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Food for the Soul 06 Coconutty and Lemon Bliss Balls NILLA TOMKINS
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always had this preconception that because I am chef and know how to cook, I must know how to eat. Well, yes and no. Yes, I do love cooking delicious and beautiful meals but do I always choose them? No. The usual excuses come into play here. Not enough time to cook, can’t be bothered cooking or just plain sick of the sight of food and deciding what to cook for dinner. So what do you do when you are not eating well and don’t know where to start? Everyone has their definitions of eating well. For some it’s a calorie controlled meal plan, for others it’s a vegetarian diet, other’s it paleo. At the heart of eating well for me is choosing certain non-negotiable items: • Choose seasonal fruit and vegetables – buying seasonal and local means that not only are you getting the best version of your produce, you are also buying at the best value.
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n clinic we frequently hear the words, “I am so tired all the time, I am moody, foggy and I am so unmotivated!”. It is no wonder that almost all of these clients also say they have poor libido. It seems that the causes of low libido is multidimensional. The most important areas are hormonal balance, emotional triggers, nutrient deficiency and social factors. Let’s explore some of these contributing factors. Hormonal imbalance. The balance between testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone changes over your life. A paper published by a team of researchers at the University of California found that two hormonal signals in the body had opposite effects on sexual motivation. Oestrogen had a positive effect and progesterone had a negative effect. Interestingly, pre-conception your oestrogen is highest and postconception your progesterone is highest. So the work of oestrogen increasing libido works in favour of conception. This part of the cycle is when most clients say they feel the most motivated and mentally clear. So what does this mean if your days of ovulation are over? Let’s move over to testosterone. This hormone affects libido of all adults, male and female. Most people are
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aware that testosterone is important but usually only associated with male health. At around the age of 40, testosterone and another hormone DHEA start to decrease. A reduction in these hormones can cause reduced motivation, energy, libido and an increased chance of developing depression, gaining weight and reduced muscle mass. Lack of adequate sleep and increased stress. It is well documented that the stress hormone, cortisol, can lead to decreased testosterone. So the more stressed you are the less testosterone you will have. We too often understand the implications of stress on our overall health. It is important to take a step back and analyse the stressors in your life and adjust what is easily in your control. Perhaps sleeping is something that you can adjust? Maybe you’re staying up too late at night watching television or on the internet? This decreases your melatonin and encourages higher cortisol levels. I always recommend trying to get between 7 and 8 hours sleep, some need much more than this. Nutrient deficiencies. Many know that oysters are touted as being an aphrodisiac. Why is that? Oysters are really high in zinc and amino acids such as tyrosine. Tyrosine is key to the production of dopamine,
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4 PROBIOTIC MYTHS WE NEED TO WORDS JOEL GRACE, Owner, Sunshine Colonics Health & Wellness Centre
ost of us know that good bacteria are essential for a healthy digestive system. So many of my clients ask, “what’s a good probiotic supplement?” Go into any health food store or pharmacy and there are many probiotic supplement options available, not counting the hundreds and hundreds of different varieties you can get online or from your health practitioner. They all claim to do something for your health – but have you just been sucked in by marketing dollars? If you’ve seen an ad for your probiotic on TV, I’d suggest there could be a more effective supplement out there for you. Here’s a few myths about probiotics that we should know: Myth #1 – You can’t use probiotics during an antibiotic treatment If you’re taking antibiotics, this is the exact time YOU NEED TO be taking probiotics! People used to think that antibiotics would kill probiotics if taken together, so there was no use taking the two at the same time. However taking
probiotics concurrently with antibiotics is actually quite important. Probiotics can reduce antibiotic side-effects such as diarrhoea, and can also soften the damaging effect antibiotics have on your digestive system in general. Myth #2 – It’s best to take probiotics on an empty stomach It’s a pretty tough journey from your mouth to your colon. And many probiotics don’t survive the trip through the stomach’s gastric juices, past the length of the small intestine to their eventual home in your large intestine. Our stomach acid is meant to be the first line of defense in killing pathogens, so it’s little wonder that good bacteria routinely come off second-best. It has been shown that taking probiotics with food is more beneficial – not on an empty stomach – as this reduces the full strength of our stomach acid on these helpful bacteria. Myth #3 – Probiotic supplements are better than probiotic foods Why not do both? Fermented foods are hugely beneficial to our gut, and it’s great to eat a variety of them every
forget day. Things like tempeh, kombucha, miso, yoghurt, sauerkraut and kefir are full of beneficial microbes. Did you know that even as little as a tenth of a gram of sauerkraut can contain a therapeutic dose of probiotics? I definitely recommend taking a daily probiotic supplement while still eating the fermented foods that are so good for you. Myth #4 – Probiotics permanently remain in the gut If only life were that easy! It’s been proven that lactobacillus and bifidobacteria strains, when taken orally, cannot permanently colonise the digestive tract. To take advantage of their benefits, we have to ingest them on a regular basis, not just a once-off. One round of probiotics may be beneficial but is not a “lifetime fix” because of their transient nature. So if you have IBS or any other gut disorder, probiotic supplements really need to be a part of your life going forward – in addition to helpful fermented foods. sunshinecolonics.com.au
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ll you need is love. Never truer words have been spoken and perhaps John Lennon was before his time with his message. Perhaps the world wasn’t quite ready for the notion that lovemaking from a space of true connection and authenticity could actually bring humanity to a place of peace, harmony and love. Never before have I been touched so deeply by writing a cover story. Through the process of interviewing and writing this article, I became acutely aware of just how much disconnection so many of us have in the area of sexuality, intimacy and relationships. Through this process, I gained deeper awareness not only around my own relationships, but also, I began to fully appreciate how our deepest connections, with ourselves and our partners, permeates to our families and communities. What if the peace on earth that humanity yearns for actually starts with intimacy with ourselves and our partners? The irony is that our natural capacity for this connection exists within us, we just need to remember. The very first thing that I noticed when in the presence of Janet McGeever is her softness and her authenticity. Here is a woman who shows up with a vulnerability and an openness that invites us all to greater possibilities. And at the same time, I was also aware that this woman is no pushover. I recall seeing Janet grace the TEDx stage in Noosa in 2013 and even then, I was aware that she had a presence about her; she didn’t need to do anything to prove her strength. You are just aware of her power. Janet’s strength is simply in her presence and her authenticity. People often arrive at their life’s work through either their own curiosity or through their own pain. For Janet, it was both. By the time she was in her forties, she was feeling as though her body just didn’t work anymore in a sexual sense and was left feeling broken. She thought that something was innately wrong
with her body and as she embarked on what she calls her pathological search for what that was, Janet tried many modalities from emotional processing to hormone therapies, to natural remedies, desperately wanting to address and heal her “lack of libido”. What she discovered on that journey was that it was simply her lack of understanding about how her female body intrinsically worked and how a man’s body worked that had left her bereft of hope. Synchronistically, she came across the work of Diana Richardson, founder of “The Making Love Retreat” and through her dedication to her own healing Janet and her now partner Gene began to experience the deep, inner aspects of lovemaking. After years of living and experiencing these principles and through their own growth, Janet and Gene are now honoured to be two of just a handful of teachers around the world, to whom Diana Richardson has entrusted to teach and share her sacred work. “Conventional lovemaking is fast, hot and steamy, which can be exhilarating, however there’s way more to our bodies and to intimacy than many of us have acknowledged. We live just a fraction of the potential that is available to us
COUPLES REDISCOVER A TENDERNESS THAT LEADS THEM OFTEN TO A MUCH DEEPER CONNECTION THAN PREVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED WITH THEIR PARTNERS. THEY BEGIN TO FIND HOPE, THEY SMILE AT EACH OTHER AGAIN…
through our bodies, with the focus being either procreation or pleasure; yet we have been given so much more potential to expand with love, to connect and to transform in the experience rather than just being focused on the goal of orgasm,” Janet said. She explained that over the years, women have set out on a mission for sexual freedom and that was done in a very masculine way. By her very nature, Janet invites women to a softness and femininity towards sexual empowerment, which in turn becomes an invitation for men to meet their woman in a space where masculine and feminine energy complement each other to create deep connections without the need to force, prove or defend their sexuality in any way. “The feminine is a force, but it is not forceful,” said Janet. Many couples come to The Making Love Retreat feeling lost and hopeless in their lovemaking and relationship. Some have just started new relationships and want to keep their connection alive, without falling into the pitfalls of past relationships. Over time, judgment of each other and disconnection can begin to close the door to their love. Through the work that couples do with Janet and Gene, that door begins to reopen. Couples rediscover a tenderness that leads them often to a much deeper connection than previously experienced with their partners. They begin to find hope, they smile at each other again, and feel empowered by the tools to create more harmony and love between them. Women’s sexuality has been considered a mystery to both men and women throughout the ages and via her writings, her workshops and teachings, Janet aims to bring some light to many of the myths surrounding women’s sexuality. One of the biggest myths around women and sexuality is that women are frigid. The word itself sounds cold, a far cry from the nurturing, loving, feminine softness that is possible for women. “Women live through their
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bodies. They menstruate, they create life, and they give birth. Women’s bodies are the source of life. When people begin to understand how the female system works, they can open to it and work in unison with the natural flow of energy. Women are not dissimilar to a tight rose bud. With the right light, warmth and environment, the rose bud will open. Nothing needs to be done for it to open and blossom, it’s an organic system within nature,” she said. Somewhere deep inside all women is a knowing that this natural flow exists within them and the yearning for it without a means to express it, can create disconnection and confusion. Janet shared another of the great myths of the female body is that the clitoris is seen as the centre of female sexuality. “Too much focus on the clitoris for short-term pleasure, means that a woman’s awareness is on the outside of the vagina, the source of her deeper feminine receptivity. This can have a disturbing effect on the female system and her emotions. The breasts are key to enlivening her body, thus creating an overflow to the vagina. This can awaken her natural feminine qualities,” she said. And she also mentioned that the goal
of orgasm and the focus on the clitoris becomes less important as a woman connects with and experiences her body on a deeper level. “We observe women become so much more feminine and men more masculine when they come to our retreats.” Janet and Gene teach the true art of Slow Sex, a term that has sometimes been misrepresented in the field of sexual teachings. Slow Sex means so much more than just taking it slow. It refers to the slowing down and connection to ourselves, of first being conscious and then one automatically goes slow, allowing for connection on a deeper energetic level. Janet said that finding more bliss and intimacy for couples requires an holistic approach and she shared some of her tips for couples who are seeking deeper connection. Create the environment for intimacy Take the time to create a relaxed space and to connect with yourself first before connecting with your partner. Relaxation is key. Keep the lines of communication open If men and women are to be touched at a deeper level in sex, a meaningful
connection first, through a respectful, mutual sharing of feelings is important. Clear your emotions around intimacy Craving deeper connection and feeling lonely is a clear sign that there may be emotional issues that are creating an obstacle to love. Focus less on orgasm and more on sensitivity Move from goal orientated lovemaking to present moment mindfulness. Love and ecstatic states are amplified through sensitivity. Cultivate awareness of our masculine and feminine magnetic field Men and women are equal and opposite forces. Male flows and female receives and the field between them becomes amplified by pure body awareness. Janet has an important message for you around sex and intimacy and that is to trust the intelligence of your body. Your body knows how to make love. Women give up their own body truths and their integrity to please. It’s time for that to change, with open hearts. Be willing to drop, work with and soften the layers that impede the flow of love. Love is the most powerful healing force. janetmcgeever.com Holistic Bliss | FEBRUARY 2016 |
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WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education
here is nothing more intimate than knowing yourself. I have always seen it as ‘IN – 2 – ME – EYE – SEE’. If I really see in me and all my goodness and greatness, then life does not have drama and there is a sense of confidence and completeness. There are particular body parts that talk intimacy. The pituitary gland shows insight and being able to access consciousness at any stage to see what is the bigger picture. When we know who we are and remember what we are capable of, the pituitary gland will release serotonin, our natural ‘happy drug’, and the person or animal will have a true sense of intimacy as they know what they can create and achieve. The heart body consciousness is about awareness, love of self and love of others. If you love others and yourself, you will have a true understanding about your natural gifts, likes, dislikes and you will recognise you. Knowing others is really knowing yourself as in quantum physics and Medical Intuition we are all one, especially when seen under a microscope. As you become familiar
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WORDS KEAN AND KATH BUCKLEY
hen I googled intimacy, I found marriage as the top search and sexual intimacy the gold. I read that an emotionally secure woman will happily engage in sexual intimacy if her needs are met. A woman who isn’t emotionally secure may use sex to meet her needs, which often leads to a spiral of rejection. Divine, intimate sex is sorely missing with many couples, as it stems from selfconfident relationships. Too often men and woman see sex completely differently. So how do we get on the same page? For many women intimacy isn’t about sex at all, it’s a by-product of fulfilment, which then allows sex. What are the 4 things that turn women on? •The first and foremost thing is a woman who loves and respects herself. Respect is formed, early on in life, in the critical interactions with parents. I am always telling my clients to restore the reduced love and intimacy with
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ntimacy; a word often used when we are talking about someone to whom we feel intimately connected. My Latin dictionary tells me this: “Intimacy stems from intimus, meaning innermost or deepest, or profoundest, most trusted.” Obviously we can use that to describe our relationship with someone else. But what about our relationship with ourselves? Are we familiar with our own innermost selves? When I look at people in general and at my clients in particular, I don’t find many who are intimately connected to themselves. In fact, many of us do just about anything to not let that happen! We distract ourselves from our intimate feelings by being busy. Busy doing things, thinking things, making things, buying things, watching things, listening to things, etc; anything to not feel what’s going on inside – literally. There is a strong link between our thoughts and our bodies around what is good and what is bad. Our brains
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WORDS JONATHAN MURPHY
editation is the ‘science’ of stilling the ‘busyness’ of the mind to bring one to a state of deep peace, calmness and bliss. It is the regular practise of ‘being’ in this state that brings profound peace to one’s life and healing to both body and mind. Meditating with one’s partner is a simple and beautiful way to deepen each other’s meditation experience. The stillness and peace generated by the one practitioner in his/ her practice greatly assists others meditating in their presence, assisting themselves to access the ‘meditative state’ more easily (and vice versa). Even a practice for as little as 10 minutes a day will bring noticeable benefits of peace and calmness to your life and your relationships with others. The daily cultivating of peace and the willingness to be a more ‘calmer’ person through the practise of meditation, is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow to ourselves, partner and society.
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Is it time to WORDS SHARON STAAL
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ost people look for intimacy with someone else. Not so, Simone said, it begins with
you. “I knew I had to have intimacy with me before I could have it with anybody else,” she said. “The five elements of intimacy are: trust, allowance, gratitude, honour and vulnerability.” She wrote them on a post-it note and taped it to her mirror. Every day Simone looked at the list asking herself: Where am I not being in allowance of myself? Where am I not being vulnerable with myself etc? She made a demand to be those elements with herself. In this reality, sex equals intimacy; however, Simone asked, “What if intimacy is not judging you? What if it is having allowance, gratitude, trust, honour, and vulnerability and being you in every moment? What changes could occur in your life?” 1. Trust is not blind faith Trust is integral to any relationship; but it is not blind faith. “It is trusting that someone will
do what they do and that I would be everything I am in any moment, whether that is being kind, angry, grumpy or something else,” Simone explained. “You have to trust yourself first before you can trust someone else.” 2. What if we had more allowance on the planet? Often, people base relationships around common interests and hobbies. For Simone and Brendon having allowance is more important. What does allowance even mean? “I still make stupid choices!” Brendon admitted. “But that’s all they are: stupid choices. So I’ll have allowance and I won’t judge myself. I’ll have allowance of other people. We’re all on this planet together and if we had a little more allowance then we’d all have more ease.” 3. Practise gratitude for everything When you wake up each morning ask yourself: what am I grateful for, for me, today? Practise gratitude instead of thinking about problems, which inevitably leads to judgement. “I have gratitude for a lot of things
in life,” Brendon said. “If you have gratitude for your bills then would it be easy to get more money? If you have gratitude for your family and kids would it be easier to be with them?” 4. Honour To honour is to treat yourself and the other person with regard. It is recognising the greatness in someone else – and in you – even if you don’t want to. 5. Vulnerability “For a man being vulnerable is seen as a weakness, especially for an Aussie bloke,” Brendon said. “For me vulnerability is about having no walls to anyone and anything: good, bad, or ugly.” What would it take for you to start to be intimate with yourself and then see what adventures can show up in your life? You can change any area of your life that you think is not working for you. Welcome to the world of consciousness. accessjoyofbusiness.com/facilitator/ simonemilasas/
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WORDS SHAUNA TEAKEN
n stage… important business convention, about to give a speech. I’m nervous, a bit excited, but I think I’ve prepared my talk well. As the convenor announces me, I walk on stage, and the polite applause turns to loud gasps, sniggers and then, cat calls. I look down, and to my horror, I discover that I have forgotten to put my clothes on! I am naked!!! Arrghhhh! Total humiliation! Ever had that dream? For most people fear of public speaking is one of the biggies. And being intimate with another person can be a challenge, let alone with a whole group! So how do you relax and enjoy yourself while speaking to a group or an individual? And, how do you get them to relax so they can hear what you’ve got to say? HOW DO SUCCESSFUL PERFORMERS AND SPEAKERS DO IT? It’s being willing to use energy flows!
A really terrific presenter does this quite naturally, but you can learn to do it. It just takes practise! THREE KEY THINGS: • Energy is neither good nor bad, it’s just energy. You don’t have to feel it or see it or visualise it. When you ask it to flow, it does. • As infinite beings we are and have access to infinite energy. • What if your anxiety, perceived lack of confidence etc is actually you tapping into your audience way before the actual event. You may be aware of everyone’s worries, fears and selfjudgements and ‘feeling’ it as if it’s yours. It’s not! Before your students/audience arrive, start pulling energy from them, to you and through you. You are not stealing their ‘private stash’ of energy. Actually, if you pull energy from somebody, they will soon relax and allow fresh energy to pour through their body which will start to feel good!
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CHAKRA BALANCE WORDS MICHELLE LIGHTWORKER
he best way we can be intimate with others, is to be honest about our own connection. How do we do this in our practical everyday lives? How do we stay in tune with our Higher Selves so that we are not blocking the sexual flow or the wonderful connection between ourselves and another? Wishing to connect to our Higher Selves during sex is not a novelty. It is a necessity. All our Chakras increase our sexual intimacy and Higher Self connection. I have provided a little snapshot into how they can assist us to create a more fulfilling sex life. Crown Chakra – We receive ideas and guidance on how to share and experience our sexuality for the highest good of all concerned. Our sexual expression is not only for selfish gain or to overpower others, it is to enlighten and connect with the Higher Self of others, never to repress or deny the Higher Self. Third Eye Chakra – We are able to
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our preferences. We do not feel that we have to justify our choices or allow our sexuality to define us. We define our sexuality. Sacral Chakra – We allow ourselves to receive nourishment sexually. We feel a deep spiritual nourishment when we are exploring our sexuality. We do not use others sexually as a way to get high or fill ourselves up. We are not left feeling empty after sexual experiences. Our sexuality brings us closer to our Higher Power and this nourishes us on a deep level. Base Chakra – We are open to feeling and being sexual, receiving stimulation and fully activate our sexual organs. We are able to conceive more readily when our base chakra is open. Our sexual connection with others brings us to a greater trust with our Higher Power. We are able to connect with our Higher Selves and trust others as we are connected to theirs. lightworkerreflections.com
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WORDS JULES O’NEILL
ll relationships we interact in at some point require us to be uncomfortably authentic about something we are feeling, thinking, or sensing. Many of us can ignore these spaces because of projected fears or uncertainty of the outcome. It can trigger rejection stories, conflict or even be something we think may end the relationship. When we are brave enough to open up authentically to someone we are in relationship with, it opens opportunities for change. Most of the time it creates more warmth and connection as well as having more understanding of ourselves. If it does bring separation in the relationship it can be a conscious and caring ending. My intention with this article is to offer a step-by-step guide to assist in the times we need to have an uncomfortable intimate conversation. 1. (This step is just for you) Get clear on what is bothering you, your stories and how you feel it is affecting the relationship from your point of view. Jot
these points down for yourself so that you are really clear on what is going on for you. 2. (This step is just for you) How do you want it to be? 3. (To the other person) Introduce the conversation. Open up by saying to the other person you want to discuss something with them and ask when would be a good time? 4. When you are both available to have the conversation, open it up by sharing that you find this difficult to bring up and that they too may feel uncomfortable with what you are about to bring up – however you are after a positive outcome. 5. Describe the behaviour that – “I’ve noticed”: • I have been avoiding your calls. • I have kept myself busy to avoid talking to you. • there seems to be an uncomfortable feeling in me when we talk, meet-up, etc. 6. State the impact of the behaviour
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It’s TIME for the WORDS PEYTRAH FISCHER
ow have you been feeling lately? Do you find yourself not thinking clearly, maybe you need lots of sleep and rest and don’t want to do much but simply be? Then you are not alone, I hear many women and men tell me the same – often they don’t like to socialise anymore or do their normal daily tasks such as standard work and fitness regimes as these ‘ways’ don’t seem to work anymore. Former so-called securities like great marks or good jobs are no guarantee anymore for a ‘safe future’. And all this is happening in a society which glorified the masculine principle for thousands of years. We (men as well as women) learnt to analyse, to achieve, to focus and compete, whereas the female principle (the goddess principle) has been despised, even abandoned. And we all know the results, as sooner or later everything collapses: societies are dysfunctional, people are burnt out, relationships don’t work, many suffer anxiety and insomnia, as the fine grid of love of the goddesses that is embracing
everything, is being lost through the deep wounds and hurts that have been inflicted upon the goddess energy. A barren land arises as the nurturing soil that the goddess is, full of love, ready for the seed of the male principle to be planted, so that a new creation can be born, has suffered suppression and violation. Evolution is continuing and high frequencies of the sun are coming through open portals to the earth recalibrating our light bodies, energy bodies, cells and DNA – it is the goddess energy returning to earth. And the Goddesses such as: the Hathors, Mother Mary, Lady Sanada, Lady Shakti, Lady Kwan Yin are holding the key, the living key in their hands to bring peace, to reunite – the true, pure Oneness, the endless interflow – it elevates you beyond the energy of Yin/Yang. It extends to the supreme consciousness in which masculine and feminine merge in a chymical wedding on the spiritual, soul and material level. This term is from the fusion with the dual soul. However, this
wedding also exists within you on all planes of your being; awakening divine bliss within you. This union bears bliss and everlasting inner joy, since it incessantly rekindles itself by purely receiving the Fire of the Holy Spirit within you. Relax, be kind to yourself, rest if you need to and allow yourself to be; everything is unfolding in its natural state. The purer you are able to receive, the faster and more magnificent it will manifest. It depends on the pureness of your thoughts and emotions, as this is the fertile ground where the seed falls. This is a transition process, the old ways are collapsing and a totally new existence is being created where love, peace, truth and respect prevails – a state of All Oneness (even supported by science “Solar revolution” www. youtube.com/watch?v=r7jplpRKWOI). Acknowledge and love the Divine Feminine within you and everything shall be renewed. LitiosOceania.com
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WORDS ELENA BURTON
ave you noticed there is a lot of talk about the importance of the heart, and not the brain? According to the HeartMath Institute, the heart is not just an organ pumping blood through the body, it plays an extremely important role in our lives; far beyond what is commonly known. The heart creates the strongest electro-magnetic field; it is up to 100 times stronger than the brain’s electrical field (EEG) and is up to 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field. Scientists from the HeartMath Institute have shown that in foetal development the heart forms and starts beating before the brain has developed, which indicates the heart has its own brain. The knowledge of living and creating from the heart has been kept alive within many of our indigenous people and ancient cultures and is just
now being remembered across modern societies. We are fortunate to be living in today’s world, when the heritage of ancient civilisations has been confirmed by the discoveries of modern scientists. But while the language of science is great, sometimes it cannot explain fully what is really going on. We need to go beyond science and back to ancient wisdom to have a better understanding of life. Interestingly, once I completed studies at University, I realised that life had much more to offer than I originally thought. So I began to search and look for different teachings and spiritual schools around the world. In 2002, I came across Drunvalo’s Melchizedek book, “Ancient Secrets of the Flower of Life” and this book changed my understanding of life and sparked my curiosity. After this, I attended Drunvalo’s, “Awakening The Illuminated Heart” workshop and it was
one of the most powerful workshops for inner discovery, self-healing and remembering the power within the heart. I knew it was my calling straight away and I also completed the teachertraining course. Since 2012, I have facilitated these workshops in Australia and overseas. The primary focus of this workshop is to re-establish the vertical connection between the brain and heart, activate the heart based Mer-Ka-Ba (the light body), activate the pineal gland, the beams of light and remember how to create a new reality in unity consciousness from the unity of the heart, rather than from the duality of the mind. When we find the way into the sacred space of our heart, we will make intimate connection with our Higher Self, with the God inside; the pathway to the Source of Life. ExploreYourself.info
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WORDS JENNIFER THERESE
ne evening during an Eckankar event on the Sunshine Coast, I read the following quote: “You Are At A Crossroads. Are you ready to take another important step on your road to spiritual freedom and mastery? If yes, then let’s get started.” On this particular evening, I chose this as a topic to discuss, “You are at a crossroads.” I read the words to myself, thinking this was Spirit’s way of talking directly to me, a wake-up call. I also read them to the group gathered there, asking for guidance. I was immediately guided to take the group to an inner crossroads, to bless and acknowledge the spiritual lessons and gifts from the past, to check out the right and left path. Then if you have something more important to learn from these different paths, go and explore them. But if you want to travel the middle path of
love with the Mahanta, a name for our spiritual guide, give him permission to take you with him. The sacred word, HU, is a gift and a blessing to the world. It is chanted at the opening of each Eckankar event and at any other time you choose. HU (pronounced like the name Hugh) is an ancient name for God that has been sung since ancient times as a love song to God. We all sang HU for a short time, and I felt the peace and gentleness of the waves of the HU washing over and through me in wave after reassuring wave of love. I went on into the Light and Sound of God’s love. Afterwards, we all shared and discussed briefly our experiences with our spiritual guides, closed with a HU chant, and went outside to watch the eclipse of the full moon with the sun, a rosy pink colour,
just like the rose quartz stone. A feeling of compassion filled my heart, another blessing on this beautiful autumn evening. Later that evening, I was going over the events of my day, and listening to the HU within, knowing in the physical world everything in life is as it is meant to be – a blessing. If you are searching for a greater understanding of your spiritual purpose, or if you want to learn more about love and spiritual freedom, you may find countless blessings in a series of books on Spiritual Wisdom, written by Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. Some of the topics covered include: Dreams; Karma and Reincarnation; Health & Healing (quote p60); Life After Death; Relationships and others. For more information visit Eckankar.org
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SINGING good for the brain AND THE COMMUNITY?
WORDS TANIA DE JONG AM, Soprano, Social Entrepreneur, Creative Innovation Catalyst
here was a time when everyone used to sing. We sat around campfires, at church and at school. We sang our stories and our dreams. We sang alone and we sang together. Singing is the language of the heart. Silent voices Can’t sing? Won’t sing? Told not to sing? Like me, about 85 percent of people have been told by their parents, children, partners or teachers that they can’t sing… so they don’t. We have such a fear of failure and it makes us vulnerable to being judged. Yet we all have a voice to share with the world. Our voices have been silenced and it’s not doing us any good. Singing promotes intimacy Research shows that singing together promotes social bonding, cohesion and self-identity. When we sing together, we transcend our isolation, connect to our higher selves, feel more empathic and in harmony with our universe. Not only do we breathe together but studies show that our hearts start to
beat together! How good is that? Sing from the heart, spark your brain Neuroscience proves that singing connects the neural pathways differently and fires up the right temporal lobe of the brain releasing endorphins, making us healthier, happier, smarter and more creative. Singing has been shown to activate our pleasure networks and improve our mood by lowering cortisol and other stress hormones. Further international research and studies have shown how singing together may heal those with strokes, speech abnormalities and depression. Ten reasons to make singing your drug of choice: 1. Release endorphins and increase levels of oxytocin 2. Improve posture, breathing and blood-flow 3. Save money: our voice is our free human instrument 4. Create new neural pathways and improve brain meta-plasticity 5. Ward off age-related decline by continuously ‘exercising’ your brain
6. Assist with healing depression, strokes and speech abnormalities 7. Promote social bonding and cohesion; and rediscover your own identity 8. Relieve mental health issues; feel happier, better connected and supported 9. Connect with other diverse voices and your community 10. Be smarter, healthier, happier and more creative We were all born with a voice so let’s not sit in silence any longer. As Mark Twain said: “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like no one’s watching and live like it’s heaven on earth.” Simply gather a group of two or more, sing a song and with your help, we can get all of Australia singing! Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time! taniadejong.com or creativityaustralia.org.au
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WORDS DR MONIKA WILSON
nderstandably, when we consider the concept of intimacy we think of those meaningful, close, sometimes physical, and loving relationships we have with others throughout our lives. There is no doubt as to the value of these relationships. Yet, perhaps we could consider how things might be different if we invested just as much of our time, energy and intention into the cultivation of our relationship with ourselves. Here are some ideas to consider: 1. Ask yourself, “what sort of relationship am I having with myself today?” What one word would you use to describe this relationship with yourself? What word would you want to use instead to describe your current relationship with yourself?
2. Intentionally create time to turn inward in a range of ways. Without any distractions, simply notice what you observe about your inner workings – what bodily experiences you can notice, pay attention to your thoughts, are there any habitual thought-stories, what are your default emotions, how does the voice in your head speak to you? Strive to develop a witnessing, aware stance to get to know yourself in new ways. 3. As you might do with others, focus on what might be a barrier to developing a quality relationship with yourself and how you can alter this. 4. Shine a light on fear and how it resides in you. This is the one thing that is sure to disconnect you from yourself (and others). It’s sneaky though, so you’ll really have to look closely for it
and listen for when it arises. 5. Create tangible practices of offering yourself compassion through the laying of hands on yourself and daily recite words of self-forgiveness. 6. Consider what it might take to be friendlier with yourself. Do you need to try to change the tone of your inner voice perhaps to something kinder and more curious, as you might with others? Take yourself on a date, doing something you enjoy alone. 7. Work towards accessing the inner silent, still and ever present consciousness that is your Transcendent Self – an unchanging, peaceful flow of You that can be connected to at any time. reconnectionscounselling.com
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WORDS LIS BLAKE
hat does this mean? And does the ‘new human’ have the same characteristics as most of us presently living on planet earth? I feel some do! In a world where many people are only focused on survival and seeing situations ‘outside of themselves’ as not working – i.e. looking at what’s ‘wrong’ in their lives rather than the opposite – what is their usual response/re-action? Might it be to blame? Do we realise that when we do this we simply give away our power and become victims to the reality that we are actually creating around us? Do we realise that in doing this we are unable to solve what’s not working – i.e. change the reality we’re experiencing. So is the new human someone with special powers? I would say ‘yes’. The ‘new human’ will be someone who ‘takes responsibility’ and understands that they create their own reality – that what they experience in a specific reality is a reflection of how
they feel on the inside of themselves. Not anything to do with outside of them – as ‘within’ so ‘without!’ Once we realise this – the world is our playing field – our universal hologram in which we can create whatever we would like to experience. So the ‘new human’ understands they are ‘in charge’ of their reality. We are ‘in charge’ of our reality! The ‘new human’ will be someone who loves themselves in such a way that they are able to show love, understanding and compassion to those around them and will be patient and ‘slow to anger’. In the ‘old energy’, people can be quick to anger – in the ‘new energy’ they will respond with tolerance! Instead of living in a world governed by ‘control’ and yes fear – the ‘new human’ comes from love automatically! They come from ‘commonsense’ and realise that war, killing another solves nothing. The ‘new human’ comes from a state of ‘no judgment’ – they ‘observe’ –
simply seeing situations with a different perspective, responding in a respectful and peaceful manner. Thus they are able to see new ways to solve any issues that may arise. They will have an amazingly high self worth – one that is balanced – not coming from ego. This new human society is one where the life span of humans will be much longer than now because of the common knowledge that it is possible to work with our cells and our DNA. These humans are in charge of their bodies. So how/when is this ‘new human’ going to appear? It is happening with the change in consciousness which the planet is shifting through now. The ‘new children’ are already being born with a different way of thinking. The question to ask ourselves is: in what way ‘are we willing to change’ to help create this wondrous new world? LIS BLAKE has worked for over 30 years as a counsellor on the Sunshine Coast. keystoselfmastery.com/self-masteryworkshops/ and be-comethechange.com
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MENOPAUSE and beyond WORDS JANET McGEEVER
s the baby boom generation reaches mid-life and beyond, an unprecedented number of women are now post-menopausal. The average western woman’s life expectancy is now 79 years. This means that one-third of a woman’s life will be spent as a menopausal woman and, for some it will be half her life. For the ones who sail through this transition, it is a time of celebrating newfound freedom with no risk of pregnancy and increased joy of sex, if she chooses. It seems a great pity though that this is not the case for many women I speak to. For most who are clearly in menopause, there is a groan at the word sex and an accompanied feeling of resignation that her body is a lost cause. I totally get it. I’ve been there too. What if having fulfilling sexual intimacy is not dependent on libido?
And it’s possible to have pain-free intercourse even when hormones have changed the inner workings of a woman? The answer does not lie in the usual mechanical, over too fast, conventional sex. Nor need it lie in hormone replacement, if that is not a woman’s choice. It lies in engaging a whole different approach to sexuality. FOLLOW YOUR BODY As a woman grows into her 30s and 40s, she may feel an instinctive change in how she would like to make love. Her body is informing her all the time if she will listen. She may know she needs longer and to go slower but feels pushed to keep the pace of a man, or succumbs to ‘getting it over with’, building up a tension inside her that can make her emotional. A woman’s body is wise. And it is programmed for love. Naturally it does not want to go where love does not get the chance to take
root inside her or the other. ALLOW LOVE TO TAKE ROOT A woman’s body has a bioelectric, bio-magnetic make-up so even without all the ‘right’ hormones running around in it, pain free and deeply nourishing lovemaking is available to the menopausal woman if she and her partner are committed to creating a relaxed environment for it. It’s good to stop seeing sex as mere physical phenomena and instead, as an opportunity to tap into the love that already exists within each body. Making love more consciously can bring deep inner peace, enhance health, balance hormones, increase confidence and reinvigorate joy for life, while significantly nurturing a deep love and presence between a couple. And doesn’t any woman want that? JANET McGEEVER is the Australian presenter of The Making Love Retreat. makingloveretreat.com.au
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INTERVIEW WITH KATHERINE McCALLUM BY HOLISTIC BLISS
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AND LIGHT is a conglomeration of all the above. In simple terms I have established a business to produce, create, sell and deal with the things that make me happy. HB: So why now? What was the catalyst behind bringing SWEETNESS SKULLS AND LIGHT into existence? Katherine: Some 3½ years ago I sustained a significant spinal injury resulting in permanent paraplegia from the waist down. At the time I was a high level functioning person working 50-plus hours a week as an accredited litigation lawyer. The impact and flowon effects from the injury were initially unfathomable. To say my life was ‘turned on its head’ really doesn’t come close to describing the situation. For an initial period of time, post injury, I was physically very limited. It was from this supine position that I had the motivation to start the business. As aforementioned, the primary purpose of which was to engage myself in a pursuit that made me happy. HB: So tell me what products and/ or services does SWEETNESS SKULLS AND LIGHT have? Katherine: In terms of products almost any rough and/or polished crystals or stones, especially pieces
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WORDS KRYSTAL ALEXANDER-HILLE
here is a profound power that comes from really knowing yourself; not the ‘self’ you project to the world, the ‘self’ that has it all together; not the triggered ‘self’ that is sad, angry or irrational, the one that you try to hide away; but the centred ‘self’ that holds your highest potential and purpose. In order to love another, we must first learn to love ourselves; in order to dance in union, we must first be comfortable to dance alone. Intimacy is the point where you surrender to your ‘self’, where you accept everything ‘IS’, where you are open to everything and hide nothing. Very few people set off on this journey of inner knowing, let alone truly achieve this. So what is holding you back? Fear of course! It is always our fears that prevent us from ‘self’-realisation; being who we know we are. There is the fear of being found out that you are not who you portray yourself to be, the fear of not belonging, and, ultimately, the fear of not being loved.
These fears create ‘self’-deceptions and the projection of an idealised version of our ‘self’, which we eventually believe to be true. This discrepancy in perception, between what we see and how others perceive us, prevents all forms of intimacy. Sometimes we accuse the mirror of being dirty, not realising we are projecting all our crap onto it. What is the path to deeper levels of ‘Self’-awareness? Firstly, by shifting perspective, from within the drama, to the scriptwriter/ higher ‘self’ that has chosen these experiences for the purpose of growth. Next, to understand the core origin of those ‘dramas’, releasing the attachment to the fears associated with them and recalibrating them on a cellular and DNA level, reprogramming and rewriting alternate lives and ‘future’ projections. Six years ago, I was a regular life coach, stuck in the masculine paradigms of fear, comparison and competition that we currently hold in the collective
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Galaxy Girl – ‘The Accessorising Psychic ' GUIDANCE FROM BEYOND THIS WORLD WORDS GRACE HART
Dear Galaxy Girl, I know I should leave but it’s easier to stay, yet the thought of me here for another year is killing me. I’ve been on anti-depressants for eight years, I can’t see a way out. D of New Zealand. Dear D, Firstly big hug sweet being, and you are not alone! Statistics say that over 85% of people would rather stay in a relationship that’s not working than be alone. There are many people who are miserable in their relationships yet have created points of view (POV) that keep them ‘stuck’ there, some stay for the kids, don’t want to lose their home or status, live in hope that things will change, worry about what others will say and think about them and they think they will be lonely or isolated. What POV are you choosing that’s keeping you in a relationship you are no
longer choosing? What would change if you changed your POVs? How much fun could you have re-creating your life? What if leaving could be fun and expansive? What if your POV ‘I will be lonely’ was a lie keeping you from a magical life? What if your depression doesn’t belong to you? Science has proven that everything is 99.999% space. What if all your ‘problems’ were not real and solid, what if they too were just space and energy that changes as you change your POVs. When you ask yourself the questions below, get the energy of what shows up, this is your awareness talking to you, your awareness doesn’t buy into limiting beliefs or POVs it knows what will create more joy and happiness for you, it has your back! Time to get honest? What will your life be like in five years if you stay with him? What will your life be like in five years if you leave?
Only you know what’s true for you. If the energy felt lighter and more expansive if you left. Then that’s what’s true for you. Honey, it takes courage to leave, over 85% of people are not willing to give that gift to themselves. Are you willing to leave? Are you willing to gift yourself a totally different reality? Ok… right now get the energy of the relationship you desire, good, expand that, good, now follow that energy, it will lead you to a beautiful man, who will adore you. If you are willing to be courageous, have your back and ask for something and someone greater to show up. I wonder how much magic is waiting for you on the other side, if you chose? Adore you, GG. For details about GRACE, tune into Grace’s show ‘A Space of BEing’ on Voice America each Wednesday. choosinggreater.com
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WORDS TONY COLLINS, Past Life Regression Therapist and Trainer
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time, I booked my first regression with a therapist in London, and was amazed by several aspects of the experience. Firstly, the vividness of the memories, complete with sights, sounds and very strong emotional responses was unexpectedly powerful; and secondly the content of the lifetimes themselves came as a surprise. It was fascinating to see who I was in the lives we explored, and how each lifetime had an underlying link to feelings in my current life. Shortly afterwards, I was fortunate to see Dr Michael Newton give a lecture on ‘Life Between Lives’ and how people remember their soul memories from between lives, and from then on I was hooked – I knew I had to learn how to do these techniques and offer them as a service in clinical practice. Over 12 years have passed since I saw my first regression client and I’m still amazed at the results people have achieved by undergoing these approaches. In various cases, physical symptoms with no explanation have cleared, emotional problems that have affected people for decades no longer trouble them, and anxieties, traumatic events and panic attacks have been removed from the nervous system in ways where they haven’t returned. In a couple of instances, clients reported they no longer needed anti-depressants
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to deal with their symptoms, as the symptoms virtually vanished after their regressions. These results have only been possible with focus and effort – every person who has achieved a great result has applied themselves fully to the process and come to appreciate that regression therapy is about understanding why we experience what we experience in this life. Knowing about the source of problems helps us to resolve them so we can heal and move forward. Past Life and Regression practices have come a long way over the past 20 years and are now thoroughly structured therapeutic approaches. A student on
my last training went so far as to say they believed it was the “psychotherapy of the future”, as it embraces all three aspects of mind, body and soul, and treats an issue at its original source. Perhaps in time, this prediction may prove to be true. After more than a decade of practise, I’m now fortunate enough to be teaching these methods to new practitioners, and I’m thrilled to be running a fresh series of trainings in 2016. For counsellors, allied health practitioners, or those who are new to allied health, seeking an indepth knowledge of this work, I run a series of specialised training courses in Regression Therapies and Hypnosis, which will give students a new set of skills to help clients every day in their practice. The trainings act as an extension of skills to existing modalities, or can also be fully functional skills that are independent of other methods. You’d be surprised how learning the basics of hypnosis alone can be beneficial to any client session. Inner Fulfillment wishes you a wonderful new year and the realisation of your dreams in 2016. I look forward to welcoming you for a personalised regression session, or on one of our trainings in the near future! For a full training schedule and overview visit: innerfulﬁllment.com.au
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WORDS LESLIE FIEGER
The world needs your contribution. You are the tipping point. Right now; this very moment is when you have the power to affect the entire future. It is time to step up and claim your personal power to be the difference. What kind of world do you want to live in? What ideals do you espouse? It is time to choose. It is time to speak. It is time to act.” This is the message that your inner voice is calling out to you. Despite the noise and distractions of daily life, in moments of quiet or solitude, you hear this message. It is insistent. It resounds in your heart. It thrums in every cell of your being. It is that song that echoes in the back of your mind. It is your soul’s reminder that you have a purpose, a destiny, a role to play… a role you have chosen. Yes, the world does indeed need your contribution. And, yes, you already know that you need to heed this call. It is what you are here to do.
Many years ago, I answered this same calling from spirit and decided to live ‘on purpose’. Since then, I have been blessed to have made a contribution to the lives of many thousands of people all around the world through my writings and through my live events. I am passionate about reminding people about the fullness of their being and about providing people with the tools to live creative, contributory, fulfilling and successful lives. You are a miracle. You have a body composed of recycled star ashes. You have a mind that has the power to think, to imagine, to create, to choose and to grow in awareness. You exist within a universe so vast and wondrous, it inspires awe and reverence. This universe also exists within you. Everything you perceive and conceptualise is contained in your consciousness, including the entire universe. Imagine that.
Everything you think, feel and do has an effect. In other words, you are a causal creature. You are at cause. So, yes, your choices are important. Your creativity is crucial. Your contributions are so necessary and so valuable. You are the tipping point. Please choose wisely. Live an intentional life. Answer your soul’s calling. Live on purpose. Create ideals. Be passionate. Stand up and affirm these ideals to yourself and to the world. And, remember that ideals and fanciful philosophy are of no value to you unless they are directly applied to your day-to-day choices about how and why you live your life. Live with purpose. Be intentional. Be empowered. Be the gift the whole universe awaits. LESLIE FIEGER is the author of The Delfin Trilogy and Facilitator of Mojo Rising mojorising.ca
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WORDS VICKI BRYCE
What is Tesla’s Starhenge?’ For centuries people have travelled to the Great Pyramids to tap into the mystical energy that resides within the King’s Chamber. People have also travelled to Stonehenge in search of ancient knowledge within its boundaries. You can now experience this energy at Dimensionally Divine through the new Tesla’s Starhenge. ‘What does the Tesla’s Starhenge do?’ It provides an incredible experience of energy supporting you on all levels. This in turn can help you to remove the energy blockages that’s holding you back in many areas of your life. The beauty of the Tesla’s Starhenge is that it is non-invasive. It can be used to complement other forms of therapy, helping form a complete system of healing in its own right. The Tesla’s Starhenge seems to know what level to work with you on a physical, emotional or spiritual level. The aim of Tesla’s Starhenge is to isolate the factors preventing your
energy balance, prioritise them to assist with rebalancing you with the needed frequencies. You may find this helpful with balancing your energy and thought patterns that may be holding you back. When using the Tesla’s Starhenge there is no need for the input of a therapist or practitioner telling you what to do or how to work. This makes Tesla’s Starhenge very unique in the alternative healing world. For thousands of years the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians and many other cultures have talked about an energy system that exists within all of us. They also make references to a source of energy that exists external to us. These internal systems are often referred to as the Meridians, Chakras, Chi, etc… Today there is so much information to prove that we are made up of atoms and atoms are energy. The Tesla’s Starhenge works at a deep spiritual level by tapping into dimensions that are beyond the physical plane. You can find out how your energy
levels are throughout your body by having a Heart Quest reading. It measures your body’s energy levels before and after your time in the Tesla’s Starhenge. Dimensionally Divine has found five sessions over three weeks is the optimal time but not everyone can do this and that’s OK as remote sessions are possible as well. Dimensionally Divine also uses Young Living Essential Oils to enhance your experience in the Tesla’s Starhenge. Relax as you sit inside the Tesla’s Starhenge in a peaceful private garden located in Beerwah, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Find out more online at dimensionallydivine.com or dimensionallydivine.com.au or on Facebook under Dimensionally Divine, or ring VICKI on 0409 488 742.
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WORDS TOM PALADINO
y scalar energy healing protocols are capable of disassembling pathogens such as Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is the causative agent of Lyme disease. I have treated many people suffering from Lyme disease by way of scalar energy with favourable results. Lyme disease is associated with the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi as well as other pathogenic co-infections such as babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). The scalar energy pathogen cleanse that I administer serves to disassemble Borrelia burgdorferi as well as the co-infection pathogens associated with Lyme infection. Once Borrelia burgdorferi and the co-infections of Lyme disease have been disassembled and eliminated, the symptoms associated with Lyme disease palliate or disappear altogether. The testimony below is from a woman who had Lyme disease for 20 years before she was diagnosed
correctly. She has experienced a successful eradicaton of Lyme and the co-infections from the scalar energy pathogen cleanse. Dear Tom, My life has changed for the best since I met you in July. Twelve days after initiating the scalar energy healing sessions, I woke without pain, fatigue, disorientation. I could hardly believe this was happening to me. As you know in the months prior I was pretty much bed-ridden. There were days it was hard to even speak I was so fatigued. I remember the days it was hard to walk from one room to the next without having to sit on the floor to rest; the days of not being able to eat or sleep. Lyme had taken over my body. But in just days your healing machine healed me! I can’t believe I’m doing what I’m doing now. Being a first semester RN student has a lot of challenges. I would have never been able to attend my classes had I not been healed. There would have been absolutely no way
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DO YOU WORDS JANE TREDREA
onnie came to see me with an allergy to amines. She would experience headaches for two days if she couldn’t completely avoid them. For clients with allergies I use a simple system called NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Energy Techniques). Now NAET is a series of treatments to bring the body back into balance, so the first 15 treatments are substances that the body needs in order to function efficiently, eg. proteins, vitamins, hormones, minerals etc. These are tested and if any are found to have a disharmony with your body then they are considered an allergy. You don’t have to do all 15, only the ones that show your body is not absorbing, metabolising or utilising them properly. These should be treated first, but in priority cases, we can treat the priority then go back and do any basics, so the body is in a stable
state to be able to handle and hold all treatments. Connie’s first treatment was for amines, when she came back, she was tested but still found with muscle testing to be weak for amines. So she was treated a second time. When she came back this time she was tested with muscle testing and found to be strong for amines. I told her you have passed the amines vial, so you are not allergic to amines any more. She said “I know! I have been eating foods that contain them! And with no reaction whatsoever. I can’t believe it!” This is the usual response I get. How can it be that simple? When you are intimate with your body, you know what is going on for you. Sometimes it is so hard to pinpoint what is exactly causing your symptoms. With muscle testing we ask the body what is causing these symptoms… is it an infectant, injectant, ingestant,
inhalant, emotional factors, etc? And we can get to the substance or person (yes, you can be allergic to people) easily and then treat it to make it a friend to the body. Many people think NAET is just for food and chemical allergies. It is actually for a multitude of diseases such as arthritis, pain in the joints, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, depression, eczema, thyroid problems and heavy metals found in the body can be excreted with NAET. We have vials for all parts of the body and when treated, function efficiently again (even herpes can be treated). So if you are wondering if NAET can help just contact Jane for a free consult over the phone. It is advised to read the book “Say Good-Bye To Illness” by the founder of NAET Dr Devi S Nambudripad before treatments. janetredrea.weebly.com
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RELATIONSHIPS, PARENTING AND KIDS
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WORDS ANN OLIVERI
hat is it about listening to a good-night story that appeals to children all over the world? Is it because deep down, we all know how comforting it is to close our eyes at the end of the day with peace in our hearts and hope for tomorrow? Or it is because kids desire to have their parent’s undivided attention and a need for closeness? Or perhaps it’s the sense of wonder, fun and joyfulness that a good story brings? Surprisingly, a good-night story provides all of this and a whole lot more. Listening to good-night stories not only contributes to your child’s emotional wellbeing but to their academic success as well. A goodnight story sparks the imagination, expands curiosity and ignites creativity. It enhances brain development and is a precursor to academic success in language and other subjects at school. In the words of Albert Einstein, “If
you want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If you want your children to be even more brilliant, tell them even more fairy tales”. So how do you go about it? What makes a good story to tell? Kids often tell me that the stories they love the most are the ones their Mums, Dads or Grandparents tell them about when they were growing up. Many parents also look for short stories that promote friendship, acceptance of others, creativity and love. Why not just read to them? When you read, your focus is on the book. Picture yourself reading a book to your child. Where are your eyes? They’re on the book. Not on your child. The experience we are looking for is one of deep connection, and this happens through looking into the eyes of your child. Telling is way more powerful.
How do you tell a good-night story? Tell stories with great gusto! Use your most expressive voice. Pause to build up suspense. Allow your child time to enjoy the delicious details they are sure to be creating in their mind’s eye. Most importantly, lovingly look into your child’s eyes. The story is secondary to your connection. The stories children listen to in their childhood, stay in their hearts and minds through to adulthood and influence the way they think about themselves and interact in the world for a lifetime. Treasure your child by telling them a good-night story, every night. ANN OLIVERI M.Ed. is a primary school teacher. She is the founder of raisinghappykids.com.au and creative director of goodnightstorytime.com You can connect with her at facebook – facebook.com/goodnightstory and visit goodnightstorytime.com to see our collection of good-night stories.
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RELATIONSHIPS, PARENTING AND KIDS
Rainbow, Aqua, Crystal and Star CHILDREN WITH JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education
well as time with others knowing which to have and when.
hildren are the teachers of true intimacy and can share it so much better than adults. This is best seen in each child’s personality and how they relate to others and themselves. Intimacy can be expressed in so many ways and that is the pure perfection of this divine gift; we have of closeness, affection to others and self. RAINBOW Children have the gift of mimicking to reach and connect with others. When they really want to know you and get closer, they will look deep in to your eyes. This can be seen with Down’s Syndrome children. Other rainbow children (may be diagnosed on the autism spectrum) will look in to your soul and know exactly how to connect. Now this connection may not be with touch, but communicating through sound and actions such as slapping their head. They are quite content with themselves and will enjoy self-time, as
Whereas the AQUA Children have the need to touch, whether it be with cuddling or hitting, being loud and by sometimes being argumentative. This is intimacy for them, as this is how they relate. Their love language is touch. How can they touch you verbally, emotionally, physically? How can they make you take notice of them? They like to be the centre of attention. Their form of touch can be extreme, as the Aqua child likes extreme, and so touch may be even pushing you away. There is nothing more gentle than the intimacy of CRYSTAL Children as their closeness needs to be ‘pretty and perfect’. These gentle children require touch to be through art/craft, dance and words and these all need to be soft, gentle and appealing. They will grace you with their presence with an ever so placid touch. However sometimes their intimacy can involve self-criticism and the intimacy and affection they have
for themselves can be quite negative towards self as they want everything to be perfect. This can be seen with anorexia and self-harm. When it comes to the STAR Children, intimacy takes a new realm and understanding. The thought of touch, perfectionism, ‘pretty’ and connection can be quite scary for these souls. Star children can be seen as loners, isolated and reserved and their intimacy is a connection through play station, computers and technology. They feel uncomfortable with touch and the sense of materialism repulses them. To connect to these souls, ensure to be quiet and allow them to speak when they are ready. Remember to tune in to each child and allow them to express their connection with you, listen to them and you will have connected to real intimacy. For Medical Intuitive intimacy courses or to learn about empowering your child contact JEAN SHEEHAN AbsoluteEmpowerment.com
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lang Ylang has long been revered as one of the most important essential oils in the perfume industry. ‘Ylang’ means ‘flower of flowers’ which is why it is often referred to as the ‘perfume tree’. It is an exotic and tropical evergreen that can grow up to 20 metres tall with the oil extracted via steam distillation from the deep yellow flowers within 24 hours of being picked. Although known as ‘poor man’s Jasmine’ it has similar qualities with an arousing and provocative effect on the senses. It is known for its aphrodisiac qualities and ability to increase libido yet helps to create a more relaxed and peaceful state. Perhaps it is for these reasons that a popular Indonesian tradition is to spread the exquisite flowers all over the newlyweds’ bed. Placed in a vaporizer with orange and patchouli in the bedroom creates an inviting blend that may need to come with a warning! Ylang Ylang essential oil, with
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DETOX for the New Year!
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WORDS LYNDALL PINCHEN, ND
uch a buzz word these days! I am sure that there are many of you that have taken part in a ‘detox’ program over the years… or maybe you have just contemplated it! When I first started studying naturopathy more than 25 years ago, I became absolutely fascinated by the concept of detoxification. Many conventional doctors say that a detox program is not necessary as the body is self cleansing. This is partly true, but the body was never designed to cope with such an onslaught of chemicals present in our environment today. Therefore, periodic cleansing can assist the body to function more effectively. This is also as true for your dog as it is for you, and in fact, probably more so given the size and metabolism of your furry friend. Dogs are exposed to a great number of toxins coming from a wide variety of sources. These include: processed foods, chemicals in non organic animal products, tap water, household cleaning products, weed killers and other insecticides, chemical parasite preparations, vaccinations, drugs, smoke, car exhaust… the list goes on!!
Over time, these toxins can build up in your dog’s body and start to overwhelm the normal elimination channels. This can lead to a range of health issues from small ‘niggly’ problems to more serious and life threatening diseases including cancers. As the excesses of the festive season pass, a detox program can benefit you and your dog for the year ahead. Firstly take a look at your dog’s environment and see if you are doing all you can to reduce this toxic load. Consider: • Feed an organic raw diet • Offer filtered water • Swap chemical cleaning and other household chemical products for natural alternatives • Reduce or avoid unnecessary vaccinations • Avoid chemical flea/tick and worming treatments where possible • Avoid unnecessary medications In addition to improving your dog’s living environment, a detox program can really assist the body to shift out this built-up toxicity and I like to use herbs to help achieve this. I find that a combination of herbs works best as they
enhance each other’s actions and I can target all the major elimination channels in one formula. I also like to use flower essences, as these can help shift out ‘emotional toxins’. Herbs are an excellent way to assist organs and body systems to cleanse and rebalance and combine well with other detox regimes including super green blends and antioxidant formulas. They are extremely well tolerated by the great majority of dogs and need only be given for short periods for general detoxing purposes to get good results. Benefits can include improved energy and skin/ coat quality, better breath and stools, and clearer eyes. Of course, if your dog has been diagnosed with a chronic or serious condition you are best to discuss this with your vet before commencing any natural regime. caninevitality.com.au
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Natural f lea control WORDS DR ELAINE CEBULIAK
ome pets in Queensland suffer a miserable life with blood loss, irritation, and allergy caused by fleas. It is an unfortunate battle that nature (the fight of the flea versus pet) allows due to humidity and high temperatures of our environment. Fleas suck blood and can make a dog anaemic from blood loss, and can even kill your pet. They also carry tapeworm so you need to remember to worm for that whenever you have a flea problem. For dogs, we recommend ‘Panoramis’ – a once-a-month all-wormer with control for fleas in the flavoured chew form, given with a meal. This prevents any eggs the flea may lay from hatching, and therefore prevents an environmental problem from occurring – as remember, the fleas you see are only 5% of the problem! Immature flea stages in the environment represent 95% of the population. We find this treatment works better than other topical spot-on ones that contain older, less effective drugs and may kill some adult fleas at first but lose effectiveness over time and can be easily misapplied or washed or rubbed off. ‘Panoramis’ once-a-month treats
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itch Rinse Concentrate’, along with a monthly treatment such as ‘Advocate’,
which prevents intestinal worms and heartworm as well, or ‘Advantage’. Top spots, applied correctly, tend to be more effective on cats due to their small size, meticulous grooming habits, and because they are not washed off in the bath. These are the safest and most effective synthetic treatments. However if you wish to avoid any chemicals at all, you can try these natural alternatives. Many of them are quite effective but you must use them in combination to treat all areas of your house, yard and pet, and be diligent about doing them regularly – especially when the weather is hot and/ or humid. Be warned, you may
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