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or ‘flavour’, made with heart, adding to the group energy. And it doesn’t have to just be on Christmas day that we experience this, we can create this collective magic any day of the week (with or without food) if we have an open heart to give and receive and work together.

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his is the biggest magazine we have ever put together, the most copies we have printed and we look forward to sharing the online magazine link more widely than ever before. So it’s been a whirlwind time and wonderful to think about how many more readers can receive this information from a phenomenal group of people in this edition all working towards bringing about more joy, more well-being and more awareness for everyone. It’s also the largest number of articles we’ve published in any one edition. And this has made me reflect on what the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ means to me; it’s when everyone pitches in and creates something special as a whole (and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then it can be any other family or friendly gathering). It’s a joy when everyone pitches in to bring a yummy dish and adds their own ‘specialty’

It’s an amazing feeling to be part of something special and there is a ‘togetherness’ in our combined insights and energy being shared through this magazine. I would love for this edition to reach people far and wide and for more to receive the greatest gifts of all… gifting ourselves the uniqueness we are (even if that’s a little ‘outside the box’), and also the gift of community. Thinking of you over the Festive Season and Happy 2016 from Vanessa and the team. Cover Story: Renowned healer Raelene Byrne talks with Sunshine Coast based change agent Michelle Lightworker. Please see page 16-17 for this special story.

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10 21 Food for the Soul

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06 From garden to plate with bliss LUCY WALTER

07 Chlorella… nature’s perfect detoxifier! 08 Vegan all the way! SCOTT MATHIAS

09 Vegetarian San Choy Bau FOOD MATTERS

10 Pistachio and Cranberry White Christmas LUISA TOALDO

12 5 powerful tips for better digestive health JOEL GRACE

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16-17 Michelle Lightworker: Shining Brightly RAELENE BYRNE

Spirit of Christmas 18-19 Addictions, family and Christmas JEAN SHEEHAN

20 Fill yourself with light this Christmas PEYTRAH FISHER

21 5 Christmas gifts for you! KATRINA CAVANOUGH

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From garden to plate with bliss WORDS LUCY WALTER

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ere we are, living in the 21st century, speed, technology and Instagram, selfies, mass production and consumerism. These are the joys and pains of the times we live in… and although the big picture might seem gloomy at first glance, there are encouraging signs that more and more people understand the need for living a more conscious, responsible and sustainable life. There is a “return to nature” trend that is slowly leaking into all aspects of our life, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat and the way we look. Reduce, reconnect, recharge – these are the three Rs that are guiding the healthy approach to lifestyle in the 21st century. Reduce our digital experience (in favour of the human one), reconnect to nature and recharge ourselves with real emotions rather than technological skills. When it comes to food, the “return to nature” trend is gaining more and more followers as people begin to realise the importance of making healthier and more sustainable food choices. This conscious consumerism is leading us to

change our food habits for the better. We are now looking to buy fresh natural foods, shop locally for in-season fruits and vegetables and prepare simpler meals. So what does this mean for us as raw and vegan consumers? Sadly when it comes to food miles, vegan (processed) foods often use more food miles than a traditional diet sourced locally. The irony is, without realising it we are contributing to the abuse of our planet whilst trying to make a difference! It’s hard to keep your food supply local when you are caught up in the gourmet, super food trend. We all love gourmet foods and we know chia seeds are a stunning source of nutrition. But do all of our ingredients have to be imported, exotic foods to make our diets complete? Surely that orange harvested from the tree in your back garden is a Super Food. As we grow as conscious consumers, we must also take into

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f all the known chlorella facts, perhaps the most well-known is its renowned ability for detoxifying the body. Chlorella is actually one of the most widely used supplements in Japan, where over ten million people use it regularly. Do the Japanese know something we don’t? When chlorella is taken into your body, its natural action will bind it to lingering heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides found in your digestive tract, which is your body’s pathway to your bloodstream where these harmful toxins are delivered and deposited into your body’s cells. Uniquely, chlorella does NOT bind to the minerals your body naturally needs to function optimally. It does not bind to beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium or zinc. It’s almost as if chlorella knows which metals belong in your body and which chemicals need to be removed. Supplementing with chlorella is like unleashing a tiny army

inside your body to fight the battle of removing toxins from your tissues and ushering them back outside your body where they belong. THE SCIENCE OF CHLORELLA Chlorella is one of the most widely studied food supplements in the world. Aside from being the subject of medical research in the USA, USSR, Germany, Japan, France, England and Israel, chlorella has been extensively studied as a food source since it is made up of 50 percent pure plant protein and is considered a complete amino acidbased food. Studies in Japan have shown chlorella may help reduce body fat percentage and may be useful in fighting obesity and weight related diabetes. It may also help reduce both cholesterol and hypertension. Chlorella’s cleansing action on your bowel and other elimination channels, as well as its protection of your liver, also helps promote clean blood. And clean blood helps assure metabolic waste gets efficiently carried away

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Vegan all the way! WORDS SCOTT MATHIAS, RAW Food Chef, Author and Founder of the GoVegan Deli

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here is no doubt more people are developing greater eating awareness. Not only are they motivated by personal health needs but also the surging interest in the moral and ethical treatment of animals. According to Roy Morgan, the pollster company, more than 2-million now prefer eating plantbased options each week. The recent opening of the new GoVegan Deli on Noosaville’s Thomas Street, was largely prompted by not only a need for high quality vegan food but also gluten-free, lactose-free, non-processed, grain-free and white sugar-free menu options. People from all walks of life are experiencing ‘true vegan food’, made fresh daily on the premises. Many for the first time and based on our feedback, a good 10% trying vegan food for the first time in a safe and supportive environment. That might sound odd but it remains to be said that a meat industry has done a very good job on people’s ‘heads’ having them believe if they don’t eat animal

flesh then they will die. This of course is ludicrous and untrue. My best advice is always follow your own course and if you do get a buzz from being around aware and conscious individuals because of a vegan choice, then well and good. Otherwise feel free to live as your conscience decrees. I am in the process of publishing another fully raw vegan recipe book and I’d like to share one of the recipes from this book but with a couple of slight changes (to protect their copyright on the book). Meantime enjoy the journey. It has been inspirational for me and highly recommend doing away with any form of animals – protects both from a personal health perspective and for the benefit of the planet. Here’s a fact. At least one plate of plant food a day saves in excess of 3000 litres of water – end to end production of grain all the way through to stock feed and water for cattle. That alone is good reason to consider a change.

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raditionally, San Choy Bau is made with mince, but we’ve swapped the meat for cauliflower rice without compromising on taste. Using cauliflower rice in place of meat will leave you feeling great, plus cauliflower is packed with vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin B, while also a great source of fibre, manganese and biotin. This is a super simple and fast dish that you could add any ingredients to, depending on what you have in the fridge.

Ingredients: ½ cauliflower head 2 tsp coconut oil for frying 1 onion, finely diced 1 garlic clove, finely diced 1 inch piece of ginger, grated 1 chilli, finely diced 1 zucchini, grated 1 carrot, grated 1 tbsp tamari 1 tbsp coconut sugar Juice of ½ lime Sea salt, to taste 6-10 cos lettuce leaves Handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped, to serve

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chilli. Stir-fry for a few minutes until lightly browned. 4. Add the zucchini, carrot, cauliflower rice, tamari, coconut sugar and lime juice. Stir-fry until the zucchini has broken down and the sauce has warmed through. Season with sea salt. 5. Spoon the cauliflower mixture into lettuce leaves and top with coriander to serve.

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Pistachio & Cranberry White Christmas RECIPE LUISA TOALDO

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have fond memories of rolling Rum Balls and cutting generous squares of White Christmas around the festive season. Even if you have your own family traditions, these delicious squares are sure to delight any recipient or keep them for yourself, I won’t tell! This classic recipe gets a more adult update with the addition of orange liqueur and white chocolate. Swap the pistachios and cranberries for any dried fruit and nut combination that takes your fancy. Make it extra indulgent with dark chocolate chips and Bailey’s liqueur tossed with dried raspberries and almonds; the sky is the limit. Rules are meant to be broken, even at Christmas time! Makes approx 20 generous pieces. Prep time 20 minutes plus setting (2-3 hours minimum). Ingredients: 150ml pure cream 600g white chocolate suitable for melting 60g pistachios (shell your own for a little saving at the checkout!) 40ml orange liqueur (Grand Marnier) 150g rice bubbles 100g dried cranberries 50g shredded coconut One tin (15x20cm) lined with baking paper (feel free to go smaller for

higher squares or shallow for thin squares) Method: Place cream and liqueur into a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and pour over white chocolate, cover with cling film and set to the side for five or so minutes. Mix the dried fruit, nuts, coconut and rice bubbles together. Remove the cling film and stir the cream and chocolate mix until smooth. If the chocolate hasn’t fully melted, add the mix back to the saucepan and stir over low heat until all combined. Allow to cool for five minutes if reheated otherwise pour chocolate mix over dry ingredients and mix well. Spoon into lined tin and press evenly into all corners. Place in fridge and allow to set for at least two hours or overnight. Cut into desired squares using a hot wet knife (dip in boiling water) for a clean cut. Package and gift or take a bite and enjoy all to yourself. For more tips and tricks and other Christmas baking and gift ideas check out my recipes at inmyownkitchen.com/recipes

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5 POWERFUL TIPS for better digestive health WORDS JOEL GRACE, Owner, Sunshine Colonics Health & Wellness Centre

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ur gut holds more solutions to our health than most of us could ever imagine. Obviously not all disease begins in the gut, despite Hippocrates’ proclamation 2000 years ago. But there is strong evidence that our gut plays an underestimated role in the prevention and origin of disease, from simple ailments such as headaches, right through to chronic metabolic diseases. Unfortunately, most of us feed our taste buds before thinking about how it affects our digestive health. We’ve forgotten the correlation between the quality of our food and the quality of our digestive health. Here’s my top 5 tips for ensuring that your digestive system functions at its best: 1. Choose high quality, fresh organic foods – your digestive system can’t read labels, but it can recognise fresh wholefoods. Ditch the highly processed, boxed and canned ‘foods’ that fill most pantries around the country. Listen to your body and incorporate a mix of lightly cooked and raw foods that best suits your digestion. And follow the

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80/20 rule – 80% of your plate should be food that can either grow in the ground or fall from a tree i.e. fruits and vegetables! 2. Try belly breathing – a lot of people hold stress and tension in their gut, and the best way to relax this is through belly breathing. Imagine that behind your belly button there’s an empty balloon. When you breathe in, you want to try to fill this balloon, and when you exhale, the balloon should deflate completely. This technique sends a burst of oxygen-rich blood to your digestive system, so try to make this a daily habit. 3. Chew thoroughly – I know we all lead busy lives, but the benefits of chewing food properly can’t be underestimated. Most people believe our digestive system starts in our bellies. Nope! Digestion actually starts in your mouth with saliva and enzymes to help further break down the chewed food. Food that isn’t chewed properly is much harder to digest when it reaches the stomach. 4. Incorporate Prebiotics and

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of actioning who you are and to stand strong in that knowledge. Michelle Lightworker is one of these pioneers who has a power of selfbelief that makes me want to applaud enthusiastically every time I see her. The bubble of light radiates from her, draws you in, wanting to know how I can have that energy, that confidence, that knowing. The passion, enthusiasm, commitment, effervescence that emanates from Michelle is infectious, her energy is clearly about creating the

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space and information for many others to remember their heart calling and to show up. This isn’t just a job, this is a soul calling, a spiritual mission; a lightworker’s journey. Would you have the courage, the trust in self to follow through with a powerful act of intuition and deliver a message to a complete stranger? Is your sense of self enough to follow the heart’s direction, no matter what the outcome, because everything in you tells you that you must? Sitting in a steam room at a local spa, Michelle Lightworker, received a visit from Archangel Michael with instructions to go to a particular person in the reception area and deliver a personal message. Michelle followed the direction and the result catapulted her into the life she is living now, the expansiveness of working with spirit, writing books, training lightworkers and speaking in many mediums to spread the message of self-awareness. Family upbringing and environment offers each of us platforms to grow from. Her early years, as Michelle says, “from a lightworker’s perspective” were dysfunctional. Growing and developing with huge emotional trauma within the family, then dealing with body image issues which began at age nine from some teasing, led to years of eating disorders. Two years into a relationship Michelle bottomed out with her eating disorder and eventually left the relationship aged 22. The next few years were about growth, learning and understanding herself via self-development, Steiner studies and eventually working in counselling. Working in the counselling arena, specialising in trauma, addiction and abuse gave birth to a course that Michelle put together to teach her clients who were demanding this from her. The course that Michelle had designed didn’t fit into an already existing accredited course, so it felt out of her integrity to continue with trying to make it fit. This led to her taking six months off immediately, as she had burnt out during the ‘trying to make it fit’ process, the square peg in the round hole syndrome, which many people can relate to. This takes courage, this is an act of integrity, this is listening to your inner knowing, and led to more steps in the journey of her soul under the guidance of spirit.

The “burn out” moment, forced her to choose herself first and take time out to recalibrate, rejuvenate and to have space to align with her true purpose. These times are often the catalyst to force change into our awareness, which translates into life direction transitions. In Michelle’s story, the beginning of her life purpose and change was to be still, to stop and be with herself, to nurture her body, and in that quiet relaxed point in life, she received her ‘directive’ and then her true calling in life was revealed. A lightworker is a person called to service in the upliftment, or enlightenment of consciousness, supporting the awakening of those ready to embrace their true essential self, and more importantly a person who is clear about who they are without excuse, reservation or diminishing their mission. Spirit has been a huge guide in Michelle’s life and her conversations often state that ‘spirit’ told her, instructed her, directed her, I totally resonate with this, as when we listen to the voice of the soul, and take action, then our lives flow, expand and are stable. In 2005, Michelle was told by AA Michael to deliver the lightworker practitioner training without even knowing what the content would be apart from the name. A whole bunch of people turned up and it was channelled through on the spot. It was the ultimate test of faith for her as in Michelle’s words, “I was so used to being a control freak with workshops (timed down to the last second!)”. Since then ten books have been birthed under the guidance of spirit with “The Everyday Lightworker Bible” being her latest effort. Once this body of work was delivered, Michelle was guided to legally change her name to Lightworker as a celebration of who she really is, to stand powerfully in her role and to shine the light for others called to this work to come out of the closet. How does Michelle connect with spirit? At this moment in time Michelle is operating from clairaudience; the ability to hear what spirit or other beings are sharing which is not available to everyone, tuning into a different frequency. As a Medical Intuitive, Michelle connects with the body, so she will often feel the area in herself and deliver that message to the person she is helping.

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Basically her body is a barometer that feels others and their energy. What brings Michelle joy? She says, being able to pass on all the magical shortcuts to happiness that she lives each day makes her soul sing. How does a lightworker celebrate the festive season? Michelle says ‘go with the flow’. Her family are very chilled, they like to hang out together, all pitching in to make the day a celebration, a space of love which extends to the preparation of food. What are Michelle’s tips for Christmas? Don’t purchase anything from a place of fear, as that will sit energetically in the item. Let spirit or your heart guide you, so in other words, TRUST. If you are feeling stressed, take a moment, call in spiritual help, stay centred, then ask, what is REALLY important and is it from a place of love? Have awareness of your own energy as it affects the story of what is occurring. In the harsh times of struggle and not having much, Michelle learnt how it was to feel true, and the importance of BEING the gift, which is something she advocates often. In the festive season Michelle likes to engage in the principles of unity and a sense of giving back, as this time of the year many tend to overcompensate with gifts, when love and connection is all that is really required. For more information on courses, books, and how to learn about birthing the lightworker you are, go to lightworkerreflections.com Holistic Bliss | DECEMBER 2015-JANUARY 2016 |

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If only my son was with me for Christmas.” These words were from a recent client who lost her 17-year-old son to the effects of ICE addiction. My first reaction was to offer a hug and allow Tabitha to share what was happening for her. Her story and her son’s experience was something I have heard so many times at Christmas time. The festive season can be traumatic for some people as they don’t have their loved ones with them, finances are so tight or they are alone. As a nurse at Christmas time, it would be our busiest time for mental health admissions. As a nurse I would listen to the patients at admission whilst filling in their paperwork and it was always the same story. The feelings of being alone, not good enough, feeling like they had nothing to offer the world and wanting to end the pain. Some patients explained that they tried to numb the mental pain with smoking, over-eating, recreational drugs such as marijuana, prescription drugs such as Xanax, and others worked incredibly long hours to the point of

exhaustion and hospitalisation. My heart wanted to reach and soothe their ‘pain’ and let them know it was going to be OK but there was something else happening for them. It was not until I commenced Medical Intuition work and working with the Millennium Children® that I really understood what was happening for people and the effect that the festive season had on them. Now let’s get back to Tabitha and her son Andy. “Andy was such a sociable young man. He was popular and always had friends so I did not guess that he had a drug problem or that anything bad was happening. He was sports captain and he only had two months left of school. He had HUGE dreams of travelling and being the humanitarian, he wanted to teach third world country children Australian Football. It looked like life was set out for him. Andy’s teachers adored him and always said he was such a happy-go-lucky boy. Yes, his grades could have been better but his personality overrode his academic side and he just seemed to be a likeable boy.

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“So why did he take the drugs? What was he thinking? What was going on? Why didn’t he come and talk to me? I am his Mum.” As Tabitha said these last words she burst into tears and her whole body shook violently with grief and a sense of failure as a parent. From the outside Andy looked popular and successful but what if he was feeling alone and isolated. What if the ICE drug allowed him to numb his real feelings and what if he was trying to connect with an energy and feeling of oneness? Andy had been smoking marijuana for about 6 months prior to the ICE death. Andy’s close friend Bungy (nickname) told Andy’s mum that he used to talk about wanting to die and that he could not take the loneliness any more. He had voices in his head saying he was ‘useless and no good at anything’. This was happening just after being nominated sports captain. Last year I had a loving couple bring their 15-year-old son to me as he had taken ‘drugs’ and they were furious and frightened. They did not know what to

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have forgotten to see their brilliance and they falsify it with additives such as food, drugs and alcohol. Christmas is the mass consciousness of seeing the best in our selves and celebrating that. The key is to love who you are, see your gifts and celebrate every day. If you are affected by this time, ensure to gain support and have friends or family there to assist you. It is time to see and know you are brilliant – you were born that way and

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FILL YOURSELF WITH LIGHT

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told me about Litios Light Crystals and how Metatron spoke to her through Antje Kyra, the co-founder of Litios. Very sceptical, I accompanied her to the public meditation the next morning. It didn’t take long before tears were running down my cheeks. The meditation was about redeeming our shocks and traumas that we experienced with the fall of Atlantis. It wasn’t a true intellectual understanding – although I really could relate, moreover I just couldn’t help myself as tears fell. I knew, I wanted to learn more and started to visit them for many personal sessions, meditations and workshops. There hasn’t been a day or night that I haven’t had at least one Litios Light Crystal and contact to the Crystal Angels that live in them, as I am amazed by their divine light and love with which they embrace us. But how did Litios Light Crystals come to earth? Antje Kyria and her husband Edwin, married for many years with five grown

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e all live busy lives. And the busier we get the more disconnected we feel with ourselves, our relationships and ultimately our happiness. Christmas can be a frantic time of the year and it is easy to get lost in the mayhem. Whilst everyone else is enjoying the experience of gift sharing and laughter; you may be missing it all as you worry about whether the turkey is cooking well or whether the tension between Aunty Mabel and your mother will get out of hand this year. The truth is that the festive season offers us a wonderful opportunity to learn how to nurture ourselves. And even though in the rush of sharing Christmas cheer it may not seem possible; we really do have a choice. I was shown this many years ago as I worked as a social worker and grief therapist in a busy hospital ER. My experiences with over 400 deaths in the hospital ER, gave me

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he end of the year is a strange time. Work deadlines looming, Christmas madness in full swing, family logistics, money concerns, you name it. Above all, self-judgment, anxiety and angst can tend to go into overdrive. It’s easy to get so caught up in stress, trying to make other people happy, and ignoring your own requirements totally! What if the greatest gift you could give yourself this Christmas and beyond was the gift of you? Do you see yourself as a gift? Do you treat yourself as something of value? Do you choose what works for you? Here’s three ways you can unwrap the gift of you this Christmas, and enjoy yourself well into the New Year. 1. Acknowledge and have gratitude for you. Rather than judging what you have or haven’t achieved, what if you would acknowledge all you have

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BEYOND MEDITATION

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ave you ever felt the nudge to ring a close friend and then found that they were thinking of you and about to ring you? Have you wondered if you should perhaps take that umbrella along on a trip, dismiss that urge as unnecessary, only to find later that is was raining? Has a word appeared in your subconscious thoughts, in a dream or on a printed sign only to appear later as advice from your health practitioner? Have you wondered if you do really know the answers to these and many of life’s most important questions? We all experience those moments when we recognise from our very core that we hold the key to divine knowledge within us. When I first realised that Eckankar offered spiritual techniques that could assist me to find the answers to life’s important questions, I was overjoyed. Now I could start my spiritual journey in earnest. The simplest technique I have learnt is to chant HU, an ancient name

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WORK OR PLAY? WORDS JULES O’NEILL

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ost of us have been conditioned that to survive we need a job to get money. I am not at all saying this is not the case for where we are as a community today, I am suggesting another point of view. That point of view is that creativity and play are the keys to living a life on our planet in happiness, joy and contentment. They are the steps to living life rather than being in survival with it. For many of us, if we were to quit our jobs tomorrow for whatever reason, what thoughts come to the surface? Are they thoughts of, “how do I pay the rent/mortgage?”, “how do I buy food?”, “pay my bills”, or most likely some other fear story. From a very young age we link basic survival to a job that pays us money. In many cases we don’t enjoy the job either. If we tune in and listen to all the

quality sages, mentors, philosophers, spiritual teachers, infinite intelligence channellers, etc – they all advise and teach to follow what excites us, invest in our creativity and know life will support you when you do this. Again, for many of us, when we are stuck in survival mode these are the things that get put aside. We tend to leave the things we enjoy off our to do list and keep the things we feel obligated to be doing on it. This usually suggests we are in survival mode. Do we ever go to bed saying things like, “bugger – I didn’t get to read, paint, write, swim, walk in nature, exercise, call that family member, create that photo wall today – how am I ever going to pay the bills?!!” How many times do you use work, children, household chores or lack of money as an excuse to not do those things you enjoy?

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FESTIVE SEASON INSIGHTS WORDS ROSIE BARKER

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HEALING THE MAORI WAY WORDS ANNA ASHMAN

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raditional Indigenous healing practices have been used for hundreds of years to maintain the health and wellbeing of people from all over the world. These principles and approaches to healing are different for each country’s first nation population. However, there are some aspects that are very similar, for example Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and New Zealand’s Maori people take a more communal approach to the healing process by focusing more on the health and wellbeing of the family or community as a whole and less on the individual. As a descendant of Ngati Uenuku and through my work as a Maori Reiki Healing Master, it is always important to me to be mindful of these traditional practices. To the Maori people the connections and reconnections of the hinengaro (mind), tinana (body) and wairua (spirit/soul) are essentially created when wha– nau (family), hapu– (subtribe/extended family) and iwi (tribe) come together to support each other. There are genealogical ties

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Would you like some

FESTIVE BLISS?

WORDS LYNETTE KING

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don’t know about you, but when I first think about Christmas, my mind is filled with anxiety, worry, stress and dread. Really, is Christmas here already? Where has the year gone? Does this sound familiar? Or are you one of those who has finished their Christmas shopping in July, holding Christmas at your place this year for 30 people, organised the family trip away to some exotic Island in early January and purchased the kids’ book list and already covered and applied the contact? Well whichever one you are, I don’t think we can get away from the fact that Christmas can be a rewarding or challenging time, depending on who and where you are at in life, or your attitude towards it. A lot of us these days are dealing with step-children and blended families, partner’s families, immediate families and siblings, nieces and nephews, etc.

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SEASON OF GIVING? WORDS WAYNE PINA-ROOZEMOND

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e are taught to give until it hurts, and told it’s not about receiving, it’s all about giving. Christmas is one of those times of the year where we are guilted and shamed into giving more and more without expecting anything in return. Don’t get me wrong I am not anti-Christmas, in fact I am very pro-Christmas, but somewhere in the mix we have lost the point. Why should we purposefully do something that instigates self-harm (even if it is metaphorical), and we all know that Nature abhors an imbalance, yet we create an imbalance and create energy debts all over the place as we give more than we receive. Many times in my life as a Medical Intuitive and Energy Worker I have had clients that have come to me with

all sorts of physical ailments, when we look into the reason behind the physical issues it is normally always the same, they are a selfless person that looks after and assists so many different family and friends in their life, totally to the detriment of their own health. My Grandmother died from not paying attention to her own health as she was too busy helping others to notice or pay attention to the signs of her own health issues. Christmas is a time of the year where we are pushed to our very limit of time, energy and tolerance, worried about what everyone else thinks or says, and if that is the journey that you have decided that you want to take, learn the lessons that these situations present to you. What I am asking though is in your

spirit of giving, in this time of goodwill to all that you actually take some time out for yourself, give yourself the gift of love, time and energy, because if you are so indispensable in everyone’s life that surely you being here on this mortal coil for as long as possible is preferable to leaving it prematurely because you didn’t take care of yourself first. So this Christmas give yourself the greatest gift anyone could ever ask of you – having you in their lives as long as possible by looking after and caring for yourself and putting yourself first so that you can in turn help others. Unless you are good to yourself you cannot be good to anyone else. pathwaysholistic.com.au

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Where has all the

LAUGHTER GONE?

WORDS TONI REILLY

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hen boarding a flight recently, as I came to my seat, I heard two men laughing. Loud! I don’t know if they were brothers or friends but they made me reflect on how little I hear people randomly laughing. My family, kids and friends all laugh together. Of course there are times when we cry when sad or challenged, but the laughter returns. I laugh at myself too, sometimes, when the going gets tough it is all you can do. We do not have to be so serious. Our idiosyncrasies are awesome comical material; observe any compulsion to do something over again, like wipe the crumbs off the table, or check your skirt is not stuck up in your undies… and try not to chuckle. Laughing at ourselves dissipates the tension, even if we feel annoyed, laugh about that too. Soon we see how our standard reaction is no big deal.

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inexplicable, transition teenage behaviour when a man/woman of interest enters our realm? Now that is funny! Laughing with friends about the potential of a new relationship is sure to entertain. Many of our insecurities that arise are ridiculous, but try and stop them, we can’t. Obsessive checking of messages, what to wear, out of control over-analysis of the potential possibilities all produce some of the most raucous laughter. Who is excited about the potential pairing up or sneaky snog at the work Christmas party? We can be part of it and/or observe, while having a little chuckle as human nature lives on right through the festive season. So lighten up and if you do not wish to be a part of what you usually do for Christmas, then be a rebel, and don’t. Do something that makes you happy. tonireillyinstitute.com

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Would an infinite being

GET A HANGOVER?

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o!!!!! So why should we? Christmas should be about having a great time enjoying the pleasures of life – food, drink, friends, family, parties, dinners and holidays. It often isn’t!! It can be super stressful and busy and not happy for our bodies at all. So how to enjoy the pleasures without the pains? I love Gary Douglas’ (of Access Consciousness) take on enjoying living – and it’s become my target – what if the point of having a body was to enjoy all this wonderful earth has to offer – and that includes the silly season? If you are willing to be in tune with your body and the earth, a different possibility for peace and happiness is created for everybody. So here’s some simple steps that could make your Christmas season not only more enjoyable, but also contribute to ‘peace on earth’: • Take time to be outdoors, and

connect with the earth, the trees, the sky. This could be having your morning cuppa outside on the patio. Expand out and breathe! • Do some movement your body loves – it doesn’t have to be huge – walking, dancing in your lounge room, swimming. Bodies are perpetual motion machines and thrive on movement! • Make a choice “I’m not eating any food that’s not orgasmic!” I said ORGASMIC not ORGANIC! This means asking your body before eating what it would like! • Enjoy ‘hunger’ – sometimes bodies don’t require food at all! What we call hunger is often times energy moving – bodies like that spaciousness. You have to ask your body, because “hungry” doesn’t always mean food is required. Many times your body may prefer a drink – a juice, smoothie or water. ASK! • When you eat, take a bite and savour it – allow those conscious

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WHAT WE RESIST PERSISTS! WORDS LIS BLAKE

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he saying I remember best when I commenced my spiritual adventure was one that is attributed to Carl Jung which was ‘what you resist persists’. I guess back some 40 years ago when I first heard those words it made little sense to me. Now I’m ‘getting it!’ As we create our reality through our beliefs; thoughts; fears; actions and most importantly our vibration, what we focus on in our everyday ‘awake moments’ we create. For example if we fear snakes we will attract them! Matt Kahn said something profound during the past year which was, ‘You attract what you judge until you no longer judge what you attract’. Any judgment, any resistance only creates more division, more separation, more duality… and you only feed the conflict by your own resistance to it. Mother Theresa once was asked why she didn’t ever participate in anti-

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BREAK THE CYCLE WORDS MARC DE BRUIN

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oes your post-Christmas and New Year’s celebration self-talk sound something like this? “What the heck just happened?” “Why did I overindulge again, after vowing not to?” “That’s it! I’m making a New Year’s Resolution!” Have you ever wondered why we overindulge at Christmas time? And why is the festive season so different to the rest of the year in terms of what we consume? There are a couple of reasons that contribute to why we overindulge. One of them is chemical-neurological in nature; the other has to do with mindfulness. Our brains are hardwired to seek good feelings and avoid bad ones, which generally is a good thing. It helps us stay alive. Stuffing our faces around Christmas actually makes us feel good – temporarily. Fat, sugar and alcohol – all help to release dopamine; the feelgood hormone. This certainly adds to the merriness we are experiencing around this time of year. Some people actually feel rather sad, lonely and

depressed around Christmas and for them, the dopamine release can help them feel less so. For many people, the “rest of the year” is actually a fairly stressful experience due to financial worries, job, relationships, health, etc. Christmas is the time to either totally forget about life’s stresses for a bit, or on the contrary, to experience them strongly amplified. Either way, sugar, fat and alcohol will make life seem ok for a little while. That is, until the New Year arrives, life returns to normal and the regret sets in. The simple (but not always easy) answer lies in increasing our overall level of mindfulness, which roughly translates as acceptance of present reality with awareness. Most humans constantly seek sensory stimulation. That is, we crave things that smell, taste, feel, sound and look good. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, however in many cases it becomes an addiction. We constantly need more stimulation to maintain that good feeling, or to not feel as miserable as we

do when we don’t satisfy those cravings. Like any addiction, this attitude cannot be sustained, nor is it viable. Just look at the stats on depression, anxiety and stress. We are clearly not coping. Mindfulness practices, combined with a process of rethinking our thoughts, can help to let go of that constant need to satisfy our senses. This will lead to a ‘more even keel’ throughout the year, taking away the need to overindulge and then have to deal with the regret that invariably hits us. And, even better, it will allow us to feel good all year around, without the need for external stimulants. There are plenty of resources available to start becoming more present and to start changing our thoughts. The work that I do is one of those resources. Make a New Year’s Resolution to start mastering mindfulness and feelings of stress will slowly become a thing of the past, which I think is the best result any resolution could yield. simplifyinglife.com.au

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INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS WORDS JANET McGEEVER

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was out at dinner with friends I went to school with the other night. We only see each other every 5 or 10 years. One asked me what I was up to these days. I shared that I work with couples and intimacy and hold Making Love Retreats. Well. Her mouth softly dropped open, her eyes glazed over. She was speechless. Needless to say it was a Catholic school in the 70s… and we were a pretty conservative bunch. I do wonder what happened to me sometimes! After that there were giggles and jokes about the subject sprinkled in with the beautiful candour of the evening. I came away sweetly amused at how easily I can speak about the subject now but it wasn’t always the case. Aside from the humour it evokes to cover over shame or sheer embarrassment, it highlighted for me the absolute privacy of the subject of sex and intimacy, how personal it is. And I believe this privacy for

a couple is something to cherish. Yet when it becomes too private to the point that the subject isn’t even brought up between two people in a relationship, that’s when things can get tricky. It can be the scariest thing as the subject of sexual intimacy can be so loaded. Loaded with all the conversations that were never had, feelings and emotions that were never expressed, never given the light of day. In the end you have to ask yourself, am I wasting my life here? How much longer can I go on, ignoring a deep need for connection, for intimacy, for love? As time goes on, it becomes harder for our egos to drop their armour, be real, be raw and be truthful. But as hard as that is, your courage will be rewarded. So how to safely bridge the gap between the no-talk zone and the talk zone? Intention. Create the intention

that you will be vulnerable enough to bring up the subject – and this can apply to any touchy subject, not just intimacy. Sit by yourself; place your hand a few inches below your navel, your dantien. This is the centre of your energy body, and is a powerful place to speak from. Then tune into your heart and place your hand there and make a prayer for the best outcome, and that you also speak from your heart with no projection, no demanding. When you create the intention without blame, the right time will arise and you may be amazed at what can happen just by being willing to have that intimate conversation. It takes a lot of tension to hold our truths in. Yet on the other side is freedom. JANET and her partner Gene run The Making Love Retreat, a 6-day retreat for couples, in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. makingloveretreat.com.au

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HOW TO SHARE YOUR LOVER

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ne of the greatest challenges that people can face in their relationship, is how to manage and balance their love and time for their partner and for their biological family. This can be particularly intensified at Christmas and holiday time, when there are expectations from family members to be with them, whilst you and/or your partner may have different desires in how you want to spend your time. Differences in personality and underlying challenges are often present when it comes to parents and in-laws. A lot of people come from dysfunctional families, where various behaviour has a negative effect on the family system. Other people are simply dealing with some big characters and some big beliefs. Some partners don’t like being around their in-laws because watching their partner all of a sudden become disempowered can be difficult. Other partners feel uncomfortable with the closeness their lover has with their

families and it makes them feel isolated and alone. There are so many reasons why this time of the year is stressful for couples, particularly when it comes to scheduling and attending family events. Here are some tips to keep in mind to assist you and your lover: 1. SPEAK YOUR TRUTH – the most important thing you can do is find a way that lovingly speaks what you really feel to your partner. Many of us know our families are crazy in all sorts of ways, but we still like them to be spoken about with a reasonable amount of respect. If you are challenged with your partner’s family, or feel uncomfortable sharing yourself and your lover at this time, be honest and speak truthfully from your heart. Holding back will only create unnecessary resentment, where being vulnerable will encourage solutions. 2. COMPROMISE – find a way to compromise about how you will spend your time together and with your

families. Get clear on “the” absolute important time for you to be together, and negotiate family time around that. Don’t expect to have it all your way as that is unreasonable. 3. LIGHTEN UP – you are in charge of you, and don’t have to do anything that is not good for your emotional or physical wellbeing. Discuss this together, and make decisions based on your own wellbeing. Breathe. Relax. If you create a relationship where you both speak your truth compassionately, and both listen, you can navigate your families with love and respect for each other’s needs. 4. REMEMBER LOVE AND KINDNESS – for yourself and others. Allow your families to be who they are. You decide what is best for you both. Be CREATIVE in how you can meet each other’s needs. Let go of expectations on how things should be. REBECCA-LEE is an Intuitive Love Coach. unlockyourloveblocks.com

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Why is

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think most of us realise how great music is. It can bring us from the brink of despair to the summit of enlightenment. I remember playing a requested Metallica song on my harp for a wedding. To learn it I listened to the original recording on YouTube and couldn’t help notice how many other listeners had made comment that this piece had really helped them through difficult times. Funnily enough the same sentiment was echoed by others commenting on recordings as diverse as Allegri’s Miserere to Shanti (peace) mantras. Such is the power of music to affect all of us, no matter where we are on our journeys. The really interesting thing for me is the building blocks of music – sound. Now sound is a complex thing; a single note from the voice has an incredibly complex array of overtones surrounding it, plus the amazing individuality of the singer’s tone stamped on it, as well as

thought intentions behind it. So much information is encapsulated in a single note. Imagine how much is contained in a whole song! Our ears, brains and bodies decode music and are able to draw energy and meaning from these sounds. When I am delivering a harp therapy session, I usually say to my client that they might like to imagine that the sound they are receiving is like an energy which they can feed on to bring about the fulfilment of their intentions. I listen to the speaking voice of the client and determine something called ‘resonant tone’, or the pitch at which that person seems to be resonating within that moment. Then I improvise through the Celtic healing cycle basing the music around their pitch. Sometimes I incorporate harmonic overtone singing which tends to take them deeper into whatever state

they are moving into. Everyone who receives one of these sound baths has a different story to tell me at the end; some go on astral journeys, some feel physical sensations in their bodies, some see passed-on loved ones… Through my work I have seen the effects of dissonance and consonance on clients. Dissonance occurs in music when a note is played that is not part of the underlying chord. Sometimes we can think of this ‘wrongness’ as being ugly or not in harmony. However I use this note like a Swedish masseuse uses their thumbs to press into a knot to bring about the release of tension. The note draws attention to a point that may actually find a higher vibration through release. Through listening to music you are bringing into your field its energy and vibration. How is that serving you? experiencealift.com

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THE MAGIC OF HOMOEOPATHY WORDS TIM ROBERTS

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here is no doubt about it. We live in a remarkable world that in the last 100 years, has moved forward in giant leaps and bounds. Think about it. We live in a world where we can flick a switch and we have light, heat, entertainment, education and connection to any person, business or government anywhere on the planet. In the world of medicine, our knowledge, our ability to investigate disease, and our skill in the surgical room has left us, in most cases, living longer, more fruitful lives. With our ever growing technological skills, we have been able to investigate every intricate function of every minute cell in the human body and have seen how disease and symptoms develop, how to treat those symptoms using pharmaceutical drugs thus making our lives more comfortable and liveable. Some would say, we are becoming masters of anatomy. However, upon further investigation, when we look at the statistics, we see a different story. We see chronic disease

on the rise. We see the rise of new diseases and the re-emergence of old ones. We still see people ravaged by cancer, heart disease, neurological and hormonal diseases, and trapped in the realm of either pillaging the body with toxic chemicals in the hope that it will kill rogue self-mutating cells, or simply palliating symptoms to achieve a better quality of life. In the USA alone in 2013, 17% of GDP was dedicated to health research, products and treatment. That is nearly three trillion dollars. Just in one year. One has to ask, are we missing something? With all our intelligence, and ambition, could it be possible that we are being outwitted by nature? Have we missed something along the way? Back in 1755, a brilliant German doctor, Dr Samuel Hahnemann, was born. He dedicated his life to finding not just the cause of disease, but treating that disease quickly and safely. He discovered the medical art of homœopathy; a medicine that saw the body as a whole, comprised of intricate

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Interview with LAWRENCE ELLYARD, CEO and founder of IICT Holistic Bliss: How did International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) begin? Lawrence: Like many things, necessity is the mother of all invention, and so it was with the IICT. In 1996 I founded the International Institute for Reiki Training. At this time we had several practitioners ready to practise so I was seeking to provide professional membership for our therapists and access to insurance cover. I really wanted to provide an alternative to the path traditionally offered by associations. Being active in the natural health industry, I came across the same complaints from practitioners. Common concerns were high membership fees and continued education point collecting (CPD), which mostly seemed expensive and unnecessary to many therapists. I wanted to provide my graduates with membership that had all of the benefits, but none of the limitations, that many association memberships entailed. After a considerable effort I was able to secure an agreement with an insurance broker to provide professional affiliation and insurance for our graduates. As soon as we launched the

membership, a funny thing happened. We had practitioners asking if the insurance could also cover them for other therapies. I took it upon myself to contact our broker and found they were happy to cover up to 120 natural therapies. Because we had one of the best rates available at the time, soon word-ofmouth spread and we grew in leaps and bounds. As more and more therapists joined our Reiki Institute banner, we continued to provide professional membership for therapists who had additional modalities to Reiki. In 2002, I decided it was time to create a new banner to cater for all our members who did other complementary therapies, that’s how IICT was created. Holistic Bliss: What makes IICT unique? Lawrence: The main difference is that IICT is not an Association, it’s a business that has similar benefits to Associations but we don’t stipulate that therapists have to undertake continued professional development. We grant membership based on the individual’s existing qualifications. We are also the largest modality list in the world,

currently at 1157 approved modalities here in Australia and many more in our overseas branches. We also cover online and distance education as well as recognising international qualifications so therapists don’t need to retrain to access professional membership and insurance. IICT is active in enabling new modalities to be recognised in Australia for insurance purposes. Some of the modalities we provide this service to include: Theta Healing; The Journey; Reconnective Healing; Access Consciousness; CalmBirth; as well as a diverse range of natural therapies on animals. Some of the ways IICT helps its members is through education; particularly in the area of online marketing and best business practices. Aside from publishing practical articles that therapists can use in their business right away, we have teamed up with a number of professional business and marketing coaches that help our members refine their business skills, not just their technical abilities. iict.com.au

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2016 AND BEYOND

GALAXY GIRL WORDS GRACE HART

Marilyn: “I’m a good person yet all I seem to attract is people who take advantage of me. I have been doing the “law of attraction” thing for more money to show up, as Christmas is here soon and I cannot afford a tree or gifts. I’m just managing my bills and rent. Nothing is getting better or changing! What am I doing wrong?” Galaxy Girl: Sweetheart, do you have your back? Are you willing to HAVE what you are desiring? What if everything is energy and your points of view (POV) create your reality. What are your POVs creating for you? Ok… you may have an awareness that things are not so great right now, cool! I wonder what else is possible? What gets created when you have an awareness (things have to change) and then turn it into a POV and lock that in as true, real and unchangeable? Can it change?

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Let’s have a look at what some of your POVs are creating for you. “I attract people who take advantage of me.” Does that POV allow peeps who are kind and expansive to your world show up? “I cannot afford a tree, I’m just managing.” Does that POV allow you to receive money and a life beyond “managing”? Nothing is getting better or changing. Does that POV allow “change to show up with ease?” Can you see the energy confusion, you are asking for money and change yet at the same time choosing (yes, everything is a choice peeps including the words you use and POV you speak) to have the POV that refuses you receiving more. This is not about making you wrong… you may have gone there as one of your POVs is “what am I doing wrong” with that POV, would you look to what’s possible or what’s wrong?

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2016 AND BEYOND

Rebirthing into a new era of

SENSING AND INNOCENCE

WORDS ELOHISA K’INAN

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s 2016 is rapidly approaching at a speed that most feel is taking them by ‘storm’ it is no wonder some find it hard to adjust to the ‘new’ times. The truth is that it is not because everything is changing that we are changing but rather that because WE are changing that everything is changing! Humanity has embarked on a wave of Consciousness since 2012 and has been accelerated towards a meeting with Destiny! The reason this time is so exhilarating and at times also overwhelming for some, has simply to do with the ‘tuning’ of our frequency. “Nada Brahma” (The world is Sound) with this phrase begins the oldest scriptures known to man the Vedas. Today we know that everything is essentially made of Sound and so is our body. We know that the physical body is just a manifestation of other 6 energy bodies that are more subtle vibrations of our being and that our wellbeing depends on how well these bodies are aligned and in harmony. Most

of us live in a modern and techno world and this unfortunately means we are surrounded by sound pollution which is effecting our wellbeing. To tune into harmonising sounds and frequency in particular 432Hz Harmonic of Light during these times of change is a way to balance all of our subtle and physical body. So what is really happening and why do some feel a sense of pressure within the mind/body and emotions and experiences life situations that bring up intense emotions like fear, anger, frustration, guilt, sadness, and grief? Nothing more than a re-birth into sensing! The new influx of Photonic particles anchoring on Earth at this time, is activating our DNA and with it shifting us into a higher level of Consciousness. You may have heard of the importance to shift to the Heart’s frequency, that’s because the Higher Heart is the Gateway to our multidimensional self, that when accessed, allows for expansion and a deeper sense of BEING which then paves

the way for a life of joy and fulfilment. This new BEING that we are rebirthing is a 5th Dimensional aspect of ourselves that is closely aligned with ‘Sensing’. This new way of ‘tuning’ the body beyond the 5 senses allows for the activation of our Divine Blue Print that is beyond condition, judgment, doubt and fear. Activating the ‘Sensing’ Body is our birthright. But like any birth it may not come without ‘labor’ pains, unless one has been training to ease oneself into the birth of a NEW Enlightened and Conscious Being. To tune into the Sensing Body is an Art as it requires relinquishing old wounds and unconscious debris and if we are to embrace this New frequency in 2016 we must rediscover trust and innocence as our true allies. This imprint is available to all those who make the choice to stay ‘at-tuned’ through healing sounds, emerging into sensing and our true nature which is innocence. soulsounds.com.au.

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Part 5: The Cosmos INTERVIEW WITH DON TOLMAN | WORDS ANDREW DUDEK

The Cowboy”’s information spectrum catapults our awareness from the cellular/ sub-atomic to the cosmic/infinite, and everywhere in between. Yet, asks Don, enigmatically: “What if we really are a macrocosm of the microcosm?” The clues, remarkably, also happen to dwell within “Nature’s choice numbers…the Golden Mean (or Phi Ratio). 1:1.618033 is the unending number of the Mathematics of Infinity, but it’s encoded also into our DNA, and hidden in the spirals of both the pine cone and the pineal gland. “In the world of sacred geometry or Cosmological Order, the symbolism of the pine cone constitutes a Law of the Cosmos meaning ‘Ordered Beauty’; it is the law of Oneness from the Duality of Counter-Rotating Fields.” Many Holistic Bliss readers are familiar with the Fibronacci Numbers of Nature, which Don always eloquently ties together for us in his books, videos, blogs and Basecamps. He leans forward a little, trying to drive the simple truth home to us: “You are the church, the temple and the Kingdom. And your body contains the records of all of your ancestors! “My point for bringing this all up is that Nature is complex…so we don’t have to be! “You don’t need to know that an apple has over 10,000 phyto-nutritional components (of

which they have named 128) in order to get the benefits – just be smart enough to eat the apple… duh!” Don expands upon these notions in his Farmacist Desk Reference (Vol I): “The golden measure is inherently beautiful because it serves to communicate beauty’s message of cosmic unity or oneness. Phi’s patterns of unity subtly increase as your ability to perceive it increases. “The golden measure is familiar because it is intimately associated with the structure of our body, our emotional energy waves and brain patterns and it is similar to not only us but to the entire cosmos; the pulse of similarity.” Don’s teachings passionately convey how these clues are all around us and everywhere to be read in ancient texts, scriptures, and discoveries in nature and science. Cosmic truth literally coalesces before our eyes whenever we cultivate an appreciation, embracing an application of nature, and whenever we gradually eliminate all the bits in our lives that we fundamentally and intuitively know to be unnatural. Here then and eloquently put, is one key as to why Don keeps “barking on” about the need to embrace whole foods, fresh air, sunshine, clean water, nurturing relationships, happiness, sacredness, passion and harmony, and deep respect for all living things – “There is no doubt in my mind that this kind of cosmic whole-earth nutrition can assist you in experiencing meaningful personal success in achieving your imagination’s largest dreams.”

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Monkey. Chinese tradition employs both Solar and Lunar calendars. The Solar year begins 4th February and New Moon day of 8th February begins all the big Lunar New Year celebrations. The Monkey Year in the Chinese calendar is made up of two elements – Yang Fire sitting on top of Yang Metal (the Monkey is Metal and the year is Fire). According to the Chinese cycle of birth and destruction, Fire conquers Metal and so they are in a difficult cycle.

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of the Suez crisis with Egypt nationalising the Canal leading to the bombing of Egypt by Britain and France and an Israeli invasion of Sinai in October, 1956. There were also revolts against the Soviet Union in Hungry and Poland, both being brutally suppressed. In Hong Kong came the nationalist riots of October. Pakistan became an Islamic republic. Fidel Castro landed in Cuba with a revolutionary force aimed at overthrowing the Batista government. It was also the year of the first CND march in Britain (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament). And as Yang Fire symbolises the Sun, it generates optimism and happiness, so it was a good entertainment year. 1956 saw success for Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Doris Day. Elvis Presley recorded “Heartbreak Hotel” making him a star, Marilyn Monroe changed her name from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe, and Doris Day recorded her famous song “Que Sera Sera”. Rock and Roll came into vogue. The Monkey is intelligent, clearsighted and very keen of mind (Years: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004). They are very able, being gifted in many areas of life. They like movement, ideas and the discussion of new things. They detest feeling excluded or ignored by others and this can shake self-confidence. They like socialising and are a ‘wow’ at

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rankincense is an oil to be revered. Used throughout history as an integral ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners, it is also closely associated with religious traditions and rites. This precious resin was one of the gifts for Jesus Christ along with Myrrh and gold. Due to these connections it is known as the perfect Christmas oil and along with Pine, Orange and Myrrh would be ideal in a vaporizer and spritzer. It is a wonderfully relaxing oil which is why it is popular to use in meditation and prayer and is an ideal oil along with lavender and chamomile to keep you chilled in the build-up to the hectic Christmas festivities and celebrations. Frankincense is extracted from the gum or resin of the tree grown in places like Oman, Somalia, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. The main components alpha pinene actanol, bornyl acetate and linalool make it an excellent stimulating, tonifying and antiseptic oil that is calming on the nervous system and regenerating for the skin. It is an excellent immune booster and with its

expectorant properties, can be used with oils like eucalyptus and lemon in a chest rub or steam inhalation when feeling run down or blocked up. Research over the past 20 years has continuously been alerted to the efficacy of Frankincense in the treatment of various benign and malignant tumors, however the corresponding data supporting this information is still being discussed in ongoing research. Whilst it is not recommended to ingest essential oils, the antiseptic qualities make it a fantastic oil to use as a preventative measure against oral conditions like bad breath, toothaches, ulcers and other infections so look for products that include this magical essence. You can make your own toothpaste or mouthwash with coconut oil, baking soda, peppermint or spearmint and frankincense. Or simply add one drop to your toothpaste when brushing your teeth. Frankincense is renowned as one of the best oils for anti-ageing and is excellent to use in repair blends or where the skin has been marked

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Are you stressed, fatigued and unmotivated? Could you solve your happiness puzzle with these missing puzzle pieces? Could it be bacteria? Researchers at McMaster University have supportive evidence that bacteria residing in the gut influence brain chemistry and behaviour. When there was a change in the gut flora of the test subjects increased anxiety and behaviour change was noted. For years these bacterias have been seen to be harmless, but the negative impact of specific strains of bacteria on the brain are documented. Pathogenic bacteria have the potential to cause havoc on your digestive system and indirectly may cause Serotonin to drop. Serotonin is your happy, relaxing neurotransmitter. Not many people are aware that it is predominantly made in the gut. Functional bacteria (the good guys) are often overlooked, they assist in breaking down your food and keeping your gut healthy.

Is it in your DNA? MTHFR is a very important enzyme that is needed for detoxification, methylation, SAMe and glutathione production. But for some the gene may be dysfunctional. Considering SAMe is imperative for good sleep and mood and glutathione is important for energy production, we want sufficient levels of both. Clinically we see MTHFR gene mutations frequently and with this mutation there may be a greater chance of developing depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, migraines or insomnia just to name a few.

Do you have the condition pyroluria? A very strange word, I know, maybe that is why so many people haven’t heard of it? Pyroluria is a genetically determined metabolic condition. If you have this condition your demand for certain nutrients (particularly B6 and zinc) is high. These two nutrients are essential for neurotransmitter production, such as serotonin and dopamine. Pyrolurics are more likely to suffer with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, alcoholism, strong fatigue, temper outbursts, IBS, joint pain, memory loss, or low stress tolerance.

What about your nutrient absorption? Most people who come to the clinic eat a Boo k yo fairly good diet, some exceptional! But ur they still feel unhealthy. Many triggers such as stress, food intolerances, bacterial overgrowth and hormone imbalance may result in poor nutrient absorption, so no matter Con how clean your diet is you may not sult a be getting the full reward until it is pho tions in n pe e or corrected. Clinically there is testing Sky rson, pe to determine the extent of damage to the gut lining.

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