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Self-Healing with Energy

lightThe earth offers us food, clothing, and shelter, and it also offers healing energy. The idea of drawing healing energy from the earth might sound odd, but when we connect deeply with the earth and either imagine, sense, or hold the intention to fill ourselves up with its energy and light, a natural balancing occurs within us. We become more serene physically, mentally, and emotionally.

One method you can use is to stand tall and imagine roots extending from your feet, anchoring you deep into the earth. A more powerful and healing way to do this is to stand barefoot on the ground. Feel the bottoms of your feet connecting to the living planet beneath you.

Another way is to imagine dropping an anchor of light into the center of the earth extending down from the base of your spine. Then, imagine drawing bright light energy up from the earth into your body. Alternatively, sit on the ground, “drop anchor,” and absorb earth energy upward into your body.

Just as you can pull energy up from the earth, you can also pour light into yourself from above. Simply visualize light pouring into you. It can be golden, blue, green, silver, or whatever color you imagine. See or sense it as energized, refined, and uplifting, filling your entire body.

These practices can be used by anyone regardless of their beliefs. Whatever your image is of God, the universal awareness, or even if you don’t consider yourself to be spiritually connected at all, you can use light and energy from the earth to heal and balance you on many levels.

Why Meditate?

meditationThe most immediate way I integrate spirit into daily life is through meditation, the simple practice of quieting the mind long enough to become aware of the here and now, to become aware of what is within. Meditation reconnects us with ignored parts of ourselves.

Our souls live through our bodies. To connect with the soul we connect with the body. Through this connection, excess mind chatter, worries, and fears die down so we can settle into the present moment.

One basic, widely-used meditation technique is to sit with your eyes closed. Bring your attention to your breath without changing it in any way. Observe the inhale and exhale. Note when the in-breath stops and becomes the out-breath. Do this for several minutes twice a day. It’s that simple!

Sometimes, however, it’s not so easy, and there are reasons for this. During meditation your mind races, your breath is sometimes quick and shallow, you might feel frustrated or restless and don’t want to focus on your breath. You want to think instead. Sometimes people I work with say “I’m just a big thinker.” That’s true! This is what our minds do. They think about the past, what someone did, what you yourself did or didn’t do, what you’re going to eat for dinner, how your knees ache while your sitting quietly. The mind will do this. It generates thought, continually. Despite this, basic meditation practice is about bringing your focus back to your breath and quieting the thoughts.

Your mind will master you if you don’t master it. Meditation is a simple way to develop mastery over the mind.

Balancing Your Hormones? Pay Attention to Your Adrenal Glands

Due to stress and poor diet, the function of the adrenal glands is diminished. Three naturopaths I know have indicated that almost every one of their patients has adrenal deficiency, an under-diagnosed condition attributed to many health issues including tiredness, recurring infections, failing immune system, decreased sex drive, infertility, salt cravings, achiness, low blood pressure, dizziness when standing, and hypoglycemia.

The adrenals are small glands above your kidneys in your lower back. They secrete over 50 hormones including epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, aldosterone, progesterone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), estrogen, and testosterone. They are responsible for the fight or flight response, a life-saving mechanism designed to strengthen our bodies in times of extreme stress. As a result, stress is one primary cause of adrenal deficiency.

During stress, the adrenals release cortisol. (High levels of this hormone are linked to breast cancer.) When the adrenals are fatigued from overwork, extra progesterone is sent in to help support them. Since the hormone progesterone helps keep your levels of estrogen balanced, it gets distracted from doing so when it steps away from its post to help your adrenals. This cycle of stress and adrenal fatigue can continue indefinitely. Meanwhile, your hormones struggle to maintain some sort of normalcy.

Adrenal deficiency and the associated symptoms can be reversed. One way is to stop all the rushing around and rest. Lie down as often as you can. Meditate, sleep adequately, eat well, and limit both sugar and caffeine, which stress the adrenals. All of the things you know to heal stress also heal the adrenals.

Balancing hormones means creating an internal condition that is as close to your natural rhythm as possible. The natural rhythm of a human being does not involve speeding down a highway or rushing around to get everything scratched off a to-do list each day. To get closer to your own natural rhythm, take time for yourself, slow down, and breathe.

6 Steps to Clear the Energy of Your Home or Office

Arguments, illness, drug-use, moods, and negative thoughts influence the energy of a place. Sometimes I go to Sunday open houses to satisfy my curiosity about what type of home is selling for what price. Each tells something about its dwellers. In some homes it’s hard to breathe. In others, I want to turn around and get out fast. But in some, where there has been love and care, the energy feels great – like I’d want to stay awhile.

Clearing a space resets the energy. Just as you would clean dirty floors before moving in, it’s important to clear the space. Otherwise, you’re living or working in someone else’s energetic dirt, which can deplete you.

I once toured a famous historic home near Boston. We were told about the home’s original owners – people there when the first “shot heard ‘round the world” occurred. It was a home I had trouble breathing in, which was my first sign the energy was stagnant. When we entered an upstairs bedroom, I could feel and smell illness. I said, “Someone had a long illness here… probably died here.” The tour guide and the others turned to look at me as if I’d grown a second head! The guide confirmed that an older woman had died there. I could feel that part of the woman was still hanging around, 200 years later! It was not only unpleasant, but who would want to step into that energy, not to mention live there?

Other people leave energy behind where it clings to walls, drapes, furniture, carpets, and air. In Feng Shui, we’re advised to know the history of a home and its inhabitants before moving in. If someone was ill, financially unsound, or if their relationships were poor, it’s not good to step into that energy because the same theme can start operating in your life. I’m so aware of this, I can’t bring myself to buy antiques unless I know exactly where they came from! This comes from working with and sensing energy for so many years and seeing what an impact it makes.

Bottom line, clear any home or building as a rule, whether you know about the previous tenants or not. Here are 6 effective ways to do this.

1. Bring in as much natural light as possible. Darkness lends itself to stagnant energy.

2. Clean thoroughly. Wipe down walls, shelves, and cabinets. Shampoo carpets and floors.

3. Let fresh air blow through each and every room. This helps removes stagnant air and whatever lingers in it.

4. Use white sage. My go-to energy clearing tool is white sage, wrapped into a tight bundle (sometimes called a smudge stick or sage wand). Open doors, windows, cabinets, showers, drawers, and closets. Light the tips of the sage with a match and extinguish the flame so the wand lightly smokes. Walk counterclockwise around the space with the smoldering sage, getting the smoke into every nook and cranny.

5. Tune in and feel. Is it lightening up? Is dense energy being released? Do you need to go round again? I usually go 3 times around, sensing the energy along the way. Knowing when energy is clear might not be easy at first, but after awhile you’ll be able to feel it.

6. After saging, use sounds, Tibetan bells, music that lifts your spirit, chanting, singing, living plants, fresh flowers, or crystals to reset the energy to your own positive desires for the space. Repeat when needed, or as soon as you get the sense that your positive vibe needs a lift.

Happy Clearing!

8 Ways to Keep the Acid-Alkaline Balance in Your Body

alkalineWhy do we need to pay attention to our “acid-alkaline balance?” Some say it’s nonsense, but I believe it’s something to keep in mind on your path to health and vitality. Your body can be too acidic if its pH, or potential Hydrogen, is acid forming. When we measure pH, we measure the degree to which negative ions and positive ions push against each other. Negative ions are alkaline-forming. Positive ions are acid-forming.

Most people who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD — and it truly is) who live in our modern society have too much acidity in their bodies. Processed, fried, and fast foods, alcohol, sugars, white flour, meats, stressful environments, noise and chemical pollutants, all cause an acidic environment in the body. Stress, worry, anxiety, anger, and fear cause acidity in the body.

Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, says, “When cells live too long in an acidic condition, they adapt to it by mutating and becoming malignant. Long-term acidic conditions in our bodies provide perfect environments for cancer and auto-immune diseases like AIDS to flourish. Most people with these disorders also have candidiasis.”

Your own alkalinity can be tested using special strips, which you can find in a natural foods market. Your pH level is taken from your saliva or urine first thing in the morning. A balanced urine pH is approximately 6.4. It’s interesting to see what the strips indicate, but it isn’t always an accurate reading. A blood test would be more accurate.

I think it’s important to take steps to alkalize your body whether or not you know your pH levels. You can create your own balanced internal pH. Following the 8 ways on this list will encourage a healthy acid-alkaline balance in your body.

1. Spend adequate time outdoors in sunlight – twenty to thirty minutes per day. Even when it’s cloudy.

2. Have a regular pattern of sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.

3. Use an 80/20 ratio of alkaline-forming foods to acid-forming foods. You can find a list of alkaline and acid-forming foods if you do an online search.

4. Rest and reduce stress.

5. Walk by water or by the sea.

6. Eat fresh foods found in nature including an abundance of vegetables.

7. First thing in the morning drink the juice of ½ lemon water in a tall glass of warm water. Although citrus is acidic, your digestion uses the acidic parts and leaves an alkaline residue.

8. Utilize natural healing such as acupuncture, energy work, reflexology, color and music therapy, yoga, chiropractic, and spiritual healing, all of which have alkaline forming reactions in the body.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from EMFs

Lack of clarity about the potential adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in our environment causes anxiety and concern for many. EMFs have have been linked to cancer, but it’s also difficult for scientists to accurately measure our exposure to TVs, cell phones, wireless gadgets, computers, wifi, and appliances and then associate it with illness.

There is now enough data about the long-term health affects of power plants, power lines, and transmitters to warn us that our dependence on electricity, electronics, and wireless data can have health consequences. Long-term chronic exposure to wifi is becoming a health problem.

Whether they definitively cause cancer or not, EMFs do affect your personal energy field. Your energy field is sensitive and reacts to other energy fields. In the world of energy healing, it’s best that your energy field be as clear and healthy as possible for your overall wellbeing. The good news is you can protect yourself from EMFs during the day and at night when you’re asleep. Here are 5 things you can do that will cut down on your exposure.

1. Stay at least three feet away from appliances when they’re running. Although they’re not the healthy choice, if you use a microwave, move away from it when it’s on. Three feet is the distance at which most scientists say the EMF from an appliance diminishes.

2. Move electronics away from your bed, including electric clocks and cordless phones. Don’t sleep under an electric blanket or use electric heating pads.

3. When possible, replace box spring mattresses and metal bed frames with non-metal alternatives. Scientists have researched geopathic stress, including the effect of sleeping on metal. They say it’s like sleeping on an antenna or radio amplifier, which can affect the physical body. Studies have shown that people who sleep on box springs and metal bed frames have higher rates of breast cancer than those who don’t.

4. Turn off electronics before you go to bed and don’t have a TV where you sleep. It’s tempting to go to bed with a computer gadget or cell phone nearby while watching the late shows on TV, but it’s not a healthy practice.

5. Turn off all wifi in the house when it’s not in use, and especially when sleeping. Wifi on all the time and particularly at night is considered long-term chronic exposure.

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