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A Community of Holistic Professionals Our Vision To strengthen and support the community of holistic professionals.

Our Mission Statement To create a unified community of compassionate holistic practitioners that will contribute to enhancing our profession and ourselves by providing a supportive space to share, learn, teach, grow, and lead.

Our Pledge The Holistic Mentorship Network supports the Holistic Professional, as well as the Community by providing the space to network, build a referral base, mentor and support each other in business development and growth, promote community awareness and education of alternative services and products, and meet potential clients.

is an international holistic and wellness magazine that promotes conscious living. MARCI™ was started by Linda Mitchell in 2002 in response to a need for the hyper growth that the holistic wellness industry was experiencing. It was our intention for practitioners to refer to MARCI™ as a resource tool for their daily practice. Much to our joy, MARCI™ has grown by leaps and bounds and now features articles and tips on everything from health and wellness to sustainable living. -Linda Mitchell, Founder of HMN & MARCITM

Inside This Issue: Nutritional Holiday & Life Choices Linda Mitchell...............................................6

Board Members

Featured Contributor

Linda Mitchell, Founder & Exec. Director Donna Price, President Vivian Sartoretto, Leadership & Membership Jordan Brown, Integrative Medicine

Transforming Traditional Holiday Favorites

Kathy Lynch, Integrative Medicine

Photography for Cover Image By Dawn J. Benko

Karen Flaherty, Public Relations Eileen Maciejunes, Secretary Tracy Nosal, Treasurer Ana Marie Presti, Project Planet & Fundraising Joan Velardi, Marketing Jefferson Harman, Publishing

My Gluten-Free Experience Susannah Pitman with comments by Judith Gisser......................12

Judith Gisser...................................................... 9

& Education

& Education

What are Cravings Telling You? Maryann Raiola...............................................15 Recipe Contst Winners First Place & Second Place .................41 & 42 Examing the Practice of Chiropractic: A Skeptical Appraoch Dawn J. Benko.................................................17


Publishing Committee

Project Planet NetworkTM Ana Marie Presti...............................................25

Jefferson Harman, Chairperson Janine M. Torsiello, Editor Erin Saxton, Media Strategist Dawn Benko, Photojournalist Linda Mitchell, Exec. Director & Editor

Creative Arts Elizabeth Olney.................................................27 Feng Shui Michelle Zanoni.................................................28

Staff Linda Mitchell

Aromatherapy Christina Santiago.............................................29

Executive Director & Editor-in-Chief

Janine M. Torsiello

Natural Health Sarah Collins.....................................................30

Dawn J. Benko

Working with Spirit Christina Lynn Whited.......................................31

Editor & Layout Designer Photographer



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...Inside This Issue:

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder Eileen Maciejunes.............................................64

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Poem: Letter t the Universe Ana Marie Presti...............................................15

Conscious Parenting Beth Haessig & Jordan Brown................32 & 34

Poem: How May I Serve You? Jo-Ann Stafford.................................................67

Life Enhancement and Spiritual Living Justin Buffer......................................................36 The Whole Pet Beth Lowell.......................................................37

Book Review.........................................69 Announcements....................................71

Personal Development Coaching Hueina Su..........................................................38

Calendar of Events...............................73

Business Coaching Donna Price......................................................39

Letters to

Money Coaching Tom Selkow........................................................40 Night Sailing ...Interpreting Your Dreams Jefferson Harman.............................................43

We would love to hear from you!

Legislative Matters Maureen Drummond & Susannah Pitman.................................45 & 46

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Disclaimer The views expressed within the various articles are not necessarily the views of the Holistic Mentorship Network, publisher of MARCI™. Copyright for all articles, poems, etc. are owned by the respective authors. Permission to copy or use in any manner is at the sole discretion of the writer.

Feed Your Head Jefferson Harmon..............................................20 Sound-based Therapy Can Maintain Fitness Dorinne Davis ..................................................22 ‘The Secret” Coaching: Be Ready to Receive Lisa Nichols.......................................................24 Human Design: and the Nature of Response Karen Flaherty..................................................47

Contact Information

What is an Astrologer? Sheri Horan Hasan...........................................56

23 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871 Phone: 973.300.1184 Fax: 973.300.1189

Expectations Can Limit You Richard Bartlett.................................................61 Testimonials......................................................58



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Being in the holistic field has not made me immune to stress, cravings, habits, patterns, and my relationships with food. In her article, “What are Cravings Telling You?”, Maryann Raiola, holistic health counselor and owner of The Organic Warehouse in Bartonsville, Pa, speaks about our relationships with the food we eat, and the emotional and physiological affect food has on us when we are in an out-of-balance state. The holidays are a stressful time for so many, and with the economic crisis, additional stress is placed on the spirit of the holiday. During times of stress, our body responds beautifully by releasing a hormone called Cortisol (sometimes referred to as the “stress hormone”). Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and helps to regulate blood pressure, metabolize glucose, release insulin to maintain blood sugar levels, supports our immune system, our inflammatory response and our response of “fight or flight.” Cortisol is necessary for proper physical function, and healthy in small amounts. When the body perceives stress on a physical or psychological level, the fight or flight response is activated and the body will release higher levels of Cortisol providing a boost of energy and the ability to fight or run. The body goes through a relaxation phase once the stress dissipates and all systems return to normal. It is important for our body to return to normal after a stressful

Nutritional Holiday & Life Choices a message by Linda Mitchell, Founder of HMN & MARCI™

event. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the body’s stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal, resulting in a state of “chronic stress.” Imagine, if you will, when stress is a constant — balance or homeostasis is never reached and Cortisol is being constantly produced. High levels of Cortisol are harmful to the body and can cause weight gain, which will usually be seen in the abdominal area. This will have a greater negative effect than fat stored in other areas of the body. Health problems



associated with increased belly fat are heart attacks, strokes and metabolic disorders generally caused by plaque buildup in the arterial walls and type-2 diabetes . Other negative effects such as impaired cognitive performance, decrease in bone density and muscle tissue, an imbalance in blood sugar (hyperglycemia), suppressed thyroid function, and high blood pressure, lowers your immunity and inflammatory response (slowing down the process of wound healing). To keep Cortisol levels under control, the body’s relaxation response must be activated. There are many techniques and services available to help your mind, body and spirit avoid reaching those high levels of stress. They also provide insight to lifestyle changes such as meditation, massage, exercise, journaling, yoga, reiki, listening to music, tai chi, sex, singing your favorite holiday songs, playing with your kids, sleigh rides, building a snow man, having a snow ball fight — and of course dietary changes. Studies have shown higher levels of stress can cause overeating and food choices that are higher in carbohydrates than people who secrete less Cortisol. Judith Gisser, a regular columnist on nutrition in MARCI™ is our “Featured Writer” for our winter edition. Judith. who is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist

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makes a magazine come to life. The first issue of cont’d MARCI™ was our Winter of 2006 issue. and Certified Only 14 pages, no Wellness Coach, cover and a different sheds light on some logo. There have alternatives (taken been many changes from her book “Eat and opportunities to Right... Live Well blossom. When we let Workbook”) to the go, and let the process ingredients you may take hold, magic does use in your favorite happen and we are able holiday recipes. to grow and grow up to For guests who may a healthier being in this be gluten sensitive Photo by Judith Gisser lifetime. MARCI™ such as Susannah Our Featured Writer Judith Gisser, A board Certified Nutrition grows almost Pittman, a licensed Specialist, gives us some healthy treats. effortlessly because she acupuncturist, shares is the passion and the with our readers the Host, Documentary Filmmaker fuel behind the person each one effects “Gluten” had on her & Investigative Reporter will of us truly is. When we bring in mind, body and spirit. be a regular writer starting the meaning of the seasons we We put our readers to the test with our Spring 2011 edition of by holding a “Holiday Recipe MARCI™. We look forward to plant seeds, nourish those seeds, reap the harvest and reflect on Contest” that transformed your welcoming Gary Null into the life. favorite holiday recipe into pages of MARCI™. In reflecting on these past one that was healthier. Our We were saddened to hear four years, both MARCI™ and judges were Judith Gisser that our Editor & Graphic I have grown to know the power and Sarah Collins a Natural Designer of MARCI™ was one voice has in the universe. Health Consultant & regular leaving us to pursue a career We are truly one voice and one MARCI™ Columnist. 1st change. As sad as that felt, I Prize went to Marcia Slawson knew there was growth for all of song that is meant to resonate (a full year of MARCI™ in us, and in gratitude for her work and provide respite for all who come to understand the human hardcopy), and 2nd Prize to in MARCI™, wish her much condition of being in a world Christina Lynn Whited (a half success in her career move. that is waiting for greater peace, year of MARCI™ in hardcopy). In trusting the process of Congratulations to our winners, change, “when one door closes, joy and love. May the reason for the season and we hope our readers try out another one opens,” I was resonate within your own heart these transformational recipes given a gifted and well versed and soul, and may you take found within the pages of journalist with a lifetime of from MARCI the innocence of MARCI™. experiences in media news, knowing you can do no wrong We are delighted to announce editing and graphic design. when you believe in the dream our “New Spotlight Contributor: Janine M. Torsiello has joined and the magic of the season. Gary Null, Ph.D.” America’s our publishing Committee as Merry Christmas & Happy leading Health & Nutrition our New Editor & Graphic New Year! Expert; Alternative Medicine Designer of MARCI™. Please In love, peace and joy, & Natural Healing Advocate; join me in welcoming Janine Linda Award-Winning Talk Radio and her great insight to what




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Transforming Traditional Holiday Favorites


by Judith Gisser, M.S., C.N.S., CW.C.

es you can serve tasty, traditional holiday meals that leave you feeling satisfied and content rather than groaning, “I never should have eaten that—or that much.” It’s easy to change your Ingredient Butter Shortening Margarine Sugar

favorite recipes to make them healthier. You can reduce total fat or change to desirable fats, change sweeteners to lower glycemic varieties, reduce the glycemic index of the total food by adding fiber (chia seeds or ground flax soaked in water can

Replace With


Tahini (ground sesame seeds), coconut oil or cold pressed vegetable oil (olive, grapeseed) Cold pressed, expeller pressed and unrefined oils (including unrefined, organic coconut oil)


See Butter Stevia extract

Same 1 tsp. = 5 drops 1 cup = 2 ½ tsp. 1 tsp. = ¼ tsp. 1 cup = 1/8 cup

Stevia powder

Pasta made with white flour Refined wheat flour Cornstarch Beef Bouillon Salt

substitute for eggs when soaked in water until a gel forms), substitute with lower glycemic ingredients, or add nutrient dense ingredients of varied colors. Here is a table taken from my “Eat Right…Live Well Workbook”:

Pure maple syrup or other natural sweetener NOTE: Although Agave is a current popular sweetener, it is high in fructose and many people with blood sugar issues do not react well to it. Honey is best raw and not heated. Pasta with Jerusalem artichoke flour, brown rice, buckwheat, soy, quinoa, whole wheat, spelt or kamut Spelt, soy, rice, barley, chickpea, quinoa, lentil, whole wheat Arrowroot, agar agar, instant tapioca, kudzu. Miso (fermented from soy), what free tamari sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Sea salt

Reduce liquid (water) in recipe by corresponding quantity

Use half amount called for and add ¼ cup less liquid; if no liquid in recipe add ¼ cup flour for each ¾ cup maple syrup

Limit portion size to ½ cup and serve with a good source of protein and high fiber vegetables 7/8 cup to 1 cup refined white flour; add grated lemon or orange rind for flavor to plain recipes Same 1 Tbsp in 1 cup water or vegetable broth Reduce by ½ or more

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Experiment with dishes a few weeks ahead and test them out on your immediate family. If you have fresh, organic local ingredients to start with, you may find as I have that no one misses the extra salt, sugar or fat. Without these ingredients, the taste of the whole foods can be fully appreciated. If you are inviting guests, you are apt to find some who have discovered they are gluten sensitive (See Susannah Pitman’s article) or cannot have wheat, corn, cow’s milk or soy. Try to make a simple protein dish, vegetables and dessert that are appealing to everyone so these people will feel comfortable eating at your table without having to make the choice of not eating anything or having eater’s remorse the next day. Bonus: Cooking with fewer ingredients cuts down on prep time. Ideas: 1.Roasted turkey, rubbed with seasoning. Place twigs of fresh rosemary under the skin. If you have a convection oven you do not even have to baste to have a moist bird. 2. Brussel sprouts and/or a variety of simple hearty vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrot sticks) basted lightly with olive oil and roasted at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes, turning after 15. 3. Put salad ingredients in separate bowls (Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, radish, avocado slices with lime juice, red onions, scallions, all your favorites). Have a bottle of extra virgin olive oil and vinegar on the table along with one or two salad dressings. Let

Photo by Judith Gisser Stevia and Kudzu Root Starch are two of the alternative ingredients that transform this Pear and Blueberry dessert.

2. Add boiling water and salt, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. 3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 4. While rice is cooking, heat a heavy oven proof frying pan and sauté onions in oil until translucent (about 2-3 minutes). 5. Add celery and stir for another minute. 6. Add mushrooms. Continue stirring until mushrooms soften and give off water. 7. Stir in pecans, parsley and remaining spices, cover, turn off the heat and let sit until the rice is done. 8. Stir cooked rice in with other ingredients, cover and put in preheated oven for about 15 minutes. You can substitute walnuts or almonds for pecans or leave out if guests have tree nut allergies. You can use well washed fresh cranberries if you like in place of the nuts. Rosemary can be substituted Directions 1. Rinse rice well in a colander for other spices, particularly if this and toast lightly for 2-3 minutes in is a side for a Turkey dinner. a heavy saucepan on medium heat to add a nutty flavor. cont’d on next page

everyone do it their way. Recipes: Wild Rice Stuffing A wonderful alternative to bread based stuffing. Feel free to make substitutions based on personal tastes and what you have on hand. Ingredients ½ cup Organic Long Grain or Basmatic Brown Rice 1 Medium Onion, chopped ½ cup Wild Rice 1 cup Celery diced 3 ½ cups boiling water 1 lb. Portibello Mushroom diced ¼ tsp. sea salt ¼ tsp. dried or 2 tsp. fresh sage ½ cup chopped parsley 1/8 tsp. dried thyme or 1 tsp. fresh ½ cup pecans, halved 1/8 tsp. dried marjoram 1 Tbsp. Unrefined coconut oil or grapeseed oil



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Here’s a dairy, yeast, corn and gluten free bread high in healthy Omega 3 fats. To increase nutrients and sweetness, add 1 cup grated vegetables (e.g. carrots, zucchini, pumpkin) or 1-2 tsp. fresh herbs such as parsley or dill.

mix well. 2. Add the ground hazelnuts little by little while stirring constantly. 3.Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes until the ground hazelnuts are evenly distributed. 4.Transfer the dough to a loaf shaped baking pan approx. 9.5 x 4 x 6 inches lined with parchment paper and bake the bread for 60 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. 5.Let the hazelnut bread sit at room temperature to cool down before removing from the baking pan. 6.This bread should stay fresh in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or longer if sliced and stored in your freezer.

1 cup water 2 droppers of stevia extract 1 Tbsp. Kudzu 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries of raspberries 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Cut pears in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. 3.Dissolve 1 Tbsp. of Kudzu in 2 Hazelnut Bread Tbsp. cold water and stir into rest Ingredients of water. 4/5 cup flaxseed, ground finely 4. Place in glass baking dish. Add 1 Tbsp. tamari maple syrup, stevia, cinnamon 1 1/2 cup cold water and stir. 1 tsp fennel seeds 5. Place pears face down in water. 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil Cover with berries. 1 tsp coriander seeds 6. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or 1 tsp sea salt Guests often appreciate this until fork tender. 1 tsp cumin seeds light dessert after a heavy, holiday 7. Turn pears over and spoon 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar berries on top. meal. 3 3/4 cup ground hazelnuts Enjoy your holidays! Baked Pears with Berry Sauce Directions Ingredients Judith Gisser, M.S., 1. Combine all ingredients 3 pears C.N.S., C.W.C. except the ground hazelnuts and 1 tsp. pure maple syrup Incorporating your unique constitution and metabolism, Judith excels at developing nutrition and lifestyle programs that raise your level of vitality, resilience and life satisfaction, while helping your reach your wellness goals in a way and at a speed that is comfortable for you. Judith is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach and a member of the American College of Nutrition. She is Co-founder of Lifestyles of the Healthy Heart, LLC, an author, corporate wellness trainer, keynote speaker and developer of a 30 day Detox with a Difference program available in person, via teleconference and on CDs. www. Photo by Judith Gisser Baked Pears with Berry Sauce is a great light dessert after a heavy holiday meal.



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For several years, I often noticed I had bloating after eating. I figured this was normal, possibly the result of occasionally eating too much. Then for the past year, I noticed my bloating would be so severe that often people mistook me as being pregnant. While discussing this with my personal trainer, she and I both agreed that something was wrong. She had a hunch that I may have a negative reaction to gluten. Judith Gisser’s comments: Gluten can commonly cause bloating, a variety of digestive disturbances and other seemingly unrelated symptoms, but it is not the only possible culprit. The more I thought about what my personal trainer had said, the more it resonated with me. I had other symptoms that were more subtle – occasional low energy, minor hair loss, slightly ashen skin and cloudy thinking. I noticed that these symptoms were significantly worse after eating wheat products, particularly pasta and pizza. However, I also noticed some of my worst bloating came after eating sushi, and I figured that was from the high sodium in the soy sauce. I decided to contact my doctor to get tested for Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged from eating gluten, resulting in malabsorption of nutrients. The blood test for anti-glidian anti-bodies if positive tells you that your body is having an

My Gluten Free Experience by Susannah Pitman, MS, LAc with comments from expert nutritionist Judith Gisser, MS, CNS, CWC

autoimmune reaction to foods containing gluten (wheat, spelt, rye, barley and to a lesser degree oats). Blood tests for gluten intolerance are not 100% accurate. To make a definite diagnosis of Celiac disease requires a biopsy of the intestinal mucosa, usually done at the same time as an endoscopy. My doctor asked me several questions about my diet and my symptoms. She agreed that I should be tested for Celiac Disease but that even if it comes back negative I may still



have it. She also said that she has noticed a rise in people being diagnosed with Celiac Disease or having problems with wheat. I got my blood tested and it came back negative for the disease. Even though the test came back negative, I decided to give up gluten and see if I felt better. If the blood test is negative, you might still be gluten sensitive, but consider you could instead be reacting to other proteins found in wheat. You may react to some gluten containing grains and not to others for this reason. After about a week, I notice major changes in how I felt. I had much less bloating, but occasionally it persisted, especially after eating sushi. It wasn’t until a friend told me that soy sauce has wheat in it that I realized soy sauce caused my bloating after eating sushi. When I eliminated the soy sauce from my sushi, I didn’t have any bloating. I also noticed I had more energy, my skin looked brighter and smoother, my hair started getting thicker, and I felt clearer in my thinking. As time progressed, I also noticed I was sleeping better, my eyes were brighter, and my menstrual cycle had fewer symptoms. I decided I would stick with a gluten free diet. People who eliminate foods that seem to cause bloating are often surprised at what other diverse symptoms also disappear.

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Sometimes people’s intentions were good but put me in an awkward situation. It was not uncommon for my new diet to become the center of conversation at the dining table, which sometimes was awkward as some people saw the diet at ‘weird’. A family member went so far as to buy gluten free food for when I come over. I appreciated her thoughtfulness tremendously, but some of the gluten free products were loaded with sugar or were things I would not have eaten even if I were eating gluten, such as sugar-laden cereal.

There were some interesting social reactions that came up with eating gluten free, which I did not expect. I told people ahead of meeting them for dinner at their house that I was no longer eating gluten. I would ask that they not change what they planned on serving but not to be offended if I did not eating some of what they made. Thankfully, everyone was very accommodating about this, to the point where one friend of mine baked me gluten free brownies from scratch so that Many foods labeled “glutenI wouldn’t be left out from dessert. I greatly appreciated the free” are high in carbs that enter the blood stream quickly and gestures people made.



cause a roller coaster effect on blood sugar. A wide variety of whole foods can be eaten in place of gluten grains or any other food your body responds to with unpleasant symptoms. All processed foods are at best minimized in a healthy diet. Always read labels carefully with an eye at the Protein/Carb ratio along with the list of ingredients. I did make an agreement with myself that if I was out to dinner and there was very little option of eating gluten free that I would eat gluten rather than starve. I was surprised that on a day trip down to the Jersey shore that I was able to find salad on the boardwalk. The famous huge

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Gluten Free cont’d slices of pizza were tempting, but knowing how I would feel afterwards kept me from eating it. I often find at many restaurants that most of the items on the menu have gluten. Many times the chicken or fish dishes are breaded or pasta is part of the meal. Most restaurants have been accommodating when I have asked for substitutes, but it makes ordering a little more thoughtful. With an increase in people recognizing gluten and other food reactions, restaurant personnel are used to being asked about ingredients. Most restaurants will prepare foods simply leaving out what you react to or provide your protein choice and vegetables cooked with a minimum of

seasoning and other additives. these occur often, keep a detailed food diary and notice Perhaps being more thought- your digestive complaints, low ful is a good thing. I really did energy and mood issues an not understand the concept of hour or two after eating. Look eating to live rather than living back and see what you ate to eat. For many years, I felt at your last meal each time. staying away from processed Eliminate suspect foods for 2 foods for most of my diet weeks and see what happens. meant eating healthy. Now, I (NOTE: Some reactions may understand how eating whole not occur for up to 48 hours foods makes for a much hap- making it more difficult to pinpoint. If you can’t identify the pier, healthier life. culprits, consult with a nutriIn fact, food intolerances is tionist who can help you ) It often the culprit in people who could make a huge difference feel they are eating “healthy” in how you feel and function! because they avoid processed Susannah Pitman is a certifoods, especially white sugar and refined flours. It is not nor- fied acupuncturist in the state mal to have headaches, belly- of New Jersey. She practices aches, bloating, constipation, at Balance Acupuncture Center in Boonton. She can be diarrhea, pain, rashes, itches, low energy, irritability, water found on the Web at www.balretention or foggy thinking. If anceacupuncturecenter. com.



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Do you remember the last time you craved something sweet or did you crave a juicy steak with all the trimmings? Was it one of those days….. you know a day where you feel overwhelmed or stressed? Yes, we have all been there and with the holidays quickly approaching it can mean an over booked schedule, traveling and economic concerns. These are perfect ingredients for our bodies to fall out of balance. Our bodies are highly intelligent, the human body is the most efficient and intelligent engine you could ever hope to have. It works to maintain perfect balance or homeostasis all the time; we keep a temperature of 98.6 degrees, we breathe, we digest our food, we sleep. However when something is not properly balanced our body sends us a red flag. If we have any changes within our system such as a shift in blood sugar levels or hormones we will get a message, perhaps in the form of a craving. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”Hippocrates. We each have a personal relationship with the food we eat. The minute we put food in our mouth and begin to chew digestion begins; the food travels to our stomach and then becomes part of our blood and our cells. The food we eat becomes us. We feel completely different when we eat leafy green vegetables than we do when we consume a super-sized fast food meal. When we are feeling over-

utes to acknowledge the craving and see what it is telling you about your body. Is the craving a reflection of an emotional need or a physical need? By deconstructing the craving you can help your body find the proper recipe for wellness. Consider nourishing your body with proper water, nutrition and love. As you move through your day and experience cravings try to hear what your body is telling you. You are taking steps towards wellness by listening to your body and nourishing your soul.

What Are Cravings Telling You?

by Maryann Raiola, Holistic Health Counselor

whelmed or stressed we may choose food as a “medicine”. Meaning, we eat foods that we believe will give us that quick pick-me-up such as a sugary caffeinated drink. Perhaps we are using food as a reward for celebrating a job well done; seeing ice cream or the candy bar as a well deserved treat. Has there been a time when you were sad or lonely and really wanted a hug? When the hug was not there did you replace it with food? The food we choose and our cravings tell us something about how we are feeling both physically and emotionally. So what do we do to achieve better balance and limit our cravings? The first step to finding balance is being aware of your craving. Take a few min-



Maryann Raiola is owner of The Organic Warehouse Health Food Store in Bartonsville, Pa., since November 2007. Maryann is a Holistic Health Coach working both in person and on the phone with clients. The focus of her practice is to help women and teens feel better in their bodies and become empowered to make healthy meals and positive choices. The thing Maryann loves most about her work is assisting her clients to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle choices. In addition to Holistic Health Coaching Maryann is a board certified hypnotherapist, Reiki Master and Educator and aromatherapy practitioner. You can learn more about her work, tele-seminars, and private counseling sessions and how to receive a free initial wellness consultation at her website www.

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Letter to the Universe by Ana Marie Presti

I want to make MORE than enough to cover my monthly expenses! I want to TRAVEL at least 4 times a year. As ridiculous as it may seem...I want to shed my inner thighs and and loose my “Mama pouch”. I want to complete all my projects and finally quiet my mother down about the novel I have been workin on for 5 years! I want to write down the stories of Women, their struggles, hurts, loves..... I want to tell my grandmothers story. I want to spend countless moments being in the presence of the Dalai Lama, discussing COMPASSION, HUMANITY, and PEACE. I want to teach my sons how to blossom Love and whisper sweet nothings into their lover’s ear. I want friendships that survive the hardships and lessons of being human. Thank you for continuing to support my needs, my growth, my desires. Thank you for gifting me with Awareness, Wisdom, Happiness, and Clarity. Thank you for my abundance of talents and gifts to share as my responsibility to Humanity. Thank you for the stillness that I can always call upon and count on for every moment of chaos that slowly enters when I am not in alignment......... Thank my quiet moments, Thank you in my madness for the lessons are always in the imperfections of being Human..... Thank you for the Sun, Moon, Stars, Galaxies, Planets, Life forms.....Thank you for the Ether for there is where my Breathe melds with thy Divine. 12/10/10



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Examining the Practice of Chiropractic: A Skeptical Approach by Dawn J. Benko Even before any firsthand experience, I was leery of chiropractic. I’m not really sure where my suspicions originated.  I have come to learn that the American Medical Association waged a decades long battle against chiropractic, going so far as to establish the “Committee on Quackery” in 1963 in an attempt to eliminate the practice.  In 1987, the District Court in Illinois found that the AMA and many of their associates had violated federal anti-trust laws, and they were forced to end their campaign against chiropractic. Perhaps the AMA’s campaign had an effect on me.  Whatever the case may be, my own experience served to reinforce my fear and mistrust.   A 2007 back injury, however, has me seeking alternatives to conventional medicine and taking a second glance at chiropractic.  With all this in mind, I recently sat down with Dr. Tracey Mendel, who has a chiropractic practice in Sparta, NJ.  I asked for her thoughts on my experience and why I should ever go to a chiropractor. I told her about my previous

gan to develop in the back of my neck. It got worse and worse as the day wore on.   The next morning the pain was so excruciating that I could not lift my head off my pillow.  In order to get up, I had to hold my head with both my hands and put my body through all sorts of contorPhotograph courtesy of Dr. Tracey Mendel tions that I won’t Dr. Tracey Mendel works with a patient. describe here.  After much urgexperience with chiropractic, ing by my roommate and dewhich was less than an adver- spite my own misgivings, I tisement for the profession’s agreed to go to a chiropractor. ability to help me or anyone. It After having x-rays done, goes something like this: the chiropractor began pointI’ve always been a bit prone ing out various, supposed, to hurting myself.  It usually aberrations in my body.  He happens while I am engaging in claimed that the curvature heroic, domestic activities such in my neck was off and anas opening a door or walking nounced with much confidown the hallway or cutting a dence that it was the result bagel.  However, one day back of previous whiplash injuries.   in the early 1990’s I was bravely He pointed out that one shoulflopping around in the Atlantic der was higher than the other Ocean, when I was blindsided and proclaimed that this, too, by a wave.  The force sent me was the result of a previous tumbling over and over toward injury.  the shore.  Other than the emGranted, there are times barrassment of walking out of when I can’t explain a bruise the water with about ten pounds here or there.  However, I’m of sand sagging at the bottom of pretty sure I’d remember injumy bathing suit, I was relatively ries that would have pushed unscathed—or so I thought. After about an hour, pain becont’d on next page



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my neck and shoulder out of whack, but it just didn’t ring any bells. I know, you’re probably thinking, “Maybe your mother dropped you on your head, when you were a baby.”  It’s possible, but the chiropractor found other “abnormalities” that wouldn’t be explained by that.  But don’t worry, he could fix them all. I just sat there, silently, thinking to myself, “This is gonna totally suck.”  He had me lie down on his table and began to slowly turn my head from side to side.  Suddenly, without warning or explanation, WHACK, he cracked my neck.  Pain shot up and down my cervical spine.  My legs flew up in the air, narrowly missing the chiropractor’s head, as I yelled an obscenity and called him a less than flattering name.  I was a little more than upset.  However, when I got up, the pain was gone.  The chiropractor told me I would have to see him three times a week for the rest of my life.  I guess that’s how long he figured it would take to fix everything that was wrong with me.  I wouldn’t commit to the rest of my life, but I decided the results warranted at least one more try.  Unfortunately, about fifteen minutes after I left the office, the pain was back full force.  Nonetheless, I kept the follow-up appointment but got the same result.  I ended up

going to a conventional doctor, who gave me a collar and anti-inflammatory medication. In a couple of days, I was feeling pretty good. After relaying this experience to Mendel, she gave her thoughts on what was wrong with the chiropractor’s approach. “The first mistake the gentleman made,” says Mendel, “was that he just did not communicate with you what he was doing.  I painfully communicate every little thing.  Also, I do a thorough history and examination of the patient, and if it’s something I feel is beyond my scope, I will refer the patient to the proper physician or modality.” She says that she has people come in who are in an enormous amount of pain, and they may need some muscle relaxants or pain medication before she is able to get in and work on them.  Mendel also tailors her treatment to the patient.  In regard to my experience, she says, “I may not do that kind of procedure that first day.  I may do lots of massage and stretching, almost preparing the area before I do that kind of procedure.” There are also instruments that she will apply to an area that she wants to move instead of using the type of manual adjustment that I experienced.  “There’s no rotation, and no scare,” she says. In regard to some chiropractic claims of being able to cure whatever ails you, Mendel avoided being critical; saying basically that there are dif-



ferent philosophies regarding chiropractic. She says that she attended a chiropractic college that was interested in integrating all professions and working with medical doctors in the best interest of the patient.   She says she will be the first to say, “Let’s try it.  We’ll see if it works and, if not, I’m going to find you some help.” She believes that you should feel some results within four to six visits and that you should only go as long as it’s helping.  “If I’m seeing you three times a week this week, why three months from now am I still seeing you three times a week?” Mendel asks.  She says she would feel that she is not really helping and that she is no better than an Advil.  Mendel also feels that it is important to educate the patient.  If she is continually having to adjust a certain spot, she will ask what the patient is doing during the day that may be exacerbating the problem?  What can be done to avoid or lessen those things? Mendel feels that what is most important is what is in the best interest of the patient, and while she will refer patients to conventional practitioners, the opposite is not always true.  It is her belief that there are plenty of people to care for and work with and everyone should work together. “We all take the Hippocratic Oath, but do we practice it?” she asks.  “Do you have the best interest of the patient in what you’re doing?  The answer should always be ‘Yes’.”  

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Feed Your Head by Jefferson Harmon

When I was told that this issue of MARCI was about nutrition, I wasn’t quite sure what to write about. Then it hit me: Rather than write about food for thought, I should write about thought… for food. I’m teaching a new workshop on the Power of Affirmation entitled “New Thoughts, New Lives”. It is an ongoing series of discussions, including the mechanism of how thought works in the body. I have long believed that we have a physical anatomy that is correspondent to a spiritual or energetic anatomy. (See the works of Louise L. Hay or Caroline Myss.) When something happens in our body, it is a reflection of what is already present in our energy field. But what is the process by which spirit or energy develops into an event, illness or healing? Part of that process is thought converting into form. Whenever we have a thought, it is comprised of electricity, magnetism, and an array of chemicals – a combination of hormones that tells the body what the mind is thinking and where to apply it in the body. This sys-

tem adapts to match the type of thought we are experiencing. In simple terms, if we have a happy thought, there is one set of chemicals or electromagnetics, if we have a sad thought, there is a different set. The same is true for every thought we experience. It’s been said that we have about 60,000 thoughts in a


day, although this statistic varies depending on which source you reference. The most important point is that most researchers agree that the thoughts we had yesterday are virtually identical to the ones we are having today. We do learn new things, but the underlying script of what we have believed since childhood plays over and over again in our minds for decades. This could be great if your underlying script is positive; but what if it isn’t? We can become unbalanced like a pair of justice scales with too many coins on one side. This is the underlying mental mechanism for most of our ills – physical, mental, spiritual, even circumstantial. When they tell you “it’s all in your head”, they are wrong; but a significant part of it is. If we see the world as an unfair place, we will have one set of experiences based on that belief. If we see the world as a beautiful place, our experience will reflect that beauty. If we see ourselves as trapped, judged, unhappy, angry, bullied, victimized, well… you get the idea. Since thoughts cont’d on next page


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the scale represents sadness or anger, we begin to put the opposite thought forms, happiness or peacefulness, on the other side. We change our minds to a new way of thinking and thus change what we believe, which in turn changes our experience. A belief is nothing more than a thought that we have over and over again until it takes hold. When we are children, we’re told about Santa Claus and we believe without question that he exists. Then after a certain age, we are told this is a myth. And if we choose to believe from then on that he does not exist, we have simply changed our thoughts. Santa hasn’t changed, our thoughts have. That’s how most of our beliefs begin; they are handed down to us by the world into which we are born. It is up to us to decide which ones we will keep and which ones we will leave behind. Or as Wayne Dyer puts it, “We don’t attract what we want, we attract what we are.”

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are magnetic, we attract what we think about whether we want it or not. This is why the popular book and DVD The Secret teaches that if we think about debt, we attract debt rather than what we are seeking, which is abundance. Even if we are asking to receive money, our thoughts are on the next bill, how little money is coming in, etc., and so that is our experience. What is really going on inside us is a graphic demonstration of not living in the present moment; how we travel from where our physical body is located to wherever our minds may wander. If you sit still for a moment and ask yourself where your attention is, you will see that it is all over the place. Some of it is sitting with you, but most of it is anywhere else. Your memories, conflicts, future plans, past hurts, things you need to do, all take your attention out of present time. And that is what the New Age is all about: gathering our fragments and bringing them back to what is whole. Loving the Self enough to recognize when you are not in present time and then calling your Spirit back to where you are. Without an awareness of this truth, healing, even life itself, becomes a difficult journey. Let’s go back to the 60,000 repeated thoughts. We hold on to them because they are

comfortable, habitual, familiar. We believe that things are the way they are because of a lot of things: where we were born, our family, which town, country, language, social, political, religious background we grew up with, what school, which friends, our occupation, our passion – all these contribute to the kinds of thoughts we experience. We are the sum total of everyone and everything that has come before us, and our thoughts are a reflection of which road we chose to travel this time around. Our thoughts show us the lessons we Author’s Additional Note: If agreed to learn in this lifetime. We hold onto them because you would like to learn more they give our lives a sense of about how to improve your life continuity. But left unchecked through the Power of Affirmathey wander off, and that holds tion, please attend the workus back from reaching our full- shop series “New Thoughts, New Lives”. You can find est potential. my calendar of events and So how do we return to presa full description of my workent time? How do we change the thoughts that are putting shops at my Web site, www. too many “coins” on one side Copyright © 2010 of the scale? We do it the same by Jefferson Harman. All way any habit is changed, by rights reserved. Printed by replacing it with a new one permission of the author. over time. If the heavy side of



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“Each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole.” – Pythagoras 550 BC Fitness is a way to keep our bodies functioning well, or in balance. One way to determine if we are ‘fit’ or in balance is to maximize the connection between the voice, the ear, and the brain. (A series of 5 laws indicating that the voice produces what the ear hears and the ear emits the same stressed frequencies as the voice—“The Tomatis Effect” and “The Davis Addendum to the Tomatis Effect”i). Our bodies emit energy in the form of frequency, creating our own unique symphony of sounds. This symphony sounds best (and the body functions best) when the frequencies are ‘in tune’. Fitness can then be equated with being ‘in tune’. The best way to determine which frequencies or sounds are ‘out of tune’ is by testing the connection between the voice, the ear, and the brain. By finding out where and how the voice, ear, and brain do not maximally support each other, a program of sound-based therapies is introduced. Sound-based therapies have been defined as introducing sound vibration to the body using special equipment,

Sound-based Therapy Can Maintain Fitness by Dorinne Davis

programs, modified tones/ beats, the need for which is identified with appropriate testing.ii There are many different sound-based therapies and when starting a program, the correct order of the application of the therapies will provide maximum change. The therapy application process utilizes The Tree of Sound Enhancement Therapy®iii. This tree analogy reflects the ‘sense of hearing’ in the Roots of The Tree, general sound processing skills in the Trunk of The Tree, specific auditory processing skills in the Leaves and Branches of The Tree, and body maintenance and support in the Head surrounding The Tree.



By encompassing all pieces, the person remains fit and in balance. There are many different possibilities of sound-based therapies to support maintaining fitness. Some of the sound-based therapies that are available are: Auditory Integration Training: a listening program developed by Dr. Guy Berard, France, that repatterns how a muscle in the middle ear sends sound vibration to the inner ear. This method is especially helpful for people with one type of hearing hypersensitivity. Once the hypersensitivity has been eliminated, the person is more comfortable with sound input, processes sound more clearly, and can perceive the subtleties of the rhythms, pitches, and inflections of external sound, especially language. This therapy supports fitness by re-establishing ‘hearing responses’ to sound input which can help the person feel better about themselves and the world around them. The Tomatis® Method: a listening program developed by Dr. Alfred Tomatis, France, that retrains how the ear and the body receive, process, and utilize sound stimulation for all aspects of living. It has applicability for people of all ages because it provides stability for the body’s foundational connections. It uses air and bone conduction response to sound and works towards stabilizing the body’s response with voice control. With the Voice-Ear-Brain con-

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never was top in his game, who after doing a listening protocol, not only succeeded to the top of his game, but commented that the extra energy he experienced, also made him feel more ‘whole’ overall. Sound therapy helps the body maintain fitness but ‘retuning’ how the body receives and emits our natural frequencies. The ‘retuning’ occurs when the laws of the Voice-Ear-Brain Connection are applied. Joshua Leeds, in his book “The Power of Sound” says, “Sound is an ally; it always has been. The question is whether we are ready to embrace it as such.”iv When looking for a natural approach to maintaining fitness, connecting the voice, the ear, and the brain with a sound-based therapy is an alternative approach waiting to be embraced.

nection, the voice produces what the ear hears and if either one is changed, the other will also change. The brain then responds and maintains the process. This method is very valuable for maintaining fitness because the body’s energy is being re-patterned and recharged.BioAcoustics™: a listening program developed by Sharry Edwards, Ohio, that uses low frequency sound stimulation determined through vocal analysis. The frequency interpretation was developed from the theory that the body is a mathematical matrix of predictable frequency relationships. By determining the specific frequency that is ‘out of tune’ by computer analysis, a listening protocol is established that supports the body Dorinne S. Davis, President/Founder of The toward natural form and function—a key eleDavis Center in Succasunna, NJ, is author of 4 ment for maintaining fitness. Examples of combining the therapies to books, including “Sound Bodies through Sound Therapy®,” has demonstrated the scientific prinmaintain fitness: 1. A 70 year old man with spinal stenosis who ciples behind the Voice-Ear-Brain Connection in walked into the office with a cane, and left only The Davis Addendum® to The Tomatis Effect, established The Tree of Sound Enhancement needing it for minimal support. Over time, he reTherapy® from which her Diagnostic Evaluation gained more balance control and said he felt like he was reborn. His balance was restored, his for Therapy Protocol (DETP®) provides the correct administration of any sound-based therapy, thinking was clearer, and his energy improved. is credentialed in 19 different sound-based 2. A mother in her 40s suffering from deprestherapies, and is recognized as the world’s sion, who after doing a listening protocol, said it was nice to feel happy again. She was less leading sound therapist. She can be reached at tired, able to function better in every day life, For more information, please visit and felt more alive. 3. A young athlete who performed well but



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Dear Reader, Ask. Believe. Receive. While it seems simple enough, activating the Law of Attraction is not necessarily a walk in the park. You must own it and take responsibility for every step of the process. First, there’s the responsibility that comes with asking. When you ask the universe for something, you must ask for something that’s in alignment with who you are and what you’re willing to contribute back to the planet. Your gifts are not for you to keep — they’re given to you with other people in mind. When you’re given a gift, the real question is, who are you going to bless with that gift? When I was in college, I realized in a moment of prayer that my gift of speech wasn’t about me. My gift of speaking and inspiration came to me and through me to touch someone else. So when you ask for something from the universe, remember, it’s coming to you and through you to bless someone else. Secondly, when you make a request to the universe, you must eliminate all doubt. The universe is not to be doubted. God is not to be doubted. You must believe with unwavering faith that the universe will fulfill your desires when you are ready to receive them. Which means, finally, that you must give yourself permission to receive. How many opportunities have passed you by because either you weren’t or you didn’t

‘The Secret’ Coaching: Be ready to Receive by Lisa Nichols

feel worthy to receive? There was a time when I was asking the universe for love. I believed I wanted love. Yet when people wanted to love me, I deflected their intentions and affections, because I wasn’t ready to receive love. It’s your responsibility to activate all three steps of the Law of Attraction — and all at the same time — because without even one working, all invariably fail. So when you ask, ask for things that are in alignment with who you are and ask to serve the universe. When you believe… believe as if it is so. Have unwavering faith in relationship to it. Finally, be ready to receive. Give yourself personal permission to own, embrace, and celebrate whatever greatness the universe is bringing to you as a result of your request. Love, Lisa Nichols



P.S. Learn the Law of Attraction directly from me and other stars of “The Secret” in a free online course. “The Masters of The Secret with Bill Harris” reveals the most powerful concepts and practical information to help you gain all the benefits from the Law of Attraction in your life right now. The course includes seven weekly lessons featuring spontaneous conversations between Bill and seven other masters of the Law of Attraction. The detailed information can help you master the secret to creating happiness, inner peace, and personal success. For a limited time, it’s absolutely free. Go to right now to register. Lisa Nichols is one of the most enchanting speakers and seminar leaders of our era in the personal growth market. Celebrated for her signature voice and dynamic style, Lisa has inspired millions around the world with her insightful message about how to brave hardships, find your authentic self, and cultivate the best life. She is the founder of Motivating the Masses and CEO of Motivating the Teen Spirit, LLC, is the bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul, and best-selling author of her latest book No Matter What!

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Environment, Nutrition and Health Rapid environmental changes include destruction of the ecosystem associated with industrial and commercial development, overpopulation, loss of biological resources, urbanization, climate change, agriculture, pesticides, and genetic engineering, alter the relationship between humans and the ecosystem. Disruptions of the ecosystem, can affect health, disease, and nutrition. Research provides how essential information on environmental degradation can lead to nutritional health issues as in malnutrition, contamination, and infectious disease. Public health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, tuberculosis, measles, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease, all reflect nutritional and environmental factors. Environmental contamination may compromise nutritional status and health in humans and animals. POPS (persistent organic pollutants) in the atmosphere have adverse effects on foods removed from sites of pesticide use. With this topic in mind, I engaged in conversation with several young adults and asked their perspective on this issue.

Gary Moore, age 13: I have an allergy to apples, and pears. I can only eat them if they are cooked and skinned. I am assuming it is because of the pesticides used during farming. I also have

Gary Moore

eczema because of allergies. My doctor says I have environmental allergies. AMP: How do you think individuals and the community can take more responsibility to change the effects on the foods we ingest? GM: I think more programs should be started in schools to teach kids how to farm without harmful pesticides so our bodies doesn’t suffer. Samantha Moore, age 11: I think more people or all people should grow their own vegetables. If everyone grew their own foods, there would be less harmful foods for our bodies.

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Nicolle Zelienske, age 15: I would first try to change the schools menu to offer a more healthy and organic foods. Then meet with my peers to encourage and enforce change for all the school districts in New Jersey. We would need the help of school Principals and teachers. Maybe if we spoke to our governor and the President, they can help us make the change.

AMP: If you had an opportunity to come up with solutions to our global nutrition and environmental prob­­­lems, where and who would you address?

Nicolle Zelienske

Madison Nosal

So in conclusion, sustainable use of the environment can manage nutritional deficiencies and dietary changes. National efforts, from local communities and government, can contribute to nutritional research, empowerment, and hope for a healthy life for the planet, humans and animals.

Madison Nosal, age 8: I can meet with friends after school to talk about how we can change our eating habits and how we grow our foods. Then when we have a plan, we can write letters to Shoprite and all the grocery stores to ask them to buy foods only from farmers who don’t use chemicals.

Visit us on the web at Project Planet Network™- Together we can heal the planet. Our decisions today are tomorrow’s reality. Let’s create a world that heals our bodies, our oceans, our animals, and our Earth. Ana Marie Presti is a Reiki Master /Teacher, and a member of HMN Northwest Sussex County chapter. She works as a phlebotomist in Sussex County and is an independent consultant for Rutgers’ University Continuing Education. She is Chair of Project Planet Network™, an environmental group that focuses on mentoring and supporting schools in achieving sustainability by developing an environmental board.



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Column Creative Arts with Elizabeth Olney

Don’t Forget to Nourish Your Soul How many of us try to fit too much in a day? Do we even figure in transition time between activities on our calendars? Driving from one place to another doesn’t really count as driving these days tends to be stressful. Consider that there are increasingly more books and CDs out these days meant to help us cope within this complex culture. Certainly, many of these references can serve as reminders for us to slow down yet, how good are we at applying what we’ve learned from them?

possibly we may not need to ask or listen, we simply need to be more engaged and enjoy what we’re doing. Here’s an example. Instead of rushing back & forth from the faucet to water the house plants, enjoy each plant. Notice how the leaves take on a different sculptural position as we rotate one towards the sunlight. Ponder the new leaf peaking up. For plants that are gathered together, rearranging them in a new fashion may be more interesting and pleasing. Arranging plants is a creative act. Such acts are contemplative and food for the soul. We each have a unique, inner need to express ourselves. Creativity re-enlivens us.

When we are in our own way, we can take time to seek guidance with prayer. I happen to believe even in the power of prayer. In the event that you doubt prayer, allow me to suggest that you ask for guidance anyway, instead of trying to take on everything alone. This is simply a quest for less discomfort. Or we can choose to afford ourselves some quiet time to meditate. In doing so, it may be revealed what we can do about our discomfort. Prayer and meditation are often considered yet, what about contemplation? Very


Our being creative is often neglected as we are taking care of all those other things that need to get done. Possibly we have a letter waiting to be written or a new recipe we’ve been meaning to try. These are simply opportunities awaiting us to be enjoyed. It’s that cozy time of year to be home more of the time. We may as well enjoy ourselves. I choose joy. Elizabeth Olney is a new columnist for MARCI magazine. She will be contributing articles about creativity and art. You can see her mini bio, in the HMN directory: http://www., under Creative Arts- Arts Therapy or Integrative Medicine.


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Column It is sometimes appropriate to evaluate a home completely by yin and yang. Is the home large and open? (Yang) Is the home small, intimate with boxy rooms? (Yin)

Feng Shui

with Michelle Zanoni

How does the space flow? Is it balanced with some yin and yang spaces? That is the ultimate goal, to create a balance between both. If a space is mostly yin, it will feel passive, dark and cold. If yang is predominant, the space will be more active, bright and hot. Take a look at your home or office. Make a list of yin and yang. Are the colors hot or bright (yang), are they dark and dull (yin)? Are the floors shiny (yang) or are they matte (yin)?

The Art of Arrangement Welcome to Winter the Element of Water. How many of you are familiar with the Yin/Yang symbol? Do you know what it stands for?

It is also interesting to think of the season of Winter. Winter is yin. It is passive, quiet, cold, frozen, and mysterious.

It is actually viewed as the circle of life, the beginning and ending of all things.The out side circle represents the “everything”, the whole, while the inner shape of black is yin and white is yang. When they interact all is possible.

It would be appropriate to bring more yin into your space to reflect the season. You can add some blankets or throws for a cozy feeling. Try whipping up some hot chocolate to warm your insides. You can also try some lower lighting to soften things up.

You can notice that black has some white and that white has some black. They give life to one another and cannot exist without each other.

Have fun evaluating your space and enjoy this yin time of year.

The principles of yin and yang are applied to the home or office in a very basic way. While “yin” is dark, passive, downward, weak, cold, and small, ‘yang” is light, bright, active, strong, hot, and large. Yin and yang interaction can be viewed as a cycle each one following the other as night becomes day and hot becomes cold. The energy is constantly moving and transforming.


Michelle Zanoni has been practicing and teaching Feng Shui for several years, creating change for her clients. She uses her intuitive abilities along with her creativity to enhance her clients’ surroundings. Michelle brings years of experience to this refined art and science in a warm, compassionate way. Contact Michelle at mzanoni@optonline .net


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Column studied for its boswellic acid content. PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s website, identifies boswellic acids from this resin as positively supporting the immune system.


with Christina Santiago

WILL THE REAL FRANKINCENSE PLEASE STAND UP?! Did you know that there are over 40 known species of frankincense? Through centuries, this precious oil has been revered for its healing properties. Contrary to popular belief, the Egyptians were not making a fashion statement with their heavy black eyeliner. It was frankincense resin placed around the eyes to protect from the desert storms that caused eye infections. Recently, in the clinical aromatherapy world, there has been a debate over which of the 40+ species offers the greatest benefits. Frankincense is considered a holy anointing oil used in religious ceremonies, especially in the Middle East. In modern day use, the oil can be found in skin care products to target dry skin and rejuvenation. It is also used for meditation, spiritual centering, concentration, and cancer research. So how do you tell the difference in purity and efficacy?

Boswellia sacra or Omani frankincense is the rarest oil which until recently was only made available to Saudi royalty. According to scientists at the Department of Chemistry Sultan Qaboos University, this is the only frankincense species grown in Arabia. It is the premium kind used for spiritual properties. Due to the credibility of essential oils expert, D. Gary Young, this oil is now made available to the public exclusively through Young Living™ Essential Oils, the world leader in aromatherapy. Lastly, Boswellia frereana has the least amount of therapeutic benefits lacking the chemical constituents required for healing purposes. PubMed shows it does not have the powerful boswellic acids that have been studied in frankincense research. Caveat emptor—some companies may state their frankincense is from Oman; however, experts in the trade confirm that this species is only native to Somalia. Researchers have found that essential oils have potent effects against Super Germs, tough bacteria that have become resistant to almost every antibiotic. With winter season here, wouldn’t it make sense to have the most potent Frankincense to winterize your body? A few drops rubbed daily over your spine and soles of your feet can serve as immunestimulating to fight infections.

Academic studies, including research from worldrenowned expert, D. Gary Young, have identified the top two species which are known for their medicinal properties: Boswellia carteri from East Africa and Boswellia sacra from Oman. Another species popularly known is Boswellia frereana from Somalia. Factors for consideration were given to place of origin, selection of species, and quality of chemical constituents found in each oil. Boswellia carteri, the most common species is highly



Christina M. Santiago, CHBC, CCA is a holistic health educator, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist from the Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy professional program, and keynote speaker with Sky Diva Oils, a division of Rising Above, LLC. Christina has been featured on CNBC On the Money and Cablevision For the Health of It, and is a contributing expert in Latina magazine and Garden State Woman magazine. For more information on Christina, please call 888.811.8883 or visit her websites:

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Column Natural Health with Sarah Collins

Did You Know…? •Apple cider vinegar can ease a sunburn; • Cucumbers, carrots and celery eaten daily boosts the immune system (Edgar Cayce); • Olives are considered a fruit; • Muscles relax when we release our emotions; • Attitudes are contagious; • Your body believes everything you say; • You can strengthen your immune system with healthy food and positive thoughts; • Acupressure is a great remedy for menstrual cramps. • Cinnamon helps lower blood sugar; • Milk is best digested alone, not with meals; • Affirmations reprogram the subconscious; •Fear only exists in your mind; • Consistent yoga practice increases concentration; Vitamin E; • Black Cohosh and Wild Yam Root can be effective in relieving menopausal symptoms; •Tai Chi increases flexibility and mobility – it’s a great natural therapy for seniors; • Grape juice is a natural hunger inhibitor (Edgar Cayce); • Negative emotions can create disease in the organs of the body; • Allergies, rashes and even your nose dripping indicate toxicity in the body; • If you’re serious about quitting smoking, first prepare yourself mentally; • Forgiveness sets you free; • Happiness is an attitude; • A tickle indicates emotional pain or trauma; • Drinking a small amount of warm (not tepid) water first thing in the morning helps to normalize eliminations. (Not so warm that you gag); • The endocrine system relates to the chakras; • Fear, anxiety and other negative emotions create


toxic conditions in the body; • Imagination is more important than knowledge (Albert Einstein); • Healing always brings growth; • Aluminum may be a culprit in Alzheimer’s disease (Edgar Cayce) – most deodorants contain aluminum so try using a crystal stick (from the health food store); • Saw Palmetto is a natural way to promote a healthy prostate gland; • The power to transform your life is inside you right now; • All limitations are self-imposed – you are limited only by your belief systems; • Prayer increases the rate of healing (David Hawkins); • Love is a secret ingredient – whoever and whatever you give it to will blossom; • Anything you can think of, is possible; • Faith and belief frees you from doubt; • ll illness and disease originates in the colon (Edgar Cayce); • Excessive worry can be a factor in pancreatic problems; • Believe it, become it; • 1% of the time the cause of your health problem is physically based, 9% of the time it’s mentally based, and 90% of the time it’s spiritually based! (Dr. Ken and Lisa Davis) The holistic health tips presented are for informational and educational purposes. They are intended to raise one’s awareness of the many dimensions of healing.


Sarah M. Collins embraces all forms of natural healing. She specializes in energetic and vibrational therapy called Natural Force Healing®. It’s great for animals too! Visit her website at Her book The Little Guide to Big Changes: 6 Steps to Creating Lasting, Positive Change in Your Life is available online at, and also at Her book is the Award Winner in the Self-Help category of the 2010 International Book Awards, and is an Award Winning Finalist in the Spirituality (Inspirational) category of the 2010 International Book Awards.

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Column as you nurture others. Sustain your Self first, or you will have less to give to others. It is not selfish to feed your body daily with nourishing food.

Working with Spirit: Subtle Energy

Likewise, it is not selfish to rest, to rejuvenate, and yet we too often set those aspects of selfnourishment aside in favor of accomplishing more, doing more.

with Christina Lynn Whited

Science long ago proclaimed that everything is energy. Some years ago they came up with the startling conclusion that energy could be changed by thought – that the outcome of an experiment was affected by the observer. The holistic community has been honing the use of thought to affect energy for eons, yet science is only now beginning to catch up. Thankfully, we, as energy workers, continue to raise the bar. As we approach the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium, it is easy to look at the breadth of holistic practice and see that we have come very far indeed. The existence of the Internet pulled everyone into a greater awareness of our global community. The separateness of the world shrinks a little more each day as the sense of Oneness grows. The subtle energy of division lessens, the awareness of our interconnectedness increases. With that increased awareness comes the realization that we are each responsible for the whole; that our own subtle energies matter greatly. Take time to step aside from the “busy”-ness of life in these months of increased darkness, to nurture your Self, your body-mind-spirit, as well


Doing is not always the answer. Sometimes the simple act of being is most important. Our families, our clients, and our world will be better served when we nourish ourselves fully. Slow down, allow yourself to just be for even a few moments a day. Call upon Spirit to guide you in the process of self-nurturing if you cannot find those moments for yourself. The subtle energies you use so well for others deserve to be employed for your Self first and foremost. Be as compassionate for yourself as you are for others and the world will be better for it. Happy Holidays. Rev. Christina Lynn Whited has developed Soul Path Clearance and created Unconscious Scripts Release as a means of empowerment for her clients. She is head of the Circle of Intention School of Intuitive Sciences in High Bridge, New Jersey, and is available for private consultations. Over the course of the last twenty years Whited has been featured in People magazine, on CNN and Geraldo, and in the New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and many other papers. She has spoken on radio programs across the country, talked to many groups both regionally and nationally, and has been featured in spiritual books. Her work has also been lauded by such notables as Dr. Wayne Dyer and Dr. Joe Vitale. She can be found at www.


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Column knew what that felt like. All knew they didn’t like it.

Conscious Parenting

Age 13 & Under with Beth Haessig

Being Left through Multitasking I was sharing, she was sharing. But then the phone between us began to vibrate, and it took her away.

Multi-tasking seems as though it’s becoming the new norm. With so many things competing for our attention, we forget what a gift we’re giving our child as we listen to them with one hundred percent of ourselves – nothing else, but listening. We could even turn the phone off, before we engage. It may feel to them, like you are honoring their very existence. They may feel like what they say is important. In turn, they may learn how to pass that practice on in their relationships.

She left to follow the request of the message punched out from miles away, in a different space from where the two of us inhabited. I tried not to feel the intrusion. I tried to quiet my judgments because I know they were merely to protect me from the feelings of being left.

I can surely forgive someone who leaves me to text another. But it makes me supremely aware of what I’m able to give to every child: something unique I think these days – my full attention – a precious gift during these multitasking times.

Beth L. Haessig, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and a Core Energetics practitioner (body-centered psychotherapy). Two hours latAs a holistic er, I was sitting psychologist, she works around a table iello s r o T experientially through . eM y Janin of children, talkb n o ti movement, breath, and lustra Photoil ing about the impormindfulness, to help children and families tance of paying attention. It’s a founcope with the 21st century challenges we face in dational component of relationship, I say. Why our mind/body/behavior. is it so important to be fully present when you’re For more information, see with someone – and how does it feel when someone is not? Every child had live and poignant examples or sign up for her newsletter at of being left through computer, blackberry, phone, or texting usage by adults around them. Everyone



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Column Conscious Parenting Age 13 - 19

The teen growth spurt is one of the most dramatic, rapid changes that the human body experiences; it’s second only to the amazing growth that takes place during the first year of life.

with Jordan Brown

Although it is impossible to control what your teen will eat while not in your home, you can make a world of difference by having your home stocked with good choices.

“Oh no, not broccoli again.” We have all heard it one way or another.

Don’t buy soda and junk food. It’s too accessible to children in the first place.

One of my children, (who will remain unnamed) would be happy having a bagel for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Your home can be the place where they are exposed to different and healthy snacks. Most importantly, have fun and make eating together a priority.

Nutrition for teens can be quite the challenge. Ads for junk food and images of impossibly thin adolescent girls give kids conflicting and unhealthy ideas about what they should eat. It’s important to be knowledgeable about what is healthy and what is not. This way, you help them make better choices. Vegetarian children have significant health advantages over their meateating peers.

Family meals are not only a time for strengthening family ties and keeping track of your children’s lives, they can actually lead to better physical and mental health for your children. Children who frequently eat meals with their families tend to do better in school, eat healthier than their peers and suffer less with obesity. Bon Appétit.

Nutritious vegetarian diets are typically high in fiber, low in saturated fat, full of vitamins and minerals, rich in healthy plant protein, and completely free of cholesterol. Of course it’s possible for your teen to state they are a vegetarian and live on corn chips and soda. This will require some major intervention and education. Nutritious vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meateaters do, and studies indicate that the earlier children are started on a healthy diet, the better off they will be later in life. Isn’t that what we want for our children?



Jordan Brown is a Psychotherapist, Empowerment Coach, and owner of Full Circle Counseling in Lincoln Park, NJ. Jordan is the Director of an In-Home Intensive Therapy Program for families in crisis throughout Passaic and Essex County. Jordan is the founder/facilitator of a Women’s Empowerment meet-up on and has also started www. and Jordan can be reached at

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Column space. See how great you feel and how much your selfesteem rises!

Life Enhancement and Spiritual Living

3 Great New Year’s Resolutions for Us All to Follow

RESOLUTION#2: EXPAND YOUR SPHERE OF AWARENESS Try this year to expand more of your awareness to concern beyond yourself and your life. There is so much to do in the world and we can all be more expanded vessels for change this year. As we do so we, become more inspired, more enlivened, and our sense of selfworth goes up because we are aligning ourselves more with the Highest in us.

By the time you are reading this a new year, 2011, will be arriving. And we all have our own personal resolutions: to lose weight, to make more money, to grow our business, to meet a new lover, etc.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once wisely said that “A man has not really started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic existence to the larger concerns of all humanity.”

I have always felt, though, that collectively we should have New Year’s Resolutions as a human race.

I have always loved this quote and have it framed at home. Rise above your own “narrow confines” this year to the larger concerns of all humanity!

with Justin Buffer

I am therefore dedicating my column this issue to 3 New Year’s resolutions that I would like to urge all readers of this column and magazine to follow. If each of us follows these in our daily lives we can make a marked difference in the world this year, 2011, and be the agents of transformation and change that we are meant to be. RESOLUTION#1: BE KINDER Every great religious and spiritual text talks about kindness. The Talmud, the great Jewish book of wisdom, tells us that “The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”

3) COMMIT TO YOUR OWN GROWTH AND SEEK MORE TRUTH The great philosopher Plato once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Let this year be for you a year in which you do deeply examine yourself ,your beliefs, and you seek for truth and expansion in every area of your life. Commit to reading books that stimulate you or learn to do something that you formerly told yourself you couldn’t. Make this year the year that you o say a loud and resounding “No” Torsiell ine M. n a J y to the voices within you that on b lustrati Photoil seek to limit you.

Make this year one in which you commit to being kinder to yourself and others. Recognize that there is no separation between you and others, so then there is no such thing as being unkind to others and being unkind to ourselves. Each day practice seeing an invisible chord of light con necting you with others and act from this connected


Justin Buffer is a successful Coach, Personal Growth Teacher, and Professional Educator. He has a deep personal commitment to his and others learning, growth, and enhancement and is available for speaking and workshops on a variety of topics related to personal development. You can learn more at and he can be reached directly at


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The Whole Pet with Beth Lowell

that algae can have a positive affect within the first 24 hours. Rosie kept up the algae regimen and started chemotherapy. Each time her blood levels were tested they improved. Rosie is just about to reach her one year anniversary of diagnosis without having to undergo blood transfusions or other serious treatments commonly needed with this disease. The moral of this story is not about algae being a magic bullet to “cure” life threatening diseases. It’s about the importance of nutrition in keeping the body performing at its best capacity.

Algae – not just pond scum!

Have you ever looked into an animal’s face and see it changed? When an animal’s And to clarify – algae is not a face starts to get a sunksupplement that does the job en look, it means the animal for the body, it is a food that is dying. I saw Rosie the awakens the body’s own natuLabrador Retriever’s face ral ability to heal. changing shortly after she was diagnosed with a blood As Russell’s website explains, disorder. Without know“There is no other food that ing what the disease was, I can nourish plants, herbiimmediately went to www. vores, carnivores and . I’d vores like algae. Algae occupy seen testimonials there a unique role in the food chain from pet owners on almost for all plants, animals and huPhotography © Dawn J. Benko every conceivable type of mans. No other food (and cerPond scum in Stokes State Forest, Branchville, NJ. medical challenge that tainly supplement) can make pets and even wildlife faced, and there I found informa- this claim. Algae are not just “pond scum.” And while tion on two disorders, one which affected the blood and you’re at it, there’s a formula for you, too! the other platelets. Several owners reported seeing good results after using an algae product sold there. You can find out more about algae at Low fee consultations are available if you I shouldn’t have been surprised. Algae is a food so nu- have questions. If you talk to Russell, tell him MARCI trient dense that it is used by virtually every one of sent you. the body’s systems. I’d discovered the Web site awhile Inspired by dogs, Beth Lowell established her pet back and had been using algae for my own dogs. I begged sitting company, Good Girl, in 2002. Her services Rosie’s owner to try some of my supply and after she have grown to include Reiki for animals, flower asked her vet, who reported the benefits algae had for essence consultations and canine massage. She his canine cancer patients, she tried it. Rosie’s face is a regular contributor to the Reiki Digest and an seemed better the next day– not normal, but better. Or accomplished artist whose paintings grace the did it? By now we’d learned that Rosie had Evans Disease – a syndrome occurring when production of both homes of dog lovers across the United States. blood and platelets are affected – and one which usually The petsitter with the holistic touch! results in death within two weeks of diagnosis. 973.960.6464 I called Russell Louie at Optimum Choices who told me



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Column Personal Development Coaching with Hueina Su

They are swept away by these internal tornados and unable to free themselves. I have a coaching process to help my clients recognize and release these elements of Invisible Chaos, so they can reclaim their balance and power for more success, inner peace, and happiness. You can sign up for my Taming the Invisible Chaos 7-part video e-course at

Is It Time for an Emotional Detox?

Here are a few tips to assist your emotional detox. First step is to recognize your emotional toxins. Just as our physical body needs vital nutrients and Which of the Invisible Chaos is causing you stress occasional detox to stay healthy and perform at and self-sabotage? What events or situations tend optimal level, so does our emotional body. Oftentimes to trigger your negative emotions? I see clients try so hard to achieve their goals and hit an invisible brick wall. Once you become aware, it’s time to release them.

Coaching is very effective in working through these They self-sabotage, lose motivation, get stuck in issues. You might also try energy healing (such as EFT) inertia or analysis paralysis. Or they might have to release the emotions energetically. Therapeuticachieved a lot but still don’t feel happy. grade essential oils such as Trauma Life, Release, SARA are powerful tools for emotional healing at the They feel anxious, sad, resentful at others or angry cellular level (more info at at themselves, self-pity, inadequate, powerless or even hopeless. Most importantly, get the right support you need, right now, because your happiness and success They might also have physical symptoms such as depend on it. headache, indigestion, neck and back pains, insomnia, anxiety or panic attacks. Hueina Su, MS, BSN, CEC, best-selling author of Can you relate? When you are in this state, your Intensive Care for the negative emotions and self-sabotage become a Nurturer’s Soul: 7 Keys vicious cycle. It becomes so much harder to push to Nurture Yourself While yourself to reach your goals. Caring for Others, is an If you have the above symptoms, it is time for an internationally recognized emotional detox. expert helping people find the missing peace and balance in There are 8 major emotional toxins I see in many their stressful lives. clients: Not Good Enough, Not Worthy, Chronic People-Pleasing, Perfectionism, Emotional Traumas She is on a mission to bring the message of & Dramas, Self-Limiting Beliefs, Compulsive Intensive Self-Care to one million women nurturers Comparison (with others) and The Four Fears (fear worldwide. This article is adapted from her book. of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection and fear Visit of judgment). These are the root cause of stress and self-sabotage. I call them the Invisible Chaos for FREE sample book chapters, bonus gifts, since most people are unaware of their own patterns. stress relief video e-course, and many resources.



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Column does build the business mean, and how do you know if you have accomplished it?

Business Coaching

with Donna Price

But a strategy to provide coaching services to 50 new clients is measurable. Or a strategy to increase product sales by 25% is measurable.

Creating a new plan for the year is a great first step towards creating the success that you want. Working the plan and making it happen is the real key to proNow is the TIME to Prepare for an ExtraOrdinary ducing the results that you want. 2011; Are You Ready? Take time before the New Year to: review and update This is the time of year to begin preparing for even your vision statement and story; review your accomgreater success next year. Perhaps this year was plishments and failures for the year and glean the good or perhaps it wasn’t, but however it turned out valuable lessons from them; review your strategic plan there are lessons to learn and new strategies to be and update your goals for the upcoming year. born to grow your business in the New Year. Gear up for a focused and planned New Year that will Start by pulling out your business vision and strate- ring in the next level of success for you and your comgic plan If you don’t have a staff team, then review pany. them with your coach or an accountability partner. Donna Price, President of Compass Rose Consulting, LLC, As you review the vision and the strategic plan, write provides business coaching to small business owners, down what you have accomplished this year. What business leaders, and work teams; using her experience went really well? Make your list; you can even check as a senior level manager for 18+ years and extensive it twice. Once you have created your accomplishment background working with people to achieve their goals. list, take a moment to celebrate all that you did well. Donna is a certified program leader of the innovative and Then move on and review where you fell short. What successful Best Year Yet program and is the author of didn’t go quite right or well? Where did you fail? “Launching Your Dream”; “Bizology.Biz: The Science of Building Business Success” and contributing author to Taking time to evaluate the past year is a great way “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life” to learn from what went well, and what didn’t go well. In that learning there are valuable lessons that you You can receive her special report “The Eight Keys to Busican glean. List a couple of lessons for moving forward. ness Success at Did you get off track, side-tracked by something? Did This year she is offering a special mastermind group for you not follow up with prospects? Each lesson gives holistic practitioners starting in January 2011, with a you ideas for guidance into the New Year. special HMN Discount. What is the vision for the upcoming year? Where do you see your company at the end of the year? What type of growth, new products, new clients, or customers? What does it all look like? Strategies should point to the vision and be written in a way that they are measurable. A strategy to build the business is too vague. What



For additional tips and strategies for increasing sales at: More Information is available at: 973.948.7673

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Column abundant and blessed. It is best to say out loud to yourself “I have enough ----.” Your body feels the vibration and your ears hear the sound. This gives your senses more ways to access the feeling of having enough.

Money Coaching with Tom Selkow

Christmas and the end of 2010 are upon us as this issue is released. Most people are occupied with what to give to others and holiday plans at this time of year. That is great, and it can be really fun to hunt for the perfect gift for the special people in one’s life. While you are, remember to notice what you have and how much abundance is there for you already. A great game to play to remind yourself of how much you already have is the “I Have Enough” game. The rules are very simple and easy to follow. Simply notice as many times in a day you can that you have enough of something. For example, when you are getting dressed in the morning remind yourself, as you look in the sock drawer, that you have enough socks for the day. When you open the cupboard to get a cup for coffee, remind yourself there are enough cups. The possibilities are endless, and the more things you find you have enough of, the easier it is to feel


After you are comfortable with saying it to yourself, try telling others you have enough. Notice their reaction. Teach them the game too if you choose. Imagine an entire office looking for “I have enough” instead of “I need.” May you enjoy the company of family and friends, have countless reasons to rejoice and notice blessings everywhere you look now and throughout the new year to come. Enjoy your holiday season. For more information about transformation using sound and awareness contact me by email at or by phone at 862268-4443


Tom Selkow, Consciousness Technology Practitioner, is the owner of Zero Point Transformation, LLC, in Sparta, NJ. He is certified as a Matrix Energetics Master Practitioner, Money Coach and has a wide range of tools available to help his clients transform their relationship to abundance, life, career, relationships and more.

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Recipe contest winner — First Place Holiday Recipe Contest was judged by Sarah Collins & Judith Gisser Contest criteria: Changing classic holiday recipes and/or comfort foods into a nutritious, healthy recipe that still tastes good. 1st prize: one year of hardcopy editions of Marci (four issues),  2nd prize: free quarter page ad in Marci for two consecutive seasons,  3rd prize: recipe listed on HMN’s website (with full credit) for six months beginning Jan. 2011.

Apple Nut Cake

Submitted by Marcia Slawson Original Recipe Ingredients: Dry Ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup raisins 2/3 cup chopped walnuts

2 granny smith apples Wet Ingredients: 2/3 cup Crisco oil 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Icing Ingredients (optional): 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions: If using Thompson raisins soak in pure water for 20 minutes, drain and pat dry. Golden raisins and hunza raisins do not need to be soaked. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In small bowl, using a fork or wire whisk, mix together 1 1/4 cup sifted spelt flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Set aside. Grind palm sugar to a finer consistency in food processor. Measure 1 cup after grinding. In large bowl mix 1/3 cup grapeseed oil, 1/3 cup applesauce and 1 cup ground palm sugar until smooth using a spoon or sturdy wire bulb whisk. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour mixture (that has been set aside) 1/2 at a time to the wet mixture and

Updated Recipe Ingredients: Dry Ingredients: 1 cup palm sugar (Sweet Tree or Navitas)(measure after grinding) 1 1/4 cup sifted spelt flour (measure after sifting) 1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2/3 cup chopped organic walnuts 1/2 cup organic golden raisins, hunza raisins or organic Thompson raisins 2 organic granny smith apples

Wet Ingredients: 1/3 cup expeller pressed grapeseed oil 1/3 cup organic unsweetened applesauce (Vermont Organic works well) 2 large organic eggs 1-teaspoon organic alcohol free vanilla extract

Organic Spectrum Shortening (for greasing the Bundt pan) Icing Ingredients: optional 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup Sweeten Me Sweetener (erythritol blend)

entire pan is covered. Oil, butter and coconut oil do not work (cake will stick to pan). Flour pan by putting 1 tablespoon spelt flour in a small fine mesh strainer and lightly shake evenly over inside of entire pan. Pour batter evenly into Bundt pan. Bake in preheated 325 oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Cover with plate and invert to remove. mix using a spoon until all dry ingredients are incorporated. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Peel 2 apples and dice into very small pieces. Add diced apples, 1/2 cup raisins and 2/3 cup chopped walnuts to batter and mix. Grease and flour Bundt pan using Spectrum Shortening. Use a generous amount of shortening and make sure the



Icing (optional) Directions: After removing cake from pan immediately mix together 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/4 cup Sweeten Me sweetener. Drizzle sparingly over cake. Cool completely before serving. Store in refrigerator. Can be frozen.

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Recipe contest winner — Second Place Not Your Grandma’s Apple Pie Submitted by Christina Lynn Whited

Ingredients: D5, 6, or 7 apples depending upon their size 6 tablespoons tapioca starch Truvia – 3 packets or more to taste 3 teaspoons organic cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon ginger powder This is a deep-dish apple pie recipe that I started making for myself when I found I had a sensitivity to gluten. This version has no wheat and no dairy. Choose any pie pan or casserole dish you like, I find I prefer glass or ceramic. You will need a bowl for mixing and a food processor, unless you really like to chop nuts by hand. I like to use a variety of apple types for more interesting flavor. I always use a few Romes, as I enjoy the texture of an apple that does not dissolve into mush in a pie. I use a glass bowl and a wooden spoon because vitamin C is compromised when it touches metal. This is not an overly sweet pie, so if you like things very sweet, use more Truvia. Truvia is made from the stevia plant, which is far sweeter than sugar, so use a light hand. I use coconut oil because of the health benefits and its delightful taste in baked goods. It is a solid up to 76 degrees, at which point it turns into a liquid. Because it is a tropical oil, it can take a lot of heat without turning rancid, and therefore has a very long shelf life and need not be refrigerated. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel, core and slice the apples until they

fresh nutmeg allspice ground cloves ½ cup coconut oil 6 to 8 ounces of raw almonds - slivered, whole or chunks

overfill the dish. I like to make it level, then add one or two more. Transfer the apples to a large glass bowl. I use a fine mesh strainer to combine 3 teaspoons of tapioca, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, the ginger, about a ½ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg, a sprinkle of allspice, and a light sprinkle of ground cloves. Shake the strainer to distribute the mixture, then sprinkle on one packet of Truvia and mix well with a wooden spoon. Return the mixture to the casserole dish and fit it in as best you can. Place the nuts, the coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 3 teaspoons of tapioca, and 2 packets of Truvia in the food processor and pulse to combine. If you are using whole nuts, pulse them a few times first to begin the chopping. Continue grinding the nuts as you blend them with the other



ingredients, creating a rather sticky and crumbly mixture. Dig in, scooping out a large spoonful at a time and patting the nut mixture onto the top of the apples. Distribute the topping as evenly as possible, garnish with a few whole nuts if you have them, and pop in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the top is golden brown and the pie smells delicious. I like to trust my sense of smell more than the timer. Warm or cold, this deep-dish pie is absolutely delicious! Variations I like to toss in a handful of raw cranberries or frozen blueberries to give it an extra boost of color and flavor. Any combination of chopped fruit would probably do, including raisins, plums, apricots, dried fruit, pears, peaches, strawberries, etc. The crust can be changed by adding oatmeal and eliminating the tapioca, as the oats will act as a binder, and cutting back on the nuts, or not. If you can handle dairy, this is very yummy served warm with vanilla ice cream. The combination of flavors and textures is out of this world. Have fun!.

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Normally this column is reserved for interpreting dreams that have been sent to me. But as I began writing this for the Fall edition of MARCI, I was struck by how many people asked me how I became a dream interpreter. So I thought I would take the opportunity to write this issue’s column about how I got started. When I was three or four, I had a horrific nightmare that was so vivid that I recall it to this day. What struck me most, even at that young age, was that I knew the images I was seeing were not my own. Obviously, I was too young to articulate this, but I had a sense of it, and as I got older, I never forgot the dream. To make things even more interesting, the day afte r I had the dream, we were driving in my family’s car, and as we drove over the bridge near my house, I saw the house that had been in my dream the night before. It was the only image in the dream that could have been my own. Everything else was not possible for me to have even experienced, much less remembered. I tried to tell my family and friends what I had seen. My mother said I just had a nightmare, and told me it was normal to have scary dreams once in a while. Others around me were not as understanding, and told me I was imagining things. This was a common reaction for the next several years. If I said I knew my dreams meant something, or that I was seeing someone else’s memories, people would ask me to explain. But at that age, I didn’t even know the word elaborate, much less how to do it. So I stopped talking about it for a long time.


As I grew, I had very vivid dreams – I mean they were in Technicolor with Surround-Sound. I was aware there was more going on than just the recycling of random images from my day. There were stories, movies, epic tales, heroes, monsters, all manner of flora and fauna. It was a world I loved to visit, even though at times it could be extremely disturbing. I knew I was doing more than simply processing my day’s memories or stresses. That is what everyone else told me dreams were for, to review and to vent. I began to see the continuity from one dream to the next. Then I realized that if there was a story, there had to be an author. If there was a movie, there had to be a director. I began to recognize themes and recurrent symbols. Then it hit me, what I was reading was a language. And if that language could be read, it could be understood and spoken. As I began to see my dreams as communication, I started to sense the language, to read the messages, and to interpret them. At first I interpreted only my own dreams. As the years past, I grew more comfortable and started interpreting those of my friends. In time, I became faster and more accurate, and began interpreting for total strangers. Soon I was invited to read at local New Age stores and psychic fairs. In 2010, I became a recurring guest on Life Unedited, a talk show on WCHE Radio 1520 AM in the Philadelphia area with host John


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Aberle. One Saturday a month, listeners call in and I interpret their dreams live on the air. The show streams at Based on certain patterns that I see when interpreting dreams, I developed workshops to help people better understand their dream experience. These workshops include Lucid Dreaming, Overcoming Your Phobias and Navigating the Landscape of the Mind. To view the full schedule of workshops and appearances, or to contact me for a private reading in person or by phone, please visit my Web site at If you would like to send your dreams to me for interpretation, please send me an email at Your dreams may be published in a future issue of MARCI Magazine. In the meantime, Pleasant Dreams.


Jefferson Harman reads the symbols present in your dreams and everyday life. By interpreting this invisible language, he identifies your blocks and challenges and ways to overcome them. He offers workshops and private readings in Lucid Dreaming and Overcoming Your Phobias. Jefferson is a recurring guest on “Life Unedited” with John Aberle, on WCHE Radio 1520 AM, in the Philadelphia area (listen live at He is developing a podcast, “Everyday Symbology”, with psychic medium and certified hypno-therapist Patti Lehman discussing all things metaphysical. Jefferson is a member of HMN and a practitioner at Peaceful Paths in Butler, NJ.

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Raising the Stakes: Bruesewitz vs. Wyeth Inc. with Maureen Drummond

In 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The Act provided guidelines to manufacturers for making safer vaccines and implemented a passive surveillance system, known as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, to recognize and report all known and unknown post-licensure adverse reactions associated with vaccines. The act also established a special Vaccine Court to hear vaccine injury–related cases and a “compensation program” to issue awards to vaccine-injured claimants “quickly, easily and with certainty and generosity.” By far, the strongest and most widely upheld provision of the act shields the vaccine manufacturer from civil liability when injury or death results from taking the products.

claim. In March of 2009, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Bruesewitz’s did not have the right to sue the vaccine maker, Wyeth, Inc., asserting that its vaccine design was unsafe. On appeal from the Third Circuit Court, the Supreme Court will now hear the case to decide whether a vaccine injured person has the right to pursue a traditional “design defect” claim under tort law when the “Vaccine Court” refuses compensation. The stakes are high on Bruesewitz vs. Wyeth, Inc. and the case is significant as it relates to all vaccine injury. Five thousand petitioners in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding hang on this very decision for the right to continue their civil claims in state and federal courts if the Vaccine Court denies their standing claims. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Bruesewitz vs. Wyeth in the fall. It is critically important for advocates of informed consent to vaccination to weigh in. As Mary Holland, Esq., supporting counsel in B. v. W. stated, “Only by ensuring that vaccine designs are as safe as reasonably possible and by ensuring access to justice in the event of injury will parents and individuals comply with vaccine mandates.”

“No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable… if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.” Perhaps nobody knows this better than the Bruesewitz family.Hannah Bruesewitz received her third round of DTP vaccinations in April of 1992 and developed “residual seizure disorder” resulting from the vaccines. Previously recognized on the Vaccine Injury Table in 1991 as a known adverse reaction, “residual seizure disorder” was arbitrarily removed from the table one month before the Bruesewitz’s filed their case. In December of 2002, ten years after their petition was filed, the Vaccine Court rejected their



Maureen Drummond, Co-founder/Co-director, New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice is a long-time activist for vaccination choice. She considers the full disclosure of vaccine ingredients and side affects to be tantamount to informed consent and has provided free educational lectures and materials to thousands of people over the last two decades. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice and currently co-directs the organization’s initiatives throughout the state. Check out NJCVC’s website at E-mail questions and comments to

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healthy diet choices, exercising regularly, washing hands frequently, maintaining emotional wellness and abstaining from cigarettes, recreational drugs and excessive alcohol.

How Healthcare Reform Will Work Best

When people live healthy lifestyles, their chances of needing health care are greatly reduced, and the cost of maintaining good health also reduces. There is less of a need for frequent doctor visits, tests and medications, all of which can be costly.

with Susannah Pitman

Many people are very anxious about what will happen with their health care coverage in 2013 when the Health Care Reform bill that was signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year goes into effect.

The good news for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and clients is that these therapies work well for helping to maintain good health.

Will there be enough money to cover health expenses? Will seniors be forgotten? Will people be able to afford health insurance? Will affordable health insurance be comprehensive? Will this reform correct the problems that we see today in health care or will it make them worse? How will we afford health care reform?

One does not need to have a health problem to benefit from acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic, reiki and all of the hundreds of other wonderful therapies available to us. All of these therapies generally improve blood, nervous and lymphatic flow, all of which are important for good health. If this country becomes a society that embraces these therapies as a primary form of maintaining great health, any health care reform will work best for everyone.

With any change that intends to impact a large mass of people, the reality is that the answer to these questions is really not known. Also, there really is no one answer for everyone. Everybody is different. Everyone’s health is different. Not everyone will be impacted in the same way. The big question people should be asking about health care reform is how can we help make this work best?

Susannah Pitman, MS, LAc is an acupuncturist with a private practice in Boonton, NJ. She completed her Masters degree in New York City and has traveled to China and Japan to further her studies. She is a co-founder and Secretary of Changing Health, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to facilitating and maintaining affordable acupuncture clinics for people in need.

The way any health care reform is going to work is if people take responsibility for their own health. Taking responsibility of your own health means practicing daily healthy habits – waking and going to sleep at reasonable hours, making


To learn more about Susannah’s practice, visit or call 973.257.8924.


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HUMAN DESIGN AND THE NATURE OF RESPONSE: Keys to Following your Strategy for Generators and Manifesting Generators by Karen Flaherty INTRODUCTION Have you ever puzzled over making a decision and weren’t sure which path to choose when it came to a relationship, career or finances? Should we follow our head ... or our heart ... or our gut? Everyone seems to have a different opinion, and friends and family usually want to help us when we can’t make up our own minds. But a strategy that works for one person may not work for you, and vice versa. And anyway, doesn’t it make sense that the decision should be yours? Well, it really is your decision, and by knowing what your Human Design is, you can make decisions confidently and with the assurance that it will the right decision for you — every time. In the Human Design system, there are five personality Types, each with its own way of making decisions — called the Strategy — and its own way of manifesting the fulfillment of its desires. The five types are: Manifestors, Projectors, Generators, Manifesting Generators, and Reflectors. (If you’d like to get your chart to know what your Human Design is, please go to www.livingbyhumandesign. com to get a free chart.) Since Generators and Man-

ifesting Generators make up about 70 percent of the population, theirs is the most prevalent strategy on earth. The strategy for Generators and Manifesting Generators is “waiting to respond”. But what does that mean exactly? When they hear that is their strategy, many people wonder: What is responding and how do I determine whether I am responding or initiating? GENERATOR STRATEGY In order to live according to their strategy, the two most common Types, Generators and Manifesting Generators



(I’ll just call them Generators for the rest of the article) must respond to things that present themselves, rather than initiating action and activity. If Generators don’t wait to respond but instead choose to initiate action, then they will meet with frustration and resistance. Knowing how to use the response mechanism that is built into the Generator Type, therefore, is the key to success in making decisions. Once a Generator knows how to properly use response, then they can unleash the powerful life-force energy of the sacral motor and commit to work and life in a way that is healthy for themselves and everyone around them. DEFINITION OF A GENERATOR Only Generators and Manifesting Generators have a defined sacral motor — the red square in the middle of a chart. All other types — Manifestors, Projectors and Reflectors — do not have a defined sacral motor. The sacral motor is the most powerful motor in the body. The sacral motor is the life force motor and is designed to respond to work opportunities and to sexual

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Human Design cont’d opportunities. Just like a car, however, the sacral motor has to be “turned on.” The keys that we use to turn on the sacral motor are the special sounds that the sacral center makes. These sounds are “Uh-Huh” and “Un-Un”. Generators can use these sounds as a navigation tool to help them evaluate whether opportunities that come to them are right for them or not. These sounds are the “response” that the Generator gives to some opportunity or question that arises. USING THE SACRAL RESPONSE To put it simply: responding — as it is described in the Human Design System — is simply a method of using your gut instincts to give yes/no type responses to yes/no type questions. So, it is important for Generators to make the sacral sounds in response to things that come to them. For example, if you visit an acquaintance that you haven’t seen in a while and he asks you if you want to work with him at his new company. If you say, “Uh-huh”, then this response indicates that the job offer might be a good work opportunity for you. If you respond “un-un”, then it might not be a good opportunity for you. Your sacral response lets

you know if the situation is correct for you or not. The basic structure of the sacral response follows this exact pattern: a yes/no question is asked and the gut response is allowed to flow from inside as an “uh-huh” (yes) or as an “un-un” (no). As oversimplified as that example sounds, you will experience such situations if you are a sacral being. In fact, Generators will frequently get questions just like that to respond to. It almost seems like the Universe is being so obvious at times by throwing out direct yes or no questions that it



makes me laugh at how easy it is to respond in a way that is correct for me. Every meal, for example, is an opportunity for a Generator to respond. “Do you want a salad?” one might ask. “Uhhuh” might be the answer. “Do you want your dressing on the side?” “Un-un” might be the answer. And so it goes, every day, every meal, can be a chance for a Generator to respond in a clear way to a specific question. If only it were that simple all the time. Unfortunately, we don’t always get a perfectly

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Human Design cont’d worded question that allows us to answer “uh-huh” or “unun” out loud. Sometimes we get more subtle promptings and then Generators wonder whether they’re responding or initiating. So here are a few examples: • Your sister has a new baby and her husband calls to let you know. Your immediate reaction will likely be “uh-huh”, as if someone had asked “Do you want to see the baby?” It’s subtle, but you’re responding to an internal prompting to go visit a new family member. • You’re at a fair and you pass a booth with books. Your eye catches a little blue book as you’re passing and you turn back to take a closer look. It turns out it’s just the book you’re looking for. That’s your sacral letting you know — however subtly — that there’s an opportunity for you to respond to, if you’ll just take a closer

look and pay attention to the more time. gentle tug from your sacral. It’s Karen Flaherty brings kind of like sacral radar. many years of corporate This tugging feeling has business and life happened on a number of ocexperience to her casions and it usually results Human Design coaching in something wonderful! Conpractice. A graduate of the versely, if I had ignored it, I University of Pennsylvania might have missed some very in Philadelphia, Karen has worked in New York and correct opportunities. New Jersey in marketing and sales positions in the WAITING FOR SOMETHING fields of licensing and “SOLID” merchandising, retailing, As a Generator, you are almanagement consulting ways responding. Something is for the health care industry, appearing every minute in your and online training. The world to respond to, so Genercombination of experiences ators receive daily prompting in business and personal to respond. In the beginning of relationships has ignited a desire to help others in experimenting with your Strattheir challenges. Karen is egy, I would suggest that you a certified Human Design wait for something to appear Specialist and is available in FORM before responding. for personal Human Design As you get more experienced readings and coaching. with responding, you will begin To get your free report to understand what is a true about Human Design and response and what is just an free Human Design chart, idea from your mind. please email karen_flaherty@verizon. If you’re not sure whether or net or visit on the Web at not you’re responding to an inwww. ternal prompting, then just wait CustomHealthSolutions. a little longer. The answer will com. usually reveal itself with a little

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Why is it critical for us to understand the importance of healthy, happy gestation and birth? Why is it important to make every effort to eliminate the birth trauma from the delivery room? Does it affect our lives? How? What began in 1982 as a search for ways to eliminate birth trauma for the babies in my work with Russian Waterbirth Pioneer, Igor Charkovsky, grew into a deep and beautiful healing experience for me personally. If you want to meet me in my deep commitment to a greater happiness and wellbeing, I’m willing to share with you what I have learned. A new baby, long before birth, during labor, and right after, is an extremely sensitive being, more so than anytime during adulthood. Our early impressions stay with us our entire lives, for better or worse. Twenty-five years of thorough research in prenatal psychology show a direct correlation between the tone of our birth and the subconscious behavioral and emotional patterns in our adult lives. This is due to the mechanism called “limbic imprint”. Imagine that your TV is set on “maximum blue.” No mater what movie is being shown on the screen, everything will be very blue; or if brightness is

Learning to Change the Limbic Imprint by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

set on ‘dim’ — no matter how bright the image, your screen shows a very dark picture. That exact mechanism is at work in us. It is the same limbic imprint deliberately used for thousands of years to train animals to serve people. For example, a baby elephant is chained to a small stick in the ground. The baby elephant rages all his might for a few days and then stops. When



he grows up and has enough strength to pull this stick right out, he doesn’t. He never even tries. To better understand the term “limbic imprint,” let’s look at the basic structure of our brain. At the tip of the spinal cord is a segment called the reptilian brain, responsible purely for the body’s physiological functions. This part of the brain remains functional even in a comatose or in a “vegetable” state — the basic physiology of the body is still going on, women even keep menstruating and can continue with gestation if they are pregnant. The cortex, usually referred to as the “gray matter,” is responsible for our mental activity. Routinely called “the brain”, the cortex is responsible for our cognitive functions: logic, calculating, planning. Then we have the limbic system of the brain, responsible for our emotions, sensations and feelings. Limbic imprinting happens in this part of the brain, which is not directly connected with the cortex. During gestation, birth and early childhood, the limbic system registers all of our sensations and feelings, without translating it into the

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Limbic cont’d language of cortex, simply because it is not yet developed. That memory lives in the body the rest of our life, whether we know of it or not. We come into this world wide-open to receive love. When we do receive it, as our first primal experience, our nervous system is limbically imprinted — “programmed” with the undeniable rightness of being. Being held in the mother’s loving arms, feeding from her breast and seeing the great joy in the father’s eyes, provides a natural sense of bliss and security; setting the world as the right place for us to be in. If our first impressions of being in the body are anything less than loving (painful, frightening, lonely), then that “anything” imprints as a valid experience of love. It is immediately coded into our nervous system as a “comfort zone,” acting as a surrogate for the love and nurturing, regardless of how painful, frustrating and undesirable it actually was. In the future, as adults, we will unconsciously, automatically re-create the conditions imprinted at birth and through early childhood. Research by pioneers of prenatal psychology, such as: Dr. Thomas Verny, Dr. David Chamberlain and Dr. William Emerson shows that an overwhelming amount of physical conditions

and behavioral disorders are the direct result of traumatic gestation and complications during delivery, including unnecessary mechanical interventions and an overdose of anesthesia. On top of the devastating effect of trauma during actual birth, what happens after — like routine impersonal postpartum care, can also be a source of trouble. Lack of immediate warm, soft and nurturing contact with the mother, premature cutting of the cord, rude handling, circumcision, needles, bright lights, startling noises — all this sensory overload becomes instantly wired into the newborn’s nervous systems as the new “comfort zone.” This occurs against all logic, as logic resides in a different part of the brain, which is not quite developed yet. Thus, one may unconsciously recreate or attract repeated situations of abuse and/or become abusive. Even if later in life his or her rational mind/ cortex recognizes this pattern of “abuse,” the imprinting lies in a different part of the brain, which doesn’t have the skill to stop the pattern. According to a 1995 study by Dr.William Emerson, 95% of all births in the United States are considered traumatic, 50% rated as “moderate,” and 45% as “severe” trauma. It affects all of us. Born into excruciating labor pains or into the numbness and toxicity of anesthesia, we are limbically imprinted



for suffering and numbness. Traumatic birth strips us of our power and impairs our capacity to love, trust, be intimate and experience our true potential. Addictions, poor problem-solving skills, low self-esteem, inability to be compassionate and responsible — all these problems have been linked to birth trauma. For more information go to Normally, a woman gives birth the way she herself was born, due to the same mechanism of limbic imprint. That’s all her body knows about “how-to” procreate. If born with complications, she will, most likely automatically repeat that scenario. Unless she consciously alters that limbic memory, she will unconsciously hand down her own birth trauma to her daughter, as she received it from her mother. Historically, most of the masterpieces of human culture reflect the drama of life — greed, lust, hate, lost dreams, unrealized potential. Shakespeare’s plays, centuries of paintings, classical music are very beautiful ways of speaking about human despair. Only a small fraction of cultural heritage speaks of love, beauty and fulfillment. Why is that? From what I understand, in order to give birth to an enlightened masterpiece, whether it would take a form of a human baby, a beautiful poem, or simply a rich, fulfill-

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Limbic cont’d ing day worth living — one must first experience being birthed in love. For those of us who were born into a less than ecstatic situation, we need to find ways of healing our own birth trauma, which was our driving force from day one. Healthy, loving self-parenting CAN neutralize most of the damage. There are many ways of recovering of our sense of wellbeing, and I offer one of them in my Birthshops and will explore it further in my upcoming book. Visit www.birthintobe- for more information about my work. We can begin to heal our own birth trauma and embrace the opportunity of creating a masterpiece of our lives. We can recognize that however rude our beginning was, we have a choice as adults to change our basic settings, to reprogram our limbic imprint. We can regain our authentic power, clear the pain of our ancestors from our system, and set the stage for our children to step into their lives as peaceful, empowered guardians of Earth. Call me naïve, but I truly believe that we can improve the quality of our species in just one generation by birth-



ing our kind into a world of safety, compassion and common sense. I invite you to join me in this evolutionary vision. Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova is the founder of Birth into Being, an international movement for conscious pro-creation since 1982. She produced and directed the documentary Birth As We Know It (now in 56 countries since release in 2006). She travels the world facilitating Birth into Being workshops, Apprenticeship Trainings and speaking at conferences. For more information visit

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I AM THE BODY, THE MIND AND THE SOUL By Sami S. Jarroush Insightful new book uncovers one man’s conversations with his angel about life and living, death and dying Author Sami S. Jarroush brings enlightenment to readers as he releases; I Am the Body, the Mind and the Soul. In this book, he offers insight to questions about faith, life, and death as he received them through his dialogues with his guardian angel. Humans have worries, fears, and obligations that they live by blindly, according to what they were taught. They seek happiness through a different channel that could be called God, Spirit, the Universe, etc., not understanding why they do what they do. For the last two years, Jarroush has been having dialogues with his guardian angel and offers discussions that will help humans understand who they are, what their life’s mission is, what happens when they leave this life, and how to live and die without fear of the unknown. It is a powerful dialogue that brings to light information that was meant to be shared with the world. Eye-opening, thought-provoking, and highly reflective, I Am the Body, the Mind and the Soul takes readers through a journey to self awareness where the answers to living in happiness without worries, fears or obligations reside. This journey is to show every human how to finish a life that started with rules and conditions, in awareness and considerate living.

About the Author: Sami S. Jarroush is a Reiki Master Teacher and Energy Healer, Muscle Release Technique professional, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Spiritual Counselor. He resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife and his three children where he is currently working on his next book. Interested parties can visit his website at I Am the Body, the Mind and the Soul * by Sami S. Jarroush Publication Date: August 12, 2010 Trade Paperback; $19.99; 281 pages; ISBN 978-1-4535-2867-9 Trade Hardback; $29.99; 281 pages; ISBN 978-1-4535-2868-6 eBook; $9.99; ISBN 978-1-4535-2869-3

To order a copy of I Am the Body, the Mind and the Soul go to or contact Xlibris Publishing on the web at For a signed copy contact Sami S. Jarroush at or Agnes Savoglou at,

“Astrologers are agreed that the squiggles called a horoscope contain some sort of message to be decoded.” —Dennis Elwell It’s my humble opinion that the general public sometimes reveres, often fears, frequently simplifies, but most often misunderstands astrology (also known as horoscope or zodiac.) Does it predict the future? Can those strange symbols in your chart tell you if you need to get a divorce, move, find a new job or a new life? Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go. There is your chart and then there is the astrologer. Are all astrologers created equal? To answer that question all you need do is replace the word “astrologer” with another, like, say, “doctor,” or “teacher,” or — well, I think you get the picture. There are astrologers who may be psychic, but most are not. There are astrologers who are counselors, but most are not. And, finally, there are astrologers who possess the ability to look at a chart, ask questions about how the chart’s energies actually manifest in your life, and to interpret not only how you used those energies in the past, but how you are using them now. Then — and here is the key — the astrologer intuitively interprets how the influences of the present and future shown in your chart can manifest in your particular, individual, one-of-a-kind life, and explains how harnessing these energies in a conscious way

What is an Astrologer? by Sheri Horn Hasan, Karmic Evolution Astrology

can allow you to move forward and live your life to its highest potential. The Art of the Chart “There is no better boat than a horoscope to help man cross over the sea of life.” — Varaha Mihira But should you live your life according to what some astrologer says, whether it’s about your life’s true mission, or about whether or not to get married, move, or take that new job? This brings us into the discussion of “fate” vs. “free will.” This is a short article, so let’s not go too deep…suffice it to say that any good astrologer is aware of the fact that choice, or “free will,” is always an option in how we deal with life’s trials and tribulations (not to mention



its joyous and happy times.) Because the art of “chart synthesis,” or putting together all of those pieces of your natal (or birth) chart that make up you as an individual — distinct from your mother, your father, brother or sister (yes, even twins) or anyone else born on the same date, at the same time and location as you — is both formulaic (i.e., scientific) and intuitive, individual astrologers may provide differing advice. It’s common knowledge in the psychiatric profession that people seek out therapists when they are in crisis. Astrology is no different — people often seek out readings when they are at a crossroads, unsure which way to go, confused about why events have happened, and unable or unwilling to face the possibility of change. Again, and this is key — as the astrologer fills in the rhyme and reason of these crossroads, these events, these seemingly random crises that may result in unwanted, unsolicited or hostile-seeming change, he or she does so with an intent to support their client and to provide insight and hope as the client navigates his or her way through and into the future. What Makes an Astrologer Good? “Since the astrologer cannot know how an aspect is manifesting until she or he talks to the client, it is imperative that astrologers take the

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time to know their clients and to provide interpretations that express an appropriate range of meanings.” — Glenn Perry There are many excellent astrologers out there. I studied at the feet of some, and have met many others in the course of my studies and travels. In my opinion, the best ones by far are the ones who engage in the organic process of astrology. By that I mean they listen, they hear, they analyze, and they synthesize your chart as a living breathing entity — one with its own unique story and set of challenges and blessings. And through their uniquely intuitive “take” on your individual story (validated by your chart) they identify all of the potential possibilities and solutions inherent there, as well as in the particular dilemma to which you have come to them for help. Astrology is fluid, archetypal, metaphysical — and life, as we know, is about growth and change — so the two go together nicely, and the astrologer chosen to interpret and synthesize your chart is hopefully one who understands that. Often, when other avenues prove unsatisfactory, you may look to an astrologer’s chart reading for answers. But it is not an astrologer’s answers to specific questions that make a good astrologer.

Rather, a good astrologer is you were dealt at birth!. not only well-versed in the art of general chart interpretation, Sheri Horn Hasan of Karmic but also intuitively tuned-in to Evolution Astrology is a proyour specific, individual, living, fessional astrologer who pracbreathing life story. tices intuitive, psychological & And in the course of explor- spiritual astrology. Her mising your chart and your life sto- sion is “to inspire, transform & ry, you may well get answers empower through astrologic to questions you did not even insight,” and her chart readthink to ask. Answers that ings focus primarily on asprove more inspiring, trans- sisting people through transformational and empowering formational experiences by than those which originally helping to guide them-using sent you for a reading in the their own natal charts as the first place. blueprint--to make decisions So, as you go about your that enable them to move forjourney through this life time, ward in their lives in the most remember that it is you who positive way possible. holds the cards, but it is the You can contact Sheri @ astrologer who can guide you, to discover the highest and, best use of the particular hand or (732)547-0852.



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Once upon a time there was a TV show called ‘Lost in Space’. June Lockhart, as mom, called the family to dinner each night whereupon she dispensed to each a pill that contained all the nutrients they needed, being that real food is hard to come by in outer space. It seemed like such a fascinating idea at the time, and I’ll admit, at times, I wished that there could be a food pill to take to solve all of my food choice challenges. When I was very young, there were foods I simply could not and would not tolerate. These included hotdogs and lima beans. I remember sitting at the kitchen table long after everyone else left, chewing and chewing on a hotdog I couldn’t bear to swallow, until at last, when no one was looking, I removed the remnants from my mouth and secreted them in the storage space under the bench on which I sat. We stored the ice skates there and so when winter rolled around, and my mother opened the chest, there were the moldy remains of last summer’s hotdog. While I outgrew my contempt for hotdogs, I have a friend, who as an infant refused any baby food containing fruit. It turns out that due to over sensitive taste buds, she still can’t eat them as a middle-aged adult. And despite really enjoying a good salad, sometimes I opt for a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s instead. Because it’s there and it’s easier. What’s all this got to do with

Comfort Food for Thought by Beth Lowell the animals we live with? For starters, they have reasons for not eating certain foods, just as we do. Sometimes after “spoiling” the family dog with treats, for instance, to get him to take a pill, people are surprised when he turns his nose up at the kibble he’s been eating day in and day out for years. It’s really a no-brainer. He obviously prefers the “treats” which are probably human grade food like cheese or peanut butter. I’m not advocating cheese and peanut butter as staples of any dog’s diet, but I do propose that people think about how life would be if they had to eat the same thing, day in and day out. The key to health is a variety of fresh foods, and unlike the magical pills from my beloved ‘Lost in Space’, most nutrients that go into kibble are cooked out of it because of the extrusion process, during which it’s cooked at a very high temperature. Eating the same thing day in and day out can lead to allergies too. Speaking of allergies, beef is a big one for dogs. Food allergies in dogs can manifest themselves in breathing problems, but often they result in digestive issues like diarrhea and vomiting. If your pet has chronic diarrhea, try an elimi-



nation diet to determine the ingredient that’s causing it. In dogs, it’s often beef or grains. Food allergies gone unchecked can lead to diseases that have serious and life threatening consequences, like IBD in both dogs and cats and can often be resolved through a change in diet. In the end, this is much more cost effective than a life on prescription drugs which do not come without negative affects. I’ve never seen a dog prefer kibble over something fresh and moist, but I have seen cats who refuse wet food for dry. Why this is I’m not sure. But what I am sure of is that feeding cats dry food is a leading cause of feline renal failure. There’s an epidemic of it. Cats are descended from desert animals and rarely drink water. They get it from their food, and kibble has none. What kibble does have is a lot of extenders that make cats fat, and that leads to all sorts of medical problems just like it does in humans. If your cat starts drinking large amounts of water and has increased urination it can be a sign of kidney problems or diabetes. These conditions are most often directly related to diet. If you’ve tried to switch your cat from dry to wet or raw without success, remove all dry cat food from the house. Your cat has a much more sensitive nose than you do and will hold out for it. Once

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the dry food is out of the picture, your cat will probably comply with the new regimen. Do not feed your cat canned tuna. The mercury content is too high for her to tolerate. Food can be a wonderful thing. Animals deserve to enjoy it as much as humans do. The days of low quality convenience foods are largely over for most people, so why grab the easiest thing to feed to your pet? Don’t shortchange them. Their health and their happiness depend on you. Just a little comfort food for thought…



Inspired by dogs, Beth Lowell established her pet sitting company, Good Girl, in 2002. Her services have grown to include Reiki for animals, flower essence consultations and canine massage. She is a regular contributor to the Reiki Digest and an accomplished artist whose paintings grace the homes of dog lovers across the United States. The petsitter with the holistic touch! 973.960.6464

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In order to deal with and meet the challenge of people’s expectations, I tell them that an experience with Matrix Energetics can mean everything or can mean nothing: no thing! If you observe what I am doing as evidence that a particular thing has occurred, this in turn implies that by the power of your consciousness, your observation of one specific outcome, you may in turn limit the expression of all other possible desirable outcomes from the same experience. The act of choosing, as they say in quantum physics, collapses all the other probable occurrences into the one event or result that is consciously chosen. If I say that our interaction is about a “thing” then I have limited what “it” can be. In order to include all of the possibilities you have to consider what might normally be deemed impossible and make them part of the solution-set. If we interpret the ideas of quantum physics liberally and with a large dose of imagination, we can begin to understand that for each possible outcome many other probability realities can occur—perhaps even some things that would be considered impossible within the context of our mutually assured construction of reality. So within the framework of my interaction with the people at an event, many things may happen, even some that I did not consciously participate in. I have received calls and e-mails describing how, in a number of instances, some-

you have set up the rules for deciding what things mean to you. Whatever meaning you make is ultimately only about you. Don’t make it about faith healing, or knocking people to the floor. Also, don’t think that if it doesn’t happen, you are doing something wrong. That is just about how you interpret events within your worldview. You will see what you expect to see, and learn, in many cases, only within the context of what you already think you know.

Expectations Can Limit You by Richard Bartlett

one in the audience had a healing event simply by sitting in the morphic field generated by the presentation. While this is obviously a very desirable occurrence, I can in no way promise that something of this nature will occur in any given set of circumstances, but nor will I be able to guarantee that it will not. Fortunately, those things are not entirely up to my conscious awareness or participation. Expect the Unexpected People will attach meanings to things. So whatever you see me do, you will see it through your own eyes and interpret it through your database of experiences. Each person might have a different experience, based on how



Are You Ready to Wake Up in the Matrix? Reach down and touch the surface of a table that is nearby. You probably think that when you are touching the top of a table that its surface is hard, that it is a solid, physical object. But really, the table is composed of a bunch of electrostatic charges that pop in and out of existence continually. If you learned to see the table from a quantum viewpoint or way of looking, perhaps if you could absolutely hold that desired state, you could put the fingers of your hand right through that tabletop. But don’t try to do that if you see the table as a hard, fixed, structural object; you might break your hand! Getting to a foothold in consciousness where experiences in what others and I call non-ordinary reality is not only possible, but becomes second nature, requiring constant practice in stretching the

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boundaries of your beliefs so that the flexibility of your new state practically demands that your experience of the world around you undergo a transformational shift. This is one of the things that I think the Matrix Energetics seminar does for those who attend. We provide a safe harbor for you to experiment and to map unusual, useful, and reproducible states of consciousness that can aid you in shifting the parameters of your awareness into a wave-front or quantum conscious state. Once those state changes and new perceptions are accompanied by quantifiable experiences within the course of the seminar experiment, then you begin to experience confidence that this is something that is not weird, or “out there.” It is merely another way of observing, which can and does produce physical changes in the people and things that you practice with. Once the mind has stretched to encompass the reality of a new experience it can never shrink back entirely into the old way of seeing the world. Like my example given earlier in this book, suddenly you look out into the previously empty harbor, but now you perceive the presence of “ships.” What was previ-

ously there, but unperceived, suddenly appears obvious and just as real as anything else in your immediate environment. Welcome to day one of a new life’s expression! This is what makes Matrix Energetics so much more than just a technique or system of healing. Adapted from Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation, ©2007, Atria Books/Beyond Words. For permission to use this excerpt on a one-time, non-exclusive basis, contact Lisa Dubbels, Publicist, at 651.343.7315)



Richard Bartlett, DC, ND, is founder of Matrix Energetics, which C. Norman Shealy calls, “the essence of energy medicine.” A chiropractor and naturopath, Bartlett travels extensively to teach this groundbreaking consciousness technology each year. He is the author of Matrix Energetics, The Matrix Energetics Experience, and the newly published The Physics of Miracles. For more information about Matrix Energetics, visit the Web site at www.matrixenergetics.

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The holiday season can be a wonderful time of year; we decorate the house, engage in family traditions, visit with loved ones, eat our favorite foods and exchange gifts. It can also bring stress, anxiety and seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder is a condition in which a person becomes depressed during the same season each year. There may be anxiety, irritability and difficulty in concentrating or staying focused. The decreased energy and concentration often occur during the afternoon. The depressive moods may cause social withdrawal and a lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyed by the person. Appetite changes may lead to a craving for carbohydrates which can cause weight gain. Over ten million people in the United States suffer from this disorder. Seasonal affective disorder is more common in women, but can affect anyone; especially people who live where winter days are short or the amount of daylight vastly differs by season. It is thought that the holiday season, as well as the long, dark days of winter, can contribute to this condition. Luckily there are several holistic approaches that can be used to address SAD. • Diet Eliminate white bread, potato chips, sugary snacks, caffeine. Lower your consumption of meats Incorporate more seasonal

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder by Eileen Maciejunes

fruits and vegetables, whole grains and water, healthy fats try increasing your omega-3 found in fish, nuts and canola oil and decreasing your omega-6 intake such as corn and sunflower oils Try adding fish, turkey, bananas, eggs and avocados they contain tryptophan (an amino acid used by your body to manufacture serotonin, your feel good hormone) • Vitamins and Minerals -- B-complex Vitamins : Vitamin B3 found in oily fish, beans and whole grains Vitamins B6 and B12 promotes healthy blood cells, and helps to regulate the nervous system. They affect mood and brain functioning. Vitamins B6 and B12 promote dopamine



production, one of the body’s neurotransmitters responsible for pleasure. Food sources include fish, meat, chicken, cheese, milk, eggs and fortified cereals. Vegetarians and Vegans should consider a supplement. Vitamin D has effects on the brain and hormone-producing tissues of the body that may help regulate your mood. Also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” the best natural source for this nutrient is the sun. It is manufactured in our bodies in response to exposure to sunlight. This, of course, presents a problem in cold climates during the winter months, as it is nearly impossible to get enough sun exposure to manufacture adequate amounts of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for promoting the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and regulating their levels in the blood. Calcium is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. In other words, it is extremely important for mental health. Vitamin D can be found in such foods as shiitake and button mushrooms, free range eggs, wild caught sockeye salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, catfish and tuna. Chromium is a metallic element which acts as an essential trace mineral in the diet. It is found in foods such as brewer’s yeast, organ meats, oysters, molasses, butter and eggs. In the body it combines with other complexes to help

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regulate blood sugar. Chromium may help alleviate depression by making it easier for the amino acid tryptophan to enter the brain. Tryptophan is a biochemical precursor to a number of hormones, including serotonin and melatonin. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Magnesium is found in spinach, black eyed peas , pinto and kidney beans, whole unrefined grains, nuts such as almonds, cashews and peanuts, soybeans, Halibut, avocados and seeds, brown rice, crude wheat bran, plain yo-

gurt, baked potato with skin, and helping one to find joy in lentils, wheat germ, bananas their life. and raisins. • Exercise • Herbs Incorporate some type of St. John’s wort is an herbal movement into your daily life. remedy that can be effective Try something fun like belly for mild to moderate depres- dancing, yoga, NIA (Neurosion, helps to improve mood, muscular Integrative Action), and some studies suggest hula hooping, Tai Chi etc. it can improve the quality of Morning walks are an excelyour sleep. lent way to enhance your *Note* -- St. John’s wort mood. Try walking 20 minutes should not be used in com- at a brisk pace each morning bination with light therapy or to increase the flow of endorwith medication. phins and so that you have Mustard flower has also access to sunshine each day. been shown to help some Plan to do outdoor activipeople with SAD by promoting emotional equanimity cont’d on next page



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ties on the weekends. Most people spend the majority of daylight hours indoors in winter, go out and enjoy the weekends! Make a plan to bundle up and fly a kite, go skiing, hiking, window shopping, or dare to practice yoga in the park on a winter’s day.

home remedies, including supplements, can be the way to go. Getting an extra boost of light, enough exercise and the nutrients your body needs may just make the difference between another bleak winter ...and a season to remember.

Eileen Maciejunes is a Holistic Health Counselor with Universoul Health LLC. Visit on the Web at

• Light Therapy According to the Mayo Clinic, bright light that mimics sunlight are shown to help relieve seasonal affective disorder by altering circadian rhythms and suppressing the release of melatonin in your body. • Negative Ion Therapy A new SAD treatment is negative ion therapy, which may elevate mood by releasing negatively charged air particles into the surrounding area. Final thoughts: One very important thing to keep in mind when discussing SAD is that, like any form of depression, it needs to be taken very seriously. Depression can be debilitating, and in extreme cases, fatal. If you or someone you know experiences more than just occasional minor blues, it is important to seek advice from a mental health professional. For those of us who simply feel a little down in the winter or when skies are gray,



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Photography © Sean Nichols/Joanna DeGroot Stingrays in Grand Cayman

Book Review This book kept my attention from cover to cover. I gained more in depth knowledge on things of which I was already aware. I have found a new sense of peace from this remarkable book. It gave me the opportunity to look at things from a new perspective. I was delighted to learn more about such things as how to keep our own energy moving, to soul mates and the sometimes difficult topic of life and death. After coming out of a three-year learning lesson I was still a little stuck for the lack of a better term. Reading this book truly clicked everything in place for me and my life.

I Am the Body, the Mind and the Soul

I am now able to continuously stay in the flow. I find that remarkable since I am after all human with an ego and emotions.

by Sami S. Jarroush, reviewed by Tracy R. Nosal

It is truly gratifying to have a true sense of calm and gratitude.

This book was given to me by Agnes Savoglou, to whom the book was dedicated.

With my new found awareness I have been able to continuously manifest and create the life I’ve imagined.

After meeting and speaking to Agnes ever so briefly, she must have felt I needed to read this book. Needless to say, her kind gift has given me yet more insight as I travel on this unique path for my soul’s growth.

My most rewarding treasure from this book is to now be totally comfortable with who I am and the healer within me. What a Blessing.

As I journey through this human experience I am always delighted when my next awareness is placed in my path.



Review by Tracy R. Nosal, Reiki Master and Health Coach. She can be reached at

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Book Review meant to be faithful in prayer. Since reading Wilkinson’s book, The Prayer of Jabez, I have been reciting the prayer faithfully. “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” Wilkinson breaks down each part of the prayer to help the reader understand its meaning and how we can turn our life circumstances around by knowing that God is just waiting for us to ask for what it is we want, need and desire. Wilkinson’s experiences and of others as told in his book, give the reader a greater insight as to the power of prayer. Whether you are alone, or working as a group, you can manifest an intention by trusting the process while turning it over to the power of God. I believe the Holistic Mentorship Network (HMN) is growing and soaring higher and higher because I am asking for help and know that I am the receiver of many miracles and blessings.

The Prayer of Jabez

The more I get out of my own way, the quicker this organization will move in the direction of the vision I hold for HMN, our industry and for the communities in which we practice as holistic professionals.

by Bruce Wilkinson, reviewed by Linda Mitchell This is an extraordinary book that has given a beautiful and exhilarating expression to a very simple, but potent prayer that was stated in the bible by a man named Jabez.

This man called Jabez, who played a little part in a big book, has changed the lives of many who have chosen to follow their hearts desire. It is changing mine.

Jabez played a very small part in the bible, yet his prayer would help a lot of people to find out what it



Review by Linda Mitchell, who is the founder of the Holistic Mentorship Network & MARCI™

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Dr. David Beck, D.C. announces he has moved his chiropractic office to 355 Madison Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960. His office is now inside the majestic and historic Abbey building. Also, Dr. Beck will be accepting Medicare patients. What that means for Medicare patients is that Medicare will pay directly for treatment at his office. Patients will no longer need to wait for reimbursement from Medicare. If you are receiving Medicare Benefits or know someone who is and have a condition that you believe that Chiropractic care may help call 973-683-1110, or email: to set up an appointment. The Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center is proud to announce they’re teaming up with the Optimum Health Center to form a cohesive unit of healing the body, the mind and the soul in our new Center at Bromat Plaza, 1574 Rt. 23 North, Butler, NJ 07405. For more information, call us at 973-686-9100, or visit our website Linda Mitchell, founder of the Holistic Mentorship Network & MARCI, is proud to announce the newest addition to her family, Aiden Mitchell Linehan born November 15th, at 7lbs 7ozs and 20”, to Linda’s daughter Sharon Mitchell, and her soul mate Shawn Linehan. This makes the 7th grandchildfor Linda. The Holistic Mentorship Network has moved its headquarters to 55 Newton-Sparta Road, Unit 107, Newton, NJ 07860. The new location is in a medical professional area. HMN will be introducing themselves to their medical neighbors and inviting change to a new paradigm in healthcare through creating a union between these two healthcare professions.



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Donna Price, President of the HMN Board, announces 8 new Board Members: Jefferson Harman, Jordan Brown, Kathy Lynch, Eileen Maciejunes, Tracy Nosal, Ana Marie Presti, Joan Velardi & Karen Flaherty. Each board member will play a huge role in bringing the organization to the next level, and closer to our vision. An installation dinner/dance is planned with its members on January 20th at the Grand Chalet, Route 23, Wayne, NJ. Featured writer for the Spring (Addictions) Edition of MARCI Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova will be shedding some light on the relationship that can occur between addictions and the imprint the birthing process can have on an infant’s development into adulthood. Elena is the founder of Birth into Being. She travels the world facilitating Birth into Being workshops, Apprenticeship Trainings and speaking at conferences. For more information visit Book Release: Author CeCe Inwentarz, CHi Belief Energist and Usui Reiki Master Teacher, shares her “healing secrets” behind her innovative 21st Century Holistic Practice of Positive Emotional Energy, in “Become The Butterfly” _ Experience Heartfelt Energy. You will understand how to detoxify negative emotions, rewrite fearful limiting beliefs, end anxiety about relationships and stop stressful thinking....all rapidly and permanently gone. For more information visit or call 973.879.2402



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Friday - Monday, January 7-10 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 1&2; Dallas, Texas; Fort Worth Marriott Solana;

Friday - Monday, January 14-17 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 1&2; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Westin Beach Resort; Wednesday - Thursday, January 19-20 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 3; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Westin Beach Resort;

Friday - Monday, January 28-31 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 1&2; San Francisco, California; Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport; Wednesday - Thursday, February 2-3 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 3; San Francisco, California; Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport; Saturday - Sunday, February 19-20 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 3; Austin, Texas; Austin Marriott South;

Saturday - Monday, February 26-28 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 4; San Diego, California; Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa; Friday - Monday, March 11-14 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 1 & 2; Scottsdale, Arizonia; Scottsdale Plaza Hotel;

Sunday - Wednesday, March 20-23 Matrix Energetics Seminar with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Level 1 & 2; Seattle, Washington; Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport; Tuesday, March 24 Matrix Energetics with Dr. Richard Bartlett, Practitioner’s Certification Class; Seattle, Washington; Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport;



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Holistic Mentorship Network Chapter Meetings New Jersey

Bergen County: 3rd Thursday of the month 7-9pm Advanced Healing Center, 41 Locus Street, Emerson, NJ, Barbara Finlayson, 201-641-9008| Butler: 4th Friday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00pm Peaceful Paths, 7 High Street, Butler, NJ Theresa Flynn: 201.919.5688 |

Central Western NJ (Formerly: Washington): 4th Thursday of the month 9:30-11:30am The Circle of Intention School of Intuitive Sciences, 76 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ Eileen Maciejunes: 908-362-6353 or Montclair: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00pm Goddess in Eden, 74 Church Street, Montclair, NJ Robin Mansfield: 973.919.3600 |

Morris County: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00pm New location: Presbyterian Church, 65 South Street, Morristown, NJ Lisa MacGray 973-879-1106 |

Northwest NJ (Sussex County): 4th Friday of the month 9:30 - 11:30am Unity Church of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette, NJ Tracy Nosal: 973.978.4230 |


The Poconos HMN: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00pm Corporate Health School, 753 Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA Ellen Suazo: 877.875.9634 | Milford, PA: 1st Thursday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00pm W! All Better Central, 201 Water Street, Stroudsburg, PA E N

Dee Broton: 973.713.0175 |

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