Vision: The Key to Our Future


visionHappy New Year 2015!

My New Year’s suggestion to you is to begin by watching this broadcast by Barbara Marx Hubbard on the occasion of her 85th birthday.

Hubbard is a futurist and visionary for the future of mankind and I plan to learn more about her work in 2015. In her broadcast, she describes an out-of-body experience she had in the early 1960′s that showed her a future in which humanity, having experienced severe global world-wide difficulties, collectively rises to a new level of awareness and transcendence — a shift that even repairs the physical Earth itself. As Hubbard says, back when she had this experience, she could not have foreseen our current times over 50 years later and the many technological and political developments that have occurred. Some of these developments, like increased industrialization, overpopulation, GMOs, and pesticides, have come to plague the Earth, while others, such as the internet and social media, now provide hope for humanity coming together. As the years have gone by, she has seen more and more of her vision develop and come true.

After I watched Barbara’s broadcast, my husband Steve and I both viewed her short film “Our Story”, which you too can view for free by signing up for her newsletter. After watching it, I was amazed by how much of what Barbara was saying echoed themes in my book Active Consciousness. However, Steve’s reaction was: “That’s nice, but what does it mean? What is she saying we should do?”

A good question. But I quickly realized the answer: We must first hold and then work toward a positive vision of humanity’s future.

On the surface, this may sound pollyanna-ish. But if you think about it, this is exactly what Active Consciousness is all about. The first step in creating the future we want is having a vision of it. If we focus on it, hold it as “PURE GOAL”, we can eventually be led to it.

But if we get diverted by and trapped in the negativity and fear that is ever-present in the media around us, we not only lose our vision and become despondent, but we help to reinforce and even create a more negative future.

So it’s not about pollyanna-ish hopefulness nor denying reality, it’s about holding, holding, holding onto the vision, with trust, with confidence, with conviction, and then using that vision to guide our actions. It’s not easy! It’s hard work! We may not even see the fruition of our labors in our own lifetimes. But it’s the only way forward to the future we want.

One of the divination tools I use on a regular basis are the Medicine Cards developed by Jamie Sams and David Carson. The card I had pulled for December 2014 was a challenging one — Raven (symbolizing magic) in the contrary position. Ouch! And indeed it was a difficult month, filled with serious illness in my extended family, extremely time-consuming and difficult communications on a committee I am co-chairing, and frustratingly slow progress on a few other issues in my life. As Carson and Sams write, “Contrary Raven may be bringing you a warning that you are not equipped to move into another level of consciousness until you have mastered the one you are currently working with… Contrary Raven may also portend a time of smoky, confused messages that you cannot see or hear because your ‘intellect’ is insisting that magic is not real… Raven may be pecking at the door to your consciousness, but you will not receive unless you clear the smoke and seek the other realms of imagination and awareness where magic lives.”

I will tell you this: I may not have handled my challenging December as well as I could have, but I have learned a great deal. And I am feeling much more optimistic about 2015 than I was about 2014.

I suspect that the world has been experiencing Contrary Raven too. We are surrounded with difficulties and frustrations. We feel Raven peck, peck, pecking at our world. And at the same time, something new does seem to be emerging. Humanity is seeing truths we have not seen before. The smoke is beginning to clear. We may not be there yet, maybe not even close, but I believe the future we want will be created if we see the vision and hold fast to it. That’s what Active Consciousness is all about, and that’s what visionaries like Barbara Marx Hubbard help us to do.

Dear readers, here’s to much brighter 2015, with humanity finally turning toward a brighter collective vision of our future — slowly but surely! Hold, hold, hold onto the vision, and let it guide you each day as you CHOOSE JOY.

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Health Tips 2015 — or, What I Learned in 2014


Amy-facebookIt’s hard to believe, but I’m  now embarking upon my 6th year of writing the Impossible Cure Newsletter. Happy New Year!

Since most of us begin the year with a few health-oriented resolutions, I thought I’d provide you with some inspiration — two of my personal health discoveries in 2014.

The first is simple.  For many years I’ve been thinking about learning more about juicing.  Early in 2014 I bought a “Magic Bullet” — a little personal-sized blender — but it just didn’t work for me.  The thick sludge it made from veges just wasn’t appealing or palatable to me.

Then, over the summer, my husband Steve and I watched an amazing and entertaining online movie that I recommend to all of you:  Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Wow. Even though Steve and I aren’t overweight nor sick, this movie inspired us to juice.  We bought a masticating juicer this fall and haven’t looked back.  In fact, Steve is our juice-maker!  He loves playing with this new toy.  We now try to have a “juice meal”, or at least a big glass of juice as the primary component of our meal, every other day. I have consistently seen that, within 1-2 days, I experience an amazing cleansing of my colon.  It’s as if it completely and thoroughly empties.  We’ve both been feeling strong and invigorated.  The intense shot of organic kale, carrots, carrot tops, wheat grass, ginger, apples, and other veges and fruits is like an amazing tonic.  Try it out!

Next, and even more profound, is the amazing healing power of your own Self.  Of course, this is, in many ways, what homeopathy is all about — triggering the innate healing powers of your own vital force. As I have written about in several past articles, both in the Impossible Cure and Active Consciousness newsletters (many of these articles can also be found on, a very important component of our complete Self is what Hawaiian shamans call the Basic Self or unihipili.  This part of our being includes our vital force — the energy body that controls our physical body — but it also includes our emotions, our subconscious,  our psychic abilities,  and our link to our  Higher or Inner Self (aumakua). Our Basic Self is, in general, subservient to our rational thinking mind (uhane), but it is always there, with its own feelings, attitudes, and needs.

My  big discovery in 2014 — one that I already intellectually knew, but finally put into practice — is the importance of maintaining contact with the Basic Self in alleviating almost every form of disease or dysfunction. If you get a cold, a headache, a flu, a serious disease, sprain your ankle or wrench your back, have heart arrythmias, high blood pressure — really anything, the first thing you should do is check in with your Basic Self.  Talk to it.  Out loud. You might even give it a name that is meaningful to you.  Say, “Basic Self, what is bugging you?”   Then, listen.

I recommend doing the following.  Get a notebook and entitle it: “Conversations with X” where X is your name for your Basic Self — it could just be “My Basic Self”. Anytime any physical thing comes up, or really at any time of upset, make an entry entitled:  “Date.  Things that are bugging (or bothering) me.”  Then write down every single thing you can think of, from profound to little minutiae. Focus especially on what is angering or annoying you, including anger at yourself. It is then helpful to read this list out loud and acknowledge to your Basic Self that you understand how it feels and respect its feelings. Hawaiian wisdom teaches us that the Basic Self is very impressed by physical actions like writing, speaking, and physical rituals.  It will be less effective to simply “think” to your Basic Self.  Remember that, in many ways, it is like a child that needs your love and support.  So many things that happen to us are really the Basic Self trying to be noticed in one of the only ways it knows how — through your physical body.

I know this may sound like a stretch to many of you.  But give it a try and see what happens.

Indeed, homeopathic remedies are actually working in much the same way.  The homeopathic interview is definitely a way of noticing and voicing the true feelings and sensations of the Basic Self.  The remedy is then  a form of energetic acknowledgement and support that enables the vital force, an important component of the Basic Self, to do its job and heal.  But a lot can also be accomplished by simply writing everything down, speaking out loud to the Basic Self, and asking for its help.  Try it!

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The Power of Light


light-in-darknessAs we approach the darkest days of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere), all of us become more and more aware of the power of light. This power is echoed in the imagery and symbols of all the holidays celebrated at this time of year, from Christmas lights to Hanukkah candles to the solstice ritual of the Circle of Light.

This year, however, the power of Light seems to be taking on much more powerful societal meaning. All over the world, many different forms of darkness that have existed for a long time are becoming illuminated by the light of exposure. Much of this is happening because of the power of the internet and social media. As I discuss in Active Consciousness, the evolution of technology is always concomitant and interacting with an evolution in human awareness and consciousness.

Below are just a few areas in which long-existing darknesses in the human spirit are being exposed to the light and finally being noticed and acknowledged in a widespread way. Many more areas of darkness are coming to light each day and slowly becoming acknowledged by the mainstream.

The rampant racism in the exercise of policing and justice in the United States.
The troubling and widespread sexual abuse of women (and sometimes men) in the military; a coverup of sexual abuse and rape of women on college campuses; and the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Catholic church.
The existence of a sex slave industry right under our noses, even in the Western world.
The collection of every form of data about every citizen in every country by organizations like the NSA.
The officially-condoned denial of basic human rights of women (e.g., to education, freedom of movement, and self-determination) in many countries all over the world.
Climate change is real and must be addressed by humanity (the pact between China and the USA is the first real shift in this area — let’s see if it sticks!)

Now, notice your reaction to the list above. It is quite easy to become angry, agitated, and full of fear and paranoia. That is how most of us react much of the time. But that isn’t why I’m writing this article.

My point is, these darknesses have been with us for a long time; the good news is that they are now being exposed to light. Something good is happening!

By reacting in fear and anger, we increase the power of the darkness. But choosing to instead feel joyful that the truth is finally coming out, and then doing something positive and hopeful to remedy these ills, spreads the power of light. A peaceful college rally that unites blacks and whites together in solidarity is so much more powerful than an angry riot! It may not seem to be so in the short term; but in the long term, the effects on people’s consciousness — for example, the consciousness and future life actions of those college students — is much deeper, long-lasting, and positive.

History has shown that the message of Martin Luther King and Gandhi is enduring. The light of positive action is so much more powerful than dark and destructive anger. You feel it in your heart. That is why Jesus said, “Turn the other cheek.” You don’t need to give up, just act in a spirit of love rather than react in hate.

As we turn toward 2015, let us commit to activating our collective intention and the active power of consciousness to increase the light of revelation in all the dark corners of our lives. While sometimes painful, facing the truth with love is the real path towards growth, life, and the evolution of our personal and collective human spirit.

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Homeopathy — A World Treasure, Hidden in Plain Sight


treasure_chestIn his foreword to my book, Impossible Cure, homeopath Richard Pitt wrote the following: “Like a hidden treasure sitting in a basement for two hundred years, the jewels of homeopathy need to see the light of day.” How true!

At this time of year, as we pause in thanks between Thanksgiving (in America) and Christmas, Hannukah, and other holidays that celebrate gratefulness, gifts, and a yearning for renewed light in the world, it seems like a perfect time to also reflect with gratitude upon the immense gift of homeopathy. Why this treasure of healing remains largely submerged in scorn, I still cannot fathom. Homeopathy’s critics say it is simultaneously useless, empty, and dangerous. Obviously, homeopathy feels threatening to them — and perhaps rightfully so. Because once the treasure of homeopathy is let out into full view, many of the accepted medical practices of our time will seem useless, empty, and dangerous. Perhaps our critics simply project their own fears of inadequacy?

Despite everything, homeopathy continues on, as it has for 200 years. New studies prove its clinical effectiveness each day, despite relatively meager funding. Intrepid homeopaths heal the supposedly incurable all over the world, sometimes working against a tidal wave of objections and derision. Respected scientists — even Nobel Laureates — continue to uncover secrets that buttress Hahnemann’s discoveries — that succussed ultradilutions actually do carry amazing information and power — despite the fact that they often lose credibility and funding for research once they do so. In the end, I feel certain that the truth of Homeopathy will ultimately prevail. Hopefully it will not take another 200 years!

As we approach the end of 2014, here are a few inspiring videos and articles to view that underscore the power and promise of the treasure of Homeopathy. Thank you, Samuel Hahnemann, for discovering it!

Another successful Indian study of homeopathic treatment of autism!
“Effectiveness of homoeopathic therapeutics in the management of childhood autism disorder”

More information about structured water by a highly respected scientist…
I just began reading Dr. Pollack’s recent book on the fourth phase of water. You can watch this award-winning professor deliver a talk about his research at the University of Washington here:
The Fourth Phase of Water: Dr. Gerald Pollack at TEDxGuelphU

Homeopathy continues to make a difference in Africa
More news about the successful work of two organizations:
* Jeremy Sherr’s clinic in Tanzania
* The controversial but amazingly powerful work of the Amma Resonance Healing Foundation

Homeopaths Without Borders (HWB-NA) continues to make a difference in Haiti
Instead of simply providing homeopathic care, the homeopathic training provided to nurses in Haiti has been so successful that they eagerly await their training sessions provided by HWB each year. You can learn more about Homeopaths Without Border’s latest trip to Haiti on their Facebook page.

And now for your amusement!

From Dana Ullman: How the AMA Got Rich and Powerful

From the National Center for Homeopathy:
Little Women – Did you know this classic movie includes a scene featuring homeopathy? Twenty years ago, in December of 1994, the third motion picture adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was released, and for many a new holiday classic was born. The homeopathy community was certainly abuzz on the World Wide Web about the movie staying true to Alcott’s appreciation for homeopathy. One scene that many of us in the community watch, rewind, and watch again is when the lead character, Jo, is pouring over the materia medica trying to find a remedy to help her very ill sister, Beth, and exclaims “She’s burning up, but she says that she’s freezing. She has a terrible thirst, but she won’t drink. Sounds like Arsenicum, but she looks more like Belladonna.” The movie borrowed an actual antique homeopathic remedy kit from our very own NCH Board of Directors member, Joe Lillard, to use on the set.

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Introducing the Ask Amy Blog!


Have a question?  Ask Amy!

askamy-headerI have just embarked upon a new experiment — a new blog, Ask Amy. It is a place where people can ask me questions and I can answer in a way that can be shared not only with them, but with others.

Ever since my first book, Impossible Cure, appeared in 2003, I have been inundated with emails from all over the world that ask for my advice. I have always answered on an individual basis and without any compensation, which has consumed quite a bit of my time. My hope is that AskAmy will be a way for me to share this information more widely and more efficiently. As my answers accumulate, I will categorize them so that they can reviewed easily by people who visit the blog. I am happy to answer questions about almost any subject, but especially alternative health, consciousness, autism, homeopathy, meditation, and synchronicity — that is, the subject matter of my books Impossible Cure and Active Consciousness.

To find out more, visit AskAmy!

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Finding Grace


self-acceptanceAmazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

I never really had any idea what “grace” meant until a couple of years ago. I had always thought it was a Christian concept, and I just didn’t relate to it. Then, one morning, I had an experience that gave me my first inkling about what grace might be.

I was recovering from a very intense bout of food poisoning that had hit everyone in my family for a couple of days, after an unfortunate restaurant visit — a pricey restaurant too! I was the slowest to recover and felt under a lot of pressure because we all had airline tickets for that afternoon. I had already made three trips to the bathroom that morning, and as I lay there in bed, I was doubtful I was going to be able to make it through the long travel day ahead.

Looking at the sunlight streaming through the bedroom window, I suddenly had a sense that “everything is okay.” I am okay. All is well. It just doesn’t matter. I instantly thought, “This must be grace!” I was filled with a feeling of serenity, quiet happiness, and peace.

So just what is grace? And how do we achieve it? Maybe you’re as mystified about it as I was. A quick online search yields the following, more Christian-oriented definition of “grace”: Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification. Another definition, which perhaps provides interesting insight into achieving grace, is related to the term “graceful”: Simple elegance or refinement of movement.

What I’d like to share with you today is a piece of wisdom I received in contemplation at a recent workshop that I attended, which focused on combining the practice of “EFT” tapping with meditation. My insight provided me with what, I believe, is the true definition and path to grace: Grace Is Self-Acceptance.

Many of us tend to feel either unworthy or insufficient in some way. Our minds are filled with “shoulds.” We worry that we don’t or won’t measure up. Most of us are our own worst critic. We live in a state of tension and un-ease with the world and with ourselves.

What if the grace that some receive through religious devotion is not an external bestowal upon an unworthy but believing recipient, but rather, is a sometimes subtle movement or shift into a (perhaps more truly divine) state of acceptance of one’s self?

Or, in the terminology used in Active Consciousness (and in Hawaiian shamanism), is the result of establishing a connection to the High or Inner Self that we all possess, which then serves to ease the “unworthy” or “insufficient” feelings of the Basic Self and all its stories and worries?

As discussed in Active Consciousness, the basic EFT formula used during tapping is the following: “Even though X (the problem being dealt with), I deeply and completely accept myself.” Thus, one of the secrets behind the success of EFT, may be that it helps people to connect to a deep state of Self acceptance — grace. While I think there is more to EFT, I believe this is a core piece. Just as grace is also defined as a form of simple elegance and refined movement, maybe achieving that deeper state of grace is really just a simple, elegant, and very refined movement toward self acceptance.

As I lay in bed that morning, recovering from food poisoning, I suddenly just accepted myself, my slow recovery, and the situation. All was well. I had connected to my joyful, Inner Self (or the High Self or Aumakua of Hawaiian wisdom). As a result, I achieved a peaceful state of grace. And by the way, I ultimately was able to travel with my family that day too!

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Homeopathy is a Family Affair


Family_PortraitRecently, a parent posted the following question to an email list I participate in:

I had already pegged my son as possibly having a reaction to his constitutional remedy from last night when we woke up today; I thought we were in for a cranky day. I then took my own remedy for my acute eczema. About two hours later I was at the computer and he came over and gave me a huge hug and told me how much he loves me, etc. Lovely, but a bit uncharacteristic; first off, the totally loveable and not at all annoying or clinging affection, and second, that usually when we start off cranky, it sets the tone for the entire day. As far as my own behavior, I don’t think it changed at all from taking the remedy, except that my eczema was slightly better and I needed less lanolin on it. This isn’t the first time that one of my children reacted after someone else had taken their own remedy. I am wondering if this normally occurs within families? It also got me wondering if homeopaths choose remedies based on all members of the family as an energetic unit?

If you check out the last part of Chapter 3 in Impossible Cure, you will find that I do emphasize the fact that, in truth, homeopathy is family affair. How could it not be? When one person’s whole being, whole energy field, is changing, it will definitely affect everyone around them. As a patient’s health problems, annoying habits, or emotional delusions and misguided attitudes fade away, everyone around them can relax and take up a new view and dynamic with them. Entire relationships can change, at home and at work.

That’s why, whenever possible, it is ideal if a whole family can be treated by the same practitioner. First of all, if a remedy is highly successful for one family member, it provides a strong clue about useful remedies for other family members. For example, it verifies miasms or disease tendencies within the family that can influence remedy choices. And sometimes, parents and children do need the same remedies.

Whole family treatment also provides the homeopath with information that might not otherwise be available. Obviously, this requires impeccable discretion and objectivity on the part of the homeopath. But it is certainly true that the inner state, feelings, and experience of one family member will affect other family members in ways that they may never suspect or be conscious of.

Another important aspect of homeopathic treatment for the whole family is that it can set into motion a dynamic ballet of change in which everyone grows and improves in a beautiful way. In Impossible Cure I talk about how after my son Max’s autism improved, it provided space for my husband and I to address our own problems individually and as a couple. My other son’s issues could also then be addressed. Our evolution, development, and growth as a family was like an expanding spiral in which each of us slowly changed, responded, adapted, and healed. It’s not like a straight line, but more like a plant that grows and unfolds, each region of change and growth aiding and affecting the development of other areas of the family.

So yes! If one of your family members has benefited from homeopathic treatment, consider trying it out for yourself, even if you think “you don’t really need it.” In my experience, everyone can benefit from homeopathic treatment. You may be surprised by the results!

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The Missing Ingredient of Most Manifestation Techniques


Part-VOver the summer, I continued my reading about Hawaiian shamanistic beliefs, and in particular, the work of Max Freedom Long. As discussed in previous articles (October 2012, May 2013, November 2013, May 2014), Long was an American who came to the Hawaiian islands in the early 1900s and made it his life’s work to record and understand the quickly disappearing knowledge of the Hawaiian kahunas. In doing so, he gradually developed a system that he called Huna, which combined the essence of the Hawaiian teachings with his own explorations based on scientific experimentation with psychic and other metaphysical phenomena. This kind of experimentation was popularized in the late 1800s and early 1900s by organizations like the Society for Psychical Research, which is still alive today. I also talk about such research in my book Active Consciousness.

What I enjoy about Long’s Huna teachings is that he was interested in more than just learning about the kahuna beliefs and techniques. He wanted to apply them and see if they actually worked. For Long, the “proof was in the pudding”. Over time, he even developed a worldwide society of explorers who tested out a variety of techniques, Huna Research Associates.

Long was also deeply interested in dissecting the Hawaiian language, especially its spiritual and shamanistic terminology. His goal was to uncover what he felt was a tacit description of the hidden meanings and operational method of the various kahuna techniques, which were largely kept secret by the kahunas. You can learn more about Long’s work by reading his books. The two I have read so far are The Secret Science Behind Miracles and The Secret Science at Work.

What I want to share with you today is a key ingredient that, from the perspective of Huna, seems to be missing from most manifestation techniques being described today — including ones I describe in Active Consciousness. Luckily, however, I have also discovered that most of the ideas in Active Consciousness are amazingly aligned with the secret kahuna knowledge.

As described in my article “The Secret Knowledge of the Kahunas”, each of us is composed of three spiritual selves that also accompany us after death: the Lower or Basic Self (Unihipili), the Middle Self (Uhane), and the Higher Self (Aumakua). The Higher Self is essentially the same as what I call the Higher or Inner Self in Active Consciousness and may correspond to the Causal Body. The Middle Self controls our reasoning mind and may also correspond to the Mental Body. The Lower or Basic Self is the part of us that holds our memories, our emotions, our subconscious beliefs, and controls our physical body, and may correspond to our Etheric and Astral Body. Interestingly, it is the Lower Self that holds most of the power in our exercise of psychic abilities. Perhaps that is why, in order for us to be successful in utilizing these innate psychic powers, the censoring tendencies of the rational Middle Self must largely be subdued.

A key belief held by the kahunas (and the missing ingredient in most manifestation methods) is that in order for the High Self to guide us and aide us in manifestation, a connection must be made from the Lower (Basic) Self to the High Self. This connection takes the form of a cord called the Aka Cord that connects up the Lower (and Middle) Selves to the Higher Self. Moreover, this Aka Cord must be charged with energy or Mana, an energy that probably corresponds to qi or the vital force.

Two key ingredients are required for a successful and strong Aka Cord to be built as part of the prayer process:
1. Mana or energy must be gathered. This is usually relatively easy, and typically involves some breathing and/or visualization exercises.
2. The Basic or Lower Self must be willing to create the Aka cord and communicate the desired prayer along it.

It is this latter ingredient that is often harder to achieve. Since the feelings and beliefs of the Basic Self are often subconscious to us, we may not be consciously aware that they are blocking us from building a strong connection to the High Self. Typical obstacles include: feelings of unworthiness, possibly based on guilt; stubborn resistance, skepticism, fear, or even laziness; a subconscious desire not to fulfill the prayer — for instance, not truly wishing to recover from a disease because of the consequent loss of dependency; harbored hatreds and ill-feelings toward others.

A large part of kahuna teaching involves techniques for removing these obstacles. For example, if a person feels guilty for something they have done, they must enter into a process of reconciliation or atonement of some kind before engaging in manifestation prayers. Indeed, one of the reasons that I emphasized the meditations and self explorations in the latter half of Active Consciousness was that one would become more successful in manifestation. Ultimately, however, the most important reason for developing one’s consciousness is not to attain a specific goal but rather, to develop as a human being. That, too, is the real focus and power of the kahuna lore.

I encourage all of you to contemplate these truths in your explorations. And remember to gather some Mana or energy first when you seek guidance and help from your Inner Self. One simple exercise is to breathe in to a count of four, hold your breath for four counts, breathe out for four counts, and remain empty for four counts. Perform this cycle four times, while holding the desire to gather Mana in your awareness. You may be surprised by the results!

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Anxiety About Health


fearEbola. Mystery enteroviruses and paralyses. Violence and war. The world seems to be full of fear these days. Especially fear of contagion or invasion of some kind.

My first message to you is: breathe. Settle into your body. Unless you are living in West Africa, Syria, Iraq, or Ukraine, you are probably safe. No matter what the media tells you, the world and your government is not about to suddenly collapse. What is true in this moment? What is the reality of your life? Are your fears actually delusions, pumped up by the media and people around you?

Did you know that your fears and anxieties only increase the chance that you will become susceptible to disease? And that you can probably gain a large amount of protection of your physical and emotional well-being by meditating for ten or fifteen minutes every day? (If you’re interested, why not read my second book, Active Consciousness? It will teach you how to meditate and much more!)

And let’s not forget a key lesson of homeopathy — that health and disease is really about susceptibility. You can boost your resistance to disease and decrease your susceptibility by improving your mental state and engaging in simple common-sense practices: good hygiene, eating a balanced diet focused more on whole fruit and vegetables, regular exercise, drinking lots of water, and taking daily doses of Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C. Even if you do fall ill, you will recover faster if you don’t suppress your symptoms with over-the-counter pills, but rather, stay home and rest.

Finally, if you do become seriously sick, remember that you have an ace in the hole that most others do not: you have homeopathy. What a gift! You are not completely dependent on the allopathic medical machine. They are there if you need them, but you have other options — options that can be even more powerful than conventional medicine. That’s why it’s always a good idea to engage the services of an experienced classical homeopath who knows you and your case well, just as it is good practice to have a family physician handy if you really need one. My whole family sees our homeopath at least once a year and more if we need her. That’s a big comfort to us and helps decrease our fears and anxieties about health. In fact, there are dozens of remedies than can address such fears and anxieties directly if they are a chronic problem for you.

Is it time for your regular check up with your homeopath? Set one up!

Don’t have a homeopath? Visit the referrals page to find one.

Do it today!

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State, Not Strive


mountainI admit it: I’ve always been a driven, goal-oriented person. That’s what modern society molds all of us to be, and in general, I have always been good at fitting that mold. For most of my life, my goals have always been clear and I found it quite natural and fulfilling to pursue them. I didn’t wonder what to do next, or what I really wanted. First there was school, then there were jobs. And marriage. And motherhood. There were my hobbies too — painting and other arts and crafts, music, even singing in a rock band. Striving for something had always been my “raison d’etre” — my reason for being.

But suddenly, after my book Active Consciousness came out, I didn’t have a burning desire for any goal. I was in my late 50′s, and for the first time in my life, nothing was calling to me.

Some of it was time of life. My kids were now grown — they had finished university, were out in the work world, and not coming home much anymore. My mom had passed away and I had already settled her estate. I had also been on the board of a national organization for seven years, but that responsibility had run its course for me and I had left. My husband Steve began murmuring about retirement. It should have been a time to kick back and relax, right?

But that didn’t feel very good to me. Don’t forget: I was a striver. Sure, people were clamoring to sign me up for some new tasks: new boards to serve on, new groups to join. But none of them really appealed. I had reached a point at which I didn’t want to incorporate anything into my life that didn’t feel right to me.

Intellectually, I knew that it was time to be still and wait. I was in a period of incubation. I waited, and waited. For two years I waited. But no new major “goal” came to me. Smaller interests did appeal to me, though. I took up some sewing. I did an art workshop here and there. I became interested in learning more about climate change, permaculture, sustainability, and what I like to call “Back to Earth” activities. I took up gardening and learned to spin wool and milk a cow. I also made some new interesting friends. But slowly I began to realize that, at this moment in my life, maybe it wasn’t about finding a new goal. Maybe it was about something else — an inner transformation of some kind.

In one meditation, I got the following image. In the past, I had always been a “mountain climber” who mapped out the mountain path and sent a map back (usually in the form of a book or article) to those who were interested in following it. Now, however, it was time for me to enter the mountain, to become the mountain. In other words, it was about entering within, not striving without.

Then, about six months ago, I received a phrase in meditation:

State, Not Strive.

It meant that it’s all about one’s state of being, not striving for something.

Sure, I thought. Easy to say, but hard to do!

But in response, I decided to perform an interesting exercise. I took out a sheet of paper and, instead of listing goals I wanted to accomplish, or even things I was interested in, I described my ideal state of being. What would the ideal nature of my personal state or world be like, in a more abstract sense?

This was an easier task for me. My list included things like: relaxed and grounded, healthy, spiritual fulfillment, creative outlets, living in a beautiful setting close to nature, loving relationships with my family, the right balance of alone time and social time, friends I enjoy being with, etc. When I looked at this list, I was surprised and happy to find that I already had nearly everything on it — at least to some extent. And I realized that what I really wanted was a state of being, not the attainment of a goal.

It’s almost a truism these days — money doesn’t buy happiness. But the truth is, no external goal will buy us happiness. Money, fame, power. How many times do we hear about people who have these things in spades, but who actually live in personal misery?

One story that made a strong impression on me many years ago pertained to a famous computer scientist. At the time, I was working in that world, striving hard to be as successful as I could as a computer science researcher. Then a friend told me this anecdote. One of the most famous computer scientists in the world was in Washington, D.C., about to receive a science medal the next day from the President. He called my friend from his hotel room, crying. The medal, he said, was meaningless to him, because he had no love in his life. What a poignant and powerful message.

Modern society bathes us each day with messages to strive, strive, strive. We believe that attaining some goal is the key to our happiness. And indeed, I believe it is in our human nature to feel some level of dissatisfaction and always want more. That is what keeps us growing, searching, exploring, improving. In difficult situations, this urge also helps to keep us alive.

But ultimately, we should also try to remember that it really isn’t the external end-result that we really want. That “goal” is merely a surrogate for an internal state of being that is what we truly desire.

Think about it. What is your desired state of being? I would wager that nearly all of us have pretty much the same one. How much of this state do you already manifest? How often do you reflect, with gratitude, upon the blessings that are already present in your life?

Finally, how can you work within to more fully manifest that state of being? Remember, your state is more dependent on you than on external events. That is what many of the exercises in Active Consciousness — based on the teachings of Gary Sherman — are all about: learning to transform your state of being.

In the end, spending a few minutes in each day on meditation, reflection, and awareness exercises might be more productive than all the striving in the world. That’s because it’s not always about climbing the mountain; it’s about entering within it.

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