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ver the last few months I have been aware of my heart opening up even wider than before and the energy that emanates has a clearing and connecting affect that really goes beyond words. This type of change can also be quite exhausting at times as it’s about letting the barriers down and also opening up to receive and contribute more to the planet. This has been my personal experience with oneness of late but this topic can mean all sorts of other things and it’s great to share some different perspectives this month from our contributors. It’s okay… our writers are not talking about oneness being ‘one’ centralised system of power, or being carbon copies of each other. Actually many of our writers talk about expressing our uniqueness to heal and
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contents FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Feng Shui Energy for 2013
VANILLA By Vicki Taylor
10 BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL By Jenni Madison
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD By Dr Shala
By Jeannine Stephens
SPIRITUAL AND PSYCHIC ATTACK By Karuna Takow
28-29 RETURN TO SOURCE: JUST OPEN THE BOTTLE! By Jeremy Britton
CREATING INTIMACY By Janet McGeever
AWAKENING TO A SPIRITUAL BIRTH By Katrina Zaslavsky
BUSINESS INTUITION By Angelle Laurence
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THERAPEUTIC ANIMAL MASSAGE By Dr Elaine Cebuliak
PERSONAL STORIES ON ONENESS By Mary Lou Stephens
20-21 GLOBAL ONENESS WITH 12-YEAR-OLD BOY
2013 FORECAST By Richard Giles
HONEY AND BLUEBERRY OMELETTE and TIPS TO GET INTO THE SWING OF 2013 By Sabrina Muller
BREATHING IN THE NEW ENERGY OF 2013 By Sue Joseph COVER STORY CONVERSATIONS ON ONENESS with Gary Douglas
ONENESS THROUGH SELF DISCIPLINE By Raelene Byrnes
CODES AND MATHEMATICS OF ONENESS By Jean Sheehan
38 Paws For Thought
MEET OUR EXPERTS ON PAIN Gosia Kuszewski and Gary Little
12-13 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE By Tim Shaw
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FACILITATION AND FRIENDSHIP By Viv Adcock
CHANGING VIBRATIONS By Theresa Pedersen
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Vanilla By Vicki Taylor, Queen of Spice
anilla is the world’s second most expensive spice and this is purely due to the fact that all vanilla orchids grown outside of Mexico, where it originated, must be hand pollinated for the pods to grow. The bee in Mexico cannot live anywhere else in the world so this makes it another labour intensive spice. Inside the pods, there are thousands of little seeds and the aroma that comes from vanilla is only apparent on drying, you can’t smell anything from the orchid or when the pods are green. Did you know that the largest use for vanilla in the world is vanilla ice-cream? Vanilla is a versatile spice that is also used in commercial products like perfumes, lotions and air fresheners to name a few. I’m not a big fan of the aroma but I adore the vanilla flavour, especially in a good quality ice-cream! How about you? www.redhotchillipepper.com.au
Organics By Adriana Krueger
t is interesting to see how many opinions exist about the health benefits of eating organic foods. According to one study, organic food does not contain more nutrients than conventional produce. The study also suggests that it does not taste much better and is more costly. Another study shows organic food is full of nutrients, rich flavours and its growing method cares more for the environment. Every one of these studies is very convincing and it makes it harder for consumers to form an opinion. But it’s easy to forget the cultivation of organic food is very different from the cultivation of conventional fruit & vegetables. The use of pesticides and chemicals is not permitted. Furthermore, different certifying bodies strictly control the whole process of growing organic food. Therefore it is best to buy certified organic produce. Eating organic food means the consumer is less likely to be exposed
to harmful substances, which would be encountered if consuming conventional food. The application of synthetic pesticides, e.g. hormones or genetic engineering is banned in the cultivation of organic food. Organic food is more expensive because of higher labour costs and greater crop losses – use of chemicals reduces labour involved with tending crops and also prevents losses due to disease or pests! Many consumers are happy to pay more for ‘peace of mind’. They know that certified organic produce is not only free from toxins but the growing practices are environmentally friendly. There is no doubt that the complete absence of chemicals is a HUGE plus! It is not what organic food contains but rather what it does not! This makes a very strong case FOR organics simply on the basis of what we are NOT eating! www.organicfoods.com.au
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hree words: These. Are. Addictive. You have been warned! Now that’s out of the way, these little babies are my answer to any chocolate craving I may have. They kind of remind me of the chocolate munchkins that you can get from dunkin donuts (a childhood fave of mine!). They also make an awesome gift – to yourself :) or someone else! – as they are sweet and hand rolled with love. They go perfectly with your favourite nut milk and I especially enjoy mine served with brazilian nut milk. Cacao superfood truffles are a hit with the kids too and they can have fun helping you roll them. Even though these are way better than processed confectionery, make sure to remind them (and yourself) that they’re a “sometimes” food, that’s what makes a treat… a treat! Enjoy! This recipe makes 15-25 truffles depending on how big your roll them.
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Appliances you will need: Food Processor Ingredients: (I use good local organic produce – if you can, you should too!): • 1 cup almonds (www.veggiewave. com/soaking_chart) • 1 cup cashews (www.veggiewave. com/soaking_chart) • ½ cup hemp seeds • ¾ cup raw cacao powder • ½ cup shredded coconut plus extra for rolling • 1 tbs coconut oil • ½-¾ cup coconut syrup/sugar (depending on how sweet you want them) • 2 tsp vanilla extract After preparing all of the above: Place all ingredients except for the last three in a food processor and mix until the consistency of almond meal (very fine crumbs). Slowly add coconut oil, brown rice syrup, vanilla and good vibes until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and shape into balls by rolling between the palm of your hands. Finish by rolling in shredded coconut and place in the fridge until ready to serve. I freeze most of my batch and only remove two at a time so that I don’t eat them all in one go.
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Coconut is said to be one of the healthiest and most versatile of all oils. very high smoking point and will not turn rancid and oxidize when it is heated.
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ative tropical cultures that thrive on diets rich in coconut attribute their heart health, youthful skin, lustrous hair, dental health, strong immunity, and lean bodies to their beloved tropical trooper. Pure coconut oil makes a natural source of food and body medicine. It is a true gift from Mother Nature that offers remarkable benefits, especially when taken daily. Here’s why: 1. Great to use as a cooking oil Unlike other vegetable, seed and nut oils, including olive oil, coconut oil has a
2. Boosts energy levels Coconut oil is metabolised and converted by the liver directly into energy. In his book, ‘Coconut Cures’, Dr Bruce Fife likens ingesting coconut oil in the body, to putting high-octane fuel in your car. 3. Helps reduce food and sugar cravings People taking coconut oil as a health tonic have noticed increased feelings of satisfaction, and the ability to go without food for longer periods without symptoms of hypoglycemia or sugar cravings. 4. Good for digestion Coconut oil possesses a gastrointestinal antioxidant and antiinflammatory effect. It has natural antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties that detox the body, making it
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Coconut Oil Every Day 7. Good for brain function and memory More than half of the fat in the brain is saturated. Research indicates that taking coconut oil daily, as a healthy saturated fat, can nourish the brain in a way that may help in the prevention of brain related disease. Dr Mary Newport states that coconut oil could potentially be a treatment for Alzheimerâ€™s and memory loss. 8. Makes your skin look and feel beautiful It is ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Its high content of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAâ€™s) makes it easily absorbed by the skin. It prevents stretch marks and lightens existing ones. Its antiseptic elements keep the skin young and healthy and relatively free from infections. Coconut oil can be used both internally and externally for nourishing and repairing the skin.
9. Supports thyroid function and hormone balance Regular consumption of coconut oil restores thyroid function by assisting the hormones transport to the cells.
coconut oil daily. For those who are not used to it, it is best to start out with a lesser amount and see how the body reacts before following the recommended dosage.
10. Useful as a natural sunscreen Coconut oil screens 20% of ultraviolet. The first commercial sunscreens and suntan lotions contained coconut oil as their main ingredient. The effectiveness of coconut oil in protecting you from sunburn will also depend on your diet.
How can you take it? Replace your cooking oils and butter with coconut oil. Mix it in a drink of warm water with lemon juice. It is delicious in green tea, hot cacao and regular tea and coffee. Add it to smoothies, regular and raw food deserts. When I first began my journey into the world of coconut oil I was amazed at the many health benefits and its versatility. Soon after I started using it, my personal health completely transformed. Now I could not, and would not go a day without my beautiful and magical coconut oil.
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By Dr. Shala Kaleka
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hink for a moment of a food from your past, one that makes you feel great after you eat it for no specific reason. Maybe it is macaroni and cheese, slow-simmered tomato sauce, ice cream cones or potato pancakes. Eating comfort foods (every now and then) can be incredibly healing, even though your rational brain might not consider it highly nutritious. Food has the power to impact us on a level deeper than just our physical well-being. What we eat can reconnect us to precious memories, like childhood play times, first dates, holidays, our grandmother’s cooking or our country of ancestry. Our bodies remember foods from the past on an emotional and cellular level. Eating this food connects us to our roots and has ‘youthening’ and nurturing effects that go far beyond the food’s biochemical make-up. Acknowledging what different foods mean to us is an important part of cultivating a good relationship with food. This month when we celebrate lovers and relationships, it’s important to notice that we each have a relationship with food—and that this relationship is often far from loving. Many of us restrict food, attempting to control our weight. We often abuse food, substituting it for emotional wellbeing. Others ignore food, swallowing it whole before we’ve even tasted it. What would your life be like if you treated food and your body as you would treat your beloved – with gentleness, playfulness, communication, honesty, respect and love? The next time you eat your soul food, do so with awareness and without guilt, and enjoy all the healing and nourishment it brings you. www.consciouslivingnow.com.au
Food Focus: Beans
Beans, or legumes, including peas and lentils, are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Beans are found in most traditional cultures as a staple food, offering grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance. They offer a highly usable, highly absorbable source of calcium for the body. A very inexpensive source of high nutrition, beans can be rich, delicious and satisfying. Lack of sexual energy is often due to overtaxed adrenal glands and kidneys. Beans are known for strengthening these organs (ever noticed the shape of a bean?) and can help restore vital energy as well as sexual energy. Beans have a reputation for causing digestive distress, but this is usually because they have been undercooked or improperly prepared. To help reduce gas-forming properties, soak beans overnight prior to cooking, increase cooking time, add spices like bay leaf, oregano or cumin, or add kombu (a sea vegetable) when cooking.
Easy Beans and Greens Prep time: 10 mins. Cooking time: 10 mins. 2-3 servings. Ingredients: 1 can black beans (or pinto, red, kidney – your choice), 1 bunch collard greens (or kale, spinach – your choice), your favorite toppings, such as salsa, avocado or guacamole and sour cream Directions: In a medium saucepan, heat drained beans. Add your favorite seasonings, if desired. Fill a separate medium saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to an u us se a boil. Wash and chop greens (you can use the stems, too) and add to boiling water. Cook for 2-3 minutes until greens are bright green and tender. Drain off water. On a plate, arrange a portion of the greens, top with a portion of the beans and f nish with toppings of your choice.
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he organic/’chemical-free’ agriculture movement has made incredible strides over the past three decades, moving from local farmers markets into the produce aisle of major grocery store chains. As the marketplace has adapted to the influx of organic goods and provided them with a platform for publicity, the amount of research and published articles surrounding the
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ello to 2013 – Wow wow wow wow stuff is what this year is made of - I can feel it and when I am blessed with looking into the eyes of others I can also see it – there is excitement, there is change, there are many new roads, there is passion, there is truth and there is love. It is NOW and it is great to be part of this life. There really is much to do, much to give and loads to show the world – I wonder how this journey will be savoured for us all. I am committed to sharing the love and to start the year I purchased one of the finest blenders to use each and every day, morning and night. I also wanted to make sure the ingredients in the blender will be home grown, organic fruit and vegetables and as much greens as I can get my hands on (that will fit into the most beautiful blender in the world), so I will enjoy my creations. On a piece of land six metres by six metres, with no chemicals and through this heat, I have magically witnessed – watermelons, the most perfect rockmelons, beans and more beans, spinach, basil, parsley, celery, bunches of shallots, chives, red yummy tomatoes, chilli, cucumbers and snow peas grow. Just watching this happen has been a real treat. It’s a wonderful way to feel this
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Conversations on Q: Can you tell us what oneness is? Gary – Oneness includes everything and judges nothing. People talk a lot about oneness and consciousness and they do it from the point of view that it’s something you should choose, something you are and something that you should be. However people often don’t mention that judgement is actually the killer of oneness.
Q: How did you come to the awareness of what oneness is? Gary – There are so many definitions of oneness. I just suddenly realised one day that as long as you have judgement you couldn’t have total awareness and total consciousness. I had this realisation that anytime I did anything that was from a judgement or a conclusion that I had about how it should turn out, or even why I was doing it, it created a crank in my universe that diminished some part of my life. And I became aware that when I wasn’t judging anything, the possibilities would become greater.
Q: What makes you say there are so many def nitions of oneness? Gary – People are always trying to judge and look for the answer. It’s normal, it’s the way we’re taught by society and this reality. I’m always looking for the questions. I’m always looking to expand what I see, what I experience and what is possible in the world and I do it from always being in the question of “where is this going and what is this going to create? “ If you look 16
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Q: Do you have a couple of tools to help people come out of judgement? Gary – In order to judge anything you have to have been there and done it. So, every time you have a judgement, say “ok, everywhere I was or did that, I destroy and uncreate it.” You destroy and uncreate the point of creation and the point of destruction of what creates this place where you think it has to be a certain way. You can find out more about the Access Clearing Statement at www. theclearingstatement.com That which makes you feel light is always true and that which makes you feel heavy is always a lie. Take a look at what you are calling a judgment. For example “This person is really mean.” It may be an awareness of a negativity that actually makes you feel light. Look at everything not from the point of view of – that which is negative is a judgement and that which is positive is not. Instead, ask questions. Is this positive? Is this negative? What is this? Is it really a judgment or is it an awareness?
Q: Are oneness and consciousness the same thing? Gary – Oneness and consciousness are the same thing. You can’t have oneness without consciousness and you can’t have consciousness without oneness. They go hand in hand.
Q: Is oneness something you can have while living a normal life or is it something we are supposed to work at until we become enlightened? Gary – If you include oneness and consciousness in everything in your life, your life becomes easier. You get away from the trauma, drama and the upset and you go into the place where you are in question, which gives you a different possibility and a different choice every day. It’s not a place you get to; it’s a space you be in the world. It’s the space of you as an infinite being, where you are totally you and have no judgment of anything or anyone.
Q: What else does oneness contribute to people’s lives, bodies and the planet? What is the target? Gary – Oneness and consciousness will allow us to have a sustainable planet. Half of the recycling we do is based on judgment, not choice. It’s done from necessity, not possibility. We eliminate a whole lot of things that we could be doing when we don’t function from consciousness. When you function from consciousness you see what your choice
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Q: Could you give an example of how people can experience oneness? Gary – When you go out in nature where there are not a lot of people around, you have a sense of belonging. You have a sense of you being included in everything and there’s no exclusion available. Nature provides oneness and consciousness. This is the space of you.
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s we all settle into the potential of a new year, a new cycle of evolution, a new way of being, there are a few things we are required to embrace as we grow and move forward with great awareness and excitement of who we are and what we can create. There is a universal call to oneness, a deep yearning that is rising within us all, a feeling to be more whole, complete and real, a sense that we can only be who we truly are. The separation of aspects of self through the many disguises we wear is becoming more challenging to manage as this deep call to oneness is rising. The separation we live and see in ourselves, is directly reflected through the world at large. Once we own all of who we truly are to feel whole in our own life and inner world, only then will we see it happening in the greater world around us. As with all things there has to be a place to start. Self-responsibility will be the director, the architect, the author, the band leader for this year ahead. The more we engage in judgement, blame
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he subject of ONENESS is one of my favorite subjects to share and connect with as this is how I see the world through my ‘absolute’ vision. I see each person as one through patterns and mathematical codes and one heart beat. Each being on earth and the universe has a gift of potentiality and is connected to everything and separate from nothing. As a small child I would look at people and see them as the same and sometimes could not decipher how old they were as I would see them as one energy and form. I could ‘hear’ their omnipresent heartbeat humming making them all one. I would see the same for animals, plants and life in general. The only vision I had and still have is we are one. There is a mathematical code and patterns within each person and physical matter which equals neutral or what is called zero one point. This is the oneness. I relate this to my Medical Intuitive insight by saying there is a heartbeat to
everything including the planets, universe/s and each thing on earth. This mathematical code and patterns have been taught in many ancient civilizations including the Mayans, ancient Egypt, Atlantis and Lemuria. Certain patterns including Platonic solids, Flower of Life and more are a mathematical code to oneness. The oneness is the self realisation we are all one being and that there is no separation, including no separation of time or space. When we remember we are one heart beat of absolute love we can create the future and ourselves knowing we are pure potentiality and live a life of abundance and joy in everything we are. When I worked in pathology and autopsies and examined matter using a microscope each physical thing has a moving vibration and with that a specific heart beat. Further investigation according to quantum physics and mechanics showed this had a specific sound just like the human heart beat. The
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own homes and change our lifestyles. “We can reduce carbon emissions, reduce showers, turn lights off, ride our bikes more and don’t buy water in plastic bottles. Then when you’re ready, make the next step and connect with the community and tell more people about what you’re doing, but it starts with yourself,” he said. “To make a big shift we need to have all generations uniting, young kids and old grandmas and grandpas, there needs to be people of all ages that are coming together.” “People think sustainability is just about solar panels and wind mills but sustainability is about the way you relate to your life and the way you relate to the earth. We have lost the sacred connection to the earth that we once had and we need to reconnect again.” Xiuhtezcatl mentioned we also need to work on the beliefs and the
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Xiuhtezcatl’s thoughts about oneness: “We need to drop the thinking that one group is better than the other and one group has had more success and let go of segregating and putting limits on other people. We are all connected to not just the earth but to each other. We’ve
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t was Summer Solstice and the end of the Mayan Calendar, 21 Dec 2012. The golden flames of the Havan danced in the twilight, shedding a soft light over the 30 faces gathered around the fire. (Havans are ancient Vedic fire ceremonies for the purification and transformation of both individuals and the environment). The sound of our voices chanting in unison mingled with the birdsong in the fading light. â€˜Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavantuâ€™ we chanted under the open sky. Each recitation was followed by the word Swaha (which translates as â€˜so be itâ€™) and those closest to the sacred fire gently offered aromatic spiced herbs to the flames and others extended a hand from the heart to the fire sincerely as I offered ghee to the flames. Terry counted each of the 108 beads of the mala as we continued the
chanting, all the while holding in our hearts the meaning of this ancient and profound mantra, â€œMay all Beings be Happyâ€? and within this, â€œmay my thoughts words and actions, add to the happiness of all beingsâ€?. As the last round of chanting subsided, we all fell into a deep and peaceful stillness where we each communed in our own silent space. Sadly the shared goal of humanity â€˜to be happyâ€™ seems wrought with confusion. Still the fear wants to cling to the doubting mind, a cancer that prevents self love, trust and happiness. Anxiety, disillusionment and depression have become epidemic in society. It seems only when we are truly squeezed or challenged by life do we realise that the old ways of fear, control and the denying of our unique essence are not working. There is no â€œone-size fits allâ€?.
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he Chinese New Year, 4th February heralds Feng Shui energy changes, for every home. What an opportune moment to ‘open new doors’ and allow in your intentions/visions. Consider an energy invocation blessing to support your heart’s desires. Feel it in your heart. Set your invocation in line with your heart’s desired new expression, to align with the energy of the ‘heart’ of your home. Light a candle, write out your intentions; read it aloud, feel it, breathe it and infuse it throughout your home, smudging with Sage or Myrrh and Frankincense resins, ring a Tibetan bell / singing bowl, or spray with essential oils. Make sure there is no clutter in the centre of your home especially! The Feng Shui energy moving into all home centres this year, is a strong earth element energy. The impact will be felt differently, for each house- innate energies are different. However, it is best harmonised by the ‘sound of moving metal’, in the form of a chiming clock, brass gourd (calabash), piano music, a singing bowl or bell. Add your choice of these to the centre of your home and re-locate any bright red coloured objects or rugs from this area for the year. www.fengshuipower.com.au Workshops and consultation inquiries welcome. Mobile: 0488665822
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My lifestyle changes were made primarily for health reasons: a heart attack at the age of 33 is not recommended, but it did help me to reevaluate my choices. First I gave up meat and dairy; anything that may clog my arteries and
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Back to Source:
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showed me a vision of my drinking water bottle being thrown into the ocean. Even though my bottle was a single litre and the ocean was trillions of megalitres, I understood that the level of the ocean had just been raised, all around the world, by a fraction of a millimetre. By the bottle dropping into the ocean, I also understood that the temperature of the ocean had been raised, all around the world, by a fraction of a degree. However small the effect, whenever someone or something is at cause, there is always an effect. It became apparent in my vision that the water in the bottle represented my spirit in my body. I was floating in a sea of consciousness. I was minutely affecting the ocean and it was greatly affecting me. The next step was the scary part. Source asked me to open the bottle and let the waters mix freely.
Letting go of ego and identity, opening the bottle, allowed my spirit water to mix with Source consciousness. My soul was connected to all things and all things were connected to me. It was everything I imagined and indescribably more. Jesus said “I am in the (Universe) Father and the (Universe) Father is in me”, Quantum physics tells us that we are all connected in Universal Field; this may be correct, however it is like someone telling you about sex. No amount of talking can prepare you for the feeling. After my moment of Oneness with Source, I replaced the lid back onto the bottle, and became one with my body again. As you may expect, the water in both the ocean and the bottle had changed slightly, and the spirit in the Universe and
the spirit in my body had changed also. Already a vegetarian for health reasons, I became a lover of animals and nature. I stopped killing anything that lived. I felt compassion for all living things, even those who disagreed with my choices. Experiencing Oneness was easy: all I had to do was to momentarily let go of fear, let go of ego and allow myself to be what I always am: One with Source. Try it for yourself, and know that, if you are not happy, you can always have your fear and ego right back again! Jeremy Britton is an holistic wealth coach for enlightened business owners. Entrepreneur, capitalist and author of several books, Jeremy is also a committed sunrise meditator who aims for “wealth in all areas”. Find him on Facebook.
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From Pain to Gain: The Role Emotions Play in Recovery!
eczema and lots of pain in her body. All of her symptoms started to appear when her father died of cancer. She is eating very well, taking great supplements, yet nothing relieves the symptoms. Dealing with her anger, fear and other emotions completely resolved her issues” “I see many patients in a similar scenario; they go from doctor to specialist, trying many alternative modalities and accumulating supplements in the pantry, spending money looking for solutions, but not really looking into their emotional state. As a result, their symptoms remain,” Gosia says. Gosia continues to teach her patients that healthy, unprocessed, raw foods are essential, as is avoiding processed foods and excessive consumption of sugar and animal products. We cannot ignore, however, that emotional stress leads to cortisol and adrenaline secretion, making our bodies acidic and inflamed. Both cortisol and adrenaline increase our blood sugar leading to cravings, anxiety, headaches and muscle pain. ‘Although we hear a lot about the benefits of an alkaline diet, we tend to forget that negative emotions such as
or 15 years Gosia Kuszewski has practised naturopathy, discovering new and better ways to help people detoxify the body, lose weight and improve overall health. While Gosia has always believed in the mind-body connection, her training in nutrition and herbal medicine has been heavily concentrated on treating the physical body. In recent years however, Gosia has learnt that the way we think and feel plays a significant role in our health. Gosia was compelled to investigate the power of emotions on physical health after treating a number of patients whose symptoms persisted, even after many treatments, supplements and the purest of diets. In her search for answers, Gosia discovered the book, Shattering the Pain Myth by Gary Little, which she believes is the most clear and easy to understand resource on the subject. The book simply explains how suppressed emotions create stress in our muscles, leading to blockages and oxygen deprivation, resulting in pain and disease. Gosia explains, “Recently I had a patient who had severe migraines,
guilt, frustration and anger, make our bodies more acidic than anything we eat or drink,’ Gosia adds. Here are a few powerful examples of the effects of emotions on the body’s chemicals and physical health: • Dopamine (for neuron communication) is lowered by the lack of joy; • Norepinepherine (essential for brain function) is depleted by fear and/ or rage; • Endorphins (reduce perception of pain) are lowered by love deprivation; • Serotonin (happy hormone) is lowered by fear, anxiety and powerlessness. (by Dr Michael Lincoln PHD in “Messages from the body”) Gosia is now determined to educate patients about the effects of their emotional well-being on the physical body, and has joined with Gary Little, author of Shattering the Pain Myth, to offer consultations that empower people to treat the true cause of their pain and illness. You can find out more about Gosia and Gary’s work by visiting www.detoxhouse.com.au and www.empoweredfrompain.com
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Creating Intimacy By Janet McGeever
n the last issue I wrote about how to create a more fulfilling sexual relationship and how the way we approach lovemaking can have a huge influence on the relationship. I said that we have adopted a ‘more male approach to sex’ and I want to clarify this more. Generally, due to the nature of the polar opposite differences between male and female bodies, a man’s body, generally speaking, is in a state of sexual readiness – and a woman’s takes a little longer to warm up – women’s genital anatomy is internal, and obviously a man’s is external. You can say that a man is like fireworks – starts quickly and goes off with a bang and a woman is like a pot on the boil – generally, she takes a longer time to warm up but once she’s warm, she can stay like that for longer! When I refer to a ‘male approach’, what I mean is that women, over time
have been going along with the faster, finishing off with a bang style sex, which is fun while it lasts, good for procreating the species and also handy when time is short and the kids are demanding…but how many women have you found in long term relationships, who actually are happy with this? In all the talks I give with women and in our workshops, every woman puts her hand up when I ask if she can relate. And this is not all about men making sure that they are satisfying the women! No! Men find that once they adopt a more relaxed style of making love, that allows a woman to really open up into her deeper divine feminine self, that they want nothing less. And once a woman taps into that part of her, her man is showered beyond his dreams with her softness, her shining love and her heart. She becomes less emotional and needy. One woman recently said it was like ‘I was unfolding,
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Awakening to a
Spiritual Birth By Katrina Zaslavsky
e live in an era where normal physiological birth is rarely seen, let alone spiritual birth. Yet the blossoming of pregnancy and childbirth is the perfect initiation to spirituality, opening a doorway for awakening conscious awareness of ourselves, our bodies and our babies. Birth forces us to face innermost fears and emerge stronger, likened to practices used for spiritual growth. Many cultures consider birth sacred, honoured with rituals, ceremonies and songs for spiritual protection and easy birth. Meanwhile modern western culture treats birth as physical only and the woman as a mere incubating vessel, perpetuating the myth of mind separate from body. The culture of fear, inadequate preparation and support for the depth of transformation that occurs, leads women to accept that birth is the price we pay and causes many women to leave their body to the experts. Yet giving our power away is probably the biggest mistake of all.
With conscious preparation of mind body and spirit, birth can be profoundly moving and empowering. We discover birth is not to be feared, numbed or endured but a powerful journey of self discovery to be fully experienced. How far a woman engages with this inner journey lies with her, although much depends on the kind of support available to her during this time. Many of our challenges, traumas or joys are formed from our experiences of love, compassion, kindness – or lack thereof. In this transformation of self, kind and loving support through the process makes all the difference. At its essence, the spirituality of birth is LOVE. A birthing woman in her power (empowered and supported by love and kindness) is a sight to behold. She emanates spiritual strength, working together with the conscious being within to bring about a safe and gentle entry into the world. Those fortunate to have witnessed or experienced such a birth will agree that something ‘other worldly’ was occurring.
In my new book, everyday mothers explore birth as a positive and spiritual experience: “Birth was an experience where my spirit, mind and body became one and I became the birthing goddess I was meant to be.” Some felt a strong connection with all women who have birthed including their own mother and with the primitive aspect of themselves repeated over time. How would it change our experience and society if we introduced a new spiritual model of care with gentle birthing spaces as the norm and women treated with dignity, loving kindness and respect? Now is the time to raise our consciousness and the next generation in pure love! Katrina Zaslavsky is the author of A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth and empowers women to discover their inner birth goddess. www.birthgoddess.com.au www.facebook.com/InspiringBirthStories
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Business Intuition By Angelle Laurence
aving coached hundreds of highly successful people, I can tell you the secrets between ordinary and extraordinary people. Creating astounding results doesn’t just happen by chance or by wishing alone. That’s the best part. We can create it. A skill, which is critical, is the beautiful but much maligned and misunderstood, legacy of New Age speak, intuition. Intuition is often considered a whimsical soft skill because it can be an elusive, hard to measure ability, giving it no real business credibility. If we want to be taken seriously in the business world, we don’t proudly say we are relying on it for our key decisions. However, regardless of what we call it, well-developed intuitive skills make the difference to how people are creating magnificence in their business and their lives. In fact, I have helped hundreds of
these people trust and hone this skill, consciously focusing on one significant difference. Not once did I use the term intuition to describe how they were making the right decision, acting with perfect timing, connecting with the best person or solving the seemingly impossible problem. I gave it a new name, and with that, left the prejudices of the old behind. I call it super-logic and with this new word I created a new meaning that freed my clients to be able to comfortably practise this winning talent in everyday mainstream business. It begins with deciding to be open to new possibilities and knowing where and how to focus your energy so it really counts. Super-logic combines both the measurable and un-measurable with the seen and the unseen. It combines our logical and analytical abilities with our inner wisdom and knowing. It uses both sides of our brain, the left and the right hemispheres. By drawing from both we can develop more of our
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Hearing Matt’s beautiful music threaded with didgeridoo, f ute, guitar, vocals, keyboard and saxophone – the most soothing collection – is so destined to unwind, strengthen and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Matt James, a long-term performer at Eumundi Markets and Australia Zoo, (previously Soul Prism and Tribal Trance) is renowned for his talent as multiinstrumentalist musician. Having produced four solo albums, ‘Rejuvenation’ his latest release, is an album held close to his heart. Co-written and produced by his wife Lauren James (previous Crown Casino resident musician and yoga instructor), Rejuvenation is an album with a purposeful musical intent that celebrates the journey of life through love, challenge and triumph. With a generous running time of sixty two minutes, Rejuvenation is an album perfect for yoga, massage, spa and relaxation.
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Q: Benji, sources tell me you are quite the adventurous dog, can you tell me a little more about your scooter expeditions? A: We live close to the beach and my owner has a specially designed seat for me to ride with them. I ride in the back and I just love the wind blowing through my ears, I feel so free. It is a different kind of experience compared to going for a walk. I have a whole new perspective of life and nature. It gives me the bigger picture of life and how everyone and everything is interconnected.
This month, Australia’s Pupcake Queen, Tanya Arnold gains insight from Benji, a Maltese cross who is committed to being at one with life. Q: Benji, you mentioned that this experience has changed your perspective, can you elaborate further on this for me? A: When I’m walking, I’m so focussed on the next smell and protecting myself in my surroundings. When I’m in the scooter, I feel more confident and experience things I wouldn’t normally if I was on all four paws. I can smell the sea, hear the waves crashing against the sand and see the birds flying and dancing in the air. Because I am a smaller dog, when I’m on the ground, the larger dogs can be very intimidating. But when I’m in the scooter, I’m on their level and can really appreciate the gentle giants they really are. Q: Benji, I have to be honest, a dog in a scooter is quite a rare thing to be seen, how do other dogs react to your set of wheels? A: I receive all sorts of reactions. Sometimes I’ll get looks of jealousy and
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to the brain that improve equilibrium of the autonomic nervous system. Balance between the activity of the two subsystems of the ANS – the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (calming) nervous systems – improves blood flow throughout the body and reduces inflammation, muscle tension, spinal cord sensitisation and pain. Another little-known benefit of massage is improved digestion – one of the most important functions of the human or animal body. Research indicates the vagal stimulation from massage is significantly beneficial to premature infants. It has been shown to positively impact digestive function by improving gastric motility, decreasing gut permeability (‘leaky gut’), increasing availability of nutrients from food, regulating blood insulin levels, and promoting weight gain and growth rate. Similarly, massage can improve the outlook for puppies and kittens suffering from failure to thrive after birth. Massage also has the potential to help older pets with digestive problems and conditions. Weight loss is another are where massage can assist pets. Studies of obese
herapeutic massage is more than “patting your pet!” Massage can be exceptionally useful for calming pets, and for pets with behaviour problems. It is a useful tool for the examination process, and helps veterinary consultations to be much more relaxed for both the vet and the pet. Therapeutic massage can be an integral part of rehabilitating an animal following cruciate, spinal, abdominal or any orthopaedic surgical procedure; injury; illness; or stroke. Massage has great therapeutic benefits for allergic skin disease, immune system dysfunction and geriatric arthritis. Veterinary staff and pet owners have found that with remedial massage, pets obtain relief from pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and hip dysplasia, joint pain, muscle cramps or stiffness, skin problems, digestive problems, and spinal problems. Massage stimulates circulation and increases lymph flow. Deep tissue pressure massage of the skin which reaches subcutaneous tissue and myofascia (the fibrous tissue that encloses and separates layers of muscle) stimulates vagal nerve endings. These send signals
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The Astrology of 2013 ~ Year of the Feminine By Ri Rich Richard ch hard G Giles iles es
he symbology of the year number 2013 is interesting to look at as the year contains the number 13. This is the number of lunar months in a calendar year and represents a softening of our attitudes to the world as it’s a more Yin feminine component of the year. In Chinese it’s the Year of the Water Snake which is a Yin, emotional year beginning February 10th. Forces that drive events on our planet, are setting the scene for major transformations and 2013 will help it move further forward. Two of the outer planets, Uranus and Pluto, go through a cycle of connection and disconnection traceable throughout history. It’s a part of a long term cycle that runs through world affairs every 110/135 years and in the mid 1960s was in Virgo. We are now in a waning square of Uranus/ Pluto until 2015/16 which will see an ongoing period of radical reform, social consciousness change and science breakthroughs that will transform our world. This is marked by rapid shifts in opinion and in democracies.
Saturn in Scorpio 2012-2015: The planet of structures moved into the deep and intense Scorpion of the zodiac in October 2012. It’s likely to bring much sense and responsibility into financial affairs and the reform of corporate systems will be likely. Under Scorpio there is intense commitment to your tasks, so expect serious business around taxes, insurance, and corporate affairs. There will also be a much better understanding of death and dying moving into place. Saturn remains there until September 2015. The Great Grand Trine of 2013: From June to July this year we experience the line-up of three big planets in the three water signs. We have Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio from 26th June 2013. Put the three together and we get a grand trine of pleasant and harmonious sensitivity energies. From July 1st - 13th we get the three forming the trine in water signs then Mars goes into Cancer on the 13th and there are
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