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December, 2013 Enlightening Views 4. The Techno World by Publisher Michelene K. Bell It was a cold rainy night …
5. How to Get Santa to Deliver by Alan Cohen
Anything that has existed, will exist, or could exist, already exists.
6. Crystals & Gemstones by Annette Rizzolo, msc.d Crystal Properties.
7. The Giving and Receiving Cycle by Jackie Woods … giving is not complete until it is received …
8. Quantum Jumping by Cynthia Sue Larson Everything is energy; including you.
9. Change Your Voice, Change Your Destiny by Michele Anderson
People who are always talking lack and limitation, reap lack and limitation …
10. That Pesky Ego is at Work by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer There’s nothing natural about living a life of stress.
11. What’s Your Story by Sophia Falke
What is holding you back from achieving your full potential … ?
Our(Ur) Pets & Animals 12. Not So Stupid Pet Tricks For Your Cat
Feature 16 Year of Change
13. Canine Joint Pain, Are Natural Treatments Safe …
by Michele Avanti 15. YOGA INSIGHTS
18. How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Prog. by Expanding Light … some important questions you should ask …
Gems for the soul In Light Times Wishes Everyone a Blessed Holiday
19. Warm Up the Holidays with Herbal Chai by Kathleen Gould
Chai tea has been used for thousands of years to help promote health …
What Are Green Smoothies? by Simply Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are a simple way to incorporate large amounts of greens into your diet.
20. Surprising Foods…More Sugar Than Krispy Kreme Donut by Dr. Mercola Is there a human sugar threshhold?
22. Meditation & Healing by Dr. Isaac Eliaz
… to let the mind’s natural state of tranquility and clarity be accessed by …
23. Eight Incredible Caffeine-Free Energy Boosters by Sayward Rebhal
… people make the all-too-common mistake of upping their caffeine …
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Books & Music Reviews 14 Sudoku Puzzle 15 Classifieds 25
Quick Reference Guide 26 Astrology•Celestial Cycles 28 Empowered Numerology 29
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It’s a cold rainy night as I sit here late this evening. The holiday season has officially begun and with all the festivities, there is an excitement in the air. Our society is entrenched in the age of technology, which is definitely a “child’s delight” … even a child of the older generation. Most of us love our toys. The latest gadgets intrigue us, they entice the “little kid” within to spend hours playing and learning the new techniques of the digital age. But, where does this powerful age of techno bring us? Once the excitement wears off and we’ve learned all we can from the latest invention, the industry steps up and again announces “the new and improved toy”. Of course, we all must have one and so the lines form as we eagerly await our turn to buy the best … and it’s not even the holidays anymore! So, what can we do? What exactly is the end game? … To make the populous happy? Absolutely. To make a profit? No doubt. And yet, what is the final scenario for a world that is in love with technology? We can fight it, we can disparage it and all the while family and friends embrace it with glee. I also know that the harder we fight against an idea the stronger that idea becomes. Therefore, for those who see the writing on the wall, let’s not forget who we are and what we are doing is more important than what we have to “have”. Just be; just allow life to unfold. We must have the faith that Spirit is at the helm of the Universe and all will be in Divine Order … we will thrive. Finding our true and lasting happiness can only be found within ourselves. What is the most valuable technology there is today? WE ARE. We have a mind that makes choices, we have a body that moves us forward to fulfill those choices from our computer-like mind. And, we have a heart to love ourselves, our family and friends as well as our home, Mother Earth. We don’t need mechanical devices to tell us what to do, say or be. They may help us on a certain level, but can they feel the compassion and love of the human Spirit? I think not. I will now remove myself from my soapbox of opinions. It has been fun and I thank each of you for all the love you give to bring us into a brighter and happier world. And, since we are still in the Spirit of the holidays, may you find excitement in the giving to yourself and the place we call “home”. Enjoy the holiday and discover what truly makes you happy! Many blessings my friends, take care.
In Love & Light,
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Contributing Writers Monthly • December Alan Cohen, author of many inspirational books, including the newly-released Enough Already: The Power of Radical Contentment.
Wayne W. Dyer, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author & speaker on selfdevelopment. Author of over 30 books, is affectionately called the “father of motivation”
Annette M. Rizzolo, Msc.D. has her Doctoral Degree in Metaphysical Arts & Sciences, is the Founder of the Mystical Realm, a Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher (RMT).
Sophia Falke is minister at Unity Center in the Valley. Sophia is also a certified coach, seminar leader, and professional speaker.
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How To Get SANTA To Deliver
Australian client Meg was tired of her corporate job and wished she could create a layoff with a generous severance package. So for fun she wrote herself a severance letter offering her desired package, printed it on company stationery, and signed it from the CEO. This was her idea of creating a treasure map toward her ideal scenario. The next day Meg’s supervisor called her into his office and told her he had some disturbing news. Someone had written Meg a severance letter and signed it as if from the CEO, but the CEO knew nothing about it. The supervisor produced the letter in question—the very document Meg had written herself and printed on the office printer. Apparently she had “accidentally” printed two copies and left one in the office printer.
Anything that has existed, will exist, or could exist, already exists.
that makes all visionaries, inventors, and creators successful. The invention is already real to them in their mind or imagination, and they bring it to life. The genius scientist Nikola Tesla recounted that all the ideas for his world-changing inventions came to him in mystical flashes of insight. He found entrée to the mansion where they already lived, and then fleshed them out in the world. Steven Spielberg said, “Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to and I see another movie I want to make.” The movie is already a reality. Spielberg’s job as director is to deliver it to the world.
Two weeks later Meg got a real severance letter from the CEO, with the terms she had written herself. Christmas came early this year.
You, too, have access to fabulously creative and successful ideas that can and will change your life and the world. They are already real and, in a particular reality, already accomplished. You may not affect the world like Tesla or Spielberg, but you have your own sphere of influence; it is your destiny to touch. Mothers, waitresses, and van drivers sometimes bring more blessing and healing to the world in their own quiet ways than moguls who move lots of money and people around yet are devoid of happiness.
As children, we all delighted to believe in Santa Claus. What a thrill to sit on his lap, look into his twinkling eyes, and tell him exactly what we wanted, trusting he would deliver! Then some buzz kill elder brother or cynical teacher told us that Santa was just a guy the department store hired to don a white beard and red suit and tell kids what they wanted to hear. End of childhood, beginning of cold hard reality. Or is it?
This holiday season you can get Santa to deliver. Sure, you can manifest stuff, but why not manifest the most valuable present of all: inner peace. When you are at peace with yourself, you bring healing to everyone you meet. Peace is not something you import from the outside. It is an inner state that you claim. Sort of like writing yourself a love letter from the universe and then discovering the CEO has already signed it.
Santa Claus is not a person, but he is a principle, a dynamic, a universal idea that goes far beyond a person. Santa Claus represents a benevolent universe that knows our needs and can and will deliver our good to us. Just as Jesus is a channel through which the Christ energy flows, and Buddha is the being through which Buddha Mind is expressed, Santa is a cultural form—a local permission slip through which we allow ourselves to receive the blessings we desire and deserve.
Alan Cohen is the author of many popular inspirational books, including Enough Already: The Power of Radical Contentment. If you would like to become a professional life coach or incorporate life coaching skills in your career, Alan’s celebrated Life Coach Training program begins January 1, 2014. For more information visit www.AlanCohen.com, or call, 808-572-0001.
There are two ways of asking: asking from need and asking from fulfillment. Hardly anyone asks from fulfillment because we usually indentify with need. “I am lacking. I want this and I don’t have it. I am empty and I need the universe to fill in the blank.” But the results we get depend on how we ask. Meg’s self-created layoff letter is a clever example of asking from fulfillment. She went to the place she wanted to go to even before it showed up. Her sense of having what she wanted was stronger than not having what she wanted. She affirmed the solution rather than the problem. Many people are familiar with the science fiction theme of parallel realities. But the principle is more science than fiction. There are an infinite number of realities occurring simultaneously. Jesus stated this in the language of his time: “In my Father’s house there are many mansions.” Anything that has existed, will exist, or could exist, already exists. So even while you experience a lack of something in one reality, in another reality that lack has already been fulfilled. More precisely, in that reality, there has never been a lack. There is always and only fulfillment. The key to manifestation is to go to the reality where fulfillment already exists even before you see the evidence in the realm of the five senses. This is the technique
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By Annette M. Rizzolo, Msc.D CRYSTALS & GEMSTONES
Different cultures and peoples have utilized the power within crystals and stones …
… Quartz Crystals are used in computers, watches, radios, televisions, telephone services, medical equipment and other hight-tech equipment.
ince before recorded time, people all over the world have intuitively known about and used Crystals and Gemstones for various purposes such as, healing, protection, and to enhance and strengthen their psychic abilities. The Christian Bible refers to crystals over 200 times. Precious stones of crystalline formation were used in the foundation of New Jerusalem (Revelations). Stones were also used in breastplates and crowns, and were imbedded in the handles of swords. Crystalline structures have been found in the ruins of Babylonia and the ancient tombs of Egyptian and Chinese rulers.
Crystals exhibit the properties of both piezoelectricity (pie-ee-zo electricity) and pyroelectricity. Piezoelectricity is the quality whereby electricity, and sometimes light, is produced via compression. Many early civilizations of Earth, such as: Mayan, Aztec, American Indian, African Native, Celtic, and more, used crystals in ceremonies and struck the crystals together in order to produce a flash of light. Pyroelectricity is the quality of an electrified state, or polarity, which is produced by, and changes with, variation in temperature. When heated, certain crystals release energy as they expand and then contain the energy within themselves when cooled and contracted. Crystals vibrate and have their own energy. That is why Quartz Crystals are used in computers, watches, radios, televisions, telephone services, medical equipment, and other high-tech equipment. From the earliest prehistoric times to our technological age we
have found beauty, power and mystery within stones. With their powers we can change ourselves and our lives. The beauty, perfection, light and energy that Crystals and Stones bring to my life each day is an experience I never wish to be without! Each unique piece is an incredible work of art from the Earth…some in their raw natural form, and others which have been cut into powerful shapes and polished to enhance their natural beauty.
Metaphysical Properties & Uses Do you want to test a crystal’s energy for yourself? Hold a single terminated crystal in one hand and aim the point of the crystal toward the palm of your opposite hand a few inches away. Close your eyes and move the crystal around as if you were drawing a circle on your palm. What do you feel? Tingling? Warmth? Itching? A slight pressure? That is energy being directed to your palm from the crystal. You can also just hold a crystal in your hand, close your eyes, and concentrate on the feeling. You are interacting with the Crystal. Behind all this is the fact that crystals are electromagnetic and our energy body (our aura) is electromagnetic. Crystals are a complete embodiment of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, just as ourselves and everything around us. When using crystals as healing tools, you are working with all the elements of creation and universal energy. Different cultures and peoples have utilized the power within crystals and stones for as long as humans have inhabited the Earth. They have been used in a myriad of ways and purposes. Other than the physical properties, Quartz Crystals and Gemstones have metaphysical properties, including how they harmonize with each of the Chakras (the seven main energy centers of the body). Just as we need to tune-up a car to keep it running smoothly and efficiently, we need to tune-up our energy centers to keep us running smoothly, efficiently and healthy. We can create imbalances within our etheric bodies from something as simple as the way we think. Dis-ease in the body is a non-harmonious flow of thought patterns within the mind, which causes an irregularity of the energy flow within the chakras. When our energy body is out of balance it can cause many physical and mental imbalances, ranging from a headache, a cold, the flu, or even more serious diseases such as cancer, immune deficiency, etc. Energy imbalances are also responsible for depression, anxiety and fear. Resources: Contains a partial compilation from personal knowledge& research, Crystal Enlightenment by Katrina Raphael, Love is in the Earth by Melody & Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham.
Annette M. Rizzolo, Msc.D. has her Doctoral Degree in Metaphysical Arts & Sciences, and has over 22+ years “in the Biz.” Annette is a Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher (RMT), Metaphysical Hypnotherapist, Freelance writer, and Founder of The Mystical Realm, a very unique & informative website. Visit: www.TheMysticalRealm.com and become Enlightened & Empowered! PAGE 6 • december, 2013 • IN LIGHT TIMES
Enlightening Views By Jackie Woods
Giving & Receiving The
Cycle In my book, Spiritual Energy Cycles, it is clearly pointed out that giving is not complete until it is received, and receiving is not complete until it is given. In other words, giving and receiving are just opposite sides of the same circle. Since we humans live in the warp of time and space, we are oftentimes taken in by the illusion of separation between the giving and receiving halves. But in energetic reality, they cycle simultaneously. The giving energy must flow into receiving, and the energy expended in receiving must welcome the giving. Thus, a flow of energy is created. Otherwise, giving or receiving stay in separation and go dead. If you understand this concept, even a little bit, you will see it doesn’t work to be a giver or receiver. You must be both. The trick to being both is not giving to or receiving from the physical person or situation. Instead, you must give or receive the spiritual intent behind the gift. For instance, if a person gives you a nice birthday present, you may appreciate the thoughtfulness and enjoy using the present; yet, the real gift will be the energy encased in the “why” they gave it to you. The “why,” or intent behind the giving, could be something like friendship or appreciation. However, obligation doesn’t count, since it is not a spiritual energy. The cycle of giving and receiving may not happen immediately, nor will it always happen with the same person or in the same way. Let me give a personal example. Several years ago I was in a serious car accident. I was left an invalid for three months. During that time friends brought me food, helped bathe me, washed my clothes, and stayed with me night and day. Many spiritual
energy gifts were given—support, love, kindness, caring, health. While I could receive and appreciate greatly all that was given, I was in no place to give back to a similar situation, nor was I even able to give much energy at that time. Recently, an opportunity to give back and complete the cycle around that particular circumstance was given to me. A friend from my past has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I have offered support and care, in a different form than was given to me, but nonetheless it matches the other half of the intent during my recovery. You don’t need to worry about opportunities for completing the giving and receiving cycle. They will be given to you. However, to recognize and step into them, you will need to have fully received or fully given with spiritual intent. This takes away needing to give or receive for or from a person, but for and from the sacred energy of your Spirit. Spiritual intent in giving creates halffull circles. Since all spiritual energy has the magnetic power to pull to it like energy, energy to fill the other half of the circle will be made available. In this way, you can receive your energetic partner around any given intent. Giving and receiving seen in this way allows you to become a spiritual matchmaker of sacred marriages. Jackie Woods, founder of Adawehi (Ah-dah-wayhee) Institute Healing School and Wellness Center, is a published author and an expert in the field of selfactualization. Visit www.JackieWoods.org.
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Quantum Jumping Everything is energy; including you
By Cynthia Sue Larson
The key to making quantum jumps from one reality to another comes from gaining a sense of detachment…
ave you noticed how some things move around as if they had a life of their own -- especially when you feel stressed or are in a hurry? Keys aren’t where you know you put them, coats and wallets vanish or transport to different locations, and socks go missing from the laundry. Why? In actuality, we are all reality shifters. Reality shifts when things appear, disappear, transform or transport…as well as when we experience changes in time. There are scientific explanations for these reality and time shifts that happen in and around us most every day, in the form of synchronicity. Reality shift experiences range from the sublime (missing socks or keys), to the ridiculous (things reappearing in completely unexpected locations), to the absolutely astonishing (dead people being seen alive again; objects appearing out of thin air; traveling great distances in extremely short periods of time; spontaneous remissions of illness and disease). The exciting element is that we notice more reality shifts as we open our minds to considering such things possible, and also as we imagine that our waking reality is every bit as malleable as a dream. American psychologist William James was one of the first people to write about how we can experience changes through willpower in order to realize a whole new reality…whether that reality is getting out of bed early on a cold morning, or keeping a new resolution to adopt healthier habits. William James also noted that, “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.” There is a growing body of evidence from many fields of science, including astronomy, physics, and biology that suggests we are in a holographic multiverse in which we are presented with a radical new paradigm: we literally jump from one parallel universe to another. Through such quantum jumps, in a moment you can become smarter, more confident, happier, more outgoing, more effective,
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in better relationships, with more willpower. You can also gain practical tools to achieve real change in your life, and leap forward to become happier and more prosperous…living the life of your dreams. The key to making quantum jumps from one reality to another comes from gaining a sense of detachment through lucid dreaming or meditation, by which we view ourselves as existing as pure consciousness. From this vantage point, we become aware of multitudes of possibilities. The more sensitive and aware we are of our aura energy and the energy around us, the better able we will be to make decisions and plans we’re happiest with in the long run for our smoothest and most enjoyable path in life. When we become adept at shifting reality--sometimes referred to as quantum jumping, we can find out just how good your life can get. Making time to enjoy a blissful state of relaxed, energized mindfulness without envisioning anything in particular can bring powerful, positive effects. Additionally, the consensus among physicists is that we, and everything around us, exists simultaneously in many possible realities. Now, before you shelve the quantum jumping theory, recall for a moment the Star Trek series and how outrageous it seemed to have such strange technology and yet, many of the “gadgetry” depicted have come to past. Something to think about. Quantum jumping is a natural process and as humanity continues to expand their consciousness, the new reality shifts become a more enjoyable process. Think of the possibilities … experience a new science of instant transformation.
Cynthia Sue Larson is a transformational speaker, best-selling author, and life coach whose new book, Quantum Jumps: An Extraordinary Science of Happiness and Prosperity, is available at: www.RealityShifters.com.
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Change Your Voice… Your Destiny By Michele Anderson
“Words are bodies or forces which move spirally and return in due season to cross the lives of their creators. People who are always talking lack and limitation, reap lack and limitation. You cannot enter the Kingdom of Abundance bemoaning your lot.”
Florence Scovel Shinn
I came across a gem of a book in a quaint, used book store. The book is a Chinese Buddhist text called Changing Destiny: Liao-Fan’s Four Lessons by Venerable Master Chin Kung. It says that ancient advisors could predict the future of a person by observing their speech and behavior patterns. This really struck me and got me thinking: If speech reveals patterns, then the corollary is, with your voice, you can change your destiny. Here are some suggestions on how to do just that. Let’s begin with words. Words are vibration and your voice is the instrument. By choosing the highest words, you raise your vibration attracting your most positive destiny. 1. The words you choose are invocations. Our words create our future. Behind every word is the universal command “So Be It.” Every sound, word, and sentence holds the energy of creation. On a page, words appear flat. Energetically, words have power and they can permeate your thinking and how you perceive reality. Our minds digest words in the same way the stomach digests food, and your words can nurture how you look at life or disrupt your well-being. Do you want the “Everything Works” software or the “My Life is Always Difficult” software? Words have a hypnotic ability to plant seeds in our consciousness. Advertisers know the power of words to sway consumers. Governments use propaganda to manipulate political consciousness. But words can also heal: When you go up to a lake and say how beautiful it is, the lake will begin to transform, and any pollutants will lessen. When you tell your spouse how beautiful they are, they will glow, and the relationship will glow. When you tell a child how smart they are, their natural intelligence will show.
2. Save “I am” for proclamations, use “I feel” for expressing emotional states. If you say, “I am depressed,” that sounds permanent, like it’s been etched in stone. “I feel depressed,” is more temporal and fleeting. The words “I am” have Divine Power. When you say, “I am,” you are that state of being, that state of creation. These words call God into the picture and the power is amplified. Use these two words carefully. Save them for proclamations like: “I am beautiful, I am strong, I am prosperous, and I am calm.” 3. Avoid these words because they are life blockades: Never and Can’t. Each use of “never” and “can’t” becomes a brick in a wall that surrounds your dreams. Why build fences with your words when you can have open fields where your dreams can flourish? Words that we use in repetition hammer in reality. Use your words to build up rather than break down. I remember a teacher in Junior High telling me I couldn’t draw very well, and that stuck with me for years. It was only years later I started drawing again. You know what? I like my drawings! Creativity is viewed as some have it and some don’t in this culture. I believe creativity and intuition are standard human operating equipment. Creativity includes art, drama, dance, music, and writing, but it can also be how we interact with people, how we solve problems, even how we rest. Creativity is how we design life each moment. As the author of your own life story, use the best words possible! 4. Express words of appreciation and gratitude. Apply liberally. These are the antidotes for anger and frustration. Gratitude sings of joy, and everyone wants to hear and draw near. Gratitude is a magnet for good and makes things whole. Anger splits open and creates fractures in life’s flow. Anger also magnetizes, but it attracts frustrating, pesky situations. Be grateful for things not (yet) in your life and watch them quickly appear. You can turn any problem around by being thankful for its opposite. Are you and your boyfriend arguing? Say, “I’m thankful for calm, insightful, and peaceful communication with my boyfriend.” Say it 100 plus times and you will have massaged your consciousness. You are getting the kinks out of your thought
processes and peaceful communication will emerge. When you are thinking of what to be grateful for, remember the most important gift is simply to be alive. What a gift it is to be here, to learn, and to serve! 5. Tone of Voice and Word Choices Change Intention. I remember watching Tom Hanks on the television show “Inside The Actor’s Studio.” He was commenting how doing the voice for an animation character is hard work. You could be asked to say one sentence a variety of ways to create a different emphasis. Play with tone in your words to create more of what you want in your life. Tone of voice and the corresponding words we choose reflect the intention behind your words. Not only that, it reflects what we believe and don’t believe about what is possible in life. The sense of possibility is the doorway for creation: Keep this doorway open. Let’s use this as an example, a topic that most everyone worries about: money. Read each of these statements below, and watch how your consciousness changes. I am broke. I never have enough money. Money is a corrupted ideal. Money is my friend. Money flows in from many channels. I always have more than enough. I’m thankful for my abundant life. Thank you for my ever-flowing abundance from the Divine Source. Notice how your body feels with each statement, how your breathing changes. Also notice which statements enliven your awareness and make you feel most open to unexpected possibilities. 6. Chanting as Meditation, Chanting as Mental Floss. Any words repeated are a chant. Chants also program the mind, so upbeat positive, devotional words are best. With meditation, I often sit for five or ten minutes and then my nose will start to twitch, or my arm starts to itch like a
mosquito just bit me. I get restless. But I can chant for much longer. I can chant for 30 minutes to an hour, no problem. The sound clears my head. When you chant, let your voice be like a bow to the Divine: Chant with devotion. I chant in a lower resonant voice sometimes or a higher joyful voice. OM (AUM), the Sanskrit word for God is an excellent chant. You can make a chant from any affirmation like “Peace” or “Joy,” or “I am healthy,” “I am prosperous.” Remember: Words we repeat about ourselves are a live chant. Use complimentary words when you speak about your life and yourself, especially during challenging periods. 7. Shake Off Adversity by Focusing on Your Higher Goals. Words like “loss” and “failure” tend to haunt us. We let them label us and we begin to identify with these words. Challenging times can trick you if you let them. They can trick you into believing that the difficulties are here to stay. They are passing clouds. If we don’t let go of loss, we weave it into our ongoing life experience only to meet adversity once again. Adversity often brings a hidden blessing or lesson in humility. Your ego gets a trim, snipping away the unessential, so you can get closer to what’s really important. Adversity carries with it all the big lessons of love, simplicity, and trust. Delays, setbacks, and a period of limbo often accompany a challenging period. This is a powerful embryonic state, a blank slate where you can begin again, your own personal Etch-A-Sketch for envisioning a new future. No matter how many things fall from the sky, keep focused on your prosperity, your love, your success, getting clearer by the day. Adversity is birth dressed up in strange and unfamiliar clothes setting the stage for a fresh, new beginning. Michele Anderson is a dynamic transformation coach, intuitive, and educator on how to read signs and omens. She sees the intuition as a symbolic language anyone can learn. Michele also loves music, and is a seasoned percussionist and performer. She lives with her husband and two Samoyed dogs in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her website at www.NewVision-Psychic.com.
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Enlightening Views Wisdom from Wayne
That Pesky Ego is at W ork
By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Excerpted from Wishes Fulfilled
There’s nothing natural about living a life of stress
There’s nothing natural about living a life filled with stress and anxiety, having feelings of despair o r d e p re s s i o n , and needing pills to tranquilize yourself. Agitated thoughts that produce high blood pressure, a nervous stomach, persistent feelings of discomfort, an inability to relax or sleep, and frequent displays of displeasure and outrage are violating your natural state. Believe it or not, you have the power to create the naturally stress-free and tranquil life you desire. You can utilize this power to attract frustration or joy, anxiety or peace. So, if it’s natural to have feelings of wellbeing, why is it that we seem to experience so much “un-wellness” and tension? The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking. That pesky ego is at work when you’re experiencing stress or anxiety. We speak of stress as if it were present in the world as something that attacks us. But the stress in your body is rarely the result of external forces or entities attacking you; it’s the result of the weakened connection to Source caused by the belief that ego is who you are. You are peace and joy, but you’ve allowed your ego to dominate your life. Here’s a short list of stress-inducing thoughts that originate in your ego self: It’s more important to be right than to be happy; Winning is the only thing so when you lose, you should be stressed; Your reputation is more important that your relationship with your Source; Success is measured in dollars rather than in feeling happy and content; Being superior to others is more important than being kind to others. You aren’t your work, your accomplishments, your possessions, your home, your
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family … your anything. You’re a creation of your Source, dressed in a physical human body intended to experience and enjoy life on Earth. This is the intention that you want to bring to the presence of stress—your personal intention to be tranquil. Stress and anxiety are choices that we make, ways that we choose to process events. Each day we have hundreds of opportunities to shift our thoughts and align with the Source that intended us for lives of joy and peace. Wayne W. Dyer, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. Author of over 30 books, he has created many audio programs, videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. Dr. Dyer is affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans. When he’s not traveling the globe delivering his uplifting messages, Wayne is writing from his home in Maui. If you would like to receive Wayne’s newsletter visit: www.DrWayneDyer.com.
Enlightening Views According
By Sophia Falke
What’s Your Story? “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it”. What is holding you back from achieving your full Potential and greatness? “That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.” Do you recognize that expression? Perhaps you’ve used it yourself. Sometimes it’s said with great conviction and determination, allowing no discussion or argument. Sometimes it’s said as a joke, especially when we want to cover up an embarrassing incident. Then there are times our “That’s my story” is said jokingly as a deflection because the speaker doesn’t want to face an issue that’s begging to be addressed. And finally, someone will tell their story with great sincerity and a touch of anguish, as in, “I can’t look at that issue, it’s buried so deep and is so painful.” It’s interesting to watch as I or someone else tells their story. Generally we’re not aware that what we’re saying is some old subconscious tape that is running our lives. When we recognize we are telling a story, we have the opportunity to look at the tape that has been governing our lives and shine a conscious light on it. I have a story from early childhood that “No one listens to what I say” and its corollary, “It doesn’t matter what I say.” The only problem with that is I’ve made my living for so many years leading teams, supervising staff, teaching, coaching, speaking to groups, etc., etc., etc. And yet I held onto my story of “No one listens to me” for years.
closely held, and erroneous, stories. I remember once signing up for a program because I knew my life depended on it. No, not my physical well-being (although I’m sure my health would have been impacted if I hadn’t taken action). It was my emotional and spiritual well-being that were at risk. So, what’s your story? What is holding you back from achieving your full potential and greatness? Are you willing to let go? When you are ready to address your stories, ask for help. Seek out people who have already done their work and are in a space emotionally and spiritually where you would like to be. This is a wonderful life—if we let it be and are willing to do the work.
Sophia Falke is minister at Unity Center in the Valley, Las Vegas. Information on programs at Unity Center can be found at www.uciv.org, Facebook.com, or Meetup. com. Sophia is also a certified coach, seminar leader, and professional speaker through her business Embracing Greatness (www.EmbracingGreatness.com). You can reach her at Sophia@EmbracingGreatness.com or by calling or texting 702-283-3117.
Great story to wallow in, but it’s not true. So I have the opportunity to look at it through a different lens and release it. But not to worry, as I release this story, I know I’ll have plenty more to draw from. At this point in my life, when I recognize a story for what it really is, i.e., something that I made up, I have a good laugh and internal conversation of “Look at you! Here’s another chance to let go.” Perhaps I’m the only one who has such a wealth of stories to fall back on, when I have an unconscious moment, although I don’t think so. We use our stories as a way to avoid pain, embarrassment, and other discomforts. Yet, lifting the lid off our closely held stories and beliefs and shining a conscious light on them gives us breathing room—room to see the layer upon layer of false interpretation and conjecture we have placed on events and relationships. I bring this subject up now during the holidays because often this is the time of year our stories are most intense. Many of the family and old friends we see now are the major players in those stories. The old angst we carry prevents us from experiencing our relationships and our life to their fullest. Are there relationships or situations in your life about which you have created a story—a story that prevents you from growing in body, mind, or spirit? When in Boston someone came to me for guidance and then rejected what I had to say. She thought I couldn’t possibly understand her angst since I obviously had not gone through any trials or tribulations in my life. What she failed to see was that I was able to be present for her experience because I had worked through many similar “dark-night-of-the-soul” experiences in my own life. I was only able to work through them because I was willing to give up some of my stories. I could well have avoided some of the breakthroughs I had if I had held onto stories such as “It’s too deep rooted and painful” or “I’ve been so maligned and misunderstood, I’m ruined for life.” or “They done me wrong—how can you expect me to forgive them?” I could easily have wallowed in those “stories.” Thankfully, there were people who were willing to either gently or forcibly offer emotional and spiritual interventions. I am grateful to them, even—or especially—the ones who did things to me that I considered unjust and reprehensible. Each time it was worth the discomfort, pain, and tears I experienced in order to let go of my
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Not So Stupid Pet Tricks
By Natalia Macrynikola
hand over the treat for five seconds, then try again from the start.
A few more important things to keep in mind as you train: Keep sessions short - Cats have short attention spans, so train in a quiet ogs often steal the spotlight when it comes to tricks because cats are place each time. Train before meals - This is when your cat is most responsive. Be sure to “misunderstood when it comes to training, enrichment and living a happy and healthy life indoors,” says Cary Rentola of the Larimer Humane Society. You may not be able to break up treats into smaller bits so your cat doesn’t end up overeating. Be patient - Never yell at your cat, or “it will shy away from wanting to teach an old dog a new trick, but you can teach your cat tricks commonly associated participate, no matter how tasty the treat,” reminds Rentola. with dogs. Time rewards correctly - In the seconds it takes to reward a good behavior with a treat, kitty may get distracted. “For all she knows, turning her head is what got The Benefits of Trick Training “Teaching new behaviors promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps relieve feline boredom her the reward,” says Rentola. “Eventually, your cat will respond to your voice alone.” Repeat often - Hold one or two five-to-10-minute sessions at scheduled times while offering cats mental exercise,” says Cheryl Kolus, a Colorado State University every day for two to three weeks. veterinary student and a volunteer with the Despite their reputation, cats are very trainable and social. Teaching yours to obey Larimer Humane Society. your commands will help debunk the myth that dogs are the only loyal pets. Just Training also gives them remember, as Kolus says, “Patience, kindness and consistency are key.” an outlet for instinctual behaviors. “When you’re working on a trick through positive training, it becomes a bonding experience for you Natalia Macrynikola is an assistant editor at Studio One Networks, which publishes The and your cat,” adds Rentola. Daily Cat. She hopes to one day train her feline friend Freddy to type her articles. www. KittyCattery.com/thedailycat, CatNews.org.
Trick Training How-to
Here are five fun tricks for your cat. Repeat a trick two to five times per session. 1. Sit - Move the treat up above cat’s head so your pet sits back. At the same time, say your cat’s name along with “sit.” Once your cat assumes the position, click and offer treats and praise. 2. Beg - Hold a treat over your cat’s head so it has to sit up and reach with its paws to get it. Say “beg” along with your pet’s name, and the moment kitty does something resembling the trick, click and hand over the treat. Do this around three to five times, depending on the cat’s attention span. Then put the treat away and say “beg” again. If your cat performs the trick without being asked, immediately offer praise and a treat. 3. Fetch - Toss a toy a few feet in front of you and let your cat run after it. As kitty rolls around with it, walk over and offer praise. Take the toy and say thank you, then pet your cat for a short while before throwing the toy again a little further. Retrieve the toy again as your cat plays with it, and this time, return to your original position before throwing. Repeat the procedure a few times, then give your cat a final rubdown and put the toy out of sight until the next session. Conduct these training sessions at the same time each day, and your pet will start anticipating this game. Every time you play, it will carry the toy closer and closer to you. 4. Play dead - Call your cat to a place it enjoys. When it comes, offer a treat and say its name in a soothing tone. Then put your hand on its back and say, “Play dead.” Gently press down on your cat until it lies down. Praise and click before giving another treat. With enough practice, your cat will learn to obey this command without your hand on its back. 5. High five - Hold a treat out of your cat’s reach, inviting your pet to sit in front of you. Once kitty comes, say, “High five,” and lower your hand. If your pet tries to get the treat with its teeth, raise your hand out of its mouth’s reach. Kitty will then try to get the treat with its paw. If the paw hits your palm, click, provide a treat and offer praise. If kitty doesn’t reach for the treat, close your
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How to Train Your Cat on a Leash By Tony Robinson
it possible to train a cat to walk with you? Yes it is and not hard to do. Patience, practice, time, and you will be walking with your cat soon. The best time to start to train a cat to walk with a leash is when it is a kitten. When a kitten is small, needs to be taught the correct behaviors. Molding a kitten’s behaviors is just as if we would do with children. They are new to the behaviors and do not really know what is right and wrong. An older cat could be harder to train as it is set in some of its ways. With patience from both you and your cat, you will be able to train the cat to walk with a leash. Let us get started with first you will need to purchase a leash for the cat. One thing you will want to do is search out the leash that will be suitable for both you and your cat. There are many different leashes on the market to day. Some are retractable with a setting on the holder to be able to allow just enough leash out for the cat. On the other hand, you can just let the cat have as much as they would like. This is nice for walking and for letting the cat to play, with control that they do not run off or get in to much trouble. The other leashes are standard leashes with the average of five to 6 feet, would be a good length. Continued On Page 13
Canine Joint Pain
By Danielle Pinter
Are Natural Treatments Safe And Effective?
have adverse effects on canines. These are normally prescription medications and are largely discouraged by many dog health authorities across the world.
Natural Options For Dog Joint Pain
Several holistic veterinarians are now prescribing natural treatment options for dog joint pain. Here are a few recommended alternative options: Exercise is one of the most significant aspects to consider when it comes to canine joint therapy. Challenging exercises are not recommended - however, mild exercises will help keep the bones working. Low impact exercises help add more flexibility and strengthen the bones. Exercise also helps in fat loss.
ogs may endure joint pain at any age. There are many factors that are responsible for the occurrence of Dog Joint Pain. One of the most typical causes is dog arthritis. Older dogs are at a greater risk of getting this painful malady. Independent of the common injuries, components such as anxiety, not enough exercise, obesity, hip dysplasia or dietary deficiency may also lead to painful joints in dogs. Whenever a dog is experiencing joint pain, there are specific changes in behavior that it typically shows. Such behaviors include strange movements, swelling of the bones, trouble standing, and unwillingness towards regular activities such as climbing stairs and playing. When the pain intensifies, the dogs will not walk in general. Luckily there are efficient natural treatments that you can include which will assist in restoring the natural state of health of your puppy.
Dog-Joint Treatment - What to Look For
Many people want to use pain relief remedies when their dogs start to show signs of joint problems. Some of these treatments just cause temporary pain alleviation because such forms of drugs can’t be utilized for an extended period of time given that they may
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Massaging is also considered to be a potent pain reliever. When you rub every joint lightly for several minutes, you will largely help to decrease the intensity of joint problems. Also this helps to improve blood flow in the affected areas. The utilization of turmeric can be suggested for when curing or treating dog-joint pain. This amazing herb has some exemplary anti-inflammatory properties - thus helping to decrease the burning influence on the affected areas. If your dog needs long lasting relief, you can add turmeric to his/her food on a regular basis in order to achieve the very best results in combined pain relief. Herbal pain alleviation solutions such as cayenne are also available in ointment or cream and are also well suited in the treatment of dog joint pain. When you topically apply the product on the affected area, it significantly numbs the joint pain and inhibits the swelling as well. These are simply a few suggestions of natural treatments that may be used in the treating dog joint problems. Of course, the effect of each one of these treatment alternatives depends upon the extent of the condition on a case-by-case basis. You will find that many times the natural therapies may require a few weeks before they are effective. nLearn more about natural alternatives for treating dog joint pain at: http:// naturalpetproductsreviewed.com/dog-joint-pain.
How to Train Your Cat on a Leash Continued From Page 12
Weight of the leash should be light. You would not want a heavy one like for a dog. This will put to much weight on the cat and be uncomfortable. Another item that you will need to consider is a harness or collar for the cat. A harness is the best for a cat. When purchasing a collar you will want to make it very narrow one and light and keep in mind that around the cats neck you need to a allow a fair amount of room but not to lose. The harness should be loose and comfortable for a cat. Being to tight can cause the cat to get sores and end up going to the vet for treatment. Once you get the leash, collar, or harness, you will want to play with the cat with the item. This allows the cat to get use to it and put its scent on these items. The next thing you will want to put the harness on the cat as loose as you can get it, just place it on the cat, depending on the reaction of the cat you can leave it on for a short time or if the cat does not want anything to do with it, then you might have to go back and play with the cat. This step is very important, if you force the cat to wear the harness, they are not going to be happy at all with the harness or with you. Take your time with all the steps. After the cat is wearing the harness loose, then it is the time to tighten the harness up until it is the right comfort for the cat. At this point, you will want to give the cat time to wear the harness. Once you see that is going good. Now is the time to attach the leash Remember first to have the cat play with the leash. Put the leash on and get the cat use to having it on. Then you will want to start walking the cat inside, until the cat is doing well. Once the cat is comfortable with the leash then it is time to go for the walk. When walking with the cat makes sure, they do not have a lot of leash to run in directions they feel is necessary. The neighbors pets will be out and your cat might want to see them. Have your cat walk with you and not the cat walking you. Now that you are set, you can exercise with your cat, as they need the exercise also. Tony Robinson is a webmaster, international author and cat lover. Visit his website at http:// www.officialcats.com, CatNews.org
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Goodbye Worries Roberta Shapiro GOODBYE WORRIES is a program that trains your mind, through the power of hypnosis and meditation, to effectively control worrisome thoughts. It is the second in the series the CALMING COLLECTION.
December George Winston It is the second in the series the CALMING COLLECTION. December is the fourth solo piano album from George Winston, released in 1982, and is a tribute to the winter season. This album was a follow up to Autumn. Two tracks were added for the anniversary edition: “A Christmas Song” and “Sleep Baby Mine”. PAGE 14 • december, 2013 • IN LIGHT TIMES
Gems for the Soul “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~ Charles M. Schulz
“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” ~ Calvin Coolidge; Presidential message (December 25, 1927).
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale “In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!” ~ Dave Barry
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ~ Bob Hope
“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” ~ Helen Steiner Rice
“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ” ~ Mary Ellen Chase
“May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind.” ~ Author Unknown
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” ~Buddha
“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
~ Chinese Proverb
“May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah.” ~ Author Unknown
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton
“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale “This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” ~ D.M. Dellinger “Let your love for one another be your reason to celebrate holidays together; rather than holidays being the only reasons to come together with family and friends.” ~ Edmond Mbiaka “May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher “Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!” ~ Amanda Bradley “I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Answers on Pg 25
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F eature S tory
Michele Avanti, CAP
Astrology is an ancient study of planetary movements through celestial constellations. This study began over 4,000 years ago, where watchers of the heavens connected events on Earth to geometric patterns or planetary events in the sky. Millennia of research connected the dots as similar events developed under similar stellar patterns. In order to counsel rulers of nations, astrologers examined the most powerful charts for the upcoming year, those that related to the change of seasons. In astrology we call these the Cardinal Ingresses. They happen at the equinoxes and the solstices. This, of course, is the same method I use. Key events during each year happen when a planet appears to station or change direction. No planet actually does this, but it appears to slow down and go backwards because of Earth’s orbit. When a planet stations while making a close geometric contact to another planet or star, at least one of the pictures indicated not only happen but leave a mark on history and consciousness. An example of this took place a few years back when we witnessed the tsunami in Japan and years before that a tsunami in Papua, New Guinea. Both events are classic examples of the activation of planets with the fixed star of drowning, Scheat. In 2014, there are three ingress charts that have a planet stationing. In the twenty-three years that I have done this work, I have not witnessed any planets stationing in an ingress chart. With an understanding that these will leave a mark, I expect 2014 to be a year that will turn a corner in the history of the world. The three planets involved picture, explosive transformation, business and soul families, and sudden unexpected events that activate freedom or activated by a need for freedom, I am certain that 2014 will be a year that people will not forget. Capricorn Ingress: December 21, 2013 ~ March 20, 2014 This chart shines with the Sun and Mercury at the Midheaven telling us the President will be heard and seen internationally. Looking a bit closer and certainly not to my surprise, the topics are employment, health of the nation and military issues. Explosive Pluto, the transformer, is also close to the Midheaven, and is being challenged by electrifying sudden events…Uranus and militant, gun totting, PAGE 16 • december, 2013 • IN LIGHT TIMES
Mars. Adding all of this together, along with their house rulerships and locations, offers a chilling picture of violence, division, and anger due to a lack of credit, monetary issues, taxation, insurance, and reproductive rights. Sudden violent acts may occur but more prolific will be the explosive words and lack of decorum, courtesy or fairness. Key dates for these issues will be December 28 through January 1. Also, as we come to the end of January, more is revealed that directly stresses the President and the nation. It may be a large sudden international explosion that kills women and children. Or it may be the exposure of some international secret that is suddenly revealed about the exploitation, torture and death of women and children. It is definitely tied to money and may, in some way, come back on the American people because there may be a link to our tax money used in an underground way. Whatever it is, it will be seen, heard and discussed everywhere. Additionally there may be a sudden or surprising turn about that vindicates the President and the American people. Public words broadcast by television, radio and the internet sting during this period. They challenge the economy, the income stream of the nation and they challenge women. There is a struggle taking place between old secret alliances and the money that has been used without public awareness. This quarter should reveal more, yet it does not appear to offer any solution, only anger. While there is optimism in the housing market, money is not flowing through banks or mortgage brokers. This will change later in 2014. The battle to raise the minimum wage continues to be a battle and this cycle does not resolve it. Children and families are challenged by a lack of governmental aid. There is tremendous stress and frustration; fun seems to be in short supply. A very interesting statement indicated by this chart is about our enemies. Normally our enemies are identified as outside the nation, but in this chart, it is clear they are inside our nation. It is a statement of America fighting itself. Looking back, as I do historically, there are many connections between this time in our nation and the time in France during the French Revolution. We are tracking along a
similar series of ingress charts. However, the consciousness in this nation is much higher and thus the outcome will be very different. And, it does not take an astrologer to look about and see how we are a nation divided, and this ingress chart emphasizes that point. The added statement is, we are fighting to free ourselves from militant, aggressive controls. We are fighting for fairness and equality. These are the actual words of Uranus and Mars in this chart and so reminiscent of the cries of the French Revolution, “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” (Liberty, Equality & Brotherhood.) No investments are offering immediate appreciation during this ingress period, but long-term investments are indicated in: housing, families, home products and food products. The challenge is money to build or expand now, which is not easily available. However, if you took the reverse approach and decided to create quality small or home goods designed for downsizing or recycling to downsize, this could be successful. Also investing in gold, especially if it is a product that uses gold for something needed in the home, will show returns when Jupiter reaches the middle of Leo in late September or early October of 2014. Aries Ingress: March 20 ~ June 21, 2014 In this ingress the Sun continues to be at the Midheaven, keeping the President visible, however, this ingress cycle for this president is filled with stress; he feels that many, including military veterans, are drowning in homeless situations. The terrible challenges of Uranus and Pluto in the last ingress are expanded and exponentially more apparent in this chart as Jupiter is in close contact, therefore increasing the number of sudden infamous events under the explosive deadly power of Pluto. This combination may create military disasters, bank explosions, and supreme court verdicts that turn things upside down. There are more challenges to healthcare, employment, women, children, investments, and social networks. Money is barred from women and children, while taxes may challenge them. There is a window of optimism in this chart, though it is not a strong one. It comes through the internet, through international groups, through what I call soul families reaching out to help each other. This
F eature S tory Astrology is an ancient study of planetary movements through celestial constellations. This study began over 4,000 years ago, where watchers of the heavens connected events on Earth to geometric patterns or planetary events in the sky.
window points to lessons for the future which will strengthen the international community. Investments in steel for building, surgical instruments, or home wares that use steel. Also, anything used to build underground, including gases that run underground for use in homes. These should be international companies, not necessarily US companies, though they may be U.S. companies partnering with international companies or that are offering investments in their international counterparts or subsidies.
a shift for investments, international relationships regarding investments, monetary resources, cartels, bankers, oil, underground resources, hidden power, governments and corporations. But even as they are shifting business, money and investments internationally, these actions cause stress to our military and their families. The Supreme Court is also stressed by these changes and it may begin to deliberate a key issue in these matters during this cycle. Investments are again holding to what was said during the Aries ingress…international, underground, corporate or government; all long-term.
Cancer Ingress: June 21 ~ September 22, 2014
Libra Ingress: September 22 ~ December 21, 2014
Finally, in this cycle, the President is not the focus of the chart. He seems to fall under issues of money, while he is still being spoken about in the news and online. What is being said is kinder and offers more opportunity to bring emotional balance. The president himself will aggressively push whatever he believes in through. Challenging him now will bring out his strongest side.
This ingress chart is the first of three that have a planet stationing in the chart, which is Chiron (yes, some people call it a planet, others an asteroid.) Chiron has a proven connection to business and soul families. It is where we are most wounded and through that wound we learn to heal, allowing us then to help heal others with similar wounds.
Where international business issues held center stage with Chiron stationing in the last cycle, this new cycle has the explosive transformer, Pluto, stationing in his own house of bankers, taxes, insurance companies and reproduction. Pluto is giving a clear warning here as it turns direct. It is ringing a toll for people, businesses and governments to take action now to transform the way money is used, change the way you are lending, borrowing, investing, taxing and valuing money. The fact this is making what, in astrology we call declination, it is actually a visible contact between Mars and Pluto, both rulers of this house of banking. The fact that Pluto is not in direct contact with any other planet except Mars, tells us that the warning call for action must begin with service. This service must come through employment, healthcare, and military. We can take that many ways, but considering our society at this time (yes, things may have changed quite a bit by September 2014) Pluto seems to say we must, as a nation, serve the people. We are responsible to see that there are jobs, healthcare and placement for our people and military veterans. It calls for our action. Pluto, making such a strong statement backed up by the energy of Mars, is not to be overlooked. If we do not respond to this call as a nation, we will witness the destruction of all that it calls us to change. Pluto always warns first and then flattens everything if we do not work it through. Once flattened there will be a level field from which we will have to rebuild our society. Pluto statements are clear in personal charts as well as those of nations.
In this chart, Chiron is stationing in close activation of corporate, governmental and Supreme Court, Saturn. The pictures these two planets give are many and broad. They indicate the opportunity in
The Moon, which represents the people, housing and emotions of our nation, supports Venus, ruler of money, women and children. Together, these celestial beings stress to free themselves by taking
That being said, this chart is driven by an emotional struggle of the American people. They are struggling to balance their emotions, anger and energy due to sudden events that have explosively challenged the nation. Wild fires, explosive scorched Earth, sudden changes in the investment market or regarding issues of children or women and social events. These explosive emotions will activate attacks on our military or American families abroad. This will include anyone who represents the United States in a prominent position. These pictures also include a possibility of hostage taking. If I lived abroad during this period, I would increase my awareness of my surroundings and make certain I did not go anywhere that might put me in danger.
action while struggling with public lies created by businesses or business controllers. They are frustrated by changing contracts which are actually expanding their possibilities although these are changing too fast and are too expansive to be understood yet. Something is being offered here by government. It appears that there may be loans, tax credits or some kind of subsidies available now through government services to help women, families and children who need homes. Additionally, it appears that government is offering something to businesses who will work to provide these services or housing. But it is not without challenge due to the complicated or misunderstood information that is released. Too much is being said and not being understood. This causes frustration. All these things are aligned with the karmic issues that the national consciousness is working through. The struggle clearly indicated here is one of moving from an aggressive male warring society to a balanced, fair cooperative one. Investments in this period must be carefully chosen. They call for a roller coaster ride unless you choose established companies that are actively transforming to include more service business. The types of products include: female and family health, insurance, medical and surgical…especially those offering some kind of plastic surgery for military. With this combination, I would look to a company that may be transforming lives through prosthetics. Capricorn Ingress: December 21, 2014 ~ March 20, 2015 This is the last chart for 2014 and here we see Uranus, planet of sudden changes, freedom fighters, eccentrics, fame and astrologers, stationing before it goes direct. This stationing is not isolated but a direct challenging contact to transformative explosive Pluto. Since 2011, these two planets have been breaking ground, electrifying change in governments, corporations and established monetary practices. This chart kicks it up a notch, with a tight stationing challenge. This cycle will call all practices into play. It not only involves Pluto in the house of the workplace, military and health of the nation, while Uranus puts all monetary issues of careers and Supreme Court decisions regarding money into public view; this chart ties in national karma and future directives. It tells us that we must break free of the military complex and put attention on cooperation, equality and housing at home. It points to the emotional future of the nation and indicates, that though we struggle with this now, Continued on Page 24 * IN LIGHT TIMES • december, 2013 • PAGE 17
How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program If
you’re thinking of becoming a yoga teacher, here are some important questions you should
If you’re thinking of becoming a yoga teacher, here are some important questions you should ask about any teacher training school you’re considering.
Additional Questions to Ask
1. What Style of Yoga is Taught?
What is required for you to graduate? What are the assessment criteria? Feel free to ask for a list of these criteria.
Don’t choose a yoga teacher training just because the dates fit your schedule, or it’s cheap. Rather, train in the style that you want to teach. And if a school appeals to you, but you haven’t experienced its style, attend a class first, or at least watch a video in that style.
If you want a residential yoga teacher training, but cannot do it all at once, will the school allow you to split the training into pieces?
Is the school registered with Yoga Alliance? Potential future employers might insist on that.
Also, does the program focus on just one style, or is it a mix of styles? Each style has its own strengths and emphasis, and if you truly want to understand what you’re teaching, it’s best to focus on one style.
Are the faculty members well-trained and experienced teachers? Look into their backgrounds.
2. What Training Format Do You Want?
What is the school’s refund policy if you do not complete the program?
You can travel to a residential training, or you might find a local training that enables you to live at home the entire time. Each has its advantages. A local training lets you continue your work or family obligations while you train. A residential training lifts you out of that routine into a deeper, more transforming immersion in yoga as a way of life.
3. Which Aspects of Yoga Does the Training Emphasize?
Some schools focus only on the physical asanas (yoga postures), viewing yoga as a fitness regime. Others see yoga as a tool for successful living on all levels, so they include meditation, healthy lifestyle, and spiritual growth. Be sure you get what you’re looking for.
4. What is the Average Class Size?
The smaller the class, the more personal attention you’re likely to receive.
5. Is the School Well established and Respected?
Ask how long the school has been in operation, and how many graduates they have had. If authenticity is important to you, look for a school that’s part of a time-honored yoga tradition.
6. Do You Feel Comfortable with the Faculty?
If you don’t already know the director of the program, ask to talk with him or her so you can ask questions. Don’t be shy; you’re considering a big commitment, and it’s a perfectly valid request.
7. What Do Past Graduates Say About the Program?
Ask the school to put you in touch with past graduates. They can ease your mind about this big decision — or help you avoid a big mistake.
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Does the school have a code of ethics for its teachers? Feel free to ask for a copy.
If you want a residential training, you may wish to inquire about the diet: Is it vegetarian? Vegan? If you require a special diet, can suitable arrangements be made.
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Warm Up the Holidays
Herbal Chai Herbalist Kathleen Gould, rh
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Green Smoothies… tea has been used for thousands of years to help promote health and general well being. It is rich in antioxidants and the delicious warming herbs help increase circulation, nourish the immune reserves (immune food), benefit the lungs, kidneys and heart and works to alleviate chronic coldness. In addition, many of the spices in chai have great carminative properties to help relax the digestive system.
Black tea is traditionally used in chai tea; however, we like to substitute African Rooibos. This herb is not only tasty but has a myriad of healing properties and it is caffeine free as well. Rooibos is loaded with antioxidants (free radical scavengers) to help protect the body from disease. Here is an interesting excerpt from an article I found while researching this amazing plant: “In 2003 the American Botanical Council said there is no other natural resource that has as many antioxidants as rooibos. Two of them are rare: nothofagin, proven to protect against cancer, heart disease, and stroke; and aspalathin, which is only found in rooibos tea. (www.Naturalnews. com/031536_rooibos_tea_South_Africa.html). Here is a nice chai tea recipe with a few extra added herbs like Astragalus root to help feed and support the immune system and some Eleutherococcus root for its amazing adaptogenic (helps the body deal with stress) and adrenal enhancing properties.
CHAI TEA 4 cups water 1 cup milk (Almond milk makes a nice substitute for cow’s milk) 2 Tablespoons Rooibos 1 Tablespoon Astragalus root 1 Tablespoon Eleutherococcus root 2 teaspoons cardamom pods 2 teaspoons cinnamon chips (or 2 cinnamon sticks) 1 teaspoon whole cloves 1 teaspoon dried ginger (or a thumb size slice of fresh ginger) ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns ½ - 1 teaspoons Stevie (sweet herb) – more or less to taste
are a simple way to incorporate large amounts of greens into your diet. Did you know that leafy greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group? They contain highquality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and beneficial phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals also known as phytonutrients). Phytochemicals keep your body’s immune system and body functioning properly, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life-threatening diseases. 5 Reasons We Love Green Smoothies 1. Natural energy booster 2. Natural weight loss drink 3. Simple way to boost your immune system 4. Full of disease-fighting antioxidants 5. Hands down— The best fast food “One of the most delicious and nutritious superfoods in a cup.” — Underground Health Reporter What Are Green Smoothies And What’s In Them? We know how hard it can be to get in the daily recommended dose of leafy greens— and we believe green smoothies are the answer. These plant-based drinks are packed with leafy greens, fruits and a liquids… and they taste delicious! Simple Green Smoothie recipes are easy to make: all you need is a blender, some leafy greens, fruit and water. Incorporating spinach, kale and other super greens into smoothies is a simple way to give your body nutrients it craves. Make sure to check out our top recipes section for inspiration. We like our smoothies as clean and nature-based as possible, which means we try to buy organic produce, and avoid processed sugars and dairy in our smoothies. We occasionally add coconut water, unsweetened nut milks and super-seeds to our green smoothies for added flavor and beneficial nutrients, like protein, calcium and potassium. Feel free to experiment and find what works for you! All you need is a blender, an open mind, and a willingness to drink your veggies! Resource: SimpleGreenSmoothies.com/what-are-green-smoothies
To make: Mix all ingredients except milk in non-aluminum pot, cover tightly and bring to simmer. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes. Add milk and leave heat on low just long enough to get milk warm. Strain and enjoy. Note: If you want to use black tea leaves instead of the rooibos, add them after simmering the spices so your tea does not get too bitter. Who knows, this may just bring the Fa-la-la back into your holiday experience. Happy Holidays!
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Health Lights By Dr. Mercola
Surprising Foods with More Sugar Than a Krispy Kreme Doughnut A Major New Report by Credit Suisse Research Institute1 explores the impact of sugar and sweeteners on humans’ diets, with some shocking revelations and statistics.
Worldwide, the average person consumes 70 grams of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup per day (that’s 17 teaspoons), up 46 percent from three decades ago. Yet, in countries like the US, Brazil, Australia and Mexico, sugar consumption is actually much higher, averaging 40 teaspoons per person per day for Americans (compared to just seven for those living in China). And when children younger than 4 are removed from the mix, sugar consumption in the US rises by another 5-10 percent! It’s a shocking amount of sugar, but what is even more startling is the potential damage it can do to your health.
9 Foods with More Sugar Than a Doughnut While you may consider yourself savvy when it comes to spotting sugar-laden foods, the report revealed some real sugar shockers. Before we get into just how troublesome all of this excess sugar may be, let’s first look at how stealthily it is hidden in some seemingly healthful foods. The following nine foods all have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut (which, for comparison, contains 10 grams of sugar): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Luna bar: 11 grams of sugar Grande Starbucks latte: 17 grams Subway 6” sweet onion teriyaki chicken sandwich: 17 grams Tropicana orange juice, 8 ounces: 22 grams Yoplait original yogurt: 27 grams Vitamin Water, 20 ounces: 33 grams Sprinkles red velvet cupcake: 45 grams California Pizza Kitchen Thai chicken salad: 45 grams Odwalla superfood smoothie, 12 ounces: 50 grams
Added Sugars Represent 17 Percent of the Average US Diet …but when all forms of sugars are included, the data suggests that sugar makes up 38 percent of the typical US diet. Among added sugars, 43 percent come from sweetened beverages, which is concerning since it’s now known that calories in liquid form are processed differently by your body than those consumed in solid form. The report noted: “Mattes et al3 demonstrated that ingesting a beverage did not impact the amount of calories that were ingested during a subsequent meal or in the 24-hour period after the beverage was consumed. When a solid food was given, however, the number of calories that were ingested in the
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following meal and in the following 24-hour period was reduced, suggesting the solid calories that had been ingested were processed in a different way, either in the intestine or in the central nervous system, so that the body appropriately adjusted its subsequent calorie intake. With calories from liquids, however, the body does not seem to compensate and the calories are ‘added on’ to what the person would have ingested anyway.” In all, the major sources of added sugars in the typical US diet are as follows: • • • • •
Regular soft drinks (33 percent) Sugars and candy (16.1 percent) Cakes, cookies, and pies (12.9 percent) Fruit drinks (9.7 percent) Dairy desserts and milk products (ice cream, sweetened yogurt and sweetened milk) (8.6 percent) • Other grain-based products (cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles) (5.8 percent)
Is There a Human Sugar Threshold? Health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome have all been rising with rates of sugar consumption, leading many to assume that there is a dose-response relationship, i.e. the more sugar you consume, the greater your risk of health problems becomes. The report noted an interesting alternative theory, which is that the linear doseresponse model may be too simplistic. Instead, there may be a threshold level in the body for sugar below which it causes little or no harm… but once you pass it, health problems may emerge. Consuming small amounts of sugar may not be a problem, but consuming sugar by the pound certainly is. “While medical research is yet to prove conclusively that sugar is the leading cause of obesity, diabetes type II and metabolic syndrome, the balance of recent medical research studies are coalescing around this conclusion. Advances in understanding the negative effects of refined carbohydrates on blood sugar regulation and cholesterol, and the metabolic impacts of fructose, are undermining the traditional view that all calories are the same,” the report stated. Indeed, the notion that “a calorie is a calorie” has been firmly debunked by science. Not all calories count equally. And the “calories in, calories out” hypothesis for maintaining weight has equally been shown to be incorrect. It is in fact FAR more important to look at the source of the calories than counting them if you’re trying to lose weight. In short, you do not get fat because you eat too many calories and don’t exercise enough. You get fat because you eat the wrong kind of calories. At the end of the day, your consumption of carbohydrates, whether in the form of grains and sugars (especially fructose), will determine whether or not you’re able to manage your weight and maintain optimal health. This is because these types of carbs (sugar, fructose and grains) affect the hormone insulin, which is a very potent fat regulator. Fats and proteins affect insulin to a far lesser degree.
Health Lights Why Calories from Fructose May Be Especially Detrimental – The Fat Switch
Manufacturers often label their products deceptively, claiming they are fatfree to distract you from a high sugar content, for instance. Check out the infographic below for even more shocking amounts of sugars in common foods.
Fructose is in fact far worse than other carbs because the vast majority of it converts directly to FAT, both in your fatty tissues and in your liver. And this is why counting calories does not work... As long as you keep eating fructose and grains, you’re programming your body to create and store fat.
Breaking Your Sugar Habit (Addiction)
Research by Dr. Richard Johnson, chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado and author of The Sugar Fix and The Fat Switch, demonstrates that large portions of food and too little exercise are NOT solely responsible for why you are gaining weight. Rather it’s fructose-containing sugars that cause obesity – not by calories, but by turning on your “fat switch,” a powerful biological adaptation that causes cells to accumulate fat in anticipation of scarcity (or hibernation). A c c o r d i n g t o D r. Johnson, based on his decades of research: “Those of us who are obese eat more because of a faulty ‘switch’ and exercise less because of a low energy state. If you can learn how to control the specific ‘switch’ located in the powerhouse of each of your cells – the mitochondria – you hold the key to fighting obesity.”
When you eat sugar it triggers the production of your brain’s natural opioids – a key initiator of the addiction process. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to stimulating the release of its own opioids. The intensity of this effect is experienced on the same level as morphine or heroin, and preliminary research in animals indicates that the pharmacological effects of sugar include dopaminergic properties, as it has recently been shown to be more addictive than intravenous cocaine. Researchers have speculated that the sweet receptors (two protein receptors located on your tongue), which evolved in ancestral times when the diet was very low in sugar, have not adapted to the seemingly unlimited access to a cheap and omnipresent sugar supply in the modern diet. Therefore, the abnormally high stimulation of these receptors by our sugar-rich diets generates excessive reward signals in your brain, which have the potential to override normal self-control mechanisms, create tolerance and withdrawal symptoms, thus leading to addiction.
... for instance, mice fed a diet containing 25 percent sugar – the equivalent of three cans of soda daily – were twice as likely to die as mice fed a similar diet without sugar ...
This Isn’t Only About Weight Gain – Other Potential Health Effects of Excess Sugar Excessive refined fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance, and insulin resistance appears to be at the root of many if not most chronic disease. Insulin resistance has even been found to be an underlying factor in the initiation and promotion of cancer. The research is quite clear… for instance, mice fed a diet containing 25 percent sugar – the equivalent of three cans of soda daily – were twice as likely to die as mice fed a similar diet without sugar. Refined fructose, in particular, also raises your uric acid levels – it typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion, which in turn can wreak havoc on your blood pressure, insulin production, and kidney function. So far, scientific studies have linked fructose to about 78 different diseases and health problems. For example, fructose may: • • • • • • • • • • • •
Raise your blood pressure Lead to insulin resistance / type 2 diabetes Be associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) Raise your uric acid levels, which can result in gout and/or metabolic syndrome Accelerate the progression of chronic kidney disease Contribute to intracranial atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the arteries in your skull) Exacerbate cardiac abnormalities if you’re deficient in copper6 Have a genotoxic effect on your colon7 Promote metastasis in breast cancer patients Cause tubulointerstitial injury (injury to the tubules and interstitial tissue of your kidney) Promote obesity and related health problems and diseases Promote pancreatic cancer growth
Where Else Is Sugar Hiding? You probably already know that table sugar, fruit juice and candy are high in sugar. But did you know that the following foods are also quite high in sugar also? • • • • •
Tomato sauce Granola bars Salad dressing Canned fruit Dried fruit
According to Dr. Robert Lustig, it is virtually impossible to exert enough cognitive willpower to overcome this 24/7 biochemical drive! That said, limiting or eliminating your sugar intake is the most effective way to break free from this disease-causing cycle. If you still want to use a sweetener occasionally, the sweet herb stevia makes a good, non-addictive sugar substitute. (It is important to avoid ALL artificial sweeteners, which can damage your health even more quickly than sugar.) If you currently eat sugar, there’s a good chance you’re struggling with sugar addiction. So I highly recommend trying an energy psychology technique called Turbo Tapping, which has helped many “soda addicts” kick their sweet habit, and it should work for any type of sweet craving you may have. Remember that in order to minimize your sugar intake, you need to avoid most processed foods, as most contain added sugar. As mentioned, even savory foods like salad dressing, soup, and bread often contain sugar. For optimal health, eat natural whole foods primarily, and limit your fructose consumption to below 25 grams per day, including that from fresh fruit. A couple of other tricks to try to kick your sugar cravings: Exercise: Anyone who exercises intensely on a regular basis will know that significant amounts of cardiovascular exercise is one of the best “cures” for food cravings. It always amazes me how my appetite, especially for sweets, dramatically decreases after a good workout. I believe the mechanism is related to the dramatic reduction in insulin levels that occurs after exercise. Additionally, if you do eat sugars or fruits around the time of the exercise, your sugar levels will not rise as it will metabolized for fuel. Organic, black coffee: Coffee is a potent opioid receptor antagonist, and contains compounds such as cafestrol – found plentifully in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee – which can bind to your opioid receptors, occupy them and essentially block your addiction to other opioid-releasing foods. This may profoundly reduce the addictive power of other substances, such as sugar.
Dr. Mercola. My passion is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States, and that consumes most of my free time. Since 1968, though, I have been an active runner; I completed the Chicago Marathon in just over three hours, among other accomplishments. I have also been a computer hobbyist since 1985, with an interest in the Internet that dates back to the early 1990s. The existing medical establishment is responsible for killing and permanently injuring millions of Americans, but the surging numbers of visitors to Mercola.com since I began the site in 1997 - we are now routinely among the top 10 health sites on the Internet convinces me that you, too, are fed up with their deception. You want practical health solutions without the hype, and that’s what I offer. Visit: Mercola.com.
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Health Lights By Dr. Isaac Eliaz
Healing The health benefits of meditation, whether secular or spiritual, have long been recognized in the East, and now these benefits have successfully been tested in the rigors of the scientific community with excellent results. More and more peer reviewed research on meditation confirms that it is a viable method of improving health and psychological/emotional well being, helping with issues ranging from cardiovascular disease, inflammation, immune activity, to pain, anxiety, depression, mental imbalances, and more. As a relaxation technique, meditation offers many benefits, and it is well known in the medical world that reduction of stress improves the condition of many disease states and helps to greatly reduce health risks related to physical, mental and emotional overload. Risk factors for a multitude of diseases including life threatening heart disease and stroke have been improved with the regular use of meditation as a balancing and strengthening self-care modality. The benefits of meditation are most noticeable when it is practiced on a regular, preferably daily, basis. The most important thing to remember is to start out at a pace that is reasonable for you, say, 10 minutes every evening before bed. If you place a lofty goal of meditating for two hours every morning, and are unable to reach it, it is very easy to give up, and as they say in Buddhism, your mind is always looking for an excuse to avoid meditation. Commanded by our egos, the resistance of our hyper-active minds to the gradual and gentle quieting influence of our natural inner calm, our true essence, is one of the greatest challenges to a successful commitment to meditation. By gaining control over this hyper-reactive mind state through the gentle discipline of a budding meditation practice, we can experience greater and more profound access to our natural inner essence, leading to increased awareness and a more profound experience of being. The health benefits that this expanded depth of experience can provide are numerous, but most often they are marked by a greater mental and emotional stability, and a balancing and strengthening of our physical energy. Developing a regular meditation practice requires only a quiet space and a commitment to continuing to make time to meditate, no matter what obstacles seem to arise, and believe me, they do. One of the biggest obstacles is the endless busy-ness of day to day life, whereby an extra 10 minutes often seems too much to spare. It is important to realize, however, that by granting yourself these precious moments on a regular basis, the overall quality of your life will improve, and things that seemed to take away from your time and energy may resolve themselves as your clarity, focus and stamina are improved. There are thousands of styles of meditation practice, but one of the most profound also happens to be one of the simplest. This is the ancient Tibetan practice of Shamatha meditation. Shamatha means “calm abiding” in Sanskrit, and this meditation is intended to let the mind’s natural state of tranquility and clarity be accessed by focusing the breath on a specific object, and letting all other thoughts arise and slip away as the attention is turned back to the breath. Eventually as our practice deepens, the space between thoughts becomes greater and more profound. Resting in this quiet space, we make room for our true inner nature of love, peace and tranquility to arise and expand. The layers of obstructions, in the form of attachments, aversions, hopes and fears, slowly peel away, and as our inner light becomes brighter and clearer, healing takes a quantum leap. Dr. Isaac Eliaz, M.D., MS., L.Ac. serves as a respected researcher, clinical practitioner, author and lecturer. He integrates his background in Western medicine with extensive knowledge of traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayervedic, Homeopathic and complementary medical systems. Dr. Eliaz offers a unique holistic approach to the relationship between health and disease, immune enhancement, detoxification, cancer prevention and treatment. He believes in working with the whole person in body, mind and spirit, rather than just treating their symptoms. Visit: www.DrEliaz.org. PAGE 22 • december, 2013 • IN LIGHT TIMES
Incredible Caffeine-Free Energy Boosters
The holiday season brings many great things like joy, nostalgia, good will, and more. But let’s be honest – it’s not exactly relaxing! Up late cooking and cleaning, early mornings with family, and days spent rushing around between work, gift shopping, visiting, and on and on. It’s a fun, fantastic, inspiring time of year, but in the end it’s a tiring time, too. A lot of people make the all-toocommon mistake of upping their caffeine consumption in an attempt to offset the extra stress. Don’t do it! You’ll only get caught in an endless cycle of increasing fatigue, as the caffeine taxes your system more and more … and more. You’ll always be chasing that energy boost, never quite getting enough, and wearing away at your immune system in the meantime. But not this year. This year, leave your caffeine intake at normal levels, and instead rely on these easy, natural, and effective energy boosters. 1. Drink! Dehydration is one of the most common causes of fatigue, so the first thing you should be doing is keeping track of your 64 ounces to ensure that you’re meeting the minimum. A dehydrated body is hindered in its ability to perform metabolic functions. This means guaranteed sluggishness! So start chugging, and chances are you’ll see a difference right away. 2. Eat! Food is essential in the war on energy drain. The right foods will make you, and the wrong ones will break you. Aim to avoid sugars, processed and refined carbohydrates, and monster meals. Recent research shows that replacing 3 servings of refined carbohydrates with 3 servings of whole grains resulted in a significant overall increase in energy. As well, eating less food but more frequently, is easier on
your system than simply gorging on two or three giant meals each day. 3. Chew! Gum isn’t only good for your breath – it can also counteract an afternoon energy dip. In fact, a 2012 study showed that folks who chewed for 15 minutes reported feeling more energy over those who didn’t. Chewing gum affects alertness by increasing blood flow to the brain, and stimulating the autonomic nervous system. Mint is extra refreshing, and try to choose a sugar-free option if you can.
By Sayward Rebhal
8. Massage! Your ears, that is. I know it sounds strange but bear with me here: all of your body’s acupuncture meridians connect to, and concentrate in, your ears. Therefore, you can access and invigorate your entire body just by massaging the outer rim of your ear between your thumb and pointer finger, using a downward motion, for 30 seconds or so. Sound crazy? Maybe, but why not give it a shot? It just might save you from another dreaded afternoon slump!
Sayward Rebhal is a writer, a mother, a mover and a maker. Author of the Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide, Sayward also works as a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, and blogs about all things “socially conscious, totally fabulous” at http://bonzaiaphrodite.com. Resources: www.care2.com/greenliving/8incredible-caffeine-free-energyboosters.html#ixzz2mFOxZ3dZ
4. Move! You know the drill: walk around the building, do jumping jacks at your desk, and all that other silly advice you’ve been hearing for years. But this time you should actually do it – because it really works! And it doesn’t even need to be much. Just a short burst of vigorous movement can completely revive you when you’re in a slump. So get out the old jump rope, and get moving. 5. Learn! Research suggests that actively engaging your brain will actually train it to operate more alertly. Want to boost your brain waves? Try learning something new, practicing a skill, or taking a break to play a game like Sudoku. 6. Listen! Enlivening music will stimulate your brain to fire faster and actually increase your heart rate, allowing your energy to flow more freely. So turn on the up-tempo beats, and if you can, sing along. Loudly! 7. Brighten! Bright light literally sends wake-up signals to your brain, whereas low light and darkness do the opposite. To maximize your alertness, open the shades, turn on all the lights, and consider adding lamps to your workspace. Blue-tinted light is better than red, and full-spectrum light bulbs are best because they replicate real sunlight. And finally… IN LIGHT TIMES • december, 2013 • PAGE 23
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2014 of Year Change as a nation till the progressed Mars of the United States natal chart turns direct on May 10, 2086, beyond the scope of many readers lifetimes.
to be truly free we must challenge the love of the established way and the close mindedness of tribe to a broader view of brotherhood. Women, money, employment, healthcare, and corporate established ways are at the crux of this cycle. Business is once more being given the opportunity to transform, but it may struggle to free itself from its historic bias. This picture indicates, we must stop looking only at the bottom line and start including the needs of the people and our service to our country and the people as part of this bottom line. In the past no value has been given to community by corporate structures except as it could add to their bottom line. This transformation changes the equation to realize that the bottom line must include community benefits. To rape a community of its resources, whether planetary, human, or other living beings, will no longer be acceptable. It is this change that is being called to task by Uranus and Pluto in their interactions. We have been witnessing their work since 2011 and it will continue till they part in early 2018. Then we will have to piece it all together and will have to tweak and adjust our new system until we reach October of 2043, when it should begin working efficiently again. But we will not fully transform
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This cycle is keenly focused on creating jobs, on employment and healthcare for everyone. It is also focused on increasing the minimum wage though it also indicates the challenges of corporations are at their most critical point, so the fight continues. As Saturn ingresses to Sagittarius on December 23rd, this issue softens. The corporations have learned a lesson, though it may take till Jupiter stations direct on April 8, 2015 before everyone feels the effects. In Conclusion As I look at all five Ingress charts, which span from December 21, 2013 through March 2015, there are numerous consistent statements. Transformation is a consistent note. Uranus and Pluto are sharply empowered in power houses in all but the Libra Ingress. Anger is strong in the beginning of this sequence, but less prominent in the last chart. Change and sudden acts that force transformation are in all these charts with the Libra chart pointing more toward the stock market than the others. We focus more on blaming others for our ill until we get to the Libra ingress and beyond. At this point we start to ask ourselves what have we done, what can we do, let’s work on this. And the last chart in the sequence focuses clearly on putting energy and money into the issues at hand.
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So despite a year that will be challenging, I believe we are working toward the future that in our hearts we all know is possible. It will happen. No, it will not happen tomorrow, but in time. Remember, we are each a part of the consciousness. We lift it or pull it down. When we find ourselves struggling with change, afraid to let go, afraid the door will not lead to something better, it is up to us to realize if we let go, we can step forward and if we hang on, we will be forced forward. I personally would rather jump out of the plane knowing my parachute is intact than have someone push me out because I refused to go. Please join me, jump into the future you desire to create and let the past go.
Michele Avanti has been teaching metaphysics since 1972. She has taught in many areas of metaphysics and is also an ISAR certified astrologer, an accredited Fixed Star Analyst, an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) professional and an energy mover. Michele mentors clients through individual consultations and Online courses. Call 541-863-6631 or email her at AstrologyAndMore@gmail.com for an appointment. To learn more about her radio show, classes and current metaphysical news, visit Michele’s blog at AstrologyAndMore.blogspot.com.
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December is my favorite time of year. I truly love the Winter Solstice and all the holiday festivities that have been associated with it for thousands of years. The joy of the dawn, as the sun returns, moves me to the core. This Winter Solstice (December 21 9:11am PST) is especially magical. I understood that November would test our metal; and it was much as I had expected. So I was very grateful to look ahead to the Solstice and see Light emerging from the chart. Not joy, or happiness, or peace; just Light. The kind of Light that is seen when one emerges into a totally new world. But I do not believe it is the world we have imagined. This is new. So I would advise us all to walk very slowly, watch our feet and stay very present as we move into 2014. The terrain will not be what we may have feared, neither will be as we imagined. It will be the New World we have longed for, once and for all. Happy Holidays! Astrology uses the placement of all planets at the moment of your birth to determine the “Matrix” of energy you are working through this lifetime. The sign determines the process of connecting with that aspect of you. For instance, the Sun may be in Libra at birth, but Libra does not define “Who you Are”, it determines the process by which you will connect with “Who you Are”. Energy for December 2013 Strength: Our strength is in accepting our personal Journey. Our center is found in embracing the value of every step on our life path, rather than focusing on our destination. Challenge: Our challenge is Love. Only Love can heal our life and our creations. This includes selflove and acceptance. We are who we are. Be at peace with the past and move forward with Love. Totem Energy: Our totem is Rabbit; the totem of Alertness and Timidity. Be aware of your environment. Look at the horizon, however do not lose sight of your feet. Energetic Our theme is Sacred Sounds; Voice what is in your Heart. We are reviewing and revising our communication with others. Moon Cycles New Moon: Dec. 2nd, 4:22pm PST; 10° Sagittarius; New Moon Message: The Light of the Universe shines within each of us. All Life is Sacred, including our own. Full Cool Moon: Dec. 17th , 1:28am PST; 25° Gemini; Full Moon Message: Winter is the regeneration of Life, not the end of it.
Introducing Sagittarius November 22nd to December 21st “I SEEK”
Ruling Planet: Jupiter ~ Rules: Hips, Thighs & Muscles ~ Symbol: The Archer ~ Element: Fire ~ Energy: Masculine ~ Quality: Mutable ~ Gem: Topaz ~ Flowers: Rose & Carnation ~ Color: Turquoise ~ Most Compatible Signs: Aries, Gemini & Leo ~ Higher Octave of Sagittarius Energy: Exploration and accountability to a higher authority. Seeking the Laws of the Universe to expand the Laws of Man.. ~ Lower Octaves of Sagittarius Energy: Broad, grand-scope thinking without honest searching. Dogmatic views that no longer seek expansion and where attention to detail may be missed.. Full Spectrum of the Sagittarius/Gemini Axis: Freely flowing back and forth from Student to Teacher. New experiences become the foundations for expansion of higher understanding.
agittarius is the Archer, the visionary who explores new horizons. He is a bold and broad thinker who not only sees a larger world, but lives as a global (vs. local) citizen. When we embrace Sagittarius, we value wisdom, truth and a higher authority; and we trust the expression of these values is the foundation of all sustainable growth. Sagittarius shouts to the rooftops that our Universe is ever expanding and that there are no true limitations to what can be achieved. And so it is. This understanding about the nature of limitations is why Sagittarians are often seen as being optimistic and may even be labeled as delusional. Bold thinking and broad vision will always invite scorn from the mediocre. Sagittarian visions are actually born of exhaustive exploration. It is after rigid adherence to the scientific principal of gathering data and formulating a hypothesis based on that data that we can proclaim our truth. Exploration, attraction to perpetual new horizons, optimism, and broad visions are the fodder of a larger and vital process. As a result, Sagittarius is where we become the teacher. Standing tall and proud, proclaiming the latest hypothesis and bridging the new rays of Light into our existing world is the greatest gifts of Sagittarius. However, remember that the same conclusions that made us a visionary last week may have already been invalidated by the new data coming in today. Truth, just like the Universe, is always expanding.
BrynMorgaine is a psychic, writer and astrologer specializing in Personal and Planetary Actualization. She is the founder of the Awakened Oracle Metaphysical Institute and the creator of Polarity Creation Therapy. She can be reached at 360-436-6287 or Bryn@AwakenedOracle.com.
Libra ~ Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
ARIES • Mar. 21 to Apr. 19
Totem: Badger (Tenacity, Healing). You are surrounded by the strength and protection necessary to stand your ground. Any situation in your life where you have recently made progress will be supported, so have faith. Your healing is upon you. Moving ahead in your life is possible after a long stalemate, so stay the course. As the sun returns in the sky, you will see the new dawn in your life as well.
TAURUS • Apr. 20 to May 20
Totem: Horse (Power, Freedom). Live the life you wish for yourself. Any instance where you allowed yourself to be taken advantage of has outlived its usefulness. Break free of these limitations and embrace living fully as yourself; on your own terms. Use the gifts of endurance and tenacity to forge ahead with your plans. You are imbued with the power to succeed in your personal quest and the time to act is now.
GEMINI • May 21 to June 20
Totem: Drum (Personal Rhythm). Sociable Gemini, you need some solitude to refresh and recharge this month. It is time to find your personal rhythm again. Spend some time listening to your own heartbeat. While the holidays are normally busy, time alone will be required for you at some point. Your “hard drive” is full after the excitement of the last few months and needs to be rebooted. Take time out to center and clear your mind.
Cancer ~ June 21 to July 22
Totem: Spider (Patience, Balance). Time is your friend. You understand the web of life and how all things are in balance. Action is not required to return to equilibrium. Time will return all things to a natural balance if impulsive action is avoided or postponed, so be patient. Calmer seas are ahead for you and your loved ones. Find a balance place of balance inside any storm in your life and trust the process.
Leo ~ July 23 to Aug. 22
Totem: Lynx (Independence, Mystery). Yipee! Leo, you are the “International Man of Mystery” this month. Which adventure has caught your fancy? Is there an international plot to take over the world or a rare bird that no one else has ever photographed? Seek your own counsel and stalk your prey independent of others. Have the courage to create and maintain your own adventure. No one else needs to follow you on this trek.
Virgo ~ Aug. 23 to Sept 22
Totem: Turtle (Abundance, Stability). Now is the time to reconnect with the abundance of the Earth. Creativity is called for and you will need those resources to manifest what you want. Focus on what you desire and release the old Virgo programming about “perfect form”. The Universe will align to support your creation; however, do not expect it to match your expectations. Do not miss your “dream come true” because you didn’t recognize it.
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Share the wealth.
Totem: Buffalo (Protection, Generosity). The sacred buffalo is in your sign this month to tell you that your dreams are coming true. The Universe has heard your prayers and has moved to answer them. Give thanks for all you receive as well as the lessons that came with them. Be sure to be generous with others from that state of gratitude. Answered prayers are a gift to all.
Scorpio ~ Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
Totem: Totem Pole (Lineage, Spirituality). The time has come to clarify your life’s message and purpose. Seek the wisdom of your ancestors, lineage, and personal history to find attitudes and beliefs that define you. To know where you want to go, you must understand where you have come from. Remember that we humans are at the bottom of the totem pole. All life is our relation. Consult the wisdom of all kingdoms in your search.
Sagittarius ~ Nov. 22 to Dec. 21
Totem: Dog (Family, Loyalty). Just because you are a world traveler, doesn’t mean you don’t have a home. Your relationships to home, family and friends need attention. To remain healthy, happy and whole on your endless trek you will need the help of all three. Be a good friend and family member and you will find you have your friends and family around you when you most need them. No man is an island.
Capricorn ~ Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
Totem: Dragonfly (Mystery, Illusions). Magic is afoot! Hard for you to believe, but it is. The old skin is shedding after an especially long fall, and a new “You” has begun to emerge. A long held dream is slowly coming to life. Believe in the magic of everyday life and be open to the change. Embrace your abundance and enjoy the freedom of movement that comes as the old, encrusted “You” sloughs off.
Aquarius ~ Jan. 20 to Feb. 18
Totem: Porcupine (Trust, Innocence). Return to your youthful innocence about change and what is possible. You love to play with others, and in your heart, you believe that anything can be accomplished when we work together. The stormy weather of the last few months stirred up the emotional waters around you. And you may have become cynical. Regain your trust and use trust as the eye of the storm if it is still raging.
Pisces ~ Feb. 19 to March 20
Totem: Moose (Authority, Unpredictability). Seek the high moral ground this month. You have done the work and can afford to take pride in your accomplishments. Others will falter on the road of Love, and your bodhisattva mentality may wish to stumble with them in compassion. Stand tall instead. Everyone has a burden that only they can carry. You will not feed the hungry or heal the sick by becoming sick and hungry yourself.
Empowered Numerology by Michele Avanti Alpha Numeric Numerology Chart
2014’s Impact on World Leaders After last month’s look at how a name carries powerful frequencies, I thought since we are coming to a new year next month, it would be interesting to look at how international leaders may be affected by the frequencies of 2014. We all live within numerous cycles at any one time. Some cycles are obvious; however, when we step back from all the mundane cycles and look from Spirit’s input through the numerological frequencies, we get a different perspective. It shows us cycles that are taking place in the consciousness of the whole of Creation in this zone or part of the galaxies. Leaders in our world bring their bias and personal development to the picture. These souls allow themselves to be the voice of a nation and thus be at the apex of the turning of consciousness. So, to blend their personal nominal frequency with the year, we get a picture of how each of these individuals will field, fight, lob or question the issues that swirl to the top of a nation’s consciousness. This allows us to better understand the directions they will take and why they take them. With this in mind, let us look at 2014 and world leaders. The Frequency For 2014 Is 2 + 0 + 1 + 4 = 7 Seven indicates a cycle of major changes, risk taking and leaps forward. Depending on how this works with the individuals own nominal frequency, that is by adding this Seven to the frequency of their name, we will get a picture of direction they may take during the upcoming year. America’s President: Barack Obama 2+1+9+1+3 + 2+ 6+ 2+1+4+1 = 32 = 5 His nominal frequency is Five, that of teacher, attorney, contract writer, a person who is detail-oriented. This is a man who has a deep thinking mind with a strong memory. Add to his Five frequency, 2014’s Seven gives us number Twelve, which equals Three Three is the number of nurturing, a person who holds the family dear and does their best to keep family together…sometimes to the point of hurting himself. As we watch President Obama this year, we will see how he attempts to nurture and care for this nation. The Three frequency can lead to over-nurturing, care-taking and martyrdom, so let us hope he does not fall into these traps. Most assuredly many of the tests he will encounter this year will pull him in this direction. As each of us go through the annual frequency cycle, we will experience numerous tests or traps from the negative side of the frequency. These tests help us become stronger in our commitment to ourselves. They can make us more compassionate to others and thus, at the end of the year, if we have stepped up to the challenges, we will find we are stronger at every level. Former U.S. Secretary of State and possible Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton 8+9+3+3+1+9+7 + 3+3+9+5+2+6+5 = 73 = 1 Adding 2014’s Seven frequency to Hillary Clinton’s One results in Eight…signaling a year of balance and also of justice and karma. This will be a very interesting year to watch for those who do not know former First Lady Hillary personally. An Eight frequency for anyone in public service can force balance. If the person has been honest it will bring this forward, if they have not, skeletons may rise out of the closet in order to clean everything up, so the individual will once more find balance. Because Hillary Clinton has such a strong One frequency to rely on, it is certain that she has the ability to speak with power and address whatever flies out. Governor of New Jersey and possible Republican Presidential Candidate, Chris Christie 3+8+9+9+1 + 3+8+9+9+1+2+9+5 = 76 = 13 = 4 Adding 2014’s Seven to Governor Christie’s Four creates the Master frequency Eleven, This will give Governor Christie a strong platform to get out any message he may choose. His natural Four frequency takes control and he has clearly shown us through his actions during the last hurricane that he believes himself to be the Patriarch of his State. He never allowed anyone else’s opinion to take him away from the directives he set for himself. That is a Four. The challenge in this Master Number Eleven year will be not to become obsessed with the message he delivers. It will be heard but if he obsesses, people may find it unbalanced or unsafe. President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, 4+3+1+4+9+4+9+9 + 7+3+2+9+5 = 69 = 6 President Putin’s Six frequency certainly shows when we see photos of him, always looking comfortable posing in front of a camera; of course, being a Libra adds to this ability. Sixes easily network. In President Putin’s case the Six, which is normally a very happy congenial number, is heavily influenced by his birth archetypes: double Sevens (10/7/1952 = 7/7) So, though he may enjoy being congenial, he is also driven to make change, to be a force of change and take whatever risks he deems necessary to achieve those changes. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke 2+5+5 + 2+5+9+5+1+5+2+5 = 46 = 10 = 1 When the Federal Reserve Chairman, Bernanke speaks, the world does listen. He fits his Number One perfectly. In 2014, while we listen to Bernanke’s smooth delivery, the Eight frequency may bring us all into greater balance financially or, more likely it will activate a
This chart allows you to quickly access the number related to any letter. Thus you can identify what numbers are active through a name, or address. When looking at the chart, the letters listed below each number will activate that frequency and you can add them together to find the power of a word. For example, the name, Art. Look at the column with number one at the top. There you will find A, thus A=1, R is located in the 9 column, so R=9, and T is located in the 2 column, so T=2. Thus for Art we would add, 1+9+2=12, which when reduced = 3. karmic re-balancing. To have an Eight frequency on the monetary steering wheel of America is a bit terrifying because if indeed there has been malicious control and false inflating of monetary values, this year’s frequency is likely to force a new balance, a new structure, a major change, and, with a shaky economic base, we may reel before we find new footing. Leader of the Vatican, Pope Francis 7+6+7+5 + 6+9+1+5+3+9+1 = 59 = 5 The new Pope shares the same frequency of America’s President and Germany’s Chancellor. All three leaders are people of the Five and one can see in each of them a deep thinking process, a concern for more than their pockets and a historic knowledge of their people. Pope Francis’s Five will add the Three frequency in 2014 and thus will desire to nurture all his flock even more deeply than he already has. I hope he uses this frequency wisely through delegating work to others and not taking on too much himself. The Three will test and tempt him to take on more and more, even to martyr himself to this cause, and this could overburden this kind pontiff.
Its Frequencies December is: D (4) + e (5) + c (3) + e (5) + m (4) + b (2) + e (5) + r (9) = 37 = 10 = 1 2013: 2 + 0 + 1 + 3 = 6 Total: 1 + 6 = 7 December’s frequency of One should give the world a voice. We will find it easier to deliver a message this month, so use it to your benefit. If there is somewhere you need to mend a fence, or open a door of hope, peace, charity, then let the One frequency lead you to a resolve. Your message will be heard. By adding 2013’s Six frequency to this month’s One, we activate Seven, and that means change. Time to let go of the past and leap forward to a new view of life. Let go of the issues that have held you back. When you do something you really do not want to do, consider now what steps you need to take to change it so you never have to do that again. It may be as simple as getting a dishwasher or as complicated as changing your career. But you can use this energy to find a new path, explore new ideas, take a risk and have the courage to move through to the next doorway. To fulfill this month’s energy of One and this December’s energy of Seven, I wish for each of you a new vision of what your life can be and all the courage and insight you need to take the steps to make it happen. May you be blessed with wisdom, angelic guidance, joy and love. •
The ancients believed there was a pole that held up the heavens, and that
In numerology, all numbers are added together and then reduced to a
information was sent back and forth to heaven through this mighty pole.
single digit, unless after adding them together the result is a number
with double digits, such as: 11, 22, 33, 44, etc. These remain intact and are called Master Numbers. •
Master numbers are all numbers that consist of replicating digits, such as 11, 22, 111, 222, 444,444, etc. Master numbers activate the originating
frequency to a higher octave and thus empower the individual exponentially.
We welcome any questions about the meaning of a name, and will be addressing names in this column later in the year. Michele Avanti has been teaching metaphysics since 1972. She has taught in many areas of metaphysics and is also an ISAR certified astrologer, an accredited Fixed Star Analyst, an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) professional and an energy mover. Michele mentors clients through individual consultations and Online courses. Call 541-863-6631 or email her at AstrologyAndMore@gmail.com for an appointment. To learn more about her radio show, classes and current metaphysical news, visit Michele’s blog at AstrologyAndMore. blogspot.com.
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National Holiday Season
Resource: December is also: www.HolidayInsights.com • Christmas Day • New Year’s Eve Day • Repeal Day (21st amendment) • St. Nicholas Day • Look on the Bright Side Day • Bill of Rights Day • National Chocolate Day • Forefather’s Day • Human Rights Day • Pearl Harbor Day
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• Go Caroling Day • Oatmeal Muffin Day • Bake Cookies Day • Natl’ Maple Syrup Day • Violin Day • Poinsettia Day
• Natl’ Pastry Day • Natl’ Brownie Day • Humbug Day • Letter Writing Day • Mitten Tree Day • Santa Clause’s List Day
December, 2013 24 TUESDAY CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHTING SERVICE, 6:30pm. Bring meaning into the Christmas holiday as a community. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Ste. 300, (in Longford Plaza between Pecos & Eastern), LV. www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289 www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289. 31 TUESDAY NEW YEARS EVE BURNING BOWL CEREMONY, 6pm. Ring in the New Year, make it a great time. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Ste. 300, (in Longford Plaza between Pecos & Eastern), LV. www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289 www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289. 21 SATURDAY COOKING WORKSHOPS, 10am-Noon; $30/members, $40/non-members. Cook fresh, fabulous food and learn from the best—professional chefs from the Springs Cafe. Please pre-register for all workshops at SpringsPreserve.org or by phone, 702-8227700. Class size limited! Visit: www.SpringsPreserve.org for our complete calendar. Ongoing Events SUNDAYS ECKANKAR WORSHIP SERVICE, 10am Service. Dec. topics: 1st, Heaven Is a State of Consciousness; 8th, How Can God Help?; 15th, Is God Listening To Me?; 22nd, Karma: God’s Love In Action; 29th, Learning From the Classroom of Dreams. Eckankar Center 3160 E. Desert Inn Suite 14. 702-369-0141.
5 & 19 THURSDAY MEDITATION & ONENESS BLESSING (DEEKSHA), 7pm. A deep meditation and blessing from the Divine. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Ste. 300, (in Longford Plaza between Pecos & Eastern), LV. www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289 www. UCiV.org, 702-435-3289.
UNITY CENTER IN THE VALLEY, A positive approach to spiritual living! Worship & Children’s Programs 10am. Contemplative worship 8:30-9:00am. Dec. topics: 1st, The Lord is Coming; 8th, The Cosmic Christ; 15th, Awake O’Sleeper; 22nd, Anticipation; 29th, A New Year, A New You. 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Ste. 300 (in Longford Plaza between Pecos & Eastern), LV. www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289.
7 SATURDAY CREATIVE WORKSHOPS COLLAGES, 10am - noon. $20 members, $30 non-members per workshop We’ll combine a variety of materials to create individual collage artwork. Please pre-register in person or with a major credit card at SpringsPreserve.org or by phone, 702-822-7700. Class size is limited!
SPIRITUALIST CHURCH OF ETERNAL LIGHT, 11am; Music, meditation, healing, messages at 3430 E. Tropicana, Suite 62, NE corner of Trop & Pecos (Trop. Plaza). Call, 702362-6184. www.SpiritualChurchOfEternalLight.org.
8 SUNDAY DIVINE LIGHT HEALING & MEDITATION, 6:30pm. Join together to support each other in healing & raising your vibration. Focus on Sacral Chakra. Led by Rose Catmull. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Ste. 300, (in Longford Plaza between Pecos & Eastern), LV. www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289. 11-12 WED. & THURS. REIKI 1 CERTIFICATION CLASS, 6-9pm both nights. Cost: $150.00 Learn to heal your body, soul and mind through the beautiful healing force of Reiki. Rreceive your attunement and learn about the Aura, Chakras, history of Reiki and more. Call 702-948-4999 Enchanted Forest, 800 N. Rainbow #100; EnchantedForestReiki.com. 12 THURSDAY DRUMMING CIRCLE, 7pm. Experience the oneness of the drum and the beat. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. Led by Erin Lale. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Ste. 300 (in Longford Plaza between Pecos & Eastern), LV. www.UCiV.org, 702-435-3289. 14 & 28 SATURDAY GARDEN WORKSHOPS, 8:30-10:30am. Members $10, non-members: $15 per workshop. Our 8 acres of botanical gardens, named one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For”. Learn the joys and rewards of Mojave Desert gardening. Class size limited. Create and take home fragrant wreaths and swags. Pre-register in person or with a major credit card at SpringsPreserve.org or by phone, 702-8227700. Repeat workshop Sun. 15 or 29. 18 WEDNESDAY “FIRE & ICE”, 7pm. Cost: $45. A Shaman beat will bring you into a deep meditative state; tap into the energy of the cosmos to receive messages from your past lives that are influencing your current life and remove those blockages. Call 702-948-4999 Enchanted Forest, 800 N. Rainbow #100; EnchantedForestReiki.com. 19 THURSDAY CANDLELIGHT MANTRA MEDITATION, 7pm. Cost: $10. Beautiful calming music, candles, incense and loving guided help from Debbie Veach, Reiki Master Teacher. Call 702948-4999 Enchanted Forest, 800 N. Rainbow #100; EnchantedForestReiki.com. 21-22 SAT. – SUN. SOLSTICE HOLI-DAZE CELEBRATION & EXPO, 10am-10pm (21st) 10am-4pm (22nd). Cost: $11. Join us for inspirational speakers, amazing music, Solstice meditation & celebration, dancing, drumming, art and life-friendly exhibitors, all at the beautiful non-gaming resort, Alexis Park 375 E. Harmon (West of Paradise). Come be WOWed and enlightened at this holiday event of the season! Producers, Darlene Mea, Sheila Z, Goldie Amira. Contact: Info@LightShineEvents.com. www.LightShineEvents. com. see page 2
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NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING, 9am-5pm. Learn what you need for health; herbs, vitamins etc. Check our class schedule at: www. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. 1171 S. Buffalo. 702-433-3874. SUNDAY YOGA, 9am. $8/class (members) $10/class (non-members). Join instructor Ashley Erickson to integrate breath and movement into your daily life with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in natural settings at the Springs Preserve. 333 S Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas. Visit: www.SpringsPreserve.org for our complete calendar. MONDAYS Healthy Habits Wellness Center, 7pm. Join Dr. Thomas Stone and learn how subtle energies can help you heal yourself. Weekly seminar on Quantum Energy. Improve your life thru whole organic foods and clean water. Sample a prepared organic dish and enjoy an open discussion on your health. Call for new location. www.HealthyHabitsUSA.com. Call 702-450-0321. MONDAYS & THURSDAYS SELF-HYPNOSIS, 6:30-9:00pm. $165 (includes materials) due first day of month. Learn the art of self-hypnosis to change behavior; relax (mentally and physically); to attain better sleep habits and control pain. Instructor, Dr. Walter B. Hammond, 32 years experience. Course taught in a holistic (mind, body, Spirit) environment. Wear comfortable clothing. (3-Mondays & 3-Thursdays) Please call 702-658-9682 to register. WEDNESDAYS PRAYERS FOR THE PLANET, Send personal and planetary Prayer Requests by phone, 702-530-3250 or website www.PrayersForThePlanet.org. THURSDAYS FARMERS MARKET, 10am-1pm. Free admission. Join us for our weekly cooking demonstrations. Regionally and locally grown seasonal offerings; fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, nuts, dates, locally roasted coffee and many more delectable treats. Inside Desert Living Center, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View. Visit: www.SpringsPreserve.org for our complete calendar. 702-822-7700. FRIDAYS Arati and book study, (How to Know God) 6pm. Ramakrishna-Vedanta Center. Call 702-646-4889 for information. UPCOMING HEALTH FAIR, January 25th Saturday. 10am-3pm; $5. Start the New Year with a Healthier New You. Featured holistic vendors, natural products, workshops and much more @ Ultra Violet Extreme Performance Art Center; 4544 W. Russell, Suites B-C Las Vegas, Event presented by The Wholistic Health Team. Call 917-916-9917 or Katricia 702-772-6025.
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Awakened Oracle 360-436-6287 BrynMorgaine is a Psychic, Writer and Astrologer specializing in Personal and Planetary Actualization. Intuitive Empath and Akashic Record Keeper since birth, she has developed and honed cutting edge tools for Personal and Planetary Integration in both Metaphysical and Business environments. She now focuses on working with others and supporting the Awakened Oracle Metaphysical Institute, a center for New Thought and the Human Potential Movement. She offers sessions by phone and in person. Call 360-436-6287; email, Bryn@awakenedoracle.com or visit: www.AwakenedOracle.com. See page 24
Briggs Applied Chiropractic 702-385-3090 For over 20 years, Dr. Jo Briggs has treated a variety of conditions in the spine, extremities, nerves and muscles using chiropractic techniques including Diversified, modified Thompson, Meric, B.E.S.T. with some Applied Kinesiology, Activator and physiotherapy. Get at the cause of specific emotional states, unlock emotional patterns and unleash the healing power inside you. Briggs Applied Chiropractic is more than a chiropractic office. We are committed to assist in your return to health with our many techniques, nutrition advice and lifestyle recommendations. Visit: www.DrJoBriggs.Chiroweb. com. See page 24
Dr. Thomas Stone
Law of Attraction Advice 800-685-7458 Kristi Watson, Law of Attraction Teacher and Practitioner, is dedicated to teaching you about the power of your mindset and the art of manifestation! If you are eager for ways to improve the circumstances of your life and keep yourself on the track of positive change; powerful support and leading edge ideas are available right now! Through friendly conversation—immediate help and clarity is just a phone call away! Please visit www.LawofAttractionAdvice.com. See page 10
LightShine Edutainment www.LightShineEvents.com
Join LightShine Edutainment’s 1st Annual Solstice Holidaze Celebration & Expo December 21st (10a-10p) & 22nd (10a-4p); Tickets: $11 twelve & over. Experience this one-of-a-kind event which is promising to enhance & ignite the spirit of peace, love and joy during this holiday season. Enjoy Amazing Inspired Musicians, Artist, Drum Circles, Crystal Singing Bowls, a Winter Solstice Celebration, Ceremony, Meditation, Dance, Holiday Magic and things that’ll make you say WOW! At the same time, discover and be enlightened by our hand selected Unique & LIFE-FRINEDL Exhibitors. Special ~ This event also benefits Homeless Teens ~ Please bring a donation of, gloves, scarves, socks and head warmers. Let’s all have a day of coming together, having fun and be Enchanted. Location: Alexis Park Resort, 375 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas. Producer/Director ~ Darlene Mea; Co-Producer Sheila Z Stirling ~ Co-Producer Goldie AMira. If you’d like to be involved, please see our website and contact us. Go where your heart takes you...see you there! Email: Info@LightShineEvents.com or visit: www.LightShineEvents.com. See page 2
Healthy Habits USA 702-450-0321 Dr. Thomas Stone is a familiar face and “voice” in the Las Vegas healing community. He has been a practicing Holistic healer for over 35 years and many may remember his popular radio talk show, “The Healthy Habits Wellness Hour.” Dr. Tom believes that the offerings of Healthy Habits, through proprietary 3-6-9 Scalar energy, whole nutritional foods and education allows people to make informed decisions about their wellbeing. According to Dr. Tom, “we are able to embed our frequencies into many different products ranging from personal energy devices to energized whole food nutritional supplements. Our proprietary blend of enhanced frequencies enable the human body to use its own natural energy to function at the optimal level God intended”. Dr. Tom is a man of conviction and compassion; his knowledge and wisdom is the basis of this unique man…once a physician and now a true healer of humanity. Join in for our Monday evening classes. Visit: www.HealthyHabitsusa. com. See page 27
Vince Link - OMD 702-444-4775 • Oriental Medicine Heard about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine? For over 3,000 years, oriental medicine has been an effective system of healthcare for naturally treating acute conditions and as a preventive strategy. A qualified practitioner can detect a pattern of disease long before the symptoms manifest by asking the right questions, physical examination, observation of the tongue and pulse diagnosis. If you are taking prescription drugs and tired of the disturbing side effects while just masking your illness symptoms, call and learn how the natural approach of acupuncture and herbs can help prevent and treat your current condition(s). See page 24
Kangen Water Ronny Rudley • 702-340.0936 “Disease cannot grow in an alkaline body”. Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize winner in 1931. Cancer and Autoimmune diseases are acidic. Most bottled and all tap waters are acidic. Plastic leaches into water causing plastic particles found in breast cancer. There is an answer…KANGEN WATER. This Alkaline, Antioxidant, Micro-clustered water helps with: Detoxification (naturally flush toxins and acidic waste from your body); Hydration (water more easily absorbed at the cellular level); Oxygenation (more oxygen available to cells than distilled (dead water), reverse osmosis , filtered only, bottled or tap water, all of which are acidic); and helps Alkalize your body’s PH. Find out more at: www.Kangen4U2. com. See page 2
Well of the Moon 702-666-7200
the Moon An eclectic blend of spirituality and Middle Eastern dance expressions. Our product line includes everything you need to follow your path to enlightenment. We have ritual supplies, bulk herbs for magick, gifts, jewelry, books and tarot, festival wear, incenses, oils and statuary. We host open classes, seasonal rituals and special events that cover many esoteric topics. Our classes cover everything from Universal Truths and spirituality and Earth’s oldest religion. All beliefs embraced. Our classroom is also available to rent for workshops. Visit: www.WelloftheMoon.com. See page 23