Category Archives: Health

Our Emotions the Gateway to Power – Nina Bains

The pain we experience is from our emotional baggage we carry from childhood issues and into adulthood such as abuse or any other emotional trauma. These energies stay with us in our subconscious mind and disrupt our lives and cause disease and much of our self-sabotage.

Unprocessed life experiences held in our nervous systems is affecting our bodies. Humans are scared and spiritual beings and we hold power within, once we are connected with our emotions. I am convinced with my own healing journey that our trapped emotions and traumas manifest symptoms and disease in our bodies. Our emotions can set us free from all the layers of baggage that we are holding in our subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is the storage house for everything that has happened in our lives on an emotional level. When something happens, we have supressed the emotion within the event and buried it in our subconscious mind. When we come across a circumstance and interact within the environment and the buried emotion gets triggered and we react. We suppress our immune system with emotions of the past and this also causes our bodies to become emotionally unbalanced. If only we learned to feel that emotion and release and be free from the pain it is causing our body.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the situation at hand and then get triggered by the emotion that was never healed and it continues to run our lives in the present. Our thoughts and emotions create health problems and then disease in our bodies. How we emotionally feel can manifest symptoms such as our heart rate to increase and anxiety and depression and our stomachs to act up. The emotions are stored in the body and since they are buried in the subconscious mind they are still running our lives in the present moment.

Some tools or skills we can implement into our daily lives to remain healthy on an emotional level.

1. Start by learning to connect with your emotions by breathing into your body by taking a few deep breaths. This is to slow down your heart and you can learn to listen to what your body has to tell you.
2. Scan your body and relax and observe what you are feeling. Many emotions will come up such as fear, anger and frustration.
3. Once a feeling comes up ask yourself several questions. What is the feeling? What is causing this feeling? Where did I learn to feel this way?
4. Start connecting your feelings to patterns and behaviours in your life. Many of us have buried our feelings so deep we have forgotten how to feel them and learn to release them. We have learned to listen to the negative inner dialogue that is keeping us stuck emotionally.
5. As you make these connections in your daily life you will become more and clearer, where and how you buried your emotions. Once these connections are made the healing process will become so much easier. For many of us its past beliefs from childhood that have kept us stuck emotionally and paralyzed us from moving forward.
Life is all about how we choose to respond. We can respond in a negative way or a positive way our bodies react to both. If we can learn to embrace the stressors in our lives with gratitude things can shift and we can discover meaning in our lives. It’s all about how you respond from within. If you respond from the heart without ego and judgement your life can be totally transformed. You’re emotional and physically health is within your power and you have what it takes to heal.

You attract who you are all by the power of your emotional energy. If we can manage our emotions we have the power to change our weight, job and make more money and in return this creates more abundance in your life. If we can only learn to surrender to our emotions and live from within. This power is available to all, we just have to learn how to tune in and manage our emotional health and everything else will start falling in place.

written by Nina Bains – www.betherealyou.ca

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Why Anti-Depressants kill your soul by Julie Jurgan

Did you know that over 61 million Antidepressants outside of hospitals have been described alone in the UK in 2015?

(The Guardian July 2016)

More and more people seem to follow the mainstream opinion of taking chemical drugs to deal with depressions, anxiety and panic attacks. Without knowing what they really do to themselves and their soul. People need and want a quick solution for their discomfort and even doctors are not really helpful in pointing out the source of depressions to their patients. I truly believe if we come to understand what kind of depression we are suffering from and take a realistic view on what is wrong with the world, we will come to understand that depressions are mostly not-self made. Furthermore the most of diagnosed depressions do occur as a result of an outside influence we suffer from and feel we have no control of or a lack of power to change it.

Knowing the reason, its source we may come into a better understanding of ourselves and what it means to be depressive. But even most important we will understand that depression is not a condition that we need to live with as we can make certain steps towards its release. We also need to come to see that taking anti-depressant doesn’t solve the problem it only helps in coping.

The question now is, do we want to cope with life or do we want to live it? How much of our control do we want to hand out to others and where can we take our own responsibility? Antidepressant have major side-effects and apart from that they turn you into an emotional disconnected being. If we really want to work with depression we need to dive deep into the ocean of understanding of the self and make necessary adjustments. Honesty and authenticity are the key elements to find the source of depression and suffering.

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Most important is that we do understand that our soul is the most trustworthy guide in our lives, telling us when something is right or wrong. Taking anti-depressant will take that natural guide away and will take you even deeper into nowhere land. A place that couldn’t be any further from your true self.

The easiest way to be reborn is to live and feel life everyday” 
Munia Khan

 

Social Expectation Depression

A very interesting expression of a phenomena and I truly believe that 90% of people who have been diagnosed with depression suffer from. It means that we are depressed because we feel that we don’t fit into society. Furthermore it means that we suffer because we can’t reach social expectations that have been put upon us.

These kind of depressions are a natural outcome of influence of mainstream media into our lives. These media especially TV creates an illusion of how the “good life” should look like. In addition to that happiness is the ultimate goal. Once we realized that we will never look like the people on TV or magazines, we will never be able to be happy all the time and we truly believe that possessions are what we really need to be happy – we will suffer tremendously.

The feeling of abandonment, unworthiness, self-doubts will find its way into our lives and feeds on all the illusionary ideas that are shown on TV. The increasing use of smart phones and social media doesn’t help with that. Of course we can be in touch with someone in seconds, but we can’t touch them. Means we lose our ability to be with people, to be touched by people and furthermore to really connect with people. We fear the opinion of others, our own vulnerability and boundaries.

We forget how to make time for ourselves as there is always someone reaching out to us or telling us what’s going on at the moment. Looking at Facebook and other social media we start comparing our lives with the lives of others. There is no more space that we allow ourselves to stay in – thinking and feeling that we miss out on something.

The best advice and the most important step for this kind of depression is, to cut back on watching TV and overwhelming yourself with social media and other distractions. Learn to meditate and come into the space within yourself. You will need to learn to work with your soul and have an honest look upon yourself. You have to learn to be with yourself and enjoy your own company only so you will get to know yourself better. The buddhist Metta Meditation ( try here) can be very helpful in terms of increasing self-love.

 

Work Pressure Depression

In the workplace that indicates a job we don’t like and just do because of the money. Maybe out of fear or doubts that we never ever will be able to do a job we love doing and make money with it.

In addition to that these kind of depressions are also created by our working ethics against our inner clock. Our over productive society has created a climax that is more than unnatural for our well-being. We spend too much time indoors, eat just on the go and spend more than 70% our wake-life at our workplace to cover our survival costs. We work as much in summer as we do in winter and in a full-time employment we get about 5 or 6 weeks holidays a year.

depressedHour after hour we stare into computers, take one job load after the next, try to deal with sickness of colleagues and more time pressure at work. It’s up to us to cope with the consequences of staff reduction at work, the increasing of deadlines and the constantly growing amount of pressure.

Not that this would be enough, we also hear about the changes in the big wide world, how they might affect our job security or our future lives.

No wonder you are fed up, tired, overwhelmed and stressed out. How should any normal human being deal with all these things? Especially things that lay outside of our control, things that we have no influence on.

So how can you deal with all this? Antidepressant may help you to stay were you are but they won’t make you happy. They will assist you in staying in a discomfort situation rather than changing it. You will need to face reality and realize that you might working in the wrong job, that you are overworked or you feel not appreciated.

If this is the case, first of all speak with someone about it. Someone you would definitely support your decision whatever that may be, someone who encourages you to do what feels right for you. You might want to seek a chat with your manager as well and let him/her know how you feeling at the moment. That might lead to less work pressure at least for a short period of time. At the end you will need to face the situation and might think about going self-employed or change jobs.

Yes that can be scary and very challenging at the beginning but you will need to develop inner strength to work through it. Speak to your local job centre you might get some support, reach out for some empowerment healing from an alternative healer or might seek some advice from a counselor.

Keep in mind that change is a necessary part of life and we mostly suffer because we deny the fact that we need to change too. You might want to develop a spiritual practice, go to yoga and meditation classes to learn to let go of your fears and doubts. Furthermore to feel the flow of life rushing through you and gain back your flexibility. Trust me, little steps of change make a huge difference and suddenly everything falls into place.

But you will need to overcome your need to control things and learn to let go of the illusion that life is only safe if we stay in the job we have.

Loss Depression

The loss Depression is one of the profoundest we can experience because they are somehow unchangeable. We might be able to change our jobs, leave our partners and remove ourselves from unpleasant situations. But we won’t be able to bring back a loved one who passed. The pain we experience through the grieving process is absolutely massive and can really bring us to the ground. Even years after the passing we can still find ourselves crumbling, crying and feeling so deeply hurt when we touch that empty space within our hearts. There is no remedy for a heart that suffers from a loss of a loved one.

Thoughts of not being able to go on, to cope with all that lies in front of us and the emptiness we drown deep into the valley of depression and hopelessness. Some of us may even experience suicidal tendencies themselves especially during the first few months. Everything is so raw, so open, so vulnerable.

Once again our heart has been cracked open and it hurts.

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Some people might argue that anti-depressant would be a solution at least for the first few months but to be honest. No, I don’t think so. Antidepressant maybe make you feel that there would be no pain and that is an illusion. The pain will be there no matter what you do, suppressing it is not a solution. Especially help with pharmaceutical drugs is no solution at all. Furthermore it is very important to feel the pain and do whatever is important for you in this moment. Withdraw from the world if you want to, hide, cry, shout, be angry but let it out. Surround yourself with supportive friends and other loved ones but give yourself time. You don’t need to open up if you don’t want to. There are grieving telephone lines available such as the Samaritans (look here) which offer an open ear and support anonymously. You might also want to join a grieving group or take upon a task that helps you to express your loss. For this reason Art Therapy or writing a diary can be very helpful, but also dancing can be an embodiment for your pain.

Make sure that you nourish yourself during these periods of grieving, get a massage, have a hot bath, go for walks and do whatever you feel like doing.

Traumatic Experience Depressions

These kind of depressions mostly come from a past event we have experienced. A trauma we had to go trough and we are unable to release. This kind of depression mostly is chronic and will occur over a very long period of time, it can also be experienced in intervals. A traumatic experience depression definitely will need therapeutic assistance to be worked with. Antidepressant in this case will only suppress the symptoms but will never help to release its source, furthermore it will give the patient the feeling that he has to deal with this the whole of his/her life. There are other empowering alternative healing strategies available such as holistic therapies which can help to reduce the physical expression and do its best to release the symptoms on a material/physical level. A shamanic soul retrieval or shamanic healing can help to release the trauma from the persons energetic body and also assist the soul to heal itself.

But don’t get stuck in the thought that life has been tough on you and its never ever going to change. You will need to work yourself through the trauma and its expressions, the pain, the anger, the helplessness. A trauma might have changed you, but working with it can also transform you and turn a traumatic experience into a healing work. Sometimes we are confronted with certain situations not only that we gain strength from it once we overcame them but also to offer other people help and guidance with similar experiences.

There is always something to gain from any situation no matter how painful it was or is. Don’t give up on yourself and open up to outside help and support.

 

Existential Depression

1a430fe973e38cf30174eb8eeb55c086This form of depression will feel everyone at one point in their lives and might be a summary of all of the above. It expresses itself in the hopelessness and helplessness of being a human placed on this earth. Confronted with our own mortality, through the loss of a loved one or other experiences to do with death, the question why we need to work for our survival, why we are the way we are and furthermore we question our purpose or meaning of life.

Normally these are quite normal expression and can be counted to a necessary feelings to deepen our connection with life. We can’t only live in happiness and pretend that we don’t have meaningful questions pressuring our hearts. We can’t deny the fact that life sometimes gives us a hard time and we do question ourselves or fear our own mortality. These days, sometimes maybe weeks of existential depression helps us to transform ourselves and reach a new level spiritually. Of course these times can be very intense in its feelings but normally we should be able to work through and know that we will come out at the other side of the tunnel with a different point of view on things.

Normally we try to suppress these times of discomfort with eating, drinking or other activities that distract us. But we can also use these times as powerful chances to grow into our own and reach a new level of understanding and inner strength.

If you want to learn to understand yourself and the course of time better I can recommend watching favourite Astrologer Kaypacha (see more). Every week he explains the influences of astrology upon us and our moods, feelings and expressions. He offers great advice and better understanding for temporary influences and helps to connect the soul on a bigger picture.
I hope I could help a bit in understanding and working with depression and shine a light on alternative routes to deal with that important subject. Let us not come from Depression into Suppression but into Expression and Embodiment.

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My pain strengthens my awareness.

My doubts remind me on my shared humanity.

My fears show me how to become stronger and my desperation teaches me about my vulnerability.

Now I know that I need to walk through the valley of hopelessness to allow my soul to guide me.

As this is the instant connection to the flow of life and the energy of the universe.

– Julie Jurgan

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 transforming.

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

 

 

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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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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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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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Barley Grass Powder – The Super Green Nutrition (watch)

Barley Grass Powder is an amazing natural supplement that will support your body with minerals that are hard to gain from a normal modern diet. It is made of the dried young leaves of the barley plant. In Eurasia this plant has been used for over 13000 years already.

Barley Grass Powder is been said to have 30 times more vitamin B1 and 11 times the amount of calcium than there is in milk, 6.5 times as much carotene and nearly 5 times the iron content of spinach, close to seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the vitamin B1 in whole wheat flour, and 80 micrograms of vitamin B12 per 100 grams of dried barley plant juice.

Barley grass is very high in organic sodium, which dissolves calcium deposited on the joints and also replenishes organic sodium in the lining of the stomach. This aids digestion by improving the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. People with arthritis have used celery juice for years because of the organic sodium it contains (28mg per 100grms), but compare this to the amount of organic sodium in barley grass (775mg per 100 grams)!

(source – gogreen.net.nz)

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Karma Yoga – The power of your own actions

There has been a lot written about the meaning, philosophy and purpose of Karma and since then the opinions and views could not be any more different. Some people do believe that we are all born with a certain amount of karma that we have accumulated in past lives. Others deny the fact of reincarnation and do believe that karma is something that everyone of us creates every minute of our lives. That our actions of today are leading to the fruits of our tomorrow.

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The word Karma comes from Sankskrit (is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism; a philosophical language of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism; and a literary language and lingua franca of ancient and medieval India and Nepal) and means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). – Wikipedia 2017

And there is so much more to write about this subject. Endlessly we could enter on how our thoughts lead to actions which then will lead to further actions and so on. Lets pause for a moment. Yes exactly, just here right there right now. Breath. And let go.

You do it already! You are overthinking it. You already trapped in the Karma race, running round in circles and still not able to catch what you so desperately looking for. Karma has many concepts and philosophies, many thousand people wrote about it and others do make great money with the fear of bad karma.

But there is a totally different way to explore what Karma really means. How it does feel when we create good karma and how we can stay best away from the negative stuff.

Exploring Karma in our own bodies while they stretch and turn, bend and let go. We enter into the endless flow of life force energy. We enter into the wisdom of the Universe.


Come here…come with me…I will show you. Please sit down, right next to me. Great.

Let me introduce myself:

My name is SANNYASI BRAHMANANDA. I was initiated into karma sannyasa by Parmahamsa Satyananda in 1988, in Munger, India. In the years since that day I have returned to the ashrams in Munger and Rikhia many times, to deepen my studies and experience, attend programmes and immerse myself in karma yoga and seva. I spent many years as director and course coordinator of the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe.

I will come to Saltburn on the 2nd of September 2017 to teach you on how to explore your own way of practicing yoga. Together we will walk the path of self-exploration slowly and gently step by step. Meeting our very own breath and following it into the stillness. I then will show you techniques on how to use your body as a deep expression of your personal karma so you gain confidence in your actions. I will guide you on how to release all that is holding you back. So finally we have created enough space within our bodies, so that new opportunities can arise and we no longer fearful of our own potential.

I normally reside in London where I have been teaching for 12 years, offering general and private classes in many different environments: adult education, children and adults with special needs, autistic children, mental health, as well as running day programmes and courses in a variety of topics such as, meditation, yoga psychology and yantra drawing for those who wish to take their experience of yoga deeper. My guru’s teachings continue to inspire me to ensure yoga and its valuable tools are made accessible to all.”

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This is going to be a rare opportunity to meet a great guru and yoga teacher with many years of experience and even more years of practice.

Spaces are limited and need to be booked in advance.

Come and join us for this rare workshop!!!

The course runs on the 2nd of September 2017 at the Dance Studio in the Earthbeat Centre. Course Organizer is Lesley Wood.

From 10am – 4pm.

Costs: £40

Payment can be made vial paypal, banktransfer or in cash in full to Lesley Wood.

Please contact Lesley at info@yogaspaceplus.com to make your payment or if you have further questions.

 

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The principle of healing

Through the raise of consciousness all over the world more and more people become aware of their suffering. Health issues but also the global suffering of others are raising to the surface. No longer we can – put a blind eye – on the pain and suffering we experience through our incarnation in the physical body and the experiences we go through while here on earth.

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Feeling that a part of us is ruled by a higher principle that we just about to grasp and not yet fully understand. Body, Mind and Spirit no longer can be treated and seen separately. But also no longer we can deny the wrong doings in the world and its effects on everything and everyone. Suddenly the pain of others can be felt so intense as if it would be our pain. We desperately start looking for an escape from all the things that start to crack our heart wide open, through the experience of shared compassion.

Yes it is time to name the suffering, to ease it symptoms but furthermore to understand that what we heal within ourselves will heal the world.

To understand the principle of suffering we need to see is as a chance to open our personal quest towards its  meaning. Only if we come to the root of our suffering we also will find the possibilities of  healing. Understanding the principle of healing will add a powerful tool to help ourselves and others out of the darkness to finally shine the light we carry within.

It is time to light the fire of transformation to burn away what no longer serves the highest good of all.

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There are many ways to restore balance and well-being within ourselves that lie far beyond the mainstream understanding of just killing or numbing the pain. Not only to embrace pain,  face it and work through it but also to find new ways of getting in touch with the universal flow of life.

Eileen Garrett a great medium and outstanding healer wrote in her book “Life is the Healer” a powerful message

“Between man and reality there lies a gate that must be opened. During his entire lifetime, man pushes against this gate and tries to break it down. If he would only cease his pushing, the gate would open – but in the opposite direction.”

Pain and suffering might be the gate that we are pushing again and again. Trying to make the suffering go away, to ease or kill the pain and furthermore to avoid it. Our resistance to change will create even more suffering and trying to avoid pain will also take away the discovery self-healing.

We will miss out on the chance to re-connect with the universe and all its abundance and miracles it has to offer, if we only would tap into its flow.

We have spent far too much time and focus on reducing the symptoms of our so called suffering, in the physical, mental, emotional but also the spiritual area. We learnt how to quickly escape something that is so profound and natural than the course of time itself.

Its called growing pain.

Our suffering has no other reason than to wake us up, make us aware that something is out of controll, not quite right and lacks harmony.

Something is not done with Love but out of fear.

Some people take the easy root and relate to western doctors who prescribe painkillers, others may find their denying and avoiding lead them right into the path of addictions. Just a few very brave beings are ready to take the next step and find themselves on the way which leads them closer to the truth. A truth that lies beyond our logical understanding of personal growth and expansion of consciousness through suffering.

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Every pain we experience is a reminder that we are not living in alignment with the universe.  By saying that I don’t mean you should turn towards spirituality as an excuse that helps you to mentally raise above your pain or even to endure it as much as possible. Furthermore I would like to say, its time to open up to new ways to deal and understand  pain and illness.

Its time to take action because we are not here to suffer but to re-create our own consciousness.

It is time to raise to the next level of interconnections.

You will need to learn to understand the universal laws and its movements, their reflection in your body and how best to redirect the energy that moves right through you.

Pain can be a hint that there are energetic blockages in your system, caused by traumatic experiences, suppressed emotions but also the inability to let go. Understanding the natural cycle of life, the movement of the universal life force but also the permission to fully express yourself will assist in that process of overcoming your own suffering.

There are many different ancient cultures that already observed the interaction of nature and man, of heaven and earth, of the macros and the microcosms.

All of them discovered a hidden truth that is now ready to be revealed again.

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The oriental (ancient) healer is taught from childhood that there are many subtle forms and forces of energy in the universe, and that these forces of nature may be taken advantages of and pressed into service by man. To him there is as much mystery and awe about psychic force as about electricity – he sees them as but varying forms of the same thing, and respects both. To him, all energy and force is a manifestation of Prana ( the Hindu term for the principle of energy) or Qi ( the Chinese term for the same principle), and the assumption is that Prana has mind behind it – that is has emerged from the mind principle of the universe. Any true form of healing therefore, must employ this force and power – whether it is meditated to the sufferer through Western medicine or through oriental methods. The oriental (ancient) healer believes that there are certain natural laws of the body which must be observed in order to maintain health, or to restore it if lost. What makes the healthy man healthy, he holds, will make the sick man well. Natural laws relating to the body cannot defied with impunity.”

– Eileen Garrett from her book from 1957 Life is the Healer.

 

Steps towards healing

So how can we step into this new understanding of the principle of healing? How can we maintain healthy and furthermore how can we restore our natural state of well-being when we lost it?

First of all we need to become very aware and conscious about our very own situation. Allowing the pain to be felt and recognized, appreciated as a sign that the universal energy can not flow freely through our physical and energetic body ( read more about the energetic body – The Aura here…).

And this is very important if we want to take the next step in our human evolution. Understanding the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, its functions and abilities.

The next step will guide us on a journey deep down into the source of pain and suffering that we experience in the present moment. Why and what is blocking us? Its time to find and explore new methods and techniques on how to release pain and illness from our energetic body.

Understanding the principles of nature and living the wisdom of the universal laws ( have a look on my video blog about the Universal laws – here…) can assist you along the journey of ascending towards your true self. Coming home to the perfection you were made of – in the moment the universe gave birth to itself through you.

Let us integrate the Power of connecting with the truth:

God has made you out of Himself. The only material, He had was the Substance of His own being. The only mind He had to implant in you was His Mind. The only Spirit He had to impart was His own Spirit.”

Ernest Holmes ( This Thing called YOU)

Let us raise to a new level of consciousness of our connection with the universe and its energies.

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. If you would like to book a session with Julie..please have a look here.

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Hawthorn Berry – Herb for Heart Health and Blood (watch)

More and more people suffer from problems with their heart. Increasing stress, electromagnetic pollution and the lack of minerals and vitamines in our food, do their bits to create even more toxins within our bodies. The result of High Blood Pressure, Heart Failure, Chest Pain are a clear sign that humanity is heading in the wrong direction.

More and more people are filling up the waiting rooms in hospital and doctors offices and worried about their health. Instead of healthy suggestions how to improve our health and well-being. We get other chemical drugs suggested that at least would ease the pain or the symptoms. How many of us do know about the side effects we get from blindly believing chemical drugs as solution?

We have totally forgotten that nature provides all we will ever need to find back into harmony of body, mind and spirit. Even chronic disease or illness can be healed by the power of nature. There are herbs, flowers and fruits that deliver exactly what we so desperately need. Since has already proven how powerful herbs as well as other holistic therapies and treatments can be.

It’s not only about easing the symptoms but returning to the source. The source that provides us with all we need for a healthy living.

Hawthorn Berry has amazing healing effects for our heart. No matter if you suffer from Chest Pain, High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol – the berry got it all.

If you look into any alternative supplements please make sure you only buy organic certified products from companies.

Why not have a look into an alternative therapy to work also on an emotional level to re-open your heart? Try meditation to lower the stress in your personal life and might give yoga a try to help your chest to stay flexible and open.

 

Hawthorn Berry (Crateagus Oxycanthus)

Hawthorn Berry Benefits

Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and is endorsed by Commission E- the branch of the German government that studies and approves herbal treatments. It is used to promote the health of the circulatory system and has been found useful in treating angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. It has been found to strengthen the heart and stabilise it against arrythmias.

There is also evidence for cardiovascular system improvement, particularly in clinical parameters associated with angina, congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarct. This may be due to the herb’s antioxidant activity. Its use in the treatment of hepatitis in modern Chinese medicine is supported by the demonstration of hepatoprotective activity in animal studies.

Antioxidant properties

Animal and laboratory studies have found that hawthorn contains active compounds with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals; damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet light, radiation, cigarette smoking, and air pollution) can also increase their number.

Free radicals are believed to contribute to the ageing process as well as the development of a number of health problems including heart disease. Antioxidants found in hawthorn can neutralise free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Congestive heart failure

Hawthorn has primarily been studied in people with congestive heart failure (a health condition in which the heart is unable to pump adequate amounts of blood to other organs in the body). Of six well-designed trials, four studies concluded that hawthorn significantly improved heart function and three found that the herb improved patients’ ability to exercise. Patients in five of the six studies reported that hawthorn significantly improved symptoms of the disease (such as shortness of breath and fatigue). One study found that hawthorn extract (900 mg/day) taken for 2 months was as effective as low doses of captropril (a leading heart medication) in improving symptoms of congestive heart failure. A large-scale international study is currently under way to determine whether hawthorn extract reduces the risk of death in people with this disease.

Atherosclerosis

Animal and laboratory studies demonstrate that this herb has antioxidant properties that help protect against the formation of plaque, which leads to a health problem known as atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup in the vessels that supply the heart with oxygen-rich blood may cause chest pain (angina) and heart attacks while plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain may result in stroke.

Chest pain

Hawthorn berry preparations have been shown to combat chest pain (angina), a health problem caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart. In one early study, 60 angina patients were given either 180 mg/day of hawthorn berry-leaf-flower extract or placebo for 3 weeks. Those who received the hawthorn preparation experienced improved blood flow to the heart and were also able to exercise for longer periods of time without suffering from chest pain.

High cholesterol

Studies using rats suggest that a hawthorn tincture (made from the berries) may be a powerful agent for the removal of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from the bloodstream. The tincture of hawthorn berries also reduced the production of cholesterol in the liver of rats who were being fed a high-cholesterol diet. Studies to determine if hawthorn will confer the same effects in people are needed.

High blood pressure

Although hawthorn has not been studied specifically in people with high blood pressure, considerable evidence supports the cardiovascular benefits of this herb. Studies suggest that hawthorn can be taken safely by people with hypertension who are also taking blood pressure medications.

( source – www.herbwisdom.com)

Painting the Rainbow Tai Chi for Rehabilitation

What is Rainbow Tai Chi Chi Kung?

Rainbow Tai Chi and the benefits of the practice

My journey with Rainbow Tai Chi began when my father, a Chinese doctor and Chinese martial arts Master himself,  gave me his blessings and introduced me to my first Tai Chi Grandmaster Huang Sheng Shyan. His school in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia was only 5 minutes from our home! So, I practised for 2 intensive years, twice a week and did my own practice 4 hours every day.  And when I was around 19 years old,  my mother said, “Choy, one day you are going to start your own school.” She knew about my passion for Tai Chi.  Then, I went to China, to India and USA to learn with the best, with more than 6 other Grandmasters of Tai Chi and Chi Healing and combined their teachings together to create the Rainbow Tai Chi School system of education in 1982. Since then, more than 200,000 people have attended courses or read my books on these subjects and benefitted from the practices.

 

Most Schools and books on Tai Chi either focus on the Tai-Chi connection with “Chuan” (outer Martial Arts Application) or on the fitness and relaxation aspect of Tai Chi Form practice. Rainbow Tai Chi Chi Kung combines the 7 colours – Violet: Chi healing and herbal healing; Indigo: Leadership training; Blue: Peaceful meditation, Green: Gardening/music; Yellow: Physical tai chi chi kung practice and fusion of the 5 elements practice; Orange: Comedy/yin yang tao cooperative games for children and families and Rose Red: Tao of love and sex/Trilogue process. This is a holistic approach education based on traditional Chinese medical and philosophical principles to balance your heart, body, mind and spirit development.

 

For more in depth information about the seven rainbow colors and connected qualities, have a look at the page about the seven rainbow subjects.

Rainbow Tai Chi includes topics which other Tai Chi schools have probably not even heard of, just two examples – In advanced Tai Chi leadership training, we have internal galactric Tai chi push hands and galactric chi healing to defend yourself even against alien abductions! This was a topic which I was sharing yesterday, with UFO News expert Richard Hall of RichPlanet Sky TV.  Rainbow Tai Chi  brought  Aqua Tai Chi to the world whereby every summer school, we literally take people into the river, sea and swimming pool to practise the Tai Chi Form and conduct Chi healing in the water. Then, you discover why it is so easy for you to find happiness and self healing, by flowing as effortless as the 70% of fluidity and rejuvenating chi in your body!  To discover the benefits of this practice, you need to “BE” in the source of chi energy before “DOING the movements of Tai Chi”. The first step is the last step. This is a balance of cognitive/direct experiencing and re-cognitive/memorising of the movements.

 

Tai Chi is happening in every moment as the dance of Yin and Yang. You are in the kitchen, we can go into Tai Chi of the knife, and practise chopping carrots and celery. And, you get a nice vegetable soup at the end. If you and I are speaking on the phone, we could do Tai Chi of the telephone.

What about emotional and mental stuff? Anger, pain, heartache, guilt, sadness?  Yes. Divorce?  Sure. You can transform any negative emotion into chi energising Tai Chi dance of Yin/listening and Yang/assertive experience flowing into the Tao of healing.

What if you are attacked on the street?  When you melt into the chi energy and learn to flow with inner attacking forces with a balance of Yin and Yang, you become the chi energy, and the chi energy neutralises the outer attacking force.

 

The Rainbow Tai Chi Chi Kung Principles

TAI CHI OF VIOLET (The First Fundamental Tai Chi Principle)  

< Letting Go Principle for learning Stillness in Emotion >

This is a simple Tai Chi Letting Go Breath Exercise you can practise anywhere, anytime.

Right now, can you feel your in-breath/Yin and out-breath/Yang? 

Feel right now, how easy your in-breath is, and relax allowing your out-breath to sink you down……… after your in-breath, pay attention to the pause before another out-breath comes, feel this rhythm…………….. breathe in ……pause ……..  breathe out ……pause……. relax into the pauses………. let your pauses be even longer…. relax into the pauses ………. and feel you breathing in healing chi coming through those pauses.

To feel relaxed in your office….. at home……in a bus……on a train….. in the car as a passenger….. Reducing stress in every part of your life and feeling chi energised in your life.

 

TAI CHI OF INDIGO  (The Second Fundamental Tai Chi Principle)

< Embrace the Opposites and flow into the Creative Chi Energy >

When you practise the Second Fundamental Tai Chi in nature – in the river, in the sea, in the park or before an important meeting or event and even before a court hearing!! You  will notice that nature is constantly teaching you to be patient/Yin, persevering/Yang and a third creative/Tao possible solution naturally comes into that moment to resolve any problems you have.

In the 1980s, I was practising a lot of this second Tai Chi exercise with more than 350 Germans and French along the borders of France not far from Colmar and Strasbourg for about 3 years and then what happened? The Berlin wall came down!

We did a lot of this Second Fundamental Tai Chi work in Ireland with about 150 people including Protestants and Catholics, and then, Tony Blair came up with this “third way” and there was the signing of the Peace Treaty, and a new Government for Ireland came about! We are working with Greece right now, and we have been giving different workshops in Greece.

TAI CHI OF BLUE  (The Third Fundamental Tai Chi Principle)

< How to let go of self criticism and accept your chi energising self as you are >

Be in the Wu Chi/emptiness and Tao/fullness! The benefits of listening to your heart beat’s pauses;

According to ancient Chinese medical understanding, the heart is the governor of all chi meridians in the body. Many of my students have practised heart beat listening and found themselves more confident and successfully got through job interviews, conferences, meetings, relationship challenges, illnesses and life changing decisive moments.

TAI CHI OF GREEN (The Fourth Fundamental Tai Chi Principle)

< Learning the Art of Receiving and Giving with Loving Chi >

The Tai Chi of the smiling light within the tan tien and body;

42 Years ago I first walked into Grandmaster Huang Sheng Shyan’s Tai Chi class in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During my second year learning twice a week with him, a brilliant light filled my whole body while I was practising the Tai Chi Form.

Then, in 1972, I was sitting in my little bedroom with my dog Blackie, and suddenly a light appeared. This time it was like a fountain of smiles. No drugs, no alcohol, not even coffee.  2 weeks later, uncle Roland Lee rang up and spoke with my mother about offering to me a job of being the manager of his Smiley Self Help Mart which had a gigantic neon sign of a smiley face in the night.

 

Into the Fourth dimensional Experience of Tai Chi

It is as if you have a garden there inside,

starting from the roots in your feet up your legs,
Tan Tien flowing wheels of energies,
Chakra mandalas of radiant flowers on your palm,

Your whole body is in your hand.
It feels like the most exquisite musical instrument
ever created in the universe.
What a gift, what a joy it is to move
Every gesture is a unique musical masterpiece
no sound in thought or word can capture.

The rhythm of touching your belly, heart and mind
Gently throws you into an electrical shower
Waves of delightful smiles welling up from within you
Melting you into tears
They are here, you feel them
Radiant presences of uncountable ones
Luminous, secretive and free they dance around you.

Where do they come from?
The passing breeze through the window
Sending shivers up and down your spine
Your palms rising up like a hurricane in slow motion
Ever slowly, like water vapour rising and falling raindrops
Your hand dances down, down, like leaves even slower down to the earth.
Hot warm tears rolling down your cheeks,
The feeling of pure, gentle love all around you,
The unearthly smile spreading across your face from the inside out
You are amongst friends of light.

 

TAI CHI OF YELLOW (The Fifth Fundamental Tai Chi Principle)

<The Way to the goal is the Goal>

How to succeed in your physical tai chi practice:

Learn to “THINK ON YOUR FEET”; Take care of your consciousness to ground yourself into your feet. Under your feet is also the acupuncture point – the bubbling well. You are filled with bubbling energy, enthusiasm and excitement as you connect to the Earth Chi.

Every single decision you make in your life can be a wise Tai Chi step into the unknown.

DEVELOP CHI IN YOUR LEGS; Developing the chi in your legs requires you to let go the focus on developing muscles, feel the chi inside your bones itself!

WAIST IS THE CONTROLLER; So many practitioners believe they are directing the chi from their waist.  The Chinese term “yao” is implied when the “waist” is used. And it means the “small of the back, or the lumbar spine and the muscles and tissue that extend out from and surround the lumbar vertebrae.  And this is also not far from the sperm/ovarian palace that is used for circulating rejuvenating ching chi energy to promote longevity!!

LET CHI FUNCTION THROUGH THE FINGERS; did you know that there are 10 streams of chi energies flowing through those 10 fingers of yours?

TAI CHI OF ORANGE (The Sixth Fundamental Tai Chi Principle): Revitalising Joy is your natural birth right. 

< I  release you to be as you truly are>

Speaking of spiralling vortexes on your finger and thumb prints, so you are in truth an amazing blissful being, capable of infinite expressions of happiness!! The piece below was written in April 2012 as we took the practice of Tai Chi Form to a galactic level.

 

GLIMPSES OF THE INNER JOURNEY OF MILKY GALACTRIC TAI CHI FORM PRACTICE

The Scientists tell us all our lives that every atom of our bodies are energy particles. And yet in daily life I am surrounded by a society that say WE are not so. Emotional hunger and widespread strife mirror to us the human world is aimed at self destruction. The fearful self disguises as Terrorists and Righteous Leaders wielding nuclear weapons of deterrents and mass destruction.

And yet the educators drummed on and on and on in my head, “Energy particles cannot be destroyed, it can be split, transformed and looked under the electronic microscope.”  Is it true?

The arms of these 10 Tai Chi practitioners in this morning’s sunrise practice swirl ever so slowly around their bodies. We are melting our heads into the hearts and then, into our gut centres. From this place of blissful chi the ancient wise have promised, we travelled beyond thought. Every single cell starts to change in vibration as the inner sun begins to shine the first rays of awakening. The coordination of the ankle with wrist, the knee with elbow, the shoulder with hip glow and flow from the waist guided by the axis point in the belly like the Centre of the Milky Galaxy guiding arms and legs made of constellations, galaxies, solar systems, stars and suns. Everyone was in an indescribably blissful place.

TAI CHI OF ROSE RED   (Seventh Fundamental Tai Chi Exercise) 

< Create your self esteem with sincere appreciation > 

The movement of chi energy going inwards and outwards connect to this simple and powerful seventh Fundamental Tai Chi exercise. It motivated me to put 20 years of my life into research and I founded the Thanking Process and Trilogue Process to help people heal more effectively. The Thanking Process is a cognitive education process whereby you learn to be more relaxed, confident and understanding of who you are and what you want from life. Your personal development and self healing accelerates through genuine self appreciation as well as thanking the “qualities” directly.

The Trilogue Process is an effective communication tool to link up the Yin/inner mother principle, Yang/inner father principle and the Tao/child principle.  A playful Tai Chi spirit brings these three aspects together in lightness, oneness and respect. Then, the outer expression of this inner joy becomes infectious and spreads through your relationship with your family, friends and the world around you.

( Source – www.rainbow-taichi.org.uk 2016)

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