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Professionals In Focus (The Sequel. The Remarkable New Findings. Answering The Critics.)
Neal Robert Smookler
t feels quite freeing within seconds; an immediate and tangible change, say Neal Smookler. What Smookler is describing is a fascinating method that resets and refreshes the brain back to it’s youth. It seems as if you are growing younger; that was dumbfounding back then, still is today.” “Inside your head is a physical triggering mechanism that enables the brain to reboot itself as you’d reboot your home computer. I want to be very clear; it’s not there by accident. You’re hard wired by Mother Nature that way. I was trained twenty years ago to know where the mechanism is located, and exactly how to activate it.” There is an adulation you hear in Smookler’s voice for the profession he so adores — Alphabiotics, that onomatopoetically constructed word that reflects the actual process. “I’m more excited today — as the message is now pregnant with possibility. It’s a message that I adore with all my heart and being, as it’s such a blessing. It demonstrates not only a Virgil Chrane’s brilliance and insight, but God’s loving kindness.” If words like adoration and love seem a bit strange in discussing one’s profession, we need only take a few steps back to understand. Smookler has spent the better part of the last two decades helping Dr. Virgil Chrane bring forth a remarkable new profession. Smookler’s work is cutting edge and old-fashioned. Profound, yet essentially simple. Complete and still evolving. This is the dichotomy Alphabiotics presents upon even the most casual of observation. Every so often a person brings forth new information that completely transforms all those who hear it. Alphabiotics is not widely known by virtue of its radical simplicity. As long as the world adores complexity
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and revels in figuring out the secrets of the universe, this message will be dismissed as pedestrian by many and only heard by a few. “It’s also incredibly easy to do — as there are no rigid protocols nor special rules to follow. That’s a refreshing new wrinkle for most”, quips Smookler. “I once overheard an acquaintance state that the entire profession is nothing more than another ‘California fad’. To this very day that observation befuddles me. I see that more and more people are ‘waking up’. Thirty years ago the number one bestsellers in bookstores were cookbooks. Today, it’s books about significance and meaning. There’s an awareness surfacing today within so many. A genuine shift is occurring.” When the cover story of the May 7, 2001 Newsweek is ‘God And The Brain. How We’re Wired For Spirituality’ — we can be relatively certain the phenomenon isn’t just another burgeoning fad. “This is a message that comes out of a mystery. But there’s no need to flower up the mystery — it’s a mystery that works. So I’ll state the core message to those who will hear it. Alphabiotics is a simple way to address any limitation. The Alphabiotic method triggers a fundamental shift which results in an major and massive release of unconscious cumulative shock — resolving vastly complex challenges with stunning simplicity.” A huge grin spreads ear to ear as Smookler recalls a symposium he attended over a decade ago. “Throughout the weekend the instructor kept referencing this brain ‘refresh’. As that was not the focus of the seminar, his ongoing detour into that concept was beginning to wear thin. Before going home he invited anyone who wanted the experience, the opportunity to receive just that.” “I lay down while nervously awaiting my turn, all the while trying not to knock over the bowls of hard candy and pitchers of ice water. (We were in a hotel conference room). It was kind of comical. Then, without so much as an explanation, the instructor performed the ‘refresh’. No warning. No preparation. No primer. 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; vibrationally humming. I was literally resonating at a different frequency — what I can only describe as an insulated cocoon of warmth, openess and peace. It was as if the heaviness of my life 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 seemed to go from a state of absolute chaos to one of order. I actually felt as if I was growing younger — that was cool.” “I felt like my brain, my entire body had been somehow re-set, providing me with a clean slate. Boy, it was like nothing I had ever known. It was a lovely experience, but what was most surprising was I had no idea I had been in that limiting state — as I had no other perspective of reference. It really opened my life, like nothing I had ever known.” “This is different. This is different. This is different. That’s all I could think. I couldn’t wrap my educated mind around the depth of what had just transpired.” “It’s peerless. No-one else was doing this type of work — that was such a revelation.” (A statement that, in the years ahead would become painfully apparent for me personally). In December of 1971 Dr. Chrane made a profound discovery. With a simple hands-on process he was able to restore whole-brain function. “His discovery has to rank amongst the most important of this century.
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Neal Robert Smookler
To r c h b e a r e r F o r A P i o n e e r i n g N e w F i e l d .
Quite a statement, I know. Through his breakthrough he knowingly gave the world a gift beyond measure. He unknowingly gave me, but all my life.” “It’s based upon the same fundamental principle as rebooting a computer”, explains Smookler. With the participant lying face up on a specially designed table, a trained facilitator (alphabioticist) performs a unique movement of the head, alternately from each side of the table (to address both hemispheres). Gently, the participant receives a high level, but non-threatening (that’s key) sensory input. (“It sounds dramatic, but there aren’t any jolts or zings as there are no machines or instruments used. It’s totally hands-on. Very low tech. It’s really quite pleasant and refreshing and not the least bit scary”). Using sophisticated equipment, the research by Dr. Marc VanCraeyenest suggests this sensory input appears as a *piezoelectric potential (a conceptual spark) which originates near the corpus callosum (the thick bundle of nerve fibers located between and connecting the two halves of the brain). We know that this sensory communication immediately results in an electric potential — first in the corpus collosum which then spreads throughout the brain into the neocortex (what anthropologists refer to as the higher human or spiritual brain). *In physics, a piezo-electric effect is a current which flows as the result of an applied pressure (the alphabiotic method) on a crystalline structure (conjectured to be the pituitary gland or the corpus callosum). In theory, the pressure causes the crystalline structure to deform, resulting in a voltage (the conceptual spark). In mere nanoseconds, a web of neurons begins to fire (one participant says it this way; ‘my whole body and brain buzz as if the synapses are firing away and resetting themselves’) spreading the potential throughout both hemispheres causing the brain to perform a systems check — in much the same way that a computer defragments and resets itself back to its original functional condition. “And no, you don’t lose memory, personality etc. You’re still you — just a more authentic version. It’s kind of like returning home.” “The process gently facilitates the ‘refresh’. It’s really an extraordinarily positive and invigorating communication that encourages the wisdom of the body to ‘override’ the daily ‘emergency stand-by’ mode, kind of like an ‘all clear’ signal. The internalized stress response (fight or flight) which is really a very low level state of alarm or shock that most adults are in — is neutralized and released, instantly.” “Now, this is not the traditional medical-emergency-room definition of shock. It’s not that theatrical. What I’m talking about is a very subtle, complex and subjective one. Micro-emotional-life shocks, if you will. Basically, a state of unrelieved stress morphs into a state of imperceptible shock. Understanding that stress not dealt with turns into shock — is so big.” “When sleep is no longer rejuvenating; that’s a sure sign you’re in shock.” “The drain of power from our system is stunning, as the wisdom of the body is swiftly diverted to address the shock. It just hemorrhages — but instead of blood, you’re bleeding ‘intelligent, informationexchanging energy.’ “As long as this goes unchecked all other priorities such as healing, thinking, joy and growth — are relegated to ‘back-burner’ status. I hope
you can fathom the heart of what I am saying (remember, it’s ridiculously simple and easily overlooked) — as it’s considerable.” According to William Emerson, PhD, the majority of Americans are operating in varying degrees of shock. “If you saw the movie ‘Ray’ (The Life of Ray Charles) starring Jamie Foxx — the beginning of the movie is a perfect example of this very concept.” Dr. Ryke Hamer, a German physician, believes the true cause of all disease, including cancer, is an unanticipated biological shock trauma. This shock conflict triggers the body to turn on a specific emergency program. Dr. Hamer asserts that cancer is not cured by drugs, natural foods, traditional psychiatry or a healthy lifestyle. The ill person needs to turn off the shock-conflict. “I personally disagree that all disease is ever caused by one thing. But most will agree that this low level state of shock that adults (and children) function within results in diminished potential — read that, limitation.” “What I believe the alphabiotic method is accomplishing — is bringing a person out of shock by lifting the consciousness up from the lower reptilian brain stem (an emergency ‘override’) to the more highly evolved neocortex (a safety ‘override’.)” “This is a proven way to stop today’s debilitating stress from needlessly draining your system of it’s precious energy, reserve and resource.” “What’s so striking is that the ‘refresh’ looks like a simple stimulusresponse mechanism, but there’s an added bonus as it carries within it the potential of touching an ineffable core within you. Electro-encephalographic studies have shown the ‘refresh’ to shift brain waves into the delta frequencies. Some say delta is our connection to the Infinite, coincidentally, it is the vibrational resonance of the heart. “Our magnificent brain has great power. Interestingly, the heart produces five-thousand times more electrical energy than the brain. When the magnificent brain is calmed through the alphabiotic approach, it no longer overpowers the compassionate heart. We move from the constricted path of the head to the expansive path of the heart. The heart comes into it’s own so to speak.” “In fact, after the ‘refresh’ you are also in an alpha brain wave (the relaxation response) which is our natural idling frequency.” According to most mainstream scientific studies — alpha can only be maintained with eyes closed, after the ‘refresh’ alpha is present with eyes wide open. It’s a unique state which can last for days. You are literally utilizing energy more efficiently. That’s so big as energy previously diverted towards protectionism is refocused back in. In recent years there have emerged various critical articles on the internet about Alphabiotics. “I think when anything new comes on the scene, especially something that really delivers — yet is so almost incomprehensibly simple; it tends to meet with resistance.” A final thought. One thing that can be absolutely said is — it’s here to help. So, I’ll repeat the core message one more time to those who will hear it — a message that sits as comfortably in holistic circles as it does in the corporate world ... this is a simple way to address any challenge or limitation. Smookler’s work has been featured on WBZ, WZBC & WATD. Today, he spends his professional time in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He is entering his twentieth year as an advocate of this ‘California fad’ that has since spread to continents across the globe. (508) 625-1170.
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Cover Stories Features
Winter 2012 • Vol. 26, No. 122
22 Building a Wind-Centered Economy by Lester R. Brown 24 Banish Holiday Weight Gain by Anna Scurry 28 9 Simple Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy by Sven Eberlein 30 Integrative Medicine Steers Healthcare Forward by David H. Freedman 38 Could a Niacin Imbalance Be Wreaking Havoc on your Psyche by Dr. Joseph Mercola 40 Eat Plants and Step Away from the Abyss by Ian Welch 42 Breathing in SunDo Qi from the Mountains of Korea by Ron Catabia 44 Snow’s Secret Vibrations by Jill Mattson 46 Why I Decided To Live Without Money by Daniel Suelo
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Musings by Carol Bedrosian Letters and News Starspeak: The Cosmic Forecast by Eric Linter Healthy Cooking: Being Warm, Staying Well by Karen Masterson EarthTalk: Fracking Boon Spurs Both Profits and Dangers by the Editors of E/Environmental Magazine 20 Feng Shui: Convert a Slippery Slope into a Sanctuary by Lynn Taylor 48 Book Reviews by Gail Lord
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MUSINGS BY CAROL BEDROSIAN
Taking Back the Power To Cure
logger Ian Welch asked the question: If following a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest diet for mankind, why haven’t I been made aware of it? His answer: Money. No one has a vested interest in promoting a whole food, plant-based diet. There’s not enough profit to be made. The same can be said about alternative medicine, rooted in simple, low cost practices of self-care and prevention. There’s a smaller profit to be made when people are taking care of themselves and require outside medical services less often. Western allopathic medicine, on the other hand, is an industry flush with profit opportunity — patients can be prescribed unlimited prescriptions, receive annual vaccines and avail themselves of regularly scheduled and expensive diagnostic tests — all for an entire lifetime. Healthcare is a matter of mindset. We believe modern medicine can cure us based on the successes achieved in the last century when the miracle of antibiotics wiped out the big sources of disease and infection in their day. Likewise, today’s extraordinary medical intelligence allows us to fix impossibly broken bodies and save lives on the brink of death. These are miracles we can believe in. But we’ve become disillusioned with medicine’s cost, inability to cure disease and increasingly risky drug and treatment options. Today’s biggest killers — representing 75% of all healthcare costs — are the complex, chronic conditions brought on by our sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, exposure to toxins and elevated stress levels. These include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, arthritis, asthma and allergies. Our bodies are assaulted on so many levels no miracle pill of modern medicine exists to cure these conditions, though doctors continue prescribing and testing in vain. The power to cure is shifting from the doctor’s hands to the patient’s, reshaping our beliefs in the process. Dean Ornish, a physician-researcher at the University of California at San Francisco and the founder of the independent Preventive Medicine Research Institute, was the original physician pioneer establishing natural healthcare guidelines as the “new normal” for mainstream medical advice today — clean up your diet, get more exercise, practice stress reduction. Well-documented research studies, not to mention millions of anecdotal cases, have confirmed that making these lifestyle changes can do a better job of preventing and reversing chronic disease than drugs and surgical procedures, and at a fraction of the cost. Health policy blogger John McDonough sagely noted on Boston.com: “In America, we commonly advise people to talk with their physicians for nutrition advice. Yet the overwhelming majority of physicians learn nothing or nearly nothing in medical school about nutrition.” McDonough was commenting on the millions of people who are unaware they are lactose intolerant, and who, following federal guidelines advising us that everyone should drink at least three cups of milk and dairy per day (in support of the billions in dairy industry money funneled through the U.S. Department of Agriculture), end up with any number of serious gut issues. The alternative medicine approach to digestive imbalance would focus on diet, eliminating wheat and dairy from the start, and possibly explore any emotional issues that might be causing a nervous stomach. An allopathic approach might talk about diet, but would first try to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms with a drug prescription — side effects unknown for the already imbalanced body — and possibly order further testing. For the lactose intolerant patient, says McDonough, “advising them to cut out dairy or gluten before grabbing pills and other expensive treatments — it makes sense and it’s free. For millions who have no idea they are lactose intolerant, it’s a ‘get out of jail free’ card that can prevent misery and medical bills for many.” 8 Spirit of Change | WINTER 2012
How much of the national debt could be slashed by shifting to a natural healthcare model that educates people about how to feel better, live longer and successfully take charge of their health at home instead of in a doctor’s office? Not only would it help millions of Americans avoid developing grim diseases, harmful treatment side effects and the risk of unintended medical errors, but the financial savings would be enormous, both for consumers and for the preservation of America’s social safety net. There are signs that our mainstream healthcare system is catching up with this commonsense wisdom, despite the decades that alternative medicine has spent fending off accusations of “quackery” from a hostile medical establishment. Notes Dr. Ornish, “I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.” Due in part to consumer demand and in part to the triumph of alternative medicine over chronic disease, integrative medical research clinics have begun springing up all around the country, 42 of them at major academic institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Duke. These clinics are incubating new beliefs for the future of medicine that recognize the power to cure belongs back in the hands of the patient. In hospital settings, however, integrative medicine proponents are often too quick to assert that “alternative treatments do not cure, but offer comfort and symptom relief,” a statement that belies a misunderstanding about holistic medicine in general, or perhaps just a fear of malpractice suits. Alternative medicine is as responsible for curing disease and assisting the body in healing as its allopathic counterpart; they each have their different areas of healing expertise. When western and alternative medicine join together as equal healing partners, America will have the finest integrative healthcare system in the world. Carol Bedrosian is the publisher of Spirit of Change, New England’s largest holistic magazine. Visit www.spiritofchange.org.
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I have practiced Bikram Yoga regularly for several years. I have injured myself doing so and therefore read your article (â€œPracticing Safe Yoga: Yoga Comes of Age in America,â€? Fall 2012) with interest. I also read the NYT article by William Broad. But after I read his article I also read his book, The Science of Yoga. I found your interview with Ann Bissanti interesting and informative, but I take exception to your characterization of Mr. Broadâ€™s article as â€œattesting to evidence that no one should practice Yoga regularly because Yoga wrecks your body.â€? Obviously the article talks about numerous injuries during Yoga and gives warnings but I do NOT think it suggests that we should not practice Yoga regularly. Mr. Broad himself, in fact, has been practicing for over 30 years. The discussion of injuries is only one chapter of that book. Overall, I believe he gives a quite positive overview of the practice of Yoga. All too often the loudest voices are talking about the extremes when the more important discussion lies somewhere in the middle. I believe this is the case with Yoga. Yoga injuries are real (I have first hand experience), Yoga healing (mental and physical) is real (more first hand experience). If we donâ€™t accept that injuries happen in Yoga (a lot in this country) then it will be difficult to evolve our instruction and practice to prevent those injuries.Â I have been doing regular practice (3-4 times per week) for several years, so Iâ€™m a believer. I also believe we can do better. â€” Dale
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Hello Carol and Michella, First, thanks so much for yet another great issue of SOC. Thank you for sharing a snippet of Michellaâ€™s wedding with all of us readers. I enjoyed seeing the photo of you dancing the mother-daughter dance together and also the photo of the newlyweds. Iâ€™m impressed that you have forged such a good working relationship at SOC, for parentâ€“ child relationships are tricky enough by themselves, let alone when brought into the work environment.Â Iâ€™m touched by the model you offer your readers. Our society still tends to place males in positions of leadership, with sons (traditionally the eldest) being the ones to follow in their fatherâ€™s footsteps. Your mother-daughter dance extends to SOC, inspiring mothers to mentor and empower their daughters. Thank you for letting your readers see this. â€” Lesley Irene Shore, www.Harmony-Center.org
Animal Rights Vs. Baby RightsÂ I read â€œVeganism in a Nutshellâ€? in the fall issue of Spirit of Change and on a moral, common sense level it makes absolute sense that animals should not be raised to be euthanized for the food chain. The author states: â€œAnimal rights is now the greatest â€˜social justiceâ€™ issue since the abolition of slavery.â€? She also uses the terms â€œmurderedâ€? and â€œkilled.â€? continues on page 12
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LETTERS AND NEWS | continued from page 10 I bet the author doesn’t bat an eye over the murders and killing of babies during abortions, especially partialbirth abortions. Where’s the outrage over killing babies? Where’s the social justice? These are human beings! So, I think “Animal rights is now the greatest social justice issue since slavery” is in err. I’m not an avid right-wing anti-abortion proponent, but this paradox popped into my mind when reading your article (animals but not baby humans). Something is very wrong in our society. — BD
“Veganism” author responds:
In my letter, (“Veganism in a Nutshell,” Fall 2012) I quoted Philip Wollen from his oration at the St. James Ethics Center Intelligence Squared Debate in Australia in May, 2012. In his l0-minute speech, he gave numerous reasons to support his argument that “animal rights today is now the greatest social justice issue since the abolition of slavery,” and I concur. I agree with the letter writer (BD) to deeply question important ethical issues. Some of her or his sentiments remind me of the noble writings of Vasu Murti who stated, “I believe there is a karmic connection between the killing of animals and the killing of human beings: abortion, like war, is the karmic reaction for killing animals.” Over 2,000 years ago, Pythagoras proclaimed that what we sow in our treatment of animals, we will eventually reap in our lives. In his book, The World Peace Diet — Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, Dr. Will Tuttle gives many examples of this philosophy; as we excessively impregnate, by domination, billions of hens, heifers, cows, turkeys, sows and goats, we see millions of young women facing the difficulties of unplanned pregnancies. As we cut short the lives of billions of piglets, chicks, kids and calves, so, too, with the humans. As we fatten billions of young farm animals (bought and sold by the pound), we have a pandemic of childhood obesity. And as we hyper-confine and separate the families of billions of sentient beings in factory farms and slaughterhouses, filling them with fear, terror, anxiety, loneliness, sadness and depression, we have a growing epidemic of mental illness in our youth, as well as terrorism for all. 12 Spirit of Change | WINTER 2012
It is quite common that wherever the subject of animal rights is raised, it is often met with disdain and accusations. Why is this? I appreciate this opportunity for dialog. Thank you Carol Bedrosian for publishing Spirit of Change for the past 25 years; you’ve created an enlightening and great magazine. Peace. — Marlene Narrow, N. Brookfield, MA
Natural Living Expo Moves to Marlboro, MA for 2013 The 6th annual Natural Living Expo lit up the grounds around Cedar Lake and the Sturbridge Host Hotel in September with its largest show yet, spurred by this year’s additions of an outdoor exhibitor tent, an outdoor workshop tent, and beekeeping and herbal exhibits. Over 6000 happy and enthusiastic attendees converged over two days of learning, meeting interesting new people, exploring innovative ideas in holistic health and natural living, and shopping for unique natural products and one-of-a-kind services. The expo’s successful six-year reign at its lovely lakeside location in Sturbridge ended this year with a quick burst of thunderstorm and a magnificent double rainbow in the sky just as the expo closed at 5pm on Sunday. For 2013, the expo moves to its new, larger palace at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlboro, MA with new dates of November 16-17. With more free on-site parking, larger speaking auditoriums and exhibit hall space, the Natural Living Expo in its new Marlboro location will be able to support all the growth coming its way with the tremendous surge of interest in holistic health. In its commitment to giving back to the community, this year the Natural Living Expo donated over $4200 in ticket sales proceeds to Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mendon, MA, in support of the care of homeless and abused farm animals that the sanctuary provides. Follow updates for the 2013 expo at www.naturalexpo.org.
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Smart Meter Installations Raise Intelligent Questions Utility companies around the world are swapping out electric, gas and water analog meters and replacing them with pulsed microwave radiation frequency (RF) smart meters. Smart meters enable remote communication between the meter and utility company. They are being promoted as a route to energy savings by prompting customers to conserve energy during peak consumption times for which they will be charged premium pricing. Massachusetts activists began organizing a petition drive and aligning with other New England groups several months ago to oppose the new meters being installed around the state. According to a smart meter deployment report issued in May, 2012, by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Efficiency, “NStar has installed 500 meters in the greater Boston area with plans to install 2,800 smart meters in Newton, Hopkinton and Jamaica Plain as part of a $16 million grant.” National Grid submitted a proposal to install 15,000 meters in Worcester beginning in June, 2012. Both experts and consumers raise health concerns about the meters attached to their homes and the continuous pulsed high frequency radio waves emitted. In an interview from the upcoming documentary “Take Back Your Power,” Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt explains the health hazards of smart meters and correlates the growing instances of many illnesses including autism, ALS and MS to continued exposure to electromagnetic
radiation. The Canadian-based WEEP Initiative (www.weepinitative.org) is an international clearinghouse for information about such radiation-related illnesses and symptoms. Additional smart meter grid issues include security and privacy concerns over the hackability of the wireless system being installed into our power grid. The smart meter activists’ group Halt Massachusetts Smart Meters (www.haltmasmartmeters.org) is helping residents in the state to file complaints, petition to have the wireless meters removed from their homes and stay informed about this critical and rapidly developing health issue. — Patricia Burke, www.theceresinitiatives.com
Let Me Read You,Then Heal You Ross J. Miller has been giving psychic and past-life readings and healing sessions worldwide for over 25 years. During a reading he communicates telepathically with his numerous angels and spirit guides who read and interpret the client’s aura (the spiritual light surrounding one’s physical body). Ross also communicates with the client’s own angels and spirit guides (most people have several of each). These angels and spirit guides then convey the information that is most needed or desired by the client. All of Ross’s readings are positive and constructive in nature. In addition to answering all of your personal questions pertaining to love, health, relationships, soulmates, business, career, relocation, dream interpretation, parents, children, and pets, he covers topics as diverse as: your life’s purpose, your undiscovered talents, as well as your past incarnations and how they relate to this life.
Maine’s Northern Forest National Park The idea of turning a large chunk of forest in central Maine into a national park dates back at least 150 years when Henry David Thoreau himself called for making the region “a national preserve” in essays about his travels through the area via foot and canoe in the 1850s. To this day most of the areas in central Maine that Thoreau visited are still primarily undeveloped save for intermittent timber extraction. But recent changes in land ownership there are worrying ecologists. The non-profit RESTORE The North Woods has been carrying the torch for creating a Maine Woods National Park and Preserve for 20 years and reports that, between 1994 and 2005, the share of forest land in Maine’s 9.3 million acre Unorganized Territory owned by timber companies dropped from 59.2 to 15.5 percent while that owned by investors grew from 3.2 to 32.6 percent. This dramatic change positions the region for a real estate gold rush. RESTORE’s proposal, first aired in 1994, calls for setting aside 3.2 million acres surrounding Baxter State Park (home of Maine’s tallest peak, Mt. Katahdin, and the northern tip of the Appalachian Trail) as a national park. Bigger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined, the proposed park would safeguard thousands of miles of rivers and streams while providing unfragmented habitat for wildlife. According to RESTORE, there are no significant chunks of undeveloped wilderness anywhere in the northeastern United States. Although RESTORE’s campaign has the backing of a majority of Maine residents, it has failed to gain enough traction to make it before Congress. A new proposal from Burt’s bees founder Roxanne Quimby later rekindled the issue: In May 2011 she offered to donate up to 70,000 acres she owns adjacent to Baxter State Park for a new national park, along with a $40 million endowment for park operations that would create a much smaller park than what RESTORE envisioned. A few months later, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar held a public listening session in Millinocket, Maine. But then in February, 2012, Maine’s Congressional delegation convinced Secretary Salazar to table the new proposal for the time being. So for now, the fate of millions of trees — the veritable lungs of the northeastern U.S. — and hundreds of wildlife species may just hang in the balance. — E-The Environmental Magazine, www.emagazine.com www.spiritofchange.org
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Astrology Forecast for Winter 2012 Student says, “I am very discouraged. What should I do?” Master says, “Encourage others.” — Zen proverb
o often, when facing adversity, the best way out of an impasse or around an obstacle is to help others facing bigger challenges. It’s easy to forget that in helping others we help ourselves. We also gain an intangible added dimension when we team up with one other person or group of people. In teamwork, the sum is greater than the total of the individual parts. This truth of self-sacrifice for the greater good is even more important during these trying times. Astrology buffs and long time readers know that we are experiencing one of the most important planetary alignments of the century, a three-year-long series of square aspects between Uranus and Pluto. This transforming square has seen the rise of the Arab Spring, Occupy movements in Europe and North America, the European debt crisis, as well as increasingly divisive political and religious debates around the world. It has also seen breakthrough uses of technology, for example the role of Facebook in the Egyptian uprising, and the burgeoning solar power industry in Germany. Like everything in life, there are multiple sides to each story. We can view these squares as evolutionary, a watershed moment for human progress. On the other hand, there seems to be a concerted effort on the part of entrenched interests whose wellbeing is threatened to hold onto their power at all costs. Thanks to the Supreme Court “Citizen’s United” ruling, secret spending by billionaires and corporations in U.S. elections has reached obscenely unfathomable new heights. The grave danger is that our democracy is being corrupted by a huge infusion of untracked money, foreign as well as domestic. Because Pluto, in particular, moves very slowly, its trajectory through Capricorn will take more than a decade before it is completed. During this time many of our institutions will fail. Some will be reborn. I take heart knowing that the previous squares between Uranus and Pluto, back in the early 1930’s, gave birth to Social Security and other socially responsible government projects and programs. The current sequence lasts until 2015, well beyond the scope of this article. Still, I hope every reader recognizes that each action, what we say, buy, what lifestyle choices we make, has an impact. Ultimately, Pluto in Capricorn is about sustainable living and intelligent resource management. Due to retrogrades, the intensity of the Uranus/Pluto square has lessened as December begins and will remain less intense through February. Next spring’s warmer weather will see
a “heating up” of contention between these two celestial heavyweights. It behooves us all to encourage those facing tough times and support the causes we believe in.
December One of the season’s more optimistic, upbeat configurations occurs the first weekend in December. The Sagittarius Sun’s opposition to Jupiter on Sunday the 2nd lightens the hearts and minds of travelers, shoppers and merry makers. On the 10th mental Mercury joins the Sun in Sag and soon forms a trine to Uranus. Listen to your intuition this week. During the wee hours of Thursday the 11th, the Moon is new. Uranus also resumes forward motion that morning. Despite the seasonal shortage of daylight, spirits are bright with hope and generosity. Sacred spiritual traditions and artistic works can be profoundly moving the weekend of the 15th and 16th. Remember to keep a close eye on valuables. Also pay extra careful attention when dealing with partners as the risk of some kind of misunderstanding is high. Look for illuminating, happy events around December 19th. The winter solstice marks the official beginning of the new season as the Sun enters Capricorn early Friday morning, December 21st. Nighttime visions and dreams are in brilliant high def as the Sun aligns with mystical Neptune. The party atmosphere is vibrant on Saturday night. Two quiet days give many folks time for last minute holiday preparations. After a very pleasant Christmas day, a disruptive square between the Sun and unpredictable Uranus occurs after sundown. Be prepared for travel snafus and other complications. Adapting to changing circumstances shouldn’t be too difficult. A sextile between Saturn and Pluto, exact the following day, is great for solving problems and restoring order in any confusing or chaotic situation. The full “Cold” Moon is exact at 5:21AM on Friday, December 28th. The Sun and Moon trigger the previously mentioned square between Uranus and Pluto. We may again be hearing of palace intrigues, political scandals, earthquakes, financial declines and other controversies as the year draws to a close. There are very good astrological reasons to have fun this New Year’s Eve. The playful Leo Moon is in a fine alignment with loving Venus and Mars engages Uranus in a very sociable sextile. Gather with a few friends or join the throngs at a larger celebration.
January The first major planetary aspect of 2013 is a square between mental Mercury and Uranus on the 3rd. Things are not what they seem. Life may surprise us or we may discover that our own thinking has been faulty. Fortunately, an energizing, “keep looking up” trine between Mars and Jupiter quickly follows. This confidence building aspect is exact on Friday the 4th. Positive thinking is further enhanced by Mercury’s constructive angles to Saturn and Pluto on Sunday. This is a great weekend to set your intentions for the coming year. A testing square between Mars and Saturn on Monday, January 7th cautions against expecting overnight success. Patience will no doubt be required. Venus takes us on a roller coaster ride during the middle of the month. A seductive sextile to Neptune sets a romantic tone the night of the 9th. Things take a very different turn as the weekend nears. On again, off again partnerships teeter on the brink while the Goddess of Love tests Uranus on Saturday the 12th. Agreements as well as plans may change abruptly. Don’t be discouraged. By Wednesday, January 16th Venus overtakes Pluto and the following day she enters into a calming sextile with Saturn. This is your chance to renew ties or strengthen a commitment. The Sun enters Aquarius on Saturday the 19th. Deepest winter is upon us. Luckily, the Sun and Mercury are in a harmonious angle with optimistic Jupiter during the coming week. Any delays or obstacles — and there will be several with Mercury testing Saturn on January 25th — can be overcome by employing contributions from many hands. The period from the 19th until the full Moon of the 26th is excellent for networking. The full Leo “Wolf ” Moon is exact at 8:38PM on Saturday the 26th. Be aware of the impact your words and actions have on partners, friends and family members. Accountability and sharing credit or blame continue to be discussed as the Sun moves into a square with Saturn on January 30th. That same morning, Jupiter’s shift to forward motion suggests new ideas may surface.
The Sun enters Aquarius on Saturday, January 19th. Luckily, the Sun and Mercury are in a harmonious angle with optimistic Jupiter until the full Moon of the 26th — excellent for networking.
February Fiery Mars joins forces with mystical Neptune the first week of the month. While some idealists can harness these divergent energies and create magic that advances social consciousness, others are vulnerable to delusions and addictive tendencies. Proceed with caution. Wednesday, February 6th is one of winter’s most delightful days. Venus engages Neptune and Jupiter, while Mercury conjuncts Neptune. More than one dream comes true. A very warm, friendly and cooperative spirit enhances all that we do. Think two or three times before making commitments from February 8th through the 10th. Socializing is great fun during these days. Intentions are good and openminded people may learn a great deal, but the tendency to overreach is also heightened. Minds are unusually sharp and penetrating on the 11th and 12th. Romantic potential soars the evenings of the 13th and 14th. The stars fulfill career ambitions at week’s end. Follow your passions. The Sun splashes into Pisces and Saturn retrogrades on Monday, February 18th. This can be a good time to address money matters like bookkeeping, investing or starting a rainy day fund. Tackle these and other tasks one step at a time. Because the Sun is close to Neptune, the planet of confusion, and Mercury is slowing in Pisces, a prelude to an upcoming retrograde, this is not the week to take unfamiliar shortcuts. Mercury’s retrograde begins on Saturday the 23rd and continues into mid-March. At odds with Jupiter, the full “Snow” Moon, exact on Monday, February 25th at 12:26PM, underscores the dangers of putting the cart before the horse. At the same time, there are also many hopeful indicators in the stars. Think and dream on a grand scale. Follow plans that are well thought out. Make use of powerful friends and allies. Venus’ February 28th conjunction with Uranus is a positive affirmation. If you can dream it, it can happen. Keep looking up!
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was raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, so am no stranger to winter with its short, dark days, the layers of clothes and the inconvenience of ice and snow. Despite the challenges, I love the reprieve that is winter — a time to be indoors, to work on some knitting projects and tackle that ever present stack of books beside my bed! The challenge, of course, is to stay warm and stay well. Layers are essential, preferably ones that can withstand rain, slush, snow and wind; oh New England you are never dull! Equally important are the beverages and foods that sustain us during the winter months. We seek hot drinks, soups and warm meals and often dream of a crackling fire to enjoy them by. Staying warm is one thing; staying well can be a bigger challenge as we spend more time indoors and may have a harder time fighting off the colds and viruses that seem to find a more welcome place during the winter months. Eating well is always a good idea and is even more important in the winter when we don’t have the summer sun to provide natural vitamin D and may also be surrounded by others sneezing and coughing their way through this season. I like to start the day with a mug of hot water, lemon, ginger, honey and turmeric. Simply boil a kettle like you would for tea and pour a mug of hot water. Into it squeeze a quarter of a small lemon, a half-inch of ginger peeled and sliced, 1-2 teaspoons of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, depending upon personal preference. Lemon juice is great at combating infections and flushing out toxins, honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, ginger is rich in phytonurtrients called gingerols, which are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-disease. The compound curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It’s a great tasting immune support and a lovely way to start any morning, particularly a cold winter one. Examining your caffeine intake is important, as everyone responds to caffeine differently, and you may not be aware of any of its negative effects unless you give yourself a chance to have some time uncaffeinated. Winter is a great time to try some other warm beverages and see if caffeine is working for you or against you. I was never a coffee drinker but enjoyed both green and black teas. To my dismay, as I got older my sensitiv-
ity to caffeine seemed to increase and both my energy level and blood sugar levels are much more even without my afternoon cup of caffeinated tea. Fortunately there are lots of options; check out some of the local tea shops where you can buy an amazing array of loose teas. Nothing warms a cold winter day like soup. One of my favorites includes nutritional powerhouses of garlic, onions, kale, beans and both white and sweet potatoes. Soups are a great way to add under-utilized vegetables like parsnips, sweet potatoes and a number of greens. Parsnips, in particular, have a very specific flavor so a little goes a long way, as too much can overpower other flavors in any recipe. Interestingly, parsnips have been around since ancient times and were a staple crop for many cultures. They improve with taste after exposure to frost, so are easy to find in the winter either at a farmer’s market or in your local produce section. They actually top their cousin, the carrot, in vitamin C value and are high in minerals.
Hearty Potato, Garlic & Bean Soup 1/4 cup olive oil or butter, or a mix of both 1 cup finely chopped onions 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic 4 cups peeled and diced potato, 1/2 inch pieces 2 cups peeled and diced sweet potato, 1/2 inch pieces 8 cups water or stock 1/4 cup finely chopped or grated parsnip (scrub, usually no need to peel) 4 cups finely chopped packed kale 1 can 15 oz cannellini beans, rinsed 2 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage or 2 tsp dry Saute the onions in a large heavy bottomed saucepan until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, potato and sweet potato. Stir to coat with oil/butter. Add enough water or stock to cover vegetables by an inch or two. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat while you prepare the parsnip and kale. Add parsnip and kale to the soup pot along with all remaining ingredients and return to a boil.
Place a lid on pot and turn the heat off again. The vegetables will continue to cook for several more minutes in the heat of the pot so let it sit undisturbed. After 20 minutes check that the vegetables are cooked through and adjust seasoning to suit your palate. Some people might want a bit more salt or pepper. This is a mild, comforting soup that will satisfy a variety of diners but lends itself to lots of additions: fish sauce, tamari, hot sauce, leftover cut up chicken or fish. Have some fun with it! Although we do tend to want warm foods during our coldest months it’s still a good idea to incorporate something raw with your meals throughout the year. As with most things there are benefits and trade-offs to both raw and cooked vegetables and creating a balance is a good course of action for most people. Some vegetables release more nutrients when cooked, particularly when using methods like steaming or retaining the cooking water for a soup. Raw fruits and vegetables retain more of their vitamin C content, which is lost when heated, and provide a good source of fiber aiding digestion. Because we tend to eat more cooked food in the winter I love adding a side dish like coleslaw to many meals to provide a burst of fresh taste and crunchy texture. What could be better on a dark overcast winter day than a burst of flavor from freshly grated vegetables and chopped fresh herbs, alongside that bowl of warm, comforting soup? These basic root slaw recipes can be adjusted in all sorts of ways with additions to suit your personal taste. As an example you could finely cut up an apple (leave skin on) and mix in to Slaw Base I just before serving. The Slaw Base II would be great with gently steamed green beans or some snow peas. Have fun and make your own adjustments to satisfy yourself and those you might be cooking for.
Slaw Base I 4 cups finely shredded cabbage, green, red or a combination 2 cups shredded carrots 1 cup shredded beet, golden or red 1/4 cup shredded radish 1/4 cup shredded parsnip or celery root or chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup chopped chives or green onion Mustard Vinaigrette 1/4 cup maple vinegar (Boyajian brand or white wine vinegar with 1 tsp of maple syrup) 1 tsp of chopped garlic 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 cup olive oil A hand shredder works fine for shredding these fairly small amounts of different vegetables. Shred and mix in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar into a medium sized bowl that you can whisk in. Add the garlic, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk together. Continue to whisk and slowly pour in the olive oil, tasting periodically; stop adding the oil when the vinegar to oil ratio tastes right to you. Mix a few spoonfuls of the dressing into the slaw and check the flavor, adding to your taste. I usually toss in a few sunflower seeds and hemp hearts just before serving. www.spiritofchange.org
Slaw Base II 6 cups finely chopped kale, lightly steamed 2 cups shredded or finely sliced carrots 1 cup shredded beet, golden or red 1/4 cup shredded radish 1 cup finely chopped cauliflower 1/2 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup chopped chives, green or red onion 2-4 tbsp chopped roasted cashews 2-4 tbsp raisins or cranberries 1-2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds Dressing 1/4 cup sesame oil 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt 1/8-1/4 tsp pepper Place the kale in a double boiler or in a heavy bottomed pot with about an inch of water. Put on high heat with a lid on the pot and boil for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let sit for another minute. The kale will turn a bright green when properly cooked, which gives a lovely color to this salad and also retains a nice texture. Rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside. Put all the remaining vegetables in a medium sized bowl, leaving the cashews, cranberries and sesame to garnish the top once the dressing is on. To toast the sesame seeds simply put the sesame seeds in a small frying pan and place over medium heat for several minutes until they turn a light brown. Let cool. Add kale to the bowl with the remaining vegetables and herbs and toss well. Add dressing a spoonful at a time, as you don’t need a lot to give you a flavorful dish. Then top with nuts, raisins or cranberries and sesame seeds. Ironically I was testing these recipes for the cold dark winter months literally in the dark when we lost power from Hurricane Sandy. We not only ate by candlelight but much of the dinner was prepared with candles all over the counter tops and with me wearing a headlamp! It was a great reminder that simple, comforting foods, made with good quality ingredients can help create a memorable evening. Winter can be a wonderful season to get together with family and friends so don’t get stuck thinking you’ve got to spend a lot of time or money to entertain. One-pot soups or stews with a salad, selection of cheeses or dips and some bread and crackers can be a lovely meal and often helps people relax knowing that the night is about getting together, not a gourmet extravaganza. Best wishes for a healthy, happy, tasty winter season!
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Hydraulic fracturing, or â€œfracking,â€? involves blasting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals at highpressure into sub-surface rock to create fractures that facilitate the flow of recoverable oil or gas. Opponents worry that the technique is polluting groundwater and air and poisoning communities. Pictured: Drinking water from a well near a fracking site. Photo: Michael Fitzgerald
Dear EarthTalk: I have heard that fracking is becoming a major environmental issue in the U.S. Which parts of the country are already hosting fracking operations? Are there efforts underway to stop the practice in specific states or across the country? â€” Jim Ross, Toronto, ON Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a process whereby drillers blast millions of gallons of water, sand and hazardous chemicals at high-pressure into subsurface rock formations to create fractures that facilitate the flow of recoverable oil or gas. The technique has proven so effective at reaching previously hard-to-access reserves that it has helped spur a boom in natural gas production around the country. This influx of domestic natural gas means lower home heating costs and thousands of new jobs in the industry. But opponents point to dozens of fracking-related accidents in recent years and worry that the technique is polluting groundwater and air and poisoning communities â€” all to get at more fossil fuels when weâ€™d all be better off moving more quickly toward developing clean, renewable energy sources. While fracking goes on all across the country, the Marcellus Shale, a layer of sedimentary bedding under the Allegheny plateau that spans nine northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, has become Americaâ€™s primary frack-
ing grounds. Thanks to fracking and other new extraction techniques, the gas industry is now able to access the natural gas in the Shale and beginning in 2006 commenced big extraction operations in parts of western New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and elsewhere. Geologists estimate there may be as much as 489 trillion cubic feet of natural gas â€” 400 times what New York state uses in a year â€” throughout the Shale. The race is now on to extract as much as possible, as quickly as possible. But itâ€™s this very gold rush mentality that has led to many so-called â€œfraccidentsâ€? in and around the Shale. The group Earthjustice tracks and publicizes such incidents online via its â€œFracking Gone Wrongâ€? campaign. They list dozens of examples of tainted drinking water, polluted air and industrial disasters caused or exacerbated by fracking at or near extraction sites since operations began six years ago. â€œWherever Marcellus development has occurred in Pennsylvania, reports of poisoned water, sick kids and dead animals have followed,â€? reports Marcellus Protest, an alliance of western Pennsylvania organizations seeking to halt fracking operations. The group coordinates anti-fracking efforts, organizes demonstrations and produces educational materials, including the website MarcellusShale.org, a clearinghouse on fracking and related activism. Its advocacy work helped convince the Pittsburgh city council to ban fracking there back in 2010 and is now working to extend the ban to other areas in the region and beyond. The controversy has not escaped Hollywood. The 2010 HBO film, Gasland, followed Josh Fox around the U.S. on a quest to find out what impact fracking was having on communities after he was asked to lease his own land for hydraulic fracturing. And a forthcoming Gus Van Sant film, Promised Land, starring Matt Damon, focuses on a small farming town that sells its agricultural land to frackers and pays a heavy price in losing a lifestyle and a livelihood while jeopardizing public health. Activists hope these films will go a long way to convince Americans and their elected officials to say no to more fracking. CONTACTS: Earthjustice, www.earthjustice.org; Marcellus Protest, www.marcellusshale.org; Gasland, www.gaslandthemovie.com; Promised Land trailer, www.imdb.com/title/tt2091473.
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Convert A Slippery Slope Into A Sanctuary Dear Lynn, What feng shui adjustments are recommended for a property site that slopes down at the back? There is an elevation drop of at least 10 feet in my wealth/fame/marriage power wall at the far end of my property. There is also a small natural pond at that lower elevation that attracts wildlife, including deer. Am I correct in understanding that such a configuration of the land, together with the pond, is not a positive feng shui aspect? Why is this and how can I correct it? Thanks Lynn! — Marsha
Dear Marsha, You obviously know a bit about feng shui. That elevation drop is occurring in an area where stability and backing would ideally be supported by a landform. When those three areas of the bagua — wealth, fame and love — have no earth under them, one is faced with an abrupt drop off in not just one but three essential life aspects. As if that weren’t enough, the low-lying pond sits squelching, drowning and extinguishing possibilities for growth. Water extinguishes fire, the central component of the upward moving energy needed for the fame/ reputation area. Although water can support wood — the fuel of wealth — the pond would not be of the scale necessary to do so. As for love, although the pond sounds sweet, love is an earth aspect and having the pond there is basically a recipe for mud. If this were a hot tub in the rear left (wealth), it could be an advantage, as it is a holding tank and heavy as well.
Although this slope and pond configuration is rather like having a giant pothole in your backyard, we’re going to turn a negative into a positive. What presents as a problem, with your help, can become a tremendous asset. To neutralize the challenges presented we will begin with the traditional and powerful remedies that have stood the test of time. Backing is crucial for us. Sitting in a chair with no back? Totally uncomfortable and unsettling, even temporarily. A chair with a sturdy back provides the support we naturally need. That’s the type of adjustment needed on your property. Plant upward and fast growing trees on the far side of the pond to counter the topography’s receding nature; it will provide your property with backing. Evergreens, as the name implies, are an especially good choice as they are always seasonally correct. Also consider upward growing, brilliantly colored plantings to embrace this area of the property season by season. With attention and re-definition, the inauspiciously positioned pond could become the ruby of the property. With deep respect, position yourself near it and begin a dialogue. Why does this pond have to be assigned such lowly status? What is perceived initially as a compromising or negative feature — a drawback on the whole scheme of the land — could be utterly embraced and appreciated for its particular beauty. You can’t elevate the pond but you can elevate its status. Consider making the pond a world unto itself with its own bagua. Determine the orientation of its energetic entrance, overlay the bagua on it and begin embellishing. Try to incorporate all five elements into your enhancements. Provide solid seating; stone would be great. Terrace it. Trellis it. Perhaps make it a sanctuary or healing grotto with stone steps or grades that evoke and provide safety. Make the pond’s inherent magic more accessible by adding the enticement of a path curving slowly and gradually in approach, maybe adding a solar twinkling light strand. In the far right corner (love), you could install two statuettes or a little garden with yellows, earth tones and pinks or reds representing that part of love that is juicy. The red/ pink tones also add fire, from which earth is born. Adding any type of lighting here also adds fire. If you can add a fountain to any part of the pond this will add exuberance and vitality. Wildlife enhances the pond so that is good. Don’t forget to enhance prescriptions for wealth, fame and love throughout your home indoors as well. Remove all clutter off the floors in corresponding areas that are specifically challenged outdoors. To attract wealth, decorate a tree inside or provide stable plantings that are on the ground and growing upward in your wealth sector; this is much different than a little spider plant hanging from the ceiling. In the fame/reputation area, consider lighting, candles and artwork depicting sunshine and brilliant colors. Add a red afghan to a couch. Bring lighting to your love sector as well — fire creating earth, again. Be sure to pair things or provide groupings, not one solitary soul gazing out into the abyss. Display images of couples (like yourself) enjoying life together.
Lynn Taylor is a senior feng shui practitioner who teaches and consults in the United States and Mexico for both business and home environments. She has been featured extensively on television, radio and in print. Send questions for this column or contact Lynn at email@example.com or (617) 924-4205.
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Bedford Serenity Yoga Center, 363 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730. Kripalu-affiliated studio. Fully equipped. Daily classes: beginners to experienced to power. 781-275-4092 • www.serenityyoga.com.
Opening Lotus Yoga. An eco-green studio. www.openinglotusyoga.com • 508-829-7435 456 Main St., Holden, MA, 01520. Beginneradvanced. Gentle-vigorous. Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and more.
Bridgewater Maha Yoga Center, 992 Bedford St. (Rt. 18), Bridgewater, MA 02324, 508-697-3273 www.mahayogacenter.com. Yoga all levels, Hatha, Ashtanga, meditation, massage. Yoga teacher training (YA).
Brighton Ayurvedic Rehabilitation Center, 103 Bennett St., Brighton, MA 02135. 617-782-1727. Loretta Levitz, Dir. Yoga, all levels (including disability), Ayurveda, teacher training, private or small groups.
Cambridge Boutique Yoga at A Holistic Healing Center. Private and semi-private yoga sessions in an intimate environment. Cultivate your vinyasa yoga flow. Call 617-710-1337 or email info@HolisticKey.com. www.HolisticKey.com. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire Street. Transformative yoga and meditation open to all levels. $25: 2 weeks unlimited yoga. Concerts, workshops, training and art gallery. 617-868-0055 www.kundaliniyogaboston.com.
Holbrook Real Life Yoga Studio, 239 North Franklin St.(Rt 37). Traditional hatha, power flow, Kundalini with meditation, monthly restorative yoga, tai chi, gong meditation. 781-767-1827 • www.reallifeyoga.com.
Yoga at the Ashram. 368 Village St. Kundalini, Vinyasa, Hatha, Qigong, Kids Yoga, Tai Chi. Gong meditations, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. First class free. 508-376-4525. www.YogaAtTheAshram.org. The Yoga Studio. Experience a tranquil and welcoming environment to practice yoga amid calming music, soft lighting and a peaceful, restorative atmosphere. Beginners welcome! 508-376-8508 www.theyogastudiomillis.com.
Princeton FrogPond Yoga Centre. Classes in the tradition of Raja Yoga for all levels of practitioners. 200 and 500-hr classes begin January 2013. www.frogpondyoga.org.
Taunton Breathing Room Wellness, 21R Court Street, Taunton, MA. Hatha Yoga, Children’s Yoga (ages 3-5 and 6-12), Yogarate Fitness, nutrition coaching, training programs, Isagenix coaching. www.breathingroomwellness.com.
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Wellfleet Quiet Mind Yoga with Zack Dixon, 95 Commercial Street, Wellfleet. Also offering simple, clear podcast instruction for one hour home practice. www.quietmindstudio.com • 508-349-2429.
Westborough Westborough Yoga for healing, transformation and health. www.westboroughyoga.com. Offering Svaroopa Yoga, meditation, private yoga therapy and embodyment, prenatal and gentle yoga. Contact Michelle Gross: 508-341-6424.
Worcester Amethyst Point. 232 Chandler St., Worcester. Hatha/Iyengar yoga, meditation and tai chi/qigong. All levels. Monday-Saturday. 508-753-3975. www.amethystpoint.com. Worcester Yoga Center. Ann Bissanti. 30 years teaching experience. Trained in India by B.K.S. Iyengar. email@example.com. 508-829-6300.
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS Open Doors Yoga Studios, 15 locations in MA. 781-843-8224. Hot power yoga and gentle yoga — all levels. 200 & 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training. www.OpenDoors7.com. Spirit of Change’s Online Alternative Health Directory offers over 100 New England Yoga studios. Search by keyword or town to find your studio. Visit www.spiritofchange.org/directory.
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Begin Bhakti Yoga The Bhakti Yoga Academy ~ presents ~
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Bhakti Yoga Course Details Course: 20 Classes with written examinations Start: Sunday, February 6, 2013 (continues every Sunday) Duration: 11am-12:30pm Venue: 72 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA. Fee: $400 (work-study and payment plans available) Lead Instructor: Maha Visnu Register: email@example.com Requirement: Must be Vegetarian/Vegan to receive Bhakti Yoga Certification at the end of the course. Class Structure: 11am Bhakti Kirtan 11:30 Bhakti Yoga Lecture and Discussion (based on the Gita) 12:15 Bhakti Yoga Mantra Meditation
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Building a Economy
Lester R. Brown
Three wind-rich states — North Dakota, Kansas and Texas — could provide enough harnessable wind energy to satisfy America’s electricity needs.
n the race to transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy and avoid runaway climate change, wind has opened a wide lead on both solar and geothermal energy. Solar panels, with a capacity totaling 70,000 megawatts, and geothermal power plants, with a capacity of some 11,000 megawatts, are generating electricity around the world. The total capacity for the world’s wind farms, now generating power in about 80 countries, is near 240,000 megawatts. China and the United States are in the lead. Over the past decade, world wind electric generating capacity grew at nearly 30 percent per year, its increase driven by its many attractive features and by public policies supporting its expansion. Wind is abundant, carbon-free and non-depletable. It uses no water, no fuel, and little land. Wind is also locally available, scales up easily, and can be brought online quickly. No other energy source can match this combination of features. One reason wind power is so popular is that it has a small footprint. Although a wind farm can cover many square miles, turbines occupy only 1 percent of that area. Compared with other renewable sources of energy, wind energy yield per acre is off the charts. For example, a farmer in northern Iowa could plant an acre in corn that yields enough grain to produce roughly $1,000 worth of fuel-grade ethanol per year, or he could use that same acre to site a turbine producing $300,000 worth of electricity each year. Because turbines take up only 1 percent of the land covered by a wind farm, ranchers and farmers can, in effect, double-crop their land, simultaneously harvesting electricity while producing cattle, wheat or corn. With no investment on their part, farmers and ranchers can receive $3,000 to $10,000 a year in royalties for each wind turbine on their land. For thousands of ranchers on the U.S. Great Plains, wind royalties will one day dwarf their earnings from cattle sales. Wind is also abundant. In the United States, three wind-rich states — North Dakota, Kansas, and Texas — have enough harnessable wind energy to easily satisfy national electricity needs. Another attraction of wind energy is that it is not depletable. The amount of wind energy used today has no effect on the amount available tomorrow. Unlike coal, gas, and nuclear power plants, wind farms do not require water for cooling. As wind backs out coal and natural gas in power generation, water will be freed up for irrigation and other needs.
Perhaps wind’s strongest attraction is that there is no fuel cost. After the wind farm is completed, the electricity flows with no monthly fuel bill. And while it may take a decade to build a nuclear power plant, the construction time for the typical wind farm is one year. Future wind complexes in the Great Plains, in the North Sea, off the coast of China or the eastern coast of the United States may have generating capacity measured in the tens of thousands of megawatts. Planning and investment in wind projects is occurring on a scale not previously seen in the traditional energy sector. One of the obvious downsides of wind is its variability. But as wind farms multiply, this becomes less of an issue. Because no two farms have identical wind profiles, each farm added to a grid reduces variability. A Stanford University research team1 has pointed out that with thousands of wind farms and a national grid in a country such as the United States, wind becomes a remarkably stable source of electricity. In more densely populated areas, there is often local opposition to wind power — the NIMBY (“not in my backyard”) response. But in the vast ranching and farming regions of the United States, wind is immensely popular for economic reasons. For ranchers in the Great Plains, farmers in the Midwest or dairy farmers in upstate New York, there is a PIMBY (“put it in my backyard”) response. Farmers and ranchers welcome the additional income from having wind turbines on their land. Rural communities compete for wind farm investments and the additional tax revenue to support their schools and roads. One of the keys to developing wind resources is building the transmission lines to link wind-rich regions with population centers. Perhaps the most exciting grid project under development is the so-called Tres Amigas electricity hub, a grid interconnection center to be built in eastern New Mexico. It will link the three U.S. electricity grids — the Eastern, Western, and Texas grids. Tres Amigas is a landmark in the evolution of the new energy economy. With high-voltage lines linking the three grids where they are close to each other, electricity can be moved from one part of the United States to another as conditions warrant. By matching surpluses with deficits over a broader area, electricity wastage and consumer rates can both be reduced. Other long distance transmission lines are under construction or in the planning stages. We know that rapid growth in wind generation is possible. U.S. wind generating capacity expanded by 45 percent in 2007 and 50 percent in 2008. If we expanded world wind generation during this decade at 40 percent per year, the 238,000 megawatts of generating capacity at the end of 2011 would expand to nearly 5 million megawatts in 2020. Combined with an ambitious solar and geothermal expansion, along with new hydro projects in the pipeline, this would total 7.5 million megawatts of renewable generating capacity, enabling us to back out all of the coal and oil and most of the natural gas now used to generate electricity. In addition to the shift to renewable sources of energy, there are two other critical components of this climate stabilization plan: rapidly increasing the energy efficiency of industry, appliances, and lighting, and restructuring the transportation sector, electrifying it as much as possible while ramping up public transit, biking and walking. (With this latter component, we would be able to back out much of the oil used for transportation.) This energy restructuring would require roughly 300,000 wind turbines per year over the next decade. Can we produce those? For sure. Keep in mind that the world today is producing some 70 million cars, trucks, and buses each year. Many of the wind turbines needed to back out fossil fuels in electricity generation worldwide could be produced in currently idled automobile assembly plants in the United States alone. The plants would, of course, need to be modified to shift from automobiles to wind turbines, but it is entirely doable. In World War II, Chrysler went from making cars to tanks in a matter of months. If we could do that then, we and the rest of the world can certainly build the 300,000 wind turbines per year we now need to build the new energy economy and stabilize the climate. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution began, we have an opportunity to invest in alternative sources of energy that can last as long as Earth itself. The choice is ours. We can stay with business as usual, or we can move the world onto a path of sustained progress. The choice will be made by our generation, but it will affect life on Earth for all generations to come. NOTES 1. http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/winds/aj07_jamc.pdf Lester R. Brown is President of Earth Policy Institute and author of Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. Visit www.earth-policy.org. Adapted from “Exciting News About Renewable Energy,” by Lester R. Brown, in the October/November 2012 issue of Mother Earth News. www.spiritofchange.org
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Banish Holiday Weight Gain By Anna Scurry
Enjoy all the seasonâ€™s social gatherings, delicious food, treats and beverages with these weight loss success tips. Stick with your eating routine. Itâ€™s easy to get sidetracked during the holidays, but be sure youâ€™re still planning your meals ahead of time and sticking with your yearround menu when cooking at home.
Drink water. Did you know that when our bodies are just 2% dehydrated we go into fat storage mode? Water is a natural and simple appetite suppressant. Try downing 16 ounces of water before reaching for a snack and see how you feel.
Alter your exercise routine. Demands on your time increase during the holiday
season due to family, social and work gatherings as well as extra time spent gift shopping and driving in traffic. Reduce the quantity or length of your exercise sessions. If you have a favorite machine, try this intense fat-burning, weight-busting routine that only takes 15 minutes but will burn fat for 24 hours. Choose your machine â€” treadmill, stair-stepper, elliptical or other â€” and begin with a 2-3 minute moderate pace warm up. Next, go for a 30-60 second interval as hard or as fast as you can, then lower the resistance to moderate again for 2-3 minutes to let your heart rate come down. Repeat this process for 4-6 intervals.
Be wise when choosing holiday foods. Instead of filling up on crackers, breads and cookies, look for special holiday treats that are still good for your body: fresh fruits, shrimp, deviled eggs, sweet potatoes, salads, baked apples, turkey, beef roast. All can be enjoyed as healthy foods in moderate quantities. Take a pass on the alcohol, a fast-acting sugar.
Load up on desserts. Yes, you heard that right. Instead of leaving the desserts in the hands of others, offer to bring the dessert. Include raw desserts that are the most delicious desserts theyâ€™ve ever indulged in and are fat-burning too, such as tiramisu, triple chocolate cake and chocolate mint pie â€” all raw!
Get plenty of sleep. Too many late nights or sleepless nights can influence your
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hunger levels, willpower, cortisol levels (high cortisol levels equals fat and weight gain) and also your mood. Regular, high-quality sleep will help you to keep an optimistic, healthy outlook while giving you the energy you need to keep exercising and enjoying holiday events. Earplugs might help you get into a deeper sleep.Â
Stay positive and remember that youâ€™re human. Try to keep your mind in the present moment and enjoy each day as it comes. If you â€œslipâ€? and indulge in too many holiday sweets, donâ€™t beat yourself up about it. A slip up here and there will not kill you, but the stress of beating yourself up will set you back. Find something each day to smile about and even jot down a journal of all that you are thankful for that day and watch your stress and weight go down!Â
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Anna Scurry is co-director of The ALIVE Academy of New England, New Englandâ€™s only human potential center specializing in prevention, the anti-aging lifestyle and a natural and holistic approach to health. You can reach Anna at (401) 305-3959, or email email@example.com. Visit www.thealiveacademy.com.
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sk a centenarian the secret ingredients to a long and healthy life and you arenâ€™t likely to hear â€œdoctors, drugs, and fad diets.â€? We all know that thereâ€™s more to our overall well-being than treating symptoms or the occasional replacement of a part. The good news is that scientists in various fields are discovering ever more ways we can keep ourselves healthy without expensive medication and complicated workout regimens. Here are nine simple, scientifically proven â€” and sometimes surprising â€” ways to empower yourself to make the right choices for your body and health.
1. Laugh to your heartâ€™s delight
â€œLaughter might be one of the only things in life that can be done outside of moderation and still reap the benefits,â€? muses Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you ever LOL you donâ€™t need proof of the healing powers of a good belly laugh. Dr. Millerâ€™s studies show that laughter expands blood vessels, and endorphins released in response to laughter activate the chemical nitric oxide in the inner lining of our blood vessels to promote vascular health. Seriously. STUDY 1: â€œInverse association between sense of humor and coronary heart diseaseâ€?
2. Age artfully
Digging the old paint brush or the dusty guitar out of the closet is always a good idea. However, for aging baby boomers, getting back into the creative swing of the rockinâ€™ â€™60s is a matter of health insurance. Research shows that seniors engaged in activities like singing, creative writing, or painting are healthier and happier than those who arenâ€™t. Whether this boost in the immune system is from a heightened sense of personal growth or from feeling more socially engaged, itâ€™s clear that the body likes it when the imagination roams freely. STUDY 2: â€œThe Creativity and Aging Studyâ€?
3. Work with friends
When youâ€™re shopping around for a job with great health benefits, pay attention to the office vibe. Israeli researchers found that people who get along with their co-workers in a friendly and supportive work environment live longer. Note: Similar support from the boss had no effect on mortality, so get acquainted with your peers before accepting the job. STUDY 3: â€œWork-Based Predictors of Mortalityâ€?
4. Get a massage
You can never go wrong with a massage, but research shows significant benefits for overall health. Tiffany Field of the Touch Research Institute says massage therapy slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure and stress hormones. The decrease in stress hormones increases your body’s natural killer cells, which ward off viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells. “We’re finding biological changes associated with a single massage session,” says Mark Rapaport, Chief of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. Added bonus for massages from loved ones: good for body, mind, relationship, and wallet. STUDY 4: “A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage”
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Become a dream catcher and stop being a weight watcher. According to researcher William Killgore, when people get less sleep they tend to feel hungrier and to crave carbohydrates, particularly sweets. “If a person feels excessively sleepy,” says Killgore, “it’s likely that they haven’t been getting adequate sleep and may be prone toward eating more than they want to.” If you’re plagued by frequent snack attacks, cure them with a good night’s sleep. STUDY 7: Preliminary findings, Killgore, et al., Harvard Medical School
8. Scrub without toxics
There are alternatives to toxic household products like bleach. A University of Florida study found that a mixture of vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda significantly reduces bacteria. Good Housekeeping microbiologist Gina Marino put it to the test and was impressed with how well vinegar worked in fighting germs and mold. Adding a little elbow grease on the tough spots helps keep your gym dues low. STUDY 8: “Bacterial Reduction Test on Food Surfaces”
9. Hope like your life depends on it
We know enough about anxiety and depression to drag us down for several lifetimes, but a truly uplifting new study by Harvard’s School of Public Health gives reasons to rejoice. “Happy and optimistic people with a purpose in life tend to have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease,” says researcher Julia K. Boehm. So keep hope alive, but remember that in the words of the late, great Vaclav Havel, “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.” STUDY 9: “The Heart’s Content” STUDIES 1. http://www.internationaljournalofcardiology.com/article/S0167-5273(01)00470-3/ abstract 2. http://www.nea.gov/resources/accessibility/CnA-Rep4-30-06.pdf 3. http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/hea-30-3-268.pdf 4. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2009.0634 5. http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0032988 6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1695733/ 7. http://www.scitechnol.com/JSDTC/JSDTC-1-e101.php 8. http://www.tersano.com/pdf/FLA_FoodSurfaceReport.pdf 9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22506752 Sven Eberlein wrote this article for “It’s Your Body,” the Fall 2012 issue of YES! Magazine. YES! reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions, outlining a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement and stories about real people working for a better world. www.yesmagazine.org. www.spiritofchange.org
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Integrative Medicine Steers Healthcare Forward Wh
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met Brian Berman, a physician of gentle and upbeat demeanor, outside the stately Greek columns that form the facade of one of the nation’s oldest medical-lecture halls, at the edge of the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. The research center that Berman directs sits next door, in a much smaller, plainer, but still venerable-looking two-story brick building. A staff of 33 works there, including several physician-researchers and practitioner-researchers, funded in part by $35 million in grants over the past 14 years from the National Institutes of Health, which has named the clinic a Research Center of Excellence. In addition to conducting research, the center provides medical care. Indeed, some patients wait as long as two months to begin treatment there — referrals from physicians all across the medical center have grown beyond the staff ’s capacity. “That’s a big change,” says Berman, laughing. “We used to have trouble getting any physicians here to take us seriously.” The Center for Integrative Medicine, Berman’s clinic, is focused on alternative medicine, sometimes known as “complementary” or “holistic” medicine. There’s no official list of what alternative medicine actually comprises, but treatments falling under the umbrella typically include acupuncture, homeopathy (the administration of a glass of water supposedly containing the undetectable remnants of various semi-toxic substances), chiropractic, herbal medicine, Reiki (“laying on of hands,” or “energy therapy”), meditation (now often called “mindfulness”), massage, aromatherapy, hypnosis, Ayurveda (a traditional medical practice originating in India), and several other treatments not normally prescribed by mainstream doctors. The term integrative medicine refers to the conjunction of these practices with mainstream medical care. Berman’s clinic is hardly unique. In recent years, integrative medical research clinics have been springing up all around the country, 42 of them at major academic medical institutions including Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of California at San Francisco, and the Mayo Clinic. Most appear to be backed enthusiastically by administrators and many physicians. “Doctors tend to end up trained in silos of specialization,” says Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a practicing pediatrician. “We’re taught to make a diagnosis, prescribe a therapy, and we’re done. But we’re not done. The patient’s environment matters. When it comes to alternative medicine, it’s not clear what the mechanism is that can make it helpful to patients, but it may be that it helps create the right environment.” Though alternative medicine experiences can vary widely, certain aspects are typical. These include a long initial meeting covering many details of the patient’s history; a calming 30 Spirit of Change | WINTER 2012
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atmosphere; an extensive discussion of how to improve diet and exercise; a strong focus on reducing everyday stress; an explanation of how the treatment will unleash the body’s ability to heal itself; assurance that over time the treatment will help both the problem that prompted the visit and also general health; gentle physical contact; and the establishment of frequent follow-up visits.
Alternative Medicine’s Most Vocal Critics “It’s cleverly marketed, dangerous quackery,” says Steven Salzberg, a prominent biology researcher at the University of Maryland at College Park, an easy commuter-rail ride from the medical center. “These clinics throw together a little homeopathy, a little meditation, a little voodoo, and then they add in a little accepted medicine and call it integrative medicine, so there’s less criticism. There’s only one type of medicine, and that’s medicine whose treatments have been proven to work. When something works, it’s not all that hard to prove it. These people have been trying to prove their alternative treatments work for years, and they can’t do it. But they won’t admit it and move on. Of course they won’t. They’re making too much money on it.” On his well-read blog and elsewhere, Salzberg has established himself as an expert on research studies related to alternative medicine — and as one of the angriest voices attacking the field. In particular, he calls for an end to government funding of clinics like Berman’s. He says the funding is in no way based on any genuine belief among scientists that alternative medicine merits further study. Rather, it is propelled by a handful of members of Congress —most notably Tom Harkin of Iowa, the chair of the Senate subcommittee that oversees NIH funding — who are determined to see their own misplaced faith in alternative medicine validated. (Harkin’s office declined to make him available for an interview.) Alternative medicine wouldn’t be quite so bad if it were harmless, Salzberg says, but it isn’t. “If the treatment is herbal tea or yoga, fine; it won’t help, but at least it won’t hurt you,” he says. “But acupuncture carries a real risk of infection from needles. And when a chiropractor cracks your neck, there’s a small but nontrivial chance that he can shear an artery in your neck, and you’ll die.” (A British Medical Journal study last year found that only 200 cases of likely acupuncture-related infection have been reported globally, but that many more may have occurred. Evidence for a tiny risk of chiropractic artery-shearing and related stroke is scant, indirect, and contested, but seems plausible.) continues on page 32
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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE STEERS HEALTHCARE FORWARD continued from page 30 The biggest danger of all, Salzberg adds, is that patients who see alternative practitioners will stop getting mainstream care altogether. “The more time they spend getting fraudulent treatments, the less time they’ll spend getting treatments that work and that could save their lives.” It’s not hard to see alternative medicine as a dubious business, or even, in some part, a scam, if one includes all the supplements, devices, and patently absurd therapies that are hawked in magazines and infomercials and at strip malls. Anyone can make vague health claims for almost any reasonably safe product or practice with the appropriate fine print — “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has neither evaluated nor approved the claims for this product,” for instance. And so the public snatches up millions of hologrammed silicone bracelets that promise to revitalize the fatigued. About 40 percent of Americans have tried some form of alternative medicine at some point, and some $35 billion a year is spent on it. A certain amount of abuse seems like a given. Concerns of outright malpractice or naked hucksterism seem grossly misplaced when applied to a clinic like Berman’s. Nonetheless, says Salzberg, the bottom line is that studies clearly show alternative medicine simply doesn’t work. And at first glance, that contention seems nearly incontrovertible. The scientific literature is replete with careful studies that show, again and again, that virtually all of the core treatments plied by alternative practitioners, including homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and others, help patients no more than do “sham” treatments designed to fool patients into thinking they’re getting the treatment when they’re really not. (Even acupuncture can be faked, by tapping the skin in random places with a metal tube; reliably, these taps produce treatment results identical to those of the needles themselves.)
Mainstream Medicine Itself Is Failing You might think the weight of the clinical evidence would close the case on alternative medicine, at least in the eyes of mainstream physicians and scientists who aren’t in a position to make a buck on it. Yet many extremely well-credentialed scientists and physicians with no skin in the game take issue with the black-and-white view espoused by Salzberg and other critics. And on balance, the Relief from real suffering and symptoms, medical community seems to be witnessed by more and more doctors in growing more open to alternative clinical settings, makes it obvious why the medicine’s possibilities, not less. front lines of medicine are pushing toward That’s in large part because a less rigid stance on alternative medicine. mainstream medicine itself is failing. “Modern medicine was formed around successes in fighting infectious disease,” says Elizabeth Blackburn, a biologist at the University of California at San Francisco and a Nobel laureate. “Infectious agents were the big sources of disease and mortality, up until the last century. We could find out what the agent was in a sick patient and attack the agent medically.” To a large degree, the medical infrastructure we have today was designed with infectious agents in mind. Physician training and practices, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, and health insurance all were built around the model of running tests on sick patients to determine which drug or surgical procedure would best deal with some discrete offending agent. The system works very well for that original purpose, against even the most challenging of these agents — as the taming of the AIDS virus attests. But medicine’s triumph over infectious disease brought to the fore the so-called chronic, complex diseases — heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses without a clear causal agent. Now that we live longer, these typically late-developing diseases have become by far our biggest killers. Heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases now account for three-quarters of our health-care spending. “We face an entirely different set of big medical challenges continues on page 34
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today,” says Blackburn. “But we haven’t rethought the way we fight illness.” That is, the medical establishment still waits for us to develop some sign of one of these illnesses, then seeks to treat us with drugs and surgery. Unfortunately, the drugs we’ve thrown at these complex illnesses are by and large inadequate or worse, as has been thoroughly documented in the medical literature. The list of much-hyped and in some cases heavily prescribed drugs that have failed to do much to combat complex diseases, while presenting a real risk of horrific side effects, is a long one, including Avastin for cancer (blood clots, heart failure, and bowel perforation), Avandia for diabetes (heart attacks), and torcetrapib for heart disease (death). In many cases, the drugs used to treat the most-serious cancers add mere months to patients’ lives, often at significant cost to quality of life. No drug has proven safe and effective against Alzheimer’s, nor in combating obesity, which significantly raises the risk of all complex diseases. Even cholesterol-lowering statins, which once seemed one of the few nearly unqualified successes against complex disease, are now regarded as of questionable benefit in lowering the risk of a first heart attack, the use for which they are most widely prescribed. Surgery, widely enlisted against heart disease, is proving nearly as disappointing. Recent studies have shown heart-bypass surgery and the emplacement of stents to prop open arteries to be of surprisingly little help in extending the lives of most patients. It doesn’t help that some of these treatments are foisted on people who don’t need them. According to one study, a person who shows up at an emergency room complaining of chest pain has about an 80 percent chance of being admitted and subjected to a series of sophisticated tests, even when the patient is not at high risk for heart disease and thus has an almost negligible chance of actually being ill if a few routine tests don’t turn up any irregularities. The longer round of tests carries a significant chance of falsely indicating that a key artery is clogged, and sometimes leads to the utterly unnecessary surgical insertion of a stent, accompanied by a long-term drug regimen to fight off the real risk of clotting in that stent. In this way, many healthy people each year are converted into long-term patients. All of these shortcomings add up to a grim reality: as a prominent 2000 study showed, America spends vastly more on health as a percentage of gross domestic product than every other country — 40 percent more than France, the fourth-biggest payer. Yet while France was ranked number 1 in healthcare effectiveness and other major measures, the United States ranked 37th, near the bottom of all industrialized countries.
Lifestyle Changes Work Better Than Drugs and Surgery The medical community knows perfectly well what sort of patient-care model would work better against complex diseases than the infectious-disease-inspired approach we’ve inherited. That would be one that doesn’t wait for diseases to take firm hold and then vainly try to manage them with drugs, but that rather focuses on lowering the risk that these diseases will take hold in According to almost any doctor you’d the first place. “We need to precare to speak with, the three most effecvent and slow the onset of these tive ways to prevent and slow the onset diseases,” says Blackburn. “And we of disease are the promotion of a healthy know there are ways to do that.” diet, encouragement of more exercise, Aside from getting people to stop and measures to reduce stress. smoking, the three most effective ways, according to almost any doctor you’d care to speak with, are the promotion of a healthy diet, encouragement of more exercise, and measures to reduce stress. The evidence that these lifestyle and attitude changes have enormous impact on health is now overwhelming. Dean Ornish, a physician-researcher at the University of California at San Francisco and the founder of the independent Preventive Medicine Research Institute, has been showing in studies for more than three decades that diet, exercise, and
stress reduction can do a better job of preventing, slowing, and even reversing heart disease than most drugs and surgical procedures. “They used to say I was crazy,” he told me. “Now studies have shown that angioplasty and stents don’t prolong life in patients with heart disease. And studies have shown that lifestyle changes work better than drugs in preventing the complications of diabetes.” A major 2004 study that followed 30,000 people concluded that lifestyle change could prevent 90 percent or more of all cases of heart disease. Relieving patient stress, in particular, is looking more and more important, according to Blackburn. She earned her Nobel for her work on telomeres — the ends of the strands of DNA that make up our chromosomes. Studies by her and others have shown that stress is linked to the shortening of telomeres, and shorter telomeres are in turn linked to aging and cancer. “We tend to forget how powerful an organ the brain is in our biology,” Blackburn told me. “It’s the big controller. We’re seeing that the brain pokes its nose into a lot of the processes involved in these chronic diseases. It’s not that you can wish these diseases away, but it seems we can prevent and slow their onset with stress management.” Numerous studies have found that stress impairs the immune system, and a recent study found that relieving stress even seems to be linked to slowing the progression of cancer in some patients. Medicine has long known what gets patients to make the lifestyle changes that appear to be so crucial for lowering the risk of serious disease: lavishing attention on them. That means longer, more frequent visits; more focus on what’s going on in their lives; more effort spent easing anxieties, instilling healthy attitudes, and getting patients to take responsibility for their well-being; and concerted attempts to provide hope. This “healing” approach to patient care clearly isn’t found in the typical visit to the doctor’s office. Studies show that visits average about 20 minutes, that doctors change the subject back to technical talk when patients mention their emotions, that they interrupt patients’ initial statements after 23 seconds on average, that they spend a single minute providing information, and that they bring up weight issues with fewer than half their overweight patients. Many medical students start out with a healer mentality, but few retain it. “It gets beaten out of you by the system,” says Brian Berman, noting a study showing that medical students score progressively lower on empathy tests the further they get into their training. Berman himself was a conventional M.D. until, at age 33, he took up the study of traditional Chinese medicine — which, like many alternative approaches, is largely focused on patients’ lifestyles, feelings, and attitudes, and which emphasizes stress reduction, healthier eating, and regular exercise, as well as encouraging the patient to believe in self-healing. “I saw how much more I could do to help people,” he says. “For the first time since medical school, I felt like a healer again.” The benefits of a healing approach extend beyond the prevention of major chronic diseases to the management of many everyday maladies that plague millions of people. Amit Sood, a physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, came to the United States from his native India to practice medicine in 1995, and he told me he was shocked at what he found. “I thought America would be a Disneyland of health,” he said. “And what I saw was patient after patient who seemed wealthy, who tested healthy, and who was completely miserable.” Aches and pains, fatigue, anxieties, lack of mobility, digestive ills — all of these problems are extremely common, and all can greatly diminish quality of life. Yet they are seldom easily diagnosable in the conventional sense — a single, identifiable pathogen is rarely responsible — and drugs and surgery can be clumsy tools for dealing with them.
The Power of Placebos Steven Novella calls the notion that alternative care’s benefits are rooted in closer practitioner-patient interactions the “touchy-feely defense.” Novella is a highly respected Yale neurologist, and the editor of Science-Based Medicine, an influential blog that has tirelessly gone after alternative medicine. I met with him in his home outside New Haven, Connecticut, where he argued that claims about the practitioner-patient relationship are only intended to draw attention away from the fact that randomized trials have by and large failed to show that alternative treatments work better than placebos. And while he concedes that sham treatments can give patients a more positive attitude, which can confer real health benefits, he is adamant that providing sham treatments at all — essentially fooling patients into believing they’re being helped — is highly unethical. “Alternative practitioners have a big advantage,” says Novella. “They can lie to patients. I can’t.” Yet on its own terms, this argument is not as cut-and-dried as it first appears. “Mainstream medicine uses the placebo effect all the time,” says Ted Kaptchuk, a Harvard continues on page 36 www.spiritofchange.org
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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE STEERS HEALTHCARE FORWARD continued from page 35 researcher who studies the impact of placebos. â€œDoctors donâ€™t tell you the drug theyâ€™re giving you is barely better than a placebo. They all spin.â€? To be approved by the FDA, a drug has to do better than a placebo in studies â€” but most approved drugs do only a little better, and for many drugs the evidence is mixed. A number of studies have indicated, for example, that most antidepressants donâ€™t do better than placebos, but patients filled more than 250 million prescriptions for them in 2010. The vast majority of drugs donâ€™t work in as many as 70 percent of patients, according to an estimate from within the pharmaceutical industry. One recent study concluded that 85 percent of new prescription drugs hitting the market are of little or no benefit to patients. Of course, whether doctors or alternative practitioners are really â€œlyingâ€? when they ply patients with drugs or homeopathic remedies is a matter of judgment â€” we canâ€™t know how much any individual caregiver believes in these treatments, although a noteworthy 2008 survey found that about half of U.S. physicians admit they routinely prescribe treatments they donâ€™t think are likely to be of direct physical benefit. Regardless, notes Kaptchuk, patients absolutely end up feeling better, and often testing healthier, when they get these noneffective treatments, thanks to the placebo effect. â€œKnowing that youâ€™re getting a treatment,â€? he says, â€œis a critical part of the ritual of seeing any kind of practitioner.â€? Many studies have proved that sham treatment rituals can do as well as drugs and surgery in relieving symptoms of many common and debilitating ailments. A 2002 study found that sham knee surgery involving an incision but nothing else did as much to relieve arthritis as the standard real procedure, and a 2009 study found that the same was true of a common back operation for osteoporosis. A 2008 British Medical Journal study by Kaptchuk and several colleagues showed that patients receiving sham treatment for irritable bowel syndrome â€” which is one of the 10 disorders that most frequently bring patients to doctors and which has been estimated to cost the U.S. up to $30 billion a year â€” did as well as patients typically do on the standard drug for the disorder. A 2001 study showed that in patients suffering from Parkinsonâ€™s disease, a condition marked by the brainâ€™s diminished ability to produce dopamine, a placebo treatment caused dopamine production to
surge. A German Medical Association study this year found that 59 percent of patients with stomach discomfort were helped by sham treatments. â€œPlacebos have a stronger impact and are more complex than we realized,â€? German Medical Association Director Christoph Fuchs stated upon the studyâ€™s release. â€œThey are hugely important in medicine today.â€? Studies by Kaptchuk and others have even shown that patients still get a beneficial placebo effect when practitioners are honest but optimistic with patients about the placebo â€” saying something along the lines of â€œWe know of no reason why this should work, yet it seems to work with many patients.â€? Sure enough, it often does. Studies have also shown that alternative treatments such as acupuncture tend to produce a larger placebo effect than merely handing out sugar pills, presumably because alternative treatments involve more ritual, and thus further raise patientsâ€™ expectations. In other words, alternative practitioners tend to do a better job at â€œsellingâ€? the placebo effect. One might argue that a system of care that merely delivers a powerful, relatively safe placebo for many conditions â€” without side effects â€” has at least something to commend it, when compared with the system of care we actually have today. Rather than going ballistic when they hear that patients believe themselves to benefit under the care of alternative practitioners, argues Victor Montori, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, doctors ought to be praising, or at the very least tolerating, alternative medicine for the way it plugs gaping holes in modern medicine. â€œWho cares what the mechanism is?â€? he says. â€œThe patient will be healthier.â€?
Mayo Clinic Embraces Alternative Medicine Victor Montori and Amit Sood are not the only voices of support for alternative approaches at the Mayo Clinic, a medical center renowned not only for the excellence of its medical care, and for the relatively low cost of that care, but also for a culture that is fanatical about doing whatever is best for each patient over all other considerations. With its soaring, graceful buildings and an almost pious, midwestern earnestness about patient care, the Mayo Clinic feels a bit like the mother church for modern medicine. I met with a range of prominent physicians there to discuss their views on the growing presence of integrative medicine in mainstream medical care, including at the Mayo Clinic itself, which houses what it calls the Complementary and Integrative Medicine program.
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s mass killings occur around the nation by obviously disturbed perpetrators at increasing frequency, there’s plenty of blame to go around. The medical system gets blamed for not identifying these killers in time; the gun lobby gets blamed for fighting stricter gun regulations; and producers of violent video games along with incessant and glorified violence on TV certainly does nothing to combat despondency and desensitization. But what if the solution could be found in one’s diet, or in more extreme cases, in an inexpensive supplement bottle? Blogger Kimberly Hartke1 offers some ideas that are truly food for thought, and it’s something that processed food manufacturers may not want to admit. “What if our heavy reliance on processed and fast foods is leading to widespread nutrient imbalances?” she writes. “Dr. Weston A. Price, a researcher in the 1930’s found that primitive tribes eating a whole foods, natural diet high in animal foods and animal fat had no need for prisons. The moral character of these isolated people was strong. They were not incapacitated mentally or physically...” One nutritional deficiency in particular that may have the potential to wreak havoc on your psyche is niacin (vitamin B3). Pellagra2 is a condition caused by niacin deficiency, and is clinically manifested by the 4 D’s: photosensitive dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and death. The disease originates in your gut, with GI tract symptoms preceding dermatitis, and the condition is well known to be associated with malnourishment and the “poor man’s diet” consisting primarily of corn products. Pellagra was epidemic in the American South during the early 1900’s, and we just might be dealing with a similar epidemic of malnutrition today. A quote from the book Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats reads: “The clinical description of the typical poor Southerner, any time between about 1900 and 1940, comes alive in the novels of William Faulkner — the brooding sullenness, suddenly shattered by outbursts of irrational anger, persecution, mania, the feeling of people living in a cruel and demented world of their own...Doctors knew very well that diet was at the bottom of all the misery they saw around them, and that disease could be kept at bay by a balanced food supply...”
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I recently interviewed Dr. Andrew W. Saul on the topic of niacin. Dr. Saul has over
35 years of experience in natural health education and is currently serving as editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. Heâ€™s authored over 175 publications and 11 books, and has been named as one of the seven health pioneers by Psychology Today. Heâ€™s also featured in the movie Food Matters. Dr. Saul is co-author of the excellent book, Niacin: The Real Story, along with one of the leading niacin researchers, Dr. Abram Hoffer. Niacin, Dr. Hoffer found, may indeed be a â€œsecretâ€? treatment for psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, which can be notoriously difficult to address. â€œDr. Hoffer is probably the world authority on therapeutic use of niacin. He started doing tests, studies, and research into niacin back in the early 1950s. By 1954, Abram Hoffer had performed the first double-blind, placebo-controlled nutrition studies in the history of psychiatry,â€? Dr. Saul says. â€œThe early 50s were an odd time. Drugs were on the move; more were coming along. But they hadnâ€™t developed to the point where they are today, to put it mildly. Dr. Hoffer had a PhD in biochemistry, and he specialized in cereal biochemistry, which means the study of the vitamins and nutrients in grain. He was also a medical doctor, a board-certified psychiatrist, and head of psychiatric research for one of the provinces in Canada. Dr. Hoffer observed that schizophrenia had symptoms that were very similar to those of pellagra. Pellagra is extreme or total niacin deficiency. Pellagrins â€” in addition to skin problems and many other things â€” also have mental illness symptoms. When vitamin B3, or niacin, was first added as an enrichment to flour, about half of the people in mental institutions went home. This is not a well-known fact. They were there not because they were mentally ill â€” because of genetic, environment or social reasons â€” but because they were malnourished. He wondered about the half that didnâ€™t go home. What about the people that had a little bit of niacin, but didnâ€™t get better? [H]e started giving what at the time were preposterously high doses of niacin: 3,000 milligrams a day. And he was curing schizophrenia in 80 percent of the cases. This is astonishing. The cure rate for schizophrenia with drug therapy is not particularly good. Dr. Hoffer saw again and again that niacin worked. Then he studied it, did the placebo-controlled, double-blind test, and started writing paper after paper on this. At that point, the American Psychiatric Association literally blacklisted him.â€? According to Dr. Saul, other researchers have since confirmed Dr. Hofferâ€™s findings, and found that niacin can also be successfully used in the treatment of other mental disorders, such as attention deficit disorder, general psychosis, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
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hroughout history, we can identify moments that occur that can only be attributed to a paradigm shift in public opinion. They generally precede government policy. These moments are generally brief but are the harbinger of huge changes in culture and eventually policy. We are in the midst of a monumental shift in the perception of nutrition and the global benefits that can come from this change. At the core of the change is people want to live well, but they also want to leave something behind for subsequent generations. The current state of affairs for Americans is abysmal. We are sick. We are the fattest society on Earth. Eighty percent of our chronic diseases — heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer — can be directly attributed to obesity. More than 35 percent of the adult population and nearly 17 percent of children qualify as obese according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Journal of the American Medical Association; January 17, 2012. We have spent billions of dollars on drugs, surgery and health care. Current estimates put U.S. healthcare spending at approximately 16 percent of Gross Domestic Production. That’s $2.4 trillion. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects that the health share of GDP will continue its historical upward trend, reaching 19.5 percent of GDP by 2017. We have created trillion-dollar industries supported solely by our sickness…and to what avail? What have we accomplished? We are getting nowhere closer to healing anything. In fact, the sicker we get, the bigger the institutions that thrive on our sickness become. It’s a classic Catch-22 situation. I recently did a study of the Standard & Poor’s 500. The S&P 500 is comprised of the 500 largest American companies and represents 75 percent of the American equity market. I identified the largest companies in the U.S. that have a majority of their revenue reliant on Food & Beverages, Drugs, Health Care, and Insurance. DRUGS & DEVICES HEALTH CARE CONSUMER (F&B, tobacco) INSURANCE TOTAL 2011
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There are several sacred mountains along this range and Taoists, Buddhists and Shamans can be found there today practicing in temples and caves. Taoist practices in the Korean mountains are unique and rich. While there is a tendency to think of Taoist practices as belonging to China, Korea also has a rich history of Taoist culture and practice. Taoism is so deeply ingrained in Korean culture that even the national flag is composed of the tai chi (yin/yang) symbol in the center with the trigrams for heaven, earth, water, and fire at the corners. Several thousand years ago, SunDo Taoist masters living high in the Korean mountains developed breathing techniques for the specific purpose of Koreans have long believed interacting with the qi that is the source that their strength and life force of the universe. Pulling in pure life energy come from this energy channel with the breath can be a direct conduit mountain range. to the Tao. When qi is refined within the tancheons (Korean word for chakras), one becomes aligned with the root qi energy of the cosmos. This is the path toward oneness that all Taoist practices aim toward. At the core of SunDo teaching is the practice of tancheon cultivation. Tancheon(s) refers to three primary energy centers — lower, middle and upper — in the human body. The first tancheon is located in the lower abdomen, the second on the center line of the body level with the heart, and the third in the head behind the space between the eyebrows. When qi is correctly pulled into the body, it is stored and refined in the tancheons. To store and refine qi efficiently, SunDo practitioners use breathing techniques, body postures, visualizations, and meditations. Of these, the breath is most important. The primary SunDo breathing technique is to breathe into the lower abdomen with a slow, even rhythm, using only the nose. The beginning rhythm is a 5-second inhale and 5-second exhale, maintaining a smooth transition between in-breath and out as the area below the navel expands on inhalation and contracts on exhalation. The most significant factor for refining the breath is that the mind and breath are not separated while breathing. This is difficult to describe with words, but one way to say it is, “the mind becomes the breath and the breath becomes the mind.” Uniting the mind and breath requires absorbing the mind into the lower tancheon where it can pull in and prime the body to utilize purer forms of energy. The SunDo breath rhythm begins the process of connecting to the essence of our inner and outer worlds. The inhale and exhale get longer as one progresses, leading to further tancheon cultivation that reaches deep inside us to effect our body, mind, and spirit. The longer the breath, the more qi becomes refined. The overall process of using breath to cultivate qi strongly impacts our health. All illnesses, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, have a qi configuration at their base. When we practice SunDo breathing for tancheon cultivation, we change the qi patterns inside us. As qi accumulates in the lower tancheon, it naturally sends qi out to any areas of the body where it is needed and strengthens areas of weakness. This also extends to mental and emotional levels. Qi flows smoothly through our body/mind/ spirit without excess or deficiency. If we continue SunDo breathing we eventually awaken to the relationship that exists between humans and the universe. We come to realize that the energetic foundation of the universe is the same qi that gives us life. The universe is alive and we come from it. Qi is the primary ingredient in human beings. SunDo breathing is the catalyst that expands our body, mind, and spirit to energetically connect with the world. This expanded awareness heals us at all levels.
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Why I Decided to Live Without Money By Daniel Suelo
or more than 11 years I’ve lived without money, government assistance or conscious barter. I live primarily in a cave in a Utah canyon, when I’m not wandering. Occasionally I house sit, though I never ask for house sits; they just come to me. My food comes from what I find in dumpsters, wild edibles and what people freely offer. My clothes are cast offs. My decision to live without money was conceived on a backpacking trip to Alaska in 1998. I camped on the Kenai Peninsula, surrounded by pine forests, fluorescent fireweed meadows, soaring bald eagles, spawning salmon, and moose and bears bearing babies. Every living thing displayed its glory that Alaskan summer. The symphonic harmony astounded me. I honed in on the berry section of the orchestra. I noticed the berries along footpaths were more plentiful than elsewhere. Over a couple of weeks, I gorged on raspberries, noticing the ones near my tent becoming redder, plumper and sweeter than the others. Natural selection, I figured. I’d always thought the idea of talking to plants and trees a bit hokey, but I couldn’t help but sense my raspberry neighbors speaking to me. They spoke through a language of color, size, smell, and sweetness: “Stay, eat!” Ripe raspberries, unlike greener ones, offered themselves, clusters easily pulling off branches as a woolen cap is pulled off the head when one comes inside from the cold. It was strange to feel intimacy from bushes, of all things. It was like Holy Communion: “This is my body. Take, eat.” The raspberry bush expected nothing in return and I took from it without a sense of debt. Yet the bush and I mutually benefited in a perfect, pay-it-forward economy. Instinctually, I’d walk a good distance from my camp and poop. I realized pooping was a holy act, simply because it was ego-less, without a self-righteous sense of generosity. The bush paid it forward to me; I paid it forward to somebody else. My turds, revolting to me, were sweet manna from heaven to tiny populations in the soil. Not only that, but my manna included the bonus of seeds, propagating raspberry posterity. There in the woods I felt a therapeutic relief absent in commercial civilization. I reaped what somebody else had sown, sowed what somebody else would reap. This was not the tedium of the sow-and-reap trade economy of commercial civilization — not barter, money, or conventional agriculture. In wild nature I witnessed no consciousness of credit and debt, no value judgments, no imbalance. I could see no difference between work and play. Thus began a hypothesis of why wild nature’s economy is balanced while the commercial economy is not and can never be. I saw that nature is a constant free current — a true currency, that is. Money and possession represent our control, our interruption, of nature’s current, both in our minds and in our environment. Thus money is not a functional currency. Our belief in money represents our lack of trust in nature’s ability to balance positive with negative, credit with debt. Possession means control, and goes against the current. Free means without possession. Free market is an oxymoron. I saw then that commercial civilization can never succeed in coming into balance with the environment. The more we try to create balance, the more imbalance we create. A martial artist, tightrope walker, or dancer understands this principle. The more selfconscious you are, left foot conscious of right foot, the more you stumble. Only by freely giving and receiving — without self-credit (praise) or self-debt (guilt) — can balance come. This means giving up consciousness of credit and debt, not worrying who gets what credit, who owes what to whom. It means no more delusion of possession, property, and control. To be natural is to be graceful — to be in a state of grace, a word that comes from the same Latin root as gratis, or free. After this Alaskan glimmer of wild nature, it would take me two more years to gain the courage to renounce money and conscious barter, to put my hypothesis to the test. I still find consciousness of credit and debt infecting my mind. But the longer I test my hypothesis, the less it is an experiment, the more it is a natural practice of true life, wild life. Daniel Suelo’s unconventional lifestyle is the subject of the new book, The Man Who Quit Money, by Mark Sundeen. This article originally appeared in Earth Island Journal, Summer 2012. Earth Island Institute serves as an incubator for start-up environmental projects and publishes award winning environmental reporting and analysis. Visit www.earthislandjournal.org.
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The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen: 150 Delicious Dishes for Every Meal, Every Day Hooray! People with food sensitivities and health issues are really and truly being recognized by the food industry! Instead of spendingÂ hours in the supermarket aisle scanning ingredients, shoppers are increasingly finding whole sections of their local markets devoted toÂ gluten-free and dairy-free products, as well as otherÂ allergy specific items. Walking into a favorite restaurant no longer causes anxiety for many people, as an increasing number of dining establishments now offer allergy-free specific menus. News for the home cook is even brighter! Cookbooks, blogs and magazines are now abundant for food-sensitive eaters. One of the best: The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen, a fantastic cookbookÂ featuring 150 recipesÂ so delicious and healthful they can be shared with the whole family. A nutrition educator (with both gluten and dairy-intolerance), Denise Jardineâ€™s extensive culinary training inspires her healthy and wholesome recipes that give up the dairy and gluten, but not favorite foods and flavors. From Coconut Ice Cream to Classic French Toast to Rustic Mushroom Pizza, none of the recipes contain dairy in any form (including casein, lactose or milk proteins), wheat or gluten. There is also a coding system at the top of each recipe for those with multiple allergies, and all the recipe use ingredients commonly found in the supermarket. The Basics section includes a master gluten-free flour mix and nut milk recipes. Included, too, is a wealth of information on calcium, food labeling and intolerances. A whole section on vegetarian and companion dishes features yummy Mushroom Kale Lasagna and Spicy Roasted
The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve 2010. Tarcher/Penguin New York, NY â€œWhen we give cheerfully and accept gracefully, everyone is blessed.â€? Maya Angelouâ€™s sagely expresses the profound energy in both giving and receiving. Yet many of us are uncomfortable allowing ourselves to truly receive. The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve reveals why we hesitate and shows us how to open to abundance through the practice of receiving. â€œWhen receiving is balanced with giving, you are not only healthier in mind, body, and spirit â€” you give yourself the key that unlocks the door to your goals, hopes, and dreams.â€? There is a distinct energetic difference between â€œtakingâ€? and receiving. Takers align with Doers. Feeling they â€œhave to,â€? instead of being motivated by a genuine desire to give, Doers put energy out, often repeatedly, with little or nothing coming back. Takers yank energy in. They manipulate, expecting others to cater to them. In this one-sided exchange, Doers get exhausted and Takers feel thereâ€™s never enough. In contrast is the Giver and Receiver: energy travels out from the Giver as the Receiver acknowledges the giving with gratitude. There is recognition of the other. This acknowledgement is one way the Receiver returns energy to the Giver. There is a mutually gratifying sense of wholeness and an energetic connection. The guide includes simple power-to-receive exercises, most of which take less than
two minutes to complete. Learn to strengthen your receive muscles, attract your goal, and throw a monster celebration for someone who has always hated you but now wants to be your friend (yes, you’re unleashing the monster part of you that you tried to ignore. But don’t worry, you get to put the monster back in the closet at the end!).
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2012. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA Bacteria are the oldest living organisms on the planet. Subject to three billion years of harsh environmental evolution, they are master adapters. Bacteria don’t compete with each other for resources; instead they cooperate in sharing survival information. Scientists now know bacteria can exchange resistance information cross-species. In response to a threat, bacteria alter their internal structure to be resistant. Like a telepathic master chess player, bacteria can even anticipate perceived threats. And exposure to antibiotics actually helps some bacteria learn how to gain resistance. Bacteria want to survive just as we do, but are much quicker at reproducing. While it takes about twenty years for a new generation of humans to occur, many bacteria species can produce a new generation in just 20 minutes! That means bacteria have a 500,000 times jump on responding to our antibiotics. Only human hubris could assume antibiotics and The Age of Miracle Drugs could win a “war” on disease. Today, hospital-acquired resistant infections are estimated as the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. If you think there will always be effective antibiotics for each newly discovered superbug, here’s something herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner thinks you should know: “There are virtually no new antibiotics in development, and there are unlikely to be.” None. The main reason? Financial. (Of course.) In the last decade, Buhner’s knowledge of both bacteria and bacterial resistance has greatly expanded, so he completely revised and expanded (and delivers a wake-up call akin to what I consider to be the Silent Spring
of the millennia) Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria. In 1998 Buhner included the 12 resistant pathogens researchers worried about; this new 2nd edition, just a dozen years later includes 21 new ones. Buhner believes plant-based medicine will save the planet, and this very comprehensive guide examines individual resistant bacteria, what herbs are effective in treating them, and discusses specific suggestions for treating yourself and your family. For each herb, directions are given for growing, harvesting and preparing the herb as medicine, “so you can take complete charge of your own health if you wish to do so.” Herbs included are ones Buhner, or practitioners he respects, find to be effective, or herbs that in-depth research or use in other countries have proven effective. There is also a section on immune-enhancing herbs, in-depth profiles of the most reliably effective herbs, their antibiotic properties, parts used, collection, preparation and dosage guidelines, potential side effects and alternatives. Says Buhner, “If I myself were at risk of death from an antibiotic-resistant disease, these are the herbs I personally would use.”
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12/21 — WINTER SOLSTICE RETREAT. Expand your
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December 12/1 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Wilton, NH. Libby Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 12/2.
12/6 — INFO SESSION FOR 200-HOUR HATHA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING. Training runs January 3-April 13. Info session at 7pm, Thursday, Dec. 6. Central Mass Yoga, West Boylston, MA. (508) 835-1176 or www.centralmassyoga.com.
sions, joys, and ideas to evolve our human potential, help co-create the world we choose, and live peace into being. For more information, go to www.birth2012boston.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 258-2773.
12/12 — DRUMMING CIRCLE. Join Sandy Corcoran on 12/12/12, a powerful day for humanity, for a drumming circle from 6:30-8:30pm. Cost $10. At Roots & Wings Healing Center, Natick, MA. sandy@starwalkervisions. com or (508) 435-2681.
Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. Reiki Master Teacher Training: 12/9.
12/9 — COMMUNITY AS HEALER WORKSHOP
12/15 — DIDGERIDOO AND CHAKRA CLEARING
with Linda Marks, MSM. 1-4pm in Newton, MA. In EKP (Emotional Kinesthetic Psychotherapy), when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn. Learn about the roles of therapist, client, witness and helper. email@example.com. www.healingheartpower.com.
with Joseph Carringer. 1-3pm. $45. Amethyst Point, 64 Dewey St., Worcester, MA. (508) 753-3975. www.amethystpoint.com or www.DidgeTherapy.com.
12/12 — CELEBRATE OUR PLANETARY BIRTH DAY ON 12-12-12! Join us at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA from 10 am to 4 pm and afterwards at The Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA from 7 to 10 pm. Enjoy presenters, performers, exhibitors, healers, artisans, supervised kids activities, sound healing, drumming, dance, music, singing, peace meditations, demos, and much more! Tickets are $10 to $20 sliding scale, free for children age 12 and under, for each event. Co-create, host and participate in various other events building up to and on 12-22-12. All are invited to share with one another our inborn genius, visions, pas-
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12/21 — DIVINE LIGHT ENERGY VORTEX EVENT at the Unitarian Church, Andover, MA. Visit www.circlesofwisdom.com or call (978) 474-8010 for more information.
12/21 — WINTER SOLSTIC CELEBRATION AND RITUAL. A free event held at The Theosophical Society, 21 Maple Street, Arlington, MA.7:30 pm. For more information call (781) 648-0101 or visit www.tsboston.org.
12/22 — ORACLE OF THE ENERGY OF LIFE® CRYSTALS UNVEILED! All things true shall come to pass. All things false shall fall away. Embrace the transition! Join us for prophecy, meditation, teaching and healing. 9am-12 noon. Info/register: www.TheWayToBalance.com. (978) 834-0341.
12/22 — NEW BIOMORPHIC GEOMETRY TOOLS FOR 2013 AND BEYOND. Healer-visionary Aaron Singleton teaches you how to best apply the new biomorphic geometry prototypes from the super-consciousness realm. The biomorphic geometry cards are designed to transmit data to our DNA, bioplasmic field and Torus for rapid shifts in consciousness and healing. Rapid planetary/ celestial changes have created the need for new geometric codes. Aaron and Sue Singleton’s prototypes will enable you to evolve with these rapid, ongoing, dramatic energy shifts. Learn how to maximize the use of the biomorphic geometry tools in your daily life. 1:30– 4:30pm. Info/register: www.TheWayToBalance.com. (978) 834-0341.
12/12 — HOMO ANGELICUS with Gene Ang, PhD. 1212-12 changes into 3-3-3, which adds up to 9. All of these embedded numbers signify a powerful vibration of completion, angelic attunement, and oneness on this special day — the ending of a major cycle in time. We gather for a discussion, DNA activation and holy guardian angel meditation. Tickets $66 and held 6:30-10pm at Cascia Hall, Merrimack College, N. Andover, MA. www.circlesofwisdom.com or (978) 474-8010 for info and tickets.
12/8 — REIKI MASTER TRAINING: Wilton, NH. Libby
consciousness. Raise your vibration. 12pm-12am, At the Doubletree Hotel, Westborough, MA. Meditations, tao and oneness blessings, yoga, sound healings, chanting, chakra dance. For details and registration call Bhavna at (774) 2422112 or www.bhwellnessgroup.com.
12/18 — PRACTITIONER’S BREAKFAST. All holistic healthcare practitioners are invited to share breakfast and knowledge. 7:30-9:30am. Free. At Groton Wellness Medical and Dental Spa and Café. 493 Main Street, Groton, MA. (978) 449-9919. www.grotonwellness.com.
12/21 — PARTICIPATE IN A GLOBAL MEDITATION and mini-workshop from 6:30-8pm with Sandy Corcoran. All funds will go to Shared Hope International, assisting children affected by sexual trafficking. Donation $20-$25. Consider supporting financially even if you cannot be present. At Roots & Wings Healing Center, Natick, MA. firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 435-2681.
1/27 — Are you a serious spiritual seeker or a healing practitioner looking to expand? Join Lynn McGonagill for a weekend of angelically guided energy healing classes at Kripalu with the Lightworkers Healing Method. See January listing or visit www.lightworkersmethod.com.
January 1/5 — ANTI-AGING NUTRITION TIPS TO STAY YOUNG with Kristine Bahr, licensed nutritionist. 12-1pm. Get in Shape for Women, 218 Washington Street, Brookline, MA. To sign up, call Jessica at (617) 775-7562. Open house following, 1-3pm. www.kbahr.co.
1/6 — WORLD HYPNOTISM DAY HOLISTIC EXPO. 9th annual. Learn about hypnosis from leading experts in the field as well as other self-help holistic professionals. 100% of event proceeds go to Children’s Friend, Inc. 10am5pm, Hilton Hotel, Woburn, MA. www.whdmass.com.
1/6 — SOUND AND LIGHT HEALER TRAINING BEGINS. Meets one Sunday/month for 6 months in Andover, MA. Learn healing techniques using sound, tone, vibration and music to clear blocked energies and align life energy frequencies. Leontine Hartzell, CH, RMT, shamanic practitioner. For details see www.eyeofeagle.org or call (978) 475-1268.
1/8-3/5 — BEYOND BETRAYAL. Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm. A 9-part series providing guidance for learning how to turn defeat into victory, fear into courage and resentment into compassion. Newburyport, MA. Call or email for fee/payment schedule. Limited seating. (508) 633-1875 or email@example.com. 1/11 — INTRO TO MELCHIZEDEK METHOD with Darlene Slagle and Diane Levine. 7:30 pm. Held at The Theosophical Society, 21 Maple Street, Arlington, MA. For more information call (781) 648-0101 or visit www.tsboston.org.
1/11 — SACRED STONE FACIAL AND AYURVEDIC BEAUTY. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest! Master instructor: Karyn Chabot, D.Ay, MS, LMT. Cost: $275. Thenewportmassageschool.com. (877) 832-1372.
1/12 — SELF-CARE FOR THE MASSAGE THERAPIST. 1-7 pm, Providence, RI. CEU for NCBTMB. For more information and to register: (915) 235-7427, www.continuing-ed-massage.com.
1/12 — 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, 10:00am-5:00pm, 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: www.TheMysticWay.com or call Ross J. Miller (617) 527-3583.
1/12 — 2013 ADVANCED HERBAL STUDIES PROGRAM BEGINS. For those looking to enter clinical practice. Pathophysiology, materia medica, clinical skills, formulation. One weekend a month Saturday, January 12 — Sunday, October 6, plus exam. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 St. Mary’s Ct., Brookline. (617) 750-5274. commonwealthherbs.com.
March 1 — Explore palmistry as a tool of diagnosis with herbalist Linda Patteron in Arlington, MA. See March listing or visit www.aromatherapyandherbalstudies.com. 1/13 — ETHICS FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS AND BODYWORKERS. Continuing education for massage therapists in Providence, RI. 12-6 pm. CEU for NCBTMB. For more information and to register: (915) 235-7427, www.continuing-ed-massage.com.
1/14 — MUNAY-KI: SACRED RITES OF HEALING. Gifted by Incan elders, these ancient rites, meaning “love,” empower us to come back into right relationship with ourselves, each other, and Earth. Join our sacred circle in Newton. Nine Mondays: 1/14 - 3/18. 7-8:30pm. (617) 965-6440. www.bluelotushealingarts.com
1/19 — THE SMART METER GRID IN THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE with Patricia Burke and Rachel Marshall. New wireless meters have been installed on homes and businesses to measure and control consumption of gas, water, and electricity. Consumers are calling for a moratorium due to cost, privacy, security and health issues. This talk will help individuals understand the assumptions driving the build-out and the human health impact, and provide resources for helping restore the integrity of green initiatives in the Year of the Water Snake. 1-3:00 pm. Natural Health and Wellness of New England, Westboro, MA. By donation, space is limited, pre-registration required by 1/16. (781) 414-2434, www.haltMAsmartmeters.org.
1/19 — 7th ANNUAL DAY OF HEALING AND INSIGHT. 10:30am-5:30pm. Energy work, tarot readings, astrology, and more! Work with top professionals for a very reasonable rate. Each 25-minute session is just $20. Contact Janet at (617) 926-4155 or janet@spiralenergies. com. Event sells out! Held at The Theosophical Society, 21 Maple Street, Arlington, MA.
1/19-20 — PRANIC HEALING LEVEL 1 WORKSHOP. Chelmsford, MA. Miriam Smith, C/MCKS, PH healer and PH teacher. (978) 807-3301. PranicHealingNE.com info@PranicHealingNE.comwww.
1/22-4/2 — JOURNEY INTO AWAKENING MEDITATION SERIES with Kristin Kirk. Where meditation, transformation and Absolute Nothing happen. All levels welcome. For more information and to register visit www.kristinkirk.com or call (413) 586-8444.
1/26 — ADVANCED HERBAL TRAINING PROGRAM begins January 26 and meets for seven weekends. This intensive program has three components: diagnostic classes, weekend seminars, and the herbal clinic. We teach facial, tongue, pulse, and nail diagnosis and advanced formulation. Boston School of Herbal Studies, Arlington. (781) 646-6319, bostonherbalstudies.com.
1/26 — INTRO TO THE SPIRIT AND SCIENCE OF WITCHCRAFT with Priscilla Gale. 10:30-4pm. Held at The Theosophical Society, 21 Maple Street, Arlington, MA. For more information call (781) 648-0101 or visit www.tsboston.org.
1/27-2/1 — ANGELICALLY GUIDED ENERGY HEALING CLASSES AT KRIPALU. As spiritual beings having a human experience, our souls have plans for our lives. Lightworkers Healing Method can realign us with those plans and return us to our natural state of joy and fulfillment. Any aspect of life can improve — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — even interpersonal and financial. Are you a serious spiritual seeker or a healing practitioner looking to expand? This workshop is for you. www.lightworkersmethod.com
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February 2/2 — SUNDO INSTRUCTOR TRAINING. SunDo Healing Arts Centers offer instructor training in Taoist yoga with a certification to teach breathwork and meditation. Locations in both MA and CT. Register by Feb 2 to receive an early-bird discount! Please visit www.sundo.org and find instructor training for details. Questions: (203) 901-7393 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2/2 — THE CANCER-FREE ZONE. Learn how to avoid and/or recover from cancer through nutrition, supplements, exercise and emotional health. Create a cancer free environment in your body. Harmony Center, Medfield, MA. (508) 359-8056. www.harmony-center.org
2/2-3 — DREAMS AND SOUL TRAVEL: KEYS TO HEALING JOY AND INNER PEACE. Join us at the 2013 Massachusetts Eckankar Regional Seminar. Listen to talks and music, engage in spiritual discussion and other activities for great spiritual growth. Courtyard Marriott, Marlborough, MA. For more information: (617) 696-2756 or www.eckinmass.org.
2/6 — BHAKTI YOGA CERTIFICATION COURSE BEGINS with Maha Visnu. 20 classes with written examination, Sundays from 11am-12:30pm. 72 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA. $400 fee with work-study and payment plans available. For information and to register call (617) 247-8611 or visit www.ISKCONBoston.org.
2/9 — THE SMART METER GRID IN THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE with Patricia Burke. New wireless meters have been installed on homes and businesses to measure and control consumption of gas, water, and electricity. Consumers are calling for a moratorium due to cost, privacy, security and health issues. This talk will help individuals understand the assumptions driving the build-out and the human health impact, and provide resources for helping restore the integrity of green initiatives in the Year of the Water Snake. 1-3 pm. The House of Peace, Ipswich MA, By donation. Space is limited, Pre-registration required by 2/6. (978) 283-7481. www.haltMAsmartmeters.org
2/9 — FERMENTATION: PREPARATION AND HEALTH BENEFITS. Explore the basics of fermentation and its medicinal properties with herbalist Brittany Wood Nickerson of Thyme Herbal in Amherst, MA. Hands-on demonstration, tasting and recipe sharing. $35. At Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Sponsored by Tower Hill and the Herbal Community of Central Mass. Register at www.hcocm.org.
2/9 — COOKING FOR WINTER WELLNESS. Learn cooking and food preparation techniques of specific foods and herbs to support winter wellness, and immunity with herbalist Brittany Wood Nickerson of Thyme Herbal in Amherst, MA. $35. At Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Sponsored by Tower Hill and the Herbal Community of Central Mass. Register at www.hcocm.org.
2/17 — HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP. Start of ten month herbal apprenticeship program guiding you into the very heart of herbalism, using as its base curriculum written by Rosemary Gladstar. Meets one Sunday a month. For more information, contact Scentsibilities, (508) 869-3300, www. scentsibilities.com.
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2/23— “STOP STOPPING YOURSELF AND BECOME UNSTOPPABLE!” A life-shifting event at Heaven On Earth, Pembroke, MA. Presented by spiritual master Vincent Genna, MSW. Contact Vincent at (919) 480-1401 or Heaven On Earth at (781) 857-1444.
2/23 — OVERCOMING ASTRO-PSYCHOLOGICAL OBSTACLES OR THRIVING IN SPITE OF THEM. Workshop with Joyce Levine, National Council for Geocosmic Research Workshop. 12:30-4:30pm. Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA. Registration at http://ncgrbostonastrology.org/meetings.php. For information, call Joyce Levine at (617) 354-7075.
2/28-3/2 — ANNIE APPLESEED EVIDENCE-BASED COMPLEMENTARY/ALTERNATIVE CANCER THERAPIES CONFERENCE. $209 (some scholarships available). West Palm Beach, FL. Open to people with cancer, supporters/advocates and professionals (CEs/CNEs). Speakers, 5 organic meals, exhibits, giveaways, networking, great FL weather. Info at www.annieappleseedproject.org.
Upcoming 3/1-3/6 — THE RECONNECTION: RECONNECTIVE HEALING AT KRIPALU. March 1-4: Level I/II seminar: Reconnective Healing with Eric Pearl and The Reconnection Teaching Team. March 4-6: Level III seminar: The Reconnection taught by The Reconnection Teaching Team. March 2-4: Reconnection yoga classes taught by The Reconnective Yoga Teaching Team. For guest registration and information: (866) 200-5203 or email@example.com.
3/2 — SHAMANIC LIGHT HEALER APPRENTICESHIP with Leontine Hartzell of Eye of the Eagle Center for Spiritual Light. Begins March 2, 2013 in Andover, MA. Lifechanging popular program offered for the 7th time. Meets 1 Saturday/month for 10 months. Optional second year. For details call (978) 475-1268 or visit www.eyeofeagle.org.
3/22-3/25 — SENSEI LEVEL JAPANESE TRAINING. Teach all levels of Japan’s Gendai Reiki. Lineage: Usui Mikao and Gakkai members —Kan’Ichi Taketomi — Kimiko Koyama — Hiroshi Doi — Gendai Reiki Shihan Audrey and James Pearson to you. Southborough, MA. Pre-requisite: certified Reiki Master. www.yogapathways.com.
3/23 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Newton, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 3/24.
3/30 — BITTERS: MORE THAN JUST A COCKTAIL MIXER. Discover the benefits this simple herbal formula has for digestion, metabolism, and blood sugar with clinical herbalist and educator Guido Mase of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Samples provided. 10:30-noon at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. $25. Sponsored by Tower Hill and the Herbal Community of Central Mass. Register at www.hcocm.org.
3/30 — SIMPLE TECHNIQUES IN HERBAL EXTRACTION AND DISTILLATION. Learn how to create tinctures made from fresh or dry botanicals with clinical herbalist and educator Guido Mase of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Samples provided. 1:30-4pm at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. $40. Sponsored by Tower Hill and the Herbal Community of Central Mass. Register at www.hcocm.org.
APRIL 2013 — TEN-WEEKEND HOMEOPATHY COURSE. Offered by New England School of Homeopathy with doctors Herscu and Rothenberg in Boston beginning April, 2013. Meets Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday, every other month. For further information: www.nesh.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/2 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Concord, MA. Libby Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 3/3
3/2-3 — THE WAY OF THE SHAMAN®. Wakefield, RI. Nan Moss and David Corbin. The Foundation for Shamanic Studies basic workshop, prerequisite for all Foundation programs. Contact All That Matters (401) 782-2126, email@example.com. Visit www.shamanscircle.com.
3/9-3/10 — WOMEN’S GETAWAY WEEKEND. Inspirational and informative workshops, massage/energy work…sleep late, laugh and just be. Do whatever renews your spirit, relaxes your body and nourishes your soul! Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport, MA. Hosted by The Joy Source: www.thejoysource.com/womans-weekend-2013.
3/22 — MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN PROGRAM. Do you long to reconnect with a loved one who has passed? Professional psychic and medium Gayle Kirk offers messages from loved ones in heaven and/or psychic guidance for some. 7:00-9:00 pm. Warren Recreation Building, Wellesley, MA. www.gaylekirk.com/classes-events/index.php. (781) 235-2370.
1/22-4/2 — Discover the Journey Into Awakening meditation series with healer and teacher Kristin Kirk where meditation, transformation and Absolute Nothing happen. See January listing or www.kristinkirk.com.
4/3 — PSYCHIC AND MEDIUMSHIP DEVELOPMENT INTENSIVE (6 WEEKS). Professional psychic and medium Gayle Kirk helps you to learn how to receive psychic guidance and messages from heaven for yourself and for others. Learn how to give professional readings. Take your gifts to the next level! Beginner and intermediate level serious students. No experience necessary! Certificate of completion awarded. Belmont, MA. Pre-register by 3/27/13 and save $100. http://www.gaylekirk.com/classes-events/ psychicmediumintensive.php. (617) 489-7717
4/3 — 5TH ANNUAL COMPLEMENTARY AND INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES EXPO. 3-6pm at UMASS Medical School, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA. Free and open to the public. Exhibitor space now available. Contact Vinny Minichiello at Vincent.firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
4/6 — REIKI CERTIFICATION. Wilton, NH. Libby Barnett, MSW. 26 years experience. Reiki Energy Medicine co-author. Notebook, pin, certificate awarded. Visa/MC accepted. CEU’s/contact hours. Call (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 4/7.
4/27 — HOLISTIC PSYCHIC FAIRE sponsored by The First Spiritualist Church of Onset. At the The Elks of Wareham Lodge (Rt 28 & 6) Wareham, MA from 10-5pm. $2 admission. For more information: www.church1.org.
OCTOBER 2013 — JOIN SANDY CORCORAN AND NICKI SCULLY, both authors and shamanic consultants, for an amazing journey throughout the sacred sites of Egypt, October 2013.Three slots left. For detailed fact package please contact email@example.com or (508) 435-2681.
Oct 2013 — Join authors and shamanic consultants Sandy Corcoran and Nicki Scully for a fabulous journey throughout the sacred sites of Egypt. See Upcoming listing or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES. Arlington
CLASSES IN CHANNELING AND SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION with Vywamus, a teacher of higher consciousness, channeled by Andrea Seiver. Have a personal reading, enjoy 2013 Evenings with Vywamus April 11, May 2, June 6. (617) 332-1541. www.andreaseiver.com.
SUNDAY SERVICES AT THE CHURCH OF SPIRITUAL LIFE in Methuen, MA at 10:30am. Various workshops offered, see schedule online www.churchspirituallifenh.org. Medium days/mini health fairs 2nd Saturday of January, March and May,11am-4pm.
DROP-IN MEDITATION EVENINGS. Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Lane, Waltham. Introduction for beginners at 7, meditation at 7:30 for all, refreshments at 8:30. No fee; suggested donation. www,advaitameditation.org.
FREE INTRODUCTION TO HOMEOPATHY. Want help with a long-time health issue? Learn what homeopathy can do for you. Any Tuesday 11/27,12/1, 1/15 OR 2/12 from 6:30-7:30pm. Quantum Life Management, 30 Westwood Ave, E. Longmeadow. RSVP: 413-426-1024.
WELLNESS ROUNDTABLE HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS NETWORKING GROUP. Please join us at our monthly meetings, second Wednesday each month in Northboro, MA. Stay inspired and create collaborative professional relationships. A welcoming community working for the greater health and well-being of all. Contact email@example.com.
and Lincoln, MA. Affordable, evening and weekend classes, aromatherapy certification course, herbal apprenticeship programs and advanced training. Call (781) 646.6319 or see bostonherbalstudies.com.
SAI MAA MEDITATION GROUP is forming in Central Massachusetts. Gathering of people interested in the teachings and healing of Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi. All are welcome. If interested please call Graham Campbell at (508) 954-4041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUDITH SWACK TO APPEAR AS A REGULAR GUEST on “News for the Soul Radio” on December 21, January 25 and February 22. Judith will be interviewed on the 1.5 hour show by founder, producer and host Nicole Whitney, who has been dubbed “the Oprah of the Internet” by her listeners. Don’t miss this exciting free broadcast! Visit www.blogtalkradio.com/soulnews at or just before 7PM to listen live. You can listen and/or participate by phone by calling (646) 595 4274 at anytime during the live broadcast. Listen to Judith’s previous broadcasts: www.newsforthesoul.com/hblu.htm.
FREE MONTHLY POTLUCK AND WOMEN’S CIRCLE. 2nd Wednesday of each month. The Gathering Inn Women’s Spiritual Center and Retreat House, Hubbardston, MA. 6:30-9pm. New events happening all the time. See full schedule online at www.gatheringinn.org. (978) 820-1139.
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.
PRANIC HEALING WEEKLY TWIN HEARTS MEDITATIONS AND FULL MOON MEDITATIONS. Cleanses, energizes, and relaxes body, mind, spirit. Thursdays, 7-8:15 pm. Miriam G. Smith, C/MCKSPH healer and pranic healer teacher. (978) 683-6129. email@example.com. www.PranicHealingNE.com.
READING GATHERINGS facilitated by Reverend Jeannine Bakriges, ordained Spiritualist minister and certified metaphysician. Offered on Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm. Schedule a gathering at your home, receive two free readings! For more information: www.thespiritualspider.blogspot.com/2012/07/reading-gatherings.html or (802) 368-7217. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINTER CLASSES AT THE ECLECTIC INSTITUTE OF AROMATHERAPY. January 19: Introduction to Aromatherapy, at The Soul Purpose, Swansea, MA. February 1: Making Floral Waters, at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, Arlington, MA. February 2: Vegetable Soap Making, at The Boston School of Herbal Studies, Arlington, MA. February 10: Introduction to Aromatherapy, at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, Arlington, MA. March 1: Palmistry As A Tool of Diagnosis, Arlington, MA. (978) 297-4502. LindaaPatterson@comcast.net. www.aromatherapyandherbalstudies.com.
TAI CHI CHUAN. Classes in Yang style tai chi chuan, both group and private, held at Gin Soon Tai Chi Club, the oldest school teaching tai chi chuan in the greater Boston area. Classes held Monday-Thursday 11-1. Evenings from 4-8. Saturdays 1-4. 33 Harrison Ave, 2nd floor, Boston, MA. (617) 542-4442. www.gstaichi.org.
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Holisticdirectory winter 2012
Categories • Acupuncture and Asian Medicine . . 54 • Astrological Consulting . . . . . 54-55 • Bookstores and Gift Shops . . . . . 55 • Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55-56 • Children's Health and Services . . . 56 • Chiropractors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
• Classes, Certifications & Schools . . 56-58 • Coaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 • Consciousness Transformation . . . 58 • Counseling and Therapy . . . . . 58-59 • Healing and Bodywork . . . . . . 60-61 • Healing: Combined Modalities ..61-62
Acupuncture & Asian Medicine 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.
Nature’s Path to Healing & Personal Transformation
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
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Blue Lotus Healing Arts is dedicated to mind/body healing, education and wellness. Our services include Acupuncture and Shamanic Healing, the medicine of Plant Spirits, and various workshops to heal, guide, and support you to reclaim a heart-centered connection to your self, others, and the earth. Please contact us for more information: www.bluelotushealingarts.com 70 Athelstane Rd, Flr #2, Newton Ctr, MA 617.965.6440
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.
• Spas and Salons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 • Spiritual Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 • Yoga, Tai Chi and Fitness . . . . . . . 66
Add your business to this directory! Deadline: Feb 1 • Call: 508-278-9640
Astrological Consulting Joseph Crane
Call for a free “meet and greet” appointment. 259 Mass Ave., Arlington, MA Free parking in rear. www.anappleadayacupuncture.com 781.648.0911
Acupuncture & Shamanic Healing
• Herbs and Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 • Holistic Medical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 • Homeopathy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 • Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 • Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63-64 • Retreats and Retreat Centers . . . 65
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.
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. Visit our website for further information and our monthly newsletter. email@example.com s 401-527-2035 www.astrologyinstitute.com
Saturday, January 26 Joseph Crane: Planetary Symbolism and the Twelve-Letter Alphabet Dietrech Pessin: Timing is Revealed with Lunar Phases & Their Moon Families Saturday, February 23 Joyce Levine: Overcoming Astro-Psychological Obstacles or Thriving in Spite of Them The National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) is a non-profit international astrological organization with local chapters. Membership is open to all who share an interest in astrology. Members and non-members can participate in workshops. Information on joining NCGR is at: www.geocosmic.org Registration information at: http://ncgrbostonastrology.org/meetings.php
Saturday, April 6 Madalyn Hillis-Dineen: The Forecasting Toolbox Whether you want to determine the general trends for a year or focus in on daily work, these tools and techniques will add a powerful component to your astrological work. Meetings are held at: Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., Belmont For more info, contact our Boston Chapter President Joyce Levine at: 617-354-7075 G firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
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
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:
new age gift shop
Books and music @ Aromatherapy and tools Incense and candles @ Crystals and jewelry Learning Center
Workshops @ Reiki Training @ Readings Yoga @ Gaidon Heart @ Bellydance Psychic Development Holistic Healing Center
Usui and Karuna Reiki @ Hypnotherapy Reflexology @ Massage @ Crystal Healing Inner Child Healing @ Body Talk™
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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 www.womenofwisdominc.com 508-230-3680
“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 www.astrologicalpsychology.com 617-524-7072
Bookstores and Gift Shops
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
122 West Emerson St., Melrose, MA www.zuzusbeads.com G 781-665-8844
Centers OPEN DOORS
Largest New Age Store in New England
Witch Owned and Operated Ritual Supplies G Crystals G Gemstones Jewelry G Incense G Candles G Gifts
Hot Power Yoga and Gentle Yoga Classes
Mediums and Spiritual Counselors on staff Various classes and workshops!
200 & 500 Hours u 14 Yoga Studio Locations
78 N. Washington St, N. Attleborough, MA 508-643-3400 G 877-33-WITCH firstname.lastname@example.org www.andromedasalley.com
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Dorchester, Roslindale, North Cambridge, Easton, Westwood, Canton, Braintree, No. Attleboro, No.Scituate, Duxbury, Hingham, Weymouth, Hanover, E. Bridgewater
The Silver Willow
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!
An Herbal, Metaphysical & New Age Gift Shop for all your herbal and ritual needs
Classes in Aromatherapy, Astrology, Tarot, Wicca, Herbs and more
Home of the Celtic Cricket Psychic Reader... What’s in your Future?
We are an enlightened spiritual community committed to learning and growing and open to the many possibilities along this spiritual journey.
Tue-Sat 11:30-7, Sun 12-5 pm., Mon-Closed, 54 Fall River Ave. (Rt. 6), Rehoboth, MA www.thesilverwillow.com n 508-336-8813
1050 Main St, Unit 14, East Greenwich, RI email@example.com 401-300-GOD1
Readings available in person or over the phone
Rhode Island Center for
Metaphysics Possibilities * Learning Illumination
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 www.OpenDoors7.com u 781-843-8224
Center Offerings G Spiritual Topic Discussion Group G Spiritual Study Group G Spiritual Movie Night G Spiritual Classes G Morning Group Meditation Sessions G Spiritual Lecture Series
See our full schedule of events: www.thericenterformetaphysics.com Join us on meet up: www.meetup.com/ The-RI-Center-For-Metaphysics Centers continued
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Centers continued Bodywork and Readings
Massage Z Cranial-Sacral Z Reiki Z Polarity Full Spectrum Healing Z Angel Readings Spiritual Counseling Z Psychic Readings
Classes, Certifications & Schools
Classes and Workshops
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:
Yoga Z Tai-Chi, NIA Z Journey Dance Qi Gong Z Crystal Bowl Workshops Psychic Development Classes Z Meditations Healer Training Programs Host your event here!
163 Main St., Suite 6, Medway, MA 02053 firstname.lastname@example.org 508 533-0669 Z www.solsticehealing.com
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!
We are a nonprofit center dedicated to teaching meditation and exploring the tradition of Advaita. Our aim is to guide you to the experience of happiness and unity in everyday life. Wednesday Evening Open Meditation Meditation Workshops Classes and Study Groups
To learn more about us, go to our website or visit us at our lovely, historic house in Waltham.
28 Worcester Lane, Waltham, MA 02451 www.advaitameditation.org G 781-647-0020
Ample parking and wheelchair accessibility.
Energy Medicine Practitioner
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.
Touchstone Community School offers a progressive, child-centered approach to education. For more than 30 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
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
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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 start in October and run through June, meeting six weekends over the year. Payments plans available. For more information: Rhys@RhysThomasInstitute.com rhysthomasinstitute.com F 508-740-3038
B American Massage Therapy Association Member
Sacred Stone School for Allied Massage& Ayurveda: S.A.M.A. SAMA is a consciousness-based massage school inspired by the matrix between science and art; where ancient wisdom meets modern medicine; where massage,
To learn more about our holistic approach to education for children ages 4 to 14: www.touchstoneschool.com 508-839-0038
Ayurveda and yoga reunite. Our seaside Newport campus in Rhode Island provides a beautiful space for students to enliven and amplify the natural intelligence of the healing process within others and within themselves.
Children's Health Services Touchstone offers:
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 F
New England’s premier 3-year
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
B National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) pending approval B Approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage 79 Thames St., Newport, RI Karyn@sacredstonehealing.com www.samanewport.com B 877-832-1372
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 www.spatech.edu
exclusively or incorporated into your healing practice. Two-year certification program.
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To learn more, or for free home study course and more information including course descriptions, certification requirements, and links to online videos and teleseminars, please visit: Energy workers : Learn advanced
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Classes Offered in Providence, RI R Self-Care for the Massage Therapist
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Affordable Herbal Education Throughout the Year
New Classes Offered Summer 2013 in N.E. R Working with PTSD as a Bodyworker
Sun., Jan. 13: 12-6 pm
Intensive 7 Month Herbal Apprenticeships Training with Facial, Tongue, and Pulse Diagnosis ❖ Aromatherapy Certification ❖ Weekend Intensives and Evening Classes
Gloria is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as a Continuing Education Approved Provider. Provider #451261-10. To register and for more information: www.continuing-ed-massage.com
upcoming Herbal Classes
For more information on all our classes, see www.bostonherbalstudies.com Arlington, MA ❖ 781.646.6319
Begins Dec. 3 - Lyme Practitioner Training Feb. 1 - Distillation of Essential Oils Feb. 2 - The Ancient Art of Soap Making Feb. 9 & 10 - Intensive on Reproductive Health Begins Feb. 10 - Aromatherapy Certification Feb. 21 - Health, Vitality and Long Life Feb. 28 - Healthy Gums and Teeth
• 200 and 500 Hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training • Meditation Training • Yoga classes offered daily • Monthly Workshops • Weekend Intensives • Yoga Therapy Training
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.
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
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 www.wholepoint.us r 603-895-4530
ChangeYour Life Workshops with Ed Langan
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. Julie Rost, Director
8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH www.yogalifenh.com v 603-479-3865
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 www.walkinbalance.com v 508-317-3044 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 F Improve relationships F Achieve better self-esteem F
Ready to Change? For times, dates and descriptions of the workshops South of Boston visit: www.BeYourBean.com Ed is also available for coaching.
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Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies Instructor Linda Patterson offers over 20 years of experience in the science, art and principles of herbalism and aromatherapy.
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 www.aromatherapyandherbalstudies.com 978-297-4502
IMPROVE YOUR LIFE “Comprehensive Life Tune-Up,” our signature program, digs into eight life areas: health, environment, career, finances, social/ fun, family, intimate relationships, and spirituality, to discover ways to improve your life satisfaction. Life Guidance Associates
uses a combination of Life Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, and Energy Healing to assist you in improving your life. Jodi and Michelle have advanced degrees in Psychology and are certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. They have advanced training in Reiki and Life Coaching. For more information, contact: V Michelle: 508-789-8102
mcurrie@LifeGuidance-Assoc.com V Jodi: 508-353-6878
Benefits of the Sedona Method®
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.
A Love Coach
Edie Blue, M.S., CLAC ◆
Are you recovering from a breakup?
Tired of the dating drain?
Haven’t had a date in ages?
Would love to meet your soulmate?
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Eliminate your stress, fears and tensions G 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
Coaching available by phone or in person Introduction and Support Groups monthly Offices in Watertown, MA & Providence, RI Cheryl@WrightHereNow.com 617-448-8749 G www.WrightHereNow.com
I would be delighted to assist you in manifesting more love in your life. My coaching will help you to see and feel visible, tangible results. Together, we will co-create a joyful journey to a new love especially tailored for you! Call for FREE 10 minute consult! In person or phone coaching ◆ Workshops Concord-Cambridge, MA email@example.com 857-753-6819 ◆ edieblue.com
Consciousness Transformation 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
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.
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 • www.andreaseiver.com Available Now! The Next Big Bang: The Explosion of Human Consciousness A Vywamus Book Read more at www.andreaseiver.com
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. www.kristinkirk.com
Counseling and Therapy Holistic Psychotherapy Dedicated to the freedom to explore and express the authentic self.
Jonathan Chisholm, MA Presence is both the goal and technique of this psychotherapeutic process. To be with another person while fully aware of and respectful to our inner state is where healing begins. We can begin to let go of old roles and the need to be a certain way for another person. Sometimes it is helpful to examine the past to gain an understanding of how and why we habitually abandon ourselves. We learn to let go of relational habits, addictions (of all kinds), self-limiting beliefs and worst of all, hiding from who we are. We begin, sometimes for the first time in years, to discover our actual feelings. These felt sensations experienced in our bodies ultimately become a guide to who we are and what we need from life. We learn to tolerate feelings that were once overwhelming
to us and to release pent up feelings from years of suppression. Awareness is the key. To be witness to our own inner processes and at the same time to be fully aware of our surroundings is the beginning of freedom. We learn to take our own experience as real and decide that we are at liberty to respond in a way that truly fits who we are. Life is no longer filtered though other people’s interpretations that we have mistakenly labeled as our own. We become ourselves. This work must to be done gently. We need the guidance of someone who will keep us on task but at the same time allow us to go at a pace that feels safe. We need someone we can learn to trust. We are entering into a collaboration that is itself a form of meditation. By learning to be present in an authentic way in the therapeutic setting, a new possibility for being in the world emerges. 100 Lafayette St, Pawtucket, RI firstname.lastname@example.org www.holisticpsychotherapy.com 401-952-0142
Weekly Group and Various Workshops Offered
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.
Conveniently located near the commuter rail in Needham. Just a short drive from Rte. 128/I-95
Helping People Live Better Lives Glenn Bigonet, M.A. Mental Health Counselor Clinical Hypnotherapist
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,
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: www.heartspacecafe.com/blog Mediation for couples and families. Coaching for soul-centered living. Body psychotherapy groups. Apprenticeship training. Newton, MA www.healingheartpower.com LSMHEART@aol.com 617-965-7846
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 www.eaglespirittherapies.com 781-297-2003
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, OfSpirit.com Offering a variety of techniques, including: ASAT™ C.O.R.E. Counseling, Meditation, Energy Work, Crystals, and Aromatherapy
Center of the Heart Whole Health Integration
Joan Holzman, Psy. D. Lic. Psychologist, Lic. Marriage and Family Therapist Dance/Movement Therapist
Serious crystal energy work since 1987
Metro-Boston G KRucialArts@gmail.com www.CrystalConcentrics.com G 617-771-5119
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. Private Appointments, Phone Sessions & Workshops Middleton, MA u Trish@TrishWhynot.com www.TrishWhynot.com u 978-314-4545
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.”
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.
s Therapeutic Movement – “It was great to feel the freedom in my body after working with you.”
Barbara Madden Johnson
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.
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-
Moodstreams Hypnosis Constructively connect with your daily/ life challenges. Learn and benefit from layouts, placement, sacred safe-space, and therapeutic percussion. G Ideal for life transformations and routine spiritual rebooting G Meditation, renewal, focus G Healers: be healed, supported G Sessions under 90 minutes
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.
Certified Consulting Hypnotist Relieve stress, Sleep better, Stop overeating, Quit smoking, Gain confidence, Improve your athletics, Prepare for exams, Find lost items, Remove irrational fears, and more.
42 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-6138
Break long-standing cycles of selfsabotage, overcome fears, and relieve anxiety with the help of hypnosis. Get to the emotional root of your problem and unlock your own innate healing powers. Most issues can be resolved in just a few sessions and many people report noticeable changes after the first session. Acton, MA l 1-888-757-8597 email: email@example.com web: hypnosis.moodstreams.com Counseling and Therapy continued
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Healing and Bodywork
Patricia Warren Reiki Jin Kei Do
Union, returning 13 times, as well as to thousands of people in medical, religious and educational settings throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Middle East since 1989. All Levels of Reiki Jin Kei Do Training Buddho Healing (advanced Reiki classes) “His Garments Hem” Christian Healing Touch Gung Fu Chinese Tea Ceremonies Past Life Regression Justice of the Peace Spiritual Director
Nakri HEALING CENTER Nadsa de Monteiro
Lightarian & Usui Reiki Master/Teacher
The John Harvey Gray Center for
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.
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.
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Lightarian Reiki and Usui -Tibetan Reiki Classes — all levels Aura Readings via your Akashic Records Reiki Sessions that address your issues and initiate the transformation that is right for you firstname.lastname@example.org www.nakrihealing.com 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 See Full Class Schedule: www.learnreiki.org ✴ 603-899-3288
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. Rev. Claire Luft Master Teacher/Master Healer Ancient Mystery School Guide & Ritual Master Heart's Singing Healing Center, Woburn, MA 781-281-2888 v www.heartssinging.com
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New Englands most InternationallyExperienced Reiki Master since 1989 Patricia has taught healing techniques of Buddhist, Sikhs and Christians for over 25 years. She is the appointed East Coast representative of Reiki Jin Kei Do ~ Buddho Healing, authentic and advanced teachings of Usui Reiki in the lineage of Buddhist Monk Seiji Takamori. Patricia was the first woman to teach Reiki in the former Soviet
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.”
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Patricia Warren, Reiki Master Teacher 508-528-5888 ✦ email@example.com www.patriciawarren.com
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.” Reiki I, Boston Area Classes: Concord, MA: Mar. 2 Newton, MA: Mar. 23 Reiki I, Wilton, NH Classes: Dec. 1 or Apr. 6 Reiki II Class on day folowing Reiki I Class Reiki Master, Wilton, NH Class: Dec. 8 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: www.reikienergy.com firstname.lastname@example.org • 603-654-2787
SAGE Joya Z. Bayne s
Massage Therapists need to take care of THEMSELVES , as well as their clients and businesses; that’s why I’m offering a 30% discount to licensed and student MTs! I took my first AMTA workshop in 1983, bought the recommended text, and began to practice informally with actors, dancers, and later, with co-workers.
T I-ACT Instructor
T National Board Certified T 12+ Years Experience T FDA Approved Instrument T Closed System
Sage Guided Colon Therapy through The Mind-Gut Connection Mental, Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Cleansing
email@example.com www.colonlove.com T www.holistickey.com 617-710-1337 Lifetime Health & Consulting 1166 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA Steps from Harvard Sq., Harvard Univ. & MIT
AMTA professional active member #16866 MA Licensed Massage Therapist #8907
“The Noble Method,” (a phrase coined by a college friend) is the synthesis of everything I’ve ever learned about the human body, structure and function, sports, first aid and movement theory. (My BA is in Dramatic Arts.) I graduated from Cortiva in 2010 and I’ve been located on the Boston waterfront since 2011.
Let me help you give your best to your clients!
THE NOBLE METHOD, LLC Therapeutic maintenance massage for massage therapists and other performing artists. Mark Noble, LMT
Divine Intervention is “Where the Impossible Becomes Possible.”
Divine Intervention Spontaneous Remission Advanced Energetic Hands on Healing from the Mayan Lineage. Miraculous Healing for all issues that require attention.
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 www.heartssinging.com
Pure Health & Wellness
Nadine Miller I-ACT Certified Keeping you healthy from the inside out! Colon hydrotherapy is one of the most important things we can do to keep our bodies as healthy as can be. Many people struggle from constipation, bloating, fatigue, being overweight, and feeling sluggish on a
daily basis. These are just some of the many symptoms with which colon hydrotherapy can help. Experience comfort and relaxation with the Angel of Water colon hydrotherapy system. This open-style system is FDAapproved and brings colon cleansing into the 21st century with privacy and dignity. We are now offering special package prices to Spirit of Change readers! For more information or to make an appointment, please call 508-566-7873 112 Park Street, North Attleboro, MA www.purehealthandwellnessma.com
Experience colon hydrotherapy in a safe, relaxed environment using state-of-the-art FDA registered equipment. Stephanie Dumas
Private Sessions by Appointment:
I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Owner
Lexington Medical Building 16 Clarke Street, Lexington, MA firstname.lastname@example.org 781-860-5116
Cleansing for the body, the mind, the spirit
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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.
Divine Guidance and Healing for the Body, Mind & Spirit
Classes Offered: Reiki q Angels q Chakras Aromatherapy q Herbalism Sound Healing Meditations q Much more
Visionary Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Sound and Light Therapy, and Hypnotherapy to address issues of anxiety, overwhelm, loss, resentment, and more.
v Trauma Release Modalities for bone, mus-
cle, nerve, organ issues. Years of pain gone in just a few sessions, or even just minutes. v
Holistic and Wellness Education Center
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 www.TheWayToBalance.com 978-834-0341
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,
Angelic Guidance Readings Angelic Guidance Intuitive Healing Spirit Communication Reading Reiki q Soul Counseling Energy Medicine Jessica L. Kozak Energy Healer, Intuitive & Spirit Medium 774-264-1329 q Swansea, MA www.the-soul-purpose.com
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 email@example.com www.eyeofeagle.org r 978-475-1268
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Healing: Combined Modalities continued Intuitive Hands-On Healing R Hypnosis Thetahealing R Reconnective Healing® The Reconnection®
National Guild of Hypnotists
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.
283 Main Street, Kingston,MA 02364 www.newdayhealing.com R 508-280-1523
Awaken your dreams for yourself and for the life you want.
energyGwork BARBARA ALLEN Master G Teacher G Mentor Healing Facilitator Barbara has been practicing and teaching Energy Work since 2000. Her passion is in sharing knowledge through teaching, facilitation, and hands-on energy work with all beings.
Please call or email for more information on classes and/or to schedule a healing session for yourself or your animal. Distance Healing G Gem Energies Munay-Ki G Reiki
M.Ed, C.A.S., FAPA R Medical intuitive sessions, energy heal-
ing and integrative therapy R 25 years of experience in traditional and
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Do you need healing or solutions for any life issues?
Katalin Matyus, MS, MA Certified Reconnective Healer, Certified HBLU Therapist, Certified Akashic Records Consultant, Psychic Medium, Singer/Writer, Dancer/Instructor/Therapist
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Herbal Education Center
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.” www.wendymarks.com R 781-449-5368 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reconnective Healing V
HBLU Mind Body Therapy V
Akashic Records Reading V V V
Chakra Numerology V
Dance-Music Therapy V V
Holistic Advising V
Call: 857-488-2871 www.katalinmatyus.com
Your source for organic, high quality dried herbs and teas Herbal Workshops and Seminars Herbal Apprenticeship
e 750 Main Street, Boylston, MA 01505 508-869-0545 a www.scentsibilities.com
Holistic Medical Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine
R Improve your physical, mental, and
Energy work and life-force energy treatments with Kelly can open your chakras and energy fields promoting amazing ways to heal and move on in life. No matter the person or the problem, these treatments are amazing, and leave you feeling well, at peace, and inspired.
Herbs and Gardens
For an office appointment or to place a remote healing request, please call: 617-233-3986 www.transcendentalhealing.com
Are you having physical, emotional, or spiritual upsets? Are they affecting your everyday life? Hindering you from moving forward?
email@example.com Serving New England G 860.605.5939
By combining traditional healing methods such as Reiki, hypnosis, and polarity therapy with his original white light healing therapy, Mark Levin was
Mark Levin specializes in:
Certified Reiki, Therapeutic Systematic Realignment and Theta Practitioner
Basic Healer G Basic Teacher G 13D
Hypnotherapy W Reiki W Polarity Therapy White Light Healing W Remote Healing
Energy Healer Reiki Master Certified Hypnotherapist
Call to schedule a class: New Paradigm Multi-Dimensional Transformation
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.
Devoted to helping you feel better.
for people & animals alike
Nora V. Helbich, CCH
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.
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. 101 West Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT www.drjodyenoe.com v 860-495-5688
Homeopathy for everyone
Depth of Being Julie Sweeney
Does not interact with other medicines firstname.lastname@example.org v 781-492-0505 www.depthofbeing.com
Are you looking for help with a chronic health issue? Homeopathy can help adults, children and pregnant women.
email@example.com T 508.397.6098
Abby Beale CCH (candidate) Classical Homeopath
Wellness Weight Loss and Maintenance Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Joy Pacitto CCH (candidate) Classical Homeopath
sultant, licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
sue@NutritionwithSueM.com 508-458-5062 P.O. Box 75, Uxbridge, MA 01569 www.NutritionwithSueM.com www.WoippyCreations.com
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?
firstname.lastname@example.org www.lisacampion.com c 508-473-0609
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 email@example.com www.angelicaoftheangels.com
Contact Sue Makowski to see if she can be of service to you:
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healing, and release all that is no longer needed. She reads by direct channel with the Angelic and Ascended Master Realms. Oracle cards and crystals are incorporated as visual tools. Practical ideas and suggestions are shared, to be used to maintain the Divine connection and healing long after the session is over. These readings are opportunities to work through life issues from the highest spiritual perspective. As a Master Reiki Practitioner, healing energetics can be part of the reading when appropriate.
Rev. Denise is a life-long empath and spiritual intuitive. The goal of every reading is to uncover your perfection, foster joy and
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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.
Gretchen’s Spirit Connection Healing communications with loved ones who’ve crossed over
Sessions with Gretchen are about: G a healing connection G the benefits of reiki G a warm, supportive environment G peace and relaxation
Gretchen Giuffre is a family intuitive — a non-traditional medium who focuses on connection and healing at the deepest emotional and spiritual levels. Specializing in communicating with loved ones who have passed, as well as with divine guides and Archangels, Gretchen receives affirming, comforting messages that can lay unsettled matters to rest. Clients often say she has the most loving “mom energy” and brings forth these messages in a tender, nurturing way. Messages G Reiki G Healing Touch www.gretchensspiritconnection.com 617-694-8326
Individual or Group Sessions and Fundraising Events 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 email@example.com 978-694-8946
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Psychic Readings in person or phone: 30 min = $45 * 1 hr = $80 * $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! EmmaPhaneuf.com v 401-305-7702
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My readings offer clarity and understanding of one’s essence. I give insight and purpose to patterns that we hold but too often cannot see. Like a mirror held up to the self, the view of the heart and its path is visualized. With uncanny accuracy my messages weave threads of potential, inspiration and trust into a new fabric of the self. Through loving guidance I illuminate the way for the next step of the soul’s journey. Education: BA, U. Mass. Amherst; Family Intervention, Astrologer with 32 yrs experience, Psychic, Channeler, Spiritual Counselor, Author. Angels of Light G Sharon White
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Dedicated to natural products and services that enhance inner and outer beauty while preserving the Earth’s resources. We’ve united talent with beauty and style, concern for environmental sustainability, and passion for natural living to create an eco-friendly salon experience in the heart of Central, MA.
Anna Golub — an award-winning, nationally recognized skin care and nutrition specialist with 20-plus years of experience — has her own Russian secret for dramatic, chemical-free skin transformation. As an innovator and proponent of organic skin care, Golub is dedicated to researching skinhealing and result-oriented natural skin care for her clients. Believing skin mirrors overall health, she uses the most cutting-edge technologies and performs only botanical-based transdermal rejuvenation. Golub is committed to providing the latest products and tools to help her clients look and feel their best at every stage of life. Please contact Anna for more information: 401-521-0762
Beauty is more than skin deep and what you use on your body stays with you. We seek out organic products and our professional color and styling systems will always be non-toxic and ammonia-free.
123 Merrimack St, Methuen, MA email@example.com www.churchspirituallifenh.org
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.
The First Spiritualist Church of Onset Services held every Sunday 6:30-8 pm followed by fellowship We are a religion, philosophy and a science, accepting all faiths. You don’t have to be a member to attend services or classes. Our open classes and workshops are geared
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.
towards spiritual development, including the study of spiritualism, mediumship, healing, positive thinking, intuitive/psychic development and Universal laws. For the upcoming calendar, visit www.church1.org. Join us! Holistic Psychic Faire: Apr. 27, 2013 at the The Elks of Wareham Lodge (Rt 28 & 6) Wareham, MA, from 10-5 pm, $2 admission 17 Highland Ave., Onset, MA www.church1.org v 774-454-3985
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Brahma Kumaris Learning Center for Peace
When we change ... the world changes. Methods of achieving stability and clarity of mind become more and more essential as our social, political, and economic structures change dramatically. Raja Yoga is a simple but powerful form of meditation that can help you to develop peace of mind, resilience, and inner strength.
The Brahma Kumaris Learning Center for Peace is a worldwide spiritual organization, affiliated with the UN and recipient of seven Peace Messenger awards. Classes include meditation and a range of other practical tools for self-transformation. Workshops, group meditations, and retreats are held regularly. All activities are offered free of charge, as a community service. The meditation center is at 75 Common Street in Watertown MA. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit the website at www.bkwsuboston.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-926-1230.
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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.
Yoga, Tai Chi and Fitness
Worcester Yoga Center HathaYoga begins with refining the physical body but does not stop there. The exercises involve slow precise stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques,
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which not only tone the muscles but affect internal organs, nerves, skin, and virtually all body systems, making yoga a superior wholistic method for physical fitness and preventive and corrective health care. Certified teacher Ann Bissanti, trained in India by B.KS. Iyengar, has studied yoga and meditation for the past 25 years. She has taught yoga at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, at various fitness centers and adult education programs, and privately. For more information call: Worcester Yoga Center, 508-829-6300.
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,
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 • www.gstaichi.org
Ross J. Miller, psychic. Meet your angels and spirit guides. Visit www.The MysticWay.com. 617-527-3583
From Your Home/Aura. Ross J. Miller, psychic medium, healer. Call 617-527-3583. www. The MysticWay.com
Sharon R. Doolittle, DVM, Inc. Holistic. Smithfield, RI. 401-349-2668. www.holisticanimalvet.com
Forest Circles, retreats, programs in a magical Maine forest. www.forestcircles.com
Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH). Dr. Margo Roman. 508-435-4077. www.mashvet.com.
Sue Singleton. 20+ years accurately finding Root Cause. 978-834-0341. TheWayToBalance.com
Bodywork for the Soul. Suzanne Devereaux, LMT. 25 years experience. Shiatsu, craniosacral, Reiki. 860-803-0415.
Elizabeth Thorson RN, Certified by C. Myss and Norman Shealy, MD. elizabeththorson.com. 207-712-9495.
Florence Whipple and Kristin Webb, Reiki Masters. Reiki classes. 978-777-5732. www.reikiprofessors.net
Dr. Jody Noe, MS, ND. Naturopathic integrative medicine. 860-495-5688. www.drjodyenoe.com
Hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, IET and crystal healing. 508-539-2885. www.capecodcenterforwholehealth.com.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SERVICES
Holistic Nutrition Services, Westborough, MA. 978-340-0448. www. HolisticNutritionServices.com. Transform your health!
Touchstone Community School. Education for ages 4-14 Grafton, MA. www.touchstoneschool.com. 508-839-0038.
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Ross J. Miller. Relive past lives and release blocked energy. 617-527-3583. www.The MysticWay.com
Shelley Goodgold: Coaching, hypnosis, energy healing. www.alignedvisionsempowerment.com.
Aaron Finnegan, certified reflexologist. RI: 401-789-1523. MA: 781-296-5158. email@example.com.
Genesis Alternative Health. 29 years of experience. I-ACT certified instructor. NBCHT certified. 978-463-8800.
Body Balancing Center. I-ACT and National Board certified. 508-868-3624. www.bodybalancingcenter.com.
Libby Barnett, MSW, Reiki Master Teacher. 603-654-2787 www.reikienergy.com. CEU’s.
Healthy Spirit. Stephanie Dumas. I-ACT certified. 781-8605116. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florence Whipple and Kristin Webb, Reiki Masters. Reiki classes. 978-777-5732. www.reikiprofessors.net.
Sage Guided Colon Therapy. I-ACT and NBCHT certified. LifetimeHealth@ColonLove.com. 617-710-1337. Cambridge.
Gentle Spirit Reiki. Using your “inner wisdom” to heal. Beverly Healing Center. 978-473-1863.
COUNSELING AND THERAPY
The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing. 603-899-3288. www.learnreiki.org. Reiki training. CEU’s.
Rev. Carol W. Bolstad, LADC I. Specialties: addiction disorders and pastoral care. 617-650-6497.
Reiki with a licensed psychotherapist. Cynthia L. Meeske, LICSW. www.redphoenix.comcastbiz.net. 774-573-1644.
Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D. Licensed 35 yrs. Stress, anxiety, relationships. Stow & Shrewsbury, MA. Putnam, CT. 978-897-9797.
Raise your consciousness with Celestial Psychology®. Celeste Mattingly, LCSW. www.celestialpsychology.com.
Brahma Kumaris Peace Village Retreat Center. Haines Falls, NY. 518-589-5000. www.peacevillage.com
Still Waters Pond, Connecticut’s most private retreat center. Voluntown, CT. www.retreatcenterct.com
Lelia Joseph, Ed. D., RCST. Craniosacral polarity. Fluid biodynamic style. 508-460-7038. 802-453-7088.
Wild Dolphin Swims. Yoga, healthy food, Atlantean legends. www.wildquest.com. 800-326-1618
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY TREATMENT
Healed in 2 Hours. Ross J. Miller, psychic healer. 617-527-3583. www.TheMysticWay.com.
Rosemary Gaddum Gordon, MA. Cambridge, MA and Portsmouth, NH. www.visioneducators.com.
Home and Business. A blend of the best of feng shui traditions. LynnTaylor@bostonfengshui.com. 617-924-4205.
Wellness Works Yoga, Fern Lee, Worcester. 508-298-7836. www.WWYoga.com. Est. 1992.
Urban Eden. Transform and empower your home/work spaces. karenfeldmanurbaneden.com. 401-351-5632.
Worcester Yoga Center. Ann Bissanti, CYT. 30 years experience Iyengar yoga. 508-829-6300.
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CERTIFICATIONS Contact: Dotty Delorey Independent Representative email@example.com www.dot4organics.info 978-582-9839
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Reflexology Certification. Online or hands-on. State licensed. www.reflexologyonline.com or call (508) 987-0178.
DOWSING All About Dowsing. Through dowsing discover more about yourself and your health. Self-instructional DVD’s, books, instruments. (805) 649-5721. www. dowsing.com. Catalog: PO Box 30305, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.
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Clutter? Furniture fatigue? Feng Shui can deliver you from chaos and clutter and create comfort in your environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NETWORKING Join The Wellness Roundtable: a professional community of holistic practitioners in Massachusetts. Monthly meetings, the second Wednesday from 9-10:30 in Northboro, MA. Contact email@example.com.
PRAYER Visit www.OurLadyImages.org, a spiritual prayer website for prayer, inspiration, healing, meditation and daily reflection. Always free of charge.
PYRAMIDS All About Pyramids. Wellness, meditation/experimental tabletop models. Worldwide research. (805) 649-5721. www.dowsing.com. Catalog: P.O. Box 30305, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.
READINGS Karen Bentley. Practical tarot guidance relevant to everyday challenges. Gain clarity, peace of mind and perspective. (401) 285-1079. www.KarenBentleytarot. com. Readings by phone or in person. British international medium, Spiritualist teacher, James. Certificate from Spiritualist National Union in demonstrating and private sittings. www. himhyndman.com. Phone readings available: (617) 963-0906. Luminance River Akashic Intuitive Readings. Understand your unique soul blueprint. Love yourself better. Human Design and Akashic readings. In Cambridge or offered remotely. Free chart. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.AkashicIntuitive.com.
Clearwater Escapes. Retreat to natural beauty for vacation or as a way go inside. Winter activities nearby with a cozy wood stove inside. Comfortable and winterized, see our Maine lake home in Farmington at www.ClearwaterEscapes.com. (617) 661-1594
Newton Center Office Space For Rent. PT/hourly availability. Inviting, furnished psychotherapy suite includes private office, waiting room, clerical space and bathroom. Contact Chris Gruener (617) 965-6552, www.crossroads-counseling-services. com, email@example.com.
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Shakespeare... “Never play with the feelings of others because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time.”
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Care Alternative is recruiting volunteers to work with terminally ill patients and their families throughout Massachusetts. Volunteers receive training and continuing education related to hospice and the support of the Hospice staff.
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WILD DOLPHIN SWIMS Swimming with Wild Dolphins. The ultimate human-dolphin connection. Meditative, healing Caribbean Island retreats. Yoga, healthy food, Atlantean legends. www.wildquest.com. (800) 326-1618.
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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS IN THIS ISSUE A Abra Therapeutics........................................... 33 Acupuncture of Worcester.............................. 54 Acupuncture Plus............................................ 28 Advaita Meditation Center............................. 56 Alive Academy, The......................................... 72 Barbara Allen..............................................23, 62 Alternatives for Health.................................... 32 Amethyst Point................................................ 28 An Apple A Day Acupuncture....................... 54 Andromeda’s Alley........................................... 55 Angels of Light................................................. 64 Angelica of the Angels.................................... 63 Annie Appleseed Project, The........................ 31 Nancy Slonim Aronie...................................... 20 Arvigo Massage................................................ 33 B Kristine Bahr.................................................... 24 Rev. Jeannine Backriges.................................. 64 Susan Barbera.................................................. 16 Libby Barnett.................................................... 60 Savitri Bess........................................................ 25 Bhavna’s Wellness Group................................ 27 Glenn Bigonet.................................................. 59 Blue Lotus Healing Arts.................................. 54 Edie Blue........................................................... 58 Boston Brain Works........................................ 49 Boston Feng Shui............................................. 25 Boston Meditation Group.............................. 42 Boston School of Herbal Studies, The........... 57 Brain Awakening............................................. 29 Tina Brigitini.................................................... 18 David Brown.................................................... 17 C Andrea Caesar.................................................. 27 Nancy Canning................................................ 49 Care Alternatives Hospice.............................. 69 Jonathan Chisholm.......................................... 58 Cynthia Chrisman........................................... 14 Church of Spiritual Life.................................. 65 Circles of Wisdom......................................14, 25 Commonwealth Ctr. for Herbal Medicine.......9 Joseph Crane.................................................... 54 Crystal Cave, The............................................. 28 Crystal Concentrics......................................... 59 D Depth of Being................................................. 63 Developmental Alphabiotics.........................4-5 Dottie Delorey.................................................. 68 DJ Mantra......................................................... 10 Sharon Doolittle............................................... 20 Down to Earth................................................. 42 Spring Issue Advertising Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013 For info: (508) 278-9640 email@example.com
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E Eckankar........................................................... 43 Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies, The.................................................... 58 EcoCentric Salon & Spa.................................. 65 Elizabeth Grady..................................................7 Enchanted Fox................................................. 29 F Devorah Feinbloom........................................ 18 First Spiritualist Church of Onset................. 65 G Gathering Inn, The.......................................... 65 Gemstone Therapy Institute........................... 57 Vincent Genna................................................. 18 Arthur Gertler.................................................. 39 Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation............ 66 Gretchen Giuffe............................................... 64 Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism........ 65 Groton Wellness Center.................................. 35 Arthur Gutkin.................................................. 15 H Harmony Center.............................................. 14 Leontine Hartzell........................................45, 61 Healing from the Body Level Up. Inc...............2 Healing Tree Massage & Bodywork.............. 26 Healthy Spirit................................................... 61 Heart to Heart Design..................................... 25 Heaven on Earth.............................................. 27 Karen Hollis..................................................... 26 Joan Holzman.................................................. 59 I idyl-wyld........................................................... 26 Inner Traditions............................................... 23 InnerLight Center for Yoga............................ 20 Integrative Animal Health Care Center........ 49 Internal Wellness Center................................ 24 ISKCON Boston.............................................. 22 It’s My Health................................................... 39 J Jocelyn............................................................... 64 John Harvey Gray Ctr. for Reiki Healing...... 60 Barbara Madden Johnson............................... 59 Joy Source, The................................................. 26 K Gayle Kirk......................................................... 64 Kristin Kirk...................................................9, 58 L Langan Creative Arts, LLC............................. 57 Dr. Jennifer Lees............................................... 56 Mark Levin....................................................... 62 Life Guidance Associates.....................10, 58, 26 Lifetime Health & Consulting...................61, 26
Lightworkers Healing Method....................... 16 Light Unlimited..........................................47, 27 Eric Linter......................................................... 55 Living Earth, The............................................. 38 Claire Luft....................................................60, 61
RI Center for Metaphysics.............................. 55 Rhys Thomas Inst. of Energy Medicine......3, 56 Denise Roberge...........................................16, 64 Kelly Rosado..................................................... 62 Ruah Cara......................................................... 64
M Judith Mabel..................................................... 29 Market Street Health....................................... 31 Linda Marks..................................................... 59 Wendy Marks................................................... 62 MASH............................................................... 10 Massage School, The........................................ 11 Gloria Mathiesen............................................. 57 Celeste Mattingly............................................. 26 Katalin Matyus................................................. 62 Metrowest Thermal Imaging.......................... 31 Ross Miller.............................................13, 38, 40 Lori Miller-Freitas........................................... 59 Moodstreams Hypnosis.................................. 59 Muhammad, David......................................... 17 MyInsens.......................................................... 27
S Sacred Song Reiki.......................................43, 25 Sacred Stone Massage School......................... 56 Salem Sight Psychic Readings........................ 48 Scentsibilities.................................................... 62 Schworer & Company Landscaping, Inc....... 45 Science of Spirituality..................................... 43 Andrea Seiver................................................... 58 Silver Hawk...................................................... 48 Silver Willow.................................................... 55 Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Ctr....32,27 SmartEnergetics............................................... 27 Miriam Smith..............................................24, 27 Soap Factory, The............................................. 69 Solstice Healing Arts....................................... 56 Some Enchanted Evening............................... 48 Soul Purpose, The............................................ 61 Soul Purpose Hand Readings........................ 63 Spa Tech............................................................ 56 Frank St. Martin............................................... 68 Necole Stephens............................................... 63 Still Waters Pond.............................................. 69 Straightarrow, Janet......................................... 41 SunDo Mountain Taoism............................... 13
N Nakri Healing Center...................................... 60 Natural Café and Market................................ 25 Natural Living Expo........................................ 71 NCGR Boston Chapter................................... 54 New Age Crystal Boutique............................. 39 New Day Hypnosis & Healing....................... 62 NE Ctr. for Anxiety & Stress Management.... 25 New England Clinical Thermography.......... 23 New England Inst. of Reflexology................. 57 New England School of Homeopathy........... 37 Newton Dental Wellness................................. 34 Nexus Healing.................................................. 63 Dr. Jody Noe..........................................18, 31, 62 Noble Method, The.......................................... 61 North Shore Community Acupuncture........ 27 Nutrition with Sue Makowski........................ 63 O Open Doors Universal Classroom................ 19 Open Door Mission, The................................ 65 Open Doors Yoga............................................. 55 P Pacifica Graduate Institute............................. 33 Joy Pacitto......................................................... 63 Emma Phaneuf................................................ 64 Monique Pommier.......................................... 55 Pure Health and Wellness............................... 61 Pyramid Books................................................ 19 R Reconnection, The..............................................9 Regina Russell’s Tea Room............................. 45 Renaissance Clinique...................................... 65 Reservoir Family Wellness.............................. 34
T Theosophical Society Boston......................... 38 Elizabeth Thorson............................................ 34 Tintagels Gate.................................................. 19 Touchstone School.......................................... 56 U-V-W UMASS Medical School................................. 37 Vera Volfson..................................................... 63 Gordon Edward Waite.........................28, 40, 42 Pat Warren........................................................ 60 Way to Balance, The........................................ 61 We’Moon.......................................................... 25 Kristin Webb/Florence Whipple.................... 48 Wellness Roundtable, The............................... 36 (W)hole Point Institute, The......................41, 57 Trish Whynot................................................... 59 Wisdom of the Ages........................................ 41 Woman of Wisdom......................................... 55 World Hypnotism Day.................................... 19 Cheryl Wright.................................................. 58 X-Y-Z Yoga At The Ashram........................................ 25 Yoga Pathways.................................................. 26 YogaLife Institute............................................. 57 Sarah Zitter..................................................40, 26 Zuzu’s Beads..................................................... 55
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