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6-8 Silence and the Unitive Experience By Christina Donnell, Ph.D.

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6-8 Winter Blues and Broken Bones By Kristin Grayce McGary LAc., MAc., CFMP®, CSTcert, CLP.

10-13 The Heart of Gateways to Brilliance By Carolyn Vinup

14-15 Consciously Align to Your Soul’s Design: A New Paradigm By Barbara Brodsho, M.A.

Winter Blues and Broken Bones Getting Enough of The Protective Power of Vitamin D 3 By Kristin Grayce McGary LAc., MAc., CFMP®, CSTcert, CLP.


MY FAMILY AND I lived in a suburb of Chicago when I was a child. The weather was often overcast and gloomy. When it was sunny, my parents applied sunscreen. Unfortunately, when I was 10 years old I fell off a jungle gym and fractured my right arm. It wasn’t a big fall, I shouldn’t really have broken any bones, but looking back I suspect my vitamin D levels weren’t optimal.

• Broken bones •  Autoimmune diseases such as Hoshimotos Thyroiditis, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis • Allergies

Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” It is produced in your skin in response to sunlight and is a vital organic compound supporting the absorption of calcium and protecting bone strength, supporting immune function, and regulating mood. Deficiencies in vitamin D can lead to weakened bones, autoimmunity and conditions like osteoporosis, and mental illness such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, more commonly known as SAD.

VITAMIN D3 IS GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN D3 helps regulate the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, which is the essential neurotransmitter affecting a variety of cognitive functions including mood, decision-making, social behavior, impulsive behavior, and social decision-making. Many psychological disorders associated with brain chemistry and function, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, show low brain serotonin. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is positively impacted by combining light therapy with vitamin D3.

Vitamin D-eficiency can also lead to: • Type 1 Diabetes • Cardiovascular disease including heart attack • High blood pressure • Cancers of colon, prostate, ovaries, esophagus, and lymphatic system. • Muscle and bone pain

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There are two forms of vitamin D; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Of the two, vitamin D3 is the preferred form for human consumption.

So how can you help your body get the right amount of protective vitamin D? While sun exposure is helpful, it is often not enough.

It is worth considering a daily dose of a good quality vitamin D3 supplement. Obviously, dosing Vitamin D3 depends on your weight and current vitamin D3 status. The first order of business would be to get tested and look at the data. Generally, children need less than adults.

mineral cofactors that help the body to utilize D3 properly. In addition to the D3 supplementation I also suggest adding magnesium, boron and zinc. Here’s why:

Magnesium is necessary for your body to make energy from the food you eat. It helps to control In my experience, most doctors order 25 blood pressure, blood sugar levels and it keeps your dihydroxyvitamin D test but this is the inactive form heart beating regularly. and may not give you all the information. I suggest also getting your Calcitriol 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D The Vitamin D Council believes that the daily blood levels checked and if required ask your doctor amounts of magnesium recommended by the Food or holistic health care provider to recommend an and Nutrition Board aren’t enough to keep your body appropriate dose of vitamin D3 for supplementation. healthy and supplementation is recommended. Some A healthy vitamin D blood level is about 45-75 ng/ ml, depending on an individual’s unique biological needs. The Vitamin D Counsel recommends an average of 50 ng/ml. As part of my practice, I’ve learned to individualize things, some people do better with vitamin D levels that are 75 ng/ml, and others lower. People with known autoimmunity, autoimmune disease, immune dysfunction or those living in northern states should have their levels tested regularly. In order to work optimally, it is worth supporting vitamin D3 supplementation with other important

research studies show that your body needs between 500 and 700 mg a day. Zinc is a mineral mainly found in the muscles and bones. It helps the body perform many vital functions such as fighting infection, healing wounds, making new cells, facilitating the use of carbohydrates, fat and proteins in food, promoting strong growth and development especially in babies and young children through adolescence and helping with taste and smell.


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or olive oil. Look for this in your supplement. Avoid products that contain soy, cotton seed, rapeseed, and Zinc isn’t stored long-term in the body so it’s vital to safflower oil. eat foods that contain it or to supplement. Zinc helps vitamin D work in cells as well as strengthening bones. Some doctors believe an adult dose of 2000 IU/ Oysters have a high concentration of zinc. day is adequate, others promote 5000 IU/day, some individuals may temporarily need as much as 10,000 (*If you are taking any medications that are intended for a short period of time to help boost their levels. to suppress your immune system consult your doctor before taking zinc.) Kristing Grayce McGary LAc., MAc., CFMP®, CSTcert, CLP is a highly sought-after health and lifestyle alchemist. Boron is a trace mineral needed in small amounts by She is renowned for reversing annoying and debilitating the body. Fruits, leafy vegetables and nuts contain health conditions and helping people to live with clarity boron. It works with vitamin D to help bones use the and vitality. Kristin Grayce is also a speaker and author of minerals they need such as calcium. Ketogenic Cure; Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Life. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7...

To reiterate, vitamin D3 plays a central role in a healthy mind and body which is why a balanced diet and supplementation is vital. SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS There are a few on the market that have a very healthy carrier oil called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)

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The Heart of Gateways to Brilliance Experience Transformational Ceremonies that Awaken Your Higher Consciousness and Expand Your Inner Light By Carolyn Vinup


I HAVE ALWAYS been a spiritual individual. Early in my adult life I was educated as a Feng Shui consultant, which made sense since I am also an event producer. This knowledge allowed me to cultivate conscious environments for my clients. Over the years, I studied numerous modalities, adding more wisdom to my energy tool kit. About 17 years ago, I studied the  philosophies  and teachings of Jonathan and Andi  Goldman. When I was hired for a Feng Shui consultation, I  would “invite” my sacred sound bowls to come along. It  became  very apparent something magical was happening as soon as I played the crystal singing bowls at my client’s homes. It was during this time, my passion for creating  Spiritual  Blessing Ceremonies accelerated. My spiritual journey has provided me with the insight that sacred sound is my vehicle to connect spirit and oneness with the universe and divinity. Today, my work is focused on transformational ceremonies that awaken your higher consciousness and expand inner light. This allowed the birth of Gateways to Brilliance. WHAT ARE GATEWAYS? Gateways allow us to move from one state of consciousness to the next. They allow us to make a choice: Are we moving toward, away or into something? I work with light and invite sacred sound to be the vibrational guidance system that transports us through gateways to higher consciousness. 10 www.esswellness.com

WHAT DO I MEAN BY BRILLIANCE? Brilliance is about expressing your most light-filled self and sharing that with the world. It’s a courageous act. When we accept our brilliance, we awaken our sacred purpose and divine potential. We become radiators of love, grace, peace, joy and beauty. As a master of energy, light and sound healing, I have spent 20 years creating holy spaces, both inside and out. My transformational ceremonies help you ignite the light within, awaken your inner and outer consciousness, and connect with your divine potential. As a result, clients become more radiant and confident, attract joy, happiness and love. They experience profound self-discovery, stress reduction, improved mindfulness, reduction in energy blocks, expanded spiritual enlightenment and blessings. A MESSAGE FROM CAROLYN How do you know you are ready to experience a spiritual blessing?   “All you have to do is bring your willingness and an open heart. Sacred Sound and Light will handle the rest.” A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH GATEWAYS Written by Bethany If you’re looking for a peaceful, beautiful and spiritual experience that renews your energy and opens your heart to the magical possibilities of life, try Carolyn Vinup’s Sacred Sound Ceremony, The Blessing.

Carolyn is the ultimate professional with a lovely ability to make you feel comfortable and special from the moment you enter the door of her delightful home. For those new to sound ceremonies, Carolyn walks you step-by-step through the blessing ceremony, describing the actions, sounds and intentions of each part of the process – all over a cup of warm tea. She shines while she talks about The Blessing, sharing stories that are touching and powerful, and it shows just how deeply she cares about you and the sound healing experience. By the time you lay down on her cozy massage table, complete with blankets and pillows, your blood pressure has dropped, and you feel innately relaxed. Whether you know Carolyn personally, have been referred to her by a friend, have experience with sound healing, or reached out to her for a specific purpose, Carolyn will take the time to understand what your desired outcome is and shape the experience based on your individual needs. Her customization shows her true passion, to gift you with a sacred experience that helps you open your heart, mind and body. Her one request is that you be open to receiving the gift of this sacred experience. The ceremony itself is a beautiful cascade of tones from the opening chants to the ringing of the crystal singing bowls. You feel the love, energy and light surrounding your body and for me, a feeling of complete relaxation and peace. I left The Blessing feeling calm, happy and glad that I took the time to do

something for myself. Many of us, especially women, don’t often take the time for self-love and care, and this time to yourself, different than a massage or workout, allows you to quiet your mind and open up your energy channels in a way that is heart-touching. SPIRITUAL BLESSING CEREMONIES AVAILABLE 1. Carolyn’s Signature Ceremony is The Blessing All new clients start with “The Blessing” ceremony. For subsequent appointments other Spiritual Ceremonies or Sound Healing experiences can be chosen. WHAT IS A BLESSING? It is a sacred act, a sacred  experience, a holy experience. Where you feel deeply connected to your Oneness with Divinity 2. Activation for Manifesting Divinity, Dreams and Desires Ceremony Expand awareness, honor your divine potential, and anchor your sacred and holy purpose. During the sacred conversation, the focus will be on Releasing the Inner Critic, Allowing Forgiveness, Establishing an Executive Order and Anchoring Affirmative Statements. During the ceremony, the activation for manifesting will focus on the following gateways: higher consciousness, opening the channels for insight, wisdom, guidance and vision. CONTINUED PAGE 12... winter 2018




3. Calling in the Light of Forgiveness Ceremony All spiritual practices include forgiveness. Not forgiving can hold you back from being fully engaged in life. Forgiveness is a process that may be revisited again at different times in your life, as your own awareness of ‘self ’ deepens. Engage in Personal Reflection, Meditation and Identify a song, poem or prayer that will help set you free. 4. Gateways to Brilliance Ceremony Awaken the Gateways to Higher Consciousness through light, sound, love and oneness that swirls gently all around you. A clearing and blessing for each chakra.

“The Blessing” with Carolyn Vinup was deeply relaxing. As the sound and vibration of her voice, chant, and crystal singing bowls flowed through my body, I felt a sense of releasing and lightness. As the session progressed, I could see light coming in waves tuning and harmonizing me on every level. Several times I had images of geometric shapes and felt a spiraling, tingling sensation. At one point, she guided each hand inside one of her crystal bowls and the palms of my hands felt a warm flow in and out. I thought about the blessings coming in and going out in many areas of my life. After our session, I felt cleared and recalibrated. It was such a gift! I highly recommend this spiritual blessing session with Carolyn. ­­ ­—Michele Rae, Center Within

Hello World! Imagine what would happen if you could 5. I AM Light Ceremony marry the tranquility of a day at the spa with the high Acceleration of your inner light through a reunion, impact personal coaching session. Magic. That’s what you reconnection and restoration ceremony. It is deeply get when you experience Carolyn Vinup’s Activation for relaxing, nourishing, aligning and loving. An Ancient Manifesting Divinity, Dreams and Desires Ceremony. Chant will infuse Spiritual Light into your life. Seriously. Female business owners need to come and see

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you. This is break-through work. This is stepping-intobrilliance work. This is time-to-play-big work. I keep singing “THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE.” I have been ignited.­ —Catherine Breet-Arbez, Inc., Change Your Stripes Do What You Love For A Living Carolyn, I don’t think I’ve ever gone so deep into healing mode. Afterward, I felt so balanced and energized but relaxed at the same time. It was profound, not only healing but revealing.  My blessings FELT received through my left hand and I could see the joy and gratitude in my heart.  The great ‘I am’ in my thankful heart was fully revealed to me through color and light. WOW, awesome.  This was the most sacred ceremony I have ever experienced because I was the object and focus of the blessing.  I could feel the light pour in through every cell of by body as the angelic sounds surrounded me. ­—Ann Cathcart, Holistic Nurse

I was excited the entire drive to Carolyn’s Blessing Ceremony. I knew that something wonderful, marvelous, something new was about to happen. Carolyn’s energy and enthusiasm was contagious, she wanted only what the Creator wants for me—and she had offered herself up to be a vehicle for that process. The actual ceremony was one of beauty and grace, where sound become love and love, sound. There was a holiness in the Sacred Sound Studio and a sacredness to the ritual. I could feel myself relaxing into the arms of the Most Holy and being washed gently of my fears and resistance— all that stood in the way of accepting the Creator’s blessings. As Carolyn pointed out, we have all left blessings on the table. Why not ask for them? Why not receive them? Since that session I have felt different, in that I feel more like myself. I sense Grace all the way around. And I’m ready to rock and roll on the joyous ride of life. Whoever you are, whatever your background, age, or religious background, there are blessings for you to gather, like flowers to your heart. —Cyndi Dale, Life System Services, Author of 25 Books

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Consciously Align to Your Soul’s Design: A New Paradigm By Barbara Brodsho, M.A. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. —Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”


WE’RE LIVING IN an exciting time in human history. We’re in a better position now than ever before to “make manifest the glory of God that is within us.” So what’s different about this time in history? For many generations, people were just trying to survive by making choices that met their needs for safety and security. And until recently, we’ve not had access to information about our Soul’s unique divine nature. Therefore, we’ve not had the opportunity to make conscious choices that are in alignment with our Soul’s design. As a result, we’ve become disconnected from who we were created to be. As our planet shifted towards a higher level of consciousness when we entered the “information age,” we gained more access to a spiritual resource that can assist us in understanding our soul’s purpose, our gifts, and our life lessons.

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This spiritual resource is called the Akashic Records and its purpose is to educate and guide us to become who we were created to be. The Akashic Records are a centralized energetic database that contains the story of our soul’s journey from the moment of inception. Each soul has its own Akashic Record and it serves three main purposes First, it houses our Divine Soul Blueprint which informs us of our divine gifts and how we’re designed to create and manifest our soul’s desires. It also stores the life lessons our soul has chosen to experience, as well as the spirit guide team that is supporting us for this lifetime. Second, it’s an energetic recording of our every intention and interaction with the rest of creation. As we’ve made choices against our divine nature, we’ve diminished our ability to access our gifts. Using the Akashic Records, we can find out what these circumstances were, the choices we made, and the consequences that resulted from them. We can then clear the negative influences associated with these choices. This increase in consciousness along with the soul-level healing, empowers us to make positive choices going forward, resulting in greater access to our divine gifts. Third, the Akashic Records store every potential and possibility for our future based on our free will and the choices we make. We can use them to determine if

the actions we intend to take will bring us into greater vibrational alignment with the outcomes we desire. Your Akashic Record can enlighten you to gain a profound knowing of who you are and why you are here. When we work together to tap into the wisdom of your soul, you will: • Experience more creative energy as you confidently and courageously express your soul’s innate gifts. • Manifest your vision of a passionate, purposefilled life by implementing effective intentions and actions steps based on your soul’s Manifestation Blueprint. • Learn the root cause of what’s preventing you from expressing your gifts or experiencing the positive aspect of your life lessons. • Clear the negative energy related to these issues which will empower you to make positive choices. • Gain clarity, insight and a new perspective about your life’s challenges—that they are not coincidental or random—they are taking place to help you heal unfinished business or to develop divine qualities. • Receive support and guidance from your personal spirit guide team to help you successfully manifest your vision and purpose. When you consciously align your choices with your soul’s design, you will tap into the infinite abundance of creative vital force energy in the

Universe and as a result, experience greater joy, abundance and fulfillment in your life. I invite you to join me in ushering in this new paradigm. Step into your personal power to “make manifest the glory of God that is within you” by discovering the wisdom contained in your soul’s Akashic Record. Use it as a spiritual resource to help you align your choices with your soul’s design and then let your magnificent light shine. We were born for such a time as this. Barbara Brodsho empowers spiritual seekers, creative people and leaders to express their soul’s innate gifts and make meaning of their life’s challenges from their soul’s perspective. As a result, they experience greater joy, abundance and fulfillment while creating and living passionate, purpose-filled lives. She is a 2018 contributing writer for the international publication, Sibyl Magazine—For the Spirt and Soul of Woman. Click here to visit: www.BarbaraBrodsho.com

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Winter 2018 Essential Wellness Magazine  

Holistic publication about wellness and spirituality

Winter 2018 Essential Wellness Magazine  

Holistic publication about wellness and spirituality