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Welcome to the Healing Arts Community. The art that you find here is intended to enrich your life with health and spiritual energy. Art is the result of creative energies coupled with the power of imaginations. Our world is a product of God’s creative energy. We are His art work; living artwork. The true expression of art is not a painting on the wall, a song or any other non-living object. Our lives are art. How we carry ourselves, feed our bodies, how we speak, care for our Mother Earth and perhaps an endless list of things.  Paintings, books, sculptures and all artifacts of the world of art are reflections of our living art.  

 

LITHUANIAN VERSION OF *HAC*

LITHUANIAN VERSION

 

SO HAM MEDITATION

The Universal Mantra “SO HAM” (translated as “I Am That” ) is a vibration of our breath: SO is the sound of inhalation, and HAM is the sound of exhalation. In this mantra the polarity of female Yin energy, is represented by the sound SO (spirit), and male Yang energy, is represented by the sound HAM (matter).  It is also the polarity of mental inspiration (So – cold air) and emotional expiration (Ham – warm air) energies.

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Pain Relieving Herbs

Aloe VeraAloe Vera juice has been used for centuries as a remedy for arthritis and remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the US today.  In fact, the ancient Egyptians called it the ‘plant of immortality’.It soothes the gastrointestinal tract and is helpful in treating ulcerative colitis and mouth ulcers.And the cooling, soothing gel from the plant can be used topically on burns, cuts, scrapes, cold sores and even sunburn. ArnicaArnica is an excellent herbal rub to use after intense sports, an acute injury, or even post surgery; arnica is a well-known natural pain killer among athletes and yogis. It is derived from a European flower, and has anti-inflammatory properties, although the true nature of its healing action is still unknown. BasilSome varieties of basil (namely Ocimum americanum and Ocimum tenuiflorum) are actually as strong as anti-inflammatory drugs.Basil extract has been shown to reduce swelling in arthritic patients by up to 73%, in just 24 hours. Other varieties of basil also kill pain, but just on a lower level.Basil is also anti-bacterial, which explains why it is often used in dental and oral hygiene products. Black PepperBlack pepper contains piperine, a chemical which helps to counteract pain in the body.In fact, piperine extracted from black pepper can be mixed with other ingredients to make an analgesic cream for pain relief.This inexpensive seasoning is thought to reduce the perception of pain, inflammation and even arthritis. Birch Leaf (Betula Lenta)The leaves from the Birch tree act much like cortisone, a prescription drug used to treat endocrine disorders, arthritis, lupus, skin disease, autoimmune disorders, and more. A main chemical compound found in Birch leaves is methyl salicylate, similar to salicylic acid used in aspirin. It is anti-spasmodic, analgesic, astringent, antifungal, diuretic, detoxifying, reduces oxidative damage to skin (stopping wrinkles), and enhances circulation. It also promotes enzymatic secretions in the body. It is truly one of the first powerful pain-relievers ever used. BoswelliaBoswellia – This herb is sourced from the frankincense tree. Its resin is used to thwart chemical reactions that cause inflammation, and thus pain. Ayurvedic scientists have used Boswellia for centuries to treat arthritic conditions, as well as inflammatory bowel disease. Chile PeppersDerived from hot Chile peppers, topical capsaicin may be useful for some people in relieving pain. CardamomIn Ayurveda, cardamom has been used as a remedy for urinary tract diseases and infections like cystitis. Studies also have shown that it has gastro-protective properties and ...

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Goals

Goals

We sometimes feel that we have set expectations of ourselves too high and then have to struggle to achieve them. As such, we could end up feeling like a failure because we have not been able to achieve what we want on a spiritual, physical or material level.What is the solution? We can set meaningful goals for ourselves and know that God has given us the means to achieve them. We may find that there are people in our lives that we are allowing to hold as back and prevent us from fully realizing our dreams and goals. Notice that I said “that we are allowing to hold us back. “  You are in charge of your life, and if you allow someone to hold you back, then that is a choice, not a law of nature that you are dealing with.I am no expert on religions, but expect that most of them recognize that God created us as beings who have freewill. I’ll go a step further and say that He also gave us the ability to create our own realities. So, if you feel held back, shake off the feeling of frustration and prepare to take a ride on the wild side. God created a world and a universe with the tools and resources for all of us to be happy; we just need to recognize the opportunity that we have and jump on board.If you are not satisfied with your life as it is, please allow me to make some suggestions as to material that you should consider studying. All of the books below are available on Audible.com. I recommend them because they have and continue to change my life: Three Steps To Happiness: Healing Through Joy by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. (also available as CDs at  Plow Shear Press). The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham by Jerry and Ester Hicks. Theater of the Mind by Matt Furey. Secret To Attracting Money by Dr. Joe Vitale. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Revised by Maxwell Maltz and updated by Dan Kennedy.Some of the above books are very wealth centric. However, whatever you want in life, you can use the principles in these books to attract. it. Whether it is health, a meaningful relationship, wealth or some other personal attainment, these books, written by diverse authors, each will provide instruction on using the tools that God has provided us for reaching our goals ...

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Protecting Against Psychic Attacks

We live in a beautiful world where people use the power of their thoughts like a magician. Some of us realize this fact, some of us don’t. Every thought has a manifestation; maybe good, perhaps bad, could be so minute as to barely be significant or can set major events in motion. Our mind can be used to create powerful healing within themselves as well as others, but also, it can cause havoc in the lives of others or in our own lives.So let's talk about the energetic power of our thoughts. Every single one of our thoughts, held with a strong intention and backed by  strong vibrational energy, holds an incredible amount of power. That energy, projected from the mind, travels from the point of the sender to the target that it is intended for. There is no limit to the distance that a thought can travel. Someone who is sending emotionally charged though of happiness or anger can reach someone who is in another town or country. So, somehow the target of that happiness or anger may suddenly feel a wave of very warm and sweet feeling of happiness or find themselves angry without knowing why. Another manifestation is that the target can be confused, without understanding why their emotions suddenly changed.Now I want to talk about negative thoughts when we are the target and what happens when they have reached us and begin to tear away our vital life force energy. What happen, when we become an open vessel for another person’s negative thoughts? Trust me; it’s a lot like becoming naked, just in a spiritual way. Once our energy field is broken others can mentally impose all sorts of disaster within our magnetic mind which will affect what we experience. The human mind and body creates a field of magnetic energy in order to attract the quality of things that we think. Everything that we want is also a source of energy. We will have no difficulty in drawing negative things to us when we are dealing with a mind attack from a negative person.One key secret to manifesting what we want is to become full of energy. The more positive energy we have within the body, the more powerful our thoughts. When full of positive energy, we always work at an optimal rate just like an electrical device that requires a fully charged battery. When the battery is low the power is gone from the devise and although it is programmed to do a specific job it simply cannot work. The same is true for ...

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Love Is

The following was provided to HAC by Renata Juodiene and translated by Ron Stiles and Irmina Santaika Stiles. To say that it was authored by Renata would not be quite accurate, because it is a writing she received through a process called channeling. For those of you not familiar with channeling, it is a communication that a person receives from a non-physical entity, generally intended as information to benefit people. During the translation of the channeling, our objective was to change the intent only to the degree necessary to get it from Renata’s Lithuanian and into English.“Recently, I received a wonderful gift, an Icon of the Holy Maria, which was painted and sent to me by my dear friend Irmina, whom I love deeply and am grateful to her for it. Icons emanate warmth and love and always warms the heart. I have to say that up to this time I had no sacred paintings, paintings of religious themes in general in my home. I do not remember ever praying to Holy Maria... Today, however, I took the icon, held it to my breast and asked Holy Maria to help me unravel my thoughts and feelings that had become knotted and tangled threads... I needed help with my situation because I don’t know how to proceed. Then I picked up a piece of paper and started to write just anything that came to mind, completely without adjusting or editing the sentence structure or language. I noticed that some of the words that came to me were different than those that I normally use, but I didn’t pay attention to it, and I did not go deep inside to think about it, I wrote what came even though I didn’t know from where they came. I just knew that they specifically mean for me.*Meilė is Lithuanian for LoveLove (Meilė*) is like the sun that shines day and night, through clouds and darkness. Love is like a dream in which one never stops enjoying the spring. Love is like when gathering berries in the spring and their taste fills your whole Being and their smell brightens the day. Love is the light that overcomes the darkness no matter how impenetrable it is. Love is the joy when the stork brings a bent twig. Love is something you desire and are able to experience every second of every day. Love gives us joy even in the midst of an infinite sea of sadness. Love is what you strive for every day. To love another is respect for the Father; to love yourself is ...

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Three Steps to Happiness! Healing Through Joy

To purchase the CD set you can click here: I am Ronald Stiles, narrator and publisher of the audio version of Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum’s amazing book, THREE STEPS TO HAPPINESS! HEALING THROUGH JOY.  But I am also a reader, whose life was transformed by the message in this book. If you are looking for answers on how to restore  your health,  to fill your life with happiness, to achieve prosperity, or the culmination of all of these, you can learn how to do so, in three easy steps!  To purchase a digital download, please click here: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the best-selling book FROM FATIGUED TO FANTASTIC! (Avery/Penguin Group), PAIN FREE 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill), THREE STEPS TO HAPPINESS! HEALING THROUGH JOY (Deva Press 2003), BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book REAL CAUSE, REAL CURE (Rodale Press, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows about healing through joy as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 35 years, he dedicated his career to finding effective treatments, resulting in his highly effective “SHINE Protocol” (see www.EndFatigue.com). Along the way, he rediscovered 3 key steps to happiness that can lead you to both joy and health!Effective treatment for health issues is not limited to just standard medical approaches. THREE STEPS TO HAPPINESS! HEALING THROUGH JOY addresses the underlying causes of illness. It is an inspiring roadmap to healing and happiness based on Dr. Teitelbaum’s treatment of tens of thousands of patients. It can lead you to not only healing, but can help you achieve happiness by creating the life that you desire – all in three simple steps! Narrated by: Ronald StilesPublished by Plow Shear Press 

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NATURAL VISION IS FOR REAL

My good friend Bren sent me a link to an article about a potential scam called “The Quantum Vision System.” Not my place to say whether or not it’s a scam, but sure reminded me of some time share presentations I’ve sat through. Whoever put the videomercial together had certainly done their homework. There were some valid points, however, that I’d like to comment on:Eyeglasses make your vision progressively worse. My personal experience bares this out. I did RK in 1983, noticed that my vision was getting to be a problem again in 2000, got glasses, and instead of gradual regression, everything plummeted from the moment I put those glasses on. Bates, in his book "THE CURE OF IMPERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES,” includes an excerpt from the Encyclopedia Italiana: On a tomb in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Florence was found an inscription which read: "Here lies Salvino degli Armati, Inventor of Spectacles. May God pardon him his sins."  I concur with the point that Bates was trying to make, eyeglasses are a crutch that are quite bad for us.  I didn't need eyeglasses in the first grade, I need help to learn how to see correctly, I need self-confidence.Though I had to agree with the videomercial about the benefits of natural vision improvement and the pitfalls of conventional vision correction (e.g. eyeglasses, contact lens, LASIK), I do not encourage anyone to seek overnight cures for vision improvement. I am currently doing natural vision improvement after regressing from my 20/20 achieved with RK in 1983. I had good vision from the operation for 17 years. But due to the same old vision habits, went back to being once again dependent on eyeglasses. At that time I had never heard of William Bates and thought the use of eyeglasses or more corrective surgery was my only path.It is important to note that success with vision improvement is really difficult to come by, because poor vision is the result, normally, of effects and visual habits attained in childhood. I’m talking about the core problems of near and far sightedness that affects us when we are school children. We are prescribed with glasses, but as we age we want freedom from them, and we take quick fixes like RK and LASIK, only to find that our brains are ingrained with certain visual habits that return us to poor vision.Although eye exercises are part of a visual improvement program, so is a reprogramming of the brain about our visual habits. I have met no one personally who has succeeded at true vision ...

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Window of Heaven - Feng Fut

English Name:  Wind/Spirit Mansion Pinyin Name:  Feng Fu Chinese Character:  風府 Feng Fu Point is found at the base of the skull just below the bottom ridge of the skull cap at the top of the neck, directly above midpoint of posterior hairline, directly below external occipital protuberance, in depression of trapezium muscle. Sometimes it seems that you will find two or three of them. So, let yourself be pulled by your intuition to the point of greatest Qi. This is a Window of Heaven point and a Ghost point. It is also the entry point into the brain. This point is also called Gui Xue or Gui Lin in some texts, which translates respectively to “Ghost Hole” and “Ghost Forest.” The implication is that one can communicate with those on the spiritual plane via this point. Feng Fu also communicates with a minor chakra called Alta Major, the Pineal Gland and the Pituitary Gland. There is a pathway from Feng Fu to the brain and to the Brahma-Randhra or ‘Chamber of Brahma (Brahma-Randhra is the soft spot that can be experienced on the head of a newborn baby and this is the hole through which the liberated soul escapes to reach God). This pressure point is often manipulated for relief of headache, neck aches and stiff neck; it clears the brain, opens the sensory orifices, and calms the Spirit. The point may also help relieve dizziness, numbness in the neck area and provides strong life impulse and rejuvenates the entire body. Other Acupuncture/Pressure Indications: Heaviness of the body with aversion to cold, cold shivering with sweating, swelling and pain of the throat, wind painful obstruction, headache, the hundred diseases of the head, visual dizziness, dizziness, blurred vision, upward staring eyes, sudden loss of voice, flaccid tongue with inability to speak, numbness of the legs, hypertension, mania, incessant talking, mad walking and desire to commit suicide, sadness and fear with fright, palpitations, pain of the neck with inability to turn the head, stiff neck, all external inflictions, nose blocked, vertigo, seizures, anxiety, epistaxis, all kind of rashes. What Will Happen If You Put An Ice Cube On This Spot This ice cube trick is a method that will make you look younger and full of energy. Other than that, it has the power to make some illness disappear. Method This is how you do it: lie on your belly (or sit) and place one ice cube (about 2 × 2 cm) at the point of Feng Fu (the hole at the back of the head) and hold it for 20 minutes. Fix the ice cube with a bandage, scarf, etc. You need to do it regularly (with breaks ...

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The Byzantine Icon and Mind Practice

“It is the image/Icon [Greek: ikon] of the invisible GOD, the Firstborn of all creation.” / COL 1:15“That, which we have heard and seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands we proclaim also to you.” /JOHN 1:1–3 Byzantine Icons have been part of spirituality for over 2,000 years and are a central aspect of Orthodox religious practice. Icons are more than simply just another smart technique to be added to a person’s spiritual direction tool kit. They are a major vehicle to be used for viewing and understanding reality in complete and holistic spirituality.The purpose of prayer with Byzantine Icons is that they offer access through the gate of the visible to the mystery of the invisible and engage us in an intimate, growing relationship with GOD. They lead us to the contemplation of the Divine. As Constantine Cavarnos states: "The Icon stands for something other than itself. It is designed to lead us from the physical to the spiritual realm. The Icon is an image of a real, sacred person or event, and is designed to lead us to it." The practical power of a Byzantine Icon is primarily its appeal to the eye. The middle age philosophers recommended to gaze at them with complete attention and to pray with them. They would mediate upon their content and allow themselves to move from one idea to another in prayer. This requires a sense of being completely present to the Icon, and intentionally gazing upon it in silence and stillness. It was an ascetic discipline that requires presence and attentiveness. The individual enters into a sense of seeing and being seen, and then responds to the interaction that comes out of this.Sister Olga, from Russian monastery, says, that "An Icon is not touching or sentimental, nor even to magnify human feelings. It is to orientate all of our mind, feelings, oneself towards the holy." In other words it is a tool of focus and mediation which sharpens the faculties for the reception of Divine Grace.“…If we made an image of the invisible GOD, we would certainly be in error, but we do not do anything of the kind; we do not err, in fact, if we make the image of GOD incarnate who appeared on earth in the flesh, who in his ineffable goodness, lived with men and assumed the nature, the volume, the form, and the color of the flesh. ….You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb. How can we make an image of ...

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Who Am I?

Who Am I?

In the title it says “Who am I?” If asked 10 years ago, perhaps even fewer, I would have explained by stating a variety of credentials and achievements. Regardless of those things, I felt lacking, and thus never really loved and appreciated myself, thus treating myself badly. Today, if asked “Who am I?” my answer is simply “me”. I have, to large extent, separated who I am from the standards that we’ve been raised and taught to use to identify ourselves. I remember years ago there was an older black man on the job, Nat, who was a concrete finisher. Everyone loved to be around him. He loved what he did and came to work and spent hours pouring and finishing concrete, always happy and enjoying what he did. He simply enjoyed who he was – Nat – not a rich man, not someone with great authority, just loved to get up each morning and I doubt that he treated himself badly, nor did he treat himself as above anyone else. I have come to realize that the dishwasher at a restaurant can feel as good about himself as the president of a nation or huge company – we are not our credentials, but rather children of God who should respect, like, and love ourselves…once we do that we will be able to respect, like, and love others as they are with no difficulty.Love and Light,R. Stiles 

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Food Combining Rules for Healthy Digestion‎

   There are physiological reasons for eating foods in compatible combinations, because some foods, if mixed in the digestive system, will cause distress.The principles of food combining are dictated by digestive chemistry. Dr. Herbert M. Shelton found that different foods are digested differently: Starchy foods require an alkaline digestive medium which is supplied initially in the mouth by the enzyme ptyalin; Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion- hydrochloric acid. The acids and bases (alkalis) neutralize each other. If you eat a starch with a protein, digestion is impaired or completely arrested!The undigested food mass can cause various kinds of digestive disorders. Undigested food becomes soil for bacteria which ferment and decompose it. These bacteria products are poisonous, one of which, alcohol, is a narcotic that destroys or inhibits the digestive tract nerve function.  Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining: Eat acids and starches at separate meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline medium required for starch. Eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at separate meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion. Eat one kind of protein food at a meal. Eat proteins and acid foods at separate meals. The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids required for protein digestion. Undigested protein putrefies in bacterial decomposition and produces some potent poisons. Eat fats and proteins at separate meals. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion. Eat sugars (fruits) and proteins, or starchy foods at separate meals. A minimal amount of sweet acidic citrus fruit might digest well with avocado, nuts, seeds and young coconut (whole, or blended into dressings) – test it and learn. Do not eat acidic citrus fruits with other types of sweet fruits. Tomato, Cape gooseberry and tomatillo combine well with nuts, seeds and avocado. Do not eat fatty high-protein foods (nuts, seeds and coconut) with sweet fruit or starchy foods (squash, tubers, carrots, peas and corn). A minimal amount of avocado might combine well with starchy foods. Nuts and seeds can be eaten together. Avoid eating nuts/seeds with avocado and coconut. Eating nuts, seeds, coconut and avocado with green neutral vegetables (e.g., lettuce, kale, celery) and/or cucumbers typically enhances digestion as additional proper digestive juices will aid in the digestion of the fat. Sweet peas and young carrots fresh from ...

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Fountain of Youth

"The Five Tibetan Rites", "The Five Tibetans" or  "The Five Rites of  Rejuvenation", were first written about by Peter Kelder in a 1939, as "The Eye of  Revelation".  In the book he describes how the exercises came to the West  by a retired British army officer,  who learned them  in the Himalayas. The purpose of these exercises is to work on the Chakras and to bring them into their correct frequency of vibration. These Rites are very similar to some early forms of Yoga  and are likely to have originated from a system of Kum Nye which date back 2,500 years. The Tibetans claim that these exercises activate and stimulate the seven key Chakras that in turn stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for the body's overall functioning and aging process. This means that the Five Rites will affect the functioning of all your organs and systems, including the physical and energetic systems and that includes the aging process. The man who brought these Five Rights out of Tibet stated that "performing the Five Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life energy through out the body". Energy flows from the Universal Energy Field through the Chakras into the energy systems within our bodies, including the Meridian System. Our bodies contain Seven Major Chakras or energy centers and 122 Minor Chakras. The lowest Major Chakra, red-ray or Root Chakra maintains our etheric body out of which the physical body is precipitated. It relates to the adrenal glands, the kidneys and the spine. The second, orange-ray, Sacral Chakra or Sexual Chakra works with vital or life-force energy. It corresponds to our individualized nature, our body feelings and emotions, to the gonads and the reproductive system. The third, yellow-ray or Solar Plexus Chakra corresponds to our emotions at a social level, in relationship to others. It relates to the pancreas, liver, gall bladder, stomach and nervous system. The fourth, green-ray or Heart Chakra corresponds to our higher or spiritual feelings and emotions, in particular to compassion and unconditional love. It relates to the thymus, heart, blood and circulatory system. The fifth, blue-ray or Throat Chakra corresponds to open and honest communication, wisdom, the ability to create, and the formation of a light body. It is the first master level. In the body it relates to the thyroid, the vocal cords and lungs. The sixth, indigo-ray, Brow or Third Eye Chakra corresponds to the full integration of unconditional love with wisdom. It is the density level of the High Self. In the body it relates to the pituitary gland. The seventh, violet ray or Crown Chakra corresponds to the pineal gland, to inflowing divine ...

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The Natural Rhythms of the Body: Our Organ Clock

   We already know that certain hours of the day correspond to certain organs in the body.  Following the natural rhythm of your own body enhances health; going against the natural rhythm of your own body may cause your health to decline.  If you are experiencing a symptom that seems to occur the same time each day, it may be linked to a specific imbalance in a particular organ system.  For example, waking between the hours of 1 – 3 am may indicate a Liver imbalance. There are 14 major meridians in Chinese Medicine, or flows of energy, which sustain life and exist within the 24 hour clock. Each of these have a two-hour period where the primary meridian is linked to particular parts of the body, thoughts, emotions and other spiritual aspects. They’re also partnered together as Yin (receiving energy) and Yang (expressing energy) of an element – Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire.The 24hr cycle of organs/meridians: 5-7 a.m. — Large IntestineThis is the optimal time for your body to move its bowels and make room for the new day’s nutritional intake. It is recommended to drink a glass of warm lemon juice to stimulate the bowels, get the lymph system moving and to remove toxins from the night’s cleansing. Proper evacuation is needed, if failed, particularly large intestine points can be activated to cure the problem.Health Repair Large Intestine or Colon: 5 to 7 a. m. is the time for this organ. A healthy colon needs water to do its job properly, which is flushing waste matter 24/7. The morning is the most important time to drink plenty of water for this process, and the worst time to have caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and takes water away from your colon to your kidneys and bladder for evacuation. Your body needs water in the morning to do its repair and maintenance of the large intestine and colon. This helps you maintain digestion, normalize weight, slow down the ageing process. When you irrigate your system every morning with pure water (up to 32 oz.) your health improves. If you wait until you have a bowel movement before you eat in the morning, this is also healthier for your colon. 7-9 a.m. — StomachStomach energies and digestive fires are highest at this time.  so it is important to have your largest meal of the day here to optimize digestion/assimilation. Eating a big breakfast keeps your blood sugar even, your mood even, and gives you the stamina to not just get through the day, but to enjoy your day. There is an old Chinese saying: ”Eat breakfast like a King, ...

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Remedies to Treat Insect Bites at Home

Once you've been bitten, the objective changes from repelling to treating the itch and inflammation caused by the bite. Fortunately, many herbs and other natural agents are soothing to the skin, and many have anti-inflammatory properties.   Here are some simple home remedies for minimizing a sting's pain quickly and easily. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs of a more severe reaction so that medical help can be sought immediately if necessary.       Activated Charcoal: this can help draw out toxins that cause inflammation, swelling, and itching. To make a paste, open up 2 to 3 capsules of charcoal, mix with enough water to make a paste, and apply to the affected area. After 30 minutes, wipe the paste off with a wet cloth. Baking Soda: one of the components of bee venom is formic acid. To neutralize the acid, apply a paste of alkaline baking soda to the sting. If you’re on vacation and don’t have access to baking soda, try toothpaste instead. Salt Paste:  take finely ground salt and mix with a small amount of water until you have a thick paste. Apply this salt paste directly to bite. The important thing is to make sure it’s finely ground. Soap: some kitchen cures are right under your nose -- take plain old bar soap, for instance. Besides keeping you squeaky clean, soap helps relieve the bite of the ubiquitous mosquito. Wet the skin and gently rub on soap. Rinse well. Be sure to use only nondeodorized, nonperfumed soap. Fancy, smelly soaps may irritate the bite area. Toothpaste:  for quick relief from mosquito bites, try applying a small amount of all-natural peppermint or neem-based toothpaste. Allow the paste to dry and leave for as long as desired. Vinegar: no matter whether it's the white or the apple cider variety, vinegar turns insect sting pain into a thing of the past. Pour it on the affected site, or mix it with baking soda to make a paste that you can apply to the bitten area. Out of vinegar? Try applying straight lemon juice instead. Aloe vera: it contains over 130 active compounds and 34 amino acids that are beneficial to your skin. Not only will it help ease the itching and swelling from the bit, but it will also aid in healing the wound. Basil contains camphor and thymol, two compounds that can relieve itching. Either crush up some fresh herb and apply directly to the bite, or buy the essential oil. Calendula contains soothing properties that will aid in healing most bug bites. It also has a myriad of other uses and is an excellent addition ...

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Yoga For Healthy Eyes

The face is the index of the mind and the eyes are the windows of the soul, and "the fastest way to bring the mind into concentration is through the eyes", once Swami Sitaramananda said. Anyone who practices yoga  will have experienced how releasing stress and increasing flexibility  benefits the body’s health. But a part of the body which is often  forgotten or ignored is the eyes, and many people are unaware of what  can be done to improve vision. The pioneer in natural  vision improvement was New York ophthalmologist, William H Bates  (1860-1931). In the years he worked as assistant surgeon at the New York Eye Infirmary Dr Bates examined thousands of eyes, and  discovered not only that eyesight changes all the time, but contrary  to the conventional belief, which still prevails today, that it was  the muscles around the eye which are instrumental to focusing rather  than the lens inside the eye. Although Dr. Bates’ ideas were not accepted by the scientific community and he was  expelled from the New York Post-Graduate Medical School where he  taught ophthalmology, when he taught medical students how to improve  their near-sightedness, he continued to develop his theory and also a  method of vision training. In 1920 his book, Better Eyesight Without Glasses, was  published, which is still in print today. In the 1930s Indian  ophthalmologist, Dr RS Agarwal, became interested in Dr Bates’ work  and founded the School for Perfect Eyesight at the Sri Aurobindo  Ashram in Pondicherry. Leo Angart, author of Improve Your Eyesight Naturally,  wore glasses for 25 years before restoring his vision from -5.5  (severe myopia) to 20/20 vision in a period of only three months. For  the last twelve years he has helped thousands of people around the  world improve their sight. "The muscles in  the eye," Leo Angart says, "are used to focus, but the focusing  is due to intention. Your intention starts and your eye follows.  Vision is 90% in the mind." Angart says that what is  most important is to believe that it is possible to have better  eyesight, and also to understand that natural clear vision is  effortless. When Leo Angart cured his own vision he searched for a  method which would give him quick results. He believes that vision  improvement is the combination of four elements: Belief work –  resolving any limiting beliefs related to what you, at one point in  your life, did not want to see or because of your beliefs must not  be seen. Physical exercises –  if you wear correcting lenses your eye muscles do not get used as  much as they normally would, so they must be regenerated by  exercise. Energy work ...

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What Stress Does to You?

The human body is well adapted to deal with short-term stress, but it is not so well adapted for extended periods of stress. It was not until the 1970s that evidence of a physiological link between the mind, stress and body was documented. One of the earliest studies involved rodents in labs at the University of Rochester, Medical Center, New York, US, This work led to the development of a new, hybrid field of study now known as psychoneuroimmunology, generally (and mercifully) shortened to "PNI". Using special fluorescent stains to trace nerves to various bodily locations, including bone marrow, lymph nodes, and the spleen, neurobiologist David Felten's team discovered a network of nerves leading to blood vessels as well as cells of the immune system. The researchers also found nerves in the thymus and spleen terminating near clusters of lymphocytes, macrophages, and mast cells, all of which help control immune function. Further research by the Rochester group has since documented the ways in which the brain sends signals to the immune system by finding receptors on the surface of immune-system cells that act as keyholes to accept chemical neurotransmitters released by the nervous system, as well as identifying new "keys," neurotransmitters that would talk to cells of the immune system. A stimulus such as emotional stress can trigger the release of the nerve-fiber chemicals, which then tell the immune-system cells what to do. Dr. Felten says that all systems in the body are undoubtedly connected in this way – that there are countless “players”, as he calls them, in the human body, together creating a virtual telephone network of transmitters and receptors. “Our grandmothers knew all along that our minds and bodies were connected, even if the scientific community didn’t,” says Dr. Felten.  “We’ve simply provided irrefutable data that it’s true.” But, let's talk in more detail about how major systems respond to our worries and stress. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM In this view, we see the organ pathway our food takes through the body. It starts in the mouth. There teeth masticate the food into small pieces and saliva provides several substances that initiate digestion. The esophagus brings the food into the stomach where pepsin and hydrochloric acid break down the long chains of proteins into smaller chains which are further digested in the small intestine (over 20 feet long and 1 inch in diameter in humans), which receives the partly digested food from the stomach. Here also the digestive process is completed, aided by the liver, the gall bladder and the pancreas. The liver has many functions, and provides bile to emulsify fats. The large intestine or colon (about 5 feet long and 2 inches in diameter in humans) serves to store undigested food and remove excess water, about 8 quarts ...

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Healing Sounds and Bio-Energy Therapy

If you search the internet, you will quickly come up with a wealth of information in response to “Healing Sounds.” There are many variations of Healing Sounds or Music for Healing, Meditation and Relaxation. To create a proper understanding of what is being discussed, it is helpful to understand the difference between Healing Sounds and Mantra Meditation, Relaxation and Healing Music.In some practices, the Healing Sounds consist of the Sanskrit alphabet vowel Sounds or Mantra Purusha, or the Seed Sounds (referred to as short Bija Mantras) for each of the Chakras; in others, as the Six Basic Soundless Sounds for Health.Our focus in this article will be sounds that have a musical quality to them, although, there may be more about them than just mere sound.The purpose of a Healing Sound is to relax the body, to harmonize the Chakras; release negative energy stored in our organs and in some cases, actually embeds the Healing Music with specific Bio-Energy – often referred to as Prayer. Some readily attribute to their sounds as music, while others insist that their sounds are harmonic vibrations intended for a very specific effect on the client’s emotions and ultimately the connected organs. Healing Sounds are often produced and distributed the same as music, meant for the general populace with the sounds targeted for people that suffer from specific issues. Even more specifically, Healing Sounds can be created for a specific individual, especially designed for that person’s issues.Sound, on its own, can be therapeutic even without a deliberate healing aspect being intended such as the case with the short Bija Mantras. A search of the internet will identify a number of formal studies on the effects of music on people, most notably with regards to their learning ability and brain activity. Far less scientific research exists for Healing Sound therapy and Bio-Energy Healing, if any at all. After all, there is no pharmaceutical product to be proven safe and effective, that will ultimately result in millions or even billions of dollars worth of drug sales. What you have instead, are the testimonials of healers and those that have been healed. Those testimonials are generally insubstantial when weighed against the large clinical studies that have hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes millions, backing them. However, one should perhaps be somewhat weary of these clinical studies that will someday result in large profits for a company.There is a great deal of information available about Healing Sounds. However, a recent search of the internet found very little about the use of Bio-Energy in conjunction with Healing Sound. Sounds can effectively be ...

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The Whole Grains

The Whole Grains

  Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.  Base your meals on food as nature originally produced (i.e. avoid things in packets), have good quality whole-grain cereals, veggies (for the record, potatoes don’t count as veggies for nutrition purposes - they’re just starch), some seasonal fruit, plenty of berries, some nuts and seeds and use sweeteners like raw honey.  By eating this way you will feel satisfied, lose cravings and reach an ideal weight. It’s not a fad, it’s how you were designed to eat.  Eat and enjoy!   People whole eat grains reduce serious health risk also. The risk of heart disease drops 25-36% Risk of type 2 diabetes drops 21-27% Risk of digestive cancers drops 21-43% Risk of stroke drops 37%Eating whole grains regularly has been found to reduce dangerous belly fat that is a great contributor to heart problems and other diseases, and drop blood pressure.  Kids who consume whole grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity and diabetes, have lower cholesterol levels, reduce their risk of asthma, feel fuller and more satisfied, and may have a significant decrease in acne.  Why are whole grains so healthy?Whole grains contain 3-5 times the vitamins and minerals found in refined grains. Corn has almost twice the antioxidants of apples, and wheat and oats almost equal the antioxidants of broccoli. Whole grain products offer a high amount of fiber ranging from 1g to 4g per serving. They provide you with long lasting energy, which helps to curb cravings throughout the day. In a 100% whole grain food, the following counts as one serving:½ cup of cooked pasta ½ cup of cooked rice 1 slice of bread 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal ½ cup of cooked cerealDepending on age and activity level, the USDA recommends 6-11 servings of grain per day.  Most Americans consume enough grains, but at least ½ of those grains need to be whole grains. BarleyOne of the oldest cultivated grains. Has a tough hull, which is difficult to remove with out losing some bran. Pearled barely is not technically a whole grain, but is still high in fiber. Look for hulled barely or one of the new varieties of hull-less barely. The fiber in barely is especially healthy, and may lower cholesterol levels.*Cooking Tip* Simmer 1 part barley in 4 parts water for 30 to 40 minutesBuckwheatBuckwheat is not considered a grain, but has been adopted into the whole grain family due to its nutrients, nutty flavor, and appearance. Buckwheat is the only grain with high levels of the antioxidant rutin. Studies have shown that rutin improves circulation and prevents LDL (bad) cholesterol from blocking blood vessels.*Cooking Tip* Simmer 1 part buckwheat ...

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Agni Yoga

Agni Yoga is a spiritual teaching transmitted by the artist Nicholas Roerich and his wife Helena Roerich from 1920. The followers of Agni Yoga believe that the teaching was given to the Roerich family and their associates by Master Morya, the guru of H. P. Blavatsky, a founder of the Theosophical Society. In the seventeen volumes of Agni Yoga that have been translated into English from the original Russian, as well as in the letters of Helena Roerich, the Agni Yoga teaching is also referred to as the Teaching of Living Ethics, the Teaching of Life, the Teaching of Light, or simply as "the Teaching." Fire and the New Era Agni means "fire" in Sanskrit — the Creative Fire of the Universe. The fire god Agni is a major deity in the Vedic pantheon, especially in the Rig Veda. Agni and fire have a broad spectrum of meanings in the Agni Yoga books. They often refer to: the primordial light and life at the root of the universe; cosmic energy, or the "Fire of Space"; and "psychic energy," the powers of the human mind and heart, particularly those manifesting in love, thought, and creativity. In general, fire is a powerful transformative energy, a swift, subtle, connective force of high vibration. Agni Yoga states that humanity is entering the New Era of Satya Yuga (Light), having just left the previous era of Kali Yuga (darkness) in which the flow of cosmic fire pouring onto the Earth will intensify. There is danger that the lack of spiritual synthesis (i.e. the inability of humanity to recognize the existence of Higher Fiery Energy Forces) will block these Energies from being transmuted by humanity into the crust of the earth where they would stabilize the molten magma under the surface. Without such transmutation by humanity, these energies wlll turn negative and destructive and bring on earthquakes and other upheavals. The situation is exacerbated by humanity’s misuse of "fire": not only such gross fires as combustion and electricity, but also the subtler fires of thought and feeling.If humanity and our planet are to survive, we need to be able to consciously accept this powerful energy from space and transform it into a constructive force.In accomplishing this, we first must purify and refine our psychic energy, the subtle force at the root of our emotions, perceptions, and thoughts. This gradual process involves expansion of consciousness, as well as the kindling of the subtle energy centers in the human organism and the transmutation of their fires. The Agni Yoga Series The Agni Yoga teaching was given out in the following books: All the texts made available for download here are under copyright protection, ...

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Information

Information

Every our thought and emotion, every metal, stone, plant, sound, color, and all else in this Universe, is energy that is alive and intelligent.  Energies from these sources can be with positive or negative information. All these energies influence our body and mind (or energetic system around and in our body). Harmonic positive thought energies can help us to be healthy and protect us from negative information that exists around us. It is the same with our dis-balanced negative energies, as they can create blockages in our auras, eventually weakening us and causing physical behavior problems. Today’s thought is a question; how can we live our lives that we can better to accumulate positive information and harmonize the negative energies around us? How can we help for each other and keep this world clean and with positive information?“Since many of us do not consider the influence that both positive and negative energy has on our lives, we often fail to control how we use it. There is an old saying, “you are what you eat.” The same holds true with information. If we allow ourselves to feed mentally and spiritually on negative information, we are unlikely to attain positive results in our lives. In his book, “Three Steps To Happiness; Healing Through Joy,” Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum states, “Until now, most of you have probably been creating most of your reality unconsciously by reacting to your experience and what you have been taught.  This is not a very effective way to create what you truly desire.” Love and Light, R.Stiles   

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What You Need To Know About Muscle Knots or Trigger Points

If you hurt all over and feel worn out, you may have stress on muscle fibers what leads to the formation of Trigger Points in muscles innervated by sciatic nerve. Trigger points may also manifest as tension headache, tinnitus, temporomandibular joint pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and back pain. These symptoms are very similar to Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms, where Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed by 18 specified painful Tender Points around the neck, shoulder, chest, hip, knee, and elbow regions. Finger pressure to these areas for patients with Fibromyalgia can be very painful. This happens because 90 percent of the 18 predetermined Tender Points are actually Myofascial Trigger Points. Trigger Points are firm nodules that you can often feel in your tight, rope-like muscles. Pressing on a Trigger Point hurts in the area and also shoots pain to other regions, while pressing on just a Tender Point is believed to only cause discomfort to the local area. These 18  specific Tender Points  are located at nine bilateral locations and occur on both the right and left sides of the body symmetrically:Occiput: bilateral, at the suboccipital muscle  insertions. (Where the neck muscles attach at the base of the skull)Low cervical: bilateral, at the anterior aspects  of the intertransverse spaces at C5-C7. (Front lower neck)Trapezius: bilateral, at the midpoint of the upper  border. (Midway between the neck and shoulder)Supraspinatus: bilateral, at origins, above the  scapula spine near the medial border. (Muscle over the upper inner shoulder  blade)Second Rib: bilateral, at the second costochondral  junctions, just lateral to the junctions on upper surfaces. (Edge of upper  breast bone)Lateral epicondyle: bilateral, 2 cm distal to the  epicondyles. (2 cms below side bone at elbow)Gluteal: bilateral, in upper outer quadrants of  buttocks in anterior fold of muscle. (Upper outer buttock)Greater trochanter: bilateral, posterior to the  trochanteric prominence. (Hip bone)Knee: bilateral, at the medial fat pad proximal to  the joint line. (Just above the knee on the inside) Pain in at least 11 of the 18 Tender Points is  required for an FM diagnosis. The Trigger Points generally involve  taut, ropy bands of muscle fibers. There may also be hard lumps or nodules in  the area. Trigger Points are formed when acute trauma or  repetitive microtrauma leads to the development of stress on muscle fibers.  Although anyone can have Trigger Points, they are frequently associated with a  form of chronic muscle pain called myofascial pain syndrome. It’s not unusual  for someone with Fibromyalgia to also have MPS, which may be one of the reasons  Tender Points and Trigger Points are often confused.Difference Between Tender Points and Trigger PointsTender PointsTrigger PointsThe specific ...

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Healthy Eating: The Truth About Mucus

Healthy Eating: The Truth About Mucus

Mucus is something everyone has, and what is normally secreted by mucosal tissues throughout the body. Some call it phlegm. Others may simply call it snot. Mucus-producing tissue lines are in our mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract.Mucus acts as a protective blanket over these surfaces, preventing the tissue underneath from drying out. "You have to keep them moist, otherwise, they'll get dry and crack, and you'll have a chink in the armor," says Neil L. Kao, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.Mucus also acts as a sort of flypaper, trapping unwanted substances like bacteria and dust before they can get into the body. It also contains antibodies that actually help your body maintain its equilibrium, prevent inflammation, and reduce food allergy problems.So, when we're healthy, our body is like a mucus-making machine, churning out about  0.25 gal of the stuff every day and most of that mucus trickles down our throat and we don't even notice it.However, there are times when we do notice mucus, usually not because we're producing more of it, but because its consistency has changed. And at times, our body produces it more when we get a bad cold, allergy, or we have contact with something irritating, like a some mucus producing foods. Then we wish that we had a lot less of that stringy and gooey stuff. But, in the reality these foods are not so “bad”, they just are difficult for our body to digest.On top of the list for mucus causing foods are dairy products, soy and eggs, white flour (bread and pasta),  processed meat like burgers, and in addition, any processed food, drinks and products that contain additives and  preservatives. The problem begins when we eat a lot of these foods without sufficient fresh vegetables and fruits.Milk and milk products have a bad reputation of causing an increase in mucus production too. After drinking milk, a person might have difficulty swallowing and have a perceived thickening of mucus and saliva, but research indicates milk does not increase actual mucus production, according to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Although dairy products, such as ice cream and yogurt, can thicken mucus for a person suffering from a head cold, eating cold dairy products, such as ice cream, may help ease irritation in a sore throat. Caffeinated beverages, such as soft drinks, tea and coffee, may increase the risk of dehydration, which can lead to thicker mucus, according to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. So, drinking water instead of caffeinated drinks will help ...

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The Six Healing Sounds

The Six Healing Sounds

The Six Healing Sounds in Taoist practice also known as the Six-Syllable Secret or the Six Basic Soundless Sounds for Health.The Six Healing Sounds are used for clearing, releasing, and purging the internal organs and other tissues of bad, surplus or stagnant Qi. These specific tones clear out blocks and excesses, release negative emotions, and purge toxic Qi from each organ. It is important to clear your organs of excess Qi and toxic Qi, before adding in fresh Qi. The 6 organs of this set are the Yin organs of Chinese medical theory. Each of these organs is thought to be a master organ that controls several other organs, systems, and functions in the body. By working on each of these organs, the whole body is helped."One should take air in through the nose and let it out slowly through the mouth... There is one way of drawing breath in and six ways of expelling breath out. The six ways of expelling breath are represented by the syllables hsü, her, hoo, sss, chway, shee. The six ways of exhalation can cure illness: to expel heat, one uses chway; to expel cold, one uses hoo; to relieve tension, use shee; to release anger, use her; to display malaise, use hsü; and to regain equilibrium, use sss...".The following table lists the sounds as explained by several Tao Teachers. For example, some teachers suggest visualizations to accompany the sounds. Also, some of the teachers below (Cohen, Davis and Reid) provide suggested movements to perform while making the sounds.PhaseWoodFireEarthMetalWaterN/AOrgansLiver, GallbladderHeart, Small IntestineSpleen, StomachLungs, Large IntestineKidneys, BladderTriple BurnerEmotional ExcessAngerJoy (Excitement)BroodingSorrowFearN/ATeacher ChiaShhhhhhh, sub-vocally.Hawwwwwww, sub-vocally.Whoooooo, "made sub-vocally and felt in the vocal chords."Ssssssss, subvocally."Round the lips and silently make the sound one makes in blowing out a candle."Heeeeeee, sub-vocally.Teacher CohenSh, "as though saying 'Hushhh, be quiet.' At the end of the sh, form your mouth into the U shape." Ho, "identical to hoo in the word 'hook'." Hooo, "just like the word 'who'."See-ahh, "a barely audible prolonged chant"Chrroooeee, "low chant" Seeee "While making the sound, form the mouth into a smiling shape."Teacher Dantao Xu (pronounced Shew, vocalized) Ho (vocalized) Fu (vocalized)Xi (pronounced See, vocalized)Chu (pronounced Chew, vocalized) Hey (vocalized, rhymes with "play")Teacher Davis Shoo (same as sound for Metal, but with lips rounded)Khe (initial consonant is between K and H, with lips shaped as if to make the "uh" sound in "put")Hoo (like blowing out a candle)Shhh (like telling someone to be quiet)Chway (whispered) SssssssTeacher OlsonShoo HaaHooSssFooSheeTeacher NiShuHoHuSzzFuShi (relates to gallbladder rather than triple burner)Teacher ReidHsü, "as 'shoo,' with lips pursed, but softened by the umlaut over the vowel."Her, "as 'her,' but without the final 'r,' with mouth open, tip of tongue pressed against lower teeth, and syllable aspirating in ...

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Maya: The Illusion Of The World

 "Wake up o man, at least now, wake up.  Consider this whole creation as a mere dream. This world is like a flower in bloom;  as you watch it, it wilts right before your eyes. Why are you so attached to it?—  Brahman Anda" Being an illusion does not make it unreal. The term Māyā, in Indian philosophy, refers to the deity who creates both dreams and illusion—primarily referring to the illusion of duality in the phenomenal universe caused by the false perception of a distinct self. The eastern philosophers believe that the illusion of self, Māyā, veiled the oneness of the universe.  "The phenomena of life can be compared to a dream, a ghost, an air bubble, a shadow, glittering dew, the flash of lightning and must be contemplated as such. — Buddha" Without an understanding of the illusory nature of this world, we can't fully enjoy even the blessings that come our way, because there are so many underlying fears for the future.  Without an understanding of the nature of Māyā, even success can bring unhappiness, because there is so often an underlying fear of loss.  "With enjoyment, comes fear of disease With social position, fear of disfavor With riches, fear of hostile people With honor, fear of humiliation With power, fear of enemies With beauty, fear of old age With scholarship, fear of challengers With virtue, fear of traducers With the identification with body, fear of death Everything in this world is done with fear Renunciation alone makes one fearless.—  Bhartruhari" In the same time, Nietzsche posits that truth wears masks of individuality, which are veils of illusion that conceal the fact that man exists as expressions of an underlying primordial energy impulse of nature. There, the reflection on dream images trains the aesthetic man for his life. In his dreams, both joyful and troubling, the dreamer can experience “the whole divine comedy of life” passing before him in illusory form.  “He who… is the ‘shining one,’ the deity of light, is also ruler over the beautiful illusion of the inner world of fantasy. The higher truth, the perfection of these states in contrast to the incompletely intelligible everyday world, this deep consciousness of nature, healing and helping in sleep and dreams, is at the same time the symbolical analogue of the soothsaying faculty of the arts generally, which make life possible and worth living.”-  Nietzsche Schopenhauer’s principium is based on the concept of Māyā, the “veil of illusion.” Schopenhauer explains that in a world of torments, man is able to exist calmly and rationally because of a trust in his own existence as a distinct individual, separate and ...

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Meditation

Meditation

 An inexhaustible source of inspiration, the teachings of Bokar Rinpoche help to train the mind and discover the subtle domain of meditation without losing one's way.  Bokar Rinpoche in his teachings shows how suffering and happiness do not depend on external circumstances but on the mind itself. He offers ways to avoid suffering and develop happiness and peace using the practices of mental calming, superior insight, and mahamudra.          "Distracted by sense objects or by the succession of thoughts, our mind never remains stable in its own essence. Knowing how to maintain our mind it its own nature, as it is, without being distracted by either outer phenomena or inner thoughts, is precisely what we mean by meditation." --Bokar Rinpoche.    In meditation our body, speech and mind rest in a state of natural ease.In meditation the mind is not preoccupied with the past, does not consider the future, but is settled in the present in a lucid, clear and calm state.Mental calming can be developed by many methods.  For example, one can choose a support (explained below).One can also concentrate on the inhalation and exhalation of the breath, (counting or just observing) or can rest the mind in a state of non-distraction without taking any particular object of concentration.  Employing any of these methods will aid in learning to meditate.It is important to approach each session of meditation with a spacious, open mind.  One should not fixate in the hope that the meditation will be good or the fear that it will not be good.  The mind should be relaxed, free and vast.The meditator should be free of the hindrances of hoping for a good meditation or fearing a bad one. Question: Once thoughts are quieted, how can one avoid staying in a blank tranquility?Answer: To avoid the lack of clarity or becoming sleepy, one must increase one's vigilance.  However, vigilance should be judiciously regulated.  If it is too tight, additional thoughts will be generated; if it is too loose, the result will be sleepiness or stupor.  The right balance is necessary.In all circumstances one can maintain a serene, open and relaxed mind.  This experience of ease and serenity is itself meditation.While one is learning to meditate, one uses supports to guide it to inner calm.  Any external object can be used: a glass, a table, a light, a stature of the Buddha, or any object that pleases us.  One then directs all one's attention to the object, without distraction.  It is simple attention which implies neither analysis nor commentary.If during this exercise, the appearance of the object (sight or sound) is clear and precise, ...

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Emotions and Diseases

 In metaphysics people believe that every element of ill health has an underlying spiritual/emotional root source. By examining the root cause you can determine the emotional & energetic blockages that require looking at, changing your thoughts/limiting beliefs or healing. These blockages hold you back through past trauma and events. They can prevent you from moving forward in life and reaching your full potential. The Skeletal SystemANKLES: Important for grounding, stability & mobility. Support our entire weight. Is your support system letting you down? Unable to stand alone. When our beliefs are being questioned, there is nothing to hold us upright.SPRAINED ANKLE: Lack of flexibility for the direction we are going in. Can't put your foot down about some issue, won't take a stand for your truth. Unwilling to step forward.SWOLLEN ANKLES: Holding of emotional energy, frustration or resistance to letting go. Weight of emotional burden too great.HEEL SPUR: Holding on tight to reality, a stubborness indicating a fear of change.COLD FEET: Emotional uncertainty, withdrawal or resistance to what lies ahead.LEG INJURY: Not having a leg to stand on.KNEE WON'T FLEX: Not willing to give in to authority.KNEE WON'T EXTEND: Giving in, unable to stand up to authority.HIP: Fear of moving forward.LOW BACK INJURY: Most dominant value or issue of one's life is being threatened, for example, family, relationships or finances.SCOLIOSIS: Mother & father issues, trying to please both parents, mainly involves the daughter.SHOULDERS: Carrying other people's problems for too long. Burden of taking everything on for others. Unable to reach out.FROZEN SHOULDER: Where are we giving or receiving coldness?ELBOWS: Are we opening our arms to embrace the world? Fear of opening to the future & not embracing that which is ahead of you. Elbowing someone out of the way or elbowed out of the way.HANDS: Giving & receiving. Can't hold on or can't release. We want to reach out & touch, but fear of insecurity is holding us back.SWEATY HANDS: Nervous, anxious, scared about what you are doing.COLD HANDS: Withdrawing feelings from an activity or feeling fearful of being involved.PINS AND NEEDLES OR NUMBNESS: Person doesn't want to feel.FINGER INJURY: Pointing the finger.NECK INJURY: Futility, not knowing which way to turn. refusal to see other person's point of view because of fear. Stiff, inflexible thinking.HEADACHES: Self criticism. Fear. Invalidating the self. Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Sexual fears. Conflict inside yourself about how you will do & what you will say or what you will accomplish. One part of you is looking forward to an event & other part is fearing the event.MIGRAINE: Not listening to the message of your soul, conflict with the ...

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Color Therapy Healing

 "Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions" / Pablo Picasso Do you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions. It is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and cause physiological reactions. Certain colors can raise blood pressure, increase metabolism, or cause eyestrain. Of course, your feelings about color can also be deeply personal and are often rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, while the color white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries. Why is color such a powerful force in our lives? What effects can it have on our bodies and minds? Continue reading to further explore the history of color including how it's used, the effects it may have and some of the most recent research on color psychology. What Is Color? In 1666, English scientist Sir Isaac Newton discovered that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors. Newton also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and cannot be separated any further into other colors. Further experiments demonstrated that light could be combined to form other colors. For example, red light mixed with yellow light creates an orange color. Some colors, such as yellow and purple, cancel each other out when mixed and result in a white light. If you have ever painted, then you have probably noticed how certain colors can be mixed to create other colors. Color Psychology - The Psychological Effects of Color While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.  Color Psychology as Therapy Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or using colors to heal. Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation. Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body. Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels. Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain. Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin ...

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Easier to Die Than to Heal

“It is easier for me to just simply die than to have to change myself,” Irmina’s client informed her. A number of months went by and, indeed, she received word of her dear client’s passing. Rarely does a client speak these words openly. However, it is a very prevalent attitude, one that most of us have. It is also the reason that treating many maladies ends in failure. Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Heart Disease and likely all physical illness is a result of our emotional imbalance. In other cases, clients simply want to purchase healing. So many times we just want to pull out our wallet and pay to have our problem fixed. My wife had an example of a lady truly offering her a house in exchange for healing her hip rather than having to go through a hip replacement procedure for which there was not a good prognosis. However, she wasn't interested in working with Irmina to do it, and once she discovered that it could not simply be done instantly, the lady went away.This is not just some hair-brained concept that Irmina or the alternative medicine community has cooked up.  Well known and respected for his work in treating cancer, Dr. Carlos Garcia writes, “Cancer as all other chronic illnesses are not the dys-eases, [dys when used as a prefix means abnormal, difficult, or painful.], but are the physical manifestation of the underlying issue(s).”  So, what are these underlying issues?We all have underlying issues. How we deal with them is a deciding factor on how they will manifest. Irmina’s all time favorite movie is “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, among others.  Jerry (Jack Lemmon) has been impersonating a woman and carrying on flirtatiously with Osgood (Joe E. Brown). In the end, it’s necessary to come clean that she is really a he. “Look, you don't understand, Osgood! Oh.....I'm a MAN!” Osgood’s response is simply, “Nobody is perfect.” This is a difficult truth that each of us must recognize if we wish to either prevent or heal chronic illness.But what is our reaction to our physician or healer when they begin to probe for these underlying issues? Is life precious enough to us that we are willing to hear about how we harbor judgment, worry, fear, intolerance and a bevy of other emotions? And if we accept that these emotions are present, have they become so much a part of our persona that we simply will not release them? Often, as a Distant Healer, like my wife’s beloved client at the beginning of this piece, it just requires too much energy ...

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Ego – The False Center

Ego - The False Center

OSHO, "Ego - The False Center""Beyond the Frontier of the Mind" The first thing to be understood is what ego is. A child is born. A child is born without any knowledge, any consciousness of his own self. And when a child is born the first thing he becomes aware of is not himself; the first thing he becomes aware of is the other. It is natural, because the eyes open outwards, the hands touch others, the ears listen to others, the tongue tastes food and the nose smells the outside. All these senses open outwards.That is what birth means. Birth means coming into this world, the world of the outside. So when a child is born, he is born into this world. He opens his eyes, sees others. 'Other' means the thou. He becomes aware of the mother first. Then, by and by, he becomes aware of his own body. That too is the other, that too belongs to the world. He is hungry and he feels the body; his need is satisfied, he forgets the body.This is how a child grows. First he becomes aware of you, thou, other, and then by and by, in contrast to you, thou, he becomes aware of himself.This awareness is a reflected awareness. He is not aware of who he is. He is simply aware of the mother and what she thinks about him. If she smiles, if she appreciates the child, if she says, "You are beautiful," if she hugs and kisses him, the child feels good about himself. Now an ego is born.Through appreciation, love, care, he feels he is good, he feels he is valuable, he feels he has some significance.A center is born.But this center is a reflected center. It is not his real being. He does not know who he is; he simply knows what others think about him. And this is the ego: the reflection, what others think. If nobody thinks that he is of any use, nobody appreciates him, nobody smiles, then too an ego is born: an ill ego; sad, rejected, like a wound; feeling inferior, worthless. This too is the ego. This too is a reflection.First the mother - and mother means the world in the beginning. Then others will join the mother, and the world goes on growing. And the more the world grows, the more complex the ego becomes, because many others' opinions are reflected.The ego is an accumulated phenomenon, a by-product of living with others. If a child lives totally alone, he will never come to grow an ego. But that ...

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The Seven Bodies And Seven Chakras – OSHO

The Seven Bodies And Seven Chakras - OSHO

 OSHO, “In Search of the Miraculous”Volume 2 – chapter 4, "The Seven Bodies And Seven Chakras"   As there are seven bodies, so there are also seven chakras, energy centers, and each chakra is connected in a special way with its corresponding body. 1. The Physical Body and The Muladhar Chakra The chakra of the physical body is the muladhar. This is the first chakra and it has an integral connection with the  physical body. The muladhar chakra has two possibilities. Its first  potentiality is a natural one that is given to us with birth; its  other possibility is obtainable by meditation. The basic natural possibility of this chakra is the sex urge of the  physical body. The very first question that arises in the mind of  the seeker is what to do in regard to this central principle. Now  there is another possibility of this chakra, and that is  brahmacharya, celibacy, which is attainable through meditation. Sex  is the natural possibility and brahmacharya is its transformation.  The more the mind is focused upon and gripped by sexual desire, the  more difficult it will be to reach its ultimate potential of  brahmacharya. Now this means that we can utilize the situation given to us by  nature in two ways. We can live in the condition that nature has  placed us in - but then the process of spiritual growth cannot  begin - or we transform this state. The only danger in the path of  transformation is that there is the possibility that we may begin to  fight with our natural center. What is the real danger in the path  of a seeker? The first obstacle is that if the meditator indulges  only in nature′s order of things he cannot rise to the ultimate  possibility of his physical body and he stagnates at the starting  point. On the one hand there is a need; on the other hand there is a  suppression which causes the meditator to fight the sex urge.  Suppression is an obstacle on the path of meditation. This is the  obstacle of the first chakra. Transformation cannot come about with  suppression. If suppression is an obstruction, what is the solution?  Understanding will then solve the matter. Transformation takes  place within as you begin to understand sex. There is a reason for  this. All elements of nature lie blind and unconscious within us. If  we become conscious of them, transformation begins. Awareness is the  alchemy; awareness is the alchemy of changing them, of transforming  them. If a person becomes awake toward his sexual desires with his  total feelings and his total understanding, then brahmacharya will  begin to take birth within him ...

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Transcending the Seven Bodies – OSHO

Transcending the Seven Bodies – OSHO

OSHO"The Psychology of the Esoteric", Chapter 7. Transcending the Seven Bodies  1. The Physical Body Begin from the physical. Then every other step opens for you. The moment you work on the first body, you have glimpses of the second.  So begin from the physical. Be aware of it moment to moment. And not  only outwardly aware. You can become aware of your body from the  inside also. I can become aware of my hand as I have seen it from  the outside, but there is an inner feeling to it too. When I close  my eyes the hand is not seen, but there is still an inner feeling of  something being there. So do not be aware of your body as seen from  the outside. This cannot lead you inward. The inner feeling is quite  different. When you feel the body from within, you will know for the first time  what it is to be inside the body. When you see it only from the  outside you cannot know its secrets. You know only the outer  boundaries, how it looks to others. If I see my body from the  outside, I see it as it looks to others, but I have not known it as  it is for me. You can see my hand from the outside and I can see it.  It is something objective. You can share the knowledge of it with  me. But my hand, looked at in that way, is not known inwardly. It  has become public property. You can know it as well as I. Only the moment I see it from within does it become mine in a way  that is unsharable. You cannot know it; you cannot know how I feel  it from within. Only I can know it. The body that is known to us is  not our body. It is the body that is objectively known to all, the  body that a physician can know in a laboratory. It is not the body  that is. Only private, personal knowing can lead you inward; public  knowledge cannot. That is why physiology or psychology, which are  observations from without, have not led to a knowledge of our inner  bodies. It is only the physical body that they know about. So many dilemmas have been created because of this. One may feel  beautiful from within, but we can force him to believe that he is  ugly. If we are collectively agreed upon it, he may also come to  agree. But no one feels ugly within. The inner feeling is always of  beauty. This outer feeling is not really ...

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Kundalini and The Seven Bodies – OSHO

Kundalini and The Seven Bodies - OSHO

 OSHO, "In Search of the Miraculous"Volume 2 - chapter 3, "Kundalini and The Seven Bodies"  In order for you to understand this the structure of the various subtle bodies must be fully elaborated upon. The individual can be divided into seven bodies. The first body is the physical body which we all know. The second is the etheric body,  and the third - which is beyond this second - is the astral body. The fourth - which is beyond this - is the mental or psychic body;  and the fifth - which is beyond this again - is the spiritual  body. The sixth is beyond the fifth, and it is called the cosmic body. Then the seventh and the last is the nirvana sharir, or the  nirvanic body, the bodiless body. A little more information about these seven bodies will make it possible for you to understand the kundalini fully. 1. The Physical Body In the first seven years of life, the sthul sharir - the physical body alone is formed. The other bodies are in seed form. They have a potential for growth but they lie dormant in the beginning of life. So the first seven years are years of limitation. There is no growth of intellect, emotion or desire during these years. Only the physical body develops within this period. Some people never grow beyond seven years; they stagnate at this stage and are no more than animals. Animals develop only in the physical body; the other bodies remain untouched within them. 2. The Etheric Body In the next seven years - that is from seven years to fourteen years - the bhawa sharir, the etheric body, develops. These seven years are years of emotional growth of the individual. This is why sexual maturity, which is the most intense form of emotion, is reached at the age of fourteen. Now some people stagnate at this stage. Their physical bodies grow but they are stuck with the first two bodies. 3. The Astral Body In the third seven-year period, between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one, the sukshma sharir, the astral body, develops. In the second body emotion is developed; in the third body reasoning, thinking and intellect are developed. This is why no court of law  holds a child responsible for his actions up to the age of seven, because the child has only the physical body. We treat the child the  same way as we would treat an animal; we cannot hold him  responsible. Even if a child commits a crime it is assumed that he  has committed it under the guidance of someone - that the real  criminal is someone else. After the development of the second body ...

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Transforming Illness into Enlightenment

Transforming Illness into Enlightenment

 Illness is part of your life situation. As such, it has a past and a future. Past and future form an uninterrupted continuum, unless the redeeming power of the Now is activated through your conscious presence. As you know, underneath the various conditions that make up your life situation, which exists in time, there is something deeper, more essential: your Life, your very Being in the timeless Now. As there are no problems in the Now, there is no illness either. The belief in a label that someone attaches to your condition keeps the condition in place, empowers it, and makes a seemingly solid reality out of a temporary imbalance. It gives it not only reality and solidity but also continuity in time that it did not have before. By focusing on this instant and refraining from labeling it mentally, illness is reduced to one or several of these factors: physical pain, weakness, discomfort, or disability. That is what you surrender to - now. You do not surrender to the idea of "illness." Allow the suffering to force you into the present moment, into a state of intense conscious presence. Use it for enlightenment. Surrender does not transform what is, at least not directly. Surrender transforms you. When you are transformed, your whole world is transformed, because the world is only a reflection. If you looked in the mirror and did not like what you saw, you would have to be mad to attack the image in the mirror. That is precisely what you do when you are in a state of no acceptance. And, of course, if you attack the image, it attacks you back. If you accept the image, no matter what it is, if you become friendly toward it, it cannot not become friendly toward you. This is how you change the world. Illness is not the problem. You are the problem - as long as the egoistic mind is in control. When you are ill or disabled do not feel that you have failed in some way, do not feel guilty. Do not blame life for treating you unfairly, but do not blame yourself either. All that is resistance. If you have a major illness, use it for enlightenment. Anything "bad" that happens in your life - use it for enlightenment. Withdraw time from the illness. Do not give it any past or future. Let it force you into intense present-moment awareness - and see what happens. Become an alchemist. Transmute base metal into gold, suffering into consciousness, disaster into enlightenment. Are you seriously ill and feeling angry now about what I have just said? Then that is a ...

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Mantra Meditation

Mantra Meditation

Mantra is a word or series of words chanted aloud or silently to invoke spiritual qualities. Chanting is used as a spiritual tool in virtually every cultural and religious tradition. In the yogic tradition a mantra is a Sanskrit word that has special powers to transform mind, body and spirit. Translated, mantra means, “that which when reflected upon gives liberation.” During a Mantra Yoga session, words or phrases are chanted thoughtfully and with attention to bring a physical effect. Mantras are specifically made to produce a certain intent and vibration to promote a certain state of meditation. Like prayer and affirmation the repetitious use of mantra can have powerful effects on the mind, body, spirit and emotions. Mentally, mantra meditation increases concentration, and improves memory and focus. Physically, mantra meditation lowers the heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and activates the relaxation response to allow healing and rejuvenation to occur.Mantra meditation builds self-confidence and self-empowerment, reduces stress and balances the emotions. Spiritually, mantras are said to dissolve one’s bad karma, produce jnana (wisdom) and are considered one of the many yogic paths towards self-realization.They are normally chanted until the mind, body, and emotions are transcended and the subconscious is revealed.  Aad Guray Nameh MantraAad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guroo Dayvay NamehTranslation:I bow to the primal GuruI bow to the truth that has existed throughout the agesI bow to True WisdomI bow to the Great Divine WisdomMore Information:This is a mantra of protection and is recited to invoke the protective energy of the universe. Yogi Bhajan taught that this mantra should always be chanted 3 times in a row. This mantra is chanted after tuning in to a class with the Adi Mantra.Many people chant this mantra when they need extra protection. It is part of the "triple mantra", and is often spoken before driving a car to create a protective energy around the those in the car.   Adi Mantra  Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo Translation:Ong = the sound of creation, the infiniteNamo = bowing or paying reverence toGuru Dev = the unseen, invisibleI bow to the subtle divine wisdom, the divine teacher withinMore Information:This mantra is chanted before practicing Kundalini Yoga to "tune in" to the yogic vibration and open your higher consciousness to receive the teachings.  Adi Shakti Mantra Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo NamoTranslation: I bow to (or call on) the primal power.I bow to (or call on) the all encompassing power and energy.I bow to ...

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The Truth About Quantum Healing

The Truth About Quantum Healing

Healing is a process that happens in our body and mind. The Body or "Soma" is a complex bio-computer made up countless cells and nerves that register every significant event in our lives. The body mind principle of Somatic Processing recognizes that the Body is a "Somatic Library" of emotions and beliefs; the energy and information of psycho-emotional experiences that have been imprinted instantaneously into the cells of specific body areas, organs and tissues. An extraordinary tapestry of structures, functions, emotions, memories, attitudes and beliefs exist - all intertwined, all affecting each other and manifesting in the final consequence. If you are unwell your body won't lie to you - it always tells you what it doesn't like. At the same time, our body can always help itself. The same power that made the body can heal the body - health does not come from a pill, a potion, a lotion, surgery, a doctor or even an herb. It comes from the body's own innate intelligence or inborn wisdom to survive and rejuvenate. So, how to deal with the deeper meaning of our illnesses? What does this illness mean to us? What can we learn from this illness? What is Quantum Healing so popular now?   "The Basics of Quantum Healing" by Deepak Chopra, M.D.   What I hope to do this morning is to give you a brief glimpse into the quantum mechanical body-mind, to at least attempt to understand the exact nature of what the human body is like and also the exact nature of what the Cosmic Body is like. We use terms like mind and body and universe, but what really is the exact nature of these things? What is the mind, what is the body, what's the exact nature of physical reality? As children, we always had questions like, "Where was I before I was born? What am I doing here? What happens after death? Am I confined to my physical body? Am I just a skin encapsulated ego in a bag of flesh and bones? What really happens to me? Do I have a local address? Where do I live in this universe?" And it's interesting that science today is beginning to ask the same questions. After all science is the quest for the truth and if you're a real scientist, these are the questions that are most critical to us. One of the interesting things that science has found, this should have been obvious all along, is that what we call perception, what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell, is really the least reliable test of what reality really is. We ...

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Our Bodies Were Created to Rebuild and Heal Themselves

Our Bodies Were Created to Rebuild and Heal Themselves

The human body is a complicated system which operates much like a self-contained city. Some organs produce new cells, others use cells to perform their jobs, and eventually certain scavenger cells arrive to remove dead cells from the system. So, everyday is a new opportunity to build a new body!The study by the Quantum Wellness Botanical Institute, LLC.  says:  "Your Body Tomorrow = What You Put In It Today" and  "...your entire body has the miraculous ability of rebuilding itself in less than a year!"*** Your brain rebuilds itself in 1 year.*** Your blood rebuilds itself in 4 months.*** Your DNA renews itself every 2 months.*** Your liver rebuilds itself in 6 weeks.*** The lining in your stomach rebuilds itself in 5 days.*** Your skin rebuilds itself in 1 month. (especially at night)*** Your body builds a whole new skeleton in 3 months (bone is actually a highly complex and dynamic living tissue and remodels and regenerates 24 hours a day), Some research says 2 years some say 10 years* "Your body has the power to literally rebuild itself from the way it is today... to a brand new body tomorrow. The reason people continue to suffer from the same problems of aging... debilitating disease and sickness is because... people continue to recreate the same body by putting the same unhealthy food in it. That's like tearing down a dilapidated house with a weak foundation and rebuilding it with the same inferior building materials that caused the weak foundation in the first place!"So, let's talk a little more about how our body was created to heal and rebuild itself.Whatever your age, your body is many years younger. In fact, even if you're middle aged, most of you may be just 10 years old or less.This heartening truth, which arises from the fact that most of the body's tissues are under constant renewal, has been underlined by a novel method of estimating the age of human cells. Its inventor, Jonas Frisen, believes the average age of all the cells in an adult's body may turn out to be as young as 7 to 10 years.But Dr. Frisen, a stem cell biologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, has also discovered a fact that explains why people behave their birth age, not the physical age of their cells: a few of the body's cell types endure from birth to death without renewal, and this special minority includes some or all of the cells of the cerebral cortex.It was a dispute over whether the cortex ever makes any new cells that got Dr. Frisen looking ...

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The Seven Major Chakras

The word Chakra means “spinning wheel of energy” in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. There are many Chakras in the body, such as in the hands and feet, but there are seven Major Chakras about I had planned to talk here.Each Chakra is associated with different parts of the body, and through Chakra balancing (an “imbalance” in your Chakras means that some Chakras are over-active, and some are under-active), you can achieve a healthier balance of your body, mind and spirit. The Chakras are the energetic conduits of Life, connecting you directly to the Universal Life Force. Understanding and using your chakras can easily promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing and wellbeing.Now, let's talk on how the Chakras rotate. If you are male your first Chakra will rotate clockwise  and if you are female, your first Chakra will rotate counter-clockwise. Each  successive Chakra will rotate in the opposite direction of the one preceding  it. In other words, a male’s chakra rotation should be thus when you are  looking down at where your Chakras are located, starting from the bottom –  first, clockwise; second, anticlockwise; third, clockwise; fourth,  anticlockwise; fifth clockwise; sixth anticlockwise; and seventh, clockwise. A female’s Chakra rotation should be first, anticlockwise; second, clockwise;  third, anticlockwise; fourth clockwise; fifth anticlockwise; sixth, clockwise  and seventh, anticlockwise. And that is the nature of the male and the female energies. These energies are two aspects of the One. They therefore are not really opposed or dualistic, they are one; they are two faces of one energy.The Male Energy is the aspect that is outwardly focused. It is that part of God or Spirit that drives outward manifestation, that makes Spirit materialize and take form. The male energy therefore knows a strong creative force. It is natural to the male energy to be highly focused and goal-oriented. In this manner the male energy creates individuality. The male energy allows you to separate yourself from the One, from the Whole and to stand alone and be a specific individual.The Female Energy is the energy of Home. It is the energy of the Primal Source, the flowing Light, pure Being. The female energy is all encompassing and oceanic; it does not differentiate or individualize. It is Kundalini Energy of Shakti, and it rising through the heart to the head, and unite herself with the Supreme Being.The dance of the male and the female energies brings forth the fluctuating spectacle of created reality, of our creation. This is a spectacle of great beauty wherein the male and female energy worship each other and celebrate their cooperation and playful joining. And this is as ...

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Mudras

Those familiar with reflexology know that by stimulating certain pressure points in your eyes, ears, tongue, hands and feet, it is possible to revitalize and balance energy in different parts of your body; including your organs and glands.Hand mudras work in a very similar fashion. The word “mudra” translates to seal or gesture. A hand mudra is both a symbolic and therapeutic gesture mainly performed with the fingers. By positioning our fingers in various postures, we can influence how energy is channeled inside of us.The great Buddha knew the use of mudrāsand is often depicted using these ritual gestures. Various Kung Fu forms contain positions identical to these mudrās.108 mudras are used in regular Tantric rituals. Mudras are also used in Indian Classical Dance. There are over 200 mudras in bharatanatyam and over 250 in mohiniattam.Mudras relationship with the elementsThe physical body is made up of five elements namely - Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Aakash (ether - the tiny intercellular spaces in the human body).Imbalance of these elements disrupts the immunity system and causes disease.Deficiencies in any of these elements can be made up by connecting one part of the body with another in a particular manner through Mudras.When a finger representing an element is brought into contact with the thumb, that element is brought into balance. Therefore the disease caused by the imbalance is cured. Mudras start electromagnetic currents within the body which balance various constituting elements and restore health. The joining of fingers creates an effect on the human body.Five Fingers for Five Elements:* Thumb Fire* Index Air* Middle Aakash* Ring Earth* Little WaterThere is a direct relationship between the hands and the neck since the nerve paths run through the vertebral form in the arms, hands, and fingers. The flexibility of the hands always effects the flexibility of the neck. Therefore, hand exercises relieve tensions in the neck. Moreover, spreading the ten fingers creates a reflex that causes the chest vertebrae to spread out.The hands and fingers also have an additional direct relationship to the heart and lungs. many people can no longer properly stretch their fingers with increasing age. This shows tension in the heart area, which often indicates the prelude to heart disease or a tendency toward osteoporosis. This slightly crooked hand position also impedes inhalation. The result is that the optimum amount of air is not drawn into the lungs, especially into the lung borders, which promotes contamination in those areas.Reflex ZonesThe hand reflex zones correspond to the foot reflex zones, the massage treatment of which is generally known today. Since some of the organs are only found on ...

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The Key to Success

by Ronald Stiles, written for VilNews“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” /Swami SivanandaNestled quietly in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Buckingham County, lies the Satchdananda Ashram, also known as Yogaville.  My wife, Irmina Santaika, spent a week there last attending Sonia Sumar’s “Yoga for the Special Child”. Sonia, also known as Sivakami used yoga to help her daughter, Roberta, to overcome challenges that came with having Down’s Syndrome. Savikami eventually developed this methodology that has helped thousands of children with special needs over the years. Roberta transitioned from this life at an early age. Her life and how, with her mother’s dedicated effort, she overcame Down’s Syndrome to live a fulfilling and active life, is in itself, a story of success. Perhaps, on some unconscious level, that is what prompted Irmina to use Swami Sivananda’s quote as the caption for a photo she posted on Facebook of Savikami and I. The photo was taken when we visited Savikami at Yogaville to present her with an Icon portrait of Roberta Sumar done on a small cedar plank that Irmina had painted.Success.  What is it? There are many books written about how to achieve it. Roberta Sumar’s success in overcoming Down’s is certainly a living example of it. One definition from a dictionary states that success is “The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue.” I find this a rather cold and uninspiring definition. Perhaps this is because I associate success with joy and happiness in a person’s life. Swami Sivananda says, “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”  I believe that a successful individual is one who does things that bring him or her satisfaction, things that allow a person to put their heart, mind, and soul into even the smallest act associated with the overall effort. Irmina paints Byzantine Icons on small planks of cedar, praying and meditating as she works. Her art is beautiful and inspiring, successful, because there is joy in her effort. Sonia Sumar used yoga, loving moment by loving moment, to shape her daughter’s life into something vibrant and fulfilling. These are examples of success.Unless you are doing what brings joy to your soul, then it is difficult to imagine you can fully dedicate your heart, mind, and soul to the task. This can create a bit of a conundrum in our lives.  As we move through life, many of us gravitate towards occupations and hobbies that we enjoy. We are generally successful at them because we ...

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The Human Energy Field

The Human Energy Field

 The following interview with Dr. Valerie Hunt is an excerpt from the book "Health On The Edge: Visionary View of Healing in the New Millennium" by Larry Trivieri Jr and is used with his permission. You can read the entire book online by visiting Health On The Edge website.    With broad degrees in the fields of biology, physiological psychology, science education, and physical therapy, for over fifty years, Dr. Valerie Hunt has been a pioneer in every area of research she has undertaken. In the 1950′s, she established the neuromuscular patterns of anxiety and anger at a time when the only physiological research of emotions was chemical and behavioral. In the 1960′s, she added to the field of behavioral psychology with her discovery of neuromuscular nerve stimulation patterns related to nonverbal communication of individuals and cultures. In the 1970′s, while a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, she developed a high frequency device known as the AuraMeter(TM), which is capable of recording the electrical energy (the human aura) from the body’s surface. In the process, she discovered that the energy radiating from the body’s atoms emit frequencies one thousand times faster than any other known electrical activity of the body. During the 1980′s and 90′s, using fractal mathematics, her energy field data produced the first dramatic chaos patterns ever discovered in human biological systems.Today, Dr. Hunt is actively involved in research that is uncovering the various dimensions involved in the bioenergetic transactions between humans and the environment as they relate to human behaviors, emotions, health, illness, and disease, as well as scientifically quantifying the human aura and the levels of consciousness it contains.*** Your research shows that disturbances in the body’s bioelectromagnetic field, rather than biochemical imbalances, are the primary cause of disease and malfunction. That being the case, how did biochemistry come to be the underlying basis for the diagnosis and treatment methods of orthodox or conventional medicine?We got into this state back in the 18th century, when medicine started to become more serious about finding scientific evidence to support medical theory and practice. At that time, the field of chemistry was the most scientifically advanced, well before the study of electromagnetism occurred. The researchers of that era began to investigate biochemical changes, and when they did their experiments, they could see biochemical differences. That’s where it started. In addition, there was already a body of established scientific evidence regarding the mechanics of alignment and things of this nature in the scientific literature, dating much earlier than the 18th century. Having these two basic references and scientific information to go on, they grabbed it, and ...

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