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The Spirit

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Finding the Magic Within

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t’s the festive season and people are starting to get into celebration mode and for many it’s also a time for some reflection… it’s been a really big year for a lot of people. On a personal note I have experienced loss and sadness within my family this year with my dear sister’s baby Jacob and more recently with the death of my Dad. Nearly three and half years ago Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer which had spread to his bones. This was a big shock for our small family. Over the last few years he has chosen mostly mainstream treatments and quite a few natural approaches but he had his own way of doing things and he lived way beyond what most thought he would. I will always remember my Dad’s courage, persistence, kindness and his ‘Dad jokes’; this will stay in my heart. I am happy for him that he is in peace and merged with

the source of life once again. It has made me realise what a gift each moment is and what a gift we are to each other. And there have been so many contributors and readers of Holistic Bliss sending so much love and light to my family. So this edition is put together with extra love and appreciation. I think many of the messages running through this edition are very powerful to focus on over the festive season: having gratitude, forgiving, remembering the magic of who we are, creating ease and simplicity in our lives, giving to others and also RECEIVING from the universe. We are each an expression of something so unique, there is no-one who can express their magic in the same way you can. Merry Christmas beautiful readers and look forward to bringing you more bliss in 2014!!!

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Finding the Magic Within

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Contents

19 FOOD FOR THE SOUL 6 Cranberry and Pistachio Slice by The Organic Sisters 7 Simple, Joyful Celebrations by Lisa Wiedrich 8 Christmas Nut Roast Recipe by Bek Mugridge 9 Spice of Life by Vicki Taylor Poha by Jay Mulder 10 Magic Ingredients by Sarah Clarke Let Your Stomach Smile over the 11  Festive Season by Katrina Drew 12 The Magic of Oil Pulling Therapy by Jenni Madison 14-15 Christmas Gift Ideas

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COVER STORY 16-17  Jean Sheehan Finding the Magic Within

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18 Stay Trim at Christmas by Monique Lee 19 Setting the Intention for the New Year by Soraya 20 Be Your Own Sorcerer by Raelene Byrne 22 Business Bliss by Julie Pigeon 23 Creating Magic! Access Consciousness 24 The Magic of a Festival 25 Going Home by Mary-Lou Stephens 26 Past Life Regression by Richard Giakoumis 27 Symbolic Magic! By Starina

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28 The Magic of the Moment by Vanessa Bushell 29 Are You Physically Motivated Enough to Reach Your Goals by Suzi Le Fanue 30-31 The Gift That is Always There! by Jules O’Neill 32 Truth and Setting Healthy Boundaries by Leanne, The Barefoot Medium 33 Sunshine House of Wellness 34 Chiropractic Lights Up Your Life by Dr Eric Slead 35 Grieving? Are You Being Kind to You? by Wendy Mulder 36-37 Festive Forgiveness by Cameron Aggs 38 Festive Gratitude by Dr Peter Dingle 39 Being On Purpose is Magic! by Michelle Lightworker FASHION, BEAUTY, HAIR AND STYLE 40 Shine Brightly! with Amanda Rootsey 42 Magical Body Connection by Gaylyn Aitken 44 HOLISTIC AS Books and more… NATURAL ANIMAL CARE 45 Tricks and Treats by Toni Lynch 46-47 Detox Your Pet Before Xmas by Dr Elaine Cebuliak 48-49 Never Give Up by Karen Buttery 50

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Base: 1. Pulse the almonds and cacao powder in a food processor until it resembles a fine crumb. 2. While the food processor is running add in the dates one at a time and the coconut oil until it is well combined. 3. Pour the mixture into a small slice tin lined with non-toxic baking paper and press it down to form the base. Place it in the freezer to set.

Filling: 1 cup of dried cranberries ¾ cup of desiccated coconut 2 tbsp of coconut oil (melted) ½ cup of raw pistachio nuts ¼ cup of coconut cream 1 tbsp of Maca powder (optional) Chocolate Topping: ¼ cup of coconut oil (melted) ¼ cup of pure maple syrup ¼ cup of cacao powder

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Filling: 1. Pulse the cranberries, coconut, pistachios and Maca powder in the food processor until finely chopped (ensure you don’t over process). 2. Add the coconut oil and coconut

cream and pulse again until the mixture is combined. 3. Pour the mixture on top of the base and return it to the freezer to set. Top Chocolate Layer: 1. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup and cacao to a small mixing bowl and stir until it is combined and resembles chocolate sauce. 2. Spread the chocolate sauce on top of the filling – make sure the filling is set before you do this step! 3. Pop it back into the freezer for an hour and then remove it from the tin, slice it up and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. organicsisters.com.au

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Simple, Joyful Festive Celebrations! WORDS LISA WIEDRICH

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t’s that time of year again. The socalled ‘silly season’ is upon us. Not only do we race around trying to complete every task on our ‘to do’ list from the office through to the house, and race around buying presents, we also seem compelled to catch up with every person we’ve ever crossed paths with for a Christmas drink catch up. Are we thinking the world will end on the 31st of December and we need to have everything in order? We put so much pressure on ourselves – body, mind and soul. Two years ago, I escaped it all and took my children overseas to Laos and Thailand from the 1st of December until the 4th of January. Christmas just happened to be in Pakse, Laos. Modest presents were purchased from local markets and we splurged on an indulgent meal at a fabulous French restaurant for our Christmas Eve dinner (I’m European, so this is my main event). Our Christmas day brunch was spent at a fabulous local French Patisserie, delighting in the delectable Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissants).

Most importantly though, it was completely stress free. For the first time in my life, I got to really appreciate the simple joys of this time of year. I stopped. I enjoyed my time with my children. I learnt that it’s not about racing around, feeling exhausted and stressed. It was about taking time to stop, be with loved ones, feel gratitude and appreciate the simple things in life. Now, I’m not suggesting we all need to suddenly come to a grinding halt, turn the phones off and hide yourselves away. However I do think we could all do with a bit of slowing down and certainly, a bit of self-love over this time. Christmas shouldn’t be about stress, exhaustion and continual over indulgence. So here are some of my tips to keeping you sane, healthy and enjoying this time of year. 1. Lose the fried and/or processed foods like potato chips and replace with crudité and fresh dips, olives and wholegrain-seeded crackers. 2. Have a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks.

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A Christmas Nut Roast RECIPE & PHOTOGRAPHY REBECCA MUGRIDGE

CHRISTMAS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME TO CELEBRATE WITH REAL, NOURISHING FOODS. THIS NUT ROAST IS HEARTY AND DELICIOUS, KEEPS REALLY WELL, CAN BE SERVED HOT OR COLD AND IS BEST MADE THE DAY BEFORE MAKING IT PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. SERVE WITH YOUR FAVOURITE CRANBERRY SAUCE OR A GREAT CHILLI JAM. Ingredients 1 cup French green lentils, washed 1 cup brown lentils, washed 1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts 1 cup unsalted brazil nuts 1 cup unsalted cashews ¼ cup cooked quinoa 1 litre good vegetable stock 2 organic carrots, finely grated 3 free range eggs 1 tablespoon soy sauce 3 thick slices spelt, sour dough bread (or gf) 1 large leek, chopped Method Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper. In a saucepan bring the vegetable stock to the boil, add lentils, reduce to simmer and cook until tender,

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remove from heat. Do not drain. Gently fry the chopped leek in a little olive oil until it is well wilted. Crush all the nuts together but only roughly, you want them to be a bit varied in the pieces for great texture, some crumbly, some larger chunks. I do mine by hand in a mortar and pestle. In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Whizz the bread to turn it into breadcrumbs and add to the eggs, also add in the crushed nuts, leek, quinoa, grated carrot and soy sauce. Add in the cooked lentils and their liquid so the mixture is moist and comes together about ½ to ¾ cup of liquid, you can add extra stock if needed. Mix together well and pour into prepared tin. Cover with a sheet of baking paper. Bake in a moderate oven until

firm on top and cooked through, approximately 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Place cooled nut roast in the fridge, covered preferably overnight or at least 3-4 hours. It will taste even better if made the day before. Serve hot or cold with a really lovely sauce like cranberry or chilli jam. *Notes some stocks and soy sauces are not GF, check your labels if wanting to make a GF version of this nut roast. Sunshine Coast-based REBECCA MUGRIDGE is an award winning Author, Horticulturalist, Recipe Creator, food blogger and busy mum with a passion for food. She loves to show people that you can turn your family favourites with a few easy twists into healthier dishes and even how to get kids excited about healthy food. You can find Rebecca, all her recipes, gardening tips, cooking events and upcoming Sunshine Coast cooking classes at: authorrebeccamugridge.com

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a’atar is a Middle Eastern blend of herbs and spices. The predominant herb is Thyme, a favourite of mine, and along with sumac, sesame seeds and salt, makes for a very robust blend. Sumac gives it a tangy lemony taste. Za’atar is used as a condiment. It can be used to flavour breads like flat-bread, either by adding into the dough before baking or simply sprinkling on top of bread that has been brushed with olive oil and lightly grilled until nice and toasty. Za’atar can also be used like a dukkha. Dip bread in good quality olive oil then dip into the Za’atar dip mix and enjoy. It’s a summer thing! For those warmer evenings roast a chicken using this aromatic blend by rubbing it (smothering it!) under the skin. YUM! redhotchillipepper.com.au

Poha RECIPE JAY MULDER – Eumundi Medicine Man

THIS IS A LIGHT, DELICIOUS, QUICK AND EASY MEAL. A BREAKFAST FAVOURITE WHICH CAN BE ENJOYED ANY TIME OF DAY. TRADITIONALLY A SAVOURY PREPARATION ALTHOUGH A SWEET VERSION CAN ALSO BE ADAPTED. Ingredients: 2 cups of brown rice flakes 3 potatoes (diced small) 1 cup of peas 1 heaped tbsp ghee 2 tsp black mustard seeds 2 tsp cumin seeds 8 curry leaves 1 tsp hing Salt to taste 1 juicy lemon cut into wedges ½ bunch fresh coriander

Method: Dice potato into small pieces and steam until cooked. Put brown rice flakes into a sieve and place under running water until rehydrated, approximately one minute, then set aside. In a non stick pan warm up the ghee over a medium heat. Once warm add black mustard seeds and allow them to pop, follow by adding cumin seeds and curry leaves stir gently. Add hing then the steamed diced potato. Mix potato through the infused ghee then add the peas and brown rice flakes. Once all combined add salt and garnish with fresh coriander leaves and a wedge of lemon. eumundimedicineman.com.au

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Magic Ingredients! WORDS SARAH CLARKE – Owner of Natural Earth Health Products

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love sharing the benefits of the ingredients. I get joy out of people understanding why each ingredient counts and how it helps the body – what function it plays. So I have chosen to share the magic of one of my favourite Christmas spices for this edition. Cinnamon! Many people are surprised when I mention ‘True Cinnamon’… not knowing that there was more than one type of this beautiful and very aromatic spice. ‘True’ or Cinnamom Verum (from the plant Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) is the inner bark of a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka – and is commonly referred to as Ceylon Cinnamon. The other varieties come from a different plant (Cinnamom Cassia) and are also known as Chinese or Saigon Cinnamon. Most of this type is cultivated in China and Indonesia. Ceylon cinnamon is typically more expensive than any of the Cassia versions, and it is also the cinnamon more closely associated with potential

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health benefits. However, since both forms belong not only to the same family of plants (Lauraceae, the laurel family) but also to the same genus (Cinnamomum), they do share many characteristics. However, the contents differ much in the amount of Couramin, which is a naturally occurring substance with strong blood thinning properties. The level of Couramin in Ceylon Cinnamon is negligibly small, while that in the Cassia variety is said to be 1200 times higher. This is said to over a prolonged period of time to cause negative impact on the kidney and liver. How can you tell the difference? When ground, it is very hard to visually but aromatically there is a huge difference. When we open our Organic Ground Cinnamom at the office – you can smell it right through the building! Delightful! The taste I believe is more refined and subtle. The sticks do differ side by side – Ceylon has a thin and paper like textured bar that has multiple layers when rolled up versus the tougher, thicker darker brown, less layered tougher Cassia.

Health Benefits? A long history of use in both Eastern and Western cultures as a medicine, Cinnamon contains compounds called Catechins, which help relieve nausea and it is said the volatile oil in the bark may also help the body to process food by assisting in breaking down fats during digestion. It has been indicated for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems, urinary infections, relief of cold and flu symptoms and is said to help people with Diabetes metabolise sugar better. It is said the tannins have an astringent action, which may help with the stemming of nose bleeds, heavy periods, catarrhal congestion. It contains the antioxidant Glutathione and research suggests it provides antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. It both warms and stimulates the digestive system as a calmative, it helps to break up intestinal gas and has been used traditionally to combat diarrhoea and morning sickness. naturalearthhealthproducts.com.au

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Let your stomach smile over the festive season WORDS KATRINA DREW, NUTRITIONIST / COLON HYDROTHERAPIST

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Your taste buds may be having a festive party in your mouth, though your body could be suffering for it. Over eating, fitting one too many treats in, can leave you feeling bloated, fuzzy headed, grumpy and feeling like there are a few extra kilos around the mid section. Here are a few little tricks of the trade to help with these tasty yet trying festive times. Firstly, taking time to savour the taste of your food, chewing each mouthful, at least 20 times, before swallowing. The more you are able to break down your food by maceration (chewing), the easier it is on your digestive system. Chewing also stimulates your stomach and pancreas to excrete more enzymes, helping the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins. This will give you the sensation of fullness earlier. Assisting in stopping you from over eating. Instead of the water melon usually served after that huge Christmas roast or seafood bonanza, try having some pawpaw instead. Papain is the enzyme in pawpaw, which helps to breakdown protein in the stomach, helping to free you of that heavy feeling in your stomach. Eat that deliciously juicy water melon or any melons (rockmelon, honeydew), away from other foods. This stops it from sitting in your stomach and fermenting away, creating a brewery, which could lead to a lot of bloating and burping. I hope these little tips can help make a Happy Christmas stomach.

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il pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic health tradition for detox and rejuvenation. It is a simple morning practice that offers remarkable results. Many people are doing it, many are talking about it, and many are super keen to get started. Oil pulling as we know it today, was re-introduced by Dr Karach, MD. Dr Karach claimed that oil pulling could help a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders. He used the method in his medical practice with great success. Traditionally, oil pullers used sesame or sunflower oil. Today raw virgin coconut oil is the preferred choice, as it offers the additional benefits of antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and enzymatic properties. The added

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Cover Story

Finding the Magic Within WORDS VANESSA FINNIGAN | PHOTOS ROBECCA McLEAN PHOTOGRAPHER

JEAN SHEEHAN IS ALL HEART! NOT ONLY IS SHE HAPPILY MARRIED WITH TWO AMAZING SONS, SHE’S A GIFTED MEDICAL INTUITIVE AND PIONEER OF AWARD WINNING BUSINESS ‘MILLENNIUM EDUCATION’. AND SHE KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT MAGIC!

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had my first session with Jean a few years ago and the experience is still very fresh in my mind. She asked some empowering questions and I let go of some limitations, she tuned in to my body and energy field and my whole heart opened up wide. I felt a surge of energy bursting through this chakra and the energy potently ran through my whole body for about 24 hours. This was my experience with Jean’s work and realising the truth of who I am in those moments. This is the magic that lies within us all. Jean inspires a good cross section of the mainstream world by teaching her unique style of medical intuition to universities, allied health, students and high profile professionals. Not surprisingly, she continues to be in demand all over Australia and around the world. This month it’s a pleasure to share Jean’s wisdom and have some insight into what 2014 holds if we truly listen. “We are born intuitive and we forget. We are taught to be unintuitive,” she explains. Since childhood, Jean could see inside the body’s organs/systems and perceive the energy around and through the body. But because she had no-one to acknowledge what she saw, she decided to follow an ‘acceptable’ career path and took up nursing and working in the area of autopsies to use her gifts in a way

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people could understand. While she did help a lot of people working as a nurse, she eventually realised this work was not the best way of utilising her talents. Hiding her full range of gifts and ‘playing it safe’ contributed to creating cancer, and so in order to heal, she had to be free to be her authentic self. She had to let go of her childhood conditioning (she experienced much childhood abuse and was told she was bad, ugly and her intuitive gifts were evil). And in doing so, Jean took a giant leap and started to fly. In the process she has transformed thousands of lives – and she is passionate about reaching more people and having medical intuition accepted as part of the education system.

Now as an adult Jean feels it’s imperative to assist the next generation to be who they are and trust their own knowing. So where did these gifts come from? Jean clarifies that she didn’t have a guru or follow a set path. Her process of awakening was more about remembering her infiniteness. She says she would read books, go to workshops and follow her intuition, and the information and wisdom she came across resonated with her and confirmed her own knowing. It was a natural progression for Jean to create Millennium Education to assist people to awaken (in fact her business has experienced remarkable growth over the last 20 years globally and on the Sunshine Coast). She has built a solid team around her and she uses many intuitive tools such as crystal grids and systems, children’s personality types and

sacred geometry, weaving in ancient wisdom to assist people. “My passion is to help others find their infinite potential; who they really are. Sacred geometry and crystal grids are like a mathematical code inside that relates to creation. And it’s only as an adult I’ve been able to explain it and teach it. I couldn’t explain it as a child,” she says. Now as an adult Jean feels it’s imperative to assist the next generation to be who they are and trust their own knowing. She says, “Society teaches kids to not listen to their innate wisdom, and they are naturally intuitive all the time. This generation don’t fit into the system – they are bucking it, so it’s up to us to make changes and see them as a gift. Many kids today believe you only live once and they are very emotional, reactive and expressive. They are also very talented but don’t realise it. They are forgetting their own potentiality and there are alarming levels of self-harm

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and suicide. We have systems that teach quite high expectations and if they don’t get the latest iPhone and iPad they feel like they are failures. My greatest joy in working with young people is when they realise their potential and knowing they are not alone. There needs to be changes in the health and education system… I’m passionate about this.” Jean says a child’s ‘bad behaviour’ can be a cry for help or a gift in that they trust you enough to break down in front of you. It’s time to be creative and intuitive when it comes to dealing with what’s happening for them as a whole. She believes we need to get to know them rather than seeing them as a number and inspire them to see that they can create anything in their lives. How Can We Thrive Through the Festive Season? Christmas is often a time of crisis and high rates of suicide. So Jean says it is important to ask for help and connect

with people who will support you in challenging times. “Let the pride down and don’t do it alone. There is so much support out there. When there is a knock back, keep asking (this is so important for kids to know).” The festive season has not always been an easy time for Jean. Her mother tragically died on Christmas day when she was only sixteen years old and the loss and deep grief led to being homeless

for a period and struggling to finish grade 12 on her own. She eventually found shared accommodation and worked at a juice factory until she got in to nursing. “Initially I went into shock when mum died, but eventually I decided to focus on what I was grateful for and I focused on others. Even today that’s what keeps me going. The idea of giving fills us up so much we forget about ourselves. My thinking was, ‘Someone must be in a worse state than I am… What can I give to others?’ Mum’s gift to me was that I found ‘me’. I don’t think I would have found ‘me’ as quickly if my mum hadn’t died,” she says. Jean’s heartfelt desire is for people to get back to the true loving intent behind Christmas. She believes it’s a time for being real; it’s not about the presents you receive. We can ask: what is going to fill my heart at Christmas time? Do what is going to be fun, simple, loving and caring. Jean celebrates Christmas with her loved ones and usually invites people who are alone to spend the day with her family. “I always ask my family, ‘what can we do as a family together’ and I don’t push my stuff and ideas on them.” She believes Christmas is a time to say, ‘I am who I am’, it’s not about how much money I have or what awards I have. The real meaning of life is connection, love, intuition and being in your heart space. “The simpler I make my life, the more abundant I am.” Jean whispers, “Magic is that childlike essence that everything is going to be okay. We once knew that… What happened?” What would it take for us to discover this at Christmas and all year round? AbsoluteEmpowerment.com

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Keep Trim at Christmas

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Setting the Intention

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WORDS SORAYA SARASWATI – Soul Purpose Mastery – Living Love

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he new moon in scorpio and solar eclipse heralded my return to India after a number of years. I was headed for Kerala together with my husband Terry and my twelve-year-old son Jaya. Kerala is a beautiful state on the west coast of Southern India. Here we are to facilitate a 10-day retreat in yoga, meditation, music and mantra in a traditional Ayurvedic Clinic where people will daily receive healing treatments together with our classes. Arriving late at night, the air was warm and humid with the pungent fragrance of a mixture of curry, incense, drains and humanity living in close proximity as we negotiated our way down roads, streets and back lanes to arrive after midnight at our cliff top hideaway. Falling into bed, we were lulled into a deep sleep by the sound of the rolling waves. We awoke to distant chanting, crow caws, and the sound of the wind in the coconut palms outside our window. It has been quite an effort preparing for the international guests who will join us from Sweden, Germany, Holland and Australia. Mother India has begun to weave her magic around us with the soft spoken, wide eyed, gentle local staff in coloured saris and white shirts tending our needs. Time has melted

away with the sound of the ocean waves rolling in like the pulse of the mother which has soothed us into a state of relaxation and sweet surrender. Writing this article and getting it has been a reminder that there is a time machine operating to keep order and agreement from which we feel quite separate here in India. People have flown joining us as we prepare, setting up sacred spaces for music and yoga. Meeting the wonderful ayurvedic and siddha doctors and massage staff and of course experiencing their deft hands and aromatic oils mixed by the herb master has been delightful. With open hearts and minds our group is now assembled. We will be living yoga, union of body, mind and spirit with open hearts and minds here in India for a very special 10 days together. All laying ourselves open to the inspiration of the music, mantra and meditation with the nourishment of yoga practice and ayurvedic massage and treatment. As a group we are one heart, although at times I feel like the divine mother is flowing through me, in the sharing of soul purpose mastery, embracing presence and living love with everyone here. sorayasaraswati.com

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Be Your Own Sorcerer WORDS RAELENE BYRNE | PHOTO ROBECCA McLEAN PHOTOGRAPHER

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aking up in the morning to the sound of birdsong, to me is magic. Waking up to the sound of an alarm going off from a mobile phone would be a ‘magical event’ to a person from 400 years ago just as the simple act of boiling water in an electric jug is a ‘given’ for all of us, yet for a person from 400 years ago, boiling water without a fire would seem like an act of trickery. We live in a world that would seem magical to those from the past, yet many of us do not recognise it in life today. We wake up, get moving, do all the stuff we are expected to do, then fall into a heap at night in front of a television that lulls us into a sense of dull apathy. When in reality, all that resides within that surrounds and supports us, is filled with mysterious enchantment, offering magic in all moments. It is about how we perceive things. Magical happenings and, synchronistic events are all about the alignment we have with our spirit and how that is reflected to us. When we can see the beauty and blessings in any situation, when we choose to respond in a grace filled way, when we offer inspiration to lighten someone’s life, when we engage in doing things from our spirit to make a better world, we are bringing magic from our spirit into the world around. “Everything you need, you already have, within”. Do you realise that this is a potent and powerful key to life? The ancient teachings in many cultures tell us

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this, however, do we or can we believe it? Magic, power, alchemy are not things we have to strive to have, or things we have to work on, they are alive in us all the time. The keys to accessing this mysterious and creative part of us: lie in: Mindfulness, Awareness, Gratitude, Inspiration and Connection (MAGIC). Begin to put these five ‘inner’ values to practise and a whole new world is revealed. Many people see magic as something external, something that happens by chance. Many are waiting for a proverbial magic wand to fix lives, a magic pill to lose weight, a magical potion to make us more loveable or attractive, basically we are looking at something outside us to change our life and how we see or feel about ourselves. Our thoughts create our world, a truth we hear often, but look at what it is really telling us. We are creators through what we think, feel, desire, dream and imagine. It is not a flippant phrase; it is a powerful key and reminder for entering the deep knowingness that we have within. It always begins and ends with us. If you want change in your life, then be your own sorcerer, tap into your inner wisdom, trust it, follow its lead, be self-responsible and start to make steps to create something different. It always starts with a choice for change, and then magic can happen. medicineforyourspirit.com

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Business Thrival! WORDS JULIE PIGEON

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or far too long we’ve bought into the myth that business is hard work. We’ve been told that to make it in business, we have to be prepared to work long hours and don’t even think about making any money for the first few years! Sound familiar? I believe it is possible to create a thriving business you love – with ease. It’s all about finding the magic within your business and the key to this process is being ok with being you. So if your business is keeping you awake at night with worry, here are some tips for designing your business, your way. To start, go back to basics. Begin by getting clear on who you are, why you do what you do, what you are doing and how you are doing it. Who is your ideal client? Is your brand/image and your marketing accurately reflecting who you are? Are you being true to you or are you comparing yourself to

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others? What makes you different is your magic. When you are being you and everything you do reflects that, you attract clients you’ll love working with and who truly value you. Next, don’t let the business stuff you don’t know, don’t like or don’t have time for, get in your way. Focus on what you love doing and get help with the rest. If finances, marketing or admin is not your strong point, outsource these functions to someone who loves it! The magic will happen when you let these go. Many business owners see this as a cost they can’t afford. But when you consider what your time is worth, the business you lose by spending time on these things, and that experts can do it in a fraction of the time it would take you, it’s the best investment you can make for your business! Spend some time reviewing how you do things now and how you could make some improvements. If you’re

not sure, why not get someone to work with you? Look at your marketing activities, how you offer your products and services and review your pricing. What are you spending your time on and what resources do you need? How can you use technology to streamline things? Who do you have on your support team? Are you keeping up with social media and building a strong presence online? Small changes in these areas can give you massive time and money savings. Now is the perfect time to set up your business for success in the New Year. Spend some time setting your goals and planning now, to reap the rewards in 2014. Finding the magic within your business starts with you. JULIE PIDGEON is a Business Creation Consultant and works with small business owners to empower them with the skills and knowledge they need to create a business they love. 360results.com.au

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ontrary to what a lot of people think, magic is not about controlling or forecasting natural events, it’s not about getting everything you want when you want it, and it’s not about spells, rituals and tricks. Knocking people over with the breath of life and those kinds of things are very interesting, but they don’t have anything to do with consciousness and they don’t have anything to do with the true magic of life, which is the ability to receive everything. The universe is an amazing, abundant place, in case you hadn’t noticed. Magic Is About Receiving The point here is that magic is about receiving. If you have to control everything to make your life happen, how much energy does that require of you? And if you are busy controlling everything, how much does that limit what you can create and what you can receive? It limits you enormously. What most people create is based on

the amount of energy they put into continually controlling things. But, what if you were to create from receiving? Is there a finite amount to what you can receive? No, there isn’t. You as an infinite being have the capacity to receive infinitely – and when you receive infinitely, magic can truly show up in your life. But to have the magic, you have to be willing to receive. Acknowledge the Magic One of the reasons people think they don’t have any magic in their lives is because they discount it when it happens. They say, “Oh – that was just a coincidence. That was serendipitous. It just happened.” They look at the magic they created and call it coincidence. They say, “Oh, that was a fortuitous coming together of events that were way beyond my control and it didn’t have anything to do with me.” They throw away the magical truth of it. When in your life have you thought about something, or said, “I wish ____,”

and it showed up? In our seminars on Magic, we ask participants to do this as a homework assignment: Look back over your life and write down every time you thought about something or asked for something – and it showed up, as if by magic. Then – and this is important – acknowledge that it wasn’t a coincidence, it wasn’t a serendipitous event, it wasn’t a fortuitous incident or accident, it wasn’t “just one of those things” – it was magic. You created it. Look at those times and acknowledge that you created them. Acknowledge it out loud, “Okay, I created those. Wow, am I cool that I could create that? What else is possible?” An excerpt from the book: Magic. You are it. Be it. By Gary Douglas and Dr Dain Heer. For a copy of the book go to: http://tinyurl.com/magic-youareit Dain and Gary are in Australia in November and December – for more information on classes go to accessconsciousness.com

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place to reflect on the year gone by and plan for the coming one. When people visit the Folk Medicine Program they visit the latest trends in health, listen to the top academics and practitioners, learn a new style of yoga, tai chi or therapy. This is the viewing room of the future in health care and people can go home with new ideas of health education planted like a seed amongst the fabulous festival background of music, colour, dance, drama, community and fun.” Now in its eighth year, the Folk Medicine programme at the Woodford Folk Festival is one of the most comprehensive health events in Australia. For six days, from early in the morning until late at night, patrons can indulge in: yoga, academic talks, health dance, workshops, chanting, health and lifestyle events and educational experiences. Australia’s integrative medicine and health practices are brought to the festival and highlight current trends, emerging patterns, popular ideas, research, and fun. The Blue Lotus is the festival’s

ach year, thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland over the New Year period to soothe, refresh and invigorate their soul at the Woodford Folk Festival; one of Australia’s most iconic annual events returning for its 28th year from 27 December 2013 to 1 January 2014. The festival, which is held just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, is Australia’s largest gathering of artists and musicians, as well as one of the most comprehensive health events in the country. Beyond the music, “Woodfordia” is a retreat from the real world into one where music, love and peace is a given. Last year’s festival saw an aggregate audience of 113, 000 retreat to “Woodfordia” over the six days. For attendees and artists alike, the Woodford Folk Festival is far more than a festival; it’s a state of mind. Dominique Finney, medical herbalist and health writer puts together Woodford’s Folk Medicine program. She says, “The Festival is a wonderful

home of healing. Talks, workshops and forums invite conversation from some of Australia’s premier practitioners and open the door for “Festivillian” involvement. Late afternoon forums nurture, with health, politics, beauty, revolution and adventure all playing their part. By night, the Blue Lotus hosts meditation in motion – dance and out-there meditation experiences with live music. The Blue Lotus is a venue for adventures of the heart, mind and soul. Woodford Folk Festival provides the perfect way to cleanse the body ready for the New Year. Organic food stalls are scattered throughout the festival including the Chai Tent, which has been a Woodford icon for the last 20 years acts as a meeting place where “Festivillians” can enjoy a steaming cup of chai or herbal tea and connect with new and old friends. It’s a great opportunity to be part of the community magic! woodfordfolkfestival.com

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Going Home WORDS MARY-LOU STEPHENS

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he past is pulling me back. Sometimes as slow and sweet as honey flowing from a jar. Sometimes as sharp as cold metal. I’m going home, back to the land that raised me, back to the town where I was born. It’s the time of year when people gather, with friends, with family, to celebrate the old and light a candle for the future. Long before I board the plane the past is nibbling at my ankles. You make a move in life, a decision no matter how small, and that move or decision ripples out, bumping up against other decisions, other lives. A long neglected friend calls from the south. He sounds as though he’s at the bottom of a well. His life has fallen to pieces, he needs a friend. I tell him I’m coming down for the holidays. I feel the weight of his need. He clings to me in the hope that I will patch him up, help him through, make him feel like

the person he was all those years ago when we were friends. I’m his portal to the past, to happier days. The past is enticing me back. I receive an email from a school friend. He wants to plan a reunion for later in the year. It’s been an embarrassing amount of time since we were at school together and he wants to celebrate that fact. He’s sent this email to others from our year and soon I’m connecting with people I haven’t seen for decades. The annoying boy that I used to avoid in the school hallways is now a successful lawyer. His email gives away the fact that everything he does in life is considered from every angle. I admire the way his mind works and I’m amazed that I can now relate to some one I had nothing in common with when we were kids. I suggest we meet up for a cup of tea when I‘m in town. I’m sure he drinks espresso. The past is calling me back. My

gaze falls on a photo of my family at the beach when we were young. A friend had mentioned that we all look as though we’re in pain. I explain that even though the photo was taken in the middle of summer the water was freezing and out toes were probably turning blue. I smile and pack my bathers anyway. The past is calling me back. I embrace it as the jet engines thrust me into the wide blue open. I’m going home to acknowledge the past, to honour all we’ve achieved over the days and months of the year that’s been. And I’m going home strong in the knowledge that the year to come will grant us many more smiles and sighs, will bring laughter and tears, and will give us many more reasons to celebrate. MARY-LOU STEPHENS’ memoir Sex, Drugs and Meditation is available through Pan Macmillan. maryloustephens.com.au

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ave you ever wondered why you fear a certain thing in life or why the same issues keep reoccurring? Do you feel like you have met someone before? Do you have an affinity for certain cultures or vivid dreams of yourself in different times and places? These may be memories from your past lives emerging. We have had many past lives that we have forgotten but are accessible through our subconscious or higher selves. Meditation and hypnotherapy are some of the methods used to access past lives. Our past lives can have a dramatic impact on our present life. There is left over karma that is brought into this life that we need to clear and learn from to evolve. If we do not clear this karma we

will always repeat the same issue over and over again. The power of past life regression is getting to the root cause of an emotional block to fully and completely remove it. The resulting shifts this creates in us can be life changing. It’s also possible to learn our spiritual lessons, resolve karma and strengthen relationships by addressing issues within the group of souls you have travelled through lives together with. As we have evolved we have gained the knowledge that the source of our emotional issues come from past lifetimes. We can now easily and painlessly access them, get to the core of emotional issue and remove the unwanted karma so it will never affect us again.

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Symbolic Magic WORDS STARINA

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would like to introduce you to the most powerful symbol I have channelled so far, it is part of the 2nd series of the Sacred symbols of the Stars and it is called ‘Forgiveness’. I chose to share this symbol with each of you as it is an amazing frequency to work with as the year is coming to an end. Forgiveness works on so many levels, allowing us to have deep and powerful inner shifts, letting go of the past, integrating the present, and manifesting wonderful new energies into our lives; creating the harmonious future we desire. As we sort through the emotions that keep us anchored in the past, we come to a place of understanding and gratitude for all that we have learnt, we let go, allowing more room for the higher vibrational energies that wish to gift us at this time. The forgiveness symbol is a profound frequency to work with! How many of us need to work on forgiving ourselves for decisions we have made, words we have said, actions we did not take? Perhaps we need to forgive our

bodies for getting sick, or ourselves for being angry when our body gave us signs that something was wrong and we did not listen. This symbol helps us come to a place of deep understanding and respect for ourselves, our connections to others, and the vast matrix of interlocking and interweaving energies and experiences that we all share in this beautiful game of life. Working with this symbol can help you to forgive in all directions of time and space, through all lifetimes, right back to the point of creation; the ways in which you can heal though this symbol are endless. You will come to a place of unconditional love in your heart, allowing you to see events from a higher perspective, using those golden keys you have gained as knowledge, to unlock the multitude of doorways into your heart. I ask that each of you take a moment to stare at this image tracing over the lines of the geometry as you gently breathe in and out. Absorb the colours and shapes and breathe the symbol into your heart space. Now

close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out, and as you do so, expand the symbol out from your heart in all directions, the symbol growing bigger and bigger until you are completely surrounded by the ‘Forgiveness symbol’s’ geometry. Work with this symbol each day and ask yourself what else can I heal? Cut the image out and sleep with it, taking note of how different you feel in the morning. Wishing you all love and abundance this Christmas. thegalacticgoddess.com.au

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he other morning I arrived at my favorite beach on the Sunshine Coast. Consciously, I focussed my attention in the present moment. I felt into the warmth on my skin as the sun shone above me. Golden grains of sand soothed my feet. The turquoise water glittered cheerfully in my open sight and the smell of salt air filled my nostrils. Opening to the current moment was simple because the experience was pleasurable. However, we often mistake the experience of pleasure is a goal to strive towards. Happiness… The great myth So often, we want the experience of happiness above the not so pleasant experiences. We strive to seek happiness, only to become bitterly disappointed at its absence. We close ourselves off to our pain, resist uncomfortable feelings and tense at stressful situations. Yet, it is often our belief that only happiness is acceptable, and our expectation that we can constantly achieve this state of being, that creates so much discomfort.

The truth is that practising mindfulness is not about seeking pleasant experiences and happiness. Rather, it is about experiencing whatever the present moment offers. Only when we accept “what is”, can we begin to make conscious choices that may eventually alleviate pain and create happiness. The benefits of remaining mindful in the present moment When we practise mindfulness with the intention of remaining present with an experience irrespective of whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we learn new meaningful insight and build inner strength. OK, remaining present with the experience of leaving our hand on a hot plate while we burn may be pushing it too far. However, given that the experience is physically and emotionally safe, we can gain a lot from learning how to not resist pain. Emotional presence Perhaps even more confronting than remaining present with physical pain, emotional distress offers some of

the most powerful challenges. I do not mean that we should leave ourselves in situations where we are being emotionally harmed, but rather, when we learn to stay present with our own emotions rather than run from them, we open ourselves to learn some of our richest lessons in life. Only when we can tolerate our emotion, can we listen to messages within and then change our situation with wisdom rather than kneejerk reactions. Perhaps these Christmas holidays, adopting a regular mindfulness practice may help you to increase conscious awareness of your emotional patterns and acquire valuable wisdom about your life. Whether this practice influences your family relationships at Christmas dinner, your inner psyche, or simply awakens your awareness, expanding personal insight through mindfulness can open your appreciation to the magic of the moment. VANESSA BUSHELL, Conscious Solutions conscioussolutions.com.au

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Are you physically motivated enough to

Reach your Goals?

WORDS SUZI LE FANUE – Nutritionist, Medical Herbalist And Naturopath

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his time of the year we will all start to think about what we want out of 2014. For some of you your health may be at the top of the list. Too often we set these goals and we don’t achieve them. We say I will start the diet on Monday, I will pay the credit card next month, take the dog for a walk tomorrow, empty the cupboard next week. Goals are usually not achieved because we procrastinate. What if there was a hormone that we had in our body that kept you motivated, goal orientated and focused? Well you do, it is called dopamine! Dopamine is often referred to as the “feel good” chemical. When it is low the person is more likely to feel depressed, lack pleasure, be unmotivated or lethargic. Those with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) usually lack dopamine. Most people have heard of serotonin because many anti-depressants work on

serotonin, but many have not heard of dopamine even though it is critical in clarity, happiness, focus and wellbeing. So how can you increase it? Are you suffering with digestive problem? It is critical that you gut is healthy, as all good health starts in the gut. Your stomach is the beginning of protein digestion, protein is broken down into amino acids. To make dopamine your body needs plenty of the amino acid tyrosine. If you have reflux, bloating, food sensitivities or indigestion it may mean that you are not digesting your proteins efficiently. So digestive dysfunction needs to be addressed. Dopamine is made from protein and a cocktail of other important nutrients like vitamin C, iron, magnesium, B vitamins and zinc. It is also wise to consider increasing foods high in tyrosine such as almonds, avocado,

bananas and poultry. You need to make sure your diet has plenty of colour too. If any of the dopamine cofactors from the diet are missing it makes it very difficult for the body to produce dopamine. A study published in 2008 in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism demonstrated that low dopamine levels are associated with an inability to control portion sizes, so you are more likely to overeat. So if your goal is to shed some weight we need to get those dopamine levels up! So how do you know if you are low in dopamine? There are clinical pathology tests as simple as a urine test that can determine your neurotransmitter levels. So if you know you procrastinate and put your goals on hold, maybe you are in need of more dopamine? integratedwellnessclinic.com.au

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agic exists all around you, every day for everyone! The entire universe is only always and in all ways giving to you and wanting you to live all your heart’s desires. It’s easy to believe that when things are going well and flowing your way, however what about the times when things seem not to flow? How do you find that ‘magic within’ then? Where does your magic live? In your heart! YOU are love. That is your natural state. When you are not in that state, ANYTHING else is just a reactive behaviour you need to explore to keep yourself growing. You can blame it on outside influences or even say you are picking up stress from others, however the real shift of magic is when you surrender your wisdom to your heart. How do you surrender your wisdom to your heart? OPEN UP! Share how you are feeling with the absolute intention to find the gift or lightness in what is happening in or around YOU. Believe that whatever is happening around you is a reflection of what is happening somewhere inside you. Even if

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and forward movement. Everyone is an Energetic Being of Love and is supported by the universe. Do not judge or influence someone into what YOU feel is best for him or her. If you are privileged enough to be chosen as a confidant, then begin the pulling apart of what is going on by saying something along the lines of this… “I will definitely listen to you and help you pull apart what is happening. There is a gift in what is happening and together we will find the light. Most importantly…TRUST YOURSELF! You know what is best for you and you do have the courage to choose it.” Ooh la la… this is how the magic inside YOU begins to work! Authentic communication between two people with no judgments and with the intention of finding the light in ANY situation, is a frequency that the universe loves! It is what begins the process of synchronicity and ‘signs’, to show you what is happening on the outside as a reflection of the inside. Consciously pulling apart a situation will give you the awareness, the necessary ‘aha’s, the intuitions and the direction forward you need. The universe will attempt to make things easy if you let go and surrender to what is, and choose to TRUST! Having

the confidant will also keep things in line and make you accountable for change and growth. What if you have tried that and nothing has changed? What if you may ‘know’ the awareness but the same issue keeps coming up? Then quite simply, you have not focused on the area you need to step forward and grow in. When you choose to step forward and grow, what you no longer need will naturally fall away and die. Nature shows us this everyday! Usually this area will be the most obvious, although often the hardest for you to see clearly, or have your ego admit it. Your trusted confidant can see, though. That magic inside you will also assist you in the areas you need to grow in. Get together with you confidant again and ask them this: “Nothing is changing, or not fast enough. Please help me pull apart the areas I need to grow in” Once you discover these, step in and step up. YOU can do it, and together with the universe you have all the magic available to YOU, around you and inside you. Magic does exist, all around you, every day and for everyone! bodyconsciousness.com.au

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Truth & Setting

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WORDS LEANNE, THE ‘BAREFOOT MEDIUM’

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s we move into what some people call the silly season, one of the most important things to remember is to claim your own truth and stand in your own power by following the magick within your heart and soul. There are three keys to helping you find the magick within: 1. Set healthy boundaries If you have you ever felt drained, exhausted or overwhelmed, found yourself confused, unable to focus, consumed by drama around you or had to deal with a lot of conflict then you need to set strong, healthy boundaries. Boundaries are guidelines about what you are prepared to accept physically, mentally, emotional and spiritually. On the physical they reflect your comfort with physical touch, sexual expression and privacy. Mental and emotional boundaries involve your willingness to say ‘no’, being assertive and knowing that you have the right to be heard and seen as well as allowing yourself to be open and trusting that you have the

ability to make confident decisions and respect your own boundaries. Once you set healthy boundaries, you will notice the magick from within will flow around you, you will feel empowered, energised and excited about life, be present and honour yourself and what feels right and loving for you. 2. Stay grounded Grounding is a very powerful technique to help you be consciously aware in the present moment, let go and trust in the future. There are many different techniques you can use including visualising roots coming down through the bottom of your feet into the earth, doing physical exercise, gardening, listening to music etc. 3. Acknowledge and feel any resistance ‘What you resist persists’ right? Resistance comes to the surface when you are not having the courage to face the real you. If you choose to push through it, you end up tired and exhausted like you could sleep for a

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Chiropractic Lights up your Life!! WORDS DR ERIC SLEAD

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id you know your body acts as a power plant? There are literally millions of messages sent every single second from your brain to your body. Those messages are generated by your brain, carried by your nerves, and the actions performed by your organs at the ends of those nerves. These tasks are not very different than the power companies that provide electricity for our homes and businesses. The biggest difference is the messages are controlling your body’s internal organs and your body’s overall health potential, not just your TV and dishwasher. What happens when the messages are decreased?

Although your body is capable of amazing functions, improper nerve function does not allow your body to perform at its full ability. It is similar to switching a light off in your house; it is no longer getting the vital electricity it requires to work properly. How do these messages become decreased? One of the main reasons for decreased nerve transmission is a Vertebral Subluxation. Vertebral Subluxations will cause nerve irritation and poor nerve function. Can you always feel Vertebral Subluxations? It is very common to have Vertebral Subluxations in your spine and not feel

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Grieving? Are You Being Kind To YOU? WORDS WENDY MULDER

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hat if there was a completely different way of viewing life and a different way of functioning in this world? One where we stop suffocating ourselves with unresolved grief and start allowing ourselves to experience kindness. Are you carrying some unresolved grief? How much is part or all of you being pulled back into the past (whether that is yesterday or last year) by traumatic events, the loss of someone or something, unfinished relationships, resentments, regrets, romantic illusions and nostalgia, all clogging up and fogging your ability to be living here and now? How often do you feel like a part of you has disappeared in those memories? Or do you hold onto those memories because you are afraid if you let go, you may forget and then feel guilty? Is any of this kindness to you or the people you live with?

3. Move Ask your body what it would most enjoy! Walking, swimming, sailing, golf, yoga… what does your body love to do? 4. Connect With Nature Get out of the house! Go for drives and walks in the country. Allow yourself to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the soothing sounds of nature and be aware of the peace of everything around you. 5. Release Your Tears. Allow the release of your sadness and tears … allow these feelings to flow through you so that they don’t become overwhelming, all-consuming and a permanent part of you and your body. Often it is our body that desires to cry!

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Forgiveness…

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an it not be more satisfying to stew on things? Isn’t ignoring niggling interpersonal problems and conflict a better solution? Isn’t there something fuelling about remaining resentful? In the first of this two-part series, I will begin by exploring a working

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What Is Forgiveness? Forgiveness as a behaviour or stateof-mind, can be distinguished from ‘forgivingness’, which is a more enduring human trait or quality. It can be defined as the act of ‘granting free pardon… of giving up all claim on account of an offence or debt’. The phrase ‘to grant…’ is striking. It suggests that forgiveness is an active and deliberate process undertaken consciously, and potentially, with some degree of effort. The first hurdle here is that forgiveness usually happens in the context of negative emotions. This is exactly the time when it is hardest to think clearly, and to perform the very conscious undertakings that this task requires. The words ‘free pardon’ are also worthy of comment. How does this compare to what most of us do? Which often goes something like: “I will sit on this latest transgression, and if I can help it not mention it again, that is, until you upset me next – then, despite my best intentions, it will return to mind (whether I know it consciously or not ) and you will really hear about it!” This raises a vital point: In moving on from our hurts and heartaches, we seek to cheer ourselves up, and to look for the positive, but do we actually enter into a conscious psychological process that culminates in forgiveness? How

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often do we really take that next step and make the choice to relieve the other (and ourselves) of our/their burden, how often do we really ‘give up our claim?’ Why Is Forgiveness Hard? I don’t think that the world teaches us how to forgive very well. There are not many examples of this on the nightly news. Among the self-help literature, there is unanimous agreement on the merits of forgiveness, but very little in the way of practical instruction. The actual mechanics, the ‘how-to’ of forgiveness is not commonly taught in homes and in schools either. As we are identifying here, forgiveness is actually quite a complex activity. It speaks to a number of actions from a psychological perspective: It requires us to accurately identify and ‘make space’ for our negative emotions, and to allow these to be part of our experience, without self-medicating through drugs and alcohol, and/or endless distraction and preoccupation. It requires the sophisticated task of achieving ‘mental space’ around our injuries, without dismissing our hurts (and projecting them onto others), or becoming overwhelmed by them either. Easier said than done! On an interpersonal level, it often requires us to engage in a process of struggle with others as we attempt to manage conflict. It requires us to create

shared meaning out of situations, which invariably involve the process of empathy and perspective taking on our part, in addition to taking responsibility for our own potential failures as well. As alluded to previously, this can be difficult during times of heightened emotions, and when the current ‘injury’ builds on multiple previous hurts. Lastly, depending on how all this goes, it requires us to intentionally, purposefully, absolve the other of their debt, and resolve ourselves in the process of doing so. Wow! The take-home message: Forgiveness is a high level psychological activity, and at times, interpersonal process. It is harder when we are depressed and/or when we have not had good role-models of forgiveness during our formative years. Can Forgiveness Ever Be Counter-Productive? It is counter-productive to rush into forgiveness. One trap is when we fall into the error of pretending that ‘it’s all good’ when it actually is not. This error is called ‘foreclosure’ – which describes the process by which we moves too quickly into forgiveness, without spending enough time processing our resentment, frustration, anger and hurt. It is helpful to be gentle with ourselves around our process here. Forgiveness sometimes takes time. And that is okay. It’s kind of

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like chewing; little mouthfuls are often best. A related trap is when we blur the lines between forgiveness and permissiveness. Sometimes, ‘the task at hand’ may be less about forgiveness, and more about effective-action. Such as with abusive relationships – where more important considerations than forgiveness are things like safety, and potentially leaving the situation. In addition, and on the otherside of this ledger, forgiveness is not the same as forgetting, or approving etc. Genuine forgiveness is the capacity to see the sceario ‘worts and all’, and in a way that helps us to see the other person’s sufferings in their unskillful and counter productive behaviours. It is on this basis that forgiveness can be achieved. The take-home Message: Forgiveness, like grief, has its own season and lifecycle. Be gentle. When the season is right, and when the work is done, the heart will open, and your resentment will be set free. CAMERON AGGS is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Mindful Therapy Psychology Services, which offers psychological services to children, adolescents, couples and adults in Maroochydore and Coolum. His ‘Learn to Meditate’ courses are run regularly on the Sunshine Coast. See mindfultherapy.com.au for more details

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Gratitude during the Festive Season and Beyond! WORDS DR PETER DINGLE

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ratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. It can turn night into day, tough times into meaningful ones; it can even transform crises into life-changing lessons. Gratitude will strengthen friendships and relationships, bring success into your life, increase your passion for life and health, reduce stress and help you live longer. Gratitude enhances the human experience of life and implies a sense of present-moment acceptance of conditions and circumstances as they are. Gratitude is an attitude to living, and can have an immeasurable effect on our experience of every day, every hour of our day, and even every minute of our day. Focus on what you have; on the fact that you have a roof over your head, you can eat healthy foods,

you do have a job or even if you don’t, that you are capable of getting a job. Learn to appreciate your friends, family and the environment around you. Appreciate the little things you are able to do every day, simply because you can do them. Rather than focusing on a sore ankle or leg when you go for a walk, or the fact that it’s overcast or even raining, appreciate that you can still go for a walk. Gratitude is the appreciation of the simple things in life that we usually take for granted. We have the tendency to focus on deficiencies in other people. Usually it’s our family or closest friends who go out of their way to help us. Often we zero in on the one small aspect that didn’t work well, blow it out of proportion and blame them for not caring. Focus on what they do for you; not what they don’t do. We can learn to be grateful. When you make a conscious effort to move toward the gratitude, you’ll notice that you feel better. Research shows that levels of serotonin (known as the ‘feel good’ chemical in the brain)

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increase and your immune system is stimulated when you carry out gratitude or an act of kindness or giving. You get the same effects if you observe an act of kindness or giving. That is why people who give get pleasure or, as the Bible says, ‘Give and it will be given to you.’ Quantum physics and biology have shown us that neural networks in our brain are able to rearrange themselves according to the emotions we feel and the experiences we have on a daily basis. When we focus on gratitude, our neural networks will adapt to actually provide more of the positive chemicals that can help increase the positive emotions brought about by gratitude. American researcher Dr Candice Pert found that what we think creates the biochemical basis for how we feel. She uses the term ‘the molecules of emotion’ to describe this. Literally, focusing on positive thoughts creates positive molecules of emotion in our brain. No drugs required. drdingle.com

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e all talk about finding our Life Purpose. Truth is, we are either ‘on purpose’ each and every moment of every day or we are not. Being on purpose is all about intention. We are always in some form of intention in our lives. The question is, what is your intention and how is it serving you? Is it bringing you closer to who you truly are or moving you further away? When we are on purpose with the intention of being authentic, we feel it in our bones. Solutions seem to arise out of nowhere. We experience a deep inner peace. The freedom and joy we feel surmounts any obstacles that roll our way. Somehow we gain time where we felt we had none. Being on purpose is the greatest gift that we can give ourselves. It enhances how we spend our day. It really doesn’t matter if we are parenting our kids, running our businesses or studying a course. Somehow, we bring a little bit of

magic into our everyday lives. It allows us to access our deep inner wisdom, our intuitive side and our ability to tap into a current of joy, excitement, creativity and freedom. When we are in this flow of energy it is like riding a wave. We literally enjoy the ride! When we step out of our purpose, we create pain for ourselves. Self doubt creeps in. Of course this is part of the human condition. Welcome to the human race! It’s a good time to stop, take a break, take care of yourself and remember who you truly are and what you are here for. Do the next thing that will get you back on track, even if that means practising the affirmation “I am willing to be on purpose”. When we are disconnected from ourselves and others, we may experience anxiety or depression. We think or worry too much, so it often comes with a good dose of headaches and migraines. We also find ourselves creating drama for ourselves. Drama

keeps us temporarily amused and energised. However it is also addictive and serves as a great distraction! So how do we get back on purpose? I liken it to this analogy. Imagine that we’ve been caught in a rip. We are pushing and striving to get back, but the current is sweeping us in a different direction. The more we struggle, the harder it is to make our way back. We stay stuck, waste time and wear ourselves out! At these times, we need to acknowledge the struggle, surrender and allow ourselves to be carried back to who we truly are. As we relax and trust the process, we also attract solutions and all the help that we need. We might even find that a nice big wave unexpectedly comes along to speed up the process. Live life today like it’s the only one you’ve got to really be who you truly are. That’s being on purpose. That’s being an ‘Everyday Light Worker’. lightworkerreflections.com

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inding the magic within is something I am really passionate about so I was pretty excited when I saw that it was the theme for this issue of our favourite magazine. We all have that special something inside and sometimes we just need a little help to find that light and let it shine. I work with teenage girls and, this age group in particular, seems to really struggle with self-worth, confidence and taking care of themselves from the inside out. The pressure from school, family, peers, media and now social media is enormous and, amidst all of this, it can be tough for them to just feel OK being their own unique, gorgeous selves. I love exploring this with my students through self-worth and self-love

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he more I learn about how my body works, the more I’m in awe of its complex simplicity. For me, the magic that lies within, is our native, primal body intelligence and if we understand how it works, what it needs and how we can cooperate with it, we can free up a lot of unused and misused energy. I’ve observed a consistent pattern of specific postural imbalances linked to deep emotional tension. To understand the reasons for this relationship, we can look to our sympathetic nervous system or enteric brain that lies within our gastro-intestinal tract. Our enteric brain is largely responsible for the management and motion of fluids throughout our body and is responsive to feelings of safety and danger. Comprised of more than 500 million neurons, it can think, remember and learn on its own accord, functioning independently of our cerebral brain and communicating with it via our vagus nerve. Our sympathetic nervous system responds to feelings of danger that

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TRICKS AND TREATS WORDS TONI LYNCH

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hen it comes to treating your dog, there are so many options on the market. In veterinary practice, I found there were so many available. The choice was very important to me. I own a veterinary practice devoted to the rehabilitation of domestic animals and my work ethic is ‘first do no harm’. Most of my job involves removing obstructions and restrictions in the body to aid its natural ability to heal and restore flow and homeostasis. As part of the treatment plan, I use exercises and stretches and other activities that help with the resetting and alignment of the body. Treats are a great way to encourage an animal to do a stretch or exercise, so I use them in my treatment regime. Musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation is a strong component of my practice however nutrition is key to how the body functions and repairs so the treat I chose had to be considered carefully. I discovered a pet treat that was tasty and preservative free which suited most dogs in the Lamb Morsels made by Natural Pet Treats Australia (NPTA). As sheep are still extensively farmed and pasture fed, I was particularly happy

that these treats were even processed more naturally with no cereal or other additives. When I recently visited the company I was informed that NPTA uses its unique Nutrieseal™ process to dehydrate pure lean meat and offal at low temperatures and humidity. This dehydration process enables a wide range of products to be produced without the use of artificial colourings, preservatives or additives. The low processing temperatures mean the natural flavours and aromas are retained in the treat without modification. Natural fats and the nutritional goodness are also retained within the treat. I have also found the shark cartilage very popular with my canine patients and most chew them with great relish and the chicken breast meat product is a huge favourite. Routinely, on a daily basis I will include exercises in every one of my patients treatment and they are particular exercises to work a certain part of the body in a certain way to improve function of the structures. My canine patients willingly participate for these treats and some of the owners are amazed that their dogs are quite willing

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Detox Your Pet Before Christmas! WORDS DR ELAINE CEBULIAK

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ing those bells, holy holy! Christmas is around the corner! If you are like us here at Animal Wellness, we can hardly believe that ANOTHER YEAR has nearly passed. That means the festive season is

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As a veterinary dentist the only time I have seen caries (cavities) on molar teeth in dogs has been when they were fed lollies, and surprisingly these have been the green jelly frog lollies! an interesting psychological pleasure. It’s important to understand that the temptation to feed our much loved furry friends can be so great that some visitors and family members cannot restrain themselves. Most of these treats are INAPPROPRIATE to feed to your pet, this includes ham, excess fat off the plate,cooked bones, chocolate, and sweets. These can set off PANCREATITIS which is a painful anterior abdominal inflammation which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, listlessness, restlessness and unsettled behaviour particularly in the early hours of the morning. Diagnosis is made by blood tests, which show an elevation of lipase and amylase within the blood. As a veterinary dentist the only time I have seen caries (cavities) on molar teeth in dogs has been when they were fed lollies, and surprisingly these have been the green jelly frog lollies! Perhaps the

owner thought it was cute to see the dog devour a green frog? In any case sugary sticky sweets will sit on the molar table surface of the tooth and allow bacteria to bury in, acid etching the hard enamel and enabling tooth decay to occur. In TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) terms being a bit pleasingly plump is referred to as having “dampness”. This can obstruct the circulation of Qi in the abdomen and can affect the pancreas, intestines (IBD, Crohn’s disease) and the liver. This causes abdominal pain, a feeling of fullness and heaviness and possibly diarrhoea. Feeding fresh SPECIES APPROPRIATE nutritious food will get your pet in the best shape for the holiday season. Do increase exercise gently too, aerobic sprints and outdoor activities will help get those love handles down. To detox you and your pet’s liver

try adding some of these to your diet: Lettuce, amaranth, asparagus, ginger powder, wild blue green algae, white pepper, vinegar, papaya, chaparral, pau d’arco, valerian, chamomile, brassica family (broccoli, brussel sprouts) celery, turnip, tumeric powder, rye, barley, adzuki beans, alfalfa, pumpkin, Chinese cabbage, watermelon, anchovy, kidney beans, button mushrooms, prawns/ shrimp, chestnuts, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, chicken, chicken gizzards, mackerel, salmon, capsicum, apples, artichoke, berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bok choy, cherries, garlic, ginseng, grapefruits, lavender, lemons, licorice, maitake, nutmeg, olive oil, oranges, parsley, pineapples, soybean, stichopus – sea cucumber, tea – green tea, tomato and tuna. Interesting that these same foods are recommended to help prevent cancer, inflammation and detoxify the body. Please log on to your computer and watch this: Anti-Angiogenesis – A Break for Cancer Prevention http://tinyurl.com/7xwwl3n is a text version of Dr. Li’s TED talk For more holistic tips visit our website animalwellness.com.au to prepare YOU AND YOUR FUR LEGGED FAMILIES for the HOLIDAY SEASON!

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