Impossible Cure — the AUDIO BOOK — Is Here!

 

ImpossibleCureLanskyAudioBookCover-smallLast fall, I worked for two months with a professional audio engineer and finally narrated the audio book version of Impossible Cure. I’m pleased to report that it is now available through Audible, and specifically, on Amazon and iTunes. Please check it out and spread the word about this new version of Impossible Cure!

While you’re on Amazon (or, for that matter, on Goodreads), it would be great if you could write a nice review for Impossible Cure if you haven’t already done so. Adding a testimonial about homeopathy to your review can also be so helpful to those looking for some hope. In the past, books about homeopathy have been attacked on Amazon by quackbuster forces, often funded covertly by Big Pharma. Impossible Cure was no exception, although these attacks usually backfired because they were met with even more positive reviews and testimonials. Your reviews help people to learn that there really is hope with homeopathy!

Indeed, I wrote Impossible Cure to provide general information about homeopathy to everyone — not just families with autistic children. Those who have read it (or at least have read the book blurb) know that Impossible Cure is a broad and general introduction to homeopathy (not a “how to cure autism” book) that includes first-person cure stories from around the world for many ailments. It has even been adopted as a first-year text by many homeopathy schools. This information can be critical to anyone embarking upon homeopathic treatment. As homeopaths who require their patients to read Impossible Cure can testify, patient knowledge can be a key to treatment success.

I hope that you and your friends and family will now enjoy listening to Impossible Cure — the audio book!

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Habits

 

habitI woke up this morning thinking about habits; bad eating habits, in particular. The other day I was sitting in a movie theater watching a morbidly obese couple happily settle into eating their two giant tubs of buttered popcorn, two giant vats of cola, and some cheesy nachos too. Truthfully, I was dumbfounded, judgmental, and a bit grossed out.

Reflecting upon this today, though, I realized that it’s all about habits. And we all drive our lives through habits. It’s how we function, it’s how we manage our lives. Indeed, we have habits that determine almost every aspect of our behavior — how we eat, how we run through the routines of our day, how we sit and sleep, what we wear, where we go, what we watch on TV, what we read. We also have habits of thought and feeling — who we believe or listen to, what we worry about, what we view as “normal” or “acceptable”.

Sometimes habits are of our own creation; we find a routine that works for us — say, how we drive to work, how we groom ourselves, or what we buy at the grocery store — and we repeat it. Quite often, our habits are taught to us or modeled by our parents. I have noticed that people with severe weight problems have entrenched ideas about what they “must” eat: “When you go to the movies, you must have buttered popcorn!”; “When you eat a baked potato, you must cover it with butter and sour cream and cheese”; “Every meal must be followed by dessert.” Often these habits are associated with love and comfort. Questioning them may even feel like an existential threat.

Other times, habits are molded by societal norms, advertising, and other forms of media. “Let’s all go to the lobby, and have ourselves a treat!” Or more recently, “Parents who think twice about vaccinating their children are idiots who should be mocked and jailed!” (Even if, at the same time, we acknowledge that modern medicine has been wrong about lots of other things and Big Pharma has a growing history of conflicts of interest, corruption and falsified studies, and patient harm.)

Of course, habits aren’t necessarily bad. We develop habits to help us navigate our lives. We can’t re-think every step we take in life. Habits make our lives more efficient and manageable. Cultural habits help our society function.

But habits can also be a trap. They help us to feel cozy and secure, but once something becomes a habit, you tend not to question it. Think about the various uses of the word “habit”: for example, “Habitat” or “Inhabit” (something you dwell within, all nice and safe and secure); or “Habitual” (repetitive and unthinking). Think about our stereotypes of old age and older people, going about their daily unchanging routines. Habits may feel safe, but they are deadening. Growth and life only comes from change.

As I discuss in Active Consciousness, the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff taught that habits tend to keep us “asleep.” In order to wake up to a greater state of awareness, we often need to jolt ourselves a bit. Sometimes he used simple physical exercises to achieve that effect — for example, making his students stand in awkward postures for a while, helping them to break habits of posture. As he pointed out, physical postures can even have a great influence upon the way we think. Travel to new lands is another great way to introduce novelty, growth, and change into our lives. So is learning a new skill, or entertaining a new idea or belief.

Gurdjieff also spoke about “shocks” that literally force people to rethink their beliefs and “buffers”. Buffers are beliefs that help people to feel safe and to rationalize their behavior. Indeed, when society’s buffers are questioned, people can become quite violent about defending them. Think about the long and difficult process our society has gone through in breaking through buffers of racial prejudice, or its treatment of LGBT people.

Parents whose children have been injured by vaccines (injuries that are often acknowledged by doctors and by the legal system; the CDC’s own VAERS database includes 66,274 serious injuries and 5878 deaths from vaccination that have occurred over the past 25 years), have had a “shock” that impels them to examine their previous beliefs about conventional medical wisdom. Rather than garnering our sympathy, however, their questioning rattles the very foundation of our greater society’s trust in fundamental medical beliefs; the media is then quick to brand them as cranks and fools — even dangerous. Reading this information may even be triggering an angry response in you as you read it.

Hopefully, of course, we can learn to examine our habits of behavior and thought without requiring a crisis or shock. The next time you feel bored and in a rut, as if one day is the same as the next, try to shake things up a bit. Decide to experimentally change one routine — even a small one, such as the order in which you perform some sequence of things — and see what happens! You might feel that spark of life within you ignite.

Or, if you are aware of a habit that you truly need to change, meditate, go within, and discover inner guidance that leads you to a life change that creates a sense of inspiration and joy within you. The meditation exercises in Active Consciousness can help you get there.

I’ll close with a quote from Hawaiian wise woman Nana Veary’s book Change We Must, which I discussed in last month’s newsletter. Nana sees God as the infinite energy of love around us, the fount of all creation, and each of us as co-creators with that energy. She used the following affirmation that stresses the importance of accepting change, because change is life.

“I let changes take place in my life… I accept all change as a spiritual adventure and begin the discovery of God in every new condition… I break all chains which bind me and walk free into God’s great experience of life.”

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Top 10 Tips for Parents and Patients: What I’ve Learned After 12 Years of Providing Advice

 

Amy-facebookEvery day, I get email from people from all over the world asking for advice about their homeopathic treatment. I spend a few hours each week answering their questions. I am not a practitioner and I do not provide actual homeopathic treatment. Nor do I receive any compensation for these efforts. But I do try to provide referrals and supportive advice to the best of my ability.

A great deal of the people who contact me are parents of autistic children. But not everyone is. People write to me from nearly every country — the US, Canada, India, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Africa, South America, Europe, you name it! — with problems ranging from stomach woes to psoriasis to neurological disorders. After 12 years of doing this (Impossible Cure came out 12 years ago!), I have heard it all, and have provided the same advice many, many times.

In February, 2015 I spoke to a small group of homeopaths and parents at a workshop focusing on autism treatment. I put together the following “Top 10″ list of pieces of advice that I think are important for every homeopathic patient to keep in mind.

1. Be patient. Parents of autistic children: your goal is a fully functional young adult, not a talking toddler! One of the top problems I see especially among autism parents is impatience. In fact, I wrote a previous Impossible Cure Newsletter article about it. But patience is also important for every patient undergoing homeopathic treatment to cultivate. Sometimes treatment with homeopathy can be miraculously fast. But usually it takes time, and often requires changes of remedy and dosing. Remember, homeopathy is about truly healing from the inside out, not quick symptom suppression.

2. When in doubt, contact your homeopath (who hopefully responds!) Often people will write to me with questions about their case instead of first contacting their homeopath. Please try to remember that your homeopath is the one who really understands your case. It is part of their job to answer your questions.

3. Educate yourself! This is especially true for parents, but it is also true for all homeopathic patients. You are on the front line of your own or your child’s treatment; be prepared and as confident as possible. Try to learn more about homeopathic philosophy, and especially about homeopathic aggravations, direction of cure, and dosing modifications. Remember that small changes in dosing or potency can sometimes make a big difference. Learn to distinguish between your or your child’s signs of aggravation vs. a symptom relapse. Try to understand the nature of systemic healing as deeply as you can. All of this knowledge can be gleaned from reading Impossible Cure. One of the reasons I wrote it was because I know that a patient who understands homeopathic philosophy and dosing is a better patient. Second-guessing your homeopath’s remedy selection, however, is usually unhelpful. The nuances of remedy prescription can’t be understood through a simple Google search.

4. Be systematic and cautious about all treatments. With so much information about health available to everyone these days, it is common for everyone — and especially autism families — to try every therapy under the sun, and often all at once! Unfortunately, this only brings confusion to you and your homeopath. How can you know what is doing what? Introduce one small change at a time — ideally for at least a couple of weeks — and see what happens. Always remember to let your homeopath know what treatments you are trying, including dietary changes and supplements.

5. Trust your instincts – about your or your child’s progress, about choosing a homeopath or changing homeopaths, and about listening to other people’s advice. It’s your body; it’s your child.

6. Your child’s behavior (or how you are actually feeling) is often more important than the results of a diagnostic test. We all tend to get obsessed with numbers on tests. Yes, sometimes such results are very important. But how you or your child feels and acts is often more important. Indeed, under homeopathic treatment, shifts toward health are often seen before they can be “scored” by a test.

7. Take care of yourself, your relationships, and your other children. Get the emotional and life supports you need. Remember to have fun and enjoy life – create love and joy in your home! Along with this, I might also add: eat healthfully and exercise.

8. Accept, love, and support your child (or yourself!) as he or she is, but maintain your vision of recovery. Try not to give up, succumb to despair, or to get invested in your or your child’s disease. Your vision of a healthy future plays a bigger role in your healing than you realize.

9. Your state affects your child’s state (or more broadly, each of us affects the state of those around us.) Indeed, this truth underlies points 7 and 8. In my view, autistic kids can be particularly psychic or energetically sensitive. So your happiness or unhappiness, your impatience and frustration or support and exuberance, will have an effect on your child. And even if you aren’t a member of an autism family, remember that you are affected by and affect the emotional/mental/psychic state of everyone around you. Learning to develop good boundaries is therefore also important.

10. Develop a spiritual practice. Trust in Great Spirit, God, or some higher power that feels right for you. My second book, Active Consciousness, might be especially helpful in this regard, as well as for following the last few pieces of advice.

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Language Is A Virus

 

speech-bubblesLanguage Is A Virus“… that’s the title of a song by performance artist Laurie Anderson. How true it is. We tend to think that the language we use, the way we express ourselves, has no impact on our state of consciousness. We think that all that really matters is our meaning, not our actual words.

But what if our words actually matter? What if the way we express ourselves not only reflects our inner state, but affects it too — even causes it?

I remember a time, not too long ago, when using the “F” word would be unthinkable to me. And I am a person who, I must admit, tends to curse quite a bit. Still, the “F” word seemed a bit too extreme for me. Now, it seems to punctuate every sentence we hear in the movies and on TV. On many comedy shows, you can’t even make out what people are saying because of all the bleeping! Indeed, I must admit that I use the “F” word now too.

But lately, I’ve begun to think twice about the almost unconscious evolution of our contemporary English (and perhaps especially, American) lexicon toward the vulgar. It all began when I read a short but amazingly touching and transformational book by a Hawaiian wise woman named Nana Veary, Change We Must. Nana grew up at a time when traditional Hawaiian ways were still taught by the older generation. Change We Must is her spiritual autobiography, full of simple yet deep wisdom that jumps out and grabs your heart. It has brought me to tears many times.

In the first chapter, entitled “My Hawai’i”, Nana discusses the loss of the Hawaiian language, whose teaching and speaking was forbidden by missionaries for many years. Nevertheless, Nana was taught to speak Hawaiian in the old way. As she writes:

“Rich in metaphor, the Hawaiian language was melodious and graceful like the people. The Hawaiians said, ‘He nane ka ‘olelo.’ The language is a riddle. Before the missionaries came… the Hawaiians used figures of speech in language that was like poetry….

My mother taught me to speak the language softly, without saying anything negative or elaborating. ‘Leave the details out,’ she said, ‘and speak softly.’ … All the ancient chants are in idioms, but today there is virtually nobody, not even those fluent in Hawaiian, who speaks that way.”

Nana tells the story of a boy who ran up to her grandfather on the beach and told him he was thirsty. The grandfather replied with a figure of speech, referring to a coconut “as a fountain of water hanging in the air.” Thus, rather than telling the boy to climb the tree, get a coconut, and crack it open, the grandfather supplied the boy with a spiritual image that conveyed the special gift of the coconut to humanity. He taught the boy a spiritual lesson that connected him to the wonders of nature, rather than provide a rote form of instruction.

Nana goes on to say,

“This use of language vanished long ago. Hawaiians today speak the missionary language, a literal type of Hawaiian. The riddle is gone. This is tragic, for when you lose the language, you lose your identity… When you land in Japan, Japanese is spoken. When you land in France, French is spoken. The Hawaiians have nothing, nothing but aloha, and even that they have to re-learn.”

As we enter February, with Valentine’s Day at its heart on the 14th, let us consider our use of language and its effects. What we say fills the fields of meaning in which we live with a particular energy that affects ourselves and everyone around us. As I also discuss in my book Active Consciousness, spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff warned against talking too much. Compulsive or idle chatter is not only a way to avoid one’s true feelings, but it also saps one’s vital energy, leaking it out onto everyone else.

As Laurie Anderson sang in her song, language is a virus that can infect us for bad or for good. One lyric from the song is the following:

“Paradise is exactly like
Where you are right now,
Only much much better.”

As those of us who have been to Hawaii know, it is a paradise, and not just because of its beauty; you can still feel the spirit of Aloha there. Nana Veary writes,

” ‘Alo’ means the bosom, the center of the universe. ‘Ha’ is the breath of God. The word is imbued with a great deal of power. I do not use the word casually. Aloha is a feeling, a recognition of the divine. It is not just a word or greeting. When you say ‘aloha’ to someone, you are conveying or bestowing this feeling.”

And so, with deep intention and love, I say to you all: Aloha.

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Measles — Some Facts

 

measlesWhen contemplating what to write about this month, I couldn’t help being led back, over and over again, to the measles. The discussion about the measles vaccine is all over the media, and just when it seems to let up, there it is again.

Of course, whether or not any parent elects to have their child take the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) should be their choice. To force vaccines on people is a violation of their fundamental freedom over their bodies. In fact, the right to choose whether or not to vaccinate is part of the constitution of some countries, like Canada. Think about the implications of forcing everyone to inject something into their bodies. Today it’s vaccines. Tomorrow, what next? Already, our health freedom rights are being eroded further and further. California, once a leader in providing both philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccination, is in danger of losing both, with weakening of exemption rights already having been recently enacted.

In any case, I’m growing weary of the complete lies being promulgated by the media about the measles vaccine. So let’s focus on some facts that anyone can research for themselves.

Measles is, in general,  a benign childhood disease in the Western world. All the scare tactics about the dangers of measles in the West are completely overblown. Measles may have caused many deaths in countries with poor sanitation and food supplies, but in the West, it is generally completely benign in children. I am 59 years old. I, and nearly everyone else of my generation, had the measles (as well as chicken pox, mumps, and rubella — also known as German measles). In the years prior to introduction of the vaccine, measles-related deaths (including adults, who are more endangered by measles) had gone down to less than 1:1000. Compare that to the current autism rate of 1:68 (and going higher each year), not to mention the much higher rates of other autoimmune diseases, which many believe are also attributable to over-vaccination.

The measles vaccine does not guarantee immunity. However, getting and recovering from measles does provide complete immunity. As we have been finding, a great number of the people who get the measles in minor epidemics (which have always popped up periodically, not just now, with the “Disneyland” epidemic scare) have been “fully vaccinated.” This is what should give people pause. In fact, I recently had some correspondence with a vaccine expert who has consulted for the CDC. As she writes:

“I do think that getting measles vaccine probably decreases the likelihood of getting measles. But, it’s not 100% effective and over time, it has become less effective, partly due to changes in the virus and waning immunity. It is possible to be fully vaccinated and after a couple years have little/no measles antibodies… The first couple of decades that the measles vaccine was out and routinely administered, children were born to mothers who’d most likely had measles and passed on naturally-acquired maternal antibodies. Not true any more. The maternal measles antibodies passed on by mothers who have only been vaccinated are of very poor quality. I think the perceived beneficial effect of measles vaccination was partly bolstered by strong natural maternal antibodies. We will see a lot more ‘vaccine failures’ for many different reasons. It will be hard to sort out because it’s not easy to define ‘unvaccinated / undervaccinated’ and vaccine efficacy is a moving target.”

Complications from measles are much more common in adults than in children. By creating two generations of people who have been vaccinated to prevent the childhood diseases rather than experiencing them, we are also creating generations who are more likely to suffer from measles complications (as well as complications from chicken pox and mumps) as adults. Indeed, rather than blaming unvaccinated US citizens for childhood-disease epidemics, let us remember that visitors from many countries enter the US every day, visiting places like Disneyland! Are we going to set up vaccine police at our borders? By relying upon artificial vaccines rather than the complete immunity that nature designed for us — via the natural occurrence of the childhood diseases — we are creating the potential for much worse consequences when these diseases affect adults. It is just like the mistake we, as a society, have made with the over-use of antibiotics and the subsequent problem of antibiotic resistance. Is it too late to turn the tide and let children experience the childhood diseases again, before it’s too late? Perhaps, at least, their grandparents can care for them, knowing that they have complete immunity.

The 1998 Lancet paper authored by Andrew Wakefield and co-authors about the relationship between the measles vaccine and gut inflammation in autistic children has NOT truly been discredited. First of all, Wakefield’s co-author on the paper has been completely exonerated by a British court. As this article states, “A judge has now ruled that the GMC hearings were a farce. Parents are waiting for journalists to find their spine and start some honest reporting on the character assassination of doctors that is blocking medical treatments for vaccine injured children, and the role that GSK and Merck may be playing to protect their profits on the MMR vaccine.”

Secondly, the proceedings against this paper focused on minutia of the ethics of the study’s procedures and whether necessary permissions had been obtained, not on the general result of the study itself (i.e. the result found about the link between MMR and bowel disease).  Indeed, none of the parents complained about the procedures that were used, and stood behind Dr. Wakefield and his co-authors.

Of course, there are many other subsequent studies that do link vaccines to autism, and MMR to bowel disease too.  These studies are always ignored by the press, which continues with its mantra about the Wakefield study.

Finally, let’s not forget that homeopathy can be an effective treatment for measles! It can also be used prophylactically if there is an imminent threat of infection. There are actually many remedies that can be helpful for measles, and as usual, the patient must be analyzed as an individual for most effective treatment. Some of the major remedies for measles include: Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Aconite, Apis, Bryonia, Morbillinum (the measles nosode), Belladonna, Kali Bichromicum, Gelsemium, and Euphrasia. This article by Dana Ullman might be helpful.

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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 AmyLansky.com), 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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