Category Archives: Healing

How Tooth Decay Affects the entire Body (video)

Did you know that tooth pain is not only a sign that something might be wrong with your teeth but also that it can be linked to your organs? Have you ever heard that digestive problems, a trapped nerve in the shoulder can also lead to incredible tooth pains?

Did you know there is a close connection between every tooth in your mouth and the organs in your body? Unfortunately not many western dentists have this holistic approach yet and far to often the patient receives the wrong treatment. Instead of pulling a tooth out we might need to take a closer look and understand that tooth pain is only an expression of an imbalance in our body. In addition to that tooth pain can affect many other areas in our body and cause a lot of problems.

To gain a better understanding of the connection our teeth and our organs, the Meridian tooth Chart is very helpful. It might save us a long and painful visit at the dentist when we are able to understand how and why tooth pain has appeared in the first place.

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Sensitive Souls – Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

There were those who began as sensitive souls.

Such could be a blessing and a curse. They felt everything deeply but it caused them great fear. This overwhelming anxiety was quelled by a substance. The results were initially amazing and thus the sensitive soul continued to indulge.

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Their misguided idealism now became shattered expectations and loss of any sense of hope. The fears intensified. If they were working, they were afraid. If they were not working, they were afraid. If they were in a relationship they were afraid of losing themselves. If they were not in a relationship they feared being alone. And though at times there may have been many around they remained alone in the tumult of their thoughts. They saw no purpose and some began to seek it in a distant realm falsely believing it would be found.

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But purpose is not found but created and it is not in expectations or grand feats but in simplicity. A simple smile, a kind gesture. Here the sensitive soul can turn the curse to blessing and such sensitivity can move from absorbing pain and focus on self to a concern for the other and a sharing in their experience.

As one comes to find a connection to others and a connection to virtue, they find a greater understanding and much becomes revealed. They may ask for the removal of their faults but realize such is not a magical incantation or demand but requires action.

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Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D., CAADC

Main Areas: ADDICTION, AUTISM, EXTREME STATES OF MIND
Best Sellers: MEETING OF TWO PERSONS, BEING AUTISTIC

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Psychotherapist. Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received a Master of Arts from the University of Scranton. Dr. Edmunds completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. He is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the American Psychological Association and Episcopal Recovery Ministries.

Dr. Edmunds work has focused on autistic empowerment, relational approaches to extreme states of mind and addiction recovery. His work has been featured at Psychology Today online, Autism File, Autism Radio, CCHR Inernational,  Autism Parenting Magazine, Recovery Radio (Rhode Island), Talk Recovery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Autism World, Chronogram Magazine, Psychology Tomorrow, InRecovery Magazine, Pioneer Magazine, CNN Philadelphia and radio programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Melbourne, FL; Oakland University.

Dr. Edmunds has spoken at various professional conferences including being an invited speaker at the 2013 Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Pacifica Graduate Conference.

Dr. Edmunds is the author of MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY, BEING AUTISTIC,  COSMIC DANCE, MYSTICAL METAPHORS, SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, DRUG FREE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADHD, and MEETING OF TWO PERSONS.

Dr. Edmunds is an ordained clergyman in an Anglican jurisdiction.

1975- Born in Tampa, Florida, USA on March 11 at 11:59pm

1981- begins elementary school at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1982- tested in the gifted range at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1983- relocates to Fort Collins, Colorado

1991- serves as youngest legislative aide in the State of Colorado

1992- serves on staff of a Congressional campaign, transports Martin Luther King III to an event at Bethune Cookman College

1993- invited to the swearing in ceremony for Congressional Black Caucus, baptized at St. Brendan’s parish in Ormond Beach, FL

1994- begins undergraduate study at the University of Florida

1996- ordination to the diaconate

1997- ordained to as a presbyter, graduates with a Bachelor of Arts with major in Religion, minor in Sociology from the University of Florida, begins Master of Arts program in Theology at the University of Scranton

1999- involved in internship with victims of trauma, receives Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton

2000- begins work as a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, completes graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University

2003- delivers first lecture on mental health alternatives in New Port Richey, Florida

2005- presents lecture “Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm” at the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry conference, Flushing, New York

2006- earns Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from the University of Sarasota. Establishes the International Center for Human Psychiatry, delivers keynote speech at Niagara Falls, begins lecture tour, published “Comprehensive Approach to ADHD”, begins private consultation with focus on autism, trauma, and extreme states of mind

2009- begins therapeutic community project for those with serious psychiatric labels focusing on respect and autonomy

2010- publishes MEETING OF TWO PERSONS: WHAT THERAPY SHOULD be, speaker at ICSPP conference, Syracuse, NY

2011- speaker at Occupy Wall Street events, MEETING OF TWO PERSONS lecture tour, receives Diplomate status from the American Psychotherapy Association

2012- travels to UK and Ireland

2013- published SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, and COSMIC DANCE, invited speaker at Society for Humanistic Psychology conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute

2017- qualifies as Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, publishes MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY

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Encountering Astroshamanism by Franco Santoro

The first of two pieces on astroshamanism, a type of shamanism related to astrology.

By Franco Santoro

I often like to see this world as a place where we come to find out who we are. We continue to come until we are willing to accept and release what we assume to be and who we truly are. To be alive, without knowing who I am, is a bit like being dead, since living involves being aware of whom is indeed living.

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Ignorance and denial about who I am does not change the nature of my true identity, but it does split the mind into two parts – one that knows the truth and the other that does not know or denies it. And it is this split that astroshamanism, along with many other paths, is drawn to address and cure.

Astroshamanism identifies a form of spiritual healing based on the integration of shamanism with sacred astrology, ancient mystery teachings and more traditional religious paths. Astroshamanism is merely a term that allows me to classify this work, yet what counts is its content.

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Central in this work is the ongoing release of conditioned ideas regarding who we believe ourselves to be. This release gives access to an area of unknowing, where we can unveil a direct experience of our nature. Most shamans and seekers concur that this process involves letting go of our perception of the separated self. This separation appears to be the ultimate cause of human sufferance, so we support the reawakening of our original united self, which many religious cultures describe as God.

For many people the term “God” has lost interest and in some cases it even produces strong resistance. In certain situations it is awkward to mention “God,” since this can easily give wrong impressions and cause prejudices. This is probably because some concepts of God trigger fear, guilt, and judgment. “God” is merely a term, which can take other names and forms, and even no name or form at all. What counts here is the direct experience of God, and of our true nature devoid of any assumption.

I believe that what most people on a spiritual quest seek today are not mere formalities, doctrines or creeds, but paths of direct experience. They search for a first-hand knowledge of their true self, or a direct encounter and communion with God. This is what shamanic work can offer and it is also the authentic essence of what most spiritual traditions pursue.

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Journeying through the unseen

In his second article on astroshamanism Franco Santoro tells how the zodiac can be used…

By Franco Santoro

Astroshamanism provides a map and tools for journeying through the path of life in search of Truth. This is acted out by using a strategic cosmology based on 12 sectors. The sectors are associated with the astrological signs when used as representations of the fragmented parts of our nature.

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The 12 sectors portray the entire range of human potentials and possibilities that the astroshamanic seeker accepts to acknowledge, explore and integrate in their original unity. They are pathways of deep understanding about all the features in life. They include the highest and the lowest forms, and their aim is to teach us how to express them at their best.

In astroshamanism the zodiac is not used for horoscope readings or other forms of interpretation, but is explored through pragmatic healing actions and spiritual practices aimed at providing a direct experience and tangible results.

Astrology is probably the oldest form of symbolic language and shamanism is the most ancient method of healing. The distinctive feature of shamans is represented by their familiarity with states of consciousness that allows them to explore the spiritual dimension of reality and to help their community, themselves and their planet. To face these journeys, shamans connect with healing guides, spirits, angels and ultimately God. The relationship with this unseen world is the chief distinctive feature of shamanic cultures and constitutes one of the main tasks of astroshamanism.

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The connection with the unseen realms, far from being an evasion from everyday reality, is aimed at healing our visible world. I cannot see God or spirits with my physical eyes, but I can see them through other human beings and the environment, when I decide to lay my prejudices aside and meet them as they truly are. By unveiling their nature, God will be embodied in them and I will uncover their essence.

As I learn to acknowledge God through them, I will also learn to become aware of how God operates in me. In exploring the mystery of the unseen realms and God, or whatever name, we use to describe That.

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What this work basically underlines is the healing function of forgiveness. Forgiveness is learning to perceive all relationships as a proof of our sacred original nature, rather than as sources of grievances. It is about letting go of the garbage I have projected on others, which in the end is the same garbage I have projected on myself.

Holistic and spiritual counsellor, shamanic facilitator, experiential astrologer, creator of astroshamanism and a large variety of tools for inner growth and transformation, resident member of the Findhorn Community (Scotland) since 1999, rector of the Provisional Institute.

Since 1976 Franco Santoro has worked with thousands of people from all walks of life and countries, offering regular support and guidance in their search for direction, life purpose, reconciliation, healing and peace. Using his unique holistic skills of facilitation, Franco has served for decades with non-profit charitable organisations, assisting individuals, groups and communities to gain clarity about their highest intentions, developing pragmatic means to fully implement them, while releasing and transforming deep rooted grievances and conflicts.

Drawing from a multicultural, non-dogmatic and pluralistic approach to inner growth and spirituality, including consciousness research, expanded states of perception, astroshamanism (which he developed since 1976), the Western, Middle-Eastern and Eastern traditions, A Course in Miracles, Osho (for whom he was press agent as Swami Bodhi Satpathi from 1988 to 1991), the Findhorn Foundation Community and other spiritual communities.

His work honours and integrates official religions and their esoteric teachings, with particular reference to Christianity and Gnosticism.

He is the author of Astroshamanism: A Journey Into the Inner Universe; Astroshamanism: The Voyage Through the Zodiac;Iniziazione all’astrosciamanesimo and other books, a series of sound healing and astroshamanic CDs, more than 1000 articles published online on a large variety of blogs and websites, and other tools for inner growth and transformation.

As from 1988 Franco Santoro has run more than 2000 workshops, in Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and the Middle East. At the Findhorn Foundation Cluny Hill in Northern Scotland he has held more than 200 one-week residential workshops.

Franco resides in Findhorn (Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom). He also holds events at il Casale in Lunigiana (Merizzo, Massa, Northern Tuscany, Italy).

Please be aware that Franco does not offer any form of fortune telling, divination, future prediction, or astrological character analysis. Franco employs astrology only as a strategic map of the human psyche and as a method for determining the division of time.

For consultations with Franco please click here.

For a list of Franco’s workshops please click here.
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The common ground of addiction – Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

Some have endured trauma, others have not. Some have been poor and oppressed, others were born into privilege and had a high level of freedom. Some struggled with learning, some were highly educated.

But addiction arose regardless.

And what was it that they shared in common?

Other than being human, it was discontent, lack of meaning and purpose, and an overwhelming angst leading to that desire to control the uncontrollable.

And for those who overcome, what did they have in common?

An enlightenment of the mind, a reframing of thought, gratitude for each moment, a heart of service, an endurance in struggle, hope with realism, a communion with the other, a willingness to ride the waves of life rather than fight them, using angst as a motivator for what can be changed rather than being overwhelmed and bewildered in thought.

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Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D, CAADC

Main Areas: ADDICTION, AUTISM, EXTREME STATES OF MIND
Best Sellers: MEETING OF TWO PERSONS, BEING AUTISTIC

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Psychotherapist. Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received a Master of Arts from the University of Scranton. Dr. Edmunds completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. He is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the American Psychological Association and Episcopal Recovery Ministries.

Dr. Edmunds work has focused on autistic empowerment, relational approaches to extreme states of mind and addiction recovery. His work has been featured at Psychology Today online, Autism File, Autism Radio, CCHR Inernational,  Autism Parenting Magazine, Recovery Radio (Rhode Island), Talk Recovery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Autism World, Chronogram Magazine, Psychology Tomorrow, InRecovery Magazine, Pioneer Magazine, CNN Philadelphia and radio programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Melbourne, FL; Oakland University.

Dr. Edmunds has spoken at various professional conferences including being an invited speaker at the 2013 Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Pacifica Graduate Conference.

Dr. Edmunds is the author of MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY, BEING AUTISTIC,  COSMIC DANCE, MYSTICAL METAPHORS, SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, DRUG FREE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADHD, and MEETING OF TWO PERSONS.

Dr. Edmunds is an ordained clergyman in an Anglican jurisdiction.

1975- Born in Tampa, Florida, USA on March 11 at 11:59pm

1981- begins elementary school at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1982- tested in the gifted range at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1983- relocates to Fort Collins, Colorado

1991- serves as youngest legislative aide in the State of Colorado

1992- serves on staff of a Congressional campaign, transports Martin Luther King III to an event at Bethune Cookman College

1993- invited to the swearing in ceremony for Congressional Black Caucus, baptized at St. Brendan’s parish in Ormond Beach, FL

1994- begins undergraduate study at the University of Florida

1996- ordination to the diaconate

1997- ordained to as a presbyter, graduates with a Bachelor of Arts with major in Religion, minor in Sociology from the University of Florida, begins Master of Arts program in Theology at the University of Scranton

1999- involved in internship with victims of trauma, receives Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton

2000- begins work as a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, completes graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University

2003- delivers first lecture on mental health alternatives in New Port Richey, Florida

2005- presents lecture “Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm” at the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry conference, Flushing, New York

2006- earns Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from the University of Sarasota. Establishes the International Center for Human Psychiatry, delivers keynote speech at Niagara Falls, begins lecture tour, published “Comprehensive Approach to ADHD”, begins private consultation with focus on autism, trauma, and extreme states of mind

2009- begins therapeutic community project for those with serious psychiatric labels focusing on respect and autonomy

2010- publishes MEETING OF TWO PERSONS: WHAT THERAPY SHOULD be, speaker at ICSPP conference, Syracuse, NY

2011- speaker at Occupy Wall Street events, MEETING OF TWO PERSONS lecture tour, receives Diplomate status from the American Psychotherapy Association

2012- travels to UK and Ireland

2013- published SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, and COSMIC DANCE, invited speaker at Society for Humanistic Psychology conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute

2017- qualifies as Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, publishes MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY

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Cosmic Pain and interconnectedness – even Nikola Tesla spoke about it already in 1899

Have you ever felt all of a sudden upset, weary, uncertain or even depressed without even knowing where it would come from? Than you are definitely an Empath and these kind of emotions probably one of your daily experiences.

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It is everything than easy to be an Empath and life can get even more difficult if we try to suppress or deny our faculty to feel. Empaths are naturally born sensitive people and there is nothing abnormal about that. I even would like to say that everyone is born an Empath, because everyone was born to feel. In addition to that I do believe that this naturally born ability to feel – what others feel is not a gift but a part of our survival. Humans are social beings and daily interaction with others is as important as the air to breath. Apart from the times when we feel to withdraw from the world to find some comfort and peace in solitude. Through our need to socialize and interact with others for our own well-being we also will discover that we feel more comfortable around certain people than others.

That we seek out places that naturally feed our own sensitivity if we want to stay balanced and healthy. Overcrowded, noisy and fast changing places are not part of our natural desire to live because we can easily lose ourselves. By losing oneself I would like to refer to the idea that there is a certain balance mentally, emotionally and physically in which we have a feeling for who we are. A state of mind in which we clearly can define ourselves and feel the boundaries with others.

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On the other hand side we also were given the ability to sense frequencies that go beyond our logical understanding. Well at least as long as we have developed an understanding what it means to be connected to everything and everyone on this planet. We are able to perceive emotions and thoughts of other people who are around us but also from people very far away. A mother instinctively knows when one of her children suffers or is not well. The mother bond is probably one of the strongest but birth related bonds we can have. The phenomena to feel that someone is struggling or going through  difficulties is not only restricted to a mother and her child. Furthermore it can be experienced by close friends, lovers, siblings or anyone else we have a close connection with. It is something natural and happens everyday but most of the time we don’t spend much attention or we just wash it off. We just don’t follow our own feelings or we don’t trust them.

In many cases it makes itself seen in situations like, suddenly we think of a certain person and do feel might the desire to ask them how they are doing? After a while of pros and cons we finally get in touch with that person, or even the person gets in touch with us. And we come to realize what we felt was right and the person we thought of is struggling at the moment. These experiences can be surprisingly, amazing and lead to a deeper connection with each other. This is the gift of an empath and can become the beginning of someone’s own psychic experiences.

But there are times in which we might feel a certain uncomfortable feeling and we not able to place it anywhere. A sudden sadness, despair or hopelessness overcomes us and there seem to be no place to go. We might try the strategy of naming the origin of the feeling and after calling all family members and friends we still haven’t found it yet. Normally when we found out to whom the feeling belonged it will disappear quickly but there are moments when it doesn’t disappear and we sit there thinking…what the hell is going on?

From my own experience but also from the research I did over the years I found a lovely word for the unexplainable. Its called “Cosmic Pain”. The great inventor Nikola Tesla used it in one of his interviews from 1899.

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Tesla:

When a man becomes conscious; that his highest goal must be to run for a shooting star and tries to capture it; shall understand that his life was given to him because of this and will be saved. Stars will eventually be capable of catching!

JOURNALIST: And what will happen then?
TESLA: The creator will laugh and say: ”It fall only that you chase her and grab her.”

JOURNALIST: Isn’t all of this contrary to the cosmic pain, which so often you mention in your writings? And what is it cosmic pain?
TESLA: No, because we are on Earth … It is an illness whose existence the vast majority of people are not aware of. Hence, many other illnesses, suffering, evil, misery, wars and everything else what makes human life an absurd and horrible condition. This disease cannot be completely cured, but awareness shall make it less complicated and hazardous. Whenever one of my close and dear people were hurt, I felt physical pain. This is because our bodies are made as of similar material, and our soul related to unbreakable strands. Incomprehensible sadness that overwhelmed us at times means that somewhere, on the other side of this planet, a child or generous man died. The entire Universe is in certain periods sick of itself, and of us. Disappearance of a star and the appearance of comets affect us more than we can imagine. Relationships among the creatures on the Earth are even stronger, because of our feelings and thoughts the flower will scent even more beautiful or will fall in silence. These truths we must learn in order to be healed. Remedy is in our hearts and evenly, in the heart of the animals that we call the Universe.”

So he states that we are so connected on this whole planet that we can feel and get upset when something wrong in the world is happening. We are all born the same way, the same desires, longings such as love, harmony, belonging and safety. Means that we all striving for the same thing and we will feel when something happens that doesn’t resonate with it. It is not only that we feel tragic events happening when they are actually happening but there are people who can sense things like earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters before they actually happen.

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My mother is one of these people and often got really upset for no reason. She suddenly withdrew from the world for a while and took time to feel what there was to feel. I never really understood what was wrong with her and even when I did asked she didn’t give me an answer. Just in later years my mother opened up to me and said: “Julie, I feel so sad. I think something tragic is going to happen.” Two days later a Tsunami hit the coast of Japan and damaged the Atomic Power plant seriously.

This experience can even be more intensified when wrong doings go against a majority of people or a majority of people become to know about it. Our present time is a brilliant example if we take a closer look at the Donald Trump problem. I can’t even imagine how many thoughts, fears, and emotions he triggers daily in people’s minds and heads. Even if you are currently not really affected by his presidency you might still feel a bit uncertain, insecure, angry or drawn to read about his latest undertakings.

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So we can be affected by others from near and far because all is made of energy. We can suffer when people we love suffer but also people on the other side of the planet. There is no time and space, no boundaries and borders in our connectedness because we are one race. We are human beings. Sometimes this connection can be very hard to carry and we easily lose ourselves, especially when we can’t tell any more what is us and what is the other. We can‘t protect ourselves from this overwhelming feelings when tragic things are happening or going happen. This is our cosmic pain or collective pain we experience. We will experience our own hopeless and helplessness and we will learn how to integrate these in our lives. But in addition to that we can also furthermore become aware of its potential. We suddenly can become aware of the power we have and how this can affect others and the world.

Means, if we can feel what others feel, people also can pick up on our energy. So we can influence with our thoughts, feelings and actions other people even if they are not around. Sending prayer and blessings is one positive thing we can do for ourselves and others. But also if we finally start loving ourself, aligning ourself with the universal harmony we soon will see how others are attracted to us and furthermore how things can change. People will always be drawn to positive energy and harmony as this is our deepest desire and expression as human beings.

Within all this cosmic pain and our shared humanity we will come to the realization that – what we heal in ourselves we actually heal in others too.

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Julie Jurgan the Founder of Blossom of the Soul, she is an inspirational writer, medium and healer. She offers her spiritual guidance to everyone in need. Julie helps people to explore and develop their own psychic potential. If you would like to book a session with Julie..please have a look here…

or send an email directly to julie@blossomofthesoul.org

Whole interview of Nikola Tesla can be found here….

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Voices of the Wilderness – Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

Those who are called ‘mentally ill’ or ‘mad’ are the voices in the wilderness, the ones who point to the distress of society, the ones who convict it of its crimes. By their ‘strange’ appearance and parting from the ‘norms’, they challenge and reveal that humanity is not free.

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They reveal that what is normal is but an accepted madness of the majority. Wars, conflicts, social injustice, abused children, all are accepted by the madness of the majority. But the one who dreams awake, that voice crying from the wilderness, sees something different.

The eyes of perception are awakened, and a door to a new existence is opened. Yet the opening of this door is a frightful experience, for it unleashes all that which is the human condition, every experience, every vision, the collective realm of human beings. If there is any illness, it is not with the ‘madman’, it is the society that is ill.

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And this society has driven the ‘mad’ to that barren place, to that desert. As the prophets of old were rejected by their own, the voice and message of the ‘mad’ is often misunderstood and unheard by those around.

-Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

Main Areas: ADDICTION, AUTISM, EXTREME STATES OF MIND
Best Sellers: MEETING OF TWO PERSONS, BEING AUTISTIC

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Psychotherapist. Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received a Master of Arts from the University of Scranton. Dr. Edmunds completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. He is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the American Psychological Association and Episcopal Recovery Ministries.

Dr. Edmunds work has focused on autistic empowerment, relational approaches to extreme states of mind and addiction recovery. His work has been featured at Psychology Today online, Autism File, Autism Radio, CCHR Inernational,  Autism Parenting Magazine, Recovery Radio (Rhode Island), Talk Recovery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Autism World, Chronogram Magazine, Psychology Tomorrow, InRecovery Magazine, Pioneer Magazine, CNN Philadelphia and radio programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Melbourne, FL; Oakland University.

Dr. Edmunds has spoken at various professional conferences including being an invited speaker at the 2013 Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Pacifica Graduate Conference.

Dr. Edmunds is the author of MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY, BEING AUTISTIC,  COSMIC DANCE, MYSTICAL METAPHORS, SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, DRUG FREE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADHD, and MEETING OF TWO PERSONS.

Dr. Edmunds is an ordained clergyman in an Anglican jurisdiction.

1975- Born in Tampa, Florida, USA on March 11 at 11:59pm

1981- begins elementary school at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1982- tested in the gifted range at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1983- relocates to Fort Collins, Colorado

1991- serves as youngest legislative aide in the State of Colorado

1992- serves on staff of a Congressional campaign, transports Martin Luther King III to an event at Bethune Cookman College

1993- invited to the swearing in ceremony for Congressional Black Caucus, baptized at St. Brendan’s parish in Ormond Beach, FL

1994- begins undergraduate study at the University of Florida

1996- ordination to the diaconate

1997- ordained to as a presbyter, graduates with a Bachelor of Arts with major in Religion, minor in Sociology from the University of Florida, begins Master of Arts program in Theology at the University of Scranton

1999- involved in internship with victims of trauma, receives Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton

2000- begins work as a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, completes graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University

2003- delivers first lecture on mental health alternatives in New Port Richey, Florida

2005- presents lecture “Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm” at the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry conference, Flushing, New York

2006- earns Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from the University of Sarasota. Establishes the International Center for Human Psychiatry, delivers keynote speech at Niagara Falls, begins lecture tour, published “Comprehensive Approach to ADHD”, begins private consultation with focus on autism, trauma, and extreme states of mind

2009- begins therapeutic community project for those with serious psychiatric labels focusing on respect and autonomy

2010- publishes MEETING OF TWO PERSONS: WHAT THERAPY SHOULD be, speaker at ICSPP conference, Syracuse, NY

2011- speaker at Occupy Wall Street events, MEETING OF TWO PERSONS lecture tour, receives Diplomate status from the American Psychotherapy Association

2012- travels to UK and Ireland

2013- published SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, and COSMIC DANCE, invited speaker at Society for Humanistic Psychology conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute

2017- qualifies as Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, publishes MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY

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Confusion and Uncertainty by Franco Santoro

If you feel confused and uncertain regarding your life purpose, this is not necessarily a problem. On the contrary it may be a sign of very good multidimensional health. Perhaps you should be more concerned when you feel absolutely clear and certain regarding who you are and what you are supposed to do in this world.

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In this world there seems to be so many people who are clear regarding their identity and objectives in life. Mass media in particular play a vital role in promoting this category of individuals. The point is that this flaunted clarity and certainty is in most cases sheer fiction, mere propaganda aimed at convincing others about what their objectives in life should be.

Have you ever seen an advertising, or a politician or religious authority, expressing uncertainty, confusion and doubts regarding their products or ideas? Most unlikely! There is no market for confusion and uncertainty. This is because people have too much of it, and don’t want more. Nobody would ever sell something that everybody has, and for free.

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Uncertain and confused people are the primary consumers of what provides clarity and certainty. Then once these uncertain people are convinced about the certainties they have been sold, they become the main promoters of those certainties.

If you feel confused and uncertain regarding who you are, what you are doing here and what your objectives are in life, accept your condition, do not rush to change anything. Certainty and clarity are the primary drugs of mankind, they serve the purpose of denying our capacity to question who we are, to ask ourselves what we are doing in this world, to open to the mystery of our existence.

If you feel confused and uncertain, if you have the courage to openly admit it, without pretending to be clear and certain, this is probably a sign that you are still alive, that you truly exist. Perhaps you are one of the few human beings who is still real, an endangered species, a glimpse of hope for mankind.

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© Franco Santoro

Holistic and spiritual counsellor, shamanic facilitator, experiential astrologer, creator of astroshamanism and a large variety of tools for inner growth and transformation, resident member of the Findhorn Community (Scotland) since 1999, rector of the Provisional Institute.

Since 1976 Franco Santoro has worked with thousands of people from all walks of life and countries, offering regular support and guidance in their search for direction, life purpose, reconciliation, healing and peace. Using his unique holistic skills of facilitation, Franco has served for decades with non-profit charitable organisations, assisting individuals, groups and communities to gain clarity about their highest intentions, developing pragmatic means to fully implement them, while releasing and transforming deep rooted grievances and conflicts.

Drawing from a multicultural, non-dogmatic and pluralistic approach to inner growth and spirituality, including consciousness research, expanded states of perception, astroshamanism (which he developed since 1976), the Western, Middle-Eastern and Eastern traditions, A Course in Miracles, Osho (for whom he was press agent as Swami Bodhi Satpathi from 1988 to 1991), the Findhorn Foundation Community and other spiritual communities.

His work honours and integrates official religions and their esoteric teachings, with particular reference to Christianity and Gnosticism.

He is the author of Astroshamanism: A Journey Into the Inner Universe; Astroshamanism: The Voyage Through the Zodiac;Iniziazione all’astrosciamanesimo and other books, a series of sound healing and astroshamanic CDs, more than 1000 articles published online on a large variety of blogs and websites, and other tools for inner growth and transformation.

As from 1988 Franco Santoro has run more than 2000 workshops, in Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and the Middle East. At the Findhorn Foundation Cluny Hill in Northern Scotland he has held more than 200 one-week residential workshops.

Franco resides in Findhorn (Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom). He also holds events at il Casale in Lunigiana (Merizzo, Massa, Northern Tuscany, Italy).

Please be aware that Franco does not offer any form of fortune telling, divination, future prediction, or astrological character analysis. Franco employs astrology only as a strategic map of the human psyche and as a method for determining the division of time.

For consultations with Franco please click here.

For a list of Franco’s workshops please click here.
See Franco in Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/Astroshamanism
https://www.facebook.com/Santoro.uk

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Sounding Stars – A fun vocal workshop for children

“All children are born with a beautiful voice.”

Does your child enjoy singing?
Do you want to help them feel more confident in their voice?
Then this fun workshop is ideal!

SOUNDING STARS with Suzi Joy Lever

Suzi has been a Vocal Coach for over 23 years. She is a songwriter and recorded her own chants and compositions. Suzi has run successful Voice and Sound Healing groups and given individual sessions all over UK and Europe.


She creates a special safe supportive environment for participants.
Suzi also offers innovative Sound Ceremonies. 
Now she is focusing on young people!

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If you can speak you can sing!

During her extensive experience of teaching, Suzi has met so many adults who were put off their love of singing when they were children growing up. Unkind criticism of their voices stayed with them as lack of self-confidence, self judgment and unfavourable comparisons with other’s voices and fear of self-expression. These obstacles can all be overcome!

At one time singing was a natural part of our daily life. We sang in the fields, sang to celebrate and to give thanks. Sadly this tradition has been lost. Nowadays many of us have been led to believe we cannot sing or are inhibited in using our voices in public. We’ve become passive listeners instead of active participants.

It’s time to reclaim our birthright!

Therefore this workshop was created to help
children to gain more confidence in their vocal expression but overall within themselves.
Joyful and playful we want to explore what we can do with our voices if we have enough space and the right to be ourselves. Why not come and join us – let you child sing and explore the Joy of Sound and Music.

The workshop runs from 1.15pm to 4.15pm in the Dance Studio at the Earthbeat Centre in Saltburn.

The number of children is limited to 12.
Age range from 5 years till 12 years.

Costs are £ 15

Only full payment will secure the place for your child. Payments can be made via paypal to blossomofthesoul@googlemail.com or via bank transfer.

To book your place or you have further questions please send an email to julie@blossomofthesoul.org

Singing is not only fun but also has a lot more benefits – these are just a few

Helps release stress levels
Improves concentration, memory and alertness
Singing helps connect easily with others
Helps promote relaxation and sound sleep
Helps with asthma and breathing difficulties 
Relaxes muscles helping with posture.

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Pain is not avoided – Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

When there became the dependence it was then emotional growth was halted. The repression and internalization and numbing of feelings and emotions became as a festering abscess to later only burst forth with great intensity. One becomes spiritually septic, the spirit is completely broken.

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In the beginning one sees freedom without responsibility, relationships without commitment, something for nothing, a false sense of relief without any concern for relieving others.
In the middle, sensitivity turns from blessing to curse and the attempt to avoid pain becomes an even more intense pain.
Fear overwhelms and thought after thought whirls through the mind.
Life becomes an endless chore. One does not embrace life but avoids it. One loses sight of their true nature and potential. Ones personality and character is altered to the unimaginable.
In the end, dependence becomes transcendence.

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Relationship becomes a sharing of experience, a communion and fellowship with others. Sensitivity becomes the blessing of empathy. Repression of feelings becomes an open communication with another.

Pain is not avoided. One journeys with, embraces joy, suffers with, and is one in being and spirit with the other.

-Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D., CAADC

 

Main Areas: ADDICTION, AUTISM, EXTREME STATES OF MIND
Best Sellers: MEETING OF TWO PERSONS, BEING AUTISTIC

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Psychotherapist. Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received a Master of Arts from the University of Scranton. Dr. Edmunds completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. He is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the American Psychological Association and Episcopal Recovery Ministries.

Dr. Edmunds work has focused on autistic empowerment, relational approaches to extreme states of mind and addiction recovery. His work has been featured at Psychology Today online, Autism File, Autism Radio, CCHR Inernational,  Autism Parenting Magazine, Recovery Radio (Rhode Island), Talk Recovery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Autism World, Chronogram Magazine, Psychology Tomorrow, InRecovery Magazine, Pioneer Magazine, CNN Philadelphia and radio programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Melbourne, FL; Oakland University.

Dr. Edmunds has spoken at various professional conferences including being an invited speaker at the 2013 Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Pacifica Graduate Conference.

Dr. Edmunds is the author of MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY, BEING AUTISTIC,  COSMIC DANCE, MYSTICAL METAPHORS, SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, DRUG FREE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADHD, and MEETING OF TWO PERSONS.

Dr. Edmunds is an ordained clergyman in an Anglican jurisdiction.

 

1975- Born in Tampa, Florida, USA on March 11 at 11:59pm

1981- begins elementary school at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1982- tested in the gifted range at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL

1983- relocates to Fort Collins, Colorado

1991- serves as youngest legislative aide in the State of Colorado

1992- serves on staff of a Congressional campaign, transports Martin Luther King III to an event at Bethune Cookman College

1993- invited to the swearing in ceremony for Congressional Black Caucus, baptized at St. Brendan’s parish in Ormond Beach, FL

1994- begins undergraduate study at the University of Florida

1996- ordination to the diaconate

1997- ordained to as a presbyter, graduates with a Bachelor of Arts with major in Religion, minor in Sociology from the University of Florida, begins Master of Arts program in Theology at the University of Scranton

1999- involved in internship with victims of trauma, receives Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton

2000- begins work as a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, completes graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University

2003- delivers first lecture on mental health alternatives in New Port Richey, Florida

2005- presents lecture “Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm” at the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry conference, Flushing, New York

2006- earns Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from the University of Sarasota. Establishes the International Center for Human Psychiatry, delivers keynote speech at Niagara Falls, begins lecture tour, published “Comprehensive Approach to ADHD”, begins private consultation with focus on autism, trauma, and extreme states of mind

2009- begins therapeutic community project for those with serious psychiatric labels focusing on respect and autonomy

2010- publishes MEETING OF TWO PERSONS: WHAT THERAPY SHOULD be, speaker at ICSPP conference, Syracuse, NY

2011- speaker at Occupy Wall Street events, MEETING OF TWO PERSONS lecture tour, receives Diplomate status from the American Psychotherapy Association

2012- travels to UK and Ireland

2013- published SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, and COSMIC DANCE, invited speaker at Society for Humanistic Psychology conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute

2017- qualifies as Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, publishes MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY

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How I learnt to hold myself through difficult times

I always felt drawn to Buddhism but I really started to understand the philosophy when I went to stay for a Buddhist meditation retreat.

I wasn’t intended to go on a Buddhist meditation retreat and I thought that I would be alright with my meditation practice. But then life happened and I fell from a place where I thought that my life was quite okay into a deep depression through the unexpected death of two of my friends. Finding myself in a space in which everything was dark and cold, lonely and only my tears were my constant companion.

Thinking of my self as spiritually evolved I soon realized that there is nothing to protect us from the painful experience of the loss of a loved one. For the first few days I was even unable to talk to anyone. I locked myself away into my room, lying on my bed, crying, shouting, screaming, crumbling in pain, constantly asking why?

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Friends tried to reach out to me saying that everything is going to be alright. And as much as I love my friends but in this moment it wasn’t the right thing to say. Because just in this moment nothing was okay and I don’t wanted to think of a future that surely would be without my friends who have passed over.

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I tried to meditate, as people say it could ease pain and help with depression. I tried to do yoga as people say it helps with everything that needs to be released from our emotional body. Then I stopped meditating and I stopped doing yoga. I don’t wanted to let go and furthermore the pain was all my friends left me with, in this moment. Somehow I felt it was the only thing for me to hold on to.

There were days, when my chest burnt like fire. I could feel the pull to follow my friends to the other side, how awful was life to leave us like this. Why do we have to die? Why is this process of separation so painful?

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In this moment my life just stopped being the way it was. All my business driven attitude, the thinking and planning about the future and the creation of castle in the sky disappeared in seconds and never returned. I felt as if I was a permanent resident in hell and no way was there to get me out of it. I smoked as much as I could, didn’t go to work any more and started drinking again just to escape the painful truth of our temporary existence.

In this moment I didn’t realize that I was closer to the Buddhist truth than ever before. And I also didn’t know that this experience should lead to something I can rarely explain, but it changed my whole life forever. The loss of my friends pushed me into the stay at a Buddhist retreat centre and there I should learn what pain can teaches us and how I can hold myself in difficult times. Buddha says it already, that there is no one coming to rescue you – you have to do it all by yourself.

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And I did. Nearly 1.5 years later my meditation has changed, it is deeper, it is purer and I broke away from the idea what meditation should be.

I am not scared of the painful truth any more and I came to the acceptance that life implies death. I understand that life is suffering and the only way we can come to terms with it is, to feel it and to let it in. Running away through addictive behaviour will never ever set you free.

But the most important thing I learnt during my stay in the Buddhist retreat centre was, what love and kindness can do when they not only been given to others but to ourselves. Since then the Buddhist Philosophy has become a very important part of my daily life. It gave me a deeper understanding about life and death but also about myself.

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I don’t call myself a Buddhist, nor any other religious member. But I can say that Buddhism helped through some very difficulty times and it gave me a strength and understanding that I never experienced before.

Inspired and transformed by my personal experience with Buddhist Philosophy I now organize One-Day Bus Trips to Sam-ye Ling in Scotland, a Tibetan Buddhist Centre beautifully settle in the hills of Scotland.

Our next trip is to Sam-ye Ling is on the 16th of July 2017 and we have a few places left. We will set of at Saltburn Square at 7am and will be return around 8pm. If you would like to request further details on this, please send and email to julie@blossomofthesoul.org and we will send you further information.

Or you have a look here…for more information on our trip to Scotland.

In addition to that I do teach One-to-One meditation via Skype and in person to assist people in their practice and understanding of the mediation process.

Julie Jurgan is a medium, healer and Soulactivist. She offers One-to-One Sessions ( Readings & Meditations) via Skype and in person. Her healing sessions are available in person as well as via distance. Her healing sessions are powerful and transformational.

Julie is also one of  the Founders and the Eventmanager of Blossom of the Soul.

If you would like to get in touch with Julie about her Readings or Healing work or you have any other questions please send an email to julie@blossomofthesoul.org