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Monday, July 28, 2014

A Healthy Mind is Clear and Calm...by Suzette Scholtes

"I can see clearly now the rain is gone." Remember that tune? As great yogi Sean Corne said, "I was walking one day and asked myself what am I feeling?" She broke into a smile. She felt a depth of happiness never felt before. She experienced what we call in yoga a "break through." I equate a solid yoga practice to therapy. That is why my membership in the National Association of Yoga Therapists is always renewed for its guiding work in the proper use of yoga for mental, emotional and physical healing. As the father of Yoga, Pantajali writes, "Yoga allows us health and happiness." I wrote these seven C's years ago as guidelines.


1. CHOOSE. Choice or intent is pivotal to all change and growth. Use passion! Today I choose to create a day of love and fun and productivity. I choose to be alive in my heart, body, mind and spirit. When stuck, get quiet, breathe, center and move again to the heart for healing. Love is always a choice. One cannot feel fear when one feels love.
2. CENTER. Before I leave the sanctuary of my bedroom, I meditate and connect with God, High Self, Soul and Spirit. Ease flows in the under-current of my day.
3. CREATE. This means we give birth to the new. Your next breath is a new breath. Your next choice may be a new choice. Your attitude change may be new. I'm writing a book. I love this project I procrastinated on for too many years.
4. CAUTION. I keep my negative ego in check watching for covert control issues, blame, and nobilzing the past, arrogance, feeling unworthy, self-pity, not forgiving. Healers: protect yourself with pranic or light energy or other means you find appealing, such as crystals. Lock your car doors. Secure your latches. In June, I purchased pepper spray to carry while walking. A snarling black dog raced from behind as my sister and I walked the lake. It growled and bared its teeth. Streams of pepper spray left it to sputter and cough as we walked on. Pepper spray turned out to be a serendipitous purchase.
5. CALM. I love how yoga gives us the tool to create composure with our will. I return to my heart, breathing deep in a "mini" meditation. Why should I give power away to an aggravating incident or negative conversation? This is a fine tool to use for peace.
6. COMMIT. How I wish to be fully awake. I look for beauty and find ways to feel grateful every day. It is the core of the laws of attraction.
7. CHERISH. On my morning walk, along with the geese upon the path, ducks in the pond, I found myself remembering incidents in my life, that were not so positive. Like a child who holds tight onto the red balloons, I opened my hands to the sky, part of the heart chakra, and let it go. As we cherish those golden moments shining divine light within, others see it in your eyes. It is indeed ".... a bright, bright wonderful day."

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Addictions: A Path to Healing...by Jude LaClaire

From the beginning of our lives we are on a quest for food, sleep and touch. We move on to seek novelty, friendship and sex. The reward system of the brain is insatiable for good reasons. It keeps us alive as we connect, reproduce and seek new ways to do things. It has not only helped us survive, but drives us to develop and grow in the process. The downside of this drive is addiction.
Addictive substances or behaviors mimic natural rewards such as food or sex by activating a network of brain areas called the 'reward circuitry,' which is responsible for enjoyment. The hook is that the use of mood-altering substances or behaviors (like gambling, porn) often ‘exceeds expectations.' We might think, "Wow, this was even better than I thought it would be." When we repeat this experience, we begin re-wiring the brain, strengthening the synaptic contacts between neurons that encode this experience. With repeated use, combined with the delusion of the addict, the brain develops a long-term strengthening of the substance/behavior memory circuits. This helps explain why it is so difficult to stop the addictive behavior.
What predisposes a person to get hooked? We know that genetic vulnerability, environmental influence and the repeated use of a substance or behavior are conditions that will trigger an addictive habit. As I look at family genograms the patterns of addiction are easily spotted. Experiences of trauma, loss, mental or physical health problems and relationship issues can all be triggers for addictions. Experimenting with drugs and alcohol at impressionable ages, along with some of the factors mentioned, could start a person on the road to addiction.
Once the brain's reward system is 're-wired' the roller coaster is sliding down hill. Until a person has some sort of awakening, either by hitting bottom or some experience that jolts them out of their delusional thinking, the addiction will be in charge.
In the twelve-step program of AA, the first step is to "admit that we were powerless over alcohol (addictive substance or behavior) and that our lives had become unmanageable." The second step is to believe "that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." These steps are taken only when some sort of ‘awakening' has occurred. Bill W. (one of the founders of AA) and Carl Jung, a well-known Swiss psychiatrist, discussed this in the letters they exchanged in 1961. Carl Jung had told one of his patients (Rowland), who later met Bill W. and who continued to relapse with his drinking, that he was at the point where he was powerless and needed to have a spiritual experience. He recommended that he search for this experience. It took Rowland seven more years to find the Oxford Movement, where he immersed himself in helping others and began his recovery.
Jung's idea that addiction was a longing for wholeness is a portend of the discovery that it is in the hard-wiring of the reward system of the brain. Some of us get lost in the immediate reward and forget to keep seeking for the holistic experience. And we want it now! Having the spiritual experience, which may happen slowly over time, is key to the motivation to ‘re-wire.'
The neurobiology of addiction helps us to understand the nature of this brain dysregulation and invites us to learn new skills, re-train the brain and be patient with the long-term nature of this process.
People do better in recovery when they have support and structure. Addiction treatment, good psychotherapy, groups that use the twelve-step program and family and community support are helpful in this journey. It is definitely the best, and often most difficult, road to take.

 

 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Farm is Medicine...by Bethany Klug

We’ve all heard the aphorism “food is medicine.” Daphne Miller, MD however, made a convincing case that “farm is medicine” at the Institute for Functional Medicine Annual International Conference this past May.

     Miller began with the story of a farmer in the Pacific Northwest who bought land with the intention of farming organically. First he had to restore the soil that had been conventionally farmed for years. He took the advice of a local university, tested the soil and purchase minerals and other amendments to replace what was missing. After a few years, this got expensive and his soil was still depleted. Test and replace just wasn't working.

     So, he researched how nature builds healthy rich soil. It’s a cycle. 

    Plants grow, animals eat them and after eating, they poop. Worms and soil microorganism compost the poop and dead plants, enriching the soil. The plant roots take up the soil nutrients, and the cycle begins again. That farmer spread compost on his fields and the soil tests quickly improved.

     A rancher found by taking advantage of the soil cycle, he no longer needed to treat his beef cattle herds with antibiotics. The animals were disease free.

     Miller then went on to share the research on how the soil cycle affects humans. John Reganold at Washington State University has shown that organically farmed soils host a wider variety of microorganisms than conventionally farmed soils. He also showed that one year after converting from conventional to organic farming methods, fruit had more antioxidant activity, phenolics and vitamin C. The differences were statistically significant. More microbial diverse soils yield more nutritious plants.

      Carlotta De Fillippo of the University of Florence, Italy, showed that children in areas of rural Africa who consumed a traditional diet of traditionally raised—read organic—food had completely different stool microorganisms than children living in Florence, who ate a more processed diet. The African children had bacteria that digested fiber that were completely lacking in the stools of the European children. The African children had far less pathogenic bacteria such as Shigella and E. Coli in their stools. De Fillippo and colleagues propose that the food we eat and how it is raised shape our gut microbial environment. In the case of the African children they suspect it allows them extract maximum energy from a high fiber diet and protects them from inflammation and disease.

     Erika Von Mutius, MD described a farm effect. She found that children raised on farms in Germany had lower rates of allergy and asthma than children raised in urban areas. The stool of the rural children had a much wider variety of microorganisms than the urban children. She proposes that we’re living too cleanly, that is, exposure in infancy to hay, livestock and raw milk may protect children against allergy and asthma.

     Finally Jan-Hendrik Hehemann at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed in his work that bacteria that live on seaweed have contributed DNA to the gut bacteria of Japanese people. That is, the microorganisms on our food give our gut bacteria the ability to digest it. His work may explain why I, with my predominantly Eastern European heritage, have no difficulty digesting cabbage, a food which gives many people gas. I even crave cabbage, or is that my gut bacteria talking?

     Perhaps it time to get back to the land, restore our soil and restore our health.

EMCLC/Picture1.jpgBethany Klug DO is a physician for whom food is a doorway to personal, community and planetary health. Learn more about how she helps people live a lifespan of health at www.HealthSpanKC. com Learn more about her juice fast on the Health Span blog at www.healthspankc.com, click on HealthSpan Blog at the bottom of the page.

 

  

   

 

Thu, July 24, 2014 | link

Food Sensitivities...by Nancy Russell, M.D.

I used to have a chronic runny nose, coughing, headaches, burning eyes and fatigue. Thinking it was allergies to something like dust or grass or trees, I just took Benadryl, but didn’t get much relief. Then a holistic physician did a blood test on me and found out I had food sensitivities. Avoiding dairy, sugar and wheat has changed my life; I rarely have symptoms unless I eat these foods more that just occasionally.”

     This is a typical story of a person with food sensitivities and may be the tip of the iceberg of other internal problems with the digestion system. These intestinal abnormalities can affect many systems of the body.

     The intestinal defense system is continuously under attack from chronic stressors including: emotional issues, stress, infections (bacterial, viral, yeast), toxins (exogenous, endogenous), lifestyle, poor diet and medications. Immune responses by the body to these stressors can cause a breakdown of the intestinal lining or leaky gut. This leaky gut is also known as intestinal barrier distress and causes an ongoing cycle of inflammation. This inflammation up-regulates the inflammatory cytokines which affects the nervous system, immune and endocrine systems. This up-regulation can lead to: food sensitivities, fatigue, lethargy, malaise, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, asthma, arthritis and many other potential problems.

     Testing is available to assess the intestinal barrier lining, food sensitivities, dysbiosis (intestinal imbalances) and neurotransmitters. To find the many pieces of the puzzle, food sensitivity testing with intestinal barrier assessment may be the place to start. Food sensitivities are different from food allergies.

     Typical food allergies cause an immediate response, such as hives, swelling of the throat and lungs with serious shortness of breath and even lead to a life threatening situation. These food allergies are caused by the response of the immune system cells called immunoglobulin E (IgE) and need immediate medical attention and treatment. These are the type of allergies that conventional allergy physicians diagnose with skin testing and treat by strict avoidance long term.

     Food sensitivities, also known as food intolerances, are very different and caused by the response of the immune system cells called immunoglobulin G (IgG) and have a more delayed response, the reaction can be varied from a few minutes or as long as 24 to 36 hours. The testing for IgG responses is done by alternative laboratories with blood samples and not usually recognized by conventional allergy physicians. These delayed reactions can manifest symptoms as mentioned above and many more. A few more symptoms include: gas and bloating, joint pain, ear infections, attention deficit disorder, memory loss, mental fogginess, bed wetting, migraines, bladder infections, fluid retention, canker sores, nausea, eczema and psoriasis.

     Blood and fecal testing helps identify the degree and type of dysbiosis, quantifies IgG food sensitivities and effectively guides treatment options. Food elimination nutritional programs based on this testing can reduce symptoms and increase positive outcomes in people by more than 25 percent over people utilizing elimination diets alone. Food sensitivity testing is a good place to start in a comprehensive health evaluation with holistic principles as a guide. I invite you to start on your path to optimal health.

 

EMCLC/Picture4.jpgNancy Russell, M.D. has been a holistic Internal Medicine physician in the Kansas City northland for over 30 years at 5140 N. Antioch Road in Kansas City, MO. Her phone number is 816-453-5545 and website is www.nancyrussellmd.com where you can get more information. Dr. Russell is board certified in holistic medicine and is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association and a prior board member.

 

 

 

 

 

Thu, July 24, 2014 | link

Mental Health: Are We Listening?...by Jude LaClaire, Ph.D.

In the Native American Learning Story, Who Speaks for Wolf  by Paula Underwood, one of the elders of the tribe spoke to the people about making a decision without listening to everyone, “To live here requires more work than change would have made necessary.”  The tribe, without realizing it, moved to Wolf’s territory. They had to spend all their time defending themselves against wolf. They knew that if they had listened to Wolf’s brother, they would have lived in harmony -- living a life of balance. They vowed, as a tribe, never to make a decision without listening to everyone.

     The lesson of this wonderful learning story is helpful to those who want to provide good mental health care and those who receive it. Who and what should we be listening to that we are not? Dr. Thomas Szasz who wrote many books about the myth of mental illness and the overemphasis on diagnosis and pharmacology was often ignored, dismissed as too shrill or extreme. But more recently, more voices are being heard on this topic.

     Robert Whitaker in Anatomy of an Epidemic writes convincingly of the very serious problem created by our dependence on pharmacological intervention, often beginning with very young children.  Dr. Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health Director, citing the lack of scientific validity of psychiatry’s official diagnostic manual, (currently DSM V) stated that the “NIMH will be re-orienting its research away from DSM categories.”

     Let’s think about the current approach. I, as a mental health professional, am asked to diagnose a person using the criteria in the new DSM V and develop a treatment plan based on this diagnosis. It has been increasingly encouraged and often, common practice, to suggest psychotropic drugs as a first line of treatment and intervention. Since there is little scientific validity for the DSM V criteria we have an immediate problem. The basis of our assessment of a person’s needs is flawed.

     The trend towards recommending a pharmacological solution has been increasing since the creation of Thorazine in 1955 and exploded after the introduction of Prozac in 1988. “Better living through chemistry” became the motto of my profession. Robert Whitaker tells us that as all other major diseases have gone  “the number of mentally ill children rose thirty-five fold. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children…” Though there is agreement that psychiatric drugs have helped people lead relatively normal lives, he continues: “During the past two decades when prescribing psychiatric medication has exploded, the number of adults and children disabled by mental illness has risen at a mind-boggling rate.” And he asks, “Could our drug-based paradigm of care, in some unforeseen way, be fueling this modern-day plague?”

     One excellent example of this trend is in the use of anti-depressants. A product that was developed for short-term use (3-6 months or less) has morphed into long-term use for many people. These drugs used short term, in partnership with good psychotherapy are an excellent combination. The fact is that many people have been taking these drugs for decades, needing different drugs, stronger doses and they have not been in therapy. The result is many relapses and the increase of treatment resistant depression often accompanied by immune deficiency illnesses and other chronic diseases.

     The ‘helping relationship’ model pioneered by Carl Rogers encouraging ‘unconditional positive regard’, assisting the client by listening, forming a positive trusting relationship and helping them find the wisdom within seems to still be the bedrock of healthy change. I continue learning better ways to do this as I learn about the brain, the person and our environment. Drugs are not typically the first thing to do or the best tool for long-term success.

     Perhaps it is time we listened to wolf’s brother as living in a drug dependent world is requiring more work than change would have made necessary.

 

EMCLC/Picture5.jpgJude LaClaire, Ph.D., LCPC, LCSW is a counselor, educator and author. For counseling appointments, seminars, training, speaking engagements or information on Neurobehavioral Programs or Imago Couple therapy call 913-322-5622. For more information about Jude LaClaire or the Kansas City Holistic Centre go to www.kcholistic.com jude@kcholistic.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Thu, July 24, 2014 | link

Faith: Secrets of Success...by Suzette Scholtes

Great leaders of companies say the keys to success are passion for your work, a willingness to take risks and  “follow your gut.”

Self-actualized people also know how to access and trust their inner resources. What does that mean?

1. Find your connection to God, Goddess, love, your visions and dreams.

2. Foster rewarding friendships.

3. Build intimate relationships based on trust, loyalty and honesty.

4. Let your work have meaning and value to you. This frees worry of what others think of you.

5. Reflect often upon your self-worth and self-value.

6. Know you have power to create success.

7. Be responsible to your thoughts, feelings, and choices.

8. Keep it fun!

     Read these points and you see success is a product of your love and will. You begin to feel worthy and deserving of success.

     You can say: I know I have value! I know I have worth! Then your core belief is as solid as a rock. If you fail to feel worthy and deserving that rock crumbles to sand.

     Yet, a paradox, most people fear success. Why? As a business owner of The Yoga School for over 30 years this I know well. The fears may be covert as some beliefs lock in the subconscious:

1. Fear of Power because of dysfunction of past or ego.

2. Fear of freedom because of the covert need to manipulate or control.

3. Fear of too much responsibility.

 

     To overcome these fears I remain mindful of procrastination, excuses, games or entitlement. As well, watch out for feeling overwhelmed; and odd as it may sound, fear of being lonely if too successful. The genuine fears, and all fear is real emotion, may feel like too much weight on your shoulders. No one wants that burden. A few ideas of how to handle genuine fears:

1. You don’t want to fail. It is a law of physics that when something new is created something is destroyed. That is scary. You are moving into the unknown. Scary indeed!

2. True success will produce chaos. You may be away from family to work. With success comes more love and caring so fear of loss grows. Fear of humiliation and rejection is real fear. As Shirley MacClaine wrote, “You are out on a limb,” not knowing if it may fall or if it will support you.

3. When you succeed you are subject to judgments, especially those in your industry. It does not feel good to be judged by anyone. Judgments build walls and that hurts. You must remain true to yourself—pure faith.

 

     Now the big question: “What if I am wrong?!! Look at what you have accomplished. You know and trust you are responsible. You know you actualized your power. Accept it. When you know this you tame this genuine fear of success.

     Drum Roll! And now the secret of success is unveiled: When your most powerful choices are made the most consciously, success is unlimited and unstoppable. The only way I know to do that is meditate; go within and follow your intuition, take those risks and LIVE your passion. You will find comfort in the love (the feminine) and the will (the masculine). This gives birth to the NEW, which is your power. Love, will and choice give you faith in others and yourself. To believe in yourself lights your path on every twist and turn!

 

 

EMCLC/Picture6.jpgIn 2014, dream new dreams at The Yoga School of Therapeutics. Enjoy classic yoga with certified teachers. Our yoga promises health and happiness whether 18 or 80. Be met with a smile and feel so much better in heart, mind and body. Scholtes, an award-winning writer, serves as Director of Teacher’s Training and Founder. 10400 W. 103rd St,  OP, KS. theyogastudio.com or  info@theyogastudio.com or 913-492-9594.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thu, July 24, 2014 | link

One of Two Things Will Happen...by Tamie Rising

 EMCLC/Picture3.jpgI love inspirational quotes. Look close and you find a gem hidden inside the words. Heed their insights, and a light is shown to reveal the gem’s beauty.

     “When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly” - Patrick Overton

     Moving into the unknown can be very scary. It’s the unknown after all, something unfamiliar and not yet experienced. That’s really all it is when you think about it. Yet moving into the unknown requires a faith bigger and bolder than fear and doubt -- anaudacious faith. This faith is mustered from the depths of your soul and harnessed to take with you down the road to the fresh and new.

     When I left my job and started my business, I stepped boldly into the unknown. I was gung-ho, enthusiastic and feeling unstoppable as my new adventure began. The first year on my own was a brand new, unlived experience for me and it came with lots of unknown. As a business owner, all areas of business are my responsibility. It was up to me and I felt alone and isolated. This feeling was unexpected; and it was dark and difficult for a time. I needed to find that solid ground or learn to fly. I did.

     Our faith doesn’t usually grow during easy times. It grows when life purposely delivers a specifically designed curriculum to help us become all we are meant to become. The syllabus feels so daunting that turning back seems like a much better and safer option than moving forward. The truth is we get to choose if we take that curriculum on as our own. It can take guts and that’s faith in disguise. When we say yes to what’s before us, we find solid ground and soar!

     When we learn that we cannot fall, we develop a bottomless trust that we are held by a strong and powerful presence. An inner confidence may say, “Hey, this is possible and I got this because after all, I am NOT alone even if I might feel that way.” It’s like being in a dark room and unable to see anything or anyone. Then someone flips on the switch and you see the room is filled with people all around you holding out their hands. When this happens, take their hands and move forward in faith.

     I am grateful for that time the light was dim because I learned how to dig deep within myself and build a bigger faith in my dreams, my abilities and my Source of all. The unknown stretched me, challenged me and built me. I am who I am today because of it. And I’m better at what I do because of it. The same has been true for you, I’m sure.

     Faith is a state of mind that can be cultivated. We can consciously decide to have the unceasing faith that we can get through and do what we set out to do. Faith, like yoga or meditation, is a practice. We cultivate and grow our faith by waking up every day and setting an intention to live that day in faith of what’s possible.

     Faith does not mean we have to know how to make real the possibility we hold for our self and our life. It’s also doesn’t mean we have to already possess the means to the end. Faith is knowing we ARE the means to the end.

What does faith mean to you?

Here’s some other ways to think about faith:

¨ Faith is the propeller you can’t see under the water, gently moving you forward.

¨ Faith is trusting yourself and trusting life as you head down your path.

¨ Faith is believing the impossible is possible.

¨ Faith helps you take the next step, even when you might feel some doubt.

¨ Faith is knowing in your bones the step we take leads you to where you want to go, even if you can’t see how.

¨ Faith means you trust and believe the how will be revealed.

¨ Faith is knowing that when I take a break from writing this article, I’ll come back and find the words to finish it.

     Like yours, my journey continues. When I don’t feel something solid to stand on, I’ve learned that in holding closely to my faith I can fly, as we were all born to do!

     In times of darkness, breathe deep, dig deep and trust deep. Because one of two things will always happen…you will find something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly. 

 

 

EMCLC/Picture7.jpgTamie Rising is a business coach who helps conscious business owners make their mark. She is also a professional speaker who is on a mission to empower individuals, leaders and teams to be more creative, happy, innovative and authentic contributors within their families, businesses, communities and on the planet. Learn more about Tamie at www.tamierising.com or contact her at tamierising@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 


 

Thu, July 24, 2014 | link

Faith is Waiting...by Stephanie Forcier
EMCLC/Picture2.jpgAs I sat down to write this article, my computer froze and crashed. Slightly frustrated, and somewhat inconvenienced, I manually shut down my laptop. I pressed the power button and listened to the fan kick on as the system came back to life. I watched the security log-in screen come up and…I got an error message. The log-in screen failed to initialize. Now, frustration building, I pressed “okay” to clear the message and once again, shut down my computer. Annoyed, I ejected the laptop battery and stared at it, thinking, “You better work this time, I have an article to write!”  

     After a few minutes of stewing over the precious minutes wasted, I heard a voice that caused me to chuckle. The voice said, “Have faith!” In that instance, frustration and resistance left me. How wonderfully appropriate it was that the very topic I was writing about would become a direct part of my experience. So, I decided to go grab a bite to eat, relax and center myself. As I noticed calmness and peace wash over me, I knew that when I powered up my computer again, it would work. Moreover, even if the computer did not come back on, I knew everything would work out. I knew another path would present itself. I pressed the power button again, heard the fan whizz, and there appeared my log-in screen. I typed in my password and I was on my way.

     While this divine challenge was a seemingly small reminder to embrace faith, it definitely got my attention. Faith finds us at some of the most vulnerable times of our lives. Yet, faith won’t take action on our behalf, speak for us or make decisions for us. Faith waits patiently near until we are ready to allow it into our hearts. Faith allows us to grow.

     So, what is faith? In my experience, faith can take many forms and work through many messengers, but in its pure state, faith is formless. Regardless of the form faith takes or how a message is received, faith is a feeling of believing. Faith allows us to believe that everything is going to work out. Faith supports us in taking the next step, even though we may not see the outcome. When we align with faith, it activates something other than our logical mind, which is the reason we experience what we might describe as miracles. Faith connects to a greater universal flow, and may be experienced on a deeply personal level regardless of religion, background or upbringing. Faith is as unconditional as love, always present in every moment no matter how messy things seem.

     Faith serves as a foundation upon which we can navigate our lives. If we are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, grief, etc., it may seem like faith has left us. But, faith has not left us. Faith is right beneath our feet, an eternal foundation, just waiting for the fog to clear. Faith is in our hearts the whole time, holding the road map that leads to peace. As we move through life’s challenges, faith reveals itself to us. As we get out of our own way, quiet our minds and relax into the flow, faith washes over us. As faith washes over us, we are able to find the words, to discover the direction and to take the next step. Faith gives momentum to truth; and as truth is recognized, miracles unfold.

     Keeping in alignment with faith may be supported or challenged by others in our lives, the energy of the environments we frequent and how we choose to care for ourselves. We may feel empowered when hearing someone’s story, or we may feel depressed. We might feel delighted every time we visit a cherished friend, or stressed out every time we go to work. The stories change, the characters change, environments change and we even change…yet faith remains.

 

     Faith is, in its purity, a formless quality that continuously whispers to our hearts. As our hearts hear faith, the forms and messengers to support our growth reveal themselves. Faith is inspired as we align ourselves with proper self-care, with supportive people and harmonious environments. And, faith is also inspired as we recognize lack of self-care, unsupportive people and disharmonious environments. Either way, faith is there, standing by with your road map to peace. Either way, faith is waiting.


EMCLC/Picture8.jpgStephanie Forcier is a Certified Teacher and Advanced Practitioner of Linda Howe’s Pathway Prayer Process to accessing the Akashic Record with over a decade of experience. She is also a Certified Angel Practitioner. Stephanie actively offers certification classes, events, workshops, personal sessions and facilitates Akashic Record Meet-up groups. For more information: www.InnerWisdomEvolution.com 816-260-2438 or Facebook www.facebook.com/innerwisdomevolution.

 

 

 

 

 


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Life Transitions
 

     Life is continual transition. Most of the changes are small, daily shifts toward a new reality. Others are major life-changing events.

     We all experience these major and minor transitions which help us grow, experience and learn. These are opportunities to reinvent ourselves to our choosing. We can accept change as an opportunity for growth or we can resist and fight against nature, making life more difficult and less joyous.

     I’ve experienced many of the major life transitions: childbirth, death of a parent, divorce, family illness, changing careers, empty nest and more. Each is frightening, intense and sometimes painful. I usually scream and cry and feel the pain completely. Then I start to heal and find that each calamity presents the opportunity to reach inside myself and find new strength — and to recreate Who I Am.

     This beautiful issue of Evolving features articles on life’s transitions. In her column this month, Jude LaClaire offers insight into the spiral of life and how we can learn from transitions.  Ashana, in her feature article, teaches us  to take a leap and allow miracles in our lives. And, Sara Koron explores the yin and yang of nature and how it relates to mid-life changes. This is truly a glorious issue.

     I encourage you to welcome change; to stop resisting the forces of nature and allow the waves of change to help create a new, stronger, more resilient and open to love—You!

 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Freedom from Addictions
 

Carl Jung said, “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” When it comes to addictions, I don’t believe the core problem is the particular addiction (whether it be cigarettes, alcohol, sugar, shopping, gambling or any other addictive behavior); I believe the core problem is the nature of what causes a person to seek relief through an addictive substance or behavior.

     In my opinion, the drugs themselves aren't the true problem, but ill-fitted or weak solutions to a problem—an attempt to cope. If we can learn to address the issues underneath the desire we can learn new, healthy coping skills.  I’ve found that addictive behaviors become non-issues when I feel well and whole. There isn’t a need to cover up, medicate or cope with life; life itself is joy.  Whenever I detect a potentially harmful habit (and what truly is an addiction but a habit that becomes consuming, compulsive, and at times uncontrollable, with usage that persists even in the face of extremely negative consequences), I question what is my motivation with this habit? What do I get from it?  Then I find a healthy replacement.

     This month, noted author and psychic Almine shares a resourceful article on addictions and the self-abandonment involved in these life issues.  She explains how we lose our energy, and thus our power, by indulging in addictive habits. She teaches us to harness our true power to fill the void that addictions normally fill. It is a truly inspirational piece and I hope you gain a nugget of hope and knowing that we all can be whole, powerful and addiction-free.          

 

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