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s the presidential campaign heats up this summer, our nation will are afraid not to take the pills or get tested or treated, even though we may exsearch its collective heart, mind and soul by sifting through the promperience unpleasant or deadly side effects from them. What alternatives do we ises and lofty aspirations put forth by candidates seeking election to see advertised? None! Any alternatives which find their way into the media positions of power. Political campaigns give us a chance to dream and imagine are ridiculed and debunked. There is little profit to be made through alternawhat could be, what should be, what would be if individuals and nations rose tive health practitioners or with people taking care of themselves at home to their highest potential and acted to make the world a better place. Backed by through prevention. the enormous wealth, knowledge and innovation that made America great, a A president who is willing to invest billions into using the power of adverstrong and responsible American president could harness the greatness with tising to educate Americans on how to make themselves healthy again is a which we have been endowed to take action and president worthy of my vote. Over $500 billion reverse the domestic and international decline of dollars has already been wasted in bringing addithe United States today. tional chaos and misery to the Middle East Now, more than ever before, this president through our bungled efforts to “clean up” Iraq must wisely choose how to tap the considerable and make America safe. Imagine just one tenth of resources of the United States before it’s too late. this amount invested in ads, billboards and Will we lead the world in developing alternative commercials mobilizing our own citizens to make energy technology, brokering peace and justice themselves strong and healthy again. Making (not just democracy) around the globe, and wiphealthcare a priority means countering the lavish ing AIDS, malaria and starvation off our maps, or ad campaigns popularizing unhealthy fast foods will we insist on preserving our entitled American and pill popping with an even greater number of way of life as our #1 goal, investing in destruction advertisements showing how good life can be and taking what we want from around the planet with healthy alternatives in place — alternatives because we (temporarily) have the power and that can be afforded by everyone. A wise governmoney to do so? Will we continue to neglect our ment invests in its people by giving them the supeducation, healthcare and the safety of our comport and education they need to take care of munities by slashing social funding, services and themselves. growth, or will we choose to invest in our people The bottom line is that our current healthcare and infrastructure? On paper, such decisions system is not working and is not accessible or acseem obvious, however, this president must first countable. According to AARP Bulletin (May, 2008), inspire the will of the American people to believe “Although the United States spends more on in this change and support it. This change is poshealth care than any other nation in the world...we sible because America is possible. We are the rank 42nd in life expectancy! And last year, an spirit of freedom born in the land of opportunity Emory University study found that about twice as and there’s no limit to our potential for achieving many Americans over age 50 are diagnosed with . . . the complete picture of healthcare also includes the highest good on Earth. heart disease, arthritis and cancer as their Eurodrawing upon the powerful energetic healing system Give me the candidate who is willing to use the pean peers.” Less than 1% of our population can you were born with to maintain your health . . . most powerful weapon in our national arsenal to even afford our healthcare without “insurance.” If bring about change in this country, and in its peomedical care is not affordable by the average indiple: the media! The media controls what we buy, how we behave and how we vidual, it’s no longer medicine; it’s a business. A one-hour massage and a vote. Advertising is as essential to keeping our economy and lifestyle afloat as scheduled doctor’s office visit cost roughly the same amount ($70), yet with food is to our human survival. This is why all forms of advertising — like the massage you receive one full hour of hands-on health care, while with the food — are an untaxed commodity. Without advertising telling people what doctor’s visit you might receive 5 minutes of the doctor’s time. If all health to buy or what to do, our economy in its present overblown state would colexpenses were paid out of pocket, few people would be choosing a doctor’s lapse. It’s no coincidence that America’s obesity rate is the highest of any naoffice visit over a massage. It’s the insurance that’s killing us. tion on Earth, a mirror of our gluttonous lifestyle. Good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and building community/family Through advertising, we are continuously encouraged to buy newer, bigger bonds are good health practices not even the medical community can deand more, so we long to possess these cultural icons and will do whatever is bunk. However, the complete picture of healthcare also includes drawing necessary to buy them, including selling ourselves into bondage through debt. upon the powerful energetic healing system you were born with to maintain In addition to the poor who have always struggled to survive, vast numbers of your health. Hands-on healing practices such as massage, chiropractic, middle class Americans with educations, homes, jobs and cars are also strugacupuncture, Reiki and other forms of energy healing, as well as visualizagling to survive financially, overwhelmed by mortgage and credit card debt. tions, prayer and affirmations mobilize the healing forces already within you. The toll of this continual anxiety on the physical and mental health of our gener- As surely as your body can grow a tumor, it can also destroy it. It’s time for ation will be incalculable in the years to come. our healthcare to change and grow to the next level of medicine: self-healing. And this is what the pharmaceutical industry is counting on. We are besieged It’s time for a health refresher. with ads telling us to take care of our health by popping pills and undergoing Carol Bedrosian is publisher and editor of Spirit of Change toxic treatments, so we do it. We are so conditioned by this healthcare model we


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ASTROLOGY | Summer 2008 by Eric Linter

STARSPEAK The Cosmic Forecast

“There shall be an eternal summer in the grateful heart.” — Celia Thaxter


azy days and starry, starry nights…summer’s blue skies and white sandy beaches hold promise of easy living, great adventures and fun. As the stars and good fortune have taught me, anything is possible when we make space in our lives for the unexpected. One June day back in the 1970’s I met the “Grande Dame” of American astrology, Isabel Hickey. Invited to join a group of hippie friends on a day trip to Harmony Hill, Mrs. Hickey’s summerhouse in the New Hampshire countryside, I had only been told that Mrs. Hickey was an astrologer. Something clicked and I accepted the invitation. Maybe, having never met an astrologer, curiosity just got the better of me.  After two plus hours cramped in the unforgiving backseat of a well-worn Volkswagen beetle, we arrived at an old farm. We rolled to a stop at the edge of a meadow. I thankfully jumped out to stretch my road weary legs while two of my friends walked towards the farmhouse in search of our hostess. I took in the fields, the stone walls, white pines and scrubby maple trees. In a few minutes my friends returned, slowly walking back, accompanied by an older woman. “You can call me Issie.” She wasn’t big on formality. We stood, a small group of seven, in a semi-circle around her. Approaching seventy, Issie looked like a typical New England grandmother. Primly dressed in blue skirt and white blouse, hair well coiffed, her sparkling, dancing eyes suggested there was definitely more to her than a first impression revealed. We chatted and exchanged pleasantries. I felt kind of shy and awkward. One of my friends was a novice astrologer. She explained to Isabel that we were members of a rural commune and then asked her if she thought we had a good chance of staying together as a “family.” Mrs. Hickey laughed. Smiling she bluntly noted, “You haven’t worked out your karma with the families you were born into. How can you expect this one to last?” When my friend mentioned that she had brought our horoscopes with her, Isabel was both excited and pleased. “Let me see them.” In a flash Isabel was analyzing the charts.  8  Spirit of Change | Summer 2008

Looking the oldest member of our group squarely in the eye, she began. “You’ve been misusing your personal power for many lifetimes. This woman was your daughter in a past incarnation and you have no business being with her.” Turning to the fellow’s girlfriend, Isabel’s eyes were penetrating, fierce but loving. “This relationship is wrong. You end it right now.” She went on, sharing a few words with each of us in turn.  “This is going to be a tough lifetime for you. You are difficult to get along with. You’ll divorce your wife and go to prison, if you haven’t already been there.” Other comments followed as she looked over each chart. Isabel turned to me saying, “You are an old soul.” She suggested, “Meditate as a group and listen to these two [old souls], if you want to try to stay together.” She was referring to me and another fellow when she said those words. And with that, she invited us in for tea. I was stunned. Gone was my shyness. My one friend actually had been divorced and was at one time in prison. The relationship did feel somehow “off.” Before she could turn to walk back to the house I asked Isabel, “How did you do that?” “Come back next Sunday and I will teach you,” was the answer. We walked to the house, climbed the porch stairs and entered the cool shade of her kitchen. Once inside Mrs. Hickey asked us to be seated. We talked about what we were trying to do as a commune, our mutual interests in metaphysics and astrology. She spoke about meditation and prayer, then led us in a guided meditation. The afternoon was getting late. We said our thanks and goodbyes, positioned ourselves like sardines in the two funky old cars and headed home. My mind was spinning with the afternoon’s impressions. There was much to ponder. At the time I had no idea how that summer meeting would change my life, as only a summer can do. This summer the stars will again guide willing folks on remarkable adventures. Others will simply while away the months, enjoying the pleasures of the season. Whatever pathway you choose to take, enjoy it!

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On Saturday morning, the 1st of the month, the Sun is in the middle of the sign Gemini. The Taurus Moon tests mighty Mars. The best way to avoid feeling frustrated is to know precisely what it is you want. Even with clear goals a few days may pass before those desires are fulfilled. Monday the 2nd feels rather blue. The last part of June 22-July 22 the lunar cycle almost always sees fatigue set in and the day’s tough lunar aspects with Neptune and Saturn make it hard to marshal one’s forces. The frustrations of the new month are ushered out by the cheerful New Moon in Gemini the afternoon of the 3rd. Aided by Mars, the Sun, Moon and Venus foster clear thinking and helpful alliances essential to success. Harmonious trends continue unabated through June 12th. On that date Venus and the Sun are both in difficult aspect with the planet of surprises, Uranus. Plans may be disrupted. A partner could have second thoughts about a commitment. Retrograding Pluto returns to Sagittarius on Friday the 13th. It remains in the Sign of the Archer until the last week of November. Religious and political thought evolves at a rapid pace under this influence. Just look at all the dramatic changes we have been through since 1995 when Pluto first entered Sagittarius. So many politicians, pundits and religious figures have been knocked from their lofty perches I have lost count.  The social possibilities are excellent throughout the weekend. Don’t forget to give Dad due appreciation on Sunday the 15th. More challenging aspects form during the following week. Responsibilities weigh heavily on Monday the 16th. Do the best you can. The Full Moon in Sagittarius is exact on Wednesday at 1:30pm. The Sun stands conjunct Venus, while across the heavens, Pluto joins the Moon. Feelings are raw. Nerves are on edge. The Golden Rule — treating others as you would have them treat you — is a surefire guide through this trying day.  continued on page 11


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Cultural Crossroads continued from page 14 tor or die in an accident. When that happened right in front of the other three of us, how would we deal with the psychological trauma that resulted from witnessing such an event? We would be in a state of trauma-induced shock. How would we cope with that? How would we deal with the trauma from a near escape from death? The answer that occurs to most people is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d engage in some sort of ritual when we returned to the village, a ritual that usually involved drumming and dancing, two forms of bilateral activity known to induce trance. But this ceremony may have been more to help the people back in the village, such as the family of our lost companion, to work through their grief. The human body is a self-healing organism. When you cut your finger, it heals. If you break your leg, it heals. Even if part of you is cut out in surgery, the surgeonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wound heals. We heal from bacterial and viral invasions, from injuries, and from all variety of traumas. The mechanisms for healing are built into us. Five million years of evolution, or the grace of God, or both, have made our bodies automatic healing machines. So why wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same be true of our minds and emotions? All of the traumas that we experience in life leave their wounds; if humankind hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had ways of healing from those emotional and psychological blows, over time society would have become progressively less functional. Instead, history shows us that people usually recover from even the most severe psychological wounds, often learning great lessons or gaining important insights in the recovery process. The famous Kauai longitudinal study of children raised in stressful, disadvantaged conditions found that a higher percentage of the children grew up â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly resilientâ&#x20AC;? than did a middle-class comparison group.3 The generation that survived the Great Depression and the Nazi Holocaust in Europe went on to create important social institutions, build nations, and offer comfort and hope to humankind. Elie Wieselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience specifically comes to mind; although he would never have wished on another the horrific experience of being in one of Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death camps, through his writing of that experience he has given a particularly inspiring model of resilience and healing to the world. The reality is that although adversity breaks some people, it strengthens others. And when people heal from adversity, the old clichĂŠ of â&#x20AC;&#x153;what doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kill you makes you strongerâ&#x20AC;? usually rings true. But, just as with the production of scar tissue in the healing of a wound to the skin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a process involving millions of cells producing very specific compounds in response to the trauma in the tissue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there must be an inborn mechanism for healing the mind and the emotions. And just as healing from a cut can be speeded up by keeping the wound clean and dry or can be slowed down by letting the wound get wet or dirty or irritated, this emotional healing is also a process that can be either stimulated or thwarted by our interventions. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve identified a specific healing mechanism and process that nature has built into the human mind and body that enables us to process trauma in a way that is quick, functional, and permanent. Just like the skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mechanism for forming scabs and scars and eventually even making the scars vanish, this mechanism is simple, fundamental, and elegant. In its simplest form, this mechanism involves rhythmic side-to-side stimulation of the body. This side-to-side motion, or bilateral movement, causes nerve impulses to cross the brain from the left hemisphere to the right hemisphere and back at a specific rate or frequency. This cross-patterning produces an organic integration of left-hemisphere â&#x20AC;&#x153;thinkingâ&#x20AC;? functions with right-hemisphere and brain-stem â&#x20AC;&#x153;feelingâ&#x20AC;? functions. This integration is a necessary precursor to emotional and intellectual healing from trauma. This steady movement of nerve impulses across the hemispheres of the brain is stimulated in the bilateral-movement processes of a variety of modern forms of psychotherapy, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Thought Field Therapy (TFT). In its purest form, however, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve discovered that the natural and rhythmic left-right-left-right process of walking, while performing a simple mental exercise, can also stimulate this same internal integration process. This, I posit, is the way humans have healed themselves from trauma for the hundreds of thousands of years of human history, and it is only because so few of us walk anymore that we have to resort to office-based psychotherapeutic processes to produce the same result. And that result is impressive. When we stimulate the nervous system in this bilateral manner while calling to mind a persistent emotional distress, the emotional â&#x20AC;&#x153;chargeâ&#x20AC;? associated with that memory quickly and permanently dissipates. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a process of producing amnesia or forgetting;

instead, it’s a way of reframing the past, a way of re-understanding, of putting into context that which has been so “unnerving” for us. When we perform this bilateral process correctly, the pictures of painful past events in our memory transform from stark, scary, sound-filled color movies into black-and-white still pictures that are flattened out and lose their sound. The internal dialogue we have about the events — the “tag line” that we tell ourselves, and actually hear in our own heads in our own voices — changes, usually from something like “That was a painful experience that still scares me” or “I was victimized in that relationship” to a more productive synopsis, such as “Yes, that happened to me, but it’s well in the past now and I’ve learned some good lessons from the experience. I can let go of it.” Inciting the movement of nerve impulses across the brain hemispheres helps people to come to terms with their past. They stop being frightened by their imagined futures and feel comfortable and empowered in the present. Walking while holding a traumatic memory in mind in a particular way can produce this result in a very short time. This is not new. Rhythmic bilateral activity as a healing agent has been known to aboriginal peoples for millennia, and in the past few hundred years the secret of using bilaterality to heal emotional and psychological wounds — particularly those that produced psychosomatic physical results

The natural and rhythmic left-right-left-right process of walking, while performing a simple mental exercise, gives you access to healing powers and psychological resilience beyond what you may have ever thought possible. — was most famously discovered by Franz Anton Mesmer in the 1700s (called “mesmerism”), refined by Dr. James Braid in the early 1800s (and renamed “hypnosis” by Braid), and brought into widespread and mainstream use in the late 1800s by Sigmund Freud. However, in an odd historical event in the late 1890s, the growing power of yellow journalism (sensationalized “news” by publishers such as William Randolph Hearst) merged with European anti-Semitism, and the synergy of those forces compelled Freud to abandon these techniques. Freud spent the rest of his life searching in vain for a replacement for hypnosis that actually worked, experimenting with cocaine, developing his early concepts of penis envy and the Oedipal complex, and finally promulgating his largely unsuccessful “talktherapy” systems. When Freud committed suicide in 1939 he still hadn’t found anything that worked as well as the beloved bilateral therapies he’d been forced to abandon by the amazingly synchronous and unusual events of the 1890s. From the 1890s until the past few decades, hypnosis and the bilateral therapies on which it is based were for the most part ignored or shunned by medical and mental health professionals, in large part because of the uproar of the 1890s. Only with the development of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) in the 1970s, and the 1987 development of Eye Motion Desensitization and Reintegration by Francine Shapiro, did bilateral therapies begin to make a comeback. There is now a whole spectrum of variations on these systems for integrating brain function and thus encouraging healing from psychological and emotional trauma. They all involve stimulating one hemisphere of the brain, then the other, then back to the first, then back again, and repeating this bilateral stimulation over and over. You can accomplish this same kind of stimulation using the simple process of walking, as outlined in the book Walking Your Blues Away. This bilateral stimulation gives you access to healing powers, creative states, and emotional and psychological resilience beyond what you may have ever thought possible. Notes 1. From the American Psychiatric Association at 2. Lori Lebovich, “No Sex Please: We’re Medicated,” published online at, July 1997 3. E.E. Werner and R.S. Smith, Vulnerable by Invincible: A Longitudinal Study of Resilient Children and Youth (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1982). Reprinted with permission of the publisher. Introduction from Walking Your Blues Away by Thom Hartmann. Park Street Press, an imprint of Inner Traditions, Bear & Co., Rochester, VT 05767. Copyright © 2006 by Thom Hartmann.

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hen you think of spring and summer, what are the first words that come to mind? For me, it’s fresh, crisp and green. There’s something special about each season, but these are the seasons I yearn for the most. I look forward to opening the windows and letting gentle breezes bring new energy to every corner of my home. I like the casual, informal, outdoor dining opportunities to relax with family and friends. And, I enjoy the transition to lighter cooking styles and the increasing abundance of local, fresh ingredients to experiment with. Farmers’ markets are starting up again and in increasing numbers. Go with an open mind and a sense of adventure. Discover new things to try. Make a commitment to try something you’ve never tried before. Visit the markets and talk to growers. Get to know who’s growing your food and learn some new preparation tips and recipes. Consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm near you. CSAs are where people support local farmers by paying, in advance, for a share in the farmer’s crops. The money covers the cost of running the farm and everyone gets a weekly share of whatever is being harvested. It’s like getting a surprise gift every week. You never know what’s inside! Everyone wins with this system. Farmers have some cash to plant, grow and harvest crops, there’s an increased tie to the community and members get incredibly fresh produce and a chance to reconnect with the land. Check out the opportunities to join one in your area. A good web site to get started is: http://www.local

Taking our cue from those three words I used to describe this season — fresh, crisp and green — we’re going to explore the dining delights of a vegetable that truly represents the season: lettuces! They’re among the first fresh crops to appear and are some of the freshest, crispest and greenest choices around. You can’t freeze it, you can’t can it; it’s either fresh or it isn’t usable. There are four basic types of lettuce:

1. Butterhead

Example: Boston, Bibb Flavor: Mild flavor, sweet Texture: Loose heads, buttery texture

2. Crisphead

Example: Iceberg Flavor: Very mild flavor, neutral flavor Texture: Crispy

3. Loose Leaf

Example: Red leaf, green leaf Flavor: Mild flavor Texture: Softer and delicate, velvety

4. Cos

Example: Romaine, baby romaine Flavor: Strong taste Texture: Crispy

Selection – Look for leaves that are crisp and without any brown spots. Storing – Wash leaves well, pat dry or use a lettuce spinner to remove excess water. Place a damp paper towel in a plastic bag and lay lettuce leaves on top. Most varieties will keep for four days. Iceberg will generally keep for over a week. If you purchase lettuce with roots still attached, you can place the roots in a glass of water and cover the leaves with a plastic bag and refrigerate. Storing lettuce near fruits that give off ethylene gases, like apples, will cause lettuce to spoil more quickly, so be careful where you place lettuce in the refrigerator. Uses – We’re all familiar with using lettuces in salads and if you’ve never ventured beyond using it as a foundation for your salad or as a condiment for your sandwich, give some of these recipes a try. I guarantee you’ll enjoy lettuce not only for its versatility, but also for the ease of preparation and delicious taste and texture. − Grilled: Radicchio or Romaine works best. Cut head of lettuce in half lengthwise and brush some extra virgin olive oil on the cut side. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Grill until just beginning to brown and lettuce becomes soft. Enjoy! − Sautéed: To sauté lettuce, cut the core from lettuce (Bibb is great for this), wash leaves and pat dry, lay leaves on top of one another and roll up. Cut in thin ribbons down the length of the lettuce roll. Heat a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan (or for a buttery flavor, use avocado oil). Add a clove of garlic, minced. Toss in a cup of fresh peas and sauté for a few minutes until peas are a bright green. Toss in cut lettuce leaves and sauté until leaves are wilted. Season with salt and pepper − Wraps: Now, here’s your chance to really have some fun with lettuce. I guarantee this will become a family favorite for dinner! Prepping lettuce – Core lettuce (your choice of variety) and gently separate leaves, wash and pat dry, and store in refrigerator to keep crisp (this is easily done a day or two ahead). Prepping filling for the wrap – Think about color and texture for fillings; vary the veggies and seasonings. Filling can be made ahead and refrigerated a day or two. Serve chilled or warm up right before serving. If using tofu, I like to cut it into three “steaks” and drain it on paper towels. Then, dice it and place in a freezer container and freeze overnight or longer. Take out in the morning and leave in the refrigerator to thaw during the day. The texture is perfect for wraps. Cooking filling – Heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add veggies of your choice — experiment with different combinations. Plan on a cup or two per person. Add seasonings. Saute until veggies start softening up. Add protein and sauté for a few minutes. Remove from heat and place filling in serving bowl. Garnish with parsley, ground nuts, or any other ingredient you like. continued on page 20

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Veggies 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 green onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 stalks celery, diced Half cup water chestnuts, diced 1 cup carrots, shredded 1 cup cabbage, shredded 2 cups eggplant, diced 1 cup mushrooms, diced 1 cup fresh bean sprouts Half cup fresh corn kernels 1 sweet onion, diced 4 leaves kale, finely chopped 1 stalk broccoli, chopped

Protein 12 oz. firm tofu, diced 12 oz. seitan, diced 2 cups adzuki beans, cooked Half cup chopped almonds 1 package smoked tofu, diced

Wrap Romaine Bibb Iceberg Loose leaf Nori – to line lettuce leaf if desired

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tablespoons brown rice vinegar teaspoon ginger, grated clove garlic tablespoons lemon juice cup apricot all-fruit jam teaspoon sea salt teaspoon hot pepper sauce cup chopped scallion, for garnish

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immediately or chill. If chilled, let come to room temp before serving. Looking for a wrap that needs little to no preparation? Think about some of your favorite salads. Now, gather some of the ingredients and put it together without the lettuce. Spoon the filling into your lettuce leaves and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a great variation to traditional salads. And, if you purchase some of the ingredients already prepped from the salad bar, you can end those hectic days with relaxing mealtime with family.

Greek Salad Wraps Greek salads are really popular. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to like? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re delicious, healthy and easy to prepare. 2 roma tomatoes, diced 1 cucumber, seeded and diced 1 â &#x201E;2 green bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 â &#x201E;2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 hothouse cucumber, chopped 2 tablespoons capers, drained 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 â &#x201E;3 cup kalamata olives, chopped 1 scallion, chopped 1 cup tofu, crumbled and sprinkled with oregano Sea salt to taste Freshly ground pepper to taste Lettuce leaves Combine all ingredients except lettuce leaves. Toss and keep chilled until time to serve. To serve, each person spoons some filling into their lettuce leaf, rolls it and enjoys. Recipe makes two to three entrĂŠe servings.

Hummus and/or Tofu Wraps This is really easy and delicious. Purchase your favorite hummus and/or tofu salad or make your favorite recipes. Add some chopped red peppers and sprinkle with paprika for garnish. Spoon onto lettuce leaves and wrap.

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Dear Earth Talk: What are some of the best online sources of environmental information? — Hip2bGreen, Seattle, WA One of the best places to start in venturing out into eco-cyberspace is the website of a green group you already know — perhaps one for whom you have donated money or volunteered. Most groups use their websites to keep their supporters updated on the issues they cover, and provide links to many other green websites. Beyond such groups, several independent “third-party” sources also provide useful information on a wide range of environmental topics, from consumer tips to news to action alerts. One leading green website is Grist (, which reports environmental news in a witty and engaging manner, billing itself as “gloom and doom with a sense of humor.” Checking out Grist’s daily rundown of environmental news is de rigueur among eco-activists, and many regular folks keep tabs on it, too. Other excellent news sources include Environmental News Network (, and Environmental News Service (www.ens-news And one new kid on the block is The Daily Green (www.thedaily, which bills itself as the “consumer’s guide to the green revolution.” Owned by major magazine publisher Hearst, The Daily Green offers news, green tips and advice, and a plethora of green home, food and lifestyle topics. The Green Guide (, run by National Geographic, is probably the best online source for green consumer information, specializing in green living tips, product reviews and environmental health news. Looking for guidance on saving water around the house, choosing among non-toxic paints or packing greener lunches for your school-age kids? The Green Guide would be a good place to start. If you’re interested in more comprehensive looks at green issues and topics, posts much of the content of its flagship E – The Environmental Magazine, along with weekly news and commentary. Visitors can also access 18 years worth of in-depth articles — the magazine has been turning out bi-monthly print issues since 1990 — on just about every green topic imaginable. Those interested in social networking and the environment should look to Care2 (, the world’s largest online environmental community. The site offers its eight million members free e-mail accounts and provides lots of background information on just about every environmental issue. A handful of green blogs are starting to get a lot of media attention and web traffic. The king of them all is Treehugger (, which offers several posts each day from a stable of thinkers committed to environmental issues. Its coverage is not comprehensive, but Treehugger excels at tapping into trends in environmental thinking and culture. Another source of environmental tips and culture online is IdealBite (www., a blog-style site offering up “bite-sized ideas for light green living.” And then there are the “click-to-donate” websites, where visitors can read up on a variety of conservation campaigns and then contribute money via credit card. Ecology Fund (, the Rainforest Site ( and Red Jellyfish ( are some of the leaders in this category. So cue up that browser and start clicking. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn, let alone accomplish!

Dear Earth Talk: What is the “clean tech” business sector and why have I been hearing that term so much lately? — Andrea Newell, Denver, CO Cleantech is a loosely defined category of businesses dedicated to creating cutting edge technologies that address the world’s environmental problems. These high flying companies — most of which began small with the hope of ascending to publicly traded status — are the new darlings of Wall Street, attracting billions in venture capital and public funding in what many financial analysts are calling the next big thing since the burst of the dot-com bubble. Venture capitalists poured more than $3 billion into the cleantech sector in 2007 alone. Whether this cleantech boom will lead the rest of the economy down the green path for the long term — or go bust in a couple of years like its dot-com predecessor — remains to be seen. In the thick of the movement is Cleantech Network, LLC, a research firm and clearinghouse for cleantech companies and investors that also publishes the online information clearinghouse, The firm defines its budding industry as “new technology and related business models offering competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges.” The firm interacts with a network of 8,000 investors, 6,000 companies and 3,500 professional organizations involved in alternative energy and energy efficient transportation, wastewater management technologies, air pollution control innovations, sustainable materials production and sourcing, environmentally responsible industrial and agricultural applications, and waste recycling and management. Some examples of the thousands of companies that consider themselves part of the cleantech movement include: Finavera Renewables, a firm that is developing underwater turbines and buoys to generate power from the ocean’s tides and waves; 3TIER Group, which uses advanced computer modeling to help energy companies and utilities figure out where best to site wind, solar and hydro-electric projects; Avalence LLC, which is developing high-pressure hydrogen generation and storage equipment that will dispense hydrogen for use in transportation, home power and industrial applications; and, Infinia Corporation, which is developing a utility-scale system to harvest solar energy. Over and above the cleantech sector’s potential for addressing crucial environmental problems, analysts see it as a bright spot in the darkening picture of the recession-bound economy over the next few years. Marketing research and consulting firm Fuji Keizai USA expects the global market for cleantech products and services to grow from the $284 billion is it is generating today to over $1.3 trillion within a decade. The value of the companies in the sector is also expected to grow from today’s $104 billion to some $467 billion in the same 10-year time frame.

Dear EarthTalk: It is true that the carcasses of whales that wash up on shore are considered dangerous to humans because of the amount of toxins and chemicals in their blubber? — Michael O’Loughlin, Tigard, OR Whether wildlife officials in a given region consider a dead beached whale a biohazard or not is a local decision, but nevertheless experts agree that only trained professionals should go anywhere near a dead wild animal to prevent the spread of bacterial infection alone, no matter whether any continued on page 24

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EarthTalk continued from page 23 industrial pollutants might be oozing out. But regardless, it is true that some types of whales, given their spot at the top of the marine food chain, do harbor chemical pollution in their fatty tissue and organs. Researchers have found, for instance, that PCBs, dangerous toxins notorious for polluting New York’s Hudson River and long banned in the U.S. are present in the blubber of beluga and orca whales, among others, in amounts — some 80 parts per million — that could kill a person. DDT, a pesticide banned in 1972 in the U.S. for wreaking havoc on bird and other wildlife populations, also still shows up in measurable amounts in whale blubber around the world. Beyond such well-known pollutants, newer ones are starting to show up in large amounts in the carcasses of beached whales and other top marine predators. Today biologists are most worried about the marked increase in flame retardants (PBDEs) and stain repellents (PFOS) in dead marine mammals. Flame retardants are particularly troublesome because they “seem to travel over long distances in the atmosphere, and some studies have shown that they can be toxic to the immune system and can affect neurobehavioral development,” according to a recent report by the Arctic Council, a multilateral international body in charge of overseeing Arctic law and development. The report also noted that PFOS does “not seem to break down under any circumstances,” meaning it is passed up the food chain to whales and other top predators, and then in some cases consumed by humans, especially indigenous Arctic people still hunting marine animals as part of their subsistent lifestyles. According to the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), whales aren’t the only wild animals carrying around large amounts of toxic chemicals. Bottlenose dolphins, manatees, polar bears, seals, sea lions and other marine wildlife also have PCBs, DDT, PBDEs, PFOS and the other pollutants in their tissues and bloodstreams. “The large-scale die-off of bottlenose dolphins along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States in the mid-1980s may have been the direct or indirect result of increasing levels of toxic waste from industrial sources,” HSUS reports, adding that “such pollutants can depress the immune system of marine mammals, making the animals susceptible to diseases they could normally fight off.” Another example: polar bears in Norway have been exhibiting serious congenital abnormalities; HSUS blames exposure to toxic pollutants in the bears’ otherwise pristine environment. Environmental and health experts worry about such contamination because many of the chemicals in question are known “endocrine disruptors,” meaning they can impair reproduction in both wildlife and humans by mimicking or altering natural hormonal activity. Such chemicals can also cause neurological problems and developmental or skeletal abnormalities.

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On Metal, Bathrooms and Compost Dear Lynn, I read in your last column that the left rear quadrant of my property represents my wealth sector and that I should avoid placing metal there. My husband has located his scrap metal pile in exactly that location at our home! Our yard is very long, so the pile is visible, but not in clear view, and it’s in a corner with bushes and trees on two sides, with a brush pile next to it. Ironically (no pun intended), he also believes that the scrap metal is valuable, so it does have some connection to wealth. Where would be a better place to locate scrap metal pile or how can I minimize this challenge? — Wondering Dear Wondering, There are more issues here than valuable scrap metal in your wealth sector. Your letter is rich with issues. I’m so glad you wrote. First I want to say that whether you can see it or not, whether or not you are even aware it’s there — metal in your wealth sector is busy undermining it. As you may have read in previous columns wealth (finances, income, prosperity in its most meaningful manifestations) is governed by the wood element. And metal chops wood. That’s the problem with its current location on your property. Scrap metal is valuable and the most obvious suggestion is to sell it instead of relocate it. If that’s not desirable just now it is optimally relocated to the children/creativity or helpful people/travel sectors. They are metal aspects. They will be located to the central right and front right areas as you stand with your back to the street and look at your property. But, space permitting, if you can straddle these two sectors, do so. It will moderate any excesses, vis a vis the “scrap” issue. And if there is any contention around housing it on the property in the first place, that too will be kept from negatively impacting these life aspects. Sometimes items come with their own inherent burden and spreading their location over just parts of various adjoining sectors will confuse the chi and neutralize their influence. Next, you revealed that there are bushes and trees in your wealth sector. Good. Especially if there’s a representative evergreen to prevent seasonal financial dormancy. Those evergreens are on the job chugging along for you without “green” lapses. They override the annual apparent death cycle of deciduous trees and bushes.

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A fun and effective thing to do is pay a lot of attention to what grows in your wealth sector. Solar/electric considerations allowing, you can put lights in them. In this way you adorn, enliven and “bring light” to the corresponding situation. If you had a large shade-providing tree in the area you could decorate the ground around its base with colorful impatiens. From spring to fall they will proliferate and be building on each other with lushness. They really stand out come fall when most everything else is yellow. This delights the tree as well as the viewer. And as I’ve said before, this changes you. Now for the brush. It needs to be burned. If you can, the ideal place to store and then burn it would be in a central area of the property. The center is earth (vis a vis the bagua). Fire creates earth, as in ash. Or, safety permitting, burn the brush anywhere in the fame sector or love sector — companions — being located in the central rear quadrant and the right rear quadrant respectively. If you look at a bagua you will see the three “open” (not “broken”) lines; it is the most feminine, yin area from a bagua perspective. Its aspect is earth, the receptive. Fire is earth’s mother in that its next stage is ash, which becomes earth. So you boost this love/relationships area as well. It isn’t advisable to have just brush in the central rear of your property. You need something with an “upward” quality. Vegetation, trees, etc., provide this. It is fire’s behavior to flame and flair up — be expansive. Any color in the red spectrum is another option here, as are triangular shapes, fire’s signature. Something will probably come to mind that satisfies these requirements that you feel enthusiastic about. It could be a red tree house! And if there’s nothing there — perhaps just a view and no offending features — that’s just fine too. Animals and people are also considered the fire element. If you have squirrels galore out back you’re all set. One exception that would allow the brush to remain wherever it is, is if it becomes an inhabited nest.

Dear Lynn, Unfortunately, my shower is in the wealth sector of my house upstairs. I have a bamboo plant in the corner. Will this be enough? What might I put downstairs in the wealth sector? It is the corner of my kitchen countertop. A cabinet overhangs it. I have a wooden cutting board and a silk flower there. Is that enough? I was concerned about the shower upstairs as some books say that having a bathroom in the wealth sector is the worst thing to have. Thank you! — Alexandra

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Dear Alexandra, Usually we start at the bottom and work our way up but we’ll reverse that to reflect the sequence of your questions. The shower in your wealth sector isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s probably accompanied by the rest of the usual bathroom features. It’s the overall bathroom placement in the wealth quadrant that needs to be addressed. But I’d like to put this much maligned placement in a larger perspective. The gratitude attitude. How great is it that your bathroom is conveniently located in your home? How much ease are you afforded if you need to use it in the middle of the night? It’s inside. Express your appreciation, feng shui the room, keep it clean, of course, and don’t worry about it! The bamboo plant in that corner could not be improved upon. It’s perfect! A floor plant is ideal and a fast growing, water-hungry bamboo notorious for its vigorous growth is great. So instead of water draining away, its nourishing aspects are fully utilized feeding the bamboo. Dynamic feng shui adjustment! Give the bathroom more green; towels or rugs are possibilities. Downstairs in the kitchen, the wooden cutting board is good. The silk flower isn’t too significant, but is a boost if you really like it. Don’t worry about the overhanging corner cabinet…it’s probably made of wood. Just observe what’s where in various sectors and employ the “do no harm” concept by removing any offending objects. In this case no knives, silverware — no cutting edges in a wood area. Other ideas: consider changing your perspective about the corner to it being a very protected area. Put something you cherish there, perhaps even

just kitchen items that you especially value. Look at other wealth sectors you have. On the land? In the living room? The bedroom? Check them out and see where something significant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; either stable or dynamic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could be introduced.

Dear Lynn, My husband and I just got back together after a very painful separation and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a bit tenuous. He wants to put a compost heap somewhere and that sounds like more deterioration to me. Should I discourage it? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Loveday Dear Loveday, Your husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compost inclinations portend a wonderful new phase of your marriage! Compost is great feng shui! You honor the remains of what you have just enjoyed by giving it back to its original home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the earth. Locate it in the love sector (rear right quadrant) and feed that nutrient rich stuff to your marriage! The I-Ching hexagram in the love sector is three open lines: receptive and energetically feminine. What you compost joins the cycles of creativity and nourishment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a happy thing contributing to the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fertility and regenerative behavior. All those scraps and remains of food go to a welcoming site where by co-mingling they enhance each other. A nice metaphor for relationships. The process of degeneration is incorporated into renewal and yields such richness! Although sometimes a smelly brew, it is, thankfully, outside and offends no creatures. So feed the earth and not a landfill, a toxic accumulation of waste. Maybe someday our human consciousness will evolve to discover how all waste can be biodegradably composted and regenerated.

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 or (617) 924-4205.

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ach year as we travel to China to explore its many wonders, one cannot help but notice changes that are going on around the country. Some are good and some are bad. During our trip in the fall of 2007, the city of Beijing was in crisis. The air was heavy with smog, with an estimated 1000 new cars entering the city each week. The construction of new buildings or renovation of old ones was 24/7, and I mean that! All the time, every day, people were working to show Beijing’s face to the world as a modern and powerful city for the Olympics. To be fair, I remember when I first journeyed to Beijing in 1995 and it was even worse! After a day of sightseeing and people watching, my white sneakers and jacket would have black particles attached to them. My eyes would burn and my skin had to be exfoliated each night to feel clean. The large avenues of the city would be filled with street venders utilizing small coal stoves to cook food. Just about everywhere you looked there would be small carts filled with rounds of coal powered by a person on a bicycle to bring heating fuel to homes and businesses throughout the city. Then one year, we found no venders on the avenues with coal stoves, very few bicycle carts filled with coal making their way thru the streets, and virtually no black particles were suspended in air. The government had made a law that heating would not be turned on in private homes until November 15th and the use of coal for heating or cooking would be outlawed, for the most part. Even so, China still relies on coal for about 75 percent of its energy and coal-fired plants account for most of its pollution. China is the world’s second biggest producer of carbon dioxide. According to the International Energy Agency, only the United States is worse. In light of this situation, China has enacted many new laws to implement wind, solar and geo-thermal energy, and not a moment too soon. While visiting Beijing in 2007, we not able enter the Olympic Park, but our guide and friend, Sarah, allowed us a sneak peak at the Bird’s Nest being worked on. I’d seen some documentaries before leaving the U.S., but was amazed at the size and depth of the park. Huge is all I can say. Apartment buildings for the media, athletes and their families, and many buildings for the various events, as well as the Cube — China’s National Aquatic Center — make their mark on this city. Traffic is heavy, and seeing the sun is difficult under the haze of constant construction.


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HUDSON ART & FRAMING Creative Custom Framing � Handcrafted Gifts � Jewelry 18 Main Street � at the rotary � Hudson � 978-562-5582 Beijing air on a day after rain (left) and a rainless day (right) This was my question to our guide, who is a bright and enthusiastic native of Beijing. Sarah was not at all surprised by the question. I learned that Beijing had implemented many things in the Olympic park to save energy and water. The Bird’s Nest used 110,000 tons of recycled, made-inChina steel that actually surpasses the quality of most steel used today in withstanding earthquakes and extremely low temperatures. Steel gutters spread over the roofs of many buildings in the park, collecting rainwater inside the gutters. This water will be recycled and used to irrigate the park’s gardens, and for the flushing of toilets and sewage management. It is said that there are 121 water-saving projects in place which will collect over one million tons of water a year. When asked about the pollution that is being generated daily in Beijing, Sarah explained, “Much like your country does in coal cities like Pittsburgh, we use rocket shells containing sticks of silver iodide. They shoot these rockets up into the air, which will result in heavy rainfall to wash and clear the air once most of the construction is complete, or if the air quality reaches level five, which is hazardous to the body. When you come back in November all the construction will be over, the air will be clear and you will see my city with new eyes.” She also added that private cars would most likely be banned from the roads during the games (except for emergencies) to keep pollution levels low. Even today, there is an every-other-day restriction on private car use, determined by registration numbers. I wondered how well that rule would work out here in the U. S.! But China’s plan to help with air quality does not end with the rockets. While on our way to the Great Wall I spied a row of tall evergreen trees planted very close together and running perpendicular to the road we traveled. It seemed endless so I asked Sarah what it was. She told us it is what China calls the Green Wall. It is a long term project, scheduled to be completed 2020, where trees are planted along the borders of the Great Wall and cities to help stop the Gobi desert from covering their country in sand. Each April, sand storms loosen about 330,000 tons of sand onto Beijing alone. (Bad time to travel!) The desert has been expanding for decades and it is recorded that it moves about 3 km a year heading directly towards Beijing. Scientists from the U.S. have shown that the Gobi desert sands are pushed into the jet stream each year and travel over the Pacific, eventually landing in California. It is not just China’s problem anymore! Time will tell how well the Green Wall will stop erosion of their land and if the rockets that seed the clouds will bring relief from droughts and poor air quality in the future, but one thing is for sure. China is not standing still on these issues and they see the value of long term projects to bring about great changes. Laura Mignosa is the director of the Connecticut School of Herbal Studies in Wethersfield, CT. To learn more about this year’s China Cultural Tour or to find out about our Chinese herbology treatment or certification programs, please call (860) 666-5064 or visit

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romatherapy is the art of healing the mind, body and spirit with essential oils, which have been harvested from nature. “Aroma” refers to the scent the essential oil possesses, and “therapy” refers to the fact that essential oils have been used to heal for centuries. Essential oils are highly potent oils extracted from plants, twigs, roots, bark, fruits, rinds and petals. It takes at least one pound of any given plant to provide one drop of essential oil. There are over 3000 essential oils, with approximately 300 in common use. Essential oils have many therapeutic uses including fighting infections (viral, bacterial and fungal), wound healing and skin regeneration, immune system support, nervous system imbalance, emotional and psychological issues, hormonal imbalance and auto-immune disorders. In other words, essential oils balance hormones, help regulate blood pressure, sedate, relax and stimulate. They are also great for muscle aches, pains, burns, sinus problems, coughs and colds, migraines, stress, anxiety, depression, symptoms of PMS and menopause as well as many other ailments. When used properly they can be very effective in the treatment of many conditions. The most frequent question asked is, “How can something heal me by just smelling it?” The answer is quite simple. Each essential oil is made up of molecules, which are absorbed into the body either through skin absorption or inhalation. When inhaled, these molecules enter the olfactory area of the brain in the limbic system, which is responsible for our memory, emotions, heart rate, sexuality and hormones. Essential oil molecules also enter through the skin. They are then transported throughout the body via oxygen molecules in the blood stream. The essential oil molecules attach themselves to harmful toxins, free radicals, cell debris, fungi, bacteria and viruses in the body and carry them away. It may take anywhere from twenty minutes to seven hours for the skin to fully absorb the essential oils, and anywhere from three to twenty hours to eliminate them. We eliminate them through our sweat, urine, and saliva. At this point in time, consumers are more conscious of being “green” and are in search of natural alternatives which are environmentally

friendly, as well as inexpensive, as costs increase for healthcare and prescription drugs. People are looking to educate themselves about a more holistic way to help heal their bodies. In Europe, essential oils are used quite frequently by the medical profession and are prescribed by some doctors. Essential oils don’t have the negative side effects some prescription drugs have and the oils smell so wonderful. There is no prescription drug that will rid the body of a virus, but there are essential oils that will.

Where to Begin Have you ever found yourself standing at a health food store in front of a sea of little, dark blue bottles wondering which ones to buy, how to mix them, how many drops to use, what carrier oil to blend them into? Or maybe you’re the adventurous type who brought them all home, only to find them sitting on your shelf. There are so many oils to choose from, how do you decide? Essential oils should always be purchased from a reputable source, making sure they are therapeutic grade. Not all oils need to be organic (unless you’re a stickler!) As the oils are steam distilled any pesticides that are used are diminished. However, oils that are cold pressed (like citrus oils) should always be organic. The essential oils are extracted from the rind of the fruit. Organic carrier oils should always be used. To help narrow your choices down, the following oils are a good start. Beware — some of these oils are very expensive and may cost up to a hundred dollars an ounce!

Å Lavender (Lavndula angustifolia) is a multipurpose oil. It is antiseptic, wound healing, regenerative and balances the central nervous system. Medically it’s used for illness, burns, injury and migraine headaches. It also reduces nervousness, tension and aids with insomnia.

Å Tea-tree (Melaleua alternifolia) is highly medicinal. Its expectorant, antiviral and antibacterial qualities make it wonderful for acne, general skin care, colds, flu, inflammation and great as a decongestant.

Å Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata and Eucalyptus globules) has two similar compositions with slight differences. Eucalyptus radiata originates in Australia, while Eucalyptus globulus originates from Australia, Corsica, Spain and Portugal. An expectorant, antiviral and antibacterial medicine, eucalyptus is used as a decongestant for the cold and flu, acne and general skin care.

Å Eucalyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus citriodora) is considered to be a sedative. It’s antiviral, anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties are used to treat muscle pain, joint pain, acne and general skin care.

Å Lemon (Citrus limon) has antiviral, antiseptic, relaxing and stimulating, diuretic and detoxifying properties. It is used as a disinfectant, liver detox and skin purifier and is known for its relaxing and uplifting qualities. It is also known to aid with cellulite, puffiness and water retention. Caution should be used, as it is a potential skin irritant.

Å Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is very calming and relaxing. It is considered an astringent, antiseptic and digestive stimulant useful for digestive cramping, nausea, infection, acne, atopic dermatitis and oily skin. It is also helpful for anxiety. Bergamot is very photosensitive and exposure to the sun/UV lamps should be avoided after application.

Å Geranium (Pelargonium asperum) is considered an adaptogenic oil, which has the ability to adjust to the body’s needs. Antiseptic and fungicidal, it’s great for viral infections, PMS and systemic balance. Geranium is also used for general skin care.

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Å Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is antiseptic, a purifier and diuretic. It’s used as an antiviral and disinfectant and for general skin care, cellulite, acne. Grapefruit is considered to be very uplifting.

Å Helichrysum Everlasting, Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum) is antiinflammatory, cell regenerative and is known for hematoma reduction and liver regeneration. Used for inflammation, bruises, swelling, wound healing, general skin care, inflamed skin conditions, atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, scar reduction, wrinkle reduction and as a free radical scavenger, helichrysum is relaxing and balancing.

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Å Peppermint (Menthax peperita) is stimulating, cooling and antispasmodic. It’s helpful for stomach issues, digestive balance, nausea, liver congestion, fevers, PMS, allergies and bad breath. Peppermint is a wonderful skin purifier and stimulant and is considered very energizing and clearing to stimulate the mind. Caution: not to be used with small children. When used undiluted or in a bath, it will reduce body temperature.

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Å Rose (Rosa damascene) & (Rosa centfolia) is considered a “cure all.” It’s an antiseptic, cell regenerative, balancing, nerve tonic, also used to regulate the liver and spleen, and for general skin care, mature skin, wrinkles and scars. Rose is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is wonderful for self esteem, depression, nervousness and anxiety.

Å Ylang- Ylang (Cananga odorata) is antiseptic, antispasmodic and a sexual stimulant and aphrodisiac. It’s used for heart palpitations, cramps and general skin care. Ylang-Ylang is considered euphoric, uplifting and releasing, which helps with anxiety and depression. Let the journey begin. Wearing protective gloves and eyewear if necessary, essential oils should be handled with care as they are extremely concentrated and should never be used “neat” (straight), with the exception of lavender and tea tree oil. Essential oils need to be stored in a dark blue bottle in a cool, dry place to preserve them. First, blend the essential oils together, no more than 2-5% dilution. Then you may add the carrier oil. Organic jojoba or apricot kernel oil are good choices. Roll the bottle gently to blend, never shake. The blend is now ready to be applied to the skin or inhaled from the bottle. Simply put a few drops of the oil in the palms of your hands and inhale deeply. Rub a few drops on the soles of your feet or inside the wrists for quick absorption. Oils like patchouli and sandalwood only get better with age; however, citrus oils only have a six-month shelf life. Research should always be conducted before using any essential oils, as some are contraindicative. Carefully follow the instructions given and enjoy the world of aromatherapy! You may also want to meet with a certified aromatherapist to discuss your personal needs. Beverly Buccheri and Christine Lyman are certified aromatherapists and owners of BC Essentials in Rowley, MA. Call (781) 983-0304 or visit for more information about aromatherapy products, parties and gifts.

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low level of stomach acid production occurs in 47% of the general population, the highest incidence being found in people over fifty years old. Millions of dollars are erroneously spent on drugs that decrease the amount of acid in the stomach, antacids like Alka-Seltzer, or drugs in the Zantac, Prevacid or Nexium families. The opposite problem, however, is often the culprit: too little acid. Without enough acid, the body has a difficult time digesting foods, absorbing minerals and vitamin B12. Bloating, belching, upset stomach, heartburn and constipation are common symptoms of low stomach acid output. Food is not getting digested and is moving through the stomach too quickly, making it prone to reflux up. The result is undernutrition, even with an excellent diet. So, before looking to hormone replacement therapy for prevention of osteoporosis, or to vitamin B12 shots for pernicious anemia, have your stomach acid checked. Without a potent amount of hydrochloric acid, the three pounds of bacteria that live in the colon can move up into the small intestines where undesirable strains of bacteria and yeast can take hold and multiply. Besides interfering with digestion and absorption, these microbes can inflame the small intestine, causing them to become permeable to undigested foods. The individual, thus, becomes allergic to healthful foods. Did you know that the total absorptive area of the inside wall of the small intestine of an average person is about the same as a standard football field, and every square inch of this surface can be covered with mucus in which bacteria are imbedded and growing? Imagine the negative impact from undesirable strains of bacteria and yeast with so much room to multiply! If allowed to continue for many years without treatment, a variety of diseases can ensue, such as: asthma, celiac disease, chronic autoimmune disorders, diabetes, eczema, food allergies, gall bladder disease, gastric cancer, gastritis, lupus, osteoporosis, pernicious anemia, psoriasis and acne rosacea.

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Symptoms that may be caused by poor stomach acid output include: • stomach bloating • burping • upset stomach • burning • flatulence • diarrhea • constipation, difficult movements • nausea after taking supplements • rectal itching • weak, peeling, cracked fingernails

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 2 Green Leafy Vegetables. Kale, collard greens, dandelion greens, bok choy, mustard greens, arugula, etc., have it all: fiber, antioxidants, loaded with vitamins and nutrient, zero fat and calories, accessible calcium. They are great for improving circulation, lifting your mood, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Cows produce calcium with their milk. What do they graze on all dayâ&#x20AC;Ś?

3 All Other Vegetables. Root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips  and beets are great for grounding and calming you. They are also very beneficial when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to eat less sugar, as cooked, they are very sweet. Exchange white potato for sweet potato or yam (more fiber).

 4 Fish Oil/Fish. Great choices are wild caught salmon, mackerel and sardines, fish supplements or flax seed oil for omega 3 fatty acids which are one of the keys for longevity, good brain and cardio function.

5 Berries. The deeper the color, the more antioxidant rich, such as gogi berries, blueberries, blackberries. Gogi berries are loaded with antioxidants and beta-carotene.

6 Whole Grains. Brown rice, millet, quinoa, barley, buckwheat,  etc., contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fiber, vitamin E and the B complex vitamins. Due to the fact that the body absorbs whole grains slowly, it provides sustained and high quality energy. Brown rice has over 100 antioxidants and overcomes cravings when you chew well. Quinoa contains all 8 amino acids to make it a complete protein. Always look for the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;whole grainâ&#x20AC;? on the label as â&#x20AC;&#x153;wheat flourâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;organic unbleached wheat flourâ&#x20AC;? are still regular white refined flour.

7 Legumes. Beans are a great vegetarian source of protein, fiber and iron. Always soak the night before cooking to enable easier digestion.

8 Nuts and Seeds. A little goes a long way. Almonds and walnuts are great choices of vitamin E. Brazil nuts contain hefty doses of selenium, which may be helpful in reducing the sluggishness and fatigue of thyroid symptoms. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are great sources of protein, minerals and good fats. Watermelon seeds are a great source of magnesium and omega 6, which can be beneficial for breast health.

9 Good Fats. Extra virgin olive, sesame, flax, safflower, and coconut oils are great for brain and cardio function and good skin.

10 Garlic. Powerful food for your immune system, studies demonstrate that if you eat 1-2 cloves of garlic as soon as you feel a cold coming on, the symptoms and duration will decrease.

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Holistic Moms Support Informed Consent for Vaccinations


he Holistic Moms Network (HMN), a national non-profit with more than 120 chapters across the U.S., extends its support to the Poling family, whose daughter Hannah descended into autism within 48 hours of receiving 9 childhood vaccines. “We are always saddened to learn of adverse reactions to vaccinations and the repercussions parents must face when their child is injured,” says HMN executive director Nancy Massotto. “The Poling case demonstrates that the ‘one size fits all’ approach to vaccinating children is unsound. Every child has a unique physiology that will dictate their reaction to a drug or vaccine,” says Massotto. “We encourage parents to research the pros and cons of vaccinations, trust their instincts about their children’s health, and take the time they need to make their decisions; because ultimately, parents are the ones who will live with the consequences if something goes wrong, not the doctor and not the government.” The Holistic Moms Network is not opposed to vaccination; rather the organization firmly supports parents’ individual informed choice for all medical interventions and believes that more transparent and unbiased research into the safety and efficacy of vaccines is needed. Some HMN members like Laurie Cunningham in Fairfax, Virginia decided to vaccinate their 9-month-old daughter after researching the issue. “We’re working with her pediatrician to come up with a schedule that is close to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations, but we have chosen to limit the number of shots at each visit to 2, and we’ve decided to decline certain shots: the Hepatitis B shot, because she’s not at risk as an infant; the Rotavirus (live virus) vaccine, because we felt the risks outweighed the benefits; and the flu shot, because we felt there was too much controversy over its formulation and effectiveness.” The rising number of vaccines included in the mandatory schedule — given to babies during the most rapid and critical stage of brain and immunological development — has raised additional concerns for parents. In the 1970s, parents were told their children needed 23 doses of 7 vaccines by age 6; today it’s 48 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6. Some HMN members have chosen to delay shots until their children’s immune systems are more robust and others choose not to vaccinate. Cassandra Alls, an HMN member in Annapolis, Maryland says, “I’ve done my research to determine whether vaccines are harmful or not, and for me, the children with vaccine injuries are the evidence. It’s a money machine. It has nothing to do with health.” Critics like Alls point to a February 8, 2005 Los Angeles Times article which reported that, as early as 1991, vaccine-maker Merck knew that the cumulative amounts of thimerosal given to infants in vaccines by 6 months of age was 87 times higher than levels thought to be safe. continues next page


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Holistic Moms Support Informed Consent for Vaccinations continued from page 39 But thimerosal — a preservative containing ethyl mercury — is no longer the only concern. Parenting expert, Dr. Robert Sears has raised red flags about the toxicity of aluminum, used as an adjuvant in vaccines. (Adjuvants are used to amplify the body’s response to a vaccine.) At birth a newborn baby typically gets 250 micrograms (mcg) of aluminum in a Hepatitis B shot, and by 2 months — during the first big round of shots — the total dose of aluminum can climb to a staggering 1,225 mcg. Despite a 1996 policy paper by the American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledging that aluminum can cause neurological harm, Sears says there have been no studies to determine whether the doses of aluminum in vaccines are safe for babies and children. Sears and others are troubled by the lack of adequate safety studies for vaccines. Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, a board certified pediatrician in clinical practice in New York, goes further. He encourages new parents to read the ingredients in vaccine inserts before deciding whether to vaccinate their child(ren). Parents are often shocked to see that the list includes betapropiolactone and formaldehyde (noted human toxins), phenoxyethanol (antifreeze), monosodium glutamate and numerous antibiotics. Most parents don’t know that they have the right to refuse shots. Barbara Loe Fisher, director of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) in Virginia says, “The right to informed consent to the use of any pharmaceutical product or medical procedure which carries a risk of injury or death is a fundamental human right and a central ethical principle in the practice of modern medicine. Vaccination should be no exception.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control acknowledges that 1 in 150 children develop autism in the United States today compared to 1 in 2,500 in 1970. Vaccine choice advocates see a correlation between the rise in the number of shots and chronic illnesses in children. Since the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was passed in 1986, federal Courts have awarded nearly $2 billion to victims of vaccine damage. Although the government continues to deny a link between vaccines and autism, public concern about vaccine safety, and wariness of official denials, is growing. The decision by the Department of Justice to seal all court documents in the Poling case only serves to fuel suspicion. “The more parents feel deceived, the more they will start to question mandatory vaccine programs and demand more flexible laws,” says Massotto. Both NVIC and HMN support efforts to amend vaccine laws to include conscientious belief exemptions in states that only have religious and medical statutes (see www.909shot. com/state-site/state-exemptions.htm for individual state laws). “Our love for our children guides us in the decisions we make on their behalf. Parents must be given the time and support they need to make informed decisions with respect to vaccination and other medical procedures,” concludes Massotto.

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• dry cleaned clothes, insecticides and herbicides • 80,000 new chemicals being produced each year • first and second-hand cigarette smoke, petrochemicals and exhaust fumes and more Warnings say these things can cause cancer, asthma, allergies, skin rashes, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities and other health problems. We are exposed to contaminants all day long, most of them without choice. We can do our best to try to avoid some of these things, but we can’t completely remove them from our lives. We’ve learned many ways to take precautions and protect ourselves, such as washing our hands and avoiding harmful substances. But what happens when our reactions to these warnings become over-reactions, and we become obsessively bothered and worried, over-protecting ourselves and others, even “to death”? These thought patterns actually drain our energy flows in body, mind and spirit, so we are caught in a cycle of weakening ourselves in the name of health and safety. Any single weakening thought does not have much of an effect on us. But how many of these thoughts do we have in a day? Four times an hour for our 16 waking hours per day is over 23,000 thoughts a year. Whether the warnings are accurate or not, our belief that we are at risk is enough to cause us to be at risk! continues next page


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ne writer said, “The deadliest self fulfilling prophecy in our culture is that we degenerate as we age.” From an energy perspective, we do not degenerate because another year goes by, we degenerate because we do not take care of our symptoms. We have not learned how to understand or deal with the root causes of our symptoms. Using breast cancer as an example, let’s look at some non-physical root causes of this disease: 1. Health and wellness fears. Breasts represent both physical nourishment and emotional nurturing, for the self as well as loved ones. Fears about dying and leaving loved ones may manifest in breast disease. 2. Resonating with negative beliefs in our culture including environmental and substance risks, survival rates, expert opinion, research, and prescribed treatments and their side effects. Medical technology has added a new fear about having a genetic predisposition towards a certain disease, which tends to support that disease. What we pay attention to is what we create. 3. Losing a sense of joy and happiness in life weakens our sense of well being and immune response. 4. “Lumps” in one’s thinking, such as, things can’t change, no faith in things changing, fearful of taking next steps in life, putting everyone else first and not taking care of oneself, being bothered by having small or large breasts, and over mothering, over nurturing and over internalizing There are simple energetic corrections that can eliminate these non-physical roots of disease by energetically clearing blockages away. These are based on the most basic premises of energy work: • Our natural state is health, wellness and vitality and we want to be in and stay in this state. • There are non-physical root causes for all of our symptoms. • Our symptoms are a way of our body communicating with us that there are some energetic blockages we need to get rid of.


ere are some suggestions to help you move away from fear and towards good health. First, get educated. Gain a deeper understanding of how your thoughts and feelings impact your total health. Try reading Heal Your Body by Louise Hay, The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton or Feelings Buried Never Die by Karol K. Truman. Second, develop a healthy skepticism. Don’t buy into all the warnings. Realize that numerous people smoke and drink, or get exposed to many different risks, and still live long, healthy lives. In the book, “In Defense of Food,” Michael Pollan writes, “…American nutritionists can’t fathom how a people who enjoy their food as much as the French do, and blithely eat so many substances deemed toxic by nutritionists, could have substantially lower rates of heart disease than we do on our elaborately engineered low-fat diets.” Third, learn how to deal with and eliminate your symptoms. There are many modalities that teach how to gain control of your symptoms and make them disappear. Find those that work for you to help you regain your natural state of health wellness and vitality. Fourth, cultivate a life of positive thoughts and thankfulness. Clinical research demonstrates that laughter stimulates your immune response and helps to keep you healthy. Mahatma Gandhi said: “Your beliefs become your thoughts Your thoughts become your words Your words become your actions Your actions become your habits Your habits become your values Your values become your destiny.”

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Hidden Frequency Factors That Sabotage Conscious Change by Nicole Lavoie


new season often brings about a conscious focus of positive change with new goals and expectations. “This summer I’m going to eat light and exercise!” The conscious mind is on fire with excitement at the prospect of change and the body is charged with emotion, visualization and motivation to support the new resolution with all good intent. In most cases however, the motivation and excitement lose their momentum and eventually are lost all together leaving the person feeling like they failed. What happened? It is not due to lack of will power, but rather to the energetic body not being in line with the conscious mind’s intent. There is another hidden culprit, too, in the unconscious mind which holds thoughts and beliefs unknown to the conscious mind. Like attracts like. We realize that our thoughts and words create our reality, but do we know why? The answer is frequency. Everything has frequency — our words, thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, trees, animals, rocks, voices, everything. Quantum physics demonstrates that everything in the universe is a whirling mass of molecules, vibrating at certain frequencies. This includes the human body, which in addition to its physical body, is surrounded by energy bands known as the aura. The aura is linked to the physical body through centers called the chakras, which correspond to certain organs, emotions and experiences of the human body. Just like our physical organs of the liver, lungs, kidneys, etc., our chakras can also become diseased through our thoughts, feelings and energetic frequencies. Emotions, in particular, strongly affect the functioning of each chakra. Some of these emotions can be pleasurable and others can be very traumatic and stressful. In times of extreme

trauma and stress, a person can get so caught up emotionally in what is going on that they lose track of time and move into a space of no time, called an analogical moment. In that moment of no time, whatever beliefs or emotional state is triggered becomes lodged in the corresponding chakra. Some examples of analogical moments include being fired from a job, rape, witnessing a murder, being physically abused, divorce, sudden death of a loved one, or being ridiculed by a teacher in front of classmates.   In these moments, energetically, a fractured identity known as an id is created. These ids contain attitudes and beliefs that were in place at the time of the fracture (analogical moment), as well at its own unique frequency that will subsequently attract a like frequency. If the ids contain attitudes and beliefs such as victimization, lack of prosperity, co-dependency, betrayal, lack of trust, then those situations and their frequencies will be attracted back into life experience. These low frequencies must be cleared and released in order to attract new experiences into one’s life. These new frequencies are stored as information in the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind holds all awareness that is not presently in the conscious mind. According to Freud, the unconscious mind continues to influence our behavior and experience, even though we are unaware of these underlying influences. All information in the unconscious mind is made available to the conscious mind through neural pathways that deliver information throughout the body in the form of nerve impulses. Neurons have tiny branches that reach out and connect with other neurons to form a neural network. Each place where they are connected is integrated into a thought or a memory. Physiologically, nerve cells that fire together, wire together. So if someone practices something over and over again, those nerves have a long-term relationship. This is why most people think, do and say things and do not know why. It is automatic unconscious programming. The best way to know your unconscious is to look at your life experience. Ask yourself, “Is my life joyous and filled with positive interactions or is my life experience filled with fear, and negative interactions? What do I really desire to attract in my life?” If what you are experiencing is not in line with your desire, it’s time for some energetic clearings of the body and mind to create a shift of new frequencies. When we look at the desire to lose weight, for example, what beliefs lurk in the unconscious mind about the self and one’s body image? Was there childhood trauma that came from the home or school environment relating to body weight? These are examples of unconscious sabotage acting behind the scenes. It is not that one does not have the will power to stick to the diet or about failure if the diet is not adhered to. It is about clearing the energetic frequencies that will result in shifting one’s beliefs from what is familiar but diseased, to attract what one truly desires in their life experience.

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iagnosis shock is the traumatic reaction people experience the moment they first suspect or are told that they have a serious physical or emotional illness. Sadly, health care providers are not trained to recognize or treat psychological trauma. Left untreated, diagnosis shock can cause a host of emotional and physical problems substantially eroding a person’s health and quality of life. In fact, researchers in the field of health psychology have found that in some people the trauma can be so severe it can lead to mental illness such as depression and anxiety.

What happens in the moment of initial shock? In the moment of initial shock, people ask themselves consciously or unconsciously, “What could this ___ (news or symptom) possibly mean?” The unconscious mind instantly generates a worst case scenario of loss of function or death so vivid, extreme and frightening that it often triggers a fight-or-flight trauma reaction. People describe this reaction as an intense adrenaline rush of fear, a feeling of frozenness or numbness, and/or a sharp indrawn breath followed by an inability to breathe normally, think clearly, or hear anything that’s said following the pronouncement. Exclamations such as “I don’t believe it” or “It can’t be true” are common. People may develop negative reactions to the environment and the people associated with the memory. These exaggerated, irrational, emotional and physical, i.e. phobic, responses occur so rapidly that many people are not even consciously aware that they are in shock. In addition to shock and fear, people feel a whole range of emotions including anger, sadness, hurt, pain, shame, guilt, emptiness and powerlessness. As in all traumas, people experience anticipatory phobias, a pervasive underlying feeling of dread that the traumatic event will reoccur. After recovery, people report anxiety about going to the doctor for fear of bad news. Even little symptoms or seemingly abnormal reactions trigger the fear that the illness has returned. Some people avoid attending support groups for fear that others in the group will die and depress or frighten them out of their optimistic healing attitude. To cope with traumatic reactions, people commonly use avoidance, distraction, repression, denial and magical thinking. These strategies do not eliminate the fear from the unconscious mind or body, and in fact, cause added stress. In some cases these coping behaviors cause health complications when people avoid, put off or fail to comply

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with treatment recommendations. Furthermore, studies from the field of psychoneuroimmunology have shown that traumatic stress itself has negative health effects because it suppresses the immune system.

Diagnosis shock makes it hard to choose treatment options and can interfere with doctor/patient collaboration. Many people work well and respectfully with their doctors and health care providers. In cases where people do have a serious illness, patients are often given many treatment options and opinions and asked to choose their own treatment (while traumatized). For certain illnesses, recommended treatment options can be extreme, shocking and offer no guarantees. Even the doctors may be uncertain of the treatment plan or inform patients that there is nothing they can do. Patients may experience such intense feelings of doubt, confusion and overwhelm that they develop phobias about about making treatment decisions at all, fearing that if they make the wrong decision it could kill them. Or they may second-guess, obsess or over-treat themselves in an attempt to cover all the bases. If the treatment is unsuccessful, the person may blame him or her self or the doctor. After diagnosis shock has imprinted, no amount of facts or real information to the contrary can erase it. Diagnosis shock must be cleared directly from the unconscious mind and body. Simple selfhealing techniques from the field of energy psychology work in minutes by activating the calming reflex used by the nervous system to neutralize the fight-or-flight reflex, thus eliminating the phobic reactions from the conscious mind, unconscious mind and body. These techniques involve tapping with the fingertips on selected areas of the face, torso, and hands, using eye movements and left brain/ right brain integration techniques to resolve traumatic reactions. The techniques can be used every morning to neutralize any fears for what may possibly happen that day, and every evening to calm anything that might have been upsetting during the day. It is also recommended for use before doctor’s appointments or before any kind of treatment to clear the body’s fear of invasion and harm. During treatments, the techniques are useful for reminding the body that this treatment is a healing intervention and to ask the body to fully receive its benefits. This includes asking the body to send the treatment to where it is needed and to protect other parts of the body where the treatment might be harmful. It is also useful for clearing feelings of doubt, uncertainty and overwhelm. There are many sources of information to learn about tapping techniques for self healing including. Some of these include: 1. Arenson, G., Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing: The Last Self-Help Book You Will Ever Need, NY, Fireside/Simon and Shuster, 2001 2. Callahan, R., Stop the Nightmares of Trauma, North Carolina, Professional Press, 2000. 3. Durlacher, J.V., Freedom from Fear Forever, Tempe, AZ, Van Ness Publishing Co., 1994. 4. Craig, Gary, Emotional Freedom Technique at 5. Fleming, T, You Can Heal Now: The Tapas Acupressure Technique, TAT Intl., 1999 available at 6. Swack, J.A., “Diagnosis Shock: The Unrecognized Burden of Illness,” International Journal of Healing and Caring Online, January 2008, Vol. 8, No. 1; Finding a good professional who can help coach you through the learning and support stages is very helpful. Most importantly, encourage yourself to keep an open mind and a positive attitude during your healing journey for best results. Judith A. Swack, Ph.D. is a biochemist/immunologist, master NLP practitioner and mind/body healer. She can be reached at Healing from the Body Level Up, Inc., 56 Pickering St., Needham, MA 02492 or call (781) 444-6940. To learn more about HBLU TM visit

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eptember 4, 2006 started early for me, with a phone call from the transplant clinic at Lahey in MA. They had a

kidney for me. The coordinator asked, “ Well, do you want it or not?” I hesitated, but I knew I had to say yes. It was time for W W W





a change. The drive from Maine, where my then-husband was opening a new restaurant, to MA, where I was living at the time, was rushed, exciting and strangely calming. Finally I was being given a new possibility.

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had set up a chain of command that included phone calls to family and friends as well as an email bulletin. Prayers began from all over the globe, literally, as I readied myself for the tremendous gift of new life. I prayed as I drove, blessing the family that had lost a son or daughter, blessing the new kidney and welcoming her/him into my body, blessing all the medications I would have to take for the rest of my life, blessing my soul for being so courageous yet again, for having the inner spirit to go through more surgery, more dramatic life changes, and my willingness to go through with it all to stay here on Earth a little bit longer. A wave of peace blanketed me as I went to dialysis one last time. I petitioned a friend to drive me to the hospital where another friend met me, who immediately began Reiki on me and distance Reiki on the kidney. We could all feel it. This was not just about me. This was more. My journey, from the age of 5 to my present age of 44 has been one of many transitions in and out of my body, arduous, and not without its hidden blessings. I was five in 1967, the year I fell off my bike. I developed a lump on my lower left leg that did not go away. The lump was Ewing’s sarcoma, a deadly bone cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy followed, then last rights by our Catholic priest, which I was told was my special first communion. I remember sitting up in the hospital bed, with the priest offering the wafer to me. “Body of Christ,” he spoke softly. I ate the bread, knowing I had just eaten Jesus. I would be just fine. I had God living in my body. The 5 year-old-girl developed a great skill, that of the fierce warrior who did everything possible to protect her body, but especially her spirit. No one would or could take that from her. That was her power. This young girl even knew, at will, how to disassociate from her body when it felt unsafe to be in it. My stance created the illusion of separation. It was me and them — them being the nurses, doctors, kids who crossed my path the wrong way, anyone who I felt might do me harm, even when they were trying to save my life. This protective warrior became my life posture. It kept me alive and it exhausted me. I did so much in spite of (or perhaps because of) the exhaustion, including going through high school as I was diagnosed a second time with the same disease in the same location — only this time they had to amputate my leg. I excelled at what I could do, which was to study. My separation from the rest of the world and often from my body, which held so much emotional pain, became my way out of the reality of cancer, the reality of all the subsequent side effects of the cancer: a sick bladder, kidney failure, — Marsha Metzger — 11 years of dialysis. I seldom asked for what I needed, except in the medical world where I was always my own advocate. What I needed in the rest of my life was connection to my self, to others. What I feared was connection to my self and others. Would I be rejected? Would I be a burden, a drag, no fun, abnormal? I began to live a split. One part of me was so full of creativity, life force, joy, laughter, spirit, hope, and a desire to share my truth. The other part of me was ashamed, burdened, alone, buried, rejected, not wanting to be seen or heard, unworthy of expressing my needs. What a dance. What a dance! Being in my body fully was difficult. The more I rejected what was there — the artificial leg, the scars, the deep sadness for being in the prime of my life, stuck to a machine to stay alive — the more my body experienced this split. For me it came out in nervous energy, a fear of landing on my feet, tiptoeing through life. I was brave, hiding my tears behind a bright strong smile, because who would want to hear my sob story anyway?

“Underneath the over-achievement was Someone else, calling me. The little one who was there before the first diagnosis, the little one who did not think about hurrying through life in case life got taken away again, the little one who felt supported, messy, playful, joyful, alive, in the moment. BEING.”

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Finding God in My Body continued from page 47 I accomplished, I achieved, I made my mark (even a few trademarks along the way). The exhaustion grew deeper and wider. Underneath the over-achievement was Someone else, calling me. The little one who was there before the first diagnosis, the little one who did not think about hurrying through life in case life got taken away again, the little one who felt supported, messy, playful, joyful, alive, in the moment. BEING. Thus began the deep personal work of the last 15 years, getting back into my body, seeing my body as a safe place, not separate from God, but full of God. The first launch was to embrace the places when I stepped out of my body and came back in, celebrating the returns like the prodigal daughter, honoring the one who did all the grunge work for so long, my warrior. The soul voice of the little one, who was also so very, very old, beckoned me back in, through creativity, through writing, through yoga, through dance. I am, in every sense of the word, a dancer who had not had the opportunity to express her dance for a long time. First came classes: African, Brazilian, Haitian, Salsa, Samba, Belly Dancing. Then came yoga, more dance, children’ s yoga. I became a yoga teacher. I was terrified to be barefoot in public, to stake my claim to being in my body, but I did it anyway. My teaching has never been just about teaching people how to breathe and stretch. It has always been about transforming lives, showing

up as a vehicle of God, helping people to find their own way back to their true holy nature. When I am able to jump more fully into my physical body, I feel integrated, intuitive, spiritual, connected. My career includes working as a body-centered therapist and a healing the luminous body practitioner. Ahhh, but these practices are only the first of many layers of healing that have needed to take place. One way I have separated myself from my body is through caretaking. Caretaking is a residual element of all my earlier illnesses. My identity was tied into caretaking worried parents and grandparents, family members, friends, an alcoholic husband, thus avoiding my own need for help which felt too big to deserve. This pattern of sidestepping my body and its emotions has dishonored my divine call. It felt safer to stay in this lower vibration because it is familiar. My sense of harmony was intricately woven into the first year of my life, when I was raised in part by my grandparents as my mother recovered from serious illness. The only problem was, my grandfather was a charming, strapping, raging, violent alcoholic Irishman. My cells bonded with that energy, physically and emotionally. Yet, I always seem to find my way back to my innate joy. Now there is a new energy in my body with which I have bonded to — that of my kidney. They say some transplant recipients change dramatically because of the new organ. They have dreams of the death, crave foods they have never eaten before, may even change their personality. My kidney, apparently, was housed by a no-nonsense, practical, wise person. Within


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months of receiving this kidney I was securing a lawyer, divorcing my husband and taking flamenco class! This kidney even rejects the old notion that I should question God, that I shouldn’t be too happy about this amazing gift. Interestingly I am more grounded, strong, present, simply by having this vital organ. During my time on dialysis I had to reach almost totally from spirit to stay afloat. I have jumped back into my body in other ways too. I have taken ownership of all I have created over the past 11 years: a yoga school, a children’s yoga training program, books, dances, website, a business! And I want to tell my story to whoever will hear it. This is new for me. My identity for so long has been tied up in my health as my story, when clearly there is so much more. To tell this story is frightening, painful, and vulnerable.


as my health kept me from my destiny? Or is it a part of my destiny? I believe the latter, I am reminded of the man at the temple Jesus healed. Many thought the man was ill because of something he or his family had done. Jesus very firmly told everyone no. The man’s illness was a vehicle for people to see God. My story is like that. I wonder about the yogic notion of illness as karma. There is even a belief by one of the most famous modern yogis of all, that a person who has illness or disability is on a lower plane of consciousness, unable to master yoga asana because of their karma. Actually, I think many of the weakest of us physically came in to teach the rest of the world about the true nature of God. — Marsha Metzger — My kidney has gifted me with more energy for my life, less need to be the fiery warrior. I am no longer living in constant terror, wondering if a particular dialysis treatment would be the one where I would faint and lose my lifeline, or wondering whether my husband had lost another job. I am indeed, upgrading! Lately I have been listening very closely to the crystal clear message of my heart: “Experience your joy.” When my joy feels blocked, my heart has been equally adamant: “Feel the feeling to the very end, then go back to your joy.” Joy is a love ordination from God. Joy is God living in and through us. We all have original joy as children of God, all of us. If we are not experiencing moments of joy in each day, then we have the opportunity to shift that by honoring the story of our bodies. Our bodies tell the whole story, what we carry, what we have released, what still needs healing. I believe this. I welcome this. My body is my way back to joy, to God, to a full life. To complete this article I include an exercise to connect you, the reader, to your body/mind/spirit. Find a quiet place to come into your body. Sit comfortably, allowing your breath to move in and out of your body. Sit, enveloped in these words: love, joy. Try one first then the next. Notice your body. Embrace the whole experience. When are love and/or joy present? Are there any blocks to joy and love? Where are those blocks located in your body? If there are blocks, notice when and where you feel landed in your body and when you step away from your body. Are you staying out? How do you organize getting back in? Are you in and staying in? How do you organize that? Are there emotions coming up for you as you connect to these words and to your body? Can you offer yourself the space to have the whole experience, perhaps welcoming the places that feel connected and welcoming, without judgment, the places that feel disconnected. Welcome the whole of you, like a long lost friend. See it all. Embrace it all. God sees it all. God loves it all.

“If we are not experiencing moments of joy in each day then we have the opportunity to shift that by honoring the story of our bodies. Our bodies tell us the whole story — what we carry, what we have released, what still needs healing.”

Marsha Therese Metzger, M.Ed is a yoga teacher, healer, writer, body-centered therapist, choreographer and lifelong dancer who lives north of Boston. She is currently celebrating being back in her body, feeling joy. Her websites are and

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2. The longtime male dominance in society and the growing equality of men and women that we see today. 3. The sharp split in U.S. society and politics between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, and the attempt to find common ground between them.

Each of these patterns represents, in its own way, the natural tension between two basic human energies — Earth, the traditional female energy and the bearer of love, compassion, sharing and community; and Wood, the traditional male energy and the carrier of independence, self-reliance, competition, anger and self-interest. Chinese medicine has taught for centuries that these energies, which are part of everyone’s makeup, exist in a natural state of tension and that good physical and emotional health depend on a healthy balance between them.

The above examples show that the Wood-Earth relationship has an importance that goes far beyond health and illness. The human body contains an energy blueprint that guides growth at every level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the individual, in relationships and in society as a whole. In each case, the development and integration of male and female energies is a crucial part of the growth process. We can see the overall pattern in the rise of civilization itself. As mankind has left behind the law of the jungle and embraced the social contract, Wood, the energy of force, aggressiveness and self-interest, has been gradually counterbalanced by Earth, the energy of caring, cooperation and community. Recent trends suggest that the process is accelerating and entering a new phase. The rise of women and the rapid growth of democracy and human rights around the world are signs that Earth is taking on a new prominence in human affairs. Ultimately, the energy blueprint suggests that the roles of the two energies will be reversed. Wood, rather than dominating or even stifling Earth as it did in earlier times, will assume more of a supporting role. Earth, the energy of love and human connection, will take the lead in guiding individuals and societies toward a new kind of unity and cooperation. The role of Wood and Earth in individual growth for both men and women depends on the gradual development and realignment of male and female energies.

The Contours of the Energy Blueprint Three simple diagrams from the teachings of Asia show the outlines of the energy blueprint. The first (Fig. 1), from traditional Chinese medicine, dates back perhaps 2,500 years and shows the five basic energies. Four of those energies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wood, Fire, Metal and Water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; correspond to the four seasons and reflect their qualities. Fire, the energy of joy and summer, gives warmth and expressiveness to the personality. Water, the energy of fear and winter, confers toughness, tenacity and Fig. 1 the ability to survive in difficult conditions. Wood, the energy of anger and springtime, embodies growth, power and expansion. Metal, the energy of sadness and autumn, supports consolidation and restraint. Only Earth, at the center of the diagram, has no season of its own. In the words of an ancient text, The Yellow Emperorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classic of Chinese Medicine, Earth â&#x20AC;&#x153;nourish[es] all things in nature. It is all-encompassing. This is why it does not correspond to any particular time. It has a hand in every element.â&#x20AC;? Earth is at the center, I offer, because Earth is the energy of the central and most important human emotions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; love, empathy, caring and compassion. Earth deserves its special place because love transcends and helps integrate the emotions of the other four elements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; anger, joy, sadness and fear. Chinese medicine has always been, and remains today, reluctant to acknowledge that Earth is the energy of love. In fact, Chinese medical texts rarely if ever mention love at all. There may be cultural reasons for this. In addition, the diagram in Fig. 1 was replaced long ago by a second diagram in which the five energies are given equal status (Fig. 2). But in spite of that, there can be little doubt that Earth is the energy of love. For one thing, Earth has no other place to go â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each of Fig. 2 the other energies has its own distinctive emotion.

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Because Fig. 2 was adopted as the standard for describing Five Elements relationships, Earth’s central position has been obscured and today is often forgotten. But Earth’s central role in the energy system, and in human growth, is confirmed by a second ancient energy teaching. Kabbalah is the mystical teaching of Judaism and its Tree of Life (Fig. 3) describes the various faces or aspects of God. The Tree is made up of ten interconnected energy centers, or sfirot (sfeer-OHT), each of which has a Hebrew name that describes its qualities. Although the Tree has traditionally been understood as a picture of God’s attributes, recent writers have interpreted it as a diagram of the human energy system as well. Caroline Myss, in her book Anatomy of the Spirit: the Seven Stages of Power and Healing, argues that the seven vertical levels within the Tree correspond to the seven chakras. This correspondence between divine and human energies suggests that the words Fig. 3 of Genesis 1:27 — that God created human beings in His own image — are literally true. I agree that the Tree of Life represents the chakras, and take that idea a step further. The Tree, I suggest, traces the outlines of both the chakras and the meridians. The meridians, and the yin-yang relationship that governs them, are represented by the three pairs of opposed sfirot on either side of the central column. The names and qualities of the middle pair, Din and Hesed, leave little doubt that they are symbols of male and female energies. The Tree of Life, in incorporating the main features of both the Indian and Chinese systems, is the most complete depiction of the human energy blueprint in any major spiritual tradition.

The Tree of Life is, above all, a blueprint for wholeness. Its structure suggests that each of us is a microcosm, or tiny reflection of God’s own nature and that we have the inborn capacity to reclaim our spiritual identity. To do so we must travel two interconnected pathways of growth. The first, which I call the horizontal pathway, is the path of everyday living — the yin-yang struggle between freedom and fear, anger and compassion, self-interest and concern for others, and other conflicting feelings and values. The horizontal pathway is represented by the three pairs of sfirot on either side of the central column. When a person matures and gains the ability to resolve these everyday conflicts, he or she is ready to enter the vertical pathway — the path of higher awareness — represented by the Tree’s central column and its seven vertical levels.

Hesed and Din, Male and Female “Hesed” is the Hebrew word for kindness or grace and, in traditional Kabbalah, the sfirah Hesed represents God’s unconditional love and compassion. Hesed’s counterpart, Din or Law, represents the cosmic law of cause and effect or the Law of Karma. Kabbalah teaches that, in dealing with human beings, God uses the energies of Hesed and Din to play the traditional roles of both mother and father — balancing love and compassion with a discipline that requires us to take responsibility for our actions. Din’s alternate name, Gvurah, confirms its close association with male energies. The word “gvurah” (strength or power) is derived from “gever,” the Hebrew word for male. Hesed and Din thus represent Earth and Wood in the human energy system.

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Tiferet and the Heart Chakra The path of integration for Hesed and Din leads to Tiferet (Tih-FERRET), the midpoint of the Tree of Life. Tiferet, or Beauty, occupies the fourth vertical level and corresponds to the fourth or heart chakra. When Wood and Earth are fully developed and the heart chakra opens, love truly becomes the center of one’s being. The polarities of daily life fall away, including the perennial conflict between male and female energies. Wood, rather than dominating Earth as it has in the past, assumes its natural supporting role — balancing love and compassion, not with anger or a desire for punishment or revenge, but to set limits, maintain order and encourage strong personal values. Earth thus lies at the center of both the Chinese Five Elements system and the Tree of Life. The energy blueprint suggests that, for men who wish to become more whole, a major task is to develop their non-dominant Earth energies. That process is beginning in earnest today as more and more men take responsibility for homemaking and child care, and as they learn the value of expressing, rather than concealing, their deeper and more vulnerable feelings. In the workplace men are more often choosing to work in nursing, counseling, social work and other service occupations. The changes in women’s roles are even more striking and have become a major social, economic and political force. Many women today use their strong and well-developed Wood energies to pursue careers as politicians, lawyers, executives, athletes and soldiers among others. In the U.S. women now run major corporations and hold senior political posts. A woman currently serves as Secretary of State and another woman is a leading candidate for her party’s nomination for president. Internationally there have been recent women heads of state in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, the Philippines, India and Pakistan. As their influence and power continue to grow, a major challenge for women is to use that power more wisely than men have done in the past. As the primary bearers of Earth energies, women have a unique ability to temper strength with compassion and firmness with sensitivity to address society’s more vulnerable interests. In individual growth, the ultimate challenge for both men and women is to resolve the inherent tension between male and female energies. When that begins to happen on a large scale, society will be well on its way to realizing the promise of wholeness contained in the energy blueprint.

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may have been all of 10 years old the day I first saw Bill Finch dowse, asking questions while holding his pendulum over one of his dowsing charts. Bill and his wife Elizabeth wrote books on dowsing, among them The Pendulum and Possession and The Pendulum and Your Health. They were published in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s; I read them at the time because Bill and Betty were friends of my momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. After spending the week at the annual ASD (American Society of Dowsers) convention, they would always stay an extra week at our house before heading back home in their RV to Sedona. Mom would have Bill dowsing every one of us, inside and out, for imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, etc. Mom had taught me to dowse a couple years before, but I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing it a whole lot then. Watching Bill apply the tool to so many aspects of the human experience for well being was a real inspiration, and probably is a factor in my later work designing my own dowsing protocols. The website for the British Society of Dowsers (BSD) defines dowsing thusly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To dowse is to search, with the aid of simple handheld tools or instruments, for that which is otherwise hidden from view or knowledge.â&#x20AC;? My own definition is similar: ascertaining information that is otherwise unavailable with solely the five senses. But any of the thousands of dowsers in the world will have their own definition, make no mistake! Dale Miller was 19, working construction, when he first saw dowsing in action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I watched a union plumber use a pair of L-rods. I saw them swing out,â&#x20AC;? he recalls in a telephone interview from his home in North Carolina. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then he called the backhoe over; it dug down three feet and there was the water line.â&#x20AC;? He laughs softly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just blown away. I asked him what he was doing. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can I try?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said, so I did, and it worked.â&#x20AC;? For Rachel of Burlington, Vermont, her father was her teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was about 10 or 11,â&#x20AC;? she recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were at camp and he wanted to find the septic system. So he picked up a forked stick and started to dowse for it. I got all excited, and asked him, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can I do that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He handed me the branch and I found it right then and there.â&#x20AC;?

A Skill Through Generations Dowsing is as mysterious and debated an exercise as there ever was. Yet that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop thousands of people across the country â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indeed, around the world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from employing it, practicing it and trying to explain it. There are many kinds of dowsers and dowsing tools we

indulge in. This author favors a torsion pendulum, but since I lost my last one at the Southwest Dowsers Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona, last year, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m relying on the old faithful: the gravity pendulum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; basically, any weight hanging from a chain or string. The L-rods are fantastically useful, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forget the venerable Y-rod. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back in the old days,â&#x20AC;? Rachel tells me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have rods. They just used sticks. Some of them thought it had to be an apple branch or a plum branch; they had their favorites.â&#x20AC;? Dowsing does crop up when we start poking through the historic record. Thanks again to the BSD website for this nugget: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1556 Georgius Agricola published his work De Re Metallica which clearly shows dowsing activity in the woodcut therein. One dowser is shown cutting a branch from a tree, whilst two others are shown in the act of dowsing using forked twigs, whilst surrounded by miners digging.â&#x20AC;? And this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many references to dowsing occur during the seventeenth century including reportage of the activities of Jacques Aymar who, starting as a successful water dowser, found in the 1690s he could also usefully employ his gift in searching for missing persons. 1693 saw the publication of La Verge de Jacob which gives many instances of the use of dowsing rods.â&#x20AC;? Many international dowsing societies are listed on the BSD website. Here in America, the American Society of Dowsers was founded in 1961 in Danville, Vermont; the BSD in 1933. In Germany, dowsers have to be certified, just as an engineer would be. Stateside, many dowsers fight certification passionately, not wanting their â&#x20AC;&#x153;giftâ&#x20AC;? subjected to man-made regulations, while others who seek to dowse professionally are asking for a certification process to authenticate their skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even astrologers are certified in California,â&#x20AC;? one long-time dowser told me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dowsers be able to get certification?â&#x20AC;? The certification issue aside, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to dowse; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to be a reliably good dowser. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When $10,000 of someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money is riding on your say-so, you feel that pressure,â&#x20AC;? comments Dale, whose vocation is an electrical contractor, but takes on dowsing jobs â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;Żwater and otherwise â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;Żin his spare time. After his initial experience on the construction site, he contacted the American Society of Dowsers (ASD), became a member, and has been one ever since. I asked him about his technique, and he explained that he has spent many years and many dollars reading about dowsing, and studying it continues next page

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Tonie left to get her L-rods. It really makes you feel good when you can help out like that,” he finishes.

with the masters and old-timers. “I learn their ways,” he says, “and practice them, and then use that knowledge to create my own techniques for my needs.” He credits the ASD publication, the 1990 Water Dowsers Manual, with providing a big reservoir of information for the beginning water dowser.

But Does It Work?

Is dowsing backed by science, you might wonder? The answer is usually a loud guffaw. Scientific studies of dowsing are few and far between. Most long-time dowsers shy away from tests. “Dowsing works best when there’s a true need,” an instructor told us in a basic dowsing class at the South West Dowsers Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona last October. “You start Dowsers, you will learn when you spend time with them, all have great getting involved with having to prove yourself and you end up with bad stories. I asked Dale for a couple of his. When you hear someone’s a good dowsing. Skeptics and debunkers carry their energy around with them, dowser, you pay attention to what they have to say. I was curious about and that will mess up your dowsing.” Dale’s success with finding lost objects because it’s one aspect of dowsing An online search for some hard science in dowsing revealed a Stanford that I personally fail brilliantly at. University study, reported in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, March 27, “The first lost object I found? Hmm, let me think a minute.” I can feel 1995. Entitled “Water Dowsing in Arid Regions: Report on a Ten Year his smile growing over the phone as the memory fires through his German Government Project,” this ten year project “... involved over 2000 synapses. “This was back in about ‘92,” he relates. “My Mom had called to drillings in Sri Lanka, Zaire, Kenya, Namibia, Yemen and other countries say that someone had taken some of her jewelry from and is thus the most ambitious experiment with water their house in Tioga, Pennsylvania. I asked her if she dowsing ever carried out.” misplaced it. She said, ‘No.’” Dale got out his rods and Commissioned to the German GTZ (Deutsche Ge“Dowsing works best checked it out. He found it in the center of the house, sellschaft fur Technische Zussammenarbeit or German in the office, and got back on the phone to tell her. Association for Technical Cooperation), it was charged when there’s a true She looked and didn’t find it. He dowsed again, with exploring innovative water detection methods in need....You start getting narrowing the location down even more, next to arid regions. Motivated by both the high cost and modthe hall closet. His mother checked a hidden wall est success rate of purely conventional hydrogeological involved with having compartment located near the hall closet. Dale never methods, the GTZ project teamed geological experts, to prove yourself and knew the hidden compartment existed, and the experienced dowsers and a scientific group led by jewelry was inside! He laughs, now, thinking about it Professor Hans‑Dieter Betz, a physicist at the University you end up with bad again. “I didn’t know it was there, but inside was the of Munich, to monitor and evaluate the results. dowsing. Skeptics and jewelry she had hidden before taking a trip.” According to the report, “The outcome was strik Rachel’s story is unusual; she didn’t dowse again ing. An overall success rate of 96% (by dowsers) was debunkers carry their until thirty years later. She was at Lyndon State achieved in 691 drillings in Sri Lanka. Based on geoenergy around with College for her daughter’s student orientation and logical experience in that area, a success rate of 30-50% noted Vermont dowser Paul Sevigny was doing a would be expected from conventional techniques them, and that will mess dowsing demonstration. Her childhood experience at alone. But the overall success rate is not the only indiup your dowsing.” camp came rushing back to her, and she spoke to him. cation that the dowsing phenomenon is of considerable He told her she was a natural. practical use. According to Betz, what is both puzzling She came home from LSC with a set of L-rods but enormously useful, is that in hundreds of cases the she’d bought from Paul, and proceeded to dowse dowsers were able to predict the depth of the water for the water and electrical lines in front of the house. source and the yield of the well to within 10 to 20 Not long afterward they had landscaping done. The percent. We carefully considered the statistics of these workmen for the utilities came over, and put orange correlations, and they far exceeded lucky guesses.” paint on the grass to mark their lines. Rachel was The Amazing (James) Randi isn’t impressed. delighted to see that they marked out exactly the lines The noted paranormal debunker has put up $1,000,000 she had found by dowsing. But she had found another to anyone who can perform his or her paranormal one in a separate part of the yard. She asked the guy specialty (dowsing, seeing auras, spoon-bending, from the electric company if there was one there, he psychic surgery, remote viewing, etc.) under consaid, “No.” trolled conditions. He has yet to find a taker. “I had to leave the house for a while,” she told me, Back in North Carolina, Dale Miller echoes George “and when I came back, there were little flags marking Weller’s sentiment. “It just feels good to help,” he says.“ that one, too. It turned out to be the telephone line.” A blogger posed this thought-provoking statement Rachel liked dowsing so much she started a group in Chittenden County, on the subject of dowsing: “I’m simply not certain why it is so important Vermont, in 1987. Like Dale, she contacted the American Society of Dowsto people to debunk something as harmless as dowsing. Seriously, some of ers, and the chapter she started with a few friends is celebrating its 21st you act personally affronted that someone could dare to hold what you call anniversary this year. an “unsupported, irrational, faith-over-science” belief. George Weller is currently the President of the Board of ASD, and shared Dowsing is a very interesting topic for conversation. Mention dowsing this story. “My wife, Tonie, and I had stopped to visit a friend on our way in a group, and you’ll get responses across the spectrum. People will scoff, home after the annual convention one year. We got to our friend’s house, many denounce it, some people have never heard of it. (“You’ve never and ran into her landlady, Elizabeth, in the downstairs studio. She was heard of water witching?” I’ll ask them. Then they often nod vigorously.) very glad to see us as she was in desperate need of a dowser. Elizabeth’s Others use it for everything for ascertaining the day’s vitamins to the best mother had just died, and she needed to find the deed to the house her hiking trails for the weekend. Personally, this author often takes the mother had signed over to her a couple of years before. Tonie didn’t pendulum into the voting booth, dowsing for the person on the ballot best hesitate, but went to get her dowsing rods in the car. suited for the job in question. “Her rods led us to the other house on the property and up the stairs to Before we were dowsers, we were seekers, questers searching for the left, into a closet. Then the phone rang and Elizabeth went to answer it. answers, and found dowsing, which teaches us how to find those elusive I continued to search the closet, and was drawn to a shoebox on the shelf. answers. Or at least how to ask the right questions. It was full of old Christmas cards, but halfway down, I found an envelope with what appeared to be a lawyer’s return address. Elizabeth was talking Marna Ehrech is the 4th term president of the Chittenden County Chapter of ASD on the phone with one of her relatives who had just arrived at the airport. and a life-long student of energy and healing. She teaches workshops on energy I handed her the envelope, tears welled up into her eyes, and she quickly work and crystal technologies and can be reached at For finished her conversation and hung up. more information on this year’s ASD’s annual dowsing convention in Killington, VT, “Tonie and I had found the deed in less then 10 minutes from the time Aug 6-13 visit

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remember being born. I remember existing as pure consciousness or energy. I was able to think and reason just as I do in human form but I also felt connected to everything around me in a much deeper way than anything I have ever felt in this life. I was separate from, and yet part of, and at one with everything around me. I felt a peacefulness and love that is stronger than anything I have ever felt since then. When my memory begins, I was far away from Earth in a cooler place that had no color or other consciousnesses with me. Then I got this thought or awareness that it was time for me to go. Part of me did not want to leave that most wonderful, peaceful place. But, at the same time, I knew that it was time for me to go and have a new experience. In that moment I decided to follow this feeling and I moved quickly away from that place and traveled until I reached our planet Earth. In my memory this trip lasted a short moment and I have no idea how far or fast I had traveled through space and/or time. When I reached Earth I remember looking down at the planet from space and it looked similar to how it looks when we see pictures from the space shuttle or satellites. I then traveled very quickly to the location of my birth. I remember coming down from the sky and seeing the forest, road and the house, (it was really a small, very rustic, converted one-room barn with a loft), and the area where I was born, similar to how it would look from a plane from a few thousand feet up. I then came down to the ground slowly. I settled on the ground a few hundred feet from the house where I was born. I remember specifically taking a moment to look around me and appreciate the surroundings I was in. I looked at the trees and they did not look like they do now; they had a translucent appearance, and I could see different colors in their forms. Everything looked as though it was alive with energy. The thought that came into my mind as I appreciated this moment was, “Here I am on Earth again.” I remember wishing I had more time to explore the world in this energetic form. Then I became aware of my purpose again, so my attention turned to the house and I moved toward it. I traveled through the large skylight window, which was in the loft-bedroom that I was born in. I came down into the room and my body, just as I was coming in through the window. I remember feeling completely overwhelmed by how bright and spectacular it was. I was born at 12:04 AM, so this light could not have been the sunlight. I really have no idea what this light was or where it came from; I just remember how amazing it was and felt at the time. I remember knowing that the person giving birth to me was my mother and she would be very important to me in this life. I remember being aware that it was my father catching me as I came out, and that he too would be important to me in this life. I remember two or three other people standing next to the bed watching, and I was aware that they were not going to be important to me in this life. They were simply witnesses to the event. Actually, I just realized that to this day I don’t know who they were. I have never bothered to talk with my parents about this detail, or if I did, I don’t remember who they identified them to be. Anyway, I also remember all of the more mundane fine details that anyone would remember after visiting a place. I remember that there was a small round window behind my father, up high, close to the ceiling. I remember the position of the bed and how the ceiling was sloped in the room. I remember where the stairs came up into the loft and where everything was in relationship to everything else. I also remember details about the property. I remember where the road and driveway were, and that there was a stream behind the house down a hill. The house was fairly close to the road and it was on the right hand side as you drive in the driveway. The entire scene is a vivid image in my mind. The nature and quality of my memory is like memories I have of places I have

physically been to and seen with my own eyes. It does not have the nature or quality of memories I have from seeing something in a picture, on video, or reading about in a book, or even memories from dreams, for that matter.


o now I am about two or three years old and I am playing on the floor and listening to some grown-ups talk around our kitchen table. Not sure if both of my parents or just my mom was at the table. It is funny how adults will talk freely about many things in front of very young children, thinking that they don’t hear them and/ or understand that they are saying. Well, I can assure you I was always listening as I grew up, and I remember many conversations that were not meant for my ears. This reminds me that I have literally hundreds of memories from when I was very young, starting from when I was born. Whenever I think back over my life, memories of my early years will flood into my mind. I have found that this is not the case for many people I meet who don’t remember much or any of their infant and child years. So, the adults started talking about childbirth or something like that, which triggered my memory of being born. I immediately stood up and told them that I remembered being born. They were, of course, all very surprised and proceeded to ask me what I remembered. So I relayed my story, which then followed with them asking me many questions about it. I remember telling them the story and answering their questions. To me, it was perfectly normal to remember something like this. At the time I was speaking from the perspective that everybody remembered this, or at least lots of people. I will never forget how completely amazed they all were listening to me tell the story. By the end of this information exchange I was looking at a table of adults with their jaws on the floor. This was my first experience with how my memory would be received by the world I was in. I think it was a pretty open-minded table of people, so I don’t remember them disbelieving me, but I was well aware of the fact that none of them had remembered their births as I had. My story was so convincing because of the level of detail I provided. I gave details about the event and surroundings that I would not have learned from overhearing my parents talk about my birth. There is a familiarity with details that anyone who is present during an experience would know, that they would almost never relay in the telling of such an experience. I clearly knew too much at such a young age to have been “imagining things.” I have always felt blessed to have this memory. It has profoundly impacted my life and how I look at everything I experience. I have never wondered what happens when we die and therefore I have never feared death. I have always felt held and supported by all that is, even during the most difficult times in my life, and believe me, I have had plenty.


ne of the most incredible gifts this memory has provided is that it gave me the knowledge that our physical body is not who we really are. It is simply our genetic space suit; we are a spiritual being having a human experience in this physical reality. I never had to learn this truth; I always just knew this is the way it is. So as I grew up and was exposed to the mountains of dogma and illusions which exist and are fervently passed on from generation to generation, I was immune from their spell (many of them anyway). Anything that conflicted with my knowledge was cast aside in my mind. None of these illusions had power over me because I saw them for what they are — illusions. Ever since that day when I shared my story with my parents and their friends I have been telling people my story. I want people to know what I know, to have the knowledge I have. I feel that part of the reason I chose to retain this memory is so that I can share it with others. This was again confirmed for me a few months ago when I was talking with someone who could see auras — I didn’t know she could see them at the time — and I told her my story about being born. Of course she understood perfectly, but then told me that as I told the story my aura expanded and was stronger. She felt that telling this story is part of my purpose in this lifetime. I responded by saying that I already knew that and I tell the story all the time to anyone who I feel will be even partially receptive to it. I have tried to keep this story to just my experience. I wanted to share the experience “as is,” without adding lots of my own ideas along the way. But now I would like to say one thing to those that are still having a hard time believing in concepts such as the continuation of consciousness after death. Becoming aware of the fact that consciousness does continue after death is something that I believe everyone can do if they choose to. I have come across so many ways to obtain this knowledge in my life that I have to laugh now at the skeptics who still try and teach that the world is flat. So for anyone who has the desire, just start talking about it with people and keep saying to yourself and others that you want to learn the truth about what happens when you die. There really are mountains of evidence out there; you just need to have an open mind and a desire to learn. But I think the best evidence is personal experience, so I encourage people to pursue paths that will enable them to experience this truth on a personal level. This is the first time I have transferred this story from my mind into written words and I must say it was an amazing emotional experience for me. I hope that others enjoy reading this story as much as I have enjoyed living it! Joshua Johnson lives in New York.

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Music Reviews by Jason Victor Serinus

Ella Fitzgerald Paul O’Dette J.S. Bach: Lute Works Vol. 1 Harmonia Mundi

Anne Sofie von Otter Terezín | Theresienstadt Deutsches Grammophon Over the course of Hitler’s reign, virtually the entire Jewish cultural elite passed through Terezín (or, as the Germans called it, Theresienstadt), Hitler’s “model” concentration camp near Prague. While Hitler may have fooled the International Red Cross into believing that he was taking care of those interned in his “city for the Jews,” over 30,000 eventually died there from disease and starvation, and more than 88,000 were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz. Terezín became an artistic cauldron, where inmates created music, theater and plays amidst the horror. Interned composer and conductor Viktor Ullmann described Terezín thusly: “We did not simply sit down by the rivers of Babylon and weep, but evinced a desire to produce art that was entirely commensurate with our will to live.” On October 15, 1944, Ullmann joined two other of Terezín’s most illustrious composers, Hans Krása and Pavel Haas, on a train to Auschwitz. All three were gassed to death that same day. When mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter received an invitation to perform at the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust in 2000, she chose songs written by composers who were imprisoned in Terezín. Here, she sings music by nine of those composers; only one, Martin Roman, survived the war. Some of the most simple and poignant music comes from Ilse Weber, a nurse who eventually chose to accompany sick children from the camp as they were being sent to their deaths. Eyewitnesses report that, once in the gas chamber, she died singing her own lullaby, “Wiegala”, to the children. Von Otter’s performance is indescribably tender and free, the high, softly sung tones floating like whispers of hope. The mezzo, 51 at the time of the recording, is at the top of her form. Her plangent, caressing tone and intentionally understated delivery of the CD’s opening selection, Weber’s “Ich wander durch Theresienstadt” (I wander through Theresienstadt), immediately underscores the irony of a sweet, simple melody giving voice to sadness and suffering. Everywhere she is ideally supported by her longtime pianist/collaborator, Bengt Forsberg. Singing rousing cabaret songs by Karel Svenk, one of which is enhanced by the evocative accordion of Bebe Risenfors, she employs countless rousing accents to laugh in the face of persecution and hardship. This is art at its communicative best. The album, which also features baritone Christian Gerhaher and violinist Daniel Hope, is a miracle. A remarkable testimony to the transcendent power of art, it speaks of hope, longing, and suffering almost too vast to comprehend. Von Otter’s predominantly light touch, which only verges on the operatic in the idiomatically Jewish and “artier” songs, serves her cause in the best possible ways. She leaves us, not in a state of despair, but uplifted by music’s ability to transform and transmute. 60  Spirit of Change | Summer 2008

Lutenist Paul O’Dette has music in his hands. Thus, the space between slowly voiced individual notes in the profoundly beautiful works by J.S. Bach on this program speak with a poetry all their own. Notes hang in space, their overtones, reverberation, and decay drawing us in until the next note comes along. This is wonderful, eye-opening playing, where technical challenges rarely distract from Bach’s transcendent language. In baroque orchestral concert, the delicate sound of the lute is often obscured by the sonorities of fuller bodied instruments. But in solo performance and recording, — especially recordings as clear and airy as this — we can truly enjoy the depth and breadth of this splendid instrument. Bach’s works for lute have long confounded musicians and scholars, who have for the most part found them unplayable on the lute commonly used during Bach’s lifetime. In the case of Bach’s “Piéces pour la Luth à Monsieur Schouster,” O’Dette’s solution is to transpose Bach’s own arrangement of the C minor cello suite to A minor. Similarly, O’Dette’s F major transposition of Bach’s wonderful “Partita” in E major for solo violin is a revelation. Bach himself had arranged the work for Lautenwerk, a gut-strung harpsichord that sounded uncannily like a lute, so playing it on the lute seems only logical. Besides, what matters logic when music is this captivating?

Terry Riley The Cusp of Magic Nonesuch Peyote rituals, Chinese lullabies, Indian ragas, children’s toys, sacred bonds, and secular madness swirl in ritualistic fashion in musical shaman Terry Riley’s extraordinary quintet, The Cusp of Magic. Commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, with whom Riley has collaborated for multiple decades, the 43-minute journey also features another frequent Riley collaborator, pipa player Wu Man. Riley has been dubbed the “father of Minimalism” ever since his seminal composition, In C, changed the course of music history. In C derived from 53 different repetitive patterns that came to him “as a kind of gift” in 1964 as he was riding the bus, stoned, to his night job playing piano in a saloon. His music has since evolved, influenced by North Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, jazz, and visionary journeying. Riley’s six-movement pan-cultural, peyote ritual for the new century opens with a 10-minute entry into the mystical. Profound poundings on the bass drum, a repetitive rattle, the irregular meters of Native American song, and the murmurings of a synthesizer magically contrast with the sounds of string quartet and pipa. In two succeeding movements, we encounter an indescribable mixture of children’s lullabies and musical wildness. Those who have journeyed will recognize the helter-skelter blending of the sacred and mundane. After a song written in the form of a North Indian gat, the earcatching fifth movement employs the delightful sounds of children’s toys. Eventually the tone becomes somber, as Riley reflects on the life-threatening challenges facing today’s children. The ritual concludes with irresistible rhythms and contrasting colors, closing with an ecstatic flourish that proclaims “Yes!”

Love Letters from Ella Concord Jazz/Starbucks Entertainment How poorer our lives would be without the art of Ella Fitzgerald? Over a recording career that spanned a remarkable 57 years, The first lady of song touched untold millions with her irrepressible joy, spot-on jazz scatting, and sophisticated delivery. Although, in her later years, the vibrato began to widen, and she sometimes found it necessary to control her instrument by singing shorter notes, her ability to imbue familiar standards with freshness remained supreme. On this priceless collection of 10, never-before-released love songs, recorded between 1973 and 1983, Ella variously waxes ecstatic (“Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”) and sings of faded blossoms with a promise of renewal in her voice (“Some Other Spring”). Both those tracks, recorded with Count Basie and His Orchestra when she was almost 62, are so wonderful that it’s hard to believe that they languished in the vaults so long. Just listen to how brilliantly she descends the scale at the conclusion of “Take Love Easy,” recorded with the legendary Joe Pass and the London Symphony Orchestra in the mid ‘70s. Even as late as 1983, when she was 66 years old, Ella’s slightly frayed instrument can whisper, caress, and tease through “Our Love is Here to Stay” with unparalleled style and grace, then scat full voice to Andre Previn’s perfectly judged pianism as if time had stood still.

Shelley Morningsong Out of the Ashes Silverwave Records When Shelley Morningsong sings to Grandmother Moon with rocking accompaniment, I believe her. When she asks who will sing for ancient souls, I know that she feels the innocence and sadness of Native Americans who have fallen victim to genocide. When she honors her ancestors and the Creator who never abandoned them, I feel moved to honor in turn. This woman is real. Interspersing her contemporary delivery with heart-tugging ancient chants, evocative flute, and sterling support from Larry Mitchell’s electric guitar, bass and drums, the profound singer/songwriter of Northern Cheyenne heritage weaves her spell. No wonder the first album, issued after many years in the industry, received awards for “Debut Artist of the Year” (Nammy Awards), “Best Rock Album” (Indian Summer Music Awards), and “Best Native American Record (New Mexico Music Awards). “Can’t make peace with the past by hiding from the light,” sings Morningson in a husky, salt-of-the-earth voice reflective of inner struggle and empowerment. “Life’s mystery is always unfolding. Embrace the beauty all around you. Let love and life surround you.” Absolutely. Urgently recommended.

Jason Victor Serinus ( is a holistic author, bodyworker, whistling virtuoso and music critic who resides in Oakland, CA. Email: Please send music review copies to Jason at 2749 E. 17th St., Oakland, CA 94601.

Book Reviews by Gail Lord

Kailash (Kurt A. Bruder) Following Sound into Silence: Chanting Your Way Beyond Ego into Bliss Hay House, 2008. $19.95 (includes companion chanting CD) Babies love the sound of their own voices; children sing unselfconsciously. In Following Sound into Silence Kailash guides us back to the place where the sound of our own voice leads to joy. Under the guidance and grace of his Guru, Bhagavan Das, Kailash embraced devotional chanting as a way of connecting and expressing love to the Divine. To speak or sing sacred sayings is an ancient tool; the practice reduces egoclinging, calms mental chatter and is a path for spiritual growth. “Repeating sacred sounds drives their vibrations deep into your mind and heart, eventually taking you from where you are to where you want to be.” Kailash remains deeply devoted to his lineage yet makes chanting completely accessible to everyone. He provides wonderful, clear insights on the fifteen mantras selected for this book and CD package. The CD features Kailash’s inspiring chanting and instrumentation for you to actually apply the concepts and experience the power and delight of chanting.

Dawn Markova Spot of Grace: Remarkable Stories of How You DO Make a Difference New World Library, Novato, California, 2008. $15.00 Dawn Markova made a request. She sent 2,500 people an e-mail asking them to “think about a person, a group of people, an animal, or a place that helped you realize that you are unique and have something to contribute to the rest of us. Or think about someone whose spot of grace you recognized and encLged them, their redemptive moments of grace, and the comfort we find in knowing we are all on this journey together. The essays are short and moving, and amplify that we are most valuable when we turn towards each other.

your life and your stuff in her down-to-earth Clutter, Chaos and the Cure. This 98-page book is a quick, concise read full of small changes anyone can make. To combat goal distraction (“I’ll do it as soon as I… take out the recycling, pay bills, water the plants…”) set an alarm to go off every ten minutes; when it sounds make sure you’re on task and not “zig-zagging.” For paper piles, flip the pile over before sorting. The stuff that was on the bottom has been hanging around the longest and may be easiest to toss. Chieppo’s definition of organization cuts through the clutter as well. “You can find what you need when you need it.” Simple. Most importantly, the book features several pages on what to do with your stuff (now that you’ve decided you don’t need it anymore). Highlighting the value of donations and bartering, the chapter “Clutter For a Cause” is an extensive directory of organizations who greatly benefit from your donated items.

Warren A. Kay Running – The Sacred Art: Preparing to Practice SkyLight Paths, Woodstock, VT, 2007. $16.99 Look at the sun. Pray, stretch, feel joy. Connecting a runner’s step with spirit, Running–The Sacred Art explores running as an intentional spiritual practice. Theologian and devoted runner Warren Kay shows runners of all levels how to honor both the physical and the holy in this natural human activity. Kay comes from a Christian perspective but his writing and exercises are all-inclusive and intended for runners of any religious (or no religious) background. Running is a form of personal pilgrimage, a solitary act providing space to be with spirit. Kay provides questions to think about while running and ideas on journal keeping. His ideas are creative and meaningful, such as the runner’s prayer flag: an ordinary running T-shirt carrying a message for a hospital or charity on it. Kay encourages when you see someone wearing the prayer flag to make it an opportunity and a reminder to pray for that cause.

Julie Tallard Johnson The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens Bindu Books (Inner Traditions), Rochester, VT, 2001. $14.95

Rosemary Chieppo Clutter, Chaos and the Cure: Or Why You Never Misplace Your Toothbrush Kiwi Publishing, Woodbridge, CT, 2008. $9.95 More than 9,000,000 hours are wasted each day by Americans looking for lost or misplaced items: nine million hours! Disorganization causes stress, creates clutter and leads to massive over consumption (including “crisis” purchases of misplaced or broken items). Organizing professional Rosemary Chieppo has practical, humorous, easy to follow advice for simplifying

The Thundering Years is an amazingly well organized and expertly presented important resource for teens and people who care about them. The journeying years from childhood to adulthood — what native traditions call The Thundering Years — are a time of intense creative energy and self-examination. Jullie Tallard Johnson turns to Native American wisdom and to the wisdom keepers of yesterday and today to remind teens and young adults that they don’t have to be afraid of who they are, or of who they think they are not. Johnson honors those in the Thundering Years as “spiritual warriors.” She offers numerous techniques to help teens direct their powerful energy, live creatively,

tell their stories and release anger through ritual. She quotes many, including Flaming Rainbow Woman: “The Thunder releases the water, and the water is medicine for everything. Water is the medicine of Creation. The Thunder roars and makes people frightened, but it brings the rains that purify and nourish everything. So bring us your Thunder, so the RAINS will come.”

David Wann Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle St. Martin’s Press, New York, New York. 2008. $14.95 David Wann originally joined a cohousing group because, he says, “somebody had to save the planet.” I think this is also why he wrote Simple Prosperity. Following his excellent Affluenza, which highlighted the debilitating disease of overconsumption, Simple Prosperity is about getting rich. Rich, that is, by deliberately trading an excessive lifestyle for “real wealth.” Wann’s vision shows us how having less and being less of a burden on the planet will actually allow us to enjoy more: more time, more happiness, more connection with our community and more “flow.” Simple Prosperity is loaded with sound research and do-able concrete suggestions for recapturing a sustainable and abundant lifestyle. End the throw away culture; instead of cheaply made goods, spend a bit more and purchase quality goods. It is simple changes like this, and the sum of a large quantity of small and simple changes, which will literally help save the planet.

Dahl Sasson Cosmic Navigator: Design Your Destiny with Astrology and Kabbalah Red Wheel/Weiser, Newburyport, MA, 2008. $21.95 Like any good navigator Gahl Sasson uses all the tools at his disposal to read the signs of the universe and interpret the right course. He creates a completely unique system of guidance by fusing the Kabbalah and the planets and stars together in Cosmic Navigator, an innovative new type of astrology book. Sasson explains an intrinsic relationship existed between the deep archetypal wisdom of Kabbalah and astrology since both doctrines earliest development. Cosmic Navigator explores the myth, history and lore of this ancient way of answering life’s most important questions. Sasson’s insight of the twelve zodiac signs is articulate, often humorous and stunningly accurate. He recommends moving slowly through the zodiac, dedicating one week to each sign and adopting the qualities of that sun sign for the full seven days. A checklist of activities is included with each sun sign adding to the fun and transformative nature of Cosmic Navigator.

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

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JUNE ........................ 6/1 & 6/8 — REIKI 1 WITH CYNTHIA BUFFONE. During this 2-day workshop you will learn the history of Reiki and your lineage, receive 4 Reiki attunements and both give and receive a Reiki treatment. 1-6 pm. $150. Call Amethyst Point to register (508) 753-3975 or

6/2 & 6/9 — SHAMANIC JOURNEYING: COMMUNICATING WITH SPIRIT GUIDES. Taught by Leontine Hartzell. Learn to meet and work directly with your personal helping spirits. At The Theosophical Society, Arlington, MA. To register:,, (978) 475-1268.

6/3 & 6/10 — WE BELONG TO THE LIGHT: LEARN TO CLAIM YOUR CONNECTION WITH DIVINE ENERGY AND JOY. Learn to transform your vibration with powerful spiritual exercises. Taught by Leontine Hartzell at Circles of Wisdom, Andover, MA.,

6/6 — CONSCIOUS MOVIE NIGHT. 7:30 pm. Join us for a free viewing of “Don Bosco” at the Center of Light, 200 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. (617) 852-2822. Feel free to invite friends. Get a helping of popcorn and conscious conversation. 6/6-6/8 — AYURVEDIC AROMATHERAPY. Using essential oils according to Ayurvedic principles. Held in Florence, MA with David Crow, L.Ac., author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha, founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. Free Friday evening intro Friday 7-9pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am-6pm. $250. For more information call (413) 587-0620.

6/7 — 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 1-888-REIKI-4-U or (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 6/8. 6/7 — MERCURY RETROGRADE IN GEMINI. with Mary Anna Abuzahra. A 301 approach to the common Mercury retrograde! Get some personal tips on how to double your "returns" of this intense energy. 1-4pm. $45. Call Amethyst Point to register (508) 753-3975 or

6/7-6/8 — 3RD ANNUAL ROCKPORT FAIRY, GNOME AND MERMAID CELEBRATION. Downtown Rockport, Mass. Fill the streets with fairies, gnomes and mermaids — come in costume! Bring flutes and bells and make fairy music! Acoustic only. No drums or loud instruments, please. Fairy cake offerings! Circle dance! Opening ceremony on Saturday; closing ceremony

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on sunday. Special events and sales in many Rockport shops. Free admission. (978) 546-3976.

6/8-6/21 — SUMMER MOVEMENT MONASTERY: DANCEMEDITATION RETREAT with Dunya in Philmont, NY. June 8-21. Two-week retreat of gorgeous movement practice. Teacher Training Program. Information: (212) 226-2114.

6/9 — ACUYOGA SERIES III with Robin Killeen. Four Wed: 6/9, 6/16, 6/23 & 6/30, 7-8:30pm. Traditional yoga postures and movements with meridian stretches and acupressure points. Stress relief. No prerequisiste. Open to all. $30/class or $100 series of four (save $20!). 6 CE hrs. Acupressure Therapy Institute, Quincy, MA. (617) 697-1477.

6/11-6/22 — OHKI SIMINÉ FOREST brings powerful ancient native teachings designed to offer clear guidance on the Rainbow Spiritual Warrior ways. These powerful Earth practices firmly ground and root you within your true self and authentic path. Free event at UU Church in Arlington on June 13. Contact Mary Jo (978) 633-7388 or

6/12 — BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY THERAPY GROUP with Linda Marks, MSM. Mixed gender ongoing committed group offers safe space for heartcentered, soul deep healing and community. 7-9 pm in Newton. Interview and one EKP session are required. (617) 965-7846.

6/12 — ACHIEVING WORLD PEACE BY FINDING INNER PEACE, a seminar with Mother Clare Watts, mystics, ordained priest, and master teacher of Christian mysticism. Do you want to do something about the state of our world? Come learn what you can do to be a peacemaker internally and externally....every one of us counts! 7:30pm. The Center of Light Boston, 200 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. (617) 852-2822,,

6/13 — SOUL READINGS AND CHAKRA DISCOVERY THROUGH CRYSTAL BOWLS: CHAKRAS 5-7. Discover your spiritual gifts with Rhys Thomas through the Crystal Bowl Chakra Discovery Workshops. 6:30-9:30pm. $35. Tap into your life potential! Location: Circles of Wisdom, Andover, MA. Soul readings 12-5pm by appointment.

6/13 — THE SPIRITUAL LIFE: HEALING MEDICINE FOR THE BODY, MIND AND HEART, a seminar with Mother Clare Watts, mystics, ordained priest and master teacher of Christian mysticism. The world is starting to accept that physical health has emotional and spiritual underpinnings. Come learn more of the dynamic possibilities of healing that lie in the realm of the spiritual world. 7:30 pm. The Center of Light Boston, 200 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. (617) 852-2822.,

6/13 — FROM DATING TO MARRIAGE: DR. SWACK’S SEVEN RULES FOR SUCCESS. Whether you're in the dating scene or in a long-term relationship or marriage, discover Judith Swack's* secrets for creating successful relationships. Uncover how you and your partner's relationship readiness stage effects your decisions and the future of your relationship. Learn the minimum criteria for choosing and keeping your ideal mate. Explore the common assumptions that can hurt your marriage. Come away with a better understanding of relationships and discover surprisingly simple measures to maintain a satisfying marriage. $50. 7-9:30pm. Boston Center for Adult Education, (617) 267-4430. *See our ad in the Counseling and Therapy section.

6/13-6/15 — AN ILLUMINATING WEEKEND OF AROMATHERAPY AND MEDITATION. The Pharmacy of Flowers and Sacred Scents on Cape Cod with David Crow, L.Ac., author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha, founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. Free Friday evening intro: 7-9pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am-6pm. $175 includes meals. Call or email Sonja (508) 477-6626

6/13-6/15 — TIME MANAGEMENT FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM. A retreat with Pam Kristan. Gain new skills and insights on issues of attention, boundaries, and choices — the ABCs of new time management. Group and solo experiences, writing, role play and ritual ground you in reality and open you to possibility. Hosted by Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center in NH. Contact Pam at for program information or (617) 522-4956, and for registration: (603) 744-3636,

6/14 — DR. CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP MD. Join us for our 4th annual Team Northrup Celebration of Health and Prosperity in Falmouth, Maine. 9am-4pm. The day will include training with Dr. Christiane Northrup, co-founder of Team Northrup and world renowned author and speaker. To register: (781) 254-0548 or

6/14 — 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 1-888-REIKI-4-U or (603) 654-2787. Reiki II: 6/15. 6/14 — INVITING MARY TO PURIFY YOUR LIFE, a seminar with Mother Clare Watts, mystic, ordained priest, and master teacher of Christian mysticism. Mother Mary has appeared to people all around the world, encouraging them to dedicate themselves to praying for peace and working in love. Come discover for yourself this magnificent soul, and how knowing her will bring deep peace and purity to you and all you do. 10-2pm. The Center of Light Boston, 200 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. (617) 852-2822,


6/21 — CONNECTING WITH THE ANGELS WORKSHOP, 8:30-4pm at the beautiful Col.

6/22-6/29 — FLOWER ESSENCE PRACTITIONER TRAINING with Jane Bell of the

Reiki will be translated in Spanish at this workshop. Reduced Spring rate of $65. Southern NH. Register in advance: Diane Gelinas, MSW, or (603) 483-0132.

Blackinton Inn, Attleboro, MA. Includes breakfast, lunch, class materials and an angel oracle deck. For info or to register (508) 577-4552,

Alaskan Flower Essence Project held in the beautiful southern mountains of Vermont at Partner Earth Education Center. Call (802) 293-5996 for info or

6/14 — COME WRITE ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD! Nancy Aronie is a midwife for words that want to get out.You will laugh.You will cry and you will be safe! Beginning June 16th (Monday through Thursday) and every week all summer. (508) 645-9085.

6/16 — REIKI TWO CERTIFICATION. Over 15 years experience. Usui Reiki at reduced tuition. 6-9 pm. $85. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH.

6/16 — FREE FULL SPECTRUM HEALING ENERGY SHARE with Rhys Thomas. Free yourself of stress and release the tension in your daily life with an evening focused on you! 6:30-9:30pm. Location: The Center at Westwoods, Westwood MA.

6/21-6/22 — GRAND OPENING! HEAVEN & EARTH AND GRATITUDE HOLISTIC, 503 Main Street, Medfield, MA. Saturday: 10-4pm. Sunday: 12-4pm. for more details!

6/21-6/22 — WIGWAM FAIR, 10am-5pm. $2 admission, free 2nd day re-admission. 9 Crescent Place, Wareham, MA. Featuring: Saturday evening drum and fire circle. Some of the finest mediums and healers in New England. 2pm gallery readings with Tom Fredericks. Mother drum: Red Moon. Medicine person: Ron Oberry. Many craft booths and readers. Swimming in the bay. Questions: Ken (401) 728-3559 or

6/22 — EXPLORING CHAKRAS 5-7: Opening to your spiritual gifts with Rhys Thomas. The entire chakra system represents your life potential in any given moment. Workshop includes discussion of the chakras,

6/24 — HYPNOSIS AND WEIGHT LOSS. A great way to get ready for summer. Workshop includes information on nutrition, exercise and Law of Attraction. Group hypnosis is individualized for each participant. 6-8pm. $45. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH.

6/25 — FREE HEALER TRAINING PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE. You’re invited to receive a free crystal bowl meditation and sound healing, and learn about an exciting energy medicine school. Location: Clear Self Care, Milford, MA, 6:30-9pm, (508) 740-3038.

6/26 — FORGIVE YOURSELF. Nobody likes to make mistakes, but many people have difficulty forgiving themselves when they do. They are hypercritical with themselves and others. In this fascinating seminar,

6/17 — “HOW TO UNCOOK YOUR LIFE” food demo and lecture with Rawbert Reid following “living food” potluck. See calendar at (781) 899-6664.

6/18-6/22 — SANDY CORCORAN OFFERING PRIVATE STAR PROCESS® SOUL RETRIEVALS, Seneca Earthpath charts, dream analysis, PYSCH-K or tarot sessions conducted at Roots & Wings Collaborative, 317 North Main, Natick. Call (281) 361-4464 for appointment.

6/19 — HERBAL TEAS. Herbal teas are fun and easy. Learn about different herbs in tea, how to make an herbal tea, and experiment with blends and recipes. Iced herbal teas are great for the summer. 7-9pm. $15. Scentsibilities, 750 Main Street, Boylston, MA, (508) 869-3300,

6/19 — MEET YOUR SPIRIT GUIDES. Workshop and group hypnosis. Learn the difference between angels, master guides and if loved ones that have crossed over can become our guides. $45. 6-8pm. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH.

6/19-6/20 — EXPERIENCE LOVE BEYOND WORDS with spiritual master Sri Swami Vishwananda. 6/19 — Free public talk:“An evening of Love and Bhakti” from 7-9pm. 6/20 — Free public darshan at 7 pm. Program includes satsang, kirtan and talk. The Westin Providence, One West Exchange Street, Providence, RI. Info (401) 265-1695 or For entire June 2008 US tour: or (877) SWAMIJI.

6/20-6/22 — INTEGRATED REIKI I/II with Joanna Pinney Buell. At Light Heart Retreat, Sullivan, ME. $300 for class, plus $100 lodging. Early registration. info@lightheartretreat. (207) 422-8234.

6/21 — PAST LIFE REGRESSION with Teri Jessen. This is an afternoon of self-discovery and healing. Access information on who you were in a past life and how choices you made in that lifetime may be affecting your present day journey. 1-3pm. $45. Call Amethyst Point to register (508) 753-3975 or

6/21 — FAERIEFEST AT MUGWORT, aura photography, Reiki and more. Mugwort and Malachite, 28 Pleasant Street, Randolph,Vermont. (802) 728-5432.

7/19 — Join Daniel Orlansky at Earthsong Yoga in Marlboro, MA for a half or full day of meridian yoga and opening the energetic pathways. See July listing.

exercises and the use of crystal bowls. 1-4pm. $65. Call Amethyst Point to register. (508) 753-3975 or

6/22 — REIKI ONE CERTIFICATION. 10-5 pm. Over 15 years experience. Usui Reiki at reduced tuition. $75. Small classes may end earlier. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH. 6/22 — AROMATHERAPY, HEALING AND MEDITATION. Fragrance and Consciousness: essential oils and aromatic meditations for enhancing mental and physical well-being. In Melrose, MA with David Crow, L.Ac., founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures and author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha. 6/22: 10am-5pm. $125. Call or email Carolyn (617) 240-1425.

Dr. Swack* will lead participants in a simple forgiveness exercise that instantly quiets the inner critic, a major step toward self-acceptance, compassion, and inner peace. $50. 7-9:30pm. The Center at Westwoods, (781) 329-0711. *See our ad in the Counseling and Therapy section.

6/27-6/29 — HEARTSOUL WORKSHOP. Gain a new outlook and understanding of life, know you have complete choice of self-creation. Learn tools to continue the transformation after you return to your previously created world. $195.

6/28 — FOOT REFLEXOLOGY with Arlene Dorischild, LMT. In this workshop emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the reflex points and their healing effects on the body. 1-4pm. $65. Call Amethyst Point to register (508) 753-3975 or

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a holistic psychotherapy system, with a diet and exercise program. Learn about the surprising and unconscious patterns that sabotage weight loss! Discover the single (hidden) pattern that causes the rebound (yo-yo) phenomenon and how to completely reverse this! Experience the Natural Bio-Destressing technique for clearing phobias regarding weight (or even other issues). $61. 7-9pm. Newton Community Education. (617) 5596999. *See our ad in the counseling and therapy section.

7/8-7/12 — INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DREAMS CONFERENCE. Hotel Auberge Universel, Montreal, Canada. Meet the experts. French and English tracks. Go to for information and registration.

7/10 & 7/17 — OVERCOMING FEARS AND PHOBIAS*. Learn an amazingly effective and natural way to cure irrational fears, phobias, and traumas — exaggerated reactions caused by shocking experiences that trigger the fight/flight/freeze reflex. Later, environmental cues can trigger a “body flashback” to the original memory causing a phobic reaction. Since people can’t control reflexes consciously, we use Natural BioDestressing to activate our own calming reflex, to neutralize the fight/flight/freeze reflex, thus curing the phobic reaction. $61. 7-9:30pm. Newton Community Education. (617) 559-6999. *See our ad in the counseling and therapy section.

7/11-7/13 — SOLARFEST Three-day renewable energy powered festival featuring world class music, over 60 workshops on renewable energy and sustainability topics, over 100 vendors and exhibitors, children’s activities. Forget-Me-Not Farm, Tinmouth,VT. (802) 235-1513. 7/12 — HEALING PRACTITIONER WORKSHOP: CHAKRA 4 — THE POWER OF LOVE AND FORGIVENESS. Presented by Rhys Thomas and designed especially for health care practitioners and healers teaching new methods in working with chakra 4. Location: Circles of Wisdom, Andover, MA. 12-4pm. Price $85.


7/26 — Spiritual bellydance with Dunya featuring beautiful, exciting and deep veil practices in Auburn, ME. See July listing.

6/28-6/29 — GYNECOLOGY AND INFERTILITY: PHYSIOLOGY, PATHOLOGY AND HERBOLOGY. Sat 9-4:30. Sun 9-3:30. Cost: $329. 11 NCCAOM PDA points approved. CT Institute of Herbal Studies. (860) 666-5064.

6/29 — DIAGNOSIS SHOCK: THE UNRECOGNIZED BURDEN OF ILLNESS**. In this groundbreaking workshop, Dr. Judith Swack* will teach healthcare practitioners and patients to prevent or instantly release fear and trauma related to cancer and serious illness diagnosis and treatment by using the Natural Bio-Destressing technique. Daily use of this technique enhances patients’ quality of life by allowing them to have more control of their emotional states and better access to rational thinking and functioning, and helps healthcare providers and other support personnel prevent compassion fatigue and burnout. $175. 9-5pm. The Center at Westwoods, (781) 329-0711. *See our ad in the Counseling and Therapy section. **Read Dr. Swack’s recently published paper on diagnosis shock at

7/13 — ZUZU'S 3RD SUMMERTIME HOLISTIC EXPO! Shop dozens of quality vendors,

JULY ........................

enjoy a psychic reading, Reiki, massage, aura photography, and FREE seminars! July 13th, 10-5pm, $5. Holiday Inn Hotel, Peabody, MA.



An extended retreat for self-discovery in the Taconic Mountains, Pawlet,VT. Breathwork sessions in the context of Stanislav Grof 's theoretical framework. Lenny Gibson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Gibson, M.S. Fee: $450, includes food and lodging. Call (800) 404-7261, email or visit

Sunday, 11am-6pm. DoveStar Massage Therapy School, 50 Whitehall Road, Hooksett, NH. Offering massage, angel readings, magnet therapy, natural healing, yoga, entertainment, refreshments. For more information or be a vendor contact Laura Briggs (603) 370-0780 or

7/8 — THE MONEY CLASS WITH LINDA MARKS, MSM. This six-week coaching class helps


you make peace with money. Work through emotional blocks and obstacles and take action steps to meet your goals. Daylong intensive workshop available. 11:30am-1:30pm Newton (617) 965-7846.

7/8 & 7/15 — YOUR ULTIMATE WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION. Dr. Judith Swack* presents a totally unique way to consistently lose weight without cravings and without willpower by combining HBLUTM,

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Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd, Nashua, NH. A gathering of the healers! Filled with workshops, entertainment, networking and more.Visit for details or call (603) 321-4818

Hands-on experience continued next evening 7/15 at monthly Reiki clinic from 6:30-8:30pm. Over 15 years experience. Usui Reiki at reduced tuition. $75. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH.

7/15 — “RAW FOOD HEALS” lecture with Dr. Thom Bober following “living food” potluck. See calendar at (781) 899-6664.



Riverside, RI. 5pm-9pm. Psychic mediums, holistic healers, Reiki, tarot, angels, massage, yoga instructors, metaphysical shops/vendors, raffles and more. Child care is available so you can enjoy readings/healings. Come meet your local psychics and holistic healers. Free admission. Location: Riverside American Legion, 830 Willett Ave, Riverside, RI.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool to quit smoking. Group session will focus on behavior and cognitive techniques as well as a group hypnosis. 10-11am. $35. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH.

7/19 — MERIDIAN YOGA: OPENING THE ENERGETIC PATHWAYS WITH DANIEL ORLANSKY, Earthsong Yoga, 186 Main St, Marlboro, MA. Using gentle pressure, body weight, and skillful touch to open the nadi and meridian energy pathways, we will work with a partner to increase our range of motion and perfect our alignment in yoga asanas associated with the fourteen internal organs. A modern stretching method called resistance/PNF stretching will be taught, along with shiatsu techniques (work with meridians using finger pressure). The goal is to remove barriers to the transforming and healing flow of prana in our body-mind for peace, health, and harmony. Morning session, 9am12:30pm: Meridian Yoga for the Lower Body. Afternoon session, 2-5:30pm: Meridian Yoga for the Upper Body. $90 for the day/$50 per session. Please pre-register by July 15th. (508) 480-8884.

7/21 — THE POWER OF MANIFESTING A DARN GOOD LIFE. Confused if the Law Of Attraction is working for you? This course will simplify the manifesting process and the information you heard about from The Secret. 3-week course, Mondays, 7/21, 7/28 and 8/4. $80. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 4830132. Southern NH.

7/22 — LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE. Good workshop for beginners or those stuck in their meditation process. $50. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH. 7/22 — FREE HEALER TRAINING PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE. You’re invited to receive a free crystal bowl meditation and sound healing, and learn about an exciting energy medicine school. Location: Clear Self Care, Milford, MA. 6:30-9pm, (508) 740-3038.

7/25-7/26 — THE ALCHEMY OF THE HEART 2008 TOUR. Come spend a moment in time with Michael Brown, author of The Presence Process and Alchemy of the Heart. Open yourself to a conversation that delivers you into heightened consciousness that runs parallel to ordinary mundane experience. This evolutionary conversation empowers you with personal responsibility, healing and transformation. Space is limited; details found on website. Clear Point Center, Stafford, CT. Contact: Steven Munn, (860) 684-3994.

7/25-7/27 — REIKI CERTIFICATION IN FRAMINGHAM. Study Reiki Ryoho from Reiki master Lisa Megidesh. Learn self-healing, treatment of others, energy building techniques, history and receive all attunements to make you a certified Reiki practitioner. (508) 620-9642.

7/25-7/27 — 24TH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN ELDERS’ GATHERING. Passing the Flame. Honoring the wisdom potential of the young. Receiving the wisdom gifts of the elders. At the Sunray Peace Village, Lincoln,VT. Public events on Saturday evening, July 26. Registration and information: See page 6.

7/26 — SPIRITUAL BELLYDANCE WITH DUNYA. Painting the Wind: Veil as Transformation. Featuring beautiful, exciting and deep veil practices. In Auburn, ME. or call (207) 946-5107.

7/31 — MASTERING ALCHEMY, FREE TELECLASS SERIES: How to Enjoy the Shift. Jim Self explains the shift, ascension symptoms and offers tools to quiet the noise, identify and more easily fulfill your purpose. Begins July 31. Free archives.

AUGUST ........................ 8/1 — 12TH ANNUAL CHINA CULTURAL TOUR. . Deposits due Aug 1. Dates: Oct 29-Nov 12. Cost: $2655. Beijing & Xi'an with R/T non-stop air, 4 star hotels, English-speaking guides and major sightseeing, many meals and more.View itinerary at CT Institute of Herbal Studies. (860) 666-5064.

8/1-8/3 — NATIVE AMERICAN MICHAEL REDSKY visits Circles of Wisdom. Experience a private sitting with seer Michael Redsky 8/1-8/3. Fri evening 8/1 will be a meditative drumming circle and teaching, and Sat. evening Native American Animal Spirit Guides Workshop. Andover, MA. (978) 474-8010.

8/4-8/15 — CO-CREATE A SUSTAINABLE CIVILIZATION. Two workshops, August 4-15 in San

8/10 — SOCIETY OF ELDER FAITHS ANNUAL LAMMAS FAIRE in Hopkinton, MA, 1-5pm. rain or shine. Celebrate the season of Lugh, the Celtic God of All Skills with games for all ages, arts and crafts, "cookies with chips" bakeoff, songsharing, workshops, ritual. Outdoor event. Bring your own picnic food; a few items for opening meet and greet flea market (all must fit on one standard size pillow case); up to 3 of your own arts or crafts items to display, a bakeoff entry if you wish and a symbol of a skill or profession to carry in the All Skills Parade leading into the main ceremony honoring Lugh. Admission: $5 members, $10 non-members, kids under 12 free. For more information and directions, see or call (508) 839-3457.

8/16 — HEALING THE TRAUMATIZED HEART WORKSHOP with Linda Marks, MSM. 15pm in Newton, MA. For more information: or (617) 965-7846 or

8/18 & 9/10 — FREE HEALER TRAINING PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE. You’re invited to receive a free crystal bowl meditation and sound healing, and learn about an exciting energy medicine school. Location: Clear Self Care, Milford, MA. 6:30-9pm. (508) 740-3038.

8/19 — “FOOD & INTEGRITY” lecture with Deborah Koons Garcia, activist and film maker following “living food” potluck. See calendar at 8/20 — “THE FUTURE OF FOOD: WHAT EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW” ” lecture with Deborah Koons Garcia, activist and filmmaker. Cape Cod. Details: Call Dorothy Torrey (508) 888-6677 or email

Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Limited to 30; sign up NLT July 15. See for workshop, lodging, and travel details.

8/7-8/13 — 48TH ANNUAL AMERICAN SOCIETY OF DOWSERS CONVENTION. Learn basic dowsing, water and map dowsing. 80 speakers presenting on many topics. Large vendor area! Keynote speaker: David Wilcock. Killington Conference Center, Vermont. (802) 684-3417.

8/8-8/10 — WORLD’S LARGEST AND FRIENDLIEST PROFESSIONAL HYPNOTISM CONFERENCE. Three days filled with education, motivation and networking. The 2008 NGH Convention and Educational Conference is August 8-10 in Marlboro, MA. At the Royal Plaza Hotel and includes over 180 onehour workshops, 96 two-hour workshops and 14 threehour workshops for you to choose from. Don’t miss this exchange of valuable information with leading consulting hypnotists from around the world. For more information on this conference or The National Guild Of Hypnotists, call (603) 429-9438 or email to This is the most comprehensive hypnotism convention and educational conference for your educational dollar. Don’t miss it. Call today for a free catalog (603) 429-9438. or

8/9-8/10 — REIKI I CERTIFICATION with John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., Belmont, MA. Awaken your healing skills studying with the longestpracticing Reiki master in the West. Two days of learning, hands-on practice and no cut corners certifies you immediately to work on yourself, others and pets. 13.5 CEUs Visa/MC. (603) 899-3288

8/9 & 8/10 — CHILDREN'S YOGA TEACHER TRAINING. Learn to share the gifts of yoga with children ages 3-11 during this fun and interactive weekend at Dover Yoga Studio, Dover, NH. Additional 2008 ChildLight Yoga trainings to be held in Philadelphia, PA, Portland, ME and Boston, MA. FMI, please visit or call (603) 781-3323.

6/14 — One-day training with renowned author and speaker Dr. Christiane Northrup in Falmouth, ME. See June listing.

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8/31 — NUTRITIONAL ENERGETICS AND RECIPES: FALL FOODS with Susan Krieger. 8/31 is early registration deadline. Natural foods and their effects on the body and mind with emphasis on the fall element of Kidney energy. Helf Sun. Sept. 28, 10-4:30pm. $135, 5.5 CE hrs. Call Acupressure Therapy Institute, Quincy (617) 697-1477.

8/31 — NEUROSTRETCH THERAPY with Bill Polk, early registration deadline. By structurally isolating the body in exacted positions, fascia is accessed in its entirety to correct asymmetrical and chronic problems. 7-9:30pm. Five Wed: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8 & 10/15. $135, 12.5 CE hrs. Call Acupressure Therapy Institute, Quincy (617) 697-1477,

SEPTEMBER ........................ SEPT 08–MAY 09 — ANGEL WINGS OF LIGHT™ CERTIFICATION COURSE LEVEL I AND II with Elaine Read-Cole, Angel Therapy Practitioner®, medium, shaman. All day classes run Sundays, September 2008-May 2009. Favorite Things Studio. (781) 294-7360. Pembroke, MA.

9/13 — EOL INTUITIVE ENHANCEMENT (1): Awaken Full Cellular Memory and Attain EOL Attunement. Renowned EOL founders Sue and Aaron Singleton teach practical techniques to awaken unique EOL flow, enhance divine connection while physically grounded, correlate endocrine and chakra systems, detoxify food, optimize chakra and aura systems. 9.6 contact hours; $175; early-pay discount. Prerequisite for EOL Intuitive Series. Details at (978) 834-0341.

9/14 — EOL INTUITIVE ENHANCEMENT (2): Intuitive Self-Diagnosis and Introduction to EOL Root Cause Model. Renowned EOL founders Sue and Aaron Singleton teach EOL process framework for illness/disease; exclusive EOL root cause mddel; where emotions get stored; proven techniques to release harmful effects of estim, MRI, chemo, x-ray, viral/bacterial residues, physical traumas and toxins! 9.6 contact hours; $175; early-pay discount. Prerequisite: EOL Module 1. Details at; (978) 834-0341.

6/19-6/20 — Experience love beyond words with spiritual master Sri Swami Vishwananda through public talk, darshan and kirtan. See June listing.

5/17 — NORTH NODE 2008 WITH MARYANNA ABUZAHRA. Take a look at the Head of the Dragon as the nodal axis is now in Aquarius/Leo. 1-4pm. $45. Call Amethyst Point to register (508) 753-3975.

8/23-8/24 — INCREASING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: THE SOMATIC ENNEAGRAM, with Andrea Isaacs. Explore the relationship between personality and the body using simple movement. Develop neuron pathways to increase emotional range and promote personal growth. Watertown Healing Arts Center. $200, registration: (617) 522-4956,

8/24 — REIKI TWO CERTIFICATION. Over 15 years experience. Usui Reiki at reduced tuition. 10-5pm. Small classes may end earlier. $85. Diane Gelinas, MSW, CH, (603) 483-0132. Southern NH.

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8/26-8/30 — SANDY CORCORAN OFFERING PRIVATE STAR PROCESS® SOUL RETRIEVALS, Seneca Earthpath charts, dream analysis, PYSCH-K or tarot sessions conducted at Roots & Wings Collaborative, 317 North Main, Natick, MA. Call (281) 361-4464 for appointment.

8/28-8/31 — VITAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING DURING CHANGING TIMES with Amanda McQuade Crawford, herbalist and author specializing in women's health at the Partner Earth Education Center in southern Vermont. Call (802) 2935996 or

8/29-8/31 — HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK™. A weekend of self-discovery in the Taconic Mountains, Pawlet,VT. Breathwork sessions in the context of Stanislav Grof 's theoretical framework. Lenny Gibson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Gibson, M.S. Fee: $200, includes food and lodging. Call (800) 404-7261, email or visit

9/15 — THE CENTER FOR FENG SHUI AND INTUITIVE ARTS. Classes in feng shui, dowsing, earth energies, EMFs, space clearing and more. Sept 15-19: Seeing the World through Feng Shui Eyes. Call 888-211-2206 or go to Classes are for the general public as well as those seeking certification.

9/19-9/21 — 18TH GREEN NATIONS GATHERING at Rowe Conference Center, Rowe, MA. Classes, intensives, walks on herbal medicine, food, plant spirits, health and well being with emporium, ceremony, storytelling and more. Don't miss this inspiring event of learning, networking and renewing our commitment to the Earth.Visit: or (802) 293-5996.

9/20-21 & 9/27-28 — INSTRUCTOR TRAINING FOR SELF ACUPRESSURE AND MASSAGE. Learn the methods of self-healing for you and your clients. 28-hour certification course, taken over two weekends: September 20 & 21 and September 27 & 28. Instructor: Zhenzhen Zhang, professor of Chinese acupuncture, acupressure and herbalism. Space is limited; call (781) 642-6789 or (617) 780-8548 today to reserve your space.

9/20 — PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT, PAST LIVES AND ANGEL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP with Ross J. Miller, psychic healer, medium, regression therapist. In this unique, experiential workshop you’ll learn how to identify your guardian angels

and spirit guides by name and receive their guidance, healing and inspiration; discover your soul’s life purpose; experience two of your past lives and heal the residual karma from them; give psychic readings to others in class and more. Saturday, 10am-5pm, Newton, MA. To register for the workshop or to schedule a psychic or past-life reading or healing session in person or over the phone, visit our website or call Ross J. Miller (617) 527-3583.

9/20 — GARY RENARD, LOVE HAS FORGOTTEN NO ONE. Presented by Open Doors Universal Classroom. 10am to 4pm at Babson College, Vegetarian lunch included. Call or email Bob LeRoy at (508) 697-5480 or

9/22 — DR. BRIAN CLEMENT, director of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, delivers cutting edge knowledge coupled with a common sense, practical approach about disease prevention that will raise your level of health, vitality and happiness. 2-4pm, Daniel Webster Inn, Sandwich. 7-9pm, Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis. Early bird registration: $15 for the first 50 people; $20 thereafter. Send checks to: Dorothy Torrey, 15 Goose Point Lane, E. Sandwich, MA 02537. Include your telephone and email address. Questions: (508) 888-6677 or

9/26-9/28 — REIKI MASTER TRAINING with Joanna Pinney Buell at Light Heart Retreat, Sullivan, ME. $1,200, plus lodging. Application process. Early registration, please. 6 student limit. (207) 422-8234.

9/26-9/28 — BREEMA: THE ART OF BEING PRESENT. The aim of Breema is to bring us, via the

November, 2008 in Providence, RI. Taught by Leontine Hartzell. Details and registration information at,, (978) 475-1268.

11/7-11/9 — APPRENTICE IN ADVANCED EARTH STEWARDSHIP RITUALS with renowned Peruvian shamanic adept Oscar MiroQuesada. Workshop Nov. 7-9 in Concord, MA with Saturday ceremony for Mother Earth at Walden Pond. More info (212) 479-0863 or

JAN. 2009: BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAM with Linda Marks, MSM. First year training in EmotionalKinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP), a heart-centered, psychospiritual method of body psychotherapy. One Saturday/month. Interview and one EKP session are required to apply. Contact (617) 965-7846 or or

ONGOING ........................ SUNDAY PACIFIST SERVICE. 10-11am at the

SVAROOPA® YOGA CLASSES. Improve your mind, body and spirit. Ongoing in Marlboro Mon, Tues, Wed. New classes for Worcester on Tues and Thurs. Worcester phone: (774) 242-4845. Call for availability. Rising Sun Acupuncture, Marlboro, MA. (508) 786-0788.

WORKSHOPS AT CENTER FOR YOGA, Framingham, MA. 3/1: Creating Your Home Practice. 3/15: Releasing Hips and Low Back. 4/6: Yoga Nidra. 5/17: Svaroopa Vinyasa. 2/8, 3/28, 4/25, 5/16: Monthly Restorative Yoga. (508) 620-9642.

COME WRITE ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD. Nancy Aronie is a midwife for words that want to get out. You will laugh.You will cry and you will be safe! Beginning June 16th (Monday through Thursday) and every week all summer. (508) 645-9085.

MASS YOGA NETWORK EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS. Visit for a listing of local workshops, teachers, and special events. Join today and your membership helps support yoga in homeless shelters, clinics, orphanages, prisons, and more.


Peace Abbey, 2 North Main St., Sherborn, MA. Call (508) 655-2143 or visit for more info.

N.H. or online. NH classes are every 3rd weekend of each month. Online classes are open schedule. Lilliane: (603) 724-2242



Every Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm at the Living Earth. Featuring all natural and organic, low sulfite wines. The Living Earth, 232 Chandler Street, Worcester. (508) 7531896.

1993. Usually second and fourth Fridays of every month, 7pm. Quaker meeting house, Cambridge. Open to all, but please call first for full details and directions. Terrence (978) 952-2704 or Emily (781) 641-3980.

body, to a tangible experience of presence that becomes a foundation for a new dimension of consciousness and self-undersanding. For details, see and

9/27-9/28 — 2008 NATURAL LIVING EXPO at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St. (Rt. 20 West), Sturbridge, MA (exit 9 off the Mass Pike). 125 vendors, readers and practitioners. Over 75 concerts, workshops and activities. New: EcoKids Discovery Zone! $8 admission includes all classes and workshops. Children under 12 free! Vendor spaces available, call (508) 2789640; applications due by August 1. Presented by Spirit of Change. See page 3 in this issue or visit for details.

9/27-9/28 — PERUVIAN SHAMAN'S MESA: PATH OF THE POWERFUL HEART. Initiation and ceremony in Andean shamanism. Four weekends with Leontine Hartzell and Marcia Goodman-Blair. Rowley, MA, 40 minutes north of Boston.,

UPCOMING ........................ 10/31-11/2 — THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY'S NATIONAL CONFERENCE: The Mystical Heart of Christianity — Moving Beyond Literalism. Holyoke Holiday Inn, Holyoke, MA. For more information call 1-800-669-1571 or

10/31-11/2 — KARUNA MASTER TRAINING with Joanna Pinney Buell at Light Heart Retreat, Sullivan, ME. $1,200, plus lodging. Application process. Early registration, please. (207) 422-8234. •


9/22 — A rare opportunity to hear Dr. Brian Clement, director of the Hippocrates Health Institute who has pioneered programs in disease prevention and active aging for over three decades. See September listing.

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Free event. Center of Light Boston, 200 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. (617) 852-2822.

MIRACLE CIRCLE PRAYER GROUP. 7 pm Wednesdays. Join us as we surround each other in love and light for our prayer requests. Unity Church of God. 6 William St., Somerville, MA. (617) 623-1212.

ADOPTION: HOW TO GET STARTED! Sponsored by Child Adoption Resource Association, a non-profit full service adoption agency located in New London. Join us for a free informational sessions for people interested in finding out more about adoption. A CARA worker will explain different types of adoption and offer a step-by-step outline to adopting a child. Held the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Three locations: Borders Books and Music, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield, CT. Borders Books and Music, 470 Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT. Borders Books and Music, 915 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, CT. For more information visit


Nancy Aronie is a midwife for words that want to get out. You will laugh. You will cry. And you will be safe at the Chilmark Writing Workshop this summer! See Ongoing listing.

Become attuned to the beautiful healing energy of Usui Reiki in a 2-day Level I/Level II class with plenty of handson practice at Moonsinger Holistic in Kittery, Maine. The classes run from 9:30am to 6:30pm, with a 1 1/2 hour lunch break. Class fee: $333. June 21-22, July 19-20, August 9-10. Reservations required. Maximum class size is 9. Moonsinger Holistic, 37 Route 236, Suite 110 in Kittery, Maine (5 minutes from the Outlet malls). Call to register: (207) 752-6440.



instruction, Wednesdays at 6:15pm. 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland, RI. (401) 658-1464.

on Monday evenings. Relieve stress and tension! By appointment. $25/session. Acupressure Therapy Institute, Quincy, (617) 697-1477.

7pm. Energy healing guided by Chinese knowledge, Tong Ren therapy has been preventing and alleviating disease and pain for 25 years. At Southwestern Massage and Spirit, 15 West Union Street (Rte 135) in Ashland. (508) 881-5000. A $10 donation is requested to cover expenses.

THE CONSTELLATION APPROACH. Experience the effects of previous generations on your current life issues and learn practices for compassion toward your family of origin and current family. Immersion learning program and Saturday public workshops begin November 2008. Individual private Constellation sessions offered. Jamy and Peter Faust, facilitators. Healing Arts of Belmont, Belmont, MA. (617) 484-HEAL (4325).

THE CENTER FOR FENG SHUI AND INTUITIVE ARTS. Classes in feng shui, dowsing, earth energies, EMFs, space clearing and more. Sept 1519: Seeing the World through Feng Shui Eyes. Call 888211-2206 or go to Classes are for the general public as well as those seeking certification.

JOIN OUR FAMOUS ACIM "MELROSE GROUP" wherein lives are saved, fear is banished and

CLASSES IN CHANNELING AND SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION with Vywamus, a teacher of higher consciousness, channeled by Andrea Seiver. Have a personal reading, join Learn to Channel and other classes, enjoy. Evenings with Vywamus: June 5, July 3, September TBA, October 2. (617) 332-1541.

MASTERING ALCHEMY, FREE TELECLASS SERIES: How to Enjoy the Shift. Jim Self explains the

KIRTAN WITH SHUBAL. Devotional chanting. Meets the third Friday of each month (6/20, 7/18 & 8/15 ) at 7 pm. Suggested donation: $10. Call Amethyst Point to register at (508) 753-3975.


CREATE THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED! Weekly group, Wednesday evenings in

MEDICINAL PLANT WALKS. Learn to identify

Newton. Discover what has been holding you back and find new ways to meet your full potential. Glenn Bigonet, M.A. (617) 462-6642 or visit

YOGA CLASSES every Mon and Wed. 7pm with

FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASSES IN BODY ROLLING, a system created by Yamuna Zake. Address

WEEKLY TAIJI AND QIGONG in Arlington, MA. Summer schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-8pm and 8-9pm. To enroll or for more details call Steven Cardoza, M.S., L.Ac. at (781) 648-9839 or visit

PRAYERS FOR WORLD PEACE. You are invited to join our community for an evening of prayers for world peace. 1st Wednesday of each month (6/4, 7/2, 8/6), 7 pm.

shift, ascension symptoms and offers tools to quiet the noise, identify and more easily fulfill your purpose. Begins July 31. Free archives.

Torrey, alkaline health coach at (508) 888-6677 or email healing plants in our area. Find out which parts of the plants are used medicinally and how they support health. We meet one Sunday a month (June 15, July 6 and August 10) at the entrance to Rock Meadow, a large tract of conservation land in Belmont. Join us as we identify medicinal plants at their different stages of growth. (781) 646-6319.

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Rates are $1 per word, with a minimum of $35. Email or call 508-278-9640.

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Vicki Martelli. Kripalu DansKinetics with Rochelle Delacroix, June–August, Tuesday 7pm and Saturday 10am. Melrose Therapeutic and Wholistic Center, 414 Main St., Melrose, MA. (781) 979-0178.

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6/21-6/22, 7/19-7/20, 8/16-8/17, 9/20-9/21, 10/4-10/5. Offered by Doreen and Joe (508) 588-8234. For more information: Also offering phone coaching and Reiki. Learn to love yourself from the inside out.

REIKI SHARE. Join other Reiki practitioners as we come together to replenish our energy and exchange Reiki treatments. Meets regularly the first Friday of each month. Free. 7 pm. Call Amethyst Point to register at (508) 753-3975.

laughter reigns! John Nagy (author) guarantees personal innocence and happy living. We need you, you need us. Melrose Highlands Church, Tuesday 7:30-9pm. (781) 246-0655.

neck and back problems, joint injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, body re-alignment, stimulation of bone growth and circulation. A workout, massage and chiropractic session all in one! Think Pilates! Worcester, MA. (508) 756-2738.




self-sabotaging beliefs and expectations. Feel unruffled by the STUFF of life. Four consecutive week sessions beginning July 7th, ending September 28th. Check display ad for times. Call (843) 991-5089.

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Acupuncture & Asian Medicine ACUPUNCTURE OF WORCESTER Holistic Health since 1974

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

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

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

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


Compassionate Arts Integrated Natural Health and Longevity


Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Medical Qigong, Therapeutic Bodywork. Heal from chronic or acute disease, promote wellness and rejuvenation.

Tibetan Science of

HEALING Dr. Keyzom Bhutti

Vitality, mental clarity, emotional balance, longevity. Weekly classes, workshops, small private classes, individual lessons DIET AND NUTRITION

Health restoration, maintenance, and antiaging with conventional and proprietary supplements, herbs, and conscious diet. Steven Cardoza, M.S., L.Ac. 13 A Medford Street, Suite 1, Arlington, MA Over 23 years experience. For more info: 781-648-9839

Keyzom Bhutti, Doctor of Tibetan Medicine, corrects any imbalances of the body and mind using finest quality medicinal herbs, mineral supplements and, in some cases, moxibustion. For information or an appointment, please call. 617-666-8635

Astrological Consulting JOSEPH CRANE

Practical Astrology Joseph Crane has been a professional astrologer, consulting and teaching astrology since 1988. He is co-director of the Astrology Institute and author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1998) and Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Tradition (2007). Contact Joseph if you are interested in astrology classes or tutorials. As a consultant, Joseph uses astrology

to help people work with specific situations in their lives. Natal and Predictive Astrology examines situations in the larger context of one’s life and shows probable outcomes. Horary Astrology examines the meaning of particular moments in time, including using the specific time a question is asked as the basis for an interpretation. Electional Astrology gives the best time for a new undertaking, including weddings, interviews and promotions, buying and selling, and travel. Consultations are in Rhode Island, Eastern Mass. or by phone. All sessions are recorded s 401-527-2035

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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.”

Purple Moon

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:

$1/min. Tarot Readings: Thurs, 5:30-7 PM $5 Tarot Class: Every other Friday 7-9 PM

Many more classes and workshops!

“Luna Morada”

Fabulously delicious soaps ✩ Tarot cards Crystal journey candles ✩ Incense ✩ Books Faerie, Egyptian and Buddist statuary Sunbeam oil ✩ Exquisite silver jewelry Necklaces and rings ✩ Fine gemstones Colorful Indian clothing ✩ Classes And much more! More than a store ~ Come and see what’s new! Hours: Wed-Sat 12-7 PM, Sun 12-5 PM 45 Padanaram Road ✩ Danbury, CT 06811 ✩ 203-730-2412

✸ 508-541-4115 ✸

“I learned more from one session than I did from 5 years of analysis.” NEW AGE GIFT SHOP

- J.G., Cambridge, MA

Books and music ✠ Aromatherapy and tools Incense and candles ✠ Crystals and jewelry LEARNING CENTER


& Esoteric

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

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

Reverend Katherine Christensen Psychic Medium ❇ Spiritual Counseling Classes ❇ Workshops Parties ❇ Weddings ❇ Baptisms More than a store–come and see what’s new! CLASSES

Mon 7–9 PM: Beginners Tarot, Advanced Tarot, Psychic Development Thur 7–9 PM: Meditation, Guided Meditation, followed by Psychic Development

Our store now fills an entire theater! Clothing section features Geetah, Celtic & Renaissancestyle clothing, including reversible floor-length capes in velvet and satin  Knives and Swords  Crystal Balls and Bowls  Scrying Mirrors and Wiccan Supplies 

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Usui and Karuna Reiki ✠ Hypnotherapy Reflexology ✠ Massage Ear Coning ✠ Yuen Method Hours: Mon–Fri 10 AM-8 PM, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, Sun NOON-5 PM. Gift Certificates available. 118 Washington St., Rte. 138, N. Easton, MA 508-230-3680

✵ Astrological Consultations ✵ for Individuals and Couples Rayology ✵ Psychospiritual Counseling To contact me, please call: 617-524-7072.

Bookstores and Gift Shops WILLOWEYEZ

Workshops ✠ Reiki Training ✠ Readings Yoga ✠ Gaidon Heart Healing/Training

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 twenty years of experience and an MS and PhD in Esoteric Psychology and Philosophy. Jungian psychology, Eastern and Western Traditions are key foundations in my approach.


Holistic Counseling and Psychic Readings consisting of the Tarot, Tea Leaves, Palm, Witches Runes, or Mediumship



Moon Boutique

Visit our New Age Shoppe where everything a witch needs is handcrafted by me (Katherine), your local witch. Items include: Figurines, Healing Jewelry, Witches Runes, Protective Décor, Witches Brooms, Scrying Mirrors, Pendulum Quiji Boards, and more.

 Two locations  Now Open for the Season! 264 Main Street, Bridgton, ME 207-647-8125 Open 7 Days Year Round! 1 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 508-746-0288

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  Tarot Cards  Pendulums Incense  Ritual Tools  Statues Challis’s  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?

Sun-Thur 11 AM–5 PM; Fri-Sat 11 AM–8 PM All major credit cards accept! Call for prices and directions, or visit online. 258 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970 ❇ 978-745-5577

Take a trip to the Moon for a little bit of magic and a lot of fun! Cosmic gifts, jewelry and clothing from the Earth and beyond!

Readings available in person or over the phone

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

Magic Wands, Magic Spells  Candles  Eastern Incense and Native American Sage, Cedar and Juniper  Variety of Pipes and Grateful Dead Memorabilia  New Age and Metaphysical Books  300+ Tarot Decks  Runes  Egyptian Statuary  Eastern Religious Items and Statuary  Angels and Fairies, Dragons, and Gargoyles  Chimes  Cards and Calendars  Crystals, Jewelry, Gems and Minerals  Massage and Essential Oils  Body Jewelry  Tapes and CDs

Healing this Earth, One Life at a Time

Spiritual Readings ✧ Intuitive Healing Medicinal/Spiritual Herbs ✧ Healing Teas Oils & Personal Medicine Bags ✧ Crystals Books ✧ Cards ✧ Music ✧ Soy Candles Incense ✧ Essential Oils ✧ Herbal Remedies Hand-crafted Healing Jewelry Spiritual Supplies ✧ Natural Products

Open daily year round. Call for hours. 10 Boothbay House Hill, Boothbay Harbor, ME

12 Central Square, Chelmsford, MA

Satisfaction guaranteed for readings. Try a healing session to transform your life. 207-633-4992

HOURS : Tues and Thurs 10-9, Fri 10-6,

Wed and Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4 978-250-1551

Business Services TrueNorth

Business Consulting Health & Wellness Professionals are our Specialty Cynthia Pasciuto, owner of TrueNorth Business Consulting, is a licensed attorney and insurance broker in Massachusetts. You are the expert in your business, but there is so much more you need to know.

Available now: The TrueNorth Guidebook A GREAT VALUE AT $199.95!

Included in The TrueNorth Guidebook: ✶ Planning your Marketing Strategy ✶ A Review of Insurance Protection ✶ The Legal Elements of Business: The different types of business entities, attorney-generated legal forms to get started, negotiating tips ✶ Project Management Simplified Consultations / Phone, In Person ~ Workshops Call today! ~ 781-729-0481

Centers Advanced Nutrition and

Detailed nutrition plans for weight loss, therapeutic needs and healthy lifestyles

Massage therapy Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Raindrop Therapy



Dr. Richard E. Picard Chiropractor, Nutritional Consultant Allison Moeller, LCMT Massage Therapist

Melrose Therapeutic & Wholistic Center

342 Atwood Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 401-942-6967

New ~ Kripalu Danskinetics!

The Way to Balance,® LLC Center for Advanced Healing and Training AARON & SUE SINGLETON, FOUNDERS

Our highly trained therapists empower and support YOUR path to wholeness and health! Massage, Bodywork Healing & Counseling Services Medical Intuitive Readings, The Energy of Life® (EOL) Integrative Healing Process, Hypnotherapy, Color, Sound, Crystal, Light and Aroma-Therapies, Breath-work and Visceral Manipulation, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, EOL Acupressure, Spa Therapy (facials, body scrubs and wraps, whirlpool, steam cabinet), and more. See also “Healing: Combined Modalities.” Nutritional Testing and Consultation Using Meridian Stress Assessment (MSASPro) Technology, a trained technician mea-

New England Institute of Reflexology & Universal Studies  Professional Reflexology Certification and Approved Continuing Education in Reflexology, Massage, and Reiki  Integrative techniques give students a strong foundation and create a balanced treatment style

 Students qualify as professional therapists upon completion  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  508-317-3044 

The Connecticut Institute of Herbal Studies

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for over 4000 years. It employs a highly developed theoretical system which determines the appropriate application of herbs based on an individual’s unique symptoms and not just on a named disease. In this way TCM treats the causes of disease and not just the disease itself. Appointments for TCM care are available as well, by Laura Mignosa, Nationally Certified Chinese Herbologist.

Founded in 1992, the Connecticut Institute of Herbal Studies in Wethersfield, Ct. focuses on Traditional Chinese Medicine and offers a Certified Herbology Program with a foundation in both theory and clinical diagnosis as practiced in China today. ✧ 860-666-5064

Aromatherapy, Western Herbology and other holistic care modalities are also provided at the Institute. Information on classes, events, cultural tours to China and more, can be found on our website.

Workshops ▲ Chinese Energetic Medicine Yoga ▲ Energy Healing ▲ Reiki ▲ Nutrition Hypnotherapy

Massage Therapy

Meditation ▲ Reflexology ▲ Relaxation Established in 1990 and rated, “Best of the Best” in Melrose, our dedicated staff of professionals offer a comprehensive range of services to complement a healthy lifestyle. Conveniently located in Melrose, our center is a safe, peaceful haven to take a break from the stresses of daily living.

Certifications, Schools and Institutes

Gift Certificates available ▲ Visa/MC accepted For a calendar of events, visit our website at Melrose Therapeutic & Wholistic Center 414 Main St, Melrose, MA • 781-979-0178

sures electrical conductivity at meridian points on the hands and feet. Stress values are assessed, charted and reviewed. The System’s extensive database contains thousands of herbal, homeopathic and nutritional products, and a plan is customized to the client’s specific needs. Healing Products & Tools for Self Healing Including Our Own EOL Products Frequency-Matching Aromatherapies and Self-Healing CD Sound Series, Bath/Body/ Massage Oils, Exclusive Net-Neutral Ionic Technology Healing Crystal Jewelry, Liquid Light Resonators and Rings of Oden, and other quality products. Training/Workshops for Laypersons and Practitioners See us under “Certifications, Schools and Institutes” in this directory and in the Calendar Listings for more details. 21 Water St. Amesbury, MA 01913

The Hypnotherapy Training Co. Julie Griffin, BCH Become a Certified Hypnotist

Begin an exciting career; earn money helping others! Affordable weekend certification programs at our Wakefield, MA lakeside location. Programs range from 4 -100 hrs. Hypnosis certification costs: Basic $595; Advanced/Medical $625; Metaphysical $545.

Multi-program discounts, free retakes and phone support. CEU’s to Nurses, LICSW, and LMHW. Our Director, Julie Griffin, BCH, is a renowned, dynamic, award-winning international instructor, author of 10 hypnosis books. Certification available through: National Guild of Hypnotists, American Board of Hypnotherapy, and International Association of Counselors & Therapists. Get phenomenal value for your education dollars. Call for a free brochure and audio cassette. 800-497-1807 ◆

Certification Program. Learn to share the gifts of yoga with children ages 3-11 during this fun and interactive weekend!


August 9 and 10 Dover Yoga Studio, Dover, NH October 25 and 26 YogaLife Institute, Wayne, PA Other 2008 Dates/Locations: Boston, MA & Portland, ME 603-781-3323 978-834-0341

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Create Your Career at Cortiva Institute - Boston Honoring the power of body, mind, and spirit, the professional training program at Cortiva Institute – Boston prepares you to enter the massage therapy profession with confidence. Our comprehensive program curriculum, rich in science, communications, business, and practical experience, provides a solid foundation in specialized technique to help you address clients’ most common symptoms. Our dedicated faculty teach with the insight and passion that comes from a well-

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developed expertise and love for their work. Our full-time Career Services Placement Office offers you the extensive Cortiva network of opportunities and career support with personalized attention. Our 750-hour in-depth program is offered in different scheduling options, including a new one-year schedule, to accommodate the busy lives of working people. Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Financial aid available for those who qualify.

Come to an Introductory Workshop to explore a career in massage for yourself. Cortiva Institute - Boston

103 Morse St, Watertown, MA 02472 Call Admissions at 617-668-1000

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Training Professionals since 1976

Massage, Polarity, Aesthetics, RYSE Successful professionals start with superior training. Learn from outstanding spa, massage and polarity professionals that are dedicated to your success and understand how to bring out your best. ◆ A career training designed to address the body, mind and spirit ◆ 6 month day or 12 month evening programs ◆ 24 month weekend Polarity program in Westboro, MA ◆ A leader in energy awareness and consciousness based education

Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy Since 1980, CCMT has been providing comprehensive, holistic massage therapy training. Our programs are 8 to 24 months with flexible full and part-time schedules. Classes start in January, May and September.

Rhys Thomas Healer Training Offering two exciting programs at the Center at Westwoods The Growing the Healer Within program is for those just starting on their journey into healership. Starting in September, this program meets for 7 weekends during the year, Friday evening and all day Saturday. In this program you will learn: Reiki I, II and III ✦ The Chakras ✦ The fundaments of energy anatomy ✦ Basic psychic self-defense & development ✦ Mapping the Soul personal growth method ✦

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Exclusive provider of Polarity Realization Institute developed/managed curriculums 300 and 600 hour Aesthetics A reputation for training successful professionals Polarity programs approved by APTA Member AMTA Council of Schools & ABMP Massage School Alliance Licensed in Maine and Massachusetts Financial Aid available to students who qualify (Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Parent Plus, Sallie Mae)

The Way to Balance,® LLC Center for Advanced Healing and Training AARON & SUE SINGLETON, FOUNDERS

21 Water St. Amesbury, MA 01913 978-834-0341 The Energy of Life® (EOL) Process Educational Programs are a powerful collection of intuitive, energetic and bodywork techniques and tools. They complement all medical and holistic modalities, and empower practitioners and laypersons. EOL Intuitive Enhancement and Self-Empowerment Workshop Series Strengthen your intuition, experience a healing transformation that enhances all aspects of your life, whether you are a healer, doctor, executive, or full-time parent. Use the unique EOL process alone, or to enhance your Reiki, Pranic Healing or other modalities. The EOL Process for Discernment and Accuracy within this series is a prerequisite for Medical Intuitive training from Sue Singleton. DVD’s available for Modules 1 and 2.

EOL Emotional Release Acupressure System Workshop Series This next-generation system transcends the parameters of current linear systems, by targeting specific frequencies of physical and psycho-physiological tension patterns. Learn to disperse blockages and facilitate rapid and deeper release. Our easy to learn 60-point numbered system includes detailed diagrams: no prior acupressure experience or knowledge required. EOL Rings of Oden™ New Technology for Quantum Healing Revolutionary “Net-Neutral Ionic Energy” technology is embedded into The Rings of Oden. The Rings combine Sacred Geometry, Crop Circles, and DNA Holographic RePatterning to create an energy vortex of net-neutral energy particles that increase light resonance in the body. Users report rapid healing of chronic pain, injuries, glaucoma, chronic emotional patterns and illnesses. Powerful applications for selfhealing, as well as helping others.

Other workshops include: ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦

Radical Hands-On Healing Light Therapy: Healing at the Speed of Light Sound Therapy: Healing with Resonance Introduction to Medical Intuition, etc.

Call today for an initial school tour and to find out how you can become a successful professional in this exciting and expanding field. Ipswich, MA Plymouth, MA Westboro, MA Westbrook, ME

Intensive Apprenticeship offers instruction on: ✦ Herbs to nourish and heal each organ system

978-356-0414 508-747-3130 508-836-8864 207-591-4141


CCMT is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Continuing education year-round. Visit our store at Main Campus Toll free: 877-282-2268 75 Kitts Lane, Newington, CT Branch Campus Toll-free: 877-292-2268 25 Sylvan Rd. S., Westport, CT Branch Campus Toll-free: 877-295-2268 1154 Poquonnock Rd., Groton, CT

The Healer Training Program is suitable for practitioners who are looking to deepen their personal growth, increase their intuition and learn advanced healing techniques. This program is six weekends per year and gives offers in depth teachings on: Advanced energy anatomy Rhys Thomas energy healing techniques ✦ Mapping the Soul personality profiling method ✦ Deep transformational work to unlock your power ✦ Advanced ethics, psychic self defense and psychic development ✦ ✦

Learn with experienced healers Rhys Thomas and Lisa Campion. For more information: ✦ 508-740-3038

✦ How to make herbal tinctures, teas, salves,

oils, flower essences, etc. ✦ Plant identification with medicinal plant walks

The Boston School of Herbal Studies Seven Month Herbal Apprenticeship

✦ Facial, tongue and pulse diagnosis

We offer monthly medicinal plant walks throughout the spring, summer and fall; a monthly herbal clinic and ongoing classes and workshops. 12 Pelham Terrrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319

Introductory and Advanced Workshops and Classes


Certification Program

2008 Schedule This certificate program is 100 hours of independent adult study which includes two intensive weekends of instruction. The program includes an introduction to Ericksonian hypnosis , hypnosis and child birthing, medical and dental applications for hypnosis, pain management, hypnosis with children, habit elimination or modification, age regression, a wide variety of hypnotic inductions and techniques, the elimination of all phobias, etc. This program is approved for 32 CEUS for nurses and social workers. Graduates may join the American Board of Hypnotherapy. Instructor Ted Benton, Ed., a Winchester Hospital staff hypnotherapist, is a national and international hypnosis instructor. He holds numerous certifications for advanced hypnosis training, including training

approved by the American Psychological Association. He has published articles on hypnotherapy and recently appeared on the Discovery Health Program on national television. Winchester Hospital is one of several hospitals in the nation offering full certification to hypnotherapists. The cost of the program is $1600, which includes all textbooks and materials. The tuition is tax-deductible. The first payment of $800 is due at registration. Final payment is due at the first class. If you refer a student who registers in the same session, $100 will be deducted from your fee. Weekend classes will be held as follows: ✦ ✦

June 7-8 and August 23-24 October 4-5 and November 1-2

Classes are held at Winchester Hospital Community Health Institute, Baldwin Park I, 12 Alfred Street, Suite 207, Woburn, MA. To sign up for a class, or for more information, call us or visit our website and click on Community Health Institute. 781-756-4700

Our dynamic DVD curriculums, filmed at renowned Boston hospitals and medical schools, integrate medical science with natural health and holistic health care concepts. This outstanding integrative health training is provided through our unique distance learning format, with optional inperson classes, presented by NIWH faculty, nationally renowned physicians, health and nutrition experts.

Become Whole Health Certified with an NIWH Professionally Accredited Distance Learning Program Whole Health Professionals educate, coach, or facilitate lifestyle changes to improve the health and well-being of their clients, as well as demystify for them the science of health and disease.

NIWH in-person courses and guest lectures are conducted at both the Harvard Medical School conference center in Boston, and at the Newton Wellesley Hospital, a Harvard affiliate hospital in Newton, MA.

Since 1977, NIWH’s comprehensive Whole Health certification programs have been redefining holistic health education. For more info, or to schedule an online tour, call or visit: 1-888-354-HEAL (4325) ✧

Childbirth and Children Touchstone offers:

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

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

Chiropractors North Shore Wellness Network Julia French, DC

Network Chiropractor Would you like to achieve and sustain a pain-free life? Have more aliveness and energy? Be less reactive and able to handle life’s stresses?

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER 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

Let me help your body learn new strategies for dealing with stress so you can be free to express your aliveness and live the life you want, free from pain and tension. Live in alignment with who you really are, express your full potential, and journey to a new level of wellness and self-awareness. Network Chiropractic Care VIBE Machine ❖ Compassionate Connection Coaching Beverly, MA ❖ 978-922-1723

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

Coaching Charlie Cavalconte M.Div., LADC, I

Holistic Personal Life Coach & Spiritual Guide: Creative, Sensitive, Intuitive Do you just dream without ever realizing the dream? Are you in a rut and want to get out?

Practitioner of: 12 Steps • Enneagram • A Course in Miracles My life’s mission is to empower individuals to realize their dreams and fully experience the new freedom of life! Over 25 years experience. Ordained priest/minister. Licensed substance abuse counselor. Realize your fullness! Call for a FREE introductory experience. 401-935-7981

Consciousness Transformation Andrea Seiver, Ph.D. Channeled Readings Personal Evolution Classes Have you spoken with an ascended master recently? Vywamus, channeled by Andrea Seiver, is a master and teacher who is working to help us make our next evolutionary step into the higher levels of consciousness. Receive his insights, his energies, and his practical advice in classes or readings.

Readings with Vywamus cover your questions about life work, relationships, past lives, and other issues with his characteristic warmth and humor. Channeled Classes and Spiritual Tutoring help you personally evolve and practice living on a wider scale as your larger self. First Thursdays: Vywamus discusses your questions on topics of general interest. Donation $10. Call for next dates. Courses: Evolutionary Growth Intensive • Learn to Channel • Soul Connection • Dancing with the Life Force For information about classes or readings, call Andrea Seiver, 617-332-1541.

Counseling and Therapy Compassionate Psychotherapy & EMDR Barbara Gangemi, LMHC We are each endowed with an enormous capacity for self-healing, and often what’s needed is a wise and experienced guide to show us the way through darkness. Barbara’s style of compassionate psychotherapy, combined with a number of highly effective stress reduction techniques as well as the rapid and profound healing effects of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can lead to new levels of physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well being. EMDR is a body-focused psychotherapy that allows an individual to reprocess disturbing memories that have become locked in the nervous sytem through a disruption in normal information processing. Past events seem “frozen in time,” and the traditional methods of talking about them do not relieve the strong feelings they contain.

Maybe you are having trouble maintaining relationships or employment in the present. Perhaps you remember childhood mistreatment, medical procedures that were frightening and painful, accidents, illnesses, even natural disasters. Many people today experience a pervasive feeling of “being stressed.” Whatever the source of your distress, this combination of therapies can bring deep and lasting healing to your body, mind, and spirit. As a licensed mental health counselor and a fully certified EMDR practitioner, Barbara has been practicing psychotherapy for sixteen years and EMDR for the past eleven years. She considers the opportunity to assist clients to be a sacred trust, and she moves toward the path to healing with the knowledge that, in a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, we can heal what has been too daunting to face alone. Some insurances accepted. Call for further information or to schedule an appointment. Roslindale: 617-553-0714 Hopkinton: 508-435-5580

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Get More Out of Life!

Glenn Bigonet, MA Mental Health Counselor

More Love! More Joy!

Compassionate Acceptance

More Satisfaction!

You Deserve It! Alternative relationships and lifestyles welcome. Initial consultation free. Sliding scale available. Weekly group available. Conveniently located in Newton. ◆ 617-462-6642

Glenn uses an approach that will help you to find your way free from the areas of your life in which you feel stuck or unsatisfied. Isn’t it time you start living the life you really want? He offers great knowledge and compassion to his clients who deal with life transitions, relationships, addictions, grief, anger, self-esteem, trauma/abuse, self-harmful behavior, divorce, and mental health issues.

Lori Miller-Freitas, LICSW

Holistic Psychotherapy & Life Coaching Get to the core — Transform your life! You are on this earth to be happy and realize your true potential. EMDR ✲ TAT ✲ Hypnosis ✲ 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. ✲ Ste. 103B ✲ Stoughton, MA

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

Multi Level Transformation Brigitte Novalis, ACH, RM, MPNLP How often are we not haunted by our old fears, emotions, ideas and reactions? They contribute not only to present-day psychological distresses, but also to physical illnesses. If you take a closer look, you will find that the cause is actually a memory. It is the emotions which are tied to these memories which affect you now. Your deeper mind associates an action or person in the present with something that happened in the past.

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:  Career and identity issues  Immune and autoimmune illnesses  Chronic fatigue syndrome  Depression  Learning disabilities and ADD  Relationships  NLP Certification Training Program  Belmont, MA. Some insurance accepted. For an appointment, call 617-484-1716.

you to replace toxic energies with pure positive energies. When a negative emotional energy is transformed, the problem and everything related to it is solved, even at cellular levels. The MLT™ system is simple and powerful. Now is the time for change. If you wish to move forward, please contact me at: Alpha Center for Personal Development 1147 Hancock St. Suite 223 ✦ Quincy, MA ✦ 617-773-2616 ✦

Energy Psychology often works when nothing else does... Free yourself from emotional triggers holding you prisoner to the past ✦ Transform energy draining anxiety, phobias, habits and beliefs ✦ Separate your intuition from fearful critical thoughts ✦ Ignite and express your inner creative spark in your life and the world ✦

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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.

Certifications: LICSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. Visa/MC acccepted. 781-297-2003

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:  Sandtray – “Sand tray therapy helped me see my life more clearly.”  EMDR – “I had insights I never had before.”  Therapeutic Movement – “It was great to feel the freedom in my body after working with you.” 42 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-6138

Stephen-Wolf Foster, Psy.D. “Be a light unto yourself; See for yourself what is true.” - the Buddha

Being only human, at some point in our lives we may realize that something isn’t going the way we had hoped and dreamed it would. When we take an honest look at ourselves, we wonder, “How did I get here? This can’t be all there is. How can I really live the life I really want to live?” Dr. Stephen-Wolf Foster has been helping

individuals and couples answer these questions since 1985. Existential Psychotherapy is rooted in the timeless principles of Freedom, Truth, Beauty, and Love. With an attitude of “no shame/no blame,” Stephen-Wolf engages you in deep “Authentic Conversation,” wherein you distinguish your true voice and true vision. When we are grounded in the Truth of who we really are, we can realize the possibility of Freedom from the tyranny of Others, from resentment and regret, and from anxiety and guilt – and we can know Freedom to create the life we really want to live. Stephen-Wolf works powerfully with people suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and addictive behaviors. Contact Dr. Stephen-Wolf Foster at his office in Newton, MA (617-413-3712) for a free consultation.

EFT ~ EMDR ~ Wave Work® ~ Reiki Individual Psychotherapy Highly Sensitive Person Support Groups Energy Psychology Workshops ◆

Where Traditional Psychotherapy meets the Wisdom of the Soul

Joan Holzman, Psy. D. Lic. Psychologist, Lic. Marriage and Family Therapist Dance/Movement Therapist

Working with me and my MULTI LEVEL TRANSFORMATION™ (MLT) system, enables

the best of both worlds MSW, LCSW, EFT-ADV

Whole Health Integration

Holistic Psychotherapy/Clinical Consultation Using extensive professional experience to resolve issues related to: Trauma, Grief, PTSD, Anxiety and Phobias, ADD.

When this occurs, emotions are activated and stress is produced, and this continues on for all of your life unless you change it.

Energy Psychology… Janet A. Wing,

Center of the Heart

Life Coaching ✲ Improve your motivation ✲ Identify and accomplish new goals ✲ Make a career change ✲ Finish projects for work or personal growth ✲ Sharpen communication skills ✲ Develop a professional practice

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Traumatic Stress Studies Certification Advanced EFT Certification Expertise working with The Highly Sensitive Person (HSPs) Co-Founded the first RI Medical Reiki Clinic, Women and Infants Hospital, Department of Women’s Oncology

“Janet always seems to put her gentle empathic touch to my most relevant and burning issues. Her approach to Energy Psychology has changed my life for the better.” ~ E. F., Client “I played along thinking, ‘how could this (EFT) have any therapeutic effect?’ Then I felt a shift inside and knew it was powerful.” ~ D.K., Client 100 Lafayette Street ✦ Pawtucket, RI 401-727-3034

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 Tues. and Thurs. nights in Newton. Apprenticeship training. Books: Living with Vision, and Healing the War Between the Genders Blog: Individual, Couple and Group Psychotherapy Newton, MA 617-965-7846

A Balanced Way

you seek in yourself, your relationships, and your family life, establishing balance and hope, often in just a few sessions. You can take control of your life. Increase effectiveness, health, and joy Simplify your life ❖ Build confidence Strengthen relationships ❖ Adapt to loss Master fears ❖ Improve communication Learn relaxation techniques Reduce anxiety and panic

Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D., psychologist, has 35+ years of experience in alternative and traditional therapies.

WORCESTER, MA ~ 508-799-0407 PUTNAM, CT ~ 860-928-6619

The calm and supportive environment created empowers you to make the changes

LifeChange Shawna V. Carboni LICSW, DCSW

Bioenergetic Analysis & Clinical Hypnosis The innovative combination of Bioenergetic Analysis & Clinical Hypnosis is unique in the field of mind-body psychotherapy! Each is a creative and powerful vehicle for making a life change. Bioenergetics is an active, body-oriented psychotherapy while Clinical Hypnosis is a state of intentional inward concentration characterized by deep body relaxation.



Both, in their different orientations, are able to identify and access inner conflicts, self-limiting beliefs, and energetic disruptions that are just beneath ordinary awareness. Positive, lasting change occurs from the inside out as one resolves those obstacles, experiences new potentials, and learns new skills. Shawna V. Carboni, LICSW, DCSW is a licensed clinician with more than 20 years experience who fervently believes in each individual’s innate capacity for selfactualization. She brings a vigor, maturity, and commitment to her work that is refreshing and rare, and her style is collaborative, professional, and future-oriented. Visit for more information, or contact her private practice LifeChange, LLC at 617.782.5020 to schedule an appointment.

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

Dr. George W. Mephis, Ph.D., BCH, is a world-renowned Russian healer and spiritual teacher, with 25 years of experience in helping people stop smoking, lose weight and achieve freedom from addiction slavery.

He has been called The Miraclemaker for his phenomenal ability to cure incurable diseases. He is the founder of the HypnoEnergetic Movement. This powerful technique stimulates the brain to produce more pleasure hormones, naturally creating a positive state of consciousness and at the same time erasing the negative memories related to addictive behavior.

Holistic Psychotherapy and Life Coaching Gentle healing for mind, body and spirit… Many of the problems we experience are the result of living unbalanced lives in which we have lost touch with our deeper self. When our attention is gently brought back to this deeper self, we are able to connect to the inner guidance needed to create optimal health, well-being, and peace of mind.

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Stop Smoking in One Session Lose Weight Eliminate Pain Stress, Anxiety, Depression Substance Abuse Addictive Behavior Self Destructive Behavior Cancer Patients Support Enhance Spot Performance Offices: Boston, New York, Washington, Cleveland

George W. Mephis | Market Street Health 214 Market Street ◆ Brighton, MA02135 800-262-3404 ◆ 617-507-1991

As a holistic psychotherapist and life coach, I help you reconnect with your own inner guidance and support you in taking the inspired steps to create deep healing and lasting change. While therapy tends to be more contemplative and issues oriented, coaching is focused on specific goals and the steps needed to achieve those goals. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding how I may help you. Free 20-min. phone consultation. Sessions available in person and by phone. Insurance accepted. Nancy Harris, LICSW, Certified Life Coach 144 Waterman Street ◆ Providence, RI ◆ 401-378-4190

Could you be happier? Could you feel more connected? Could you love your whole self and others better? Yes! Yes! Yes! Let’s get ready to heal. REAL HAPPINESS, as distinct from quick ego fixes and gratifications based on what we have or do, happens for people who are REAL — people willing to remove their

Deep Spiritual Counseling with

John Nagy

masks, wake up to reactive behaviors, and heal wounds. Let me help guide you to the door of Love’s presence, and the real empowerment calling from within. Marc Weinreich, M.A., M.Phil. J.D. Spiritual Counseling • Real Happiness Guide (Trained by Paul Ferrini, best-selling author of over 35 books on love, healing and forgiveness) metro 617.512.8063 boston

Please let me help you settle into peace of mind, putting an end to fear at last. c Is it a relationship? — It can be healed. c Looking for one? — It will come. c If you are hurting, know that love will find

you. c Fear of poverty, sickness or loneliness need

Life is held within the palm of your hand! ACIM PRINCIPLES AND OTHER

~ Happiness can be yours for the asking. ~ Physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness lives within; and together ... we will find it.


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

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

Counseling and Spiritual Life-Coaching Mary Rochester-Nagy, BA, CSAC Come join with me to discover your inner goodness and the deservitude that is your birthright.

never be felt again. Together, we can, as we sit in harmony with your potential for power and love. Now, let healing be certain, as your inner wisdom is revealed. c 781-246-0655

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

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

Through gentle conversation, guided meditation, and the use of twelve-step and other spiritual mind studies, we will access the deep peace and joy that is your true identity. ✲ Certified Substance Abuse Counselor ✲ 12-Step specialty ✲ Spiritual mind studies: Abraham, Eckhart

Tolle, A Course In Miracles Call or email for information and appointments 978-546-2727 ✲

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Healing and Bodywork

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

Announcing HBLUSM A breakthrough new therapy that can change your life, even when other therapies have failed! • Do you have fears, anxieties or phobias that get in your way? • Are your relationships frustrating, painful, or unsatisfying? • Are you feeling unfulfilled with your career, current income, or just life in general? • Do you constantly struggle to achieve and maintain your ideal weight? • Are you being weighed down by chronic health problems? • Do you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again? When you’ve done your best to solve these problems, but find that they are not

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

Radiant Star Healing Rising Star and Prema Birthing Practitioner Rising Star Healing is an ancient healing modality recently channelled to Derek O’Neill, Irish Spiritual Master, that encompasses all healing modalities present on the planet at this time. Rising Star removes negative energies from the seven chakras and body systems to allow healing on all levels—

The Natural Path Alternative, Inc.

For a free information package and to book appointments, call 1-800-310-6549 or 781-444-6940, or visit


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


with Marina Raye

Based on Shamanic Principles of Huna Bring healing and harmony to your physical, mental, and emotional being. Become your own guide by tapping into the wisdom of your body, the power of your mind, and the inspiration of your

Healing through Spirit Holistic Counseling Services Live! Don’t get ready to live.

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

Colon Hydrotherapy ◆ I-ACT Certified Practitioners ◆ FDA Registered Instruments ◆ Slow and Continuous Fill (simulates gravity flow) systems available ◆ 20+ yrs of colon hydrotherapy experience Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Iridology is the science and practice of analyzing the iris, pupil and sclera of the eye to determine inherited and accumulated health patterns. ◆

physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional, helping you to become your truest self. Prema Birthing is a very powerful healing that severs the etheric umbilical cord from one’s mother and fuses it with the Divine Mother. It is a true rebirth, helping to release negative patterns, emotions, and behaviors that are tied to parental relations and that are out of one’s divine alignment. Prema Birthing can strengthen the relationship with one’s parents. A new beginning and new birthday is the gift of Prema Birthing. Samantha Corman ◆ Arlingon, MA 617-792-0194

◆ Herbal / Nutritional Consultation in which an herbalist/pharmacist with over 10 years of experience creates individualized cleansing, fasting and wellness programs using herbs specified for the client. ◆ 3 and 7 day cleanses ◆ Kidney cleanses ◆ Gall Bladder cleanses ◆ Liver cleanses ◆ Weight Loss cleanses ◆ Lymphatic Therapy is a therapy used to help move the lymphatic system, an integral part of our immune system. High frequency and manual therapy available. ◆

30-Day Detox/Rejuvenation Program The Natural Path Alternative 214 Market Street, Brighton, MA 02135 617-787-5040

Private Appointments, Phone Sessions & Workshops Middleton, MA ◆ ◆ 978-314-4545

spirit. Learn to use your wisdom, power and inspiration to heal yourself and your circumstances. Marina is a licensed therapist with over 25 years of experience in yoga, meditation, and shamanic work. She is an Alakai (teacher) and a staff member of Aloha International, a worldwide organization committed to bringing about harmony based on the knowledge of Huna. Individuals, groups, couples New Bedford, MA ✦ 508-496-6126

ASAT™ C.O.R.E. Counseling Life Coaching ❖ Hypnotherapy Janet P. Sedgwick Holistic Counseling Services 508-947-0875 jpsedgwick@healingthroughspiritcom

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.

E´clectic Physical Therapy™ Ian L. Rubinstein, M.P.T., M.R. Reiki Master, Owner ‘’Ask the body the right questions, listen with gifted skills, and treat with corrective, holistic techniques.” Thousands of clients and years of experience have helped Ian shape his practice in this successful direction. Core issues are addressed, dis-eases are reduced, and global harmony is restored.

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 ◆


Reiki - Master Level Visceral Manipulation F Craniosacral Therapy Chinese Energetic Medicine Somato Emotional Release F and more… TO TREAT:

Headaches/Migraines F Neck and Back Problems F Fibromyalgia F Attention Deficit Disorder F Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Organ Dysfunctions F TMJ Dysfunctions, Colic, Scoliosis and more... Ian has a convenient, Feng Shui sensitive office located on the Marshfield/Pembroke line. For appointments please call his business cell phone: 508-246-4233

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.

Eric Jacobson, Ph.D.

Rolfing® and Craniosacral Therapy Rolfing promotes lasting improvements in posture, balance, range of motion, breathing, overall relaxation, and contact with one’s feelings. The Rolfer uses manual pressure to help you feel into and let go of tensions and rigidities in the connective tissue which pervades your body, wrapping every muscle and bone. As you let go of those tensions the connective tissue changes state, becoming more elastic. This is done in patterns throughout the body so that the increased elasticity allows for the relaxation of chronic tensions, easier erect posture, freer movement, and clearer bodily feelings. Connective tissue will remain elastic unless it is re-injured, emotionally traumatized, or subjected to long-term stress. The benefits of Rolfing are thus relatively permanent. Rolfing also increases one’s ability to feel emotions and energy in the body. In the process negative feelings stored from

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 ❖

past experiences are often released. This will accelerate progress in psychotherapy or meditation training. For those recovering from injury or surgery, Rolfing will very rapidly restore flexibility and circulation to scar tissue and joints. Craniosacral Therapy uses gentle movements of the bones of the head, spine, tailbone, and pelvis to release chronic tensions and increase their mobility. Patterns of distress and dysfunction going back as far as childhood and even birth can be relieved. Common benefits are long-term relief from chronic pain and tension in the head, neck, or lower back, increased circulation, and release of negative emotional memories. My background includes training in Rolfing with Ida Rolf, in craniosacral therapy with John Upledger, and in meditation with various Tibetan Buddhist masters. I am certified as an Advanced Rolfer by the Rolf Institute and have practice in the Boston area for the past 35 years. For free literature or appointments, call Eric or visit his website. 10 Ramsdell Court, Arlington, MA 02476  781-643-6874

Energetically aware bodywork, healing and counseling to enhance health and reduce stress. Polarity ▲ Reiki ▲ Crystal Healing Spiritual Counseling ▲ Workshops Genevieve Kohn, CPP, RMT Milford/Medway, MA 508-517-2491 ▲

Reiki & Surya HEALING AND

COU N S E LI NG Brian Salmanson


Relieves stress and increases relaxation Renews vitality ✧ Relieves injury and chronic pain ✧ Promotes emotional healing ✧ Works on symptoms and deeper causes ✧ Assists in healing physical/mental illness ✧ Works well with and improves results of traditional medicine ✧ ✧

Reiki and Surya healing and counseling promote the natural healing process, allowing it to occur more fully and rapidly in the body. This non-intrusive, organic form of healing works on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Reiki and Surya healing can work in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. They are effective in helping virtually every known illness, and it has been reported that hands-on healing has cured cases of cancer. Brian Salmanson Reiki Master & Surya Practitioner

Patricia Warren Reiki Jin Kei Do Buddho Healing The Art of Compassionate Touch “Comprehensive and compassionate Reiki training since 1989”

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 Training Classes ✦ Private Sessions ✦ Study Groups ✦ The Touch of Compassion: A Christian Approach to Hands on Healing ✦ Chinese Tea Ceremonies ✦ Justice of the Peace ✳

✳ Reiki Jin Kei Do Level 1 CD ✳

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

Meditation - Self Treatment - Chair Session Wonderful addition to your Reiki Practice!

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often used as a complementary treatment to standard medical care or psychotherapy. It can also serve as an essential tool in one’s spiritual practice. Each workshop of the Grays’ highly acclaimed system consists of two full days of learning, hands-on practice and no cut corners to certify you immediately to work on yourself, others and pets. Reiki First Degree will teach you to: ✴ Quickly and easily develop your natural, intuitive powers. Within minutes, be able to scan and feel a person’s aura and chakras for analysis. ✴ Work on any condition — physical, emotional or spiritual. ✴ Be an effective Reiki healer, confidently bringing comfort and calm to family, friends, clients or pets.

Reiki Teachers

John Harvey Gray ✴ Lourdes Gray, Ph.D. John Harvey Gray is the longest-practicing Reiki Master Teacher in the US, and one of the original twenty-two trained by Hawayo Takata, the woman who brought Reiki to the West. To date, he has conducted over 900 workshops and trained 15,000 students. At 90 years of age, John continues to teach full time. His devotion to healing and serving others had its seeds in a remarkable spiritual awakening when he narrowly missed death during WWII. “I became convinced that there were energy forces and types of communication that existed that had not yet been explored by Western science and vowed to devote my life to peaceful means.” John’s wife and partner, Lourdes Gray, Ph.D., is also a Reiki Master Teacher. Trained by John, she has conducted over 500 workshops alone or with him since 1996, and is his successor in their Reiki lineage. A charismatic teacher and gifted healer, she holds a doctorate in parapsychology and is a certified clinical hypnotherapist. An ancient Eastern healing art, Reiki, (pronounced “ray-key”) is the Japanese word for Universal Life Energy. This energy is all around us and we can channel it. The Reiki process is a simple method of hands-on healing as developed by Dr. Mikao Usui of Kyoto, Japan. When done properly, energy flows through the arms and hands of the healer and into the cells of the person being treated, enhancing and accelerating the natural healing process in the body. It helps to reestablish balance and harmony on the physical, emotional and spiritual plane, so that natural function is restored. Reiki differs from any other healing method in that a special process is used to prepare students for the flow of healing energy and to protect them from taking on the conditions of the person being treated. Reiki is

Patricia Warren, Reiki Master Teacher 508-528-5888 ✦

Christiane Northrup, MD* states, “John Harvey Gray taught me Reiki just as I was finishing residency training in OB/GYN. I quickly integrated this form of spiritual healing into my practice with wonderful results. John is the embodiment of his message and his story is inspiring, uplifting, and full of hope and promise.” *Author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom (Bantam, 2005), The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, rev. 2006), and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam, rev. 2006).


Reiki First Degree Workshops* (13.5 CEU’s for nurses taking Reiki I workshop) Aug 9-10, Belmont, MA June 14-15, Aug 2-3, Jaffrey, NH Reiki Second Degree Workshops June 28-29, Sept 13-14, Belmont, MA July 12-13, Sept 6-7, Jaffrey, NH *CEU’s available for First Degree Workshops See Calendar for class descriptions. Get to know us! John and Lourdes were recently featured on WMUR-TV New Hampshire Chronicle. Watch the broadcast at Read our book! Hand To Hand is available at, local bookstores and The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing P.O. Box 696, Rindge, NH 03461 How to register? Call or email: ✴ 603-899-3288

33A Harvard Street ✧ Brookline, MA ✧ 617-851-0761

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Reiki Jin Kei Do Master/Teacher Classes  Treatments

Reiki is a gentle hands-on healing method that has the power to transform lives. Reiki helps us to reconnect with our Divine essence and offers us tools to persevere during difficult or challenging times. Reiki treatments offer a deep sense of relaxation and a general overall feeling of

well-being, as well as facilitating growth and healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Reiki can be learned by anyone regardless of spiritual background or belief. All you need is an open heart and a desire to heal. Nancy offers caring, compassionate Reiki training with small classes and opportunity for follow-up support and practice. Individual classes may also be arranged. Usui Reiki in the lineage of Seiji Takamori. Individual treatments are available. Nursing contact hours are available. Waltham, Massachusetts  781-266-7228

Services offered at Amethyst Point:

At Amethyst Point we believe that all healing comes from within. Holistic acknowledges that body, mind and spirit work together in balance to create optimum health. We practice and teach lifestyle principles, gently encouraging you to move toward acceptance of your inner healing abilities. The staff at Amethyst Point look forward to being a part of your continued health!

Colon Hydrotherapy

Massage Therapy ▲ Sports Massage Yoga ▲ Foot Reflexology ▲ Facial Massage Energy Balancing ▲ Pregnancy Massage Ayurveda Massage ▲ Ear Coning ▲ Shiatsu Reiki ▲ Qi Gong ▲ Zen Meditation Astrological Consultations Soul Readings ▲ Tarot Card Readings Channeled Readings ▲ Workshops

Experience colon hydrotherapy in a safe, relaxed environment using state-of-the-art FDA registered equipment. Stephanie Dumas I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Owner

Lexington Medical Building 16 Clarke Street, Lexington, MA Cleansing for the body, the mind, the spirit

Workshops offered throughout New England:

MASSAGE, HEALTH & WELLNESS Energy Centered Workshops “enlightening, empowering & exhilarating” Learn varying techniques to balance your energy. Balanced energy creates optimum health and well being. Alleviate stress, lack of focus, depression, anxiety… learn to create well being.

Located at 232 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609. Call to receive a complete listing of our classes and workshops. Contact us by email:; visit our website at; or call 508-753-3975.

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Sound & Breath Meditations, Guided Imagery, Core (Abdominal) Release, Drumming Meditations, Energy Balancing, Empowering the Heart, Chakra & Feng Shui RENDA BECK COUGHLAN, L.M.T. and Wellness Consultant, has been studying various forms of mind/body integration, energy medicine, body work & massage since 1992. ✧ 508-539-7011 ✧

Our therapeutic solutions are provided in a warm, relaxing and sanitary facility. Call for an appointment today.

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777 Concord Ave, Suite 301 Cambridge, MA 617-710-1337 or 617-876-6777 ©

Libby Barnett, MSW

Rising Star

HEALING SYSTEM Private Healing Sessions / Practioner Training

The Rising Star Healing System is an ancient and sacred healing modality recently reintroduced to humanity by the Ascended Masters. It is a tremendously effective system that was channeled to Derek O’Neill, who is a Spiritual Master based in Dublin Ireland. This healing system has enormous significence for the planet, with the potential to bring about unity and profound planetary shifts and is for The Lover of Divinity. Through this new Healing System, you will:

✡ Remove misqualified or negative energies from the chakras and seven body systems, allowing your being to clear and heal on all levels, and open to your True Self ✡ Activate your full DNA blueprint ✡ Connect with your highest consciousness

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✡ Begin to open your Fourth Eye — The Masters Eye ✡ Rejuvinate all cells of your body cells on all levels ✡ Address the process of ascension on all levels: Soul – Spirit – and Physical ✡ Create unity consciousness and more This healing modality brings a symphony of Pure Love and Pure Light into all levels of your being. It is a vital teaching and healing modality for the ascension of humans on all levels. PRACTITIONER TRAINING This is an extremely powerful Initiation and Training from Source to Source, that calls upon the Fire of Truth to remove all energies from your being that are allied with error and that are not in accordance with your True Self. It raises your vibration tremendously and removes much that may be blocking the attainmant of your full potential. Visit our website for a schedule of upcoming trainings. Rev. Claire Luft, Master Teacher & Healer Heart’s Singing Healing Center Woburn, MA ✡ 781-281-2888 www.heartssingingcom

Libby is a gifted, knowledgeable Reiki Master with 26 years experience. She is coauthor of Reiki Energy Medicine, Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital, and Hospice – over 55,000 copies sold in seven languages. Use Reiki to create more joy and ease in your life. 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 taught medical and nursing students at Harvard, Brown, Tufts, and Yale as well as staff at Massachusetts General, Beth Israel, Mt. Auburn, Emerson, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Southern New Hampshire, New York Foundling, and New York Columbia Presbyterian. Libby was featured in a Reiki segment for the PBS nationally televised series, Body and Soul. For the past seven years, Libby has conducted Reiki classes at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

One of Libby's current passions is teaching hospice staff and volunteers. Fueled by Reiki energy, their healing touch is enhanced, affording greater effectiveness in calming agitation, soothing pain and providing comfort. In class, a powerful slide presentation captures the essence of Reiki. You hear the Reiki story, receive attunements and practice giving and receiving Reiki. You leave class with an illustrated notebook, certificate, and pin, fully trained and certified to do Reiki on yourself, family, friends, colleagues, and pets. "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 way to love, heal, and empower yourself. I look forward to meeting you and sharing Reiki." Reiki I Classes: Wilton, NH ~ June 7; Boston area ~ June 14 Reiki II Classes: Wilton, NH ~ June 8; Boston area ~ June 15 For info on additional classes, call or check our website: Click on Upcoming Events To register, call the Reiki Healing Connection: 1-888-REIKI-4-U (1-888-734-5448). Visa/MC accepted. Social Work CEU’s and Nursing contact hours available. Reiki Master Training information available on request. E-mail: Fax: 603-654-2771; Phone: 603-654-2787

Healing: Combined Modalities Unlimited Body  Unlimited Breath Discover that your body has it’s own language, never lies, and learn to listen!

Dunja Moeller, Ph.D. is a teacher and master practitioner of Unlimited Body and Unlimited Breath, with over 15 years experience in facilitating the healing process. As a medical anthropologist, she has studied many modalities and authored a book called Gentle Medicine, which supports holistic ways of healing “big labels” and the associated physical expressions which accompany these “issues in the tissue.” She is experienced in bridging the world of western medicine with alternate health. Using her intuitive guidance, Dunja


Usui Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki ® Master Interfaith Minister

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

Favorite Things Studio

A Place of Art and Soul Elaine Read-Cole Proprietor, Angel Therapy Practitioner®/Medium certified by Dr. Doreen Virtue, Shaman, Reiki Master/Teacher

Elaine’s Offerings and Certifications ✦ Angelic / Shamanic Sessions (Private Ses-

sions and Parties Offered) Sessions may include, but are not limited to: Connection with the Angelic Realm, Oracle Card Guidance Reading, Mediumship with Loved Ones who have Crossed Over, Energy Healing, Balancing, and Clearing, Soul Retrievals, Finding your Soul Purpose, Becoming acquainted with your Spirit Guides and Power Animals ✦ Angel Wings of Light™ Certification Course, Level I and Level II ✦ Reiki Master/Teacher Private Sessions & Certifications in all levels ✦ Healing Yoga

encourages us to listen to our bodies, as they are mirrors for our mind and emotions. Unlimited Body is a powerful hands-on healing modality, which accesses the body’s subtle energy field to allow for easy and dramatic changes on the structural/physical level. It promotes the release of cellular memories (trauma) by letting go of one’s physical, emotional and mental blocks from the past, so health is restored. Through reclaiming our innate way of breathing, Unlimited Breath instantaneously heals the tissue through super oxygenizing every cell. Did you know that 90% of our toxins are released through the breath? Breathing in this fashion is the most powerful way to change one’s life positively in every respect. Connect to the essential part of your being and discover your true purpose in life.  978-439-9956 

“Remember the Cosmic Music

the low hum of the start. Bring this music home to the body, soul and cells.”



Bach Flower Essence® consultations and creation of custom formulas Weddings and other ceremonies

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✦ Hypnotherapy Specializing in Past Life

Regressions, Weight loss, Stress Relief, Smoking Cessation ✦ Meditation and Psychic Development Facilitator ✦ House Blessings ✦ Ordained Minister Offering Wedding Ceremonies, Baptisms, Memorial Services and more Also Offering ✦ Awesome Abs Pilates with Rayne Cole, CPI ✦ Teaching from the Heart Yoga with Paula

Our center is constantly evolving. Please check our website for details. Lighten-Up Wellness, located in Mansfield, Massachusetts, is a holistic center reaching out to it’s community. We encourage people

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Amethyst Wyldfyre WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

6/4-7/10 Munay-Ki Series starts at Circles of Wisdom, Andover, MA; Wed’s 7:15-9:45 6/21 Crystal Singing Bowl Concert for Women Supporting Women, UU Church, Exeter, NH 7 PM

7/12-13 The N.E. Holistic Practitioners and Energy Healer’s Convention; Holiday Inn, Nashua. For more info, visit 7/19 Traveling the Dreaming Paths — Consciously Creating Your Reality at Circles of Wisdom 1–5 PM 7/28-31 Shamballa Basic Master Healer & Master Teacher Certification Workshop at Full Spectrum Wellness in Manchester, NH 10-6 8/8 Chanting the Chakras at Circles of Wisdom 6:30-9:30 PM

THE LENAIR HEALING CENTER Medical Intuitive, Healer of Addictions

Parker, CYI ✦ Animal Reiki and Communication with

Denise Mizzoni ✦ Rainwater Falls Apothecary by Gina Rainwater, Certified Herbalist and Aromatologist, offering Certifications, Private Sessions, and full product line. Gallery and Gifts Paintings, Prints, Jewelry, Crystals, Books, CD’s, Wellness Products, Kim’s Handcrafted Art Dolls, Gary’s Garden Products and more. MC/Visa accepted. 479 Center Street, Pembroke, MA 02359 781-294-7360

Lisa Lawler, LMT ✧ Newton, MA 781.307.7299

of all ages... to lighten-up and become selfempowered. Some of our offerings to help you on your journey include:  Yoga, Qigong Classes  Reiki Certification  Monthly Reiki Share Shake Your Soul®  Therapeutic Body Work Corporate Offerings  Other Special Events

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

Acutonics® Tuning Forks Crystal Bowl Therapy Healing ✧ Balance ✧ Unity Lomi lomi Massage Cranial Sacral ✧ Harmony Wholeness ✧ Flow

Since 1985 Rhonda Lenair, worldrenowned medical intuitive and healer of addictions, has helped over 30,000 clients overcome addictive, psychological and physical problems through a powerful proprietary hands-on modality. Ms. Lenair has been compared to Edgar Cayce with her work as a medical intuitive. In this capacity her highly-developed skills allow her to understand the interplay between what is happening within one’s system in its entirety and external factors that disturb or promote good health.

TINA WALSH, RYT, LMT Certified Shake Your Soul® DansKinetics Instructor 508.261.1444

Now In Print and Available for Sale! Celestial Voices – An Invitation to Ascension from the Archangels Book Signing Event coming this Fall at Circles of Wisdom Amethyst Wyldfyre is a Multidimensional Healer, Channel, Teacher and Artist offering transformational healing sessions and workshops. HEALING SERVICES

Multidimensional Mentoring Inka Shamanic Medicine Work Sound Therapy ✦ Crystal Healing Shamballa Multidimensional Healing Live and Virtual Classes and Workshops Psychic Readings available at: Call Amethyst to schedule an appointment 603-594-2744 View upcoming workshop & event schedule

Ms. Lenair’s work has been featured in Elle, Good Housekeeping, totalhealth and Massage and Bodywork, The Learning Channel, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. She has been commissioned to treat Royalty and celebrities. Among the many addictive, behavioral and physical disorders that are stopped quickly and effectively are: alcoholism, eating disorders and issues, smoking, abuse and trauma, and stress-related issues. Her programs are designed to go well beyond resolving the affliction — Rhonda works thoroughly to address the total physical, psychological and emotional being. All programs are private. For an appointment or comprehensive 48-page brochure, please call (in confidence) or go to Testimonials at to read many inspirational stories of lifechanging recoveries. The Lenair Healing Center: 802-537-3222.

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Experience and Transform with the Healing Power of

The DreamWeaver™ with Linda Gibson The DreamWeaver is a gentle healing process. Sound is delivered to the body through the use of a vibroacoustic mat. Music vibrates the body with sound from above and below. This produces deep relaxation and alignment in the body, mind and spirit. Your tension melts, your Chakras align and you move to a new level of awareness. Sound vibrated through the

Michael Spencer


Reiki means “Universal Life Energy” in Japanese. But more than a word, it is also a system for both enlightenment and healing. Reiki eases stress, relaxes the mind, and brings balance back into our bodies.

Ross J. Miller Regression Therapist Psychic Healer Read what former clients have to say about Ross J. Miller... Migraines, a Thing of the Past...“I can’t believe you got rid of my migraines. At first I didn’t believe you when you said it was due to a past life when I was a soldier and got shot in the head. No wonder the doctors couldn’t help me. If only I had met you in my 20’s, I could have saved myself 15 years of migraines. Thanks again for healing me.” — Donna M., Hartford, CT Depression and Anxiety Attacks Gone... “Dear Ross, I’m going to name my first child after you. You’ve succeeded where 8 years of therapists and innumerable pain medications have failed. My depression and anxiety attacks are gone, gone, gone. I’m telling all my friends to go see you. Forever grateful.” — Roz S., Attleboro, MA Mom Helps Heal Drug-Addicted Son… “Thank you for helping me heal my son Robert who was ruining his life with drugs. In addition to the two healing sessions I had with you, I was praying for him and sending him healing energy each day just like you taught me. Last month he came back home and told me he had quit taking drugs. I believe him because he’s back to being the same sweet boy he used to be before all this happened. Best of all, he’s now back in college. Maybe some day I’ll tell Robert what we did. Thank you, thank you.” — Maria C., Brockton, MA Fibromyalgia and Abuse Trauma Released… “About a year ago I called you in tremendous pain. You kindly gave me a psychic reading and 2 healing sessions over the phone because I was unable to get out of bed due to

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body is used for a wide range of applications from stress management to relief of pain; from emotional release to the expansion of creativity and consciousness. Linda is a certified Shamballa MultiDimensional Master Healer. She uses crystals, tuning forks, Tibetan bowls, feather symbols, healing sound and language, along with prayer and focus, as she lovingly facilitates sessions in a gentle, safe, compassionate and nurturing environment. Appointments range from 45 min. to 2+ hr. sessions. Cost is $1/min. and $.50/min. after an hour. Sessions are held at: Open Doors Braintree, MA ❊ 781-843-8224

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

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

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

For an office appointment or to place a remote healing request, please call: 617-779-8765 or cell: 617-233-3986

Devoted to helping you feel better. Energy Healer Reiki Master Certified Hypnotherapist

Call Linda directly at 508-559-2041.

The Way to Balance,® LLC

I offer comprehensive training in Usui and Karuna Reiki. I also offer Reiki and Crystal Healings, Tarot Readings, House Cleansings, Wiccan Rites of Passages & more!

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Reiki 1 and 2 – $300 / Reiki 3 – $450 Karuna Reiki ® – $600 HEALINGS (SLIDING)

Reiki – $40-$55/hr, w/Crystals – $55-65 TAROT READINGS

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my chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia (muscle, nerve and joint inflammation). Add to that nine years of debilitating depression and anxiety attacks due to a childhood filled with severe physical and sexual abuse from rageful, alcoholic parents. By the end of the third session not only was the fibromyalgia, the chronic fatigue, and the depression gone, but also my chronic neck pain and the awful knot I’d had in my stomach since childhood! I must say, I’m like a new person. For the first time in my life I feel good about myself. Thank you, Ross, for giving me my life back.” — Denise F., Hull MA Going Crazy with Negative Voices… “Thank you for getting rid of those negative voices I kept hearing in my head. I was starting to think I was going crazy. What might have taken me years of therapy to get rid of took you less than one hour!” — Christopher H., Lake Placid, NY What is Regression Therapy? To go back in time (without the use of hypnosis) to the origin or root cause of a problem and release or heal it. This might entail going back to past lives or earlier parts of your current life. For the past 25 years Ross J. Miller has been offering the benefits of regression therapy worldwide, helping his clients quickly and easily release their fears, anxiety attacks, depression, anger, physical pain, grief, abuse trauma, addictions, blocked potential, stress, fatigue, eating disorders, health problems and phobias. Ross is available for individual or couples regression therapy sessions, psychic and past life readings and/or healing by telephone or in person. (See logo directory listing under “Readings.”)


Our highly trained therapists empower and support YOUR path to wholeness and health! ❖

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

Are you living your most extraordinary life? If not, I can help!

Emotional Release Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Sound and Light Therapy, and Hypnotherapy to address issues of anxiety, overwhelm, loss, resentment, and more. ❖ Trauma Release Modalities for bone, muscle, nerve, organ issues. Years of pain gone in just a few sessions, or even just minutes. ❖ 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. ❖

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you to your soul’s purpose ✲ Now accepting clients in my new Westboro

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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,

Soul Realignment Practitioner

Call for a FREE 30 minute consultation ✲ 508-887-8688 ✲

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

Move past unresolved issues and free up your energy to create the life you want! Deep healing through the removal of blocks and restrictions lodged at soul level.

1075 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465 For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Ross or visit his website: 617-527-3583 

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Energy Healer Intuitive Reader Transformational Bodyworker Awakening Touch activates the natural movement and unfoldment of the body and psyche towards its own health and fulfillment. Intuitive Readings provide guidance, information and tools to enhance and support your life.

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

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Are you searching for answers? Are you in need of closure? Do you feel unfulfilled?  Do you feel great loss from a loved one’s passing?  Can you relate to any of these feelings: sadness, loneliness, anger, pain you don't understand?   


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If colonic irrigation sounds too daunting, there’s a less intrusive way to give your insides a spring-clean. The Colon Cleansing Kit from Blessed Herbs ($89.50) is guaranteed to remove old waste and hardened intestinal debris through an eight-day herbal program. The first three days are a “pre-cleanse” that gets you ready for a five-day liquidonly herbal fast. There are two herbal elements to the cleanse. The first is Digestive Simulator capsules that assure regular bowel movements. The second is Toxin Absorber powder, with psyllium husk, which works by binding to old debris and removing it from your system. You will usually start seeing results by the end of the second day. Purchase the kit directly from Blessed Herbs (a family owned company local to MA) and receive a 10% discount with this promotional code: 4638 800-489-4372 •

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By muscle checking the mind/body system, we can determine the exact intention (frequency) needed to permanently shift your resonance away from unconscious and limiting patterns and towards a higher state of well being, balance and coherence. Alicia has been facilitating magnificent outcomes for individuals, couples, groups and animals worldwide for eight years.

Detoxifying Moor Bath The human body is exposed to a multitude of toxins and many are stored in body fat. Pesticides, herbicides, solvents, plastics (phthalates), and heavy metals have nega-

tive effects on your health. These toxins can cause chronic pains, headaches, memory loss and more. Torf detox Moor bath is one of the least invasive ways to detoxify. Torf Moor binds with toxins and helps to remove them from the body. Easily performed in the privacy of your home. To learn more, please visit our website and click on Detox Bath, or call 1-877-811-1008. Torf Spa, LLC, CT ✧ 877-811-1008

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 Are you curious about the other side of life?

If “yes” is the answer to any of these, then you should speak with Terry. Terry has been a Medium for over 10 years, providing Love, Guidance, Healing and information in helping people find the answers they seek. Mediumship and Spiritual Healing provides all of the above and more. It can help in so many ways! Make the Ordinary – Extraordinary For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Terry Porter: 440 Washington St., Weymouth, MA 02188  781-331-4441

Reiki ★ Crystal Healing ★ Aromatherapy Integrative Holistic Massage Therapy Chakra Balancing/Alignment Angel Guidance Readings Spiritual Counseling/Healing/Guidance Integrative Holistic Healing Sessions Classes and Workshops...and more! Donna Gaudette, B.Msc., LMT, RMT, CMP Call for a free consultation. By appointment only. All major credit cards accepted. 1499 Newport Ave (Rt.1), Pawtucket, RI 63 Old Greenville Rd, North Smithfield, RI 503 Main St (Rt.109), Medfield, MA ★ 401-286-1852 ★

Herbs and Gardens Quintessential Gardens at Fort Hill Farms “Home of the Lavender Labyrinth and Educational Corn Maze” HERBAL EDUCATION SERIES with Michael Ford of Apollo Herbs

Michael holds degrees in Botany, Natural Product Chemistry and Adult Education from URI. Classes will run alternatively on Saturdays or Sundays from June-October from 10-2. 12 sessions, $50 per session.

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

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Holistic Medical and Dental Practice limited to mercury free and cosmetic dentistry since 1984

Jean L. Arthur, DDS

372 Ives Street ✦ Providence, RI 02906 401-862-6032

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Cambridge: 617-576-6566 Somerville: 617-776-5550


The Affordable Mouth-Body Connection Mercury-free, tooth-colored, bio-compactible fillings • Air abrasion technique Implants • Veneers • Digital x-rays

Metal-free crowns and bridges Non-invasive gum therapy and treatment Friendly, relaxed atmosphere • And more...

Clara A. Lennox, MD MICHAEL E. DOYLE, MD

conventional and alternative medicine

Restore your health by restoring healthy metabolism. Naturally.™ Mike Doyle, MD seriously listens to what you have to say about your ailments and actually hears you. To Dr. Doyle, this open doctor/patient dialogue is essential to making the correct medical diagnosis and finding the safest and most effective—preferably “natural”—treatment for you.

Herbalist r Holistic Medicine Board certified since 2004

After listening, Dr. Doyle will examine you, order the tests needed, discuss your diagnosis and then recommend the most appropriate conventional and/or alternative treatment to get your health back in balance and you, on the road to recovery. So, what’s your next step? If you’re serious about considering an integrative approach to your medical care and finding safe and effective alternatives for treating the whole you, but don’t know where to turn... turn to Michael E. Doyle, MD. It’s a step in the right direction.

Family Medicine Board certified since 1984 35 Green Street, Melrose, MA 02176 r 781-665-0101

Natural Beauty Care

By appointment • 22 Fifth St., Suite 201, Stamford, CT 06905 • phone • 203.324.4747

• Handmade Herbal Body Products • Custom Gift Baskets for Any Occasion • Custom Herbal Medicines • Herbal and Dietary Consultations

DENTISTRY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY — TODAY! Herbert Yolin, DDS Dr. Yolin's motto, “I fix teeth but treat human beings,” and his philosophy of saving teeth have been at the core of his 25+ years of practice and have led him to develop expertise in many areas. Dr. Yolin’s holistic dental practice has grown to include biologic, physiologic dentistry. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome (DDS), as written about by Dr. Hans Selye, MD, Dr. Fonder, a dentist, and others. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw (commonly referred to as dental proprioception) can play a major role in all disease and pain. Faulty dental proprioception can cause improper neurological feedback to the brain, affecting most if not all body functions. Temporary relief is easy and inexpensive and can enhance your present treatment, whether it is chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, physical or neural therapy, pain management, or TMD/TMJ. There are over 230 positive studies from 81 universities in 37 countries involving 24 different dental procedures with an astounding 94% success rate. This included procedures such as sensitive teeth, pain control, speed of healing, periodontal disease, and others. Carisolv™, a 5-year-old gel from Sweden approved by the FDA(2001), softens decay

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so it can be scraped out without drilling, causing less pain and discomfort. Add this to Micro-Dentistry and Air Abrasion and it be-comes true needle-free, mercury-free filling procedure. Dr. Yolin has offered an alternative to traditional periodontal surgery for more than 15 years and now adds a Soft Tissue Laser for enhancing the sterilizing of the diseased gum pockets. He is a certified member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (exam-based). Phase contrast microscopy, bacterial cultures, and anti-microbial natural oils are used in the never ending commitment to avoiding unnecessary gum surgery. Mercury (Hg) in your saliva from chewing? Take the chewing test and have your saliva analyzed for Hg at a very reasonable cost. You may not need them removed. Defective amalgams are removed following IAOMT protocol. Dr. Yolin has been trained in the specialty of Prosthetic Dentistry but does not limit his practice. He utilizes: ▲ Hypnotherapy for dental phobics ▲ Cosmetic dentistry ▲ Oral devices for snoring and sleep apnea ▲ 28 years experience in treating head/neck facial pain syndrome ▲ Metal-free crowns wherever possible ▲ Extensive training in dental implantology His treatment philosophy is based on the fact that at the end of every tooth is a human being, and although he fixes teeth, he treats human beings. And that will never change. Call for a consultation and share the dental excitement at: Northeast Dental Associates Herbert S. Yolin, D.D.S. 1842 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445 ▲ 617-730-8989

Gentle Touch Herbs offers a line of completely all-natural body products, including: Bath Salts • Body Scrubs Aromatherapy Sprays • Healing Salves 508-853-8948

Nutrition Nutritional Solutions for Digestive Issues and other conditions, including Candida and weight loss. Utilizing eating plans and proven remedies. Phone or in-person consultations in Newton, MA. All insurances accepted for in-person consultations. Call to set up an appointment. 877-549-1017 Visit my website and blog:

Holistic Nutritional and Herbal Counseling Susan Huppe Certified Nutritionist A practice focusing on wellness!

More than just telling you what to eat. Susan helps clients listen to their inner wisdom and discover ways to heal illness and enhance nourishment in all its forms. She works with whole food supplements and herbs. For optimal healing, all areas of a client’s life are addressed. Experience vitality! Call today! Watertown, MA ✲ 617-926-2467

Readings Wise Psychic Readings Messages from Loved Ones in Spirit Spiritual Healing & Chakra Balancing GROUP EVENTS — “MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN”


Ross J. Miller Psychic Counselor Psychic and Past-Life Readings Ross J. Miller has been giving psychic and past-life readings for over 25 years, both in New England and on the west coast. 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.

Telephone & In-Person / Groups & Individuals Tape-Recorded / Credit Cards ❖ 617-489-7717

All of Ross’ readings are positive and constructive in nature. In addition to answering all of your personal questions pertaining to love, health, relationships, soul mates, business, career, relocation, dream interpretation, parents, children, and pets, he covers topics as diverse as your life’s purpose, your undiscovered talents, karmic energy blocks, as well as your past incarnations and how they relate to this life. Ross can also help you to identify and communicate with your own guardian angels and spirit guides. Ross offers workshops in psychic development and angel communication. He is available for psychic and past-life readings in person or over the phone.

c Psychic 101 - Great for beginners! c Psychic Classes - Advanced /Intermediate c Psychic Self Defense Class - 4-Week c Reiki Classes - All Levels

Readings are our Specialty Rev. Barbara E. Szafranski Spiritual Counseling  Channeling Mediumship  Psychic  Telephone Aura Photos: Face & Chakra Body Tarot  Astrological Charts

Do you think that you might be psychic? You probably are! Everyone has intuitive ability; all you need is practice, some knowledge, and some tools to help you develop your own intuition. Or perhaps you are already very open and need some training to bring your psychic ability fully online. Learn powerful techniques to help you ground and protect yourself, meet your spirit guides and learn to recognize and trust your own inner wisdom. Lisa is also available for individual Psychic Readings and Energy Healings. Office at Clear SelfCare in Milford, MA. Lisa Campion c c 508-473-0609

Angelica is a metaphysical store and carries: books, music, crystals, aromatherapy, jewelry, candles, oils, incense and gifts of the spirit. Angelica also offers: classes, workshops, lectures, parties, weddings and healings. A reader is on hand at all times. By appointment: Rev. Barbara E. Szafranski Ongoing classes: Tues., Wed., Thur. from 7:30 - 9:30 PM: Focus on Psychic Development Shamballa’s Healing Center offers: Angelic Healings, Reiki, and Energy Work Open Mon–Sun, 11 AM - 5 PM 7 Central St., Salem, MA  978-745-9355

1075 Washington St, Newton, MA 02465 617-527-3583 NEW AGE STORE

Private Readings Tarot, Psychic or Mediumship 395 Washington Street, Braintree, MA Store open daily, 9 AM-10 PM 7 days a week, telephone readings or walk-ins

SOPHIE LEE Specializing in:

Open Doors


Largest New Age Store in New England and Power Yoga Studios


Psychic Counselor & Spiritual Healer

Intuitive Guidance for Your Life

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


Store located in Braintree, MA Studios in Braintree, Canton, Hanover, Weymouth

Hot Power Yoga and Gentle Yoga ~ All Levels Power Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours Nationally Registered ◆ 781-335-3090

In practice for more than 19 years Call today for a free voice consultation 888-912-9111 ✴


Jocelyn ◆ 781-843-8224

~ Nancy Johansen,



If you are ready to take a journey into yourself and hear your story with fresh ears, you will come out with options, tools, and choices you may not have seen on your own. All sessions are recorded on audio cassette. ~ $25 off your first session. ~ For more information, call or email Jocelyn, Intuitive Consultant 978-694-8946

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

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

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Retreats and Workshops For more information, call Nicole at 508.846.5001

or visit our website at

Equine Inspired Coaching

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

The coffeehouse and greenhouse cafe host music and special events for the wider community and the Greenhouse offers overnight accommodations for visitors and retreatants. Rates available upon request. All are welcome to attend the Sunday Pacifist Service from 10-11 AM to share one hour of meditation and prayer in the Quaker Room at the Conference Center. Visitors are welcome seven days a week and tours are available upon request. We are a non-profit and rely solely on the generosity and donations of friends.

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.

Unity Church of God We’re a healing, prospering center of loving service. Our purpose is to teach humankind the eternal principles of Truth. We worship at 11 AM on Sundays, pray together in the Miracle Circle at 7 PM on Wednesdays, and offer various classes during the week. All are welcome!

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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.

Sunday Service: 10 AM Child care available from 9:30-11:30 AM 21 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA ★ 508-755-6830 ★

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.

2 North Main St. (Rt. 27), Sherborn, MA 01770 508-655-2143 

Spiritual Practices Brahma Kumaris

Unity is positive, practical Christianity. We teach the effective daily application of the principles of Truth taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ. We promote a way of life that leads to health, prosperity, happiness, and peace of mind.

We invite you to our Sunday morning services at 10 AM held amidst the beauty and prosperity consciousness of an historic mansion in downtown Worcester. Come enjoy encouraging messages, heartfelt music and warm fellowship. All are welcome here.

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, e-mail: or call 617-926-1230.

Unity Church of God is affiliated with Unity School of Christianity and Silent Unity, publisher of the Daily Word. Unity Bookstore Connection is open following Sunday services and sells a variety of new thought and metaphysical media as well as art, jewelry, and decorative items. (Call 617-964-3441 for an appointment.) 6 William St, Somerville, MA 02144 3 blocks up College Ave from Red Line Davis Sq. T Stop ● 617-623-1212

A Sacred Space Kathleen O’Donoghue, MDiv Spiritual Director

Spiritual Direction is the process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey. Spiritual direction helps people tell their sacred stories everyday.

Spiritual direction exists in a context that emphasizes growing closer to God (or the holy or a higher power). Spiritual direction invites a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Spiritual direction is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning. Are you interested in beginning your spiritual journey together? Call or email Kathleen to begin. ◆ 508-364-7087

Yoga, Tai Chi and Fitness

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

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

Tai Chi Arts Association Tai Chi Arts Association invites you to... Improve your health • Relax your body • Relieve daily stress • Improve flexibility


Teaching in Cambridge

Classes now forming in Tai Chi Chuan, Ba-Gua Zhang, Yi-Chuan – Chi Kung

Photograph by Janice Nadeau

New location: Oriental Medicine, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge

• Slow the aging process • Improve circulation • Exercise your mind and body. Shi fu Robert Goodman began his studies in 1982, and has been a private student of Master Bow Sim Mark since 1994. He continues to instruct students to honor Master Mark and her teachings. In May of 2000 Bob was given a Best Demonstration prize for his Tai Chi performance at the 5th World Wushu Festival in Shanghai, China. Our studio is located at the Christmas Tree Shops Plaza in Shrewsbury, MA. For more information please view our web page at, or call us at 508-842-1236.

Arthur believes that healing and transformation can only occur in an environment where people feel safe to explore without judgment or criticism. He creates that safe environment. You are not just learning movement. You are learning to accept and love yourself. Arthur also offers private energy healing sessions incorporating Reiki, Cranio-Sacral, Chakra Balancing, Chinese Energetic Medicine, and Goodridge Vibration Therapy. ◆ 781-608-0675

Ann Bissanti

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,

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.

Our staff has been teaching the secrets of Kung Fu and Tai Chi for over 20 years. Located on a three acre wooded lot, offering a peaceful atmosphere, the institute was founded in 1989 to promote the traditional Chinese Martial Art of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Chen style Taijiquan (Tai Chi). ✧ Separate Teen & Adult Classes ✧ ✧ Children’s Martial Art Programs ✧ ✧ Morning, Evening & Weekend Classes ✧ Traditional Martial Arts for the Mind - Body - Spirit ✧ Practical Self Defense for the Street


322 Millbury Ave, Millbury, MA ✧ 508-752-3534

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Holistic Specialties Acupuncture

Colon Hydrotherapy (cont.)

The Natural Path Alternative, Inc., Lic. Ac., Brighton, MA.

Genesis Alternative Health. 25 yrs. exp. I-ACT cert.

617-787-5040. Joyce Nemser, Lic. Ac., Electro-acupuncture, cupping,

ear coning, Reiki, 617-926-6220, Watertown, MA

Angels Ross J. Miller, Psychic. Meet your angels and spirit

guides. Visit www.The 617-527-3583

Animal Services Sharon R. Doolittle, DVM, Inc-Holistic. Smithfield, RI.

401-349-2668. The Royal Dog — Mobile Grooming Spa and More...


Aromatherapy BC Essentials ~ Aromatherapy for the Mind, Body & Spirit

(781) 983-0304.

Astrological Life Coach E.D. Sage, Astrologer and Astro Life Coach. Redirect Your

Energies. 401-273-0353.

Astrology Certified Astrologer: Carol Bellis B.S., 508-728-4680.

Sandwich, MA.

Bodywork Evenwicht, For Holistic Bodywork, 508-698-0148.

Breema Bodywork Breema Bodywork supports being present in our daily


Childbirth StarSeed Day Spa. Pregnancy massage & labor support

classes. 508-366-0930.

Coaching Sallie Felton, Life Coach. Creating Change. 978-626-0090.

Colon Hydrotherapy Colonic Institute of West Hartford, CT. I-ACT cert. 860-521-8831.

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NBCHT. Footbath detox. 978-463-8800. Health Wise Nancy VanLaarhoven R.N. I-ACT cert. Detox

footbath. Lakeville. 508-947-1181. Healthy Spirit. Stephanie Dumas. I-ACT Cert.

781-860-5116. Lifetime Health & Consulting. Cambridge, MA. I-ACT certified. (617) 710-1337. Lisa Hansen Divinely-Guided, Intuitive, Safe & Gentle

Care, Marlboro, MA. 774-249-8208 Constance Jones. I-ACT, NBCHT cert. 28 years exp. (860) 287-4558. The Natural Path Alternative, Inc. I-ACT certified. Brighton, MA 617-787-5040 A Non-intrusive Herbal Colon Cleansing Kit. 800-489-4372.

Counseling & Therapy EMDR, Breathwork, Richard C. Donovan, Mezei Assoc.,

Gestalt Psychodrama, Primal Integration. 508-529-6626. Joel Perlmutter, Ph.D., 35 yrs. Helping with stress,

anxiety & relationships. Worc: 508-799-0407.

Craniosacral Therapy Lelia Joseph, Ed.D., RCST. Craniosacral/Polarity. Fluid

biodynamic style. 508-460-7038. 802-453-7088. Nancy Webber, CMT, CranioSacral Therapy, Massage &

Reiki. Acton, MA. 978-302-9147.

Death & Dying Holistic Nurse Specialist. Sharon Saulenas, RN, MPNLP.

Expert guidance and support. 617-347-5505.

Feng Shui Feng Shui and Space Clearing.

FSIA Certified. 781-275-0698. Feng Shui “Best of Boston 2007™” Nurturing Spaces.

781-643-8697 Home & Business. Inspiring, practical. 617-924-4205. The Center for Feng Shui and Intuitive Arts, Classes,

Consultations, 888-211-2206, NE School of Feng Shui:

Feng Shui CT: (203) 266-4211. Traditional Practitioner (VASTU Shastra) Sally A. George

CFSP. 978-376-3976/978-921-7589

Ghosts Removed

Polarity Therapy

From Your Home/Aura. Ross J. Miller, psychic medium,

Wellness Works Yoga, Fern Lee, Worcester. 508-798-7836.

healer. Call 617-527-3583. www.The Est. 1992.


Pranic Healing

Crystals, Hypnotism, IET, Reiki, classes. Paulette: 508-539-

Balancing physical, emotional, mental energy. Miriam


Smith CPH, 978-683-6129.

Get to the root cause with Guided Self Healing. Paul G.

Smith, LCMHC. Concord, NH. (603) 226-6609 I heal physical, emotional and spiritual problems.

Katherine Dewar 508-867-3828. Brian Salmanson, Reiki Master and Surya Healing and

Counseling. 617-851-0761. The Reconnection® and

more. Pamela Brennan, 508-246-1084.

Primal Therapy Fred Zielke, PH.D., LICSW, Yvonne Parma, LMHC. Heart-

centered, body oriented, empowering. 781-395-7466

Readings Tarot: Caroll Bellis B.S., Sandwich, MA. 508-728-4680. Tarot: Cliff Aguirre, Boston, 857-526-3520. 34 years

Homeopathy Deborah Niles, ND, PCH. 295 Angell St. 401-454-4325. Dr. Karen Way, Classical homeopath and chiropractic

physician. 508-753-0006

experience - Parties Only. Visionary Avatar 2. 1-800-ASK-KEEN, ext. 01991744. Clarity and truth!

Reflexology Center for Balance, Linda Hopgood, NBCR. Pawtucket,

Hypnotherapy Susan McCombs D.D.Ed, BCH. 18 years experience. (781) 275-0516.

RI. 401-640-9527. Donna Connor, CRT, LMT, Reflexology + Massage. Easton

781-341-1976. Member AHHA.

Karma Release


Heal 80% Of Your Karma in 2 hours. Ross J. Miller, psy-

Elaine Cashman, Reiki Master. Somerville, MA. For a

chic healer. 617-527-3583. www.The

Reiki session call 508-361-9737 Enlighten Yoga and Wellness, So. Dennis, MA.

Macrobiotics Warren Kramer

617-562-1110. Counseling, cooking class, theory.

508-385-1661. Treatments and instruction. Essence of Healing. Reiki sessions & trainings. 508-843-1638 The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing.

Medical Intuitive Sue Singleton. Finds Root Cause of pain & illness, helps

you heal. 978-834-0341.

603-899-3288. Reiki training. Libby Barnett, MSW, Reiki Master. Reiki classes


Nutritional Coaching

Retreat Centers

June House R.N. Holistic Health Nutritional Counselor.

Brahma Kumaris Peace Village Retreat Ctr., Haines Falls,

774-232-9632. Laura Zohman LDN CHt. BC/BS provider. www.mind- Danvers, MA. 978-777-9911

Past Life Therapy Ross J. Miller. Relive past lives and release blocked

energy. 617-527-3583. www.The Tara Mezei, Ph.D. Free yourself from past lives that

affect you in the present. 508-529-6626.

Personal Life Coach Amy L. Burns, Empowerment Coach. 617-312-9268


NY. 518-589-5000.

Spiritual Counseling & Healing Linda Stanton, Spiritual counselor, medium, past life reader.

Over 25 years experience. By appt: 978-255-2536.

Yoga Bikram — Yoga For You. W. Roxbury. Established 1995.

617-325-3244. Be Well Enlighten Yoga and Wellness, So. Dennis, MA.

508-385-1661. Ongoing classes and workshops. Worcester Yoga Center. Ann Bissanti Qutab, C.Y.T.

26 years experience. 508-829-6300

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'Refresh' the brain out of shock.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION Wanted: Young people with a sincere desire to build a better world. If you are 11 to 17 years old and want to explore an alternative to mainstream education, there is a place for you: Balance Rock Democratic Freeschool allows you to pursue your own interests and provides the facilities and opportunities for you to achieve your dreams, now. Call (508) 5799093 or see at for more information.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Busy holistic/colonics office located in alternative health building for sale in Brighton, Mass. Extensive clientele list so start earning right away (no need to start from scratch). Office incl. Two treatment rooms and an administration office. If interested please call Rebecca at (617) 323-6281.

Spirit of Change is seeking a part time enthusiastic Internet marketing expert. The individual should be very familiar with popular social networks, have a great passion for surfing the web and a keen eye for recognizing important websites to link with. We are looking for a results-oriented individual to help us expand our web network. If interested, please email links to your social network pages/website/blog and resume

Ocean of Peace LLC, Ellen Peters RMT 603-479-7451 Visit us online Reiki, Angel and Spirit Readings. Contact: Dotty Independent Representative | 978-582-9839

Over 30 years of creative guidance intuitive/spiritual counseling, hypnosis, past lives, coaching, relaxation, parapsychology, business advisor. Contact Linda DeVoe 781-599-8275 appointments/classes/phone sessions.

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Rebecca Maddock-Dombrowski, RMT ALM. Intuitive Healer, Energy Therapist. Integrative Healing Sessions. Medfield, MA. (508) 404-4343.


See your Aura/Chakras LIVE on screen! Includes 2 large color photos and 20-page analysis. Private Aura sessions by appointment. Also offering Reiki classes, all levels. Full Circle Aura 617-620-0888.

Are you inspired by the work of Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.? Are you looking for a Home Based Business in the Health & Wellness industry? (781) 254-0548 or or

Holistic Practitioners, Acupunturists, Herbologist & Naturopathic Therapist needed for established Fitchburg Wellness Center. Call Melanie at Back-NTouch Wellness Center: (978) 343-4901.

Use Feng Shui to bring a higher, more joyful vibration into your home or office. Contact Lynn Taylor 617-924-4205 or


Become a successful Certified Hypnotist. Call for class dates North, West and South of Boston. Learn: weight, stress, stop smoking, past life regression, anxiety rapid and instant inductions. Call 508-378-9200 mail to: Help and empower others.

Advanced Energy Healing: $12 for an hour presentation by crosstrained ND. Bring your recorder to tape techniques. Call 603-286-8191 to schedule time.





EMERALD WINGS ENERGY THERAPY Renee Channell-Kourias. Milford, MA. (774) 232-0786. Reiki, IET, Petaltones, Tuning Forks. Relax, Rebalance, Restore.

APARTMENT FOR RENT Entire building renovated in an attempt to accommodate individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and environmental concerns. 3 Bedrooms, 1 bath, living and dining room, hardwood floors, Non-smoking and fragrance free building, less-toxic products and materials used throughout entire renovation, electric stove, oil-fueled baseboard heat, front and rear porches, W/D hookup, whole-house water purification system, located on quite, dead-end street in Revere Beach, 3 blocks to beach and T-Blue Line, $1600 per month plus utilities. Available in September. Contact Joe at 781-289-5428.


COUNSELING & THERAPY Psychotherapy integrating traditional and alternative methods, specifically insight-based treatment along with hypnotherapy and the principles of The Secret and A Course In Miracles., 617-417-2002.

COMPLETE HEALING Healing with the power of the mind to a body that wants to be healed.

FRANK ST. MARTIN Commissioned Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist

Miracles Do Happen! I Believe I Can Help You! Taunton, MA â&#x153;Ś (508) 822-9000

HELP WANTED Holistic Counseling. Mind-body approach for healing and discovery. Personal/spiritual growth based on mindfulness and self-compassion, to increase our connection to ourselves and to others. 978-745-8311.

Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network is looking for a marketing manager to bring in sponsors/advertisers, be a representative of the company's vision and mission. Must have experience in marketing/sales manager. Understanding of radio a plus. Call Deborah Beauvais, owner (508) 226-1723.

Gestational Surrogate Mother needed. Compensation 20K Plus. Loving holistic couple seeks health conscious surrogate mom to help us build our family. A gestational carrier is a woman who carries a child that is not biologically related to her through the process of in-vitro fertilization. We need your help in creating a warm and nurturing place for our baby to grow. Must eat mostly organic and care for your home and body in a healthy way. If you are genuine, reliable, stable and calm, between ages 23-30, a non-smoker/non drug user, height/weight proportionate, and have a child of your own, you may be our perfect surrogate. It is truly devastating to discover that you may be among the millions of women who are unable to conceive a child or carry a baby to term. One option that is available is to turn to surrogate mothers. As an alternative to adopting children or remaining childless, prospective parents can work with a surrogate mother who will carry and give birth to their child. Please consider being our surrogate mom and respond to if you are looking for a close relationship and a beautiful experience.

HOUSE FOR RENT Dayville, CT. New 3000 sq.ft. home 3 large master bedrooms each w/full bath and walk-in, cherry floors. Stunning cherry & granite kitchen. SS appliances, gas fireplace, computer room, 2 laundry rooms, large living room, family room and 5 baths. Ideal for grown family or 3 roommates. Cats/horses/lamas ok. Energy site with elementals and faeries. $2000/month. Ken (401) 728-3559 or days (401) 7445572.





Tired of religion and looking for real interfaith mysticism and spirituality? There is more! Join us at the Universal Circle of Creation Spirituality. Link at

2008 Natural Living Expo is looking for volunteers for 4 hour shifts. Join the Spirit of Change team September 27 or 28 in Sturbridge, MA to meet like-minded people, help us educate and enlighten and most importantly, have fun! Receive free expo admission and a t-shirt. Please email

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A A Balanced Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Abunda Life Medical Spa Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Acupuncture of Worcester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Acupressure Therapy Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Adidam of New England . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 All Seasons Retreat Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 All That Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Allergy Alternatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Allston Physical Medicine Center . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Alpha Center for Personal Development, The . . 74 American Society of Dowsers, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 12 Amethyst Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Amethyst Wyldfyre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Ancient Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Michele Anderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Angelica of the Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Angels Teach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Aquarius Sanctuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Denise Archambault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Arlington Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Nancy Slonim Aronie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Jean L. Arthur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Arvigo Massage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Melissa Atwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Awakening Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

B Kristine Bahr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Susan Barbera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Libby Barnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 BC Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Bedford Hypnosis Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Glenn Bigonet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Birchwood Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Blessed Herbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37, 81 BodyWork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Body Rythym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Boston Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Boston Meditation Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Boston School of Herbal Studies, The . . . . . . . 72 Brahma Kumaris Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . 84 Breema Center, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

C Cabin in The Hollow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Nancy Canning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Amy Caparco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Steven Cardoza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Care Alternatives Hospice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Shawna V. Carboni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27, 75 Career Development and Counseling Services . 20 Charlie Cavalconte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Center for Feng Shui and Intuitive Arts . . . . . . 26 Center for Yoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Center of Light Boston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 ChildLight Yoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Jonathan Chisholm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Chopra Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Circles of Wisdom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Clarity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Yuliya Cohen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Constellation Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Kitty Cook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Therisa Cook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sandy Corcoran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Cortiva Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Joseph Crane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 CT Center for Massage Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 CT Expos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 CT Institute for Herbal Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 John Curran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

D Dance of the Deer Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Dotty Delorey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Ken Demers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Developmental Alphabiotics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Divina Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Sharon Doolittle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Down to Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

90 Spirit of Change | SUMMER 2008

Michael Doyle, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Brenda Dumas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

E Earth Spirits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Enchanted Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Enchantments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Erzulie’s Magical Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Eye of the Hawk Holistic Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

F Darilyn Farley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Favorite Things Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Devorah Feinbloom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Sallie Felton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Finding Inner Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Five Star Plumbing & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Stephen-Wolf Foster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

G Barbara Gangemi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Gardens for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Garden Girl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Gentle Touch Herbs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Arthur Gertler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Linda Gibson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation . . . . . . . . . 84 Global Country of World Peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Sandhya Goli, DMD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Arthur Goodridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 The Grateful Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 John Harvey & Lourdes Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism . . . . . . . 84 Groton Dental Wellness Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

H Hand in Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Laurie Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Nancy Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Leontine Hartzell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49, 80 Healing Garden Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Healthy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Heart of the Healer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Heart of the Spirit Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Heaven & Earth MA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Heaven & Earth RI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Holotropic Breathwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Joan Holzman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Hudson Art & Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Humanity Unites Brilliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Susan Huppe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Hypnotherapy Training Co., The . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

I Idea’s Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Inner Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Inner Traditions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Integrated Movement & Massage Solutions . . 78

J Eric Jacobson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Jocelyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Nancy Johansen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33, 83 Barbara Madden Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Constance Jones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Leila Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

K Gayle Kirk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Jackie Kohloff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Genevieve Kohn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

L Laughing Moon Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Dr. Jennifer Lees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Lenair Technique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Clara Lennox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Mark Levin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Lifetime Health & Consulting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Lighten Up Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Eric Linter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Living Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Living in Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Lowell General Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Claire Luft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76, 77, 78 Johanna Lyman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

M M.A. Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Judith Mabel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Maharishi Vedic Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mantis Kung Fu Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Market Street Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Linda Marks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59, 74 MASH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 MA Society of Bioenergetic Analysis . . . . . . . . 75 Mass Yoga Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Mastering Alchemy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Gary McKinstry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Melrose Therapeutic Holistic Ctr. . . . . . . . . . . . 71 George Mephis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Ross Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80, 83 Lori Miller-Freitas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Dunja Moeller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Vicki Monroe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Andrea Morese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Mugwort and Malachite, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Mystical Whispers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

N John Nagy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Mary Rochester-Nagy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 National Inst of Whole Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Natural Health International. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Natural Path Alternative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Net Atlantic, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 New England Clinical Thermography . . . . . . . . 30 New England Coaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 New England Inst. of Reflexology. . . . . . . . . . . 71 Newton Dental Wellness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Nexus Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Northeast Dental Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 North Shore Wellness Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

O Kathleen O’Donoghue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Omega Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 On The Table Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Open Doors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Open Doors - Dedham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

P Pan Mass Challenge, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Peace Abbey, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Dennis Pearne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Richard Picard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Karen Piedra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Monique Pommier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Terry Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Judith Prebluda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Providence Zen Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Psychic Sophie Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83, 91 Pure Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Purple Moon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Warren Pyne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Pyramid Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Q Quest Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Quintessential Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

R Radiant Star Healing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Rainbow-Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Raising Grace Coaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Marina Raye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Rhys Thomas Healer Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Walter Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Rising Sun Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Ian Rubinstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Summer 2008

S Sacred Song Reiki. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Brian Salmanson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Scallops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Scentsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 School of Natural Wonder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Schworer & Company Landscaping, Inc.. . . . . . 15 Science of Spirituality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Second Look Books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Janet Sedgwick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Andrea Seiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Serenity Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Shaman’s Heart Healing & Hypnonis . . . . . . . . 12 Nancy Silva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Silver Hawk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Silver Willow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Alicia Sinicrope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Soap Factory, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Betty Solbjor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Some Enchanted Evening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Southwestern Massage & Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Spa Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Fran Spayne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Michael Spencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Spirit of Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 48 Frank St. Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Bill Stanhope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Sun Garden Herbs & Acupuncture Ctr. . . . . . . . 35 Sunray Meditation Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Judith Swack & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Swami Vishwananda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

T Tai Chi Arts Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Lynn Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Tibetan Science of Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Torf Spa, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Touchstone Community School. . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 TrueNorth Business Consulting. . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

U Unity Church of God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Unity Church of Massachusetts . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

V Ann Valiante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Nancy VanLaarhoven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Voice of Clay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

W WAIORA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Gordon Waite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Pat Warren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Way to Balance, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71, 72, 80 Kristin Webb/Florence Whipple. . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Marc Weinreich. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Whole Foods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Whole Health Expo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Trish Whynot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Willoweyez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Janet Wing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Winchester Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Woman of Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Woodside Montessori Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Worcester Yoga Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Cheryl Wright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Y-Z Xango Independent Distributor . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Yoga Studio, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Dr. Herbert Yolin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Zen Training Center, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Zhang Zhenzhen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Zuzu’s Beads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 FALL 2008

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