Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Resonance of Ayurveda

Ayurveda, a healing system thousands of years old, carries within it a harmonizing approach as evocative and moving as the most uplifting music ever created. I have found, to my enduring delight, that this is a system based upon energy. I thought it would be about diet and lifestyle in a substance-based approach, and these are certainly strong features of this complete and holistic system. However, every aspect, each lovely component, ultimately derives from our world as cosmic energy and cosmic consciousness, and expands into so much more than what we can perceive with our physical senses. To realize the connection between the universal energies, elements and attributes, and how they represent themselves in our physical world through actions, is to become the conductor of our own living symphony.
Ayurveda brings the language of life and wellness into a vibrant image that is available to everyone. The patterns and templates it reveals resonate with the evidence we see and experience within our bodies and all around us. Once we sense the resonance within our cells, we are able to vibrate right along with this wisdom–this ancient knowledge of life. Through Ayurveda’s beautiful presentation of resonance, we can truly be the changes we wish to see. We can become in tune with all of life.
From our creation into the energies of pre-form, to the vibratory links of the principles of manifestation, and then on to the elemental bonds that ring in harmony within our very cells, we are energy. Applying this wisdom, all dis-ease begins to clear just as the winds carry the clouds away, and we see the vast blue sky of wellness stretching to the horizon. We feel our blood rushing to the tempo of the activities we perform. Our ears ring when we hear the song of life become chaotic or sharp. And each pause is a moment of stillness in which we hear the last fading note of the previous song as well as the dulcet tone of the new one just starting to manifest.
At the core of our journey is knowing our own nature, energetic and physical, for the unique gift that it is. Each of us has become manifest within an organic instrument that blends the elements in exquisite and perfect proportions. No wonder then, that we cannot all fit into a single opening of expectation. What if our nature is not attuned in that direction? What if the symphony of my soul isn’t in the same key? What if I prefer the violin instead of the piano, or the flute solo to the orchestra?
Life is an ecstatic song that begins in our spirit and soul before it reaches our organs of sensory perception or action. The melody in the elements at play is conducted to and from all the curves of Mother Earth and all corners of the infinite Universe. The ancient rishis brought the resonance within all life out into the world of form by describing qualities, principles, patterns, and images that we can relate to; we recognize and remember our connection. We recall the wisdom of how to become One with our unique Song of Life. The words of the wise are pointers–signs and symbols that may resonate on a deep level–allowing us to visualize our energy bodies and the flow of energy throughout our physical forms. The vibrant imagery of Ayurveda shares the mysteries of life’s songs and we feel its vitality when we open to its musical scores.

Alternative Approaches to Cancer

The article "Curing Cancer by Nutrition, Mineral Cell Salts, Detox and Energy" is a good introduction to several alternative therapeutic approaches to cancer.

The author does a nice job of putting the complexities into lay terms, which is why I wanted to share it here. As anyone who has worked or studied with me knows, I'm a strong proponent of the power of Cell Salts, a biochemic therapy that sort of intersects and connects nutrition and homeopathy.

If one were to combine the above approach with an understanding of one's Ayurvedic constitution, that would be an added benefit that I could help with.

For a visceral, psychological, and emotional journey into understanding the Cancer Miasm, you might be interested in my dear friend and brilliant homeopath's essay "Creating Cancer -- Creativity Killed by the Cancer Miasm."

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Animal Care - Splenic Rupture

Included here is a short video link describing the splenic rupture that happened to our beloved Corgi named Pooka, who was 12.5 years old when the incident happened in January 2013. I provide this to give an example of how natural remedies can offer remarkable support and healing, even in dire circumstances.

While the video was made 3 months after the incident, Pooka lived quite happily and comfortably for more than a year and a half. Thanks to Divine Grace, natural healing modalities, and Pooka’s big heart and strong will, he recovered and behaved normally for about fourteen months. Then, he began losing rear-end mobility. My husband and I had agreed no more tests for Pooka, so I’m not sure whether the issue was a complication from the mass in his spleen, or a spread of cancer from it, or the usual suspects of Degenerative Myelopathy or Hip Dysplasia … or all of these in some combination or other. During his final four months, we grew closer as his care intensified. Pooka and I were granted the gift of eighteen extra months together; beautiful caregiving months.

Everyone's choices will be different, as they should be, and each individual (whether animal or human) is a unique case, but there is tremendous power in natural healing modalities. As the video states, I've been trained in various natural healing modalities -- including Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Ayurveda -- but you can begin where you are and learn step-by-step how to make a difference, naturally, in the lives of your animals, family, and friends. That's what I did, back in 1999 -- a major turning point in my life.

If you have any questions about how to start learning more, the above incident in particular, or how to obtain a consultation, please feel free to contact me privately.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian or a doctor, I'm an educator and facilitator. In an emergency, please contact a veterinarian or doctor.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Responsible Health Care

I was listening to On Point with Tom Ashbrook and today's episode titled "Growing Pains for Obamacare" and feel compelled to comment.

I'm the first to say that our nation ought to be providing health care for children at little to no cost. And, no, I don't even have children of my own, but I also feel that way about providing children with education and enough to eat; they shouldn't suffer for the errors of adults, parents or not.

However, I do not agree with forcing people to buy insurance or to tax them if they don't. It's great to make it available to those who want it, but, except for *emergency care insurance,* I personally have no interest in obtaining health insurance that only covers the conventional medical system.

I fully support everyone following their own conscience of what is right for them, what they feel safe doing, and what they feel is proper for health care.

That said, except for emergencies (like surgery, which is the only area in which I believe conventional medicine excels), I encourage people to do everything in their power to eat healthy and choose a natural health care approach first. I have no doubt that conventional medicine will remain an option as a last resort.

From eating primarily a plant-based diet -- see Forks Over Knives for resources -- to supporting oneself with Herbs, Flower Essences, Homeopathy, and Ayurveda, people might be surprised at how good they feel. And there are a lot more CAM therapies available in addition to those listed that are my favorites!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Allergy Season and Neti Pot

I admit that when I was first attending classes in the fundamentals of Ayurveda (the ancient medical system of India), I resisted using a neti pot for cleaning my nasal passages. Every morning, the community bathroom was filled with students cleaning their sinuses with a neti pot. I thought, "no way, not me." It looked weird, for one thing, and my nose rarely felt stuffy so I figured, "why bother?"

Time passed and the year after I graduated from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, my husband and I moved to Tucson, Arizona. The air there is dry and dusty, and in a very short time, my nasal passages were a mess. Okay, I decided, I would try using the neti pot. Guess what? I loved it! I could breathe easily again and felt more alert in the mornings (this was a bonus for me since I'm not much of a "morning person").

I still use a neti pot most mornings, even after moving to humid southern Missouri, because of the alertness factor it seems to impart. In addition, however, with all the pollen this spring (we live in the woods), I found that if I didn't clean my nasal passages, I would find myself sneezing or getting stuffy feeling. It seems like every other person I meet has "allergy problems" that could be palliated by using a nasal rinse cup. If you're one of those people, give it a try! Once you buy the pot, the rinse is a simple, inexpensive saline solution (don't use regular table salt or sea salt; best is the pink Himalayan rock salt).

Here's a link to an explanatory video: Banyan Botanicals "How to Use a Neti Pot." I found that after the first couple times, finding the right tilt for my head was a breeze. I'm sure you will, too!

P.S. Different teachers seem to have a variety of thoughts on this, but I was taught to put a few drops of oil in my nostrils shortly after cleaning with a neti pot; the saline can potentially dry your nasal passages out too much, depending upon one's constitution, and the oil provides a short-term lubricant to avoid dryness (which can over-activate one's mucus, again, depending upon individual constitution, the season, the current weather, etc). You can evaluate this yourself and decide whether using oil helps. I nearly always use an oil after my neti pot cleanse; here's the one I buy NASYA OIL.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sustainability and Flower Essences

I adore flower essences. In fact, I am head-over-heels in love with flower essences!

Of all the modalities I use for healing, flower essences are far and away my favorite. Even talking about them to someone feels like a pathway into healing for me as well as the other person. They are a truly exquisite link between the subtle natural world and our own essential nature.

Although I have explored quite a wide variety of flower essence lines over the past seventeen years, there are two that I turn to more often than any of the others: the Australian Bush Flower Essences (ABFE) and the Green Hope Farm Essences (GHFE). They never let me down and powerfully resonate with my system, my pets and family members, and with clients.

I'm forever grateful to Ian (founder of ABFE) and Molly (founder of GHFE) for their dedication and spiritual alignment with the flowers and ethereal beings who all come together to co-create the essences that we benefit from immensely. I was blessed to attend courses with Ian during one of his visits to America; this temporary group communion led me to feel a deeper attunement to the ABFE. While I've never met Molly, she and I have corresponded numerous times and the purity of her soul's devotion to the co-creation of flower essences is readily, clearly apparent. Each of these people approaches co-creation of their essences in uniquely original ways. You might feel yourself called to a different range of essences, and that's beautiful, too, but if you are starting out and unsure, I highly recommend these two lines.

Molly of GHFE recently wrote a blog post about the differences between flower essences and essential oils (or hydrosols); her presentation on this topic is lovely so, rather than write my own description, I decided to share hers HERE. She also points out the beauty of the sustainability of flower essences (when compared to other natural remedies), something many people overlook.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me directly. Also, if you would like to try a flower essence blend created specifically for your needs, I can help you with that as well.


P.S. You can purchase the Green Hope Farm flower essences directly through their web site; the farm is in New Hampshire. If you want to purchase the Australian Bush Flower Essences, I order them through a North American supplier Southern Herb.

Tall Mulla Mulla in Australia (copyright unknown)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Harmonizing and Untangling

Need a little assist in harmonizing, either within yourself or in relationship to your surroundings?
Consider Honeybees in the White Hawthorn, a fantastic harmonizing flower essence by Green Hope Farm Essences.

Or, are you feeling all tangled up in life? Try the exquisite Coralita flower essence!

I've used both of these and can attest to their power of healing!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Women & Wellness Parties

Would you like to learn more about alternative remedies and modalities in a fun, informal setting?
Would you like to invite a few friends over for an evening of exploration?
Contact me and we can schedule a Women & Wellness Party!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cell Salts for Animals

Here are two quick tips on how to use cell salts to support animals in need of a little boost.

For soft stools, consider Nat sulph, a wonderful biochemical approach to rebalancing the fluids in your animal's system that may have gotten out of whack.

For that little bundle over over-active joy who wears himself out quickly or has tantrums, consider Kali phos.

Food and Sustainability

Are you eating right for your body type?
Are the foods you are eating being fully assimilated into your body?
Are you mentally and spiritually cognizant of what you are ingesting?
In addressing the above, I suggest investigating Ayurveda -- I can help you, if you want!
Do you want to eat healthy, reduce animal suffering, and help save our planet?
I highly recommend the documentary film COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret