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October 2018 ~ Vol. X, Issue 8


ENERGY All That Is

Are Your Thoughts Derailing Your Resilience?




Dear Friend,


When I bought my bright blue Dodge last winter, I commented that it was a unique color and model, one I had never seen. Almost immediately, everywhere I drove I saw not only the exact color blue but would frequently find myself parked near the exact same car. Has this happened to you? You learn about something new or start looking for a particular item to purchase, and you see it everywhere

you turn? This is a small part of the law of attraction—or energy in action. Our thoughts, our attention, put a desire into action and thereby create manifestation. My mom has always joked that I’m a Master Manifestor--implying that I get anything I desire. This isn’t totally true; but, I do get a lot of what I want. What I’ve learned through the years is a process of creation. Think of a Mind Map: You have a central idea or goal. From there you branch off with sub-ideas and other items that instantly come to mind. It’s a brainstorming technique that’s used as a visual way of learning and has been proven to help with retention. But it’s also a way I personally view the law of attraction. For example, and back to my mom’s reference that I get what I want, I manifest my desires in a way similar to the mind map. I have a central desire. I will put out branches in many directions, without the constraint of attachment. Because when I have many ‘pots in the fire’ as they say, it’s easy to release attachment—that need that can hinder the flow of energy—and wait for what comes next. It’s a passive process (one of releasing the need to acquire and being open to what flows in from what is put out), but it’s also an active (passionate) process. By making decisions and putting them into motion, I start the momentum for a desire to manifest and return. And something always does. Because of my fascination with the process of creation, the October “Energy in Action” issue is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy the variety of articles we have focusing on energy, manifestation, and the Law of Attraction.

The Law of AttrACTION 13

Who Is In Your Energy Field? 14

Energy: All That Is 16

The Soul Cleansing Journey

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Axis Chiropractic + Wellness Brings Integrative Wellness Care to Greater Kansas City

my needs could be met to provide the foundation to recovery.” A maxim followed across the multitude of disciplines at the Axis Chiropractic + Wellness office is that of teaching a man to fish. Taken further, Dr. Chambers says, “By providing classes on cooking, nutrition, mental health, yoga, meditation, and the like, we provide the means for patients to pick up the tools necessary to stay healthy for a lifetime. We must get

back to the rudiments of what makes us healthy and reclaim this as our culture.” Axis Chiropractic + Wellness welcomes those interested in freeing themselves of the “sickcare” system and are ready to reclaim their health. For more information, visit: www.axiscw.com.

Luminous Warrior by medical anthropologist and bestselling author, Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., explains what the shamans of the Andes call the sacred We didn't come into this life dream─the with a set of instructions. There revelation of our are no maps, no guide book, no mission in life and owner's manual to help us place in the cosmos. navigate it. So, how do we let go of Through stories, fear? Create our own dream? Find practices, rites, and our own sacred destiny and live ceremonies, the book the life we were each meant to explores how to live? transform the daydreams that The Heart of the Shaman: keep us trapped in a nightmare Stories & Practices of the and help us discover our true

destiny on earth. "Many people have replaced the sacred dream with a dream of fame and fortune, power, and Facebook likes," Dr. Villoldo writes. "Meanwhile we are facing global crises─from climate change, to species extinction, to war, famine, and disease─all of which are calling us to dream a new dream for ourselves and the world." Discovering our sacred dream requires commitment and

courage. It challenges us to look beyond the familiar and embark on a quest. It calls on us to never compromise our integrity, nor allow ourselves to be seduced by the easy path. Finding our dream─our destiny─liberates us from a life of fear and insecurity, bringing beauty and order to chaos. Published by Hay House, The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major booksellers.

Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community's Quest to Reinvent the World

in deep community in balance with nature. Initially, the young family discovers a blossoming Transition Town with a miniscule carbon footprint, organic farms, community work parties, and a pace of life reflected in its denizens’ longevity and happiness. They build an adobe house beside a prolific orchard and weave their lives into a creative community of Bolivians and foreigners. But it isn’t long before tropical insects ravish their organic garden and invade their house Carbon-neutral transition initiatives sputter. And North American-inspired capitalism—mines, malls, Big-Ag — extends its seductive tentacles, threatening Bolivia’s pioneering Law of Mother Earth and the very foundations of the Sweet Life. Joining the battle is a motley crew of permaculturists, bio-builders, artists, beer

brewers, earnest university students, creative businesspeople, and public officials who, against all odds, struggle to forge a Global South model of self-sufficiency and sustainable happiness. Can one family overcome the obstacles to living a sustainable, happy life? Can a vulnerable town confront fast corporate globalization, defending a slow economy and community? Can the Bolivian nation, in the end, forge a workable alternative to inspire an endangered planet?

Axis Chiropractic + Wellness has recently opened a wellness center that caters to all facets of integrative health. Apart from

massage and chiropractic, they also offer naturopathic and functional medicine, nutrition, counseling, energy healing, and yoga classes, all under one roof. “For the longest time I’ve dreamed of playing a role in building something on this order,” Dr. Benjamin Chambers, chiropractor and owner of Axis Chiropractic + Wellness says. “When I was sick many years ago, I longed for a place where all of

A How-to Guide for Living Your Greatest Destiny

Most of us have thought about chucking it all—the job, the bills, and the stuff. All of it. But then what? In Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World, William Powers actually does it, chronicling the trials and joys of a family striving to live sustainably off the work-and-spend treadmill in South America. In his first book, Twelve by Twelve, Powers lived in an offgrid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan microapartment in search of slow in the

fastest city in the world. In Dispatches from the Sweet Life, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, humanity, and happiness in Suraqueta, Bolivia, a subtropical town where the Andes meets the Amazon. Surequeta is also a Transition Town—a model community that aims to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability. Worldwide, about sixteen hundred Transition initiatives currently exist, part of a global Transition Network, in which local communities foster “glocal” low-carbon economies through alternative energy, local consumption, organic agriculture, and more. Leaving behind America’s work-and-spend treadmill La Familia Powers embrace the potential of the Sweet Life (vivir bien)—the Bolivian idea that happiness is best achieved


William Powers has worked for more than a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Atlantic and many other publications. He speaks and writes widely as an expert on sustainable development. He lives in Bolivia. His website is WilliamPowersBooks.com.



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Journey to Wholeness

Your Quantum Life BY JUDE LACLAIRE, PH.D.


recent experience confirmed for me what I have come to believe and practice after much study and life learning. A client was very sad and upset that she was separated by thousands of miles from her much loved dog. The vet had let her know that the dog was not doing well and needed a specific procedure. We spent some time imagining that she was with her, soothing and calming the dog. I encouraged her to send healing thoughts and images. Later that day she called to tell me she had spoken to the vet, and he told her they did the procedure, and her dog was doing well. He also let her know the dog was so calm and relaxed they did not need to anesthetize the dog for the procedure. She asked when this took place, and learned it was approximately the time she was sending her healing thoughts and images. I am sure that many of you have had similar experiences of sending or receiving energy, whether with animals or fellow humans. What does this tell us about the nature of life and how we can be more deeply transformative in how we view energy flow? Much of my paradigm shift began in the 70s when I was exploring holistic approaches to counseling, education, and physical health. My own health issues led me to explore biofeedback, homeopathy, acupuncture, Rolfing, meditation, guided imagery, and dream work. I began to learn about approaches that were based on the principles of the interconnectedness of mind and body, and the self and the environment. I began to learn that the power of what we think, say, or do can change both the inner and outer worlds and the ability to recognize different states of consciousness play a role in healing. I read Fritjof Capra’s book, The Tao of Physics (1975) with great

“He recognized the recurring patterns of life in art, music, myths, and culture as ‘archetypes.’ He taught us to acknowledge the transcendent function, which goes beyond the sensory process.” fascination as he talked about the paradigm shift from the mechanistic and reductionistic Newtonian and Cartesian theories of physics to the more holistic and ecological views of quantum physics. “Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.” He noted that, “The scientific view of universe is coming, in essence, to that of the Asian religions.” He more specifically mentions Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. They understood the interconnectedness of all things-that the ultimate reality is hidden in all things and events. We see quantum physics and other modern sciences substantiating ancient sacred traditions.

Studying Carl Jung’s psychology helped me to see the personal transformational power of embracing this view of life. He described the unexplained and interconnected events happening in harmony for others and us as ‘synchronicity.’ He recognized the recurring patterns of life in art, music, myths, and culture as ‘archetypes.’ He taught us to acknowledge the transcendent function, which goes beyond the sensory process. In the early 80s, Rupert Sheldrake, a biochemist and author, wrote Morphic Resonance talking about the inherent memory in life, which he observed in animals. He cited examples of dogs, cats, and other animals having what appeared to be


telepathic abilities to sense when their owners would return home, would anticipate earthquakes and tsunamis, and could also anticipate seizures or other medical problems with humans. In his early experiments he asked owners to come home at different times of the day and with different transportation modes, telling no one of their plans. The dogs, cats, and birds would begin their anticipatory behaviors like going to the door, looking out the window, chirping their song, etc. He summarized his studies and over 4,500 reports from others in his 1999 book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home! And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals. These amazing teachers and life explorers help us to understand the interconnection of all life and how we can communicate in ways that go beyond the boundaries of time and space. It empowers us to use the moment in healing ways for ourselves and others. Just as my client could change the life of her dog thousands of miles away, we can change ourselves and our environment by what we think, imagine, and do. Remember and use your powers often!

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Wisdom Within

Free Yourself from “The Judge” BY SUZETTE SCHOLTES


met with an executive the other day for the first time. I shared that my work is teaching yoga. His look and body language altered the conversation. The frozen smile could not mask his arrogance and superiority. He may as well have said to me, “So where exactly do you wait tables?” Not that there is anything wrong with waiting tables! (see here it is easy to slip into a judgment.) Yoga teaches us to watch the nature of our thoughts, feelings, and the power of our choices. I speak often how important this is. If we find ourselves being harsh or unkind to ourselves, learn to “flip the switch.” One way to flip the switch is to feel gratitude for the good we have or to remember the love. Judging self or others is not the same as discernment. While judgment can be destructive, discernment is still needed to live from a place of wisdom and choice. If you are at the grocery and see apples shiny and red or apples brown and rotting, which do you choose to buy? Often judging others is hiding some unconscious need to feel superior, yet the persons passing out the judgment have no clue. In their heads, they are golden. I would suggest, but it is subjective, that people who judge harshly may have issues with self-trust or trusting others. Or they are so full of themselves, they have to bulldoze their opinion around like those big SUVs that dominate the highway. Each of us have the right to think and choose to make our decisions based on our assessments, our boundaries, our beliefs, and hopefully, “to cause no harm.” We need to discern what and who we want to take on, what is safe, who we should or shouldn’t trust, who we wish to share and care about, etc. When I learned to let go of judging myself, many wonderful things started to shift for me for the better. I became less apt to get

“If we free ourselves from judging ourselves and others, we live in love more than fear and celebrate the joy of self-trust ever more.” down on myself in any way when I let that old pattern go. I would realize that this “tension” was not really coming from me but being projected by the other person. Then I made the choice to pull away, forgive myself and them for this fast judgment. The key I find is to forgive myself for getting caught up with them in the first place and then to really use discernment in what I wish to share with them. Even though this takes away from a true level of intimacy, it serves as a shield of protection. Now to be clear on the difference of judgment and discernment. Being judgmental comes from the “I am right; you are wrong mindset.” As for discernment, this skill is used when we choose to make an informed decision from an objective point of view. We use our integrity (being moment-tomoment responsible) to honor

ourselves and others, trusting our inner voice/intuition more through love than fear. At some level, we are all moving into a higher vibration of awareness, especially readers of Evolving Magazine. Discernment is a higher vibrational tool. Discernment is the act of making choices based upon the amount of love in our hearts. Where there is love, there is no room for judgment. Another tool is to release attachments to your old belief systems, especially those which were handed down to you by parents or institutions. When daily life becomes more fulfilling and we experience some degree of joy and passion, we know we are in the flow with the world around us. If we free ourselves from judging ourselves and others, we live in love more than fear and celebrate


the joy of self-trust ever more. You truly help raise the consciousness of others just by your presence. What a gift you are as you open the doors to more intimacy of love and caring!

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.

Holistic Health


Chronic Headache Relief BY NANCY RUSSELL, M.D.


re you a headache sufferer and endure many days of pain a month? Chronic headaches are one of the most common causes of pain for people in our society. Headaches can be from many causes and must be carefully evaluated. A serious headache that sends you to the emergency room is when you have the worst headache of your life that comes on suddenly; this may be a hemorrhage or bleeding in your brain which is life threatening. If the headache is associated with numbness or weakness of an extremity, vision loss, or confusion, seek medical attention right away. Chronic headaches vary in location, severity, type of pain and are divided into primary and secondary. Primary headaches include primary tension headaches, muscle contraction headaches, migraine headaches— with or without aura, cluster headaches, cough headaches, stabbing headaches, headache from exertion, stabbing headache, hynic headache (awakens a person from sleep), unilateral (one sided) headaches, dailypersistent headache, headache from exertion, trigeminal neuralgia, etc. Secondary headaches can be due to trauma, dehydration, infection, structural problems with the bones of the face, teeth, jaw, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, brain tumor, or other structures or substance abuse or withdrawal. The two most common types of headaches are migraine headaches and tension headaches. Forty-five million Americans have one or the other on a regular basis. Both can be very treatable and preventable with nutrition and natural remedies. Migraine headaches are caused by inflammation or irritation of structures that surround the brain or affect its function. While the brain itself has no pain nerve

“Tension headaches account for 75 percent of all headaches.They tend to start and fade away gradually, with moderate pain on both sides of the head and across the forehead.� fibers, everything else above the shoulders, from the neck, skull, and face, can cause a person to have head pain. Migraines may be associated with warning signs, also called an aura, which is described as visual changes such as flashing lights or blurry vision and occasionally cause nausea, sweating, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can last for several hours to several days and sleeping can be helpful in resolving the headache. To find underlying triggers and causes for migraine headaches can be helpful. Common triggers are cheeses, alcohol (especially wine), strong smells, MSG, and stress headaches. Potential underlying causes include unresolved emotional conflicts, relationship issues, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies and sensitivities, hormonal imbalance, etc. The most common nutritional deficiencies include magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and vitamin B-6. Other nutrients to add that may be beneficial for migraine

headaches are fish oil and the herbs feverfew and butterbur. Food allergies and food sensitivities can be assessed with blood tests or an elimination diet and hormonal testing with blood or saliva. Chiropractic care and acupuncture can also be helpful, as well as correcting TMD (temporal mandibular dysfunction). Tension headaches account for 75 percent of all headaches. They tend to start and fade away gradually, with moderate pain on both sides of the head and across the forehead. Some people describe it as a band of pain around the whole head. The immediate cause is tension in the muscles of the neck, specifically the sternocleidomastoid muscles which turn your head from side to side. Often time a tender knot or trigger point can be found in the middle of that neck muscle. This point refers pain and tenderness to the sides of your forehead in the temple area and across it. Some people get tension headaches at the base of the skull,


on the top of the head, and/or behind the eyes. Treatment of tension headaches include stretching exercises, topical therapies, nutritional support, and handson body work. Exercises can be learned from a physical therapist or chiropractic doctor and using Tai Chi exercises can strengthen and stretch the muscles to improve blood flow. Topical therapies include: hot compresses or cold, menthol-containing creams, essential oils such as lavender and peppermint, hemp extract creams, etc. Some headaches respond better to warmth and some to cold so alternating the treatment can help you decide which is best for you. Supplements that can be helpful are magnesium, willow bark, boswelia, and cherry extract. Better sleep can help prevent tension headaches using lavender, passion flower, gaba support and magnesium. Other therapies that can be helpful for tension headaches include massage therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and dry needling. Seek assistance in your journey to minimize your headaches, get to the root of the problem and individualize a treatment plan with your integrative, functional medicine physician or provider.

Nancy Russell, M.D., is a holistic Internal medicine physician, blending traditional and alternative medicine in her Kansas City northland practice for over 30 years. For more information on getting to know Dr. Russell, visit her website, www.nancyrussellmd.com or call her office at Nurturing Optimal Wellness at 816-453-5545.

10 Eating Well in Kansas City

Fuel Your Feminine Body the Right Way BY ANGELA WATSON ROBERTSON


simple Google search tells us that women need fewer calories and more nutrients than men to be healthy. Yet, this isn’t discussed enough. The fact is, as women—we are very different than men in so many ways (duh, right!?). However, it seems when it comes to nutrition and health many of us believe the age-old “calories in, calories out” routine and often compare ourselves way too much to our male counterparts.

The Unique Nutritional Needs of Women 

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Women have a very different hormonal makeup (another duh!).

If you have the MTHFR gene mutation, as I do, you’ll want to avoid any supplements with folic acid in them and stick to a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin that uses Methylfolate instead. Get tested for this, especially if you’re pregnant.

6. Adjust your nutrition and supplementation based on your activitylevel and lifestyle. due to this. I recommend that all of my clients get their current levels checked, but going straight to a hormone therapy (i.e., a cream, pill, injection, etc) may not be wise.

Women have a unique role as the bearers of children.

There are many ways to balance your hormones naturally and often lifestyle and diet changes Women tend to be smaller can do the trick. Keep in mind and have higher fat percentages than men—thus that this may take time and patience, but gently bringing your they need fewer calories, yet foods that are nutrient-dense body back into balance will do to get what they need (i.e., we wonders for your long-term health instead of focusing on a quick fix. must be a bit pickier about what we eat!).

Women of childbearing age need extra iron due to blood loss during menstruation.

As women age, we need extra calcium due to the decline of estrogen with menopause.

During pregnancy, women need extra of almost everything—especially folate or folic acid.

So, what do you do to make sure you’re getting what you need? A few things:

1. Get your hormone levels checked.

from food, eat plenty of vitamin-c rich foods like oranges, broccoli, and tomatoes (yay, a whole foods diet!). Get your iron levels checked by your doctor. You may need an iron supplement.

4. Think about your bones.

Most nutrition experts recommend that women get more calcium to support bone-density, especially as we age (as in over 30). This is really important while you’re pregnant since your baby will be taking calcium from your bones to create a new human. I 2. Be picky with your food. recommend you eat foods rich in calcium as often as possible as Experiment and learn what foods you'll absorb calcium from food work for your unique body easier than from a supplement. (regardless of what your cutie-pie That being said, talk to your or work-spouse eats!) Be picky, doctor about taking a calcium or sweetheart, as you know what is bone-health supplement if your best for you. The best thing you levels are low or you are at risk for can do for your beautiful, osteoporosis. Please note: Taking feminine body is to eat nutrienttoo much calcium can be dense foods that are whole and dangerous to your heart health. unprocessed as often as possible. Make sure you work with a doctor You may need less than the men or health professional to around you, but you need lots of determine how much to take. nutrients.

3. Get more iron.

5. Take Folate, or folic acid.

Get more iron from a diet rich in Especially if you’re pregnant, meat, fish, and poultry (grass-fed, your body needs folate, or folic pasture-raised, wild-caught, Much has been written about the organic as applicable, ideally) acid, big time! Your multivitamin importance of keeping our or prenatal vitamin may have all If you’re vegetarian, you can eat that you need, so check with your hormones balanced (men and women), and hormonea ton of iron-rich foods, which is health coach, doctor, or midwife great, but remember this can be replacement therapy (HRT) or for their recommendations. bioidentical hormone replacement harder for some of us to absorb. therapy (BHRT) is a big business To increase the iron you absorb


If you exercise a lot or push your body in extreme ways, do your homework or work with a health coach or medical professional to learn what more you need to keep yourself healthy and balanced.

7. Work with a Certified Coach. You can find out a lot of what you need to know online- yet working with a Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach, like myself, gives you more than information. You may know WHAT you need to do based on a recent google search, but do you know HOW to do it? Plus, when the going gets tough you’ll have the support you need to see it through.

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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The Many Benefits of Turmeric BY CHRISTIAN WILDE at Harvard Medical and developer of the high sensitivity CRP blood test for inflammation said, “We couldn’t get anyone to talk about inflammation’s role and now it is everywhere.” Today, more than a decade later, inflammation is universally recognized at the base of most diseases and definitely all chronic diseases including arthritis as well as the aches and pains associated his golden spice from with fibromyalgia and menopause. Southeast Asia and the For the record, our bodies require mid-east, whose history a certain amount of inflammation reaches back thousands as part of the natural and of years and with more than 6,900 temporary healing process to documented biomedical studies in injury but when the condition the last 20 years, continues to gain becomes long-term, inflaming unprecedented popularity in the vessels, arteries, and organs, West. Is there some advantage including the brain and this natural anti-inflammatory contributing to dementia and may provide for you and your Alzheimer’s, the internal fires over family? time take their insidious toll. There are more than 600 health Ultimately, turmeric may be the conditions believed benefiting most effective, natural, and from turmeric and its main inexpensive anti-inflammatory component curcumin. When my known. Here are a few more book, Hidden Causes of Heart diseases of the inflammatory Attack and Stroke subtitled: syndrome, cancer, diabetes, (inflammation, cardiology’s new neurological diseases, including frontier) was released, depression, Parkinson’s, heart inflammation was just beginning disease, and stroke, and, of course to be talked about in medical the contribution of general stress, circles and as Dr. Paul Ridker, to mention only a few. Director of Preventive Cardiology Dr. Andrew Weil, a world leader in turmeric research once said, “The benefits of turmeric may be too many to mention.” Turmeric author and researcher M.D., Ph.D, Bhrat Aggarwal (published on the subject more than 600 times) wrote, “In 50 years of research I have seen no cancer that has not benefited from turmeric”


“There are more than 600 health conditions believed benefiting from turmeric and its main component curcumin.”

“Ultimately, turmeric may be the most effective, natural and inexpensive anti-inflammatory known.” ARTHRITIS, TURMERIC AND THE NSAIDS If you are one of approximately 350 million people worldwide and 40 million in the US who are living with rheumatoid arthritis (or more than 21 million Americans impacted with osteoarthritis), then this may apply to you. If you are currently taking one of the following (partial list) of NSAIDS: Aleve, Celebrex, Naprosyn, Diclofenac, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Voltaren, or with at least 15 other generic names both OTC and prescription, you may want to discuss the following information with your physician. The amount of deaths yearly attributed to NSAIDS is 17,000. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was strengthening an existing warning label that non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The British Medical Journal finds that NSAIDs


increase the risk of heart failure. Here is the takeaway: In head to head studies, turmeric not only outperformed the NSAIDS but did so without side effects.

Christian Wilde is a medical author and researcher who has authored two landmark books, Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and Stroke and Miracle Stem Cell Heart Repair. He also authors the Christian Wilde Stem Cell and Turmeric Research Report covering more than 87 catastrophic diseases. Learn more at www.MyHeartBook.com.

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Locally Made Foodie Stops in Fredericksburg,Texas PHOTOS BY JILL DUTTON


arm-to-table. Pick-your-own. What about locally made? Next time you visit Fredericksburg, Texas, plan to savor these locally-made favorites.

Chocolat Specializing in liquid-center chocolates filled with spirits, wine, coffee, and fruit nectar, Chocolat is the sole American manufacturer using the European method which dates back nearly two centuries. Locally made and more than 28 years in business, Chocolat also offers silky fudge, truffles, colettes barks, caramels, and more.


Fredericksburg Fudge

Completely made from scratch, Fredericksburg Fudge and Das Peach Haus Fischer & Wieser’s Das Peach Haus is home to Sundries uses all natural ingredients and no preservatives or fillers for their decadent

Das Peach Haus all of Fischer & Wieser’s award-winning local products, from The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce to Mom’s Garlic & Basil Pasta Sauce. It is also home to the new Culinary Adventure Cooking School, which utilizes Fischer & Wieser products and other local ingredients.

Dutchman’s Market Open since 1986, Dutchman’s Market offers a fresh local meats counter, meat condiments, a cheese and smoked meats counter, and sandwiches made fresh every day. Custom butchering and processing is also available.

Fredericksburg Brewing Company

La Bergerie Market fudge. They also offer more than 60 different candies, as well as daily samples of their sweets.

Fredericksburg Pecan Company Opened a little more than 15 years ago, Fredericksburg Pecan Company offers local Texas Hill Country 100 percent natural pecans and pecan products, from the pure pecan to chocolate covered and spiced pecans, as well as gifts and tins.

La Bergerie Market The newest store on this list, La Bergerie Market, is stocked with wines, house-made charcuterie, hand-selected cheeses, Joju Bakery breads, and plenty of gift items.

Brewing beer in Fredericksburg since 1994, the Fredericksburg Brewing Company is the oldest brewpub in Texas and offers awardwinning fresh ales and German-style lagers Opa’s Smoked Meats brewed on-site in copper kettles. Grab a Established in Fredericksburg about 60 years growler to fill up and take home with you, or ago, Opa’s Smoked Meats crafts hand-made even get a to-go cup to sip as you browse Main sausages using traditional methods, as well as Street shops. other slow-smoked meats and hand-crafted EVOLVINGMAGAZINE.COM

head cheese, all made on-site. Pop in any time during operating hours for a sample.

Elk Store Winery & Distillery

Elk Store Winery & Distillery Following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Todd Smajstrla, along with Scott Hladky, two Czech brothers from two different mothers, proudly produce small batch moonshine, gin, rum, and whiskey from a oneof-a-kind handmade Kentucky copper still. For more foodie goodies in Fredericksburg: www.VisitFredericksburgTX.com/food-wine. Jill Dutton is publisher of Evolving Magazine. Nearly four years ago she began traveling the US by train and plane writing feature articles and a series of guidebooks. While traveling she seeks out what foods are indigenous to an area, the local food scene, outdoor activities, wine & spirits, and wellness modalities. Readers of Jill’s blog (www.USAbyRail.blog) have come to expect an intimate look at authentic travel experiences. Find Jill’s travel guide: Best of Kansas City: 3-Day Itinerary at Unanchor.com.

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idely known in pop -spirituality, the Law of Attraction is an entry point for many spiritual seekers onto a spiritual path. Unfortunately, due to only a surface level understanding of this Law, many leave spiritual practices again when what they think the Law of Attraction is doesn’t work for them. Looking at a picture of a mansion for twenty minutes each day doesn’t magically drop said mansion in one’s lap. (Thankfully. That would hurt!) The Law of Attraction requires more than vision boards. By understanding the action that the law of Attraction requires, practitioners of all levels can more powerfully use this spiritual tool. However, before we get into looking at what internal and external actions we can take to active this Law, we must first ensure that what we are using the Law to attract to us is aligned spiritually. The Law of Attraction is a Universal Law of Spirit. As such, any desire we bring to the Law of Attraction that isn’t aligned with Spirit will, at best, fail to manifest. Worse, we do manifest our desire along with significant karma. Spirit is unconditionally loving, never inflictive, and gives freely of Itself to all of us all the time. Spirit is the true nature of everyone. To ensure our desires align with Spirit, we must ask two questions. Does my desire harm, directly or indirectly, anyone or anything; and, do I want this same desire for everyone else? Given that Spirit is noninflictive, any desire that harms is unaligned with Spirit. Furthermore, Spirit is all there is. It is the Life lived by all of us, so any harm intended toward anyone is also harm intended toward Spirit and ourselves as well. Indirect harm, such as, “Once I get this thing, I’ll show them,” also disqualifies a desire.

Since Spirit gives freely of Itself to everyone all the time, any desire that you want for yourself but would withhold from others is also unaligned. A Law based on freely giving can’t be used to withhold. Furthermore, if you desire something, you obviously think that thing would be beneficial. Is it not harmful to withhold something beneficial from others? Once you’ve made sure your desire is aligned with Spirit, there are internal and external actions to take. Creating a vision board is an external action. Contemplating the vision board daily is an internal action. However, there are many more internal and external actions we can take in the activation of the Law of Attraction.

Internal Action—Claim It While you are test driving or open housing or observing loving, connected relationships, claim the experience as yours. While you test drive the car, bring the mentality that the dealer is actually a friend and you are showing off your new car. Mentally place your furniture in the house you’re viewing. Intentionally generate the feeling of being in a loving relationship within yourself.

External Action—Acting As If You may have heard this suggestion before and found it frustrating. How do I act as if I have the wealth I’m trying to manifest without that wealth? I like to schedule “and so it is” dates. Engage a confidant in your manifestation process and have External Action--Engaging conversations with them about What You Want your desired manifestation as if it If you’re attracting a car, go test had already manifested. Of drive the car even if you can’t course, you need to pick this afford it just yet. If you want to person carefully. They must be buy a house, start going to open open to the miraculous and houses. If it is a relationship, go playing deep with you. where couples go and begin observing them to create your list of what you want in a relationship. Actually write a list. EVOLVINGMAGAZINE.COM

Internal Action—Acting As If Ask yourself, “How would I be thinking and feeling if my desire were already here?” and then intentionally think those thoughts and feel those feelings. There are many internal and external actions we can take while engaging the Law of Attraction; but, we must take action! Most importantly, show up to those actions with a positive expectancy and gratitude for the manifestation already complete! Ben Jamison is a dynamic speaker and author for today's emerging spirituality. In his book, Church-Free Spirituality: How to Craft a Spiritual Practice Beyond the Bounds of Religion, Ben empowers a new generation of seekers to take ownership of their spirituality (with or without organized religion) and create their own personalized spiritual practice. Ben is a licensed spiritual counselor through Centers for Spiritual Living and holds a Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology. www.benjamison.com



Who Is In Your Energy Field? Do You Really Want Them There? (And How To Clear Them Out) BY STEPHANIE RED FEATHER


s empaths (sensitive beings), we naturally have very open energy fields, big hearts, and a desire to serve others. This makes us exceptional therapists, healers, energy workers, coaches, healthcare professionals, and servers in similar careers. Unfortunately, when we are not conscious of our energy field, we often have loose, sloppy, or non-existent boundaries. This means the edges of our energetic container are not well defined, if at all (think Swiss cheese). One consequence of this is that we tend to let everybody into our energetic (and even physical) space indiscriminately.

We Are Energetic Servers There are many reasons for this. On the positive end of the spectrum, it is because we are naturally kind, helpful, compassionate, and thoughtful.

On the unhealthy end of the spectrum, it can be because we are codependent, define ourselves by how others view us, or have no idea how to say no. Either way, it is not uncommon for unconscious empaths to walk around carrying everyone they know in their energy field. On multiple occasions, I have lovingly sent clients right back out my office door as soon as they arrived and instructed them to leave everyone they walked into my office with outside the threshold. Sometimes I would give them a handful of crystals to create physical representations of whom they were leaving outside the door. One client shared, “I was a little taken aback when Stephanie made me go back outside. I had no idea I was carrying so many people with me. Once I left them

outside, I was kind of disoriented and lonely because I had so much space within my energy field. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I soon realized how much I let everyone else define me.” Because it is so easy for empaths to merge with other people and take on their energy, beliefs, values, emotions, habits, and more, the line between where we end and the next person begins can become indistinguishable. In learning to disunite people from our sovereign space, it creates breathing room, frees up our life force, and gives us greater access to our own voice and truth.

But Wait, There’s More Yet to the who in your energy field, you need to also add the what. In addition to all the people, we also carry around problems, health issues, pets, decisions, unforgiveness, shoulds, old belief systems

and so much more. No wonder we feel overwhelmed and claustrophobic! It is easy to become numb to all of the baggage and energetic clutter we accumulate over time. We acclimate to it and don’t recognize how bogged down, confused and exhausted we have become in the process. Fair warning: once you become aware of these energies, it will be almost impossible to go back to ignorance of them. Which, I suppose, is the point if you want to evolve in consciousness! In the sidebar I created a powerful tool that anyone can use, as many times as needed, to become aware of who and what is in your energy field. It is an excellent exercise for illustrating just how much you are carrying around with you at any given time.

Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others. ~Brene Brown


Establishing a Conscious Check-In Practice

Whatever you have identified that doesn’t need to be in your field, lovingly but firmly move them I wish it were a one-and-done kind of act, but tending to your energy field outside your sovereign space. Next to intention, the breath is a and boundaries is a daily and lifelong practice. The most important habit to powerful tool as it acts like a reset button for the energy body. I regularly develop is checking in with yourself. use my breath as a tool for moving This only takes a few minutes, and I energy. In combination with encourage you to do it several times intention, the two create a fairly throughout the day and especially complete short practice. From time to before bed. Your check-in practice can consist of time, however, I would encourage you multiple assessments, including your to do a longer and more thorough check-in and clearing. physical, mental, emotional, and energetic state, the condition of your Practice Makes Practical edges (boundary), as well as looking at As empaths, it is natural for us to who and what is in your field that isn’t merge with others; it is much more serving you. Adopting an abbreviated difficult to stay centered in our own version of the exercise in the sidebar is selves. Tending to our energy field, a good way to start until you become managing boundaries, and creating a adept. As the practice becomes a habit, daily energy hygiene practice is critical your system will automatically start to remaining grounded in our own giving you feedback, and the check-in authenticity and maintaining clarity process will shorten. about what is and is not ours. No The point of checking in is to give matter where you are on your you the opportunity to notice your evolutionary path, making conscious patterns and make any necessary choices about who and what is allowed adjustments, including clearing your in your energy field will help you stay field. There are a variety of ways to firmly anchored in your sovereign clear your energy field, but your seat. intention is the most powerful one.

EXERCISE: Who Is In Your Energy Field? Preparation: Create a circle around you approximately four feet in diameter. You can use rope, a hula hoop, crystals or scarves strung together. The idea is to create a visual boundary. You will also need a pad of sticky notes and a pen. Write down whatever comes to you for each of the categories below. One item per sticky. Then place each sticky inside your circle. 

Every person in your energy field: family, friends, co -workers, etc.


Decisions/issues/problems you are contemplating

Health concerns

Major stressors, whether on-going or one-time

Things you feel responsible for

Unforgiveness (who you aren’t forgiving)

Shoulds (which includes should nots)



Any other categories you can think of

Look at all of your stickies and take a moment for the impact to sink in. What initial reaction are you noticing in your body? Journal now about everything you’ve written down, asking yourself the following questions:

Stephanie Red Feather is a divine feminine change agent and champion of empaths. She is the founder of Blue Star Temple, offering experiential workshops, initiatory processes, and private facilitation to help empaths embrace their soul's calling to evolve humanity to the next level of consciousness. Visit her website: www.bluestartemple.org or call her at 913-515-3271.

What actions do I need to take related to all of the people and situations drawing upon my energy?

What boundaries do I need to draw?

What decisions do I need to make?

Where do I need to ask for support?

What kind of self-care do I need to engage in?

Finally, physically remove the stickies representing the people and situations you no longer choose to carry inside your sovereign container. Notice how you feel after they are out of your field.


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nergy is an interesting concept. We cannot easily perceive it with our five physical senses as we can with the physical objects. We cannot see energy or touch it, and yet…energy permeates our universe. In fact, everything “seen” and “unseen” in our world is an expression of energy. Energy is the main construct of everything that is. As Nikola Tesla is supposed to had said: “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” At the beginning of the 19th Century, scientists began to investigate the phenomenon of energy and its relationship to the structure of matter. The world of physics started shifting from the Newtonian, matter-based approach, to the newly defined perspectives of Quantum Physics. One of the primary scientists who contributed to the field of Quantum Physics was Niels Bohr—a Danish physicist. Niels Bohr received a Nobel Prize for his work on the structure of atoms. Bohr’s atomic model depicts the atom as a small, positively-charged nucleus surrounded by orbiting electrons. He also discovered that it is the number of electors in the outer orbit of an atom that determines the properties of an element. Following the definition of Quantum Physics, we learn that our physical and seemingly solid world that we are used to living in is not solid at all. In fact, taking anything under a very powerful microscope shows that

simple steps of building the two essential skills. To concentrate: Pick a point of focus. It can be a spot on a wall, second hand of a clock, or a plant. Focus your attention fully on that chosen point for about five minutes. Setting a timer is advised. As you focus your full attention, each time you have a thought that diverts your attention from that point of focus simply will your attention back to the object of your attention.

everything is composed of constantly vibrating atoms—just as Niels Bohr discovered. These atoms are constantly radiating individual frequency signatures. Building on the above conclusions we derive that we as humans are also constructs of energy. We ourselves are composed of a myriad of atoms which constantly emanate energy. Our electromagnetic field reflects our inner state of being and affects the environment around us. In many ways Quantum Physics has caught up with the longstanding Metaphysical research and studies. Metaphysics encompasses both: the physical realm and the meta realms (meta from Greek means “beyond”). Long before Quantum Physics became mainstream, Metaphysical teachers stressed the existence and significance of thought vibration. Thoughts are energy in motion. Each thought

To meditate: Sit comfortably (in a chair or on the floor. Do make sure you have necessary support to keep your emits a signal. The collective spine straight). In meditation you vibration of these signals are going to call upon your determines our personal concentration skill. Close your frequency. It is this frequency eyes and lift your gaze 20 degrees that we emit that determines, above level. Rest your hands on based on the Law of Attraction, your lap, right palm resting in the what we manifest in our lives. left one, with thumbs touching Understanding that underlines each other. Take three deep the importance of taking breaths and concentrate your full personal responsibility for our attention on the point between thoughts. your eyebrows. If at any point To most, the concept of our you feel distracted by your ability to control our thoughts is thoughts, simply move your very foreign. This is attention back to the present understandable as without the moment, back to concentrating awareness and application of on the point between your mental practices, all we know eyebrows. how to do is re-create the It is not only the knowledge programs that we inherited either that is essential in us taking karmically and/or through our charge of our minds. It is the family of origin. daily, constant, discipline and From my personal experience application of these mental skills two of the most important that aids us in transforming our practices that help us take charge vibrational patterns and of our thoughts are concentration therefore our lives. With and meditation. To harness the unceasing practice, we can power of your own mind, take a eventually learn how to choose few moments and examine


Image from “The Healing Power of Water” by Dr. Masaru Emoto

the vibrational patterns we want to tune our minds to. The fact that our human consciousness, our personal energy field, directly influences our state of being, as well as the state of being of our surroundings is depicted by the work of Dr. Emoto. Dr. Emoto in his research wonderfully illustrated the energetical and vibrational nature of human thoughts. Dr. Emoto conducted a series of experiments with what he called the “water crystals”. He exposed different samples of water from various sources to different vibrational settings. He was then able to freeze the water samples and subsequently take photographs of the produced frozen water crystals. The shape and radiance of the crystals reflected the thought forms that the respective water sample was subjected to—as reflected in the above images. Dr. Emoto’s research is, in the physical realm of matter, a depiction of the unseen properties

“Watch our thoughts, they become words; watch our words, they become actions; watch our actions, they become habits; watch our habits, they become character; watch our character, for it becomes our destiny.”

of vibrational stimulus of thought. Like an atom in Quantum Physics, a thought is the most basic structure of the Mind. Each mental thought contains a vibrational energetical imprint. As shown in the image above, simple words of “Thank You” and “Love and Appreciation” caused the water crystals to be well-defined and form into beautiful structures. The phrases of “You make me

sick” and “I will kill you” produced murky undefined water crystals. We are energy. Not only the words that we speak and the deeds that we perform bear energetical imprint. Our thoughts do as well. In fact, our thoughts are the origination point of all the manifests in our lives. I encourage all of us to apply the quote from the Upanishads and:


While pursuing her Doctorate of Divinity degree through the School of Metaphysics, Aneta continues her research and study of self-actualization and selfrealization. She also holds Master’s Degree from DePaul University in Computer Science. She has been serving as a spiritual teacher through the School of Metaphysics for the past eight years. She currently resides in Kansas City. You can reach Aneta at abaranek@som.org.

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The Soul Cleansing Journey BY JAE TAFARI

After attempting three suicides by the time I was 18 years old, dropping out of college, and being diagnosed with America's most common diseases, I was at an all-time rock bottom. Selfdiscovery and the power of energy healing saved my life, literally.”

wounded with childhood PTSD and America’s top STD amongst young adults, I now recognize the path that lead me into despair stemmed from a broken-hearted child. There I was, between the ages of five and 11 and exposed to the vicious behaviors of the human psyche by the kids in my West African dance group, making me their guinea pig for their sexual curiosities.

Hello, Beloveds. My name is Jae, and I want to share with you the transformative and ground-breaking journey that took me out of the valley of death and into a world of unfathomable love. If you’re anything like me—multicultural, female, mother, child, sister, or simply human, then perhaps our paths can connect in ways that will help us gravitate toward the remedies of quality living. In this article, I will offer a few practical steps to cleanse your soul from the weight of our collective trauma and some easy Chakra Balancing affirmations for you to add to your toolbox. Did you know that 50 percent of Americans (65 percent for Black Americans) are expected to encounter at least one traumatic experience in their lifetime? With a number this high, how do we even begin a healing process for

Undoubtedly, I became uncontrollable and outrageous. My emotions ran in circles of confusion and resentment. I turned the other cheek; trying to escape the nauseating As the years passed, I met a kindred spirit torment of my own brokenness. After years of who showed me a level of unconditional love falling in love with lust, limelight, and the certainty that came with non-commitment, and forgiveness I had not seen before. there finally came a moment where I questioned whether life was happening for my mankind? We are all the essence of pure highest good, or if it was time to become the energy. Every encounter–directly or indirectly change that I wished to see. –affects our flow as a whole. As one person experiences trauma, the correlation of all energy is shared. The main practices of energy healing that I exercise are meditation, movement, and botanical remedies. They have shifted my life more than ever imagined. I grew up with a naturopathic mother treating us with Goldenseal instead of Dayquil and diagnosing our headaches by measuring our amount of sleep, hydration, or nourishment. I also come from an artistic family. We dance, we sing, we draw, we write, we design; we simply create. One of the best mechanisms I have uncovered is the art of gifted remedies. All of these practices make an imprint on our energetic alignment because it nourishes our soul’s authentic nature; keeping us closer to our divine purpose on earth. My mom placed a purple tapestry of the “om” symbol on my wall. She explained that it means internal tranquility, which is what I desperately needed. I left for college and got my first tattoo. I chose that very same “om” symbol from my room in junior high. Although I didn’t fully understand this symbology, I knew that if I wanted to find peace within myself, then I was going to need a reminder everywhere I went.

My mom placed a purple tapestry of the “om” symbol on my wall.

It’s been almost 20 years since I fell victim to premature adversities and almost seven years since I dropped out of college. Scarred and EVOLVINGMAGAZINE.COM

Undoubtedly, I became uncontrollable and outrageous. I was 19 years old, back home with mom and so disconnected from myself, I hardly recognized who I was at first glance. I picked up a book on Self-Parenting and desperately absorbed a new style of healing. This was the first step in the direction of becoming who I was intended to be.

The Most Valuable Priorities (MVPs) to a Soul Cleansing Journey: Step 1: Acknowledge the Inner Conflict First let go of any denial that is blinding from the truth. Step 2: Accept It As It Is There is nothing that can be done to change what has happened in the past. Releasing the weight of the unchangeable clarifies what is controllable and what needs serenity. Step 3: Answer the Lesson Behind It All Everything can teach us something, if we allow it. Let this step forward be the next best thing that happens. As the years passed, I met a kindred spirit who showed me a level of unconditional love and forgiveness I had not seen before. We matured together, from partners to parents. I had no choice but to rebuild, re-teach, and re-balance my entire life’s foundation. I needed to align my values and actions to express my highest potential. This invaluable lesson taught me the practice of Chakra Balancing; relieving myself from the burdens of shame, blame, guilt, and fear, and ending the cycles of traumatic suffering. Affirmations to Balance Your Chakras: Root: Safety, Security, Comfort, Nurture Sacral: Companionship with the Blessings, Benefits, Beauties Solar Plexus: Self-Will Power Leading Into Authentic Destiny Heart: Forgiveness, Compassion, Creative Intuition Throat: Words of Impeccability Third Eye: Wisdom, Visual Strength, Intuitive Imagination Crown: Living Freely, Fully and Deeply in Harmony with the Divine Spirit God-Consciousness: All-Perfect, All-Loving Source of Grace & Mercy I nourish my soul with conscious love by reciting these chakra affirmations every day. I imagine myself rotating inside each of these colorful wheels of crystal dust; releasing myself from the weight of the world. In this moment, I am safe. In this moment, I am a light of promise and a trust so strong that the chains of pain and suffering can hold no longer. I enter a new life of freedom. I have finally found a peace within.

This invaluable lesson taught me the practice of Chakra Balancing; relieving myself from the burdens of shame, blame, guilt, and fear, and ending the cycles of traumatic suffering.

This path has brought me to an abundance of hope and prosperity. It reminds me of the Truth that sets us free: Trust in the hands of the Divine Creator. We are perfect as we are, and we are here to make a difference. Jae Tafari is a Kansas City native who recently moved to Colorado with her fiancĂŠ and their toddling toddler. Jae is a multicultural performing activist whose programs promote Herbal Remedies, Holistic Arts, and Sisters of Culture, Healing & F.A.M.E. Follow Jae on Instagram @JaeTafari, and join her @indiFEM.Empire! EVOLVINGMAGAZINE.COM

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Are Your Thoughts Derailing Your Resilience? An Excerpt from Resilience by Linda Graham


veryone knows what it’s seeing clearly what is like to be knocked off actually true or needed center, to lose their inner now. sense of balance and  Projections: We assume groundedness, at least that what we have learned temporarily, when faced with is true for ourselves is true life’s unwanted curve balls. for other people as well. We Whether it’s a troubling health project our assumptions diagnosis, the death of a loved onto them, usually without one, a serious car accident, a their knowledge or layoff, or a natural disaster, life permission, abandoning can intensely challenge our theory of mind. resilience.  Objectification: We lose In Resilience: Powerful the sense of ourselves or Practices for Bouncing Back another person as an active from Disappointment, Difficulty, agent of changing and Even Disaster (New World experience. Instead we see Library, October 2, 2018), author ourselves (and others) as an and psychotherapist Linda object, a thing, an “It” at the Graham, MFT, guides readers mercy of external events step by step through a process of and other people’s choices, cultivating more well-being in powerless to change our their lives by strengthening their experience (or our resilience so that they can responses to it). respond skillfully to any upset or  Mind reading: We catastrophe that would derail that presume we know what well-being. We hope you’ll enjoy another person is thinking, this excerpt from the book. feeling, or needing without empathically checking with Sometimes your thoughts can them. Or we may presume drive you crazy, blocking clear that the other person thinking and impeding response already knows what we flexibility. Sometimes your think or need without thoughts trigger further thoughts, bothering to tell them evaluations, judgments, and directly: “If you loved me, condemnations that reduce your you would know how I resilience. These thought patterns feel.” are ways of filtering reality that  Discounting the can be counterproductive. positive: We fail to You can learn to work mindfully register positive traits in with your thoughts, and with all ourselves or in others, the amazing, creative, dazzling belittling ourselves, constructs of your default devaluing others, and network mode, especially when deflecting or neglecting those constructs turn dark or appreciation in either constricting, so that you can also direction. experience their coming and  Overgeneralizing: We going. Even your deeply held may exaggerate attributes beliefs about the truth of the way of an experience, things are can shift. And you can perceiving things as global come to understand the processes and pervasive, applying to of your brain that create, install, everything and everybody; and defend those constructs to we see things as “always” the death. or “never.” We may take things personally whether Here’s a list of common thought or not that’s true or processes that human beings use relevant, seeing things as to filter their experience. permanent and  Assumptions: We learn unchanging. (This from past experience, and overgeneralizing is known based on that experience as the three Ps: pervasive, we sometimes think we personal, permanent.) know more than we know.  Catastrophizing: We We filter our perceptions may immediately assume of reality through those the worst: if we sneeze, we assumptions rather than assume we’re catching a

cold, which means missing work for three weeks, which means losing the job, which means losing our home — from sniffle to disaster in less than three seconds.  Black-and-white thinking: We see everything in categorical terms, with no shades of gray, few options, and no possibilities of compromise. This rigidity in thinking, which can lead to a serious derailing of response flexibility, is also known as neural cement.  Inability to disconfirm: We are so rigid in our opinions that no new information can change them.

You may recognize similar patterns in your thinking. EXERCISE: Identifying Thought Processes That Derail Resilience  Review the list above. Identify any of these patterns you recognize as operational in you or in people you know, without attaching any shame or blame. For now, simply acknowledge any patterns you identify that you might want to rewire later.  Pick one pattern relevant to you that you’re willing to investigate; it need not be the one that is most difficult for you.  Track this pattern in your thinking for a week. Notice when this pattern is operating in your thinking; notice when it’s not. Becoming aware of your common patterns of perceiving and responding, and acknowledging them in your conscious awareness, is essential if you want to rewire them. Steadying your awareness with more and more difficult objects of awareness is reflective resilience. Mental constructs can be very stable and long-lasting, more like the climate you live


in than the weather that changes from day to day. Emotions that might flit through your awareness in a matter of minutes or half a day (weather) can settle into a longer-lasting mood (climate). The moods we deem negative—depression, discouragement, despair— are the ones we’re more likely to notice and want to shift than the lighter-hearted moods of joy or contentment. As human beings, we adopt roles, preferences, priorities, and goals that filter our perceptions and shape our responses over long periods of time. We prioritize family over work, or work over family, based on deeply held values and convictions. We construct entire philosophies of living, belief systems, and identities that filter our perceptions and response to reality. Formulating values to live by is part of resilience: they are part of a moral compass that guides our life choices. But locking ourselves into values that cannot be changed in response to new experiences is not resilient. At this stage of new conditioning, you’re simply training your awareness to realize that any thought is a product of the processes of your brain, and thus any thought can change. Entire patterns of thought, no matter how complex, can change. Roles, preference, priorities, and even entire belief systems can change over time — and they do. Linda Graham, MFT, is the author of Resilience and also Bouncing Back, the winner of a 2013 Books for a Better Life Award. She is an experienced psychotherapist who integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her international trainings on resilience and well-being. Visit her online at www.lindagraham-mft.net. Excerpted from the book Resilience. Copyright ©2018 by Linda Graham. Printed with permission from New World Library www.newworldlibrary.com.

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October Horoscope Happy birthday Libra! It’s easy to get caught up in other people’s ideas and opinions in order to please everyone and to not rock the boat. But give yourself a birthday present of selfesteem by meditating on your deepest values. Make a list of your core qualities and read it each day. Don’t get swayed from your center for romantic relationships, friendships, family struggles, or your changing moods. Being true to yourself improves all your connections and gives you inner power and vitality that will amaze and empower you!

ARIES (MARCH 21 – APRIL 19) As Venus turns retrograde, look at your finances and see where you overspend on things you don’t really need. It’s also a great time to consolidate debt. If you create a new budget, be sure to make allowance for a bit of “mad money” so you don’t rebel against tight constraints. Meditate on what’s really valuable to you, be it things, people, spiritual beliefs, or whatever. Live from your core integrity, yet also make time to have fun and play! Spend time with friends and doing activities you enjoy.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23 – NOV. 21) Venus turns retrograde in your sign! This is an eight-year cycle about relationships, finances, and self-worth. Meditate and contemplate about these topics from 2010 until now. How have your goals and values changed? Can you open your heart to forgive yourself and others? What changes can make a more fulfilling future? Also, family issues that created patterns in your life might seem permanent, but can actually be shifted and healed. You’re never stuck and love is always the answer that forges a path to greater freedom!

TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20) Venus turns retrograde, bringing crisis and healing to relationships. It’s vital to get in touch with your inner truth through meditation or quiet reflection time. You’ll intuitively sense the timing to bring up challenging topics in a clear, yet cooperative way. This “gentle conflict” enhances your partnership since it shakes out old tensions and builds strength for the future. If single, you can attract a whole new type of person. Also, this is a high career point—so you’ll have great business success this month and next!

LIBRA (SEPT. 23 – OCT. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 – DEC. 21) You have many incredible ideas, but how many do you act upon? Meditate on where you’d like to be in life; then contemplate how to get there. Mars and Venus are working in such a way that you’ll be inspired to take actions that quickly lead to goals in whatever area you choose. Then you’ll want to take even bigger steps toward more success! Just remember when you create a dream, ask your inner guidance for a direct step to take to make the concept a reality. Your selfesteem will improve and you’ll also inspire people around you! CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 – JAN. 19) It’s a powerful financial month. Meditate on prosperity and see if any beliefs block you from abundance. Do you feel you have to work hard for money, rather than allowing it to flow into your life in an effortless, graceful way?

What would life be like if you didn’t stress about work, success, or finances?! Part of getting in the flow includes having fun, being playful, and cultivating friends and hobbies. Put energy in those areas to create balance in your life and you’ll be amazed with the results! AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 – FEB. 18) Energetic Mars is empowering you! You’ll gain motivation that you may not have had since the summer. Meditate on your goals and your commitment to them. Check in with yourself many times a day to keep your thoughts and mood in alignment with your desired future outcome. Since Venus is turning retrograde, you might feel anxious that relationships will interfere with your plans. But don’t make hasty decisions based upon fear or tension. By late December you’ll likely see that you can have it all! PISCES (FEB. 19 – MARCH 20) On any spiritual path, it’s essential to practice forgiveness. Work on forgiving yourself, others, and challenging circumstances. Reflect upon ways you deplete your energy by feeling victimized. Seek answers within so that you live from your empowering beliefs. It’s good to remember you always have power over your attitude. That sounds basic, but is profound. From this place of healing, you’ll feel a renewed sense of spirituality, and even a flow of money and abundance!

GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 20) Meditate on your inner conversations. Throughout the day make it a spiritual practice to say, “Is this thought loving to me?” Negative, critical thoughts cause you so much unconscious stress! You can have anxiety, insomnia, or hard to diagnose health issues. Breaking your habitual dialog patterns will empower your mental and physical health. Keep this commitment to yourself! You can also have cool job offers that unfold over the next few months. CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22) Even though relationships are challenging, it’s possible to balance your needs with those of others. Observe your patterns of outer anger or internal grumpiness. Maybe you assume if your partner is happy, then you have to suffer? Meditate on how things can be win/win. Let the win/lose belief fall away,


even if your family lived that way and you’ve repeated it until now. Your inner guidance can reveal wonderful solutions that keep everyone happy. Be open to have “brainstorming” conversations where you figure out answers together. Your heart will open to deeper trust and joy. Also, more prosperity comes your way! LEO (JULY 23 – AUG. 22) Watch for a tendency to create arguments with loved ones. Do you use anger or irritability as a way to distance from intimacy? Meditate on your family upbringing to see if this is a pattern you learned. Venus retrograde helps you break these unconscious habits by making them conscious! Clearing these issues creates more passion and fun in your partnership. If single, you can attract a sexy new love! Set up a quiet, lovely place for your daily meditation in your home and carry the serenity throughout your day. VIRGO (AUG. 23 – SEPT. 22) Meditate to be able to discriminate between your intuition and your fears. When your mind is still, you can connect with your inner guide. You’ll have the courage to make work changes if needed. You can also stick with health disciplines; small, constant actions that bring major healing results. If you have uncertainties, instead of spinning your wheels with anxiety, you’ll be able to take actions that lead to clarity. You are not alone; you have the love of the Universe with you at all times!

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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