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The following article is excerpted from Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for the Modern World by Itzhak Beery, recently published by Inner Traditions.
“I have consulted internists, dermatologists, urologists, psychiatrists, and a neurologist regarding the unexplained sensations and associated pains, but no specialist in any of these fields has found any pathology. I believe that I require soul retrieval and an entity extraction.”
So read the e-mail I received, one of many sent by people from all walks of life and professions who have tried conventional medicine without success. Why is it that Western medicine doesn’t have the answers and proper treatments for these people? How is it happening that they are “miraculously” healed by practitioners who are trained to use ancient shamanic healing tools? Something must be fatally wrong in the approach we take to health care in our society. The man who wrote me that e-mail received his answers and was healed in a session. How?
Another client wrote, “I don’t know why I came to see you in the first place. Maybe I was desperate. I tried lawyers, counselors, and the ‘normal’ ways. But nothing happened. After each of our sessions something strange happened. After the first one I found pennies everywhere even in places I could not imagine. After the second session I found dimes everywhere, and after the third I found feathers everywhere. Isn’t it strange? I think there is magic in what you do. Or maybe my awareness became wider and larger? Yes, I feel so different.”
Yes, you could say there is “magic” in traditional shamanic healing. But it only seems like magic in Western society, with its emphasis on rational thinking, scientific proofs, and materialistic consumerism, as we learn to dismiss the metaphysical energy world.
In a fascinating article adapted from her best-selling book, The Integrity Effect, author Melissa Joy Jonsson details how addictions, all addictions (or at least their origins) are in essence, an addiction to love, because, she says, Love and addiction have the same initial chemical impact on the body–mind connection.
Addiction is something that causes psychological dependence; it’s a mental and cognitive problem as well as a physical ailment.
To some extent, we are all addicts! We are all addicted to love, and when love is seemingly not available, we will reach for anything as a cheap substitute to produce the feel-good chemistry.
Jonsson views addictions as habituated patterns of distraction we unconsciously use (programmed) to keep from recognizing and subsequently living from our True Authentic Self:
...all addictions are placeholders in awareness that represent an attempt to find True Authentic Self and simultaneously avoid it. The placeholder that the addiction pattern represents serves as a habituated strategy to avoid recognizing self as an infinitely whole, perfect, and limitless being that is having an experience of limitation.
Awareness of this energetic pattern can serve as a gateway to healing:
The pattern as placeholder serves as a habituated strategy to look for fulfillment and acceptance of True Authentic Self in something outside of self that is inherently and incessantly empty. In this recognition, there is freedom to recondition awareness and embrace integrity. There is freedom to move from dis-ease to flow in total acceptance— and to choose anew.
Continue reading the article at the link below and read Amazon reviews of the book by clicking the book image.
Whether you are seeking self-love; freedom from addictions; more fulfilling relationships with family, friends, and colleagues; or to transform prevailing paradigms, the The Integrity Effect can light the way.
by Brigitte Mars
Lawn grass is the number one water intensive crop in the U.S. Americans currently spend billions of dollars, millions of gallons of gasoline, and countless hours to maintain the dream of the well kept lawn. Three million tons of fertilizers are applied to lawns annually and over thirty thousand tons of synthetic pesticides. Americans are also using up to 30% of the nation’s water supply to water lawns! Manicured lawns have become an opportunity for rivalry between neighbors and an example of human’s domination over nature. My neighbor, a couple of blocks away, who recently lost all his hair due to his chemotherapy treatments is mowing his lawn. The noise is deafening and the mower is spewing a blue-grey cloud of gas scented smoke in his face and throughout the neighborhood. I watch as lawn clippings are piled into plastic bags, stuffed into a dumpster to be taken to an overcrowded landfill. Next he applies fertilizer from a plastic bag, and sets the sprinklers to water daily. Bizarre customs, are they not?
Article Contributed by Nina Wells
Hydrotherapy is the use of (typically warm) water for rehabilitation purposes. Physiotherapy involves a series of exercises which are used to help a patient recover strength, movement, flexibility, and function. When combined (also sometimes referred to as aquatic therapy or aquatic physiotherapy) the benefits of both cannot be overstated and often contribute not just to the physical health of the patient in the joint or muscle identified as being injured, but to the well being of the patient as a whole.
Many patients find that the specifically designed exercises performed in the warm water of the pool bring about better mobility with a sense of relaxation.
The garden in my backyard is truly a marvelous community of entities all co-existing together. I find that each year, I do less and less 'work' in the garden and yet, harvest more and more of my veggies from it. Even the carrots now reseed themselves each year.
You might recognize the leaves of strawberry, oregano and tomato in the picture above. The various plants all just sort of mix and mingle and somehow, it works. From experience, I now recognize that there's an intelligence to this garden community. And I've learned to just let it be. It's wiser than I am for sure.
In the following article, Dr. Mercola has interviewed Dr. Zack Bush who tells us how the bacteria and fungi in the soil and the healthy foods we gather and eat communicate with our bodies to create health. In nature, the bacteria, the fungi, the plants and animals all communicate with one another creating harmony, balance. And, if we allow ourselves to be a part of nature, a member of the natural community, it communicates with us in turn; with our bodies, with our mind, soul, spirit. All is connected.
"The stunning reality of your ecosystem and human health is that 15 percent of the on and off switches in your bloodstream are not from you. They're from the bacteria in your gut and the bacteria you breathe. Another 15 percent are from the fungi in your environment. Thirty percent of the on and off switches that are determining what gene is going to code for what protein … [have] no human source...
What does this mean for us as humans? We have got to get back in touch with our ecosystem. We have got to get a complicated ecosystem back. We have got to stop taking antibiotics, for sure. We need to stop eating and spraying antibiotics all over our food and soil.
We have to stop disrespecting this normal balance of ecosystem. We need to start getting back outside … We have to make our workspaces look different. We have to really get people back out and inject ecosystem back into their day-to-day lives."
Do you ever wonder what the electromangetic fields (EMFs) that surround virtually every person carrying a mobile device with WiFi or data capability looks like? Well now, thanks to visual artist Luis Hernan, you can see this field — and it's electrically terrifying!
Every single day over 3.2 billion people access the internet to connect with others around the world or to find information, listen to music, watch videos, read books — you name it, and it's on the internet and everyone wants access to it. WiFi technology has certainly enhanced our lives in many ways, but has this access to instant information and connection come at a cost?
Because we can't see the frequencies of our WiFi devices, it's easy to overlook the potential harm they might be causing. If we could see them, would it make us think twice about how often we are using them? Using an Android app and long exposure photography designer, Luis Hernan was able to depict what this actually looks like.
Titled Digital Ethereal, his work offers an amazing glimpse into the movement of the WiFI signals that follow us around virtually everywhere we go.
Article posted to Collective Evolution by Alanna Ketler but sott.net's page has an additional informative collection of articles at the end worth checking out
Article Contributed by Nina Wells
At its most basic description, hydrotherapy is the use of water to alleviate the symptoms of a variety of ailments and disease. The creation of the treatment (as a modern medicinal treatment) is contested depending on who you talk to, but it is known that in the 1820’s, the Hydropathic Institute of Gafenburg was established and offered a wide variety of therapies using water. Sebastian Kneipp, managed to treat his own health conditions with fresh water in the 1850’s and developed the Kneipp Kur which continues to be studied and practised even today. It wasn’t until 1843 that hydrotherapy made its way into the United States.
Today you can find hydrotherapy in many spas and wellness centers. The idea is that by using different temperatures of the water, you can stimulate and heal all of your organs, muscles and nerves.
If you've been visiting this site for a while now, you know I'm a gardener and that here in the mountains of Arizona, gardening can be quite the challenge. Nevertheless, I still manage to grow many of my fruits and vegetables and the many many herbs I use both medicinally and for cooking. Although I didn't initially design my garden from a permaculture perspective, over the past few years, I've been incorporating more and more permacultural principles not only into my garden, but as Nathan muses in his short video below, also into every aspect of my life, business, relationships - which become one integrated whole, each aspect supporting, nourishing, sustaining the others.
Achieve your life’s dreams by creating a thriving garden - Nathan Crane | Musings of Life (EP 016)
Learning some of the most valuable life, business, relationship, health and entrepreneurial skills from gardening. How to create a thriving sustainable abundant garden and life.
Naturopathy is a health and healing discipline that aligns well with the biospiritual principles expressed on this website. Holistic in scope, naturopathy acknowledges the healing power of nature and the innate wisdom of the body. Disease and dysfunction are viewed as the body’s attempt at self-cleansing and regeneration in order to self-heal.
The holistic principles of this healing system come from a deep history of traditional philosophies and practices. In essence, an understanding of the body, mind and the spirit of a person is sought so as to reveal the underlying cause of disease.
Thus, the two areas of focus in naturopathy are - supporting the body’s own self-healing tendencies, and expanding one’s awareness of lifestyle choices, beliefs and behaviors that either support or undermine good health.
Neil Kramer's latest Roamcast #20 features contemplations on: unmasking phony politics, the 2016 USA presidential election, 140 years of conditioning, the harsh earth, collectivism & individualism, the subterfuge of democratic socialism, mass media implosion, artificial isms & pretend phobias, Donald and Hillary, self-determination dissolves empire.
Neil is always a good listen.
I discovered Rick Jarow many years back when I read his book, Creating the Work You Love, and studied his program, The Ultimate Anti Career Guide: Your Life’s Work. Both the book and the coursework profoundly influenced how I choose to live my life. A while back, Rick posted a series of articles on his blog addressing what he terms the 'toxic economy'. The first article advises to 'Take Responsibility for Your Health'.
We believe that we are showing up an energy interaction with light, which is giving us an insight into the energy counterpart, the etheric template on which our physical molecules are strung. On average, every atom in the human body is replaced every seven to nine years. Think of your body not as a physical structure but as a moving fountain of molecules that are constantly being replaced. So what keeps them a coherent recognizable form? We believe it to be an organizing template of energy. ~ Gary Oldfield
Article contributed by Janet Robinson
Aromatherapy brings to the mind thoughts of beautiful scents which create a sense of calm and relaxation.
But did you know that the same essential oils which help you feel relaxed can also improve your productivity? It’s true.
Research has proven that the human being’s sense of smell is connected to our brain activities like mood and memory. So using the right aromas can help create a more productive and healthy work environment by stimulating your creativity buds, energizing the body, and improving overall physical health.
How does this all work and which blends should you stock up on? Let’s dive in.
Inside a glass dome in Northern Norway, lives a family of five. In the inhospitable Arctic climate the Heart Followers have found their unique way of life. In the garden around the little house, they grow their own food all year round. In this nature friendly shelter, they are protected from all kinds of weather, and live in harmony with the spectacular surroundings, and the elves in the forest.
This beautiful video is about 10 minutes in length with subtitles
You can donate to their next project by following the link below.
Here's a 4 minute video posted on youtube by The Journey of Purpose:
A new study predicts that 50% of all 'work' will be automated by 2055. Hmmm, if the definition of 'work' in the study includes mindless automated tasks performed for hours and hours of each day, day after day...Ugh! I feel soul loss just writing that sentence.
There is change afoot. 2017 will be a year of great changes. In the economy certainly. Resistance is futile as they say :) so, let the carbon monoxide breathing gmo monkeys (see Fired on Mars) or the robots do those soul-sucking tasks. Let us rather be the leaf that floats atop the stream and flow with it; the surfer that rides the wave to the distant shore. Let's use our amazing human capacity for imagination, adaptability, ingenuity and be the change we wish to see in this world. Be the Love, be the Beauty, be the Truth, be the Passion. Find your purpose and Be it!
Here's the article about the study and it's prediction.
A Vimeo's Best of The Year for 2016 is Fired on Mars - 6 1/2 minutes in length, it's funny and thought-provoking. Stay true to your soul!
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are best known as "The Minimalists" to the millions of people who read their blog and books. In this excellent article from mercola.com, we learn how embracing a minimalist lifestyle improved their lives.
Article Contributed by Jessica Williams
For most of us, winter months aren't all about the rosy glow on your cheeks or the perfect shiny hair contrasting against gently falling snowflakes. It’s more about cracked hands, chapped lips, and the needed increase of moisturizer for our faces. When I was younger I’ve always wondered why bath and body lotions were the go to present as the perfect holiday gift, but now it is all starting to make sense. Probably because my skin is telling me I NEED them myself.
A thoughtful discourse from Prof. Jordan Peterson on the role of the Divine Individual within the collective, the importance and indeed necessity of self-responsibility of the Divine Individual especially with regards to addressing the challenges we are faced with as collective communities within the global community. Food for thought as we move into this pivotal new year.Although Prof. Peterson initially indicates that 'tribalism' and 'cooperation' are central 'problems' we face, he also acknowledges that we of course are social beings. Finding our tribe and cooperating within such as divine individuals IS the central tenant here
On January 16, I am going to talk with Sam Harris, on his podcast, Waking Up with Sam Harris. Dr. Harris is one of the so-called New Atheists, of which there are four. Like the other three Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett and Richard Dawkins - who, by the way, I have always particularly wanted to debate — Dr. Harris is a smart guy, and I'm certainly not complaining that I will encounter him, instead of Dawkins. So I am preparing my arguments, carefully (although I have been doing so for years). The specific ideas I am going to share with you today were obsessing me the moment I woke up, somewhat fitfully, this morning, so I dictated them to my son, and then edited them.
The central problem of human beings isn't religion, as the New Atheists insist. It's tribalism. We know this in part because chimps, our closest biological kin, go to war, and they are not religious, although they are tribal. Tribalism also has a central problem — and it's not competition, despite the tendency of competition to produce, at least temporarily, winners and losers. It's cooperation, because cooperation is what allows us to exist as bounded groups. A group, by definition is a collective cooperatively aiming at something. It can't be aimed at nothing, because nothing cannot unite. It only divides. Thus, attacks on collective purpose, because of its tendency to produce tribalism, merely divides. The politics of identity, which emerge when the central purpose is criticized too destructively, inevitably produce the situation described in the story of the Tower of Babel: Everyone fragments into primitive tribes and speaks their own language.
Tony has been around for a while for good reason. Will this half hour video inspire you to finally make that change you've been meaning to make for a few years now but just never got around to?
This article, "Aromatherapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" was originally published in: World Health News - Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 1998, Atlanta, GA.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a poorly understood chronic illness that presents with complaints of persistent, unexplained fatigue together with various combinations of other flu-like symptoms such as recurrent sore throat, headache, joint and muscle pain, poor concentration, irritability, depression, low-grade fever, and swollen lymph nodes.
Although no cause has been conclusively identified, it is commonly accepted that the syndrome reflects the presence of a smoldering viral infection in persons whose immune response has been compromised by chronic physical or psychological stress.
Although no definitive "cure" has been discovered for CFS, holistic regimens emphasizing diet, moderate exercise, herbal and nutritional supplementation, massage therapy, and stress reduction have proven helpful in reducing symptoms and aiding recovery.
Aromatherapy is also an important component in holistic approaches to CFS and there are a number of essential oils which can ease symptoms and support healing processes in persons with CFS and related disorders.
Specifically, essential oils such as Chamomile, Geranium, Peppermint, Rosewood, Lavender, Lemon, and Marjoram can be helpful, when used appropriately, for boosting the immune system, promoting relaxation, easing muscle pain, lifting mood, and improving sleep quality.
Try the following combination of essential oils in a warm (not hot) bath to ease stress and muscle pain:
3 drops Lavender 2 drops Petitgrain 1-2 drops Frankincense
Use only Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
Draw the bath first, mix the essential oils with a tablespoon of milk, add to the bath water, swirl them around with your foot, get in and relax. Allow yourself 10 to 20 minutes. Do not get the bath water in your eyes, as the oils will sting.
Use this formula once a day for 3 or 4 days a week over a two to three week period.
There are many readily available aromatherapy reference books that offer further suggestions for utilizing essential oils in CFS. Check the indexes for "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" and "Myalgic Encephalomyelits", or ME, which is the term more commonly used in England.
*This information is provided for educational interest and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
Joie Power, Ph.D. practices as a Wellness Consultant, Healer, and Personal Development coach. She is a neurobehavioral specialist with training in the neurological aspects of olfaction (smell) and emotional functioning, as well as psycho-neuroimmunology, mind/body approaches, and aromatherapy.
In the past few years more professionals have come forward to share a truth that, for many people, proves difficult to swallow. One such authority is Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world.
Dr. Horton recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.
Until midnight tonight (Sunday 10/25/15) you can still watch all 9 episodes of The Truth About Cancer for free. I’ve watched several of the episodes already and have found them informative and inspiring. My personal opinion regarding cancer is that it is a complex disease with deeply personalized causes. A magic bullet does not exist that “cures” cancer. And choosing one, or several, specific healing methodologies over others, whether main-stream or alternative, is a deeply personal journey in and of itself.
Each episode is packed with information covering various healing modalities. Ty Bollinger interviews many well-known names in the alternative community including two of my favorites – Dr. Mercola, and Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo.com. However, the information I found most interesting was with regards to the following three areas, as they're all interrelated:
Communication – Cancer is a state in which something internally is not communicating effectively; the lines of communication within the body fail; cells fail to communicate with one another for varying reasons.
Epigenetics - The science of gene expression. This is the software that operates the hardware of the body. Gene expression is affected by the physical and the energetic environments. You can activate genes and deactivate genes by the way you live your life.
The importance of healing emotional wounds and spiritual healing - Dr. Xavier Curiel MD sites a Pub Med article, Emotional expression in cancer onset and progression, in his interview. He refers to Recall Healing, which is“ a system that puts together different knowledges to the benefit of the patient in emotional healing.” According to Dr. Curiel, the importance of emotions in cancer is fundamental, crucial. He sees this as the main trigger, the main factor, which affects/changes codified information at cellular and genetic levels. He also says that there’s a specific group of conflicts and trauma that trigger specific cancers, but doesn’t elaborate on what they are.
In another interview, Dr. Hank Fransen, PhD, says that even as cancer patients must do a physical detox process to heal, most also need help with an emotional detox process as well. When the body starts to heal itself, old emotional wounds and spiritual pain comes to the surface to be released also. Techniques like EFT, Emotional Trauma Therapy and others help assist people in letting go of old emotional pain. Every disease has an emotional component.
And Dr. Francisco Contreras MD tells us that doctors are not paying enough attention to the emotional and spiritual needs of their patients. That this is the reason why they’re failing in oncology - they’ve become mechanics of the body. (Ignoring the BioSpiritual).
One cancer survivor advises – “Look to your why. Ask: Why do I need to get well? Because then you’ll do whatever it takes to get well.” This is a great place to start a personal healing journey.
Update: Seems they're going to do another replay of this series for the holiday season. (I don't receive anything for this promotion, just think it shares worthwhile information)
Storytelling is an act of power. Our ancestors knew this. They told stories for entertainment, yes, and for teaching purposes too. But the storyteller also strengthened the bonds of family and of the community through storytelling. Healings can begin through the telling of a tale. One of my favorite tales told by Dr. Estes is the Tiger’s Eyelash – the story of how a woman healed her husband and their estranged relationship when he had returned from the battlefields with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. As Dr. Estes notes in the following interview, “stories instantaneously bypass the ego” and “the flow of images in stories is medicine...it flows where it is needed and applies itself there.”
Sounds True: One of the main themes you explore in Women Who Run with the Wolves is how women can uncover their injured instincts. If a woman's instincts are injured, can they be healed or repaired?
Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Yes. There are many ways to approach the necessary mending. For example, you can seek out an individual whom you feel has her instincts intact, and then emulate this dynamic figure. You may also form a relationship with her, based on self-study and kinship. Other times, the mending begins by the taking of solitude. Be alone for as long a time as you can. Be away from all the mouths and hands that reach out, plucking at a woman, wanting to consume her mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Time spent in solitude clarifies “the core needs,” that is, aspects of life that you feel you cannot live without.
Another pathway to repair injured instinct is, as Carl Jung put it, to live a natural life. Attempt, if you can, to live close to anything that is natural and cyclical. Live close to black dirt, a garden, a house plant, a dog, or a cat—something that has no artifice to it. Observe and make a relationship with that living criatura, creature. Notice that it moves in cycles. Try then to see what your own cycles are. This brings you out of the clackity-clack outer world into the world of the Self, providing new ideas and new ways to consider yourself.
Another great article by Sayer Ji from GreenMedInfo ~
Prevailing wisdom maintains that mushrooms can not produce Vitamin D3, and it has been a vociferously debated topic of late. But new research promises to upset conventional assumptions in favor of these fungal friends of ours.
Whether or not mushrooms provide a legitimate source of vitamin D activity has been a hotly contested topic over the past few years. Back in 2014, we were pulled into the fray after publishing the mycologist Paul Stamet's article on the topic titled, "Place Mushrooms in Sunlight to Get Your Vitamin D." Soon after, the Healthy Home Economist published an article by Sylvia P. Onusic aggressively titled "Debunking the Absurd Notion of Vitamin D in Mushrooms," wherein she calls out the presumably erroneous view of Paul that non-animal sources of vitamin D are relevant to meeting nutritional requirements for these indispensable biomolecules.
This is another great article from Dr. Mercola. As you may be aware of from reading some of my blog posts over the past couple of years, I've been diligently rebuilding the soil in the yards of my house here in Flagstaff. When I moved in, both the front and back yards were completely landscaped in river rock and cement :( What continues to amaze me however is, like the line from the original Jurassic Park - Life finds a way.
A new documentary, “Dirt! The Movie,”1 brings to life the environmental, economic, social, and political impacts of soil. Sharing the planet with humanity has all but placed soil on the “endangered species list,” due to greed, ignorance, and lack of respect for the earth.
Our very lives depend on the top five centimeters of soil, which keeps our biosphere healthy and teeming with life. Soil is quite literally a matter of life or death—our life or death. India calls its soil “Sacred Mother” because it’s the source of all fertility.
What if, standard like a refrigerator or stove, every average home was equipped with a compact, easy-to-use, appliance that recycled plastic trash back into oil? Families could convert plastics to use as cooking fuel.
And what if every school installed one of these machines in its cafeteria; every community center, church and synagogue were equipped with larger units to convert the community's plastics into gas or diesel? What would the world look like if all the plastic trash was collected and recycled into usable fuel? Imagine...
“The machine produced in various sizes, for both industrial and home uses, can easily transform a kilogram of plastic waste into a liter of oil, using about 1 kilowatt of electricity but without emitting CO2 in the process. The machine uses a temperature controlling electric heater instead of flames, processing anything from polyethylene or polystyrene to polypropylene (numbers 2-4). Comment: 1 kg of plastic produces one liter of oil, which costs $1.50. This process uses only about 1 kilowatt of electricity, which costs less than 20 cents!”
And if you are using solar or wind power to source your electricity, even better!
The link below will take you to the original and follow-up articles about this amazing invention.
by Laurel Luddite
My medicine chest is a council of bioregions, with representatives gathered together as I make my way around the world west of the Rocky Mountains. The Coptis root was picked out of the churned-up scar left by an excavator, at the retreating edge of the Idaho wilderness. The tiny amount of Pipsissewa leaves came from an ancient grove above the Klamath River just feet away from where the District Ranger sat on a stump talking about his plans to cut it all down. I am drying Nettles from the California creek where salmon die in the silt left after a century of industrial logging.
Every jar holds a story (often a ghost story of dying ecosystems and places gone forever). I am honored to have known the plants in their home places and to have studied their uses as medicine. But for people not lucky enough to roam throughout the wilds, purchased herbal preparations such as tinctures may be the link back to this sort of healing.
Like so much in this consumerist society, it is easy to ignore the connections between a bottle on a shelf in some store and a living, growing plant out in the world somewhere. It can be hard to know if the plant grows a mile away or on another continent. There is much to be said for reconnecting, for educating ourselves about the herbs we use and gathering our own medicine when we can. That's how we will be able to build a whole new system of healing--one that can support our movement away from the corporate power structure that medicine has become.
The development of a new medical system, or the recovery of ancient models, will be another link in our safety net when industrialism fails. It will keep us alive and kicking out windows now in the system's last days when so many people have no access to industrial medicine. And it will reestablish our connection to the real medicine that is the Earth.
An alternative to "alternative medicine"
The sort of herbal medicine popular these days (presented to us by the media and so-called green capitalists as yet another exciting fad) has brought with it very little thought of a new way of healing. The plants, reduced to capsule form or worse, to their "active ingredients", are just new tools to work with in the same body-machine that industrial medicine sees people as being. They become no different than pharmaceutical drugs or a scalpel blade: something to pry into the body-machine with and use to mess around with the parts. Except of course much less effective, because the herbs have been taken out of the system of healing in which they have their strength.
The placebo effect is concrete evidence that the body has its own innate self repair system.
A study was conducted with 3500 participants who had all been diagnosed with an incurable disease like cancer, HIV, various heart diseases, etc. Through the placebo effect, everyone’s illness had all disappeared without treatment.
Lissa goes on to talk about a specific case about a man named Mr. Wright, who had been given drugs that he truly believed would cure his cancer. Within days his tumors shrunk to half their size!
After a report was released stating the drug didn’t actually work, Mr. Wright’s cancer came back. His doctor sneakily told him that he had a higher quality version of the drug, and injected Mr. Wright with nothing more than water. Again, his tumors went away because he believed they would.
In this TEDtalk, Lissa describes some of the countless occurrences with measurable proof where people actually cure themselves. They grow back hair, heal their ulcers, shrink tumors, and diminish all signs of sickness! Even though this healing is initiated by the mind, the body really reacts.
Do you think we have the power to heal ourselves? Take a look at the full video below:
Thanks to Ann Kreilkamp, who pointed to this little gem of a video on her blog ~ Exopermaculture ~ about the Power of Awe.
The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck
Matt Ridley interviewed Nicholas Humphrey, the psychologist mentioned in the above video, in a March 2011 Wall Street Journal article, The Magical Mystery Show of Consciousness. Ridley asked Humphrey, “What is the point of being conscious?”
I love his answer: “To impress the soul.”
The lowly broccoli stalk, and the newer kid on the block, broccoli sprouts, are the subjects of numerous research studies spotlighting their superior nutritional value and numerous health benefits.
I'm sooo looking forward to seeing this when it's completed (and released?) in 2016.
I highly recommend exploring Neil's extensive body of work. Free podcasts of his many interviews, personal recordings he calls roamcasts, and articles, can all be found at his website. You can also purchase recordings of his workshops at very reasonable cost as well as his book - The Unfoldment.
By John P. Thomas
We know that autism can be healed, because we have seen the evidence of recovered lives. We know how autistic children feel, because recovered autistic children have been able to tell us how it felt. They have been able to describe their experiences after their lives were restored to normal through homeopathy.
Can you imagine being a young autistic child who has constant stomach and bowel pain, and having no ability to communicate your distress to others? Can you imagine having emotional meltdowns and anger fits because of your physical and emotional pain, and because you are unable to communicate and process your feelings through speaking? Can you imagine being lost in a world of frustration where you can’t understand what is happening at school and have no ability to reach out to other children or to teachers? Can you imagine not being able to make eye contact with your parents or other people and wandering through life without feeling love or feeling connected to anyone? Can you imagine spinning in circles in your own world, because other people seem to live in a different world that is beyond your understanding or your reach? This is how many children with vaccine damage lived until they were helped by homeopathy.
In my previous article on healing vaccine damage, I discussed the use of homeopathy for curing many types of vaccine damage. That article focused on the principles of homeopathic treatments, the remedies that are used, and the most common form of homeopathy that is being used worldwide.
by Dr. Bruce Berkowsky
Psychoanalyst Bill Plotkin, Ph.D. in Wild Mind, writes: “Wholing [cultivation of wholeness of being] is the foundation for true healing. Some degree of personal wholing must precede any deep healing, not the other way around. We must to some degree cultivate our wholeness before we can truly be healed. Wholing comes first and is foundational. Once we get started in our wholing, we can begin Self-healing; and Self-healing accelerates our capacity for wholing. Wholing and healing reinforce each other.”
While Plotkin is referring to deep psychospiritual wholeness and healing, this concept of wholing preceding healing is equally valid for the physical body. A fundamental concept of traditional naturopathy is: Symptoms are local effects of general states. In other words, symptoms such as asthma, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome or obesity are all localized expressions of a disharmonious general state that involves all the systems of the body, as well as mind and spirit, to varying degrees.
Accordingly, disharmonious operations of the mind/body organism, in general, precedes the localization of a disease state. The functional and organic changes that ensue after localization are the results of the disease, not the disease itself. The actual disease-generating mechanism is an intricately constructed state of disharmony within the systemic milieu of the mind/body organism.
Stephen Jepson is an incredible man in his 70′s who has found the secret to youth, strength, balance and mental clarity. The secret is funner than you think...
Could the secret to acing that next test in school or performing better at work be so simple a child could do it?
and you're 65, or 75, and you never got your MEMOIR or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were JIGGLY and you had a nice big comfortable TUMMY; or you were just so strung out on PERFECTIONISM and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a BIG juicy creative life, of IMAGINATION and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. ~ Anne Lamott
It has been declared ‘the International Year of the Soil,’ but the year ahead, according to Dr. Vandana Shiva, will also see key developments in the global fight to overthrow corporate power with true democracy.
Research indicates that a healthy vagus nerve is vital in experiencing empathy and fostering social bonding, and it is crucial to our ability to observe, perceive, and make complex decisions. Tests have revealed that people with impaired vagal activity have also been diagnosed with depression, panic disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, panic disorders, violent mood swings, fibromyalgia, early Alzheimer’s and obesity. Given the state of society today and the vast array of dis-eases associated with unhealthy Vagus Nerves, it doesn’t take a medical doctor to conclude that by healing our collective Vagus Nerves, we can heal a lot of societies woes.
Many people, myself included, do not support the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Until it is finally repealed, some will choose to simply pay the tax levied for non-participation when they submit their tax return next year.
However, participating in a Health Care Sharing Ministry can be a viable option.
The stories we tell ourselves and each other about the world and peoples’ places in it shape the ways we practice medicine.
When we work with them consciously and intentionally, those stories can be an integral part of the healing process – shifts in the ways people understand themselves can bring profound shifts in their way of being in the world which in turn can bring profound shifts in their health. But if we do not examine the patterns of belief that underlie and guide our practice, we can end up unconsciously acting on the stories and assumptions of the culture that surrounds us – the very logic that got us into the kind of mess we are trying to get out of.
An Herbal Cosmology is an advance excerpt from Sean Donahue's excellent contribution to the upcoming Fall issue of Plant Healer Magazine, a call for a greatly nuanced, entirely integrative, deeply personalized approach to “healing.”