Homeopathy Odds and Ends… Autism Treatment, Research, and the FTC Hearing


newsHere’s a bunch of interesting things that have crossed my path in the past couple of months:

Lately, I’ve been pouring through Jerry Kantor’s new book about autism treatment, Autism Reversal Toolbox: Strategies, Remedies, Resources. It’s fascinating! Definitely geared more for practitioners, but potentially instructive to sophisticated autism parents as well, it presents lots of interesting ideas about the causes of autism and strategies of treatment. The reader would benefit greatly if they were already familiar with concepts from Chinese medicine (which I am not). Although I think it leans a bit too much towards the esoteric rather than simplicity and clarity at times, I do appreciate that Kantor includes lots of ideas from other autism practitioners, not just his own experience.

Another interesting research study, about the success of using homeopathy for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in children, came my way courtesy of Dana Ullman’s newsletter from Homeopathic Educational Services. You can read the study here.

I’m sure most of us are sick of hearing that autism isn’t really going up — that it’s only being diagnosed more. One of the explanations is “diagnosis substitution” — which means we are simply calling conditions “autism” now that we would have called something else in the past. A recent article in Frontiers in Pediatrics supplies a piece of evidence that “diagnosis substitution” is not true. Of course, any kindergarten or nursery school teacher (or honest pediatrician) that has been teaching or practicing for more than 30 years could tell you that autism really is skyrocketing. I would have thought a rate of 1:50 would be sufficient to wake people up. Maybe it will have to go to 1:10, which at the current rate of increase (and exacerbated by the growing vaccine mandates) will probably take less than 20 years.

Professor Robert G. Hahn is a physician, scientist, and professor of anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at Linköping University in Sweden. He is not a fan of homeopathy, but his curiosity about it was aroused by an emotional debate on the topic on Swedish television. As I have discussed before, some meta-analyses (discussed in my book Impossible Cure) show a very high average effectiveness ratio of 2.45 (245% improvement) over placebo. A later study, which was analyzed thoroughly and found to have been doctored in various ways, showed no such support for homeopathy. Of course, this latter study was touted in the media as final “proof” that homeopathy is a scam. Professor Hahn took up the challenge and analyzed the various meta-analyses. You can read his paper here. He summarized his research by saying “To conclude that homeopathy lacks clinical effect, more than 90% of the available clinical trials have to be disregarded [and] flawed statistical methods have to be applied.”

Take Action! I have written before about an FDA hearing about homeopathic remedies. An FTC (Federal Trade Commission) hearing took place in September. The anti-homeopathy forces seem most focused on advertising and labeling for remedies. But as I’m sure we all suspect, this is all just part the creeping campaign to destroy homeopathy altogether. To read more about how you can help preserve your access to homeopathic remedies by supplying your public comment to the FTC by November 20, 2015, visit the National Center for Homeopathy’s web page about taking action.

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LifePod: A Vehicle for Cultural Evolution


earth-lifeTwo years ago, as I was mulling over the growing crisis of climate change, I realized that the only way we were going to have a desirable outcome was if we could inspire most young people to care and do something about it. And the only way that was going to happen was if most young people thought doing something about climate change and sustainability was cool and fun and positive. In other words, we needed a new worldwide “60s revolution” focused on these issues rather than on sex, drugs, rock and roll, and stopping war.

I came up with an idea for something I called LifePod. I wrote it up and sent it to a friend of mine who is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. No response. In the world of Silicon Valley, apps for making our current way of living more convenient are what sells — not fundamentally changing our way of living.

I put my LifePod idea on the backburner and forgot about it. Occasionally I’d mention it to young people I’d meet to get their reaction. Recently, I’ve gotten a bit more of a positive response. Maybe the time for LifePod is coming.

But I also realize that I am not the person to actually make LifePod happen. I’m an author who writes about evolving our consciousness and about alternative health, not a businesswoman or entrepreneur or activist. Still, I think this idea needs to see the light of day. So I thought I’d share it with you.

Please share my LifePod idea on all your social networks. Tell your friends. Maybe the right person will hear about it and make it happen. Maybe you will! Let’s change the world!

A Vehicle for Cultural Evolution

Amy L. Lansky, PhD

There is a small but growing movement among young adults today that espouses what might be called sustainable living or “back to the land” values. Spurred by both financial necessity and an awareness of the imperatives of climate change, this group is embracing such activities as: growing their own food, raising animals like chickens and goats, learning skills like spinning wool, home cooking, natural home-based self-healthcare, fabricating clothing, building their own dwellings, sustainable energy creation and usage, and home-schooling of children.

These people, largely young couples in their thirties, are not as ideologically driven as the “hippie communes” of the 60s, but share some of their values. Their mode of living is exemplified by publications like Natural Life Magazine (www.life.ca/naturallife/) and the Transition Town and “eco-village” movements.

Unlike the ultimately unsustainable hippie commune experiments of the 60s, these individuals are meeting with success. In many ways, they are re-creating the lifestyle of rural American homesteaders of the 1800s— with the added benefit of modern technology. Indeed, modern technology plays an important role in the success of these efforts. The internet supplies videos and other documents that teach skills, social networks for sharing knowledge and inspiration, affordable entertainment in the home, the ability to generate income at home through internet sales and telecommuting, and on-line educational resources for home-schooled children. Solar technology even allows for the creation of locally grown energy. It is now really much easier to be self-sufficient than it was in the 60s, and certainly easier than it was in the 1800s.

This movement is growing, but it is still “fringe.” It does not represent a cultural sea change. The individuals interested in this movement are seen as outliers and their interests and values are not viewed by most people, and certainly most young people, as “cool”.

Today, most young people in their late teens and twenties are much more interested in Reality TV, what’s trending on YouTube, and texting nonstop with their friends. They are fully embedded in a virtual online world, but less interested in their physical Earth environment.

In order for a vigorous and ultimately peaceful response to Earth’s climate change to occur (in contrast to a cataclysmic and almost-too-late scramble for survival), many more people must embrace “natural living” values. In particular, many more young people must become genuinely interested in learning how to grow food and cook, in investing in their local physical environment, and in learning how to sustain their health and well being on their own. Think of it being like a “60s Revolution”, but instead of focusing on sex, drugs, peace, and love, it would be more about returning “Back to Earth”. Kids who think it’s cool to make their own bread and post that online.

One flaw of the current environmental movement is that it has generally had a negative focus. It’s been about the gloom and doom that awaits us, and fighting the forces that exacerbate climate change. While I praise eco-warriors like Bill McKibben for their fearless work, reading his book “Eaarth” was one of the most depressing things I have ever had to force myself to do. I could barely get through 20 pages at a time without putting it down out of sheer depressive exhaustion.

This type of approach will never be appealing to most people. Even when climate change is fully acknowledged and not denied, most people will prefer to stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best. People simply cannot use a bleak outlook as motivation for forward movement.

That’s why the required changes that must be made by humanity must be motivated by a positive, instead of a negative, vision. It’s true that folks like Al Gore are starting to articulate this, but it hasn’t translated yet to something that is motivating to most young people—and these are the people who really need to make it happen.

In particular, young people need to believe that this new way of thinking and living is extremely fun, life-giving, and yes, cool! They need to know that they will be happier and healthier when they get to know their neighbors and collaborate with them on growing food or animals and sharing resources. This vision of the future has to appeal to them. It has to be the new cool.

So how to get there?

I believe that this could be achieved through a kind of educational osmosis.

Opportunities for transmitting this new value system and knowledge would be placed in settings that young people visit frequently. Then, the ideas ands skills of the “Back to Earth” movement would slowly permeate their minds subconsciously. In order to have a large and widespread impact, these settings would have to be located everywhere—ideally, in walking distance of most urban and suburban dwellers. Think the local Starbucks.

Here’s the concept. I’ve decided to call it LifePod. I chose this name because a LifePod would embody the following qualities:

  • Life: it would be an outpost of positive life force
  • Life, Pod: it would provide a community and knowledge “life raft” or “escape pod” if the proverbial “shit hits the fan.”
  • Life, Pod: it would be a seedpod that grows life.

Imagine this scenario.

Take your local Starbucks and annex to it a space of about 2000-3000 sq ft. This space could incorporate the following elements:

1)   A small self-contained eco-system garden. Obviously, skylights or some form of outdoor light would be needed. I recommend that you view the awesome ideas and videos at www.gardenpool.org. The Gardenpool folks would be natural partners and perhaps could devise a small scale eco-system design that would work. People who come to have coffee at LifePod could check out the garden on a regular basis and would slowly become more interested in it. Perhaps some would want to take classes on how to maintain or create their own garden, or perhaps, in exchange for sweat labor, get some of the food grown in the LifePod garden.

2)   A small restaurant/kitchen that both serves food to the public and teaches cooking classes, ideally using the food grown in the LifePod garden.

3)   An area for local musicians to perform. In other words, the LifePod would become a social scene.

4)   A co-working space. The co-working movement holds many of the same ideals as the Back to Earth movement and might be a natural partner. People drawn to a LifePod might also work there, slowly creating a community of entrepreneurs and idea-makers invested in the Back to Earth concept.

5)   A power generating source, most likely a small solar array.

6)   Classrooms for teaching a variety of life skills. These might include sewing, knitting, weaving, spinning, woodworking, gardening, etc.

7)   Spaces for teaching health-creating activities such as yoga, healthy eating, and natural health modalities like homeopathy, herbalism, or massage. One might even imagine an office space where local healers could provide consultations to LifePod visitors.

My vision is that people, especially young people, would show up at a LifePod to do what they would do at any Starbucks or community center—drink coffee, have a bite to eat, hang out, listen to music. They would then see the cool self-sustaining garden on a regular basis. They would see flyers about classes. They would see a community forming there. It would be cool. It would be fun. It would be creative and social and inherently local. In fact, each LifePod would naturally evolve to reflect the local subculture of each specific place and group of people. The possibilities are really endless!

How can we make it happen?

Obvious partners for LifePod are Starbucks or another ambitious coffee chain, the GardenPool folks, and the co-working movement. Trial sites might be established in a variety of settings, both urban and suburban.

It’s possible that natural food stores would also be interested in annexing a LifePod space, though it’s important that people’s view of LifePod not be equated (and thus written off) as “eco” or “granola”. Rather, it should have the reputation of being a fun and cool place to hang out.

Although an alliance with a major corporation like Starbucks might be viewed as “selling out”, remember that the ultimate goal here is cultural shift and evolution, not cultural purity. It’s pragmatic and not strictly ideological, though I think a document outlining ideals and ethics should definitely be part of the founding charter.

Finally, it’s also interesting to point out that LifePod embodies all of the qualities and principles of sustainability:

  • It helps to maintain and enhance people’s quality of life.
  • It enhances local economic vitality.
  • It promotes social and intergenerational equity.
  • It helps to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment.
  • It fosters disaster resilience and mitigation.
  • It fosters community building and participation.

I hope this article inspires you to devote your talent and expertise to expand upon and manifest my vision of LifePod!

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Listen to Amy speak about Homeopathy and Vaccination


conference_collage2I don’t know why it took me 6 years to put this up online, but I finally did!

Below is a link to an mp3 of me speaking in 2009 at the National Vaccine Information Center’s 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination.  I discuss:

  • My son Max’s recovery from autism
  • Homeopathy’s ability to treat and prevent the diseases for which vaccines are given
  • Homeopathy’s ability to treat vaccine damage.

Enjoy!    LISTEN NOW

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Check out my conversation with Charles Eisenstein!


Charles-EisensteinEarlier this year, I found out about the work of brilliant thinker and writer, Charles Eisenstein. Quickly realizing that we were converging on similar ideas, I wrote to him and told him about my book Active Consciousness. Although he had not heard of it, I was super excited to hear that he knew all about my first book, Impossible Cure.

Recently, I was honored to be invited to participate in Charles Eisenstein’s new podcast series, A New and Ancient Story. The episode aired live on September 15, but you can watch it here on YouTube. My apologies for the poor sound quality of my voice on some of it. As Charles mentioned, he was recording on a poor internet connection. Still, I think you will get the gist of most of what I said.

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Dissolving Despair


BigBangYou might think that, because I write articles about spiritual subjects like consciousness and the evolution of the human spirit, I don’t also succumb to worry, fear, and despair at times. Wrong! I have my days, like everyone else.

When my husband Steve and I returned from our quiet summer vacation in Canada a few weeks ago and reentered our busy lives in the drought-stricken and fast-paced world of Silicon Valley in California, it was quite easy to get sucked into a feeling of despair. Suddenly there was a pile of mail to go through and problems to address, not to mention the insanity of politics and media that bombarded us — things we had put on the back-burner for a while. We always say we’ll carry the peace of our summer vacation back with us, but how quickly it disappears!

September is the time of the Jewish New Year and also heralds a new year for schools and universities (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). After some summertime carefree pursuits, most of us are beginning to hunker down for the grind ahead into Fall and Winter. And that means tuning back into the “real world” as well.

Let’s face it — it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the chaotic state of our world, all the injustices and sorrows and environmental degradation, much of it perpetrated by our own governments or communities. It’s so easy to become filled with hopelessness and despair. Despite the fact that we might suppress such feelings much of the time, down deep, most of us are also aware that the way we live our lives is contributing to this chaos and destruction. We go about life as usual, as if life is as usual. But we know it’s not.

So how to get beyond this state? How to dissolve the despair, move forward into a new year, move into the future?

There’s an admittedly somewhat corny saying that became popular during the late 1960′s: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” In the same vein, the Jewish liturgy for the New Year contains the phrase: “Today the world was conceived”, the idea being that the celebration of the New Year recalls the moment of creation itself.

In truth, though, every moment is the moment of conception and creation. Every moment is the first moment of the rest of your life.

In my book, Active Consciousness, I discuss the idea of the choice point — the Now from which all possible futures emanate — and the fact that each of us is a creator who can conceive and help direct the unfolding of our universe. Together, we are all co-creating the reality we experience, in a giant stew of collective power and transformation.

About a week ago, I attended an afternoon workshop with Barbara Marx Hubbard, whose work I discussed in my January 2015 newsletter and blog post. Barbara is so inspirational because she invites us all to help create a new story for humanity, one in which we all evolve into a new and better human species. In fact, she is quite convincing in her argument that all the turmoil we are experiencing is a sign that a quantum jump into a better world is coming. It is a message that inspires hope.

I believe that the felt acknowledgement of our innate ability to participate in the process of creation is also a key to dissolving our despair.

In past articles, I have written about Huna, a system for living and evolving consciousness based on ideas from Hawaiian mysticism. As it turns out, the Huna formula for creation, embodied by the Ha Ritual or prayer, is very similar to the process of creation and manifestation described in Active Consciousness. And of course, similar ideas can also be found in the rituals and esoteric wisdom of most religions.

However, the first step to any process of creation — really a prerequisite step — is to truly acknowledge that change and creation is possible. It’s saying — yes, it’s actually within the realm of possibly futures that my life and the life of all of us on Earth can be transformed for the better.

Next comes the process of conception. Can you conceive of that future? What would it entail? How would you be? What would your life be like? What would your community and country be like? And how would our world be?

Now: Write it down. And read it out loud too. In my experience, these steps alone are very helpful in dissolving despair. One the reasons is that physical actions such as writing and speaking are very impressive to the Basic Self (which I have written about at length in past newsletters). It is your Basic Self that is in despair, not your inner High Self.

As you go about your day and find yourself bumping up against a wall of hopelessness, remember that Now is the first moment of the rest of your life. It is right Now that the world is conceived. It is up to all of us to create a new story for our world. And it is that story that will help bring it into being.

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The Individuality of Disease and Cure


applesOne of the most important distinctions between homeopathic and allopathic medicines (and indeed, a difference from many alternative medicines as well) is the individualization of homeopathic treatment to the patient, no matter what the disease “name” is. For example, there are numerous commonly used remedies in homeopathy for problems like cough or insomnia, whereas the conventional solution is usually a single suppressive agent — e.g, a cough suppressant or a narcotic to force sleep.

Naturally, this “take this for that” mode of prescribing makes the practice of allopathy much easier and quicker. It also encourages highly lucrative cooperative dealings with drug companies — companies that also enforce allopathy’s dominance (ensuring their revenue stream) with their extremely effective media machines. Suppressive allopathic treatment effects are often quite rapid and clear too.

But at what price? When a cough is merely suppressed or a patient is merely drugged into a stuporous sleep, is he or she really cured? In lucky cases, the origin of the cough or sleeplessness soon passes due to the inherent healing mechanism of the body and the whole episode is forgotten. Allopathy has “cured” them. But quite often, the tendency to have cough or insomnia will continue. The natural allopathic response will be daily cough suppressants or sleeping pills. Unfortunately, homeopathic philosophy tells us and experience shows us that the result of this may be the development of new troubling symptoms, often signs of even deeper disease.

Why is this so?

In much of my writings, some pertaining to my second book Active Consciousness (for example, check out these articles: 1, 2) I talk about the Hawaiian notion of the Basic Self, sometimes called the Unihipili. This inherent spiritual part of our being is the locus of the emotional self, stores all of our memories, and is also the primary controller of the vital force (the Etheric Body) and thus of the physical body as well. When feelings and memories are suppressed for whatever reason, a common pathway for the Basic Self to express itself is through physical ailments. Such ailments range from musculoskeletal problems (aches and pains, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, etc.), to stomach woes (diarrhea, constipation), sleep problems, respiratory problems, headaches, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and almost anything else. Although we (or our doctor) might find a “physical” reason for our problem, the root cause might actually lie somewhere else.

Another way of putting this, in modern terms, is that most disease that we deal with day-to-day ultimately results from factors such as stress, suppressed feelings, etc. But what modern terminology and ideas don’t tell us is that constant suppression of symptoms and ignoring of the Basic Self can force it to express itself in different or more emphatic ways — and that often means deeper and more serious disease.

Of course, some diseases are due to external causes. Accidents do happen. Toxins in the environment (including vaccines and other allopathic drugs) do poison us. Epidemics happen too — though our susceptibility to them is often determined by more internal, individual, factors, than by external “bugs”. Interestingly, in cases where causation is primarily external, non-individualized treatment (whether allopathic or homeopathic) often works best. And so we take Arnica when we fall down or isopathic remedies for poisonings.

Most of the time, however, the way a particular patient expresses disease is a result of his or her individual tendencies. These tendencies are influenced by genetics, but perhaps even more so, by the unique situation of that person and their Basic Self. Thus, to really cure problems such as coughing or migraines or insomnia or arthritis or even something like cancer or autism, a remedy must be found that finds the unique root within that person.

Indeed, sometimes merely identifying the root is enough for the Basic Self to let go. This may be the case, for example, if the root is an emotional event that needs to be unearthed, expressed, and acknowledged. This is the treatment recommended by Dr. John Sarno (see his amazing book Healing Back Pain, which I also talk about in this article) which can be applied to any type of disease. This strategy is also the basis for Hawaiian and other native shamanic techniques, which attempt to acknowledge and address the root through healing rituals.

Homeopathy can also address the root, but in a different way. Of course, the process of the homeopathic interview can often be useful in uncovering the root and therapeutic in and of itself. But even without this, the whole constellation of symptoms that a patient is manifesting usually points the way to a particular remedy that matches or is homeopathic to the root. Then, like magic, the application of this remedy essentially pulls out the root, enabling the wound to be healed. That is the real difference between allopathy and homeopathy: real cure — often “impossible” cure — instead of unending suppression and descent into deeper disease.

I’ll end this short article with a useful list of insomnia remedy differentials that appeared in the September issue of the monthly eNewsletter of the National Center for Homeopathy (which I recommend that you all support and join). While the perfect remedy for someone’s insomnia might really be any remedy that matches them as an individual, the short list of commonly-used remedies below illustrates that even in a case of simple insomnia, its root may lie in many places — from excitement to anxiety to anger to sadness — each of which is most effectively treated by the matching remedy.



[From the September 2015 NCH e-Newsletter]

Ten Homeopathic Remedies for Simple Insomnia

Acute insomnia often develops in times of stress when you are unable to find the time to maintain your usual healthy habits. If recent events have you tossing and turning consider one of these ten homeopathic remedies:

Coffea cruda – Drinking coffee causes a wakeful, somewhat excited state, and homeopathically prepared coffee is indicated for persons in just that same state. This state is sometimes caused by joy, pleasurable excitement, or sudden happy surprises; as well as by unexpected bad news. Such a state may also be found in those who drink too much wine or those over-fatigued from long journeys. When the person lies down to attempt to sleep, the mind is simply awake with a flow thoughts and ideas.

Nux vomica – The patient can often fall asleep early, but awakens at 3 or 4am with great mental activity or worries. When the time to rise comes around, the patient finally feels able to sleep but instead must get up in a tired, irritable state. This type of acute insomnia is commonly brought on by the overuse of drugs and/or stimulants, including alcohol, coffee, and wine, or by overwork or excess studying. The typical Nux vomica patient is irritable, easily angered, and impatient—in short, a grump. They are often chilly, nervous, and excitable.

Aconite – The patient needing Aconite is restless and excited with an anguished kind of fear. Such a state often comes on in the early stages of a sudden acute illness, often after a chill. But this state may also be caused by a shock or fright, such as a serious accident, natural disaster, or operation.

Chamomilla – The patient is usually in an irritable, uncivil state. They are often frantic with pain or irritability and say they “cannot stand it.” They may have the peculiar symptom of being drowsy during the day, but unable to sleep in spite of sleepiness. This irritability is often found in teething infants who insist on being carried, or in adults that are up and pacing the floor.

Arnica – This is a well-known remedy for those with bruises and other sorts of trauma, and those needing this remedy for insomnia have often been in a recent accident or had recent exertion and strain. Such a state is known to travelers as “jet lag.” Many patients routinely use Arnica for jet lag with great success. The patient is overtired but cannot sleep and may feel bruised, or the bed may feel too hard. Remember Arnica for those who have nightmares of the accidents or the injuries that they have suffered.

Cocculus – Those needing this remedy are sleepless from exhaustion. This often comes on from loss of sleep associated with night watching or nursing the sick. Their sleep may be interrupted by waking and starting. Patients needing this remedy are often emotionally sensitive, easily offended, and intolerant of contradiction, or may be extremely sad. Motion sickness is a symptom often seen in those who will respond to this remedy.

Belladonna – Patients who need this remedy may be sleepy, yet unable to sleep. They often start or jerk suddenly during sleep or when falling asleep. Teeth-grinding during sleep is a common symptom. They are often restless. This type of sleepless state is often seen in those coming down with an acute illness or fever.

Gelsemium – Patients are often dull and drowsy, maybe even trembling. They cannot get fully to sleep; their bodies are still and they may appear asleep from the outside, but they are on the edge of sleep internally. Sometimes they start on falling asleep. When finally asleep they may have restless sleep. Or, conversely, they may have a sort of nervous irritation, much like the Coffea patient, that comes on from anticipation of an upcoming event.

Capsicum – Think of homeopathic Capsicum for those with sleeplessness from homesickness or similar emotional states, especially if they have red cheeks.

Staphysagria – Consider this remedy for those who are sleepless after a fit of anger or after a dispute in which their honor was wounded and they suppressed their anger. (Some of the other remedies mentioned, such as Nux vomica, Aconite, Chamomilla, and Coffea also may have sleeplessness after a fit of anger. Look at other characteristics to distinguish one from the other.) Patients needing this remedy are often snappish and take offense easily.

There are other remedies that might be considered for acute insomnia. If none of the above remedies seems to fit your situation, then look in one of the many homeopathic self-care books or a comprehensive homeopathic materia medica for other ideas. If, however, you have chronic, long-term insomnia, it’s best to consult a trained homeopathic practitioner.

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Cut the Cords That Bind You


cut-the-cordAre you familiar with the work of Byron Katie? Her book, Loving What Is, has been quite helpful to me and other members of my family. In a nutshell, she teaches that we can reduce our suffering by resetting our lenses of perception to see things the way things really are. The first steps of her process are to ask the questions, “Is that true?” and then “Is that really true?” The reason for this is that so many of the things we do and the suffering we experience are based on our colored or skewed perception of the world.

This short article will try to address this same complex topic, first by helping you to identify the source of your perceptual difficulties and then by providing you with a handy technique for removing that source of difficulty, based on concepts from Hawaiian mysticism.

What is your source of day-to-day suffering?

Chances are, it is linked to your baseline emotional state (the default state that you tend to drop into), which is so familiar to you that you don’t notice it anymore. For example, in my husband’s case, he often has an internal sense of urgency; he always feels he has to get tasks done as quickly as possible. I liked to call him “the squirrel.” He rushes about and quickly (and effectively!) gets everything done and put in its place. He can wash dishes, tidy up a closet, and organize a file cabinet or computer system so fast that it’s like some magic elves are helping him! He suffers, however, when his “stack of tasks” becomes onerous. Watch out if you ask him to do something at that point! Even if many of the tasks on his stack don’t have to be done quickly or ever, they nag at him. His lens of perception is skewed by an overly heightened sense of necessity.

If you think about it, the source of much of our suffering is rooted in either an overly heightened or overly lowered sense of something in relation to reality. What is your experience? Do you fear or worry about things too much? Too little? Are you the opposite of my husband and have an insufficient sense of urgency and never get anything done? Do you trust people too much? Too little? The possibilities are endless.

So take a moment to think. What is the most typical nature of your suffering if you could describe it as a single or very small set of feelings? Write it down. Just a few words at most.

Now comes the hard part. Can you find the root of this feeling?

For almost everyone, this root will be found sometime in your past, usually before ages 8-10. That is the period of time in which the Basic Self (which I have written about extensively before) holds sway. The Basic Self might be viewed as your subconscious self or emotional self, but really is a full blown energetic part of you that stores all memories, is the primary controller of your physical body, gathers your mana or vital force, is the source of psychic perception, and much more. I often identify it with the human astral body, which I also discuss at length in my book Active Consciousness.

Can you find some events or relationship pattern (usually familial) that occurred before the age of 8 or 10 that created or repeatedly reinforced this emotion in you? Was it something your parents or siblings or teachers reinforced in you?

For example, I tend to fall back into an emotional undertone of worry/fear that “something bad is going to happen suddenly.” This was created and reinforced by events in my childhood — several sudden deaths, as well as occasional incidents of anger and violence that were sudden and unpredictable to me.

If you can identify some of these roots, the last step is to “cut the cord” that binds you to them.

As I discussed in my article about the Aka Meditation, all of reality is interconnected by cords of aka, energetic linkages that I believe are the same as what physicists are now calling entanglements. An aka cord can form from touching something, seeing something, or even just thinking about something. That is why dwelling and dwelling on something that troubles you wraps you deeper and deeper in its web — a literal web of aka cords! Naturally, the aka cords that link you to your family and childhood are very strong. And unfortunately, they can be cords that bind you too.

One of the very powerful Huna rituals that some adepts use is to remove all the cords that are connected to them, leaving them completely fresh and unencumbered. Don’t worry though! Any cords that you cut can be quickly reestablished — even by a simple thought.

To cut some of the aka cords that bind you, try this simple exercise. Begin by trying to identify the part of your body that you believe is connected to the target event or person. Next settle yourself enough so that you feel centered. Then perform some arm/hand motions that, for you, symbolize the cutting of the cords. As you do, imagine that the cords are being cut. You can use this technique to help you stop thinking about something or someone too.

You can cut the aka cords that bind you as much and as often as you feel is necessary. In my experience, it can quickly help you to feel lighter and less encumbered. And if you remember to cut the cords whenever you feel that all-too-familiar sense of suffering within you, you might eventually elevate your habitual baseline state to one that is more joyful and full of grace.

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Some Interesting Summer Reading and Viewing


laptop-by-the-lakeFrom my summer Impossible Cure Newsletter:

It’s summer! As I often do, I’m taking the summer to engage in a bit more rest and reflection and a bit less writing. Hence a combined July/August summer issue of the Impossible Cure Newsletter. And don’t forget: take time off this summer for some rest and reflection yourself! Doing so is often as important as (or more important than) taking the right remedy.

Interesting Viewing

Progress on the Legalization Front

What with all the depressing news about our increasing loss of liberty in choosing whether or not we want to vaccinate ourselves or our children, it is nice to hear about a bit of increase in health freedom! The state of Nevada has just become another state where alternative healers can practice more freely, thanks to passage of AB295, the Healing Arts Bill for Wellness Services. Unfortunately, it seems that some MDs and DOs, who happen to have a homeopathic licensing board in Nevada, have blocked this expansion of practice rights to unlicensed professional homeopaths.
Some Useful Homeopathic Resources


Homeopathic research continues unabated. Those who say there is no evidence for homeopathy simply haven’t looked. One of our world leaders in making this material available is Indian homeopath Saurav Arora; we all owe him a debt of thanks. Here are some links to information he has made available:

  • A compendium of articles (2008-2014) from the International Journal of High Dilution Research (IJHDR). IJHDR has served as an important platform for the publicaton of research in the field of high dilution and homeopathy since its foundation in 2008. It is an invaluable resource for researchers, academicians, and clinicians, being the first open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal specialized in this field.
  • A huge number of articles are available on the site researchinhomeopathy.org. The database of articles is subdivided into many categories such as: Fundamental and Basic Research; Clinical Research; Provings; Veterinary; Agronomy; Dentistry; Surveys; and more. Most of the papers cited in the database include links to the original paper.



  • Another Indian homeopath, Manish Bhatia, is the force behind the excellent Hpathy Journal, which I recommend to all of you interested in learning more about homeopathy in depth. Sign up is free. The journal comes out monthly and includes fascinating articles, including a series of articles by homeopath Robert Medhurst summarizing research studies.
  • How can I not tout the writing of my own homeopath, Deborah Olenev? The series of articles on her website are interesting, thoughtful, and useful. They can be found on her web site, homeopathyforhealth.net.
  • And don’t forget that past issues of the Impossible Cure newsletter can be found on the Impossible Cure site.
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Start with What Is


thinkingIn my book Active Consciousness, I have often mentioned the work of my teacher, Gary Sherman. At the beginning of a weekend workshop with him at the end of April, Gary gave the class the following piece of wisdom:

A good “line up” (or state of personal alignment) is, instead of viewing our experience of life through the lens of our concepts and beliefs, to center our self in direct experience and then derive our concepts and beliefs from that experience.

In other words, start with what is, and go from there.

The trouble is, this isn’t the way most of us operate! So many of us suffer each day because of our ideas and stories about the way things should be (“I should have more money.”;”I should go to church every Sunday”; “My boyfriend should be more attentive.”; “The government should finally get something done!”; “My friend/boss/relative should agree with me.”). Of course, bad things do happen. But it would be a lot more productive and even enlivening if we got a grip, took stock more often of what IS, and then go from there.

As Gary also pointed out to us, most people need only look in their closet to find dozens of items they haven’t used in years. In his words, we need to “get current” on what is really useful and meaningful to us now. In the same way, our beliefs can be just as outdated as an old shirt we’ll never wear again. A good state of alignment is to start fresh, use our meditative skills to see more clearly the way things are now, and go from there.

But be careful! Don’t use this advice to suppress or run away from your inner feelings. I made this mistake myself after the workshop. At the time I was quite agitated about various governmental health policies and media misinformation campaigns that I felt shouldn’t have been happening. I had taken action and done all I could, but I was angry because I felt things “shouldn’t be this way!” and the issue dominated my thoughts each day. The workshop with Gary did help me to accept what is, rather than suffering over what should be. I was finally able to stop thinking about this issue and move on. But I then made a crucial mistake. I suppressed my anger rather than work through it.

Those of you who have read my past articles about the wisdom of Hawaiian beliefs about the inner-feeling Basic Self (for example, The Secret Knowledge of the Kahunas, Don’t Ignore the Basic Self, and The Psychosoma — which is actually about working with the Basic Self) know that using the rational mind to subdue or argue away the feelings of the Basic Self can be a recipe for illness. And that’s precisely what happened to me. I’m only recovered now from an intense lingering cold and cough that began about 7 weeks ago. It’s true that a lot of people in my area have been falling prey to this ailment, but I believe it’s no accident that I became susceptible to it only a week after I “shut off” my anger.

The moral is: part of starting with what IS, is working with what your feelings ARE!

For example, in addition to acknowledging that “Yes, I don’t have enough money” and deciding to finally do something about it, or perhaps realizing that “Well, I really do have enough money”, you must also examine what exactly your inner feelings are about money. Are you angry you don’t have enough? Are you disappointed in yourself that you don’t care about making more money? Do you have irrational fears about not having enough money? Do you believe you don’t really deserve to have more money? Do you think money is evil? There are all kinds of inner feelings people have about this issue, many of them instilled by their parents.

The Basic Self and its feelings must be unearthed, acknowledged and worked with directly. According to Hawaiian wisdom, the best way to do this is through some form of physical action, not just through internal thought processes. Write down your inner feelings and beliefs. Then repeat them out loud. Talk to your Basic Self out loud. If you want to modify the beliefs and feelings of the Basic Self, perform a prayer ritual, complete with ritual objects like candles, incense, etc. to help you.

I highly recommend the book Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism as a great starting point to learn more. In fact, the new book I am currently writing presents a great deal of awareness material that begins with the ideas in Active Consciousness and makes them practical through practices and concepts developed by the Hawaiians, as well as other techniques I have learned.

To conclude: start with what is and go from there. Are you suffering from a should? Meditate upon your issue to help you see more clearly what is. Make an action plan. But don’t forget to acknowledge what is also true for your inner Basic Self. Talk to it. Work with it. If you do, real transformation and action can then truly take place.

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Preparing for Summer Fun — For Kids and Ourselves


izaak-balaThat’s a picture of my older son Izaak having some fun on the water in Canada. When he was a kid, I used to send him and my younger son Max off to a summer camp nearby, armed with their homeopathic remedy kit. Truth be told, I also had to tell them to keep it a secret. The camp “powers that be” would not understand why I wanted them to always try homeopathy first. Whenever a remedy was needed, they would hide in a bathroom to take a dose.

As it turns out, both my boys spent a month at camp for many years and never once needed a trip to the infirmary. In contrast, all the other kids seemed to live there, often visiting every day for their allergy shots and a variety of other meds. Izaak likes to tell the story about the last week of his last year at camp, when he told his friend that he had never once gone to the infirmary. His friend’s mouth hung open!

Useful Books

One important resource, especially when adults travel, is a homeopathic travel book. I recommend one authored by my friend, Richard Pitt — The Natural Medicine Guide for Travel and Home. Or try:
The Savvy Traveler’s Guide to Homeopathy and Natural Medicine by the Reichenberg-Ullman’s.

Build A Kit

I recommend building a kit with the following remedies in 30c potency. You can buy travel kits from a variety of homeopathic pharmacies too. See the Impossible Cure resources page for links. Many kits come with a useful advice booklet about treating common ailments, which can be invaluable. Most homeopathic pharmacies also sell creams. Another option is the line of creams created and sold by my own homeopath, Deborah Olenev.

Useful Remedies to Include:

  • Your constitutional remedy, ideally in a few potencies
  • Aconite
  • Apis
  • Arnica
  • Arsenicum
  • Belladonna
  • Calendula
  • Cantharis
  • China
  • Cocculus
  • Gelsemium
  • Hepar Sulph
  • Hypericum
  • Kali-bichromicum
  • Ledum
  • Nux-vomica
  • Oscillococcinum
  • Podophyllum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Rhus Tox
  • Ruta

Treatment Tips

Start with a single dose. If nothing at all changes within an hour or two, try another. If nothing changes then, you have the wrong remedy.

Remember: If you get improvement, do not automatically redose. Only redose if you find yourself going downhill again. In other words, only dose as needed.

If redosing is needed, it can be useful to create a water bottle with a few pellets of the remedy in it. For a re-dose, shake vigorously and take a mouthful, swish and hold in the mouth for a few seconds, then swallow.

Remember that an aggravation can be a positive sign and will be followed by improvement. Do not panic, be patient. However, if all new severe symptoms appear and you are getting worse, you probably have the wrong remedy.

In travel situations when you don’t have a knowledgeable homeopath with you, you often must resort to “specifics” — remedies that are commonly associated with a particular symptom. This approach will often get you through.

Finally, it goes without saying, don’t be afraid to resort to allopathy when it’s really needed.

The following is a set of quick advice for common problems.

First Aid

WOUND TIP: Remember hydrogen peroxide! After washing, apply it to wounds, spider bites, etc. It is also useful as a gargle (don’t swallow!) for sore throats.

Healing wounds: Calendula cream, ointment, or gel. I find that the gel often seals things up the fastest. Make sure the wound is clean.

Blunt trauma (falls, concussions, injury in general, bruising, shock): Arnica

Black eyes: Ledum

Panic, Shock, Fright: Aconite

Injuries with nerve pain: Hypericum

Puncture wounds, insect bites: Ledum (better from cold), Hypericum

Redness, swelling, hot, burning, stinging (e.g., from bee sting, allergic reaction): Apis

Burns: Cantharis

Poison Ivy: Rhus-tox, Ledum

Infected wounds: Hepar Sulph

Joint Injury: Ruta (ligaments, tendons), Rhus-tox (sprains and strains, better from continued movement), Arnica. Creams can be useful too — e.g., I use this “arthritis cream”, which contains all three ingredients.

Sea sickness, dizziness: Cocculus

Jet Lag: Arnica upon arrival.

General illness: Start with a dose of your constitutional remedy. This can often be sufficient to bump you out of whatever is ailing you and you won’t have to resort to any other remedy.

Onset of colds: Aconite

Sinus Infection: Kali Bichromicum

Bladder Infection: Cantharis

High Fever: Belladonna

Onset of flu: Oscillococcinum, Gelsemium

Food poisoning: Arsenicum (fear, restless, thirsty for small sips, prostration, meat), Nux-vomica (workaholic, over-indulgence, greasy junk food), Pulsatilla (clingy, worse from fats, thirstless, better from outdoors, fish), Podophyllum (explosive diarrhea).

Homesickness: Pulsatilla (clingy, weepy); Gelsemium (trembling, weak, anticipatory anxiety, bad news).

Hangover: Nux-vomica

Severe weakness and tiredness: Gelsemium

Loss of fluids, dehydration: China

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