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his has been an inspiring and thought provoking edition to put together this month and what if it’s time for even more people to come forward and share their unique gifts? As all the articles came in this month, I was left with a sense of, ‘What a beautiful group of people all sharing their bliss’, and great to have so many different perspectives. This was a big part of why I created this magazine, so people could have a ‘voice’ and see that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to well-being and creating a vibrant life. Our July feature is called ‘beyond disability’ and it’s about creating a massive shout-out to people who have experienced any type of stigma from labels, anyone who has felt ‘too different’, ‘less’, devalued, or misunderstood. Let’s
gather around, lift ourselves and each other up higher and higher, let’s release the projections from others and any selfjudgements, and be our unique and totally different selves and shine bright like never before. What if ALL of us sharing our unique gifts is what the world requires to heal? Thank-you to all the amazing and courageous people and their families who are being change agents, despite the challenges they may face and my wish is for more kindness to be shared. This month Delany Delaney and Glen Sheppard grace our cover and create a real presence for this feature and edition. Please read my story and interview with this dynamic duo on page 12-13.
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15 Food for the Soul
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WORDS JOEL GRACE
f I was to ask you where your digestive system is, you would probably point to your belly. But your digestive system is so much more than that – it actually starts in your mouth and ends at your anus, and is roughly 10 metres long! Let’s take a closer look at your digestive system and examine how it works and where things can commonly go wrong. The digestive system has two broad functions – the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of wastes. Both of these primarily occur in the small and large intestines. However, you might be surprised to learn that digestion actually begins in the mouth. Your teeth chew food into small particles, then your saliva imparts enzymes to assist in the breakdown of food. This is why it’s important to eat a diet high in plant-based wholefoods and to chew thoroughly, as what you put in the top end dictates what eventually comes out the back end! Once food is swallowed, it journeys down your esophagus to your stomach.
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cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix well. In a smaller bowl whisk the eggs, then add the coconut milk, honey, oil, vanilla and whisk until all combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix again. It will form a sticky, thick, wet batter. Add the apple to the mixture and stir again. Pour/press the mixture into the prepared baking tin. Now make the crumble layer, totally optional but it looks good yah? In a small bowl add all the crumble ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle the crumble layer on top of the cake and press down slightly. Place into the oven for 15 minutes. Then cover with foil and place back into the oven for another 15 minutes or until cooked.
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hat does disability mean to you? Some might say it’s about being unable to do a range of things that many people take for granted. For others, it may be communicating, behaving and looking a certain way that is considered different or outside the ‘norm’. If we could see each other through the eyes of gratitude, I wonder what that would create? It was a windy summer’s day last December when I met Glen Sheppard, 12
his mum Pam and reconnected again with Delany Delaney. They drove out to our place in the country and we sat together on our deck gazing at the 360 degree views of undulating mountains, sharing some expansive moments together, mixed with a whole lot of fun and laughter. Glen is 37 years old and just like a lot of other Aussie blokes, enjoys a beer or two and chips with family and friends. From a medical perspective, he was born with Down Syndrome and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has very little verbal communication. Delany has been his carer/friend/co-
creator for 17 years and she assists him to communicate using an alphabet board and what is called facilitated communication. Instead of going through every letter slowly on the board to communicate, Delany communicates telepathically (sometimes with or without the board) to create more speed and ease with communicating Glen’s message. Delany mentioned this started happening about three years ago and was “a bit freaky” when Glen started communicating with her in this way. “Neither of us knew how to handle it, there was no one to talk to about it and people projected at us. It
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was too far out there. That stopped us from working together for a while, which was difficult for both of us,” she shared. Delany discovered the tools of Access Consciousness and founder Gary Douglas was the first person to really acknowledge the capacities both she and Glen have. Delany is now a certified Access Consciousness Facilitator and the Access tools have helped them both to keep communicating telepathically and offering facilitation to others. It is clear to me Glen’s first language is not with words, it’s with energy and his mum Pam said he is often ‘working on people energetically’ to assist with dissolving the ‘walls’ so they can receive more from the universe. Delany said, “to communicate with Glen, you have to drop all your barriers. There is nothing that Glen does not know about me.” Delany has a long history of working with people ‘labelled disabled’ and has created a very special connection with Glen and many others. She first met Glen and Pam at a local community event in Queensland called, “Performing Arts with Florence” and realised Glen could communicate in a different way and he could also write (in fact he had just written his first book at the age of 20). Glen doesn’t let his ‘disability’ get in the way of living a fascinating life; he writes poetry, has completed tertiary studies and has written two books; one of which is a murder mystery and the lead character has autism. So this is not about saying that autism or other ‘conditions’ don’t exist, or pretending people with disabilities and their families don’t have challenging times. But the nature of any label means that it is one dimensional and doesn’t encompass the bright shining being. I wonder what sort of world we would create if we saw people in all their glory and what if ‘difference’ was not seen as bad, or wrong? Delany shared that because Glen has chosen the form he has in this life, it’s easy to see that his reality is so much more different than other people’s; he doesn’t even see the same visually as us. But it’s not just people who have obvious physical differences that feel ‘too different’. She said, “How much do we presume that we ‘get’ somebody, when we don’t know what that person’s reality is. And so I love that people like
WHEN WE ARE WILLING TO MOVE BEYOND ASSUMPTION, PROJECTION AND JUDGEMENT, THERE ARE SO MANY MORE POSSIBILITIES AND MIRACLES AND MAGIC RIGHT HERE WAITING FOR US TO RECEIVE.
Glen come here to slam something different into the mix and into creation of a different reality and they operate in a different way. They are heightening our awareness of that. We have all these things in common but we are really different and to presume we know what is going on in someone’s reality is a limitation. What about if we lived being in the question and asked what else is possible? What I got from Glen, my friend here is, to be present in a way I wasn’t being before we began this journey together.” Glen shared, “There is a space that is required now. It’s time to move beyond being worried if you fit, because most of us never really did. So if we can be with that and be with that space of ‘there actually isn’t separation’, we only create separation, then it’s easier for us to move forward. When we are caught up in trying to fit and trying to make sure we are not left on the edges, that actually creates the ‘being left on the edges’ that we are trying to avoid and it is not from trying to fit in that I have created what I have created. It is more that we are willing to be everything that we be and yes it is a journey, we become more and more, but it is that space of being willing to be that, that actually gives us people who have our backs. So truly we are never alone. Our energy goes on and on, there is no end. Could we ever be alone? When we are willing to move past all the projections of what our lives are supposed to look like and what is
supposed to bring us joy, then we can truly receive everything and so we are never really alone. When we get out of the ‘head tripping’ and acknowledge that we are actually picking up on thoughts and feelings of other people and what is going on in other parts of the world, even if we don’t watch the news, that doesn’t negate that we are aware of an energy that is there, that is discomforting and so when we are willing to push down the barriers and not separate, everything becomes easier.” Delany commented that whatever they do, it’s about creating a very different way of being with people, the animals and with the planet. “When we are willing to move beyond assumption, projection and judgement, there are so many more possibilities and miracles and magic right here waiting for us to receive. And joy, fun and kindness are paramount and you don’t have to separate from others to have your own identity.” Delany, Pam and Glen are currently travelling the world and Delany and Glen offer classes and talks using the tools of Access Consciousness. They share their music (both write the music and lyrics) with audiences far and wide and are also working on an album together and a project called ‘Out of the Blue’. And they would like to have their message in front of as many people as they can, in as many countries and translated to as many languages as possible. I felt like we could have spent the whole day together as there was such a palpable sense of peace with us all sitting on our deck on that windy summer’s day. After Delany, Glen and Pam left, I reflected on my first job as a provisional psychologist, conducting IQ assessments and providing counselling for people through Disability Services Victoria at the age of twenty-two. Many families received extra support and respite because of the assessment and eligibility process, but I had a knowing about the area of ‘disability’ that I wasn’t able to ‘realise’ until I met Glen Sheppard and had his wisdom conveyed through Delany Delaney. What if now is the time to receive and see ourselves fully and find any ways we are dis-abling ourselves from being who we really are? www.facebook.com/glenanddelany Holistic Bliss | JULY 2017 |
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WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal â€“ Millennium Education
he rainbow child chooses a journey that is all consciousness and are teachers of the new awareness which is love based. They can present themselves as dis-abled, with genetic dis-orders and even serious diseases. Some even choose to live here a small amount of time such as babies who die from cot death and many other terminal diseases. The most powerful aspect of the rainbow child, is they NEVER consider themself as â€˜dis-abledâ€™. If anything, they know how to access potentiality and they do so in their own amazing way. In 2012, I was asked to teach about the Millennium ChildrenÂŽ personalities in India to international schools. I was to be made aware of the Rainbow Children very quickly from working in a boysâ€™ orphanage and walking the local streets of Bangalore. I witnessed small children being physically abused to make them â€˜disabledâ€™ so that the children would get more money from begging. But what I watched was these children were able to access their potential and managed to get around and function as â€˜normalâ€™ as
everyone else. If anything, they could see the potential and possibilities more than children who were not â€˜beatenâ€™. These children were able, not dis-abled. They went beyond the dis-ability. It did not make it right or pleasant but they could see the best in their situation. They had become and accessed RAINBOW Child awareness and knew anything is possible and they were not actually dis-abled. At that time, my 11-year-old son was with me and he said, â€œMum I can be anything when I grow up. I saw the beggar children and they could not walk or see but they were happy and they played together. These children are amazingâ€?. Today he is 17 years old and has kept the attitude and mind frame â€˜anything is possibleâ€™. I love to read, watch and hear about peopleâ€™s lives and how they can access potentiality and know they are ABLE. One story I heard was about a gentleman who did the Kokoda Trail and he had no legs! Or there is Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of arms
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COURAGE in the FACE of ADVERSITY WORDS ANDREW DUDEK
unshine Coast rapper, songwriter, poet and recent Australian Youth of the Year winner Nathan Tessman’s spectacular, inspirational life may be in actual fact, a far greater challenge to many of us than to him! Specifically, how many of us can really transcend adversity, go beyond labels like ‘disability’, and attain a naturally sublime state of joyous being the way Nathan is achieving? SMARDS is the label the medical experts have attached upon Nathan. It stands for Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress. Not only is there ‘no cure’, future treatment is at best uncertain, and the prognosis is grim. All the things we ‘able bodied’ people take for granted, like clenching our loved ones in a tight embrace, or wading barefoot through a forest creek, are an absurdly remote fantasy for wheelchairbound Nathan. Yet, despite these issues (or maybe
because of them) Nathan has chosen to ignite his soul and senses, and is unleashing upon the world his electrifying brand of entertainment, music, hip hop, and poetry; his universal message of love, courage and truth, triumphing over everything else is growing exponentially. Last year he was formally acknowledged and awarded ‘Youth of the Year’ at the Australia Day Awards. Prior to that, a Federal MP was moved to read out to parliament the entire lyrics of Nathan’s poignant, uplifting song “Fly Away”. This profoundly moving song, chronicles his raw and personal encounters with depression and suicide, yet shines a victorious beacon of light upon his redemption and restoration to self, features in his debut album “My Introduction”. In 2014, Nathan’s childhood dream came true, when he became (by popular vote) the support act to play with his heroes, the legendary “Bliss n Eso” at Brisbane Riverstage. Nathan’s life was also celebrated in the brilliant documentary film “The Magic of Life” (watch it on You Tube). Living legend and Australian literary
genius Rupert McCall is proud to call Nathan a friend. Rupert describes ‘the message’ of Nathan Tessman and MC Wheels thus: “His message revolves around the powerful truth that anything and everything is possible. No matter how hard you get hit, you can always come back harder…” This young man, barely in his early twenties, is also a true philanthropist by nature. Nathan was a perfect fit when he became ambassador to the brilliant Sunshine Coast charity ‘Sunny Kids’. Nathan shows me how to step into that divine realm of goodness which dwells in all of us. To me, that makes him an angel on earth, with the heart of a lion! Thank you Mr Tessman, for being such a screaming trailblazer and lover of humanity! And thank you Mr Tessman, for all the times you instantly pull me out, out and away from my own episodes of selfpity or doubt – all I need do, after all, is simply think of you! www.magicoflife.me and www.mcwheels.com.au
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HB: Can you tell us a little bit about how Sunshine Butterflies has grown? Leanne: We continue to create new programs, services and products to meet the needs of families and individuals living with disability. We have always been a family friendly service which has helped us create trusted relationships with our members and families. Together with staff and volunteers, we have created a culture that is unique and in demand which has grown our membership to 450. I like knowing we are different to other government-funded service providers and organisations. Receiving no government funding allows us the flexibility to provide support and create unique programs and activities when we see a need. HB: How do you see disability? Leanne: “Seeing the ability not the disability” is our tag line which focuses on bringing out the very best in someone and encouraging them to see their ability. With the NDIS soon
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3 TOOLS to ‘LIVE outside THE BOX’ WORDS GARY DOUGLAS
ou may have heard the saying, “think outside of the box” or, “live outside of the box.” I mean really, we spend a lot of time in boxes! When we are born, they put us in a crib – which is a box. When we die, it’s a coffin which is… oh yeah… another box. And for much of the world, all the years in between are about living within the box of what other people say our reality should be. Do you ever take a look at your life and wonder… Who am I living my life for? What’s really my reality and why am I trying to be like someone else? Usually, when you’re trying to be like someone else you don’t really achieve or create what you desire. Would you like to have a different possibility? We actually have a choice. We can live by other people’s reality or we can figure out our own. Here are three tools to create your life outside the box:
1. Acknowledge that you want something more than other people. Other people do not desire what you desire. You are different. But unless you are willing to recognise that you are different and that you want something more than other people, you cannot create beyond the maximum limitations that someone else is willing to have. 2. Recognise what works for YOU. Rather than living as though you have to do things the way other people do it, begin to recognise what will work for you and what won’t work for you. Then you stop hitting your head against a brick wall trying to make something work. You begin to recognise that there is another possibility. 3. Ask the questions that will catapult you into a new reality – YOUR reality. When you are willing to look at what’s true for you, what works, what doesn’t and what you truly desire, you
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HEALING our REACTIONS WORDS AMANDA MACKAY
ver the years I have listened to and read opinions on the purpose of many things including disability, in society. It has been expressed as, “If there’s a God, why? Why make some suffer and not others?” In the ‘spiritual community’ the idea that karma is the key may be too much of a generalisation for we don’t know the purpose of the individual soul. Yes karma is real and we spend lifetimes accumulating and healing the experiences our soul has chosen. I believe karma is not a black and white, good or bad, nor a punishment or reward system created by a universal being, but let’s explore that another time. It is generally known that when you react to another person’s behaviour, thoughts, ideas or ideology, it is an indication that there is a belief system, prejudice or pattern of behaviour within you, created by you or energetically inherited by family or society that is seeking to be healed.
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Our responses and choices of contribution to confronting human conditions such as disability, famine, poverty and abuse too, allow us the opportunity to uncover and understand ourselves on a deeper level. So taking that into consideration and coupling it with karma, could it be a purpose of disability maybe to raise the level of compassion, acceptance and love on the planet? Instead of feeling sorry for a person with a disability (which by the way is an individual thinking more about their own comfort zone), with a slight shift in perception we may collectively see a little clearer the great teachers that they are, here to bring to our awareness the need to realise, understand and accept our connectedness. The real challenge here is to be real about your reactions, displeasure or discomfort, notice the preconceptions in your consciousness and the subtle attitudes in the subconscious rather than brush aside or bury any awkward
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WORDS MICHAEL ROADS
hen I realised that the suggested feature for this was about ‘beyond disability,’ I pondered this. Having never suffered any real or lasting disability, I wondered how could I write about it? Then, on further reflection, I realised that I could not discount my disabling back injury which lasted from the age of 29 to 49 – not at all a pleasant memory! The pain that I endured was excruciating. Interestingly, it was this chronic pain that was one of the keys to my spiritual enlightenment. In fact, to be honest, the uplifting energy of my spiritual enlightenment carried me far beyond my disability, enabling me to completely heal myself. After twenty years of enduring the pain and being hospitalised for it, the relief of living without pain was indescribable. Yet, it was I who created the pain. We each create our path and our lives, whether we are aware of it or not… and I was not! Today I teach
unconditional love as a wise path to freedom, but my getting there was anything but loving or wise. However, it did reveal to me that all paths are valid – even pain – if you walk them to the very bitter end… which can be very bitter and continue for lifetimes. Then I considered other disabilities of humanity as a whole, and immediately the main one became obvious… the appalling spiritual ignorance of most of our human population. I am aware that – as a generalisation – anyone with a physical disability has a metaphysical ability to compensate them, or to help them cope with life, but spiritual ignorance is very deeply ingrained and disabling in a way that is not apparent to those who suffer from it. Those who are spiritually ignorant are often over-endowed with an intellectual arrogance… and this only makes matters worse. These people are inclined to project scorn upon
those who embrace and live their spiritual principles. And let me be very clear: humanity is governed by the spiritual principles of truth. It matters not whether we agree or disagree, or know of these principles or not, they implacably govern the way that life unfolds on all human level of consciousness. So… from a first thought that I knew nothing about going beyond disability, I realise that I have done so on both the physical pain level and the much deeper metaphysical level. Ignorance means ‘to ignore’. We all too easily ignore the still small inner voice of the pineal/heart connection, listening instead to the rationale of the brain’s gibberish and thus disabling ourselves. The solution is easy and obvious… learn to trust the profound wisdom of the metaphysical and immortal being whom you truly are. www.michaelroads.com.au
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WORDS RAELENE BYRNE
re you watching world events and feeling helpless, hopeless and emotionally disabled from the ‘interesting’ happenings globally? There is a palpable rise in fear, chaos, worry, along with anger directed at ‘them’ (those who are creating havoc, which reinforces the idea of separation!). The more we engage externally, getting caught up in the anger of the world, the harder it is to find our true centre. We forget our true capabilities. We forget to see the wonderment, the acts of compassion, the incredible things being done quietly to support and assist others on a global scale. The world is focused on the drama, yet there is a multitude of amazing things being achieved, happening, being birthed. There are no real answers for what is occurring, however, there are ways to hold yourself without becoming lost in the web of chaos. At the heart, we desire love and respect. Yet, we can be fast to blame, quick to judge, even instantaneous in finding fault with others. The daily tuning into our centre,
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OUR ‘GREAT UNDOING’ WORDS SORAYA SARASWATI
s babies we are naturally expansive beings, innocent and open to the great mystery of life with wonder and trust. We soon lose touch with oneness and grow into a separate ego called ME, which is strengthened as we become ‘human doings’ with a constant need for validation. Perhaps our greatest disability in life is this addiction and attachment to doing that creates a feeling of separation; to do more and to know more in order to be better and have more. We become so busy doing and becoming, we completely forget our inherent connection to being. Then, when life abruptly challenges us in some way and we experience pain or struggle, grief or loss, we may start to question life. We feel alone and separate, and little ME may begin to seek comfort in something more. The seeker begins to search and
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death of my own son I experienced such a wake-up call and applied mindful principles called ‘Shining Through’. We realise that we are no longer the thoughts we have identified so strongly with. We are in fact the vast sky of being upon which our thoughts as storm clouds pass through. We see that the identification to the mind has taken us on a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows of unfolding drama. And we are not any of that… Here is the place where we begin to ask the very important question: “Who am I?” or “Who am I without my history?” And this is an important step if we really want to wake up and realise that we have been a human being all along, we just lost touch with the oneness that we all truly are. SORAYA SARASWATI is the author of ‘Shining Through: From Grief to Gratitude’. www.sorayasaraswati.com
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WORDS MURRAY BALL
received the biggest gifts with the births of my three sons. They all give me great joy, and two of them have brought me unexpected growth: Travis, aged 15, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two; Chad, aged 9, has Down Syndrome. So my perspective of ‘beyond disability’ is very clear – they have ability: you just need to help them find it. Travis’ autism was so severe that he continually avoided school, would isolate himself in his room or make a tent over the dining table, and would not engage with his family; emotional outbursts were constant – swearing, rage and tantrums became part of normality for over 12 years. Then I finally had the tools and knowledge to help my son. I did so with the greatest love any parent would have. At his worst, Travis had six voices in his head, was on sleeping tablets and psychiatric drugs, self-harming, and deteriorating at a rapid rate. After Travis’ second Holographic
Kinetics treatment, he automatically stopped taking his tablets and I could see light at the end of the tunnel. Many more sessions later and my son now enjoys his freedom to live completely: with no voices and with a loving girlfriend. He regularly travels with me on my workshops and talks and shares his story of his healing. Travis has since become an apprentice healer as he has found his own gifts of spirituality and has embraced all these wonderful positive emotions that he constantly shares with others. That is how I knew, yet again, what I am doing works. My Rainbow Chad is a more complex story… an extra chromosome that gives that unique characteristic of their appearance… absolute beauty. You cannot teach a Down Syndrome person to hate, they are full of love and joy and give the best hugs any person could receive. How can I help my son to increase his ability? Chad too receives my spiritual work, and I have discovered many aspects to his condition that the medical world
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WORDS NATALIE DELFORCE
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him, listening with no judgements, no teachings, no directions, simply being present with him. Once he had completed the artwork, he shared with me his meaning of all the elements that he had created. “I am the spider in the middle of the giant web and these are insects stuck in my web.” The insects symbolised the people in his life. “The ones closest to me are the people that I love and who love me.” He pointed to each individual insect and named them, his mum, dad and grandparents. “Except my sister, I put her way out here on the edge, because I love her but she tells me she hates me and we fight.” Not far from him, a few web lines back, were two more insects on opposite sides of the spider. “These are my two best friends. This one is at my school, at this friend lives near me. They don’t know each other.” Lastly there were two more insects, up the
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WORDS LINDA WILLOW ROBERTS
sing ThetaHealing I have witnessed clients evolving, releasing patterns, growing in themselves, and the thing that brings me to tears to see, is the evolution of their children without them doing anything, so it is paramount to be aware, whatever you work on for yourself and whatever you clear in your genetic line, ripples down to your children and your children’s children. The below is part of the meaning to the children card in the ‘I am a Manifestor Magical Oracle Cards’! I have used the reversed, action and affirmation. REVERSED: Patterns can repeat themselves, in many generations and many past lives. Finding the core beliefs in yourself may unblock your children’s problems. Do you use negative phrases for money, relationships and life in general? For example, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy”. Your children need you to show them how to live by example. They
watch you and will follow your ideals and paradigms. We can start the change with ourselves first. ACTION: Affirm to your children at a young age, that they are going to live a blessed life, and let the belief set in. Self love is the starting point, it can alter generations. Boundaries can expose children to the idea of balancing giving and receiving, and giving to self before helping others. You can find courses to help you in your self-discovery. Having a healthy view of yourself and self analysis really helps. Being honest with your children helps; we have to be careful not to transfer our fears onto our children. The key is balance and quality time. Love and affection and guidance will help your child grow up to be well equipped emotionally as an adult. Remember for the short time you have them solely in your life, you are getting them ready for: their working life, to potentially be a partner and possibly to be parents
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7 SIMPLE YET PROFOUND STEPS TO BE THE PARENT YOU CHOOSE TO BE Step 6: Listen to your Intuition and Take Action hen it comes to your children, you are more in touch with their needs than anyone else on the planet. In our western culture however, we are not taught to listen to our intuition, rather the opposite! When you were young, did your well-meaning parents tell you to stop crying, saying, “There, there, it’s okay”, when it clearly wasn’t; or “Don’t be silly, get over it” when you were upset? Were you shamed or punished for expressing emotions and saying how you really felt? The key to intuition is to connect with yourself. Your body is always speaking to you if you slow down and listen. The messages may be as quiet as a whisper or as powerful as a full-blown
avalanche, but ultimately we have the choice to heed these messages or not. If we don’t heed them they can affect us physically like a painful knot in the stomach, recurring headaches or fatigue. They can feel like anxiety, stress or depression that sabotage even your best intentions. It could be that warm fuzzy feeling in your chest when you are lost in the moment with your child and all is well with your world… or that fearful pang when you couldn’t see your child even though he was there, playing behind that rack of clothes just a moment ago. This is your intuition speaking to you. We call it a gut instinct because we feel it in the body, not in the rational mind that so often tries to over-rule it with logic and reason. The more you connect in with your own deeper knowing, the more you will empathetically sense the underlying emotions that are driving your child’s behaviour. This is far more powerful than
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FREE YOUR HEART WORDS JANET McGEEVER
have deep compassion and am so inspired by those with disability. There’s a silent disability that much of society lives with every day; the inability to truly express and receive love, this great love that resides in every human being. This can be so unconscious we don’t even know it’s there or even question it. I was in Hawaii recently and was overcome with the LOVE in the people of that nation. It moved my heart to tears at times. As I write, I can feel my heart swelling right now. That country is embedded in a deep spiritual philosophy of love, of respect, of integrity. It goes right through the fabric of their society. The customs, the people, the music opens your heart. For sure, like all countries, there’s an underbelly, but it is underpinned by this deep language of the heart. See, Hawaiians know they are not separate from the all. They know they
are connected deeply to every part of life. Dr Ihaleakala Hew Len from Hawaii made headlines when he worked in a ward for four years where they kept the dangerous criminally insane at Hawaii State Hospital. Psychologists quit on a monthly basis. Staff would call in sick often and would be afraid for their lives. Dr Len had an office next to the ward and interestingly, he did not see his patients. Every day he would take out their files and say a Hawaiian prayer, the ho’oponopono, which is: I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. After a few months, patients that had to be shackled could walk freely, others were getting off their medications and still others that previously had no hope of being healed, were released and allowed to reintegrate into society! Dr Len says that the change happened from repeating these phrases
over and over, with an attitude of total self-responsibility, that whatever is happening in one’s life is part of our own reality, that we are part of the cause. Wow. Now that’s another step in self-responsibility isn’t it? Let’s make July the month for healing the heart. Whenever a place for healing presents itself in your life, open to the place where the hurt resides within you. After identifying this place, with as much feeling as you can, say the four statements – “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” God knows we and the planet needs it right now. JANET is a speaker, author and leader in Feminine Presence work and is presenter of The Making Love Retreat for couples in Australia. She holds transformational workshops and retreats for women. She is co-author of the upcoming book, Tantric Sex and Menopause. www.janetmcgeever.com
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WORDS KATE M FOSTER
s a mother with young daughters I spend a lot of time reflecting and questioning. It seems that in this modern world, we are taught from a young age to measure our value with our minds. We watch our parents, our teachers and our role models believe their thoughts and, unconsciously, we begin believing our thoughts as well. For the most part, we were not taught to navigate life by our own inner compass. Many of us don’t even know that we each have a constant state of presence and stillness that exists permanently within our beings. We have not been told that the frequency of a busy mind runs parallel to the frequency of a deep sense of peace and contentment; that they both coexist permanently within us and that the transition from one to the other can happen in the space of one breath. The funny part is that this peace exists whether we acknowledge it or not.
Thoughts are seductive, entertaining and full of unending promises. When in balance, thoughts serve and support us, if they go unchecked they exhaust us, stifle our creativity and cloud our purpose. I’m not sure why we learn to create stories about our thoughts, but soon enough we begin telling ourselves that ‘these stories’ are who we are. We believe that our identity is the sum of what we think. It’s true that thoughts impact us, yet we are also so much more than our thoughts alone. You see thoughts come, thoughts go. We don’t make them arrive and we certainly don’t make them leave. What we can do, however, is jump tracks, pop on over to the parallel line that coexists alongside all that noise and busyness. And from there, we can lean into the ever-present well of stillness and peace that is also on offer twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Joy is discovered in presence. It would be insanity to think that
you had to get rid of the busyness of your mind before you could experience peace. Every single one of us would be doomed! You can quite simply leave your mind and thoughts to run their own race and rest gently into your breath in this moment. Your breath will lead you to peace one hundred percent of the time. Your breath can be relied on every moment of your life. It costs nothing and if you miss one there is always another on the way. Our breath is our most under-utilised resource. It’s our loyal willing servant, our guide, our mentor, our healer. Follow your breath instead of your thoughts, it will change your life. Peace lives here in an excerpt from “An Invitation to Trust”. KATE M FOSTER is a writer, sharer, truth bearer, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. To order Kate’s book, ‘An Invitation to Trust’ and to learn more about her retreats, events and travels, visit: www.KateMFoster.com
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id you know… in April 2017 the Australian Health Ministers approved the legalisation of hemp for human consumption? So let’s celebrate with a yummy hemp milk smoothie! – (see recipe). Nambour has its very own Hempothecary clinic at 80 Howard Street, Nambour, Queensland. Open Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm. So what is a Hempothecary? A special place for all things hemp, supporting a healthy and positive life. Hempothecary’s most loved product is the Cannopathy oils with healing benefits for arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, MS, hyperhidrosis, autism, sleep apnoea, anxiety, ADHD, depression, addiction, shingles, IBS, warts, seizures, diabetes, skin cancer, eczema, psoriasis, spinal injury, post-operative healing, sexual dysfunction just to name a few. At the Hempothecary, we are focused on a holistic approach to health, incorporating hemp in our products with healing benefits to humans and animals alike. Team Cannopathy is dedicated to the ongoing research and development of Cannopathy products that incorporate plants, herbs and oils which are rich in cannabinoid healing properties.
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Are your MALE and WORDS JULES O’NEILL
FEMALE ENERGIES in balance?
ave you been conditioned to believe you are a male, therefore with certain male traits, or a female with certain female traits? Most of us have, and it usually shows up in how we live our lives at home. As we grow and evolve as a society in consciousness and oneness, the idea is to become internally balanced with both male and female energy. Your own male and female energy becomes the ‘one’. This individually gives complete wholehearted fulfilment, where, if in relationship with a partner, child or friend, the joy is in how much we give, and offer – rather than the expectation of what we get, and how that satisfies and fills us up. What we do for someone rather than what they do for us. The familiar saying “when two become one” suggests two people sharing a life together becoming ‘one’, suggesting life is somewhat easier or more fulfilling this way.
Depending on your circumstances, in a typical family relationship the lifestyle may look like the ‘female’ is the one that looks after the children and inside the home, and the ‘male’ goes out and works, looks after the money and outside of home. To check if you are balanced internally with both energies here, honestly ask yourself, “Would I feel ‘less’ being out of relationship?” Like would it be harder with money, children, workload? Due to conditioning, most of us would answer yes. If you are single, whether you are a man or a woman, with or without children, you must take on both roles. In this situation, do you find yourself sometimes thinking that life would be easier with a partner? Or are you so full, you just want a partner in order to give and receive love? If we as a collective (or you as an individual) can look at the two (male and female) as ‘energies’ rather than two people, so much more is available in all areas of life.
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WORDS ROS BEN-MOSHE
here’s nothing more uplifting than sharing a smile – a mirrored reflection of pure love and joy. Even if only for a brief moment in time, this transaction has the unique ability to lift spirits and connect. The more we consciously choose to smile or laugh, the more we re-wire our brain to a more positive mindset. Developing a smiling mindset is one of the best ways to naturally and authentically build positive emotions, both in ourselves and others, setting you up for increased happiness, life satisfaction and optimal wellbeing. The more you smile, the more you will find reason to smile: at work, home, with friends or colleagues – any and everywhere. All that’s required is bringing a conscious level of awareness to your smile. Essentially, think and embody your smile. THREE WAYS TO SWITCH ON YOUR INNER SMILE: 1. Inner smile cue sheet On an A4 piece of paper compile
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Interview with CATHERINE CONNOLLY Founder of Mind Matters Institute (along with a strong ability to bring together the commonalities of different fields to create a more wholistic and robust model) to assist people to be able to live more authentic and fulfilling lives.
HB: What inspired you to create Mind Matters Institute? Catherine: Having a very strong interest in human behaviour, the sciences and understanding culture and spirituality as a young teenager, led to eclectic paths of study and experiences. Exploring these interests further through university and undertaking much varied personal and professional development
At the time I started ‘Mind Matters’, it was really more about having fun and sharing information and skills with people, as from my explorations, there seemed to be a lack of depth in a lot of what was being offered and I felt that there was a need for an approach that led to long term sustainable change and relationship skills. Seeing the changes, happiness and successful results for people through the workshops and oneto-one coaching, is a continual source of inspiration. ‘Mind Matters’ has grown from a community, a family, with close connections and relationships with our clients. Our clients’ success is our success. It’s extremely important to me to be able to align our clients with their core values, their unique interests and passions and help them build a skillset to tap into their absolute potential in order to live the best quality of life possible. Everything we do is to assist people to fulfil their potential, in alignment with
their unique nature, because we believe the evolving consciousness of humanity is capable of incredible co-operative and collective health, happiness, peace and prosperity. The internal harmony of each person creates a world in harmony. HB: What are your areas of specialisation? Catherine: At the core of most of our results in life is the concept of relationship. Our relationship with ourselves and how we are being, thinking, feeling and behaving, creates the core results in all areas of our lives. How we understand others, and their unique way of being in the world and how we interact with that, then ripples out to the interaction and results we have as a couple, and social or work environments. Moving from feeling stuck, whether it is in the context of the business moving to the next level or feeling stressed or battling with poor relationships with others, it is fantastic to be able to assist the shift in people so they can truly have the tools and awareness to enjoy all the opportunities available to them and create more of what they want in life.
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Through having developed the model of NeuroCoding© it is possible to identify the unconscious patterns created that have led clients to their current circumstances. Working with them to consciously design the life, business, relationships or results they would prefer and then through understanding NeuroCodes© create the new patterns that leads to a whole new life, is a masterful way to empower people to live. NeuroCoding© is the science and skill of using the neuroplastic nature and principles of the brain to create new patterns and connections that allow access to your full potential. When you understand how your mind codes information, and more importantly, how you can re-pattern those codes… then you have the keys to unlimited success, freedom and happiness. And you’ll possess the master key to unlocking your true potential. It is truly an honour to be able to work in a field that assists individuals, couples, businesses, teams and groups to find new perspectives and opportunities that release limitations of old ways of thinking and doing things. It is important to me that people have the pragmatic and practical skills necessary to achieve their dreams and goals. Through the NeuroCoding© Mindset Mastery workshops, we take people through a powerful and practical
process where they develop a strong communication skillset and personal clarity, confidence and emotional management, to design and create the lifestyle they want as they work through and re-pattern old habits in an experiential supportive, confidential fun environment. Ancient Wisdom is a profoundly beautiful experiential workshop that deeply explores the masculine and feminine power and brings this knowledge and wisdom into a contemporary context for building a well-balanced future success. One-to-one bespoke coaching packages are designed to get extraordinary results. Relationship workshops provide eyeopening information that can strengthen relationships and provide new ways of understanding and operating that can make stressful patterns a thing of the past. HB: What changes have you seen in the clients you have worked with over the years? Catherine: Over the years there have been many changes for clients depending upon what they were wanting. I have enjoyed working with a wide variety of professionals including: executives, athletes, musicians and sales people. It’s wonderful to assist them to discover the difference between their best performances and when they are not ‘in the zone’ and then setting up their brain
patterns to be able to replicate their best at will. It’s always exciting to see this work pay off in terms of a world cup or international recognition or awards in their industry when they were previously getting frustrated. We assist people to really get clear on the path that is most congruent for them and then support the building of this path through to great successes. I have seen clients go from giving up on their relationship to getting the support they require and working together to create profoundly strong connection, beyond what they thought possible. Many other people have come to a stalemate in their business and have lost motivation, but are then able to clear up disappointments to move ahead to greater levels of inspiration and business success and momentum with more energy and motivation and time for a life outside of business demands. It is always a joy to see people who have been struggling in some way; whether it be their emotional wellbeing, frustration of not knowing what they want or how to deal with a partner or colleagues or health issues, to reconnect to their incredible unique beauty and true resilience and live a life of balance and happiness. www.mindmatters.me
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What is SPIRITember?
sychic Medium, Lynda Louise Burke’s vision is to create awareness and acceptance of spirituality and holistic health through a dedicated month where there are events held that provide educational talks, practical demonstrations and real life examples for those who want to know more and who are curious and open-minded. SPIRITember has been created to celebrate the month of September each year. It is ‘Spirituality and Holistic Health Awareness Month.’ It is the coming together of many holistic modalities and the world of spirituality to celebrate and educate. And together, raise the awareness and acceptance of what it all means. The speakers will be at the event for the day so you can ask them questions before and after they present. And there will be various trade displays, plus the ‘Wishing Chamber’ and lots more. Why did Lynda create SPIRITember? “I was frustrated by the lack of acceptance and understanding of what it truly means to be spiritual or to seek out alternative health practitioners to stay healthy. And when it comes to spirituality, these days most people I know who consider themselves ‘spiritual’ are not tree-hugging hippies.
They are normal everyday people, living ‘normal’ lives that just believe that we are connected to a higher power. And this connection is within all of us, not just a select few. I strongly felt the need to create something that could support all of this and grow into a celebration in its own right,” she said. How will SPIRITember create change? SPIRITember will allow those who are wanting to know more about alternative ways to treat their health or who are curious about spirituality without the religious tag, to come and learn in a safe environment. The speakers and trade displays are there to answer your questions, so that you walk away feeling like you better understand.
And having a dedicated month each year means that the great work of professional spiritual and holistic health practitioners, now have a special month to share this information and educate others. SPIRITember – Educational – Practical – Real. Who can attend? Anyone who is curious and openminded to learn more about different holistic, health modalities and who want to expand their thinking and knowledge can attend. You could be a novice and not know much at all or be an expert in your field and want to learn from and connect with other experts. When we know more, we make more informed and better choices. www.spiritember.com.au
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Food allergy vs food sensitivity
WORDS JANE TREDREA
A quantum leap of consciousness through esoteric acupuncture! WORDS DAPHNE FUNG
eople believe that a person with a food allergy is someone who goes into anaphylactic shock when passed the peanuts at the local bar, or your mother-in-law eats prawns at a restaurant and breaks out in hives. These reactions are rare but account for 2% of the population. FOOD SENSITIVITIES are NOT rare – representing around 80% of the population. The worst part is they are usually hidden but we think the symptoms are normal for us: gas, bloating, joint pain, fatigue, cravings, skin problems, and difficulties losing weight. The problem is, they are hard to identify by yourself. A 32-year-old female came to see me in May, complaining of sinus, hay fever, sensitivity to chemicals, dairy, gluten, sugar and dust. After scanning her body, it was evident she had an overgrowth of candida albicans, causing a lot of her symptoms. She needed two treatments to clear the candidiasis along with one supplement. On the next visit she said she was so grateful that her issues were corrected so easily; she hasn’t got the foggy head anymore and is not as sensitive to everything. She feels like she is really living!
soteric acupuncture is the ultimate way of uplifting the ancient art of traditional acupuncture into a powerful healing modality in the 21st century. It’s an integration of the Ancient Wisdom, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chakra System, Sacred Geometry, plus the Qabbalah Tree of Life. It assists you to shift your consciousness to levels at which you are ready for, as part of your spiritual journey. It immediately re-aligns your chakras front and back; bringing you back into the heart centre. Then it allows your own innate healing to filter down to the denser layers, affecting your mental body, emotional body, then your physical body, including your glands and organs. When you’re in your heart centre, you’re in harmony, feel peaceful and attract abundance in every way. There will be more “aha” moments in your life. The secret to esoteric acupuncture is the specially selected patterns used. Applications can either be acupuncture needles or other tools that will shift energies such as essential oils or crystals. The chosen pattern creates vortex/vortices of energy fields or spin fields, based on sacred geometry of the tetrahedron. Created from the higher realms, it filters down to the physical body. It is much like unlocking a private safe with hidden codes, thereby allowing you to open it when you are ready to discover your own potentiality. The effects are so profound that most will consciously or unconsciously shift to a higher understanding of who they truly are and discover their own puzzle piece in life.
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Following my calling –
WORDS SONYA DRIVER
ast year a friend of mine who travels the world helping and feeding street people, came across a woman with five young daughters, living in a village in Romania. My friend thought he had seen it all… but this time, his heart was broken and the videos he shared about how they were living horrified me. They were literally sleeping on piles of rags with mice and rats. No water, no food, no door, no window, no beds. Nothing. Lonela, the mother, was digging in the dirt for worms for 13 hours a day so she could sell them to fishermen as bait. The family were always hungry and sick. Lonela’s husband was in jail for domestic violence and other crimes. I could see in Lonela’s heart that her selfworth was as low as the worms. So my desire was to lift her up! I truly believe once a woman feels loved, valued and worthy, she will be an overcomer. So, I shared the need for Lonela and her children with my circle of friends.
Within a month they had a fridge, beds, TV, a built-in heater, food, school supplies and medicine. And the best part? Lonela gave up digging for worms and started studying! Now, onto the next concern. The tiny cement building where the family lives doesn’t have running water or a bathroom. Can you imagine six females never being able to shower or get a drink of water? Not to mention the constant urinary tract infections, brought on as a result of holding on during the night, as a result of not having access to a toilet. I saw this as an easy fix! Yes, I didn’t get weighed down by the immense need. My girlfriend Kerry and I held a lunch at my house and invited loads of beautiful women to help raise $9000 to build a small bathroom, kitchen and laundry. If your heart is led to help someone, an animal or whatever it might be, you will make it happen and change lives including your own.
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So of course at the first opportunity I made my way to Romania to meet Lonela. It’s a long way from the Gold Coast. One of my team, Mish, came along on this life-changing journey. When Lonela hugged me, her whole body was shaking, her heart was pounding and she just cried. She can’t understand why another mother from another country cared so much about her. What I love the most over this journey of about eight months, is how Lonela has blossomed! She now smiles, she doesn’t wear that invisible coat of shame that weighed her down. As a result she is stronger in every way. Lonela can now work part-time and wants to learn English. She has discovered a love for learning. My girls call Lonela’s girls their sisters. Helping to raise others up is my craving. SONYA is the pioneer of Eco Tan. www.ecotan.com.au
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Q: What is vaginal atrophy? A: Vaginal atrophy occurs following a reduction in the production of oestrogen by the ovaries, due to menopause or as a result of the treatment for some cancers. Women who are breast-feeding after child birth also produce less oestrogen. The condition involves gradual thinning of the epithelial tissues, vagina and vulval mucosa, which reduces the thickness and becomes more fragile, irritable and exposed to trauma. Symptoms include: Poor vaginal lubrication, itching, burning, dryness, painful intercourse, recurrent thrush, urinary tract infections and some incontinence-related symptoms. Q: What is the MonaLisa Touch Laser treatment? A: MonaLisa Touch is a non-surgical, non-hormonal alternative to hormone therapy for the treatment of symptoms related to vaginal atrophy. It is a fiveminute, pain-free procedure that has no downtime. MonaLisa Touch is the
first solution designed to naturally counteract the effects of hypotrophy of the vaginal wall. By stimulating the regeneration of the new vaginal tissue, MonaLisa Touch restores your body’s natural balance and function. Q: How does it work? A: MonaLisa Touch works by stimulating the body’s own regenerative processes to create more hydrated and healthy cells to improve the circulation and nutrient supply to the vaginal wall. This has a direct effect on the integrity and elasticity of the vaginal wall and returns the internal vaginal environment to more normal levels. In as little as 30 days after treatment, the regeneration of new tissue in the vaginal wall builds a naturally stronger structure and the protective wall recovers volume, hydration and elasticity. Q: What are the key benefits of MonaLisa Touch? A: MonaLisa Touch treatments offer an effective and convenient solution to counteract the symptoms of vaginal
atrophy. Key benefits include: painless treatment, low risk with little or no side effects, suitable for almost all women, achieves long-lasting improvements, patients can return to normal activities immediately with no downtime, able to be used by patient groups who may be unsuitable for hormone replacement therapy, eg: breast cancer patients or patients with a history of breast cancer, most patients experience noticeable improvements after the first treatment. Q: What age groups is the treatment designed for? A: Women of all age groups can have treatment for varying reason. Q: What are the benefits of combining Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and MonaLisa Touch Laser treatments? A: There are significant differences when MonaLisa Touch is combined with PRP, but Dr Taylor will advise if PRP is appropriate for your condition at the time of consultation. www.ibukihealth.com
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SECRET CODE on CRACKED LIPS
WORDS JANINE HALL
t’s winter time and your lips are feeling drier than ever, what do you do? Grab any old lip balm and hope for the best, apply some natural oils, or rush to the chemist and look for a cheapie fix? As long as your lips stop feeling like dry sandpaper you’ll be happy… right? Actually, you may not be aware but there are some common natural oils that can cause your lips to feel even worse, especially in winter. One of the main motives is that during this season your lips are exposed to extreme weather including: artificial heating, windy and dry winter conditions. MY TOP 3 CRACKERS TO AVOID: Coconut oil: Even though this amazing oil is considered a super food, in its natural form it may not be the best to apply to your lips. Why? There’s a little known scientific fact about this oil and that is, it’s a known comodogenic; this means it can cause your skin to clog which creates the perfect atmosphere especially around your lips for dryness,
acne, pimples and skin irritation to occur. It may be wise to simply eat it instead. Petroleum Jelly/ mineral oil: Is manufactured from crude oil and although this oil does not penetrate the skin easily, it can cause it to naturally stop any moisture from entering the skin. These oil molecule structures bind other fat soluble vitamins and oils together and take them unabsorbed out of the body which can produce symptoms of dry and irritated skin. Undercover names to avoid: Paraffin wax, benzene, toluene, PEG, DEA, MEA, phenoxyethanol. Vitamin E: Or tocopheryl acetate is a synthetic version (of vitamin E) made in a laboratory to produce a cheaper by-product. This vitamin or tocopheryl is mixed with acetate (an acid) which can be harmful and cause your skin to become dry and red. It can attack the skin and cause allergic reactions. Stick with the real stuff if you’re going to use this. Undercover names to avoid:
Vitamin E acetate, d-alpha-tocopherol, d-alpha-tocopherol acetate. WHAT’S MY SECRET CODE LIP CRACKING TIP? To eliminate the feeling of cracked and dry lips look for balms that are humectant, which means they offer protection and form a barrier on your lip area whilst being able to reduce the loss of moisture and allow other oils, waxes and butters to penetrate and be absorbed by the body. A customer story: Lyn who was loving her previously purchased luscious lip serum, stopped by a few weeks ago and shared with me a little personal challenge that she had begun by using a chemist brand, even though it was more expensive, she wanted to see if it would have better results. Lyn let me know that TOLBC serum was the better choice for her and won’t be using the chemist brand any longer. Take my FREE Kiss your Cracked Lips Goodbye 5-Day Challenge – to register visit: www.organiclipbalm.com.au for more details.
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Profile of an essential oil:
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lack Pepper is a native plant of India and Indonesia and has been held in high esteem as a spice for many centuries. So much so, it was one of the most sought after spices that significantly influenced world exploration. Peppercorns were so highly valued, they were used as currency in the Middle Ages. This precious spice, whilst used extensively in the food flavouring industry, and known for its ability to preserve meats and help with rancidity, has remarkable medicinal and healing qualities. It’s a carminative, warming, analgesic, antispasmodic and has wonderful detoxifying and eliminating qualities. Distilled from the dried, crushed, not quite ripe fruits of the pepper vine, one of its most active components is piperine which helps to support digestive function and acts like an antioxidant booster. Black pepper is considered one of the most antiseptic and antiviral oils. You can add three drops to a teaspoon
of carrier oil like coconut or sweet almond and massage into the souls of the feet to help boost your immune system. Add one drop of lavender and one drop of lemon to this blend as a wonderful colds and flu chest rub. Black pepper, peppermint and tea tree make a wonderful cold weather inhalation. Simply add one drop of each to a bowl of warm to boiling water, tie back your hair, place your head over the bowl and grab a towel to enclose the precious vapors. Close your eyes and take deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth to support lung function, then swap to in through the mouth and out through the nose to support digestive function. This is a wonderful ritual to help calm nervous anxiety and eliminate fears. Lavender, black pepper and chamomile combine beautifully to support the circulatory system, in particular for bruising and chilblains. Blended with fennel and grapefruit, it makes an excellent digestive aid, especially for constipation and
flatulence. The other way to use this combination of oils is in a warm compress and apply to the affected area. To make up a massage blend for the relief of muscular aches, pains and spasms and to help support tired aching limbs, rheumatism and arthritis, place three drops black pepper, two drops marjoram, three drops lavender and two drops peppermint into 20ml of carrier oil. Use this blend prior to physical training and to help prevent pain and stiffness. And inhaled direct from the bottle has been said to help reduce cigarette cravings. Try placing a smudge of black pepper and orange along the seam of a cigarette to help break the habit. This exquisite robust oil is ideal in a diffuser or vaporiser to help create a stronger sense of self, and a more definitive, “I can do anything” attitude. It blends beautifully with bergamot and sandalwood. www.twenty8.com
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e know there are lots of nasties in standard synthetic perfumes. Whether you are simply looking to finally replace your mainstream fragrance with a less toxic one, or needing inspiration to help make those little changes in your dayto-day life, then Tonia Walker, creator of IME 100% natural perfumes has something unique and special for you. Tonia believes in an holistic approach to wellness which is how and why she created nine perfumes, inspired by nine Greek muses that are stylish, uplifting and non-toxic. With a background in natural therapies and together with a master perfumer with forty years’ experience, each natural fragrance has been created holistically, so you can choose by muse, by mood, by colour or scent, to be inspired. How did IME begin? About ten years ago, Tonia was working in television as a production
manager and she began to feel the work was not singing to her soul. So she decided to take a holiday and reflect. “My husband and I had a threemonth European holiday of a lifetime planned, and it was just that. The idea for IME was sparked when we were walking through the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence. I realised that all the beautiful paintings on the walls were of women that had itty bitty titties, pot bellies and curvy hips – these were the muses for the most famous painters of all time. I wanted women (okay, me) to embrace their beauty and passion for life again and I thought the best way to do that was to inspire a change, the muse idea just came from that. The best way to execute this was to capture the essence of each muse and use that, but in what way? The holiday ended (I actually cried on the plane on the way home) and life resumed back as normal, no room for life outside of TV land,” she said.
Fast forward five years, after a burnout, then leaving TV land to become a reflexologist, Tonia and her husband moved to Wollongong and celebrated the birth of their first bub. The idea of the fragrances surprisingly bubbled to the surface again. Tonia had an epiphany: “The sense of smell via the olfactory nerve is directly linked to the part of the brain that stores our memories and emotions, therefore stimulating an emotional response can affect moods. By changing your mood, you can change your thoughts and in turn, change the way you live – BAM, I needed to capture the essence of each muse using essence. And so we conceived a natural perfume range (and yes, it was like giving birth to another baby, HUGE).” IME is made in Australia and Australian owned and is vegan friendly and cruelty free. www.ime-natural-perfume.com.au
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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE
Let a cat be a cat! WORDS AMANDA DE WARREN
f you own a feline, you will most probably know by now that some of them can be very unpredictable and you can be scratched, bitten or even viciously attacked at any time, for no apparent reason. Cats are challenging creatures and it is in their nature to be independent. They can also be quite dominating at times, letting you know in no uncertain terms that they do not want a cuddle or to be picked up. Some pet owners take this personally and misinterpret that as their cat dislikes them, when in actual fact, this is not the case. Cats instinctively know when they are on a good thing and do have a genuine love for their owner. Most really do enjoy being pampered and looked after but do not appreciate you trying to humanise them, as this will make some run and hide. Most cats are not overly affectionate and if they do want affection, it has to be on their terms, not yours. If your cat behaves like this then you would know by now when you can and when you cannot pick them up for a cuddle. This behaviour does not mean your cat has an attitude problem. It
simply shows you a quality of your cat that you may not agree with sometimes but is there whether you like it or not. You can buy all the expensive accessories under the sun but your cat does not understand that you have just gone out and blown your weekly grocery money on something to keep him happy. Cats are amused by even the smallest things, which don’t have to be expensive. This does not mean to say don’t go out and buy them a treat, as that always makes us and them feel good. Cats go by our energies and feelings. You will notice that when you are feeling sad or lonely that your cat appears from nowhere only to sit on your lap and get a good old pat. Cats are renowned for hiding or disappearing for days, only to resurface again days or even months later. Many a frustrated cat owner has contacted me in a desperate search to find their missing moggy. In many cases I have found through my animal communications that all these cats are doing is returning back to their natural instincts, as they feel they are in danger of losing them. They are often found in a bush area using all their natural instincts for survival. To us, as humans, this sounds ludicrous, as
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