Message Circle – 10am-2pm. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/min) by Barbara Fox, Donna Lindbloom, Michelle Vidal. Release all negativity through Limpia Healing by Margarita Martinez, $45. Relax in the Meditation Room Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. Advaita Vedanta Online Satsang – 2-3:30pm MST, 4-5:30pm EST. Attend an online Satsang on the topic of Self-Inquiry presented by Nondual Living. Register at: $25 donation.


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Magic Mirror Grand Opening Open House – 4-6pm. Check out elixirs from Cacao Santa Fe and our magical shop offerings. Free. Magic Mirror, 1364 Rufina Circle, Suite #1, Santa Fe. Next door to Meow Wolf. 505-603-0012. Yoga-Dance-Glow – 8:30-10pm. Glow in the dark and activate your body and mind through yoga poses and dance with a live DJ. Let your body move freely and release unwanted negative energy. No experience required. $10. Sneha Blue Yoga and Energy Boutique, Downstairs in the Plaza Mercado, 112 W San Francisco St, Ste 104, Santa Fe. 505-365-8788.

plan ahead SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Reiki Class – 9:30am - 4:30pm, Become a certified healing practitioner in this powerful, life-changing class. Reiki Master Jan Walker of Awakening Spirit has been teaching all 3 levels of the Usui method since 1993. Preregistration required. $175, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505 835-5440.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Intuitive Guide Certification Training w/Equines – 10am-4:30pm, Ten Sundays, Nov. 5, 2017-June 17, 2018. Do you feel called to use your intuitive gifts in service? Training employs earth energy and equine guides to refine intuitive strengths, and release anything standing in the way of our dreams. No healing or equine background required. Support for all aspects of setting up your intuitive healing practice provided. Space limited to provide maximum support to all trainees. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, dba Your Divine Light. Call Chantal for more info or to reserve: 505-438-1074. Call for pricing, details: 505-438-1074.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17-19 The 19th annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival – 5-9pm. Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm. This family-friendly event includes an art-market, art exhibits, student art, Trash Fashion Show (Friday) and make-and-take art on Sat & Sun. Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St., Santa Fe.

SATURDAY - TUESDAY, JANUARY 6-9 Cranio Sacral Basics – Jan 6-9. 9am-6pm. Learn to feel and connect to the basic cranial rhythms and see how they impact the body. Learn to give a full basic session. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. BlueDesert. org.

THURSDAY - SUNDAY, JANUARY 11-14 Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – Jan 11-14. 9am-6pm. Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. You will learn the unwinding process of the head, neck and the extremities. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

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New Eyes, New Vision at Sacred Mountain – Thurs, Oct 19, 3:30pm- Oct 6, 12pm.A highly interactive 7 Day transformative retreat at The El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, with 14 amazing facilitators. If you desire to give more, love more, create more and nurture your voice to help support positive change, this event is for you. Access a New Vision for Yourself and the World. Learn more at or Call 847-6604454. Register Now! $900 Commuter Rate/ $2950. Includes Lodging and Food Voucher, 10% discount with Coupon Code NENVNM Hosted by Milagro World Center, (847) 6604454,, Register at

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savethedate THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Well Woman SuperPOWER Retreat – 1-5pm, YOU are a powerful woman…and you know when it’s time to recharge. Bringing powerful women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs together for two days on a journey through finding and using the SuperPOWERS in your personal and professional life. $497, Well Woman Life, Sunrise Springs Resort, 242 Los Pinos Rd, Santa Fe. Info@wellwomanlife. com.

SATURDAY – TUESDAY, JAN 20-23 Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – 9am – 6pm. Learn to increase the flexibility of the Cranial Base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

THURSDAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 - 28 Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love – 9am – 6pm. You will learn to engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak directly to structures inside the body. You will release blockages from around your own heart and heart protector and those of your client. $595. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. BlueDesert. org.

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Horses & Donkeys Helping You – by appointment. Release pain, trauma, heal relationships, deepen self-trust, increase well-being, creativity and abundance. $180/90 minute session, $395/3 sessions; discounts for seniors, veterans, session packages. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074.

Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Appointments: 505-466-3764.

52 Card Archetypes: Weekly Discussion – Begins Sep 21. 3pm-3:30pm. One card will be discussed each week for 52 weeks. Refreshments provided. Come with a friend! Hosted by Oracles author Ana Cortez, next door to Meow Wolf. Free. Magic Mirror, 1364 Rufina Circle, Ste #1, Santa Fe. 505-6030012.

Hot Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. Tu/Th. All levels. $15 or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. 505-795-7778. Hot Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat. $15 or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. 505-795-7778. Rise and Shine Hot Vinyasa Flow – 6:307:30am. Mon/Wed/Fri. All levels. Taught by Jahan. $15 or class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. 505-795-7778.

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

tuesday Healing clinic – 10-5pm. Ananda Mayi holds one on one private sessions to bring balance and harmony. Her medical intuitive skills are unique. She has a desire to help those in need and be of service. The session is all inclusive and focuses on hidden causes of distress. Suggested donation $100. 505-501-0501 Santa Fe Wellness Center, 1418 Luisa Street, Ste 4.

classifieds “WHAT THE HEALTH,” streaming online or on Netflix, exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

PRIVATE CLASSROOM FOR RENT. In a quiet, upscale massage and wellness center. Centrally located near Menaul and San Pedro, NE. Rent space for only $25/hr. You provide the instructor. Bathroom and Shower facilities. 4K TV Monitor. Body and Mind Wellness Center, 2305 San Pedro Drive NE, Suite D2, Albuquerque. 505-382-3406.

TRANSFORM YOUR SPINE TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! First Visit Offer $37 (a $125 value). Includes:Consultation, Spinal Exam, Gentle Network Adjustment, Report of Findings. Offer expires Oct. 31, 2017. Dr. Wendy Feldman, Life Enhancement Chiropractic, Santa Fe, NM 505-310-5810

Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, Yogic & Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $15, free/first class. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, and is easy and fun to do; w/certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.


Dr. Marilyn Chernoff, PhD, ND, M.Ed Albuquerque 505-292-2222 •

Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”.


A unique blend of advanced CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Treatment, Conception and Pregnancy, Trauma Work, and Chronic Depletion. See ad, page 5.



505-466-3764 • Santa Fe •

Pet Readings. Communicate with your animal companions. Receive insight into your pet’s thoughts and feelings. Understand and facilitate changes in your pet’s behavior. 19 years experience Phone Consultations and House Calls.


1413 2nd Street #4, Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-252-2215

Welcome Transformation & Change into your life with Grace & Ease. Art Therapy & Counseling Services, EMDR, Sand Tray, Noetic Balancing and Women’s Groups.


Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. • Albuquerque 505-303-0976

How would you live your life differently if you really understood your unique soul path? Together, ancient astrology and modern psychology can reveal the most profound of insights about your personal growth, relationships, career, spiritual development, and more. Begin now to direct your life more powerfully!


505 508 5805 • Albuquerque

Your dreams answer questions, concerns, worries—sometimes worries you don’t know you have. Your mind is working at night to resolve issues. Contact me for a free 30-minute session to demonstrate how your dream answers your concerns. Learn the steps to discover the messages in your dreams.

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HYPNOTHERAPY ACADEMY OF AMERICA™ 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.


Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074

Offering Equine Assisted Coaching, Intuitive Guidance, & Intuitive Guide Certification Training with Equines at my peaceful Santa Fe location. Gentle intuitive guidance with powerful equine support helps you to overcome fears, release trauma, heal your relationship with yourself and others and embrace the joy and ease that are your birthright. Monthly Specials, Discounts for Veterans, and Discounted Session Packages available. See ad, page 31.


Institute for Ascension Medical intuitive Art • Santa Fe 505-501-0501 •

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 30.


5113 Comanche Rd. Albuquerque NM 87110 505-881-0464

Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa. We offer hairstyling, cuts, natural hair color and facials. We can make your hair and skin look stunning in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, page 3.



Eriene Iris 417 Orchard Dr. (off Paseo de Peralta), Santa Fe 505-500-7667•

Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs.

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Amethyst: A Healing Space 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 808- 639-7534

Offering Connective Tissue Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Structural Integration, and Craniosacral Therapy. Doula Services also available. Healing from the Heart.


4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 505-925-7464

An Integrative and Inter-Cultural 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-FOR-PROFIT. See ad, page 21.

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Offering Intuitive Guide Certification Training & Intuitive Healing Sessions (both with and without equines) at my peaceful, mountain-view setting, or via phone. Everything I teach I continue to walk on my own path and offer with the intention of empowering others to merge with their divine light and to trust their own guidance and inner wisdom. Special support for empaths, those particularly sensitive to energy. Discounted Session Packages for ongoing support available. See ad, page 31.


600 Central Ave. SW Suite 107 505-582-9296 • Albuquerque

Your eyes reveal important information as it relates to genetic predispositions and your overall wellbeing. Understanding what your eyes reveal will guide you toward making the appropriate choices for optimal health. Call for an appointment.


The Source, 3532 Anderson Ave SE, ABQ, NM 87106 505-636-0019

I love to use my Psychic/Spirit Gifts to help people manifest the love and life of their dreams. I often do this by helping my clients open up their knowing and awareness, raise their energetic frequency and learn to use their own Gifts so they can continue helping themselves.


2305 San Pedro NE, Suite D2 Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-382-3406 • Start your wellness plan today! $39.95 Summer Special! Monthly Membership Includes:One customized 60 minute massage session every month. Additional massage sessions throughout the month at the Member rate (unlimited).Unused membership massage sessions carry over from month to month! See ad, page 5.


Barbara Munoz, LMT #4955 • 505- 883-1212 9204 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 4 - Albuquerque

Massage is an investment in your health. Ocean Blue Medical Massage offers Medical massage, Deep tissue and Swedish Relaxation massage. We will bill your insurance. Discounted massage packages available. Treat yourself to better sleep, more energy and inner calmness.


505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St. Ste.1, Santa Fe 3600 Cutler Ave. NE, Abq

Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures, and salves. Our heart-based staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs. See ad, page 35.


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New Mexico’s largest community owned natural & organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad, page 29.



Spirit mediumship, psychic readings, animal communication, medical intuition, akashic records and energy healing. Sessions help optimize physical and emotional wellness, with clarity and peace.



Julie Glassmoyer, CR 505-414-8140

THE HIDDEN GIFT. Painful feet are often an indication that reflexology can help… with foot pain and overall health concerns.



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Life changing bodywork which restores the natural alignment of the body to feel grounded, empowered, and at ease. Be free of chronic pain with RESULTS THAT LAST. See ad, page 8.


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Jan Walker, Healing Practitioner 505-835-5440

Anyone can benefit from a Reiki Healing Treatment, whether one is dealing with the daily stresses of life or a major health challenge. Reiki’s restorative qualities bring warmth, calmness, balance and a sense of well-being. Reiki Classes offered every month. Foot Reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves nerve and blood supply, and helps the body to normalize. See ad, page 8.


Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian. Healthy foods, main dishes, soups, vegan specialties, quiche, salads, gluten free-delicious breads & amazing Feel your Vibrance with beautiful Art, Food and Music! See ad, page 30.


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Well Woman Life Community supports a global community of women to connect to their superpowers to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being! See ad, page 33.


Michelle Vidal 7413 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 505-453-7646

Resonant Essentials has 3 beautiful event/classrooms at below competitive rates. We fit up to 40 people with tables and chairs in our large space or reduce your cost with a smaller space. Rates start as low as $30.00 for 2 hours. Our referral program is set up to earn free rental space and/or classes. Refer 3 get yours of equal value free! Call or email Michelle today to get started. See ad page 31.


826 Camino de Monte Rey, A5 Santa Fe, NM

We recognize your face, know your name, help you improve your practice through individual attention. Hot Vinyasa Flow, Interval, Restorative, more.


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Connect with your heart in the enchanted forest of Carson! This beautiful retreat is near Taos, designed for you to deepen your connection with nature. See ad, page 31.

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