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Exploring the sacred landscape of Wiltshire, England

Keys to Finding Love

Advertisement. Abridged from the April 2003 ALPHABIOTICA! Newsletter / New England. Vol. 3, Issue 4. Reprinted with permission. The New England Alphabiotic Association 2007.

PEOPLE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD Neal Robert Smookler: Passionate Advocate for his Profession

“It’s not so much a new therapy, it’s more like a new idea. In fact, the profession is evolving into quite a unique helping system”— says Neal Smookler. What Smookler is so passionate about is a seemingly simple method that ‘reboots’ the brain much like you’d reboot your home computer. “Its eloquence lies in its simplicity, most importantly it’s safe,” the Wellesley Alphabioticist replies. (Alpha, what? ...was my first response, but we’ll get to that in a moment.) This is just how open and approachable Smookler speaks. At 42, he has been ‘rebooting’ brains for well over a decade—from his Wellesley, MA and Back Bay Centers. Smookler is serious about his work and others take him seriously, despite his smiling blue eyes and youthful looks. Growing up in Framingham, about 30 minutes west of Boston, he is one of two children of Edward and Phyllis Smookler. “It’s funny, a lot of people recognize the last name because it’s so unique and many remember seeing that family name on my Dad’s dental office for forty plus years”. Upon receiving his bachelors degree in Biology from BC, he went on to continue his professional studies for a number of years in Los Angeles, CA. After moving back home, Smookler set up shop in July 1990 in The Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, where he still resides as an Alphabioticist (I promise you we will get to that in a moment.) “Everything went as planned for a couple of years”, proudly pointing to a wall mounted copy of The Newbury Street/Back Bay Guide that did a rare cover story of his business at the time. Rare, because as Smookler explains “usually art galleries and hair salons were the only ones to ever make it to the cover, not professionals. So in a way I was truly tickled and honored. It was fun back then, everything was fresh and new. I had no idea of the events in the next few months that would change me forever.” Smookler grins half-nostalgically, half seemingly still in awe of the synchronicity of it all, remembering a seminar he attended in October 1991. “Throughout the weekend the gentleman presenting the seminar kept mentioning this ‘brain reboot’. I had no idea what the was talking about, let alone what it had to do with the seminar. At weekends end, he invited anyone who wanted a ‘reboot’ to lie down. My first thought was lie down where? There’s nothing but seminar tables with tablecloths, hard candy and pitchers of ice water.” “Oh well. I lay down while apprehensively awaiting my turn, all the while trying not to knock over the water pitchers. Then, without so much as an explanation, the gentleman proceeded to perform 2 Spirit of Change | FALL 2011

the ‘reboot. ’It was very brief, so brief in fact that I wasn’t sure what to make of it.” “I got up and I was, uh ... humming. I was literally resonating in what I can only describe as ‘an insulated cocoon of peace.’ It was as if the heaviness of my life somehow lifted. Do you know what I mean? I seemed to shift out of ‘brown out’, no longer waiting for the proverbial second shoe to drop. I felt like my brain, my entire body had been reset, providing me with a clean slate. Have you ever experienced something that rang so true for you, that you just knew it was right? There was no intellectualizing, no analyzing or trying to figure it out. Just a gut feeling of perfection. I couldn’t turn away from what I had experienced. I knew with absolute certainty that I would do this work. Two and one -half months later I was down in Dallas, Texas taking my first class.” Well, now Smookler really had my attention. What exactly was done on that Autumn weekend back in 1991? He explains to me that the ‘reboot’ is a colloquial metaphor that refers to The Alphabiotic Method—which was developed into a comprehensive helping system in the 1950’s. “It’s based upon the same fundamental principle as rebooting a computer”, explains Smookler. “It is in essence a high level sensory pattern interrupt that introduces a very positive communication into the brain. There are no machines or instruments used—It’s very low tech and organic. The nature of this communication instantly balances both halves of the brain, clears stress switches and resets the system back to it’s ‘original factory settings’, i.e. the clear, healthy blueprint provided you by Mother Nature.” He continues, “It’s a catalyst for the brain to do a Complete Systems Check. Now, without a perceived clear and present danger, the brain finds no need to remain locked in the daily ‘hypervigilant’ fight or flight stress response. As the brain shifts out of this defensive, fragmented, outer-reactive, ‘emergency stand-by’ mode misappropriated resources are freed up to attend to priorities which had been ‘swept-under-the-rug’. When the body perceives danger—resources for healing, thinking, joy, sleep, creativity and tapping the authentic expression of you—get placed on the ‘back burner’ where they will remain until you shift out of that survival pattern. One nice thing about this system is that there is no sprinkling of what Smookler calls magic ‘pixie dust’ or anything of the like. “This method has an interoperator reliability approaching 100% and can be scientifically replicated with results that are predictable and universal.” Most people within the first five or six sessions know that something very unique has been accessed through the rebooting process.

Neal Robert Smookler

As I sat with Neal, I noticed a small scar line on his left index and middle finger. Thinking this was related to his work, I asked. Leaning back in surprise, “Oh those, I recently started studying Indian classical music by taking sitar lessons. Pretty brutal on the fingers.” he said. “Today, there are people from all backgrounds at the training in Dallas, Texas.” He makes it a point of communicating that all practitioners are meticulously trained and certified by the International Association and goes on to say that “if you have ever mastered a musical instrument, you know that after years of disciplined practice, a transition from rote mechanics to the the more subtle nuances of the instrument seamlessly begins to reveal itself.” (A point that should keep Neal in good spirits as he attempts to master the sitar.) “This method is no different. I know of no one who has mastered it in less than 5 to 7 years of focused effort and commitment.” Worldwide, it’s estimated that the ‘reboot’ has been provided safely over 2.5 million times since the 1930’s. Smookler has personally done the same over 80,000 times in the last eleven years. Smookler’s work has been featured locally on such media venues as WBZ, WZBC & WATD. When asked what he enjoys most about his work — Smookler hesitates for a moment, then as if the answer was there all along he replies, “people often come with a sadness, an emptiness. Upon Integration—the light returns, you can see it in their eyes, that spark.” Today, Smookler lives in Hopkinton, spending his professional time in Wellesley, Massachusetts—The Center for The New England Alphabiotic Association. And who knows, maybe India in the near future. (508) 625-1170.

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Natural Living

Workshop Schedule

See the Full Program Guide Online: Saturday, September 24 • EXPO OPEN 9am-7pm








Outdoor/ Oxford

Healing Foods Demo

Healing Past Life Trauma

Barbara Stone

Discover Your Life Purpose Nancy Canning

Tui Na Workshop for Family Health Ming Wu

Infection Prevention and Complementary Therapies Maureen Spencer

Meet Your Guardian Angel Karen Paolino

Opening Circle (Outdoor Grove) 8:30-8:45

Fresh Detoxifying Juices Revitalive Cafe

Jump Start Your Creativity Melissa Harris

Heighten Your Intuitive Clarity Sue Singleton

Senses Sirry Berndsen

Animal Communication Suzy Graf


Current of Love Energy Mary Grace

Your Body Can Heal Itself Gary Blier

Green Juicing Your Way to Better Health Michael Bergonzi

It’s In Your Face: Revealing The True You Ginger Bisplinghoff


Creating A Toxin-Free Home Deborah deMoulpied

Dare To Be Different Priscilla Bengston

Tuning Into Your Intuition Jess Steinman

Pain Elimination in Minutes LeRoy Malouf


Improve Your Sight Naturally Dr. Marc Grossmann

Make More Money and Clear Unconscious Self-Sabotage Judith Swack

Aromatantra: Ayurvedic Aromatherapy Dr. Ravi Ratan

Are You Psychic? Lisa Campion


Ancient Treatment for Today Jadranka Perl, LicAc

Intro to Crystal Energy Healing Paulette Richard-Orourke

Past Lives, Dreams and Soul Travel Doug White

The Colors of Your Soul Elizabeth Harper


Intuitive Parenting: The Wisdom of Your Heart Debra Snyder

Zentangle® Karen Keefe

A Channeled Healing Meditation Barry Helm

Stay Healthy For A Lifetime Brenda Cobb


Mudras: Hand, Face and Body Talk Dr. Indu Arora

Tibetan Sound Bath Experiential Aaron Singleton

Angel Connection Sherry Lord

The Compassion Project Jill Davies



Reserve a preferred seat in any general admission workshop this year for just $5! Reserve online by September 15th.

Your Soul’s Plan: The Meaning of Your Life Robert Schwartz $35 11:30-1:30

The Spirit Whisperer: Messages from the Other Side John Holland $45 2-4

What Was God Thinking?!

Sandy Alemian with Joe Merrick and Maryellen Rinaldi $45 5-7

Community as Healer Clinic Workshop Linda Marks (Oxford Room) 11-12:30

Soaking, Sprouting and Nutmilks Revitalive Cafe Sensational Smoothies Revitalive Cafe

Lakeside fire circle open

Fresh Greens, Amazing Salads Revitalive Cafe

Tai Chi Chi Kung Marie Favorito (Outdoor Grove)

No-Cook, Grain-Free “Pasta” and Sauces Revitalive Cafe

Lakeside fire circle open

Cultured Foods Revitalive Cafe

Community as Healer Clinic Workshop Linda Marks (Oxford Room) 4-5:30

Simple Soups Revitalive Cafe Raw Desserts Revitalive Cafe

Lakeside Drum Jam and Fire Circle SoundScapers 6-8

Sunday, September Expo 25Open • 10am-5pm EXPO OPEN 10am-5pm Executive





Outdoor/ Oxford


Letting Go Of Unhealthy Relationships Stefan Battle/Ed Morris

Channeling Your Angels and Guides Priscilla Bengston

Èiriù Eolas Donna Raposo

Bodywork and Your Health Jack Roso

Crystal Healing Bowl Meditation Rhys Thomas

Outdoor Qigong Ming Wu 9:00-9:50am


I Am More Than My Physical Body Hildegard Starmer

Nutrition Quiz Show: 2010 Dr. Michael Greger

Laughter Circle Chris Belanger

Instant Pain Elimination Ming Wu

Edible Plant Walk Bruce Carroll


Menopause Friend: Herbs for the Change Holly Bellebuono

Creating Prosperity with the Angels Elizabeth Foley

Discover Your Elemental Potential Leta Herman

Numerology: Know Your Lucky Number Veronica Shaffer

The Intuitive Brain, the Medical Intuitive Body: Healing with Mind-Body Medicine and Mysticism


UFOs and Their Mission Cindy Bruder

Nutrition Quiz Show: 2011 Dr. Michael Greger

"6 Healing Sounds" Medical Chi Kung Marie Favorito

Not Good Enough and Other Limiting Beliefs Nancy Canning


Dancing Into Wellness Jean Nordin-Evans

Chakra Healing with Mudras and Breath Work Dr. Ravi Ratan

Heart-Opening Chair Yoga Erin Abrams

How to Make Your Home Clean and Green Leslie Reichert


Five Keys to Discovering Your Life Purpose Anne Deidre Smith

State of the Stars Eric Linter

Nia Technique Jenny Silverberg

2012 and Beyond Kelly Hampton

Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz $35, 12-2

Conscious Crop Circles: The Message Is Known Colin Andrews $35 2:30-4:30

Belizian Style Food Claret Carroll 50+ minutes

Healing Foods Demo

Vitality Smoothie to Increase Energy Brenda Cobb Dressing Makes the Salad Brenda Cobb Nut Cheese for Spreads, Dips and Appetizers Brenda Cobb

Fire by Friction Bruce Carroll

Turn Ordinary Greens Into Marinated Delights Brenda Cobb

Lakeside fire circle open

No-Guilt Sweet Tooth Satisfaction Brenda Cobb

5th Annual

Natural Living

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The Spirit Whisperer: Messages From The Other Side Saturday • 2-4pm • $45

Saturday, September 24 9am-7pm Sunday, September 25 10am-5pm Sturbridge Host Hotel 366 Main Street (Rt 20 West), Sturbridge, MA



Weekend Admission

135 exhibits & 75 workshops

Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz

Healing with Mind-Body Medicine and Mysticism

Sunday • 12-2pm • $35

Robert Schwartz

Your Soul´s Plan: The Meaning of Your Life Saturday • $35 11:30am-1:30pm

Colin Andrews

Lakeside Drum Circle

Yoga, Qigong, Nia

Conscious Crop Circles: The Message is Known

Sunday • 2:30-4:30 • $35

Healing Food Demos



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Cover Stories Features 

Fall 2011 • Vol. 25, No. 117



28 Healthy Brains, Happy People by Beth Colon 30 Your Soul’s Plan by Robert Schwartz 32 How Love Heals by Kerstin Zettmar 36 Letting Go Of Ed by Laura Plummer 38 The Law of Attraction is Not the Answer by Laura Norman 39 Top Ten Dating Tips by Maxine Freedman 40 The Treasure of Divine Love by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj 41 No U In Love by John Ptacek 42 Crop Circles and ETs and Orbs, Oh My! By Bill Strubbe

Departments 39

8 Musings by Carol Bedrosian 10 Letters and News 14 Starspeak: The Cosmic Forecast by Eric Linter 20 A New Twist on Vegetable Favorites by Michelle Hirsch 22 Earthtalk: Q&A by the Editors of E/Environmental Magazine 24 Feng Shui for Everyday: Create a Wealth Closet by Lynn Taylor 49 Book Reviews by Gail Lord 50 Music Reviews by Jason Victor Serinus



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Love Is All Around Declaration of Dependence by Henry Gibson I am part of Nature. I am a part of everything that lives. I am bound together with all living things in air, in land, in water. My life depends on Nature; Upon its balance, upon its resources and upon the continuity of both. To destroy them is to destroy myself. As a member of the human race, I am responsible for its survival. I am a part of Nature. I will not destroy it. Reprinted from A Curriculum of Hope for a Peaceful World, Vol XIX, No. 2, quarterly newletter


here’s boldness in this author’s declaration of equality. We are all members of the human race, equally helpless and dependent on the balance and continuity of Nature. We all depend on the same glorious sun to shine.

Yet the frailty of our human nature causes us to splinter off into factions filled with mistrust and opposition towards each other, believing we are separate because we are not identical. We quickly forget how connected we are. Our unique capacity to reason allows us to develop beliefs about each other based on differences in how we look, talk, act and think. Our incomparable power to love allows us to hold all those pieces together so we don’t needlessly tear ourselves apart. Like humanity, creation and the great mystery, love is a force of incomprehensible nature and magnitude, choreographing the many details of our lives outside our limited awareness. Albert Einstein noted, “We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws.” Love is simple, but often requires painstaking effort. Love costs no money, but may demand we make large investments. Love wounds for a lifetime, but is also the bearer of our most enduring joys. Who can understand the intelligence of the heart? For those who have already mastered the secrets to open-hearted living, we encounter delightful human beings who radiate joy, peace, wisdom and harmony and we all want to be around them. You will know them by the calm they instill and the nonjudgmental respect they extend to each person, regardless of personal differences. You feel welcomed, loved and accepted in their presence. They are rare and precious people in our lives. In the span of less than a week this summer, two of these wise beings passed from my life. While I will never see the mirth shine from their eyes again, I find their presence even stronger now, released from the frailties of their bodies, with the glow of their golden legacies shining like beacons ahead of me. Jerry Bagdasarian, 89, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He was also an independent filmmaker, photographer, radio-controlled airplane enthusiast and a local cable TV host in 8 Spirit of Change | FALL 2011

Northbridge, MA. Jerry served as an Army paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, landing in Normandy on D-Day. Passionate about many things including freedom of speech, equality, justice, civic duty and Earth stewardship, Jerry was also a visionary who appreciated the beauty of the spiritual rainbow in the diversity of atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Mulims, Pagans and all spiritual paths forging the great unity of humanity. His magnanimous perspective allowed him to embrace the sanctity of each person’s beliefs with genuine respect and love. While he abhorred bigotry and prejudice, Jerry never criticized the bigot, and instead spoke up at every opportunity and demonstrated by example what a wonderful world this could be. Flags flew at half staff in Ottawa, Canada, on Friday, August 3, in honor of Grandfather William Commanda, spiritual leader of the Algonquin First Nation, who died peacefully at his home on the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Reserve in Maniwaki, Quebec. Grandfather William is the first aboriginal person to be honored this way in Canada. Named Ojigkwanong (“Morning Star”) at birth, he was 97 years old. A keeper of three Algonquin wampum belts, Elder Commanda traveled tirelessly across Canada promoting respect for indigenous wisdom and the right to self-government for all aboriginal people. He also spread his messages of peace, racial harmony, social justice, and respect for Mother Earth and all life forms around the globe, meeting with world and spiritual leaders, receiving many accolades, and speaking at the UN. Despite continued criticism from Native communities, people came from all over the world each August to his home in Maniwaki for the annual Circle of All Nations gathering on the shores of Bitobi Lake where Grandfather opened his circle and ceremonies to people of all nations in fulfillment of his life’s mission. “You cannot kick people out of the hoop,” he stated simply. “I love them all equally.”

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Since 2000, Spirit of Change has supported the envisioning, fundraising, building and eventual operation of the ACAM maternity center in Concepcion, Chiquirichapa in the western highlands of Guatemala. This project grew out of a meeting between midwives in the US pairing with midwives in Guatemala who had organized into a legal Association of Midwives of the Mam Area and dreamed of a center where they could provide maternity and other medical services to their people following their indigenous traditions and preserving their Mam language. In 2004, this center, owned and operated by the ACAM midwives, opened. It is unique in all of Guatemala because it did not originate with an agenda set by others, but rather by the midwives themselves. Unlike many international projects that are based on charity, exploitation or evangelism and sometimes are not in keeping with the actual situation or needs of the community, the ACAM project has raised the status of midwives in the eyes of the medical community and is an invaluable resource for the goal of preparing and improving the next generation of midwives in Guatemala. A recent $5,000 grant from the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund provided funding to obtain birth and OB/GYN models, which are particularly useful in allowing older midwives — often characterized in demeaning and dismissive ways — to demonstrate their skills and knowledge non-verbally (Mam is not a written language), and increase their self-confidence. The models also provide an invaluable avenue for evaluating midwife apprentice progress. In addition, the grant provided for a complete basic computer course. While the preservation of Mam language is a major goal of the midwives, they understand that Spanish is necessary for communication in the greater society of Guatemala and the world. One participant summarized the importance of the computer training: “With the internet and email I have eyes on the world. I am not alone.” While we have already come this far in opening and supporting this center, more needs to be done. Only a fraction of operating costs for running the center comes from fees paid by families who come for consultation. One midwife writes, “We ask you not to leave us alone in our fight against maternal and infant mortality, to improve the health of our people, and to relieve the trauma from war our country endured.” These are the same highlands that suffered unspeakable injustices during the genocide of the early 80’s by the Guatemalan Army and secret police. Over 250,000 Mayans were either killed or “disappeared.” Currently, Guatemalans survive amidst staggering murder rates for women, random violence and terrifying death squads that roam the country, and deep corruption within the government. Our mission is to help these incredible people preserve their culture in any way we can. If you’d like to donate to or get involved with the midwife center in any way please call James Carbone at 10 Spirit of Change | FALL 2011


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Drones and Cellular Phones My article “EMF Overload: Tempest of the 21st Century” in Spirit of Change, Summer 2011, contained an error. The Pericardium meridian, which mediates hormone balance, was incorrectly identified as a yang meridian, when it is in fact a yin meridian. In addition, I would like to call attention to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer, which met in Lyons, France in May, 2011. Reviewing data concerning the incidence of 1,237,913 new cases of brain cancers, the organization classified non-ionizing radiation as a possible human carcinogen, in the same category as DDT, lead, and engine exhaust. Cell phones, cell towers, Wifi, Smart Meters, cordless phones, baby monitors and other wireless devices all emit non-ionizing radio frequencies. This cell phone/radiation/cancer link was announced in all U.S. mainstream media outlets on Memorial Day, yet hardly evoked a stir of concern beyond the initial sound bites. Cindy Sage, co-editor of the international collaboration Bio-initiative Report, was quoted on www. (June 24, 2001) that in light of these recent IARC findings, “The FCC needs to re-assess and update public safety limits in accordance with new evidence that

low-intensity (non-thermal) EMF exposure can cause cancer. The FCC needs to adopt new, biologically-based public exposure standards that protect people from chronic, wireless exposures, including those populations who may be at higher risk for environmental toxins (children, the elderly, those with pre-existing medical problems, people with medical and metal implants, etc).” Cell phone users are being advised to lower their exposure by text messaging, alternating ears, and holding the phone further from the body. However users do not realize that they boost the ambient radiation in the environment every time they use a wireless device, and that the presence of necessary transmitters and towers jams the frequencies of the airwaves for all living beings, around the clock. Callers are encouraged to purchase phones according to the SAR rating, the Specific Absorption Rate. The acronym could also become known as Simply Abominable Research. As Carleigh Cooper explains in her book Cell Phones and the Dark Deception (2009, Premier Advantage Publishing) a representative sample of tissue is utilized based on the assumption that all tissue absorbs radiation at the same rate and that the radiation is equally distributed. This implies that the specialized tissues of the eyes, salivary gland, thyroid, sinuses, ears, and brain all “cook” at the same rate in all individuals. While humans may vainly try to mitigate radiation damage by following industry product guidelines, cell tower radiation extends far and wide beyond the human continues on page 12

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The Cosmic Forecast for Fall 2011 “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” — Helen Keller


s loyal readers of this column know, nations as well as individuals — anything with a beginning birth time and place — have horoscopes. It is these maps of the stars that reveal a nation’s character and destiny, much the same way as they do for a person. This past summer’s epic battle in Washington over the “debt ceiling” coincided with the conclusion of the USA’s eighth Saturn return. Both Saturn and its returns are objects of fear and misunderstanding. This is unfortunate because Saturn is a planet of wisdom born of experience. I prefer thinking of Saturn as a facilitator of maturity and clarity, the proponent of life’s most serious reality checks and subsequent course changes. Seen from this perspective, the national Saturn return underscored what is broken in Washington, D.C. and subsequently, what needs fixing. This fall Saturn is traveling through the later degrees of Libra, the sign of partnering and justice in which it is said to be exalted, or quite powerful. In part this power is derived from Saturn’s rulership of the akashic records, the complete knowledge of all that has happened, is happening and will happen in the future. In Libra the Lord of Karma insists on fair play. Among the planets there is no better arbiter of what is just. The politicians who so cavalierly have put at risk our nation’s prestige and well-being can expect to be held accountable at the polls during the next election cycle. Saturn, the planet with the graceful rings, is now separating from a challenging Tsquare configuration with Uranus and Pluto. While this advance lowers some tensions, the square between Uranus and Pluto lingers through autumn and for several more years. The two were last in square during the Depression years of the 1930’s. Judging by history, there are no fixes yet in sight for the ailing economy. As Pluto advances through early Capricorn, the tiny but potent speck is at odds with the USA’s Cancer Sun. The positioning foretells a decline in our nation’s fortunes as well as the stature of the presidency. Shifting geo-political alliances and a search for a new national identity will also come in time. Additionally, the autumn stars portend a growing realization; progress lies in the hands of ordinary citizens, not the plutocrats, politicians or bureaucrats. Saturn’s approaching trine to retrograde Neptune suggests that however small, we each have a role to play. A catalyst of American independence, author Thomas Paine opined, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” This fall Saturn provides the motivation needed to see Neptunian dreams and ideals translated into tangible results.

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As summer’s last great weekend hurrah nears, the Virgo Sun eases into a graceful Friday night trine with ebullient Jupiter. The enriching aspect crowns a lovely day and helps guide travelers to a great start of the holiday. Care must be taken with perishable food items on Saturday afternoon, the 3rd. Don’t leave valuables unattended. The Saturday night social scene is a good one for making new friends in informal settings. ib 2 ra t Sunday afternoon’s first quarter Sagittarius Moon could inS e p t 2 3- O c duce passing worries. It may simply not be possible to touch all the bases. Don’t hurry. Scale back to an easily managed schedule and relax. Labor Day continues on page 16


















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October begins in high spirits. The Sagittarius Moon forms only harmonious angles throughout the weekend of the 1st and 2nd. Hobnobbing, spiritual journeying, traveling and studying are rewarding pursuits. The only worry is Mars’ square to Jupiter early Monday morning. When these two face off words are sometimes spoken in haste, only to be regretted later. Observe that we each are or p io ov O c t 2 3 - N entitled to free speech, even when we disagree. Monday the 3rd is an energetic but arduous day. The Moon in Capricorn, a cardinal sign, runs a gauntlet of challenging aspects culminating with a late night square to the Sun. This first quarter stage of the Moon can send folks scurrying in search of distractions from uncomfortable feelings. A near simultaneous lunar trine to Jupiter helps us keep a healthy perspective on the day’s trials and perhaps gives us cause to chuckle at the things we cannot control. Four planets are currently in Libra, the sign of peace, love, understanding and when those fail, outright hostility. These include the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Be nice! Good behavior garners favorable notice on the 6th and 7th. An early dinner Friday night proves extremely enjoyable. The world grows uncommonly restive over the weekend as the Pisces Moon drifts void-of-course for the better part of both days. The almost full waxing Moon channels plenty of energy to Earth but the lack of aspects can leave many folks feeling directionless. Things pick up dramatically on Monday the 10th. A lunar conjunction with Uranus continues on page 18


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sees pleasant influences, perfect for whiling away the late summer afternoon. It’s get down to business time on Tuesday the 6th. The Capricorn Moon invigorates an earthy grand trine that already includes Jupiter, Sun, Venus and Pluto. Both Tuesday and Wednesday are strong days for pursuing career aims. On Thursday mental Mercury’s opposition to Neptune completes a string of three such aspects that began during late July. Photographers and creative types may feel inspired but pay attention to facts and figures. An oversight can cause a setback. By the weekend of the 10th and 11th the presence of the waxing Moon is felt. Life speeds up. A post-midnight sextile between Venus and Mars adds extra spice to Saturday night’s glamorous parties. The Pisces “Harvest” Moon is exactly full at 5:27am on Monday the 12th. This is a good week for negotiating contracts, selling, writing and travel, as Mercury forms a tight grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto. Many will receive good financial news or reap a bountiful crop before Wednesday is over. Late Wednesday night Venus enters Libra where she soon is tested, first opposing Uranus on the morning of the 17th and then squaring Pluto the night of Sunday the 18th. These difficult aspects can trigger relationship break-ups and/or breakthroughs. Keep close tabs on what partners think and expect of you. Loving, giving and receiving may have strings attached at this time. Remember, true love asks nothing in return. The working week of the 19th gets off to a solid start due to a helpful lunar angle with Saturn. Minor aspects are mostly constructive but watch out for early morning stress under Tuesday’s last quarter Gemini Moon. Nerves are edgy so a little less coffee may be in order. The Sun arrives in Libra at 5:05am EDT on Friday the 23rd. This day of balance, the autumnal equinox, also features a fabulous early morning trine between Mars and Uranus. Technological news is likely to be making headlines. Friday afternoon can feel euphoric at times as the playful Leo Moon aspects Jupiter and Venus, but be prepared as excitement may give way to shock over the weekend. The Libra Sun, followed closely by mental Mercury, stands opposite Uranus and square to Pluto. The configuration is anything but calm. As will be the case over the next few years, whenever a planet enters a cardinal sign Earth is more likely to quake and the affairs of men go haywire. For this reason it is imperative to drive cautiously over the weekend and especially around the time of the Libra new Moon of the 27th. Be flexible. Adapt to fast-changing circumstances as necessary. More auspicious travel and communication trends come in the afternoon of Wednesday the 28th. This agreeable atmosphere lasts through the end of the month, although Venus’ conjunction with Saturn the evening of the 29th can be a harbinger of either heartache or a match made in heaven. Play it safe Friday night when a lunar square to Neptune can impair judgment and contribute to dangerous driving conditions.




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On Tuesday the 1st fortunate angles between the Capricorn Moon, Mercury and Venus sustain a very constructive atmosphere. The evening social scene is promising i tt e a ri u s N o v 2 2 - D so don’t balk at participating. In fact, outgoing Venus, in Sagittarius as of the 2nd, is moving into a serendipitous trine to Uranus. This week could see magical meetings, including an exhilarating “love at first sight� encounter. Wednesday’s midday first quarter Moon will likely see a few eyebrows raised over some juicy piece of gossip. The 3rd and 4th are promising days for work of all kinds. Saturday the 5th feels languid as the Pisces Moon spends most of the day adrift, void-of-course. Attention spans are shortened and the climate is most suitable for non-critical chores and just chilling out. Be sure to set your clocks back an hour as Standard Time begins



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prompts political groups to demonstrate on behalf of various causes. The aspect also favors taking spur of the moment actions but think twice before bungee jumping or sky-diving. The Full “Hunter’s� Moon in Aries is exact at 10:05pm on Tuesday the 11th. The Moon stands alone opposing the Sun, Saturn and Uranus. There are times when it is best to subvert self-interest for the good of others. The full Moon horoscope clearly supports this notion. In any case, it’s a fantabulous night for a moondance. The Sun overtakes and conjoins Saturn on Thursday the 13th. This day of reckoning, with its interesting mix of generosity and realism, points the way towards the people, projects and things worth committing to. By Friday evening almost everyone is ready to leave their cares behind. Venus’ opposition to Jupiter says, “Let’s party!� If your celebrating extends into the wee hours of Saturday morning, designate a driver or call a cab. Household chores may take up much of the weekend. The Virgo Moon aptly supports, cleaning, sorting and organizing. During Sunday afternoon the Sun enters fall’s deepest sign, Scorpio. The bare limbs of trees pierce slate gray skies while the hours of daylight continue to dwindle. The beginning of the new week is sluggish. The Moon is voidof-course Monday morning and the lunar cycle is ebbing. Wait until mid-week’s Scorpio new Moon to launch new projects. Venus and Mars are at odds this week. Their square aspect highlights disagreements between partners. Friday afternoon, the 28th, is the most promising time to mend a rift. Pointing to better times ahead are the hopeful Sagittarius Moon, a healing trine between Jupiter and Pluto and helpful solar angles to Jupiter and Pluto. Faith and positive thinking carry the day. This emotional and spiritual boost carries through into the weekend. Sunday afternoon’s Capricorn Moon gets us grounded and by nightfall, planning for the coming week. The pragmatic Moon holds forth into Halloween when a late afternoon square between Venus and Neptune arouses more than expected interest in spooks, goblins and things spiritual. Be extra careful if you’re out at dusk with little ones or partying late into the night with big people.


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Sunday at 2:00am. A spur of the moment purchase or get together is great fun during Sunday afternoon. Take notice of what you eat and drink Sunday evening. An opposition between Mars and Neptune warns of drug and alcohol abuse as well as tainted food. A waxing Moon is rapidly growing full, her light shining brightly all this week. The days move swiftly and are fruitful. The Full “Beaver� Moon in Taurus is exact at 3:16 PM on Thursday November 10th. Sharing resources and achieving sustainable comfort and security are compelling themes. In marked contrast, Veteran’s Day is substantially lower key. The weekend sees an easy-going mood take hold. Those with time on their hands gravitate towards homerelated chores on Monday the 14th and the 15th. These mark the beginning of a string of productive days. Trip planners and travelers as well as bold thinkers will thrill to Mars’ trine with Jupiter the afternoon of Thursday the 16th. This is also a great aspect for getting one’s message across. Snags arrive Friday morning under the last quarter Moon. Stubborn people are uncompromising under this Moon/ Sun square. Tensions ease during the evening. Many will be in the mood for fun. Dancing can be a blast. The late Scorpio Sun tests retrograde Neptune on Sunday the 20th. Broken dreams and dashed hopes can be haunting. New goals, heroes and passions soon emerge. Venus harmonizes with Saturn during the early morning hours of Tuesday the 22nd. Turn to people you trust for comfort. The Sun then enters Sagittarius later the same morning. This is a good day to be on the move, traveling or shopping for the upcoming feast. If you must be on the highways Wednesday, get an early start. The Sun’s trine to Uranus helps keep traffic and information flowing swiftly. Mercury is hours away from retrograding but this will take nothing away from holiday excitement. The Winged Messenger reverses direction around 2am Thursday. A warm, loving radiance blesses Thanksgiving gatherings, thanks to a sextile between Venus and Neptune. What a superb aspect for offering thanks! As we digest Thanksgiving Day meals the Moon eclipses the Sun. A Sagittarius new Moon/solar eclipse is exact at 1:10am on Friday the 25th. Almost certainly there will be surprises around this date. Some will require relatively minor changes of schedule. Others can permanently alter the political landscape. Keep your options open over the weekend, which ends on a very positive note. Sunday afternoon’s Venus/Jupiter trine showers optimism, happiness and grace on receptive hearts. Roll up your shirtsleeves and get right at chores on Monday the 28th. Fatigue can be a factor by late afternoon and it is advisable to turn in early. Plan to use your energy wisely this week. The Sun is in a tense square with Mars. Rushing or pressing forward with projects prematurely can be counter-productive. Slow your pace and do your best to get things right the first time. Above all, keep looking up!

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e get daily messages about the importance of including more vegetables in our diet. Newscasts hype the latest study, magazines feature articles on how to sneak more veggies into unsuspecting family members and radio talk shows interview leading experts. It’s almost impossible not to be aware of the important health benefits of consuming a variety of vegetables and to aim for at least five servings daily. We also know an adequate amount of vegetables and fruit helps prevent serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. We have all the info but, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), only about 32.5% of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day and 26.3% consumed vegetables three or more times per day. Of greatest concern is that a mere 13% of our children are eating at least three servings of the recommended veggies a day and only 32% report eating at least two servings of fruit. So, what’s the challenge? One issue may be boredom. According to, the most popular vegetables are potatoes, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, corn, broccoli, green cabbage and cucumbers. Many of us get on autopilot when shopping for groceries where we end up putting the same things in our basket every week. It’s easy to shop out of habit — think “path of least resistance.” Putting a new twist on favorite vegetables is a good way to break out of boredom without turning off folks who balk at the idea of trying new produce items. Get started by asking yourself a few questions. How many vegetables do I typically prepare each day? Which vegetables do I typically keep on hand? How do I typically prepare them? What’s a new vegetable I’ve recently tried/prepared? After you’ve assessed your current veggie status, experiment with ways to make them easy to use and interesting to eat. Think convenience, taste and health. Try some of these suggestions and you’ll be amazed at how only a few small steps will easily boost your daily veggie intake.

7 Easy Ways to Add More Veggies 1. Set aside an hour after shopping to prep the veggies so that they’re convenient to use. 2. Try adding leftover pureed squash (or cauliflower) to soups or sauces. 3. Chop up leftover veggies from last night’s dinner and add them to a jar of prepared salsa. Use as a topping for baked potatoes and you’ve easily added two servings of veggies to your day. 20 Spirit of Change | FALL 2011

4. Love fries? Turn just about any veggie into “oven fries” and watch them disappear. Cut veggies into fry size pieces, coat with a little olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite seasonings, toss on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until browned and crispy. Try daikon, carrots, butternut squash, zucchini (remove seeds prior to baking), sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga and discover some new favorite veggies. 5. Grate escapes! Rescue those neglected veggies in the fridge and grate them, then toss them into your favorite soup, stew, bean or pasta stir fry. They’re so small they almost disappear in the dish and everyone gets extra veggies without much effort. Your wallet and tummy will thank you. 6. Drink them! Add a handful of spinach into a smoothie and get a serving of greens anytime. If you have family members who refuse to eat anything green, add blueberries to hide the color and no one will know. 7. Wrap it up. Try serving veggies wrapped in nori. (I roll into a cone shape and load in the mixture.) Mix freshly chopped or leftover veggies with brown rice or pasta and season lightly with your favorite dressing. Not a fan of nori? Use flat bread or pita instead.

Boosted Mashed Potatoes Don’t get me wrong; it’s hard to beat a mound of creamy mashed potatoes topped with a luscious gravy spilling over a hollow in the center and dripping gloriously down the sides. Delicious, yes! Nutritious? Not so much. Try replacing half the potatoes with steamed cauliflower and you’ll boost the nutrition while still offering a familiar favorite. Get a little daring and graduate to replacing all the potatoes with cauliflower and you’ll boost nutrition and lower calories painlessly. Also try this with your favorite potato salad recipe. (Note: I don’t peel my potatoes in order to add more nutrition and fiber. If you prefer yours peeled, do that prior to cooking.) 2 lbs. russet potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces (may also use frozen cauliflower) 2 teaspoons sea salt 2 cloves garlic, leave whole 1 cup almond milk, plain, unsweetened 1 tablespoon vegan “butter” Salt and pepper to taste Optional: 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1. Place potatoes and cauliflower in a large pot with steamer insert (or in a regular pot with several inches of water), add salt and garlic. Cook over medium high heat until water comes to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until veggies are soft (about 20 minutes). 2. Remove from heat, drain water (may also save the cooking water to add while mashing), add almond milk, “butter” and mash with a hand masher or mixer. Season to taste. If using only cauliflower, you may opt to use a food processor instead of a hand masher. Optional: Really go all out and do a total veggie mash! Just steam or roast your favorite root veggies and mash. My favorite combination is celery root, Yukon potatoes, carrots, butternut squash and parsnips. I season with salt, pepper and a little freshly grated ginger and a dab of “butter,” It’s one of my family’s favorites.

White “Rice” Cauliflower was never one of my favorite vegetables, but now I make it at least three times a week either as a main course or a side dish. For the past year I’ve been preparing it in a way that resembles rice and it’s fantastic. I use it as a substitute for white rice in many dishes — a “rice crust” for vegan quiche, a grain free tabouleh, to accompany chili and stir fry dishes, etc. Give it a try. 1 head cauliflower, broken into large pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil Sea salt and pepper to taste 1. Grate the pieces of cauliflower to resemble grains of rice (I use a hand grater, but you may opt to use a food processor). 2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet (I use cast iron) over medium high heat and add cauliflower. Sauté for about seven minutes and season to taste. Optional: if you prefer a more seasoned dish, you may dice an onion and sauté for five minutes before adding the cauliflower to the skillet.

Cauliflower “Steaks” Add this nutrient dense food into your diet by roasting thick seasoned slabs of it. Wash the cauliflower and remove the leaves. Leave the core intact. Stand the cauliflower stem side down on a cutting board. Starting at the top, slice through to the bottom. You’ll now have two halves. Slice slabs about one inch thick from each half. You’ll get at least one good-sized steak from each half (or more depending upon the head size). Continue the process until you can no longer cut steaks because it will start to break off into small pieces, which you can then slice and cook along with the larger pieces or use them to snack on, toss into salads or as a side dish. Lightly spray a baking sheet with olive oil and place the cauliflower slices in a single layer, also spraying their tops. Sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and

garlic powder, or experiment with other seasonings such as cumin, paprika, etc., to find the combo you like best. Bake at 425 until nicely browned, usually about 20-25 minutes.

Roasted Celery I grew up eating roasted celery and wasn’t aware that it was odd to many people until I served it to guests one evening. If you’ve never tried it, add it to your to do list. It’s so easy and delicious. 1 bunch celery (separate stalks or slice entire bunch in half lengthwise; I prefer single stalks) Olive oil spray Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Lightly spray a baking dish with olive oil. Place celery in dish and spray lightly with oil. 3. Roast for 25–30 minutes. Remove from oven and season to taste.

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Zucchini Spaghetti Worried about the carbs and calories in a plate of spaghetti? Enjoy it worry free when you replace the pasta with zucchini. It’s fast, easy and can stand on its own without being thought of as a replacement for something else. All you need is a julienne cutter. There are simple, inexpensive models that resemble a vegetable peeler or much fancier models. I use the simple vegetable peeler type. Once you get started with the zucchini you’ll try all kinds of other vegetables for a variety of uses. 4 zucchini, washed and trimmed 1 teaspoon olive oil Sea salt and pepper to taste Optional: 1 clove garlic, minced Julienne the zucchini. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the zucchini and stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook for approximately 3–5 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Season and serve as-is or use as you would spaghetti and top with your favorite sauce. Note: a friend of mine tried boiling the julienned zucchini (like pasta) for a few minutes and enjoyed it. Give it a try either way.

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osteosarcoma (bone cancer), neurotoxicity and disruption of thyroid function,” says EWG. Proponents of fluoridation argue that the benefits of adding it to drinking water far outweigh any potential risks. Various studies have shown that fluoridating drinking water can indeed lead to as much as a 40 percent reduction in cavities in populations of both kids and adults. But studies in other areas that do not artificially fluoridate —such as throughout most of Europe — have shown similar improvements in recent decades, perhaps thanks to increased attention to teeth by family and school health care practitioners. Regardless, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a lowering of the maximum recommended fluoride level for municipal water from 1.2 milligrams per liter to 0.7. “We’ve had to wait too long, but the government’s announcement marks a belated recognition that many American children are at risk from excess fluoride in drinking water and other sources,” says EWG’s Jane Houlihan. “HHS has taken an important first step. Now it’s up to water utilities to respond and for the [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] to lower its too-high legal limit on fluoride in drinking water, which is more than five times the new maximum being recommended by the [HHS].” You can check if your water is fluoridated, and if so, how much, via the CDC’s My Water’s Fluoride website. If it is, you can also invest in a filter that removes it. However, they are not cheap: countertop water distillers go for $200 and up, and an activated alumina defluoridation filter — most come in cartridge form and can be placed in-line under counters — are costly, too, and need to be changed out frequently., among other sources, has a wide range of choices available for sale. Unfortunately, the most popular and less expensive home water filters, like those from Pur and Brita, do not remove fluoride. CONTACTS: EWG,; CDC My Water’s Fluoride,;’s Fluoride Water Filters,

Is Fluoride Safe? Dear EarthTalk How are wild dolphins faring on the high seas? Recent reports of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico may well be due to last year’s BP oil spill, but I imagine there are many threats to dolphins from pollution, human over fishing and other causes. — Henry Milken, Atlanta, GA

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The nonprofit International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which maintains a worldwide “Red List” of at-risk wildlife species, considers 36 of the world’s 40 different dolphin species to be in trouble. Yes, specific events can cause problems for dolphins — researchers believe that the deaths of 300 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico over the last year can be blamed on the BP oil spill there. But more widespread and constant forms of pollution — such as run-off of agricultural and industrial chemicals into rivers that drain into coastal areas of the ocean where dolphins spend much of their time — are having a more lasting negative effect on dolphins by poisoning them and causing reproductive problems. Also, dolphins have long been the unwitting victims of fishermen targeting large prey, such as tuna. According to Defenders of Wildlife, fishermen started to notice a half century ago that schools of yellow fin tuna seemed to follow dolphins that swim higher in the water column, especially in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. “Fishermen there have consequently found that setting nets on dolphins to catch the tuna swimming underneath is a lucrative technique for tuna fishing, despite the fact that the practice is extremely injurious to dolphins,” reports the group, adding that some seven million dolphins have since been killed as a result of the practice. Also, our unrelenting demand for seafood — which has caused rampant over fishing throughout the world’s oceans — means that dolphins, which feed on smaller fish such as mackerel, cod and herring as well as squid, are having a harder and harder time finding food. And in Turkey, Peru, Sri Lanka, Japan and elsewhere, dolphins are hunted as a delicacy and also to decrease competition for fish resources. As if these problems weren’t enough, climate change also looms as one of the biggest threats of all to dolphins. “Due to the rapidly rising oceans temperatures, the dolphin’s primary food sources are seeking deeper cooler waters,” reports the Defenders of Wildlife. “Scientists are concerned that the dolphins will have difficulty adapting as quickly as necessary to find new feeding grounds to sustain their populations.” But although the situation seems dire for dolphins, many countries and thousands of scientists remain committed to helping them survive. Marine mammal advocates are optimistic that the Panama Declaration, an international agreement signed in 1997 by several Eastern Tropical Pacific countries and others that bans using dolphins to track tuna, has already helped curtail the process that has been so destructive. Whether these efforts will suffice to get dolphin populations healthy enough to deal with what promises to be the biggest challenge yet to their survival — global warming — remains to be seen. CONTACTS: IUCN,; Defenders of Wildlife,


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Dear Mocklee, If you asked twenty different feng shui consultants this question you’d probably get twenty different answers. Do all twenty! First of all, stop giving that area so much status. Yes, its location is significant but it is part of a greater whole. The closet can be enhanced, made somewhat vibrant, certainly, but please give equal attention to other rooms in your house and the spaces in them that occupy the wealth sector. If these are strong, that alone could offset any deficiency that may exist. Identify and strengthen these areas in each room throughout the house. Look to your outdoor property and embellish, enliven and pay special attention to the wealth sector with every passing season — new growth, plantings, perhaps a tree that can be adorned with lights if you wish. Consider the closet your bank representing what you deem most valuable in your life. That is wealth. With sincere respect for the closet’s way of helping the organization of your life, give it treasure-box status. Bring reverence to it in any way you can, from the spectrum of silly to holy. Realize the benefits of its privacy. Look at what’s in the closet, and even though your storage space is limited, try to find something you can remove. If you are not using the massage table regularly, find another place for it. Paint the closet anything except black. Is there an overhead shelf or something you could re-invent with objects, imagery, a playful strand of light, hanging beads — whatever creates an effect that makes you smile and appreciate the space when you open the closet door. This

area should enhance your energy. If there are ways to link it to the bedroom with color or perhaps trim, this will create a path to incorporate this special area into the rest of your house. I’m not suggesting you become best friends with your closet, but close, as it is a potent wealth-inviting space. That is your task and I imagine much energy going into this transformation. Don’t even think about torturing a crystal by placing it in there in the dark. Hi Lynn, I read with interest your answer to “Solutions for Living in a Hollow� in Spirit of Change Summer 2011. In that story the dilemma was sloping land. My dilemma is flat land and a high water table with flooding in the spring. I’m planning a landscaping project and wonder if I should apply the bagua to the yard to determine where to locate a patio, fire pit, vegetable garden and perennial beds? For privacy, a berm with tree planting is being considered to block the view of rental houses and provide protection from the stream flooding. The patio/fire pit is planned for the southwest corner of the yard. In the south corner, a Japanese-style meditation area with rocks and shrubbery is planned and the veggie garden as well as more areas of perennial gardens. What are the guidelines for feng shui for outdoor spaces? Can I create problems in landscaping by bringing in rocks/ dirt to create elevations for interest? — A green thumb, Denise

Dear Green Thumb, The very thoughtfulness, detail and deep observation you bring to your land is healthy and beautiful in itself. It’s great that you can implement so many uses of the land. Yes, definitely apply the bagua as one of your tools for diagnostic decisions, but don’t be rigid. When introducing and locating some of the possibilities you consider, go by flowing with the land. Make each area stable and an area both unto itself, yet connected to the whole of the space you have to work with. You’ve

named several features that compose a very balanced environment. Using your obvious gardening knowledge begin where you are compelled to. Using shrubbery to define and embrace areas in your yard will heighten its draw to you gracefully and with patterns that curve. I don’t rely on cardinal directions in my feng shui decisions, but rather the form being worked with and how chi flows throughout it. The flow concept with gentle transitions is going to be important. If the spring flooding is extensive I would try to use all five elements in that area as a way to introduce balance to what is obviously out of balance, at least as far as humans can make that determination. You will not create problems by bringing in “rocks/dirt.� In fact consider the rock walls so commonly used in New England. Hug two or three sides of the fire pit with rocks or boulders. Don’t put it in the flood zone, however! Rocks, boulders — a strong, stable earth element — would ideally dominate to emphasize ground and de-emphasize water. This won’t interrupt the natural process on the property and might embellish it in spring. It shouldn’t have to be re-worked every year. With your plantings include some that remain green all year round. Your site seems to allow many different options, which is rare itself. What a delight for a gardener with a green thumb and a very creative nature. Don’t forget to provide comfortable places to sit and enjoy this paradise of yours!

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s a nutrition consultant, I see many who are suffering from headaches, migraines, forgetfulness and depression. Many times, these symptoms are a sign of inadequate nutrition negatively affecting brain health. It can be hard for us to make the connection between what and when we eat and how it affects our brain chemistry, but if you think of your brain as the control center for all of the neural connections in your body, you can see the importance of keeping the brain in robust condition with a healthy brain diet. The brain needs a continuous supply of protein, complex carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants each day. Our IQ, personality and the way we perceive the world around us is directly affected by how our brain is nourished. Complex carbohydrates break down into glucose, which is energy for the brain. Protein, broken down into amino acids, is used to make neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers in the brain. Feeling blue? You may be lacking serotonin, a substance derived from protein and the amino acid tryptophan. Fat makes up the physical structure of the brain. The brain is 60% fat and is saturated with water. We need healthy sources of fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, to help keep the brain â&#x20AC;&#x153;oiled.â&#x20AC;? Sources of omega-3 essential fats include cold water fish, nuts and seeds, and the oils derived from them. The brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neural network is built of essential fats, insulated with fat-based phospholipids. Phospholipids, namely choline and serine, can be found in egg yolks and organ meats or supplemental lecithin. For optimal brain health, we need to drink about one half of our body weight in ounces of pure water every day. Denying your brain water can cause fatigue, nausea, headaches and, in the worse case, can be fatal. If you feel exhausted you may just need a glass of water! Processed foods are not nutritious and contain additives that can harm your brain. In addition to their excesses of unhealthy fats, sugars and salt, frozen entrees and breakfasts are filled with flavor enhancing chemicals, artificial sweeteners and dyes that directly interfere with neurotransmitter function. When these manmade chemicals cross into the brain,

our biology does not know what they are or how to handle them. Food additives have been linked to everything from hyperactivity and seizures in children to dementia in adults. Today, excessive sugar consumption is especially troublesome for our brains. According to USDA statistics, sugar consumption was 131.9 pounds per person in 2010. Biochemically, humans are not designed to handle large amounts of sugar on a continual basis and research has shown that sugar is as addictive as heroin. Sugar sets up a dopamine reward system in the brain, creating a neural pathway to pleasure to be repeated over and over again, much like that of alcohol or drug addicts. The brain needs a constant supply of energy (glucose), which comes from our food in the form of metabolized carbohydrates. But the brain has a very narrow tolerance for how much glucose it needs at any given time and it cannot store glucose. Too much glucose is toxic to the brain and that is why the body spends a lot of time figuring out how much sugar is in your blood moment to moment and adjusts those levels to be within tolerance via the pancreas and adrenal gland functioning. A sugary snack with a sugary drink, like a donut and flavored milk, sends your body into overdrive trying to clear the sugar from your blood and get glucose levels back within range, in large part, to protect the brain. But the body, in many cases, overcompensates and then we find ourselves with low blood sugar. The brain reacts with mental confusion, aggression and violent behavior as it strives to keep you going without balanced resources. In children, this can manifest as hyperactivity and aggression as the young brain does its best to keep the child going in the face of this adversity. At a minimum, sugar excess makes us less able to think clearly; at a maximum, inflammation and brain damage can result. Vitamins A, B, C, E and selenium and zinc can help prevent tissue damage and help keep the brain clear. Skipping meals also wreaks havoc with brain chemistry and mood. Like trying to drive a car running out of gas, your car may sputter and lurch forward a bit but you won’t get too far. Eating at regular intervals throughout the day keeps blood sugar even and steadily fuels the brain. When we skip a meal, our blood sugar plummets and, as the brain calls for energy that is not available, our adrenal glands pump out cortisol to keep us primed for action. Then we may get a headache, become aggressive, irritable, exhausted, hyperactive or maybe even violent. Some researchers theorize the aggressive and violent behavior upon needing food is an innate survival mechanism. Early man had to be aggressively motivated to hunt and gather food or get it from a neighboring tribe! A new science called neurogastroenterology is giving us new ways to think about brain-related issues. The gut and brain are connected via the vagus nerve, which runs from the cranium to the abdomen. All neurotransmitters found in the brain are also found in the gut. In fact, the greatest concentration of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin is found in your intestines, not your brain! Often referred to as the “second brain,” the gut also has its own nervous system, which controls the gastrointestinal system, as well as over 70% of our immune system that is contained in our gut. Our intestines are lined with specialized tissue referred to as gut associated lymphatic tissue (GALT), and the toxins and pathogens that we ingest are neutralized there. Japanese researcher Kazudo Nishi has made connections between at least ten psychological conditions resulting from toxicity originating in the bowel1, while Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has found evidence that many conditions affecting the brain such as autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, schizophrenia and depression can be helped or alleviated by detoxifying the gut and filling it with healthful bacteria.2 To enhance gut health, try cultured or fermented foods, raw milk, and probiotic supplements, while also eating plenty of fresh, whole, unprocessed foods containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eating good brain food while keeping the gut healthy is the best way to help turn your healthy brain “on.” Skip the sugar, chemical additives and unhealthy fats wherever possible and don’t forget the water! A healthy diet supports a healthy brain. NOTES 1. Dr. N. Campbell-McBride, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome,” Medinformation Publishing U.K., 2007. 2. ibid

Beth Colon is a nutrition consultant and the owner of Holistic Nutrition Services LLC in Southborough, MA. Beth consults with clients and enjoys educating people about lifestyle and eating habits that can prevent disease and optimize health. Beth can be reached at or 978-340-0448 or visit

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dium, this information was constantly on my mind. It allowed me to review the course of my life and, for the first time in many instances, see a deeper purpose to the seemingly bad things that had happened. For me, this was deeply healing. At the same time, I began to have metaphysical experiences of my own. One day, I was working in my home office and decided to take a break and go for a walk. As I was meandering down the sidewalk, I was suddenly overcome by a feeling of overwhelming unconditional love for every person I saw. I remember this experience with crystal clarity. The first person I saw was a cab driver sitting behind the wheel of his cab, waiting for a fare to come along. I looked at this man — a complete stranger to me — and felt nothing but pure, unconditional love for him. Then I noticed a barbershop on the corner. I looked through the window and saw a barber cutting someone’s hair. Again, I felt overwhelming love for these people who I did not know and had never seen before. Then I noticed a young mother pushing an infant in a stroller down the sidewalk. Once more I felt the same unconditional love for these people. Everywhere I looked, every time I saw a person, I felt tremendous love flowing over me and through me. Though I had never heard or read of an experience like this, I knew immediately and intuitively what was happening: I was in enhanced communion with my own soul. It was as though my soul were saying to me, “This love is who you really are. This is your true nature.” I believe that my soul gifted me with this experience because when I went on to research and write Your Soul’s Plan, every pre-birth blueprint I examined was based on unconditional love. This was true even when the souls were scripting a “negative” role for someone to play. The people I interviewed had planned such challenges as physical illness, having handicapped children, deafness, blindness, drug addiction, alcoholism, losing a loved one and severe accidents. Why do we plan before birth to experience challenges? I found four primary reasons. First, challenges allow us to balance karma from past lives. Karma is sometimes conceptualized as cosmic debt, but I think of it more as unbalanced energy. Let’s say, for example, that in a past life one person was physically ill and another person was the caretaker. When these two people transition back into spirit and have their life review, they will have a sense of unbalanced energy. One way to create balance would be to switch roles. The one who was ill now plans to be the caretaker, while the one who was the caretaker now plans to experience illness. What makes these life blueprints so challenging is that once in body, neither soul will remember the pre-birth plan. Second, we plan challenges in order to heal. For example, Penelope, a deaf woman, planned to be born completely deaf because in a past life she had heard the gunshots that killed her mother. She was a small child when the murder occurred. She was traumatized by her mother’s death and went on to commit suicide later in that incarnation. In this lifetime, she sought to focus on self-healing and wanted to make sure that her healing would not be hindered by a similar trauma. In her pre-birth planning session, her spirit guide asks, “My dear, would you prefer to be born deaf so that no sound will ever remind you of those sounds again?” Penelope replies, “Yes, that is what I want and what I wish to do.” Third, we plan challenges to be of service to others. Jon, a gay man, planned to have AIDS so that he could teach tolerance to humanity. In his pre-birth planning session, we heard Jon conferring with the soul of the future love who would — at his request — transmit the virus to him. Jon, therefore, is not someone to be judged or scorned, but rather someone we may thank for having the courage to plan such a bold mission in service to others. Lastly, life challenges allow us to know ourselves as love. We are quite literally made of the energy of love. In our nonphysical home, we experience no contrast to ourselves and therefore cannot fully understand our nature as love. On Earth, in a realm of duality and stark contrast, we often encounter a lack of love. As we choose in the face of such experiences to give and receive love freely and unconditionally, we remember who we really are.

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grew up in the 60’s on a small dairy farm in Sweden. During hay harvest my grandmother’s brother Knut would help out. Knut was a shy and simple man of few words, but whenever we would gather around the table for a meal he would smile and say, “Nu ska vi vara glada for da blir det roligt,” which loosely translates to, “Now, let’s be happy, because then things will be enjoyable.” For a sensitive, asthmatic and serious girl like me, that sounded odd and backwards. How could one decide to be happy I pondered? Waiting for things to be fun so one could get happy made a lot more sense in my young, melancholic mind. But it turns out that uncle Knut was

onto something. I don’t think the term “intention” was commonly used back then but that was basically what he was talking about. He was asking us to set an intention to be happy. Call me a slow learner, but now, some 45 years later, I get it. A conference in 2003 was held at MIT where the Dalai Lama and a group of scientists shared discoveries that had been made about the nature of mind and what role the brain plays in people’s perception of the world. One study showed that when there is a lot of activity on the right side of the prefrontal lobe we tend to have a “glass half empty” kind of attitude. If, on the other

hand, the main brain activity is in the left prefrontal lobe we see things with a more positive “glass half full” approach to life. The monks around the Dalai Lama had the highest rate of left prefrontal lobe activity ever seen in a laboratory. When they focused on filling their minds with a sense of compassion and nothing else, the activity in their left prefrontal lobes went off the charts. In a following 8-week study, novices who meditated daily on compassion were also able to move the brain activity over to the left prefrontal lobe to a measurable degree. If we look at people who live productive, healthy lives up into their 90’s, almost all have certain things in common. A positive outlook is perhaps the most common denominator. Generally this is expressed as being able to contribute and be of service to others, while cultivating feelings of contentment and gratitude. These qualities also build resilience in the face of loss and hardship. Science is now documenting that an ability to manage stress by creating a healthy, life-affirming lifestyle, surrounding yourself with supportive people and looking for what is good in life are just as important as genes when it comes to staying healthy and ageing gracefully. The field of psycho-neuroimmunology explores the connection between our feelings and our immune system and how stress-producing emotions can create illness. Unprocessed chronic anger, as well as uncontrolled raging, can be especially damaging to the heart. Fear, long term depression and the anxiety of always being in a hurry also take their tolls on the body. These feelings activate the autonomic nervous system, prepare us for fight or flight, restrict the blood vessels and send large quantities of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream. When this happens on occasion no harm is done, but when these autonomic responses become a way of life our physical health can be seriously jeopardized. The amygdala is the part of the brain that recognizes what patterns of heart rhythm variability (HRV) are most familiar and comfortable for an individual. If a person grows up with a lot of disharmony and discord in the family, he becomes accustomed from an early age to stress-producing emotions and the jagged, erratic HRV pattern that results. Already he is programmed to recreate similar events in his life to maintain that familiar HRV. At the famous heart intelligence/stress management Institute of HeartMath, research demonstrates that certain simple heart-centered exercises done regularly can reprogram the amygdala so that a smooth wavelike HRV pattern, indicating inner peace and contentment, becomes the heart’s norm. We used to think we could not rewire our brains, but now we know that when one is focused on feeling gratitude and compassion, over time this builds a happier brain. Whatever we practice gets stronger and eventually carries over into our daily life.

Coherence Draws Love Towards You

So what exactly is it about setting an intention to generate positive emotions that can help to create physical health? The word is “coherence.” Positive emotions like loving kindness create an extremely beneficial coherence in the HRV pattern. That means both branches of the

nervous system are working together in harmony having a positive effect on all the biological systems of the body. This leads to greater vitality. The brain begins to entrain with the heart, facilitating greater mental clarity, an increase in creativity and intuition, and a sense that it is possible to manage life’s challenges with fluidity and grace. Coherence also aids in pain reduction and makes it easier to sustain emotional balance by producing the hormone oxytocin — the “love hormone” — nicknamed for its ability to induce feelings of calm, peacefulness, and the desire for bonding with and caring for others. Studies show that when we give and receive compassionate touch on a regular basis, oxytocin levels go up in both giver and receiver. What we call “I” does not stop at the surface of the skin. Each person has an electromagnetic field surrounding the body that reaches out into the world between five to eight feet, sending signals that can be registered in the brain waves of people next to us. Being in a state of coherence sends positive signals into the electromagnetic field around our bodies. The Institute of HeartMath speculates that coherence is responsible for a successful energy exchange between a hands-on healer and client. As the healer shifts into a caring mode, the electromagnetic field around him or her shifts into a higher level of coherence, influencing the client in a very beneficial way. A lower level of coherence eventually shifts, or entrains, to synchronize with a higher level surrounding it. Our physiological systems are interacting in subtle ways all the time. A man I know once said, “All you need to do in life is to create a circle of love around you and everyone will want to be part of it.” That’s how coherence works.

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For a long time science taught us that we were isolated, separate creatures and that what you were feeling inside had no effect on the outside world. It turns out this is not so. Most scientists are now in agreement that we are all part of an energetic field, although we still do not have a clear definition of it. Max Planck was the first scientist to identify and speak about this phenomenon in 1944. He called it the matrix. Others have called it The Divine Matrix, the zero point field, or simply, the field. Scientific studies now imply that when we cultivate happy and peaceful emotions in our hearts, we not only feel better inside, but become agents of healing for everyone on the planet. The heart went out of fashion for a while when philosophers like Descartes and Newton entered the scene. We fell in love with our prefrontal lobes and the world revolved around logic and reason. Maybe the pendulum needed to swing that way for a while so we would develop the ability to question and inquire and not just gobble up in superstition or blind faith what authorities served to us. But now the heart is on its way back to reclaiming its value as much more than just a blood pump. According to Gregg Braden in The Divine Matrix, measurements of the electric field around the heart show that it is about 60 times stronger than the electric field around the brain, while the magnetic field around the heart is about 5000 times stronger than the brain’s. continues on page 34 FALL 2011 | Spirit of Change 33


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Spiritual traditions have long held the heart to be the seat of the emotions and the physical home for the soul. Yet, some people have a tendency to deny their hearts, to isolate and hide in their intellects. Drowning uncomfortable feelings in compulsive behavior of any type, or simply putting a lid on them comes at a cost. The incongruence between what you really feel and are pretending to feel creates an inner conflict. The sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system fight each other, and just like driving a car with the breaks on, this causes unnecessary wear and tear. Quite often the disowned feelings try to get our attention through various symptoms like back problems, chronic fatigue, migraines and other physical symptoms. Many first-time heart attack sufferers report that they felt out of touch with their feelings for a time prior to the attack. A few years ago I read about a successful artist whose claim to fame was painting very detailed, photorealistic paintings of plants. He supported his family with these paintings and prints of them were sold nationwide. There was only one problem. He had grown very tired of painting this subject matter in this way. You could say his heart was no longer in it. Dutifully he kept painting until one day he had a heart attack that landed him in the hospital. He fell into a depression, which is not uncommon after a heart attack. In order to find his way out he took an honest look at his life and had a courageous conversation with himself and his family. For some time he did not do much of anything since he was recovering from the heart attack, but one day he went into his studio without any particular agenda and started to just play around with the paint, letting the painting reveal itself to him one brushstroke at the time. For a while the images that emerged were vaguely reminiscent of the inside of a heart with networks of something that looked like blood vessels. Eventually, some Japanese-looking flowers started to sneak into these half abstract, expressive paintings and the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joy for painting was suddenly reawakened. His heart was invested in what he was doing again and did not give him any more problems. So, it seems that my uncle Knut, as well as many yogis and other wise men and women through the ages, instinctively knew what science now is finally able to measure with high tech equipment: the incredible healing power of the heart. Which brings us to the importance of cultivating the humble quality of contentment, an inside job that requires making a choice to generate a heartfelt emotion of gratitude and appreciation for the sheer miracle of being alive. For so many of us in the western world contentment is a foreign concept, bombarded as we are with advertisements meant to keep us in a constant state of discontent, and continually challenged by ever greater feats of multi-tasking to perform. Most people experience contentment spontaneously when fully absorbed in a single activity of their liking. There is no real emotional satisfaction possible when we are fragmented. It is late in the game, but collectively I believe we have the power to heal the world we live in using our hearts to retrain our brains. Love is a force to be reckoned with. It is the glue that holds the universe together. Kerstin Zettmar

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d first came into my life when I was fourteen. Socially isolated and with horrible self-esteem, I was a perfect target for Ed’s plans to destroy me. In a world where I felt vulnerable and alone, Ed convinced me he could protect me. At a time when I was feeling so misunderstood, Ed understood me. Barely a teenager, I was desperately seeking to be loved, and Ed promised to love me forever — I just had to turn my life over to him. For a long time I believed his lies. I submitted to him willingly, mind, body and soul. I was his. What a relief it was to feel, at long last, that I belonged somewhere, belonged to someone. Suddenly, I was no longer alone. The honeymoon phase with Ed was brief. He promised he could erase all of my problems, but he only succeeded in distracting me from them for a while. Ed was a welcome distraction from the emotional voids in my life that I was not yet ready to confront. With Ed, I never needed to confront them. Ed would make it all better. So I continued listening to him and obeying his orders. I just assumed he had my best interest at heart. Over time, however, I became suspicious of Ed’s true motivations. In retrospect, the abusive behaviors started very early on in our relationship. Ed was intent on isolating me from my friends. When my friends were out at the beach, Ed told me I had to stay home. Ed was extremely jealous; parties and social events were off limits. Moreover, I had to keep Ed a secret. That way he could have me all to himself. Ed objected to me forming close friendships. He knew that the closer I got to others, the likelier it was that they would find out about him. For years, I kept him a secret. Neither my family nor my closest friends knew about him. My relationship with Ed was “our little secret.” It had devastating effects of my professional life as well. With Ed constantly harassing 36 Spirit of Change | FALL 2011

me, showing up at my work, keeping me locked up in the house for days on end, I was a distracted employee at best, and deeply depressed at worst. When I was 16, after blacking out for seemingly no reason, I mustered the courage to tell my father about Ed’s abuse. If anyone could stand up to Ed, it was my father. To my disappointment, he said, simply, “You have to stop seeing him,” as if it were that easy. As if I could just leave Ed with no repercussions and never look back. My dad never said anything else about Ed to this day. Ed’s main tactic for keeping me in his grip was to reduce my self-esteem, making me feel so worthless and unlovable that I was sure no one would ever want me like Ed did. He insulted my appearance daily, shouting insults at me whenever he had the chance: You’re so fat. You’re stupid. You’re lazy. Ed was especially concerned with my weight. When he felt that I was too heavy, he would force me to starve for days. When he determined I had overeaten, or had eaten the “wrong food”, Ed forced me to throw up. He told me I was too fat to be seen in a swimsuit, and after age 16, I was forbidden to go in public wearing one. Ed told me I was ugly, lumpy, a freak. And of course I believed him. Ed routinely forced me into uncomfortable sexual scenarios, promising me that it would be good for my development, would provide me with the love and acceptance I so desperately craved. He beat me physically as well. Even now, a decade later, I still feel the impact of his abuse all over my body. Ed even had control over my finances, and forced me to spend large amounts of money on him. If I didn’t obey Ed and adhere to his strict rules of how I was to live my life, I was under threat of abandonment, which is what I feared most in the world. At every stage, I did what would make Ed happiest, for

fear of losing the one constant presence in my life, the one person who would always protect me. I tried so hard to leave Ed over the years. I did everything in my power. I prayed. I started to talk to friends about him. I even sought therapy. And sometimes he would go away for a while and I would think that he was finally out of my life. But as soon as I felt that void creeping back in, Ed would strike again. He knew I was vulnerable and alone, and it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be long before he worked his way back into my life. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hang around outside my house, usually at night, tapping on the windows, jiggling the doorknobs. He would call and leave voice mails, telling me I was being irrational, that I was giving up on the one thing that could save me from my pain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; my relationship with him. He was a very smooth talker. When Ed came calling, I would run back to him and beg him to embrace me. And he did, every time. No matter how hard I fought to get away from him, he would always take me back. In retrospect, I know he was laughing at me. He knew I was too weak to ever leave him for good. And I was. Every time I went back to him felt like a defeat. I began to think that I would just have to get used to him being in my life, dictating my every move, forever. Until I met a very strong woman who would become my therapist for two years. She convinced me that my relationship with Ed was unhealthy, that Ed was selfish and that his feelings for me were anything but loving. Ed wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t saving me, she said, he was killing me. He had robbed me of a normal life. She gave me the strength to oppose Ed and to take the steps to leaving him for good. But, she warned me, Ed would not let go of me easily. He would not leave without a fight, and I had to be prepared to hold my ground. She was right. Ed did not take kindly to my attempts at distance. He ridiculed me and berated me, he told me Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never survive without him. When I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer his calls, he would send his friends to pester me. He was determined to put me down by any means necessary. Every time I let him back in, I felt horribly defeated, and I told myself it was the last time. He knew my resolve was fragile, so he hung around outside my house, just waiting for me to open the door and invite him in again. Maybe, despite the years of abuse, we could still â&#x20AC;&#x153;make it work.â&#x20AC;? In case you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t figured it out by now, Ed is not a person, but a disease. Specifically, Ed is my eating disorder, a personal addiction that has affected my health, my well being, and my standard of living for over a decade. Since I began referring to my eating disorder as a personâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or more specifically an abusive partner intent on destroying my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;my recovery has flourished in unprecedented ways. Viewing my E.D. as Ed has completely reframed the way in which I perceive my illness â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no longer something that is part of me, but something foreign, a parasite, an unhealthy bearer of lies that exists independently of me and what I want for myself. It has been transformational and eye-opening to view my life from two distinct perspectives: what I need and what Ed says I need; my own personal truths vs. Edâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lies; my feelings vs. what Ed says I should feel. Acknowledging Ed has helped me to dissociate from my disorder, to listen to my true voice, to find the true me. Dissociation is a powerful tool utilized in modern psychotherapy in addiction recovery. In my case, my addiction was to my partner, to Ed. I had developed such an intense dependency upon him that I no longer knew where I ended and where Ed began. Now I can step back and confidently draw a line between us. Ed is not me. Ed wishes to control me, and now more than ever I can confidently disagree with him and disobey him. I wish I could take credit for this marvelous therapeutic metaphor, but I must give credit to Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge, co-authors of Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, two books which have transformed the way I view my eating disorder, and which have catalyzed my recovery in lasting ways. I realize that Ed may never completely leave me. All the restraining orders in the world could not keep him away. And sometimes I still hear him rustling in the bushes outside my house. Sometimes I jump when the phone rings because I fear it is him. And sometimes, late at night, he whispers to me that I should come back to him, give him another chance. Especially when life becomes stressful and overwhelming. But I am strong enough now that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to open the door. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep the window cracked. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t return his voice mails. One day Ed will see that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the scared little girl I was when I was fourteen. He will let go of me forever. Until that day, I keep fighting.

Laura Plummer is a Boston-based writer who recently left a career in social work to pursue her writing full-time. As an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, she founded One in Four: American Women United Against Eating Disorders, a national Facebook group that eventually became an official student organization on the UNH campus. You can view more of Lauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work at

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irst, a quick quiz (just one question, actually!) Where did the concept of The Law of Attraction, an idea that promises “that which is like unto itself is drawn” come from? If you answered that it’s been around for a long time in one form or another, you’re right. In modern times, The Law of Attraction actually first appeared in 1904, used by Thomas Troward, a strong influence in the New Thought Movement. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, referred to it, as did Ernest Holmes in Science of Mind. Many others have used phrases like “positive thinking,” “practical metaphysics,” and “mental science” to help make the concept of Law of Attraction accessible to more people. Over the last thirty years, Jerry and Esther Hicks in their Abraham teachings, then several years later Rhonda Byrne in her movie and book, The Secret, have helped to popularize the Law of Attraction. Today, media figures like Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King, and a large proportion of the public are familiar with the concept that “like attracts like.” Too bad it’s not the answer to life’s challenges. The Law of Attraction is like gravity — a universal law that operates everywhere, all of the time, with or without your cooperation or even your knowledge. Gravity is great when it keeps us on the ground as Earth moves at thousands of miles per hour through space. However, when that antique vase your grandmother left you falls off the table and breaks into a hundred pieces as it hits the floor, gravity is not your friend. Likewise, whatever you’re feeling and thinking attracts people and events of a similar vibration, whether you want them or not. The Law of Attraction, then, is not the answer. It’s simply an ongoing process that responds — every time — to wherever you are vibrationally. Our real focus should be to allow — without any resistance — what we desire. Whether it’s a better job or career, a new relationship, wellness, financial freedom or new adventures, being happy and mindful — fully present right now — opens the door to whatever we desire. Jerry and Esther’s book, Ask and It Is Given, describe a 3-step process: 1. Launch a desire, i.e., what you want 2. The Universe (God, Source, your Higher Self) aligns with you immediately to give you what you want (the Law of Attraction at work) 3. You only allow in what you want by seeing yourself as source sees you. Jerry and Esther call Step 3 The Law of Allowing, another universal law that is the source of our true power, the real answer for a joyful, fulfilled life. Stress, anger, resentment, jealousy, feelings of scarcity and other negative feelings create vibrations in you that only attract more negative experiences and prevent the Law of Allowing from operating for you. Only when you are relaxed and in a good feeling place are you in a vibrational state to allow in what you desire. The Law of Allowing is the key that opens the door to all you have been desiring throughout your life. Everything is right here, waiting for you to tune in to your higher self ’s vibrational frequency and to help you remember who you really are — one with Source. And when you start to remember, you begin to re-discover youthful energy, focus, and a sense of wonder that empowers you to attract your goals and live the joyful life you deserve.

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usan Kahn was 34 when she realized she wasn’t getting the results she wanted in her dating life. She wanted to be successful at finding her soul mate. “I had this idea that I would recognize my soul mate the moment I saw him,” she recalls. “It would be love at first sight. I even thought he would look like me and we would have children who will look like us. I just wasn’t thinking practically.” Aside from that image, however, Susan wasn’t clear on what she really wanted and what she had to offer. It’s like looking for a job. If you are job-hunting and you don’t have a clear idea of what kind of job you want, you can’t put your best foot forward and get a job. For Susan the first step was to understand herself, her values and what she had to offer. She also had to define the qualities she wanted in a spouse, acknowledging that no matter whom you choose, you will have things to work out. Two people who become a couple are like diamonds in the rough. Through their interactions with each other, polishing and perfecting themselves, you get two beautiful jewels. It takes time and work to earn that deep, interpersonal connection that gives true spiritual satisfaction, but their beauty will not be revealed without that steady work. In the meantime, try these simple dating tips to help you transform your soulmate-seeking journey into an enjoyable process of self-discovery and personal enrichment. Don’t be shy about reaching out for help to family, friends and professionals to offer cheerleading and support for your growing self-esteem and acceptance. 1. Show those pearly whites. A smile is one of the greatest gifts you can give. It can make another person’s day as well as make you look even more attractive. 2. B  e all ears. Listen carefully and actively to your date and you will get to know who s/he is. Listen also to your intuition; it tells the truth. 3. S hh! Communication is more than just talking. Women often complain that men don’t talk enough. Women need to know a secret: men’s actions are a far better indicator of where they are emotionally than their words. Take note of what he does. His actions

speak volumes and they speak truthfully. On the other hand, men need to learn the art of validation. Not everything a woman says is a problem that needs fixing. Often a woman just wants to be heard. 4. M  irror, mirror. Look as good as you would like the person you want to meet to look. 5. Work from the inside out. While being attracted to a person is important, be aware that attraction is not static and can grow. Give a person’s inner beauty time to reveal itself. As time goes on, you’ll notice that the person becomes more and more attractive to you. 6. D  on’t expect the world to move on your first date. On the first few dates, just concentrate on enjoying yourself; nothing more or nothing less. Give the relationship time to develop. 7. F  ollow the two-date rule. If the first date is not a disaster, give the person a second chance. People are usually nervous and not truly themselves on the first date. 8. M  ake the first date short and sweet. The best first dates are meetings for lunch, drink or coffee. Meet for one hour. Meet at a place where it is easy to speak and hear each other talk. 9. M  ind soul body. Get to know your date’s mind and soul before you get to know his/her body. Body contact clouds your emotions and you lose objectivity. Women are especially vulnerable to this. Know that when you marry someone, you’ll have that physical contact for the rest of your life, so the gratification will come. 10. H  ave fun! The most important rule of all.

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ove is a state that possesses every fiber of our being. When in love, we think only of our beloved. Many people who describe this state of love will say that they are not interested in sleeping or eating. They see their belovedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face everywhere. They think they hear their belovedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice everywhere. They may call their beloved a hundred times a day. Everything they see reminds them of their beloved. If they notice a particular flower or smell a particular fragrance that they once received from their beloved, their memories come alive. They see their beloved in every dewdrop and in every star. If the power of love is so great on this physical plane, imagine how far greater it is when we are talking about love for God on a spiritual level. This is the power of love that helps us transcend this physical world and soar back to God. Because we cannot see God, the God power manifests on a human pole. Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love pours out to us through the spiritual Master. There is a wonderful example from the lives of the Sufi saints that illustrates the devotion of a true lover of God. Once a Sufi saint was having a discussion with some disciples about the qualities of a true lover of God, and each described what they thought the life of a true devotee would look like. One of the disciples said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A true lover is one who welcomes troubles and accepts them with joy and gratitude as coming from the Lord.â&#x20AC;? A sheikh, listening to this answer said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My opinion is that a true lover of God is one who is so deeply absorbed in divine consciousness that he feels nothing, even if a hundreds swords were to fall on his head.â&#x20AC;? Another devotee spoke up, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The true lover is one who, in the midst of troubles of every kind, would be so lost in the inner spiritual vision that he would not leave off his meditation and would be totally oblivious of all troubles.â&#x20AC;? Then the saint made this reply to his disciples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The great mystic saint, Rabia Basri, once said that a true lover is much higher than all these things. A true lover is one who is so much in love that he or she makes no distinction between pain and pleasure. Everything that happens to the lover is welcomed as if it were coming from the Beloved. The great saints and mystics all advise us that divine love is best kept in the chamber of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart and not publicly revealed to the world. It is an experience each one has in the soul. When meditating on the inner Light and Sound of God, we are asked not to divulge our inner experiences, because love needs to grow. Like a seed, you do not take it out to inspect it daily. You just keep watering it, and it finally turns into a tree. Similarly, love grows in the heart over time. It develops more and more, deeper and deeper. We do not want to let it out to the public lest others interfere with the growth process. The experience of love is happening at the level of soul and cannot be adequately put into words. Few can understand the love that happens on the inner regions between Beloved and lover. It is an experience beyond this world. We may talk in generalities of the intoxication we receive from the Beloved, but the gifts that the lover receives from the Beloved are treasures best kept in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. Divine love is a world unto itself that has no parallel in this physical world. It is the world of the mystic lover and Beloved. We, too, can experience that world the more time we spend in our holy meditations. The more we evolve spiritually, the more the inner secrets and mysteries are revealed. By going within through meditation, we will deepen our love for the spiritual Master and in turn find the love that helps us soar within toward our eternal home.

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ove is where you are not.”

It would bomb as a pick-up line, but it’s a concept of love worth pondering. They are the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti, a renowned spiritual teacher who travelled the world in the twentieth century extolling the merits of self-inquiry. At first the statement comes across like one of those if-a-tree-falls-in-the-woods Zen mindbenders, but spend a few moments with it and it may dissolve into a valuable insight. Tug on the word “you” and the statement begins to unravel. You, as in ego. Krishnamurti was saying that love can only exist when the ego is not around to muck things up. Few of us would object to such a selfless concept of love. Similar observations by acknowledged subject matter experts like St. Paul and Kahlil Gibran lift our lips into hopeful smiles during wedding ceremonies. In those moments of stillness we contemplate the endlessness of human possibility, but only seconds later we are contemplating the endless flow of free beer at the reception. It’s as if such grand visions of love are too hot to hold, or perhaps too unattainable to sustain our attention. And anyway, who are St. Paul or Kahlil Gibran to lecture anyone about love? The dudes weren’t even married. For better or for worse, we view love as easily acquired treasure. This is because we define it as a feeling, rather than as the shared experience Krishnamurti hints at. We can’t wait to report the news of our surging feelings to friends after a third date with our latest admirer. And three dates later we want to throw open the window and broadcast our feelings to the world. Something inside us has been switched on, and it’s a marvelous feeling that’s hard to describe. Eventually we all find the same word for it — love. But is a feeling that any randy seventh grader can experience really what the world needs more of? If this is love, it is not of the selfless variety. It is all about us, and hooray for that. But feelings come and go, even the rapturous ones, making this kind of love as easy to fall out of as it is to fall into. Is this ephemeral quality evidence of love’s sublime mystery? Or is love, the feeling, too flimsy a structure to stand on its own? Divorced from feeling, love loses its conventional charm. When it’s not being rented out for wedding ceremonies, the concept of love as a shared state of being is considered the property of ascetics like Gandhi and Mother Teresa. Far from romantic, it is a state in which the ego loses its grip and one’s identity merges with those around them. It is love without a speck of self-gratification; in the absence of ego, there is no self seeking any reward.

Love exists, according to Krishnamurti, because we no longer do. As inspiring as this selfless model of love might be, who needs it? The old model works just fine. That is, until it breaks down, which it does most of the time when you consider the hefty divorce rate and then guess at the number of burned out marriages. Add to this the legions of lovers meeting similar fates outside the borders of marriage and we have what might be termed an epidemic if it were a contagious disease. And yet somehow none of this dissuades us from hopping aboard the same rickety jalopy for another perilous ride. A more abiding state of love awaits those disillusioned by one too many hapless joyrides. We need not shave our heads or abandon all earthly pleasures to enter this transcendent state, but we must discard the notion that love is a self-fulfilling venture. Love and ego cannot coexist. Like light and shadow, they cancel each other out. For love to appear, you must disappear. You must give yourself so completely that no trace of you remains. Love arises in the space created by your absence. Love is where you are not.

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T A huge crop formation below Windmill Hill near Avebury. Some believe it shows three important dates of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. The stray paths to the edges of the field are trails left behind by people who did not follow the tram/ tractor lines, which all good croppies are supposed to do.

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he lingering midsummer twilight filtered through the window into the upstairs chamber of the farmhouse B&B as my sister and I settled into our twin beds. Before turning off the light she asked me, “What do you want for your birthday?” reminding me that tomorrow I would officially transition into the middle age of forty. Pondering a moment, when nothing tangible came to mind, I jokingly replied, “How about a crop circle? That would be just fine,” and after a long day we quickly drifted off to sleep. At the crack of dawn I was shaken awake by my sister exclaiming, “Wake up! Look out the window.” I sat up and there across the field on the lower slope of a hill etched with one of Wiltshire’s famed chalk White Horse carvings, beckoned a pristine crop circle. We threw on our clothes, rushed out the front door and in the waxing light bee-lined along the tram line through the knee-high barley towards this exquisite mystery that I sensed was meant just for me.

A Personal, Intimate Experience Fifteen years had passed since my auspicious crop circle experience — a formation that, despite my repeated searching and inquiries, has never appeared in any photo, book or website — and as my 56th birthday approached, I decided to fulfill my dream of spending the summer among the crop formations, along with the colorful cast of characters who chase them. Having previously gathered from the Internet that crop circle ground zero was the Silent Circle center in Yatesbury, upon arrival in Wiltshire I headed there, easily locating the cafe and bookshop on the grounds of an ancient Saxon church. I soon met Charles Mallett, a be-capped man with a hand-rolled cigarette perennially in hand who first arrived in Wiltshire in 1997 to investigate, sleeping many a night overlooking fields. “For 15 years the principal thrust has been investigating the physical manifestations as soon as they appear. Like a crime scene, you must arrive quite early, otherwise the truth is obscured and it’s hard to draw conclusions. If you find obvious repetitive damage, regular crushing consistent throughout the formation, it is likely made by people.” Taking a puff, he added, “The statistics are debatable, but somewhere in the middle are amazing phenomena and paranormal elements.” Mallett explained that formation sightings are phoned in from passing vehicles or small craft pilots scouting the landscape. Like storm chasers, once an approximate location is established a carload of “croppies” heads out to find it; after visiting hundreds of formations, Charles no longer feels the need to see them all personally. Being a newbie, I was eager and a formation was rumored near Hinton Parva. Though out of the way, I decided to locate it with Dave and Luke in their car. With an ordnance map — a croppies’ best friend to navigate the winding, archaic roads — on hand, after asking several villagers directions to Charlbury Hill, we bumped up the track to the summit. A 360-degree scan of the fields below failed to reveal anything. About to give up, on a hunch I pointed to the far side of a low rise a quarter mile away. Back in the car my inner voice suddenly clamored “turn right” toward a gate. Scanning the field, I noticed a disturbance up the hill in the crop. Standing atop the car, it was indeed a formation. I raced up the tractor line in the field and when reaching the perimeter I reverently walked around, eventually discerning it was an eight-petal flower formation with a large central spiral. Oddly enough, the previous night I had shown two croppies photos of my artwork, the latest featuring distinct spirals in the impressionist brushstrokes. While some sleuths report experiencing swoops of energy while inside circles, anything subtle was overwhelmed by my mere excitement of being the first to “discover” a circle. Later my friend Dave said, “This one was your crop circle. It was meant for you.” And oddly enough, I did feel that way. As many croppies attest, crop circles often become a very personal, intimate experience.

Closer Inspection Reveals A Higher Perspective Historically, most early crop circles were just that: circles, sometimes accompanied by concentric rings or smaller, outlying “grapeshot” circles. The earliest known account comes in 815 CE from Agobard, Bishop of Lyon, who believed the circles were created by the “magic storms” of extraterrestrial Magonians. Another depiction appears in a 17th-century woodcut showing a devil with a scythe mowing an oval of crop. The folks of the day thought them the work of Satan or faeries; in more modern times, they were attributed to atmospheric mico-bursts, like small twisters, though in light of later complex geometric glyphs that theory was rendered moot. The phenomena enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame in the early 1990s when a rash of more complicated pictograms popped up in England (along with the notorious pensioners Doug and Dave claiming credit for several pedestrian formations), yet dozens still appear every summer but no longer rate headlines. Despite researchers at night scouting fields with infrared cameras and irate farmers with a bounty out, circle makers are rarely, if ever, caught in the act. One formation had been discovered two days later, so I drove to East Kennet and parked. The mid-summer sun lingered along the horizon as I walked up the tram line to the formation. It took a while to make out the quadrennial form with arcs through the center. Initially disappointed by the uneven lay, later aerial photos posted at the Silent Circle revealed a lovely Celtic Cross, the interplay of light in the feathered lay creating a sublime three-dimensionality. The lesson of the experience was to suspend judgment until seen from a higher perspective and also, it turns out, some closer inspection. Numerous anomalies within crop circles have been noted by researchers, among them: some seed husks contain stunted or no seeds; accelerated or stunted seed germination rates; torn leaves and scorch marks; “nodal elongation” visible to the naked eye and “expulsion cavities” better seen with a magnifying glass. Michigan biophysicist W.C. Levengood evaluated hundreds of sample plants — both downed and standing — taken from inside crop circles against hundreds of control plants collected at varying distances outside the formations. Over a ten-year span, more than 250 crop formations from numerous countries were examined, the conclusion being that rapid, intense exposure to heat such as microwaves, which transforms the internal stem moisture to steam, was likely the cause of the anomalies. (For more in-depth research, please see the websites listed under Resources.) I met a young man from Austria named Christian who was able to convince his professors to grant him a thesis on the “Phenomena of Crop Circles,” collecting samples within and without circles and testing for anomalies. He passed with the highest marks and the professor said that according to what Christian presented, though unable to continues on page 44

The author, excited to be in the center of a spiral formation that he “discovered” and was first to be in, near the village of Hinton Parva. Does he care whether the circles are human made or not? “I arrived in England thinking most were non-human made, and was disappointed when I began to think that some were human. But after a while I realized I did not care at all and accepted them for their beauty and the joy they bring people, whatever the source.”

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How Farmers Fare With Crop Circles The next day, another glyph was reported near Chicklade, west of Stonehenge. Five of us crowded into a car and set off, scanning the fields until spotting it. Walking down and up the roller coaster of a hill, upon reaching the formation the sun broke through, bathing the six-sided flower of life formation in light. Gathered near the tidy center whorl, I played my wooden recorder until a truck bounded up. Two farmers jumped out, one yelling, “This is criminal damage you’ve caused here!” Replying that we’d only recently arrived, he retorted, “You bloody well know you made it, and it is a right poor one too!” Our spontaneous laughter irked him more, and he threatened: “You can leave now, I can call the police, or....” Not interested in the third option we duly left. Later, Denni, a veteran crop circle enthusiast who leads tour groups, said this was the most angry farmer she had ever encountered. Understandably, farmers are not pleased because of lost crop. Some immediately mow them out; others, especially in high frequency locales, make the best of it and place a donation box to recoup a small portion. One famous agriglyph, a Julia Set fractal that appeared mid-day near Stonehenge in 1996, reportedly received over 10,000 visitors, netting the farmer thousands of pounds, far more than the crop was worth. In a formation dubbed the “Unfinished Symphony” (mysteriously completed the next morning) near Honeystreet, I met James Reed lugging a metal donation box, into which I dutifully dropped a few quid. “My fellow farmers would hang me for fraternizing with the croppies,” James laughed, “but if a third one appears in my fields I’m going to cut them all out.” Later that day, while pondering the lovely swirls of another formation — two circles joined by cryptic code — across the canal, poor James arrived again, this time with his adorable baby in tow. He laughed, “Well, this one was already here so it doesn’t count.” In that same glyph I met a trio of women healers and, as often happens in circles, convivial conversation ensued. “For eight years I’ve come to see crop circles and with all the energy lines intersecting throughout the countryside here, I feel this land is important,” explained Cynthia Barnard, a shaman from Boxford, Massachusetts. “The Earth is alive, so I travel around the world to sacred sites to help reawaken and anchor the feminine energy.” She added, “If I knew the answer about how they are created I would be a millionaire, but I feel it is impossible for a couple of people with ropes and boards. Anyhow, I love the idea of an ongoing mystery.”

Military Interest A couple days later, in a steady drizzle, after hiking over Milk Hill, Adrian from Australia and I descended to a small formation in the canola seed field. No sooner had we entered when a black, unmarked helicopter swooped over the hill and began circling. With extensive military presence in the Salisbury Plain just south, it’s common to encounter military craft, so we dismissed it as an exercise. But when it descended and hovered 50 yards away with someone aboard taking photos of us, I was momentarily frightened. After sharing our encounter back at the Silent Circle, we learned it is common to be monitored by the military. Clearly, the military would not maintain a keen interest in crop formations if they believed they were entirely a human phenomena. Researchers Janet Ossebaard reported in one of her many books that pilots have told Examining the lay of a crop circle in canola oil plants for elongated and bent nodes. Canola is particularly brittle and would easily break if flattened by ropes and boards, yet these plants were gently bent.

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her that military over-flights actually see patterns with their infrared cameras imprinted in the fields before they form, some never appearing.

Orbs, Greys and Other Visitors While crop formations have been reported in over 50 countries — in January, 2011 several appeared for the first time in rice fields in Indonesia — an overwhelming number of them congregate in southwest England. Few think it is a coincidence the locus of the crop circles are centered on this ancient hub of terrestrial power, subtle energies that our ancestors would have been more attuned to. Here, rendered in stone and earth across the rolling Wiltshire hills are endless stone works, the most famous being Stonehenge. But far older than its spiritual sister is the mother of all stone circles, Averbury Henge, so enormous that the thatched homes of Avebury village encroach into this ring with sheep grazing amongst the hulking stones. One morning I spent two hours with Maria Wheatley, an expert dowser and author of several books including Avebury: Sun, Moon and Earth. Sheep grazed about as we wandered amongst the hulking stones and Maria, with copper rods in hand, explained about the underground water, earth currents and ley lines converging in the henge creating a “powerful energetic center that the ancients were able to perceive and harness.” Nearby, commands conical Silbury Hill, the largest artificial mound in Europe. So deftly constructed from chalk and turf was this 131-foot tall mount that is has miraculously defied erosion over 5000 years. Directly across the highway crouches the West Kennett Long Barrow, believed to be a ritual chamber and later a tomb. Reached by a ten-minute walk across the fields, basking in the sun above the stone entrance I spotted another small crop circle. Hanging out long enough in Wiltshire’s cosmic landscape rife with fairy mounds, stone circles, sacred trees, castle ruins and routinely encountering the likes of gypsy travelers, a Saxon shaman reader of runes, a man capable of bending spoons and stopping watches, UFO abductees, and a self-proclaimed keeper of a stargate, you soon become inured of stories about UFOs, balls of light, and orbs appearing in photos, of which I obtained several inexplicable ones on my own camera. Balls of light darting over the fields are the Holy Grail of croppies. (Well, to actually witness a crop formation being made would be the Holiest of Holies, which only several people have). Colin Ferneyhough, a fiercely sunburned man from northern England and a croppie for a number of years, told me over Indian food in Pewsey, “In 1997 I slept the night in a crop formation and around 12:30am I saw a ball of light in the sky that arced in the letter C. The following night, I took a time lapse photo of a light zig zag across the sky.” Colin pulled out a photo and showed me the strange picture. He added, “I also have photos from July 20, 2011, of a UFO being followed by an Apache helicopter, and suddenly the UFO darts behind the chopper.” The next day I attended a talk in the Alton Barnes town hall given by Colin Andrews — author of the new book, Light Quest: Your Guide to Seeing and Interacting with UFOs, Mystery Lights and Plasma Intelligences — who proposed that, “We need to stop thinking about UFOs as a nuts and bolts phenomena, but rather multi-dimensional experiences that respond to and are affected by human consciousness,” a supposition that most croppies would agree with. Mike and Sue, a delightful couple who I became quite friendly with and who spend the summer in their van equipped with a motion sensor triggered infrared camera, continues on page 47

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This Celtic triangle appeared in West Fields below Milk Hill in two stages. The green view from the hillside was taken the first day. By the next morning the center had been filled in, as seen in the aerial view. While some allege that because it was done in two nights it must be manmade, numerous crop circles have been added onto later, some with the peculiar anomalies attributed to circles of unknown origin.

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continued from page 45 Crop Circles and ETs and Orbs, Oh My! related several paranormal stories. Driving one night they saw a “grey” (alien) cross the road and into the field. Sue, rather boldly, jumped out and followed it into the corn but thought better of it. “What if he was leading me to big daddy?” she laughed. Another time, while asleep in the van, three tall, dark figures approached the window, the middle one with LED blue eyes. Freaking out and still buck-naked Mike jumped into the driver seat and raced away. Sue recounted, “I have never, ever been so fully terrified, like we had to simply get as far away from them as possible.” I found Sue and Mike particularly intriguing. Despite the above paranormal experiences and what I might categorize as some of their New Age beliefs making them naturals for “fundamentalist” croppies (that crop circles are ET sourced), they frequently sported t-shirts reading: “Isn’t it wonderful that people create crop circles.” Believing that 99% of crop formations are human-made, Sue explained, “Some of the firm believers take offense at that notion, but I like that it leaves open the possibility that maybe humans are more amazing than some give us credit for.”

Who Are The Circle Makers? Downing a cider at the lively Barge Inn, a tavern overlooking the Avon-Kennet canal, I met Mathew Williams, an ex-circle maker holding the dubious distinction as the only person prosecuted for “criminal crop damage.” Matt, who now airs an online show called Circle Makers TV, explained the thrill of the illicit art and tricks with boards and ropes of his former avocation. But the discussion veered into unexpected territory when he related paranormal experiences that he and other circle makers have had while creating formations: darting light orbs, humanoid figures appearing then disappearing, eerie sounds, and once discovering that he’d created a formation shape that a group had meditated on the previous night. “Often circle makers do not know why they suddenly feel inspired and because of my experiences I keep an open mind as there seems to be a lot more going on than meets the eye.” Then Matt added, “Some people are offended that humans might be the conduit, but I say that it is proof of human potential, and why deny that?” Yet human hands do not explain numerous associated anomalies: watch, cell phone and camera malfunctions within formations — most famously, an inexplicable twohour glitch in the equipment hired by National Geographic; altered soil structure as evidenced by crop circle “ghosts” of accelerated (or stunted) crop appearing in following summers; snow melting more rapidly (or slowly) on former sites; detectable electromagnetic changes within crop circles; and the aforementioned elongated and blown-out grass nodes, none of which are easily explainable by human involvement. Reportedly, surveyors and mathematicians have estimated it would take days to lay out the plot points for some of the more complicated geometric patterns. Proof for myself, and many others, would be a video showing humans executing a large, complex pattern within five or six hours of darkness, but human circle makers are as of yet not forthcoming. When asked about the famous Milk Hill Galaxy formation that appeared after a stormy night in August 2001, Matt estimated that one of that magnitude — some 400 circles and over 800 feet across — might require from 12 to 20 makers toiling through the night and even he conceded it would be a tough task for humans. Several days later, in another crop circle — a six-pointed star surrounded by an intricate basket weave — I met Alexa Borden of Guilford, CT, who has made the pilgrimage to Wiltshire for several summers. “I think crop circles are a multi-dimensional experience. Within these beautiful designs you can have a heart connection with people from all walks of life from all over the world. I feel a range from profound peace to excitement and joy, and sometimes energized like I could run a marathon. Usually the night after being in a circle, I will wake up and see, feel and experience glyphs or symbols moving through my energy field, like I am in-taking encoded knowledge and deepening the connection to all that is one in the Universe.” Paul Jacobs, who spends the summer in his easy-to-spot yellow van and wrote a lovely book of verse and poems about the crop circle experience — The Little Book of Crop Circle Rhyme — is a firm believer that formations are largely of non-human origin. He said, “If people admit that they are read, then they would have to readjust their worldview. When you open up to crop circles your world changes. It gives us an unassailable strength and power, a power we can engage with for change.” One evening I and several new croppie friends — artists Jineen and Joanna —hiked

Mike and Sue and their motion sensory infrared camera-equipped van.

In the center of a crop circle, visitors perform some Busby Berkeley moves — famed synchronized swim filmmaker of the 30’s and 40’s.

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Stonehenge and moon.

At night, the Barge Inn on the Avon-Kennet Canal is a gathering place for many croppies and also reputed human crop circle makers. Because it is an illegal activity and they could be arrested, circle makers are quite secretive about their activities and will not tell you flat out until you gain their trust.

continued from page 47 Crop Circles and ETs and Orbs, Oh My! up Adam’ s Grave, a long-barrow burial chamber on Milk Hill thought by many to be a stargate or inter-dimensional portal, to mediate on a crop circle. In the past, several groups had contemplated shapes that showed up, so we decided to give it a go. An hour before sunset we gazed out on the idyllic countryside below — church towers rising from the villages, sunlight rolling across the varied patchwork of the fields stitched together with the hedgerows, the ever-changing cloud formations — and drew shapes, eventually settling on a “Spiraweb,” a combination of spiral and spider web. We set our intentions on East Fields that had yet to host a crop circle this summer, envisioning a thin network of lines extending into six fields, a formation delicate and large enough that the farmer couldn’t mow it out. In the following days nothing appeared, but perhaps coincidentally, several nights later almost identical double spiral formations appeared near Windmill Hill and another east of Glastonbury. On my final days in Wiltshire, I splurged and in a micro-light plane swooped over the landscape: the network of roads I’d become so familiar with, White Horses striding emerald hills, beloved Avebury henge and Silbury Hill, and a dozen fantastic jewel shapes in the ripening fields — crop formations I’d marveled at close-up, meditated and sang in, and where I encountered people from around the world. While a fierce, and often acrimonious debate swirls — I certainly have no ready answers — many other enthusiasts embrace this possibility: perhaps some agriglyphs — mathematical, mandalas, spiritual, astronomical, symbols -— are a collaboration between the collective human consciousness and other inter-dimensional intelligence whether ETs or Gaia, reminding us of our collective history, of the beauty we are on the verge of losing if we are not better stewards. Whatever the circle makers’ origins, one cannot fail to admire the stunning formations as masterful works in the heart of nature, art that weaves synchronicities and magic to those who seek them out.

Bill Strubbe is a travel writer, journalist, photographer and painter whose articles and photos have appeared in over 100 US publications, including the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Essence, Wildlife Conservation, The Village Voice, Women’s Sports & Heatlh, and San Franciso Magazine. RESOURCES Martinsell Centre — Located in lovely grounds and garden, Martinsell Centre hosts short-break and weeklong retreats for small groups promoting holistic disciplines including yoga, pilates and meditation. B&B and self-catering apartments available. 48 Spirit of Change | FALL 2011

Avebury Life B &B — Located in Avebury Trusloe, not far from Avebury Henge. Antoinette, the B&B owner, enjoys hosting guests who are particularly interested in crop circles as well as the spiritual experiences of the Wiltshire region. Mayfield House — Located in the town of Burbage, the oldest section of this lovely thatched home dates back to 1460. The two en-suite rooms are cozy and plush and Angie, the gracious hostess, serves up a sumptuous and delicious breakfast. Visit Wiltshire — The official tourism website covering places to stay, dine, upcoming events and festivals, family fun and activities. Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group — Established in 1995, the group supports scientific research and data collection related to crop circle phenomena, explores the metaphysical aspects, and sponsors various events and an annual conference in August. Crop Circle Connector — Gives the latest updates and photos of crop circle formations in the UK and around the world, as well as interpretations and the latest research. The BLT Research Team, Inc.’s primary focus is the discovery, scientific documentation and evaluation of physical changes induced in plants, soils and other materials at crop circle sites, and to publish these results and disseminate information. The Silent Circle — Website for the café and bookshop, the main gathering spot for crop circle enthusiasts to share information and experiences, and make new friends from the world over. Maria Wheatley — Expert dowser and co-author of Avebury: Sun, Moon and Earth, takes you on private walks to around Avebury, Stonehenge, and other megalithic stones sites.

Conscious Crop Circles: The Message Is Known. Sunday, September 25, 2:30-4:30pm at the Natural Living Expo in Sturbridge, MA. Renowned crop circle expert Colin Andrews will be sharing newly gathered evidence of how the crop circle phenomenon — both genuine and manmade — is inextricably linked with human consciousness.

Book Reviews

Sandy Alemian

What Was God Thinking

Balboa Press, Bloomington, IN • 2011 Sandy Alemian doesn’t want to go it alone, and she knows she doesn’t have to. After years of only talking “to” God, she quieted herself, listened, and found God speaking back to her. What was God Thinking chronicles Sandy’s open and humorous two-year conversation with God. Am I lovable enough? Why am I eating too much? What should we do about the dog? God hears it all, and answers. Exploring her desire to reach more people through writing and speaking, Sandy allows God to guide her from a place of fear to one of love and hope. Moving from shame (I should already be there!) to fear (What if it doesn’t ever happen?) to joy (My audience is waiting for me) Sandy ultimately finds peace (It’s not really about me.) By courageously revealing her very personal dialogues with God, Sandy shares her gift of being a “Spokesperson for Spirit.”

Joseph Keon

Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health

New Society Publishers, BC, Canada • 2010 Infant puppies drink dog milk, baby rats drink rat milk and newborn whales drink whale milk, so why do humans drink milk intended for baby calves? Whitewash is nutritionist and wellness expert Joseph Keon’s response to the destructive myth that people need to consume cow’s milk to be healthy. Based largely on ignorance, many Americans make food choices that are uniformed and often misinformed. At the mercy of the food industry’s advertising propaganda machine and bureaucratic government agencies who compromise nutritional guidelines for the sake of specialinterest groups, consumers are lead to believe that ingesting cow’s milk is essential 49

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for building strong bones and teeth. The public schools and the medical professions have spent the last eighty years supporting this position. Yet the United States, one of the top consumers of calcium in the world, has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures in the world. Dairy is also a possible contributor to type I diabetes, heart disease and even symptoms of autism. In addition to the nutritional propaganda, Whitewash exposes the industrialized mega-farm factories that house up to 20,000 cows who never see a blade of grass. Comprehensively researched and documented, Whitewash kicks over the dairy industry’s bucolic milk bucket as it exposes the true cost to a nation who has “got milk.”

By GAIL LORD massage) Step 5: Use Drugs and Step 6: Break and Enter (high tech medicine including surgeries and cat scans). Throughout, Weed fully explains a comprehensive range of healing options including integrative, alternative, herbal, and orthodox modalities, as well as energy and homeopathic medicines. Personal accounts round out the plethora of knowledge included in this all-embracing guide. Wise Woman Weed started gathering information for Down There back in 1965. It was worth the wait.

guidebook packed with tools to create a vibrant, centered existence for living with an open heart. Lessons from 150 Love Luminaries (love role models who consistently radiate “Higher Love”) range from authors to Ayurvedic practitioners and neurosurgeons, to a woman who gained and lost more than a thousand pounds before learning to love herself. Specialized exercises, such as EFT and mirroring, increase love awareness, while biochemical research validates the heart’s wisdom by confirming that a six-second hug lifts mood, lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. The goal is not romantic love (though that may be a juicy side effect!). Instead, Love for No Reason amplifies inner loving capacity by showing: Love is who we are; The purpose of life is to expand in love; and The heart is the portal to love.

Mary Grace

The Wounded Chalice: Celebrating the Divinity of the Womb AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN • 2008

Susan S. Weed

Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way Ash Tree Publishing, Woodstock, NY • 2011 Deep-rooted in the oldest healing tradition, Wise Woman herbalist Susan Weed is candid and insightful. She knows, as do all Wise Women (and Wise Men), that wisdom is what works. Down There is a manual of empowerment. While modern preventive medicine consists of unnecessary, often harmful, screening tests that frighten people into believing something is wrong with them, Weed believes in nourishing health by trusting the body’s wisdom and caring for it with loving support. “I want to know all the facts, so I can decide for myself what to do, helped by inner knowing, not lashed by desperation.” Down There provides straightforward information that dispels fear and makes you feel good about your body. Among the topics presented in Part 1 are the pelvic floor; Part 2, for women, includes understanding a healthy vulva and clitoral health (including sex after menopause). Especially for men, Part 3 examines healthy testicles and explains how drugs can ruin a man’s (sex) life. Each area in Down Under is discussed using the Six Steps to Healing. Moving from the health building steps that should be engaged in daily, to fastacting but possibly last-resort modalities the steps are: Step 0: Do Nothing (meditate, listen to inner wisdom), Step 1: Collect Information, Step 2: Engage the Energy (the shaman’s playground), Step 3: Nourish and Tonify (herbal infusions, movement, food) Step: 4: Stimulate/Sedate (acupuncture,

Undergoing the surgical operation of a hysterectomy is a profound event in any woman’s life. For Mary Grace, her uterus represented the Divine Feminine, her children’s first home. She refused to let the removal of her womb be treated casually by the medical establishment. She agreed to the hysterectomy under one condition: she wanted her uterus back. The Wounded Chalice is Mary’s seventy-year journey from little girl in a male dominated society to grandmother honoring the sacredness of her body. The memoir’s nostalgia of mittens drying on the wood stove is balanced with the reality of a life: an abusive father, two divorces, and the horrifying sexual abuse of her daughter by the girl’s own father (who bizarrely tried to justify his own actions). Reflective, though never bitter, The Wounded Chalice contains Mary’s greatest teaching, “You are here because your mom honored the Divinity of her Womb, which contained You.”

Marci Shimoff (with Carol Kline)

Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love Free Press, New York, NY • 2011

How do you build a love foundation from within? Love for No Reason is a 7-step

Megan Muckenhoupt

Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces Union Park Press, Boston, MA • 2011

Boston enjoys a rich history of parks and green space. The Boston Common, the oldest city park in the United States, was originally created for cow grazing. Inspired by the local Transcendentalist movement, other parks were created as a way to find a spiritual connection through direct contact with nature. Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces highlights these historic places and also celebrates the wonderful Yankee ingenuity of the last two decades that is transforming the landscape and making the city green again. More than one hundred sites are included. The city community gardens are tended to by over ten thousand Bostonians, while pocket gardens tucked between buildings provide room for solitude. The Harbor Walk, rooftop gardens and the new Big Dig parks are also among those featured. With vivid descriptions and inspiring color photography, city residents, visitors, and even arm-chair travelers will find pleasure in exploring Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces.

Gail Lord is a freelance writer living in Massachusetts. Please send book review copies to 51 North Street, Grafton, MA 01519 or email

Music Reviews

Annette Cantor songs to the earth

Source Being Productions It took me awhile to realize that the extremely evocative, beautiful voice of Annette Cantor that elevates this album of seven songs for meditation and healing is the same voice that, years ago, helped make master musician Deuter’s Garden of the Gods one of my favorite New Age albums. Both artists, as it turns out, were born in Germany and live in Santa Fe. Cantor’s migration, however, came after a period of operatic training in Vienna. Cantor composed her songs — a mixture of Christian Gregorian and Native American chant with more than a passing nod to the music of India — during a year of healing cancer while taking long walks in the high desert. Her music is as rooted in the earth as it invokes the forces that transcend all. To the sounds of Patrick Shendo-Mirabal’s Native American flutes and vocals, Mike Chavez and Gregory Gutin’s grounded percussion, and Michael Kott’s evocative cello, Cantor’s voice soars. Her Christian/Native American blend may seem more than a little curious to people whose culture and land have been taken from them by various and sundry cross-bearing missionaries and soldiers, but the integrity of Cantor’s faith, and the deep connectedness of her vision, resound of profound truth. On this very special album of songs dedicated “to our earth with respect and reverence,” the sounds of Cantor’s wide-ranging voice reach deeply into the sacred core of our shared being.

Jon Anderson

Survival & Other Stories

Gonzo Media Group HST079CD Is it possible that yours truly, who has hardly listened to rock ‘n roll since tripping weekly to the Beatles in the summer of 1967 and truly believing in the existence of tangerine trees and marmalade skies, all 50

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while participating in an SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) summer organizing institute in Chicago and preparing for the revolution, is all of a sudden, just as the empire seems to be crumbling under the weight of its own internal contradictions, falling in love with the voice of former Yes lead singer Jon Anderson? Anderson, who is almost a year older than I, as if anyone could be that old and go through lord knows how many years of drunken rock ‘n roll carousing and cigarette and joint smoking and still have a voice, is celebrating his return to health (after a bout of asthma and acute respiratory failure in the summer of 2008) by releasing his solo album, Survival & Other Stories. The themes are spiritual and eclectic, the lyrics inspiring, and the oft-joyous effort facilitated in part by contributions culled from the Internet. One song praises Buddha, Jesus, and Master Mohammed; another thanks Divine Mother Audrey Kitagawa (carrier of the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna); and a third is just a little too Christian-God-the-master (and all that) for comfort. Nonetheless, the spirit of this album is so positive, the energy so uplifting, and Anderson’s naturally high, slightly ragged tenor voice so amazing, that all I, and probably you as well, can say is “yes.”

By Jason Victor Serinus

recording was made using only two custom-made microphones. The musicians are clearly having loads of fun: they whistle, wind, chime, beat and accordionize on an improvised track named “Generala,” and smile to themselves on Dyzenchauz’s “Pinche Tirano.” Vazquez’s tongue-in-cheek “Calma” is anything but. Search in vain for the female soloist on the opening track, “Chiquita;” the extremely mellow, sweet, samba-like voice seems to be that of its composer, Edgardo Cardozo. You’ll enjoy what sounds like a finger piano/harmonica duo on “Mundos que ce Tocan,” and Moguilevsky’s perfect pitched, vibratoless whistling on several tracks. “Generala,” is a bit of divine madness, with a hint of Nina Rota’s fanciful soundtracks for Fellini refracted through a South American lens. I keep playing this delightful CD over and over, discovering new things each time.

Terri Lyne Carrington The Mosaic Project

Concord Jazz CJA-30016-02

Puente Celeste Nama

MA Recordings MO84A Rarely is a recording of South American music so full of life, yet so mellow that you can play it in either foreground or background and feel equally refreshed. Inquisitive recording engineer Todd Garfinkle, whose label MA Recordings specializes in superb recordings of exotic originals and whose music crosses the boundaries between jazz, classical, world and more, recently journeyed to Argentina to record music collective Puente Celeste. Formed in 1997 by Argentine percussionist Santiago Vazquez, whose ever-inventive MA Recordings Sera una Noche remains fresh, the group currently includes wind player Marcelo Moguilevsky, guitarist/ singer/songwriter Edgardo Cardozo, bassist Luciano Dyzenchauz, and Vazquez (here playing percussion, table, mbira, guitar, and singing on one track). Recorded in April 2010 at the Goethe Institute Buenos Aires, the up close

How could you not love a CD that begins with the lines “Change your mind, change your skin… cash a check, change your sex…”? So does co-composer Nona Hendryx intone the opening verses of her extremely catchy song, “Transformation,” with accompaniment from such gifted artists as Anat Cohen, Geri Allen, Sheila E., Linda Taylor, Patrice Rushen, Tineke Postma, Hailey Niswanger, Chia-Yin Carol Ma, and Ingrid Jensen. By the time percussionist, vocalist, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington’s The Mosaic Project has played through its 14 jazzy, soul-filled tracks, we’ve also heard the voices of Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Shea Rose, Dianne Reeves, Gretchen Parlato, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. If this compendium of vibrant female jazz artists were not enough, Sweet Honey in the Rock pillar Eleanor Johnson Reagon’s “Echo” even includes spoken commentary from veteran activist/educator Angela Davis. Men as diverse as Irving Berlin (“I Got Lost in His Arms”) and McCartney/ Lennon (“Michelle”) do leave their mark. But basically, in Carrington’s words, this is an album of women “coming together to support and celebrate each other from a musical and social perspective.” With so many greats on the roster, it’s no wonder that Carrington’s liner note consists

of only four, grammatically challenged paragraphs. Describing The Mosaic Project as “cross generational, cross cultural and though jazz in nature, somewhat cross genre, which is pertinent because jazz has increasingly pollinated,” she gives us a delicious sampling of gifted artists on an inspirational roll.

Maneesh de Moor Signatures on Water

Sounds True MMO1734D From the sounds of Signature on Water, Maneesh de Moor is a major New Age composers who truly taps into a higher source for inspiration. If you seek meditation music that transcend the clichés of airy ambiance, synthesized choruses, and overdubbed nature sounds that lead to ennui rather than nirvana, this is it. De Moor, born in the Netherlands and “currently travelling,” has become known for his collaborations with Deva Premal & Miten and a number of other spiritually centered artists. Grounded in classical piano and pop music, he brings his MDM sound expertise to full flower in Signatures on Water. Composed in November 2009 in the south of Portugal, this self-described “fivephased backdrop for meditation and healing” uses keyboards, gongs, bells, and synthesized sounds to help listeners transcend everyday thoughts and emotions. Even if the very concept is paradoxical – if you wish to still the mind so that it does not cling to thoughts, why would you substitute sound for silence? – de Moor’s journey is structured to take listeners deeper and deeper. The first three tracks, “Mindfulness,” “Galaxies Within,” and “Silent Mirror” propose to lead you to a state of serenity. The fourth track, “OM,” introduces exactly that, inviting you to join in if so moved. “Compassion” offers a glimpse of “the infinite substance of which this universe is composed.” Speaking personally, this music works. Not only does it relax me to the core, but it also helps open my heart and elevate my spirit. Jason Victor Serinus is a holistic author, bodyworker, whistling virtuoso and music critic ( who resides in Oakland, CA. Please send music review copies to Jason at 2749 E. 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94601 or email

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9/18, 11/6 — Reiki Crystal Healing Workshop with Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., CCHT, RMT. Learn to use Reiki and crystals as powerful healing tools for balancing the mind, body and spirit. Discover how to balance chakras, clear energy fields, charge crystals with Reiki, select the right crystals for yourself and for your client, create crystal healing layouts, program crystals and much more. Visa/ MC. To register: (603) 899-3288 or

9/18 — AWAKENING YOUR PSYCHIC STRENGTHS WITH JOHN HOLLAND. Do you know that you already possess all the tools you need to unlock your psychic potential to lean an intuitive life? This workshop will show you how to tap into the power of your psychic intuitive strengths and use it to work for you in all areas of your personal and business life! Andover, MA. For registration details visit and click on the Events Calendar.

9/19 — GRADUATE INFO SESSION. 4:30-6:30pm. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI. Register now! 800637-0002 or Salve Regina University.

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September 9/8 — REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR HEALING WORK WITH YOGA, AYURVEDA AND SOMATIC PSYCHOLOGY. Free lecture, Synthesis Center, Amherst, Ma. 7pm. Also offered 9/13, Lilly Library, Northampton. 6:30 p.m. Professional Training Program w/CEUs starts 10/1.

9/9-10/9 — DISCOVER YOUR TRUE SELF. Mukti teaches in the lineage of Adyashanti, her husband. Mukti will guide you towards your natural state of peace and wholeness. The First Parish of Watertown, Fri. 7-9, $15, Sat. 9:30-5:00, $85. Randy (617) 266-3787 or 9/10 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Wilton, NH. Libby Barnett, MSW. 32 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or 603-654-2787. Reiki II: 9/11.

9/11 — EKP Body Psychotherapy Group with Linda Marks, MSM, meets Sunday nights in Newton, MA from 7-9pm. A safe space for deep, heart-centered healing work, coaching and support. or (617) 965-7846.

9/13 — Herbal Pet Care. Take care of your companion animals using herbs, therapeutic touch and homeopathy, including natural products and food supplements you can make yourself to support your pet’s optimum health. 7-9pm, cost $20. Scentsibilities,, (508) 869-3300 to register.

9/13-10/29 — The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies Fall Programs: 9/13 Introduction to Aromatherapy at Mount Wachusett Community College. 9/23 Soap Making in Arlington. 10/1 Introduction to Aromatherapy in Arlington. 10/29 Level II Aromatherapy in Summerset. Instructor Linda Patterson.

9/14 — NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE. Free lecture with Dr. Esther Perreault at The Gathering Inn Women’s Spiritual Center and Retreat House, Hubbardston, MA. 6:30pm potluck dinner, 7:30pm lecture. Registration required. info@ (978) 820-1139. 9/17 — Dream Interpretation with Ross J. Miller, psychic healer, regression therapist, dream interpreter. Dreams are as varied as people. Some dreams give us glimpses into the future, others can reveal our past lives, still others enable us to communicate with deceased loved ones. The ability to remember, interpret and, when appropriate, act on our dreams, is a valuable tool that anyone can learn. Dreams can warn us of impending danger, help us heal our bodies and our relationships; they also motivate us and give us hope in the future so we can achieve our life goals. This course is for dreamers and non-dreamers alike. You’ll learn how to interpret all types of dreams in this experiential workshop. You’ll also learn how to program your subconscious so that you can remember more of your dreams. All that’s required is an open mind. Saturday, 10am-5pm, Newton, MA. To register for the workshop or to schedule a psychic or past-life reading or healing session in person or over the phone, visit our website: or call Ross J. Miller (617) 527-3583.

9/20 — 21 DAYS TO FALLING IN LOVE. Attracting, magnetizing, flirting with integrity and loving yourself! Body-oriented, soul-level healing approach to relationship coaching to remove the obstacles and create more love. Robyn Vogel, MA, LMHC. 508-380-9254 or 9/23 — How to Set Boundaries in Relationships. Trouble saying “no,” feeling underappreciated, trapped in job or relationship, giving away time or money you don’t have? Learn boundary setting with Trish Whynot in Marlborough, MA. Details at continues on page 52

9/17 — I.D.E.A.L. Process For Creating A Life You Love (Intuit, Discern, Empower, Affirm, Live!). Module 1 of 7: Life-changing intuitive training with medical intuitive, master healers-teachers Sue/Aaron Singleton. 9.6 contact hours, DVD available.; (978) 834-0341. 9/17 REIKI CERTIFICATION. Newton, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 32 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s. Call (603) 654-2787 Reiki II: 9/18. 9/17 — Life AND Equine Inspired Workshop. “What do I want to do when I grow up?” or four-week teleclass: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29. To register or get information:,

10/6 — Enjoy an evening with Robert Bly with guests David Whetstone on sitar and long time poet/friend Fran Quinn in Lexington, MA. See October listing or visit FALL 2011 | Spirit of Change 51

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and established himself as one of the great translators of international poetry into English. 7-8:30, Follen Church, 55 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA. To register: or (781) 862-8043.

9/24 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Wilton, NH. Libby Barnett, MSW. 32 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s. Call (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 9/25.

10/7 — Free Parenting Workshop. With professional astrologer Alexis Smith in Cambridge, MA. Utilizing astrology, you will gain an objective, clearer understanding of your children and how to parent them according to their nature. Pre-registration required. Call 774-270-0003 or visit

9/24-25 — 5TH ANNUAL NATURAL LIVING EXPO in Sturbridge, MA. 135 exhibits and over 75 workshops in one weekend holistic extravaganza. Sponsored by Spirit of Change Magazine. See pages 4-5 or visit for details.

10/8— The Constellation Approach provides the Family Constellation Method to experience healing with one’s family of origin, current family and present relationships. Seminar participants may have an opportunity to “set up” a constellation, to “stand in” as representatives for members in other’s constellations, and to observe the constellations of others. Saturday: 9:30–6, $140. To register: (617) 484-4325.

9/24-9/25 — The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing presents a Reiki I certification in Belmont, MA. Awaken your healing skills! Two days of learning, hands-on practice and no cut corners certifies you immediately to work on yourself, others and pets. Notebook and certificate awarded. 13.0 CEUs Visa/MC. To register: (603) 899-3288 or

10/8 — Heaven on Earth with psychic medium Sirry Berndsen.1-3pm. Hampton Inn, Mystic, CT. Presale $45, $50 at door. Sirry reconnects you with loved ones in spirit while delivering their messages.

9/26 — How to Become a Holistic Reflexologist. Free Laura Norman reflexology webinar/teleclass, 8-9pm. Talk with Laura Norman about your future. Register at See us in the Holistic Directory this issue under “Classes, Certifications and Schools.”

10/8-10/9 — shamanic training in creativity. Montpelier area, VT. Down To Earth. Contact Sue Jamieson, (802) 223-2521.

9/29 — CLEANSE Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate. Remove toxins and restore energy through a 21-day cleanse. Safe and effective. Enjoy eating whole foods during the cleanse! (6 sessions/group setting) Details: (781) 316-2701.

9/29 — REZAKKAH’S MOVEMENT FOR SELF-MASSAGE CLASS. Get down, roll around and have yourself a ball. It’s fun, it’s easy, it feels good, and it works! Relieve chronic pain and tension, develop body awareness, move more freely. Speak your body’s language and discover its intelligence. Your relationship with your body will never be the same. Tuesdays 5:45–7:15pm, Sept 29–Nov 29. Watertown Center for Healing Arts. 10-week series, $100. $12 drop-in. Register by Sept 17 to try a class for free or get a $20 series discount. Call Rezakkah, LMT, 617-254-4088 or

9/30 — ALCHEMY OF NINE DIMENSIONS INITIATIONS. Center at Westwoods. Experience oneness and deep experiences in this evening of profound awakening integrating the energies of the now through Hand Clow’s work. See Janet StraightArrow (973) 647-2500

9/30-10/2 — Family Survival Weekend. A great way to introduce the family to the wonders of nature. Explore wilderness survival, develop confidence and love for nature. A hands-on adventure. Earthlands, Petersham, MA. To register contact Children of the Earth Foundation:, (609) 971-1799.

October 10/1-2 — SOUL SHAMANISM WEEKEND. Center at Westwoods. Medicine Woman Janet StraightArrow initiates you into yourself offering immediate, profound healing and learning in all areas of your life and working with others. See page 16. (973) 647-2500.

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10/8-10/10 — Ayurvedic Friction Massage (Garshana) certification in Newport, RI, using raw silk

9/25 — Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz gives no-nonsense, practical advice on how to deal with many ailments in “The Intuitive Brain, the Medical Intuitive Body: Healing with Mind-Body Medicine and Mysticism,” on Sunday, Sept 25, 12-2pm at the Natural Living Expo in Sturbridge, MA. View the full program guide online at 10/2— Healing at the Speed of Light. Scientists verified the importance of color, light, bio-photon energy effects on DNA/health. Aaron/Sue Singleton’s techniques help heal illness, emotions, rejuvenates body. 7.2 Contact Hours.; (978) 834-0341. 10/4 — Spa Tech Open House. School of Massage, Polarity and Aesthetics. Westboro, MA. 7pm. (508) 836-8864.

10/4 — World Animal Day. Celebrate your love of animals with the Harmony Fund’s global rescue squads. Help us rescue, protect and heal animals over all the plant. Visit

10/5 — FREE LECTURE: READ AND PLAY MUSIC. Find out about the world famous seminar that turns beginners into musicians, revitalizes and inspires even pro musicians. 7:30pm. 169 Mass Ave, Boston. (781) 599-1476. or sallee@dlorien. com. This event is free to attend.

10/ 6 — AN EVENING WITH ROBERT BLY with guests David Whetstone on sitar and long time poet/friend Fran Quinn. Robert Bly has changed the American literary landscape in numerous ways. He has published over a dozen highly-regarded volumes of poetry, authored several influential books of social and psychological commentary

gloves to purify lymph, alkalize blood, promote fat-loss and detoxification. 18 CEs NCBTMB. $425. Master instructor: Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., LMT. (877) 832-1372

10/9-10/22 — A SACRED JOURNEY INTO EGYPTIAN MYSTERIES. With Laurie Friedler and Sixto Paz Wells. Our 14-day sacred pilgrimage invites you to delve into the rich hermetic history of Egypt as portrayed by Isis, Hathor and all manifestations of the divine feminine. Our journey includes reverent ceremony and energetic dynamics and promises to be a once in a lifetime adventure. For itinerary, cost and valuable info:

10/12 — POTIONS lECTURE with Christopher Penczak. 7-9:30pm. Some Enchanted Evening, 234 Main Street, Spencer, MA 01562. (508) 885-2050.

10/12-10/16 — Healing through the Akashic Records: a 5-day intensive retreat. Join author Linda Howe at the beautiful Essex Conference Center in Essex, MA for 5 days in learning to access the akashic records for healing of self and others. Learn to use the power of sacred wounds to discover a soul’s perfection. or (978) 474-8010 for more info.

10/14-10/16 — Introduction to Laura Norman Foot-Hand-Ear Reflexology. 9am-6pm, Stockbridge, MA. (24 NCBTMB, AMTA, AOTA CE Hours). Counts toward our professional certification. Register: (413) 854-2615. See the Holistic Directory under “Classes, Certifications and Schools.”

10/15— I.D.E.A.L. Process For Creating A Life You Love. Module 2 of 7: Intuitive Self-Diagnosis, Intro-

duction to EOL Root Cause Model. Life-changing intuitive training with medical intuitive, master healers-teachers Sue/Aaron Singleton. 9.6 contact hours, DVD available. (978) 834-0341.

10/15 — Psychic Symposium: A Gathering on Psychic Awareness. Join us on Martha’s Vineyard for a conference and round table discussions on metaphysical experiences. Whether you are new to your psychic awareness or a seasoned worker in the field, this is an opportunity to look at the continuing evolution of the psychic experience and the awakening of human potential. Space is limited. Registration closes 10/1/11. For more info and to pre-register visit:

10/15 — Rings of Oden. Module 1 of 3: New Technology for Quantum Healing. Rings combine sacred geometry, DNA re-patterning, cell microbiology with “net-neutral ionic energy.” Configurations relieve stress/ anxiety, enhance endocrine/immune systems, intuition, liver/gallbladder functions, etc. 7.2 contact hours.; (978) 834-0341.

10/15-10/16, 12/3-12/4 — The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing presents a Reiki I certification in Jaffrey, NH. Awaken your healing skills! Two days of learning, hands-on practice and no cut corners certifies you immediately to work on yourself, others and pets. Notebook and certificate awarded. 13.0 CEUs Visa/MC. To register: (603) 899-3288 or

12/15-10/16 — Seniors Yoga Teacher Training. In this weekend training, you will learn to lead a chair yoga class, a gentler, slower paced yoga designed for people of varying abilities, understand the aging process and its effect. Seniors Yoga provides gentle, stabilizing, and strength building postures, enhancing mental clarity. or (508) 376-8508.

10/22 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Concord, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 32 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or (603) 654-2787. Reiki II:10/23.

10/22-10/23 — Increasing Creativity Through Movement workshop with dancer/choreographer Sallee Slagle. Free your creative body, increase personal space and experience your body as the instrument of expression. For anyone wanting to be more creative and comfortable with their body. www.dlorien/creativity., (781) 599-1476.

10/23 — PSYCHIC FAIR at Rhode Island Shriners, located at 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI. Readers and Vendors wanted. For more information contact Sue Campos (401) 440-9440. Prizes for best costumes worn fair day!

10/24-10/25 — LAURA NORMAN FACE REFLEXOLOGY CERTIFICATION. 9am,-6pm, Stockbridge, MA. (16 NCBTMB, AMTA, AOTA, ARCB CE Hours), Counts toward our professional certification. Register: (413) 854-2615. See the Holistic Directory under “Classes, Certifications and Schools.”

10/25 — Spa Tech Open House. School of Massage, Polarity and Aesthetics in Westboro, MA. 7pm. (978) 356-0414. 10/26 — Free booksigning “old world witchcraft” with Raven Grimassi. 7-9:00pm. Some Enchanted Evening, 234 Main St., Spencer MA 01562. (508) 885-2050.

10/27-10/29 — SPECIAL EVENT! Jacki Smith of Coventry Creations will be at ZuZu’s! Events are: Advanced Coventry Candlemagic class, private readings, free workshop and booksigning! Check or call (781) 665-8844 for details. 10/28 – 10/30 — HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK™. A weekend of self-discovery in the Taconic Mountains, Pawlet, VT. Breathwork sessions in the context of Stanislav Grof’s theoretical framework. Lenny Gibson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Gibson, M.S. Fee: $225, includes food and lodging. Call 800-404-7261, email or visit

10/29 — Past Life Regressions with Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., CCHT, RMT. Lourdes is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and regression specialist. Two regressions are provided. Your subconscious selects the dates and places and protects you from bringing back any uncomfortable emotions. $125.Visa/MC. (603) 8993288.

10/29 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Wilton, NH. Libby Barnett, MSW. 32 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or 603-654-2787. Reiki II: 10/30.

10/30 — Learn To See Auras with Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., CCHT, RMT. Auras contain information about physical, mental and emotional states. Learn what to look for and how to develop your inner vision to see auras around people, animals and plants. $135 tuition includes aura viewing practice CD, aura manual, your Kirlian photograph and free aura reading. Visa/MC. (603) 899-3288. continues on page 54

10/15 — FALL OPEN HOUSE at Groton Wellness. Free mini services and meet our practitioners. 483-495 Main Street, Groton, MA. (978) 449-9919. 10/17-10/20 — Laura Norman Hand Reflexology Certification. 9am-6pm, Stockbridge, MA. (32 NCBTMB, AMTA, AOTA, ARCB CE Hours), Counts toward our professional certification. Register: (413) 854-2615. See the Holistic Directory under “Classes, Certifications and Schools.”

10/19 — A NIGHT WITH CLAIRVOYANT MEDIUM JENNY LYNN METEVIA. Address spiritual questions and mystical experiences, commune with spirit and receive guidance and messages. Emcee’d by Jordon Rich, WBZ News Radio. 7pm, Four Points Sheraton, Norwood, MA. $40. Register

10/21-10/23 — Laura Norman Foot Reflexology Training. 9am-6pm, Stockbridge, MA. (24 NCBTMB, AMTA, AOTA, ARCB CE Hours), Counts toward our professional certification. Register: (413) 854-2615. See the Holistic Directory under “Classes, Certifications and Schools.”

10/22 — HALLOWEEN PSYCHIC FAIRE! 10am-4pm. Readings $20/20mins. Some Enchanted Evening, 234 Main St., Spencer, MA 01562. (508) 885-2050.

9/30-10/2 — Explore wilderness survival, develop confidence and love for nature in this hands-on family survival weekend adventure sponsored by Children of the Earth Foundation at Earthlands in Petersham, MA. See September listing or visit FALL 2011 | Spirit of Change 53

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November 11/1 — Spa Tech Open House. Westboro School of Massage, Polarity and Aesthetics. 7pm. (508) 747-3130.

11/5 — Holistic health AND Psychic Fair. 10am-5pm, free admission. Sponsored by the Canton Spiritualist Church. 1-3 Blue Hill River Road, off Rt. 138N, Canton, MA. Psychics, mediums, free healings. For more information call (617) 469-2568.

11/5 — Psychic Development, Past Lives, AND Angel Communication. Workshop with Ross J. Miller, psychic healer, medium, regression therapist. In this unique, experiential workshop you’ll learn how to identify your guardian angels and spirit guides by name and receive their guidance, healing and inspiration; discover your soul’s life purpose; experience two of your past lives and heal the residual karma from them; give psychic readings to others in class and more. Saturday, 10am-5pm, Newton, MA. To register for the workshop or to schedule a psychic or past life reading or healing session in person or over the phone, visit our website: or call Ross J. Miller (617) 527-3583.

11/10 — LADIES NIGHT AT GROTON WELLNESS. A night of specials, wine, cheese, and fantastic vendors. 483-495 Main Street, Groton, MA. (978) 449-9919.

11/12 — I.D.E.A.L. PROCESS FOR CREATING A LIFE YOU LOVE. Module 3 of 7: Empowered Self-Healing Through Dialoguing with Your Body. EOL 8th chakra attunement heightens cellular memory to increase intuition. Discover limbic system, color, sound, aromatherapy techniques. 9.6 contact hours, Prerequisite modules 1-2 on DVDs.; (978) 834-0341.

11/13 — Joy of Living Free of Anxiety/Worry! Explore gifts of fear/stress/overwhelm/worry; engage anxieties as allies; create beneficial bio-chemicals without medicine/supplements. Get tools for life: sound, music, meditation, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, net-neutral ionic! 7.2 contact hours,; (978) 834-0341.

11/18-20 — weekend of nourishing, traditional cooking techniques WITH MONICA CORRADO. Cooking for well-being workshops. Groton Wellness, 493-495 Main St., Groton, MA. (978) 449-9919.

11/19 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Newton, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 32 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or 603-654-2787. Reiki II: 11/20. 11/19 — Rings of Oden. Module 2 of 3: Soar To New Heights! 50+ new-advanced sacred geometry configurations, 20 “on-the-body” formations, etc. Learn layering techniques, multi-dimensional stacking configurations, sacred sites/temples, light-body, release x-ray/MRI/EMF/ electricity, protocols for illnesses. 7.2 contact hours.; (978) 834-0341.

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9/24-25 — Join Ming Wu for outdoor qigong Sunday morning 9-10am at the Natural Living Expo in Sturbridge, MA and check out over 200 other workshops, exhibits and activities. View the full program guide online at 11/20 — ZuZu’s 6th Annual Holiday New Age Expo. 10am-5pm. $5 Admission, kids 10 and under free. At the Peabody Holiday Inn. Beat the holiday shopping rush and come spend the day with us in a relaxing, delightful atmosphere! Get a chair massage or Reiki session, have your aura photographed, or get a reading with any of our talented psychics and mediums! Free door prize raffles! Produced by: ZuZu’s Healing Arts,

UPCOMING 12/2–12/4 — HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK™. A weekend of self-discovery in the Taconic Mountains, Pawlet, VT. Breathwork sessions in the context of Stanislav Grof’s theoretical framework. Lenny Gibson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Gibson, M.S. Fee: $225 includes food and lodging. Call (800) 404-7261, email or visit 12/2–12/4 — READ AND PLAY MUSIC in a weekend! World famous Understanding of Music Seminars turn beginners into musicians, revitalizes and inspires even

pro musicians. 169 Mass Ave. Boston. (781) 599-1476 or

12/3 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Newton, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 32 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s. Call 1-888-REIKI-4-U or (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 12/4. ATTRACTING A LIFE PARTNER WORKSHOP with Maxine Freedman, Life coach. Coming in December at Cambridge Adult Education. For more information: (617) 730-5775 or

12/29-1/3 — New Year’s Eve Retreat with Louix Dor Dempriey. Sedona, Arizona. During this residential retreat at world-renowned Enchantment Resort, you will experience the transformational power of Louix’s darshan, ecstatic singing, direct personal guidance, gourmet vegan cuisine, and nature hikes over the course of six love-filled days with this spiritual Master. To register for the retreat, please call or e-mail Samantha at or 888-288-3735.

ONGOING Yoga at the ashram. The Baba Siri Chand Yoga and Retreat Center, 368 Village Street, Millis MA. (508) 376-4525. 200-hour yoga teacher trainings in Kundalini and Hatha/Vinyasa begin September, 2011.

THE WELLNESS ROUNDTABLE HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS NETWORK. The WRT is dedicated to inspiring, educating and supporting wellness practitioners/providers. Low key, friendly networking and collaborative attitude towards building community and thriving practices. Monthly meetings (Sept-June) 9-10:30am, First Parish UU, Northboro, MA. Contact

Tai Chi Classes in W. Hartford, CT. Mondays, 6-7pm, $60/month (4 classes). Saturdays, 9-11am, $80/ month (4 classes). Or $100/month for both weekly classes. Led by Ming Wu, Ph.D, doctor of Chinese medicine, herbalist, tai chi master. Free Qi Gong class on Mondays, 5-6pm with Erik Harris. 45 South Main Street, Suite 100, West Hartford, CT. Call 800-990-9332 or visit

Boston School of Herbal Studies, Arlington and Lincoln, MA, offers affordable evening and weekend fall classes on such topics as Soap Making, Lyme Disease, Healing Depression, Aromatherapy Certification, Flower Essences and Women’s Health. Call (781) 646-6319 or see Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes at Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA, led by Dr. Ming Wu. $98 for 8 weeks. Tai Chi class is 9:30am-10:30am. Qi Gong class is 10:30am11:30am. Visit or call (978) 461-2168.

CLASSES IN CHANNELING AND SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION with Vywamus, a teacher of higher consciousness, channeled by Andrea Seiver. Have a personal reading, join Learn to Channel, other classes, enjoy evenings with Vywamus: September 15, October 6, November 3. (617) 332-1541,

PRANIC HEALING FULL MOON MEDITATIONS. September 15th, October 13th, November 10th, + weekly meditations. Miriam G. Smith, M.S.ED. (978) 683-6129.

Unity Church offers weekly Sunday service at 10am. Welcoming and affirming we offer meditation, song, and a spiritual boost. 21 Cedar St. Worcester, MA. The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies Fall Programs: 9/13 Intro-

12/29-1/3 — Bring in your new year with a residential spiritual retreat led by Louix Dor Dempriey at worldrenowned Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. See Upcoming listing or visit Sunday pacifist service. 10-11am at the Peace Abbey, 2 North Main St., Sherborn, MA. Call (508) 655-2143 or visit for more information.

study, practice, and share the transformative benefits of Yoga. Exeter, NH. Enrollment information: (603) 969-8968 or

PROVIDENCE ZEN CENTER. Free walk-in instruction, Wednesdays at 6:15pm. 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland, RI. (401) 658-1464.

SHAMANIC DRUMMING CIRCLE founded 1993. Usually second and fourth Fridays of every month. 7pm. Quaker Meetinghouse, Cambridge, MA. Open to all, instruction available on website: www.cambridgeshamaniccircle. org. Terrence (978) 952-2704 or Emily (781) 641-3980.

duction to Aromatherapy at Mount Wachusett Community College. 9/23 Soap Making in Arlington. 10/1 Introduction to Aromatherapy in Arlington. 10/29 Level II Aromatherapy in Summerset. Instructor Linda Patterson.

EFT Clinics: EFT will be taught and used to address specific topics each week. Monday evenings in Marlboro. Check and search for “Metrowest EFT” for dates, topics, time and location. (978) 930-1854.

Community As Healer Group with Linda Marks,

Boston School of Herbal Studies. Arlington, Lincoln, and Jamaica Plain, MA. Affordable, evening and weekend classes, Aromatherapy Intensive, Herbal Apprenticeship Programs and Advanced Training. Call (781) 646-6319 or see

MSM: This group meets monthly to do heart-centered, body-centered healing using EKP. Newton, MA. Sunday 1-4pm. Contact or (617) 965-7846.

New study group on Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose starts October 18th. Meets first and third Tuesdays. 7:30pm. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple Street, Arlington. $10/group. Call Carolyn (508) 481-2547.

YogaLife Institute of NH. 200- and 500-Hour Classical Yoga teacher training programs starting the first weekend of each month. Join our yoga community as we

FREE. Self-help study group on advanced energy healing, conducted by Dr. Kusmis, ULCS Clinic (603) 286-8191. Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday each month, 6-9pm. For directions and to reserve a seat, RSVP at

Theosopohical Society. 9/23: Open House, Dinner and Equinox Ceremony. 10/14: Evening of Grace with Selina Maitreya. 11/4: Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers Film. 11/9: Evening of Channeling with Barbara Prince. 12/2: Magic of Mandalas with Chris Flisher. 12/16: Solstice Celebration. 1/14: Day of Healing.

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Categories • Acupuncture and Asian Medicine . . 56 • Animal Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56-57 • Astrological Consulting . . . . . . . . . . . 57 • Ayurveda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 • Bookstores and Gift Shops . . . . . 57-58 • Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

• Children's Health and Services . 58-59 • Chiropractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 • Classes, Certifications & Schools . . 59-61 • Coaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 • Consciousness Transformation . 61-62 • Counseling and Therapy . . . . . . . 62-64

Acupuncture & Asian Medicine Acupuncture of Worcester Holistic Health since 1974

Dr. Yvonne Chen, Lic. Acupuncturist One of the first practicing acupuncturists in the United States, Dr. Yvonne Chen began her acupuncture practice in Washington, D.C. in 1973, moving to Worcester one year later. Trained in China as a medical doctor, Dr. Chen’s years of study and research included in-depth work with both traditional Chinese and Western medicine. Her approach to health incorporates keen knowledge on the nature of disease, use of

energy balancing, nut­ritional counseling and the promotion of spiritual well-being. Acupuncture is especially effective in the treatment of: • Pain: migraine headaches, stress relief, tendonitis, arthritis, lower back pain, neuralgia, whiplash, accident and trauma injuries and TMJ syndrome • Improving bodily functions: respiratory ailments, insomnia and impotency • Nervous system disorders: Bell’s Palsy, paralysis, multiple sclerosis and stroke recovery • Behavioral changes: weight control and smoking cessation. Located at 110 June Street, Worcester, MA 01602. For an appointment or for more information, please contact Dr. Yvonne Chen at 508-755-5557.

• Healing and Bodywork . . . . . . . . . 64-66 • Healing: Combined Modalities . . . . 66-68 • Herbs and Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 • Holistic Medical and Dental . . . . . . . . 68 • Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 • Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

• Retreats and Retreat Centers . . . 69-70 • Salons and Spas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70      • Spiritual Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 • Yoga, Tai Chi and Fitness . . . . . . . . . . 70

Animal Services Dr. Howard Goldberg has been in chiropractic practice for 28 years in Massachusetts. As a chiropractor and an avid animal lover, he has always found his own animals respond very well to Chiropractic care. We specialize in correcting subluxations in dogs and cats to help: R Enhance longevity and quality of life for older animals R Neck, back, leg and tail pain R Disc/joint problems, limping/muscle spasms R Injuries from slips, falls and accidents R Jaw, TMJ problems, difficulty chewing and nerve problems R Event or sports injuries, behavior, mood changes R Conditions not responding to traditional care

If you are concerned with your pet’s health and wellbeing, please give us a call for a free consultation. H oward Goldberg Doctor of Chiropractic Certified Animal Chiropractor 508-429-PETS(7387) R Holliston, MA Also available for lectures and demonstrations.

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of common health concerns:

Affordable Acupuncture in a Community Setting

Arthritis G Neck and Back Pain/Whiplash Sprains/Strains G Gynecological Problems Conditions Associated with Pregnancy Adult-Onset Diabetes G Respiratory Disorders Common Cold and Flu G Digestive Problems Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Problems Fibromyalgia/Fatigue

$15-$40 sliding scale, pay what you can afford $38 fee for the first visit


Tom Riordan , Licensed Acupuncturist

84 High Street, Suite 8, Medford, MA

Patricia Smith Burkhart, MAC, LIC. AC.

Gentle relief from: • stress and pain • medication side effects • chronic health problems

I look forward to alleviating your suffering. Whether your issue is chronic pain, allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, plantar fascitis, golfer’s elbow, infertility, uterine fibroids, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, a compromised immune system, or a host of other problems, I can help you. Call for a free “meet and greet” appointment. 259 Mass Ave., Arlington, MA Free parking in rear. 781.648.0911

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Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton Integrative and Conventional Veterinary Medicine Here at MASH we offer conventional veterinary medicine and alternative therapies in a balanced, whole health approach to your pet’s healthcare. Our goal is to support your pet’s vital energy for good health and self-healing. We use nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathy, and traditional diagnostics, along with a caring, compassionate staff to optimize your pet’s health. We are now also offering ozone therapy.

We recognize that your pet is an important member of your family. From well visits to chronic disease, we offer medicine that respects the integrity of your pet’s mind, body and spirit. In addition to the services offered by our doctors, we have practitioners ready to provide chiropractic, cranial sacral, Reiki, massage, physical therapy, or polarity therapy for your pet. These are offered in our unique Holistic Care Center for Companion Animals, attached to our hospital. We are now offering client education classes, please call for more details. Dr. Margo Roman, Veterinarian and Practice Owner – Classical Homeopathy, Acupuncture, NAET, Cancer Therapy, Nutrition, Herbal Remedies, General Medicine and Surgery 72 W. Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 (Exit 21A off of Route 495) 508-435-4077

Dragonfly Animal Intuitive Services

Jeanne Lareau Animal Communicator/Intuitive Connect with Lost Pets Understand an Animal’s Point of View

Joseph Crane

Practical Astrology

Connect with Sick Pets and Animals Who are Ready to Pass Over Connect with Animals Who Have Passed Over Energy Work 978-732-0040 T

Astrological Consulting Astrology for

Empowered Living

Alexis Smith, Astrologer For 13 years, I have been applying psychological astrology from an evolutionary and spiritual perspective. My approach reveals the conscious and unconscious perspectives and motivations which shape your life as you experience it, providing the necessary insight to understand the circumstances and events of your life as well as the way to address them.


Questions? Astrologer Eric Linter has answers. Changes in relationships, career, health, finances or spiritual practice are inevitable. Eric’s clarity will help you stay on the right path. His insights help you better understand and appreciate life’s challenges. His clients say Eric Linter is “profound and enlightening” and “one of the best astrologers on the East Coast.”



Esoteric Psychology Monique Pommier, M.A., Ph.DE

Astrology illuminates one’s psychological landscape and journey. It times life developments and reveals their designs for the soul. I offer astrological services and ongoing psychospiritual counseling with astrology, Jungian and esoteric psychology as a comprehensive ground of exploration and guidance

Together, we will focus on how to make your life work in a practical way that is in line with the trajectory of growth and evolution necessary in this lifetime. Whether your questions revolve around relationships, vocation, finance, personal and spiritual growth, life direction or current decisions and crises, we will focus on solutions that are personally correct for you to create a happy, meaningful life from the inside out. I offer consultations in Cambridge, MA or over the phone for individuals, couples, and families. For more information and upcoming workshops:



Eric, a professional astrologer for 25 years, works with individuals, couples and businesses. Specialties include career moves, personal creativity and karmic relationships. Consultations are available in person, by telephone, or on cassette. Eric also offers classes, lectures and appearances at parties and special events. For more information and to schedule a private session, contact Eric by email or call:

Joseph Crane has been a consulting astrologer since 1988. He is Co-Director of the Astrology Institute and author of numerous articles and three books: A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1998) and Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Tradition (2007) and forthcoming Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Visit our website for further information and our monthly newsletter. s 401-527-2035

Ayurveda Wellness Consultations with Vaidya (Ayurvedic expert) — Traditional Ayurvedic pulse assessment and recommendations for healthpromoting diet, daily routine, exercise and herbal supplements. Day Spa — A revitalizing escape! Select from a variety of soothing, stress-melting options.

679 George Hill Road, Lancaster, MA 01523 v 978-365-4549

Panchakarma — In-residence 3-7 day cleansing program for deep physiological balance and rejuvenation. Package prices include wellness consultation, 2-3 hours a day of luxurious Ayurvedic herbalized oil applications, private room, organic cuisine.

Bookstores and Gift Shops Witch Owned and Operated Ritual Supplies G Crystals G Gemstones Jewelry G Incense G Candles G Gifts Mediums and Spiritual Counselors on staff Various classes and workshops! X 508-541-4115 X

78 N. Washington St, N. Attleborough, MA Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri: 12-6; Thurs: 12-7 Sat: 10-4 G Sun. and Mon.: Closed

“I learned more from one session than I did from 5 years of analysis.” - J.G., Cambridge, MA

on current issues and lifelong questionings. By accessing the deeper order of your life, you gain transformative insights into the evolutionary meaning of particular challenges and new perspectives to direct your choices. My background includes an MS and PhD in Esoteric Psychology and Philosophy. Jungian psychology, Eastern and Western Traditions are key foundations in my approach. I have been in practice for 25 years. U Astrological Consultations U U Psychospiritual Counseling U 617-524-7072

Joseph uses astrological consultations to help people understand and work better with their lives. Natal astrology helps determines patterns and possibilities for you in this lifetime. Predictive astrology examines situations and their meaning within larger contexts and their probable outcomes. Horary astrology casts a chart for the time of asking an important question; Electional Astrology gives the best time for a new undertaking. Consultations are in Rhode Island or over the phone. All sessions are recorded.

508-643-3400 G 877-33-WITCH

Crystals G Books G Jewelry G Statuary Incense G Gifts and More! Psychic Readings G Reiki G IET Chair Massage G Classes Workshop and Events

Metaphysical Shop

122 West Emerson St., Melrose, MA G 781-665-8844

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The Silver Willow An Herbal, Metaphysical & New Age Gift Shop for all your herbal and ritual needs Home of the Celtic Cricket Psychic Reader... What’s in your Future? Readings available in person or over the phone

Large selection of bulk herbs The Silver Willow’s own herbal tea blends Handmade herbal products for you and your whole family, including your pets Crystal Balls n Tarot Cards n Pendulums Incense n Ritual Tools n Statues Challis’s n Reiki Treaments The largest selection of New Age books in the entire area!

Herbal Sleep Wraps F Soy Candles Hand Painted Gourds F Herbal Salves F Watercolor paintings F Greeting Cards F Carved Wood Utensils F Dried Herbs F Woven Rugs F Photography F Handmade Paper Creations F Unique Cooking Aprons F Aromatic Room Fresheners F


Intuitive Readings

Classes in Aromatherapy, Astrology, Tarot, Wicca, Herbs and more


Energetic Bodywork


Channeled Goddess Sessions

Tue-Sat 11:30-7, Sun 12-5 pm., Mon-Closed, 54 Fall River Ave. (Rt. 6), Rehoboth, MA n 508-336-8813


Spiritual Adventures


Empowered Marketing Program

Hattie’s Country Store: Studio and Shop



Everything in Hattie’s is either created in our studios or grown in the gardens. We utilize organic and recycled, 100% cotton, essential oils, herbs from the garden, and create artwork inspired by nature. We believe that the connection with nature is therapeutic and necessary. We celebrate the earth and the arts. 435 Newbury St., Suite 210, Danvers, MA 978-777-0677

Prosperity Classes


Workshops / Support Groups


Crystals, Books, CDs & DVDs

New Customers Receive a 10% Discount


Largest New Age Store in New England

Hot Power Yoga and Gentle Yoga Classes YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Come visit! 25A Mount Hygeia Road F Foster, RI

200 & 500 Hours u 14 Yoga Studio Locations 401.533.0983

Dorchester, Roslindale, North Cambridge, Easton, Westwood, Canton, Braintree, No. Attleboro, No.Scituate, Duxbury, Hingham, Weymouth, Hanover, E. Bridgewater



Private Readings Tarot, Psychic or Mediumship Telephone Readings or Walk-Ins Huge selection of health-related products, jewelry and metaphysical needs 395 Washington Street, Braintree, MA Store open daily, 9 am-10 pm, 7 days a week u 781-843-8224

new age gift shop

Books and music @ Aromatherapy and tools Incense and candles @ Cry­stals and jewelry

Bodywork and Readings

Massage Z Cranial-Sacral Z Reiki Z Polarity Full Spectrum Healing Z Angel Readings Spiritual Counseling Z Psychic Readings

Learning Center

Workshops @ Reiki Training @ Readings Yoga @ Gaidon Heart @ Bellydance Psychic Development

Classes and Workshops

Holistic Healing Center

Usui and Karuna Reiki @ Hypnotherapy Reflexology @ Massage @ Crystal Healing Inner Child Healing @ Body Talk™

Yoga Z Tai-Chi, NIA Z Journey Dance Qi Gong Z Crystal Bowl Workshops Psychic Development Classes Z Meditations Healer Training Programs

Hours: Mon–Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Gift Certificates available. 118 Washington St., Rte. 138, N. Easton, MA 508-230-3680

Our two gorgeous workshop rooms are available for rent by the hour and the day. Charming, light filled practitioner rooms are also available for rent. Reasonable rates!

Business Services TrueNorth

Business Consulting To help you understand how to make legal decisions Specializing with Health & Wellness Professionals Consultations by Phone or In Person ~ Workshops ~ Call today! ~ 781-729-0481

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Host your event here!

163 Main St., Suite 6, Medway, MA 02053 508 533-0669 Z

Children’s Health & Services Touchstone offers:

TrueNorth Business Consulting empowers you to take control of your legal decisions by providing unique legal coaching that focuses not just on the law, but also on insurance, marketing and project management. Introducing the Institute of Integrative Business Studies online business classes for health and wellness practitioners. Sign up today at:

Touchstone Community School offers a progressive, child-centered approach to education. For twenty-three years, we have nurtured and inspired children to be creative, independent partners in their learning.

Small, mixed-age classes Thematic studies that integrate subjects Dedicated, expert teachers A diverse community and highly positive culture Parent-teacher-child partnership in educational development To learn more about our holistic approach to education for children ages 4 to 14, visit or call Ana at 508-839-0038.

engaging creativity inspired approach to autism for children, teens & their families

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Sandy Blackman, M.A. Holistic Autism Specialist Instead of merely correcting the behavior on the outside, we strive to recognize the light within each individual and help to bring it to its fullest realization. We work with children, families and schools to most effectively and sustainably meet behavioral as well as social-emotional goals with a commitment to improving the overall mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of your child and, by extension, your family.


Individual therapeutic sessions Parent and sibling coaching Community-based mentoring School consultations/visits Drama therapy Social skills groups Intuitive parent consultations Energetic healing therapies

Sandy received her Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. She has trained in various energy healing modalities, possesses a strong performing arts background and has over ten years of experience. She offers a highly intuitive approach specific to each child, family, and situation. Serving the greater Boston area t 301-318-6936

Massage | Aesthetics Polarity | RYSE Ipswich • Plymouth • Westboro You deserve an education that honors who you are and who you are becoming. A great education is spiritually transforming: You overcome your limitations and realize your highest potential, at the same time you learn the foundation and skills to succeed. Excellent education is not by chance; it comes from years of listening to employers, graduates and students to find the best way to teach the most valuable information to make you successful. As a leader in energy medicine and

Chiropractors H o l istic H e a ling C e n ter Dr. Jennifer Lees Network Chiropractor Imagine feeling more ease in your body. Imagine more joy and serenity in your life. Sometimes our capacity to heal may be overwhelmed by the stress of life. Our body

ChangeYour Life

tends to lock up and mold to the stress. After a while we may find ourselves sick, tense, symptomatic or simply just wanting more out of life. I specialize in gentle techniques that unwind these tension patterns. It is my goal to help you move through life’s stresses with more grace and ease. Healing is possible... and it can be easy. Dr. Jennifer Lees 410 Boston Post Road #26, Sudbury, MA 978-443-3248

Classes, Certifications & Schools

Workshops with Ed Langan

energy based education since 1980, Nancy Risley recognizes that your education is a transformational healing process. As a successful therapist, author and teacher, her vision is to help you realize your dream of work that is creative and supports all aspects of who you are. Whether you work in a spa, clinic, or have your own business, you gain the required skills to create satisfaction as well as increased flexibility, control and income. The next step to fulfilling your future is to call for a no obligation, information interview with our Career Advisor. We look forward to meeting you and learning about your future. Programs take from 4 to 12 months, depending on your schedule: Full-time, mother’s hours or part-time evenings. Accredited. Licensed. Financial Aid available for qualified students. 800-262-8530 v

These leading-edge workshops are taught by Ed Langan, author of Creating with the Law of Attraction: 10 Principles that will Change Your Life. “Ed was very good at explaining the key points and keeping it simple. It was very positive and uplifting.” — D.A.

Learn how to use the Law of Attraction to create whatever you desire: Attract money Improve relationships F Achieve better self-esteem F F

Chaplaincy Institute of Maine

Ready to Change? For times, dates and descriptions of the workshops South of Boston visit: Ed is also available for coaching.

Interfaith Spiritual Growth and Ordination as an Interfaith Minister First Year: The Way of Contemplation Second Year: The Way of Action Campuses in Portland, ME and Amesbury, MA

Holistic Reflexology Training and Private Sessions Hillsdale, NY • Stockbridge, MA 413-854-2615 Laura Norman, M.S., LMT Board-Certified Reflexologist We are pleased to offer private Reflexology and Life Wellness Coaching sessions plus continuing education and Certification classes in the internationally recognized Laura Norman Method of Reflexology in the Berkshires during September and October. Laura’s unique, holistic approach, grounded in her 40+ years of study, research and professional experience, is world-renowned for transforming lives physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

World Religions T Art as Meditation Transform your life and everyone you touch!

Creation Spirituality T Interfaith Worship

Professional Certification Program

Spiritual Practice T Community Service

Become a Holistic Reflexologist… and love what you do! v Study Laura Norman Foot, Hand, Ear and Face Reflexology v Receive individualized instruction with guided, hands-on exchanges v Approved CE Provider for AMTA, NCBTMB, AOTA, ARCB v Earn $75 - $150 per hour v Improve your health and people you care about, naturally v Expand your Beauty and Wellness services and income v Gain valuable knowledge and skills

ChIME T P.O. Box 3833 T Portland ME 04104 T 207-347-6740


Intro to Foot-Hand-Ear Reflexology Hand Reflexology Certification Foot Reflexology Training Face Reflexology Certification

Oct 14-16 Oct 17-20 Oct 21-23 Oct 24-25

New England Institute of Reflexology & Universal Studies v Professional Reflexology Certification and Approved Continuing Education in Reflexology, Massage, and Reiki v Integrative techniques give students a strong foundation and create a balanced treatment style v Students qualify as professional therapists upon completion

v Courses meet state and national standards; CE’s approved from ARCB and NCBTMB. School is licensed by Commonwealth of MA, Dept. of Education Our goal is to act as a bridge between complimentary and conventional medicine through the training of qualified holistic practitioners. Join us! ~ Now teaching Reflexology at ~ All That Matters in Wakefield, RI Cortiva Massage School in Watertown, MA Intensive training at Upper Cape Technical High School in Bourne, MA, July 2011 v 508-317-3044 v v 413-854-2615 Classes, Certifications, & Schools continued

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• 200 and 500 Hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training • Meditation Training • Yoga classes offered daily

Join our yoga community as we study, practice and share the transformative benefits of Yoga. All levels of ability and experience are welcome to an environment that is safe and open to diversity in body, mind and spirit. Therapeutic, scientific and heartcentered in our approach, we unite in our desire to understand and live Yoga’s five branches.

• Monthly Workshops

Julie Rost, Director 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH

• Weekend Intensives v 603-479-3865

• Yoga Therapy Training (beginning in January)

The Way to Balance,® LLC Center for Advanced Healing and Training Aaron & Sue Singleton, Founders

The Energy of Life® (EOL) Process Educational Programs complement all medical and holistic modalities, and empower practitioners and laypersons. EOL I.D.E.A.L. Process for Creating a

Life You Love! Workshop Series A totally unique intuitive and healing process that transforms lives, whether you are a healer, doctor, executive, or full-time parent. Use the EOL process alone, or to enhance Reiki, Pranic Healing, etc. The EOL Process for Discernment and Intuitive Accuracy within this series is prerequisite for Medical Intuitive training with Sue Singleton. EOL Visionary Acupressure System

on linear meridian techniques. Learn unique protocols for deeper, more rapid release of the Root Cause. Our easy to learn 60-point numbered system includes detailed diagrams: no prior acupressure experience or knowledge required. EOL Rings of Oden™ New Technology for Quantum Healing Revolutionary “Net-Neutral Ionic Energy” technology embedded into The Rings of Oden accelerates light resonance and provides modulating energy frequencies for healing. Users report rapid resolution of chronic pain, injuries, glaucoma, chronic emotional patterns and illnesses. The Rings combine Sacred Geometry, Crop Circles, and DNA Holographic Re-Patterning to create specific vortices and frequencies for various conditions. Powerful for self-healing, as well as helping others.


Workshop Series This fusion of ancient and modern techniques makes a quantum leap to address trauma and illness, without relying solely

Other Workshops Radical Hands-On Healing Light Therapy: Healing at the Speed of Light Sound Therapy: Healing with Resonance Introduction to Medical Intuition, etc. 21 Water St. Amesbury, MA 01913 978-834-0341

The Constellation Approach is based on the work of Bert Hellinger and the Family Constellation Method. Saturday Seminars are open to all who wish to experience and learn about the Family Soul. Participants may have an opportunity to ‘set up’ their family constellation, to ‘stand in’ as representatives for family members in other’s constellation and to observe the constellations. 2011 Saturday Seminars

9:30 am-6 pm $140

October 8 ~ December 3

The Immersion Learning Program is held from October 2011 through May 2012.

May 18-20 Effects of War, Immigration & Religion Certificate received upon completion. Private constellation sessions also available. Jamy Faust, MA and Peter Faust, Mac 617-484-4325

Intensive Apprenticeship begins April ‘12 Herbs to nourish and heal each organ system Instruction on how to make herbal tinctures, teas, salves, oils, flower essences, herbal baths, etc. F Plant identification with medicinal plant walks F Plant Journeying F F

12 Pelham Terrrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319

Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies

This is an amazing personal growth program! Many of our students take the program just to get the personal transformation. And we also will provide you with the best, cutting-edge healing technology there is. Our program offers:

Appropriate for anyone who has a serious interest in embarking upon a personal journey of transformation in relation to the fundamental aspects of their family lineage. Each weekend is a complete immersion into your Family Soul, which creates space for positive change and healing to occur. This program is also the foundation for anyone who wishes to incorporate the Constellation Approach into their profession. Oct 7-9 Family of Origin Nov 12 -13 Father and his Lineage Dec 2-4 Mother and her Lineage Jan 20-22 Sibling Relationships Mar 2-4 Effects of Illness, Disease, Death Apr 13-15 Couple Relationships

Instructor Linda Patterson offers over 20 years of experience in the science, art and principles of herbalism and aromatherapy.

Advanced energy anatomy Full Spectrum healing techniques F Understanding yourself and your clients through the Profiles F A deep bond with your classmates and the healer community of the school

Advanced Herbal Training begins Jan. 28 focusing on consultation skills: facial, pulse, tongue and nail diagnosis. We also offer affordable evening and weekend workshops and Aromatherapy Certification.

Ongoing certification courses offered throughout the northeast including: ✴ 7-Month Herbal Certification ✴ 4-Month European-Based Aromatherapy Introduction ✴ 4-Month Advanced Aromatherapy Course ✴ 3-Month Conscious Nutrition Course ✴ Palmistry a tool of diagnoses 978-297-4502


New England’s premier 3-year

Energy Medicine Practitioner

Certificate Program

The Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine is New England’s premier three year Energy Medicine Practitioner Certificate Program designed to take your journey as a healer to the next level. This is the next level for anyone who has stepped on a healing path, medical career, or a path of personal growth and inner transformation.

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Harmony Center’s unique sacred space – surrounded by nature – fosters physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Program Offerings: herbal studies, psycho-spiritual explorations, holistic health classes, ongoing meditation and yoga.

Classes start in October and run through June, meeting six weekends over the year. Payments plans available. For more information: F 508-740-3038

Herb Studio of Harmony Farm Medfield, MA ◆ 508-359-8056

Nature Nurtures, Education Empowers

The (W)hole Point Institute The heart of The Wisdom WAY™ is the point at which our psychology intersects with our spirituality. This point is the space in which we awaken — for real. Alaya Chadwick has drawn on her 28+ years of experience to develop The Wisdom WAY™, a personal, practical, self-sustainable map and method for personal and spiritual growth. Found in The Wisdom WAY™ are the tools you can use to Walk Awake saying Yes to life. Oftentimes we feel like we are simply sleepwalking through life. We find ourselves responding to people and experiences as if we are on “auto pilot.” We can feel like we have little energy or joy in our lives. We may wonder, “How do we wake up?” The Wisdom WAY™ is the skeleton found inside most healing modalities, including conventional therapy and alternative practices. What makes this WAY different is that you are the expert. By following the map using your own life experiences, you unravel the mysteries of yourself and reveal the wonder you truly are on all levels — emotional, physical, and spiritual.

The (W)hole Point Institute offers a wide range of self-development experiences, healing opportunities, and empowerment trainings for individuals and couples or partners. These workshops are both experiential and educational and are offered in group and/or one-on-one settings. Additionally, there are intensive apprenticeship programs which offer personal in-depth study. 2-Day Intensive (W)hole Workshops Learn practical tools to reveal your own unique pathway to (W)holeness. 2-Day PAIRing™ Workshops (People Activating Intimate Relating™) Open to couples and singles, this workshop is for those who wish to bring their relationships to a deeper level of self-appreciation and intimate union. One-on-One (W)hole Life Coaching Relationship Intensives for Couples Awakening Divinity Apprenticeship Reiki Level I and II classes Learn this ancient healing art to support yourself and those around you. …and much, much more! NASW-approved CEU’s available “Alaya Chadwick is able to put ‘hands and feet’on extremely complex concepts in a way which connects them to the living reality of everyday life.” — Martha Harrell, MSN, Ph.D. Elizabeth “Alaya” Chadwick M.Div., MSW., L.I.C.S.W., Reiki Master,

Author of: Wake up to your (W)hole Life Raymond, NH r 603-895-4530


If thoughts create our reality ­— and I truly believe that — then hunting for the good ones is a great start to create your best life yet!

Susan Gesten MSW, Coach

Specializing in Attention Deficit Disorder Ever feel somewhat different, weighed down or scattered? Tired of not achieving all you of which you are capable?

Life and Equine Inspired Workshops


6 -Week Personal Coaching Program

Personal Play Date at Birchwood Farm For more information visit: 413.203.3068

One in 20 adults have ADD. Most don’t know it. Whether you have ADD or simply share common qualities, coaching can help you find the most effective strategies to move forward. ADD does not need to define or limit you. Together we can explore ADD’s impact on you, and harness the creative, lively qualities you possess. Coaching services available by phone for adults, spouses and parents ◆ 518-461-6513

Heart Centered Coaching

o Access your heart’s wisdom and guidance

Manage depression and anxiety Lose weight o Improve test performance o Manage high blood pressure o Overcome subconscious scripts o o

Live the life you wish to live

Nickola Turner o 617-680-1134

Licensed Heartmath™ Provider

Advanced Mind Guide

ACHIEVE control over your life and your health. LEARN to manage your emotions, pain and stress. ELIMINATE negative relationships and habits, fears and addictions. G G G

Advancing your Physical, Emotional, and Financial Wellbeing Stella Posternak, MS

Free initial consultation

1693 Beacon St, Brookline, MA G 617-959-4411

Benefits of the Sedona Method®

Cheryl Wright

Life Coach Use day to day, moment by moment, in real life situations Face whatever happens with a new feeling of inner strength, ease and confidence. Coaching Using the Sedona Method® What is the Sedona Method®? A simple, powerful, easy-to-use technique that shows you how to tap into your natural ability to let go of any uncomfortable or unwanted feeling in the moment.

Techniques Life Coaching Neuro Linguistic Programming Business Coaching

Eliminate your stress, fears and tensions Improve your relationships G Be radiantly healthy G Have financial security G Drop addictions and bad habits G Gain emotional wellness and intelligence G Have lasting inner peace, joy and happiness G G

Coaching available by phone or in person Introduction and Support Groups monthly Offices in Watertown, MA & Providence, RI 617-448-8749 G

Consciousness Transformation Transformational Healer


Spiritual Teacher Kristin Kirk After experiencing a dramatic shift in consciousness, Kristin began healing within the multidimensional soul and universe. She works in unison with a team of spirit guides to transform the soul by releasing layers of density, old trauma, and conditioning, that have hindered a brighter and clearer expression of the Radiant Self.

This may occur as soul clearing, past life and current life healing, emotional and mental release, balancing of subtle energetic anatomy, integration of multidimensional consciousness, embodiment support, and channeled guidance. With 20 years in practice, Kristin offers healing sessions, both long distance, and locally, for individuals, couples, groups, pets, loved ones, and those who have passed on. She also offers ‘Journey Into Awakening’, a transformational and educational series to support and facilitate the awakening process.



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Energetics Dr. Richard Bartlett, DC, ND, teaches Matrix Energetics,© a consciousness technology for insight and spiritual growth — and living a life unbound by the limits we have been trained to believe in. Join Dr. Bartlett in a freewheeling, playful

Andrea Seiver, Ph.D. Channeled Readings Classes Have you spoken with an ascended master recently? Vywamus, channeled by Andrea Seiver, is a master and teacher who is working to help all humans make the shift into the higher levels of consciousness. Readings with Vywamus cover your life work, relationships, past lives, and other

and possibility-expanding journey that will shatter preconceptions about the seemingly “solid” universe we live in — and how unlimited our potential to change it truly is. If you are ready to embrace a reality where anything goes, miracles happen and nothing is beyond your reach, then you are ready for Matrix Energetics.© For more information and pre-registration seminar discounts, please visit our website.

issues with his characteristic warmth, humor, and practical advice. Channeled Classes and Spiritual Tutoring help you personally evolve and begin to live in a state of higher consciousness. Evenings with Vywamus: Vywamus shares his energy and discusses your questions on topics of general interest. Donation $10. Other Classes: Learn to Channel • Advanced Channeling For information, contact Andrea at 617-332-1541 • Available Now! The Next Big Bang: The Explosion of Human Consciousness A Vywamus Book Read more at

Counseling and Therapy A Balanced Way Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D., psychologist, has 35+ years of experience in alternative and traditional therapies. The calm and supportive environment created empowers you to make the changes

you seek in yourself, your relationships, and your family life, establishing balance and hope, often in just a few sessions. You can take control of your life.

HEALING traumatic loss & grief

Eugene L. Pogany, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist “There is no greater pain in life than losing a child, a battlefield buddy, or a spouse of many years and feeling disconnected, forever…Now, we [have the means to dramatically] heal this deep pain…resulting from the loss.” — Dr. Allan L. Botkin

Help Me Help You

Violet C. Morin As children we all felt, at times, a powerful sense of wonder and magic. How easily that magic is lost in growing up. To successfully grow through sudden losses and distractions in our lives, to regain delight in living, we need to understand this: Either we are accepting what is or we are resisting what is. Paradoxically, mastering acceptance is the key to change!

Healing from the Body Level UpSM A new mind / body / spirit healing methodology for the 21st century

Holistic Counseling Concepts Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed. Doctor of C.O.R.E. Education “What im­pres­sed me about Dr. Trish was her natural ability to see through the chaos of life’s web and identify the root cause of problems.” — Bob Olson, Editor, Offering a variety of techniques, including: ASAT™ C.O.R.E. Counseling, Meditation, Energy Work, Crystals, and Aromatherapy

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Eliminate the root of physical, social, and financial problems: Unresolved issues stored in our physical and energy bodies can manifest as pain, illness, or mediocrity.

Announcing hbluSM A breakthrough new therapy that can change your life, even when other therapies have failed!

Private Appointments, Phone Sessions & Workshops

• Do you have fears, anxieties or phobias that get in your way? • Are your relationships frustrating, painful, or unsatisfying? • Are you feeling unfulfilled with your career, current income, or just life in general? • Do you constantly struggle to achieve and maintain your ideal weight? • Are you being weighed down by chronic health problems? • Do you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again?

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When you’ve done your best to solve these problems, but find that they are not

Discover, address, and release issues block­­ing health and wealth. View obstacles, relationships, and illness as opportunities for growth and change. Experience resonance-changing techniques that get to the root of problems. Open to an array of extraordinary futures.

With a modified version of EMDR, I help clients, following a particularly painful loss, experience a profoundly peaceful and enduring reduction of grief, often accompanied by a felt reconnection with their deceased loved one. Please see my recent article: “Until We Meet Again…” featured in, April/May ’11.

As a psychologist and psychotherapist for 30 years, and one who carries my own family legacy of loss from the Holocaust, I

Increase effectiveness, health, and joy Simplify your life v Build confidence Strengthen relationships v Adapt to loss Master fears v Improve communication Learn relaxation techniques Reduce anxiety and panic stow, MA ~ 978-897-9797 Putnam, CT ~ 860-928-6619

have continually sought ways to alleviate grief that can linger for a lifetime. Out of this search, I have learned that there can be no greater incentive to live life more fully than to realize in a profoundly direct and natural way that beyond our sadness, our departed loved ones are alright and that most of all they want us to continue living. Newton, MA V 617-969-1104

Help me help you to master your resistance, and in transforming it to creative acceptance, find the wonder and magic of recovery…we can SMILE again! Individual/group/family/couple counseling Trauma/Survivor Therapy ✴ Addictions ✴ Thinking Errors/CBT Work ✴ Inner Child Growth Therapy ✴ Sexual/Gender Identity ✴ Womens’ Issues ✴ ✴

All health insurances accepted Violet C. Morin, M.Ed, LMHC, LMFT Licensed Therapist in RI and MA Harvard graduate with 30+ years experience Wellcare Inc., Johnston, RI 401-272-8773 ✴

under your voluntary control, you are experiencing unconscious self-sabotage. Healing from the Body Level UpSM (hbluSM) is a unique and effective way to get unstuck and eliminate struggle by clearing mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual blocks to success, so that you can finally achieve your goals! The originator of this holistic psychotherapy system, Dr. Judith Swack, has demonstrated her amazing phobia cures live on WCVB Channel 5 News, on TBS Superstation’s Worst Case Scenario, and on New England Cable News. She is a respected healer, teacher of healers, author, and keynote presenter at major psychology conferences. Dr. Judith Swack and her associates Nicole LaFrance, MA, and David Danzig, LICSW, are now available for private sessions in person, or by phone. “This work gave me back my life.” – Susan S., Writer, Boston, MA “I’ve made more progress in the most important areas of my life in just a few sessions than I did in 5 years of traditional therapy. This woman is amazing! I’ve already referred – Jane U., Teacher 10 clients to her.” For a free information package and to book appointments, call 1-800-310-6549 or 781-444-6940, or visit

Center of the Heart Whole Health Integration

Joan Holzman, Psy. D. Lic. Psychologist, Lic. Marriage and Family Therapist Dance/Movement Therapist From the time we are very young we take life’s experiences to heart. Over time we may forget our core, hurts and feelings, but they remain with us. Our heartfelt experiences help shape our sense of self and our interactions with others.

Helping People Live Better Lives Glenn Bigonet, M.A. Mental Health Counselor Clinical Hypnotherapist Weekly Group and Various Workshops Offered Conveniently located near the commuter rail in Needham. Just a short drive from Rte. 128/I-95

I offer a variety of modalities such as: EMDR, Sandtray Therapy, Relaxation Techniques, Therapeutic Movement & Psychotherapy to help heal our core issues and attain a more integrated sense of health and well being. I look forward to meeting you. Client Comments: s Sandtray – “Sand tray therapy helped me see my life more clearly.” s EMDR – “I had insights I never had before.” s Therapeutic Movement – “It was great to feel the freedom in my body after working with you.” 42 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-6138

Glenn utilizes heart-centered therapeutic techniques, and at times powerfully combines hypnosis and psychotherapy. This method is safe, effective and faster than using only talk therapy. The results will amaze you! You’ll notice a huge change in your life as he works with you to make your goals a reality. Don’t wait! Call now to set up your FREE initial consultation. It’s time to create the change you desire. 617-462-6642

Stop Smoking In One Session

Lose Weight Naturally Dr. George W. Mephis, Ph.D., BCH, is a world-renowned Russian healer and spiritual teacher, with 25 years of experience in helping people stop smoking, lose weight and achieve freedom from addiction slavery. He has been called The Miraclemaker for his phenomenal ability to cure incurable diseases. He is the founder of the HypnoEnergetic Movement. This powerful technique stimulates the brain to produce more pleasure hormones, naturally creating a positive state of consciousness and at the same time erasing the negative memories related to addictive behavior.

CrossroadS CounselinG Christopher Gruener MA, LMHC

Body-Centered Psychotherapy Listen to your body…follow your heart. The heart is the first organ to form in the body, and is the organizing factor for physical formation, including brain formation. Trauma, deprivation or neglect creates heart wounds, which keep us from accessing our deepest selves. Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) facilitates an emotional, energetic rewiring, helping us activate and express the power of the heart. Emotional safety,

Massachusetts Society of

Bioenergetic Analysis “Bioenergetics is the vibrant way to health and the way to vibrant health.“ ~ Alexander Lowen, MD, Founder Integrated mind-body therapy, combining talk therapy with guided body movements and expressive exercises. The

words, touch, meditation, movement, presence and silence facilitate verbal and non-verbal expression. Meaningful work, fulfilling relationships, self-esteem, purpose and passion, love, intimacy and sexuality follow. Straight, GLBT and poly-friendly. Coaching for soul-centered living. Body psychotherapy groups Sunday nights in Newton. Apprenticeship training. Books: Living with Vision, and Healing the War Between the Genders Blog: Mediation for couples and families. Coaching for soul-centered living. Body psychotherapy groups. Apprenticeship training. Newton, MA 617-965-7846

work focuses on increasing aliveness and self-respect through body-oriented psychotherapy. It helps people resolve emotional problems and release chronic tensions to become more relaxed, and ultimately to maximize their potential for intimacy and joy in life. Visit our website or call for more information and to be added to our mailing list. Training Group, Ongoing Workshops, Exercise Classes, Individual Therapy 617-876-3652

Everyone knows the experience of being at life’s crossroads — personally, professionally, spiritually. We often wonder, “How do I move forward?” and “What kind of support would really help?” As a Master’s degreed clinician, a professional member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association and a Blue Cross provider, I have served the mental health and relationship needs of Boston area residents through my Newton-based private practice for the past 20 years. I offer individual, couples, and family counseling as fifty minute meetings and free-form breathwork in a two hour session format. I work on a sliding scale basis, and no one is denied services for lack of funding. My approach to counseling integrates traditional Western insight oriented psychotherapy, elements of Buddhist thought, a progressive political perspective and techniques developed through the Transpersonal Psychology Movement. And as a long time student of “A Course In Miracles,” my work reflects deep appreciation for the transformative power of heartfelt forgiveness and the creative wisdom of our Higher Self. Whatever the magnitude or urgency of your concerns, my approach is essentially the same. I offer an oasis for self exploration—a place to attend to your own Inner Voice—and an environment of reflection and encouragement as you move through and beyond your personal crossroads.

Mr. Mephis helps people quit smoking in one session, lose weight and control their appetite, eliminate pain, stress, anxiety, depression and various other physical disorders including cancer in a unique and miraculous way. u

Stop Smoking in One Session


Lose Weight


Eliminate Pain


Stress, Anxiety, Depression


Substance Abuse


Addictive Behavior


Self Destructive Behavior


Cancer Patients Support


Enhance Spot Performance

George W. Mephis | Market Street Health 214 Market Street u Brighton, MA02135 617-507-1991


Free Form Breathwork Free Form Breathwork uses the power of guided breathing practices to foster profound self-generated healing in all aspects of one’s life—practical, emotional and spiritual. Evocative music, sustained focused breathing and facilitative body work are integral elements of this process. This type of work with one’s breath often involves intense emotional release as well as the recollection and resolution of very early difficult memories. Support for Political/Ecological Activists I offer emotional support and practical training for individuals who want to take personal responsibility and collective action toward healing our wounded planet. This includes training in meditative practices, relationship process work, and strategic planning. Consultation will be available to all clients who choose to pursue organizing field work and community activism between sessions. Private Practice Development Training Are you a licensed clinician ready to make the transition to private practice but feeling overwhelmed by the challenge? Hold fast to that dream! I can help you fine tune your counseling skills, find your unique niche, access insurance, and market your practice. To explore the possibility of our working together, a pre-session “Get Acquainted Meeting”— for which there is no fee — is requested. Please call or email me to schedule this session. Newton Centre, MA F 617-965-6552

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Body/Mind Psychotherapy Judith Prebluda, L.M.H.C. Body/Mind Psychotherapy is a therapy modality, which synthesizes the best of Eastern Philosophy, Spiritual Orientation and Modern Western Psychology and Research. Visit my website for detailed descriptions of methods, philosophy, and approaches.

Mindfulness and Spiritual Development Classes These short-term psycho-educational classes focus on spiritual tools to support and enhance your mental/emotional balance, sobriety, healing and wellness. For class schedules and descriptions, please visit my website. 1236 Broadway, Teele Square, Somerville (Arlington line) Insurance accepted. For consultation, please call: 781-643-2313 or email:

Barbara Madden Johnson M.A., C.A.G.S., L.R.C., L.P.C. Do you have a belief that, inside of you, you have the potential that yearns to be released? For most, a fleeting glimpse is all they’ll ever have. For others, there is a way. Just imagine…releasing your true potential. Work­ing together, one-on-one, you can over-

come problems that have kept you from achieving your goals and desires. Unlock your potential! Restore inner bal­ance! Come alive! Barbara Madden Johnson, M.A., C.A.G.S., L.R.C., L.P.C., a certified master practitioner and licensed trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming, has over 25 years experience helping individuals with: u Career and identity is­sues u Immune and autoimmune illnesses u Chronic fatigue syndrome u Depression u Learning disabilities and ADD u Relationships u NLP Certification Training Program u Bel­mont, MA. Some insurance accepted. For an appointment, call 617-484-1716.

Life Coaching

Compassionate Psychotherapy & EMDR Barbara Gangemi, LMHC We are each endowed with an enormous capacity for self-healing, and often what’s needed is a wise and experienced guide to show us the way through darkness. Barbara’s style of compassionate psychotherapy, combined with a number of highly effective stress reduction techniques as well as the rapid and profound healing effects of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can lead to new levels of physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well being. Maybe you are having trouble maintaining relationships or employment in the present. Perhaps you remember childhood

Stephen-Wolf Foster, Psy.D.  “The only time is now. The only way is before us.”

- -Shiva K’Ryl Aristos

Authentic Conversation: An Existential approach to psychotherapy, coaching and clinical supervision. In these difficult and dangerous times, many of us are realizing that something isn’t right in our personal or professional lives. We might feel particularly alone, discouraged or lost. We might feel disconnected from ourselves, or paralyzed by trauma, depression, anxiety, or some repetitive selfsabotaging habit that keeps us captive. Our concerns might be about our work, our relationships, our own body. We might not even know exactly what it is, just that our life doesn’t seem right.

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mistreatment, medical procedures that were frightening and painful, accidents, illnesses, even natural disasters. Many people today experience a pervasive feeling of “being stressed.” Whatever the source of your distress, this combination of therapies can bring deep and lasting healing to your body, mind, and spirit. As a licensed mental health counselor and a fully certified EMDR practitioner, Barbara has been practicing psychotherapy for more than eighteen years and EMDR for thirteen years. She considers the opportunity to assist clients to be a sacred trust, and she moves toward the path to healing with the knowledge that, in a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, we can heal what has been too daunting to face alone. Some insurances accepted. Call for further information or to schedule an appointment. West Roxbury • 617-553-0714

My name is Dr. Stephen Wolf Foster. Since 1985 I have been helping individuals, couples and other therapists to navigate through difficult times. With an attitude of “no shame; no blame”, we may engage in “Authentic Conversation” wherein you distinguish your true voice, your true vision and your very real possibility of Transcendence. This freedom allows us to reclaim our authentic sense of vitality, purpose and personal power. As we gain liberating insight, aided by practical skills, we are best able to move beyond the problems and toward the life we would choose for ourselves. With offices in Cambridge and Amesbury, I serve clients from the North Shore to the metropolitan Boston area. For information on how I conduct my work, or to make an appointment, call or visit the website. Whether you engage my counseling services or those of someone else whom you feel might fit you better, remember this: There is no later. Your only time and place of personal power is here and now. v 617-413-3712

Improve motivation, accomplish tasks & more

Holistic Psychotherapy & Life Coaching Lori Miller-Freitas, LICSW

Holistic Psychotherapy/Clinical Consultation

Using extensive professional experience to resolve issues related to: Trauma, Grief, PTSD, Anxiety and Phobias, ADD.

Get to the core — Transform your life! You are on this earth to be happy and realize your true potential.

Certifications: LICSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. Visa/MC acccepted.

EMDR R TAT R Hypnosis R Reiki I use a combination of traditional, body centered and energy therapies to increase the speed and deepen the level of holistic healing.

294 Pleasant St. R Ste. 103B R Stoughton, MA 781-297-2003

Healing and Bodywork

Daniel Sharp

Licensed Massage Therapist Reiki Master/Teacher Certified Infant Massage Teacher Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor 126 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 781-412- 4325


16 Center St, Suite 514, Northampton, MA

Combining his experience, training and passion, Daniel skillfully crafts individual and group healing sessions to empower, open, and encourage the deepest healing possible. If you’re looking for creative, compassionate, gentle care for you and your loved ones, Sacred Circle Healing has the right healing sessions for you! Find peace of mind, growth and true healing from the heart in any of Sacred Circle Healing’s services. Reiki Healing Sessions and Certification Classes F Therapeutic Relaxation Massage F Crystal Healing Sessions F Infant Massage Instruction F

I’ve offered flower essence therapy internationally for over 16 years. I offer sessions by phone and in my Northampton office. I work with clients on a broad range of issues and develop a flower essence formula specifically for each session. Call me if you want compassionate and powerful support for healing into a more gracious and empowered life. 413-667-8820 j


Nadsa de Monteiro Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master & Teacher Offering small Reiki classes with personal attention, mentoring and guidance; Reiki shares to provide the opportunity to come together, practice, learn and grow in a sacred, serene and safe space.

The John Harvey Gray Center for

Reiki Healing

Lourdes Gray, Ph.D. Awaken your healing skills immediately and be a powerful channel for Reiki energy! The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing was established by John Harvey Gray and Dr. Lourdes Gray in 1996 to empower and develop a student’s capacity for healing. The Center offers the most thorough Reiki healing training available, ‘with no cut corners’, as it was taught by Mrs. Hawayo Takata. John Harvey Gray received his entire Reiki training from Hawayo Takata. He was one of the original 22 Reiki Master Teachers trained by her. He was also the longest-practicing Reiki Master Teacher in the Western Hemisphere until his passing into spirit on January 12, 2011.

Healing sessions with Nadsa focus on the individual needs of each person to heal on every level. Using the healing power of crystals, the guiding insight from aura readings and Akashic records, Nadsa’s Reiki sessions are uniquely her own in her approach to healing mind, body and spirit. ©                                   

Nakri Healing Center ✴ Dorchester, MA ✴ 617-285-1056

Lourdes was initiated by John Harvey Gray as a Reiki Master Teacher in 1996 after intensive one-on-one training by John Harvey Gray. As a Reiki Master Teacher, Lourdes has taught over 700 Reiki workshops and trained more than 8,000 Reiki students to date and serves as the director of the John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing. Each workshop consists of two full days of learning and hands-on practice. You will immediately be able to effectively channel Reiki healing energy for yourself, others and pets. In Reiki First Degree you will: ✴ Quickly and easily develop your natural,

intuitive powers. Within minutes, be able to scan and feel a person’s aura and chakras for analysis. ✴ Effectively treat any condition with Reiki energy— physical, emotional or spiritual, chronic or acute. ✴ Immediately be an effective Reiki healer, confidently bringing comfort and calm to family, friends, clients and pets ✴ Receive a training manual & certificate. The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing P.O. Box 696, Rindge, NH 03461 Visa/MC Accepted

Libby Barnett, MSW, RMT Awaken Your Healing Touch Libby is a gifted, knowledgeable Reiki Master with 32 years experience. Libby learned Reiki from John Harvey Gray in 1979, and is the longest practicing Reiki Master Teacher on the East Coast. Her book, Reiki Energy Medicine, Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital, and Hospice has sold over 70,000 copies in five languages. Use Reiki to create more joy, ease, and happiness. Let Libby’s warm, heart-centered approach help you take your next step toward self-love and inner peace. Reiki brings balance and harmony, supporting you doing the work you were born to do. Reiki facilitates transitions, promotes creativity and wisdom, and accelerates spiritual growth, helping you manifest your magnificence. Libby has been teaching Reiki at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for 14 years. She has taught medical and nursing students at Harvard, Brown, Tufts, and Yale, as well as staff at Mass General, Brigham and Women’s, Beth Israel, Mt. Auburn, Emerson, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Southern New Hampshire, New York Columbia Presbyterian hospitals, and social workers at the University of Maryland. Libby was featured in a Reiki segment for the PBS nationally televised series, Body and Soul. “Libby has a beautiful way of teaching and creates a perfect atmosphere for healing and learning.”

See Full Class Schedule: ✴ 603-899-3288

Experience colon hydrotherapy in a safe, relaxed environment using state-of-the-art FDA registered equipment. Stephanie Dumas Lexington Medical Building 16 Clarke Street, Lexington, MA

Divine Intervention Spontaneous Remission Advanced Energetic Hands on Healing from the Mayan Lineage. Miraculous Healing for all issues that require attention.

Put Yourself in the Hands of a Gifted Healer 781-860-5116

Divine Intervention is “Where the Impossible Becomes Possible.” Rev. Claire Luft is a Master Healer and Master Teacher of Divine Intervention Healing. This healing technique is sacred, powerful, and produces Physical Plane Results. Heart’s Singing Healing Center Woburn, MA 781-281-2888 u

Reiki I, Boston Area Classes: Newton, MA: Sept 17 or Nov. 19 Concord, MA: Oct 22 Reiki I, Wilton, NH Classes: Sept. 10, Oct 29, or Dec. 3 Reiki II Class on day folowing Reiki I Class Reiki Master, Wilton, NH Class: Oct 1 or Dec 10 New Class: Advanced Reiki Techniques: Concord, MA: Nov. 12 Prerequisite: Reiki II with any Reiki Master All credit cards accepted. Social Work, Nursing and Massage contact hours/CEU’s available. Reiki Master Teacher Training info available on request. To register or for more information: • 603-654-2787

With 20 years of experience and many techniques, Rezakkah Norins, LMT intuitively creates a customized treatment that combines the pleasure and relaxation of massage with pain relief.

I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Owner

Cleansing for the body, the mind, the spirit

One of Libby’s passions is teaching hospice staff and volunteers. Fueled by Reiki energy, their healing touch is enhanced, creating greater effectiveness in calming agitation, soothing pain and providing comfort. In class, a powerful slide presentation captures the essence of Reiki and highlights the latest research. Reiki stories from Libby’s extensive experience will uplift and inspire you, showing how anyone can learn Reiki. You receive attunements and practice giving and receiving Reiki. You leave class with an illustrated notebook, certificate, and Reiki pin, fully trained and certified to do Reiki on yourself, family, friends, and animals. “Hands on, Reiki’s on.” "My commitment to teach the Usui System of Reiki Healing in the authentic, traditional manner inspired me to visit Japan to retrace the roots of Reiki. I am dedicated to teaching this sacred healing art to promote health and conscious living on the planet. I invite you to give yourself the gift of Reiki. It is an easy, effective self-care tool to love, heal, and empower yourself. I look forward to meeting you and sharing Reiki.”

Specialties ◆

Head, neck and shoulders (including TMJ)

Massage for cancer patients and survivors

Energy healing

Balancing the pelvis and relieving low back pain S

$59 Introductory Session S

“I help my clients improve their body awareness, develop good body habits, and learn to relieve problem areas with self-care techniques that fit easily into their lives. I teach people how to listen and respond to the wisdom of their bodies so that they feel comfortable and balanced. Clients describe my work as unique, nurturing and effective.” Rezakkah’s Movement for Self-Massage Class Get down, roll around and have yourself a ball. It’s fun; it’s easy; it feels good; and it works! 10 week series starting Sept. 29, $100. Go online to learn more and register. Watertown, MA 617-254-4088 ◆

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22-Strand DNA Activation

Bring your Divine Blueprint into Physical Plane Manifestation and experience greater empowerment, improved health (mental, emotional physical and spiritual), increased utilization of your brains potential, greater creativity, and increased energy and clarity.

Also, bring forth your greatest talents and abilities, clear many karmic and genetic patterns, hold greater amounts of light in your physical body, and much more. Great for those who feel ready to shift out of those “stuck” areas into tremendous empowerment, improved health on all levels, and living your higher destiny agreements and highest potentials.

Healing: Combined Modalities Elaine Read-Cole


Readings Private & Group Sessions Workshops

Wellness Center

Amy Kreydin, NBCRT, BD Board Certified Reflexologist

women’s lifecycle health. G Menstruation G Fertility G Pregnancy G Postpartum G Menopause G Weight Management G Autoimmune

The Barefoot Dragonfly A Reflexology Wellness Center

In-Vision Intuitive Councilor certified by Colette Baron-Reid Advanced Angel Therapist certified by Doreen Virtue, PhD Founding Member of Wings™ Paranormal Research Reiki Master/Teacher




Dunja Moeller, Ph.D.

370 Main St, Suite 202, Stoneham, MA 617-794-4755

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Resonance Repatterning™

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Dunja Moeller, Ph.D. is a teacher of the above-mentioned modalities, as well as an intuitive counselor with over 15 years experience in facilitating the healing process. As a medical anthropologist, she authored a book called Gentle Medicine, which supports holistic ways of healing. She worked at the Center for Psychology and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, where she chaired an academic and interdisciplinary forum addressing healing and social change. Her expertise lies in an integral approach, bridging the world of western medicine and alternative health in her private practice.

Bring You, Your Family and Home Back into Balance Combining: Shamanic Reiki, Feng-Shui, Nature and Angelic Energies & Dowsing

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Hypnotherapist (specializing in Past Life Regression) Founder/Facilitator of “Wings of Light™” Educational Courses and Certifications Ordained Minister (servicing Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals and more) Shaman Healing Energy Yoga Instructor Medium Meditation Facilitator Artist Owner of Favorite Things Studio Ah, Relax, Restore, Renew 479 Center Street, Pembroke, MA 02359

Appointments are customized according to your needs, wellness goals and health history.

Experience deep relaxation and wholebody healing with Reflexology, Clinical Aromatherapy and Metamorphosis in our family-friendly space. Amy specializes in working with pediatrics, chronic health conditions and

Patricia Warren


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Rev. Claire Luft Master Teacher/Master Healer Ancient Mystery School Guide & Ritual Master Heart's Singing Healing Center, Woburn, MA 781-281-2888 v


Resonance Repatterning™ is a transformational process based on principles from new physics, energy psychology, the Chakra and the Five Element Meridian systems and applied kinesiology.

Benefits of a Total Balancing: Heals life’s situations! F Heals communication and relationships F Heals and removes spirits F Improves overall health F Reduces EMF Rays and Geopathic Stresses F Heals Trauma of Land & Home & Revitalizes F

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By muscle checking the mind/body system, we can determine the exact intention (frequency) needed to permanently shift your resonance away from unconscious and limiting patterns and towards a higher state of well being, balance and coherence. Alicia is also a talented card reader. She has been facilitating magnificent outcomes for individuals, couples, groups and animals worldwide for ten years. Sessions & readings held in person & by phone.


Betty L. Solbjor, BFRP, Usui Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki ® Master Interfaith Minister

Betty Solbjor has been practicing and teaching Reiki since 1996. In 2002 she became a Karuna Reiki® Master, a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner, and was ordained an interfaith minister. She has extensive experience using Reiki on both people and animals to gently treat many illnesses and emotional problems. Reiki brings about a deep sense of relaxation and inner peace. Combined with

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M.Ed, C.A.S., FAPA R Medical intuitive sessions, energy heal-

ing and integrative therapy

Magnified Healing, crystal singing bowls, guided meditation, a session can help to restore balance and harmony to body, mind and soul. Services offered: w Reiki treatment sessions and training for all levels of Reiki and Karuna Reiki w

Bach Flower Essence® consultations and creation of custom formulas


Weddings and other ceremonies

Member, International Association of Reiki Professionals and Better Business Bureau,® Serving Eastern Massachusetts.

A Higher Balance

Healing Center Heart-centered healing and gatherings for body, mind, soul Judy Christine Copp, M.Ed, RPP, RMT Healing Sessions

Polarity V RYSE V Rising Star The Reconnection V Holistic Massage Sound Healing V Reiki V Combo Sessions

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spiritual health R Works with individuals to develop their own intuitive skills “As a healer, I work with individuals in a way that consciously promotes a peaceful and healthy planet. Our healing work takes place despite the conflicts that wash over us in our daily lives. By healing ourselves we create changes that have a ripple effect on the world around us.”

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Gatherings for Personal & Soul Evolution Monthly RYSE Clearings V Angel Circles Weekly Kriya Meditation V Soulcollage® Mediumship Events V Consciousness Studies The Energy System V Yoga V Soul Cinema Usui Reiki Certification V And much more! Guest Presenters Talented guest presenters visit often and are always welcomed to teach programs. Downtown Salem, MA V 781-639-1236

Mark Levin specializes in: Hypnotherapy W Reiki W Polarity Therapy White Light Healing W Remote Healing

able to create very powerful healing processes for hundreds of satisfied clients both within the physical confines of his office, and remotely throughout the entire world. There are many clinically documented cases of spontaneous healing performed by him. Located at 121 B Tremont Street, Suite 19, Brighton, MA 02135. For those who are unable to come to my office, home or hospital visits are available. Major credit cards accepted.

By combining traditional healing methods such as Reiki, hypnosis, and polarity therapy with his original white light healing therapy, Mark Levin was

For an office appointment or to place a remote healing request, please call: 617-233-3986

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Intuitive readings included with most sessions. Gift certificates and distance healing available.

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Eye of the Eagle Center for Spiritual light

Leontine Hartzell is a trained shamanic practitioner and counselor, Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, certified therapeutic ener­gy healer, crystal and sound therapist, plant spirit medicine practitioner, psychic channeler, and legally ordained minister. With the help of her spirit guides,

Leontine uses soul retrieval, removal and healing of energy blocks, chakra balancing, intuitive counseling, guided imagery, and energy healing methods to heal posttraumatic stress and related disorders, depression, chronic pain and illness, anxiety, grief, and addictive behaviors. Past life issues and current life traumas that affect the client’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health are healed to allow the client to move into a life of joy and fulfillment. Private Sessions Long-distance Healing r Phone Readings Workshops and Classes Andover, MA r r 978-475-1268


The Way to Balance,® LLC Center for Advanced Healing and Training Aaron & Sue Singleton, Founders

Resolve WHY you are sick, or feel unfulfilled! We combine Medical Intuition, Massage/Integrative Bodywork with many more modalities. v

Medical Intuitive Readings that get to the Root Cause of why you are ill, or as a means of prevention.

Visionary Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Sound and Light Therapy, and Hypnotherapy to address issues of anxiety, overwhelm, loss, resentment, and more.

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The Rings of Oden™ for the release of X-Ray, MRI, chemo, EMF’s, antibiotics, vaccine and other drug residues, environmental pollutants, petroleum, plastics, and more. 21 Water St. Amesbury, MA 01913 978-834-0341

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True wellness occurs when all parts of ourselves have released and healed. Healings address everyday problems whether they are physical, emotional, mental, behavioral or spiritual. By resolving negative issues and patterns, clients will experience renewed opportunities to live the life of their dreams.

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Postural Health

for pain-free neck, shoulders, back and joints Cécile Raynor Certified Thai Yoga Therapist Alexander Technique Teacher With the Alexander Technique, a mind/ body method, learn to activate your postural reflexes so you can stop creating excess tension as you go about your daily activities. As a result, gain inner confidence, greater ease of movement and improved postural balance! When you receive Thai Yoga, a healing practice, you enjoy the benefits of a Yoga practice, while the therapist does all the work! It relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the Immune System, and ba-

lances the natural flow of energy of the body. Combos sessions are also available! After a three-year professional training in Paris, Cécile has been teaching students ranging in age from 7 to 87 for almost 20 years. She taught at Lesley University and presented the Alexander Technique as a Stress Management tool in several major medical institutions. Many with medical or chronic conditions find her work extremely helpful in reducing or eliminating discomfort or pain. Cécile has a unique style developed by her enthusiasm for her work, her compassion for her students, and her ability to communicate with clarity, both through verbal and hands-on guidance. For more info on monthly workshops & private sessions, call Cecile @ 617-359-7841 Healing: Combined Modalities continued

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mindbody connect Martha Angelini, LCMT Reiki Master 665 Franklin Street, Framingham MA

the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to non and the healing is speeded-up. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.

Martha is a Reiki Master, Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Practitioner and Full Spectrum Energy Healer. By combining her skills in both body work and energy work, to help you connect and integrate your physical, energetic and mental/emotional fragments, Martha is able to help with acute issues and assist in a longer term path of wellness. • 508-308-2560 Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc.


Sonia Freitas, Reiki Level III Reiki healing sessions include sound healing Office Located at: The Healing Center 259 Mass Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474

To learn more, please visit our website at To schedule an appointment, please call or email us. 781-771-4235

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An Herb and Aromatherapy Shop Common and unique herbs for your herb garden. Scentsibilities also carries herbal products including herbal teas,

books, potpourri, candles, incense and skin care products. Dried herbs are available for making your own herbal teas. We carry a full line of essential oils, oil diffusers and related aromatherapy products including carrier oils and colored bottles for your mixes. Workshops are offered at the shop in herb garden design and planning, herbal topics and aromatherapy. We are glad to fill special requests. Sign up for the monthly email newsletter by emailing us at and receive updates on products and workshops. 750 Main Street, Boylston, MA 01505 508-869-3300 a

Holistic Medical and Dental Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine Dr. Jody E. Noé MS, ND Dr. Jody E. Noé, MS, ND is a Licensed, Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, fulltime, academic and clinical faculty at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and is a published natural medicine researcher. Dr. Noé has been in practice for over 15 years and is a specialist in Integrative Medicine, and Naturopathic Oncology.

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Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained at accredited naturopathic medical schools, which are 4-year post graduate medical schools accredited by the US Dept. of Education. These medically-trained Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care doctors where they can order labs, diagnostics and diagnostic imaging, perform physical examinations, and refer to specialists when indicated. A naturopathic doctor uses natural complementary and alternative therapies, in conjunction with, or in place of, conventional medicine, based on the individual. 58 High Street, Westerly, RI v 401-596-1770

Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants (DMD, D.Sc. in Periodontology and Oral Biology and M.S. in Public Health), with holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of selfhealing and self-regeneration if the right environment is provided and the obstacles removed. For this reason she is also interested in energy medicine and is certified in Reiki, Magnified Healing, Prana Healing, Scenar Therapy and EFT Technique. As a successor of the well-known biological dentist Dr. Yolin, Dr. IontchevaBarehmi has expertise in many different areas. Her holistic dental practice has grown to include Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome (DDS), as written about by Dr. Hans Selye, MD, Dr. Fonder, a dentist, and others. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw (commonly referred to as dental proprioception) can play a major role in all disease and pain. Faulty dental proprioception can cause improper neurological feedback to the brain, affecting most if not all body functions. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive tretment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electrostimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS). Invented by Russians for treatment of astronauts in space 20 years ago. FDA approved for pain relief of any origin. The only technology that helps with getting to the root/ cause of the disease and not treating just the symptoms. Integrative Periodontal MedicinePeriodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and

Vitamin C gum rejuvenation Just like skin, gums can be rejuvenated for health and youth. Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Treatment of failing implants Biolase MD is one of the safest and effective ways to safe your failing implants and Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi successfully managed to safe a lot of implants that otherwise will be removed from the patient’s mouth. Metal-free Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to metal or you do not want metal in your mouth. Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Adult Express Orthodontics Wilckodontics. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is a certified Periodontist in Wilckodontics. The entire orthodontic treatment is finished in 4-6 months as opposed to 2.5-3 years, without recession or root resorbtion, the most common side effects of orthodontic treatment in adults. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect method: One of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of non- injectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist,. Especially successful are those methods for oversensitive people and special care children (autism). To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call: 617-868-1516 1842 Beacon St. Suite 302, Brookline MA

Nutrition Could one FREE conversation change your life? Cathy Zolner Holistic Health Coach Does job or relationship stress prompt you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As a health counselor, I practice a supportive, holistic approach to health and wellness, looking at how all areas of your life are connected. Together, we’ll work to reach your goals of achieving optimal weight, managing food cravings, and improving your sleep and energy. Through a customized 6-month program, you’ll develop an understanding of

the foods and lifestyle that work best for you, and implement lasting changes that will improve your life. Cathy is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has studied all the major dietary theories and understands that no one diet works for everyone. She creates a personalized approach appropriate for each individual depending on age, health, activity level, where they live, personal tastes and goals. Counseling available via phone, in-person, and in group settings. Visit for information on the range of services offered and a list of upcoming programs and events. Contact Cathy to arrange your free introductory 1-hour health consultation: 781.316.2701

Readings Psychic Readings Energy Healings Reiki Classes

Need insight and clarity?

A soul reading can help! By speaking directly to your guides, we will examine your life from a spiritual perspective to discover your life’s purpose and resolve issues about relationships, health, finances and career. Lisa Campion also teaches Psychic Development and Reiki Classes. Offices located at Solstice Healing Arts Center, Medway MA.

Are you in the middle of a change, crisis or transformation? c 508-473-0609

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Intuitive Guidance for Your Life

Internationally known for her work with people via phone, in person, and radio, Jocelyn has been helping and guiding others for over 24 yrs. Known for her ability to “cut to the quick” Jocelyn gives you information you can use for all aspects of your life.

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If you are ready to take a journey into yourself and hear your story with fresh ears, you will come out with options, tools, and choices you may not have seen on your own. All sessions are recorded on audio cassette. ~ $25 off your first session. ~ For more information, call or email Jocelyn, Intuitive Consultant 978-694-8946 Angel brings a sensitive, intuitive spirituality to her readings, incorporating numerology, astrology, relationship and spiritual counseling into every session. She is available for pet readings as well. Angel has studied Dream Interpretation with the Jungian Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, and will interpret dreams for her clients. Book a party with Angel! Holiday, bridal, birthday parties, or a fun girls night out. Visit Angel at Booth #516 at the Natural Living Expo!


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Nancy Christie Johansen is a psychic intuitive medium and certified ANGEL THERAPY PRACTITIONER® having studied under Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh in California. Among her credentials, Nancy is also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Shamballa Master and Usui Reiki Master. In addition to her own business, Angeltouche, she is currently working as a Registered Nurse and works in a busy emergency room. Private sessions in person or distance by phone or e-mail

Angel Readings S Reiki S Mediumship Hypnotherapy S Past Life Regression Ongoing Classes & Workshops North Attleboro, MA S 508-577-4552


deal! Tarot, numerology, Runes, the I Ching, crystals, palmistry, scrying, and tea leaves can be used to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and the world. Receive a reading for relationships, fertility, finding a job, investment strategy, and just about anything!


Gifted Psychic, Medium and Channel A renown intuitive advisor for the past 24 years, Emma is a gifted psychic, medium, and channel and has worked for the corporate sector with a highlight including helping an oil tycoon land a multi-million oil

Readings are our Specialty With the Love of Angels Rev. Barbara E. Szafranski Spiritual Counseling  Trance Channeling Med­iumship  Psychic Readings Tele­phone Readings  Tarot Readings Aura Photos: Face and Chakra Body Astrological Charts  Angelic Healings Reiki  Polarity and Energy Work

Psychic Readings in person or phone: 30 min = $45 * 1 hr = $70 * $1.99/min. Mediumship Readings in person or phone: 1 hr = $110 * 30 min = $65 To schedule an appointment, or for directions, call or visit Emma online. Friend Emma Tracey Phaneuf on FaceBook! v 401-305-7702

Angelica and Angels Landing offer a wide variety of both metaphysical and new age gifts. Browse around, enjoy the softness of the Angelic energy. Feel the magic that Angelica of the Angels and Angels Landing will bring to you. We have a knowledgeable staff to answer any and all questions. We also offer: classes, workshops, lectures, parties, weddings and healings. A reader is on hand at all times. By ap­pointment: Rev. Barbara E. Szafranski Classes Ongoing Weekly: Meditation & Focus on Psychic Development Open Monday through Sunday Angelica of the Angels 7 Central St., Salem, MA  978-745-9355 Angels Landing 131-1 Essex St., Salem, MA  978-744-0170

Retreats and Retreat Centers Facilitators, Healers, Event Organizers and Teachers: Earthlands offers you a sacred, beautiful and intimate setting Personal retreat space available. Open year round.

Transformation happens here! Medicine Circle ✴ Fire Circle ✴ Cottage Off-grid Lodge ✴ Yurts and Cabins Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Spaces ✴ Camping Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-free Meals

Host to Daughters of the Earth, Mythic Warriors, ForestDance and a variety of holistic workshops Ground your teachings in the sacred energies at Earthlands. Petersham, MA ✴ 508-523-5127 ✴ Retreats and Retreat Centers continued

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The Gathering Inn

A place to step out of the busyness and distractions of the world, to be in quiet and stillness, to be a bit pampered and to reconnect to your spiritual center.

A Women’s Spiritual Center and Retreat House

As a non-denominational retreat house, we offer rest and renewal through transformative programs that teach, nurture and expand upon women’s spiritual journeys.

at Daydream Farm

Ongoing weekly classes, circles and gatherings Individual & Group Retreats View the full schedule online


Open Door Mission

Pastoral Care, Addictions Counseling, and Spiritual Guidance ~ by appointment Marriages, Baptisms, and Other Sacraments - upon request

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at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Saturdays 4-4:45 pm 3055 Main St. (6A) Barnstable, MA 508-362-3977 Contact Pastor Carol: 617-650-6497 www.TheOpenDoorMission.Org

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The Peace Abbey The Peace Abbey, a multi-faith retreat and conference center located in Sherborn, Massachusetts is dedicated to creating innovative models for society that empower individuals on the path to nonviolence and peacemaking. This beautiful space welcomes guests for weddings, Bah Mitzvahs, private parties and meetings.

The coffeehouse and greenhouse cafe host music and special events for the wider community and the Greenhouse offers overnight accommodations for visitors and retreatants. Rates available upon request. All are welcome to attend the Sunday Pacifist Service from 10-11 am to share one hour of meditation and prayer in the Quaker Room at the Conference Center. Visitors are welcome seven days a week and tours are available upon request. We are a non-profit and rely solely on the generosity and donations of friends. 2 North Main St. (Rt. 27), Sherborn, MA 01770 508-655-2143 

Open to all; beginners will be offered instruction. Wed., 7-8:30 pm. $15. suggested donation Learn about meditation and Advaita in a picturesque, peaceful setting. The Advaita Meditation Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting spiritual inquiry through meditation and more! 28 Worcester Lane, Waltham, MA 02451 Ample parking and wheelchair accessibility. For details, call us or visit our website: 781-647-0020


For beginners or those with little meditation experience. Wed., Sept. 7, 7-9:30 pm. Also Sat., Oct. 15, 8:30 am-12 noon. INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION

This 5-week course includes one day at our retreat house in Plymouth, MA (optional but highly recommended). Starts Wed., Sept. 14, 7-9:30 pm in Waltham

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Spiritual Practices The Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism The Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism embraces a religious and spiritual belief blending ancient wisdom with contemporary thought. Conveniently located off Watertown Square at the Masonic Center, 32 Church St, services are held at 10:30 am every Sunday, with mediumship, live music, inspirational talks, and healing by the laying on of hands.

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As an evolving spiritual community, The Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism offers weekday evening classes in mediumship, healing and meditation; Medium’s Day the 4th Saturday of every month; plus seminars and workshops throughout the year. For a detailed brochure, a listing of upcoming events, or to speak with the Pastor call 617-923-4334, or visit our website at: www.GreaterBostonChurchofSpiritualism. com. An affiliate of the American Federation of Spiritualist Churches and the International Spiritualist Federation.

Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation The oldest Tai Chi school in New England, the Gin Soon Tai Chi Club was founded in 1969, authorized by Grandmaster Yang Sau Chung to propagate Classical Yang Family Style Tai Chi Chuan in North


America. Grandmaster Gin Soon Chu, founder, received a deep and well-rounded training from Master Lai Hok Soon in Hong Kong and then as a disciple of Yang Sau Chung, first-born and heir of the legendary Yang Cheng Fu. The school has attracted many students from around the world with its traditional approach to training: individual attention, emphasis on correct forms, personal development, repetition, mutual respect, hard work, and integration of body, mind, and qi. All instruction is by Grandmaster Chu and his sons Master Vincent Chu and Gordon Chu. Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation 33 Harrison Ave., 2nd fl, Boston, MA 02111 617-542-4442 •



Ross J. Miller, psychic. Meet your angels and spirit guides. Visit www.The 617-527-3583

Home and Business. A blend of the best of feng shui traditions. 617-924-4205.


The New England School of Feng Shui. 203-266-4211

Sharon R. Doolittle, DVM, Inc. Holistic. Smithfield, RI. 401-349-2668.

Urban Eden. Transform and empower your home/work spaces. 401-351-5632.

Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH). Dr. Margo Roman. 508-435-4077.



From Your Home/Aura. Ross J. Miller, psychic medium, healer. Call 617-527-3583. www. The

Journey of the Mind. Kathryn McGlynn, Certified hypnotist. 781-340-2146.


Elizabeth Rozan, transformational development. 781-862-5104.

Forest Circles, retreats, programs in a magical Maine forest.

The Planet Whisperer™.

BODYWORK Bodywork for the Soul. Suzanne Devereaux, LMT. 25 years experience. Intuitive shiatsu, CST. Reiki. 860-523-8930.

CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS Hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, IET and crystal healing. 508-539-2885.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Genesis Alternative Health. 28 years of experience. I-ACT certified instructor. NBCHT. (978) 463-8800. Body Balancing Center. I-ACT and National Board certified. (508) 797-5057. Lisa Hansen. Divinely guided. Intuitive and gentle. Hudson, MA. 774-249-8208. Constance Jones. Since 1980. I-ACT/NBCHT certified. 860-287-4558. CT.

COUNSELING AND THERAPY Rev. Carol W. Bolstad, LADC I. Specialties: addiction disorders and pastoral care. 617-650-6497. Shawna V. Carboni, LICSW, DCSW. Experienced psychotherapist. 617-782-5020. Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D. Licensed 35 yrs. Stress, anxiety, relationships. Stow: 978-897-7979. Putnam: 860-928-6619.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Lelia Joseph, Ed. D., RCST. Craniosacral polarity. Fluid biodynamic style. 508-460-7038. 802-453-7088.

DENTISTS Newton Dental Wellness, Dr. Michaela DeSantis. Integrative dentistry. 617-244-2997.

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY TREATMENT Healed in 2 Hours. Ross J. Miller, psychic healer. 617-527-3583.

DETOXIFICATION Revitalive Health and Wellness Center. Newburyport, MA. 978-462-1488,

Holistic Specialities DIRECTORY

HYPNOSIS Shawna V. Carboni, LICSW, DCSW. Experienced psychotherapist. 617-782-5020. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, 20 years experience. Call now: 617-964-2446.

MEDICAL INTUITIVE Sue Singleton. 20+ years accurately finding Root Cause. 978-834-0341. Elizabeth Thorson RN, Certified by C. Myss and Norman Shealy, MD. 207-712-9495.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING Holistic Nutrition Services, Southboro, MA. 978-340-0448. www. Transform your health! Shari Solomon, Cocoa Plum Nutrition. Health, with you in mind! 781-454-7960.

PAST LIFE THERAPY Ross J. Miller. Relive past lives and release blocked energy. 617-527-3583. www.The

POLARITY THERAPY Soul Essential, Alexis Shaw, RPP, RYSE. 508-479-9599. Worcester, MA.

REIKI Libby Barnett, MSW, Reiki Master Teacher. 603-654-2787 CEU’s. Essence of Healing. Reiki sessions and trainings. 508-843-1638 Florence Whipple and Kristin Webb, Reiki Masters. Reiki classes. 978-777-5732. The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing. 603-899-3288. Reiki training. Reiki, Polarity and Herbalist: Brenda Legere, Reiki Master. 978-688-6181.

VISION IMPROVEMENT Rosemary Gaddum Gordon, MA. Cambridge, MA and Portsmouth, NH.

Add your business to this directory by emailing or call (508) 278-9640. Next deadline: November 1.

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Online Reflexology Courses Includes National Certification, DVD and all materials. Earn up to $60/hour.

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AUDIO CDs Custom audio CDs made from your old records and tapes. LPs, 45s and 78s cleaned and remastered without the clicks and surface noise. Cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes professionally converted. 853-346-1520. Mention SOC and get free shipping on your first order!

AURA PH O TO GR AP H Y See your aura/chakras live on screen! Includes two large color photos and 20-page analysis. Private aura and Reiki sessions by appointment. Reiki classes, all levels. Full Circle Aura. (617) 620-0888.


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Holistic Counseling. Mind-body approach for healing and discovery. Personal/spiritual growth based on mindfulness and self-compassion, to increase our connection to ourselves and to others. Counseling for pet loss also available. (978) 745-8311.




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Aura Photography and Readings by Bennu at the Natural Living Expo. September 24-25 in Sturbridge, MA. Visit booth #300 for an accurate aura reading. Event details see

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M EM ORI AL ARRAN G EM EN T S Peace of mind here and the hereafter! Reduce stress at a most stressful time — the death of a loved one. The Peace Abbey is a multi-faith retreat and peace center in Sherborn, MA that offers the opportunity to preplan and prepay for you and your loved ones’ final arrangements ahead of time. Contact chaplain Dot Walsh or call (508) 655-2143 for details. Visit www.

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R E A DI N G S Eternal Life Readings. High spiritual and practical answers for life’s questions. By appointment only with Donna Sprague. (508) 954-7191.

Medium. With over twelve years of service available for phone, gallery style, and home readings. Also house clearings. Testimonials upon request; call for pricing. (413) 325.5650.

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SPACE A VAILABLE For Rent: Furnished Psychotherapy Space in my Newton Center office suite. $10/hour or $80/day for counselors with smaller practices. Long term lease option for full time clinician — $1,020/ month. Smaller unfurnished massage therapy room also available; rates negotiable. Warm, inviting environment includes shared clerical space, bathroom, and large waiting room. Psychotherapist(s) with Buddhist/ Course In Miracles perspective will be a particularly good fit. Clinical supervision and private practice development coaching offered separately (see page 63 of this publication). Contact Chris Gruener at (617) 9656552 or for more information.

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Carroll Consulting................................................36 Abra Therapeutics................................................27 Acupuncture of Worcester...................................56 Acusage Academy.................................................72 Advaita Meditation Center..................................70 Advanced CellTraining........................................32 Advanced Mind Guide.........................................61 Allston Physical Medicine Center......................34 Alternatives for Health.........................................41 An Apple A Day Acupuncture............................56 Ancient Wisdom Spiritual Resource Center.. 22, 58 Andromeda’s Alley................................................57 Angelica of the Angels.........................................69 Aquarius Sanctuary..............................................44 Archway Events................................................... 4, 5 Arlington Center..................................................33 Nancy Slonim Aronie...........................................39 Arvigo Massage....................................................... 7

E-Environmental Magazine................................23 Earthlands.............................................................69 Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies, The............................................................60 Charles Edgarton..................................................72 Enchanted Fox......................................................30 Engaging Creativity..............................................59 Exceptional Dentistry..........................................28


Barbara Gangemi..................................................64 Gathering Inn, The...............................................70 Kate Genovese.......................................................24 Arthur Gertler.......................................................33 Susan Gesten.........................................................61 Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation.................70 Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism.............70 Green Hair Company...........................................70 Groton Dental Wellness Spa................................11 Christopher Gruener............................................63

Back to Balance Acupuncture Center................56 Susan Barbera.......................................................75 Barefoot Dragon Fly, The.....................................66 Libby Barnett.........................................................65 Kathrin Woodlyn Bateman.................................64 Baystate Animal Chiropractic.............................56 Deborah Beauvais7................................................. 5 Glenn Bigonet.......................................................63 Nicole Birkholzer..................................................61 Trish Blain.............................................................31 Bone Fide......................................................... 25, 72 Boston Brain Works.............................................19 Boston Health Kinesiology, LLC.........................11 Boston Meditation Group...................................12 Boston School of Herbal Studies, The................60 Brahma Kumaris Learning Ctr............................70 Brain Awakening..................................................14 David Brown.........................................................18 Robert Brown........................................................30

C Nancy Canning.....................................................40 Canton Spiritualist Church.................................22 Care Alternatives Hospice...................................73 CHIME..................................................................59 Jonathan Chisholm...............................................28 Circles of Wisdom................................................19 Conscious Being...................................................39 Conscious Gourmet.............................................29 Constellation Approach.......................................60 Joseph Crane.........................................................57 Crystal Cave, The..................................................25

D Dark Moon Tarot..................................................44 Developmental Alphabiotics................................. 2 Sharon Doolittle....................................................21 Down to Earth......................................................45 Dragonfly Animal Intuitive Services..................57

F Favorite Things Studio.........................................66 Devorah Feinbloom.............................................24 Stephen-Wolf Foster.............................................64 Fourwinds Society, The........................................11 Maxine Freedman.................................................36 Sonia Freitas..........................................................68


H Harmony Center...................................................60 Harmony Fund.....................................................21 Leontine Hartzell..................................................67 Hattie’s Country Store..........................................58 Healing from the Body Level Up. Inc............. 9, 62 Healthy Spirit........................................................65 Helfand Retreats, LLC..........................................36 A Higher Balance Healing Center......................67 Holotropic Breathwork........................................37 Joan Holzman.......................................................63

M Judith Mabel..........................................................20 Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center...................57 Market Street Health............................................23 Linda Marks.................................................... 37, 63 Wendy Marks........................................................67 MASH....................................................................56 MA Society of Bioenergetic Analysis.................63 Massage School, The.............................................13 Matrix Energetics, Int’l.........................................62 Sue Mautz..............................................................38 Sam McCartin.......................................................20 George Mephis......................................................63 Jenny Lynn Metevia..............................................32 Ross Miller................................................. 17, 31, 44 Lori Miller-Freitas................................................64 Mind Body Connect.............................................68 Dunya Moeller......................................................66 Violet Morin..........................................................62 Mystical Horizons................................................45

N Nakri Healing Center...........................................65 Natural Living Expo............................................4,5 New Day................................................................67 New England Clinical Thermography...............12 New England Inst. of Reflexology......................59 New England Spas................................................27 Newton Dental Wellness......................................34 Nexus Healing.......................................................69 Dr. Jody Noe.................................................... 24, 68 Rezakkah Norins..................................................65 Laura Norman.......................................................59 Nourish to Flourish..............................................69



Inner Traditions....................................................14 Integrative Animal Health Care Center.............17 Internal Wellness Center.....................................40 Iveta Iontcheva......................................................68 It’s My Health........................................................32

October’s Angel.....................................................69 Open Door Mission, The.....................................70 Open Doors...........................................................58


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Jakeman’s Confectionary Lts...............................75 Jocelyn....................................................................69 Nancy Johansen....................................................69 John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing.....65 Barbara Madden Johnson....................................64

K Kristin Kirk...........................................................61 Aalia Kusmis.........................................................66

L Langan Creative Arts, LLC..................................59 Dr. Jennifer Lees....................................................59

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Mark Levin............................................................67 Light Unlimited....................................................15 Eric Linter..............................................................57 Living Earth, The..................................................19 Louix Dor Dempriey.............................................. 7 Lowell General Hospital......................................35 Claire Luft........................................................ 65, 66


S Sacred Circle Healing...........................................64 Sacred Song Reiki.................................................37 Sacred Stone Healing...........................................40 Salve Regina University.......................................35 San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Co............28 Scentsibilities.........................................................68 Schworer & Company Landscaping, Inc............35 Science of Spirituality............................................ 9 Andreaw Seiver.....................................................62 Shaman’s Heart Healing & Hypnosis.................22 Silver Hawk............................................................. 9 Silver Willow.........................................................58 Alicia Sinicrope.....................................................66 Alexis Smith..........................................................57 Miriam Smith........................................................40 Soap Factory, The..................................................73 Betty Solbjor..........................................................67 Sole Woman...........................................................72 Solstice Healing Arts............................................58 Some Enchanted Evening....................................30 Spa Tech........................................................... 59, 76 Frank St. Martin....................................................72 Janet StraightArrow..............................................16 Studio ..................................................................627 The Synthesis Center............................................34

T Tai Chi Arts Associates........................................70 Tamarack Tree, The..............................................21 Lynn Taylor...........................................................25 Theosophical Society Boston..............................20 Elizabeth Thorson.................................................31 Tibet Arts...............................................................17 Touchstone School...............................................58 Tracy Lizotte Studios............................................41 TrueNorth Business Consultin...........................58 Nickola Turner......................................................61

V Ann Valiante..........................................................32 Robyn Vogel..........................................................39

W Gordon Waite............................................ 25, 37, 45 Pat Warren.............................................................66 Way to Balance, The...................................... 60, 67 Kristin Webb/Florence Whipple........................ 44 Wellness Roundtable, The....................................19 Westford Ctr. For Counseling.............................38 (W)hole Point Institute, The.......................... 41, 61 Trish Whynot........................................................62 Wild Ruby Artisan Galleria.................................27 Woman of Wisdom..............................................58 Worcester Yoga Center.........................................70 Catherine Wright..................................................17 Cheryl Wright.......................................................61 Wu Healing Center...............................................29



Cecile Raynor........................................................67 Revitalive Health & Wellness................................ 9 Rhys Thomas Healer Training........................ 3, 60

Yoga at the Ashram................................................. 7 YogaLife Institute..................................................60 Yoga Studio, The....................................................38 Zuzu’s Beads.................................................... 18, 57

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