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At Home In

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A Spiritual Connection AN INTERVIEW WITH

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Balancing vata during the fall season Warm yourself from the inside out Healing your spirit with colour Discover the rainbow of energy

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HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

Body, Mind, Soul

‘The only guide for holistic healing in the Peace Country Region and Northern Alberta’

Fall 2011 5 Book Review by Carolyn MacCallum

In An Unspoken Voice: How The Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

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by Jennifer Worley

A spiritual connection

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On the cover At Home in Nature A spiritual connection by Jennifer Worley

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Warm yourself from the inside out

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14 Honey is Nature’s Antiseptic

Discover the rainbow of energy

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A powerful healing agent

18 Balance Vata During the Fall Season

by Leslie Lovlin

Warm yourself from the inside out

21 Getting to the Sole of Pain

by Dr. Brett Hessel How foot dysfunction affects our bodies

23 Honouring Spirit

by Gwen Randall-Young It may be time to check in with your soul

25 Healing your Spirit with Colour

Healing your Spirit with Colour

The Best Place For Garbage: Essential Guide to Recycling with Composting Worms

13 Tastes of Autumn

Balancing Vata During the Fall Season

by Sarah Hardwood

by Leanne Van Wagner

Discover the rainbow of energy

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by Tanis McRae Focus on the amazing moments of NOW

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 3 Fall 2011 Editor Linda Warwick Senior Editor Susan Fitzgerald Graphic Designer Nancy Seiz Journalist Jennifer Worley Executive Assistant/Events Coordinator Chelsey Boyne Professional Photography Exposure Photos iStockphoto.com, Dreamstime Advertising Inquiries: sales@guidedsynergy.ca Article Submission: Articles in Guided Synergy Magazine are copyrighted and must not be reprinted, duplicated or transmitted without permission. Freelance contributions are welcome for consideration. Refer to the article guidelines on our website for submission details at www.guidedsynergy.ca Please direct all inquiries to editorial@ guidedsynergy.ca The information provided in this magazine is informational only and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified and licensed practitioner or health care provider. Guided Synergy Holistic Lifestyles Magazine makes every effort to preserve the accuracy of the information it publishes. We cannot, however, guarantee them to be true nor held responsible for any errors or omissions. No guarantees are expressed or implied. Our readers and advertisers are health conscious individuals living a holistic lifestyle who use this magazine as a resource guide to find natural and holistic practitioners, products, services, courses, workshops & events in their region and beyond. Subscriptions available for $15/year plus GST. Visit www.guidedsynergy.ca or contact us at subscriptions@guidedsynergy.ca ON OUR COVER: Gudrun Penselin, M.Ed., M.Phys.Ed, Clinical Herbal Therapist, Certified Reflexologist, Bach Flower Practitioner, Certified Iridologist, Sclerologist, Light & Colour Therapist, BioPulsar Reflexograph Analyst. Photo shoot took place at the Grande Prairie Museum, which has been situated in Muskoseepi Park since the early 1970s, across Bear Creek from the City's Centennial Park. From this location, educational programs are developed, tours are organized and interpretive displays and temporary exhibits are designed and offered to Museum visitors. Guided Synergy Magazine 6410 98A Street Grande Prairie, Alberta T8W 2M9 780.538.3150 www.guidedsynergy.ca

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Editorial

Spiritual Gratitude

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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pirituality means different things to different people. Both “He was a real character” and “God rest his soul” refer to the spirit of an individual.

very often, I am grateful to her and to many others whom I have encountered along the way for their contribution to my spiritual growth.

Larry Trivieri, Jr., a leading writer and editor in the field of holistic and alternative medicine, states, “The most visible manifestation of spirit is nature, where we most fully encounter and interact with life’s primal energies in the forms of earth, water, fire, and air.” This might explain why so many Canadians—including me—love camping. Swimming in the water, feeling the sand between my toes, breathing in the moist air and sitting around the warmth of a campfire at the end of the day—all of these are behaviors that deepen my inner spirit.

Being consciously aware of the role of spirit in our individual lives can have an impact on our overall health. Research shows that the positive thoughts, comfort and strength we gain from religion, meditation and prayer can contribute to healing and a sense of well-being.

The heart of spirituality is discovering what gives meaning to our life. For some, spirituality is associated with religion. For others, it is a measure of personal growth in their relationships with their spouse, family, friends or community, or in their relationship with themselves. Sometimes it is through our relationships that we find the greatest opportunities for spiritual growth.

In this Fall issue, we asked our contributors to focus on spirit. I think we hit a home run. The result is an impressive collection of articles that promise to nurture your spirit in a meaningful way. Linda Warwick, Editor

I received The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude, written by Sarah Ban Breathnach, from my good friend Anne back in 1997. This book taught me how to take inventory of everything I am grateful for and, more importantly, to say the words “Thank you” more often. Although I do not connect with Anne

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f you are a therapist, body worker or trauma victim, or if you’re just interested in the mind–body connection, you’re likely to find In an Unspoken Voice one of the most fascinating books you’ve ever read. Dr. Peter A. Levine makes a strong argument for the idea that trauma is not a disorder (as in posttraumatic stress disorder), but is instead an injury to the body-mind. Rather than being a life-long burden, trauma can be healed. Levine is a psychotherapeutic comparative brain researcher with an interest in animal behaviour, especially as it relates to trauma. His research—spanning more than forty years—into the nature and cure of trauma in the human organism has culminated in this informative and illuminating book. Levine’s clear, entertaining manner, using case studies and plenty of examples from behavioural research, leaves you wishing you’d had him for Grade 10 Bio. It would have been a lot more fun. Levine devotes part of his book to tracing both the development of the nervous system as animals become more complex and the evolution of strategies used by organisms to cope with the dangers of their environment. From an early expression of development represented by jawless fish to its apex in mammals, each level has a characteristic strategy for responding to threats. However, as evolution has continued, higher organisms, including humans, have retained the earlier strategies. By comparing how different creatures cope with traumatic experiences, Levine shows how their adaptations have culminated in our human system for dealing with our environment. It is in these coping mechanisms that the roots of trauma lie. His theories take on here-and-now relevance when he describes applying them in real time to prevent his own trauma injury. Using his automobile accident as a framework, he walks the reader through the states of shock, disorientation and reorientation, showing where this natural process can go off the rails. When the body’s systems for rebalancing after a traumatic experience are interfered with, the

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At home in

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udrun Penselin is sitting outside by a tree with her laptop. With a pressing deadline to complete her website, work is unavoidable, but she can’t seem to wrap her head around it while indoors.

Written by Jennifer Worley Photography by Exposure

spirit and the power of the plants to share what they have to share with us. If we have this gratitude and respect, they’re willing to share.”

Gudrun, 55, who lives on an acreage northwest of Wembley, is most at home in nature and makes a point of connecting with it almost every day, whether riding her Icelandic horse Demont, gathering plants for herbal remedies or going for a hike in the bush.

Gudrun was born and raised in Germany, but even as a teenager she knew she wouldn’t spend the rest of her life there. In her late teens she developed wanderlust after discovering a fascination with native cultures and their healing practices, fed by her travels to India and Canada. At age 25, with master’s degrees in physical education and education, she was anxious to make a fresh start and get her career underway.

She brings this deep connection and respect for the environment to her successful practice in Grande Prairie, where she guides clients on their journey to health. Her approach integrates various healing modalities, such as reflexology, herbal medicine, Bach flower remedies, light and colour therapy, iridology, sclerology and energy work.

She was also very determined to keep her own identity, and did not want to marry in Germany where she would have to give up her maiden name. Gudrun and her then boyfriend (now husband), Franz, had hitchhiked in Canada the previous summer, and so they decided to move west. First, however, there was the important matter of finding a job.

“What I’ve learned is to help people understand that we would not be here without plants,” she says. “The plants not only give us oxygen but they also provide us with materials we use for housing and clothing. They give us our medicines, our food—even for people who eat meat, cows eat the grass. The world wouldn’t be going around without plants.”

After a determined job hunt, an offer came in 1981 from the Grande Prairie and District Association for the Mentally Handicapped, where she was hired as a recreation coordinator. Later she moved into a position as a financial aid coordinator at Grande Prairie Regional College.

To show her gratitude and encourage others to do the same, Gudrun often shares a nutritious drink with her clients and students. It’s created from plants she has collected on her excursions and she fondly refers to it as “jungle juice.” “We drink it together in the form of a prayer, acknowledging and thanking the 6 Fall 2011 Guided Synergy Magazine

However, just as Gudrun had once been certain she would not stay in Germany, she now knew that despite her love of sports, physical education was not her calling in life. When she started raising a family— Gudrun has three children: son Oliver, 27, and two daughters, Yana-Lee, 25, and Lena, 22—her focus changed, but the pressure to generate some income remained. When she became a certified reflexologist in 1984 “out of curiosity,” her holistic journey, which

would involve many years of training and study, was set in motion. The fact that she homeschooled her children for a total of 13 years allowed her the freedom to travel, study and teach. In 1992, when Lena turned 2, Gudrun began her studies at Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver. While on a oneweek seminar at Crescent Beach, she had a profound experience that demonstrated the powerful connection that is possible between people and plants. On an early morning herb walk with her instructors, where she hoped to learn more about plant identification, she was fortunate to witness a fellow student communicating with plants. “We were standing in front of a plant and that plant moved towards him,” says Gudrun. “Sometimes when you see something, you dismiss it right away, but one of the instructors saw it too, and he commented. That was my first real exposure and it has never left me—it was as an extremely special event. That was just kind of ‘wow.’” This strong connection with the plant world continually draws Gudrun to Mexico, where she is inspired by traditional Mexican healers and their appreciation of the environment. Her quests have taken her to classes in the Mexican jungle south of Puerto Vallarta and to festivals in the state of Veracruz, where she was introduced to the temazcal (Mexican sweat lodge), a ceremony for the purification of the body, mind and spirit. “A lot of the healers in Mexico have a completely different understanding about the universe and plants and I’m always fascinated by that,” she says. Continued on page 8


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“One of the most valuable messages I am able to share with my clients back home is that we honour this Earth and that we treat it with respect and with gratitude.” Gudrun was able to share her knowledge of Bach flower remedies with the Mexican healers on one of her recent visits. The remedies take their name from Dr. Edward Bach, a medical doctor in England who developed them in the 1930s, having earlier become disenchanted with conventional medicine, which he felt was primarily symptomatic. “He developed the Bach flower remedies because he observed that our emotional state and our spirit are really what determine our physical body. We can’t really see our physical body in isolation of emotions,” she explains. “It’s true—that is definitely how I practice as well.” Gudrun interpreted the work of Dr. Bach in her 1998 publication, Bach Flowers Unfolding, which has proven very helpful in teaching clients about the healing properties of plants. Whatever therapies Gudrun uses, a connection to the environment is never far away. Colour and light therapy, for example, which she employs with clients to correct physical and emotional imbalances, is equally effective when used with plants. That’s why she drapes fabrics in colours specifically chosen for their vibrational frequency over the plants she harvests. “The coloured material (natural fibre) hung over the plants that I am drying will interact with the vibrational frequencies of the plants and, therefore, I use the material to enhance, purify, concentrate or soften the properties of the plants.” After 25 years of helping others reach their full potential, Gudrun is only now able to appreciate a trip she made to India

Common plants Gudrun Penselin believes that plants and trees are our friends; always there for us and willing to share if we treat them with respect. She gathers plants for her herbal treatments and nutritional needs and she frequently shares her bounty and knowledge with her students. Those who join her on her popular herb walks learn more about nature’s abundance. Some are surprised to discover that many plants commonly thought of as weeds are much more nutritionally rich than many cultivated vegetables. 8 Fall 2011 Guided Synergy Magazine

Gudrun ads resin from a tree to the coal in her smoke vessel, traditionally used in the performance of cleansing/purification rituals with smoke.

when she was 19 years old. Instead of buying Christmas gifts one year, her family had decided to sponsor a child in India. The experience of corresponding with that child influenced her to travel there, and a program she saw on television inspired her to write to Mother Teresa. The nun replied with an invitation to visit the Missionaries of Charity. Gudrun’s trip spanned six months, during which she travelled to various parts of India, including Calcutta, where she spent time with Mother Teresa and lent a hand at a facility housing mentally handicapped adults and orphaned children. Communication was difficult since neither spoke the other’s language. “I now understand that I am very blessed to have met this woman in person, to have spent some time in the areas she was working,” says Gudrun. “She didn’t work with plants but she worked with the heart and soul of the people, and it was also not for anything external. In that sense I am doing the same—however, in Here are a few things you might learn about common plants if you took a walk with Gudrun: Horsetail: Used to strengthen connective tissue such as ligaments, horsetail is also beneficial for joints, hair and bones. It can be taken fresh by blending into a drink, or dried, by steeping it and drinking it in an infusion. Stinging nettle: The stinging sensation Gudrun experiences when she gathers stinging nettle without gloves is something she enjoys, even though it can last for more than twenty-four hours. She hangs the plants to dry and once they reach the

a quieter, not so public way.” As Gudrun hurries to finish her website for the International Iridology and Integrative Healthcare Congress in Cincinnati this October, where she will be speaking and presenting a workshop, she is reminded of how important it is to appreciate the things that give her joy: her children, being outside with plants and her passion for teaching and helping others. Oh, and one other thing: “When I create medicines, or make ointments and creams—ahhh! It’s like a musician who just wrote a nice piece of music.” ✽ Jennifer Worley is a Calgary-based writer with more than twenty years in the media industry. She has written on a wide range of topics, including health and fitness, travel and fashion. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Flare magazine. proper crispness, she strips off the leaves and places them in a jar. Stinging nettle is rich in vitamins A, B, E and C, as well as in calcium and potassium. Chickweed: Almost everyone is familiar with this abundant plant. Gudrun says it’s a very mild herb and, therefore, very gentle in its actions. It’s also a good source of vitamin C. Gudrun frequently adds freshly picked chickweed to a salad or her jungle juice. Chickweed is very useful as a remedy for itchy skin. Dandelions: Don’t kill that dandelion! This nutrient-rich green is good for the digestive system and the gallbladder.


Where to get compost worms

Book Review

The Best Place for Garbage: The Essential Guide to Recycling with Composting Worms

Where to Get Worms in Alberta Once you’ve got your bin and bedding ready, you’ll need at least half a pound of worms (about 800 to 1,200). Red wigglers, to be precise. If you know people who are already vermicomposting, they may be able to give you some. If not, you can purchase worms at the following places:

by Sandra Wiese Book Review by Sarah Hardwood

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n North America, we typically deal with garbage in two ways: burn it or bury it. Sandra Wiese—environmentalist, author and teacher—advocates burying it, but not in the way or place you might assume. In her fabulously practical and funny vermicomposting guide, The Best Place for Garbage, she shows us how we can easily divert a great deal of our garbage from landfills—not only food waste but also other once-living stuff that worms love to eat: old Daily Herald Tribunes (they’re printed with soy-based ink, FYI), raked leaves, cardboard, sawdust. Apparently the buggers will even eat certain brands of duct tape! Wiese’s book is indispensable for answering all the questions that you, as an eager rookie, might not even know you have. “If you are not the nurturing type, if all things green do not already thrive under your touch, if baby animals do not inexplicably recover with your careful ministrations, if people far and wide are not miraculously cured by your homemade soup, then you will have a LOT of questions,” she says. Luckily, composting with worms isn’t rocket science. But there are many websites preaching lots of vague, contradictory or illogical dos and don’ts that can scare the squeamish or completely intimidate a beginner. The Best Place for Garbage h e l p s

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enthusiastic newbies sort out the crap, so to speak. Wiese covers everything: what to use for worm bins and bedding, worm chow, maintenance, population control, troubleshooting, harvesting the castings (worm poop) and what to do with them (a.k.a. “bartending for plants”). She outlines how you can vermicompost outdoors as well, but I wouldn’t recommend trying that through the winter in Alberta. Red wigglers are much less effective in frozen form.

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Honey is Nature’s Antiseptic

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Balance Vata During the Fall Season Warm yourself from the inside out F

all is a time of change. As the leaves turn their autumn colours and temperatures start to drop, you may find yourself craving warm foods and bringing your heavier sweaters out from the back of your closet. These behaviours are not just due to the change in the weather; the shift in season brings with it an energetic change as well. According to the Ayurvedic healing practice, our very constitutional make-up changes as the seasons do. Thus, we should follow our desire to eat different foods or wear different clothes in order to maintain balance. At this time of year, when the weather is relatively cool and dry, the vata dosha, which is named for the Sanskrit word for “wind” and is connected to the element of air, is more present. When it is in balance, vata increases our creativity and mental

alertness, but when it is out of balance, it can cause anxiety, worry or mental restlessness. So what should we do to keep our constitution in balance as summer turns to fall? As always, Ayurveda focuses on both lifestyle and diet. Every day, warm some oil—olive, almond, sesame and castor oil all work well—and give yourself a self-massage. Pay special attention to your joints. Consume foods that are warm and grounding. Add warm spices to your dishes, such as ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, horseradish, coriander, garlic, cloves, sea salt and fennel. Fruits such as grapes, olives, avocado, melon, mango, figs, papaya, berries and coconut are suitable. Eat plenty of vegetables, including sweet potato and yam, peas, green beans, beets, artichoke, carrots, peppers, squash and

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How foot dysfunction affects our bodies

he first patient I saw as a newly minted chiropractic intern was a middleaged woman with severe headaches. After a thorough physical exam, I diagnosed a dysfunction in the upper cervical facet joints (located in the neck) as the cause. I proudly presented my exam results and diagnosis to my senior clinician for approval before starting treatment.

What is pronation?

After patiently listening to my presentation, he asked if I had assessed the patient’s foot function. Confused, I answered no. She had headaches, not foot pain. He bluntly told me that headaches and neck dysfunction are sometimes only a symptom of an underlying, and seemingly unrelated, problem.

Supination, also known as underpronation, is the opposite to pronation where the feet don't roll inward enough. Wearing the wrong type of shoe will lead to painful shins and joints, or even injury.

So we checked the woman’s feet. They were very flat, which affected her posture and gave her an abnormal gait. This created mechanical problems that ultimately caused her headaches. Once we treated her feet, her headaches improved significantly. To this day, I regularly check my patients’ feet to look for any hidden causes behind their symptoms. One of the most common foot dysfunctions I see in my practice—and one that up to 68 percent of the population suffers from to some degree—is overpronation. Overpronation means that your foot flattens excessively when you are walking. There are various reasons why this can happen, so a full assessment is recommended to identify the specific causes. A frequent reason for overpronation is tight calf muscles. When your calf muscles are tight, your ankles don’t move through their full range of motion. This can cause a chain reaction of problems. You may compensate by turning your feet out, or “toeing out,” in order to improve ankle motion. Unfortunately, this generates a lot of stress in your foot, which can contribute to increased pronation, bunions and calluses. Toeing out can also increase pressure on the inside of your knee, causing pain. Your knee can rotate inwards, making you appear knocked-kneed, and over time this can lead to excessive wear of your knee joint.

Pronation is the inward (medial) roll of the foot and in particular the heel and arch which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning mechanism. Overpronation is when the feet roll inward too much.

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Together, toeing out and inward knee rotation can make your hips rotate outward, causing tight hip muscles, hip pain or leg pain. If one hip rotates outwards, that leg may appear shorter than the other, and if the difference in length is great enough, your back may try to compensate, causing back pain. Even though overpronation and poor ankle motion might not be painful, they can trigger a number of problems and have a negative effect on your quality of life. The first step, then, is to identify the nature of the dysfunction. Restoring normal function to your ankle and foot can go a long way to improving problems in other parts of your body. A pioneer in the treatment of foot problems was Mahlon Locke, a medical doctor who practiced in small-town Ontario in the 1930s. Dr. Locke believed that many cases of arthritis were due to fallen arches, and that specific manipulation of the foot

joints could reduce arthritis and joint pain. He felt that restoring normal foot motion created a chain reaction of improvement. He used arch supports, special shoes, medications and physical therapy to help restore the arches. His results were so amazing that he regularly treated 200 to 300 patients a day. Today, a number of practitioners— chiropractors, massage therapists, reflexologists, podiatrists, chiropodists, physiotherapists and medical doctors— can all help restore normal foot function. Techniques such as yoga and osteopathy and simple practical approaches such as wearing proper footwear and regular stretching can also significantly improve the function of our feet. In our quest to treat the body holistically, we should look for the cause of the pain, rather than just treating the symptoms. A careful assessment of our feet and how they affect the function of t h e rest of our body is a good place to start. Brett Hessel, DC, CAFCI, graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) for medical acupuncture. Brett has also trained with the AFCI for traditional Chinese medicine and with the China Shanghai International Acupuncture Training Centre. Brett and his wife, Jennifer, currently operate the Grimshaw Chiropractic Care Centre in Grimshaw, Alberta, and the Northwest Wellness Centre in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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ealth consciousness has gone mainstream. You can scarcely open a magazine or newspaper without seeing an article about things that affect your health, whether negatively or positively. The field of alternative health is rapidly expanding and is no longer so “alternative.” For many, healthy living has moved beyond just eating well to a complete lifestyle. Some are looking even further, to anti-aging. We want to live longer, feel better and look great for as long as we can. This is all good. We are learning to honour and care for the bodymind. However, no matter what we do, our journey through this lifetime continues. Despite all our care and planning, time brings changes. If we identify primarily with our bodymind, we may be thrown off by these changes. There is more to us than our body and mind. We are also spirit. Perhaps we need to increase our emphasis on that part of our being, in addition to the physical. If, instead of focusing completely on the physical, we identify more strongly with spirit, we may scarcely be aware of changes to our physical or mental abilities. In fact, it may be that a lively spirit keeps the body younger and the mind more active. Those individuals who seem truly ageless are the ones who allow their spirits to explore. Like curious puppies, they know that there is always something interesting around the next corner. Just as it is vital that we feed the body, it is important that we feed the spirit, give it space to roam freely and allow it to take the lead more often. With age, our soul becomes more deeply aware of itself. As a child grows, selfawareness gradually develops away from egocentricity and towards awareness of self-in-world. The back yard that was once the child’s whole “outside world” loses significance as a wider world opens up.

As we age and soul awareness grows, there is a similar shift away from self-inworld towards spirit-in-eternity. There is a profound letting go of the old world, of a more limited way of seeing things. Like the back yard, this Earth loses significance as we catch glimpses of yet another world beyond the familiar. Just as there are those who are reluctant to venture far from the security and familiarity of their own back yard, so there are those who cling to the security of the physical world, fearful of the unknown beyond. But it is important to pay as much attention to our spiritual health as to our physical wellbeing. When we are aligned with spirit, it is not such a big deal when the body begins to change and our lives shift to a stage of less “doing” and more “being.” Spiritual health, however, is not just for those who have plenty of life experience and maturity. It is important throughout life. When we look upon a newborn as a precious soul who has just happened to manifest in a tiny body, we are honouring that soul. When we teach our children that we are all part of something much bigger, more profound than we can even imagine, we open their hearts and mind to the world beyond computer games and all that they see around them. Awareness of the big Spirit, or the oneness that holds us all, allows us to move beyond the limited world of ego. And it brings responsibility; it humbles us and encourages us to honour others. If we find ourselves caught up in the busyness of life, stressed out, in conflict with others or simply unsatisfied with our lives, these are signs that we have been neglecting our spirit. The well of ego constantly needs refilling. The well of spirit is endless, abundant, nurturing. Have you checked in with your spirit lately? It just might be time. Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning psychotherapist in private practice in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Fall 2011 Guided Synergy Magazine 23


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lose your eyes and imagine that it’s a warm summer day. You’re walking barefoot through a forest. Dappled sunlight filters through the leaves of the trees. Inhale the warm essence of the forest. As you wander the path, you feel the urge to sit down and be enveloped by the woodsy energy—and perhaps have a nap. Now follow that path out of the forest into an open meadow. You step into the bright yellow-and-white sunlight. Do you feel a different energy? Are you invigorated? No nap here!

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Colour is part of the electromagnetic spectrum—it’s energy that we can see. Each colour produces a unique frequency of energy. How these frequencies affect our physical, mental and emotional states is the subject of colour energy theory.

Brow chakra: fantasy/intuitive intelligence

In the book Colour Energy, Inger Naess explains how colour influences our energy level, relationships, sex life, health issues, profession, finances, and so on. Inger describes the seven levels of colour intelligence as aligned by our chakra system. See chart. We should strive for balance on all levels. Our body wants to be in balance and tells us what is required for healing (although sometimes we don’t get the message). We are made up of energy, so it makes sense to look at this aspect in our quest for balance. About six years ago I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. At the time I was quite relieved to find out that there was something I could do to deal with the sometimes overwhelming feelings of panic and anxiety. I started taking Celexa, which alleviated some of the symptoms some of the time.

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of a women’s shelter. As the participants become aware of the colours in their own personalities and those of the other group members, there was an energetic shift in how they related to each other. Clarity and understanding evolved and they began communicating from a different perspective. We know what kinds of things we can do to achieve balance mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. But ask yourself this: What are you doing for yourself energetically? A lifelong resident of the Peace River Country, Leanne Van Wagner has discovered miracles, transformation, change, wonder and peace in every area of her life by following a holistic path with grace and ease. Leanne is a Reiki master teacher, quantum touch practitioner, Color Energy™ facilitator, certified life coach and intuitive healer and is the founder of Sacred Essence.

The results showed that the highest colour in my colour blueprint is violet. I soon learned to recognize that when my violet energy is out of whack, I’m stricken with panic and anxiety. I can now deal with my “disorder” simply by bringing in more of a different colour energy or lessening the violet ray in order to restore balance. I’ve been off the anxiety medication for over two years now. It’s so empowering to know that I am in charge of my own healing, that I can make my own changes and my own choices. In my work, I have seen the effects of colour energy on group dynamics. I recently did a colour energy workshop with six employees, a supervisor and a manager

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Releasing Guilt and Worry Focus on the amazing moments of NOW

or many of us, guilt and worry are the main causes of stress and ill health. We are wracked with guilt over experiences that happened years ago, and we spend a great deal of time and energy worrying about the future. Finding a way to alleviate both of these insidious emotions would singlehandedly improve our health. In order to heal things that have happened in the past, we must be aware that all healing occurs in the eternal moment of now. Emotions cannot be remembered or anticipated; they can only be experienced in the moment of now. If an incident in your past still makes you angry, sad or hurt, then it exists not in the past for you, but in the moment of now.

The good news is that because you still have emotions around this experience, you can heal its effects. When you resolve the emotions and integrate the experience, you disassociate from the feeling. Then, when you recall the experience, you remember the details but are no longer affected by the emotions. However, unlike other emotions, guilt and worry do not exist in the moment of now. Guilt is felt over something you have already done or not done—it is a consequence of a decision that you made in the past. The only way to alleviate the guilt would be to change the experience itself and that, of course, is impossible at this point. The consequence has occurred and life has carried on. You can make reparation or apologize, but you cannot change your original decision. I say guilt is like trying to catch a fish after you have left the river. Guilt cannot be resolved in the moment of now because it does not exist there. And because we only have the moment of now, guilt is really an illusion. This means we are constantly trying to resolve something that does not exist. The same is true for worry. When you worry, you try to solve problems that aren’t here yet, to anticipate a scenario and prepare yourself for the emotions around it. However, the experience will occur or it won’t, and, if it does, you will feel those emotions whether or not you’ve spent time worrying about the possibility beforehand. I say worry is like trying to catch the fish before you get to the river.

Like guilt, worry does not exist in the moment of now. When we worry, we are in an illusion, anticipating an event that hasn’t happened yet—and might not ever happen. We spend our energy worrying about the possibility and cause ourselves undue hardship. Once again, trying to resolve or heal an illusion is impossible. Both guilt and worry exist only in the brain. The brain is the only place that the past and the future exist—everywhere else it is only now. So if guilt and worry do not exist in the moment of now, how do we move through and release them? The best strategy for staying out of the illusion of guilt is to ask yourself, “Is there anything I can do right now that will help me resolve how I feel around this incident?” If there is, do it! If there isn’t, then forgive yourself, make a commitment to choose differently next time the situation appears and move on. For worry, I have found it very helpful to send a different energy to the thought that is forming in my head. If I find myself worrying, I stop myself from imagining negative outcomes and instead surround the person or situation with a pink light (which represents love to me). Then I tell myself that no matter what happens I am strong enough to handle it and give myself permission to think about something else. In this way, I begin the process of retraining my brain to send positive rather than negative energy. Both of these strategies have been very successful for me. I can now recognize the energy we call guilt and worry and move out of them with ease. I can get out of my head and take in all those amazing moments of now. Tanis McRae, BEd, Intuitive Healer, is passionate about teaching people how to heal themselves. In addition to Tanis’ professional teaching background, she has numerous certifications including Reiki, spiritual psychology, facial reflexology, quantum touch and energy therapy. She is the owner of The Healing I in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Fall 2011 Guided Synergy Magazine 27


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