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re you creating the relationships you desire? This month we have a feature on the topic of conscious relationships and some insightful articles and people contributing. Selecting, reading and editing all the articles this month has allowed me the space to reflect on how I had desired both a deeper connection with myself and a ‘loving partnership that works’ for my entire adult life. And after twelve years of co-creating a relationship with many twists and turns with my partner Rod, I have actualised my long-term relationship desires in this moment… and we continue to create it and what else is possible? Even though I had many years being happily single, there were a few people along the way that tried to convince me that a ‘partnership/relationship’ takes you away from consciousness or ultimately creates suffering. I am relieved I no longer doubt myself in this area. Conscious relating can be a walking, talking, living ‘beingness’ with every encounter and person including ourselves. There is more ease and flow the more we let go of the past and our conditioning and stop entraining to old, limited vibrations that keep us from being our own unique
energy resonance. So we can live in the present with imagination and possibilities for creating our future. And we can create with more awareness so life doesn’t just happen to us. Perfectionism, movie style expectations, blaming, constant reactiveness, passive aggression, not listening to each other and the need to be right, are just a few factors that can create relationship toxicity… what if there is another way? I love that this magazine invites different perspectives and people from a variety of backgrounds so we can see that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to life and relationships. What do you resonate with this month? What inspires you? We would love to hear from you and be part of your journey. We have such a beautiful, heartfelt interview/story this month between Raelene Byrne and our cover couple Michael and Carolyn Roads. We are thrilled to share their living, breathing conversation with you.
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16 Food for the Soul
06 Vegan Bohemian GURU LIFE
Interview with Kym O’Connell: Get on the Wellness Wagon
Changing your approach and slowing down RACHEL JONES
Laxatives: Short-term gain for long-term loss
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FOOD FOR THE SOUL
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FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Interview with Kym O’Connell
Get on the WELLNESS HB: What is Love Organic Living’s vision? Kym: Collectively we have loved learning about how food can be our best medicine… we believe that nature is the key… we bring communities together for health talks, movies that matter and events that change the way we eat, drink and think! Our vision is to heal ourselves and others through films, food, families and friendship. We foster kindness, mindfulness and compassion within our local community and help others do the same. HB: What inspired you three to create it? Kym: Cancer! Having watched from
the sidelines 14 friends battle cancer and with the loss of four gorgeous souls, I knew the stats of 1:2 were just the beginning! Why wasn’t anyone talking about FOOD??? Well, it’s been 20 years since my best friend Pam started her terrifying journey which she lost last August and I didn’t have another 20 years to wait!!! And so, 15 years ago I began a series of health talks locally for families who were confused about the good, the bad and the ugly on our plates… I signed up immediately to do an organic farmer’s course, followed by a permaculture course and studies in nutrition, and worked alongside the most inspiring nutritionists, natural doctors and complementary doctors on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. All talked about how powerful food was as medicine, NOT a pill for every ill! I had a chance meeting with a nurse in NSW who had returned from India with a stash of turmeric dust and more… I thought the medicinal spices I could easily make into a divine drink, smoothie, pancake and soup! And so, with this in mind I researched all of
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FOOD FOR THE SOUL
CHANGING your APPROACH
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or many people our thoughts are consumed by negative self-talk towards our bodies and our relationship with food is not a nourishing and pleasurable one. Food deprivation, appetite control, punishing exercise and hating yourself into creating the body and life you want, is an absurd way we have been conditioned to believe should be the action steps that lead us to healthy change. Ultimately the path you take informs the destination, so we need to move away from the belief that our measure of success should equal the number on a scale, the size of our jeans or how long you were able to stay on the diet. We need to instead focus on transitioning away from exercise we dislike, towards movement that is fun, enjoyable and embodying. We need to continue to eat real, unprocessed whole foods and increase the quality of food we choose to eat. It is also extremely important to be mindful of
how we eat, as this can also influence the nutritional value of our meal. When we slow down with our meals (meaning we eat with awareness), receive pleasure from our food and enjoy the experience of eating, we switch on the relaxation response. This is also known as the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the optimal state for digestion, assimilation and calorie burning. However if we eat a meal fast or in a stressed state, it puts the body into a stress response and increases the potential for unwanted digestive symptoms such as heartburn, bloating and gas. It elevates insulin and cortisol and in excess amounts these hormones signal the body to store weight, store fat and not build muscle. How powerful is that! My favourite technique I use to achieve optimum nutritional metabolism and slow down with my food, is to take 5-10 long slow deep breaths to drop into a relaxation response. I then say
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a short blessing honouring the meal that I’m about to eat, and express my gratitude to the plants and animals that have contributed to the meal. I also try to avoid multitasking, as this usually leads to unconscious eating, followed by overeating, because my brain was not able to assess the full nutrient content of the meal, influencing my natural appetite regulation. In terms of movement, I aim to move my body every day doing something I love, whether that is taking a yoga class or going for a walk in nature, these activities help keep my cortisol and stress levels in check. What changes could you make today to slow down with food and in your movement? As an Eating Psychology and Health Coach, I use a positive and empowering mind-body nutrition approach to help people move towards a nourishing relationship with food and body that is healthy and sustainable. www.rachelemmajones.com
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LAXATIVES: Short-term gain for LONG-TERM LOSS WORDS JOEL GRACE, Owner, Sunshine Colonics Health & Wellness Centre
e’ve all experienced the uncomfortable feeling of constipation at some stage, but for many people that backed-up sensation is more the norm than the exception. It can be tempting to reach for an over-the-counter laxative as a quick fix to get some relief, but it’s so much better for the health of your digestive system to look at natural dietary solutions to ease constipation. Why are pharmaceutical and overthe-counter laxatives so bad for me? Laxatives regularly cause serious and irreversible damage by artificially stimulating and desensitising the nerve endings in your colon, which pretty quickly impairs your ability to have a complete and satisfying bowel movement. Laxatives make your colon work in reverse, by drawing water into your waste to bulk up your stool instead of absorbing water out of your waste. Laxative dependency occurs when the colon stops reacting to usual doses of laxatives so that larger amounts of laxatives may be needed
to produce bowel movements. By this stage, the nerve endings in your colon are impaired and are simply less able to stimulate your intestinal muscles to contract. What about senna? I see a lot of people taking senna tea or a senna supplement because it’s a natural laxative alternative. It’s rare for me to say this, but just because something is natural doesn’t always make it good for you! Senna can have the same desensitising effect on your colon nerve endings as conventional laxatives and as such should be avoided or at the least used very sparingly. If senna laxatives are used too frequently, laxative dependence, electrolyte imbalance and loss of normal bowel function can occur. What are the best natural laxatives? Look for foods that help lubricate the intestines, such as chia seeds, aloe vera, flax seeds and slippery elm. Ensure that your fibre intake is adequate with foods like prunes, papaya, kiwifruit and sweet potato.
Probiotic foods like sauerkraut and kim chi will help improve stool consistency and regularity. And a minimum of 10 glasses of water daily will ensure your waste is adequately hydrated and soft enough to easily leave your body. Apple cider vinegar can also accelerate waste movement through the colon. Can you repair the damage done by conventional laxatives? Absolutely! That’s where colonics come in. Regular colon hydrotherapy can reactivate your intestinal muscles and re-train them over time to enable an easy unassisted regular bowel movement. It’s kind of like a gym workout for your colon muscles – the more you use them during the colonic, the stronger these muscles will get. Make sure you choose a colonic clinic that uses the Open Colonic System with a certified therapist, as it is the only type of colonic that can achieve improvement in muscle tone and restore your gut-brain connection simultaneously. www.sunshinecolonics.com.au
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Love, Truth and Conscious Coupling WORDS RAELENE BYRNE PHOTO JOY KACHINA
ver the last few years the words of consciousness, awareness, presence and ‘beingness’ have crept into conversations and life choices in all walks of life. The collective energy field is pulsing and offering a new way of living to all who hear the call. One of the areas where change is rapidly required is in relationships. People are wanting deeper, richer connections, more meaningful conversations, walking through life with a partner who not only loves you, but brings the holy grail of the highly valued gifts of: responsibility, listening, vulnerability, trust and appreciation, while allowing space for the uniqueness of each person to be explored, discovered and revealed. Any relationship with another is a direct reflection of a person’s own 10
relationship with themselves. It reveals their unconditional love for self, or their lack of it. A conscious relationship is a journey, not a destination. It is an aspect of your commitment to life by committing yourself to another person. When you engage in living life from a higher consciousness, everything changes and relationships have a chance of being what you desire them to be. What you put into yourself, will be shared with those you love. Change is a result of answering conscious intelligence, which alters our frequency, and DNA. When I entered the sanctuary of Michael and Carolyn Roads, I crossed into an expanded energy field. The proverbial parting of the veils, the moving through a membrane, into a world reflecting their connection to earth, nature, plants and each other. The genuine warm heart hug from
Carolyn was indeed a preparation for the piercing, unwavering gaze of her husband Michael, who holds the space of absolute truth. In that instant, I saw how they worked effortlessly as a team, how a conscious relationship is a powerful way of living; the knower (Michael) and the knowing (Carolyn). Michael and Carolyn are quite a rare couple. They dynamically walk their talk, travelling and offering their expertise through intensive courses all over the world. Their intensives take people into the place of knowing who they are by breaking through and breaking down their barriers. Participants can then ‘embrace emotional balance and clarity’ while understanding how life works. It is from this point of knowing self, that you can create rewarding, full relationships with others and life, while living consciously in the eternal moment. Michael’s journey with enlightenment
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began as a dairy farmer in Tasmania. One day he jumped onto his children’s homemade roundabout and set it spinning. As he spun around he wondered, “Where am I going? Where am I from?” And then came the universal question, the catalyst for all spiritual awakenings, “WHO AM I?” This question, the beginning of conscious growth, the catalyst for change, is in the collective consciousness, the field of wisdom that permeates all of life. It arises for each of us, when the time is right. As Michael said, not enough people take action on the opportunity for change, on the invitation to consciously create, to open to the truth of self. Bruce Lipton quotes that 94% of the world lives subconsciously, which means they are living without any real connection to themselves. A few years after this universal question, Michael and his family left the farm to travel around Australia. His thirst for spiritual living and inner discovery, directed Michael to create a community based in NSW for those earnestly seeking to live a spiritual life. After a few years he realised I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN CREATE MY DREAM, so he left the community to pursue his own spiritual quest. Over the next few years, Michael spent time engaging nature on a metaphysical level and writing, ‘Talking with Nature’ which eventually became a best seller in the USA. During that time, he became ill and was spiralling downward in health. As with many people, ill health took him to the edge, where there were two options available! Instead of dying, Michael said he became enlightened. Michael gave a twist to the old saying: “Before enlightenment I chopped wood and carried water. After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water” by adding “… effortlessly” at the end. “What does enlightenment mean to you?” I asked Michael. His answer, “The end of worry, ill-health, self-judgement, anxiety, and self-criticism.” Twenty-six years ago Michael started to tour the world as a spiritual teacher. At the time he was reluctant to carry that label. Carolyn was the event coordinator in the USA, and a friendship began. Both were married to their longterm partners and the four developed a good friendship that lasted for many years. After the grieving process when
Michael’s wife passed away in 2006, he reached a moment where he felt complete unconditional love within himself. Carolyn’s long marriage had ended, so she and Michael reconnected as good friends until a spark of something more lead them to romance and marriage. Carolyn said, “Between us we have over 100 years of being married, so we have had plenty of practise.” When it comes to relationships, Michael said, “love is the power of creation, not an emotion.” Carolyn so eloquently suggested that unconditional love is a space within self; one of complete acceptance. Some days you will get it wrong, but accept that it is situational experience, and that is how it is in that moment. It is NOT defining your true self. “Life always gets it right,” is what Carolyn offered, so in her words, “stop trying to move away from yourself, stop seeing what is wrong and stop trying to fix it, just accept you, all of you, just as you are. When you can achieve that, you can then offer that to all relationships you experience.” The ‘what you see is what you get’ attitude is an expression of living in truth, which this couple demonstrates constantly, whether sitting over a cuppa or in front of many hundreds of people, while teaching about the transformational process to raise the participants’ consciousness. They walk their talk, loving each other and themselves unconditionally. Here are their suggestions to create or achieve more conscious relationships: 1. See the newness in your partner each day 2. Remember that only the newness in you can see the newness in others 3. Enrich, inspire and enhance each other’s lives 4. Let appreciation of each other replace criticism 5. Laugh freely and don’t take yourself too seriously 6. Support each other through the challenges of life 7. Embrace your humanness as a path toward divinity 8. Speak truth, have gratitude 9. By honouring your partner, you honour yourself Seeing your partner as a new person each day, is such a powerful starting point for many. Too often we see people as they were, and we can fall into the play of being who we used to be for
STOP TRYING TO MOVE AWAY FROM YOURSELF, STOP SEEING WHAT IS WRONG AND STOP TRYING TO FIX IT, JUST ACCEPT YOU…
others as a comfortable place, however it is NOT who we really are. Finding that space of unconditional love in self allows transmutation, transcendence and transformation, and are the VERY things Michael and Carolyn offer at their five-day intensives. Michael suggested that love is a rare experience, as most relationships are directed from the subconscious. True love is a fully conscious experience. Michael said most relationships are subconscious because people do not live consciously in the moment. The subconscious blocks us from unconditionally loving ourselves. There is a clear certainty with his wisdom and how he shared it. There is a deep connection and relationship to conscious intelligence which has allowed him to address the United Nations in 2017 on the topic of, ‘You Are the World.’ Would love to have heard that one!! Michael said there are two ways to live life; one way works (conscious) and one doesn’t (subconscious). With a number of published books, Michael has embraced the spiritual teacher label, and shares incredible truth and wisdom. Communication of the written and spoken word is Michael’s gift and passion. You can’t have passion without love, or love without passion, he said. Both Carolyn and Michael operate from their right brain, being in flow, living from the heart, floating along with the strong undercurrent of trust; it’s their way of life. Relationships are a personal journey, so if you want a great soul-filled and connected one, then you have to do all the inner work, understand how life works, who you are, and then you can stand in a place of fullness to share your journey with others. www.michaelroads.com.au Holistic Bliss | AUGUST 2017 |
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What can CHILDREN TEACH US about relationships? WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education
he best form of conscious relationship you can have with a child is to be totally conscious of what you say, do and how you behave. The old adage, ‘do as I say and not as I do’ does not fit with the new Millennium Children®. Let’s make it easy with conscious language and what it does for this amazing generation of children. When you get this, life for you and them will be easy and the relationship you have with them will empower the children and you. The Millennium Children® work from heart base and love language and the old ways will not create a loving or empowering relationship. In fact, some of these dynamic souls will push your buttons to make you more conscious of the relationship to have. That might be by hitting, swearing, cussing or even not talking. When I teach this to teachers, childcare workers and parents, I explain there are key words that create conscious relationships which these children require to blossom. If you want them to do something with great passion, these are the words that will support them:
want, like, feel, will, can, choose. These conscious words allow children and especially teenagers to feel empowered and to know they have a choice to be the example of what is possible. As these words invoke feeling which these children thrive on, their conscious awareness allows them to access their higher wisdom to create a relationship with anything including their guides and angels. If you use words like have to, should, must, got to, can’t, need and ought to, it is talking to the Millennium Children® unconsciously and they will not understand you and may even rebel, as it does not make sense to them. The relationship you have just created is one that is awkward and restricted. These are the old outdated words that have been used and no longer fit the new generation. So many teachers and parents have explained that as soon as they changed their language with the children, there was a heart connection and the children seemed to be happier and more alive. They blossomed in a way that could not
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s I sit here 32+ years in a relationship that has blossomed through many ups and downs, as most long term relationships do, I began to understand just how fortunate my husband Wayne and I are to have been able to still have something very special and to still feel very committed to each other. In the beginning, it did not help that we had both come from broken marriages and that we had children to integrate within the relationship. The process to create a conscious relationship was radically different from earlier expectations we had on each other when we first met. Staying connected with our hearts open and vulnerable with each other has led to more creative ways of positively contributing to our relationship. Our ability to work together in peace and harmony allowing each other’s strength to shine is of an enormous value to not only us; to the many amazing clients we share retreats, workshops, coaching and seminars with. It is like a ying and yang; balance.
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We shine as a genuine team when working with others. This crosses over in our daily life with one another. Something very magical happens when we feel truly connected and present in our relationship. That is the essence of a conscious relationship – being connected and present. Also being able to empower each other individually is being able to let the other person be free. For example, Wayne is now in his last year at University finishing his Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy. He also uses his personal training qualifications, specialising in rehabilitation to help people with their posture, functional movement and exercise. With his years of experience as a meditation coach, he also helps others to relax and discipline themselves in the art of healing. Meanwhile, I continue with creating the seminars, workshops and retreats we both facilitate, not to mention writing another book and doing a second edition of ‘From Cancer to Wellness: The Forgotten Secrets’.
I am always in awe of Wayne due to his capacity to change things he knows are not bringing out the best in him. He has been a guiding light for me to make positive changes that allows us to grow together and to be able to love unconditionally. Prior to my conquering terminal cancer in 2005 through nutrition, and lifestyle changes, Wayne and I were already working harmoniously with each other in the building industry – he as an award-winning builder, and I as the interior designer. Now we rebuild bodies as harmoniously as we built homes. I believe that true love is a journey where acceptance, forgiveness, heartfelt vulnerability and honesty is essential. www.cancertowellness.com
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REDUCE ARGUMENTS WORDS MARC DE BRUIN
Knowing that the other person is angry, one who remains mindful and calm acts for his own best interest and for the other’s interest too.’’ – Buddhist Scripture Since I started working with selfawareness and mindfulness many years ago, it became clear to me that every relationship I enter into, whether it be a personal or professional one, is a reflection of my relationship with ME. How I relate to everything and everyone is totally dependent on my beliefs and ideas about ‘the world’. The way in which I experience the world, and my ability to be happy in it, constantly changes based on my mindset. I am responsible for my responses and reactions to life’s events. No-one else. I didn’t always like that idea. I often thought that it would be much easier if I could blame something or someone for my bad luck or for my hurt. It would have hurt even more if I had to
acknowledge that my reaction is my responsibility! If you are familiar with my articles in HBM, you know that I see pointing fingers and laying blame as ‘reactions’; defensive mechanisms in us that are meant to make us feel better when we get hurt by something or someone. These reactions are understandable, but hardly ever helpful in the long run. A more wholesome and ultimately more beneficial approach is to develop strong awareness of your feelings at each point in time (‘present-centred awareness’ or mindfulness) and to STOP yourself from that split-second reaction that wants to come out of you instantly. Wait a couple of seconds, think about the situation, and then respond (instead of react). It’s a skill that can be learned quite easily – just ask me – and it will change your life forever. Research into mindfulness has linked growing present-centred awareness to important emotional
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LEARN TO RESPOND WORDS CATHERINE CONNOLLY
o you find yourself in relationships where you don’t feel heard? Are you spending huge amounts of energy arguing or disagreeing with your partner or a loved one? Do you feel dissatisfied even when you’ve negotiated an agreement or one of you ‘gives in’? Perhaps your needs aren’t being met, or you’re yearning for an intimacy you thought you once had. Chances are, there are times when you feel as though you and your loved one don’t even speak the same language anymore. One or both of you are probably reacting rather than responding. Are you the accused or the accuser? Are phrases like “why do you…”, “why can’t you…”, “when will you…”, “how could you…” all too familiar? No matter how poor communication might appear, all people intend to connect meaningfully. Although some may come across as aggressive, blamefilled or resistant, what they are looking for is connection and validation. Right now, your relationship might
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o one tells you that the purpose of money is to change people’s realities. When I was growing up, I was told “If I give you money then you have to do this, or do that.” That is what I was taught with money and that’s how I saw money. When I asked questions as a kid, I was told “It’s none of your business” so I grew up thinking money was none of my business. Later in life, I realised that having those points of view created no money. So I tell my son everything about money. It gives him the freedom to have the awareness of what it takes to create money. I started to educate myself about money; I realised how money worked and got clear on how much it is I earn and how much it is I spend. From there, I could figure out how much more I needed to create. With creating more money, look at the different ways people create it. Look at how they
create and then ask: What would it take for me to have that? And then be willing to do whatever it takes. Also, put 10% of what you earn away and don’t touch it. Put it away as an honouring of you. I know this is weird to some people but, trust me, I have been doing it now for 3-4 years and my income keeps going up. So I know it works. With money most people look to ‘how much of the pie’ they can get. As I started to see the value of money and what it could add to my life, I saw how using money could contribute to people. When I looked at what I could contribute to others with what I create, my relationships with others started to change. Relationship by definition is actually the distance between two points. With all relationships, I ask “what would I like to create with this person?” If you look at relationships from a day-to-day
creation then you don’t get bored with it; you create with it. Ask “what can I create with this person today”, not “what’s wrong with my relationship?” The purpose of relationship should be for your life to expand and increase. Look at what else is possible and ask if this is actually what you desire to have in your life? 95% of people in the world would rather have a bad relationship than no relationship at all. If you can be kind to yourself, you can have someone that can be kind to you. Anything that you desire to have in a relationship, you actually need to have with yourself. BRENDON WATT is based on the Sunshine Coast, Qld and travels worldwide facilitating Access Consciousness classes. He has a 4-day Foundation class in Noosa this September. For more about Brendon, please visit: www.accessconsciousness.com/ brendonwatt
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ecoming more conscious of your own relationship patterns, disconnected and defense behaviours, assist you to clear and heal the pain origin. This pain origin may branch from your own experiences of fear, resentment, self-pity, abandonment, betrayal or feeling unsupported, to name a few responses to your emotional environment and relationships. It may also be inherited. Our emotional DNA may also be inherited from parents, grandparents or their grandparents, so when working with clients, I quite often need to work on their family patterns. When an ancestor has felt stuck, frustrated and powerless in their life due to obligations and expectations, this energy distortion may, without intention be passed on. So a client may feel as though they are unable to achieve their goals, put themselves first or feel like they have a right to a healthy, positive, nurtured life and may have absolutely no idea why. When that energy has been
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recalibrated to the natural tune of the individual, they are no longer burdened with handed-down sorrows and quite often comment how much lighter they feel. Adjusting this energetic story also brings with it a change of behaviour. It may be quite illuminating when you notice the shift in negative thinking to positive action and a confident, focussed and authentic you. Disconnected behaviours such as: entitlement, cravings, obligations, isolation, expectations or projections, are simply ways to guard against real or perceived physical, emotional or psychological threats, often employing control, avoidance, blame or manipulation to ensure this selfpreservation. Unconsciously, human beings engage in common relationship behaviour types to maintain this sense of safety. Have you noticed in some relationship interactions, one will parent the other, one may be the star or boss and the other partner quiet or subdued? The ideal relationship
functions in balance and even though some may achieve this co-operative harmony consistently, in times of stress, they too may resort to one of the twelve relationship behaviour types. Communication is the key and often the most challenging aspect. What is said, is filtered through your own experiences, situation, pain, beliefs, judgements, wants or lacks. Next time you have a conversation be conscious, make it an opportunity to learn more about yourself. Once you become aware of these patterns and behaviours and healed some hurts, you’ve also made an impact on your family and the planet. However the big, obvious and most unattractive attitudes may be easily changed with determination and even joy, it’s the subtle ones that sneak up into our consciousness that shock, or make us recoil or deny. So be kind to yourself, this is not who you are, it is what you came here to heal; a divine opportunity to choose who you are. www.amandamackay.com.au
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ith a photo of Carolyn and me on the cover of Holistic Bliss this month – an honour – and also being featured in Raelene’s article on relationships, I am offering a bit more of the story of our spiritual relationships. This is my 26th year of travelling to ten to twelve countries yearly presenting five-day intensives, and, naturally enough, in every different country we are both involved in relationships with many other people. The overall objective of an intensive is that the participant will be able to go home with a clear knowing of how to inner-grow from illusion to enlightenment, and how to create fulfilling and enriching relationships, starting with themselves. Our relationship with ourself is, by far, the most important relationship we will ever have. It creates the foundation for our relationship with life, with health, with abundance… with everything.
The creative power of unconditional love plays a very important role in all relationships. Love is perceived as an emotion, but this is not so. Love is the power of creation. It is said that ‘God is Love’ which is true. And it is love that created the world – not an emotion! Love is existence itself, it’s what we are; the frequency that links us all to each other, to nature, to our world and to our relationship with our eternal divinity. Carolyn and I have been so blessed to have discovered unconditional love within ourselves, thus we travel the world for four to five months of the year doing our best to bring love and light into people’s lives. Spreading the Love Bug! The growing and emotional healing of other people is also the growing and emotional healing of ourselves! I could truthfully say that in my early years as a spiritual teacher I was sometimes emotionally bewildered by a few of the
participants, whereas nowadays this almost never happens. I also grew! As, over the years, my emotions came more and more into balance, the emotional confrontations ended. Now, this never happens. This is why in our intensives I give quite some time teaching about how to achieve the rare state of emotional balance. In my 80 years I have learned that emotional balance, unconditional love and realising the true meaning of life and of self are the greatest gifts one can achieve. These are the treasures that stay with us forever, continuing into each new incarnation. I have dedicated my life to helping others experience this also. The rewards are priceless… well beyond money or possessions. Your relationship with self-love is where it all begins. If you honour self, you honour life. If you honour life, life will honour you! www.michaelroads.com.au
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CONSCIOUS RELATIONSHIPS whether we realise it or not, this has a lot to do with who we are moved to connect with. Physical appearance, voice, beliefs, mannerisms and even smell influence our responses. When a relationship includes a sexual attraction particularly in youth, our hormones may override many of these intuitive promptings. We often experience more confusion in our intimate relationships than our more casual friendships. Intimacy in relationship opens us up, and literally leaves us naked in front of the other. This gives rise to feelings of extreme vulnerability. Vulnerability is not comfortable and often exposes our fears and insecurities. WORDS SORAYA SARASWATI
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here is no doubt about it, relationships shape our lives. Firstly, with our parents or caregivers, our siblings, friends, peers and the environment itself. The experience of these foundational relationships continues to influence our adult choices within relationships.
Relationships have many different levels of engagement from energetic, mental and spiritual right through to physical touch. We are energetically attracted or repelled by people simply by how we feel in their presence. Each of us has an energetic output which influences the space around us, and
There is gold in this if we seek to find it. Here-in lies an opportunity for us to throw off the cloak of fear that often holds us back from deep truth and ultimate freedom. When I met my current husband, partner, best friend, I was a single widowed mother with four young sons. Like him, I had experienced hurt, confusion and disappointment in previous relationships, so when Terry announced his love for me and a desire to be together I was frozen with fear. I was doing well on my own, feeling safe and in control of my life. We had become friends and were already playing music together. I felt
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strongly attracted to him but past experience had rendered me untrusting of my feelings when it came to men and my protective instincts as a mother made me wary. Luckily Terry was persistent. He listened to my fears patiently, and then arrived at my doorstep one morning with a ‘Just Do It’ T-shirt on. That was 12 years ago. Honesty, Trust and Respect Becoming good friends first made it easier for us to develop ‘open honesty, trust and respect’ for each other which forms, to this day, a solid foundation for our relationship. Trust and respect need to be earned, so I am talking here about honorable relationships. Terry and I are both dedicated to our spiritual path and had been sincere seekers long before we met. But, as mature adults we each brought our personal STUFF into the relationship in the form of fears, limiting beliefs and habits. With nine children between us, and a history of unfulfilling past relationships, these were considerable. Acceptance and Commitment A committed relationship paired with honesty, trust and respect, makes it fertile ground for further personal growth, both as individuals and as a team. To feel committed to a relationship there needs to be acceptance of your partner ‘warts and all’ without imposing or demanding
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that person change in any way. The truth is if we want our relationship to improve, it’s us that needs to change. Relationships can be a tough gig, and the critical mind wants to point the finger away from ourselves. But this will only serve to undermine mutual trust and be a catalyst for fearful, defensive and possibly aggressive behaviour. If both partners express courage and vulnerability together without judgement, an opportunity to experience real freedom and love arises. Challenges People often see our relationship as a fairytale but it has taken us to some really tough places. We have been further challenged by the suicide of my 17-yearold son and deep feelings of grief and loss that followed. Terry’s health has been threatened more than once and he recently lost an eye to melanoma. Our commitment to support each other to
awaken to truth and shared passion for our music and spiritual work holds us strong. Reaction verses Action Pure action is born of the moment and is clear and clean. Reaction is always tainted by the past which is often irrelevant and even destructive to the present happenings. Reaction occurs when we are out of trust and flow with the present moment and this resistance to presence automates a fear-based response. Reaction is defensive and may become aggressive as it tries to support some deep-held, often hidden belief based on past experience. The Golden Key Our partner can become our healing mirror reflecting back our deepest fears, egoist mindset, resistance to presence and reactive behaviour, based on past unintegrated impressions. The golden key to unlocking the chains that bind us to destructive or non-communication is AWARENESS. Becoming mindful of our reactive behaviour, owning it and then reflecting on the truth, helps us shine the light of consciousness into our darkness. In time, we realise none of this is who we really are, we are far more than this. SORAYA SARASWATI is a Musician and Author of “Shining Through: From Grief to Gratitude” – www.sorayasaraswati.com TERRY OLDFIELD is a Composer-Musician – www.terryoldﬁeld.com
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What’s LOVE got to do with it? WORDS MURRAY BALL
any of my clients seek help for ongoing drama within their daily lives and their own personal relationships. Often they blame others for their suffering and pain. My advice is simple: let go of the blame game, and take responsibility for your own actions. Truth, honesty and integrity are the foundations of a conscious relationship. Stand in your truth, speak your truth, and listen when your partner is speaking their truth. Be honest with yourself, and to your partner, and have the integrity to be mindful and sincere of how you treat your partner. Once trust is broken or secrets are kept, morals will fade and darken, and coming back from that lowest point takes effort and forgiveness from both sides. We all make mistakes: we are spirits in an organic body having a human experience. But unthinkingly allowing those cycles to recur again and again, will only set you up for a life of torment and suffering. If you are in turmoil within a relationship, then you are assuredly
the co-creators of the drama that is being played out. You are allowing it to happen with your own actions and reactions. I believe in love. Love is the most important key to life… without love there is only emptiness… with love there is wholeness. Love your life, love your world, love your tribe, and love the person who wants to truly share their life with you. Many of us have already experienced that true awareness of connection – the euphoria of intense eye contact, the sensation of touching and having our energies entangled, feeling our spirits merge as our bodies coalesce… To receive love, you must love… love is the greatest gift we can give: a hug, a heartfelt embrace, words of encouragement, listening. Never take it for granted that they know you love them… show them every day. Simplicity is the key that so many of us have missed. Worrying about what the other person is doing, feeling and reacting to their reactions, swinging
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constantly, like a pendulum in a grandfather clock, is destructive. STOP the motion of swinging, of reaction and action. Stay still, and listen to what is being said. Don’t interrupt. Stay still. Give and receive love freely, and love yourself. Don’t play games with someone’s heart, and don’t allow someone to play with yours. Loving deeply while allowing the other person to use that as leverage, leads to resentment. If you have dependency on another to fulfil what is missing in your life, or to feed off their emotions, you are destined to fail. When you acknowledge what you want your life to be, you are responsible for your own actions. Have your boundaries. No codependency. Aim for interdependence and independence, so that individually you bloom and together you are greater than the sum of your parts. This is so for all conscious relationships: partners, family, friends, and associates. www.ofmindbodyspirit.com
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The art of
WORDS SHARON TURTON
7 SIMPLE YET PROFOUND STEPS TO BE THE PARENT YOU CHOOSE TO BE Step 7: Be the Role Model you want to be ole modelling loving behaviour to your child is by far and away the most effective and profound teaching that your child can receive. It is the way you are with your child that sets the foundation of how your child will interact with their world, with you and with themselves, for the rest of their lives. Children learn about themselves and their place in the world from you, the parent. If children can see you dealing positively with negative feelings and challenging situations, their brains will grow neural pathways to inform them that this is normal. They naturally grow up being able to cope with the inevitable challenges of life in an emotionally intelligent way and grow into balanced and aware teenagers and adults that are capable of making a positive difference to our world.
If on the other hand, they experience you as resentful, anxious or defeated in the face of difficulties, they will be moulded by this over-riding negativity that will limit them from living to their potential. The famous quote from Mahatma Ghandi –‘Be the change you wish to see for the world’, is a powerful message for parents. When you, the parent, live with respect and compassion, living your truth with an open heart and willingness to face the challenges of life with integrity and courage, you will be deeply modelling these powerful qualities to your children. This is the greatest teaching that you can give. Following the previous six steps is a blueprint for living the life you choose and responding consciously when triggered. If you are finding that you are stuck in old unhealthy patterns of emotional pain or limiting beliefs and need extra support, check out
Journey work on my website – www.sharonturton.com/work-with-me/ the-journey The Journey is a simple yet powerful way for you and your child to clear the pain of the past and reconnect to your shining potential deep inside. When your children feel your unconditional love and acceptance of who they are as human beings, even when you are holding firm boundaries, you are giving the greatest gift of all. It gives them an inner sense of worth and self-esteem that will stay with them throughout their life and hold them steadily through the challenges that they will surely have to face. Parent from the heart and be the gardener of your children’s souls. Contact SHARON for private coaching, Journey sessions and workshops – Sharon is the sole presenter for ‘The Journey’ in Australia and author of two books. Next parent/kids workshops 12 & 13 August, Sunshine Coast. www.sharonturton.com
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WORDS JANET McGEEVER
I don’t want to make love with you anymore.” It’s a statement that’s been heard by many a devastated man or woman, perhaps more often than not; the bombshell that explodes dreams, and cuts to the very core of anyone’s self-worth. Sexual intimacy isn’t everything in a relationship, but for some it is really important. With all the couples I work with, at the deep core of the issue is lack of connection. That’s the missing piece. I also see many who love each other and desperately want to connect, but their sexual connection is just not matching up. They are in two different places. How to bring each together so they are on the same page? That can be a very individual process but generally lack of connection will invariably have its roots in some kind of level of absence; you get the feel
the other person is just ‘not with you’. Or it might be you, who is ‘not there’. For some, the style of sex we are all used to, can become mechanical and lack soul. The thing is that our bodies are still engaged – so we seem present, but the mind will often have a goal, which means we are in the future. If our mind is elsewhere, then we are not present. And the other person can feel it. And love falls by the wayside. It can eventually leave little to be desired as each turns off in their own way, one avoiding and the other continually attempting to connect. The key is finding the bridge to move from absence to presence. Our wonderful mind loves to be given a job – so give it the job of simple… awareness. The act of awareness is the bridge, the pathway between absence and presence. It is the link that can move you from distant to loving, from
abandoned and abandoning, to connecting. And this takes practice. So engaging your inner awareness on your own body, not the other person’s; awareness on your breath; on your heart, lifting the awareness away from the genitals so they can be allowed to ‘do their own thing’; softening your eyes and making eye contact in a way that is inviting, not interrogating of the other. These are just some tools of awareness that you can use to bring more presence and thus more connection into your relationship. And the magic? Love and connection is the by-product! Enjoy! JANET is a speaker, author, mentor to women and couples and is presenter of The Making Love Retreat for couples in Australia. She holds transformational workshops and retreats for women and couples. She is co-author of the upcoming book, Tantric Sex and Menopause. www.janetmcgeever.com
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The MAN of my
WORDS KATE M FOSTER, Author, Speaker and Truth Bearer
’ve loved love my whole life. Its ways are deeply woven into my being. For as long as I can remember, I had called in that great love that awaited me somewhere on this planet. From four years of age, my Nan’s teacup readings confirmed my future happiness. With all the love in her heart, she would pour us tea and then give me a reading. The message was always, “Oh my darling, you are going to be so very happy in your life. You will grow into a beautiful woman, your life will be just as beautiful as you. You will marry a handsome, kind man who will love and support you to live your dreams.” I based my measurement of love on my Nan’s prophecies and a mixture of two books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and the writings on love in The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. I was doomed from the start! I knew love was sacred, I was yet to learn it would not leave me alone until I
had surrendered all my ideas of it. It seems everything comes at a price, we just need to decide if we are willing to pay it? In my teenage years, I began writing lists about that one great love who was to come. At the time, the only way I knew I could access this ‘one’ great love was through another. I was yet to understand that this ‘oneness’, this great love, was already within me, so I set about writing lists for the ‘one’ that was to come. They were detailed, clear and for my polishing. Mostly they were long lists of what I perceived was absent in me or my life. Qualities I expected some miracle human to fulfil. After decades of countless revisions, one day I finally realised I embodied all the qualities on my list. My list had become a reflection of my own heart. A deep sense of peace settled upon me. It didn’t matter if I never loved another again.
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Not long after that my husband appeared. My new question became: What can I say YES to? By exploring this question, joy, opportunity and abundance blessed my world. They have continued to grow in direct proportion to my ability to surrender to ALL of life. Both darkness and light. Blessings and burdens. Despair and joy. Now I simply breathe and show up anyway. I can’t imagine loving life more. So my dears, let love lead you, yet free love from the thoughts and ideas you bind it by. Love has its own ways and we never know what love has in store for us.
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WORDS TALITHA TALAREK, Evolve With ThetaHealing Centre
ave you spent nights lying awake wondering when you will be connected with that true love, divine life partner… your soulmate? Do they exist? Do you settle for less? Then you reach that point in awakening where you realise that settling just won’t do. This is because it is a part of our purpose to love and be loved completely. The coming together with our true love is part of the evolution in raising the vibration of our planet, not only by the heightening of the love that is shared but what we are to accomplish together with our partner. I have seen and helped many people over the years with the ThetaHealing® technique to manifest their true love; that one they have been yearning for… but then what happens once they have them? They have had that incredible blissful feeling of being in love, they feel like they have met the man or woman of their dreams… or is that Mr or Mrs
could be right!? As time kicks on many begin to wonder is this really the one? Seems like such a big question, yet one which actually could be pretty simple. You see at the core of who we are, we already know – our soul knows the truth of the connection. Yet it may be that fears, programs, beliefs from our ancestors have come through to our DNA, things that create ‘reasons’ to pull back, to sabotage, to second-guess. It is important that we step up and see what is really going on and get clear. We can remove limiting patterns and beliefs that were inherited so we can transcend with our love into deeper levels of commitment and connection. Life becomes a lot more easeful when we decide to work together, when we decide to be conscious about situations when they arise and it’s worth putting in the effort to look beyond simple daily annoyances. For instance, the home is a clear indicator of relationship balance.
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Is EMOTIONAL WORDS JULES O’NEILL
o live and function well in your personal relationships, ‘emotional hygiene’ is something all of us must understand. It is a key factor to enjoying long term relationships. What is emotional hygiene within a relationship? We all have an ‘emotional smell’. If our emotions are happy, light, peaceful, etc, we emotionally smell great, an individual sweet, unique body perfume. When we internalise feelings, leave things unresolved, believe we are insignificant or bury our emotions, we will let off an unpleasant ‘emotional smell’. So how do you know if you or your partner are emotionally unhygienic? Firstly, there is nothing wrong with being emotionally unhygienic. Imagine body hygiene. If someone smells physically great, it’s yummy to be close. A warm light emotional cuddle or connection is something we all love and enjoy. Just as it is easy to help, prevent and detect physical hygiene, you can quickly improve emotional hygiene.
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A few early signs of unhygienic emotions in force are: • Either of you will have a restless sleep • Fearful about money • Insecure when being social • Tired for no reason • Overly hungry or no appetite • No natural momentum • Unorganised in your paperwork, housework or garden • Addictive • Lots of negation in the head What to do if you are emotionally unhygienic? Stop! Just as you would if you had foul body odour. You would grab some deodorant, find a public bathroom, suck on mints, brush your teeth or stop for a shower. You never think it will just go away! You stop and sort it out – to the point where we now all fit in a daily shower, to maintain our physical hygiene. If you find yourself feeling emotionally wobbly or are experiencing any of the early signs, here is what you can start to do to help yourself. Recognise your emotional triggers in the very early stages. Stop and evaluate, do you need to give yourself 5-15 minutes and a pen and paper?
Take a few deep breaths and write down the three most current stressful things affecting you in your life right now. Look at what you have written. Then ask your body, out loud, to give you three solutions. “Body, give me three workable and satisfying solutions.” When you get them, action at least one of them. If you don’t get anything, maybe wait for an hour or two, or sleep on it. Then get back into something that feels exciting or you need to do. If nothing comes after that, talk it out with a partner or close friend. If still nothing or not enough, pick up your phone and book into seeing your favourite therapist. Begin valuing processing time. Record or journal your thoughts. This is another way to enjoy downtime. Untouched emotional hygiene is more harmful to bodies than untouched physical hygiene. Stop, sort you and your stuff out and live happily emotionally after! www.julesoneill.com
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WORDS CAMERON MONLEY & LYZA SAINT AMBROSENA
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he Whole Connection is Australia’s first holistic health and wellness cruise event, departing Brisbane, Australia this November. It all started with one woman’s mammoth dream and an even bigger heart. Paige Renshaw is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and an all around amazing superwoman revolutionising the way we look at our lifestyle, food and health. Lacking inner vitality and living through a roller coaster of feeling unwell for a decade; Paige decided to take control of her life when she hit rock bottom. She created her own self-healing, self-love and self-care using various wellness modalities, nature as her guide, food as her pharmacy and reconnecting with her inner wisdom and knowledge. Paige is committed to assisting others on their own voyage in achieving optimal health, vitality and wellbeing. Inspired by the idea of ‘sailing away’ from the everyday to relax into a full immersion of positivity, health, fun and
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DONNA SEWELL HB: Can you describe your work over the last few years as a solicitor? Donna: My role as a solicitor is assisting people with transitions. I am the support person when a client has movement in their life. Be it buying or selling a property, starting a new business, divorcing or terminating a relationship, through to even beginning a relationship. These are all examples of life changes. My role is to listen to our clients’ instructions and needs. I have a sympathetic ear and provide a nonjudgemental, safe, comfortable and confidential environment for the information to be shared. I have a multitude of degrees and qualifications ranging from a Masters in Law, to a Major in Psychology and I have even studied cultural anthropology. I have been a solicitor for almost 14 years. Each and every client that comes into the office is under a lot of stress and pressure and I get this. I also work towards meeting time constraints, addressing money issues and individual
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Interview with BRETT HB: How would you describe the work you do? Brett: Firstly I am an holistic healer, psychic, medium and life coach. There are many caps I wear and this is why I offer an array of different services from psychic and mediumship readings, to life coaching and past life regression. I have seen, heard and sensed the spirit world since I was a child. I had a premonition at 13 years of age and it related to a major family event which I had predicted with 100% accuracy. I have spent my whole adult life working in this field. Clients who walk in my door usually want to work on their life in some way, whether that be connecting to past loved ones, confirmation of being on the right life path and/or to raise their own selfawareness and become connected to their higher self, to make more intuitive decisions in life. HB: What changes have you seen in clients over the years? Brett: The changes vary between each client however I notice that clients who engage me for my services walk away with a sense of empowerment
to tackle the nuts and bolts of life in a positive manner, which honours their own higher awareness. HB: What would you recommend as the 4 most powerful holistic tools for change? Brett: Cast the net wide and see which modalities resonate with you. From my experience, these are the most powerful tools I have found: 1. Quantum Physics – the law of attraction (energy work). 2. Hypnotherapy, including past life regression (understanding why we do what we do and finding root causes). 3. Accepting mistakes as points of learning and moving forward with the learning (knowing that past mistakes are only points to improve oneself). 4. NLP is a powerful modality and has assisted me with my dyslexia. HB: What projects would you like to create in the next 12 months? Brett: I would like to create a men’s circle as well as an ‘Uncle Program’ for boys without dads. I will continue to be at many expos and festivals and reach more people further afield. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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with SUSANNE McALLISTER: Nia, healing and being your true self
HB: How would you describe the work you do now? Susanne: For me it is all about helping my clients live their truest, healthiest, happiest version of themselves, no matter what their circumstances. I want to be of service, and I take a mind, body and spirited centred approach. Life can get confusing and it’s hard to ‘go it alone’. I am here for people so they can figure out what their needs are to create a wholesome and fulfilling life. I am a guide on the way to the clients’ most authentic, powerful
selves, no matter what their emotional, social or health related circumstances are. I work with clients that would like to achieve a healthier body, mind and spirit on all levels of their life cycle, including clients that have serious or even terminal health challenges. My clients present with a wide variety of challenges from illnesses to anxiety and depression to finding and shaping a new career and life or just getting their body into shape. I can help to sort out which vitamins they really need, which food would work for them, but mostly we figure out what has been stopping them in the past and how to turn their challenges into a joy-filled life. I enjoy giving health and wellness talks and workshops to corporate clients. I use a process called ICT (Inner Connection Therapy) that I have been developing over the last decade in combination with traditional coaching and counselling. ICT connects us deeply with our true essence and through that with the innate wisdom or source within all of us. Through this connection we are able to find the answers to our questions and our truest version of ourselves. HB: What do you love most about working with people?
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is more important than you think
WORDS DANIELLE ROBERTS
s a society, we are becoming much more conscious of the relationship between what we eat and our general well-being. We know a lot more about the benefits of certain foods, the potential damage caused by others, and what may need to be avoided by those with intolerances and inflammatory conditions. Many of us, including the majority of my patients, make a conscious effort to consume food in ways that will benefit their health. One area we are only starting to understand is the role played by the gut on our overall well-being – and I’m not referring to size here! I am talking about the mini eco-system inside our gut comprising mainly of different bacteria, as well as some other micro-organisms – the microbiome. We all have our own unique gut community, which changes over time due to our diet, lifestyle and overall health. We are now beginning to realise that the relationship between
these factors and gut health is far more complex, and more important than what we had previously thought in the prevention and treatment of a range of different conditions and diseases. These include: eczema, autism, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, candida and a range of autoimmune diseases and allergies. There have also been recent studies showing a noticeable influence of gut health on mood, depression and anxiety. There are many microbiotaenhancing foods that provide a valuable source of non-digestible compounds that encourage the growth of beneficial micro-organisms in the gut. These are known as prebiotics, and your health care professional can work with you to determine those best suited to you and your individual needs. In addition, one of the more recent areas of focus is on probiotics – these are the ‘good’ bacteria that can be found in certain fermented foods or
prepared in concentrated forms such as a capsule. There are a wide range of beneficial bacteria that fall into this category. Some of the more common varieties that are readily available provide good, general support for the gut microbiome. These may not be suitable for everybody (particularly in people that have a sensitivity to d-lactate), as many commercial available probiotic supplements contain high levels of this enzyme. There are also a number of probiotic products only available to healthcare practitioners – and these are the ones that can be prescribed to help manage a number of specific health conditions mentioned above. DANIELLE ROBERTS is a Naturopath with 18 years clinical experience. She works in conjunction with doctors and other practitioners to provide a holistic approach to healthcare at Hendrey Chiropractic at Kawana, Sunshine Coast. www.hendreychiropractic.com.au
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EASE PAIN NATURALLY WORDS IRENE McDONALD
re you in pain? Do you suffer from back pain or arthritis? MSM, a natural supplement can
help. MSM, otherwise known as Methyl Sulfonyl Methane is an organic form of sulphur. Sulphur is an essential element we need every day for good health and relief from many of today’s health problems and is the fourth largest mineral found in the human body. This little known mineral is gaining momentum with its far reaching health benefits for many conditions – in some instances offering dramatic relief for those suffering from pain, arthritis, allergies, even skin conditions like acne and rosacea, and can also assist with increasing general well-being. MSM is found naturally in fruits, vegetables and other plants, but many foods are now processed in ways that reduce the amount of MSM we receive. This effect becomes more marked as we age, since our ability to produce sulphur also declines, increasing the need for MSM.
MSM and Joint Pain According to the foremost expert on MSM, Stanley W Jacob, MD, the substance, when taken as a supplement, exerts potent anti-inflammatory activity, stops pain impulses and muscle spasm, and improves blood supply. MSM strengthens collagen and other connective tissue in the joints, it also allows the body to heal faster by making the tissues even stronger. MSM is an essential nutrient for joint, bone and muscle health and helps conditions like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rosacea and Acne Due to MSM’s anti-inflammatory properties it is able to help calm redness and reduce inflammation which is always present in skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and acne. MSM assists in the reproduction of healthier skin cells because of its ability to enhance tissue pliability which encourages the repair of damaged skin. MSM essentially normalises damaged cells and brings them back to health.
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From autoimmune disease to
atasha Horvath shines with the rosy glow of health. Confident and energetic, the Sunshine Coast wife and mum epitomises our coastal lifestyle. Her boundless vitality, she says, is a little bittersweet. After battling a range of autoimmune diseases throughout most of her lifetime, Natasha has finally emerged into an holistic-healing warrior. “I feel wonderful – however it’s a little sad to me that I’ve missed so much with my family and friends because of my illness. I’ve lost decades of quality time and only now am I discovering myself and the life I should have been living.” She is among the 1.2 million Australians who live with a range of chronic and debilitating conditions – a collective of diseases that are the third-leading cause of death in the industrialised world. The more commonly recognised diseases within this suite of 100 include: Autoimmune thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic active hepatitis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. “For so many years of my life I was chronically ill,” Natasha said. In 2014, battling a significant “flare–up” of the various illnesses, she determined to regain control to secure “some normalcy and enjoyment in my life” and in 2015 she began the development of a range
of recipes focusing on eliminating possible inflammatory foods. A selection of these food groups, according to Harvard Medical School, include: • Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries • French fries and other fried foods • Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages • Processed meat (hot dogs, sausage) • Margarine and shortening According to Natasha, removal of inflammatory foods from the diet reduces the exposure to triggers that cause disease and symptoms – enabling the immune system, gut, body and mind to calm and heal itself. Aside from the common groups identified through Harvard, these also include eggs, seeds, nuts, dairy, grains and nightshades. The cooking enthusiast and selfconfessed foodie has now developed, tested and honed a comprehensive collection of recipes designed with Australian seasonal produce and lifestyle in mind. Suitable for the fussiest of eaters from children to adults, her recipes also reflect a range of global culinary experiences. “Over the course of a year I built a wonderful collection of recipes alongside strategies to remove products that posed a threat to the health of those of us who battle autoimmune
diseases,” Natasha said. “They are all showcased in my Australian autoimmune protocol cookbook: Food Is Life. “The autoimmune protocol is a style of eating that eliminates possible inflammatory foods and focuses on healing leaky gut. This book not only provides a range of delicious and healthy meals for my readers, it also engages and educates those who are seeking holistic lifestyle solutions to manage autoimmune illnesses.” The book is a key plank of Natasha’s ‘Harmony Hunter’ venture, which offers not only a cookbook but also a raft of information and a community platform for those who are seeking to understand and manage autoimmune diseases. “Creating the platform to inform and engage people was critical in order to support those who were struggling for options to improve their health and wellbeing,” Natasha said. “These diseases are not only chronic and debilitating – they are isolating,” she said. “Our website and our social media pages aim to help connect people and build a community of people who support each other and share their journeys, learnings and solutions.” www.autoimmunehealth.org
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The secrets of
WORDS AMBER MIDDLETON
e know that clean, pure water is a cornerstone of good health. Our bodies are 70% water, so the ongoing intake of water is essential to our everyday function. What you might not know is that drinking alkaline water can provide many benefits that may increase your overall cellular wellbeing. In addition to keeping hydrated, several studies worldwide have suggested alkaline water may also contribute to the management or treatment of many illnesses or disease. Some top wellness benefits of alkaline water include: pH BALANCE – Drinking alkaline water can aid in the balance of pH levels in the body. The body naturally tries to maintain the acid versus alkaline balance in your bloodstream, however modern day diets can be loaded with overly acidic processed foods. With higher levels of acidity, your body can find it difficult to keep its natural balance, which can lead to stress on
your joints, bones, muscles and cells. HYDRATION – We all know that hydration is an essential part of good health, and if someone told you that by simply swapping your glass of tap water for a glass of alkalised water you could significantly increase your body’s hydration level, you would listen, right? When your cells are better hydrated and functioning as they should, your body rewards you with higher levels of energy. Think of alkalised water as your hydration superhero! ANTIOXIDANT RICH – Alkaline water is rich in potent antioxidants which can be easily absorbed into the cells within our bodies. By drinking alkaline water, you are essentially fuelling your body with antioxidants that are poised and ready to neutralise many of the body’s nasties. TASTE – Water that has been purified and undergone alkalisation is virtually free of various contaminants such as fluoride, chlorine, metals, bacteria and algae that detract from the
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HOLISTIC BEAUTY AND STYLE
LUSCIOUS LIP ILLUSION: Why are
petroleum products bad for your lips? WORDS JANINE HALL
ollowing on from last month’s article, I’ve had a lot of people want to know more about why petroleum products are so bad for your lips, yet so commonly used. This month we break down the luscious lip illusion of fake-good products. In most cases reaching for a product that moisturisers your lips, especially as the weather gets cooler and the humidity decreases, is really a no brainer, but what if what you’re using is doing more harm than good. The illusion when using these petrochemical-based products is that it will give you lips that are moisturised and hydrated, yet it’s not water-soluble and acts as a water repellent. This lustred imitation of a great lip care product more often than not helps to clog your pores. And unless you know exactly where the petroleum jelly has come from and made for, you may be risking your luminous lips to some very well documented ingredients such as dioxane 1-4. This is a by-product that is known by leading chemists,
formulators and other industry leaders as a carcinogen. Perhaps what you should be looking for is added emollients to your lip care needs. Things such as shea butter, cocoa butter, bees wax and carnauba wax, are all great examples. If you’re unsure of what’s really in your lip balms, it’s best to read the back of the label for a full list of ingredients. The list must be ordered from the most to the least, it’s the law and any product not making the list completely clear (no matter what the price is) should be left on the shelf. 7 reasons why your petroleum products are bad for your lips? 1. May contain known carcinogens 2. Acts as a repellent and doesn’t hydrate 3. Clogs your pores 4. Can be the cause of your cracked/ dry lips 5. Cannot be metabolised 6. Doesn’t allow other beneficial ingredients to be absorbed 7. Hormonal disruptors The luscious illusion of lip care
doesn’t stop with petroleum and you should consider these commonly used names as well: • Petrolatum • Liquid paraffin • Mineral/paraffin oil or wax • Anything with PEG – DEA, MEA • Benzene and Toluene So with fake illusions of lip care products, is there a simple solution to help you choose the right one? Thankfully there is and the key to looking for your happy luscious lip solution is to opt for ingredients that are protein-based because it’s these basic fundamentals that restore the hydration and collagen in your lips. 7 protein-based ingredients your lips will love: • Organic bee pollen (40%) • Organic goji berries (approx 20%) • Spirulina (57%) • Hemp seed (33%) • Soya beans (40%) • Chia seeds (20%) • Almond oil (21%) Take my FREE Kiss your Cracked Lips Goodbye 5-Day Challenge – to register visit: www.organiclipbalm.com.au for more details.
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LESSONS BURNT WORDS SONYA DRIVER
The mistake I made was the tiny spot that would bleed on my nose had been there 3 years. I did have it frozen off however it grew back. I recently learnt that freezing BCCs only has a 30% success rate. I then went back a year later… I dawdled into the surgery to have my regular skin check and said I don’t think the freezing worked, it’s still bleeding. Der!!! (80’s chick) I then tried the prescription cream and applied it for six weeks which left my nose sore and ulcerated. Long story short… I should have had it cut out three years before I did. I discovered something about myself two weeks ago on the surgery table. I’m not as tough as I thought, so naturally I said “No don’t worry, local anesthetic is fine, I’ll be right”. WRONG! I ended up hyperventilating on the table and found the whole experience traumatic. I should have had a general anesthetic
et me start by saying that there are so many lessons from this story that could have been avoided… Most of my teenage years were spent in Northern NSW where the competition was who could get the best tan. I think I had every type of Reef Oil at that stage. I came second in that comp as my friend Maxine was always browner and I dearly hope she isn’t paying the price I am now. So most of you know how Eco Tan started when my sister Rachael got a melanoma at the age of 30. Funny thing was, she never sun baked and she was the goodie goodie in the family and listened to mum about protecting her skin. Don’t get me wrong she still got sunburnt on occasions. Fast forward twenty years. I had a Basal Cell Carcinoma cut out of my chest, five years later one from my forehead. Then recently a penetrating BCC from my nose!
WHEN WILL YOU SAY
with a plastic surgeon, and my skin specialist did give me the option. I put myself second. I was so annoyed at my lack of self-care in that exact moment, I wouldn’t let my daughters or friends go through it, so why did I allow myself to go through it? My heart is always searching to help and love others and sometimes I need to look in the mirror! I see my scar and I refuse to let it upset me… my margins were clear, I’m alive, I’m healthy and most of all I am grateful. I’m a lunatic sun safety warrior. My kids have sunscreen in the seat pockets of the car and must apply before they are dropped to school, don’t get me wrong, I love the sun! I just don’t love me or anyone else getting burnt from it. Did you know Bob Marley died from melanoma that was under his toe nail? Just saying… www.ecotan.com.au
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Profile of an essential oil –
WORDS KIM MORRISON
blend using two drops German chamomile, one drop lavender and one drop peppermint and massage gently into the stomach region in a clockwise direction. This beautiful oil is beneficial in treating swollen joints, sprains and muscle tears, making it an ideal addition to a cup of magnesium salts when bathing. German chamomile is excellent for people with sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin. Add two drops to two drops each of lavender and frankincense in a warm compress and place over the affected area. Known for its qualities as a vaso-constrictor, it can help reduce the redness of cheeks caused by enlarged blood vessels. For the treatment of slow healing wounds and skin conditions like ingrown toenails and abscesses, you can use German chamomile, patchouli and tea tree as an effective wash. For a wonderful hair mask and scalp treatment, mix two drops each of German chamomile, rosemary and geranium into 20ml of jojoba or
erman chamomile is extracted from the dried flower heads. It is an incredible deep blue colour, which is formed from matricin during the steam distillation process, which is caused by a component called chamazulene. German chamomile has a more distinct medicinal, herbal aroma compared to the sweeter, more floral aroma of Roman chamomile. Whilst both are very soothing and calming oils, German chamomile is known for its powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and anti-allergenic qualities. Potent, yet gentle German chamomile is a highly effective medicinal oil excellent to use safely with lavender and orange on small children. One drop of each in 10ml of a carrier oil like sweet almond, macadamia or jojoba oil, would make a calming massage blend, perfect after a bath and to prepare for sleep. You could use these same oils in a diffuser to help create a calm, cleansed and refreshed environment. For tummy upsets, make a massage
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FULVIC ACIDS: WORDS NARELLE CHENERY
A gift to your cells
ulvic acids are extremely complex, bioactive, low molecular weight, organic substances that are the final product of microbial decomposition of the natural, organic matter from the remains of prehistoric forests that flourished on earth over 100 million years ago. They are like supercharged biochemical and phytochemical batteries, storing the massive amounts of the sun’s energy captured by the plant during its lifetime, via photosynthesis, and then, through many generations of microbial decomposition it is transformed into the most refined yet complex natural substance on earth. They have never been fully characterised nor clearly defined. Scientists still do not thoroughly understand their structure, nor do they understand exactly how they work. Fulvic acids are one of the most powerful natural electrolytes known to man. Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and
to carry electrical signals to other cells. Cellular electrical energy could be called the life force of the body. When cellular electrical energy is reduced, they decay and die. According to Dr Robert Pekar, “every biological process is also an electric process” and “health and sickness are related to the bio-electric currents in our body”. It is also interesting to note that cancer cells exhibit lower cellular electrical potential than normal cells. Therefore a key component of cell repair and cancer treatment would be to reestablish a healthy electrical potential in the body’s cells. Fulvic acids absorb metallic minerals and toxic organic pollutants, which are either transformed into new, bioavailable compounds, or eliminated as waste. They also have the unique ability to potentiate the bio-availability of vitamins, herbs, minerals, tinctures, and nutrients in foods which makes them more absorbable. They act as a cellular detoxifier, removing the debris from energy production that would otherwise cause the cells to clog up and
die. Ingestion of fulvic acids is known to increase the ability of cells to release toxic metals. Australia’s Ecotoxicology Program found that when fish swam in water with fulvic acids, their aluminium toxicity levels were up to six times lower than otherwise. WHY WE NEED FULVIC ACIDS SUPPLEMENTS The human diet used to include ample amounts of fulvic acids substances. This is no longer the case. Current practices in agriculture and wastewater management have removed these valuable substances from the diet. The use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides prohibit healthy microbial activity essential for the formation of fulvic acids. Wastewater engineers treat natural dissolved organic matter (including fulvic acids) as an impurity and filter them from our water supply. To obtain the fulvic acids that used to be ample in our food sources, we must now supplement our diet with them. www.miessence.com
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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE
Are you an animal listener? WORDS THERESA ELMES
he animals are asking us to listen. How do you hear them? We listen in many ways. With our ears we hear barking, meowing, neighing, and birdsong. We listen with our eyes, observing body condition, body language and behaviour. We listen through touch, feeling tension or softness. We listen also with intuition, our soul’s knowing. So how can you know what an animal is feeling, thinking, or saying? In short: It depends. At length: It depends upon the animal, their experiences, emotions, their state of health and wellbeing, and their knowledge built upon all these things. It depends upon their unique, individual life story, the contributing events and their interactive environment. Their unique biography is expressed through behaviour, actions, reactions, vocalisations, and an energy system of wholeness or dis-ease. I’ve listened to ‘out of control’ animals who shared that their human was in total overwhelm, providing inconsistent leadership and human initiated changes regarding exercise and play. I’ve listened to animals seeking
recognition of their wants, needs and desires, wanting to be seen as more than ‘just a…’. I’ve listened to animals who needed to know it was okay not to be scared anymore, or that their grief was real. I’ve met animals whose physical ailments were preceded by emotional disruption. Like humans, an animal’s biochemical and physiological state is affected by life events, their story. By listening with an open heart and mind, free from judgment and fear, you move toward understanding and appreciating the simplicity and complexity of what animals are communicating. Sometimes listening means letting go the perception of ‘good’ or ‘bad’. An animal repeatedly invading your personal space may seem a ‘problem’. However, it may be showing how easily your boundaries are violated, or how anxious and uncertain of your continued love and affection they are, or trying to get you out of your head, the past or future, into the here and now. A health issue unresolved despite repeated veterinary treatment, may be prompting listening to body and energy consciousness. Listening can mean going
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Natural remedies for common ailments WORDS DR ELAINE CEBULIAK
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