Happiness is the highest from of health

Traumas Are Portals To Awakening

That got us hooked on the healing arts and I think I took every course that came to town in those days. Wonderful courses with Dr. Bernard Jensen on Whole Foods and Iridology, Dr. Alzner’s Deep Muscle Reflexology, Werner Erhard’s Seminar Training known as EST which was very mind-altering in those days, and although I loved the Vita Flex method, I went on to get certified with the Reflexology Association of Canada in the early 80’s and became a teacher shortly after that.

At that time, doing all this alternative stuff was nowhere near as close to main stream as it is today — reflexology, yoga, and vegetarianism were still hokey pokey and we were considered a bit weird by our children’s friends. The kids would come home from school and I’d be standing on my head, or be in the corpse pose, or twisted like a pretzel. The visiting kids used to say to our children that there was never anything normal to eat in this house. We were really post-latent hippies raising new age children in a very confusing era. We didn’t have any road maps to follow and were making it up as we went along. We would have visiting yogis, psychic healers, people from other planets (so they said), walk-ins, tarot card readers and lots of wonderful experiences in that household – this is what our children were exposed to – lots and lots of whole person’s workshops and alternative living ideas.

Because our children were exposed to reflexology at a very young age, they often asked to have their feet done and were used to thinking of the body mapped out on the feet. Once, at a doctor’s appointment, the doctor said, “Let me take a look at your stomach” and my one daughter started taking off her shoes. I had to hold back some smiles.

We learned more yoga teachings from our yoga spiritual teacher, Dr. Ramamurti Mishra who was the most delightful yogi anyone could find. We were so very fortunate to have been exposed to his teachings about the philosophy of Ayurveda and the personal doshas (tendencies), yoga chakra healing and various practices for cleansing.

I also continued my education while raising the children and graduated with a degree in psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. I found that I had a keen interest in personality theory and qualified in the use of the MBTI® (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). I worked for a couple of companies teaching workshops in the use of a behavioural model and got further trained in temperament personality theory. I was having a blast learning all this wonderful stuff for self-understanding and healing.

All of these learning experiences led me to put together how to think of reflexology of the ears, hands, and feet. I realized that with the personality temperament theory (similar to Ayurveda mind-body system), we can think of the human instrument as a wholistic system consisting of a Mental Side which acts as the Dreamer in us and produces our Ideas; a Social Side which acts as a Catalyst in us and generates our Connections; and a Physical Side which acts as the Builder in us providing feedback that helps manifest and consolidate the ideas and connections.

Because I was fortunate to teach all three reflexology courses to students — Feet, Hands, and Ear Reflexology — I asked them what their experiences were and how they felt the three modalities differed. It was from my students that I tied together the knowledge of Ayurveda, personality temperaments, and reflexology modalities into a whole system at our finger tips. The benefits students expressed fit nicely into the principles of Ayurveda and we determined that by doing the ears we felt calmer; by doing the hands we felt our emotions cooled; and by doing the feet we felt the body was stimulated. I was so excited about how this all came together and tried to capture it in The Well-Tempered Life — a book that summarized my experience with yoga, personality theory, and reflexology.

  • If the Mental principle is imbalanced, do Ear Reflexology to calm the mind.
  • If someone is frustrated, upset or angry, do Hand Reflexology to cool the emotions of the Social principle.
  • And if someone is tired, lethargic and dull due to too many time constraints and no time for rest and repair, do Foot Reflexology to stimulate the Physical principle.

Like many reflexologists, we know this is powerful work we’re doing and we’re thrilled when people tell us the impact of our pressure point work on their systems. I always tell my students, “You are not the healer here; your job is pressing buttons. Mother Nature is the healer and each person’s body has its own intelligence. It will take what it needs from your pressure point work and use it the way it sees fit. Your job is to just press the buttons.”

For me, it is best not to label an imbalance in the body but to think more along the lines of the Traditional Chinese Medicine orientation. See the condition as an imbalance of energy and strive to bring the system back to balance – back to homeostasis. Whether it is in the mental aspect with worry or anxiety; in the social aspect with frustration or anger; or whether it is in the physical aspect of fatigue and toxins, we need to strive toward balance and to assist our clients in achieving this with any tools, skills, or insights we have to share.

Reflexology, for me, is one of the most valuable tools we can have to help ourselves, our families, and our clients and I’m truly grateful to Jay Bixby, wherever he is, for my first pressure point natural healing experience. It really helped to shape my life. I do love sharing, teaching and passing on information and I love sharing my past and experience with others.

Dealing With Negative People

In dealing with Negative People, the teacher in me will sometimes try to show them another viewpoint to looking at a situation or problem in a more positive light. This clearly doesn’t always work, because, everyone’s journey is different. In the case of someone not being pliable enough to look at another angle, I realize that I don’t need to have any more words on the subject, as they won’t help this person just yet anyway. I am, however, very grateful to have had teachers in my life who have shown me different viewpoints on the negative side of the world. I realize that there are very many ways of looking at things in life to keep yourself in a positive place. What I’ve learned throughout my life is that my trials and tribulations in the world, while sometimes very ugly and painful, have made me who I am. These negative life lessons have made me a stronger person and I do truly believe that I can handle anything the world throws at me. I’ve always been on the side of optimism, and not pessimism, because that’s what’s best for my well-being.

I listen to my mind and body as to how someone makes me ‘feel’. If I don’t feel happy, positive, and uplifted while in someone’s presence, I try to avoid that person or situation as much as possible. I do realize that, again, everyone is on their own personal journey and they may not be in the same place in the journey as I am, and that’s truly OK. It’s taken me quite some time to learn to look at a person or situation and realize that I cannot change anyone but myself in any given situation. And that’s the best I can do for me! I do now love my self enough to recognize people who are toxic for me and my well-being, and do something about it. If avoidance is an issue, and just cannot be done, I will try to remember to protect my energy with the ‘White Light of Protection’ visualization. I say try, because I am human, and I forget sometimes that I need to protect myself. This is my journey of self love.

I wear grounding and protective crystals, like Black Tourmaline. Black Tourmaline can repel, and block negative energies within a person or space. You can also use it with an intention as a cleansing and purifying system to transmute any heavy energy into a lighter frequency. This is also one of the crystals that I felt was so important, I used it when designing the LHE ‘7 in 1’ Chakra Balancing Crystal Bracelet!

Lastly, ask the person to ‘say something positive’. Not only does this help someone to realize that their behavior is very negative, but also maybe you’ll help them see that there are other ways to looking at things without having to be so negative and such a downer. I used to do this at work all of the time and it always worked like a charm. If someone was unhappy about something in particular and is being rude about it, I try not to apologize to them about it for two reasons: The first reason is that I know that I did the best that I could to diffuse the situation; and secondly, I will not excuse or validate rude behavior with an apology. I have, however, thanked people for their patience while they were being so rude. This usually tends to help them see that their behavior is unacceptable and ends in an apology from them. Try it sometime! It’s actually pretty fun seeing yourself turn around the negativity!

Lower Risk of Schizophrenia in Children

Besides genetics, there are other reasons that can trigger schizophrenia in an individual:

    • Pregnancy complications, traumatic experiences in childhood such as sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and brain injury are also contributing factors that could lead to schizophrenia.
    • Abusing illicit drugs at an early age also precipitates the onset of the disease.
    • Any discordant and strained relationship with family members is also said to be a major reason for schizophrenia.

Incidentally, there are also reports which predict high occurrences of schizophrenia in rich countries as well. Seeking the best of treatments like the schizophrenia treatment can be a viable option for patients. The schizophrenia disorder treatment is counted among the best in the country.

However, when there is a family history of schizophrenia, certain precautions become necessary to prevent or lessen the effects of schizophrenia for the rest, especially the children. Because landing up in a schizophrenia treatment center cannot be a desirable situation for anybody, even if it is the reputed schizophrenia treatment.

Following are a few tips that would help in keeping the children safe from getting the disease:

    • Extending love and support to children: If there is a family history of schizophrenia, children in such households should be treated with utmost love and care. Any confrontation, abuse of mental, physical and emotional should be avoided at all cost. Such harsh behavior of parents and elders could trigger symptoms of schizophrenia in them.
    • Forging friendly relationship with kids: A friendly relationship with the children and helping them make friends outside can prevent them from feeling isolated. It will boost their self-esteem and thwart the advancement of schizophrenia signs. It is especially true of teenagers in the family.
    • Keeping kids occupied: The children should be encouraged to involve more into activities, like art and crafts, sports, music or other activities. Engagement will help them enhance their cognitive and emotional quotients.
    • Teaching them to manage stress: Handing out lessons to children on how to manage stress will go a long way. Coping with stress can really help keep schizophrenia at bay. These learned skills will hold them in good stead later in life.

Help Men Recover From Divorce

  1. Stopping to live in denial – If the wives initiate the divorce, most men are taken by surprise. This is because they have been living in a state of denial. It is important to accept the situation, only then one can face it with will and grit.
  2. Not freaking out – It is important not to freak out when the man gets to know about the divorce as it will make him more vulnerable. It is normal to feel lost, hurt and dejected, but one should be able to de-stress and share the shock and disappointment with a friend or a loved one. Acting in haste can be disastrous.
  3. Calming activities – It is extremely important to calm down so that one can plan the next move. This can be achieved by trying yoga or some form of meditation. Deep breathing can also be immensely helpful.
  4. Spending time with kids – Many men get detached from their kids when the divorce proceedings start. This complicates the matters further. Therefore, until the time custody issues are resolved, the man should try to spend considerable amount of time with his kids and be a doting father. Even if the relationship with the mother isn’t working, the one with children shouldn’t suffer. The more time a man spends with his kids, the better the bonding is.
  5. Spending some time alone – Divorce can be psychologically and physically exhausting. Therefore, it is indispensable to spend time on activities that one loves, like playing soccer with friends, watching a movie or anything else. The effort should be to remain strong and sane during the entire process and not let other things in life suffer. It’s important to prioritize other tasks as well.
  6. Reaching out for support – Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we cannot stop ourselves from not being affected by the mental turmoil. In those times, one must not feel shy and reach out for support to the loved ones, support groups or a psychologist. Sharing grief can help one discover lost strength.

Mental health problems can afflict anyone regardless of age, gender, culture or socio-economic background. Going through divorce and starting a new life can be a daunting task and cause immense stress. If left untreated, a person with mental problems can fall prey to other health issues and get into substance abuse. Such patients deserve the highest levels of care and compassion to recover fully and regain control of their lives.

Health Effects of Cannabis

The term cannabis is used loosely here to represent cannabis and marijuana, the latter being sourced from a different part of the plant. More than 100 chemical compounds are found in cannabis, each potentially offering differing benefits or risk.

A person who is “stoned” on smoking cannabis might experience a euphoric state where time is irrelevant, music and colours take on a greater significance and the person might acquire the “nibblies”, wanting to eat sweet and fatty foods. This is often associated with impaired motor skills and perception. When high blood concentrations are achieved, paranoid thoughts, hallucinations and panic attacks may characterize his “trip”.

In the vernacular, cannabis is often characterized as “good shit” and “bad shit”, alluding to widespread contamination practice. The contaminants may come from soil quality (eg pesticides & heavy metals) or added subsequently. Sometimes particles of lead or tiny beads of glass augment the weight sold.

A random selection of therapeutic effects appears here in context of their evidence status. Some of the effects will be shown as beneficial, while others carry risk. Some effects are barely distinguished from the placebos of the research.

  • Cannabis in the treatment of epilepsy is inconclusive on account of insufficient evidence.
  • Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy can be ameliorated by oral cannabis.
  • A reduction in the severity of pain in patients with chronic pain is a likely outcome for the use of cannabis.
  • Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients was reported as improvements in symptoms.
  • Increase in appetite and decrease in weight loss in HIV/ADS patients has been shown in limited evidence.
  • According to limited evidence cannabis is ineffective in the treatment of glaucoma.
  • On the basis of limited evidence, cannabis is effective in the treatment of Tourette syndrome.
  • Post-traumatic disorder has been helped by cannabis in a single reported trial.
  • Limited statistical evidence points to better outcomes for traumatic brain injury.
  • There is insufficient evidence to claim that cannabis can help Parkinson’s disease.
  • Limited evidence dashed hopes that cannabis could help improve the symptoms of dementia sufferers.
  • Limited statistical evidence can be found to support an association between smoking cannabis and heart attack.
  • On the basis of limited evidence cannabis is ineffective to treat depression
  • The evidence for reduced risk of metabolic issues (diabetes etc) is limited and statistical.
  • Social anxiety disorders can be helped by cannabis, although the evidence is limited. Asthma and cannabis use is not well supported by the evidence either for or against.
  • Post-traumatic disorder has been helped by cannabis in a single reported trial.
  • A conclusion that cannabis can help schizophrenia sufferers cannot be supported or refuted on the basis of the limited nature of the evidence.
  • There is moderate evidence that better short-term sleep outcomes for disturbed sleep individuals.
  • Pregnancy and smoking cannabis are correlated with reduced birth weight of the infant.
  • The evidence for stroke caused by cannabis use is limited and statistical.
  • Addiction to cannabis and gateway issues are complex, taking into account many variables that are beyond the scope of this article. These issues are fully discussed in the NAP report.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of cancer:

  • The evidence suggests that smoking cannabis does not increase the risk for certain cancers (i.e., lung, head and neck) in adults.
  • There is modest evidence that cannabis use is associated with one subtype of testicular cancer.
  • There is minimal evidence that parental cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with greater cancer risk in offspring.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of respiratory diseases:

  • Smoking cannabis on a regular basis is associated with chronic cough and phlegm production.
  • Quitting cannabis smoking is likely to reduce chronic cough and phlegm production.
  • It is unclear whether cannabis use is associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma, or worsened lung function.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of the human immune system:

  • There exists a paucity of data on the effects of cannabis or cannabinoid-based therapeutics on the human immune system.
  • There is insufficient data to draw overarching conclusions concerning the effects of cannabis smoke or cannabinoids on immune competence.
  • There is limited evidence to suggest that regular exposure to cannabis smoke may have anti-inflammatory activity.
  • There is insufficient evidence to support or refute a statistical association between cannabis or cannabinoid use and adverse effects on immune status in individuals with HIV.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of the increased risk of death or injury:

  • Cannabis use prior to driving increases the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
  • In states where cannabis use is legal, there is increased risk of unintentional cannabis overdose injuries among children.
  • It is unclear whether and how cannabis use is associated with all-cause mortality or with occupational injury.

Various Types of Aromatherapy Oils

In actuality, you do not have to be a massage expert in order to administer aromatherapy on the skin. If you will just look around, you will find tons of aromatherapy oil recipes. However, you need to ensure that you and the person receiving the treatment are not allergic to the oil components and the carrier oil itself. For instance, cinnamon oil is not suitable for direct skin application since it can be a very strong irritant. Also, vegetable oils that are often used as carrier should be diluted well and stabilized to become safe on the skin. Essentially, using the right oil and the perfect mix can travel a long way in achieving total wellness.

There are various types of oils that can be used in the treatment in order to achieve certain goals. Here are a few oils to choose from:

  • Rosemary oil – This one is one of the most commonly used oils when it comes to aromatherapy, due to its handful of benefits. It greatly helps in restoring oral health; relieving conditions like bad breath. It can also provide skin with more moisture and better tone. Plus, it works great in clearing the lungs and healing various respiratory problems like sore throat, cold and flu. It is also believed that rosemary has positive effects on body organs like the heart and liver.
  • Lemongrass oil – This type of oil can help a lot in easing inflammation. It can do a lot in fighting inflammation, causing toxins to be released by the body. It also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties so it can be highly effective in cleaning wounds and killing germs.
  • Juniper oil – The oils extracted from Juniper berry can be most helpful in healing ailments such as gout, arthritis, rheumatism, menstrual disorders and more. Using this essential oil for massage is also beneficial in relieving anxiety, tension and drowsiness.
  • Mandarin oil – This oil extract is very helpful in treating skin problems. It can be used to rejuvenate skin cells and fighting all sorts of skin infections. In fact, this oil can be used to heal acne marks and even stretch marks.

About Soul Loss and Spirit Loss

The soul which has a human body, at its most simplistic level, is energy. Even at the moment of conception, there is energy. Soul is that energy that is all-pervading. And going one step further, science reveals energy cannot be destroyed; hence, the soul survives the death of its body. Yet, my title suggests soul loss. Does that contradict the Second Law of Thermodynamics? Frankly, no!

Soul loss comes to us from ancient shamanic practices. In days gone by, the healer described the malaise suffered by an individual as soul loss, or a part of the soul being taken away, stolen, or kept by a loved one. Our ancient ancestors believed that a soul could get lost and because it had trouble finding its way back, the individual became ill. Additionally, an evil entity could steal a part of the soul; thus creating illness. A parent, especially a mother, might keep a part of her child’s soul out of love when that child married, or went away and unknowingly create illness. The healer would travel to another realm to locate the wandering soul or a part of one and return it to the client. This was done by directly blowing into the client’s mouth.

Spirit and soul are often interchanged. From my perspective, they are not the same. Unlike the soul, spirit is not all-pervading. It is totally individualized, that is, it refers to specific individuals. It is, of course, non-physical. For some, the spirit is the place of one’s emotions which help define one’s character. Whenever an individual experiences physical or emotional trauma he or she may suffer spirit loss. A parent who loses a child may experience spirit loss. Depression, whatever its cause, signals spirit loss as does anxiety. To help remedy this, the healer will offer certain herbals, suggest specific crystals and maybe a pouch with ground plant leaves to be worn around the neck.

Perceptions and Our Immune System

Medicine is not an exact science but consumerism has influenced the medical profession to act in a way to give the public impression that medicine is indeed an exact science. Medicine is not a consumer item yet they go along with the notion that it is a consumer item. This way they can apply the same standards of measurement of quality that applies to any consumer item which of course further reinforces and distorts our perceptions into believing that medicine is indeed a consumer item. Politics is game of distorting people’s perceptions. Medicine is all about clearing up people’s perceptions and improving their mental health. If the medical profession plays politics it means that they are also involved in distorting perceptions. Clearly they should stop playing politics and stop politicians turning medicine into a political football. They should be exposing politics. Alas, I can see no hope of society ever improving its mental health without the medical profession clearing up its perceptions regarding the current role they are playing.

In my recent article “Mental Illness and Perceptions” I have pointed out how mental illness is related to our perceptions and it is increasing in every society in the world today. If we are to improve our mental health we have to clear up our perceptions. Quite clearly, from what I have stated above we cannot depend on the medical profession to do this. They have one of the highest suicide rates in society. Where is their credibility when it comes to their mental health?

So how do we go about clearing up our perceptions? I can only try to help you understand what happens in the mind from my own observations. If what I write makes sense then it should start clearing up your perceptions.

First of all let us understand what perception means. There is an observer (the ego) in our mind looking at the picture of reality in front of us. So whenever we open and close our eyes (blink) our eye momentarily fixes on a spot and takes a picture of reality. Perception takes place when the eyes are momentarily fixed and not while travelling from one fixed point to another. We are in actual fact taking a series of pictures of reality and it is our brain that interprets it as one continuous event.

In my mind, when I look at reality, I see it as a timeless dimension. When the observer in the mind and what is being observed become one phenomenon, which many of us experience from time to time without recognising it, you are experiencing that timeless dimension. Here there is no past, present or future. You are looking through a clear sheet of glass. It is only when you introduce words such as ‘Oh how beautiful it is etc… ‘ that you step out of this timeless zone and quickly return into your own manmade time zone. The words just smudge that clean sheet of glass and distort the picture.

Everyday all of us are experiencing reality. Our perception causes all sorts of physiological and biochemical changes in our body without us realising it. It influences our subconscious mind positively or negatively to make us feel happy or sad. It directly affects our immune system. In fact in my mind perception is the link that connects our mind to our body.

So let us see how distorted perceptions can affect an individual. Suppose you are looking at your spouse at a distance talking to someone. You come to the wrong conclusion that they are having an affair. Now the moment you make that perception, your subconscious mind will create negative chemicals in your system which will lead to thinking that is essentially negative, which in turn will lead to actions that are fundamentally self-destruct. You will create chaos all round you. Clearly this distorted perception has led the individual to a path of unnecessary self-created misery.
When it comes to personal health many individuals believe that the cure to their illness lies outside them, that is, someone outside them is doing the curing. This in my mind is a false perception.

You see every one of us is born with the healing power within us. This power lies in our immune system and is under subconscious control. It is directly affected by our perceptions.

If you keep a wound clean and protected, it will heal by itself. That is if you provide the right conditions, Mother Nature will heal you. However, if you keep scratching or irritating it, it will never heal. So you see people can heal themselves, if they provide the right conditions for Mother Nature to heal them.

What happens when you go to the doctor? The doctor makes a diagnosis and prescribes the right treatment. We assume the doctor is healing you, but is he? Not really, because what we do as a doctor is prescribe the right treatment and conditions that helps your immune system to heal yourself. If your immune system does not respond, then no doctor in the world can save you. Remember the healing process always takes place within the individual not outside him. It is what you do with yourself 24 hours a day that will heal you. Hence if you provide the right conditions, Mother Nature must heal you.

So you see it is most important for every one of us to understand how our perceptions affect our thinking which in turn can lead us to wrong or right conclusion. If you know you have to power to heal yourself and it lies in your immune system, and it can be boosted with positive perceptions, wouldn’t you take steps to straighten out your perceptions on various issues?

Therefore if you are in conflict, stressed out, anxious or depressed, it means you are not in harmony with your subconscious mind and your immune system is at risk. You should not try to keep your feelings to yourself but try to talk to someone who can help you see the problem from another point of view. It is only by straightening out your perceptions that you will be able to find instant relief from your symptoms.

After reading this article your perceptions should be clear about you being the sole person responsible for your own health and that you have the power within to heal yourself. If you think you have got the message but still think someone outside you does the curing, it means that you have not understood what I have written. You are indeed writing your own destiny.

Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles

The art of aromatherapy is using the aromatic oils (essential oils) found in plants for the treatment of disease and for other health benefits. Those essential oils are taken from the plants and mixed with other substances, such as alcohol, lotion and other oils. Traditionally, they were applied in an oil base and massaged into the skin but they may also be beneficial when they are inhaled by being sprayed into the air or through the use of high-quality aromatherapy candles.

The fragrances from the essential oils work within the body, including the nerves of the nose to stimulate enzymes, hormones and to cause changes in the functions of the body. This would include lowering the pulse and reducing your blood pressure. It is also thought that aromatherapy may help to stimulate the production of substances within the body that reduce pain.

Aromatherapy candles make it very convenient for anyone to enjoy the benefits that this ancient art has to offer. You can sit in a room with these candles, enjoying some music or a good book while at the same time, improving your health. Each scent is going to have a specific benefit to the body, including the following popular choices.

Lavender – An individual who is depressed or fatigued would appreciate the benefits of Lavender aromatherapy candles. It helps to calm a person’s nerves and to relieve stress. It is also a good choice when you want to get some restful sleep.

Jasmine – The oil from the Jasmine plant has a scent that is reported to have antidepressant properties and can help you to relax.

Quit Smoking Weed Quickly

  • Setting a date to quit weed. Most people who use pot just verbally say they will quit smoking tomorrow or simply when out of weed, this is the most dangerous approach and most ineffective; it’s good to set a date to quit in a weeks’ time or days or even month. By setting a date to stop smoking weed gives you a goal to work to achieve.
  • Make sure you discard all smoking gear, most marijuana smokers very decorative paraphernalia like bongs, rolling tools, vaporizes and smoking bows. Getting rid of such things puts you at a hard time devising ways to smoke and this becomes more difficult for you and the harder it gets the more likely you are to quit smoking.
  • Being prepared and ready for withdrawal; having set your day to stop smoking weed makes the body ready for withdrawal enabling it to be easy for you. The feeling of anxiety is common at withdrawal and learning on how t cobalt it is an added advantage. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include physical tension, anorexia, anxiety, and more. Sometimes it’s good to seek medical advice to help you get through the withdrawal stage.
  • Finding a replacement activity; rather than having to devote this extra free time on a hobby, it’s good to use this time on something you can do fast and easy as lighting like going for a run playing the keyboard and turn to it whenever you are tempted. If bored to do this try comedy movie that will have you smile.images4