On the Verge

 

Part-IIIDo you know that feeling, just before you reach the initial peak of a roller coaster? You feel a mixture of excitement, dread, anticipation, and an odd quiet stillness, as if you are suspended in mid-air? That’s how I am feeling at the beginning of 2016. It’s like something big is coming, but at this moment, everything seems still, everything seems status-quo. I feel like our civilization is on the verge.

You may have noticed that I’ve occasionally skipped a month in the release of my Active Consciousness newsletters. That’s because I’ve been actively engaged in trying to practice what I preach, release myself from “shoulds”, and follow my guidance. I’ve also been trying to release myself from the neverending weight of achieving and instead, be okay with just being. Maybe it’s related to the fact that I just turned 60. I’ve also decided to put my plans for a third book on hold for now. I wrote a few chapters, but I just wasn’t “feeling it.” As a result, my life has become more empty, still, and quiet, mixed with a feeling of waiting.

Which brings me back to the verge. As the drawing above indicates, our current verge might also be a choice point. This concept (as well as the image) is from my book Active Consciousness. A choice point is a point at which the future bifurcates in a fundamental and non-mechanistic way. It is a point where our intention sends us down one path or another. Thus, not only may our collective roller coaster be nearing a peak, but there might be more than one track that we could take on our way down.

Surely, many major choices are coming down the pike this year. For one, there is the American election of 2016. Talk about choices! Could there be two candidates any more different in their views than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? Our world is definitely caught in a period of immense polarities in almost every sphere of life. This too is part of being “on the verge.”

But another key point I make in Active Consciousness is that each of us can have an influence on what happens at a choice point. What we say and do and even think or believe has an influence on the outcome. Just like the “butterfly effect”, even small influences can make a huge difference at a choice point.

(By the way, as I discuss in my first book Impossible Cure, this is also related to how homeopathic remedies work. The very subtle action of these remedies can create sweeping healing effects, but only if they are well-chosen and matched to the patient. Although they may be miniscule in materiality, because they exert just the right influence at the right time, they are able to create huge healing effects.)

Lately, I have become very interested in and inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller. Bucky (as he liked to be called) often used the phrase “Trimtab” to describe himself. In fact, he had the phrase “Call Me Trimtab” inscribed on his tombstone!

A trim tab is a small flap or rudder that is placed on the much bigger rudder of an ocean liner or airplane. Instead of exerting a large force to move the main rudder, a very small change is made to the trim tab. Because of the effects of wind or water pressure and speed, this small change to the trim tab is able to move the large rudder, and as a consequence, the huge vehicle to which it is attached. Thus, the idea of trying to be a trim tab is that a small action can be selected and performed in just the right way so that it can have huge effects. A related idea is the use of minimal energy and material to have maximum positive effect — an important principle of sustainability.

Bucky Fuller devoted his life as an experiment to prove that one small man could have a huge positive impact on society — bigger, in fact, than could be achieved by any weighty organization or government. In other words, he tried to be a trim tab. And many would agree that he succeeded!

As we near the peak of the roller coaster of 2016, I think it behooves us to all to try and be trim tabs so that we can collectively help to steer the course of our descent. Don’t forget: even the smallest action can be a trim tab. It could be a smile or greeting to a stranger; it could be a connection you make between two people; it could be this article that I send out to you and that you share with your friends!

And one way to figure out what would be the most optimal trim-tab-like thing to do is (in the words I use in Active Consciousness) to “Choose Joy.” Remember to take that extra moment to reach deep within and follow your heart, your Inner Wisdom. We’re all in it together, all interconnected, all aboard the wild roller coaster of 2016. Let’s have a great ride!

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The Secret to Healing Lies Within You

 

Part-VHappy New Year!

As we all know, this is a time for personal resolutions that set a tone for the coming year ahead. Why not make it one of your resolutions to search for a path to true healing, not through outside resources, but from healing knowledge that lies deep within you?

One of the important concepts in homeopathic philosophy is that symptoms are not there to be vanquished, but rather, to be understood and used as clues. Indeed, if we merely suppress symptoms and sweep them under the rug (as most allopathic medicines do), we may also lose access to vital “bread crumbs” that could lead us back to health.

For example, a homeopath utilizes a patient’s unique symptoms as indicators of the correct remedy to prescribe. This remedy can then stimulate and heal the vital force — the innate energy that guides the physical body, including its immune system. This activation of the vital force (using the correct remedy) can then guide us back to health.

But homeopaths also understand that symptoms are even more mysterious and significant than being mere clues to the correct remedy choice. Like dream symbols, symptoms are often representative of our deepest inner state. They can tell us much about what our vital force and even deeper energy bodies are trying to tell us. Sometimes the message is: “Here are some clues. Take the homeopathic remedy that match them.” But sometimes the message is: “Leave your job,” or “Tell your parents how you really feel,” or “Your anger is killing you. Let it go.”

As many of you know, in addition to Impossible Cure I am also the author of a book called Active Consciousness (which, by the way, was recently named one of “Five Spiritual Books that Will Change Your Perspective of Reality”!). For this reason, I try to keep up with the latest in spirituality and consciousness as well as homeopathy. Recently, I listened to a podcast about tuning into the wisdom of the inner self for purposes of healing. The speaker suggested two questions to ask yourself when in meditation:

What does your body need in order to heal?

If your body has a message for you, what is it trying to teach you?

Since then, I have meditated on these two questions every time I begin to feel ill — whether it be a cold, headache, or an ache or pain. In fact, I wrote these two questions on a piece of paper that is now taped on the wall by my computer; it’s a handy reminder. If you engage in this meditative practice and follow through on the insight you receive, I am sure that you will find that you can bring greater health into your life. Indeed, by finding your answers for healing within, your need for external healing aids, whether homeopathic or allopathic, will likely decrease dramatically.

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Feeling Tired and Flu-ish? Try Homeopathy!

 

gelsemiumIn the past, I have written more than one article about homeopathic remedies for the flu. This season, I suspect that one of the primary remedies will be Gelsemium, one of the most commonly used remedies for flu. It is available in any health food store. In fact, a single dose of Gelsemium 30c recently bumped me out of a feeling of incipient illness, enabling me to take an out-of-town vacation the next day. One of the keynotes of Gelsemium is a feeling of extreme fatigue, heaviness, and weakness. The patient feels that they simply can’t get up off the couch or out of bed.

As always, of course, the right remedy for the flu (or any acute illness) is the remedy whose symptoms match those being experienced. This article (from an old issue of the Impossible Cure Newsletter) will serve as a refresher course on common flu remedies.

Remember, there’s always hope with homeopathy!

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ThanksGiving Is Precisely What the American Soul Needs

 

cup-runneth-overIs it more than coincidence that the quintessential American holiday — Thanksgiving — represents, at a deep level, precisely what the American people now so direly need in order to heal their souls? I think not.

Think about it. Today, Western culture, and especially American culture, revolves around cultivating and enshrining a chronic attitude of dissatisfaction. We are brought up, inculcated day and night by media and almost everyone we know, to believe it is just natural, even a virtue, to want more — more food, more possessions, more power, more achievement, more money, more entertainment, more love, more friends, more success, more fame, more status. In fact, a person who rejects this view would likely be seen as downright “unAmerican” by most people! Maybe each of us doesn’t desire all of these things, but most of us crave more of some of them. As a result, a constant sense of dissatisfaction is gnawing at our souls and creating an epidemic of depression in its wake. It is the disease of our times, and oddly enough, Thanksgiving might be the cure we need.

Of course, when I talk about Thanksgiving, I’m referring to something much more profound than our current conception of the American holiday. In fact, the way we celebrate Thanksgiving today is the exact opposite of what we should be doing — gorging ourselves on so much food that many of us become sick afterwards! On top of this, we are then encouraged to go on a spending spree the next day, Black Friday, that is so insanely intense that people die each year being trampled in store lines. Sure, some of us might indulge a bit in the “giving” part of the holiday and throw a few cans in the collection bin for the hungry, but how many of us truly engage in the “Thanks” part?

There are at least two steps to experiencing true gratitude. Naturally, there is the act of giving thanks. But a prerequisite to true thankfulness is to first deeply acknowledge what you have. Indeed, this step might be the harder of the two. You may intellectually “know” you have various things, but how deeply do you feel it? It is essential to do so, because without deeply acknowledging what’s actually in your cup, you will always feel thirsty for more. And as a result, the practice of gratitude will be fleeting.

Right now — take a few moments and consider all that you have and try to acknowledge it. Write it down. Say it out loud. Feel it! Include not only food, material possessions, and the natural wonders that surround you, but everything else too — the friends you have, the love and other kindnesses you receive — big or small, and also the achievements you have manifested in your life (this one can be particularly hard!).

For an even deeper examination of this issue, you might now consider what it is that you crave. Craving is all about having enough but not seeing that you do. It is thinking you haven’t eaten enough when you’ve already stuffed yourself (or wanting to lose more weight when you are already unhealthfully thin), buying more and more things when you already have plenty, wanting more money when you are already rich, or wanting more fame or recognition when you are already famous and recognized. In essence, craving is a delusion about the nature of your reality, and it is usually rooted in a sense of inner lack — often some kind of lack experienced in childhood. For this reason, it is hard to release cravings. They are deeply ingrained habits of being. But they are also the root of some of our deepest suffering.

Why not take this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to ponder your personal forms of craving? Below are some strategies to try to address a craving of “X”:

Is your craving of X based on current reality? Or it merely a habit?

Examine your current life. Do you actually have enough of X?

Is your craving for X really symptomatic of some other deeper feeling of lack — for something else? Let’s call it “Y”. Perhaps Y is feeling loved or “seen”. Most likely this feeling of lack is rooted in some experience of the past. Now examine your current life. Do you actually lack Y now?

Can you substitute something else for your craving of X?

Sometimes when a person craves a particular food, they also suffer from an illness that is actually caused by that food. Substituting the problem food with something else can often be the route to cure. Along the same lines, addictions to certain substances (also the root of disease) can be alleviated through substitutions. Can you find some form of substitute for X?

Experiment with giving X rather than craving X.

What would happen if you gave love instead of craved it?
Gave recognition to your peers, rather than craving it from them?
Gave away some of your possessions instead of buying more?

Cultivate the outward-flowing energy of thankfulness and gratitude.

Craving is all about pulling things toward you. Gratitude is about sending energy outward. By practicing regular gratitude meditations, or by writing a list each morning (or before bed each night) of all the things you are grateful for, you can greatly reduce the chronic sense of dissatisfaction and craving in your life. Try it!

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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!


LifePod:
A Vehicle for Cultural Evolution

Amy L. Lansky, PhD
lansky@renresearch.com
www.amylansky.com

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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