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t’s finally here, 2012. We haven’t anticipated a new year like this since, well, 2000! Remember Y2K?! Doom and gloom, black helicopters, friends stockpiling beans and studying survival tips. The impending collapse of computer systems was expected to take out telecommunications and banking systems sending the world into apocalyptic chaos. One sweet friend in Tucson, AZ had a storage shed full of collected toys and blankets for the multitude of refugee children… just in case. Then, nothing happened. The thing is, even if we are standing at the edge of a ‘shift’, we won’t know until we get to the other side. The Mayan calendar marked the end of one age, and they’re not around to map out the next one. Hey, you can relax because it’s all an illusion anyway! We have the choice every day to decide whether to let fear in, or to boldly step out into a life and a reality of our own choosing! One of hope, love and enthusiasm for the future we are making right now. Even when suffering a personal or societal tragedy, there is still a choice - a choice to make it mean something, to become stronger and to let those around us show their humanity and compassion as they come together in support. Even if it is difficult to see the silver lining, a wise person once said, “If you can only say one simple prayer-Thank You will be enough.” Gratitude is like the motor oil in the engine of life- you can go without it, but it sure makes the engine run smoother! The shift or tipping point may be at hand. Vote for someone who sees the big picture and is not fearful of doing the right thing or angering greedy corporations. Demand GMO labeling on your food. Use and support clean or renewable energy. As consumers, we vote with every dollar we spend. Spend at local, ethical businesses and buy Fair Trade or green products. We are the meek, yet we will ROAR as we inherit the Earth! We here at Natural Awakenings are seeing great things for 2012 – local businesses are growing and reaching out to their community for support. Communities of like-minded people are growing as they attempt to raise the consciousness of the world. Kindness is displayed every day like the stranger who helped change Terry’s tire in busy traffic or the 15 people that helped Doug after a truck hit him on his bike. Our little ‘positive’ magazine is growing. Both foster dogs we saved from euthanasia found loving families. Turn off the network news and look around our own wonderful community, it’s full of beauty and kindness.

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he 6th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) will be held February 23-25 in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center. The CEFF will also host a Sustainability Expo and ‘Call to Action’ in conjunction with the film festival. The CEFF celebrates the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences, and includes local and national feature length and short films for all ages, thought-provoking dialogue, festival celebrations for filmmakers and audiences, children’s films, a filmmaker forum, and information from a variety of environmental groups. The festival presents informative and entertaining films that explore interconnected ecological, social and economic themes. For the Sustainability Expo, companies are encouraged to market sustainable products and services at the festival and screening events. CEFF seeks providers of energy conservation and renewable energy products, green builders and contractors, organic food stores, organic farms and gardening suppliers, bicycle shops, alternative fuel vendors, local agricultural producers and others. Contact Alison Kapsalis at Location: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St, Golden. See ad page 20.

he Aspen Program is entering its third year and since interest in psychic training has increased, the program has expanded to the VAST Wellness Center in Aurora and the Cloisters on Wadsworth in Lakewood (including its current location at ISIS Books & Gifts in Englewood). The program offers over 80 classes and 5 certifications (Psychic, Medical-Health Intuitive, Business Intuitive, Spirit Medium, and Transpersonal Awareness). “Participants have the opportunity and freedom to develop their abilities in a way that is unique to them,” says Karen Fox, Director. “The Aspen program welcomes students from all beliefs. We have 18 instructors offering a variety of expertise, perspectives, and skills to help you develop your psychic sense.” Free introductions to the program are Jan 28, 9-11am and 11:30am -1:30pm at Isis; Feb 4, 9-11am at the Cloisters in Lakewood; Feb 4, 1-3pm at VAST Wellness in Aurora. RSVP Req’d . www. See listing page 25.

CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN ONE SESSION! RE-TRAIN YOUR BRAIN HAVE YOU HAD THIS EXPERIENCE? One day I was walking back to my car to finish some errands, and told myself I needed to hurry to finish the arrangements for an upcoming family celebration. My internal conversation continued, saying I had to get it all done in a particular way. Suddenly, I had a flash of insight when I realized that the voice I was “hearing” wasn’t my own. The next thought that came to me was definitely in my own voice: “That’s creepy! Who is that putting their thoughts into my head?” I recognized the voice from my childhood - my favorite aunt who was always in our kitchen helping prepare for family occasions. What a wonderful person, but she’s been gone for nearly fifteen years!! Over the next several days I found myself checking to “hear” whose voice was speaking when various thoughts occurred. I was amazed to realize that many were Debera Jensen opinions I had first heard expressed by someone else: a family member, a teacher, a friend, even someone on television. I began to wonder: how much of me was really DIRECTOR me, and how much was a random collection of notions from other people? I realized I was trying to deal with my world today by using a rag-tag bunch of unconscious rules from my past. I cherish my memories of my aunt, but don’t we want to make our own choices, consciously? Not long afterwards, I came across this statement from Gary Douglas: “Consciousness is the ability to be present in your life in every moment.” The Fast Focusing Center specializes in re-training the brain through innovative, natural and drug-free techniques that we have used to help ourselves heal and move forward in our own journeys. We want to teach you! “Re-Train Your Brain” with us Saturday, January 14th and release those “voices” from your past. We’ll teach you how to be conscious in decision-making every day, and show you ways to continually improve and manifest the life of your dreams even after you leave our class.



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Matrix Energetics Offers 2012 Seminars

New Practice Focuses on Digestive Health


Dr. Andrew M. Bridgeforth, DC has opened IN:VIVO at 600 S Cherry St., Suite 1130 in Denver specifically to help his patients overcome digestive issues, uncover hidden food sensitivities and understand the best specific food choices for each individual. “What I really love about my profession is the opportunity to use my training and experience to teach my patients,” said Bridgeforth. Bridgeforth uses the ALCAT (Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test) system due to its 20-year proven track record. He explains, “The test results have demonstrated a high correlation to double-blinded oral challenges and, according to a study done at Baylor Medical College, a 98% success rate in improving body composition or weight loss for those following the ALCAT Rotation Diet.” According to Bridgeforth, the test measures response to hundreds of foods at the cellular level rather than relying on an overall immune response like most other tests. “I was eating all organic and gluten free, yet I was still 50 pounds overweight. I discovered that I should avoid some foods that just weren’t right for my body,” said Bridgforth. “For example, I have to avoid wild Alaskan salmon, an otherwise very healthy food, but I can enjoy other fish.” Bridgeforth is now lean, trim and healthy and would like to help more people achieve their ideal weight and optimum health. Dr. Andrew Bridgforth can be reached at IN:VIVO by calling (720) 443-3212 or

hroughout 2012 Matrix Energetics will offer its seminars in cities across the United States and in Canada. Upcoming programs are scheduled for San Francisco; Asheville, North Carolina; Albuquerque; Scottsdale, Arizona; Fort Lauderdale; San Diego and Toronto. Matrix Energetics, a consciousness technology for insight, healing and spiritual growth, was born from a set of energetic treatments discovered by Dr. Richard Bartlett in his chiropractic and naturopathic practice. Using principles of quantum and energy physics, Bartlett says this teachable, transferable system helps individuals to shift into a more balanced state and create new, infinite possibilities in their lives. For seminar dates, locations and registration information, call 1-800-269-9513, email or visit Friday night demonstrations are free and open to the public, space permitting. See ad, page 9.

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ocal healthy vendors are the focus of a new networking group called Mile Hi Healthy Happenings, occurring at the Rocky Mountain Miracle Center from 5-7pm monthly or every other month, free to the public. People who are passionate about healthy living gather to connect with local wellness businesses, network with each other, win prizes, and take home valuable discounts. In keeping with the group’s mission to support local health issues, there will be fund activities to raise charitable donations in support of a local food bank involved with the National Gluten Free Food Movement. Mile Hi Healthy Happenings, Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 Monroe Street in Denver, Karen Sutherland, 720670-6228.


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Weight Loss Tips for 2012


ccording to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 68% of men and 72.3% of women are now overweight or obese. These rates have been rising steadily since 1980. Those in this dubious majority may be planning yet another diet for the new year. If so, consider a paradigm shift! Rather than talk about weight loss, use terms like reducing and releasing. Use the phrase “lifestyle exchange.” To achieve a healthier life, we exchange thoughts, words, foods, activities, for ones that help us reach our highest good. Exchange less-healthy choices for more ideal ones; eat less food, select whole foods - fresh vegetables, lean protein, good fats, and fresh fruits - instead of fast food, sugar or pasta. Choose raw foods for cooked, and unprocessed foods instead of ‘ready to eat’ meals full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Shop the perimeter of the store and avoid the center aisles whenever possible. Release ‘couch potato’ behaviors in exchange for a walk after dinner. Here are 3 key steps to reducing weight, releasing fat and staying at your ideal weight: 1. Know why you want to be your ideal weight. Write down how you will look and feel. This will be your motivation when you are tempted to do something that is not for your highest good. 2. Plan your food choices and supplements to support your health for a lifetime. Diets don’t work in the long haul; a health plan for your lifetime will. 3. Include activity and movement in your health plan.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Consider joining a support group or working with a health professional who can direct and support you with knowledge and experience. Hope and help are available; don’t fall into the old traps of failure and frustration. Do something different this year! The Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center of Arvada will be offering a 90-day program to assist you in reducing weight for a lifetime. Reserve a spot for their free, program overview on January 10. RSVP to 303-463-6565. See ad, page 11.

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Science Confirms Benefits of Herbal Brews


njoy your next cup of herbal tea while toasting to better health. U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded researchers have confirmed the science-based health benefits of three of Americans’ favorite herbal teas. Chamomile tea has long been said to soothe a troubled belly and restless mind. After reviewing scientific literature on the herb’s beneficial bioactivity, the study team published an article in Agricultural Research describing test-tube evidence that the beverage also offers moderate antimicrobial and significant anti-platelet-clumping action. They found that peppermint tea also shows significant antimicrobial, plus antiviral, antioxidant and antitumor actions, and even some antiallergenic potential. After reviewing human clinical trials, the researchers further reported that drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.



es, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, says Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s department of nutrition and exercise physiology. “Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but many people still don’t make it a priority.” Leidy’s research shows that a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day, making it a valuable strategy to control appetite and regulate food intake. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, she discovered why. Eating a proteinrich breakfast works to reduce the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior.


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actionalert Faux Food Demand Labels on Genetically Engineered Foods The United States is a rarity among developed countries in that it does not require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and 15 nations in the European Union require notice of GE content. A poll by ABC News shows that 93 percent of Americans want the federal government to require mandatory labeling of these foods. The nonprofit Center for Food Safety (CFS) has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demanding that the agency require the labeling of GE foods, on behalf of the Just Label It campaign (JustLabelIt. org), a coalition of 350 companies, organizations, scientists, doctors and individuals dedicated to food safety and consumer rights. In 1992, the FDA issued a policy statement that GE foods were not “materially” different than traditional foods, and so did not need to be labeled. Agency policy severely constricts differences only to alterations that can be tasted, smelled or otherwise detected through the five senses. CFS Executive Director Andrew Kimbrell states, “Current FDA policy uses 19th-century rationale for a 21stcentury issue, leaving consumers in the dark as to hidden changes to their food. It is long overdue that the FDA acknowledges the myriad reasons genetically engineered foods should be labeled and label these novel foods once and for all.” Critics claim that GE foods are linked to both personal health and environmental risks.

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What do you Mean, My Gut is Leaky?! By Dr. Ian Hollaman, DC


nderstanding what is meant by “leaky Gut” may be critical to your health and well-being whether you are currently experiencing problems or not. Ongoing research is connecting this proposed condition to the full range of autoimmune disorders. It is a proposed condition because the American Medical Association refuses to recognize it as a diagnosis. And why should they? Big Pharma and the medical establishment (AMA) make billions of dollars annually on treating the resulting autoimmune diseases. Leaky Gut is an increased permeability of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that may be caused by toxins, poor diet, parasites, infections or prescription medications. This allows undigested food particles, as well as the above, to enter the bloodstream. This over-activates pro-inflammatory cytokines and the antibody system which worsens intestinal permeability and systemic inflammation. Current research links this condition with the onset, or worsening, of over 80 autoimmune disorders. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 23.5 million Americans suffer from one of 80 autoimmune diseases. Triple that number may have a genetic predisposition and no or few symptoms…YET! Some of the most common are: Alopecia areata (hair loss), Celiac disease, Diabetes type 1, thyroid diseases-Hashimoto’s and Graves’, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Hemolytic anemia, Inflammatory bowel disease, Multiple sclerosis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren’s syndrome. To understand the connection between gut health and autoimmune issues, we look to the example of Celiac Disease and the research of Dr. Alessio Fassano of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Dr Fassano found that patients with Celiac Disease and other autoimmune disorders have significant impairment to the GI tract. He determined the molecule zonulin was responsible for the “leaky gut” process. This molecule manages the movement of molecules across our gut wall. A 2008 paper, “Celiac disease pathogenesis: the proinflammatory cytokine network” by JA Garrote confirmed this link. Garrote explains that when large, antigenic molecules cross the gut epithelium they can create systemic, chronic inflammation. Regardless of your genetics, you may be experiencing some of leaky gut’s symptoms (see table), especially if you regularly ingest any of the food-like, processed substances found in the middle of the supermarket.


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This is why nearly all Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners look to digestive health first. New, sensitive testing allows the practitioner to get a clear picture of digestive health. Besides the skin, the intestinal tract is our direct interaction with our environment. This type of testing looks for antibody production and can be repeated to directly assess progress in restoring digestive health. For those individuals with a family history of autoimmune disorders or for anyone who regularly experiences any of the symptoms in the table, rather than pop a “purple pill”, an antacid or an NSAID, consider optimizing your digestive health with an experienced professional. The benefits of less gas and bloating, fewer headaches, less depression or anxiety and feeling 20 years younger can be yours! If you’re ready to achieve optimal digestive health, Dr. Ian Hollaman DC specializes in digestive health and autoimmune disorders such as Celiac Disease and Thyroid dysfunction. He can be reached at Red Tail Wellness Center, 303-882-8447 or see ad page 2.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Arthritis Abdominal Distention Airborne Allergies Hay Fever Gluten Intolerance Dairy Intolerance Parasites Reoccurring Infections Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Type 1 Obesity Chronic Fatigue Multiple Sclerosis Ulcerative Colitis Confusion Poor Memory Fatigue & Malaise Toxic Feelings Dementia Fevers Asthma Shortness of Breath Bronchitis General Food Intolerance/Allergies Bacterial Infection Candida Infertility Osteoporosis

Fibromyalgia Depression ADD ADHD Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Crohn’s Disease Fuzzy Thinking Mood Swings Aggressive Behavior Alzheimer’s Mouth Sores Recurrent Colds & Flu’s Sinus & Nasal Congestion Unstable Blood Sugar Yeast/Fungal Overgrowth Urinary Tract Infections Weight Gain Weight Loss Resistance Inability to Heal Adrenals Autism Insomnia Celiac Disease Eczema Dermatitis Nervousness Anxiety

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inter in Colorado means skiing, snowshoeing and other snowy fun. But for some, the shorter days mean SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, a recurrent wintertime depression. SAD or ‘winter depression’ correlates to the decrease in daylight. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, SAD is characterized by depression, day time fatigue, oversleeping, carbohydrate cravings, loss of sex drive, social withdrawal and feelings of hopelessness. The depression may be mild or moderate, but some severe cases have been reported. The body’s intrinsic response to seasonal change says this should be time to go within, take a break and allow ourselves to rest. However, our cultural values emphasize efficiency and productivity, mobility and consumerism. For milder ‘down’ feelings, reach out to trusted friends, clergy or family members. It’s important to stay connected rather than isolate.

It also might be a good idea to get a check-up. Medical issues can play a factor in our energy levels. Mononucleosis, thyroid problems, Vitamin D deficiency, anemia and others can cause or worsen depression. Combat the “winter blues” by seeking out sunlight-even 5 to 10 minutes of direct (not through the glass of our cars) sunlight can help our body produce Vitamin D; replace light bulbs with full spectrum lighting which duplicates the visible wavelengths of sunlight. Look for the label ‘full spectrum’ when buying bulbs; exercise; increase protein intake; and consider psychotherapy for empathic support and positive coping skills. Lastly, remember, it is okay to rest. Take it easy. If you feel like pushing harder and like you should do more, take a deep breath and assess, why do I need to drive myself this hard? How can I ease up on myself? See for more information on SAD. Kathy Higgins, MS, MA, LPC, CACII is the owner of Deer Creek Counseling in Littleton and offers a 30-minute free consultation to see if psychotherapy can help you. 720-663-7702. See listing page 25.

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A Time for Love

Tips to Strengthen Your Psychic Muscle

By Mother Clare Watts

By Karen Fox


ust like any skill, the more often you use your psychic sense, the better you get at it. Like regular weight training in the gym, the more you “train” your psychic muscle, the stronger it will get. Here are some exercises for your psychic muscle. QUIET THE MIND-Try candle meditation: Light a candle in a dimly lit room. Sit in a comfortable chair; take in a long deep breath; open your jaw at the hinge and feel the relaxation move down your body. Stare at the candle flame. If thoughts or images come up, just let them flow away and return your focus on the flame. CONNECT WITH YOUR BODY-Breathe with your 3rd eye. With your eyes still closed, pretend you are breathing in and out of your 3rd eye in the center of your forehead (some say it’s behind the top of the nose). Visualize air/energy going in and out of the middle of your forehead. You might sense a pressure or tingling sensation in your head. That’s the opening of your 3rd eye, your “psychic eye.” If you feel a need to ground the energy, breathe with your heart or your feet. MOVE THROUGH BLOCKS-Get Reiki attunements/sessions and acupuncture (, Oneness Blessings (, professional hypnotherapy (ColoradoPsychotherapists. com), or hypnosis CDs ( Selfreflect through journaling, seek psychotherapy when appropriate, and find support groups for psychic development all help you deal with the blocks. PLAY GAMES-Have fun playing anticipation games: Before you are about to do something, anticipate what will happen by asking yourself: How many? What’s about to happen? Who will be there? You can play this game with anything; Who’s on the phone? How many new emails or text messages are in my in-box? PLAY OUTSIDE YOUR RUT-We typically take the same route to work, park in the same area, and walk in one particular direction. Children (who are more easily psychic than adults) usually vary their actions. Play with changing your routine to free the mind to consider other possibilities. The benefit of using your psychic sense is that it can give you insights you might not consider when you rely just on your conscious, analytical mind. With practice, you can reclaim this natural part of you, your inner knowing, that can be so helpful in life. Karen Fox, Ph.D., is a professional psychic and Director of the Aspen Program for Psychic Development. 303-942-0646.; See listing page 25.

Meditation: hough many people every day all over the world sit on floors, on cushions, on their heels or on chairs in an attempt to enter into some level of inner stillness or broadened consciousness, very few actually ever manage to go very far into that sought-after state. Most people do feel more relaxed after the quiet times in which they chose to meditate. That is in itself a worthy result. But most wish that they could go further into the stillness, further into their inner beings, further into the world of spirit – and they are saddened and frustrated that the times of attempted meditation do not bear more fruit. What is it that keeps most meditators from achieving higher consciousness and lasting inner peace in spite of their repeated efforts to do so through their meditative practices? The most frequent reason that keeps people from having the greater, more desired effects of their meditative practices is that they do not love. If you enter into meditation with intentions of stillness and peace, but your heart is not opening with love to that which is the Great Love, not much will happen. The great mystics of all traditions have not coincidentally also been the great lovers of God. When they entered into meditation, they went into their inner chambers anticipating with great yearning and devotion to have a meeting with God. That God is God of Love, so the meeting and the relationship had to be one of love. This is not the romantic kind of love, because it is not about what you can get for yourself. But it is most definitely about the possibility of entering into the fullest, deepest and most profound love relationship any person can ever have. To have a lover/beloved relationship with God within, you will have to be ready to accept the profound experience of being completely known and loved to your very core. You will need to be prepared to have the experience of that love changing you and your life in unexpected ways. When you feel that loved by this Being that knows all your faults, all your weaknesses, and all your wounds, you will either accept it in awed humility or you will pull back in fear and shame. To be prepared to be able to accept the experience of such profound love, you will need to do some work. The work involves you opening up to the feelings that you have repressed and which you have been afraid to feel or too ashamed to acknowledge. The inner experience of Divine Love has to move through your heart, so your heart will first need to be opened up to your own feeling of all that is in it. Then, when you can face yourself and your feelings, you will need to be able to ask for and accept forgiveness for what you have done wrong. Without this step, you will be too afraid or too mad to be able to open to the influx of that great Love. If you are willing to do this preparatory work and make your heart one that will be able to receive and hold the experience of the Love that God within you holds for you, you will discover being completely, deeply and unconditionally loved in a way no human could ever give to you. Then you will begin to know who you are and who God is. Then you will begin to truly know how to meditate. Mother Clare Watts is a renowned mystic; ordained priest; Master Teacher of Christian mysticism; and co-director of a mystical Christian Order. She travels internationally giving spiritual seminars and will present seminars on love at the Denver Center of Light February 2-4. See ad, page 6.


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Become conscious of all thoughts that aren’t aligned with your Source. The moment you catch yourself excluding someone or having a judgmental thought, say the words “in-Spirit” to yourself. Then make a silent effort to shift that thought to match up with Source energy.


In the morning before you’re fully awake, and again as you’re going to sleep, take one or two minutes of what I call quiet time with God. Be in a state of appreciation and say aloud, “I want to feel good.”

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Intentions for the New Year by Wayne Dyer

hese daily practices will help you move toward Spirit in your thoughts and actions.

Commit to at least one daily experience where you share something of yourself with no expectation of being acknowledged or thanked. For example, before I begin my daily routine, I go to my desk and choose my gift for that day. Sometimes it’s just a phone call to a stranger that’s written to me, or perhaps I order

flowers or send a book or a present to someone that has helped me in a local store. On one occasion, I wrote to the president of the university I graduated from to start a scholarship fund; on another day, I took a calendar to the yard man; on another, I sent a check to Habitat for Humanity; and on another, I sent three rolls of postage stamps to my son, who had just started his own business. It doesn’t matter if this activity is big or small— it’s a way to begin the day in-Spirit.

Remind yourself of this statement: My life is bigger than I am. Print it out and post it strategically in your home, car or workplace. The “I” is your ego identification. Your life is Spirit flowing through you unhindered by ego—it’s what you showed up here to actualize—and is infinite. The “I” that identifies you is a fleeting snippet.


Dedicate your life to something that reflects an awareness of your Divinity. You are greatness personified, a resident genius and a creative master—regardless of anyone’s opinion. Make a silent dedication to encourage and express your Divine nature. Excerpted from Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling, by Wayne Dyer, with permission of Hay House, Inc.


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he latest edition Outdated furnaces options to consider, of the Consumer based on local climate, and boilers are Guide to Home Enhome size and budget. ergy Savings reports that Air-source heat bad news for heating costs represent pump: Because abovethe environment, the largest residential ground heat pumps energy expense—35 to accounting for about transfer heat—from 50 percent—of annual inside to outside or 12 percent of U.S. energy bills. Fortunately, vice versa—rather sulfur dioxide homeowners have many than create it, like a fuel- and money-saving conventional heating and nitrogen options superior to turnand air-conditioning oxide emissions. ing up the thermostat on unit, they can provide an inefficient gas- or oilup to four times the ~ Consumer Guide to fueled furnace or boiler, amount of energy they Home Energy Savings using an electric space consume, according to heater or throwing more the U.S. Department logs into the old fireplace. of Energy (DOE). They also help dehuBefore buying any major home heatmidify indoor air, reducing the need for ing equipment, it makes sense to first air conditioning in warm months. fix leaks. Beef up insulation; seal places The DOE notes that such devices where heat typically escapes—around can cut energy use by 30 to 40 percent windows and doors, dryer vents and in homes that use electric heat in modcable and phone lines—and make sure erate climates. However, they are not heating ducts and pipes are working a good option for cold climates, where properly. Good ventilation is also vital the amount of heat easily drawn from in an air-sealed home, both to conthe outdoors is greatly diminished. trol moisture and prevent build-up of Geothermal heat pump: Geothermal indoor pollutants. or ground-source heat pumps involve Once the home is sealed against loops of pipe buried in four-foot-deep unwanted heat loss and maintains horizontal or 200-foot-deep vertical regular circulation of fresh air, take big- holes in the yard. They exchange a ger energy-saving steps. Here are five home’s hot and cold air underground,

where the temperature remains relatively stable year-round (between 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit). Geothermal heat pumps are three times as efficient as a typical furnace; even the excess, known as “super heat,” can be captured to heat household water. Estimated payback on a geothermal unit is two to 10 years. Solar heat: Solar heat is either active—capturing the sun’s heat by means of solar collectors—or passive—captured via a home feature such as a sunroom with a south-facing wall that vents warm air into the home. For an existing

ing system to supply 40 to 80 percent of a home’s heating needs. By combining such a system with passive solar design features—such as thermal walls and tile floors—families may need very little supplemental heat other than solar. Wood stoves, pellet stoves and inserts: Traditional fireplaces look cozy, but they can send as much as 300 cubic feet per minute of a home’s precious heated air straight up the chimney. Woodstoves, meanwhile, have come a long way, environmentally speaking. Whether old-fashioned or modern in appearance, a contemporary woodstove can serve as an efficient space heater. Renewable energy solar panels Note that materials matter. Steel heats up and cools down quickly; soapstone continues to radiate heat long after the fire is out; and cast iron falls somewhere in the middle. Pellet stoves burn rabbit-feed-like pellets of sawdust, wood chips, crop waste and other organic materials. The DOE considers pellet stoves the cleanest solid fuel-burning residential home, an appropriately designed shed heating appliances; so efficient (78 to or garage can be well suited for a solar 85 percent) that the U.S. Environmental collector; otherwise, a shade-free roof Protection Agency exempts them from space is often the best option. An acsmoke testing. Pellet stoves can be tive solar-heating system can be air- or freestanding, or pellet stove inserts can water-based: the latter requires installa- be fitted to an existing fireplace. With tion of a water storage tank, either in an airtight doors, temperature controls and insulated box outside or beside an exist- easy loading and cleaning capabilities, ing indoor water tank. fireplace inserts readily turn an energywasting fireplace into an efficient The DOE advises that the most ecohome-heating machine. nomic designs use an active solar heat-

Radiant heat: Radiated heat—distributed through a home’s floors, walls or ceiling panels, as opposed to baseboard panels, steam radiators or forced air systems—is efficient, doesn’t aggravate allergies and can complement a variety of heating systems, including gas- or oil-powered boilers and solar water heaters if it’s a hydronic (liquid) model. With hydronic radiant floors, the most efficient and popular method, heated water flows from the boiler to specialized underlying tubing that is either embedded in concrete or seated between layers of subflooring. One downside: a radiant floor can’t be covered with carpet. But with all that toastiness underfoot, why would anyone want to? Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home.

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The U.S. government established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, to investigate and evaluate promising unconventional medical practices. In the 21st century, it’s been picked up more widely under the concept of integrative medicine, in which conventional medical and more natural therapies are used to complement one another. This encouraging development also reflects current trends among major categories of therapies that take body, mind and spirit into account.

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aven’t we all at some time shifted to more healthy foods, enjoyed a massage, consulted with a chiropractor or naturopath, popped a vitamin C supplement or attended a yoga, Tai chi, qigong or Pilates class? Many of us also meditate regularly and pray for sick friends and relatives. If we’ve engaged in any of these activities, we are among the nearly two-thirds of Americans that use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies each year. While these approaches to wellness have been practiced for millennia, it’s only been in the past decade or so that they have begun to move from the U.S. alternative fringe into the American mainstream. The widespread use of CAM therapies is due to a confluence of three


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trends: a growing body of credible scientific research that supports their effectiveness; popular demand for these natural, non-invasive and effective therapies; and growing recognition by conventional practitioners that healing is accomplished through holistic treatments that address body, mind and spirit.

Signs of the Times Today, even the staid American Medical Association recommends a multivitamin supplement for virtually everyone; you can find a yoga class in almost any YMCA or community college; prestigious medical schools have departments of complementary and alternative medicine; and some hospitals are encouraging their staff to become proficient in energy medicine and healing techniques.

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) requires a dramatic mental shift away from symptomrelated modalities of Western medicine. Here, one’s wellness and illness is based on managing the flow of energy, or chi (pronounced CHEE), through the body. TCM has been used in China and others parts of Asia for 5,000 years. Its core concept requires that the practitioner treat the underlying causes of disease, rather than just the symptoms. TCM has now become foundational in modern thinking as well, prompting an understanding that the entire organism—body, mind and spirit—must be addressed in order for healing to take place. “Homotoxicology is the most exciting trend in TCM today,” says Jonathan Wald, an acupuncture physician and academic dean of East West College of Natural Healing, in Sarasota, Florida. He explains: “It’s a blend of homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine, with allopathic diagnostic techniques.” Homotoxicology (sometimes called biopuncture) applies herbal and homeopathic solution injections at specifically related energy meridian points to relieve various disease conditions or pain and rebalance the body. Another promising development is use of the Ryodaraku machine that measures electrical resistance to identify diseases in their beginning stages, affording early treatment. “I think of Ryodaraku almost as a TCM form of a blood test,” says Wald. “It helps us see what’s going on and we can often correct it with a little electrical stimulation pen.”

Today, TCM and Western allopathic medicine are being considered in concert more often as practitioners find practical common ground in hospitals and clinical settings throughout the United States.

Energy Therapies Current energy therapies comprise a broad range of hands-on healing modalities, ranging from Reiki, Healing Touch and Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping), to an increasing array of hybrids. The Energy Medicine Institute (, in Ashland, Oregon, notes that energy medicine can employ a variety of non-invasive methods intended to trigger the body’s natural healing powers, working to activate energies that have become weakened, disturbed or unbalanced. According to the institute, flow, balance and harmony can be restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting or connecting specific energy points (known as acupoints) on the skin; tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways; exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; focused use of the mind to alter specific energies; and/or surrounding an area with healing energies (one person’s energies impact another’s). Nicolas Ortner, founder of The Tapping Solution, calls this Emotional Freedom Techniques-based energy modality, “…a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.” By tapping on meridian points of the body while repeating certain helpful affirmations about health or emotional situations, energetic blockages can be removed, allowing profound physical and emotional changes to take place. Ortner is excited about the growing awareness of self-guided healing through energy modalities, including his technique. “We had 350,000 people at our online Tapping World Summit last year,” he says. “That says something about the need that we are fulfilling.”



Herbalism is widely practiced worldwide to heal body and mind, and herbs and other plants are sometimes used in spiritual healing. Herbs are commonly prescribed by conventional physicians in Europe. In 1978, the German Commission E published a list of more than 300 herbs, noting research attesting to their safety and effectiveness, as well as possible side effects and drug interactions. The United States has lagged in its acceptance of herbal interventions. Still, Susun Weed, founder of the Wise Woman Center, in Woodstock, New York, and author of four herbal books, including Healing Wise, points out that drug companies have been quick to isolate various herbal medicine components and market them as prescription drugs.

Homeopathy, operating on the principle of “like treats like,” involves the use of highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural process of healing. According to The Society of Homeopaths, “A substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.” For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation. Thus, when caffeine is made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. Dana Ullman, author of The Homeopathic Revolution and Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, notes that the trend in homeopathy in the United States has its debunkers. He attributes this to establishment fears that, “If homeopathy is true, then everything about modern medicine and science is false.” But, he adds, “The homeopathy deniers ignore or downplay the substantial body of verifying evidence from basic science and clinical research—from outcome studies, cost-effectiveness studies and epidemiological evidence.”

Meditation and Related Therapies “In the ’60s, I discovered that the weeds in my garden were better medicinal plants than the ones I intentionally planted,” recalls Weed. “Back then, there was a general belief that these alternative systems weren’t ‘real’ medicine.” But it’s more a matter of the Western world catching up with the rest of the world, she notes. “The World Health Organization says that 90 percent of the health care given on this planet is given by women in their own homes, using local plants.” Weed reports that across the United States, attendance at herbal conferences has soared. Herbalism is a big idea whose time has come again, and is now being rewoven into family life. “I call it re-weaving the healing cloak of the ancients,” she says. “This is evolutionary medicine.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that 90 percent of all doctor office visits are related to stress. Meditation, breath work, guided imagery and some yoga disciplines are effective ways to slow down the mind, relieve stress and bring body , mind and spirit into balance. More than 1,000 published studies have linked various types of meditation as well as contemplative yoga to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, stress relief and pain reduction. Angela Wilson, assistant director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL), affiliated with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Lenox, Massachusetts, reports burgeoning interest in these therapies. “Doctors have become very interested in any practice that can help people slow down and calm

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down,” observes Wilson. A 2007 NCCAM study found that 9.4 percent of U.S. adults, more than 20 million people, had practiced meditation in the previous year. Some of the latest IEL research provides scientific proof that Kripalu yoga (often called “meditation in motion”) can act as a buffer, “…helping people to face daily challenges without getting rocked off their feet or off their center,” says Wilson. She is also excited about a recent Massachusetts General Hospital study. It showed that in just eight weeks of practicing meditation, subjects experienced physiological changes in the part of the limbic system that relates to fear, resulting in less stress and anxiety.

Naturopathy Naturopathic medicine, a general system of natural medicine, includes nutrition, herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture and energy medicine. Its goal is to holistically address the entire organism—body, mind and spirit. In general, naturopathic physicians are those that work to support our innate healing abilities. They universally encourage adoption

of lifestyle changes that promote optimal health. In states where naturopathic doctors (ND) are licensed, practitioners are required to graduate from a four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass a board examination. In states that do not license them, people that successfully complete online courses can call themselves a naturopath. Make sure that any consulting naturopathic doctor has graduated from a residential program approved by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ( Carl HangeeBauer, current president of the national association and a doctor of naturopathy with San Francisco Natural Medicine, has long been a proponent of licensing. He observes, “Currently, 16 states license naturopaths, and the trend is toward more licensing states and inclusion in federal programs, as well as loan forgiveness.” He believes this will bring more qualified students to the profession. Economics is among the many incentives driving consumers to a greater awareness of the benefits of pursuing wellness, as they come to understand how major, long-term medical bills might be reduced by applying common sense, healthy lifestyle practices and other doable steps toward preventing illness in the first place. “Our practice is growing every year. People are willing to pay for quality health care,” remarks Hangee-Bauer.

Nutrition Nutrition comprises the time-tested foundation of health and includes foods and vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as herbs and spices. Importantly, core values about nutrition vary from culture to culture. In the United States, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has been off-track for long enough that it has resulted in a widespread health crisis. The problem is that, contrary to the

counsel of nutrition experts, many of us have become heavily dependent upon high-fat, high-sugar, heavily processed foods. The typical American’s diet is severely lacking in recommended vegetables, fruits and whole grains. “The health crisis isn’t limited to the United States,” states Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in New York City. “Fast food and processed foods have invaded other traditional cultures, as well. Today’s chronic diseases that plague our own population now constitute a world health crisis.” Rosenthal is encouraged by the growing awareness of healthy eating, as taught by 19,000 graduates of his school, providing services in all 50 states and 82 countries. “We are at the beginning of a revolution,” he says. “By 2020, people will see that the quality of our food affects everything. Awareness and education are at the forefront of this revolution, and movements like ours are among the major catalysts for change.”

Looking Forward Overall, today’s trends in CAM therapies are positive, hopeful and helpful. Conventional medicine seems to be becoming more open to a broad range of therapies it once peremptorily relegated to the scientific dustbin. New research and long-term evidence proves that many of these non-invasive therapies are effective and can work hand-in-hand with conventional therapies. Individually and in combination, they can result in healings and cures once unimaginable to traditional practitioners. Kathleen Barnes has written 18 books, most of them on natural health and healthy living, and owns the publishing company Take Charge Books. Connect at

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Deepak Chopra Explores Conscious Being by Linda Sechrist


eepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Foundation and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, in Carlsbad, California, is a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing. Regarded by Time Magazine as the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine,” he also lectures around the world and hosts Deepak Chopra Radio on

In War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, you and physicist Leonard Mlodinow debate humanity’s most fundamental perennial questions. What is the crux of this contention? Overall, my co-author suggests that the universe operates according to laws of physics, while acknowledging that science does not address why the laws exist or how they arise. I maintain that the laws of nature, as well as mathematics, share the same source as human consciousness.

He further observes that while science often casts doubt on spiritual beliefs and doctrines insofar as they make representations about the physical world, science does not—and cannot—conclude that God is an illusion. While not defending God in religious terms, I maintain that God is a way of understanding some extremely crucial things: the source of existence, the reality beyond space-time and the underlying consciousness and creativity of the universe.

What is your understanding of consciousness? Consciousness is that which makes possible perception, cognition, emotions, personal relationships, biology, biological function, the environment and its relationship to us, as well as the universe and its relationship to us. Without consciousness, there would be none of this.

Do you feel consciousness and God are one and the same? Yes, God is infinite consciousness that expresses itself as the universe. We are little bubbles of consciousness in the ocean of consciousness. Outside of space-time, Infinite Consciousness ex-


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presses itself and gives birth to every form of individual consciousness—the individual observer and the internal process of observation, as well as the objects, which are also experienced within the observer.

What steps can we take to shift human consciousness? No social transformation happens in the absence of personal transformation. Therefore, without worrying about other people, the questions to ask yourself are these: Can I be the change that I want to see in the world? What kind of world do I want to live in and how can I become the agent to create that world for myself? When we are personally practicing the divine attitudes of loving kindness, joy, compassion and equanimity, we are moving out of our limited ego. If we all do this and reach critical mass, it is possible to create a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthy world—but we each have to shift our self to get where we want to go. To make such a radical shift, we must explore the process of waking up, which centers on transcending the maelstrom of everyday thoughts to find the Source of the mind.

How do you deďŹ ne transcendence? There are many levels of transcendence. The most profound is deep meditation, known to alter brain structure and lead to lasting transformation. Transcendence can also happen through deep contemplation, mindfulness, music, poetry, art in any form, dance, falling in love and selfless service. Whenever you experience any quality of pure consciousness, however fleeting, you have transcended the mundane. Pure consciousness, which is the unseen, infinite potential from which everything springs, is centered within itself; silent and peaceful, awake, selforganizing, spontaneous, dynamic, blissful, knowing, whole and encompassing. Despite the infinite diversity of the physical world, at a deeper level, only one process is occurring: Wholeness is moving like a single ocean that holds every wave. You experience this quality when your life makes sense and you feel a part of nature; you are at home simply by being alive.

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ENERGY HEALINGS & MEDITATION CLASSES JOURNEY WITHIN Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood Anita Destino 720-413-7303 Journey Within is a safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives. We focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. We have several ways you can give to yourself. We offer: Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/ Healings. A great way to meet us is to join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held on every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

HEALTHY AGING ANNETTE BRAY, CSCS, YOGA INSTRUCTOR 2749 Iris Ave, Boulder 720-470-1771 Annette has been a wellness practitioner for 15 years in fitness and clinical facilities, helping individuals improve their fitness and function to add life to their years. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Teacher Training graduate in the study of Anusara yoga. At 35, she had a viral illness that triggered chronic fatigue, brain fog and a cascade of recurring infections that lasted for almost 2 years. She used targeted wellness and movement with awareness to regain vitality. Understand how you can be more congruent in this challenging environment using remarkable nutrition and an understanding of how to optimally move your body.

LIFESOURCE HEALTH PARTNERS 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood 303-934-3600 LifeSource Health Partners (LSHP) is a regional integrative wellness center committed to empowering you with the knowledge to make informed, educated decisions to achieve vibrant health without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery. Each treatment is customized. LSHP specializes in natural pain relief and innovative treatments for arthritis, auto injuries and whiplash, menopause, headaches, women’s health issues, low back pain, sciatica and disc problems, sports injuries, weight loss and many other health problems. Rejuvenate your health and achieve peak performance with our natural and affordable therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic, spinal decompression, metabolic testing, nutritional cleansing, medical massage, essential oils, physical therapy with MedX spinal rehabilitation and nutritional counseling. We promise to serve with love, integrity and compassion! See ad page 29.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Ian Hollaman, DC 3393 Iris Ave. #105, Boulder 303-882-8447 Ian Hollaman, DC focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a proficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 2.


INTEGRATIVE HEALTH IN:VIVO WITH ALCAT BLOOD TESTING Andrew Bridgeforth, DC 720-443-3212 If you have struggled with chronic health issues and are tired of all of the pills. potions, cleanses and detoxes, this is the answer. There’s one simple blood test, scientifically proven, that tells you which foods are making you sick. After a long battle with chronic health conditions and few results, I quit my job and went back to school to find answers. I discovered that the secret to incredible health and vitality is in our blood. IN:VIVO is dedicated to helping others find the answers they have been searching for.

Karen Hollaman, DC, LMT 3393 Iris Ave., Boulder 303-882-8447 After a 4 year ‘Medical Mystery’ in my teenage years, I learned the true value of health from a holistic chiropractor. Because of her understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support, I was given a second chance at life. Chiropractic resonated with me and I knew I wanted to offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 2.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Søren Kierkegaard


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MASSAGE & COACHING STRESS CONSULTATION, MASSAGE & VITALITY ENHANCEMENT COACHING WITH VELINA LUJAN, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Manager Certified QiGong Healer & Gerontology Naropa & Esalen Offices in Boulder & Golden 303-717-7709 Overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities? Need more peace, energy and vitality while pursuing your vision? Come alive as you free yourself of the stressors that have gotten in the way of your life’s work. Velina supports you in managing stress more effectively through practical, time efficient and highly effective methods. She motivates, inspires and gently yet powerfully supports you on your journey with unique skills, training and background. With a passion to inspire and motivate you to realize your highest self, she touches hearts and minds, bringing healing and hope. Bodywork is a nurturing complement, helping to break through the body armor and drop into the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface. Call now for your FREE introductory 15-minute consultation. 303-717-7709.

NUTRITION HEATHER CLARK 303-753-2665 For the price of an apple a day, give you and your family 27 whole, raw fruits, veggies and berries in a capsule. It’s the easiest way to make sure you are getting the proper nutrition every day without having to keep track of the 7-13 fruits and vegetables a day recommended by the USDA. Numerous independent clinical research studies, conducted in leading hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, have supported the health benefits. Business opportunities also available. Call me today to add your children to the largest Children’s Health Study in the country!

PERSONAL & BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT FAST FOCUSING CENTER 88 Inverness Circle East, H-107, Centennial 303-708-8817 Change your life in a single session! The Fast Focusing Center with Director Debera Jensen offers natural alternatives for brain imaging, anti-aging, closed head injury, strokes, learning challenges, psychological difficulties, peak performance and more. The Fast Focusing Center utilizes a variety of techniques to help you overcome m physical, mental and emotional issues. Start your life over and live as you have always dreamed about. Really Living classes offered every month with topics such as Depression, Money Blocks, Let It Go, Confidence, Weight Control. See ad page 5.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT CLASSES THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Bringing Psychic Education into the Mainstream Karen Fox, Ph.D., Psychic & Educator, Program Director Englewood, Arvada, Golden, Aurora 303-942-0646 Everyone is psychic, and everyone can improve this innate ability. The Aspen Program offers training so you can use your psychic abilities for yourself or to become a professional psychic! Take the classes you want or study for a certificate: Psychic, Medical-Health Intuitive, Spirit Medium, Business Intuitive. Offers a wide variety of classes and teachers.


KATHY HIGGINS, MS, MA, LPC, CACII Deer Creek Counseling 7345 South Pierce St., Ste 110 Littleton, CO 80128 720-663-7702 Kathy Higgins, MS, MA LPC, CACII helps individuals bring about change in order to live more effective and joyful lives, using Interpersonal, Dialectical and Person-Centered therapies as well as Hypnotherapy. Kathy specializes in treating Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorder; Trauma and PTSD with EMDR; Phobias, Anxiety, and OCD; Eating Disorders; Recovery from Addictions, Career Change and Alternative Spirituality. Flexible schedule to meet your needs. Insurance and Credit Cards Accepted.

MICHAEL PERRY | PSYCHOTHERAPIST 4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 101, Boulder 303-513-5388 (not .com) Michael has developed a powerful combination of psychotherapy and coaching that brings emotional healing while developing a positive mindset, motivation, and techniques for taking control of your present and future. Sessions are filled with positive energy and unconditional support. Effectiveness of therapy is the number one priority and progress is measured in weeks not years. Your happiness is important. If you are not completely satisfied with your life as it is now, please contact Michael for a free consultation.

Hero’s Pets (Planetary and Ecologically Trust Supplies) goal is to help change the world for the better. We offer you the highest quality foods, treats, supplements, toys, beds and more at affordable prices, and focus on educating our customers about ecological local and global issues, nutrition and more.

EVA SZUCS, PSYD, P.C. 1660 S. Albion St. # 309 Denver, CO 80222 720-556-7689


Dr. Szucs helps adult individuals and couples to gain insight into their presenting problems and learn healthy ways to manage life’s stressors. Dr. Szucs specializes in treating Eating Disorders, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training in group or individual settings. She also provides psychological assessment, ADHD evaluation, and Intelligence testing for adults and children. Flexible schedule. Insurance and Credit cards are not accepted. Contact Dr. Szucs to schedule a free phone consultation.

A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Wheat Ridge. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Wheat Ridge every Thursday 6:30 - 7:30pm. Free open channel clinic in Denver on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 7pm. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. 303-282-9439. See ad page 30.

SANCTUARY CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver 303-282-9439

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savethedate STRESS RELIEF NOW WITH BILL BERGMAN, MD Thursday, January 26, 6:45-8 pm

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Are you feeling anxiety and stress that’s affecting your quality of life? Are you feeling pessimistic about your future and where your life and the world are heading? Do you know that it is widely accepted in scientific circles that 95% of illness is stress-related? Learn practical ways of addressing stress, improving your body’s ability to heal, reducing the risk of serious disease and greatly enhancing your quality of life! Complimentary; bring your friends and family! Location: St. Anthony’s Hospital- Media Center/Conference Room, 11600 W. 2nd Place Auditorium B & C Lakewood, CO 80228. RSVP required; call 303-934-3600.

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TRAINING BEGINS FEBRUARY, 2012 Comprehensive 305 hour, weekend classes. “Professional Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology” prepares for rewarding career as a clinician who can make a difference. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Englewood. State Approved and ARCB CE Provider. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367 or Health.on.all.

BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER HERBALIST! COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING BEGINS FEBRUARY 2012 Gain skills and expertise needed for clinical practice in our 17-month, 450 hour, casebased program. Weekend classes on theory, medicine making, herb walks, student clinic. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Englewood. State Approved. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367 or

TAKE A PAUSE & NAVIGATE THE NATURAL JOURNEY OF MENO-PAUSE Saturday, February 4, 9:30am-12:30pm Join this therapeutic yoga workshop and uncover natural wellness strategies to manage menopause. Be empowered through knowledge and awareness of body, mind and spirit, experience a yoga practice to cool your central nervous system, learn soothing breathing techniques and participate in creative expression. Led by Troy Krebs - a 200HR PYT, acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Doctor. $39. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St, Littleton. To register, visit or call 303-725-1434.

Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Doors open 10:40-11am. 1st Sunday ea month. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and a spiritual message. Service followed by free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439. Letting Gratitude Flow Into Your Life–10:3011:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Short reading, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music, stories and connectoin with others. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St., Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Meditate in the New Year with Dr. Bob Mishcke & musician Rebecca Gale–5-6pm. Begin the New Year in a beautiful sacred space with music and meditation. Donations welcome. St. Paul United Methodist & Inter-Spiritual Community, 1615 Ogden St., Denver. Rev. Jessie Nelson 303832-4929, or Drum Circle–5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:30-6pm, drumming 6-7:30pm. No exp nec. Donations welcome. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

JANUARY 4, WEDNESDAY Yoga for Weight Loss–6:30-8pm. 4-week series teaches yoga and Ayurveda to gain and maintain optimal health. Incl workbook, shopping lists, recipes. RSVP Req’d Jan 1. $55. Yama Yoga Village, 6818 S Dallas Way, Greenwood Village. 303-790-6081, or Prayers for World Peace–7:30pm. Interfaith Prayers to join in one heart and mind to create peace in our world. Free. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720-308-9944 or Denver@

THAI YOGA MASSAGE LEVEL 1, 2 & 3 March 30-June 3 Our Thai Yoga Massage classes can be taken as part of the 600-Hour CMT program, or they can be taken separately as Continuing Education for licensed therapists. This is fabulous news because if you just want to take an Intro to Thai Massage class, Thai for the Table, or Levels 1 - 3, then you can take those separately from the other programs. Two weekends/ month. Call or email for exact dates. Level 1: $850; Level 2: $850; Level 3: $700. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 w 32nd Ave, Denver. Info 720-316-8888 or danielle@ .


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Monthly Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing Healing Clinics in Denver–12:15-1pm AND 5:45-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, unneeded energy is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations apprec, not req’d. First Wednesday of ea month; day and eve times. Inner Connection Institute Denver location: 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303-282-9439 or CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45-10pm. CCC hosts monthly

meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. First Wed ea month. Donations welcome. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. A team of certified blessing givers will be offering Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transferred. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

savethedate DANCING AROUND THE MANDALA Saturday, March 31, 9am-12pm Experience a fusion of creativity, quiet self-exploration, relaxation and movement as we discover how a mandala provides insight, healing and form to our inner dance. Our pilgrimage will include an hour of drawing and interpretation, a yoga practice and a meditative Yoga Nidra. $39. All materials included. Bring a snack. Led by Jenny Clark – a 200HR Yoga Therapist and CMT. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St, Littleton. To register, visit or call 303-725-1434.

JANUARY 5, THURSDAY A Healthy, Happy New Year!–1pm. Also on 1/11 and 1/17. Come learn an easy, simple, affordable way to get more fruits & veggies in your diet EVERY day! Learn how to prevent illness and disease and how to be healthy all year long! Free. RSVP Heather for address or questions 303-753-2665

JANUARY 7, SATURDAY Create Your Vision for 2012–2-4pm. An afternoon of creativity and community while creating your vision for the new year! Bring photos, magazines or images you might like to use. $20. Dancing the Soul, 950-C Jersey St., Denver. 303502-4586 or

JANUARY 8, SUNDAY Tea Talks for Women Presents Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence: Practical Tools for Empowered Living with Rev. Cynthia James–2:304:30pm. Learn to be joyous, fulfilled and mindful of your thoughts and behaviors. Be awake, available, authentic and leap into the extraordinary life awaiting you! $10. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or Astrology Series Begins–3-5:00pm. 4-week program for beginners, with something for everyone. Explore your own natal chart and enhance your knowledge of astrology. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. More info 303-282-9439 or


SAI MAA - WAKE UP! April 27 - 29, Denver Convention Center The planet is shifting and your soul is calling. Come be with Sai Maa in 2012, a spiritual luminary and master of transformation, for an extraordinary weekend where you can step into your vibrant health, divine joy and self-mastery. Accelerate your transformation with Sai Maa! The event will be April 27 - 29, 2012 in Denver at the Denver Convention Center. Opening Public Event April 27 @ 7:30 pm. For more information and registration visit

lookingahead 2011 FEBRUARY 2, THURSDAY Spiritual Seminar–7:30pm. “The Broken Heart” with international spiritual Master, speaker and author: Mother Clare Watts. $25. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720-308-9944 or

FEBRUARY 3, FRIDAY Spiritual Seminar–7:30pm. “The Spiritually Evolved Man and Woman” with international spiritual Master, speaker and author: Mother Clare Watts. $25. Center of Light 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720-308-9944 or

FEBRUARY 4, SATURDAY Free Intro: The Aspen Program for Psychic Development–9-11am. Built on the model of higher education offering large selection of class choices, diverse group of instructors. Choose one or more classes or 5 certifications. The Cloisters on Wadsworth, 2103 S. Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood. Also offered 1-3pm at VAST Wellness Center, 2323 South Troy Street, Suites 107/108, Aurora. RSVP Req’d. Karen Fox, 303-942-0646,,

Full Moon Ceremony–7-9pm. Full Moon Ceremony with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring a snack to share and love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Metaphysical Fair–10am-4pm. Denver’s top Astrologers, Palmists, Intuitives, Mediums and Tarot Card Readers are expecting you. Learn basic techniques such as gentle stretching, breathing exercises, Taoist meditation and group exercises to explore your intuition. Free. Rocky Mt. Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St., Denver. or 303-691-8824.

Evening Meditation Series–6:30-8:30pm. A 6-week program to explore the benefits of meditation and your spiritual essence. Harness the Law of Attraction and experience your own intuition to create real and lasting change! Learn easy, effective skills to relax and recharge. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. More info 303-282-9439 or


Introduction to DBT for Teens–4:30-6pm. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help with different problems such as stress and anxiety, self-esteem, sibling rivalry, grief, drugs and alcohol, and other self-destructive behavioral problems. RSVP Littleton DBT, 720-490-6227.

Spiritual Seminar–10am. “Peace in Your Relationships and Peace with God” with international spiritual Master, speaker and author: Mother Clare Watts. $40. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720-308-9944 or

6th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival–Informative and entertaining films that explore interconnected ecological, social and economic themes; local and national feature length and short films for all ages. Sustainability Fair. American Mountaineering Center 710 10th St, Golden.

APRIL 27 - 29 Sai Maa-Wake Up!–7:30pm. Join Sai Maa, spiritual luminary and master of transformation, for an extraordinary wkend to step into your vibrant health, divine joy and self-mastery. Denver Convention Center.

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JANUARY 10, TUESDAY Yoga 101–7:15-8:15pm. 4-week series Tuesdays is the perfect class for those new to yoga or with limited range of motion. Discounted rate includes a basic mat. Supportive, fun classroom setting. $45. Yama Yoga Village, 6818 S Dallas Way, Greenwood Village. 303-790-6081, or Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. Lecture covers the brain function of a child that struggles with academics, socialization and behavior. Discuss how to help your child overcome these issues without medications! Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or A Basic 5-Week Meditation–7-9pm. Achieve lifelong transformation, relax and create change in your life. Let go of stress and making room for health. Learn to develop a personal practice. Feel the results! $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within, 720-413-7303, or

JANUARY 11, WEDNESDAY The Bio-Mechanics of Auto Injury–7-8:15pm.As a specialist in the field of automobile accidents, Dr. Keuhn understands the complicated aspects of both the medical and legal issues associated with motor vehicle accidents. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required 303-934-3600 or A Healthy, Happy New Year!–1pm. Also on 1/17. Come learn an easy, simple, affordable way to get more fruits & veggies in your diet EVERY day. Learn how to prevent illness and disease and how to be healthy all year long. Free. RSVP Heather 303-753-2665.

JANUARY 12, THURSDAY Introduction to Dialectic Behavior Therapy–6:308pm. DBT helps individuals dealing with many different problems, such as Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, and other self-destructive behavioral problems. Understand and accept yourself while also making positive lifestyle changes. RSVP Littleton DBT 720-663-8827 or Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting–79pm. Also on the 19th. Learn about this new cleansing and fat burning system that is natural, safe and effective! Help your body eliminate toxins. Participants report an average weight loss of 9-12 pounds in just nine days! Incl a product tasting. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required to 303-934-3600 or Introduction to SoulCollage(R) Play Shop–5-8pm. Access your intuition and create an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning to help with life’s questions. Heart of Service Expressive Arts Workshop, basic supplies provided. Donations welcome. People Housem 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. RSVP or Denver Holistic Moms Network/Vision Boards– 6:30-8:30pm. For moms and dads to learn about Holistic Moms Network and create “vision boards” for 2012 to visualize and manifest your future. Bring magazines and scissors; we will provide the boards and glue. Free. Denver Waldorf School 940 Fillmore, Denver. or!/ HMNDenverCO?sk=info.


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Mile Hi Healthy Happenings–5-7pm. An event where people who are passionate about healthy living gather to connect with local wellness businesses, network and win prizes. Free. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St., Denver., or Facebook. com/MileHiHealthyHappenings. Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson–7-9pm. Drum circle, dige players, flutes, shamanic healing, sound healing, and messages. 2nd Thursday ea Month. Donations welcome. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Journey of Healing Workshop with Rev. Kay Johnson–6:30-9:30pm. Thursdays, January 12-February 2. Discover your inner power for healing through guided imagery and music. For anyone facing a health challenge and for caregivers. $60. Mile Hi Church 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or

JANUARY 13, FRIDAY Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish, Free. Followed by Healings $10. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. This clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Plan some time for yourself after your healing. No appt necessary. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Create Your Life in 2012–9-10:30am. Chart a life course with new tools for conscious living - not using goals (the old way). Opening to the way the universe actually works. $30/intro price new clients! $45/ current & former clients. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H0107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.

JANUARY 15, SUNDAY Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Denver/Boulder, 3rd Sunday, non-denominational Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Denver, 5800 E. Evans Ave., 303-756-9287 or Boulder 1800 30th St., Ste 208, 303-443-1610 or Spiritual Gathering & Healing Clinic–11am-Noon. Church-it’s NOT what you think, but might be what you’re looking for. Join Rev. DebraRae in a safe, sacred space for service/aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Donations welcome. Sacred Spaces House of Light 223 Titan St., Aurora. Rev. DebraRae 303-3650200 or Complimentary Introduction to Beyond Limits Presentation–Come learn what this inspirational course can do for your life! Classes begin week of Jan 23. Beyond Limits: 10 Tuesday morns, 9am-Noon, or 10 Tuesday eves, 7-10pm, starting January 24. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303237-8851 or Men’s Spiritual Growth Circle-Easier Done Than Said with Rev. Jay Lang–2:30-4:30pm. Mile Hi staff minister, Rev. Jay will show you how to discover the clarity and consciousness that will co-create your intentions. It IS easier done that said! $7. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

JANUARY 16, MONDAY 10 Secrets of Living Tele-Class–8-9am, every Monday, 10 wks. 10 Secrets to total freedom and what it looks like to be conscious, instead of being at the whim of others’ point of view. People generally make more money after this class. $55/session, $550 total can be paid in 3 installments. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H0107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. More Money Tele-Class–6pm, every Monday, 10 wks. Are you willing to give up making the excuse that you can’t have something or do something because you have no money? $55/session. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H0107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.

JANUARY 17, TUESDAY Access Bars Class Part 1–6-10pm. Part 2 on 1/24. 32 Bars of energy run in and around your head store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts/ beliefs you have ever had. Receiving enables you to change your life with greater ease and joy. $200; $100 for repeats, price incl parts 1 and 2 when applicable. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H0107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.

JANUARY 18, WEDNESDAY Beginners Breath with Movement Yoga–5:456:45pm. Eight-week beginners series. Discover how breath is the vehicle for moving the body in a classical yoga series. Private setting to achieve optimal health. Max. 10 clients. $99. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. RSVP 303-725-1434 or Performer’s Tele-Class–9am, every Wed, 10 wks. Brain techniques free you from what stops you from showing your best! We work with high performers in all areas – business, sports (professional athletes), musicians, etc. $550 may be paid in 3 installments. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H0107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. See descrip Jan 4. Mile Hi Church 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

JANUARY 19, THURSDAY Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin–7-9pm. Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. 3rd Thurs ea Month. $20 suggested donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Dialectic Behavior Skills Training–6:30-8pm. We will be working with Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance skills. Learn new ways of creating change to live a more joyful and effective life. Call today for a free screening appointment. Call Littleton DBT at 720-6638827 or Angel Healing Clinic–7:15-7:45pm. Instructors will communicate messages from the Angels and assist in healing. Individual Healing Sessions-15 mins/$25 at 8pm by appt. Take your healing to the next level in these life changing, personalized sessions! $10/Group healing; $25/indiv. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within 720-413-7303, or

JANUARY 20, FRIDAY 2012 Rev Up! From Mayan Predictions to My Own Convictions with Dr. Michael Beckwith and Dr. Roger W. Teel–Friday 7pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Find out how we can move into the new year with confidence and in Oneness. $55. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or

JANUARY 21, SATURDAY Access Body Class/Anti-Aging Classes–8am-Noon. Also on 1/28. Do you believe that with aging comes more aches and pains and you’ll gradually be able to do less and less? That doesn’t have to be true! Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H0107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. Weekend Meditation Series–1:30-3:30pm. A 6-week program to explore the benefits of meditation and your spiritual essence. Harness the Law of Attraction and experience your own intuition to create real and lasting change! Learn easy, effective skills to relax and recharge. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. More info 303-257-4797 or

JANUARY 22, SUNDAY Access Bars Class Part 1&2–8am-5pm. 32 Bars of energy run in and around your head store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts/beliefs you have ever had. Receiving enables you to change your life with greater ease and joy. $200; $100 for repeats. Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H0107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.

JANUARY 23, MONDAY Daytime Meditation Series-10am-Noon. A 6-week program to explore the benefits of meditation and your spiritual essence. Harness the Law of Attraction and experience your own intuition to create real and lasting change! Learn easy, effective skills to relax and recharge. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. More info 303-282-9439 or

New Moon Goddess Circle–7pm-9pm. New Moon Goddess Circle with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring a snack to share and a love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

JANUARY 25, WEDNESDAY Knitting 101–6-8:30pm. Knitting is a breeze if you have the right tools and a fun project. Learn essentials of knitting by making an easy neck warmer with three large buttons. $35/member; $39/non-member. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 or Heal the Healers–7-9pm. Designed for healers to share their gifts and receive time on the table too. All healers invited. Bring your energy, tools, and a snack to share. Fourth Wednesday ea Month. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Myths & Facts About Chiropractic–7-8:15pm. Explore how chiropractic works, what conditions respond to chiropractic care, the importance of the nervous system in overall health and the basics of maintaining spinal health. Receive a postural analysis during the class or schedule an app’t for an in-depth spinal analysis at no charge. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required at 303934-3600 or


Room 11600 W. 2nd Place Auditorium B & C Lakewood, CO 80228. RSVP required at 303-934-3600 or

JANUARY 27, FRIDAY Ruesri Dat Ton–6:30-8:30pm. This is a gentle sequence of stretches and movements to open & align your energies, more akin to Qi Gong than to our Western concept of yoga and asanas. Free. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W 32nd Ave., Denver. 720-252-2716 or Free Conscious Movie–7:30pm. “I AM” Hollywood comedy director Tom Shadyac gets contemplative in this documentary, conversing with prominent philosophers and spiritual leaders about what ails our world and how we can improve it. Free. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720-308-9944 or

JANUARY 28, SATURDAY Psychic & Healing Fair–Noon-5pm. Readings w/Rev. DebraRae (20 min/$25). Reserve up to 1 hr w/pre-pay. Reiki/Egyptian healing rods, detox footbath, therapeutic paraffin dip, oxygen bar/aromatherapy + rocks/gems, handmade soaps & more. $2. Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St., Aurora. Rev. DebraRae 303-365-0200 or Free Intro: The Aspen Program for Psychic Development–9-11am or 11:30-1:30pm. Built on the model of higher education offering large selection of class choices, diverse group of instructors. Choose one or more classes or 5 certifications. RSVP Req’d. ISIS Books & Gifts, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood, Karen Fox, 303-942-0646,,

Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Lecture covers the brain function of a child that struggles with academics, socialization and behavior. Discuss how to help your child overcome these issues without medications! Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or


Stress Relief NOW with Bill Bergman, MD–7-8pm. Learn practical ways of addressing stress, improving your body’s ability to heal, reducing the risk of serious disease and greatly enhancing your quality of life! Complimentary;bring your friends/family! Location: St. Anthony’s Hospital- Media Center/Conference

2012 Wellness! with Dr. James Rouse and Dr. Roger W. Teel–3pm. Mind-body practices to improve your attitude, energy and charisma. Learn about foods to help boost immunity, increase longevity and happiness. $30. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or

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sunday Sunday Services– 9:30am. The Service includes singing, prayer, and a sermon to uplift, inspire and deepen in consciousness. Powerful and transformative Communion Service. Free. Denver Center of Light, 2300 Forest St, Denver. 720-308-9944.

monday Kundalini Yoga–6pm-7:30pm. Kundalini Yoga focuses on awakening your energy and unlocking your inner potential through specific breathing, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. $8/member; $10/non-mem. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720-8653580 or Breath with Movement Yoga Series–5:30pm or 6:30pm. 8-week series, Mon/Tues/Thurs eves. Minimize anxiety, stress, or respiratory issues as you discover how to coordinate breath with movement in classical yoga with meditation. $99. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. 303-725-1434 or Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol–6:30pm. Exhilarating Yoga practice uses Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana to another to energize metabolic rate to burn fat and build a firm, toned, healthy body. No exp. req’d. Pricing call 303-731-6695. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol–6:30pm. See descrip Mon. No exp. req’d. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. Pricing 303-731-6695. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash.” Release negative energy blocking you from growth and stopping you from creating the life you desire. Donations welcome. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within, 720-413-7303, journeywithin@ or

thursday Modern Day Meditation–7:30-10pm. Various music and guides you to a more calm and open state, think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection. Free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center 126 W 5th Ave., Denver. Diane 303-524-4040 or Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Negative energy is gently removed from your body and replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready take your next steps. Free Psychic readings from 7-8:30 by appt. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or Weekly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Wheat Ridge–6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, unneeded energy is cleared, incl blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment restored. Donations apprec, but not req’d. Readings available after clinic $25. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or

Enhance Your Life by Creating, Learning, Transforming! • Create and manifest your own reality and desires • Learn to meditate effectively to reduce stress and gain clarity • Read clairvoyantly to tap into universal wisdom “I am totally impressed with how classes and church are presented at ICI. I am encouraged to validate myself, live in the now and be who I am. What a gift!” –DML, Management Analyst


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