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Shellie Morris

Woman of Song, Mission to Reconnect

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gratitude for it and the people past and present who were and are caretakers for it. Many of our writers say, if we practise being grateful from the moment we wake up (or even in as many moments as possible), then we have a way of giving back to the earth and following the flow of our lives, then we do much for the sustainability of the planet. And how can we contribute more to you planet Earth?

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eople often ask how we decide on the topic and articles we include each month. I find it an interesting process that’s always different each month… sometimes it’s about what is happening in the world, other times it’s about raising awareness about a topic, and we usually find inspiration from the person who is on our cover. I really love this type of creation and I find nature (the bush and the beach) plays a part in this process in providing clarity and space for me to dream up each edition without getting bogged down in the ‘busy thoughts’. This month we have singer/songwriter Shellie Morris on our cover: the woman, her story, the photos we’ve included of her in this edition, Raelene Byrne’s stunning interview with her… has moved me and inspired me to (see page 12-13) connect more with our beautiful country and show

P.S I am looking forward to moving into a new place that has a beautiful connection with the bush and still being able to connect with the Sunny Coast beach on a regular basis – this is a dream come true and what other magic can we all create? P.P.S My new photo has been taken by Greg Dries from Moods Photography.

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“Your Magazine With Soul” THE POWER OF INTENTION

– Power of the Land ARE YOU A

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Often Look Like Their Owners? Eco Beauty FOR WINTER

Shellie Morris

Woman of Song, Mission to Reconnect

JUNE 2014 EDITION VOLUME 58 ISSN: 1836-8840

AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE CREATED ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

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Contents

6 FOOD FOR THE SOUL 6 Spanish Style Garlic Prawns by Vicki Taylor 7 Wattle Seed and Macadamia Nut Ice-Cream by Viv Hansen 8 Old Fashioned Oats by Heidi Tschannen Back to Basics with our Health is Simple by Nikki Brown 10 Supercharged Chia! by Shannon Flavell

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COVER STORY 12-13  Shellie Morris: Woman of Song, Mission to Reconnect 14 Negative Ions and Health! CONNECTION WITH THE LAND, CONNECTION WITH OURSELVES 15 Are you a Consumer or a Contributor? by Nicole Taryn 16  Body Consciousness Connected to Earth by Jean Sheehan 17 Harmony with the Land, Connecting with Ourselves by Justin Shute 18-19 Guidance from Nature’s Sanctuary by Soraya Saraswati 20 The Water Connection by Patrick Handley 22 Receiving Our Planet, Each Other and Ourselves by Grace Hart 23 True Intentionality by Michelle Lightworker 24-25 The Power of Intention – Power of the Land by Janet McGeever 28 Would You Like A ‘Growing in Your Knowing’? by Delany Delaney 29 The Crystal Connection by Jo McAlinden

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30 Thank-it Habit by Caithe Cameron 31 How to Have Joy in Your Business by Simone Milasas 32 Winter Rescue Remedies by Joel Coughlan HOLISTIC KIDS AND PARENTS 34 Millennium Children with Jean Sheehan 35 The Connection by Kean Buckley

MINDFULNESS AND CONTEMPLATION 36 Meditation as Making Friends With Yourself by Cameron Aggs 37 Why You Should Refuse That Gift by Mary-Lou Stephens MOVE YOUR BODY 38 Yoga Bliss in Brisbane! 39 Health from the Inside Out by Dr David Hendrey 40 Kahuna Movement Principles by Gaylyn Aitken 41 My Journey with Orthodox and Complementary Medicine by Tim Fraser ECO, ORGANIC, BEAUTY AND STYLE 42-43 Eco Beauty for Winter with Amanda Rootsey 44 The Power of Colour by Angela Hammon 46 HOLISTIC AS Books and more… NATURAL ANIMAL CARE 47 Essence of Life by Elaine Delaney 48-49 Why Do Dogs Often Look Like Their Owners? by Dr Garry Bright 50 51

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FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Spanish Style Garlic Prawns RECIPE VICKI TAYLOR, Queen of Spice

Serves 4 as part of tapas Prep time: 5 minutes + 5 minutes cooking Ingredients: 500g prawns, deveined and tails intact 4 tbsp olive oil 8 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly ¼ tsp ground aniseed seeds 1.5 dried Guajillo chilli, seeds removed and crushed into flakes 2 tsp brandy or cognac Bunch of garlic chives cut into 3cm lengths (chopped parsley can be substituted) Salt and pepper to season Crusty bread to serve Method: 1. Add the oil, garlic, aniseed seeds and chilli pepper to a frypan and heat over medium high heat until the garlic is fragrant and the oil has turned slightly red. Be careful not to burn! 2. Turn up the heat to high, and add the prawns. Fry until cooked on one side, then flip and fry on the other. Add the

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brandy and garlic chives or parsley and stir fry for 1 minute. 3. Add salt and pepper to taste, then transfer to a bowl and serve immediately with crusty bread. Aniseed originally came from the Middle East and has a warm licorice taste. You may be familiar with the flavour of it if you have ever tried Ouzo or Sambuca. Personally I’m not a fan of either but I do like the slight anise flavour and aroma in certain dishes that Aniseed gives. It’s very popular in Mediterranean cooking and is used a lot in breads, cakes and biscuits and I’m noticing that Aniseed is making a bit of a comeback, which means cooks are now adding it to soups and other savoury recipes as it adds a subtle dimension to a dish. As I like playing with food, I think it marries really well, in a small quantity, with prawns and certain seafood as it tastes similar to fennel and fennel works well with fish. In fact fennel can be used as a substitute for aniseed, as can star anise, but be careful with the amounts used. redhotchillipepper.com.au

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Ingredients: 1-2 litres of ice-cream 1-2 tbsp ground wattle seed 50g crushed macadamia nuts Method: Mix wattle seed and macadamia nuts with ice-cream and freeze until ready to serve. Spoon into serving glasses and drizzle with Quondong sauce.

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Old Fashioned Oats RECIPE HEIDI TSCHANNEN

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Supercharged Chia! WORDS SHANNON FLAVELL, Morlife Naturopath

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re you eating chia seeds yet? As a naturopath and research nutritionist, I’m here to tell you that the media hype is true – chia seeds really do live up to their ‘super’ food title. They’re packed full of nutrients that will keep your body vibrant, strong and healthy. Here are a few of their many nutritional benefits… Protein Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of plant protein. This is great news for vegetarians and also athletes who want some variety when increasing protein intake. Adequate dietary protein is essential for growth and repair of muscles, liver function, brain function, for hair, skin and nails and to keep us fuller for longer! Essential fatty acids Chia seeds contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which converts to omega-3 in the body. Omega-3 is extremely

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COVER STORY

This incredible Australian performer, has this gift to be herself and take the whole audience on a journey where we get to feel the pain and suffering of displaced people, on a global scale.

WORDS RAELENE BYRNE | PHOTO WAYNE QUILLIAM

Shellie Morris…

Woman of Song, Mission to Reconnect

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ave you ever been on a mission and found yourself somewhere else and it was the most perfect place to arrive at? A number of years ago, I was intent on getting to a performance at ‘The Dreaming Festival’ at Woodford and my feet were rapidly moving towards that venue. On passing a different marquee, a voice from within touched my heart and beckoned me inside, and there was NO way my feet or head could interfere with the magnetic pull of my heart’s response. Shellie Morris was in the midst of a song and the next thing I knew, 12

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tears were trickling down my face. Totally captured by her presence, honesty, vulnerability, Shellie shared between her songs, her life… her tears falling. Each person was captivated, taken into a world we have been too busy to understand, too rushed to see completely, and too afraid to acknowledge. The very atrocities that we can easily speak of happening in other cultures with their own indigenous peoples, is indeed in our own backyard. This incredible Australian performer, has this gift to be herself and take the whole audience on a journey where

we get to feel the pain and suffering of displaced people, on a global scale, but she also offers wise words of hope, ways to move forward and ways to understand each other. When I say displaced, I mean disconnected from the land that defined their tribes, status, purpose, a connection that runs through their veins, pulses in each cell, and is entwined into their spirit. The very dust that is kicked up when they dance, walk, tread the land while hunting is a sacred blessing of connection, a caress from the earth itself. For eons and here in Australia we

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know that for many thousands of years, the indigenous cultures connected to the land, they honoured, respected, worked with it and understood her language. They would watch her signs, hear and respond to her language that speaks volumes through the natural world. These cultures would know how to read the subtle shifts in the winds, the early blossoming of flowers which could signify cyclones, and led to the ability to respond to the many detailed signals that nature shared with them, and these people would action all the messages, whether it was to move, harvest, hunt, sit in sacred ceremony, cleanse or give back. Shellie Morris was adopted at 12 weeks of age into a family that not only adored her, but gave her the strength and belief to follow her dreams and be proud of who she is, ALWAYS. Confusion led to anger as a teenager. Shellie was so loved by her adoptive white family, yet not only was she aware of the victimisation her parents went through for embracing her into their family, the

general consensus in those times created much suffering, pain and sadness for an indigenous girl living in a western culture. School life was challenging and she was taught to not retaliate with anger. Shellie learnt how to be strong. Her parents would always be her loudest and most powerful support team and faced all efforts of covert and overt racial discrimination by bringing light to the situation with a certainty and belief in the rights of their child. Fortunately, a strong love of life and a smile that would light up a city, would win people over in a heartbeat and a passion for music, allowed Shellie to move forward in life out of a place of being lost, into the spotlights of stages all over the world who revere her authenticity and message. With the constant loving support of her family, Shellie followed her passion for singing, music and eventually found her way to the Northern Territory. Something within her, something that had been dormant, perhaps yearning to be brought to life, woke up. Her connection to land, that deeper knowing that is in the DNA of indigenous cultures around the globe ignited, she felt the call of HOME within and discovered her birth family. This reconnection and awakening, led Shellie to her important work in community, by guiding, educating, inspiring the younger indigenous people in remote areas to have dreams, to work towards them, to embrace their culture, to want to bring more of themselves into this world through pride of self, understanding of origins. Shellie Morris offered me a simple three word statement about how we can reconnect to the earth, to learn how to reclaim the indigenous being within each of us: STOP. LISTEN. LEARN. This requires us to shift to letting our lives be moved back into the pace and rhythm of nature. That is connection. Indigenous people and cultures have an innate connection to the land. There is never any ownership; there is only the essence of caretaking, watching, following the language that the earth and nature provides. Shellie mentioned the western culture has lost its connection, and with a deeper yearning to fill that void, we have become a society with many addictions,

disguised in socially acceptable ways. When asked what could be done to help the western culture understand the intricacies and the delicate nature of the rich culture that is this land, Shellie suggested that the media has a responsibility to give more information to educate the young people about culture and language in order to open their eyes. Lack of information has created a great rift in society between indigenous and western cultures. Trying to understand can only come from collaboration and acceptance. There is a lot of misleading information and people are doing their best with what they are given. The attached stigma of those who have lack of resources and opportunities due to being in remote areas or communities is another issue that needs to be addressed. Time to break down the barriers of fear and ignorance. The birth of the NITV station has given more access to the stories of our land and the caretakers through the words, actions and eyes of those who know and want to share. Shellie mentioned that an important responsibility for each of us is to acknowledge the land we walk on, the ancient caretakers and guardians who have spent thousands of years honouring and listening to this connection. To the land that nourishes each of us‌ many cultures around the world offer a drop of the drink, a morsel of their food back to the earth as a mark of respect, gratitude and reverence. Shellie Morris uses music and songwriting as the vehicle to open the heart and invites you to visit with her, to feel the story of the land, of the caretakers, the ancestors, and to remember your own ancient connection. Having watched Shellie Morris perform over a number of years, and having shed many tears with her courageous spirit, I deeply respect this authentic, unique woman with a heart as big as this land. Her history is not rare for an indigenous being, but her story has created a triumphant, supported, loved woman who is a thriver and shines the light for those who need to find their way forward. RAELENE BYRNE is the owner of Medicine For Your Spirit. medicineforyourspirit.com For more info about Shellie visit: shelliemorris.net Holistic Bliss | JUNE 2014 |

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CONNECTION WITH THE LAND, CONNECTION WITH OURSELVES

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onsciousness includes everything and judges nothing, and it’s not surprising that the Earth is a major player in showing us another possibility for our lives and living. What would it take for us to listen? This month I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Bothams from The Balance of Living. A third generation farmer, and Access Consciousness Facilitator, Tim’s not your typical agricultural mind. He has a very distinct message and talking with him from his 600 acre property near Gympie certainly opened my eyes to greater possibilities for our planet.

The Earth functions from a constant state of consciousness. With the absence of judgment, everything in nature is continually in contribution to all that is. Leaves fall from trees, break up and are absorbed into and mineralise the earth, animals eat the grass that grows from the earth. You get the picture, right? It seems that we simply miss the simplicity and perfection that is Mother Nature. We try to control and manipulate our environment instead of just allowing the earth to correct itself. Functioning from judgment of what needs to be done to ‘fix’ the planet, we’ve stopped asking what we can contribute. And while we are all focusing on what’s wrong, we are missing what is actually right. If we left it alone long enough, we’d see the beauty in the planet’s ability to show us what’s required for sustainability and the future. There’s been a lot of talk about the bees in the world disappearing. But do we actually grasp what is occurring? Did you know that some species of bees will change the acoustic vibration of their wings to play Middle C? And, that the energy and vibration of middle C then stimulates certain plants to release

pollen? Yes, the balance of nature really is that intricate and delicate. What if the planet actually knows what it’s doing? What if the planet is simply trying to correct itself and our attempts to create sustainability are really just getting in the way of what the planet needs to do in order to sustain itself? Are you willing to let all of the bees die or would you be willing to ask for something different to show up? What would the planet create in place of them? What if we stopped trying to control everything and just trusted the planet to do what it’s been trying to do all along – sustain itself. Tim says we should stay in the question of what the planet is telling us and of what else is possible and stop the struggle and fight for sustainability. Instead, give people another option by showing them a different possibility by ‘out creating’ things like Monsanto. What else is possible with conscious contribution with this beautiful planet? balanceoflivingblog.com facebook.com/BalanceOfLiving accessconsciousness.com

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Medical Intuition –

Body Consciousness Connected to Earth

WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education

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or thousands of years ancient shamans, healers and medicine men/women utilised the healing power of the elements. This knowledge was passed down from generation to generation. The elements included: air, water, metal and earth in which each connects with particular body parts and can determine our health and connection with self. Scientifically speaking, an element is a substance made up of atoms, all of which have the same number of protons. Historically and metaphysically, elements combine to form the universe and the universal mind. When working with the elements as a connection to oneness, we become connected to the absolute. The earth element in particular is very necessary at these times of technology for us to connect with the land and our self. The organs connected to earth element are: stomach and spleen. The endocrines are pancreas and ovaries/testes. So how can we understand more about how this affects us and the connection to our self? Best way is through one of my Medical Intuitive clients.

Mandy was on her spiritual journey and continually experienced migraine headaches. She had hormonal problems (ovaries) and mood swings (pancreas). She craved chocolate a week before her period commenced. At the same time she experienced disempowering comments from her husband and teenage son (ovaries – rejection and self preservation, non acceptance). She felt sweetness in being a woman (pancreas). It was though they knew she was about to experience a sacred and special time but they discussed her period as a nuisance, and unpleasant. She also had feelings of never fitting in. Metaphysically, the earth element deals with concrete, practical matters, practicality, materialism, patience and authority. Mandy had always been intuitive and creative and she stated that earth felt so harsh and practical all the time. When she got her period, she felt she was isolated for who she was and her psychic gift. The masculine quality of ‘authority’ and ‘power and materialism’ felt aggressive. She would want to run away at times when it all became too much. She never

shared this with anyone, as she thought she was odd, especially after listening to her husband who was very practical and would say things like, ‘can’t you just plug yourself for your period?’ This hurt her immensely. There was no sweetness (pancreas) and she would vomit for two days (stomach – rejection) as she worried (spleen) how she could connect with the earthly concepts as stated above. She had developed this behaviour since she was 12 years old and upon asking what she recalled from that time, she left primary school and commenced high school which for her was practical, harsh and materialistic. Mandy was asked to surround herself with foods, colours and clothes of the earth element to connect with herself. She also began strategies to know herself as her own authority; meaning she was her own boss that decided whether she would reject (stomach) herself. Her migraines disappeared. AbsoluteEmpowerment.com

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Harmony with the Land, WORDS JUSTIN SHUTE

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here once was a businessman who had tried everything to make it rich but failed in all endeavours and lost everything. Wandering the great land until he could walk no more, he stopped at a river bank. Desperate, he cried out in vain to the river “how has my life come to this? What can I do?” When the tears dried up and the man’s mind had quietened enough to be receptive, the river spoke to him. “We are one and the same, inseparable. When you understand this, you will know what to do. Let me offer you these words to help. A drop of water in this river gets washed onto the shore and falls upon a rock. Some of it gets infused into the rock. Over time, the rock erodes and dismantles into the earth. A bird flies past and drops a seed it is carrying into that piece of earth. Over time the seed germinates into a berry tree and matures. A child plucks a berry from the matured tree, eats it and continues on her way. Now the drop of water from the river has been connected with the river, the rock, the earth, the berry tree and the child. We all exist together for the benefit

of each other, inseparable. Treat the earth with love and respect and you will receive the earth’s generosity in return. If you poison the earth, it will die and you will also die because this earth is the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat.” The man sat by the river in quiet contemplation, soaking up the message he had so gratefully received. By night time, under a moonlit sky, the running water had become still. Looking down, he could see his reflection in the water. The face staring back at him had a sense of renewal about it. It was a face he had not seen in a long time. It was a youthful, vibrant look of a man not tainted by the pursuit of success at any cost, but a look filled with purpose and connection. He knew what to do. The river had taught him well. It was time to live in harmony with the earth, so that he could live in harmony with himself. He knew that the restoration of this sacred earth could only truly begin when our own hearts were reconnected with the land, working in harmony, together, for the benefit of each other.

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There is always a rainbow at the end of a storm. Nature shows me to resist temptation to struggle against my intuitive feelings, to stop paddling upstream and surrender with trust and flexibility to the flow of life following my heart home to love.

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exemplifying harmony through her very existence. In her delicate balance between the ripening, birth, death, decay and rebirth occurring with such grace she shows me that each aspect of life flows to the next and that without my resistance to change I can live in peace. The patient gums and wattles flower each year effortlessly and unabashedly sharing their beauty, then fading and dissolving back to the earth mother reminding me to share my gifts and inner beauty freely and to never shrink from the gratitude of others. Yet my ego is reminded by the vastness of the stars in the sky at night that I am only a small, yet important thread in the grand tapestry of the cosmos.

Natural disasters are followed by renewal and fresh growth often bringing blessings in disguise. Bush fires rage through the forests from time to time, yet within days small green shoots emerge triumphantly from the charred earth and ancient seed pods are triggered back to life. When the river bank washes away in floods the wisdom of water follows the line of least resistance carving a new path through the landscape. There is always a rainbow at the end of a storm. Nature shows me to resist temptation to struggle against my intuitive feelings, to stop paddling upstream and surrender with trust and flexibility to the flow of life following my heart home to love. If we could all stay in flow with the

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Water Connection

WORDS PATRICK HANDLEY

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ater is the conduit for our senses, our connection to the environment. Our very cells resonate with water and if we are conscious or not of this, it seats us fully into our surrounds, transporting us with its sound, motion and simple presence. Where water meets land is a highly fertile zone – we can’t ignore this fact as we observe the life and productivity that we encounter in this zone near seashore or creek. Indigenous cultures have strong spiritual bonds with water and see it as connected to the land and the total environment as well as themselves being integral to this connection and hence responsible for its health and care. Western culture tends to overlook this connection and the nature of water and view it solely as a resource. More is coming to light as in ‘The Secret Life of Water’ the works of Masaru Emoto. Water has been found to have a memory that will conduct and react to emotional states projected on it. In a place where contemplation

and positive thought is projected, water in your environment offers support. Inviting water into our living spaces encourages this fertility into our lives. In my experience I’m asked to create waterscapes for many reasons. The most common is adding movement and sound or wanting to have fish and encourage birds and wildlife to the area. Dig a little deeper and the common denominator is wanting to stop, take a breather and to process and release the information and emotions that we accumulate in our daily lives. Even a small feature by the front door encourages a transition to this space as part of a coming-home ritual. A waterfall is as mesmerizing as a fire. Some practical design principles in bringing water into a landscape include keeping the direction of the stream or waterfall in line with the fall of the land. Unless some major earth works are possible, it just does not ring true subconsciously if the water flow is against the predominant fall of the terrain.

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Receiving our Planet,

each other and ourselves

WORDS GRACE HART

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hen you shake someone’s hand are you “connecting” or “receiving” them? What energy do you sense when you say the word “connect”; now sense the energy of “receive”? Do they feel different? How would you feel if someone hugged you from the space of total receiving? No right or wrong, good or bad, judgment of themselves or others? Just a hug where you are being totally received… would you like a hug like that? Would our planet and its people? Who would you be and how would you be received if when you connect with others or our planet you dropped all your barriers and came from a space of total receiving? What if “connection” was all about your ability to receive you without judgment, and be that gift for others too? Rather than attempting to “make a connection” try “receiving” our planet, others and ourselves. When you “receive” energy, you are not

receiving it from a place of judgment, alignment, and agreement or defending for or against. You are just receiving the energy of what or who they be in totality. Your television has to “receive” all the possible stations in the area. It does not decide for you what stations are right or wrong for you. Its job is to receive all signals and then it’s your job to decide what show you wish to choose. It’s the same with people and our land, when you “receive” all their signals, you can function from true choice and awareness. When you receive more of you, are you able to receive more from others, are they able to receive more of you? Do you think you would have more fun and make more money if you received the planet, yourself and others without judgment? If you came from a place of no limitations, judgments

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True Intentionality WORDS MICHELLE LIGHTWORKER

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eing connected with the earth is a two-way street. We need to see the truth and intentionality behind the physical form in order to truly connect. But how do we see the truth? Many of us assume that the third eye is a gift that psychics or clairvoyants are blessed with. I hold a different opinion. I think we all have spiritual vision and this enables us to see the truth and intentionality behind everything in our everyday lives. From the food we eat, to the friendships we choose, to the job and choices we make. We are all able to utilise this gift. Exercising our third eye doesn’t take that much time. It is a bit like going to the gym. You only need a little every day to build new muscles and get fitter. We need a little clearing and resourcing every day for it to be activated and nourished consistently. For example you can ask your spiritual resources to send you a clearing light or vacuum to remove

anything from blocking your spiritual vision. Sit in a quiet space and allow it. Breathe it in. Let go of any resistance on the out breath. Then, think of a situation in your life that you need guidance on. Imagine a movie screen and you can see the intentionality behind the situation. Ask to seek what you need to do that is in your highest good. Again allow the pictures to emerge. Notice if you hear or feel anything at the same time. Then to finish, ask your spiritual helpers to send you a rejuvenating light. Voila! We cleared it, we’ve used it, we’ve resourced it. You can also pick and choose when you want to use it. Zip it up at night or if it is feeling overworked. Get personal and develop a relationship with it! When you build this skill, you can do it with eyes open. You can look for certain signs in physical form to enable you to make informed decisions. Let’s use the example of shopping. You go to the supermarket and you’ve read

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ave you ever been somewhere in nature and felt changed simply by being there?

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and befalling some misfortune. So underestimated is the power of this place. A message not to be ignored. So it was with great mindfulness that we embarked upon this journey… and with intention to honour the power of the land. My friend and I meditated on both places, before the trip. In our meditation, Uluru welcomed us with ease. Kata Jutja was different – there were two Aboriginal males standing at the entrance to the great monument of nature, with a warning. “This is sacred land, you must honour and respect it every step of the way.” They seemed pretty fierce to me so I was keen to listen to them! To my amazement, when we went to the Cultural Centre, we were told that Kata Jutja was an official men’s site and that aboriginal women don’t even look upon it. Uluru felt like this big, bold open heart, welcoming us with open arms, holding us in her bosom, generous in her offering. We walked in silence to its base, sat and contemplated, wrote poetry, made drawings, sang, shared and laughed, and revered the wonder of the place. We felt with compassion for the original indigenous people of the land, the Anunga tribes, and the thrust of the western world upon them.

We brought threads from home, tears fell as we symbolically created a weaving of our ancestry, while honouring the ancestry of the Aboriginal culture and land we were immersed in. Then the day arrived to go to Kata Jutja. As we drove towards this amazing bundle of rocks, we began to feel a distinct uneasiness. It was rainy and menacing, with a lot of movement in the atmosphere. The other women had arrived ahead of us and were buzzing with excitement. However, my friend and I were careful and quiet. By now the rain had a huge force behind it as if pushed by some great power. It was so great that to take a step forward was difficult – it was as if it was blowing us backwards! Back to our cars! We stood huddled in a circle in a shelter and I remembered the two indigenous men. We became still, and contemplated our own unhealed issues with men, the maleness inside ourselves, or the males in their lives. We offered a prayer for harmony and got down on our haunches, laying our hands on the earth, with respect and honouring of the land, the people, the men. They were to stand up when they felt they had received permission from the land to enter Kata Jutja. Each woman was in silent reverence and soon,

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what the feck is this? Instantaneously I knew it was the conversation, all the crap I’d been talking about and all the judgment of myself I was creating, even though I’d been referring to a past behaviour the energy of my words changed the very molecules for both of us. As soon as we acknowledged this and I stopped talking about it everything lightened, colours intensified and we could breathe easy again. I was blown away and knew that the earth, trees, water, rocks, air, sky and animals had all contributed to this awareness. I received a ‘growing in my knowing’ that my point of view really does create my reality and an expansion in my awareness of the co-creation possible when I am willing to push down all the barriers and receive. What else is possible? I have immense gratitude for this glorious, intriguing, often mysterious, always magical planet Earth. We

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hat is it about crystals? Humankind has been attracted to crystals since the dawn of time and the use of crystals has a long documented history in practically every culture and religious tradition throughout the ages. The earth provides us with an amazing bounty of stunning crystals that each hold their own unique vibration and properties that can benefit us in many ways, including: protection, healing, pain relief, detoxing, energising, calming, manifesting and spiritual enlightenment. We are all vibrational beings and intuitively we may be attracted to a crystal for its particular vibration that resonates with us. Just as ancient healers intuitively knew which crystal to choose, we also have the ability to tunein to the crystal that is best for us at a particular point in time. Just trust your feelings and you will choose the perfect crystal for you. So, how did I come to connect with crystals?

Well, I started out having a fascination with ‘rocks’ as a child… whenever we went on holidays, I was always picking up different types of rocks so my rock and gemstone collection became my “precious treasure.” I also had a passion for all things creative and inspirational. I used to design and make everything from inspirational calligraphy handwritten cards, to macramé, crochet designs, my own clothing creations and jewellery. I eventually began designing turquoise and sterling silver jewellery for friends, however, I was strongly discouraged from pursuing my creative interests, as my parents’ view was that “you can’t make living being creative – you need to get a proper job”. So, although I always kept designing as a sideline hobby, my true desire was to live and breathe doing what I love – all day, every day. Many years on, I’ve gone full circle in life to come back to the real me and my first love of crystals, designing

and creating inspirational gemstone jewellery. I finally had the courage to take a leap of faith against all logical odds, to trust the universe and walk through the door to enjoy living my passion. Now every day I am surrounded by the beautiful energy of crystals and guided by my intuition in every choice I make. My creations are the expression of my soul and my business journey is a mirror of my ongoing personal growth in learning to believe in myself and trust my intuition. I love the beauty and energy of crystals; the ocean and the earth and my intent is to capture that in my jewellery to share with you and empower you. This in turn may enhance your wellbeing and support you energetically and I truly hope you enjoy wearing my creations, as much as I enjoy creating them. Meanwhile: “Follow your Passion”… you’ll feel so much happier. EarthJewelCreations.com

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Thank-it Habit WORDS CAITHE CAMERON

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id you grow up in an era where simple written notes were expected as an expression of gratefulness? I did. I remember countless hours painstakingly writing out Thank You notes for gifts, visits and tasks until I developed a repetitive strain injury. As the years went by, this simple act of gratitude went headfirst into the recycle bin of a busy life. Recently, I was inspired by Leah Dieterich, artist and founder of thxthxthx.com. She writes daily Thank You Notes to people, places, objects and experiences. I have found this experience to be a rich contribution to my journaling. Here are some of my recent entries: Dear Humankind – Thank you for

the Light-Shiners for glowing in the Dark. Dear Imagination – Thank you for dreaming, believing and creating daily possibilities. P.S. Thank you in advance for the Unicorn. Dear Mother Earth – Thank you for the mud squishing into my shoes and reminding me to stay grounded in the muck. Dear Spiderweb – Thank you for the Arachno-Dance and providing amusement for my neighbours. Dear Meditation – Thank you for Bob, the Water Dragon. When he runs up my leg, it reminds me I CAN fly. Dear Balance – Thank you for the lightness of being – instant emotional weight loss is awesome!

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Gratitude doesn’t have to be longwinded but it does require sincerity and integrity. Get out your post-it notes or buy some gorgeous stationery to begin your own Thank-it Habit. You, the Universe and your journal will expand with an attitude of gratitude. CAITHE CAMERON is Reflect Radio’s Celtic Mystic. Based in Wamuran, Queensland, she not only sees energy, auras and other things to make you go “Oooh”, she has been reading palms since the age of seven. A teaching Reiki Master, her skills and humour have helped her self-heal from depression and embrace her “luna-tick” tendencies fully. Caithe writes inspirational poetry and can break glass at ten paces with her singing. Find Celticai Studio on Facebook or visit her website: celticai.com.au

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Joy in your Business

How to have WORDS SIMONE MILASAS

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hether you are currently a business owner, or someone who has considered starting their own business, you’ve probably heard or experienced the common points of view regarding what it takes. Things such as: It’s hard work. It takes a lot of time. Money doesn’t come easily. On and on it goes. What if there’s a different possibility? What if business was actually fun and making money could be easy? Remember when you were a kid? What kinds of things did you pretend to be? Were you a teacher? A singer? Maybe an explorer? Whatever it was that you were being, you did it because it was fun. There wasn’t even a thought about whether this was going to make money. There was no consideration of it being stressful. It was fun. It was adventure and so you played. What if we created our businesses in this same manner? What if we really looked at what was fun and joyful for us and followed that? There’s a simple and

yet profound truth: Money follows joy. Joy does not follow money. You might be saying, “Too late! I have a business. It’s not joyful. It’s not fun. But, I’m in it; can’t do anything about it.” Or, “I have no idea what’s fun for me. Life’s been hard work. I’m not sure I remember how to play.” It’s never too late to start creating your life and business from a place of joy! Here are 3 tips on how to have joy in your business. 1. Let go of everything you’ve decided that business is. People all around us have points of view about business, what it is, what’s required, what works, what doesn’t. Often we believe these points of view which may not be true. So the first step to having joy in your business is to let go of everything you’ve decided that business is. You can ask, “What have I decided that business is that it actually isn’t?” And then, “Would I be willing to let that go?”

Our point of view creates our reality. Creating a different reality starts by letting go of those points of view. 2. Ask: What am I enthusiastic about? Begin to take a look at the things in your life that make you come alive. What is really fun for you? What do you enjoy? Not just in the area of business; in general. Maybe it’s hiking, or surfing. What you want to do is get the energy of that. And, as opportunities present themselves, choose what matches that energy. 3. Be willing to receive money. Some of us have the idea that we can receive money only if we work hard. Would you be willing to let that go? What if you could receive from everyone and everything? What if you chose to be joyful and received the money that followed? I invite you to use these 3 tools to create a joyful life and business! accessjoyofbusiness.com

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Winter Rescue Remedies WORDS JOEL COUGHLAN, ND at Hendrey Chiropractic

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show if it’s ‘normal’. BUT how often is everything normal when you don’t feel normal! With Live Blood Analysis we not only focus on the quantity of blood but more importantly the QUALITY of the blood. We can actively see together on a big screen the life and health of the red blood cells (which deliver oxygen) and white blood cells (which protect us from infection). Some white blood cells may be alive and some may be dead, if some are dead then we have a compromised immune system and they are not defending you against risk of infection. You may also have an infection at this point as well. Sometimes we can see a low-grade viral infection that is chronic and this can be a large cause of chronic fatigue and constant tiredness. Are you absorbing your nutrients properly? How can you support an immune system if you are not absorbing properly? This is another fantastic benefit to Live Blood Analysis! In the past ten years of practise using Live Blood testing, I have seen countless clients who have a fantastic diet rich

inter has almost set in and already we have cold and flu outbreaks running rampant throughout the community, irrespective of whether you get the flu jab or not! But let’s leave vaccinations out of this shall we? Are you at risk? Is your immune system working at peak performance? Live Blood Analysis is a fantastic way to assess the strength and performance of the immune system to help prevent sickness this winter and the rest of the year! You don’t just “catch a cold” because someone else has it. You catch a cold if there is a weakness in the host! Meaning if you are not eating enough nutrient rich foods, good water, lack of quality sleep, over-stressed and lacking exercise – well you are susceptible! The distinct difference between Live Blood Analysis and standard blood tests provided by the medical profession is that one is alive and one is dead. The medical profession focuses on QUANTITY of blood components and if they meet the ‘standard criteria’ to

in nutrition, but still don’t feel ‘that good’! Here we can see on the screen what you are putting in your mouth is actually getting to where it is needed for optimal cellular function. There is no doubt you are what you eat, but more so what you digest and absorb! Staying well this winter I would like to stress the importance of Vitamin D. This crucial vitamin plays a central role to immune system regulation. It is the most researched vitamin of today and current statistics showing 86% of females and 92% of males being deficient! The answer? Sunlight! Between the hours of 11am-3pm the sun emits UVB rays that activate vitamin D in our skin. However this won’t happen if you’re loaded with sunscreen and not out between those recommended hours. Around thirty minutes of full sun to the arms and legs a day is all we need (without burning!) Assess and track your health with Live Blood Analysis and stay well for winter! hendreychiropractic.com.au

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We desperately need a new model of the human body. Compliance with the standard model of prevention (moderate exercise, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, a Mediterranean diet, and stress management) remains fitful and haphazard. Why? It’s not for lack of information but lack of motivation. A positive lifestyle requires that you comply day in and day out for decades if you want to receive the full benefit, which arrives fairly late in life. We pay for early mistakes by a decline that generally doesn’t show overt symptoms until around late middle age. It’s hard to deprive yourself today in order to reward yourself twenty or thirty years from now. So what would it take to improve people’s motivation? I can find only one answer: reinvent the human body. The way you think about your body leads to the way you treat it. For people to shift their behaviour toward self-care and heightened well-being, we don’t need just compliance with standard prevention. There also has to be a drop in our addiction to drugs and surgery as the main approaches of medicine.

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In reality your body is a process, not a thing. Well-being depends on finding your flow, in terms of a relaxed but alert mental state, a steady positive mood about your life, following the natural rhythm of rest and activity, taking realistic, practical steps to reduce stress, respecting the need for a good night’s sleep, avoiding toxins, and relying on your body’s intelligence. It’s the last point that will radically change people’s behaviour, I believe. Our basic attitude should be a reliance on the intelligence that is innate in every cell. Instead of seeing the body as a machine that, like a new car, must deteriorate over time, we should see it as a system that learns, adapts, and improves over time. In short, we need to let the body take care of us, for that is what it’s actually doing. The one thing this amazingly self-sufficient system needs from you is better input, such as strong selfesteem, showing generosity of spirit, loving and nurturing relationships and of course taking time to play and having a playful attitude.

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Q& A Q: My 9-year-old son puts things in his mouth and smells it. He says he is connecting to the object. It looks wrong and I tell him not to do that. Why does he do this? A: Children have an innate way of connecting with the earth, animals and objects and people. The five senses (smell, taste, hearing, touch and sound) are one way of connecting and the other way is through feeling energy, telepathically and through vibration. In my time of consulting with this new generation children, I have noticed specific personalities connect on different levels depending on their learning style. The new generation known as the Millennium Children™ have precise learning styles, gifts, challenges and purpose. When you know more about your child in a holistic way, it is easy to empower them and offer ways for them to be a confident adult. The actions you have described about your son refer to what I call the AQUA personality. They

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connect with life through touch, taste and smell. AQUA children will always put things in their mouth for sensing. From a Medical Intuitive perspective the mouth body consciousness is this area of how we take information. The AQUA child learns kinaesthetically and everything is through touch and sometimes that might mean licking the object, tasting it, and this includes bodily excretions and things that adults would never consider putting in their mouth. The STAR child personality connects telepathically and will ‘zoom in’ on others’ thoughts. They have an ability to connect to high frequency sounds. Any kinaesthetic action is not connection for them and if anything it makes them feel disconnected. They are visual learners and analyse life by thinking then connecting. The CRYSTAL child loves to see and hear the person, object or thing to connect. These souls are auditory and visual learners. CRYSTAL children connect on a level of structure

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rejection, that soon after they went so low, that they thought drugs to be better than life. They escape the enormity of the pain by using drugs to numb themselves. The pain is usually with a loved one and the perceived disconnection immense. When we connect with the land, our family, our culture, our people, from our true self we be who we truly are. It is worth reading this again. It is the purpose for living – why we are here. On our retreats we teach earthing and grounding which every person, tree or building needs, to weather the storms of life. As a man brought up in London I revered the soil as there was so little of it. The song ‘they paved paradise and put up a parking lot,’ reminds me of how lucky I am and how some children in the world rarely get out in nature. One lady I worked with changed her

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MINDFULNESS AND CONTEMPLATION

Meditation as making

Friends With Yourself

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n previous editions of Holistic Bliss, I have described the process of meditation as being like training a puppy… We tell the puppy of our attention to ‘sit – on the breath – and to stay’. We begin to notice that the puppy of our attention is very quick to run off into the thoughts of the past and future, and is generally nowhere to be found. At this point we can get despondent and think that “I can’t meditate… My mind is just too unruly!” Fortunately though, this is not a problem at all. The process of losing your puppy, noticing where it has run off to, and bringing it back is meditation? Now, this may not be the whole story but… Meditation is primarily a process of losing your attention and finding it again. In addition, meditation is a process of befriending yourself – in all your neurosis and imperfections – in all your peace and your angst. Training the mind to stay on the breath therefore is

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Why you should WORDS MARY-LOU STEPHENS

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hat would you do if someone tried to give you a rotten fish? Would you accept it? No. You’d say, “Why would I want a smelly fish? I don’t want it, you keep it.” People want to give us their rotten, smelly fish all the time. These smelly fish are emotions like anger, resentment, blame, envy. People want to offload these smelly fish because they’re miserable and they want us to be miserable too. Or they blame us for the fact that they have a smelly fish. And what do we do? Too often we say, “Sure I’ll accept your rotten fish. I’ll take this smelly thing from you. There, you are now free of the stench.” We do this out of guilt, or a mistaken sense of duty, or perhaps we think we’re being compassionate. And what do we get for our trouble? A smelly fish, that’s all. Now we stink. Now we feel bad. There are many stories about Buddha. This one is about an angry old man. His family had decided to follow

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Refuse that Gift Buddha’s teaching and the man was furious because they were turning their backs on the old ways, the old religion. He approached Buddha like a charging tiger, with murder on his mind. ‘Good day to you, friend,’ Buddha called out. ‘I will not talk to you.’ The old man said. ‘I know how you work. You’ll ask me a question. You’ll distract me and then you will change my mind. I will not listen.’ ‘Tell me, friend,’ Buddha said. ‘Do people come and visit you at your house?’ ‘What?’ said the old man. ‘Yes, of course, we have many visitors.’ ‘And tell me, do they bring presents?’ ‘What is this? Yes, they bring presents.’ ‘And if they bring you a present you don’t want, what do you do with it?’ The old man stopped and stood in front of Buddha. ‘I tell them I do not want their present.’

‘So you don’t accept their present?’ ‘No, I do not. I tell them to take it back with them.’ ‘Then that is what I am telling you,’ Buddha said. ‘You have come to my house, bearing a present of anger, and I do not accept it. It is your present, it stays with you. Take your present with you when you go. It has nothing to do with me. It does not belong to me.’ The old man was so impressed with Buddha’s words he stayed to learn about meditation and was soon reunited with his family. If someone tries to dump their negativity on you remember the problem is not yours unless you choose to accept it. The problem belongs to them and indeed if you keep accepting other people’s rotten fish you are doing them a disservice. They need to learn how to deal with their own negativity. They have their own smelly fish to fry. maryloustephens.com.au

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all levels of experience, whether the participant is a new student or an experienced yoga practitioner,” Mr Murphy says. Alongside the manifold workshops, complementary workshops in arts such as the Yoga Ayurveda (yoga’s ‘sister’ science of health care), Chinese medicine, dance and massage, to name a few, are also available. During and at the end of each day, the festival includes the wonderful live music and devotion Kirtan performances. Another festival crowd pleaser is always the delicious range of vegetarian food fares that are available between the workshops. Should the participant wish a break from the workshops, a large array of yoga and health related market stalls, massage and clothing stalls are also on offer to browse at between classes. The venue that houses YogaFest is one of Australia’s oldest and most beautiful exhibition buildings, Brisbane’s historical Old Museum. The

building is now only one of two of its type left in Australia. Feeling like an old yoga temple itself, it’s a wonderful venue to host YogaFest and as one participant mentioned, ‘it lends itself to the event’. “One of the most common feedback comments we receive each year at YogaFest is about the uplifting and peaceful ‘energy and vibe’ at the festival. This is due to the collective positive energy from all the beautiful people who attend,” Mr Murphy says. “We are very humbled to see the popularity of this festival grow over the years and feel honoured to be facilitating such an event (yoga) that has brought so many blessings to our own lives,” Mr Murphy said. The 8th annual YogaFest returns to Brisbane on the 12th and 13th July. The full program with information on the teachers and presenters can be found at yogafest.com.au and updates on facebook.com/yogafestaustralia

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o enjoy vibrant health we must look after ourselves from the inside-out. We must nourish our body with the essential nutrients for life: Quality nutrition, quality movement, quality thoughts and last but not least, a quality nerve supply. The quality of our life is directly proportional to the quality of how we care for the four essentials of life. We all know we can survive on fast food but to thrive we need to eat clean and pay attention to what we put in our mouths. Every part of our body works better when we think about how we can nourish ourselves through our food. Simple, but not always easy. The key is to have quality food handy so that when we are hungry, the better options are close at hand. Our body is meant to move. We all know that we must “use it or lose it”. Find something you love and fills you with happiness and a sense of joy. Sometimes that means a simple walk, other times a hard workout is more satisfying. Quality thought comes down to the questions we ask ourselves. If we ask “Why me?” or think “It’s not fair”. Our brain will

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Kahuna Movement Principles WORDS GAYLYN AITKEN

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braham Kawai’i was the first Hawai’ian Kahuna to take the universal principles of his Kahuna training outside his culture. He developed what is now popularly known as Kahuna Bodywork as a vehicle to promote innate awareness and translated these universal principles for us to evolve beyond a mechanical and intellectual relationship with nature. Understanding how we function and the meaning for our existence becomes easy when we recognise universal principles and allow ourselves to live in harmony with the stream of motion that is nature. Universal motion is like the flux and flow of breath; we can observe this in our seasons, tides, lunar, solar and planetary patterns, birth and death and the outcome of this motion is evolution. Nature knows only to move, evolution arising from the quality of motion within its smallest particle. Primal movement occurs from a dynamic interplay of opposites. This

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from Abraham Kawai’i, Kahuna. He used the movement principles of Hula and Lua – Hawai’ian martial arts – and set them to music in a powerful and graceful flow of motion to increase Mana – life force – creating motion within our fluid being to flow outwards from our neutral space into free swinging motion. We can never safely step outside of natural laws and why would we want to when the motion of the universe is to sustain life. We need no excuse to live; no reason in the universe why we should forsake ourselves, for the sole purpose of our life is to be with ourselves. Keep yourself in motion, use the energy of your emotions to generate motion – give them a job to do, think new thoughts to nurture new ideas, keep refining your skills and persevere with your dreams. GAYLYN AITKEN is the owner and director of Kahuna Mist Massage & Movement. kahunamist.com

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have always been of the opinion that we should make use of both conventional and complementary medicine when the occasion demands it. My journey began when I noticed Dr Ross Walker on the ‘Today Show’ was advocating that anybody over 50 (with parents or other close members who have a history of heart problems) should go and get a coronary calcium score. I knew my father had heart problems so I got this done but I had to encourage my GP. In less than two hours after this scan was done, the radiologist had got onto the doctor to say he had detected a tumour on the thymus gland and they wanted to do another scan with contrast to verify their findings, which was confirmed. Within two weeks I saw the surgeon, Dr Morgan Windsor who expanded on the procedure in addition to what my GP had advised. He explained if it

was left it could turn nasty and would affect the blood supply to the arm and may impact on either the left or the right lung. It is important to have as much information as possible before a decision like this is made and I decided that as the surgery is very invasive, in that the sternum needed to be cut and wired up again, I knew in my heart that I had to get this done as soon as I could. I also knew that my brother would have to come out from New Zealand to be with my mother as I would be in hospital for a week and wouldn’t be able to lift anything or drive for up to six weeks. As you can imagine this really knocked me around but thankfully I had a good network of healer friends around me to help me through the patch until my operation. I got a fellow member Kerry Talbot to give regular healing to ensure that the tumour got no worse and I also contacted Kathy, a healer from New Zealand, to do

absent healing at the same time. Since I already had the diagnosis of a tumour from the cat scan X-ray, I thought I would get digital thermal photo imaging and report done to supplement the original diagnosis to find out which areas of the body were hot and cold and could indicate problem areas in the energy field. This could be used as a guide to seek medical advice or make lifestyle changes. In this case, I was more concerned to see what the energies were doing around the thymus gland. The report I received from Dr Matt Sullivan confirmed a thymic gland dysfunction and the tumour was likely to be benign – this would only be confirmed by a biopsy. And so the journey with utilising orthodox medicine and natural remedies began and next month I will share what unfolded and how I continued to heal my life. TIM FRASER is a Reiki Master, Healer and Wellness Coach. tim-fraser.com

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’m taking a little break from fashion this month to talk about eco-friendly skincare. As the weather gets cooler, our skin tends to scream for a bit more love and attention and it’s just as important to use eco-friendly and natural products when it comes to beauty. The skin is thought to absorb 80% of the products we apply so choosing natural products is really important. Sometimes we can very easily get swept up in marketing hype and spend lots of money on products that are actually terrible for our skin. The thing is, our bodies are amazing. They already know how to take care of themselves and the skin is no different. So, instead of stripping away all of the oils and attacking the face until it looks the way we want it to, we should nurture it and give it natural products to help it do its job. The key is to encourage and

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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE

WORDS ELAINE DELANEY

The snowy, mountain country flows deep within my veins, And I have need of mountains steep, to break the broad, flat plains. Where mountain ash and white gum stretch, to touch the sky above, It’s there at once, my soul bursts forth, on songs of praise and love. To ride beneath a sky so bright, on a horse both tried and true, To feel the peace and contentment there, As you whistle and speak your innermost thoughts, To a world at one with you. These things my friend are a priceless gift, once encountered along life’s way, They dwell within your mind and soul when you live in a different day. At once recalled as your thoughts drift back, to bring solace – and more than that, A dream and a song for all God’s wrought, and memories that will always stay.

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hat more can I say. The natural world, animals and birds, are, and always have been, part of my being. I grew up in Snowy Mountain countryside, exploring and riding horses amid spectacular mountains, valleys and never ending vistas as far as the eye could see, no man-made obstacles to mar the view. How could I not live a life of constant wonder at creation. Life moves on – love, marriage, family, commitments – different time, place and space. Family grows up. New ventures are embraced. At age 60 opportunity knocks again. A neighbour has a little Welsh mountain pony needing exercise and work. Yes, I will gladly spend time with her. Then an incident. The little pony tries to climb an embankment whilst I am riding and falls heavily backwards onto me, scrabbling and falling a few times. Is it wise to continue with such risks evident? Timely reminder… friends have accidents, one tripping on a garden hose, another falling in a hole, a third tripping on a

cracked pavement? Life IS risk. Why would I even consider not continuing to live a life that fills me with joy, pleasure and energy? That feeds my soul, lights my life, reminds me I am connected with the very life force of all creation. No contest. And so the journey of exploration and play continues. I turn 70 next year (2015) and the magic continues. Limitless possibilities surprising us every day. We are now enjoying time together, along with our other animals and horses, riding around the farm, gazing out over pleasant vistas, playing at liberty and just being – in constant awe at the time, space and place we have in this moment. To contact ELAINE email: elaine11945@gmail.com

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NATURAL ANIMAL CARE

WHY DO DOGS OFTEN LO OK WORDS DR GARRY BRIGHT

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eriously dogs do look like their owners because they take on the energy of the owner and are exact energetic photocopies of the owner. It takes about two years of continuous contact for this to occur. So what does this mean when a dog is presented to me for ill health? Firstly I diagnose the energetic disturbance in the pet and then the owner, the partner and the children. 90% of the time the energetic disturbance is exactly the same energetic disturbance in

the humans. In the other cases that are not identical there is usually an external factor that requires attention. As an example: A dog has a skin complaint (rash on ventral abdomen) and has a heart deficiency with excess energy in the stomach and large intestine channels – quite common in contact allergies e.g. Wandering Jew contact allergy. The owner has a lung deficiency – the owner and the pet are not energetically identical so I know there is an external factor playing a role. Thus it is important for me to explain about contact allergies and to organise a contact allergy trial. Once the trial is complete and the pet starts showing a lung deficiency like the owner, I know that we have solved the external factor.

Some real life examples: Seizure patient: Wife, children and dog all have lung deficiency – the husband is a smoker, he does not smoke indoors but his energy causes lung deficiency in everyone around him. Clearly in this example treating the husband and getting him to stop smoking is the priority. Any other treatment is symptomatic. A pair of dogs with chronic vomiting and diarrhoea of blood of many years duration: Both owners have a genetic condition that prohibits them from having kids as their kids would have too much blood in their system and would have to donate blood regularly. The owners are kidney deficient and so are their dogs, blood tests show both

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Are you stressed, fatigued and unmotivated? Could your digestive system be making you unhappy? Could you solve your happiness puzzle with these missing puzzle pieces? Could it be bacteria? Researchers at McMaster University have supportive evidence that bacteria residing in the gut influence brain chemistry and behaviour. When there was a change in the gut flora of the test subjects increased anxiety and behaviour change was noted. For years these bacterias have been seen to be harmless, but the negative impact of specific strains of bacteria on the brain are documented. Pathogenic bacteria have the potential to cause havoc on your digestive system and indirectly may cause Serotonin to drop. Serotonin is your happy, relaxing neurotransmitter. Not many people are aware that it is predominantly made in the gut. Functional bacteria (the good guys) are often overlooked, they assist in breaking down your food and keeping your gut healthy.

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