Six Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Writer

Ever since I printed my first letter “A” while watching Sesame Street as a toddler, I wanted to be a writer. I spent a good deal of my childhood and teens expressing my innermost thoughts and feelings through stories and poems. Once I reached a certain age, however, my yearning to write became more of a problem. According to my parents, it would get in the way of my earning a real living.

So, over the years, I tried to find a middle ground. I gave up fiction for a while and became a technical writer. It wasn’t until I learned to meditate, over a decade ago, that I realized I owed it to myself to pursue my dream. This article talks about how meditation made me a better writer, not a better writer than other people, but the best writer I can be.

1. Meditation allows me to get a different perspective: 
First of all, meditation is a spiritual practice that teaches us to seek within ourselves for guidance. When I meditate, I can get truly free of not only the perspectives of other people or what’s been done before. I can tune into my inner wisdom pull myself out of any problem. This different perspective really assists me in writing. I can use it to get to know my characters, to hear their voices. I can also use it to try to figure out how they would solve their own problems. If I get caught in a story idea, or character’s problem, I meditate until I find the answer. And I trust that the answers will come.
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2. Meditation allows me to find inspiration: 
Similar to the way meditation allows for a different perspective, it’s also a wonderful way to attain creative insight and inspiration. I can tune into different worlds, allow myself to dream, and try out different story ideas until I find the one that calls me to write it. In fact, one of the courses I teach has an amazing tool for using your dreams or meditations to problem solve.

3. Meditation teaches me not to compare myself to others, to anyone else’s journey or achievements: 
One of the most difficult things for writers to do is not compare their successes (or challenges) with others. It’s so easy to get bogged down in other people’s opinions, or why one person is more successful than you are. When I meditate, however, I am reminded of the infinite abundance of spirit that connects us all. My spirit is working for me. My journey is different than other people’s but it’s perfectly tailored for my learning at this time. A friend once said to me, “Don’t give up your insides for someone else’s outsides.” I’ve come to realize that my life is a gift, just the way it is. And what other people have in their life does not matter. This is a discipline I’ve cultivated through a meditation practice.

4. Meditation keeps me humble, out of ego-first thinking: 
As with comparison, meditation allows me to see myself as I truly am: a spirit having a human experience. If I forget that, I can be led around by my ego, needing everyone to like me and my writing. It has been my finding that if I need anything from others, my neediness can push that very thing away. Ego can make us quite needy. It is only when I am humble, and out of ego, that I can open to my true potential.

5. Meditation assists me to move out of blocks – writer’s block or otherwise:
As part of my meditation practice, I have cultivated a life of truth. This means telling myself the truth, feeling my true feelings, and being willing to face my spirit no matter what. Every block I’ve experienced in my life stems around a feeling that I’m afraid to feel or a truth I’m afraid to face. The same is true of writer’s block. It’s simply another area where fear has me in its grip. I meditate to ask my spirit “what am I truly afraid of?” Once I face that fear, the block lifts.

6. Meditation gives me patience that sustains me when the path is long and arduous: 
Fulfilling any dream takes time, be it becoming an author or poet, or finishing medical school. There’s a discipline involved in studying and learning to get better at your chosen craft or profession. Meditation teaches me patience. It re-energizes and rejuvenates me to keep me focused on the long haul.

Though these are listed as six ways meditation has made me a better writer, truth is, I believe these lessons apply to any and all areas of life. If you have a particular meditation practice, keep up the good work!

Namaste!

~ Lisa Voisin,
Level 2 Teacher

Reprinted with thanks from Lisa’s blog,
https://lisavoisin.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/six-ways-meditation-can-make-you-a-better-writer/

Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Cake

This is a modified version of an old family recipe for Sicilian breakfast cake that I originally got from Georgia Colton. I’ve experimented with it a bit, and the chocolate is still my favourite.

Here’s the basic recipe first and then the modifications for the:

Infamous chocolate version

7 eggs
1 1/8 cup maple syrup
½ cup oil
1/3 cup water (or other liquid – cold coffee, juice, etc.)
3 ½ heaping tsp. baking powder
2 cups gluten-free flour (I prefer 80% amaranth, 20% buckwheat, or you could use rice, bean, or any commercial blend of gluten-free flour.  If using coconut flour, you’ll need to adjust the amounts of liquids and flour.)

  1. Separate the egg whites from yolks. Blend together the egg yolks, maple syrup, liquid and oil.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  3. Fold one tablespoon egg whites into other liquid ingredients, then blend together.
  4. Add the rest of the egg whites to the liquid ingredients, and blend together, slowly adding the baking powder while blending.
  5. Fold/sift the flour into the mixture gradually, mixing with a whisk only until all flour lumps are gone.
  6. Pour into a buttered angel food cake pan, put into COLD oven, closing oven door gently.
  7. Turn oven to 300 degrees, and bake for one hour (use the standard fork/toothpick test)

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      • If you want to add flavouring, make the flavouring part of the liquid ingredients (e.g.: vanilla, lemon extract, coffee, etc.)
      • Add chopped nuts, fruit, poppy-seeds or chocolate chips while folding in flour.

For a deluxe triple chocolate mocha cake:

  • Substitute ½ Dutch Cocoa for flour in the flour mixture
  • Use cold espresso instead of water
  • Add about a half-cup of finely-shaved dark chocolate (the darker the better, preferably at least 70% cocoa, the less sugar the better).
  • Sprinkle a handful of dark chocolate chips over the mixture in the pan.

Because the chocolate is so rich, it may take an extra 10 minutes of baking time depending on oven, altitude, etc.

Enjoy!

~ Anna Melnikoff,
Teacher, Level 3

Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?

Did the title spook you? It was meant to.

A friend of mine had done the work of putting together a comprehensive resume listing all her skills. She confessed to me that when she read it back over, it was so impressive she couldn’t believe the resume was her own. I asked her if she lied or exaggerated. She had not lied.

I shouted “Then, snap out of it, woman!” and we had a laugh.

In truth, though, this is no laughing matter. We are talking about an inability to see the self in truth. It is said that butterflies can’t see their own wings and likewise humans seem to be afflicted with an inability to see the ways they are magnificent. The term that is being used to describe this affliction is “Imposter Syndrome”, an irrational fear of people finding out that you’re a fake or that you’re just making it up as you go along. In my lexicon of naming, I refer to this dynamic as “waiting for the tap”. I’m just hanging about here with these creditable experts, these responsible adults, these lovely people….until someone notices I am in the wrong place and comes over to give me a tap on the shoulder and tell me to move along.

Meryl Streep, a veteran actor who holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations (18) demonstrates her own susceptibility to this syndrome in this quote: “You think, why would anyone want to see me again in a movie? And I don’t know how to act anyway, so why am I doing this?”

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An “Imposter” has an impossibly high standard set for their expertise. They often have an unreasonable expectation of infallibility which does not allow for them to make a single mistake. This attitude makes learning a new skill torturous as the Imposter is highly critical of their lack of coordination. The fear of appearing foolish or ignorant may prevent a person with Imposter Syndrome from learning new things.

Dr. Valerie Young, who has made a study of this syndrome, says that, “The thing about impostors is, they have unsustainably high standards for everything they do. The thinking here is, if I don’t know everything, then I know nothing. If it’s not absolutely perfect, it’s woefully deficient. If I’m not operating at the top of my game 24/7, then I’m incompetent.”

It’s an all or nothing at all world for the imposter who suffers their fear of inadequacy alone, anxious that everyone will know the true depth of their incompetence if they make one little slip. All their years of credibility and good faith could be swallowed up by a single mistake. They exaggerate internally, the level of risk represented in any new venture, often talking themselves out of new experiences for fear of showing themselves unsatisfactory or proving themselves to be charlatans.

Tara Sophia Mohr suggests in her article “Understanding How to Frame Your Creative Expertise”, that there are 4 types of experts. The Survivor has experienced something and now is moved to share that experience with others. The Cross-Trainer has a passion for more than one thing and is able to create conceptual bridges between their areas of expertise that help make sense of one or the other of those specialties. The Called are people who are deeply moved from within to bring their vision or knowledge to the rest of the world. Finally there is The Academic. This expert may have written a book or two and has academic credentials.

Imposters inevitably compare themselves with the Academics, feeling that they are not as qualified as Dr. Expert and therefore their position must be inferior. Setting that high standard, the Imposter disregards the wisdom of experience offered in the Survivor’s expertise, questions their own perceptions of their field when faced with a scrappy Cross-Trainer, or may be disdainful of the knowledge brought forth by the one who is Called.

The truth of it is that most people are just out there flying by the seat of their pants, weighing instinct against imprinting to make decisions, and learning all they can tolerate about the law of cause and effect. What all four types of experts have in common is that they believe in themselves enough to share their wisdom, skills and insight, be that by humorous observation, epiphanies, or revelation.

No fast remedy for the newly hatched syndrome but to set an intention to view the self with greater respect and kindness. Make a resume if you must, to list your assets. If you struggle with that, ask a close friend to extol your virtues. Your task will be to receive every compliment your friend speaks without bounce-back or denial. It may so happen that you, like my friend, are not an Academic style expert. Surprise! You don’t have to be. You just have to believe in yourself and the inspiration that moves you.

My point here is, “Snap out of it!”

~ Shaughna Born
Teacher, The Archetype and The Alchemist courses

The Art of Precision or, Be Careful What You Wish For

We all have natural abilities. Sometimes we are conscious of them and use them well. Sometimes we don’t ever fully discover them. Some people have the gift of being able to make anything work. Others can tell stories that keep you listening for hours. Everyone has something – some have many things. I can shape the weather. As much as this is a natural ability, I’ve had the chance to enhance it since taking Level 2 – Ancient Shamanism.

You may remember my story of how I became truly aware that I have this talent. (Rain Rain Go Away…) Since that time, I’ve consciously practiced and honed it, to the point where I can now simply place my order and my request is delivered. The trick, I’ve found, is to be precise and specific.

For a few years, I prepared detailed reports that required the inspection of buildings. Our goal was to take inventory of building, electrical and mechanical components. Roughly 25% of the inspections were outside. An important part of these on-site visits was taking photographs for use in the report.

When photographing the exterior of buildings, the weather has a profound effect. Rain makes things difficult. Lack of light is the least of it – rain drops in the foreground obscure details and puddles cover up whole areas. Bright sunshine makes things difficult also – there are many shiny parts on a building, and bright light makes the photos seem over exposed. Recent rain combined with bright sunshine is one of the worst scenarios.

One day, I had an inspection in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver, British Columbia. We always worked in a team – an inspector and a data collector. Both the inspector and I were driving from the North Shore. I was amazed at how little visibility there was in the heavy rain. Just then, the inspector called to see if we should cancel the inspection – due to the rain.

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But wait … I forgot to mention that I’d already placed my order. We’d been having a lot of heavy rain in Vancouver so I had started preparing the night before. I knew we only needed a two hour window with no rain. I also was very specific – I only wanted the rain to stop. I did not want the sun to come out during that time. The flat roof was bound to have pooling water and photographs would be impossible if the sun was shining. The time frame? 9am to 11am pacific time, please and thank you very much.

I was confident despite the deluge. So I joked with the inspector about already placing my order. We’d be just fine, I told him. Of course I had a backup plan…. Just to be sure, I reiterated my order, with an extra does of gratitude, just to quiet my own “monkey mind”.

When I arrived at the building, it was 20 minutes to 9am. The rain had slowed to a spit. By 9am, all precipitation had stopped completely. The inspector seemed a little dazed. He couldn’t quite process the shift from torrential downpour a half hour before.

I decided we’d start our work from the top down so we headed to the roof first. But we’d leave the interior until the end – just because I was confident in the delivery of my order, it didn’t make sense to waste the grace.

The sun started to break out briefly so I did some quick clarifying. I even said it out loud, “Thank you but no sunshine until after 11am please. ” It only took a few minutes before the clouds moved to block out the few rays coming through. It was almost cartoon-like how fast this happened. The inspector gave me a puzzled look, and made some wisecrack about talking to myself. What could I do but smile?

We finished our inspection by five after 11am and decided to go to a coffee shop a few blocks away to debrief. As you’ll recall, my order was for no rain until 11am. So I suggested we drive even though we could have walked in a few minutes. I told the inspector that my order had run out so we needed to be prepared for the rain to return. He just shook his head in that way that people do when they’re convinced you’re simply not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

When we left the coffee shop 20 minutes later, it was pouring rain again. We stood under the eaves for a few minutes and laughed at how perfectly timed it was. He was sure it was all a coincidence. I know full well the Universe delivered exactly what I had ordered.

The best part? I’ve practiced using this power tool so much now that as long as I’m precise and specific with what I’m asking for, and as long as my request is made with gratitude, the Universe delivers my order first time, every time.

~ Nancy Marsh, Level 1 Teacher

Chocolate to Meditate On

I’ve practiced meditation for many years and now I’m embarking on the process of training to teach it. I’m training to teach Level 1 – The Prophet. I’ve grown so much through my meditation practice and I want to help other people, the way I’ve been helped. I want to empower others to fully live their own life.

A few months back, I attended the Academy’s annual Teacher’s Conference. It’s an amazing gathering where I get the chance to explore my inner landscape, learn some tools and tips for teaching, and network with other teachers. Some of my colleagues have taught hundreds of people, some a dozen, and others are learning – like me.

One of my favourite parts of meeting and connecting with other teachers, is sharing my joy of food – in particular, chocolate, one of my favourite foods. Each year as I prepare for the Conference, I reminisce over the past year’s best chocolate experiences, and bring some of my favourites to share. I often bring my own chocolate bark– here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Bark

  • 700 g dark chocolate, brickchocolate
  • 200 g raw/roasted shelled pistachio seeds
  • 100 g dried mango, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  1. Chunk the chocolate brick, and melt in a double boiler over low heat, until melted, then take off the stove.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the cardamom seeds and dried mango randomly.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the cardamom and mango. Add the pistachios and sea salt to the top.
  4. Place in the fridge for half an hour, until solidified, then break up into pieces, and enjoy!

This year, I was excited to showcase one of my favourite local chocolate artists from here in Vancouver, Beta 5 Chocolates. Not only do they use my favourite chocolate base, from Michel Cluizel of France, they also create fascinating shaped Polygon Bars and incorporate fantastic flavours and colours. I tell everyone who will listen.

Another Canadian chocolate maker, Theobroma, based in Quebec, uses non-GMO ingredients, is gluten free, Fair Trade, and one of my perennial choices. When I want yum without having to think, Theobroma is one of my go-to chocolates.

You can tell I love chocolate. A bit of a connoisseur, really. Well I also love knowledge. A bit of a seeker, for sure. And as I shared chocolate experiences with my colleagues, and learned more about teaching and this amazing energy work that we do, I realized how much I appreciate this community of teachers who truly appreciate my unique gifts. So now as I prepare to teach, I find myself meditating often on chocolate.

~ Matthew Craig

Our Empowering Dreams

Our dreams are tremendously powerful. If you take the time to recall and monitor your dreams, they can give you great insight.

Modern science doesn’t give much credence to dreams, but our ancestors considered them to be messages from the Divine. Many tribal cultures still consider the dream world to be real and the physical world to be illusionary.  Nearly everyone can recall with great clarity some significant and vivid dreams they’ve had, even years after they had the dream. These dreams often occur during transitional times of life. I refer to them as ‘God is talking to you.’

Many people have prophetic dreams. I have had many of them, including a premonitory dream a day before the September 11th terrorist attack.

Dreams can give you answers or creative solutions when you are stuck. Paul McCartney got the melody and words to the song ‘Yesterday’ in a dream. I always preprogram what I want to know about. If I’m starting to date someone, my dreams will give me the scoop on the person even if I haven’t consciously realized it yet. You too can learn to program in what your wish to dream about.
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Your dreams can help you know yourself better, when you learn how to interpret them and apply their lessons to your life. Once I asked for a dream to help me decide whether I should take a job or stay self-employed. I wasn’t prospering at the time.  I dreamt I was in the den of my condo which is my home office. I saw the outline of a door that I never knew existed. I opened the door and walked through to a large beautiful rooftop deck garden with a magnificent ocean view in full colour.

Keep in mind that I live on a ground floor unit with no view of the ocean. I thought in the dream, ‘This can’t all be mine – it must belong to the whole building.’ Then I realized, ‘No, it must be mine. The only entrance to this patio is from my den.’
This dream was telling me about my untapped potential. It made it clear that I was ready to face the challenge because I walked through the door of opportunity. It also told me that on an unconscious level, I did not quite believe I had the potential and it was time to claim it as my own.  I’ve had many years of successful self-employment since then.

Dream dictionaries are of little use when it comes to interpreting dreams. You need to determine what the symbols mean for you. Many things need to be taken into account, including your emotions in your dream and waking life, and recurring themes and metaphors. There are some guidelines but no fixed rules for dream interpretation. You will know when you interpreted the dream symbols of your dream correctly because it will just feel right.

Keep a dream journal. That will help you log recurring themes and emotions, as well as train you to focus on a dream when you first wake up. After awakening, dream recall falls to about 30% after 8 minutes and falls rapidly to 5% after that.
Lucid dreaming experience is remarkable, unmistakable, and seems so real you may feel like you are awake. I can literally go in and interpret a dream while I’m dreaming it. The more spiritually evolved people are, the more lucid dreaming occurs.  The power to manifest what we want in our lives is enhanced by the ability to control our lucid dreams.

So open your door to your dream world. By doing so, you can improve your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

By Jean Shelemey, Level 5 Teacher
Email: metajean@gmail.com

Jean teaches workshops in Dream Interpretation, as well as courses in Training in Power, Levels 1-5.

Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again – When I Say

One of my favourite power tools is weather control. Throughout the ages, Shamans have practiced various methods of controlling the weather. Often shrouded in ritual, there are invocations, ceremonies, dances, purifications, and sometimes sacrifices. When I took Level 2 – Ancient Shamanism, I felt like my teacher was just reminding me of things I had forgotten. I didn’t know it then, but as I’ve worked with the Level 2 power tools, I’ve remembered many experiences of being a Shaman.

Some part of me has always known I had influence on the weather around me, in the way that I know when I allow myself to believe in those things that have no logical explanation. But I didn’t really own it.

Fast forward a few years – I was living in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I was renting a room in the basement of a level 9 colleague’s home. We had a level 13 housemate. The three of us were an odd assortment. I learned a lot about myself during that time, including being witnessed in the act of creating a weather shift so precise, there was really no denying it was my doing.

Please understand that I love the rain. I love the sound of it in the trees. I love the smell in the air. I love the softer quality of light. I even love walking in the rain, especially in the woods. But there are times when I just don’t want to get wet.Nancy and Nootka

I was taking a fast-track certification course for dog trainers. The program was physically challenging and overall, quite demanding. We worked outdoors 80% of the time, rain or shine. In this beautiful rainforest we got more than our fair share of rain that fall. I was constantly drying off myself and my canine counterpart, Nootka.

Weeks of almost non-stop rain left me unprepared to accept getting wet on my day off. This one Saturday I’d arranged to make up some credit by doing extra work with Nootka. I woke that morning to pouring rain. I don’t mean just a little rain – I mean pelting down. This type of disappointment was enough to set me off in those days – I was feeling pretty worn out and very soggy. But I held steady, decided to change my attitude and just get it done.

My girl Nootka lived about 10 minutes away. By the time I had her in the car ready to go, it was only spitting. Another 10 minutes to get to the back lawn of the Parliament buildings where I was meeting my teacher. By then the rain had stopped and the clouds were starting to clear. By the time the group of us had gathered around our teacher with our dogs, the sun had come out.

Seriously. Within 15 more minutes, we had clear blue sky above us and we’d all peeled off various layers to shorts and t-shirts. There was quite a lot of smiling going on (dogs included) – I wasn’t the only one who was tired of the rain.

We worked for an hour or so, with only an occasional cloud passing. In the time it took me to drive Nootka home, the clouds started coming in. By the time I got home, I didn’t need my sunglasses at all. And that’s when I lost track of the weather. I took a quick shower and a half hour nap. And when I woke, it was pelting down rain again.

I remember thinking how grateful I was for the sunshine earlier. But I didn’t really give it much thought until I was talking with my Level 9 housemate over coffee. She was so happy I’d done such a great job clearing the weather. She’d had two peaceful hours in the garden, no rain at all, and almost an hour of bright sunshine. She chuckled as she told me that it had started to rain again right after I went downstairs for my nap.

And, just like that, she’d turned on the light. I realized that yes, I had done that. I made the rain stop and the sun come out. It stayed clear for the entire time I had to be outside. Once my need for dryness was done, the rain returned. It took up right where it left off.

It was a dramatic demonstration really. Almost unbelievable that the timing was so precise. Except that I’d witnessed it too. And I set my intention right then to practice using this power tool often so that I would be able to wield it with confidence and precision.

~ by Nancy Marsh, Level 1 Teacher

Mercury Amalgam: Are Your Teeth Toxic?

Sweden and Denmark have banned its use entirely. Germany has imposed severe restrictions on its use, recommending that no amalgam restorations be placed in individuals with kidney disease, children, or any female of childbearing age, pregnant or not.

While the world’s largest manufacturer of dentistry metals has stopped producing amalgam, in North America, the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to approve mercury amalgam fillings.  It is still the most common dental material used in your teeth, with 75% of our population still implanted with mercury amalgam fillings.
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Dentists are taught that mercury is non-reactive when mixed with amalgam, yet scientific evidence has proven otherwise. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can damage your brain, central nervous system and kidneys.  Combining mercury with alloys and placing them in your mouth does not make mercury amalgam fillings harmless.  There is growing awareness that we are exposing ourselves to one of the most toxic metals known to science. As long as you have amalgam fillings in your mouth, you are breathing mercury vapors 24 hours a day.

Dentists are also taught stringent guidelines to handle mercury amalgam fillings as hazardous material before insertion in fillings and as toxic waste after removal. Yet, in an almost inconceivable twist of logic, they are told by the American/ Canadian Dental Association that amalgam fillings are considered safe when installed in the mouth.

On average an individual has 8 amalgam fillings and likely absorbs up to 120 micrograms of mercury per day.  With every bite of food or drink of a hot or cold beverage, these poisonous vapors are being released from the fillings and absorbed into cells, tissues, organs, and across the blood-brain barrier into your central nervous system and brain.

Mercury vapor when in the body converts itself to methyl-mercury (the organic form of mercury). Methyl-mercury easily crosses the blood-brain barrier, where it has been found to be instrumental in the onset of Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological disorders. It is important to mention that as toxic as elemental mercury is, methyl-mercury is 100 times more toxic.  Naturally, the more amalgam fillings you have, the more you are putting your health at risk.

Symptoms of mercury poisoning may include:

  • chronic fatigue
  • food allergies
  • Candida
  • depression
  • asthma
  • numbness and tingling of extremities
  • muscle tremors
  • menstrual disorders
  • intestinal disorders
  • low back pain
  • blurred vision
  • even blindness.

teeth-295404_640The most readily available test for mercury toxicity is a hair analysis. A regular blood test is ineffective since mercury is quickly absorbed and stored in tissues, adrenals, thyroid, the brain and other organs. Once mercury toxicity is determined, a decision to remove the amalgams and have them replaced with porcelain or ceramic-resin composite restorations can be made. A gradual process is recommended to minimize the extent of mercury vapor and seepage into the body.

A dentist trained in the safe removal of mercury amalgam fillings is necessary and the consultation of a naturopathic physician is recommended, once the decision to remove amalgams has been made.

My own experience with mercury toxicity began with a diagnosis of M.S. in 1998. A hair analysis and 24 hour urine collection, after a DMPS injection (a mercury chelating agent), confirmed mercury toxicity. I then began an eight-month process of removing all 6 of my mercury amalgams by a “biological dentist”, trained in the safe removal of amalgam fillings. Under the observation of a naturopathic physician, I began a detoxification process using homeopathic remedies, DMPS injections, vitamin C injections, massage, etc. to assist the mercury in leaving my body, tissues, and organs. Many years later, my health continues to improve.

Thankfully, with scientific evidence mounting and growing awareness of the detrimental effects of mercury amalgam fillings, more and more people are beginning to take responsibility for their health and demanding alternatives.

~ Nancy Hall, R.H.N., Level X
More information:
Edlich, Richard F. [et al.] “Banning Mercury Amalgam.” 2010.
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Adviso…e/DentalProductsPanel/UCM236379.pdf
Matsen, John. “U.S. Congress Bill to Ban Dental Mercury,” Jan. 2004.
http://www.northshorenaturopathicclinic.ca/january-2004-us-congress-bill-to-ban-dental-mercury/

Crystal Healing

Long ago, many civilizations understood the power of crystals and stones and used them for protection, healing and rites of initiation. Ancient medical traditions included the wearing of amulets and charms. We are only now rediscovering many of the healing practices used by the ancients.

Historically, gem stones have been associated with royalty. The Bible refers to crystals over 200 times. Throughout the ages crystals and gemstones have been known by many to stimulate processes of transformation and healing.

Each crystalline form has its own unique personality and vibration. Crystals may be used to transform, conduct, amplify or transmit energy and light. Minerals and precious gems are active healing agents that radiate light and energy. This radiation has a natural influence on biological organisms. Healing stones allow one to access and utilize energies that permeate the entire universe.

Karin_purple793The atmosphere we live in affects our emotional and physical health. Healing crystals can have a positive effect on our environment.

A crystal contains absorbed light. So when a crystal is placed directly on the body, it can influence the “light communication” between cells. Particular reactions are triggered as these energies interact. They influence the body’s system according to what is required at the time. A stone will offer information in the form of radiant energy. If this energy is accepted, healing will take place.

Healing with crystals is an information therapy as are Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies and Aromatherapy. In each case it is not the chemical substance that is effective. Rather it is the information emitted by it which produces healing results.

A stone chosen to suit the needs and personality of an individual will be more successful than one chosen randomly. Any ordinary stone may produce a result. It depends upon an individual’s receptivity as well as what is required in that moment.

lapis celestite et alCrystal healing is a non-intrusive method for developing the ability to heal from within. Healing stones can be used to clear the aura, balance the chakras and to loosen old energy patterns. The effect of a healing stone, however, will be temporary unless the information gained is recognized and transformed into action.

It is the insight gained from a stone that releases old energy patterns. If we do not stop repeating our old habits these patterns will return. Crystals are aids for healing. We can use them to support us in changing the problems we ourselves have created.

~ Karin Burgermeister, Crystal Healer
Sahara Minerals
Member of Gem & Mineral Federation of Canada

 

Gotta Love Those Power Tools

I’ve been training in this energy-based system for over twenty years now. The number of “Power” tools that I’ve added to my “tool belt” is impressive. I am so grateful for the safety these tools provide me.  And I feel so much appreciation for the new ways I’ve learned of loving – myself and others.  But, mostly I can’t wait to share how much laughter and joy there is for me in doing this energetic work.

About eighteen years ago, I traveled to Peru by myself.  Did I mention how grateful I am for the safety and protection I experience with my Power tools? It was an amazing journey for me. And I still laugh out loud when I remember this part of my trip.

I was staying an extra day and night at Machu Picchu.  The second day at the ruins I ran into a fantastic tour guide who had led my Cusco city tour.  Her name is Marcella, and she is a full descendent of the Incan tribe.  She saw something in me that she really connected with. She was especially interested when I was working flat out in energy, really using my power tools. Magnetic Compass

This day, Marcella was leading a tour with a group of engineers. With her group’s permission, she asked me to join them.  And this is how I came to be in the Temple of the Sun, where the famous sundial is centered.  On each side of the sundial, there is a smaller rock that the Incas believe holds the energy for the sundial. Marcella asked if anyone had a compass.  I did, and I readily volunteered its service.  Marcella asked me to place the compass on one of these “guardian” rocks. As I placed it, I thought it behaved quite nicely, even if I said so myself. As I gazed upon its stillness with pride, Marcella leaned over and whispered in my ear, “What are you doing, Patreecia?  It is supposed to spin very fast!”

I realized that I was using several of my favorite tools to hold the compass still. I had thought that was what a compass should do. As the meaning of Marcella’s words settled, I consciously relaxed my power tools. Immediately, the compass needle started spinning very fast.  And Marcella finally exhaled.

It took all my self control not to laugh out loud with joy!  After the tour was over, Marcella and I had quite a talk over a cold soda.  We found that we had the same kind of energetic insights.  And yes – we ended up laughing till we had tears of joy streaming down our faces.

Joy.  That is a gift I always take from doing this work and using these tools.  Not only is the joy always there, but there are joyful surprises as well.  Thank goodness the Universe always keeps me in awe of the possibilities that are created from each event.  And each event is grounded in an exploration of light, love…..and of course, joy!

~ Patty Ferris  – Public Speaker www.pattyferris.com
Level III Teacher and Spiritual Counselor