January 2018 Evolving Magazine

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January 2018 ~ Vol. IX, Issue 11

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A Guide for Conscious Living

Reclaiming The Lost Feminine Archetype

New Year, New Brain The Inner Work of Consciously Creating Your Life EVOLVING…IN KANSAS CITY


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Publisher’s Letter...

Contents Dear Friend,

The Inner Work of Consciously Creating Your Life

A new year begins again. And, as with each cycle of the seasons, it offers a chance for renewal and rebirth. The Winter Solstice, bringing with it the lengthening of days, is often considered the birth of the year. In the midst of the cold and darkness and still of winter, the new year breaks through slowly with the return of more light. Each new year holds the sacredness of this change. I always feel a rebirth of sorts and usually enjoy burrowing-in during the cold winter months, using the quiet and renewal to plan the coming year, reflect on the past, and eagerly await the spring. Our New Year, New You issue focuses on the inner searching of the season. It's a chance to start anew, and many take on resolutions to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Whether you're focusing on eating whole foods, manifesting financial gain, taking on a new project, or simply want to lead a life more in tune with your inner guidance, the articles this month help you to focus and get clear on your goals and motivations for achieving them. I wish you the most prosperous, joyous New Year — and beyond!


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P.S. Speaking of eating well in the new year, if you’re interested in learning more, try Googling: ‘Twelve Dirtiest Foods,’ and ‘Clean Fifteen Foods.’ And Eating Well in Kansas City food writer, Gloria Gale, ends her long run of writing for the publication with the January magazine. With much gratitude for the insights into Kansas City dining she has provided, we wish Gloria the best on her future pursuits.

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New Book Aims to Strengthen Family Relationships Debra Orbuch Grayson M.S., LCMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Debra has worked with adolescents, families and the community for 30 years to help educate, support and strengthen marital and family relationships. Orbuch Grayson has just moved to the Kansas City area from Minneapolis and has written a workbook for parents and stepparents entitled, “Building Healthy Family Relationships.”

Orbuch Grayson says she wrote the book, “ because of the few resources to help parents navigate the complexities of family relationships. The workbook provides tips and strategies which parents can tailor to their unique families.” The workbook is intended for parents, stepparents and mental health professionals working with families. The workbook format provides the time and space for the reader to explore the concepts in an interactive format which can be shared with a partner or support person. To learn more about Debra Orbuch Grayson or to purchase the book www.debraorbuchgrayson.com or pick it up on Amazon. https://amazon.com/dp/1976109639

Core Star Energy Healing Foundations Program Starts January 25 Core Star Energy Healing School is pleased to announce that the new Foundations Series Classes starts January 25 – 29, 2018. The Core Star Foundations Series of Classes is the first year of the three – year Core Star Energy Healing School. The 1st year consists of five 4-day intensives during the school year. Each intensive contains a variety of meditative/reflective learning experiences, lecture information, demonstration of healing techniques and supervised hands-on practice of techniques and skills. The goal of the Core Star Program is to train healers, not just in energy healing techniques and high sense perception skills, but more importantly to achieve the personal transformation necessary to be an effective healer. These classes have also been a way for healers trained in other weekend course modalities to really deepen their healing abilities as well as achieve significant self -healing and transformation. Core Star graduates utilize their training in private energy healing practices or combine the energy healing



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work with existing modalities such as massage practices. A recent graduate works out of chiropractor’s offices. Many graduates use the training for their own self-growth and work on family and friends. Several of the Core Star graduates are healers with the Kansas City Healing Project, which provides energy healing services for cancer patients at several local cancer centers and receive referrals from the VA to work with veterans in the Kansas City area. If you feel called to be a part of this year’s Core Star Foundations class, please see our web site www.CoreStarEnergyHealing.com or give us a call at 913-831-4422 for more information. The Core Star Energy Healing School has been providing energy healing education since 1994 and is part of the Kansas City Healing Project, Inc. The Kansas City Healing Project is a 501c3 not for profit organization designed to support cancer patients and veterans by using energy healing services and to provide education about energy healing.

Wisdom Within

Create a Grand Year in 2018 BY SUZETTE SCHOLTES


nly three out of 10 of you 5. Protect your “intent” with this reading this column will boundary: “I am manifesting this for manifest your desires and the greater good with harm to none.” goals this year, according to 6. Patience. Be gentle with yourself on Mark Victor Hansen in his book The the time line. Sometimes big dreams Aladdin take more time. Factor. Sometimes little How do dreams take you become more time. the winner you Patience is wish to be? A fundamental. team of Remember the researchers true meaning of interviewed patience is “successful” seeing each day people and as a “new” day. found this out: Stay conscious They write out of the ego’s Image licensed by Ingram Images Image licensed by Ingram Images Image licensed by Ingram Images their goals in ploy, “Poor me, detail. The I have so much “The task of writing down your goals Yoga School work to do,” and has built its stay conscious of and dreams adds momentum success on a the “saboteur” to success.” business plan. who may feel The task of overwhelmed. writing down your goals and dreams Manage your time in an organized and adds momentum to success. What do you productive fashion. You do not have to write down? How to begin? For my accomplish your entire do list in one day. personal plan, I sketch a pyramid to form The heart of our success holds our priorities. My top goal each year is my inner resources of hope, trust, and spiritual practice. Then I add categories courage. Try success for a week or two, for work, relations, health, special and if you do not care for it, you can projects and friends/family. always go back to your old ways. Don't 1. Ask the “why.” Why are doing this give up. Persevere. The goal may be just or wanting this? Is there an element of beyond the tip of your fingers. “true work” in your goal? True work Last, love yourself. Love is a choice. involves service and generosity. Give Fear is a choice. Now you are one of the to your clients, co-workers, top three winners who meet their goals. employees, competitors. Praise 2017 for me was fabulous….a very good everyone. Be generous! year indeed. Let’s work together and 2. Be passionate! When you embrace a supersede in 2018 with a final tip for desire with enough passion, it success: Gratitude. From what I know, becomes part of you. Passions lift our the undercurrent for this year is to feel feelings of self-worth and high esteem. appreciation for the many blessings all 3. Decide you cannot and will not fail. around. Figure out how weaknesses may transform to strengths. Work to Suzette Scholtes’ nonunderstand why you resist success. fiction writing won the The famous quote from author prestigious “Writers Marianne Williamson: “We do not fear Digest” award. Her our failures. We fear our success.” passions are writing and 4. Recruit help from unseen resources yoga and she feels one via mediation and prayer. Ask, ask, needs a sense of humor ask for help, no matter what issue, for both. She founded The large or small. As well, be strong Yoga School of Therapeutics where she enough to lean on support of friends manages one of the region’s prestige teacher and family and colleagues. Be strong training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street, enough to lean on love. Overland Park. www.theyogastudio.com news@theyogastudio.com 913-492-9594.



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ere we are at the beginning of a (http://www.worldometers.info/ new year. Many people make view/toxchem/) resolutions to change their The good news is our bodies are behavior in some way or designed to naturally and continuously another. Research shows that the top remove toxins. There are two kinds of three resolutions are: 1) lose weight, 2) toxins: water-soluble and fat-soluble. eat healthier, and 3) exercise more. Stop Water-soluble toxins are easily flushed using tobacco products is in the top 1 to 7. out of the body by the blood and kidneys. What do these have in common? They are Fat-soluble toxins such as preservatives, all related to health. What else? They are food additives, pesticides, herbicides, all related to toxins. Let me explain. heavy metals, plastics and other Many toxins are stored in fat cells. environmental chemicals are more Therefore, losing weight releases toxins. challenging for the body to remove. Inversely, detoxing The sad news is as we are facilitates weight loss. bombarded with more Exercise releases toxins and more environmental through perspiration. toxins, it is becoming Healthy food choices increasingly difficult for support the body’s our bodies to effectively detoxification system. remove them. Let’s talk about Please join us next tobacco products in month as we continue Image licensed by Ingram Images more detail. It is well our discussion on established that tobacco contains toxic environmental toxins. We will include chemicals, some of which are topics such as: toxic load, those most carcinogens. But did you know tobacco susceptible, replacing toxic substances also contains radioactive material, such with healthy alternatives, and detoxing as lead and polonium? These penetrate safely. the leaves from a commonly used Rather than make the same ‘ole New fertilizer. Once they are absorbed, they Year’s resolution/s, how about doing cannot be removed. A person that smokes something different this year? Make a 30 cigarettes a day for a year receives the commitment to decrease toxic substances same amount of radiation as a person in your everyday life. This new year’s exposed to 4,000 chest x-rays. This is 444 resolution may be easier that you think. times more annual radiation than a After all, toxins are “everywhere!” worker at a nuclear power plant receives. You could begin by making a couple of What exactly constitutes a toxin? lists: Toxins are simply a potentially harmful 1. Items in your environment that may substance. They may have negligible be toxic. effect, make us ill, or be deadly. Toxins 2. Ways you can decrease or eliminate occur from two sources: inside our body these toxins. Your lists don’t have to be (endogenous) due to normal cellular created immediately. metabolic processes and from outside our Keep adding to them as something body (exogenous/environmental) such as comes to mind. Get your family and plastics, food additives, radiation, friends involved. Make it fun―perhaps a pesticides, herbicides, petroleum contest―create prizes for the most products, fluorine, and chlorine etc. changes! Even minor changes can make a Here are a few statistics: substantial difference for your health.  Each second 683 pounds of toxic chemicals are released into our air, We would love to hear from land, and water by industrial facilities you regarding your list of around the world. This amounts to toxins, revelations about items approximately 10 million tons (over 21 you did not know were toxic, billion pounds) of toxic chemicals and your positive changes. We released into our environment by have a professionally trained industries each year. staff eager to assist you along  Of these, over 2 million tons (over your journey to improved health! 4.5 billion pounds) per year are www.nancyrussellmd.com or call Nurturing recognized carcinogens. This amounts Optimal Wellness at 816-453-5545. to about 143 pounds each second.


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Journey to Wholeness


The Mentor in the Mirror BY JUDE LACLAIRE, PH.D.


n Greek mythology Mentor is the trusted counselor of Odysseus. Athena, disguised as Mentor, guides the young Telemachus in his search for his father. She is the goddess of prudent intelligence, child of Zeus, able to bestow skill, courage and victory in war for those who revere justice and listen to her persuasive tongue. Mentor was a man of integrity, an excellent friend of his friends and did not deal in lies. The figure of the wise and trusted counselor or teacher has the nature of both male and female. Shakyamuni Buddha in his teaching, the Lotus Sutra, introduces his disciples to the Dragon King’s Daughter, a mythical figure who is part dragon and part girl child. Her presence challenges the belief that only learned men can attain enlightenment and that it takes a long time to attain enlightenment. She appears before the assembly praising Shakyamuni Buddha, offering a jewel to the Buddha, transforms herself into a male and instantly attained enlightenment. This mythical character speaks to us of the wisdom of both male and female and the capability within each living being to become that enlightened whole person. These two stories remind us of the multi-faceted nature of the mentor. There is the mentor outside of oneself that guides, leads and protects us. There is the mentor within that has the potential for wholeness. Think for a moment about the people in your life that have been there for you to be the wise guide. What qualities did they have as they guided you along the path of self-discovery? How did their actions and words influence you in some positive way? What part of this learning do you carry forward in your life? I imagine the mentor being the mirror that reflects the limitless possibilities to he person. Jean Houston says, “We all have the extraordinary coded with us, waiting to be released.” The mentor relationship can be the catalyst to help the person unlock this inner potential. Take another moment and think about how many lives you touch each day. Are you a good mentor for others, even in the casual contact? Do you receive mentoring from others so that you may guide others? A good mentor will be the ‘guide on the side’ rather than the licensed ‘sage byonIngram theImages stage.’ The poet, Kahlil Image


Gibran says, “If he is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to he threshold of your own mind.” We often forget the great power we have to influence others. Claire Nuer asks the question, “Will you be the rock that redirects the course of the river?” Each day we have an opportunity to make or break a communication with how we look, speak and act towards someone. It can change a moment, a day or a lifetime. Sometimes you need a teacher, a model, an encouraging voice and there appears to be no one available. From this tangle of emotions and thoughts, you may emerge with a new way to do something, a new thought, a clearer vision of yourself or a particular situation. Alice Walker in her book “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose,” describes how a mentor of hers found the model within. “When Tony Morris said she writes the kind of books she wants to read, she was acknowledging the fact that in a society in which ‘accepted literature’ is so often sexist and racist and otherwise irrelevant or offensive to our lives, she must do the work of two. She must be her own model as well as the artist attending, creating, learning from, realizing the mode, which is to say, herself.” As you grow and learn, you are being mentored by others, often mentor yourself and become a mentor for others. When you look in the mirror next time, see what faces of the mentor you can identify. Today, more than ever we need to remember “A mentor is someone who allows you to see hope in yourself” (Oprah Winfrey).

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Just Bobbin' Along Let's Talk about Kebabs BY GLORIA GALE


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here’s something so easy about a savory kebab –an uncomplicated entrée long on taste, short on fuss. My pick for this as yet unduplicated niche is Indian restaurant, Kebab Nights, an Overland Park casual dining spot in the slot formerly occupied by Masalas. Kebab Nights gives diners the taste of a wildly popular and similar casual dining restaurant in India called Barbecue Nation. Not to confuse, this isn’t anything close to American barbeque. Billed as ‘Fast Food Indian Barbecue’, the savory skewers and pots of fragrant biryanis are a welcome change to the surrounding area’s ubiquitous quick fare. Owner, Roushan Kumar is no stranger to restaurant management helming the more formal, full service Kulture Kurry located in the Shops at Corporate Woods. “Kebab Nights is meant to satisfy the customer who doesn’t need a white tablecloth experience. It’s fast, friendly and is an alternative for anyone searching for something different. “We love the idea of centering a restaurant on kebabs. Not only do the varieties of meat and vegetables give us endless options for our customers, but the marinades and spices the chef is using and changing slightly each week is a subtle Indian flavor profile that will be universally pleasing,” said Kumar. “So far our customers have been pleasantly surprised to learn that these skewers are healthier than most fast casual food options with low fat meats, no fried foods and lots of delicious vegetables cooked to perfection.” The expertly grilled kebabs feature lamb, fish, shrimp and chicken. Vegetarians will find options including paneer (a firm cottage cheese) and grilled vegetables. The sensory essence is spicy (but not too) and offers a change in the menu normally found in Indian restaurants.


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Plates have 2 kebab skewers that can be mixed and matched, i.e., chicken and shrimp, lamb/ grilled vegetables and fish accompanying white rice, mint and spicy ginger chutney. These are generous servings for either lunch or dinner but if you’re really hungry, get a platter, featuring combinations of 4 skewers, biryani and mango kulfi (a type of semisweet dessert). When the food is delivered to your table it looks like way too much but it’s actually not – which keeps you from over -indulging. How novel in the age of BIG food. Kebab Nights is open for lunch and dinner Sunday and Monday; Wednesday through Saturday; closed Tuesdays. 7301 W. 91st Street, Overland Park 66212 Facebook.com/KebabNights or www.KebabNightsOP.com for more information or call 913-942-1555 for delivery, catering or to go orders.

Kansas City writer, producer, and photo stylist Gloria Gale is a sleuth when it comes to discovering interesting features for the media. Most recently, Gloria profiled area restaurants as a columnist for 435 Magazine and was on KCUR's Food Critics radio program. Want to know where to find the best tastes in town? ggale@everestkc.net

Clean Eating Basics for the New Year and New You BY ANGELA WATSON ROBERTSON


f you’re into healthy living, I’m sure you’ve heard the term “clean eating” to the point that you roll your eyes every time you hear it. The truth is that clean eating may mean different things to different people because our bodies are unique and the type of food that works for one person may not work for another. We are all bio-individuals. Yet, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater and say that eating clean, which may be better named “eating well,” is something we can’t strive for. When a client comes to me and says they want to eat clean I know what they mean- they want to eat in a way that helps them feel their best. Usually this means eating in a way that gives them energy and doesn’t leave them feeling wiped out from a sugar crash, bloated, or gassy. Plus, they want to lose weight, clear up their skin, and improve mental health. All of this can be accomplished with the right nutrition for your unique body.

The basis of Clean Eating The basis of clean eating is to consume primarily whole, unprocessed food. Eating clean revolves around maintaining a balanced and personalized diet of fresh, unprocessed food including fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats, and some meats, fish, and dairy. All of this being said, the type of food you eat to feel energized, lighter, leaner, and happier, depends on a variety of factors. Yet, if you’re looking to clean up your diet and optimize your nutrition, here are some basic principles to follow:

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“Eating clean revolves around maintaining a balanced and personalized diet of fresh, unprocessed food including fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats, and some meats, fish, and dairy.”

Clean Eating 101  Stick to Whole Foods. Eat whole foods— those that occur in nature and don’t go through processing at a lab or manufacturing facility. Examples are: fruits and vegetables, grass-fed and free-range meats, dairy, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.  Embrace Home Cooking. If you cook for yourself, you are almost guaranteed to increase the nutritional value of your food. Restaurant food is more processed, less fresh, and often over-seasoned. Start with simple recipes like vegetable stir fry and then try new dishes as you learn more about cooking.  Remove refined sugar and carbohydrates. Remove white foods (white sugar, white flour, etc.) from your diet if you’re aiming to eat clean. This includes all the standard desserts containing white sugar as well as white pasta, rice, bread, and pastries.  Maintain balanced blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar balanced greatly contributes to healthy food choices. When you wait too long to eat between meals or eat processed foods that spike

blood sugar -leading to a crash in energy later- you’re more likely to reach for sugar, fat, or caffeine to keep your energy up. If you continue this cycle, you’ll always feel irritable and exhausted. If you ensure you eat whole foods every 3-4 hours, your blood sugar and your mental state will remain stable.  Combine protein, fats, and complex carbohydrates. Your goal should be to get a serving of healthy protein, fats, and complex carbohydrates at every meal. This will create optimal blood sugar levels and stave off your cravings and brain fog. Some great protein examples are: grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, and organic, fermented tempeh and tofu. Healthy fat options are avocado, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. When trying out complex carbs, try quinoa, brown rice, or sweet potatoes. Quality over Quantity. Clean eating focuses on quality of food over the quantity of food and not all calories are equal. When you stick to a wholefoods diet, you’re much more likely to keep your caloric intake at an appropriate level for your body and maintain a healthy weight as a result. Whole



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foods actually fill you up and fuel you, whereas empty calories—like candy and chips—fill a mental craving, but don’t physically fill you up. Your mindset, physical health, and entire life will improve when you switch to eating whole foods as you’ll be getting the nutrients you need to feed your body, mind, and spirit. Angela Watson Robertson, MBA, CIHC, INHC, is known as The Reinvention Warrior, host of Masters of Reinvention, and creator of the lifechanging program, Fatigue Warrior. Not only has Angela completely reinvented her own life, she has created simple, effective tools to help others transform every area of their lives-from health, career, and money to relationships, spirituality, and sex. Find her free wellness tips, course and programs at www.angelawatsonrobertson.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.


The Inner Work of Consciously Creating Your Life Evaluate Your Life


ake a moment right now to think about how you've been feeling lately. If you've been feeling a little (or a lot) depressed, apathetic, anxious, antsy, irritable, exhausted, over-extended, or overwhelmed, this could be a sign from your inner guidance system that your life is out of alignment with what you truly desire. So many of us were raised to believe that we cannot have the life we truly desire that if we‘re going to be ‘responsible’ adults, we must maintain relationships (even unhealthy ones) no matter what, live someplace we don’t like and work at jobs we hate just to pay the bills. We’re running endlessly on a soulsucking gerbil wheel. I know this might sound extreme, but if you take an honest look at your life right now, it’s likely you’ll recognize at least some of that disempowered mainstream conditioning showing up for you, which is at least partially running the show. Despite your conditioning growing up (and what the world at large may be telling you), I’m here to tell you that you certainly can live a life that truly makes your heart sing. Now, it might not happen overnight, it might take a lot of focus, work and commitment to get there, but you can get there! Creating the life that you love often takes ongoing, incremental

steps. As you take each step, you'll gain more clarity on the next step and the next step. As you do so, your vision for your life will continue to evolve into an even greater dream that you are bringing into reality.

Assessment and Action An important thing I recommend is to check in with your life at least once a month and do the work. Take a minimum of one hour, or even an afternoon, to sit down with a pen and paper or your journal. Ask yourself these six questions: 1. What's working well for me in my life right now? What's flowing? What's feeling good? (Write about this for at least ten minutes. Even if you're going through a rough patch, take the time to notice even the small things that are going well for you.) 2. What's not going well? Where would I most like to see improvement? What's feeling out of balance? What needs attention or change? What is making me feel irritable, angry, depressed, of any other emotion indicating I'm out of alignment? (Write about this for at least ten minutes.) According to author Jerry Hicks, “emotions are accurate indicators of the vibrational relativity between where you want to be and where you are right now, and your ‘Emotional Guidance System’ is always accurate and available to you at all times."


3. Keep in mind what's not going well for you, and face these questions head on. What is it that I really want, and what do I want to improve? (Be specific. Don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot have in your life. Dream big! What do you really want? Where do you want to live, work, play? What people do you want in your life? What do you want your daily life to be like?) 4. On a scale of one to 10, 10 being the strongest desire, how strongly do I want these improvements in my life? 5. What's been holding me back from achieving this desire? (Be honest, and do your best to not blame others. Look for possible ways that you may have been blocking yourself.) 6. What are three action steps I can take this week to get me closer to my goal? (List them now.) Let's dive a little deeper into action steps. Clear, concise action steps with specific timeframes are truly necessary in order to achieve your goals. Be specificbroad action steps are really easy to avoid! An example would be someone who is unhappy with their job, and writes a step that says, “look for another job." Because this step is quite broad and actually includes many smaller steps within it, a person will likely feel overwhelmed and never actually get around to completing this step at

all. It’s better to write smaller steps with a time frame. (Example: submit two online job applications each week, starting this Friday). If you don’t include a timeframe, it is really easy to avoid doing the step altogether, or to keep putting it off. Decide how long you’ll work on a task, and set a deadline for completion. If you really want to reach your goal, this is crucial. "Whether you think you can or you can't, either way, you are right." Henry Ford I recently manifested my goal of a perfect place to live in nature, despite some big road blocks! Diligence, persistence, and daily action resulted in achieving my goal of living in a sweet little cottage on the Kansas prairie! One of my favorite quotes is: "You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes each day, unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour." Old Zen Saying. And how true it is! But let's say your personal goal is less concrete. Perhaps you want to feel more peace in your life. In that instance, think about concrete activities that help cultivate this feeling within you. Perhaps meditation helps you feel more peace. Or, perhaps being in nature does it. Your goal will then be to meditate for x number of minutes each day, starting today. Or, you will walk out in nature three times per week for thirty minutes starting tomorrow.

Make it Happen Throughout the month, you'll work on creating and implementing three or more action steps, and then follow through on these steps on a regular basis. Then, every month, set aside time again to go through these questions, set new goals, choose new action steps, or keep doing the already-established action steps. Follow this process regularly. Have fun with it and be creative, as you artfully design the masterpiece of your own life!

Maya Zahira is a visionary teacher who serves as a spiritual mentor for sensitives, empaths and spiritual seekers. It’s her mission to educate and empower people with the most powerful and effective methods for energetic self-care and psychic protection so they can live a healthy, balanced, empowered life. www.PsychicProtectionSanctuary.com.

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January 2018


Reclaiming The Lost Feminine Archetype


onscious evolution is an act of bliss of union with Creator. Conversely, revolution. In the process of the feminine principle is body-centered, evolving, we are faced with the grounded, and earth-based. It is the choice to go with the herd or downward direction of life force energy, forge our own path. Going against the transforming Spirit into matter, herd is treacherous, often accompanied by anchoring consciousness in a physical rebuffing, if not abject persecution. In body. choosing to honor our own truth and to The perpetuation of alienated refuse the notion that we should "do a opposites creates what is known as the thing just because that's the way we've mind-body split. The focus of most always done that thing" takes courage, religious and spiritual traditions has been vision, conviction, daring, and faith. on ascending, transcendence, and People have died forging new paradigms. overcoming our human nature (sexuality, At some point in the spiritual desire, passion, feeling). This is the maturation process, we are faced with the upward movement of energy through the decision of what to keep and what to body. Most religious philosophies assert reject from the catalog of values, beliefs, some version of: to achieve and standards instilled in us by our enlightenment, you must overcome the parents. This culling brings us closer to instincts of the body. In this view of our authentic selves. But there's another, human existence, needs, wants, and more insidious layer of influence that we desires are considered weakness. We are must bring to the light of consciousness to deny the flesh in order to achieve union and scrutinize if our personal act of with God. That's code for "anything revolution is to stick. That influence is associated with the feminine principle is cultural myth. Specifically, the less important than anything associated relationship between the masculine and with the masculine principle." feminine in Western culture. This dogma perpetuates the dualistic Whether or not your parents divorced, nature that has already wreaked havoc we all inherited the myth of a broken upon human existence. If we buy into this home. In the collective mind of the dualistic version of opposites, where Western world, the archetype of the Great "ne'er the twain shall meet," then we are Mother has long been forgotten, to deduce that nature and spirit are dominated for millennia by the prevailing separate. Which then implies the same character of the Great Father. A relationship of separation between consortless authority figure, he is Heaven and Earth, mind and body, and estranged from all that the feminine the masculine and feminine. In this represents. Anodea Judith says, "In the paradigm, we must choose one or the divorce other, but cannot have settlement, And not just “The perpetuation of alienated both. we are the choose, but choose opposites creates what is known "correctly," for in each motherless children who pairing, one choice is as the mind-body split. ” were taken to clearly venerated, live with the better, and a sign of Father. In our new household, Mother true advancement compared to its mate. was not to be discussed and became Healing the Split forgotten." This model affects every So what's a body to do? As with any aspect of our modern world, from our paradigm shift, change begins within. expectations in relationship, to the It can be humbling—oh, let's be structure of the work place, to the way we honest...excruciating!—to recognize the organize and run our government. depth to which patriarchy has infiltrated Masculine and Feminine in every aspect of our lives and psyches. As spiritual beings, ones who desire to ally Opposition with consciousness, acceptance, In many cultures, the masculine compassion, and reverence for all life, it is principle is equated with "spirit." It is more detached, emotionless and ethereal. necessary for us to do the hard work of telling ourselves the truth about this It is the upward movement of life force energy through the body, the liberation of influence. We must. If we are to be the leaders of the conscious evolution matter into Spirit, reaching towards the



revolution, then-if for no other reason than to lead by example-we must continue to examine and transform the layers of masculine-dominated thinking and acting. Healing the collective mind-body split starts by healing our individual mind-body split. Examining how this split has manifested in your own life is critical to begin the healing process. In what ways do you deny your body? Your sexuality? Your needs and desires? In what ways do you deny and repress the feminine principle seeking expression in you? No matter what body you came into this life with, you have both the masculine and feminine principles within you. Is your masculine a dictator? Is your feminine a victim? Answering these questions can make you want to dive under the covers and suck your Image licensed by Ingram Images thumb, but they are crucial in the process of becoming more conscious. custody of our collective shadow. This Integration is also a key practice. recovery will reinstate the value of Writing a letter to your inner feminine nurturing, connection, beingness, and masculine, doing ceremony, self-care, intuition, and reverence for the physical working with the sacred marriage (the body. We must restore the conscious marriage of the inner feminine/ equal partnership of the masculine and masculine), making amends, examining feminine principles within our own and shifting your belief system-these are psyche if we are to be the leaders of the all ways you can begin to heal the split consciousness revolution. and integrate the opposites. Don't get trapped by the thinking that says one is Stephanie Red Feather better than the other and you must is a shamanic spiritual choose. You are both! You are both healer, teacher and life feminine and masculine, spirit and coach who has been serving matter, mind and body. Denial or the Kansas City metro for repression of one in favor of the other over 10 years. She offers keeps you in a perpetual state of private sessions as well as imbalance and dis-integration. multiple workshops, The cultural structures centered trainings and products to support deep around the patriarchy are crumbling. A transformation and spiritual growth. Her new paradigm is being birthed and the specialties include shamanism, divine feminine birthing pains are agonizing. For almost mysteries, thriving as an empath and all of us, the focus of our healing and embodiment. Visit her website: transformation will be on reclaiming our www.redfeatherconnections.com or call her at lost feminine, retrieving her from the 913-515-3271.


January 2018

Book Excerpt

New Year, New Brain Excerpted with permission from The Brain Boost Diet by Christine Bailey


ew Year's resolutions are a great way to focus your brain on what you want to accomplish in the coming year. But if you really want to get the most out of the year ahead you also need to nourish your brain. Whatever your age our brains have the continual ability to grow and change: we can choose activities and strategies that will calm the brain, boost memory and motivation and enhance our mood. Our brains are known for their plasticity - this means your brain has the ability to grow new neurons, make new connections, and dampen dysfunctional connections. So this year resolve to get your brain up to speed with new diet and lifestyle strategies.

The Brain Boost Diet With a weight of 1.3kg/3lb our brains are one of our heaviest organs, demanding the most oxygen and glucose, and using about 30 per cent of the body’s glucose and 20% of your daily calorie intake. For optimal function your brain requires an array of essential amino acids, omega 3 fats, phospholipids and vital vitamins and minerals to make the neurotransmitters that affect how we think and feel. The Brain Boost Diet Plan is a revolutionary 4-week diet based on the principles of functional medicine and the latest research designed to cleanse, protect and renew your brain, unleashing its huge potential. Perfect for adults and children, this dietary approach can boost your mental health and capacity, tackle low mood, eliminate and prevent short term memory loss, forgetfulness and increase brain-power. All the recipes in the book are gluten free, low sugar and packed with nutrients to optimise brain function. There are suggestions throughout for dairy free options. The recipes are also designed to suit everyday eating and ideal for all ages. The Brain Boost Diet by Christine Bailey, is published by Nourish Books (18th January 2018 - Paperback - £12.99). Here are some top suggestions for resolutions that will have your brain in peak condition all year.

brain cells and keep our myelin sheaths healthy. Omega 3 fats have been shown to improve concentration, memory, focus and mood. Foods rich in omega 3 fats include oily fish (mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines, prawns). For vegetarians choose flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, tofu and leafy greens. Other healthy antiinflammatory fats to include are the monounsaturated fats found in olives, avocado, macadamia nuts and cold pressed rapeseed.

Include More Eggs in Your Diet One of the best ways to kick start your brain in the morning is to include eggs for breakfast. The protein in eggs, particularly the yolks can significantly boost your blood plasma levels of tryptophan and tyrosine - the building blocks to mood neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. They also contain choline and omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve memory too.

Get Spicy Spice up your meal with plenty of turmeric. This deep-yellow spice is a key ingredient in curry powder and has a number of benefits for the brain. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it can directly enter the brain and benefit the cells there. Curcumin has been shown to improve memory, delay age related cognitive decline and ease depression by boosting serotonin and dopamine which both improve mood. Whether it's turmeric lattes, curries, homemade soups and dhal - aim to get more of this fabulous spice in your diet.

Stimulate Your Brain The more you challenge your brain, the more you do something, the more synapses your brain fires and creates. This year consider learning a new sport, read a new book, take up a new hobby or learn a language. New activities are not only a great to de-stress the body but help broaden what you ask your brain to focus on, enhancing its overall capacity.

Don't Skimp On Sleep

Resolve to Eat More Healthy Fats

Sleep is essential for a healthy brain, affecting repair and renewal of brain cells and myelin formation. Research has Approximately 60 percent of your revealed sleep allows new neurons to brain matter consists of fats and primarily grow in your hippocampus, the part of the omega 3 fats and phospholipids. These brain that regulates long-term memory are essential for the functioning of all your


and spatial navigation. Getting sufficient sleep also improves your brain's ability to focus, learn new skills, and recall information.

Consume Fermented foods The intestines and brain are connected physically and biochemically. The physical connection between the intestines and brain is through the central nervous system, which controls all of the activities of the body. The vagus nerve is a large nerve that sends signals between Image licensed by Ingram Images the intestines and brain. The brain is also connected soluble vitamin is essential for forming to the intestines through your gut sphingolipids, a type of fat that's densely microbes. Molecules that they produce packed into brain cells. such as short-chain fatty acids, neurotransmitters and amino acids Resolve to Exercise Daily influence the brain and central nervous Exercising for just thirty minutes a day system by controlling inflammation and is all that is needed to improve brain hormone production. Including health. Aerobic exercise (walking briskly, fermented foods daily can enhance our running, dancing, cycling) in particular gut flora which in turn influences mood can increase BDNF (brain-derived and behavior. Fermented foods include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi. The neutrophic factor (BDNF), our brain’s Brain Boost Diet includes recipes to make growth hormone, reverse memory decline your own and to include them in everyday and support the growth of new brain cells. In essence exercise is like a strong meals. According to research they help boost our mood and improve our ability to fertilizer for the brain. Exercise also supports improved communication cope with stress. This is thought to be linked to decreasing inflammation in the between the cells by building new networks in the brain. This will help us to gut and brain as well as increasing levels of tryptophan, an amino acid involved in recall information and think better, and it appears that age is no barrier. Exercise the production of the mood boosting also benefits the brain by decreasing neurotransmitter serotonin. stress and improving circulation and Go Green oxygenation. It supports healthy bloodsugar levels, lowers inflammation and Greens including kale, spinach, improves the insulin sensitivity of cells, all broccoli and asparagus are all excellent brain foods. Most of us don't eat enough - of which are vital for long-term brain health. so this year aim to get 1-2 cups in your diet daily. Whether its cooked or raw, blended in soups or smoothies or made The Brain Boost Diet into Christine's Broccoli Pizza recipe there by Christine Bailey, is are so many ways to cram more into your published by Nourish diet. Greens are a good source of Books (18th January magnesium - a mineral which helps calm 2018 - Paperback the mind and body making it particularly £12.99). The Brain beneficial in times of stress. Low Boost Diet is available magnesium levels are also linked to in Kindle Edition and migraines and depression. Greens are also where books are a good source of vitamin K. This fatsold.


January 2018

Spiritual Horoscope

January 2018 Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Happy birthday Capricorn! The theme of your year is LOVE! Meditate on your heart, remembering a time you felt appreciated by another. Let that joy expand and radiate through your body, mind and soul. Let it melt away feelings of unworthiness as it opens you to receive more love, more connection, more finances. Create a list of goals with a spiritually-minded friend and inspire each other to focus on staying open. Also practice forgiveness of childhood and family “issues” so you can freely move onward and upward! Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

It’s an exciting career month! You can achieve a long-desired job or position. Spiritually, you can overcome a part of yourself that holds you back from love. Aquarians often feel on the outside, as if they were living behind an invisible wall, observing everyone else connecting and blossoming. Meditate on being included in life and bonded with joy. Allow vulnerability to surface, without seeing it as shameful or weak. Embracing your humanity shatters that self-constructed barrier once and for all!

Don’t pooh-pooh your intuition! What you think of as common sense or a casual idea is a profound message from your soul. Pay attention to inkings and hunches and see where they lead. You can meet a new partner if single, or feel a renaissance in a current relationship. You can have a deep healing about a family “issue” you thought was permanent. You might get a wonderful job offer that has a generous salary or get a bonus in your current position. Meditate on opening to the unknown and begin to feel comfortable out of your comfort zone. It’s easy for Taurus to stay in a rut, especially if it’s a fairly good rut! Challenge yourself to expand into a new level of awesomeness!

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Uranus moves direct and brings money breakthroughs! Be mindful of how you can waste money unconsciously so you can stop financial “leaks”. Meditate on prosperity for even more abundance. Also be aware of how your thoughts can literally make you sick or anxious. Lovingly protect yourself from your own negativity. As you focus on gratitude, there’s no room in your brain for random fear or worry. You’ll be physically healthier and emotionally happier! (And financially richer!)

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Uranus moves direct in your sign, bringing a great opportunity to re-invent yourself! Meditate on habits of thought that are a part of your identity and become ready to release them. You are who you consistently believe you are! Relationship breakthroughs are possible, or you can begin and exciting new bond. Not that Aries has too many hangups with sexuality, but you can heal old “issues” in that department as well! Also, you can be recognized at work for a long or difficult project, and your job just seems to get easier.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) It may sound dumb, but breathing is so important for you! Gemini rules the lungs, and you know how nervous you can get and how much you over-think things. Daily deep breathing, even just for five minutes will soothe your nervous system and strengthen immunity. You’ll sleep better, have less anxiety and think more clearly. You’ll even feel a deep connection with the Universe from this simple act. Try alternate nostril breathing, or even the yogic “Bee Breath” (block ear with fingers and hum as you exhale).

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) It’s a romantic start to the New Year! You can start a new relationship in a bold, brave way. Meditate on past hurts, betrayals or patterns of problems in previous partnerships. You can have major insights, be able to put experiences into perspective, and release pain. Now you can venture into the future with a fresh heart without baggage! Even if currently connected, the bond improves because you can see


him/her now, instead of looking at him/ her through “glasses of the past”! You’ll even have financial improvements as you let go of old beliefs about money.

meditate on opening to new avenues of prosperity. You can even have a windfall or a financial gift!

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Energetic Mars and abundant, lucky Jupiter are in your sign! You can make resolutions around exercise that actually stick. Also, meditating on forgiveness gives access to energy that’s been caught up in processing old anger. You can be amazingly creative, productive and positive. Relationships heal, and your self-esteem is at a twelve year high! Working with affirmations and gratitude brings amazing results. Look up the meditation style of “Open Focus” which fits your expansive Jupiter transit.

The total eclipse in your sign this month heals relationship problems, as well as issues around self-love. Meditate on forgiving childhood family drama. The more unconscious pain you expose and release, the freer you are to live and love from new chosen patterns, rather than just repeating habituated karmic cycles. Uranus moving direct inspires your spirituality in a new direction. You could start yoga, or feel more eager around your meditation practice. You could find a book or teacher that excites you about new possibilities for your life.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) The total eclipse this month helps uncover unconscious fears that hold you back from feeling fully alive! Meditate on the roots of these beliefs. They are not true, even if you’ve thought them thousands of times, they’re just thoughts! Right now you have extra energy to create positive beliefs that have momentum! Bravely think in these new ways until they become new habits and shape a new life for you! Uranus moves direct, awakening a level of trust. You can heal issues of intimacy and sexuality. You can also break poverty thoughts, so doors to abundance fling open! Enjoy yourself and don’t pick on the present moment. Allow yourself to see it as perfect just as it is.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) As Uranus moves direct, you’ll have breakthroughs in relationships. You’ll have a totally new perceptive on a present partner. Old resentments can go in a “poof”! You’ll even wonder why you saw things as problems and come to a new level of appreciation and love. If single, you can attract someone who doesn’t reflect old patterns or childhood/family “issues”. Also,


January 2018

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) The total eclipse this month, as well as the conjoining of Mars and Jupiter connect you with a deep spirituality. Meditate on your closeness with Life Force. Imagine the power and wisdom of each of your cells, and the intelligence that guides them. Feel gratitude and see the benevolence of the Universe in all areas of your life. You’ll have financial openings, and a jumpstart in relationships, whether new or old. Keep a notebook or your phone by your bed to record dreams right when you wake up. There’s many messages you don’t want to let drift away as the day progresses! Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call (727) 239-7179 (no texting please), or text (248) 583-1663 or visit www.alunamichaels.com


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January 2018

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