As a AIPC graduate myself I would like to share with you a beautiful article about Acceptance that is valuable for Practitioners and private individuals alike. (Counselling sessions)
Your 39-year-old female client seats herself and looks at you with frustration. It’s been many months now since she was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition, but she just can’t accept it; life is becoming impossible.
Your 20-something male client suffered a relational breakup seven months ago; this was his “love of my life” and he can’t get over it. He feels completely stuck and keeps coming to session with different plans for contacting his former girlfriend, who has persistently declined to meet up. He just doesn’t get that it’s over.
Your late 50s former colleague recently called you, too. He was fired from your workplace because of “performance issues”: something he is sure was motivated by a conflict he had with a third colleague. He feels aggrieved, and wants help hatching a plan to sue your employer, even though the employer gave him many chances to improve before finally letting him go.
What do all of these cases have in common? They – like all of us at times – are resisting accepting a change that has happened. To resist is natural. As change management consultants are fond of saying, we are hardwired to resist change; our brain’s amygdala interprets change as a threat to the body and releases hormones for fear, fight, or flight (Pennington, 2019). It’s how our body protects us from change. There’s a problem, though. Sometimes the change forced upon us is permanent, and our continued resistance to it keeps us miserable, without having any effect on the situation. Recognising that and embarking on the journey to acceptance may be the only way we can reclaim our inherent birthright of joy. We look into how we may do that.
Some simple definitions will be helpful as we explore this topic.
Resistance is “the act or power of resisting, opposing, or withstanding”, or in psychiatry: “Opposition to attempt to bring repressed thoughts or feelings into consciousness” (Dictionary. com, 2019a)
Acceptance, meanwhile, is “the act of taking or receiving something offered” (Dictionary.com, 2019b)
Stages on the road to acceptance
Imagine this scenario for a moment. Let’s say you come to live in a community which places top priority on being hospitable, so there is a law that citizens must accept into their homes all guests who present themselves at the door. One day you answer a knock only to find there your new guest. Dirty, ugly, unkempt, scowling and mean, yet powerful, the guest comes in, despite your misgivings. Now life gets really interesting. How do you respond?
In the context of mindfulness leading to self-compassion, Christopher Germer (2009) outlines five stages of acceptance, although acknowledging that the process of moving through them from resistance is an iterative, back-and-forth affair, rather than proceeding neatly from the first to the last. Let’s see how these resonate with you – or your anguished, change-resisting clients.
Stage 1: Aversion
At the beginning of the journey to acceptance, we are presented with the change: the unwelcome guest in our analogy. It is at this stage that our resistance is strongest. It’s the, “Oh, no – anything but that!” factor. Some of us go into denial, like the client above who continues to contact the girlfriend as if the relationship were still intact. For others, it may mean a second, or even third expert opinion, or more medical tests, before the terrible diagnosis is acknowledged. Resistance has been likened to “arguing with reality”. As one author noted, however, when she does that, she loses: “but only 100% of the time” (Farmer, 2016).
Mental health experts generally agree that resistance doesn’t change things. Carl Jung observed the paradox of it: “We cannot change anything until we accept it” (Bode, 2007). Yet at this stage, our stuckness is unyielding, our defences against change fully mobilised. Sally Kempton, writing in the Yoga Journal, names a few of them (Kempton, 2017).
Emotional armour. Resistance does have a helpful function (more on that in a moment), but carried too far, it stops being a useful filtering device for us and becomes a wall, a kind of armour. If we have been resisting for a significant period, we may have ingrained the habit so deeply that we are unable to tell if our inner “no” is valid and helpful or just obstructive. An example here could be the couple who knows on one level that their relationship is in jeopardy; genuine intimacy has been slipping away for years. Yet night after night, they flop onto the couch for more television watching, rejecting vehemently the suggestions of intuitive others that they need to talk.
Avoidance. What about the person who loses his job, but then finds myriad excuses for not spending time in the job search effort to get a new one? Or the person who knows she needs to re-organise her finances to accommodate a changed life situation? Perhaps she keeps putting it off because, secretly, she doesn’t understand how money works and really hates facing that she is now forced to live in straitened circumstances.
Distraction. Some of us “do” resistance in a covert way. On the surface we seem to be going along with the change, but on the inside our minds are worlds away, completely absent from the activity we overtly agreed we needed/wanted to engage. A case in point here is the person who does actually arrive at the meditation mat for the mindfulness practice they acknowledge they need, but once they begin the practice, they are thinking about anything but the breath they are supposed to be watching.
The Aversion stage is painful, yet that very pain – when it reaches an unbearable intensity – comes to be the ticket out of resistance. At some point, we are just so fed up with all the life energy that is being lost in resisting that we begin to look around for another way.
Stage 2: Curiosity
Germer’s second stage is marked by a subtle softening toward the unwanted guest. Perhaps we realise that loathing and avoiding him is getting us nowhere, except to bed in a cloud of fatigue and dread. We see that he is not going away, and we can’t avoid him forever; after all, he lives in the same “house” (our life) as we do. So . . . how else could we regard him? Is there any other way we can find to be with him without being so enraged/disgusted/despairing? Carl Jung is also reputed to have said that we don’t solve our problems as much as outgrow them. Thus at Stage 2, we begin to move toward exploring our reluctance to deal with our uninvited guest. What, we ask, is our denial/avoidance/stuckness all about? What is the fear that lurks behind our strong emotion?
Stage 3: Tolerance – safely enduring
Coming into this midpoint on the road to acceptance, we notice that – even though we still strongly protest that we don’t like him and that it isn’t really “fair” that we have to shelter him – we are somehow finding a way to tolerate our terrible guest. Perhaps we have learned how to modify our daily life routines to accommodate a reduced capacity due to illness. Perhaps we have, albeit reluctantly, begun to engage socially again after the agonising breakup. The important point is that, even if we still fail to admit it to ourselves, we have begun to change ourselves in order to accommodate the change. Our nightmare guest is definitely still with us, but we see that we are surviving despite that. For the record, we may still say we can’t stand him, but we are learning to cope with him. In short, we acknowledge him and his presence, and the psychological pain of resistance is reduced accordingly. If we likened the changed situation to a hostile country on our borders, we would say that a truce is being observed. There is no true peace just yet.
Stage 4: Allowing
This stage is subtly different from mere tolerance. Here we are conscious of thoughts that still come to us about how great things were before The Unwanted Guest arrived, but now we allow them to come, knowing that the thoughts will leave, too. For example, we may see our late friend’s picture and wistfully recall all the marvellous conversations over endless cups of tea; for a few minutes, we ardently wish he hadn’t died. We may see a jogger in fine form and notice strenuous thoughts of frustration that we had to hang up our jogging shoes when our knees got really bad. But after those resistant thoughts, which we can now afford to openly acknowledge, we go back to living in the present moment, uninvited guest (of change) and all. We may still not like to admit it, but life is more or less ok again. We have given the guest the key to the house, so he can come and go as he pleases. Little by little, probably without noticing how it happened, we came to this place of being “sort of” ok with the change, of moving over psychologically to make room for it, even though we still look back in the rearview mirror on occasion, reflecting that “those were the days”.
Stage 5: Friendship
Germer’s last stage – arrival at acceptance and friendship – heralds an exciting development. We said at the outset that resistance has a useful filtering function, because sometimes we are better off when we do resist. If our boundaries are violated, we should resist. If we are disrespected or treated in a degrading manner, resistance serves to let the other party know that they have crossed a red line – and had better cross back over it again to the other side! At this stage of coming to be with an unwelcome and possibly permanent change, however, we are in a different relationship with resistance. At Friendship, we finally come to comprehend the value of the experience we have just been through. Our uninvited guest no longer looks so ugly or so threatening. In fact, to our great surprise, we see cause for friendship with him. That is, we are able to disidentify enough from our initial resistance that we can see the silver lining in the change. We appreciate the insights and lessons gleaned and know that we are somehow larger, more powerful, more deeply connected to ourselves and all of life than we were before the change.
We may note, for example, that after a period of unemployment, we are able to embrace our new work with more profound gratitude – and we learned how to live more simply in the bargain. Dealing with a chronic illness may have taught us to joyously welcome the good days, and learn to be more even-minded with the not-so-good ones. And a newfound self-confidence in relating to people after the breakup may make us seriously attractive to the kind of partner we always wanted. (Stages adapted from Germer, 2009).
Powerful questions to help clients journey to acceptance
As mental health professionals or coaches, we are in the business of reframing, and the journey from resistance to acceptance demands nothing less. Here are some reframing questions that you can use to help clients along the road:
Everyone does one of two things with difficult emotional experiences.
They either store them, or they process them.
When they are stored they stay with you. When they have processed the difficulty associated with them goes forever.
The thing is all unresolved emotional experiences cause difficulties.
Some are minor, and some are not. The obvious ones are sadness and depression. Grief stored away and not processed results in feelings of sadness.
What people then do they distract themselves by taking alcohol or coffee or other drugs. Of course this does reduce the sadness for a while. (Or think here on distractions like newspaper, Facebook, Instagram, television, online games..). But it does not solve the problem. Grief needs to be processed otherwise sadness stays.
Panic attacks are often caused, but not exclusively, by an unresolved life-threatening experience. Compulsions and phobias are other expressions of unresolved emotional experiences. Compulsions force you down a particular path that you know will allow you to avoid the emotional difficulty. In the case of phobia, you avoid the path that will lead you to problem. All of these problems, the sadness, the grief, the traumas, the depression, the compulsions and the phobias are easily sorted out using BioMagnetic Healing with Hands (according to Virtuosity).
So why do people try to store or suppress their difficult emotional experiences rather than processing them?
There are many reasons perhaps the main reason is that they believe it is too painful to process. Other reasons are that expression of emotion in that particular time may not be appropriate, or they don’t want to appear vulnerable or something more important they believe may be happening.
The basis of BioMagnetic Healing with Hands in the way we are teaching in our accredited Training is that we can feel through our hands when a client is dealing with their difficult emotional experience and when they are avoiding it. So we can keep them on track so that it can be processed completely.
Below video: This can also be applied in self-help by the way. Below a Practitioner showing a client how to help in unblocking some heaviness in the Solar Plexus region
This means that we can help the client process any emotional difficulty without talking about it. Additionally, a BioMagnetic Healing with Hands practitioner can locate wherein a person's body a specific emotion is stored, which areas of the person’s body and energy body is effected and which emotion is important to clear first and they can also test if the person has cleared the emotion completely. A BioMagnetic Healing Practitioner is capable to help with specific hand movements and hand placements above or near the client's body to support the client to release the difficult emotions. A BioMagnetic Healing Practitioner is capable to read the energy body and what is going on. S/he is aware of things the client him or herself might not even be aware of.
A lot of people are reluctant to discuss all of their issues. With BioMagnetic Healing issues can be treated without the need for the client to word them, nevertheless should a client still wish to express what they feel, they can naturally. Nevertheless a lot of people when they visit a Counsellor/Coach or NLP Practitioner or any other Mental health practitioner are all about the chat. But often people with all this chat and talking, people do not say what really is going on.
The unique thing about integrating BioMagnetic Healing with Hands in typical Counselling/Coaching or NLP sessions (or EFT sessions also here the normal even highly trained EFT Practitioner does not really understand a lot about the Energy field and relies on the client’s input) is that we have found a way of processing difficult emotional experiences without talking about it and we are able to help the client to process and release much quicker than without it. A BioMagnetic Healing Practitioner is also capable to know which difficult emotions should be released first. This is due to the comprehensive energetic knowledge a BioMagnetic Healing Practitioner has.
Therefore integrating BioMagnetic Healing in sessions where people wish to address difficult emotions the success rate is much higher, the session frequency shorter and more thorough than using traditional cognitive-based methods all on their own. BioMagnetic Healing with Hands offers every mental health professional an additional method with which they can communicate with the client's true emotional situation in a non verbal way. A situation that is very often avoided and cannot be addressed with traditional methods and then Practitioners are surprised why their clients are getting worse instead of getting better. The BioMagnetic Healing practitioner supports the client to process the emotions and then the difficult emotions do not have any more ill effect on the client. Therefore we invite Counselors/Psychologists, Mental health professionals, NLP Practitioners, EFT Practitioners to come to our training.
We have found that unresolved emotional difficulties lie at the heart of many health issues. As we have said, the obvious ones are sadness and depression but many other illnesses disappear when underlying emotional difficulties are resolved. Headaches, panic attacks, anxiety, sleeplessness, eating disorders, developmental disturbances, concentration difficulties are just some examples of it.
The following is an example from my practice in regards to the quick potential recovery rate and here in regards to a severely ill girl who suffered under Anorexia. For anyone new to anorexia here is a link of the Australian government side: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-pubs-a-anorex-toc~mental-pubs-a-anorex-1
We read also here:” Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder. It is a severe, very distressing and often chronic mental illness, which can lead to emaciation, physical illnesses such as osteoporosis, and disruption to emotional, social and educational development. It can also be life-threatening. It has a mean duration of five to seven years, but for some people, it can be a life-long illness. Partial relapses and remissions are common, but some people show a steady deterioration.”
The girl at that time was under treatment of a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a medical doctor. Nothing helped, but her condition deteriorated.
The father of the child gave me a desperate call telling me that she is now also not allowed to join school camp due to her frail condition.
The girl already showed signs of recovery after the first session with me! After three sessions over the frame of 3 weeks, she fully recovered. Do you not believe me? Here is the feedback of her father, a few years after she has initially seen me.
Stored unprocessed emotions do damage in so many ways, and healing magnetism can help the client to process the emotions and to become better.
Author: Edeltraud Grace
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Bach flower therapy in the treatment of a chronic major depressive disorder
By Mark P. Masi. Compiled by Edeltraud Grace
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Nov/Dec 2003, Vol 9, No 6
Reproduced in www.EdwardBach.org (http://www.edwardbach.org/edwardbach.htm) by kind permission of InnoVision Communications, California 92024
Bach flower remedies are a unique form of energy medicine that has become increasingly popular among alternative healthcare professionals; they are classified as homeopathic remedies in the United States and are part of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). Discovered by the English physician Edward Bach during the 1930s, the 38 flower tinctures are believed to heal emotional imbalances such as despondency, despair, and fear. Having been challenged by those patients whose chronic depressive symptoms were refractory to psychotherapy and/or medications, I began integrating Bach flower therapy into my psychotherapy practice about 3 years ago and have witnessed remarkable results. This article describes how the flower remedies were used within the context of psychotherapy to successfully treat 2 patients presenting with chronic major depressive disorder.
At the onset of flower therapy, each patient had been diagnosed with chronic major depression (depression lasting for at least a 2-year period). The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was administered to determine baseline functioning.(1) Based on an assessment of each patient's symptom history a selection of corresponding remedies was determined. Using Dr. Bach's guidelines for working with multiple remedies, 2 drops of each in its concentrated form were placed in a 30ml phial, diluted with spring water, and a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin was added as a preservative. From this combination of remedies each patient has prescribed the standard dose of 4 drops to be taken on or under the tongues 4 times a day. Over the next 12 weeks, patient response was monitored through recorded clinical observation, patient self-report, and the BDI, which was repeated at weeks 4, 8, and 12. In clinical practice, a 50% reduction in scores on measures such as the BDI is typically considered indicative of therapeutic responsiveness.
History of presenting complaint
Ms A, a 45-year-old married woman, presented with intense feelings of sadness and emptiness that she could not overcome. Other symptoms consisted of anhedonia, excessive guilt over her condition, significant loss of energy and libido, insomnia, weight gain, and a negative self-appraisal.
She reported that the depressive feelings had occurred most of her adult life, but were significantly present and unrelenting for the past 5 years. She was unable to identify any precipitant of her depression. She complained of feeling extremely overwhelmed by her daily tasks (eg, housekeeping, taking care of the family dog), which she found difficult to initiate and complete, and was easily discouraged whenever she was unable to meet personal goals (eg, following an exercise regimen or completing a household project), which would ultimately worsen the depression. Although she appeared to be a bright and multi-talented individual, she was troubled by an inner sense of vocational and spiritual uncertainty.
Based on her symptoms, Ms A warranted a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, chronic. The significance of her depression was further substantiated by her initial score of 35 on the BDI, which falls within the severe range. She reported 3 previous attempts of antidepressant drug treatment without the slightest success. In 1994, she had been given a 3-month course of sertraline, in 1997 she took venlafaxine for a 3-month period, and in 1999 she was given Effexor for 3 months. When we began treatment, she was not using any allopathic or alternative medicine for her depression.
The patients' depressive syndrome suggested 7 remedies that could be helpful: Mustard (Sinapis arvensis) to ameliorate the waves of depression that seemed to descend for no known reason, Gentian (Gentiana ambarella) to alleviate the discouragement from setbacks, Pine (Pinus sylvestris) to resolve the guilt, Olive (Olea europaea) for the physical loss of stamina, Elm (Ulmus procera) to eliminate the exhaustion brought on by her daily responsibilities, Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) to increase energy needed to initiate and complete tasks, and Wild Oat (Bromus ramosus) to help facilitate spiritual and vocational clarity.
Over the next 12 weeks, Ms A's condition was monitored during her individual therapy session and the BDI was repeated at weeks 4, 8 and 12. Her BDI scores were 35, 11, 12, and 11 respectively. Within 4 weeks the overshadowing sadness, sensitivity to setbacks, and guilt had significantly decreased. During her sessions she began to reveal family of origin issues that seemed to greatly influence the way that she responded to present-day situations, including an underlying level of resentment. Subsequently, at the end of the initial dosage bottle, Mustard, which had been used to address the insidious depression, and Pine which was selected to target excessive guilt, were replaced with Walnut (Juglans regia) to help break away from negative ties from the past, and Willow (Salix vitellina) to relieve bitterness and resentment from emotional injuries of childhood. By week 8 she was noticing a decrease in angry feelings, describing renewed interest and pleasure in life, and reporting an increase in physical energy. By the end of session 12 she was less self-critical, and actively exploring her spiritual beliefs and vocational interests. She had also mustered up the energy to complete a vocational course in welding.
History of presenting complaint
Ms B, a 40-year-old divorced female had suffered from symptoms of depression since childhood. She complained of feeling sad with frequent crying spells, loss of energy, decrease in libido, and an inability to find joy in life. The waves of sadness would manifest for no apparent reason and last for several weeks. These episodes would suddenly show temporary improvement, only to return within a short period of time. She had recently become engaged and conveyed ambivalence about the relationship with her fiancé. She reported a tendency to procrastinate and described a pattern of perceiving others in a critical manner yet found it extremely difficult to verbally express anger. The patient's depression first manifested at age 9 following the death of her grandfather. At the time of implementing Bach flower therapy into her treatment she was taking sertaline 100mg/d. She had been taking the medication for 2 years and reported that while the intensity of the depression had improved the dysphoric states continued to plague her. She had also engaged in 3 courses of psychotherapy, each of which helped to improve self-confidence and decision-making but did not alleviate the depressed mood. The first took place 10 years earlier and lasted for 7 years. The second took place 2 years earlier and lasted 6 months. I had been seeing Ms B in weekly psychotherapy for 6 months prior to adding the remedies to her treatment regimen. Based on the symptoms, her diagnosis at the onset of flower therapy was major depressive disorder, chronic. Her overall level of depression was in the mild range as reflected by a BDI score of 12.
Analysis of the patient's current complaints and the history of her depression suggested the following combination of flower remedies: Mustard (Sinapis arvencies) to address the dark clouds of depression,
Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) to heal the wounds caused by her grandfather's death which precipitated the depression, Olive (Olea europaea) for exhaustion, Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) for procrastination, Beech (Fagus sylvatica) for the critical spirit towards others, Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) to address the tendency to repress unpleasant emotions, and Walnut (Juglans regia) to help facilitate the transition into marriage. An adjustment to the combination was made during week 6 when Star of Bethlehem was replaced with White Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) to address unwanted worrisome thoughts, which had surfaced.
Over the next 12 weeks, Ms B's condition was monitored during therapy sessions and the BDI was repeated at four-week intervals. The BDI scores were 12, 13, 6 and 2 respectively. By the eighth week of Bach flower therapy the frequency of depressive episodes per week was decreasing and she was reporting more pleasure in life. She was also expressing her feeling states with greater ease to her fiancé, which resulted in reassurance about the ensuing marriage. By session 12 the sadness had subsided, and the negative mental preoccupations had dissipated. She reported renewed ability and vigour in completing tasks, an increase in libido, and feeling less irritable and annoyed.
The flower remedies appear to have no side effects and do not seem to interfere with any form of treatment including homeopathic, herbal or allopathic medication. It is important to recognize that the remedies seem to act as catalysts in releasing unwanted negative psychological states. (3) Consequently, they appear to augment psychotherapy, a healing modality which also aims to work through rather than repress negative psychological states.
Although there is a preponderance of testimonials from patients and practitioners regarding the healing benefits of Bach flower therapy, there are few published accounts regarding its effectiveness in treating psychological illnesses. To date, the only published study is that of Campanili in which 115 patients suffering from depression and anxiety were treated with the remedies. (4) The researchers reported improvement in 89% of the cases and noted that the remedies were observed to be completely safe with no indication of even the slightest side effect. There has also been one small double-blind placebo study showing the effectiveness of the remedies in alleviating situational stress.(5)
An estimated 14 million Americans suffer from chronic major depression, a condition that can result in significant impairment in the overall quality and productivity of life. Tragically, approximately 15% of these individuals commit suicide. The cases of Ms A and Ms B are described because of the positive results these 2 women experienced when Bach flower therapy was used in their treatment. These examples support the work of Campanili and colleagues and are encouraging because they suggest that the remedies may bring about relief for those who struggle with chronic depression even when other methods of treatment have been unsuccessful. Before using the remedies, both of these women had endured unrelenting depression for many years. Ms A had engaged in three prior medication attempts, while Ms B had undergone a lifetime total of eight years of psychotherapy and 2 years of psychotropic intervention.
Practitioners who gain experience in using Bach flower therapy in the treatment of patients with chronic depression are often quite satisfied with the results. As illustrated by these cases, the remedies can be used in conjunction with psychotherapy and conventional antidepressant medications. However, in order for the clinical community to place faith in this branch of alternative medicine, scientific studies examining the efficacy of the remedies as a treatment for chronic depression are needed. Hopefully, researchers with interest, funding, and expertise will emerge to evaluate this healing modality.
1 Beck. AT. Ward. CH. Mendelson. M. Mock. Jerbaugh. J. An Inventory for Measuring Depression. Archives of General Psychiatry. 1961; 4:561-571.
2 Gerber. R. A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine. New York. NY: HarperCollins 2000
3 Richardson-Boedler. C. Applying Homeopathy and Bach Flower Therapy to Psychosomatic illness. New Delhi. India: B. Jain. 1998.
4 Campanini. M. Bach Flower Therapy: Results of a Monitored Study of 115 Patients. La Medicina Biologica. 1997; 15(2): 1-13.
5 Cram. JR. (In Press). A Psychological and Metaphysiological Study of Dr. Edward Bach's Flower Essence Stress Formula. Subtle Energies.
Mark P Masi PsyD
Mark Masi is in private practice in Arlington Heights, IL, and is adjunct faculty member, National-Louis University, Elgin, IL.
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2018 was the year we saw a strong surge of mental health awareness. The public’s focus on health broadened to also include taking care of one’s mental and emotional health. People have finally realized that one of the keys to maintaining a healthy body is to have a healthy mind.
This coming 2019, mental health awareness will continue to be one of the bigger focuses on overall well being. Learning a few habits that will promote and improve your mental health will be a great start to your new year.
The secret to a sound body is a sound mind. But it could also work both ways. The secret to a sound mind is a sound body. It might not work for everybody, but for a majority of able-bodied people, a great way to boost endorphins is to go out and move. Find an exercise that you love. You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing. Some people prefer lifting weights, some like yoga, some even run marathons. Find that one exercise you want to stick with and run with it.
Being thankful for the things you have instead of focusing on the things you don’t is a good way of bringing positive energy into your life. It will, more importantly, make you realize you are lucky to have the things you do. Practicing the habit of being grateful will help you become a more positive person.
3. Be kind
Be the person you wish other people would be to you. Make someone’s day by smiling at them, or helping them carry a heavy load, or even just opening the door for someone who has their hands full. A bit of kindness paid forward will cultivate a world of kindness. It doesn’t take much to make others smile.
Get enough sleep. Sleep can do wonders for a tired mind and body. Don’t overdo it though. Get the right amount of sleep in order to feel rested and ready to tackle your day, every day. Put your screen away close to bedtime and concentrate on relaxing. Give your body and mind the time to recover and recuperate.
5. Hang out with friends
Socialize. Even the most introverted person has someone they prefer to hang around with. It does wonderful things to your soul to share your time with the people that matter.
Better yet, try Therapeutic Chocolate with Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Cannabinoids are non-psychoactive and can reduce anxiety. If you are looking to incorporate CBD into your diet, but is not very much of a fan of its earthy taste, chocolate is the way to go. Cannabinoids are found to keep the body in neutral state, and support the functions of the brain, as well as the central and peripheral nervous system. Get your chocolate fix for the day, and get CBD’s benefits while you’re at it.
When they said laughter is the best medicine, they were not kidding. Laughter helps ease stress and anxiety. Hang out with a funny friend, or watch a comedy show. Or maybe learn a few jokes and share them with your friends. Laughter is one of those things that multiply when shared.
8. Eat well
A few desserts won’t hurt you any but for the most part, feed your body the things it should be fed. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. This will ensure your body will feel healthy and will give you less things to stress or worry about. Avoid things that will harm your body like smoking or excessive drinking.
9. Love yourself
Tell yourself something nice every day. Most people are generous with giving away compliments to others but are stingy when it comes to themselves. Start your day by giving yourself a sincere compliment. It could be something simple like “oh my skin looks very nice today”. Or “I do make an amazing omelet.” And develop this into a daily habit. Because loving yourself will allow you to love others more freely.
Give your mind a chance to empty itself out of the negative energy that is pervasive in the world. Give your mind the space to breathe and relax. And as you relax your mind, you relax your body. You connect to your inner Being, your Spirit. Meditation is a great way to connect your mind and your body and spirit into one plane. It is a good way to relax and to relieve yourself of any stress that you may have. Meditation- letting go of thoughts- also complements therapy.
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For thousands of years, investigators have faced the big questions: What is it that, ‘acting from within,’ enables life and movement? Today, the concept of ‘energy’ (from ancient Greek ‘en’ = inside, ‘ergon’= working) takes on an everyday use beyond science, for example in describing personal moods. Thus can someone be said to be ‘bursting with energy,’ to suffer from ‘lack of energy’ or to be agitated by ‘energy blockages,’ something we also say when we conduct BioMagnetic Healing with Hands? We will now explore that concept of energy a bit more from many different directions. We will not be able to cover all that should be mentioned here, but everyone who would like to delve into energy healing and Healing Magnetism in depth, we recommend the accredited Practitioner training offered at. www.healing-magnetism.com nevertheless the following gives us some hints and insights that we will be able to use. Let’s see what we discover.
As far back, the ancient Greek delved into the phenomenon that we are surrounded and permeated by energy, and searched for laws governing the ‘movements of life.’ They discovered that there are different forms of energy and that no changes or developments would be possible without energy.
Then from the 19th century, essential principles were formulated that are still recognized as the basis of science:
Numerous experiments have led to these findings and are confirmed by simple everyday observations. The heat from a heater or radiator, for example, can only radiate to the cold surroundings, but the heater itself cannot be made warmer by draining thermal energy from the cooler surroundings.
Looking at the big world events against the backdrop of these principles means there would be life and movement in the universe only as long as different energy levels exist. Once the cosmic bodies have ‘burned out’ and everything only has a uniform temperature that would be the end – for us, for all creatures, and for planets, suns, galaxies: the universe would die the so-called heat death.
Today’s scientific worldview is based on the same scenario. However, it should be noted in the first place that the principles described are based only on experiences, they are not irrefutably proved. Secondly, in particular, it remains unclear whether the universe can be regarded as a closed system.
Opinions differ on this key question.
Materialism with ‘feet of clay.’
The prevailing materialistic view of life assumes that the energy system that is the universe cannot be subject to any influence from outside. Although it remains unclear how and why the most comprehensive ‘outside influence’ by far, the Big Bang, came about. That said, the view was formed that the total energy established at the beginning of the universe would only temporarily – as long as there are differences in level – enable the phenomena of life. There is, therefore, no higher reality with which our life and fate can interact. All subjective experiences with unmeasurable energies – whether it concerns Far-eastern life energy concept ‘Chi,’ the phenomena of aura or astral body, Healing Magnetism, the flow of energy through body meridians, chakras or whatever finer-material phenomena are called – would thus be mere imagination. ‘Straight-laced’ scientists consider it calculating or simply naïve if esoteric or spiritually minded people ‘misapply’ the concept of ‘energy’ to the non-measurable scheme of things. In their opinion, the semblance of scientific approach and objective reality is then merely evoked, while in reality utter ignorance, vague conjectures or simple errors lurk behind.
But perhaps misuse of the concept of ‘energy’ – which describes that which ‘works from within’ – lies less in the description of subjective experiences, but, quite the reverse, in the one-sided scientific definitions, since some naturalists and philosophers are convinced, in the meantime, that a purely materialistic view of the world stands on feet of clay.
This is especially indicated with experiments and observations in the microcosm. It is clear, for example, that matter is not really in the form of a union of very small particles, as envisaged. ‘Basically, there is no matter. At least not in the usual sense. There is only a web of relationships, constant change, liveliness’, the physicist Hans Peter Duerr described in a magazine interview the nature of all the material things. “We find it difficult to imagine this. Primarily, there exists only connection, without the connective material foundation. We could also call it spirit — something that we can only experience spontaneously and do not interfere with. Matter and energy occur secondarily in appearance – as a sort of congealed, solidified spirit. According to Albert Einstein, the matter is only a diluted form of energy. But its background is not even refined energy but something completely different, vibrancy.”
Duerr thinks that it would be better to apply verbs to the subatomic world because it does not embrace objects, nouns or things that we can touch and grasp. There are only movements, processes, connections, and information, thus giving us a glimpse of the primordial ground of liveliness.
As soon as one wants to observe its smallest components and define things in a traditional manner, matter dissolves into ‘nothingness.’ Even more spectacular is the view that the whole of reality, as we human beings experience it, manifests only through the interaction with our consciousness. The so-called quantum theory throws up by phenomena in the microcosms a completely new worldview that is in stark contrast to materialism. Some key points of consideration:
The energy of consciousness
The approach of attributing a decisive role to consciousness in the making of the world may well seem to most people today as too far-fetched. Our worldview and thus the logic of our thinking, our language, in short, the whole range of our assumptions or hopes, is based on everyday experiences which influential scientists such as Newton, Descartes or Darwin have condensed by experiments to theories. However, consciousness has up to now remained ignored in all formulations and descriptions. Therefore, the so-called inner world of a person- our experiences, perceptions, expectations, and motivations and so on – is considered unpredictable and also an insignificant side issue for world events. Only (supposedly) objective material reality is deemed critical: consciousness, in contrast, is seen simply as a side effect of biological development, specifically of the brain.
It is our spiritual attitude that is at least to 50 percent responsible for how healthy we are and in reality not only 50 percent, but it does affect every part of us.
Therefore the materialistic worldview does not offer any explanations for some phenomena of daily life. Why is there precognition, telepathy between people or between humans and animals? Why are healing energies or the so-called placebo effect helpful? Why does motivation as well as good thoughts have an invigorating effect? There are undoubted scientific studies for all these effects – but no logical explanation by a material worldview, because we have not yet even begun to understand what consciousness is. The assumption that it arises from brain activity is supported merely by the observation that processes of consciousness have something to do with brain waves. But it can just as well be inferred from such observations that the brain functions do mediate consciousness and thus are a tool to receive and transmit impulses of consciousness. Always, only effects of consciously experienced processes or events can be described.
If quantum philosophy now makes consciousness central to world events, then it leads to the remarkable end that consciousness has not just arisen from the brain, but rather the brain is a result of consciousness. For every material, development is, therefore, a result of spiritual causes.
While the majority of scientists today still assume that every event follows a ‘rising causality’, thus that future effects entails causes lying in the past, the ‘falling causality principle’ dominates in the new quantum philosophical view of the world: An already spiritually molded goal acts from the future into the present and provides the framework for all processes of formation and development.
What has always existed as well as what originates anew is thus the result of a process of consciousness. The really important factor is not then the ‘visible effect’, with which all science deals, but the non-measurable impulse which proceeds the effect; not the ‘dance of atoms, which the observer beholds, but the ‘music’ that gives way to this dance of life – in a wide variety of individual choreographies.
This view of things also opens up a broader understanding of the concept of ‘energy.’ For if consciousness essentially acts 'from within’ and gives impulses to all happenings, then the question whether ‘system’ within the material reality is open or is closed is no longer particularly relevant. And all ‘energies’ that affect our lives can – whether they are measurable or not – have meaning and be effective.
Interestingly, from such ‘theory of consciousness’ bridges can also very well be built to many religions and wisdom teachings, all of which comment on higher realms – on a ‘fine-material or ethereal world’ for example, on the ‘kingdom of God’ or on ‘paradise’ – and regard the will of the human being, thus the activities and engagements of his consciousness as key to his future fate and wellbeing. ‘Whatever a man sows that shall he also reap,’ the Bible teaches.
Abd-ru-shin, the author of the work, In the Light of Truth, (www.grailmessage.com) made clear in the framework of a question and answered the essence of energy: ‘Energy is spirit!’ The nature of the spiritual which moves the material world, therefore, goes back to higher, non-material ‘radiations.’ How this relates to Healing Magnetism is of great interest by the way, and we cover this in great detail in the internationally accredited Practitioner course, whereas here we will stay more with the basics that will be enough for you to start to treat yourself and your family.
Maybe religion and science again will find a common basis of approach. The physicist and Nobel laureate Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), for example, saw a scientific path to knowledge in optimistic religious terms: ‘The first gulp from the cup of natural science will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom, God is waiting.’
Whoever ventures today onto terrain not (yet) secured by science and wants to fathom the so-called finer-material energies faces different expressions and traditional terms that are difficult to reconcile. Nevertheless, there is broad agreement on some basics.
Rupert Sheldrake and the morphic field
Among those investigating the fine-material fields today are established scientists, including the British biologist Rupert Sheldrake, who has published more than 80 major works and belongs to several scientific societies (such as the ‘Cambridge Philosophical Society’ or the ‘Society for Experimental Biology.’ For example, he explored the navigation ability of homing pigeons. How do these animals succeed in finding their way home over hundreds of kilometers? Even a ‘magnetic sense’ could not explain this ability. Someone may hold a compass in his hands and indeed know where the north is – but that does not mean he can come home.
Sheldrake also looked into the question of how forms take shape in nature or how learning processes work. Animal studies confirmed, for example, that what animals of a previous generation had learned can be learned more easily and quickly by the next generation.
Sheldrake concluded that there must be a universal ‘field’ which governs or ‘codes’ all the processes of development, thus the development of form as well as the process of learning. Using a ‘morphic field’- Sheldrake coined this term in 1973, later he also spoke of the ‘memory of nature’- a form that already exists in one plane can easily arise in another place. This field, for example, also controls the exact appearance of a life form and ensures coordination between organisms of a species. Phenomena such as the formation of bird flight, construction of anthills or long-distance transference of impulses of consciousness (telepathy) can relatively easily be explained by this theory.
Sheldrake’s ‘fields’ essentially point to fine-material backgrounds. He has long been convinced that materialism, together with the restriction of all scientific considerations to coarse material processes, is obsolete. He calls this attitude ‘science delusion’ (the title of one of his recent books) and notes that non-material realities must henceforth be incorporated in our worldview. Only then will science succeed in approaching those central phenomena of life and consciousness that remain ignored because scientists give these a wide berth…..at least officially.
Fritz-Albert Popp and the light in cells
The German physicist Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp investigates so-called biophotons, light emission by living cells. In his view, the cells of an organism control their metabolic events and communicate with each other by biophotons. Biophotons transport information and create a coherent field in which each cell is connected to every other cell and knows what to do. 90 percent of the biophotons is thus emitted by DNA in the cell nucleus. Biophotons coordinate all the biochemical events in the human body. Their radiation can be measured with highly sensitive devices.
Research suggests ‘that cells absorb not only light energy (=photons) from sunlight but also save the information and the order it contains and that these are made available for the metabolic processes taking place in the cells. The coherence, the order of light, appears to be directly related to the order in biological cells.
Thus biophotons provide information about the energetic state of cells. Weak or diseased cells emit little and above all, chaotic light; in contrast, healthy cells show a strong and structured light emission. Disease and aging in cells go hand in hand with a drop in biophoton concentration. In Popp’s view (also), every illness can be contributed to a light deficit in the cell. Biophotons are from this perspective a measure for ‘life energy.’
The human body can, therefore, be regarded as a ‘light mammal,’ whose main ‘food source’ is sunlight. ‘Without the light of the sun there would be no biophotons, then no cell communication and thus no ‘life,’ says Popp. ‘We virtually live on light.’
In a series of daily experiments, the physician measured the photon emissions from the hand of a healthy test person. Analysis of the data showed that the light emission followed certain patterns- biological rhythms at 7, 14, 32, 80 and 270 days when the emissions were identical.
Popp also investigated some cancer patients. They all lacked these periodic rhythms as well as the coherence of the light. An indication, perhaps, that these patients had lost their ‘connection with the world’?
In contrast, patients with multiple sclerosis showed a too high degree of coherence. Excessive ‘cooperative harmony’ apparently prevents flexibility – as if too many soldiers marching in step across a bridge thereby cause it to collapse. Coherence could, therefore, be regarded as an ‘optimum state between chaos and order.’
In any case, light in cells appears to be a key to well-being and health- and thus to what is experienced subjectively as ‘life energy.’ Dr. Popp also explains the effect of homeopathy by the absorption of biophotons. He is of the opinion that electromagnetic signals could explain the effect of acupuncture. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has deep in the tissues and invisible meridian system through which flows invisible energy which the Chinese call ‘Chi’ or ‘life force.’ This Chi presumably enters through the acupuncture points and flows to deeper situated organ structures (which do not correspond with those of western biology) in order and provide them with energy. The disease occurs when this energy is blocked along with their channels. In Popp’s view, the meridian system could represent a kind of ‘waveguide’ and direct the body’s energies to certain zones. On the same level also the transition of Healing Energies in Healing Magnetism works.
Dr. Popp is also a researcher for whom science is not exhausted in materialism and wants above all to include the phenomena of consciousness. Popp states ‘…it seems only logical to assume that life in its urge to express itself must follow a plan, a basic structure, which it can resort to in its manifestation and reactions all the way to the cell nucleus. Call the intelligence behind it whatever you want – but there must be an order-creating force for the development and emergence and the interaction of participants in this universe…..and every ‘template’ also bears the signature of the conscious force. In my opinion, everything is rooted in the light.’
Ulrich Warnke and quantum philosophy
The studies and theories of scientists like Rupert Sheldrake or Fritz-Albert Popp exemplify how the world of science is drawing near ancient teachings of wisdom or spiritual traditions and thus also allowing for the reality of finer-material events.
The German biologist Ulrich Warnke goes one step further with an integrated worldview which has consciousness at the center – as ‘an entity beyond our body (…..) energy that can change matter.’
The idea that the ‘life energy’ of our spiritual consciousness acts in a forming and shaping manner in the world is not anew. As humans, we assume simply that we can deliberately shape our lives and for this, we have personal responsibility. This presupposes that our conscious will, in the end, has a decisive influence on all developments. However, it is unusual that this reality is substantiated scientifically since human will, intentions, thoughts, and perceptions are not regarded in the materialistic view of the world as relevant factors for the course of events. In contrast, one can also find conclusions formulated by the biologist Warnke readily in some fine spiritual teachings. He writes: ‘The first step to changing our tangible reality starts out (…) from our will and our strong emotional desire. The subsequent chain reaction is mapped out without our being able to stop it. Once initiated, the creative process continues automatically like a domino effect and becomes our fate. The point is that we can influence our fate in this way in this long-term only by our strongly perceived thoughts and desires. (…..) It lies in all our hands to change the world for the better or worse. (….) We benefit from immeasurably great energy equally flowing through everything. From the smallest atom to the boundless cosmos this energy flows through everything that exists. We find it in every stone, every plant, every animal, every human being. Unlike the stone or plant, the human being can focus and thereby reinforce the cosmic energy – just like a magnifying glass can intensely focus the sun’s rays. Lively perception in a human takes over the function of a focus lens. Thoughts then turn into bearers of the focused energy, the will or volition determines the goal, and the wish or desire activates the process of realization. Provided this chain of events runs unhindered, an energy field is channeled, which leaves visible traces as far as the quantum domain of the atoms. (…)
Therefore, a person bears responsibility for his actions already at the stage when he or she decides on a wish, a plan or action. In the interworld, there is no difference between thought and deed. Good or bad intentions already create reality. If all human beings realized this, they would essentially be more careful.’
But when we realize such abilities of a human being, we also can understand why Healing Magnetism works. Human beings can open up to the life energy and absorb it into their hands and guide it on to the other person, or also to themselves for healing purposes. Important is our connection seeking with the power and our focus and intention too, as intention guides energy. In every country in the world, we find people who all of a sudden discover their healing abilities. Some of them feel an energy field between their hands which they then start to use to affect another person’s body and bring healing. People learn to use the spiritual power they can absorb to do good.
The concept of ‘interworld’ in the sense of Warnke describes a ‘field’ beyond material reality. Like Rupert Sheldrake, Warnke believes that our conscious (and also unconscious) inner world connects with this field – for example, in remembering something: “Because our experiences are stored away in the interworld, we transcend the concrete sensory experience in the act of remembering – for memory occurs beyond time and space. It is purely virtual. (…) As soon as we recall former experiences, we resonate with the interworld where these results are accessible as information complexes.’
‘Interworld’ is a makeshift term to describe energies, potentials or realities beyond the space-time dimension perceptible by the senses. Whether it gains acceptance remains to be seen.
The same applies to the popular concept of ‘zero point field,’ which is sometimes used to describe the basis for interactions between mind and matter. Some quantum physicists assume that consciousness has its origin in a comprehensive field which pervades the whole of Creation. The term ‘zero point field’ describes ‘immense field forces of the subatomic level’ (Warnke). Traditional names for ‘life energy,’ such as Chi, Od, Orgon or ether, are linked accordingly with ‘zero-point energy.’ All the known forms of energy would, therefore, originate in zero point energy. This universal energy would also be used with every spiritual intention, and also we use it to conduct BioMagnetic Healing sessions.
Antennas to the ‘universal matrix.’
In current theories, this energy field is envisaged as a ‘matrix,’ from which all matter arises in a condensed form, as every matter is predominantly – almost 100 percent – space devoid of mass. Warnke: “What we perceive as material worlds are only condensations within a field. (….) The matter of the universe is made up of only three components: proton, neuron, and electron. Depending on how they are combined, elements with very diverse properties such as the specific atomic weight arise. However, quantum physics proves that matter, as solid and unchanging as it may seem to us, is, in the end, an energy vortex with characteristic condensations.
‘Our body is also made up of such energy vortices in the flow of universal energy. They condense in the micro and macro range to a constant form, to structure and shape to be able to work in earthly conditions. This energetic constitution of the body makes us energy and information channels, able to transmit and receive energy and information.’
In Healing Magnetism we learn how to affect the energy field, how to open to healing energy and use it for the benefit of healing. Here we open up in prayer first, and we use our hands to guide the energy to where it is needed.
Some researchers believe that vortex-like spirals, as occur everywhere in nature, are the key to the immeasurable reservoir of life energy. Therefore, the geometric spiral shape would be the ideal antenna to concentrate and store energy. This would underpin the special significance of the 100 billion ‘life energy antennas’ in the human body – the DNA spirals in the cells. They are in resonance with the ‘interworld’ or the ‘zero point field’ and draw all life impulses from there.
The ordinary day consciousness linked with the physical brain can be described as a resonance phenomenon by this approach. Insights, knowledge, ideas would then not arise in the head but are so do speak ‘downloaded’ from the field by the brain, which acts as an ‘information antenna.’
What remains, are personal consequences
The different concepts, images, and theories about ‘life energy’ under discussion, and contradictory ideas of what holds the world together at the core make it nowadays practically impossible to formulate well-founded statements which universally describe the central phenomena of life. But the personal ‘energy management’ remains an important foundation for the health and well-being of each person.
According to traditional ideas we have a part of our life energy provided from birth, another part we need to acquire in the course of life from surroundings – from food and respiration. The acquired energy is functional; it is subject to a cycle of consumption and renewal. We must, similar to a battery, again and again, recharge with energy. We can obtain a certain measure of energy through the right choice and composition of our food, through correct breathing and also the balance of our emotions.
Yes, it is not just the measure of energy that determines our physical and emotional health, but also its harmonious flow through the body.
Due to the modern lifestyle, the advancing environmental degradation, the denatured food, and stress, less life energy are available to the individual today. Added are personal factors such as psychic and physical burdens. If the body has too little energy, regeneration is also delayed. All adverse life circumstances generate inhibitory emotions and cost energy. Such blockages in energy flow can be removed and balanced via Healing Magnetism.
It is more important than ever to recharge the ‘batteries’ through as good a conscious lifestyle as possible because every increase in life energy promotes physical fitness and spiritual growth. Breathing or physical exercises (outdoors) can also help to bring this about as can regular self-treatments with Healing Magnetism (or receiving treatment). In Healing Magnetism we also find a solution to emotional conflicts – via opening to helpful luminous energies in prayer.
In any case, it is about new consciousness impulses, because
The real quintessence of healing is in becoming aware!
5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress: CBD Can Help
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In our modern, fast-paced world, stress is becoming a very common component in our everyday lives. It has become so common, in fact, that we no longer seem to notice stress until it has compounded into something bigger and has started affecting our health. Stress, or rather, stress hormones (a primary stress hormone like cortisol), are released into the body to trigger our “fight or flight” response. In dire situations, these hormones help elevate our energy supplies, increase the concentration of glucose in our blood, and even help our brain use glucose optimally for quicker decision making. However, long-term activation of the body’s stress system could cause a host of health problems — anxiety, depression, heart disease – to name a few.
Therefore, it is important we learn of ways to relieve ourselves of stress. Below are five simple ways to relieve stress:
1. CBD Oil
You’ve probably heard of CBD quite often this whole year. There is good reason for that. Aside from its uses in alleviating the symptoms of epilepsy, it is also being used as a natural means of reducing anxiety and stress. This is because all mammals have an endocannabinoid system. This is a network of CBD receptors along our central nervous system. These receptors react to CBD by fixing imbalances, strengthening our immune system, and relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. So a couple of drops of CBD oil every day might just be the trick to help alleviate our everyday stress.
2. Learn Healing Magnetism with Hands for self-help
Science already knows that magnetic fields are everywhere. Even light is magnetic. Every human also has his own magnetic field.
Disturbances in this magnetic field has a negative effect on how one feels. Counteracting these symptoms by arranging the magnetic field in the body is what magnetic therapy is all about and results in an improved well-being.
Magnetic therapy aligns the body’s magnetic field through hand placements on the clothed body, which eliminates potential blockages. As a result unhealthy negative energy is channeled out of the body and replaced with healing, positive energy which flows from the hand placement.
In addition, magnetic therapy can compensate for energy deficiencies and thus stimulate the body’s natural self-healing process.
Physical activity causes our body to release happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin. To people who have experienced what is called the “runner’s high”, this is actually the rush of endorphins released by your body as a response to running. Endorphins help our body reduce stress by helping our body overcome pain, and regulate our sleep. The stress hormone cortisol actually reduces the production of happy hormones in our body which will lead to more stress for us. Exercising would help build these hormones back up in our system.
4. Reduce caffeine
We all have a caffeine threshold. Caffeine is known to help keep us awake and give us that boost of much-needed energy, especially in the mornings when all we want is to go back to sleep. However, too much caffeine can contribute to anxiety which in turn causes stress. It could also cause heart palpitations, cold sweat, and some digestive upset when you take too much caffeine. So if you find yourself getting anxious after your second or third cup of coffee, it might be a good idea to skip that cup of joe and maybe have something with lower caffeine levels. Perhaps a nice low caffeine tea, or, dare we say, some decaf coffee?
Spending time with friends and family is a great stress reliever. No matter how introverted and socially averse you are, there is always someone you prefer spending your time with. And for those of us who are extroverted, being with people is an energizing experience. Laughing and having an enjoyable time with the people you love will help you relax more, and forget about your woes. In women, spending time with family and children helps in releasing oxytocin, a natural stress reliever.
No matter your station in life, stress is unavoidable. Keeping these five tips in mind will help you in managing or maybe even relieving stress. And in turn will help you enjoy life more, avoid health issues, and even develop a healthier relationship with yourself and with your social circle.
Nine Tips For Better Sleep Hygiene (Get A Better Night’s Rest!)
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What Is Sleep Hygiene? Why Does it Matter?
Sleep hygiene is a series of routines, habits, and behaviors you partake in relation to your sleep. Unknowingly or not, each of us has our own rituals and behaviors which may impact our overall feeling of rest. Things like a 3 pm cup of coffee or sleeping in on the weekend to ‘catch up’ on sleep are examples of undesirable sleep hygiene behaviors.
Sleep hygiene is important because it can either improve or reduce the quality of sleep you are getting. A few simple tweaks can really improve the amount of sleep you are able to get – whether that is 6 hours or 9 hours.
This list is a holistic approach to improving your nighttime habits and is not a simple one-step solution.
1. Develop a night-time wind down routine
This can include:
2. Block out all light and noise
Darkness acts as a signal to your body it needs to prepare for sleep. If you aren’t able to completely control your circumstances, then things like a sleep mask and earplugs will ensure that you are able to block out as much light and noise as possible.
Alternatively, blackout curtains make a huge difference; also using masking tape to cover any small lights on chargers and cords.
3. Use a filter on electronics
Blue light from electronics can mimic sunlight and throw off our body’s natural circadian rhythm. These kinds of devices can trick our bodies into thinking it is still light outside and we should, therefore, stay awake. Apps like f.lux can be installed to block out the high frequency wavelengths that may interfere with sleep.
4. Be mindful of the temperature in the room
The ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the room dark will aid in maintaining a cooler temperature, and a fan can be positioned near the bed as well.
5. Aim to fall asleep and wake up at a similar time each night
Waking up at a similar time will help strengthen your body’s natural circadian rhythm. Our bodies are designed to rise with the sun and sleep when it goes down – and sleeping in on weekends can throw this rhythm off.
The same goes for falling asleep at a similar time. You will find falling asleep will get easier as your body gets used to its new routine.
6. Move your body throughout the day
Being active throughout the day is beneficial for many reasons, but getting your heart rate up during the day may actually increase the length and quality of your sleep. As little as 10 minutes of walking or cycling on a daily basis is enough to reap these benefits when done on a consistent basis.
7. Stop caffeine at 12 pm
Our bodies are designed to have peak energy after waking up in the morning and should gradually drop throughout the day, ending in sleep at night. A stimulant like caffeine will cause an unnatural spike when consumed in the afternoon and may lead to a crash later in the day. Coffee and other stimulants are best when consumed in the first 30 minutes of waking up – when our bodies should be producing peak cortisol for the day!
Try to limit other substances like alcohol or chocolate to 4 hours before bedtime if possible.
8. Write down a to-do list
If you find it hard to fall asleep at night because your mind is racing with all of the things you need to finish tomorrow, take a minute to jot all of your thoughts down. Having a place to keep all of these thoughts is helpful because you won’t have to stress or worry about forgetting something – all of those thoughts will be waiting for you in the morning!
9. Worst case… use a supplement
A supplement is just that – an extra bonus to an already healthy lifestyle. If you are really struggling to fall asleep at night, things like melatonin or CBD oil can help get your body ready for sleep.
Of course, the goal is to be able to fall asleep without these products, but they can be particularly useful in the beginning when you are trying to get your body’s rhythm back on track.
10 Top Health & Wellness Trends this 2019
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This year has been a year when most of the world focused on health and wellness in a more holistic manner: both physical and mental wellness. And it is beginning to look like 2019 will be a glorious continuation of what we have been opening our minds up to in 2018. So what can we expect to see in the health and wellness sphere in 2019?
The 5,000-year-old health system, Ayurveda (in Sanskrit means “knowledge of life”) is responsible for a lot of health movements in 2018. Perhaps the most familiar of which would be the ketogenic diet. Ayurveda is an old system of medicine that incorporates plants and animal products, particularly fats. The practice of Ayurveda involves using fats both for consumption, meaning eating fats like ghee, and external use, like oils for the skin. The practice connects both mind and body in bringing about wellness.
2. More Plant Based Alternatives
2018 has seen the rise of plant based food, a whopping 23% rise in sales. Gone are the days when the choices we had regarding plant based food were TVP and tofu. Now it is beginning to look like there will be a huge movement in the plant based fish sector. Expect your local Whole Foods aisles to have more plant based fish meat choices. The plant based fish movement stemmed from the awareness of people of the negative impact of overfishing has on our environment.
3. More Sleep
A lot of people, students and workers alike, are severely lacking in sleep. In the coming year, we will have a better understanding of our circadian rhythm and the effects of melatonin and cortisol on our sleep patterns. If these two hormones get out of whack, our circadian rhythm will be thrown out of its cycle and our sleep gets messed up.
4. CBD Oil
This year has seen a massive rise in popularity of CBD oil. Despite its being taboo in certain circles, Whole Foods Market’s projection predicts that CBD oil will have an even higher spike in popularity in 2019.
Expect that in the coming year, we will be learning more about the endocannabinoid system or the ECS. This is a major bodily system which compounds like CBD and other cannabinoids interact with. We have seen how CBD oil has helped manage anxiety and we’ve marveled at its anti-inflammatory and anti-seizure effects. Cannabis might also help with setting our sleep pattern straight. It most certainly helps with keeping a lid on anxiety and stress.
More and more people are becoming aware of global warming and the dire situation the Earth is currently in. Expect that in 2019, the strong rise of the eco-friendly movement will continue. It is predicted that the use of single use plastics and other single use items will see a further decline and the BYOB (bring your own bag) movement will continue to become more popular.
6. Mental Health
This year, mental health continues to be given its due importance. People are now realizing that in order to be physically healthy, you need to think about your mental health as well. Hemp based products (like CBD oil) has become a more popular alternative to the usual stress medications. It is predicted that 2019 will see the continuation of this mental health trend.
7. Oat milk
Is oat milk the new soy? This year, sales have grown by an impressive 45%. Lactose averse people have found a good alternative to dairy and soy milk and the rise of its popularity does not seem to be ending soon. Grab yourself a bottle of oat milk this 2019 because it looks like they will be flying off the shelves still.
8. MCT oil
Aside from CBD, 2018 brought MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil into the spotlight. This oil is odorless and colorless and stays liquid at room temperature. Putting MCT oil into your coffee, making it “bulletproof” is a good way of boosting your energy. Expect to see MCT become even more popular in 2019 as more people become aware of its benefits.
9. Body Positivity
Thanks to Rihanna and her Fenty brand, body positivity moved from the fringes to mainstream. Body positivity saw a rise in popularity in 2018 as more and more people focus on loving their bodies instead of shrinking them to fit into the mold that society wanted them to look. As more people shift their focus to mental health, this 2019 will see an even bigger rise in the body positivity movement.
10. Hemp based products
Aside from CBD oil, hemp based products have found their way into our lives from our beauty products, to our food. With the 2018 Farm Bill already signed into law, hemp based farming will be legal nationwide. Expect that in 2019, there will be more choices in hemp based products.
Do we live more than once on earth? Does reincarnation exist?
Something we do occupy ourselves with also in our Practitioner Training for Healing Magnetism as the knowledge about Reincarnation can help us find answers to many unsolved questions.
In this Blog post we share the story of Jenny Cockell from England, which is one of the most fascinating examples of past life memories, which have actually been confirmed.
Reincarnation | At Home with Jenny Cockell
Do we live more than once on earth? Does reincarnation exist? The story of Jenny Cockell from England is one of the most fascinating examples of past life memories, which have actually been confirmed. Speaking to “Thanatos.tv” she tells us how she was able to find her children from a previous life, in which she had died as a young mother, and how she was able to exchange mutual memories with them. She also relates memories of other lives – and why her "search for trails of the past” has now come to an end.
With Healing Magnetism we open and optimize additional healing possibilities, even where conventional medicine or other natural healing methods have so far been unsuccessful.
When we conduct Healing Magnetism or when we receive Healing Magnetism we accept that we are more than our physical body. This also means that when our physical body dies, the Soul/Spirit lives on.
Every physical body at some point will die. But how can we achieve a good death? In the following video we can find out what Peter Fenwick has discovered in his Near Death Research.
Peter Fenwick (born 25 May 1935) is a neuropsychiatrist and neurophysiologist who is known for his pioneering studies of end-of-life phenomena. In this interview he talks about near-death-experiences (NDE), death-bed-visitors and how we can achieve a good death. NDE research is at the cutting edge of consciousness research and offers a convincing model for the understanding of what happens when we die. Peter Fenwick describes the different transitional phases of the dying process and highlights the importance of letting go at the end of ones life. He offers fascinating insights into common phenomena at the end of life, such as premonitions, seeing a light, death-bed-visions and coincidences. In his opinion everybody should know about death and the dying process, because it is a normal part of living.
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