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follow your bliss! could factor in some laughter somewhere too… let’s giggle till the grass fed cows come home!! But don’t be too joyful… ’cause who knows what might happen… we might all become like the Happy Dance guy dancing all around the world. In my view, natural healing is both simple and complex. It’s complex in that we are bombarded with so many mixed messages about disease, dying and health. There isn’t ‘one way’ or one recipe that works for everyone. But healing is simple in that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand it, do it or receive it and it’s often the most basic things that assist with recovery. Please write in and tell us what your favourite articles were and your thoughts and questions about natural recovery. Email: ed@holisticblissmagazine.com


appy Third Birthday Holistic Bliss! It’s hard to believe it was three years ago when you made your debut as a little eight pager. And haven’t you spread your wings since then, reaching more people locally and interstate! Hip, Hip Hooray!! I still get a bit of a shock when I meet people who say they have kept all the editions since the beginning!! And I’m not talking about just my Mum *Blushes*. I’m not really sure if the magazine was technically born on April Fool’s Day but I’m starting to think it’s not such a bad idea if we do celebrate the official birthday on this day – why not? At least it sounds a bit entertaining and uplifting! Goodness knows we have all become a bit too serious (me included at times) and with our April edition being devoted to all the amazing perspectives on natural healing, wouldn’t it be great if we

Who’s on the cover?: The beautiful and inspirational Jessica Ainscough graces our cover this month and what a healing journey she has to share with us. See page 6 & 7.


“Your Magazine With Soul” Natural Healing with Dr Dain Heer Don Tolman – The Indiana Jones of Wholefoods Lyvea Rose Launches her First Book! Recipes and more... Win a great Gift for mum worth $200

Jessica Ainscough


APRIL 2012 EDITION VOLUME 34 ISSN: 1836-8840


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Freedom to be - Naturally! By Vanessa Finnigan


essica Ainscough aka ‘The Wellness Warrior’ is an amazingly courageous soul with wisdom beyond her years. At 26 years of age she is a shining light for what is possible when it comes to the world of natural healing. About four years ago, out of the blue, Jessica was diagnosed with a rare and terminal form of cancer (Epithelioid Sarcoma) in her left arm and was told she would not make it past her 25th Birthday. Can you imagine the shock she would have experienced as a 22-year-old with so many hopes and dreams? Initially she received high dose chemotherapy concentrated in her arm which led to a remission but then nearly a year later the cancer returned. When she was told that amputation from the shoulder down was

the only other option, she decided to look into natural therapies to heal her life. This was no easy transition for Jessica! She had lived the high life in Sydney in her early 20s working as the online editor of Dolly magazine. Her world was hectic, exciting and involved lots of dining out and champers (and there was always a full freezer of quick and easy meals for those late nights). Recovery meant trading Dollywood for a life of detox and consciousness. It also meant leaving Sydney and moving back home to live with her loving parents (and be with her supportive boyfriend) on the Sunshine Coast. “There’s not much about my life that is the same as what it was back in Sydney,” Jessica said.

After much research, Gerson therapy, (a natural regime pioneered by Max Gerson M.D which is used for treating chronic illness) became her treatment of choice. It made sense to Jessica because she could see how it worked to support her body. “I’m the sort of person who needs to know why – so I can stick to it. Gerson therapy has a good track record and has been around for over 60 years, it was also the strictest treatment and that’s what I needed for such a stubborn form of cancer,” she said. Just to give you a snap shot of what her days have resembled over the last two years… every day she has prepared 13 fresh juices (on the hour), consumed three plant-based meals (freshly made), and performed five coffee enemas with the first one starting at 6am. Phew! She continues to practise meditation and yoga and finds focusing one day at a time and one juice at a time is also a way of staying present. The 16th April marks an important two-year milestone for Jessica being (and thriving) on Gerson therapy. “It’s been intense with a lot of soul searching and it’s been a massive rollercoaster of learning. But I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything even the hard parts,” said Jessica. She still sees her condition as chronic and believes she will need to manage it through a clean and healthy lifestyle. “As time goes on I won’t have to be so strict. When you heal naturally, you heal on all levels. If you go back to living the way you did before then it will come back. I see cancer as one big lesson – if you don’t take the lesson on board, it will keep popping up.” She believes Gerson therapy heals her body naturally and is the best thing she can be doing. She has also learnt to trust herself and the process of life. Jessica said an holistic approach to healing is important and this includes addressing limiting beliefs and emotions. “The emotional level is often not addressed and needs to be addressed to totally heal yourself.


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Before I did Gerson I went to Ian Gawler’s centre in Melbourne and learned all the emotional patterns underlying cancer and learnt how to meditate. I’m so grateful that I did. A lot of our health issues stem from emotional imbalance.” But the most challenging part for Jessica (apart from giving up the champers and hectic social life) was realising this was all happening for her own good. “It led me on a journey and a path to a better life that wouldn’t have been available to me otherwise. There are so many possibilities and opportunities that have opened up that I wouldn’t have accessed without the power that has come from such adversity and the wisdom that has come from that.” She said her experience of healing opened up a lot of areas in her life on a deeper level. “When you are healing from cancer you have to have a sense of some higher power looking out for you and that the universe is a safe place and you’re part of some plan otherwise you feel lost and unsupported. But when you do have that faith you believe that everything is happening for your greater good. That has been my faith and guiding force.” She firmly believes she was meant to go down this path of health and healing and it has been so rewarding for her to be able to inspire other people by giving them hope and comfort in their own situation. Jessica said the best advice she would have for someone who has received a life threatening diagnosis is: “Don’t allow

Jessica has inspired thousands of people with her daily ‘Wellness Warrior’ blogs and recipes for the past two years and she has released a new and successful e-book called ‘Make Peace with Your Plate’.

doctors to pressure you into making a rash decision. From my experience there are always more options and more time than what they say. When I was diagnosed it was all such a rush. If I had known what I know now back then, it would have been easier.

and to do the research (both medical and natural therapies), shouldn’t matter. Then you can make a decision based on what makes sense to you. So look for independent sources and look where the information is coming from as well as who has your best interests at heart.”

Cancer is generally slow growing so taking a couple of days or weeks more to figure out what the best option is for you,

It’s clear that Jessica feels in control of her life and has been empowered by her experiences. She says this has also helped to support her mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago and is half way through her Gerson therapy journey.

Jessica’s tips for recovery and healing: 1. Meditation and mindfulness 2. Detoxification through coffee enemas and remove all the processed and ‘non- foods’ out of the diet 3. Nourishment – green juices and fresh green vegetables and ‘living foods’

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4. Movement – different forms of yoga and walking 5. Develop a spiritual process or trust in a higher power. Believe that whatever you are doing is going to work. The mind is so powerful.

“Our bodies want to be well as long as we get out of our own way and do what needs to be done. It’s all about connecting the dots and figuring out how you may have manifested this in your body and then knowing if you’ve created it, you can ‘uncreate’ it. And when you figure that out it just happens,” she said. Holistic Bliss, April 2012

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umac comes from the fruit of a bush from the Rhus family, grown in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions. Before the Romans learned of lemons, they used Sumac for the sour but pleasant fruity taste as it has lemony undertones. It is used widely in Turkish and Middle Eastern cooking like spice rubs, marinades and dressings, and is also served as a condiment. It is one of the main ingredients in the Middle Eastern spice blend Za’atar. Sumac goes well with chicken, fish and seafood, lamb, eggplant, chickpeas and lentils. For a delicious marinade or dressing, mix it with yoghurt and other herbs and spices such as chilli, coriander, cumin, paprika and parsley. Try slow roasting some roma tomatoes with a little olive oil and add a sprinkling of black pepper, salt, caster sugar and sumac. YUM! www.redhotchillipepper.com.au

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Method Cover fruit with boiling water. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a loaf tin. Place the oil, sugar golden syrup, egg and drained water from the fruit in a bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add the fruit and dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour into greased loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out cleanly.

Leave in the tin for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a rack. Wrap the loaf in a clean tea towel to cool and keep extra moist slice and serve plain, or with butter. or for a Delicious Icing Mix ½ cup cream cheese or quark in a bowl with 2 teaspoons unsalted butter and then add ½ cup pure icing sugar sifted, a teaspoon of vanilla. Beat until well combined then spread on top of cake. I use Equagold products (vanilla grapeseed oil, vanilla extract and organic raw vanilla sugar) which are available at Bliss Gourmet Market.

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Thriving on Kefir! By Helena Hill


efir, a fermented food, is widely considered to be the strongest probiotic one can possibly find. Enzyme-rich and bursting with many friendly bacteria, Kefir helps rebalance the body’s inner-ecosystem. When these bacteria enter the body, they literally clean it of bad bacteria and other things that should not be there. Kefir can therefore help strengthen the immune system, improving resistance to diseases. It is not surprising that Kefir is said to be the strongest natural antibiotic and remedy against allergies. Kefir dates back at least a thousand years to the shepherds of the Caucasus Mountains. Legend has it that the grains were a gift from Prophet Mohammed to the Orthodox people who jealously guarded them in fear that they would lose their ‘magical’ strength. This explains why Kefir was surrounded by mystery for so long.

In the early twentieth century however, by order of the Russian Czar, Kefir was brought into Russia where the government subsequently gave free daily Kefir to school children and hospital patients owing to its nutritious and healing properties. Kefir soon spread across Eastern and Northern Europe where it gained great popularity and remains a staple beverage today. Kefir is reported to assist a range of health issues such as liver and digestive problems, yeast infections and skin conditions. Many people who are lactose intolerant claim to thrive on Kefir. Kefir is also said to be anti-ageing due to its high content of lactic acid. In fact, the list is endless and scientific and medical research continue to explore the Kefir’s health benefits. Live Kefir grains vs. standard probiotics: Live Kefir can immediately colonize the intestinal tract and remove bad bacteria commonly found there. However, probiotics in capsule or powdered form are usually in a dormant state so they must incur complex changes

before they are activated inside the gut. Unfortunately, many do not make it this far and leave the body days later. Whilst most probiotics must be purchased regularly, live Kefir grains, if well cared for, last forever so a once-off purchase should suffice. Kefir Pesto Ingredients • 1 cup Kefir • 2-3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped • 2 tbsp organic olive oil • 1 tsp Dijon mustard • ½ cup freshly chopped parsley • ½ cup freshly chopped basil • Ground black pepper • 4 tbsp pinenuts Method Add the garlic, parsley, basil, pinenuts, oil, mustard and pepper into a food processor and process until a paste forms. Put the paste into a mixing bowl and stir in the kefir. Garnish with pinenuts and parsley. Enjoy! For more information and recipe ideas visit: www.kefirmagic.com

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By Don Tolman


ur bodies are being damaged inside; invisibly and mercilessly, by toxic chemical reactions. Toxic chemical additives and hazardous wastes in our air, water and food supplies will continue to pervade our living and working environments. These toxins are returning to us in everything we eat, drink and breathe. Thankfully much of the internal damage they do heals automatically. However when our body is not adequately nourished it can’t neutralise and expel these poisons fast enough. They build up in our body and so does the invisible damage they do. Toxic build up can severely damage our immune system and lead to disease. A Fast of Health A body that is toxic is like a cut with dirt in it. It is contaminated and may not heal properly. It needs to be cleaned and given the nutrients it needs to detoxify, rebuild and heal itself. Many of us have already recognised this fact of life and have altered our lifestyles to avoid as many chemicals as possible. Some of us have also recognised this fact of health and are being more careful about

nutrients that can help our body detox – and rebuild our immune system. To ‘FAST’ means ‘to make strong’ and it is so often the answer to aiding your body in the healing and repair process. The ‘Doctrine of Signatures’ provides many clues for healing different aspects of the human body… Today it appears that our ancestors were right on the money when they noticed that the square of mint stems represented the lymph and immune systems. They marvelled at how a 5-pointed star fruit matched the brain neurons and nerves. They noticed how the circles of citrus and a sliced carrot represented the cells, breasts and eyes. And they saw that the equidistant cross of cruciferous (cross) foods like broccoli and cauliflower match the circulatory system, the 4-chambers of the heart and the arterial patterns that feed the head and brain. The list goes on and on. May you contemplate upon each food from nature’s table and what it represents and targets as an offering to your abode (your body/the house in which you live). Consider fasting or Pulse (that raw meal

I travelled the world for 17 years to find) to give your house a rest from the constant burden that digestion places on your body. Above all give your body a chance to heal by discovering and embracing selfcare when it needs it most. Don Tolman is an internationally renowned health expert and has been called ‘A modern day Einstein of Self Care and Self Education’. Don Tolman’s last Australian Tour ‘Where Truth & Health Lies’ sold out in record time! Don’t miss his next Aussie tour hosted by Fortune Events. Register now for complimentary tickets. www.fortuneevents.com

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Acknowledging the Gifts of Healing By Jean Sheehan, Principal – Millennium Education

Mrs Sheehan. You have cancer!” I don’t recall any other words the doctor said. My mind raced between two worlds of ‘dread’ on the one hand and ‘terrific – we get to heal ourselves’ on the other. First things first – it was time to understand what cancer was metaphysically for me. From childhood I had always seen the anatomy and physiology within people and understood disease and why we create it. My nursing, pathology and autopsy career assisted me to integrate the physical and metaphysical worlds. But why did I create it? I understood cancer to be ‘a hidden secret and deep hurt’. I was to embark on a journey of healing that was radical for its time – I visualised my self-healing, used crystals, juiced and used sacred geometry crystal gridding. Each day I juiced every meal and visualised the cancer cell blossoming in to a divine space. But I wanted to know the story behind the dis-harmony I

had created. Everything is a story and if I knew the story then I would not create cancer again. Two weeks within the healing journey I was shown what it all meant. The deep hurt was I did not love myself and my gift of medical intuition. My secret was I knew things metaphysically and did not share this wisdom. From childhood I was told I was EVIL with this medical intuitive gift due to my Arabic upbringing. I had always felt embarrassed about myself and ‘ugly’ with this gift of insight. There I said it! No one knew my secret. As a matter of fact this is the first time I have shared it publically! It was time to love and accept myself. My crystal gridding opened my heart, mind and awareness to the absolute of all and the understanding of love of self and acceptance of self. I was practicing everything I was teaching and the results were amazing. The more I shared my medical intuitive gift and taught it through my courses the more my business flourished, became an international company and I was

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Natural Healing By Dr Dain Heer


hat is natural healing? From my point of view, natural healing is our innate capacity to change the things in our bodies and in our lives that we want to change.

I used to heal people’s bodies to make their life better. Then I realised that often the body healed, but if they didn’t change the unconsciousness connected to what created the condition in the first place, often the disease would be recreated and their life would not improve. So, if you’d truly like to change your body, you could find that piece of unconsciousness that is creating the situation. How do you do this? Firstly you might ask your body what it would like and what is required to change the situation. Sometimes this might even be a drug or surgery, which is not what we usually expect when healing is concerned. So, what if you didn’t have a point of view about what would change the situation for you, but were willing to go with the least invasive option that would get you a result? And you know what? This could be as simple as

changing some points of view that are locking your body up. Working with Access Consciousness™ I developed a modality known as the Energetic Synthesis of Being (ESB), which uses the energy and consciousness of us, our bodies and our being to create change in our lives and bodies. Using the energies of ESB is one possibility for creating natural healing, and you could also start by asking, ‘Body, who could we go to that would create the greatest result here?’ You will notice this is a question, rather than an answer! If you truly desire a healing change, it could be a good idea to go to someone who asks questions of you and your body so that they can tailor their approach to you and your body, rather than trying to fit you into the box of their particular healing approach. Would you be willing to ask your body what it requires? Is there any chance it knows more than you think? What if it knows what diet, what book, what healer, what modality or what change in perspective is required to change its dis-

ease? Would you be willing to allow your body to tell you what it knows? With the tools of Access Consciousness™ and ESB, I have seen people’s whole realities change when they are willing to have awareness that change is actually possible – when you undo the past without trauma and drama, you can create a different present and future. These tools undo the source of the limitation – whether it be physical, emotional, mental or a point of view we bought from someone else! You can start using these tools today just by asking your body about everything that concerns it. How does it get any better than that? www.drdainheer.com

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Timeless Energ Healing By Raelene Byrne


ever before has humanity had the plethora of natural healing modalities on offer as we do now. Modern medicine has gifted us with remarkable diagnostic technology and, yet, we have the ultimate power to choose how we deliver health and wellness to our life. People are seeking energy healing and finding that this gets to the core of beliefs, illnesses, trauma and much behaviour. Energy healing is not mysterious, nor is it laced with secrecy. You have to understand that healing is a birth right that we all share, both to give it and to receive it. We are all ‘healers, and we all need healing’. From my perspective, healing is not something that is done for you or to you. It is an energy exchange that happens. The facilitator is allowing themselves to be a conduit of energy, they should be non-partial, objective and totally present to the person they are dealing with.

The healing that takes place is the client’s spirit, or energy body,or essence that is ready to move something with some guided assistance. We ‘healers’ don’t heal any person; we just offer the space, the clarity, the energy to assist the person when they are ready. Many wonderful insights and information can be passed on to the person receiving in this time, however it is always up to them to be proactive in their own healing. Many people look for the magic wand, that special thing that will wipe away all the challenges in their lives, so they can be whole and renewed. As we all know, there is no such thing. The only thing we do know is that once you change your thinking, wondrous, miraculous things can occur. Of course there are energetic things that can be shifted and also worked on in many levels, and sometimes these shifts don’t show up in the physical world for some time. However they are happening.

To allow another person to ‘see’ your true essence, to allow a person to work in your energy field, to trust that they have your highest healing as their truth, takes enormous courage. For me, to see that person fully embrace their own wholeness and confidence in their own abilities to continue in their growth, which really is another word for healing, keeps me in awe of the work that is available for so many. The world of the ordinary is full of gorgeous souls going about the busy-ness of life, yet able to carry that healing energy into their lives and those they work with. It is a state of being, a state of mind, a generosity of heart with a connection with the present moment. Namaste www.medicineforyourspirit.com Photo Adori Studios

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ur mind can recover from painful experiences naturally and gently if we allow it. However, social conditioning results in firmly established beliefs and emotional attachment to those beliefs, that hinder this natural recovery process. Unconsciously, we hold ourselves back from our innate desire to heal from past emotional pain. So how can we overcome early childhood wounding and conditioning so that we can allow our mind to heal naturally? As a therapist, I hold a fundamental respect for the mind’s desire to naturally recover from past experiences. Sometimes the unconscious manifestations that our mind uses to recover from emotional pain may be detrimental to recovery. However, at the core of “dysfunction” is an adaptive desire to heal. The trick is to stop judging ourselves long enough to listen with an open heart and compassion, to hear what we are really trying to express. We can hear this message in the very emotions that attach us to destructive psychological patterns.

Authentic Listening I find it amazing that when I stop and give myself permission to listen … and I mean really listen! The true core desire behind every attachment has an authentic need hidden within. Mindfulness is a fantastic tool that teaches us to witness what is. This practice encourages us to allow the natural healing process of the mind, by helping us to dis-identify from thought rather than trying to control, irradiate or avoid it. Mindfulness and Natural Recovery Through mindfulness practice we can witness thoughts that swirl around the surface of the issue. These are usually thoughts of judgement, condemnation, and intimidation. They are the conditioned beliefs that tell us we are wrong, bad or will get into trouble if we express our feelings and needs. The next layer we witness is the ‘dysfunctional pattern’. This will involve the thoughts, emotions and actions that sabotage our success or peace of mind. If we simply watch ourselves without judgement and remain present with ourselves, we discover a deeper felt sense


of authentic desire beyond the patterns. This is incredibly powerful, as once we clearly see the legitimate need, we can begin to acknowledge and claim it. It may be the need to belong, the need for self-value and respect, the need for owning our capabilities to succeed, or the need for emotional safety. Whatever the need is, owning it allows our mind and body to begin its natural healing process. We begin to breathe! We have a sense of completeness, or validity to our feelings. In a nut shell, we experience a sense of coming home to ourselves. Our mind can naturally heal itself… all we need to do is learn how to facilitate and allow the recovery process! Vanessa Bushell, Psychologist, Conscious Solutions, Coolum Beach Phone 0424 507 101 www.conscioussolutions.com.au


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Tread lightly Air and Water: Life’s essentials By Mr Green


et’s take a quick look at two of life’s essentials. Air is essential to our existence, it’s mainly Nitrogen (78% approx) and 21% Oxygen, nearly 1% Carbon Dioxide and a little of a few other elements. The air quality all over the world is getting worse and it’s pretty much our fault: cars, power generation, hydrocarbons, methane from cattle etc. In Australia the air quality is comparatively good, better on the Sunshine Coast and, of course, even better in the hinterlands. Many of our Asian neighbours, however, suffer considerably worse conditions and in many countries the inhabitants increasingly have to protect themselves from the pollution and poor air quality. Nowadays they often wear masks, many of which are your garden variety dust masks. Unfortunately, many of these devices only filter large particles: around 400 microns or .4 millimetres which is relatively useless against smog or most of the hydrocarbon particles therein. You

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s a Holistic Naturopath who has incorporated Essential Oils into both professional and personal life for many years, I am passionate about these droplets of ‘Pure Nature’ as Therapeutic and Energetic tools for all levels of our being; physical, emotional, spiritual and mental. E.O’s are subtle, volatile liquids distilled from aromatic plants, flowers, trees, roots, or seeds, which have been used medicinally throughout history. Unique in their ability to pass through the skin and enter the bloodstream where they ‘increase cellular oxygen’. In this way and via their antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, help to create an environment in which pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites cannot live. Essential oils enter the cells in several ways, via the skin, Olfactory(inhalation/smell) or by ingestion making them incredibly versatile medicines. We know that the sense of smell can evoke strong feelings or emotions, and science has now proven the connection between the olfactory nerve and our limbic brain (emotion storehouse). Essential oils like lavender, ylang ylang and sandalwood are used to calm and relax, others to stimulate brain activity, focus and memory such as lemon and rosemary. Each day I am re-inspired by these miraculous medicines from nature and the healing gifts they offer. Note: Because of their delicate natural chemical fingerprint, and differing ways of farming, harvesting and distillation, it is important to choose your essential oils wisely. www.sorayasaraswati.com

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Are you in the way of your own self? By Susanne McAllister


hen we find ourselves in a dark room, the first thing we may ask is: ‘Where is the door?’ This appears to be a natural and real reaction, when, in fact, this question is simply a byproduct of the ‘darkness’. If there is light in the room, we won’t need to ask this question as we are able to easily and effortlessly ‘see’ the door and use it. Even if there is some reason to ask (such as we might bump into something in the dark) the question is still based on some sort of fear. In the same way, when our mind is ‘ignorant’ or in darkness, we bombard ourselves with thousands of questions, such as: ‘How do I heal’, How do I get rid of negative emotions such as anger,

hatred, low confidence?’ ‘How do I better my relationships?’ ‘How do I forgive?’ ‘How do I achieve enlightenment?’ ‘How do I love?’ and we expect instant answers. Most of our physical and mental ailments are created by the mind through excessive and uncontrollable automatic ‘thinking’ and blind belief systems. We then start to look outside ourselves for the answers. Many of us spend a lot of time; effort and money on these outside solutions; only to find that the solutions are only temporary and in many cases may not work at all. The real wisdom, the true help, and the final answers are always within. Each and every human being or creature in this universe has equal amounts of intelligence, wisdom, love and healing power within. How do we reach this state where the answers come naturally and from within instead of the outside? Meditation is a tried and trusted tool to get in touch with ourselves and to bring more light into our Inner World. However, it takes time and effort to develop a meditation practice that brings us our desired answers and healing. Most

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Darkness into Light By Kate Tempest


n 2008, I had my first experience with depression and was medicated, much to my deep distress. It had been two years since I had done any healing work, meditated or practiced yoga, because I was caring for my two small children. There was no time to nurture my own emotional, physical and spiritual needs and this lack of connection to my ”Self ”, brought me unstuck. In the middle of this chapter of my life, a friend asked me to join a Radiant Light Yoga class. I finally let myself have some “time for me” and agreed to go along. This one choice was to lead me back onto the path of self-healing and self-love. After attending regular yoga classes I felt the power behind yoga and began Yoga Teacher Training. My intention was to use yoga as a tool for self-healing, as a way of coming off my medication and to bring my mind, body and soul back into balance naturally. Through a combination of daily yoga and meditation practice, regular energy healings, such as Reiki and Crystal Light Healing™ I was free of depression and

medication within six months, living in natural harmony with my “Self ” once again. Yoga brought me back into balance, reawakened my connection to my soul, purified my body and allowed my mind to become still and receptive. It also reignited the flame of self-healing and accelerated my spiritual journey. Yoga is one of the most natural forms of healing available to humanity. In its most simple form it can be done anywhere, anytime. All you need is the will to practice, an understanding of the poses and your body. The benefits of yoga are far reaching and measurable. Some of these benefits include: lowering stress levels, developing better breathing and posture, calming the mind and bringing the body into harmony. A recent survey conducted by researchers from RMIT reported that more people are now practicing yoga for mental health issues like stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia, than ever before. The reasons most commonly given for starting yoga were “health,

fitness and flexibility”, however once commencing practice many participants stated that yoga was a path to assist in spiritual development, sustainable emotional and mental balance. When practiced mindfully and in synchronicity with the breath, yoga becomes a moving meditation, increasing our ability to listen to the natural intelligence that flows through our bodies. Meditation and deep relaxation are also key factors in healing our bodies naturally, reducing blood pressure, improving digestion and elimination, releasing muscle tension and fatigue. In my life I have found the combination of yoga, meditation and energy healing exceptionally beneficial in naturally maintaining wellness. Namaste Kate Tempest www.yogacrystalawareness.com.au Phone: 0433 945 826

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By Gosia Kuszewski


f your excess weight won’t budge and you often feel tired and cranky, you may have a digestion complaint. Maybe it’s time for a specialised detox program! Sunshine Coast Naturopath Gosia Kuszewski is helping others beat complicated health issues using the natural approach. “The weight loss program I recommend is effective because it takes care of the root of the problem which is toxicity,” says Gosia. “It’s not just about weight, but improving your whole health; digestion, energy levels, balancing the blood sugar and hormones. People who come to see me are transforming their lives, not just reducing their size.” Gosia is qualified with a Bachelor of Health & Science – Naturopathy from the oldest and most prestigious natural

therapy college in Australia, the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne and has helped hundreds of people turn around their health and lose weight. “The most important part of your body is your digestive tract,” Gosia says. If you can’t digest food properly, even if you eat healthy, you cannot absorb nutrients and eliminate wastes as you’re supposed to. People have experienced amazing turnarounds in their health after losing weight following Gosia’s recommendations. “It took me 15 years of trying all sorts of different methods to help my patients to improve their health and to successfully lose weight. Now I have to say that I clearly understand what

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Truly Healthy! By Ray Shapcott


or many years, being ‘Upright, walking and healthy’ were mere words and very much out of reach for Swiss born Rene’-Claudius Schumperli. A dislocated first cervical vertebra called the ‘Atlas’ caused him to suffer for what seemed an endless period of time. Just like many other people he received very little relief from traditional therapies. In the course of all of this suffering Rene’ developed a method to put the Atlas into a correct and stable position, doing so was a major breakthrough for mankind. Rene’ found that almost all humans have a completely dislocated first cervical vertebra (the Atlas). The method developed by Mr Shumperli in the 1990’s enables the Atlas to gently return to its correct position and remain in that correct position indefinitely with only one treatment. Today we are aware how a correctly positioned Atlas is vital for our health and mental wellbeing. The Atlas is at the gateway to the brain where cerebral nerves, veins, spinal cord and spinal fluid pass through the foramen magnum. A

dislocated Atlas restricts the flow of these vital fluids and information between the head and the body resulting in problems in structure of the spine (scoliosis, tilted pelvis, long and short legs), muscle tension in the back and shoulders, headaches, migraines, eyes, ears and jaw misalignment. Essentially this dislocation of the Atlas has the possibility of affecting every organ in the body and our mental wellbeing. The method of releasing the Atlas is by a specific targeted massage of the short neck muscles With a corrected Atlas in its natural position, the body may be able to obtain a new dimension in health. This provides the opportunity to not only walk upright but to also experience a new way of life in health. The method of releasing the Atlas is by a specific targeted massage of the short neck muscles with a specially designed piece of equipment. This massage is a once only treatment which guarantees

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Are you living your life By Wendy Dumaresq, Director Natural Woman Network & Rad-pads


hat does this look like? How can this be achieved? What does it mean? How does this relate to your occupational as well as personal development? How do you know what best suits you as far as an occupation goes? These are some of many questions I have been asked over the years as both a health practitioner and an ecoentrepreneur/mentor. In all aspects of my work I come into contact with so many people who are either unwell or unhappy with their job or life situation. Not usually owing to lack of intelligence or dedication, but more likely as a result of not being conscious of their soul desires and acting upon these. The frustration and despair I have witnessed in others has led me to produce the Enterprise with Soul book and events. This forms part of my own mission and purpose, so it is important for me at a personal level as well as at the level at which my soul seeks to make a contribution to mankind and our future on this little green planet.

Many people I come into contact with are feeling dissatisfied with the way their life is evolving and how they spend their time, but they do not know how to address this. There are a myriad of wonderful books and other media which can assist on these topics and these have certainly assisted me over the years. But there seems to have been a missing link for many, and this is the link between identifying our mission(s), values, passions, purpose and joining this with our occupations as well as developing and maintaining focus on these. For so many people the reduction of well-being and satisfaction which can appear suddenly or over time can greatly affect our health and well-being and that of those around us. Many people have shared observations and frustrations with me such as: “It is like I am living only half a life and I don’t know where the other half is”, “I am not sure whose life I am living anymore”,

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By Dr Kellie Yildirim


eep within us all lies a force, an energy that often lies dormant. It is an energy that is raw, untamed and primal. It is pure life force energy. It has been called many things in many cultures. Kundalini energy, Chi, Prana, Innate energy, the spark of life! At our essence, at our core, we are all sexual beings, and it is this sexuality that has perpetuated our very existence. We are all here today as a result of successful sexual exchange between masculine and feminine beings. So this pure life force energy is essentially the energy that was present when we were sparked to life from a sperm and an egg. It is the energy of creation. It is a catalyst. At it’s most potent; it is pure raw sexual energy, at less potency it is the vitality you see in a person’s eyes and skin and body. BUT when it is gone, your body dies, decays and rots. Sexual energy is shut down in many modern day people due to negative social conditioning around sexuality, and it is my purpose to free up our collective social blockages around sex so that we

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Healing Begins In The Womb By Katrina Zaslavsky


here is a powerful saying, “if we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing” says Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg. Truer words were never spoken. After all, this is where the making of every human being begins, laying the foundations of who we are. The womb is designed to be a safe haven where all our needs are met and we know not hunger nor pain, only pure love and infinite potentiality. Conception creates the spark for our earliest imprint, vital for our future understanding of love. Whether we were conceived in love and whether we were wanted are significant determinants of our future capacity to experience healthy love as adults. But first, we need to recognise the conscious nature of babies. Even before they are born, babies are much smarter than we think. Highly aware cognitive beings, thinking, dreaming, learning and remembering their experiences. Incredibly, even recalling their primal journey at a very deep level of

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interference and drugged (the latter more commonplace today) also plays a significant role in how we see the world. To heal the planet requires a return to love, peace and interconnection. Unless our most basic needs are met early on, we may spend a lifetime seeking that wholeness that is missing and healing inner wounds instead of fixing global ones. In healing ourselves and our children, we pave the way for more of us to live an enlightened passionate path on this planet.

Remember this little being is listening to our every word, feeling every emotion and already starting to make sense of the world. Communication between mother and baby, more than simply verbal, is an holistic experience including the ebb and flow of love hormones and stressreactions. Studies confirm the mother’s emotions pass to the child, both negative and positive and anxious mothers do indeed produce anxious babies. Our inner environment is sacred and our baby’s entire world.

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Lyvea’s Rosy New Career as an Author By Vanessa Finnigan


he’s done it! Astrology goddess Lyvea Rose has released her much anticipated first book, entitled: ‘STAR SIGN STORIES: Entertaining Tales of Astrological Proportions’. I spoke with Lyvea a few weeks before her launch and got the feeling her book is guaranteed to entertain us in galactic proportions indeed! It’s a series of twelve volumes (twelve short stories in an eBook format), which will cover the Zodiac signs in depth, so you can cultivate an appreciation for your star sign – and all the others, of course! Lyvea says the stories are designed to help you “fall in love with your star sign,” rather than feel like you’ve been lumbered with the star sign from hell that is the butt of some joke. So it’s an uplifting and affirming read, as well as funny. When the sun went into Aries on March 21st, Lyvea’s first eBook in the series – Volume One: Aries was launched on her website, as well as www.amazon. com. Following this, Volume Two: Taurus will be released on April 21st, when the

sun moves into Taurus. So it’s like an exciting serial that will come out every month over the next 12 months. So what can we expect? “The legends of astrology are truthful, in their own way, because they are eternally hanging around in the sky, helping you discover the truth about yourself,” says Lyvea, but this is a book of fiction. Her stories are based on the ancient legends of astrology – but hilariously updated and featuring a heroine that Lyvea has dubbed Stella the Astro-Fizzicist. This character becomes your guide around the stars. She wants to get up close and personal with the stars, so with a bit of help from the gods, she flies up a wormhole to Aries and travels all the way round to Pisces. On the way, she discovers the upside, the downside, and the embarrassing side of each star sign, unravels the riddles, and unveils the pleasures and the gifts. Lyvea says her goal was to invent a character that was “the most amusing heroine this side of Orion’s Belt Buckle”.

arts in Melbourne, including a degree in actor-training at Deakin Uni, and discovering a talent for script-writing along the way, Lyvea’s second career as an astrologer is now well established. Her writing is a blend of quirky, cosmic creativity which is pure genius. Her personal healing journey and her love affair with astrology have added an altruistic dimension to her work. “This book is like coming back home to the arts for me – but now with a holistic consciousness,” she says. “I am really looking forward to sharing these stories with people. It’s going to be an incredibly fun year.” For more information about Lyvea’s brand new book series please visit her website www.lyvearose.com

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Mercury goes direct April 4 and Mars turns direct April 14: Feeling more logical, more internally organised, more chilled? Excellent. We’re hearing you. We’re seeing you again. Full moon in Libra April 7: Big full moon, big ideas, big enthusiasms, big crushes, big mistakes (but they are just beautiful “learning curves”, so go right ahead!) Grand Cross April 6 to 13! Venus entices you to look back to the past. This is a place astrologers generally say it’s wise to leave behind. But right now, the past has something wonderful to teach you, or to remind you about. So climb into your Inner Hammock and go right ahead and get all nostalgic; it could lead to a brand new insight. Reconnect with wise old friends, or even a not-so-wise younger version of yourself. There’s magic about, as always with Venus, and crazy ideas could be really blessed. Mars may not be happy…he thinks there is a tonne of merde you need to deal with. He’s sort of right, so make a bit of time for him too. Uranus calling, April 17: Holy Ram’s Horns, this is a beauty. It’s big and it’s rare, and there is nothing you cannot begin under these stars. So begin something wonderful.

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e know how beautifully natural medicines work for people. They also work wonders for animals too. When it comes to healing it is important to take an integrated approach. This means a responsible blend of the conventional with the holistic. If your dog was suffering from a sudden and painful bout of pancreatitis, or a broken bone, you would immediately seek veterinary advice. Once the emergency is over a natural animal practitioner can help prevent the condition from occurring again, or support healing of the bone. So what is the difference between a consultation with a conventional vet, and one with a holistic vet or natural animal practitioner? Let’s take an ear infection as the example. A typical consultation with a conventional vet will usually go something like this. You arrive with your dog Swish and the vet has a look in his ear. The vet may take Swish’s temperature and a swab from the ear to determine the type of infection present. He may give the ear a clean and provide you with ear

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