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Life After



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follow your bliss! people’s lives (including mine). This in turn has allowed us to add more pages, print more magazines, send more copies further afield and reach a wider group of people in diverse outlets. What a Christmas present in itself to watch this magazine grow wings and fly!! I also feel very fortunate to have interviewed so many incredible people this year and publish so many stories written by inspiring people who encourage others to heal their own lives then share their uniqueness with the world. Happy travels and see you in 2013 with bells on for the February edition. Who’s on the Cover? It’s Inna Segal who shares her reflections with us for 2012 and also for the year ahead!!


rophecies, astrological phenomena, debates… what a time to be living! Even though there are so many different opinions and theories on what is happening in the world, there seems to be some general consensus and that is – change is imminent. What if the prophecies were about the END of the old way of existing as we move into 2013 with more awareness and grace about living consciously? I would like to let out a huge festive Yay!!! The energy around this magazine when it comes out each month is quite palpable and you the reader are part of that collective energy. Thank-you to my team and all of our contributors for sharing their magic and being the catalyst for change in so many

“Your Magazine With Soul”



Food for the Soul




Life After



Be Aware At Xmas





Reflections: interv int erview erv iew withh wit

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Time to Choose




SUMMERBLISS RAW CHEESECAKE By David Rafter & Mandy Rootsey

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All Spice By Vicki Taylor, Queen of Spice


Native to the Caribbean and Central America, All Spice berries, also known as Pimenta, got its name as it resembled cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg with its powerful aromas and flavours.

All Spice is one of the main ingredients of Caribbean cuisine, particularly Jamaica but it is also used widely throughout the world for both sweet and savoury dishes. The berries are round and look like giant peppercorns and can be used for pickling or making mulled wine. All Spice can be ground down to a powder which can be used in casseroles, marinades, sausages and sweet dessert dishes, including cakes and biscuits. Try mixing with a little oil, half a teaspoon of oregano, a splash of orange juice, a pinch of brown sugar and then brush onto steaks before grilling. Or stir into fruit salad or stewed fruit for a fuller flavour. You won’t be disappointed using this aromatic spice. Merry Christmas to you all.

Rustic Apple and Strawberry Tart Ingredients: Sweet Short pastry 1 cup of plain f our 1 cup of self-raising f our 4 tbsp. of softened unsalted butter 90ml of milk 2 tbsp. of caster sugar 1 free range egg for egg wash Filling: 5 green apples 1 punnet of strawberries ½ cup of caster sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 120ml of water Cream: 200g tub of mascarpone cheese 2 tsp. of vanilla bean paste ½ cup of thickened cream HOW TO CREATE AND BAKE: Filling – Peel and core apples and slice thinly, chop strawberries in half and place in large saucepan with sugar, water and cinnamon sticks, and cook over a low heat until apples are tender. Drain off excess water. Pastry – Sift f ours into bowl, rub butter into f our to resemble f ne breadcrumbs. Mix milk and sugar together, make a well in the centre

FOOD FOR THE SOUL gradually add wet ingredients into mixture, stirring with a knife to make dry dough. Turn onto a lightly f oured board and knead lightly. Cut into two pieces one slightly larger than the other. Roll out pastry to f t a rectangular tart tin with removable base. Fill with apple and strawberry mix, you can add a few fresh strawberries as well before you place the pastry on top of f lling. Roll out remaining pastry then cut into strips to create lattice effect. Brush with egg wash. Bake in a moderate oven 180°C for 30 to 40 mins or until golden brown. Cream – Mix Mascarpone, vanilla bean paste and cream in a bowl until well combined. Serve warm

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Sweet Potato and Walnut Cake By Key Restaurant Chef, Simone Butler

This is a delicious but heart friendly cake. It is quick and easy to make, using yoghurt instead of butter. I avoid using white sugar, and sweeten it with honey, fructose, xylitol, or a mixture of honey and fructose or any of the sugar replacers instead. If using honey alone, use ¾ cup instead of one whole cup. Vegans can leave the eggs out. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Ingredients: 1 cup peeled and grated sweet potato ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional) 1 ½ cup plain white f our or 1 cup plain white f our and ½ cup wholewheat f our 1 cup sweetener of your choice (ie fructose, xylitol, rapadura, etc) ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) 1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup plain yoghurt (fat free or full fat) ½ cup canola oil 1 tsp natural vanilla extract 2 eggs, beaten lightly (optional) 1. Sift the f our together with the baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Add all the spices and salt and stir well. 2. Add the yoghurt, the oil, and the sweetener and mix together with a wooden spoon. 3. Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract, mix thoroughly and then fold in the grated sweet potato and walnuts (if using) 4. Grease a 23cm pie dish or a loaf pan /cake pan and spread the cake mix in the pan or dish. Put in oven

for about 30-35 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and f rm in the centre. Test using a skewer to make sure cake cooked through ( when the skewer comes out clean). If you used just honey, the cake might be a bit wobbly in the middle. Put some baking paper over the top after 20 minutes in the oven and cook a bit longer until the cake f rms up in the middle, ie 40minutes. PS. For the festive season you can replace the grated sweet potatoes with the same quantity of chopped/ diced apples instead.



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Summer Bliss

Raw Cheesecake 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 /3 cup coconut oil, melted

FOOD FOR THE SOUL Ingredients: The crust: 2 cups raw almonds 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut f akes ¼ cup date paste (if you can’t f nd use medjool dates, add about 10 into a food processer with a little water. Be sure to de-pit, and allow to blend till you form a paste) ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt Lemon cheesecake f lling: 2 cups raw macadamia nuts 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup raw cashews 1 cup fresh lemon juice ¾ cup raw agave nectar


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Directions: For the crust: To make a date paste, soak 8 dates in ¾ cup water for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve the water the dates were soaked in. Process the dates with 2 tablespoons of the reserved water until a paste has formed. Store in air tight container in refrigerator for up to one month. Process the almonds and coconut f akes in a food processor until coarse. Add the date paste, vanilla extract, and salt and process until well combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom and sides of an 8-inch spring form pan. Set aside.

milk, lemon juice, agave nectar and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Pour the cheesecake f lling into the spring form pan. Place the cheesecake in the freezer to set, about 3 hours, or until the cheesecake is f rm to touch. Remove from spring form pan, and decorate with fresh blueberries. ENJOY!!! From David Rafter and Mandy Rootsey

For the f lling: Using a food processor, blend the macadamia nuts, cashews, almond

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Where Do You Get Your Protein? By Scott Mathias, Digestive Health Specialist & LIVE Food Teacher


s a person who chooses not to eat any cooked food, no animal products of any form and only live plant based food, I am frequently asked this question. ‘Where do I get my protein from?’ Fundamentally it’s a question asked by people who only know their protein comes from the ‘old world’ forms such as meat, dairy et al. The ‘new world’ thinkers understand very clearly that there is protein in all foods to a lesser or major degree. All plants contain simple proteins but some contain much, much more than others – Hemp is the numero uno for me, containing as much as 40% protein – Kale as much as 10% more by volume than animal flesh – spinach, leafy greens, almonds, and tomatoes make up much of my protein sources each day. Here is something to ponder. Perhaps too much has been made of this protein thing just to support the meat and dairy industries – everywhere there is marketing and advertising supporting these two ‘old world’ industries which have caused a lot of health and

environmental damage to us and this beautiful planet. Nothing happens to you if you don’t eat meat and dairy products. I can assure you though that major positive changes occur if you choose to eat just vegetables and fruit – clarity of mind, weight loss, greater energy and mobility and above all a ‘greater sense of connection and purpose’. The later outcome of making changes to the nature of your protein sources is an


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ollowing a gluten and grain free diet can be difficult at the best of times, but particularly during the festive season when we are surrounded by the foods we love and long to eat. Gluten Free Grain Free Guru and author, Tania Hubbard said sticking to a gluten and grain free lifestyle during the Christmas period doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Thanks to a new partnership with Sunshine Coast spice Queen, Vicki Taylor, these two award winning business women have developed a way for Coeliac sufferers and those with gluten and grain intolerance to have their Christmas cake and eat it too. “We are very excited about the release of our limited edition gluten and grain

free Christmas Cake – cinnamon, spice and all things nice mix,” Tania said. “It tastes absolutely amazing and is filled with lovely aromatic sweet spices, edible flowers and just the right amount of hand milled dates,” Tania said. Vicki Taylor, owner of ‘spice hot spot’ Red Hot Chilli Pepper in Caloundra, said developing the Christmas spice mix was great fun and it was a joy to be able to work and collaborate with another successful business. “I knew this cake was a winner when my husband, who has never really been a fan of Christmas cake before said he could devour one of our cakes in minutes if given half the chance – and I believe him,” Vicki said. The Christmas Cake mix will be

added to Tania’s very popular bake@ home range of gluten and grain free goodies for a limited time and will be available in store at Red Hot Chilli Pepper, Jeffer’s Markets (Yandina and Maroochydore) and Maleny IGA or online via in the lead-up to Christmas. Tania said the bake@home range was designed to make it even easier to cook great-tasting, gluten and grain free goodies in the comfort of your own kitchen. “All you need for a freshly baked Christmas cake is our mix, some eggs, olive oil and water” Tania said. For more Christmas recipes see Tania’s cookbook gluten free grain free – food we love, packed with over 150 pages of mouth-watering recipes, information about stocking a gluten and grain free pantry, label reading and much more. For a complete list of stockists of gluten free grain free – food we love and the bake@home range,visit

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Eco Caterers On the Run! E

cohampers 2U was created by Maryanne Thompson and Tracey Hollens-Riley as a result of a passion for cooking and a love for the environment. Tracey and Maryanne met in hospitality circles in Brisbane seven years ago and became firm friends with a mutual love for hospitality and the environment. The idea for Ecohampers stemmed from working in catering businesses over the years and wanting to provide food for intimate gatherings that are considered to be very special. They also wanted to make sure that if they were going to do business it had to be in the best possible way with minimal damage to the environment. The hampers are designed for two people and are delivered to customers wherever they choose to have their special occasion. Brisbane is surrounded with wonderful beaches and parklands and the hamper gets delivered to you wherever you may be. You can order a hamper for a variety of occasions – out on the boat for day, a picnic in the park or by the beach, birthdays, proposals, romantic outings, family get togethers

and much more. So far we have had a proposal, office delivery, botanical gardens delivery, day out on a boat delivery, picnic in the park and at the beach at Bribie Island. All the packaging supplied in the hamper is biodegradable and where possible the food is made with local produce. Another great advantage with the hampers is we offer both gluten free and vegetarian hampers – or you can design your own hamper to suit your taste. All items in the hamper are cold for food safety precautions. We offset the fuel we use to deliver hampers by donating to the Treehenge project, a project that is reforesting an area in the Condamine Catchment – one of Australia’s food bowls. For more information visit

The business has only just launched with the website being completed this month. Maryanne and Tracey are looking forward to a successful business with Ecohampers 2U and know they have the right recipe for everyone to enjoy. Maryanne has a degree in Environmental Science and also works for Natural Resource Management organisation Condamine Alliance on the Treehenge project. Prior to that working in hospitality for 25 years has given her a good head start in food knowledge and food safety. Maryanne has a Diploma in Hospitality Mgmt, BA Env Science, Diploma of HR, Food Safety Supervisor, Cert IV in Workplace Training. Tracey is currently working at Atlantis Consulting, which is an advertising and design company. She also is still working in the hospitality industry and currently holds all relevant licenses. She has a Diploma in Hospitality Mgmt and has managed Hotels, Restaurants and Bars for the last 20 years. For more information visit:

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The Jeffers Story O

n the lower slopes of the Blackall Ranges, a unique crop of heritage tomatoes has been grown annually each Spring by the Jeffers family for over 40 years. These tomatoes, whose seed is lovingly collected at the end of each crop for planting next season, has become the inspiration for Jeffers Market, a unique food retail business which now has two farmers market style outlets in Yandina and Maroochydore. “Some years ago, our family realised there was an opportunity to specialise in retailing quality home grown, local and regional produce by offering a farmer’s

market experience,” says co-owner Stephen Jeffers. “We saw that despite demand from the people for tomatoes with old-fashioned flavour and sweetness, the push by large growers and supermarkets for hard, firm tomatoes that had to be run over by a truck before they bruised was making it increasingly difficult to sell our premium, but more perishable product.” The Jeffers’ family could see that this trend was happening across many categories of fruit and vegetables that they grew. The priority for retail stores had become produce that was tough,

with long shelf-life and perfect looks prioritised over real flavour and freshness. “We often saw the top quality fresh produce we produced ending up in a disappointing state on the shelves of retailers. While the tendency was to blame the grower or the produce, we thought a bit differently. We saw the need for a well run marketplace that handled fruit and vegetables with expertise, and well trained staff to explain the produce to customers,” says Stephen. “We also wanted to offer Sunshine Coast locals the chance to purchase the pick of the crop of

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FOOD FOR THE SOUL the wide range of fresh produce grown in their backyard,” he says. With the best of local produce being sent interstate or overseas, lower quality ‘second grade’ was typically offered to Sunshine Coast shoppers. “We now offer a chance for farmers to present their premium produce for sale,” Stephen says. n The Jeffers family also have a passion for introducing their customers to unique and interesting experiences from the fresh produce world. “Over the years, our farm has produced a wide range of exotic and tropical fruits. Our customers love trying new things and expanding their diet to include some of these fruits. An example is the Japanese non-astringentt persimmon. Our farm had one of the tle earliest commercial orchards of this little known fruit. Demand for persimmon iss high throughout Asia, and we have made it our mission to make it well known here. Every Autumn, when the fruit is in season, we promote it heavily in our stores. This is easy to do when it comes fresh daily from our own orchard, and we are finding more people are remembering the fruit and looking out for persimmons when they are in season.

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With a strong focus on local and regional buying, the Jeffers family also want to make a difference to farming communities in South East Queensland. “At present there is a strong push from supermarkets to reduce the range of brands on their shelves in favour of their own name products. Consequently, there are many small niche producers out there

who have found it impossible to range their product on supermarket shelves. Independent food retailers like Jeffers Market are a vital link in allowing small rural food business to sell their product. “Our philosophy is simple – source quality whole food, tell our customers the story, and sell it fresh,” says Stephen.

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Reflections: interview with By Vanessa Finnigan


his year internationally recognised author and speaker; Inna Segal celebrated the five year anniversary of her best-selling book ‘The Secret Language of Your Body’. I first met Inna just before her book was launched five years ago and was inspired by her transformational story of self-healing and recovery from chronic pain and anxiety. This month I spoke with Inna about her work, family life and her plans for Christmas and 2013. Q: How would you describe to people who may not know your work- what it is that you do? Inna: I created Visionary Intuitive Healing®, which is a new healing modality in order to give people quick, easy, practical access to life changing techniques, transformational tools, powerful healing processes and amazing healing frequencies, in order to assist people with their self-healing. This work encourages people to be

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visionaries and to take responsibility for their own lives, wellbeing and the creation of their reality. It helps people to access their intuition and internal guidance system, while still being conscious of external signs and higher help. Real healing reflects wholeness, which means taking every aspect of your life into consideration, including physical, mental and emotional health, spiritual connection and evolution of consciousness, relationships, love, happiness, work, finances and social life. Visionary Intuitive Healing® helps to teach the body to heal at a deep cellular level. It is designed to assist people to open up to their own self-healing ability and personal empowerment. Q: What changes have you seen in people since your book was released? Inna: It has been exciting to observe many more doctors and medical practitioners embracing wellness and integrative medicine. Recently I have had more doctors and health practitioners in my workshops than ever before. The media is much more interested and supportive of healing. People are less sceptical and more willing to embrace new tools for living. Whenever I travel to a new country I try to understand the culture and history. This helps me to personalise my teaching, as different cultures have to heal particular emotions and limitations that relate to their lifestyle and history. However, as my book is published in 16 languages, even with all the differences it is incredible that no matter wherever I go, people tell me that the information in my book is extremely accurate. Q: How do you stay grounded with all the travel you do and not get burnt out over time? Inna: I have a lot of support

from friends and family and people who are organising my workshops. I stay strongly connected to my family. I love it when they travel with me and we spend time on Skype every day when they don’t. My tips would be to: 1. Make sure you are doing something you believe in and that fulfils your soul 2. Be very practical and careful with details 3. Listen to your body 4. Build strong relationships with people and maintain strong connections with your family and friends 5. Relax, meditate and do thinks you enjoy that are not work related 6. Have rest and if you travel take breaks both while travelling and once you have returned home Q: What are the key ingredients of healing? Inna: The key ingredient of healing is communication – listening to your body, receiving messages from your body, working with healing processes on a daily basis, releasing your emotions when they come up, persistence and be willing to work through the different elements, levels and all layers involved. Dedication and practice always helps. Give yourself time, stick with a method or technique for a while to give it a proper chance to work. Have faith in a higher source, Divinity and faith in your body’s natural ability to heal. Be willing to go to the heart of the issue to find and deal with the real cause. Q: How will you and your family spend the holidays and New Year? What are your favourite things to do during the festive season? Inna: I usually go away for a holiday with my husband, Paul and our children, Raphael (12 years old) and Angelina (9 years old) – sometimes with friends as well. It is great to spend some time in nature, so we often go near the beach as Australia has so many great beaches. I often spend New Year’s Eve with friends, going out to a restaurant or at a friend’s house. I think, particularly with the different religious holidays, that this is a time that people can explore their

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Inna Segal spirituality and gain a greater connection or awareness of themselves, their spirit and what is important in life. Q: What are your plans for 2013 and what do you think about New Year’s resolutions? Inna: My intention is to be very loving and enjoy my time with my husband, children, wider family and friends. I also plan to develop my work further and lead many workshops around the world. I have a new book coming out in September 2013 as well as a new healing card deck and Paul has his first novel, Raising Angels being published. Of course, I have lots of very specific goals, related to Visionary Intuitive Healing®. I think it is great for New Year’s resolutions to be practical and fun. Find goals that empower you, that you will enjoy doing. Make plans that you will stick to, not give up on when the first of January ticks around. Q: Which direction do you think intuitive and holistic practices will go in the future? How will your work evolve over the next few years?

My work is going more international as time proceeds and my work seems to evolve around my books. My next book, due out in September 2013 is all about the major questions we have in life and I give empowering answers not found anywhere else. My work will be used both for self-healing and to deal with many of life’s challenges. Inna Segal is the creator of Visionary Intuitive Healing® and the best-selling author of The Secret Language of Your Body and The Secret Language of Colour Cards, as well as 35 audio programs. Inna is based in Australia and travels worldwide leading courses. Further details about Inna and Visionary Intuitive Healing® can be found at

INNA’S TIPS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON AND PREPARING FOR 2013! 1. Spend time in nature, listen to your body and learn to be in harmony with life. Nature is brilliant for nurturing your soul and body 2. Be grateful for what you have – ‘Thank you’ is always a great prayer 3. Spend time with your close family and friends and express how you feel about them 4. Review your past year – what you achieved, what you did well in and where you can improve 5. Set practical, grounded goals for the next period of your life – short, medium and long term – not just general goals like ‘I will lose weight’. Be specif c and empowering for yourself Holistic Holist stic ic B Bli Bliss, liss, s De Decem December cem e ber er 20 2 2012 12 - January 2013

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Inna: I think people will connect more with their bodies and use their innate healing intelligence. I think intuitive and holistic practices will be even more focused on self-healing, rather than somebody else doing it for you.

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By Jost Sauer

he period leading up to the end of 2012 was very intense for me, and all my clients reported similar feelings, so something is definitely shifting. Everyone has a different theory on what this is, but in my mind the end of 2012 marks the end of the theoretical period of the new age. The books have been written, the conversations have been had and the holistic therapies have been revived. Alternative lifestyle concepts have segued into the mainstream. So the pieces are all in place for the next step which is to live primarily for purpose and values. 2013 is the beginning of the nonordinary era. I believe 2012 was the end of living solely in the mundane or ordinary world. The hippies and counterculture movement cracked the foundations of that reality and prepared the ground for us to move forward. Now we need a new lifestyle that makes us physically, spiritually and emotionally fitter daily, regardless of age, so we can do so. The Internal Tradition of Chinese medicine has everything we need for this. Chinese medicine has many levels of


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practice, it can treat purely physical original nature and aligns us with symptoms but the Internal Tradition is universal energy patterns which make us the highest level and it is entirely focused feel supported. This, in turn, frees us on the evolution of our souls. from primary focus on the job, house, This is the area I specialise in because bills and financial security, and makes it holds the blueprint for our original space for an inner journey. We all have to nature, the secrets of energy (chi), our take this journey sooner or later and element type and links to destiny. Access energetically, 2013 is the perfect time to to this information can truly transform start. So break the bonds, get in your people and clear the path to purpose. For element, seek your virtue and reconnect example, we are all a specific element with the universal forces. Become type (not connected to birth astrology) – ‘original’, non-reactive, non-judgmental, Fire, Water, Wood, Earth, Metal – and positive and go on a journey of evereach has a virtue we should be pursuing, increasing spiritual wealth. but also reactive patterns we should be Jost Sauer is a registered acupuncturist, avoiding. I am a Water element type. The therapist and seminar presenter, and virtue is wisdom but the other side is author of Higher and Higher, Drug recklessness and /or fear. So while I am Repair That Works and The Perfect Day now dedicated to learning and sharing Plan (all published by Allen and Unwin). knowledge, recklessness contributed to a past of addiction, crazy business decisions and so on. ELEMEN T VIRTUE REACTIVE PATTERN Pursuing the WATER wisdom recklessness (yang) or fear (yin) virtue granted to us anger (yang) or timidity (yin) WOOD benevolence keeps us heading FIRE propriety chaos (yang) or delusion (yin) towards the nonMETAL righteousness materialism (yang) or ascetic (yin) ordinary. This EARTH integrity obsession (yang) or needy (yin) establishes our

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By Jean Sheehan, Principal – Millennium Education

he Golden Age of reality or the Age of Aquarius refers to the transition to the fifth dimension. This is where dreams become a reality, souls are unlimited, manifestation instantaneous, experiences are perpetual freedom and there is no ego involvement apart from the higher self. It is the combining of all dualities to be one, using left and right hemispheres of the brain and integrating the physical and metaphysical. It is where science aligns with the spiritual and each individual knows they can manifest anything through the power of thought and law of attraction. In summary the Golden Age was shared for thousands of years and it’s a time we will experience again ‘remembering’ we are infinite possibilities and pure potentiality and recalling the mathematics of reality and that all exists within not outside ourselves. Since the fall of Atlantis approximately 13,000 years BC, ancient texts foretold of universal events that would create magnetic grid shifts altering

universal cosmic events to commence the next evolutionary step of earth. It would then affect human consciousness and the body. This would allow for humans to self realise and be self enlightened to know earth is a game and it is how you play the game – either in fear of absolute love and empowerment. Divinely orchestrated astrological events are creating opportunities for earth and all who inhabit it to experience rapid shifts in ‘self cleaning and rejuvenation.’ Ancient cultures such as Maya and Egyptians used advanced knowledge of astronomy and astrology to know and document the 26,000 year cycles that can be seen in the zodiac signs and months of the year. These all indicated this is a time of going back to the ‘dark ages’ and ages of spiritual ‘enlightenment’. This means we are ending ALL old cycles to rebirth a new way forward known as genesis. The symbol of the Star of David (two interlocking triangles) signifying a union of dualities and feminine and masculine

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11/22/2012 10:28:37 AM

Time to Choose:

By Raelene Byrne


s we stand in the doorway of an evolutionary event, a time in history where we are witnessing the earth and all inhabitants move through the ending of a 225 million year universal cycle into a new beginning, we are in fact, being asked to make a choice. Are you happy to stay in your fate, or are you ready to move into your destiny? Will you allow fear to rule your life, or are you choosing to awaken to every possibility and potential that you carry? There is no denying that the earth, countries, governments, systems and individuals have had a year of massive shifts. There is an awakening happening which has gained some momentum over the last few months. The changes have carried us through many emotions, upheavals and chaos; however the outcomes are always to show us another way of being, thinking and living, a way to expand, grow and improve all parts of life.

“The world we have created today as a result of our thinking thus far has problems which cannot be solved by thinking the way we thought when we created them.” – Albert Einstein Gazing back through the year, you will see that any changes that you moved through were always preceded with a shift in awareness, a new way of thinking, perhaps a time where you allowed yourself to feel what was happening without running from it, and then to create something much greater to align with vision for your life. You would have revealed a depth of courage and a willingness to align with an inner wisdom that perhaps has been dormant for some time. When we choose something different, we often set the wheels of destiny in motion. Fate is the life that happens to us,it is the world that we are born to, the families, education, employment, the situations and when we are ready to embrace our destiny, that is a choice that

takes us into a place where we listen to the wisdom of our heart to create where we are going, who goes with us and who we truly are. Fear holds us in our fated way of life; awareness opens us up to our destiny. Are you ready to choose? As we have learnt over the last 12 months, self-responsibility is the alchemy that we employ to change chaos into wonder, heartache into freedom, pain into acceptance and anguish into mastery. The new world that we are birthing now, requires each of us to be all that we are, to live our destiny, to share our hearts, to hold our personal vibrations and to speak our truth. This is the destiny of humanity as citizens on this planet, one community, one heart, in the spirit of oneness, where all of life can thrive with respect, reverence and responsibility. Destiny is calling you… what do you choose?

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11/22/2012 10:28:08 AM

Making Time for Loving By Janet McGeever


olidays are traditionally a time that can be filled with good cheer and blessings, but sometimes it can also be a time of stress as the tensions of a relationship show up more clearly. Time spent being ‘busy’ through the year can sometimes be a way to avoid some deeper issues in a relationship, and in particular, the health of the sexual relating. There’s a common joke that men can never get enough and women are not available enough. We joke about it but for a couple who love each other, it’s really not funny at all… Generally, for women, sex is over too quickly… it doesn’t really fulfil her and she may end up trying to avoid it altogether and for men it doesn’t happen often enough and that’s not fulfilling either. We come to accept this as normal but in society, we have moved so far from our original natures that we accept unloving and unsatisfying sex as part and parcel of a marriage or relationship. So what makes true fulfilling lovemaking so elusive for otherwise

intelligent and loving couples? In general, we have adopted a more male approach to sex – goal oriented, fast and with more and more sensation, thus, over too quickly. And in turn, women have also become slightly male –goal oriented, sensation oriented. We are surrounded by so many erotic images in the media – the atmosphere is literally charged with it and this imagery has become the fuel for sex. Consequently we engage in sex through our thinking rather than the heart or being truly present in the body. The answer lies in humans having more loving sex… sex that actually honours the differences between both men and women. Both would greatly benefit, emotionally and physically, by taking more time for making love and relaxing into the experience rather than building tension through more and more sensation. It sounds strange as it goes against what we have come to know sex as. By relaxing more and taking time, a woman really gets to feel herself as more

feminine, and a man feels a relief that he does not have to ‘do so much’ in sex. And this then solves both problems… a woman feels so nourished that she is more open to making love more often and a man becomes more relaxed and less needy or demanding and is less likely to start and finish too soon. The term ‘making love’ actually means that… creating love. When a couple makes love more consciously, it’s like a love field is created around them. People feel it. What a wonderful way to create a loving space for your family and to have a truly relaxing holiday! Janet McGeever, The Conscious Heart, is a trained counsellor who runs couples retreats and women’s workshops.

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11/22/2012 10:01:43 AM

STOP… Express Your True Self

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n life there is always a time when we may need a little extra support. This is when talking with a counsellor can be of benefit. Counselling is for anyone who feels that they need to work through an issue. My area of speciality is working with children, though I support anyone of any age. Some issues include: parenting issues; behaviour management; bullying; relationships; stress; trauma; grief and loss; mental health; or work related issues. IF WORDS DONT COME EASY.... Expressive Therapies may be a more comfortable alternative. Sometimes trying to put words

around what we are feeling is “easier said than done”; Many prefer to explore other options of working through difficult emotions by using sand and symbol work, clay, paint, craft, play acting, story writing/ telling therapies and more. This helps you to delve into an emotional story in a non-confronting, natural and comfortable way; within a safe, caring and secure environment. So if you have ever thought about talking with someone, but not sure how, now is the time to give me a call and see what options are available.

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11/21/2012 4:18:30 PM


Now the Time to

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ave you noticed that this is the time of year when everything gets celebrated except for you? What if you could change the silly season into the celebration season, where you celebrate you rather than exhaust you? Does that sound way more fun? Instead of running around crazily, what if you were to ask “If I choose this, will it expand my life in five years?” And then go to the events that feel light and fun. For the events that have a sense of being heavy or make you feel contracted, you could do something different that would celebrate the magic and the joy that you be when you are being you! Yes, we know this idea is a little

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Holistic Bliss, December 2012 - January 2013

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World luminaries come to Byron Bay in December


PLIFT 2012 is a festival presenting conscious leaders from all walks of life – science, economics, hip hop music, medicine and more – who come together to unite, enquire and discover a new paradigm where the collective wisdom and consciousness of us all can shine freely and reveal a whole new way of living together. Coinciding with the final days of the 5125-year cycle of the Mayan calendar (December solstice 2012), UPLIFT 2012 focuses on the opportunity for sustained positive change. Barbara Marx Hubbard, a prolific futurist, author and public speaker, President of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and US Vice President nominee (1984), is a Festival highlight. Other keynote speakers joining her include stem-cell biologist Dr Bruce Lipton (winner of the 2009 Goi Peace Award and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief); Dr Patch Adams (health care pioneer); Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim (Chairwoman of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers); mycologist Paul Stamets (ecological restoration); Reinhard Flatischler (founder of TakeTina - human potential through rhythm); James Twyman (peace troubadour); 12 year old Earth Guardian, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Sandra de Castro Buffington (Director of Hollywood, Health & Society). Playing host to the first in a global series of dawn ceremonies on 22 December, Byron Bay, location of Australia’s eastern-most point, is also the Australian anchor for BIRTH 2012 ( FULL PROGRAM: Thurs 20 - Sun 23 December, early morning to late evening. Sports and Cultural Complex, 249 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay TICKETS:



hristmas is a time to have fun, play with your children, family and friends. The west compass sector of the home is the perfect place to activate at this time of year! Has life felt like all work & no play? Have your children said ‘you aren’t hearing me”. Allow the ‘child within’ to be free, play, be creative! Use this sector to create Xmas decorations with the family together. To activate the west rooms, spend significant time there and enhance its energy by including earth elements such as ceramic objects with colours of yellow and orange and/or metal objects of bronze, brass, silver or gold in these rooms. The west sector is a fantastic place to begin the 2013 New Year, to initiate fresh ideas and projects to open up to your creativity. Generate your visions boards, your goals, designing and envisioning innovative concepts to launch new possibilities. If there are any issues between females or health issues with teeth, lungs and the mouth, check there is no clutter in the west. As a bonus by activating the west now, you are supporting the annual wealth energy quality until 4 February 2013. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

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11/21/2012 4:19:42 PM

Brighten Up

the Festive Season! By Dewi Smith


andles have been used for thousands of years in many different cultures. While they are rarely used as a light source these days, they can be used to signify a sacred space, celebrate a romantic occasion, or to brighten someone’s day. Regardless of whether it’s a cool winter’s night or a warm summer’s day, candles never fail to provide visual comfort and serene ambience in our homes. This atmosphere is conducive to lofty and inspirational ideas. I realised I had a passion for creating candles when I was making candles faster than I could burn them. This is how the Buderim Candle Co. in Buderim was born. Initially I made candles for our own home; however friends and family kept asking me for candles and soon I found my small hobby starting to grow into a small home based business. The thing that makes my candles different (apart from the premium liquid


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dyes) is the selected essential oils and fragrance oils that are used that are suitable to mix with natural palm and soy waxes. My candles are also free from any other additives and petrochemical filling commonly used in commercial candle making. So by making quality and safety a top priority, people are able to use the product with ease of mind. I hand make natural palm and soy wax candles in my own beautiful studio that is located right here on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. My goal is to help everyone to be able to afford this simple pleasure and enjoy the benefits of burning natural and beautiful candles as much as my family does. People are often surprised at how little a natural candle will cost. What started as a hobby based around my own passion for candle making has now given rise to a unique Sunshine Coast business. Further details please visit

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11/21/2012 4:20:26 PM

Permaculture Tips For ‘The Silly Season’ By Robin Clayf eld


ermaculture has been around for more than 30 years and is often understood to be a gardening method or agricultural system. It’s true that many people use Permaculture to develop gardens, orchards and farms but in essence, Permaculture is a design system that can be used to design anything: gardens and sustainable lifestyles, buildings, communities and eco-villages, municipal sewerage systems, festivals and expos, even financial and social systems. Permaculture is grounded in commonsense principles and caring ethics. It evolved from observing nature and is based on designing integrated and diverse systems to meet the needs of people, plants and animals in harmony with the environment. Its ethics are Earthcare, PeopleCare and FairShare (Sharing surplus, equality of resources, abundance). By reflecting on these principles we can design an exciting and sustainable festive time and turn the Silly Season into a time of creativity, awareness and care for the environment. Here’s a few suggestions:-


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• Spend your money on ethical, locally made, grown and produced products • Give ‘Healthy’ Presents – seeds, tools, potting mix, books, subscriptions, a worm farm, fruit or nut trees, shade house… • Give a garden as a gift. Include all the elements – a design, garden edging, compost, plants, seeds, trellis, mulch, gloves, trowel… • Host a working bee as a gift for yourself. Organise one for a friend as a gift to them • Give an I.O.U. of 5 hours working/ playing in the garden, cleaning the shed, fixing or sharpening tools… • Contribute to a project or Give the $ amount spent on someone who has everything then show them what the gift supported • Use a Bunya or Hoop Pine as a Christmas Tree. These are both indigenous, useful trees • Feed yourself, friends and family healthy food. Pick a garden salad for parties or Christmas meals

• Stay healthy through this time of possible over indulgence. Exercise through gardening or walking in nature • Have a ‘Local’ or ‘Slow Food’ theme to celebrate the traditional Christmas Dinner • Play ‘Secret Santa’. Give one present to the friend or family member drawn out of a hat. • Celebrate Solstice • Give thanks using 12 days of Gratitude for our healthy, abundant lifestyle • Host a neighbourhood gatherings • Give an IOU for an ‘Op Shop adventure tour’ • Jars full of dried fruit, nuts, preserves make healthy, natural presents as do baskets woven from natural and garden materials brimming with garden produce • Use recycled maps, magazines or newspaper to wrap presents Whatever you do, where ever you are, have a healthy, safe & joyous Silly Season. Robin runs permaculture events and Love Feast retreats.

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To Scrooge or not to Scrooge That is the question.

By Caithe Cameron


he gifts need to be bought and wrapped. Great-aunt Mary has announced that she’s arriving for the family celebrations and will be staying at your place. One of the celebratory party has announced that they are vegan; another is gluten intolerant and one wants to start a “Zen detoxification fast”. Oh My Goddess! Whether you celebrate the actual day of Christmas or not, most of us fall into one of ‘Three Kings’ stereotypes during the holiday period. I call them Prince, Sid and George. King Prince is the “1999” group. They are going to party like never before. You find them near the iPhone cheerfully belting out Jingle Bell Rock (off-key); endeavouring to get someone, anyone, to pull the Christmas crackers so they can have a crepe paper hat to wear. Full of joy and festivity, you are not sure whether you want to hug them, invite them over or just knock them out with some Yuletide punch. King Sid is the “Ice Age Sloth” group. They are happy to eat your food and take the presents you have painstakingly

gathered for them. However, they tend to shy away from any actual physical activity. No backyard cricket or washing up for them. No way. You’ll find them sitting in a chair or a hammock quietly dozing off their meal while you are the flying dervish in the kitchen. Last, but by no means least, is the King George or “Sherriff of Nottingham” group. These people just want to ‘call off Christmas’ and will boycott any wellmeaning store daring to play Bing Crosby’s White Christmas through staticfilled speakers. You usually don’t see them until they emerge from their hiding places until New Year’s Day. Some may call them Scrooge, however every Christmas I’m tempted to join them the following year. As a Wiccan in a Christian Family, my dilemma is meshing Litha festivities with Yule (now known as Christmas). It’s enough to make you spread a protective circle around your home and wait for the Apocalypse of Christmas to be over. Here are some tips to help you spread a little holly cheer rather than poison ivy: • Write to loved ones, telling them

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11/22/2012 10:17:51 AM

The Magic of Connection at Christmas By Vanessa Bushell


s we face the silly season, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the consumerism of Christmas, the overconsumption of alcohol, and family dramas that leave us cringing. While many share joy and fun in the festive season, there are also a lot of people who experience intensified grief and loss, family disconnection or extreme family disharmony. The key to surviving and thriving through the Christmas/New Year period is connection and self-care. Both connection with our own inner being and connection with those we love, feel comfortable around and who enhance our sense of self, are important

to practice through these months. It can feel like an incredibly lonely place when we do not have those around us who we regularly connect with. Some of us visit families where we feel like a fish out of water. Others are left alone while their friends and community visit their families. Either way, Christmas can have the opposite effect that it is renowned for. This is why inner connection with ourselves and the practice of mindfulness can help us through this time. To connect with our core self it is important to breathe deeply and feel into the emotions that emerge. When practicing meditation and yoga we can sometimes unintentionally cut ourselves off from our emotions when painful feelings arise. The trick to reconnecting authentically with ourselves is to allow, acknowledge and uncover the meaning behind the emotion. It is about becoming real with ourselves. While we may resist sadness, anger, frustration or guilt at first, as we allow these emotions and safely work with them, they do subside. These emotions are here to tell us something important and often if we do not heed

their call, they become stuck and we become depressed. Connecting authentically with ourselves as emotions become triggered through the festive season is essential. Only then can we turn it into an opportunity to grow and learn about ourselves. As we do, it is important to practice the release of emotions safely. To create emotional safety, be sure to release emotions either by yourself or around others who are non-judgemental, obligation free, and supportive. If emotions arise around family who are not as aware of their impact on you, then be sure to establish healthy interpersonal boundaries and practice self-care. Connection with family and friends can be a beautiful and healing experience throughout the Christmas period, just remember to reconnect with yourself and your truth to prevent being swept away in silliness of the season. Vanessa Bushell, Conscious Solutions

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11/21/2012 4:23:43 PM

A Festive Attitude of Gratitude! By Sharon Tregoning


oley Moley!! What a year it has been. If yours has been anything like mine, it’s been a big one. Energetically, we have had so much going on in our world, that it has sometimes seemed both overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. For a lot of my friends, this year has been about stepping into their truth, stepping up to playing on a bigger stage and really connecting with and making themselves a priority. As we wind down, it is an ideal time to review the year and start planning for next year. Have a look back over what

you have and have not achieved. Applaud yourself for what you have done and maybe review what you haven’t and ask yourself if it really is a priority. If it’s not, let it go. If it is, have a think about how you can achieve it in the coming year. It’s also the ideal time to have a think about what you would like to be/do/have in the coming year – not so much a New Year’s Resolution (because we know what happens to most of those!!), but more of a game plan. Be mindful of acting as if you are living with GRACE when making these decisions… • Gratitude – Are you grateful for the blessings in your life? This will help you be/do/have what you want sooner • Responsible – Have you accepted responsibility for this choice and own it 100% • Authentic – Is it what you want to be/do/have or is it what is expected • Conscious – Are you aware of how you feel about what you want to be/do/ have? Why do you want it? • Empowered – Does it empower you or disempower you? If you can honestly answer these

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questions along with holding the intention of what you are wanting to be/ do/have being for the highest good of all concerned and the harm of none, you are well on your way. We also need to be mindful that for some, this time of year can be really challenging, particularly for those who have had loved ones transition this year. If this is you, be mindful of being gentle with yourself – those ‘firsts’ are pretty tough. Hold the treasured memories in your heart and be thankful that nothing can ever take those away. Know also that your loved ones are always with you. Feel yourself go into your heart space, think of them with love and feel their presence with you – for they truly are. And for everyone – celebrate being alive!! You have survived another trip around the sun and you have the opportunity to create exactly what you want in your life!! Go for it!! Sharon is a ‘non woo woo spiritual counsellor’ who can be contacted at the Circle Wellness Clinics or visit


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11/21/2012 4:24:14 PM

Birthing My Baby, Birthing Myself By Katrina Zaslavsky


otherhood brings many gifts as we experience every stage of life with our children. Sitting in school assembly for my daughter’s first day, it all looked strangely familiar and brought back memories of my first day too. Yet this time I was a different person, nervous on behalf of another little person. I searched the room for a familiar face but instead of sitting quietly, I observed myself boldly approaching strangers, much to my own amazement! Where did all this newfound confidence come from and what happened to that quiet little girl I once knew? How different my school experience would have been, armed with such confidence and knowing then what I do now – I could take on the world. She grew up, became a woman and more than that, a mother! Every life experience shapes us. Some significant events build us up as a person. One of the most powerful things I have ever done is become a mother. When I gave birth for the first time, little would I know I was also birthing myself. Not only was a precious baby girl born and a depth of love I have never known, but something else…a new respect for my body, strength

and courage as a woman, a heart connection to every other mother and an even greater appreciation for nature. Nothing compares to the natural high and magical connection of just giving birth. In those early days everything seems brand new. In my new book, a first time mother describes feeling reborn, “I looked at the world as you did for the first time. I looked at the rain as though I had never seen or felt it before.” Pushing through our limits and discovering inner resources we didn’t know we had is the best preparation for motherhood – we can draw on that strength to get up at all hours of the night, despite physical or emotional exhaustion, to become immune to unwelcome comments from relatives or deal with a sick child. I encourage you to discover how amazing you truly are. You will only know the true meaning of this when you push through challenges or go beyond what you believe is possible. I am a different person having birthed my children. While it was no walk in the park, it was well and truly worth the effort. Embrace this path of motherhood. Tune into your beautiful feminine nature and return to your heart. You’ll find new purpose and give birth to you! Katrina Zaslavsky is the passionate author of A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth and supports women to reclaim their birth power and give birth naturally – fear free, drug free and even pain free!

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By Lyn Nichols

Summer Time Self Care


ummer is the perfect time to start nurturing the body and the soul. At the core of every illness is toxicity, whether this be in the form of physical toxins, emotional toxins, or often both. Years of eating processed foods and drinks, taking medications, eating meat etc eventually takes its toll on the body in the form of mucoid plaque, a black tar like rope that coats the lining of the digestive tract/colon. This plaque is the home to parasites and a store house for undigested protein, chemicals etc, causing toxicity in the body. The best thing you can do for your health is to cleanse the body internally via eating a diet of raw fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, fasting on juices or water, followed by a colon cleanse designed specifically to soften and remove this plaque. And what better time to start your cleanse than summer with such an array of delicious fruits and vegetables available? Not only will you be giving your body the best gift, you will also lose weight and gain beautiful clear skin to go with it. Water, sunshine and fresh air are crucial to good health. This summer/festive season, be sure to drink one litre of water per 22 kilos of bodyweight every single day. Cutting out sugary processed drinks, especially the diet type that contain toxic chemicals such as aspartame will be

doing your body a great service. As the summer heat sets in, a lot of us will find that we are spending more and more time in airconditioning. We are electrical beings-our body’s need air to be moving. We can encourage this by using fans where possible at work and at home (your reward will be less fatigue!) Make the most of these summer months by getting approximately 30 minutes of sunshine on the body every day without sunscreen- this will allow the liver to store reserves of vitamin D. Healing the emotional body is just as important as focussing on the physical. Often suppressed anger, grief, resentment, hatred etc and unforgiveness, can be the very cause of cancer and other illnesses of the body – this is seen time and time again during an emotional healing process such as ‘The Journey Process’. If we continually keep our emotions suppressed, they eventually manifest into physical symptoms. Once again, what better time than summer to escape worldly matters and everyday stresses by booking into a health/healing retreat that focuses on the whole body, giving yourself this much deserved time for nurturing the body, mind and spirit.


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Gutsy Festive Solutions! By Karuna Tohow – Homeopathy, Live Blood Analysis and Bowen Therapy


he natural balance of good and bad bacterias in the intestines, once disturbed leads to increased viral, bacterial, yeast and parasitic over growth. This breakdown of digestive performance in the gut is called dysbiosis. When the balance in digestive tract is distorted, unfriendly bacterias dominate and the intestinal membranes become inflamed, then leak toxins and bacterias into the blood stream. This is called leaky gut syndrome and it isn’t hard to imagine how serious this condition can become. The blood becomes acidic and develops into a state where even antibiotics cannot rid our system of infections. Acidic and toxic blood just like a dirty river is a breeding ground for all manner of disease. Good bacterias are essential for immunity and digestive function. Probiotics which contain good bacterias readdress the problem but they are not a long term solution. Many of us are caught up taking antibiotics and then following up with probiotics, this has to stop for the sake of good health. Dysbiosis leads to many symptoms which are increasing and disturbing.

Symptoms include: abdominal bloating, sometimes with a sense of blockage in the gut as the gut lining swells, diarrhoea or constipation depending on how advanced the condition is, gut and bladder infections, fatigue, food and chemical allergies, gluten intolerance, acidic blood leading to arthritis and auto immune disease. You may wonder what caused these symptoms to appear in your life. It is now known that the lifestyle leading to dysbiosis is caused by some of these practises: recurrent use of antibiotics, anti inflammatory drugs, steroids, hormonal medicines including the pill and sometimes even the overuse of certain self prescribed herbs or synthetic vitamins. Watch out over the Christmas period with all the yummy festive foods as a diet high in fats, processed foods, sugars and preservatives is also found guilty. We need to think of healthy alternatives to white flour and sugar. If these symptoms of dysbiosis match yours, the gut will need to be repaired to regain its function. Inflammation and yeast over growth need removing. The

endotoxins that are produced by the bad bacterias also need to be removed. Diet and lifestyle are essential to maintain a healthy gut but it’s just a start. If you are unsure if your symptoms are caused by dysbiosis a simple Live Blood Analysis will reveal on the spot the condition in blood and the bowel. Live blood analysis shows the situation and if chronic disease has started to develop. A normal blood test by a doctor does not show up these conditions as the blood is not live. Most people are unaware that Homeopathic medicine is an excellent alternative to antibiotics, steriods and prescription drugs. These medicines are effective without causing damage to the gut. Homeopathics calm the inflammation causing leaky gut and remove the endotoxins. Homeopathic medicines include remedies for dysbiosis and leaky gut and it is worth considering a constitutional diagnosis with an experienced Homeopath.

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iving a Conscious Life involves the mind, wellbeing of our body, and our spirit. It also includes caring for our environment and the source of our food, and making conscious decisions to be sustainable and healthwise. Consider your impact on the world. How you live and what you consume has an impact on your community and the environment. More and more people are living consciously whether it’s the decisions of what they eat, what they wear, their surroundings, what they create or what they say. We are all realising this leads to a more content and happy life. A conscious life provides inner peace, joy, fulfilment and authenticity, as well as being healthier and happier. Over time you will respond to situations differently, see them as an experience and grow. You can learn from these situations and make steps to help improve your

life. You are more positive, gentle with yourself and others and of course have more love. Living consciously is living fully awake which gives you the awareness to expand and grow immensely. You see patterns and ask yourself what am I doing that needs to change? What do I need to do? Where do I need to go? You use these opportunities to help improve your life by listening to that inner voice and acting upon it based on what’s true for you. Rather than just floating through life, take steps to change by starting to think about everything you do. This means thinking about every decision you make rather than making decisions quickly and rashly. Start to reflect regularly, review and set goals for yourself, review your relationships, consider your environment, consider material items, the cost of things, necessities or essentials, having time for yourself and consider

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his festive season, Australia’s Pupcake Queen, Tanya Arnold, interviews one of life’s recent gifts, Zanthi, an 11 week-old Labrador puppy.

share our lives with. Zanthi, as this is your first Christmas/New Year celebration. Do you have any expectations?

Q. Zanthi, as you are still quite young, soon enough you’ll be heading out into the big wide world, you must be excited at the thought?

A: From what I have learned to date, this time of year is a special time. To enjoy the gifts of life such as our relationships, foods, nature and acknowledging how we have grown since the beginning of the year. I feel very blessed to know I’ll be spending my time with the ones I love. I’m sure mum will feed us delicious foods, spoil us with presents and dress us in costumes. When I think about it, that doesn’t seem too far off a normal day for me.

A: I do my best to stay present in each moment and focus on the here and now, though sometimes I do wonder about the future. My older brother and sister have been so kind and I can only hope that all the other dogs out there will be just as friendly. From what I have heard, there is so much to see and do and I look forward to discovering new smells, new foods and new friends. Q: For many, this time of year reminds us of the blessings we have in our life and in particular the many friends and family whom we

Q: To reign in the new year, we often party the night away and traditionally many people make New Year’s resolutions. Do you have any goals you want to achieve by the end of 2013? A: My mum has mentioned the celebrations that go on for the New Year. She has told me that often there are fireworks which can be loud and exciting. She said that sometimes other dogs get

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11/21/2012 4:26:22 PM

Christmas Tidings By Eileen McLean and Jenny Golsby


012 is drawing to a close and with it comes the end of year celebrations involving parties and merriment, fireworks and general chaos. Christmas is an exciting time for humans but not necessarily for the other species we share our lives with. When an animal is experiencing fear it is more likely to take flight and remove itself from what it fears the most without thinking about the consequences. Not only can this be very stressful it can also be very dangerous. Due to the high level of activities at Christmas, we need to ensure our pets remain calm and secure at all times. We can do this by providing a safe place for them to escape to. Examples of this include a crate, large box or small enclosed room. Animals communicate using a silent language so the less we speak to our pets during their time of stress, the more relaxed our pets will become. Christmas is a time when we think about our new year’s resolutions. Let’s not forget our pets. Pet related resolutions can involve taking a more natural

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The State of Animals By Kim Forrester, Spiritual Commentator

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umans can be passionate creatures. Of that, I have no doubt. I am also certain that the topic of animals – specifically of our treatment, neglect, exploitation and constant disregard for animals – is one that is sure to stir some of the deepest passions of all. For the last few thousand years, many humans have regarded themselves as – shall we say – the highest form of life on Earth. The Old Testament, for instance, assumes the right of humankind to rule over all the animals and implies that nature has been designed specifically for human pleasure and consumption. Many people feel that, as the overlords, humans have the responsibility to protect and safeguard our animal companions; that

our role is to nurture and provide. Others have preferred the idea that nature is ours for the taking, and the animals are simply another resource in a human-centric quest for dominance. Two diametrically opposed views. Enter passionate discussion. Interestingly, both of the above mindsets are based on the belief that humankind sits somewhere above animals on nature’s hierarchy; that our role is to either accept responsibility for them, or to exploit them to our will. But there is another standpoint; one that may change the way we view animals - and each other - and that could unlock a vital element in the passionate discussion about the treatment of animals. Many indigenous cultures around the world, particularly those in the Americas, have held the belief that animals are, in fact, our brothers and sisters. Interestingly, it is this worldview that best fits our most recent scientific discoveries; the understanding that everything on the Earth (and in the Universe) is deeply and inextricably interconnected. What is even more profound, however, is the well-held

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indigenous belief that animals are in fact our GUIDES and our TEACHERS. The concept that animals are not just as enlightened as us but that they, in fact, hold more spiritual awareness than the average human. For anyone connected with their animal companions, this idea is completely palpable. For example, it takes one look in a dog’s eyes to see that they understand the spiritual concept of unconditional love. All creatures, from ants to wolves, are unquestionably intuitive. Our feline friends are perfect examples of self-love and selfempowerment, and every animal on Earth is completely adept at living in the moment and in complete surrender. The notion, therefore, that animals may be well beyond us in terms of enlightenment, is completely valid. So the question begs to be answered. If animals are actually here to be our spiritual teachers, why, oh why, does the Universe/God/Source allow many of them to be treated so poorly? Perhaps the answer lies in what they are trying to teach us.

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If you want to look at the state of humans, you should look at the state of animals f rst. – Rachael Ray

If, as many of us would suspect, animals are spiritually enlightened then they would have a deep understanding that the physical world is just an illusion; that physical pain and suffering is only part of this reality, and that their spiritual selves are safe and well in another consciousness. Just as Buddha starved himself in the forest and Jesus sacrificed his body on the cross, it may be that the animals, as our spiritual teachers, are allowing this treatment out of an unconditional love for humanity and the desire to facilitate a Higher Good. Perhaps the animals are trying to show us something. Perhaps they are trying to help humanity the only way they can. Perhaps the point of this senseless cruelty is not just “what are we doing to the animals?” but more importantly “what are we doing to ourselves?” So, what are we doing to ourselves? The plight of the battery hen has to be one of the most disturbing and heartbreaking tales of modern society. As our spiritual teachers, perhaps it is obvious what these magnificent birds are trying to teach us.

What they may show us is that we have created a society where far too many of us are locked away in synthetic cages, with our feet often divorced from the ground. Stuck in these boxes for weeks on end, many of our Souls yearn to walk on the Earth; in nature, where we belong. In addition, we live in environments that are overcrowded, unhealthy and unnatural; an overpowering confinement that causes stress and psychological problems. We work too hard, and many of us have little or no opportunity to simply be the beings we are born to be. How about the inhabitants of the modern-day puppy farms? What are these beautiful dogs trying to tell humanity? Perhaps they are highlighting those in society that are completely objectified; those who lack the freedom and rights that they deserve, or who simply exist to fulfil the needs of somebody else. The inhumane slaughter of animals is another passion-infused subject but, as our spiritual guides, what are these cattle, pigs and other animals perhaps trying to teach us? They may be fearlessly and lovingly showing us how much we taunt and wound each other on a daily basis. Although often small and seemingly insignificant, the wounds we inflict can cause immense pain and suffering, and this constant cycle of torture is slowly and painfully killing our self-esteem… and our Souls. For many passionate animal-lovers, it is the abandoned and neglected animals that tug at the heart strings. But what are they trying to highlight to us? What part

of human society are they trying to draw our attention to? Perhaps it is the plight of our abandoned brothers and sisters in Africa; the poor and starving millions that flash across our television screens and are forgotten by the next advertisement; the innocent victims of war and famine that are so easily dismissed in our busy modern lives. And maybe it is to draw our attention to the refugees that come to our shores, homeless and insecure, only to be often shunned and marginalized by many in Western society. Perhaps the treatment of laboratory animals, and livestock injected with growth hormones, is simply to highlight the amount of toxins and drugs we ingest into our own bodies through our food, cigarettes and medicines. How often we compromise a part of who we are in order to “gain” something we think we need. I have no doubt that the passionate discussion about the treatment of animals will continue – and so it should. But perhaps it is time to add a new understanding to the debate, and a new dimension to the solution. As our spiritual teachers and guides, it may be that animals are stronger and more durable than we allow ourselves to believe. It may be that it is us – humanity – that is in dire need of rescue, and our desire to save the animals is in fact a deep, intuitive pull for us to save ourselves.

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Random Acts of Kindness at Xmas By Cat Richmond


ll over the world today we are aware of alarming situations, including terrorist bombings, racial gang wars and natural disasters. By our thoughts and actions as ordinary citizens, let us remind ourselves that we have an impact on what is happening around us. We can make this be felt by practising little acts of kindness in our daily lives. Kindness is among the gifts we can easily spread to others. We can start with our family and friends, and eventually extend it to our office mates. We can also show kindness to strangers who need help along the way. Our next door neighbour may get sick and need us to go to a drugstore, a brother or sister may need urgently our presence or financial assistance, or an elderly person down the street may need the lawn mowed. Whenever we take the time to give kindness, we will find that it returns to us in the form of happiness. We feel good inside for reaching out to someone, don’t we? The reverse is also true. Sometimes, we forget about the kind deeds that other people have done for us. Do you remember when you were on holidays and your neighbour looked

after your plants and mail? Or how about a friend picking up your child at school because of an important meeting at work? Then think back to when you were a kid and your older brother or sister helped you finish a project for school. If we think about all those acts of kindness, we will remember how happy we were to receive them. Kindness melts the most severe anger and makes happy the hardest hearts. No kindness is too small to win and hold our affection because it is made up of gentleness, generosity, and caring. In fact, it is the very basis of love. Let us open our hearts and let in the sunshine for kindness. Cat Richmond is the creator of ‘The Field of Grace’ which is located in Petrie, Brisbane. Cat and her helpers extend their kindness to people in challenging situations by offering things such as food parcels, removal assistance and even blankets for the local dog shelters. This has been set up as a not-for-profit organisation and encourages everyone to do something nice for others. Let us be the ones to bring more love to this world.

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Be Aware at Christmas By Mary-Lou Stephens


very family has iconic photographs that tell a far greater story than the dots imprinted on paper or the pixels on the screen. One of my family’s photos is of me, at not much over a year old, wearing a pair of faded red overalls, dirty feet and a cheeky smile. For support I’m clutching the arm of an old rocking chair on the veranda of our shack. The composition of the photograph is perfect; the colours, the lighting and the moment, all captured with the deft hand of a very experienced photographer. Which he was. My grandfather. He left us a legacy of our childhood years in photographs and slides that adorn our walls, mantelpieces and bookshelves and still get shown at the special slide nights my sister arranges so beautifully. The Rocking Chair, as we call this

photo, was amongst the last he ever took. He and my grandmother were driving back from the shack. There was an accident. He died almost immediately. My grandmother died in hospital not long after. Two more holiday statistics. The photos were developed later, after funerals and wakes and many tears. Over the festive season I wonder how many sons and daughters, or mothers and fathers, will be left with holiday snaps taken by someone they love who has just become a statistic. Often when I pull onto the Bruce Highway, especially at this time of year, I find myself doing a quick calculation of the odds. I like to think of it as awareness. A momentary lapse in concentration, an unexpected occurrence, that’s all it takes. Some years ago a fellow driver decided they’d merge from a slip road across both lanes of traffic, forcing me onto the meridian strip and straight towards a concrete bridge. I’m still not

sure how I managed to safely manoeuvre the car back onto the highway while the idiot sped off in front of me. I was shaking and crying from the near miss but determined not to show the shock and fear to my young niece who was happily strapped into her booster seat in the back. She was not going to be a statistic that day. Statistics. We hear a lot about them during the holiday season. And those statistics don’t reveal the heartache experienced by those left behind at this time of year, every year, for many years to come. Or the trauma of the survivors who may be left with permanent physical and emotional injuries. As you strap on your seat belt spare a thought for your friends, your family and the families of those you don’t know and ensure you have a Happy New Year.

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By Richard Giles


The Magic of a Total Eclipse

ustralia experienced a total solar eclipse of the sun on the 14th November and it was our first major experience of a solar eclipse since 1976 when the path of an eclipse went right through Victoria. The November 2012 total solar eclipse began in Australia on the morning of November 14th – this eclipse predates the December 21st, 2012 Mayan Calendar date by just five and a half weeks. With this eclipse, totality was visible from northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean. Eclipses and History Eclipses have been a major factor in mankind’s understanding of the heavens over the centuries as the astronomers and astrologers predicted events in human society that would induce huge changes in the ensuing months after the eclipse. The moon passing across the face of the sun or the earth’s shadow passing over the full moon give us the eclipse phenomena. This happens because the disc of the moon is almost exactly the same diameter visually as the disc of the

sun even though they are millions of kilometres apart. We just happen to have the moon positioned at such a distance from the earth that the disc visuals coincide and give us complete total eclipses. A solar eclipse is always a new moon and in astrology tends to mark new beginnings. An eclipse of the sun will more likely focus you on a prominent male in your life (father, husband, boss, or other key man). An eclipse of the moon will centre more on the prominent women in your life (mother, wife, or female boss, for instance). This is not always the case, but you will find this will be a good rule of thumb. The eclipse degree is active for six months and the first three months after the eclipse are the strongest for effects, when the sun has moved 90 degrees from the eclipse position. How to Interpret Eclipses: • They bring sudden or unexpected events • Expose problems you didn’t know about

• The planet under stress in your chart is literally ‘eclipsed’ by the sun or moon • The house in which the eclipse falls is a key to the changes • They can make big changes in the area of life shown by house position. I was fortunate to be part of a group that travelled from the Atherton Tablelands north to Mt Carbine, about 100km away to view the total eclipse. Cloud cover obscured the sun for the first hour but as the moment of total came up at 6.38am the cloud cleared suddenly giving us the most spectacular view of the moon over the sun. A perfect lunar dark disc obscured the sun’s disc and the blazing corona flared from the disc outwards. It was beautiful and awesome and lasted some two minutes. The hundred or more people on the camp grounds cheered with joy as it all unfolded before us. An holistic moment that gave all a few minutes out of time to contemplate our place in our vast solar system. Astrologer and Feng Shui practitioner 07 5435 0158

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