All My Relations

On some level, we all know that we are all one. Throughout North America, Indigenous people have a very sacred and old expression of this oneness. You may have heard it used – “All my Relations”.

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I heard this expression used for years without fully understanding its meaning. A few years ago I had the honour of an elder’s explanation of the true meaning of “All my Relations”.  My previous understanding of the expression was shaped by my very limited Western teachings.

All my Relations” is used to refer to our connection to all sentient, living beings. It refers not just to humans, not even just to life on this planet, but to all sentient beings every where. That includes the living beings of the human world, the plant world, the animal world, the mineral world and the spirit world. It includes our ancestors as well as our children’s children’s children. It includes all sentient forms of life, in all times, and all places.

All my Relations” is also an acknowledgement of, and invitation to, the holy spirit beings that assist us on our spirit path. “All my Relations” acknowledges that we are all one, that we are all interdependent, that the harm of one is the harm of all just as the blessing of one is the blessing of all.

Saying “All my Relations” is a way of connecting spiritually to all of life, to all of creation, humbly, as an equal. It is also a way of acknowledging our responsibility to all of creation, to all life, a way of showing respect to all life that is here now and all life that lives for the next seven generations.

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The power of that much Love stirs me very deeply and I continue to learn more about these three simple words every time I hear or use the expression. I share this learning as a way of creating more space for all those who resonate with this way of being, including me.

All my Relations,
Artemis Fire

Three Nutrition Tips

1. Cleanse your liver daily
Your liver performs more than 500 functions including detoxification. Give it and your gallbladder a little help every day with this easy cleanse:

Lemon Squeezer

First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, squeeze the juice of ½ lemon into a cup of warm, filtered water and drink.
Wait 30 minutes before having anything else.
This is a gentle liver and gallbladder tonic, blood cleanser, and sets up for good digestion for the rest of the day.

Be sure to rinse your mouth with fresh, clean water after the lemon drink, to protect your tooth enamel.

2. Be kind to your liver
Plan your meals so that food is fully digested before you go to sleep at night. Allow the following digestion times:

  • Flesh Protein (4-6 hours)
  • Vegetable Protein (3-4 hours)
  • Vegetables (2-3 hours)
  • Fruit (1 hour)

Notice how you feel the next morning.

3. Neutralize those nightshades

Nightshade foods may subtly remove calcium from the bones and deposit it in joints, kidneys, arteries, and other areas of the body where it doesn’t belong.

Nightshade vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, and tobacco. While nightshades may be alkalizing they do adversely affect calcium balance.

Eating dairy will balance and neutralize nightshades. Consuming nightshades on a dairy-free diet will result in calcium loss, so go ahead and have cheese with your salad, and butter on your potato.

Note: “Old” potatoes have been known to cause gastrointestinal inflammation, nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness.

~ by Nancy Hall R.H.N.

Breakfast for Health

When I get up in the morning, it’s not long before my thoughts turn to food. Depending on the season, I choose from a number of things – eggs with vegetables when I want hearty food, a smoothie when I’m on the go, or yummy oatmeal, the ultimate comfort food.

Frittata
A frittata is an easy way to combine eggs and vegetables. It’s also helpful in using up leftovers. Try this for a really hearty breakfast.frittata

3 eggs (per person) – add 1 tbsp water
1/2 zucchini – grated
1/2 onion – chopped
1/2 pepper – chopped
6-8 asparagus stems – steamed and chopped
1 tsp of mixed herbs (like basil, thyme, dill, oregano, marjoram, etc.)
1/2 tsp sea salt, pepper
1/2 cup cheese – grated, cubed or sliced

  • Begin by wisking the eggs together with herbs, salt and pepper until incorporated.
  • Heat a frypan on the stove on high.
  •  Add 1 tbsp oil/butter when it’s hot.
  • Toss in the veggies, keeping the zucchini aside for later. Cook until soft.
  • Add the eggs and stir to mix with the veggies.
  • Once the eggs are nearly done, add in the zucchini and the cheese, and mix until cooked.


Oatmeal

This is a standard favourite of mine in the mornings. Lately I am experimenting with barley and spelt flakes to mix it up a little.

2 cups water, bring to a boil
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup raisins/dried fruit
1/4 tsp each – freshly grated cinnamon, nutmeg
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla

optional:
1 tbsp birch sugar/xylitol
4 tbsp hemp hearts
1 cup milk
1 tbsp butter

  • Once the water is boiling, add the salt and oats.
  • Add the raisins, spices and vanilla next.
  • Turn heat down to simmer.
  • Let the oatmeal cook for five minutes.
  • Pour it into a bowl and add any optional ingredients
  • My favourites? I mix in the hemp hearts, then sprinkle birch sugar on top and finish it with a dollop of butter. Yum!

Smoothies
Not much time in the morning? A smoothie is quick and delicious. I always make enough for two!

2 cups frozen berries
2 heaping tbsp of protein powder
1 tbsp Udo’s oil (Udo Erasmus’ brand of various blends of healthy essential oils – ask at your health food store)
1 tsp xylitol/birch sugar
2 cups liquid (water, blueberry juice, milk or yogurt)

  • Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • For a thicker smoothie, use less liquid.

~ by Matthew Craig

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Meditating with Crystals – Sodalite

I have been interested in stones and crystals for as long as I can remember.  As a child, I loved to collect pretty rocks and tumbled stones.  For years before I took the Training, I would buy books about crystals that would tell me their different meanings.  Little did I know that in some of these books, the author had received information about each crystal through meditation.

I decided to try it for myself, using the tools I learned in Level 1.  Over the years, as I learned how to interpret my own information and trust myself more, I found I could open more and more to the information available to me.  While I can still look at a book for a quick idea of what to do with a crystal, I find that each crystal is unique.  It may have properties it shares with other crystals of its type, but it may also have properties of its own.  When I work with crystals, I still find the best information comes from within, through meditating with them.

To begin, I recommend working with awakened, cleared crystals. One of the techniques we learned in Level 1 is how I clear my crystals. If you’d like to know more, please visit a Level 1 class near you for details!

Recently, I’ve been meditating with Sodalite. In its most common form, it is a rich blue stone interlaced with white striations.

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My Read on the Metaphysical Properties of Sodalite
Here’s some of what I learned while meditating with a piece of Sodalite:

  • Its energy feels like a gentle light blue, like a pale sky blue.
  • Its energy promotes a sense of organization and balance, but with the essence of simplicity.
  • On the throat chakra, it releases emotions (tension) caught in the throat.
  • On the second chakra, it gently illuminates, bringing a sense of peace and grounding.
  • On the 3rd eye chakra, it opens the third eye. It begins gently, by assuaging fears of seeing. Sodalite reminds me that there is order to the universe and that it is safe to look. It can also be used (with intention) to dispel illusion.
  • On the crown chakra, sodalite can be used with intention to restore a sense of a greater order… a higher order.
  • Held in the left hand, this crystal offers a sense of companionship and comfort – a sense of ease.
  • Held in the right hand, it draws out and dispels negativity and clear it. When used this way, be sure to give the sodalite a good clearing afterward.

~ by Lisa Voisin, Level II Teacher
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Healing at the Wellness Show

I just finished another weekend of energy healings at the Vancouver Wellness Show. Our team of healers and teachers had so much fun working with whoever showed up, all beautiful in their unique way, and willing to try something different.

Response to the “free energy healing” offer varies. Some people love it and bring their friends back every year. Others are just not in the mood. Sometimes it’s the wrong time of day, the weather, too much going on next door or down the aisle. And sometimes, it’s about what their buddy thinks!

shutterstock_244018153Some of us healers are more chatty than others. For me, it is not so easy to talk about this to someone I just met. So much depends on your personality. I’m pretty reserved. It took me a long time to reveal the healer side of myself at work, and even then it was because somebody was ill. But it helps me step out of my comfort zone, and it’s fun to show to people. I say “I can do energy healing at a distance”, and as I sit across from someone at the little trade show booth, that is part of what I am demonstrating. No physical touch is needed. Hugs are optional.

As I send the healing energy, I might talk about something I am seeing, hearing, feeling or just knowing– we each develop our intuition in our own way. People usually leave our booth more relaxed, feeling better, maybe a little stronger and ready for the next part of their day or their life.

So if you dropped by our booth and got a healing, thank you. You expanded our journeys, deepened our awareness, and gave us a chance to give something back to the world. We wish you well, and hope to see you again.

~ by Lori Fuglem, Level VII

What is Power?

Power – it’s right in our name. We say we can train you into your power. So what is this power that we’re talking about?

As usual, I start with semantics. How does the dictionary define power? Here’s the results I get when I google “define: power”:

  1. the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.
  2. the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.
  3. physical strength and force exerted by something or someone
  4. energy that is produced by mechanical, electrical or other means and used to operate a device.
  5. the number of times a certain number is to be multiplied by itself [mathematics]

Good start. But what “they” don’t tell us is that everything in this Universe is energy. We are each entirely made of energy. Everything in our environment is made of energy. We’ve been conditioned to see and believe that the “things” around us are solid, unchanging. But physicists will tell you that every thing here in this world as well as in the Universe is mostly empty space. The rest is wavelength (i.e. energy). Our own body is mostly empty space.

shutterstock_237582082So from this viewpoint of everything as energy, “the ability to do something or act in a particular way” takes a different shape. It means that I am able to harness and direct the energy that is me in a focused way to get a particular result. Who decides what the result is?

I do, of course. Even if I don’t know I am choosing, I am choosing.

Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” He was talking about intention or how we use intention to direct the course of events in our reality. But what is intention but thought? And thoughts are wavelength, vibration, frequency. Yes indeed, those are all ways to describe energy.

Our power lies in our mastery over our own energy. We’re not talking about mastery over others. We don’t aspire to control or exert force over others. We train into personal mastery. For me, training into my power is an ever-expanding process of becoming more conscious of how I’m choosing to place the energy that is me in each moment.

Eckhart Tolle talks about this in “The Power of Now”. He says “Nothing has happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now”. There is only now. It’s the only place and time that we can have mastery. My power is in the now. Your power is in the now.

Wouldn’t you like to claim your power fully? You are the only one who can claim it and you can only claim it for yourself. So how are you choosing to bring your power into your Now?

~ by Nancy Marsh

Conscious Eating – Find Your Balance Within

Eating consciously and having an awareness of and appreciation for our food is a very important step towards achieving balance and wellness. Making the best food choices by paying attention to what we are consuming, and noticing how it affects us, is crucial for health and longevity.

Nutrition, in the form of good quality food, combined with good digestion and exercise, nourishes us on every level. It helps balance our emotions, and directly affects how we think and feel.

GOOD QUALITY FOOD
Organic, bio-dynamic
Locally grown fruit and vegetables
Medication-free, pasture-fed animal protein
Unprocessed, unrefined whole foods
Unpasteurized, organic dairy
Fresh, enzyme rich
POOR QUALITY FOOD
Pesticide-laden food
Aged, old, or rotting food
Hormone, antibiotic and grain-fed animal protein
Irradiated food, Genetically Modified
Chemically processed, refined sugar
Food raised in unethical conditions

According to Ancient Ayurvedic principles, a poor quality diet promotes disease by allowing low-level thinking, destructive thoughts and behaviour. This is referred to as Tamas. When we eat Tamasic food, it makes it difficult to be anything other than Tamasic. It is believed, when we are mindful of what we are eating, we will benefit by staying well with a clear mind that supports high-level thinking.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognizes food as having YIN and YANG qualities that have a direct effect on our bodies when consumed. Yin and yang describe all phenomena. They are polar opposite, yet interact with one another. Nothing is purely yin or yang, and if either one predominates the other will consume it.

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The appropriate balance between yin and yang foods is desired, depending upon the constitution of a person’s body. If one is Yin deficient, as could be the case with a person having diabetes, hypoglycemia, anxiety, stress, insomnia, or hot flashes, they would want to build their yin by consuming good quality animal foods, dairy, whole grains, quality fats, cod liver oil, chlorella, and spirulina.

If someone is Yang deficient, they may exhibit symptoms of cold hands and feet, a cold body, abdominal bloating, fatigue, and low sex drive. Suggestions to combat this deficiency would be to build the yang while supporting the yin and a diet emphasizing cooked foods, using warming spices, such as ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, and limiting fruit and salads would be recommended.

Yin and Yang Food Characteristics:

YIN
Cooling
Salty, Bitter, Sour
Descending Energetic Qualities
Calming
YANG
Warming
Sweet, Pungent
Ascending Energetic Qualities
Energizing

It is interesting to note how our culture has become so disconnected from food, its value and its effect on us- physically, emotionally and spiritually. Food has valuable, life-giving, energetic qualities that nourish us. Understanding Ayurvedic principles or having knowledge of yin and yang is helpful to finding balance, but not necessary. Being conscious of what we eat and how it affects us, individually and collectively, is necessary.

As a suggestion, for your next meal, pay attention to how your food feels in your mouth- is it sweet, sour, bitter, or pungent? Notice its qualities and texture- is it warm or cold, dry or moist? These are clues to how it will behave and react in your system. Also, notice how your meal makes you feel a few hours later- energized or lethargic, anxious or calm, hot or cold?

Most importantly, before eating your meal, be sure to express gratitude for it. Especially when you are in doubt of its quality, acknowledging its value and giving thanks will optimize its nutritional value so you may receive all of its gifts- if you are willing. Namaste.

~by Nancy Hall, R.H.N., Level X

What are the Ten Promises?

The Bible gives us the ten commandments. Did you know that there were also ten promises? No one ever told me about these. I heard Yogi Bhagan’s lecture recently from August 6, 1991 and I want to share these Promises of God with you. They were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

First Commandment
Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
First Promise
Thou shall conquer the Earth. If the Lord God Creator is pleased with thee, all creation shall be thy servant.

Second Commandment
Thou shall not take the Name of the Lord in vain.
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Thou shall never be polluted.

Third  Commandment
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Third Promise
Thou shall live in peace and rest.

Fourth Commandment
Honor thy father and thy mother.
Fourth Promise
Thy identity shall be perfect. Heavenly Father, Motherly Earth.

Fifth Commandment
Thou shalt not kill.
Fifth Promise (Longevity Promise)
When thou shall Spiritually develop in yourself non-killing instincts, Mother Nature shall protect you and take care of you.

Sixth Commandment
Thou shalt not commit adultery
Sixth Promise
Thy purity shall be granted.

Seventh  Commandment
Love thy neighbor.
Seventh Promise
And the entire neighborhood shall love thee.

Eighth Commandment
Thou shalt not steal.
Eighth Promise
All shall belong to thee

Ninth Commandment
Thou shalt not bear false witness.
Ninth Promise
The power to witness My Creation shall be thine.

Tenth Commandment
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife nor thy neighbor’s goods (belongings).

The Universe shall never question thy will and all good shall come to thee. The real wife  of God is the creation – the creation will never question thy will.

These promises give a new perspective to the commandments. They change everything, don’t they?

~ by Nancy Marsh

Lamb Roast: From Grocer to Table

There are many things I consider when I cook lamb for dinner. Will I be the only one eating? Do I want leftovers? What spices do I want to use? And, will I cook it slowly or quickly?

My standard (and favourite) mix of herbs and spices will work for any cut of lamb as seasoning. Use it liberally, rubbing it onto the meat itself.

Lamb Seasoning
2 tbsp. oregano
3 tbsp. parsley
5 tbsp. mustard powder
2 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. garlic powder
10 tbsp. coarse sea salt
1 tbsp. powdered sea kelp (optional)
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Choosing the Right Cut
When choosing the lamb, I look for a cut that’s large yet still within my budget and fits my plans for the meal. If I want leftovers, I pick a large shoulder or leg of lamb. These larger cuts of meat provide the convenience of relatively hands-free cooking as they can be cooked over several hours.

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Shoulder cuts are usually quite large and contain lots of meat and fat. Slow cooking shoulder cuts helps to keep it tender. I liberally rub it with Lamb Seasoning, adding some chopped mint. Then I put it in a roasting pan, add some liquid (water or stock), cover it, and cook it at 300ºF for four to six hours. It comes out of the oven falling off the bone

You can also add onions, chopped or sliced, carrots, and celery. Parsnips and turnips work well also. Cut any of these vegetables into big chunks and add when there are 3 hours remaining. They can be eaten with the roast or alone as leftovers the next day.

Leg of Lamb
A leg of lamb, on the other hand, is usually more expensive, has less fat and has lots of meat. I use the spices and herbs in the lamb seasoning only, and skip the Dijon mustard. You can either sear the leg on the stovetop, or cook it in the oven at 400ºF. Cook until it’s a golden brown all over. This will take approximately twenty minutes to seal in the juices, and then continue to cook for two hours at 250ºF in the oven.

I also like to add bulbs of garlic with ½ inch cut off from the top stem side. I cut enough to expose most of the bulbs of garlic. This will allow the garlic to roast in the pan (hence roasted garlic) and by cutting the tops – topping the garlic – you can easily squeeze out the garlic when it’s cold. Add the garlic buds in the last hour of cooking.

Lamb Shanks
Lamb shanks are a good one-meal cut of lamb. If I’m cooking just for myself or don’t want leftovers, I’ll choose a lamb shank or two. They are smaller cuts of meat with a lot of bone and they cook quite quickly. Once I’ve coated them with the lamb seasoning (above), I quickly fry them on the stovetop to seal in the juices. Then, I add ½ cup of stock, cover them, turn down the temperature to low, and simmer for 15 minutes (I like them medium rare).

Other Seasoning Possibilities
Sea kelp powder is a nutritious addition to any roast, as it has a high mineral content. Ginger also works well to add flavour to lamb. Rosemary, parsley, thyme, oregano and sage can be added to the pan to make it really tasty. You can also tie stalks of fresh herbs in a bundle and put them in the bottom of the pan.

Gravy!
Strain the pan drippings when the roast is done and cooling. Remove any large chunks of fat or veggies so you can make a smooth gravy. Put it in a small saucepan and reduce the stock at a gentle boil uncovered. The more you cook it at this point the thicker it will get. For example, I cook two litres of stock down to 1/8 cup and it is nice and thick. This process intensifies the flavour and produces a great gravy. I add a dollop of butter just before I serve the gravy to add shine and richness. Another approach is to cool the drippings in the fridge before you use them so you can easily skim off the fat.

~ by Matthew Craig

Understanding Immunity – Our Healing Power Within

When we support the natural processes in the body with a healthy diet, a low stress level, and less exposure to toxins, we are rewarded with a strong immune system and a responsive healing power within. On the contrary, a poor diet, daily stress, and exposure to toxins in food, water and the environment, all cause a deficiency in immune system function, ultimately leading to degenerative health, illness, and premature aging.

A healthy immune system fights every invasion on the body from a scrape on the skin to deadly illnesses, such as HIV and cancer. It keeps us healthy. A weakened immune system is less effective and results in an increased susceptibility to every type of illness. Common signs of an impaired immune system include fatigue, frequent colds and infections, chronic inflammation, allergies, slow wound healing, listlessness, accelerated aging and cancer.

One way for invaders to enter the body and take hold is through the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut. An imbalance in this area, of beneficial to harmful bacteria, can be caused by the use of antibiotics, eating food from animals treated with antibiotics, the birth control pill, NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, cortisone), sugar, and chlorinated water. This colon microflora, often referred to as “the garden within,” is one of the major sites of immune function, and is necessary for health and disease prevention. Supplementation with probiotics can help to replenish beneficial intestinal flora and heal the intestine.

When immunity is low, organisms usually found in the body at normal levels, such as candida, or oral thrush, thrive and overgrow, wreaking havoc with the immune system. Candida overgrowth contributes to digestion problems, causinunderstandingimmunityg increased permeability in the gastrointestinal lining or “leaky gut” leading to food allergies and other maladies.

There is a link between food allergies and a weakened immune system. Because people with food allergies have compromised digestive tracts, undigested food enters the bloodstream causing an immune reaction, diverting attention away from the white blood cells (or phagocytes) usual job of defending invaders and cleaning up inflammatory debris. Over time, the immune function becomes increasingly impaired resulting in health problems.

The topic of free radicals must also be addressed when talking about immunity. Our immune system naturally releases “internal” free radicals to destroy viruses and infections and our body in its wisdom, releases antioxidants to keep these free radicals in check. It is, however, the “external” free radicals that overwhelm our immune system and are considered harmful. These free radicals are volatile, unstable, oxygen hungry molecules that attack and destroy the body’s cells. They are produced in the body when exposed to toxins, viruses, germs, or fungi. They are found in the air, water, in various forms of food and in all sources of radiation. They are known to accelerate the aging process and severely compromise the immune system leading to degeneration and disease.

We cannot always prevent exposure to “external” free radicals but we can neutralize these scavengers by including antioxidants in our diet. Antioxidant nutrients include vitamins A, C, E, B (complex), selenium, zinc, and bioflavonoids. These can all be supplied by the diet in a variety of foods, namely grains and organically grown fruits; such as blueberries and grapefruit, and vegetables; such as broccoli, kale, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, green leafy vegetables, garlic, and onions. Whole food supplements, high in antioxidants, are also recommended and include Royal Jelly, chlorella, spirulina, and wheat grass concentrates.

Protecting your immune system is an important way to maintain or regain control of your health. Having an awareness of what affects your immune system; paying attention to how your food, surroundings, and level of stress make you feel; and taking action to prevent degeneration, are critical ways to begin building your immunity. Your body knows what it needs to be well. Are you listening?

~ by Nancy Hall, R.H.N., Level 10