Open-hearted Communication

Open-hearted Communication

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happy old woman

Of all the healing modalities on the planet, I was struck today how open-hearted communication is the key to well-being and a sense of purpose.  I was walking with intention, on a mission while training my dog.  She got completely distracted by a lady striding down the street towards us.  It was difficult to keep her from jumping forward but as this woman approached she told me not to worry because all the dogs loved her and that she, in turn, loved dogs.  20 minutes later, after telling her how she had made my day, I was in awe how such a chance encounter could lay out, so understandably, the meaning of life to the fullest.  This woman was 85 yrs old, lived in an independent seniors residence, walked 4 times a day and was so thrilled that her lunch was included in her rent which was geared to income and so was stress-free.  We talked of many things in that 20 minutes – she had a lot to say.  When she said good-bye and continued on, I knew then that engagement with other people, to the fullest and with an open heart, could cure all the slight depression and stress-caused maladies.  She left having no clue how she showed me the ways in which I still keep to myself.  My ‘playing my cards too close to my chest’ routine.

In my healing practice, I have spoken to people about Nutrition, Reconnective Healing, Shamanism and Ceremonial pathways but it is the spontaneous heart-felt human interactions that can change your day and, in so doing, your life and state of health.  If we could clone that beautiful old lady, the doctors and health care professionals would be looking at much different pathways towards health and well-being.

So……, even though I love Plant Medicine and its capacity to heal; without engagement with other humans, the show won’t go on as brightly.  Is there a remedy for that?  Well, yes there are!  Esteem and Joy help to break down the barriers that keep us from engaging fully with all the world has to offer.

The Chakra Balance, Emotions & Digestive Health

As our planet navigates through the 5th dimension (2012), the focus on the body in the statement ‘mind, body, spirit’ is more important than ever. The need to keep our bodies healthy & well will drive our commitment to the honing of mind & spirit.

Good Nutrition goes hand in hand with a well balanced ‘energetic body’ in that all of our selves, (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual & life force energies) are influenced by what we eat, and more importantly, how we absorb our food. Our physical body is satisfied when we feed ourselves fresh vibrant food but our emotional & mental selves need to be satisfied/balanced so that digestion/absorption takes place. Digestion has long been known to be a casualty of stress or illness, but it also affects us the other way around – our irritated gut can also affect our moods.

The basis for a well-balanced Energetic Body is three-fold: good food, good digestion, positive outlook on life. I say positive outlook on life, because that is our perception and what we perceive we bring back to us. Our energetic bodies are like mirrors; bringing back to us what we put out, and that is what I’ll be focusing on here.

A well-balanced body is a fine-tuned chakra system – all of our chakra system wheels spinning with the same velocity and in the right direction.

What is a chakra, and why should you care about them?

Chakras are centres of whirling energy located strategically throughout your body, along the spine. This may sound abstract, but like emotions, chakras can’t be physically touched or examined. In the same way that a sudden fright can leave your heart pounding and adrenaline surging, chakras can have a definite effect on your wellbeing.

The concept of chakras dates back over 4,000 years to India (chakra means ‘wheel’ in Sanskrit), but they have contemporary scientific counterparts that roughly correspond to their place in the body; each of us has a system of glands (pituitary, thyroid, etc) that makes up our endocrine system. Each of these glands secretes hormones that affect our well-being. Each energy centre (chakra) is linked with a specific gland.

It’s essential that both the chakras and the endocrine systems be in a state of balance. If not, we suffer from a variety of ailments. The adrenals, for instance, are responsible for the creation of adrenaline; imbalance can manifest itself as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, asthma, indigestion and anxiety.

Similarly, if our chakras are blocked or weak, the energy flow is disrupted or halted, and it is then that the feelings of disease becomes apparent as our organs and glands are deprived of this renewing energy.

Chakras become blocked or weak from unresolved issues or disease, such as fear, anxiety, anger, negative thoughts and illness. Symptoms might include fatigue, high or low blood sugar, insomnia, thyroid issues, digestive issues, a continual state of ill health and hormonal imbalances.

Clearing and balancing the chakras will aid greatly in lowering our levels of stress, thereby allowing the body to take in nutritious food and absorb its benefits. In this way, energetic healing and good nutrition go hand in hand.