Reiki is Now Reaching the Top Hospitals in the US

By Arjun Walia | Collective Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts: Reiki, a healing practice that focuses human intention in order to heal another with touch, or at a distance, is starting to be offered at multiple hospitals in America. This is due to scientific publications as well as patient feedback.
  • Reflect On: Why have ancient practices like this, ones that have an unexpected amount of scientific validity and patient success, been shunned by the mainstream medical community? Is it because the medical industry can’t make money off of it?

Dr. Jessica Utts, the Chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of California and a professor there since 2008, published a paper in 1999 showing that parapsychological studies and their results are far more statistically significant than the studies that are used to approve some of our medications. Not long ago, she expressed:

“What convinced me was just the evidence, the accumulating evidence as I worked in this field and I got to see more and more of the evidence. I visited the laboratories, even beyond where I was working to see what they were doing and I could see that they had really tight controls… and so I got convinced by the good science that I saw being done. And in fact I will say as a statistician I’ve consulted in a lot of different areas of science; the methodology and the controls on these experiments are tighter than any other area of science where I’ve worked.” (source)

In fact, in 1999 she published a paper published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helping to prevent heart attacks.

Here, she’s talking specifically about remote viewing, but she’s also referring to parapsychology, which includes distant healing and Reiki. Reiki is a very specific form of energy healing in which hands are placed just above the body or lightly touching the body, as in “laying on of hands.” Reiki can also be done “long distance” as a form of prayer.

This deals directly with human intention and whether or not our thoughts can have a direct effect on our biology. We already know that human intention can have a direct effect on our physical material world in multiple ways. This document I obtained from the CIA’s electronic reading room titled, “Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers” clearly outlines that, and it’s only one of dozens of examples.

Studies within quantum physics also illustrate this fact. For example, a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. Human intention, via meditators, was able to actually collapse the quantum wave function. The meditators were the “observer” in this case.

In fact, the author points out in his lecture that a “5 sigma” result was able to give CERN the Nobel Prize in 2013 for finding the Higgs particle (which turned out not to be Higgs after all). In this study, they also received a 5 sigma result when testing meditators against non-meditators in collapsing the quantum wave function. This means that mental activity (the human mind, attention, intention, consciousness) compelled physical matter to act in a certain way.

“Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it. . . . We compel [the electron] to assume a definite position. . . . We ourselves produce the results of the measurement.”

A recent study has found that healing intentions and energy can be stored and used to treat breast cancer cells in vitro. It’s one of many examples of mind-matter interaction and the mind-body connection. You can read more about that and access the study here.

There are so many examples, and I just wanted to provide a brief background and overview. There are thousands of papers out there examining the effects of human intention, and this theory dates back thousands of years, from ancient cultures and indigenous peoples throughout all periods of history.


The popularity of this practice is exemplified by the fact that, as of 2000, there were more ‘distant healers’ in the United Kingdom than therapists practicing any other form of complementary or alternative medicine, and the same goes for the United States. (Barnes PM, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin RL. Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults: United States, 2002Adv Data. 2004. May 27;(343):1–19. [PubMed])

Reiki is a type of study that can be grouped into the category of Distant Mental Interactions With Living Systems (DMILS).  The effects of distant mental interactions are measured using electrodermal activity, heart rate, blood volume pulse, and electrocortical activity (EEG electrodermal activity, heart rate, blood volume pulse, brain blood oxygenation [MRI], and electrogastrogram [EGG]). These studies have yielded remarkable results, which have since been successfully repeated in laboratories around the world.

DMILS experiments, which relate to distant healing, more clearly indicate the existence of genuine interactions between people from a distance. As Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), explains:

But the proof-of-principle offered by DMILS experiments more clearly indicates the existence of genuine interactions between distant people. This presents us with an evidence-based enigma worthy of serious consideration. However, for many researchers, the mere concept of distant healing continues to elicit significant resistance for two main reasons. The first is based on the assumption that “action at a distance” is impossible because it violates one or more physical or biological laws. The second is founded on the neuroscience-based assumption that the mind is identical to the brain, in which case it does not make sense to propose that the brain activity we call “healing intention” can interact with anything outside of the brain’s own body. (source)

Below is another great point that really gets to the core of why it’s taken so long to integrate such therapies into hospitals.

There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing. Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)

But it’s not all about the science, it’s about what patients report and feel, which is why this practice is starting to enter into multiple hospitals in the United States.

The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center in Maryland USA offers Reiki to its patients “to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing”. They don’t explain its mechanisms, but have wisely adopted Reiki among acupuncture, integrative psychotherapy, and therapeutic massage.

The Mayo Clinic was ranked No. 1 at USNews.com’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll in 2017-18. This is a clear example of an integrative model where the latest developments and technology are applied and the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient during cancer treatment are addressed.

Their Integrative Healing Enhancement Volunteering Program along with the Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program have a wide range of wellbeing and healing services in which Reiki is clearly included. They also have a brief explanation of what Reiki is about.

If this isn’t enough, their Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center has a huge range of services, and guess what? Reiki is in the list of the Relaxation Services.

[Read more here]

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.

The Science Behind Crystal Healing

Image result for crystal healing scienceIt had always perplexed me that while we learned about the layers of the Earth and the consistency of sediment, rock, and minerals in Geology class, we never once learned about a particular creation of Nature known as the Quartz crystal. Or furthermore, the incredible healing properties it contains or that crystals are capable of being “programmed” and can store information for thousands of years.

Now, one would think in this day and age with our current electronics being dependent on crystals, that it might come up more often in our education system. However, the first time I really learned about what crystals really are and what they can do, wasn’t until I landed in a Reiki I class at Wright College in Chicago, IL back in 1999.

At first, I truly thought each type of crystal should strictly be used for healing certain ailments, but what I’ve come to learn from using crystals in my healing sessions for 20 years now is that just about any type of quartz crystal can contribute to healing, if one knows how to properly “clean”, “program” and open to what could be considered the core processor of the crystal. By this I mean, we mustn’t attempt to control the crystal’s power, but rather learn to harness a connection to the gate of information contained within and allow it to flow unharnessed.

With everything in existence being energy, it would benefit us well to understand how being energy gives us much more power over our lives than our ingrained beliefs of limitations, failures, and restrictions. Crystals serve to remind us that true power is always contained within and when we can remain in a constant balance of giving and receiving, we perform at optimum levels.

Crystals are neither a solid or a liquid, but rather a flux of silica and oxygen which keeps them in a fluid state of internal motion and flow while preserving the energy of information that it has received from its surroundings, either by natural means, or by intentional programming through human thought and intention, such as I or any other energy healer working with crystals would do. Related image

Personally, I leave my crystals “open” or “empty” with just their own resonant, signature frequency. Think of it as an energetic chalkboard just ready to have you write the best physics equation that is your life and intentions. And if used properly, crystals can aid us in all sorts of healing ways, not simply physiological, but also psychologically, emotionally and of course spiritually.

When I work with a client in person as opposed to distance healing over the internet, phone or intentional waves of thought, I always let them choose a crystal and THEN I will program it to aid in the healing we’ve done in that particular day’s session. This helps to keep the healing going for my clients, long after their session with me has ended and because the client chose that particular crystal themselves, they’ve identified a personal energetic connection, and rather than force it to bend at my will, I use it as the foundation I build upon with the utmost respect for a person’s personal path.

We don’t often think about how much crystals effect our daily lives, and whether or not you believe in their ability to transfer, hold and emit programmable and intentional energy, you have to acknowledge the fact that you wouldn’t even be reading this article if it wasn’t for crystals. It is due to their integration into microchips and LCD screens that we are graced with the technology of computers and cell phones that can remember their functions, your contacts, and that funny picture of your cat whether you have it turned on or leave it off for a week. Because of crystals and their ability to store information for tremendous periods of time, suspending literal thoughts in time, we now have the ability to appreciate the now, and how crystal technology has been around in all of humanity’s past, and will ultimately be what launches us into the future.


Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Loneliness More Hazardous to Your Health Than Obesity (Plus, Strategies to Address Loneliness).

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

Loneliness doesn’t just affect your mind; it can also cause a number of health problems. For example, the previous research1 shows feeling lonely can raise your blood pressure up to 14 points, with greater increases the longer loneliness persists. With that, the risk of heart disease and dementia also increases.2

More recently, researchers concluded social isolation and loneliness may have more severe consequences than obesity and smoking. Other recent research reveals the brain-related changes associated with feelings of loneliness start to take place after as little as 24 hours of isolation.3

Loneliness More Hazardous to Your Health Than Obesity

Negative emotions will invariably impact your physical well-being, and feeling lonely is no different. According to two meta analyses4,5presented at the 2017 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, loneliness and social isolation — which are similar but not identical — pose greater threats to public health than obesity, raising your risk for premature death by as much as 50 percent. As reported by Medical News Today:6

“While loneliness and social isolation are often used interchangeably, there are notable differences between the two. Social isolation is defined as a lack of contact with other individuals, while loneliness is the feeling that one is emotionally disconnected from others.

In essence, a person can be in the presence of others and still feel lonely. According to a 2016 Harris Poll7 of more than 2,000 adults in the U.S., around 72 percent reported having felt lonely at some point in their lives. Of these adults, around 31 percent reported feeling lonely at least once a week.”

The first analysis, which looked at 148 studies involving more than 300,000 adults, found social isolation increased the risk of premature death by 50 percent. The second,8,9 which evaluated 70 studies that included more than 3.4 million individuals, found social isolation, loneliness and living alone correlated with a 29 percent, 26 percent, and 32 percent increased risk of mortality respectively.

Overall, this is comparable to the risk of premature death associated with obesity and other well-established risk factors for mortality, including the risks associated with smoking 15 cigarettes a day.10

Other Health Risks Associated With Loneliness

According to the American Osteopathic Association,11 which commissioned the Harris Poll cited above, loneliness plays a role in many chronic health conditions, including pain, drug or alcohol abuse and depression. Recent studies have linked loneliness to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease,12 heart attack and stroke,13  and lower survival rates for breast cancer patients.14 Studies have also shown that people who are lonely are more likely to experience:

  • Higher levels of stress15,16
  • Poor sleep17
  • Increased inflammation18
  • Reduced immune function19

An epidemic of Loneliness and Social Isolation Looms Large

According to a 2010 study20 on loneliness conducted by the AARP, an estimated 42.6 million Americans over the age of 45 suffer from chronic loneliness, and census data reveals more than 25 percent of the U.S. population lives alone. Why is loneliness becoming an increasingly prevalent experience? According to researchers, common reasons include:

  • Long work hours
  • Use of social media surpassing face-to-face interaction
  • Frequent travel for work
  • Living far from family
  • Delaying and/or forgoing marriage

Commenting on the Harris Poll on loneliness, Dr. Jennifer Caudie, assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine noted:21

“Loneliness is an invisible epidemic masked by our online personas, which are rarely representative of our real emotions. It’s important for patients to understand how their mental and emotional well-being directly affects the body … Face-to-face communication is critical for emotional and mental health. Seeking out meaningful human interactions makes patients happier and, ultimately, healthier overall.”

In light of a growing population of seniors and the rising prevalence of social isolation in general, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., a professor of psychology who led the two meta-analyses, suggests we need to tackle loneliness both on an individual basis and as a society. To do this, she suggests devoting resources to:

  • Social skills training for school-aged children
  • Training doctors to incorporate social connectedness evaluations into their medical screening
  • Seniors are also advised to prepare for the social implications of retirement, as many adults have few if any social networks outside of the workplace

The Mind-Body Connection

It truly is amazing how your mindset can influence your physical health. It’s a powerful force that can either bolster or undermine your physical and mental health. One reason for this has to do with epigenetics, which centers on the notion that environmental factors such as stress and diet influence your genetic expression. It is the expression of your genes — not the genes themselves — that dictates whether you develop certain diseases or age prematurely.

Your epigenome is readily influenced by physical and emotional stresses — how you respond to everything that happens in your environment, from final exams to childhood abuse. So, if you are chronically lonely, this negative emotion will influence the expression of your genes and thus impact your risk of developing the disease.

This also explains why, as Dawson Church cites in his book “The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention,” heart surgery patients who have a strong social support network and spiritual practice have one-seventh the mortality rate of those who don’t!

Strategies to Address Loneliness

If you struggle with loneliness, you’re certainly not alone. The question is what to do about it. Following are a number of suggestions and strategies pulled from a variety of sources that can help address loneliness:22,23,24

Join a club

Proactive approaches to meeting others include joining a club and planning get-togethers with family, friends or neighbors, Meetup.com is an online source where you can locate a vast array of local clubs and get-togethers. Many communities also have community gardens where you can benefit from the outdoors while mingling with your neighbors.

Learn a new skill

Consider enrolling in a class or taking an educational course.

Create rituals of connection

As described by Baya Voce in the TED Talk above, rituals are a powerful means for reducing loneliness. Examples include having weekly talk sessions with your girlfriends and/or making meal time a special time to connect with your family without rushing.

Consider a digital cleanse

If your digital life has overtaken face-to-face interactions, consider taking a break from social media while taking proactive steps to meet people in person. Recent research shows Facebook may be more harmful than helpful to your emotional well-being, raising your risk of depression — especially if your contacts’ posts elicit envy.

In one recent study,25 Facebook users who took a one-week break from the site reported significantly higher levels of life satisfaction and a significantly improved emotional life.

Make good use of digital media

For others, a phone call or text message can be a much-needed lifeline. As noted by Will Wright in his TED Talk, “digitizing empathy” can be a powerful way to help each other. Examples of this include sending encouraging text messages to people who are struggling with loneliness, offering support and help to live healthier lives and follow through on healthy lifestyle changes.

In the U.K., seniors can call the Silver Line,26,27 a helpline for older people where they can speak to a live person for as long as they wish. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The service receives an average of 10,000 calls per week

Exercise with others

Joining a gym or signing up with a fitness-directed club or team sport will create opportunities to meet people while improving your physical fitness at the same time.

Shop local

Routinely frequenting local shops, coffee shops or farmers markets will help you develop a sense of community and encourage the formation of relationships.

Talk to strangers

Talking to strangers in the store, in your neighborhood or on your daily commute is often a challenge, but can have many valuable benefits, including alleviating loneliness (your own and others’). Talking to strangers builds bridges between ordinary people who may not otherwise forge a connection.

People of the opposite gender, different walks of life or different cultures hold a key to opening up to new ideas or making connections with old ones. In this short video, a reporter for The Atlantic, Dr. James Hamblin, demonstrates techniques for learning how to talk with strangers.


Volunteering is another way to increase your social interactions and pave the way for new relationships.

Adopt a companion pet

A dog or cat can provide unconditional love and comfort, and studies show that owning a pet can help protect against loneliness, depression, and anxiety. The bond that forms between a person and a companion pet can be incredibly fulfilling and serves, in many ways, as an important and rewarding relationship. The research on this is really quite profound.

For instance, having a dog as a companion could add years to your life,28 as studies have shown that owning a dog played a significant role in survival rates in heart attack victims. Studies have also revealed that people on Medicaid or Medicare who own a pet make fewer visits to the doctor.29 The unconditional acceptance and love a dog gives to their owner positively impact their owner’s emotional health in ways such as:

  • Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Helping to meet new friends and promoting communication between elderly residents and neighbors
  • Helping you cope with illness, loss, and depression
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Providing a source of touch and affiliation

If you’re looking for a furry friend, check out your local animal shelter. Most are filled with cats and dogs looking for someone to love. Petfinder.com30 is another excellent resource for finding a pet companion.

Move and/or change jobs

While the most drastic of all options, it may be part of the answer for some. To make it worthwhile, be sure to identify the environment or culture that would fit your personality best and consider proximity to longtime friends and family.

Read more great articles at mercola.com

Electric Love: Why Empaths Experience Everything in Energy

Image result for empaths quotesThe feelings of empathy are what connect the hearts of humanity and are the ties that bind us all throughout the cosmos and across all of time and space. It is what allows us to literally step into the shoes of another and experience their perspective, their view, and even sometimes their thoughts, energy, and feelings as intensely and as vividly as they do themselves.

Most of us are born with an innate sense of empathy and if we see someone or something in pain, we get a tingle in our gut that makes us want to reach out and console or help them. We feel deep down that connection I mentioned earlier, even if we cannot on the surface of our consciousness fully understand why or where these feeling are coming from.

In today’s society, sadly many of us are unaware of the magnificent details of this connection and most are certainly not taught about it in school or from our parents. But some of us, those we call Emotional or Intuitive Empaths, are born with such capabilities that they without effort absorb and pick up on the energies, thoughts, and feelings of those around them and therefore are forced to explore this extra-sensory avenue of our physical capabilities. I, to my blessing and also to my demise, am one of these people.

I haven’t shared this truth about myself with many people as I was growing up as even at the age of 3 I knew I was different and felt like an outcast. I knew things adults around me didn’t and frankly, I found out the hard way that most adults do not appreciate being corrected, especially by a child. I got kicked out of Sunday school for asking too many questions about God that couldn’t be answered and often was asked to leave classrooms for the same reason. I just couldn’t turn off this endless sense of curiosity and wonderment in my brain about the world around me, and with the constant bombardment of emotions, feelings, thoughts, and energy that was not merely of my own creation, but of those around me, I was always stimulated, energetically triggered, pushed and pulled emotionally and for a kid not knowing what the hell is happening, it can be quite confusing.

Universities even studied my abilities as a child, but for me personally, it was up to me to find out the answers about who I was, what these gifts were, why they were endowed to me and what purpose they served for me on my path in life. For many years I hated them and just wanted them to go away. I hid them from my friends and just played the role of the friend who always gave good advice and was a good listener. The friend who always knew what you were feeling. I guess I got pretty good at wearing my masks because I became so embedded in my own disguise that in my 20‘s I had no idea who I was and tried to find myself in drugs, alcohol, meaningless sex and unhealthy relationships that only left me feeling used and abused…and rightly so.

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I was recently reminded of just how fragile the heart truly is and just how much more growing I have to do. I had thought I knew the scope of my gifts, but I finally know now that I am here to use them for the greater good, not to hide them away in shame. And I feel I’m finally ready to do that. You see when you live for others for your entire life, even the idea of self-love feels foreign to you. It is something that comes riddled with guilt and shame because you are just not used to putting yourself first.

For the majority of my life, I’ve built walls to protect myself and to take care of others. But I realize now and I share this insight with not only other Empaths out there but anyone who feels like they always put themselves out there, just to have their heart broken over and over again; that we must first LIVE for ourselves so we can LEARN to LOVE for ourselves. Then and only then will we stop breaking our own hearts, and be able to authentically show up in the space that the Universe has carved out just for us. For we are all sparks of divine light, but we must be willing to turn our focus inward because this light resides within our own hearts and can only be seen once we fully embrace our own soul, our own Spirit for the perfect imperfection; the sliver of magnificence that it is.


tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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The Ethics of Using Sage for Energy Cleansing

By Tanaaz | Forever Conscious

Burning dried herbs, resins, and wood in order to energetically cleanse and protect our energy field and surroundings has been practiced for centuries across many different cultures and traditions.

Here in the United States, White Sage has been used by the Native Americans for centuries and is native to the land, however with the popularity of sage increasing, it is creating some question of ethics.

Wild Sage is being over-harvested which is devastating the land and driving up costs. As the herb is considered sacred by the Native Americans, some also feel that its use is being disrespected and that the increasing prices are making it harder to access.

While White Sage is a powerful, potent herb for energy cleansing, it may be time to consider where you are choosing to buy it from and if there is another alternative that you can explore.

For those living in the US, buying White Sage perhaps once felt like the sustainable choice as it grows wild and is connected to the land.

It has long been believed by ancient medicine doctors that herbs grow where they are needed, and so the abundance of wild White Sage in the Californian desserts can be seen as a gift from Mother Earth, and a resource to tap into, especially when we are local to the area.

But the gratitude of this is often lost when we buy packets of neatly wrapped bundles off the shelf, not stopping to think about where the Sage has come from and how it has been harvested.

While this sacred plant has been given to us by Mother Nature for us to use, we have to start becoming mindful about the energy that is behind how it is being harvested.

After all, how can we properly cleanse our energy fields using something that could have been butchered from the land for only profit and gain?

Herbs like White Sage are a gift for all of us to use and enjoy, however, at this time, the use of wild White Sage does seem to be something we should avoid due to over-harvesting and the devastating impact this having on the environment.

There are, however, some alternatives we can explore:

  • Buy ethically sourced White Sage, this would be Sage that is not from the wild and is grown specifically for commercial use. Or even better, grow your own!
  • Experiment with other dried herbs such as rosemary, mugwort, or eucalyptus. When experimenting, try burning just one or two leaves, to begin with. Be safe!
  • Use essential oils or flower essences instead. Essential oils carry their own cleansing properties. Simply mix in a spray bottle with water and spritz around your home and aura. You can also add crystals and charge up the water on the New or Full Moon.
  • Crystals are another great way to cleanse energy. Stones like Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Black Obsidian, etc. are great to keep around the home or to wear in order to strengthen your auric field. You can read more about sourcing ethical Crystals here.
  • Incense is also a great tool for cleansing, you can wave the smoke around your aura or place the stick in a particular space in the home in order to cleanse and invite positive energy.
  • White light meditations use no resources except your own imagination! Close your eyes and visualize a white light coming from your heart and moving outward to surround your entire body. See yourself sitting in a ball of protective white light. You can recite a cleansing mantra as you do this as well such as- “I am cleansed, I am light”. You can also visualize this same white light in the center of your home and watch it expand to cover your entire home.
  • Himalayan Salt Lamps are also natural air detoxifiers and energy cleansers, just ensure you are buying genuine Himalayan Salt that has been ethically sourced.
  • Spending time in nature is very healing and can help to reset your energy field. You can also bring nature inside by keeping some house plants. As an added bonus, certain house plants also have the ability to purify and clean the air in your home as well.
  • Leave a bowl of sea salt water out to charge under the midday Sun or the Full Moon. You can then use the salt water to spritz around your aura and through your home in order to cleanse and purify.

Cleansing your energy and your home is a sacred process and from the herbs and products, you use to the intentions you set, make sure you are doing no harm, and supporting Mother Earth in every way you can.

While all of these herbs can help and support the cleansing process, in truth, cleansing our energy is something we can always achieve from within. Try experimenting with more sustainable options and you may just discover that you had the power within you all along.

“You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself”-Wizard of Oz

About the Author

Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.

Read more great articles at Forever Conscious.

Aura Cleansing for Health and Well-being

By Body Mind Soul Spirit | Body Mind Soul Spirit

As we accumulate unwanted energies in daily life, regular aura cleansing supports health and well-being. Like psychic dust bunnies, we go around collecting debris on our aura, until we finally do something to cleanse it…

It is the same with personal hygiene. If you do not bathe, your body will become dirtier and dirtier. Gradually the smell becomes unbearable. Eventually, your body even becomes a breeding ground for disease and bacteria. If you do not cleanse your aura, your spiritual energy system will also become ‘dirtier and dirtier’. Eventually you become unpleasant for others to be around (though they may not consciously understand why). Your energy system then begins to attract lower vibrations which are also unhealthy for you and others. And for those around you after an aura healing will believe it to be an aura cleansing spell, getting to enjoy your lightness again.

In modern culture, we expect people to take care of their personal hygiene by bathing regularly, if not daily. But we are not yet so spiritually evolved!

Cleansing your Aura

Just like washing your hands cleans one part of your body and washing your face takes care of another… different approaches to aura cleansing will support you in clearing different aspects of your energy system. Some aura clearing approaches are more lightweight–in terms of personal hygiene–like changing your clothes, or putting on deodorant. They are still useful, but they can’t replace bathing! Other methods of aura cleansing go much deeper–equivalent to having a good scrub-down, or going for a detoxifying spa treatment.

Options for Cleansing…

  • Bathing with Epsom Salts – Water helps wash away dirt, both physically and energetically. Adding Epsom Salts to your bath stimulates the flow of your own energy and also draws minor psychic debris out of your aura.
  • Swimming – Submerging yourself in water helps cleanse your aura. As ocean water contains salt and minerals, it is especially useful for drawing minor psychic debris out of your aura.
  • Sunlight – Gentle exposure to sunlight stimulates the flow of your own energy. Some lower vibrations cannot exist with exposure to bright light.


1. Aura Meditation – Even basic meditation helps you relax and release. Aura meditation works directly with releasing unwanted energies through grounding, clearing your aura, energy channels and chakras. One of the most powerful ways to cleanse and care for your aura is energy-based aura meditation.

2. Aura Healings – In an aura healing, the healer supports you in cleansing unwanted energies out of your system. The healer assists you in grounding out psychic debris, releasing blocks and helps you get your own energy flowing.

3. Aura Readings – Often we confuse other people’s energy with our own energy. When we mistake foreign energy for our own, we do not want to release it. We hold on to it because we think it is us!In a clairvoyant aura reading, a reader can help you identify your own energy and discern foreign energy. When you recognize an energy is not you, it is much easier to release

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.



5G Day of Action Event Planning Kit

By Americans for Responsible Technology | Americans for Responsible Technology

Editor’s Note: May 15, 2019 is the “5G Crisis National Day of Action.” I came across this website, which seeks to make it easier for you to take action as a citizen around this important issue. Whether you are opposed to (or at least worried about) 5G because of health concerns, potential abuse by tech companies or the government, or merely the aesthetic issues of having many more installations in and around your house, you have an opportunity to make your voice heard on May 15th. Even if you can’t organize or attend an event, you can at least talk up this issue on and around May 15th so that you can help create a high trending rate for this issue, and show everyone that 5G concerns must be addressed in order for 5G to go into full installation and implementation.

1. Find the Right Location

Streets are public property and malls are private property. So, when  scouting for a location for your rally, look for a prominent retail wireless location on a public street with wide sidewalks, so you can assemble your group in front of the store without blocking traffic or impeding the flow of pedestrians. Corners are always good locations.

If you can find a podium for speakers, it will help focus attention where you want it, and provide a place for news crews to place microphones. If you expect to have more than 25 or 30 people at the rally, you may need some sort of amplification so that everyone can hear. Ask around to see if someone has a battery-powered amplifier and microphone.  Megaphones can be effective for smaller groups.

2. Obtain a Permit
Your city, town or village may require a permit for you to hold a sidewalk rally. Check with your local police department or mayor’s office. Permits may take a few  weeks to process, so apply soon!  You will need to obtain a permit for your rally if:

May 15th is right around the corner, and we’re counting on our friends across the country who are concerned about the deployment of small cell antennas in close proximity to homes and apartments to make this an amazing and effective day!

Here is some basic information you’ll need to plan your rally and make it a big success. (Need help starting  your own group? Click here!)

  • Your event will block traffic or cause a street closure

  • It’s a large rally requiring the use of sound amplifier

  • A local government requires a fee for permits, such
    as a security deposit or a charge to cover overtime
    for police.

Freedom of assembly is a basic American right, and you cannot be unreasonably prevented from holding your event.

3. Get the Word Out
Social media is the best way to get your message out to like-minded citizens. Please follow our Facebook page for videos, images and posts that you can share or use for your own messaging.

We’ve also produced an informational flyer which we can customize for you for distribution at public meetings, street fairs, train stations, supermarkets, and even outside of schools where parents are waiting to pick up their kids.  (Call or write with details of your event and we’ll send the master file back to you.)

Here is a sample letter to the editor you can use as a template for your own, along with talking points and apress Q&A.

4. Bring the Kids
The focus of our Day of Action is the protection of our children who will be subject to chronic, low-level exposures to wireless radiation during critical developmental windows if small cells are deployed near homes and apartments.

We expect to attract a lot of press to these events, and children riding on shoulders, in strollers or holding a parent’s hand make important visuals. If the TV News crews show up to film the rally, make sure parents holding kids form the backdrop for your speakers.

5. Plan the Program

Decide in advance who will be speaking at your rally. Three or four speakers, each focused on a slightly different aspect of the issue, should be able to cover the most important points. Begin your program around 12:30 local time; it should last no longer than 15-20 minutes.

Tape a 8 ½ X 11 piece of paper with the words “SPEAKER” on the backs of each person who will speak so that the media can easily identify who they should talk to about the event.

Find a volunteer in your group to livestream the event on Facebook for those who can’t be there in person!

To see more sample signs, click here. 

6. Press Advisory & Press Release

Assign someone in your group to assemble a list of the media outlets and reporters who might cover your rally, including television and radio stations as well as print media. Get phone numbers and email addresses of reporters. One week before your rally, send out a press advisory to everyone on the list. Simply fill in the exact location and send it to your press contacts.

On Monday, May 13th, send out our press release (coming soon) to the same contacts. Follow up with another reminder on the 14th. Call reporters directly and ask them to please cover the rally.

7. Signs
In making your signs for these events, please be respectful of our reasonable messaging and help us prevent wireless companies (or their friends in the media) from portraying us as “fringe” or the “tin foil hat” brigade.

Points we want to emphasize:

                  • Science proves that chronic exposure to wireless radiation is harmful

                  • Children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures than adults

                        – and they depend on us to protect them

                  • Federal human exposure guidelines are decades out of date

                        – and are only concerned with thermal exposures

                  • 5G will result in involuntary exposures for millions of people – including our kids

                  • There is no scientific evidence that 5G is safe

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BioAcoustic Biology and Soundhealth Answers Tough Questions: Focus on 5G

By Robert G. O’Leary | Nexus News

In this new series of articles, I seek to analyze a particular subject, technology, medicine, or nutrient from a sound analysis perspective. In order to do so, I will be using techniques and knowledge I have learned from the amazing Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Sound Health, located in Albany, OH. There are many practitioners, of this integrative type of medicine, in the United States and in numerous other areas of the world. For more information, you can check out the website at www.soundhealthoptions.com.

For this first article, I will be taking a look at the important new technology, called 5G, a technology which is being installed as we speak around the world. One cannot typically hear about 5G without hearing about some of the grave concerns about the safety and lack of testing of this technology.

I felt impelled to write this article after watching an eye-opening YouTube video, about 5G. It was a very simple video production, one without the editing and gloss typical of YouTube videos today. Yet I was transfixed by the charisma and conviction of the speaker in the video. He spoke so earnestly and intelligently from the alcove of his home, about this subject. His video was called “Urgent! Forbidden Information, a must watch! 5G is a kill grid that will lead to forced vaccinations.” (Imbriano, 2018)

The man in the video is named Joe Imbriano. He is a scientist and activist. He has taken a particular interest in the effects, of WiFi, generally, and 5G technology, specifically. His pseudonym on YouTube is “The Fullerton Informer,” and he has numerous videos on YouTube under that name.

In this video, Imbriano provided information about the frequency at which 5G will reportedly be emitted: 60 GHz.  He informed the viewer that this frequency is at the beginning of a range of frequencies which happen to disrupt the ability of the element iron to bond with oxygen.[1] His video can be watched below.

This postulation intrigued me as a bioacoustic biology and soundhealth practitioner, and I thought I would explore this information further.[2] That exploration inspired the writing of this article. As a practitioner, I look at how resonant frequencies in our environment can affect us. As such, this article will provide important information about how, and why, 5G may influence our body’s form and function.

As I analyzed this subject bioacoustically, I first found that the Frequency Equivalent (FE) of 60 GHz, which is equal to 60,000,000,000 Hz, is further equivalent (albeit at a far lower frequency) to a common mineral which is indispensable to our survival on this planet. I will be using this particular frequency equivalent to further analyze 5G’s effects.

Before we go further, I will define the term, “Frequency Equivalent.” By way of background, everything in our bodies, and what we put into them (i.e., foods, vitamins, minerals, medicines, poisons, or toxins, et al) has a numeric frequency, which the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Sound Health calls a Frequency Equivalent (TM), or FE, for short). The body is incredibly system-redundant, as for example shown by how a pressure point can address symptoms in different body parts & systems. Likewise, a single FE can correspond to a muscle & biochemical simultaneously. For example, an inability to open a pickle jar tends to indicate a weak lower thumb muscle & also correlates to the mineral zinc. Presenting that particular FE to the body, through headphones or a speaker, can improve the performance of both.

What is BioAcoustic Biology?

Here is a description of “bioacoustic biology” from the website of the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Sound Health, which is found at www.soundhealthoptions.com:

As a bridge between ancient ideas of sound healing and the futuristic, Star Trek, protocols that the institute provides, it is now possible to reverse diseases and traumas previously thought to be incurable, to reveal the secrets of our true nature, to enhance our lives, to predict what may be our fate through the frequencies of our voice?

Knowing your own voice takes on new meaning if you begin to consider the possibility that the sounds of your voice may be a holographic representation of all that you are, all that you can be. Imagine a future in which our individual vocal frequencies represent our identification; where the use of frequency based biomarkers contained within our voice can be used to keep us healthy and emotionally balanced.

From birth to death, we use sounds to express our needs and emotions, but there are additional layers of information hidden within our words. As man evolved, language became levels of intricate harmony nestled within structures of great elegance that carried meaning and allowed understanding of ourselves and others. See  (Edwards, Undated)

What can BioAcoustic Biology tell us about 5G’s Emission Frequency?

My bioacoustic biological analysis reveals that this frequency equates to such things as chlorophyll and glutathione, to name a few. It also equates with the Frequency Equivalent of elemental/mineral Iron.

My understanding is that anytime you add energy to an atom or molecule, the particles move more rapidly, bounce more and more off of neighboring particles, and thereby expand. Adding energy to an element, as we can reasonably say will happen when we interact with electromagnetic fields, such as those produced by 5G, will also cause it to increase its normal spin of electrons around the nucleus.

Remembering Basic Chemistry

As we excite a substance, more and more, it will pass through its different physical states of matter. In other words, when we heat a solid, it stays solid till it reaches a melting point, at which time it converts into a liquid. If heated more, the liquid boils and turns into a gas. A solid has tightly packed atoms and molecules. A liquid has these particles more spread out, and a gas has them spread out further still. This gaseous state is a kind of maximum expansion of the substance, and we can see this microscopically. See (Encyclopedia Briitannica, Inc., 2019)

Going farther still into the microscopic world, we see that the actual atoms are responding to the application of additional energy. They demonstrate this in the form of an increased spin of their electrons, and that faster spin causes the additional agitation of particles we see.  A faster spin has another consequence: it causes the electrons to hop from the lower orbits to the higher orbits of its structure. See (Encyclopedia Briitannica, Inc., 2019). We could use the analogy of a tilt-a-whirl ride at the amusement park. The faster you spin, the more outward force you feel on your body. If you were not strapped in, your body would keep on moving outward from the center. The faster your spin, the more force you feel upon your body. See (Encyclopedia Briitannica, Inc., 2019).

As you may recall from your chemistry class(es), electrons travel in so-called orbits around the nucleus (which is made up of one proton and neutron). There are various orbits in an atom, each of which can hold a different number of electrons. There is a certain quantity of electrons which each orbit can accommodate when the atom is in stasis. In the case of an iron atom, the 1st orbit holds 2 electrons, the 2nd holds 8, the 3rd holds 14, and the 4th one holds 2. See (Encyclopedia Briitannica, Inc., 2019).

What might be the consequence, of additional spin, upon an iron atom? As expected, with more energy, be it from heat or millimeter-sized radio waves, it seems that electrons will likely hop up into the atom’s upper orbital areas.

The Influence of Additional Energy upon the Atoms which Help us to Breathe

This phenomenon is borne out by the following article, and it shows that this effect holds a particular consequence for Iron’s important interaction with the Oxygen molecule. According to the article, “The Iron-Oxygen Bond in Oxyhemoglobin,” scientist Max Perutz was inspired by contemporary scientist, Linus Pauling, to discover that “the iron-oxygen binding in hemoglobin depends on the electronic spin transition of the iron atom.” This article goes on to state that:

Essentially, Perutz found that when the ferrous iron in hemoglobin is in a low spin state, its higher d-orbitals are unoccupied by electrons, which allows oxygen to form a bond with iron. In a high spin state the electrons in ferrous iron are occupying all d-orbitals in the atom, and oxygen remains unbound, because there is no room in the uppermost orbital.

This suggests that the more likely structure for hemoglobin involves a single bond between iron and the oxygen molecule, not the double bond that Pauling had proposed in 1948 and again in 1964.  But Pauling was correct with respect to the presence of ferrous iron in the compound, and he had been able to make this determination before any crystallographic pictures were available to him. See  (Scarc, 2014).

In this low spin state, the upper most orbit is open. This means that all of its electrons are occupying lower orbits. Oxygen utilizes the uppermost orbit in order to find a place with iron and to bond with it. See  (Scarc, 2014)

If the Frequency Equivalent ™ of iron is activated by outside energy, at the level of 60,000,000,000 Hz of millimeter wave energy, it stands to reason that this will result in an activation of electrons such that they will be pushed to the outer orbit, thereby leaving no room for oxygen molecules to be able to bond with iron. This could mean that oxygen and iron molecules will not have the ability to bond.

The Potential Reach and Influence of 5G

This phenomenon could be of great concern to the future health of our world.

Since the vision and the marketing for 5G is for to have its towers within several feet of one another, and to have 5G technology, inside of homes, within phones, games, appliances, et al, it is likely that nowhere may be safe from these waves. Under a constant cascade of this specific frequency of radio waves, how and when will our lungs (not to mention those of non-human beings) be able to bring the life-giving and life-sustaining oxygen, to which we are accustomed, into our bodies?

While the air outside will still contain ample amounts of oxygen in a 5G world, our bodies ironically could still suffocate. To play with an old saying, we may have miles and miles of oxygen around us, but not a drop to breathe. How swiftly such a state of anoxemia may occur is unknown. But consider, for a moment, the diabolical potential of this kind of technology. It could easily be the product of a James Bond-movie level evil mastermind, and yet it is all too real.

It is mind-boggling to think of the potential harmful effects of this technology. It is fundamental and basic knowledge that we need oxygen in order to survive and thrive. It is the basis for our physical, mental, and emotional processes. Oxygen plays a key role in the lives of our animals, too. Plants breathe out oxygen for us to breathe in, we breathe out carbon dioxide which they use in their photosynthesis process. Nature and our creator have given us a beautifully-balanced system. Somehow, by design, deception, or dumb luck, the telecomm industries have somehow hit upon a frequency which will be tremendously counter/-productive and disruptive to that balance. Is this some kind of doomsday device, which could kill off many, and be the means to limit the freedoms, mobility, and vitality of the rest of society?

5G’s Dangerous History

It is pertinent to note that this type of technology has already been used as a weapons system. As shown in the article, “5G networks will use the same frequencies as pain-inflicting crowd control weapons”, this tech was used for purposes of crowd control and crowd dispersal. Apparently this technology can inflict a burning sensation and effect on your skin, as indicated by the quote below:

For years, the U.S., Russian and Chinese defense agencies have been developing weapons that rely on the capability of this electromagnetic technology to induce unpleasant burning sensations on the skin as a form of crowd control. Millimeter waves are utilized by the U.S. Army in crowd dispersal guns called Active Denial Systems. Dr. Paul Ben-Ishai pointed to research that was commissioned by the U.S. Army to find out why people ran away when the beam touched them. “If you are unlucky enough to be standing there when it hits you, you will feel like your body is on fire.” The U.S. Department of Defense explains how: “The sensation dissipates when the target moves out of the beam. The sensation is intense enough to cause a nearly instantaneous reflex action of the target to flee the beam.” See (Unattributed, “5G networks will use the same frequencies as pain-inflicting crowd control weapons”, 2017)

Another article adds more information to this discussion. It mentions that this technology was developed at least as far back as the 1980’s, and that the burning sensation comes from an actual heating of a victim’s skin to a level of at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. It is said to be “non-lethal.” See (Unattributed, “Health Effects of 5G Networks,”, 2017)

5G in Context

One may reasonably wonder if the claims of non-lethality are valid, or if the difference between life and death may be just a matter of degree (pardon the pun). How hard would it be for the companies, beaming out this energy, to turn up the power and burn us to death, or to burn down our homes? Is it safe to bring such a potential danger into our homes?

You may recall that smart meters were touted as safe and efficient not that long ago. They are similar to 5G in that they communicate with an outside company. In some cases, smart meters have ignited or exploded inside of homes. The danger of smart meters, due to a defect in the design or manufacture of one or more units, is therefore potentially fatal. 5G technology will reportedly be in many of our appliances, not just a single outside unit. You can imagine that, if each of these units even has a fraction of the potential danger of a single smart meter unit, the results could be disastrous and deadly.

To those who might protest and ask, “Why would our government do such things?” consider this:

Firstly, we have seen how surveillance has been turned on citizens, even though much, if not all, of its justification for production and proliferation has been based upon the threat of a foreign enemy. Whistleblowers, like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, have provided us a valuable service by showing us how little our government, and the Fortune 500 companies which seek to control it, cares about our privacy and our health.

Secondly, it is now common to see that military-grade hardware and armaments have been distributed widely to local and state police forces.  As these forces begin to use these items, they begin to look more like soldiers or Stormtroopers than typical police officers. It is not far-fetched to see how 5G, which is intended to be installed in every home, could be used as part of the militarization of the entire world; and the government could conceivably have at least as much information on its citizens as it has on its own enemies.

Thirdly, there are concerns over the so-called Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, and a document which NASA briefly had on its website, about what the world would look like in 2025. Much of this subject is discussed in the article, “NASA – The End of Mankind ‘Leaked Document.’” See (Wales, Undated)

The above issues concern facts and events which likely seem fantastical to most of us. Making them harder to grasp is the fact that they have constantly been branded conspiracy theories for years. Yet the years 2017 and 2018 have borne witness to the confirmation of many conspiracy theories as scientific fact and the concomitant vindication of many so-called “conspiracy theorists.”  See (Rudkowski, 2017) and (Icke, 2017). For even earlier confirmations and vindications (from 2013 and 2014), check out: “25 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True,” and “25 Conspiracy Theories That Actually Ended Up Being True”. See (List 25, 2013) and (List 25, 2015).

With so many seemingly implausible theories and events becoming documented and publicized, the tool of plausible deniability, wielded so deftly by the government and its handmaiden, the mainstream media, seems more and more ineffective. At the same time the burden of proof seems to have shifted onto the establishment. It therefore seems more than reasonable that the remaining so-called “conspiracy theorists” be given the benefit of the doubt when they have the courage to address and warn the public about facts or concerns that they may have.

Coming back to our subject, in the context of these times it does not appear unreasonable to state that 5G may be part of a plan to enslave, control, and/or kill off much of the human race. This brings us to our next pertinent question…

Why Such a Rush to Put this Technology in Place – Haven’t We Learned Anything from the Past?

It seems, to this writer, very worrisome that the companies are pushing for local towns and cities to have no real say over the decision of where and whether (or not) to place this tech. It is being rushed into place at an alarming rate. The purported watchdog agency, the FCC, does not seem concerned about the technology in the least. In fact, they seem almost giddy at the prospect of its full implementation.

None of this tech will be really be tested before it is put online, and the rules and regulations controlling WiFi are woefully outdated, and seem purposely drafted to do little to nothing to protect citizens from the harm that 3G, 4G, and 5G technology represent. Some of this is discussed in a video, entitled “Michigan House Energy Policy Committee 5G Hearing May 29, 2018 – Part 1,” and can be found at. The area of particular interest, in regard to health issues, begins at about the 1:04 mark. (Technology, 2018)

As with conspiracy theories, it has become more and more difficult to see how we can believe the government, the media, or industry in regard to health matters anymore. We know that GMOs can cause cancer; we know that fluoride does not really help to protect your teeth and has harmful mental effects; there is more and more credible evidence that we and our property are being attacked from the sky (via chemtrails/geoengineering and lasers); and we now know that there have been no efforts to improve the safety of vaccines over the last 32 years despite the legislative mandate to do so;

Despite the dangers, the corporation formerly called Monsanto, now Bayer, is still selling its poison. Fluoride is still peddled by most dentists, and still flowing out of many area water supplies. We are still seeing streaks in the sky every day, and California is still being wracked by fires many of which seem to be caused by aerosol spraying, HAARP beams, and lasers from above. Lastly, despite the dangers, vaccine companies still act with impunity and some areas of the world have, or contemplate having mandatory vaccines. Considering that Adolf Hitler put fluoride into the food supply of the prisoners in his concentration camps in order to make them more docile, the push toward mandatory vaccines seems to smack of fascism.

The Small Amount of 5G Testing has been Neither Public Nor Positive

In his February 10, 2018 video, mentioned above, Joe Imbriano mentioned that 5G was already used in 2 U.S. schools. In those experiments, the following symptoms allegedly manifested: paralysis, arrhythmia, neurological problems, tingling in the extremities, fainting, malaise, and fatigue. (Imbriano, 2018)

Special Note: Sharry Edwards, and her staff at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Sound Health, are working on this and many other health issues and concerns. Numerous classes, and regular radio broadcasts, are available to help you learn even more. Their website is www.soundhealthoptions.com and their phone number is (740) 698-9119. You will find the information and software, found there, to be very informative and empowering.

Finally, if you wish to get some experience working with vocal analysis, itself, go to www.SoundHealthPortal.com – the Institute’s online pubic workstation. Sharry Edwards has indicated that she will be dedicating part of the workstation to analyzing people’s sensitivity to 5G technology. So be on the lookout for that.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.


Empirical Energy: Learning to Trust Your Empathic Abilities

If ever as a child you felt out of place, or that you could see, feel or sense things others couldn’t then you are most likely an empath. Now, this can mean different things to different people, and while I believe humans are innately both with sensitivities beyond the 5 physical sense, not everyone stays open to them…

If it’s never felt like much of a choice, then you are most definitely an empath. For me personally, I feel like my entire life up to this moment has been a paradox; a back and forth, a push and pull, a rise and fall or simultaneously wanting to heal the trauma felt so intensely in those around me, yet also and equally wanting to be alone with nothing but nature and my own imagination.

I just turned 40 this year and after years and years of self-reflection and observation, I still feel eons away from fully grasping this gift and even farther away from understanding how to use it to my benefit.

In speaking with other empaths, there seems to be a common ground that we share when it comes to feeling fear, guilt, and shame around setting personal boundaries and fulfilling our own needs. It’s as if we are so acutely tuned into to the emotions of everyone around us, that we learn to sort of put our own on mute.

From what I can gather this has come from a sense of not feeling worthy of the very love and attention I am putting out, and I can trace this back to key experiences from my childhood. Even after hours and hours of shadow work and healing in these areas, I still recognize how quickly some situations can instill such a fear of abandonment that I literally freeze for a moment.

Needless to say, I know I have a long way to go and perhaps the greatest gift I’ve been able to give myself throughout this entire process is patience and the understanding that it IS a process and all of it matters. Even what other’s may have attempted to instill within me doesn’t matter, I’ve learned to listen to that voice of intuition, the calls of the inner gut guru and heart and choose every single day to KNOW that it’s all connected and therefore it all matters…nothing is trivial.

A huge missing piece of my personal puzzle has been around trusting myself as this is one half of a toxic circle of co-dependency we empaths tend to find ourselves in. We can come out of something so terribly painful, acknowledge the damage we’ve allowed another to lay upon us, and make promises to our very own souls to never let it happen again. And yet, somehow, someway we often find ourselves right back in the same painful lessons we thought we aced a long time ago.

And what’s important here is to stop judging that fact when you find it pertains to your own life. As we can all appreciate a kind yet firm teacher who allows us to grow in our own direction, we so quickly tend to forget that we too are teachers worthy of listening to and that often the inner child is that one student who so desperately just needs some guidance out of the darkness by someone who cares. Unfortunately, we are not often taught to BE that someone for ourselves and that if we do, it is wrong and selfish.

Overcoming trauma is by no means an easy feat, and neither is feeling the world around you so intensely, but dear brothers and sisters, what is perhaps the hidden gem at the bottom of the empathic gift box is the knowing, the life-affirming, motivating, encouraging knowing that you are worthy. And those emotions we are constantly flooded with are not to be fought against or controlled but ridden like gentle rapids.

When we can learn to trust not only the flow of life but also the raft we’ve built to sustain ourselves, we become like the mighty Phoenix, who is never scared of falling (or drowning) because she trusts her own wings, not the branches upon which she rests. And to me, that kind of energy that forms your integral essence is nothing short of empirical.


Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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A Lesson in How To Integrate Body, Mind and Spirit for Healing

On 19th February 2019, I was walking my dog when I slipped on some ice under the snow and had a crashing fall onto my right shoulder.  Fortunately, my neighbors were walking their dog towards me and saw me lying on the ground. They came over to help and then took me to the ER. I knew as soon as I had fallen that I had been injured quite badly.

When I arrived at ER I was surprised that there was no-one else waiting so I was seen very quickly. I was taken to x-ray and a short time later was shown the x-rays and told that I had fractured my arm at the top of the humerus just below the shoulder joint. I was given a sling and some pain meds and told to arrange a follow-up appointment for the following week.

As I’m right handed and live alone, my first thought was “how am I going to cope?”. A couple of hours after I got home I walked to the bathroom and as I got to the door dizziness came over me and I fell backwards onto the floor.

I had never felt so vulnerable in my life. Being alone, no-one would know what had happened to me and I didn’t have anyone to help me.  I lay on the floor not knowing how I was going to get up with my arm being so immobilized and painful. I lay there for a few minutes saying to myself “I’m going to be fine, I’m going to be fine, I’m going to be fine”.

After a few minutes, I managed to get up off the floor and went to sit down on the couch. I started to feel better and knew I was going to be OK.

So what has this to do with integrating body, mind, and spirit you might ask.

It has been my injury which has taught me that this power really exists.

Does the Mind Control the Body?

This morning I read an email by Madisyn Taylor from Daily Om which starts by saying

Our bodies are living, breathing expressions of our consciousness and should be treated as such.

Ever since my spiritual awakening and my interest in the Law of Attraction and manifestation, I have believed that the body is influenced by our consciousness and emotions. Bruce Lipton goes into great detail on this subject in his excellent book The Biology of Belief. Furthermore, Quantum Physics has proved that consciousness affects matter. Scientific research is continuing to explain the science behind manifestation.

In my research I  also found an article by Sondra Barrett PhD about Cell Intelligence.

Dr. Joe Dispenza has many articles and videos on the subject of spontaneous remission and the body/mind connection and in this short video he shares the healing power of the body/mind connection:

Our bodies respond to our consciousness and if we are filled with fear, stress and negative thoughts we develop dis-ease. So if our state of mind can create disease, surely it follows that with the right state of mind we can heal ourselves.

Now, I’m not suggesting that we rule out conventional medicine because it plays an important role when used in the right way but we can use a combination of physical, mental and spiritual approaches to facilitate healing.

Using The Power of Neutrality to Find the Gift and Facilitate Healing

The Power of Neutrality is at the heart of my coaching and teaching because it is a powerful tool for raising consciousness. It is a universal law that everything is neutral until we assign an interpretation to it. I describe it like walking a tightrope where the tightrope is the neutral starting point and we can consciously choose our response to events or situations. This is also a critical element in the art and science of manifestation.

We can choose to remain neutral when situations are trivial and of no importance. For more significant events we can choose to either step off to the left of the tightrope into the abyss of negativity or we can step off to the right onto the solid ground of positivity.

I always choose to look for the positive in every situation because I believe that everything happens for a reason and that there is a gift in everything, even if it may be completely hidden at the time. It was certainly hidden when I was injured!!

So how does the Power of Neutrality relate to my injury?

One of the fundamental aspects of the Law of Attraction and manifestation is that you get what you focus on; energy flows where attention goes.

When I first got the diagnosis that my arm had a serious fracture I immediately chose to focus on a positive outcome and reached out to my friends on Facebook asking for prayers and healing. I also focused on healing my fracture with intention and visualization. I knew that if I focused on the problem and the injury I would be sending energy to it and perhaps sabotaging the healing process.

A week later I returned to the hospital for more x-rays and a consultation with the orthopedic department. The second set of x-rays showed more clearly the extent of my injuries.

Here are two photographs showing the x-ray on the day of my fall and the x-ray which was taken a week later (from a different angle).

Integrating body, mind, spirit

Integrating body, mind, spirit

The second x-ray shows the head of the humerus partly detached from the shaft of the bone.

The prognosis was that the fracture would require surgery, even possibly a complete shoulder replacement. I was told I needed a CT Scan which would reveal more about the severity of the fracture and enable them to decide on whether and what form of surgery I would need.

I refused to be discouraged and set my mind on manifesting miraculous healing requiring no surgery. I also requested that my friends continued to send prayers and healing so I could add the power of the collective consciousness to my intentions.

After the first few days, I was conscious of how the pain had subsided and how I only experienced pain with certain movements. I believe this was because I was focused on healing rather than pain (remember, you get what you focus on).

If I moved in a way that caused pain, I spoke lovingly to my body and assured it I would avoid movements that caused stress to my shoulder. I connected with my body much more than I have ever done before and I believe it responded.

Day by Day my mobility increased. The CT Scan was performed 10 days later and 3 weeks after the fall I got a call from the hospital with the diagnosis. I was thrilled and excited to learn that despite the severity of the fracture I would not need surgery and that the fracture would heal over time with a gradual recovery of mobility in my shoulder, aided by gentle exercise.

Body, Mind and Spirit Working Together

My most recent visit to the orthopedic unit was yesterday and I was told how well the healing and my mobility were progressing despite the severity of the fracture. I am continuing to focus on a full recovery and believe I am well on the way to achieving it.

I truly believe that we all have the power to facilitate healing by working in harmony  – using the power of the mind, the power of manifestation and by communication lovingly with our body.

Jan Shaw The Success AlchemistJan Shaw – The Success Alchemist, is a Spiritual Empowerment and Intuitive Success Coach, Business and Marketing Strategist, and can be found at www.thesuccessalchemist.net. She delivers intuitive guidance, spiritual and metaphysical teaching, plus practical life and business strategies, to support you in fulfilling your Soul Mission and Life Purpose and create unlimited success in life and business. Get your FREE copy of her Dream Achievers Success Kit or apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Success Strategy SessionHer book Empowered Manifestation is available on Amazon. Visit her YouTube Channel for more tips, tools, and training to help you become unstoppable. You can also visit her Facebook Page and join her Facebook Group, Breakthrough to Brilliance. Jan also hosts the Cosmic Creating Show – listen to the recordings here.

Learn How To Heal Yourself: Talk To Your Body Your Cells Are Listening

By: Therese Wade | Uplift Connect

body talk healing

Your Cells are Listening

“Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul.”

These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body.

When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder. I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine.

I thought, can my body hear me… can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition?

The Path to Freedom

That night, after reaching a state of deep calm through meditation, I inwardly engaged my body in a heartfelt conversation, with hope, but having no idea what to expect. After about one hour of this focused communication, something amazing happened.

My tissues began to respond. Connective tissue pulled and stretched apart layers of scar tissue. Nerves fired and my calf muscles began to perform flexion and extension exercises independently of my conscious control.

As this response continued, one of my calf muscles that had become paralyzed by the neuropathic condition — diagnosed as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy — came back to life as electric-like jolts shot through the area.

My heart pounded as I realized that the path to my freedom from this condition had finally begun.

Related Article: Amazing Guided Meditation For Pain Relief And Healing

Guidelines for Dynamic Healing

With a background in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, I knew too well how prevalent chronic pain is in this country and I wondered what the implications of this phenomenon could mean to so many others who were suffering.

As I continued to make progress with my condition, I organized my approach into a system that I could teach to clients and shifted my professional focus to hypnotherapy.

When instructing my clients, I explain that a regular meditation practice is necessary to train the brain to enter alpha and theta brain wave states. While in these states, communication between the conscious mind and the physical body is dramatically enhanced.

I have found that when communicating, there are three key steps to gaining the cooperation of the body:

  • Approach your body with genuine compassion, understanding that it is made up of conscious cells who experience emotions.
  • Build trust by engaging your body in mental conversations about your desire for the two of you to cooperate and overcome the ailment.
  • Allow changes in the conversation by using different thoughts and words that elicit spontaneous elevated emotions.

From my experience, the above guidelines are necessary to achieve dynamic healing responses in the body.

The Force of human Intention

I recently came across a very similar set of factors that were discovered by researcher Cleve Backster, who spent 36 years studying biocommunication in plant, animal and human cells. He referred to these factors as real intent, attunement, and spontaneity.[1]

Backster, formerly an interrogation specialist for the CIA, wrote about the defining moment which led him to his real work in this world, in his book Primary Perception.[2]

This moment occurred one February morning in 1966 when he decided to monitor the Dracaena plant in his lab utilizing polygraph equipment.

He attached the electrodes to a leaf and began to think about ways that he might induce a surge in electrical activity in the plant. In humans this surge in electrical activity is associated with intense emotions.

He suddenly imagined burning the electroded leaf. The same instant this idea entered his mind, the polygraph pen shot to the top of the chart showing an extreme reaction on the part of the plant.

Amazed, he walked to his secretary’s desk to retrieve a set of matches while pondering the possibility that this plant was somehow detecting the force of human intention.

Can Plants become Attuned to their Primary Care Takers?

When he returned with the matches, the plant was still showing the same high level reaction which would interfere with tracking additional changes on the chart. Backster decided to “remove the threat” by returning the matches to the desk.

At this point, the chart displayed a downward trend as the plant apparently began to calm down.[3] When Backster attempted to repeat the same results by pretending that he was going to burn the plant, there was no reaction. The plant seemed to sense the difference between real and artificial intent.

He eventually discovered that plants become attuned to their primary care takers, responding to both their positive and negative emotions and to their return after being away for a time.[4] Chart findings also showed that plants prioritize the emotions of their primary care takers over the emotions of others nearby.

Related Article: The Shaman Within: How To Channel Universal Life Force To Heal Your Body 

Signs of Consciousness

Backster later expanded his research to include testing human cells for signs of consciousness.

He collected white blood cells from human donors, electroded them in a test tube and then recorded the cells’ reactions as the donors experienced different emotional states. He found that spontaneous emotions were necessary in order to elicit an electrical reaction in the cells.

For instance, if a donor forced herself to feel an emotion, the cells would not respond. However, when she received a distressing phone call from her daughter, the cells reacted significantly.[5]

He noted that distance seemed to be irrelevant in these experiments. For example, a donor left his electroded cells behind in the lab, then kept a detailed log of any stressful emotions experienced on his trip home to another state, such as missing a turn on the freeway, standing in a long line at the airport, and the take-off of his plane.

Later, his logged incidents compared with the chart recording showed strong correlations between the timing of the stressful events and the electrical reactions in his cells. The chart became quiet again when he arrived home and went to sleep.[6]

Raw Creative Healing Ability

These experiments were conducted while using equipment that screened out electromagnetic radiation — the usual energies used for information transmission. The cells behaved as if the screens weren’t there, suggesting that this communication is carried by a field still unidentified by conventional science.[7]

Some scientists believe that the further development of quantum physics may help guide us to understand this field that communicates emotional intent between living things.[8] Quantum Entanglement is a process where two particles of matter which have interacted with each other, still behave as if they are connected after being separated by many miles.

When an energetic change is made to the properties (position, momentum and rotational spin) of one of the particles, the properties of the other distant particle will change at the same instant.

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Body Talk: 4 Tips For Telling Your Body Thank-You!

By Cheryl A. Russel | Tut 


From your head to your toes, your body does a lot for you. Regardless of how you are feeling in this moment, what are your thoughts about your body? Are you truly thankful for everything it is doing on your behalf?

Related Article: Learn How To Heal Yourself: Talk To Your Body Your Cells Are Listening

Do you appreciate your cells? Your bones? Your organs? Take the liver, for example. According to the book Own Your Own Body by Dr. Stan Malstrom, “If the functions of the liver were reproduced, it would require the equivalent space of a square block, five stories high.” Talk about awesome. The liver definitely deserves a BIG thank you—often!

Using a practice I call Body ThankYouology, you can find all sorts of ways to thank your body—any time and anywhere. I recommend practicing this daily! Try these tips and see how easy it is to think thankful thoughts that will noticeably improve your health and well-being.

Create thank-you affirmations
Affirmations communicate positive energy to your body.  Here’s a simple and fun three-step process to get you started:

  1. Make a list from A to Z of positive adjectives such as “adorable,” “beautiful,” “exquisite,” and so on.
  2. Write an alphabetical list of specific parts of your body.
  3. Create thank-you affirmations by matching each part of your body with a corresponding adjective from your list that starts with the same letter. Example: Thank you adorable arms, beautiful brain, and happy heart.

Feel free to embellish your affirmations with profuse thank you’s, and use terms such as “grateful” and “appreciate.” The more you express your gratitude, the greater your body’s response will be. Recite your thank-you affirmations during any activity—walking, climbing stairs, driving, or doing household chores. You can even sing your affirmations, or if you enjoy writing poetry, try thank-you rhymes like this one:

Thank you to my exciting eyes.
You are both such a special prize!

Practice grateful meditations
For a thank-you meditation, sit in a quiet space and close your eyes. Using your A-Z affirmations, start either at the top of your head or with your feet, and say “thank you” to each part of your body during a focused visualization. This is a great meditation to help you fall asleep or resume sleeping if you awaken in the night. Your body will appreciate the extra TLC.

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Your Radical Permission for Truth

By Scott Moore,

If it hasn’t happened already, there will come a time when you stop trying to produce that infallible vision of yourself and allow the radical permission to be exactly what and who you are. This permission revolves around the yogic principle of Satya or truth.

To be honest with who and where you are, both your strengths and weaknesses, gives you a solid platform from which you can skillfully step to the next place. You stop trying to be everything that you’re not and finally find how perfectly you belong exactly where you are.

With intention, direction, work, and most of all, appreciation for your present situation, your dreams of where you want to end up will start to fill out. If you feel stuck, indecisive, depressed, or angry, your truth is to speak to that place. You can speak to all your situations with yoga, an embodiment of all our inner landscapes.

What you want is within your reach; it’s simply laced with a bit of irony: the key to fulfillment in the future is to be content now. If you’re committed to the honesty of where you are and you’re content for what is, knowing things change, you can create a bridge of present content moments, which links you to contentment in your fulfilled future.

Without present contentment, without appreciating the truth of where you are, you may find yourself where you previously hoped for, only to discover your habit of malcontent, and, disgruntlement, wishing you were back where you started or somewhere else. You’re back in the viscous cycle of hoping for anything but what is true, what is here.

Remember, the only way to get there is to be here. And here is always changing.

Your main task as I see it is to understand where you are, where your love lies, and bravely organize your life to focus on what matters most.

I hope that this truth and brave path may lead you to yoga this week.

Here is an offering I learned from my teacher that you may want to use in your meditations:

By the power and truth of our simple practice,
May we and all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May we and all beings be free from sorrow and any causes of sorrow.
May we and all beings never be separated from that sacred happiness which is beyond sorrow.
And may we and all beings live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion.
And may we live recognizing and honoring the equality of all that lives.
Sarva Mangalam (May the greatest goodness unfold)

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in Salt Lake City, Utah and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son.




Making Friends with Arm Balances

Let’s face it—arm balances are some of the hardest poses in a yoga class. If you’re like many yoga practitioners who aren’t mad about arm balances, you’re not alone. But once we understand that we are practicing principles in the form of poses, we can let go of trying to make perfect postures and actually learn about how to do the pose and maybe even have fun doing it.


Astavakrasana Scott Moore Photo by Dan Morris

A yoga practitioner can practice the principle of the posture perfectly without accomplishing what looks like the ideal posture. Poses like Koundinasana or Stick pose, Astavakrasana, or Crazy 8s, and Bakasana or Crow Pose, are impressive to look at but even better to be understood by way of their underlying principles. Remember that there is a version of every pose for every practitioner. Plus, letting go of the idealized version of the pose often frees us from any expectation and gives us the freedom to do the posture anyway.


Difficult poses like arm balances build power and assurance in body, mind, and spirit. We learn to support ourselves in a way that is completely unorthodox. With arm balances, we use not only the deeper strength of our muscles, but access the core of our being as well. With challenging poses we learn to face those things that challenge us or maybe even frighten us.


So here are some of the principles we practice in arm balances and which we may master, despite whether or not we can “get into the pose.”


Bakasana Scott Moore photo by Dallas Graham



It’s of the first order in every pose to focus on where you are grounded. In arm balances, you ground with your arms or hands rather than your feet or legs. Since the shoulders are to the hands and arms what the hips are to the legs and feet, you’ll generally want to ground your hands about shoulder distance apart for arm balances. Experimenting with your hands either wider or more narrow than shoulder distance may make the pose either easier or more challenging.


Try to connect to the floor with as much surface of the palm as possible by spreading the fingers wide, then gripping with the fingertips to establish the muscular support for negotiating balance and decompressing the wrists. Wrist pain is unfortunately too common for many practitioners who aren’t used to putting their weight into their hands. Gripping your fingertips into the floor is a way of strengthening your forearms and decompressing your wrists.


Legs, Hip-flexors and Abdominals. (Uddiyana Bandha)


Arm balances require that we not only ground in a way that doesn’t use our legs, but we must also hold our legs off the floor.  A trio of muscles help to make this possible. First the adductors are the muscles that help keep our legs hugged together into the body—and/or our legs holding our arms. The hip flexors are also critical for this movement. Finally the abdominal muscles help to hold everything in and tight.

Uddiyana Bandha (oo-dee-yana bahn-dah) is one of the three special muscular locks we use in yoga. It cultivates energy in the solar plexus and is the “on button” for our core strength. There are a few ways to perform Uddiyana Bandha. In arm balances we will practice this lock by drawing the lower abdominal muscles up and in, while maintaining our breath. In class, we cultivate awareness of the legs, hip-flexors and Uddiyana Bandha and learn how to apply them to arm balances.




Breathing is perhaps the most critical principle in our asana practice, especially when we are practicing challenging poses such as arm balances. It becomes instinctive to sometimes hold our breath or grunt our way through challenging poses like arm balances. However, holding your breath starves your muscles of oxygen, and makes doing challenging poses even harder.


If we first establish the pattern of deep breathing known as ujjayi (oo-jie-ee), in and out through the nostrils, using the muscles in the back of the throat to slightly constrict and elongate the breath, creating a whisper—we calm the nervous system at the same time that we provide copious fuel for our muscle fibers. This breath is key to all poses, including arm balances.


Sense of Humor


Ekapadabakasana Scott Moore photo by Dallas Graham

Remember, we don’t become any more enlightened by the ability to perform arm balances. Instead, enlightenment is what we learn is along the path as we practice these poses and practice life. The asana is simply practical application to the lesson—again practicing principles in the form of asana. So a healthy sense of humor is essential, because it’s not about the pose–it’s about my attitude in the pose.


Do you strain, grunt and sweat your way through challenging poses? Do you manage the pose quite easily and look around self-righteously at all the other losers who didn’t do it so gracefully? Or do you not even try, for fear that you’ll fail? It’s all just a practice. Have fun with it. Do what is possible, understanding that you are somewhere along a winding path of progression. If you don’t master the physical pose today, you may still master the anatomical or mental or spiritual principles behind the pose. And who knows, you might surprise yourself and someday master the physical pose, too.


When it’s all said and done, practicing arm balances ultimately teaches us something about ourselves.


Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness and lives in Southern France. When he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Hawaii and Amalfi Coast , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program


Pain All Over: My Healing Journey From Fibromyalgia

Note: This is a repost of an article I wrote a couple of years ago. With so many people hurting from the mysterious condition called fibromyalgia, I thought it was time to share it again.

It’s interesting that most of the people who reach out to me after reading this article seem to focus on the part of my story with Dr. Yeshi Dhonden. Like most of us, they seem to be searching for the magic pill (or herb) that will stop the pain. But taking Tibetan herbs was only a part of my healing journey and I had already done a great deal of deep personal work. Please bear that in mind if you are also searching for relief from your pain.

For someone who suffered from fibromyalgia for seven years, it’s odd that I’ve never really written a post about it. It was such a defining moment in my life, and yet, thankfully, I never let it define me. So I’ve been hesitant to write about it. It happened, it changed the course of my life, and I moved on.

But if I never had fibromyalgia, I might not be writing this blog about holistic health and healing. I might not be part of an amazing community of energy healers from all over the world. And I might not have discovered the ancient “science of life” known as Ayurveda.

AcheMy art had become heavy from the pain of what was happening in my life, and although it was a good outlet for that pain, I became tired of looking at the darkness of it, the heaviness, the negativity. So I set it aside and took a turn down another path.

Inevitably, I discovered that the final destination was the same–whether it’s my art or my penchant for holistic health and healing–they’re all just ways of expressing myself, sharing my gifts, figuring out why I am here on this earth, and how I can help others. And that was my impetus for writing this post. Maybe, just maybe, someone out there who’s hurting will be helped by my story.

So, here’s a little history of that seven year period in my life. Remember, this is my story, not a definitive article on fibromyalgia. My apologies for the lengthiness.

In the spring of 2002 at the age of 48, I came down with what seemed like some type of virus. I had a fever, aches and chills. Just for one day. The next day when I woke up, my fever was gone and I felt fine except for extreme pain throughout my body, especially in my neck and upper back. I remember thinking it was odd that the pain was bilateral and located in the oddest of places–the base of my neck, near my elbows, outer knees, hips, feet, etc.)

Over the course of the next several years my symptoms–in addition to the pain–were:

  •  Extreme sensitivity to wind (or any air movement–i.e. air conditioner, fans, drafts, even a strong summer breeze)
  • Sensitivity to loud noises, lights, crowds
  • Painful and interrupted sleep
  • Difficulty swallowing to the point of being afraid of choking while eating
  • Numbness and pain in hands and feet
  • Walking was painful, but I could ride a bike so I did that, constantly. (I was very physically fit before but became unable to do many things, even yoga.)
  • Digestive problems

I saw many Western medical doctors in the beginning, but with the exception of testing positive for Epstein Barr and parvovirus, I was told that they could find nothing wrong with me. They prescribed drugs (for depression, insomnia, pain, etc.), but I quickly discovered that the drugs only created more symptoms, which was the last thing I needed.

The only drug I succumbed to for more than a few months was Ambien CR, out of sheer desperation for a full night’s sleep. That didn’t end well. Believe the stories you hear about late-night roaming around and daytime craziness, because they’re true.

Diet was never discussed. I ate a pretty typical American diet, thinking I was fairly healthy in that regard.

I eventually began seeking alternative forms of treatment, and one day I sat down at a computer (back then I rarely used one) and typed in the words “pain all over”. Up popped hundreds of articles about fibromyalgia. It was the first time I had heard that word because this was long before the days of Lyrica commercials on television.

This mysterious word fibromyalgia seemed to describe everything I was experiencing. I took the information to my doctor who, while compassionate and curious, had never heard the term and still could offer very little help. She wrote me a prescription for physical therapy.

Back then I had really good health insurance which covered a ridiculous amount of PT and so I started going frequently. Three times a week. They would give me wonderful massages, do chiropractic adjustments and inject myofascial trigger points to numb the pain. They were my new best friends. I remember feeling really good while I was there, but the minute I walked out the door (especially if it was windy or cold), my pain would return.

One day I decided to make an appointment with an acupuncturist at the PT center. She was not an MD who had done a crash-course in acupuncture (insurance, of course, would have covered that), but was the real deal. Carrie Cegelis was the first angel in my recovery from fibromyalgia. In addition to being an acupuncturist, she was a gifted healer with many healing tools in her toolbox.

Carrie would do acupuncture and craniosacral therapy, along with giving me tips about healing foods and herbs. She suggested I try a tincture of St. John’s Wort to help me sleep. I weaned myself off of Ambien and started taking the herbal tincture. It took a couple of weeks, but all of a sudden I miraculously started sleeping! I also noticed a significant decrease in my pain, especially at night. And I had a brighter outlook on life.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, St. John’s Wort also helps with nerve pain and depression. Of course, “the experts” will say that there is no scientific proof of this, but it helped me tremendously.

I started to have some pain-free weeks, but then the pain would flare up again for no obvious reason and I would seem to be back at square one.

I tried colonics, a raw food diet, vegetarianism, veganism. Each of these seemed to help at first, but in the end, my pain persisted.

One day an employee at a restaurant where I was working asked me if I knew about Ayurveda. I can remember that moment as if it was yesterday. I replied “no” but in my bones I felt as though I had known it all my life. I was curious, but I tucked it away and it wasn’t until months later that I found myself in a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner.

His words to me were “Your Vata is off the charts deranged.” I didn’t know at the time what that meant. Basically, I was seriously out of balance. Vata – the air/space dosha was unhinged and my mind/body were reeling from it. When I mentioned to the practitioner my curious symptom of not being able to tolerate any strong air movement, he wasn’t surprised. It was directly related to my severe Vata imbalance. I remember thinking “Why don’t Western medicine doctors know about this?”

That day was a real turning point for me. I began devouring information about Ayurveda. Still, my healing was slow and I was getting frustrated. I remember the Ayurvedic practitioner saying “It takes the body a long time to get like this (out of balance) and it can take an equal amount of time to come back into balance.”

By this time, my problems were far from strictly physical. They never are. I had finally started taking a good look at my life and making the mind/body connection which is so necessary for healing.

It was about two years into my painful journey that my 30 year marriage ended. I never made any connections back then with my pain and what I was going through emotionally. Now I look at my paintings from that period and see the pain and sadness etched into the work.

It wasn’t until years later when I had healed from the physical pain that I truly dug deep into the serious emotional stuff. Trauma and grief that went back decades, long before my marriage. The body stores what we can’t handle at the moment trauma occurs. But sooner or later, it rises to the surface, be it in your dreams or in the form of an illness. I believe that that spring day in 2002 was my tipping point.

I was really good at hiding my pain. I didn’t want to be a complainer. A hypochondriac. A pity party. I was really good at keeping it under wraps, even from my family. Until I just couldn’t anymore.

I remember sitting in a coffee shop in NYC with my daughter and bursting into tears because it hurt so much. She had no idea how bad it was. What mother wants to burden her children with her pain? Years later I realized that I didn’t know how to receive from others or how to prioritize my own needs. That was a big red flag.

For several years I volunteered for a group called Free Arts NYC. I would meet weekly with a group of under-served children and make art. Many evenings I would drag my sore body uptown, and for a couple of hours try to forget the pain. I was going in and out of it at this point, but it was still hanging around.

One of the volunteers who knew what was going on approached me one night and said that there was a Tibetan Buddhist doctor who came to NYC every year, and that she could get me an appointment to see him. She kindly kept badgering me until I made the arrangements. I figured I would try anything at this point. The Ayurvedic practitioner I had seen had left town and I had kind of drifted away from his recommendations.

I made my way down the stairs of the West Village apartment where this doctor was seeing patients. I entered a room and saw an altar with many candles and photos of deities. Not your typical doctor’s office decor. It was peaceful, with the scent of incense wafting in the air.

An elderly man in a monk’s robe was seated next to a young woman, his interpreter. He motioned for me to come over, set a cushion on my lap, and reached for my wrists to check my pulse. I had filled out a form stating why I was there.

The translator began to speak, but the doctor raised his hand to silence her. Without being told the reason for my visit, this is what he said (via the translator). “She has pain all throughout her body. It is worse in the heat of the summer and the cold of winter. She has numbness in her limbs and cannot sleep.” And on and on he went, listing almost every one of my symptoms. I kid you not. I was in awe.

He told me to avoid coffee, soda, alcohol, smoking, pork, mustard (all kinds), bell peppers, sweet potatoes, yams, winter squash, fermented foods, syrups, large sweet fruits like watermelon, other melons, pineapple, mangos. This was my list, so don’t assume it would be yours. Our bodies are all different and have different needs when it comes to food.

He wrote me out a prescription for Tibetan herbs and instructed me to send a check to his clinic in India. For months I would do this and I would get a notice from the post office to come and pick up a package. The herbs would arrive in a brown envelope that was lined with a different beautiful silk fabric each month. I would carefully peal the fabric off and use it in my artwork.

If I had a question for the doctor, I had to wait until 11:00 p.m. to call the clinic because of the time difference. I only did that once and the woman answering the phone said “Let me ask the doctor–he’s right here.” The call only took five minutes!

After I left the East Village apartment that day, I went home and looked up the doctor online. His name was Dr. Yeshi Dhonden. I discovered that he is a highly respected doctor in India and had been the Dalai Lama’s personal physician for twenty years. Wow. This humble man without any fanfare was a healer in the truest sense of the word. I later learned that Tibetan medicine originated from Ayurveda, and in retrospect recognize all of the similarities in treatment.

For several months I faithfully followed Dr. Dhonden’s recommendations and slowly but surely my symptoms disappeared, one by one, never to return. The end was not nearly as dramatic as the beginning.

This, of course, is just my story. If you are one of the millions of people with pain all overyour story might be totally different. But I want to offer a few suggestions that might help you.

F I B R O M Y A L G I A:

  •  is for FEAR. Louise Hay, one of the founders of the self-help movement, believes that “Fibromyalgia is fear showing up as extreme tension due to stress.” Fear can have a devastating effect on the body. Investigate any fear in your life (keeping in mind it might be buried so deeply you don’t even know it’s there) and how it might be contributing to your condition.
  • is for your IMMUNE SYSTEM. The immune system is most certainly compromised with anyone suffering from fibromyalgia. Louise Hay remarks about someone with Epstein Barr – “Pushing beyond one’s limits. Fear of not being good enough. Draining all inner support. Stress virus. This was certainly the case with me. Proper diet, sleep and supplements/herbs are needed to help shore up the immune system.
  •  is for BREATHE. There really is a right way and a wrong way to breathe. I held my breath or took shallow breaths in my upper chest most of my life. When I learned proper breathing in yoga class, everything changed.  Going a step further and practicing pranayama will further enhance the healing potential of the breath.
  • is for RELEASE. Stress, anger, fear, grief, anxiety, shame, blame. Your body is crying for emotional release. Old stuck emotions are lodged in our tissues, sometimes for a lifetime, if we never get around to addressing them. This happens for a reason–it’s the psyche’s way of protecting us from something we can’t handle at the moment. But if you have chronic pain, it is probably time to go there. So dig deep. Journal, scream, laugh, cry, sing. Let it out. Explore the possible correlation between fibromyalgia and trauma. PTSD. Possible sexual abuse. And get help in the way of energy healing, therapy, massage, craniosacral, acupuncture. Anything that resonates with you and will help you release what needs releasing.
  • is for OWNING YOUR LIFE. Past, present and future. This is your journey. If you believe in reincarnation and past lives, then you likely chose this path to help you grow on a spiritual level. So, explore your past and investigate your present life. Imagine your future free from pain. At all costs, avoid saying “MY fibromyalgia”. Do not let it define you. Don’t use it as a crutch. Use it as an opportunity to grow and evolve.
  • is for MEDITATION and MOVEMENT. Learning to meditate is one of the greatest gifts I ever gave to myself. I wasn’t meditating during my painful journey and I often wonder how differently things might have progressed if I had been. But all things happen when they’re ready to happen. It enriches my life and my health now in more ways than I can count. And moving your body, though painful it may be, is imperative. Avoid excessive exercise, however–instead opt for walking, gentle yoga, tai chi, qigong, rebounding. Get that lymph flowing. Something that you enjoy doing is key.
  • is for YES! Above all else, work hard at remaining positive. If you have to fake it at first, that’s okay. Look hard for the little silver linings.
  • is for AYURVEDA and ACUPUNCTURE. Investigate these ancient mind/body systems. They were both key to my healing. Ayurveda mentions in texts that are over 5,000 years old conditions that have the same symptoms as fibromyalgia. This syndrome is nothing new. If I could give only one piece of advice to someone suffering from it, it would be to seek out an Ayurvedic practitioner.
  • is for LOVING YOURSELF...first, then others. Avoid becoming a martyr. Avoid feeling like focusing on yourself is selfish. Care for your body, your mind and your spirit. With all of your heart.
  • is for GUIDANCE. Ask for help. From loved ones, professionals, your guides and angels (yes, they’re really there for you). Don’t try to do it alone.
  • is for INSPIRATION. There are two meanings to this word. 1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. 2. The drawing in of breath; inhalation. Both meanings apply here and can help you on your healing journey. Be inspired. It feeds your soul and will help heal you on all levels. Do something that gives you JOY. Dance, sing, play with your inner child. Breathe in healing energy, breathe out old pain and grief. Dr. Vasant Lad once told me that old grief stays trapped in the lungs and that there is a pranayama breathing exercise to expel the old stale air/grief. I wrote about it HERE.
  • is for ACCEPTANCE and ACTION. By this, I do not mean accepting that you have this condition but rather acceptance of the path you are on and that you may have chosen it for yourself in this lifetime. If I hadn’t lived through my experience with fibromyalgia, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. And act on making the changes necessary to move forward. This may, of course require looking backwards for some answers.

This is just an abbreviated version of my story. But one thing’s for sure–fibromyalgia was my wake-up call. It was my dark night of the soul (one of them, at least). It was my gift from The Universe. I went through the fire and came out a new person. Just like after any natural disaster–a fire, volcanic eruption, a hurricane–life begins anew, and so it did for me. And it can for you, too.

Much love,

Resources to check out:

Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You, by Deborah King. Learn about the chakras and their effect on our emotional and physical well being.

Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of the Body, by Peter Levine

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health coach(Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and certified energy healer (Deborah King Center).You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

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