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Gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, nut free and can be egg free Ingredients: 1½ cups (120g) desiccated coconut 1 cup (140g) sorghum flour or white rice flour 1 cup (180g) potato starch 1½ cups (230g) coconut sugar or rapadura (or sugar of choice) 3 tsp gluten free baking powder 1½ tsp xanthan gum or guar gum ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger (dry, not fresh) ½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp mixed spice ¼ cup (55g) melted coconut oil 2 eggs OR 2 tbsp white chia seeds soaked for 5 minutes in 120ml filtered water 1 cup (250ml) milk – I used oat milk which is not gluten free but any safe milk will be fine 150g gluten free icing sugar 75g approx Nuttelex Gingerbread men to decorate (buy some or find a gluten free recipe at www.happytummies.com.au)

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• Remove cakes from the oven and rest for 5 minutes • Remove cakes from pan and leave to cool on a wire rack before icing • Ice each one and top with a gingerbread man for a festive ginger cupcake! LISA MUNRO is the clever ‘allergy mum’ behind www.happytummies.com.au, a blog and shop specialising in allergy friendly food, ingredients and gorgeous things like special Christmas treats. This allows kids with allergies and those on restrictive diets to feel included and just as excited about the festive season as everyone else!

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SWEET POTATO, BROCCOLI & EGGPLANT VEGGIE CURRY FOOD FOR THE SOUL

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Makes enough for 4 or 2 super hungry people Ingredients: 2 small onions (diced) 4 cloves of garlic (diced) 3cm ginger (grated) 3cm turmeric (grated) 1 chilli (finely chopped) 1 tsp cinnamon powder Pinch cardamon Pinch nutmeg 1 tbsp coconut sugar or 1 small apple grated 1 tsp pepper 1 tbsp sea salt 2 heads of broccoli (chopped into chunky pieces) 1 medium sized eggplant 500g of sweet potato (chopped into bite size cubes) 1 can of coconut cream 2 cups of filtered clean water 1 bunch of coriander or parsley chopped

Method: Put 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a frying pan and on high fry your onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, chilli, all spices, apple or coconut sugar, salt and pepper for 2 minutes or until the onions are golden brown. Add your sweet potato and eggplant and fry for another 2 minutes. Then add 2 cups of filtered water and cook covered on medium heat for 30 minutes, add 1 more cup of water if needed. Add the broccoli and 1 can of coconut cream and cook for another 15 minutes on low heat. Tips: Before serving any curry, I like to blend 1 cup of the entire curry in my blender or food processor then stir it through the curry to make the curry extra thick and creamy!! Top with some of your favourite

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Pinch of salt ½ tsp vanilla extract or a generous pinch of ground vanilla 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar 1 tbsp water Method: FOR THE FILLING 1. Put all the ingredients for the filling into a bowl and mix well. Ideally do this a few days before to let the flavours infuse. FOR THE PASTRY 1. Add the ground cashews, flour, cinnamon, lemon rind and salt into a bowl. Mix well, then add the vanilla extract, maple syrup and water. Knead well until it forms a dough. On a flat surface sprinkle a bit of flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Cut the dough into rounds with a cookie cutter (or the top of a glass works well too!), big enough to fit inside a patty pan tin. Bake blind for around 5 minutes or until slightly golden. 2. Scoop about a tablespoon of the filling (watch out for the star anise –0 try

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Tis the time of year that most of us will overindulge in holiday cheer, but it doesn’t mean you need to suffer the consequences. Follow these easy health hacks to have your (Christmas) cake and eat it too! Supercharge your digestion Most people don’t have enough digestive enzymes in their gut to process the richer food we indulge in over the holidays, which causes bloating, pain and reflux. Digestive enzymes can help break down gluten, casein and soy in the gut. By having a digestive enzyme supplement on hand, if you do consume foods that you’d normally avoid, you can take them and the uncomfortable symptoms will be reduced. Something fishy in your drink For a moment let’s ignore the alcohol and sugar content of your Christmas and New Year’s drinks – we already know that booze wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Did you know there’s other nasties hiding in your drink and attacking your gut? Winemakers

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a healthy hobby.” The joy and creativity with which they began sharing their blogs and posts was infectious and started to create a following which allowed them to walk away from their full-time jobs in mid-2014. Now they have a combined audience of 1.5 million people from their blog, app, podcast, books and social media sites and this year they released their healthy cookbook ‘Get Merry’. The girls have a simple yet effective recipe for success… tune in to yourself and see if what’s on offer, feels fun and aligned (whether it’s a project, an invitation to an event or a new practice), then go for it! One of their latest passions is creating live podcasts from their home base and learning from the people they interview! And they love speaking at events and are excited to have their work published in a variety of well-known magazines. Creating a happy, home life is a high priority for Emma and Carla and a few months ago they moved in with their two best friends and it definitely sounds like they have created the house of Merryville! They said their morning ritual includes a chai or coffee and sometimes a healthy brownie at one of their favourite local cafes. They live and work in a way they described as ‘random’ in that it is a constant living, breathing creation. It basically boils down to… following their bliss in each moment!! An added bonus of their merrymaker career/lifestyle, is that their health improved! But they don’t advocate a ‘one approach suits all’, so whether you take a vegan, paleo, or other approach, they believe it’s more about keeping it real and simple. And it’s not all about the food! They

became aware of how our self-talk can ‘make or break us’ and so they share their mind-set tips along with their recipes and latest news. In fact, Emma and Carla are on a mission to encourage people to be kind to themselves, rather than constantly judge their bodies and obsess about counting calories. And they haven’t boxed themselves into just the ‘wholefoods and mindset’ genres either, they also discovered the world of Pilates and yoga and understand how these practices align with everything else they are creating. They love the mind, body and spirit connection! But they did point out they don’t have a set spiritual or religious path, they say being kind, practising yoga/Pilates and being in nature in their spare time, is what assists in remembering their true selves. And for extra inspiration they regard visionaries like Oprah (whom they regularly listen to via her podcasts), and author Paul Coelho (whom they quote on a daily basis), as their mentors and catalysts for their creativity and growth. “If there is someone on the planet doing extraordinary things then that is inspiration that it is possible for us all to aspire to and create that,” said Emma. So what’s next for Emma and Carla and where do they see Merrymaker Sisters in five years’ time? “We’re not so big on five-year plans! We do however have a one-year plan! You’ll see Merrymaker Sisters reach even more international audiences, we’ll be bringing in a new aspect of Merry, that will help women overcome negative body image issues (something we’ve both personally struggled with for many, many years) so they can live their most magical life possible,” they said. From all of us here at Holistic Bliss, our hearts go out to people who are struggling with trauma, loss, family/ relationship distress this festive season and let’s lend a hand and give support where we can. And at the same time, let’s take a leaf out of Emma and Carla’s book and direct our thoughts to what we are grateful for, and what we have, rather than what we don’t have. And if it comes from a real and authentic place, let’s share joy and celebrate!! Let our laughter, smiles and expression of merry, heal in all directions this Christmas and beyond. www.themerrymakersisters.com

Simple Festive Tips: 1

Don’t be too hard on yourself, once you make the decision to eat or drink something at a festive event, then go with it and enjoy it. Let go of the guilt! You can also at other times bring wholefood/healthier versions of things to parties. Have your healthier days as well as your festive days.

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Practise the Mediterranean way of living: Cold pressed olive oils, fresh fruits and vegetables, basil, garlic, a glass of red wine, etc and they connect with each other socially and make food a celebration and a special event which is good for your health too.

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You can keep moving your body through the festive season, you don’t have to stop everything.

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Keep hydrated and increase your clean water intake during the summer season.

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CELEBRATING OURSELVES and our KIDS at Christmas WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education

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words that represent how amazing the child or person is. It’s not so much what they want to create but more about who they really are. It could include things they have done or achieved. When we focus on our strengths, what happens is, the brain searches for more of this and creates more of these experiences. This vision board reminds children of their brilliance and is a fabulous school activity. And be sure to have fun and playuplifting music whilst creating it. When the adult makes one too with the child, it is fun, interactive and empowering. It means you shine your brilliance.

y biggest wish for children at Christmas, now and in the future, is for them to understand that it is time to celebrate. Not with presents but with people and if they understand that when we celebrate ourselves and what we are able to do, then life changes. So, what do I mean? Currently children are taught by adults that Christmas time is about Santa and presents. It may also be the annual holiday and for some the ‘dreaded family dinner’. But what if Christmas time was about looking at what has been and what can be, which helps us plan for the future, where children know they can create their hearts’ desires? It is not only for children, but adults will also be able to do the same and lead by example. And of course, it would be massively fun to do. Here are some suggestions:

2. DESIGN YOUR DESTINY WITH A MIND MAP Basically, this is telling the mind to focus on what you are good at and what you like. On a large piece of paper, such as butchers’ paper, draw a symbol that represents you. I always draw a pink heart for me and then write my name in the centre. With lots of different coloured pens you will write a line from the centre symbol out and at the end of each line is something you like. I love using gel pens for this… (I am addicted to stationery). At

1. SHINE YOUR BRILLIANCE WITH A VISION BOARD Everyone knows about a vision board but this one with children is different. This vision board can have empowering photos and images and

WHEN WILL YOU SAY

the end of the words might be dancing, nature, shoes, music, food, cooking, people, gifts and more. The idea is that you accept you and you know what you like and don’t like so you can design your destiny based around what suits you and empowers you. These are just two of many concepts I teach but wow what a joyful, fun, interactive Christmas would it be to include these. This would change the dynamics and lives of people rather than basing it on materialistic things. Set yourself up for success with your children and help to empower them this festive season. For Medical Intuitive and Millennium Children courses or to learn about empowering your child contact JEAN SHEEHAN. www.AbsoluteEmpowerment.com

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through inner peace

any years ago I had a vision. It was a vision of a world where war no longer existed. A world of peace and compassion where every man, woman and child was fed, clothed, housed and cared for. You might call it a utopian pipedream but it was very real for me that day as All-That-Is the non-physical guidance team I communicate with every day delivered it to me through my inner vision. I was even given a hint of a timeline that stretched hundreds of years into the future. Today I’m told the timeline has collapsed a little and it will come earlier and so I’d like to invite you to join me in cultivating inner peace. It is through coming to peace within ourselves individually that we collectively create outer peace – peace on Earth. This is my daily practice to bring the vibration of peace into my physical body so that I might become peaceful within. As I achieve inner peace, my

vision of world peace starts to become clearer and closer. THE PRACTICE 1. Slowly and deeply breathe in through your nose. 2. Slowly breathe out through your mouth and as you do so say quietly to yourself “Let there be peace in the world”. 3. Slowly and deeply breathe in through your nose and say “and let it start with me” as you follow the flow of your in-breath into your heart space. To make it easier to bring your attention to your heart space, you can place and keep your hand over the area. 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 in turn for up to 10 minutes. Peace, according to the ‘Map of Consciousness’ created by David R Hawkins MD, PhD calibrates at 600 where the good of mankind and the search for enlightenment are the primary goals. When this state is reached, the distinction between subject and object disappears, and there is no specific

focal point of perception. We slip into oneness and from this place there is no desire to harm another and great passion to ensure all others are cared for. At this level, competition is released while cooperation and collaboration are enhanced. In this energy you can do no harm, to self or others, as harming self will also harm the other. I myself experienced a complete knowing that to even lightly pinch myself would harm another when in this state of peacefulness. Imagine if you and everyone else who reads this article takes on this daily practice. Peace on Earth and goodwill to all mankind can and will be achieved, one person at a time, and it starts with me… and you! ANNE ALECKSON is Australia’s Leading Channel transforming you through the vibrational frequency of the written and spoken word. www.AnneAleckson.com

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hristmas and the New Year are a great time to reflect on the past year, plan new adventures and consider all the possibilities coming your way. So how do you transition through this time and create the space for fresh energy and enthusiasm, when the past months haven’t stacked up as you’d hoped? Were your expectations askew? Did you get distracted or did those responsibilities just pile higher and higher? The important thing here is not to feel guilt or lay blame, life seldom moves in the way we’d like it to. Get a pen and paper, write down what you’d like to achieve, why you want it and a few ideas on how to progress toward fulfilling this desire. On another sheet, list the disappointments, unachieved tasks or projects of the current year; okay easy part done. Let’s set some intention and balance the energy with space clearing. How you may ask? If you have a pendulum, dig it out,

if not, tie a key to the end of a string, it doesn’t have to be fancy it just needs to swing! Hold the string between two fingers and gently allow it to fall out of the palm of your hand so it’s dangling. Next request your pendulum to move in a direction to show a ‘yes’ answer, once you’ve done this, ask it to show a ‘no’ answer, this will either be a circle in one direction and then another or a circle for one and a line for the other. Okay ready to do some energy clearing? Firstly, take the paper listing the current year, hold the pendulum over the paper and with purpose, ask your guides or universal energy to clear stagnant attached emotion from the last 12 months. This may take a little while and that’s okay, you’ll notice the swing will change when there’s balance. You can also write the names of people in your life, work situations, anything really where you’d like more connection, clarity or fulfilment. It doesn’t mean you’ll eradicate all challenges from your

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NAVIGATE THE SILLY SEASON

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t’s called ‘the silly season’ for a reason. Not only are people tired as the year winds to a close, but demands are increased to tie up loose ends at work or at school. Social engagements are plentiful and pressing, finances become strained and we are supposed to meet all of this with a smile on our face. This time – more than any other – is when people seek out counselling and psychology support. Finding a way of managing gracefully is important if we want to avoid being collapsed in a heap – in a state of overwhelm and burn-out – after Christmas. The following 5-point plan could help you get through the festive season in good shape. 1. Have Clarity. Set your feeling intentions (eg. ‘have fun and be relaxed’) and your goals (be specific, eg. ‘$50 on each Christmas present’) – and ensure that your intentions and goals are in alignment with your values (eg. “I’ll choose environmentally sustainable

gifts.”). Being in alignment like this is energising and makes decision-making easier. 2. Create A Strong Daily Self-Care Routine. Maintaining performance standards under stress depends on continuing our usual daily routines. Self-care includes the basics – good food, water, sunshine, exercise and sleep. This better ensures you sustain your energy levels while meeting the many unusual demands that Christmas brings. 3. Stay Grounded. Literally take off your shoes and place your feet on the earth. This helps to discharge the build-up of free radicals and electricity from the body. It also mindfully focuses your attention on your immediate environment – it is like doing a sensory feedback report (what can you see, touch, smell, taste and hear?). This will help you stay in the present. 4. Manage Transitions. During this time of year, we are expected to transition from many different activities

throughout our day. Take a minute before entering into the new phase by pausing, telling yourself to release the previous phase (eg. work) several times repeatedly and then take a moment to visualise the next phase (eg. home), including how you want to feel and behave. This will help to increase your performance and attention during each phase. 5. Honour Your Intuition. We spend so much time stuck in our heads that we forget to tune into the wisdom of our gut. Our intuition is guided by our gut feelings. If something does not FEEL right, listen to that instinct because it is being guided by something beyond our conscious awareness. Imagine yourself moving with ease and grace through the course of each day, effortlessly engaging in the challenges that arise. Get out of your own way and really enjoy this festive season. www.innovatedlife.com

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HB: What can people do to stop festive overspending and subsequent ‘New Year’s slump’? Dain: It requires some planning and looking at how much money you can spend this year. Set a budget, then divide that budget up based on: who you have to buy for, and what you need to put into that in order to get that person a gift. And, it doesn’t always have to be about the gifts. What if you could write to people about the gratitude you have for them. That could be an even greater gift! If you have a family get-together, maybe the adults could agree to just get the children gifts. That can make it a lot easier. Another thing you could do is make an agreement with friends and family and let them know if it’s been a tough year or you’re short on funds, and just ask if this year you could all skip gift giving. HB: What are your views about ‘bartering’ and ‘energy exchanges’? Dain: Your point of view creates your reality, so if your point of view is, the only way you can have something is by bartering or an energy exchange, then you’re going to create that as your world. If your point of view is, “I don’t care how much it costs, I will eventually find a way to afford it, even if I have to put it on lay-by,” then that’s what becomes your reality. Recognise that many times people who rely mostly on bartering or energy exchanges, often are not willing to have money. That is something you want to change. HB: What would you like to share with our readers about what you have learned about money that might change the way they view it? Dain: There’s no such thing as a money issue, there’s only an issue in what you’re willing to receive. So, it’s our unwillingness to receive that creates our money issues. Changing our money situation is really more about changing our willingness to receive everything, including money. In order to change your money situation, you need to change your point of view about money. It’s also important to recognise that people who don’t have very much money, actually don’t like money. In fact, I’d go as far as to say they hate it, because they see it being the cause of the world’s ills.

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REVIEW, REFLECT and REALISE WORDS SORAYA SARASWATI

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s 2017 draws to an end, it may be time to take stock of your year. Take time to review your choices and how they panned out for you, reflect over your achievements as well as your losses and allow clarity around any life changing realisations to emerge naturally from a place of inner silence. Life moves fast and we become absorbed in the moment, which is a good thing. Yet taking silent time and space to tune into our inner being with reflection, can help inner-wisdom to emerge. This can naturally lead us from reacting to life, to clear wise mindful action; flowing with life. I often hear from clients that they feel as if they are always busy, rushing on to the next item on their agenda. They feel a lack of personal space and often suffer from feelings of overwhelm. Busyness is a modern-day addiction which springs from a fear of stillness. Yet daily physical and mental cluttering keeps us from connecting with the

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innate wisdom and the peace that is ever available to us. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi. “The Divine Radio is always singing if we could only make ourselves ready to listen to it, but it is impossible to listen without silence.” Silence is golden and in taking time for silent reflection, inquiry and inner stillness, we will be guided very clearly, moment by moment. I just returned from a European tour where I was teaching non-dual philosophy and singing songs and mantras of love and oneness. Being on tour is demanding, moving from country to country, speaking with hundreds of people about life, love and why people suffer. Coming home to my green patch on the Sunshine Coast is always a blessing as I take time to wander along the beach, walk in the rainforest and sit on the deck in stillness and silence. In this silent communion with nature and oneness of being, deep insights arise.

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yourself; pleasure – the hedonism of enjoying every mouthful of food and drink; sex – the mouth as an erogenous zone; and status – even, white teeth are today’s standard measure of beauty and success. Afraid of the Dentist? The whole mouth can be a rich ground for limitations, fears, judgments, and self esteem issues. Add to this all the lifetimes we may have endured accidents, gum disease, rotting teeth, and tooth extraction without anaesthesia. For many people the smell of the dentist’s office and the sound of the drill is enough to induce anxiety and stress! So what else is possible? A totally natural system that uses your body’s own capacities. Dr Tom Kolso has been a practising dentist in the US for over twenty years. He became aware that while modern dentistry has come a long way in the

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BIRTHING a NEW BOOK life, where the body is begging a woman to go slower, to be more still, to take time, which is encouraged in tantric lovemaking. The book details how you can remove ‘performance pressure’ for both men and women setting the stage for deepened connection. We also offer practical and life-changing tips for common complaints, such as low libido, pain during intercourse, thinning of the vaginal wall and general hormonal issues. Above all, it gives women and men hope that this important phase of their lives is to be celebrated and nurtured in all ways! HB: What have you discovered about yourself from the process of writing a book? Janet: I’ve discovered that I am a master procrastinator! But also very intensely passionate about what I do. I think I’ve grown in confidence through this process, personally and professionally, as it’s given me more clarity. I’ve also learnt what a huge undertaking it is to tackle any book

HB: What inspired you to start writing a book? Janet: In a moment of deep relaxation, I received a download, literally. It all just came – every chapter title, one after the other, which have stayed virtually the same all along. I had to get up and go quickly to the computer and just write. I immediately wondered what I would do with it as my mentor/teacher, Diana Richardson had been asked by her German publisher to write a book on Menopause using the ‘Making Love Approach’ that we both teach and I knew she was working on it. But then a month later I received a call from her, asking if I would co-write with her. We were both astounded when I told her I already had the chapters and layout! HB: Can you please give our readers a sneak peek of what your book will be about and how they can benefit. Janet: The book explains why Tantra works for menopausal women and how their bodies are naturally entering a more tantric phase of their

and how long the traditional process of publishing can take – this book from conception to realisation has taken three years. I also discovered, it helps to get into right brain flow, almost like writing from the soul. If the words were not flowing, I couldn’t push it. Instead I’d start writing about things that stirred my heart. That helped me get in touch with the deeper intention behind the writing. Which in the end, is always to serve others. JANET McGEEVER and DIANA RICHARDSON will launch their new book, ‘Tantric Sex and Menopause: Practices for Spiritual and Sexual Renewal’ in April 2018. For more information visit: www.makingloveretreat.com.au

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olidays are often a time when we feel most alone; our ‘shoulds’ kick into overdrive and the expectations we have of ourselves and others skyrocket. As our ‘to do’ lists increase, our joy and self-connection decrease. We yearn for the perfect holiday and believe that if we pull it off, we will finally be ‘enough’. But what if this holiday season was different? What if we listened to and trusted ourselves? Instead of setting our sights on being the perfect, mother, friend or host, what if our intentions were for joy, self-kindness and care? After hearing a mother utter these words in ‘A Bad Mom’s Christmas’, “You’re a mum, mums don’t enjoy, they give joy” I promised myself Christmas would be different this year. I made a vow to enjoy myself, play with my children and to ask for and accept help so this can happen.

My book, ‘An Invitation to Trust’ is a doorway to listening to and trusting ourselves. Yet to trust ourselves we must have discernment and a clear understanding of what trust really means. Brene Brown’s acronym for trust is BRAVING, and braving is guaranteed to equal connection this holiday season. B – Boundaries. I respect my boundaries. I am willing to say no. R – Reliability. I will do what I say I’ll do. A – Accountability. I will own my mistakes, apologise, and make amends. V – Vault. I won’t share information or experiences that are not mine to share. I – Integrity. I will choose courage over comfort and what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy. I will practise my values rather than simply professing them. N – Non-judgment. I will ask for what I need, and you can ask for what

you need. We can talk about how we feel without judgment. G – Generosity. I will extend the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words and actions of others. As humans we each share precious needs, one of the greatest is belonging. Yet to belong, we must become unwaveringly loyal to ourselves. This holiday season I encourage you to explore what is most important to you and create your celebrations around this. I will be focussing on joy, connection and gratitude. How about you? KATE is an author, speaker and teacher based on the Sunshine Coast in Qld. She travels worldwide offering workshops and events that guide others to listen to and trust their own hearts. To learn more and order her book ‘An Invitation to Trust’ visit: www.katemfoster.com

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his is a pretty important aspect of manifesting our dreams into reality and when we recognise that we are connected to all things – we can realise that the support on our journey of life is rather great… perhaps even profound! Here we are at what many see as a pinnacle of change, and so many of us are tuning into what’s in our heart space, and what we are wanting to create, piecing together our New Year’s resolutions or manifestation lists. When we manifest in alignment with our soul’s purpose – our divine timings, we can achieve so much more, our soul absolutely loves it. It’s important to remember that once those lists have gone out to the universe and ‘All That Is’, energy is in motion. Once in motion, always in motion. If we wrote a list last year, we can take a moment to think back to what was on that list and see how many things actualised. Did they eventuate? Or did we block

them – or stop them from happening? (It may also be that they are yet to happen). Now the reason I am asking this is to prepare for the year ahead, so that we can feel more comfortable with the process of accepting and surrendering… How often do we get stuck in our comfort zone? And when ‘opportunities’ arise to become or create in alignment with that which we requested, we aren’t seeing the bigger picture – and that the opportunity (be it a person, circumstance, change in location, job etc) is simply a step in the direction of our dreams. Unfortunately it may mean that the very thing we are wanting, we unintentionally create a resistance to. Recognise when changes are happening, it may be because we have been asking for this. When we don’t hold on so tightly (as to how things are to come together), we leave space for the divine to serve us – to surprise

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t was late on a Friday night and the frustration was back again! My husband and I had been in this cycle for quite some time where life was blissfully happy, but then we would reach a roadblock! It was like a memory from my childhood, where I used to love riding my pink bike down the really steep hill, the wind in my hair, the sun on my skin, the exhilaration of freedom, no brakes and then suddenly I would reach the bottom of the hill and everything plateaued! I was too aware, not to know that something needed to change and that not listening to our emotions, would be like not watering our much-loved herbs for a month! My husband and I leaned into our emotions and the awareness that opened up as a result was to live separately for a month! I would love to think that we were very cool, calm and

collected, however there was resistance and not just a little bit! Who was I going to call out for if there was a particularly, messy, smelly nappy to clean from our son?! My husband decided to book a secluded camping spot for the month and our hearts opened up to the possibility of what would unfold! He made a choice to remove all distractions (Facebook etc) and eat a plant-based diet for the month. What unfolded was beyond what we could have imagined! The gift of space, really enabled us both to connect even more deeply with our higher selves! I received a huge surprise the second week in when a text from my husband said, ‘Letter of Resignation sent’ to school! He had made the choice to resign and heed Helen Keller’s wise words, “Life’s either a daring adventure or nothing”!

My month gave me a lot of growth in that I opened up my creativity more than ever before and of course grew an even greater respect for the amazing, single parents out there! The greatest gift of all though was space – that is what enabled us to independently delve deeply into ourselves and open up to an even far greater possibility – that we could love each other and ourselves even more deeply. There is no safety in loving wholeheartedly and deeply – anything can happen, but it is so fulfilling! The Emotionally Happy Home™ system is one that enables everyone to become aware of what their emotions are saying and follow a path of growth! If you would love to create an Emotionally Happy Home™ with your family, please visit: www. julesoneill.com/diamond-membership

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s I transition from one year into the next, I generally look back at what stood out most for me. Here is what I found (again, I might add): • Circumstances change, for better and worse, without my active input • Moods and emotions change for better and worse, without my active input • The level of control I REALLY have over my life, is shockingly low I long held the idea that I was in control of my destiny; that I could change my emotions, moods and circumstances by sheer thought and willpower alone. Thoughts dictate emotions, and the two together allow me to control my circumstances. Right? Well, to a degree. There absolutely is power in – what I call – ‘casting out a line’ and creating a desired future, professionally and personally. Smart goal setting works. Business empires and successful personal lives are built on strategic visioning and actively pursuing goals. On the other hand, ‘stuff’ still happens; circumstances still change; moods and emotions still swing and

the unexpected still catches us, unexpectedly. One of my greatest lessons for 2017 was to focus on what I CAN control, and let go of what I can NOT control. Stephen Covey wrote about the ‘circle of concern’ versus the ‘circle of influence’ in 1992 already, and this is still a very current topic. Work in, and expand, your circle of influence. Stay away from spending too much time, energy and money on your circle of concern. A similar lesson was the observation that circumstances do not affect my mood as much as I thought they did. There were ‘bad’ times when – strangely – I felt quite ok, and ‘good’ times where I felt awful. There seemed to be little correlation between how I felt and what was happening. So, if it is correct that we only have SO much control over our lives; that our feelings run away with us regardless of circumstance; and that unexpected events still happen, regardless of our goals, what is it we can do to stay as optimistic, positively focused and happy

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hat really is forgiveness? And does the forgiving empower us? Or does it potentially lock us into repeated negative cycles? So many of us forgive, yet refuse to forget. Forgiving someone implies that in some way we have power over another, that in some way judgment and resentment stick to us, even when it is their ‘stuff’, not ours. Likewise, we have no right to imply our judgment on others, these emotions are ours to deal with. We each have the right to create our own happiness, or otherwise. Sometimes, understanding is not possible. Always, it is what it is. Always, the key to future positive growth is leaving the past behind. In many cases the past is still running people’s reactions years after the event, which makes no sense at all when they have changed every cell in their body in the interim, and their soul and spirit are

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LEARNING from OTHER CULTURES

about food and living

WORDS DR CARLOS SANCHEZ

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n traditional cultures, there are special occasions where people gather to celebrate. And there can be many reasons including religious events or the change of seasons, to mention just a few. Normally there are special foods used to nourish, and make people stronger and healthier. In times of celebration, the preparation of food is critical, where everyone comes together as one. As a Spaniard, it is tradition to do the killing of pigs, lambs, goats etc. Every part of the body is used, including organ meats. These are the more nutrient dense foods, packed with vitamins, minerals and protein; the building blocks that helps to restore the health in your body. The older generations, always mentioned offal as a food that they used to eat. But this does not seem to be included or mentioned in many modern cultures. In my travels, I have had the unique experience of meeting the Korowai People, who live in the jungles of West Papua. I was lucky enough to attend

a feast in the middle of the jungle where different clans came together to celebrate the new season with Sego grubs. Everyone was busy doing something: preparing the fire, cooking Sego, roasting grubs, talking, chanting and dancing. As a doctor, I see many patients getting sick from mineral and vitamin deficiencies, related to not having enough of these real foods or eating processed foods that deplete their bodies of them. Sugar is one of the culprits. During Christmas, people tend to overeat, overindulge and undo the work that they have been doing during the year to get healthier. They enter the New Year with a feeling of sickness and guilt. This is one of my busiest times when I see people affected physically and mentally. Children come in with infections and with their immune system suppressed from excess sugar. Adults feel depressed and anxious. Let’s do these festivities in a way

where we are celebrating getting healthier and happier, getting together with family and friends and not selfsabotaging. My philosophy is the same 365 days of the year, get into nature, have healthy, unprocessed foods and meet up with the loved ones that you care about in life. Keep it simple and nurture your body and mind. www.ibukihealth.com.au

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Amazing Grace: The art of RECEIVING

CRAPPY GIFTS

WORDS DR SALLY JAMES

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here’s a definite skill required when opening presents from family members on Christmas Day; a skill that involves GRACE; an ability to be cool, to express gratitude and appreciation despite feeling intense disappointment. As adults we hope to have mastered accepting crappy gifts from loved ones with finesse, yet on occasions something goes wrong, we unintentionally forget to be polite or we regress into our inner child. A great example of disgrace was me opening a present from my then husband on Christmas Day with my kids and family. There I was feeling great anticipation as I excitedly opened the nicely wrapped present, when suddenly those warm and fuzzy emotions rapidly evaporated into feelings of frustration and anger…‘WTF’ were my thoughts before tossing the DVD ‘Salt’ starring Angelina Jolie across the carpet, stomping into the bathroom, before returning to sit cross armed and legged, sulking like a fiveyear-old under the Christmas tree. DO NOT DO THIS… EVER! The very next Christmas one of my sons, repeated the whole dramatic scenario in almost exactly the same sequence; opened gift, tossed gift onto carpet, stomped around the room and sulked like a baby. However, the gift

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created for people to overindulge in consumable items that are either a total waste of money and/or stuff that is simply not needed. We buy into the myth that we HAVE to buy expensive gifts for family and friends, even if we don’t have the money to spend. This counterintuitive demand can have side effects. The people pleaser will waste time and money spending hours debating the perfect gift, the procrastinator will leave it until the last minute and over compensate by buying an OTT gift, the passive aggressive person will buy something faulty and the narcissist will buy you something for themselves. You want to pray your loved one is an empath and/or highly intuitive, then you just might get something meaningful. Alternatively you adopt the skill of ‘Amazing Grace’– stay in the moment, objective, expect nothing, accept everything, breathe calmly, open the present slowly, detach from outcome, enjoy the moment, smile appreciatively whilst you contemplate who you just might give it to next year…

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was a very expensive JBL portable speaker that cost his grandad $250, resulting in pissed-off grandparents as I cringed in shame knowing that I had taught my son these very inappropriate emotional reactions and unappreciative behaviours. I then spent two hours giving my twin boys a lesson on ‘gratitude’, one that I obviously needed to learn myself. Yes there is a definite artful grace to opening presents from loved ones on perhaps one of the most stressful days of the entire year. My inappropriate over-reactive, embarrassing behaviour was a reflection of my stress that day, a ‘valve’ for my Pandora’s box brimming with pent-up Christmas pressure, plus a lifetime of repressed negative emotions desperate for expression. That DVD scenario was symbolic of my marital disharmony at the time. Anyone who knew me back then, knew my opinions on Angelina Jolie. But what did my then hubby do? Of all the DVDs on sale on Christmas Eve, he buys me ‘Salt’, a DVD that stars a woman I dislike in a movie I will never watch, why? Because he fancied her, HE wanted to watch the movie ‘Salt’. The gift then was for himself. This brings me to the psychology of giving ‘gifts’. Maybe I have a hangup now, but I see December 25th as a ‘show day’; an over-hyped event,

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The fastest way to empowerment WORDS JANE TREDREA

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s we all know, self-love is the root from which everything grows. You cannot love someone else until you love yourself. So this is a process which Teal Swan (The Spiritual Catalyst) began and I am sharing it with you now as it is one of the most valuable pieces of information I have ever acted upon. It starts with a commitment. So for 21 days you will ask yourself this question for every decision you have to make. No matter how big or small the decision is, you ask the same question. The question is, “What would someone who loves themselves do?” You will receive the answer. Then most importantly you act on that answer. For example you may ask yourself; what am I going to do, have a bath or shower? Immediately you get the answer. It is a quick flash of intuition. You do not know why that is the answer, it just is. You received the answer bath so you take action and have a bath. There is no guilt attached to the answer as it has bypassed the rational mind and come straight from intuition. Asking yourself this question every time you have a decision for 21 days, creates a habit and you literally can’t live your life any other way. www.allergyandhealthclinic.weebly.com

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NURTURE your INNER GARDEN

through writing

WORDS CHRISTIE LYONS

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write about this topic quite regularly, and that’s because I have experienced firsthand, just how powerful writing truly is. Not only have I used writing over the years to heal myself, but I have helped many others to do the same, so I know it to be true. Interestingly enough, writing about my own journey was how my career as an author began, and what led me to start my very own publishing house. At any given point in your life, writing is something that has the power to help you overcome any challenges you may be going through; no matter where you’re at on your journey. You may be grieving, confused about a situation, feeling depressed or anxious, or simply trying to understand yourself better. You may not even be aware of what’s bothering you; in which case,

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WORDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR-WEY

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he spiritual growth of the soul, is the core reason for our existence. Whether we are aware or not, we change every day in small, subtle ways, yet when we wake up to the awareness that our spiritual growth is essential for our wellbeing, we begin to learn more about how to attach worth to the choices that influence our development. The weight of value we assign to these choices, although often random, is what leaves a depth of impression upon our subconscious, affording us the opportunity to bring about those changes of peace and harmony that we so desperately yearn for. In other words, accepting and realising there are positive changes, we can make sure that will support our spiritual growth. As we all know, anything worthwhile seldom comes easy. I understand. It is so easy to become distracted from things happening in our daily lives, that

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How to get back above the

AMNESIA LINE

WORDS JULIE LEWIN

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he Amnesia Line is the imaginary line people go below as they navigate the peaks and valleys of life. I call it this because when I go below this imaginary line I forget all the resources I’ve learned over time that keep me balanced and in flow. Do you forget the resources you have, too? A clue I’ve gone below the Amnesia Line is when hubby asks me if I am alright. The solution to going below the line is simple: STEP 1: When you are above the Amnesia Line Make a list of 10 things you do that keep you balanced and happy and above the line. Here’s some of my list as inspiration: 1. Call a close friend and have a chat – always fun and energising. 2. Do collage art – this takes me down a rabbit hole into my inner world and helps me unravel the block. 3. Read a trashy novel – pure escapism.

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4. Take photos of flowers – to get a macro shot I must be still inside and this re-centres me. 5. Cleaning and decluttering – this gets the energy moving fast. In a few words, write your list onto a piece of card the size of a business card and stick it in a place you’ll see it regularly; perhaps in the bathroom or next to the light switch in your bedroom. STEP 2: How to recognise you’ve gone below the Amnesia Line Here are some ways I recognise I’ve gone below the line: • I don’t want to do any work • Channel surf on the TV • Prowl around the house not knowing what to do next • Feel panic for no apparent reason • Don’t want to talk to anyone Write a list of your clues that will tell you something is out of balance and triggers you to ask the question – “Have

I gone below the Amnesia Line?” If yes, go to the next step. STEP 3: Take action! The secret to getting back above the Amnesia Line is to take action doing one or more of the things on your list. Sometimes one thing is not enough, so keep working your way through your list until you come back into balance. You will know when you are back above the Amnesia Line because you will feel in flow again – and remember all your resources without having to look at your list. JULIE LEWIN is an international medical intuitive with 33 years’ experience. She does 1:1 consultations and teaches her unique healing techniques. Her book AreekeerA® Vibration: Healing Yourself From Within has 66 resources – go to: www.academy.areekeera.com for your FREE healing meditations and to buy a copy of her book.

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THE ONE FESTIVE MASK

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WORDS SONYA DRIVER

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y first memory of any sort of a beauty product was seeing my mum doing the ironing with a face mask on. I think it was an Avon one or Innoxa. I can almost smell the fake rose scent now! I love a mask! Who doesn’t? It does feel like a little holiday for the hard-working face! I used to make my own with avo, lemon, honey and oats. The idea of making a mask has been in my mind for a few years. I knew I wanted to call it ‘Face Compost’ and of course it had to be 100% natural and certified organic by the OFC. I knew I wanted it to contain super greens such as spinach, chlorella, gorgeous oils and Aussie clay for its drawing effects on impurities. The ingredients in my new mask will blow your mind, each is purposefully added to purify, soothe and beautify; we’ve got

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What your LIP WORDS JANINE HALL

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ave you ever wondered what your lip shape can reveal about your personality? Why not put your feet up and grab a cup of herbal tea as you take a closer look at what your lip shape and our 11 different lip personalities mean. 1. Alluring: Prominent arched peak in heart centre, upturned lip corner – Funny, witty, adorable and loved for your humour. 2. Lavish: Thinner lips on top, wide lips, often straighter – Love the finer things in life, generous, passionate and kind. 3. Tender: Thin-lipped on top and bottom, wider lipped smile – A softly spoken and loyal friend. 4. Timeless: Wide with a slightly fuller bottom lip, upturned corner, thinner top lip – Healthy, positive, a great multitasker and manage people well.

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NATURAL HANGOVER REMEDIES WORDS KIM MORRISON

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and potassium, which are severely depleted during heavy drinking. B-vitamins – Take a high quality B-vitamin before you go to bed and let them work their magic while you sleep. If you forget, take them immediately upon arising. B-vitamins are important in aiding the carbohydrate (alcohol) metabolising process and in dilating blood vessels. B-vitamins will help restore your energy level and help the body to rejuvenate and repair. You will need to take a high-potency B-complex supplement for this remedy to work. Chicken soup – Good ol’ Grandma’s old age-old remedy, chicken soup, not only is it good for the soul, it seems to work well for hangovers. Ginger – Take 500mg of ginger capsules every few hours, or make a ginger tea. This will help soothe your tummy. Make a massage blend – into 5ml of sweet almond oil add one drop each of ginger, peppermint and lavender and gently rub into the stomach region. Lemon – If you are brave enough

ith the celebration season upon us, it is easy to let your hair down, live it up and over-indulge. Ideally we might limit the amounts of rich, sugary, starchy, party foods and alcohol and ensure we have plenty of veggies, good raw foods and water – but let’s face it we’ve worked hard all year, it’s end of year celebration time – and we are bound to over-do it some days. Here are some of the most wellknown natural remedies to get you through the festive season. Apples eaten on an empty stomach the day after drinking can be an effective remedy. Bananas – One of the quickest ways to cure a hangover is to make an almond milk banana smoothie sweetened with a little Manuka honey. The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and rehydrates your system. Bananas are also rich in the important electrolytes, magnesium

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AFTER CHRISTMAS WORDS NARELLE CHENERY

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s a human being you are designed to BE extraordinary. It is in your genetic blueprint to not just survive this human experience, but to truly THRIVE. Consider for a moment how it is that you came to be in this world. You started out as merely two cells, that divided to become four, then eight, then 16, 32, 64 and so on. Then nine months later (give or take a week), you were a living, breathing, thinking, feeling, reacting and adapting perfect human being. Over that period of time, those cells at some point became hair, fingernails, eyeballs, skin, muscle, organ tissue. This intelligence that orchestrated your existence seems incomprehensible. And the innate intelligence that created you, doesn’t cease to exist the moment you are born. It is forever and always abundantly available. If you cut yourself, without conscious control, your body would know to deliver blood, full of plasma to the area, to clog the wound. Over a period of days, it would begin to lay down a perfect matrix of new skin cells

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body’. This confirmed my experiences with clients during a healing. Seeking to fine-tune my intuitive abilities and to sense the cause of a physical or emotional condition that lay hidden within the energy of the physical body, medical intuition was next. This gave me the understanding of the human body that I could comprehend and integrate into healings. At that time, my level of intuition and energy skill had opened even more, so I enrolled to Light-Wave Energy Infusion Therapy; the name says it all. I was opening and closing doors, harnessing energies from the universes, home planet or whatever was needed for the healing of the client to take place. While I was working with the unseen energies of the human body, I also encouraged my clients to take care of their physical body, by seeing a doctor, naturopath, or Chinese herbalist. Without knowing, I designed my fence outside my clinic with a frog, a

plant and an elephant and I feel they guide me towards further study. In 2017, an opportunity to go to Peru to train on Kambo, ‘Frog Medicine’ arose, and next minute I flew from Australia to be there! The 15-day training took place in the dense jungle of the Amazon. I was completely out of my comfort zone (especially after the lessons finished, walking alone, torch in hand, back to my hut in the dark to sleep). Kambo has irrefutably changed my life, giving me inner strength and determination to do whatever I need to do for my growth to continue, understanding the physical body. The reason I call my work ‘Emanating Crystals’ is because I saw the life force as a crystal within the body but it was not brought to life until the person activated their own unique energy signature. Email: crystals@viverico.net

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that interested me – free energy/antigravity research; earth’s ancient history; mind control and consciousness; UFOs and the paranormal, geopolitics, and of course, health research. Fortunately my interests were in line with many readers, and since then we’ve expanded into various countries and languages, as well as into the digital realms.

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Crossings Magazine, a free ‘what’s-on’ for everything alternative in Sydney, and a few years later went on to work at Simply Living Magazine. I did not create NEXUS originally. NEXUS was created in 1987 by a breakaway group from the popular Maggies Farm Magazine. I took NEXUS over in late 1990 and changed its contents to reflect basically the things

Duncan: At the time I took over NEXUS, I was an activist and researcher organising events with many environmental groups, as well as meeting with alternative health and free energy researchers. My research has taken me on adventures to many countries, including Libya in late 1986, where I met and learned that Gaddafi was warning of a coming world government/ cashless global currency, and was forming an opposition to it. My interest in ancient mysteries has taken me to see archaeological wonders on many continents. I’ve had dealings with scores of Intel agents and whistle-blowers, and have seen and learned enough to fill several books. Magazine deadlines are a challenge when there are other projects happening, but the outcome is also very fulfilling, particularly when you receive feedback

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what can people do to be more informed and enhance or maintain their well-being for 2018 and beyond? Duncan: There are so many changes taking place on this planet, but people are continually steered to look at and debate causes, conflicts and issues which invariably are a distraction at best – or at worst, form part of a larger, hidden agenda. If you rely on mainstream TV, newspapers, radio and/or their online news then you are missing lots of what is really going on. The best way to stay informed is to read magazines like NEXUS and use NexusNewsfeed. com, both used all across the world by researchers and writers. Wellbeing is a high priority for my family and staff, and this has inspired the direction of our shop in Maleny. Come in and browse our great range of health products and enjoy your free first session on the crystal Biomat. Both our online shop and our Maleny location offer a range of cutting-edge health products and devices, which we believe in and use. This includes the Blushield range, providing protection from the undesirable electromagnetic fields that now surround us constantly from WiFi, mobile phones and many other sources.

media has changed along with the technology driving it. The advent of Apple computers meant magazine publishing was affordable to more people. Then came the internet and changed it all again. Most people do not want to pay for news in a digital format. Thus most people get their news from social media, primarily Facebook. The problem is that Facebook, Google and YouTube actively censor and restrict what people now see on their feeds, or the results returned when they search on the internet. Many so-called ‘alt news’ sites and services have political or religious agendas, and many others fabricate stories and clips, just for the clicks and the cash it brings (clickbait). Our point of difference is that we search, sort and deliver genuine alternative news, while filtering out celebrity gossip, sport, party politics, and corporate fluff. Seeing the need for access to more centralised and uncensored news and information online led me to the development of NexusNewsfeed.com – a free alternative news and information service which can be viewed on your computer’s browser or your phone/ device via free apps. Simply put, it is already the biggest and best alt news collection and delivery service anywhere on the planet.

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what a roller coaster year. Now in the cycle of twelve, comes the faithful Dog. This is an Earth Dog year and the Dog is ruled by earth element, so it’s double earth. The Dog years are 1922, ’34, ’46, ’58, ’70, ’82, ’94, 2006. The Dog character has the principle qualities of loyalty, faithfulness and unselfishness.

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He/she is active and honest and is appreciated by superiors and those under him/her due to giving priority to the collective interests of everyone. He/she looks to how wrongs can be corrected. Money is important for the family and so he/she will earn to support them, however, he thinks of it as mere ‘paper’. He/she delights in anything to do with the mysterious, the bizarre and the unusual so yearns to investigate these things in life. The Dog’s favourite places are wild and romantic landscapes and the remote regions of the world. He feels equally at home in the wilds of Tibet or Mongolia, the high mountains of the Swiss Alps or the jungles of the Amazon. He is an explorer but also prefers the comforts of peaceful evenings by the fire where it’s far from the business of the everyday world. More than any other animal of the zodiac the Dog is always asking itself, “What am I doing here on earth and what is my purpose in it all?” As a professional, he can be a manager or CEO, where he cares very much about the quality of the work environment. He can be a missionary, lawyer, teacher, priest, nun, nurse, magistrate, judge, doctor, scientist, or researcher. Repeated once every 60 years, the Earth Dog Year is a powerful period in our lives, offering a new interpretation of

the south sector. The fortunate number 8 is in the south east and the fortunate number 9 is in the south. If you have your office, bedroom or main door in one of those sectors it’s a good year. Support it with the fire element colours. The unlucky sector this year is the north in particular where the very difficult number 5 is settling for 12 months. If your front door is here try to avoid using it and go to another doorway to enter until the year is over. Set up some chiming metal tones in the north. Who does well in the year of the Dog? There are four signs that benefit immediately from the year. The Tiger, the Horse, the Dog and especially the Rabbit. The sign that has some difficulties this year (as it’s opposite to the Dog) is the Dragon. Dragons need to look to their home life and to work commitments. So what can we expect from the upcoming year? The Dog is an ethical and idealistic sign, and the year that bears its name will also bring increased social awareness and interest in society’s less powerful members. Any tendencies to take and take will be replaced by a widespread sentiment of generosity and selflessness. Good fortune to many of us.

our human condition – last time was in 1958. Strength of character, education, morality, social life, health and caring for our elders, are all fundamental questions which should be revised and improved during this year. Illumination of mankind will be an important outcome from this year and we will all benefit. Discovery of new truths about ourselves are very possible, especially related to our past on the earth. Since earth rules being solid and dependable and the earth is our home, many new truths will surface about the origins of mankind this year. We can also expect to witness the birth of new ambitious industrial projects, completely remodelling the modes of production and exploitation of energy resources, particularly in the field of solar energy, which has matured enough to become one of the main cheap sources of electricity both in transportation and at home. All initiatives showing their contribution to reducing pollution and improving the quality of life are encouraged and funded by most States, major industrial and financial institutions world-wide. FENG SHUI BEST HOME AREAS This Earth Dog year there are two good areas of your home/office that need supporting. The Chinese Flying Star System indicates the support is in the south east sector of your home and

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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE

Interview with Dr Ross Perry, Bird Specialist

Q: What made you first become interested in working with birds? A: Becoming Australia’s first registered bird specialist in caged and aviary bird health was the culmination of years of study and being in the right place at the right time. I thank my parents for their love of wild birds during my childhood and for letting me have Butch and Billy, my first two pet budgies during those formative years. Upon graduation in 1971, I soon learnt that my ethics were unusual with doing my best to treat birds just as much as dogs and cats, even though they took more time and effort and paid less. I filled a gap that soon expanded.

Q: What changes and transformations do you see in the animals and owners you work with? A: Calming untamed pet birds so that they can be handled and examined without sedation or anaesthesia is a skill that has taken years of practice to refine. Until people have experienced scientific dowsing with me, some are dubious at best, others are curious but sceptical, and many are full of faith and ready to explore what it has to offer. Honest open communication early in the consultation allows me to decide upon my ‘modus operandi’ and be of service. Those that embrace scientific dowsing and invocations generally get ‘extra value’. I enjoy the appreciation I receive when I have extended the quality of life of an animal that would have otherwise been euthanased months or years earlier. Q: What tips would you have for animal owners over the festive season? A: Buy a packet of Washing Soda crystals and store it in an airtight jar. A few crystals make a great emergency emetic should your dog be seen to eat or drink something inappropriate. Prevent your pet accessing pork skin and bones.

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If you have pet birds, keep them locked up and out of reach of children and other pets unless receiving intense supervision. Make sure you have recordings of your birds calling and talking to each other that can be played through loud speakers to help attract your bird back home quickly in the event of it escaping. Refrain from letting your bird(s) access plastic and tinsel Christmas and cage decorations. Give them some fresh branches or twigs of native plants such as Eucalyptus, Melaleuca and Callistemon to chew and some seeding green grasses as well for the smaller species. Q: What projects do you have coming up for 2018? A: We plan to expand the range of holistic products and services we have for both people and pets at ‘Breathe Beauty and Life’, Murwillumbah. I also consult as a bird specialist with Dr Elaine Cebuliak and staff at ‘Animal Wellness’ and will run some talks. I intend to publish my next books and will develop ‘The Mountain of Light Holistic Health Centre for People and Pets’ precincts at Lillian Rocks. www.goldcoastbirdvet.com

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Loving Animals, Loving Divinely WORDS THERESA ELMES

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as the loss of an animal companion hurt so deeply you can’t go through it again? Is grief preventing you from experiencing and sharing divine love? Unconditional love between human and animal companions is an expression of divine love. Not fleeting, changing, emotional pendulum love, but everpresent, calm, soul-to-soul divine love. Around Christmas, stories of Christ and Christ consciousness remind us that through life’s physical and mental turmoil, exist opportunities to rebirth knowledge of eternal divine love; that through journeying periods of intense soul exploration and releasing grief with absolute forgiveness, we can uncover and physically anchor divine love, here on earth, within us. Shutting down the stream divine love often indicates retention of grief, and vice versa. Grief arising from an animal friend’s passing can trigger other unresolved grief to surface. The unconditionality of relationships with animal companions, and the subsequent loss of their physical presence, can plummet you into the depths of your soul, sinking you into a river of grief

which invites you to open to a cleansing of soul, physically and spiritually. From an alchemical perspective, it is the pouring out of all that is no longer needed, which can both uncover the core of you – ever-present and everlasting divine love – and transmute grief into a resurrection of divine love within you. The physical loss of an animal companion is a call to remain present, to stay true to your soul and to divine love. Physical loss is merely physical. Divine love, the unconditional love you shared, is eternal. It is your choice whether you attach your state of mind and emotions to the physical or eternal. You may not recall the fine print of life’s brochure, yet rest assured that everything that occurs is a call to know yourself at your core, and to love each moment and every encounter with divine love. Animals also experience grief. Years ago, I took into care a senior dog whose grief manifested physically. Particular occasions of excessive panting, pronounced swallowing and violent elbow shaking, told of difficulty assimilating departures (as part of life), and of depression. A later diagnosis

of large intestine colitis indicated her inability to release pre-existing grief. A subsequent diagnosis of metastasized spleen cancer shared her story of being unable to stay in life’s sweet spot. A call to divine love, to awaken and anchor it within, affects humans and animals alike. To share it, is to enrich and nourish each other’s souls, in all forms, physical and otherwise. What’s the energy and body of you and your animal companion sharing? Are you experiencing an opportunity to seek assistance in returning to wholeness, to divine love, to once again open to sharing its gifts? info@theresasanimalalchemy.com

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Kate M Foster is a humble leader in the fields of spirituality and personal growth. And it was such a gift to me, to allow myself the time to read the wisdom Kate shared on every page of her beautiful new book. This lady is not only the epitome of kindness, her book is like an amazing self-care meditation. And I am so glad someone has finally devoted a book to honour kindness, vulnerability and getting back to basics. The care and love that has gone into creating this book is immense and you feel so special holding it in your hands with the regal velvet cover and gold edging on the pages. It’s so beautifully written with attention to detail and I thank-you Kate from my heart for birthing this stunning creation into the world for all to receive.

Julie Lewin has so many gifts to share with the world including her medical intuitive insights and teaching people about self-healing. This was my first experience with reading a book via audio book and it allowed me to absorb the information while I was working on my computer. Julie shares her amazing story with clarity and courage and her healing templates shared in this book are very powerful and important for anyone who is a sensitive, empath, healer or is going through their own healing journey. You can learn to cleanse and clear your energy bodies, house/office and car. Julie also shares effective tools to help you rejuvenate your energy, unlock your own intuitive and psychic gifts and read your own body language. Julie has assisted countless others for more than 30 years in a multitude of ways and visit her website to read the life changing stories.

From Cancer to Wellness: the forgotten secrets is a handbook for beating cancer as thousands of people can attest to including Kristine Matheson – now cancer free for 12 years. Dreams can come true. Kristine and Tracie Worth (artist and Reiki Master) have gone retail and will have their grand opening of their ‘Life is a Rainbow Health and Wellness Centre’ on the Gold Coast, Thursday 5pm, 7th December. All are welcome, RSVP due to catering. Organic champagne and nibbles on arrival. ‘From Cancer to Wellness’ and ‘Holistic Wellness Recipes’ will be on sale, together with other holistic books, oracle cards, gifts, and wholefood capsules. Some services will include Reiki, Crystal Healing, Massage, Life and Wellbeing Coaching, Raw Food and Vegan Advice, Intuitive Healing and Readings.

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Holistic bliss dec vol 97  

Australia's premier holistic lifestyle magazine created on the Sunshine Coast