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November 2018 ~ Vol. X, Issue 9

Evolving

KANSAS CITY

A Guide for Conscious Living

The Spiritual Practice of

GRATITUDE

Holiday Celebrations

Overcome Fear 5 SIMPLE BASICS FOR HEALTHY SKIN

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE EVOLVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Dear Friend,

Contents

What is gratitude, really, but a thought? By changing my thoughts, I am able to change my reality of an experience. Gratitude, and the resulting abundance, is merely a thought that creates a reality. We can choose our thinking— one of grace, or gratitude—and create a new, better, more abundant, reality.

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Overcoming Fear

Don Miguel Ruiz said, “Be impeccable with your word,” because a thought is our Word—and the way we speak to ourselves and the Universe has the power to create a joy-filled, abundant, life. Abundance is a state of mind, directly linked to my level of gratitude. I believe true abundance stems from an attitude of gratitude—and there is always something for which we can show gratitude.

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The Spiritual Practice of Gratitude

There is so much good available to everyone. Even during times of adversity, I find strength and true abundance by acknowledging, cherishing, and being thankful for all that is right in my life. Or, as Rumi said, “Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” This month we honor gratitude and abundance with the articles throughout the magazine, as well as with our Holiday Gift Guide. Included in the Gift Guide are unique, inspirational, and nontraditional gift ideas for the holiday season. Please support your local merchants while delighting friends and family with these wonderful gift suggestions—or treat yourself with the gift of self-care.

Jill Dutton

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Bring Your Sensible Body to the Celebration

Gratitude for Discomfort

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Departments Publisher Jill Dutton 913-944-1298 jill@evolvingmagazine.com

Editorial Assistants Judy Kirkpatrick Chrisi Spooner Polly Swafford Print Design/Layout Jill Dutton Angela Yuriko Smith

Web Layout/Design Christine Lamb Advertising Karen E. Cowdry Jill Dutton Monthly Columnists Emily Akins, Jude LaClaire, Aluna Michaels, Nancy Russell, Brandi Schoen, Suzette Scholtes, Angela Watson Robertson

Journey to Wholeness Eating Well in KC Wisdom Within Holiday Gift Guide Revelations Horoscope Events

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Painting: Love Stems - Watercolor Sherrie Kincaid , Lawrence , KS is an Empathic Energy Artist. Her creativity is inspired by her Deep Connection to Nature. Her Expressionism is a combination of strong Organic Alchemy , Primal Color and Movement. www.sherriekincaidart.com


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Journey to Wholeness

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream BY JUDE LACLAIRE, PH.D.

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n Macbeth, Shakespeare says, “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care…balm of hurt minds…chief nourisher in life’s feast.” Sleep can be restorative, healthy and life giving. But what happens when our Circadian Cycle (24 hour) is disturbed? Or when the Ultradian Cycle (90-120 minute) is interrupted or dysfunctional? Many researchers tells us that as many as one third of the United States population suffers from different sleep disturbances. Many of the people I see report sleep problems and may also be suffering from depression and anxiety. It is important to look at the multiple possible causes and effects of sleep interruption. Let’s look at some of the symptoms you may be having if you are having poor, unrestful or insufficient sleep; yawning, moodiness, fatigue, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty learning new concepts, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, lack of motivation, clumsiness, increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings, reduced sex drive, poor impulse control, or less empathy.

health issues.

“Sleep deprivation can cause high blood pressure, risk of diabetes, threat to cardiovascular health, increased obesity, DNA disruption which can lower our immunity and disrupt gene activity, aging skin, increased risk of stroke and multiple mental health issues.” variations.

Henry Nichol, an author and journalist, wrote Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Rest. In his New York Times article, “End the Lessons in Sleep Deprivation,” cites the brain differences in elementary age Certainly other things may children and teens. The younger cause some of these symptoms but brain wants to wake early and go it is always good to check out your to sleep earlier. The teen brain sleep patterns. Maybe you have wants to wake later and go to trouble falling asleep or wake up sleep later. School hours are later and cannot get back to sleep. for younger children and earlier Some people report sleeping but for high school students, just the still waking up fatigued and opposite of brain functioning. He unrested. Some people just don’t strongly suggests changing school get enough sleep. hours to fit children and teen’s The sleep recommendation for neurological clocks. infants is 14-17 hours, toddlers to He also makes the point that school age 10-13 hours, excessive screen use “is elementary school age 9-11 hours, particularly problematic for teens 8-10 hours, adults 7-9 hours sleep.” He continues, “Not only and older adults 7-8 hours. Of does it eat into the time available course there are always individual for rest, but the blue light emitted

by LEDs, TVs, tablets and smartphones suppresses the body’s secretion of melatonin, the hormone that signals it’s time to sleep. Parents can help their children get restful and sufficient sleep by limiting screen time, especially before bedtime. Other major causes of sleep disruption are sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, trauma, poor time management, REM sleep disorders, prescription drugs, substance abuse, and depression. If might be a combination of things for some people. Sleep deprivation can cause high blood pressure, risk of diabetes, threat to cardiovascular health, increased obesity, DNA disruption which can lower our immunity and disrupt gene activity, aging skin, increased risk of stroke and multiple mental

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I hope this bad news will convince you to think seriously about getting better sleep. Here are some ways to help you with that determination: Declutter your house, block light and noise, embrace short naps, eat more fiber, learn some Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to assist you (e.g., relaxation, stress and trauma reducing exercises, imagery, and positive reframes of negative thinking), drink less caffeine, exercise frequently and early in the day, fix relationship issues, and get a better mattress! Find the causes of your sleep deprivation. Find the remedies that help you. Get help along the way. Find practitioners who use integrative approaches. Don’t forget how helpful homeopathy, acupuncture, reflexology, and other forms of bodywork can be. Check your nutrition plan. Make a good self-care checklist. Taking better care of yourself helps any problem. And as Shakespeare tells us, you may ‘Sleep, perchance to dream.” And wake up refreshed and ready to meet the morning!

Jude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC is a counselor and educator at the Heartland Holistic Health Center. She is the author of the “Life Weaving Education Curriculum” that teaches creative, effective, holistic problem solving. For counseling appointments, seminars, speaker’s bureau, or information on Neurobehavioral Programs and Imago Couple’s Therapy, call 913-322-5622 or drjude@heartlandholistic.com; www.heartlandholistic.com


ENERGY HEALING SESSIONS FOR CANCER PATIENTS & VETERANS

Dr. Kat Bowie, Psy.D., E-RYT 200, YACEP Trauma Release Yoga Wellness Program Clinical Psychologist Certified Yoga Teacher Specializing in Trauma and Chronic Stress

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Tonglen Meditation Teacher Nutritional Consultant Trauma Specific Yoga Classes Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training

By appointment. The Kansas City Healing Project provides energy healing sessions for cancer patients and veterans. Our clients have been experiencing a reduction of their stress, anxiety, and pain levels. These sessions are provided at NO COST to the client. Contact John Hoefer at (816) 718-6358 for details. www.KansasCityHealingProject.org

Forward Movement, LLC 8301 Stateline Road Suite #202 Kansas City, MO 64114 816-960-4525 ~ DrKatBowie@kc.rr.com ~ www.DrKatBowie.com

Evolutionary Soul Guide

Laura Wolf “Love your Self Love your Life!” Spiritual Counseling Shamanic Breathwork™ Sacred Journeys & Retreats 913-721-6655 www.laurawolf.com

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Eating Well in Kansas City

5 Simple Basics for Healthy Skin A guide for the rest of us BY ANGELA WATSON ROBERTSON

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ost of us would like to have healthy, glowing, youthful, and clear skin. Yet, with so many products out there and experts telling us what to do and not to do to take care of our skin— how do we know what to do? It can be overwhelming and expensive to do everything you hear—eat this way not that way, get expensive skin treatments monthly, avoid the sun at all costs, and lather dozen of skin products on yourself each morning and night. Sheesh! I’m wiped out just writing about it. As a health coach and nutrition expert, I always advise my clients to keep it simple. Plus, I’m a new mom and I don’t have time to do all those things. The truth is you don’t have to. You can keep things simple and easy and also take care of your skin. Save the expensive treatments and intense daily regimen for the movie stars. If you’re like the rest of us, and you want to feel and look healthy and vibrant in a simple way and on a budget, here are a few things you should know.

Simple Basics for Healthy Skin

Earth you’re going to be exposed to some level of toxicity. Our body is designed to detoxify in several ways—one of these ways is through sweating. It’s important to sweat often so you can clean out your skin. Try a hot yoga class, jogging, walking, or a high intensity interval training (HIIT) class and move your body daily. Many people find that if they go to a hot yoga class regularly they don’t get as much acne or have body odor--bonus! 5. Supplement your diet.

“Skin health is more about what you put in your body than what you put on your body.” for the next two weeks and keep on eye on how your skin changes for the better. I recommend that everyone drink at least half their body weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 pounds you should be drinking 75 ounces of purified water each day. 2. Eat organic, real foods.

Skin health is more about what you put in your body than what you put on your body. So, your diet and nutrition is super 1. Drink more water. important. I recommend you eat organic, real foods for several reasons. First, it’s important to I know, duh, right? But you’d be surprised how many of us don’t reduce your exposure to toxins in drink enough water or decide not your environment and your food. to because we don’t like the taste. Eating organically will help with This is the single most important this. If your body is toxic it will start to come out in your skin and thing you can do for your health will decrease cell turnover (which right now—and it’s easy and cheap! If you want to feel better— is needed for healthy, youthfullooking skin). I define “real” food learn to like water and start as food in its natural state. So eat drinking purified, high-quality food that looks like it does when it water. You can do this! comes out of the ground or off the Your body is made up of close tree. It’s as simple as that. Try to to 60 percent water and you need limit foods that come out of a it to survive. So, it makes sense package or box and are processed that you need a lot of it to thrive. or altered with chemicals or Test it out—start drinking at least additives. And if you do eat 12 more ounces of water each day processed foods, stick with ones

with as few ingredients as possible. 3. Moisturize! As I age, I’ve come to realize that healthy and beautiful skin is hydrated skin. So we must moisturize daily. Yet, I don’t recommend you put just anything on your skin. Find a daily moisturizer that doesn’t have all the gunk in it. There are a lot of organic products on the market with simple ingredients. It depends on your personal skin type and your sensitivity level as to what works for you. I love all of Aveda and Origins products, but you can find some great ones at Target and Ulta as well. Just read the ingredients and do some research. Another option is to use oils like emu oil. I apply emu oil morning and night under my moisturizer as an added boost for my skin. 4. Sweat often. Even if you eat well and avoid toxins in your food and skincare products, if you live on planet

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Even if you eat a balanced and healthy, organic diet, it’s very likely that you still are missing some key nutrients. This is due to the reduced soil quality in our current environment and modern farming methods. At a minimum, I recommend you take a highquality multivitamin daily that is high in vitamins A, C, E, D, K, B3, B5, Choline, and Folate (folic acid or Methylfolate). These all help with skin health. Start working these simple strategies into your daily routine and you’ll find your skin will respond in positive ways.

Angela Watson Robertson, MBA, CIHC, INHC, a.k.a The Reinvention Warrior, is a well known nutrition blogger and health coach who teaches you how to transform your life starting with the food you eat. She has created simple, effective tools to help you reinvent every area of your lifefrom health, career and money to relationships, spirituality and sex. Find her free wellness tips, nutrition courses, and coaching programs at www.angelawatsonrobertson.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.


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Say Grace BY BRANDI SHOEN & EMILY AKINS

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t this time of year the talk of gratitude is as thick in the air as pumpkin spice. And though we do love a good pumpkin spice latte, sometimes we wonder just why modern food developers are putting pumpkin flavor into ALL THE THINGS. It’s probably safe to assume that “no pumpkins were harmed in the making of this latte.” Or muffin, or wine, or candy bar.

There is usually a dog or cat in the background adding to the chaos. So maybe we’re not entirely graceful, but we try to be grateful. Those dirty dishes piled in the sink means that we have full bellies and a full table. There’s also grace as in a “grace period”—an extended period of time that allows someone to catch up - to be a little bit late, but with forgiveness. We could all use a grace period—time to catch up with the things that matter most and to remember what we’re grateful for. Maybe even time to spend preparing a meal of hearty and healthy food that was grown close to home - and sharing it with the ones we love the most.

You know what else is pumpkin flavored? Actual pumpkins. And when the pumpkins arrive at the farmers market, that’s when you know that autumn has finally arrived! Following closely behind come all the fall things; drinking apple cider, visiting the pumpkin patch, and unearthing cozy boots and flannel shirts from the back of the closet. We believe that the changing season is the perfect time to contemplate the passing of another year. Reminiscing about times past over a bonfire? Yes please! It’s one of the reasons we love this time of year. Well, and of course, the food! Traditionally, this is a time of harvest. It’s funny that we say “traditionally,” as though it were an old way of life. For the farmers in and around Kansas City, attention to the changing seasons isn’t an old way of life. It’s just … life. Regardless of how modern we’ve all gotten, the weather (though unpredictable in the Midwest, now more than ever) will turn cold. Plants will quit growing or at least will grow dormant for a season. Those last harvests will come in from the cold. And this is the harvest that we’re meant to be so grateful for. The hearty storage crops like sweet potatoes, apples, onions,

Saying “grace” or just feeling grateful reminds us of our friends, family and the food on our table (including that PS latte!) Our Farmer BFFs work so hard to grow great food, and their hard work means the best food for us, for our community, and our earth. That’s something we can all feel grateful for ... especially at Thanksgiving.

“So maybe we’re not entirely graceful, but we try to be grateful.” and winter squashes promise to feed us until spring greens reappear.

time of year.

Sometimes there’s grace as in “graceful”—like poise, elegance, We’ve been talking lately about finesse. This doesn’t describe the the phrase “Say Grace,” in all of its majority of meals in our different forms and contexts. households. Our meals are Traditionally, it’s the way that hurried, sloppy, necessary people described prayer. But it's moments between school, fun to think of so many other ways homework, and activities. Our we can think about "grace" at this kids are noisy and rambunctious.

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The KC Food Circle is a non-profit connecting eaters with local, organic, free-range farmers to promote a sustainable food system in the Kansas City region. For more information visit www.kcfoodcircle.org.


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Wisdom Within

Can You Trust These Words? “I Love You” BY SUZETTE SCHOLTES

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wrote about this topic a few years back, but it became so popular I will share again with a few newer insights. It’s about the great Hawaiian healer “Ho’oponopono. The story goes that authorities placed the most hardened criminals off to the side of the big island. They were the worst-of-the -worst: psychotic, criminallyinsane, and considered hopeless humans for their horrific deeds of murder, torture, and violence. Every prison guard assigned to these men could not tolerate being in the prison with them for more than a few days. The warden noticed that one young guard did not quit. He asked why. The guard knew the great Khuhana, who had offered to help these men. The warden sought out the Khuhana who asked for photos of the 30 or so men. Each day for 30 days, sometimes twice, he looked at each photo and repeated the mantra: “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. May all good come to you. I bless you. Thank you.” As the story goes, each of the hardened criminals rehabilitated. They moved back into society, functioning as contributing and responsible citizens. It is my new mantra: “I Love You. I’m Sorry. Please Forgive me. May all good come to you. Thank you.” In my world, love makes love safe. Love means I consciously will NOT hurt you with my words, deeds, or actions. Love is responsible, vulnerable, trusting, caring, sharing while giving “respect” to the other. It vibrates at the highest level of human emotion thus is the most powerful force on Earth. This “saying” or “tune” or energy comes from the Hooponopono Hawaiian art which says we prosper by taking 100 percent responsibility for ourselves. That includes our success, opportunities, happiness, sadness, anxiety, ego, manipulations, control issues, addictions, and problems or

challenges. The name ho'oponopono is the mantra; "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. May all good come to you. Thank you." By saying this in a sincere way many times to those who have hurt or upset you, you clear memories. If challenged—for example, money flow worries—say to yourself: "I accept responsibility for having limited money. There is something inside me causing this challenge.” To your own heart, mind, and spirit direct: “I am sorry, I love you, and please forgive me. All good now flows to me. Thank you." Repeat again and again to clear memories or feelings which may restrict the flow of prosperity. Or clear anything: old hurts, relationships, health, grief, anxiety, and fear.

The four steps: Step 1: Repentance– I’M SORRY You are responsible for everything in your mind, even if it seems to be “out there.” Once you realize that, it’s very natural to feel sorry. I know I sure do. This realization can be painful, and you will likely resist accepting responsibility for the “out there” kind of problems until you start to

practice this method on your more obvious “in here” problems and see results. So choose something that you already know you’ve caused for yourself? Over-weight? Addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or some other substance? Do you have anger issues? Health problems? Start there and say you’re sorry. That’s the whole step: I’M SORRY. Although I think it is more powerful if you say it more clearly: “I realize that I am responsible for the (issue) in my life, and I feel terrible remorse that something in my consciousness has caused this.”

Step 2: Ask Forgiveness— PLEASE FORGIVE ME Don’t worry about who you’re asking. Just ask! PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Say it over and over. Mean it. Remember your remorse from step 1 as you ask to be forgiven. Step 3: Gratitude— THANK YOU Say “THANK YOU” again. It doesn’t really matter whom or what you’re thanking. Thank your body for all it does for you. Thank yourself for being the best you can be. Thank God. Thank the Universe. Thank whatever it was

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that just forgave you. Just keep saying THANK YOU. Step 4: Love— I LOVE YOU Say I LOVE YOU. Say it to your body, say it to God. Say I LOVE YOU to the air you breathe, to the house that shelters you. Say I LOVE YOU to your challenges. Say it over and over. Mean it. Feel it. There is nothing as powerful as Love. That’s it. The whole practice in a nutshell. Simple and amazingly effective. Suzette Scholtes’ nonfiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the region’s prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park. www.theyogastudio.com news@theyogastudio.com 913-492-9594.


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For Unique, Inspirational, Local, and Non-Traditional Gift Ideas

Holiday KC Metaphysical Fair www.facebook.com/kcmetaphysical www.kcmetaphysical.com Welcome to Kansas City’s most exciting Metaphysical Fair! This is our Holiday gift giving event! Nov 16, 17 and 18. Amazing variety of psychic readers, Astrology, Tarot, Lenormand, Mediums, Palmistry, Reiki, etc. KC’s best! So many unique hand- crafted gifts, Crystals, Gemstones, Jewelry, Herbal teas, and remedies! Handmade body products, artwork, statuary, books, t-shirts, magical tools, aura paintings and more! Get Holiday gift certificates! Free Prize drawings every hour all weekend! WORKSHOPS EVERY HOUR! Cash or credit! Admission $8.00/day. Find $1.00 off coupons here and online! Kids under 10 free. Abdallah Shrine Center 5300 Metcalf OP KS 66202

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Kansas City Healing Project Cancer patient support with energy healing BY JOHN HOEFER

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ach year there are about 9,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the Kansas City area, with about 3,300 cancer-related deaths per year per statistics from the National Cancer Institute. With this number of illnesses and death’s it is a serious health issue in the area. Most likely, we all know one or more of people who are dealing with cancer, the treatments, as well as the side effects of the treatments. Both my dad and step mom died from multiple cancers and I saw the effect it took on them as they navigated the traditional treatments of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I was inspired to find a way to utilize my three years of training at the Core Star Energy Healing School and my practice as an energy healer to assist the Kansas City area cancer patients with reducing the pain and suffering they were having. As a result, the 501©3 Kansas City Healing Project was organized to provide energy healing services by myself and fellow Core Star graduates for cancer patients. We have also expanded the services to include veterans.

significant headache for the three to four weeks before I saw her. What I observed as a healer was that the excess radiation seemed trapped in her head. As part of her session, we reopened the normal energy channels in and around her head and the headache left and remained gone.

The energy healing sessions are offered free of charge to the cancer patient.

cancer also affect the energy field: chemotherapy seems to slow it down and leave it sluggish and radiation therapy sessions seem to leave holes in the field. This is where energy healing can serve a support function to conventional treatments of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Since we started working with cancer patients, we have provided over 4,000 individual healing sessions for Energy Healing is a term to describe various types of Bio-Field clients going through cancer treatments. treatments used to assist a client in balancing their own energy The basic approach to field. The Bio-Field, also known as supporting cancer patients is to our aura, is an energy field that is first rebalance the clients’ energy in and around each living being. field with a technique we call an This field is constantly changing energy balance and then we can with each thought, emotion and use more targeted work in the physical action. Having cancer areas directly impacted. This work affects a client’s energy system in is done with the client fully many ways. The disease itself, clothed while they lay on a along with the stress and anxiety massage table. We have a video of that causes, shows up in the a session on our website: energy field. The treatments for KansasCityHealingProject.org.

These reported outcomes line up with the research showing the positive effects from using energy healing. An article in the journal Cancer showed that patients receiving energy healing sessions while going through cancer treatments had levels of the stress hormone Cortisol become normalized compared other patients not receiving the sessions. These sessions are offered at No Cost to the cancer patient because we have an amazing group of private foundations that support our work.

One of our referral sources, Naomi Glynn at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Menorah If you are a cancer patient or Medical Center, tells us that the veteran and would like to schedule Menorah patients who have had healing sessions are giving her the a no-cost session, please give us a call at 816-718-6358 to see our following feedback: web site for more information.  If they had pain or discomfort KansasCityHealingProject.org. prior to the session, it was often less following the session. 

Anxiety or stress levels were almost always reported as being less.

Depression was reported as lessening for patients who regularly took advantage of the service.

Patients also often reported feeling more energized and less fatigued following the session. One dramatic example was a client who had targeted radiation treatments on her head for a brain tumor. A side effect of this was a

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John Hoefer, MS is a certified energy healer. He founded the Kansas City Healing Project in 2005 to assist cancer patients and veterans with healing, recovery from stress, pain, and anxiety. He currently serves as the Director of both the Kansas City Healing Project and the Core Star Energy Healing School, located in Overland Park, KS.


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Overcoming Fear By understanding and transforming our fears, we open the channels to a new paradigm for living BY LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN

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nxiety. Panic attacks. Angst. These are all symptoms that lead to fear. And when allowed to run your life, fear can be crippling—mind, body, and spirit. You’ve no doubt heard the oft repeated definition of Fear: “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Or perhaps, “Future Events Already Ruined.” Both point to conjuring up troubling, if not worse, situations in our minds that don’t actually exist. And if we follow along these trains of thought, we can shut down, become immobile, and lose the ability to clearly see things for what they really are in any given situation. But once we understand the root and function of fear, we gain an essential tool to overcome our fears and chart a new conscious paradigm for living. What is Fear? According to author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and prominent figure in the New Age movement Deepak Chopra in his article, Fear Not: Better Ways to Deal with Anxiety, “Modern life brings more stress than ever, and a natural reaction to stress is anxiety. It’s a multidimensional response that originates, physically speaking, in the lower brain, where the fight-or -flight response resides, an inheritance shared by almost all animals.”

between our thoughts and how they affect our body is a critical component to overcoming fear. That is why many medical professionals, holistic practitioners, and others say that an integrative approach can create numerous benefits—mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

“Understanding the link between our thoughts and how they affect our body is a critical component to overcoming fear.” open to change—once you understand how.”

but it always involves some level of prolonged confrontation with the feared object or situation. … It may take some time, but ultimately the fear will diminish.” Farchione suggests several remedies to help keep the big, bad, “Fear Daddy” at bay:

Dispelling our Fears Todd Farchione, PhD, Research Assistant Professor at Boston University and the Director of the Intensive Treatment Program at the Center  Create a “fear ladder” to ease for Anxiety and Related into facing our most Disorders at Boston University, frightening situations. says that fear is a natural emotion designed to protect us from  Challenge our thoughts danger and essential for our before, during, and after survival. But, if left alone without facing a frightening situation some good checks and balances, as a way to adaptively manage our fears can limit and stop us our emotions. The second dimension, he says, from doing things we find  Change how we typically is emotional, originating in the important, and from living the life respond to something that part of the mid-brain called the we most desire. frightens us, i.e. resisting the amygdala, ultimately moving into “For some, fear occurs more urge to avoid situations that the cerebral cortex where anxiety frequently or intensely than it make us afraid. is transformed into words and should, or it happens in situations concepts.  Stay in a situation long where it’s less adaptive or just enough in lieu of running “Although every dimension of doesn’t seem to make sense,” says away to allow the space for anxiety causes some region of the Farchione. “The treatment of possible lessening of our fear, brain to ‘light up,’” Chopra says, choice for mastering fears and among others. “you are the ultimate controller of phobias is exposure. Exposure your responses. In the connection treatment can occur in different between mind, body, and spirit, ways, and may be supplemented The Mind Body Connection much of the anxiety response is with other therapeutic techniques, Understanding the link EVOLVINGMAGAZINE.COM

Tom Jacobs, former Benedictine Monk and Founder/ Director of Timber Creek Retreat House in Drexel, MO, one hour south of Kansas City, uses deep breathing, meditation, yoga, affirmations, and other mindbody practices to help people align their thoughts with peaceful, rather than fear-based habits. “Fear can minimize, or fear can motivate,” says Jacobs, “so we should always make the choice that’s opposite of fear’s limited thinking, by doing what the voice of fear says you cannot do.” According to Chopra, fear is defeated by the part of the mind that has learned how to confront fear and emerge the victor. This means we really can overcome our fears and chart a new conscious paradigm for living. “Anxiety is multi-dimensional, but so are you and I, which gives us the ability to acquire emotional resilience, to learn new responses, to learn from others who serve as a model, and to find the core in ourselves that fear cannot disturb.” Lysa Allman-Baldwin is a Motivational Speaker, Freelance and Travel Writer, Publisher and Editor of AmazingEscapades.com: Adventures for the mind, body and belly, and author of the new book, I Cried. And People Loved Me Anyway. Although about to embark upon a “Digital Nomad” lifestyle, Lysa’s current home base is Kansas City, MO.


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The Spiritual Practice of Gratitude BY BEN JAMISON

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t is common around this time of year to start thinking again about gratitude. Typically, we feel grateful throughout the year randomly when circumstances line up just right, so that gratitude gets to sneak in. Then Thanksgiving rolls around, and we put a little more attention on gratitude for a short while before falling back into experiencing gratitude once in a while. Gratitude as a spiritual practice, however, is something that we can consciously engage and experience. A daily practice of gratitude has the power to shift our perspective on life and bring more joy and appreciation to our experience. Gratitude is an activator. As we practice gratitude, we align and open ourselves to the divine flow of abundance. Feeling grateful is, to put it simply, much better than the alternative. But, it can be difficult to experience gratitude when life gets rough. That’s why it’s a practice. The more we practice gratitude, the more natural it will be for us to experience gratitude. Eventually it will become a habit, and we will much more naturally focus on gratitude all the time. So, how do we practice? There are a great many gratitude practices out there, and I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you. Regardless of the gratitude practice itself, the how of the practice is vitally important. Gratitude should be fun! It should be energizing and uplifting, bring a smile to your face, and goose your energy up a notch. If you notice your gratitude practice feeling like drudgery, something you “have to” do but aren’t inspired by, ditch that gratitude practice and find another! Only gratitude freely and joyfully given and experienced will be beneficial. Gratitude that comes from obligation really isn’t gratitude at all and will have the opposite effect of what we’re seeking.

gratitude that I never had before, and experiencing g beauty all around me that I previously had not seen.

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hours. Tony theorized that an intentional experience of extreme gratitude might have a similar, but positive impact. To do a Gratitude Storm, start by setting a timer. This will allow you to forget about time and just focus on gratitude. Begin by focusing as close in to yourself as possible and start listing gratitudes. Start simple. “I’m grateful for this breath. I’m grateful for my eyes that allow me to read this article. I’m grateful for my willingness to grow spiritually.” Intentionally bring the feeling of gratitude into your mind and body and stack gratitude upon gratitude. Move out to bigger and broader things. “I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for the beautiful sky.” Go as quickly and powerfully as you can, storming your mind and body with experiences of gratitude, stacking the feeling of appreciation from each gratitude you list upon those you’ve already noted. Get as big and broad and powerfully grateful as you can before your timer goes off. At first, this might be difficult to get going. You’ll be starting small, so the feelings of gratitude may be small at first. That’s okay. It might also take you a minute to really get rolling with listing your gratitudes. That is okay too. The more you practice, the easier it will be, the grander your gratitudes will be, and the more of The Gratitude Storm them you’ll discover. This practice I learned this practice from Tony can quickly take you from an exRobbins. Science has shown that a perience of upset, frustration, or short time of sustained anger can stuck-ness, to one of energy and suppress the immune system for inspiration. The more boldly you

Sending “thank you” notes is a rarity these days. This makes them an even greater gratitude practice! We also typically look at “thank you” notes for something specific someone has just done for us or in reply to a gift. What if you sent a “thank you” note to someone just to share your appreciation, not predicated on anything they have done recently? “Dear Jim, I just wanted to send you a commit to the Storm, the more powerful your experience will be. note to let you know I appreciate you and your friendship.” Taking the time to write such a note will The “I’m Grateful For…” fill your heart with gratitude for the richness others bring. ReceivGame This practice is as simple as the ing such a note “out of the blue” will make the recipient’s day--if name suggests, but incredibly not week. powerful. The purpose of the game is to look around for and list Gratitude. Appreciation. These as many things that you are grateful for as you can during an activi- energies activate abundance in ty. Commutes to work are perfect our lives. They fuel the Law of for this game. As you drive (while Attraction. They bring to us an experience of richness far beyond ensuring safe driving, of course) anything the physical world can look at your surroundings. What do you see that you can find grati- give. Don’t wait for random life events to align “just so” or a holitude for? “I’m grateful for a full day so that gratitude trickles into tank of gas. I’m grateful I made your experience. Practice it conthat green light. I’m grateful for sciously, intentionally, daily. the creative genius behind cars.” Share it with others. Watch your While the Gratitude Storm is a short, furious listing and feeling of life change. gratitudes, the “I’m Grateful For…” game allows more time to Ben Jamison is a explore and get creative. “I’m dynamic speaker grateful for the creative genius and author for behind cars” can expand into “I’m today's emerging grateful that tires stay inflated, spirituality. In his that someone figured out airbook, Church-Free conditioning, that creativity exists Spirituality: How to at all, and I get to benefit from it! I Craft a Spiritual never noticed the artistry behind Practice Beyond the car design before and the beauty Bounds of Religion, to be found there!” Ben empowers a new generation of I’d been taking the same route seekers to take ownership of their to work for years when I decided spirituality (with or without organized to start playing this game. I soon religion) and create their own discovered prolific bougainvillea personalized spiritual practice. Ben is a blooming all along my route that licensed spiritual counselor through I’d never seen before. Instead of Centers for Spiritual Living and holds a getting frustrated by the radio and Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology. other drivers on my way to work, I www.benjamison.com started feeling gratitude, noticing areas in which I could experience

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Bring Your Sensible Body to the Celebration BY ANN TODHUNTER BRODE

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ith so many distractions, temptations, and expectations, it’s hard to stay centered & present for the holidays. It’s way too easy to over commit, over indulge and be consumed by consumption. More often than not, this ends up, year after year, in exhaustion and disappointment. You know how it goes. From the gathering & feasting of Thanksgiving to the holiday parties & traditions of December, a little indulgence leads to more and more. Before you know, your body and mind are side-tracked on a runaway train to the New Year. Why not try something new this year? Instead of losing your mind in the midst of all the seductions of the season, be mindful of your body. Invite this body- mindfulness to come along with you and listen to your comfort level. From your body’s point of view, being sensible means taking a break when you’re tired, setting limits graciously, and committing to conscious moderation. Being sensible also means showing up with all your senses to partake of the delightsconvivial gatherings, a festive market place, traditional music/ decoration, and seasonal entertainment. Like anything you ingest, your body has to digest the holiday fare. No matter how delightful it iscrowding your calendar, taking on too many obligations, having unreasonable expectations, keeping late hours, buying beyond your budget or even socializing too much- can put you over the edge. Then, you feel out of sorts,

anxious, tense, spaced out, and just plain tired. Remember, too much of anything can result in sensory overload. Let’s take the obvious example of food. Yes, abundant offerings of delicious holiday foods are part of the celebration but quality and quantity are what counts. Being aware of what and how much you ingest means you can enjoy the pleasure without suffering the exhaustion, bloating, and headache of a food hangover. In other words, you can have your cake and eat it too if you have just one piece. As you approach the season ahead, keeping your sensible body in mind will help you make good choices, enjoy them thoroughly, and back away when satiated. As Julia Childs used to say: “Everything in moderation…. Even excess!” Here are some ways to invite your sensible body to the celebration:  Savor the Flavor. When you’re in feasting mode, be present in the moment and thoroughly enjoy the presentation and gustatory delight of each offering.  Take a deep breath. Ninety percent of the taste is sourced in the smell. Aroma is also linked to memory and emotion. Let the smells of roasted nuts, cinnamon and pastry be a reminder of the sweetness in life.

Slow down. Linger a bit. Take time to chew every morsel, letting the experience of richness pass over your taste buds, over and over. Beyond getting the most from each delicious bite, chewing thoroughly is the first step of digestion and experts suggest we eat less when we chew more. Less is more- Palate fatigue happens with foods as well as wine. It’s the first couple of bites that really taste good and overdoing it doesn’t give more pleasure. It just makes your body feel dull, bloated and unhappy. Pay attention- When your belly says it’s had enough, don’t ignore it. Remember, if you tip the balance to overindulgence, it won’t really be fun anymore and you’ll pay the price later. Watch the sugar- If you have an eggnog before dinner and plan to have a brandy afterwards, pass on the pecan pie. Notice how even a moderate indulgence leaves you looking for another sweet bit the next day. Instead of caving, back it off with a carrot or apple. Take time to digest. The rule of thumb is to allow two or three hours before bedtime for digestion.

Ann Todhunter Brode has been an Aston Patterning practitioner and bodyoriented therapist in Santa Barbara for over forty years. A recognized master in her field, she is dedicated to helping people understand and feel comfortable in their bodies. In addition to her clinical practice, Brode shares her personal and professional experience through down-to-earth, compassionate articles on the challenges & rewards of living consciously in the body. Her recently completed book, A Guide to Body Wisdom- What Your Mind Needs to Know About Your Body (Llewellyn Worldwide) will be available June, 2018. More information can be found EVOLVINGMAGAZINE.COM at https://www.llewellyn.com

Every bullet point above not only applies to eating but to anything you do for the holidays. Remember to savor the beauty, slow down to breathe it all in, consume moderately, listen to your body, and digest the experience. Let your sensible body indulge all the joys of the season- the traditional treats, the warm glow of candlelight, the sounds of holiday music, and the good feeling of joyful laughter- as well as the food. You may find that just like your sense of taste is satiated after a few bites of cake, your sense of pleasure may be fulfilled with small doses of shopping, partying, and entertainment. To be honest, being bodymindful through the holidays is a challenging assignment. Old behaviors, triggered emotions, holiday distractions, and peer pressure may undermine your resolve every once in a while. If so, you could find yourself back on the runaway train to over-indulgence. When this happens, you can count on your sensible body to give you some feedback. At some point, you’ll come to your senses again and ask “do I feel centered, refreshed, and present” or “am I uncomfortable, restless, and depleted?” Listen in and make the connection. It’s a simple quid pro quo. Like any physical malady, if you’re not feeling good, you’re out of balance. Try grandma’s remedy: rest, fast, peace and quiet. Perhaps, this is the time to schedule in a nice bath or walk in nature to recharge your energy and recoup your resolve. So, this year, bring your sensible body to the celebration and have a truly Happy Holiday!


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Gratitude for Discomfort: Enjoying the Abundance of What You Never Knew You Wanted BY CLEMENTINE MITCHELL

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othing creates a sense of happiness and ease quite like gratitude. This time of year we tend to visit what we’re grateful for more often than usual. Has it ever occurred to you to be grateful for the gift of discomfort? It might just change your life! Discomfort is not usually the quality of experience we associate with gratitude. Most of the time, we exacerbate discomfort by our reactions to it rather than having any appreciation of what it can contribute to our lives. We tend to add entangling layers such as frustration, blame, worry, anger, judgment, and more. What if discomfort could actually be a gift? What if it was even pleasurable?

questions that give you choices, rather than being at the effect of everything and everyone.

Choose and choose again. Whatever questions you ask, whatever you allow to change, and whatever you choose, you can always choose again. The way we’re taught to be is to pick something and stick to it. Who does that belong to? Is that what works for you? What if no choice you ever made was significant? You can keep choosing and choosing again every ten seconds. There are no rules except the ones you’ve chosen. Get it?!

what someone or something should or shouldn’t be like, how it should feel, look like, or end up, and then construct our lives around it. It’s a total set up and Has it ever occurred to you that rarely yields anything that truly your point of view creates your works for us. reality? When you choose to be During the holiday season grateful for everything, even the where there’s already so much sticky, less preferable bits and charge in the air, and tidal waves pieces, it totally changes the of expectations and emotions are quality of your experience. running rampant, things can Instead of a sense of dread and obviously get messy. It’s a quality heaviness, having gratitude for of discomfort that many know discomfort acts as a magic elixir. well, and would generally prefer It not only changes your to avoid. And yet, how many times immediate state of mind, but do you keep revisiting the same opens up greater possibilities for challenges, emotions, and what you can experience next. dynamics despite trying not to, To be grateful for discomfort as while piling on a hefty dose of self the gift it truly can be, here are a -judgment? few suggestions: Looking at everything as just an interesting point of view is a Everything is just an practice to diffuse all of that. For interesting point of view. every thought, feeling, and Have you noticed how this emotion that comes up, instead of world functions by assessing and reflexively judging or concluding judging everything as either good or resisting, take a step back and or bad, right or wrong? We’ve acknowledge that you’re simply been taught to either align and having a point of view. That’s it. agree, or resist and react to When there’s no more everything. It’s a way that we significance than that, you don’t polarize to create separation and have to solidify your experience– dissonance amongst us and within or anyone else’s–into a problem. ourselves. What if there’s another Problems are also just interesting option? What if everything is just points of view. an interesting point of view? Something to be aware of here, All the judgments we’re so is that once you start alleviating deeply infused with are actually yourself from functioning from based on reference points and resistance and reaction or definitions that are literally made alignment and agreement, those up. We’ve bought or determined around you who have relied on

you to be that way may not respond well. All of their projections and judgments are obviously just points of view as well. This tool works dynamically when you keep practicing it.

Choosing something different often brings on the discomfort. If you don’t make the discomfort significant, it can actually be quite delicious! Imagine if each little pocket of discomfort was like the dangling carrot that keeps leading Ask some questions. you to a greater, ease-filled, joyful So now what? Once you’ve life. Would you be willing to play recognized that your thoughts and with that as a possibility? feelings don’t have to rule your We’re living in a big world with experience, what else can you infinite choices for how to create choose? The key to creating a our lives. For those who are different possibility is asking willing to savor, enjoy, and be questions. grateful for all the little–and A true question is one that sometimes not so little–places of opens space for something discomfort, there is unlimited different to show up. For example, freedom and fun available. start asking, “What else is possible Gratitude for discomfort is a door here?” The idea is not to find an to discovering awareness and answer, but to allow the question possibilities beyond what you’ve to expand the options. ever considered. What if an Imagine you’re at a gathering with someone who’s full of judgment and is creating all kinds of drama. Instead of constricting, reacting, and judging in return, start asking yourself questions. What if this didn’t push your buttons? That one question alone can change everything. Really get the energy of that. What if it didn’t? As you allow in a different possibility, ask more questions such as, “What else can I choose here?” It sounds so simple yet when you connect with the ask, not just utter the words, it’s as if the clouds part and your view of the sky is exponentially more expansive. Be willing to ask the

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abundance of discomfort is truly one of the greatest gifts you could receive?

Clementine Mitchell is facilitator and coach who works intimately with individuals and businesses to generate possibilities for exponentially more expansive futures. Integrating the tools of Access Consciousness™ with over twenty years experience, she invites you to engage your inherent awareness and to own your unique capacities for creating a life and living as the pleasurable exploration of your brilliance. For more details, visit clementinemitchell.com


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November Horoscope SCORPIO (OCT. 23 – NOV. 21) Happy birthday Scorpio! Jupiter changes signs and brings awesome financial blessings! Meditate on opening to the abundance of the Universe and see it pouring down on you. You can also heal self esteem. See yourself as a valuable part of the fabric of your environment, and live from that truth. As Venus moves direct and Mars changes signs, forgive hurts and cynicism in relationships so current ones improve, or you’ll draw positive options for new connections. State your needs with clarity, knowing love can be win/win and isn’t a battlefield. People you interact with want you to be happy! SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 – DEC. 21) Jupiter, the planet of joy and abundance, moves into your sign for a year-long stay! This only happens every twelve years and it’s a renewal of your spiritual direction, career goals and living from your true heart. Meditate on what bring you happiness. Fill your life with people, activities and thoughts that keep you on a path of bliss. When you’re focus on gratitude, everything else will start to fall into place for you. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 – JAN. 19) It’s a perfect month for creative visualization. See yourself living your dreams in your meditation time. Take it a step further and really feel what it will be like to live that reality! Then your challenge will be to carry that emotion into your “regular” life. Be vigilant about negative thoughts that poop on your future desires. Habitual patterns can dismantle what you’re attempting to build. Use compassionate determination to say “No!” to the old ways and passion to say “Yes!” to the new. Connecting with your vision all day improves all areas of your life! AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 – FEB. 18) Financial concerns clear up as Neptune moves direct. You’ll have results pouring in with money, and also with self-esteem and relationships. You can even figure out a solution to a weird health issue. Breakthroughs in

meditation create a deep sense of connection with the Universe and others around you. This is awesome because you often feel isolated, even though people see you as a social butterfly. If single you can meet a partner who links with your values and you also have tons of fun with. Long term love also smoothens out if already bonded. PISCES (FEB. 19 – MARCH 20) Mars, the planet of life direction, enthusiasm and confidence, moves into your sign! These next two months focus and empower you. You’ll accomplish goals with career, relationships and personal growth. Meditation helps you feel internally solid. See yourself as a tree, firmly rooted in the ground, yet flexible as you reach for the sky! You’re stable in you individuality while being in partnerships or groups. You’ll gracefully keep your spiritual and emotional center. Issues around trust and finances resolve. You can even get a major promotion or a amazing new job with Jupiter’s shift of sign! ARIES (MARCH 21 – APRIL 19) Venus and Neptune move direct, clearing up months of relationship confusion. Meditate on how to stay balanced about hopes and expectations vs. reality, whether about relationships, career, or whatever. Communication is key so there will be no assumptions. Also use your creative skills to visualize important life goals, and make sure to take action

steps so they actually manifest! It’s time to renew spirituality, so make efforts to be still and meditate. What seems boring will become an excited inward adventure! TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20) Jupiter changing signs helps heal deep issues about financial abundance. Meditate on what beliefs limit your financial flow and work to challenge and overcome those false concepts. Also ponder how you harbor resentments or fears about emotional betrayal. How do those past wounds block you from present love? Be kind to your body by eating well, getting enough rest and practicing stress reduction. You’ll be more productive even if you take time from work for self care. GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 20) This is a great career month! Problems at work clear up, and you can even get a raise or bonus. If changing jobs, you’ll be challenged in a fun way and be welcomed by everyone there. November is also an awesome relationship time. If partnered, long-term issues can be resolved so you have smooth sailing and lightheartedness. If single, you can meet someone who really matches your values, but also your sense of fun. Enjoy everything life is bringing your way! CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22) As Jupiter and Mars change signs, ponder how you can bring your spirituality into all areas of your life. It’s one thing to feel connected with the love and abundance of the Universe while meditating, but how do you feel while at work and under pressure? Can you be forgiving to someone you encounter daily who really irritates you? Practice being kind and gentle to yourself, even when your unconscious habit is to beat yourself up. This will open all kinds of doors to joy and fulfillment! LEO (JULY 23 – AUG. 22) This month is about healing relationships. Meditation reveals areas where old hurts, betrayal and resentments have blocked the flow of love. Surround

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painful memories with compassion and they will melt away. Practice gratitude with people you’re involved with and so much will shift. A grateful heart draws loving new partners if single. You’ll also open inner doors to financial prosperity. If you have children, those relationships feel guided and blessed as well. And please forgive and love yourself because you are wonderful! VIRGO (AUG. 23 – SEPT. 22) As Neptune moves direct, meditate on retaining your individuality as you interact with others. It’s ok to have different ideas from loved ones. Ponder how conflict can be a loving force that helps both of you evolve, grow, and trust each other more. Jupiter changing signs improves your work life. Maybe you’ll get a new job or have positive shifts in your current situation. Also, think kind thoughts about your body and appearance. Focus on the miracle of how your body serves you and functions well. And tell yourself you’re beautiful, because you are! LIBRA (SEPT. 23 – OCT. 22) Venus, the planet of love, moves direct and gives you a new lease on life! As your ruling planet, it helps you strengthen your selfesteem, health, relationships and finances. Mars changing signs offers new work opportunities and a sense of enthusiasm with career. Jupiter’s shift of sign brightens your mood. Read about the enormous benefits of gratitude and make that a spiritual practice.

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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NOVEMBER 10 USUI / HOLY FIRE REIKI LEVEL I 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Susan Warner’s Healing space, Lenexa. $175. For more information, visit www.radiatewellnessco mmunity.com. NOVEMBER 17 & 18 BEYOND TRIGGER NOVEMBER 10 POINTS – LOW BACK MOON LODGE & HIP Join us for a Divine CEU hours. Call us at Feminine treasure hunt! 816-523-9140 or visit Stephanie Red Feather will www.wellspring.edu for facilitate an interactive more information! journey. 2:00 pm -5:00 pm at 15405 NW 123rd St., NOVEMBER 21 Platte City, MO 64079 Led HEARTLAND AYLLU by Mesa Carrier Stephanie COMMUNITY LINK UP Red Feather. RSVP Monthly Link up gathering stephanieredfeather@yahoo of community, all are .com or 913-515-3271 welcome. We're make medicine gifts for those we NOVEMBER 16 - 18 are thankful for KC METAPHYSICAL and Pachamama. Hosted by FALL FAIR Mesa Carriers Amy Chung $8 Abdallah Shriners, 5300 and Baldwin Chung. 7:00 pm Metcalf Ave, OPKS 66202. - 10:00 pm at 4725 Stearns $10. For more information, Ln, Shawnee, KS 66203 visit www.radiatewellnessco RSVP 816-456-3128 mmunity.com. DECEMBER 1-2 NOVEMBER 17 USUI/HOLY FIRE REIKI STRUCTURAL I & II CORRECTIVE Learn energy healing skills MYOFASCIAL for yourself and others. BODYWORK 1 Intro to essential oils 8 CEU hours. Call us at included. 9am – 6:30pm, 816-523-9140 or visit $380 with early deposit. www.wellspring.edu for CEs for nurses, massage more information! therapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers. Karen Harrison, ICRT Licensed Reiki Master,

Leawood, KS. 816-523-4440 karen@karenharrison.net www.karenharrison.net

ENERGY HEALING SESSIONS FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND VETERANS By Appointment. The DECEMBER 1, 2018 – Kansas City Healing Project JANUARY 25, 2019 provides energy healing ONCOLOGY sessions for cancer patients MASSAGE and veterans. Our clients Tuesday & Thursday have been experiencing a Evenings – Olathe location. reduction of their stress, Call us at 816-523-9140 or anxiety and pain levels. visit www.wellspring.edu for These sessions are provided more information! at NO COST to the client. Contact John Hoefer at ONGOING 816-718-6358 for details. www.KansasCityHealingProj UNITY CHURCH OF ect.org OVERLAND PARK 10 a.m. Sundays only,10850 WEEKLY Lowell, O.P., KS (Cleveland WEDNESDAY YOGA University), www.ucop.org FOR TRAUMA CLASS 3:30-5p & 5:30-7p. $20. REIKI CIRCLE Women’s only. New 2nd and 4th Mondays 7-9 students please come in at p.m. Love offering. All least 15 mins. early. Must welcome. Receive a Reiki RSVP. 816-812-2364 treatment. Cleveland www.DrKatBowie.com for Chiropractic more info. Forward University,10850 Lowell Movement, LLC. 8301 Ave, OP KS, second floor, Stateline Rd St.#202 KCMO soft tissue room. 816-523- 64114 4440 karen@karenharrison.net

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