Why the Keto Diet Won’t Get You Skinny, If Your Mind Thinks You’re Fat

By Celina Pizarro

When it comes to dieting most of us think in terms of calories and macronutrients.  Carbs, fat, protein and a fast or slow metabolism is thought to determine your success or failure when on a diet. But what if we have gotten it all wrong?  What if it’s not just food’s nutritional makeup or the amount of food we consume that matters but our relationship with that food that will determines how our bodies will metabolize it?  Yup, we are talking about your thoughts, feelings and emotions towards that bagel with cream cheese.

It’s referred to as the psychology of eating and how your brain is in the driving force of your dieting efforts.  Whether you know it or not we all have a relationship with food. There is comfort food – think mac and cheese; cheat meals – it’s pizza for me; diet food – salad, no croutons; Sunday meal – spaghetti and meatballs.  All these meals create a different images in our minds and we associate different feelings and emotions with them which creating a psychological response in our bodies. Take a typical lunch plate of chicken, salad and rice.   If you are on a ‘diet’ you will look at the plate and see calories, fat and carbs. You would probably eat the salad and chicken favorably and look at the rice in fear and avoid it. A weightlifter wanting to gain muscle would look at the same plate and see protein focusing on the chicken and pass on the salad.  A vegan would look at the chicken in disgust and might not eat anything on the plate that is next to it.

All of these eaters perceive the same nutrients differently and what is amazing is that each of these individuals will metabolize the same meal differently in response to this inward talk and feelings towards the food thus determining the nutritional uptake.

This is the science of food psychology.  Your brain and your central nervous system are connected to your digestive organs through a 100 million of little nerve cells called the enteric nervous system (ENS) lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.  This is why you get that ‘gut feeling’ or ‘butterflies in your stomach’ when you are nervous. The image of the food is sent to your brain and triggers an emotional response based on your beliefs towards that food and this emotion quite literally dictates your physiological response such as hunger, thirst, temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and release of digestive enzymes.

Say you are eating your favorite ice cream mint chocolate chip and you are so fully delighted by this exquisite scoop of ice cream. Your hypothalamus will send positive input to your salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver and pancreas which will stimulate fuller digestion and metabolic breakdown utilizing calories more efficiently.  On the contrary if you are eating the same mint chocolate chip scoop with a guilty feeling, shame or judgement your hypothalamus will translate those negative thoughts and emotions and will initiate inhibitory responses to the digestive organs prohibiting full metabolism of the ice cream and decrease your calorie burn causing you to store more fat.  This is all modulated by hormones which are powerful metabolic checials, regulating insulin response, your endocrine system and thyroid which is the key to a healthy metabolism.

So you can see how you quite literally can gain weight (not burn fat calories) just by thinking about mint chocolate chip ice cream!  If you combine the negative thoughts and emotions with stress, this is a recipe for for weight gain. Chronic stress creates an increase in the amount cortisol your body releases, which can lead to overeating and cause your body to store fat. In addition stress can exacerbate IBS symptoms gas and bloating.  Under stress your body turns down unnecessary functions so your digestion is significantly effective and it may slow or be temporarily disrupted, causing abdominal pain, decreased nutrient absorption and increased fat storage. I have said this many times, “You could eat the perfect keto meals all day, but if preparing/eating the food and adhering to the diet is stressing you out and makes you unhappy your dieting efforts will be sabotaged by your metabolism; you simply will not get the intended results.”

Considering your beliefs and relationship to food is a good first step to stopping this self sabotaging thought process.  Take meat for example. When you see a ribeye in the grocery store or served at a restaurant, what inner conversation is going on in your head?  “The steak is fatty so it will make me fat”, or “Meat will raise my cholesterol”. Or are you thinking “That steak has a lot of protein that muscles need.” “Now that steak looks so juicy and tasty.”  Same steak, different beliefs. Check in with your beliefs. Do you like to eat steak? If so you might want to associate positive beliefs with that steak to get the most nutrient absorption and calorie utilization while digesting it.  The steak is just an example, this goes for all food.

I believe food is neutral- there is no good or bad food.   And like all things the only meaning something holds is the one you give it.  Now it is true some foods are more nutrient rich and superior in their health enhancing benefits but no food group should be completely wiped off your plate because its ‘bad’.  Don’t be swayed by the food and diet industry’s advertising. The science doesn’t back much of their claims unless the ‘scientific studies’ are conducted by those same companies (which most of the time is the case).  Eggs aren’t going to raise your cholesterol. Carbs aren’t going to make you fat–unless that is what you believe, you shame yourself while consuming them or if you overindulge of course.

I encourage you to take the time to be grateful and thankful when sitting down to a meal.  Praying before a meal is an age old tradition and is great way to give thanks. You don’t have to be religious to give thanks.  A pre-meal prayer also reminds us to slow down and close your eyes, clear your mind and breathe prior to eating which is essential for optimal nutrient absorption and calorie utilization.  Sitting with family, free of electronic devices and distractions simply enjoying each other’s company is more essential to the health of you and your family than sometimes the meal itself.  Eating slowly, enjoying the flavor and texture, chewing each bite completely and having gratitude for this time with your loved ones is the healthiest diet you can have in my opinion.

About the Author

Celina Pizarro is a Holistic Lifestyle and Nutrition Coach and a Money Mindset Mentor who is on a mission to help women get off Rx. meds, get fit mentally, physically and spiritually and “Live Well”. Signup at www.cpfitpro.com to receive her newsletter full of health,  wellness and fitness tips.

Anita Moorjani Sheds Light on the REAL Cause of Disease

Near Death Experiencer shares her insights on the root cause of illness

Twelve years ago, Anita Moorjani was comatose. Her family was told that her death was inevitable!

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In this exclusive interview with Higher Journeys, Anita shares her insights on the root cause of illness, how fear plays prominently into all sorts of dis-ease and how passion can and must replace illness in order to live a truly healthy life!

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Power Of Frequency: Learn How The Expression Of Energy Effects Your Well-Being

By: Pao Chang | Energy Fanatics


Frequency is all around us and can be found in all things. Whenever we take a breath, we are inhaling frequency. Whenever we listen to music, we are interacting with frequency. Even when we think, we are using the power of frequency to help us express our thoughts. Since we are always interacting with this invisible wave of energy, we should learn to understand it so that we can comprehend how it affects our life.

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What is frequency?

Frequency can be expressed in many ways. However, at its core it is an expression of energy. This energy expresses itself in wave forms, but at its core it is actually made of cyclic patterns of scalar waves (standing waves) that flash “on” and “off,” causing it to pop in and out of existence. This state when energy flashes on and off is known as partiki phasing. The speed at which partiki contract and expand determines the frequency rate of scalar waves. If you are confused or want to know more about how this process works, read this article titled Frequency and Vibration: How They Create the Structures of Matter and Life.

If we only look at frequency as a wave, then the definition of it would be the number of waves that pass a fixed point in a time cycle. For example, if it takes 1/2 of a second for a wave to pass a fixed point in a time cycle, the frequency would be 2 per second.

The differences between vibration, frequency and oscillation

People sometimes use vibration and frequency interchangeably but they both do have their differences. In physics, vibration is the “oscillating, reciprocating, or other periodic motion of a rigid or elastic body or medium forced from a position or state of equilibrium.” As for oscillation, it is “an effect expressible as a quantity that repeatedly and regularly fluctuates above and below some mean value, as the pressure of a sound wave or the voltage of an alternating current.” In simple terms, it is a motion that repeats itself.

Frequency is achieved when one pattern or cycle of vibration and oscillation occurs. In other words, the combination of vibration and oscillation is what determines the vibrational frequency rate (cyclic pattern of scalar waves) of all things. In simple terms, frequency is “the number of cycles or completed alternations per unit time of a wave or oscillation” or the number of waves that pass a fixed point in unit time.

The frequency rate is what sets the rhythm of particle pulsation, which then allows the formation of wave spectra within dimensional reality fields. This process also determines the density levels of matter in the material realm. As the frequency rate of matter increases or flashes faster, matter becomes lighter and less dense. Since our body is made of matter, it will also become lighter and less dense as our frequency increases.

How frequency affects your wellbeing

Frequency has the ability to heal or harm you; therefore, if you want to stay healthy, you need to understand how it affects your wellbeing. For example, certain electromagnetic energies generated by computers, cellphones and electronic devices contain energy codes or frequencies that don’t synchronize and harmonize well with your body. When you surround yourself with these types of electromagnetic energies, they disrupt the natural flow of your body’s energy, causing it to flow out of order. If the natural flow of your energy is disrupted for too long, it could cause health conditions to manifest. This is why when you look at a computer screen for too long, you get eyestrain and sometimes headaches.

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Eating food that contains very low frequency can also disrupt your energy levels. In the early 1990s, Bruce Tanino of Tainio Technology was able to build a frequency monitor that could determine frequency levels of certain parts of the human body. He found that a normal human brain’s frequency rate was precisely 72 megahertz (MHz). As for the human body, it was between 62-78 MHz.

Bruce also found that the human body becomes susceptible to colds and flu near 60 MHz. Furthermore, he discovered that junk food often has zero Hz and thus it does little to prevent the body’s frequency from dropping. In theory, if you can keep your body’s frequency rate above 60 MHz, you should rarely get sick.

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The Vulnerable Question: To Heal or Not to Heal

Image result for healing core woundsLately, in the spiritual community, I seem to keep coming across articles by various coaches, healers, etc. stating that for someone to “get better”, they absolutely MUST heal their core wounds or what is sometimes known as “shadows”. Those deep, dark parts of ourselves that we’ve stuffed down, denied, etc. due to a sense of fear, shame, guilt, stemming from past trauma.

Now, you might be wondering where I’m going with this or be thinking this is common knowledge, but dare I say, as a Reiki Master doing energy work for nearly 20 years and someone who has sat down with plenty of her own shadows and demons, that I don’t entirely agree that EVERYTHING must be healed.

Let me explain…

Oftentimes when we are going through hard times we tend to wonder if something is wrong with us when that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Nothing is ever “wrong” with anyone, however, if you find yourself constantly struggling in life in one or any number of areas, then that is simply the Universe doing it’s thing, as it does for (not TO) everyone else on Earth.

No, the Universe is not judging anyone, nor is it delivering any kind of punishment, it is, however, regardless of how are of it or not that you are, always responding to your beliefs. Your beliefs about yourself, those around you and the world in general. And when we are able to view our obstacles as the opportunities they are, it also creates a space for us to objectively feel into these beliefs and not just always be constantly unconsciously reacting from them.

You see most of the “stuff” that causes us suffering in adulthood causes so much pain and drama because frankly, it isn’t necessarily OUR stuff. As children and up to the age of 7, our little brains act as a sponge; soaking up everything around us, and especially the mannerisms, habits and yes, beliefs of your parents, teachers, and basically any other adult you saw as a potential authority figure.

If we aren’t around adults that are conscious of this, then like most of us, we grow up carrying a ton of emotional baggage that causes so much struggle, because as children, we do not grasp the ability or awareness to know it isn’t ours to carry, especially into and throughout our own adulthood.

Now, most people I know want to be happy and live a healthy life regardless of what that looks like to them. And not all of us find it to be an easy destination, and that’s most likely because “happiness” in itself is not something waiting for you at the end of the tunnel or a means to an end at all, but rather a choice to accept everything as it is in this moment.

One thing I see a lot in the coaching industry as well as psychology is the focus on getting happy. And to “get happy” most would agree we need to look long and hard at everything that could possibly be making us UNhappy, right? Well, here’s where I disagree a bit…

I think as coaches and healers we often lose ourselves in the goal itself, which of course is to help others and to allow them the space to come into their purpose and potential. By this I mean we can tend to get so focused on the end goal that we might forget that not everyone’s path looks the same, albeit they all end up at the same place eventually.

And my entire point is this…people will and can only ever heal….


We as coaches and healers can want nothing for the best for clients and do our best to guide our clients through looking at core wounds and of course, this is always painful, but an ever-rewarding process. However, if we get stuck in one area we think is the sole cause of the person no longer progressing, then we tend to fall right back into the same energy and belief that “here” is not okay, and that there will forever be a place we still need to get to in order to be happy.

More simply put, focus on the moment…in EVERY moment and feel into it. I’ve learned that the best way I can help people is to really listen to them and validate their feelings. This often is all that is needed to open the first door to healing, and again this will look different to everyone.

When we do this, we aren’t constantly in a position where we are telling ourselves that client A simply won’t ever be happy if she doesn’t look at trauma B. I honestly think regardless of how involved we allow ourselves to be, healing is inevitably a personal process. We can only light the way, but we need to remember we aren’t passing torches here, we are lighting more torches with our own. The end goal is not followers to a well laid out path to “happiness” you’ve created, but rather the goal is in the growth itself.

And as not all seeds are meant to crack and bloom, not every idea or piece of advice we can offer needs to be taken. In the end, it’s our job to support and guide, but NEVER push or pull. And maybe, just maybe sometimes the most healing thing we can offer our clients is to know that they are accepted and loved just as they are.

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
-David Richo


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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7 Super Fun And Healthy Family Activity Ideas For The Holidays

By: Health Today

holiday season

Christmas is a wonderful time where we get the opportunity to spend valuable time with loved ones, show our love and appreciation for one another, and overall give thanks. It’s a time to build fond memories that will last a lifetime. If you want to have the most memorable Christmas this year or start a fun and exciting Christmas holiday tradition for the whole family, we’ve got you covered. Here are some delightful and healthy family activities you can try this year to enjoy a truly special Christmas!

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1.   Have holiday trivia showdowns.

What wonderful way to teach yourself and the kids the true meaning of Christmas than to challenge everyone with some Christmas trivia? Pull out trivia about Santa, the Christmas tree and even Christmas traditions from across the world throughout the day to keep everybody guessing. Even better, set aside a dedicated time for showdown and have the family compete for prizes, such as dessert, kiss or bear hug. Not only does playing and laughing bring family and friends closer together, it’s also a proven stress buster.

2.   Make a family gratitude tree.

Apart for decorating the Christmas tree with ribbons, ornaments and lights, add a personalized touch and transform it into a gratitude tree. Have the whole family write down their messages of gratitude and hang them on the branches to show their love and appreciation all season. The little ones can draw, paint or color whatever they are grateful for this year to hang on the tree. This is a wonderful tradition you can start that will help everyone develop an attitude of gratitude for all the little blessings life brings.

3.   Read big family moments out loud.

Have a session where the whole family sits down together and write big family moments that have happened throughout the year. Ask everyone to read out loud their big moments for some good family laughs and cheers. This is a lovely Christmas tradition you, the kids, relatives and friends can go back to years later, read and reminisce over. With the thoughtful annual journal entries safely in place, you will never fall short of treasured moments to recall.

4.   Catch up on some holiday reading.

Cozy up as a family each night and catch up on some good Christmas holiday classic reads until Santa makes his annual pilgrimage down the chimney. Make sure everyone has a turn to pick their favorite Christmas book or timeless tale during the month and a chance to read it out loud for the whole family to enjoy. Some popular holiday classics you can read include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,””The Night Before Christmas” and the popular teen novel “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

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5.   Head out for light Christmas walks.

It might be chilly outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from gathering your family and heading out for light holiday walks. Light holiday walks are a great way to get into the holiday spirit, while enjoying the invigorating winter air and spectacular holiday lights on display around your neighborhood. Just try it this festive season. You’ll feel great on strolls, work up a healthy sweat and burn those extra holiday calories. Don’t be surprised if you enjoy it so much that you end up walking longer each time.


Healing the Healer: When Plants and Animals Speak

Almost everybody talks to their pets, but it takes a special person to hear what their pets say in return.

Animal Communicator Maiccu Kostiainen

Maiccu Kostiainen lives in Finland and is an animal communicator and medium. That means  that she intuitively communicates with animals, living and past, by understanding their thoughts, emotions, and energy. Maiccu’s unique gifts allow her to reach beyond the veil of human awareness, into the realm of animal consciousness. It’s a dimension of presence, love, and acceptance, one that, according to Maiccu, animals enjoy on a nearly-constant constant basis.

As an animal communicator, Maiccu helps bridge the gap of understanding between animals and humans and help people to understand the needs of their pets as well as hear the messages that the animals have to say.

Maiccu is also a best-selling author and lecturer who teaches 

along with her partner and fellow healer, Ingela Nicklas. Ingela is a Reiki Grand Master, someone who channels energy into clients to activate the body’s natural healing abilities. Together, Maiccu and Ingela use energy healing and animal communication to heal animals and the people related to them.

In an interview with me, Maiccu describes how she discovered her own intuitive gifts, the life-changing events that her gifts have opened up for her, and how discovering sacred plant medicine helped her to hone her talents as a healer and heal the healer within her.

Animal Communicator

Throughout most of her adult life, Maiccu was very satisfied in her high-paying career as an airplane mechanic for Finnish National Airline. But a peculiar and undenliable experience changed her life’s focus from mechanical to spiritual.

In the year 2000, Maiccu’s dog passed, incidentally on his 5th birthday, and almost simultaneously she began to unexplainably sense his thoughts and feelings. This had never happened before, and the phenomenon both touched and surprised her and she began to read voraciously about animal communication and mediumship. Maiccu soon realized that she had a gift for animal communication and the more she learned and practiced, the more her talents grew.

Eventually, Maiccu began receiving messages from her beloved and long-since deceased horse, Leyla. Over time, the messages from Leyla became more and more clear and one day Leyla informed Maiccu, “We are going to write a book together.” Leyla’s message surprised Maiccu but was soon confirmed by at least three other mediums, none of whom had prior knowledge of Maiccu’s conversation with Leyla. And so, despite it’s unorthodoxy, Maiccu began to co-write a book with the spirit of her deceased horse.

Maiccu and Leyla Write a Book

Maiccu and her horse Leyla

Maiccu said that Leyla’s words found a voice through her fingers as she typed their book. Titled, The Power of Silent Wisdom, the book is Leyla’s advice to humans about love, sorrow, fear, and giving up control to a higher purpose. In the book, Leyla also explains that animals are in a constant state of presence, usually in a state of oneness, and that this state is programmed into in their DNA.

Leyla’s most important message to humans is to simply do less and learn to just be. Leyla pointed out that often, when humans experience difficult emotions or encounter something they don’t understand, they create a name or disorder for it and try to remedy it with a pill. Leyla, counseled humans to stop feeling as if something is wrong all the time.

The Power of Silent Wisdom was published in 2011 and became the highest selling spiritual book in Finland in 2012. With the success of her book, it became clear to Maiccu that her calling in life was to share her gifts as an intuitive animal communicator so quit her great paying job as an airplane mechanic to devote herself full-time to this calling of animal communication.


Maiccu Kostiainen, Ingela Nicklas, and Gerry Powell (Founder of Rythmia)

Discovering Sacred Plant Medicine

As the result of her unique gifts, Maiccu has had many rare opportunities, not only to travel to teach and heal, but also to discover other pathways of healing and new modes to connect with animals. One of these discoveries was the world of sacred plant medicine. Little did she know how important sacred plants would be to refine her talents as a healer and animal communicator.

In 2017, Maiccu and Ingela discovered a documentary called The Reality of Truth, a documentary that explores the healing power of sacred plant medicine. As healers themselves, Maiccu and Ingela were fascinated by this ancient mode of healing because it seemed to provide a glimpse into a different realm, similar to the one they knew through Reiki and animal communication. Maiccu and Ingela began to research Rythmia, a life-advancement center in Costa Rica which was featured in the film, and which offers sacred plant medicine ceremonies with shamans, as well as nutrition, massage, colonic hydrotherapy, and lectures for personal transformation.

Intrigued by the testimonies about the healing power of sacred plant medicine, Maiccu used her talents as a medium to ask some of the wisest people she knew, her deceased mother and horse, whether or not going to Rhythmia to explore sacred plant medicine would be a good idea. The flurry of events that soon transpired over the next several months felt like a direct response to her inquiry, and soon Maiccu and Ingela found that not only were they bound for Rythmia, but they were even invited to attend as a presenters to teach about their gifts of healing and animal communication.


Plant Medicine Opens Maiccu’s Eyes as an Animal Communicator

To date, Maiccu has attended 9 plant medicine ceremonies, each healing and profound. One of her most profound experiences during one particular ceremony helped to hone her skill as an intuitive, medium, and animal communicator. Maiccu said that after taking the sacred plant medicine, she felt herself turn into several different animals and experienced first-hand their state of mind and their feeling of oneness with all things. She said that she felt herself morph into a panther, whale, dolphin, snake, mouse, and even a cockroach, and was able to experience for herself what it was like to be, think, and feel the way animals do. As an animal communicator, she said that this experience was the best gift that the Universe could have ever given her.

Maiccu was given another rare opportunity to view the world through the through the eyes of an animal when Rythmia’s mascot, the owner’s gentle dog named Kayla, moved through the ceremony and acted as a guide to Maiccu by showing her the world from a dog’s point of view. From Kayla’s perspective, Maiccu saw how everything in the world is connected. Kayla told Maiccu that as a dog, she always sees the world with such connectedness, a state that humans are struggling to arrive at. Maiccu said that as she morphed into a dog, she could smell the world and see its colors, just like a dog does. This rare experience directly influenced her ability to sense into animals’ thoughts, needs, and desires.

One of the ways Maiccu says that ceremonial plant medicine helps people become hyper-present like animals is that it helps them to learn to give up control and put themselves into the hands of a sacred and healing spirit. She says that often, the ego which is anathema to this healing spirit, tries to stay in control. The struggle between the ego and the healing spirit causes dissonance. Further, she proffers that the healing qualities from the medicine only come when people yield and allow themselves to be healed by it, even if that means traveling through a momentary darkness in order to heal those wounded parts to arrive at the places lasting of inner-light.

Learning to yield to the plant medicine ultimately gave Maiccu the gift of communing with and morphing into animals, and has massively improved her already honed sensitivity as an intuitive, healer, and animal communicator. Much to her surprise, plant medicine has also improved her mediumship with humans. As someone who always heals others, Maiccu was awestruck that thanks to these medicinal gifts, she would be the one healed


The Healer Receives Healing through Plant Medicine

In addition to giving her a profound connection with animals, Maiccu says that the sacred plant medicine also healed her of some chronic problems, including a life-long scourge of crippling anxiety and an addiction to beer.

Before using sacred plant medicine, Maiccu used beer to cope with her anxiety and stress. Drinking beer was also her most common way to unwind at the end of a long day. And, like many people in Finland, Maiccu loves to sauna and beer is often a part of that cultural ritual. For all these reasons, Maiccu had developed a strong dependance on beer. Yet, there’s a saying in Finland that says, “Problems swim in alcohol,” and Maiccu certainly understood how her addiction to beer contributed to her anxiety. Plus, Maiccu felt that her regular use of beer was dulling her senses as an animal communicator.

A common phrase at Rythmia is, “You must purge before you merge with the Divine.” And certainly Maiccu needed to purge old ways of relating to the world that were causing static in her transmissions as an animal communicator.

Maiccu wasn’t sure what to expect as she went into her very first ceremony at Rythmia and she was hoping that her nervousness about the unknown wouldn’t escalate into a panic attack. Yet, to her dismay the first three hours of her journey with sacred plant medicine sent her reeling into a severe panic attack, causing her to sweat profusely, racking her with worry, and leaving her solar plexus aching for days.

But after 3 hours of one of the most severe panic attacks she’s ever experienced, Maiccu said that something magical happened. She said that the plant medicine taught her to open up, taught her to breathe again, and ultimately taught her to let go of control and yield something higher. At the very moment she handed her will over to the medicine, her anxiety vanished and she was left with a profound and enduring peace. Since that moment, her lifetime of anxiety has been practically eradicated. She couldn’t believe how the plant medicine had purged her of anxiety in the moment and how it seemed to be healed for good. With her panic attacks gone, Maiccu she says that she can now focus much better and is more effective as an animal communicator. She feels as though the medicine purposefully led her through this severe panic attack so she could heal from it permanently.

Unlike medicating with beer, plant medicine isn’t addictive and seems to have a very different effect on problems. In fact, Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, became sober and started his world-famous organization after having a spiritual experience as the result of plant medicine. Maiccu says that sacred plant medicine is different than other drugs because it tends facilitate healing by offering astounding clarity and understanding of their divine worth rather than dulling the mind or distracting them from their problems.

Since experiencing plant medicine ceremonies, Maiccu says that she no longer feels the imperative to drink. She says that whatever she was trying to medicate with alcohol seems to have been made whole. Now, she only occasionally drinks socially, perhaps one or two times a month and never to excess. Maiccu says that she now enjoys greater clarity and and connection in her work because she’s no longer remedying her anxiety with alcohol. She says she’s more receptive to the animal world with this added clarity.


Maiccu Kostiainen has led an unpredictable and fascinating life as she has discovered and followed her gifts as an animal communicator, intuitive, and medium. Her gifts have led her to meet new people, connect to the spirits of animals, and have given her the chance to offer an important spiritual message to the world. Her intuition and gifts also led her to explore sacred plant medicine which healed the healer in her enabled her to offer her gifts with greater clarity and focus.

Maiccu’s enduring message to the world is to spend time with animals and allow them to teach you to be present. She also says that for anyone who is interested in using sacred plant medicine, to spend the time to prepare for it with clean eating, meditation, and of course spending time with animals.

To date, Maiccu and Ingela have now been to Rythmia twice to present and participate in ceremony and will return in March of 2019. You can visit Maiccu’s website here.


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

A Baker’s Dozen of Self-Love Tips For the Holidays


Wouldn’t you rather be doing this when the December holiday frenzy rolls around?  Recently, during a conversation with a friend, I gently suggested that she might feel better if she focused a little more on herself and her own needs rather than on everyone else’s. She looked at me and said “But I think that’s being selfish.” This is such a common reaction and in my opinion downright dangerous. So, here are a baker’s dozen of self-love tips for the holidays.

First of all, it’s always easier to work on others rather than ourselves, isn’t it? It takes a lot of soul-searching and honesty to get to know ourselves–the good and the bad. And secondly, what’s wrong with loving ME? It’s not about being selfish or uncaring towards others. In fact, I guarantee that when we invest the time in loving up ourselves, it will naturally spill out and affect those around us. It’s absolutely contagious!

I wrote this self-care list a few years ago and still find it relevant. I hope some of the suggestions help you breeze through this month with less stress and anxiety.

A Season For Giving (to Yourself)

The holiday season is all about giving, but we often forget to give to ourselves. Self-care is critical for our own health and well-being and also a critical component of our ability to care for others. So in the spirit of giving, here are some well-deserved gifts from you to you. Try a new one every day, until they become a habit.

  1. Forgive yourself. Guilt, shame, remorse – these are some of the most toxic emotions to our health. Negative memories may never disappear, but we often try to bury them. Chronically ignoring what scares or pains us will eventually make us sick and tired. Journaling is a great way to process emotions and work towards self-forgiveness. Just writing down the painful thoughts and memories as they come up (even in the middle of the night) is sometimes enough to shed some of the pain. Shredding what you’ve written can be liberating.
  2. Feed your body whole foods. This time of year makes people cranky and many are anxious about gaining weight from all of the holiday extras. Maintaining your ideal weight is actually fairly simplistic. The human body was designed to eat whole foods. That means food that has not been processed. Counter-intuitive as it sounds, many over eaters are chronically malnourished. Even if you eat a lot, if the food is not nutritionally sound, you will still be hungry because your body cannot get the energy it needs from the poor quality, over-processed “food” that is so common in our culture. No matter what your weight, it is important to eat plenty of real, whole foods rich in nutrients to remain healthy and satisfied.
  3.  Love yourself. Receiving affection from others feels good, but it is vitally important that we can also get the love we need from within. Learning to love yourself is one of the most important gifts you can ever give yourself. Spend some time with yourself, get to know yourself and give yourself a hug. And when you do this, you will find that a person who can find love within is often more able to give and receive support from those around them.
  4.  Be quiet. As a former resident of New York City, this is one of my personal favorites. A side effect of modern living, especially in cities, is that we are often bombarded by noise. Find a quiet place outside or stay in your home, turning off all electronics, phones etc. You may even try earplugs or noise canceling headphones. Meditate or just rest, taking in the sound of silence.
  5.  Laugh! It really is the best medicine. No matter how bad things are, laughter is one of the most important ingredients for emotional health. Studies have shown that laughter actually boosts the immune system and triggers the release of endorphins which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. They can even help to relieve pain. Treat yourself to a funny movie or sitcom and feel your stress melt away.
  6.  Give freely to others. Yes, this really is a gift to yourself. Giving freely of our time, love and compassion brings out our humanity and makes us feel good. Pay attention to your body the next time you hold the door open for someone or have a conversation with the l
  7.  Get physical. Think Olivia Newton-John. Whether it is the physical activity she sang about (great for the immune system, by the way!), or any other, movement will always make you feel good. Exercise doesn’t have to be a scheduled workout, and it should never feel like punishment. Adjust your routine to include taking the stairs, doing housework, walking instead of riding, and your body will thank you in so many ways.
  8.  Sleep. You would have to be living under a rock these days not to know how important this is to your health. The truth is, unless you are getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, your body is not able to repair and rejuvenate like it needs to. My friend, Mary, is blessed with unrivaled sleeping skills, and the only person I know who always gets enough sleep and the good health to show for it. Some people have to work a little harder than others to achieve optimal rest – it’s just their constitution. For better rest try sleeping in a dark room, wearing an eye mask and ear plugs, not eating past 7 pm and getting sufficient exercise during the day. Also, remember to shut down all electronics early in the evening and give yourself plenty of down time before bed. Which leads me to #9…
  9.  Disconnect! Cell phones, land phones, computers, televisions, video games, iPods, etc., etc., sometimes it feels like we are becoming androids. For all the convenience technology provides, this constant stimulation can have very negative effects on our health. [Adrenal fatigue](https://www.theherbanalchemist.com/blog/2011/03/effects-of-stress-on-our-health-and-adrenal-glands/) can result from over-stimulation and the dangers of talking/texting while driving and walking are now well known. Leave the multitasking in the office and practice focusing on one thing at a time.
  10. Spend time in nature. Kick your shoes off (if the weather is right), hug a tree (just embrace it), sit by the water, feel the snow on your face, revel in the wonders of the sun and the moon and the ebb and flow of nature and life. If you can do this for even 5-10 minutes during your busy day, it will recharge your battery better than any prescription drug can.
  11.  Breathe. This is no joke, it is easy to forget to breathe well. I think I lived an entire period of my life practically holding my breath. Breathing in we take in life-sustaining oxygen and breathing out we rid the body of toxins. Remember, a proper, deep breath is when the belly goes out on the in breath and retracts on the exhale. Place your hand on your abdomen to see whether you are breathing properly. Even better is a big fat audible sigh (ahhhhh, or whoooosh) on the breath out. It’s a great stress reliever.
  12.  Spend time doing something you love each day. For one person, it’s reading a book; for another it’s watching an old movie. Relax your body and mind and nourish your soul by spending quality time with yourself – even if only for half an hour. If this is something that always gets pushed to the back burner for you, put a post-it on your bathroom mirror or schedule it into your daily calendar. Sounds silly, but until it becomes a habit, a gentle reminder never hurts.
  13. Give yourself a break! Nothing on this list is earth-shattering or anything that you haven’t heard before. If you fail to give yourself one of these gifts, don’t stress–just give yourself a break and start anew. That’s the beauty of life – each moment, each day affords us the opportunity to start from scratch.

And now, I’m off to re-read this list and take action myself.

Much love,

P.S. Please come on over and check out my brand spanking new website!

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 counselor (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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Important Information About Reiki (Minus the False Fear-Mongering)

Important Information About ReikiEarlier today I read an article by a fellow “conscious community” writer which reminded me that no matter how “conscious” one can claim to be, that when the ego is left holding the pen, what should be outwardly presented as an opinion piece, can and will without hesitation be posted as well-researched facts, when they are anything but…

Normally this would just piss me off and I’d unfollow them presuming that yet another “good” one has been lost to the ethers of the egoic mind of many self-made internet “gurus”. But this topic was personal to me and one I have almost 20 years experience with, so when I felt the need to reach out and correct the author on some false claims, I most certainly did not expect censorship or the ultimate hypocrisy of  deleting comments that did nothing more than provide actual facts where previously misinformed opinions had been.

I have been a Reiki Master Teacher since 2001 and the following are some of the basic, key things one learns while becoming a Reiki practitioner:

  1. Reiki practice channels a subtle energy that cannot be used to cause harm. As in it is impossible!!! The actual energy used in healing practice is accessible to each and every one of us at any time and we are ALL naturally born touch healers. Reiki is simply one MODALITY, one set of tools and techniques used to access this universal healing energy.
  2. Therefore, we are never using our OWN energy to heal, nor are we even doing any of the actual healing ourselves. We are merely vessels, conduits, channels for the energy to run through, but again, just as we do not need a priest to talk to God, you do not need me to access the healing energy of Source Consciousness. I have simply studied, learned and Mastered one technique to connect to and channel it to others.
  3. We receive healings ourselves when we are working on other people and this again is because we are receiving the same healing energy as it passes through us to our client. Reiki goes to where it is needed and a person cannot receive “too much” or for “too long” because once the body stops pulling the energy, Reiki simply stops flowing. In other words, it will only flow to WHERE it’s needed and for HOW LONG.
  4. We cannot interfere with another person’s karma or life process. Reiki can and will only move energy the person is ready to let go of and that in itself is a very personal process. Reiki energy literally will not flow if the person is resisting in any way, or is not ready to release a particular block, if the purpose has not yet been completed, served, etc. as far as it pertains to the person’s life purpose and personal karma.
  5. If we or our client feels “crappy” after a session there can be multiple reasons. Most likely, as with most purging, releasing, letting go, etc. it is not a necessarily pleasant experience and we often go through what can feel like an energetic cleanse if we actually did let go of a lot of blocks, past trauma, etc. during a Reiki session. Usually, after a few days, we feel much better as is reflected in the effects of many other personal “cleanses”, once our system has rebalanced and centered.

So, there we go. I had to read claims that Reiki can actually hurt people, that we as practitioners MUST be able to direct the energy, turn it off/on, etc. as to avoid “putting our own crap on them” when that completely is FALSE and actually only shows a complete lack of understanding of Reiki since this energy does NOT need direction, CANNOT be “overdone” and actually has little to do what “we” want it to do or what is going on with us personally.

This is my heartfelt response to what I know to be true about Reiki from my actual experience being a Reiki Master Teacher for so many years. And in that experience of working with so many people over the years, I am yet to take on someone else’s karma nor they mine. In fact, I play more of an observer role, watching the beautiful conversation of energies taking place and just being there to moderate as necessary.

What is so amazing about this energy, is that it only moves what people have already consciously let go of. And with that knowledge in my heart, I consciously let go of the need to be heard by someone so obviously STUCK in the matrix as opposed to claiming to want to help us all find the “exit”.


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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Researchers Reveal How Many Hours of Sleep your Brain Needs to Stay Healthy

By Power Of Positivity

The true number of hours of sleep your brain needs has been debated for decades. Thanks to recent research, though, we’ve come very close to turning sleep into an exact science. Getting an incorrect amount of sleep can have terrible effects on your health – both physically and mentally.

That’s why it’s so important to keep the brain in tip-top shape through sufficient rest. But is there more to these arbitrary rules and statistics? In this article, we consider what researchers reveal about how many hours of sleep your brain needs to stay healthy. We’ll also look at how this keeps your body in tip-top shape, and some surprising facts behind the figures.

Here Are How Many Hours Of Sleep Your Brain Needs To Stay Healthy

“Sleep deprivation is the most common brain impairment.” – William C. Dement

1.    Why does the body need sleep?

According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, one thing is certain: sleep is needed for a healthy brain and body. But why? There are actually a few theories about why your brain needs a certain number of hours of rest. Here are some of them:

·         The Inactivity Theory

This theory states that the need for the body to rest at night stems from evolution. Proponents of this theory state that we sleep at night as it was prudent for our ancestors to do so in the wild. At night, with low visibility, they would be vulnerable, so they slept.

·         The Energy Conservation Theory

This theory once again stems from evolution. Once upon a time, when our ancestors had limited access to food, they needed to conserve energy. Studies today show that the metabolism of energy in humans decreases by 10% when asleep, thus saving precious resources.

·         The Restorative Theory

Most modern science points to the brain’s ability to repair the body when asleep. Studies show that animals will die in mere weeks if not able to sleep, due to immune system damage. Essentially, when we rest, the body repairs itself and restores brain neurons so we can wake up feeling fresh.

·         The Brain Plasticity Theory

This is likely the most compelling and up-to-date of theories. Sleeping affects the way that the brain’s structure shifts and changes. This is why a lack of sleep can sometimes cause you to perform tasks badly. It might also be why babies need so much sleep-time – they’re building their positive brain function.

2.    Sleeping too much is just as bad as sleeping too little

Recent research published in the journal Sleep shows that the optimal amount of sleep is actually on a U-curve. This curve is completely reliable and accurate and applies to all people, which is excellent news for us.

Researchers conducting this study measured the ability of their study subjects to conduct tasks with different amounts of sleep. They had to prove verbal abilities, reasoning skills, and cognitive performance.

Findings reveal that sleeping for too many hours can actually be just as damaging as sleeping for too few hours. This means that as tempting as it sounds, sleeping for 12 hours on a Sunday might do your body more harm than good.

As such, you really have to be sure of how many hours of sleep your brain needs. This study puts that figure at an average of between 7 and 8 hours. This is, of course, limited to specific test subjects.

3.    What happens to the brain when you sleep?

Every single night, the body cycles through specific sleep stages. Each full circle takes around 90 minutes. You cycle through the stages for your entire snoozing time. Here’s what happens during each one, according to WebMD.

  • The first stage is non-REM sleep, known as the N1 stage. The N1 stage involves very light sleep. This is the time when you could still be easily awoken. It’s also the stage where you can wake up and feel the most refreshed.
  • The N2 phase is where you spend most of your night. Here is where the brain starts to file long-term memories. Thus, this phase could be crucial to memory, concentration, and focus. Failing to go through enough of this stage could cause you to be more forgetful.
  • The N3 stage involves deep sleep. This cycle starts out very long but progressively gets shorter throughout the night. During this stage, the body focuses on repairing itself, so skipping this stage robs you of positive benefits. Eating late and drinking alcohol can prevent the body from entering deep sleep enough times to be fully restored. Of course, sleeping too little or too much has the same result.
  • The REM stage happens towards the end of one cycle, in the last 30 minutes. During this rapid eye movement stage is when we dream. Being jogged awake during REM sleep can make one drowsy, so completing the cycle is important.

4.    Your age determines the hours of sleep your brain needs

There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to the number of hours of sleep your brain needs. It all depends on a variety of different factors, and one of these factors is age. This is according to Max Hirshkowitz, the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

Efforts to continuously review and provide scientifically up-to-date information regarding sleeping times are constantly in play at the NSF. Recent work has led to the establishment of a variety of different rules and regulations for people of different ages. Here is what the NSF came up with as far as hours of sleep recommended each night. Additionally, it is not recommended that individuals get more or less than the number of hours stated in these categories:

·         Newborns

Individuals between 0 and 3 months of age should aim to get between 14 and 17 hours in a 24-hour cycle. In rare cases, some newborns may need between 11 and 13 hours or between 18 and 19 hours.

·         Infants

Individuals between 4 and 11 months of age should aim to get between 12 and 15 hours. In rare cases, some infants may need between 10 and 11 hours or between 16 and 18 hours.

·         Toddlers

Individuals between 1 and 2 years of age should aim to get between 11 and 14 hours. In rare cases, some toddlers may need between 9 and 10 hours or between 15 and 16 hours.




The Best Tip for Health and Happiness and the Catch

There is one constant for many who have experienced healing and a change in circumstances.  It is within them and sourced from their being:  imagination. It is a belief, a full knowing that wellness is one’s future.  Imagining health, full body recovery, even peace of mind has positive results. Thousands upon thousands have recorded extraordinary healings.

Questions to Ask

There is a caveat (catch), Is this healing for my highest good?  What must I know as a result of this illness, injury, or circumstance?  Could you say the greatest feeling is:  inner peace and a knowing that all is good?  Can an illness, injury, or circumstance lead to a feeling of peace and contentment?  Yes, it can. An unwanted experience holds the potential for a dynamic change.  A change that leads one to fulfill deep desires within.

What do You Think?

The day has arrived for greater awareness of creative solutions for a healthy mindset and even a healthy body, if you wish.  The most important part is you, what do you want?  If you had a million dollars would that bring about a cure?  It may or may not.  Money is not the solution for illness either of mind or body.  Is the cure in a remote part of the world and one particular plant?  If you lived in an earlier period, possibly Jesus would walk by and heal you.  But those days are no more, you think.

Looking for a Cure?

Two words are paramount: cure and think.   A cure is a solution that comes from outside your being. It is something that is done for you by something/someone else.  Healing is an inside job, period.  To be healed is to be made whole. To be whole is to be in balance.  What you think is the product of what you believe, deep down.  The question is:  What do you believe?  Do you believe you can be healthy?  Do you feel deserving? (You are!)  The best tip for health and happiness comes from your beliefs and realizing that you have complete control over them.  No one else.

Who is Your Master?

When I knew deep inside it was time for a change, I repeated and wrote frequently:  I am the master of my destiny.  I honestly didn’t understand the mechanics of the statement, but I felt it true.  This one belief changed my life and changed it for the better.  Was it a change overnight?  No, it was a process.  But in the meantime, I had peace of mind, knowing that I was going in the right direction.  How does this relate to health?   Health and happiness are a byproduct, a result.

What is Your Ally?

Does this mean if I am not healthy, I blame myself?  No, not at all.  Change the way you think about your circumstances.  Don’t look at them as your enemy, but as an ally giving aid to build your thought life and your imagination. This is where strength is found, along with inner peace, and potential healing.  Recognize your ally (your illness or circumstance) as the catalyst. It has the potential to take you somewhere fantastic that you may have never had the opportunity to experience.   Within you is the solution to your every problem. You are the master of your destiny.  Believe it.


Further encouragement and education:

Dr. Lissa Rankin. Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind.  Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself

Dr. Joe Dispenza.    As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes.

Joe Pinella.   Imagine you are doing the exercise his master told him.  After a catastrophic car accident, Joe Pinella was diagnosed quadriplegic… and told by doctors that he would never walk again. But, against all odds, Joe Pinella used the ancient Chinese healing techniques of Qi Gong and Tai Chi Kung to relieve his pain, regain his strength… and train his body to walk again!


Julia Parsell

Julia Rae Parsell


Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names:  wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As a home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, writing, and trail blazing. She is happily married in Western North Carolina.   Please visit her blog here.




Heal and Uplift Yourself With Bibliotherapy

I think, therefore I am.
I do, therefore I matter.
I feel, therefore I exist.
I read, therefore I heal.

Reading is therapeutic. Reading heals the soul. Often times, books are our best friends. What cannot be vocalized can actually be found in some author’s writing. I have personally experienced instances where a writer was able to give a definition and reasoning to one of my ideas, which had occurred a long time back, but one which I vividly remember. I read poetry, non-fiction, fiction, journal articles, and scientific essays, to name a few. I feel like my soul catches fire when I read something inspiring. I get awed, I feel wondrous about life and existence, and all my existential crises melt away. I feel a sense of satisfaction and contentment after reading a book. Books and written material are formally used for therapeutic purposes in what is called Bibliotherapy. Bibliotherapy is a type of creative arts therapy that involves storytelling or the reading of specific texts with the purpose of healing. Bibliotherapy is many a time used in combination with writing therapy.

Language is unique to human beings and has the potential to transform lives. Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly. By the same token, I say with certitude that just when the psychologically wounded person thinks his/her life is over, give him/her a book and watch them come back to life like a phoenix. Language has the power to impact and without language, even if there was code language, life would be without any element of ‘life.’ It would be plain, pale and dry, unlike language which makes the world lively, bright and enriching.

Through writing therapy, we can access our unconscious thoughts, feelings, ideas and intentions. One form is called the Stream of Consciousness method of writing where the writer writes without any censor, giving form to thoughts without any regard to rawness, meaning and content. The term Stream of Consciousness refers to a person’s thoughts and conscious reactions to events, perceived as a continuous flow. The term was coined by William James in his seminal work “Principles of Psychology” (1890). It is also a literary style wherein a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust are some of the notable early exponents.

Next time you are feeling low or dejected and there is no one around to seek help from, go to the internet, a bookstore or a library, pick up a book and read. You are bound to feel uplifted and much better than you were before. You will find that sometimes, books change people. Other times, book chapters do; and occasionally paragraphs, sentences, and even a single word can change your life if you let it affect your physiology positively. I would strongly recommend the following books and poems to uplift your spirit, and impact you spiritually, namely,

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind Body Medicine by Deepak Chopra
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Your path to healing your soul has only begun!

About the Author

Samhita K is a doctoral scholar of Psychology, a published poet, writer, English and French teacher, researcher, and psychologist. She is a musicophile, Francophile and Russophile. She is a seeker of spirituality and is deeply passionate about Transpersonal Psychology. She is the author of the short story “The Russian Manuscript” available on amazon.com. Samhita has been the Featured Poet at a cafe called Urban Solace Cafe for the Soul, which was the 262nd edition of the Longest Running Poetry Event in India. This event is also featured in the Limca Book of World Records. Her hobbies include reading, creative writing, music, sports, motorcycle riding and transcendental meditation. You can follow her on Instagram on two usernames namely, transpersonal.vera and thefacesoftheself.

Identifying Triggers for Gluten Sensitivity

By Sharry Edwards | The Institute of BioAcoustic Biology

Is it greed, ignorance or an attempt to make things better, that is poisoning our population?

The August 14, 2010 issue of Science News, reported that a research team, led by gastroenterologist Robert Anderson of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Parkville, Australia, had identified the triggers for celiac disease (gluten sensitivity).

Since the Sound Health Research Institute often evaluates clients who exhibit gluten sensitivity and a myriad of associated diseases, it was clear that this information needed to be added to our databases. I decoded the three proteins as BioAcoustic biofrequencies (biomarkers) and was immediately involved in an avalanche of novel data.  The metabolic pathways distorted by these proteins are multifaceted and link with nearly all systems of the human body; causing immune distortion and acute cellular inflammation.

The article listed only three proteins, w-5 gliadin (wheat), g-3 hordein (barley) and g secalins (rye) that were responsible for the production of the specific anti-gliadin antibody reactions.  These proteins, which were responsible for the allergic reactions, are associated with grain glutens from which they derive.

Patent records indicated the grains are clones developed in a laboratory by Monsanto.

This may indicate that the present-day epidemic of gluten sensitivities/allergies stem from man-manipulated grains.  These gluten-containing, allergic causing, grain clones are being used to create foods that we eat every day; bread, cereals, crackers, pastry, seasonings, even some chips contain wheat.  As I developed the BioAcoustic correlations I was aghast with the realization of how thoroughly our health is being negatively influenced by these genetically modified foods.

Further investigation revealed that the cloned genes contained two substitutions that distorted the way the body processes two sulfur rich amino acids: proline and glutamine. This allergy creating substitutions result in the non-methylation of these two amino acids.

Glutamine distortions seem to be the most destructive.  The enzyme required to utilize glutamine is glutamate decarboxylase (GAD).  Glutamate is a key molecule in cellular metabolism and the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the vertebrate nervous system.

In mammals, GAD exists in two isoforms encoded by two different genes-

GAD1 and GAD2 are expressed in the brain where GABA is used as a neurotransmitter, GAD2 is also expressed in the pancreas and has been associated with diabetes.

This led to an evaluation of the GAD genomes and what happens when these genes are activated:

Glutamate decarboxylase aka glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) is an enzyme that catalyzes the decarboxylation (part of the process of breaking down for use by the body) of glutamate to GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) and CO2.

GABA is a natural tranquilizer and an important inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps regulate neuron activity of the body’s nano sensors.  Starting with the GAD enzyme response and moving toward GABA along with the active form of B6, these Nano transmitters of the body are created and regulated.  The movement of electrical energy and hence magnetic potential within the body are controlled by these Nano transmitters.

GAD uses PLP (pyridoxal 50-phosphate) as a cofactor.

PLP was granted a patent by the US government patent office to the Canadian company, Medicare.  PLP is now under the control of the pharmaceutical industry and is often associated with blood clotting issues, migraines, neural disorders and seizures.

Nano transmitters produced in conjunction with GAD metabolism directly show associations with these diseases: diabetes, autism, arthritis, Parkinson’s, AL,S Multiple Sclerosis, joint pain and deterioration, auditory disorders, Celiac Disease, Cohn’s, Irritable Bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, schizophrenia,  bipolar and anxiety disorders, aspartame sensitivity, MSG reactions, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, depression, seizures, brain signaling, the use of calcitonin (cancer related), histidine function (seasonal allergies), cellular inflammation and vaccination reactions.

Glutamate is an analogue frequency of aspartame and is part of MSG (mono-sodium glutamate).

James Oschman in his publication, Energy Medicine, states that cells emit frequency based signals as a request for needed biochemicals to gather at the site of the cell. Since Glutamate and Aspartame are the analog frequencies, this may explain why Aspartame has been implicated in so many muscle and joint disorders.

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.


Add Years To Your Life Span: Do This ONE Thing! (So Simple It Will Surprise You!)

By: Dr. Mercola | mercola.com

How many hours do you sit each day? If you’re not sure, do a quick tally. For most people, cutting this number in half, or even in quarters, would go a long way toward improving their health.

Sit less, move more. It’s a motto worth repeating, especially as research accumulates showing just how detrimental prolonged sitting is for your body.

Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer and premature death are just some of the chronic conditions linked to sitting too much, and a new study hints at why: Being sedentary for long periods of time each day appears to accelerate aging at the cellular level.

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Among close to 1,500 older women included in the study, those who sat the longest were, on average, eight years older, biologically speaking, than women who moved around more often.1

Too Much Sitting Makes You Age Faster

Your daily lifestyle makes a difference in how fast your cells age — what you eat, the quality of your sleep, whether or not you smoke and, the latest, how long you sit all play a role.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine gave activity trackers to a group of 64- to 95-year-old women and questioned them about their activity. Those who sat for more than 10 hours a day and got less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity had shorter telomeres.

Telomeres are caps on the end of DNA strands that are sometimes compared to the plastic caps on the end of shoelaces; they help protect your chromosomes from fraying or sticking together, which would damage their genetic information.

Every time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter, which is why they’re used as a measure of biological aging. Eventually, the telomeres become so short that the cell can no longer divide and dies. For this reason, telomeres are also sometimes compared to a lit bomb fuse.2

In the women who sat for 10-plus hours a day, the telomere shortening was equivalent to about eight years of aging. In other words, too much sitting accelerated the aging process by about eight years. Short telomeres have also been linked with chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

“Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age does not always match biological age,” lead study author Aladdin Shadyab, Ph.D., UCSD School of Medicine, said in a news release.3

Interestingly, women who exercised for at least 30 minutes a day did not have shorter telomere length, even if they also sat for long periods, which suggests the exercise yielded anti-aging effects that may help counteract prolonged sitting.

This is in contrast to previous research, which has found exercise cannot undo the health damage caused by an otherwise sedentary lifestyle.

In 2016, I interviewed Kelly Starrett, who has a Ph.D. in physical therapy and is the author of “Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World.” In “Deskbound,” Starrett quoted research from Dr. James Levine showing that for every hour you sit down, your life expectancy decreases by two hours.

For comparison, every cigarette smoked reduces life expectancy by 11 minutes, which explains why some are now calling sitting the new smoking. For all intents and purposes, prolonged sitting may actually be far worse for your health than smoking.

Starrett even mentioned a study that found office workers who smoked to be healthier than non-smokers simply because they got up every 30 minutes or so and walked outside to have a cigarette.4 “That activity was enough to be a considerable change in the function and health of the human being,” he said.

Another study found that excessive sitting increases lung cancer risk by 54 percent, uterine cancer risk by 66 percent and colon cancer risk by 30 percent, with researchers noting:5

“Sedentary behavior contributes to an interrelated network of increased body fat, altered production of sex hormones, metabolic dysfunction, leptin, adiponectin and inflammation, encouraging cancer development.”

Separate research, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, further found that sitting for more than three hours a day causes 3.8 percent of all-cause deaths in the 54 countries surveyed.6

Cutting your sitting time to less than three hours a day could increase your life expectancy by 0.2 years, the researchers concluded. More than 60 percent of people globally spend more than three hours a day sitting.7

Have You Tried the Sitting-Rising Test?

There have long been indications that regular movement is linked to longevity, and the sitting-rising test is one such example. The more you move, the more your body stays flexible, strong and able to carry out your daily functions.

The more time you spend sedentary, on the other hand, the faster your muscles atrophy and functional movements, like rising from a seated position, become more challenging. The sitting-rising test (SRT) involves a score of 0-5 for each movement (sitting and rising), with a combined 10 being the highest score, awarded for those who can sit and rise from the floor without any assistance from their hands or knees.

While appearing simple, it actually gauges a number of important factors, including your muscle strength, flexibility, balance and motor coordination, all of which are relevant to your functional capability and general fitness.

To perform the test, sit down on the floor and then get up, using as little assistance from your hands, knees or other body parts as possible. For each body part that you use for support, you’ll lose one point from the possible top score of 10.

For instance, if you put one hand on the floor for support to sit down, then use a knee and a hand to help you get up, you’ll “lose” three points for a combined score of 7. Research shows the numbers strongly correlate with your risk of death within the next six years.8 For each unit increase in SRT score, participants gained a 21 percent improvement in survival. Specifically:

  • Those who scored 0-3 were 6.5 times more likely to die during the 6-year-long study than those who scored 8-10
  • Those who scored 3.5 to 5.5 were 3.8 times more likely to die
  • Those who scored 6 to 7.5 were 1.8 times more likely to die

Ditching Your Desk May Be a Fountain of Youth

Taken together, the research is clear that sitting less is a simple, straightforward strategy to fight aging and chronic disease. If you work in an office environment, having access to a sit-stand desk is one of the most effective techniques to slash your sitting time.9 Research by Levine and colleagues showed that the installation of sit-stand desks reduced sitting time during a 40-hour workweek by eight hours and reduced sedentary time by 3.2 hours.10

Further, the participants enjoyed having the option of a sit-stand desk, which was also associated with increased sense of well-being and energy and decreased fatigue while having no impact on productivity.

If you don’t have a standing desk, it’s possible to fashion one out of a regular desk by propping up your computer on a box or an overturned wastebasket. If standing isn’t an option, you can reap many similar benefits by getting up from your chair every 20 minutes and taking a two-minute walk.

For times when you do sit, “sit with skill,” Starrett recommends. He advises sitting on your sit bones, engaging your legs and trying to look over the chair. When you’re first starting out, divide your day into optional sitting and non-optional sitting. Don’t worry about the times when you have to sit, but take stock of what they call “junk sitting” and try to whittle that down.

Trading Sitting for Active Movement Is Key

When you start to work toward slashing your sitting time, you want to replace it with different types of movements and postures, not simply standing still. Fortunately, when you’re standing, you’re unlikely to stand completely still, at least not for long. You’ll likely stretch, lean, bend and pace. You may take your foot on and off a footstool or fidget.

You can also try to work in short exercise sessions, walking and foam rolling. And for times when you do sit, ditch your chair and try something different, like sitting cross-legged on the floor. This is a healthy position that improves the range of motion in your hips.

Children, too, can benefit from immensely from less sitting. As in adults, prolonged sitting in children is linked to poor health outcomes and even affects cognitive function. A study published in the Journal of Medicine and Sport revealed, for instance, that in first-grade boys, lower levels of physical activity and higher levels of sitting time were linked to poorer reading skills.11

Many U.S. kids also suffer from sitting-induced range-of-motion problems which, if not addressed, may increase their risk of injury and compromise their long-term athletic and movement abilities

Take It Slow When Reducing Your Sitting Time

It can feel overwhelming to think about giving up your chair, but it’s not an all-or-nothing proposition. Rather than focusing on not sitting, think about ways to move more. You might pace while talking on the phone or check your morning emails while doing squats in front of your computer.

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If you’re used to sitting for six, eight or 10 hours a day, you shouldn’t expect to switch entirely to a standing desk overnight. Starrett recommends first transitioning to a standing desk with a perching stool and sitting on that for 20 or 30 minutes, then gradually increasing your standing time. In addition, be sure your desk is adjusted to the proper height.

Many people also feel more comfortable having somewhere to put their foot while standing, such as a stepstool. Gradually, you’ll get used to the idea of standing and will find that you don’t automatically look for a chair the way you used to.

For Elderly Adults, Movement Is Also Key

Getting back to the featured study, which included older women, it was clear that those who moved more were not experiencing the accelerated aging felt by their more sedentary peers. Inactivity in the elderly can be caused by many factors, from health conditions to social isolation, so the first step is figuring out the reason for the lack of movement.

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How to Make the Body’s Command Center Happy

The Liver.

Enjoy life:  Eat, drink and be merry!  Do your habits support a healthy liver?  The key is to counter-balance the bad with the good.

Maintaining or developing self-care is essential to enjoying life as Audre Lorde discovered.

“The late poet laureate of New York State, Audre Lorde, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver and was given six months to live. She continued to thrive for another eight years. She wrote, ‘I had to examine, in my dreams as well as in my immune function tests, the devastating effects of overextension. Overextension is not stretching myself. Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare’.”  Northrup, Dr. Christiane. Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being (Kindle Locations 554-558). Hay House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Below I will list the nuts and bolts about the liver.  Keep in mind, this is only part of the equation.  The other part is how your process your thoughts and emotions.  Do you hold onto anger?  Do you repress it and think you are fooling others, mostly fooling yourself?  An essential key to healthy living is letting your emotions move on through.  Above all let them fly, just don’t harm another in the process.

Here are lists to aid you in valuing and nourishing your liver!

Why is the liver so important?

The Liver -The Command Center for the Body

Supports almost every organ in the body
Regulates levels of most of the main blood chemicals
Produces energy by breaking down food into glucose
Helps rid the body of waste and toxins
Produces bile to help digest fat
Produces many essential amino acids and proteins needed for growth and repair of all bodily tissues and metabolic processes
Vital role in fighting infections
Able to regenerate, but extensive damage can impair this function

These Foods and Nutrients Support the Liver

  • Organic foods help decrease the toxic burden. (Some common toxins in your food: herbicides, growth hormones, and pesticides.)
  • Sulfur foods! Garlic and Onions
  • Cruciferous veggies increase the levels of glucosinolate (important for liver metabolism)
  • Beets are a super food for the liver (betaine found in beets is a methyl donor and protects against fatty liver)
  • Whole grains for detoxification. (B vitamins in whole grains aid in methylation and create the master antioxidant, glutathione)
  • Nutrients that support methylation and thus liver function: Zinc, B2, B6, B12, Magnesium, Folate
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Zinc (oysters, whole oats, pumpkins seeds, pecans, brazil nuts)
  • B2 (yeast, orang meats, oily fish, whole grains, avocados, millet, wild rice)
  • B6 (lightly cooked animal products, whole grains, legumes, nuts)
  • B12 (meat, dairy, fish – B12 supplements for vegans)
  • Magnesium (leafy greens, dried apricots, avocados, most nuts and grains)
  • Folate (raw green, liver, sweet potatoes, bean sprouts)

These Habits have the Potential to Hurt the Liver

  • Poor diet
Proton Pump Inhibitors (long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production)
Corticosteroids (any of a group of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically)
  • Estrogen containing drugs
  • Excessive alcohol (decreases glutathione, leading to toxic build up in the bloodstream and tissues)
  • Processed foods including: smoked and cured foods
  • Food allergens or sensitivities
Harsh household chemicals, soaps and shampoos
  • Lack of exercise
Unresolved or continuous stress

Liver Imbalances may show up as:

  • Skin disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic allergies
  • Autoimmunity diseases
  • Chronic inflammatory disorders
  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Gallstones

Love life and love your body!  Be easy on yourself.

Right in the Feels: The Modus Operandi of Emotional Magnetism

Image result for emotions energy in motion quoteIf anyone knows procrastination, self-sabotage and making excuses it would be me. But what reflecting on each of these things on an intended regular basis has taught me, is the insight into exactly why I delay things, why I put myself down and why I distract myself from focusing on what I need to in order to make my dreams a reality.

And I wanted to write about these things this week because it seems like we all tend to think about this stuff and do a bit of self-reflecting here and there, but then when we’re no longer feeling the jazz of the moment anymore, it’s almost as if the insight fizzles and we find ourselves right back in the same unmotivated, un-moving, space of confusion as to why nothing is different, nothing is better and although we see the days on the calendar go by, nothing has changed. Well, at least it feels that way sometimes, doesn’t it? So, what gives?

Well for one, it’s because we are living life from a perspective of “being pulled” towards something rather than us being the ones who are pushing outwards on life itself! In order to keep things IN-motion, WE have to BE the power source that is moving things into our lives forward! Instead, we tend to have a “sit back and wait for it” mentality.

But we are not necessarily taught this fact. At least not in the most emotionally empowering way. Sure we are taught, usually quite vaguely or based off the status-quo, that we have to earn a living and that nothing comes for free; money doesn’t grow on trees (actually it does, it’s PAPER!), but you get my point…We are not taught that in order to get what we want in life AND feel good about ourselves and have healthy relationships with others is to realize that the hard work lies WITHIN first and foremost. If you skip that, then you seriously should prepare for everything else to be a huge pain in the ass LOL. Welcome to Earth! 😉

All kidding aside, what I really mean here is this…Everything we tend to learn in this world is ASS BACKWARDS!

For example…

To have a healthy level of self-esteem, we gotta love ourselves first and foremost and know that the opinions of others do not define who we are, but rather actually give us more clues into who they are. And yet, we are often taught to feel like the opinions of others are the most important and if you stop and notice, when they are unfavorable opinions, it can be quite damaging to our hearts and feelings, because we have developed expectations of the outside world to determine our emotional state for the most part. Instead of being taught the reality that our emotional state determines that which we experience in the outside world!

This all comes back to magnetism and energy and the recognizing that our emotions are a system of energy that is constantly in motion. E-motion…Energy-in-motion. I will never forget the first time I heard someone explain emotions in that way. They know nothing else but to MOVE as this is their essence, what they do, what they are meant to do, and their modus operandi. If emotions are stuck, they become stagnant energy blocks and will literally manifest as sickness and or issues in your life to get your attention in a more significant way that the emotion itself didn’t grab the first time.

Emotions are awesome and none is better or worse than the other. Each simply has its job to do and has a certain aspect of healing that it points out for you. Emotions are not US, they are not meant to be taken on as who we are because they are not, they are FEELINGS, and they are FLEETING. They are meant to flow in and out of our existence like rain…but if we grab and hold, they will fester under our attempt to control them.

And the ego’s best trick? Convincing you that those feelings you have the most often, that mood you usually carry around are actually YOU. As if you, I’m talking about Self with a capital S, could ever be contained within one emotion. You are multi-faceted. And the fact you can feel ALL emotions should tell you that you are NOT just one in particular. If you are convinced you are an emotion, then you have at least identified where to start your journey of healing…

And here is where crossing that good ‘ol invisible bridge comes into play. We get so used to our emotions telling us how to feel, that when we are made aware of the fact they are not US, are not in control of us or our mood and that they are just indicators to our environment, that we almost don’t want to reclaim our power. Why? Because it places an enormous amount of responsibility back into your consciousness. Now that you know, you cannot un-know and you know it! LOL.

We always have a choice as to how to react to our emotions; no matter how strong or intimidating and in your face, the emotion might be…And I realize that for many, this article might trigger a reaction to actually do the complete opposite of what I’m suggesting right now and let this truth piss you off. But that’s okay because the things that piss us off..are usually the same things that set us free…


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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