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Tesla Soul Communication might help clients to understand why they were preventing themselves from healing, or how and why they might be sabotaging themselves, or creating a situation or condition which was blocking them from going forward, from making a change. When we reach communication on the level of integrative mind, this is the space through which we are all connected, the space of Love, of Truth. This is the level of the soul. That means that clients might achieve karmic healing. Further, the healer can go to the

This story is real. I live this story. It awakened a curious child in me again. It all started like a fairy tale, the fairy tale which was scientifically confirmed, explains Anya. source and bring a message for the client. These messages could be life-changing. They bring the inner being to the state of metamorphosis. The first exercise at the seminar was done with photos. Each student brought a photo of somebody who needed healing. The photos were placed on the table face down. Each of us chose a photo to work on, avoiding the photo he/she brought. After finishing the communication with clients, we were reading what we got, and the person who brought the photo was giving the feedback. There was a great excitement in the class when we discovered that there were no doubts that we were communicating with

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Purple colour in auras this particular person! One could recognise the style, bywords and attitude of the person in the photo. And everybody in the class was capable of doing it! That is why it is a special challenge to do Tesla Soul Communication on oneself. This can help us on our journey of elevating our personal consciousness. We can get to know ourselves better, we can unveil some truths we might be hiding from ourselves. This might help us understand better our reactions in some situations and clarify our true motives and goals. It could help us find our purpose. Some completely new phenomena are noted during sessions and seminars of Tesla Metamorphosis®, like light around some clients, balls of light floating above (orbs), colours on the wall in halls where seminars were being held, all visible to the naked eye. All these phenomena, including healings, people tend to call miracles. Anya’s book Tesla Metamorphosis: Heal and Evolve is on the quest to understand miracles, and it reveals new knowledge. The answers are found in pioneering scientific research, and also in ancient wisdom. The subject of this book is expanded to understanding the healing phenomena in general, merging science and spirituality. Personal experiences are presented with childlike honesty and a genuine sense of humour. The spirit of Nikola Tesla is imbued throughout this book, giving it a new dimension. Tesla’s ingenuity is in his spirituality. This man who made discoveries all modern technology is based on, said: “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade, than in all previous centuries of its existence.” By Jill Wise

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ou are in charge of your own health destiny! It’s true! But along the way it is easy to get lost and become confused about which path to take. There is a lot of confusing information on Dr Google, but it is about finding what is right for you, to help improve your health and immune function. This is where naturopaths can help point you in a healthy direction. Health starts in your mouth We all know that we are what we eat. Right? So it makes sense to consider what goes in your mouth. We naturally reach for comfort foods (more carbs and sweets) when the weather cools off. Be aware of just how many carbs are sneaking into your daily eating plan, that is what is going to put on those extra kilos you’d rather not have. Instead add more soups and casseroles for the ‘comfort food’ effect. Including the following in your diet every day can improve immune function: • Vitamin C – lemons, broccoli, kiwi fruit, capsicum, tomatoes

• Vitamin D – salmon, sardines, eggs, beef • Zinc – eggs, pumpkin seeds, nuts, beef, chicken, mushrooms, leafy greens, oysters • Selenium – Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sardines, spinach, shitake mushrooms • Antioxidant – blueberries, sweet potato, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli • Anti-inflammatory – garlic, fennel, onion, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, pineapple, salmon, green leafy veggies Also, having plenty of protein can make you feel fuller and control your blood sugar levels, reducing those sweet cravings. Love your GUT Good GUT bacteria benefits both your immune system and mental health. Combining probiotics with prebiotics like garlic, onions, leeks and oats, help improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. A detox is a great way to support the digestive system in removing metabolic wastes and improving liver function, giving you back more energy.

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from the fossilised remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called ‘diatoms’ that are formed from microscopic, algae-like plant remains in the earth’s surface. The health benefits of diatomaceous earth has no limits, aiding the removal of harmful gastro-intestinal parasites and toxic metals, the health and appearance of the teeth, skin, hair and so much more. The effectiveness of diatomaceous earth can be attributed to its naturally occurring silica content. Silica carries an electric charge that attaches to free-radical toxins, whereby the silica particles then neutralise the free-radical charge, before removing them from the body and dramatically slowing oxidative damage. Don says there are zero ‘side-effects’ attributed to the ingestion of untreated, food-grade, diatomaceous earth.

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other Nature has blessed us with a plethora of nourishing foods to help heal our bodies, but have you ever considered other forms of nature that have medicinal properties? Our body (and our colon in particular) can actually derive much benefit from certain soils, clays and barks. Here’s some ways you can incorporate these unusual superfoods into your health regime. BENTONITE CLAY This current wellness trend has actually been used by various cultures for centuries as a healing tonic to detoxify the body. In today’s era, we ingest and inhale many different toxins and heavy metals as a by-product of our modern lives. Bentonite clay is extremely effective at drawing out toxins and pathogens from the colon. It works by seeking out toxins via natural electrical charge, then binding with them to draw them out from your body for elimination via the colon. This cleansing superfood has other benefits too, as it’s jam-packed with minerals

such as calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, iron and potassium. DIATOMACEOUS EARTH Rather than being a ‘soil’, this is actually the fossilised remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called ‘diatoms’. Also known as ‘Dinosaur Dust’, diatomaceous earth is so effective at killing parasites and viruses because it works like an antioxidant to attach to harmful toxins and fight free radical damage. It’s also very effective at cleansing the digestive system, stimulating liver function and has blood purification properties. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL As we all know by now, the colon is like the garbage bin of the body. But if we don’t empty the bin regularly, we can reabsorb some of the toxic waste back into our bodies. Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and unwanted chemicals in its millions of tiny holes so that the body doesn’t have a chance to reabsorb them before they are passed out during your next bowel movement. This is why activated charcoal is so effective when used for cases of

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Gympie (Dooja) Lime Marmalade RECIPE AIMEE CLARK, Food + Cooking Coach

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e all have patterns of movement developed over time by the consistent way we move and load our body. Misalignment of our structure contributes to muscular tension, limiting joint range of motion and straining tendons and ligaments. The end result is body discomfort and pain. Changing unsustainable movement patterns is the long term solution to enjoying effortless full range of motion. Sounds simple and it is, but it takes a persistent shift in awareness from the external to the internal to change and sustain new patterns. If your pattern is to ignore the biological needs of your body to rest, recuperate and nourish, you’re going to initially find it difficult to sustain a consistent internal awareness of how your body is feeling, but don’t give up, there are steps you can take to get you started. First, you need to honestly desire

change and be aware what patterns need changing. Also, be very clear about why you want to change; it needs to be for you. Be wholehearted; involve your entire being in your project. If you’re not fully present, you’ll drop yourself and drift back into old unsustainable patterns – a pattern in itself. Regularly place yourself in a neutral position. ‘Constructive Rest Position’ developed by Mabel Todd is my chosen method of neutral posture to rest deeply and let that, which needs to, unfold and become. It’s in the stillness and silence of just being, that we become aware of our internal movement and it’s from this space we can begin to change unsustainable patterns of movement. Persistence is the key. Never give up on you, be always with and for yourself. Check out our Aligned Movement tutorial videos at Kahuna Mist Facebook page. www.kahunamist.com

THE METHOD: Lie on the floor on a foam mat and blanket. If your neck is tight, place a folded blanket under your head so the length of your spine is level. Rest your feet flat on the floor, hip width apart and far enough from your buttocks so they rest easily without tension. Focus your attention on the physical sensation of your body in this position and where in your back and pelvis you feel your weight resting. Become aware of your breath, its rhythm and pattern without trying to change it, just observing. Now notice the movement of your breath moving your body. Stay with this for up to 20 minutes, just observing you without interfering. To release, let your head and legs fall to one side then your torso so you’re now lying in a foetal position. Take several breaths before sitting up.

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Tenei au, tenei au Te hokai nei i taku tapuwae Ko te hokai-nuku Ko te hokai-rangi Ko te hokai o to tipuna A Tane-nui-a-rangi I pikitia ai Ki te Rangi-tuhaha Ki Tihi-i-manono I rokohina atu ra Ko Io-Matua-Kore anake

I riro iho ai Nga Kete o te Wananga ko te Kete Tuauri ko te Kete Tuatea ko te Kete Aronui Ka tiritiria, ka poupoua Ki a Papatuanuku Ka puta te Ira-tangata Ki te whai-ao Ki te Ao-marama Tihei mauri ora!

occupied only by Io-Matua-Kore, Godthe-Parentless, and there obtained from Io the three baskets of knowledge. Tane returned to Earth with the knowledge, and there created humankind from the Earth mother, Papatuanuku. Tane’s role was not a straight forward one with much learning of the ancient ceremonies and celestial challenges to be completed before and after his journey. Like Tane we go through these tests of learning every day. Tane then requested from his mother, Papatuanuku if he could use some of her earth at a place called ‘Kura Waka’ to create the ‘Ira Tangata – first human being’. From her womb she gifted the clay and Tane created ‘Hine ahu one’

Here am I swiftly moving by the power of my ‘karakia’ Prayer for swift movement Swiftly moving over the Earth Swiftly moving through the heavens The swift movement of your ancestor Tane-nui-arangi who climbed up to the isolated realms to the summit of Manono and there found Io-theParentless alone

He brought back down the Baskets of Knowledge the Basket called Tuauri the Basket called Tuatea the Basket called Aronui Portioned out planted in Mother Earth the life principle of humankind comes forth into the dawn into the world of light I sneeze, there is life!

likened to a personal sacred bubble that we have surrounding us, our personal space. All individuals have a sacred bubble with which its strength, ability to restore and strengthen is our mortal test on Earth, ‘Te Ao Kikokiko’. Keeping the Tapu-sacredness of ourselves, others and everything within the realm of Papatuanuku, enhances and strongly defines us as beings. Just Be!

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revived interest in crystal skull mythology is quietly, yet rapidly, gaining momentum. Though shrouded in secrecy, it’s believed that the ancestry of the crystal skull traces back to humanity’s most ancient civilisations. Historians and spiritual masters have long spoken of 13 original skulls that were placed in key locations around the world. There, each skull served as a powerful ally in healing, energy work and consciousness-expansion during ceremonies and meditation. Elders in some indigenous cultures even suggest that when all 13 skulls are reunited, a new era will dawn in the consciousness of humanity. Modern skull keepers have consistently reported tremendously powerful and insightful experiences with contemporary crystal skulls. Katherine Christie, the founder of Byron Bay’s ‘Sweetness Skulls and Light’, explains, “through working with the skulls, it is possible to tune in to a multitude of vibrational wavelengths and frequencies, opening boundless possibilities for growth and energetic

healing”. Katherine reveals that crystal skulls are “powerful transceivers attuned to source energy, that have the capacity to awaken human consciousness, and provide a connection to the spirit realm.” Katherine’s own journey with crystal skulls is one steeped in synchronicity, and unexpected twists and turns. After studying science at university, Katherine enjoyed a wildly successful legal career until her world changed forever when she fell from a balcony, breaking her back. After hearing that she’d never walk again, Katherine began questioning everything – from her career in law to her very existence. Delving desperately into the metaphysical, in search of hope or meaning, Katherine began hearing whisperings of crystal skulls for the very first time. “I didn’t find the skulls, they found me”, Katherine says. After her accident, a series of startling coincidences sparked her journey into the unorthodox realm of crystal skull mythology. “As a scientifically-minded lawyer, pursuing a career as a crystal skull-keeper was slightly unexpected”, she laughs, “But the skulls were persistent!” Although initially frightened by the skulls, viewing

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Crystal earth

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or me the best way to connect with the earth is with CRYSTALS, or as I like to call them, ‘pet rocks’. I love all aspects of the earth in crystals, as they give such divine healing and there is so much you can do with them to empower children and create amazing health. The best part is you can never be wrong when choosing crystals or whilst connecting to the earth, as you will always get what you need. Some of my favourite crystals from the earth include ROSE QUARTZ – which is all about love, forgiveness and compassion. It creates harmony in relationships and enhances selfconfidence. I love the golden stripe of TIGER EYE which gives courage, good luck and helps one to be more practical and grounded. It can be used to stimulate wealth and maintain it. Now who doesn’t want that?! Thank you, Mother Earth, and all you offer through crystals. When in contact with the body, the crystal starts functioning on energies received from the physical body of the

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From a quiet place, to

following your dreams...

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first met Denise Lynds, Managing Director of Aminya Natural Therapies Academy, at a health network in 2008 after her relocation to the Sunshine Coast. Since then, the academy has continued to flourish, but I was curious to uncover the deeper meaning behind its inception. The name Aminya was chosen by the original founders, Therese Wilson and Jan Kiss, and is of Aboriginal origin, meaning ‘quiet place’, perfectly suited to a provider of aromatherapy training with its emphasis on relaxation and wellbeing. Founded in 1998, Aminya Academy’s roots were firmly planted in aromatherapy, and government accreditation as a registered training organisation was pursued early on. Meanwhile, Denise Lynds was becoming increasingly disillusioned with Western medicine, and after years of nursing, decided to study massage. It

was at this time she discovered her new love for essential oils and their healing power. She explains, “the second unit was aromatherapy and I knew straight away that was where I wanted to be.” From there Denise put together courses for nurses on how to introduce aromatherapy into health care facilities, instructing over 100 students in the first 12 months across 160 facilities across Queensland. “It was a privilege to teach nurses how to blend and apply oils safely to aged care residents. The power of touch, combined with the benefits of essential oils helped calm and relax clients, and provide them with the quality time they craved.” Denise continued to travel and introduce programs into health care facilities and palliative care, and was soon approached by Aminya Academy who had heard about her work and invited her to be a part of the academy. Denise recalls, “the problem became that travelling was just a bit too much

for me, always on the road, away too often from my family, so when Jan came along, it seemed exactly the right way to go and I became part of the Aminya family in 2004. We have since added reflexology and remedial massage to our mix of courses, and have continued to offer these ever since.” Denise says lady luck has never been too far away from Aminya, which is why you will find symbols of ladybirds throughout the Sunshine Coast head office. Denise fondly recalls meetings with Deby Atterby, now a director with the academy, and how ladybirds were present at two of their early meetings! Legend has it that ladybirds are a symbol of luck and a good omen, as well as a reminder to show no fear. This is something that she instils in her students as she encourages them to fearlessly pursue their dreams. www.aminyaacademy.com.au

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Grandmother wisdom WORDS AUNTY MALARA

She is calling you Mother Earth is calling you Have you heard the messages on the wind? The bird song The whale song Listen carefully Pay attention To the sign posts along the way A falling leaf, a rainbow, the thud of animal feet A feather on the trail, a rock glistening in the creek Tall timbers of multi-coloured bark, whispering to you Showing you the beauty of creation, replete Insects crawling, beneath your feet In tune with the heartbeat of Mother Earth You are being called Open your heart To connect To return home To the Earth Mother The Mother of them all.

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t is whispered on the wind, of the coming of a New Dreaming and a new law. A return to the sacredness of Mother Earth as our teacher, our guide, our friend. What is this New Dreaming? What is this new law? It involves a return of the old ways taught by the old people for thousands of years, traditional knowledge of spiritual law and cultural lore, that kept everything in balance. We knew who we were and lived with knowing our responsibility was to keep everything alive. We were the land and the land was us. Everything is written in the land and is replicated in the stars, the gateway to our spiritual world. We understood and respected this law and celebrated our connection with all living things through songs, dances, paintings and stories. We knew the importance to keep the law, not to breach it. But things changed. There was murder, genocide, babies stolen from the arms of their mothers, so much tragedy forced upon our indigenous people. The next generations became disconnected from the land; their source of who they were/are. Our sacred sites and teaching places were mined and

the other spirit called alcohol came in and took the place of our natural spiritual essence. It has hurt our people deeply. Culture was traded for money and soon we feuded with each other. Communities became divided and the practice of our laws were stopped. But not by the old people. They remember… and the few still remaining are urging for the new law, new way, to bring our culture back. It begins with each person taking responsibility, for themselves, for their impact upon others, to re-ignite their connection with the earth. And so, I heard it on the wind The Grandmothers were calling me “Teach”, they said, “our law/lore, our Dreaming” Before it is too late Mother Earth will be fine It is humanity that needs our knowledge They must follow the new law/lore and create a New Dreaming Returning to connect To the Mother of them all. www.grandmotherwisdom.com.au

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Returning to country WORDS KIM KOROHEKE

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s I come down to the final days of my preparation to leave the beauty and magic of the Sunshine Coast with its pristine white sandy beaches, ancient volcanic mountain scape and lush green hinterland, my heart is pulled strongly back to my homeland, the red desert country of Mparntwe, the original Arrernte name for Alice Springs. The desert earth that has been sung up for tens of thousands of years calls deeply to my heart and bones. I can’t quite explain it in words. It’s a feeling. Leaving my birth town of Alice when I was less than a year old, my mother and father relocated to Queensland, where I have lived for most of my life. But now I can no longer fight the call to go back and sit on country and listen to what it has to share. I have always been very connected

to nature and the earth. I felt my most whole and happiest laying on the ground under a tree, exploring rainforests, mountain trails, waterfalls, discovering insects, talking to plants and rocks. Yep, it’s amazing what wisdom you can gain if you sit on a rock and listen. It will tell you exactly what you need to hear. The natural world is always communicating with us if we take the time to stop and be still and listen deeply. It is an instinctive part of all of us but sadly seems to be forgotten as the white noise of a consuming, distraction-filled life encroaches so much of our being. Separated from my parents before preschool age, I did not know of my indigenous bloodline until I was ‘accidentally’ told by my great-uncle. In the care of my grandmothers, this was meant to be a secret. The shame

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EUGENE BARGO IS AN AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL KNOWLEDGE HOLDER AND LEGEND. HE IS A PROUD ELDER OF THE GORENG KABI TRIBE AND IS KNOWN AS ‘BARRAMUNDI AND BLACK SNAKE MAN’.

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“Living the Dreaming” Australian stories from our Aboriginal Elders WORDS MARC BRIGHT

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Eugene is clearly motivated by a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility to give valuable training to those who are genuinely interested in this land’s original stories. He has a keen, learned mind, healthy sense of personal worth and a great passion; all strongly felt through his magical storytelling. Eugene is able to ‘read’ this wide sunburnt land better than most and is quick to take anyone on a storytelling adventure. One day he talked to me about being a young boy… “As a young Aboriginal boy I spent

many hours in the company of elders on riverbanks, in rainforests and sitting with the old men who still spoke original Aboriginal tribal language. These elders carried deep and intimate connection to our country, they knew, they knew… and they carried the wisdoms. “You get to know things by observing. All knowledge was given by the elders. Our maps were our elders and the wisdom they shared. “The knowledge included deep ancient understanding of the land and the water places from mountains to the mangroves and beyond. www.holisticblissmagazine.com

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“This knowledge connected us to ‘the natural ways’ of our amazing and awesome Australian wildlife creatures, plants, trees, birds, fish and insects.” Eugene is a big advocate of ‘learning from our environment’ and as such, has made a focus on formal education and is also a qualified counsellor. He is passionate about keeping up to date with current environmental affairs to continually broaden his knowledge base – as he is keen to ‘pass on’ his passion to all those who are interested. As an advocate for the Aboriginal history of Australia, Eugene is regularly consulted by government departments, international Aboriginal study project groups and the United Nations. As a genuine historian, Eugene continues to bring valuable updates to local Australian historian projects, one of which is ‘The Local Bush Classroom’. Eugene emphasises that nothing is better than taking a walk through our native bushlands with someone to guide you through some amazing experiences. “When we walk and talk with people in these beautiful places you hear bush sounds, see breathtaking sights, smell and taste the marriage of earth and plants. This habitat is full of powerful native trees, beautiful flowers, seeds, earth, rocks, fresh and salty waters, airflows and atmospheric signals and frequencies.” He goes on to explain about the atmospheric signals. “I feel nature’s cues and signals. These signals are very alive and available to my people and all peoples if you can sense them. These natural signs and signals help us make good decisions on what the ‘Earth’ is saying to us as the original people for land conservation and how to look after it. “The signals help us to hunt and we know to only take what we need, leave enough for the individual species to grow for another time and to keep sustaining itself. In this way we are dedicated to preserving and conserving Australia’s country and wildlife for generations to come.” Eugene shares with me an example of this… “Where the freshwater meets the saltwater, we take riverside walking, hunting and fishing journeys to where the mangroves, tea tree and Wallum countries converge. “We’d see lungfish and big Mary

River cod. In the freshwater we get tasty mussels. We’d catch yabbies and crays, blue claws and shrimp. After the big storms in the summer months, the yabbies walk overland, thousands of them, big ones. Waiting for them at the end would be the barra, they love fresh yabbies for lunch. It’s important that they get their feed too. So we might take 20 of those yabbies. That’s all. The barra need to be happy too. “Where the mangroves start to grow, we’d find milk worms, we’d break up old mangroves to find them (they’re not really a worm, they are more like an oyster in a shell which can be eaten raw). Once we got to the mangroves we get the brown mud oysters – they were a big favourite! “In the brackish water there’d be stingray and bull sharks. The mullet will be thicker, jumping a lot because of the predators. “In this brackish water there’d also be mud crab parked in the nooks and crannies fattening themselves up! If they’re real brown or purple colour, they were likely to be full of tasty meat. It’s real good tucker! “Sometimes back when things were plentiful, we would shake the eggs off a female mud crab and let her go. It would depend on what time of the season and on reading the other signs… Oh man, eat that roe on damper! It’s a real shot of protein! As you get further down the river the crabs are more blue, that’s what you call a floater. It might be a big crab, but it’s just shed its shell… and is empty. “We read the signs. “Down the river we’d eat mackeral, and rub saltbush all over the baked fish. We loved the shrimp – caught in wicker baskets. And mullet… knowing when the mullet is skittish, jumping or when the Perch fish come to the top, is knowing the signs the weather is coming, big rains. “When my bird – the peaceful dove – starts to sing, I hear it, and I know the barra are asleep. But when the peaceful dove starts bowing to his wife, we know to go to the river. We know the barras’ eyes will be looking up, coming out of their winter taupe and starting to roll over. “We know not to hunt the barra until they roll over. There might be 100 barra in some of the water holes in my father’s country. When they roll over it’s like a strobe light, flash, flash, flash, the sun

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bounces off them. This is a key sign for me and my father, it is one of my totem creatures… the barramundi. What a sight!” Hence Eugene Bargo’s Aboriginal name is ‘Barramundi and Black Snake Man’. This iconic traditional man is a national treasure and I want to acknowledge all he does to keep our land abundantly beautiful where it can retain the natural healing qualities and life cycles of its bushlands and waterways. Eugene offers Aboriginal training through ‘walk and talk’ sharing experiences with many diverse groups of enthusiastic students. Sometimes these walks feature formal Aboriginal knowledge training through bushlands, walkways, school grounds, river places and city spaces. Our journey together over 10 years has traversed Eugene’s father’s and mother’s traditional country predominately situated in south-east Queensland ranging from the ‘mountains to the mangroves’ covering the district between Brisbane to Proserpine. Eugene brings his Australian Aboriginal knowledge of nature to life with his authentic storytelling from the deep knowledge held and gained from nearly 70 years of living and ‘walking his talk’. Eugene is my friend, teacher and legend… and I remain forever a committed student of the wisdom keepers of Australia. EUGENE offers Walking, Talking and Dreaming Country Tours. Also Marc offers Spirited By Nature Glass House Mountain Tours. Contact Marc Bright at Spirited by Nature via email: spiritedbynature@gmail.com Holistic Bliss | JULY 2018 |

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Whalesonica WORDS MARC BRIGHT

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ould you like to discover the ancient origins of the magnificent humpback whales which have swum in our ocean waters for over 50 million years? Humpbacks spend the winter months eating krill in the very cold waters around Antarctica. They then start heading north to warmer waters to commence their mating season. As they travel north, coastline residents and visitors are treated to multiple sightings of this annual migration along the eastern coast line of New South Wales and Queensland to the tropical calving and breeding

grounds around the Fraser Coast and Hervey Bay region. The whale is famous for extraordinary displays of breaching and very loud ‘fin and tail slapping’. These awesome movements can continue for hours at a time. The male humpbacks are known for their lengthy whale songs comprising complex submarine sonics. These sounds can travel through water for hundreds of kilometres, therefore they are also audible in the waterways and creeks along our coastline. Whales have long been a huge part of ocean legend stories. And this year our team from Spirted by Nature

tours and DELPHINIK Events present, Whalesonica – a three-day powerful whale connection experience which includes presentations featuring: whale knowledge, ancient and contemporary facts, science, music, mythology and spirituality. Dive into the beautiful energy and power of the whales during this unique event held at Hervey Bay; the birthing home of the whale spirit energies. Join together in a moving meeting of spirits and hearts in this fun, nurturing, friendly atmosphere. Email: spirtedbynature@gmail.com

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We are one WORDS JANE GORTON

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s this is my first article for Holistic Bliss Magazine, I am introducing myself and explaining what I do. It is relevant to this month’s theme ‘Connect with the Earth’ as living in connection with the Earth, is living in harmony and connection with all sentient beings and creator, we are one. My goal in setting up my business, Mrs Doolittle’s Pawfect Harmony is to empower humans to enrich their relationship with all living beings on this planet. As sentient beings we all have thoughts, feelings, needs, wants and desires, they are just different. With a greater ability to communicate with each other, we better understand each other. I am trained by Katherine Bright ND in the practice of ‘Empowerment in Connection’, an exclusive high level training of theta resonance at all levels. This modality empowers humans and

animal communication and strengthens our bond with any animal. Animal communication gives humans a better understanding of animals and animals can also better understand us. As part of my personal connection and ability to communicate with animals, I do healings for the greater good of the Earth and animals. Through these healings and chats with different animals, I have learnt a great deal, not only about myself, but how they feel about what is happening on this Earth and how we can help them. One example of an experience of mine showing how animal communication can connect us and the Earth is: Before a whale watching trip off the Canadian coast last year, I communicated with the head of the species of whales, out of courtesy to let them know we were coming. I spoke to the one whale we saw and asked him if there was anything I could do for him?

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I love this woman WORDS JANET McGEEVER

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he lies back on the land, facing the great sky above. Still. Silent. Brave. She doesn’t move. Birds alight her. Rain falls upon her. Sun beams on her. And yet… she doesn’t move. Her body stretches beneath and beyond her. She is still and receives. In Aboriginal folklore she is the woman rock of the Glass House Mountains region on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. This great mother has weathered much. Once a virgin, now a mother. Ancient. Deep. Wise. Stop, she says. Stop. This great southern land holds many secrets and so do our beautiful bodies. Every time I have looked out and seen this huge volcanic rock looking up to the sky, it has been an anchor for me to stop and receive. Even in this moment as you read this now, make receiving your choice. At certain times in my life, I have had to myself do this. Lying back, looking up, looking in, looking down

and looking beyond. Like many other women who juggle so much at times, my body speaks. As I grow towards my elder years, I’ve had to self-care like never before. As I look upon this woman, this great Earth teaches me to listen deeply and I’ve learnt what true self care is. It’s not fluffy baths and massages, though I will never refuse these either. In between deep conscious rest, it’s been about tending to things on all levels, it’s been about getting real and doing things I’ve been putting off, things I have left, forgotten about, put aside. Where I’ve put everything and everyone else first. It means not only a deep inquiry of my soul, but a deep and renewed care of the body, this sacred temple of love, pleasure and sometimes of pain. Yes, pain. Pain can lead you home again. If you listen. Listen to your body with your soul ears! Be still and receive. Deep rest and deep listening. And deeply trusting the

signals that you hear but do not heed… enough. Like this great rock, women’s bodies hold the scars of the ancient past. Yet these ‘battle scars’ add to her strength, her beauty, her resilience and her wisdom. You might be going through something so deep and raw now or you have been through it. A woman can be any age and have these battle scars. They are written upon her soul and are something to embrace, accept and love dearly to heal. Your beautiful body is always signalling you with messages. But to receive those messages you must be quiet. You must be still. Like this woman. Remember her, this woman rock, Mt Beerwah. Lie back. Be still. Let the sun beam on you. Receive. Your beautiful body is so receptive – she will follow you. She loves you. She is your companion and has been with you since you were born and will be with you until your dying day. www.janetmcgeever.com

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Returning home WORDS KATE M FOSTER

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or decades I had a dream. I wanted to take women to share in the stillness, joy and wonder that existed in indigenous communities. I believed if I could do this, they may remember the wisdom of their own hearts. Over the past five years, it has been fascinating to unravel my lineage, not only did my ancestors come from Scotland, Ireland, England and Italy, they were traditional owners here in Australia too. Discovering this has been potent medicine. I now understand why I have felt more at home sitting on the earth with Rob than anywhere else in the world. It also fuelled my yearning to study ‘Family Constellations’, offering me healing I didn’t know possible. During my second constellation session I was able to connect with my indigenous elder brother. For most of my life I did not know he existed. Tragically he had died before we ever

got to meet. During this process I was supported to connect with his essence and for the very first time he was by my side. For me, constellations are miraculous, and after this session a series of events unfolded that I could never have imagined. Somehow, six weeks later, through a number of what I call miracles, I received a phone call from a woman in the desert of central Australia saying she was my brother’s wife. It was the most surreal experience. She told me I had three nephews. My family was waiting to meet me, my daughters had cousins who wanted to know them, and then she asked “when you coming?” That phone call was the catalyst for our year-long adventure around Australia. Arriving home to my family’s sacred desert country just a few hours from Uluru was beyond words. My life forever changed that day. We lived

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The wonders of

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WORDS KIM SLOAN

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hy use anything but pure organic raw camellia oil? This is why… Praised as the beauty secret of the Geishas, this very precious oil has been recognised for centuries in Eastern Asia for its highly restorative and rejuvenating effect on skin. Today, this time-proven oil is used in some of the most distinguished beauty formulas and is suited for all skin types including sensitive and allergy-prone skin. Camellia seed oil comes from the plant Camellia oleifera that grows in the mountains of South Eastern Asia. Camellia sinensis, another well-known variety, is a tea plant and the source of black and green tea. The seeds of the camellia plant are harvested, and the oil is extracted with an oil press. The extracted oil has a light, yet lively aroma. Camellia oil has outstanding moisture retaining ability and is one of the most rapidly absorbed plant oils.

The unique make-up of the oil allows it to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin; much like water, leaving it smooth and supple. The non-drying and non-clogging oil is very rich in mono-saturated essential fatty acids, having higher levels of oleic acid than olive oil. Camellia oil contains vitamins A, B, and E and various minerals, including potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, and magnesium, together with a unique active constituent, squalene. Squalene is also an important component of the skin’s natural emollient system. A deficiency of squalene can result in dry skin and premature ageing, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Camellia oil is an excellent emollient and wonderful skin moisturiser. It also helps to restore proper pH balance and has a buffering quality that acts as an effective shield to protect skin from penetration of environmental pollutants. Camellia oil protects skin from drying out while replenishing vital nutrients.

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Earth healing via a connection to Gaia WORDS KELLY WATTS

MY CONNECTION I connect with the Earth and understand her needs via our connection. I feel her sadness, joy, emotions and can assess for you how you or I can help her. I have used crystals and essences to provide healing to her sad places thereby balancing the energy. MY UNDERSTANDING OF GAIA Sometimes, she may need more than love and the healing that crystals and essences can give her. You have to tend to your garden and yard ensuring your plants are happy and thriving. Yes, this does help, as it nurtures her directly. She becomes unbalanced when unnatural happenings occur. In places where trauma in the form of murder, rape and assault events have been carried out, the energy in those areas

becomes dense. This can then attract other unnatural events and further affect the energy of the area. The sadder a place, the less likely that you are to see plants thriving, and lovely green grass growing. HOW YOU MAY EXPERIENCE HER As you come into an area which is sad, you may find your mood or your vibration changes and you may notice you feel down as a reflection of the sadness in the area. In this way the sadness can become more intense and can compel violence from those who pass through the area. WHAT I DO When I am in an area where I feel sad and can be found to cry, I feel the past events which have contributed to the energy of the land. It is like a depression or deep sadness comes over

me and I know immediately that I am there to heal the area and balance the energy. I work with the nature spirits and the spirits of the land and my skills include connecting with the ley lines and communicating with trees. I am shown areas which require healing and the way in which to do this work. Over time, I have healed an area in a cemetery; applied healing to parts of Uluru; healed a park where a fatal assault took place; corrected the energy of an Aboriginal meeting place; and healed a tree which indicated a street was in need of energy balancing. To contact KELLY email: kw.earth.energies@gmail.com or facebook at Kelly Watts Earth Energies.

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ave you ever thought about how many hours you spend cleaning? I’m sure it would be tens of thousands of hours in a lifetime! And if I am going to be devoting so many hours to this activity, I want to know that I am not inhaling a whole lot of chemicals that lead to a sneezathon! So this month I ‘road tested’ the PuraChoice range of household cleaning products which are asthma and allergy friendly. When I received the three products in the mail, I immediately grabbed a cloth and cleaned the windows of our car with the Lemon Myrtle Glass and Surface Cleaner (suitable for windows and glass). If you have a dog that travels in the car a lot like we do, you will know that keeping on top of the slobber marks on the windows is an ongoing task!

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I found this product very easy to use, without the streaks, without needing a lot of elbow grease and the added benefit is it smells citrusy without being overwhelming. PuraChoice is an eco-friendly, plantbased range using natural essential oils in their products and they are cruelty free and have undergone three years of extensive testing and research. They are also grey water and septic safe and made in Australia. The Lime Kitchen Cleaner works as a multi-purpose product in the kitchen and leaves taps and sinks sparkly, it also reaches any built-up grease and grime with that fresh lime natural fragrance. I found it great for doing a once over on the kitchen benches and I left it on an hour to target hot plates without lots of scrubbing. Lime oil is commonly regarded as useful for asthma sufferers

and the essential oils used in the PuraChoice range can effectively repel many types of insects, including mites. Cleaning the bathroom can feel like a bit of a chore if you don’t have the correct products. The Pink Grapefruit Bathroom Cleaner left our vanity, bath and walls clean and streak free. Pink grapefruit oil has a clean, fresh, fragrance and is known for its antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal and anti-infectious properties. So it is an added bonus when you clean during the winter months, that your immune system may also receive a bit more support when you use these products made with essential oils. This range is available online – visit: www.rubbedin.com.au and at Woolworths stores.

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Walking with Earth WORDS WENDY MULDER

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hat if we could walk with Earth and not on it? What does the Earth know that we have never been willing to discover or ask? I grew up in the outback of Australia and had the gift of knowing the treasure and chaos of the Earth. The Earth would have sandstorms, thunderstorms, droughts and flooding. Along with the chaos and destruction, it would bring a wonderful, glorious cleansing and renewal! Every different season was a new possibility. The Earth has an energy space and consciousness that is there for us – if we choose it. When you are out walking in the bush do you become frustrated, angry and upset or does it calm you and give you a peace with yourself? How many ways do you and the Earth already communicate and contribute to one another? What if there is a consciousness with the Earth that you can tap into that will give so many more possibilities and joy? Does the Earth have a point of view

on anything or does it just do what it does because it can? Does a tree have a point of view that it must grow bigger than the next one or does it just be as big or as little as it is because it can? As the winds blow and the rain showers everywhere – how often do you curse it or get annoyed with it as it doesn’t suit your agenda at the time? What if you were willing to be grateful that these wonders exist on this Earth? This article is not about what is right or wrong or good or bad with us and the Earth. It is about what more can we be, what more awareness can we have about ourselves living and living with a consciousness that can contribute to all. What is one thing you could be and do today after reading this, that can contribute to this Earth? What one thing could you be and do today that will contribute to you receiving the gifts of the Earth? What if it was as simple as being willing to be you and not judge you? And know what you know, whether anyone else believes it or not?

What if we the humans are not in charge of the Earth or separate identities and individuals, but more of an essential part of the consciousness including us, our bodies, the Earth and everything on it. If we didn’t separate from the gifts of the Earth, what gift to the Earth could we also be? WENDY MULDER is an RN, CFMW, Being YOU Access Consciousness facilitator and Grief Change Agent. Go to: www.accessconsciousness/wendymulder www.kindnesswithgrief.com for upcoming classes. What else is possible that we haven’t considered?

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When is our

spinning ball Earth

not a globe? Part 1

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nswer: Why, when it’s a flat and stationary plane… silly! There’s a seismic, exponential shift of consciousness, curiosity and rational research happening; about… the shape and nature of our planet! This is no joke. Nor a fad. And finally, this topic can no longer be relegated to the ‘too cuckoo for cocoa pops’ lunatic fringe. In these articles, we highlight some social, spiritual, and personal ramifications of the ‘flat Earth movement.’ We aim not to present ‘proof’ arguments one way or the other (that’s the researchers’ task), but to stimulate intellectually mature and dispassionate research in a subject which, if true, would make this ‘the mother of all conspiracies’! So apart from some typically openminded, non-judgmental, truth-seeking Holistic Bliss readers, who else on Earth is seriously looking into this fascinating anthropological phenomenon? Well, lots of people! Google algorithms? They’re through the roof.

A May 2017 Reddit piece confirmed that from 2014, online searches for ‘flat Earth’ spiked by an incredible 800%, and according to The Economist, 2018 flat Earth searches tripled in the past two years! Incredibly, ‘flat Earth’ You Tube videos produced during the same period (to May 2017) increased by a whopping 2000%, and there are no signs this tsunami is slowing down. Not even the Kardashians can match that level of popularity. And speaking of celebrities, google ‘famous flat Earthers’ – they’re ‘outing’ themselves everywhere! Even David Wolfe has been publicly articulating ‘the case’ with his trademark eloquence and impact. Today, pilots, engineers and scientists are slowly, cautiously bucking ‘establishment’ trends to upload thought-provoking online content. There are now international flat Earth conferences, dozens of books, feature length documentary films, street activism… even flat Earth dating apps! But alas, as Kermit once lamented

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What is

emotional hygiene?

WORDS JULES O’NEILL

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o live and function well in your personal relationships, ‘emotional hygiene’ is something all of us must understand. It is a key factor to enjoying long term relationships. What is emotional hygiene within a relationship? We all have an ‘emotional smell’. If our emotions are happy, light, peaceful, etc, we emotionally smell great, an individual sweet, unique body perfume. When we internalise feelings, leave things unresolved, believe we are insignificant or bury our emotions, we will let off an unpleasant ‘emotional smell’. So how do you know if you or your partner are emotionally unhygienic? Firstly, there is nothing wrong with being emotionally unhygienic. Imagine body hygiene. If someone smells physically great, it’s yummy to be close. A warm light emotional cuddle or connection is something we all love and enjoy. Just as it is easy to help, prevent and detect physical hygiene, you can quickly improve emotional hygiene.

A few early signs of unhygienic emotions in force are: • Either of you will have a restless sleep • Fearful about money • Insecure when being social • Tired for no reason • Overly hungry or no appetite • No natural momentum • Unorganised in your paperwork, housework or garden • Addictive • Lots of negation in the head What to do if you are emotionally unhygienic? Stop! Just as you would if you had foul body odour. You would grab some deodorant, find a public bathroom, suck on mints, brush your teeth or stop for a shower. You never think it will just go away! You stop and sort it out – to the point where we now all fit in a daily shower, to maintain our physical hygiene. If you find yourself feeling emotionally wobbly or are experiencing any of the early signs, here is what you can start to do to help yourself. Recognise your emotional triggers in the very early stages. Stop and evaluate, do you need to give yourself 5-15 minutes and a pen and paper?

Take a few deep breaths and write down the three most current stressful things affecting you in your life right now. Look at what you have written. Then ask your body, out loud, to give you three solutions. “Body, give me three workable and satisfying solutions.” When you get them, action at least one of them. If you don’t get anything, maybe wait for an hour or two, or sleep on it. Then get back into something that feels exciting or you need to do. If nothing comes after that, talk it out with a partner or close friend. If still nothing or not enough, pick up your phone and book into seeing your favourite therapist. Begin valuing processing time. Record or journal your thoughts. This is another way to enjoy downtime. Untouched emotional hygiene is more harmful to bodies than untouched physical hygiene. Stop, sort you and your stuff out and live happily emotionally after! www.julesoneill.com

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The new

world of karma

WORDS AMANDA MACKAY

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ave you embraced the idea of karma – what we put in we get back, project or inflict some bad words, energy or actions and we get that back threefold right? If you ‘steal’ a parking space in the shopping centre car park, will it be three weeks before you get a shot at one quickly or is there a risk of someone scratching or denting your car while you’re wandering around making purchases? You’ll get that sent back to you – that’s the law of karma. Right? Well maybe not, what if this version or idea of karma is slightly askew? What if you’ve been stressing sometimes a lot and sometimes a little about what karma you’re banking with your decisions and actions and if you have, it’s like a motor running in the background always lurking. What is this wave going to bring? That’s a substantial amount of pressure and a considerable chunk of energy to expend.

If you take the ‘spirituality’ out of it, doesn’t it sound like many religious teachings – good, bad, punishment, and reward? These ideas or concepts were created a long time ago, as human beings have advanced so much in technology, global living, sustainability, it would make sense that our concepts in this area could transform from a state of fear to freedom. Think about this, what could karma be? What if it’s the whole experience? How do you learn and grow if you only have one side of an understanding? You know your stomach is full after eating because you know what hunger feels like. If you have witnessed the pain of another’s embarrassment or anguish caused by a comment you made which in turn made you feel uncomfortable you may then strive to be considerate, compassionate and thoughtful. ‘Karma’ doesn’t have to be big or extraordinary, brutal or gainful, all of those things are

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Winter wellness WORDS JOEL COUGHLAN

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ant a way to measure your immune strength? Live blood screening is a unique way of identifying the health and state of your white blood cells. Put bluntly, we measure how many white blood cells are alive versus how many are dead. This is not examined through standard blood testing as by the time the blood sample has been taken, the white blood cells will die off within a matter of minutes. Standard blood pathology measures the QUANTITY of white blood cells (i.e., how many white blood cells are present), and not the QUALITY of the white blood cells (i.e., how many are alive and moving), which is delivered through live blood screening. Live blood screening can show you possible low grade infection which otherwise would not be seen through standard blood tests. This can give you much more detailed information around your current state of well-being. CASE STUDY A lady in her 70s visited the clinic with chronic urinary tract infections

(UTIs) occurring every two weeks over several months. She had been prescribed nine courses of antibiotics in a two-month period. She believed the UTIs started after chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Shortly after chemotherapy, she developed pneumonia and middle ear infection which affected her balance. Apart from these acute issues that were becoming chronic, she also presented with weight gain, bloating, reflux and exhaustion. Upon live blood screening, there were significant numbers of dead white blood cells. This indicated she still had an infection, and her immune system was compromised. Results also showed inflammation, liver stress, imbalanced gut flora and inadequate protein digestion. The imbalanced gut flora was caused by concurrent courses of antibiotic therapy which altered the balance of microflora in the urinary tract, predisposing the client to frequent infections. TREATMENT PLAN The aim was to restore the microbiome of the gut with the right

beneficial bacteria, as this controls up to 70% of immune surveillance. From here, those good bacteria can translocate through white blood cells to the urinary tract and restore overall immune strength, which eliminated the need for antibiotics. I encouraged her to move to a diet rich in fibre, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds that were more specific to her blood group, as well as avoiding wheat. A fresh juice daily with beetroot, carrot, ginger, lemon and parsley was recommended to eliminate waste from her kidneys and bladder. Within two weeks her blood showed more active/alive white blood cells and reduced inflammation. She reported improvements in bowel motions, energy and concentration with ‘less reflux’. Mostly, her chronic UTIs had gone. Furthermore to our treatment, more recently she reported being ‘cured’ of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma by her GP, after being in remission for five years with no relapse. www.joelcoughlannaturopathic.ntpages.com.au

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Did you know you don’t have to

live with food sensitivities?

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ow there is a 21st century treatment for food sensitivities and allergies. It’s called, ‘Energy Balancing Techniques’. Did you know you can be completely free from offending foods / pollens / chemicals / radiation etc? Did you know an allergy just means your body is in ‘disharmony’ with something? And it’s easy to turn it around. Did you know you can be allergic to things that are normally seen as good for you? Like vitamins and minerals? Did you know that an allergy to Vitamin B may cause depression,

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What is the

Labyrinth of Light?

WORDS RAELENE BYRNE

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t is a deeply magical experience that takes you into your centre of wisdom, awareness and the unique vibration that you are; the part of you that is not replicated anywhere else in the universe. The inspiration has come from my love of labyrinths, candles, fire and transformational processes. People are often confused about what differentiates a labyrinth and a maze. Mazes have high walls, dead ends, and engage you in a thinking process to find your way to the centre point, and then you navigate your way out. It can be exhausting! Labyrinths are low to the ground, with a pathway that keeps you moving forward, towards the centre, which you can observe at all times, no backtracking, no second-guessing, a flow of movement which can be meditative. It represents the way of life. We have our steady, still centre, yet we can ‘seem’ to lose our way, finding ourselves off course from where our true self exists. This happens in the labyrinth

experience, you can be a long way from the centre, but you know the path will take you back to centre, returning you to the place to remember, and reignite your connection to you. When we have experiences these days, we create new reference points, we feel things, make choices, perhaps are inspired, we get closer to opening more into our true selves. ‘Labyrinth of Light’ was created to be a celebration, ceremony, ritual, meditation and healing, woven together to offer a new ‘reference point of self’ for each person who walks it. Utilising the fire element, which purifies, clears and releases, we also recognise the flame within each of our own souls; the very essence of who and why we are here. Each of the 400 candles has an intention, prayer and blessing which grows with added intention and presence. I have created a special heartshaped ‘Labyrinth of Light’ for smaller

gatherings which guide each person into their heart, to listen, to remember. Stepping over the threshold of the ‘Labyrinth of Light’ walk takes courage. You are consciously leaving aspects not serving or supporting you behind, as you walk towards your truth, your essence. Once in the heart of the labyrinth, there is a moment of ‘remembering’ which is profound for most people. A place to set your intention, open to deep gratitude, align with your new frequency and receive the next level of you in this world. You FEEL it deeply within. As you walk away from the centre towards the still, following the path that keeps you moving forward, there is a lightness, a renewed sense of purpose, a willingness to be more of self, as well as the contribution to the greater community. Next ‘Labyrinth of Light’ is 11.11.2018 in Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia! www.raelenebyrne.com

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The

magic of magnesium

WORDS ELA KRAFFT

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ife is busy and we need to be more mindful of ways we can support our body, particularly in times of change and stress. Some important questions to ask are, what supplements do we need to maintain our healthy body functions? And what minerals are we lacking due to processed foods, a high amount of stress and our depleted soils? And how can we achieve a healthier lifestyle in general? This all sounds ‘big’ but it is quite easy to become healthier – start by getting into nature, find some local, organic farmers to buy your fruit and veggies from, connect with a butcher selling organically grown, grass fed meat and poultry and investigate superfoods and minerals such as magnesium. Magnesium is an essential electrolyte for living organisms and it plays an important role in maintaining good health. Magnesium is an essential mineral and is needed for many cellular functions in the body and also known as an ‘anti stress’ mineral.

for the body!

Multiple health benefits of magnesium include: transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production and the formation of healthy teeth and bones. Magnesium works within our cells, it plays a crucial role affecting the brain, muscles, blood vessels and our overall wellbeing and health. “The real miracle is that the modern man gets by as well as he does with so little of this essential nutrient. A hundred years ago – before we depleted our soils with greedy agricultural practices – the average person received at least 500mg of magnesium a day, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Without supplementation, in 2009, even on a pure organic diet, you are looking at only 150mg at best. Those on a pure McDonald’s diet may be lucky to get 50mg. And we may need between 600 and 900mg per day!” We need to consume this important mineral regularly to prevent a deficiency, as low levels of magnesium have been associated with Alzheimer’s

disease, insulin resistance and Type II diabetes mellitus, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, migraines, high blood pressure, and many other illnesses. Even some neurological disorders have been linked to a lack of magnesium intake. Now the best and quickest way for our body to absorb magnesium is through our largest organ – our beautiful skin. ‘My Mag Essentials’ has developed transdermal magnesium products which are formulated, for safe and easy use and highly recommended for children, those with sensitive skin and low tolerance of oral consumption. Our lotion for example is the gentlest form of topical magnesium with high magnesium content, it’s rapidly absorbed through the skin and well tolerated. Our products are chemical free, 100% natural and as organic as possible, sourced from high quality ingredients. Empower your health with topical magnesium. www.mymagessentials.com

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Many shapes WORDS SPIRI BUHAGIAR

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ver the coming months, I will be discussing dying, death and grief. This article is about grief and its impact. Death is something that we all face; at some point we will die. We know this, yet when someone we care about passes, our emotions override our logic. Even after a terminal diagnosis – and we face the inevitable – we still experience grief when the person passes. The death of someone we care about can impact us in many different ways. If the passing is expected, the experience may differ from when someone is taken unexpectedly. When children die young or before their parents, the grief is compounded because the natural order has been broken. It is not uncommon for relationships to break down because both parents are grieving. Death under tragic circumstances, such as a fatal accident or act of violence, has a dramatic impact on those left behind,

of grief

as they have to deal with shock as well as loss. If the griever has unresolved issues – or where things are left unsaid with someone close who has passed – feelings of resentment, anger, bitterness, disappointment and regret may occur as there is no longer an opportunity to resolve the issue. Death by suicide often causes deep distress as those left behind may feel a sense of guilt; guilt that they should have known and offered help. Yet, none of us live in the minds of others. Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) can help you move through these processes. Grief is a natural part of living Although natural, grief is affected by the relationship between the griever and the deceased; the grief we experience is based on that relationship. Furthermore, our grief can be compounded when those around us are uncomfortable discussing the deceased and we need to express our feelings.

Grief is a process. It takes time! Too often in our busy western society, it is expected that we should move on and ‘get over it’ as soon as possible. Grief is as individual as we are. No two people share the same emotions when dealing with death and the subsequent grief. People who have deep religious or spiritual beliefs often find it easier to cope with the death of someone close. I am not a doctor, nor a psychiatrist, but an individual who has experienced grief through suicide; through tragedy, through my elderly parents passing and through a partner passing. My experience was different in each case. With a Masters in Neuro Linguistic Programming and a background in behavioural science, hypnotherapy and RTT, I can provide professional support and assistance in coping with your grief. www.rapidmindtherapies.com.au Phone +61 418 775 849

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Penny Black Organic

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ven though I had a busy schedule, I decided to take advantage of my daughter’s three-day school camp, and allow myself some delicious nurturing at ‘Penny Black Organic’, Australia’s first Certified Green Salon, on Mons Road at Forest Glen, on the Sunshine Coast. To ensure I would feel completely relaxed by the end of my session, I began with a magnesium float which can be added to any salon treatment for a minimal charge. The float tank comes with a colour therapy feature, but I chose complete darkness to fully experience the sublime relaxing alpha state that sensory deprivation brings. I floated weightlessly in a warm pod of highly concentrated Epsom salts, allowing my body to let go of the tension from the previous weeks. After an hour, I stepped out of the tank feeling nurtured and at ease, and was ready to embrace the next stage of my pampering session. I sat down with Bridget who took the time to really listen to my needs.

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This Earth is the

greatest source of healing

WORDS SONYA DRIVER

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m I alone or does anyone else believe the Earth provides everything we need to heal? Mentally, spiritually, physically. I see God in every rainbow, bird, flower and stars. That’s why I walk. I crave the healing power of walking in nature. My mental health is so much stronger and I get clarity on all things. Recently my sister had a sore lower back, my advice “walk”; another friend wants to lose weight and brain fog, my advice “walk”. I’m one of those people that people share their problems with. I’m a fixer. I love to fix! However, I need to learn when to just listen and not try to fix.

Really the Earth provides miracles for us to see daily. We need to be fully aware of it. I open my mind and belief and I expect to see incredible things every time I walk. So guess what? I do! My husband is now used to me coming home with a story. Just last week at golden hour, I swear I saw a huge shark jump from the water. A little up the beach hundreds of fishermen were fishing as a wall of tuna fish and sharks were just off the beach. They cancelled the surfing comp! There were huge tuna in buckets and the young boys’ eyes were like saucers. They were so excited by their catch. The joy on their faces will never leave me. Even if you don’t agree with killing fish to eat, I was excited for them without judgment.

That night pictures of Poke were all over Facebook. I have a small strip of garden. However, I love walking along it and smelling the frangipani or picking a hibiscus. I love feeding my garden, mulching and watering it. It brings me such joy. How incredible is the Earth that a force so intelligent can open a flower to the sun and close it again at night time. What an astonishing life force. I turn to nature for my ingredients in cooking, medicine and my beauty products. It’s all here. Get earthed! Blessings, Sonya. www.ecotan.com.au

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Celebrate International Kissing Day: Secrets WORDS JANINE HALL

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id you know that each year on July 6th there is an entire day dedicated to kissing? This is the perfect time to celebrate all things loving about you and your lips. But there’s more to a kiss than you might think; have you ever had that awkward moment when you end up actually connecting your lips with a complete stranger’s lips when you meant to kiss them on the cheek? Doesn’t it tend to leave you feeling embarrassed? Kissing is one of the most loving things we do, whether it’s a friendly kiss on the cheek with a friend or a heart-warming expression of your love with someone special. We’ve all had a memorable kiss that can ‘literally take your breath away’, or leave you feeling like you’ve been kissed by yet another frog. This universal language of love and friendship is an eco system of expression and given that we now know our lips are the most sensitive part of

our body, perhaps this is why it’s yet another way, similar to your smile, that we can express ourselves without talking. Equally the way we kiss or are being kissed can be an explanation of how we know someone and how we want them to know us. HERE ARE MY 5 FAVOURITE KISSING STYLES ALL WRAPPED UP The Friendship Kiss: Or the greeting hello kiss. Generally, on either side of your face and rarely on your lips. The touching of the cheeks pays reference to trust and self worth. The Forehead Kiss: This represents a deep connection and fondness with who you are. Gentle, kind and loving. You have a more intimate connection with this person. The Grandmother Kiss: Grandmothers can get away with absolutely anything. She’ll come in and just grab you in a big hug, look you straight on and give you a kiss on each side of your cheeks.

to kissing

The Air Kiss: This is a Beverly Hills Housewives-type kiss. They will make the noise, but there is no connection. What this is saying is that they really want the other person to like them, but they are setting boundaries so they don’t get too close. The French Kiss: This is an intimate event shared between two people who have loving and deep affectionate feelings towards each other. It’s the most intimate way to express your feelings to someone you care about. The lips are connected to every chakra point, particularly the heart chakra. Kisser tips: When kissing or greeting someone to say hello, always go to the non-dominant side of the face/ body. This is usually the left hand side; I say “keep left to avoid a head-on”. For more information about our balms, lip print reading, upcoming tour, events and private workshops; join our FREE “Lip Sercrets Insiders Club” visit: www.organiclipbalm.com.au Enter the draw to win 1 of 5 free lip balms.

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Profile of an essential oil: Ginger WORDS KIM MORRISON

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inger is a well-revered spice that has been used in food and medicine for many generations. It is often added to dishes not only for its exquisite flavour, but also for its ability to aid digestion. Ginger is part of the same family as cardamom and turmeric, and the oil is extracted from the root of the plant. It has a warm, spicy, woody scent that is warming, relieving, recharging and stabilising. Gingerol is one of the main components. This has amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Ginger can be extracted in two ways. One is via steam distillation and the other is via CO2 extraction. Interestingly, whilst both are ginger essential oils, they look, smell and behave slightly differently. CO2 extracted oils are gaining a lot of popularity now as they extract different chemical constituents that are not necessarily found in the steam

distilled varieties, and do not use heat or a solvent. Ginger that is CO2 extracted is a thicker, more sticky liquid caused by a ketone molecule called Zingerone, which does not show up in steam-distilled ginger. It’s still a warm, and pain-relieving oil with the added bonus of being an exceptional digestive aid. It also has a more accepted and familiar aroma. The steam distilled ginger has more known sesquiterpenes (B-phellandrene and zingiberene) which are brilliant for pain relief. Both are amazing but if you wanted an essential oil for digestion issues like food poisoning and dysentery then the CO2 extract would be the preferred choice. Regardless of extraction, ginger is one of the best oils to help treat upset tummies and support better digestion. A massage blend with ginger, peppermint, fennel and grapefruit could be an ideal combination. These oils would also be ideal for nausea in a diffuser or aroma mist spritzer bottle. If travelling in a car you could use ginger and peppermint to help reduce symptoms of car-sickness.

When it comes to coughs, colds and removing a build-up of mucous, an inhalation would be ideal. Simply fill a sink or small bowl with warm to hot water, add two drops of ginger and two drops of peppermint. Place a towel over the head and inhale in through the nose and out through the mouth, then in through the mouth and out through the nose for at least a few minutes. Zingibain is a component of ginger that has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it an ideal choice for muscle aches and pains, arthritis and headaches. Ginger is also renowned to help increase sexual desire. With aphrodisiac qualities it would blend well with oils like rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, orange and patchouli in a massage blend, romantic bath for two or a diffuser. Over thousands of years there have been many healing tonics created using the power of ginger. If there was a special oil to add to your health and healing collection, ginger would be it. www.twenty8.com

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e’ve got things the wrong way round, our grandparents would buy a product ONCE and use it over and over. We use a product ONCE, throw it away and buy it over and over. One of those single use items is sitting in the third drawer down in any Australian kitchen. It’s both an environmental and public heath disaster… Since the 1950s, plastic cling wrap has become a daily go-to for most households. We wrap our lunches, cover our leftovers and reheat with plastic wrap; we then stuff our fruit and vegetables into plastic bags. All these plastic storage methods, while delightfully convenient, are causing harm to our lands, oceans, nature and substantially threatening our health due to the chemicals used in them. In 2006 some companies started using phthalate-free materials to manufacture plastic wrap. Most plastic wraps are now made with low-density polyethylene (LDPE) or polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC). However research

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now indicates that this hasn’t completely solved the problem, since LDPE contains unpronounceable chemicals such as BHT, Chimassorb 81, Irganox PS 800, Irganix 1076, and Irganox 1010 and a compound called DEHA (diethylhexyl adipate). Like phthlates, DEHA acts as an endocrine disruptor in the body and is linked to asthma in children, an increased risk of cancer and low sperm levels. As it’s not required by law, in most countries to list ingredients used to make the product, it’s difficult to know which chemical compounds are found in your plastic wrap. The safest approach is to avoid using plastic wrap at all. This month is Plastic Free July, so join the millions who register for this annual event (www.plasticfreejuly.org) and let’s rethink our plastic wrap choices: 1. When using a microwave, cover your dish with wax paper, paper towel, napkin or crockery – use a bowl over your plate or a plate over your bowl.

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0% of our body’s energy comes from oxygen! Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the level of oxygen in the cells and has been proven to regenerate and restore healthy tissue. The fundamental cause of tissue degeneration is lack of oxygen caused by stress, illness, disease or injury. Every cell in the body needs oxygen to complete the metabolic processes that give us life energy. Oxygen gives athletes stamina, helps heal injuries faster and protects us from environmental toxins. Traditionally the use of hyperbaric chambers has been restricted to large hospitals and at a substantial cost. However with the relatively recent advent of portable chambers, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now both affordable and convenient and suitable for all ages from children to the elderly. Mild hyperbaric chambers are pressurised enclosures that allow the person inside to experience greater than normal atmospheric pressures. The pressure, combined with ambient air purified to 89-93%, forces the oxygen to dissolve into the body’s fluids and travel to areas of the body otherwise

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difficult to reach. The dissolved oxygen saturates the plasma, the lymph, the synovial (joint) fluid and the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy activates the white blood cells to fight infection, promoting resistance to infection, as well as wound healing. It also helps to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. What are the benefits of increased oxygen levels in the body? • Provides the fuel needed by the brain to function properly • Helps the body to fight off infection by boosting the immune system • Assists in post-operative healing and sporting injury recovery • Aids in the treatment of chronic disease and maximises the benefits of other modalities • Promotes accelerated and enhanced wound healing • Decreases post-operative inflammation and infection • Adjunctive therapy in sports medicine to accelerate athlete recovery Is it safe? Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a

safe, drug-free therapy that can be used regularly without any danger of oxygen toxicity. Numerous people world-wide have reported dramatic, and in many instances, life-changing improvements in their conditions as a result of using mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. No dangerous side effects have been reported with mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been known to: • Improve strength, energy and endurance • Relieve tension and stress • Improve concentration and memory • Detoxify the blood • Assist headaches and migraines • Strengthen heart and lungs • Improve metabolism and aid digestion • Reduce fatigue and improve sleeping patterns • Relieve muscle stiffness • Improve skin conditions Ibuki Health has a new improved 1.5ATA hyperbaric chamber (hard shell) construction offering increased airflow per minute. For more information please visit: www.ibukihealth.com

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t is sad to see our animal companions no longer able to do the things they once could do as they age and grow older. All older animals have some amount of arthritis, although some have many more problems with it. Western medicine has very few options for treating arthritis and uses mostly drugs, to cover the pain. Many times animals are on three different drugs and it still isn’t enough. In some animals, arthritis manifests as weakness caused by the inflammation pushing on the nerves. Many dogs walk around like their feet are asleep, tripping over things, stumbling and no longer having the strength to jump into the car or onto the bed. Unfortunately because they can no longer walk as far or do as much as they used to, their muscles start to atrophy or waste away, causing a vicious cycle. As the weakness increases, they do less, which causes more atrophy from disuse, leading to more weakness and more atrophy and less activity. In the end, many of these animals can no longer get up on their own or even take a short walk. In other animals, arthritis will

manifest as pain, which can also prevent movement and cause the weakness/ atrophy cycle. Many of these animals will become moody and withdrawn and may even snap and bite at their family out of fear of pain. It is so hard to see our friends have so much pain that they no longer want our affection. In most animals, there is a combination of pain and weakness. Usually dogs suffer more than cats because they carry more weight and are used to daily activity. Also people often don’t notice that their cats are in pain because they spend so much time sitting and sleeping. So what do we do for our friends to help them live out their older years happy and pain free? ACUPUNCTURE Being an acupuncturist, I always recommend acupuncture first for arthritis. Of course this is also because I have seen how well it works in the animals I treat. I often find that if I can work with animals when they first have problems, they do so well we only need to treat them every one to three months. Unfortunately most of the animals I see have had problems

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