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February 2012 ~ Vol. III, Issue 12

X volving A Guide for Conscious Living

Our Animal Friends 5 Reasons Why Self Help Doesn’t Work Wayne Dyer Interviews Anita Moorjani about Her Near Near--Death Experience The Nutrient Nutrient--Dense Diet EVOLVING… A GUIDE FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING


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Publisher’s Letter...


Dear Friend,

When I was a young girl I had a Siamese cat named Pooperdoo. That was the pet name my older sister, Mary, had given me, and it was passed along to my pet. I saw Pooperdoo as my protector. He was a feisty, quick-to-anger cat, so when I was home alone, scared of who-knows-what, I would envision him attacking some unforeseen invader. It was a ridiculous childhood fantasy, but it didn’t change the fact that my furry companion brought comfort simply with his presence. I believe this is one of the key benefits of pet ownership. When I was older, we used to joke about Mary’s Pekinese pet and how he was her “baby.” But now that I have my Labrador, Bear, I see that it’s more than a joke. Our family pets ingratiate themselves so much into our lives that they truly are family. To honor our animal friends, we have three outstanding feature articles this month: Pat Hennessy shares the need to act as protectors for the humane treatment of animals; Raphael Smith writes about coping with the grief experienced with the loss of a pet; and, Dr. Michael Tarrant explains the need to address the root cause of illness Family: Bear, with Grandson, Danny. in treating our pets.

Grieving Our Pets … 17 Disease is Like a Tree...18

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Are You Listening to Your Body? ...15 ON THE COVER: “Collage of Animals” digital photography by Kathleen Kelly. Watch for her Web site launch at Kathleen is co-creator of UPLIFTING SPACES…Lifting Hearts by Designing Beautiful Spaces for Lower Income Families (, which provides dignity and uplifting energy by refurbishing, reusing and recreating from garage sales, donation locations and gifted items. To donate, partner or assist, contact Kathleen at or (913) 549-4088.

Editorial Assistant Judy Kirkpatrick Ad Design Maitreya Zohar Contributors Heidi Alfrey, Karen Duggan, Wayne Dyer, Pat Hennessy, Bethany Klug, Jude LaClaire, Aluna Michaels, Bonnie Rabicoff, Nancy Russell, Suzette Scholtes, Raphael Smith, Michael Tarrant, Judith Widener

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Gary Krafstow, one of the foremost yoga therapists in the U.S. for research on yoga for back pain and general anxiety, visits The Yoga School of Therapeutics, 10400 W. 103rd, Street, March 2931, Suzette Scholtes, director, announced recently. For more than 30 years, Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation. He is Founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, California. His research with the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School, his work on “Evaluating Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Yoga Therapy for Generalized Anxiety” is highly regarded. Kraftsow began his study of yoga in India with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1974 and began practicing at the Maui School

of Yoga Therapy in 1983. He received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France, in 1988. Today, he is a renowned speaker and respected teacher of the Viniyoga methodology for conferences and schools nationally and internationally. Gary Kraftsow is author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation. He has also produced two DVDs, Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum & Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders. Reservations are required by contacting 913-492-9594 or or email at Pre-pay for the weekend event is $325 or individual sessions costs $85. CEU’s awarded to health professionals, teachers and practitioners.

VALA Gallery Presents YESTERDAY’S SCHOOLS: On the Other Hand… “YESTERDAY’S SCHOOLS,” a brilliant collection of photographically inspired works of the photographer/ sculptor Gloria Hawkins will show at VALA Gallery February 10—March 3. Hawkins’ work is full of surprises. She captures images of an Americana that is disappearing, and creates art from her travels. Multi layering, merging digital photos and re-purposed objects she often contains them in wooden containers, boxes and suitcases. The artist will

be available at opening and closing festivities for personal conversations about the process of creating and preserving our past. VALA Gallery offers meet-the-artist opportunities on Friday, February 10 (69 p.m.) and Closing, Saturday, March 3 (noon-4 p.m.) at their newest location, 5903 Johnson Drive in Mission, KS, nestled between the Mission Theatre and Lamar’s Doughnuts. Works can also be viewed Mondays from 10 a.m.—2 p.m., Wednesdays noon-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Community Service Day On the second Friday of the month, Kim Meisinger offers half-hour energy healing sessions in her office at 13929 Briar Drive, Overland Park, KS. There is no charge or donation request for these sessions. Often, guest healers will work with her to provide extraordinary and Spirit-filled healing. Please join by making your appointment at the email listed below. If you are unfamiliar with energy healing and would like more information, please request that as well through listed email. These sessions take advantage of a group energy field. The group field that forms is a result of the healers who work in the treatment room and, just as important, the energy contributed by the early arrival of participants as well as that contributed by staying for a while post treatment. During this time you are encouraged to pray and meditate for yourself and others who EVOLVING… A GUIDE FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING


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are participating. There is a designated waiting room with a room leader that will help you become part of the community. The sum total of everyone's efforts forms the community and will deepen the benefits you receive. All types of dis-ease are addressed including physical, emotional and spiritual needs. All faiths are welcome. Diversity adds strength to the group field. This project is one that is born of desire to serve and for great awareness of resources available in the Kansas City Area! Contact Next community service day is February 9. Sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. and the last appointment time available is 5:00 p.m. Please give 24 hours notice if you are unable to keep your appointment.


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Dr. Lori Blankinship, a local naturopathic doctor, launched her Village Medicine Radio program on January 4. Tune in to 1590 KPRT-AM radio at 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday for tips on natural medicine, natural food and living the natural life. Join in for lively discussions toward creating a sustainable, healthy, empowered Village within the greater Kansas City community. Village Medicine Radio features special guests and exciting, cuttingedge topics about natural health, preventive medicine and managing your own health and wellness from a place of personal empowerment. Dr. Blankinship’s clinical emphasis includes chronic degenerative diseases

(diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, liver disease, digestive disorders); auto immune disease; weight management; and chronic pain. She utilizes clinical nutrition, lifestyle modification and cellular detoxification in her approach to clinical assessment and treatment. Her training in mind-body medicine, homeopathy, oriental medicine, clinical laboratory diagnosis and other modalities makes her the perfect host to complement her guest experts each Wednesday morning in teaching others to LIVE WELL NOW! Dr. Blankinship is part of a dynamic Integrative Medicine team at Wellness Dimensions in Overland Park: or 913-906-7788.

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The Hope Chest The Hope Chest: This name is what Lori Roller is all about — Giving Hope! Lori has a little retail shop in the heart of Mission, KS. at 5815A Johnson Drive. Lori connects the community with the selling and buying of unique one-of-a-kind and everyday items at affordable prices. Most products are new to like-new condition. She also takes consignment items. What makes Lori’s store unique is her hands on, “want to help you in your quest” marketing view! Kind of a personal shopper without having to hire one! Let her know of something you’re looking for and she’ll be on it. Her warm outgoing personality makes Lori a dedicated store owner you’ll want to get to know.

Dr. J. David Beaulieu, M.S., D.C. 5930 Roe Avenue #102, Mission, KS 66205

The space she is in is actually an art gallery, partially turned retail, along with two artist studios. Penny Thieme, the VALA Gallery owner, uses this space to help artists and retail dreamers get their start. Open seven days a week, Monday Noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesday - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.—8 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 6 p.m. Mention you saw this in Evolving and get 15 percent off your total purchase good through the month of February!

Shamanic Pathways at White Deer Lodge Daniel Baxley THOTH Endorsed Teacher in The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Offering: Shamanic Healing and Teachings, Spiritual Counseling, Sacred Stone Massage, Reiki, Craniosacral, Vision Quest, Sweat Lodge, and Workshops 816816-769769-7343 email: Website:

Live, Laugh and BE You New Internet Radio Show — Thursdays at 4 p.m. Audrey Lynette, Access Consciousness Facilitator has teamed with Linda and David Laskowski to launch a brand new internet radio show on BBSRadio Station 1. This radio show shares the tools offered by Access Consciousness and a wide variety of Alternative Health wisdom to invite you the listener to access the energy that you have as an Infinite Being! Audrey is a seasoned Access Consciousness Facilitator & Right Body for You Facilitator who has changed her life around using these amazing tools and has a wealth of experience to invite you the listener to know what is

true for you in the world's current reality! Linda and David bring to the table decades of professional alternative health care experience and life experience that will show you all the possibilities a few life style changes can make! If you have any questions or subjects that you would like us to discuss on the show or have any comments, please feel free to email us at: Visit livelaughandbeyou for more information about the show. EVOLVING… A GUIDE FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING


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Journey to Wholeness—by Jude LaClaire, Ph.D. Walking the Dog If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. —James Herriot


ive years ago our family moved into a new home and neighborhood. We began the ritual of walking the dog each day; and over time, have gotten to know most of our neighbors. We also have gotten to know most of the other dogwalkers and the people on our route to the park. Our ambassador is Coco. She is an enthusiastic, tailwagging, medium-sized mix of chocolate Labrador and Dachshund. She came to us from the animal shelter as a puppy. Without her our walks might be quite solitary...but with Coco everyone stops, speaks, often petting her as she happily obliges their human need. We know all the dogs by name, though not all the owners. We hear their stories and concerns. There is the woman in her late 80’s with two dogs who shares her life with her dogs and a stray cat, Freddie the Freeloader. On warmer days, the woman with the day care in her home is outside with her young charges. Coco becomes a rock star and is petted eagerly or shyly by the children. The dogs in our lives facilitate human sharing and connection. The role of animals in our lives is one we

may take for granted. We may forget that our joys and sadness are shared with them and that they pay very close attention to what we are doing. Cesar Millan, in his “Dog Whisperer” show on the National Geographic Channel, teaches dog owners how to have calm-assertive energy. He says he rehabilitates dogs and trains people. His belief is that clearly communicated rules, boundaries and limitations along with exercise, discipline and affection are the winning formula for happy dogs and happy people. As a parent and counselor, I have studied many parenting approaches and the similarity between parenting and working with animals is striking. Animals have memory, language, understand symbols, are selfaware, understand other's motives, imitate others and are creative and resourceful. The apes, some birds and dogs have demonstrated the ability to progress to the developmental level of a 2-3 year-old and have IQs as high as 90. It appears that the animal-human relationship is more complex and multi-faceted than we ever believed possible. This relationship is reciprocal and mutually beneficial. Programs with prison inmates, children, people who are mentally or physically ill and the elderly, all demonstrate the gifts which animals give us as we protect and nurture them. Perhaps the line between species is not really a line

but a continuum of connection. We share the same kinds of brains, though differently developed, and humans have the dubious honor of having a more highly developed frontal cortex. So it seems we have some responsibility to facilitate this inter-species communication--this inter-dependent relationship of mutual giving and receiving, protecting and nurturing. So, when you walk the dog, pet your cat or feed the birds, know that you and they are part of this reciprocal relationship. Be open to learning more, open to possibilities of expanding relationships and appreciation. I know I will. Jude LaClaire, Ph.D, LCPC, LCSW is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminar training, speaking engagements or information about all Neurobehavioral Programs, call 913-3225622. For more information on Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to:,

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Wisdom Within—by Suzette Scholtes Beware of One-Lane Bridges


armer’s kids applied for their driver’s license at age 14 to help support the hard demands of the family farm. When I passed my exam, Dad warned, “Always stop at the one-lane bridges. Even if you see the other car pull over and stop; let them go through first.” After two of my friends on the cheerleading squad rolled their car over a onelane bridge, found in the morning by a fisherman who saw the headlights, dead with broken necks, the county started tearing down the one-way bridges. It was too late for these teens. The shock of seeing these young gals laid out for their funeral in our cheerleading uniform freaked me out. The one-lane bridge became a metaphor of my life for a while. After getting my degree I secured a job as a rookie reporter with a major city newspaper. My lovely blonde editor, for some reason, assigned me the most boring tasks. My older sister said it was because I wore turtleneck sweaters and fake gold jewelry. Be that as it may, I wrote the state obits, farm columns, hog reports, and clipped articles that needed follow up. She assigned me the graveyard shift, which was fun in a way, as at midnight, the police reporters would call in their articles and dictate them to me for the press room. I’d slam the old-fashioned typewriter half way across my desk in a hurry to get the words down. The reporters loved me because I could type as fast as they spoke. The state desk adjacent to our city desk was led by a sharp, glass-eyed editor who recognized my talent. He often gave me leads to write my own by-line articles. He said a stripper Bambi Lay (no joke) was in town after protesting pollution by walking bare breasted on the downtown streets. She was given a warning to wear her shirt. When I met her for our interview, she was so beautiful I understood why men would want to throw money at her high-heeled feet. She called her job a “career” and said she was making great money stripping. She made three times more money than I did--by taking off her

The one-lane bridge became a metaphor of my life for a while. clothes? I left the paper and went home to Kansas City. I promptly applied for my masters in business so no one-lane bridge would slow down my career and I could stop writing obits. These bridges are a thing of the past but I still slow down in the metaphor of living life to let others move past me. For example, every few months someone at the Yoga School will ask me: “So what do you do for your real job?” It astounds me every time — they think teaching yoga and managing a yoga school is a parttime hobby. But I have a good answer: “I used to write obits.”

Writing for Publication

with EVOLVING Publisher, Jill Dutton

Suzette Scholtes is Director of Teacher’s Training and Founder of The Yoga School of Therapeutics, 10400 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park. Her writings have appeared in national magazines and published by New Leaf Publishers, Atlanta. The yoga school calendar of public classes and workshops may be found at or Email or call 913-492-9594.

Are you a non-fiction writer looking to break into the print publishing field? Jill has more than 18 years experience as a published writer and author. She will show you how to determine the markets to pursue, help you set goals and offer experienced advice on how to get (and keep) paid work as a non-fiction writer. Reserve early as space is limited. $72 for five weeks. RSVP to or 913-944-1298. Two Groups Forming: Thursdays, starting February 16. 5:30—7 p.m. at Bad Dog Coffeehouse in Lenexa, KS.



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Let’s Get Naked—by Heidi Alfrey Teri Wilder: Evolving...


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ould you like your life to be a little Wilder? Yes? Well, I have the very article for you this month! Ah, February. Most call it the love month with the coming of Valentines Day…but it can also be the time when we are not as enthused with those resolutions we made at the beginning of the year. We tend to need something to keep our spirits up. Let’s try something Wilder, that would be Teri Wilder, my “naked” interview for February. Teri is a gal that is a catalyst for letting your Spirit soar; she is a songwriter, singer, keynote speaker and woman who invites us all to “play big.” She travels the world inviting others to trust the flow of life and to live the dream. I started my journey with Teri at her 50th birthday party in 2006. I remember walking up to the front door of her house with another friend. I’d moved to Kansas City a year before and heard about Teri all over town. I commented when I walked across the front porch, “This is a lady I really want to know!” and what a joy it has been! A big part of living nakedly is to be willing to give up who you are for what you might become and Teri wholeheartedly lives this way. The songs she writes carry such deep meaning whether they are introspective or hilarious. But, what I notice with her is that she writes and performs with complete abandon. She does what she loves even if she does not know how it will all come together — because she understands that the “universe plots for her good.” Are we allowing ourselves to explore those areas that we love and in which we have innate gifts; or, do we think about the possibility of how our ideas might not work out so much that we never even try? How does Teri live with such clarity and courage? Well, as for all of us, life is a constant learning experience — if we let it be. Loss in her teens (the transitions of a brother, a sister and both grandparents) convinced Teri that the time to live her life is NOW. This has been the driving force for her music and spirituality. She did not allow herself to “cover up” her inspiration with distrust and fear, but has transparently used this wisdom to stay committed to her passion.



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One of Teri's songs that I use as the theme song for my online radio show is “The But Song,” which humorously reminds us of how so often we live in the past, rather than trust the unknown future. We listen to our BUT…"I’d try that, BUT…" so much more than we pay attention our GUT; and our GUT wants so desperately to be heard! So, if you ‘d like 2012 to be the year when you finally live courageously, power-fully, and yes, nakedly (with your clothes on), connect with Teri and her message/music at Life isn’t about hiding out and playing a little more on the wild side!

Heidi Alrey holds a Masters degree in Counseling and is a Unity minister, serving as one of the ministers at Unity Temple on the Plaza. She has a spiritual counseling practice and teaches many lively classes that remind men and women "who they are" and the "power within." Tune into her online radio show at on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. CST or anytime in the archives at

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Holistic Medicine—by Nancy Russell, M.D. Let Sleep Heal You


leep is one of the great mysteries of life. Like gravity, we still don’t understand exactly why we sleep, although we are learning more about it every day. Good sleep is one of the cornerstones of good health.

The main causes for lack of sleep are long work hours, long commutes to work, excessive television and computers.

How many hours do you need to sleep to be optimally well? If you are a giraffe, it is two hours every 24 hours. If you are a Koala bear, you need 22 hours in 24 hours. As a human being, experts tend to agree that you probably need seven to nine hours of sleep — too much or too little can have adverse effects on your health. Sleep offers rebuilding of tissues and maintenance of a healthy metabolism; and, sleep deprivation impacts levels of the major hormones — insulin, adrenaline and cortisol. In April of 2006, the Institute of Medicine issued a report that confirmed links between sleep deprivation and increased risks for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, memory loss, depression, heart attack, stroke and immune dysfunction. The largest study of sleep duration and mortality followed one million people for six years. Those who slept seven hours had the highest survival rate, and those who slept less than four and a half hours had the worst. Nine hours of sleep or more each night was also associated with a higher mortality risk. In general, a good night’s sleep seems to be as important to



good health as a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Roughly 40 percent of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep on weekdays, and 71 percent get fewer than eight hours of sleep. The main causes for lack of sleep are long work hours, long commutes to work, excessive television and computers. If you are getting enough sleep, you will feel well rested and able to wake up in the morning with no problem. But if you are fatigued in the morning, nodding off or yawning throughout the day, and just want to go back to bed when your alarm clock goes off, your sleep schedule needs some tweaking.

If you don’t find an answer to your sleep issue, get checked out by a holistic physician for food sensitivities, adrenal stress, female or male hormone imbalances and/or neurotransmitter excesses or deficiencies. I have been able to help many patients with sleep disorders using these simple techniques or more complex testing. These tests are done through urine, saliva or blood. Let me know if you would like assistance on your journey to optimal wellness.

Suggestions to improve your sleep are as follows: • Sleep in complete dark-

ness. • No television right before

bed. • Keep the temperature no

higher than 70 degrees F. • Eat a protein snack several

hours before bed. • Move clocks away from

your bed. • Reserve your bed for sleep-

ing and sexual intimacy. • Establish a bedtime rou-

tine. • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. • Exercising

regularly and meditating regularly can also be helpful.

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Nancy Russell, M.D. is a holistic Internal medicine physician and has practiced in the Kansas City northland for 30 years. Dr. Russell blends traditional and alternative medicine in her holistic medical practice, Nurturing Optimal Wellness. As a board member of the American Holistic Medical Association, Dr Russell learned and believes, “Love is our most powerful medicine”. Holistic medicine is also about getting to know each person as an individual, getting to the root of the problem and having a partnership between physician and patient. For more information on getting to know Dr Russell, visit

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February 2012

Eating Well in Kansas City Healthy Bytes Café Gratitude Coming to Kansas City


ocal, organic, vegan, love: That’s what the people at Café Gratitude plan on serving up to Kansas City this spring at 333 Southwest Blvd. Local owners, Mike and Natalie George, teamed up with the San Francisco group to expand Kansas City’s vegan options. The Café will be open every day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The extensive menu consists of a mix of raw and cooked items, as well as numerous fresh juices and smoothies. In addition, continuing the all-organic theme, organic wines and beers will be available. Café Gratitude is also recognized for the unique names of their menu selection. If the vegan BLT sounds delicious, you would be ordering the “I Am Extraordinary.” Want the cooked soup of the day? Order the “I Am Thriving.” Natalie adds, “The affirmations are what inspired me to bring Café Gratitude to KC. The ‘I Am Fabulous’ literally helped me heal a lifelong struggle with calorie counting and obsession with my weight.” The restaurant also offers up a Question of the Day to each guest. One day it’s, “Who inspires you?” The next it might be “What do you love about your community?” Café Gratitude is a community-based restaurant. That’s why the Grateful Bowl was invented. When the economy started to struggle a few years back, so did their cafes. The George’s believe that “When in doubt, give.” So their community-supported Grateful Bowl (kale, black beans, rice, and garlic-tahini sauce) is offered for a donation (suggested price $7), but guests who are in need can pay whatever they can afford. However, in the spirit of giving, generosity, and abundance, other guests give donations to pay for bowls for those in need. Come see them this spring and they may ask you, “What are you grateful for?”

Turmeric Curcumin Natural Cancer-Fighting Spice Reduces Tumors by 81 Percent

Eat Local & Organic! Restaurant Dining Card


ou probably know where to find local, organic food for your table, but what about when you are not in the mood to cook? You can enjoy delicious local, organic fare at some the region's best local restaurants. And now, with the very first Kansas City area Eat Local & Organic! restaurant dining card, you can enjoy this amazing food at a discount! This card entitles you to a one-time 10 percent discount on your bill at some of the best sustainably sourcing restaurants in the Kansas City Area. For a list of participating restaurants, visit http://, and to join, visit membership/

Thirst Busters


f you’re looking for creative ways to quench your thirst while nourishing y our body, try these natural, organic solutions.

Chia Fresca

To make Chia Fresca: Combine 12 oz. filtered water, juice of one lemon/lime (about 3 T.) and stevia or a little raw, organic honey to taste. Add 1 tsp. chia seeds. Let sit for approximately 10 minutes, during which the chia seeds will gel and create a wonderful, tapioca-like consistency. Makes 1 serving.

Coconut Milk To make homemade coconut milk:


sed in the ancient Chinese and Indian systems of medicine, curcumin is a naturally powerful anticancer compound that has been found to decrease brain tumor size in animals by 81 percent in more than nine studies. A derivative of turmeric, curcumin is the pigment responsible for turmeric's yellow-orange color. Each 100 grams of turmeric contains around 3 to 5 grams of curcumin, though turmeric is a also very powerful on its own. New studies are shedding light on curcumin, and illuminating its numerous benefits on cancer and other diseases.

Put 7/8 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut in a blender. Heat, but don't boil, 1 1/2 c water. Pour 1 c hot water into blender and blend for 2-3 minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth and squeeze out the liquid. Put the pulp back in the blender with the last 1/2 c hot water and blend again for 1-2 minutes. Strain the rest the same as above.

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February 2012

Eating Well in Kansas City Food Conscious—by Bethany Klug, D.O.

About Town

The Nutrient-Dense Diet



eawood’s new restaurant, Mestizo, is the creation of Chef Aaron Sanchez, costar of Food Network’s hit series, Chopped and Heat Seekers. With a sleek interior that includes high ceilings, stone accent walls and two outdoor dining areas, Mestizo’s atmosphere is “cool and sophisticated, without being stuffy.” Aaron Sanchez uses his classic culinary training to create recipes using only the freshest and sustainable ingredients that define a menu of bold flavors to set a new standard in Mexican cuisine.

here have been a few times in my life where something made such sense or touched me so deeply, that I incorporated it into my life immediately. In December, my husband and I visited the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, where food is medicine and much more. Founder Gabriel Cousens, MD is known for his remarkable program to reverse diabetes, documented in the film Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. Dr. Cousens theorizes that the overgrowth of microorganisms and the toxins they create push our body’s “compost button.” We begin to break down, leading to debility and disease. Animal flesh, dairy products, stored foods such as wheat and oats, sugars, and processed foods introduce and feed undesirable microorganisms. This theory has come into greater acceptance now, with most gastroenterologists now recommending probiotics to drive out unwanted microorganisms. If you still doubt this, just think how often how often tainted meat, dairy and even spinach and almonds fertilized with sewage sludge make the news. To turn off the composting program, Dr. Cousens recommends a nutrientdense, low-calorie, high-enzyme diet of vegetables, sea vegetables, nuts and seeds, raw or heated to no more than 115 degrees F. He avoids cooked food because nutrients and enzymes that prevent composting are lost. He recommends fresh organic food because for many reasons, conventional produce is devitalized to the point where it supports “composting.” Members of the Tree of Life community tested what he now calls Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine. Within three months, symptoms disappeared while energy and mental clarity returned. I’ve been curious about the raw lifestyle for a while but found the food either boring, too sweet or impractical for the home cook. What we found at Tree of Life was a delicious, simple way to eat that felt great. The basis for day-to-day eating is an extraordinary salad and a pate. Imagine fresh spinach, arugula, lettuces, dandelion and other leafy greens with bell pepper, avocado, sea vegetables and fresh herbs. The dressing is a nutrient rich, creamy and flavorful part of the meal, rather than a condiment with little nutritional value. The pate, a


Mestizo Brussel Sprout Salad

creative mix of nuts, seeds, vegetables and seasonings, gives the meal staying power. Dr. Cousen’s also offers exceptionally tasty entrees from many world cuisines. Except for crackers and bread, these recipes require at most one to two hours of dehydrating at 145 degrees F, the low setting of an oven, if they need it at all. Dr. Cousens has adapted the Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine to all constitutional types, even ones most systems say should eat meat. Considering the future of our planet, it doesn’t make sense for us to be eating meat as we do, even if it were produced in a healthy way. It requires huge amounts of fuel, water and other resources. Dr. Cousens’ Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine offers a way of eating that can heal us and our planet.

Bethany Klug is a physician for whom food is a doorway to personal, community and planetary health. Learn more about her practice of “Restoring Health with Holistic Medicine” at 913-642-1900 and

6 thinly slice radishes 1.5 cup shaved Brussels sprouts .75 cup chopped frissee 1 tablespoon pickled onions 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley leaves 2 tablespoons crumbled pork rind 2 tablespoons cranberries soaked in red wine 1 tablespoon of tamarind vinaigrette .5 teaspoon kosher salt Fresh ground black pepper to taste .5 teaspoon tajin seasoning 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves 1 tablespoon finely grated manchego cheese In a mixing bowl, place radish, sprouts, frisee, red onion and parsley leaves and toss. Add crumbled pork rind, cranberries and the tamarind vinaigrette dressing. Toss well. Season with salt, pepper and tajin. Toss well. Garnish with manchego cheese over the salad. Tamarind vinaigrette .5 cup tamarind puree 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar .25 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt Add together all ingredients and mix well

Mestizo 5270 W. 116th Place, Leawood, KS 66211 913-752-9025 ~ On January 17, 2012, Mestizo Executive Chef Brad Rishmany gave a cooking demonstration (with help from General Manager Mike Valent) at the Kansas City Restaurant Week kickoff celebration at The Roasterie headquarters in Kansas City, MO. Chef Rishmany prepared Chef Aaron Sanchez’s signature dish (below), Shrimp and Grits.

Mestizo’s Shrimp and Grits. Photo by Matthew Epp,


Brad Rishmany and Mike Valent give a cooking demonstration at The Roasterie. Photo by Matthew Epp,


February 2012

Eating Well in Kansas City In the Kitchen with Bonnie—by Bonnie Rabicoff You Say Tomato


his is my second visit with “In the Kitchen” at You Say Tomato. Located at 28th & H ol me s , own e rs / c h ef s Randy Parks and Mark Wingard continue the spirit of its original owners over 80 years ago. The space began as a neighborhood grocery run by the Weneck Brothers. Mr. Weneck was devoted to the neighborhood he served. During the depression years, when families struggled to feed their children, Mr. Weneck “extended credit” so no one would go hungry. According to his daughter, Jane Booser-Gorman, every family repaid Mr. Weneck when times were better. Randy and Mark have re-created this atmosphere at You Say Tomato. Both took great care during renovation to preserve the original fixtures and finishes. An old Weneck Brothers sign was discovered in a walk-in refrigerator, restored and now hangs over the kitchen area. Neighbors joined in some of the clean-up work and lent (or gave) tables and chairs for the customers. You will find executives, artists, civic leaders and neighborhood folks all eating family style around a 1950’s Formica and chrome kitchen table. The grocery section of You Say Tomato is stocked primarily with organic produce and packaged goods. Their goal is to source as much local as possible and maintain on-going relationships with their growers. Randy, who grew up on a farm in Kansas, learned a deep respect for the land and the people who work on it. Also an artist and carpenter (he has helped to restore several of the Victorian homes in the neighborhood), Randy found another outlet for his

creativity…cooking. At You Say Tomato, you can enjoy a combination of old family recipes along with innovative approaches to cooking. The signature dish featured this month is a gluten-free, homemade style fried chicken (organic, of course)…and is some of the best I have ever eaten. Randy spent weeks developing the recipe for Mark and his customers who require glutenfree diets. (Vegetarian and vegan dishes are on the menu as well). Both the atmosphere and the food at You Say Tomato will nourish you. Bonnie Rabicoff is the producer and host of the multi-media foodie series “In the Kitchen with Bonnie.” She has served as the Vice President of Development for KCPT P u bl ic Television and the Marketing Director of The Barstow School where she founded and coordinated “The Barstow School Organic Farmers’ Market and Chef Series. Bonnie has work ed in the telev ision medium for ov er 20 years…Servin g as a producer an d host for a variety of comm un it y p rog r a ms a d dr e ssin g educ ation , the arts, social service an d cookin g. For a l isting of upcoming features or to v iew the entire foodie series, visit inthekitchen

Home-Made Fried Chicken, Roasted Squash with Butter Maple Sauce, and Brussels Sprouts Topped with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup and Toasted Pecans Signature Dish of Owner/Chef Randy Parks at You Say Tomato Home-Made Fried Chicken Ingredients: 1 free-range organic chicken cut up into serving pieces, skin removed and soaked overnight in buttermilk 1 tbsp of poultry seasoning 5 bay leaves 1 quart buttermilk 1½ cups of BeFree Bakers Gluten Free Flour 1 tbsp of fine ground pepper 2 tsp of granulated garlic (not powder) 3/4 cup Kosher salt 2 cups dehydrated potato flakes Peanut oil for frying Directions: Bring a stock pot of water with poultry seasoning and bay leaves to a boil. When temperature of chicken reaches 170 degrees, remove and let dry on paper towels. Prepare slurry with buttermilk, gluten-free flower, pepper, garlic and salt. Heat ½ inch of peanut oil in frying pan (preferably cast iron) to 325 degrees. Coat chicken pieces with slurry, then dredge through potato flakes. Carefully place chicken in frying pan and adjust heat to maintain temperature. Remove chicken and place on paper towels to drain. Squash & Butter Maple Sauce: Ingredients: 1 Triamble (clover leaf) Squash, slice and seeded Canola oil Garlic granules Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper 1 stick of unsalted butter ¼ cup of brown sugar 1 tablespoon of Maple syrup

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush squash slices with Canola oil and season with garlic, salt & pepper (to taste). Bake on a sheet pan for 45 minutes or until tender. When cool enough to handle, scoop squash from skin and lightly mash. Heat butter, sugar and maple syrup on low heat until thicken. Top mashes squash with syrup Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup Ingredients: Brussel sprouts (about 25 or 30) Olive oil Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper 2 cups balsamic vinegar Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash, trim and halve the sprouts. Toss with olive oil and season with S & P. Roast on sheet pan for 20 to 25 minutes (toss occasionally). Place balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until reduced to a syrup consistency. Top roasted sprouts with balsamic syrup and toasted pecans. For a demonstration of this preparation and a presentation of this dish, please visit http:// signatureDish.html.

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February 2012

Eating Well in Kansas City Feature—by Karen Duggan Your Body is Talking...Are You Listening?


ur bodies have much to tell us if we tune in and listen. Often, our body is the first to know when we are exhausted, uneasy, joyful or energetic; and, we need to listen closely and respond to something that is causing us pain or disease. Paying attention to the unspoken language of your body can open up windows of insight that can put you on a path to better health. I learned to listen to my body 10 years ago after suffering 15 years of chronic pain and crippling arthritis—for which I was taking seven prescriptions. Everything I ate made me feel sick. A friend referred me to an acupuncturist who gave me hope when he said, “You can get your health back if you change what you eat and learn to listen to your body.” Learning to listen to my body launched me on a path that renewed my health, eliminated the chronic pain and prescription drugs. Today I am blessed with good health. I began to learn to listen to my body by paying careful attention to how foods made me feel. Eating had always been something I did while reading, driving, walking or watching TV; so, paying attention meant I needed to slow down and let eating be my only activity. I realized my body was talking to me when I looked at a plate of food and sensed it was unappealing. When I chewed the food, I listened for a feeling of discomfort I call the “eh” feeling. As the food moved through my digestive system, I continued to pay attention. The “eh” feeling appeared as burning on my tongue, phlegm in my throat, burning or discomfort in my stomach, indigestion, diarrhea, heartburn or gas. I began to be curious about what was causing the symptoms or “eh” feeling and kept notes about my experience which helped me to connect the dots to the foods that were the cause. My first observation was phlegm running down my throat each time I ate dairy-based foods. This was an important connection for me as I had grown up on a dairy farm and consumed milk products daily. I remember disliking milk as a child but my parents required that I drink a glass before leaving the table. My body was talking to me then but I didn't know how to appropriately respond to the message. After eliminating dairy, I no longer experienced sinus problems. As I continued to pay attention to how I felt when

eating, I listened for the “eh” feeling and asked, “What is that about?” Becoming aware of these important messages from my body put me on a path that has brought about health and happiness. The past 10 years of listening to my body has allowed me to discover my “feel good” through eating mostly a plant-based diet of locally grown organic food and grass-fed meats. We must learn to listen to our body as if it is valuable. It is valuable. Here are some simple practices that can help you listen to your body: 1) Stay curious. 2) Listen closely through breathing. I've learned to be curious about the message behind discomfort or pain. Typically, for me, discomfort appears in my neck or back. When I am curious and ask what is behind this discomfort, I often hear, “I'm tired,” “slow down,” or “let go.” When I take the time to acknowledge that I am moving too fast, pushing myself beyond where I am comfortable, or feeling fearful, and then I respond to these messages, the discomfort is resolved. Paying attention to your breath can be a simple way to get in touch with the unspoken language of your body. Take a few deep breaths by slowly breathing in through your nose and blowing the air out through your mouth. Ask God, your internal wisdom or



Spirit, to bring into your awareness anything that you need to know about your body. Stay curious about what your body may be saying and trust the little messages like, “Take a walk, drink more water,” that pop into your mind or any feelings that come up in your body like, “My body feels better after I do stretching exercises,” or “I feel energized when I take a walk outside.” As you make listening a daily practice, you can stay in touch with subtle changes in your body and hear the messages, that up until now, have been kept outside of your awareness. Is there anything your body is trying to tell you? Any medical issues that require attention? Any feeling of discomfort that is vaguely unsettling and persistent? It may be as simple as connecting hurting feet to shoes that no longer fit well, or rescheduling your day to allow for the rest your body needs, or a feeling of loneliness indicating you need to call a friend. Be curious. Listen closely to what is behind the messages from your body and how you can respond to them. Your body knows what it needs to be well; and, if you will take the time to listen, you can be the recipient of the daily wisdom which will result in renewed health and energy.

Karen Duggan ( is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. A graduate of the Midwest Institute of Natural Healing Holitic Nutrition Program in Kansas City, she shares the story of her own journey back to vibrant health. Karen teaches healthy cooking classes at the Merc in Lawrence, and creates workshops for athletes, students, moms, dieters and detoxers. She and her husanbd Rick live at Fieldstone Apple Orchard ( in Overbrook, KS where they grow organic vegetables. She helps you trust your own body's wisdom. She offers 2 telecourses the 5 Day Reboot and 10 Day BodyKare Cleanse to help you learn to eat well and be well.

February 2012

Revelations—by Judith Widener

Feature—by Pat Hennessy

The Top 5 Reasons Self-Help Doesn’t Work

Ambassadors to the Animal Kingdom: One Companion at a Time



fter years of struggling against destructive patterns, you might decide it’s time to confront your dysfunctional behavior and create new habits that will open you up to more enjoyable experiences and better relationships. So you buy a few self-help books and you go to seminars. But after months (or years) of trying to improve your life, you’ve become frustrated with your lack of progress. You’re not alone. An estimated 97 percent of people are unsuccessful in permanently changing habitual behaviors. It’s clear that the personal development path is fraught with banana peels that even the most motivated among us have slipped on. Have you lost your footing because of any of these Chiquitas? 1. Seeking the Promise of Instant Results The Industrial and Information Ages have proliferated gadgets, pills and books that promise instant results. Not surprisingly, you’ve fallen under the spell of expecting that the best self-help products will produce immediate results. So you’ll give a personal development technique one shot, then you’ll move on to the next promise of instant results. While you can see some improvement in one day, the life-altering, permanent improvements take time and effort. When you get antsy, it’s easy to fall into the trap of… 2. Giving up too Soon You’ll bail partly due to the need for instant complete gratification, but also because you’ll blame seemingly insurmountable obstacles as proof that you’ll never reach your desire. However, I’m now going to confirm that your most dreaded suspicion is true: by hanging in there, your fullest growth will occur, the truest wisdom will be gleaned, and the deepest desires will be fulfilled. I know, I was bummed, too, when I learned this one. 3. Fighting Your Brain’s Wiring to Avoid Change Regardless of whether you’re contemplating a tiny tweak or a massive overhaul, any step out of your comfort zone will trigger a survival mechanism that’s snuggled deep inside the base of your brain. Your cavewoman/man ancestors had many more threats in their vicinity, so change of any kind could potentially lead to their demise. But, since your brain hasn’t caught up with your cushy, safe, modern lifestyle--it still perceives any change as a threat to your survival. You’re at the mercy of

millions of years of evolution when your thoughts lean toward… 4. Fear of the Unknown Uncertainty is the hallmark of personal growth, but you’ve developed a habit of awfulizing—expecting that the worst thing is absolutely inevitable. Your heart is split between wanting something better but being unsure you can get it. So you half-heartedly try a new program. You give it one shot, but drop it at the first whiff of strife. However, in your defense, few self-help programs offer tools that really work for the average person. 5. Focusing on Action Instead of Drive You think that if you do more, you’ll get more. But in all of this act-act-act, you can lose sight of your motivation: why you want what you want. It’s by staying focused on why you want something— the benefits of having it—that you’ll find the juice to keep pursuing it until you get it. Ultimately, sticking with your personal growth until you’ve developed the qualities you aspire to and the lifestyle you desire, hinges on your ability to keep moving in the direction of what you want. The universe was created by desire. Its expansion is driven by the cumulative, nonstop desires of every particle within it. The nature of the universe — and everything in it — is to expand, evolve and grow. When you flow with the river of desire — not against it — the universe works with you to create what you want. If you’re not expanding, you’re fighting against the current of the whole universe. And it’s not pleasant. So feel for the flow. Choose thoughts that match that easy forward motion, and you’ll see those banana peels long before you’d eat the linoleum. Judy Widener is a Certified Life Coach and author of Power For A Lifetime: Tools You Customize to Build Your Personal Power…Every Day of Your Life. Her passion is assisting her clients to discover what is most important to them, then to create more balance and fulfillment in their lives. Judy has coached more than 600 people over the past 12 years. Her website is www.

istorically, there is no more important time than now to become a good steward for the planet. Being a good steward includes more than just reducing your carbon footprint by recycling; it includes being a promoter for the humane treatment of animals. There are several levels in which you can participate in this effort:

• Champion the humane treatment of wildlife through organizations such as Defenders of Wildlife or World Wildlife Fund, which work toward passing legislation to stop cruelty expeditions and help build up habitats. •

Support the humane treatment of livestock by buying organic/humanely farmraised products.

appropriate diet (one without cheap fillers and chemical preservatives). And most of all we should provide them with plenty of “parent” time, including exercise. When you are selecting a companion animal it is important to consider your lifestyle. You should do your homework about the species you are interested in to make sure, for example, that you understand about birds before choosing a bird (and specifically the species). You should be certain you have enough space to accommodate a large dog, or ensure that you have enough time to provide exercise and appropriate play for a breed that requires “a job” such as a herding breed. When your pup is lucky enough to be chosen by you from a rescue and she is a “mix”, get to know her a little bit and see if you can figure out what characteristics she might carry (the specific breed is not as important as the class of breed – i.e. herding, sporting, terrier, etc.). The class of breed will be what defines the behavior characteristics and temperament of your prize pooch. Once you get your fur-baby home, don’t fret over unwanted behaviors, as 99% of them are modifiable with a few short lessons and your patience, consistency, and commitment. Once you teach your dog the rules of your house, you will both live in love and harmony for many years. Our animal companions enrich our lives and we can repay them for that by building relationships based on respect and trust. Positive reinforcement is the road to bridging the gap. If you have chosen a senior citizen (and bless you, you will have earned your wings for that one) you can still modify a behavior, as it is an old wives tale that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks (it was even busted on Mythbusters). You can also get many miles out of a middle-aged pup by being conscientious with the diet and exercise. You will be doing a great service for the planet and riding on the positive frequency of the universe by elevating your stewardship. By being good ambassadors for animals, you are raising the consciousness level for humanity (like raising the bar). If we all do our part then it raises the level for all of us (like adding another person to the boat raises the water level). We all need to hop on the boat to save the planet, and we can do it one animal at a time. We may not be Noah, saving two by two; but, we will make a difference with every life we touch.

Promote the humane treatment of our companion animals by supporting legislation that prevents and prosecutes cruelty (either through canvassing, voting and/or donating), supporting local rescue organizations (through adopting, volunteering, and/or donating), and by ensuring that you are putting your own animal companion in the appropriate place on your priority list. When you make the decision to acquire a companion animal, it should be a long-term commitment (for the life of the animal). In many cases that can be up to 15-20 years, as technology and medical treatment (on par with our own) is now available for our furry family members. It is important that you promise to take care of them for their entire lives and offer them appropriate end-of-life care and transition, no different than you would for your human companions. Once you have made that commitment, your next duty is to ensure that your furry or feathered companion is incorporated into your daily life, part of your routine, someone you want to spend quality time with and share a relationship. You will not be disappointed. After all, it is your dog that greets you at the door with unparalleled joy no matter if you haven’t cleaned the house, if you have gained a few pounds, if you crunched the front bumper of your car…your canine partner is there for you with love and excitement. Your feline companion may take his time to wake up and stretch, but he is right there rubbing up against your leg and jumping in your lap to nuzzle up to you and purr. Even your feathered friend is excited to see you come in and chirps away with the buzz of the day. Pat Hennessy is the founder of N2paws, To our animal companions, “we are the LLC, an organization that provides a holistic world,” and we should never let them down approach to companion animal care through by slighting them with less than they debehavior education, energy work, and posiserve. For the times they must be left alone, tive training methods. Pat is a Level 2 they should have environment enrichment TTouch® practitioner, CPDT and member such as colorful and entertaining toys, a winof the IAABC, IAATH and AWA. You may dow to look out, maybe a TV or radio playcontact N2Paws via email, ing, and a comfortable place to lay down for phone 816-522-7005, or visit the website a nap. We should provide them a



February 2012

Grieving for our Animal Friends by Raphael Smith, PsyD


he role of animals in our lives and our affections for them, have undergone dramatic changes. Historically, animals were bred and kept to be hunters and herders. As industry developed, there was less need for these functions, and so some animals were domesticated as indoor helpers to rid vermin, protect property or keep other animals away. As societies prospered, animals began to be looked upon as treasured possessions which resulted in breeding them for things other than functionality. As individuals and families moved further away from agrarian-based communities to urban dwellings, animals filled a need for companionship in order to alleviate the isolation. Finally, as communities began returning to a more holistic view of the world, animals began to be looked upon as extended family members and as beings which were deserving of basic rights. Recognizing the particular talents of some animals, they have now taken upon more specialized significances apart from being our home pets. Today we train service animals which provide assistance and companionship to the elderly, sightless, physically immobile, mentally disabled, hearing impaired or to those with certain medical conditions such as seizure disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, or Diabetes. Some animals now function as Police K-9 units, forensic or rescue workers, and as military patrol. As the role of animals has changed across time, so has our view of grieving for these beloved creatures. With these changes in roles and our affections, animal services have adapted to accommodate this evolution. One now finds veterinary alternative medicines, hospice and palliative care for animals, mobile vets, in -home care or euthanasia, pet cemeteries and crematories, pet funeral services, holistic practices of energy healing for animals, pet loss support groups and grief counseling, online pet memorial websites and chat rooms for the bereaved. The role of the animal and depth of the bond between an animal and its owner, affect the depth and manner of grief that may be experienced. For most people, animals continue to be viewed as property; and, their owners have limited affection for them, providing only physical care of the animal. For others, animals are a source of entertainment or pleasure. These owners express affection for the animal, and their self-worth is enhanced through the animal’s obedience and devotion. Still for others, animals are looked upon as children or members of the family, as having personalities and human-like qualities, as being soul mates or having other spiritual connected-

ness. For these individuals, there is a heightened sense of responsibility and commitment to the animal and with it, more intense feelings of grief associated with the loss of these beings. We may think that only animal owners grieve the loss of a beloved animal. This loss affects different groups for different reasons, and grieving may be experienced differently because of the varied emotional attachments. Children may look upon the family pet as a playmate or sibling. The emotionally or physically disabled come to rely upon an animal companion to alleviate certain deficiencies and handicaps. Animal rescue workers, animal adoption personnel and veterinary care staff find themselves becoming attached to those vulnerable beings that are, at times, abused or unwanted. Police officers and military personnel entrust their very lives to those animals with specialized training for service and protection. Groomers, pet shop employees, or other animal service providers may become emotionally attached to the animal because of their trusted roles in the care of these beloved pets. When we think of losing a cherished animal, we



typically envision the loss as death through illness, accident or disease. There are however, other reasons why one may lose a beloved animal and this also affects the depth and manner of grieving. At times, one may be faced with the difficult decision to let the animal go because of its suffering or pain. One may have to surrender the animal to others because of its uncontrolled behaviors or the owner’s inability to adequately provide care for the animal. Custody or contact with the animal may be lost through a separation or divorce. The animal may go missing or perhaps be stolen. Natural disaster or personal tragedy may abruptly remove them from our lives. The grief experienced over the loss of a beloved animal is individualized and does not always follow logical paths. There are no cook-book approaches to managing this type of grief, no time tables or how-to guides. Many who experience grief over the loss of a beloved animal do so quietly, behind closed doors believing that others will not understand. Many people feel embarrassed by their feelings because they are “just animals” to most. Grief is experienced because of the integral role the animal played in the owner’s life. The greater the role, the more intense grieving can be felt. Whether for humans or for animals, grieving is nonetheless an expression of love and devotion. As the role of animals and our affections for them have evolved over time, so has our recognition that grieving for an animal is a valid expression of feelings and an appropriate response to the loss. If we believe that all life is connected and that all creatures, great or small, have dignity and worth, then these animals are deserving of our love and our tears. Understanding and support are necessary for healing and acceptance of the loss in societies which are only beginning to recognize the legitimacy of this reason for grief. Dr. Raphael Smith is a Clinical Psychologist in KC, MO specializing in Pet Loss Grief Counseling. He provides individual and family Pet Loss Grief Counseling, leads a monthly Pet Loss Support Group, and offers Educational Seminars on Pet Loss topics to Veterinary Care, Rescue and Animal Shelter staff and other animal care providers. He is a member of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) and creator of the Pet Loss Support Video Series on YouTube. Contact information: (816) 960-4525 or

February 2012

Disease is Like a Tree By Mike Tarrant


hink of diseases like trees. It sounds funny at first; but, it is a metaphor that I learned to use when studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you take any medical problem, this metaphor can apply. Looking at things this way will allow you to think about the issue a little deeper than you would have otherwise and will pose the question, “Is this medicine or treatment going to fix the problem or just mask the signs and symptoms?” Think about this the next time you take your pet to the veterinarian. What are they doing that is going to get to the root of the problem? Back to the tree for a moment. Diseases are not spontaneous, random occurrences that just appear out of the sky. There is a cause and effect relationship amongst all of the factors that cause a disease. There is a root cause for every problem that sends you out to the veterinarian’s office. This could be a genetic factor, toxin, parasite, bacteria, injury or any other number of things. This starts the chain of events and as that root cause grows, you start to see changes and manifestations as the body responds. The longer it continues or the stronger and more resistant the disease, the more of this "tree" you will see…more manifestations…more branches and leaves. Let’s look at two examples of things commonly seen in a veterinarian’s office, diarrhea and allergies. First the diarrhea, the thing that sends you speeding to the vet’s office immediately! Most of the time this is a straight forward thing that has a direct relationship; i.e. your pet comes into contact with a parasite which then starts to cause inflammation, pain, toxins and such, that accumulate until the body cannot compensate and then… diarrhea. You have a fecal sample checked, the parasite is identified and the appropriate medication is prescribed and voila — better in two days. This has identified the root and branches and the problem resolves with treatment. Let’s be a bit more specific on the second example of a six-year-old yellow Lab with allergies that occur year round but flare up every year in the spring and summer. These started at two years old, but have been getting worse each year and there are repeat visits to the vet’s office for ear infections, skin infections, itching and occasional vomiting. There are many manifestations here with the itching, stomach upset and infections; but, the root cause is not so easy to identify. Think of all the things that happen to a dog by the time they are six years old…lots of stuff; but, how many of these things are factors to the allergies and secondary problems? The root cause here would likely involve multiple things such as a genetic tendency towards allergic problems, an inappropriate diet with lots of grains, fillers and low quality ingredients, multiple vaccinations, toxins from the environment such as pesticides or herbicides and multiple other things. Here, there are many things that should be addressed to help this animal. If the owners and veterinarians are treating each episode of ear infection or skin

infection (hot spots) or itching separately with antibiotics or steroids, then only the branches and leaves are being addressed and the problems will continue to recur over and over. What else can be done to minimize all of the manifestations? This is where you have to discuss things with your veterinarian. Are you feeding the ingredients (not the brand name) that your dog would choose and needs? Look at the label on the food and read the actual ingredients. If your dog was out in the country, would it go out to the corn or soybean field and start munching away or would it be chasing that bird, rabbit or squirrel? That’s what I thought! How often is she vaccinated and how many at a time? Does she need all of those or would it be adequate to check antibody titers to see how high the levels are before introducing something else into the body that changes the immune system? Remember that allergies are related to/dealing with the immune system, the same as giving a vaccine or fighting off an infection. How is that vaccine going to change the immune system and is it going to set off the allergic symptoms again? Are there alternative products to pesticides or can you decrease the frequency of application of those products? Are there supplements, herbs or medications to help modulate the immune system? Have you thought about allergy testing and desensitization injections? These are the types of things to ask your veterinarian. Think about the root of the problem and the end goals of the treatment. Does it symptomatically treat the problem or does it treat the underlying cause of the problem? This same metaphor can be applied to any medical



problem whether it is an ear infection, respiratory infection, limping, cancer or anything else. Remember that medicine is the science and art of healing — things that are intended to prevent or cure disease. It doesn’t matter if the healing comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic manipulation, nutrition and supplements, pharmaceuticals or surgery as long as it works. You have to find the balance between slower acting natural treatments to address the core/root of the issue and quicker acting pharmaceuticals that provide symptomatic relief. The answers and options are out there and certainly no single veterinarian has them all; so do some research, and find out if your veterinarian is treating the branches and leaves — or the roots. Dr. Tarrant grew up in a small farming town in Oklahoma where he gained invaluable experience working with horses, cattle, and farming. He attended college at the University of Kansas and Oklahoma State University where he graduated in 2003 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and became certified in acupuncture through IVAS in 2004. He and his wife started Arbor Creek Animal Hospital in 2006 where they strive to provide highquality integrative medicine. He is currently pursuing certification through IVAS in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

February 2012

An Interview with Anita Moorjani By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


have been deeply and profoundly touched by the book, Dying to Be Me, and even more so by my personal relationship with the author, Anita Moorjani, who came into my life through a series of Divinely orchestrated coincidences. For more than four years, an advancing cancer brought Anita to death’s doorstep and beyond — inside the house of death itself, way beyond the doorway and the entrance hall, if you will. Anita has described it all in great detail in her soulsearching book. I encourage you to read it very carefully and thoughtfully with a mind that’s open to having many of your cherished beliefs challenged, especially about what lies beyond this world, in what’s often called the hereafter. Surrounded by loved ones and a medical team anticipating her last breath at any moment, Anita lay in a deep coma. Yet she was given the opportunity to return to her cancer-ravaged body, defying all odds, and experience incredible healing — through the vehicle of unconditional love. More than this, she was allowed to return from the chamber of death and report to all of us what life on the other side of this corporeal world looks like — and of even more significance, feels like. This is a love story — a big, unconditional love story that will give you a renewed sense of who you truly are, why you’re here, and how you can transcend any fear and self-rejection that defines your life. Anita speaks with uncommon candor about her cancer, explaining why she believes she had to go down this treacherous road in her life, why she feels she was healed, and why she returned. What Anita discovered during when she passed through the doorway into the other realm is remarkably aligned with all that I’ve been receiving in inspired moments of writing and speaking. It’s clear to both of us that Divine intervention took over and moved the pieces around in such a way that this woman living on the other side of the world, in a culture quite dissimilar from my own, was escorted into my awareness and my physical life. Through a series of wonderful synchronicities—Anita called from Hong Kong into my weekly radio show on, giving me the chance to interview her for the entire planet to hear. I am happy to again, be able to share her story with you now. Dr. Wayne Dyer: I just love you and what you talk about in your near death experience. You had 36 hours to live and were told you had lymphoma all throughout your body. Then you had a near death experience. Can you talk a little bit about what happened? Anita: Well, I had cancer; I had lymphoma,

which spread, throughout my body. It spread from the base of my skull all over the lymph nodes, all over my neck and my body, under my arms, everywhere, all the way down to my abdomen – everything was swollen. In fact, I had tumors, I was told, the size of lemons all through my body. I had cancer for about 3 years and 8 months. It seemed to go up and down in between because I was practicing Ayurveda; it would get better, but then it would come back. Dr. Wayne Dyer: At what point did your condition take a turn for the worse? Anita: By February 2, 2006, I was on oxygen and a full-time nurse was caring for me at home. By that point my muscles had already deteriorated. I was confined to a wheel chair and I had open skin lesions. On the morning of February the 2, 2006, I went into a coma. Dr. Wayne Dyer: And then you died. I mean, you essentially went into what we call a Near Death Experience (NDE). But your body just shut down, and while you were in the coma, you were hearing things and seeing things. Tell us about this. Anita: Yes, I could hear and see everything that was going on around me. The doctors had told my family that my organs had already shut down, and basically, I had died. They said my heart was still beating, but I had died, there was nobody in there. But I was aware of everything that was going on around me, everything that the doctors were saying, and everything that they were doing, the needles that they were poking into me. They were telling my husband that I had fluid in my lungs, and they said that, even though I was in a coma, my breathing was quite labored and I was on oxygen. The doctor even stuck a needle into my back to remove some fluid. I remember every single thing. I became aware of things beyond my body. I was aware of my brother getting on a plane in a different country, who was just coming to see me. I started to become aware of my father, who had passed away 10 years before that. I was aware that he was around me. My best friend, who I’d lost to cancer, she was there. And I could sense that they had been around me the whole time while I was ill. Then I started to understand why I had the cancer. I started to understand that it wasn’t my time, and I had a choice of whether I wanted to come back into my body or to continue into death. At first, I didn’t want to come back into my body, because my body was just so sick. And, and it was so amazing on the other side! It was… there are no words to describe it …and I … and I still get a bit tearful when I think about it because there’s just no words to

describe it. It’s like this unconditional love and this… you feel this clarity, like you know why you’re here, what your purpose is, why you’ve come into this planet; that’s how I felt. I felt like I just understood everything: my purpose for this life, why I’d gotten the cancer. And then I seemed to know that if I chose to go back to my body, now that I understood life’s purpose, then I wouldn’t have the cancer anymore. If I chose to go back to live, the cancer wouldn’t be there in my body because now I understood why I even had the cancer. Dr. Wayne Dyer: You’ve said that when you came back, the great lesson that you learned from this experience was to treasure your own magnificence and to realize that you are pure love. Did you feel that when you could hear the doctors talking and saying that you weren’t going to survive this? You felt love for them, rather than disdain or worry or anger? Anita: Yes, I felt love for everyone, every single doctor, everybody. Somehow, it was like I became them, like I understood what they were all doing. It’s not even a feeling, it’s like I became one with them and I could feel what they were feeling. They felt they had to do something, and they were doing what they knew best and their intention was good. It’s like suddenly you can feel everybody’s intention — not what they’re actually doing, not the end result — but their intention. I could feel what everyone was feeling, every nurse that came in, everything! When I came out of it, everything just looked so beautiful. It was like I was viewing the world and viewing everyone for the first time. Dr. Wayne Dyer: How long were you in the coma? How long were you in that NDE? Anita: About 20 hours. It was over night. I went into the hospital the morning of February 2nd, and started to come out of it the next morning on February the 3rd. Dr. Wayne Dyer: And you had been told, I mean your husband had been told, that you had maybe another day or so at the most, is that correct? Anita: At the most, yes. The doctors said that I wouldn’t even make it through the night because my organs had shut down and I was in the final stages (of death). It’s written in my medical file that they had informed the family it was the end. Dr. Wayne Dyer: So there were literally billions and billions of cancer cells in your body and it was shutting down. Then you came back. Tell us what happened after that, and what’s going on now? Why are you talking to us? Why are you alive? Anita: Well, when I came back I was euphoric because I had this…this awakening. For the first couple of days I was a bit groggy. I was getting things confused. I was talking and everyone was really surprised that I even woke up. A doctor came in to see me, but it was an oncologist that I’d never seen before. My own doctor hadn’t come in



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yet; the doctor that came in was the one at the hospital when I entered in a coma. When he walked in, I said to him, “Good morning, Dr. Chan.” And he said to me, “How do you know my name?” I said, “Aren’t you the one who was here when I entered the hospital?” He said, “Yes, but you’d been in a coma.” I replied, “Are you sure?” I didn’t even realize that I’d been in a coma since I was so aware of everything going on around me. I said to the doctor, “But you were the one that put the needle in my back and took the fluid out of my lungs.” And he said, “You remember all that?” He was visibly very, very surprised. He was also shocked that I had come out of the coma. I was still weak and lying down. When he left the room I said to my family, “Why was he so surprised? He’s the one who said to that these were my last hours; that I wasn’t going to make it through the night. Isn’t he the one that said that?” And my husband said, “How did you even hear that? He didn’t say that in front of you. He said it outside the room way down the corridor.” I said, “Really?” Then it all started to come out slowly. I was still very, very weak, but in about 48 hours or so they were removing the oxygen and then started taking out the feeding tube. I wanted to sit up. I was feeling really euphoric. It’s hard to describe the feeling; it’s deeper than just loving everything, it’s realizing that you are love. For me, that was a new realization. I’d never known that before. I used to think that I had to learn to love toward other people and I would always judge myself, “Am I loving enough? Am I not loving enough?” From that experience, I realized that I am love. Dr. Wayne Dyer: Where are you today? Is your body cancer free? Anita: Yes it is; it’s completely cancer free. Dr. Wayne Dyer: You’ve said you returned from the other side with clarity about why you even got cancer. What is the answer? Why did you get cancer? Anita: I can tell you in one word: FEAR. Fear of being MYSELF, fear of displeasing others, fear of not measuring up to expectations, fear of living, fear of dying, fear of eating processed foods, fear of the environment, fear of breathing, in fact, a fear of EVERYTHING. Only when I realized my own magnificence, my own perfection, my own self worth as a beautiful child of the universe, was I able to let go of fear and embrace life with all its uncertainties, ambiguities, joys, sorrows, and challenges. Seeing myself as perfection, as an exquisite manifestation of life, led to my healing. I invite others now to embrace the perfection of who and what you truly are ...and to live a joyful life fearlessly with abandon. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is the author of more than 35 books and considered the “father of motivation.” His newest book is Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (Feb 28, 2012). Anita Moorjani is the author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing (March 2012). This is her first book. You can see video interviews with Anita at

Spiritual Horoscope—by Aluna Michaels February 2012 Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Happy birthday Aquarius! The planet Neptune is moving into Pisces for a 14-year stay. It will be helping you release any self-judgment or harshness you feel for yourself. You often give others leeway for having quirks or challenges; but, you are a critical perfectionist with yourself. Soften your attitude and allow your vulnerability to show. It’s also a great time to meditate about prosperity and get in touch with the spiritual energy of money. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Wow! Neptune (your own planet!) is moving into your sign this month for a 14-year visit. This means you’ll be developing more intuition, self-love and clarity about your spiritual purpose. Be sure to work on strengthening boundaries so that you’re not taken advantage of. It’s not cruel to discern that certain people deserve more of your energy than others. Don’t let your light be wasted on those who don’t really want it or can’t use it! Aries (March 21 – April 19) Please evaluate relationships this month. Are you addicted to problematic people? Maybe you need to learn to manage your anger – or set limits with other people’s anger. Meditate on all close connections you’ve had over your lifetime. Ask for guidance to see the roots of negative patterns. You need to be with people who see you as an equal so power issues are avoided. You’ll get guidance in dreams, so keep a notepad by your bed. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Are you meeting your spiritual goals? It’s important to get clear on what those goals are and exactly how you can meet them. You might need to be more careful how you spend your time. Cultivate connections with those on a spiritual path. Beware of people who just “talk” and don’t “walk.” Also, be disciplined about eating

and exercise habits. Don’t go one more day filling your body with junk and then sitting around. Treat your body with kindness and respect! Gemini (May 21 – June 20) It’s important to release and forgive the past, especially about relationships! Meditating and journaling will help to clean out your heart. After you’re “spiritually scrubbed out,” move forward with visualizing new relationships. Let your dreams flourish, because you’re ready to manifest and receive. You could also create and attract a new job that really showcases your talents. Try not to merely talk about your ideas with others, but spend time going quietly within and really envisioning the future you want to live in! Cancer (June 21 – July 22) The planet Neptune is helping you open to deeper levels of spiritual growth. You’re very attached to your family and your past – so try to not be nervous about going on a new path that is different from your origins. You’re not betraying anyone – you are expanding; and, your loved ones will benefit from your expansion. No need to tell everyone what you’re doing; just follow your heart quietly and let results speak for themselves. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Focus on trusting your intuition. Meditate each day, even for a few minutes, to establish your spiri-

tual connection. Try out your guidance with small things to gain confidence. Also work to release self-criticism so answers flow more easily. Take the attitude of playing in your spiritual practices. Whether its meditation, yoga or reading books, have fun and enjoy this internal exploration! Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) It’s important to meditate and see yourself and others clearly. You tend to be overly critical of yourself, but don’t have healthy boundaries in relationships. Journal about your strong points. Ask friends to read the list to make additions. You’re pretty awesome, huh?! Next, be sure you don’t have illusions about others. If you know what you find unacceptable, you can raise the quality of relationships in a loving, yet firm way. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) This is a time to heal body image issues. Meditate on the beautiful aspects of your body, as well as its many examples of health! Make it a point to toss all negative thoughts out of your brain the moment they arise! If changes need to come, you’ll be guided in a loving way through your inner spiritual connection, rather than by picking on yourself. You’ll be able to eat well and have a loving exercise routine that is fun, not punishing. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) You have opportunities to begin amazing relationships. But do you know what could hold them back? Resentments and fears from the past. Meditate and forgive yourself, and others, for love gone awry. If you look at things from a karmic perspective, all your relationships were successful. You each played out the pattern your souls agreed to play out. Inner reflection and forgiveness will heal those patterns so you draw happier karmic circumstances!



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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) It sounds cliché, but your romantic relationships will be much more successful and harmonious if you forgive your family of origin. You have such a great opportunity to have your heart opened in a deep way if you can do that inner work. Also, be sure that your house is de-cluttered and that you have a little sacred area. You’ve got to be ever-watchful of creating chaos! It’s so vital to your spiritual growth to have a section of your home devoted to tranquility for your meditation. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Hang in there if you’re having work issues. Take time in your meditation to visualize difficult people at work. Imagine that you’re talking with their soul, rather than their “lower” personality. Be able to ask for healing, cooperation and compassion. Imagine working out a solution together. It can help to also see a comforting deity or spiritual figure with you as a kind presence. These “4th dimensional meetings” will have a powerful impact on your 3rd dimensional circumstances!

Aluna Michaels is a secondgeneration astrologer and soul evolutionist practitioner. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than two decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version. Ms. Michaels is available for appointments in her home or by phone. Call (248) 583-1663 or visit

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February 1-29 Spring Detox Acupuncture Session At 8 Gates Natural Health in Mission. Relax, refresh and release with 25% off a spring detox acupuncture session. By appointment, (816)804-0185.

February 11 Aromatherapy: 'Scentsual' Valentines Create scented massage oil, shower scrub, bath salts, and learn the basics of Aromatherapy, 1-2 p.m., $25. Register: Elaine Johnson - Healing Garden Herbs LLC, call/text 816.506.4341.

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February 11 One Day Process Painting Retreat with guest Karen Folgarelli playing harp frequencies of restoration in the afternoon. 10am – 4:30pm Cost: $80 Creative Nectar Studio, 5908 w 59th Terrace, Mission KS 66202 816-550-6728

February 4-5 Harmonic Priestess Process™ Introductory Weekend This weekend begins the 9-month journey through women’s mysteries and New Earth Priestess archetypes, facilitated by Emily Foster and Stephanie Red Feather. Must pre-register: (913) 515-3271. February 5 Men's Spirit Gathering w/Rich Fine For men (18 and up) on their spiritual journey, 5 p.m. It is non-religious/ discipline specific. Visit for more info. 816420-0820, Facebook/Mystic Treasures, 7711 N Oak Trafficway, KCMO. February 7 Reiki Circle For Reiki and non-Reiki attuned. Suggested Love Donation of $5. 7 - 9 p.m. 816-420-0820, Facebook/Mystic Treasures, 7711 N Oak Trafficway, KCMO.

February 10 7th Class in Elemental Forces of Nature Series Connect deeply with each element of Nature and learn how to utilize its power. Each class deepens your relationship with Nature and Self. Teachings anchored in Peruvian Shamanism. Presented by Pathfinders Consulting and Gardens of Delight. Prior registration for 12-month series required. 7-10 p.m. Call for information: Diane Davis Reed (816) 741-0820.

February 11-12 Valentine's Special Event Choose your purchase, pop a balloon and get 5-50% off the purchase. Aquarius, 3936 Broadway, 816-9316303, February 11-12 Reiki I Core Star Master teachers, encompassing the wholeness of life through energy healing. Noon - 4:00 p.m. each day $185 John Hoefer 816-718-6358 6045 Martway, Suite 104, Mission, KS 8 massage CE hrs February 12 Tuning Fork Class with Linda Trent $215.00, includes chakra fork set. 1:-00-3:30PM. Tuition due by Jan. 22nd. Info at or call 816-781-4445. February 14 FREE VALENTINE'S DAY WEDDINGS, HOLY UNIONS & VOW RENEWALS AT UNITY TEMPLE ON THE PLAZA Unity Temple on the Plaza will once again offer couples free weddings, holy unions and vow renewals ceremonies on Valentine's Day. Let this once-ayear gift from Unity Temple help make your special day with that special someone irresistibly convenient and affordable. To reserve your time and chapel or for more information contact Christine Garvey (816) 994-8009, email or come by Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th St., KCMO, MondaysThursdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm for an on site visit.

February 23 Holistic Medicine in the Crossroads Join us for Ladies Night 6-9 pm Crossroads Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 1520 Walnut Street Suzanne Rowden MD and Jessica Taylor DC

February 17 Crystals 101Class Friday 6:30 to 9:30pm At The Healing Place, 1539 Maple Woods Dr., Liberty, MO 64068 In this class you will learn the healing properties, how to use and care for your crystals and much more. Investment: $35 which includes a set of 8 crystals, class materials and handouts. RSVP at 816-415-2607

February 24 Intuitive Reading and Aura Drawing Night Friday, 7 to 9:30pm At The Healing Place, 1539 Maple Woods Dr., Liberty, Mo 64068. Join us for this special evening of messages from your spirit guides and loved ones. Receive 2 messages for $20.00. RSVP at 816-415-2607

February 18 Book Signing w/Rocky & Sarah Emily "The Truths of Nahiaphawoon" coauthored by Rocky and Sarah as they share their information of past lives, teachings and insights. 2-4 p.m. at Aquarius, 3936 Broadway, 816-9316303,

February 25 The Goddess Meeting Healing Journeys, Merriam, KS Which Goddess are U? Claim your power, beauty and divinity while having a blast and making new friends. 4th Saturdays, 12 - 3pm, Details: / 816-217-3359

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February 18 Radiant Woman—Sacred Body Do you wish you looked different? Explore radical self-acceptance, self-love, appreciation and honoring of one’s body as a vehicle for the Divine Feminine. Facilitators: Teri Higbee, Maya Zahira and Karen Harrison. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overland Park, KS. Info: February 18 MenoPause Workshop Join Lynn Soulier and Diana Graves for herbal remedies and gentle yoga poses to create balance. 10 a.m. – Noon, Preregister at or (816) 456-2359, $25 advance, $30 at the door.



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February 25 Healing & Chakra Balancing Sessions With Rocky and Sarah Emily. Exceptional healing sessions through focused energy and prayer. No charge. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aquarius, 3936 Broadway, 816-931-6303, February 25 OM Chant Join us to raise your vibration and activate your throat chakra. 6 - 7 p.m. Free. 816-420-0820 Facebook/Mystic Treasures, 7711 N Oak Trafficway, KCMO.

February 28 Core Star Energy Healing Clinic 7:15 pm $20 Experience the benefits of energy healing. 6045 Martway, Suite 104, Mission, KS Reservations 913-831-4422 March 2 Kaya's Terrific Tarot Party Healing Journeys, Merriam, KS Music, food & Enlightened Fun: Intuitive Body readings, mini & full Tarot readings, guest psychics, & more! 7 - 11pm. Details & Tix: 816-217-3359 March 3 Spring Cleaning, Naturally Set up your toolkit using essential oils and common household items. Make-and-take class, 1-2 p.m., $25. Register: Elaine Johnson - Healing Garden Herbs LLC, call/text 816.506.4341. March 3 -4 Reiki I and Basic Animal Reiki Training Unique aspect of this Reiki class is focused on humans and animals. Learn the foundation of the System of Reiki. Noon- 5 p.m.; $200 March 10-11 Spirit Fair, Psychic Fair Sat March 10 12noon-7pm; Sun March 11 12noon-6pm. Best Western Inn, 501 Southwest Blvd, KC KS 66103. Free general admission. Aura Photos, Readings, Healings, Spiritual books, tarot, crystals and stones...explore spirituality! March 24 Usui & Oden Reiki I 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mission. Earn attunements/ certifications. $185. Reiki I or higher. May come for Oden material and receive a discount. Angela Holmes: April 21 and 22 Reiki II & Advanced Animal Reiki Training Learn esoteric ways of connecting with Reiki with the focus on humans and animals. Prerequisite: Reiki I; Noon-5 p.m.; $250; Camille Pukay, Reiki Teacher

ONGOING SUNDAY MEDITATION Please join us at Mark Blanchard's Yoga at 8:30 on Sunday mornings to sit in this time of quiet. 3665 W. 95th St., Ranch Mart South Shopping Center in OP, 913-901-8970.

RESTORATIVE YOGA 2nd Saturdays 10 a.m. – noon at Gardens of Delight near Parkville. Gently stretch, open the body, deeply relax and rejuvenate major organs. $25. Pre-register at 816.456.2359.

A NEW WAY OF BEING Are you Off-balanced? Stressed out? Overwhelmed by the Chaos around you? Worried about the Future? Discover a new way of Being in the world. Weekly group sessions with renowned healer Nancy Lankston begin Monday January 23. Join in online or by phone or 913-206-4531

PRE-NATAL YOGA Mondays at 6:45 p.m. at Gardens of Delight near Parkville. Enjoy our innovative approach to pre-natal care and experience a radiant pregnancy and healthy delivery. $78/6-week session. Pre-register at 816.584.0777.

YOGA WITH MARIA LYNCH Mondays and Saturdays for all ages at 9 a.m. $15 drop in or buy 10 for $120 and receive a free aqua massage for each packet purchased. in OP. 913.648.8600. ENERGY HEALING SESSIONS FOR CANCER PATIENTS By Appointment Since 2005 the Kansas City Healing Project has been providing energy healing sessions for cancer patients. Our clients have been experiencing a reduction of their stress, anxiety and pain levels from their treatment and disease. Donation basis. Contact John Hoefer at 816-718-6358 for details. CELESTIAL SOUND YOGA WITH KAREN FOLGARELLI & ELIZABETH WALSH BUDD Dates: Tuesday evenings starting January 17 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost: $15 Learning2Fly, 4711 Lamar, Mission, KS 66202 (white geodesic dome off I-35 and Lamar) Contact: Sumya, 913-262-2600,

GROW ORGANIC w/GARDENS OF DELIGHT Join our community garden outside of Parkville. Your family receives a 10’ by 20’ plot. Explore growing and eating your own organic produce. Information: 816.584.0777. LIFE OF PRAYER Five Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 25, Unity Temple on the Plaza. To register or for more information, call Rev. Eleanor Fleming: 816-353-4080 or email Love offering requested. HEARTLAND COMMUNITY OF MINDFUL LIVING Practicing mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh since 1997, every Monday except holidays at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Classroom C, 7 - 9 pm. Info at or WOMEN'S WEB An evolving group of down-to-earth, real women of all ages exploring, honoring, and celebrating Goddess energy through ritual. We meet twice a month in Lawrence. For more information,

KC WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS 2nd & 4th Saturdays. 10-Noon. Overland Park. Holistic Health and Wellbeing Professionals in the Greater Kansas City area who offer services in the areas of health/health care and wellness/well-being, and who are interested in networking, exchange and personal/professional development. RSVP Barb 816.803.7418 or


4 DAY BIOENERGY HEALING CLINIC First Tues of the month 7-9 PM, Fee: Donation. Reservations: Kim Meisinger 913-685-9939 HealingBioenergy/Movies_BLP.html MUSICAL SOUL PORTRAIT Have the ‘divine music of your soul’ channeled, to support you to go gracefully to your next level. A beautiful birthday gift for a loved one! 23

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Contact Rama: (603) 731-7676 or REIKI CIRCLE Unity Church of Overland Park 10300 Antioch, OPKS. 2nd and 4th Mondays 7-9 p.m. Love offering. All welcome. Receive a Reiki treatment. For flier: 816-523-4440 SACRED RELATIONSHIP 2nd or 3rd Saturday monthly A beginning tantra class for singles and couples to experience the Divine. 7-9pm. Ipsalu Tantra Kriya Yoga teacher. Leawood 816-523-4440, For flier with topic and date, LEARN BOWENWORK Manual therapy for pain relief, repetitive strain, chronic conditions, athletics. Works when nothing else does. Ongoing classes OP area: Nancy Pierson 512-750-4012. NCBTMB SACRED WOMAN BELLY DANCE 1st & 4th Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. with Maya Zahira. Sacred aspects of belly dance class. Aquarius, 3936 Broadway, 816-931-6303, PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP for individuals who have lost or are anticipating the loss of a beloved pet. Last Tuesdays of the Month, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at The Struan Center. See or call 816.960-4525 for details. TONGLEN MEDITATION WITH DR. KAT All levels welcome. Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Struan Center. $10. For more information go to or call 816.960.4525 for details. ONENESS BLESSING MONDAYS Public Event: 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 435/ Metcalf. Love offering. Sally Caterer: (913) 341-2910. ONENESS BLESSING WEDNESDAYS Public Event: 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Parkville. Love offering. Lily Berkley: (816) 510-6399.



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