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Finding Love In Nature By Jenny Lynne

Acupuncture for Spring Maladies: Allergies and Lyme Disease By Dr. Sean Yu spring 2019 3


The Three Rooms: Which Room Are You In? By Kevin Murphy “Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or

In order to access this Divine Consciousness, we

what you have, it depends solely on what you think.”

need to know where our thoughts are. That’s why the

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fundamental question that we need to ask ourselves is “Where am I?” In other words, “Where are my thoughts?” If you can ask and answer that simple question, then you have already separated your awareness from your thoughts.  Unlike the physical body, our thoughts can be in one of three places, and each place leads to a different experience of life.

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is often credited with that quote, its origin doesn’t really matter. Few people would dispute its message. So if most people would agree that our thoughts determine how we feel, then why are we not very good at monitoring our thoughts? THE PAST ROOM The analogy of The Three Rooms can help. When our thoughts are in the Past Room, we From The Three Rooms perspective, our thoughts can continuously think of events that have caused us to feel only be in one of three places: They can be in the past (the negative emotions based on what we perceive others to Past Room), the future, (the Future Room), or the present have said or done to us...or us to them. We tend to (the Present Room) and whichever room our thoughts are dwell on those thoughts which further perpetuates the negative emotions they generate. Resentment, guilt, in determines our experience of life in that moment. anger and shame are a few of the emotions we feel Since our thoughts can move back and forth in the linear when our thoughts are in the Past Room.  concept of time, it is imperative that we observe our thoughts. It is that act of observation that separates our awareness from our thoughts so we are no longer at the mercy of them.  This awareness, or consciousness, is what all the spiritual masters have urged us to connect with. 

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THE FUTURE ROOM This is when we think about all the things that can go wrong and we focus on the worst-case scenarios. We look around at what is, and we project the image of what we don’t have into the future. The feeling of stress and anxiety that this creates is what actually pushes away the very things we desire. When our thoughts are stuck in the Past or Future Room, we are


constantly seeing the world as separate from us, so we feel the separation from our own Higher Self. That is

to us to determine which ones we access based on the vibrations we are producing in any moment.

the singular cause of the negative emotions we feel in the Past and Future Rooms.Â

When our emotions resonate with the same vibrational

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frequency as our Higher Self, we are able to interpret those vibrations in the form of inspired ideas. This is

Instead of looking at what is, this is when we focus on what can be. There is an absence of negative thought, so there is nothing preventing us from feeling our

what happens when our thoughts are in the Present Room.

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connection to our Source. The love that we feel when we are in communion with our Higher Self is the feeling that allows us to attract into our lives that which we desire. If we are going to observe which room our thoughts are in, we need to better understand the thoughts that we are observing. A thought is a vibration that is stored as energy in a Field of Potential Probabilities, waiting to manifest. This field of energy has had many names. Sometimes it is called Divine consciousness, prana, or the Akashic field. Other times it is called the quantum vacuum, ether, or the zero-point field. No matter what name you apply to it, it is the Source energy that makes up all there is. FIELD OF POTENTIAL PROBABILITIES All of the inspired ideas we receive, as well as the negative thoughts we produce, are stored in the same Field of Potential Probabilities. It is up

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5... “Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have, it depends solely on what you think.” ALTHOUGH THE BUDDHA is often credited with that quote, its origin doesn’t really matter. Few people would dispute its message. So if most people would agree that our thoughts determine how we feel, then why are we not very good at monitoring our thoughts? The analogy of The Three Rooms can help. From The Three Rooms perspective, our thoughts can only be in one of three places: They can be in the past (the Past Room), the future, (the Future Room), or the present (the Present Room) and whichever room our thoughts are in determines our experience of life in that moment.

awareness from your thoughts. Unlike the physical body, our thoughts can be in one of three places, and each place leads to a different experience of life. THE PAST ROOM When our thoughts are in the Past Room, we continuously think of events that have caused us to feel negative emotions based on what we perceive others to have said or done to us...or us to them. We tend to dwell on those thoughts which further perpetuates the negative emotions they generate. Resentment, guilt, anger and shame are a few of the emotions we feel when our thoughts are in the Past Room. 

THE FUTURE ROOM This is when we think about all the things that can go wrong and we focus on the worst-case scenarios. We look around at what is, and we project the image of what we don’t have into the future. The feeling of Since our thoughts can move back and forth in the stress and anxiety that this creates is what actually linear concept of time, it is imperative that we observe pushes away the very things we desire. When our our thoughts. It is that act of observation that separates thoughts are stuck in the Past or Future Room, we are our awareness from our thoughts so we are no longer at constantly seeing the world as separate from us, so we the mercy of them. This awareness, or consciousness, is feel the separation from our own Higher Self. That is what all the spiritual masters have urged us to connect the singular cause of the negative emotions we feel in the Past and Future Rooms.  with.  In order to access this Divine Consciousness, we need to know where our thoughts are. That’s why the fundamental question that we need to ask ourselves is “Where am I?”  In other words, “Where are my thoughts?” If you can ask and answer that simple question, then you have already separated your

THE PRESENT ROOM Instead of looking at what is, Click here to visit this is when we focus on what thethreerooms.com can be. There is an absence of negative thought, so there is

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Wandering Spirits & Lost Souls By Jenny Lynne

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AS SPRING IS upon us, it’s time to shed the old fickle patterns, messy mindsets and dirty habits that aren’t serving us anymore. Immerse yourself in nature and take an introspective moment to listen to your heart. After all, in nature comes clarity. Love is everywhere and nature gives us subtle hints as proof. You may even start seeing the universal symbol of love – a heart!

pleasure in nature’s largess? There’s no right or wrong answer. The heart, symbolizing surrounding love, has its own personal meaning. What does it mean to you? When nature shows you a heart, cherish it!

LOOK FOR THE HEART SHAPE WHEREVER YOU ARE

Being clear on what love is to you is crucial in order to make any healthy adjustments to your mental and

A heart shaped rock, commonly found, is always welcomed and should be treated like treasure when stumbled upon. Do you pick it up and take it for yourself or leave it in its place for others to take

spiritual wellbeing. Hopefully the message is clearly being conveyed on the importance of disconnecting, unplugging and finding peace in a quiet and a natural way. Nature’s unexpected hearts will appear in the

Love – what a powerful word. It can move mountains or take your breath away. Never underestimate it. When you’re on your walk, do you really see what you’re seeing? Learn to be present and your heart will become one with nature. Open your mind and your Make this spring all about you. Listen openly to and heart will follow. How do you show love? take interest in YOU. Jump into your head and see Do you live it? things through your own eyes. Go for a hike, walk or Do you give it? just sit on a park bench. Take in a deep breath with the Do you hide from it? intention that you’re about to create an opportunity Do you run towards it? where you can introduce a new way of cultivating a Do you dabble with it? loving environment. Metaphorically nourish yourself Do you withhold it? and become reconnected with your own voice. Follow Do you believe in it? the path of things that ignite that spark. Surrender to Do you crave it? all things love. Love is everywhere; are you seeing it? Do you connect with it? Do you need it? Love out loud. What would that sound like? Do you seek it? Love your life. What would that feel like? Do you speak it? Love in 3D. What would that look like?

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last remnants of moisture in the air before it disappears like it was never there. Only a few who chose that path during those fleeting moments would share space with that heart. And even fewer would be aware of its existence though it’s right there in front of them. Would you see it? Be present to the point you draw a blank and have to create a thought. Here’s your chance to create a loving one. Awaken a new awareness and engage in

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9... most beautiful form. It could be a leaf, stone, puddle, plant, in the sky or even a snake keeping its distance. But you have to be mindful of them! Don’t show up half way. Disrupt all unnecessary and negative thoughts then shift back to the fundamental and basic knowledge that we all long to love

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finding new forms of love! SEEING LOVE AS A VEHICLE TO HAPPINESS Let’s see love as a vehicle to move us towards that ever moving target called happiness starting with self-love which is something that is as important as the air we breathe. Short, sweet, simple yet true. Love is in the

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and to be loved. Understand that not all the hearts have to be perfect in shape or something that was manmade to represent love. They come in all shapes and sizes and are as unique as snowflakes. Each has its own beauty. Some are strong while others are fragile. Kind of resembles us, don’t you think? After an evening rain, there could be a heart shaped stain leaving its heart print, holding onto

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heart of the matter. Seek it, live it. You’ll be a better illustrated picture books, HEARTS and HEARTS FOR version of you. KIDS, capture naturally occurring or accidental hearts found around the world and photographed by her. Each heart There’s nothing wrong with being cheesy or sappy. Pull image is accompanied by a caption that encompasses her wit, out the slingshot and shoot out hearts. Snack on love, or humor and sometimes seriousness by describing the emotions better yet, eat it for lunch. Be infectious about it. and perceptions that were evoked.  Nature’s incomparable beauty and sometimes not-so-subtle appearance is a Life is precious. Love with all your heart. reminder that love is ever present. She encourages people Be compassionate. Have a bleeding heart! to email her heart images (www.JennyLynneBooks.com) or Rediscover. Make a change from your heart! post them to her social media (#jennylynnebooks.) Be cautious! Stay away from a poisonous heart! jenny@jennylynnebooks.com “Look up, look down, look all around…be open to nature’s hearts that abound.” —Jenny Lynne Jenny Lynne is an inventor, connector, entrepreneur and an author. She found her passion and is devoted to inspiring others to by finding hearts in nature.  Her two beautifully

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Acupuncture for Spring Maladies: Allergies and Lyme Disease By Dr. Sean Yu

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ACCORDING TO THE Centers for Disease Control, allergies are the fifth leading chronic disease overall in the United States and the third most prevalent among children and teens. No less than 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergic diseases. Additionally, allergies may now be ever increasing. Researchers are saying climate change is responsible for harsher allergy seasons and the high pollen counts that are hitting many regions in the United States.

and excess mucous. A combination of herbs works best to flush allergy toxins, support the lungs and block histamine production. One effective herbal combo is a blend of echinacea root, thyme, mullein and white tea. Another approach is to take a five-mushroom combo to build immunity and energy as well as milk thistle to cleanse your liver.

As we get older, we may be more likely to develop firsttime allergies. That’s because the spleen may weaken a bit and kidney deficiencies can develop. Herbal supplements can boost the health of both organs. As with health matters for all ages, the best defense is a NBC News reported that the number of people good offense. experiencing seasonal allergies for the first time has increased and the allergy season is lasting a month If you’re going to get weekly allergy shots, it’s essential longer than past seasons. that you do so at least one month prior to allergy season, not once you become symptomatic. You need to build ACUPUNCTURE FOR ALLERGIES your resistance beforehand in order to be less likely to More and more Americans are learning that acupuncture succumb to symptoms. It takes 4-6 weeks for the body not only relieves allergy symptoms but is very effective to build antibodies, and until they are built, you are in boosting overall immunity. If your immune system more susceptible. You just can’t prevent a health issue is compromised, you are more likely to react to varying after it’s already begun. So think of Star Wars and put pollens. Acupuncture twice a week for three weeks will your shields up first before entering a battle! ensure that you can minimize allergic symptoms or even sidestep them all together. As adjuncts to acupuncture, Even though allergies are becoming more prevalent, you herbal supplements can support your body’s defenses don’t have to hold a fatalistic attitude of “It’s that season against allergens and help reduce coughing, phlegm again… I get allergies every year.” Instead, prepare before

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the season starts with a multi-pronged health strategy so you can be victorious over allergens and breathe easy once again. LYME DISEASE Both wood tick and deer tick seasons start in early May in the Upper Midwest. And Lyme Disease is a tenacious health issue that can be as complicated to solve as a Rubik’s Cube. Caused by a spirochete, Lyme is called ‘The Great Imitator’ because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart.   This bacteria can protect itself in hostile environments, making it difficult to treat. Anaerobic, it makes a cyst to protect itself from environmental influences.  Chasing it with antibiotics alone does not typically produce successful outcomes because of its adaptability. It can basically morph itself into a resistant state to any particular drug. While the patient may experience temporary symptom relief thanks to antibiotics, final resolution over the disease is not easily obtained. Long-term antibiotic use is also detrimental to the overall health of the patient. Patients with Lyme Disease are frequently misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and depression. Misdiagnosis can delay the correct treatment as the underlying infection progresses unchecked. The extent of the disease is not known… reported Lyme Disease numbers from the CDC are said to represent only 10% of actual cases!   CONTINUED PAGE 15...

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13... Using a combination of both anti-bacterial and antiparasitic herbs while also detoxifying the body is an integrative health approach that assists in ridding the body of this pernicious ailment. In addition, adjunctive herbal medicine has been shown to safely aid in remedying infections that manifest as arthritis, damage to the central nervous system or weakening of the heart. Providing pain relief and stimulation of the immune  system, acupuncture is a natural, complementary approach that further assuages the health challenges of Lyme Disease. Besides the springtime ailments of allergies and Lyme Disease, what are other areas of your health where acupuncture can be an invaluable aid? STRESS MANAGEMENT Stress is a major cause of lost work hours, sick days and lowered productivity in both home life and the workplace. But it doesn’t have to be a mainstay in your life!   Acupuncture is a holistic remedy that can balance both your emotional and physical well-being so detrimental stress factors don’t diminish your daily vitality. Scientific research shows that acupuncture

releases neurotransmitters such as endorphins, serotonin and norepinephrine. More and more hospitals, clinics and corporate employee wellness programs are incorporating acupuncture into their preventive healthcare offerings as a way to address stress-related illnesses. BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM A combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine has been proven to be impactful in building immunity to prevent illness. Chinese herbs are used for balancing, harmonizing and cleansing the body’s system. They can treat a wide array of health issues and an accredited herbal consultant can detail how to use them as adjuncts to medications.  PAIN MANAGEMENT Pain is a significant distraction for anyone! Pain medications can be expensive or addictive, often only addressing pain symptoms not the cause.   Today we are aware of the dangers of opioids and need to find safe alternative paths for pain  relief. Acupuncture helps many pain conditions, from pulled muscles to headaches to backaches and more.  Pain symptoms can be reduced in as few as six sessions.  Many types of pain

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